Eddie Vedder performs ‘Corduroy’ and calls for vaccine equality at Vax Live

Eddie Vedder performed two songs at Global Citizen’s Vax Live event, which was livestreamed this weekend, and called for vaccine equality.

The livestream concert featured pre-recorded sets from artists including the Pearl Jam frontman, Foo Fighters, Selena Gomez and more.

During his appearance, Vedder performed a version of the grunge band’s ‘Vitalogy’ classic ‘Corduroy’, as well as a cover of Little Steven’s ‘I Am A Patriot’. He was joined by a backing band that included ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. You can watch Vedder perform both tracks below now.

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The show took place at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium and was intended to encourage fans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. It was broadcast on YouTube globally and also aimed to raise money to help vaccinate over 27million healthcare workers around the world.

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Vedder used his time on stage to make a plea to governments worldwide. “If you’re a government, if you’re a world leader, and you have excess vaccine, please don’t stockpile,” he said. “Please make it available to the countries that need it. Please distribute it ASAP.

“And if you’re a drug company, we thank you for your inventions. If you really wanted to be heroes, if you want history to look back and smile upon you as heroes, it would be great if you could distribute this vaccine at cost and then you’d have a fair and equitable distribution system throughout the planet, and that’s how we will survive and conquer this pandemic.”

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Elsewhere at Vax Live, Foo Fighters teamed up with Brian Johnson to cover AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’.

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Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox share cover of The Prodigy’s ‘Firestarter’

King Crimson founder Robert Fripp and his wife, singer Toyah Willcox, have shared a cover of The Prodigy‘s ‘Firestarter’ – watch it below.

The pair launched their Sunday Lunch video series last year, sharing renditions of songs by Nirvana, David Bowie, Metallica, Billy Idol, The Rolling StonesJudas PriestGuns N’ Roses, ZZ TopAlice Cooper and more through Willcox’s YouTube channel.

Last week (May 2), the pair performed a version of Heart’s ‘Barracuda’ alongside “mysterious stranger” Sidney Jake on guitar, with Wilcox dressed up as a mermaid.

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This week’s kitchen cover sees the couple take on The Prodigy’s ‘Firestarter’, with Wilcox dressed in a flaming red outfit and spiky hair in homage to late Prodigy frontman Keith Flint. They’re joined again by Sidney Jake, who is seen wearing a white shirt, grey waistcoat and his usual gold mask.

“The kitchen trio take it to the extreme this weekend – BE WARNED! Joined by the mysterious stranger Sidney Jake,” Willcox captioned the new video.

You can watch their latest cover below:

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Earlier this year, Fripp and Willcox covered Led Zeppelin’s 1971 classic ‘Black Dog’. They also shared a New Year’s message with their viewers in a separate video.

“For my 2021, I wish for an inclusive, equitable and compassionate society,” Fripp said in that clip. “And how I’m gonna get my wishes [is] by strapping on my guitar and rocking out like an uncontrollable fireball of rock fury.”

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Willcox revealed in February that her Sunday Lockdown Lunch video series started because her husband, King Crimson‘s Robert Fripp, was having withdrawals from performing.

Last October, former King Crimson singer and bassist Gordon Haskell died aged 74. The late musician was asked by Fripp to join the band in 1970 following the departure of Greg Lake, their original vocalist.

Bill Rieflin, the former drummer of King Crimson, also passed away last year. He was 59 years old.

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The Rolling Stones announce release of Copacabana Beach concert in full for first time

The Rolling Stones have announced they are releasing their Copacabana Beach concert in full for the first time.

The band’s historic performance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil took place in front of the Copacabana Palace Hotel on February 8, 2006. With 1.5 million people in attendance, it’s one of the biggest free concerts in music history.

Now, the Stones are releasing the concert as a film for the first time, remixed, re-edited, and remastered. A Bigger Bang: Live On Copacabana Beach is set to arrive on July 9 on multiple formats, including DVD+2CD, SD BD+2CD, 2DVD+2CD Deluxe, 3LP (pressed on blue, yellow, and green vinyl), 3LP pressed on clear vinyl (exclusive to Sound Of Vinyl) and digital.

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Released in conjunction with Mercury Studios, the band will release an early taste of the concert with a five-song digital EP. Due out May 28, it will include ‘Sympathy For The Devil’, ‘Wild Horses’, ‘You Got Me Rocking’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Rough Justice’.

Four of the five songs were recorded during the Copacabana Beach show, but the fifth – ‘Rough Justice’ – is from the band’s 2005 Salt Lake City concert video available in the Deluxe Edition.

In addition, Mercury Studios will release The Rolling Stones’ ‘Rain Fall Down (Live On Copacabana Beach) / Rough Justice (Live In Salt Lake City)’, a limited edition 10″ picture disc that will arrive as part of the first Record Store Day drops on June 12.

See the tracklisting for ‘A Bigger Bang: Live On Copacabana Beach’ below:

01. ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’
02. ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)’
03. ‘You Got Me Rocking’
04. ‘Tumbling Dice’
05. ‘Oh No, Not You Again’
06. ‘Wild Horses’
07. ‘Rain Fall Down’
08. ‘Midnight Rambler’
09. ‘Night Time Is The Right Time’
10. ‘This Place Is Empty’
11. ‘Happy’
12. ‘Miss You’
13. ‘Rough Justice’
14. ‘Get Off My Cloud’
15. ‘Honky Tonk Women’
16. ‘Sympathy For The Devil’
17. ‘Start Me Up’
18. ‘Brown Sugar’
19. ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’
20. ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’

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Salt Lake City (Bonus Show – Deluxe Versions Only)

01. ‘Start Me Up’
02. ‘You Got Me Rocking’
03. ‘She’s So Cold’
04. ‘Tumbling Dice’
05. ‘Rain Fall Down’
06. ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)’
07. ‘Wild Horses’
08. ‘All Down The Line’
09. ‘Night Time Is The Right Time’
10. ‘Slipping Away’
11. ‘Infamy’
12. ‘Miss You’
13. ‘Rough Justice’
14. ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’
15. ‘Honky Tonk Women’
16. ‘Sympathy For The Devil’
17. ‘Brown Sugar’
18. ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’
19. ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’
20. ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’

Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones‘ Ronnie Wood has revealed that he battled cancer for a second time during the coronavirus lockdown.

The guitar icon was diagnosed with rare and aggressive small-cell cancer, but he has now been given the all-clear.

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FBI releases Kurt Cobain file including conspiracy theories over death

The FBI have released their records relating to the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, including letters from conspiracy theorists.

The 10-page file contains correspondence between the FBI and letter writers, informing them of the investigation around Cobain’s death by suicide in 1994.

As reported by Rolling Stone, two letters are featured in the file, with one of these stating that the police involved in the case “were never very serious in investigating it as a murder.”

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The other letter, written in 2003, said: “I believe a great injustice might have been committed in the case of Kurt Cobain. I’m writing you in hopes for your help to press for a reexamination of Mr. Cobain’s death.

“Millions of fans around the world would like to see the inconsistencies surrounding the death cleared up once and for all. It is sad to think that an injustice of this nature can be allowed in the United States.”

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Also included in the files are letters that the FBI sent back to those who wrote in explaining their actions and process. One of them read: “In order for the FBI to initiate an investigation of any complaint we receive, specific facts must be present to indicate that a violation of federal law within our investigative jurisdiction has occurred.”

Another inclusion in the file is a fax from production company Cosgrove/Meurer Productions, who wrote to the FBI in January of 1997, the month before an episode of their documentary series Unsolved Mysteries aired, relating to Cobain’s death.

“At least one investigator, Tom Grant, a Los Angeles based private investigator and former L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy, is convinced that the official ruling of suicide was a rush to judgment,” the fax said.

Read the file in full here.

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Elsewhere, six strands of Kurt Cobain’s hair are being auctioned off. According to the listing, the strands come from a haircut Cobain had in Birmingham back in 1989 while he was out on the road in the UK in support of Nirvana’s debut studio album, ‘Bleach’.

Meanwhile, Kurt Cobain’s ‘The Last Session’ photoshoot is being sold as a non-fungible token (NFT) which includes “images, polaroids, and contact sheets”. A portion of all proceeds raised will go to the JED Foundation.

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Watch Tinted Windows reunite in honour of late bandmate Adam Schlesinger

The remaining members of supergroup Tinted Windows reunited to perform a tribute to their late bandmate Adam Schlesinger on Wednesday (May 5).

The Fountains Of Wayne songwriter was one quarter of the group during their existence between 2009 and 2010, which also included Hanson’s Taylor Hanson on vocals, The Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha on guitar and Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos on drums.

You can see footage of the performance of their track ‘Back With You’ below, from the band’s 2009 self-titled album, their only full-length release.

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The performance was part of a benefit organised by Shlesinger’s Fountains Of Wayne bandmate Jody Porter, in honour of the late musician and in aid of MusiCares, which provides relief for those in the music industry affected by coronavirus, as well as currently-closed New York venue Bowery Electric.

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Other performers included R.E.M.‘s Peter Buck, Courtney Love, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees, Sean Ono Lennon, and Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional.

Schlesinger died aged 52 following complications related to COVID-19 in April 2020, after being hospitalised with the virus.

Tom Hanks, Stephen King, Dashboard Confessional and more paid tribute to the singer-songwriter following the news.

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In an emotional tribute, his girlfriend Alexis Morley recalled their final days together: “We spent such a sweet week together, our roles kind of reversed because usually Adam was the one to take care of me.”

The remaining members of Fountains Of Wayne teamed up with Sharon Van Etten for a number of different benefit performances in the weeks following Schlesinger’s death.

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Listen to Travis Barker join KennyHoopla on new track ‘Hollywood Sucks’

KennyHoopla has recruited Travis Barker for his new single ‘Hollywood Sucks’ – you can listen to it below.

It’s the first taste of Hoopla’s upcoming project ‘Survivors Guilt: The Mixtape’, which he announced earlier today (May 7). Set to be released on June 11, you can pre-save the mixtape here.

‘Hollywood Sucks’ isn’t the first time that the rising Wisconsin artist (real name Kenneth La’ron) and the Blink-182 drummer have teamed up. Last year, the pair collaborated on the pop-punk track ‘ESTELLA//’.

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Hoopla sings on the chorus: “Hollywood sucks can you please move your Prius/ You are not fucking Jesus, he hates LA/ It’s not my fault/ Throw my phone at the wall/ You’re friends are really morons can we still date?

Watch the Lonewolf-directed video for ‘Hollywood Sucks’ below:

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Earlier this year, Travis Barker surprised a fan and his baby daughter, whose drumming videos have gone viral on TikTok, during an appearance on US TV in March.

Marcel Desobeau, who is a firefighter and paramedic, has been sharing father-daughter renditions of tracks by Korn, Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach and many more via his HeavyMetalBaby account on TikTok.

Appearing virtually on The Drew Barrymore Show last week alongside his seven-month-old, Lane, Desobeau spoke of how the video series came about – before being introduced to Barker, who he’s a “huge fan” of.

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Meanwhile, Willow Smith has returned with a new single titled ‘Transparent Soul’ – a pop-punk outing featuring Travis Barker.

The actress and singer, known mononymously as Willow, explores a confrontational pop-punk sound on the new track with Barker.

On Instagram, Smith indicated that ‘Transparent Soul’ signals a new era in her career. “I am so GRATEFUL and EXCITED to start this new journey !” she wrote. “Let the vibes commence.”

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Die Antwoord no longer appearing at ALT+LDN festival following artist backlash

Die Antwoord will not appear at the London festival ALT+LDN this summer following a backlash from a number of the artists on the bill.

Die Antwoord’s presence on the ALT+LDN line-up has been publicly criticised by both ZAND and Bob Vylan in the past week (via Kerrang!) with both artists citing past allegations of abuse that have been made against the South African band, all of which Die Antwoord have always denied.

In a brief statement issued this evening (May 7), ALT+LDN confirmed that Die Antwoord would no longer be appearing at their festival “by mutual agreement”.

In a post on Instagram last week, ZAND explained that while they were grateful for the “insane opportunity” to play at ALT+LDN, “it must be said I do not feel comfortable at all with a certain band (Die Antwoord) playing this festival”.

“Having a safe space for victims and all people should be a priority to all of us and in this instance because it is not, I will not allow my stance on this to come off as complacent by not addressing what needs to be addressed,” ZAND continued, adding: “Every other artist on this bill: let’s get it.”

Bob Vylan frontman Bobby Vylan spoke out against Die Antwoord’s booking at ALT+LDN in a video on Twitter on Wednesday (May 5), and asked the festival organisers to remove the band from the bill.

“If not, I and other acts I’m sure will protest their presence with our presence, and make it extremely fucking uncomfortable for them to be there, I can guarantee that,” he said.

In response to Vylan’s video message asking ALT+LDN to take action against Die Antwoord, Architects frontman Sam Carter replied: “We’re reaching out with you.”

In August 2019, Die Antwoord were removed from the line-ups of several music festivals after video of an alleged homophobic attack against Hercules and Love Affair‘s Andy Butler went viral.

Die Antwoord’s Ninja – AKA Watkin Tudor Jones – claimed in response that the clip of the incident had been “cleverly edited to make it seem like me and Yolandi [Visser] committed a hate crime towards a person because they are gay”, and denied that the band were homophobic.

The following month Australian musician Zheani Sparkes filed a police report in Queensland against Tudor Jones after alleging that she was a victim of revenge porn, and accused the rapper of sexually assaulting her in South Africa in 2013 – both of which he denies.

Queensland Police subsequently confirmed [via The Music] that “the complaint of the sharing of intimate images was thoroughly investigated, and, due to subsequent legal advice, it has been determined that the chance of a successful prosecution was unlikely.

“The matter is now finalised, and the police have advised the complainant of this outcome.”

Italian-American singer Jade Carroll also accused Jones of committing indecent assault in 2014, while Die Antwoord’s former collaborator Benjay Crossman spoke out against the band’s alleged behaviour in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald.

Jones denied all of the allegations at the time, describing them as “wild and unsubstantiated stories from people who have an obvious agenda and animus against me”.

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Nine Inch Nails announce “only headline shows” of 2021

Nine Inch Nails have announced two September gigs, which they have said will be their only headline shows of the year.

The two concerts take place in September at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland, Ohio on September 21 and 23, with support coming from alternative rock mainstays Pixies.

“NIN return to Cleveland for the first time since the band’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Visit the R+RHOF museum display & see the only NIN headline shows of 2021,” the band said on Twitter.

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Tickets go on sale this Friday (May 14) and will be available here.

The new gigs make good on Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor’s recent promise that the band will be returning to action imminently.

Speaking after picking up the Academy Award for Best Original Score for the movie Soul, which he shared with bandmate Atticus Ross and musician Jon Batiste, he said that the industrial rock mainstays could begin work on new music “as soon as probably tomorrow.”

The shows will take place a short walk from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The band were inducted there last November by Iggy Pop, who said their music “sounds like hearing the truth.”

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Yesterday (May 6), meanwhile, Nine Inch Nails and noise rock duo HEALTH revealed the collaborative single ‘Isn’t Everyone’.

“It’s fucking Nine Inch Nails. That speaks for itself. You don’t need a clever quote to encapsulate it,” HEALTH said of the collaboration.

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The Hives’ Pelle Almqvist recalls the time he threw up at Dave Grohl’s house on New Year’s Eve

The Hives’ Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist has recalled the time he threw up at Dave Grohl‘s house on New Year’s Eve.

Speaking to NME for the latest ‘Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?!’ feature, the frontman was asked about which musician once dressed as him for Halloween.

Correctly answering Dave Grohl, he recalled: “Foo Fighters played a Halloween gig and they all dressed as us and started the set with ‘Hate to Say I Told You So’. I’ve seen the footage and talked to him about it – it was amazing he did that.”

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Almqvist went on to say that he and the Foo Fighters frontman are now friends and recalled a couple of times they’ve hung out since, including at a New Year’s Eve party put on by Grohl where The Hives musician threw up while wearing an interesting choice in headwear.

“We’re friends now,” he said. “I’ve sang an AC/DC song with him live, I sold him a guitar, I went to his 50th birthday party, and I threw up in his house one New Year’s Eve while wearing a hat made out of an actual wolf’s head. It was very undignified – but a great party!”

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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl (Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Elsewhere in the interview, Almqvist recalled that time Jon Bon Jovi invited him to “suck [his] dick”.

“Nicholas [Arson] said that it always happens in a gorilla pack when the new alpha gorilla comes in and the old silverback has to go away and die,” he said. “He gets mad about it and says things like this. That was the correct analysis of the situation!”

Almqvist continued: “The interviewer was saying that Bon Jovi is mega-successful, sold a gazillion records, but has never been a cool band, and he responded by saying something like: ‘What’s a cool band? Is it The Hives with the fucking guy who stole his personality from James Brown and Mick Jagger? He should get his own personality’.

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“I don’t think he was mad at me – he was just mad he was the old silverback who now has to go away and die. I’ve never met him.”

Foo Fighters joined forces with Brian Johnson on stage last weekend for a cover of AC/DC‘s ‘Back In Black’.

Dave Grohl and co. performed at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday night (May 2) for Global Citizen’s Vax Live event, which is due to be streamed online tomorrow (May 8).

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MI5 spooks “bugged UB40’s phones out of fear they were planning socialist revolution”

The drummer of UB40 has alleged that MI5 spies bugged the reggae band’s phones after apparent fears that they were plotting a socialist revolution.

Jimmy Brown, the longstanding drummer of the Birmingham group, claims that British spooks closely watched the band’s homes and tapped their phones during the 1980s.

Brown told The Guardian: “MI5 were tapping our phones, watching our houses. All sorts.”

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“We thought, ‘Haven’t they got criminals to catch?’ We were just a bunch of potheads, smoking weed and playing music, talking about solving the world’s problems.”

He continued: “We weren’t planning the revolution, but if the revolution happened, we knew what side we were going to be on.”

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Brown’s claims are backed up by those of MI5 whistleblower David Shayler who claimed in 1997 that the British security service spent “years and years” monitoring the band, amid fears they were communists plotting to overthrow the government.

According to The Daily Mail, UB40 singer Ali Campbell previously said that the band intended to sue the service to secure the recordings of alleged phone tapping.

They eventually decided against it, in case the band ended up “with poisoned umbrellas sticking out of our a***holes”.

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Campbell also told The Guardian about the band’s staunchly left-wing views yesterday (May 6), and said they were “the real deal” in tackling issues such as apartheid and Thatcherism.

“We were eight people who had been unemployed since school, trying to wade through Thatcher’s quagmire of shit and then sing about it. We were politicised, were disenfranchised, and we had a lot to say,” said Campbell.

Elsewhere, Campbell told NME last year about the time Paris Hilton faced legal action for alleged similarities between her song ‘Stars Are Blind’ and the band’s 1989 song ‘Kingston Town’.

The hotel heiress’ debut single, which was released in 2006, garnered a lot of attention due to it sounding very similar to UB40’s popular cover of Lord Creator’s 1970 song.

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Nick Cave says “suffering affords us to become better human beings” in new letter

Nick Cave has given a fan advice on how to tackle suffering in a new ‘Red Hand Files’ letter.

Replying to a letter Cave received asking what the value of suffering is, the Bad Seeds frontman replied: “What do we do with suffering? As far as I can see, we have two choices – we either transform our suffering into something else, or we hold on to it, and eventually pass it on.”

He continued: “In order to transform our pain, we must acknowledge that all people suffer. By understanding that suffering is the universal unifying force, we can see people more compassionately, and this goes some way toward helping us forgive the world and ourselves.

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“By acting compassionately we reduce the world’s net suffering, and defiantly rehabilitate the world. It is an alchemical act that transforms pain into beauty. This is good. This is beautiful.”

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But he also warned against transmitting “pain to others”.

Cave added: “To not transform our suffering and instead transmit our pain to others, in the form of abuse, torture, hatred, misanthropy, cynicism, blaming and victimhood, compounds the world’s suffering. Most sin is simply one person’s suffering passed on to another. This is not good. This is not beautiful.

“The utility of suffering, then, is the opportunity it affords us to become better human beings. It is the engine of our redemption.”

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Cave also recently penned an emotional tribute to his former partner and bandmate in The Bad Seeds and The Birthday Party, Anita Lane, who died at the end of April.

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Tom DeLonge reveals plan to share unreleased Box Car Racer song

Tom DeLonge has revealed that he plans to release an unheard track from his side-project Box Car Racer.

The group – comprised of DeLonge, his former Blink-182 bandmate Travis Barker and David Kennedy of Angels & Airwaves – released their sole, self-titled studio album back in 2002.

With the 20th anniversary of the project fast approaching, the former Blink frontman addressed Barker’s claims from last year that an unreleased Box Car Racer song could be set to arrive.

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“I think whenever the time’s right or it makes sense, we’re gonna release it,” Barker told Uproxx. “I would just love for the fans to hear that song.”

Appearing on the latest edition of the Rock This With Allison Hagendorf podcast (listen below), DeLonge said: “I think Travis already let out of the bag that we do have a Box Car song laying around.

“We have not decided when to release it, but there is one. ​And we did it over the past, like, I think couple of years.”

He continued: “But we just got to figure out, like, when that comes out, and how we do that. But we plan to.”

Back in March, DeLonge said that a single from Angels & Airwaves‘ upcoming new album would sound like a track by Box Car Racer.

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He told the Rock This… podcast that A&A’s next record is “fucking great”, adding: “You know, everyone’s like, ​‘Okay, is it really?’ But with this record, I’m like, ​‘This is like the best shit I’ve ever done in my life’. It really is.”

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