Pink Floyd share previously unreleased demo version of “High Hopes”: Stream

Later this fall, Pink Floyd will release The Later Years. Due November 29th, the massive box set collects the iconic rockers’ post-Roger Water work, including rare live recordings and previously unreleased tracks.

Today we get to hear one of those unreleased offerings, as Pink Floyd have shared an early demo version of “High Hopes” off 1994’s The Division Bell. “High Hopes” originally closed out The Division Bell, and actually features the title lyric. This newly revealed demo version of the track has some distinct differences in the level mixing, with David Gilmour’s vocals riding high alongside the ringing piano. Most notably, drums appear to be almost entirely absent, interestingly giving it a heavier, more ominous feel.

Take a listen below.

(Read: Pink Floyd’s Top 20 Songs)

Among the other highlights featured The Later Years is a new version of 1987’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason. It utilizes freshly restored keyboard tracks from Richard Wright and completely new drums from Nick Mason. The box is filled out with a number of live albums, concert films, and more previously unreleased rarities. Full details and pre-orders can be found on Pink Floyd’s website.

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Metallica postpone tour as James Hetfield enters rehab

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has entered a treatment program for addiction, forcing the band to postpone their upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The metal icon famously struggled with alcohol abuse throughout the band’s career but entered rehab in the early 2000s, and was sober for many years. Unfortunately, the band divulged this evening (September 27th) that Hetfield has relapsed.

The rest of Metallica — Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo — issued the following statement via the band’s official website:

We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.

As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. He has now, unfortunately, had to re-enter a treatment program to work on his recovery again.

We fully intend to make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit. We’ll let you know as soon as we can. Once again, we are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows. We appreciate your understanding and support for James and, as always, thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.

All tickets purchased to the shows in Australia and New Zealand, including Enhanced Experiences and Black Tickets, will be fully refunded.

Metallica have been hitting all regions of the globe on their “Wordwired Tour”, which has earned more than $400 million to date. In fact, Pollstar recently dubbed Metallica the “biggest all-time touring band” with $1.4 billion in tickets sales over their career.

Slipknot were set to support Metallica on the Australian and New Zealand dates, which was scheduled to begin on October 17th. Links for refunds are posted at Metallica.com.

(Read: 33 Years After His Death, The Legend of Metallica’s Cliff Burton Lives On)

As of now, Metallica’s spring South America tour with Greta Van Fleet is still on schedule. That outing is set to kick off April 15th in Santiago, Chile.

Metallica’s most recent shows were their pair of “S&M2” concerts in San Francisco earlier this month. We covered the first of those shows, where the band sounded in fine form. See our review and photo gallery.

Metallica 2019-2020 Tour Dates:
10/17 – Perth, AU @ Optus Stadium ^
10/20 – Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Oval ^
10/22 – Melbourne, AU @ Marvel Stadium ^
10/24 – Melbourne, AU @ Marvel Stadium ^
10/26 – Sydney, AU @ ANZ Stadium ^
10/29 – Brisbane, AU @ QSAC ^
10/31 – Auckland, NZ – Mt. Smart Stadium ^
11/02 – Auckland, NZ – Mt. Smart Stadium ^

04/15 – Santiago, CL @ Estadio Nacional #
04/18 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Campo Argentino de Polo #
04/21 – Porto Alegre, BR @ Arena do Grêmio #
04/23 – Curitiba, BR @ Estádio Couto Pereira #
04/25 – São Paulo, BR @ Estádio do Morumbi #
04/27 – Belo Horizonte, BR @ Estádio do Mineirão #

^ = w/ Slipknot
# = w/ Greta Van Fleet

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Beat Happening Announce New Career-Spanning Box Set

Beat Happening—the indie pop trio of Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis, and Bret Lunsford—are releasing a massive box set collecting their entire recorded catalog. It’s called We Are Beat Happening and it’s out on November 29 (via Domino). The box set features Beat Happening’s five studio albums, the 2003 rarities compilation Music to Climb the Apple Tree By, and a 36-page booklet, written by Lois Maffeo, that has rare photos and paintings from the band.

All of the albums in the collection have been newly remastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios. Below, watch Beat Happening’s “Indian Summer” video and preview the We Are Beat Happening collection.

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Iris Harrison To Leave Her Midday Shift At KGON/Portland After 42 Years

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IRIS HARRISON, who has been doing middays at ENTERCOM Classic Rock KGON/PORTLAND for 42 years, took to FACEBOOK to announce she’s leaving the station after DECEMBER, via a video posted on the station’s website. 

“This isn’t goodbye, it’s just see you later,” she promised in the clip below, announcing plans for a podcast in the new year featuring all her classic interviews and on-air bits, which she’d like to dub, “The KGON Chronicles.”

The longtime KGON icon recalled how she started at the station in MARCH, 1977, doing promotions and other odd jobs, eventually taking an on-air shift and even several stints as the station’s PD.  “What a long, strange trip it’s been,” she mused, a fixture on the PORTLAND rock and radio scene for more than four decades.

Admitting she wanted time to spend with her “three amazing granddaughters” and take that promised road trip with her husband MARTY PARTY, a fellow radio personality who retired several years ago, IRIS has other projects on tap for the future, including the resurrection of “Closet Classics.” She promised to return in 2020. 

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Megan Thee Stallion and Jimmy Fallon Declare “Hot Girl Fall” in New Video: Watch

Megan Thee Stallion recently stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a performance of “Cash Shit” with DaBaby and “Hot Girl Summer” with Ty Dolla $ign. Today, on the first day of fall, Megan and Fallon released a new music video for “Hot Girl Fall.” In the video, the duo donned matching orange tracksuits and celebrated all things autumnal, including pumpkin-flavored beer, big chunky sweaters, baking pies, and more. The Roots’ Black Thought also hopped on the song to proclaim his love for plaid shirts. Check it out below.

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While the song argues that it’s “Hot Girl Fall,” Megan previously declared that it was “Hot Nerd Fall.”

Read “The Thrill of Megan Thee Stallion’s Real-Time Rise” on the Pitch.

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HBO and Michael Jackson Estate’s Leaving Neverland Legal Battle Must Move to Arbitration, Judge Rules

A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that the lawsuit brought against HBO by Michael Jackson’s estate must be moved out of the court system and into arbitration, according to Billboard. U.S. District Court Judge George H. Wu ruled that HBO must adhere to a 1992 arbitration agreement, which stated that the network could not make disparaging remarks about the singer or “do any act that may harm or disparage or cause to lower in esteem the reputation of [Jackson].”

The two-part Leaving Neverland focuses on James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who say that Jackson sexually abused them as children in the 1990s. Jackson’s estate filed its lawsuit on March 3, the date HBO aired the documentary’s first part.

Leaving Neverland won a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special in mid-September. Pitchfork has contacted the Jackson estate and HBO for comments.

Read “HBO’s Michael Jackson Documentary Leaving Neverland Is Damning—But Flawed” on the Pitch.

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Session 9 director Brad Anderson shares first trailer for new Netflix film Fractured: Watch

Session 9 director Brad Anderson has a new film. It’s called Fractured, and Netflix just dropped the first trailer today ahead of its October 11th release.

According to a press release, the film is about a family vacation gone wrong. After getting into a car accident, the protagonist and his family are rushed to the ER, but once there, he learns he can’t trust anyone after his wife and child go missing. Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Lucy Capri, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Adjoa Andoh star in the thriller.

(Read: The 100 Scariest Movies of All Time)

Here’s the full synopsis, which ups the stakes considerably:

Driving home after a tense holiday weekend with his in-laws, Ray Monroe, a well-meaning but overwhelmed family man, pulls into a rest area with his wife Joanne and daughter Peri. The trip takes a turn for the worse when Peri is hurt in an accident and the family rushes to a nearby emergency room run by a staff with dubious intentions. After being sent away for further testing Peri and Joanne vanish and all records of their visit disappear. Ray’s concern turns into a desperate race to find his family and discover the truth of what happened to them.”

(Read: What Scares You? Here’s a Horror Movie for Every Phobia)

As you’ll see in the trailer below, the Monroe family enter the hospital. After that, it’s a blur of doctor’s notes, camera footage, and log-in charts that don’t show any trade of his wife or daughter. Needless to say, it’s a suspenseful watch.

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Green Day Make Triumphant Return to iHeartRadio Music Festival Stage In Vegas; Cabello, Halsey Soar

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Seven years after GREEN DAY’s BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG stormed off the iHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL stage, the band returned with a triumphant set at this year’s ninth iteration at the T-MOBILE ARENA in LAS VEGAS, underway tonight and streaming here

The band took the stage to lead off, introduced by RYAN SEACREST and CHRISTINA AGUILERA, stunning in a trench coat-length brown leather jacket and pony tail. 

Tonight’s bill, the first of two consecutive nights, will feature FRENCH MONTANA, HEART, CAMILA CABELLO, BACKSTREET BOYS, TIM McGRAW, FLETCHER, CAGE THE ELEPHANT, HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH, HALSEY and STEVE AOKI with DARREN CRISS and MONSTA X. 

LIVEXLIVE will livestream the DAYTIME STAGE TOMORROW afternoon, while THE CW NETWORK will broadcast a two-night television special on OCTOBER 2nd and 3rd from 8p-10p (ET/PT).

GREEN DAY’s set included greatest hits .”American Idiot,” “Holiday” (which ended with a spirited “Viva Las Vegas” from ARMSTRONG), “Basket Case” and “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams,” wrapped around the brand-new single, “Father of All…” a disco-flavored number featuring ARMSTRONG’s falsetto and a MOTOWN beat straight out of “Feel It Still.” .

“Check my vital signs… We’re still alive, AMERICA..”  Look for them on tour with WEEZER and FALL OUT BOY at a stadium near you.

Resplendent in a colorful Afro-centric shirt, Moroccan-born rapper FRENCH MONTANA offered a medley of his hits: “Shot Caller,” his FAT JOE/REMY MA joint, “All the Way Up,” “On My Own,” “Ain’t Worried About Nothin’” (“Money don’t mean nothin’,” boasted MONTANA in the heart of VEGAS), .”Unforgettable” his collab with SWAN LEE and “Don’t Panic”:(featuring a nod to MONTELL JORDAN”s ”This is How We Do It”). He finished up with  “Slide” his current single with BLUEFACE and LIL TJAY, and then a final “No Stylist,” perhaps his best-known song, which featured DRAKE. 

Introduced by GAVIN McGRAW, HEART brought some welcome classic rock to the proceedings with a jammy psychedelic “Magic Man.” A svelte ANN WILSON, wearing a fetching red bandana, played the blues mama on “Straight On” from 1978’s “Dog & Butterfly,” showing off the group’s underrated funk chops.  “What About Love” is a quintessential power ballad as only ANN WILSON can sing it. Yes, millennials who weren’t born when the song came out in 1985 were somehow singing along.  God bless SPOTIFY. And if NANCY WILSON’s spirited acoustic intro to “Crazy on You” wasn’t one of the evening’s iconic moments, it wasn’t for lack of resonance. These Seattle gals proved their ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME chops, concluding with “Barracuda.”

LIL NAS X proved the evening’s first unannounced guest, singing his “Old Town Road” follow-up, “Panini,” which, with its whistle-chorus, is becoming almost as much of an ear worm as that ubiquitous hit..

CAMILA CABELLO has proven “Havana” was no fluke, making her iHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL debut with a spectacular theatrical dance number for the confessional current radio track, “Shameless<”: She hits the impossibly high notes on “All Of Me,” from her self-titled debut. “I’ll never be the same,” she sang, and that’s true.  She’s a flat-out superstar in the next-BEYONCE/J. LO sweeps. She’s right up there with ARIANA GRANDE for reigning nouveau pop diva. The familiar flamenco chords open the smash “Senorita,” which CABELLO leans into with a casual sensuousness that burns a hold through the screen. “I love it when you call me senorita.” Then, she introduced a new song, “Liar,” with a breezy bossa nova/tropical/reggae beat. that took her into more rhythmic territory. A sultry, steamy “HAVANA” completed an impressive performance that recalled nothing so much as a 21st century CARMEN MIRANDA. Without the fruit hats, of course.

Unannounced surprise guest LIL NAS X returned to perform “Rodeo,” his CARDI B feature, whose vocals were piped in for the performance, then he finished up with the phenomenon “Old Town Road,” one of the most remarkable mash-up hits in all of pop music history..

TORI SPELLING and IAN ZIERING welcomed back the reboot of “BEVERLY HILLS 90210” and the ’90s revival by introducing BACKSTREET BOYS, who didn’t disappoint after a static-y video montage of their greatest hits. entering to the anthemic “Everybody (BACKSTREET’s Back),” which basically says it all about this unlikely blockbuster comeback. 

“The One” followed, as the band acknowledged iHEARTRADIO’s role in their recent success, having played that very stage as special guests to FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE three years ago. NICK CARTER leaned into “I Want It That Way,” and the rest of the band. especially AJ McLEAN performed it like they meant it, before closing with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” their new single and a worthy addition to the oeuvre, followed by a suitably larger-than-life  “Larger Than Life,” — complete with a dub break — those boy band harmonies still intact. 

Country took its moment in the spotlight with TIM McGRAW, forever known to this METS fan as the son of the late, great relief pitcher TUG McGRAW, but his down-home flavor was most welcome amidst the glitz. He opened with the surprisingly blues-rock almost hip-hop-inflected (LIL NAS X anyone?) “Truck Yeah,” the ultimate rallying cry, when you think about it. “Gotta little redneck in your blood,” he yowled, with some nice slide guitar accompaniment.  The opening of THE WHO’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” leads seamlessly into the rollicking honky-tonk of “All I Want Is a Life.,” the first track to his 1995 album, “All I Want.” This is country-rock at its most inclusive, as McGRAW wades into the crowd to shake hands. The sing-song “One of Those Nights” follows, the CMT winner for Video Of The Year back in 2013 about the joys of making out in the back of a car on a moonlit night. This country has a rock ‘n’ roll soul.  “My name’s TIM McGRAW… I’m your country guy,” he said to the crowd before introducing  a moving tribute to the late RIC OCASEK with an unexpectedly touching cover of THE CARS’ “Drive,” the original sung by the late BEN ORR, citing the band as a real creative inspiration. “Real Good Man” continued the set’s  rowdy, rockin’ road with a wink and a smile, while the finale, a brand-new song in which he repeated the phrase “Way Down,” has a gospel/swing jazz backbeat to it. 

FLETCHER is a highly touted pop ingenue signed to CAPITOL RECORDS who recently released her major label debut, the much-buzzed-about “.You Ruined NEW YORK CITY For Me,” performing  a pair of songs from it, including the fetching “:If You’re Gonna Lie” and the confessional “Undrunk,” which pitched her somewhere in between ALANIS MORISSETTE and HALSEY. The JERSEY shore native and “X Factor” alum admitted this was the biggest crowd she’d ever performed for and that the songs were “about an ex who ruined my life.” 

Rock reared its head with CAGE THE ELEPHANT, the rockers from BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY, who dominate the Active radio format.  The rockers’ “Broken Boy,” from their most recent album, “Social Cues,” began with kinetic, ever-wandering lead singer MATT SHULTZ declaring, “I was born on the wrong side of the train tracks.” The jagged, bluesy “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” showed the influence of hip-hop on modern rock, while “Trouble” proved a falsetto-laden tour de force in which SHULTZ waved a light bulb, skipped around the stage and laid himself bare for the audience. He abruptly jumped off the stage, then clambered back on, singing the title track from the “Social Cues” album on his knees. “Listen on the radio,” went the refrain before SHULTZ removed his sandals and did a handstand. “Come a Little Closer,” probably their most familiar song, brought the mini-set to an honest-to-goodness cathartic conclusion, as SHULTZ once again moved into the crowd, removing his shirt and socks this time, leaving him clad in a nude bodysuit. “Thanks for letting me explore, and exploring yourselves,” he said in parting.

HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH were up next, back together after a decade apart, performing four songs from “Cracked Rear View,” one of the best-selling debut albums of all time, including “Hold My Hand,” “:Time<” “Let Her Cry” and a jangly “Only Wanna Be With You,” leading into a cover of KOOL AND THE GANG’s funky “Get Down On It.” The inspirational gospel sound of the brand-new “We Gotta Hold On” provided a welcome taste to the upcoming new album.  Emboldened by his successful solo country career, leader DARIUS RUCKER was more energized and confident than ever for one of the most underappreciated bands of all time.

HALSEY took the stage to a vaguely ASIAN soundtrack before getting into “Gasoline,” a song from her 2015 debut, “Badlands” (has it already been four years?), asking, Are you strange like me?” It’s easy to forget that in these limited attention span times, before BILLIE EILISH, HALSEY was the next big thing as a post-feminist pop diva. And this performance confirmed she’s still one to keep an eye on. She then introduced the brand-new, recently released clickety-clackety rhythms of “Graveyard,” about romantic obsession. She belts out the hip-hop riddims of “Bad At Love,” her self-examining hit, with impressive conviction. It’s kinda weird watching HALSEY grow up in public; girl, you’ve become a woman.  “Are you guys ready to move yet?” she prompts the crowd, then launches into “Nightmare,” the title track from her most recent album, letting the audience answer her.  “I keep a record of the wreckage in my life.” Indeed. “I waited a while for a moment to say I don’t owe you a goddamn thing.” Understood. Then it was onto an aching “Without Me,” “Baby I’m the one who put you up there,” she sings as the confetti flutter down around her and the audience completes the thought. 

STEVE AOKI provided the EDM-fused topper, joined by K-Pop band MONSTA X for their recent collaboration, “Play It Cool,” then DARREN CRISS for their cover of DAVE MATTHEWS BAND’s “Crash Into Me,” to the finale with the BACKSTREET BOYS, “Let It Be Me,” AOKI and the band’s recent salute to tolerance, self-determination, gender equality and good old-fashioned “peace and love.” It was a fitting ending to an evening of inclusion, not just music genre-wise, but culturally and politically. Day One of this year’s iHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL’was off to a very promising start.

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Stars Announce Greatest Hits Album LaGuardia

Montreal’s Stars have announced a new career-spanning compilation called LaGuardia. The collection, which has tracks from all of Stars’ albums barring their debut Nightsongs, is out December 6 via Arts & Crafts. Check out the tracklist, cover art, and packaging below.

Stars are currently on tour in Europe, playing 2004’s Set Yourself on Fire in full. This fall, from November 26 to December 8, they are presenting their “Stars: Together” performance at the Streetcar Crowsnet Theatre in Toronto. Get tickets to Stars’ tour here. (Pitchfork may earn a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)

Stars’ latest album, There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light, came out in October 2017.

LaGuardia:

01 Elevator Love Letter
02 Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
03 Reunion
04 Dead Hearts
05 Ship to Shore
06 Trap Door
07 Going, Going, Gone (Live)
08 Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
09 Fixed
10 A Song Is a Weapon
11 Heart
12 Fluorescent Light
13 No One Is Lost
14 Take Me to the Riot
15 My Favourite Book
16 The Theory of Relativity
17 Undertow
18 Ageless Beauty
19 From the Night
20 Calendar Girl

Stars:

09-20 Berlin, Germany – Unterholz am Oberbaum
09-21 Hamburg, Germany – Reeperbahn Festival
09-22 Munich, Germany – Strom
09-24 Cologne, Germany – Luxor
09-26 Manchester, England – The Deaf Institute
09-28 Galway, Ireland – Róisín Dubh
09-29 Glasgow, Scotland – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
09-30 London, England – Scala
11-26-12-08 Toronto, Ontario – Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre

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Paramount is working on a new Face/Off reboot

A reboot of the 1997 action thriller Face/Off is in the works at Paramount. Fans can thank Oren Uziel, the screenwriter behind 22 Jump Street, as he’s who is penning the reboot.

In the original version of Face/Off, an FBI agent (John Travolta) is chasing down a terrorist (Nicolas Cage) when the plane he escapes on crashes, injuring him badly. Naturally, the agent goes through surgery to swap faces (!) with the terrorist and attempts to go under cover for his mission. Things get even more chaotic from there.

(Read: Enter the Cage: Con Air and Face/Off at 20)

There’s no word yet on casting or even plot direction for the reboot. At the very least, we can only hope the film’s original stars play a role.

Uziel is joined on the Face/Off reboot by producer Neal Moritz and executive producer David Permut, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to writing 22 Jump Street, Uziel also contributed to The Cloverfield Paradox, the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog, and is working on the follow-up to Detective Pikachu, too.

In the meantime, revisit the trailer for the original Face/Off below.

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