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Watch Live Stream of Metallica's Final WorldWired North American Tour Stop

Metallica‘s final North American show in Edmonton, in Alberta, Canada, from this leg of their WorldWired tour will be live streamed on Wednesday, beginning around 10:45 p.m. ET. In support of last year’s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, the tour is the band’s biggest trek yet and their first North American tour in eight years. It’s also their first stadium run in almost two decades. It kicked off in May in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium.

“Not a lot of bands have been jumping from the middle to the top,” Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone when discussing their stadium run, citing U2 as his role model for how bands get bigger. “Guns N’ Roses have been around for 30 years, AC/DC have been around 45, we’ve been around for 130 years – it’s an odd thing. Sometimes it’s like, ‘Holy fuck, we’re playing stadiums. What if somebody finds out that we shouldn’t be playing stadiums?'”

The tour has wound around the U.S. through the summer, with Canadian stops in Quebec, Toronto and Montreal in July, before the group returned to the U.S. for a string of dates on the West Coast. On Monday, they performed in Vancouver, B.C. at BC Place. Wednesday’s live streamed show will broadcast from Edmonton, AB, at Commonwealth Stadium.

Expect to witness impressive production via the live stream. Not only is this Metallica’s biggest trek, it is also their largest production, which includes 48 trucks worth of equipment. The stage – which features 83 laser fixtures, 40,000 speakers, a circular walk and a mini stage – takes three days to set up.

While the set list is not determined until “an hour or two before the show,” as Ulrich told Rolling Stone, they typically won’t pull out several obscure tracks given it’s a stadium tour. That said, deeper cuts are not out of the question. “I usually have all the information about each city we played and what we played last time, so I try to put some deeper cuts in there,” Ulrich added.

Next month, Metallica heads to Europe, where they will extensively tour through May 2018. That leg of the tour culminates on May 11th in Helsinki, Finland at Hartwall Arena.

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La Orquesta Sinfónica de Shanghái se embarca en su gira europea

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra embarks on Europe tourEl conjunto chino hace su debut en el Festival de Lucerna
SHANGHÁI, 17 de agosto de 2017 /PRNewswire/ — La Orquesta Sinfónica de Shanghái se dispone a emprender, el 17 de agosto y bajo la batuta de su director musical, Long Yu, una gira por Europa que la llevará a actuar en el…

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Review: The Isley Brothers and Santana Join for Olympian Soul-Rock Summit

This iconic pairing is full of inspired jams: Swamp Dogg’s 1970 “Total Destruction to Your Mind” morphs from a Sly Stone workout into a Funkadelic guitar display, and Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” gains heavy-metal bulk. But while Carlos Santana’s guitar shines – Ernie Isley’s, too – 76-year-old Ron is the lodestar, donning a falsetto smoking jacket for the Eddie Kendricks proto-disco “Body Talk,” and investing Bacharach-David’s corny “What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love” with fresh gravitas. 

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Spotify Takes Steps to Remove Hate Music From Streaming Service

Spotify announced it has removed “hate bands” identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center from the streaming service.

The removal comes after Digital Music News, in the wake of last week’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, identified at least 27 “hate bands” from the SPLC list on Spotify. Additionally, because of Spotify’s filtering algorithm, bands that catered to neo-Nazi and white supremacist audiences that fell outside the SPLC list were also easily discoverable.

“Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention,” the service said in a statement (via Billboard). “We are glad to have been alerted to this content – and have already removed many of the bands identified today, whilst urgently reviewing the remainder.”

A Spotify rep added that the music is provided by record companies and aggregators, and “that illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us.”

In 2014, Apple’s iTunes took similar action with the SPLC’s list of 54 white power groups, banishing the bands from its music. The SPLC also condemned Spotify for its “slow” handling of the matter.

“Spotify has said it uses a list produced by Germany’s Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons to identify artists and music that should be removed,” the SPLC wrote in December 2014. “Content can also be flagged by users or others for Spotify to review. But as of today, Spotify has not removed any songs from a list of hate music provided by the SPLC.”

Spotify responded at the time, “We take this very seriously. Content – artists and music – listed by [German agency Federal Review Board for Media Harmful to Minors] BPjM in Germany is proactively removed from our service. We’re a global company, so we use the BPjM index as a global standard for these issues. Other potentially hateful or objectionable content that is flagged by uses or others but not on the BPjM list is handled on a case by case basis.”

Two-and-a-half years later, Spotify has finally taken steps to remove those bands from the service.

Spotify also announced they have curated their new “Patriotic Passion” playlist, “a soundtrack to an America worth fighting for.” The playlist features tracks by artists like Simon & Garfunkel, N.W.A, Lady Gaga, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna and more.

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Chubb es la aseguradora oficial del Rock in Rio 2017

"We have chosen a new logo that is a simple expression of our name, with no extra symbols or visual distractions. Itâeuro(TM)s a simple, refined, modern expression of Chubb,âeuro said Evan Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of Chubb Limited.SAN PABLO, 16 de agosto de 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Chubb es la aseguradora oficial del Rock in Rio 2017, el mayor festival musical de todo el mundo. El evento se realizará en siete días, a partir del 15 de septiembre, en el Parque Olímpico de Río de Janeiro, donde se realizaron los juegos…

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Chubb é a seguradora oficial do Rock in Rio 2017

"We have chosen a new logo that is a simple expression of our name, with no extra symbols or visual distractions. Itâeuro(TM)s a simple, refined, modern expression of Chubb,âeuro said Evan Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of Chubb Limited.SÃO PAULO, 16 de agosto de 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A Chubb é a seguradora oficial do Rock in Rio 2017, o maior festival de música e entretenimento do mundo. O evento será realizado em sete dias, a partir de 15 de setembro, e ocupará…

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SiriusXM Launches New Music Channels Showcasing Music from the 1990s and 2000s

SIRIUS XM logo. (PRNewsFoto/SIRIUS XM Radio)NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — SiriusXM announced today that it will expand its extensive and industry-leading lineup of commercial-free music channels with the launch of two channels: Turbo and PopRocks. These full-time music channels will launch on August 17 on Si…

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Shanghai Symphony Orchestra geht auf Europa-Tournee

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra embarks on Europe tourDen Anfang macht das chinesische Ensemble beim Lucerne Festival
SHANGHAI, 16. August 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Das Symphonieorchester Shanghai wird sich ab dem 17. August zu einer Europa-Tournee unter der Leitung seines Dirigenten Long Yu aufmachen. Am 20. August werden sie auf dem Lucerne…

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Chris Brown on Rihanna Assault: 'I Felt Like a F–king Monster'

Chris Brown described the infamous night he physically attacked then-girlfriend Rihanna in a clip from his new documentary, Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life, released Monday.

The R&B singer, who served five years probation and a community service order for the assault, recounts the evolution of the couple’s relationship in the 11-minute segment. He called their young romance “a fairytale.” Though their relationship imploded after Brown lied about sleeping with another woman, a former employee, early on in their relationship, he reveals.

“After that, my trust was lost with her. She hated me after that,” he says. “I tried everything, she didn’t care. She just didn’t trust me after that. From there, it just went downhill because there were too many verbal fights, physical fights as well. Mutual sides. … We would fight each other. She would hit me, I would hit her and it never was okay.”

Then, on the night of Clive Davis’ 2009 Grammy party, Brown and Rihanna got into a major argument after the woman approached the couple at the celeb-studded fete. Brown remembers looking over at Rihanna and seeing her “bawling.”

After they left the party, he says he offered her his phone to look through as proof of his loyalty; she spotted a message from her and surmised that Brown had lied to her again.

“She starts going off, she throws the phone,” he says. “‘I hate you.’ Starts hitting me. We’re in a little Lamborghini. She’s fighting me. I’m like, ‘Look, I’m telling you the truth, I swear.’ … She hits me a couple of more times and it doesn’t go from translation to, ‘Let’s sit down, I’m telling you the truth.’ It goes to, ‘Now, I’m going to be mean, be evil.’ I remember she tried to kick me, but then I really hit her, with a closed fist, I punched her. I busted her lip. When I saw it, I was in shock. I was like, ‘Fuck, why the hell did I hit her?'”

He says that he felt like a “fucking monster” for what he had done, and later, when he saw the police photo of Rihanna’s bruised and battered face, he felt the full weight of what he had done.

“I look back at that picture and I’m like, ‘That’s not me, bro,'” he says. “I hate it to this day. That’s going to haunt me forever.”

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Bonnie Tyler Will Sing 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' During Solar Eclipse

In a perfect marriage of pop and science, Bonnie Tyler will perform her 1983 hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” during the August 2017 solar eclipse onboard Royal Caribbean’s Total Eclipse Cruise. The Oasis of the Seas ship will be positioned in the path of totality for the performance, just as the moon moves across the sun, Time reports.

“The eclipse of the sun lasts two minutes and 40 minutes, I’m told,” said the Eighties singer. “Unlike my song. It had to be chopped about because it was so long. I never thought it would be played on the radio, in the beginning.” The week-long Total Eclipse Cruise departs from Orlando, Florida for the Caribbean on August 20th. The Joe Jonas-led pop band DNCE, best known for 2015’s “Cake By the Ocean,” will back Tyler on Monday, August 21st.

Tyler’s trademark cinematic ballad often surges in popularity around eclipses. Time reports that Spotify charted a 75 percent streaming increase the day after the March 2016 total solar eclipse and the video’s YouTube views have already swelled to over 302 million as of this writing.

Jim Steinman wrote and produced “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” which appeared on Tyler’s fifth LP, 1983’s Faster Than the Speed of Night. The song, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 and U.K. Singles chart, has remained a part of the pop consciousness ever since – particularly as a karaoke favorite.

Tyler pegged the song’s staying power to its evergreen quality. “It’s a massive song … that you hear on the radio all the time, whether it’s an eclipse or not,” she told Time. “And you know, you can bet your life on all these talent shows — X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent — [it] pops up so often with the contestants.”

During the August 21st eclipse, all of North America will be able to view the rare phenomenon. Anyone within the path of totality – which stretches from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina – can glimpse the total eclipse, in which the moon completely covers the sun. Observers outside this path can still see a partial eclipse. 

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