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Help Save Pearl Jam’s Recording Console

LondonBridgeStudios.comLondon Bridge Studios in Seattle is the site where many a formative album was recorded – Pearl Jam‘s Ten; Soundgarden‘s Louder Than Love; Dirt, Jar of Flies, Facelift and Tripod – all from Alice in Chains; and the self-titled albums from Candlebox and Blind Melon, among many others. Those albums were molded and shaped by a vintage recording console called made by Neve, which the studio holds in high esteem — so high, in fact, that it’s asking for funds to help save it from the junkpile.

London Bridge says it’ll cost $75,000 to rebuild the aging hulk of sonic goodness and the group’ve started a fundraising campaign through IndieGoGo to collect money toward the goal.

There’s bang available for your buck — $35 gets you a grunge-tastic t-shirt. $150 gets you two shirts, plus a private tour for two. For $250, your name gets inscribed on the recording console for the Eddie Vedders of the world to mouth their thanks to.

Here’s where it really gets interesting — wanna be the next Alice in Chains? For donations between $650-850, you can get time with London Bridge Studios producers and engineers. The first band to kick in $1,500 gets to be the last band to record on the Neve, and the first band to flip $2,500 toward the cause gets to run the first licks through the reconditioned Neve.

The grand poobah of donations is $15,000 — this gets you a top-shelf secret producer twiddlin’ the Neve’s knobs on your next album.

As of this writing, London Bridge Studios still had a ways to go to reach the goal. Hit IndieGoGo.com to help preserve grunge history.

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Sevendust Debuts Song, “Bonfire,” from “Time Travelers & Bonfires”

Chris BairdSevendust has debuted a new song from its fan-funded acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, out today.

The song, “Bonfire,” is currently streaming exclusively on Billboard.com. Although the album is mostly acoustic and a sort of followup to the band’s 2004 acoustic live album Southside Double-Wide, Billboard reports that electric guitars appear on the album as well.

“We went in full guns blazin’, man,” frontman Lajon Witherspoon tells Billboard. “We wanted to come different and bring the different sound and still have that acoustic element there, but give it some salt, too, and keep it in that Sevendust vein that we’re still gonna be able to have a good time and stand up and jump around, and not do it in the same vein people are normally used to.”

As previously reported, Time Travelers & Bonfires mixes new version of half-a dozen older Sevendust tunes chosen by fans with six new songs written in the studio during the recording sessions. “We didn’t go in with any material. We wrote songs while we were there, and that’s what’s the magic was about this,” Witherspoon tells the publication.

The album’s production was funded by fans through the PledgeMusic website, and Witherspoon says it won’t be the last time the band goes that route in financing an album.

“We’d seen so many bands using this Pledge thing, I just said, ‘Y’know, what, guys, it’d be awesome to see if we could do this and take it out of the machine…and see what would happen,’” he tells Billboard. “It amazes us. We felt like it was our family and friends out there helping us to do this; it’s their album as much as it is ours, and that’s what’s cool about it. I can’t wait to do this again.”

Sevendust is on road performing acoustic shows in support of the new record. Two new dates have been added to the end of the previously-reported trek: a July 23 show at the House of Blues in Cleveland, and an August 2 show at Citizen Tribune-Jefferson Federal in Morristown, TN. For the full list of dates, visit Sevendust.com.

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Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds to Receive Prestigious Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Gala

Credit: Alex SermonImagine Dragons have already won an American Music Award and a Grammy, and the group’re up for 12 Billboard Music Awards. Now, lead singer Dan Reynolds will have another accolade to add to his rapidly-filling trophy case.

Reynolds will receive the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award at this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Gala, which will be held June 12 in New York City. The award, named after legendary songwriter Hal David, is given annually to a young musician who is “making a significant impact in the music industry” with his or her original songs. With hits like “It’s Time,” “Demons” and “Radioactive,” Reynolds is definitely doing that.

Past winners of the Hal David Starlight Award include Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Jason Mraz, Matchbox Twenty‘s Rob Thomas, and Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls.

In a statement, songwriting legend Jimmy Webb, chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, said, “Dan Reynolds is a dream ticket for the Songwriters Hall of Fame Starlight Award. He has helped create truly contemporary rock n’ roll with the band Imagine Dragons: a sound at once musically literate and issue-driven, yet founded on solid composition and songwriting.”

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fun.’s Jack Antonoff on New Solo Project, Band’s Next Album and Being an “Equality Champion”

Daniel Silbert/RCA Recordsfun.‘s smash album Some Nights came out in 2012, and there’s no word on when we can expect the follow-up. But that doesn’t mean the band’s members are just sitting around: guitarist Jack Antonoff, in particular, has been busy co-writing songs with female pop stars like Taylor Swift and Sara Bareilles, and now he’s gearing up to release his first solo project.

Antonoff’s already released the first single from that project — it’s called “I Wanna Get Better.” But he didn’t put it out under his own name: it, and the album, were recorded under the name Bleachers. Why not just use his actual name? The guitarist tells ABC News Radio, “I thought about it, but calling it my name felt a little bit…too loaded…it felt like it was putting too much spotlight on the fact that it was a ‘solo project,’ and not…the fact that it was its own body of work. So I wanted to call it something because I just wanted it to be its own thing.”

Antonoff worked with a variety of collaborators on the Bleachers project, including Yoko Ono, and Vince Clarke, a former member of three top ’80′s synth-pop groups: Depeche Mode, Yaz and Erasure. He chose the name Bleachers because it was the working title of one of the songs on the album, which he’s still putting the finishing touches on. But what about the next fun. album? What’s the status of that? The group’re “working on it,” is all Antonoff will say about that.

While we wait for new music, the members of fun. are working together on their favorite cause: gay rights. It’s something the group’ve been supporting for several years now, but the group’ve just been named “equality champions” by the U.N.’s gay rights campaign, Free & Equal. Though all three members of fun are straight, Antonoff says fighting for equality for gays is so important to them because it’s, as he puts it, “undoubtedly the human rights issue of our time.”

“To me, it’s just a no-brainer,” he tells ABC News Radio. “When you look at political issues, there’s so much gray area and there’s so many ways looking at things, but when it comes to human rights — when it comes to the rights of innocent people — to me that’s just completely a black and white issue, and there’s no other way to look at it, from my perspective: we all deserve the exact same rights.”

Standing up for the rights of others comes naturally to Jack: in fact, it runs in his family. “My grandfather was very involved in the civil rights movement, he actually marched with Martin Luther King in Washington,” the guitarist tells ABC News Radio. “And I just remember hearing all these stories growing up, and he really impressed upon me that — during a time when things are shifting and it’s very easy to sort of be still, and kind of get stuck in the ‘This is how it’s always been’ type of place — that’s when it’s really important to speak up…that’s when it’s really important to make a difference.”

As part of their work with the U.N., Jack and the rest of the band are working to raise $250,000 for a homeless shelter in Detroit, which needs more beds for all the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth who need a place to stay. “About 40% of all homeless kids are LGBT youth, and that’s because the group’re being kicked out of their homes, so there’s all these amazing shelters all over the country that are catering to these kids specifically,” Antonoff explains.

Overall, Antonoff says he’s happy to see that the tide has turned from even a decade ago, and casual homophobia just isn’t as widespread as it once was.

“When I think about being in high school, you know, anything that was different was called ‘gay.,’ he recalls. “I had blue hair back then, people used to call me gay and, and these were terms that was socially acceptable. And I’ve noticed an amazing shift where that’s just not really okay anymore, which is fantastic.”

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Roger Waters’ 1992 Concept Album “Amused to Death” to Be Reissued Later This Year

Sony/Legacy RecordingsRoger Waters is preparing to reissue his last studio album of original rock songs, Amused to Death. The updated version of the ex-Pink Floyd singer-bassist’s 1992 concept record, which focused on the dehumanizing effects of mass media and modern technology and advertising, will be released later this year in a number of formats.

Waters has teamed up with longtime Pink Floyd engineer James Guthrie to create new stereo and 5.1 surround-sound mixes for Amused to Death. The reissue packages also will include bonus content and new graphics. Among the many musicians who lent their talents to Amused to Death are Jeff Beck, Don Henley, Rita Coolidge, longtime Pink Floyd backing singer P.P. Arnold, and Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and drummer Jeff Porcaro.

Guthrie had been scheduled to premiere some of the new Amused to Death mixes over the weekend as part of a recently reported academic conference held at New Jersey’s Princeton University.

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