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Reunited Santana Stream New Song 'Anywhere You Want To Go'
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Santana have made their track Anywhere You Want To Go available to stream. The song is taken from upcoming album Santana IV, due out on April 15. The record sees the original lineup reunite for the first time in 45 years.

Guitar icon and singer Carlos Santana, lead vocalist and keyboardist Gregg Rolie, guitarist Neal Schon, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve last worked together when they produced multi-platinum record Santana III in 1971.

Fans attending select shows on Santana's Luminosity tour this year will receive a CD copy of Santana IV with every pair of tickets. More details and the song stream here.

ROCK NEWS FOR 02/05/16

EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE NEW EXPANDED VERSIONS OF RICH ROBINSON

 PAPER, LLAMA BLUES OUT FEBRUARY 26, 2016! THROUGH A CROOKED SUN, WOODSTOCK SESSIONS OUT APRIL 15, 2016!  All ON CD, COLORED VINYL, AND DIGITAL FORMATS NEW ALBUM IN MAY 2016~

Rich Robinson, the celebrated guitarist and co-founding member of The Black Crowes, will issue new expanded catalog releases from his solo career via Eagle Rock Entertainment. These CD, LP, and digital formats will lead up to the May 2016 release of Robinson’s new solo album.

These newly re-imagined albums -- Paper, Llama Blues (February 26), Through A Crooked Sun, and Woodstock Sessions (April 15) – include previously unreleased tracks and penned essays from Robinson himself. The LP versions will be issued as colored vinyl: Llama Blues in blue, Paper in red, Through A Crooked Sun in white, and Woodstock Sessions in brown. 

In the aftermath of the Black Crowes dissolution in 2001, Robinson set out to realize his first solo album. Originally recorded in New York City in 2002, Paper was released in 2004. With its release – complete with an original painting by Robinson serving at its cover artwork – Paper showcased an array of diverse musical influences and superb guitar world. Eight years later, the 2” master tapes for Paper, which were housed at Robinson’s New Jersey storage facility along with his gear, fell victim to Hurricane Sandy. When the opportunity came to include the album as part of this catalog initiative, Robinson approached the restoration of these masters with fresh ears: he recorded new vocals, changed the sequencing, and remixed / remastered the album. Packaged with three previously unreleased tracks from these 2004 sessions, the February 26 release is the completely re-imagined version of Paper

Robinson’s second full-length solo album, Through A Crooked Sun, was conceived amidst an extended break from the Black Crowes, and was released in 2011. Recorded at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY, this record enjoyed wide acclaim from Robinson’s worldwide audience and represented a progression in his direction as a solo artist. 

The Llama Blues EP, which boasted blues-based songs, was previously limited to 1,000 CDs when it was released in 2013. This album quickly became a prized commodity for Robinson fans who reveled in the guitarist’s embrace of the blues idiom. Robinson captured the spirit of the blues pioneers who had inspired him, recording the sessions in a small room with one vintage RCA ribbon microphone. 

The Woodstock Sessions, originally released in November 2014, captures Robinson and his band performing live before an intimate audience at Applehead Studios. The album was recorded over two days, with two sets per day – one acoustic, one electric. Through the recording, the fans were just as much a part of the album’s creation as the band. They interacted with the band, and witnessed the artist’s creative process in a manner that most never get to experience. Robinson deftly mixed staples from his solo career with superb rendition of such signature classics as “Got To Get Better In A Little While” (which makes its debut on this expanded edition) and the Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’”. This experiment, breaking down the barriers between musician and fan, is what makes The Woodstock Sessions so special. 

Additionally, a limited edition 7” of Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ press on blue vinyl was released on Black Friday Record Store Day and quickly sold out. 

This line-up of releases is the perfect lead-up to Robinson’s upcoming new studio album this Spring. 

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PROVOGUE COMMEMORATES JEFF HEALEY’S 50TH BIRTHDAY WITH RELEASE OF 12 ORIGINAL SONGS ON ALBUM ‘HEAL MY SOUL’ 

You can listen to the first new Jeff Healey song in 15 years ‘Daze of the Night’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBySJCDtPwk

 You can see the Album trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1Brwxs6hKM

 “He was like another one of my sons… Jeff Healey… (exhales hard)… oh my God.” BB King
“He was SUCH a great musician… a voice that is missed.” Steve Lukather
“Jeff was one of the sweetest, most humble and talented artists I’ve met…” Bonnie Raitt
"Jeff was an amazing colleague and as a musician and a personality, in a league of his own. I t was always game on for him. His generosity and sense of humor lasted till the end. He was brave without ever being dramatic. In a word, Jeff was inspirational”  Gary Scriven

2016 marks the release of Heal My Soul – the extraordinary lost album from Jeff Healey which has never been heard before by the public. March 25th of this year would have seen Jeff turn 50 years old and this album begins the celebration of a milestone year for a true musical icon.

Heal My Soul is the first album of new songs recorded by Jeff in over 15 years. It represents some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. Under the direct supervision of the Jeff Healey Estate these tracks were painstakingly restored and brought to life bringing into focus Jeff’s unique and special gifts as an artist. The music on Heal My Soul captures Healey in full flight, displaying the virtuosity that made the Toronto native one of the most revered musicians in the world during his all-too-brief lifetime. Key tracks include “Daze Of The Night,” the soaring acoustic ballad “Baby Blue,” and Healey’s soulful take on Richard Thompson’s “I Misunderstood.”

In a joint statement, Jeff Healey Estate Co-Administrators Cristie Healey and Roger Costa said, “Heal My Soul is a project that we have wanted to tackle for years. A 'lost' album, it contains material recorded during one of the most creative periods in Jeff's rock career. Until now, it has never seen the light of day. Jeff was very proud of this work and it features some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. With complete creative control we've laboured hard, tracking down recordings, identifying the right performances, restoring them to their proper stature and mixing and mastering them from the ground up. This has been a true labour of love for us from beginning to end and we're absolutely thrilled to be able to finally share this significant release with the world.”

Healey is remembered as one of the most outstanding guitarists and performers of the past 30 years. He lost his sight during early childhood due to retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. Playing guitar since the age of three, he developed the distinctive lap-style guitar technique that helped bring him international attention by his late teens. A Grammy nominee and JUNO Award winner, his five releases with The Jeff Healey Band totaled millions of sales worldwide. Over the course of his career, he also shared stages and earned the admiration of countless other musicians including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Allman Brothers Band.

Healey died on March 2, 2008 at age 41 after a three-year battle with sarcoma cancer.

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Alice Cooper's Hollywood Vampires Doing Lemmy Tribute
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Alice Cooper's Hollywood Vampires, which includes Johnny Depp, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, among others, will pay tribute to the late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister at the Grammy Awards next week.

Rolling Stone reports the band will perform a Motorhead classic as part of a two-song set that will also see the premiere of "As Bad As I Am", one of three bonus tracks featured on the upcoming deluxe edition of the Hollywood Vampires' 2015 self-titled debut that's due February 12.

"We started this band as a means to toast our 'dead drunk friends' at the Rainbow, all the ghosts in the bar," says Cooper, "and now I guess Lemmy is involved in that, too. Lemmy was one of those salt-of-the-earth guys. Find me somebody who didn't love Lemmy. He's just one of those guys that's impossible not to like.

"He was always funny," Cooper continues. "I'm a 'healed' alcoholic and I haven't had anything to drink in 35 years. A lot of people that drink always feel a little bit like they owe an explanation to me.

"A couple weeks before his death, Lemmy came up to me and said, 'Alice, I've quit drinking.' And he's got a glass in his hand. And I go, 'Really?' And he says, 'Yeah, I don't drink whiskey anymore. I drink vodka.' And I went, 'Lemmy, do you think your liver has any idea what color the alcohol is?' He said, well it's a step down from whiskey.' And I went, 'OK. Any step's a good step.'" Read more here.

David Bowie Classic Featured In Super Bowl Ad
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David Bowie's 1972 classic, "Starman", provides the soundtrack to a Super Bowl 50 commercial for Audi and the full ad as well as an extended version, have both been posted online

Adweek reports the ad tells the story of a retired astronaut who rediscovers his passion for life - and powerful machines - when his son lets him drive the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus.

Entitled "The Commander", the commercial will be seen during the first quarter of this Sunday's game between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

"Starman" was enjoying a renaissance even before Bowie's death from cancer on January 10. The tune was played in full during a sequence of Ridley Scott's space film The Martian.

The lead single from 1972's "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars", "Starman" peaked at No. 65 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the classic album hit No. 21 on the Billboard 200 and was a Top 5 record in the singer's native UK. Check out both versions of the commercial and the original track here.

Video Of Rolling Stones South American Tour Kick Off Goes Online
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The Rolling Stones kicked off the South American leg of their ongoing world tour at Santiago, Chile's Estadio Nacional Wednesday night and several videos from the show have been posted online.

The 19-song set was full of classics and, as Rolling Stone magazine notes, the band performed "She's A Rainbow" from 1967's "Their Satanic Majesties Request" for the first time since 1998, and only the 11th time in their entire history.

The Santiago show also saw the debut of new backup vocalist Sasha Allen, who took center stage with Mick Jagger for "Gimme Shelter" as she fills in for longtime singer Lisa Fischer, who was unable to make the South American run due to prior touring commitments.

The 12-date América Latina Olé tour - which includes multiple dates in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo - marks the group's first shows of the continent in a decade.

Meanwhile, the Super Deluxe Edition of The Rolling Stones' 2015 reissue of their 1971 album classic, "Sticky Fingers", will compete for a Grammy Award at next week's event in Los Angeles. Read more and watch the videos here.

Jeff Lynne's ELO Announces U.S. Shows With Orchestra
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Jeff Lynne's ELO will play three shows at the Hollywood Bowl this fall, marking the group's first Los Angeles dates in nearly 30 years. Lynne and crew will be joined by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Strings, conducted by Thomas Wilkins, for the Fireworks Finale shows on September 9, 10 and 11.

New subscriptions and group sales for the venue's summer season will be available February 9; "Five or More" packages go on sale March 15; and the Bowl's box office opens for single ticket sales on May 1.

Jeff Lynne's ELO are touring in support of 2015's "Alone In The Universe", the first album of all-new music released by the band in over a decade. The project was launched with the lead single, "When I Was A Boy." Read more and stream the single's video here.

Sex Pistols' Steve Jones Finds Unity In David Bowie's Passing
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Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones considers himself a rather stoic fellow, but even he was roiled by the passing of David Bowie. Speaking with Billboard, Jones said Bowie's death "was like the 9-11 of rock and roll."

"I was paralyzed when I heard the news," said Jones. "For some reason I didn't ever think I would feel that way with someone's death, but with Bowie it just struck a chord.

"I like the fact that a lot of other people have responded the same way. It gives me some hope in humanity, that there are actually some people who appreciate culture and … not everybody is a bloody robot, you know?"

Jones went on to describe the era of early '70s "Ziggy mania" in Great Britain. "I was 16 or 17 at the most," he recalled. "You really hadn't seen anything like it, the look and the songs … Although I like 'Life on Mars,' The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane are the best albums ever. I never get bored with playing them." Comment here.

Earth, Wind & Fire Icon Maurice White Dead At 74
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Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. He was 74 years old. White served as the iconic band's primary songwriter and co-lead singer. He was the older brother of current Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine White, and former member Fred White.

The group was famous for their many hits including "Shining Star", "That's the Way of the World," "Devotion," "Reasons," "Sing a Song," "Can't Hide Love," and "September."

White was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in the early '90s, and stopped touring with the band in 1994. Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and are set to be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the GRAMMY Awards. Read more here.

Elton John Does Surprise Performance At Train Station
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Legendary pop star Elton John has a new album coming out on February 5. He's taking the promotion of the album, Wonderful Crazy Night, to the streets. He recently surprised people in London's St. Pancras train station with a piano medley of some of his biggest hits.

Elton breezed into the roped off area and immediately got down to business. He thrilled the crowd as he ran through instrumentals of hits including "Benny and the Jets," "Tiny Dancer," and "Rocket Man."

The performance didn't last long. It was over in a little under four minutes. After the piano performance, he signed an autograph or two and was gone as fast as he entered. Check it out here.

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Guns N' Roses Reunion Is Really Lame Says Def Leppard Guitarist
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Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen shares his view of the recently announced reunion between Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan and Collen does not appear impressed with the upcoming Guns N' Roses reunion or their original split back in the day.

"We obviously think it's really f****** lame," Collen tells The Telegraph. "I love Guns N' Roses, I think they're really cool, I'd love to see Slash and Axl and Duff play together, that's great. But I think it's f****** lame considering we've been hardcore. Our integrity's still intact, we've never split up. We've gone through if someone had a little sniffle or something, we soldier on.

"Someone dies, someone loses an arm, someone gets cancer, we soldier on. With Guns N' Roses, if someone has a little barney backstage, they can't deal with each other. I know it's difficult, but I do think it's pretty lame when you compare anyone else to us."

Former in Sheffield, UK in 1977, Def Leppard have survived the death of guitarist Steve Clark in 1991 from alcoholism, drummer Rick Allen losing his left arm in a car accident in 1984, and guitarist Vivian Campbell's diagnosis with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2013.

The group have just postponed the remaining dates of their winter US tour due to frontman Joe Elliott coming down with "severe laryngitis." Read more here.

GONG Legend Daevid Allen's Final Album “Daevid Allen Weird Quartet - ELEVENSES” To Be Released February 12, 2016

The Final Recordings from Gong & Soft Machine Co-Founder Daevid Allen!

Los Angeles - Purple Pyramid Records will be releasing on February 12, 2016 the final album from legendary Daevid Allen, one of the most innovative music artists to emerge from this planet! Daevid Allen Weird Quartet is a recording project bringing together Daevid Allen, founder of The Soft Machine and Gong, with Don Falcone of Spirits Burning, Michael Clare of Daevid Allen's University of Errors, and drummers Trey Sabatelli (The Tubes) and Paul Sears (The Muffins). “ELEVENSES” is the second album by this band, following 2005's “DJDDAY”, which was released under the band name “Weird Biscuit Teatime.” Daevid Allen Weird Quartet “ELEVENSES” is the last band album that Daevid worked on before his death, in March of 2015.

Christopher David Allen (13 January 1938 – 13 March 2015), better known as Daevid Allen, sometimes credited as Divided Alien, was an Australian and had a brilliant career as a poet, musician, artist, and one-time cab driver that spanned over fifty years. Daevid was constantly pushing boundaries and was always the center of activity. He continually inspired those around him to be creative and to achieve their best.

The Daily Telegraph said, “Allen revelled in being the court jester of hippie rock and never lost his enthusiasm for the transcendent power of the psychedelic experience. He once remarked, 'Psychedelia for me is a code for that profound spiritual experience where there is a direct link to the gods.' That he never attained the riches and fame of many of his contemporaries did not concern him.”

Daevid Allen Weird Quartet “ELEVENSES” album is a mixture of styles of music found throughout his career, plus a few surprises: a blues song in 7/4, a catchy Irish-tinged folk song, ambient and explosive instrumentals, a post-punk rave-up with Daevid's final message on a record.

Track List:
1. TransloopThisMessage
2. Imagicknation
3.The Latest Curfew Craze
4. Kick That Habit Man
5. Secretary Of Lore
6. Alchemy
7. The Cold Stuffings Of November
8. Grasshopping
9. God's New Deal
10. Dim Sum In Alphabetical Order
11. Killer Honey
12. Under The YumYum Tree Café
13. Banana Construction

Available on both CD and vinyl February 12, 2016!

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Metallica Announce Free HD Stream Of Super Bowl Eve Concert
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Metallica have announced that they will stream their headlining performance at a Super Bowl 50 eve concert live from AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA on February 6.

CBS Radio's "The Night Before" annual event sees the band joined by special guests Cage The Elephant ahead of the big game between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on Sunday, February 7.

"We can't wait to play our first show of 2016 and there's nowhere we'd rather kick off the festivities than in our own backyard," says Lars Ulrich. "Even though the show has been sold out for months, Metallica fans around the world will be able to join in on the madness."

The webcast will be a free 1080p FullHD stream live from AT&T Park, available on mobile and desktop devices at webcast.livemetallica.com. "We're set to hit the stage at approximately 8:30 PM PST, so spend Super Bowl Eve with us no matter where you are that night!," adds the group. Read more here.

Black Sabbath Postponed Another Farewell Tour Date
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Black Sabbath postponed Wednesday, February 3rd's farewell tour concert in Vancouver, BC as Ozzy Osbourne continues to be sidelined by sinusitis.

"Due to continued severe sinusitis, Ozzy Osbourne will be unable to perform with Black Sabbath as scheduled," posted the band. "The Vancouver performance has been postponed. Details regarding the rescheduled date will be announced as soon as it is available. Please hold on to your tickets until further details are available."

The Vancouver show is the third Canadian date this week to be put on the shelf due to the health issue, following the postponement of a January 30 concert in Edmonton and a February 1 stop in Calgary, Alberta.

The next date on Black Sabbath's 6-week North American tour is scheduled for February 6 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA. Read more here.

Led Zeppelin Members Deposed In Stairway To Heaven Legal Battle
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The surviving members of Led Zeppelin have been deposed in the copyright-infringement lawsuit against the band over their classic hit "Stairway To Heaven."

Bloomberg reports Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant were each deposed separately over the past month as part of pretrial discovery, according to new filings in Los Angeles federal court.

During the depositions in London, each member said that they had no idea what their finances or earnings were with Led Zeppelin, according to a filing by the plaintiff's lawyer asking for more time to investigate.

The suit - brought by the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California and members of the band - claims the acoustic introduction to 1971's "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental "Taurus."

The two bands shared the bill at several shows in late 1968 and 1969. Led Zeppelin's guitarist, however, testified his memory of the era was vague, according to the filing by plaintiff's lawyer Francis Alexander Malofiy, who conducted the questioning. Read more and listen to both songs here.

Last In Line To Continue In Honor Of Jimmy Bain
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Last In Line will perform at Frontiers Festival in Italy in April, but they haven't decided who will replace Jimmy Bain. Bassist Bain died last month of lung cancer. He was onboard Def Leppard's Hysteria On The High Seas cruising festival when he passed away, leaving his bandmates "devastated."

Now guitarist Vivian Campbell says the band will continue to work together to promote upcoming debut album Heavy Crown, due for release on February 20. But he says they're not looking forward to the "heavy decision" they'll have to make over who takes Bain's place.

Campbell tells Linearock: "We're very, very, very sad to have lost him. But I know that Jimmy believed very much in the new record, Heavy Crown, and that he would want us to continue to play and to play the Frontiers festival. And we will continue to do that. We will play it in his honour.

"We still have to figure out who is gonna play bass moving forward. That's a heavy, heavy decision for us to make. It has to be someone that is appropriate and someone that does tremendous respect to Jimmy Bain's legacy.

"We have a few ideas, but it's obviously very early days yet. We don't even really wanna think about that just yet. It's not something that we want to dwell on right now. We're still mourning the death of Jimmy." Read more here.

Van Halen's David Lee Roth Making Online Return This Week
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David Lee Roth has announced plans to launch a new website after being offline for the past year. The Van Halen News Desk reports the singer will open a new online home on February 7 at DavidLeeRoth.net and deliver a new episode of his web series The Roth Show.

Roth's website and social media outlets went dark at the end of January 2015 without explanation…just days before Van Halen announced plans to release "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert."

There's no word on whether or not the rocker will restart a Facebook page or actively return to Twitter, and the YouTube channel for The Roth Show currently hosts no content.

2015 saw Roth and Van Halen deliver a 3-month summer tour of North America in support of the live album. Things have been quiet in the Van Halen camp since they closed out their 2015 tour with a pair of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in early October. Read more here.

Scorpions Stream Classic 'Still Loving You' TV Performance
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The Scorpions have released footage of their classic, "Still Loving You", from a 1984 performance on the German television program Na Sowas! The video is featured in the recently released expanded reissue of "Love At First Sting", one of eight projects in their 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition series.

The German group's ninth album, "Love At First Sting" became their most successful US record when it peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1984 and went double-platinum by the end of the year, eventually reaching triple-platinum status in 1995.

The set was led by the US Top 25 hit "Rock You Like A Hurricane", and follow-up singles "Still Loving You" and "Big City Nights." The Scorpions released their 17th album, "Return To Forever", last March and launched a 50th anniversary tour in China in May before multiple visits to Europe and North America. Watch the video here.

Lita Ford Plays Teacher In New Commercial
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Lita Ford has appeared as a music teacher in an advertisement for US recruitment company, Indeed. The clip sees the singer and guitarist celebrate her new job with a classroom guitar solo.

It's part of Indeed's Celebrations campaign, which also features treadmill dancer Marcus Dorsey and professional BMX rider Bo Wade moonlighting as ordinary workers with extraordinary talents.

Ford will support Halestorm on their US tour in April and will release her latest album entitled Time Capsule on April 15 via SPV/Steamhammer. It'll be the follow-up to 2012's Living Like A Runaway. Watch the ad here.

Dream Theater Release 'The Gift Of Music' Video
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Dream Theater have released a video for their track The Gift Of Music. It's taken from their 13th studio album The Astonishing which was released in January via Roadrunner Records.

Last month, drummer Mike Mangini said the ambitious 34-track concept album blew his mind while they were laying down tracks in the studio. He said: "John Petrucci put together the whole thing, and he organized it in a really amazing way. And then he used our keyboard player, Jordan Rudess.

"When he plays, you see a landscape - you've got a picture in your mind. It's so visual, it's unbelievable. There really is nobody better to help bring a story to life, so you feel it and see it. It's not something I do on my instrument. So when I experience it, it blows my mind."

Dream Theater will embark on an extensive tour in support of the album later this month, starting with two dates at London's Palladium. The trek will see the band playing across Europe and North America. Watch the video here.

Black Stone Cherry Release 'In Our Dreams' Video
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Black Stone Cherry have released a video for their track In Our Dreams. It features on their fifth album entitled Kentucky - out on April 1 via Mascot Label Group.

The video is set in a post-apocalyptic underwater world ruled by a nefarious leader - and drummer John Fred Young credits director Kyle Cogan with bringing the lyrics to life in the promo.

He says: "Kyle Cogan helped us to forge new ground, visually. His unique sci-fi storyline of two sisters, tragically separated into two social classes in an oppressed underwater civilisation run by an evil leader, accompanied the lyrics so well. Metaphorically, the story feels like it relates to current world circumstances."

Cogan adds: "From concept to completion, it was a total collaboration across many disciplines. We worked with the band to create a striking narrative that would require a heavily stylised world. It was great to see the vision come alive practically on set, and through visual effects in post production."

Black Stone Cherry are currently on the road across the UK on the Carnival Of Madness tour where they're joined on the bill by Shinedown, Halestorm and Highly Suspect. Watch the video here.

Mike Portnoy and Ian Anderson Guest On New Tiles Album
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Tiles are to release their sixth album Pretending 2 Run on April 15. The double concept album is the Detroit band's first release in eight years, and will feature guest artists such as Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy and Jethro Tull mainman Ian Anderson.

Keyboardist Adam Holzman from the Steven Wilson Band, Miles Davis' jazz guitarist Mike Stern and Max Webster's lead vocalist Kim Mitchell will also appear on the album.

Guitarist Chris Herin previously said: "We knew this album was ambitious, lyrically and musically, but we didn't plan on it ballooning into a double album. The songs kept coming and the storylines demanded more trips into the central character's state of mind." Read more here

Tygers Of Pan Tang Ink Deal For New Studio Album
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Tygers Of Pan Tang are in the studio working on a new album having signed a deal with Mighty Music/Target Group. The self-titled album will be released in August, with a European tour to follow. It's being recorded at Newcastle's Blast Studio.

Mainman Rob Weir tells TeamRock: "This is a landmark album for the Tygers. Self-titled and self-produced, we feel we have written some pretty special hard rock songs.

"The sound is classic Tygers and the new cover version we have chosen to record is spectacular - after all, Love Potion #9 is 34 years old. "It's a big year for the band, with 10 shows in South America in March, then festivals in Chicago, Ibiza, Gent, Alicante, a British tour starting October 21 and a European tour, we're going to be applying to the time lords for membership." Read more here.

Steven Tyler Super Bowl Commercial Preview Goes Online
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Steven Tyler stars in a Super Bowl commercial for Skittles and the candy company is sharing a first look at the ad ahead of the February 7 event. The ad shows Tyler checking out a portrait of himself made of Skittles - and he's not too thrilled.

Adweek reports the commercial, which will air during the second quarter, was inspired by the apparent trend of Skittles fans making things (pictures, recipes, stop-motion films, etc.) out of the rainbow-colored candies.

The commercial is part of Skittles' "Root For The Rainbow" Super Bowl 50 campaign, which includes the company giving away 100,000 free packs of Skittles to fans if a rainbow appears over the game in San Francisco on Sunday. Use the the hashtags #SkittlesRainbow and #Contest prior to kickoff to qualify for the goodies.

The candy maker recently created "a custom, one-of-a-kind Skittles covered microphone for Steven" as a thanks for his work in the commercial. Check it out here.

RUSH Deliver Hard Rock Masterpiece 35 Years Ago
 Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart Direct Moving Pictures

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands rolls out the red carpet for the thirty-fifth anniversary of RUSH’s most successful album, Moving Pictures

Sales alone do not convey the importance of their eighth studio album Moving Pictures to Rush’s long career, nor to rock music itself. “Music was changing,” Rush lead singer/composer Geddy Lee tells us in this InTheStudio episode, and without Lee, guitarist/composer Alex Lifeson and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart embracing the fresh musical ideas in the crosswinds of the early Eighties with songs “Tom Sawyer”, “Red Barchetta”, “Limelight”, “Vital Signs” and “Witch Hunt”, it is doubtful that a path to mainstream success would have been cleared for later major bands including Metallica, Queensryche, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters, Tom Morello with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, and Dream Theater. 

InTheStudio host Redbeard speaks to Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart about the significance of Moving Pictures to the Rush legacy.                                                   

“It (Moving Pictures) gave us a kind of acceptance and credibility that none of our previous records had previously done.” - Geddy Lee

“It was very enjoyable making Moving Pictures. It flowed, everything sounded good. The vibe was good, everybody was in great spirits during the whole process.” - Alex Lifeson

“Being a trio is something that is special to us and I think it’s special to our fans too... We are known as a trio. Our reputation has a lot to do with our live show and what the three of us can do live.” -  Neil Peart

RUSH Moving Pictures @ 35/ InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:
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WILLIE NILE KEEPS ROCKING IN LOVE AND WAR
Veteran rock ’n’ roll troubadour fights the good fight on his tenth studio album, World War Willie

NEW YORK, N.Y. — “There’s a lot going on in this world between the good, the bad and the in-between, and this album attempts to ride some of those horses,” Willie Nile says of his memorably-titled new album World War Willie, due out April 1, 2016 on River House Records, distributed by Virtual Label.   

The dozen-song set lives up to Nile’s reputation as a world-class songwriter, a singularly energetic performer and a true rock ’n’ roll believer. Currently in the fourth decade of a recording career that’s yielded a panoply of musical riches, the New York-bred artist is currently experiencing an exciting renaissance at a time when many of his contemporaries are winding down or giving up. 

“This past year has certainly been the busiest and most rewarding one yet, with so many satisfying shows and the completion of this new album,” he states.

Indeed, 2015 saw Nile achieve a series of high-profile milestones. For instance, early in the year, Bruce Springsteen joined Willie and band to perform the Nile anthem “One Guitar” during a Light of Day benefit show in Asbury Park, N.J.  A few months later, Nile was invited to sing with the Who and Springsteen at a Grammy/Musicares event honoring Pete Townshend in Manhattan’s Times Square. That summer, the Voice of America chose Nile’s composition “This Is Our Time” (from 2013’s American Ride) as the title and theme song of an event in Washington, D.C., in which Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai spoke forcefully about empowering women.

American Ride became one of Nile’s most acclaimed releases to date, topping numerous critics’ year-end best-of lists and being voted Best Rock Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards

World War Willie lives up to that standard with some of the most resonant songwriting and performances of Nile’s career. He recorded the album with longtime producer Stewart Lerman (Antony and the Johnsons, Loudon Wainwright III, Boardwalk Empire) and Nile’s longstanding band — Matt Hogan on lead guitar, Johnny Pisano on bass and Alex Alexander on drums — with additional sterling guest guitar from Steuart Smith (Eagles, Rosanne Cash) on three tracks.

“There’s a live feel to the tracks because we captured an actual performance on every one,” Nile says. “The band and I have done so many shows together that our instincts all seem to arrive at the same intersection at the same time. We all play and feel as one, and there’s an energy there that you can’t manufacture.” 

World War Willie’s title and cover motif reflect the turbulent state of the world as seen through Nile’s eyes, with a characteristic blend of sincerity and humor. 

“It’s a tough old world out there,” he says, adding, “The cover shot of me standing in front of an image of Dresden after it was bombed in World War II was taken at a club in Italy, outside of Verona. That riveting image of a world at war just spoke volumes to me about the human race. It left me speechless. What can you say about it that isn’t right there in front of you? Surely we can do better than this. For me rock ’n’ roll, at its best, helps to make some sense of the world. There can be a redemptive quality in it. I guess it’s me trying to make some sense of the world with rock n roll. It also reminds me of the good old days at CBGB’s in NYC.”

World War Willie embodies the distinctive mix of urgency, introspection, idealism and self-effacing humor that’s long endeared Willie Nile to his admirers.

The opening track, “Forever Wild,” pays tribute to the transformative power of rock ’n’ roll, while the anthemic “Let’s All Come Together” is a persuasive call for planetary unity, and “Trouble Down in Diamond Town” is a prime example of Nile’s flair for cinematic storytelling. “Runaway Girl” and “Beautiful You” demonstrate the artist’s knack for intimate balladry. And “World War Willie,” “Hell Yeah” and “Citibank Nile” demonstrate his knack for pointed, tongue-in-cheek humor.

The playful “Grandpa Rocks,” meanwhile, is a wickedly humorous declaration of longterm devotion to Nile’s chosen profession. 

“I have four grandchildren,” Nile notes.  “It’s a total gas and I totally embrace it.  Rock ’n’ roll is rock ’n’ roll, whether you’re 16 or 86. If it feels good and soothes the soul and gets the hips shakin’ and gets the mind turnin’, then you’ve got somethin’ worth singin’ about. I won’t be tied down by anybody else’s perception of what’s doable. Life it too short, and if Grandpa wants to rock, let him rock!”

Elsewhere on World War Willie, “When Levon Sings” pays fond tribute to the musical and personal spirit of the Band’s Levon Helm, and Nile pays tribute to another departed icon with a bracing reading of Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground classic “Sweet Jane.” The latter track was inspired by a memorable meeting with Reed ten days prior to his death. 

Reed was in good company among Willie Nile’s loyal fan base. That group includes the aforementioned Springsteen, with whom Nile’s guested onstage on several occasions, and Pete Townshend, who requested him as the opening act on the Who’s 1982 U.S. tour. The list of avowed Nile fans also encompasses Bono, Paul Simon, Ian Hunter, Graham Parker, Jim Jarmusch, Adam Duritz, Little Steven and Lucinda Williams, who remarked, “Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.”

The critics agree. USA Today described him as “a rocker’s rocker,” and The New Yorker dubbed him “one of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of the past thirty years.”  The London Times called him “a man who embodies the true spirit of rock ’n’ roll,” while England’s Uncut described him as “a one-man Clash” and “New York’s unofficial poet laureate.” And The Morton Report praised him for “crossing the power of the Clash with the social consciousness of Woody Guthrie.”

Or, as Blurt recently put it, “Nile remains at the high point of his career — living for every moment, tirelessly reminding the listener that all he’s ever really cared about is his undying passion for the music he both lives and loves ...  Exceptional release upon exceptional release — each packed with street-smart, original material — has kept pace with changing times and evolving tastes.”

Now, with World War Willie adding an exciting new chapter to his body of work, Willie Nile plans to continue doing what he’s always done: getting back out on the road and rocking.

“I’ve hit a good groove these days,” he asserts. “I’m enjoying the writing, the recording and the live shows more than ever. This is what I was looking for when I first started my musical journey. I’m very grateful that I get to do what I love to do and as long as the fire burns I won’t be stopping any time soon.”

http://www.willienile.com

Hear a new song premiered by Yahoo Music!: "Let's All Come Together": http://yhoo.it/1PPNxFF 
 

LES BRERS:LONGTIME ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND MEMBERS CONVENE FOR TWO-NIGHT STOP IN MACON, GA SELECT SUMMER FESTIVAL SHOWS PLANNED

Longtime members of the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND including BUTCH TRUCKS and JAIMOE have gotten back together to form LES BRERS, a band celebrating the group's music and legacy. The group will hit Macon, GA's Cox Capitol Theatre March 23 and 24, with portions of the proceeds to benefit the Allman Brothers Band's Big House Museum in Macon. 

The pedigreed group consists of founding ABB members BUTCH TRUCKS and JAIMOE (drummers), longtime members OTEIL BURBRIDGE (bass) and MARC QUINONES (percussion), former ABB guitarist JACK PEARSON, frequent ABB guest BRUCE KATZ on keyboards, singer LAMAR WILLIAMS JR. (son of the former ABB bassist) plus guitarist PAT BERGESON (Chet Atkins, Lyle Lovett, Suzy Bogguss). 

LES BRERS are set to appear at the Allman Brothers' Wanee Fest in Live Oak, FL this April. Other summer festival shows are being booked. The band's name is a nod to the instrumental "Les Brers in A Minor" from the ABB's epic breakthrough hybrid studio/live Eat A Peach album, which was released in 1972 and cemented the band's superstardom status. 

The band will perform an eclectic selection of music familiar to fans of the Allman Brothers Band, whose unique improvisational style, great songwriting and heavy touring made them one of the most acclaimed bands in American rock history. They are members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (plus various other Grammy's) and many Gold and Platinum records.

http://lesbrersband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LesBrersBand/?fref=ts
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1082295?utm_medium=bks


RICHIE KOTZEN FIRST-EVER PROFESSIONALLY FILMED DVD, ‘RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE’ STREAMING NOW ON YOUTUBE

RICHIE KOTZEN released his first-ever professionally filmed DVD, RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE, October 13, 2015 via his Headroom-Inc label. He has now made it available for fans worldwide to stream on his official YouTube page. 

As KOTZEN explains, “I was thinking that there are so many fans around the world that simply don't have access to or can't afford to buy this content.  Not that I'm looking to give everything away, but I thought by making this available for people to watch on YouTube I was sort of giving back a bit to all the great people who have bought my music, concert tickets, and generally supported my pretty much 'underground' career over the last 20 years. Those who can afford or desire to own the full resolution DVD still have the option of buying it as well...and I hope they do as I've still got a few on-going bills to pay (laughing).”

KOTZEN and his band ended their 2014-2015 tour in Tokyo, Japan at Akasaka Blitz, where they shot the entire concert in high-definition.  This is RICHIE KOTZEN and his band—bassist Dylan Wilson and drummer Mike Bennett--at their best.   It features some of his classics, “You Can’t Save Me,” “Remember,” as well as new songs “Cannibals,” “War Paint,” and “Walk With Me.”  The collection also includes off-the-chart improvisational solo sections between KOTZEN and his virtuoso rhythm section.  This live DVD concert is a must-have for KOTZEN fans worldwide, and it’s the perfect introduction to those who have yet to be a part of the RICHIE KOTZEN experience. 

He currently plays guitar and fronts The Winery Dogs with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy (the band’s latest HOT STREAK album debuted at #2 on the Billboard “Top Current Alternative Albums” chart and #5 on Billboard’s “Top Current Hard Music” chart). The trio is on tour in Europe through the end of February.  U.S. tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.   

www.richiekotzen.com
www.facebook.com/richiekotzenmusic
www.twitter.com/Richie_Kotzen
www.youtube.com/user/RichieKotzenOfficial


CRAIG CHAQUICO, ORIGINAL FOUNDING MEMBER OF JEFFERSON STARSHIP, STARSHIP AND GRAMMY NOMINATED GUITARIST, CONTINUES QUEST TO RETRIEVE BELOVED 1959 LES PAUL SUNBURST GUITAR STOLEN DURING RIOT AT JEFFERSON STARSHIP CONCERT IN LORELEI, GERMANY IN JUNE OF 1978

GUITAR USED TO RECORD MANY OF JEFFERSON STARSHIP’S BIGGEST HITS OF THE 70’S DISCOVERED IN HANDS OF COLLECTOR ALMOST FOUR DECADES AFTER INCIDENT

It was the summer of 1978 in Lorelei, Germany when all hell broke loose after it was announced that Jefferson Starship would not be taking the stage after all, as a result of legendary singer Grace Slick not feeling well enough to perform. 

This wasn’t the first time a band had canceled a show at the Lorelei Amphitheater and, as a result, a riot ensued shortly after the Jefferson Starship cancellation announcement.  

Bottles and rocks were thrown at the stage and the band, fearing for their safety, quickly evacuated the area. By morning, the stage had been burned to the ground with many prized instruments lost, stolen or destroyed. All the members were devastated by the incident, including lead guitarist and hit songwriter Craig Chaquico, who returned the following morning to view the destruction. The only piece of equipment that he would recognize would be the charred metal corners of his Fender Bassman amplifiers. 

All was lost… or, at least, that’s what Craig thought until some thirty-six years later when his beloved 1959 Les Paul Standard Sunburst guitar was discovered in the hands of a collector. 

This is the story of what Craig has had to endure to get his guitar back… 

Like all the other band members who lost their equipment, there was no indication that anything had survived the riot so there was nothing to do but to move on, only sadness and nostalgia when the songs were heard on the radio through the decades. All hope was lost until 2013 when Jefferson Starship bassist Pete Sears was reunited with one of his prized bass guitars, inspiring Craig to begin a personal search for his own guitars. 

“This distinctive-sounding Les Paul was my voice on so many guitar solos, and I hope it finds its way back home soon,” states Craig, who purchased the guitar from Norman’s Rare Guitars in the mid-70s. “This quest isn’t only for me, but for all the musicians who have ever had their instruments lost or stolen over the years, then eventually found, that just want to get their babies back. For me, there’s a sentimental value involved and I’m still the rightful owner of this Sunburst.” 

Craig used this particular guitar on both the 1976 Jefferson Starship album, Spitfire, as well as the following release, Earth, that came out in 1978. Hit songs you can hear the ’59 Sunburst on include “With Your Love,” “Count on Me” and “Runaway” among others. 

And then it was gone… 

After the riot on June 17, 1978, Jefferson Starship would immediately continue on their European tour, having to purchase, rent or borrow replacement equipment. Their next show in Hamburg, Germany would mark the last time that the original line-up of Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, Craig Chaquico, David Frieberg, Pete Sears and John Barbata would ever perform together. 

In the spring of 2014, out of the blue, Craig was contacted by a fan from Vermont who thought he might have a guitar that Craig used in the Star Wars Christmas Special that featured Jefferson Starship performing a song penned by Craig called, “Light the Sky on Fire.” After conducting extensive research about that particular guitar, the fan uncovered the serial numbers of the instruments used on the 1978 European Tour and informed him of the serial number of his thought-to-be-destroyed 1959 Les Paul Sunburst, along with those of the rest of the instruments that were thought to have been destroyed that day. He went on to tell Craig that he’d seen someone in Southern California chat on a blog about the Sunburst. 

Extremely grateful for this information, Craig told the fan he could keep the Boogie Body, and quickly hired an attorney to find out the identity of the person on the blog. With the assistance of a private investigator, the attorney found the collector who had purchased the guitar from a dealer for an alleged $170,000 in February 2005. 

With the help of his attorney, Craig was able to contact the collector and inform him that the guitar was stolen from him after the Lorelei riot in 1978. The initial response was one of condolence, with the owner expressing a desire to return the guitar to Craig if there was a way to recover his own initial investment. Craig suggested that they turn to the dealer who sold him the guitar and/or the dealer’s insurance company and offered to help with these efforts to ultimately get his guitar back. Unfortunately, after further thought, the collector, perhaps realizing the now-increased value of the guitar, decided to engage his own attorney, reconsidering the return of the guitar to Craig. 

As the saying goes, “nothing’s easy,” and Craig decided at that point to let the legal process take its course... Backed by numerous photos taken by Jefferson Starship’s official photographer, Roger Ressmeyer, in the mid-70s, Craig was easily able to see that this was, indeed, “the guitar.” 

After a meeting to view the guitar that included Craig, his attorney and Norman Harris (who sold Craig the guitar) along with the collector, his attorney and the attorney for the insurance company that represented the known guitar expert and national dealer who sold the guitar, it was determined by the attorneys for all parties that mediation might be the way to solve the issue. Unfortunately, that effort also proved to be fruitless and the matter continues to move through the courts, costing Craig tens of thousands of dollars and countless hours. 

Craig, now represented by Peter Koenig of the San Francisco law firm, Walker, Hamilton & Koenig LLC, will have what is expected to be his final deposition in February. A trial to determine ownership is scheduled to commence on June 13 in San Francisco federal court. 

“So far, no one seems to question that it is the same Sunburst,” states attorney Peter Koenig. “They seem to be arguing that Craig waited too long to search for the guitar so he’s lost his right to have it back. We shall see.” 

Craig, as a member of Jefferson Starship from 1974 to 1990, was the only member of the band to appear in every recording, album, tour and music video over the course of the band’s tenure in the rock and roll scene. 

Last year marked the 40th Anniversary of one of Jefferson Starship’s greatest albums, Red Octopus, and Craig was able to extensively reflect upon the Billboard chart-topping release in the September issue of Guitar Player magazine. 

In addition to Craig’s efforts to recover his guitar, his plans for 2016 include touring throughout the world with a unique crowd-pleasing show where he performs the Jefferson Starship and Starship songs he helped make famous in addition to a selection of songs from his dozen solo efforts released over the past twenty-three years. 

His first solo album in 1993, Acoustic Highway, helped create a genre of music and was Billboard’s #1 Independent New Age Album of the Year. His follow-up album, Acoustic Planet, garnered him a Grammy nomination in the category of Best New Age Album and also went to #1 on the Billboard charts. 

From rock and roll and the blues to contemporary jazz and new age, Craig has had over forty years of success in a variety of genres. 

Now that Craig has found his 1959 Sunburst, he’d like to find his 1957 Gold Top (Serial #7 8793 – only seventeen are known to exist of this particular model) played on the first two Jefferson Starship hit albums, Dragonfly and Red Octopus, that was also lost on that night in ’78. Yet another prized guitar played in major performances and on many hit recordings such as “Miracles,” “Play on Love” and “Ride the Tiger.” 

“I would love to see the day where Pete and I perform on the same stage with our newly-discovered instruments,” comments Craig. “This would truly be another rock and roll dream come true.” 

Time will tell. 

Stay tuned. 

Craig Chaquico performance video can be viewed at the following links:
The Hits - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWP6xtx_MLk
The Blues - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lT7NRGIArw
Jazz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g9BugzdBww
 
Craig Chaquico Social Media:

 Website - www.craigchaquico.com
facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CraigChaquicoOfficalPage/?ref=hl (this includes Craig’s recent statement regarding the passing of Paul Kantner)
Twitter – https://twitter.com/CraigChaquico
Official YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/CraigChaquicoVideo
 

NEW MEGADETH ALBUM DYSTOPIA STORMS ON TO THE TOP 200 CHART AT NUMBER 3 

“Vital and menacing thrash…Megadeth sound reborn on Dystopia” - ROLLING STONE

“’Dystopia’ sees Megadeth come within hailing distance of their dazzling best.” - KERRANG

“Dystopia is an absolutely blistering return to the state-of-the-art bombast and refined technicality of past glories like Rust in Peace and Endgame.” - The Guardian UK

30 years into a groundbreaking career, hard rock and metal forerunners Megadeth return to take the no. 3 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart alongside Adele and Justin Bieber.  The release of Dystopia (UMe /Tradecraft / T-Boy Records) marks the highest chart impact for Megadeth since Countdown To Extinction, which debuted at no. 2.  Dystopia is the band’s 6th studio album in the top 10, and 11th studio album in the top 20. Also, Dystopia is the no. 1 album on the Hard Music and Top Rock charts, and no. 2 on the Top Album Sales chart.

Always a global band, Megadeth’s domination was felt overseas as well, with top 10 debuts in Japan (no. 2 international chart), Finland (no. 3), Mexico (no. 4), and Australia (no. 6), as well as Belgium, Ireland, and Australia achieving the band’s highest chart positions ever. Other countries with significant sales or chart debuts include UK, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, and France. 

Rock critics and fans around the world are hailing Dystopia as a triumphant return from one of the most important bands in the genre: 

Outburn Magazine proclaims, “…returning to more complex song structures of the band’s ‘Rust In Peace era…it’s everything one would want from a Megadeth album.” “The Megadeth of old is back,” Decibel says, and Loudwire professes, “Dystopia is a first-rate Megadeth album.”

Featuring 11 tracks, Dystopia was released on UMe /Tradecraft / T-Boy Records January 22 on CDLP, and digitally.  A special edition is also available featuring a groundbreaking Virtual Reality experience, which includes the new album, a CEEK Virtual Reality headset and a download code to unlock exclusive content.

T-Boy Records, UMe’s label partnership with veteran rock manager Andy Gould, has enjoyed previous Top 10 chart success with the No. 6 debut of Megadeth’s Super Collider in 2013. Rob Zombie’s 2013 album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/UMe), debut at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. Zombie’s sixth studio album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, will be released on April 29 by Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/UMe. EODM’s Zipper Down, hailed by Entertainment Weeklyas “simultaneously the heaviest, grooviest, and most pop-centric record that EODM has ever produced,” was released by T-Boy/UMe in October.

Guns N' Roses Announce New Reunion Concert
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Guns N' Roses have added a new date to their 2016 reunion tour. The band announced on Tuesday that they will perform at the Foro Sol in Mexico City on April 19th.

Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and unconfirmed others will launch the reunion run with two shows in Las Vegas in April. The Mexico City date lands between the group's two headline spots at Coachella later the same month.

The 2016 shows will mark the first time the trio have performed together since a July 17, 1993 concert at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read more here.

Former Judas Priest Star Victim Of Beer Heist
http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/category/news/

Thieves stole $1500 worth of beer from a bar owned by former Judas Priest singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens. Tim Owens' Traveler's Tavern in Akron, Ohio, was broken into at the weekend, with 70 cases of beer taken from a walk-in cooler.

Owens - who fronted Priest between 1996 and 2003 - tells the Akron Beacon Journal: "It's a really sad thing that someone had to do this. Any time you get ahead in a business and someone does this, it's hard."

The bar, which also doubles as a gig venue, was set to host a wake on Saturday, so there was more stock than usual in the cooler. Owens adds: "I don't think it had anything to do with the event. I think it was probably an old employee or a regular who knew the cooler was back there and happened to steal that night." Read more here.

KISS Jam With 12-Year-Old
http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/category/news/

Kiss drummer Eric Singer stepped aside for a younger model when he allowed a 12-year-old to play with the band. Logan Gladden played and sang Nothin' To Lose with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer at the band's acoustic Meet & Greet set in Durant, Oklahoma, last Friday.

Logan, from Dallas, Texas, caught the attention of Singer when his parents posted YouTube videos of him playing along to rock songs when he was just three-years-old.

The sixth grade youngster tells TeamRock: "I've been playing drums and listening to classic rock music all my life. My parents put videos of me on YouTube when I was small and Eric saw them and invited me to meet him when I was three and he was with Alice Cooper.

"That day I played his drums during soundcheck and still remember it. Since then, Eric has helped me so much by giving me advice and introducing me to people and by following and supporting me and just being a cool friend. But I never thought I would actually get to play with them."

And Singer made Logan's dream come true when he invited him to take over on Friday night. Logan adds: "After a song ended, Eric asked Gene and Paul if I could come up and he told them he knew me and he promised them that it would be good." Read more and check out video here.

Motley Crue The Subject Of New Comic Book
http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/category/news/

Motley Crue are the subject of a comic book that chronicles their formation and the peak of their notoriety. Motley Crue: Livin' The Fast Life is produced as part of the Orbit series by Storm Entertainment and is illustrated by Jayfri Hashim, who also wrote the story with help from Michael Frizell.

Hashim, a native of Singapore, and Frizell, a lecturer at Missouri State University, have previously collaborated on several projects. Frizell says: "Jayfri has an enthusiasm for American rock bands unlike anyone I've ever met. He's a walking encyclopaedia of song lyrics and facts."

The comic is said to "highlight some of the more fanciful aspects of Crue's mythology." Storm Entertainment president Darren G Davis says: "Comics can promote literacy. Once, I was a reluctant reader, but comic books fired my imagination, the combination of striking visuals and succinct narration compelled me to learn to read. However, this particular comic book is aimed at adults." Read more here.

David Gilmour Announce European Summer Tour
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David Gilmour has announced dates for a summer tour of Europe. The Pink Floyd guitarist will perform 13 shows in support of his latest solo album, "Rattle That Lock", starting June 25 in Wroclaw, Poland.

The summer run will be followed by a previously announced four-night stand at London's Royal Albert Hall, where Gilmour played five nights last fall.

The guitarist recently performed his first solo tour of South America, and will begin his 2016 concert dates in North America with a pair of shows in Los Angeles late next month. Read more including the dates here.

Janis Joplin Documentary Receives Theatrical Release In The UK
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Acclaimed documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue will run in a select number of UK and Ireland cinemas form this week. The film, directed by Amy J Berg, presents a portrait of Janis Joplin and features archive footage alongside Janis's personal correspondence.

The fill also features new interviews with her family, childhood friends, musical associates and colleagues including Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and TV host Dick Cavett. Janis: Little Girl Blue is produced by Alex Gibney and narrated by musician Cat Power. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival last September.

After a special screening in London tonight (February 2), it opens at cinemas in the capital, Dublin, Manchester, Cardiff and Wallingford on Friday (February 5) and will then also run in Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield, Bristol, Brighton and Cambridge from February 12. Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Def Leppard Postpone Tour For Medical Reasons
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Def Leppard announced on Monday that they have been forced to postpone the remaining dates for their winter tour of the U.S. in support of their recently released self-titled album.

The band had previously canceled the kick off dates for the trek last week due to frontman Joe Elliott falling ill. He was previously sidelined on the band's Hysteria On The High Seas due to severe laryngitis.

Now the band revealed that they have been forced to postpone all of the dates from tonight's show in San Antonio until February 17th in Allentown, PA "due to illness."

Drummer Rick Allen told fans via his Twitter account on Sunday, "The Doctor basically said that if Joe continues to sing without resting his throat for a month he might do permanent damage."

February 02, 2016 - San Antonio, TX (AT&T Center)
February 03, 2016 - Lafayette, LA (Lafayette Cajundome)
February 05, 2016 - Corpus Christi, TX (American Bank Center Arena)
February 06, 2016 - Hidalgo, TX (State Farm Arena)
February 09, 2016 - Little Rock, AR (Verizon Arena)
February 10, 2016 - Bossier City, LA (CenturyLink Center)
February 13, 2016 - Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
February 14, 2016 - Atlantic City, NJ (Boardwalk Hall)
February 16, 2016 - Brooklyn, NY (Barclays Center)
February 17, 2016 - Allentown, PA (PPL Center)

Former Bowie Keys Player Rick Wakeman Releases Piano Version of Life on Mars in Aid of Macmillan

“It was obvious from the listeners’ response to Rick playing ‘Life On Mars’ on Radio 2 Drivetime last Monday, that they wanted to own a copy of this beautiful piece of music, as well as make a contribution. With Rick releasing this new recording it’s a perfect way to do that.” 

BBC Radio 2 presenter, Simon Mayo: 

London, UK - Following the overwhelming response to Rick Wakeman’s piano tribute to David Bowie, Rick has recorded new piano versions of both Life on Mars and Space Oddity with royalties going to Macmillan Cancer Support. The tracks are now available from Amazon, as well as iTunes and Tesco.

Rick, a close friend who worked with Bowie, was the pianist on the original 1971 release of Life On Mars and appeared on BBC Radio 2 last Monday (11th January) on the day of Bowie’s death, to play his own tribute to the star. The video of his emotional performance has since been viewed over 2 million times on the BBC Radio 2 website and after receiving thousands of requests from fans, Rick headed back into the studio to re-record the tracks which include Life on Mars, Space Oddity and Always Together.

Rick said: "I feel extremely fortunate to be able to release my piano version of David Bowie’s Life On Mars and Space Oddity, both of which I performed on the original releases. I think it’s very apt for the proceeds to go to Macmillan, a charity that is so crucial to so many people. I witnessed this first hand when I lost my mother to cancer and the work they do comes from the heart and is truly priceless.

“Whilst some amazing advances in medicine mean that some form of cancers have a very high survival rate and indeed prolonged life in others, with all cancers it is a very tough time for both the patient and their loved ones. Hopefully the songs will not only be a fitting tribute to David, but will also raise some money to help Macmillan with the wonderful work they do, ensuring no-one faces cancer alone.”

Jane Maher, Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, says: “We were so very sad to hear the news about David Bowie and our thoughts are with his family and friends. Sadly the number of people with cancer in the UK is growing rapidly and half of us will face a cancer diagnosis at some point in our lives, so it has never been more important that everyone gets the emotional, practical, physical and financial support they need. We want people to feel comfortable talking openly about what they’re going through with friends, family and experts or - through our online community – other people whose lives have been affected by cancer.

“We know that music is something that not only brings people together, but also helps them through difficult times and so we are deeply grateful that Rick has decided to donate the proceeds from these tracks to Macmillan. The money raised will help us to continue to offer a range of support for anyone affected by cancer.”

For more information or support please visit macmillan.org.uk

To purchase:
Amazon:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/LIFE-MARS-Rick-Wakeman/dp/B01ATOATG6/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1453455316&sr=8-7&keywords=rick+wakeman
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/life-on-mars-single/id1077404186
Tesco: http://www.tesco.com/direct/rick-wakeman-life-on-mars-macmillan-cancer-support-cd/573-5206.prd?skuId=573-5206&pageLevel=sku
 

NEW WAVE ICON/SYNTH PIONEER HOWARD JONES  RETURNS TO UNITED STATES THIS SUMMER WITH FULL BAND AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR EXTENSIVE LAST SUMMER ON EARTH TOUR 2016 WITH BARENAKED LADIES AND OMD 

(New York, NY) - New wave icon/synth pioneer Howard Jones and his full high-tech band will return to the United States this summer as special guests for the extensive Last Summer On Earth tour with Barenaked Ladies and OMD.  The tour is sure to be a fan favorite presenting much-loved hits from several decades; it kicks off at The Cabooze in Minneapolis, MN on June 3rd.  Please see below for tour dates, with additional tour dates to be added.  Howard is supported by Jonathan Atkinson on electric drums and Robbie Bronnimann on sequencing and additional keyboards. 

Electronic music pioneer Howard Jones has been a constant presence on the international touring scene for the past three decades, playing both intimate solo shows and dates with his full high-tech band set-up.  His most recent offering is ENGAGE, an entirely fan-funded visually-stunning multi-media project.  It is Howard Jones' most ambitious work to date, incorporating specially-commissioned visuals with music and an interactive live show.  ENGAGE is inspired by such diverse musical genres as electronica, contemporary classical and pop, fusing this audio mélange with other visual and literary arts such as ballet, modern dance and philosophy.  ENGAGE was performed in London, Los Angeles and New York and is available now as a DVD/CD package. 

Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene in 1983, with his very English songwriting and pioneering synthesizers. His first two albums HUMAN'S LIB and DREAM INTO ACTION were worldwide hits.  HUMAN'S LIB reached #1 in 1984 in the UK and featured the hits "New Song," and "What Is Love?"  In 1985, Jones released the follow-up, DREAM INTO ACTION, which quickly became a Top Ten Platinum album in the United States and featured the smashes: "Things Can Only Get Better," "Life In One Day," "No One Is To Blame," and "Like To Get To Know You Well."  Howard Jones has sold over 8 million albums worldwide and continues to make new music and tour the world.  

For more information, please visit: www.howardjones.com

BOSTON celebrates 4 decades with 2016 North American Tour

From http://www.gonnahitcharide.com/

BOSTON celebrates 4 decades with 2016 North American Tour

Forty years ago, February 1st 1976, the amazing story of the iconic band BOSTON officially began when Tom Scholz and Brad Delp signed their recording contract with Epic Records.  Their first album, Boston, would quickly become the best selling debut album in history, and its founder Tom Scholz would become recognized for his charitable work, promotion of higher education, and technical innovation.

BOSTON recordings are known for their sonic purity and massive "cathedral of sound" (Cameron Crowe, Rolling Stone), thanks to Scholz' novel arranging, production, and instrumental performances, and Delp's artfully layered vocals.

Back in 1976 no one could have guessed that two unknown writer/performers were about to create albums that would eventually sell over 30 million copies.  The phenomenon surprised Scholz as well as the staff of Epic Records, at a time when the industry was caught up in the 70s disco bubble.  However, the popular description of the debut album as an overnight success, a "Cinderella story," could not have been farther from the truth.

For six long years Scholz worked as a design engineer for Polaroid during the daytime and then went to work at night in his home studio, writing, recording, engineering, performing - even inventing novel musical equipment - that would eventually bring the "BOSTON" sound to life.  But BOSTON almost never saw the light of day.  By the end of 1975, after so many years of exhausting work and spent savings, Scholz had decided it was time to accept defeat, dismantle his studio, and sell his equipment.  He then completed his planned final demo, almost as a formality, and suddenly everything changed.  That demo was "More than a Feeling."

Scholz' inspired compositions, musical instinct as a multi-instrumentalist, and technical wizardry, complimented by Delp's stratospheric vocals, created a new sound that many other groups and their record labels tried to imitate.  Following BOSTON's success, Scholz felt a new obligation as a role model, and has used BOSTON's popularity to promote education, empathy, and a healthy lifestyle.  He has donated millions of dollars to organizations that fight animal cruelty, feed the homeless, and help children.   Both Delp and guitarist Gary Pihl, a 30 year veteran of the band, also made substantial donations to these causes.  Under his direction, the band's tours have raised money and awareness for numerous causes including National Hospice, Sierra Club, Shriner's Hospital for Children, Sea Shepherds, and AIDS relief. 

Today BOSTON is recognized for the technical excellence of its live productions, the outstanding performance of its talented band members on stage, and their uncanny ability to reproduce all the unique sounds of their studio albums without the use of prerecorded material.  For their 2016 "Four Decades Tour" BOSTON will delight their audiences with a high energy set of their well- known hits plus extended live arrangements, accompanied as always by their own unique visual stage presentation.  The tour finale will feature a return to their first ever headline venue in the city of Boston at the Boston Music Hall, now known as the Wang Center.

Dates to be announced, check www.bandboston.com  and  https://www.facebook.com/bandboston for show dates as they are confirmed.


RADIO EXILE EMBRACES CLASSIC ROCK SOUNDS ON RECENTLY RELEASED SELF-TITLED ALBUM, "NO PITY ON THE HIGHWAY" VIDEO

You simply can't argue with the list of legendary artists that the members of Radio Exile have either performed on stage or in the studio with - Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Hall and Oates, Allison Krauss, Billy Idol, John Waite, members of Pink Floyd, Styx, Journey, Van Halen, the Rolling Stones, and Black Sabbath. And working with these renowned names has obviously rubbed off on their sound, as evidenced by the unmistakably classic rock sounds heard throughout their self-titled album, and their recently released video, for the track "No Pity on the Highway”: https://youtu.be/e2v3WDQLCXk

Charlie states, "'No Pity on the Highway' just kind of captures that great classic rock sound of the late 70’s, with Dave’s Bonham-esque intro and Kenny and Jimmy’s great guitar riffing." Chandler adds, "It makes you feel as if you were rolling down the highway, so the lyrics kind of developed out of that, but kind of taking on life as being the highway that you are travelling down."

Comprised of members Chandler Mogel (Lead and Backing Vocals), Charlie Calv (Piano, Keyboards), Jimmy Leahey (Guitars, Backing Vocals), Kenny Aaronson (Bass), and Dave Anthony (Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals), the group has enlisted the help of such studio vets as Grammy-nominated engineer/producer Steve DeAcutis (Vanilla Fudge, Cyndi Lauper, Corey Glover, etc...), producer/A&R man Steve Lunt (Britney Spears, ‘NSync , Joan Jett ,etc...), and mastering engineer Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Train, Pete Townsend, etc....).

And the music press has already taken a liking to this fast-rising band, as evidenced by the following glowing quotes:

"Occasionally something will sneak up and hit you so hard you wonder 'where the hell did that come from'?....If there is a 'must have' album this year, here you have it boys and girls." ROCKTOPIA (UK)

"You’ve got to hand it to Charlie Calv...he delivers classic melodic rock records....an unstoppable tour de melodic force. A terrific debut album from the guys, with a major   production and some very memorable songs." MELODICROCK (AUSTRALIA)

"The buzz in melodic rock circles round Radio Exile has become so loud over recent weeks.... one of the better melodic rock acts to arrive this year" SEA OF TRANQUILITY (USA)

Undoubtedly, the praise will soon translate to connecting with the rock masses, and Radio Exile's self-titled debut is the perfect introduction.

'Radio Exile' Tracklisting:
High Road, High Price
Soulfire
No Pity on the Highway
Feels Like Home
Higher Than the Sun
Hang On
Starting Over
Down In a Hole
A Cross on Stone
Road to Exile

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:
www.radioexile.net
www.facebook.com/radioexileband
twitter.com/radioexileband
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MOONSTONE MUSIC FESTIVAL EXPANDED BILL TO INCLUDE PERFORMANCES FROM EVANESCENCE, AWOLNATION, BEST COAST, BUCKCHERRY, KANSAS, QUEENSRYCHE AND MORE

COMEDY TO TAKE CENTER STAGE WITH JIM FLORENTINE, JIM NORTON, JUDAH FRIEDLANDER AMONG THOSE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR

SATURDAY, APRIL 30 AND SUNDAY, MAY 1
ORLANDO, FLORIDA EVENT TO FEATURE HEADLINERS

DEF LEPPARD, FLAMING LIPS, KANSAS, VINTAGE TROUBLE, WHITE BUFFALO AND MORE ON SIX PERFORMANCE AREAS

TICKETING PACKAGES START AT $299 WITH VARIETY OF PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE

The updated line-up for the inaugural MOONSTONE MUSIC FESTIVAL will include performances from Evanescence, AWOLNATION, Best Coast, Buckcherry, Kansas, Queensryche and many more.  Set to debut April 30 and May 1, 2016 in Orlando, FL at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, these acts join previously announced headliners KISS, along with full sets from DEF LEPPARD, KANSAS, FLAMING LIPS, VINTAGE TROUBLE, SEBASTIAN BACH, WHITE BUFFALO, SCOTT STAPP, SURFER BLOOD, and RAVENEYE at the multi-stage, live music celebration featuring five unique performance areas featuring an eclectic array of music and comedy. 

The updated MOONSTONE music line-up (as of February 2nd is as follows):
* KISS * Def Leppard * Flaming Lips * Evanescence * AWOLNATION * Best Coast * Buckcherry * Kansas * Queensryche * Scott Stapp * Stone Foxes * Wolf Alice *Sebastian Bach * White Buffalo * Steel Panther * Vintage Trouble * Raveneye * Live * Girlpool * John & Jacob * Eternal Summers * Elliot Root * Civil Twilight * John Moreland Surfer Blood * Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown * The Coathangers * Baskery *Hollis Brown * All Them Witches * Andrew Watt * Jane Lee Hooker * Creem Circus *Beebs & Her Moneymakers * Shotgun Betty * AMFMS * The Mud Flappers *Kaleigh Baker * AfroWhitey * Beartoe * Airsickness * Ashland *Sunghosts * Bloody Jug Band * The Groove Orient * Josh Hastick * Big Jesus *The Hitchhiker * Room Full Of Strangers * Mike Dunn * January May *Conrad Oberg * Gritt * Janani * Best Behavior * Jacie & The Knick-Knacks * 

In the comedy realm, MOONSTONE will showcase a comedic sampling of rock-friendly talent including Jim Florentine, Jim Norton, Judah Friedlander, Tom Segura, Nate Bargazte, Brent Morin and Stump The Trunk w/ Eddie Trunk Live!

Beyond the performances, MOONSTONE will stimulate the soul, delivering positive emotions, passion and a party/celebratory spirit for festival goers all while paying homage to the Rock Gods. The outdoor weekend-long event is timed to take advantage of the perfect weather that Florida offers at the beginning of the U.S. festival season.  From the minute attendees enter the transformed Central Florida Fairgrounds, they'll be met with a colorful, atmospheric festival site and they'll be engaged in a stimulating layout offering a variety of entertainment options featuring rock music of all genres, comedy, side show attractions and live art, along with an astounding variety of food offerings and an eclectic market place.

Ticketing packages include Moonstone General Admission:  $229; Rock N Roll All Nite VIP package for $690 (includes access to multiple VIP areas and unlimited sponsored beverages within VIP areas, exclusive priority entrance, FREE VIP on site parking, exclusive multiple stage viewing, shaded and relaxed lounge seating); Teen Pass [10-17 only]  $127; Lets Get Rocked VIP Package:  $1500 (all VIP amenities, plus meet the Promoter With an Exclusive Private Tour of the Festival, Attend a VIP Early Access Private Event Friday, April 29, with Special Guests, Exclusive Access to the Stage Right Club Includes [Your Choice (1) Lunch or Dinner, Exclusive Private Bathrooms, Souvenir Festival T-Shirt and Lanyard]); Rock The Boat VIP:  $6,400 (All Lets Get Rocked VIP amenities, plus the ability to dock your boat at the MOONSTONE Custom Built Stage Two Slip, two VIP All Access Weekend Passes, plus the ability to purchase two Tag Along Passes: $500.00 [each two maximum]); GLAMP IT VIP:  $7,400 (All Lets Get Rocked VIP amenities including two VIP All Access Weekend Passes, plus the ability to purchase two (maximum) Tag Along Passes: $500.00, plus on-site Personal, Luxury, Air Conditioned RV [includes VIP Parking at RV Site]); ALMOST FAMOUS VIP:  $16,500 (All Lets Get Rocked VIP amenities, four all access festival passes, plus the ability to live like a rock star on your private air-conditioned luxury tour bus located in the artist compound, complete with your personal rider, full access to Mainstage Private Viewing Deck, exclusive MEET and GREET with the headliner of your choice, meals provided throughout the weekend, 24/7 on Call Liaison/Concierge, airport transfers to and from the venue).  Additional details including information on payment plans can be found here.  Please note:  children under 10 are FREE (one per adult).

Initial 2016 MOONSTONE sponsors include Full Sail University and Yuengling Beer.  For the most up-to-date information, please click here.

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MADAME MAYHEM RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'LEFT FOR DEAD,' ANNOUNCES DATES WITH DORO

Madame Mayhem is one of the most striking rock performers to come along in some time - as seen in the new official video for the song "Left For Dead." Created by Industrialism Films, the clip can be viewed via this link:
https://youtu.be/Vv-1rVG8oo4

"Left For Dead" comes from the album, 'Now You Know,' and was written by Corey Lowery and Madame Mayhem. According to the singer, "'Left For Dead' expresses the struggle of both a tumultuous relationship, and internal conflict with yourself to not be held down and to move forward."

Also upcoming is a string of dates in February and March opening up for the one and only Doro, including stops in Tampa, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Poughkeepsie, among other locations. "Really excited to be heading out on the road with Doro," says Madame Mayhem. "Can't wait to give the audiences shows to remember."

'Now You Know' features a powerhouse team of rock talent including Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Winery Dogs), who produced and played on the album, Ray Luzier (KoRn, KXM), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses), Russ Parrish (“Satchel” from Steel Panther), and Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo).

Billy Sheehan on Madame Mayhem's new record : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-QwDK2MkRc

The album has also received rave reviews from the likes of Rock Revolt ("With the types of songs this fantastic group created and the vocal approach Madame painted over each track I have to say we have a winner") and Hard Rock Haven ("Hopefully this album is the start of something big! Madame Mayhem’s Now You Know is highly recommended for fans of hard rock and melodic metal!"), among other outlets.
 
Madame Mayhem dates opening for Doro:
February 27th, 2016   Tampa, FL               The Orpheum    
February 28th, 2016   Winter Park, FL       The Haven    
March 1st, 2016          Atlanta, GA             Variety Playhouse    
March 2nd, 2016         Charlotte, NC          Amos Southend
March 4th, 2016          Amityville, NY          Revolution    
March 5th, 2016          Poughkeepsie, NY  The Chance    
March 6th, 2016          Elmhurst, NY           Blackthorn 51

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:
www.MadameMayhem.com
www.Facebook.com/MadameMayhem
www.Twitter.com/MayhemOfficial


FRONTIERS MUSIC IS IN FOR A TREAT!  SO ARE YOU!

Frontiers Music Srl is truly excited to announce the return of the mighty TREAT with their brand new, kick ass album entitled “Ghost of Graceland”! It will be released on April 15th

Building on the success of their last album ”Coup de Grace” (2010), hailed by both fans and critics as a masterpiece, Treat is releasing an album packed with reflective, soul searching songs dressed in devilishly seductive yet hard hitting melodic rock.

 “This is where we are today. As a band, as musicians, songwriters and individuals. It’s a statement: this is us in 2016”, says main songwriter and guitarist Anders Wikström.

 ”Ghost of Graceland”, produced by long time TREAT fan and respected writer/producer Peter Mansson and co-produced by Anders Wikström, showcases a band with a thirty plus career, that are hungrier and more energetic than ever!

 To achieve the organic, pure, bold, (somewhat) cocky, contemporary sound with melodies and choruses to die for that they were going for, the band took a step back. Says Anders Wikström: ”It’s a musical as well as a personal soul searching. We traced us back to our roots, the music and the heroes that got us dreaming back in the 70’s: KISS, Van Halen, Sweet, Deep Purple and UFO. An era where music and musicianship really mattered and rock ’n’ roll was a matter of life or death.” TREAT got in the time machine and retrieved all that restless energy. But ”Ghost of Graceland”, with all it’s delicious, action packed and hook ladden melodic rock that could soundtrack a party, also sees a band that reflects on their personal lives.

 ”Ghost of Graceland” is Anders Wikström’s take on the world: both his own and the bands personal journeys, and perspective on modern life in general. ”I really wanted to express what goes on in my mind and talk about relationships, politics, economics and the choices we make. The title song is a metaphor… paradise or prison? It´s up to you to decide."

 ”I Don’t Miss the Misery” tells the story of a man on the brink of madness, going through hell and he finally sees the light; perspective changes in a crisis and you find new kicks in life. In ”Do Your Own Stunts”, which musically is in the same vein as the classic ”Get You On The Run”, Anders writes about a father trying to teach his kids how to live their lives to the fullest, and ”Together Alone” is a heartbreaking and powerful ballad, that sees Anders singing lead vocals for the first time. But, it wouldn’t be a TREAT album without a kick ass, Friday-night-let’s party-and-get-too-wild song: ”Too Late To Die Young” is a tongue in cheek classic rocker, with some clever name checking.

 Robert Ernlund (vocals), Anders Wikström (Guitars and backing vocals), Patrick Appelgren (keyboards, guitar and backing vocals), Jamie Borger (drums) and new bass player Pontus Egberg (King Diamond) are a powerhouse. Pontus replaces the band’s songwriting partner Fredrik Thomander who has also been performing live with the band since 2013. ”When we started working on this album and in need of a permanent replacement on bass, Pontus was the only guy we had in mind. He´s a good friend of ours and a fantastic musician and live performer. He and Jamie just blow the roof off together on this new album!” 

We’re doing what we love. We’re proudly flying the flag for hard and melodic rock. Honestly, this is a very, very good TREAT album”, says Anders Wikström. TREAT are proud, confident and hungry for more!

“Ghost of Graceland” tracklisting:
1. Ghost Of Graceland
2. I Don’t Miss The Misery
3. Better The Devil You Know
4. Do Your Own Stunts
5. Endangered
6. Inferno
7. Alien Earthlings
8. Nonstop Madness
9. Too Late To Die Young
10. House On Fire
11. Together Alone
12. Everything To Everyone

TREAT
- Robert Ernlund – lead vocals
- Anders Wikström – lead guitars and background vocals (lead vocals on “Together Alone”)
- Patrick Appelgren – keyboards, guitars and background vocals
- Pontus Egberg – bass guitar
- Jamie Borger – drums

FOREIGNER’S FIRST-EVER LIVE ACOUSTIC ALBUM, ‘IN CONCERT. UNPLUGGED,’ SET FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 5th

ARTIST ROYALTIES DONATED TO JDRF (JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION);

FOREIGNER TO PREMIERE NEW RENDITIONS ON ‘THE TODAY SHOW’ FEBRUARY 11th

Legendary rock group FOREIGNER will release their first-ever live acoustic album, IN CONCERT.UNPLUGGED on February 5, 2016.   The band’s royalties will be donated to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the album is available exclusively via Amazon, with a special pre-order promotion kicking off on Monday, January 25, 2016 at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ACMPGF4?keywords=889853019526&qid=1452558811&ref_=sr_1_1&s=music&sr=1-1.

FOREIGNER recorded this unique acoustic album at a concert hosted by Edsel B. Ford II on August 24, 2015 at the Ford Motor Company Conference & Event Center in Detroit, MI immediately following the band’s record-breaking 10-show stand with Kid Rock at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. The sold-out trek with Kid Rock introduced well over half a million new fans to FOREIGNER’s nine Top 10 hits during each tour stellar performance. Foreigner will appear on “The Today Show” on Thursday, February 11 to premiere songs from the new album and announce upcoming tour dates. 

To coincide with the album release, FOREIGNER will bring its IN CONCERT.UNPLUGGED show to select venues including a special event at New York’s famed Lincoln Theater on February 17th. This tour is a prelude to a soon to be announced national tour in the fall with a grand finale at The Carnegie Hall in October.  Audiences will have an intimate experience witnessing masterful performances of such fan favorites as “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and many more. See below for initial tour dates.

FOREIGNER is on a major roll right now with streams and downloads soaring after their worldwide #1 hit “I Want To Know What Love Is” was featured as the 2015 season finale end title of “Orange Is The New Black.” FOREIGNER hits have also recently been included in such primetime TV shows as “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” among others. 

Foreigner is Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, flute, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards,vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar, vocals) and Chris Frazier (drums). 

Here’s the complete track listing for IN CONCERT.UNPLUGGED:
1. Double Vision
2. Say You Will
3. Waiting For A Girl Like You
4. When It Comes To Love
5. Fool For You Anyway
6. Dirty White Boy
7. Cold As ice
8. Feels Like The First Time
9. Juke Box Hero
10. I Want To Know What Love Is
11. Hot Blooded (bonus track) 

DATE               CITY                            VENUE
Thu 2/11          Westbury, NY               Theatre at Westbury
Sat 2/13           Port Chester, NY          Capitol Theatre
Sun 2/14          Morristown, NJ              Mayo PAC
Mon 2/15         Red Bank, NJ               Count Basie Theatre
Wed 2/17         New York, NY               Lincoln Center – Appel Room
Fri 2/19             Clearwater, FL              Capital Theatre
Sat 2/20           Jacksonville, FL             Florida Theatre 

For band bios: http://www.foreigneronline.com/about.html.  More on the band’s website, www.foreigneronline.com

www.foreigneronline.com
www.facebook.com/Foreigner
www.twitter.com/ForeignerMusic
www.instagram.com/foreignerlive
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Megadeth Score Highest Chart Debut Since 'Countdown To Extinction'
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Megadeth have scored a top US debut with their latest album, "Dystopia." Billboard reports the band's 15th studio release enters the Billboard 200 at No. 3 with opening week sales of 49,000 equivalent album units.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

"Dystopia" is the group's highest US charting album since 1992's "Countdown To Extinction" debuted and peaked at No. 2 upon its release. The follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider" features new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God following the fall 2014 departure of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover. Read more and watch the video for the title track here.

 Guns N' Roses Has Nothing To Do With Reported Video Shoot
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As suspected, we received word that the video shoot being cast has nothing to do with the legendary hard rock band Guns N' Roses but is for a hip-hop group making a video for a track possibly called Guns N Roses.

The news of the video shoot spread over the weekend after a UK casting agency put out a notice looking for two "kidnapping bad ass chicks" (ages 18 to 26) to appear in a video.

The notice was clearly labeled in a tweet to the casting information "PAID JOB: GUNS N ROSES, LONDON #actor #actingjob #musicvideo" but the description went on to say "This is a narrative film for hip hop group."

The identity of the group was not disclosed but the headline of the notice was made to appear that it was for Guns N' Roses. antiMusic was informed by the band's camp that they have nothing to do with video shoot and it appears that it is for a video by this unknown hip-hop group for a song called "Guns N Roses", totally unrelated to the famed band that recently announced a reunion with several members of the original lineup.

Classic Queen Song Featured In Super Bowl Commercial
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Queen's 1976 classic, "Somebody To Love", provides the soundtrack to a Super Bowl 50 commercial for the 2017 Honda Ridegline truck and video of the ad has been posted online ahead of the big game.

Directed by Bryan Buckley of production house Hungry Man, Adweek reports the ad promotes the new Ridgeline's truck-bed audio system, which uses so-called "exciters" to turn the whole bed into a giant outdoor speaker.

"It's a very unique feature," explains Honda's AVP of Marketing Tom Peyton. "Nobody else has it. And it's a little tough to communicate - although we will in some advertising later this spring, when the truck's at the dealers.

"It's not actually speakers. It's 'exciters' that makes the whole bed a speaker. It's pretty cool. … It would make a great tailgate vehicle." Watch the ad and the official video for the track here.

Motorhead Share Behind-The-Scenes Look At Last Music Video
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Motorhead have released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video for "When The Sky Comes Looking For You", the latest track issued from their final album, "Bad Magic."

Directed by award-winning photographer Pep Bonet, the clip was filmed over two days in Palma de Mallorca with extras who had applied to be part of the filming after Bonet made an online appeal.

"It is Bonet's first music video piece," says the band, "and from its Sam Peckinpah' like approach to the calm mystery of actor Santi Oliver, the style, frame and intriguingly off-kilter atmosphere all encapsulate the best elements of Bonet's photography."

"Bad Magic" scored the band's highest US chart position in Motorhead's career, debuting at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 11,000 copies upon its release in August.

Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister passed away at his Los Angeles home on December 28, just four days after his 70th birthday. The legendary rocker's death certificate listed prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure as the official causes of death. Watch the video clip here.

David Bowie Wanted His Ashes To Be Scattered In Bali
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David Bowie requested that his ashes be scattered in Bali as part of a Buddhist ritual, according to paperwork filed in New York. Bowie's will was entered at a Manhattan court last week under the singer's legal name, David Robert Jones.

He died on January 10 at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. His body was cremated in New York two days later. The will also reveals he left behind an estate worth $100million (£70m), half of which will go to his widow Iman.

The rest will be split between his children Duncan and Alexandria Zahra Jones. Bowie's personal assistant Corinne Schwab was left $2m and $1m was given to a former nanny, Marion Skene. Read more here

Vince Neil Confirmed For Celebrity Apprentice
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Vince Neil has signed up to take part in the next season of The Celebrity Apprentice. The show - which began filming on Monday - will air for six weeks in the US on NBC this autumn.

The Motley Crue singer will be among 16 contestants, with UFC star Chael Sonnen, Jersey Shore's Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila also taking part.

The show sees celebs compete for a cash prize that will go to the winner's nominated charities. Neil is representing the Las Vegas-based Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health.

He tells the Las Vegas Sun: "I'll be raising money for great Las Vegas causes, so I hope the entire valley-wide community will be supporting whatever it is we have to tackle.

"I've set myself a record target of $1million and have begun reaching out to my rock star and country star friends to support me once the challenges get underway." Read more here.

Bad Company New Album Report Dubious
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Is Bad Company really recording a new album with original vocalist Paul Rodgers? Probably not, when you consider the source, a site called MediaMass.

Social media lit up with reports over the weekend that the band was in the studio with their original vocalist for the first time in 35 years recording a 'back-to-roots album,' and that a tour was being planned for 2017. The site also claimed as many as eight songs had been recorded and that there was security on the doors to ensure no news got out.

But if you check out other stories on the site, you'll find a virtually word-for-word article about Billy Swan. And Morrissey. And Led Zeppelin. And Van Halen. Read more here.

Pink Floyd Icon Syd Barrett The Subject Of New Play
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Late Pink Floyd star Syd Barrett is to be the subject of a play by Scottish author and playwright Alan Bissett. Bissett has been commissioned by the Scottish Mental Health Arts And Film Festival to write the play about Barrett, who left Floyd in 1968 and died in 2006 of pancreatic cancer.

His play, called One Thinks Of It All As A Dream, will run at this year's event which is held from October 10 to 31. It'll premiere at Glasgow's Oran Mor in October, before touring to the Traverse in Edinburgh and the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.

Bissett tells the Herald: "At the centre of it is a man in pain. Syd Barrett is unique in rock'n'roll history, and certainly haunted Pink Floyd's music after he left.

"There's no figure quite like him - which is itself attractive to a dramatist - but I also wanted to explore his multi-faceted character. He was by turns charismatic, selfish, principled and vulnerable." Read more here.

Blackberry Smoke 'Ain't Much Left Of Me' Live Video Released
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Music City Roots have launched a live clip showcasing Blackberry Smoke playing their track Ain't Much Left Of Me. The band played the US venue recently, and performed the track which featured on their 2014 album The Whippoorwill.The band say: "For those of you that couldn't join us for Music City Roots, check out Ain't Much Left Of Me." Blackberry Smoke are currently on the road across the US and head to Australia next month in support of their most recent album Holding All The Roses, released last year via Rounder.

They'll return to the UK in June for an appearance at the TeamRock-sponsored Stone Free Festival at London's O2 on June 18 and 19. Watch the video clip here.

Marillion Add New Legs To 2016 Tour
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Marillion have added more dates to their 2016 tour itinerary. Last month Steve Hogarth and co revealed a run of shows across North America in support of what will be the band's 18th studio album.

Now they've revealed appearances across Europe and South America. The follow-up to 2012's Sounds That Can't Be Made is currently available to pre-order through the band's PledgeMusic page in a variety of packages.

In January, the band said the new material was "in good shape" and revealed they had six working titles: The Leavers, El Dorado, Class, Things Buried, New Kings and Melt Our Guns.

The band will play this year's TeamRock-sponsored Stone Free Festival, which takes place at London's O2 on June 18 and 19. See all of the tour dates here.

Magnum Release 'Crazy Old Mothers' Video
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Magnum have released a video for Crazy Old Mothers. It's the first track the band have issued from their upcoming album Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies, out on February 26 via Steamhammer/SPV.

Guitarist Tony Clarkin says: "The song is about working in a job you hate, when you had such big plans for yourself but you were too scared to take a chance and follow them through."

Magnum will embark on a UK and European tour starting in April in support of the album, which is available for pre-order on digipak/DVD, 2LP coloured vinyl, CD and digital formats. Watch the new video here.

Extended Van Halen Super Bowl Commercial Goes Online
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Acura have released an extended version of their upcoming Super Bowl commercial that features the 1978 Van Halen classic "Runnin' With The Devil."

The ad for the 2017 Acura NSX high-end sports car marks the first time that the California band has licensed the song for commercial use. Acura bills the new vehicle as the "only so-called supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S."

"Ultimately we knew that we wanted this to be a rock song," says Leila Cesario, the national advertising manager for American Honda's Acura division. "The Super Bowl is a big American platform. It needed a big American band that screams excitement."

The commercial's soundtrack features the isolated vocal tracks of singer David Lee Roth along with instrumental segments of "Runnin' With The Devil", the second single issued from Van Halen's groundbreaking 1978 self-titled debut album. Watch the video here.

Black Sabbath Postpone Farewell Tour Dates Due To Ozzy Illness
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Black Sabbath have postponed a pair of Canadian dates on their recently-launched farewell tour as frontman Ozzy Osbourne has taken ill. The news came just hours before the group's January 30 show at Rexall Place in Edmonton, while Calgary's February 1 concert has also been delayed.

"Due to extreme sinusitis with Ozzy Osbourne, the shows in both Edmonton and Calgary have been postponed," announced the band and promoter Live Nation via social media. "Details regarding rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as they are available."
The next scheduled date on Black Sabbath's 6-week North American tour is scheduled for February 3 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. The group launched its farewell tour - a.k.a. "The End" - in Omaha, Nebraska on January 20.

Osbourne's voice was shaky on opening night, according to Kevin Coffey of Omaha.com. "Singer Ozzy Osbourne's voice wasn't great," he writes. "It wasn't awful, really. It simply wasn't very good. On Wednesday, he was sometimes flat. He was sometimes pitchy, occasionally off-key. He almost never hit the notes he was looking for. It was the first show of the tour, so maybe his voice will warm up." Read more including the band's tweet here.

Guns N' Roses Filming New Video?
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The reunited Guns N' Roses will reportedly film a new video in London this week. A UK network called Casting Call Pro has posted an online ad for two "kidnapping bad ass chicks" (ages 18 to 26) to appear in a Guns 'n' Roses video shoot on February 6.

The post reads PAID JOB: GUNS N ROSES, LONDON. But then says, "This is a narrative film for hip hop group. The video follows the artist who has been kidnapped by a gang of female kick ass bad chicks. The film is 'Oceans 11/12/13' meets 'Reservoir Dogs' with slick cuts, split screen, etc.

"2 female kidnappers take the artist hostage and set up a ransom video where the artist performs into. The 2 female kidnappers will wear balaclavas and knee length bomber jackets, which will be provided. The hostages are are kick ass gun wielding bad girls."

As expected, Guns N' Roses have not publicly confirmed any plans for the possible video shoot ahead of the group's 2016 reunion tour launch in Las Vegas in April. Read more here

Original Jefferson Airplane Singer Signe Anderson Dead At 74
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Original Jefferson Airplane vocalist Signe Anderson died last Thursday (Jan. 28) at the age of 74 - the same day bandmate and guitarist Paul Kanter passed away.

"One sweet Lady has passed on," wrote Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin on Facebook. "I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said 'Hey what are you doing here? Let's start a band.'"

"She was a real sweetheart with a terrific contralto voice coming from a solid folk background," posted Airplane bassist Jack Casady on Facebook. "Listen to how she made the three part harmonies of 'JA Takes Off' (first album) sound so thick … her wonderful tone between Paul's and Marty's."

"Signe was one of the strongest people I have ever met," wrote Airplane lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen on his blog. "She was our den mother in the early days of the Airplane … a voice of reason on more occasions than one … an important member of our dysfunctional little family." Read more here.

KISS Star Gene Simmons Grants Dying Teen's Final Wish
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KISS icon Gene Simmons granted a dying teenager's wish by visiting him in his hospital bed. The bassist and singer spent time with 17-year-old Dilan Kohn at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Children's Hospital of Nevada in Las Vegas last week. Dilan died a few days after Simmons' visit, but staff have thanked him for making the youngster's dream come true.

A statement from staff at University Medical Center, where the Children's Hospital is based, says: "Last week, one of our patients, Dilan Kohn, got his final wish. The critically ill 17-year-old desperately wanted to meet and hang out with the rock'n'roll musician, Gene Simmons, from the band Kiss.

"Mr Simmons had not only been Dilan's idol, but also his inspiration growing up. Mr Simmons was sent an email request last Thursday afternoon and flew into Vegas the next morning. He showed up with a big bag full of signed memorabilia just for Dilan.

"The two hung out, shared stories and laughed together for well over an hour while staff looked on with tears in their eyes. Thank you Mr. Simmons for making this wish come true just in time.

"Unfortunately Dilan passed away peacefully a couple days later." See the online post along with photos here.

Former Dio And Rainbow Star Jimmy Bain's Cause Of Death Revealed
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Last In Line bassist Jimmy Bain's cause of death has been confirmed as lung cancer. The former Dio and Rainbow man died on January 23 onboard Def Leppard's Hysteria On The High Seas cruising festival where Last In Line were due to perform. He was 68.

His bandmate Vinny Appice says Bain didn't even know he had lung cancer and that he was receiving treatment for pneumonia when he died. Appice adds: "The medical examiner report states the official cause of death was lung cancer. Jimmy didn't know he had lung cancer, but he did know he had pneumonia and was receiving treatment for it.

"This didn't stop him or slow him down, we had four rehearsals four hours a day, then a flight to Miami for the Def Leppard rock cruise. A pre-sail gig and sound check was scheduled for the following day. At the gig Jimmy played great and even sang that night while holding a heavy bass guitar on his back, never complaining or asking for help.

"Next day we preceded to board the cruise ship for a five-day voyage of which we were scheduled to play Sunday, the fourth day. That gig never happened as Jimmy passed away in his cabin the night before. We were devastated." Read more here.

Ace Frehley Announces Spring Tour
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Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has announced that he will be launching a US tour this spring. Shows begin in Houston, TX on February 26 and run into mid-April.

Frehley has been working on all-star covers album as the follow-up to 2014's "Space Invader." "The album's going to be about my influences," says Frehley. "I'm probably going to do a Rolling Stones song, a Who song, possibly a Led Zeppelin song, maybe a Beatles song. Stuff from bands that I grew up on and greatly influenced me. Those are the songs I'd redo, besides vintage Kiss stuff and a Frehley's Comet track."

Slash joined the guitarist in the studio last summer to help record a Thin Lizzy classic, while other anticipated guests include Lita Ford, John 5, and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam.

Frehley's first new album in five years, "Space Invader" scored a US Top 10 debut when it entered the Billboard 200 at No. 9 with opening-week sales of 19,000. See the dates here.

David Bowie's Blackstar Remains At No. 1 In The UK
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David Bowie's "Blackstar" has topped the charts for a third straight week as the late singer continues to dominate UK music sales in 2016. Bowie also has another 6 albums on the charts - with 18 in the UK Top 100.

The Official Charts Company reports the project is one of five Bowie albums in the Top 10, including 2002's "Best Of Bowie" at No. 3, 2014's "Nothing Has Changed" at No. 5, 1971's "Hunky Dory" climbs three places to No. 9, and 1972's "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" jumps nine spots to No. 10.

The feat means Bowie is the first act to score five albums in the Top 10 since Michael Jackson managed six in 2009 after his passing. With seven more records in the Top 40 bringing his total to 12, the rocker ties Elvis Presley's UK chart record for simultaneous Top 40 entries, which the King achieved following his death in 1977. Read more here.

Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner Dead At 74
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Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner died Thursday at the age of 74. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Kantner passed away from multiple organ failure and septic shock following a heart attack earlier this week.

The guitarist had a string of health problems in recent years, including a heart attack in March of last year. Guitarist Marty Balin co-founded Jefferson Airplane with Kanter in San Francisco in 1965. The group released their debut, "Jefferson Airplane Takes Off", in the summer of 1966 to little fanfare.

The addition of singer Grace Slick in 1966 and their second album, 1967's "Surrealistic Pillow", helped pioneer the Bay Area counterculture psychedelic rock scene referred to as the "San Francisco sound" during the "Summer Of Love."

A pair of US Top 10 singles - "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit" - delivered the group their commercial breakthrough as the album reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Read more here.

Guns N' Roses Mock Aerosmith Singer Over Reunion Claims
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Guns N' Roses have taken to social media to mock Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler - and others - who have come forward with claims that they played a role in the band's 2016 reunion.

"Guns N' Roses would like to respectfully thank the many people taking credit for our upcoming shows and everything in between," posted the group. "Especially those whom we haven't spoken to in numerous years who, through the power of media, have somehow served a pivotal, even if non-existent, role. We and the fans thank you!"

The note takes direct aim at headline-making comments Tyler made to Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show earlier this week. "I'm sure I'm not solely [responsible for them getting back together], but I did meet Axl in a couple of clubs a year ago and two years ago and three years ago," Tyler told Stern. "I bumped into him, and I had that talk… I said, 'You need to get f***ing back together again soon, because we all miss you.' Same thing someone said to me when Joe [Perry] and I were fighting. 'You've gotta get back together. What are you, crazy?'

"In fact, it was Jon Bon Jovi. I'm in rehab. He calls me up and goes, 'What the f*** are you in rehab? The world needs you. We're out here ripping it up, and everybody's asking for Aerosmith. You need to get out of here, because people in the world need you.'"

"So I'd say to Axl, 'You've gotta get together. There's a place and time where if you don't, you're gonna miss it.' And in another four or five years, no one's gonna even know who they were or care if they're on tour, and that's Steven Tyler's opinion." Read more here.

Van Halen Classic Featured In Super Bowl Commercial
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Van Halen's 1978 classic, "Runnin' With The Devil", is providing the soundtrack to a Super Bowl 50 commercial for car maker Acura. The New York Times reports the ad for the 2017 Acura NSX high-end sports car contains no dialogue.

Instead, an isolated vocal track of singer David Lee Roth is set against images of the car, which will become available this spring for the sum of $156,000. Los Angeles ad agency MullenLowe U.S. created the commercial after reviewing a variety of songs from different genres.

"Ultimately we knew that we wanted this to be a rock song," says Leila Cesario, the national advertising manager for American Honda's Acura division. "The Super Bowl is a big American platform. It needed a big American band that screams excitement."

The Van Halen ad marks Acura's first Super Bowl commercial since 2012, when comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno dueled over the first NSX to come off the production line.

"Runnin' With The Devil" was the second single issued from Van Halen's groundbreaking 1978 self-titled debut album. Watch the Acura commercial here.

Def Leppard Release 'Dangerous' Video
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Def Leppard have released a video for "Dangerous", the latest track issued from the band's 2015 self-titled album. The song follows "Let's Go" as the second single from the project, which was recorded at singer Joe Elliott's studio in Dublin, Ireland last year.

Def Leppard have become the first band to debut a new video in a music game, having teamed up with Guitar Hero Live, Activision and FreeStyleGames for the clip, which mixes animation with live concert footage.

"When the idea to premiere our newest music video for 'Dangerous' in Guitar Hero Live came about, we were thrilled," says singer Joe Elliott. "The way our fans discover and listen to our music has evolved so much throughout the years. Whether they're playing on vinyl, streaming the songs online or playing along to our music video in Guitar Hero Live, it's amazing to see how interactive music has become.

"There are so many interesting ways our fans experience our music, and having the video for 'Dangerous' debut in Guitar Hero Live felt like such a great way to reach all of our fans."

Def Leppard postponed the January 27 launch of their US tour due to illness. Watch the new video here.

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Added To Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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On Thursday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sent out an email trumpeting their first three guest announcements for 2016 Induction Ceremony: Lars Ulrich of Metallica, the Black Keys and Rob Thomas. However, they didn't say what parts of the ceremony each artist will be involved in.

It's not a stretch to imagine that Ulrich will be on hand to present Deep Purple. A few years ago, when Rolling Stone spoke with the drummer about the Hall of Fame inductions, he said, "I'm not gonna get into the politics or all that stuff, but I got two words to say: 'Deep Purple.' That's all I have to say: Deep Purple. Seriously, people, 'Deep Purple.'"

Who the other two will be there for is up for speculation. But the Black Keys is a midwestern band who has consistently knocked out radio-friendly hits for years, so they would seem to be a logical choice to do the honors for Cheap Trick. Read more here.

Motley Crue's Vince Neil Working On New Solo Album
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Former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has confirmed he's working on a fourth solo album - and he's hinted that he'll road-test some of the material on his upcoming tour.

Crue bowed out with a farewell show on December 31 after a two-year world tour. The performance is to be released as a film later this year, while the move version of their book "The Dirt" is also expected in 2016.

Neil tells the Michigan City News-Dispatch: "I'm going to always be the guy who was in Motley Crue - but I'm looking forward to recording more stuff.

"The music is exciting. It's good, fun, nasty, raw. That's what's important: good, fun songs. I think there's always room for this type of music." Read more here.

Last In Line Release Jimmy Bain Tribute Video
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Last In Line have released a tribute video to Jimmy Bain, who died last weekend. The seven-minute clip features interviews with the bassist filmed while the band were working on debut album Heavy Crown, to be launched next month.

Bain died while Last In Line were taking part in Def Leppard's cruising festival in the Bahamas. He'd been unwell, but was determined to keep working.

In one of the conversations Bain recalls how he helped put Dio together with Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice and Vivian Campbell. He says: "I got a call from Ronnie in the middle of the night. 'We've left Sabbath, Vinny and I. We're going to put a new band together. We're looking for a bass player and a guitar player.' I said, 'Well, you've got the f***ing bass player.'

"I recommended two guitar players - Viv and John Sykes. John Sykes was too tall so we went with Viv. We jammed for about 20 or 30 minutes. It just clicked."

In another conversation, Appice explains how the band had to hide Bain in a flight case to avoid him being arrested, to which the bassist replies: "That happened a number of times."

Discussing his creative input, producer Jeff Pilson says: "You can tell everyone listens to Jimmy when we're tracking. Even though Vinny keeps time, Jimmy keeps the pulse." Watch the video here.

Phil Collins Explains Cautious Approach To Music Return
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Phil Collins has explained why he's being cautious about future plans after coming out of retirement last year. And he's repeated that he doesn't think he'd be able to take part in a Genesis reunion that features Peter Gabriel.

The singer and drummer confirmed in October that he was returning to work after rethinking his life and receiving treatment for physical problems. He underwent back surgery the same month.

Describing himself as "back, a bit," Collins tells the BBC: "I woke up one morning last October with a devastating pain down my right side. It's from sitting for 60 years playing drums - bits wear out.

"We were doing the Genesis reunion tour in 2007 and something happened to my left arm nerve-wise. I lost a bit of grip. So I haven't played - but I should start practising again. To be honest I've stood back."

He says of another reunion: "We could probably put to bed the Peter Gabriel Genesis, especially if I can't really play that well. In my eyes that would be my role - I'd go back behind the drums.

"But the three-piece Genesis, we get on great. Anything is possible and I've learned one should never say never." Read more here.

David Bowie Once Auditioned for 'Lord of the Rings'
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He played the Goblin King in Labyrinth, but could he have played Gandalf as well? It almost happened, according to Dominic Monaghan, the actor who played the Hobbit named Meriadoc Brandybuck in the Lord of the Rings films. The actor says he witnessed Bowie audition for a role in the films.

Speaking with Huffington Post, Monaghan recounted the moment he finished auditioning for Lord of the Rings at London casting agency Hubbard's. Afterwards, Monaghan was asked to stick around for a few minutes and receive feedback. From there, things took a memorable turn.

"As I was reading a magazine waiting, David Bowie came in and signed his little list and went in," Monaghan recalled. "And I'm assuming he read for Gandalf. I can't think of anything else he would've read for." Read more here.

Def Leppard Postpone Tour Kick Off Due To Illness
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Def Leppard were forced to postpone Wednesday's launch of their US tour due to illness within the group. While the group did not provide further details regarding the health issue, frontman Joe Elliott was recently forced to sit out part of the band's inaugural "Hysteria On The High Seas" cruise after coming down with "severe laryngitis."

"The Def Leppard concert scheduled to take place at the Greensboro Coliseum on Wednesday January 27 has been postponed due to illness," announced the band. "A new date will be announced soon. Please continue to hold on to your tickets as tickets purchased for the January concert will be honored on the new date - no exchange necessary."

Unable to perform a January 23 show on the cruise, several rockers filled in for Elliott - including Last In Line's Andrew Freeman, Mr. Big's Eric Martin and Winger's Kip Winger - with some additional help from Def Leppard guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell. Read more here.

Guns N' Roses Reunion Lineup Speculation Heats Up With Band Exit
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Guns N' Roses members Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed have announced their exit from The Dead Daisies to be part of "a momentous project in 2016."

The move fuels further speculation about the longtime players' participation in GNR's reunion tour, which to date has only confirmed the involvement of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

Keyboardist Reed has been in the GNR lineup since 1990, while guitarist Fortus has been on board since 2002. Guns N' Roses will launch the reunion run with a pair of shows at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on April 8 and April 9 - just two days after the venue's opening on April 6.

The band will then headline Coachella on April 16 and 23 as part of the two-weekend event. Former Whitesnake and Dio guitarist Doug Aldrich has taken Fortus' spot in The Dead Daisies as they begin work on a new album in Nashville with producer Marti Fredericksen. Read more here.

AC/DC Take Preemptive Move Against Counterfeiters
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AC/DC have reportedly filed a federal lawsuit to block all non-authorized sales of its merchandise during their upcoming US tour. TMZ reports the band - who earned $180 million on the Rock Or Bust world tour last year - have taken the preemptive move against counterfeiters for US shows starting next week.

"Y'know, most of the those guys you see hawking t-shirts and hats outside the arena - the band's filed a federal lawsuit to get cops to shut them down," says TMZ. "The tour starts February 2 in Tacoma, and they're asking the court to launch a full scale attack - sending US Marshals and cops to the Tacoma Dome to arrest all offenders and seize all bogus goods. They're asking for the same show of force in other cities too."

The tour marks the return of guitarist Stevie Young and drummer Chris Slade to the lineup following the retirement of founder Malcolm Young and a series of legal issues faced by longtime member Phil Rudd. Read more here.

Bruce Springsteen Added Dates To The River Tour
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Bruce Springsteen has expanded The River Tour in support of a recently-issued 7-disc box set marking the 35th anniversary of the 1980 double-album.

The New Jersey rocker has added 14 US dates to the end of the current North American run that began January 16 in Pittsburgh, PA and confirmed a May 19 appearance in Portugal to headline the first night of Rock In Rio festival in Lisboa.

The new US shows will begin with a third and final date at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on March 19 and finish April 25 at New York's Barclays Center.

The run also includes a rescheduled Madison Square Garden concert, postponed Sunday due to a blizzard in New York; Springsteen returns to the venue for the make-up performance on March 28.

Last month, Springsteen issued "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection", which presents the original record alongside "The River: Single Album" - originally named "The Ties That Bind" - a 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" but never released.

The 4CD/3DVD package also includes 22 outtakes from the studio sessions alongside an hour-long documentary/interview and a legendary 1980 concert filmed at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Read more including the dates and ticket info here.

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler Apologizes To Bill Ward
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Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has apologized in public to Bill Ward for saying that the ex-drummer had been invited to take part in the band's final show.

Earlier this week, Butler stated in an interview that Sabbath had offered Ward the chance to appear with them just before they took their last bow on The End tour.

The bassist reported: "It's been mentioned to him - but he doesn't want to do it. He wants to do the whole tour or nothing." That led Ward to accuse his former colleague of making "inaccurate statements," adding: "My management reached out to the Black Sabbath management to inquire as to whether or not they would like to discuss my participation in the tour. We were told there was no interest."

Now Butler has tweeted: "It appears Bill Ward was never invited to do a last show - my mistake. Sorry @billwarddrums." Read more here.

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme To Launch World Tour
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Iggy Pop has announced he will be touring with Josh Homme in support of his latest album Post Pop Depression. He's announced a run of shows worldwide that will see the duo play alongside Homme's Queens Of The Stone Age bandmates, guitarist Dean Fertita and multi-instrumentalist Troy Van Leeuwen, as well as Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders and session man Matt Sweeney.

Iggy and Homme recently performed Gardenia on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The song is available as an instant download with pre-orders of the album. They also made Break Into Your Heart available to stream.

Due on March 18 via Loma Vista, the pair recorded the album under the cover of secrecy at Homme's remote Joshua Tree and Pink Duck studios. Iggy says: "I wanted to be free. To be free, I needed to forget. To forget, I needed music. Josh had that in him, so I set out to provoke an encounter - first with a carefully worded text, followed by a deluge of writings all about me. No composer wants to write about nothing. He got revved up and we had a great big rumble in the desert USA."

Homme adds: "This was to go where neither of us had gone before. That was the agreement. And to go all the way." Read more here.

Foreigner To Offer Fans Recordings From Unplugged Tour
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Foreigner will raise funds for the Grammy Foundation by offering fans live recordings of their upcoming acoustic tour via the launch of the free new app Stereocast.

Billed as "a first-of-its-kind, live-music purchase platform", Stereocast gives fans access to purchase as little as one song or the entire show for download immediately upon exiting the concert venue.

Stereocast will officially launch with the opening night of Foreigner's all-acoustic tour at The Theatre at Westbury in New York on February 11. All proceeds from purchases made on the new music app will go straight to the Grammy Foundation, which helps to provide funding for high school music programs.

"We are pleased to be partnering with StereoCast on this new initiative," says guitarist Mick Jones. "As we move into the digital age, we are always looking for new ways to make our music available in the most innovative manner. To walk away from our concerts with an immediate download of the once-in-a-lifetime moments meets that criteria.

"Furthermore, the ability to provide funds from StereoCast downloads to our high school choir partners music programs and to The Grammy Foundation's music in schools initiatives furthers a cause close to our hearts." Read more here.

Sammy Hagar Previews Grateful Dead Episode Of His TV Series
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Sammy Hagar will be joined by Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead in the next episode of his new AXS TV series Rock & Roll Road Trip. Hagar is sharing a preview of his trip to San Francisco to hook up, talk music and jam with the pair of rock icons - including a run through the Grateful Dead classic "Loose Lucy."

His 6-episode series sees the Red Rocker drive across the country to jam with some of music's biggest names, including Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Alice Cooper and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell.

The opening program saw Hagar connect with Chickenfoot bandmate Michael Anthony to share memeories of the Sunset Strip and to jam a Montrose classic with Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. Watch the preview here.

David Gilmour Performance With 30-Piece Orchestra To Air On TV
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David Gilmour's upcoming show in Poland will see him accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra, he's revealed. His tour in support of last year's album Rattle That Lock arrives in the Polish city of Wroclaw on June 25.

The Freedom Square gig will see the Pink Floyd icon joined by long-time collaborater and orchestra conductor Zbigniew Preisner. There will also be a guest appearance by Polish pianist Leszek Mozdzer.

The event will be filmed by Aubrey 'Po' Powell and broadcast live on Polish TV. Gilmour last performed in Poland in 2006, in the Gdansk shipyards, to celebrate the founding of the Solidarity trade union. The show became the successful live album and DVD Live In Gdansk and also featured Pink Floyd's Richard Wright. Read more here.

Santana Talks Forthcoming Reunion Album
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Santana are to release their forthcoming record, Santana IV, on April 15. The album sees the original members of the band reunite for the first time in 45 years.

Guitar icon and singer Carlos Santana, lead vocalist and keyboardist Gregg Rolie, guitarist Neal Schon, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve last worked together on the multi-platinum record Santana III in 1971.

Santana, who formed fusion supergroup Supernova last year with John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, says: "It was magical. We didn't have to try to force the vibe - it was immense. From there, we then needed to come up with a balance of songs and jams that people would immediately identify as Santana."

"When you can go back and break new ground with joy and determination - and some whoop-ass energy - it gets you going. I think we achieved something very rare. This music was screaming to come out of us. It wasn't about nostalgia. It was about passion." Read more here.

Def Leppard Preview Dangerous Video
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Def Leppard have released a video preview of "Dangerous", the second single from the band's 2015 self-titled album. The group have teamed with Guitar Hero Live, Activision and FreeStyleGames for the clip's debut.

"When the idea to premiere our newest music video for 'Dangerous' in Guitar Hero Live came about, we were thrilled," says singer Joe Elliott. "The way our fans discover and listen to our music has evolved so much throughout the years. Whether they're playing on vinyl, streaming the songs online or playing along to our music video in Guitar Hero Live, it's amazing to see how interactive music has become.

"There are so many interesting ways our fans experience our music, and having the video for 'Dangerous' debut in Guitar Hero Live felt like such a great way to reach all of our fans."

Guitar Hero Live is available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U console as well as Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

"Dangerous" follows "Let's Go" as the second track from the 2014 album, which was recorded at Elliott's studio in Dublin, Ireland last year. Watch the video here.

Saxon Release Box Set Preview Video
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Saxon have released a video trailer for their upcoming Eagles And Dragons 9LP box set. The package is released on March 18 via Demon Records and features nine albums recorded between 1991 and 2009. It marks the first time the albums have been made available on vinyl outside Germany, Italy and the UK.

The LPs are pressed on luxury 180-gram vinyl and include inner sleeves with lyrics, presented in a hand-numbered outer slipcase box with a specially commissioned cover painting by artist Paul Gregory.

In addition, 500 copies with a framable print of the cover signed by frontman Biff Byford will be available exclusively via Demon's online store. Byford says: "From 1991's Solid Ball Of Rock to 2009's Into The Labyrinth, this is the first time we have ever had a vinyl box set of nine albums in one package - never to be done again - with exclusive cover art work from Paul Raymond Gregory. I can't wait to get my hands on one." Watch the video here.

David Bowie's Son Thanks Fans For Their Support
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Duncan Jones appreciates the fans who have paid tribute to his late father, musician and actor David Bowie. Jones tweeted out a note on Saturday (Jan. 23) thanking fans for their support and beautiful messages after Bowie's passing earlier this month.

Jones tweeted a sketch of three hands signaling the "thumbs-up" sign, as well as the message, "Hi all. Just wanted to thank you for the incredibly kind words & thoughts. I'll be easing my way back into Twitter."

Jones, a British director, hadn't said much publicly about his dad's passing up until this point, initially stating that he would be "offline for a while." Bowie died of cancer Jan. 10 at the age of 69. Read more here.

LAST IN LINE RELEASES TWO NEW SINGLES & VIDEOS IN TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF BASSIST JIMMY BAIN, WHO PASSED AWAY ON SATURDAY
 
New songs "Starmaker" and "Blame It ON Me" join the well-embraced radio singles for "Devil In Me" and "Martyr". A lyric video For “Blame It On Me” and a music video for “Starmaker” are now also available... 
 
Last In Line has released two new singles and videos (a lyric video for “Blame It On Me” and a music video for “Starmaker”), in tribute to the memory of bassist Jimmy Bain. Jimmy Bain passed away at the age of 68 this weekend. Both songs and videos were scheduled for release prior to Bain’s passing and his excitement for the world to experience these new songs has caused the band to decide to move ahead with their releases this week.
 
As guitarist Vivian Campbell stated in a statement on his social media: “It's with the heaviest of hearts that I must confirm the news of the passing of our dear friend and Last In Line band-mate, Jimmy Bain. It was Jimmy who gave me my first big break in the music industry and for that I am forever indebted. Jimmy was immensely proud of our new album and his input to it was immeasurable. We will continue to celebrate his life through his music. On behalf of Vinny and Andrew, our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this most difficult of times. Rest in peace, dear friend.”
 
The lyric video for “Blame It On Me” can be seen here: https://youtu.be/hwAcRGc23XM. Loudwire.com also premiered the lyric video for the song as word of Jimmy’s passing circulated. The video for “Starmaker” can be seen here: https://youtu.be/jK44adkLgDs.

Last In Line formed in 2012 when original Dio band members reunited to pay tribute to the memory of Ronnie James Dio who passed away in 2010. The band took their name from the legendary Dio album that guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Jimmy Bain and drummer Vinny Appice all performed on. While playing that original material, they started to write and create new songs that would later beoce the debut Heavy Crown. They tapped newcomer Andrew Freeman to handle the vocal duties and the nucleus for Last In Line was created..
 
All 4 songs” come from the debut album Heavy Crown. The record is slated for release worldwide on February 19thvia Frontiers Music SRL. The band released an official video last November for the song “Devil In Me” that has been viewed over 223,000 times since. The video for that song can be seen here: https://youtu.be/P8t-9o-jyrI.

Jimmy's contributions are undeniable, from his work with RAINBOW, THIN LIZZY and PHIL LYNOTT, WILD HORSES, GARY MOORE, and of course DIO (among others).

R.I.P.
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The Cars Classic Albums Remastered For New Box Set
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The Cars will release remastered versions of their first six albums in a box set this spring. Due March 11, "The Elektra Years 1978-1987" presents the Boston band's classic-era output in one collection and available on CD and digitally.

The extensive package includes "The Cars" (1978), "Candy-O" (1979), "Panorama" (1980), "Shake It Up" (1981), "Heartbeat City" (1984) and "Door To Door" (1987).

Among the 60 tracks are the band's biggest hits, including "Just What I Needed", "My Best Friend's Girl," "Good Times Roll," "Shake It Up", "Let's Go" and "Drive."

Ric Ocasek oversaw digital remastering for the set while drummer David Robinson served as art director, with each of the six studio albums presented in a replica sleeve with original artwork. Read more here.

Steven Tyler Helped Spark Guns N' Roses Reunion?
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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has revealed how he helped Guns N' Roses reunite - by offering advice to Axl Rose that had been given to him by Jon Bon Jovi.

Singer Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan will perform together in April for the first time since 1993, with appearances confirmed in Las Vegas and at the Coachella festival. The rest of the band's lineup is yet to be confirmed.

Tyler tells Howard Stern on SiriusXM: "I did meet Axl in a couple of clubs. I had that talk. I said, 'You need to get back together again soon, because we all miss you.' Same thing someone said to me when Joe Perry and I were fighting - in fact, it was Jon Bon Jovi.

"I'm in rehab. He calls me up and goes, 'What the f*** are you doing? The world needs you. We're out here ripping it up and everybody's asking for Aerosmith. People in the world need you.'"

He adds he told Rose: "You've got to get it together. There's a place and a time where, if you don't, you're going to miss it. In another four or five years no one's going to even know or care - and that's Steven Tyler's opinion." Read more and stream the full interview here.

Motley Crue's Vince Neil For Celebrity Apprentice?
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Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has reportedly signed on to be a contestant on the next installment of NBC-TV's The Celebrity Apprentice when it returns this fall.

According to TMZ, Neil is the first celebrity confirmed for the new season, which will mark Arnold Schwarzenegger's debut as host since the network parted ways with Donald Trump last June.

The singer joins a lengthy list of rockers who have appeared on the reality series, including Dee Snider, Gene Simmons, Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath and season 3 winner Bret Michaels. Read more here.

Mick Jagger Shares Stupid David Bowie Regret
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Mick Jagger has recalled how David Bowie used to steal his ideas for use on stage - but he says it never bothered him. The Rolling Stones frontman has paid a personal tribute to his close friend, who died earlier this month at the age of 69.

Jagger tells Rolling Stone: "He used to copy me sometimes, but he'd be very honest about it. If he took one of your moves he'd say, 'That's one of yours - I just tried it.'

"He'd always look at my clothes labels. When he would see me, he'd give me a hug, and I could feel him going up behind the collar of my shirt to see what I was wearing. I didn't mind sharing things with him because he'd share so much with me. It was a two-way street."

Jagger says it's "really stupid when you think about it" that the pair's 1985 charity cover of Dancing In The Street was the only time they properly collaborated, adding: "We enjoyed camping it up. The video is hilarious to watch.

"We had to record the song and film the video in one day. We walked straight form the studio onto the set. At the end of the day we were saying, 'See, it can be done! Why are we spending years in the studio?'" Read more here.

Mustaine Feared Ellefson Would Leave Megadeth For Metal Allegiance
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Dave Mustaine admits that he was afraid bassist David Ellefson would leave Megadeth to commit to Metal Allegiance full-time. The band stopped touring in 2014 after Mustaine's mother-in-law died and other band members sorted out business affairs. Mustaine says the cracks had begun to show by the time they regrouped to record album no.15 Dystopia last year. The album was released on January 22.

He says Ellefson was dedicating more time to Metal Allegiance - which boasts a rotating all-star line-up including Alex Skolnick of Testament, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Charlie Benante from Anthrax and Slayer's Gary Holt.

The supergroup released its self-titled debut album in September. The 54-year-old frontman tells Full Metal Jackie (via Blabbermouth): "You know, at the beginning of 2015, I didn't even have a full band. But I had a vision, and I was determined.

"And now that it was, basically, me by myself, because I didn't know what was up with Ellefson. He was off doing his Metal Allegiance stuff, and I figured, 'Maybe I need to look for a new bass player now too.'" Read more here.

Thin Lizzy's Eric Bell Announces Solo Album
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Founding Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell will release solo album Exile next month. Bell formed the band with Phil Lynott and Brian Downey in 1969 and gave the group their iconic name.

Exile features 10 tracks, including the Gary Moore dedication Song For Gary and a cover of Little Richard's rock'n'roll classic Rip It Up. It was recorded in Chesire and is Bell's first studio effort since 2009's Lonely Nights In London.

He says: "I'm trying to cover the whole spectrum of music with Exile. This album reflects the music I like to play and listen to." Bell left Lizzy on New Year's Eve 1973, blaming ill-health caused by the band's lifestyle. Read more here.

Tedeschi Trucks Band Stream New Song 'Don't Know What It Means'
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Tedeschi Trucks Band have launched a stream of their track Don't Know What It Means. It's taken from their third album Let Me Get By, to be released on January 29 via Fantasy Records.

The record represents guitarist Derek Trucks' first work since ending his 15-year run in the Allman Brothers Band - and also the first time he and wife Susan Tedeschi have written every track of a collection.

Trucks recently said: "What I hear in the music is this feeling that we're now putting 100% of what we have into this band - not going back to anything else, everyone giving it their all." Stream the song here.

Wolfmother Release 'Victorious' Video
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Wolfmother are premiering a video for the title track to their forthcoming album "Victorious." Due February 19, the follow-up to 2014's "New Crown" was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O'Brien.

Vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale says "Victorious" presents a mix of styles, all suited for big rock shows. "We wanted to get back to that big sound," he explains. "The album is a balance of garage-y energy and big production. It's wild, energetic and perfect for a festival main stage."

The band will launch a North American tour in support of "Victorious" on February 24 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN; the 6-week run will be followed a series of European shows in April and May.

Joining Stockdale in Wolfmother's touring lineup are bassist Ian Peres and drummer Vin Steele. Watch the video here.

Black Sabbath And Bill Ward Dispute Over Final Show Claims
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The feud between Black Sabbath members over failed attempts to fully reunite ahead of their farewell tour continues. Things flared up last week when bassist Geezer Butler said that drummer Bill Ward was not healthy enough to tour behind the group's 2013 album "13", which prompted an immediate denial from Ward.

Now, Butler claims Ward has been invited to perform at the band's final US show in Phoenix, AZ on September 16. "It's been mentioned to him," the bassist tells Radio.com. "But he doesn't want to do it. He wants to do the whole tour or nothing. We'd love him to come on at the very last gig and be part of the whole thing, but he didn't want to do that. And I understand: I wouldn't want to be asked to come out just for the last gig. It's a shame, but that's the way it is."

"If he's there, he's welcome," says Ozzy Osbourne. "But I don't really want to talk too much about Bill Ward! Because every time I do, he starts getting pissed off at me! Things are quiet between us right now, you know?"

"It's a shame that Bill won't be a part of it, but whatever happened, happened," adds Butler. "It's great that at least the three of us can end it on a high note and be friends together. I still get on with Bill, I saw him last year at some award show. We got on great, we had a laugh together. It's not personal, as Bill would say, it's business."

Ward denies the invitation and has stepped up to issue his side of the story. "I must respond once again to inaccurate statements made by Geezer," writes Ward on Facebook. "I never received an offer to play the final show of The End tour with Black Sabbath. When the tour was confirmed, my management reached out to the Black Sabbath management to inquire as to whether or not they would like to discuss my participation in the tour. We were told there was no interest. That is last conversation we had with them regarding the tour.

"I will say that I wouldn't want to play only one gig when I am completely capable of touring. I would not validate their untrue statements about my health by playing only one gig. Also, I wouldn't want to show up for only some of our fans and not for all our fans when I could have played multiple shows." Read more here.

SWEET RELIEF MUSICIANS FUND ASKS FOR SUPPORTERS TO CONTRIBUTE TO VICTORIA WILLIAMS' MEDICAL EXPENSES

Victoria Williams is a well-known artist who has played all around the world on stages ranging from New York's Beacon Theater to The Bottom Line, to the Folies Bergere with Randy Newman in Paris, and from festival stages to country dive-bars both as a solo artist and with her band The Loose Band and later the Harmony Ridge Creek-Dippers. She has worked with Lou Reed, Peter Case, Neil Young, Gus VanSant, D.A. Pennebaker, Mark Olson, Pearl Jam, Maria McKee, Rickie Lee Jones and many other music and film luminaries. 

Victoria is also well known to the Sweet Relief family. In 1993 Vic was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Because she didn't have health insurance at the time, a great group of musicians got together and made the album Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams, to raise monies for her medical costs. With the funds remaining Victoria created the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund for the benefit of other musicians. 

She has made 14 records herself, as well as on many other artists recordings. She has starred in motion pictures and documentaries, and has charmed and entertained music lovers wherever she has gone for almost four decades.  Her list of collaborators and associates is a treasure-trove of some of the world's finest artists and filmmakers. 

Victoria has dedicated her life to sharing her love of music and her particular brand of storytelling with anyone who has ears to hear. She has played countless fund-raising events over the years for the benefit others. 

Now Victoria Williams needs some help from us. In mid-December 2015, Vic had a seizure and injured her back and fractured her shoulder. 

With rest, appropriate medical care, and physical therapy, she is expected to fully recover. Her medical insurance will not be covering these costs. Also, the amount of time her healing requires is going to keep her from working for a while. Any time off for a working musician is a financial hardship and the longer it takes, the larger the bills. 

She will also be requiring paid assistance around the house while she convalesces. With our help, it shouldn't be long before she is able to pick up her banjo or Stratocaster again. 

Please help us spread the word and please help Victoria by donating today (http://sweetrelief.org/program/victoria-williams-fund/). Let's get this songbird back up flying again where she belongs.

"The only artist I personally know that can break my heart and heal it back better than it was within the space of a song." - Bingo Richey 

--Rob Max, Executive Director

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PROVOGUE COMMEMORATES JEFF HEALEY’S 50TH BIRTHDAY WITH RELEASE OF 12 ORIGINAL SONGS ON ALBUM ‘HEAL MY SOUL’

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“He was like another one of my sons… Jeff Healey… (exhales hard)… oh my God.” BB King

“He was SUCH a great musician… a voice that is missed.” Steve Lukather

“Jeff was one of the sweetest, most humble and talented artists I’ve met…” Bonnie Raitt

"Jeff was an amazing colleague and as a musician and a personality, in a league of his own. I t was always game on for him. His generosity and sense of humor lasted till the end. He was brave without ever being dramatic. In a word, Jeff was inspirational”  Gary Scriven

 2016 marks the release of Heal My Soul – the extraordinary lost album from Jeff Healey which has never been heard before by the public. March 25th of this year would have seen Jeff turn 50 years old and this album begins the celebration of a milestone year for a true musical icon. 

Heal My Soul is the first album of new songs recorded by Jeff in over 15 years. It represents some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. Under the direct supervision of the Jeff Healey Estate these tracks were painstakingly restored and brought to life bringing into focus Jeff’s unique and special gifts as an artist. The music on Heal My Soul captures Healey in full flight, displaying the virtuosity that made the Toronto native one of the most revered musicians in the world during his all-too-brief lifetime. Key tracks include “Daze Of The Night,” the soaring acoustic ballad “Baby Blue,” and Healey’s soulful take on Richard Thompson’s “I Misunderstood.”  

In a joint statement, Jeff Healey Estate Co-Administrators Cristie Healey and Roger Costa said, “Heal My Soul is a project that we have wanted to tackle for years. A 'lost' album, it contains material recorded during one of the most creative periods in Jeff's rock career. Until now, it has never seen the light of day. Jeff was very proud of this work and it features some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. With complete creative control we've laboured hard, tracking down recordings, identifying the right performances, restoring them to their proper stature and mixing and mastering them from the ground up. This has been a true labour of love for us from beginning to end and we're absolutely thrilled to be able to finally share this significant release with the world.” 

Healey is remembered as one of the most outstanding guitarists and performers of the past 30 years. He lost his sight during early childhood due to retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. Playing guitar since the age of three, he developed the distinctive lap-style guitar technique that helped bring him international attention by his late teens. A Grammy nominee and JUNO Award winner, his five releases with The Jeff Healey Band totaled millions of sales worldwide. Over the course of his career, he also shared stages and earned the admiration of countless other musicians including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Allman Brothers Band. 

Healey died on March 2, 2008 at age 41 after a three-year battle with sarcoma cancer.
 

 Adopt The Arts Benefit Concert Celebrating The Legacy Of Duane Allman Confirmed For Thursday, January 28 At THE RECORD PARLOUR: 6408 Selma Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028 (8:30pm)

THE RECORD PARLOUR--the one-of-a-kind vintage vinyl shop and lifestyle store--will host a special concert to benefit the Adopt the Arts Foundation on Thursday, January 28 at 8:30pm (6408 Selma Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028). The evening will celebrate the music and legacy of Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band and features a full night of music, a silent auction with rock & roll memorabilia including Allman Brothers Band signed items and an open bar will be served. The Adopt the Arts Foundation (www.adoptthearts.org) brings together well-known artists, public figures, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and the general public to save the arts in America's public schools. The event is free with RSVP (here), donations are welcome and encouraged. 

The Adopt The Arts house band, The Disreputable Few, will perform alongside special guests including singer Brooklyn Allman (daughter of Duane's brother Gregg Allman), GRAMMY and W.C Handy-award winning sax man Sublett (B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy), trumpeter Mark Pender (David Bowie, Joe Cocker, They Might Be Giants, Diana Ross), from the Conan O'Brien Show, vocalist Robyn Kirmsee (Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Macy Gray) and Gia Ciambotti (Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Cole, Lucinda Williams, Chicago). The Disreputable Few band featuring--Mark Tremalgia (guitar and vocals), Randy Ray Mitchell (guitar and vocals), Paul III (bass and vocals) and Dan Potruch (drums)--a stellar lineup of musicians who have worked alongside the greatest names in music including Donna Summer, Joe Walsh, Daniel Lanois, Keb Mo, Courtney Love, Mick Taylor, Annie Lennox, Joe Perry, Warren Zevon and more. 

Located in theheart of Hollywood, THE RECORD PARLOUR has an authentic vibe with over 50,000 vinyl records, vintage stereo gear and music memorabilia surrounding artists as they perform and while fans search for vinyl treasures. The shop is hosts live performances, listening parties, press conferences, interviews/photo shoots and can even record live performances to vinyl onsite via a vintage record lathe. ABC TV's "EYE on L.A." recently featured this new Hollywood landmark; watch the episode here: http://abc7.com/eyeonla

WHAT:

Adopt The Arts-Winter Benefit Concert

   

DATE:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28

   

WHERE:

The Record Parlour

 

6408 Selma Avenue 

 

(Cahuenga Blvd. & Selma Ave.)

   

TIME:

Starts at 8:30PM 

NOTE:

The event is free with RSVP (here) an open bar will served all night and donations are welcome and encouraged. Donate to Adopt the Arts to save the arts in America's public schools. Suggested donation is $10. Please choose RSVP "complimentary" in the link (here) if you are unable to donate at this time.

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Journey and Santana Teaming Up For Spring Concerts
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Journey and Santana are teaming up to perform three shows this spring to help launch "Santana IV", a reunion record featuring members of both bands.

Due April 15, the project sees Journey guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Gregg Rolie regroup with Carlos Santana and drummer Michael Shrieve, among others.

The two bands will play New York's Madison Square Garden on April 13, the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on April 15 and the PPL Center in Allentown, PA on April 16.

Schon and Rolie were members of Santana before leaving in 1972 to form Journey alongside former Santana manager Herbie Herbert. Journey will follow the April series with a North American tour starting in May that will see the band joined by The Doobie Brothers and guest Dave Mason. Read more here.

Brian Wilson Celebrating 'Pet Sounds' Anniversary With Tour
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Brian Wilson, founding member of The Beach Boys, has announced a tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his former band's classic album, Pet Sounds.

The album, originally released on May 16, 1966 is considered to be one of the greatest albums of all time, and will be performed in its entirety by Wilson and his band as they will be joined by former Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.

"It's really been a trip to sit here and think about releasing Pet Sounds 50 years ago," says Wilson. 'I love performing this album with my band and look forward to playing it for fans all across the world."

Show starts in Australia on March 26th and will end in California on October 14th at Harrah's Casino in Lake Tahoe. Tickets will go on presale January 27 and then go officially on sale January 29th. See the dates here.

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme Stream New Track 'Break Into Your Skin'
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Iggy Pop and Josh Homme continue revealing what their upcoming album Post Pop Depression will entail. After appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Jan. 21 to premiere the album's first single "Gardenia," the pair released "Break Into Your Heart" Monday (Jan. 25).

Loaded with reverb, Iggy's vocals hover against a guitar riff that would make Queen's of the Stone Age proud. The song's subdued rock sound, replete with heady sustain, has a traipsing rhythm to it that contrasts the forceful lyrics.

"I'm going to break into your heart/ I'm going to crawl under your skin/ I'm going to break into your heart and follow/ Until I get under your skin/ And the wall comes tumbling down/ And you finally let me in/ I break into your heart," Iggy sings on the song.

Post Pop Depression drops March 18th. Listen here.

Jimmy Bain's Death News Leaked Online Before Family Informed
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Last In Line drummer Vinny Appice has revealed the band's frustration that news of Jimmy Bain's death went online before they'd had time to tell his family.

And he's suggested some people only spread the word because they wanted to "attach themselves to a tragedy." Bain passed away at the weekend on Def Leppard's cruising festival, while Last In Line geared up for the launch of debut album Heavy Crown. He was 68.

Close friends of the veteran bassist began posting online tributes to him soon after he'd died - but that was before his relatives had been informed. Appice says: "We are very sad about the news, and in shock. The band are also saddened that the news leaked out before we were able to contact Jimmy's family.

"Within an hour and a half it was all over the internet, confirmed by people that have no business confirming anything about this, and not knowing the facts of the situation. We apologies to Jimmy's family, and Jimmy's memory." Read more here.

David Bowie's Blackstar Remains At No. 1
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David Bowie's final album, "Blackstar", has earned a second week at the top of the UK charts. The Official Charts Company reports the project sold just over 80,000 combined sales to maintain its hold on No. 1.

Bowie continues to dominate the charts in his native land with 8 more entries in the Top 40, including two in the Top 10: his 2002 retrospective "Best Of Bowie" leaps from 18 to No. 3, while 2014's "Nothing Has Changed" lands at No. 6.

Outside of the Top 10, 1971's "Hunky Dory" climbs two places to No. 12, 1972's "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" slips two to No. 19, 2013's "The Next Day" moves up one to No. 24, 1977's "Low" holds steady at No. 31 and 1983's "Let's Dance" climbs 7 into the No. 35 spot.

The music icon died on January 10, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of "Blackstar." Read more here.

Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony Share Favorite Sunset Strip Memories
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Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony can be seen sharing memories of the Sunset Strip in behind the scenes footage from Hagar's new AXS-TV series Rock & Roll Road Trip.

The pair teamed up at the Whisky A Go Go - where Van Halen were once the house band in the 70s - to talk about the club's legendary history. "I was in high school when Black Sabbath played their first US tour and they played here," explains Anthony. "Except that night I couldn't get in. We drove up and down and stood outside and listened."

"Rhinoceros - they were from L.A.," says Hagar. "Kind of a band that never made it but when I was coming up they were my favorite band. And I came to see them and they were opening for Steppenwolf. It just happened that I got to see Steppenwolf, too."

Hagar's 6 episode AXS-TV series sees the Red Rocker drive across the country to jam with some of music's biggest names, including Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Alice Cooper and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell. Watch the video clip here.

Bruce Springsteen Releases Free Concert Audio After Canceled Show
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Bruce Springsteen was forced to cancel his Madison Square Garden gig Sunday night due to Winter Storm Jonas, but had a special consolation gift for fans up his sleeve.

Springsteen has released audio from his January 19 Chicago show for free download over a two-day window. Springsteen followers will immediately know that's the evening the Boss paid tribute to Glenn Frey of The Eagles with a touching rendition of "Take It Easy."

His Madison Square Garden stops will resume on January 27, Springsteen has released recordings of all of the concerts on his tours since 2012 (and select shows from before that) for $9.95 on mp3, $23 on CD. Read more here.

Last In Line Tribute Jimmy Bain With Two New Music Video
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Dio-offshoot Last In Line has released two new music videos as a tribute to bassist Jimmy Bain, who passed away on January 24 at the age of 68. News of Bain's death came as the band were scheduled to perform on Def Leppard's Hysteria On The High Seas cruise this past week.

"Today, we release two videos from our upcoming album in tribute to the memory of our very own Jimmy Bain," posted the band on Monday. "The first official lyric video for 'Blame It On Me'" and the official music video for 'Starmaker.'

"A few weeks ago, we had scheduled the release of the lyric video for January 25. Instead of delaying the premiere of this song and the next one - which we had scheduled for release February 1 - we want to release both songs and videos today in celebration of Jimmy's life and music. RIP ‪#‎JimmyBain."

Both songs will be featured on Last In Line's debut album, "Heavy Crown", which will be released on February 19. The group features Bain, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, drummer Vinny Appice and vocalist Andrew Freeman. Watch the videos here.

Pearl Jam Help Raise $300K For Flint Water Crisis
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Pearl Jam have helped raise $300,000 to help the victims of the Flint water crisis in Michigan. Eddie Vedder and co donated $125,000 of their own money to the United Way of Genesee county's Flint Water Fund.

Live Nation, the group's record label Republic Records, Universal Music Publishing Group, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Glaser Progress Foundation, Brandi Carlile's Looking Out Foundation and Ticketmaster threw in an additional $175,000 to the pot, bringing the total donation to $300,000.

The Seattle band also kickstarted a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdrise to help Flint residents purchase water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver declared a state of emergency in December last year after it was revealed that a dangerous amount of lead was contaminating the water flowing into residents' homes. The city had begun pumping water from Flint River instead of Detroit in April 2014, after it underwent a temporary water supply switchover to cut costs. Read more here.

Dream Theater's The Astonishing Was Mind Blowing For Mangini
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Mike Mangini says making Dream Theater's concept album The Astonishing was a mind-blowing experience. The Dream Theater sticksman also says writing music with guitarist John Petrucci and keyboardist Jordan Rudess becomes a "visual" experience.

He tells Artisan News (via Blabbermouth): "John Petrucci put together the whole thing, and he organised it in a really amazing way. And then he used our keyboard player, Jordan.

"When he plays, you see things, you see a landscape, you've got a picture in your mind. It's so visual, it's unbelievable. There really is nobody better to help bring a story to life, so you feel it and see it. It's not something I do on my instrument. So when I experience it, it blows my mind."

But the 52-year-old admits that he finds the creative process demanding at times. He says: "The biggest challenge for me was interpreting the initial music that was given to me, because there were no drums." Read more here.

Black Sabbath May Still Make Another Album Following Farewell Tour
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For the next year, at least, Black Sabbath will traveling around the world on what's being billed as their final tour. Will a new studio album follow, once the tour winds down? Too soon to say, but bassist Geezer Butler offers a glimmer of hope, as he clarifies earlier reports that he nixed the idea of making another Sabbath LP.

"I was just being logical," the bassist tells Rolling Stone. "At the time, we were given six months to write and record an album and I said, 'There's absolutely no way we can do it in six months.'"

Butler goes on to say that once the tour is complete, such constraints will no longer apply. "There's nothing stopping us from doing another album after the tour," he says. Read more here.

Steven Tyler Performs New Single On The Late Show
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Steven Tyler appeared on CBS-TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday. The singer was on hand to announce the release of his new solo single, "Red, White & You", and to promote his organization Janie's Fund, a new initiative with Youth Villages to provide services to girls who have endured neglect and abuse.

The charity project was inspired by the feedback to Tyler's 1989 Aerosmith song, "Janie's Got A Gun", which addressed the trauma of sexual abuse in children.

Part of the campaign's launch last year saw the singer send fellow rockers like Bono, Elton John and others a version of his classic scarf-wrapped microphone stand to use in promoting the venture through social media.

Tyler hooked Colbert up with his own mic stand and proceeded to demonstrate the proper use of the stage tool. "This is my girlfriend that I live vicariously through on stage," he told the late night host. Watch the video of the appearance here.

Former Rainbow and Dio Star Jimmy Bain Dead At 68
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Former Rainbow and Dio bassist Jimmy Bain has died at the age of 68. Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell confirmed the news on Sunday via Facebook, writing, "It's with the heaviest of hearts that I must confirm the news of the passing of our dear friend and Last In Line bandmate Jimmy Bain. It was Jimmy who gave me my first big break in the music industry and for that I am forever indebted.

"Jimmy's struggles with his demons were well documented through the years, but over the last 18 months he had finally won that battle and he was bright and lucid and motivated throughout the writing and recording of the new record. He leaves behind him a rich legacy of work from Rainbow, through Wild Horses, Dio, and finally, Last In Line. Jimmy was immensely proud of our new album and his input to it was immeasurable."

"He was a very kind and gentle and generous soul and our lives were greatly enriched for having known him," added Campbell added. "We will continue to celebrate his life through his music. On behalf of Vinny and Andrew, our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this most difficult of times. Rest in peace, dear friend."

Bain's latest band, Last In Line, was formed in 2012 by the former members of the original lineup of Ronnie James Dio's band Dio and named after that group's 1984 album. Read more here.

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Films Reality TV Series Pilot
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Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine and his family have completed filming the pilot of a reality series documenting the family's relocation from Los Angeles to Nashville.

The guitarist's daughter, Electra, revealed the news in an interview with Rolling Stone. Electra says: "Everyone knows the story of Megadeth and who my dad is. That story has already been told. But the one that hasn't been told is what he's like with his family, what it's like for him to move to Nashville. And what it's like to have him walk into a tractor store and try to fit in. He is funny as heck."

The Megadeth leader made the move to the Nashville suburb of Franklin in late 2014 ahead of the sessions for the newly-released Dystopia album and in an effort to assist daughter Electra's aspiring career as a country music artist.

Mustaine tells Rolling Stone India: "The reason we moved out here was because I've made four records out here and all those times I was record­ing, I did live here. It really was comfort­able to be here. The last time we were here, Electra was only two years old. We didn't know that she had the gift and once she started singing - I heard her sing one time and I was really convinced.

"I don't profess to be a singer first and foremost, I'm a guitar player that sings more than a sing­er who plays guitar. But with her, she real­ly is. That's her strong point. For her, this is music city. It's all about country. It's where she's flourishing." Read more here.

Guns N' Roses Reunion Will Be Healing Says Stinson
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Former Guns N' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson says the band's 2016 reunion will be "a healing thing" for the players involved. Stinson - in the lineup since 1998 - will see his role in the band reclaimed by Duff McKagan, who filled his spot on a series of South American dates last year while he juggled touring commitments with The Replacements, which became an ongoing scheduling challenge for him.

Stinson tells The Current: "I think everyone kind of knows where I stand with it all. I left it in a good way. I mean, roughly, I actually had to just start turning down tours because I was unable to tour. I got into a position, personally, where my personal life was going to prevent me from doing, I don't know - it must have been about five tours that they called me to do, and I just said I can't do 'em.

"And at that point, I think Axl got to the position where he was, like, 'Okay, so what am I going to do now? 'Cause I don't have a band. Blah blah blah.'" He adds: "So I think it worked out. And I think they'll have fun. It will be a healing thing for 'em, if it works out good. It will be good for them." Read more here.

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme Perform New Single 'Gardenia' on TV
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There's still over a month to go before Iggy Pop and Josh Homme's collaboration Post Pop Depression drops, but the pair appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week night (Jan. 21) to premiere the first single from the album, "Gardenia." Shortly after the telecast, they released the studio version.

Besides Pop on vocals and Homme on lead guitar, the duo were backed by keys, rhythm guitar, bass and drums. Dressed in black suits, the band exuded a debonaire attitude, which matched the laid-back song. "Gardenia" has a chill vibe about it replete with restrained guitar and drums on the verses.

Before they performed, Pop and Homme joined Colbert on the couch to talk about working together. Pop admitted he sent Homme poetry via text message once they decided to write an album. "It's a wonderful way to get to know somebody," Homme replied.

Homme talked about their recording process, which took place at Joshua Tree over two weeks. "It's easy to keep a secret when there's no one there to tell," Homme said. "When you make a record and no one's aware that you're doing it, you're kind of making it for each other. You're kind of there to excite and dazzle each other."

The two joked about living together and bonding as roommates while they worked on the record. Pop even brought footie pajamas. Check it out here.

Steven Tyler Streams New Solo Single 'Red, White & You'
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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has released his new single, "Red, White & You." The tune is the second preview of the singer's debut solo album following the release of "Love Is Your Name" last spring.

The track was co-written by Tyler along with Nashville-based songwriters Nathan Barlowe, Levi Hummon and Jon Vella, and produced by country music veteran Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Faith Hill).

The singer has yet to announce an official release date for the album, which is expected sometime this year. Next month, Tyler will be featured on the PBS series Front And Center with a stripped-down performance of solo tunes and Aerosmith classics.

In late March, he will play a pair of shows in Niagara Falls, Ontario with country outfit Loving Mary. Stream the song here.

Joe Bonamassa To Tribute Clapton, Beck and Page On Tour
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Joe Bonamassa will play a five-date UK tour in July, paying tribute to the leading lights of the 1960s British blues boom. He describes the shows as a "homage to the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page," adding: "If it wasn't for certain British musicians, the blues may never have exploded into rock music as we know it today - and indeed, may have passed into history."

If follows a brief UK tour in March, with two dates added to one that was rescheduled from last year. Bonamassa will release his second album of all-original material, Blues Of Desperation, on March 25.

July tickets go on sale on January 29 (Friday) with a fan pre-sale available on January 26. In between the two runs, Bonamassa also has dates in Germany and the US in March and April. See the dates here.

David Bowie Was Working On New Music Ahead Of His Death
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David Bowie made plans for a series of anthology releases before his death earlier this month, it's been revealed. He died of cancer, aged 69, on January 10 - just after the release of his album Blackstar.

Producer Tony Visconti later said that the pair had hoped to make one more album before the disease ended his life, and several tracks had reached the demo stage.

Now Newsweek reports a source close to the late icon discussing "a long list of musical releases that Bowie planned before he died." It's not known whether the anthologies will contain previously-unreleased material, but the source says Bowie divided his work into eras and didn't necessarily want it to be launched in chronological order. Read more here.

Sebastian Bach's Home Destroyed By Hurricane Irene Sold Off
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Sebastian Bach's New Jersey home that was all but destroyed by 2011's Hurricane Irene has sold for roughly half its guide price. According to Zillow, the former Skid Row frontman's home in Lincroft - which once featured on an episode of MTV's Cribs - has sold for $272,500, despite an estimate price of $497,251. The sale price is also $85,000 less than Bach paid for it 25 years ago.

Zillow's listing reads: "Great Location. Surrounded by equestrian farms. Perfect opportunity to totally rehab this home in this highly sought after section of Lincroft."

Bach moved to Los Angeles recently, telling NJ Advance Media: "To me, New Jersey is Skid Row. We came from there. We are New Jersey. So without Skid Row, I can't be in New Jersey." Read more and watch footage from the MTV cribs episode here.

Alice Cooper Band's Classic Guillotine Being Auctioned
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Original Alice Cooper band drummer Neil Smith is auctioning off memorabilia including a stunt guillotine used by the shock rocker on stage. Also up for grabs is the mirrored 18-piece Premier drumkit Smith played on the Billion Dollar Babies tour.

The 68-year-old drummer, who played on albums including Killer, School's Out and Love It To Death, was a member of the band from 1969 until 1974 and is a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee.

Clothing Smith wore onstage and for album covers and promo photoshoots during his stint with the five-piece Alice band is also up for auction. Although involved in selling real estate since the 1980s, Smith has collaborated with former Alice Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway and Albert Bouchard, ex of Blue Oyster Cult, plus BOC's Buck Dharma, Uriah Heep veteran Ken Hensley, Plasmatics and others over the years. Read more here.

Classic Santana Lineup Releasing New Album
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For the first time in over 45 years, Carlos Santana has recorded a studio album with the lineup he used in the early 1970s. His new album Santana IV marks the first time the legendary guitarist recorded with the same band featured on his 1971 effort Santana III.

According to a press release the 16-track album will be released on April 15 and features Santana's classic line-up of keyboardist and vocalist Gregg Rolie, Journey guitarist Neal Schon, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve.

"It was magical," Santana says of the sessions. "We didn't have to try to force the vibe - it was immense. From there, we then needed to come up with a balance of songs and jams that people would immediately identify as Santana."

The iconic guitarist adds, "When you can go back and break new ground with joy and determination - and some whoop-ass energy - it gets you going. I think we achieved something very rare. This music was screaming to come out of us. It wasn't about nostalgia. It was about passion." Read more here.

NEW MEGADETH ALBUM DYSTOPIA OUT TODAY

 Today marks the release of Megadeth’s newest album, Dystopia, and rock press outlets and fans alike are hailing the album as a triumph.  

Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Dystopia (Universal Music Enterprises /Tradecraft / T-Boy Records) is available on CD, LP, and digitally. All configurations can be purchased through physical and online partners today.

With musical architect and band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, Dystopia was recorded in Nashville, TN, and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold).

The rest of the Megadeth lineup is comprised of new member Kiko Loureiro (formerly of Angra), David Ellefson on bass, and drummer Chris Adler, who took time away from Lamb of God to record Dystopia. The result marks a true return to form, adding new blood and injecting a new burst of creative energy into the new album. 

Recently, Megadeth announced the details for the North American leg of their Dystopia World Tour, which will kick off in Dallas, TX on February 20, 2016. The North American leg will take them across the U.S, visiting 12 states and throughout Canada.  For more information, go to www.megadeth.com.

Megadeth burst onto the scene thirty years ago, virtually inventing a genre with their debut album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! (recently recognized by VH1 as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time) which sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 11 Grammy® nominations, scoring five consecutive platinum albums—including 1992’s two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction.

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Take Flight With Hard Rock Heroes UFO In A Super Deluxe Box Set Of Vintage Live Performances From The Early ‘80s!

Los Angeles, CA - They shot across the ‘70s night sky, all flashing lights and roaring engines, streaking through Japan and Germany (where they abducted 18-year old Scorpion guitarist Michael Schenker) before descending on the UK and eventually American shores with a series of brilliant hard rock singles including “Lights Out,” “Too Hot To Handle,” “Doctor Doctor,” “Only You Can Rock Me” and many more now ubiquitous radio staples. Though Schenker would depart in 1978, the rest of the band including founding members vocalist Phil Mogg, bassist Pete Way, and drummer Andy Parker alongside lead guitarist Paul Chapman retooled their spaceship and carried on into the early ‘80s dropping such influential classics as No Place To Run, The Wild, The Willing & The Innocent, and Mechanix.

Now, comes Live Sightings, a magnificent 4CD box set featuring vintage live performances from the early ‘80s that finds Mogg & Co. blasting through highlights from those 3 crucial records such as “No Place To Run,” “Lonely Heart,” and “We Belong To The Night,” and seamlessly blending them in with the group’s more well-known spawn. Boasting 4CDs each in its own mini jacket with printed inner sleeve, this extraordinary box set also features a lavish 12”x12” 16-page booklet with full color photos and extensive liner notes plus two carefully duplicated printings of vintage tour programs. There’s even a special bonus live LP from 1972 of the only known recordings of guitarist Larry Wallis (Pink Fairies / Motörhead)! Fans of UFO and early hard rock will not want to miss this incredible piece of music history. Launch date is February 5 courtesy of Cleopatra Records!

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Guitar Virtuoso Adrian Galysh goes “INTO THE BLUE” with New Release

Rock guitarist Adrian Galysh will release INTO THE BLUE, in spring 2016. The album is a departure from his previous instrumental and prog-inspired efforts and includes ten blues-rock tracks. Adrian shares vocal duties with award winning vocalist Kacee Clanton, who is known for her soulful work with Joe Cocker, Luis Miguel, Beth Hart, as well as Janis Joplin’s band, Big Bother and The Holding Company.

While INTO THE BLUE is an all vocal blues-rock affair, fans of Galysh’s guitar-centric style will certainly enjoy this very guitar driven record, which features special guest performances by some heavy weight friends including: studio session ace Carl Verheyen (Supertramp) who plays on Galysh’s energetic version of the Junior Wells classic “Messin’ With The Kid”. Chicken picker Johnny Hiland takes a string and mind-bending guest solo on Bobby Blue Bland’s “Further On Up The Road”. If that wasn’t enough to keep guitar fans salivating, blues star Joe Bonamassa’s guest solo on the Galysh original blues ballad “Why Am I Singing The Blues” certainly will.

The album’s rhythm section is rounded out by the stellar and authentic blues talents of drummer Joey Heredia (Stevie Wonder, Tribal Tech) and bassist Paul Loranger (Eric Sardinas).

Galysh admits, “The new album was a challenge to make, as any independent release is. But, it’s also the right album to make at this point in my career. The challenge was to make gritty, blues inspired songs, that were straight forward in their arrangement, sound, and instrumentation, but also offered a variety of styles to keep listener’s engaged.”   Galysh adds, “Playing blues guitar needs to be a concise statement and requires simple, good tone. I felt like I didn’t want to waste a single phrase. Every solo needed to reflect the song’s feel and intent.” 

Described as “a virtuoso of modern electric and acoustic guitar techniques” by 20th Century Guitar magazine, Galysh has a successful trajectory spanning four previous solo albums and numerous collaborations and performances with industry giants like Uli Jon Roth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Robben Ford, Mike Keneally, George Lynch, Warren DeMartini, and many more.

Guitarist Adrian Galysh is a Los Angeles based solo artist, session musician, composer, Guitar World Magazine online lesson columnist, as well as Education Coordinator for Guitar Center Lessons. He's the author of the book ‘Progressive Guitar Warm-ups and Exercises’. Adrian uses SIT Strings, Seymour Duncan Pickups and Effects, Brian Moore Guitars, Voodoo Lab, and Morley Pedals.  

For more information, visit the Adrian Galysh official website: www.AdrianGalysh.com

Black Sabbath's Farewell Tour Will Run Into 2017
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Black Sabbath's The End tour will extend into 2017, Rival Sons drummer Michael Miley has revealed. Rival Sons are opening for Sabbath on their farewell world tour and Miley says it'll go way beyond the dates already confirmed. As it stands, the last date confirmed is in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 21.

Miley tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "The dates go into 2017, but none of those are released. We don't even know what they are yet. I think this tour is going to keep going for a while.

"We have dates up until September. It's pretty unbelievable. It's an honour to be invited by Ozzy and Sharon to be the opening band direct support on their farewell tour."

The End tour got underway last night (January 20) in Omaha, Nebraska, and will head to Australia in April after the first of two North American legs wraps up in New York on February 25. Read more and listen to the interview here.

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme Stream Song From Secret Album
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Iggy Pop has released a stream of a track he secretly wrote and recorded with Josh Homme for an upcoming album. Gardenia is lifted from Pop's upcoming album Post Pop Depression, released on March 18 via Loma Vista.

Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Homme and Pop wrote and recorded the album in secret, roping in Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders and QOTSA man Dean Fertita for sessions at Homme's Joshua Tree and Pink Duck studios. The touring group will be completed by QOTSA's Troy Van Leeuwen and Chavez bassist Matt Sweeney.

The partnership started with a text from Pop to Homme which read, "Hey, it would be great if we got together and maybe write something sometime - Iggy."

Homme tells the New York Times: "He is the last one of the one-of-a-kinds. This is a much deserved victory lap for a man who's not sure if he won. But he did. He may have tunneled underground for lots of that, but he still got to the destination."

The pair shared ideas via post before agreeing to hit the studio to record Pop's first release since 2013's Ready To Die by The Stooges. Homme adds that working on the record helped him deal with the Paris terror attacks that saw 89 people killed at the Bataclan venue where Eagles Of Death Metal were performing on November 13 last year.

He says: "I wasn't there by a stroke of fate. I guess it was my fate to be home and to bring them home. Bad things are like a sunset, they dissipate over time. But this is a long sunset. My dearest friends - how will they un-see that?

"The fact that I had this to work on, it saved me." Stream the song here.

Steven Tyler To Star In Super Bowl Commercial
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Steven Tyler will appear in a commercial for Skittles during next month's Super Bowl broadcast. Adweek reports the Aerosmith frontman promotes the candy in its second year advertising in the most-viewed televised broadcast of the year, which delivered a record 114.4 million viewers in 2015.

Created by advertising agency DDB Chicago, 2016 will mark the second time Skittles has appeared in the Big Game following last year's event. Some promo images of Tyler with a Skittles mic stand have been released to preview the ad.

It's also the first time the Wrigley brand has featured a celebrity in a TV ads and the candy company created "a custom, one-of-a-kind Skittles covered microphone for Steven" as a thanks for his efforts. See the preview images here.

Megadeth Release Video For 'Dystopia' Title Track
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Megadeth released a video for the title track to their forthcoming album "Dystopia" on the eve of its January 22 release. The animated clip follows the storyline established in the video for the track "The Threat Is Real."

"We had met with a guy in England, and I basically talked to him about this dystopian city that I had kind of visualized," frontman Dave Mustaine tells Mashable. "You see all these movies like Armageddon, Independence Day, 12 Monkeys, Planet of The Apes and stuff, and there's always a moral at the end of the story: If you stand up for what's right, you won't have to give in to a dystopian world.

"It's just one of those things we grew up in. Explaining that concept to the artist - I thought he got what I was saying pretty clearly." Megadeth will launch a North American tour with guests Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom and Havok on February 20 in Dallas, TX. Watch the video here.

Don Felder Tributes Former Eagles Bandmate Glenn Frey
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Glenn Frey and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder famously had their differences, but in a prepared statement, Felder has put aside their long-standing frictions.

"Glenn was the one who invited me to join the Eagles in 1974 and it turned out to be a gift of a lifetime to have spent so many years working side by side with him," writes Felder. "He was funny, strong, and generous. At times it felt like we were brothers and at other times, like brothers, we disagreed.

"Despite our struggles and difficult moments together we managed to create some magical songs, recordings and live show. His charisma on stage was felt and loved by millions of people all over the world."

Felder, who was dismissed from the band in 2001, says he now regrets that the chance to patch things up has passed. "I have many wonderful memories of those years and the many miles I travelled with Glenn, filled with laughter, song, parties, hugs and brotherly bonds. Glenn was the James Dean of the band." Read more here.

Dee Snider Almost Done With New Solo Album
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Dee Snider has revealed he'll finish recording his third solo album in February. Now sees the Twisted Sister frontman performing tracks written by Grammy-winning songwriter Damon Ranger - who has previously worked with Katy Perry and Kanye West.

Snider will put the finishing touches to the recording of Now next month. He tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "They came to me. These are people who write for Kanye, they write for Katy Perry, they write for Pink, they write for Taylor Swift. They're top pop songwriters.

"Damon Ranger says, 'You're iconic. You're the voice of rebellion. And I think with the right songs, you could reach a whole new audience - a mainstream rock audience.'

"So we demoed one song called We Are The Ones, which is a real active rock. It's hard, but it's not metal. And it came out great. So we went into the studio and recorded four more songs. And I just signed two record deals, and we're going back into the studio to finish the album at the end of February. And I'm not sure when we're gonna release it." Read more here.

Thunder Announce Special Charity Concert
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Thunder have announced an intimate London show to take place later this month. The 100 Club gig will raise funds for charities Childline and the NSPCC.

The UK rock veterans play the 100 Club on January 27, two days before they release their three-disc All You Can Eat package - described by the band as the "baby sister" to latest album Wonder Days.

They then head out on a UK tour which includes a show at Wembley Arena on February 20. The dates are in support of Thunder's comeback album Wonder Days, released last year. Read more and find out how you can win tickets here.

Megadeth Go Behind The Scenes Virtual Reality Video Shoot
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Megadeth have released behind-the-scenes footage of their virtual reality video shoot. The band recorded Fatal Illusion, The Threat Is Real, Dystopia, Post-American World and Poisonous Shadows at a customized studio with director Blair Underwood, using 360-degree cameras.

The results will be rendered in an immersive world based on the one seen in the video for The Threat Is Real. Fans will be able to purchase a cardboard VR headset along with the band's upcoming new album Dystopia - released on January 22 (Friday). A download code packaged with the special edition of the record will offer access to exclusive content.

Frontman Dave Mustaine tells Rolling Stone: "We're hoping for something that is completely mind-blowing, and we're doing something that to the best of my knowledge hasn't been done yet by any metal bands and maybe not any bands at all.

"You're not only going to be able to see what we're doing - you're going to feel like you're right in the room with us." Watch the video preview here.

Dream Theater Stream New Song 'Moment Of Betrayal'
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Dream Theater have released a stream of their track Moment Of Betrayal. It's the latest song lifted from their upcoming 13th album The Astonishing, out on January 29 via Roadrunner Records.

Guitarist John Petrucci previously said the 34-track record, which is split into two acts and set roughly 300 years in the future, was inspired by today's fast-moving technology.

He said: "There's already self-driving cars that they're experimenting with. Pretty soon, we'll be looking back, like, 'Oh, remember when you used to have to drive yourself?'

"Being a musician, and since music is such an important part of my life and people that surround me, I knew that music had to be a central theme. That with all the advances in technology, how music becomes less and less important and just really easy to stream and quickly listen to a song and make something up on your phone.

"As the importance kind of went away, I thought it would be really crazy and a travesty if people didn't make music or didn't participate in the arts anymore and it was all artificial - it was all done by machines." Stream the song here.

Toni Iommi Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
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Tony Iommi has been given The National Guitar Museum's Lifetime Achievement Award. The Black Sabbath man becomes the sixth person to be honoured by the museum, following David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, B.B. King, Vic Flick and Buddy Guy.

It recognizes recipients for "a lifetime of contributing to the legacy of the guitar and having a singular importance to the development and historical appreciation of the instrument."

Iommi says: "I'm very honoured by this award from the National Guitar Museum. The guitar has been an important part of my life for most of my life, and I'm happy to have contributed to its legacy. Not only that, but I have just the place for this award in my new studio." Read more here.

Jimi Hendrix Heritage Site Will Take Fans Back In Time
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The director of London's Jimi Hendrix heritage site says visitors will "be transported back to 1969." The flat at 23 Brook Street where the guitar icon lived between 1968 and 1969 opens its doors to visitors on a permanent basis from February 10 after a £2.4million refurbishment to return it to the state it was in at the time.

A Hendrix exhibition and exploration display will also be available and the flat is connected to 25 Brook Street, where composer George Frederick Handel lived 240 years earlier. That flat has also been refurbished and will open on the same day.

Michelle Aland, director of Handel & Hendrix in London, tells TeamRock: "The team has been working on the Hendrix flat since 2012 and it will transport fans back in time to 1969 when Jimi lived there and had all these amazing guests through his door." Read more here.

Black Sabbath Feud Reignites Over Failed Reunion Comments
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Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has reignited a feud over a failed 2013 reunion of the band's original lineup and the reasons behind drummer Bill Ward's absence from the group's farewell tour.

Ward - who participated in the initial rehearsals for the "13" album and tour - has always maintained that he sat out a reunion over contractual issues while the band says the drummer was not physically fit to take on the road, bringing in Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk for the studio sessions and Tommy Clufetos of Ozzy Osbourne's solo band to handle live shows.

As recent as last summer, Ward said he still wanted to regroup with his bandmates for another tour but an apology from Ozzy for remarks in recent years was a necessary first step to a full reunion.

Now, Butler echoes Osbourne's comments about Ward's health issues in a new interview with Classic Rock Revisited that brought an immediate public response from the drummer.

"We started out with Bill on the 13 tour," explains Butler. "That is the way we all thought it was going to be, that Bill was going to be part of this whole thing. It just turned out that is wasn't to be. His health has to come first before anything.

"It's beyond the money thing. It is not really anything to do with that. It is whether he's capable of touring or not. On the 13 tour, he was not on that tour. About a week after we started he had to go into the hospital for major surgery. We would have had to cancel the tour if Bill was still with us."

"He hasn't been well for a long time," Butler continued. "He's had a couple of heart attacks. You have to face facts when you get to our age and you're not in great, great health rather you can go out on the road for two years, or whatever. It is a hard life to do. The easy part is when you're on stage playing. It is all of the traveling and everything else that comes with it that is the hard part.

"I think Ozzy, in particular, didn't think Bill would get through it. He certainly wouldn't have got through the first part as he was in the hospital. We can't keep cancelling tours just because the drummer can't play."

Ward took to Twitter to issue a prompt rebuttle to Butler's comments. See the tweet here.    Read the interview here http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/show_interview.php?id=1144

Gary Loizzo: 1945-2016

Styx celebrates the impact and influence of their longtime producer and live sound engineer, who passed away on January 16. 

by Mike Mettler as written for Styxworld.com

“I feel blessed to have worked with Gary for so many years, and to call him my friend. He was a good man, and a straight shooter whose opinions I respected and always took to heart.”  

— Tommy Shaw

January 21, 2016 -- Longtime Styx producer and live engineer Gary Loizzo passed away in Chicago on January 16, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was 70.  

Prior to his stellar production career, Gary was the lead vocalist/guitarist of The American Breed who sang the band’s 1968 Top 5 hit single, “Bend Me, Shape Me.” He also got to sing “Bend Me, Shape Me” with Styx as his backing band at the Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois on September 5, 2015, bringing everything full circle — and also created a YouTube favorite in the process. Long as you love me, it’s all right…

“Gary started a band called Gary and the Knight Lites in Chicago before they became known as The American Breed, and they played around a lot and got a lot of local publicity,” recalls Styx cofounding guitarist/vocalist James “JY” Young. “And my band at the time even opened for them at one point. I did get to sit down with him and reminisce a bit in December. He was one of a kind.” 

“What really stands out the most is the person Gary was — a man who led by example,” says guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw. “All of us crazy people out here on the road — he was the guy you looked up to as the most calm and straightforward guy, and the one you could count on at all times to be that person. In fact, he got the name ‘Dad’ from a lot of the younger crew members.” 

Adds original bassist Chuck Panozzo, “I loved working with Gary. As a musician himself, he understood exactly how to mix us live and how to get the best out of us when we were in the studio.”

“Gary was extremely dedicated, and extremely meticulous in everything he did,” observes keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan. “He would never let anything just slide. He was always very helpful to me in making sure the keyboards sounded exactly like they were on the records — and there were a lot of keyboards. And I also loved to hear him laugh. I’ll miss that.” 

Notes drummer Todd Sucherman, “Gary was a dream mixer, because I knew he could pull out what are called the soft, ghost notes of the snare drum. All the nuances would be heard, no matter what was happening musically. And the feedback I got from my guests over 20 years — the people who would tell me the truth, not just “yeah, yeah, it sounded great” — was that you could hear everything. For 20 years, that’s been the unsolicited feedback I received with that man at the helm.” 

“I worked really hard to learn the set when I first joined the band,” recalled bassist Ricky Phillips. “We ran through the set top to bottom nonstop, right through the third encore. Gary came into the room and went, ‘This just might work.’ (laughs) I’m also going to miss being able to get out on the golf course with him. We planned days off around doing that. Sometimes I would stay back an extra day with the crew just so Gary and I could golf together on our day off.” 

(Longer remembrances of Gary from each member of Styx will soon be posted on Styxworld.com.) 

Gary had what’s known in the music business as golden ears. He became an integral member of the Styx production team when he first began working with the band as an engineer on their 1974 album Man of Miracles. He garnered a pair of Grammy nominations for Best Engineered Album of the Year for his work on 1979’s multiplatinum-selling Cornerstone and 1983’s Kilroy Was Here, both of which were recorded in Oak Lawn, Illinois at his own Pumpkin Studios, as was 1981’s Paradise Theater, which reached #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts. Ultimately, he graduated to the role of the band’s co-producer on albums like 2003’s Cyclorama and 2005’s Big Bang Theory. “Gary understood our music from a live, front-of-house perspective as well as from the console in the recording studio with us. He was a world-class engineer with great ears,” agrees Tommy Shaw. “I feel blessed to have worked with him for so many years, and to call him my friend. He was a good man, and a straight shooter whose opinions I respected and always took to heart.”

So, what was Gary’s secret? He had an inherent knack for knowing exactly how to listen to his artists’ needs and bring them to life in the studio, as well as how to translate those sounds live as a front of house (FOH) mixing engineer. As Gary himself told me this past summer, “I learned that you can get good sound and good performances, but you just have to take a lot of time, and have a lot of care and a lot of patience — and the artist has to cooperate. When I mix in the studio, I mix it as a beautiful collage, so that you can listen ten times and go, ‘Oh, that’s there! Oh, that’s over here!” Each time you listen, it’s always there.’”

Gary was uniquely adept at getting great live sound for the band no matter the venue challenges he faced night after night on the road. All told, he mixed no fewer than 1,500 shows for Styx. (Yes, you read that number right.) “When I mix live, I hit you in the face with it!” he observed. “If I miss it, you miss it — and you’ll never hear it again in that song. So I mix live as a caricature. I’m pushing things out at people all the time. If I don’t see an audience reaction where there is normally one, I missed it. So that’s the difference between studio mixing and live mixing — one’s a collage, and one’s a caricature. And once I found that out, I became comfortable with mixing live.” 

The Styx mixmaster had a very specific philosophy for what he wanted people to hear when he produced live performances for home audio and video releases: “It needs to make you feel like you’re in the seats, watching a concert. You shouldn’t put the people on the stage with the band; that just doesn’t feel right. Early on, I found that’s what I wanted to do, so I brought the music 20 percent more into the house so it was still clear and represented, but I sat the people where I was mixing, so I still felt like it was live in front of me.” 

Gary felt his role as producer was to capture the absolute essence of the band. “My job is strictly to record them in their fullest. That’s what I consider my job to be. They have the talent. I just have to make sure it gets recorded properly. I can reel all of that in. I wish I was 100 percent responsible, but I ain’t. Those guys are great directors, and I listen, because I know they’re good. And it always seems to work. It’s a good team.”

Everyone in the Styx “backing band” was quite impressed with Gary’s energetic, rousing performance of “Bend Me, Shape Me” last September. “That was fun to see,” marveled JY immediately following the show. Added Lawrence, “Outstanding! I loved it. I’ve loved that song since I first heard it when I was a kid.” Tommy concurred: “It was a hit single, and the whole audience was singing along with it. Man, it was a really good show! An American Breed apart.”  

And that’s Gary Loizzo for you in a nutshell, everyone: He was a rare breed indeed, the likes of whom we will not see again. Enjoy your time behind that great mixing board in the sky, my friend. Your golden ears were a gift to us all. 

Gary’s funeral service is being held today in Orland Park, Illinois. You can read his full obituary here: http://www.obitsforlife.com/obituary/1232413/Loizzo-Gary.php

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GEOFF TATE'S OPERATION: MINDCRIME TO EMBARK ON EXTENSIVE U.S. TOUR BEGINNING IN FEBRUARY

UPCOMING CONCERT PERFORMANCES TO FEATURE MAJOR HITS AND FAN FAVORITES SPANNING GEOFF TATE'S ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER AS THE ORIGINAL FRONT MAN OF QUEENSRYCHE, ALONG WITH NEW SONGS FROM OPERATION: MINDCRIME'S RECENTLY RELEASED DEBUT ALBUM, "THE KEY"

On February 3, Geoff Tate and his new band, Operation: Mindcrime, will be hitting the road for over thirty dates on what will mark the band's first major U.S tour of the year (see full tour itinerary below). This comes hot on the heels of their extensive European tour in November and December that took them to such countries as Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The trek was the band's first in support of its debut album, The Key, which came out on Frontiers Music Srl in September 2015.

For the forthcoming U.S. tour, Geoff Tate will be joined by several of the stellar musicians and bandmates who performed on Operation: Mindcrime's The Key, including guitarists Kelly Gray (Queensryche) and Scott Moughton (Geoff Tate), drummers Simon Wright (AC/DC) and Scott Mercado (Candlebox) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth).

Perhaps one of Geoff Tate's most ambitious recordings to date, The Key examines what one might do if they discovered "the key" to changing the way we view the world, the way we look at time, the way we travel and could essentially change the human condition... for better or for worse.

The Key is the debut album under Tate's new Operation: Mindcrime banner, a creative platform that continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensryche vocalist's iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music's most resolute forces and frontmen.

What can fans expect on this tour? The unexpected.

According to Tate, "I plan to play songs from EmpireOperation: Mindcrime 1 and 2, Rage for Order and my new album, The Key, along with favorites from all the other albums I recorded under the name Queensryche," adding, "My band's name may have changed but the songs remain the same."

Tate has sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensryche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three Grammy nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nominations, and one MTV Music Video Award along the way.

The landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust Tate's unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered Queensryche to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles and radio staples "Silent Lucidity" and "Jet City Woman."

By the time the band released Promised Land in 1994, Geoff Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind one of the most innovative bands in mainstream music.

From Mindcrime and Promised Land through 2009's overlooked gem American Soldier - Tate's ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans - Tate's 13-album tenure with Queensryche was marked by exploration, intrigue, bold risks and gratifying results.

The Key continues in that fine tradition.

Come February, Operation: Mindcrime will be bringing fans just what the doctor ordered with the usual surgical precision.

Call it "a musical journey to the center of your brain."

Let the "Operation" begin.

OPERATION: MINDCRIME ONLINE:
Website: www.operationmindcrime.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/operationmindcrimeband / www.facebook.com/geofftateofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/geofftate    

OPERATION: MINDCRIME OFFICIAL VIDEOS FROM THE KEY:
Re-Inventing The Future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX7lRZmt8Hw
Burn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlVE5CvFc9c
The Stranger (lyric video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbjEBGBaI9M

FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL ONLINE:
Website: www.frontiers.it

THE ALBRIGHT ENTERTAINMENT GROUP ONLINE:
Website: www.rockstarpr.com

OPERATION: MINDCRIME U.S. TOUR 2016

FEBRUARY

3 - Strummer's in Fresno, California
4 - The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California
5 - Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, California
6 - Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar & Grill in Las Vegas, Nevada
9 - Psychedelic Ballroom & Juke Joint in Reno, California
10 - Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California
11 - The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
12 - The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California
13 - Ace of Spades in Sacramento, California
15 - Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
16 - Livewire in Scottsdale, Arizona
18 - Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico
19 - Granada Theater in Dallas, Texas
20 - Alamo City Music Hall in San Antonio, Texas
21 - Scout Bar in Houston, Texas
23 - 12th & Porter in Nashville, Tennessee
24 - Capone's in Johnson City, Tennessee
25 - Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina
26 - Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina
27 - Headquarters Live in Salisbury, Maryland
28 - Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, Pennsylvania

MARCH
1 - Gramercy Theatre in New York, New York
2 - The Paramount Theater in Huntington, New York
3 - The Westcott Theater in Syracuse, New York
4 - The Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York
5 - Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, New Hampshire
7 - Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, Maryland
9 - Jergel's Rhythm Grille in Warrendale, Pennsylvania
10 - House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio
11 - The Token Lounge in Westland, Michigan
12 - Tailgaters Grill in Bolingbrook, Illinois
13 - The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas
17 - Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon
18 - The Neptune in Seattle, Washington

 

Ozzy Osbourne In The Studio:  Black Sabbath’s Beginning To The End 

Dallas, TX - January 21, 2016.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  fires up the blast furnace with a fascinating interview with co-founder, singer/lyricist Ozzy Osbourne, for the 45th anniversary of Black Sabbath’s heavy metal genre-defining second album, Paranoid.

The world into which the Birmingham England band Black Sabbath quickly rose to popularity in late 1970 felt increasingly like a dangerous place. Political assassinations, bombings, race riots, the Kent State College campus slaughter, and the decade-long Viet Nam war all brought Sabbath’s dark haunting world vision and bludgeoning hard rock into focus. 

But the beginning of Sabbath was something quite different. Ozzy Osbourne shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the fond memories  of those days when he and his mates from the working-class neighborhood of Aston decided to ditch their trendy blues music, cut the band down from a 6-piece to a four, and started doing what Ozzy characterizes as “spooky music”. 

“I took the album home. My mum and pops have got one of these great big radiograms... I put the record on, and my father turned around to me and said, ‘Son, I’m going to ask you a question and you’ve got to be honest to me.’  I said yeah. ‘Are you sure you’re just drinking alcohol?’  I said yeah, why, what’s the matter? He said, ‘ This is very odd music. This is not music. This is weird.’ “   - Ozzy Osbourne

BLACK SABBATH/ InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: “http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/black-sabbath/
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Direct Link to Black Sabbath HYPERLINK “http://www.blacksabbath.com
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Direct Link to InTheStudio HYPERLINK “http://www.inthestudio.net
 

RESURRECTION KINGS Debut New Video For  “Livin Out Loud” via Revolver Magazine 

Highly Anticipated Debut Album Out On Frontiers January 29, 2016! 

In a little over a week, Frontiers Music Srl will release the highly anticipated self-titled debut album from RESURRECTION KINGS on January 29th.  Thus far, the album has been critically acclaimaed and the fans are chomping at the bit to get their hands on this debut.  To satiate everyone for this last week, the band releases their video for the song  “Livin For Love”. Check out the exclusive video premiere courtesy of Revolver Magazine.  HERE

The band’s first video for the song “Who Do You Run To” is available for viewing HERE.  The second song released “Distant Prayer” was premiered by Ultimate Classic Rock and can be streamed HERE.  The track “Path of Love” is also available for streaming HERE.

Pre-orders for the album are available now. Digital pre-orders include instant downloads of "Livin' Out Loud", "Distant Prayer", "Who Do You Run To", and “Path of Love”.The album is available for pre-order on Amazon (CD & Digital) HERE and Apple Music (iTunes) HERE.

RESURRECTION KINGS is a new band centered around the talents of former Dio and Giuffria guitar player, Craig Goldy. Everything started with a set of demos he recorded with singer Chas West, a guy with an unbelievable set of pipes, who has worked with such bands as the Jason Bonham Band, Foreigner, Lynch Mob, Tribe Of Gypsies, and 3 Legged Dogg.

“It all started five years ago when Craig Goldy asked me to write together,” says Chas. Out of those demo sessions, the song “Livin’ Out Loud” strongly impressed Frontiers' President, Serafino Perugino. He then asked Craig to build up a project/band around that musical concept. He also suggested Sean McNabb for bass (Lynch Mob, Dokken , Quiet Riot ), while Craig brought in later former DIO band mate Vinny Appice on drums. “Serafino wanted to make an album with famous musicians from the 80’s and I was flabbergasted when he asked me to participate” says Craig Goldy. “We’ve all known each other for a long time and it was a pleasure to work with everyone – my God with Chas, Sean and Vinny that’s a killer line-up!”

The resulting album is an impressive example of classic hard rock with a contemporary production and edge. Think Whitesnake “1987” mixed with DIO’s “Dream Evil”, with a touch of classic Led Zeppelin and Rainbow and you will not be far from the end result.

 This truly is an extremely strong record where the musicians were able to stretch their wings and their numerous fans will be incredibly pleased with the results!

 RESURRECTION KINGS Track Listing 
1. Distant Prayer 
2. Livin' Out Loud
3. Wash Away
4. Who Did You Run To
5. Fallin' For You
6. Never Say Goodbye
7. Path Of Love
8. Had Enough
9. Don't Have To Fight No More
10. Silent Wonder
11. What You Take
 

HARD ROCKERS MONSTER TRUCK'S BRAND NEW TRACK "THINGS GET BETTER" HAS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE PREMIERE ON REVOLVERMAG.COM TODAY  

SOPHOMORE ALBUM "SITTIN' HEAVY" DUE OUT FEBRUARY 19TH VIA DINE ALONE RECORDS IN NORTH AMERICA

(New York, NY) - Rock n' roll fans around the globe can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of hard rockers Monster Truck's brand new track, "Things Get Better" on RevolverMag.com today.  The bluesy, soulful song is taken from the band's forthcoming sophomore album SITTIN' HEAVY which is set for release on February 19th on Dine Alone Records in North America, Australia and New Zealand and via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group in Europe.  Of "Things Get Better" Monster Truck frontman Jon Harvey commented, "The song is about the current state of the world.  There will be no future without radical change.  Maybe Bono can help..."  Guitarist Jeremy Widerman added, "It's a message of hope in the real face of adversity that seems to be around the corner these days.  Not just a reminder to take nothing for granted but also to be aware that through struggle and perseverance comes triumph."  Click here to access single artwork. 

SITTIN' HEAVY is available for pre-order via the band's webstore, Dine Alone webstore and iTunes. Those who pre-order the record via iTunes will instantly receive "Don't Tell Me How to Live," the anthemic track "The Enforcer" and "Things Get Better".  Produced by the award-winning Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Cancer Bats), SITTIN' HEAVY was recorded at Vespa Studios, Revolution Recording in Toronto and Monster Truck's new jam-space studio.  Click here to access album art.  Please see below for a current list of Monster Truck's global tour dates, with more United States tour dates to be added. 

Hamilton, Ontario's prodigious sons Monster Truck are one of the biggest groundswell stories in Canadian rock in the past few years, with two crushing #1 singles at Canadian Rock radio, a 2013 Juno Award for "Breakthrough Artist Of The Tear" and a 2014 nomination for "Rock Album Of The Year" under their belt.  Their critically-acclaimed debut album FURIOSITY also made its mark internationally, not only debuting at #13 on the Top 200 Canadian Soundscan chart, but also hitting #3 on the German Rock/Metal chart and landing the band a Bandit Rock Award nomination for "International Breakthrough Artist" in Sweden.  Of their sound, Noisecreep described Monster Truck as "a beautiful mix of Southern dirt, classic rock and blues...", calling FURIOSITY "one of the best breakout albums of 2013." 

Monster Truck's unabashed dedication to creating killer riffs and putting every ounce of themselves into their show night after night, has created quite an impression not only with fans across the globe, but iconic rock bands as well. In recent years, the band has been championed by the likes of Slash and Alice in Chain's Mike Inez, has toured extensively in their native Canada, the U.S., Europe and the UK, touring alongside such massive acts as Alice in Chains, Slash, Nickelback, Deep Purple, ZZ Top, Buckcherry, Alterbridge, Kid Rock.  They have also performed at numerous major music festivals around the world including Download, Bonnaroo, Welcome to Rockville, Rock on the Range and Edgefest.  Monster Truck is Jon Harvey (vocals, bass), Jeremy Widerman (guitars, vocals), Brandon Bliss (organ, vocals) and Steve Kiely (drums, vocals). 

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EVH® RELEASES THE WOLFGANG USA TOUR RELIC REPLICA

For the legion of fans who attended the 2015 Van Halen Tour, it’s unlikely they failed to notice the striking, aged-looking Ivory Wolfgang USA guitar that Eddie Van Halen played onstage.
 
In exciting news, EVH Gear has announced that it will make available an exact replica of this very instrument for consumers with the release of a limited 20-piece run of custom-built EVH Wolfgang USA Tour Relic Replica guitars.
 
Van Halen originally planned on using the same Wolfgang USA in Stealth Black that he played during the band’s 2012 tour, but he also asked Master Builder Chip Ellis to build him this guitar with a detailed relic treatment so that the original coat of black paint showed through the Ivory top coat.

 “Chip built that for me and did a wonderful job,” Van Halen said in a recent interview. “I compared it to my trusty old Stealth, and the white guitar sounded better, so it immediately became my main guitar for rehearsals and the tour.”

Famous for tinkering with his guitars, Van Halen decided to sand down the back of the neck since he felt it was a little thicker than what he typically prefers from his neck profiles.

“It’s still a little fatter than the Stealth’s neck, but I’m happy with it, so it stuck,” he said.

The custom-built instrument also features an ebony fingerboard, block fretboard inlays, custom kill switch, EVH Custom High Friction (Tone) Pot and an EVH “HPU” or High Performance Upgrade, custom-made Low Friction (Volume) Pot.
 
“It’s the only volume pot I’ve found where I can play ‘Cathedral’ without any crackle or pop,” he said.
 
All of these features will be found on the EVH Wolfgang USA Tour Relic Replica, which also comes with a Custom Anvil white case (with black interior) featuring the Van Halen logo, Certificate of Authenticity autographed by Eddie Van Halen, EVH instrument cable, EVH strings .009-.042 and an EVH leather strap with dog leash clasps.

About EVH® Two of the most important and recognizable names in rock ‘n’ roll joined forces in 2005 to develop and launch the EVH brand of guitars, amplifiers and musical products. Guitar icon Eddie Van Halen combines more than 35 years of unparalleled instinct and innovation in instrument and amp design with the expertise of the craftsmen and engineers at Fender® to create some of the highest quality, best sounding and most durable musical instrument products available today.

EVH brand products are the embodiment of Eddie Van Halen’s legendary sound crafting abilities created in partnership with Fender, one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Notable products include EVH 5150III™ amplifiers and cabinets, Frankenstein replica guitar, Striped Series and Wolfgang® guitars in addition to high-quality EVH brand guitar accessories. For more information, visit www.evhgear.com.

Guns N' Roses Documentary TV Premiere Announced
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A Guns N' Roses documentary directed by Jon Brewer will get its world premiere on BBC Four next month. The Most Dangerous Band In The World: The Story Of Guns N' Roses airs at 10pm on February 5th.

The film tells the story of the origins of the group who have confirmed a 2016 reunion which will see frontman Axl Rose and guitarist Slash back together on stage for the first time since 1993.

The film tells the story of how the band came from playing bars on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles to stadiums across the world and has been compiled from a host of exclusive interviews and the early footage of GNR fan and friend Marc Canter. Read more here.

Chickenfoot Almost Finished Recording New Music
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Chickenfoot have announced they're almost finished recording a new track - and are set to play a one-off concert in the US in May. The group featuring guitarist Joe Satriani, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony confirmed in September that the band were back in the studio.

Satriani tells Northwest Music Scene: "It looks like we're going to do a show in the middle of May. I think it's a Lake Tahoe show. We're working around the schedule of Chad, who's got a rehearsal scheduled at that point with the Chili Peppers.

"Then we've got a track that's pretty much done - it's about 99% finished. We actually recorded a song. We're the slowest-working band in history - we take forever. But there is stuff happening, and we're still laughing and communicating." Read more here.

Alice Cooper Announces North America Spring Tour
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Alice Cooper has announced dates for a spring tour of North America. The "Spend The Night With Alice Cooper" run kicks on April 29 in Biloxi, MS and wraps up on May 21 in Rama, Ontario.

The Alice Cooper Fan Club presales began January 20; the main presale offer code is SICKTHINGS. The Live Nation presale offer code is ICONIC and the LN mobile app password is COVERT.

When purchasing tickets on Ticketmaster enter presale password in the "offer code" box above the venue map. General public tickets will go on sale January 22 at 10 AM EST.

Cooper spent much of the past two years on the road supporting Motley Crue on their farewell tour while continuing to perform solo dates. See the tour dates here.

Rush Star To Appear At Toronto Sketch Comedy Fest
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Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson will appear at The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival in March. The rocker is among the musicians featured in "Hello! Thunder Bay!", an evening of comedy and music that will see players share their funniest stories from the road.

Hosted by Dave Bidini of Rheostatics, the event will include musicians Lifeson, Terra Lightfoot, David Quinton Steinberg, Tom Power and Odario Williams, while Canada's musically-inclined comedians such as Gavin Crawford, Jessica Holmes and Sean Cullen perform parody songs.

The 11th Anniversary TOsketchfest will present the best sketch comedy in North America March 3-13 with more than 70 comedy troupes on the schedule. Read more here.

David Bowie Fans Angered Over Kanye West Tribute Album Rumor
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In the wake of David Bowie's death, conversation swirled about tributes and covers--some real and others imagined. One rumor deemed a bridge too far for Bowie diehards was one that Kanye West would record an album of covers.

Outraged fans launched a U.K. petition on the 38 Degrees change platform. TMZ quickly claimed West's rep denied his plans to do the album, but the growing petition has almost 10,000 signatures.

"David Bowie was one of the single most important musicians of the 20th and 21st century, it would be a sacrilege to let it be ruined by Kanye West," writes petition author Peter Pirhana.

West tweeted his admiration for Bowie last week but never announced formal plans to touch the icon's discography. Read more here.

Elton John Says Lady Gaga's ARTPOP Was Not a Good Idea
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It wouldn't be an Elton John interview if the Rocket Man didn't say something indelicate about a fellow performer. The icon counts Lady Gaga among his closest friends and recently wrote music for her next album.

However, in a sit-down with Apple Music Beats 1, he said her last solo effort was a mistake. 'She made some bad career decisions," he admits. 'ARTPOP was not a good idea. It was not a good album. I think she will admit that."

Whether she will admit that is up for debate. John did have plenty of nice things to say about the Oscar-nominated superstar as well. 'I think she's a great writer." Read more here.

Peter Gabriel And Sting Teaming Up For North American Tour
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Sting and Peter Gabriel will hit the road across North America for the Rock Paper Scissors tour this summer. The duo will play a string of 19 dates in June and July - having first toured together in the 80s for Amnesty International.

The duo also hint that they'll be covering and re-imagining each other's songs - and that they'll perform both individual and joint sets at each show. Sting says on his website: "The interesting thing for me is what happens to our songs when they are juxtaposed with each other's songs. What I do will change what he does and vice-versa. The songs we trade and the songs that we sing together will have an unexpected result, we hope."

Ex Genesis vocalist Gabriel adds: "For me it's partly what sounds good in that present incarnation balanced with what people want to hear. You want to try and get both sides and throw in something unfamiliar as well as the hits." See the dates here.

MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE: SHREDDERS FROM THE DEEP --FOUR-DAY, FOUR-NIGHT VOYAGE OUT OF OUT MIAMI THIS FEBRUARY 22-26
FEAT.40-PLUS BANDS (INCLUDING HEADLINERS TESLA, STEVE VAI, EXTREME, SEBASTIAN BACH AND QUEENSRYCHE) , PLUS THE ULIMATE GUITAR FANTASY CAMP--ANNOUNCES ARTIST LINE-UPS FOR COMPLIMENTARY PRE-CRUISE FESTIVAL OVER TWO DAYS (2/20-2/21) AT MAGIC CASINO (MIAMI, FL)

CABINS STILL AVAILABLE STARTING AT $499

The 2016 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, fittingly titled "Shredders From The Deep," has announced the talent for its official two-day pre-cruise festival (complimentary for all cruise attendees) which will kick off this year's four-day, four-night voyage out of Miami this February 22-26 aboard the NCL Pearl

As if this year's cruise lineup of 40-plus bands--led by headliners Tesla, Steve Vai, Extreme, Sebastian Bach, Queensryche,Helloween and Y&T--wasn't enough, this year's official two-day pre-cruise festival will really amp things up and feature band performances, guitar giveaways, artist meet & greets and a "Monster" beer tasting event at Magic City Casino's Club 305 (450 NW 37th Ave. / Miami, FL 33125) on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21.

Day 1 (2/20) of the pre-cruise festival will be highlighted by a performance from Lynch Mob with special guests Killer Dwarfs and Kickin Valentina. The following day (2/21), cruisers will be invited to "Shredder's Ball," featuring performances from Sebastian Bach, Steve Vai, Winger, Saigon, D-A-D, Paradise Kitty and a special all-star jam from Hurry, an all-star RUSH tribute featuring bassist James LoMenzo (John Fogerty, Megadeth, Black Label Society), guitarist Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Vince Neil), drummer Brian Tichy (Bonzo Bash, Whitesnake, Foreigner) and keyboardist Stephen Le Blanc (Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience). The official two-day pre-cruise festival is open to the public (non-cruisers) and tickets can be purchased at the door.  

Confirmed line-up for the 2016 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE--visiting the private island of Great Stirrup Cay and the cosmopolitan resort meccas of Nassau and Paradise Island in the Bahamas, plus a full day of Metal mayhem at sea--includes headliners Tesla, Steve Vai, Extreme, Sebastian Bach, Queensryche, Helloween and Y&T. Joining the MOR headliners is an epic Metal lineup featuring Gotthard, Doro, Lynch Mob, Vixen, Dangerous Toys, Michael Monroe, Kingdom Come, Armored Saint, Saigon Kick, XYZ, Killer Dwarfs, Metal Church, Hardcore Superstar, Michael Angelo Battio, Akira Takasaki (Loudness), Jeff Scott Soto, Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Helix, Michael Angelo Batio, Vinnie Moore, Madam X, Tyketto, Anvil, Hellion, Dio Disciples, Lilian Axe, Soto, D-A-D, Heavy Mellow, Brandon Gibbs, Paradise Kitty, The Kix and fan-favorite Winger.Plus, Eddie Trunk and comedian Don Jamieson (VH1's That Metal Show),San Francisco bay area radio host Nikki Blakk and Luc Carl (SiriusXM's "Hair Nation") are the official cruise hosts and will moderate Q&A's. 

New to this year's cruise are the complimentary Rock Star Dream Shredder Clinics--available to all passengers aboard the cruise. Clinics will be led by instructors Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore (UFO), George Lynch (Dokken and Lynch Mob), Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne), Michael Angelo Battio, Akira Takasaki (Loudness), and Jerry Finn and Gina Stile (Killer Dwarfs and Vixen). According to cruise spokesman, Larry Morand, "The guitar clinics are designed to give our passengers the opportunity to hone their guitar skills in an up close and personal experience with some of rock's greatest shredders. Fans don't just watch the artist perform, they make music with the artists." Artists in each clinic will also give away an autographed guitar to one lucky fan in attendance.

In addition to the performances and clinics, the cruise will feature over-the-top special events only experienced on this voyage, including: Artist Meet & Greets, Monsters Rock & Roll Prom 1987,Shotgun Wedding Vow Renewal, Monster Passenger Talent Contests, 80's Hair Style Contest, Tattoo Contest, Rock Star Dating and much more. 

Cabins are still available, starting at $999 per person (double occupancy), with Special EZ Pay financing options available for as little as $499 USD per person down (double occupancy), with the remaining balance payable over 12 equal monthly installments beginning the month after the initial reservation is completed. For booking and more info, visit monstersofrockcruise.com/east/ and connect on Facebook and Twitter.

Lemmy's Official Cause Of Death Revealed
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The official cause of death of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has been revealed. The band announced the bassist passed away from an aggressive form of cancer at his Los Angeles home on December 28th.

It was just four days after his 70th birthday and two days after he received word of his health diagnosis. Now, TMZ reports the rocker's death certificate lists prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure as the official causes of death.

Family, friends and fellow rockers paid tribute to the Motorhead icon at a January 9 memorial service in Hollywood that was streamed live to more than 250,000 viewers worldwide via the band's YouTube channel. Read more here.

Eagles Manager Believes Meds Played Part In Glenn Frey's Death
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Eagles manager Irving Azoff says the death of guitarist Glenn Frey on January 18 can be blamed in part on the medications he was taking. The band announced Frey's passing at the age of 67 was based on a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.

Now, Azoff tells The Wrap that the latter two were caused by medications that he was taking for the inflammatory disorder. "The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds," explained Azoff. "He died from complications of ulcer and colitis after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis which he had for over 15 years."

The manager declined to specify the drug in question, telling The Wrap that he had been counseled by an attorney not to do so. Read more here.

David Bowie Refused Coldplay Collaboration
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During his lengthy and storied career, David Bowie collaborated with many artists, including Arcade Fire on their 2013 album Reflektor. But not Coldplay.

Speaking with NME, Coldplay's drummer Will Champion said vocalist Chris Martin wrote Bowie asking if he would contribute harmonies to a song they had written that seemed suited for his particular style. Bowie's response? "It's not a very good song, is it?"

Champion took the rebuff in stride, saying about the late artist, "He was very discerning. He wouldn't just put his name to anything. I'll give him credit for that." Watch the video of Champion and guitarist Johnny Buckland here.

Motley Crue Stars Reunite In The Studio
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Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is back in the studio working on his solo album with former bandmate John Corabi. Crue wrapped up their Final Tour on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles and since then, Mars has been at work on his own project.

He said last year that he planned to work with Corabi again and he has since posted an update on his Facebook picture. He is recording at Blackbird Studio, in Nashville, Tennessee, and has posted an image of himself and Corabi at the desk.

Mars says: "What a great great time I'm having creating new, fresh, greasy loud-ass, slamming music." A second image shows the pair recording vocals, with the caption: "Screaming at an innocent mike can be exhilarating." See the photos here.

Thin Lizzy To Mark Anniversaries This Year With Live Shows
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Thin Lizzy have announced live dates to mark the 30th anniversary of Phil Lynott's death and to celebrate 40 years since their Jailbreak release. They're planning a handful of shows over the next year or so, with the first taking place at the Ramblin' Man Fair, at Ashford, Kent, UK, on July 23 this year.

The second will be onboard the Rock Legends Cruise from January 19-23, 2017. It departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. And the lineup featuring guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, frontman Ricky Warwick and keyboardist Darren Wharton, have invited Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee to join them.

Gorham says: "With Black Star Riders taking some time off the road to work on their third album, I thought it would be really cool to do some Thin Lizzy shows as it's an anniversary year, to have some fun and to re-live the good old days.

"We will only do half a dozen or so dates to keep them special. For personal reasons Brian Downey won't be with us but we have the incredible Mikkey Dee on the drum stool, which we are all very excited about. We will announce who is on bass shortly." Read more here.

Pearl Jam Announce North American Tour
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Pearl Jam have announced dates for a North American tour. The band will play 22 shows in 18 cities this spring and summer, with dates starting April 8 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The run includes appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April and Bonnaroo in June and pairs of stadium shows at Boston's Fenway Park and Chicago's Wrigley Field in August.

Tickets for most shows will go on sale January 29 at noon local time; the New Orleans event is already on sale, and details for the stadium dates will announced in the coming weeks. Read more including the dates here.

Sammy Hagar Reveals Video Of Jam With Motley Crue's Tommy Lee
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Sammy Hagar teams up with Tommy Lee of Motley Crue to perform a Montrose classic in a preview of the January 24 premiere of Hagar's new AXS TV series Rock & Roll Road Trip.

The debut episode of the 6-program series sees Hagar head to Sunset Boulevard to reminisce at the Whisky A-Go-Go before visiting with Lee at his house. After cooking together and exchanging stories, the pair are joined by bassist Michael Anthony to jam in the drummer's studio.

The session was filmed prior to the end of Motley Crue's farewell tour, which wrapped up on New Year's Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band's final show was filmed for a theatre and Pay-Per-View release later this year.

The AXS TV series sees Hagar drive across the country to jam with some of music's biggest names, including Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Alice Cooper and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell. Watch the video here.

Former Yes Stars Inspired To Rekindle Project By Chris Squire's Death
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Rick Wakeman says he, Trevor Rabin and Jon Anderson decided it was the right time to move their collaboration forward following the death of Yes bassist Chris Squire.

The project has been in the pipeline since 2011, with Rabin initially telling Prog that the three former Yes members were planning on doing an album together. And last week it was confirmed that work was underway and that they'd tour together.

Now Wakeman has shed further light on the project. Wakeman says on his website: "Jon, Trevor and I have been talking about this for some time and following the very sad passing of Chris Squire, felt it was the right time to get together and produce both new music and perform some of the classic material as we feel it should be performed. We have no connection with any other former members and indeed intend this to be very fresh in every approach."

He reports that they'll have a selection of "experienced side musicians" working with them and confirms the outfit will be managed by former Yes boss Brian Lane, who also brought Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe together in the late 80s. Read more here.

Michael Schenker Slams The Scorpions
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Michael Schenker has slammed his old band Scorpions, saying they took advantage of him in his early days and that their decision to keep touring after their farewell concerts is "fooling people."

And Schenker, who had two stints with the band and left for good in 1979, has directed his ire towards his former bandmate and brother Rudy. Schenker tells Gigs And Festivals: "There are things that I know today, and I must say I'm actually very disappointed in my brother because I just found out that a lot of things have been incorrect in the past.

"Me, being seven years younger than the other guys, I think I was taken advantage of right from the beginning. I wrote most of the songs on Lonesome Crow and it was credited to all members.

"I was focusing on music, and they were maybe focusing on business. I have no idea, but they didn't know how to write songs in those days." Read more here.

American Pie Hitmaker Don McLean Arrested
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Don McLean, who is best known for the hit songs "American Pie" and "Vincent", has reportedly been arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

The Associated Press, via Billboard, reports that the music star posted $10,000 bail on Monday, Jan. 18 from Maine's Knox County Jail, according to Radio.com.

The 70-year-old singer who resides in Camden, Maine, is scheduled to appear in court February 22. McLean has two children with Patrisha, his second wife, with whom he's been married for 28. Read more here.


Rick Springfield Returns With New Song 'Let Me In' From Upcoming Album 'Rocket Science': Exclusive Song Premiere on Billboard!

Billboard has the exclusive premiere of the latest track from RICK SPRINGFIELD’s "Rocket Science"! It's a track called "Let Me In" and you can check it out & a video of Rick discussing the song and a performance here: http://radi.al/LetMeInBillboard

Pre-order 'Rocket Science' from Amazon Music: http://radi.al/RickSpringfieldAmazon

Digital pre-orders include instant downloads of "Light This Party Up", "Down" & "Let Me In".

GUNS N’ ROSES’ HISTORIC RETURN TO THE STAGE OPENING WEEKEND OF T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
FRIDAY, APRIL 8 AND SATURDAY, APRIL 9

Tickets on Sale Saturday, January 23 at 10am

History will be made in April when Guns N’ Roses - featuring the iconic lineup of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan - regroup for the first time in 23 years on the T-Mobile Arena stage. After announcing that they will headline Coachella, the band has now confirmed the very first place the world can see their historical return will be on the Las Vegas Strip, where they will perform a two-night rock spectacular at the brand new T-Mobile Arena. Guns N’ Roses will perform Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9.

"What an honor to work with the biggest name in rock n' roll as part of the opening celebration of T-Mobile Arena,” said Bobby Reynolds, Vice President of Booking, AEG Live. “Guns N' Roses choosing to return to the stage in their full glory, on the Las Vegas Strip to open T-Mobile Arena is rock n' roll history.   This is going to be an awesome event and not to be missed." 

“What better city than Las Vegas – the Entertainment Capital of the World – to see Guns N’ Roses play together for the first time in 23 years,” said Dan Quinn, General Manager of T-Mobile Arena. “The T-Mobile Arena was designed to host iconic events such as this, and we will provide guests with an incredible experience as they enjoy this historic show.”

Citi is the official credit card of Guns N’ Roses Las Vegas performances. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program beginning Wednesday, January 20 at 10am PT through Friday, January 22 at 10pm PT. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com

General public tickets go on sale Saturday, January 23 at 10am PST at www.AXS.com. Tickets start at $79.50 (plus applicable service fees). A limited number of exclusive VIP Experiences and VIP Packages will be available. Offers can include amazing reserved seats, autographed memorabilia, preshow VIP parties, backstage tours, exclusive Guns N’ Roses merchandise and more.  

Following the group’s 1985 formation, Guns N’ Roses injected unbridled, unrivaled, and unstoppable attitude into the burgeoning Los Angeles rock scene. The spirit went on to captivate the entire world with the release of its 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction – the best-selling U.S. debut ever, moving 30 million copies globally. In 1991, the seven-time platinum Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II occupied the top two spots of the Billboard Top 200 upon release. Over the course of the past decade, Guns N’ Roses have performed sold out shows and headlined festivals worldwide following the critically acclaimed release of 2008’s RIAA platinum-certified Chinese Democracy. Six studio albums later, Guns N’ Roses is  one of the most important and influential acts in music history and continue to set the benchmark for live performances connecting with millions of fans across the globe. For more information on Guns N’ Roses, visit www.gunsnroses.com.

Glenn Frey Of The Eagles Dead At 67
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Eagles guitarist and founding member Glenn Frey has died at the age of 67 of complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia, according to the band.

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016," said the band in a statement. "Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.

"The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide."

The Eagles postponed plans to attend the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors last month as Frey underwent major surgery for the health issue. "He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction," said Eagles drummer and vocalist Don Henley. "But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry -- and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed.

"But, Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn't quit. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved is wife and kids more than anything.

"We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year 'History of the Eagles Tour' to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone.

"I'm not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life.

"Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some." Read more here.

Don Henley Pays Tribute To Eagles Bandmate Glenn Frey
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Don Henley has led the tributes to his Eagles bandmate Glenn Frey, who died this week at the age of 67. Frey had been battling intestinal issues which required surgery late last year and his family and bandmates confirmed that he died in New York yesterday, January 18.

His family - wife Cindy and children Taylor, Deacon and Otis - announced his passing in a joint statement with the Eagles. Musicians including Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Ryan Adams, Huey Lewis, Scott Ian of Anthrax and Judas Priest's Richie Faulkner have expressed their grief at the news of his death.

And Henley has offered his own, personal, tribute to a man he describes as "funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven." Henley adds: "He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved.

"We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream - to make our mark in the music industry. And with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed.

"But, Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn't quit."

He continues: "He loved his wife and kids more than anything. We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year History Of The Eagles Tour to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone.

"I'm not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life." Read more including Don's full tribute here.

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Black Sabbath 'The Doom In Us All' Tribute Album Preview Released
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A trailer clip for Black Sabbath tribute album The Doom In Us All has been released. The cover album is scheduled to be released on January 20 via Pathogenic Records.

Tourniquet drummer Ted Kirkpatrick assembled an all-star line-up to pay tribute to Black Sabbath as they gear up for their final tour The End - 48 years after the metal trailblazers formed.

The Doom In Us All: A Tribute To Black Sabbath features members of Judas Priest, Living Colour, Nile, Skid Row and Tourniquet covering their favourite Sabbath songs.

Black Sabbath kick off their world tour in Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday (January 20) - which includes a headline set at Download Festival on June 11. Watch the preview clip here.

Steven Tyler Previews Upcoming TV Performances
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Steven Tyler has revealed an online video preview of his upcoming appearance on the PBS series Front And Center with a performance of "Piece Of My Heart", an Erma Franklin single made famous by Janis Joplin via Big Brother And The Holding Company.

The rocker performed an acoustic set at the Melrose Ballroom in Long Island City, New York on September 10 that featured stripped-down renditions of Aerosmith classics and his debut solo country single "Love Is Your Name."

Tyler was joined by Loving Mary, a band featuring longtime collaborator Marti Frederiksen, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay - as well as Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt.

"Steven Tyler is one of the greatest creative minds of our time," says Front And Center Executive Producer Don Maggi. "To have him in this setting stripping down his music to the essence of what makes a great song - paying tribute to that craft - is an honor for us."

The Tyler episode will premiere on PBS stations the week of February 29. Watch the preview clip here.

Derek Trucks Felt Liberated By End Of Allman Brothers Band
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Tedeschi Trucks Band guitarist Derek Trucks says he felt liberated as he began work away from the Allman Brothers Band for the first time in 15 years.

Gregg Allman brought his group to a close in 2014 - a move which meant Trucks could concentrate fully on his third album with his wife Susan Tedeschi under the Tedeschi Trucks Band banner. Let Me Get By is out on January 29 via Fantasy/Concord.

Trucks tells The Wall Street Journal: "I had been wanting to focus on one band for years. Once the decision was made to end the Allman Brothers, I just wanted the final run to be strong. When we pulled it off, I had a huge sense of relief and then I strongly felt the cord being cut."

While Trucks enjoyed his time with the Allman Brothers Band, he says he's glad to be away from some of the "heaviness" that's surrounded the group in recent years. He adds: "I felt liberated as we got home and started writing this record, a feeling that has definitely fuelled everything we've done since.

"We just wrote songs and let them go where they wanted. Holding our attention and inspiring us were the only criteria." The Tedeschi Trucks Band are currently on tour across the US, check out the dates and the new album details here.

Joan Jett To Kick Off Rock Of Vegas Summer Concert Series
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Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will kick off the Fremont Street Experience's Rock Of Vegas concert series in Las Vegas, NV this Memorial Day weekend.

The free summer shows on the venue's 3rd Street Stage have become one of the most popular summertime events in the city. "We are ecstatic to have Joan Jett & The Blackhearts kick off Fremont Street Experience's eighth summer concert series this year," says Fremont Street Experience Director of Marketing Thomas Bruny. "Downtown Las Vegas is such an energetic place to see a live concert and offers the best values in the city.

"All the concerts and stage shows are free, plus the downtown hotel-casinos offer great deals on room rates, gambling and many food and drink specials." Read more here.

DISTURBED AND ROB ZOMBIE TO EMBARK ON CO-HEADLINE TOUR THIS MAY
TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 22

Rock titans Disturbed and Rob Zombie have announced a co-headline tour for May 2016. Ahead of that, Disturbed are gearing up to kick off their first tour following their 4-year hiatus, starting in the U.S. in Fargo, ND on February 10 and taking them on an almost entirely sold out run through North America to headlining slots at major festivals across the U.S., U.K., and Europe. Tickets for the Disturbed and Rob Zombie tour officially go on sale Friday, January 22. Exclusive Disturbed meet & greet and VIP ticket packages will be available. Visit Ticketmaster for details, and head to Disturbed1.com for more info and tickets for all upcoming Disturbed dates. 

Disturbed is touring in support of their massive #1 album Immortalized, which marked the end of the Grammy-nominated group's 4-year hiatus  and became their fifth consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, a rare feat achieve by only one other hard rock band in the history of the chart: Metallica. The album has already boasted two huge No. 1 Active Rock singles in "The Vengeful One" and "The Light," and now the group's haunting version of Simon & Garfunkel's classic "The Sound of Silence" is poised to continue the dominance. The track, which Yahoo! describes as "incredible" and "striking," is already climbing the charts and has now earned over 7 million YouTube views in just a few short weeks.

Watch the powerful video for Disturbed's "The Sound of Silence": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4

DISTURBED AND ROB ZOMBIE CO-HEADLINE DATES, WITH SPECIAL GUEST POP EVIL:
05/03                     Mississippi Coast Coliseum - Biloxi, MS
05/04                     Oak Mountain Amphitheater - Birmingham, AL
05/06                     Aaron's Amphitheater - Atlanta, GA *
05/07                     Ascend Amphitheater - Nashville, TN
05/10                     Cajundome - Lafayette, LA
05/11                     CenturyLink Center - Bossier City, LA
05/17                     US Cellular Center - Cedar Rapids, IA
05/22                     Hershey Stadium - Hershey, PA
05/24                     Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, MI
05/25                     Allen County War Memorial Coliseum - Fort Wayne, IN

* Pop Evil not performing


Guitar Rock Star Redefines Blues Rock with New Studio Album 
Joe Bonamassa evolves as blues-rock musician with highly-anticipated new album Blues of Desperation, out March 25 
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-nominated blues-rock guitar icon Joe Bonamassa announces his brand-new studio solo album, Blues of Desperation (J&R Adventures), which will be released March 25, 2016. Like his previous solo disc, 2014’s Top 10 Billboard hit Different Shades of Blue, this record features all-original material, and it sees the maverick superstar guitarist, singer and songwriter tossing away the rule book as he continues to reinvent and redefine the blues-rock genre like no other artist working today.

Watch a sneak-peak EPK of oe recording in the studio here: https://youtu.be/xXMnxkYt7BU
Pre-order now at http://joeb.me/bod-album, Amazon, and iTunes.

“I want people to hear my evolution as a blues-rock musician,” says Bonamassa, “somebody who isn’t resting on accomplishments and who is always pushing forward and thinking about how music can evolve and stay relevant.”

The writing sessions for Blues of Desperation took Bonamassa back to Nashville, where he’d composed Different Shades of Blue, to work with some of Music City’s top tunesmiths, people like James House, Tom Hambridge, Jeffrey Steele, Jerry Flowers and Gary Nicholson.

“These are some of the best guys in the business,” Bonamassa raves. “Lyrically, you’ll hear the proverbial trains, mountains, valleys and other blues references about heartbreak and loneliness but there are also some poignant moments about getting away from the stressful, crazy demands of life and losing yourself with your special someone. I think anybody will be able to relate.”

Bonamassa and his longtime producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Journey) convened at Nashville’s Grand Victor Sound Studios (formerly known as RCA Studio A), and during an intense, five-day period they recorded 11 galvanizing songs with a crack group of musicians including drummers Anton Fig and Greg Morrow, bassist Michael Rhodes, keyboardist Reese Wynans, horn players Lee Thornburg, Paulie Cerra and Mark Douthit, and background singers Mahalia Barnes, Jade McRae and Juanita Tippins.

Of his decade-long collaboration with Shirley, Bonamassa says, “I can explain our relationship with one word – ‘trust.’ I completely trust in Kevin and his musical promptings. He pushes my musical ability by challenging me to not just rest on my laurels or settle for ‘good.’ He expects more out of the other musicians as well and will not hold back when he sees us falling back into our usual routine.”

“Which sometimes calls for unorthodox measures,” says Shirley, who admits that his idea of augmenting Bonamassa’s usual recording band with second drummer Morrow was engineered to “ruffle Joe’s feathers.”

“I wanted him to work a little harder, like in his early years,” he says, “so I brought in an additional drummer, just to throw the cat amongst the pigeons.” Of the results, Shirley raves, “Recording ‘Blues of Desperation’ is one of the most exciting recording projects I've done. What a joyful noise we made!”

Blues of Desperation is Bonamassa’s most powerfully diverse and boldly realized album yet, with the material ranging from the gutsy, gritty blues call to arms of “This Train” (Joe’s guitar is set to “rude” throughout) to the elegant yet emotionally shattering ballad “What I’ve Known for a Very Long Time” to the soul-nourishing, acoustic-based Americana of “The Valley Runs Low,” on which Bonamassa’s voice rises up majestically to meet Barnes, McRae and Tippins in gospel-like rapture. And then there’s the bleary, tequila-soaked “Drive,” dripping with the kind of raw, wicked and unsettling sensuality that could make David Lynch green with envy.

Throughout the record, Bonamassa’s epic guitar playing conjures up stirring benedictions and explosive exorcisms of sound. “No Good Place For the Lonely” features some of the guitarist’s most cauterizing licks yet, and the walloping title track is a white-knuckled, six-string thrill ride guaranteed to jolt the senses. Guitar fans everywhere (like those who recently voted Bonamassa “Best Blues Guitarist” in Guitar World magazine by an overwhelming margin) will consider Blues of Desperation a treasure trove of axe riches.

“There are some long solos on this record and even some mini-jams in the middle of a track where the band would just jive and crank it out,” he says. “[During those jams], we do a tip of the hat to Beck and Clapton from the ‘70s. I think guitar nerds and music fans like myself will love it.”

Packed with unparalleled musicianship and teeming with the most enthralling collection of songs in Bonamassa’s career, Blues of Desperation is guaranteed to knock out critics and fans alike. By exceeding his own vertiginously high artistic goals, Bonamassa is bound to shatter all other expectations with this record and reach new audiences – no mean feat when you continue his  astonishing track record of hits now includes 15 #1 Billboard Blues Albums (more than any other artist in history). 2014’s Different Shades of Blue debuted at #8 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart, making it his highest charting album, his first top 10 and accounting for his biggest sales week ever. In 2014, the guitarist received his first-ever Grammy nomination (for Best Blues Album) for the album Seesaw, his second collaboration with blues singing star Beth Hart, and was named 2014’s Billboard Blues Artist of the Year.

Bonamassa’s stature in the music industry has built steadily over the years. Along with his longtime manager, Roy Weisman, the iconoclastic guitarist built his own successful record label, management and concert promotion company called J&R Adventures. In addition, his connection to fans on social media has grown to over 2.4 million Facebook friends, over 131K Twitter followers and 130K Instragram followers.

Prior to the release of Blues of Desperation, Bonamassa – a touring monster who averages about 100 shows a year – will be kicking off the year with a January DVD recording of his intimate acoustic show at New York’s Carnegie Hall before embarking on his second annual Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea blues cruise in February and a full-on electric band trek through the U.S. in April.

Tracklisting:
1.    This Train
2.    Mountain Climbing
3.    Drive
4.    No Good Place For The Lonely
5.    Blues Of Desperation
6.    The Valley Runs Low
7.    You Left Me Nothin’ But The Bill And The Blues
8.    Distant Lonesome Train
9.    How Deep This River Runs
10. Livin’ Easy
11. What I’ve Known For A Very Long Time

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TEN YEARS AFTER: LIVE ALBUM FROM 1990 TO BE RELEASED APRIL 1 AS PART OF "BRITISH LIVE PERFORMANCE SERIES"
CLASSIC LINE-UP OF BAND FEATURING ALVIN LEE

The BRITISH LIVE PERFORMANCE SERIES continues its winning streak April 1 with a never-before-released concert from iconic blues-rock band TEN YEARS AFTER. Featuring the band's classic line-up with guitarist ALVIN LEE, the set (via Rainman Records) covers the band's whole storied career. 

Originally formed in 1962, the band changed their name from The Jaybirds to Ten Years After in 1966. They were already well-known road warriors when they were one of the first rock acts to play the Newport Jazz Festival in 1969, and famously gave an iconic performance at Woodstock later that year, cementing their place in music history. 

Recorded in 1990 at Nottingham, England's Central Studios for the "Live Legends" TV series, this BRITISH LIVE PERFORMANCE SERIES release includes the band's iconic songs like "I'm Going Home" and "Love Like A Man" plus the blues standard "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." The band--guitarist/singer Alvin Lee, bassist Leo Lyons, keyboardist Chick Churchill and drummer Ric Lee--are as tight as ever, relishing the opportunity to plan in a state-of-the-art studio, rather than the big arenas that they were used to. 

Here's the TEN YEARS AFTER: BRITISH LIVE PERFORMANCE SERIES track list:
--Let's Shake It Up
--Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
--Slow Blues In C
--Hobbit
--Love Like A Man
--Johnny B. Good
--Bad Blood
--Victim Of Circumstance
--I Can't Keep From Trying Sometimes
--I'm Going Home
--Sweet Little Sixteen

Check out the lineup of Rainman Records' in-progress "British Live Performance Series," with more to be announced in the near future:

9/18/15  Glen Campbell
9/18/15 Rick Wakeman
10/30/15 Belinda Carlisle
10/30/15 Joe Jackson
10/30/15 Uriah Heep
4/1/16 The Buzzcocks
4/1/16 Ten Years After

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Mott The Hoople's Dale Griffin Dead At 67
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Mott The Hoople drummer and founding member Dale "Buffin" Griffin died Sunday at the age of 67 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. The Hereford Times reports band manger Pete Purnell confirmed Griffin passed away in his sleep Sunday evening.

"I can't believe it - Dale was like family, we were very close - we went through a lot together," said keyboardist Verden Allen. "I got a call from our manager Pete Purnell this morning and he told me. Dale was a nice, well-spoken man and a brilliant drummer, it's unbelievable that he's gone."

Griffin was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 58 and was living in a care home near Brecon. The drummer last performed with Moot The Hoople during a series of five 40th anniversary shows in 2009. Griffin played during the show's encores while Pretenders sticksman Martin Chambers handled the main set.

"He played three songs with us, including All The Young Dudes," explains Allen. "I suppose in some ways it's a release for him now - he had suffered for many years." Read more here.

The Ann Wilson Thing!
Live at The Belly Up available now exclusively at BellyUpLive.com
and via all digital outlets on January 29.

The Ann Wilson Thing!, Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson’s solo project, is proud to announce the digital live EP, Live at The Belly Up is available now at BellyUpLive.com! It will be released through all digital outlets on January 29. Recorded at Solana Beach, CA’s legendary Belly Up nightclub, the EP features seven riveting performances that refresh works by artists from Bob Dylan to Aretha Franklin and everywhere in between.

Ann Wilson’s musical gifts are legendary. As a songwriter and lyricist, she has created a truly impressive body of work (“Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” “Magic Man,” “Straight On”, “Mistral Wind,” and many, many more). However, her greatest gift and first calling is singing. Her voice is considered to be among the best ever, with its vast range, amazing power, and sheer musicality. It has inspired legions of great singers across every genre of music.

Ever since Heart’s debut, Dreamboat Annie, Ann has been performing with her equally talented sister, Nancy Wilson, thrilling hundreds of thousands of concert fans annually. In September 2015 Ann’s “passion project” The Ann Wilson Thing released it’s first EP, #1, and embarked on her first solo tour ever, with stops in intimate venues across the country throughout September and October.

"The first night at the Belly Up in Solana Beach was a real thrill for me. It was so satisfying playing these songs to an excited, sold out house!  Unforgettable,” states Wilson.

Now available exclusively from Belly Up Live and available via all digital outlets on January 29.

Tracks:
1. For What It's Worth (Live) (Buffalo Springfield Cover)
2. I Put a Spell on You (Live) (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Cover)
3. Every Grain of Sand (Live) (Bob Dylan Cover)
4. Isolation (Live) (John Lennon Cover)
5. Permission (Live) (Sixx: AM Cover)
6. Danger Zone (Live) (Ray Charles Cover)
7. Ain't No Way (Live) (Aretha Franklin Cover)

When describing the nature of her solo shows and what fans can expect, Ann explains, “In The Ann Wilson Thing, we do music that has always inspired me. Songs written by people who I feel are master lyricists , like Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, John Lennon and Neil Young. We also do originals, and songs that aren't even in the rock box.”

Footage From Motorhead's Last Performance Goes Online
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Footage of Motorhead's last ever show in Spain has been released by Resurrection Fest. Professionally shot footage of Motorhead performing Ace Of Spades and Overkill at the festival can be viewed below.

The band played at the event in Viveiro on July 17 - just months before ill health forced frontman Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister to cancel a number of US shows and walk off stage a few songs into a performance in Texas in September.

He recovered in time to play some North American dates and also led the band on a November European tour in support of their last album Bad Magic.

After returning home to Los Angeles, Lemmy celebrated his 70th birthday before being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer on Boxing Day. He died just two days later.

Tributes poured in after his death was announced, and his bandmates Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell said: "Please, play Motorhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy's music loud. Have a drink or a few. Share stories. Celebrate the life this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. He would want exactly that."

David Bowie Earns His Very First U.S. No. 1 Album With Blackstar
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David Bowie has topped the US album chart for the first time. The late singer's album (Blackstar) was released on January 8, just two days before his death from cancer.

The has debuted at the top of the Billboard chart after selling 181,000 copies in its first week and knocking Adele's 25 from the no.1 slot. (Blackstar) also reached no.1 in the UK album chart and much of the star's back catalogue has also made it into the US and UK charts. In the US, nine other Bowie albums made the Billboard 200 while 19 of his records charted in the UK top 100.

Bowie was 69 when he died after an 18-month battle with cancer which he kept secret from all but his family and closest friends. Tributes poured in from across the music and film worlds, with (Blackstar) producer Tony Visconti saying: "He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life - a work of art. Read more here.