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Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Announces Book Tour
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Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson will promote his forthcoming memoir, "What Does This Button Do?", with a series of book-signing events in both the UK and the US next month.

Due October 19 via HarperCollins, the project sees the rocker share - for the first time - details of his years with the band, the early days, his childhood within the eccentric British school system, going solo, realizing his dream of flying jumbo jets and his recent battle with tongue cancer.

Billed as "A Conversation With Bruce Dickinson", the in-store events will feature the singer reading excerpts from the book and discussing it further by answering questions from the audience.

A group of three UK appearances will begin in London on October 17, with stops in Edinburgh (Oct 20) and Manchester (Oct 22), with seven US events set to begin in Huntington, NY on October 30.

In addition to the memoir, Dickinson will issue "Soloworks: The Vinyl Collection", a box set covering his solo catalogue, on October 27. The package includes the rocker's six album solo output from 1990 to 2005 reissued via the package and individually on heavyweight, black 180g vinyl. See the dates here.

ROCK NEWS FOR 09/26/17

The Security Project Feat. King Crimson & Peter Gabriel Members To Tour US In Support Of New Live Album “Contact”

“Great to see some of the original members doing it the right way.” – Steve Hackett

The Security Project has once again reinvented itself, this time with vocalist Happy Rhodes. Together with Jerry Marotta (drummer from Peter Gabriel’s first five records), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Michael Cozzi (Shriekback) and NY keyboardist David Jameson, the group continues reimagining the early work of Peter Gabriel (and also, on this disc, Kate Bush), but with Happy’s impressive four-octave vocals adding an entirely new dimension.

The Security Project will be releasing their new live album “CONTACT” on November 18, 2017! The material is culled from shows in the US and their recent Japanese tour. The band will be touring the US in support of the album release in November.

“The Security Project live is a beautifully reverential and creative reinterpretation of these Peter Gabriel classics!” – Kevin Killen, engineer of Gabriel’s “So” record

The Security Project:

Happy Rhodes – Lead Voice
Jerry Marotta – Drums, Vocals
Trey Gunn – Touch Guitar, Vocals
David Jameson – Keyboards, Eigenharp
Michael Cozzi – Guitar, Vocals

To purchase The Security Project “CONTACT” CD: http://music.securityprojectband.com/album/contact

Gene Simmons Addresses Box Set Price Controversy
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 KISS legend Gene Simmons knows a thing or two about making money. So it was no surprise when word came down that he was selling his massive upcoming 38-pound box set, The Vault, with escalating price tags depending on which 'experience' was purchased, topping out at a cool $50,000 for home delivery by the man himself.

According to a new interview, however, Simmons claims that the $50K price tag is "fake news," ultimately calling it a mistake made by the people controlling the box set's website.

The revelation came during a video interview with podcast The Cassius Morris Show after Morris inquired about the price for home delivery of the box set. Simmons accused the host of spreading "fake news," and challenged him to show evidence that the site has the delivery option listed at $50,000.

Simmons seems genuinely surprised when Morris does indeed pull up the website with the hefty price tag, going on to leave a profane message to the site controllers demanding that it be updated. "You've helped me get our guys, because they've been asleep at the wheel," Simmons tells Morris. "So I'm going to email them now."

Simmons then proceeds to send that message while still on camera, using the dictation function to write it. "Holy f--k- guys," he dictated. "People still believe this is a $50,000 box set. And that's because of your front page. Again, get rid of 'producer and home experience' off the front page, for f---'s sake." Read more here.

The Doors Expand 'Strange Days' For 50th Anniversary
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The Doors will release a 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their album, "Strange Days", on November 17. Available as a 2CD, 1 LP or digital download, the 50th anniversary edition of "Strange Days" was produced by the album's original engineer Bruce Botnick.

The band's second album - and second of 1967, following their self-titled debut - delivered a pair of US Top 30 singles in "People Are Strange" and "Love Me Two Times", while the project reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

The package includes the original stereo mix of the album on CD for the first time in a decade, with sound that's been remastered for the first time in 30 years. The second disc features the album's original mono mix, which has been remastered for this set and is making its CD debut.

The reissue is rounded out with liner notes by music journalist David Fricke, as well as a selection of rare and previously unseen photographs from the era.

The "Strange Days" set follows a similar 50th anniversary reissue of The Doors' self-titled debut earlier this year. Read more here.

Cheap Trick Announce Details For First Christmas Album
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Cheap Trick will release their first holiday-themed album, "Christmas Christmas", on October 20. The Christmas album release news follows comments by bassist Tom Petersson this past July, when he revealed the group's plans for the holiday package.

Produced by the band and Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Fastball), the project delivers updated versions of Christmas tunes recorded by rockers like The Kinks, The Ramones, Slade and Chuck Berry, among others.
The set also includes three new songs by Cheap Trick, including "Merry Christmas Darlings", "Our Father Of Life" and the title track.

"We've actually just finished recording a Christmas record about two months ago," said Petersson. "The Christmas record will be released around Halloween, and it came out great! We did one standard, and then all sorts of different songs on there, it's really cool.

"We've got a few originals, and we covered songs from artists that we really like which have done Christmas songs we think are really cool, you know, Roy Wood and that sort of thing.

"The only confusing thing about recording this record, is that every song had the word Christmas in it, so we could never keep it straight during recording, trying to figure out which song was which; 'Ok guys so let's do the Christm….. the sleigh song next.'" Read more here.

Jackson Browne Announces Acoustic Tour
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Jackson Browne will hit the road next year for an acoustic tour. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will kick off his acoustic trek on January 6, 2018, in Georgia before visiting six cities in Florida.

Multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz will join Browne for the seven-city stint, which is scheduled to conclude on January 24th in Sarasota, Florida at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Pre-sale tickets for Browne's acoustic tour begins September 26 at 10 a.m. EDT while tickets to the public go on sale this weekend. See the dates for the unplugged trek here.

The Darkness Release 'Southern Trains' Music Video
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The Darkness are streaming a new music video for the track "Southern Trains", as the latest preview to their forthcoming album, "Pinewood Smile." The "Southern Trains" video features the group performing the song via Snapchat footage.

"This song has genuine realness in it, innit," says frontman Justin Hawkins about its reflection on the UK railway system. "Dan and I had to endure the Southern Trains 'services' during the making of this album. The only difference between a normal day on Southern Trains and a day when they're all on strike, is that on strike day the ArseClownery is deliberate.

"They are utterly incapable of running a reliable service. Fact. The rest of the world is laughing at us. I hope this song goes some way towards facilitating change..."

Due October 6, "Pinewood Smile" was recorded in Cornwall, UK with producer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse). The set delivers the group's first record with drummer Rufus Taylor - son of Queen legend Roger - who joined the lineup in two years ago after the departure of Emily Dolan Davies following her work on 2015's "Last Of Our Kind."

"Pinewood Smile" was first previewed with the lead single, "All The Pretty Girls", and it's follow-up, "Solid Gold." Watch the video here.

Neil Young's Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Speech Streaming
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Classic rock legend Neil Young was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on September 23 at Massey Hall in Toronto. Young was introduced by Randy Bachman of Canadian band Bachman Turner Overdrive.

Young began his speech by saying, "Songs are like animals. You really have to be careful with them and sneak up on them and don't scare them. They're like rabbits coming out of a hole."

"You're not gonna stand there with a gun," he continued. "The rabbit will see you and go back down the hole. So you put the gun down and go and sit behind a rock and wait for this song rabbit to come out of the hole and start sniffing around. So you start sniffing around too, trying to be like the rabbit."

Later in his speech, he added that, while he's widely regarded as an international artist and has earned much of his success in America with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crazy Horse and as a solo artist, he has always considered himself a Canadian.

"I'm terribly proud to be Canadian. I know I've traveled a lot… but I've always been a Canadian Citizen. I've never been a citizen of anywhere else even though I love the USA." Read more and watch Young's acceptance speech here.

Warren Haynes Reveals Guitar He Would Save From A Burning Building
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Warren Haynes recently shared his thoughts with Music Radar as part of the site's ongoing "10 Questions" feature. Asked which of his guitars he would save from a burning building, Haynes replied, "My '59 Les Paul. I think every '59 Les Paul is pretty great, but this particular one is exceptional. It has this unique vibrancy and unique tone. I've played a lot of them --and some amazing ones, obviously --but this one I'm very lucky to own."

Haynes also revealed that the oldest guitar in his collection is a 1929 Gibson acoustic. "I got it a couple of years ago," he said. "It's an archtop like the one Robert Johnson is holding in one of those photographs, but slightly different. It's like an L-1."

Asked what advice he would share with his younger self, if that were possible, the acclaimed guitarist said, "Don't eliminate any genre of music from your influences. I've always … kind of studied different types of music and I think that was a valuable lesson that I learned a long time ago…. [Also], tell your younger self not to be hung up on chops and techniques and learn how to say more with fewer notes." Read more here.

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CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE ANNOUNCES 2018 TOUR FOR EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA

'What might a David Bowie 2018 tour set list consist of?'

"The shows had a magic because our intent was to celebrate David with as much love and respect as we could. So many lovely artists from all around the globe contributed and I loved all seven shows as each musician and artist brought their own way of self expression." - Mike Garson, 2017

After performing rapturously received and critically lauded shows earlier this year, Celebrating David Bowie is back for a 2018 tour throughout Europe and North America with a brand new Bowie show spanning his entire career asking the question, 'What might a David Bowie 2018 tour set list consist of?' See the full list of tour dates below. VIP tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 26 with the general on sale starting Friday, September 29 at 10am local time; go to www.celebratingdavidbowie.com for more information. View the trailer here: http://tiny.cc/CdB2018Announce.

More than just a mere salute, Celebrating David Bowie keeps David's music alive with musicians who worked closely with him throughout his career and other top musicians greatly influenced by him.Legendary Bowie touring and recording keyboardist Mike Garson, who collaborated with Bowie for longer than any other player, will be heading up the band along with previous Bowie band leaders, guitarist/vocalist Adrian Belew (Sound & Vision Tour) and guitarist Gerry Leonard (A Reality Tour).

Between them, Mike, Adrian and Gerry have over 30 years experience of recording, writing and playing live with Bowie.

Joining Mike, Adrian and Gerry will be Bowie's Let's Dance/Serious Moonlight Tour bassist Carmine Rojas as well as CdB 2017 standouts Fishbone's Angelo Moore and 2017 Grammy Nominee Gaby Moreno as well as special guests and other former Bowie band members who will make surprise appearances along the way.

CdB creator and producer Angelo Bundini (aka guitarist Scrote) is also back and excited about the concept for the new show. "After the last tour, I didn't really imagine playing more shows because it was insanely difficult to pull off. David's last tour was in 2004, so I began to wonder what he might do if he were to tour again today. That's what we're presenting in 2018."

The large rotating ensemble with world class multi-instrumentalists changing song to song will perform a show highlighting elements that influenced Bowie and that in turn Bowie influenced: pop culture experimentation, art, fashion, science and futurism.

"I have worked with over 1000 singers but never anyone like David," shares Mike Garson. "He had an infinite source of music flowing through him, and his creativity was boundless. His sharing of the stage with his musicians was extraordinary, and he was a team player. That is why we need many singers to encompass his work."

"With such a large catalog to choose from, different songs affected us and the audience in varying measure," adds Adrian Belew about the shows earlier this year. "It's always amazing to feel the excitement of an audience beamed directly at you. Pure adrenaline! So much love for David."

Fishbone's Angelo Moore recalls: "One of the things that stuck out while abroad was our group visit to the David Bowie Is... exhibit in Tokyo and how they cover so much of his life, music, fashion, and creative processes.  I'm excited we will be doing more of his unique aesthetic in our upcoming shows."

Gaby Moreno says: "It was an incredible and emotional ride for me. Sharing the stage with some of the most brilliant musicians, playing these iconic songs from one of the best artists this world gave us, is something quite unlike anything else I've ever experienced."

Previous special guests on CdB shows have included: Sting, Gary Oldman, Seal, Perry Farrell, The B-52's' Kate Pierson, Ewan McGregor, Simon Le Bon, Gavin Rossdale, La Roux, Joe Elliott, Mr Hudson, Gail Ann Dorsey, Spandau Ballet's Steve Norman, Corey Taylor, Ian Astbury, Darren Criss, Tony Hadley, Living Colour, The London Community Gospel Choir, and The Harlem Gospel Choir, among many others. 

Catch Celebrating David Bowie in the following cities:

 DATE                   CITY                                       VENUE

Europe Tour Dates:

 

Wed

1/10

Paris, France

Salle Pleyel

Fri

1/12

London, UK

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

Sat

1/13

Manchester, UK

O2 Ritz Manchester

Mon

1/15

Dublin, Ireland

Olympia Theatre

Tue

1/16

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Paradiso

Wed

1/17

Ultrecht, Netherlands

TivoliVredenburg

       

North America Tour Dates:

 

Sat

2/10

Silver Spring, MD

The Fillmore Silver Spring

Sun

2/11

Philadelphia, PA

Keswick Theatre

Mon

2/12

New York, NY

Irving Plaza

Tue

2/13

Albany, NY

The Egg

Fri

2/16

Boston, MA

Chevalier Theatre

Sat

2/17

Montreal, QC

M Telus

Sun

2/18

Toronto, ON

Danforth Music Hall

Mon

2/19

Detroit, MI

Royal Oak Music Theatre

Wed

2/21

Minneapolis, MN

Pantages Theatre

Thu

2/22

Milwaukee, WI

Pabst Theatre

Fri

2/23

Chicago, IL

The Vic Theatre

Sun

2/25

Denver, CO

Paramount Theatre

Tue

2/27

Las Vegas, NV

Brooklyn Bowl

Wed

2/28

Los Angeles, CA

The Wiltern

Sat

3/3

San Francisco, CA

Regency Ballroom

Sun

3/4

Santa Rosa, CA

Luther Burbank Center

Tue

3/6

San Diego, CA

Balboa Theatre

Wed

3/7

Mesa, AZ

Ikeda Theater

Sat

3/10

Seattle, WA

Benaroya Hall

Sun

3/11

Portland, OR

Roseland Theater

 

For more information on CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE, go to:
Website: http://celebratingdavidbowie.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CelebratingDavidBowieOfficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celebrating_david_bowie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CdBTour


French Music Legends Magma Release Rare 1973 Mostly Acoustic Version of “MEKANIK KOMMANDOH” with Orchestra Choir!

REMASTERED VERSION - NEW COVER - DIGIFILE PACKAGING

Paris - From the very first short version recorded in the summer of 1971 on the compilation album “PUISSANCE 13 + 2” to the spring 1973 version on the eponymous album, “MEKANIK DESTRUKTIW KOMMANDOH” slowly evolved over time. “MEKANIK KOMMANDOH” is the last stage before the definitive version. Recorded in January 1973, it mirrors a concert Magma put on two months earlier at the Sigma Festival in Bordeaux. In this largely acoustic rendition, the STORCHHAUS orchestra choir magnificently complements Stella's and Klaus's voices.

“MEKANIK KOMMANDOH” is now remastered and features a new cover in a digipack.

Featuring:
Klaus BLASQUIZ - chant, percussions
Stella VANDER - choeurs
CHOEURS DE LA STORCHHAUS
René GARBER “STUNDEHR” - clarinette basse, chant
Jean-Luc MANDERLIER - claviers
Jean-pierre LEMBERT - basse
Christian VANDER - batterie, chant, orgue, percussions

To purchase MEKANIK DESTRUKTIW KOMMANDOH: http://www.seventhrecords.com/en/magma-19/magma-mekanik-kommandoh-1266.html

In other news:
Just released! “To Life, Death and Beyond: the Music of Magma” is a feature film that explores one of the most visionary and innovative music of the last 50 years, Magma. It takes the audience on a journey through several countries where the band has been filmed, fascinating interviews with fans and musicians, including Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Trey Gunn (King Crimson). The film also includes an in-depth interview of the leader of the band, Christian Vander, and various musicians who were part of this extraordinary adventure over a period of more than 45 years.

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/V80oFyeJh1g
For more information: www.themusicofmagma.com, Facebook.com/themusicofmagma
Magma's official website: http://www.magmamusic.org

Black Sabbath Icon Leads New Hall Of Heavy History Inductees
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The Hall of Heavy Metal History launched in 2016, and now, it's back for round two. Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward and Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale are among the sophomore class of inductees into the Hall of Heavy Metal History, and that's just the beginning.

Other artists slated to be included include Dream Theater keyboard player Jordan Rudess, Vanilla Fudge and former Ozzy Osbourne drummer Carmine Appice and Mr. Big bass slinger Billy Sheehan.

As for bands, Exodus, Anvil and Riot will be inducted at the upcoming ceremony, set for Jan. 24, 2018, in Anaheim, California. The debut ceremony for the Hall of Heavy Metal History took place in January of this year. Some of the first inductees included the late Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy Kilmister and Randy Rhoads. Read more here.

Stone Temple Pilots Stars Address Singer Search Status
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While Stone Temple Pilots are remaining tightlipped about their current search for a new lead singer to replace the late Scott Weiland, they say things are looking good.

Dean and Robert DeLeo made an appearance on the Jonesy's Jukebox radio show on the Los Angeles radio stations KLOS this past Friday and were asked about their search to replace Weiland and short-lived singer Chester Bennington.

Robert was asked by the former Sex Pistol guitarist Jones during the interview for an update on the search. "It's top secret right now, but we're working on it," he replied.

Dean then added: "It's looking good, man. Looking good. New music. And it won't be too long before we shave the cat, as Robert says." Read some speculation about who the new singer may be and watch the full interview here.

Rare Beatles Demo Being Auctioned, Preview Clip Goes Online
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 A previously unreleased demo of The Beatles' song 'What Goes On" is available through a listing on eBay and fans can preview the track via a short online clip of the recording.

The 1963 version of the song features John Lennon, who co-wrote the track with Paul McCartney, singing with different lyrics than what ended up on the final released version.

The track was released on 1965's Rubber Soul with Ringo Starr's vocals. The recording also features Lennon playing acoustic and McCartney adding harmonies. Listen to the preview clip here.

Bob Seger Announces New Album 'I Knew You When'
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Few artists personify the sound of the American heartland like Detroit classic rocker Bob Seger. So it's with some surprise that Seger has revealed his next single to be a cover of legendary New York king of cool, Lou Reed.

For his upcoming album, I Knew You When, Seger has released his version of Reed's "Busload of Faith" as its lead single. "Busload of Faith" was an album cut found on Reed's 1989 full-length, appropriately titled New York.

As the Detroit Free Press points out, Seger has put his own spin on one of the song's lyrics, swapping out the word "churches" for "real estate" in what may be a jab at President Trump: "You can't depend on the president /Unless there's real estate that you want to buy."

With his music only just hitting streaming services this past June, Seger has yet to release the new single on any of those platforms yet. Read more here.

Steely Dan Guitarists Share Thoughts On Band's Music
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 Billboard recently spoke with four esteemed guitarists who made significant contributions to Steely Dan's body of work. At one point, each player was asked to recall his first impression of the band's music.

"I loved it from the very beginning," said Elliott Randall, whose intro and solo on "Reelin' in the Years" remains iconic. "A year or two before their ABC-Dunhill deal was inked, I spent many nights in the studio with Don [Fagan] and Walter [Becker], recording demos of their material…."

"I had heard their hits from the first two albums and liked them a lot," offered Dean Parks, whose playing graced Pretzel Logic, Aja, and other Steely Dan LPs. "Pretzel Logic seemed different though. The music was unpredictable, which is good."

"I knew nothing about Steely Dan before recording with them on Aja," revealed Steve Khan, whose playing was crucial to 1980's Gaucho. "I owned none of their albums, and I only knew 'Do It Again' and 'Reelin' in the Years' from the radio. Read more here.

KISS Stars Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley Reunite On Stage
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Original KISS members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley reunited for the first time in 16 years when the guitarist joined his former bandmate for four songs at The Children Matter Benefit Concert at CHS Field Stadium in St. Paul, MN on September 20 in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey, and video from the event is streaming online.

"Before you were born - there he is - 1973, in New York City, this guy and I and two other guys put together a band we never saw onstage - let's hear it for Ace Frehley," Simmons told the crowd as he welcomed the rocker to the stage. "He still looks great, goddamn it, doesn't he?" as Frehley began the intro to "Parasite," from KISS' second album, 1974's "Hotter Than Hell."

Alongside Simmons solo touring lineup, the pair then delivered "Cold Gin" from the band's self-titled 1974 debut and "Shock Me" from 1977's "Love Gun", before inviting dozens of fans on stage for the finale of KISS' signature song, "Rock And Roll All Nite."

The Children Matter is a collaborative initiative created by Simmons and the nonprofit Matter on the simple belief that the lives of children matter. Regardless of race, income, gender, religion, or location every child deserves the same access to a full and healthy life. Read more and watch video of the reunion jam here.

Stone Temple Pilots Stream Unreleased Song 'Only Dying'
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The Stone Temple Pilots are streaming a demo of "Only Dying", a previously unreleased song that will appear on the September 29 release of multiple 25th anniversary deluxe editions of their debut album, "Core."

Demoed early in their career, the band had considered contributing the tune to the soundtrack to 1994's "The Crow", but decided it would be in poor taste after the film's star, Brandon Lee, was accidentally shot dead on set during the final weeks of production. The Stone Temple Pilots track, "Big Empty", was included in the official soundtrack release.

"That song was a little bit of a different direction for us," bassist Robert DeLeo tells Rolling Stone about 'Only Dying'. "It was based more off jazz-type chordings. As a songwriter, I wanted to spark people into different directions."

"I remember [singer] Scott [Weiland] really wanted to redo the song and quite honestly, the guitar tone we chose on that ... I don't know what I was thinking," adds guitarist Dean DeLeo. "Maybe I was listening to too much Robert Smith or something. It's a song where I don't think we reached our full potential as songwriters quite yet. But honestly, it really is a beautiful song."

"We wrote it maybe nine months after Dean joined the band, and we recorded it in a studio in north Hollywood before we got signed," recalls drummer Eric Kretz. "It's cool to hear it now. You can hear all the STP elements in there. You could tell it needed to be reworked a little bit, but you can really hear Scott's voice taking on its character and the band delving into the sound of the guitar, the special effects and everything. It's a great early indicator of where the band was heading. It was trying to dig into our emotions." Stream the song here.

Pete Townshend Reveals Secret Marriage and Sabbatical Plan
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There is a lot going on with The Who's Pete Townshend these days. The legendary guitarist made some rather major reveals on Facebook, including details regarding a secret marriage, and that he plans on stepping away from music for at least a year.

"At the end of this triumphant short tour of Classic Quadrophenia in the U.S., where Rachel showed off her incredible talent as an orchestral arranger, and I performed like a Broadway Ham…… it's time to make an announcement that she and I were married in December last year," Townshend shared on his official Facebook page.

"This is a very, very happy thing for both of us," he added about the marriage to his partner for more than 20 years. "We married nearly a year ago and did keep it as quiet as we could, telling only close family.

"Why did we keep it quiet? Really, we were being selfish," Townshend elaborated. "I have been away on tour so much in recent years, we just wanted to be together, and savour the moment."

In a separate post, the guitarist revealed that he's taking some time away from his career for a bit of personal time. "This has been a varied year for me. A lot of the usual things happening, and there are many new things a fairly long way in the future for me," he wrote. "I am preparing to take a one year 'sabbatical' from all the things I normally do in my career… I very doubt I will get paid as much as I do when I work with The Who, but this is really necessary for me. I so desperately need to do something new and different - and yet I don't really have a plan for what I might do. It will emerge I suppose." Read more here.

The Sex Pistols Expand Bollocks For 40th Anniversary
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The Sex Pistols will release an expanded 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their 1977 album debut, "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols", on October 27.

Originally issued in 2012, the 3CD/1DVD set - widely considered to be the definitive collection - has been out-of-print from some time. The 2017 budget-priced smaller-sized Deluxe Edition features the original studio album with b-sides from the era, a disc of outtakes and one disc of live material alongside a DVD featuring the band playing various venues, including the infamous 1977 boat party held on the River Thames in London that resulted in arrests, chaos and healines.

The package is accompanied by a 48-page hardback book with narrative from music journalist Pat Gilbert plus rare photos from Bob Gruen, Barry Plummer, John Tiberi and Dave Wainwright.

The 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" arrives one day after the October 26 release of "1977: The Bollocks Diaries", a new book detailing "the official, inside story of the whirlwind year of 1977" which saw the band record and release the album while making headlines throughout their native UK. Read more here.

Billy Joel In The Studio For The Stranger 40th Anniversary
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Billy Joel's 40th anniversary of his career-breaking album "The Stranger" is celebrated on the latest episode of the syndicated radio show
In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over these details:

Prior to the release of The Stranger in Fall 1977, Billy Joel had experienced his share of struggle, but his mental toughness, no doubt a product of his semi-professional boxing career, had prepared him to fight for his career. Joel tells

In The Studio host Redbeard about how he's battled through being typecast as simply a pop singles songwriter. Joel said, "If I was somebody out there who never knew Billy Joel's album work, but just knew me for my singles, I don't know if I'd be that crazy about me.... I was kinda laboring in obscurity to an extent, and when The Stranger album did hit, it became crystal clear to me what I wanted to do."

The Stranger album would be the first of a string of multi-platinum records for Joel. Songs like, "Just The Way You Are", "Movin' Out", "She's A Woman to Me" and "Only the Good Die Young" would catapult Joel into music's A-list and ultimately into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, becoming third only to The Beatles and Elvis Presley as the top-selling artist in U.S. history. Stream the episode here.


Guitar Legend Steve Hunter To Release New Album “Before The Lights Go Out”

The Deacon Of Rock Bites Back!

“Before The Lights Go Out” is long time Alice Cooper/Lou Reed Guitarist Steve Hunter's latest solo album. The cover art and title make a statement about his failing eyesight, but don't make the mistake of thinking this is a quiet wave goodbye. As soon as you put on the first track, you will know that this is more like a Blues Rock Declaration of Independence! There are sexy grooves, luscious guitar tones and melodies galore.

As with all Hunter's releases, there is some diversity and sound imagery, not least of which is Tienes Mi Corazón where alongside his nylon string improvisation comes the sound of his own heart. And listen out for Joe Satriani adding his fire to the heat of “Mojo Man.”

Also joining Steve on a couple of tracks are two great Bass players: Erik Scott can be heard on “Mojo Man,” Erik is also an Alice Cooper alumni. On “Under The Bodhi Tree” is Andy Stoller. Steve and Andy toured together with Tracy Chapman during the “Telling Stories” album period, most recently Andy has been touring with Ann Wilson of Heart.

Says Steve, “This album was a real joy for me on many levels. A big part of the inspiration and motivation that kept me going; was from all the people out there who had faith in me and encouraged me through the entire process with their donations and comments. It was really a wonderful experience having you all be a part of it. It's my deepest hope and desire that you all enjoy the music on this album as much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you and God bless!”

Watch the album sampler video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBYCZ_sPVVA  

Steve Hunter is his own man; he has been around the block with a forty-five year career.

From his 1973 solos on Alice Cooper's “Billion Dollar Babies” album, his legendary acoustic work on Peter Gabriel's “Solsbury Hill,” his “Intro” to Lou Reed's “Sweet Jane” and his searing opening solos on Aerosmith's version of “Train Kept A Rolling” Most recently he can be heard on Alice Cooper's 2017 album “Paranormal” making this his ninth Cooper album appearance. The Deacon is not done yet but his life is evolving! He has challenges playing live now but his honed skill, tone, power and soul, is dished up on this hot plate of guitar driven instrumental tastiness.

Tracks:
1.   On The Edge Of Uncertainty
2.   Mojo Man
3.   Summer's Eve
4.   Cinderblock
5.   Softtail Deuce
6.   Tienes Mi Corazón (You Have My Heart)
7.   Ice Storm
8.   Under The Bodhi Tree
9.   The Other Side Of The Coin
10. Happy Trails  (vocal Karen Hunter)

Release date September 25, 2017

To pre-order Steve Hunter's “Before The Lights Go Out”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/before-the-lights-go-out/id1283875407

For more information:
http://www.stevehunter.com/
https://www.facebook.com/steve.hunter.54

ROADCASE ROYALE, FEATURING NANCY WILSON (HEART) AND LIV WARFIELD (NEW POWER GENERATION) RELEASE FIRST THINGS FIRST THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

NANCY FEATURED ON NPR WEEKEND EDITION; BILLBOARD PREMIERES “THE DRAGON” TODAY, A SONG WRITTEN FOR THE LATE ALICE IN CHAINS FRONTMAN LAYNE STALEY

ON TOUR NOW

Nancy Wilson, one of the founding members of the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Heart, has teamed up with former Prince’s New Power Generation band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form the soulful, rock super group, Roadcase Royale.  The band will release their debut album, First Things First, this Friday, September 22, 2017.  The album was produced by fellow Roadcase Royale band member Dan Rothchild (Heart) along with the band.

Roadcase Royale has been busy doing press interviews and radio visits including NPR Weekend Edition, who recently interviewed Wilson - listen HERE, Billboard, who is premiering “The Dragon” today - Read/Listen HERE, a song written for the late Alice In Chains frontman, Layne Staley before his death. Other press such as Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Sirius XM, and Associated Press. BackStory Events recently live streamed a Q&A with Wilson & Warfield via Guitar World - watch it HERE.  Earlier this year, Rolling Stone premiered the live performance video of their debut single “Get Loud” saying, “…the band builds a funky, nimble groove, led by Warfield's soulful belting and the acoustic/electric guitar attack of Wilson and Prince protégé Ryan Waters.”  The video was shot by celebrated photographer, Neal Preston. Watch it HERE.  “Get Loud” with its laid-back groove, provides a solid acoustic and electric foundation for Warfield’s vocals – all about getting loud and standing up for women’s equality. “Get Loud” blends this important message with the group’s R&B and rock influences, resulting in a uniquely powerful track.

Roadcase Royale’s version of the Heart song “These Dreams” is featured in the new Aaron Sorkin film, Molly’s Game, starring Idris Elba, Jessica Chastain, and Kevin Costner. The film will make its official U.S. release nationwide on November 22, 2017.

“Roadcase Royale is a band I've always wanted to be in,” says Nancy Wilson. “We all write and create songs as a unit. It's an inspired democracy. Liv and Ryan both bring a whole new level of magic to our new sound. I'm amazed after devoting my life to rock music how it now feels so brand new. That's why our first album is called First Things First.”

The name of the band, Roadcase Royale came to the group during a backstage meeting they had last year.  Wilson said, “When I came up with the name Roadcase Royale it was an interesting symbol to me since the big heavy-duty road cases that our amps drums and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany on the road. Strong and regal looking yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus.”

In addition to Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals), Roadcase Royale features Ryan Waters (lead guitarist) along with Heart members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums).

The band will play several headline dates and Nancy is also the special guest on the Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Silver Bullet Tour.  She’ll be playing with Roadcase Royale and performing songs off the new album as well as classic Heart favorites (see dates below).

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Roadcase Royale Headline Tour Dates:
Sept 24 @ The Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
Sept 26 @ The State Theatre – State College, PA
Oct 1 @ Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
Oct 4 @ Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TN
Oct 8 @ City Winery – Nashville, TN
Oct 15 @ Tower Theatre – Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 17 @ Joy Theater – New Orleans, LA
                     

Bob Seger Dates:
Thu 9/21/17 - Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
Sat 9/23/17 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Thu 9/28/17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Sat 9/30/17 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Thu 10/5/17 - Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Sat 10/7/17 - Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
Tue 10/10/17 - Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
Thu 10/12/17 - Saint Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
Sat 10/14/17 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Thu 10/19/17 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sat 10/21/17 - Frisco, TX @ The Star
Tue 10/24/17 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Thu 10/26/17 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Sat 10/28/17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Thu 11/2/17 — Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Sat 11/4/17 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
Tue 11/7/17 — Boise, ID @ Ford Center
Thu 11/9/17 — Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Sat 11/11/17 — Seattle, WA @ KeyArena

EYELLUSION TO PRODUCE FRANK ZAPPA HOLOGRAM SHOWS

Company working with Zappa Family Trust on multiple groundbreaking productions that will feature former bandmates in celebration of late music legend's art, life and legacy.

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 - Eyellusion, live music's premier hologram production company, today announced that it will work closely with the Zappa Family Trust to produce hologram performances of Frank Zappa, giving fans an opportunity to experience the prolific, eclectic and critically acclaimed music legend live in concert again. Production for the Zappa shows will kick off in late 2017, with performances announced later in 2018.

"I'm thrilled that Frank Zappa will finally be going back out on tour playing his most well-known music as well as some rare and unheard material," said Ahmet Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. "We can't wait to bring his creative work back to the stage with the musicians he loved to play with, such as Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Adrian Belew, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Scott Thunes, Mike Keneally, Denny Walley, Warren Cuccurullo and Napoleon Murphy Brock among others who are committed to being part of this epic endeavor. When I spoke with them, they were excited at the prospect of performing alongside Frank once again and can't wait to give fans an unforgettable experience."

He continued, "Also, how radical would it be to have Moon singing 'Valley Girl' onstage with Frank? Or to see Dweezil side by side with our father playing dueling guitar solos? That would be my greatest wish and I look forward to bringing this special celebration of Frank's legacy to a town near you. But if that wasn't enough Zappa coolness, we're also planning on staging Joe's Garage The Musical with none other than Frank Zappa himself starring as the Central Scrutinizer."

"Frank was an innovator and his art transcended so many different mediums," said Diva Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. "He left behind such an extensive body of work and we want to celebrate his music with really creative and unique live hologram productions that will introduce his music to a new generation of fans and let so many that enjoyed his music when he was alive experience it again. We have had this idea for many years and after meeting with the team at Eyellusion, we knew that they were the right partner to make it a reality."

"We work closely with the Zappa family on their various projects, and look forward to sharing new Frank Zappa performances with his longtime fans, as well as expanding his audience to give new fans the opportunity to share in that experience" adds Bruce Resnikoff, President and CEO, Universal Music Enterprises.

"We are thrilled to welcome such a monumental and important artist to our lineup of planned live music hologram productions," said Jeff Pezzuti, CEO, Eyellusion. "Frank Zappa was an incredible musician, unmatched in his output, tackled so many different genres and influenced a generation of artists that would go on to help further shape rock and pop for decades to come. We are music lovers first and can't wait to get to work on yet another show that lets fans experience such timeless and important music in a live concert setting."

In addition to working with Eyellusion on the creation of a Frank Zappa hologram, Ahmet Zappa will join the Eyellusion team leading global business development. Ahmet Zappa is an entrepreneur, a marketer, film and television screenwriter, producer and a New York Times best-selling author. His creative work spans engagements with Walt Disney Pictures, Sony Pictures, The Jim Henson Company and Microsoft, on movies, graphic novels, the introduction of new characters and brands, breakthrough ad campaigns and more.

"I couldn't be more excited to join the Eyellusion family," said Ahmet Zappa. "There is a ton of untapped potential in this industry and I look forward to working with the team to build on the company's reputation as the premier holographic experience company, creating new original content and guiding the company into new markets, including family entertainment."

"Ahmet is a perfect fit for our growing team," Pezzuti continued. "He is tirelessly creative, can work seamlessly across music and visual productions and is highly respected throughout the industry. He will play an integral role in all that we do moving forward, bringing significant value to all of our future engagements."

Eyellusion launched publicly in 2016 at the Wacken Open Air heavy metal festival in Germany with its hologram production of Ronnie James Dio performing "We Rock" with former members of the DIO Band. It was the first time a rock artist performed via hologram with a live band, sparking considerable buzz that ultimately drove interest in a full world tour. The "Dio Returns" tour will kick off in November 2017 with 80 to 100 performances throughout Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela, with more countries to be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit www.eyellusionlive.com and follow the company @eyellusionlive on Twitter and Instagram.

About Eyellusion

Eyellusion is a hologram entertainment company focused on the live music market. The company addresses full end-to-end hologram production needs, from live streaming to full digital recreation. As music industry business models evolve, Eyellusion is working with a fast-growing roster of artists to open up new revenue streams, expand touring capabilities and meet fan demand. The Eyellusion team brings decades of global music industry and live touring experience, combining deep expertise with cutting-edge production and hologram display capabilities. Eyellusion is based in Los Angeles with offices in New York. For more information, visit www.eyellusionlive.com.