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2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced
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The Moody Blues, The Cars, Dire Straits and Bon Jovi are among the artists set to be inducted into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The three acts are joined by Nina Simone, with Sister Rosetta Tharpe to be honored posthumously with an Award For Early Influence.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. Chosen by more than 900 voters of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, the six artists were chosen from a field of 19 nominees, with Bon Jovi winning the Fan ballot.

Four of the six acts will be inducted as first-time nominees - Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe - while Bon Jovi enter on their second ballot entry and The Cars on their third year in a row.

Well, we've been through it twice already, Cars drummer Greg Robinson tells Rolling Stone. I just sort of had a feeling we could squeak in this year. But it's great. It's great. It's also a good time for us. Next year is the 40th anniversary of our first album. I've been working all this year on a bunch of re-releases. We've had some expanded records and I've worked on the covers. It's a good time.

It's a Christmas miracle, says Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan. [We were] guys living the dream, getting on a bus with no guarantees in any way shape or form or anything. It was, 'Let's go out and make this happen.' And we actually did.

Bryan reveals that Bon Jovi are willing to reunite for the event with former members Richie Sambora and original bassist Alec John Such. The idea is that it's a celebration of what we were and what we are, he explains. You'll see the current lineup and then see the original It should be a fun night.

On Friday [the day before I heard the news], I couldn't have cared less, says Moody Blues singer Justin Hayward. On Saturday, I was thinking, 'Wow, that's amazing!' I'm extremely grateful to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for two things: For creating the supreme temple to something that has brought me endless joy since I was a little boy; the second thing is for, after all these years, including us.

Artists who were nominated but didn't make the final list including Judas Priest, Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, Kate Bush, the Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, MC5, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, the Meters and more. Read more here.

 

ROCK NEWS FOR 12/13/17

THE DOORS LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT 1970

THE BAND’S FINAL FILMED CONCERT IS PRESENTED BY EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT ON FEBRUARY 23, 2018

NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD+CD, BLU-RAY+CD, DIGITAL VIDEO

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New York, NY (December 14, 2017) —The historic last concert ever filmed of The Doors is now available for the first time. Eagle Rock Entertainment proudly presents The Doors: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD and Digital Video on February 23, 2018.

The last known unseen performance of The Doors in existence, The Doors: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 has been completely recut and remixed, from the original film footage. Fully approved by The Doors, this previously unreleased concert was meticulously restored via the latest 21st century technology, color correcting and visually upgrading the original footage. The entire concert, which is now presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, was mixed from the original multi-track audio by longtime Doors engineer / mixer / co-producer Bruce Botnick. Fans may have caught a glimpse of this performance in the 1997 Isle of Wight film Message To Love, however this DVD presents The Doors’ set with the full-length songs in maximum visual and sound quality.

The scene is August 1970… Frontman Jim Morrison’s ongoing obscenity trial, from an incident a year prior in Miami, weighs heavily on the band. “The Last Great Festival” is taking place in England, which boasted a venerable who’s who of 1970’s top acts: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and more…. The band touches down on the Isle of Wight. The show must go on.

The Doors: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 captures and showcases the essence of this poignant performance, as well as offering a snapshot of the era, with footage of fans (over 600,000 in attendance) tearing down barriers and crashing the gates to gain access to the event.

The Doors hit the stage at 2:00AM on August 30, 1970, delivering a set that further proved the musical power that marked them as a beacon of the Summer of Love. In this 84-minute DVD, Morrison, organist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore traverse such staples as “Roadhouse Blues”, “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”, and “Light My Fire”. Illuminated by a mere red spotlight (the band weren’t informed that they needed to bring their own lighting equipment) gave the show an eerie crimson hue, almost echoing the figurative weight of the trial.

“Our set was subdued but very intense”, Manzarek later stated. “We played with a controlled fury and Jim was in fine vocal form. He sang for all he was worth, but moved nary a muscle. Dionysus had been shackled.”

The DVD is completed with bonus featurette “This Is The End” – 17 minutes of interviews conducted by the film’s original director, Academy Award-winning Murray Lerner with Krieger, Densmore, and original Doors manager Bill Siddons. Additional archival interview footage with Manzarek from 2002 is also included in the featurette.

The Doors made an enormous impact on the music world in their few years of existence before Jim Morrison’s passing in 1971. The Doors: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970, which joins Eagle Rock Entertainment’s rich canon of The Doors’ films (Classic Albums: The Doors; When You’re Strange; Live At The Bowl ’68 ; Feast Of Friends ; R-Evolution ; Live In Europe 1968 ; Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story Of L.A. Woman , No One Here Gets Out Alive – The Doors’ Tribute To Jim Morrison ; and Soundstage Performances ), captures a pivotal moment in their history.

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Jackson Browne Tops Off The Tank For 40th Anniversary Of Running On Empty

Dallas, TX - Dec 14, 2017.  North American syndicated Rock radio show IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates Jackson Browne’s best-selling album Running On Empty on it’s 40th anniversary.

Coming off his solo breakthrough album The Pretender, the Southern California singer, songwriter suddenly found himself a single parent with a 3 year old son and a widower following the suicide of his wife. Conventional wisdom would assume that any one of these challenges alone could require an entertainer to put his or her career on hold indefinitely, yet Jackson Browne did exactly the opposite. He went on tour to work through his personal struggle and his creative pause, where the road offered a routine, structure and distance from the pain.

Browne’s idea to write and record on the road would garner two Top 20 singles, “The Load Out/Stay” and the # 11 charting title track “Running On Empty”.  Jackson Browne remembers the concept for the album Running On Empty to program producer and host Redbeard.

“It wasn’t called Running On Empty…But it was going to be a live album, with live versions of songs that had already been recorded, and new songs, and jams, and some of the hilarious things people say.”  -  Jackson Browne
JACKSON BROWNE Running On Empty @ 40 / IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard program is available now to STREAM at: "http://www.inthestudio.net/online-on-demand/jackson-browne-running-empty-40th-anniversary/"

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LEVIN BROTHERS new (live) album  SPECIAL DELIVERY is available now via MoonJune's mail-order or on the upcoming

Levin Brothers's shows in January 2018

DIRECT LINK:

www.tonylevin-papabear.bandcamp.com/album/special-delivery

The Levin Brothers' 2014 self-titled debut release was a long overdue first album by two brothers who've been recording individually for ... well, a lot of years! It was a return home to the music they first shared as kids, the 'cool jazz' of the 1950's. After decades of making dozens of solo albums and hundreds as sidemen for other artists, 'Levin Brothers' was the first duo project they started together from the scratch. It was a labor of love to compose melody-based pieces in that '50s style, and perform them with the chemistry of musicians who play like ...like brothers! For the album and the live band, Pete and Tony recruited two friends, saxophonist Erik Lawrence and drummer Jeff "Siege" Siegel. In the studio and live they wear suits and ties, part of immersing themselves in the genre.

In preparation for the original release, the Levins contacted a prominent Jazz manager to help them navigate today's market. Tony recalls, "When the manager saw the album cover, he said, 'this screams jazz!', we looked at each other and thought, 'great!', but the manager said, 'no, no, that's terrible! that's the worst thing you can do! Nowadays you have NOT to look like a jazz group.' We were shocked! That's a bizarre concept for the music industry, but it's funny to us. We're thinking, "if it screams jazz, no problem!' We're proud of that, still are!

The Levin Brothers band first hit the road in 2015. Their second tour, in 2017, kicked off with three weeks in South America, then back home to the USA: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, upstate New York, finishing up in New York City. When they returned from South America, the band was "hot". So they arranged to have three of their live gigs recorded. This album is the result, eleven of their favorite pieces recorded at three of their shows. Special thanks go to engineer Robert Frazza, and to Leonardo Pavkovic of MoonJune Music who makes these live gigs possible.

Recorded live by Robert Frazza during the North-American leg of Levin Brothers Tour 2017: March 30, Natick, MA (Natick Center For The Arts); March 31, Schenectady NY (The Van Dyck Lounge); April 1, Rochester, NY (Lovin' Cup).

Catch The Levin Brothers band live in 2018:

Tuesday January 2 - Kennett Square, PA (Kennett Flash)
Wednesday January 3 - Vienna, VA (Jammin' Java)
Thusday January 4 - Annapolis, MD (Ramshead)
Friday January 5 - New Hope, PA (Havana)
Saturday January 6 - Montclair, NJ (Trumpets)**
Sunday January 7 - Woodstock, NY (The Colony)

Thursday January 18 - Tokyo, Japan (Blues Alley)
Friday January 19 - Yokohama, Japan (Motion Blue)
Saturday January 20 - Nagoya, Japan (Star Eyes)
Monday January 22 - Osaka, Japan (Banana Hall)

** NEW DATE. There is no New York City gig anymore at The iridium.

If You missed PETE LEVIN's recent solo album Möbius featuring LENNY WHITE, TONY LEVIN, ALEX FOSTER, JEFF CIAMPA, CHRIS PASIN, NANNY ASSIS and a few special guests, You better check it again!

The Levin Brothers' debut album is available on Amazon.com (CD/LP).

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RHONDA’S KISS --HELPING CANCER PATIENTS IN NEED--

JANE’S ADDICTION ICONIC ROCK GROUP PERFORMED HEADLINING SET WITH OPENING PERFORMANCE FROM THE HELLCAT SAINTS

WORLD-RENOWNED NEUROSURGEON DR. KEITH L. BLACK M.D. RECEIVED “THE RHONDA’S KISS HEALING AND HOPE AWARD”

GREG BEHRENDT HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL L.A. BENEFIT CONCERT AND EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR CEDARS-SINAI SAMUEL OSCHIN COMPREHENSIVE CANCER INSTITUTE

Jane’s Addiction perform their seminal hit “Jane Says” on Friday, December 8 at the 2017 Rhonda’s Kiss Benefit concert.

RHONDA’S KISS, an organization that helps cancer patients in need, put on its annual all-star benefit concert at the Palladium in Los Angeles on Friday, December 8. The third annual event featured a powerful headlining performance from the iconic rock group Jane’s Addiction, and renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Keith Black, Chairman and Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles was presented with the organizations “Healing & Hope Award.” The award honors an individual or group of local heroes who have a positive impact on cancer patients, survivors and those in need. The L.A. collective The Hellcat Saints performed a special opening set and featured Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Josh Freese (DEVO, NIN), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver), Franky Perez (Apocalyptica) and Scott Shriner (Weezer). New York Times best-selling author and comedian Greg Behrendt (Sex and the City, He’s Just Not That Into You) hosted and performed a set at the concert event. Download photos from RHONDA’S KISS: (HERE).

“Our third-annual Rhonda’s Kiss event in Los Angeles was our biggest hit thus far,” said Kyle Stefanski, CEO of RHONDA’s KISS. “We continue to be amazed and inspired by the ongoing support in our efforts to give back to the community.”

Jane’s Addiction, who wrote the rule book for alternative music and culture with their rarified combination of genre-defying classic songs and a cinematic live experience, delivered a frighteningly powerful live set full of hits including “Stop” (Ritual de lo habitual), “Just Because” (Strays), “Ain’t No Right” (Ritual de lo habitual), “Ted, Just Admit It” (Nothing’s Shocking),“Been Caught Stealing” (Ritual de lo habitual), “Mountain Song” (Nothing’s Shocking), “Three Days” (Ritual de lo habitual) ending with a stunning “Jane Says” (Nothing’s Shocking) which effectively left the adoring Los Angeles crowd thunderstruck. The pioneering group--Perry Farrell (vocals), Dave Navarro (guitars), Stephen Perkins (drums) and Chris Chaney (bass)--proved their alchemy of soaring and vibrant vocals, simultaneously psychedelic and epic riffs and a hypnotic and transfixing tribal stomp remains one of the most unmistakable and original sounds in rock.

Proceeds from the concert event will benefit the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and further the mission of Rhonda’s Kiss, supporting programs to assist cancer patients in need, and helping those who receive a cancer diagnosis make ends meet during treatment. Rhonda’s Kiss is a 501 (c) (3). To date, the charity has donated nearly $1 million to hospitals to support cancer programs and patients.

In 2014, Rhonda Stefanski was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. While she lost her battle, one of the greatest gifts she left was to create Rhonda’s Kiss, an event to raise money to help those in the inner city who receive a cancer diagnosis, but may be unable to make ends meet for treatment and support. Through the Rhonda’s Kiss Los Angeles event and with proceeds benefiting Cedars-SinaiRhonda’s Kiss events provide financial support to decrease late-stage cancer diagnosis in urban communities, and primarily for patients in financial need, by using a three-pronged approach: outreach (education, awareness and screening), navigation (medical and home) and patient services (treatment and financial assistance, and emotional support).

Funds are distributed by local hospitals in areas where money is raised. For more information or to donate directly, contact: www.rhondaskiss.org.

The Smithereens Lead Singer Pat DiNizio Dead at 62
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Pat DiNizio- songwriter, guitarist, and lead singer of The Smithereens- died on Tuesday (December 12) at the age of 62. The cause of death has not been revealed, but Rolling Stone notes that the singer recently faced a string of health concerns and injuries.

The Smithereens are known for writing catchy tunes with a touch of melancholy and recognized for hits like A Girl Like You and Blood And Roses.

While The Smithereens first came on the scene in the '80s, they remained active, putting out a new album in 2011. Plus, according to the post to the band's Facebook page, the band was gearing up for another tour at the top of 2018. Read the full statement from the group announcing DiNizio's passing here.

Metallica Dominate Year-End US Rock Charts
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Metallica's "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" has dominated the year-end rock charts in the US. According to Billboard, the veteran metal band's tenth release landed at No. 1 on their Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums rankings.

Released late last year, "Hardwired…" sold 11 million units in the US in 2017, making it the only rock album to top 800,000 units. The set debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 291,000 equivalent album units to deliver the group their sixth US chart-topper.

Metallica also came in at No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Artists chart for 2017 and at No. 4 on the year-end Top Rock Artists recap. "Hardwired…" recently delivered the band a pair of nominations for honors at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in January. Read more here.

Dream Theater Going Inside Out For Next Album
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Dream Theater have announced that they have inked a world wide deal with Inside Out Music (Sony Music Entertainment) for the release of their forthcoming album.

They have yet to reveal many details about the upcoming 14th studio album but the band had this to say about their new label deal, "We are all really excited about signing a brand-new record deal with InsideOut/Sony! We've known Thomas Waber for a very long time and it's great to finally get a chance to work together. Thomas' enthusiasm, energy, music industry expertise and positive outlook towards the future of DT's recording career has been incredible to witness, and we have no doubt that being part of the InsideOut/Sony family will be an amazing creative and professional experience for all of us!

InsideOutMusic Label Head / A&R Thomas Waber added This is what the term 'coming full circle' was invented for. We've followed the band closely ever since they started touring in Europe in 1993, and there has been a lot of history and friendship between DT and us for close to 25 years. Stepping up to the plate to join with them for this next important chapter in their career feels like the natural and right thing to do. I can't wait to get started!"

 

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ROCKLAHOMA LINE UP ANNOUNCED

Rocklahoma 2018: A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, Poison, Cheap Trick, Ghost, The Cult, Halestorm, Vince Neil, Stone Temple Pilots & Many More

America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27, 2018 At “Catch The Fever” Festival Grounds In Pryor, Oklahoma 

Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light, is set for Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2018 at "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. The 12th year of America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party will feature performances from a slew of top rock artists, including: A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, Poison, Cheap Trick, Ghost, The Cult, Halestorm, Vince Neil, Stone Temple Pilots, I Prevail, Clutch, The Used, Underoath, Machine Gun Kelly, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer and many more. 

The three-day camping festival features the best new rock artists and classic bands performing on four stages, to keep the music going all night long. With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages, Rocklahoma lives up to its motto of “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock.” In 2017, Rocklahoma had its biggest year ever, with over 75,000 in attendance.  

The Rocklahoma 2018 band lineup is as follows (subject to change): A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, Poison, Cheap Trick, Ghost, The Cult, Vince Neil, Halestorm, Stone Temple Pilots, Clutch, The Used, I Prevail, Underoath, Machine Gun Kelly, Tom Keifer, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Trivium, Yelawolf, Candlebox, Diamond Head, Andrew W.K., Red Sun Rising, Lynch Mob, Shaman’s Harvest, 10 Years, Adelitas Way, Butcher Babies, Powerman 5000, Soil, New Years Day, Like A Storm, Wayland, Well Hung Heart, Aska, Dead Girls Academy, War of Thrones, Black Tora, Big Story, Davey Suicide, Firstryke, Maxx Explosion, Chaotic Resemblance, Love N Revenge, Dead Metal Society, Legs Electric, T.R.O.Y., Wild Planes, LA Velvet feat. LVictoria, Heaven Sent, The Midnight Devils, Coda Cutlass, Cimino, Mind of Fury, Agnozia, Down For Five, White Noise Owl, Silent Theory, Maplerun, Ryder, Kevlar, Dark Avenue, The Maension, Dead Horse Trauma, Renegades, OddFellas, Bringer, and Stanley's Revenge.  Rocklahoma will be hosted by Eddie Trunk.

“Hey Rocklahoma! It’s Sully from Godsmack! We’re stoked to announce the band’s return to Rocklahoma this May! This will be our first time back since 2015 and we can’t wait to rock your faces off! See ya there, Okies!” – Sully Erna

“I am beyond excited to return to Rocklahoma on Memorial Day Weekend.  It is one of my favorite music festivals that I have headlined both as a solo artist with the Bret Michaels Band and with Poison. It is going to be a party sharing the stage with such great bands and it is an honor to have three generations of fans rocking along with us; That is a great night of music." – Bret Michaels

“Every year we try to raise the bar on the Rocklahoma experience for the fans,” commented Executive Producer, Joe Litvag.  “Our 2018 lineup does just that, as we welcome back Bret Michaels with the original lineup of the legendary rock band Poison, making their first appearance here since 2011, along with heavyweights Godsmack, Cheap Trick and The Cult.  We’re also thrilled to welcome several Rocklahoma first-timers like A Perfect Circle, Ghost, I Prevail, Yelawolf and The Used to round out an incredibly diverse weekend of rock.  There’s literally something for every type of rock fan at this festival.” 

Rocklahoma General Admission and VIP tickets (including layaway options), as well as Premier Packages, Hotel Packages and Camping options are on sale now at http://rocklahoma.com/tickets.html. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save.  

New for Rocklahoma 2018: Each ticket price level has a limited number of tickets available, so attendees can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once a price allotment sells out. The layaway purchase option also allows fans to split the ticket cost into four monthly payments.  Limited quantities of Groupie and Roadie VIP Packages and the Rockstar Hotel Package are also still available. Please visit http://rocklahoma.com/tickets.html for details. General Admission and VIP camping is also available at checkout, by calling (866) 310-2288, or emailing info@rocklahoma.com.  

Current ticket pricing levels are as follows while supplies last:
Weekend General Admission: $129.00 plus fees
Monster Energy Weekend General Admission 4-Pack: $436.00 plus fees
Weekend VIP Reserved Tickets (comes with food & drink): $429.00 plus fees
Premier Packages start at $695 plus fees
Note: All Weekend tickets are for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Specially priced tickets for Rocklahoma are available for active military through partner GovX (www.govx.com) while supplies last.

For fans who attended the festival in 2017, those Rocklahoma purchasers may continue to use their credit redemption link until it expires.  Weekend Reserved VIP purchasers will have until 5:00 PM CST on Thursday, December 14 to use their credit and Weekend GA purchasers will have until Friday, December 22 at 11:59 PM CST to use their credit.  For more info, please email info@rocklahoma.com.

The campgrounds are a unique part of the Rocklahoma experience, with an endless party running around the clock. The Rocklahoma campgrounds will be open from Sunday, May 20 at Noon CDT through Tuesday, May 29 at Noon CDT. Festival doors open at 2:00 PM daily on May 25, 26 and 27. Note: Camping is only available with weekend ticket purchases. 

Rocklahoma is produced by AEG Presents and is part of the World's Loudest Month concert series, which features the biggest names in rock music performing in six U.S. events in distinct atmospheres during five consecutive weekends in April and May of 2018. 

Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more. 

For more information on Rocklahoma:
Website: www.Rocklahoma.com
Facebook: @Rocklahoma
Twitter: @Rocklahoma
Instagram: @Rocklahoma
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ALICE COOPER PREMIERES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE "THE SOUND OF A," ANNOUNCES PHYSICAL RELEASE FOR FEBRUARY 23, 2018, AND RECEIVES SSE SCOTTISH MUSIC AWARD.

Today sees the official video premiere for Alice Cooper's "The Sound of A."

The song has a special meaning; it is, in fact, the first song that Alice Cooper wrote entirely on his own back in 1967.

The song was forgotten until Dennis Dunaway, the bass player of the original Alice Cooper Band, rediscovered it and played it to Alice, suggesting he consider it for his new album.

What a discovery — with its psychedelic sound, swirling guitars, and the mysterious Hammond organ, it is one of the most hypnotic songs on Paranormal.

Watch the video here.
 
"The Sound of A" is going to be released on February 23, 2018, only a few days after Alice Cooper's birthday. In addition to the title track, the single —available as limited edition CD single, 10" white vinyl— includes four previously unreleased live songs recorded in Columbus, Ohio, on May 6.
 
Earlier this December, Alice was awarded with the Best International Artist prize at the 19th Annual SSE Scottish Music Awards. The event is held in Glasgow every year and raises funds for the Nordoff Robbins Scotland music charity — only this year, over £148,000 were collected for the music therapy activities.
 
In July 2017, Cooper released Paranormal, his first studio album in six years. Produced by Bob Ezrin, it was immediately saluted as a classic album, thanks to collaborations with iconic guests such as ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, U2's Larry Mullen, Jr., and Deep Purple's Roger Glover.

The album charted at #4 in the German and Australian official album charts, #6 in the UK and in Sweden and overall, it reached the highest chart positions for Cooper in several decades.

Cooper just finished a hugely successful world-wide tour, with over 100 shows played in all five continents. Alice even found the pleasure to reunite with the original Alice Cooper band: Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, and Michael Bruce during various shows in USA and UK. The Alice Cooper band split in 1974, after releasing some of the most iconic rock albums of all time. After the band's split, Alice went on to continued success as a solo artist.

TRACK LISTING (CD):
1. The Sound of A
2. The Black Widow    (Live)*
3. Public Animal #9     (Live)*
4. Is It My Body           (Live)*
5. Cold Ethyl                (Live)*
 
"The Sound of A" is taken from the studio album Paranormal.
All other songs* are previously unreleased and recorded live in Columbus, OH, May 6, 2016.
 
TRACK LIST 10" VINYL:
SIDE A:
1. The Sound of A
2. The Black Widow    (Live)
SIDE B
1. Public Animal #9     (Live)
2. Is It My Body           (Live)
3. Cold Ethyl                (Live)
 
CRITICS ON PARANORMAL:
"Doing what he does best ****" — Kerrang!
"A tantalising beast" — Sunday Express
"With a real spring in his step Cooper summons the spirit of his Seventies heyday and killer albums" – The Metro
"Giving audiences what they want whilst still living mischievously in the present ****"    – Planet Rock
"The takeaway is that Alice Cooper can still kick out the jams" – Classic Rock
"Paranormal has one great rock song after another" – The Times


Journey's Neal Schon To Be Joined By Former Bandmates at Fire Benefit
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Journey founder and guitarist Neal Schon will perform a benefit concert for those affected by the wildfires sweeping across California which will including him being joined on stage by some former bandmates.

"I'm proud to announce that I'm going to be doing a Benefit for Fire victims in CA," says Schon. "Back to the roots where it all started for myself in SF the beautiful city by the Bay."

Dubbed "Neal Schon's Journey Through Time", the February 9 event at The Independent in San Francisco, CA will see the rocker joined by former Journey members Gregg Rolie on keyboards and drummer Deen Castronovo, as well as bassist Marco Mendoza and keyboardist John Varn.

Schon recently released his first-ever holiday EP. The four-song set includes "Ave Maria," "Can't Help Falling In Love" and instrumental renditions of Journey hits "Open Arms" and "Faithfully." Read more here.

U2 Make History And Earn Biggest Rock Album Of 2017
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The guys of U2 are certainly no strangers to successful albums, and their just-released studio set, Songs of Experience, is right up there. Bono and the crew have officially scored their eighth No. 1 Billboard 200 album with Songs of Experience, which pushed 186,000 equivalent album sales during its first week out, 180,000 of which were from traditional album sales.

Here's another big honor: Both sales totals mark the highest single-week sales numbers for an album by any rock artist in 2017. A portion of the sales numbers for Songs of Experience were included in a promotion that bundled the record with tickets for U2's 2018 Experience + Innocence Tour.

Songs of Experience is the companion set to 2014's Songs of Innocence, which debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 upon its release. The No. 1 showing for U2's Songs of Experience makes U2 the first band to ever achieve No. 1 records in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. They join three artists who have also achieved that tally: Bruce Springsteen, Janet Jackson and Barbra Streisand. here.

David Bowie 'The Last Five Years' Documentary Trailer Released
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David Bowie's final acts of creativity are chronicled in a new documentary, The Last Five Years, which is scheduled to premiere on HBO on January 8th, which would have been the rock legend's 71st birthday.

A new teaser trailer for the doc captures the legendary rock icon at various stages throughout his career, with Bowie himself providing voice-overs for much of the clip. The doc focuses on the artist's final pair of studio albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, as well as the stage production, Lazarus.

"Always go a little further into the water than you feel you're capable of being in and when you don't feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you're just about in the right place to do something exciting," Bowie can be heard saying at one point during the trailer.

The Last Five Years Check out the teaser below. Read more here.

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Announce Solo Album Release Show
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Aerosmith's lead guitarist Joe Perry will launch his new solo album, "Sweetzerland Manifesto", with a performance at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on January 16.

Billed as "Joe Perry And Friends", the event lands three days before the January 19 release of the record and will see the rocker perform a mix of new music, Aerosmith tracks and covers.

"Sweetzerland Manifesto" sees Perry collaborating with guest vocalists Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, David Johansen and Terry Reid, and others including Johnny Depp, Zak Starkey, and his own sons Tony and Roman Perry.

Peery's first full studio record since 2009's "Have Guitar, Will Travel" was recorded at Studio 1480 in Los Angeles and produced by the guitarist and Bruce Witkin, with Depp serving as executive producer and additional help from longtime Aerosmith associate Jack Douglas, who co-wrote and co-produced a number of tracks.

"Sweetzerland Manifesto" is being previewed with the lead track "Aye, Aye, Aye", featuring Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander. "Being friends and fans of each other for 40 years, Robin and I had always talked about writing together," Perry tells Rolling Stone. "I was in L.A. working on my newest solo record and Robin was in town with Cheap Trick and called me with an idea for a song. He sang the chorus over the phone which was all he had at the time. I dug it and said, 'Hell yeah, come on up.'

"This song turned out to be one of two tracks on the album I hadn't written the music for before. Robin came up to Sweetzerland and six hours later 'Aye, Aye, Aye' was born. The song moved along as fast as a ride on a Japanese bullet train. In fact, we were able to track it live that night." Listen to the song here.

Ozzy Osbourne Reveals The Song Changed His Life
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Ozzy Osbourne is not only a legend as a solo artist but also as the frontman for the godfathers of heavy metal Black Sabbath but it was another legendary group with quite a different sound that inspired him to a career in music.

Osbourne took part in a campaign from the End The Silence campaign by charity Hope And Homes For Children where they asked music stars to reflect on songs that made an impact on them in their youth.

Ozzy selected the Beatles classic "She Loves You" and explained (via Classic Rock), "That song changed my life. She Loves You had such an impact on me. I remember exactly where I was. I was walking down Witton Road in Aston, I had a blue transistor radio and when that song came on I knew from then on what I wanted to do with my life.

"This was so brand new and it gave me a great feeling. Then I became an avid Beatles fan - they were great. I owe my career to them because they gave me the desire to want to be in the music game."

Marty Friedman Revisits His Journey With 'Miracle' Video
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Megadeth Rust in Peace era guitarist Marty Friedman has released a brand new music video for his song "Miracle," which is the latest single from his "Wall Of Sound" album.

Friedman released the new studio effort this past summer and this new music video uses candid family home videos and photos from the Friedman family to the guitarist journey from average kid to an acclaimed musician.

He had the following to say, "Once you've grown up in this complicated world, it's easy to forget the simpler times that were so important in making you who you are now, as well as the people in your family who put up with all of the loud music, smoke and noise coming from your bedroom, and all the other BS that you put them through.

"With this video, rather than looking at how much of a goofy kid I was, I hope that it inspires you to think about your own family or whoever was closest to you when you were just starting out in the world." Watch the video here.

Van Halen Star Previews Debut Solo Album
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Eddie Van Halen's song Wolfgang is streaming a brief audio preview of a track from his forthcoming debut solo album. The Van Halen bassist is reportedly playing everything on his debut - from guitars, drums and bass to keyboards and vocals.

"A sneak peek to start your week," wrote the multi-instrumentalist on his social media sites alongside the audio snippet from the project, which he's been working on over the past couple of years.

The new audio preview follows one Wolfgang shared in August, where he updated fans on the record, saying: "Progress. Shouldn't be too much longer until everything I've been working on is done."

"Wait til you hear his record," his father, Eddie, told Denise Quan during a 2015 interview at The Smithsonian's National Museum Of American History in Washington, DC. "This is not 'pop' (Dad) talking, this is real talk; it blew my mind."

No official timetable for the set's release has been revealed to date. Read more and check out the preview here.

JOE PERRY TO PERFORM SPECIAL "JOE PERRY AND FRIENDS" JANUARY 16 RECORD RELEASE SHOW AT THE ROXY THEATRE TO CELEBRATE FORTHCOMING 'SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO' SOLO ALBUM OUT JANUARY 19

JOE PERRY--legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith--will perform a special record release show Tuesday, January 16 at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Taking place three days before the January 19 release of his forthcoming solo album SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO, this "Joe Perry and Friends" gig will encompass material from the new album, Aerosmith songs and PERRY hand-picked covers. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, December 15 at 10: 00 AM (PT) at www.ticketfly.com.

The album's first single is "Aye, Aye, Aye," a Joe Perry/Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) collaboration with Zander on vocals, can be streamed via Spotify here.  Last week, the track premiered at RollingStone.com (12/7)which said the gritty rocker "roars with plenty of classic-rock grit as Perry's guitar rages beneath Zander's howling vocals. The track packs in plenty of surprises too, like the sudden arrival of a swinging piano, as well as Perry's scorched-earth guitar solo."

Set for release on his own Roman Records imprint (distributed worldwide by AMPED Distribution), SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO--which is available for pre-order via iTunes and Amazon--marks JOE's sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks. They were all written or co-written by JOE (many with the album's guest vocalists), except for a cover of "Eve Of Destruction" with JOE on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums. The album features guest appearances from a long list of JOE's friends, colleagues and rock and roll icons.  Highlights include "Aye, Aye, Aye," which JOE co-wrote with the track's vocalist Robin Zander,and three collaborations with David Johansen, who sings "I Wanna Roll," "Haberdasher Blues," and "I'm Going Crazy," plus as many co-writes with Terry Reid whose lead vocals light up "I'll Do Happiness," (with Zak Starkey on drums), "Sick & Tired" and "Won't Let Me Go."

The SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO track listing is as follows:
Rumble In The Jungle (instrumental)
I'll Do Happiness (featuring Terry Reid)
Aye, Aye, Aye (featuring Robin Zander)
I Wanna Roll (featuring David Johansen)
Sick & Tired (featuring Terry Reid)
Haberdasher Blues (featuring David Johansen)
Spanish Sushi (instrumental)
Eve Of Destruction (featuring Joe Perry)
I'm Going Crazy (featuring David Johansen)
Won't Let Me Go (featuring Terry Reid)

About JOE PERRY:
Throughout his career, the electrifying lead guitarist of Aerosmith--America's Greatest Rock & Roll Band--JOE PERRY has achieved permanent iconic stature in the pantheon of rock.  He has helped to drive his band, over the course of four decades, to sales of more than 150 million albums, critical acclaim, four Grammy Awards (one of which includes the guitar-based instrumental "Boogie Man") and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. JOE PERRY's work with Aerosmith has resulted in an unending array of accolades and honors. Beyond their Grammy Awards and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, other key milestones over the nearly 50 year history include:  12 MTV Video Awards; two People's Choice Awards; six Billboard Music Awards; eight American Music Awards; 23 Boston Music Awards; and an Academy Award nomination for Best Song, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (from the soundtrack to Armageddon).


Blind Macon Guitar Legend Joey Stuckey Live FaceBook Concert Friday, December 29 

Macon, GA - End the year with a rockin' concert from the Joey Stuckey Trio. The best part? You don't even have to get out of your pajamas! Blind Macon guitar legend Joey Stuckey and his band will be doing a 45 minute concert right here on Facebook for their friends and fans to enjoy on Friday 12/29 at 8pm. We'll be streaming live from Senate Records & Shadow Sound Studio in Historic Downtown Macon-Bibb!

The concert will feature popular songs from Joey's catalog of originals.

LIVE on Facebook with the Joey Stuckey Trio
Public · Hosted by Joey Stuckey
Friday, December 29 at 8 PM - 9 PM
https://www.facebook.com/event s/731072247098967/

Chances are that if you are a true music enthusiast, especially of guitar-driven Southern rock and blues, you have heard of Macon, Georgia’s official music ambassador Joey Stuckey. The blind producer and recording artist launched a new music festival in his hometown on September 29, 2017. The festival, “Joey Stuckey’s Alive Day,” hosted an array of talented musicians from across the state of Georgia. This free, family-friendly event was held in celebration of the anniversary of Stuckey's surviving brain tumor surgery as a child. While the brain tumor left Stuckey blind and with other health challenges, his parents started celebrating the anniversary of the successful removal of the brain tumor as a way to turn what could have been a traumatic experience for a child into a triumphant experience!

Stuckey sees his “Alive Day” as a chance to connect with family, friends and fans and to revel in the joy of living and music. It is a day dedicated to positivity and to uplifting the community. The inaugural concert featured 8 artists, a variety of activities for families, food trucks, perfect weather and over 500 music-lovers in attendance! Mayor Robert Reichert honored Stuckey by issuing a proclamation naming September 29th “Joey Stuckey’s Alive Day in Macon/Bibb.”

Says Stuckey, “The outpouring of love and support was humbling. It was great to have so many people gathering to enjoy the beautiful weather and outstanding music. I am excited about the continued growth of the festival and am already looking forward to next year.”

To learn more about Joey Stuckey's Alive Day check out the Mayor's proclamation and the Alive Day PSA below:

Mayor's Proclamation https://youtu.be/nJrnnbsrQa0 ;
Alive Day PSA https://youtu.be/e71pIKr8saI

For more information: www.joeystuckey.com


Band Lineup Announced For Fourth Annual Northern Invasion
Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13, 2018 in Somerset, WI

Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle, Alice In Chains, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots, The Used, I Prevail & Parkway Drive To Perform

All Tickets & Packages On Sale Now

Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle and Alice In Chains lead the incredible lineup for the fourth annual Northern Invasion, Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wisconsin, just outside the Twin Cities.

Northern Invasion 2018 will be bigger and better than ever with over 12 hours of music per day from the biggest and best rock bands on three stages, as well as a top tier camping experience. The Northern Invasion Good Eats area includes food offerings from top regional and national restaurants and vendors.

The music lineup for Northern Invasion 2018 is as follows (subject to change): Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle, Alice In Chains, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots, The Used, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, I Prevail, Parkway Drive, Black Stone Cherry, Red Sun Rising, Andrew W.K., Atreyu, Anti-Flag, 10 Years, We Came As Romans, The Bronx, Dance Gavin Dance, Butcher Babies, Hawthorne Heights, New Years Day, Senses Fail, Stick To Your Guns, Miss May I, Like A Storm, The Fever 333, I See Stars, Wilson, Mutoid Man, Cane Hill, Black Foxxes, Counterfeit., The Blue Stones, Joyous Wolf, Spirit Animal, Stitched Up Heart, and Big Story.

Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle said, “Looking forward to playing material from the new A Perfect Circle release at Northern Invasion. Bringing new songs to life in a live setting is always exciting.”

Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots commented, “Stone Temple Pilots are beyond thrilled to be playing Northern Invasion 2018. We are back! It’s going to be a killer weekend of great music--great fun.”

“We spent a lot of time listening to our loyal Invasion fan base over these last several months to create a lineup that celebrates some of the rock legends along with delivering on our reputation for inviting the hottest up-and-comers in the genre,” said Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Northern Invasion. “Having heroes like Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, and Stone Temple Pilots matched with new sensations like Parkway Drive, Black Veil Brides, and Red Sun Rising, I think the fans will respond well. It’s going to be an unforgettable weekend!”

Northern Invasion General Admission and VIP tickets (including layaway options), as well as Hotel Packages and All-Inclusive Camping options, and Tent or RV Camping add-ons are on sale now at http://northerninvasion.com/ tickets.html. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save. New for Northern Invasion 2018: Each ticket price level has a limited number of tickets available, so attendees can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once a price allotment sells out. The layaway purchase option also allows fans to split the ticket cost into four monthly payments.

Current ticket pricing levels are as follows while supplies last:
Weekend VIP: $199.50 plus fees
Weekend General Admission: $99.50 plus fees
Monster Energy Weekend General Admission 4-Pack: $319.00 plus fees

Specially priced tickets for Northern Invasion will be available for active military through partner GovX (www.govx.com) while supplies last.

The Northern Invasion campgrounds will be open from Friday, May 11 through Monday, May 14. Festival doors open at 11:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday.

Northern Invasion is produced by AEG Presents and Danny Wimmer Presents and is part of the World's Loudest Month concert series, which features the biggest names in rock music performing in six U.S. events in distinct atmospheres during five consecutive weekends in April and May of 2018.

Northern Invasion is brought to you in part by Monster Energy.

Somerset Amphitheater has been a favorite Midwest music venue since the late '80s. Located on the Apple River and less than 40 minutes from the Twin Cities, for years it has served as a summer hub for music and camping for those from Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond.

For more information on Northern Invasion, visit:
Website: www.NorthernInvasion.com
Facebook: @NorthernInvasionFest
Twitter: @northinvasion
Instagram: @northerninvasion

Alice In Chains Announce North American Spring Tour
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Alice In Chains have announced dates for a spring 2018 tour of North America. Set to open in Boston, MA on April 28, the 3-week, 12-show run mixes headline events with festival appearances, including Charlotte's Carolina Rebellion, Wisconsin's Northern Invasion and Ohio's Rock On The Range.

Earlier this year, Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell revealed plans for the Seattle band's follow-up to 2013's "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here."

"We are just gearing up to make a record," Cantrell told Good Celebrity during an appearance in May at the George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic in Toluca Lake, CA. "We'll be moving up to Seattle in about a month and record the record over the summer out there in the same studio we recorded our third record in. So it'll be kind of fun: go home, make a Seattle record. Hometown boys in a hometown studio."

Asked what fans can expect from a new album, Cantrell adds, "Hey, this is what we do. At this age, I can't really do much else. So we do us, and we're lucky enough to be able to have the opportunity to still be doing it and making good music and having a good time." See the tour dates here.

U2's New Album Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200
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U2 have debuted atop the US album charts with "Songs Of Experience." According to Billboard, the band's fourteenth release debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 186,000 equivalent album units, of which 180,000 were in traditional album sales.

The feat marks the Irish group's eighth chart-topper on Billboard and first since 2009's "No Line On The Horizon."

"Songs Of Experience" also nets the biggest week for a rock album in 2017, both in terms of overall units as well as album sales.

The companion to 2014's "Songs Of Innocence" was completed earlier this year with a series of producers - including Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas - following recording sessions in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles.

The two projects draw inspiration from a collection of poems, "Songs Of Innocence And Experience", by the 18th century English mystic and poet William Blake. here.

Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Teaming Up To Tour As A Duo
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Bob Weir and Phil Lesh have been sharing the stage together for over 40 years and now the two members of the Grateful Dead will embark on a tour as a duo.

On Monday (Dec. 11), the two founding members of the Grateful Dead revealed they will perform back to back sets together of acoustic and electric versions of Dead classics. The brief tour will launch March 2 in New York and run through March 11 in Chicago.

"I guess it was last summer, Phil and I played a little duo show'.we had enough fun so we figured hey let's do this, let's make a little go of this," Weir said in a press release.

"Playing with Bob always brings me great joy," added Lesh. "The intuitive playing that we have developed over five decades of creating music together always leads to new realms of musical experience, something that I find especially exciting, and I think that fans of our music will enjoy this new format as much as I do." See the dates and ticket details here.

David Coverdale Reveals Whitesnake's New album Details
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Whitesnake's next album is likely to be called Flesh & Blood. A press release detailing new tour dates for David Coverdale's veteran band says that Whitesnake "are currently in the studio recording their tentatively titled new studio album Flesh & Blood."

It will be the band's 13th studio LP and the follow-up to 2015's - The Purple Album. It is not yet confirmed whether it be released in time for the band's mid-2018 tour with Foreigner and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening.

But will it mark the full debut of Gibson Les Paul-toting guitarist Joel Hoekstra as a writing member? In a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Coverdale said: "We've never had such an immense amount of positive material. I've worked, for the first time as writers, with Reb Beach and with Joel Hoekstra. Because when Joel came in, we were doing The Purple Album. And not only do we have great Coverdale/Hoekstra and Coverdale/Beach songs, but we have the three of us combining.

"The songs are f---ing excellent," he added. "We have 18 or 19 extraordinarily positive, potent, juicy classic Whitesnake songs from balls-to-the-wall to blues, to epics to ballads. It's kick-ass. It's definitely got me fluffed up." here.

Billy Idol Announce 2018 Summer Tour Dates
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Billy Idol is already looking ahead to next year as he has announced the first series of dates for a summer 2018 tour of the UK and Europe. More dates will be announced soon.

Scheduled to begin in Manchester, UK on June 20, the Live! 2018 run mixes headline shows with some festival appearances, including Serbia's Guitar Fest and Germany's Tollwood.

Prior to the European trek, Idol will perform at the Welcome To Rockville Festival in Jacksonville, FL on April 29, and the Carolina Rebellion in Concord, NC on May 6.

The rocker's 2017 live schedule primarily centered around a pair of spring and fall residencies at the House Of Blues Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino; the "Billy Idol: Forever!" show saw the singer deliver tunes from throughout his career, including tracks from seminal British punk band Generation X and his solo hits. See the dates here.

Neil Young's Model Trains Sold Fetches Big Price At Auction
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Neil Young is a long-time avid model train collector and at a recent auction in Los Angeles, the singer made nearly $300,000 from the sale of his prized collection.

According to Reuters, Young visited Julien's Auctions in L.A. where he sold off some rare pieces in his collection, including a 'custom-painted Commodore Vanderbilt 4-6-4 locomotive," which garnered $10,000.

Reuters reports the musician also sold rare cars and music gear at the auction. Young will donate some of the proceeds from the auction to the Bridge School. Read more here.

TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT FALL HEADLINING U.S. SOLO TOUR IS NOW SOLD OUT
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW SOLO ALBUM ‘LEAP OF FAITH’ AVAILABLE VIA BENOWEN RECORDS (
HERE)

Following his solo tour earlier this year and a round of arena dates with Eagles, TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT--the groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter and bass player of the legendary rock groups Eagles and Poco--has kicked off a fall headlining U.S. tour which is now completely sold out. The trek stopped in Los Angeles, Sunday night (December 3) at the Saban Theatre, where TIMOTHY thrilled the packed crowd, performing songs spanning his entire four-decade long career (see full set list below). While making his way through four of his solo albums, Feed The Fire, Tell Me The Truth and Expando as well as his most recent release Leap Of Faith, TIMOTHY brought out the special guests including John McFee of The Doobie Brothers, who played guitar, pedal-steel and fiddle on a handful of songs. Next up, TIMOTHY invited fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, former Poco bandmate and longtime mentor, Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) to the stage for a mini-reunion. They performed “Just For Me And You” from Poco’s 1971 album From The Inside, followed by a heartfelt, acapella version of the Poco classic “Keep On Tryin’” which brought the adoring crowd to its feet in what would be a series of standing ovations throughout the night. As the show continued, TIMOTHY and his band performed his renowned tracks with Eagles including “I Can’t Tell You Why,” “I Don’t Want To Hear Anymore” as well as “Love Will Keep Us Alive,” before bringing Furay to the stage for the Poco hit “Good Feelin’ To Know.”

For more dates and more information on TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT, visit:

www.timothybschmit.com
https://www.facebook.com/timothybschmit
https://twitter.com/timothybschmit
http://www.youtube.com/user/TimothyBSchmit1

Listen to TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT’s recent interview on NPR (HERE).
Watch the lyric video for “Red Dirt Road” (HERE).
Listen to TIMOTHY’s interview with Steve Jones of Sex Pistols on his “JONESY'S JUKEBOX” show (here).

Alice Cooper To Star In Live 'Jesus Christ Superstar' On NBC
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When NBC presents a live production of Jesus Christ Superstar next Easter, a classic rock superstar will perform the role of King Herod: shock-rock pioneer Alice Cooper.

"Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the perfect rock star to play Herod in our live production," said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment in a press statement.

"Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote a showstopping musical number for Herod and we all look forward to the 'King of Shock Rock' taking on the King of Judea." Read more here.

REO SPEEDWAGON CHRISTMAS WITH REO SPEEDWAGON

Features Newly Remastered Sound, Plus Bonus Tracks, Including A New Version Of "I Believe In Santa Claus"

Add this Multiplatinum Artist to your upcoming Holiday Playlists today!

LOS ANGELES – REO Speedwagon will crank up the holiday spirit this year with the definitive version of its yuletide classic, Not So Silent Night: Christmas with REO Speedwagon. It features remastered sound, four bonus tracks and a newly recorded version of the group’s original Christmas song, “I Believe In Santa Claus.”

NOT SO SILENT NIGHT: CHRISTMAS WITH REO SPEEDWAGON will be available on digital formats today (October 20), CD (November 3), and on LP (December 1).

The collection spotlights the group’s distinctive versions of Christmas favorites like “Silent Night,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “Deck The Halls” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” It also features several songs that did not appear on the original 2009 release, including “We Three Kings,” which is now available on CD and digital versions.

The CD and digital versions also include three songs released as bonus tracks on the 2010 version of the album: “Sleigh Ride,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “I Believe In Santa Claus,” which was written by the band’s frontman Kevin Cronin and bassist Bruce Hall. The group recently returned to the studio to record a new version of “I Believe In Santa Claus.” This new 2017 version is available as part of the digital version of album, and is also available as a free download with the purchase of CD or LPs formats.

Cronin says: “Our goal with this new version of ‘the Santa song’ was to create a true REO Speedwagon track, which also happens to be a Christmas carol, and a holiday love letter to our families, and yours.”

Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. Platinum albums and radio staples soon followed, setting the stage for the release of the band’s explosive Hi Infidelity in 1980, which contained the massive hit singles “Keep On Loving You,” and “Take It On the Run.” That landmark album spent 15 weeks in the No. 1 slot and has since earned the RIAA’s coveted 10X Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million units in the United States. Today, REO Speedwagon has sold 40 million albums around the globe, and Cronin and bandmates Hall, Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (guitar), and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying audiences worldwide in concert.

NO SO SILENT NIGHT: CHRISTMAS WITH REO SPEEDWAGON

CD Track Listing:
1. “The First Noel”
2. “Winter Wonderland”
3. “Silent Night”
4. “Deck The Halls”
5. “Little Drummer Boy”
6. “The White Snows Of Winter”
7. “Angels We Have Heard On High (Gloria)”
8. “Children Go Where I Send Thee”
9. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
10. “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen”
11. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”
12. “Blue Christmas”
13. “Joy To The World”
Bonus Tracks
14. “Sleigh Ride”
15. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
16. “I Believe In Santa Claus”
17. “We Three Kings”
LP Track Listing
Side One
1. “The First Noel”
2. “Winter Wonderland”
3. “Silent Night”
4. “Deck The Halls”
5. “Little Drummer Boy”
6. “Angels We Have Heard On High (Gloria)”
Side Two
1. “Children Go Where I Send Thee”
2. “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen”
3. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”
4. “Blue Christmas”
5. “Joy To The World”
Digital Track Listing
1. “I Believe In Santa Claus” – New 2017 Version
2. “The First Noel”
3. “Winter Wonderland”
4. “Silent Night”
5. “Deck The Halls”
6. “Little Drummer Boy”
7. “The White Snows Of Winter”
8. “Angels We Have Heard On High (Gloria)”
9. “Children Go Where I Send Thee”
10. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
11. “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen”
12. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”
13. “Blue Christmas”
14. “Joy To The World”
15. “Sleigh Ride”
16. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
17. “I Believe In Santa Claus” (Acoustic Version)
18. “We Three Kings”

ANDY TIMMONS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF GUITARXPERIENCE.NET, NEW WEBSITE INCLUDES LESSONS, PERSONAL STORIES, AND RARE VIDEO AND PHOTOS

 “ANDY TIMMONS is one of those rare guitar players that plays all the best right notes. His intonation is stunning and that enables his delicious tone to be seductive and comfortable on the ear. Everything resonates so beautifully, but then again, we are what we play and he is that.” -- Steve Vai

Guitarist ANDY TIMMONS will now have the opportunity to share those “best right notes” with fans on his new website, GuitarXperience.net.

Much more than a guitar lesson site, TIMMONS shares details about every aspect of his musical past, present and future. This site appeals to the most ardent student, as well as the casual fan. Insightful and entertaining, this is a unique opportunity to “hang out” with ANDY TIMMONS and hear lots of music, personal stories, and see rare videos and photos. Learn where he comes from and where he’s going!

Three membership options are available, starting at $40 per month.

“I've been dreaming of putting this website together for several years and finally feel ready to tackle it,” TIMMONS explains. “I've had a pretty amazing career in music that has spanned over 5 decades and I’m looking forward to examining my prior recordings as well as forging ahead to learn new things and share them with you. I consider myself extremely fortunate to still be doing what I love to do and I thank you for letting me be your coach as you pursue your own musical journey. It is my privilege to share my knowledge and experience with all of you and I'm sure I will learn a lot on the way as well. Getting back into teaching over the last few years has been really inspiring and I’m always honored when I have the opportunity to help fellow players find their path and enjoy their music even more. Whether your goal is a career in music or simply to enjoy playing the guitar in a more satisfying manner, I know you will find some very helpful and entertaining material here. OK...Let's Play!”

ANDY TIMMONS BAND released their critically acclaimed eighth album, THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD, on September 30, 2016 via their own custom label, Timstone Records. Co-produced by virtuoso guitarist Timmons and his longtime bassist Mike Daane, THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD features 10 all-new tracks of melodic guitar instrumentals that TIMMONS hopes will touch an emotional chord in every listener.

www.andytimmons.com
www.facebook.com/Andy-Timmons-Official-Page-125436344165669/?fref
www.instagram.com/andytimmonsofficial
www.youtube.com/channel/UCakeANwiMEjNlbdAzcpk9QA

 

New Tour Dates & The Perfect Holiday Gift!  - A Message from Pat and Spyder!

Now shipping! Be sure to add our new DVD "We Live for Love" to your holiday shopping list. Order today and receive yours before Christmas.

We've partnered with PledgeMusic to bring you an acoustic collection of your favorite songs. We’ve stripped down the biggest hits, including, “Promises in the Dark”, “We Live For Love”, “Love Is A Battlefield”, “Hit me with Your Best Shot” and “We Belong”.

Now is your chance to order the DVD release of We Live For Love – recorded live at RED Studios in Hollywood, CA.

Order the new DVD “We Live For Love” on PledgeMusic and be the first to experience the Duo Show in an intimate setting and hear the stories behind the music. You’ll receive a digital download of the Duo performance before the public does. PLUS…bundle options are available including a limited edition, autographed poster.

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Tool Album Will Be Out In 2018 Says Band Member
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It has been almost a dozen years since Tool released their last studio album "10,000 Days" but drummer Danny Carey said in a recent interview that the following will be out in 2018.

Carey was a guest on The MetalSucks Podcast and was asked about previous comments made by his bandmate that fans can expected the new studio effort to be released in the coming year.

The show asked (via Lmabgoat) "My co-host... talked to Justin Chancellor earlier this year. Justin made us feel like Tool would have a new album out in 2018. On a scale of 1-10, how much did Justin lie to us?

Carey responded, "He did not lie to you. On scale of how much he lied, it would be zero. It'll be out. It'll be out in 2018."

Robert Plant Joined By Chrissie Hynde At Recent Concert
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Robert Plant was joined by Pretenders vocalist Chrissie Hynde for a pair of songs during the rocker's December 8 show at London's Royal Albert Hall, and video from the event is streaming online.

Hynde arrived on stage during the encore portion of Plant's gig to perform their cover of the Ersel Hickey rockabilly classic, "Bluebirds Over The Mountain", as featured on the Led Zeppelin singer's "Carry Fire" album.

Alongside the Sensational Space Shifters, the duo then delivered the Pretenders 1984 track, "2000 Miles", with Plant telling the audience before he handled backup vocals: "On a wing and a prayer, we have a beautiful song for you that only Chrissie can sing right"

The London show marked one of the final dates of a month-long UK tour by Plant, which will wrap up in Birmingham on December 12. Watch videos of the Plant and Hynde performances here.

Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Podcast Released
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The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have sat down with (current) BBC DJ Matt Everitt to discuss the On Air album for a new iTunes podcast.

On Air, out now, collects the band's UK radio appearances for the BBC in the early-mid 1960s, and includes eight tracks band have never recorded or released commercially. They were originally broadcast on bygone BBC shows such as Saturday Club, Top Gear, Rhythm and Blues and The Joe Loss Pop Show between 1963 and 1965. The podcast is in three episodes, each covering one of those three years.

Richards recently told The Los Angeles Times, "We just got off the road, and I wish there were a few more shows. We were just hitting a groove! The BBC wanted us and we didn't know really why or what we were doing. We were playing blues in bars, for Christ's sake, but then we got a Top 10 record and suddenly we're the other alternative to the Beatles, bless their hearts. Yeah, I mean, they broke the doors down, especially Johnny (Lennon). We always got along."

Of the actual recordings, Richards says, "When I hear it, I hear a lot of energy and enthusiasm - and then I want to go in and remix it. But there was no remixing done then. You think - you believe, the way you're brought up in London - that the BBC know what they're doing. Then you get there and find out they have no idea how to record a band like this." Read more here.

Simple Minds Announce New Album With Two Distinct 'Sides'
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Simple Minds have announced that they will release Walk Between Worlds, their first album of new material since 2014's Big Music. Release date is February 2 on BMG.

Produced by the veteran Glasgow band with Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg, who each worked on Big Music, the album is just eight tracks and a concise 42 minutes of two distinct "sides." It's an old-school format that recalls albums from the days when founder members Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill were growing up as music fans.

"Side One" tracks such as "Summer" and "The Signal And The Noise" revisit the glassy guitars and new wave grooves of the post-punk era. "Side Two" explores more cinematic sounds, with the title track and "Barrowland Star" featuring dramatic orchestrations recorded at Abbey Road.

Guitarist Charlie Burchill recently told Gibson.com how playing the Acoustic shows, which relied on Burchill's new Gibson Hummingbirds, was affecting the band's developing sound. "Everyone has commented on the space in the music, particularly with Jim's vocal. If you don't have a lot of space around a vocal, you do lose a lot of expression and I think that's going to affect the sound in the future. The whole thing has taught us a lot. Unexpectedly so, but in a really good way."

But on the some songs, Burchill revisits the feel of some of his boyhood heroes. "Barrowland Star" features a glistening solo reminiscent of Burchill's Les Paul-playing idol Mick Ronson, of David Bowie's Spiders From Mars. "I met him a few times 'cos he produced a band, The Visible Targets, who supported us in the '80s, and he was a really sweet guy too. With Mick Ronson, it's not just his playing, but his arranging, production, everything. Absolute hero." here.

R.E.M.'s 'Automatic for the People' Anniversary Documentary Streaming
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It's been 25 years since R.E.M. released Automatic for the People, their seminal 1992 album containing hits like "Man On The Moon" and "Everybody Hurts."

In addition to an anniversary re-release of the album, the band has assembled a documentary: Automatic Unearthed. R.E.M. made the film available on YouTube for fans to enjoy.

The film features new interviews with Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills, as well as producer Scott Litt. Fans can see photos and videos from the writing and recording process, which composed a "unity of sound" on the album. Automatic for the People was never promoted with a traditional tour, and R.E.M. shared footage from their one-off 1992 concert in Athens, Georgia last month.

In addition, the band has partnered with designer Paul Smith for a limited edition anniversary clothing line. Watch Automatic Unearthed here.

2017 hennemusic Rock News Awards Countdown Begins
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The countdown begins this week to the launch of the 2017 hennemusic Rock News Awards, which recognize the biggest rock news artists and stories of the past year.

In the tradition of the weekly hennemusic Hot 10, the daily rock news outlet will count down the Top 10 Rock News Artists and the Top 10 Rock News Stories of 2017 starting Tuesday, December 12.

Finalists for the 8th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards are chosen by readers: winners are determined by the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

"As another busy year in rock winds down," says publisher Bruce Henne, "the hennemusic Rock News Awards recognize the biggest artists and stories of 2017 based on the interests of music fans who seek out news on their favorites."

The 2017 hennemusic Rock News Awards winners will be revealed on Thursday, December 21 at hennemusic.com. Previous honorees include AC/DC, Van Halen, Pearl Jam and Guns N' Roses, among others. Read more here.

VAN MORRISON IN CONCERT ~ON DVD & BLU-RAY  RELEASED FEBRUARY 16, 2018

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New York, NY (December 11, 2017)—In Concert captures Sir Van Morrison’s intimate 2016 show at the BBC Radio Theatre, as part of the critically acclaimed BBC Radio 2 In Concert Series. A 6-time Grammy Award winner, Belfast born "Van the Man" performs a selection of tracks, old and new, from his iconic back catalogue.

In an up-close and personal show, described as, "Sublime" (The Radio Times) Morrison’s richly oaky voice brings musical healing. With songs including his classic hit “Brown Eyed Girl” as well as “Wild Night”, “Cleaning Windows” and new track, “Keep Me Singing”, this incredible performance celebrates the Celtic soul troubadour’s 53 years as a musical innovator at the top of his game.

Bonus features include the “Up On Cyprus Avenue” concert, a milestone show recorded on Van Morrison’s 70th Birthday.

Van Morrison has released 38 studio albums, 6 live albums, 6 compilation albums, 4 video albums, and 71 singles. He has sold in excess of 25 million albums, with his third album, Moondance now 3 times Multi-Platinum in the US. Van Morrison has a knighthood, a Brit, an OBE, an Ivor Novello award, 2 Grammys, an honorary doctorates from Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, entry into The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and the French Ordres Des Artes Et Des Lettres.

Van Morrison In Concert is a portrait of one of the most iconic songwriters and musical heroes of all time.

TRACK LISTING
(1) Too Late (2) Magic Time (3) Wild Night (4) Medley: Baby Please Don’t Go / Don’t Start Crying Now (5) Here Comes The Night (6) Every Time I See A River (7) Cleaning Windows / Be-Bop A Lula (8) Let It Rhyme (9) Whenever God Shines His Light (10) Sometimes We Cry (11) Going Down To Bangor (12) The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword (13) Keep Me Singing (14) Enlightenment (15) Carrying A Torch (16) Brown Eyed Girl (17) Jackie Wilson Said (18) In The Garden

BONUS CONCERT
(1) Cyprus Avenue (2) Celtic Swing (3) Cleaning Windows / Be-Bop A Lua (4) Days Like This (5) Precious Time (6) Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (7) Baby Please Don’t Go / Parchman Farm / Don’t Start Crying Now (8) It’s All In The Game (9) Burning Ground (10) Whenever God Shines His Light (11) And The Healing Has Begun (12) On Hyndford Street

Bernie Shaw of Uriah Heep appears on the new EXCALIBUR IV

Nearly five years after the last Excalibur album, Alan Simon's rock opera returns to stores with a new full length studio album, The Dark Age of the Dragon.

The album features Bernie Shaw singing lead vocals on the song “Dreamers”.

Bernie Shaw said of the album:

"To be asked to participate on Excalibur 4 was a surprise as well as great fun. Meeting Alan was a pleasure as we found we had quite a lot in common even outside the music. It was only Uriah Heep's busy touring and recording schedule that kept me from being more of a part of the actual part of the musical.  But now we both know each other’s contacts, l’m sure that there could be some more collaborations in the future."

Bernie’s song can be heard in the last section of the album trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4rRmUpT3xs

The album is out now on CD and Download:

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VANILLA FUDGE releases new DVD/CD Live At Sweden Rock  - The 50th Anniversary

2 Disc set available on December 8th via MIG Music

In the small Swedish town of Nörje near Sölvesborg, on July 9, 2016, in front of an audience of thousands, four American musicians gave a blistering performance that would encapsulate five decades of rock'n'roll history. The performance was at the legendary SWEDEN ROCK festival; the band was VANILLA FUDGE.

Now a complete audio and video document of that much-acclaimed show is available for everyone to hear, see and enjoy. As they celebrate a half-century of cutting edge music and live performances, VANILLA FUDGE will release the CD/ DVD of LIVE AT SWEDEN ROCKS- THE 50th ANNIVERSARY.

Available now on MIG Records and distributed by MVD, LIVE AT SWEDEN ROCK presents the band in its rawest and most honest setting. Guitar, bass, drums and keyboards hold down the music, while the perfectly blended voices of the group provide the color behind the compelling lead vocals of Mark Stein.  The result is a band that sounds just as strong and relevant today as it did in 1967.

"Quite honestly, even though Vanilla Fudge has been together for half a century," says lead vocalist and keyboardist Mark Stein. " I really never tire of playing these songs and arrangements because the energy level never seems to dissipate. It is that very energy that we feel from the audience that keeps us always feeling young and inspired."

Adds drummer Carmine Appice: "It was a great time playing the Sweden Rock festival. To see all those people enjoying our set was a great feeling."

The album features powerful psychedelic re-workings of classic songs from The Doors, The Monkees, Spencer Davis, Donovan and Led Zeppelin, along with the Fudge's distinctive musical take on the Motown and R&B classics, "Shotgun" "Take Me For A Little While" and "You Keep Me Hanging On."

"It was our European Woodstock," says guitarist Vinny Martell. "On the day we played Sweden Rocks, I met fans who had been trapped behind the Iron Curtain  across the Baltic when we first became famous. They finally had a chance to see the band at Sweden Rock; when they were young they had only heard our recordings on Radio Free Europe."

With Stein, Appice and Martell in place, along with bassist Pete Bremy, VANILLA FUDGE is one of a handful of 60s bands who are still intact with most of its founding members.

Originally formed in 1967 out of the ashes of The Pigeons, with Stein, Appice, Martell and bassist Tim Bogert, the band was soon renamed VANILLA FUDGE, because of its musical concept of four New York-based white musicians playing re-vamped rock versions of popular soul hits. Sold out world tours; hit albums and singles; and a reputation as a group steeped in cutting-edge musicianship has allowed VANILLA FUDGE to be one of the most influential acts to rise from the revolutionary 1960s. The group has remained together off and on ever since, with Bogert departing in 2006 after a motorcycle accident and his decision to retire.

In addition to playing together (including appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show), the members also reached considerable success over the years as solo artists, in their own right. Among the band's biggest fans is musician Paul Shaffer, former leader of the Late Night with David Letterman Show band for decades: "The Vanilla Fudge slowed down 'You Keep Me Hanging On' and with that one soulful record, effectively invented progressive rock."

"Playing with Carmine and Mark now is like waking up in the middle of a long solo that started in 1967," laughs Martell, who, is also a US Navy veteran. "Is it tomorrow? Lets call it Vanilla Haze..."

Upon the release of LIVE AT SWEDEN ROCK- THE 50th ANNIVERSARY, VANILLA FUDGE will resume its schedule of live performances, including an appearance on the ROCK LEGENDS VI CRUISE, with Sammy Hagar and Bad Company, among others.

"I hope we can reach our next anniversary at 55 years," says Appice. "We plan to keep playing, recording and moving forward." Mark Stein agrees: "I can only hope that Vanilla Fudge continues to move forward by playing as many shows as we can while we still can. I believe the only way to stay youthful at our age as a rock band is by continuing to do that."

"We should spread our message of unity and peace in this chaotic world," says Vinny Martell. "The hippies were right, man."

Yes, they were... and, so is Vanilla Fudge.

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CRAFT RECORDINGS TO CELEBRATE COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH'S SUMMER OF LOVE WITH DELUXE BOX SET, VINYL REISSUES AND DIGITAL EXCLUSIVES

1967 marked an era of creative expression, political rebellion and experimentation, climaxing in The Summer of Love; and no other location on Earth was quite as synonymous with this period as San Francisco  ̶  the center of  the counterculture movement. Perhaps one of the best musical representations of this time, place and environment came from a rock band across the Bay, who married progressive protest with groundbreaking, experimental music: Country Joe & the Fish. In that one year, the Berkeley musicians rose to prominence, releasing two albums which would go on to influence some of the biggest psychedelic acts of the decade: their debut LP, Electric Music for the Mind and Body,and I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die. Craft Recordings, the Catalog Division of Concord Music, is proud to celebrate the band's prolific year with a limited-edition, deluxe vinyl box setThe Wave of Electrical Sound, as well as standalone, high-end LP reissues, both due out January 26th, 2018, while a remastered digital collection, offering both albums as well as two exclusive bonus tracks, hits digital retailers and streaming services today.

Limited to 2,000 copies worldwide, the deluxe 4-LP box set, The Wave of Electrical Sound, will offer both mono and stereo versions of Electric Music for the Mind and Body and I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die. All four remastered LPs will be pressed on audiophile quality, 180-gram vinyl, and housed in old-school-style, tip-on jackets - the mono Electric Music for the Mind and Body LP will feature rare, alternate cover artwork, while the other titles will be in replicas of their original packaging. The Wave of Electrical Sound also contains a bounty of band ephemera from 1967, including replicas of The Fish Game, a Fish Fan Club book and a Fish calendar designed by Tom Weller. Also included is a DVD of How We Stopped the War, a 30-minute documentary, filming the band on their way to an anti-Vietnam War rally, directed by David Peoples (writer of Blade Runner, Twelve Monkeys, Unforgiven), as well as a 24-page book, which features rare photos, artwork and new liner notes from writer, producer and musician Alec Palao. A must-have for Fishfans, the collection offers a deep look into the band's sonic progression, and innovative uses of electronic instrumentation and distortion, all of which helped to usher in the genre of psychedelia. In his liner notes, Palao notes, "What makes both albums Country Joe & the Fish recorded in 1967 so significant is not just the presentation, but the repertoire...the writing is extraordinary. Whatever influence from Dylan, Richard Farina and others McDonald might have absorbed, his muse was his own, and fully on display with idiosyncratic material that dripped with imagery and allusion."

Country Joe & the Fish came about as part political device, part necessity and part entertainment. Formed as a duo in 1965 by "Country" Joe McDonald and guitarist Barry "The Fish" Melton, the two became regulars on the Bay Area coffeehouse circuit, often performing with local jug band musicians. Both McDonald and Melton were heavily involved in anti-war protests and the Free Speech Movement, particularly McDonald, who published an underground journal, Rag Baby. McDonald initially recorded music for a "talking issue" of the magazine, which became his first EP, featuring early, acoustic recordings of the band's iconic tunes "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag" and "Superbird." By 1966, Country Joe & the Fish had grown into a rock band, with the additions of Paul Armstrong on bass, tambourine and other percussion instruments, Bruce Barthol on bass, David Cohen on guitar and keyboards and John Francis Gunning on drums (replaced by Gary "Chicken" Hirsh a year later). Following a self-titled, second EP, the 6 musicians went into the studio to record their full-length debut, Electric Music for the Mind and Body. Released in May of '67, the brazen and melodically complex album was full of distorted organ-driven melodies, and offered such highlights as "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine," which became a staple of college radio. That track, along with "Masked Marauder" and "Section 43," were notable in that they were instrumentals played on the radio, as well as in performance  ̶  an unusual occurrence in the era of three-minute singles. The album also included a new recording of the controversial song "Superbird," which derided President Lyndon Johnson. Considered to be a psychedelic masterpiece, Electric Music for the Mind and Body was a commercial success, skyrocketing the popularity of the band, who garnered a coveted spot at the Monterey Pop Festival just two months later.

Following a summer of touring (where the band brought an innovative "light show" as a backdrop to each concert  ̶  soon to become a staple at shows, and an emblem of psychedelia), Country Joe & the Fish went back into the studio to record a follow-up album, I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die. Released that November, the LP contained the band's most famous track: the darkly satirical Vietnam War protest song, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die," and opened with "The Fish Cheer," a standard heard at all Country Joe concerts. Also featured is "Janis," written for McDonald's ex-girlfriend, and fellow Bay Area artist, Janis Joplin.

The band would go on to perform at Woodstock two years later, and extensively tour throughout US and Europe. Following several personnel changes, Country Joe & the Fish disbanded in 1970. A prolific artist and political commentator, Country Joe McDonald continues to record and tour, while Barry "The Fish" Melton went on to perform both as a solo musician, as well as a member of '80s Bay Area supergroup, The Dinosaurs. All the former members of Country Joe & the Fish remain active, involved in different projects. McDonald himself currently performs accompanied by the Electric Music Band (led by Palao), with a show that reprises the entire Electric Music for the Mind & Body album on stage.

Listen
Stream The Wave of Electrical Sound on Spotifyhere
Stream The Wave of Electrical Sound on Apple Music: here
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Purchase
Pre-order The Wave of Electrical Sound Deluxe box set: here
Pre-order Electric Music for the Mind & Body LP: here
Pre-order I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die LP:here

Stone Temple Pilots, Def Leppard Supergroup Announce New Album
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The Stone Temple Pilots and Def Leppard supergroup Delta Deep have announced that they will be releasing their second album "East Coast Live" on January 26th.

They are giving fans an early taste of what is to come with the release of the lyric video for the new album's first single "Bless The Blues" which can be streamed online here.

The group includes Def Leppard's Phil Collen, Stone Temple Pilots' Robert DeLeo, Debbi Blackwell-Cook (back-up vocalist for such artists as Michael Buble & Gregory Hines), and Forrest Robinson (drummer for Joe Sample & The Crusaders, India.Arie & TLC).

Trackisting:
1) Black Dog-opener
2) Bang The Lid
3) Miss Me
4) Treat Her Like Candy
5) Black Coffee
6) Burnt Sally/Rock Me
7) Whiskey
8) Shuffle Sweet
9) Private Number
10) Bless These Blues
11) Mistreated
12) Forrest's Drum Solo
13) Down in the Delta
14) Band Intro
15) Feelit

DVD Live video listing:
1. Miss Me
2. Black Coffee>Burnt Sally>Rock Me Baby - Medley
3. Whisky
4. Bless These Blues
5. Forrest's Drum Solo (dvd extra)
6. Down In The Delta (dvd extra)
7. Band Intro (dvd extra)

NEW JIMI HENDRIX ALBUM OUT MARCH 9

“BOTH SIDES OF THE SKY” COMPLETING THE TRILOGY STARTED WITH VALLEYS OF NEPTUNE AND PEOPLE, HELL AND ANGELS

December 7, 2017- New York, NY On March 9, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, proudly release Both Sides of the Sky, a dynamic new Jimi Hendrix album featuring 13 studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970—10 of which have never before been released. The album will be released on multiple formats including CD, digital, and as a numbered 180 gram audiophile vinyl 2LP.

Both Sides of the Sky is the third volume in a trilogy of albums intended to present the best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in the music legend’s archive. Beginning with Valleys of Neptune (2010), which earned top ten sales rankings in fifteen countries (including a top position of #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart), followed by People, Hell and Angels (2013) which peaked on Billboard’s Top 100 album chart at #2. Billboard’s coveted number one singles ranking went to “Somewhere,” the album’s lead track and the legendary guitarist’s highest ever US singles chart achievement. This third release is anticipated to complete the spectacular recording event in epic fashion. “Since Experience Hendrix began its restoration of the Jimi Hendrix music catalog in 1997, our goal has been to present these important recordings to Jimi’s fans in the best possible quality. We are excited about achieving that. We’ve also been intent on generating album releases which present this amazing music in its proper context,” explains John McDermott, one of the album’s co-producers, together with Janie Hendrix and Eddie Kramer.

Pre-order Both Sides of the Sky here: jimihendrix.lnk.to/bothsides

Recorded between January 1968 and February 1970, Jimi’s desire to push the boundaries of blues music can be heard throughout. Both Sides of the Sky additionally highlights Jimi’s mastery of studio production and his increasing use of these facilities as a proving ground for new sounds, material, and techniques. Many of the album’s tracks were recorded by the trio that would come to be known as Band of Gypsys: Jimi on guitar and vocals, Billy Cox on bass, and Buddy Miles on drums.  For their first-ever recording session on April 22, 1969, Hendrix turned to their shared musical root, delta blues. Their previously unreleased, uptempo reworking of Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” opens the album and sets the tempo for what follows. “Lover Man” was a favored Hendrix original and the guitarist was determined to realize a finished master.  Previous attempts by the original Experience had yet to yield this for Hendrix but this December 1969 effort by the Band Of Gypsys — complete with its homage to the popular Batman theme song—was his strongest effort to date.

“Hear My Train A Comin’” features drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding from the original Jimi Hendrix Experience. This original blues composition had become a staple of Hendrix’s concerts. This previously unreleased April 1969 recording captured the furious power and dynamic tension that made the song so memorable. Previously unheard recordings of “Stepping Stone,” “Jungle,” “Cherokee Mist” (which features Hendrix on both electric guitar and sitar) as well as the January 1968 recording of “Sweet Angel” provide further highlights.

Both Sides of the Sky also features an assortment of notable guest musicians. Stephen Stills befriended Hendrix at the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. In September of 1969 Stills was invited to a Hendrix session at the Record Plant in New York. Stills burst into the session with a song Joni Mitchell had recently composed, titled “Woodstock.” Joined by Hendrix and Buddy Miles, the trio recorded this version first--months before Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released their popular rendition of Mitchell’s song. Stills would also contribute $20 Fine, an original song that featured Hendrix on multiple guitars, Mitchell on drums, Stills on organ and lead vocals and Duane Hitchings (Buddy Miles Express) on piano.

Another of the album’s unique band creations sees Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter on guitar, backed by Billy Cox and drummer Dallas Taylor of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. An excerpt of their rendition of Guitar Slim’s “Things I Used To Do” was initially heard as part of a 1990 nationally syndicated radio program and accompanying box set, but here it is presented in full, newly mixed by Eddie Kramer for Both Sides of The Sky. On “Georgia Blues,” Jimi is reunited with his old bandmate Lonnie Youngblood (vocals/sax) from his pre-fame days in Curtis Knight & The Squires. Briefly issued as part of the 2008 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues series but out of print for nearly a decade, this special recording is once more available to Hendrix fans throughout the world on all audio formats.  

Both Sides of the Sky was produced by Janie Hendrix, John McDermott, and Eddie Kramer. Kramer served as recording engineer on every Jimi Hendrix album made during the artist’s life. In order to preserve the integrity and continuity of the Hendrix legacy, this same team has produced every Jimi Hendrix audio and visual release since 1996.

Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. commented, “We have a growing commitment to preserve the legacy of Jimi and also to continue to give the worldwide family of Jimi fans quality releases. That’s what “Both Sides of The Sky reflects…our ongoing commitment. In a deeper sense, it’s the keeping of a promise. Jimi and I once made a promise to each other. He said he would take care of me and I told him I would take care him. Through his music and our preservation of his work, my brother and I honor one another. We are now in our third decade of watching over Jimi’s creative works and our resolve to maintain the integrity of what he left us has only grown stronger with time.”

That is also the purpose for Eddie Kramer’s involvement and his devotion to the project. He remarked, “Jimi’s true home was the studio, that’s where the music and the magic happened. He loved everything about recording and it’s been my distinct pleasure and an honor to play a part in that process both then and now.”

Both Sides of the Sky tracklist:
1)    Mannish Boy*
2)    Lover Man*
3)    Hear My Train A Comin’*
4)    Stepping Stone*
5)    $20 Fine*+
6)    Power Of Soul^
7)    Jungle*
8)    Things I Used to Do#
9)    Georgia Blues++
10)  Sweet Angel*
11)  Woodstock*+
12)  Send My Love To Linda*
13)  Cherokee Mist*

*Previously unreleased
^ Previously unavailable extended version
+Featuring Stephen Stills
#Featuring Johnny Winter
++Featuring Lonnie Youngblood

Produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.

ABOUT LEGACY RECORDINGS

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world's foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most significant musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Across a variety of platforms, the label has revolutionized the catalog market, offering contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, rap/hip-hop, world music, classical, comedy and more.

ABOUT EXPERIENCE HENDRIX, L.L.C.

Founded by James 'Al' Hendrix, Jimi's father, in 1995, Experience Hendrix has been run, since its inception, by the family members handpicked by Al during his tenure as Chairman. It is the official family company charged with managing the music, name, image and likeness of Jimi Hendrix. As a part of their daily operations, Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix oversee Jimi's timeless legacy on a worldwide basis.

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Classic 1983 Prog Album By The Gardening Club Reissued With Bonus Tracks!

Gonzo Multimedia has reissued the debut album by the Gardening Club! Originally released in 1983, this Prog influenced record was “the right album at the wrong time.” It has now been re-released with an additional five studio tracks complementing the albums original twelve tracks.

The CD package sports the original Gardening Club cover and includes a 24 page illustrated lyric booklet, created especially for this re-release by musician/artist, Martin Springett.

Says Martin, “I am thrilled that this music is finally seeing the light of day. I felt at the time that it was special, the perfect marriage of my art and music, influenced as I was by all the classic Prog music of my youth, and the wonderfully over the top and imaginative packaging. I have been in Canada for many years now, but as many listeners have told me, I have retained my 'English sound.'” 

“The record sounds like the ‘70s; channels the aesthetic and narrative attributes of Middle Ages poetry and art; was released during the heyday of futurist pop, and is now being reimagined more than 30 years later.” - Jeff Low, Broken Pencil

“Now this is that classic prog rock sound that we all love so deeply and dearly...Just a gorgeous, inimitable, eternal album, that deserves to live forever.” - Julian Ryan, Discogs.com

Martin Springett was born in the U K but moved with his family to Canada in 1965. In 1969 in Vancouver he recorded an album of settings of Tolkien's poems from Lord Of The Rings and the Hobbit. Alas, Christopher Tolkien did not allow the record to be released. Martin played in bands and toured in Canada and the U S, but returned to England in 1971 to seek a record deal. He toured in Europe with a band called Gateway Driver, based in Hanover. Upon returning to Canada, a move to Toronto meant entering a new musical landscape and a Vancouver pal, Don Geppert, now a respected engineer in the Toronto music scene worked with Martin on an LP called The Gardening Club, which was released in 1983. Martin has continued to write create and record music in the intervening years, releasing six independent CD's.

Martin and his band mates, Norm Macpherson, producer and guitarist, and James Macpherson, drums and synths, recently completed a new Gardening Club album called The Riddle. Martin is now putting the finishing touches to the art that will accompany this record.

To purchase The Gardening Club: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/artists/7049/Martin%20Springett

For more information: http://gardeningclubmusicandart.ca/


Chester Bennington's Wife Addresses Previous Suicide Attempt Report
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Talinda Bennington, the wife of late singer Chester Bennington, has responded to a report by TMZ that the Linkin Park frontman had attempted suicide just months prior to his death, information which was allegedly redacted from the original coroner's report.

"Fun fact- When your husband dies by suicide, the LA County Coroner's office will PARAPHRASE your private conversation with them to dramatize and sensationalize the story and then SCUMBAG FILTH like TMZ post it for the world to feast on," Bennington's wife posted to Twitter. "It was redacted to protect all the kids!!"

"And now I get to go pull my 11 yr old out of school- because all the kids can use their phones at lunch-to be the first to tell him what REALLY happened in Nov.," she added, referencing son Tyler Lee Bennington. "Thanks again to SCUMBAG reporting. F— you, TMZ." Read more here.

Judas Priest Among Rock Hall Fan Vote Winners
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Judas Priest are among five acts that have earned support from fans as part of the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame fan vote. The metal icons landed fifth with 538,508 fan votes in the poll, which was topped by Bon Jovi with 1,162,146 votes, followed by the Moody Blues in second (947,795), Dire Straits in third (613,749) and The Cars in fourth spot (552,733).

Each of the Fan Vote winners will receive an extra vote in the Official Vote by Rock Hall members. Judas Priest are among 19 nominees vying for induction into the 2018 Rock Hall.

"This is our Oscars," Priest frontman Rob Halford tells Billboard. "When the nominations come up and the inductions come up, you often wonder that it would feel like if you were able to be on stage at that moment making an acceptance speech and particularly having the pleasure to be in the company of all the other musicians and industry people.

"So, yeah, if we do get in it will be an absolute dream-come-true moment. Fingers crossed, as they say." Read more here.

Blondie Recruit Joan Jett For 'Doom or Destiny' Music Video
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Iconic singer Debbie Harry has united with another rock legend, Joan Jett, for Blondie's latest music video, "Doom or Destiny", qhich is taken from Blondie's most recent album, Pollinator, the band's 11th studio effort.

The clip stars Harry and Jett as anchors on a fictitious cable news show while a barrage of cultural commentary flashes across the screen over the hectic, throwback pop-punk track. "We wanted to comment on the bizarre state of media and news in the current political 'idiocracy' we are watching play out in real time and create our own news channel that dealt with current issues such as the environmental collapse, fossil fuels, bee population decline, global warming, sexism, patriarchy, Trump and Russia, feminism, consumerism, the marketing of war and more," Harry said in a press statement.

"Blondie – Debbie, Chris, Clem and everybody have been my friends for more decades than I care to admit," Joan Jett added. "They have their own style and were pioneers of the modern age of punk and rock. I am so proud to have been invited to contribute to 'Doom or Destiny', I love the music and I love the message."

"In trying times, we try harder," Blondie's Chris Stein shared. "Politics have become the new pop culture phenomena, but it seems the current landscape of music videos has so little to do with true protest or some kind of social message. It can be truthful, but irreverent, fun and funny. The punk style protest is somewhat removed from today's modern music." Watch the video here.

Whitesnake Release The Purple Tour (Live) Promo Video
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Whitesnake are streaming a video preview of "The Purple Tour (Live)", ahead of its release on January 19th with the online launch on an official trailer for the package.

The multi-format set delivers classic Whitesnake tracks alongside material from the band's tour in support of 2015's "The Purple Album", a project that saw frontman David Coverdale re-record classic songs from the Deep Purple Mark 3 and Mark 4 records he appeared on - including 1974's "Burn" and "Stormbringer", and 1975's "Come Taste The Band."

Coverdale was joined on the tour by a lineup that included guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin, drummer Tommy Aldridge and keyboardist Michele Luppi.

The singer explains there was never any intention to compete against the original recordings. "We just wanted to play the damn songs," says Coverdale. "Each member of the band. brought their incredible individual talents and a real band identity to this music. We've all done the best we can with this project with respect to the music, and the legacy of Deep Purple Mk3 and Mk4."

"The Purple Tour (Live)" will be available as CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray sets, as well as double-LP, single CD, and digital versions The double-disc collection also includes video footage of the concert mixed to 5.1 Surround Sound, plus band interviews, a new music video for "Burn", and a number of bonus performances not available on the CD or vinyl versions. Watch the trailer here.

Royal Blood To Rock Late Night TV This Week
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UK rockers Royal Blood will perform on TBS' late night series Conan on Thursday, December 7. The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher's appearance on the program lands during a week that sees them play three US concerts and announce dates for a spring 2018 US tour in support of their latest album, "How Did We Get So Dark?"

Previewed with the lead single, "Lights Out", "How Did We Get So Dark?" was recorded in Brussels, Belgium with producer Joylon Thomas and London, UK with co-producer Tom Dalgety.

The group experimented with new sounds and techniques for the follow-up to their smash 2014 self-titled debut. "One thing we learned," Kerr tells the BBC, "is we have quite a delicate sound and once you add things - the wrong things - our whole sound sort of shrivels. Or it capsizes and it doesn't sound like us anymore. We've realized a lot of the identity of our music is when me and Ben play together.

"Even the backing vocals - we did try having girls come in and sing, but it just didn't work. It had to be my voice. It had to be just about me and Ben." Watch their new video here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Adds Festival Date To Farewell Tour
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Well, Ozzy Osbourne's farewell tour is set to kick off in 2018, and now, we have his second major U.S. tour date of the year. The metal icon will headline the 2018 Fort Rock festival, along with Godsmack, which will take place April 28 through 29 in Sunrise, Florida.

As for the other Ozzy 2018 date, that's the Welcome to Rockville festival, which is scheduled for April 27 through 29, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida. That's a lot of metal love for the Sunshine State.

The 2018 Fort Rock festival will also feature Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Stone Temple Pilots, Bullet for My Valentine, Pop Evil, Sevendust, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, and Hollywood Undead, to name a handful.

The Fort Rock performance is part of Ozzy's official farewell tour, which will run into 2020. "People keep asking me when I'm retiring," Osbourne said in an official statement. "This will be my final world tour, but I can't say I won't do some shows here and there." here.

Jeff Lynne's ELO Add Dates To North American Tour
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Due to high demand Jeff Lynne's ELO have announced that they have added some additional dates to their first North American tour in over 30 years which will be taking place next summer.

The newly added dates include a new stop in the Los Angeles area at the Forum on August 5th, following the previously announced show on that will be taking place on August 4th.

A second New York City show has also been added. The band will be playing an additional show at Madison Square Garden on August 22nd, following the already announced concert the previous night.

The summer tour will be kicking off on August 2nd in Oakland, Ca at the Oracle Arena and will wrap up on August 24th in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center.

Jeff Lynne had these comments, "Our Audiences are amazing. It's like they're in the group. We can't wait to play for them again."

ELO Summer Tour Dates:
Thursday, August 2, 2018 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Saturday, August 4, 2018 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Sunday, August 5, 2018 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Friday, August 10, 2018 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Monday, August 13, 2018 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
Thursday, August 16, 2018 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
Saturday, August 18, 2018 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Friday, August 24, 2018 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE - LIVE IN SOUTH AMERICA - APRIL 2018

For the first time in 40 years fans in SOUTH AMERICA will witness GLENN HUGHES - "The Voice of Rock", perform a full concert of DEEP PURPLE classics live!

GLENN HUGHES played his last concert with DEEP PURPLE on March 15th, 1976 at Liverpool's Empire Theatre. That night, the British bassist and vocalist walked away from one of history's truly game-changing rock phenomena and never looked back... until now!

He arrives in South America during April 2018 for his special tour "Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple" for 11 powerful shows encompassing CHILE, ARGENTINA and BRAZIL.

Hughes comments:

"I'm incredibly excited to go out and play songs like Burn, Mistreated, Stormbringer and Getting Tighter, as well as some of those older songs that helped define the genre. I can assure you a concert that will blow your mind."

APRIL 2018
12th Teatro Municipal - Valparaiso, CHILE
14th Club Chocolate - Santiago, CHILE
15th Teatro Flores - Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
17th Centro de Convencoes, Sala Planalto - Brasilia, BRAZIL
19th Cine Theatro Brasil - Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL
21st Tropical Butanta - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL
22nd Studio Mirage - Limeira, BRAZIL
24th Opera de Arame - Curitiba, BRAZIL
26th Porao do Alemao - Manaus, BRAZIL
28th Bar Opiniao - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL
29th Circo Voador - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL

Tickets on sale now!

With one of the heaviest repertoires known for rock, with sound and lighting production values befitting the legend, the
performance of classic DEEP PURPLE songs by GLENN HUGHES are destined to write a new page in the history of rock.

More info. @ http://www.glennhughes.com/ctc/bulletins/glenn-hughes-performs-classic-deep-purple-live-in-south-amerca-april-2018/


VANILLA FUDGE, iconic psychedelic rock band releases new DVD/CD, Live At Sweden Rock - The 50th Anniversary.

2 Disc Set is Available December 8th from MIG Music/ MVD

In the small Swedish town of Nörje near Sölvesborg, on July 9, 2016, in front of an audience of thousands, four American musicians gave a blistering performance that would encapsulate five decades of rock’n’roll history. The performance was at the legendary SWEDEN ROCK festival; the band was VANILLA FUDGE.

Now a complete audio and video document of that much-acclaimed show is available for everyone to hear, see and enjoy. As they celebrate a half-century of cutting edge music and live performances, VANILLA FUDGE will release the CD/ DVD of LIVE AT SWEDEN ROCKS- THE 50th ANNIVERSARY.

VANILLA FUDGE LIVE AT SWEDEN ROCK TRAILER

Available now on MIG Records and distributed by MVD, LIVE AT SWEDEN ROCK presents the band in its rawest and most honest setting. Guitar, bass, drums and keyboards hold down the music, while the perfectly blended voices of the group provide the color behind the compelling lead vocals of Mark Stein. The result is a band that sounds just as strong and relevant today as it did in 1967.

“Quite honestly, even though Vanilla Fudge has been together for half a century,” says lead vocalist and keyboardist Mark Stein, “ I really never tire of playing these songs and arrangements because the energy level never seems to dissipate. It is that very energy that we feel from the audience that keeps us always feeling young and inspired.”

Adds drummer Carmine Appice: “It was a great time playing the Sweden Rock festival. To see all those people enjoying our set was a great feeling.”

The album features powerful psychedelic re-workings of classic songs from The Doors, The Monkees, Spencer Davis, Donovan and Led Zeppelin, along with the Fudge’s distinctive musical take on the Motown and R&B classics, “Shotgun” "Take Me For A Little While" and “You Keep Me Hanging On.”

“It was our European Woodstock,” says guitarist Vinny Martell. “On the day we played Sweden Rocks, I met fans who had been trapped behind the Iron Curtain across the Baltic when we first became famous. They finally had a chance to see the band at Sweden Rock; when they were young they had only heard our recordings on Radio Free Europe.”

With Stein, Appice and Martell in place, along with bassist Pete Bremy, Vanilla Fudge is one of a handful of 60s bands who are still intact with most of its founding members.

Originally formed in 1967 out of the ashes of The Pigeons, with Stein, Appice, Martell and bassist Tim Bogert, the band was soon renamed Vanilla Fudge, because of its musical concept of four New York-based white musicians playing

re-vamped rock versions of popular soul hits. Sold out world tours; hit albums and singles; and a reputation as a group steeped in cutting-edge musicianship has allowed Vanilla Fudge to be one of the most influential acts to rise from the revolutionary 1960s. The group has remained together off and on ever since, with Bogert departing in 2006 after a motorcycle accident and his decision to retire.

In addition to playing together (including appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show), the members also reached considerable success over the years as solo artists, in their own right. Among the band’s biggest fans is musician Paul Shaffer, former leader of the Late Night with David Letterman Show band for decades: "The Vanilla Fudge slowed down ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ and with that one soulful record, effectively invented progressive rock.”

“Playing with Carmine and Mark now is like waking up in the middle of a long solo that started in 1967,” laughs Martell, who, is also a US Navy veteran. ”Is it tomorrow? Lets call it Vanilla Haze…” 

Upon the release of LIVE AT SWEDEN ROCK- THE 50th ANNIVERSARY, Vanilla Fudge will resume its schedule of live performances, including an appearance on the ROCK LEGENDS VI CRUISE, with Sammy Hagar and Bad Company, among others.

“I hope we can reach our next anniversary at 55 years,” says Appice. “We plan to keep playing, recording and moving forward.” Mark Stein agrees: “I can only hope that Vanilla Fudge continues to move forward by playing as many shows as we can while we still can. I believe the only way to stay youthful at our age as a rock band is by continuing to do that.”

“We should spread our message of unity and peace in this chaotic world,” says Vinny Martell. “The hippies were right, man.”

Yes, they were… and, so is Vanilla Fudge.

For more information, please visit:

www.VanillaFudge.com

John Mayer Hospitalized For Emergency Surgery
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John Mayer has been rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy, forcing Dead & Company, the band he's currently touring in, to postpone at least one show.

The band, consisting of Mayer along with former members of the Grateful Dead , announced Mayer's health scare on social media. The group posted the following tweet yesterday:

"Early this morning, Tuesday, December 5th, John Mayer was admitted into the hospital for emergency appendectomy forcing the Dead & Company December 5th concert in New Orleans to be postponed," the band tweeted. Read more here.

Robert Plant Reacts To Latest Led Zeppelin Reunion Question
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With the recent release of Carry Fire, his eleventh studio album, Robert Plant has put out more albums than his famed previous band Led Zeppelin. Still, his career as the lead singer of the band that pioneered modern hard rock music will always overshadow everything else he does.

Even though it's been almost four decades since Led Zeppelin disbanded, Plant was recently asked about a potential 2018 reunion in an interview on Team Rock. His answer: "All these magazines and internet platforms should be supporting new music and help new musicians to find an audience, instead of dwelling on the old crap all the time. It's like there is nothing new and exciting out there any more, when in fact there is. So stop living in the past. Open your ears and your eyes. It's not that difficult, is it?"

Plant's not at all keen on the idea of writing his memoirs either. He recalls that his bandmates and him were "social deviants, pushed out to the corners of society" and that, "we were representing a challenge to the order. So do we want to chum up and cuddle up to the whole idea of going to a publisher and telling stories? I mean, what - who - for? Those stories are locked nicely between my two ever-growing ear holes. So f*** it. There's a lot in there, and that's where it's staying." Read more here.

John Mayall Reflects On Former Bandmate Eric Clapton
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Having just finished a 36-date autumn tour across the UK, blues pioneer and hugely influential bandleader John Mayall spoke with Music Radar in an article titled '5 Minutes Alone: John Mayall."

Talking about his time with Clapton, Mayall said, "Eric is fantastic, he and I got on so well and I think it showed in the music. But, he's a restless person and he was finding his own roots back then. When he left the Bluesbreakers he wanted to explore his own potential, which he has done ever since."

The secret of finding the best talent in the business? "All of the guitar players that I have chosen to work with have something that sets them apart from each other. I think that the individuality of the performer is the most important thing." Read more here.

Freddie Mercury 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Biopic Director Fired
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Director Bryan Singer has responded to being fired from the forthcoming biopic about the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, "Bohemian Rhapsody". After being relieved up his duties for unprofessional behavior, Singer now claims that Fox movie studios wouldn't allow him time off from the film to care for a sick parent.

"I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first," Singer said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine," he continued. "With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control."

The firing came after reports of friction between Singer and lead actor, Rami Malek, who's portraying Queen's Freddie Mercury in the movie. Read more here.

Neil Young Offers His Archives For Free
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Neil Young takes his campaign in support of quality audio a step further, with the launch of his back catalogue website, the Neil Young Archives which is currently available for free.

Essentially, the Neil Young Archives hosts every bit of media Young has created throughout his long and storied career. Admittedly, with the release over the weekend of The Visitor, Young's thirty-ninth studio album, it would appear that the archive serves as a great promotional tool. That being said, it really is so much more. (sign up for free here)

Delving deep into the archive reveals riches of previously unreleased music from one of rock's most prolific artists, showcasing more than a half century's worth of music, starting with the song 'Aurora' with his first band The Squires (from 1963) all the way to his current album The Visitor, with lots of historic milestones in between. As Young says in a welcome message on the site, "it is not yet complete as we are still adding a lot of detail to the older recordings," though in addition to audio material there's also photographs, videos, song credits and assorted information. (Some music, including some of his work with Buffalo Springfield and with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, is not streaming yet, but it's possible copyright issues are being worked out). here.


PROG Magazine Premieres New Video By Chilean Prog Ensemble Aisles!

Chilean Prog ensemble Aisles, South America's most acclaimed prog band of the last 20 years, is releasing their “Live from Estudio del Sur” sessions. The first of four videos is for the song “Clouds Motion” from Aisles' debut studio album, “The Yearning.” Says Aisles guitarist, Germán Vergara, “The reason why we chose to record 'Clouds Motion' is because, even though it's one of our oldest tunes, to this day it still represents all of us and it is one of the favorite songs of the audience that has followed us from the beginning of our career.”

UK's PROG Magazine has premiered Aisles new video for “Clouds Motion”: http://teamrock.com/news/2017-12-05/watch-aisles-perform-clouds-motion-live-in-the-studio

Director Bernardo Quesney, renowned for his work with Chilean rock and pop artists like Gepe and Javiera Mena adds: “I had never worked with a band so meticulous in the performance of their music. Their songs are a journey, as they are not just about seeing Aisles play, but there is an actual musical conversation and a challenge between the instruments.”

Watch Aisles new video for “Clouds Motion”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOq0Y-SALFM ;

Aisles are currently closing the promotion cycle of “Hawaii,” their most successful album to date. “Hawaii” has been highly acclaimed by Chile's most important radio station (Futuro), by South America's largest rock magazine (Rockaxis) and by international media outlets such as PROG (UK), Neoprog (France) and All About the Rock (UK). In October 2016, the band visited Europe for the second time in their career, playing shows in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and England. In 2017, Aisles went on their first US and Mexico tours, with appearances at Progstock (New Jersey), Progtoberfest (Chicago), and Fest Prog Jazz (Mexico City). Additionally, the band performed at the Marillion Weekend Chile and opened for Dutch prog legends Focus in Santiago.

Check out Aisles free compilation album download: http://bit.do/aisles-compilation

With four studio albums and a career spanning twelve years, Aisles have become South America's most acclaimed prog act of the last decade. Their daring combination of rock, fusion, jazz and world music illustrates the band’s uniquely eclectic approach. The group has played in South America and Europe, and their albums have been released in Europe, the Americas, and Japan.

In 2009 their second album “In Sudden Walks” was nominated for Best Foreign Record in the Italian Prog Awards and the group was invited to open the 11th Progressive Rock Festival Crescendo in France. Their third album, “4:45 AM” (2013) was widely acclaimed worldwide and was chosen among the best albums of that year in a number of specialized publications. “Hawaii” (July, 2016), their fourth studio album was called a “masterpiece” and named one of the albums of the year by media outlets such as Prog (England), Neoprog (France), Raw Ramp (England) and Chile's premiere rock magazine, Rockaxis.

On Saturday December 9th, Aisles will be streaming their live show from Valparaíso at 9:00 PM CLST, 5:00 PM PST, 7:00 PM EST on this link: www.facebook.com/rockaxisonline

Aisles are:
Germán Vergara: guitar, vocals
Felipe Candia: drums, percussion
Sebastián Vergara: lead vocals
Rodrigo Sepúlveda: guitar, vocals
Daniel Concha: bass
Juan Pablo Gaete: keyboards

For more information:
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6J59KdFHCHPSmiGhN5JoKb
Aisles official store: http://www.aislesproject.com/aisles/store/hawaii.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aislesproject
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aislesproject
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aislesproject/
Upside Down video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf5rq6G0X28
Club Hawaii lyric video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9Xx_UcJC3Y

Guns N' Roses Star Announces Solo Album
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Longtime Guns N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed, who joined the group in the Use Your Illusion era, has announced the release of his debut solo album early next year.

The 12-track effort will be entitled "Rock 'N Roll Ain't Easy" and is set to be released on February 16th. Reed has given fans an early taste of what is to come with a stream of the track "This Don't Look Like Vegas."

The song, which can be streamed here, features vocals from Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick. The album is also said to feature a guest appearance from Reed's GNR bandmate Richard Fortus.

Tracklisting: "This Don't Look Like Vegas" - "Mother Theresa" - "Cheers to R Oblivion" - "Fragile Water" - "Dirty Bomb" - "Mystery in Exile" - "I Celebrate" - "Understanding" - "Crestfallen" - "Forgotten Cases" - "Reparations" - "Rock 'N Roll Ain't Easy"

FOZZY TO CONTINUE THEIR 'JUDAS RISING TOUR' INTO 2018

DATES KICK OFF FEBRUARY 28

FOZZY, the active rock band led by Chris Jericho, will continue to rock their fans across America on their Judas Rising Tour with newly added tour dates in 2018.  Set to launch February 28 in New Orleans, LA, the 25-date trek will take the band (Jericho: vocals, Rich Ward: guitars, vocals, Frank Fontsere: drums, Billy Grey: guitars and Paul DiLeo: bass) from east to west, including stops in Los Angeles on March 10 and New York City on April 5, before bringing them back across the country through the spring. Through Fire, Santa Cruz and Dark Star Choir will round out the bill for the night of rock headlined by FOZZY. Tickets for these newly announced dates (see below for list) go on sale to the public Friday, December 8.

"I'm stoked to do this extensive tour of the States now that 'Judas,' the song, is a Top 5 rock radio hit and Judas, the album, has gone top 40!" says Chris Jericho.  "Fozzy is bigger than we've ever been, which means bigger production, bigger songs and bigger lighted jackets! So we can't wait to rock your literal socks off starting in February!! JUDAS IS RISING!"

"I started playing guitar because of how deeply powerful the experience of going to concerts was for me," Rich Ward adds.  "With a hit single and a new album pushing Fozzy to new heights, I can't wait to get back on the road in America to capture the power that only live music can create. Make sure to bring a helmet and your dancing shoes when Fozzy rolls through your town."

The upcoming dates come on the heels of the October release of the band's seventh album, JUDAS (Century Media), which Loudwire named as one of the top 25 albums of 2017, saying the band has continued "honing their craft and steadily improving. JUDAS is their most polished and fully realized album, and should be their most successful, as well."

The album's title-track and single "Judas" was released in May 2017, becoming a top 5 hit at active rock radio.  The song also spent five weeks at number one on the highly influential 'Big Uns Countdown' on Sirius/XM's Octane channel and has amassed over 11 million views for its video on YouTube (view here).  Cryptic Rock (10-13-17) says the song is "A passionate and bombastic tune showcasing the band's irresistible energy and uncanny ability to rock hard, it is as good as it gets."

In their more than 20-year career, FOZZY has always been about hard work, dedication and delivering great rock n roll to their devoted fans worldwide; reminding them that music is all about invoking dirty, sweaty jubilation and doing it loudly!  However, calling them just "entertainers" would be abridging their talent as Ward is one of the most versatile, underrated riffers in rock n roll and Jericho's vocal range and passion for music makes one wonder just how he is able to excel in pretty much everything he does. Throw in the powerhouse rock solid drumming of Fontsere, the blazing leads of Grey and the genius and energy of returning bassist DiLeo and it's no surprise that FOZZY has skyrocketed into becoming one of the hottest rock acts in years.

FOZZY's 2018 tour dates are as follows:

DATE

 

CITY

VENUE

Wed

2/28

New Orleans, LA

The Parish at House of Blues

Thu

3/1

Houston, TX

Scout Bar

Fri

3/2

Dallas, TX

Canton Hall

Sat

3/3

Lubbock, TX

Jake's

Sun

3/4

El Paso, TX

Speaking Rock Casino

Wed

3/7

Tucson, AZ

Club X's

Thu

3/8

Phoenix, AZ

Marquee Theater

Fri

3/9

San Diego, CA

House of Blues

Sat

3/10

Los Angeles, CA

The Whisky

Sun

3/11

Las Vegas, NV

Counts Vamp'd

Tue

3/13

San Francisco, CA

Slim's

Thu

3/15

Portland, OR

Dante's

Fri

3/16

Seattle, WA

Studio Seven

Tue

3/27

Milwaukee, WI

Turner Ballroom

Wed

3/28

Chicago, IL

Bottom Lounge

Thu

3/29

Grand Rapids, MI

Intersection

Fri

3/30

Detroit, MI

Shelter

Sat

3/31

Dayton, OH

Oddbody's

Mon

4/2

Cleveland, OH

House of Blues

Tue

4/3

Pittsburgh, PA

Jergel's

Wed

4/4

Clifton Park, NY

Upstate Concert Hall

Thu

4/5

New York, NY

The Gramercy

Fri

4/6

Philadelphia, PA

The Foundry

Sat

4/7

Portland, ME

Aura

Sun

4/8

Hampton Beach, NH

Wally's Pub

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JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES to Release "It's Alive!" Live Album in January

Physical Pre-Orders Coming Soon | Available Digitally via www.john-5.com

"It's Alive!" U.S. Tour to Begin February 1 in Orlando, FL | VIP Packages Available

JOHN 5 and The Creatures (bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix) are set to release a brand new live album, It's Alive!, in January. Becoming available on Thursday, January 25, 2018, It's Alive! is the first album released by the world-renowned guitarist to be featured on vinyl. A stunning 24-page, full color tour book covering the JOHN 5 and The Creatures tour journeys so far will also be available for separate purchase.

Pre-orders are available now at www.john-5.com/store, with more options coming soon. Fans can check back to www.john-5.com for updates.

JOHN 5 says about the recording of It's Alive!, "I remember pulling up to a beautiful venue that we played in Sellersville, Pennsylvania and before we were unloading the equipment, the soundman said, 'Hey guys, would you like to record the show?' We said, 'sure that would be amazing!' I always wanted to have a really great recording of the show. We were a few weeks into the show so we were really well rehearsed, so I said, 'Alright guys, let's not jump around. Let's just really try to get a great performance because we only have one shot - no other shows if we mess up!' So, we explained to the crowd that we would be recording. You can hear that on the recording of the album, which makes it very magical. It came out amazingly! That's the magic of live albums to me - capturing the performance."

It's Alive! track listing:
1. Guitars, Tits and Monsters
2. Flight of The Vulcan Kelly
3. Six Hundred and Sixty Six Pickers In Hell, CA
4. Here's to the Crazy Ones
5. This is my Rifle
6. Jiffy Jam
7. Hall Haw
8. Season Of The Witch
9. The Nightmare Unravels
10. Portrait of Sydney Sloan
11. Triple D
12. Black Grass Plague
13. Behind The Nut Love
14. Making Monsters
15. Beat It
16. Now Fear This
17. Medley

JOHN 5 adds, "I'm so proud of it that I wanted to put it out and also tour it like bands used to tour live albums back in the 70s. I thought that was so cool! I've put out a lot of records, so I thought - goddammit, I'm going to do it!"

JOHN 5 and The Creatures will begin an extensive tour of the United States in February for a first leg, and will pick back up in late March for a second. The tour will start in Orlando, FL on February 1 and come to an end in Tacoma, WA on April 21. Tickets will become available very soon, and VIP packages will be available exclusively at www.john-5.com/store.

Many songs that will be heard on tour and on It's Alive! can be found in their original form via the latest JOHN 5 and The Creatures studio album, Season Of The Witch. The album can be ordered via iTunes, Amazon and John-5.com, or streamed via Spotify. Season Of The Witch showcases experimentation with various genres - including western swing, Spanish flamenco, heavy metal and more - thoroughly showcasing JOHN 5's diverse virtuosic abilities.

About JOHN 5:

JOHN 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, as well as playing session with Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Slash has called JOHN 5, "one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around" and Rob Zombie has dubbed him "a fucking shredder". JOHN 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Avril Lavigne, Garbage, Ricky Martin and others. Season Of The Witch follows his previous solo work, Careful With That Axe, which debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon release in 2014.

JOHN 5 and The Creatures is:
JOHN 5 - guitars
Ian Ross - bass
Logan Miles Nix - drums

JOHN 5 online:
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www.twitter.com/john5guitarist
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Stone Temple Pilots Announce First Tour With New Frontman
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Fans will soon be able to witness Stone Temple Pilots perform on tour with their brand new frontman Jeff Gutt, who was recently confirmed as the replacement for the late Scott Weiland.

The band have previously released "Meadow", their first song with the new lineup, and this week announced a short tour this coming March followed by some music festival appearances in the spring.

They will be kicking things off on March 2nd in Santa Clarita, Ca. at The Canyon and wrapping up the trek on March 17th in Billings, Mt at Pub Station Ballroom.

The band will also be playing a handful of the leading spring music festivals including Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock and Rock on the Range. Guitarist Dean DeLeo had the following to say, "We are thrilled to see all of you and share in the music that belongs to all of us."

Stone Temple Pilots Tour Dates
03/2 - Santa Clarita, Ca - The Canyon
03/4 - San Diego, Ca - Observatory
03/8 - Pasadena, Ca - The Rose
03/9 - Las Vegas, Nv. - House of Blues
03/10 - Phoenix, Az. - Marquee
03/12 - San Francisco, Ca - Fillmore
03/13 - Sacramento, Ca - Ace of Spades
03/15 - Portland, Or - Roseland
03/16 - Boise, Id - Knitting Factory
03/17 - Billings, Mt - Pub Station Ballroom
04/28 - Jacksonville, Fl - Welcome to Rockville
04/29 - Fort Lauderdale, Fl. - Fort Rock Festival
05/20 - Columbus, Oh - Rock on the Range

Ozzy Osbourne and Godsmack Lead Music Festival Lineup
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Ozzy Osbourne and Godsmack will be headlining this year's Fort Rock music festival which will be moving to a new home for this year's 6th annual installment.

The festival will also feature performances from Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Shinedown, and Breaking Benjamin when it descends on Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida on April 28th and 29th.

Godsmack's Shannon Larkin shared his excitement about the band closing out the first night's lineup, "Hey Ft. Lauderdale! It's Shannon from Godsmack, here to announce the band's return to Fort Rock on April 28th. It's been a couple years since we've played in Florida, and 3 out of 4 of us call the Sunshine State our home, so we are STOKED to jam with all our homies and all the great rock fans that have supported us for 20 years! Get ready to get Smacked!!"

Saturday, April 28: Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Halestorm, Bullet For My Valentine, Underoath, Trivium, Hatebreed, Texas Hippie Coalition, Power Trip, '68, Bad Wolves

Sunday, April 29: Ozzy Osbourne, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Sour, Stone Temple Pilots, Killswitch Engage, Hollywood Undead, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Red Sun Rising, Avatar, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Toothgrinder

Royal Blood Announce U.S. Spring Tour
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UK rockers Royal Blood have announced that they will be returning stateside for dates for a spring 2018 US tour in support of their latest album, "How Did We Get So Dark?"

Following a series of shows opening for Queens Of The Stone Age, the duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher will launch their own headlining run in Brooklyn, NY on May 28. Tickets will go on sale Friday, December 8 at noon EST.

Produced by Joylon Thomas and Tom Dalgety, "How Did We Get So Dark?" debuted atop the UK charts upon its release in June to duplicate the success of the band's 2014 self-titled record, the fastest-selling British rock debut album in their native country in three years.

Royal Blood will play three US shows this week, including stops in Houston, TX (Dec 5), Las Vegas, NV (Dec 6), and the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas event in Inglewood, CA on December 9. See the dates here.

Former Iron Maiden Star Thunderstick Plots Live Return
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The masked drummer Thunderstick, who once pounded the skins for metal legends Iron Maiden and Bruce Dickinson's former band Samson, is planning a live return next year.

Barry Graham Purkis (aka Thunderstick) will be launching the full band shows in support of the first Thunderstick album in over thirty years, 'Something Wicked This Way Comes', which was released back in July.

Thunderstick has announced the first of 2018 live appearances will be taking place at next year's Hard Rock Hell festival which is set for November 8-11th, 2018 in North Wales, with additional live shows to be announced soon.

Purkis had this to say, "I am delighted to announce that Thunderstick will be touring in 2018. The inclusion of the new reformed Thunderstick on the HRH bill for 2018 has given me both a feeling of pride and a real sense of achievement. It has been over 30 years since a Thunderstick band have toured.

"The genuine love that we have received from fans, from other musicians and from the music press in support of the 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' album has given us the impetus to once more crusade and fly the flag for NWOBHM / Classic Rock live".

He added, "The new shows will not only feature Thunderstick material, but also some Samson tracks. We want to pay respect to the Samson legacy by reliving the intensity of those songs."

Pearl Jam Announce 2018 International Tour Dates
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Pearl Jam have announced dates for shows in South America and Europe next year. The band will open their 2018 live schedule with a four-date run in South America in March that will see them play Lollapalooza festivals in Chile, Argentina and Brazil, as well as a headline concert in Rio de Janiero, Brazil

The Seattle rockers will kick off a 14-date European tour in Amsterdam on June 12, with the run delivering the group's first performance in Rome since 1996 and first-ever concerts in Padova, IT and Kraków, PL. They'll also play a series of festival dates, including appearances at Pinkpop in the Netherlands, Italy's I-Days, Belgium's Rock Werchter, Spain's Mad Cool and Portugal's NOS Alive events.

A ticket pre-sale has started for current Pearl Jam Ten Club members, with information detailing on-sale dates by city available at pearljam.com Tickets for Rock Werchter, Mad Cool Festival, and NOS Alive Festival are on sale now, with ticket information for Pinkpop and I-Days Festival to be announced in the coming weeks. See the dates and the promo video for the trek here.

Best Songs On U2's New Album 'Songs of Experience'
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The new U2 album, quite frankly, is a lot. Far from a hastily-made affair dashed off to cash in on the enormous goodwill the band built up over the course of this year's anniversary tour for The Joshua Tree, U2's latest studio effort sounds like an inspired veteran band working hard to make relevant, vital music in 2017.

Spread across 17 tracks (including three bonus tracks and a Kygo remix), Songs of Experience feels affected by the band's nostalgic tour, with elements of that era's beloved sound readily apparent throughout the album.

This should be all good news for U2 fans, as there is plenty of strong material to take in here. These are our five favorites from U2's Songs of Experience.

"You're the Best Thing About Me": U2 scored with the album's first single, which juxtaposes a loose guitar riff with a rousing chorus. The uplifting anthem is sure to elevate spirits on the band's upcoming tour. The Kygo remix is worth a spin also, effectively taking the tune's joy to the dance floor.

"Get Out of Your Own Way": Bono delivers a dose of self-help inspiration over a chugging track reminiscent of U2's glory days. Refined to a fine production point, it's another new track that will fit seamlessly with the band's classics in a live setting.

"Red Flag Day": This urgent track lurches with the nervous energy of late '70s/early '80s post-punk, with Adam Clayton's bass lines battling the Edge's slashing, razor-sharp guitars. The distant backing vocals in the chorus are reminiscent of the band's earliest releases, like something that could be found on the October album. See which other songs were selected by Radio.com here.

STYX ALREADY RACKING UP SHOWS FOR 2018: HEADLINING TREK STARTS JANUARY 18 LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY AT THE VENETIAN JANUARY 26/27/31 AND FEBRUARY 2/3

CO-HEADLINING TREK WITH REO SPEEDWAGON AND SPECIAL GUEST DON FELDER STARTS MARCH 13

December 4, 2017 -- Legendary and multi-Platinum rockers STYX--Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo—are getting ready to wrap up another busy year of touring in the U.S., having performed over 100 shows. They’re not showing any signs of taking a break from touring in 2018.

Earlier this summer, STYX announced another special five-night limited engagement with DON FELDER -at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas. Presented by SiriusXM, “Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane,” will take place at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas on January 26, 27, 31 and February 2, 3, 2018. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com, Venetian.com, any box office at The Venetian or The Palazzo, or by calling 702 414 9000 or 866 641 7469.

In addition to the residency in Las Vegas, the rest of STYX’s 2018 tour schedule is already starting to take shape. They’ll join forces once again with fellow legends REO SPEEDWAGON, and very special guest star DON FELDER—formerly of the Eagles—for month-long trek starting in Duluth, MN on March 13 at the Amsoil Arena. Tickets for various cities go on sale starting December 1.

STYX is on the road in support of their highly anticipated and critically acclaimed 16th studio album, THE MISSION, which skyrocketed onto various Billboard charts—including #6 on the “Top Rock Albums” and #11 “Vinyl Albums” charts--upon its release thanks to a solid album that connected with their longtime fans as well as new fans who are discovering them for the first time.

THE MISSION--which was recorded over a two-year period at Blackbird Studios, The Shop, and 6 Studio Amontillado in Nashville--displays the best aspects of the ongoing in-harmony musical intersection of the six-man STYX team: the guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, co-founding guitarist/vocalist James “JY” Young, keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan, original bassist Chuck Panozzo, drummer/percussionist Todd Sucherman, and bassist Ricky Phillips.

Check out STYX at any of the following stops (with more to be announced on STYXWorld.com in the coming weeks):
DATE        CITY            VENUE

Headlining:
Thu 1/18    Tupelo, MS        Bancrop South Arena
Fri 1/19        Lake Charles, LA    Golden Nugget Lake Charles
Tue 1/23    Salt Lake City, UT    Delta Hall at Eccles Theatre
Fri 1/26        Las Vegas, NV        Venetian Theatre/The Venetian
Sat 1/27    Las Vegas, NV        Venetian Theatre/The Venetian
Sun 1/28    Beverly Hills, CA    Saban Theatre
Wed 1/31    Las Vegas, NV        Venetian Theatre/The Venetian
Fri 2/2        Las Vegas, NV        Venetian Theatre/The Venetian
Sat 2/3        Las Vegas, NV        Venetian Theatre/The Venetian
Wed 2/21    Pasadena, CA        The Rose
Thu 2/22    Phoenix, AZ        Celebrity Theatre
Sat 2/24    Pala, CA        Pala Casino & Resort
Fri 3/2        French Lick, IN        French Lick Resort and Casino
Sat 3/3        New Buffalo, MI        Silver Creek Event Center
Mon 3/5    Jamaica        ‘70s Rock & Romance Cruise

With REO Speedwagon and Don Felder:
Tue 3/13    Duluth, MN        Amsoil Arena
Wed 3/14    Bismarck, ND        Bismarck Event Center
Fri 3/16        Brookings, SD        Swiftel Center
Sat 3/17    Moline, IL        TaxSlayer Center
Mon 3/19    Grand Rapids, MI    Van Andel Arena
Tue 3/20    Saginaw, MI        Dow Event Center Arena
Fri 3/23        Cape Girardeau, MO    Show Me Center – SMSU
Sat 3/24    Springfield, MO        JQH Arena (No Don Felder)
Sun 3/25    Park City, KS        Hartman Arena
Wed 4/4            Charlottesville, VA         John Paul Jones Arena
Fri 4/6        Huntington, WV        Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Sat 4/7        Greenville, SC        Bon Secours Arena
Sun 4/8        Tuscaloosa, AL        Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
Tue 4/10    N. Little Rock, AR    Verizon Arena
Wed 4/11    Lafayette, LA        Cajun Dome
Sat 4/14    Orange Beach, AL    The Wharf Amphitheatre
Sun 4/15    Charleston, SC        North Charleston Coliseum

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Eagles Add New Dates To North American Tour
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The Eagles have expanded their 2018 tour of North America with the addition of seven concert dates. Following the passing of Glenn Frey last year, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit have rounded out their lineup with Frey's son, Deacon, and country star Vince Gill.

Following their original announcement last week, the band will now perform the trek's opener in Indianapolis, IN on March 12 alongside newly-added shows in St, Louis, MO (Mar 18), Des Moines, IA Mar 21), Calgary, AB (May 14), Edmonton, AB (May 15), Tulsa, OK (Jun 17) and New Orleans, LA (Jun 20).

An American Express Card Members presale starts Tuesday, December 5 at 10 AM local time, while other presale options are also available - learn more about the ticket sales in your market at eagles.com. General public seats will be available Friday, December 8. See the dates here.

Prince's Last Year The Focus Of New Documentary
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When he passed away in April 2016, Prince was only fifty-seven and presumably, had much more music and work left in him. It's now been announced that a popular UK television channel, UK's Channel 4, will air a documentary in 2018 that chronicles Prince's Piano & A Microphone tour, the only solo tour he ever played.

The documentary will also cover Prince's secret gig at the White House in 2015, when he and Stevie Wonder performed. It then follows him on his solo tour, described in a Channel 4 announcement as, "the sound of Prince stripped bare; the simplicity of these performances showed Prince in reflective mode, all the more poignant in hindsight, as these would be his final shows."

The documentary will feature interviews with George Clinton, Reverend Al Sharpton, Cee-Lo Green as well as insights from his friend Van Jones, the singer Eryn Allen Kane and his former girlfriend Andy Allo. Prince's Last Year will also "follow the musical and political passions of Prince's life" and present a "is a compelling insight into this complex and contradictory character." It will also examine his "long-standing addiction to painkillers" and how they played a role in his demise. here.

Black Sabbath Release Video Of Final Children Of The Grave Performance
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Black Sabbath have released an online streaming video of their 1971 classic, "Children Of The Grave", from their newly-released farewell concert film, "The End."

The tune was the second single from the band's third album, "Master Of Reality", which peaked at No. 8 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to eventually selling more than 2 million copies in the country.

Directed by Dick Carruthers (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Oasis), "The End" presents the last concert under the Sabbath brand by three-quarters of the original lineup in their hometown of Birmingham, England this past February.

"To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special," says the group. "It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans, who've been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we'd be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf."

Available via Blu-ray/CD, DVD/CD, 2CD and 3LP configurations, all visual formats feature special bonus material of the band playing a selection of their favorite songs not performed on the farewell trek; these intimate live sessions at Angelic Studios were recorded in the days after their final live performance. Watch the video here.

Queen's Return Was Inspired By Adam Lambert
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In his new book Queen in 3-D, guitarist Brian May talks about how the band decided to call on American Idol alum Adam Lambert to fill in for their legendary lead singer Freddie Mercury.

He starts by revealing that drummer Roger Taylor and he weren't even looking for a singer at the time: "After we'd finished touring with Paul Rodgers, once again Roger and I felt we were done, and probably that would be the end of Queen touring. We didn't go out looking for a singer who sounded like Freddie and we didn't embark on one of these TV searches for stars. We just quietly got on with our business. But fate was to intervene. A gift from God?!"

He then talks about hearing of Lambert's progress on American Idol, his rendition of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' on the show and how people told him that Lambert "is the natural successor to Freddie; he is the guy you should be touring with." May then goes on to recount how they finally made the decision to invite Lambert to perform with them.

He does however, have some idea of what Freddie Mercury would have to say about his replacement: "I always think that Freddie, with a wicked smile, would say something like 'I hate you, Madam Lambert,' because even Freddie would have been gobsmacked at his range and his ability to reinterpret these songs which the four of us originally created together." Read more here.

U2's Saturday Night Live Performances Streaming Online
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U2 launched their new album, "Songs Of Experience", with a performance on NBC-TV"s Saturday Night Live on December 2 and video from the program is streaming online.

On the episode guest-hosted by Lady Bird actress and fellow Irishwoman Saoirse Ronan, the band delivered the tracks "American Soul" and "Get Out Of Your Own Way" from the project, which saw its release on December 1.

The companion to 2014's "Songs Of Innocence" was completed earlier this year with a series of producers - including Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas - following recording sessions in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles.

The two projects draw inspiration from a collection of poems, "Songs Of Innocence And Experience", by the 18th century English mystic and poet William Blake.

U2 will begin a North American tour in support of "Songs Of Experience" on May 2 in Tulsa, OK. Watch the SNL performances here.

Warren Haynes, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Lead Elmore James Tribute
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A tribute album, Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James, is out on January 26th 2018. The tribute album to the so-called "King of the Slide Guitar," is timed to what would have been James' 100th birthday. Consisting of 13-tracks, the collection puts James' legendary body of work in the hands of numerous interpreters from blues, soul, country, pop, and Americana - including Keb' Mo', Warren Haynes, Billy Gibbons, Tom Jones, Rodney Crowell, Bettye LaVette, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer and more.

Elmore James died at age 45 in 1963 of a heart attack and never reaped the rewards of the late-'60s blues revival. However, his music is a crucial bridge between generations of blues artists - from Robert Johnson (with whom James played) to Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and beyond. "Dust My Broom" - although a Robert Johnson song, it's best-known interpretation is by Elmore James - was later covered by ZZ Top, Canned Heat, Johnny Winter and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.

Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James was produced by Marco Giovino. Marco also plays drums for the band Elmore's Latest Broomdusters, and the bulk of the backing material was played by this group, which also includes Rick Holmstrom (guitar), Doug Lancio (slide guitar), Rudy Copeland (Hammond B3), Viktor Krauss and Larry Taylor (bass). Read more including the full track/performer list here.