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Alex Lifeson Has Bad News For Rush Fans
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Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson shared an update on the band's status in a new interview with The Globe And Mail, telling the publication that the group is "basically done".

Following a 2013 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Rush performed the final show of their 40th anniversary R40 Live tour at The Forum in Los Angeles on August 1, 2015, leaving fans to wonder if the Canadian rock legends would return at some point in the future.

"It's been a little over two years since Rush last toured," explains Lifeson. "We have no plans to tour or record any more. We're basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.

"But I've actually been busier lately than I have been in a while," he continued. "I'm writing a lot. I'm writing on four or five different little projects. I get these requests to do guitar work with other people. It's really a lot of fun for me. It's low pressure: I get to be as creative as I want to be and I can work a little outside of the box, which is really attractive to me."

Lifeson will appear on Fu Manchu's new album, "Clone Of The Universe", which is due next month; the rocker is featured on an epic 18-minute track called "Il Mostro Atomico." here.

ROCK NEWS FOR 01/23/18

JOE SATRIANI’s WHAT HAPPENS NEXT ENTERS THE BILLBOARD TOP CURRENT ALBUMS CHART AND TOP ALBUM SALES CHART - BOTH AT #9 ENTERS THE BILLBOARD HARD ROCK ALBUM CHART AT #2 AND THE TOP ROCK ALBUM CHART AT #4
SATRIANI’S HIGHEST CHART POSITION OF HIS OVER 30-YEAR CAREER

JOE SATRIANI’s
16th studio album, What Happens Next, debuts today at #9 on Billboard’s Top Current Album chart as well as the Top Album Sales Chart. In addition, the album also debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hard Rock Album Chart and at #4 on the Top Rock Album Chart. This new, instrumentally electrifying album features a power trio of legendary status; SATRIANI on guitar and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Country Communion) and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) was originally released on January 12, 2018. 

Industry-renowned Guitar World Magazine, features SATRIANI on the current cover (March 2018 issue) and says of the new album, “What Happens Next, a new album oozing with funkalicious grooves and soulful stylings.”  While Yahoo! called the new album, “...a vortex of serious energy...”

SATRIANI will continue on his G3 tour entity, joined by Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard lead guitarist, Phil Collen on the two month trek.  The tour launched on January 11th in Seattle, WA will finish up on February 25 in Milwaukee, WI.  SATRIANI will then begin the G3 Europe leg on March 16th with Petrucci again joining, and Uli Roth rounding out the line-up.  The European trek will finish on April 30th in the UK.

For two decades, SATRIANI has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza.  His studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them.  His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.

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SAXON ANNOUNCE SECOND SINGLE & VIDEO "THEY PLAYED ROCK & ROLL" FROM NEW ALBUM "THUNDERBOLT" SET FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 2nd 

Saxon, the legendary English heavy metal band, has just released the second single and video “They Played Rock And Roll” from their new upcoming album ‘Thunderbolt.’  The video can be viewed at this location:  https://youtu.be/qaYK1SoXuQI

The song tells the story of Saxon's very first tour in 1979 with Motörhead” says frontman Biff Byford.  “I want people to get a flavor of what it was like in the UK in 79/80 for Saxon and Motörhead at the start of the 80s musical revolution.”

Saxon isn’t wasting any time in 2018. Following the critically acclaimed release of ‘Battering Ram’ in 2015, the heavy metal giants are set to release their latest studio album, ‘Thunderbolt,’ on February 2nd via the Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music).

Thunderbolt’ will feature original Artwork by long time Saxon collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.

“This is album 22, and it's called Thunderbolt” adds Byford. “It's a Storming Smashing Thundering collection of tracks we've been crafting with Producer,Andy Sneap and it's finished and ready to be unleashed. Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!” 

Three weeks later, the band will be embarking on the first leg of the Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour followed by a North American tour as special guests to Judas Priest

Since the 1970s Saxon has shown their ability to take rock ‘n’ roll and give it an electrifying edge which has since cemented their status as pioneers of the British heavy metal wave.  With over twenty studio albums under their belt, Saxon has made their steadfast dedication to creating a dynamic body of a work a staple of their career.

Thunderbolt Track Listing
Olympus Rising
Tunderbolt
The Secret of Flight
Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
They Played Rock and Roll
Predator
Sons of Odin
Sniper
A Wizard’s Tale
Speed Merchants
Roadie’s Song
Nosferatu(Raw Version)*
*not available on vinyl

Thunderbolt is available to pre-order now, in the following formats:
CD Album in Digipack
180 gms colored vinyl in a Gatefold
A Special Edition Boxset
Tape Cassette
Digital Download
Pre-order link: http://hyperurl.co/6j93n2 
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JOE PERRY SET FOR JANUARY 25 IN-STORE SIGNING AT NEWBURY COMICS IN HIS BOSTON, MA HOMETOWN TO CELEBRATE RELEASE OF NEW SOLO ALBUM 'SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO'

JOE PERRY--legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith--is set for an in-store album signing at Newbury Comics in his Boston, MA hometown.  The signing--in celebration of his just-released solo album, SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO--will start at 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 25.

Rolling Stone's Steve Appleford captured PERRY's two-hour, sold-out album release show last week (1/16) at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles that concluded with a climatic finish at the crescendo of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" as JOE smashed his guitar (see image below). "It was a ferocious finish to a two-hour performance of hard rock and muscular blues..." noted Appleford.

"I didn't know what else to do," PERRY told Rolling Stone in an interview the following day. "All of a sudden my guitar was in pieces...it was not anything I planned. It was just that the energy was overwhelming."

JOE was backed by guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Buck Johnson (keyboards/vocals/Aerosmith) and David Goodstein (drums) who performed the entire set that also featured guest appearances by Slash and Johnny DeppGary Cherone (Extreme/Van Halen) handled vocals for the bulk of the show, with other guest vocalists also lighting up the Roxy: Terry Reid, David Johanson, Robin Zander and Chris Robinson.

Released on his own Roman Records imprint (distributed worldwide by AMPED Distribution), SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO--which is available now 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)
Steven Van Zandt has chosen "Living in the USA" by Michael Des Barres as this week's Coolest Song in the World in Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM Channel 21!

From Yahoo!Music:  British rock legend Michael Des Barres has done and seen it all — from fronting bands Silverhead, Detective, Chequered Past, and the Power Station; to co-writing Animotion’s hit “Obsession”; to acting in everything from the Sidney Poitier classic To Sir With Love to MacGyver, on which he played the famous villain Murdoc.

But 2018 is shaping up to truly be Des Barres’s year. Not only will the ageless icon turn 70 on Jan. 24 and reprise his Murdoc role in the new MacGyver reboot on Feb. 2, but he’s releasing a timely new political single, “Living in the USA.” 

“Suddenly the ‘news’ became a source of division and anxiety for us all,” Des Barres tells Yahoo, explaining the inspiration for the fiery rock ‘n’ roll anthem that features his former Chequered Past bandmate, Blondie’s Clem Burke, on drums. “I realized that if I didn’t stand for something, I would fall over. The only weapons I have are music and images, and this video reflects my honest sentiments. I love this country, which has been my adopted home for decades. The concern from my listeners was and is so intense that I wrote this song to honor America, not to demean it. Kindness, courage, and three chords are a powerful force. Kick ass… don’t kiss it.

“To turn away from an accident and not help is analogous to not addressing the greed, elitism, and injustice that is happening in our beautiful country and around the world. This is why I wrote ‘Living in the USA.’” 

“Living in the USA” is available both digitally (iTunesAmazon) and as a limited-edition red vinyl 45 (with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody” on the B-side) via Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records.

Tool Star Says New Album Coming
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Tool's anticipated fifth studio album has been more than a decade in the making--and signs say it will be here very soon. Guitarist Adam Jones hosted an Instagram Live session over the weekend and an eagle-eyed fan saw a comment he wrote to a participant in the stream: "Music is done. Lyrics coming in hard."

The development could be good news for Tool fans: Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello described the band's new music (which he's heard) as "epic and brutal," while drummer Danny Carey told Loudwire that the album should be ready in the coming months.

"We'll probably have it done in the first half [of 2018] if things go as planned," Carey said last year. "There's setup times and manufacturing - I can never predict all that, it seems like it's constantly evolving."

However, the "lyrics coming in hard," could be interpreted in multiple ways. Frontman Maynard James Keenan has not been forthcoming on his contribution to the new album.

In May, Tool is set to perform at the Rock on the Range Festival alongside A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold and Alice in Chains. Could the Columbus, OH, festival be a launchpad for the new album? No matter what, it appears that the 12-year wait for Tool's fifth studio album will come to an end soon. Read more here.

Pearl Jam Announce 'The Home Shows' at Safeco Field
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Coming to the plate: Pearl Jam. The iconic rock outfit has announced "The Home Shows," a pair of concerts at Seattle's Safeco Field on Wednesday, August 8 and Friday, August 10.

The band is using the two-night event to put a spotlight on homelessness in and around Seattle, pledging a minimum $1 million donation to local initiatives addressing the issue in 2018.

Pearl Jam is challenging fans and those concerned with homelessness to help them raise at least $10 million by the end the end of the year. "Seattle is our hometown. When there are challenges here, we want to be part of the solution," explained guitarist Stone Goddard in a press release. "It's heartening so many organizations and individuals coming together to do the same. It's going to take all of us."

"We must have everyone in the fight to solve homelessness including our local government, caring philanthropists, community organizations, individuals, and artists – all are dedicated to finding innovative long-term solutions to homelessness," added Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan. "I can't wait to join this iconic Seattle band in August."

The city's MLB franchise Seattle Mariners, who play at Safeco Field, are also partnering on the effort. Read more here.

Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Will Reportedly Feature 3 Original Members
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Smashing Pumpkins fans hoping for a reunion of the original members appear to be getting what they want--almost. According to Blast Echo, 3/4 of the band's classic lineup is set for a reunion tour, but without original bass player, D'arcy Wretzky.


Wretzky made the big reveal to the website via text message: "My apologies to all of the Smashing Pumpkins fans out there who are excited about this oncoming reunion tour of the original members of the band. I know this is a huge disappointment for me, as well, but it's not going to happen [with me]. I only just found about yesterday that the band has decided to go with a different bass player."

She also said that the Smashing Pumpkins are planning to launch a reunion tour featuring Billy Corgan, original guitarist James Iha, original drummer Jimmy Chamberlain and a yet-to-be-determined bass player beginning in July. Read more here.

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Guests On Lucius' New Album
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There's no greater seal of approval for than a guest appearance on your album by one of rock's true icons. That's exactly what LA-via-Brooklyn indie pop act Lucius have managed to score on their newest album NUDES. The icon in question: Pink Floyd's Roger Waters.

Lucius also have another connection with the great Waters. The band's lead vocalists, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, spent much of 2017 performing with Waters on his US + Them tour. Their new album was actually recorded during breaks off from the tour.

According to a statement from the band, NUDES is a "collection of acoustic songs: new, from our back catalog - reimagined, and covers we've always wanted to record. It is a record paying homage to what has been... and a hint at what's to come." The album features three new tracks, three covers (Tame Impala, Gerry Rafferty and Lead Belly) and four reinterpretations from Lucius' back catalog. Wilco's Nels Cline guests on the original 'Million Dollar Secret,' while Waters features on the cover of Lead Belly's 'Goodnight Irene.' Read more here.

David Byrne Massively Expands North American Tour Plans
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Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has vastly expanded the North American portion of his world tour that is in support of his forthcoming solo album, American Utopia.

The tour is now set to kick off on April 14 with an appearance during the first week of the Coachella Festival in Indio, California. Byrne will then play a series of dates in the southwest before returning to Coachella to perform again during week two.

From there, the former Talking Heads frontman will perform throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada before wrapping up the first leg of the tour on June 9 in Minneapolis.

Following a series of summer dates in Europe, Byrne will return to North American on July 27 for a second trek that starts in Camden, New Jersey, and will go on to play 13 more cities before finishing the tour on August 28 in Morrison, Colorado. "This is the most ambitious show I've done since the shows that were filmed for 'Stop Making Sense,' so fingers crossed," the musician said in December, in a prepared statement. Scheduled for release on March 9, American Utopia is the first solo album Byrne has released since 2004. See the dates here.

Thrash Legends Slayer Announce Farewell Tour
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Thrash metal legends Slayer shocked fans on Monday with the announcement that they will be launching what they are billing at their final world tour.

The band has not revealed the dates for their final trek but sent over a video declaring "The End Of Days Is Near" and included video footage that spans the band's long career.

Details for the trek are yet to be announced but back in 2016 Tom Araya spoke about a possible retirement in an interview. "After 35 years, it's time to like, collect my pension," he said, going on to talk about how being a family man had changed him but he still loved performing.

"I like singing and just spitting that s*** out and convincing everybody that this guy is a f***ing maniac. It's like acting. You feel the lyrics and you show them with your facial expressions, your body expressions, your intensity *** I love that s***." Watch the farewell tour announcement video here.

 

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Tom Petty Died From Accidental Overdose
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The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has determined that Tom Petty died last fall as a result of "multisystem organ failure" caused by an accidental drug overdose of several medications.

The Gainesville, FL singer passed away October 2 at the age of 66 in a Santa Monica, CA hospital after being found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his Malibu home.

The Los Angeles Times reports an autopsy found that Petty had several drugs in his system, including fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl.

Petty had been prescribed the drugs to treat emphysema, knee issues, a fractured hip and coronary artery atherosclerosis - a buildup of plaque that restricts blood flow to the arteries that supply the heart with blood.

In a joint statement by Petty's widow, Dana, and daughter, Adria, the pair reveal the details from a meeting with representatives from the Medical Examiner's Office that provide some context and background to the rocker's loss.

"Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner - Coroner's office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications," begin Dana and Adria. "Unfortunately Tom's body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and, most significantly, a fractured hip.

"Despite this painful injury, he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury. On the day he died, he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break, and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication.

"We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues, including Fentanyl patches, and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident."

"As a family," the Petty's continue, "we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion, and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury, or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.

"On a positive note, we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40-plus-year career. He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed."

"We continue to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' incredible positive impact on music and the world. And we thank you all for your love and support over the last months," they add. "Thank you also for respecting the memory of a man who was truly great during his time on this planet both publicly and privately. We would be grateful if you could respect the privacy of the entire Heartbreaker family during this difficult time." Read more here.

 

Def Leppard To Play Full Hysteria Album On Upcoming Tour
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Def Leppard have announced dates for a fall tour of Ireland and the UK. The 11-show run will open in Dublin on December 1 and see the Sheffield rockers perform their 1987 classic, "Hysteria", in its entirety.

"After many requests from fans in the U.K, I'm delighted that we can bring the whole "Hysteria" album to arenas across Britain and Ireland later this year," says bassist Rick Savage. "From 'Women' to 'Love and Affection' plus many other faves thrown in for good measure. Oh, and our old pals Cheap Trick will be there also to help with the celebrations!! We can't wait."

These will be the first Def Leppard UK and Eire tour dates since a sold-out arena run in 2015. A Rock Brigade Concert Club exclusive pre-sale & VIP Packages are available starting Wednesday, January 24, with general public tickets on sale beginning Friday, January 26 at 9AM local time. See the dates here.

Tedeschi Trucks Band, Drive-By Truckers and Marcus King Summer Tour
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Tedeschi Trucks Band have announced a summer tour, adding a couple dozen more shows to an already busy 2018 schedule. And the award-winning duo/band will be taking Drive-By Truckers and the young sensation the Marcus King Band out with them for the entirety of the American trek. "We like to put together bands we'd like to pay to see," Trucks says of their band selection process. "When I put together a list of bands, it can be eclectic, but I try to get people we respect both musically and personally."

The 2018 tour runs from late June to late July and take the band across the East Coast, Midwest and a bit of the South in what they are again calling their Wheels Of Soul tour. It's become a yearly event for the road-loving band.

"We all draw from some of the same roots," Derek Trucks said in a press release regarding the other bands on the bill. "But we also share a different perspective than your typical Southern rock bands do. I have a lot of respect and admiration for the Truckers' songwriting. It's an honest take on the world we live in."

The Tedeschi Trucks Band are already on tour in the south in a run which includes their yearly performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. See the dates here.

Myles Kennedy Streaming New Song 'Haunted By Design'
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Alter Bridge and Slash singer Myles Kennedy is streaming a lyric video for "Haunted By Design", as the latest preview to his forthcoming debut solo album "Year Of The Tiger."

Due March 9, Kennedy recorded the album with producer and longtime Alter Bridge associate Michael "Elvis" Baskette. The rocker reveals the project is a record inspired by the loss of his father when he was a child.

"It's probably the closest thing to a full-on concept record that I've ever written," Kennedy tells Metal Wani. "I mean, the story is congruent throughout the entire... It basically tells a story from start to finish, and it documents when my father passed away when I was a kid and basically what happened after that with my mom, my brother and I - it tells that story. So it's a full-on concept from start to finish."

Previously previewed with a video for the title track, "Year Of The Tiger" will be issued on CD, LP and in digital formats. Read more and watch the video here.

PAT BENATAR & NEAL GIRALDO ANNOUNCE ACOUSTIC TOUR

February 2nd - Peekskill, NY - Paramount Hudson Valley
February 3rd - Cranston, RI - Park Theatre
February 5th - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere Music Hall
February 7th - Lancaster, PA - American Music Theatre
February 9th  - Bensalem, PA - Xcite Center at Parx Casino
March 15th - Cerritos, CA - Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
March 16th - Ivins, UT - Tuacahn Amphitheater
March 18th - El Paso, TX - Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center
March 20th - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
March 21st  - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre
March 23rd - Grant, OK - Choctaw Casino & Resort
March 24th - Pocola, OK - Choctaw Casino
March 26th - St. Louis, MO - Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center
March 27th - Bowling Green, KY - Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center
March 30th - Greensburg, PA - Palace Theater
March 31st - Detroit, MI - MGM Grand Detroit
April 3rd - Joliet, IL - Rialto Square Theatre
April 4th - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Live
April 6th - Battle Creek, MI - FireKeepers Casino Hotel
April 7th - Orilla, ON - Casino Rama
April 9th - Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
April 11th - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
April 12th - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
April 14th - Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel

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JOURNEY & DEF LEPPARD SET COLOSSAL CO-HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

58-City Tour Kicks-Off May 21 

Tickets on Sale Beginning Saturday, February 3

Promising to be the Tour of the Year, two of the world’s greatest rock bands - DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY - are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour composed of both stadium and arena concerts, half the shows being closed by Journey and  half by Def Leppard. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the XL Center, and will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands, and an arsenal of their hits such as “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Lights,” “Photograph,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Rock of Ages” and “Faithfully.” Tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, February 3, at LiveNation.com.  Stay tuned for presale and VIP ticketing information.

The 58-city tour will hit ten stadiums - Toronto’s Rogers Centre; Atlanta’s Sun Trust Park; Detroit’s Comerica Park; Chicago’s Wrigley Field; Denver’s Coors Field; Minneapolis’ Target Field; Boston’s Fenway Park; St. Louis’ Busch Stadium; San Francisco’s AT&T Park; and San Diego’s Petco Park - as well as world-famous arenas, such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the "Fabulous" Forum in Inglewood, California. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Neal Schon said, “These co-headlining Journey/Def Leppard dates will be epic classic rock shows. So many hits. It will be great to see you all, friends!”

Said Joe Elliott, “This tour is going to be a blast! We’ve toured together before and it was massive.  This time it’s going to be even bigger and better!”

Jonathan Cain added, “We are all anxious to share our sound with the world again and, along with Def Leppard, we are part of a world-class package to the rock stage that spans decades and represents a multi-platinum legacy.”

Added Rick Savage of Def Leppard, "12 years ago we embarked on a US tour with Journey and it was an absolute blast. Looking forward to hooking up again. Believe me, this will be even more spectacular."

2018 DEF LEPPARD & JOURNEY 2018 TOUR DATES
Mon May 21      Hartford, CT                     XL Center**
Wed May 23      Albany, NY                       Times Union Center
Fri May 25          Hershey, PA                     Hersheypark Stadium
Sat May 26         Buffalo, NY                       KeyBank Center**
Mon May 28      Cleveland, OH                  Quicken Loans Arena
Wed May 30      Cincinnati, OH                  U.S. Bank Arena
Fri Jun 01            Toronto, ON                     Rogers Centre
Sat Jun 02           Pittsburgh, PA                  PPG Paints Arena
Tue Jun 05         Raleigh, NC                       PNC Arena
Wed Jun 06        Knoxville, TN                    Thompson-Boling Arena
Fri Jun 08            Bristow, VA                      Jiffy Lube Live
Sat Jun 09           Charlotte, NC                   Spectrum Center
Mon Jun 11        Philadelphia, PA                Wells Fargo Center**
Wed Jun 13        New York, NY                   Madison Square Garden
Fri Jun 15            Newark, NJ                       Prudential Center
Sat Jun 16           Baltimore, MD                  Royal Farms Arena
Sun Jul 01           Atlanta, GA                       SunTrust Park
Tue Jul 03           Noblesville, IN                  Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Wed Jul 04         Milwaukee, WI                   Summerfest
Fri Jul 06             Memphis, TN                    FedExForum
Sat Jul 07            North Little Rock, AR        Verizon Arena
Mon Jul 09         Tulsa, OK                           BOK Center
Wed Jul 11         Louisville, KY                      KFC Yum! Center
Fri Jul 13             Detroit, MI                          Comerica Park
Sat Jul 14            Chicago, IL                        Wrigley Field**
Mon Jul 16         Wichita, KS                         INTRUST Bank Arena
Wed Jul 18         Sioux Falls, SD                   Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Thu Jul 19           Lincoln, NE                        Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sat Jul 21            Denver, CO                       Coors Field
Mon Jul 23         Des Moines, IA                   Wells Fargo Arena**
Wed Jul 25         Kansas City, MO                Sprint Center**
Fri Jul 27             Minneapolis, MN               Target Field
Sat Jul 28            Fargo, ND                         Fargodome**
Sat Aug 11          Boston, MA                        Fenway Park**
Mon Aug 13       Virginia Beach, VA              Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Wed Aug 15       Columbia, SC                     Colonial Life Arena
Fri Aug 17           Ft Lauderdale, FL              BB&T Center
Sat Aug 18          Tampa, FL                         Amalie Arena
Mon Aug 20       Birmingham, AL                  Legacy Arena @ The BJCC
Wed Aug 22       Columbus, OH                   Schottenstein Center
Fri Aug 24           St. Louis, MO                    Busch Stadium
Sat Aug 25          Nashville, TN                    Bridgestone Arena
Mon Aug 27       New Orleans, LA                Smoothie King Center
Wed Aug 29       Dallas, TX                          American Airlines Center
Fri Aug 31           San Antonio, TX                AT&T Center
Sat Sep 01          Houston, TX                     Toyota Center**
Wed Sep 05       Albuquerque, NM               Isleta Amphitheater
Fri Sep 07           Phoenix, AZ                      Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sat Sep 08          Las Vegas, NV                  T-Mobile Arena**
Fri Sep 21           San Francisco, CA            AT&T Park
Sun Sep 23         San Diego, CA                  Petco Park
Tue Sep 25         Salt Lake City, UT             Vivint Smart Home Arena
Wed Sep 26       Nampa, ID                         Ford Idaho Center Arena
Fri Sep 28           Portland, OR                     Moda Center
Sat Sep 29          Seattle, WA                       Gorge Amphitheatre
Mon Oct 01        Vancouver, BC                   Rogers Arena
Thu Oct 04         Sacramento, CA                 Golden 1 Center
Sat Oct 06           Los Angeles, CA               The Forum         

**Not ticketed by Ticketmaster

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Def Leppard Announces Massive Co-Headlining 58- City U.S. Tour With Journey Set to Kick Off on May 21st in Hartford, CT

Beginning today at 12:01am local time around the world, legendary British rock icons Def Leppard debut their full recording catalog worldwide via streaming and download platforms. One of the last multi-platinum selling acts to be made available on streaming and download, music fans from all corners of the globe can now enjoy tracks and albums from Def Leppard who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide to become one of rock’s most enduring and influential bands.

Said Joe Elliott, “It is with a mixture of relief & euphoria that we now see our entire catalog finally getting a digital release. Having embraced every other format with open arms, especially & more recently the reemergence of vinyl, we’re now going to be available to everyone everywhere and honestly, it’s as exciting as the original releases were.”

Added Rick Savage, "Finally the wait is over! Our music is now available on all digital formats. Very excited. Thanks for your patience and continued support."

Phil Collen also said, “We felt we'd been left out of the digital party but it's a thrill to us to finally accept the invitation and to be able to say ‘yeah, you can stream us, download us and get us great on all of these digital outlets’.”

As a cornerstone of rock and roll’s history, Def Leppard’s substantial career includes numerous hit singles including their first early chart hit “Wasted” -- to their radio and MTV staples “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak”, “Photograph”, “Rock of Ages”, “Too Late”, “Animal”, “Armageddon It”, “Love Bites”, “Rocket”, and “Let’s Get Rocked.” Their ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time with sales of more than 10 million copies each in the U.S. alone, Pyromania and Hysteria, captured some of the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, “Hysteria” and “Foolin’.” The group continued their success expanding into the world of film, covers, and new collaborations including “Two Steps Behind” from the film Last Action Hero, “No Matter What”/”Waterloo Sunset” and “Nine Lives” with Tim McGraw as well as straight ahead Def Leppard hits “When Love and Hate Collide”, “Slang”, “Work It Out”, “Promises” and “Now.” Finally, all of Def Leppard’s awe-inspiring music is available for everyone around the world, from the band’s eponymous debut EP through to their most recent album.

In conjunction with the release of their catalog, Def Leppard also announced they will embark on a massive co-headlining tour with Journey. Comprised of stadiums and arena venues around the U.S., the 58-city run is set to kick off in Hartford, CT on May 21st and will wrap in Los Angeles, CA on October 6th. Please see tour routing below. Tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, February 3 at 10 AM local time at LiveNation.com.

DEF LEPPARD TITLES NOW AVAILABLE ACROSS ALL STREAMING AND DOWNLOAD PLATFORMS INCLUDE:
The Def Leppard EP (1979)
On Through The Night (1980)
High ‘N’ Dry (1981)
Pyromania (1983)
Hysteria (1987)
Adrenalize (1992)
Retro Active (1993)
Vault (1995)
Slang (1996)
Euphoria (1999)
X (2002)
Yeah! (2006)
Songs From The Sparkle Lounge (2008)
Mirror Ball - Live & More (2011)
Def Leppard (2015)

Beatles Land In New Guinness World Records Book
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The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is a favorite for many Beatles fans, and now, the popular album will be featured in the Guinness World Records book. The 1967 record is being honored for having the longest time between placements at No. 1 on the U.K. chart, according to uDiscoverMusic.com.

So, what made Sgt. Pepper No. 1 again? A deluxe 50th anniversary reissue that dropped in late May of last year kicked the record back to the No. 1 slot on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart on June 8, 2017. That's 49 years and 125 days since the last time Sgt. Pepper took the No. 1 position, on Feb. 3, 1968, making it the largest gap between No. 1 records.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band first entered the No. 1 spot on the chart on June 10, 1967, and stayed there for 23 consecutive weeks. It went back up to No. 1 four more times between November of 1967 and February of 1968.

Before the Beatles, the longest time between No. 1 albums in the U.K. was held by the Rolling Stones' 1972 release Exile on Main St. That album hit No. 1 with a deluxe reissue on May 29, 2010, 37 years and 353 days since it had first reached No. 1. Read more here.

Royal Blood's Late Late Show Performance Goes Online
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Royal Blood performed their current US single, "I Only Lie When I Love You", on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on January 16 and video from the program is streaming online.

The song is the second track issued from the sophomore effort, "How Did We Get So Dark?", which debuted atop the UK charts upon its release last 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.

Bassist/vocalist Mike Kerr says that he and drummer Ben Thatcher experimented with new sounds and techniques for their second studio effort. "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."

Following a tour of Australia and New Zealand that begins in late April, Royal Blood will launch a spring US headlining trek in Brooklyn, NY on May 28. Watch the Late Late show appearance here.

U2 Announce Songs Of Experience Euro Tour
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U2 have announced dates for a fall tour of Europe in support of their latest album, "Songs Of Experience." In addition, plans are currently being finalized for some special hometown shows in Dublin and Belfast, with dates, venues and on-sale details to be announced soon.

The trek will open in Berlin, Germany on August 31, with stops set for France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Italy and Holland before things wrap up in London on October 23.

Tickets for the announced shows will go on sale from Friday, January 26 and U2.com subscribers will be first in line in a pre-sale beginning Thursday, January 18 at 10:00 am and running through Saturday, January 20 at 5:00 pm

Additionally, fans who pre-ordered "Songs Of Experience" with participating retailers prior to November 30, 2017 are also eligible for a pre-sale opportunity for shows in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Italy and Holland. Eligible fans will receive a unique code allowing access for a limited presale opportunity beginning Monday, January 22 at 9am through Wednesday. January 24 at 5pm subject to availability while supplies last and limited to 2 tickets per person (note: a code does not guarantee a ticket). Read more and see the announced dates and the promo video here.

Billy Idol Adds New Dates To U.S .Tour
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Billy Idol has added four new dates to his US spring tour. Idol will follow the spring US run of seven concerts with an extensive summer trek across Europe that will begin at Austria's Nova Rock Festival on June 16.

The rocker will now play shows in Biloxi, MS, Atlanta, GA, Valley Center, CA and Indio, CA in April and May in addition to his festival appearances at the Welcome To Rockville Festival in Jacksonville, FL on April 29, the Carolina Rebellion in Concord, NC on May 6 and Napa Valley, CA's Bottlerock on May 26.

Ticket pre-sales begin Wednesday, January 17 at 10am local venue time (password: cyberpunk) with general public seats available Friday, January 19 at 10am local time.

Last fall, the singer released newly-remastered vinyl editions of the solo debut, 1983's "Rebel Yell", and the 2008 collection, "Idolize Yourself: The Very Best of Billy Idol", as part of a reissues campaign.

Idol's latest studio release is 2014's "Kings & Queens Of The Underground." See the tour dates here.

Most Anticipated Heavy Rock Albums For 2018
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It's a new year, and with it comes a crop of fresh album releases. From Judas Priest to Tool to Five Finger Death Punch, this year is already looking up when it comes to new tunes. Read on for 10 much-anticipated albums releases (in alphabetical order) on the way for 2018.

A Perfect Circle: It's the year for new A Perfect Circle music. The band has promised to unleash their first studio album since 2004's eMOTIVe sometime this spring, and judging by the band's two new tracks, "The Doomed" and "Disillusioned," the set will be doom-y and atmospheric, in classic A Perfect Circle style. Guitarist Billy Howerdel has a fancy for Gibsons, especially Les Pauls. "It's all I really play," he told Gibson.com in a previous interview, adding that, "They're solid. They do well when you throw them 30 feet in the air. Plus, there's the beefiness of the sound, the playability, the scale. I prefer the Gibson scale. It really comes down to the sound for me. To me, there is no other guitar I go towards."

Five Finger Death Punch: Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook told Gibson.com last last year that the band "finished a brand new record," and the group made the news public with a tweet announcing, "new album this spring." Hook, who rocks his own signature M-4 Sherman, also told Gibson.com that, "We work very hard on these records. I think it's your standard percentage of meat-and-potatoes Five Finger Death Punch that everyone expects and likes, but then we took a couple songs and said, "Let's try to push ourselves a bit and step outside the box, stylistically," and I think we did that, too. So, I'm curious to see how the public will react to those songs that are slightly different for us."

Judas Priest: You know it's going to be a good year when new Judas Priest music is involved. The British metal heavyweights continue to soar with their towering classic metal sounds, and their new album, Firepower, is expected to drop in the early part of 2018. Longstanding members Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton wrote the tracks with their newest band member, the talented Flying V and Les Paul player Richie Faulkner. "Gibson is part of who I am as a player," Faulkner told Gibson.com in a previous interview. "It's been synonymous with rock 'n' roll and blues and wherever you can imagine."

Megadeth: Megadeth enjoyed major success with their 2016 studio set, Dystopia, which earned the band their first Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. Now, is new Megadeth up ahead for 2018? Frontman Dave Mustaine recently tweeted that the band will be back in the studio to work on a new album by the middle of 2018. "I work in the studio all the time. Do yo mean for the new record? That will be prolly the mid of 18," he tweeted in response to a fan's question. Bring it on!

Ozzy Osbourne: Metal icon Ozzy Osbourne has already announced that his farewell tour will run from 2018 to 2020, but what about a final album? Ozzy has been dropping hints that he's working on a new record, and now that Zakk Wylde is back in the fold, we're extra excited for Ozzy's final studio collection.

Tool: Could 2018 be the year for new music from Maynard James Keenan's Tool and A Perfect Circle? We can hope. Fans have been begging Tool to release their follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days for years now, and drummer Danny Carey has implied that the new tunes will be out by the middle of 2018. That said, rumors of a new Tool album have circulated for years. What is confirmed is that Tool, along with A Perfect Circle, will both perform at Rock on the Range festival this May in Columbus, Ohio.

See who else made the list here.

WALKING PAPERS RELEASE WP2 TOMORROW, JANUARY 19

JeffERSON Angell (The Missionary Position), Benjamin Anderson (The Missionary Position), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season)  ARE BACK WITH THEIR SECOND ALBUM

ALBUM RELEASE SHOW AT THE CROCODILE IN SEATTLE JANUARY 27,  ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Seattle’s Walking Papers, featuring Jefferson Angell (The Missionary Position), Benjamin Anderson (The Missionary Position), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season) will release WP2, their second album with Loud & Proud Records, tomorrow, January 19, 2018. 

Rock ‘N’ Load Magazine said of WP2 in their 10/10-star review, “It may only be January, but WP2 could be one of the albums of the year.”  Pure Grain Audio in their recent 8.5/10 Star review, “In 2013, a criminally overlooked debut album by Walking Papers saw its release…Walking Papers was indeed one of the best rock albums of that year…It felt like four multi-talented musicians coming together to craft some beautiful music, and the world was a better place because of that albums' existence. So, listen up good people, because lightning has indeed struck twice...

WP2 is the follow up to their 2013 critically acclaimed debut album that Rolling Stone called “…dark, alternately sensual and sinister.”  USA Today said, “Sometimes an album sounds nothing like you expect yet still blows you away… It's powerful yet nuanced, a kind of rock confident enough in itself that it rarely needs force to make its point.” Consequence Of Sound said, “It’s a record that largely eschews typical hard rock fare, opting instead for a blues rock that slinks and wafts as much as it crunches and blusters. This unlikely dynamic makes Walking Papers a pink slip you’ll actually be happy to get.”

Fans of Walking Papers can go to PledgeMusic now to pre-order the album HERE as well as find exclusive offers for merchandise, unique items and experiences with the band, and the only place to purchase the song This Is How It Ends along with its companion comic book by Angell, graphic novelist Matt Hayward, and artist Csaba Master.

Walking Papers will be playing a special album release show in Seattle on January 27 at The Crocodile, more tour dates will be announced soon.

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Barrett Martin - Drums, Vibes, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Duff McKagan – Bass
Benjamin Anderson - Keyboards, Backing Vocals

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GUITARIST ETHAN BROSH SET TO RETURN WITH ‘CONSPIRACY’ ON FEBRUARY 16TH

Talented six-string master Ethan Brosh will be unleashing album #3 on February 16th. Titled ‘Conspiracy,’ the album’s 14 new tracks showcase Brosh’s stellar guitar work in the style of hard rock guitar instrumentals, which perfectly balances virtuoso playing and memorable melodies. The album also features the world class players in The Ethan Brosh Band. Additionally, a special guest solo from Steel Panther's Satchel is featured on the tune “Tomb of the Gods,” as an exclusive on the album version. An album preview can be viewed/heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ejQEBBHaGUo&app=desktop

Full album pre-order and a PledgeMusic pre-order (https://goo.gl/abAEPC) will also begin, which includes exclusive limited autographed vinyl test pressings,exclusive bundles and VIP concert experiences.

Also, the production elements of ‘Conspiracy’ were taken care of by some of the industry's all-time best, as it was mixed by Max Norman (Ozzy, Megadeth, Bad Company) and mastered by Brad Blackwood (Alison Krauss), while artwork was supplied by Derek Riggs (Iron Maiden). “This was a 3-year process of countless hours of work by lots of different talented people,” explains Brosh. “In short, we believe there is something for everyone on this album and you simply won't be disappointed!”

Brosh’s guitar playing has already been heard on recordings or in concert with SteelHeart, Michael Sweet (Stryper), Carmine Appice (Ozzy, Rod Stewart) and Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Yngwie Malmsteen, Jake E. Lee, Michael Schenker, George Lynch, Greg Howe, Dave Ellefson, Pat Travers, Eddie Money, Uli Jon Roth, Joe Lynn Turner, Mike Mangini, and countless others.

“I couldn't be happier with the way Conspiracy ended up sounding and looking,” adds Brosh. “I go all out when I make my records and this was no exception. I feel like I finally got it right this time, what I mean by that is that it seems to me like there's a much better balance between the amount of melodies and the more mellow sounds, while there's still plenty of intense high energy moments. I'm genuinely excited to finally release a record as an actual record! Again, we went all out with the vinyl, We spent countless hours of graphic design to give my fans the most enjoyable experience of getting an album. The vinyl sleeve has lots of extra pictures and artwork that you won't get anywhere else. It's also going to be a 180gram heavyweight vinyl from one of the top-quality manufactures. In my opinion that will be the most realistic way of getting lost in this record and experiencing what the intent of the music and concept are really all about.”

And shortly after ‘Conspiracy’ drops, Brosh will hit the road in support of the release, including dates with the one-and-only Ross the Boss. “I can't wait to get on the road with Ross the Boss this March!! My band and myself have been hungry to get back on the road and do another big tour with lots of cities in it. We are very much looking forward to coming back to some of our favorite places to play where we have a lot of fans and friends. Sellersville, PA is a place we can't wait to get back to, as well as Quebec City, and Toronto and Ottawa by now almost feel like a second home for us. We are psyched to finally get to play Montreal and also go far out to the west coast of Canada for a bunch of shows. Also, the west coast in America is long overdue and last time I toured there with my band was 5 years ago when we supported Yngwie Malmsteen. It's time to go back! This tour is also the first tour to support ‘Conspiracy,’ and I can't wait to start playing the new material and have the new look and all that fun stuff!"

‘Conspiracy’ Tracklist:
1. Revival
2. Escape Route
3. Tomb of the Gods
4. Collision Course
5. Sweet Evil
6. By Hook or By Crook
7. Forgotten Melody
8. Mediterranean Breeze
9. The Road To Victory
10. No Spring Chicken
11. Gentle Heart of Steel
12. Down Memory Lane
13. Cydonia
14. Major Sadness

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"JOE PERRY AND FRIENDS" ALL-STAR BAND PERFORM TWO-HOUR PLUS SET AT SOLD-OUT JANUARY 16 THE ROXY THEATRE SHOW IN CELEBRATION OF FORTHCOMING 'SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO' SOLO ALBUM OUT JANUARY 19

JOE PERRY--legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith--and his all-star band crushed it at a two-hour plus set this past Tuesday (January 16) at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, CAJOE was backed by guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Buck Johnson (keyboards/vocals/Aerosmith) and David Goodstein (drums) who performed the entire set that also featured guest appearances by Slash and Johnny Depp.  Gary Cherone (Extreme/Van Halen) handled vocals  for the bulk of the show, with other guest vocalists also lighting up the Roxy: Terry Reid, David Johanson, Robin Zander and Chris Robinson.

Tuesday's set list included SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO collaborations "I'll Do Happiness," "Sick & Tired," and "Won't Let Me Go" with Terry Reid, "Eve of Destruction" alongside the album's executive producer Johnny Depp, "I Wanna Roll" with David Johanson and Depp followed by "I'm Goin' Crazy" with Johanson, the album's first single "Aye, Aye, Aye" with Robin Zander, who stayed on with the band to play Zander's "Countryside Blvd" solo song, before the band went on to play the album's instrumental "Spanish Sushi."  Beyond these guests, PERRY was joined by Chris Robinson on PERRY's "Fortunate One" and "Quake" with Cherone with all the special guests then joining in on a crowd sing-a-long of the Beatles' classic "Come Together."  Other songs in the show included PERRY solo tracks "Shakin' My Cage" and "Rockin' Train" and Aerosmith tracks "Let The Music Do The Talking," "Toys In The Attic," "Pandora's Box," and "Train Kept A Rollin'" with Slash and Depp.

The show came three days before the release of his SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO album.  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 full set list from The Roxy Theatre show is as follows (with guest vocalists listed in parenthesis):

Let The Music Do The Talking
Toys In The Attic
Pandora's Box
Shakin' My Cage
I'll Do Happiness (Terry Reid)
Sick & Tired (Terry Reid)
Won't Let Me Go (Terry Reid)
Fortunate One (Chris Robinson)
Spanish Sushi
Eve of Destruction (Johnny Depp)
I Wanna Roll (David Johanson and Johnny Depp)
I'm Goin' Crazy (David Johanson)
Countryside Blvd (Robin Zander)
Aye, Aye, Aye (Robin Zander)
Quake
Rockin' Train
Come Together (all guests)
Train Kept A Rollin' (Slash and Johnny Depp)


Former AC/DC, Ozzy, Dio Members Form New Supergroup
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Former members of AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, DIO, and Quiet Riot have formed a brand new supergroup called Dream Child, which has inked a deal with Frontiers Music Srl for the release of their debut album.

The group features guitarist Craig Goldy (Dio, Giuffria), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio, Operation: Mindcrime), bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Dio), singer Diego Valdez (Helker) and guitarist and keyboardist Wayne Findlay (MSG).

Goldy had the following to say, "The band Dream Child was conceived during a brainstorming session with Serafino (president of Frontiers) and I one day while discussing other matters. I had been listening to my favorite bands a lot recently, Deep Purple and Rainbow's 'Rising' album, among others in that style, and had noticed that many people who also love those bands often have the very same comments as one another: 'They don't make music like that anymore!' Even though I said that in passing, Serafino asked me a question that would forever shape my future. He simply asked, 'Well, can you?' and I said, 'Yes!!!'

"During the very first public memorial for our most beloved Ronnie James Dio, I had mentioned that whenever I do start writing original material again that I would utilize everything that I had learned from working side by side with the Master for so many years in such a way that I would hope to make him proud... and here it is! The name is inspired by one of his lyrics on the 'Dream Evil' album and the nickname he gave me at the time, Dream Child!

"We are so very fortunate to have bassist Rudy Sarzo as a featured guest, Simon Wright on drums, Wayne Findlay on guitars and keyboards, and a surprise vocal discovery from Argentina, Diego Valdez, whose voice will send shivers up your spine!

"This album will bring back memories of the days most people have thought were long gone and never to return, yet it is also new and fresh enough to be unique with some unexpected twists and turns!! No more 'same old, same old' here, no fillers. Every song is an oasis in the desert and a rare gem in the coalmines of life in this new world that thinks the past greatness of rock would remain in the past. We've brought it back to life once again!!

"I am very proud of this album and all who have made this become a reality. There are some big names who've lent a hand in the writing and I am amazed at the new and aggressive sound that producer Alessandro Del Vecchio has brought to these songs! I hope you all agree...."

The group will be revealed more details about their upcoming album soon.

Paul McCartney Jams Beatles Classic With Members Of Muse
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On Tuesday night (Jan. 16), Muse frontman Matt Bellamy and drummer Dom Howard played a show with friends as Dr. Pepper's Jaded Hearts Club Band -- a supergroup dedicated to the Beatles.

In the past, the lineup has also featured Jet drummer Chris Cester, Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin and The Zutons drummer Sean Payne, reports NME. That's impressive enough, but during Tuesday night's gig, the Jaded Hearts welcomed a bona fide Beatles legend to the stage -- Sir Paul McCartney.

During the show, Macca joined the group for "Helter Skelter" and Bellamy shared footage from the incredible moment on Instagram. 'Just did Macca with Macca #walkinglegend," he wrote.

Muse has a big 2018 in store. In addition to headlining Bonnaroo, they're inching closer to the completion of their eighth studio album. So far, fans have heard "Dig Down" from the yet-untitled album and another single called "Thought Contagion" is on the way. Watch the clip from the show here.

Previously Unreleased Prince Recordings and Video Part Of Tribute
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This April will mark two years since Prince's passing. To celebrate his life and legacy, his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota will hold a four-day celebration of music which will include the theatrical concert event Prince: Live on the Big Screen.

The tribute show will feature his all-star band with special guests accompanied by 'newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince." The show is scheduled to takes place at the Target Center on April 21.

The concert is one of many events planned during Celebration 2018, which runs from April 19-22, according to Billboard. Read more here.

Rockers Pay Tribute To Cranberries' Dolores O' Riordan
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Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the Irish alternative rock band the Cranberries, passed away earlier this week (Jan. 15) at the age of 46. O'Riordan, a powerhouse vocalist, was admired by many in the rock world. Musicians from all over the musical spectrum are sending out their condolences.

"Devastated for fans and her family- Dolores O'Riorden had such an exquisite voice, so distinctive and defining of an era," tweeted Liz Phair. "She would have continued to be a rare musical treasure late into a long life #gonetoosoon."

"We are crushed to hear the news about the passing of Dolores O'Riordan," tweeted rockers Duran Duran. "Our thoughts go out to her family at this terrible time."

"So saddened to hear about the sudden death of Dolores O'Riordan," tweeted Garbage. "Our sincerest condolences to (The Cranberries) and all of her loved ones." Read more tributes here.

CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF GEORGE HARRISON WITH A SPECIAL REISSUE OF CONCERT FOR GEORGE

AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON STREAMING PLATFORMS, AND ON VINYL - AS A 180-GRAM 4-LP BOX SET, AND A LIMITED-EDITION DELUXE BOX SET

THE LEGENDARY TRIBUTE CONCERT, FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY ERIC CLAPTON, JOE BROWN, DHANI HARRISON, JOOLS HOLLAND, JEFF LYNNE, PAUL McCARTNEY, TOM PETTY, MONTY PYTHON, RAVI & ANOUSHKA SHANKAR, RINGO STARR AND MORE

SET FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 23, 2018

In honor of George Harrison's 75th birthday (February 25), the Grammy®-winning, 8-times platinum release CONCERT FOR GEORGE, will be available for the first time on vinyl, released as a 4-LP Box Set, as well as a Limited Edition Deluxe 10-disc Box Set via Concord Music.  

Says Olivia Harrison, "We will always celebrate George's birthday and this year we are releasing Concert for George in a very special package in memory of a special man."

The Deluxe Box Set (limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide) features the complete sound and film recordings from the concert (on 4 180-gram audiophile LPs, 2 CDs, 2 DVDs and 2 Blu-rays), a 12"x12" hard-bound 60-page book, plus an opportunity to own a piece of the historic event, by way of a cutting from the original hand-painted on-stage tapestry used as the backdrop at the Royal Albert Hall on November 29, 2002. The package is housed in a gold-colored, fabric-wrapped box with a die-cut mandala window to display the unique stage fabric (which is mounted on an individually numbered card, suitable for framing). Includes a note from Olivia Harrison, explaining the story behind the tapestry.  The 1,000 Limited Edition Deluxe Box Sets are only available on ConcertForGeorge.com. Click here to pre-order: http://found.ee/CFG-deluxe-r                

The 4-LP Box Set includes the complete sound recordings from CONCERT FOR GEORGE, on 180-gram audiophile vinyl, featuring a special, mandala-design etched on side-8. This is the first time that all songs from the performance have been available on an audio configuration. The album will also be made newly available via streaming platforms, track listing mirroring that of the vinyl.

In addition to the vinyl formats, the release will also be presented as a 2-CD set, as well as newly issued 2-CD + 2-DVD, and 2-CD + 2-Blu-ray combo packages. The 2-CD set features sound recordings from the concert. The 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets also include the complete filmed concert on the first disc, with a second disc containing the original theatrical version featuring concert highlights, interviews with the performers, rehearsals and behind-the-scenes footage. Exclusive to the Blu-ray format, the second disc includes an interview segment featuring Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner and Ray Cooper, entitled "Drummers."

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On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honor. Held at London's Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening featured George's songs, and music he loved, performed by a lineup that included Clapton, Joe Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jools Holland, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Monty Python, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr and many more.

Directed by David Leland (whose credits include the feature Wish You Were Here,HBO's Band Of Brothers and the Traveling Wilburys video "Handle With Care"), CONCERT FOR GEORGE captures stunning renditions of some of the most significant music of the 20th century, including "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (featuring Clapton on guitar, McCartney on piano and Starr on drums), "Taxman" (performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and "The Inner Light" (covered by Jeff Lynne and Anoushka Shankar). Lynne, Harrison's longtime friend and collaborator, produced the audio elements of the concert, while Clapton oversaw the entire proceedings as Musical Director. 

CONCERT FOR GEORGE has been certified 8-times platinum by the RIAA since its initial release as a 2-DVD set in November 2003 and earned a 2004 Grammy® Award for Best Long Form Music Video.

"The sweet, solemn music of George Harrison... has rarely sounded more majestic than in the sweeping performances of the enlarged star-studded band that gathered in London at Royal Albert Hall on Nov. 29" - The New York Times

"The event's warmth sweeps the audience along." **** The Guardian

"The fondness that everyone in Eric Clapton's all-star band has for the former Fab shines throughout a tribute that retains the sincerity and simplicity of Harrison's music." **** Empire
"It's hard to think of a more fitting tribute to a man who, despite being in the world's biggest band, spent so much of that time in the shadows of his fellow players. George's songs take centre-stage here, lovingly arranged by musical director Eric Clapton to accommodate as many famous friends as possible." **** Record Collector

ConcertForGeorge.com. Click here to pre-order: http://found.ee/CFG-deluxe-r                

NEIL YOUNG, STEPHEN STILLS, BURT BACHARACH, JUDY COLLINS, SHERYL CROW, CHRIS STILLS, OLIVER STILLS, BENMONT TENCH, MIKE CAMPBELL, STEVE FERRONE AND VERY SPECIAL GUESTS TEAM UP FOR THE 5TH ANNUAL LIGHT UP THE BLUES CONCERT TO BENEFIT AUTISM SPEAKS ON APRIL 21ST AT THE DOLBY THEATRE IN LOS ANGELES

HOSTED BY KRISTEN AND STEPHEN STILLS, THE EVENING PROMOTES UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE 

: Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stills, Oliver Stills, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone, and emcee Jack Black, plus many special guests, will return to Los Angeles on Saturday, April 21 at the Dolby Theatre for the 5th Annual Light Up The Blues Concert—An Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. Hosted once again by Kristen and Stephen Stills, the event will also feature performances by three artists with autism. Produced by Nederlander Concerts, the benefit concert will begin at 7:30 P.M.

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 19 at 10:00 A.M. through Ticketmaster.com or the Dolby Theatre Box Office.

The April 21 event spotlights Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks’ annual global campaign for understanding and acceptance, which begins on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, and continues throughout April, World Autism Month. Light Up The Blues will celebrate the many gifts of individuals with autism, while supporting Autism Speaks in its mission to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for children, adults and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. Proceeds from the Light Up The Blues Concert will go toward Autism Speaks’ efforts to advance research, increase early childhood screening and interventions, and improve the transition to adulthood.

“Once again, we are so thrilled to be doing this benefit for year number five. Working on behalf of Autism Speaks is our great privilege, and we are so pleased to hold this year’s concert at the iconic Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars,” said Kristen Stills.

“The last four Light Up The Blues benefits have been incredible, life-changing events for all involved. With an exceptional line-up this year, we are so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the entire community, and to continue to support Autism Speaks,” said Stephen Stills.

Angela Geiger, president and CEO of Autism Speaks, added, “We couldn’t be more grateful to the Stills family, Jack Black and all of the performers who are so generous with their time and their talent. Funds raised through this extraordinary concert will fuel Autism Speaks’ mission and help to enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.”

Over the years, the concerts have featured artists including Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Mayer, Ryan Adams, Brandi Carlile, Don Felder, Jakob Dylan, Nikka Costa, The War On Drugs, and more, and have raised over $1.8 million for Autism Speaks.

About Autism: Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. Most are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences, and many are accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.

About Autism Speaks: Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. Go to AutismSpeaks.org to learn more, donate or join a fundraising walk.

About Nederlander Concerts:  Nederlander Concerts promotes and produces a wide range of quality live entertainment throughout the United States and ranked among the top 10 promoters in the country. A boutique, independent, event promotion firm, Nederlander exclusively operates and programs the most coveted and awarded small to mid-size venues including the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, City National Grove of Anaheim and City National Civic of San Jose. In addition, the company promotes events at third party arenas, theatres and clubs across the country including the Greek Theatre, Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center and The Belmont in Austin and San Diego Civic, among others. Visit NederlanderConcerts for more information.

About Dolby Theatre: One of the world’s premier entertainment venues, Dolby Theatre has hosted a range of prestigious artists and events since opening in the fall of 2001. From September 2011 to January 2013, Dolby Theatre was home to IRIS by Cirque du Soleil. Some of the artists that have graced the stage include Josh Groban, Mariah Carey, Steven Tyler, Celine Dion, Prince, Andrea Bocelli, Dixie Chicks, Tyler Perry, American Ballet Theatre and various touring Broadway productions. It was the home of almost all American Idol season finales including the Fox farewell in April 2016, as well as the live shows of NBC’s America’s Got Talent since the summer of 2016.

To learn more, please visit
http://www.stephenstills.com/
https://www.autismspeaks.org/


EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT ISSUES DVD AND DIGITAL RELEASE OF AMERICAN VALHALLA, THE STORY OF IGGY POP, JOSHUA HOMME, AND POST POP DEPRESSION ON MARCH 9, 2018

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Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to release American Valhalla – the vivid documentary tracing the musical journey of Iggy Pop and Joshua Homme – on DVD and digital formats on March 9.

Something miraculous happens when two kindred spirits collaborate…which is exactly what happened when Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme joined forces to create Pop’s 2016 album Post Pop Depression. American Valhalla, co-directed by Homme and Andreas Neumann, traces this union – from the initial songwriting sessions and recording process to the subsequent critically-acclaimed Post Pop Depression tour.

Originally released in theaters via More2Screen and Eagle Rock Films in the summer of 2017, American Valhalla goes beyond a behind-the-scenes music documentary. Presented via Neumann’s stunning photography and cinematography, with intimate conversations led by Anthony Bourdain, the film explores themes of taking chances, instincts, and legacy. As Homme stated, “You risk nothing, you gain nothing” – a mantra echoed throughout the film’s 81 minutes.

Once inspired by Pop’s revolutionary raw brand of rock to make music of his own, everything comes full circle when Homme is contacted by his idol, out of the blue, to work on some songs. We see them meet, write and record (in total secrecy) at Rancho De La Luna studio in the Mojave Desert with Queens of the Stone Age’s Dean Fertita (guitarist) and Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders (drummer). The lens is set on these interactions, as we watch these relationships evolve. Between lyric sheets, letters, journal entries, and riffs, viewers can experience the organic chemistry that blossomed into Post Pop Depression.

“As we got to know each other, you blew my mind” Homme tells Pop in the film. “You really came with such an open mind and saying ‘Yeah, I know what I’ve done but I’m here to…look forward.’”

As they prepared the tour to support the album, Iggy received news of the passing of David Bowie – his longtime friend and confidant. In these moments, Pop contemplates his own impermanence and, at his most vulnerable, pushes harder with carpe diem-resolve to rehearse and add the next great landmark to his legacy. Pop, Homme, Fertita, and Helders, are joined by Troy Van Leeuwen (guitarist – Queens of the Stone Age) and Matt Sweeney (bassist/guitarist) as they hit the road.

American Valhalla sets its scope onstage and backstage as they warm up, pump each other up, and deliver explosive sets, leading up to the final show at the Royal Albert Hall in London (captured on Post Pop Depression: Live From The Royal Albert Hall DVD and Blu-ray released via Eagle Rock Entertainment in 2016).

“In addition to the Bourdain interviews conducted specifically for the film, the photographer/cinematographer followed Pop, Homme and company on promotional trips and to several key concerts, capturing plenty of intimate, behind-the-scenes moments as well as the high-octane live shows.”

– BILLBOARD (Jun 2017)

Queen, Bowie, Stones, Aerosmith Among Grammy Hall Of Fame Inductees
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Legendary albums by Queen, Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix and singles by Aerosmith, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones are among the inductees into the 2018 Grammy Hall Of Fame.

Queen's 1975 effort, "A Night At The Opera", Nirvana's 1991 smash, "Nevermind", Jimi Hendrix's 1970 set "Band Of Gypsys" and Mike Oldfield's 1973 classic, "Tubular Bells", are the rock albums selected for entry by The Recording Academy alongside singles by Aerosmith ("Dream On"), David Bowie ("Space Oddity") and The Rolling Stones ("Paint It Black").

The rockers are joined by a host of classic recordings that include works by Sam Cooke, The Four Tops, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong, among others as part of the annual list of 25 records that are at least 25 years old and honored for their qualitative or historical significance.

"The Grammy Hall Of Fame strives to embody the changing climate of music throughout these past decades, always acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which the Academy has become known," says Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "Iconic and inspiring, these recordings are an integral part of our musical, social, and cultural history, and we are proud to have added them to our growing catalog."

Queen's fourth album, "A Night At The Opera" delivered the group's groundbreaking classic, "Bohemian Rhapsody", earning the group their first No. 1 UK single and first US Top 5 record. Watch the video and see the full list here.

Rick Wakeman's The Real Lisztomania Limited Edition Box Set Now Available For Pre-Order!

The Real Lisztomania to be released as Rick Wakeman always wanted - available CD/DVD & Deluxe Box Set!

London – Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman's The Real Lisztomania Limited Edition Box Set is now available for pre-order! This is an extremely rare find as the master tapes were long since considered destroyed. Back in 1975 Rick was asked to oversee and compose a lot of the music for the film Lisztomania, which was directed by Ken Russell. Rick was also given a part in the film in which he played the god Thor.

A soundtrack album was later produced by Rick, which was subsequently turned down by A&M Records, much to Rick's disgust. There were huge disputes going on at the time and they basically hated everything he produced even though he was selling albums for them in multi-millions. It is not commonly known that they actually turned down Journey To The Centre Of The Earth initially and it was only by forcing the contract that Rick had signed with them, that it was ever released. They also initially didn't want to release The Six Wives Of Henry VIII until some vocals were put on it!

After rejecting Rick's soundtrack master, A&M then produced a soundtrack of their own which had very little of Rick on it and yet they still thoughtfully put his name on the front cover along with that of Roger Daltrey! Rick was furious to say the least and hated the soundtrack album vehemently and told the press accordingly! It sold accordingly well! However, the film went on to become one of the cult films of all time and to find this original soundtrack is quite unbelievable as there was only one master ever in existence and yet somehow it has managed to survive more than 25 years in a box amongst some old football shorts! It was originally released as part of Rick's fabled, Treasure Chest box set of a limited edition of 500 on the Voiceprint label, copies of going for over £500 on eBay. Now back by popular demand, in its rightful place with the film it is the soundtrack of.

The tapes have been carefully re-mastered and all concerned believe that this is truly something special. Rick's idea was always to try and produce a completely different type of soundtrack and he produced this one by making it into a form of story with intermittent hilarious narration that runs throughout spoken by Paul Nicholas.

Guest vocalists include Roger Daltrey, Paul Nicholas & Linda Lewis. It may be more than 40 years since these altercations, but as they say, “Better late than never!” It's certainly a very different soundtrack to any that have ever been produced in the world of film music. It's very funny too, which is perhaps what we have come to expect from Rick with humour and music in one.

The box set, as well as other items, available will be shipped from UK for early April 2018

Pre-Order Now: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rick-wakeman-lisztomania
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LISTEN TO GLOBAL PREMIERE OF “MANNISH BOY” – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING JIMI HENDRIX ALBUM BOTH SIDES OF THE SKY (OUT MARCH 9)

Earlier today legendary engineer/producer Eddie Kramer premiered “Mannish Boy” by Jimi Hendrix on BBC Radio 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny Breakfast Show. The track is currently available globally on all digital platforms for purchase and streaming.  “Mannish Boy” is a foretaste of Both Sides of the Sky, the new Hendrix album set for release March 9 from Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings.

Listen to “Mannish Boy” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t0Qp9K_y6M

Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” was reworked by the trio that would come to be known as Band of Gypsys (Jimi Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox, drummer Buddy Miles) during their first ever recording session on April 22, 1969 at the Record Plant in New York. This lineup would make its public debut during four performances at the Fillmore East on New Year’s Eve 1969 and New Year’s Day 1970, from which the live albums Band of Gypsys (1970) and the acclaimed Machine Gun (2016) are derived.

Both Sides of the Sky, the album home of “Mannish Boy,” is the final volume in a trilogy of albums intended to present the best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in Jimi Hendrix’s archive. It follows Valleys of Neptune (2010) and People, Hell and Angels (2013), which both cracked the top 5 on Billboard’s Top 100 album chart. Recorded between January 1968 and February 1970, and featuring appearances by Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter and Lonnie Youngblood, Both Sides of the Sky contains 10 unreleased tracks. It will be available on CD, digital, and as a numbered 180-gram audiophile vinyl 2LP. The project was co-produced by Eddie Kramer, Jimi Hendrix’s recording engineer on all of his albums made during his life, along with Janie Hendrix and John McDermott.

Eddie Kramer talks about Jimi Hendrix and Both Sides of The Sky with Shaun Keaveny: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05v0j84

Both Sides of the Sky track list (out March 9):
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.

http://www.jimihendrix.com/
http://www.legacyrecordings.com/

Eagles Glenn Frey's Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit
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Cindy Frey has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan over the January 18, 2016 passing of her late husband, Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey.

Reuters reports Frey's suit accuses the hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence for failing to properly treat the rocker's ulcerative colitis, diagnose and treat infection, and advise of the risks and side effects from treatment.

The complaint alleges that as a result of the negligence, "Glenn Frey was rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled," and suffered pain and mental anguish prior to his death from what The Eagles announced as "complications from acute ulcerative colitis, pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis."

Frey is seeking unspecified damages in the suit which, in this case, was filed just two days before the expiration of New York's two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death cases. State law requires lawyers to consult with doctors in medical malpractice actions before suing, to determine whether cases have merit.

In the days following Frey's passing, Eagles manager Irving Azoff blamed the death in part on the medications he was taking. "The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds," explained Azoff. "He died from complications of ulcer and colitis after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis which he had for over 15 years." Read more here.

Steve Hackett Releases 'El Nino' Live Video
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Iconic former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has released a new performance video for the song "El Nino," which comes from his forthcoming live package.

'Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham' was captured during Hackett's recentGenesis Revisited & Classic Hackett Tour at the Birmingham Symphony Hall and is set to be released on January 26th.

The new video can be streamed here and Hackett had this to say "In the run-up to the Wuthering Nights DVD release, I'm thrilled to put out El Niño, which takes off with fiery excitement from the word go... Enjoy!"

'Wuthering Nights' will be offered in a variety of formats including Special Edition 2CD + 2DVD Digipak, Blu-Ray and Digital album. The video editions will include 5.1 surround sound.

Steve had this to say about the special show that was captured for the release, "I'm excited about imminent release of 'Wuthering Nights'. It felt special to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, the Genesis album I had the most songwriting involvement with and a favourite among many fans. Songs like One for the Vine, Eleventh Earl of Mar and Blood on the Rooftops come across powerfully on this release, which also features other Genesis and solo Hackett favourites along with songs from my latest album The Night Siren... Sit back and enjoy!"

The DVD / Blu-Ray editions will also include behind the scenes footage, most of which was filmed on the day in Birmingham. There are also three videos for tracks from 'The Night Siren': Behind the Smoke, Fifty Miles from the North Pole and West to East.

Tracklisting
CD1:
Every Day
El Niño
The Steppes
In the Skeleton Gallery
Behind the Smoke
Serpentine Song
Rise Again
Shadow of the Hierophant
Eleventh Earl of Mar

CD2:
One For The Vine
Acoustic Improvisation
Blood on the Rooftops
In That Quiet Earth
Afterglow
Dance on a Volcano
Inside and Out
Firth of Fifth
The Musical Box
Los Endos

DVD1:
Concert Part 1
Bonus: Wuthering Nights, Live in Birmingham (Behind the Scenes)

DVD2:
Concert Part 2
Bonus: Promo videos for Behind the Smoke, Fifty Miles from the North Pole & West To East

Standalone Blu-Ray features all of the above content on disc.


Vixen's Janet Gardner Recovering From Emergency Brain Surgery
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Vixen frontman Janet Gardner is recovering from emergency brain surgery and was inspired by fans to release the music video for her new single "Candle" early.

The song comes from her recently released self-titled debut solo album. Janet had this to say, "This song is deeply personal to me. It is about a very difficult time in my life, the passing of my parents. I wanted to be their Candle, and get them through that moment," Janet explains on the meaning of "Candle."

"Now, at another very difficult moment in my life, so many of you have deeply touched me with your wonderful thoughts, prayers, and support. Thank you all so much for being my Candle." Watch the video here.

 

Supergroup Legend Of The Seagullmen Release New Song
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Tool, Mastodon and Zappa Meets Zappa supergroup Legend Of The Seagullmen have released a stream of their new single "The Fogger", the second track revealed from their forthcoming debut album.

The band features Tool drummer Danny Carey, Mastodon' Brent Hinds, singer David Dreyer, Zappa Meets Zappa's Peter Griffin, keyboardist Chris DiGiovanni and the film director Jimmy Hayward on guitar.

The group's new self-titled album, which will also including their previously released track "Shipswreck", is scheduled to hit stores on February 9th. The band says that the new track is a "mystical aquatic tale about The Seagullmen's very own drummer, Danny Carey.

"He stalks the ocean in search of users, abusers and polluters and deals lethal justice with his third eye while ripping the faces from skulls, just like he does during the punishing and beautifully complex drum solo in the middle of the song.

"The solo explodes into a furious conclusion, leaving no doubt about the karmic justice and pure ferocious power of The Fogger!" Check it out here.

Black Country Communion Release 'Wanderlust' Video
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Black Country Communion are premiering a video for "Wanderlust" from their fourth album, "BCCIV." Clocking in at over 8 minutes, the longest track on the supergroup's latest record mixes some of the band's influences, which bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes says grew out of a jam with guitarist Joe Bonamassa.

"We're always jamming, Joe and I," Hughes tells the Blues Rock Review, "and I may have been tuning my bass up and he starts playing (hums riff) and I'm going, 'Don't stop! Carry on, what key is this?' I found out we were in B and I'm, like, this is great and then I started to sing, 'Oh, when I come around.'

"I know what's coming. I know when there's going to be a pre-chorus and when the chorus hit, I started to play these Beatle kind of chords in a rock version and we just knew this was a song. Of course, the Fleetwood Mac part is Joe being Joe, but as you know, Joe will say to you he's just borrowing from somebody else as I borrow from X, Y or Z. Trust me, we all borrow from each other."

Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Kevin Shirley, "BCCIV" sees the lineup of Hughes, Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham reunite following a split in 2013. Watch the video here.


THE DEAD DAISIES SET TO BURN IT DOWN IN 2018

THE DEAD DAISIES announce new Album “BURN IT DOWN” via Spitfire Music / SPV on Friday, April 6th, 2018

2018 WORLD TOUR will Bring the Heat to a Town near you!! Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) joins The Dead Daisies 

“BURN IT DOWN” is a muscular tour-de-force, a tornado of pounding drums, pulverizing bass, screaming guitars and in-your-face raw vocals. Evoking the best of 70s Rock, with moments of Birmingham’s finest, blended with the early works of Boston’s best, “Burn It Down” will do just that: Burn down everything in its path until there is nothing left standing. 

Recorded in Nashville with Marti Frederiksen at the helm, the band finished their 4th studio album “Burn It Down” in December, with Anthony Focx once again handling the mix and mastering legend Howie Weinberg adding his magic. 

John Corabi about the new record:
“I’m extremely excited about our new record “BURN IT DOWN”! It was a pleasure to once again work with Marti Frederiksen and the band on what I believe is the next great step in The Dead Daisies journey. This is a balls-out old school rock record!!! Enjoy it, and see you all on our massive 2018 world tour!!!! Peace, Crabby” 

Doug Aldrich puts it quite simply, yet to the point:
“The new Daisies album will melt your face! It is raw and in-your-face with a whole new sound!” 

With the band eager to get on the road and in true Daisies’ fashion, the band announced the first of many BURN IT DOWN TOUR dates slated for 2018 right before Christmas with fans turning out in droves at the on-sale date. Many more dates are to be announced including the band’s highly anticipated return to Japan, North America, Mexico and South America! 

With Deen joining the bands line-up to record the new Album, The Dead Daisies are: Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink). 

One thing is for certain: within a short amount of time, The Dead Daisies have made a massive impression on the rock scene and managed to garner the one thing that every band desires but only so few ever have: HARD CORE FANS! They love the Daisies and the Daisies love them back! 

Rock is indeed alive and well!!! 

THE DEAD DAISIES -- BURN IT DOWN TRACK LISTING: 
Resurrected
Rise Up
Burn It Down 
Judgement Day 
What Goes Around 
Bitch
Set Me Free
Dead And Gone 
Can’t Take It With You 
Leave Me Alone 

THE DEAD DAISIES -- BURN IT DOWN will be released in the following formats:
• DigiPak CD with 12-page booklet and poster 
• Gatefold Colored Vinyl with printed inner sleeves, 4-page poster booklet and Audio CD in paper sleeve 
• Picture Disk Vinyl in Gatefold Sleeve
• Digital Download & Streaming 

THE DEAD DAISIES BURN IT DOWN WORLD TOUR UK & EUROPE:

UK               (with special guests THE TREATMENT* & THE AMORETTES) 
APRIL 
Sunday 8th        Garage                      Glasgow, UK
Monday 9th       Robin 2                     Bilston, UK
Tuesday 10th     Koko                         London, UK*
Thursday 12th    Academy 2                 Manchester, UK
Friday 13th        Rock City                   Nottingham, UK*
Saturday 14th    Academy                   Bristol, UK*
EUROPE           (with special guests THE NEW ROSES) 
APRIL 
Monday 16th      013                           Tilburg, NET
Tuesday 17th     Biebob                       Vosselaar, BEL
Wednesday 18th Markthalle                  Hamburg, GER
Friday 20th        Sticky Fingers            Gothenburg, SWE
Saturday 21st     Parktreateret              Oslo, NOR
Sunday 22nd     Klubben                     Stockholm, SWE
Tuesday 24th     Pumpehuset              Copenhagen, DEN
Wednesday 25th Rosenhof                   Osnabrueck, GER
Thursday 26th    Backstage Werk          Munich, GER
Friday 27th        Barba Negra Track      Budapest, HUN
Sunday 29th     Simm City                  Vienna, AUS
MAY 
Tuesday 1st       Thanks Jimi Festival    Wroclaw, POL
Thursday 3rd     Kesselhaus                Berlin, GER
Friday 4th          Schlachthof               Wiesbaden, GER
Saturday 5th      Live Music Hall           Cologne, GER
Sunday 6th        Le Trabendo              Paris, FRA
Tuesday 8th       Z7                             Pratteln, SWI
Wednesday 9th  Live Club                   Trezo (Milan), ITA
Friday 11th        Zentral                      Pamplona, SPA
Saturday 12th    Mon                          Madrid, SPA


Melodic Rock Band Odin's Court Releases Sixth Studio Album Turtles All The Way Down: Vol II

Progressive Rock and Metal for fans of Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, Porcupine Tree, HIM, Iron Maiden, Journey, and Queen

Baltimore, MD, USA based progressive rock and metal band Odin’s Court are excited to announce Turtles All the Way Down: Vol. II is available as of 2018 January 5 through Melodic Revolution Records!

Turtles All the Way Down: Vol II is a continuation of Odin’s Court’s 2013 concept album Turtles All the Way Down. Turtles All the Way Down explores deep issues about mankind’s understanding of the universe, the individual, and how each new discovery may challenge what we think we understand about our surroundings.

Brookins comments on the latest release: “This album takes it up a notch from where Dimetrius, Rick, and I left off with the previous album. I think Turtles II has our best material and production yet. I know artists often say these types of things when talking about a new release, but I think Gary Raub’s drum style adds a nice vibe to the sound we previously established. We also went for some ‘epic’ sounding choruses on this one with layered choirs, which are nicely supplemented by the beautiful voice of Michelle Loose Schrotz (of mid-Atlantic based band Brave). I think this album also has a big, ambient, and dense sound, but even with that big sound, we still maintain focus on ‘the song’ because that’s what it’s all about – the messages and emotions that music attempts to deliver.”

The new album features 8 tracks of melodic hard rock, prog, and metal, including an epic piece that is over 20 minutes long with full orchestration.

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Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa New Track 'Give It Everything You Got'  Taken from the upcoming album 'Black Coffee'
Out January 26th via Provogue/Mascot Label Group

January 26th  via: Provogue (Europe) and J&R Adventures (US & Canada) 


The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan Dead At 46
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In some sad news today, another of rock's finest has tragically left us. News outlets are reporting the death of Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer with Irish rock act The Cranberries.

A brief statement from her publicist has been issued: "Irish and international singer Dolores O'Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session."

Unfortunately, there's no information yet as to what caused the singer's death, with the statement simply saying, "No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time." O'Riordan was forty-six.

The Irish rock band became one of Ireland's most recognizable musical exports in the Nineties with multi-million selling albums Everybody's Doing It, So Why Can't We? (1993) and No Need To Argue (1994) and anthemic hits like 'Linger' and 'Zombie.' The band went on hiatus in 2003 and O'Riordan would go on to release two solo albums, before the Cranberries reunited in 2009. Read more here.

Motorhead Stars Reuniting For Lemmy Tribute Shows
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Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has revealed that he and drummer Mikkey Dee plan to regroup with a lineup of special guests to perform a series of tribute concerts in honor of the band's late founder Lemmy Kilmister.

"It's on the cards, but it's just gonna be a few select shows. We're not gonna be touring with it," Campbell tells Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. "We're gonna get these people involved and [we have to allow for] their schedules as well. We'll just do some special shows worldwide, which will be good - a tribute to Lem and to the band maybe, yeah. But it wouldn't be an ongoing thing. Everyone's too busy. But [we want to] do something special. We're still trying to work on that now."

Lemmy died in December of 2015 from prostate cancer, a cardiac arrhythmia, and congestive heart failure at the age of 70, a few months after the release of the group's 22nd studio album, "Bad Magic."

"What I have said since Lemmy's passing is, 'Of course'," Dee told Billboard last fall about the concept of tribute shows while promoting the group's "Under Cover" collection, which featured Motorhead's take on classics recorded by The Ramones, Metallica, Judas Priest, The Rolling Stones and more. "There is a possibility of doing that when the time is right to do it. If you love New York pizza and you haven't had any New York pizza in several years, you're going to crave that. One day there is maybe going to be a craving for something like this and when there is a craving for it, we have to do it in a proper way." Read more here.

Guns N' Roses' Long Delayed Album A Masterpiece Says Guitarist
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While the Guns N' Roses reunion tour continues to span continents and sell tickets by the truckload, it's worth remembering some of the musicians who held down the fort in the band through the years that founder members Slash and Duff McKagan weren't there.

Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal is one such musician. The guitarist was part of the Axl Rose-led Guns N' Roses for eight years from 2006 to 2014 and played on the now infamous Chinese Democracy album. Speaking in a recent radio interview, Thal described the last Guns N' Roses album as a "masterpiece" and that "if you really break down everything that is going on in that record, there is so much. It's such a fragile balance of so many parts that works just right."

When asked what the greatest virtue for a rock guitarist is, Thal had a pretty simple answer: "Being on time. [Laughs] That's a tough one. The greatest virtue of any guitarist, I would say, is really just their ability to play well with others in a band and be a part of something where there's a machine that's bigger than any of us." Read more here.

Slash's Son Not Following In His Father's Footsteps
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Pretty much everyone in the world knows Slash as the guitarist who inspired a generation of guitar players from the late Eighties all the way up to present day. Playing the intro to 'Sweet Child O' Mine' or the riff to 'Paradise City' are rites of passage for every budding guitar player. The image of Slash from the 'November Rain' video, hair flying in the wind as he solos on his Gibson Les Paul is one of rock's most iconic moments ever.

As it turns out, all of the above reasons are why Slash's son London Hudson doesn't play guitar. The fifteen year-old plays drums in the The Classless Act and along with his bandmate Nico Tsangaris, gave his first interview to the Appetite For Distortion podcast.

During the interview, Hudson was asked when he realised how famous his dad was and in the process, he revealed why he chose drums over guitar: "Since I was little, especially with the Velvet Revolver stuff, because that was the most I toured with him, was for the Velvet Revolver stuff. Seeing that many people at the shows was kind of crazy, and how they all just worshipped. Then going on the last GNR tour, and seeing all those people who still like him for much older stuff….is when it really clicked, going on that tour. But it never really hit me until this summer, where I was like, I don't want to live in his shadow, when I started playing in the band. That's the main reason I don't play guitar or stringed instruments."

Hudson recalled getting into the drums a while ago saying, "It was years back, for me it was around 5th or 6th grade...I played bass for a year then, and I was just getting sick of it, and just bored, and I wanted to do something different. I was at Guitar Center with my Dad, and I started playing on the drum kit and really liked it." here.

Steve Hackett Reveals His Supergroup Plan
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These days, a "supergroup" usually consists of a guest rap here or there. (Or Chickenfoot.) Back in the '70s and '80s, it was all the rage and ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett says he had very real plans to form a band featuring ELP's Keith Emerson, Cream's Jack Bruce and renowned session drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, Judas Priest, Jeff Beck and more). The quartet even made demos.

Hackett has told Ultimate Classic Rock, "Keith Emerson and I were going to form a band with Jack Bruce and Simon Phillips. Of course, two of those guys have passed on now, but what talent, what drive. Irreplaceable. I have enormous respect and love for their work.

"It was the early '80s, before Keith reformed ELP with Cozy Powell. We had a band there for about five minutes, and it all seemed like it might be very good. But I think Keith and Jack had their differences, and afterwards Keith said to me, 'Well, Jack's gone now, but how would you feel about being the singer?' I said, 'Whoa, in no way do I consider myself to be in Jack's league as a singer."

Although there are demos of the in-progress songs, Hackett recalls, "I think they were at a point where they didn't have lyrics or what have you. But that stuff does indeed exist. It was a lot of work-in-progress. That's a particular baton I could be running with, but I haven't so far. It's what you prioritize in life, isn't it?" here.

Hawkwind Guitarist Looks Back On Eric Clapton Friendship
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British space-rock band Hawkwind has been around since 1969 and guitarist Dave Brock's been there right from the start. Through the years, the British rock legends have released thirty studio albums and counted iconic musicians like Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister and Cream's Ginger Baker as members.

In a recent interview with Music Radar, Brock spoke about those early days in London in the Sixties, when he and Eric Clapton used to hang out: "It would've been about '63 or '64. Quite early on. We used to sit around plonking away on guitars. We used to hang out in Richmond because it was a really nice place, and go down Eel Pie Island and meet up in L'Auberge coffee bar. Eric lived in Cobham in Surrey, which isn't far from there. That's where everybody used to hang out. We used to sit there and play guitar and swap around - each one of us would have a go."

He also recounts his relationship with Ginger Baker (of Cream and Blind Faith fame) who played with Hawkwind in the Eighties: "Later on, Ginger Baker ended up playing with [Hawkwind], which was strange because when I used to go busking down Portobello Road - this was when he was in Cream - he had a flat just round the corner and after I finished busking I used to pop round for a cup of tea." Read more here.

Alter Bridge Singer Myles Kennedy Announces Solo Tour
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Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy will launch his debut solo release, "Year Of The Tiger", with a newly-announced UK tour. Due March 9 via CD, LP and digital formats, the concept record was inspired by the loss of the rocker's father when he was a child.

Kennedy recorded the album last year with producer and longtime Alter Bridge associate Michael "Elvis" Baskette. The singer's six-date UK run will open in Birmingham on March 17, and see stops in Nottingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Bristol before wrapping up in London on March 26.

A series of ticket pre-sales will begin Wednesday, January 17 at 9 a.m., with general pubic seats available Friday, January 19 at 9 a.m. via LiveNation.co.uk, venue box offices and via regular ticket providers.

Kennedy is previewing "Year Of The Tiger" with a video for the for the first single and title track. Watch the video and see the tour dates here.

Royal Blood Set To Rock Late Night TV
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Royal Blood will perform on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday, January 16. The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher are appearing on the program to promote their latest album, "How Did We Get So Dark?"

Recorded in Brussels, Belgium with producer Joylon Thomas and London, UK with co-producer Tom Dalgety, the project 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 streamed a live performance at the House Of Vans in London last month after more than 10,000 fans applied for free tickets to the intimate event.

The group will open for Queens Of The Stone Age at The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas, NV on February 16 before heading out on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in late April. Watch video of their video of "I Only Lie When I Love You" performance from the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge here.

John Fogerty Very Upset By The 'Proud Mary' Movie
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A new movie titled Proud Mary hits theater's this past Frieday (Jan. 12) and CCR legend John Fogerty, who wrote the hit song "Proud Mary" is not pleased.

In a lengthy statement via his official Facebook page, the Creedence Clearwater Revival founder explained why. "I wrote the song 'Proud Mary' fifty years ago, and I was very excited to have written such a good song. In fact, it was my very first good song," he wrote. "My songs are special to me. Precious. So it irks me when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of my music and the good will it has earned with the public for their own financial gain."

"No one ever asked me about using my song this way, or even about the meaning of Proud Mary. The movie poster has my lyrics changed to read'. 'killing for the Man every night and day," he continued. "I wrote the song about a mythical riverboat, cruising on a mythical river, in a mythical time. Perhaps, the setting was 'back in time" on the Mississippi River. It was obviously a metaphor about leaving painful, stressful things behind for a more tranquil and meaningful life."

"Far from a story about killing people for money." See Fogerty's full statement here.

 

Billy Joel Jams Foreigner Classics With Mick Jones And Lou Gramm
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Founding Foreigner members Mick Jones and Lou Gramm and joined Billy Joel to perform a pair of their classic hits during his January 11 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and video from the event is streaming online.

The pair teamed up with Joel and his band during the latest in his long-running monthly residency gig at the famed venue for Foreigner's 1982 smash, "Urgent", before the New York singer/songwriter handed the piano over to Jones while Gramm led the group through their 1977 hit, "Cold As Ice."

The third single from Foreigner's self-titled debut, "Cold As Ice" was the band's second US Top 10 hit - following "Feels Like The First Time" - while "Urgent" was the lead track from the group's fourth consecutive multi-platinum effort, "4".

The Foreigner-Joel connection dates back many years, with Jones co-producing the piano man's 1989 album, "Storm Front", before he inducted the pair into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2013 - an event that marked their first appearance together in almost a decade.

Gramm and other members of the original Foreigner lineup reunited with the current band during their 40th anniversary tour in 2017 - including the run's US finale in Mount Pleasant, MI in October that was filmed for a forthcoming 2018 TV special, DVD and album release. Check out the Billy Joel jams here.

Dave Grohl Proves Rock Is Dead Question Is Dead Issue
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It's been in the news a lot recently-Elder statesman Eric Clapton being asked whether guitar was still relevant (he eventually concluded: "Of course it is.") People asking whether kids will continue to play rock, or just write EDM on their laptops and tablets (answer: both).

But Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, for one, is getting a bit bored that the questions are still being raised at all. Ahead of playing at February's BRIT Awards in London in February, Grohl has told the Daily Star newspaper:

"I don't believe in the school of thought that says rock'n'roll is an extinct genre - I've been answering that question for 25 ****ing years now. Every time I release a record they ask how it feels to be 'one of the last'." And Grohl's clearly a bit tired of it.

Foo Fighters are playing massive stadium gigs in the UK again in summer 2018, and although there are only three shows so far - one in Manchester, two in London - they sold out in just minutes. Chris York, from the band's UK promoters SJM, said there were "Incredible sales for Foo Fighters 2018 tour. Shows the depth and passion of their brilliant fanbase in the UK and a reflection of how amazing the band are live."

Grohl continued: "I remember giving an interview in London two years ago and the journalist asked, 'Don't you feel obsolete? Most of today's groups don't have guitars or drums.' And then we sold out two nights at Wembley Stadium. So no, I think we're OK and we're going to be just fine." Read more here.

Eric Clapton Limiting Live Shows Due To Health Issues
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Eric Clapton has been talking to the BBC about the new hard-hitting movie profiling his career, Life In 12 Bars, and at admits that - at the age of 72 - he's increasingly anxious about playing live-and going deaf.

Clapton told presenter Steve Wright he was worried about being able to play guitar and sing "proficiently" due to the ailments he has including tinnitus. "I am still going to work. I am going to do a show at Hyde Park [British Summer Time Festival] in July. The only thing I am concerned with now is I am going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work.

"I'm hoping that people will come along and see me just because, or maybe more than because I'm a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it's amazing to myself I'm still here."

Clapton admitted last year that he's been in pain after damaging his nervous system, which is why he's finding it hard to perform, however, he's "come to terms with it.'"

He said: "I've had quite a lot of pain over the last year. It started with lower back pain, and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy. [It's] hard work to play the guitar and I've had to come to terms with the fact that it will not improve." Clapton says he will thus limit his shows to avoid "embarrassing myself." Read more here.

Fleetwood Mac Stream Unreleased Version Of Classic Song
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Fleetwood Mac are streaming a previously-unheard early version of their track "Monday Morning" ahead of the January 19 release of an expanded reissue of their self-titled 1975 album.

Written by Lindsey Buckingham, the tune was originally intended for the second Buckingham Nicks album but went on to become the opening track on Fleetwood Mac's tenth studio record when the guitarist and Stevie Nicks joined the lineup following Bob Welch's departure a year earlier.

"Monday Morning" joins a previously-unreleased version of "Landslide" as the latest preview to the project, which will be available in a variety of configurations including a 3CD/DVD/LP Deluxe Edition, an expanded 2CD package, a single CD edition, and via digital download and streaming services.

The 1975 release delivered Fleetwood Mac their first US No. 1 album while setting the stage for the monster smash, "Rumours", two years later, a record that went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time with more than 40 million copies worldwide.

Following the "Fleetwood Mac" reissue, the group will become the first band honored as MusiCares Person Of The Year at the music industry charity's January 26 event at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

"It's a tremendous honor to be the first band to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award," says Mick Fleetwood. "Independently and together, we all set off on a journey to spend our lives as artists, songwriters and musicians. None of us did it alone and there were plenty of helping hands along the way, so we applaud and celebrate MusiCares' guiding principles of giving musicians a helping hand and a place to turn in times of need." Listen to the song here.

Elvis Costello's 'Alison' Stripped-Down On 'Jimmy Kimmel'
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"Alison" was the second single from Elvis Costello's debut album My Aim Is True, released in 1977. Last week, the icon performed the classic song on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Costello took the Jimmy Kimmel Live stage for a stripped-down arrangement that featured two backup singers and wrenching vocals that mined new layers of the song's lyrics.

Rolling Stone named "Alison" number 323 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. On the original record, Costello was backed by Huey Lewis' band Clover, not The Attractions. Watch the performance here.


STEVE HACKETT – launches live clip of ‘El Niño’, Live in Birmingham
On Friday, January 26th 2018, Inside Out Music will release ‘Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham’, the new live release from guitar legend Steve Hackett.  

Wuthering Nights was filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall during Hackett’s recent, critically-acclaimed Genesis Revisited & Classic Hackett tour.  

Available as Special Edition 2CD + 2DVD Digipak, Blu-Ray, Digital album this is a must-have for any prog fan. All video formats include 5.1 Surround Sound and various extras.

Today sees the launch of a second clip taken from the release. Watch the band perform instrumental ‘El Niño’ here: https://youtu.be/qYCfgBH8zz0 

“In the run-up to the Wuthering Nights DVD release, I'm thrilled to put out El Niño, which takes off with fiery excitement from the word go... Enjoy!”  - Steve Hackett

This tour marked the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, Hackett’s last album with Genesis which reached number 7 in the UK album chart. To celebrate Steve and his band played 5 of the best-loved tracks from this iconic album:  Eleventh Earl Of Mar, One For The Vine, Blood On The Rooftops, …In That Quiet Earth and Afterglow.

Other fan favourites from Hackett’s Genesis days were ‘revisited’: Dance On A Volcano, Inside & Out, Firth Of Fifth, The Musical Box and the classic Los Endos.  This mesmerising show marks the first ever live performance by Hackett & his band of the tracks One for the Vine and Inside & Out, and also includes many of Hackett’s solo fan-favourites as well as material from his latest studio album The Night Siren.

Steve recalls the Birmingham performance… “I'm excited about imminent release of 'Wuthering Nights'. It felt special to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, the Genesis album I had the most songwriting involvement with and a favourite among many fans. Songs like One for the Vine, Eleventh Earl of Mar and Blood on the Rooftops come across powerfully on this release, which also features other Genesis and solo Hackett favourites along with songs from my latest album The Night Siren... Sit back and enjoy!”

The band are: Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes), Nick Beggs (bass, stick & twelve string) and Nad Sylvan on vocals plus special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann.

The live film will be premiered at an exclusive cinema screening in London tonight, where Steve will take part in a live Q&A. This will take place at Everyman King’s Cross, and tickets are available here: https://www.everymancinema.com/kings-cross/film-info/steve-hackett-wuthering-nights-qa 

The DVD / Blu-Ray also includes fascinating behind the scenes footage, most of which was filmed on the day in Birmingham. There are also three videos for tracks from ‘The Night Siren’: Behind the Smoke, Fifty Miles from the North Pole and West to East. Pre-order now here: https://stevehackett.lnk.to/WutheringNights

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