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Tom DeLonge has released a letter to fans explaining his side of the story in his current dispute with Blink-182 about whether he has left the band or not. The group announced on Monday that DeLonge had left the group "indefinitely" and he quickly announced that he was still a member.
Now DeLonge addressed the controversy directly with fans with the following open letter: Where to begin? The truth is always a good place. Let's go there. I love Blink and am incredibly grateful for having it in my life. It has given me everything. EVERYTHING. I started this band, it was in my garage where I dreamed up the mischief.
So what have I been doing behind the scenes? Well, I've tried to make things work. I've tried to help move this band down 50 different paths using my people, or other people, and people we don't even know. I tried to put forth ideas about how we can grow and challenge ourselves to become a better band. I'm not sitting around waiting for someone else to do the work. I'm not wired that way.
The big reset was when I tried to put together a band summit in Utah where we'd talk and work things out. It quickly was narrowed down to three hours in someone's dressing room in a sh*tty casino. What I hoped would be a positive get-together away from everything turned into an awkward meeting in a smelly convention hall dressing room. But it was there that I told Mark and Travis that as long as we talked, and things were good between us as real friends, that I would be engaged and work passionately. I'd mirror our personal relationship. Exact words.
Then, the EP was the test. Months later, we're recording those songs. I was in the studio for two months and they came in for around 11 days. I didn't mind leading the charge, but we had all agreed to give it 100%. And this time- no baggage.
Despite that, we still somehow managed to self-sabotage.
At one point, squabbling and politics forced me to pull the EP down at a time when 60,000 fans were trying to purchase it. And that blew my mind. I'd been trying so hard but that moment ultimately broke my spirit. I then realized that this band couldn't lose the years of ill will.
It was after that episode that I promised myself I would never be in that position again - to rely on the words we said to each other.
I remember asking one of them on the phone, "did you try your best? Like we all agreed to?" He was silent.
Are they at fault?
Am I? Of course. I'm nuts.
But there's three of us - we're all accountable. At the end of the day, we've always been dysfunctional, which is why we haven't talked in months. But we never did. In the 8 years we have been together it has always been that way.
Over the past two and a half years, while a recording partner was being sought for a new Blink record, I launched a media company. I just put out a new Angels & Airwaves record and as some of you know, there's a lot more coming - comics, books, a film, etc. The books will all come with music. This is a wheel that's already in motion. So you can imagine my frustration when I was handed a 60-page Blink contract saying I couldn't release an Angels album for 9 months and that the Blink album had to be recorded in 6 months, which was impossible for me. Doing so would force me to breach several artist contracts. Authors, Concept Artists, Animators
They did eventually drop the Angels provision, but the part about having to finish a Blink album in 6 months remained. All of these other projects are being worked, exist in contract form- I can't just slam the brakes and drop years of development, partnerships and commitments at the snap of a finger.
I told my manager that I will do Blink 182 as long as it was fun and worked with the other commitments in my life, including my family.
But Mark and Travis know all of this.
I wrote this same letter to them a year ago. But it created a massive argument, the biggest one yet actually. I just wanted us to do things we all agreed on. But that was their moment to dig in. From their view I was controlling everything. In reality, I was scared to put myself out there again. To repeat the EP experience.
I also wrote all of this to their managers this past December (who told me my bandmates weren't angry and agreed with some of my ideas of how to grow the band).
So you can imagine my surprise when a press release went out yesterday-without my knowledge-about the band's future. This is new to me. It's not in my nature to fuel negativity about the legacy of the band on something as trashy as the Internet world.
I guess that's another example of how I differ from most. I follow the light
I follow passion and I make art. I hang with my son, my daughter and my wife.
the end of the day, all of this makes me really sad.
Sad for us.
Sad for you- that you're witnessing this immaturity.
I know them very well, and their current actions are defensive and divisive.
I suppose they're doing this as a way to protect themselves from being hurt.
Like we all do.
And even as I watch them act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday.
Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit.
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The announcement of the new supergroup Art Of Anarchy, featuring former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland, Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal and Disturbed's John Moyer, was followed by immediate controversy when Weiland publicly stated that he was not a member of the group. And now Weiland has doubled down by insisting that he was never a member of the group.
Weiland tells Billboard, "I was never in the band. It was something I did when I wasn't doing anything. I was asked to write some lyrics and sing some melodies on the project. But it's not a band I'm in."
The singer's claims run counter to what Bumblefoot recently told Rolling Stone, "The five of us made an album together. Scott is currently the singer of the band. It's in writing; no confusion. But yes, Scott's solo album and tour are his priority and we're all on the same page about getting another vocalist if Art of Anarchy hits the road.
"But we don't need to cross that bridge just yet. Taking everything as it comes, one step at a time, letting it evolve organically. Where it goes from here (and with who!) is yet to be seen."
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Sammy Hagar is venturing into a new area of media: radio. The Red Rocker will be launching a new radio show this spring entitled "Sammy Hagar's Top Rock Countdown."
The former Van Halen and Chickenfoot frontman will be hosting the weekly show which will be produced by Envisage Radio Group where he will count down lists of his favorite songs, comeback albums and more, according to the announcement.
Sammy had this to say about the show, "After more than 40 years in Rock & Roll, I've got a lot of knowledge, a lot of love, and always a lot to say so this is going to be a blast."
Hagar has put together a teaser clip to give fans a taste of what they can expect when the show launches sometime in the second quarter of this year. Check out the clip here.
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(Classic Rock) Mad Season's reunion show this weekend will feature three as-yet-unnamed guest stars. A post on Pearl Jam's Facebook page teases fans with the news that the band's performance at the fourth annual Sonic Evolution show, held by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra on January 30, will see Mike McCready, Barrett Martin, Duff McKagan and singer Chris Cornell joined by the special guests.
The sold-out show will be a celebration of Seattle's grunge heritage and will see Mad Season's surviving members McCready, of Pearl Jam and Martin, of The Screaming Trees, play songs from the group's sole album, 1995's Above.
Pearl Jam's post reads: "This just in: Three additional special guests will join the bill for the Seattle Symphony Sonic Evolution event on Jan 30. Who do you think they will be?" Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson says the band learned to enjoy home life during their year off - and that's one of the reasons their upcoming tour is likely to be the last of its kind.
The prog veterans have announced a run of shows notably shorter than their road trips of recent years, and all three members have hinted at difficulties in deciding whether to do it at all.
Now Lifeson tells Q107 Toronto: "We'd been working like crazy for five years. After the last tour we were exhausted and we decided to take a year off. I think over this past period we've got to really like being home and enjoying our family time.
"My wife and I did a lot of travelling - stuff we wanted to do for decades and hadn't been able to. We took advantage of that time off. Coming back to another big tour was a really tough decision. You can see that in the number of dates - it's a short tour."
But he continues: "We're getting excited. I'll admit it's been slow for me, and probably for Neil too. Geddy's ready to go on tour - he's excited about working." He had a lot more to say here.
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(Prog) Mogwai have confirmed that they will be playing four shows this summer to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the very first time that they played together.
They'll play two shows in Glasgow and two in London almost two decades to the day since they first gathered in mainman Stuart Braithwaite's parents' house to rehearse for the first time.
The band launched their eighth album, Rave Tapes, to positive reviews last year. They were followed by an EP of unreleased tracks from the session entitled Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1 last month. Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Deftones are aiming to start recording their eighth album next month, says guitarist Stephen Carpenter. But the band aren't committing to any tight schedule for the follow-up to 2012's Koi No Yokan.
Carpenter rells Gold Rush: "We're actually writing. We're supposed to be going in to record it next month - but we're taking it as it goes. We're not all the way ready, but we've still got time. We're working on it."
In March 2013 frontman Chino Moreno said the band would retain their usual approach to songwriting for their next title, reporting: "We don't plan on what kind of record we're going to make - we react to each other.
"One guy starts playing something then the other guy reacts to it, and the other guys react to that. Next thing we know, we have a song. I think that's the best way to write music."
Watch the interview here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Down & Dirty frontman Denis Shaforostov is rumoured to have been recruited by Asking Alexandria after they vowed to go on without singer Danny Worsnop, who will continue to work with his other band We Are Harlot.
The English metal outfit parted company with Worsnop last week and music website Alternative Press is reporting that Ukrainian vocalist Shaforostov has been brought in to replace him.
Alternative Press points out that Shaforostov's previous band Make Me Famous have a remarkably similar sound to Asking Alexandria and this his current band Down & Dirty are on the same record label as AA. Read more here.
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(HPM) Eddie Van Halen has announced that he will be speaking at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and Zσcalo Public Square on February 12th and the event will be broadcast online.
Van Halen will be discussing innovation as part of the national "What It Means to Be American" program. His camp sent over these details about the event: The Dutch immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen will discuss his American journey, his role in creating one of the biggest American rock bands of all time, how he has reinvented the way the guitar is played and designed, and he will answer the question, "Is rock 'n' roll about reinvention?" Entertainment journalist Denise Quan will moderate the sold-out event.
Best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen is recognized for his innovative performance and recording styles, two-hand tapping, scorching solos and energetic concerts. Van Halen has invented guitar technology, technique and instruments that have redefined how the guitar is played and heard.
For the event Van Halen and Fender will donate a master-built replica of Van Halen's infamous white-with-black-stripe Stratocaster. This is the guitar that changed the guitar world in 1978 when Van Halen cross-pollinated Gibson electronics with Fender body and neck designs. To represent the path of progressions in his instrument designs, a Stealth finished EVH Brand Wolfgang will also be included to represent his modern-day workhorse.
In addition to the guitars, Van Halen and Fender Musical Instruments Corp. will also donate an EVH Brand 5150-III amplifier and speaker cabinet to embody the journey and progression of his amplifier designs from the early '70s through the modern day.
The Feb. 12 event is sold-out, and no public tickets are available. The event video may be accessed Feb. 13 here.
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Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band have announced that they will be returning to the city where they recorded Seger's latest studio album "Ride Out", for the final stop of their Ride Out Tour.
The veteran rocker will be concluding the North American tour on Saturday, March 28th at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, which will be the 40th concert for the tour that began in November of last year.
The tour is still scheduled to hit several markets before the Nashville finale. Tonight Seger will be performing in Columbus, OH and also has shows scheduled in Atlanta, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Dallas, Houston, Wichita, Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles (Inglewood), San Jose, Vancouver, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, Indianapolis and more. See the full list of tour dates here.
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Def Leppard have announced that they will be performing at state fairs in two U.S. cities this summer where they will be sharing the bill with Styx and Tesla.
The veteran band is scheduled to appear at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, MN on August 27th and The Great Allentown Fair in Allentown, PA on September 1st.
These are the first U.S. shows the band has announced for this year as they continue to work on their new studio album. They have also announced two spring tours, one in Canada in April and early May and a run of European dates in May and June. Check out the tour dates here.
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(Prog) Five seasoned prog veterans have gathered in a new band named Ghost Community. Vocalist Marc Atkinson (Riversea, solo), guitarist Simon Rogers (Also Eden), bassist Matthew Cohen (The Reasoning), keyboardist Moray Macdonald (Godsticks, Crimson Sky) and drummer Jake Bradford-Sharp (The Reasoning, Echochain) have begun work on their debut album.
They say: "With much crisscrossing the country through the years, sharing the same stages, frequenting the same scene and forging firm friendships, the only natural evolutionary step was to form a collaborative and exciting musical entity.
"We realised that we all touched bases on many musical levels. With the wealth of experience we bring to the table, we can make this band something that not only meets our own musical desires - but a band for everyone." Read more here.
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(Prog) Yes and Toto could be planning a US tour together, if comments by David Paich and Alan White are anything to go by. The musicians were interviewed separately at the NAMM industry convention, and both were asked about their schedules for the year.
Toto keyboardist and vocalist Paich said: "I think we're going to be touring the States with Yes - our heroes. We're very excited." He also mentioned the month of August.
Meanwhile, Yes drummer White said: "We're just coming off the last album right now; we're laying back, smelling the roses a bit, then we'll be back at it.
"We're looking forward to getting back out. I think we're going to be touring with Toto." Stream the interview here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Three Days Grace have confirmed their fifth album, Human, will be launched on March 31. The follow-up to 2012 release Transit Of Venus is their first with new frontman Matt Waist, brother of bassist Brad, who replaced Adam Gontier in 2013.
The album has been headed up by lead single "I Am Machine." Drummer Neil Sanderson says of it: "We wanted to create a machine-like sound. Lyrically, the song is about how sometimes you feel like you're in an endless routine and can't escape.
"You begin to feel numb to the world around you as you yearn to just feel anything - any emotion." Fans can check out an online stream of "I Am Machine" here.
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(Classic Rock) Dee Snider has set about debunking the myth of rock stars as disloyal womanisers. The Twisted Sister frontman has been with his wife Suzette, a costume designer, for 38 years.
Snider tells Mitch Lafon: "As a young man I had an odd wisdom about finding someone who loved me for me before I knew I was gonna become famous. She thought I was a nice guy and I turned that into a 38-year relationship.
"In the 80s that's when I became a megalomaniac and nearly destroyed everything, my band and relationships and it nearly ended up in a divorce because I wasn't a nice guy.
"But that's been a major job for Suzette over the years, to be the one who says, 'No, that doesn't look good.' She's not always right, she didn't like We're Not Gonna Take It, I just wanted to point that out. But she is right a lot, a good 95% of the time and she's always been a really good sounding board for me.
"I was talking with Kevin Bacon and I said to him, 'You've had a long relationship with Kyra, what do you attribute that to?' And he said, 'You just don't hear about the successes, only the failures.' I started to think about it and started putting a list together, and it's f***ing long. It's a long list of successful entertainment relationships in rock 'n' roll, in theatre and in movies." Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Airbourne have signed to Spinefarm Records for their fourth album, which they aim to release later this year. And the Australian outfit insist the deal secures their future for many years.
Frontman Joel O'Keeffe says: "We're pumped up to have signed to the world's toughest and truest hard rock label, Spinefarm. We've worked with some of the guys on this team in the past, and we're extremely confident about having each other's back in the trenches for many hard rockin' years to come."
Spinefarm boss Jonas Nachsin adds: "Airbourne have thrilled audiences around the world with their insanely energetic live shows and wildly anthemic songs. We're thrilled to be part of their ensuing juggernaut." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) HIM drummer Gas Lipstick has left the band after 16 years, he's confirmed. But he says there's "no drama, bad blood or any negativity" behind his decision.
Lipstick reports: "With a heavy heart I'm announcing my departure from a magnificent band. It has been a journey that I will remember for the rest of my life. I simply feel that it's time for me to move on as a musician."
He admits he'd noticed during their last tour that he wasn't as committed to the band as he'd been in the past. "I've always played every note straight from my heart," he says. "If my heart feels it's time to let go, I have to listen because otherwise it wouldn't be right towards myself, the rest of the band or the wonderful fans." Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Venom frontman Cronos says the band will continue to give fans what they want - more leather than Priest, heavier tunes than Motorhead and more satanism than Sabbath.
The singer/bass player - along with drummer Danny 'Dante' Needham and guitarist Stuart 'La Rage' Dixon - this week released Venom's 14th album From the Very Depths.
And Cronos insists they won't stray too far from their black metal blueprint. He tells Full Metal Jackie (via Noisecreep): "We know what the fans want, we know what the legacy of black metal is, we know how the music works, we try to give fans the best of everything that is great about metal.
"More studs and leather than Priest and heavier than Motorhead, more satanic than Black Sabbath. Bigger pyros than Kiss. Venom can be just that extreme. To be able to create an album like From the Very Depths is great. We just can't wait to get on the road and play these f***ing songs live." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) And So I Watch You From Afar have announced the release date for fourth album Heirs and a European tour that kicks off in the UK with support coming from labelmates Mylets.
The new album, Heirs, the follow-up to All Hail Bright Futures is launched via Sargent House on May 4, following shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and London.
It's described as the Northern Irish outfit's "most painstakingly created, most personal and most meaningful" creation to date. The ten tracks explore the theme of "the inheritance of ideas in that we're all heirs to other peoples' passion, which in turn inspire ourselves."
More including tour dates here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Aversions Crown have appointed Mark Poida as their permanent frontman after he stood in for Colin Jeffs on their recent tour. Jeffs, who cited "medical conditions affecting his voice" as the reason behind his absence, won't return after Australian Poida stood in four four UK shows earlier this month.
But he's said he'd made the decision not to continue before his health issues arose. The band report: "If you've seen us this year in Australia or Europe, you'll know Mark has a huge voice and will be crushing it for us moving forward. Cheers Colin for all the good times!"
Jeffs says: "The time has come for me to part ways with Aversions Crown. This is a difficult call for me to make, but a necessary one. The band has been my sole focus for the past five years - while it has been an amazing experience, it has also been a very draining one." Read more here.
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(hennemusic) Aerosmith are sharing a preview of "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014", a new live DVD that will premiere in US cinemas on February 26. The package features Aerosmith's headline performance on June 15, 2014 as they closed the final night of the Download Festival in Donington Park.
"It's always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn't have had a better time on stage that night," says Steven Tyler. "I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more."
"We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best," said Joe Perry. "Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember. We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren't there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll."
Watch the preview here.
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(The Blues Blackberry Smoke have released a stream of their track Rock And Roll Again. It's taken from their album Holding All The Roses, set for launch on February 9 via Earache.
Frontman Charlie Starr has explained the title by saying: "If there's a feeling of competition and you feel like you're winning, what is it that you actually win? We're all winners - but if we all win, who cares?"
Blackberry Smoke have also announced that they will be supporting the album release with the launch of a US tour on February 6 and remain on the road until May 9.
Stream the new song here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Pete Wentz says Fall Out Boy's joint tour with rapper Wiz Khalifa makes sense as both acts find themselves wedged between genres. The bass player says FOB are "too pop for rock and too rock for pop" and believes Khalifa is in a similar situation in the hip hop world.
And he reveals the band expect to write and record new music with Khalifa, which could see the light of day before the Boys Of Zummer tour begins in June. Wentz tells Canoe.ca: "It feels sometimes like Fall Out Boy is an island right now. We're too pop for rock and too rock for pop. Where do we fit into the whole thing?
"And looking at Wiz Khalifa, it kind of looks like a similar situation to him as far as hip hop and where he stands within it. He's kind of in hip hop but he's kind of in pop, and when you have a foot in both worlds it's like you have a foot in neither.
"So it just made sense for us. And we're going to do some music together that will hopefully get out before summer." Read more here.
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(Radio.com) If, for some reason, you missed ZZ Top's excellent 2012 album, La Futura, that's your bad. But the legendary Texan trio hit the stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night to remind you of the centerpiece of that record, "I Gotsta Get Paid."
You might remember the song from its use in a memorable commercial for Jeremiah Weed, a company that specializes in whiskey-based drinks. But the song itself has its origins with a substance even more mind-altering than booze.
It's not quite a cover, but "I Gotsta Get Paid" draws heavily from "25 Lighters," a song by Texas hip-hop artist DJ DMD, an ode the practice of gutting Bic lighters to hide crack cocaine in them. DJ DMD and his collaborators on the track, Fat Pat and Lil Keke, each got co-songwriting credit on the ZZ Top track. The song, and the entire La Futura album was produced by Rick Rubin, someone who knows a little something about combining rock and hip-hop.
ZZ didn't just sing about the joys of crack espionage on Kimmel, though. For those who aren't familiar with their newer material, they also rocked their ode the female booty, "Tush."
Watch it here.
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(Prog) Mabel Greer's Toyshop have released a behind-the-scenes rehearsal video as they prepare for the release of their debut album. A New Way Of Life will be issued on March 9 and will feature new versions of early Yes tracks Beyond & Before and Sweetness.
The band - which formed in 1966 and morphed into Yes two years later - announced they had reformed last year and that they planned to release what will be their first album under the Mabel Greer's Toyshop banner.
The new video footage shows founding members Clive Bayley and Robert Hagger in rehearsals in France. It features the track Electric Funeral, which was previously made available to stream.
Watch the video here.
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(The Blues JJ Grey & Mofro have launched a stream containing clips from all 12 songs on upcoming album Ol' Glory. The follow-up to 2013's This River is released on February 23 via Provogue Records.
The label reports: "Ol' Glory contains 12 new songs that feature the deep, soulful blend of blues, rock, folk, funk, gospel, gritty R&B and personal, Southern-inspired narratives that have become synonymous with JJ Grey & Mofro. "The material reflects two themes that run through their entire body of work - a strong sense of place, and finding happiness with where you are in life."
JJ Grey & Mofro will tour the US in February and March, then kick off a European journey with an appearance at London's Islington Academy on March 18.
Check out the preview here.
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(Prog) Glass Hammer have released a new video trailer for upcoming 17th studio album The Breaking Of The World, and confirmed its release date of March 31st.
The follow-up to last year's Ode To Echo will be available to pre-order on March 1 via the band's website. Mainmen Steve Babb and Fred Schendel are joined by Kamran Alan Shikoh, Carl Groves, Aaron Raulston and Susie Bogdanowicz.
Babb tells Prog of the nine-track release: "We've just wrapped up what has to be the best-sounding Glass Hammer album in years. We're all very happy with this one!"
Watch the trailer here.
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(hennemusic) Rush drummer Neil Peart has released a preview video for the new R40 Icon snare drum in advance of the band's R40 40th anniversary tour. The R40 Icon snare is expected to be available this spring.
Peart teamed with DW Drum Designer John Good to create a one-of-a kind R40 kit crafted from Romanian River Oak and a plethora of intricate laser-cut exotic woods.
To commemorate Rush's 40th Anniversary and the making of the R40 kit, a limited number of 250 replica Icon snare drums will be produced. The 6.5x14", 13-ply VLT Oak shell is sealed in clear, high-gloss lacquer and complemented by gold-plated hardware.
A signed-and-numbered certificate of authenticity and deluxe carrying bag will accompany each drum and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit Neil's charity of choice. Read more and watch the video here.
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(The Blues Beth Hart has confirmed the launch of seventh album Better Than Home on April 13 via Provogue - and she's also revealed a trailer video to preview the release.
The 11-track title is described as "highly emotional" but it's not an exploration of Hart's notoriously troubled life, which has seen her fighting against bipolar disorder, drink and drug addictions and a difficult upbringing.
Provogue say: "Instead, Beth chooses to find the good things that have been there all along - accepting and loving her parents for who they really are, appreciating a good husband, facing her fears head-on, and ultimately finding ways to heal and convert that positive energy into music that moves people.
"This is an incredibly moving record that's going to reach people on a very personal level, because a one-of-a-kind artist found the perfect formula for exposing her very private inner voice and empowering it with her legendary outer voice."
Read more and check out the trailer here.
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