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Van Halen Returning Says David Lee Roth

(hennemusic) David Lee Roth has dropped some hints about a 2019 return by Van Halen after four years away from the spotlight. The band haven't been heard from since wrapping up a North American tour in 2015, but in a new interview promoting his tattoo skin care line INK The Original, the rocker suggests that will change ... and soon.

"When we come back through town in the summertime and do the original thing, maybe somewhere sportin', maybe with somebody famous," Roth tells staff at Vulture prior to a full chat session. "I'll make sure we get you all tickets so you can see what we do for gainful employment. My mom still wonders."

"Next time my rock band will be playing the same place that the Yankees play," exclaims Roth during the interview, and when pressed to confirm a Yankee Stadium concert by Van Halen in 2019, he replies, "Yeah, but I can't ... If I say something on tape here and everybody goes, 'Oh, this leaked...' But, the band will be - I can't say."

With Van Halen activity "around the corner by a hundred days," the rocker adds, "Well, I don't know how far this privacy actually goes. But the band is solvent. And I can say that I contacted colleagues about being part of the show - Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Jason Aldean, the Foo Fighters, [Eric] Church, and [Chris] Stapleton. And they all said that, if everything happens, they would certainly be involved"

Although Van Halen missed the opportunity for a 2018 trek to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1978 self-titled debut album, Roth summarizes the band's approach to touring since his return the lineup in 2007.

"There's a time-capsule element that goes along with my kind of music," he says. "You can't keep serving it every year. We're on a James Bond schedule, every three-and-a-half summers, so you don't go, 'Weren't you just here?' and then we'd start selling fewer tickets. That happened with the third Pirates [Of The Caribbean] movie. Johnny Depp was scarred, emotionally. But classic rock is great. It funded everything we're doing today." here.

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Steve Perry Shares His Take On Classic Christmas Song

Former Journey frontman Steve Perry has shared a little holiday spirit with the release of an online stream of the classic song "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."

Perry made his return to music earlier this year after a long absence and shared the song as a thank you to fans for their support of his big comeback.

He wrote, "This has been a big year of firsts for me. In keeping with that spirit, I thought I'd record a little Christmas card song and send it out to you to thank you for all of your kindness in welcoming me back. Have yourself a merry little Christmas. I hope you enjoy it." Check out the song here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Lose A Member Over Medical Issue

Five Finger Death Punch shared the sad news that drummer Jeremy Spencer has been forced to part ways with the group after 14 years due to a medical issue.

Spencer had previously announced that he was sitting out the group's fall tour with Breaking Benjamin to undergo a second back surgery and he has now learned that he will need "significant amount of time to recover," and came to the decision to leave the band.

His now former bandmates support his decision and he offered the following comments for fans, "This decision has been weighing on me for months; and now the time has finally come

"I started to play when I was 6 years old, and I feel fortunate that my body has provided me with several decades of doing what I love most: drumming. However, the rigorous physical wear and tear has got me to the point where I feel I can no longer deliver a performance that brings me satisfaction and joy.

"I feel the band deserves to get someone with the fire and energy, capable of delivering the performance that the fans deserve. Like you, I will be cheering them on to continue making great music as they tour the world and bring exciting shows to all our cherished fans."

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KISS Farewell Tour Is Not A Gimmick Says Guitarist

KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer says that the group's upcoming End Of The Road tour is not a gimmick and unlike their earlier farewell tour, the upcoming trek really will be the band's last tour.

The original reunited lineup of the iconic band embarked on a lengthy farewell tour in 2000 and 2001 but after it concluded Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons decided to continue the group with Tommy Thayer replacing Ace Frehley and former "Revenge" era drummer Eric Singer returning to replace Peter Criss.

Now the current lineup is preparing to launch their End Of The Road tour which is billed as the band's final trek. "It is not a gimmick; it is legitimate," he told the TASSnews service in Russia. "This will be the final tour of KISS. The shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg will be the last KISS is going to play there."

He also explained why the band decided to say goodbye. "We decided that while the band is still very good and we are doing the best shows, we have been doing... in the history of the band, that we wanted to go out when we're in top form and do a final tour," the guitarist explained.

The first North American leg of the tour is set to kick off at the end of January.

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Def Leppard Release 'We All Need Christmas' Video

(hennemusic) Def Leppard are premiering a video for the original holiday song, "We All Need Christmas", from their newly-released greatest-hits collection, "The Story So Far - The Best Of Def Leppard."

The clip mixes scenes with the band alongside fan-submitted footage, after the group recently reached out for assistance with the project. "We All Need Christmas... and we all want YOU to celebrate with us," said the band on social media in October. "Post a video set to the entire song lip-syncing the lyrics" to the seasonal tune.

"The Story So Far" traces the UK band's singles and fan favorites from the third album, 1983's "Pyromania", to today, and includes a remix of the group's cover of David Essex's 1973 hit "Rock On", and recent take on Depeche Mode's 1989 single, "Personal Jesus." Watch the video here.

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Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive Announce Spring Tour

Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive have announced that they will be teaming up for a North American coheadlining trek next spring that will be called the Collapse the World tour.

They have recruited After The Burial as the opening act for the road trip that will be kicking off on April 18th at Warfield Theatre in San Francisco and concluding on May 16 in Milwaukee, WI at the Eagles Club Stage

"After having the pleasure of destroying stages all over Australia with the Parkway guys just over a month ago, we couldn't be more stoked to share the stage with them once again, this time in the States," said KsE frontman Jesse Leach. "Parkway Drive puts on an incredible live show and we are excited to combine forces and bring the energy every night to a town near you. I am absolutely certain fans of both bands are in for a hell of a time. This will be one for the memories for sure - let's rage!" Read more including the dates here.

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Pink Floyd Stream Rare Video Of 1968 TV Performance

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd are streaming video of a rare 1968 Belgian TV performance of "Astronomy Domine", the opening track from their 1967 debut, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn."

The group's appearance on the Brussels TV program, "Tienerklanken", in February of 1968 saw new addition David Gilmour on guitar in place of outgoing founding member Syd Barrett, whose departure from the lineup wouldn't be officially announced until early April of that year.

The trip to Brussels, Belgium in mid-February 1968 also led to the filming of a second video for "The Scarecrow", with bassist Roger Waters lip-syncing Barrett's vocals as the group mimed the song in the city's Parc de Laeken (Laeken Park).

"Piper" reached No. 6 on the UK charts and No. 131 on the US Billboard 200 upon its original release. Watch the video here.

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Metallica Perform 1983 Classic In Rare Portland Concert

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming an official video clip of a performance the 1983 classic, "No Remorse", from their recent and rare concert in Portland, OR.

As part of an extended WorldWired tour in support of 2016's "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct", the December 5 event at the city's Moda Center marked the first Metallica show in the city in a decade.

"No Remorse" appeared on the group's debut album, "Kill 'Em All", which didn't arrive on the US Billboard 200 chart until three years later, where it peaked at No. 66 on its way to eventually selling 3 million copies Stateside. Watch the video here.

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Willie Nelson All Star Tribute Concert Adds More Big Names

Even more big name music stars have been added to the lineup for the upcoming Willie: Life & Songs Of An American Outlaw, A Willie Nelson All-Star Concert Celebration.

The special event will be taking place on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7PM CT at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee and will be filmed for an A&E TV concert special.

The newly added stars added include Chris Stapleton, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Jimmy Buffett, Bobby Bare, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson, Margo Price, Micah Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Ray Benson, and Steve Earle.

They join previously announced performers Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, George Strait, Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones and The Little Willies, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, and Vince Gill.

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Eric Clapton Releases 'Christmas In My Hometown' Video

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton is streaming a performance video for his version of the 1966 Sonny James classic, "Christmas In My Hometown", from his recently-released collection, "Happy Xmas."

Originally featured on James' holiday album, "My Christmas Dream", the song is one of a collection of covers presented on Clapton's first full-length seasonal record.

The guitarist co-produced "Happy Xmas" with Simon Climie; the set - which also includes the original Clapton composition, "For Love On Christmas Day" - recently debuted at No. 1 on the US Holiday Album chart. Watch the video here.

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Bruce Springsteen Wraps Up Springsteen On Broadway Series

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen closed out his "Springsteen On Broadway" series on December 15 after 236 performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York.

Springsteen fanzine Backstreets shared video footage of the New Jersey rocker's final bow before a sold-out audience at the intimate New York venue.

Launched in October of 2017, the one-man show saw the singer deliver a stripped-down, solo performance while sharing details behind some of his legendary material.

"I want to thank all of our co-workers, friends and fans for making my year on Broadway one of the most creatively memorable of my life," shared Springsteen on social media. "To have come this far then be able to share my music with you the way we have this year has meant a great deal to me.

"A thanks must go out to Jon Landau,. Barbara Carr, George Travis and everyone at JLM, the men and women of the Walter Kerr Thearte, and Jordan Roth, and the folks at Jujamcyn. A special thanks to my lovely wife Patti (Scialfa) for lending her beautiful voice and presence to our work together. She's been a nightly inspiration."

"Our closing is bittersweet," he added, "but more adventures await down the road. I'll see you there." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Band Of Silver's El Magnifico

Band Of Silver released their new EP "In Space" and to celebrate we asked singer Avery Silvernagel to tell us about the song "El Magnifico". Here is the story:

El Magnifico started as just the intro guitar piece and melody. We write all our songs on an acoustic guitar first to get the song structure down and add the production elements later. One day we sat down to work with some lyrics I'd written. I handed Alex the guitar, and he got this big goofy grin on his face. As soon as the instrument was in his hands, he looked down dramatically and began to play the intro to "El Magnifico". He started wobbling his head side to side, up and down as he sang, as if he was in a trance. Everyone in the room began laughing. I assumed it was a song he'd heard on the radio since the Latin sound and nonsensical lyrics were so random it didn't strike me as something he would write. At the beginning of the next few more songwriting sessions, he would break into the song almost as soon as he picked up the acoustic guitar. Eventually I asked where he'd heard the song, and he told me it was just something he came up with. We knew then that we had to do something with it. After some brainstorming, we decided to make the song into a kind of "The Most Interesting Man in the World" story about the titular character, "El Magnifico." We rocked it up and used Alex's original part as the intro and outro to the song. Overall we wanted to write something goofy and fun, like Alex noodling on guitar. We had a lot of fun coming up with the crazy adventures of El Magnifico when writing the lyrics. Originally, I was supposed to sing the song, however, a few of the notes in the verse were a bit low in my range, so my voice would sound gravelly whenever I hit them. The solution would typically be to tune the song up, but to keep the Latin feel, the song worked best in A minor. We thought about it for a bit, and decided to let Alex sing instead. It was a great decision since he sells the story so well. Additionally, I got promoted to tambourine player, which is a lot of fun. I'd played cowbell before with ease, but tambourine is a whole other beast. The sixteenth notes on the chorus left my forearm surprisingly sore the first week I played it.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!

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