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Guns N Roses' Honored For Blockbuster Reunion Tour

Guns N Roses' have been honored for the blockbuster success last year of their Not in This Lifetime Reunion Tour featuring original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

The epic trek began in the spring of 2016 and the success of the shows from last year landed the band on Billboard magazine's inaugural Touring Milestone Award.

They started the honor to recognize tours that sold over 500,000 tickets across the world in a year and GNR were among the 17 artists who made the cut for 2018.

Other rock related artists who received the Touring Milestone Award were Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters, U2, Imagine Dragons and the Dave Matthews Band. See the full list here.

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Poison's Bret Michaels Shares Song He Co-Wrote With His Daughter

Poison may or may not record new music in the near future, but frontman Bret Michaels released a very special video for his new song-writing collaboration with his daughter called "Unbroken".

Along with the standard music video, Bret also provided an introduction to explains the special nature of the track. He said, "This is a song I co-wrote with my youngest daughter, Jorja Bleu. This song is about triumph over tragedy. This song is about being stronger than the storm.

"I've been a diabetic my whole life - five injections a day. I've been through a lot, and I hope this song will empower you and make you feel awesome." Watch the video here

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Randy Rhoads Remembered By Ozzy Osbourne Bandmate

Tuesday will be anniversary of the tragic death of legendary Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads and his friend and former Quiet Riot and Blizzard of Ozz bandmate Rudy Sarzo reflected on the beloved musician.

Rhoads was killed in plane crash on March 19th, 1982 while on the Blizzard of Ozz tour, which also featured Sarzo. During a chat with Music Radar Sarzo was asked what kind of guy of Randy was and Rudy responded, "My God. That's the million-dollar question. That is the number one question I get asked when I travel, and that's why I wrote Off The Rails, just to answer that. I'll put it this way: I can say what Randy means to me.

"If it wasn't for Randy, I would have never had the career that I've had, because he trusted me. This was the scenario: Ozzy was about 10 days away from going on the road, and they were in Los Angeles looking for a bass player. Not only a person that could play those songs, because there were many qualified musicians who could do that, but they needed somebody they could trust.

"I had already worked with Randy in Quiet Riot, so he told Sharon, 'Listen, Rudy is the perfect guy because he's not going to be a bad influence on Ozzy. He looks good, he's reliable, and he's going to be somebody decent to hang with in the bus'."

Rudy also said, "He trusted me. He put his reputation with Sharon and Ozzy on the line to bring me in. That's how I got in, because I had no track record. Ozzy and Sharon brought me in and I was able to build a career from that and I am eternally grateful both to them and to Randy."

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Red Dragon Cartel's Phil Varone Announces Retirement

Former Skid Row and Saigon Kick and current Red Dragon Cartel drummer Phil Varone has announced that he is retiring from drumming following RDC's Patina Tour.

He had this to say, "This is my farewell to drumming tour. There is no big story other than I no longer have a passion for drumming. As I get older in my life, drums have fallen to the bottom of my list. As I get older in life, drums hurt instead of making me happy...When you're not happy or lose the passion in anything you do, it's time to gracefully bow out."

He continued, "After 30 years, I've done all I've wanted to do with music and will always be proud and grateful for my drumming career. They say the best time to leave is when you're on top, and playing with Jake E Lee and Red "Dragon Cartel is the Tops for me...I leave happily and gracefully after the Red Dragon Cartel 2019 PATINA World Tour that includes Japan. I have the best fans in the world, and I truly thank my fans from the bottom of my heart for the love, for the support and for being a part of my musical. I hope you follow me to the next chapter of my life, when the time comes...until then, thank you for 30 years a drummer..."

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Rolling Stones Stream Wild Horses Duet With Florence Welch

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming video of a May 2018 duet with Florence + The Machine singer Florence Welch on their 1971 classic, "Wild Horses", as heard on the forthcoming compilation "Honk."

Welch's band were the opening act for the London stop on the Stones' No Filter European tour, and the rocker says she was thrilled to follow-up a 2012 appearance with the group after being a lifelong fan.

"I was brought up with The Rolling Stones because my Dad was a Stones man," explained Welch at the time. "They've been a massive influence; I mean still, to this day, the music I'm making is influenced by them. I've been a fan my whole life but there's something magical about being up there with them."

The "Wild Horses" duet will appear on the April 19 release of "Honk", which will include the group's eight Top 10 singles: "Brown Sugar", "Tumbling Dice", "Angie", "It's Only Rock'n'Roll (But I Like It)", "Fool To Cry", "Miss You", "Emotional Rescue" and "Start Me Up."

Available in multiple versions - including single-CD and 2LP editions featuring 20 songs, and a deluxe 3CD/4LP set with 46 tracks - the package will deliver the biggest hits and classic cuts from every Rolling Stones studio album from 1971 to 2016.

The 3CD/4LP Deluxe Editions compile 36 studio tunes over two discs, with a third featuring 10 live tracks recorded during the band's more recent sold-out tours - some with special guests including Welch, Dave Grohl ("Bitch"), Brad Paisley ("Dead Flowers") and Ed Sheeran ("Beast Of Burden"). Watch the video here.

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Eric Church Adds New Leg To Double Down Tour

Eric Church is doubling down once again with the announcement that he has added a new fall leg to his Double Down Tour, to follow his current U.S. spring leg.

The new dates will include 13 shows in eight U.S. cities, including multiple nights at select arenas and will be launching with a two night stand in Green Bay on September 13th and 14th.

Eric had this to say, "I don't want to be two months from the end of this thing - so we're going to play a little more... I can't thank you enough for what this is and what I'm seeing every night.

"I appreciate everybody giving me everything they've got and I look forward to seeing you on the road!" See all of the upcoming dates for the tour here.

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Motley Crue Kickstart NASCAR Race

(hennemusic) Motley Crue kickstarted the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA on Sunday (March 17th) and video from the appearance has gone online.

The band were on hand to act as Grand Marshals for the event, where they were joined by a pair of actors from the group's upcoming Netflix biopic, "The Dirt" - Douglas Booth (who plays Nikki Sixx) and Colson Baker a.k.a.. Machine Gun Kelly (who plays Tommy Lee).

Motley Crue streamed video of their entrance to the event via social media, which was followed by a tweet from NASCAR with footage of the band delivering the traditional race introduction: "Drivers, start your engines!" Sixx posted, "THANK YOU for having us. What a kick ass way to start the race."

"Growing up, we were race car fans and dreamed of fast cars," said Lee before their appearance, "so to be included in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event is wild!" Watch the video here.

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Carmine Appice Celebrated On Latest Talking Metal Episode

Music legend Carmine Appice is celebrated in the latest edition of the popular Talking Metal podcast with guest appearances from Mick Mars (Motley Crue), Carmine himself (Vanilla Fudge, Blue Murder, Rod Stewart and many more) and guitarist Pat Travers. The show sent over these details:

First up we hear from Mick Mars. Topics include Carmine Appice, Ozzy's Bark At the Moon tour, Edgar Winter, Guitar Zeus, Vanilla Fudge on Ed Sullivan, Nashville, the status of his solo album, the type singer he is looking for, Motley Crue, his feelings on the Dirt movie and more.

The second interview is with drummer Carmine Appice and it starts 29:30 into the episode. Topics include his health, Guitar Zeus, Jeff Beck's Blow by Blow, Jeff Watson, Bumblefoot, Rod Stewart, Brian May, John Sykes, Vinnie Vincent, Derek Christopher, Jim Crean and much more.

The final interview is with guitarist Pat Travers and it starts at the 1:09:40 mark. Topics include Carmine Appice, the song Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?, the Crash and Burn album, Tommy Aldridge, Nicko McBrain, his anxiety, David Pastorius, his upcoming album Swing!, and much more. Listen to the episode here

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Tesseract Singer Daniel Tompkins Releases Solo Video

Tesseract frontman Daniel Tompkins has released a music video for his song "Saved". The track features his bandmate Acle Kahney and comes from his forthcoming debut solo album.

Daniel's new record will be entitled "Castles" and is set to be released on May 31st. He says that the album was inspired "the arc of relationships - tragic mistakes, misjudgments of character and victorious, passionate love.

"Everyone has experiences that are relatable to one another in their romantic relationships. We make huge investments of trust and care and commitment into one another and sometimes they simply fail. In fact, most fail.

"That said, some survive, thrive and create incredible lifelong partnerships or at least important, long-lasting love. But sometimes, we make massive misjudgments of character and the true nature of someone is always revealed over time.

"Sometimes tragic mistakes, physical or mental abuse, compulsion or addiction are an issue and create irreparable harm to relationships and lives, no matter how in love two people may be. This is the area where the most tragic outcomes occur.

"The album is somewhat cathartic lyrically but in other areas it explores amazing, victorious, passionate love. A lot of this story is told from the perspective of someone seeking that perfect partnership and the ultimate fulfilment of finding it." Watch the video here.

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We Are Scientists Streaming New Song 'Give It Up'

We Are Scientists are streaming their brand new single "Give It Up". The song is one of the bonus tracks from their forthcoming deluxe reissue of their "Megaplex" album.

The expanded edition is set to hit stores on April 19th and will feature 3 new bonus tracks, 4 acoustic songs, 5 demoes and one remix. Listen to "Give It Up" here.

The band had this to say, "We Are Scientists has long felt that ten songs is the correct number of songs to be included on an album... ten is *correct,* and any other album-length is wrong."

They then added, "Now, you may think that we're violating our own ten-song rule with this deluxe version of Megaplex, and to that we say, 'You're an idiot.' A deluxe version isn't an *album,* it's a collection, a compilation, a Dionysian free-for-all.

"It's the aural equivalent of one of those buffet breakfasts at a German hotel, where you're mixing hard-boiled eggs and waffles and stinky cheeses and cornichons and those weird pickled fish bits and sour cherry jams, and you're pretty much having the best time of your gustatory life precisely *because* combining this plunder onto one plate is utterly indulgent madness.

"That's what we're offering here, starting with the magnificently curated original version of Megaplex and then tromping headlong into a veritable Candyland of wonders."

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Devin Townsend Releases 'Evermore' Video

Devin Townsend has released a music video for his brand new single "Evermore." The song comes from the acclaimed music veterans' forthcoming album "Empath", which will be hitting stores next week (March 29th).

Townsend had this to say, "So with the release of Empath fast approaching, and people having had various chances to hear the album, the reactions are pretty much what I expected: Those interested in the more artistic and free form side of what I do really seem to like and understand it, and those looking for the more commercial or rocking side of what I do are maybe not so convinced :)

"The initial plan was to release a more commercial song next (the sole one on the album, 'Spirits Will Collide') but the video we've been working on for that is hilariously ambitious and we needed a bit more time. Therefore, we opted to release this song, 'Evermore', as a way to bridge that gap. It's slightly in the same vein as 'Genesis' on some level I suppose, but a little more groovy and a bit less fractured in terms of structure.

"The lyrics are not as much about a bored space cat crash landing on 'planet fear' in a literal sense, but I guess that's easier to articulate with visuals at this stage than 'yet another song about trying to work through one's own mid-life bullsh*t to find some sense of self-actualization', though perhaps with more time, it will resonate further with that. Thanks to Wayne, Josh and Miles for the tag team animations.

"The drums on this particular track are all Anup Sastry, (who is a great guy who loves his dog) and the Elektra choir helps out a lot again. I've got a strange relationship with singing at this stage of my career so I really appreciated the support.

"I encourage you, (if you like this sort of stuff, that is) to check it out in headphones. There's a fair amount of candy in this song I spent a long time on. I think it's streaming now too...

"Thank you sincerely. The album is meant to be of some help in a weird way. - Dev". Watch the video here

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Singled Out: Killin Candace's Miss Deception

Killin Candace recently released a Matt Zane directed video for their single "Miss Deception" from their debut EP and to celebrate we asked mastermind Aaron Lee to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

So a little trivia about the song - it was the last song written for the 'Tales of Heartbreak & Homicide' EP. I actually ended up scratching another song that I had intended on recording and replaced it with "Miss Deception", just one month before going into the studio with my producer!

I had the main chorus section and one of the verses written out (with the exception of the end part of the chorus), and this had been floating around in my head for a few months. Then one day I picked up my guitar and started really thrashing out the song, and I naturally felt this really punky vibe to it, and a bigger, more "anthem-like" chorus. Since I had the concept and theme for the song pretty much mapped out, the chorus lyrics, which ultimately led to me titling the song "Miss Deception" fell into place perfectly. After that, I quickly arranged the order and parts, and the second verse came together pretty swiftly too!

The general message and storyline are related to a true story and event(s), and as 'emo' as it's going to sound it's about a previous partner in which a lot of emotional damage was done (on both of our parts). Part of the therapy, recovery and moving on from all of that was me pouring how I felt into the music and songs, instead of just sitting around and being bitter about the whole situation. Putting time into composing and writing these real lyrics, about a "real" scenario, actually ended up allowing me to fully recover from that, set me up with a solid EP opener, and also helped restore my faith and belief in all things love and lust related...haha!

Lyrics like "don't be a hypocrite and talk your s**t, then turn up to my funeral...pick a side of the line little honey, 'cause there's no in-between..." are very honest and to the point, about everything that was going on regarding the situation, and aftermath, of the relationship breakdown. So in me expressing all of this in the lyrical content - I could not have been more honest about the way I delivered this song, the story etc.

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

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