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"This will be Black Sabbath's farewell," proclaims Sharon Osbourne in the announcement video for Ozzfest Japan which will be taking place in Makuhari Messe on November 22nd.
The festival will feature Korn headlining on the first night and Black Sabbath taking the top spot on the second night. Sharon had this to say in the promo video, "Ozzfest will be back in Japan on Nov. 21 and 22 and this will be Black Sabbath's farewell. We're also announcing Korn, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Now you can't miss that."
While it sounds like Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager was announced that this would be the final show in the legendary heavy metal band's career, media outlet are speculating that this will be their final Japanese appearance and part of their overall retirement tour plans.
Ozzy addressed the band's retirement plans in an interview with Metal Hammer last September. Speaking about the band's relationship for their latest studio album, 13, he also explained their final plans as a band would involve another album and tour.
"The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great We all made friends, we didn't f- around," Ozzy said, "We all knew that we had a job to do and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we're going to do one more album and a final tour."
The next month, Ozzy told Times-Picayune, "I'm doing one more Black Sabbath tour, one more Black Sabbath album, and then we're disbanding the name, I believe. And then after that, I'll be doing my solo stuff."
He also expressed his hope that the farewell plans would involve original drummer Bill Ward. "It would be great for him to get it together and sort all the problems out for the next tour," Ozzy said. "It would be a great way for the four of us to end such a wonderful experience of being Black Sabbath, and what we achieved."
Watch the Ozzfest Japan announcement video
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(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson and his brother Andrew have both been charged with disorderly conduct following a knife fight at the guitarist's home earlier this month.
The pair were hurt when a fight started indoors at the guitarist's home in Clive, Iowa in the early hours of March 11 before moving outside to the property's front yard in a struggle that left the musician with a stab wound in his head.
Both men, who police said were intoxicated, were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries before being released. According to The Des Moines Register, a police investigation has determined that both brothers were responsible for the assault, resulting in the pair being charged with disorderly conduct by fighting. Read more
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Tom DeLonge won't be busy with Blink-182 this year but he has revealed his ambitious plans to release four new albums this year and explains in an online post why the "Blink stuff went haywire.'
DeLonge announced his album release plans via Twitter last week. He tweeted "I am putting out 4 albums in one year - this year." He then posted another message giving more details, "To clarify, 2 albums with Angels [and Airwaves], 2 albums from myself. 3 of them are released with novels. This has been in the works for a couple of years."
He followed up with a post on Intagram, providing more details and explaining that these new album commitments were the reason behind his inability to work with Blink-182.
He wrote, "One of the reasons all this Blink stuff went haywire was because I am in 6 contracts with Best Selling Authors that are co-writing 15 Novels with me personally. Each one has an EP soundtrack that launches with it.
"I told my manager the contract that was sent to me for the Blink deal contained weird new language that I had to drop all that music for almost a year. I said I couldn't, but I could record the album in and around those things that were already in the works.
"He wrote them an email saying I'm out- (I didn't know- and he was only talking about the deal) next thing you know, a press release saying things I didn't say. Here we are
. Read a f-king book- at least one of mine, please. Christ."
His first album release, entitled "To the Stars," is set to be released on April 20th in various formats. DeLonge is taking preorders
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Original Santana singer and keyboardist Gregg Rolie has reunited with Carlos Santana on the legendary guitarist's current tour of Mexico which kicked off on Saturday (March 21st).
The tour began on Saturday at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico and continues tonight in Veracruz, Mexico at the Cumbre Tajin Festival: Parque Takilhsukut.
Thursday and Friday will find Carlos and Rolie sharing the stage with their former Santana bandmate Neal Schon when they play co-headline shows with Journey in Guadalajara and Mexico City. Rolie and Schon left Santana to form Journey in 1973.
Carlos Santana's website had this to say about these special shows, "We are proud to announce that Gregg Rolie will be joining Carlos and the Band on stage for 4 very special shows in Mexico this month.
"He will perform with Carlos and the Band in Monterrey, MX, Cumbre Tajin Festival and at 2 special co-headline events with Journey in Guadalajara and Mexico City."
See the remaining dates here.
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The production company behind a planned biopic about late AC/DC singer Bon Scott is moving forward with their plans for the film, despite the refusal of the legendary singer's estate to sell them story rights, according to BraveWords.
A representative of the U.S. based production company High Voltage Productions, LLC, tells BraveWords, "The Bon Scott Estate is simply refusing any financial offer at all to option the story rights or cooperate in any way with the development of the film.
"Our company even offered participation in the project both creatively and financially upon agreement. Our legal team has made it quite clear that we do not even need to secure or option story rights as Mr. Scott is deceased and the Estate cannot preclude us from making an unauthorized biopic or docudrama. It was vetted through two lawyers at Stanford Law School, as well as our own legal team.
"They are cutting off their nose to spite their face. We have had threats of lawsuits, joinders, cease and desist orders, and threats against our star for God's sake! All in the name of making a movie
" Read the report
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Vital Remains frontman Brian Werner fractured two ribs during the band's concert in Santiago, Chile last Thursday night. Despite his injured he managed to complete the set.
On Thursday, Werner posted for the following message on Facebook, "Last show in Santiago last night and during the 3rd of 10 songs of the set the crowd dropped me and I hit the corner of a cement bench and broke two ribs.
"Then in absolute blinding pain and struggling to breathe I finished the set and went straight to the hospital, just to confirm two fractured ribs and 3 contusions. Man up."
On Friday he posted, "Back in the urgent care to get my ribs checked out. None of they pharmacies will fill my prescription from a Chilean hospital and I'm in blinding pain."
Video of the incident has been posted
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(TeamRock Radio) Former Adrenaline Mob drummer Mike Portnoy rejoined his old bandmates to perform a show in New Jersey on Saturday following the sudden death of AJ Pero from an apparent heart attack on Friday.
Adrenaline Mob issued a statement announcing Pero's passing in Poughkeepsie, New York at the age of 55 while on tour on Friday. The band paid tribute to Pero with a performance close to the group's hometown of New York.
Ahead of the gig, Adrenaline Mob said: "Tonight we honor the passing of our beloved Adrenaline Mob brother AJ Pero by performing at Starland Ballroom in NJ. AJ put his heart and soul into Adrenaline Mob and would want nothing more than for the show to go on. Playing in memory of Anthony Jude Pero tonight will be Mike Portnoy and Chad Szeliga."
Portnoy added: "I will be sitting in this evening to help out my Adrenaline Mob brothers in their time of need to honour and pay tribute to our friend AJ Pero tonight at the Starland Ballroom in NJ." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Faces drummer Kenney Jones says his surviving colleagues are more determined than ever to reunite - and they want to do it this year. He insists their shows will feature the presence of a bartender on stage, harking back to their iconic performances of the 1970s.
And he believes the long-discussed move is more important than ever following the death of keyboardist Ian 'Mac' McLagan in December. Speculation has been circulating since 2008 that Rod Stewart would go back to work with Ronnie Wood, McLagan and Jones.
The closest a reunion has come was when Mick Hucknall fronted the band in 2010, then when Stewart bowed out of their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction at short notice in 2012.
Jones tells the Austin Chronicle: "Rod, Woody and me are still going to do the Faces this year. When we do we'll have the bartender on stage again - and a coffee machine for Woody." Read more
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Def Leppard is the latest band to launch their very own cruise. The veteran rock group announced on Friday that the inaugural "Hysteria on the High Seas" will be sailing from January 21-25 of next year.
The band revealed the following initial details, "You and Def Leppard will set sail from beautiful Miami, FL sailing 4 nights on the elegant MSC Divina. Your days and nights will be filled with music, theme nights, and special events.
"During your Caribbean adventure we will be stopping at Half Moon Cay (a private island), Freeport, Bahamas plus a full Day At Sea
Be prepared to get wet, wild and ready to rock!" See the full announcement
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(TeamRock Radio) Amon Amarth have split with drummer Fredrik Andersson after 17 years, he's confirmed. But they won't discuss the reasons behind the move, which takes place as they write the follow-up to 2013's Deceiver Of The Gods.
Andersson broke the news to fans with the following, "I am no longer the drummer in Amon Amarth. We have decided to part ways and I wish them all the best in future.
"I will not answer any questions about why or how, simply because it's private. I want to thank everyone that I've met through Amon Amarth. It's been a long sweet ride - but now it's time for something new." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Devildriver have confirmed Neal Tiemann as the guitarist who's replaced Jeff Kendrick. The band lineup is now complete again, after departed drummer John Boecklin was replaced by Austin D'Amon.
The new guitarist, Tiemann, is a member of American Idol winner David Cook's band The Anthemic, and he has also worked with Midwest Kings and Burn Halo.
DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara posted a picture of Tiemann on Instagram, along with the caption: "Ladies and gents, please welcome Neal to the lineup. Let the groove times roll." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Zakk Wylde will release his second solo album next year, his wife and manager has revealed. The follow-up to 1996's Book Of Shadows - to be entitled Book Of Shadows Volume II - will be recorded this year, once Wylde wraps up his Black Label Society Unblackened acoustic tour.
The 2016 release will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original Book Of Shadows album and will be followed with a solo world tour, Barbaranne Wylde tells The Examiner.
She says: "We are excited to announce that Zakk is entering the studio after this Unblackened spring 2015 tour to record Book of Shadows Volume II, which will be released early 2016." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Former Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy has announced that will be releasing a career-spanning compilation featuring tracks from all of his various projects down the years.
Pearcy revealed that he plans to release "Before & Laughter Part III (1977-2015)" on his own Top Fuel Records label in "the next few weeks." Pearcy says:
"I have literally hundreds of cassettes, CD and every format of recordings over the last 30-plus years and decided to really get into it and find the charms. I was surprised to find some great music with my bands and projects that should be heard." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Jeff Beck is to release an expanded version of his 2007 live package recorded at Ronnie Scott's. The 2CD/3LP Performing This Week... Live At Ronnie Scott's - Special Edition is issued on June 1 via Eagle Rock and delivers full audio from the London shows for the first time, adding a pair of tracks with guest Eric Clapton as well as the full seven-song set with the rhythm and blues revival outfit The Big Town Playboys - previously only available on the 2009 companion Blu-ray release.
Guest appearances by Joss Stone and Imogen Heap are also featured, as they were on the original package, which won Beck a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Rock performance for his version of The Beatles classic A Day In The Life.
Following the five-night run, Beck explained how he approached preparing a setlist for such an intimate venue. Beck said: "It was slightly modified from the big stage, in terms of length. We edited out some long-winded solos or extended them if they were too short, but mostly we just left out what we felt wasn't appropriate for Ronnie's." Read more including the tracklisting
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(Classic Rock) Halestorm were presented with the first gold record of their career on March 20 in Sweden for their single I Miss The Misery. They were handed the prize for the track taken from from 2012 album The Strange Case Of
as they prepared for their March 21 show in Stockholm.
I Miss The Misery followed the lead single Love Bites (So Do I), which earned the group a Grammy Award in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category.
Frontwoman Lzzy Hale says: "We've never gone gold with anything, so that's awesome." The news is the result of The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Sweden changing its charts to include on-demand audio and/or video song streams, which are now also counted towards the threshold required for gold and platinum certifications. Read more
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(Classic Rock) Nuclear Assault will release a four-song EP entitled Pounder on June 1. The project marks the band's first EP since 1988's Good Times, Bad Times, and their first studio recording since 2005 album Third World Genocide.
The veteran thrash group described the new release as follows, "Brand New EP with four killer old school thrash tunes written by Dan Lilker and John Connelly."
The group was formed after Lilker left Anthrax in 1984, and late last year the bassist revealed his plans to wrap up the band's career after three decades with a final album and tour. It is not clear whether the Pounder EP will be the farewell record, or whether an album will follow.
Lilker said: "In 2015, it will be 30 years since Nuclear Assault solidified our lineup and started making a name for ourselves. To commemorate this, the band will write and record another album and play some shows for a final assault." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Former Motley Crue singer John Corbabi has joined supergroup The Dead Daisies for their second album, Revolucion. He'll front the band, which will feature Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Tommy Clufetos, for their European tour supporting Kiss.
They extended an invitation to him after he appeared with them at a peace concert in Cuba, where writing sessions began. Recording is now underway in Australia, with the release planned for June 1 via INgrooves.
Corabi says: "The Dead Daisies have been an absolute blast for me so far. The guys are all great musicians, and also incredibly easy to work with." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Beth Hart has revealed plans are underway for her to team up with Joe Bonamassa for a third album. The pair released Don't Explain in 2011 and Seesaw in 2013 - and now she's looking forward to doing it all again next year.
Hart tells The Blues Magazine in an exclusive interview and session: "I hear a rumour through my manager, and I've talked with our producer, Kevin Shirley. He and my manager have let me know there's a possibility Joe and I will be making another record together in 2016.
"This is something very exciting - every time I make a record with him I have the best time touring it." But she admits it won't be plain sailing when she returns to Shirley's studio. Read more
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(The Blues) Building work on a public park in Seattle, Washington devoted to the memory of Jimi Hendrix will begin next month, says the foundation behind the plans.
Approval was granted by local authorities in Seattle last year. Now the construction contrast has been awarded and the job is expected to be completed in the autumn.
Hendrix's sister Janie, who looks after his catalogue and is director of the park foundation, says: "This is the culmination of years of hard work, creative input and generosity.
"It's our hope that, for generations, it will exist as more than just a point of interest, but a place of homage to one of Seattle's own. The landscaping, the design and the ambience will all mimic the persona of Jimi." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Mike Rutherford says Genesis agreed with Steve Hackett when he said documentary film Together And Apart was a "biased account" of the band's history.
He's revealed they demanded changes after seeing the first edit to give him more screen time. But he rejects the idea that Hackett has any reason to feel marginalised from the band he left in 1977.
Rutherford tells TeamRock: "The BBC documentary was a nice thing to do, although I know it upset Steve, and I tend to agree with him. I emailed him to say that.
"That wasn't our fault. We weren't entirely in charge. The first cut was shocking - Steve was barely in anything. So we said it wasn't right and he's in the second version a lot more."
Hackett has suggested in the past that there was always some distance between him and the rest of Genesis. Read Rutherford's reaction to that
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(hennemusic) Motorhead have partnered with Vannen Watches to launch a series of limited edition timepieces. The product line will be revealed on Thursday, March 26th.
Currently in a Los Angeles studio working on their 22nd album, Motorhead have just announced the lineup for the 2015 edition of their Motorboat cruise.
Motorhead will be joined by Slayer, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Crobot, Phil Campbell's All Starr Band, Motor Sister, Kyng, Fireball Ministry, Huntress and more for the event, which runs September 28 through October 2 aboard the Norwegian Sky. Read more
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(Prog) Anekdoten have confirmed the launch of sixth album Until All The Ghosts Are Gone next month, which will be the Swedish outfit's first studio title in eight years.
Nicklas Barker, Ann Sofi Dahlberg, Jan Erik Liljestrom and Peter Nordins have confirmed a number of guests who'll appear on the follow-up to 2007's A Time Of Day.
They include former Opeth keyboardist Per Wiberg, King Crimson and Steven Wilson collaborator Theo Travis, plus Marty Wilson-Piper of The Church and All About Eve fame.
Anekdoten bassist Liljestrom says: "Our ambition was to take things to a higher level - and I believe we succeeded. Listening to one song will take you to quite a few different places, and listening through the whole thing is quite a journey. I feel this is music to get excited about." Read more
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(Radio.com) Metallica could be in some dire times financially, at least according to their biographers. Metallica biographers Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood talk the band's financial standings in a new interview with literary website The Weeklings. While the band have sold over 100 million records worldwide their bank accounts may not show this fact.
"Since 2010 it's likely that Metallica have lost more money than they've made," the biographers write in the two-volume biography on the band, "Birth School Metallica Death" and "Into the Black". In their interview with The Weeklings, they continue to list previous ventures that are leaving the band in the red.
In particular, they mention the band's Orion festivals that are now defunct, plus their Through the Never concert film, which they claim will only make back a small portion of its $32 million budget.
"By their own admission, the two stagings of the Orion festival were disastrous financially, and the shambles that was the Through The Never movie cost $32 million and will only recoup a fraction of that amount," they say in the interview.
"Factor in HQ staff salaries, crew retainers and assorted running costs associated with maintaining an entertainment corporation and you can easily understand why the band - of necessity now rather than by choice - are driven to tour Europe every summer.
"No one is going to shed any tears upon hearing Metallica pleading poverty, but over the past decade their margins will undoubtedly have taken a hammering." Read more
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(hennemusic) Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider says he expects the band to continue to perform live following the death of drummer A.J. Pero in Poughkeepsie, NY on Friday at the age of 55.
"A.J. was out on tour with a band called Adrenaline Mob, and he had a massive heart attack in his sleep and we lost him," Snider told X17 on Saturday at Los Angeles airport, as he and his wife were returning from a vacation. "He was the first member of the band to die, and it's very sad."
Asked how the band would replace Pero, Snider replied: "You don't. I mean, will we continue to play? Probably, for his family. 'Cause his family will benefit from us playing, financially. It was all five original members of Twisted Sister, and he's the first one we lost. And the band is heartbroken."
Pero was a member of Twisted Sister from 1982-1986, 1997 and from 2001 forward; the drummer joined Adrenaline Mob in 2013 following a split with Mike Portnoy. Read more and watch the interview video clip with Snider
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(hennemusic) Van Halen have issued audio of their 1978 track "I'm The One" as a preview to the upcoming release of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", their first-ever live album with original frontman David Lee Roth.
The tune follows "Runnin' With The Devil", "Panama" amd "Unchained" as the fourth song issued in advance of the album's release on March 31st. "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert" will be available as a double CD, four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl, and digitally.
A deluxe collection featuring "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert" and newly remastered versions of their groundbreaking 1978 debut, "Van Halen", and their 6th album, "1984", will also be available as both a four-CD set and a six-LP vinyl set in special packaging.
Van Halen will launch the project with a performance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Check out the new preview
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(Classic Rock) Megadeth's Dave Mustaine says he and James Hetfield were like brothers when they played together in Metallica. And looking back on his time with the band in the early 80s, he reveals he thinks they had a special chemistry on stage.
Mustaine tells VH1 Classic Rock Icons (via Blabbermouth): "There was a feeling that James and I had when we would stand next to each other and play. I think people saw there was a real brotherhood there. We were a really great guitar duo."
He was fired from Metallica in 1983 before the release of Kill 'Em All and says his anger at that decision drove him to make Megadeth the most "ultra-furious metal band" in the world.
Mustaine continues: "Growing up and having all of the defence mechanisms I'd gotten over the years, I was pissed - I was going to fight. When you're scratching and clawing to have something to eat, someone takes away your livelihood, this means war.
"I don't really know that when Megadeth started that it was anything other than just pure revenge. It was all about, 'You know what? You're not going to make me that kid, the one that's picked last again.' Read more
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Muse has released their new single "Dead Inside," which comes from their forthcoming album "Drones". The follow-up to 2012's "The 2nd Law," "Drones" will be released on June 5th.
Frontman Matt Bellamy had this to say about the new track, "This is where the story of the album begins. Where the protagonist loses hope and becomes 'Dead Inside', therefore vulnerable to the dark forces introduced in 'Psycho' and which ensue over the next few songs on the album, before eventually defecting, revolting and overcoming these dark forces later in the story."
"Dead Inside" is the new album's "official" first single and follows the release of the album track "Psycho". Muse have released a lyric video for the new song
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Breaking Benjamin has released "Failure," the first single from their forthcoming album "Dark Before Dawn" which is set to be released by Hollywood Records on June 23rd.
The album's presales has already topped Amazon's digital rock album list, and is at no. 3 on their overall album list. It also topped the rock album charts on iTunes. Fans that preorder the digital version of the album receive an instant download of the new single on Amazon. Fans can stream the new song here.
The band, featuring the new lineup of founding member Ben Burnley along with guitarists Jasen Rauch (Red) and Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), bassist Aaron Bruch, and drummer Shaun Foist (Picture Me Broken), will be launching a North American tour next month.
The tour will include a number of headline dates as well as appearances at leading music festivals. The headline dates kick off on April 17th in Pharr, Tx and conclude on July 16th in Mt. Pleasant, MI.
The festival appearances include performances at Buzzfest in Woodlands, Tx; Rockfest in Tampa, Fl; Fort Rock in Fort Meyers, Fl, Welcome To Rockville; Beale St Music Festival in Memphis; Carolina Rebellion, Rock on the Range, Rocklahoma and more.
See the tour dates here.
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(hennemusic) Iron Maiden will be honored with the 2015 O2 Silver Clef Award by UK music charity Nordoff Robbins at their 40th anniversary gala on July 3 in recognition of the band's "outstanding contribution to UK music."
The award also recognizes the group as one of the most globally successful and influential rock bands of all time, with more than 90 million albums sold worldwide.
"Nordoff Robbins is an exceptional charity and their dedication to changing people's lives through music therapy is something we all very much support," says the group in a released statement. "We're extremely proud to receive the O2 Silver Clef Award and be part of the 40th anniversary event celebrating this wonderful achievement."
Last year's honoree was Jimmy Page; past winners include The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Genesis and Queen. Read more
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(hennemusic) Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and solo artist John Fogerty will publish his memoir, "Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music", on October 6 via Little, Brown and Company.
Fogerty and CCR burst on the music scene with hit after hit: "Proud Mary","Bad Moon Rising," "Born On The Bayou" and more. The band's quick rise to the top of the charts pushed them to new heights, even outselling The Beatles in 1969. But a series of internal band struggles eventually caused the group to implode.
"Fortunate Son" will see Fogerty explore his Northern California roots, CCR's success and the rocker's retreat from music and public life before returning to chart-topping solo success.
"I'm excited to share my story and my life with you," says Fogerty. "You're going to hear where it all started, my passion to become the best musician I could be. You'll travel down some rough roads, but that road leads to something beautiful. My book won't be sugar coated! It's all in there."
Fogerty has also announced a series of new dates for his "1969" summer tour, which begins with an appearance at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN on May 2.
The "1969" tour sees Fogerty performing music from the three albums he released in a single year with CCR, including "Bayou Country", "Green River" and "Willy And The Poor Boys."
An updated "1969" tour schedule can be found
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TesseracT have announced the release of their very first live album and video. The new release, entitled "Odyssey/Scala," features the return of Daniel Tompkins.
Tompkins was the vocalist on the group's 2011 debut "One." The new live release packages will feature different recording on the video and audio portions.
The DVD video footage, entitled "Scala", was captured during the group's performance at the Scala live music venue in London on November 6th, 2014.
The audio part of the release, entitled "Odyssey" was recording at various shows in Europe and Russia during the band's Altered State World Tour that took place in the fall of last year.
"Odyssey/Scala" will be released in various packages on May 19th in North America and May 18th in Europe. The packages include a CD and DVD version, a vinyl LP and DVD version and a digital version.
Check out the trailer for the release
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Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker discussed the evolution of his Temple of Rock band and reuniting with his former Scorpions bandmates Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz on the group's new album "Spirit on a Mission" in a new interview with Classic Rock Revisited.
Schenker worked with Herman and Francis on the classic Scorpions album, "Lovedrive" and when asked what it was like working with them again, Schenker responded: "The chemistry is something you can't really explain; it just is. Francis and Herman are family. Doogie, too, and Wayne
you have the chemistry. The first two albums are very much based on my concept. It is like I knew what kind of songs I wanted them to be, energetic, fast and melodic, et cetera. The rest of the guys just had to add their thoughts to it, but the skeleton was basically structured. There are a lot of fast songs on there and Herman had to kick some
he had to go for it. Now he is getting healthier because of it."
During the follow-up question he added, "That is the whole thing with Herman and Francis, to be honest. It is a screen that I can paint on. It is very important to have. I have played with the best drummers and sometimes it is very hard to play with a great drummer because there is so much coming from the drummer himself. It is, like you said, it is solid. I can do a lot with it. If you have too many people doing too many things it just becomes a 'too many cooks' kind of a thing.
"The next album I already know what we will do. We will have an additional improvement
. not improvement
but an idea to involve Doogie more. In fact, on the next album, which is kind of exciting, as it means that something unpredictable can come out of that. I am looking forward to that too."
Schenker also shared his excitement about touring with them, "This is the first time we are coming over to the USA with Herman and Francis, the Rock You Like a Hurricane rhythm section. We have been trying since last spring and we've got it together and we are excited to play the States with this lineup and we are all looking for it. Keep on rocking and we will be there soon!"
When asked if they plan to only play Temple of Rock songs or if fans can expect to hear classics from UFO and Scorpions, Schenker responded: "Of course, that is what I mean by saying we're developing. The idea of Temple of Rock started off like, basically, all of my written music. That is my temple of rock. When I did live performances in the beginning it was the most popular of my involvements from the past and now. That is my temple of rock.
"Because we've developed step by step, every six months we understand what the next step needs to be. It is developing its own entity which means that after two, or three, albums you have enough material together to actually survive without getting into all of my other stuff. I can play my stuff in the future with Gary Barden, or with Robin McAuley, or whatever. Temple of Rock, sooner or later, will be ready and then we may only play our songs. Well, right now we must play past songs like 'Rock Bottom,' or things like that. They are not really for Temple of Rock, but they are at this stage. They are the tool for Temple of Rock to become self-sufficient. That is the goal. We have three albums that have a lot of good songs on there and we can easily put together a set.
"If people like what you do--in the beginning if you have only one album out then you don't have enough material to tour and stuff like that. That period was important to perform the most popular of the past because that's what that period was, but it won't be that forever. You go through stages and over the next cycle bits and pieces develop. I can't tell what is going to happen in the future because it is impossible. I can watch the steps. Once you've made one step, then you know what the next step should be."
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(Classic Rock) Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo says that he grew out of the band's violent imagery that helped draw attention to them early in their career. And the Philm sticksman says he's happy to have been able to branch out and show another side to his musicianship since being fired from the group in 2013.
He tells the Belfast Telegraph: "When you're a kid and you're rebellious you want to shock people - and that's basically what we did. I don't feel that way now. I feel there are other ways to gain attention through music - by musicianship.
"At the time we had all these religious fanatics that were pointing at rock bands, saying that if you run the record backwards it says whatever about Satan. Come on, really? Who has the time to play a record backwards?" Read more
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(Classic Rock) Bad Company have released the 'LMS Studio Reel 8-73 Session' version of the track Bad Company. Originally appearing on the band's self-titled debut album in 1974, the song features on the deluxe edition reissue of the album.
This is the fourth unreleased track to see the light of day, following the 'Early slow version' of Whiskey Bottle, the 'Take Before Master' of Feel Like Makin' Love and the 'Demo Reel 1' version of Little Miss Fortune.
Bad Company and the band's second album Straight Shooter have both been remastered from the original analogue tapes, with each set including the original album alongside with a number of rare and unreleased recordings discovered when the original multi-track analogue tapes were unearthed. Both albums are released on April 7.
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(Radio.com) Prince's Paisley Park estate has achieved mythological status since its 1985 construction and that seems more and more warranted with every new detail about the home that surfaces.
The latest? Prince has an actual vault in his basement which holds all of his unreleased music. Several associates close to Purple One confirmed the existence of Prince's IRL music archive in interviews with The Guardian. Apparently, the vault dates back to at least 1987, two years after Paisley Park was built.
Prince's former sound engineer Susan Rogers recalled seeing it for the first time: "It's an actual bank vault, with a thick door. It's in the basement of Paisley Park. When I left in 87, it was nearly full. Row after row of everything we'd done. I can't imagine what they've done since then." Read more
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(Prog) VOLA have released an animated video for their track Emily. The song comes from the Danish outfit's debut album Inmazes, which was launched in February.
The new video was created by artist Anne Norkjaer Bang along with the band's bassist Nicolai Mogensen. The group describe the record as existing in "a borderline area of rock that is as high-flying and melodically fulfilling as it is itchy and heavy" while including "quirky trails of distorted bass and guitars, entangling synth lines and constantly groove-driven drums."
Joining Mogensen in the Copenhagen-based band are vocalist and guitarist Asger Mygind, keyboardist Martin Werner and drummer Felix Ewert. Watch the video
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(Prog) Arjen Lucassen and Anneke van Giersbergen have premiered their video for Shores Of India from The Gentle Storm album The Diary. The record is released this week via InsideOut, featuring both "gentle" and "storm" versions of 10 tracks.
Lucassen recently explained: "I asked the fans on Facebook, 'What would you guys want to hear from me next?'" That led to the concept: "Why don't I split it up - do 10 songs in two completely different versions?"
Now he tells TeamRock of the video: "Shores Of India was the obvious choice for a video because it's the most adventurous and cinematic track on The Diary.
"I've always been partial to oriental melodies, and I'm especially proud of the epic chorus. Anneke did an amazing job singing this intricate song, both technically and emotionally.
"Of course, Anneke and I had a lot of fun dressing up - and I absolutely didn't mind being pampered by those hot belly dancers!" Read more and watch the video
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(TeamRock Radio) Northampton sludgecore merchants Lay Siege released their debut album on Monday (March 23rd) and the UK and TeamRock's Metal Hammer is streaming the album in full.
Speaking about the new record, the band's guitarist Jamie Steadman urges you to "take 40 minutes of time out of your boring life to listen to our album."
"The album is about our choices, feelings, ambitions and aspirations being controlled in the modern world by external sources who don't have our best interests at heart," he continues.
"We've tried to capture the way that we all feel sometimes, bottle it up and then put it on this record. If you like it, please buy a copy because if we don't sell enough then our record company won't let us make any more. Thanks!"
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(hennemusic) UK rockers The Darkness have released a stream of their new single, "Open Fire", from their forthcoming 4th album, "Last Of Our Kind." "Open Fire" follows the lead track, "Barbarian."
The new album is set to be released on June 2nd in North America and June 1st in Europe. The follow-up to 2012's "Hot Cakes" was produced by guitarist Dan Hawkins.
The project sees the debut of new drummer Emily Dolan Davies, who replaced original sticksman Ed Graham after a split last year. "Last Of Our Kind" will be released on limited edition color vinyl, CD and digital download.
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(Prog) The Aristocrats will release their third album, Tres Caballeros, in late June via Boing! Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann delivered a live preview of the full project during a four-night residency at a California club in late January before entering Hollywood's Sunset Sound studios to record the follow-up to 2013's Culture Clash.
The trio were joined for some vocal support by guests Brendon Small of Dethklok and Ben Thomas of Zappa Plays Zappa, and have recently been working on final mixes with engineers Erich Gobel and Mike Boden.
Guitarist Govan explains the band have come a long way since forming just four short years ago and says the pressure was off when it came time to record the new album.
He says: "We've learned a lot since we started this band - four years, three studio albums, two live DVDs and about a billion notes ago - and I think our latest offering reflects this in all kinds of ways.
"The decision to road test our new material in front of a live audience before commencing the recording process; the choice to record in a studio which had some thoroughly inspiring rock 'n' roll mojo; our sudden urge to become more bold and experimental with overdubs rather than feeling any pressure to record exclusively in a strict trio format - all of this has had some kind of positive effect on the way the new record came out." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Annihilator mainman Jeff Waters says the metal world needs the next Metallica to take it to the next level. The guitarist believes metal is in a better place than it has been for a while and that it's getting stronger all the time. But he feels that a hugely popular newcomer would be the cherry on top.
Waters tells Broken Neck Radio: "It's getting in the right direction now for about seven, eight years. It's been heading up and up and up everywhere I've been going. Even in Europe, where it's always been big, it's been going up and up as far as metal's popularity."
He concludes, "You had this whole new thing opening up. It's just now we need a couple of supergroups to really set the bar. We need a, even a half the size of Metallica band to come out. A new band. We need that next young Metallica." Read more
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(Prog) Renaissance have launched a crowdfunding campaign for the recording of their appearance at London's Union Chapel on April 16. The show is part of their first European tour in more than 30 years.
Vocalist Annie Haslam says: "It's our goal to chronicle this journey by filming and released a live concert DVD. We ask for your help in funding the recording and production by offering different levels of pledge rewards for your support.
"We particularly look forward to capturing our performance at the Union Chapel venue, where bands like Procol Harum have filmed great-looking and sounding DVDs." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Faith No More's Roddy Bottum will premiere an opera he wrote in New York next month. Titled Sasquatch: The Opera, the three-scene musical focuses on the daughter of a family who run Bigfoot tours in a small US town and the subsequent fallout when she falls in love and runs off with a real Sasquatch.
Bottum tells Noisey: "It's not a traditional opera - it's more like weird little operettas. I grew up in LA but I moved to New York specifically to get into opera, and had this preposterous idea for a Sasquatch love story.
"I wrote the story, I wrote the music, and we're going to premiere it next month. It's just going to be three scenes from the opera but then I'm going to elaborate on it and build it into a bigger production." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Steven Wilson has announced he'll play two nights at London's Royal Albert Hall on September 28 and 29th and says that they will be his only UK appearances before the end of the year.
It follows his six sold out shows across the UK earlier this month in support of latest studio work Hand. Cannot. Erase. Wilson had the following to say in a statement:
"I'm happy to announce two UK concerts at one of my favourite venues in the world - the Royal Albert Hall in London. Each night will feature a different set, and some very special guests. Please note that these shows will be my only UK appearances between now and the end of the year." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Paradise Lost have unveiled the cover for their 14th album, The Plague Within, due for release on June 1st in Europe and June 2nd in North America.
The new album's artwork was created by Polish artist, illustrator and architect Zbigniew M Bielak, who has previously worked with Watain, Ghost and Entombed AD.
Bielak reveals he was inspired to become involved in the project after being a longtime fan. He says: "Since their late 80s inception, through sombre abrasiveness of their debut and harrowing sadness of groundbreaking Gothic, the unparalleled icons of gloom, Paradise Lost grew deep into all things murky and dreadful in modern music.
"Duncan Fergado's artwork for their debut remains one of my favourite covers, so having heard that with The Plague Within the band harks back to days of old, was - to say the least - a thrilling incentive to pick up the commission."
Late last year, keyboardist Adrian Erlandsson hinted a return to their vintage sound had already revealed itself through demos for the project before the band hit the studio in November. Read more and see the artwork
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