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Vinnie Vincent Explains Canceled Comeback Shows

Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent has explained the reasoning behind the cancelation of his comeback shows in Nashville earlier this year, saying that he had no part in pulling the plug on the special concerts.

The reclusive guitarist gave a rare interview to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon and said, "There's only one uncontroverted fact that actually did happen, and that is that I, Vinnie Vincent, did not cancel that show.

"A matter of fact, My attorney Chris Royer had been negotiating for months with the promoter. So this was done all between the promoter and my attorney."

Vinnie also revealed that "a week before the show was actually canceled, it was determined and decided and agreed upon that the show would proceed as a Vinnie Shredd Festival show because of my dissatisfaction with someone who picked a singer that I didn't approve of."

If things go as planned, Vinnie will be taking the stage for Speedball Jamm at S.I.R. Soundstage in Nashville on June 7th to an intimate audience of 60 people.

The show is named after a 71-minute instrumental recorded during rehearsals that was released as a limited edition CD in 2001. Vincent had this to say about the upcoming concert, "June 7 is that recording -- the fun of that recording -- come to life.

"It's the informal, onstage-look-at-each-other and everybody just join in [and] follow where I'm going and let's play our asses off and have fun. It'll probably be about an hour or so of guitar. Vinnie guitar."

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Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Megadeth Lead New Festival Lineup

Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd have been named as the headliners of the inaugural EXIT 111 Festival this Rocktober in in Manchester, TN.

The three day festival is scheduled to take place at the Great Stage Park on October 11th, 12th and 13th and will include a star heavy lineup including the final Tennessee show for thrash legends Slayer, ZZ Top, Ghost and more.

Additional artists include: Deftones, Coheed & Cambria, Lamb of God, Mastodon, Seether, Alter Bridge, Gojira, Cheap Trick, Blackberry Smoke, Black Label Society, Ministry, Skillet, Nothing More, Sleeping With Sirens, Of Mice and Men, Thrice, White Chapel, Power Trip, Black Stone Cherry, Fever 333, Graveyard, The Cadillac Three, 10 Years, From Ashes to New, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, New Years Day, Alien Weaponry, Bishop Gunn, Dead Sara, Plague Vendor, Dirty Honey, Tetrarch, Watermox, Kyle Shutt, and O'Brother.

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Glenn Tipton Working On Judas Priest's Next Album

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford shared the exciting news that despite having retired from touring with the group, Glenn Tipton has begun work on the band's next studio album.

Tipton revealed that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and retired from the road in February of last year. The band recruited producer Andy Sneap to step in to join them on the road in support of their latest album "Firepower".

Halford was asked during an interview with Do You Know Jack? if fans can expect a new album soon and he replied, "Absolutely. In fact, Glenn's back in the U.K. now making riffs and going through... We have massive archives of riffs.

It never stops. That's the joy of Priest in terms of creativity - we never seem to slow down. And when you get a successful record like 'Firepower', that motivates you even further. Any band will tell you that. You feed off the energy of what your fans are giving you. You wanna see your fans again and you wanna bring your fans something different next time.

"So that means making another metal song, which, amplify that by 10 ideas, and you've got another album. So that's the plan. There will be another album from Priest in the very near future."

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich Marks S&M Anniversary With Tribute

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich shared a tribute on social media to late composer and conductor Michael Kamen who lead the San Francisco Symphony for the band's S&M concerts 20 years ago this week.

Kamen died of a heart attack in November of 2003 at the age of 55. Lars marked the anniversary of the S&M shows with a post on Instagram on Monday. He wrote, "Today is the 20th anniversary of the very first concert 'Tallica played with the @SFSymphony under the direction of Michael Kamen.

"The shows took place at the Berkeley Community Theatre April 21 & 22, 1999. At the time, the gigs weren't even called S&M yet...that came six months later when the live album and movie was released.

"I'm pictured here with the conductor, the arranger, the main instigator and the reason the whole thing came to be, Michael Kamen, who had reached out a few years earlier to see if we were game to try this kinda collaboration out.

"Michael had a background in film scores, including Lethal Weapon and Die Hard, and had previously done similar undertakings with Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith among others. He thought that we would be an obvious choice for a pairing like this and we said yes in 2 nano seconds flat and followed Michael's lead for the next few years, as we went on an incredible adventure together with concerts in SF, Berlin and NYC among other things. We threw ourselves deep into unknown creative territories and walked away with most incredible of experiences and the coolest album and concert film.

"Michael passed on in November 2003, but his love of life and his appetite for shaking up conventions will always be something I'll take with me and cherish.. A very precious few years. And of course looking forward to the continuation of this, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this whole endeavor with our two very unique concerts in September opening the @Chase_Center."

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Duff McKagan Announces European Tour

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan has announced dates for a summer tour of Europe in support of his forthcoming album, "Tenderness."

Backed by album producer Shooter Jennings and his band, the bassist will begin the three-week series in Warsaw, Poland on August 22, with shows scheduled to wrap up in Milan, Italy on September 8.

Due May 31, "Tenderness" was inspired by McKagan's travels on Guns N' Roses' multi-year Not In This Lifetime reunion tour, during which he used downtime to work on the project with Jennings.

"Fortune shone my way when Shooter and I began to work on the structures of the songs," McKagan explains. "Shooter has a brilliant mind, and a seemingly endless musical catalogue bouncing around in his head that he's ready to tap into at any moment. He believed in this thing from day one, and that gave me the confidence and energy to forge on." See the dates here.

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Creed Frontman Scott Stapp Reveals New Album Details

Creed frontman Scott Stapp has revealed more details for his forthcoming solo album "The Space Between The Shadows", which is set to hit stores on July 19th.

Stapp revealed the release date, cover art and tracklisting for the effort and had this to say, "This album comes at a time where I have empathy, instead of anger, for what the 'boy' in the video went through.

"My heart will always ache for him but as a man who's had successes, failures, four children, and a lot of support, I now identify with the boy in the last frame who sees infinite possibilities on the horizon and he finally trusts that he never really walks alone.

"The album cover is related to that concept - a boy journeys within and emerges a man with stories to tell and lessons to share." See the tracklisting here.

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The Flaming Lips and The Claypool Lennon Delirium Summer Tour

The Flaming Lips have announced that they will be hitting the road this summer with The Claypool Lennon Delirium for a trek that will feature support from Particle Kid

The 12-city tour is scheduled to kick off on July 23rd in Wichita, KS at Wave and will be concluding on August 7th in Raleigh, NC at the Red Hat Amphitheater

The Flaming Lips will be launching the tour in support of their forthcoming album "King's Mouth: Music And Songs," which will be hitting stores on July 19th in various formats including vinyl, CD and digitally. See the dates here.

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Linda Perry & Friends: A Night at the Grammy Museum Announced

Organizers have announced that the Linda Perry & Friends: A Night at the Grammy Museum will be taking place on Saturday, June 29th. We were sent the following details:

Proceeds from the benefit gala will provide essential support for the GRAMMY Museum Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to music education and preservation initiatives. The gala will be held at the GRAMMY Museum and The Novo at L.A. Live.

Perry is being recognized at the 2019 Linda Perry & Friends: A Night at the GRAMMY Museum gala for her considerable creative accomplishments as a music producer and songwriter and longtime supporter of a number of causes through We Are Hear (the combination record label, publishing house, management company, and production entity she launched with multiplatinum producer Kerry Brown in 2017), which recently raised $1 million for Woolsey Fire recovery with their One Love Malibu Festival benefit concert. Perry is a Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee for working with artists such as P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, and Adele, and was also nominated in 2018 for a GRAMMY Award for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical, making her the first woman in 15 years to be nominated in the category.

"I am excited and honored to be a part of Linda Perry & Friends: A Night at the GRAMMY Museum," said Perry. "It's even more special knowing the gala benefits music education, something I'm incredibly passionate about. I can't wait to celebrate with some of the great artists I've had the pleasure of working with during my career." Read more here.

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Stars Playing 'Set Yourself On Fire' In Full On Upcoming Tour

Stars have announced that they will be playing their "Set Yourself On Fire" in full during the stops on their upcoming first European and UK tour in five years.

Torq had the following to say, "Time is an illusion, you're always told that. But we still are affected by anniversaries, all of us. Fifteen years felt like the right time to acknowledge and celebrate a record that changed our lives and has played such an important part in the lives of people we have never even met. It's pretty cool. And while we love moving forward, and we have to, it's really lovely to look back for a minute, too."

They will be launching the trek on September 18th in Antwerp, BEL at the TRIX Music Center and will be wrapping up on September 30th in London at Scala. See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Across The Board's Wild Ones

Across The Board recently released their latest album "Wild Ones" and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about the record's title song. Here is the story:

The album was written during the summer of 2018 and "Wild Ones" was the very first song we finished, and it was immediately apparent. Musically, the single is a fierce rock song with a driving electric guitar riff that introduces the listener to our signature guitar-heavy layered rock sound with multiple harmonies and an exciting contemporary rock beat.

The song's lyric presents the main character of our story-- "the wolf"-a recurring theme throughout the album. We wanted to explore the idea of the pack mentality versus the need to be independent. We are, like the wolf, uniquely tied to the circadian rhythm of the planet-and although we have to be able to stand on our own two feet and be autonomous, we all still need to have a pack behind us - to battle for us, to lift us up, or as a soft place to fall.

"Wild Ones" speaks to the instinct we have to follow our biological directive on the planet, but the gift of awareness of ourselves as individual unique beings that also allows us to take a break from instinct, to step out of that connection with the planet and enjoy it-to dance, to play under the moon!

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

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