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Original Alice Cooper Band Reuniting For Special Show

Members of the original legendary Alice Cooper Band will be reuniting on stage for a special one off performance next month, the shock rocker has announced.

Alice will be joined by his former bandmates Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce for a special performance during his May 14th concert at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall in Nashville.

Cooper and his current band will be playing and then Alice will be joined by Dunaway, Smith and Bruce for a special "mini-set". All three also appear on Alice's forthcoming Bob Ezrin produced album. Read more here.

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Megadeth Announce North American Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Megadeth have announced that they will be launching a summer tour of North America that will feature support from Meshuggah, TesseracT and Lillake and revealed the initial dates for the trek.

The outing will be beginning in Big Flats, NY on June 23rd and the trash legends are embarking on the tour in support of their 2016 album release, "Dystopia."

The band has revealed the first three weeks of the summer trek, which will also see Megadeth perform at a series of festivals including Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest, Wisconsin's Rock USA and Rock Fest, and Chicago Open Air.

More dates will be announced shortly. Megadeth will follow the summer shows with a rare opening slot on a fall North American tour with the Scorpions. Read more here.

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Classic Eddie Van Halen Solo Gets Unusual Makeover

Fans can now experience Eddie Van Halen's famous guitar solo for Michael Jackson's hit song "Beat It" in an entirely new way thanks to an unusual cover by the Bottle Boys.

The group, which performs songs by blowing into beer bottles, recently released their unique cover of the "Thriller" classic complete with Eddie's iconic guitar solo.

They had this to say about the cover via their official site "We could play Michael Jackson songs all day long - there is so much gold!! So now we did a bottle version of one of his number one hits: 'Beat It'! And to make it an even greater challenge we incorporated a bottlified version of Eddie Van Halen's legendary guitar solo on the track. Safe to say, we never played this fast before!" Check it out here.

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KISS Star Peter Criss Explains Why He Is Retiring

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss has explained why his upcoming dinner concert following the New York KISS expo will be very last live performance in the U.S.

The special show is scheduled for June 17th at the Cutting Room in New York City, following his participation in the Expo which will be running from June 9th and 11th.

Criss will also be staging his very last Australian live performance next month and explained the reasons why he is retiring in an interview with The Rockpit. He told the Australian outlet, "You know what, I'm seventy one, that scares me when I say that (laughs), but if you're around me I'm like a fifteen year old kid, I really am. But I've had an amazing career in music; I was around in the 60's and 70's which was about the best time to be a musician." Read more here.

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Queen and Adam Lambert Announce European Fall Tour

Queen + Adam Lambert have announced that they have added a new European (including UK and Ireland) leg to their tour plans, in addition to their previously announce North American trek this summer.

The band will be kicking off the mainland portion of the tour on November 1st in Prague at the O2 Arena and will finish on November 17th in Kaunas, Lithuania at the Zalgiris Arena.

They will then head across the channel and begin the UK/Ireland portion on November 25th in Dublin at the 3 Arena and conclude the tour on December 15th in London. Read more here.

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Jimmy Fallon Tributes David Bowie On SNL

( Former castmember Jimmy Fallon hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend (April 15) and his opening monologue which was mostly musical including a tribute to David Bowie.

He was joined by recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Nile Rodgers for a full version of Bowie's classic "Let's Dance" (which Rodgers produced).

Fallon was joined by the SNL cast, a troop of backing dancers, and musical guest Harry Styles, for a take on the song. It wasn't funny, but it was pretty amazing, and a nice tribute to the Thin White Duke. Watch it here.

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Life Of Agony Release 'World Gone Mad' Video

Life Of Agony have released a new video for their track "World Gone Mad". The song comes from their forthcoming album "A Place Where There's No More Pain," which will be hitting stores on April 28th.

Alan Robert had this to say about the song, "The message behind 'World Gone Mad' could not be more relevant to what's going on all over this planet right now. People are more divided than ever, and if we continue to ignore the fact that this world is busting at its seams and just continue to 'stick our heads underground,' like the lyrics suggest, we will see a madness in our lifetime like we've never experienced before.

"With the 'World Gone Mad' video, we were really looking to break out of the typical performance video approach to capture a high concept visual. There is clearly a strong homage to horror movies such as Hellraiser and The Ring, and U.K. director Leigh Brooks of Firebelly Films went above and beyond to bring our ideas to life. It's definitely the darkest and scariest looking video we've done to date." Watch the new clip here.

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Anathema Announce North American Summer Tour

Anathema have announced that they will promoting their forthcoming album by hitting the road this summer for their first North American tour dates since 2014.

The group also released a stream of a brand new song entitled "Springfield". The track comes from the band's upcoming studio album "The Optimist" which is set to hit stores on June 9th. Listen to the song here.

The upcoming U.S. and Canadian tour will include nine dates and is scheduled to begin on August 16th in Baltimore, MD at Soundstage and will conclude on August 25th in Philadelphia, PA at the Theatre of Living Arts. Read more here.

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Airbourne Announce New Member and RSD Release

Airbourne have announced that they have recruited Matt 'Harri' Harrison to replace guitarist David Roads and have announced a special record store day release.

The band had this to say, "Roadsy has always loved rural Australia, his second passion being his family farm, and now he has decided to return to his roots to work alongside his father in the family business. We wish him well on his future endeavors.

"As the old saying goes, 'you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy'. We say, good on ya mate, well-played and good luck!" Read more here.

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Def Leppard TV Special Preview Goes Online

(hennemusic) Def Leppard are sharing a video preview of the US broadcast premiere of their recently-released concert DVD, "And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit", on AXS-TV this weekend.

Part of the media outlet's new Sunday Night Rocks series, the project captures the group in concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI on last summer's tour of North America.

"And There Will Be A Next Time" recently toppled The Beatles' "Eight Days A Week" to debut at No. 1 on the US Billboard Music Video Sales chart while also claiming top spot in Canada and France alongside Top 10 showings in the UK, Ireland, Germany Spain and Portugal.

"Thank you to all of our fans around the world for supporting our latest DVD release," says the band. "And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit" will premiere on AXS TV on Sunday, April 23 at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT. Watch the preview here.

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Paramore Tease New Album With Cryptic Social Media Post

( The long-awaited fifth studio album from Paramore may be closer than fans think, as the rockers have been cryptically revealing new promo images on social media.

Late Monday (April 17), the band began rolling out vague logos to its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles. The image itself seems to be in block lettering while the background is a light purple.

If you're a fan of the band's, it would be wise to keep your eyes peeled to their social media accounts for the full reveal in the coming days. Meanwhile, fans and fan pages have been freaking out at the thought of the band's first new album in four years. Read more and see the post here.

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Superjoint Launching U.S. Tour This Week

Superjoint will be kicking off the second leg of their Caught Up In The Gears US tour this Friday, April 21st in San Antonio, Texas with support from Battlecross and Child Bite.

Frontman Philip H. Anselmo had this to say, "It is our pleasure to be playing a show near you this April and May with Battlecross and Child Bite. Come as you are, bring a guest, spread the word! Let the generations unite! So much love to all the incredibly awesome Superjoint fans out there!"

The band has also announced that they will be taking part in the first annual Metal Maya event at the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun. The four day metal adventure will run from October 29th through November 2nd and will feature performances from Anthrax, Overkill, Metal Allegiance, Death Angel, Crowbar and more. See the dates

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Fit For An Autopsy Announce Summer Tour

Fit For An Autopsy have announced that they will be launching a tour across the United States this summer and will be bringing along Tombs and Moon Tooth for the ride.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on June 16th in Baltimore, MD at the Ottobar and will wrap up on July 9th in Brooklyn, NY at the Knitting Factory. The band is launching the tour in support of their new album "The Great Collapse".

Singer Joe Badolato had this to say, "We're happy to announce The Great Collapse North American tour. Tombs and Moon Tooth are sick live bands, and make for a fun mixed bill. A little different than our normal touring partners, but we're excited to play for some new fans. Lots of new songs on this one, and a few old ones we haven't pulled out in years." See the dates here.

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Nine Inch Nails Remix Todd Rundrgen's 'Deaf Ears'

( Nine Inch Nails band members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross just debuted their 'Deaf Ears" mix from Todd Rundgren's original version off his upcoming album, White Knight, slated for release May 12.

Captioning the new track, Reznor wrote, "Todd Rundgren is a hero of mine. His records (solo and Utopia!), his songwriting, his production and his musicianship' all played a huge role shaping me into who I am. I still listen to (and study) A Wizard, A True Star and Something / Anything regularly, and I suggest you do, too."

"Atticus and I sent Todd a wealth of ideas for his new record. He worked on this track and released the 'proper" version here…" he continued. "We then took what he did and moved it forward (or backward, depending on your perspective) into this. Enjoy – TR (not Todd Rundgren, the other TR)" Listen to the track here.

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Royal Blood Announce North American Summer Tour

Royal Blood have followed the announcement of their new studio album by revealing that they have added a North American leg to their upcoming world tour plans.

The first portion of the U.S. and Canadian leg will begin on June 2nd in Boston at the Paradise Rock Club followed by an appearance at this year's Governors Ball in New York and will conclude at the Bonnaroo festival on June 11th.

The band will then play a series of European festival dates before returning to North American for the bulk of the leg that will run until August 16th where it will finish up in Los Angeles at The Wiltern. Read more here.

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Paul Collins' Beat's Lost EPs To Finally Be Released

Two lost EPs from Paul Collins' Beat will finally see the light of day. They have been combined into one album "Long Time Gone / To Beat Or Not To Beat" and will be released on April 28th.

The album is set to be offered in various formats including vinyl, CD, cassette and digitally. We were sent the following details: Paul Collins' (from The Nerves, The Breakaways) two long lost EPs with his band The Beat from the early '80s make it to Lolipop Records as the first re-issue on all formats in over 30 years, from the "king of power pop" himself.

To Beat Or Not To Beat was recorded in New York in 1983 at The Ranch with John Mathias (The Romantics) and Paul Collins/Steven Huff producing. It was released in the U.S. by Jem/Passport Records and then it was later released in Europe on Closer Records France and Dro Records Spain. Read more here.

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Vesperia's Morgan Rider Unplugs For Katatonia Cover

As Vesperia finish recording their new studio album, frontman Morgan Rider has shared a new video online where he unplugs for a cover of one of his favorite Katatonia songs.

In the new clip, Rider does an acoustic performance of the song "Idle Blood" which was one of the tracks features on Katatonia's 2009 studio album "Night Is The New Day."

Morgan had this to say about video, "I recorded this cover in my home studio and filmed it in the crown lands near my house. I am a big Katatonia fan and have been wanting to record an homage to them with a slightly altered arrangement for awhile now." Watch it here.

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Singled Out: The Lunas' Until I'm Dead

The Lunas frontman James Priestner tells us about their new single "Until I'm Dead" which will be one of the tracks features on their forthcoming EP "Curious Life". Here is the story:

"Until I'm Dead" started while on our first Canadian tour. We were sound checking in London Ontario and I started plucking through a chord to see if my guitar was coming through the PA and I remember really liking what I was playing. I stopped soundcheck for a quick second, pulled out my iPhone, and voice memo'ed the melody I was humming. After the show I went to our RV and wrote a verse and a chorus.

It was inspired by a book I was reading called "Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts. The main character is a very smart guy but wrestles with his own demons. He's a drug addict, a criminal and a philosopher all in one. He wants to change and live a normal life but he always finds himself in the same situations because that's all he knows. It's a life he can't really get away from as much as he wants to.

The song is about the never ending challenge of navigating your way through the unexpectedness of life. You're put into situations and you have to deal with them, making decisions of different proportions all the time. Sometimes they're the right ones and sometimes they aren't, but once you've made a choice you have to live with the outcome, there's no "rewind" button in this crazy life we live.

The line in the chorus, "This is life for me until I'm dead" - is referring to the idea that this concept never really ends. We'll always be faced with decisions and have to do our best to make what we think are the right ones. Quite a never ending challenge!

This is a song we're really proud of and hope you'll listen and dig it as well!

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

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