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Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Tour

Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening have announced that they will be teaming up next summer for the North American Juke Box Heroes Tour.

The trek is scheduled to kick off on June 15th in Bangor, ME at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion and will run until August 1st where it will wrap up in Irvine, CA at the Five Point Amphitheater.

Foreigner's Mick Jones had this to say, "I'm excited to join forces with my fellow U.K. countrymen, David Coverdale and Jason Bonham, for what's sure to be a rockin' summer tour in the States."

Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale says, "We are truly excited and looking forward to playing in 2018 with our friends, Foreigner and Jason Bonham, on their North American tour."

Jason Bonham adds, "Being part of Foreigner's 40th Anniversary Tour last summer was wonderful. Opening a show like that was very special to me, so when Mick asked if I'd do it again in 2018, I said yes without hesitation. I'm excited that Whitesnake will be filling out the middle slot this time as I've known David since I was 14 years old. It's going to be a WHOLE LOTTA FUN!" See the dates and the Christmas themed announcement video here.

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Stone Temple Pilots Announce First Tour With New Frontman

Fans will soon be able to witness Stone Temple Pilots perform on tour with their brand new frontman Jeff Gutt, who was recently confirmed as the replacement for the late Scott Weiland.

The band have previously released "Meadow", their first song with the new lineup, and this week announced a short tour this coming March followed by some music festival appearances in the spring.

They will be kicking things off on March 2nd in Santa Clarita, Ca. at The Canyon and wrapping up the trek on March 17th in Billings, Mt at Pub Station Ballroom.

The band will also be playing a handful of the leading spring music festivals including Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock and Rock on the Range. Guitarist Dean DeLeo had the following to say, "We are thrilled to see all of you and share in the music that belongs to all of us." See the dates here.

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Linkin Park Release Live 'Crawling' Video Featuring Chester Bennington

(hennemusic) Linkin Park are streaming a stripped-down performance of their 2000 Hybrid Theory classic, "Crawling", from the forthcoming package, "One More Light Live", ahead of its release on December 15th.

"One More Light Live" presents material from the group's final tour with singer Chester Bennington, who committed suicide at his Los Angeles area home on July 20 the age of 41.

Linkin Park have dedicated the set to their late bandmate, who is survived by his wife, Talinda, and six children, and was laid to rest in a private ceremony at South Coast Botanic Garden near his home on July 29 that was attended by his family, closest friends and fellow musicians.

"Chester was uniquely passionate, uncommonly generous, sensitive, optimistic, funny and kind," says the band. "With his voice, he turned pain into catharsis, authenticity into art, and passion into connection. His dedication to bringing these songs to life was triumphant.

"For those of you who attended this tour in person, we thank you. For those who could not, we hope this live album gives you a glimpse into how magical these shows were for the six of us." Watch the video here.

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Ozzy Osbourne and Godsmack Lead Music Festival Lineup

Ozzy Osbourne and Godsmack will be headlining this year's Fort Rock music festival which will be moving to a new home for next year's 6th annual installment in late April.

The festival will also feature performances from Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Temple Pilots, Killswitch Engage, Stone Sour, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin and more when it descends on Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida on April 28th and 29th.

Godsmack's Shannon Larkin shared his excitement about the band closing out the first night's lineup, "Hey Ft. Lauderdale! It's Shannon from Godsmack, here to announce the band's return to Fort Rock on April 28th. It's been a couple years since we've played in Florida, and 3 out of 4 of us call the Sunshine State our home, so we are STOKED to jam with all our homies and all the great rock fans that have supported us for 20 years! Get ready to get Smacked!!" See the full lineup here.

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Guns N' Roses Star Announces Solo Album

Longtime Guns N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed, who joined the group in the Use Your Illusion era, has announced the release of his debut solo album early next year.

The 12-track effort will be entitled "Rock 'N Roll Ain't Easy" and is set to be released on February 16th. Reed has given fans an early taste of what is to come with a stream of the track "This Don't Look Like Vegas."

The song, which can be streamed here, features vocals from Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick. The album is also said to feature a guest appearance from Reed's GNR bandmate Richard Fortus. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Amberian Dawn's Maybe

Amberian Dawn recently released their new album "Darkness Of Eternity" and to celebrate we asked Tumoas to tell us about the song "Maybe". Here is the story:

I want to talk about Amberian Dawn's "Maybe" which is the first single of our forthcoming new "Darkness Of Eternity"- album. The song is very poppy and have a kind of nostalgic feeling on it. Main reason for it is that I actually composed the main keyboard riff back then as a 15 of 16 years-old...So that's a really long time ago. It's been probably the end of 80's or something. The main riff just came in my again after all these years and I figured out that it's very suitable for modern Amberian Dawn. The song itself is very vocal driven, the vocal melodies of the song are really in dominating role.

Keyboards are partially recorded at ABBA's Benny Andersson's studio in Stockholm. I was able to visit his studio and actually use his vintage keyboards. So some of those keyboards sounds are actually been heard on ABBA's songs. I was also able to meet Benny in person shortly. That trip and meeting Benny was one of the greatest moments of my life. That's why the song is my Tribute to Benny A.

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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Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Don Felder Announce Spring Tour

Styx, REO Speedwagon, and the Eagles' Don Felder have announced that they will be teaming up once again on the road for a new U.S. tour next March and April.

The month-long trek will be kicking off on March 13th in Duluth, MN at the Amsoil Arena and will be concluding on April 15th in Charleston, SC at the North Charleston Coliseum.

The new outing will follow The special Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane residency shows at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas on January 26, 27, 31 and February 2, 3, 2018. See all of Styx's upcoming dates here.

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The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon Release 'Forget Me Not' Video

The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon has released a brand new music video for the track "Forget Me Not." The song is the first single from his forthcoming solo album.

The new record will be entitled "Sleepwalkers" and is scheduled to be released on February 9th. Fallon filmed the new "Forget Me Not Video" in a intimate club setting with some of his fans. Watch the clip here.

Fallon will be hitting the road supporting the new album with his backing band The Howling Weather. They will first head to Europe in late February for a headline tour featuring support from Dave Hause.

That leg will be wrapped up on March 11th in Belfast and after they take a couple weeks off they will launch a North American tour on Match 27th in Atlanta, GA at Terminal West. Read more and see all of the dates here.

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Royal Blood Announce U.S. Spring Tour

(hennemusic) UK rockers Royal Blood have announced that they will be returning stateside for dates for a spring 2018 US tour in support of their latest album, "How Did We Get So Dark?"

Following a series of shows opening for Queens Of The Stone Age, the duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher will launch their own headlining run in Brooklyn, NY on May 28. Tickets will go on sale Friday, December 8 at noon EST.

Produced by Joylon Thomas and Tom Dalgety, "How Did We Get So Dark?" debuted atop the UK charts upon its release in June to duplicate the success of the band's 2014 self-titled record, the fastest-selling British rock debut album in their native country in three years.

Royal Blood will play three US shows this week, including stops in Houston, TX (Dec 5), Las Vegas, NV (Dec 6), and the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas event in Inglewood, CA on December 9. See the dates here.

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Former Iron Maiden Star Thunderstick Plots Live Return

The masked drummer Thunderstick, who once pounded the skins for metal legends Iron Maiden in the formative years and Bruce Dickinson's former band Samson, is planning a live return next year.

Barry Graham Purkis (aka Thunderstick) will be launching the full band shows in support of the first Thunderstick album in over thirty years, 'Something Wicked This Way Comes', which was released back in July.

Thunderstick has announced the first of 2018 live appearances will be taking place at next year's Hard Rock Hell festival which is set for November 8-11th, 2018 in North Wales, with additional live shows to be announced soon. here.

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Franz Ferdinand Release 'Always Ascending' Video

(Radio.com) Ever had a dream where you're falling? That is a sensation that Franz Ferdinand recreate in their brand new music video for the song "Always Ascending."

The stylized clip juxtaposes images of band members falling in slow motion with live performance shots. The song is the title track to the band's comeback album, which is due to debut on Feb. 9.

Lead singer Alex Kapranos characterizes the new music as "simultaneously futuristic and naturalistic" in a press release. Check out the new music video here.

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The Neighbourhood Stream New Track 'Scary Love'

(Radio.com) Welcome back to the Neighbourhood. The Neighbourhood have returned with a brand new song, "Scary Love." The new song has an eerie, new wave feel, heavy with synthesizers and vintage drum machine sounds.

"Scary Love" is the first new music from the band since the release of the Hard EP back in September, it comes from a forthcoming EP, To Imagine, which is due Jan 12.

Here is the full To Imagine tracklist: 1. Dust 2. Scary Love 3. Heaven 4. Compass 5. Stuck With Me. Check out an online stream of the new song here.

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Primitive Race Honoring Chuck Mosley By Donating Album Profits

Primitive Race have announced that they will be honoring the late Chuck Mosley (Faith No More, Bad Brains, Cement, VUA) by donating 100% of their 2018 album sales to MusiCares to benefit substance abuse treatments for artists battling addiction.

Mosley handled vocal duties on the new album, which was released on November 3rd. Sadly, Mosley passed away a few days later on November 9th after years of battling addiction.

Chris Kniker had the following to say about his friend and collaborator, "I wasn't prepared for any of this. Most only knew Chuck Mosley as the former singer of Faith No More; to me was a friend with whom I had formed a special bond over the past 17 years.

"Chuck was funny, witty, charismatic, and charming in a way that was only Chuck. He was truly one of a kind. Chuck inspired Mark, Erie, and I, and I knew we did the same for him. He felt we had created something that allowed him to grow as an artist.

"He was thrilled and honored to be playing on a record with Dale Crover. I was just happy to know that we made a record that I enjoyed; a group of friends creating something together. I am sure that Chuck would want us all to learn and grow from his struggles. Addiction is a horrible burden to bare for the afflicted and their loved ones. If you are or know someone who needs help don't be afraid to ask." Physical copies of the new album are availbe here.

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QOTSA's Josh Homme Addresses 'Villains' Backlash

(Radio.com) When Queens of the Stone Age returned with the band's most recent full-length, Villains, some longtime fans were immediately put off by the record's producer before even hearing a note of music: pop hit-maker Mark Ronson.

It's a backlash that frontman Josh Homme knew was coming when the band chose to have Ronson work on the album. "I was expecting it," Homme revealed to The Current. "It would be safe to understand that I might have known that that was going to happen.

"I do believe that there's no stasis or static in life. You're growing or dying. And, I feel if I'm challenging myself and if we're challenging each other, we're going in the right direction. The by-product of that is that anyone that's into us should expect the poke in the chest because we're doing it to ourselves first."

Homme went on to discuss the demands of evolving the band's sound with maintaining fan's loyalty. Read his comments about that here.

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Pearl Jam Announce 2018 International Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam have announced dates for shows in South America and Europe next year. The band will open their 2018 live schedule with a four-date run in South America in March that will see them play Lollapalooza festivals in Chile, Argentina and Brazil, as well as a headline concert in Rio de Janiero, Brazil

The Seattle rockers will kick off a 14-date European tour in Amsterdam on June 12, with the run delivering the group's first performance in Rome since 1996 and first-ever concerts in Padova, IT and Krakσw, PL. They'll also play a series of festival dates, including appearances at Pinkpop in the Netherlands, Italy's I-Days, Belgium's Rock Werchter, Spain's Mad Cool and Portugal's NOS Alive events.

A ticket pre-sale has started for current Pearl Jam Ten Club members, with information detailing on-sale dates by city available at pearljam.com Tickets for Rock Werchter, Mad Cool Festival, and NOS Alive Festival are on sale now, with ticket information for Pinkpop and I-Days Festival to be announced in the coming weeks. See the dates and the promo video for the trek here.

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Best Songs On U2's New Album 'Songs of Experience'

(Radio.com) The new U2 album, quite frankly, is a lot. Far from a hastily-made affair dashed off to cash in on the enormous goodwill the band built up over the course of this year's anniversary tour for The Joshua Tree, U2's latest studio effort sounds like an inspired veteran band working hard to make relevant, vital music in 2017.

Spread across 17 tracks (including three bonus tracks and a Kygo remix), Songs of Experience feels affected by the band's nostalgic tour, with elements of that era's beloved sound readily apparent throughout the album.

This should be all good news for U2 fans, as there is plenty of strong material to take in here. These are our five favorites from U2's Songs of Experience.

"You're the Best Thing About Me": U2 scored with the album's first single, which juxtaposes a loose guitar riff with a rousing chorus. The uplifting anthem is sure to elevate spirits on the band's upcoming tour. The Kygo remix is worth a spin also, effectively taking the tune's joy to the dance floor.

"Get Out of Your Own Way": Bono delivers a dose of self-help inspiration over a chugging track reminiscent of U2's glory days. Refined to a fine production point, it's another new track that will fit seamlessly with the band's classics in a live setting.

"Red Flag Day": This urgent track lurches with the nervous energy of late '70s/early '80s post-punk, with Adam Clayton's bass lines battling the Edge's slashing, razor-sharp guitars. The distant backing vocals in the chorus are reminiscent of the band's earliest releases, like something that could be found on the October album. See which other songs were selected by Radio.com here.

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