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Guns N' Roses Have Spinal Tap Moment Down Under

Guns N' Roses suffered a Spinal Tap "Hello Cleveland" like moment at their concert in Melbourne, Australia when an introductory greeting called out the wrong city.

As the band prepared to hit the stage, the group's longtime guitar tech and announcer McBob attempted to excite the audience but mistakenly called out the city of Sydney instead of Melbourne.

The band took to Facebook following the show with this apology to their fans in the Australian city, "Accidentally, after 30 years McBob made an error. We're truly sorry." Check out fan filmed footage of the gaffe and crown reaction here.

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Glitch Free Metallica And Lady Gaga Performance Streaming Online

(Radio.com) Metallica's performance with Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 12th) suffered from significant audio issues that crippled the first minute of "Moth Into Flame."

James Hetfield's microphone wasn't turned on--or simply wasn't working--and it wasn't until he walked over to Gaga's microphone over a minute into their performance that viewers at home could finally hear him.

Now, RoLoad--a Romanian Metallica fansite--posted the entire performance on Facebook featuring intact audio. When asked how they managed to get the rip, RoLoad explained the web feed didn't have audio difficulties. It was only the live broadcast on TV that seemed to have a problem.

Considering Hetfield recognized there was an audio issue almost immediately and had to walk over to Gaga, it seems unlikely the web broadcast miraculously avoided the same issue occurring on stage and screen. It seems more likely some clever technician has instead stitched in Hetfield's vocals from another performance. But at least now fans can hear what it would've sounded like without audio issues. Watch it here.

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One Man Band Goes Viral With Rush Performance

Few full bands would have the courage to try to a cover a classic Rush song but that hasn't stopped Dominic Fragman from doing a one man band version of one of the legendary prog trio's most popular songs.

Fragman has scored a viral hit with his cover of Rush's "Tom Sawyer" where he simultaneously plays the guitar, drums and sings the rock anthem. He shared the video on YouTube and has accumulated over 506,000 views of the clip so far.

His Facebook bills him as "a unique and exciting solo artist who performs original material through singing, playing guitar and drumming . . . all at the same time. All Live. No Looping. Fragman has an innovative approach to the one man band concept. The Solo Trio."

The new Rush cover follows Fragman's releases of his solo trio cover of The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy". Check out the Rush cover here.

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Dispatch Recruit Guster For Their First U.S. Tour In Five Years

Guster are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and have shared the exciting news that they will be the special guests on Dispatch's first U.S. tour in five years this summer.

Guster will be joining the America, Location 12 Tour across the U.S. in June and July to further promote their Independent Record Label Current Albums chart topping "Evermotion".

The tour is scheduled to launch at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on June 16th and will be wrapping up on July 9th at The Skyline Stage at The Mann Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia. See the dates here.

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Steven Adler and Nancy Wilson Lead Rock Against MS Benefit Lineup

Organizers are pulling out the big guns for the upcoming fifth annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert & Award Show, which will taking place next month.

The lineup for the special event at the Los Angeles Theatre on March 25th is lead by original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler and the very first live performance of Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson's new band Roadcase Royale.

Organizers have been revealing the initial lineup over time via their official Facebook and so far the all-star concert will feature Alice in Chains' Mike Inez, Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Dio/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake) and his brother Robert (Hurricane). The full lineup will be revealed later today here.

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Keith Emerson Tribute Concert Announced

Keith Emerson: A Musical Celebration Of Life tribute concert has been announced and is set to take place on July 28th at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, England.

Organizers released the following statement (via Prog), "This tribute concert will feature music by keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson, played by the people who featured in his life.

"The evening will include a Symphony Orchestra, keyboard virtuoso Rick Wakeman, inspirational young pianist from California, Rachel Flowers, from France, renowned musician Thierry Eliez and ELP tribute band Noddy's Puncture.

"There will also be surprise guest artiste to be announced soon. A musical night that you will savor about a man you will never forget." Read the Prog report here.

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Arcade Fire Announce First Major Tour In Years

Arcade Fire shared big news with fans in Europe earlier this week. This summer they will launching their first major tour since their promo trek for 2014's 'Reflektor".

The summer tour will include headline shows and festival appearances and is set to kick off at the Primavera Sound in Barcelona on June 3rd and will wrap up with an appearance at the City Season Festival Florence on July 18th.

The band will be hitting the road following the release of their brand new DVD/Blu-Ray collection "The Reflektor Tapes" which hit stores late last month. See the dates here.

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Brian Setzer Orchestra Announce 25th Anniversary Event

The Brian Setzer Orchestra have announced that they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with a very special concert at the Hollywood Bowl on August 2nd.

"Who doesn't want to play the Hollywood Bowl in that beautiful setting in the hills," says band lead Brian Setzer. "When the Hollywood Bowl was conceived, all music was acoustic, so to hear a big band in this setting is ultimate.

"This venue has a nice wooden stage. It just sounds amazing. The construction of the shell overhang provides excellent acoustics. And then, of course, when the lights come on in the last song, you realize...whoa, there's 17,000 people out there!" Read more here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Lead All-Star Southern Rock Cruise Lineup

Lynyrd Skynyrd will be leading the lineup of a who's who of southern rock icons that will be hitting the high seas next January for the 2018 Southern Rock Cruise.

Unlike traditional cruises where most of the music performances take place on the ship, Skynyrd will be playing their headline set on land in Montego Bay, Jamaica complete with a tailgating party, according to ABC.

The cruise will be launching on January 20th in Tampa, Florida and will visit Jamaica and Georgetown, Grand Cayman before returning to the States on January 25th.

Other artists taking part include 38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Wet Willie and Jaimoe's Jasssz featuring Allman Brothers founding member Jaimoe. Visit the official site for more details here.

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Danger Danger, Trixter Supergroup Tokyo Motor Fist Stream New Song

Tokyo Motor Fist, featuring Danger Danger singer Ted Poley and Steve Brown of Trixter, celebrated Valentine's Day by releasing a stream of their song "Love."

The track comes from their debut self-titled album, which is set to be released on February 24th. "To say that I'm excited for the world to hear Tokyo Motor Fist would be an understatement," says Steve Brown. "Working on this project with my Rock and Roll Brothers Ted Poley, Greg Smith & Chuck Burgi was a total blast....We had fun and it shows in the performances and in the music! As a songwriter I couldn't be happier with the way the songs came together. Fans of Trixter, Danger Danger, Def Leppard , Bon Jovi and Cheap Trick will get the best of all those worlds."

Ted Poley added: "Working with guys of this caliber was amazing. I was excited to collaborate with my long time friend Steve Brown, who is not only a really great songwriter and guitarist but also an insanely cool producer! The band sounds great and very high energy.

"The vocals of Steve and I along with his SHREDDING guitar, combined with the World Class rhythm Powerhouse section of Greg Smith and Chuck Burgi is amazing, what a cool band - the sound is HUGE. But it's the songs that drew me into making this album in the beginning and the record is full of catchy songs with massive choruses and great melodies and sounds BIG BIG BIG! I am beyond THRILLED with the final result and I hope you will be too." Check out the new song here.

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Irontom Stream New Song, Joining Red Hot Chili Peppers Tour

Irontom have released a brand new track called "Brain Go". The song comes from the group's forthcoming debut album "Partners" which is set to hit stores on May 5th.

The song can be streamed here and the band will be celebrating the release of the AWOLNATION's Aaron Bruno produced album by joining the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the road for several of the rock icon's upcoming North American tour dates.

Frontman Harry Hayes had this to say about the upcoming trek, "It's difficult to measure just how much of an impact and influence they've had on us as a group. It's an unbelievable honor and we're so excited to get to open for them - they're truly a great rock and roll band." Read more here.

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Ghost Against Ghost Stream New Song 'Resume'

Ghost Against Ghost have released a stream of their new track "Resume". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "still love", which is set to be released on April 14th.

The new 65 minute album is set to be released in a standard version as well as an audiophile edition. Ghost Against Ghost's Christopher Bono explains the differences: "As a producer, I'm continuously exploring vintage, analogue gear and instruments contrasted with the precise benefits of modern, digital techniques and equipment.

"Simultaneously, as a composer, I see the pros and cons of the analogue-digital domains similarly to the differences found in writing and arranging for acoustic versus electronic instruments. In both cases there is a colourful beauty created when the different production styles and sound worlds are blended in unexpected ways." Listen to the new track here.

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A Fragile Tomorrow's Dom Kelly Announces Solo Album

A Fragile Tomorrow's Dom Kelly has announced that he will be releasing his debut solo album, entitled "Everything Is Just Enough" on April 7th.

Kelly had the following to say about the album which was produced and engineered by his brother and A Fragile Tomorrow bandmate Brendan Kelly, "I had wanted to do a solo album for a long time, but my insecurities around songwriting held me back. Finally, I decided to jump into it, and I called all the friends I ever wanted to record with and asked them to help me out."

The title was taken from a lyric in his song "I'll Whisper In Your Ear", written as a letter to his mother as she faces the realities of her terminal illness while "12" (featuring Emily Saliers from Grammy-winning duo Indigo Girls) delves into the depths of addiction, which he states is the single most important thing in his life today. Read more here.

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Cathedral Ring Stream Two Songs From New Album

Atlanta instrumental post-rockers Cathedral Ring will be releasing their new album "A Decade Alone on the Alps" on February 17th and are streaming the first two songs from the new album, "Northeastern Track Marks" and "Domesticated Wolves."

The self-produced, 10 track LP, was mixed and mastered by Matt McClellan (Being as an Ocean, Capsize, Better Off), and is described as "a much more somber representation, mixing borderline haunting arrangements with themed subtext of depression, dependency, and isolation."

Bandcamp is currently streaming the two songs which are also available for immediate download for those who pre-order "A Decade Alone on the Alps" from either iTunes or Bandcamp. Listen here.

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Hate Reveal Details For New Album 'Tremendum'

Hate have revealed the track details and the cover art for their forthcoming album "Tremendum", which is set to be released on May 5th as a CD Digipak and Gatefold LP.

Hate's Adam Buszko had the following to say about the Daniel Rusilowicz created album artwork: "The drawing on the cover depicts a nighthawk (Polish: lelek), a nocturnal bird that was treated with great respect by Slavic tribes in pre-Christian times.

"Nighthawks were believed to bring souls to this world and take them away from dying people. In that case they gathered in big numbers screeching for long hours. So they were called „messengers of death". As this album has different Slavic references, we chose Nighthawk as a symbol that best conveys its meaning." See the track details here.

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Singled Out: KidsonFire

KidsonFire just released their new single and video for the track "Kids On Fire" and to celebrate we asked Danny Smith (The Last Vegas) to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

First of all let me just tell you the song came before the band name. I've always been a fan of teenage angst movies and one in particular called Over the Edge. Its from 1979 and is about a group of kids who have nothing much to do except get in trouble because the parents are too concerned with keeping up with the Joneses to notice that the kids have no real outlet in the new suburb they live in. This film has always resonated with me my entire life and I've always wanted to write a song about it. I heard the video for Smells Like Teen Spirit was influenced by the same movie.

At the time I began writing what would become Kids on Fire I was really into Bob Ezrin and Alice Cooper and in particular Schools Out. I wanted to write something that I thought a 1976 Bob Ezrin would write. I wanted to write a modern rock anthem for the kids of today. It was the first time I tried to write a song with a producer's style in mind. In fact the demo version was actually called Ezrin.

I wrote the main riff and basic structure in Hawaii when I was visiting my sister. One of her very kind hippie friends left an acoustic guitar at her house for me to jam on while I was there. The music came rather quickly, but it eventually took about two years to finish the song completely because of the lyrics and vocal melodies. I was obsessed with finding lyrics that would give the cynical, creepy, and defiant feeling I felt when listening to Schools Out or Another Brick in the Wall. The title and chorus which were written last came from a PBS doc I saw about volcanoes and tectonic plates called Planet on Fire.

The song was initially written for my other band The Last Vegas, but the song apparently didn't resonate too well with a couple of the members and our producer at the time. So I took the song and started KidsonFire. It was the other members of KidsonFire that wanted to name the band after the song. Parts of the video were actually recorded in my old elementary school which is now a haunted house.

Kids on Fire is by no means a cerebrally challenging song. Its intentionally tribal and immature, but it does have a slight social message to the adults and parents who are running this world……. F Y O U!!!

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

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