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The Eagles' Don Henley Reveals Glenn Frey's Replacement

(hennemusic) Eagles co-founder Don Henley has revealed that Deacon Frey, the son of the late Glenn Frey, will join the band for its summer 2017 appearances at The Classic West festival at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and The Classic East event at Citi Field in New York.

"There's going to be an official announcement in a few days but let's just do it here," Henley told Mike Rhyner of Dallas, TX sports station The Ticket during a May 15 interview. "Glenn's son Deacon is a very talented young man, and he seems to be up for the task. He's enthusiastic about it and he's been working real hard on it, and he's gonna do it with us. I think that's appropriate.

"I never planned on it coming out this way but it's my responsibility to carry on this legacy and to keep these songs alive," he continued. "Apparently people still want to hear them I thought we were done when Glenn passed away and I said as much, but I was in a state of shock at the time. But we have gotten a lot of messages from people all over the world from people who would like to see things continue."

Glenn Frey died on January 18, 2016 at the age of 67 from a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia following surgery at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Read more and listen to the full interview here.

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Foo Fighters Debut New Song 'The Sky is a Neighborhood'

(Radio.com) Dave Grohl, backed by Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins and longtime collaborator Rami Jaffee, debuted a new song, "The Sky Is A Neighborhood," during a charity event on Monday night (May 16).

They song debut happened at the Acoustic 4 a Cure benefit show in San Francisco and Grohl told the crown, "I figured on the way up here, I thought we would play a new song. We've never played this before to anybody."

Grohl nearly drowns out his backing band, singing, "The sky is a neighborhood, don't make a sound. Lights coming up ahead, don't look down." Listen to "The Sky Is A Neighborhood" here.

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Van Halen Star Confirms David Lee Roth Reports

Ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony has confirmed reports that his former bandmate David Lee Roth made a generous donation following the tragic death of Anthony's infant grandson Rex.

Roth donated $10,000 after learning that Anthony would be participating in the in the Walk L.A. benefit event on June 17th to raise money for Children's Hospital Los Angeles, which treated Rex.

Anthony revealed during a recent satellite radio interview that he received confirmation that it was indeed Roth who made the donation and also was sent a short message from the singer. Read his comments here.

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Slash Rarity On New Michael Monroe Compilation

Legendary Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe has announced that he will be releasing the very first compilation of his solo material on June 30th which will include a rarity featuring Slash.

The new collection, entitled "The Best", will feature solo songs that span from 1987 up to this year. Monroe had this to say, "This album is a great representation of my 30-year solo career, including four songs from the Little Steven-produced Demolition 23 album, which has been unavailable for over 20 years, plus some special rarities and previously unreleased bonus tracks."

He also details some of the bonus material that will be featured, "There's a couple of extra special tracks like 'It's A Lie,' sung as a duet with Stiv Bators (Dead Boys, Lords Of The New Church) back in 1985, and a never-before-released second version of the Steppenwolf cover 'Magic Carpet Ride,' featuring Slash, left over from the Coneheads soundtrack project that Slash did with me in 1993. And since Slash has the biggest heart of gold in rock 'n' roll, he was kind enough to allow me to use it on this album. God bless him!". Read more
here.

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Mushroomhead's Tour Bus Involved In Crash

Mushroomhead's tour bus was involved in a multi-vehicle crash this past weekend outside of Houston, Texas,. The band was traveling as past of their current tour with The Browning and Sunflower Dead.

Richard 'Stitch' Thomas broke the news to fans via his Facebook page on Sunday with the following post, "Never a boring moment on tour! 2 cars collided in front of us on the highway just outside of Houston,Tx. We couldn't stop and slammed into them at about 60mph. Everyone is ok, including the people in the vehicle we hit.

"On a charter bus now and trailer is getting towed to Scout Bar. The show must go on!!!! I'm not big on religion but someone was looking out for us today! Call your mothers!"

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Paramore Announce North American Fall Tour

Paramore will be keeping busy on the road this year in support of their brand new album "After Laughter". The group has announced a new North American fall tour.

The Tour Two is scheduled to kick off on September 6th in Jacksonville, FL at the Moran Theater and will wrap up on October 17th in Nashville, TN at the famed Ryman Auditorium.

Fans can also catch the band on television beginning with a performance on Jimmy Kimmels Live's outdoor stage tonight (May 17th), followed by appearances on The Late Late Show with James Corden next Wednesday, May 24th, and a performance on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday, August 25th. here.

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Stone Sour Frontman Corey Taylor Explains 'Hyrograd'

Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has revealed the inspiration behind the title of their forthcoming album "Hydrograd," which is set to be released on June 30th

Taylor explained the title during an interview on WRIF's Meltdown of the Detroit radio program. He revealed (via Blabbermouth), "I'm running through this airport in Eastern Europe. This was only a few years ago. No offense to the airport - it was kind of antiquated; they hadn't really upgraded anything. So the gate info was all on those old-school '80s block-letter, number, digital horrible Timex watch kind of readers.

"This would have been top of the line in Times Square in, like, 1968, let's put it that way. So not only is it impossible to read, it's also scrolling back and forth between Cyrillic and regular English letters. It's also scrolling back and forth between different languages. So my brain is trying to do geometry while also at a sprint, 'cause I don't wanna miss my plane. I pass one, and I look up and I could have swore it said 'Hydrograd.' And I kept running for a second, and I was, like, 'Hydrograd? Where the hell is Hydrograd? What?'

"So I stopped and I turned around and I went back to the gate, and I'm standing there and I'm watching it cycle through and cycle through and cycle through… Nothing. It didn't say 'Hydrograd.' It didn't even start with an 'H.' It wasn't even close. And I'm just sitting there wondering when my sanity split on me, trying to figure it out. And I walked away and I was just, like, 'Well, it's a cool name.' And I just kind of stuck it in my pocket. And then years later we were doing demos for [the new Stone Sour album], and I actually named one of the songs I wrote 'Hydrograd'. And I was, like, 'You know what? That would be a good name for the album overall and just kind of run with it.' So that's it, really - it was what I saw but didn't really see." Listen to the full interview here.

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U2 Perform 'Red Hill Mining Town' Live For The First Time

(Radio.com) U2 kicked off their 30th anniversary The Joshua Tree Tour in Vancouver on Friday (May 12) and their performance entailed several songs the band has never performed live before including "Red Hill Mining Town."

The rockers recently released a new mix of The Joshua Tree track in celebration of the album's 30th anniversary. While in Vancouver, U2 performed the record in full at the tour kickoff, marking the first-ever live performance of "Red Hill Mining Town." As @U2 notes, Bono revealed why the band have yet to play the song live during an interview with BBC Radio 2.

"I used to write songs that I couldn't sing," Bono confessed. "And sometimes that was OK because the strains of the notes I couldn't reach was part of the drama, but occasionally they would really just wreck the next show. So I just left 'Red Hill Mining Town' off. But since then, I sing a bit better -- or at least I've learned how to sing."

In addition to performing "Red Hill Mining Town," the band played several songs for the first time since the late '80s including "Exit" and "Trip Through Your Wires." Other rarities featured throughout their set were "A Sort of Homecoming," "Running to Stand Still" and "MLK." Check out video here.

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Sikth Release 'Golden Cufflinks' Music Video

Sikth have released a brand new music video for their track "Golden Cufflinks". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "The Future In Whose Eyes", which is set to hit stores on June 2nd.

Singer Mikee W Goodman directed the new clip and had the following to say about the theme, "When I wrote the lyrics for Golden Cufflinks they were initially inspired by the amount of live music venues that are being closed and a feeling that rock culture is in decline. The venue which sticks out to me the most is the famous London Astoria.

"Some of the best Sikth shows were in the LA2 and main Astoria. I went a lot as a fan as well. So when that was closed and knocked down to make way for Crossrail it really was a sad and defining moment in rock history for me and many others.

"I think places of such rich history and cultural importance should be protected and preserved. I see this happening across the country and world - so many other venues being shut down and how scenes and golden eras come and go.

"You see the businessmen buying up cities to turn them into the most profitable and bland form. It follows a similar theme from our song Bland Street Bloom from Death Of A Dead Day. This happens in many cities, it is not just about London. Golden Cufflinks is a reflection and commentary of this kind of happening." Watch the video here.

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Metallica Rock New Single On Late Night TV

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their latest single, "Now That We're Dead", on CBS-TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on May 15 and official video from the program is available online.

The appearance landed the day after the band played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ as part of a North American tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct."

The trek - which opened in Baltimore, MD on May 10 - sees Metallica joined by Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat, with Gojira on board for select dates.

The package will play dates this week in Uniondale, NY, Boston, MA and Columbus, OH. The stadium tour wraps up in Edmonton, AB on August 16 before the group head to Europe for a fall run. Watch the late night TV performance here.

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Ron Bumblefoot Thal Inks Deal With Megadeth Star's Label

Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Art of Anarchy/ex-Guns N' Roses) has announced that he has inked a new deal with Megadeth icon David Ellefson's EMP label Group.

The label will be reissuing Thal's 2015 album "Little Brother Is Watching" on CD and vinyl Double LP August 25th, 2017. One highlight of the album is the single "Don't Know Who To Pray To Anymore".

According to the announcement, the video for the epic track was filmed in three countries with 12 sets and 50 actors, including the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Fortress of Klis and Diocletian Palace in Croatia, and being granted exclusive access to ancient Roman ruins by the Jordanian border with the distinction of being the only music video to ever have been shot there. Watch it here.

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Paul McCartney Previews His 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Cameo

(Radio.com) Paul McCartney looks nearly unrecognizable in his cameo as "Jail Guard 2" for the fifth and latest Pirates of the Caribbean franchise film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The former Beatle shared his scraggly new appearance on social media with the simple caption, #PiratesLife. In the image, normally clean-cut McCartney sports a braided beard, rugged pirate's hat and gaudy rings.

McCartney is not the first English musician to make a debut in the Pirates movies. The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards portrayed Captain Teague, the father of Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow, in On Stranger Tides and At World's End. Check out McCartney's pirate look and the movie's trailer here.

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Grateful Dead's 'Long Strange Trip' Documentary Trailer Released

(Radio.com) Deadheads, prepare yourselves for the upcoming 241-minute long documentary about the Grateful Dead titled the Long Strange Trip. The official film trailer was released on Tuesday (May 16).

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev and produced by Martin Scorsese, the expansive, four-hour long documentary contains new interviews, never-before-seen footage, performances and more.

This film promises to reveal the intense, untold story of the Grateful Dead, from the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia in 1995 to the band's disdain for authority and convention.

The film hits theaters May 26 and debuts on Amazon Prime June 2. Watch the trailer here.

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Royal Blood Release 'Hook, Line & Sinker' Video

(hennemusic) Royal Blood have released a new music video for their tune "Hook, Line & Sinker", which comes from their forthcoming second album, "How Did We Get So Dark?"

Directed by Ben Lowe, the track follows the lead single, "Lights Out", as the second preview of the project, which was recorded in Brussels, Belgium with producer Joylon Thomas and London, UK with co-producer Tom Dalgety.

Due June 16, the duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher will support the album with a North American tour that will begin in Boston, MA on June 2.

Royal Blood are currently playing a series of warm-up and promotional shows, and recently delivered the live debut of some of the record during an April 27 performance at London's Collins' Music Hall as seen in the official 360-degree video from the event. Watch the video here.

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Motley Crue Expanding Girls Girls Girls For 30th Anniversary

(hennemusic) Motley Crue will release an expanded 30th anniversary reissue of their 1987 album, "Girls, Girls, Girls", on August 25. The band are sharing a video trailer for the project, which will be offered in a series of exclusive bundles, with more details to be announced in the coming weeks.

The title track and lead single was a US Top 15 hit while the album peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 4 million copies.

The sales feat marked "Girls, Girls, Girls" as the Crue's third straight album to go quadruple platinum, after 1983's "Shout At The Devil" and 1985's "Theatre of Pain."

Motley Crue wrapped up their 35-year career at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 31, 2015. Watch the trailer here.

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The xx Add Fall Leg To U.S. Tour

(Radio.com) The xx are having so much fun on the road, they have decided to extend their tour into the fall. The band announced eight additional shows this coming fall, which runs throughout September and October.

"It's been so much fun seeing everyone across the US and we can't wait to return this Fall for more tour dates!" the band writes on Twitter alongside a live video.

The dates kick off on September 27th at the Santa Barbara Bowl and will be concluding on October 19th in New Orleans, LA at the Champions Square. See the dates here.

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Youth In Revolt And Light Up The Sky Announce Summer Tour

Youth in Revolt have announced that they are teaming up with Light Up The Sky this summer to launch a coheadlining tour of the U.S. dubbed The Nightlife in Revolt Tour.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on June 15th in Detroit, MI at The Ritz and will run until July 8th where it will wrap up with a show in Braidwood, IL at Top Fuel.

The trek will also featuring opening sets from Vesta Collide and Thousand Below and Youth in Revolt are hitting the road to promote their recently released debut album "The Broken". See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Omega Swan's What's Ur Damage

Nashville electric rock band Omega Swan recently released their new single "What's Ur Damage" and to celebrate we asked Marcus Garceau to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

'What's Ur Damage?' is a song that's been brewing at the core of Omega Swan for a while. Not necessarily the lyrical content or the music that makes up the record, but the energy and sonic palette has been a vision we've had from the start. We started to touch on that sound with the release of 'Hate Love' (2015), and developed it further with 'Autonation' (2017) - but with 'What's Ur Damage?' that vision really starts to show itself.

The vision is an update for Rock n' Roll. Like a new iOS for your phone. Something beyond guitar riffs, raw power and gritty vocals...I want Rock n' Roll with melody, power hooks, and synthesizers, unafraid to embrace modern pop music. Rock n' Roll in the style of Def Leppard, Van Halen, Billy Idol, Prince, AC/DC, etc. Rock n' Roll that's rooted in quality songwriting and decorated in over the top production. It's hard to say if Rock music will ever make it back to mainstream radio, but i think we'd all love to hear a Rock anthem with a fat hook and shredding guitar solo hit #1 on the charts again. I have a feeling the kids do.

So with 'What's Ur Damage?' we were thinking about all of these things, and were trying to find that line between Rock n' Roll and modern Pop music. The initial descending synth line over the main guitar riff came in a jam at Aaron's place. He lives up in the woods of Goodlettsville, TN, in a small little cabin where we write and rehearse. We were rocking out, and I was singing that synth melody over some early version of the guitar part....and we were all like "That sounds like some anthem-type sh*t!". I dug the melody and kept working with it, but originally was just singing "AAH"'s instead of lyrics. Then one night I was watching Mr. Robot, and there's great dream episode where the main family is sitting in a car, and the sister says "What's your damage?" to the brother as to say "what's ur problem"...which in context is pretty meta because that phrase became popular in Heathers (1989) starring Christian Slater, and now it's being pulled in to Mr. Robot (also starring Christian Slater). They knew what they were doing.

Anyways, I LOVED that line. I just thought it had so much attitude, and could be taken in a bunch of different ways. Like "What's your damage, man? Why you gotta do that sh*t?" or "Checking in - What's your damage? Read me your levels." or " What's YOUR damage? Who broke your heart? What'd they do you?". Not to mention it had that throwback 80's thing that we're into right now, in the reference to Heathers. I instantly was looking for somewhere to put that as a lyric, and it just so happened to fit that melody I referenced earlier quite perfectly. It turned into the chorus "What's your damage, baby? AAH! Looking for a fight tonight?" I was picturing the song being sang by an outcast ring leader, a Joker type character, to a lost, beat down girl, as an invitation to join the gang of damaged goons who run havoc and lead a life of hedonism and chaos. That line set the tone for the rest of the lyrics, which came pretty quickly after that. I brought in Carson Ponce, a great writer and frontman of the band PONCÉ to help put some final touches on the lyrics.

Once the song was put together and rehearsed, we played it live in Nashville a few times with some early versions of the synth parts to get some feedback. People really responded to the chorus, and loved the Heathers reference. When we took it to the studio (Red Fern Recordings - Nashville) with our engineer Edsel Holden it was about 75% of the way there. We re-approached all the synths and built vocal harmony in the studio, and Edsel and I took it back to Redact to mix. We were referencing Bad Romance and Rebel Yell, among other things, when mixing this one. Edsel polished it up, Β we sent it off to mastering, and Eureka!

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

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