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Ozzy Osbourne Announces His First Legs Of Final Tour

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne has announced the first series of dates for his extensive three-year farewell tour including North American and European legs as well as music festival appearances.

The rocker will appear at a pair of festivals in Florida - including Jacksonville's Welcome To Rockville and Fort Lauderdale's Fort Rock before officially launching the "No More Tours 2" farewell run with shows in Mexico and South American in May.

A six-week European trek will begin in Moscow, Russia on June 1 ahead of a full North American tour with Stone Sour that opens in Allentown, PA on August 30.

Celebrating five decades of music since the 1970 release of Black Sabbath's self-titled debut album, Osbourne will be joined for the tour by longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde on guitar, bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.

"I've been extremely blessed to have had two successful music careers," says Osbourne. "I'm looking at this final tour as being a huge celebration for my fans and anyone who has enjoyed my music over the past five decades." Read more including the dates here.

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The Eagles Add More Dates To North American Tour

(hennemusic) The Eagles have added six fall dates to their 2018 North American tour. The extensive 7-month trek sees Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit joined by the late Glenn Frey's son, Deacon, and country star Vince Gill in the lineup following their first shows together in 2017.

The band have added a pair of September shows at The Forum in Los Angeles alongside new stops in Sacramento, CA, Hartford, CT, Milwaukee, WI and Cleveland, OH.

An American Express Card Members presale begins Tuesday, February 13 at 10 AM local time with general public seats available Friday, February 16 at 10 AM local time.

Cindy Frey recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan over the January 18, 2016 passing of her husband, Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey. Read more including the dates here.

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Poison And Cheap Trick Announce North American Tour

(hennemusic) Poison and Cheap Trick are teaming up for a late spring/early summer tour of North America. The 6-week run - with guests Pop Evil - will begin on May 18 at the Five Points Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA.

The trek sees a return to action by Poison following a 30th anniversary tour in 2017 that marked the first time in over five years that the group hit the road with its original lineup of vocalist Bret Michaels, guitarist C.C. DeVille, drummer Rikki Rockett and bassist Bobby Dall.

"The all original Poison is headlining again this summer," says Michaels. "It's going to be a mega concert and party combined. We will be playing all the hits and bringing high energy rock and roll good times. I promise this will be awesome. My friends Cheap Trick and Pop Evil will be joining us as well as some special guests on select dates. Again, I know all the bands with all the hits will be giving 1000%!!!

"Over the last years, Poison has got to co-headline with some great bands: Def Leppard, Motley Crue, KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name a few, but I promise again, C.C., Bobby, Rikki and myself together will bring NOTHING BUT A GOOD TIME!!!"

"Another Poison/Cheap Trick Tour!!!," adds Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Neilsen. "It's always been FUN with these guys!" See the dates and the tour trailer video here.

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Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Confirmed Via Leaked Photo?

(Gibson) It's the secret that's all over the internet, yet remains unconfirmed. Over the last year, Smashing Pumpkins band leader Billy Corgan has repeatedly mentioned, let slip or tweeted about the possibility and progress of the preparations for what seems to be a reunion of the classic Smashing Pumpkins line-up of Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.

(Sadly, original bassist D'Arcy Wretzky has definitively confirmed that she won't be a part of said reunion). Corgan even posted a few days ago (hidden between the lines of a very long post) that the band was in the studio with production legend Rick Rubin.

Now, someone (might it be Corgan?) has thrown another bone to frenzied fans, leaking an image of the former Pumpkins at a recent photoshoot. The image features Corgan, Iha and Chamberlin, along with long time Corgan collaborator (and current band member) Jeff Schroeder, who joined Corgan in 2007, long after the end of the Pumpkin's classic line-up. The current speculation is the Schroeder might take up bass duties, given Wretzky's absence. Read more here.

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Queen And Adam Lambert Announce Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Queen and Adam Lambert have announced dates for a summer tour of Europe. Following a 25 date tour of Europe and the UK this past November and December 2017, the pairing will return in 2018 due to "unprecedented demand."

The band will begin the summer series in Cologne, Germany on June 13 before hitting Berlin and Hamburg, Milan, Italy and Antwerp, Belgium and returning home to the UK for a July 2 show at London's 02 Arena.

The trek will present the lineup's new stage production celebrating the 40th anniversary of the band's 1977 album classic, "News Of The World."

"The almost unanimous reaction to our last round of dates in Europe was this is absolutely the best production we've ever mounted," says guitarist Brian May. "There has been a great demand for us to go back and cover the cities we missed! So, while we're still physically able to perform at those high energy levels on this massive scale, we thought… 'YES !! One more around the block!' It's live, it's dangerous, and it takes every ounce of fitness we can muster. But it's still fun!"

"I enjoyed every second of the recent European tour and really felt the love in every city," adds Lambert. "I can't wait for us to get back there again in the spring!" Read more including the dates here.

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Metallica Release Live Video For Black Album Classic

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1991 classic, "Sad But True", at the at Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal on February 1, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The track was the fifth single of the group's self-titled record, commonly known as the "Black" album, the band's first to top the US charts on its way to sales of 16 million in the States and more than 30 million worldwide.

The Lisbon stop marked Metallica's first live date of 2018 as they continue a European tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct." The band's tenth studio effort recently earned Metallica the No. 1 spot on Billboard's 2017 Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums rankings, with the group being named the No. 1 Rock Artist of 2017 by Nielsen Music as part of the global measurement and data analytics company's year-end music report - ahead of Imagine Dragons, The Beatles, Linkin Park and Twenty One Pilots, among others. Watch the video here.

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David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' Launched Toward Mars By SpaceX

(Radio.com) Can you hear me, Major Tom? For the Falcon Heavy rocket that Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully launched into space on Tuesday (Feb. 6), the answer is a resounding yes.

Inside the rocket's upper stage is a "midnight cherry Tesla Roadster" which is playing Bowie's 1969 classic, "Space Oddity." Inside the car: a dummy known as "Starman," an obvious reference to the Bowie song of the same name found on 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

The rocket lifted off at 3:45 p.m. EST from Kennedy Space Center's historic launch pad 39A (via CBS News). The launch was originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m., but was delayed for several hours due to weather conditions. Read more here.

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Sting and Shaggy Release 'Don't Make Me Wait' Video

(Radio.com) Sting and Shaggy came on strong at this year's GRAMMY Awards as music's newest power-collaborators. They performed their new song "Don't Make Me Wait," rode the subway with James Corden and riffed on Shaggy's standard "It Wasn't Me."

Now the pair has released the official video for "Don't Make Me Wait" and it transports the artists to the Caribbean. Shaggy acquaints Sting with his Jamaican tableau of barber shops, domino games, schoolchildren in uniforms, dancehall parties and sunshine.

"We made a video with the people of Kingston as a part of it," Sting told Radio.com. "We played pool, we drank Red Stripe beer, and we danced, we had a good dance party."

"Don't Make Me Wait" appears on Sting and Shaggy's forthcoming collaborative album, 44/876, which is scheduled for release on April 20. Watch the video here.

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Portugal. The Man Announce New Tour Dates

(Radio.com) There's a lot going on in the Portugal. The Man universe right now. The GRAMMY-winning group revealed their music video for the track, "Keep On."

The creepy clip features a woman clad in a head to toe latex body suit. And they have also shared a new slew of North American tour dates, including a pair of October shows in their home state of Alaska.

The additional dates are on top of previously scheduled gigs, as well as appearances at festivals including Coachella, Boston Calling and Firefly. See the dates here.

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John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson Lead Songwriters Hall of Fame

(Radio.com) The 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame class has been revealed and it's a versatile one. John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Jermaine Dupri, Allee Willis, Bill Anderson and Steve Dorff are this year's inductees.

Dupri represents the second hip-hop act inducted into the Hall of Fame following JAY-Z, who was honored in 2017. Meanwhile, country artists Jackson and Anderson will be recognized for their lengthy careers as songwriters.

'The 2018 roster of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees is a prodigious representation of creators of cross-genre hits, certain to resonate with everyone," Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, the organization's co-chairs said in a joint statement with Linda Moran, president and CEO of the organization. 'Each year, the slate of songwriters we induct is more diverse and illustrative of the history and contributions that we strive to acknowledge and honor." Read more here.

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The War On Drugs Celebrate Grammy With New Tour Dates

(Gibson) Nothing succeeds like success. That's certainly the case for Philadelphia indie-rockers The War On Drugs, who recently announced the latest leg of their ongoing tour, just days after winning their first Grammy Award.

The Adam Granduciel-led The War On Drugs scored the Best Rock Album award at this year's Grammys for their fourth studio album A Deeper Understanding and are currently on tour in Australia.

They've announced a North American tour that kicks off in April at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas and will also cover dates at Coachella, the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta and New York's Panorama Music Festival. The tour is also interspersed with festival dates in Europe, including sets at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, the Green Man Festival in Wales and Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands.

While the band couldn't be at the Grammy Awards to accept their prize, Granduciel spoke to Pitchfork after the win, saying that "Obviously we were psyched about it and honored." However, he was also pragmatic about placing too much importance on the award, saying, "It's countless, how many amazing, classic American records haven't been knighted or whatever. The art is going to live past the night. It's not a quantifier of what's good or the best or worth listening to." Read more here.

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Neil Young Featured In Daryl Hannah-Directed Western Musical

(Gibson) You couldn't make that headline up. Folk-rock icon and long-time activist Neil Young has been in a relationship with veteran actress Daryl Hannah for some years now and their partnership is set to debut its first artistic endeavor. A new film, titled Paradox, which is directed by Hannah, will premiere at SXSW this year.

The movie - which Billboard reports is described as a "dystopian musical Western" - features Young, as well as legendary country star Willie Nelson and his two sons Lukas and Micah in acting roles. Neil Young fans will know Lukas as the leader of Young's current backing band Promise of the Real.

A description of the movie on the SXSW site reads, "Time is fluid in this far-fetched, whimsical western tale of music and love. Somewhere in the future past, The Man In the Black Hat hides out between heists at an old stagecoach stop with Jail Time, the Particle Kid, and an odd band of outlaws. Mining the detritus of past civilizations, they wait… for the Silver Eagle, for the womenfolk, and for the full moon's magic to give rise to the music and make the spirits fly." Read more here.

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Sufjan Stevens Reveals His Oscars Dream Meeting

(Gibson) The headline in the Hollywood Reporter article reads: "Sufjan Stevens Finally Might Have to Wear a Tuxedo." Stevens is nominated for Best Original Song for 'Mystery of Love,' his contribution to the soundtrack of the much-feted film Call Me By Your Name directed by Luca Guadagnino. Stevens contributed three songs to the film's soundtrack - his first ever work created specifically for film - after Guadagnino tapped him to narrate the film through a voiceover.

In the Hollywood Reporter interview, Stevens reveals that he's still undecided about attending the awards ceremony, saying, "I am trying to figure out what to wear to the Oscars. I should go, right? I have to go. How am I 42 and I've never worn a tuxedo?" He also revealed a more important reason for him to squeeze into a tux and attend: "I guess I'll give it a try. If I can meet Mary J. Blige, I will go for that alone."

Who knew Stevens was a fan of the Queen of Hip Hop Soul? Here's hoping he does get to meet Blige at the ceremony and that there are cameras to cover it. In addition to her Best Supporting Actor nomination, Blige is also nominated in Stevens' Best Original Song category, for her work on the film Mudbound. Read more here.

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