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Led Zeppelin To Release 'Different' Archival Recordings

Jimmy Page shared some big Led Zeppelin news while conducting an interview to promote the reissue of "How The West Was Won". Page revealed that he plans to release a new live archival project, among a "number of releases" he has planned.

The guitarist told Planet Rock (via Music Week ), "I can't give the game away, but there's a recording that's another multi-track that we'll release. "It's so different to all the other things that are out there. It's another view compared to How the West Was Won or The Song Remains the Same.

"I'm looking forward to people hearing that. There's a lot of stuff to come out, a number of releases. I'd like to say that they'll be coming out over the next 10 years. There's more to come for sure." Read more here.

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Photo Of Metallica's James Hetfield As Cop In Ted Bundy Movie

The first photo of Metallica frontman James Hetfield on the set of the new Ted Bundy movie has surfaced and the band revealed some more details about James' first character acting role.

Director Joe Berlinger shared the photo via Instram which featues Hetfield, along with Zac Efron (who plays Bundy). The Some Kind of Monster director wrote, "A special day on set of our little Bundy movie starring Zac Efron and Lily Collins.

"Metallica is in the house as James Hetfield plays Officer Bob Hayward in the metal god's first dramatic role," he added the hashtag, #cleancut. "Having one of my musical heroes in our film is pretty damn awesome."

The band also made the following post via social media on Wednesday about the project, "No rest for the wicked here as James spent a few of his days between tour dates in front of the camera once again for Academy-award nominated director Joe Berlinger as he filmed scenes for Joe's upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. The movie follows the relationship between notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, played by Zac Efron, and his longtime girlfriend, played by Lily Collins, who at the time, had no knowledge of the crimes." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Take Action Against Counterfeiters

Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have reported filed a lawsuit in Illinois federal court against websites that have been selling counterfeit merchandise, according to Law 360.

They report that the lawsuit was filed on Monday and band is seeking to obtain a temporary restraining order to stop the sites from selling the alleged trademark infringing items.

Law 360 published the following excerpt from the complaint: "Plaintiff is forced to file this action to combat defendants' counterfeiting of plaintiff's registered trademarks, as well as to protect unknowing consumers from purchasing unauthorized Iron Maiden products over the internet.

"Plaintiff has been and continues to be irreparably damaged through consumer confusion, dilution and tarnishment of its valuable trademarks as a result of defendants' actions and seeks injunctive and monetary relief."

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Judas Priest's Rob Halford Addresses Glenn Tipton's Parkinson's Battle

(Radio.com) Early this week, Judas Priest announced that longtime guitarist Glenn Tipton would bow out of the band's upcoming Firepower tour due to his advancing Parkinson's disease.

Frontman Rob Halford told The Quietus that the band's more challenging material became too complicated for Glenn to perform at his best. "We have to emphasize this as well -- he can still play the guitar, but when it comes to some of the more challenging songs that Priest has written over the years and songs that, for the most part, have to be included in the set, that's when it's just becoming a little bit difficult for him," Halford said.

Producer Andy Sneap will fill in for Tipton on the road. But don't count Tipton out of the Firepower tour altogether. The guitarist will make special appearances at various stops to play songs he's comfortable with, Halford said.

"I can't wait for those moments when he's gonna show up unexpectedly anywhere around the world on the Firepower tour and come and jam out 'Living After Midnight', 'Breaking The Law', those kinds of songs," the vocalist said. "It's going to be a really special moment. It could be the first show, it could be the last show -- we don't know. But the joy is that Glenn is still playing and he's still with us, and he's as excited as we are to celebrate the release of Firepower." Read more here.

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Smashing Pumpkins' D'arcy Wretzky Reveals Billy Corgan Texts

(Radio.com) The saga of the Smashing Pumpkins reunion continues to unravel. After the band released an official statement regarding the absence of original bass player, D'arcy Wretzky, she's fired back by revealing a slew of text messages from band leader, Billy Corgan.

The messages, shared on Alternative Nation, 'were posted as proof to the many people who said that I was lying about ever being offered the job. (In fact, Billy is saying that now as well)," Wretzky shared on her Facebook page, which has now been made private.

'If one takes the time to read it carefully, one will notice that as the conversation continues, the roll I'm offered becomes ever smaller," Wretzky continued. 'Finally Billy says that what I deserve is a T-shirt w/my face on it. I spoke with him and asked him if there was any possible way that I'd be able to play bass on the tour and he said no" (via Consequence of Sound).

The text messages reveal Corgan at first keeping Wretzky abreast of the reunion proceedings, saying that "I think it will mean A LOT to the fans if you are up onstage every night. And even if you can't play due to your shoulder stuff, you can certainly sing 'Daydream' and participate in other ways."

Later, Corgan tells Wretzky that "you just have to let us know how you want to be involved. Because I certainly want to represent your position properly and of course create some opportunities where you can be interviewed to explain your position in your own words."

Corgan goes on to compare Wretzky's proposed participation to that of Guns N' Roses on that band's recent reunion trek. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Valhalla Lights' Hammer The Witch

Valhalla Lights are gearing up to release their new album in April but are giving fans an early taste with the single "Hammer The Witch". To celebrate we asked vocalist Ange Saul to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

Hammer The Witch was always going to be one of the more special songs on the record. Hammer The Witch is a heavy and melodic tale set to the dark and primitive history of religion and the infamous 'Crusades' and a book called the 'Malleus Maleficarum'. This dogmatic and menacing book, supported by the religion of the day, instructed people to murder those that were accused of witchcraft by burning them at the stake. With masses blindly controlled by fear and hypnotized into violence, men, women and children were falsely accused and put to a horrible death.

The fear that this book instilled had the power to lead people astray, which resonates with the modern world and contemporary man through the mass media mayhem that tries to oppress and control us all today.

How did the writing of this song begin? I guess the song was born when I was listening on my headphones to a riff that George had sent me which was one of many riffs flying around, but this one stood out. It was at this time that the title 'Hammer the witch' struck me with the intensity of a lightning bolt. Upon first hearing it, I fell in love and I instantly had the energy to write a song that I'd always wanted to write. This riff for me represented something different, a brand new entity, how I felt, a collage of ideas that had been dying to be told..

This riff led me down a path of thought provoking history that I'd never encompassed previously, and it is a history that seems to be repeating itself today. I think this song and it's underlining depths, strongly resonate with the current global and political arena.

This song is our own interpretation of a story that has direct correlations to our contemporary world, a world where people are becoming more and more divided in their beliefs, clinging onto tired dogmas, problematic constructs, and blindly following what they are told to believe.

It's a funny feeling to be now looking back at the beginning of its progression. The first riff, the first words 'Hammer the witch'. When those words hit me, I knew the song was writing itself, almost like a ghost was whispering into my ear about a history needing to be told. It was an out of body experience of a moment, that still resonates with everyone in the band when listening to the finished song..

To see it develop from a riff and melody, into something so powerful, is just amazing..

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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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Preview New 2-Disc Set

(hennemusic) Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow will release their new live album, "Memories In Rock II", on 2 CD/DVD on April 6. The package will also include the first new Rainbow single since 1996, "Waiting For A Sign", which will be available on March 16.

"Memories In Rock II" is being previewed with an extensive behind-the-scenes video package that mixes live footage with band interviews. The follow-up to 2016's "Memories In Rock - Live In Germany" - which captured the guitarist's return to the rock stage for the first time in two decades - presents the band in concert over three 2017 shows in the UK.

"Memories In Rock II" combines new live versions of classic tracks from Blackmore's time with both Deep Purple and Rainbow alongside backstage footage and interviews with the entire revamped Rainbow lineup - including the guitarist, vocalist Ronnie Romero, drummer David Keith, bassist Bob Nouveau, keyboardist Jens Johanssen, and backup singers Candice Night and Lady Lynn.

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow will launch the project with a series of live dates in April, including shows in Russia, Finland, Germany and the Czech Republic. Watch the preview clip and see the tracklist here.

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Red Hot Mistake For Chili Peppers Fan

(Gibson) Have you ever bought tickets to see one of your favorite bands only to find out that you mistakenly bought tickets to see a different group? That's what recently happened to a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan.

Said fan, Duncan Robb, thought he had purchased tickets to see Anthony Kiedis, Flea and the guys of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but instead, he had actually bought tickets to see Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who call themselves "The Most Famous Bagpipe Band on the Planet."

As it turns out, Robb and his girlfriend decided that even though it wasn't the actual Red Hot Chili Peppers, they would still head to the show in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and check it out.

"Still can't believe we've flown over to Belfast not for the -ChiliPeppers but to see the 'worlds best bagpipe band' -chillipipers," Robb tweeted. "Thought I'd got a rate good deal on tickets n'all. Had a nightmare." here.

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Misfits Doyle Launching As We Die World Abomination Tour

While original members of the Misfits have been treating fans to a limited number of reunion shows, that hasn't stopped guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein from plotting his own solo shows.

Doyle has announced the dates for a North America tour that will be dubbed As We Die World Abomination Tour and an appearance at the 20th annual New England Metal & Hardcore Fest on April 21st at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.

The new dates are scheduled to launch on February 21st at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ and will be concluding on March 20th in Toledo, OH at Frankies-Inner City.

He will following the American run by heading across the pond for a series of dates in the UK and Russia which will feature support from KILLUS and DeadXll. See the North American dates here.

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Life of Agony Announce Two Special Hometown Shows

Life of Agony have announced that they have a special treat for their hometown fans in Brooklyn as they will be playing two special intimate shows in the city in April.

The special shows will be taking place on Wednesday, April 18th and Thursday, April 19th at Saint Vitus and each night will feature the band playing a unique show including performing songs from their catalog that they have never played live before.

Each night's set will be unique, with the band diving deep into their catalog to perform tracks never heard before live, along with their staple classics. These performances will also mark the first shows with new drummer Veronica Bellino (

The shows will be the first with new drummer Veronica Bellino Jeff Beck, DMC, Richie Sambora/Orianthi, Carmine Appice/SLAMM), who had the following to say, "I am extremely excited and grateful to play these first two shows in the birthplace of LOA! Being a NY native myself, I can't wait to share this with friends, family and fans!" -

Mina Caputo added "I'm excited to think that this thing we're doing is touching so many people in so many cultures. I'm extremely grateful to be sharing that stage again, the most intense stimulating way to hear music, with my brothers Alan and Joey, and of course, our newest member of the band Veronica. Connecting with her is certainly another dream come true for us. I'm so excited to do our thing, with all our soul and all our might."

The band also released a new video for their song "Dead Speak Kindly" from their 2017 album "A Place Where There's No More Pain". Watch the video
here.

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TSOL Announce Limited Edition Record Release

Punk Legends TSOL have announced that they will be releasing their new album "Live at The Observatory" as a limited edition vinyl LP via Hardline Entertainment on June 22.

We were sent these details: Recorded live at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA Jan, 5th 2018 by Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Pennywise, Social Distortion), "Live at The Observatory" features all tracks from the bands 1981 S/T EP and "Dance With Me" releases.

The recordings will be available and limited to 100 units each of Oxblood Red and Turquoise Blue both signed and numbered and will include a digital download card.

The record is now available for pre-sale here and a trailer video for the album can be streamed here.

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Adam Lambert Says New Music Coming This Year

(Radio.com) Some artists keep their next album plans close to the chest -- but not Adam Lambert. Earlier this week the singer (and current Queen frontman) fielded fan tweets about his next solo effort. Based on Lambert's update, the new album (yet untitled) sounds eclectic, personal andů yummy?

"I have been working really hard on it!" Lambert wrote. "The album is gonna be yummy! It's basically all of my influences rolled into my own special blend."

Some fans wanted to know how many songs Lambert has in the pipeline. Adam revealed that he's written lots but he may need to edit the list down to complete the album and choose singles.

"Probably written about 35ish," he wrote. "Not far enough in the process to pick a single. Still lots to be done." That's great, you say -- but when will this yummy new album drop? A release date is TBD but Lambert promised that new music will premiere in 2018. "There will be music out this year," he wrote. "That I know." See Adam's tweets here.

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Ryan Adams Releases New Song 'Baby I Love You'

(Radio.com) Ryan Adams is in a romantic mood. The rocker is showing off his softer side with upbeat new track release on Wednesday, which just so happened to also be Valentine's day.

The new song is called and "Baby I Love You," and was "brought to you on the wings of Cupid," according to a press release sent out on the most romantic day of the year.

The jaunty new tune is characterized as "A song to one's baby, whom they love--a unique twist on Ryan Adams' classic recipe, with key ingredient 'sad" replaced by 'happy." Listen to "Baby I Love You" here.

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Eddie Vedder, Will Ferrell, Chad Smith Play 'Personal Jesus'

(Radio.com) Will Ferrell, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready, Brandi Carlile, and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers came together for a night at the Moore Theater in Seattle on Mon., Feb. 12, to help raise money for Cancer for College.

The event, One Classy Night, included an evening of artists covering songs and telling some of their rock star stories, according to Billboard. The music portion of the night started with an acapella version of the Kansas classic "Dust in the Wind," which Ferrell also sang in the movie Old School.

The band also played covers of songs by Jimi Hendrix, The Rollings Stones, Led Zeppelin and R.E.M. It was during their take on Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" that Pearl Jam's Vedder joined the musicians on stage and also included Ferrell's infamous cowbell talents.

The event raised over $300,000 in college scholarship money for students who have survived cancer, and has raised 2.3 Million to date. Check out moments from the show here.

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Stoned Jesus Releasing New Album Via Napalm Records

Heavy rock trio Stoned Jesus are currently working on their fourth album, which they will be releasing later this year under their just inked deal with Napalm Records.

Guitarist Igor Sydorenko had this to say, We're delighted to announce that Stoned Jesus is signing with Napalm Records, one of the biggest and oldest rock/metal labels on the planet! By joining the likes of My Sleeping Karma, Greenleaf, Monster Magnet, Alter Bridge, Powerwolf, Moonspell and many other well-established bands in Napalm's eclectic roster, we're getting ready to start the new page in Stoned Jesus' testament

Napalm Records A&R Sebastian Muench added, "We are absolutely happy and thrilled to finally announce the signing of Stoned Jesus. In the last couple years I was able to witness Stoned Jesus live many times at various Up In Smoke and Desertfest events. The Ukrainian band perfect blend of Stoner, Psych and Prog is absolutely brilliant and we expect nothing less than another masterpiece of a release in 2018. Stoned Jesus, welcome to the family and I hope you feel comfortable among your band mates of Greenleaf, My Sleeping Karma, Monster Magnet or Monkey3."

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Late Night Fights Take On Important Issues With Prison Video

Minneapolis rockers Late Night Fights has released a brand new music video for their track "Prison." The new single comes from their sophomore release, "Renal 911."

"Prison" was directed by Colton Otte of Blue G Productions and caries a powerful message to fans in crisis. The band explains, "This video is dedicated to those who feel trapped, lost or like there's nothing you can do to make things right.

"Hold close in your hearts all of the talented, spirited, and influential beings that fought the vice grips of depression, addiction, and suicide. We miss you dearly."

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. Watch the video here.

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Flaw and Blacklite District Kick Off North American Tour

Blacklite District shared their excitement about hitting the road with Flaw as direct support act on their just launched North American tour which kicked off last night (Valentine's Day) in Colorado Springs.

The tour continues tonight (February 15th) in Greeley, CO at the Moxi Theater and is scheduled to wrap up on March 3rd at the Wired Pub & Grill in Omaha, NE.

Blacklite District had this to say, "We're going to be debuting a brand new show and it's going to be our biggest production to date. We thrive on making sure what we do is different and something that stands out from the pack. In terms of rock music, there is no other show on the planet like a BLD show, and that's not me just saying something cliche. There's a reason we're the kings of new age, and we hope you'll come see why." See the dates here.

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Frances Bean Cobain Comes Clean About Sobriety

(Radio.com) Frances Bean Cobain is coming clean. The daughter of Courtney Love and late Nirvana legend Kurt Cobain has opened up with intimate and revealing thoughts shared on her two-year anniversary of being sober.

"This moment is a representation of who I am on February 13th, 2018," Cobain wrote on Instagram from the Hawaiian island of Oahu. "It feels significant here, now because it's my 2nd sober birthday. It's an interesting and kaleidoscopic decision to share my feelings about something so intimate in a public forum.

"The fact that I'm sober isn't really public knowledge, decidedly and deliberately. But I think it's more important to put aside my fear about being judged or misunderstood or typecast as one specific thing," she added. "I want to have the capacity to recognize & observe that my journey might be informative, even helpful to other people who are going through something similar or different." See Cobain's emotional post here.

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