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Robert Plant Talks Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary Celebration

(hennemusic) Robert Plant shared his thoughts on Led Zeppelin's upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations in a new interview that was conducted with the legendary singer by The Current.

"Well, we're planning to get together and talk about it," says Plant, who is currently playing dates on a brief North American tour in support of his latest album, "Carry Fire." "Basically, it's very difficult to find stuff that still is unheard, and not only will it be 50 years, but it'll be, next year, 38 years since John [Bonham] passed away. And the great thing about Led Zeppelin was that we didn't chronicle ourselves; we just kind of went from town to town and sang songs and played guitars and stuff. And then went about our lives.

"The whole idea of chronicling the life of people in bands … In a way, I wish that we had more stuff to look at, but there will be a book of photographs and stuff. But some of it will be particularly interesting, I think. Beyond that, musically, there's bits and pieces lying around, but not an album or anything like that. But there will be a celebration, I'm sure, somewhere. A cork will pop! [makes sound effects]."

Formed in London in 1968, Led Zeppelin have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995. Read more here.

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Jimi Hendrix Previously-Unreleased Track Streaming

(hennemusic) The team behind Jimi Hendrix is streaming a previously-unreleased studio version of "Lover Man" as the latest preview to the March 9 release of the guitarist's forthcoming album "Both Sides Of The Sky."

The tune was recorded in December of 1969 by the trio that would come to be known as Band Of Gypsys - Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles - after attempts by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in previous years had failed to deliver a satisfactory version for the Seattle rocker.

"Jimi's true home was the studio - that's where the music and the magic happened," says engineer Eddie Kramer. "He loved everything about recording, and it's been my distinct pleasure and an honor to play a part in that process both then and now.

"The first thing is you put the tape on and you listen to it and the hairs just stand up right on the back of your neck and you go, 'Oh my God. This is too (expletive) incredible. It's an incredible thing. Forty, 50 years later here we are and I'm listening to these tapes going, 'Oh my God, that's an amazing performance.'"

The 13-track set - which includes 10 unreleased tunes - marks the third volume in a trilogy from the Hendrix archives, following 2010's "Valleys Of Neptune" and 2013's "People, Hell And Angels." Read more and stream the song here.

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Foo Fighters Brit Awards Performance Streaming Online

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters performed their single, "The Sky Is A Neighborhood", at the 2018 Brit Awards in London, UK on February 21, and video from the event is streaming online.
The band delivered the "Concrete And Gold" track at the city's O2 Arena atop the roof of a makeshift house - just as they did in the song's official video - during their first-ever performance at the annual UK event.
The Foos were named International Group at the 2018 awards, ahead of fellow nominees Arcade Fire, Haim, The Killers and LCD Soundsystem; the win marked the band's fourth in the category and fifth Brit Award overall, including a 2008 honor for "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace" as Best International Album.
"This one goes out to all the musicians who get up on stage and plug in and play," said Dave Grohl. "And long live rock and roll."
The UK event follows last month's Grammy Awards, where the Foo Fighters picked up a win in the "Best Rock Song" category - a songwriters award - for "Run", while losing out in the "Best Rock Performance" field to a tune by Leonard Cohen. Watch the performance and acceptance speech

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Concert For George Harrison Hitting Movie Theaters

(Radio.com) In 2002, Eric Clapton organized Concert for George, a memorial show to honor the life and work of the Beatles' George Harrison. The legendary set included Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty and other rock luminaries in the wake of Harrison's death.

The concert was held at Royal Albert Hall in London, one year to the day after Harrison passed away from cancer. This year, the concert is being made available on home video and as an added bonus, will be screened in movie theaters across North America. Footage has been remastered and optimized for the big screen.

The concert mourns Harrison's loss while celebrating his life. Clapton and McCartney collaborate on live renditions of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and 'For You Blue," while another segment features Monty Python actors performing some of Harrison's favorite sketches. Read more here.

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Metallica Release Live Video From Mannheim Show

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming professional footage of a February 16 performance of their 2016 single, "Atlas, Rise!", at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany as they continue a European tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct."

The second single from their tenth album topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart upon its release as the band were playing warm-up dates for the WorldWired tour in South America.

Nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award, "Atlas, Rise!" lost out to the Foo Fighters' track "Run" in Best Rock Song category at the 60th annual event last month, while the project failed to take home the honors in the Best Rock Album field after it was presented to The War On Drugs.

The latest recognition marked Metallica's 22nd and 23rd Grammy nominations, while the band have won nine times since 1989. Following the Grammy shutout, Metallica will receive Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize during a June 14 ceremony in Stockholm. Watch the video

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Singled Out: Ignore The Sign's Behind The Wall

Ignore The Sign released their brand new album "A Line To Cross" today (Feb 23) and to celebrate we asked Steve Mann to tell us the story behind the song "Behind The Wall". Here is the story:

This song was originally written for a new, young German symphonic metal band about 3 years ago. I wrote the music and the lyrics were composed by a business acquaintance of mine and the song was presented to the producer of the new album. Unfortunately just before the album was recorded for Universal, they changed producers and so the song was left unused. It sat around doing nothing until we put together the songs for the new Ignore The Sign album at which point it occurred to me it would be a great platform for the song.

My 16 year old son Jason Mann is already a fantastic songwriter so I got together with him to rehash the song. We kept the basic arrangement and he wrote a completely new set of lyrics for it. He loves to write ambiguous lyrics, meaning that they paint a picture which is open to interpretation by the listener in a way that they feel the song can reflect what's going on in their own lives. He really captured the mood and power of the song and creates such incredible scenarios like "I can hear your screams come from the door" and "the dream still keeps alive the pain". Every one of us can interpret these lyrics in our own way and for me this is partly why it's such a powerful song.

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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Bon Jovi To Receive The iHeartRadio Icon Award

iHeartMedia has announced that Bon Jovi will perform and be honored with the first-ever iHeartRadio Icon Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 11.

It was also announced that Chance The Rapper will receive the 2018 iHeartRadio Innovator Award; and Camila Cabello will be honored with the iHeartRadio Fangirls Award live from the Forum in Los Angeles.

Previously announced performers include Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello and Charlie Puth. The iHeartRadio Music Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, March 11th live on TBS, TNT and truTV At 8 pm ET/5 pm PT

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Metallica Teams Up With Vans Again

(Gibson) If you love Metallica, and we mean really love Metallica, then make note that you're now able to sport that metal pride everywhere with some new Metallica items. Following two prior collaborations, Metallica has reconnected with shoe company Vans to unleash a new collection of signature footwear.

The Metallica footwear line is available in two new styles. The Sk8-Hi Reissue features "full grain leather upper and tonal deco-stitched Sidestripe with an etched Metallica logo on the sidewall with a wrapped version on the quarter panels."

Meanwhile, the Classic Slip-On features "an all-over logo print across the vamp and is finished with the same engraved logo on the sidewalls." Read more here.

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Steel Panther Animated For 'Wrong Side Of The Tracks (Out In Beverly Hills)'

Steel Panther have released a new video for their track "Wrong Side Of The Tracks (Out In Beverly Hills)." The song comes from their latest album "Lower The Bar".

The comedy metal band teamed up with Ntoonz to create the new animated video and have released it amidst their current North American tour in support of the album that was released last spring.

Following the current outing the band just announced that they will be heading down under in May. They had this to say, "Australia, here we come! We're bringing the Sunset Strip party Down Under with us. All your favorite Panther hits plus our favorite heavy metal songs from the bands we love. Never made it to LA in the 80s? Don't worry, we've got you covered." Watch the new video here.

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The National's Matt Berninger Creating TV Comedy About His Life

(Radio.com) Matt Berninger is up to something. The lead singer of the National has revealed plans to create a new television show based on his own life experiences as a singer in a successful rock band.

Also playing a large role in the show is Berninger's brother Tom, best known for directing and starring in the 2013 National documentary, Mistaken for Strangers.

In the doc, Tom Berninger's persona is the "sort of amiable, slightly doughier version of Matt that's nine years younger and still lives at their parents' home in Cincinnati" (via Rolling Stone) has made him something of a folk hero among the band's fans.
Matt Berninger said, "We're hoping it's a comedy!" when speaking with Double J in Australia about the new show being created with Tom, writer Carin Besser (Matt Berninger's wife), and Australian filmmaker Trent O'Donnell and his wife. (via Pitchfork). Read more

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Blink 182 Star Says Face Tattoos Are Off Limits For Teen Son

(Radio.com) Few people can boast the wealth of tattoos that adorn most of Travis Barker's body. With ink stenciled from the top of his head all the way down to below his waist, the Blink-182 member is as famous for his tats as he is his prowess on the drums.

Now, Barker's son Landon is eager to follow in dad's ink-stained footsteps. "My son's 14 and he asks me every day," Barker told TMZ when asked if he had an age limit on when his kids will be allowed to go under the gun.

"Yeah, but there's an obsession with kids and face tattoos now. Yeah, every rapper and you know…Lil Pump played his birthday party," Barker added when prompted about the "Gucci Gang" rapper.

"I don't know there was like this danger about it when I was a kid, like I was 15 with tattoos, but it wasn't easy to remove them. And it really said something if you were walking around with tattoos," the drummer elaborated. "It was a job stopper. For me, I did it so I never had to get a normal job, but I explain to them you have to have the same hustle I did."

"He would love face tattoos. Yeah, he would love it, but I tell him, 'Until you've walked in my shoes and you're ready to hustle like dad did, you can't get face tattoos.'" Read more here.

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Oasis' Liam Gallagher Gets Interviewed By Kids

(Radio.com) Liam Gallagher is for the children. The Oasis frontman sat down for possibly his toughest--but definitely his cutest--interview to date.

Gallagher had a chat with a group of British school children, all eager for answers to pressing questions regarding his favorite Disney movie (that would be Finding Nemo) and harassing him about his U.K. football allegiances.

One of the youngsters seems to have Gallagher pegged, labeling him as "very naughty" after asking him if he gets sweets after a good performance (Gallagher's response: "Yeah, sort of…").

Watch Liam Gallagher being interviewed by the kids here.

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Alex Di Leo Releases 'Brooklyn Bridge Video

Florida Alternative Rock / Pop artist Alex Di Leo has released a music video for his single, "Brooklyn Bridge", along with an contest for one lucky fan and a guest to meet Alex for a weekend in New York, including air fare, hotel, and a $100 gift card!

Alex is also scheduled to perform at the MSD Benefit Concert for Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS shooting victims being held this Friday 2/23 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

He will also play the Music Opening Party presented by Greater Fort Lauderdale's Underground at 9:00 pm followed by the Riptide Music Festival showcase, 9:00 pm - 2:00 am at The Main I at SXSW on March 13th. Watch the video here.

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Liam Gallagher Rocks Late Night Television

(hennemusic) Liam Gallagher performed "I've All I Need" on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on February 21, and video from the program is streaming online.

The track from Gallagher's solo debut, "As You Were", was partially inspired by a meeting the rocker and his son Lennon had years ago with Yoko Ono in New York City.

"We go to Yoko's house in the Dakota building," the singer tells NME. "We go in there and in the kitchen - she invites us in and makes us a cup of tea - and she's got this banner, massive banner round the kitchen, and I said 'Oh, what does that mean?' and she goes 'Oh John asked the same question when we went to Japan to meet my parents.'

"Anyway it says 'while I've been hibernating, I've been gathering my wings', and it was when he stopped making music. So I thought, write that down. So anyway, years go by, I've been trying to get it in to a song, could never get it in, and then it happened on that."

"As You Were" topped the UK album charts upon its release last fall and reached No. 30 on the US Billboard 200. Watch the late night performance

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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Trailer Features Beastie Boys Classic

(Radio.com) It's the Beastie Boys in space. The new trailer for the highly anticipated Solo: A Star Wars Story movie has been set to the sounds of the Beastie Boys' perennial 1993 smash, "Sabotage."

The intergalactic mash-up is the work of one Chris Galegar, with the video results shared by the War Starts at Midnight podcast. Matching the high-octane energy of the Beastie Boys track with the explosive visual imagery of the Star Wars trailer makes for an inspired match.

Check out the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story movie, which contains explicit lyrics, here.

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5 Seconds of Summer Debut New Song And Announce Tour Dates

(Radio.com) The boys of 5 Seconds of Summer are back with a new single and North American tour dates. The Australian pop-rockers have revealed "Want You Back," the band's first new music since dropping "Girls Talk Boys" on the Ghostbusters soundtrack in 2016.

'Finally' It's been 3 years since our last album and we are so ready to share new music with the world," 5SOS told fans. 'After spending the last 5 years on the road since the age of 16, it was important we took time to reflect as individuals and now we're coming back stronger and more unified than ever. These songs mean the world to us and we have held nothing back in writing and recording this album. We've been rehearsing a lot of the new songs live and can't wait to get back out on tour to connect with our incredible fans."

"Want You Back" is the opening salvo from the group's upcoming third studio album, which is finally set to see the light of day later this year.

Listen to "Want You Back" below and get a preview of what 5 Seconds of Summer have in store for 2018 and check out their North American dates here.

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