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Motorhead Cofounder 'Fast' Eddie Clarke Dead At 67

The final founding member of Motorhead, guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke, has died at the age of 67. The iconic rocker died on Monday (January 10th) in a hospital where he was receiving treatment for pneumonia.

Clarke was the sole surviving founding member of the legendary group with Lemmy Kilmister and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor. The band put out the following statement, "We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight...Edward Allan Clarke - or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke - passed away peacefully yesterday. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his FB page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia..."

Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell had this tribute, "Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. Such a shock, he will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock n roller. RIP Eddie."

And drummer Mikkey Dee said the following:, ""oh my f***ing God, this is terrible news, the last of the three amigos. I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape. So this is a complete shock. Me and Eddie always hit it off great. I was looking forward to seeing him in the UK this summer when we come around with the Scorps…now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again, and if you listen carefully i'm sure you'll hear them, so watch out!!! My thoughts go out to Eddie's family and close ones."

"Fast Eddie...keep roaring, rockin' and rollin' up there as Goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!"

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Paul McCartney See Danger For Future Of Music With Trend

(Gibson) Paul McCartney is putting his support behind an initiative that aims to curb the increasing number of music venue closures in the U.K. Introduced as a new Planning Bill in the House of Commons, the U.K Music Initiative would force developers to consider the impact on pre-existing businesses prior to undertaking new building construction. As reported by Ultimate Classic Rock, existing music venues fall under that umbrella.

"Without the grassroots clubs, pubs and music venues my career could have been very different," McCartney said, throwing his support behind the measure. "If we don't support music at this level, then the future of music in general is in danger."

The campaign for the initiative launched on Wednesday (Jan. 10). Among those who gathered outside the House of Parliament to voice their support were singer-songwriter Billy Bragg and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. Read more here.

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The Eagles Add New Stadium Dates To North American Tour

(hennemusic) The Eagles have added two stadium concerts with the Zac Brown Band to their 2018 North American tour. The pair will play San Francisco's AT&T Park on September 20 and will be joined by The Doobie Brothers for a September 22 appearance at San Diego's Petco Park.

An American Express Card Members presale begins Tuesday, January 16 at 10 AM local time with general public seats available Friday, January 19 at 10 AM local time.

The extensive 6-month 2018 trek sees Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit joined by the late Glenn Frey's son, Deacon, and Vince Gill in the lineup following their first shows together in 2017.

Guitarist Joe Walsh says the success of those events was directly responsible for the group's decision to play more shows. "We spent a long time after Glenn passed in discussions, and we needed to put some time in there," Walsh told Billboard last summer. "But in the course of talking we started thinking about, 'What if the Eagles were gonna continue?' and what would that be, and gradually some clarity started to come in. Glenn's son Deacon is a pretty good musician and... that chemistry is there. Vince Gill has been a really good friend of the band for a long time, and he grew up listening to the Eagles.

"So we figured we would at least try it and see where it went and we worked on it and thought it through and we tried it out in Los Angeles and it was just magic. It really was. It was received wonderfully and the energy that we all have is very, very healing, so I think Glenn would be proud of this and we decided to do it some more." See all of their upcoming dates here.

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Rock Hall Induction Wasn't Important To Deep Purple

Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover said in a recent interview that the band doesn't find their long-overdue Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction that important.

The band was finally inducted in 2016 after being snubbed for two decades. Glover spoke about the Rock Hall to Morgan Richards Interviews and had this to say, "It's not that special to us. I mean, it's special that people support us, yes - we're very thankful for that. And lots of people - from Metallica to Alice Cooper to Rush, lots of people - wondered why we weren't in there.

"Actually, we didn't get it twice before we got it, and what do you answer that with? Well, it's not that important to us. And now that we've got it, it's still not that important to us. It hasn't changed my life in any way except I got a gong and a free mug. But it's a bit of icing on the cake.

"A friend of mine, when he was getting an award like that, said, 'The real reward for what you do is getting onstage and playing. Every night, that's the reward.' Something like a recognition like, it's just a little bit of icing on the cake - that's all. It's not that important." Watch the full interview here.

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Arctic Monkeys Announce First Performance In Over Three Years

(Radio.com) The Arctic Monkeys are headed to The Woodlands to play Firefly Festival this June--a big deal considering this is the first show they've announced since their last string of dates in Fall 2014.

The last new stuff we heard from the band was 2013's AM, which brought us hits like 'R U Mine?" and 'Do I Wanna Know?" And while we were already pretty sure there'd be a new AM album coming out this year, the Firefly announcement is closing the gap on any doubts.

The band will headline Firefly alongside The Killers, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem, with other notable bands on the lineup, including Odesza, Portugal. The Man, Foster The People, Alt-J, Lord Huron, Rag N' Bone Man, Royal Blood, Cold War Kids, Jimmy Eat World, Alice Merton, Welshly Arms, Courtship., The Glorious Sons, and tons more. See the full lineup here.

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Chris Cornell Human Rights Campaign Launched With All-Star Video

(hennemusic) A host of celebrities from across the entertainment and sports worlds have joined Chris Cornell's family in a new video to launch a social media campaign to raise awareness for human rights in conjunction with the late Soundgarden singer's Grammy nominated song "The Promise."

The clip opens with Cornell's children - Toni, Lily, and Christopher - vowing to continue to honor their late father's support for human rights, with Toni saying, "From basic human rights to women's rights, my dad believed that if we each vow to keep one promise, we could make the world a better place."

Ozzy Osbourne, Elton John, Tom Hanks, George Clooney and Cornell's Audioslave bandmate Tom Morello are just some of the dozens of entertainers and personalities who can also be seen in the video pledging to continue the late rocker's work, which was partially inspired by his recording of the title song for 2017's "The Promise", the first feature film to highlight the story of the Armenian genocide.

All proceeds from the film have gone toward human rights causes, including the creation of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law. Cornell donated all of his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee.

Last month, a coalition led by Cornell's widow, Vicky, created an endowed fund of more than $1 million to support student scholarships at the UCLA School Of Law. The Chris Cornell Scholarship honors the singer's commitment to justice, human rights and advocacy for those in need. Members of the coalition include several friends and colleagues of Cornell as well as supporters of UCLA Law.

"Supporting whatever you're passionate about, to me, that's what The Promise campaign is," said Chris Cornell prior to his passing last year. Read more and watch the video here.

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Joe Perry Joined By Special Guests For CES Performance

(hennemusic) Joe Perry performed at the Brooklyn Bowl during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV on January 10, and video from the event is streaming online.

Perry and his all-star lineup - including members of Stone Temple Pilots, Extreme's Gary Cherone and Robin Zander of Cheap Trick - delivered a 17-song show of Aerosmith classics, covers, and tracks from the guitarist's forthcoming solo record, "Sweetzerland Manifesto", at a Monster Products-sponsored gig billed as "The Sound Of Rock."

Perry streamed a pair of tunes live on Facebook, including the set-opener "East Coast, Weet Coast" from 1981's "I've Got The Rock'n'Rolls Again" with Cherone on vocals, and then later took center stage himself for "Shakin' My Cage" from his 2005 self-titled abum.

Zander rocked the "Sweetzerland Manifesto" lead single, "Aye, Aye, Aye", late in the show before taking on The Beatles' classic, "Come Together", during the encore.

The same lineup will regroup on Janury 16 for a sold-out record release show for Perry's new solo album at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles ahead of the set hitting stores on January 19. Watch video from the CES performance here.

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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Addresses Up Close & Personal Confusion

ZZ Top icon Billy Gibbons has issued a statement to address some controversy surrounding confusion about his current Up Close & Personal events in Australia.

Gibbon's sent over the following: "Audience expectations regarding Billy Gibbons' role as a performing musician in the recent Up Close & Personal dates through Australia seem not to have been in line with what he was asked to do when his services were engaged last year.

"Mr. Gibbons was contracted to appear on those dates to discuss his passion for custom cars and hot rods with Jimmy Shine and to sign autographs and greet fans with no musical component called for or anticipated in the arrangement. It should be noted that, based on that understanding, he didn't even bring, nor did he request musical equipment appropriate to such a performance.

"It appears that these dates were promoted in such a way as miscommunicate to ticket holders that a substantial musical performance would be part of these events. Billy Gibbons, ever the consummate professional, had not planned nor prepared that kind of program and regrets that his role in those dates appears to him been grossly misstated." Read more here.

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Bon Jovi Announce Spring Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Bon Jovi is hitting the road. The band has announced a run of spring dates starting in March. Bon Jovi is also set to re-release the band's most recent full-length, This House is Not for Sale, with two new songs, "When We Were US" and "Walls," on Feb. 23.

Fan club and VIP Experience tickets go on presale Jan. 16, Live Nation pre-sales start on Jan. 18 followed by a general on-sale on the 19th -- full info is available at the band's official website.

The group will also be making a stop in Cleveland this spring when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 14. See the tour dates here.

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Whitesnake Stream Love Ain't No Stranger From Live Purple Release

(hennemusic) Whitesnake are streaming an audio preview of the track "Love Ain't No Stranger", from the forthcoming package, "The Purple Tour (Live)," which will be available as CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray sets, as well as double-LP, single CD, and digital versions.

Due January 19, the multi-format project delivers classic Whitesnake tracks alongside material from the band's tour in support of 2015's "The Purple Album", a project that saw frontman David Coverdale re-recording classic songs from the Deep Purple records he appeared on - including 1974's "Burn" and "Stormbringer" and 1975's "Come Taste The Band."

Frontman David Coverdale explains there was never any intention to compete against the original recordings. "We just wanted to play the damn songs," says the rocker. "Each member of the band brought their incredible individual talents and a real band identity to this music. We've all done the best we can with this project with respect to the music, and the legacy of Deep Purple Mk3 and Mk4."

The double-disc collection also includes video footage of the concert mixed to 5.1 Surround Sound, plus band interviews, a new music video for "Burn", and a number of bonus performances not available on the CD or vinyl versions. Stream the song here.

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Fall Out Boy Release 'Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)' Video

(Radio.com) Fall Out Boy have released a music video for their new track "Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)." It's the latest taste from the band's forthcoming album M A N I A.

The clip was shot in the style of an infomercial and features the band members peddling expensive, bizarre products including forearm replicas, purple skulls, and llama suits, between performance snippets.

The band's forthcoming album M A N I A is set to be released on January 19th. Watch the brand new "Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)" music video here.

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Heart's Ann Wilson Working On Solo Album to Honor Fallen Artists

(Radio.com) Ann Wilson is paying her respects. The lead singer of classic rock band Heart has revealed that she is working on a new solo project honoring musicians that have passed.

"There are a lot of changes in the works," Wilson shared on social media. "I am most excited about the recording endeavor we have just begun that has a working title, 'PDG' (project dead guys). It's a project very dear to me — a collection of songs by artists who have departed in the last several years: Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Tom Petty, and Chris Cornell to name a few.

"To honor these great artists is my deepest pleasure and Mike Flicker (Original Heart producer; Dreamboat Annie, Magazine, Little Queen, Dog and Butterfly, & Bebe le Strange etc.) is working with me on this new record. It is thrilling work and I can't wait for you to hear what we are doing!"

The singer goes on to mention a handful of recently revealed solo tour dates, which kick off Jan. 12 in Charenton, LA. See the full post here.

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Translator's Steve Barton Announces Triple Album

Translator frontman Steve Barton has announced the release of his 7th solo album, which is a triple album that will be entitled "Tall Tales and Alibis" and is set to be released March 2, 2018 on Sleepless Records. We were sent the following details:

"I moved to Portland, Oregon about two years ago," explains Steve." It is an incredibly good place for me to live - as soon as I got settled in, songs just started to pour out of me. Originally, I wanted to release three separate records on the same day. That idea morphed into one triple set. If it were a movie, it would be my technicolor daydream shot in black and white".

The three albums which make up Tall Tales And Alibis each have their own unique feel. Album One is filled with more upbeat songs, and the first of three piano songs. Album Two captures a moody vibe - and is all sung in Barton's lower register. There is a cover of "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning" and a slow quiet dark version of Steve's Translator hit "Unalone." He plays and sings everything on these two records himself, and produced these tracks at his studio in Portland. Read more here.

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Paramore Combine 'Grow Up' with SZA's '20 Something'

(Radio.com) Paramore are currently on the road promoting their fifth studio album After Laughter, but on Tuesday night (Jan. 9) the pop-rock trio embellished their set by reaching into SZA's discography.

In Paris, Paramore performed a mash-up of their own "Grow Up" and SZA's "20 Something." The arrangement stayed true to the original "Grow Up," but frontwoman Hayley Williams inserts the lyric, "That's me, Ms. twenty-something, Ain't got nothin', runnin' from love."

SZA got wind of the mash-up from one of her fan accounts and tweeted: "Literally slap me . Sh–'s CRAZY . Wow. Go OFF queen." SZA will compete for five GRAMMY awards including Best New Artist and Best R&B performance in a few weeks. Watch the fan footage of Paramore's surprise SZA shout-out here.

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HiRSH Releases 'Burn Up Alive' Video

Los Angeles-based alt-pop artist HiRSH has released the new music video for the track "Burn Up Alive". We were sent the following details about the song:

The track explores the angst that comes along with artistic creation and quiet desperation of desire - the need to break through and be truly seen and heard, as well as the fear of disappearing and the pain of being invisible.

HiRSH had this to say, "Henry David Thoreau said, 'Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and die with their song still inside them.' This song explores just that. The need to create and express, and the fear that it will never be heard. That it will get stuck inside or lost along the way. Its intense but totally real, just like the struggle." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: MYJA's Flood

MYJA, the side project of A Bad Think mastermind Michael Marquart, and Jacob Bunton (Lynam, Adler) released their debut self-titled album today (1/12) to celebrate we asked Jacob to tell us about the song "Flood". Here is the story:

Michael and I met through a mutual friend a few years ago and instantly hit it off. We started writing songs at his studio in Malibu and it became obvious that we had to record an album.

The song "Flood" came from a riff that Michael was playing. I loved the way the intro and verses were tight but had the big hits at the end of the phrasing. We started singing different melody ideas into our phones and then took the best ones and made the verses. We kept the verses tight with a single voice and then made the chorus huge.

The lyrical content of the song is about just trying to keep your head above water. Everyone alive has their own set of struggles regardless of their background or where they come from. Rich, poor, black, white, it doesn't matter, we are all on a journey and with any journey there are bumps in the road.

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

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