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Stone Temple Pilots Joined By Surprise Guests

(hennemusic) The Stone Temple Pilots launched their first US tour with new singer Jeff Gutt at The Canyon in Santa Clarita, CA on March 2, and video from opening night is streaming online.

The band delivered a 19-song set that mixed tracks from throughout their career alongside material from the forthcoming self-titled album, due March 16. The evening included the live debuts of the "No. 4" track, "Glide", and the new song, "Roll Me Under."
STP were joined by the MC5's Wayne Kramer for the first encore of the Detroit band's classic, "Kick Out The Jams", which also featured bassist Robert DeLeo's Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp, who hung in for the finale of the group's 1993 track "Sex Type Thing."

"Wanted to give a huge thank you to all who came out last night for the first show of our tour," tweeted DeLeo. "Also a big thank you to @waynekramer and Johnny for making it a very memorable evening."

Gutt previously made his live debut with Stone Temple Pilots during an exclusive November 14 show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. Watch the surprise jams

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Foo Fighters Mash Up Van Halen and John Lennon Classics

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters performed a live mashup of classic songs by John Lennon and Van Halen as part of their March 2 concert at Pedreira Paulo Leminski in Curitiba, Brazil, and video from the event is streaming online.

During the band introductions in the middle of the set, Dave Grohl acknowledged keyboardist Rami Jaffee as the musician began playing the opening chords to Lennon's iconic 1971 song, "Imagine", while Grohl sang the lyrics to Van Halen's 1984 hit, "Jump."

Inspired by a 2010 YouTube mashup of the tunes by DJ Mighty Mike, the Foos shared footage of their rehearsal while giving a shout-out to the original, saying "Woodshedding for the summer tour has never felt so good...see you out there....(I'll learn the words by then, I swear). Thanks to Mighty Mike for the inspirado (Oh, and Halen and Lennon, too)."

The DJ shared the Foos performance on Facebook, writing "Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters just covered my 2010 mashup between Lennon and Van Halen and they thank me in the credits! Now I can die peacefully!"

The best-selling single of Lennon's solo career, "Imagine" topped the charts in several countries around the world while reaching No. 3 on the US Billboard 200, while "Jump" from Van Halen's "1984" album remains the band's only No. 1 US single. Check out the mashup here.

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Journey Make Chart History With Their Greatest Hits

(Gibson) Journey's Greatest Hits album has becomes just the third album to spend 500 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. It joins Bob Marley and The Wailers' Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley and The Wailers (510 weeks) and the longevity runaway winner, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon (937 weeks).

It's still some achievement. Journey's Greatest Hits rose this week from 108-101 (March 3-dated chart) and debuted in December 1988, but it peaked at only No. 10 back in 1989. Between October 1990 and December 2009 it disappeared from the chart, but after a change in eligibility rules it returned and has been back pretty much ever since.

The set boasts Journey classic hits such as "Open Arms" (the band's biggest hit, a No. 2) and the ubiquitous "Don't Stop Believin'", but the band has only ever achieved four Top 10 hits. Still, that's four more than The Dark Side Of The Moon. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts Won't Mind End Of The Band

(Radio.com) Charlie Watts is ready to call it a day. The Rolling Stones' 76-year-old drummer has revealed that after more than 50 years manning the kit for "the greatest rock and roll band in the world," he won't shed a tear when the group is no longer together.

"I love playing the drums and I love playing with Mick and Keith and Ronnie, I don't know about the rest of it," Watts told The Guardian. 'It wouldn't bother me if the Rolling Stones said that's it … enough."

While Watts is prepared to say goodbye, he admits to not exactly having a packed itinerary after the fact. 'I don't know what I would do if I stopped," he said. 'Keith is a great one for saying once you're going, keep going. The big worry for me is being well enough. We don't work like we used to fortunately. There are huge gaps between each show."

The sober drummer goes on to echo the sentiments found in on his band's 1974 album, It's Only Rock 'n Roll: "Time Waits for No One." 'We are getting to that elderly period, so it's a good thing not to," he said regarding vices like cigarettes and alcohol. "When you're 40 and you've got a hangover you get up and have another drink and you're off again. I don't think we could do it nowadays … at this age. Smoking and drinking are not like they were in the '50s. In the '40s and '50s every film star smoked. You'd never see a film star now drinking or smoking, it's not fashionable, I'm glad to say. In another way it has ruined jazz clubs … they are totally unlike what I would consider a club. They have become very clinical." Read more here.

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Judas Priest Streaming New Song 'Never The Heroes'

(hennemusic) Judas Priest are streaming a lyric video for the track "Never The Heroes" from their forthcoming album, "Firepower", ahead of its release on March 9th.

"'Never The Heroes' is about the courageous men and women that enter war - never trained to be heroes but becoming heroic due to their actions and sacrifices doing their duty for their people and country," says the band. "It resonates as there is a hero in all of us and in times of struggle we can be strong and united - conquering our own challenges and helping others - it's a traditional Priest mid-tempo powerhouse, with a powerful message!"

The veteran UK metal band's eighteenth studio album was recorded last year with producers Andy Sneap and Tom Allom. Sneap will join the Judas Priest touring lineup in place of guitarist Glenn Tipton when they kick off a world tour in Wilkes Barre, PA on March 13.

Following his work on "Firepower", Tipton recently retired from the road after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, although there is talk of the rocker possibly appearing with the group occasionally on the 2018 trek. here.

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New U2 Vinyl Reissues Coming Next Month

(hennemusic) U2 will release new vinyl reissues of three of their classic records - 1997's "Pop", 2000's "All That You Can't Leave Behind" and the 1985 EP "Wide Awake In America" - on April 13.

Introduced by the lead single, "Discotheque", the band's experimental ninth album "Pop" topped the charts in the US, UK and 27 other countries on its way to platinum status in the US for sales of 1 million copies. U2 supported the release on their PopMart world tour.

U2's return to rock on "All That You Can't Leave Behind" saw the project debut at No. 1 in 32 countries and at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200. The record and its songs won seven Grammy Awards while earning the distinction of being the only album in history to have multiple tracks win the Grammy Award for Record Of The Year: "Beautiful Day" in 2001 and "Walk On" in 2002. The group's tenth release sold more than 4 million copies in the US and 12 million worldwide.

The half live/half studio EP, "Wide Awake In America", mixed a pair of live performances of songs from 1984's "The Unforgettable Fire" with two B-sides from the era. Originally released only in North America and Japan, it was subsequently re-released internationally in 1990.

Remastered and pressed on 180gm vinyl, each reissue includes a download card and faithful reproduction of the original artwork. Read more and watch the promo video for the reissues

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David Bowie Is Coming To An End After 5 Years

(Gibson) The acclaimed David Bowie exhibition, "David Bowie Is," opened at the Brooklyn Museum this past Friday (March 2). The run in Brooklyn constitutes the exhibition's final stop, following a five-year blockbuster trek in various cities around the world. Along with costumes, sketches, stage props and videos, the Brooklyn exhibition will feature approximately 100 never-before-displayed objects, including Bowie's notebooks for his last album, Blackstar, and Polaroid shots that inspired his album covers.

In a lengthy article filled with images and details about the exhibition, the New York Times solicited thoughts from several of Bowie's friends and collaborators. Among those who shared memories were longtime Bowie photographer Mick Rock and recording artist Laurie Anderson.

"David was a really wonderful friend," said Anderson, "[and an] extremely perceptive person. I think he understood happiness and pleasure really well, and also, he wasn't pushing difficult stuff away. As an artist, he loved stuff that had real pain in it. I thought of him as such a successful human being."

"[He was] surprisingly organized," observed Rock. "I remember one day up at his office, I was hanging out, and he showed me these rows of tapes that he had of his live shows. He was certainly doing it from the Ziggy days." Read more here.

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Alice Cooper Still Driven and Not Slowing Down At 70

(Gibson) The NBC network's live broadcast of the rock musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar," is fast approaching, with the much-anticipated show set to air on Sunday, April 1. For fans of classic rock, the main draw will likely be getting to see Alice Cooper in the role of King Herod.

"[King] Herod is condescending and sneering with a certain sense of humor, knowing he's going to get his comeuppance," observes Cooper, noting the similarities between the flamboyant king and Cooper's on-stage "Alice" persona. "He's probably the only humorous character in the whole thing, yet you know how wrong he is."

Cooper's comments were made during an interview with the North Jersey newspaper, The Record. In the same interview, he extolled his surviving original Alice Cooper bandmates--Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway, and Michael Bruce--as "auxiliary members" of his current band. "They're always invited [to join us]," he said.

The veteran shock rocker also insisted that, at age 70, he's lost none of his passion for making music. "To me, touring is fun, writing and recording is fun," he said. "I don't think I've written my best song or done my best show. I think McCartney and Jagger probably feel the same way. Artistically, you're driven by that." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Icon Robert Plant Rocks Late Night TV

(hennemusic) Robert Plant was a guest and performer on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on March 1, and video of his appearance is streaming online.

Joined by fellow guest and actress Camila Morrone, Plant shared some tales from his legendary history - including a story about losing a karaoke battle in Hong Kong while visiting China with his son in 1996.

"I wanted to sing and I'd had too much to drink," Plant explained, "so the options were ABBA ... no ... and Elvis, that was on the thing and I put my name down, and a bloke from Taiwan also put his name down for Elvis, so we were competing.

"It was all Chinese folk in there and even though Taiwan is a taboo place for Communist Chinese people to even think about, I was neck and neck with this guy and even the Chinese guys were going for this Taiwanese guy. But I was really, really good ... But in Beijing 22 years ago, I was beaten by a Taiwanese Elvis impersonator."

Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters closed out the program with a performance of the "Carry Fire" track "New World." Watch the clips here.

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Jack White Expanded His Horizons With New Album

(Gibson) Jack White has released another song from his from his upcoming album, Boarding House Reach, out March 23rd. "Over and Over and Over" boats a thundering drumbeat and typically fuzzed-out bluesy guitar riff that spins throughout the track. Add a bongo breakout and spooky/yelping vocal refrains of the title and it's far from the retro sound many would usually associate with White.

"Over and Over and Over" follows previously released Boarding House Reach tracks "Corporation," "Connected By Love" and "Respect Commander." Boarding House Reach marks White's third solo LP and is the follow-up to 2014's Lazaretto.

Of the recent years developing his own vinyl-pressing plant in Nashville and the work with his Third Man Records label, he said "It's an amazing thing to press our own records. It's DIY to the max." He also told KROQ FM that he'd spent time taking up rock climbing (he may have been joking) and spending time with his young children. To start writing the album's music, he rented an apartment near his home in Nashville: "The idea was to use the exact same equipment I had when I was 14, the same reel and mixer, and say, 'If I knew then what I know now, what would I do differently?'"

But it out turned out different, and he reveals he has recorded parts of Boarding House Reach in New York and LA - "and I'd never really recorded in those cities before" - and he also worked with a whole new set of musicians, many of which he'd never even met before. "I asked Q Tip who was the best drummer in New York, and he said Louis Cato - that was good enough for me."

Cato has previously played with Beyoncι, Q-Tip, John Legend and Mariah Carey. Other featured musicians include bassist NeonPhoenix, who has previously played with Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z; synth players DJ Harrison and Anthony "Brew" Brewster have history with Fishbone and The Untouchables; while keyboardists Neal Evans has played with Soulive, Talib Kweli and jazz guitarist John Scofield. White plays all the acoustic and electric guitars on the album. Read more here.

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Rob Zombie Announced Limited Edition Box Set And Live Album

(hennemusic) Rob Zombie will release a career-spanning 15LP vinyl box set and new live album on March 30. The box set will be offered a limited-edition (1,000 copies worldwide).

It will include audiophile-quality 180-gram LPs of all of Zombie's studio albums - from 1998's "Hellbilly Deluxe" to 2016's "The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser" - and two remix records, including 1999's "American Made Music To Strip By" and 2012's "Mondo Sex Head."

The set also features three live albums: 2007's "Zombie Live" and 2015's "Spookshow International: Live", plus the brand new "Astro-Creep: 2000 Live", which captures Zombie performing the 1995 White Zombie album of the same name at Riot Fest Chicago in 2016.

The box set presents an individually hand-painted, 1970s-style Creeper Robot mask displayed behind a transparent plastic window and easily accessible for wearing. In addition, the collection's exclusive bonus items include an eight gigabyte Creeper Robot USB stick with the set's complete audio in 44.1kHz/16-bit uncompressed digital audio files for personal use; five high quality illustration lithographs newly commissioned by Zombie, including one autographed by the rocker; a Zombie-designed turntable mat; and a microfiber cleaning cloth for the collection's LPs.

With the exception of 2010's "Hellbilly Deluxe 2", 10 Zombie albums will also be available individually on standard vinyl, while "Astro-Creep: 2000 Live" will also be released on CD and digitally on March 30. Read more here.

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5 Seconds Of Summer To Get Up Close and Personal On New Tour

(Radio.com) 5 Seconds of Summer have come back in a big way, with a sparkling new single, "Want You Back," a new album on the way and an intimate North American tour to get reacquainted with the band's legion of rabid fans.

"It's important on this 26-date tour that we're doing…we're promoting our new music during the day, and the best part is we get to play a show at night," explained the band's drummer, Ashton Irwin. "It's more to focus on creating a really cool experience for our fans and ourselves. We haven't done a tour of that size in a long time."

The drummer went on to promise something fresh for the fans fortunate to get into the intimate shows on the tour, which launches April 8 in Boston, MA.

"We're also respecting the musicianship that has to go into the new songs, because it's a slightly different sound," Irwin revealed. "It's going to be a great time, though. We love playing venues like that. They're the best energy."

The 5 Seconds of Summer tour will wind across the continent throughout the month of April, wrapping up in San Francisco, CA, on April 27 before the guys jump overseas to play shows in Singapore and Australia. Check out their North American run here.

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Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds On The Duality Of Fame

(Radio.com) Imagine Dragons' frontman Dan Reynolds talks discusses the dual nature of fame in a new, wide-ranging interview that was released by NME last week.

'[Fame is] a beautiful thing. I don't know if I'd be here today if it wasn't for art and having these people listen," he told NME. "But it comes with shaking the devil's hand:

"'Yes I'll open my heart for the whole world to see and let some people take a s— on it'. And if you're a sensitive person, there's gonna be times where you wanna hide in a hole and take it all back, but you can't." Read more here.

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Portugal. The Man On Mention Of Native Alaskans At Grammys

(Radio.com) Portugal. The Man are absolutely killin' the game lately. 2017's Woodstock continues to blow fans away, with the summer's mega-hit 'Feel It Still" going strong on the charts and 'Live In The Moment" currently sitting pretty near the top of those charts. Oh, and there was that little thing called the GRAMMYs.

In honor of the band's Best Pop Duo/Group Performance win for 'Feel It Still," we sat down with the guys to talk about their GRAMMY win. Zach Carothers (bass) and Eric Howk (guitar) told us all about it ' and that 'Hail Satan!" GRAMMY moment.

Originally from Alaska, Carothers also elaborates on the band's acceptance speech and its mention of Native Alaskans. 'We kind of feel a responsibility to say something that matters to us for people that don't get heard a lot."

Hear more about that--and Howk's and Carothers' swanky styles--in our exclusive interview here.

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