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Original Guns N' Roses Star Wants Prayers For Full Reunion

Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler called on fans to "put some prayers into God" to make a full reunion of the original lineup happen this year.

Adler make the comments when asked about his reunion jams at select shows of the Not In This Lifetime Tour by The Johnny Dare Morning Show on 98.9 The Rock in Kansas City.

He said, "It was very exciting. Of course, I wish the guys would have wanted to have done the real reunion with me and Izzy [Stradlin], but just being able to play with them was very exciting. It was just so great. You get love from 100 people, it's a wonderful feeling. You get love from 85,000 people, it's a high. There's no drug better.

"It was so great to be able to look down and see Slash and Duff and Axl. I'm a fan, and all the fans wanted to see the original five of us, but it didn't work out that way. I'm sorry, fans - I did my best. I swear on God I did. I have no say. Everybody, get on the web site and put some prayers into God. Let's make this happen this new year." Check out the full interview here.

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Robert Plant Addresses Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary Reunion Speculation

(hennemusic) In a new interview with Esquire, Robert Plant addresses the question of a Led Zeppelin reunion that might take place ahead of band's 50th anniversary celebrations this fall.

The iconic band have already announced plans to publish an official book, "Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin", in October, and release a live album at some point, as well, among other projects. "All those projects, well, they're going to do somebody some good somewhere, and that's good," Plant tells Esquire while on a North American tour in support of his latest album, "Carry Fire." "But you don't even have to talk to me if all you want to know about is Led Zeppelin. Thirty-eight years ago [Zeppelin drummer] John Bonham passed away, that's all I know. That's it. That's the story. You know, Led Zeppelin was an amazing, prolific fun factory for a period of time, but it was three amazing musicians and a singer living in the times. Those times. That's not going to stop me doing what I'm doing now. So that's a headline, or not a headline. It doesn't matter to me."

Plant continues exploring new sonic territory on his latest studio effort after regrouping with the Sensational Space Shifters for the follow-up to 2014's "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar", which debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release.

"If I didn't I'd be a whore, and I'm never going to be that," explains the rocker. "I'm only a singer, and therefore I can get bored really quickly. And if I get bored really quickly, what am I doing nearly 70 years old being bored? No chance. So I move on all the time.

"The fact of that is, in the last ten or fifteen years, my work has been really well received. And it's very nice to see, and it makes me feel a bit that I'm in the right place, at least for some people, even if other people just don't know about it."

"Time is the mighty rearranger," Plant adds. "That's what it's all about. If it's easy, and it's not of a great deal of consequence, okay. But when you're in your seventies? You have to be really careful about maybe putting a bit more time into playing bingo, and enjoying the time you have left. For me, my time has got to be filled with joy and endeavor and humor and power and absolute self-satisfaction. That's not with Led Zeppelin. That's doing what I'm doing right now, with this band, on this tour." Read more

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Stone Temple Pilots Had 'No Room For Error' In Finding Weiland Replacement

Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo said in a new interview that the band had "no room for error" when selecting a new singer to replace the late Scott Weiland.

The group had a brief run with late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington taking over lead vocals but when he left the group, the band took their time in finding a new singer and ultimately hired former The X Factor contestant Jeff Gutt.

The band will be releasing their first album featuring Gutt on lead vocals next week. The self-titled album is set to hit stores on March 16th and DeLeo spoke to The San Diego Union-Tribune about their new singer.

"There was no room for error," he told the paper. "That's why we spent nearly a year together with Jeff before we invited him to join the band. We wanted to make sure it was the right decision. But we did find somebody who could not only do the catalog of our previous songs justice, but someone we could write new songs with, too."

He was asked what the band was looking for and responded, "Vision was a pre-requisite. Because Jeff's ability to move the band forward with more music and more records was very important to Robert, Eric and I. Jeff has a really great sense of what a song needs. It's just so important to really allow the song to dictate what it needs, and Jeff had a great sensibility about that - not to mention he's such a great singer." Read the full feature here.

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Ritchie Blackmore Says This Lineup Best Rainbow Ever

Ritchie Blackmore said a recent interview that he believes that the current version of Rainbow, featuring him and lesser known musicians, is "the best lineup" that the band has ever had.

Blackmore said this of playing with the current lineup, "it's really a lot of fun to play with this band. The other guys are getting more and more confident. And Ronnie Romero is a fantastic singer.

"On the other side, I'm happy to play for all the fans that grew up with my old music. The shows in the very big halls or arenas are almost to completely sold out."

And when asked his view of lineup, he said, "I will say something now that is probably gonna upset a lot of Cozy Powell and Dio fans, but that's really how I think: this lineup is the best lineup Rainbow ever had. On the other side, I'm always in the now on stage and off stage, which means that I had always loved the current lineup of any band I was in the most." Read more from the interview here.

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ZZ Top And John Fogerty Preview Summer Tour With Jam Video

(hennemusic) ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons and Creedence Clearwater Revival icon John Fogerty can be seen jamming on each other's hits in a new video of a warm-up session ahead of a summer US tour.

Gibbons stops by to sit in with Fogerty and his band after he hears them rocking out on the CCR track "Green River." The pairing then proceed to run through snippets of the endless hits they've issued, including CCR's "Fortunate Son," "Bad Moon Rising" and "Up Around the Bend," Fogerty solo hits "Centerfield" and "The Old Man Down the Road," and ZZ Top's "La Grange," "Sharp Dressed Man," "Tush" and "Legs."

"That feels good," raves Gibbons, adding, "Man, let's take it on the road" before the lineup begins another shot at "Green River." The month-long "Blues And Bayous" tour will begin in Atlantic City, NJ on May 25, with shows scheduled to wrap up in Welch, MN on June 29. Read more and watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Paradise Kings' Poor Me, Poor Me, Pour Me Another Drink

Santa Barbara blues-swing band Paradise Kings just released their new album "Controlled Burn" and to celebrate we asked George Lambert to tell us about the song "Poor Me, Poor Me, Pour Me Another Drink." Here is the story:

My name is George Lambert, and, among other things, I play drums for the rockin' blues, swing band Paradise Kings. I produced our latest, award-winning album, Controlled Burn, and I wrote the lyrics to seven of the eight songs on that record. Some might think it a bit odd that the drummer writes the majority of the lyrics, but it just works that way in our band. A few reasons might be that I have some time, and I also used to write screenplays, so writing is something that I've down throughout my life.

The song I've chosen to "Single Out" for this segment is titled Poor Me, Poor Me, Pour Me Another Drink. This was the second song I wrote on the record; the first being Money Ain't My Friend.

Poor Me…..is a very personal song for me, because since the age of sixteen, I was of marginal emotional maturity, boarding on insanity, and I was basically an alcoholic. I used alcohol to make me feel like I was part of society, part of the crowd; I could finally relate to people when I had a beer in my hand. When I was without, I instantaneously felt like an outsider, full of anxiety, fear and dread. This went on for a long, long, long time. I did get in trouble with the law a few times, and the last time I spent the night in jail, I swore things had to change. To make a long story short, they did change. I've been sober for nearly six years now, and life is completely different for me. With the help of AA and my Higher Power (God), I've managed to maintain a (somewhat J) sound mind and can relate to people and life on life's terms, not my own. It's a monumental change and basically a miracle.
So, Poor Me……. Basically chronicles me sitting in a bar, banging my hand on the bar asking myself, "Why even try?" The Cat I mention in the song is drugs, as one can guess. I think the song describes a lot of alcoholics in that, deep-down, we know we need to change our ways, but then we get some booze in our system and everything starts looking better; it's all great, as in the lyric, "One of these days I'll get off this broken bar stool, and get my sorry ass back to school, that's right, I'm gonna show 'em how, a million ideas, but for now…."

This is obviously not a drinking anthem, which it could easily be construed as. If you notice the spelling, the title is POOR ME! It's actually one of many sayings, which made me laugh in a meeting of AA. It was one of the first times I'd ever laughed without help from a substance, and it was great. I'll never forget that laugh, because it was real.

If you take the time to listen to the song, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing the lyrics.


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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Evanescence Announce Special North American Tour

(Radio.com) It's an entirely different spin on the term "classic rock." Classical music fused with modern rock takes center stage when Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling unite for a co-headlining tour across North America this summer.

The tour launches July 6 in Kansas City, MO, with shows lined up through September 8, when the acts hit the stage in Ridgefield, MA. Both artist's shows will be accompanied by a full orchestra, turning up the energy of the experience in the outdoor venues.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 9 at 10am local time. Artists' pre-sales will begin today (Wednesday, March 7) at 10am local time. See the dates here.

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Record Store Day Loaded With Exclusives From Legendary Rockers

(Radio.com) Record collectors, you might want to get in line now. The organizers behind the annual Record Store Day event have revealed this year's exhaustive list of vinyl exclusives set for release on the big date, which this year falls on April 21.

As usual, classic rock fans will have plenty of exclusive wax to covet, led by the previously announced trove of David Bowie albums, Neil Young live in 1973 and a Led Zeppelin 7-inch with new mixes that will surely be among the most sought-after releases this year.

Pink Floyd are reissuing their debut, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, on mono vinyl for the first time in 50 years, while the Grateful Dead's 1987 tour with Bob Dylan, Dylan & the Dead, will arrive on on red and blue tie-dye vinyl. Jimi Hendrix's "Mannish Boy" b/w "Trash Man" taken from 1969 sessions is set for a 7-inch release.

Johnny Cash's famous At Folsom Prison is being released in a special five-LP set that combines all of both sets Cash performed that day, as well as performances by June Carter, Carl Perkins and the Statler Brothers. The loaded package features a 12-inch single of band rehearsals from the night before at a Sacramento, CA, hotel room. Read more here.

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Jared Leto Previews New Thirty Seconds to Mars Song 'Great Wide Open'

(Radio.com) Jared Leto is such a tease. The singer has shared a preview of "Great Wide Open," a new Thirty Seconds to Mars tune slated for the band's upcoming full-length.

Leto made the big reveal during an interview with CBS Sunday Morning host, Anthony Mason. "I think I wrote this song about three years ago," Leto explained. "It was one of the first new songs I wrote on this album."

Leto plays more than a minute of the track, with Mason asking if the finished version is how he originally heard it in his head. "No, especially this," Leto responds, turning up a section featuring the gospel choir. "That's a couple choirs. That's really fun to hear people's voices and that power on a song that you've written. This song, it grew from a piano, a vocal and a tiny little drum beat."

"I think it's an important song for us," Leto added. "It feels like a cornerstone for the album." Check out Leto's tease of "Great Wide Open" here.

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Life of Agony Announce First West Coast Dates In Over A Decade

Life of Agony have announced that they will be hitting the road this spring to launch their first headline dates along the west coast of the U.S. in over a decade.

During the past 10 years, the New York band has online appeared the left coast fans during the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest event last year but will be kicking off a headline run in Los Angeles on May 16th.

Guitarist Joey Z had this to say, "I cant express how excited we are to return to the West Coast! Over the years, we've had such amazing shows out there, and just this past November, we brought the ruckus at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest! Read more including the dates here.

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Shooting Star's Van McLain Dies From West Nile Virus Complications

Our friends at Classic Rock Revisited sent over the sad news that Shooting Star founding member/guitarist/ vocalist Van McLain passes away after long illness. Here is what they had to say:

It is with great sadness, and a heavy heart, that we announce that Van McLain, a founding member of the band Shooting Star passed away from complications of West Nile Virus in Kansas City, Missouri on March 2, 2018.

Shooting Star first came to prominence after a showcase gig in 1979 at the legendary New York City club CBGB's, which landed the band a national management contract. Read more here.

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