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AC/DC Going Retro For Special Limited Edition Release

(hennemusic) AC/DC will reissue their 1980 classic, "Back In Black", on cassette as part of Record Store Day 2018. The limited-edition run of 2,500 copies delivers the band's first record with singer Brian Johnson.

The album went on to become the biggest selling rock album of all time - with sales of more than 50 million copies worldwide - placing it second on the all-time sales list behind only Michael Jackson's 1982 smash, "Thriller."

Launched with the lead single, "You Shook Me All Night Long", the project reached No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 22 million copies Stateside.

Produced by Mutt Lange, "Back In Black" was released five months after the passing of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott, who died after a night of heavy drinking in London … and shortly before the group were set to enter the recording studio. The record's black cover served as the band's tribute to Scott, who was poised for international stardom with the group following the success of 1979's "Highway To Hell." Read more here.

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Motley Crue Star Claims Son Knocked Him Unconscious

(Radio.com) Former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has publicly blamed his son Brandon for knocking him out after TMZ reported that a fight broke out at Lee's home, which left the rocker with a bloody lip.

Initial reports stated that Brandon (who Tommy he shares with ex-wife Pamela Anderson) was involved in the altercation, but claimed Brandon acted in self-defense.

On Twitter, Tommy shot down that notion openly accused his son of assault. "Hey @TMZ maybe get your facts straight before you go reporting bulls—," he wrote. "My fiance and I were in bed when my son busted into the room and assaulted me. I asked him to leave the house and he knocked me unconscious. He ran away from the police. THAT'S the truth."

Brandon is 21 and sometimes works as a model. Lee and Anderson also share son Dylan, 20. Tommy's fiance Brittany Furlan also waded into the drama on Twitter. Read more here.

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Chester Bennington's Widow Has Birthday Request For Fans

(Radio.com) Linkin Park fans, Talinda Bennington has a request: change direction. That's the message from Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington's widow, who shared the thought on Twitter about honoring her husband's birthday.

"To honor Chester Bennington's birthday, I'm asking you to Change Direction," she wrote. "On March 20th, post a pic holding up your hand, which symbolizes you know the 5 signs of emotional well-being. Write 'I AM THE CHANGE' on your hand. Bcuz the change begins within ourselves."

In the tweet, Bennington includes a link to 320 Changes Direction, her initiative to "change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness." Read more here.

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Robert Plant Releases 'New World' Live Video

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has released a new live video featuring a performance of the track "New World" from his latest album, "Carry Fire."

The clip captures Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters in concert at the O2 Apollo Manchester on November 30, 2017 as part of the rocker's sold-out UK tour last fall.

Fresh off completing an early spring run across North America, the singer has announced a new series of dates on the continent. Set to begin June 8 in Atlanta, GA, the month-long series of shows will see Plant joined by a variety of special guests, including Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, Jim James, Los Lobos, Elle King, Seth Lakeman, and Jon Langford. Watch the video here.

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Judas Priest Preview New Firepower Song 'Children Of The Sun'

(hennemusic) Judas Priest are streaming a snippet of the track "Children Of The Sun" as the latest preview to their forthcoming album, "Firepower", ahead of its release on March 9.

The band recorded the set last year with producers Andy Sneap and Tom Allom; Sneap will join the touring lineup for Judas Preist in place of guitarist Glenn Tipton when they kick off a world tour in Wilkes Barre, PA on March 13.

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.

"I want everyone to know that it's vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band - it's simply that my role has changed," explains Tipton. "I don't rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not too distant future I'm really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again"

Tipton, whose twin-lead guitar work with KK Downing provided a signature sound for the group through the years, has been dealing with the health issue since the early stages were first detected a decade ago - three years before Downing retired from the lineup in 2011.
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Bon Jovi Release 'When We Were Us' Video

(Radio.com) Bon Jovi's This House is Not For Sale is back on the charts. Specifically, the album is currently No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart [after a concert ticket bundle deal.[

What do you do when you have the #1 album in the country? Share a music video for the new song on said album, of course! 'When We Were Us" is one of just two new songs on the album's reissue, the other one being 'Walls."

Next week, Bon Jovi kicks off their North American tour beginning March 14 in Denver and wrapping May 15 in Washington, DC. The band will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 14. Watch the video here.

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Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst to Direct John Travolta New Movie

(Radio.com) Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst will return to the director's chair for the new movie Moose, and joining him for the staring role will be John Travolta who will play a stalker obsessed with a movie star.

The plot is based on events on from Durst's own life dealing with such harassment, according to Billboard. Co-written by the Limp Bizkit frontman and Dave Bekerman, the movie description explains, 'As Moose's obsession grows stronger, his fixation turns from stalking to the ambition of destroying the star's life."

Moose is the third film for the singer, his previous projects include The Education of Charlie Banks, staring Jessie Eisenberg, and The Longshots, which featured Ice Cube in a starring role. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Black Moth's Sisters of the Stone

Candlelight records just released UK heavy rockers Black Moth's new album "Anatomical Venus" and to celebrate we asked Harriet Hyde to tell us about the track "Sisters of the Stone". Here is the story:

Sisters of the Stone is a call to arms to our sisters and brothers who are fighting the good fight for equality, embracing the divine feminine and cultivating a sacred inner strength.

In October 2016, a recording of the President of the United States of America boasting about using his power to "grab" any woman he wanted "by the [private parts" went viral. It was felt by womankind as a hot slap in the face and was the catalyst for an online uprising; international ripples of women sharing their own experiences of sexual assault. Days later, I was sexually assaulted in the street, in the kind of minor way that in the past I would barely have bothered to even tell anyone about. Previously I would have just internalized it and brushed it off, not causing a fuss. But things were different now. Women close to me shared stories of physical, emotional and psychological abuse that broke my heart and I wanted to do something, say something in support of those who have been made to feel like they are "crazy" or "oversensitive" when the circumstances have been so poisonous. A huge movement of solidarity and courage seemed to be taking place and I wanted to write a fist-in-the-air anthem for wronged women, finding their voice and their power in the ashes of a toxic system.

Considering this song was written over a year ago it felt very timely releasing it on the centenary of Votes for Women in the UK and alongside the wave of female empowerment around #metoo/#timesup campaigns. I had Tarrentino's Death Proof revenge plot idea in mind, as well as the Furies of Ancient Greece, deities that according to the Iliad, "under earth take vengeance on men, whosoever hath sworn a false oath." Wild women with nothing left to lose. I wanted it to have the fierce female energy of songs like Fast and Frightening by L7 but with added epic guitar harmonies! In fact, my favourite moment of our live show currently is when Jimmy and Federica cross axes on stage and play their amazing interweaving double solo harmonies. It feels like and expression of men and women standing strong together.

The single artwork features my bodybuilding aunt, Patricia Armstrong. I was searching for vintage photographs of bodybuilding women when my Mum said quite casually, "Oh that's like what Patti's been doing!" I was stunned to see the photographs of how my Aunt has transformed herself into a vision of strength rarely embraced by women. I thought she looked absolutely beautiful and was thrilled she agreed to take part in this way. The video by Noomi Spook is a video montage "herstory" of vintage archival footage. It depicts glimpses of female power, lovingly hunted and excavated from the swathes of old footage of Stepford Wives advertising domestic bliss to dead-eyed sex dolls selling automobiles. Noomi understood what we were trying to create immediately, and she paints a picture of the wild woman in all of us.

So this one's for the witches... Hop on your broomsticks and ride with us!

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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