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Eagles Legend Glenn Frey's Career Celebrated With Box Set

(hennemusic) The late co-founder of the Eagles, Glenn Frey's career is being celebrated in a new 4-disc box set, "Above The Clouds: The Collection", due for release on May 11.

Frey, who passed away in January of 2016, carved out a notable solo career during their hiatus in the '80s and beyond. Frey scored chart success with such hits as "The Heat Is On," "You Belong To The City," "The One You Love," "Smuggler's Blues," and "I Found Somebody", among others.

The 3CD/DVD "Above The Clouds" compiles the key elements of Frey's music both before and after The Eagles became international superstars, showcasing the broad range and wide influence of the Detroit-bred singer-songwriter in the process.

Subtitled "The Very Best Of Glenn Frey", the project's first disc presents the guitarist's major chart hits, and will be available as a stand-alone disc as well as part of the box set.

Disc two goes deeper into Frey's catalog with tunes like "After Hours," "For Sentimental Reasons," and covers of The Beach Boys' "Caroline, No" and the rhythm and blues standard "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66."

The third disc presents the early output of the duo formed by longtime friends Frey and JD Souther known as Longbranch/Pennywhistle. Originally released in 1969, the self-titled record offers the duo's country rock/folk set.

"Above The Clouds" is rounded out with a live DVD filmed at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland in July 1992 on Frey's 'Strange Weather' tour; the set mixes solo tracks with Eagles classics. Read more and watch the promo video here.

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Nine Inch Nails Releasing New Music Soon Says Reznor

(Radio.com) Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor says that a new EP will be likely available before the group takes the stage on June 22nd for an appearance at the Meltdown Festival.

"We're in the process of finishing that right now and that should be out before the shows take place," Reznor told the BBC. "It's not what we expected it to be."

The still-untitled EP will be the last installment in a trilogy that started with 2016's Not The Actual Events and continued with 2017's Add Violence. Reznor said the final EP won't adhere to the band's original vision for the series because those initial ideas were "too predictable."

"We started out with a pretty rigid concept of what the three EPs were gonna be, having not written them all but having a kind of blueprint for the trajectory and the sound," Reznor said. 'It felt like we were forcing things, musically and storytelling-wise and the whole trajectory. The reason this has been a little bit delayed is' it took us a while for what has become the third EP to reveal itself to us." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Duff McKagen Jams With AWOLNATION

Guns N' Roses legend Duff McKagen was one of two very special surprise guests that took the stage during AWOLNATION's show last Thursday night in Los Angeles.

The band took the stage at the Wiltern Theatre on March 15th and invited McKagan to join them to perform a variety of songs including their 2011 hit "Sail," according to Radio.com.

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo also surprised the audience by jamming the 1988 Pixies' classic "Where is My Mind" with the group. The performances were captured by fans and can be seen here.

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Led Zeppelin Release Promo Video For West Was Won Reissue

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin have released an online stream of an unboxing video as a preview to the March 23 reissue of their 2003 live set, "How The West Was Won."

Featuring newly-remastered audio by producer/guitarist Jimmy Page, the collection delivers highlights from the band's legendary shows at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972, with the two nights sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end.

The project debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 and went on to earn Platinum status in the country. The remastered "How The Wast Was Won" will be available in multiple formats, including CD, digital, and the first-ever vinyl and Blu-ray Audio editions, with the Blu-ray containing hi-res 5.1 surround sound.

A Super Deluxe Boxed Set version includes 3CDs, 4LP, a DVD in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo plus photo gallery, and a high-def download card of all stereo audio content at 96kHz/24 bit and complemented with a book of rare and previously unpublished photos of the band at each of the concert locations, and presented with a high-quality print of the original album cover - the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered. Read more and watch the video here.

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Judas Priest Earn First UK Top 10 Album In 38 Years

(hennemusic) Heavy metal legends Judas Priest have scored their first UK Top 10 album in 38 years as their brand new effort "Firepower" debuts at No. 5 on the Offical Charts.

The veteran band's eighteenth studio album also marks only their second appearance ever in the UK Top 10 and first since 1980's "British Steel" peaked at No. 4.

"Firepower" was co-produced by Tom Allom and Andy Sneap - a UK rocker known for his guitar work with Sabbat and Hell who is now touring with the band in place of Glenn Tipton following news of his battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Sneap made his live debut with Judas Priest on March 13 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA when they launched their 2018 world tour - watch videos of opening night here.

"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" here.

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Portugal. the Man Get Remixed By Weird Al Yankovic

Since the 1980s one major sign of success for any band or music artist has been to receive the "Weird Al" Yankovic treatment and Portugal. The Man have just entered that elite club. Radio.com reports:

The Alaskan alt-rockers have shared two new "Weird Al" Yankovic remixes of hits "Feel it Still" and "Live in the Moment," and Yankovic clearly made the most of the opportunity.

Both tracks have been energized with stomping tuba rhythms and Yankovic's signature accordion melodies, turning them into polka party anthems. Take a listen here.

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Rob Zombie Releases Preview Video For New Box Set

(hennemusic) Rob Zombie has released a stream of a video promo preview for his forthcoming career-spanning 15LP vinyl box set ahead of its release on March 30th.

The limited-edition box set (1,000 copies worldwide) delivers 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 441kHz/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 - as can be seen in a newly-issued video. Watch the video here.

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Liz Phair Announces 'Exile In Guyville' 25th Anniversary Box Set

(Gibson) To commemorate the 25th anniversary of her seminal debut record, rocker Liz Phair will release an exclusive 7-LP box set titled Girly-Sound to Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set.

The set will include the now legendary demo tapes Phair recorded as 'Girly-Sound.' The tapes helped her score her record deal with Matador Records and some of the music would eventually find their way onto Exile in Guyville.

The newly-restored sets from the 1991 cassettes will be issued as Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word to Ya Mutha,Girls! Girls! Girls!, andSooty and will be part of a massive set that will also include a remastered version of Exile in Guyville, plus a book containing unreleased photographs, artwork and essays by Phair, as well as by music journalist Ann Powers. Read more here.

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Myles Kennedy's Cover Of Elton John Classic Goes Online

(hennemusic) Myles Kennedy delivers an unplugged performance of the 1971 Elton John classic, "Levon", for SiriusXM Octane in a new video issued by the satellite radio service.

"It's probably one of my favorite songs of all time," explains the singer. "This was a song I remember hearing when we were leaving Boston on our way to Wisconsin. I remember being in the back of our red Volkswagen station wagon, hearing this song, hearing 'Philadelphia Freedom'Elton John was a big one, early on, for me as a kid. I remember being drawn to his music."

The lead single from John's fourth album, "Madman Across The Water", reached No. 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the project peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 2 million in the country.

On hand to promote his newly-released solo debut, "Year Of The Tiger", the Alter Bridge singer can also be seen playing the title track in footage from the recent SiriusXM session. Check out the videos here.

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Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell Launching New Vegas Experience

(Radio.com) Jane's Addiction Perry Farrell frontman has unveiled Kind Heaven, an immersive experience that he will present in Las Vegas with a launch date of August 2019.

Farrell revealed his plans for Kind Heaven this week (March 15) with a press conference about the project that's categorized as "a complete playground for the senses, featuring multiple musical stages, 40 food stations, bars and much, much more" (via Forbes). The idea is to update the live music experience into "immersive theater."

"What we're doing, in all honesty, to simplify it, is we're creating a new scene. And scenes, as we know, always are built around music," Farrell explained about the Kind Heaven concept.

"Youth counterculture goes out to experience nightlife, listen to music, dance, socialize and in the last 50 years, since I've been alive, it's gone from rock and roll to hair metal to metal to alternative or punk rock, disco, EDM and now bottle service and now what cause I'm not going out of my house now," he added. "I don't want to go and pay $2,000 for a bottle of vodka. It's not interesting. But if you told me, 'Come out, you can walk around and you have a chance to experience for the course of two hours, or two days if you want, every square inch of that building is thought with kindness, excitement in mind.' So there's never a moment that doesn't fill your ears or your eyes or your palate. We have 40 stations to grab street food. All these spots will be sprinkled over the five stories, chance for teas, drinks, food, alcohol." Read more here.

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Neil Young Working On A New Sci-Fi Novel

(Radio.com) Neil Young is more than just a prolific folk-rock icon: He's a movie star, tech entrepreneur and writer whose autobiography Waging Heavy Peace earned him comparisons to Stephen King.

While Young promotes his new film Paradox (directed by his girlfriend Daryl Hannah) at SXSW in Austin, he revealed that he's working on another book--and this time, it's a sci-fi novel.

He treated fans to a brief synopsis of the work, titled Canary. According to the "Unknown Legend" singer, the story follows "a guy who gets busted for a crime." The protagonist uncovers corruption at the power company where he works and sabotages their plot.

"He discovers the solar company he works for is a hoax," Young said. "And they're not really using solar. They're using this st the guy who's doing this has come up with a way to make bad fuel, the bad energy, this really ugly terrible stuff, and he's figured out a way to genetically create these animals that st, that gives the energy to make the [fuel]. So he's created this new species. But the species escapes. So it's a fin' mess. It's a long story. So it's a novel." Read more here.

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