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Angus Young Writing New AC/DC Album To Feature Axl Rose?

Angus Young reportedly told Rose Tattoo's Angry Anderson that he is planning to make a brand new AC/DC album that will feature Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose.

Anderson revealed during an interview The Rock Pit that he had a conversation with the famed AC/DC guitarist while his band was supporting Guns N' Roses during their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour.

Rose Tattoo asked Angus what he planned to do with Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd and Malcolm Young no longer part of the group lineup and Anderson says that Young responded "Mate, I'm writing a new album."

When he asked Angus who else will be in the band, the guitarist responded "Axl". Angry continued, "Yes it's sad that the original lineup aren't there anymore but it's the songs - people who have supported [AC/DC] all the way through their career, they want to hear the songs."

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Glenn Tipton Returns To Judas Priest For Encore Performance

(hennemusic) Glenn Tipton rejoined his Judas Priest bandmates to perform a three-song encore during the band's March 20 show at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, and video from the event is streaming online.

Tipton - who recently announced his retirement from the road following a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease - was greeted with thunderous applause from fans for his first appearance during the band's "Firepower" world tour, where he performed the group's classic tracks "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight."

"Firepower" co-producer Andy Sneap recently stepped into the Judas Priest lineup as Tipton's choice to take over his touring duties, while leaving the door open for possible random appearances on the 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," Tipton explained recently. "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." Check out videos of the encore jams here.

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Bruce Springsteen Adds Over 80 Shows To Broadway Run

(Radio.com) Due to overwhelming demand, Bruce Springsteen has extended his wildly successful 'Springsteen On Broadway" show at The Walter Kerr Theatre through the end of the year.

Eighty-one additional shows will go on sale for performances July 10th through December 15th, marking the third time 'Springsteen on Broadway" has been extended since its initial eight-week run.

The final performance is now set for December 15, 2018. Tickets for the newly-announced 'Springsteen on Broadway" shows will go on sale Wednesday, March 28th at 11am ET. Read more here.

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Panic! At The Disco Announce New Album and Release Say Amen Video

Panic! At The Disco had a busy Wednesday. Not only did the band announce their brand new album "Pray For The Wicked", they also released a music video for their latest single from the effort.

The band recorded the new album with producer Jake Sinclair and set a June 22nd release date for the effort. The new video is for the song "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" and was directed by their longtime collaborator Daniel "Cloud" Campos and Spencer Susser.

The new clip can be streamed here and is prequel to the videos for "This Is Gospel" and "Emperor's New Clothes" with the three comprising a trilogy. Read more here.

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Steven Tyler Day In Nashville For Film Festival Doc Premiere

(hennemusic) The Steven Tyler documentary, "Out On A Limb", will see its world premiere when it opens the 49th Nashville Film Festival on May 10. In sync with the film's world premiere, Nashville Mayor David Briley has proclaimed May 10 as "Steven Tyler Day" in the city.

The project traces the Aerosmith singer's path during the creation of his 2016 debut country solo studio album, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere", and the accompanying "Out On A Limb" tour.

Directed by Casey Tebo, the doc is billed as "an intimate portrait of the rock icon as he embraces the challenges of shifting gears, both as a solo performer and in a new genre of music. Uncovering a side of Tyler many fans have never seen before, this inspiring story looks at the passion, drive and search for creative fulfillment that keeps artists pushing boundaries throughout their careers."

"Nashville is a key part of my musical journey and has had an influential place in my career, so this recognition from the city is a tremendous honor," says Tyler. "I'm also so touched that the Nashville Film Festival selected 'Steven Tyler: Out On A Limb' to kick off opening night of this year's event with our world premiere." Read more here.

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Snow Patrol Release 'Don't Give In' Video

Snow Patrol have released a music video for their brand new track "Don't Give In." The song is the lead single from their forthcoming album ""Wildness", which is set to hit stores on May 25th.

Gary Lightbody had the following to say about the new track,: "'Don't Give In' was originally about a friend going through a tough time but the more I wrote into it I realized it was about me and the struggle of making the album - which took 5 years and was not easy - coupled with the struggle with depression I've had since I was a kid, so it has become the talisman of the album. The song that became a self-fulfilling prophecy."

The band also announced that will be releasing a special limited edition 10" vinyl of of "Don't Give In" that will backed with album track "Life On Earth" for Record Store Day on April 21st. Watch the video here.

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Liam Gallagher Announces North American Solo Tour

(hennemusic) Former Oasis star Liam Gallagher has announced a series of spring concert dates across North America in support of his solo album debut, "As You Were."

The singer will be joined by ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft for the week-long run, which will hit seven major cities on the continent beginning May 10 in San Francisco, CA.

"As You Were" topped the UK album charts upon its release last fall and reached No. 30 on the US Billboard 200. The former Oasis frontman worked on the project with producers Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck) and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Mumford And Sons). See the dates here.

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Jack White CBS Radio On-Air Special Preview Released

(Radio.com) On Thursday, March 22, Jack White's taking over Radio.com's airwaves. But we couldn't make you wait until then to get your fix. Here's a taste of what's to come Thursday night--ahead of White's album release this Friday.

That's right, Boarding House Reach drops Friday March 23, and his own Third Man Records calls the album his 'most ambitious work thus far." Translation: Jack White's pushing the boundaries and creating sounds we didn't know were capable of existing.

We agree, from 'Connected By Love" and 'Respect Commander" to 'Corporation" and 'Over and Over and Over." Thursday night's on-air special will feature EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCES of these songs and more.

As Jack explains it, "Over and Over and Over" began in 2005. There was an attempt at recording it as a White Stripes song. And a Raconteurs song. And a Dead Weather song. And as a JAY-Z collaboration (!). And as a previous solo effort. But sometimes, you just need a year or 13 before it all finally clicks, and White told us all about its origination in this exclusive sneak peek: Listen live ON AIR late-night on Thursday, March 22 for the full interview and exclusive performances of some of his new tracks and classic hits. Read more here.

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Pearl Jam Items From 'Do the Evolution' Video Being Sold Online

(Radio.com) For the Pearl Jam fan who has everything, Collectionz is about to offer some things you don't. Original storyboard and cells from the band's 1998 video "Do the Evolution" will be available for purchase through a special online sale.

The animated clip featured the work of more than 60 artists and technicians in Los Angles and Seoul, Korea, including Todd McFarlane (who directed the clip), Kevin Altieri, Joe Pearson, Terry Fitzgerald, Jim Mitchell and Brad Coombs and many more.

The items being offered on the first sale date of March 28 at 2pm EDT range from $100 sketches up to the $1500 "Death Girl Package." Additional items and sale dates will be announced. Read more and watch the iconic visual here.

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Mark Knopfler Writing Songs For Local Hero Musical

(Gibson) Mark Knopfler's next project is a stage musical. He is writing new music and the lyrics for a new stage musical based on the award-winning 1983 film Local Hero. Knopfler composed and produced the soundtrack to the original movie, written and directed by Scottish film-maker Bill Forsyth, while he was still fronting Dire Straits.

The new stage play of Local Hero is scheduled to open at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, U.K., in the spring of 2019. Local Hero tells the story of a young American oil-company rep who is sent to northern Scotland to negotiate the purchase of a small seaside town where his firm plans to build a refinery. Forsyth is co-writing the book for the stage production with

"Local Hero is one of those great Scottish stories that has captured the imaginations of people across the world, it has been one of my favorite films since I first saw it as a teenager," says David Greig, The Lyceum's artistic director in a statement. "To have the chance to revisit these wonderful characters to help create a musical is an absolute delight, but to be working alongside Bill Forsyth and Mark Knopfler… is a dream come true." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Octopus' Supernatural Alliance

Detroit psychedelic hard rockers Octopus are gearing up to releasing their new album "Supernatural Alliance" on March 30th and to celebrate we asked J Frezzato to tell us about the title track. Here is the story:

I was just smoking a cigarette on the driveway, before driving to band practice, and I pulled out my phone and recorded the riff, I was just humming, Danana danana nuh. So I took that to practice and I said here's the new song. I had the second riff, too. That's all we had. We made up the chorus on the spot.

We didn't have a verse, though. We had this other part that wasn't really working, so it hit the scrap pile for a while. But then one day, I was listening through some riffs I had recorded on the guitar, and there was the solo and the verse riff. I was, like, oh, these are in B. Maybe they'll work with that song we stopped playing.

And they fit. It really is all one song, but sometimes you're working on a song in pieces and you don't realize it. That's why you gotta record any idea that comes along, because you never know what's what until you have some distance.

It's probably easier if you write consciously, but we don't like to do that. We just grab ideas and hang onto the ones we like, and eventually, you figure out what the hell it is. You have to accept the idea that this sh*t is coming from somewhere else. You're just a radio, tuning into some station, and then you have to figure out how it all goes together.

Smoking cigarettes is a big help, though, I'll tell you. Keeps you busy while your deeper brain does the heavy lifting.

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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