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Journey's Neal Schon Has Organ Removed In Emergency Surgery

Journey guitarist Neal Schon underwent emergency surgery late last week to have his "inflamed-infected gallbladder" removed and reports that he is doing much better.

The legendary musician tweeted on Saturday. "Had to go into ER last night very inflamed-infected Gallbladder taken out and honestly couldn't feel better ? Just need a few days. I've apparently had this for the last 3 1/2 years and didn't know it! I thought it was parasites. I'm feeling better then ever. CU soon Friends!"

He followed up with, "I'd like to thank Dr Minnis for doing such an amazing job and All Marin General Hospital for Being incredibly Kind Ros- Keith & My beautiful Wife Michaele for alway continually being by my side and showing me what love really is" here.

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Tool Frontman Reveals Album Release Date Target

Following a false start where a member said that Tool's long awaited new studio album would be arriving in April, frontman Maynard James Keenan reveals when fans can expect the record to arrive.

Keenan took to Twitter last Friday to share the following, "Update- Midway through mixing. Most likely be a few recalls. Then some arguing. Then Mastering, Artwork, Video, Special Packaging, etc."

He then added the news that fans have been waiting for, "Best Ballpark Guess- Release date somewhere between Mid May and Mid July. More focused updates to follow as we progress. @tool #simplemath" here.

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Don't Count Out Idea Of Nickelback Making A Metal Album

Imagine for a moment that Nickelback decided to go to 11 by recording a metal album, even possibly a Slayer tribute record. The idea isn't as far fetched as it might seem and one member says that fans shouldn't count it out.

Bassist Mike Kroeger spoke about the possibility with Wall Of Sound and shared his and his bandmates love of metal and his desire to explore making the heavy rock that fuels him.

The interviewer mentioned that the group's "Feed The Machine" album had heavier and prog elements to it and they asked Mike is he would consider making an heavier album with metal tones. He responded, "I would love to. Metal is what makes me go, it's what I listen to without fail.

"If we could actually sink in and do a metal album, all four of us would love it. I know that we're all - on differing scales - metalheads at our core. We all know everything about the Big Four - Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer.

"I would do a Slayer cover album if I could. That's where my heart lies. There are just never enough hours in the day to do everything, but let's just say I wouldn't count it out." here.

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Man Arrested For Breaking Into John Mellencamp's House

(hennemusic) A man was arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department last Thursday, February 7th, for breaking into the Indiana home of John Mellencamp.

According to The Seymour Tribune, police responded to an alarm at the residence at 6 a.m. after Robert Carter drove through an entry gate and kicked in the door of the rocker's home, where he was found and taken into custody.

Police say Carter admitted to kicking in the door of the primary residence, and told officers he was there to "arrest Mellencamp for supporting a government" which Carter did not support.

No one was at the home at the time of the incident. Carter was arrested on a Level 4 felony charge of burglary, a Level 6 felony charge of residential entry and a Level 6 felony charge of criminal trespassing; a Level 4 felony carries a sentence of between two and 12 years, if convicted.

Police confirmed that Carter had also been arrested the day before the incident at Mellencamp's on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a handgun without a license after his recent social media posts prompted an advisory to law enforcement to be watchful of him, according to a news release. here.

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Slipknot and Korn Planning Summer Tours

Fans can expect Slipknot and Korn to hit the road in North America this summer, according to an announcement from Live Nation about their 2019 Ticket to Rock program.

The tour promotion company announced the special program that gives fans access to several concerts at the same venue all for the price of one ticket. With 3 show packages starting at $59 and 4 concert option in select cities that include Shinedown and Slayer as low as $69.

Other acts that are part of the promotion include Alice in Chains, Breaking Benjamin, Behemoth, Chevelle, Gojira, Underoath and Volbeat and the tickets went on sale this past Friday. See the list of venues here.

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Another Clue To AC/DC Return Discovered

Speculation is running high that AC/DC have regrouped to record a new album and it appears that the lineup not only includes the return of frontman Brian Johnson and drummer Phil Rudd, but also Cliff Williams.

Williams announced his retirement at the conclusion of the band's Rock Or Bust Tour but a photo that was posted on social media back in December is making headlines this week.

The image was shared on Instagram late last year and shows Johnson and Williams at the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver, Canada which is near the recording studio where the legendary band worked on their previous three studio albums.

Photos began to surface last summer showing various members of the band in the city, including lead guitarist Angus Young, Rudd, Johnson and rhythm guitarist Stevie Young (who replaced the late Malcolm Young).

The band has yet to officially confirm that they have regrouped or have been working on a new album but the band Terrorizer shared late last month, "We ran into Brian Johnson from ACDC at the airport today after the flight home and we asked him about the rumors of him being on the new ACDC album and he said 'Yes' and that he is 'Sick of denying it'. So that was a cool surprise ending to the tour." here.

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Robert Plant Returning To Site Of Historic Led Zeppelin Performance

Robert Plant will be returning to the site of a historic Led Zeppelin performance after 49 years when he and his band The Sensational Space Shifters headline the Secret Solstice Festival.

The music festival will be taking place Sunday, June 23rd in Reykjavík, Iceland and is taking place during the midnight sun weekend, where the sun does not set over the country for 24 hours.

Led Zeppelin performed at the Laugardalsholl arena in Reykjavik in 1970 for a cultural exchange program and it is said that the visit inspired Plant to write the lyrics to the LZ classic "Immigrant Song". here.

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Rolling Stones Add Date To No Filter Tour

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have added a lone Canadian date to their 2019 No Filter tour. The band will perform at a Canada Rocks event at Burl's Creek Event Grounds in the Central Ontario town of Oro Medonte, just north of the city of Barrie and approximately 90 minutes north of Toronto.

The concert falls on the Saturday of the Canada Day long weekend, when the country will celebrate its 152nd birthday on July 1.

The 600-acre site expects to see close to 70,000 fans of the legendary band attend the show, according to event producers Republic Live. "Canada Rocks with The Rolling Stones is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world's greatest rock and roll band," Republic Live d director of booking and development Lisa Zechmeister tells Orillia Matters. "Through the continued support of the Simcoe and Oro-Medonte community, we have been able to develop Burl's Creek into a world-class property capable of hosting rock and roll's most prolific act.

"This show on the Canada Day weekend will no doubt be the hottest ticket in the country and we expect fans to travel from all over the world, as well as every province and territory to see the only Canadian show on this tour." Watch the promo video for the new show and see all of the announced dates

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Heart Reuniting For North American Tour

(hennemusic) It appears that Ann and Nancy Wilson have worked out their differences as Heart will reunite for the first time in three years when they head out on a tour of North America this summer.

The Seattle band went on an extended hiatus following an August 2016 incident that saw singer Ann Wilson's husband, Dean Wetter, involved in altercation with guitarist Nancy Wilson's children backstage during a hometown show in Seattle, WA; Wetter eventually plead guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault and was put on two years of probation with no contact with his nephews.

Following a solo record by Ann and a release by Wilson's new outfit, Roadcase Royale, the Wilson sisters will return to the road together for a 39-city trek that will begin at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO on July 9.

Billed as the "Love Alive" tour after the group's track from 1977's "Little Queen", the series will see Heart joined by openers including Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Brandi Carlile, Elle King and Lucie Silvas.

"I think the tour will spark some positive new energy as we rediscover some of our iconic songs and also some fan favorites," says Nancy. "Calling the tour 'Love Alive' was something Ann and I felt instantly good about. We have always had many love-themed mottos along the way like 'Love Rules,' 'Love Wins,' 'Love is It' - and, of course, it's a very cool song as well."

"Both Nancy and I have stretched our wings in life these last three years," adds Ann. "We've both lived and loved. We have breathed and traveled and experienced life. We come to this tour with fresh energy and oxygen." See the dates

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David Glen Eisley and Bob Kulick Revisit 'Sweet Victory'

(Kayos) With the passing of Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg in November 2018, a petition via Change.org urging fans to rally behind a Super Bowl performance of the triumphant anthem "Sweet Victory" written by David Glen Eisley and Bob Kulick, initiated a groundswell of interest.

Inspired by the rampant upswing of fan appreciation, Eisley and Kulick have re-recorded the song, as well as created an orchestral version, which was recently released via digital music retailers.

Originally featured in the 2001 episode "Band Geeks," "Sweet Victory" garnered over 1.2 million signatures on the petition, in hopes that the song would be performed as a tribute to Hillenburg's legacy. The excitement led Maroon 5 to include a Spongebob teaser in a halftime show promo clip on their Twitter feed.

Sadly, Maroon 5 did not play "Sweet Victory" at the SuperBowl, but the song nevertheless triumphed. According to Billboard, streams of the songs jumped 566% after the cameo. Get both new versions here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Remains Hospitalized

(hennemusic) As Ozzy Osbourne remains in a Los Angeles hospital battling complications from the flu, his wife and manager Sharon shared an update on the legendary rocker's progress on Tuesday.

"He's doing good. He's breathing on his own," revealed Sharon on her return to the daytime show, "The Talk", after spending the past week monitoring her husband's health care. "He's overcome by the response he's had."

Following the broadcast, Osbourne also tweeted a message of thanks to fans and friends. "Thank you to everyone for all your get well messages and support for Ozzy," wrote Sharon. "We are overwhelmed and truly touched by everyone's thoughtfulness."

The 70-year-old singer was admitted to hospital last week on doctor's orders in an effort to speed up his recovery after he was diagnosed with a severe upper-respiratory infection. Read more here.

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Video From Rare KISS Club Show Goes Online

(hennemusic) KISS performed their first club show in over twenty years on February 11 when they appeared for the very first time at the famed Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA, and video from the event has surfaced online.

Rolling Stone reports the band entered the venue by walking across Sunset Boulevard in full makeup and costume to commemorate the rare evening, while the club's marquee referenced the band's origins as it read: "SiriusXM Presents Wicked Lester."

Fans lined up hours before the gig to try to score an invite to the invitation-only show for SiriusXM subscribers and VIPs, which began with guitarist and longtime supporter Tom Morello arriving onstage to mimic the group's famous intro from 1977's "Alive II" - "You wanted the best and you got the best!"

KISS delievered a 70-minute set that drew heavily from their 1974-77 heyday, which made up 8 of the night's 12 songs. "This stage is so small, I have to leave to change my mind," frontman Paul Stanley quipped onstage at the 500-capacity room.

The Whisky show was recorded for broadcast on KISS' limited-run specialty SiriusXM channel, KISS Army Radio - which will run on channel 30 from February 4-17; the concert will also be rebroadcast on Howard Stern's Howard 101 channel on Friday, February 15 at 9:00pm ET. Watch video from the show here.

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Pearl Jam Named 2019 Record Store Day Ambassador

Organizers of Record Store Day have announced that they have selected grunge veterans Pearl Jam to be the ambassador for the annual event which will be taking place on April 13th.

RSD organizers said, "We couldn't be more pleased. Not just because, like easily two generations of fans, we love Pearl Jam. Or because Pearl Jam have ten studio albums, hundreds of unique live performance releases and official live concert bootleg releases under their belts. Or because 2017 saw them inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame."

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready added, "Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me, and have been ever since I was 12 years-old. Before I even really knew what they were -- there was a certain feeling of 'this is a dream come true,' and it's a wonderland and there's so much to learn in here... and it's still that way.

"Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it. And it helps people who work here and that's important, too. And it kind of takes an effort, you have to look for something that you want; you have to talk to people. I had to talk to people to figure out which Aerosmith record to get first or anything back in the day. It's a place to learn. It's a place to have fun. And it's a place to discover new music.

"Come out on Record Store Day, but also make it Record Store Year." here.

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Coheed and Cambria and Mastodon Announce North American Tour

Coheed and Cambria have announced that they will be teaming up with Mastodon to launch The Unheavenly Skye Tour across North America this spring and summer.

The tour is scheduled to hit 26 cities beginning on May 28th where they will be kicking things off in Louisville, KY at the Iroquois Amphitheater and they have recruited Every Time I Die as the support act for all of the dates.

The tour will be special for Mastodon fans with the band planning to perform their "Crack the Skye" in full at the shows, which conclude with a concert on July 3rd in Irving, TX at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. See the dates here.

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Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess Streams Song From New Solo Album

Acclaimed Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess is streaming his new track "Wired For Madness Pt 1.3". The song comes from his forthcoming solo album, "Wired For Madness", which is set to hit stores on April 19th.

Jordan is joined on the album by drummer Marco Minnemann, Dream Theater singer James LaBrie, guitarists Vinnie Moore, Guthrie Govan, Joe Bonamassa and Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci.

Check out "Wired For Madness Pt 1.3" here. Rudess had this to say about another track from the album, "'Just Can't Win' is a dirty blues song! The Dream Theater guys call me 'Blues Man' because, at 8 AM, after sleeping on the tour bus, I sound like a reincarnation of an old blues man soul. I called in Joe Bonamassa and a full brass section to help make this song really happen. For my prog fans, this is Jordan Rudess in an alternate universe!" See the tracklist here.

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Dave Grohl Surgery Behind Foo Fighters Postponements

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl revealed at a recent event that the reason the band canceled two shows this week was because he had to have surgery on his left arm.

The band was scheduled to play the opening shows at the Fillmore New Orleans on February 15th and 16th but announced earlier this month that they had to push back those appearances until May 15th and 16th due to an unspecified injury to a band member.

Grohl revealed the nature of the injury to the audience at the Pollstar Live conference in Los Angeles during a conversation with Live Nation president and CEO Michael Rapino.

He told the crowd (via Billboard), "This is something I've had to deal with for a long time and it's not the end of the world but I did have to have surgery on my arm because I need it to pay the rent. I knew I had to fix my arm at some point and I went ahead and did it."

He added, "It's funny having surgery because you actually get a little bit of rest. Right before they wheeled me in [for surgery] the guys said 'hey, we're going to give you something that's going to make you feel really good' and I thought I finally get to take a nap." here.

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Former Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist Extremely Ill In Hospital ICU

Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Bernie Torme is currently in a hospital intensive care unit, according to a post on his Facebook account on Wednesday.

Someone from his camp shared the following update on the social media site, "Bernie Torme is extremely ill in intensive care with virulent double pneumonia. We ask for your prayers."

Torme played with Ozzy for a shorttime on the Diary Of A Madman Tour. He was brought in by Jet Records for the dates in the wake of the tragic death of Randy Rhodes.

Bernie rose to fame as the guitarist for Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan's solo band and recorded several albums with the legendary singer prior to taking the short gig with Ozzy. here.

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Musicians Outraged Over Vinnie Paul Grammy Snub

A number of musicians have expressed their outrage after late Pantera legend Vinnie Paul was excluded from the Grammys' 'In Memoriam' segment last week.

Many music starts took to social media to share their displeasure after the legendary drummer and multiple Grammy nominated musician was not featured with other music stars who were lost in the past year. Here are some of the highlights:

Former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum shared "Vinnie Paul Being left out was another travesty and the reality of the Grammys. Fans of most of those artists are looking for the latest thing . Vinnie has loyal fans in the millions that will live on well beyond that event."

Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez posted "Even though we lost, I had a great Grammy weekend full of events and cool people. But my only bitch about it was how in the F*** do you leave out 4 time nominee Vinnie Paul out of the In Memorium. They did the same sh*t with Layne. Hard fumble."


All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte was very unhappy at the Grammy Awards in general as well. He wrote, "Rock n metal act like the abused in an abusive relationship with the Grammys. They nominate bands n everyone is all excited 'ooo, look! The Grammys approve of us now, we'll be respected!' Then they slap the sh*t out of rock n metal."

Trivium's Matt Heafy shared "I am a Grammy nominee. But I would not be a Grammy nominee or in a band or into Metal without Vinnie Paul Abbott. Dear @RecordingAcad - the Metal category is hardly recognized at your awards, and you left out an In Memoriam artist who is responsible for shaping Metal and rock." here.

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Judas Priest Forced To Cancel Historic Shows

Heavy metal icons Judas Priest broke the bad news to fans that they were forced to cancel the planned historic first shows of their long career in South Africa next month.

The band were set to perform in Cape Town on March 20th and Johannesburg on the 22nd but shared the following update, "Due to circumstances totally beyond our control we are extremely sorry to have to announce that because of logistical and technical reasons the South African shows have been cancelled.

"We are very disappointed that this has happened as we were looking forward to performing in South Africa for our fans there for the first time - we have been touring the world for nearly 50 years and have always honored our commitments - we are all very upset about this situation." here.

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Def Leppard Going Vegas Again This Summer

(hennemusic) Def Leppard have announced details for their second Las Vegas residency. Following a 2013 series entitled "Viva Hysteria!", the UK rockers return late this summer to perform "Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency" at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

The 12-show event will run from August 14 - September 7 and include three shows each week, with Friday and Saturday concerts throughout the schedule. "Five years ago, we played our first-ever residency in Las Vegas which was relatively new ground for a rock band giving this kind of experience... I have to say, we really enjoyed it!," raves singer Joe Elliott. "Being in one place for the best part of a month is vastly different to our normal city to city touring routine. Breaking this cycle adds another element to the experience for both us and the audience. We look forward to seeing you at the Zappos Theater this summer!"

"Planet Hollywood transformed the entertainment landscape in Las Vegas with the first pop residency," adds Caesars Entertainment President Of Eentertainment Jason Gastwirth. "We are proud to be at the forefront of rock residencies as well and treat the city's visitors to a new type of experience with Def Leppard." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Hope To Get New Album Out Soon

The reunited lineup of Guns N' Roses have hopes to return to the studio to do some more recording and get a new album soon, according to guitarist Richard Fortus.

He made the revelation during a recent interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and when asked about plans the band, which features the reunited lineup of Slash, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan, Fortus responded: "Slash is on tour right now. Once he gets back from that, we're gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we'll get back to touring."

Slash is currently touring with his solo band and has a short break from mid-March through May before returning to the road through the summer. Richard's new comment echo what he told KSHE late last year, "We're going to try... try and do another record, get it out soon." And later added, "I think it'll happen faster than you think. I sure hope it happens faster than you think." here.

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Aerosmith Hollywood Walk Of Fame Ceremony Postponed

(hennemusic) Aerosmith's scheduled February 14 Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony was postponed due to severe weather, frontman Steven Tyler revealed to fans via social media.

"Folks, we tried to get our star today... but its underwater and we forgot our scuba gear!!," tweeted Steven Tyler. "New date for @hwdwalkoffame coming soon!! Stay tuned and stay dry! We love and thank you all!"

The legendary Boston band was set to be recognized in the category of Recording with a landmark at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the Musician's Institute.

Tyler was scheduled to be joined by actress Sharon Stone in speaking at the event, which is now postponed until further notice. Read more

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Paul McCartney Announces Special Limited Edition Release

Beatles legend Paul McCartney has announced that he will be releasing a very special limited edition box set version of his "Egypt Station" album on May 10th.

Only 3000 copies of "Egypt Station Traveller's Edition" will be produced and will be presented in a individually numbered vintage style suitcase, which will include exclusive bonus material.

The one-time only pressing will include the chart topping album, along with previously unreleased songs, rarities and performance footage hidden inside. Find more details here.

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Scorpions Hit New Milestone As They Plot Next Album

The Scorpions have hit a new milestone after their classic hit song "No One Like You" hit 7 Million all-time streams on the Apple Music service, the iconic band revealed on social media.

The song was originally released in March of 1982 from the band's eight studio album "Blackout". The track topped Billboard's Rock Track chart at the end of May of that year with the video of the clip enjoying a healthy amount of play on MTV at the time.

This news comes as the band is reportedly planning to record their next studio album with a "famous" producer. Guitarist Rudolf Schenker revealed the plans to Headbangers Lifestyle in an interview late last year.

He said, "We will meet again in the New Year and everybody will come and bring in ideas in the studio. We already found a producer to record with. A famous and well-known personality... No, I'm not gonna say who he is... really not! But we are all very excited to produce a new, historic rock 'n' roll album."

Rudolf also revealed that the band was inspired to make a new album by the addition of former Motorhead drummer Mikky Dee to their lineup. He said, "Why we have this idea of recording a new album is because Mikkey became, let's say, a great force for Scorpions.

"When we were fighting for a change and [trying to] get us back on track with the band, and it didn't work, we found Mikkey. Mikkey just fits perfectly into the chemistry of Scorpions. Plus, he is a very creative person. That means we have now the chance to make an album that is special and fresh."

The band has yet to officially confirm the new album plans but they have announced a string of live dates across Europe this summer and an appearance at Rock In Rio in October. here.

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Whitesnake Release New Video And Confirm Album Details

(hennemusic) Whitesnake are premiering a video for "Shut Up & Kiss Me", the lead single from their forthcoming album, "Flesh & Blood." The band also revealed more details about the album release.

"We've got some really dark energy going on in the world right now, so we're gonna write and record a fun, knees up, song about falling in love with a fabulous babe," says David Coverdale. "You're over-talking, over-compensating and she just looks at you, takes the reins and says, 'Shut Up And Kiss Me!' and that's it!!

"My video director and creative partner Tyler Bourns and I discussed a great storyline for the video, which involves a surprise guest: my fabulous old white Jaguar. We ended up cleaning and detailing it, as it has been in storage since I moved to Lake Tahoe, then we dusted off my old turquoise silk jacket from the original 'Here I Go Again' video and I was thinking, "man, this is going to be fun!" It's a respectful acknowledgment and positive nod to the past, just fun stuff."

Due May 10, the band's thirteenth studio set presents 13 new tracks with Coverdale joined by a lineup featuring guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin, keyboardist Michele Luppi and drummer Tommy Aldridge.

"Flesh & Blood" will be released in multiple formats, including CD, CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, 2LP sets in various colors, and a Super Luxury Boxset, which will deliver the CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, 2LP, a poster and a numbered lithograph.

Whitesnake will perform tunes from the project when they launch a spring US tour in Newkirk, OK on April 12. Watch the video

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