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Gene Simmons Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit

(hennemusic) KISS co-founder and bassist Gene Simmons has settled a lawsuit alleging sexual battery, gender violence, battery and assault against a female radio and television broadcaster.

Billboard reports court filings indicate Simmons and the plaintiff, identified as "Jane Doe," announced to Los Angeles County Supreme Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy on July 2 their case had been settled.

The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed; another hearing is set for August 10 to dismiss the case. The December 2017 suit alleges the 68-year-old rocker made unwarranted sexual advances during a November 1 interview at the San Manuel Casino location of a new Rock & Brews restaurant with co-owners Simmons and bandmate Paul Stanley.

The San Bernardino Sun previously reported that - according to the lawsuit - during an interview which occurred on a couch in a designated "green room," Simmons reached over and grabbed the woman's hand and "forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee." The lawsuit states the woman immediately removed her hand from Simmons' knee, but he continued his "unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances" by reaching for the woman's hand again.

"Defendant Simmons turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos, which made plaintiff Jane Doe extremely uncomfortable," according to the lawsuit, noting that Simmons grabbed the woman's hand again, made a cooing sound and said she "must use lotion" before making another sexual innuendo. He then "forcibly flicked/struck" the woman in the middle of her throat, then provided an "incoherent explanation" for doing it after noticing the woman's shock, according to the lawsuit.

Following the interview, the woman posed with Simmons for a promotional photograph. That's when Simmons "reached toward Plaintiff Doe's buttocks and touched it," according to the lawsuit. "Again, Plaintiff Doe kept her composure and discreetly moved away," the lawsuit states. "They took the pictures, but Plaintiff Doe declined the invitation to 'stay around.'" Read more

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Def Leppard Guitarist Explains Why He Left Tour

(hennemusic) Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen reveals the reason behind his recent absence from the group's co-headlining North American tour with Journey in a new interview with Mitch Lafon.

The UK band advised fans at their May 25 stop in Hershey, PA that the rocker had left the trek to deal with "a family emergency",
with the group bringing in Trixter guitarist Steve Brown to handle Collen's duties for the show in Hershey and appearances in Buffalo, NY (May 26) and Cleveland, OH (May 28) ahead of his return in Cincinnati, OH on May 30.

Now, Collen says his departure to be with family was due to complications his wife, Helen, endured while giving birth to the couple's son, Jackson. "She actually died and they brought her back to life," Collen tells Lafon. "[There was] internal bleeding and just craziness. ... So I was actually on tour and when this happened. I obviously had to go to California [to be with her]."

Collen says he was confident that Brown - who played a similar backup role with Def Leppard in 2014 while guitarist Vivian Campbell was off the road to undergo treatment for cancer - would be able to jump in for him on short notice.

"I said, 'Steve, I know you know Viv's parts,'" recalled Collen, adding that the rocker "sings great; he can do all of this stuff. So he learned my parts, and my vocal parts, which is more serious than the guitar parts, I think. In our band, we have backing vocals - it's an instrument.... So it was a no-brainer. And I said, 'Can you step in for me?' Everyone was cool; they said, 'Go.' I went, and everything was fine."

"When your friends or you family need help, you do what you need to do to make it happen," Brown told Lafon. "When I got the call, [I said] give me an hour to pack my bags, and I was up in Albany, N.Y., within four hours." Read more

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Muse Announce Special Movie Theater Event

Muse have announced a special one night only movie theater event this Thursday (July 12th), where they will be screening their concert film "Drones World Tour" at cinemas around the world.

Matt Bellamy had the following to say about the film, which was captured during the band's 2016 world tour and features never-before-seen special effects:

"The Drones show reflects the mood and story of the album, we played for the first time in the round, and wanted a show that was stark and spectacular featuring cutting edge autonomous drone technology."

Find more details, including a list of participating theaters, here.

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Metallica Release Video From Stuttgart Show

(hennemusic) Metallica performed the 2016 track, "Halo On Fire", during the second of two concerts at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany on April 9, and the band are streaming professional footage from the event.

Part of a World Wired tour in support of their tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", the German stop was part of the group's spring 2018 European leg that wrapped up in Helsinki, Finland on May 11.

"WOW! As another amazing run of European shows comes to an end, we are a little speechless (when does that happen?) and stunned by the overwhelming response and outpouring of love you have all shown us!," posted Metallica. "After 39 shows in 29 cities in front of 650,000 of you crazy die-hard 'Tallica fans, we'll be packing up our gear and heading home for the summer.

"Along the way, you helped us break attendance records across the continent 29 times, sometimes breaking the record from show number one in a venue just two days later with the second show! It is staggering to us that all of this is still happening after 37 years as a band, and we could not be more honored."

"Lucky for us, we'll be back!!," adds the rockers. "Look for info in September about our return in May of 2019 for a run of stadiums through August. And already we cannot wait! Until then, Thank You!!"

Metallica will return to the stage for a fall North American run that begins in Madison, WI on September 2. Watch the video

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Eyehategod Member Leaves Group

Eyehategod frontman Mike Williams revealed in an interview conducted during Hellfest that longtime guitarist Brian Patton has left the group for family reasons.

Williams said in the interview (via here), "We're a four-piece band now... Brian, our other guitar player, he quit, because he has a new baby. He has two kids now... and he's taking care of his wife's parents; they're having some health issues, I believe.

"So it's for a good cause, but he couldn't tour with us anymore. But it's fun being a four-piece; I like the sound and the vibe and everything. So it's kind of like a new era of the band." here.

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Thrice Release New Video and Announce Album

Thrice have released a music video for their latest single "The Grey" and announced the release of their brand new studio album "Palms", which will be hitting stores on September 14th.

The new promo clip for "The Grey" was directed by Daniel Carberry and according to the announcement, the video follows two young women as they attempt to break away from confinement. Watch it here

The band's new studio effort was produced by the group and Eric Palmquist and mixed by John Congleton. Check out the tracklisting for the forthcoming record here.

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Voivod Announce New Album 'The Wake'

Voivod have revealed that their big plans for their 35th anniversary this year includes the release of a brand new studio album which will be entitled "The Wake".

The veteran band will be releasing the new album on September 21st and is the follow up to their 2013 full length "Target Earth" and 2016 mini-album. The first track from the new effort will be revealed on July 20th

Guitarist Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain" had this to say, "It is with great enthusiasm and pride that we will soon share with you the fruit of 2 years of labor in the form of an intricate, intense and colorful journey with our new album 'The Wake', expanding the boundaries of Voivod's multiverse!" Read more here.

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The Damned Announce U.S. Fall Tour

UK punk legends The Damned have announced that they will be crossing the pond for an American invasion this Rocktober in support of their latest album "Evil Spirits".

The new album was massive success in their name country, giving the veteran band their very first Top 10 album of their 41 year career. It also made a splash in the U.S. with the group's biggest selling week on Soundscan.

The U.S. tour will feature direct support from Radkey and The Darts will be the opening act. The trek is scheduled to kick off on October 17th in Boston at Paradise and more dates are still to be announced. Check out the dates here.

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Pig Destroyer Announce New Album And Release Video

Pig Destroyer have released a new music video for their track "Army of Cops", which was directed by David Brodsky and featuring guest vocals from Richard Johnson (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Enemy Soil, Drugs of Faith).

The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Head Cage", which is set to hit stores in various formats on September 7th and was recorded by guitarist Scott Hull at Visceral Sound Studios, mixed and mastered by Will Putney (Exhumed, Every Time I Die, Body Count) .

Hull had this to say about the video shoot, "Hot and sweaty metal dudes rockin it out in a stuffy loading dock on a 102 degree day. Dave Brodsky tried to push us to do a video more metal than Judas Priest's Hot Rockin, thankfully he let us keep our shirts on." Watch the video here.

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The Living End Announce New Album 'Wunderbar'

The Living End have announced that they will be releasing their eighth studio album, which will be entitled "Wunderbar", on September 28th via /BMG Records.

They are giving fans their first taste of the new effort, which was recording over six-weeks in Berlin with producer Tobias Kuhn, with the release of the lead single "Don't Lost It". Stream it here

Frontman Chris Cheney had this to say, "We're not trying to re-write Dark Side of the Moon or anything." Instead, Wunderbar does what The Living End do best, what's kept hundreds of thousands of fans listening for nearly a quarter of a century: straightforward, heart-pounding, guns blazing rock and roll."

Bassist Scott Owen added, "Berlin's such an amazing place. There's no better place in the world for rock and roll bands to make dirty, gritty rock and roll music." here.

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Von Grey Streaming New Song 'Dawn'

Von Grey are streaming their brand new track "Dawn". It is the third single from their forthcoming EP, which will be entitled "In Bloom: Acoustic" and is set to hit stores on July 20th.

Along with "Dawn" the self produced six song EP will also feature a new song "Unclean" and reimagined versions of "Poison in the Water," and "Closer To You."

We were sent the following description of the new single: Vulnerable and compassionate, the song's lyrics reminds us to listen and comfort those often unheard and in need of care and understanding. By stating, "I want to be a soft shoulder for you to lean on," the song's singer represents a nurturing sister, sympathetically uplifting a loved one and creating unity between the two. While tenderly consoling the individual, the singer gently prompts her to remember that despite her experiences of trauma, which are so frequently silenced or distorted, she shouldn't lose hope, because "hope will be in the light corners of the dawn." Listen here.

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Dance With The Dead Announce North American Tour

Dance With The Dead have announced a North American headline tour in support of their forthcoming album "Loved To Death" which is set to be released on August 14th.

The tour is set to kick off on September 25th in Santa Ana, CA at the Constellation Room and will be wrapping up on November 4th in Vancouver, BC at the Biltmore Cabaret.

The Orange County, CA electronic duo star Tony and Justin had this to say about the 32-show trek, "We're super stoked for another North American tour and can't wait to hit the road and play some new music for you all!"

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Singled Out: Skinflint's Birds and Milk Bloody Milk

African metal band Skinflint recently released their self-titled album and to celebrate we asked Giuseppe Sbrana to tell us the story behind the song and video "Birds and Milk Bloody Milk":

Storytelling, myths and oral tradition is a strong aspect of African culture and we wanted to incorporate that into our latest single Birds and Milk Bloody Milk. The song is based on a tale of a bird who tells a man to kill his only milk cow, and in turn the bird promises him 100 more cows. The man desperate to support his family complies, but the singing bird does not keep his end of the agreement. I think the story gives a unique atmosphere to the song, as most myths and tales from Africa are largely unexplored by mainstream media.

The music too has strong African influences and is a fusion of Metal with Rhumba. We got dancers in the video to dance to the Rhumba beat and felt this was a good song to showcase our style of African Metal.

We recorded the song and also shot the video in Mokatse, Botswana. The landscape is beautiful here, and you can see some of it in the video. This also had an influence on the song. As for the recording process, we kept it as natural as possible. It is not overproduced and retains the raw energy and passion of a band live in the studio.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Movie Being Planned

Move over Harry and Sally. We may soon witness When Ozzy Met Sharon on the silver screen, according to the matriarch of the Osbourne family, who says that a script is currently being written about Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon's personal story.

The metal legend's wife and longtime manager Sharon spoke with here recently and revealed that she is hoping to make a film about the early years of their relationship. She explained, ""It starts the day we meet and will focus on how our lives were totally different but very similar in ways: I was brought up by a powerful, successful father, ­- the late, famously tough Black Sabbath/Small Faces/ELO manager Don Arden - and Ozzy was brought up extremely poor and somewhat abused.

Given Ozzy's colorful past, fans may expect a movie highlighting his exploits, but Sharon warms that the film will be about their romance. "It's definitely going to be a tearjerker. It's not going to be a sex-and-drugs movie at all. Ozzy is so much more than that. I would hate to be a cliche." here.

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Unreleased Tom Petty Songs Highlight New Box Set

(hennemusic) Tom Petty's career is being recognized with "An American Treasure", a new 60-song box set featuring dozens of previously unreleased recordings, alternate versions of classic songs, rarities, historic live performances and deep tracks.

Due September 28, the project marks the first release of Petty's music since the Gainesville, FL singer passed away last October 2 at the age of 66 in a Santa Monica, CA hospital after being found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his Malibu home.

"An American Treasure" was commissioned by Tom's daughter, Adria Petty, and his wife, Dana Petty, and curated by Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench and his studio collaborator, Ryan Ulyate.

"Everyone involved in this project chose each track with tremendous care and deep respect for the body of work Tom Petty created over the course of 40 years," explain the Pettys. "He also accumulated a wealth of unreleased music in his vaults, and we have collectively uncovered one gem after another that will keep us all listening and discovering new facets of Tom's talent for many years to come. We can't wait to share with Tom's fans this musical portrait of an artist who deeply affected our culture and indelibly touched the lives of fans the world over."

"An American Treasure" will be released in multiple formats, including a 4CD Deluxe Edition, complete with a booklet of photos and liner notes for all songs; a 4CD Super Deluxe Limited Edition, which adds an expanded 84-page hardbound book and a newly-created lithograph of Shepard Fairey's cover artwork alongside custom reproductions of Petty's handwritten lyrics to four songs featured in this collection and a numbered certificate of authenticity; a 6LP set with booklet, available November 23; and, a 2CD Standard Edition delivering 26 career-spanning tracks.

The project is being previewed with the release of a video for the lead single, "Keep A Little Soul", previously-unreleased recording from 1982 sessions for the band's fifth album, "Long After Dark." Watch the video

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Rare Early Pink Floyd Music Video Released Online

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd are streaming a rare video for their 1967 single, "Apples And Oranges." The band's third UK release was the final song written by co-founder Syd Barrett with the group before he was replaced by longtime friend David Gilmour.

Filmed in a Belgium fruit market, the clip sees bassist Roger Waters lip-synching to the non-album track, which was included in the 2016 package, "'The Early Years 1965-1972''

The set - which gives fans the opportunity to hear the evolution of the band in their groundbreaking formative era - presents 7 individual book-style packages and feature 130 tracks, including TV recordings, BBC Sessions, outtakes and demos and more than 20 unreleased songs; also featured are 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and more than 5 hours of rare concert footage.

Each individual book-style package was released separately early in 2017, except "Bonus Continu/ation", which is exclusive to the box set. Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason will perform vintage material by the legendary UK band on a fall tour of the UK and Europe. Read more and watch the video here.

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Slipknot's Sid Wilson Streams Track From New Solo Album

Slipknot's Sid Wilson is preparing to release a brand new solo album and has released a stream of a brand new track and revealed some details for the new effort.

The new track is called ""Thecure," and can be streamed here. His new solo record will be called "Sexcapades of the Hopeless Robotic" and is set to hit stores on August 17th.

Sid had this to say, "[Thecure] represents our hero SID's final straw with the human race. He has tried countless times to share what he calls '[Thecure] with every being he has come into contact with and cared for.

"With zero success rate he is now seeing his bleak lonely future thru a series of time travels and quantum jumps using directional elements in their eco-system on an planet the [humans] call 'Earth.'

"Seeing how addictions play out within the [humans], he soon realizes that he can't keep injecting this [cure] due to the adaptations that have occurred thru out their evolution's, and a tolerance to [Thecure] has began to develop deep inside the DNA of the [humans]. Will he find salvation else where, or should he of stayed amongst the [humans]?" here.

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Twenty One Pilots Reveal Two New Song and Announce Tour

Twenty One Pilots not only released two new songs digitally this week from their forthcoming album, the duo also revealed plans to launch a North American tour this fall.

The two new songs are called "Jumpsuit" & "Nico And The Niners" and can be streamed here. The come from their forthcoming album "Trench", which is set to be released on October 5th.

They will be launching a world tour in support of the new album. The North American leg of The Bandito Tour is scheduled to get underway on October 16th at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. See the dates here.

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Machine Head Announce North American Tour

Machine Head will be returning to the road this fall when they launch the second leg of their North American tour in support of their latest studio album "Catharsis".

The shows will continue with the An Evening With Machine Head format and are scheduled to kick off on October 4th in Sacramento, CA at the Ace Of Spades and will run until November 24th where the tour will wrap up in Santa Cruz, CA at Catalyst.

Robb Flynn had the following to say,"After the first tour in support of 'Catharsis' hitting typical Machine Head strongholds like Chicago, Denver, New York and Oakland, we've been really looking forward to doing a second North American run that hits all the nooks and crannies of America." Read more here.

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Lacuna Coil Releasing Special Show As New Live Album

Lacuna Coil will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year by releasing a brand new career spanning live album that will be entitled "The 119 Show: Live In London."

The 25 track album was captured during the band's show at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London from this past January. It is scheduled to hit stores on November 9th and a trailer can be streamed here.

The group had this to say, "What took place at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London on the January 19 was pure magic. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us as a band and as people.

"The work involved, the pre-performance tension, the intensity on stage, the energy between us and the audience - all of this was beyond anything we've ever done before.": here.

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Journey's Neal Schon Makes Special OKPOP Announcement

(hennemusic) Journey guitarist Neal Schon has announced plans to donate items from his personal archives to the new Oklahoma Museum Of Popular Culture (OKPOP).

Tulsa World reports Schon revealed the news prior to the band's July 9 show at the city's BOK Center with Def Leppard, part of an extensive North American tour by the classic rock acts.

"We're going to get a nice collection for you all," said Schon. "I am going to have go through my zillion guitars and figure out which ones I am going to ship, and I'm also going to get you a giant platinum plaque with all our records in it and dedicate it to the museum."

Groundbreaking is expected later this year for OKPOP, which will pay tribute to Oklahoma creatives who impacted pop culture. Schon's Oklahoma connections run deep: he was mentored early in his career in Tulsa by singer Elvin Bishop, and he was born at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City to parents who were also musicians. Read more

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Fit For A King Reveal The Price Of Agony With New Video

Fit For A King have released a brand new music video for their track "The Price Of Agony". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Dark Skies" which will be released on September 14th.

Frontman Ryan Kirby explained the message that they hope to convey with the new track, "The song is about the political divide not just in America, but around the world.

"And how this divide has caused us to not just disagree with others, but to despise people with differing views, even though outside of politics, we all have more in common than we allow ourselves to believe." Watch the video here.

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Live Release Video For First New Song From Original Lineup In A Decade

(MSO) Live have returned with a music video for their brand new track "Love Lounge" which is the first new song that has been produced by the group's original lineup in over a decade.

We were sent the following details about the new visual: "The video distinctly bottles the band's legendary live power and prowess into a frenetic and fiery visual companion.

"Directed by Clay Patrick McBride [Metallica, JAY-Z], the video intercuts intensely claustrophobic performance footage with a high stakes and high pressure poker game highlighted by a femme fatale besting any hand on the table. The viewer follows vocalist Ed Kowalczyk through the subways as the locations span everywhere from Washington Heights and Soho to various rooftops in and around NYC.

"Their shadow looms over the city powered up by thick distortion, hard-hitting guitars, and Kowalcyzk's electrifying vocals as he sings lyrics like: 'Through the smoke I see her comin' near me/Through the haze I see the hourglass/Hypnotized or mystified now I don't know.'" Watch the video here.

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Stephen Shareaux and Drew Fortier Unplugging For Live Album

Drew Fortier (Flipp, Bang Tango, Chuck Mosley, Zen From Mars) and Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee, Zen From Mars) have announced that they are teaming up to unplug.

The Zen From Mars bandmates will be recording a brand new acoustic album live in Indianapolis with some special guests next month that will feature a career spanning set list.

The show is set to take place on August 24th at the Black Circle Brewing Co and the album will be produced, engineered and mixed by Joe Haze. Find more details here. Fortier and Shareaux will also be appearing as guests at the Rock N Pod Expo in Nashville the following day.

We reached out for them for more details about the special unplugged show and they told us, "We are so excited to be doing this live acoustic album. Its going to be a career spanning set featuring Kik Tracee songs, solo material, and songs from our long awaited and forthcoming Zen From Mars record which also features Brynn Arens from Flipp, Chip Z'Nuff from Enuff Z'Nuff, and Mike Heller from Fear Factory we will announcement regarding that coming soon as well. But needless to say it's going to be a very special evening and there might even be a few surprises thrown in there." here.

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Late Steely Dan Icon Walter Becker NYC Street Honor Announced

(hennemusic) Late Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker will be posthumously honored this fall with a street-naming ceremony in New York City. An October 28 event in the Forest Hills section of Queens will see the corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive co-named "Walter Becker Way" during a street sign unveiling for the late rocker, who passed away last fall from esophageal cancer at the age of 67.

Presented by New York's Classic Rock Q104.3, the fall event will include special guests, remembrances from Becker's friends and colleagues, as well as on-site giveaways.

"Walter's fans have decades of experience holding 'Danfests' throughout the country," says Becker's widow, Delia, "and they always find innovative and eclectic ways of celebrating. It will undoubtedly be a fun and free gathering to honor and commemorate Walter as only they can!"

The New York City Council bestows street co-naming honors on New York activists, cultural heroes, and community leaders whose contribution has a lasting impact on the city, the country, and the world.

The motion to co-name "Walter Becker Way" was put forward by New York City Council Member Karen Koslowitz of the 29th District (Forest Hills) by way of a legislative bill, which was approved by a full council vote on June 28. Read more

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Mushroomhead Release Evil Dead Inspired Music Video

(hennemusic) Mushroomhead have released a brand new "Evil Dead" inspired music video for an alternate take of their track "We Are The Truth" which will featured on their forthcoming "Volume III" DVD.

The new home video release is set to hit stores on August 17th and will feature over 90 minutes of new material, including previously unseen material, music videos and behind the scenes footage, according to the announcement.

The original version of "We Are The Truth" was part of their latest album "The Righteous & The Butterfly". The video was crated by the band and filmed in their home town of Cleveland and stars Unsaid Fate singer Jackie Laponza.

Mushroomhead's Steve "Skinny" Felton had this to say about the new visual, "As you can imagine, the entire camp is heavily into Horror films. So, we decided to do an 'Evil Dead' tribute. Dr. F, Stitch and myself were responsible for all set designs. I think the end result is very creepy and a lot of fun." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: The Split Seconds' Everybody's Wrong

Drew Champion of the D.C. punk band The Split Seconds tells us about the song "Everybody's Wrong" from their sophomore album "Counterfeit Reality". Here is the story:

I began writing Everybody's Wrong a long time before The Split Seconds formed. Originally the song was called, "The Signal Is The Noise" and was about how the benefits of technological progress are outweighed by its costs. At that point both the lyrics and the music were unfocused and I didn't know where to go with the song.

Our drummer Sean listened to a demo and developed a vision for where to take it. After trimming down the song to its strongest elements, we were left with a simple 4-chord vamp that doubled as verse chords, and a section that seemed too complex to be a chorus. While jamming on the verse chords we came up with a distinctive "whoa-chorus" that we liked and decided on an unusual modified rondo form in which the choruses come before the verses. The instrumental middle section started out as a tremolo-picked black metal riff for another project. I moved it up a few octaves, added the high open E pedal tone, and played it on my twangy Split Seconds rig. It took on an eerie psychobilly sound that harkened back to The Dead Kennedy's "Holiday in Cambodia."

I had been in the DC punk scene for years and always felt a bit out of place. I the scene around me feels-centric, ideologically homogeneous, safe-space culture but didn't think too much about it. I was able to play music to kids in sweaty basements and that was enough for me. Getting on social media pulled the curtain back on the philosophical underpinnings of the scene and showed me the stark contrast between my understanding of punk rock and that of my peers.

I had always understood punk to be a reaction against hippie . he music and the scene for people who were too realistic, angry, and individualistic to think that coming together, holding hands, and playing songs about love with 20 minute jam sessions was going to do anything to make the world a better place. 70's punks pushed back by returning to the basics. Artists like The Ramones created a form of fundamentalist rock and roll by supercharging 50's and early 60's rock and pop. You can hear in that 70's punk the desperate attempt to get back to something real, raw, and grounded.

In contrast to this early punk spirit the DC PC Punks were pouring out of the area's private universities intent on making the world a better place by enforcing delusion. The core premise of the liberal project, to treat people according to the content of their character rather than their identity group, completely gone. In its place a vitriolic brand of bigoted, totalitarian, thought policing. hey found justification in the imagined sins of their targets and rationaliz that their subjective feelings supreme to any objective reality.

This was during the 2016 election. Lies, fantasies, and twisted truths poured from every television, radio, and smartphone. This was particularly acute in the Nation's Capitol. At the same time my mother came down with a severe psychiatric condition and she too was carried away by delusions. Some of the verse lines were written in the hospital waiting room as she received emergency shock therapy. Everywhere I turned, people were divorced from reality. Everybody was wrong.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself
right here!

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Led Zeppelin Share Preview Of Special 50th Anniversary Release

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are sharing an update on their upcoming book, "Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin", due this fall as part of the band's 50th Anniversary celebrations.

"Work in progress," says the band alongside "a trial production test of a selection of photographs from the book." The pre-production "test proof" presents various images of the group, including a mix of individual shots and live action photos from various tours through the years.

"Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin" is billed as the first and only official illustrated book to be produced in collaboration with the members of the band. "Work on the official book 'Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin' is almost complete," said the group recently. "The images have been carefully selected and annotated throughout by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones.

"Celebrating 50 years since the band's formation, it covers the group's unparalleled musical career and features photographs of Led Zeppelin on and offstage from their very first moments together. This definitive 400-page volume includes previously unpublished photos, artwork from the Led Zeppelin archives and contributions from photographers around the world. There will be regular updates and sneak previews showing the work in progress. Stay tuned"

Led Zeppelin will launch their 50th anniversary with the reissue of multiple remastered editions of the soundtrack to the concert film, "The Song Remains The Same." Read more and see the photos

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Eric Church Announces Desperate Man Album and Streams Title Song

Eric Church surprised members of his fan club the Church Choir on Thursday morning (July 12) by announcing that he will be releasing his brand new studio album "Desperate Man" on October 15th and revealed the title track as the first single

He told fans in a video message, "It's been a while; I just want to say I have missed you. I have good news…the album is done, and we are back. It's called Desperate Man and the first single is called 'Desperate Man,'
"Just like last time - just like Mr. Misunderstood - if you're in the Church Choir, on October 5th you're going to get the album." The title song will officially be released as a single today. Check out the song and the video message from Eric­­

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Beatles Classic Covered By Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie

(hennemusic) Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson have released a cover of The Beatles 1968 classic, "Helter Skelter", in sync with the launch of their summer tour of North America.

"We had been talking about doing something together for these shows, that he should come onstage during my set and we'd do a song," Zombie tells Rolling Stone. "But we couldn't think of what song. After we talked, later that night I was home and I just thought, The obvious song is 'Helter Skelter'… It's so obvious that neither one of us thought of it!

"And then I figured, well, rather than us just doing it onstage, why don't we take it one step further and record it and put a new spin on it? That way, rather than just doing some impromptu jam together, now the fans will go, 'Oh, there's the song I've already heard, and now they're doing it.'"

When Zombie suggested the tune, he had no plans to stray too far from the version that first appeared on The Beatles self-titled 1968 double album.

"Well, my thought when it comes to covers is to stick close to the original," he explains. "Because in my mind, what's the actual point of doing a cover if no one can recognize it? So with our version, I think it varies as much as it can from the original, but not so much that it becomes a different song.

"We used my band, and Manson and I did our parts separately. I was on the East Coast and he was in, like, Spain or something, on tour. We were communicating the whole time, but it wasn't possible to get in the studio together." Read more and stream the song

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Foreigner In The Studio For Double Vision 40th Anniversary

The 40th anniversary of Foreigner's 7 times platinum seller sophomore album "Double Vision" in the focus of the latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over these details:

After debuting with their self-titled million seller driven by the instant hit "Feels Like the First Time", music industry pundits and millions of rock music fans alike were now convinced that it certainly would not be the last time with hits "Double Vision", "Hot Blooded" and "Blue Morning, Blue Day". Foreigner rocketed up the charts at such a rate that the half-English half-American sextet soon found themselves out-selling label mates The Rolling Stones.

Foreigner founder Mick Jones discusses with In The Studio host Redbeard the magical moment of confirmation when a song leaves the artist's hands for the world to hear. "That is probably the greatest time, when you first hear it on the radio. Then you know it's out of your hands. It's on its own. You have your relationship with the song and with an album, (but) that point when you finally hear it on the radio, that's it. You can't do anything to it anymore. It's its own thing from that point on, and you almost say goodbye to that stage." Stream the episode here.

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John Lennon Commemorative Forever Stamp Announced

(hennemusic) The U.S. Postal Service is honoring John Lennon with a commemorative Forever Stamp this fall. The newest stamp in the Music Icons series features a 1974 photo of Lennon taken by noted rock music photographer Bob Gruen for Lennon's "Walls And Bridges" album.

The stamp pane resembles a vintage 45-rpm record sleeve and features Lennon at his white piano on the reverse side. The photograph, taken by Peter Fordham, was used to promote the singer's landmark 1971 solo album, "Imagine."

"Beloved around the world, Lennon was successful both as a founding member of the Beatles and as a solo artist," says the U.S. Postal Service. "Lennon's music continues to speak for truth, peace, and tolerance."

The four similar nondenominated (50˘) forever stamps will be dedicated at a September 7 event at 11 a.m. at the Namburg Bandshell in Central Park near East 72nd St. and Fifth Avenue, with Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan serving as the dedicating official for the ceremony. Read more

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Ray Davies Streams New Song 'Bringing Up Baby'

(hennemusic) Ray Davies is streaming audio of "Bringing Up Baby", from his newly-released album, "Our Country: Americana Act II." The project marks the companion to the singer's first original solo work in a decade, 2017's "Americana", and his 2013 memoir of the same name.

Produced by Davies, Guy Massey and John Jackson, "Our Country" was recorded at London's Konk Studios with guitarist Bill Shanley and The Jayhawks once again serving as Davies' backing band plus a group of UK musicians.

"Our Country follows my journey across America," says Davies, "through endless tours not just to reclaim the Kinks' career, but to rediscover the country that offered me my earliest inspirations." Check out the song

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Paul Simon Gets Do Over With New Album 'In The Blue Light'

Music legend Paul Simon is taking a do over with ten of his classic songs on a brand new studio album that will be called "In The Blue Light", which is set to be released on September 7th.

Simon, who co-produced the album with Roy Halee, explains the new record, "This album consists of songs that I thought were almost right, or were odd enough to be overlooked the first time around.

"Re-doing arrangements, harmonic structures, and lyrics that didn't make their meaning clear, gave me time to clarify in my own head what I wanted to say, or realize what I was thinking and make it more easily understood." See which songs are being revisited here.

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Dirty Heads Release Crowdsourced Music Video For 'Visions'

Dirty Heads have called on fans to help them crowdsource a music video for their track "Visions". The group teamed up crowdsourcing content app Cinebody to solicit footage from their fans.

They received a record number of submissions from over 1500 fans from 99 cities across the world."The fans get to see into our lives behind the scenes online and at shows so it's really cool to see what goes on behind the scenes with them on the way and at the show," singer Jared Watson explained. "It really makes it so special. It's the best reward."

"Dirty Heads are the most fun and most forward thinking group we've worked with," said Cinebody CEO Scott McDonald. "They immediately saw Cinebody as a new and intimate way of engaging with their fanbase. That provided the spark for the "Visions" music video, which features hundreds of authentic clips from hundreds of fans. Using Cinebody, artists can create video directly with their fans from anywhere in the world. It's an entirely new level of engagement that is optimized for the music industry." See the results here.

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Lenny Kravitz Releases Alternate 'Low' Video

(hennemusic) Lenny Kravitz is streaming an alternate version of his video for "Low", the latest single from his forthcoming album, "Raise Vibration."
"Low" features an appearance by Michael Jackson that was recorded during sessions for the late pop icon's 2001 album, "Invincible."

Directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, the clip - which follows the original version used last month - features Kravitz and a female rocker singing the track while playing drums.

"When [Mondino] heard 'Low' for the first time, he focused on the beat and kept listening to it over and over," explains Kravitz. "The result was a black room, black drum set, and black clothing. It was all about the groove and the space. It turned into an interesting way to present a song, that has so much production, and portray the conversation taking place in the song." Watch the video

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Thrillkiller Release 'San Francisco Moto' Video

Thrillkiller have released a brand new music video for their single "San Francisco Moto". The song is the title track from their recently released EP, which hit stores last month.

Rob Bradley had this to say about the new effort, "This EP pushed the boundaries of our music into uncharted territory. The Brothers Johnson, The Gap Band, and a host of other classic funk acts made a huge impact on songs like 'San Francisco Moto' and 'Wicked Rhythm,' while the stylings of synthwave acts like Lazerhawk and Mitch Murder were sprinkled into The King of 1984 and the Theme of Rex Razor.

"Last Horizon takes elements from a mixture of heavy metal and a little bit of Bad Religion rounding out the track listing nicely. The release also doubles as a companion piece for our music video universe we've recently launched, complete with full blown 80s movie artwork." - here.

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Crossfaith Streaming New Song 'Catastrophe'

Crossfaith are streaming a brand new song called "Catastrophe." The track comes from the group's forthcoming concept album "Ex_Machina", which is set to hit stores on August 3rd.

Frontman Kenta 'Ken' Koie had this to say about the concept. "After we released last album XENO, we were thinking about what the next theme for us is. Then we decided to put theme 'awake the individuality' because we've always trying to make new things and that's the big part of band's attitudes.

"Technology has been advancing from when I was kid, and it definitely helps the world but, at the same time, I feel like technology takes out important process to think about individuality in exchange for convenience.

"This album is a grave warning for our future. I hope you guys listen to this and think about what the meaning of this album is for you and feel how you feel through this album and start something for your future." Listen to the song here.

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John Mellencamp To Receive Woody Guthrie Prize

(hennemusic) John Mellencamp has been named the 2018 recipient of the Woody Guthrie Prize. The Indiana rocker will receive the honor during an August 30 event in Tulsa, OK, home of the Woody Guthrie Center, which is dedicated to celebrating the folk legend's life and legacy and educating a new generation about his important role in American history.

"The Woody Guthrie Center is proud to recognize John Mellencamp for his incredible achievements as he continues the work of Woody Guthrie," says Executive Director Deana McCloud. "Artists working as activists ensure that Woody's legacy is alive and well, and this award was established to not only recognize achievement, but to remind us all about the importance of taking a stand on human rights issues."

The Woody Guthrie Prize will be awarded during an intimate program at The FlyLoft in Tulsa, directly above the Woody Guthrie Center; the event will be moderated by music journalist Bill Flanagan. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Gioeli - Castronovo's Through

Johnny Gioeli and Deen Castronovo released their debut album "Set The World On Fire" today and to celebrate we asked Johnny to tell us about the song "Through". Here is the story:

It's kind of interesting that I pick this song "Through". Why? Because it seems to be a progression and continuation from Hardline's Double Eclipse from 1992. It started with "Life's a bitch" on the Double Eclipse album and after 25 years "Through" is the sum of all that bitching! Hahahahaha
As musicians, we are more like painters. We see a blank canvas and paint the f***ing thing. Sometimes it's a Picasso and sometimes it looks like a second-grader made it. Haha…but it's art! So, "Through" is a song that allowed us to take a breath, reflect, and remember that we STILL EXIST. And in this world and business to "still exist" is quite a chore! "Through" is a reminder to ourselves that we made it…….through…. We made stupid mistakes in our lives, we made some bad music, bad decisions, bad this and that…..but we made it "Through". As a musician, its really important to share your life with those who listen. So, this song lets the fans into our world a little more intimately without getting naked. Haha I hope everyone enjoys my favorite song on the album THROUGH" !

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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