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Popular Metal Band Singer Arrested For Stolen Guitars

American Head Charge singer Cameron Heacock after police reportedly found over a dozen stolen guitars in his possession during a traffic stop, according to the Los Angeles CBS affiliate.

The 40-year-old singer was pulled over by in Costa Mesa, Ca last week driving an allegedly stolen van and officers discovered stolen property in the vehicle and during their investigation discovered a storage space that had additional stolen merchandise.

According to the report, police recovered thirteen guitars, nine believed to be from a near by Guitar Center, and a stolen motorcycle. The store said that over $10,000 worth of gear was returned to them. Read the report for more details here.

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Killswitch Engage Rejoined By Former Singer Howard Jones In Studio

Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach revealed late last week that the group recently recorded some "epic" new material with their former singer Howard Jones.

Leach shared the news with fans via Instagram, posting a post feature Jones and guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. He wrote, "This dude was in the neighborhood, so I figured hey let's get him to lay down some stuff for a thing...He did, and it is going to be EPIC!"

Killswitch Engage have been working on their next studio album and speculation that the collaboration with Jones is likely to appear on that effort when it arrives. See Leach's post here.

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Ghost Release 'Rats' Video and Reveal New Album Details

(hennemusic) Ghost are streaming a Roboshobo-directed video for "Rats", the lead single from their forthcoming album, "Prequelle" and revealed more details about the new studio effort.

Due June 1, the project marks the introduction of the band's new leader, Cardinal Copia, who made his live debut with Ghost at a private, acoustic performance in Chicago, IL on April 6.

The Cardinal - who has heterochromia iridum, a condition where the iris of one eye is a different color than the iris of the other eye - replaces outgoing singer Papa Emeritus III following his work on their third album, 2015's "Meliora", and 2016's "Popestar" EP.

Ghost recorded "Prequelle" at Artery Studios in Stockholm, Sweden with producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Opeth). The Swedish outfit will launch the album on a spring North American tour that begins in Riverside, CA on May 5. Watch the video and check out the tracklisting here.

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Richie Sambora and Orianthi Announce New Album

As Richie Sambora prepared to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame with Bon Jovi this past weekend, he let out the news that he his girlfriend Orianthi are releasing a new album.

The project is called RSO and they announced that their debut collaborative album, featuring production from Bob Rock, entitled "Radio Free America", will be released on May 11th.

They also called on some big name guest stars to appear on the album including Alice Cooper (who Orianthi played with previously), The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and Paul McCartney band drummer Abe Laboriel, .

Richie had this to say, "I think these songs are about just being human. People have more in common with each other than they think. Ori and I have had the chance to see that up close, in front of millions of people around the world, for many years.

"It's ingrained in us as songwriters, that desire to transcend language and genre, to play for people, entertain them, and write songs that can be the soundtrack to their lives." here.

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Huey Lewis Cancels Live Dates After Losing Hearing Due To Illness

Huey Lewis and The News have been forced to cancel all of their 2018 live shows after the band's frontman and namesake lost most of his hearing, the band revealed in a social media post late last week.

Lewis broke the news to fans with the following post, "Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing. Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can't hear music well enough to sing. The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to ?nd pitch.

"I've been to the House Ear Institute, the Stanford Ear Institute, and the Mayo Clinic, hoping to ?nd an answer. The doctors believe I have Meniere's disease and have agreed that I can't perform until I improve. Therefore the only prudent thing to do is to cancel all future shows.

"Needless to say, I feel horrible about this, and wish to sincerely apologize to all the fans who've already bought tickets and were planning to come see us. I'm going to concentrate on getting better, and hope that one day soon I'll be able to perform again. Sincerely Huey" here.

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The Killers Play Tom Petty Tribute At Rock Hall Ceremony

(hennemusic) The Killers performed Tom Petty's 1977 classic, "American Girl", as a tribute to the late rocker at the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in Cleveland, OH on April 14, and video from the evening is available online.

According to Cleveland.com, the Las Vegas, NV band were the surprise opening act for the event at the city's Public Auditorium, where they ripped through the Petty track before segueing briefly into the singer's 1989 solo hit, "Free Fallin.'"

"Ladies and gentlemen get out of your seats," implored frontman Brandon Flowers, "pay some rock and roll respect to the impenetrable, the masterful, to the eternal Tom Petty."

Flowers returned later in the evening to induct The Cars into the Rock Hall alongside Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Petty 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. Watch the tribute here.

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Jack White's Appearance On The Tonight Show Streaming Online

(hennemusic) Jack White was the featured guest on NBC-TV's Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on April 12, and video from the episode is available for streaming online.

White joined Fallon to discuss his recently-released third album, "Boarding House Reach", which debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200. The rocker shared details about the set, including a story about how legendary gangster Al Capone inspired the record's closing track "Humoresque."

"I saw this auction that said 'handwritten sheet music by Al Capone in Alcatraz,'" explained White. "I thought, 'What could that possibly be?' It said 'Humoresque' written on it, and I was like, 'Did he write a song in Alcatraz?' And the description said, 'He was in a band in Alcatraz. He convinced the warden to buy the music equipment. The band was called the Rock Islanders, and Machine Gun Kelly was the drummer in the band.'"

White bought the sheet music and brought it into a recording session in New York, where he learned more about the song's history. Watch video of his appearance here.

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Eric Clapton Life In 12 Bars Documentary And Soundtrack Coming

(hennemusic) The Eric Clapton documentary, "Life In 12 Bars", and its companion soundtrack will be released on June 8th. Available on DVD and Blu-ray, the film by director Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush, Driving Miss Daisy) takes an unflinching and deeply personal look into the life of legendary 18-time Grammy winner while following his career through The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek And The Dominos, and his solo years.

The rocker's private life is "the emotional spine of the film," according to Zanuck. "Clapton's music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days.

"He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance."

"Life In 12 Bars" premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival ahead of its US broadcast debut on Showtime this past February.

An official soundtrack will also be available as a 2CD and 4LP set plus digital formats; the release includes - for the first time anywhere - the entire full length version of Clapton's take on Bob Marley's 1973 classic, "I Shot The Sheriff", recorded during the sessions for his 1974 album, "461 Ocean Boulevard."

The project delivers 32 featured tracks, including four other previously unreleased tunes by Clapton, Derek And The Dominos, and Cream. Read more and see the trailer here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Announces Memoir

(hennemusic) Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has announced that he will be releasing his memoir, "Acid For The Children", on September 25th via Grand Central Publishing.

"Iconic bassist and co-founder of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating life story," says the publsihers, "complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an L.A. street rat turned world-famous rock star."

When Grand Central first announced more than four years ago that it had acquired the rights to the memoir, it said the book would will cover topics including: "His move from a 'normal' upbringing in the suburbs of New York to Los Angeles to live a bohemian life with a jazz musician step-father; his young, rebellious life on the streets of L.A. where he befriends Anthony Kiedis and founds the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Kiedis and two other high school friends; details about his sometimes complex friendship and collaboration with Kiedis; his myriad experiences with hard drugs; and, of course, the tumultuous creative journey of the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers through its various incarnations over the last 30 years, according to Flea."

"I love literature deeply," said Flea in 2014. "I view books as sacred things, and in writing my story, I'm going to do my best to honor the form that has played such a huge part in shaping who I am." Read more here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Confusion' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed the "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" track "Confusion" at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany on April 7, and the band are sharing professional footage from the show.

The group are currently playing arena dates on the latest leg of a European tour that resumed in Herning, Denmark on March 27 following a 6-week break from the road as the spring trek runs into early May.

The dates will be interrupted when Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants host the 6th annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park on April 23. "We'll take a quick break from the European tour to head back to the Bay Area and celebrate one of our favorite hometown traditions," says the band. "Members of the band will be on hand to start things off right with the National Anthem and first pitch, sticking around all night to cheer on the team against the Washington Nationals.

"As is customary, we'll take part in some of the between-inning fun and games as well as an exclusive pre-game VIP event." Watch the video here.

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The Cars Rock Hall Induction Video Goes Online

(hennemusic) The Cars were inducted into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during an April 14 event at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, OH, and video from the annual ceremony has surfaced online.

Rolling Stone reports the group were introduced by Brandon Flowers of The Killers, who declared: "The Cars were the first band I fell in love with, and you never forget your first. They achieved greatness and left a comet trail behind them, writing and recording songs that have transcended into classics."

The Cars have roots in Cleveland, where guitarist Ric Ocasek teamed up with bassist Benjamin Orr in a few different outfits in the 1960s before relocating to Boston.

Orr - who died of pancreatic cancer in 2000 - was remembered fondly by his bandmates, including guitarist Elliott Easton: "His incredible voice, solid bass playing, and good humor was such a huge part of the band's success. Cleveland was Ben's hometown, and I know whenever he is, he's so proud of this special occasion and even more so that we're here of all places."

Joined by Weezer bassist Scott Shriner, The Cars took center stage for a four-song induction performance that featured their 1984 US Top 10 hit, "You Might Think", alongside three tracks from their self-titled 1978 debut: "My Best Friend's Girl", "Moving In Stereo" and "Just What I Needed." Watch the videos of the induction and jam here.

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Sink The Ship Release Video For 'Everything' Featuring Levi From Miss May I

Sink The Ship has released a music video for their track "Everything," which features features Levi Benton of Miss May I. The song comes from their forthcoming album, "Persevere" (due out on April 27th).

Singer Colton Ulery had this to say: "This is the first song we wrote for the album. I've been stoked on it since day one. When we found out Levi was down to co-op on it, we knew it was gonna be something even more special than originally. This song hits home for me and I hope it finds anybody who has ever found themselves in a toxic relationship. We're gonna be playing this song every night of our upcoming tour with Settle Your Scores and Telltale \m/, so we hope to see you all soon."

Levi Benton further adds: "I am so excited to be a part of Sink The Ship's debut album. I have been hearing about them for some time now and when they asked me to do a track I couldn't miss out. Not only are we label-mates, but they are Ohio boys too. We have to stick together and what better way than to contribute to their album and on such a great track. Being a part of the video was the best part because we actually got to hang out and talk about being musicians in Ohio. This record is nothing but diverse and creative and I am happy to see Sink The Ship keeping Ohio on the map!" Watch the video here.

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Kataklysm Announce Record Release Shows

Kataklysm have announced a handful of exclusive dates across the U.S. this June to celebrate the June 1st release of their brand new studio album "Meditations".

Jungle Rot will be supporting the first three shows (Brooklyn, Cincinnati, and Chicago) and Exmortus will take over for the final show that is taking place at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, Ca on June 7th.

Maurizio Iacono had this to say and revealed a nice bonus for fans that catch these shows, "Meditations is coming - a work of art. To celebrate, we decided to do four select release party shows across the states. We encourage everyone to come party! Every attendee will receive a copy our new album, 'Meditations' and bonus live DVD. Support the cause of metal and see ya soon \m/" See the dates here.

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The Raven Age Reveal New Singer With Song Stream

The Raven Age have revealed a brand new single called "Surrogate" which features the addition of former Wild Lies vocalist Matt James to the band's lineup.

James had this to say, "I'm feeling incredibly honoured and excited to become part of The Raven Age family. It's been such a natural fit for me, and has made me see that the possibilities are endless for the future of this band."

Guitarist George Harris added, "The morale and excitement of The Raven Age has been sky high since Matt joined the band. He is an incredible vocalist and has brought a new lease of life to our sound. We can't wait to show everyone what we've been up to in the studio and 'Surrogate' is just a teaser of what Matt is bringing to the table." Check out the new song here.

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G3 Tour With Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Uli Jon Roth Launches Next Week

Joe Satriani is gearing up to launch the 2018 UK and European legs of his famed G3 Tour which will also feature Dream Theater's John Petrucci and former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth.

The trek will be kicking off in the UK at the Southend Cliffs Pavilion on Tuesday 24th April and will continue on to London, Bristol, Manchester, Portsmouth and Birmingham and the shows will include a set from each guitarist with the night concluding with a "massive jam".

Satriani had this to say, "I could say that I'm surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it's grown, but in a way I'm not," he said with a laugh, "I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage. It's fun, it's unpredictable, it's wild - it's everything you could want in a show." Read more here.

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Marduk Announce New Studio Album 'Viktoria'

Marduk have announced that they will be releasing a brand new studio album which will be entitled "Viktoria" and will be unleashed by Century Media Records on June 22nd.

They will be offering up the new record in various formats including digitally, standard CD (with jewelcase), vinyl LP (with inlay and 180 gram vinyl), and a limited edition CD box set that will include the CD, woven patch, metal pin, and three stickers.

The band will be releasing the vinyl edition as a standard black LP but also limited edition colored versions. Transparent sun-yellow vinyl: Limited to 300 copies, available at various outlets in North America, Dark green vinyl: Limited to 200 copies, Clear vinyl: Limited to 200 copies, White vinyl: Limited to 200 copies, Golden vinyl: Limited to 300 copies, Transparent red vinyl: Limited to 100 copies, Red vinyl: Limited to 200 copies, Silver vinyl: Limited to 300 copies and Picture vinyl: Limited to 500 copies. here.

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Singled Out: Frequency Drift's Electricity

Frequency Drift just released their new album "Letters To Maro" this past Friday (April 13th) and to celebrate we asked Irini Alexia to tell us about the single "Electricity". Here is the story:

What gives Japanese horror culture the edge over classic Western ghost stories? Is there an innate human longing to be allowed to be irrational? What if you're not alone when you think you are? These are some of the questions our latest single "Electricity" plays upon.

When I joined Frequency Drift as their singer and lyricist in 2017, most of the music on our new album Letters To Marohad already been written. What was still missing were the lyrics - the stories that lay encrypted in the songs. I could not have wished for a more exciting artistic playground: prizing out the meaning trapped in each piece is like a treasure hunt, and the feeling when a story finally breathes free and oscillates through the air as words is exhilarating.

As stories go, Letters To Maro has a couple of recurring themes that blend together differently in each song. "The whole album is inspired by Japanese horror culture, magic realism, urban insanity and the loneliness that comes with 21st century living", explained Andreas and Nerissa, Frequency Drift's musical masterminds. "Go run with those themes!" And run I did - mainly to the library, where I plunged head-on into Haruki Murakami's weird and yet strangely relatable worlds of Norwegian Wood, After Darkand 1Q84. I also soaked up everything I could about what makes Japanese horror stories so much more spine-tingling and blood-chilling than its Western counterparts.

This is what I found: while in Europe and North America ghosts are usually confined to creaky old mansions, medieval graveyards and deep, dark forests (from which today's frightened traveller may easily escape into the clinical comforts of civilization), Japanese ghosts often seem to exist on the substrate of water or electricity - things that flow. With both of these elements running abundantly through modern cities, delivered straight into our homes via pipes and cables, no place is safe. And that way, instead of detaching us from our silly fears of haunted spirits, technical progress just opens new doors for our age-old paranoia to creep back in - from video tapes (remember Ringu?) to smart phones to the internet of things, once you let your imagination run wild, the potential for horror and mischief is as endless as the world wide web.

This is exactly what "Electricity" is about: are you absolutely sure there is nothing surreal going on in your disillusioned, calculable world? I remember driving home from band practice in the evening twilight, listening to the instrumentals of the song. The album version begins with a rousing, pulsating electric vibe, and just as I was listening to that, a row of giant overhead transmission lines glided into view. That's when I knew the story that begged to be told. It's a story about "what-ifs", about allowing your mental images to take you into that irrational space that may well be daft and absurd - and yet has always had a place somewhere deep inside the human psyche.

And let's be honest: it doesn't even have to be the thought of something otherworldly keeping you company through your electronic devices if you want to give yourself the heebie jeebies...

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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A Perfect Circle Stream Fishy New Song

A Perfect Circle have released a stream of another new song from their forthcoming new studio album "Eat The Elephant" and announced a late night TV appearance to support the album drop.

The band shared the new track "So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish" and frontman Maynard James Keenan had the following to say about the track, "We all cope with the absurd in our own manner.

"The Italian side of me produces and shares wine with friends in order to feel grounded and connected in the midst of all the madness. But once the wine is gone, the drunk and sarcastic Irish side of me goes straight for the unreasonable jugular. #comedyfirstandalways"

The new album will be hitting stores this Friday, April 20th and the band will be hitting the stage for Jimmy Kimmel Live on the 23rd. Listen to the new song here.

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Taking Back Sunday Lose Founding Member

Taking Back Sunday shared some big news with fans, they announced that they have parted ways with their guitarist and band cofounder Eddie Reyes for "personal reasons".

The group shared the following comments, "Guitarist Eddie Reyes and Taking Back Sunday have parted ways due to personal reasons. Eddie was a founding member of the band and his contributions can be felt all along the way.

"John, Shaun, Mark and Adam love Eddie, wish him well in his future endeavors and look forward to hitting the road soon, starting in Mexico on April 26 and traveling to the UK and Germany in late May. After that they will spend the summer touring the US with long-time friends Coheed and Cambria." here.

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Ann Wilson and Jerry Cantrell Tribute Chris Cornell At Rock Hall Ceremony

(hennemusic) Ann Wilson of Heart and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell delivered a tribute to the late Chris Cornell at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, OH on April 14.

The Seattle Times reports the pair performed a stripped-down version of Soundgarden's 1994 classic, "Black Hole Sun", at the event following an "In Memoriam" montage saluting Cornell and other fallen rockers from the past year, including AC/DC's Malcolm Young, Tom Petty, Glen Campbell, Gregg Allman and Chester Bennington, among others.

Both Wilson and Cantrell were friends of fellow Seattle music scene member Cornell, who took his own life in a Detroit hotel room last May at the age of 52.

"Chris was a friend for many years, an incredible artist, a wonderful human being," Cantrell told reporters in the Rock Hall press room backstage. "I've always been inspired by his work ethic and talent, and his band Soundgarden they were a big influence on us. It's obviously very sad, I still don't really know how to discuss it personally, but I think at this point it's time to maybe focus on the type of man that he was, and the type of human being, and the type of artist. Incredible depth.

"Our bands helped each other in the early days, we were all under the same roof with Susan Silver managing them, Kelly Curtis managing Mother Love Bone and then Pearl Jam, and they jointly managed us. We were all in the same law office over the central tavern, and that was the home base. I'm going to miss him immensely, but I also celebrate his life and his life's work."

As for his involvement in the tribute, the guitarist explained: "Ann called me and said she was thinking about doing something for our friend, and asked me if I would join her. Anytime she calls I'm there, and if it's for Chris of course, absolutely." Watch video of the tribute
here.

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Glenn Tipton Reunites With Judas Priest In Kent, Washington

(hennemusic) Guitarist Glenn Tipton rejoined his Judas Priest bandmates to perform a three-song encore during the band's April 15 concert in Kent, WA, and video from the event is streaming online.

The rocker was in the lineup for the group's classic tracks "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight" at the city's ShoWare Center. The show marked Tipton's third appearance on the group's "Firepower" tour of North America - after stops in Newark, NJ on March 20 and Uncasville, CT on March 22 - and news of his retirement from the road following a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease.

"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.

Judas Priest's current spring run with Saxon and Black Star Riders will wrap up in San Antonio, TX on May 1. Watch video of the reunion jams here.

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Jack White Rocks TV's Saturday Night Live

(hennemusic) Jack White performed a pair of tracks from his new album, "Boarding House Reach", on the April 14 episode of NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live, and video from the program is streaming online

White delivered the project's current single, "Over And Over And Over", early in the show before returning to rock the set's lead track, "Connected By Love."

Hosted by comedian and former SNL writer John Mulaney, the singer also appeared in an unaired "Cut For Time" sketch as a wedding band guitarist in a video released by the late night series.

White's appearance comes just days before he launches a spring tour of North America in his hometown of Detroit, MI on April 19. "Boarding House Reach" recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 to earn his third US chart-topper, following similar success with 2012's "Blunderbuss" and 2014's "Lazaretto." Watch his SNL appearance here.

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Dire Straits Rock Hall Induction Steaming Online

(hennemusic) Dire Straits were inducted into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, OH on April 14, and video from the annual ceremony is streaming online

Rolling Stone reports the absence of leader Mark Knopfler, guitarist David Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers left the band to be represented at the event by keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher and bassist John Illsley, who inducted the group into the Rock Hall himself as no one appeared as a presenter to do so.

"In the absence of someone here to induct Dire Straits into the 2018 Hall Of Fame," began Illsley, "as a founding member, I thought perhaps that I might be the best qualified one to do this. It's a bit weird but, here we are…life is strange."

The bassist acknowledged Knopfler's absence, saying "I know there's been a lot of speculation about the fact that Mark is not here, but I can assure you, it's just a personal thing. It's personal reasons, let's just leave it at that. This is really more about a group of people more than one person, it's a collective, a brotherhood and that's something that needs acknowledging tonight."

"I know it's a little bit odd," concluded the bassist, "but it's my honor to welcome Dire Straits into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame."

While Mark Knopfler has not commented publicly on the event, his brother and group co-founder David Knopfler made headlines recently when he announced his plans to not attend the induction after claiming the Rock Hall would not pay his travel expenses, as previously promised. Watch their acceptance speeches here.

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Halestorm and In This Moment Add Summer Tour Leg

Halestorm and In This Moment have added a second leg to their upcoming North American tour with the new dates taking their road trip into the summer.

Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale had this to say, "After the announcement of our tour with In This Moment, the response was so great that we decided to do another run together! It's going to be so much fun to tour with our good friends! See you all on the road!"

The first leg kicks off on April 30th in Houston and will feature support from New Years Day and Stitched Up Heart. The second leg will also feature New Years Day and will be launching on July 27th in Kansas City, MO. See the dates here.

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Soilwork Recording Their Next Album

Soilwork have announced that they are recording their brand new studio album with an eye to release the follow up to their 2015 effort "The Ride Majectic" this fall.

The band's newest member Bastian Thusgaard had this to say, "I'm so proud of my achievements on this album. I was given a great amount of freedom both in writing and recording. Obviously, I wanted to honor the 'drum vibe' that has developed in the band through time. At the same time, I'm very aware of the fact that I'm a different drummer to my predecessors. This is something I really wanted to showcase by adding my own vibe to the band's sound."

Singer Bjorn "Speed" Strid added, "On this new album we have gone back to classic heavy metal basics but with a twist of our own legacy of sound, with soaring melancholic melodies at a sometimes-furious tempo and great diversity. People will recognize the vibe that we've had on the latest two albums, but we feel that we've taken our sound even further, with more energy, darker elements but uplifting structure."

In 2016, SOILWORK released a special collection of rarities titled "Death Resonance" via Nuclear Blast. here.

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The Moody Blues Announce Special Record Store Day Release

The Moody Blues are having a great month. Not only did they receive their long overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but they are also delivering an exclusive release for this year's Record Store Day.

The annual event takes place on April 21st and the band will be releasing a special limited edition 12" vinyl single called "Say It With Love". We were sent the following details:

This limited edition blue & white vinyl highlights three live performances from The Moody Blues' 2017 performance at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto. Justin Hayward (guitar, vocals), John Lodge (bass, vocals), and Graeme Edge (drums, percussion) deliver soaring versions of "Say It With Love," "The Story In Your Eyes," and "Steppin In A Slide Zone," backed by Norda Mullen (flute, guitar, percussion, vocals), Julie Ragins (keyboards, percussion, guitar, saxophone, guitar, vocals), Alan Hewitt (keyboard, vocals), and Billy Ashbaugh (drums, percussion). See the tracklisting here.

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Tremonti Release 'Take You With Me' Video

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge offshoot Tremonti are streaming a video for "Take You With Me", the new single from the band's forthcoming album, "A Dying Machine."

"It's about someone convincing someone else to be proud of their scars and their imperfections and never forgetting where they came from and who they are, and convincing them that they are stronger than they imagined," guitarist/vocalist Mark Tremonti tells Billboard. "I know it's a song that fits radio just as much as any other song on the album, but I don't want it to take people's attention off the storyline and the whole concept of the record."

Due June 8 and produced by longtime band associate Michael "Elvis" Baskette, the group's fourth album tells the story of humans and fabricated beings trying to co-exist at the turn of the next century.

First previewed with the title track, the story is being turned into a full-length work of fiction by Tremonti and American author John Shirley that will be issued alongside the record.

"For years, I thought how great it would be to publish a book," adds the rocker, "and I get to kill two birds with one stone and do an album with a book. It just seemed like the perfect time. The stars aligned." Watch the new video here.

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood Announce Summer Tour

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood will be spending the summer on the road with the announcement of a new trek in addition to their previously announced music festival appearances.

The band will be kicking off the series of live performances with an appearance at the Wanee Festival on April 20th in Live Oak, Fl and wrapping things up on October 6th in Burlingham, NY at the Catskills Wine & Food Festival.

The band has announced that they will be releasing an exclusive limited edition box set for this year's Record Store Day on April 21st. Dubbed the 'Raven's Reels, Vol. 1, the 4-LP collection is a complete concert recording from their September 24, 2017 show at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN. It marks the first vinyl edition from the band's 'Raven's Reels' digital concert release series recorded by band archivist Chris "The Raven" Albers. Only 1200 copies are being released. See the tour dates here.

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Styx Big TV Interview Preview Goes Online

AXS TV have revealed a preview clip to tonight's episode (Tuesday, April 17th) of the Big Interview with Dan Rather featuring legendary rockers Styx. The show will premiere at 9pE/6pP.

Styx's Tommy Shaw, James "JY" Young, and Lawrence Gowan sat down with Rather and in the revealed excerpts, Young explains the band's longevity and continued subbess:

"We're meant to bring this music-which comes from a higher place and is channeled through us and has the power to soothe, to calm, to inspire, and, in the best cases, to heal. We are the stewards of this mighty power, and it's our great joy to get out here and use that power."

"I would also add that we're completely unqualified to do anything else on the planet," says frontman Gowan, leading singer and guitarist Shaw to humorously chime in, "My charm wears off pretty quickly at home, I don't recall my wife ever being in tears when I left again." Watch the clip here.

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Lenny Kravitz Collection Getting First Time Vinyl Release

(UMe) Lenny Kravitz's Greatest Hits is set to be released for the very first time on vinyl in the United States on May 18th by Virgin and UMe. We were sent the following details:

Kravitz's three-times-platinum 15-track Greatest Hits, originally released in 2000, will finally be made available to all retail outlets in a 2LP 180-gram black vinyl configuration. Additionally, a limited-edition exclusive 180-gram version available from uDiscover will feature custom clear mixed with smoky silver and white swirls on LP1, and custom clear mixed with blue and white smoky swirls on LP2.

Greatest Hits was a major triumph for Kravitz and a worldwide Top 10 chart performer, reaching No. 2 in the U.S. and No. 1 in Austria, Italy, and other countries. This compilation showcases the many strengths inherent in the grooves of Kravitz's first five albums - 1989's Let Love Rule, 1991's Mama Said, 1993's Are You Gonna Go My Way, 1995's Circus, and 1998's 5 - by assembling 15 of the best tracks from the first stage of his celebrated career. Read more here.

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The Mick Ronson Story Soundtrack Announced

(UMe) Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story, The Soundtrack is set to be released on June 8th. The album comes on the heels of the film's streaming debuts on Hulu and Amazon Prime following last year's successful theatrical run and the DVD/Blu-ray releases.

The soundtrack is the first official career retrospective compilation for the guitar virtuoso, Mick Ronson, known affectionately as "Ronno." As well as highlights from Ronson's solo records, the compilation includes material from his key collaborations with David Bowie, Elton John, Ian Hunter, Michael Chapman and Queen.

The album also includes a previously unreleased cover version of "This Is For You" by Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and a piano tribute to Ronson from Bowie's piano-man and band alumni Mike Garson (David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins). Read more here.

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Dee Snider Releasing Jamey Jasta Produced Solo Album

Former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has revealed that he will be releasing his next solo album, to be entitled "For The Love Of Metal", via a just inked deal with Napalm Records.

Snider spoke with 90.3 WMSC FM (via UCR) and says that the new effort is "a really exciting album I did not expect to make, especially at this point in my life."

Dee also revealed how he recruited Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta to produce the new record during an interview on Jasta's popular podcast. "I was like, who's producing? He said, 'I am,'" he recalled. "So we went in the studio, no record deal, and people started flocking: Lamb of God, Disturbed, Howard Jones, Alissa White-Gluz. It amazed me, the enthusiasm and excitement." here.

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Hogan's Goat Streaming Brand New Music Video

Hogan's Goat has released a music video for their last single "Sh*t Kicker". The song is the one of the tracks that is featured on the group's self-titled debut album.

Frontman John Salmon had this to say,"We went out to Montana, f***ed around, and summoned the spirit of the 'Sh*t Kicker.' No but seriously, from the moment we wrote it, we knew "Sh*t Kicker" would be the best representation of our style. A song about true grit, unwavering courage, and standing your ground. Our goal was to symbolically showcase the Sh*t Kicker that lives in all of us; no matter who you are, or where you're from.

"We want to give a special thanks to Walter and Cassie Runsabove, who sat down with us after filming, and gave us a lesson on Native American culture over breakfast. We would also like to thank Curley, Ed Fick, and there rest of the Billings Road Dogs for letting us crash their toy drive, film part of 'Sh*t Kicker,' and play a few songs for them. That wouldn't have been possible without the help of Montana Mobile Stage and Productions, too! Thanks, Charlie!" Watch the video here.

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Red Devil Vortex Release 'Something Has To Die' Video

Red Devil Vortex have released a new music video for their debut single "Something Has To Die." The song is the title track to their forthcoming EP, which is set to be released on May 8th.

The new video was directed and edited by Raphael Bittencourt. Gabriel Connor had the following comments about the upcoming EP, "Working on this EP was a lot of fun. Augustus is a great friend of ours and he's a very creative producer.

"He enhanced our creativity and we didn't put any limits to the creative process. It's chaotic, energetic and beautiful in its own way. It's the type of music to make love and war to." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: URN's Silently, I'm Still Screaming

Gothic Folk Metal band URN recently released a video for their latest single "Silently, I'm Still Screaming" and to celebrate we asked singer/guitarist Dominic St. Charles to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

This song is one of the more pinnacle tracks off of our "Epiphany" release, as the album as a whole, deals with when people take an honest inventory and come to realizations about themselves and the world around them.

When I wrote this song, there were major frustrations that I was experiencing at that time in terms of how I viewed myself and the way I communicate with people. Through most of my life, I have often felt criticized for the way that I talk and was left with an impression that it annoys people. Despite the insecurities, I worked very hard on brevity, as my mind would have so much information that it was overly challenging to filter what to say and even more importantly, how to say it.

Feelings are neither right or wrong, it's how you choose to act, or react, to them.

So for a period of time, in a depression-fueled frustration, I chose to just to say nothing and detach as best I could from human interaction. I was making incorrect assumptions that people in general weren't interested in what I had to say, or were too wrought up in their own chatter inside their heads that they weren't effectively listening anyway.

This course of action lead to isolation and it affected my perception of the world. I began starting to put thoughts in people's heads and words in their mouths that weren't really there. The frustration transitioned into anger and hatred started to consume me. I was screaming like a madman on the inside as I wanted to tell people what I really thought, but I was living in such fear or my anger that if I did lose control, it would irrevocably damage many friendships and relationships. The sad reality was that it was beginning to happen regardless as people were feeling pushed away, They were feeling confused and hurt and wanted to know what it was that caused me to withdraw.

My epiphany was that I was allowing only a couple of toxic people in my life to rule my perception. I had to remove them from my life and once I did that, it allowed me to gain clarity. I was able to begin a healing process of forgiving and accepting myself and was able to get back to being the good person I knew that I was. I then was humbled to later learn that most people actually enjoy my company and the "entertaining" way that I communicate.

When it came to record this song, we wanted to really feature Christopher [Migdalski] on doing an extended range guitar solo. He's been battling Parkinson's disease for about twelve years now and we've all felt inspired by him as he continues to still strive for his dreams in spite of it. At this time, at least with medical technology as it is today, we all know the inevitable outcome of what disease will eventually do to him. So, we wanted to have something that would act as a "time capsule" or a testament this to man's courage and the amazing talent that he has that is being robbed by this disease.

We once again teamed up with Dan Precision (Rise Against, Naked Raygun) to record and help produce the album. So Chris and Dan spent the better part of the day getting the solo so that it came across with the sonorous power that we all were so delighted that it did. This is also the main reason we elected to do the video, so that in decades to come his children and generations that will follow, can reflect back on the achievements this man made overcoming obstacles that many of us in day-to-day life take for granted.

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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Set Your Goals Forced To Cancel Slam Dunk Festival Appearance

Set Your Goals have announced that they have been forced to pull out of their upcoming appearance at this year's Slam Dunk Festival in the UK due to a personal and health issues.

They revealed the following to fans, "We are disheartened to announce that Set Your Goals will be unable to perform at this year's Slam Dunk Festival. Please believe us when we say we would never consider choosing the option to cancel unless it was absolutely necessary.

"Unfortunately, this is a situation where our personal lives and health must take precedence over our passion for playing music, and the result is withdrawing from some of the commitments we have made as a band for now.

"A huge thank you to everyone involved in Slam Dunk, and our apologies to all who were looking forward to watching us perform this year. We will post another update with more information on our future plans within the coming months." here.

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Pretty Lights Announces 10th Anniversary Shows

Pretty Lights has announced two very special 10th Anniversary shows that will be taking place at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 10th and 11th this year

"I'm feeling much excitement about announcing the 10th Anniversary Pretty Lights shows at Red Rocks," said Derek Vincent Smith in the announcement. This year will be the best year yet, as we continue to gain more & more understanding about what is possible when this many people come together organized in love and music.

"I'm putting all my energy into these shows and they will be the only shows of the summer, possibly all year. Can't wait to open portals to higher dimensions of consciousness with the homies in the PL Live Band: Borahm Lee, Alvin Ford Jr., Chris Karns and Brandon Butler and The Lazer Shark. Come celebrate with us! Always, the light will shine as a guide." Watch the announcement video here.

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Skinless, Ringworm, Churchburn, and Outer Heaven Announce Shows

Skinless are gearing up to release their brand new album "Savagery" on May 11th and have announced a handful of live dates in early June to celebrate the release.

The band's long weekend tour will taking place on June 7th, 8th and 9th with shows in Boston, Brooklyn and Clifton Park and will feature support from Ringworm, Churchburn, and Outer Heaven.

Skinless have also announced that they will be performing at the California Deathfest in Oakland on October 13th and Quebec Deathfest in Montreal on October 20th. See the dates here.

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Lifecurse Release 'Buzzard Bait' Video

Lifecurse has released a music video for their brand new song "Buzzard Bait". The track comes from the group's forthcoming album, "The Wolf You Feed."

The band had the following to say about the song from their Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, For Today, The Contortionist, Scale the Summit) Produced album, which they expect to release mid-year:

"'Buzzard Bait' is the first song we have released since 2013's 'Elysium.' The song touches on themes and topics such as society's inherent desire to watch people fail, to rubberneck through life and use other people's failures and faults as a means to lift themselves higher, failing to realize that we are all one in the same.

"We are all born and we will all die, those are the only 2 things you are guaranteed in life. The rest is up to you to make the world a better place, or completely destroy it. No one can make that choice.

"Buzzard Bait is a song about the constant struggle between light and dark, and the incessant human need for validation from other humans." Watch the video here.

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The Finger Guns Announce Debut Vinyl Release

The Finger Guns have announced that they will be releasing their debut vinyl release (as well as their fourth album), entitled "Sasquatch," later this week, April 21st.

The special release will be pressed on antifreeze green colored vinyl, and hand numbered and limited to a run of 300, the album will be available in various retail stores across the Pacific Northwest as well as online.

The band had this to say, "As a working band, We have drawn a line and are in this to win this. We have thrown down a great sounding album, wrapped up in some amazing hand-drawn artwork, and pressed on rad antifreeze green vinyl and we are really excited to share it with you." Preorder it here.

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Singled Out: Stop.Drop.Rewind

Progressive/powerpop group Stop.Drop.Rewind recently released a their debut album "Element & Aftermath" and to celebrate we asked DJ Crenson to tell us about the single "I Was A Portrait". Here is the story:

In our younger days, Kris and I used to indulge in that noblest of ill-advised weekend traditions: Sunday Funday. We'd gather all our friends and throw some meat and vegetables on the grill, turn a sporting event on the TV (or, failing that, Man vs Food) and consume what was left of our beer and liquor from the past two nights. Then came the game changer: a local restaurant started a half price beer special on Monday nights, and thus, Monday Funday was born.

But like all good things, Monday Funday couldn't last forever. As it turns out, some fancier establishments don't take kindly to a bunch of rowdy twenty-two year olds taking over their bar and drinking them out of craft beer every Monday night, leading them to cancel their drink special and make their beers full price again. We were asked by a friendly bartender to please kindly take our patronage someplace else. So ended Monday Funday, but from its ashes rose a drinking song that is "definitely not" named after the bar that cancelled their special because of us: "Main & Lincoln."

The frame for the story of "Main & Lincoln" is a fictional breakup and subsequent bender, but many of the events referenced in the lyrics are real. For example, during the verse when Kris sings about "swinging from tree to tree," he's referencing a particularly boisterous walk home from the bar, during which he literally tried to do that. Not only was he unsuccessful, but he also ended up accidentally kicking one of our friends in the chest, Batman-style. No parties were harmed.

"Main & Lincoln" was written remarkably quickly compared to our other songs. The vocal line came to me when I was walking home from work one day, past the bar in which Kris and I are no longer welcome. By the time I got home, I had the lyrics and vocal line for the verses and chorus set, I just needed to get a guitar in my hands to set the chords. I hastily recorded myself playing them and sent it to Kris and Andy, and that was pretty much it. We were running the song by the end of our next practice.

I love performing this song because it's all about having fun. The rest of our songs are so serious; it's nice to have a moment during our set where we can all relax a little bit, to just let loose and enjoy playing music together. Cheers!


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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