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New Axl Rose Song Streaming Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is streaming a video for his first new song in a decade, "Rock The Rock." The clip from a recent episode of the New Looney Tunes series sees the Guns N' Roses singer taking on an incoming asteroid with music from a band that includes Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig on guitars.

The Boomerang network confirmed Rose's involvement in the animated series with the video's release, following weeks of speculation about the rocker's participation.

While no details about the possible release of "Rock The Rock" have been confirmed to date, the tune marks Rose's first new song since Guns N' Roses issued their sixth album, "Chinese Democracy", in 2008.

Following the completion of the Not In This Lifetime reunion tour last month, GNR guitarist Richard Fortus revealed that new music from the band could surface within the next year.

"We are going to try to do another record and get it out soon," Fortus told KSHE 95 St. Louis, MO, suggesting that new material "will happen faster than you think," with a new song possibly issued before the end of 2019"It could definitely happen." here.

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Legendary Foreigner Singer Lou Gramm Plays Final Show

(hennemusic) Original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm has announced his retirement from solo performances. The Albany Times-Union reports the rocker broke the news to fans at the conclusion of his December 29 show at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, NY.

"It's been quite a few years with a lot of fun and a lot of hard work," Gramm told the crowd (see video below). "Just talking it over with my wife and some people in the business...

"You get real excited when you start out in this business, but you've gotta be smart enough to know when to walk away from it too. And I just feel it's that time for me. I just wanted to let you know I've had a hell of a good time, and this [show] has been one of the best ones."

Guitarist and producer Mick Jones formed Foreigner in New York in 1976 via a series of jams that saw him connect with keyboardist Al Greenwood, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, drummer Dennis Elliott, bassist Ed Gagliardi and - after an extensive search for a singer - Gramm was brought in to front the band. Watch video of the announcement here.

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KISS Is Half A Cover Band Says Ace

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley sees the current lineup of the band as "half of a cover band" and doesn't believe that the group can "go out with a bang" without him.

Ace has made several comments about wishing to take part in his former band's latest farewell tour, the End Of the Road trek. He was asked about it during a recent interview with Goldminemag.com.

He said, "When I read the comments the fans make on the Internet - every once in a while I'll spend a half hour or an hour reading comments - invariably 80-90 percent of the KISS fans want a full-blown reunion. I don't know if that's possible; it could be a variation of it. There's no way KISS is gonna go out with a bang with the lineup they have now. It's half of a cover band.

"I love Eric [Singer, drums] and I love Tommy, but it's half of a KISS cover band. Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] are the two original guys and they've got two guys playing my part and Peter's [Criss] part. I think it works better overseas or in South America where the people aren't as educated as to who is in the band, but it's getting tired in America.

"Ever since 2014, when we were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, pretty much all of America realized that I was not in the band and Peter's not in the band and I think a lot of people in America weren't even sure that I had left. When they made the switch between me and Tommy, they really didn't publicize it and I don't think they wanted to. I mean, I remember getting phone calls in 2008, 2009 and people would call me up and say, 'Hey, you're playing my hometown. Can you get me tickets?', and I'd go, 'No. I'm not in the band anymore.' I mean, that happened multiple times. My departure from the band the second time around wasn't highly promoted."

During this interview he downplayed his desire to take part in the tour but said that he is open to it. "I would be up for it if the numbers were right and if it was presented to me in the right way, sure," he said. "It's not necessarily something that I am craving to do, but I want to do it for the fans because the fans are the ones who made us all famous and rich and turned us into superstars. I want to do what the fans want. I want to make the fans happy and it seems like that's the direction they are pointing towards. I'd be willing to do anything to make the fans happy." here.

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Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody Biopic Expanded For Home Video

(hennemusic) Queen have announced plans to release an expanded home edition of their biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody" that will be released January 22nd on digital - and via 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on February 12th.

The film stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and follows the band from their creation in 1970 through to their legendary 1985 Live Aid appearance.

The project will present the biopic alongside - for the first time - the recreation of Queen's complete 22-minute Live Aid performance not included in cinemas, featuring two never-before-seen songs: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "We Will Rock You."

In addition, on Blu-ray & Digital, fans will get a look behind the making of the film including interviews with Queen, the cast and creative team. Read more here.

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Megadeth Gearing Up For Big Announcement

(hennemusic) Megadeth are streaming a video across their social media sites teasing news of an upcoming January 11 announcement by the thrash metal veterans

The brief clip features music from the group's "Take No Prisoners", a track from their 1990 album, "Rust In Peace." No further details have been provided to date as fans await word from the band.

Megadeth's fourth album was the first to feature guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza following the 1989 departure of Jeff Young and Chuck Behler.

With classic tracks like "Hangar 18" and "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due", the project debuted and peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 to earn the band the highest-charting record of their career at that point while delivering their third consecutive US platinum album for sales of 1 million copies in the country.

Megadeth are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia." "Droogs, I'm pulling back on Social Media as things rev up re: LP 16," tweeted Dave Mustaine on Christmas. "Not enough time to do my job(s). Progress is good. Music is fast & strong. All 4 contributing. Things are good. Get updates via http://megadeth.com, @Megadeth until we finish LP 16. I'm hurryin'. Really!" Watch the teaser video here.

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Motley Crue Hint At Super Bowl Commercial

(hennemusic) Motley Crue have posted a cryptic message on social media that appears to tease a commercial for the band during next month's broadcast of Super Bowl 53.

The group tweeted out a series of three emojis and "02.03.19 #ad", which syncs up with the February 3 NFL championship event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.

As the Super Bowl lands about six weeks ahead of the March 22 premiere of Motley Crue's Netflix biopic, "The Dirt", based on their 2001 memoir of the same name it's possible that a commercial will deliver the first preview for the project during one of the most-watched US broadcasts of the year.

Directed by Jeff Tremaine, the film features Daniel Webber as singer Vince Neil, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx, rapper Machine Gun Kelly as drummer Tommy Lee, and Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars. See the teaser here.

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Original Iron Maiden Lineup Reunites After Four Decades

(hennemusic) Most of the members of the original Iron Maiden lineup reunited recently for the first time in more than four decades. Band founder and bassist Steve Harris reconnected with the group's first singer, Paul Mario Day, and guitarists Dave Sullivan and Terry Rance; missing from the photo opportunity was drummer Ron "Rebel" Matthews.

"The gang almost all together since 1976, or thereabouts," posted Day on Facebook alongside a photo of the lineup. "I cannot begin to tell you how good it feels. Tonight will burned in my memory for life. I may say more later after I process this evening."

Harris formed Iron Maiden on Christmas Day in 1975 after leaving his former group, Smiler; the band rehearsed for months before making their official live debut in May of 1976.

The first member to exit Iron Maiden, Day was replaced by Dennis Wilcock, while Sullivan and Rance were gone before the end of the year as Harris temporarily disbanded the project, only to restart it with new addition Dave Murray on guitar. Read more and see the social media posts here.

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Rob Zombie Rocks Beatles Classic With Marilyn Manson and Nikki Sixx

(hennemusic) Rob Zombie was joined by Marilyn Manson and Nikki Sixx to perform The Beatles classic, "Helter Skelter", at Ozzfest 2018 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA on New Year's Eve, and video from the event is streaming online.

"The one and only @NikkiSixx helped us bring in the New Year at LA Forum," Zombie tweeted after the show alongside a photo of the pair onstage.

Zombie and Manson released their own version of the 1986 track in sync with the launch of their summer tour of North America, and delivered their live debut of the tune on opening night in Detroit, MI.

The song's release helped Zombie deliver the No. 3 Rock News Story Of The Year as part of the 2018 hennemusic Rock News Awards.

Zombie and Manson performed separately at the first-ever, special one-night edition of Ozzy's annual festival, which began in 1996; headlined by the Black Sabbath legend, the evening also featured sets by Korn's Jonathan Davis and Body Count featuring Ice-T. Watch video of the jam here.

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Black Sabbath 50th Anniversary Exhibition Coming

(hennemusic) An exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Black Sabbath is coming to the band's hometown of Birmingham, UK this summer. "Black Sabbath - 50 Years" will be hosted at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery between June 22 - September 18.

Presented by Home Of Metal - a local organization that celebrates music from Birmingham and the Black Country - the exhibition aims to explore how the music of four working-class lads captured the hearts and minds of fans globally while paying homage to the fan's devotion and documenting that fifty-year relationship.

"It's an honor to be a part of the Home Of Metal," says Ozzy Osbourne. "I am just a guy from Birmingham who's been blessed to have had such dedicated fans throughout my career. Like I've always said 'I am nothing without them.'"

"Fans are our lifeblood," adds guitarist Tony Iommi, "they've always been there to support us." Read more here.

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Randy Houser's Full New Album Streaming Online Early

Randy Houser fans do not have to wait until the official January 11th release date to listen to the music star's forthcoming new studio album "Magnolia".

Houser has teamed up with NPR to stream the new album in full ahead of its official launch this Friday as part of the network's popular Music First Listen series. Check it out here.

Houser also announced that he will perform his favorite song from the album, "No Stone Unturned" during an appearance on Good Morning America on release day (1/11).

"Magnolia has been my beacon of light and restored my spirit and my truth," said Houser. "It's also the most daring and honest piece of work I've made in my life." here.

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Seattle Post Office Renamed In Honor Of Jimi Hendrix

(hennemusic) Washington state officials have renamed a Seattle-area post office in honor of Jimi Hendrix. The Seattle Times reports Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell supported a bill brought by Rep. Adam Smith - which was passed unanimously - to rename the Renton Highlands Post Office the James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix Post Office.

"I am honored to join in paying tribute to rock and roll icon and Seattle native Jimi Hendrix with the renaming of the Renton Highlands Post Office as the James Marshall 'Jimi' Hendrix Post Office Building," Smith said in a statement. "This designation will further celebrate Hendrix's deep connection to the Puget Sound region and help ensure that his creative legacy will be remembered by our community and inspire future generations."

The Renton post office is less than a mile from the Jimi Hendrix Memorial in the Greenwood Memorial Park cemetery, where the guitar hero is buried.

"His legendary artistic genius chartered new territory within world music," said Northwest African American Museum Director LaNesha DeBardelaben in a statement supporting the bill. "While his reach was international in scope, his roots trace back to Seattle and we are proud to richly celebrate his legacy as part of his hometown community." here.

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Metallica Share Live Videos For Kill 'Em All Classics

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming official live videos of a series of fall 2018 US performances of tracks that come from their 1983 debut album, "Kill 'Em All."

In September, the band rocked "The Four Horsemen" in Winnipeg, MB and "Seek & Destroy" in San Francisco, CA; "Motorbreath" in Milwaukee, WI in mid-October; and "Whiplash" in Pittsburgh, PA and Sacramento, CA before wrapping up their live schedule for the year in early December.

"Kill 'Em All" didn't arrive on the US Billboard 200 chart until three years after its release, where it peaked at No. 66 on its way to eventually selling 3 million copies Stateside.

Metallica are sharing the newly-released clips as they enjoy a month-long break from the trek in support of 2016's "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct." Watch the videos here.

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Ann Wilson Of Heart Streams Chris Cornell Tribute Video

(hennemusic) Heart vocalist Ann Wilson is streaming a newly-released video for her tribute to the late Chris Cornell with her take on Audioslave's "I Am The Highway", from her covers album "Immortal."

The tune was the fourth single from Audioslave's 2002 self-titled debut, which peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 3 million copies in the country.

"The song is strong, confident and spiritual," Wilson explains. "It's about a person who refuses to be tied down to the mundane, who is constantly looking for freedom and independence on a more universal scale, not just ordinary everyday reality. It was the cry of a soul, and it's a beautiful song.

"Chris and I were friends; we had a lot in common, we were both outsiders in a way. He left us with amazing music." Watch the video here.

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Pat Benatar's 'Love Is a Battlefield' Gets Prog Makeover

Andrew Douglas of Recreating Eden has released a music video for their brand new cover of the Pat Benatar classic hit song "Love Is a Battlefield."

The band had the following to say about the new visual, "This is a cover video that has been in the works for a couple months now and we are excited to finally share it with the world.

"The band is getting ready to release our debut album in 2019 and we think it's going to put Recreating Eden on the map for music lovers everywhere. Be on the lookout for Recreating Eden's Tomb 1: Awaken." Watch the video here.

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Neil Young's Ragged Glory Expanded For Reissue

(hennemusic) Neil Young has revealed plans to release an expanded reissue of "Ragged Glory", his 1990 album with Crazy Horse. According to a post on the Neil Young Archives site, engineer John Hanlon reviewed the project's recently rediscovered tapes and unearthed a number of unused songs from the original recording sessions.

"Listening to these tracks is a real head scratcher," reads the note on NYA. "They are equal to anything on the existing record, maybe better. Possibly, the thought at the time was to have a single album and not include the songs from the last half of the unique 'set oriented' recording sessions.

"The band played a set of songs twice a day at Plywood Analog for a couple of weeks, then went back, listened and chose best tracks after the two weeks were up. ... The same tracks were never repeated in a recording set, played only once as [a] set. ... No repeats. This approach took 'analysis' out of the game during the sessions, allowing the Horse not to think; thinking is deadly for the Horse," adding, "after the songs were played enough so that the band was sure they must have the takes, the Horse, having a great time, kept playing other songs."

The extra sessions resulted in "38 minutes of Crazy Horse classics, mostly undiscovered and unheard before." here.

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Pearl Jam Cover Buffalo Tom Classic At Fenway Park

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam streamed video of a performance of the 1992 Buffalo Tom classic, "Taillights Fade", from a pair of shows at Boston's Fenway Park in early September, as part of their #12DaysOfPJ series.

The band were joined by Buffalo Tom guitarist/vocalist Bill Janovitz for the track from the group's third album, "Let Me Come Over", during both appearances at the legendary Boston ballpark as part of their summer US stadium series.

The pair of Fenway Park dates saw Pearl Jam play before a combined total of 71,694 fans, while earning $6.7 million in box office revenue, according to Billboard. Watch the video here.

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The Oddyssey Quartet Releasing Second Album

Avant-Jazz group The Oddyssey Quartet will release their sophomore album "We Are All Branches of the Same Tree" on January 19, 2019. We were sent the following details:

Following up their debut of composed music "Suite for the End of the Earth," "We Are All Branches of the Same Tree" is the second release from avant-jazz group the Oddyssey Quartet, featuring twelve improvised pieces from four musicians who have only played together a handful of times but who share the common ancient language of music, bringing them together in a cohesion of intuitive conversation, and demonstrating in real time that we all really are branches of the same tree. Featuring former Albert Ayler Quintet bassist Bill Folwell, and former Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra saxophonist David Pate, with Jose Cochez on drums, and Rex Shepherd on guitar and prepared guitar.

"After recording 'Suite for the End of the Earth,' which consisted of composed music, and having only played together as a group a few times, we wanted to see what we would get playing totally free. There was such a good vibe in the room with the four of us that it made playing so easy, the ideas flowed, I could respond to the sounds around me and the natural ebb and flow of conversational music happened. For me it is a spiritual thing, experiencing a wordless connection to others, when the music comes together and reveals the common thread in all of us." - Rex Shepherd here.

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No Quarter To Bring Led Zeppelin Fans Good Times In 2019

Led Zeppelin tribute band No Quarter have announced that they will be kicking off 2019 with the "Good Times In 2019" Northeast Tour.

The trek will begin on Friday, January 18th in Milford, CT at the Milford Performance Center. The next stop is on the 19th at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing in Patchogue, NY.

The group will then travel to Pittsburgh where they will rock the Hard Rock Cafe on January 26th. New York City's City Winery is booked for the 29th and the band will wrap things up with a Hurricane Florence Benefit Show in Wilmington, NC at the Wilson Center on February 2nd. here.

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Tool Complete Recording Of Long Awaited New Album

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan started off the new year by sharing the big news that the band has completed recording their long awaited new studio album.

The new effort has been years in the making and will follow up the band's 2006 album "10,000 Days". While various members revealed updates on the new album during 2018, Keenan took to social media last week to let fans know that the recording is done and the effort is now being mixed.

He wrote, "Update- Final vocals tracked MONTHS ago. Then U.S.-UK-Euro run w #APC. If Tool all inst are tracked, long process of Mixing now. Meanwhile write/film/track w @puscifer for #puscifer2020 & troll the band FBs with wine posts. #funnysh*t #whileyouwerewhiningiwasworking". here.

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High On Fire Cancel Tour Over Medical Emergency

High On Fire have been forced to cancel another tour due to a medical emergency with singer and guitarist Matt Pike, who is at risk of losing his big toe.

As a result of the medical issue, the band pulled the plug on their Electric Messiah Tour. Late last year they were forced to cancel their Speed Of The Wizard tour when Pike underwent a partial amputation of his toe.

He broke the news of the latest cancelation with this statement, "To my brothers, my crew, and anyone else this affects. I do apologize for the inconvenience of this cancelation. I feel as though I'm explaining lightning striking twice. I wanted nothing more in the world to play these songs live, nor ever cancel something I say I'm gonna do.

"I am a warrior for our art, and have endured some painful things to what we do. The timing and repeating nature of this is my nightmare and almost impossible. Nevertheless, to save yet another toe, my big one, I have been grounded by circumstances out of my control. I will have more of a medical report to come but right now I'm at great risk of losing it, and/or a bigger portion of my foot due to Diabetes. Which I have been managing very well.

"It just shows how this disease can affect our lives. Please forgive me, and if you know anything about me, you know this is not like me. We will be back!" here.

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Van Halen In The Studio For 1984 Anniversary

The 35th anniversary of Van Halen's blockbuster album, "1984", is celebrated in the latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio With Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show put out the following details:

Says Redbeard: "To truly comprehend just how massively popular this album was, it helps if you actually write it out numerically: 12,000,000 copies of Van Halen's sixth album, 1984 , were sold in the US alone in the three decades since it was released. Propelled by Van Halen's very first #1 hit "Jump", three million of those were sold in America in the first ninety days! Already America's most popular hard rock band prior to its release, 1984 propelled the Pasadena quartet of innovative guitar whiz Eddie Van Halen, drummer brother Alex, bass player and unmistakable harmony singer Michael Anthony, and showman extraordinaire David Lee Roth into the stratosphere of rock's elite with additional songs "Panama", "I'll Wait", "Drop Dead Legs"," Top Jimmy", and the video which made even MTV blush, "Hot For Teacher".

"But as any high-flying throttle jockey can attest, the view from the top is exhilarating, but the dizzying height is disorienting and there's no air up there to breathe. Like water on pavement, celebrity seeks out every crack and crevice in a relationship, and when relations turn chilly, the cracks can quickly expand into chasms. The 1984 album and subsequent sold-out tour closed that chapter on the original band, with the Van Halen story becoming a never-ending soap opera that has been constantly controversial ever since.

"While the facts contained in this interview remain true and accurate over time, the opinions expressed here by Eddie, Alex, and Michael clearly are a snapshot of just one of the many chapters in this saga, at a time before David Lee Roth was invited back into Van Halen, as well as before Michael Anthony was dismissed." Stream the special here.

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Queen's Brian May Streams NASA Inspired Solo Single

(hennemusic) Queen guitarist Brian May is streaming a video for "New Horizons", in sync with the NASA mission of the same name as it made history on New Year's Day 2019.

The tune - which marks May's first solo single in 20 years - is the rocker's personal tribute to the on-going NASA New Horizons mission, which achieved the most distant spacecraft flyby in history on January 1 in an encounter with a remote Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) named Ultima Thule, far out beyond Pluto on the edges of the solar system.

May, who has a doctorate in astrophysics, and is a New Horizons science collaborator, was present at the New Horizons Maryland, Washington County, base of operations on New Year's Day to witness the historic final approach as it happened; he was also present for New Horizon's triumphal Pluto flyby in 2015, and delivered the world's first stereoscopic image of Pluto, from the ground-breaking data that the NH probe delivered

Brian's "New Horizons" track (Ultima Thule mix) celebrates the whole 12-year Journey of New Horizons probe and includes a message from Stephen Hawking congratulating the team on their successful rendezvous with Pluto three years ago. In a broader sense, the song is an anthem to Mankind's spirit of exploration, reaching ever further out into the Universe.

"This project has energized me in a new way," says May. "For me, it's been an exciting challenge to bring two sides of my life together - Astronomy and Music. It was Alan Stern, the Project Instigator of this amazing NASA Mission, who threw down the glove last May. He asked if I could come up with a theme for Ultima Thule which could be played as the NH probe reached this new destination.

"I was inspired by the idea that this is the furthest that the Hand of Man has ever reached - it will be by far the most distant object we have ever seen at close quarters, through the images which the spacecraft will beam back to Earth. To me, it epitomizes the human spirit's unceasing desire to understand the Universe we inhabit. Everyone who has devoted so much energy to this mission since its launch in January 2006 will be feeling they are actually INSIDE that small but intrepid vehicle - only about the size of a grand piano - as it pulls off another spectacular close encounter. And through the vehicle's 'eyes' we will begin to learn, for the very first time, what a Kuiper Belt Object is made of. And pick up precious clues about how our solar system was born."

May's "New Horizons" had its worldwide premiere from NASA control headquarters Maryland USA on New Year's Day in sync with the moment when the historic Ultima Thule encounter was confirmed. Watch the video here.

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Pink Floyd Stream Rare Video Of 1968 TV Performance

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd are streaming rare video of a 1968 UK TV performance of 'Set The Controls For The Heart of The Sun', a track from their second album, 'A Saucerful Of Secrets.'

Featuring new addition David Gilmour on guitar in place of band co-founder Syd Barrett, who had recently been dismissed from the lineup the band filmed the song in late March of 1968 for inclusion in the BBC documentary, 'All My Loving.'

Directed by Tony Palmer, the project presented a look at the pop music scene of the day and included music and interviews with The Beatles, The Who, Frank Zappa, Cream and Eric Burdon, among others.

The group's transitional record from the original Barrett-led era to the Gilmour years reached No. 9 on the UK charts, with drummer Nick Mason later declaring it his favorite Pink Floyd album. Watch the video and read more here.

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Metallica Share Videos For Ride The Lightning Classics

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming a pair of official live videos from a series of fall 2018 US performances of tracks from their 1984 album, "Ride The Lightning."

The iconic metal outfit delivered "For Whom The Bell Tolls" during the opening night of the fall North American leg at the Kohl Center in Madison, WI on September 2, and "Fade To Black" at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE on September 6

Metallica's second record, "Ride The Lightning" peaked at No. 48 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 6 million copies. Watch the videos here.

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Megadeth Expand Album Reissue Series

(hennemusic) Megadeth will expand their ongoing reissue series next month with a pair of albums from the early 2000s. The band's ninth record, 2001's "The World Needs A Hero", and its follow-up, 2004's "The System Has Failed", will each include bonus material when they are released on February 15.

"The World Needs A Hero" was notable for being the band's last album with original bassist David Ellefson until his 2010 return to the lineup, while also marking the last of two records to feature drummer Jimmy DeGrasso and the only one to feature Al Pitrelli on lead guitar.

The set - which peaked at No. 16 on the US Billboard 200 while failing to achieve gold status in the country - has been newly-remastered by Ted Jensen (Guns N" Roses, Mastodon) and includes the rare live bonus track, "Coming Home", on the CD and digital versions

2004's "The System Has Failed" saw Dave Mustaine record the project with a series of session players - including former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland on lead guitar - while debuting and peaking at No. 18 on the Billboard 200.

Also newly-remastered by Ted Jensen, the reissue includes the rare live bonus tracks, "Time/Use The Man" and "Conjuring", on the CD and digital versions. Read more here.

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Foreigner Revisit Classic Hit For Shriners

(hennemusic) Foreigner are donating all proceeds from a newly-recorded version of their 1984 hit, "I Want To Know What Love Is", to Shriners Hospitals For Children.

The song and new streaming video for the tune - featuring patients from the organization - will be included in the February 15 release of a new album, "Foreigner Live In Concert."

The lead single from "Agent Provocateur", "I Want To Know What Love Is" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and in at least 6 other countries upon its original release.

"There is a spiritual undertone to 'I Want To Know What Love Is,'" explains songwriter and guitarist Mick Jones, "and when you apply the lyrics to a cause like Shriners Hospitals for Children, it brings a whole new meaning to the song."

"Foreigner has been involved with Shriners Hospitals for ten years, and we've been looking for a way to make a more meaningful impact," adds singer Kelly Hansen. "The lyrics of this song really speak to the qualities we've observed in the children here at Shriners Hospitals. The kids show this amazing resilience and happiness that really makes one think how powerful love is."

"It's hard to put a dollar amount on the value of this gift, but this is truly a monumental donation in our mind," says Shriners Hospitals for Children Executive Vice-President John McCabe. "Participating in the music video will be an invaluable experience for our patients. The fact that sales proceeds from the download of this song will go to Shriners Hospitals for Children is a wonderful bonus." Watch the video here.

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Greta Van Fleet To Rock Saturday Night Live

(hennemusic) Greta Van Fleet will perform on the first 2019 episode of Saturday Night Live. Currently on the road across North America in support of their 2018 album debut, 'Anthem Of The Peaceful Army', which debuted at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 last fall, the Michigan rockers will follow the SNL appearance with a pair of shows in Japan before kicking off a tour of Australia and New Zealand.

'It is an honor to announce that we will join Saturday Night Live's esteemed legacy on January 19!,' says the band. 'The brilliant Rachel Brosnahan will host the special broadcast, their first of the year.'

The group launched their album debut with the lead single, 'When The Curtain Falls.' Greta Van Fleet lead the rock community with four nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards next month. Read more here.

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Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell 2002 Solo Album To See Vinyl Debut

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell will release the vinyl debut of his 2002 solo project, "Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2", on February 8th.

The rocker's second studio set presents his original, double-album vision of the "Degradation Trip" record, of which a condensed version was originally issued six months earlier.

Co-produced by Cantrell and Jeff Tomei, the guitarist recorded the project during an extended, years-long hiatus by the Seattle band as lead singer Layne Staley battled with drug addiction issues.

The guitarist teamed up with Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society bassist - and future Metallica member - Robert Trujillo, and Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin on the record, which was released two months after Staley's passing from an overdose on the same day as Nirvana's Kurt Cobain committed suicide. Read more here.

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Swallow The Sun Stream New Song 'Upon The Water'

Swallow The Sun have released an online stream of their new track "Upon The Water". The song comes from their forthcoming album "When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light", which will hit stores on January 25th.

Juha Raivio had the following to say, "Every word and note I wrote, I wrote for Aleah. And about my own battle since she passed. The album title, When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light, comes from Aleah's own words, 'When a shadow is forced into the light.' That was exactly what I needed to do. To push myself out from the shadows.

"I've been pretty much a hermit in the woods for two and a half years. Gathering my life to write this album. That's also why the subject is very personal and therefore hard for me to talk about. I'd rather leave it all to the music and words on When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light to tell the story. It's all there." Listen to the song here.

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Farewell To Fear Release 'Your Cure' Video

Ahead of their upcoming U.S. winter tour with Flaw, Farewell To Fear have released a brand new music video for their latest single, "Your Cure."

The band had this to say, The meaning behind the name: fear impedes all areas of our lives', it holds us back from fostering fruitful relationships, financial freedom or simply risking it all to live out the life of your dreams.

"The day you say 'Farewell to Fear' is the day you realize that you are free from any obstacle holding you back from living the life you were meant to live." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Head Honchos' Not For Me

Rocco Calipari Sr, guitarist and vocalist of Valparaiso, IN rockers Head Honchos tells us about the song "Not For Me" from their debut album "Bring It On Home". Here is the story:

Head Honchos was formed 11 years ago by my son Rocco Jr and I. I'm also a long-time member of Chicago blues staples Howard & The White Boys. The song I chose for Singled Out is titled Not For Me off of our debut CD Bring It On Home on Grooveyard records. This song was sort of a life time in making. I grew up in Detroit City in a blue collar very musical family. The music bug got me at an early age with my Father always playing Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis records. Detroit also had some great home-grown music like John Lee Hooker, Motown, Bob Seger Mitch Ryder and many more.

Detroit is known as the motor city because of the booming auto industry. Many men and women in my family worked at Ford Motor Company. It was a great job to have where you could make a good living. Starting a family young at 21 years old it looked like I was destined to be a factory worker also. I got an opportunity to go through an apprenticeship in Indiana to become a welder. I finished school and wound up working at the Ford Motor Co Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights Illinois. Although I never stopped practicing and learning there was not much time to be in a band. Working long hours and overtime for your take home pay but it's the foreman, managers , area managers and other higher ups that are making the big money, which I understand but want I really wanted to do was play music. One day a coworker gave me a copy of the Illinois Entertainer. I read that Howard and The White Boys were looking for a new lead guitarist. I had heard of them because they were regulars at Buddy Guys Legends and had also toured with Buddy. I thought I'd give it a shot and I called for an audition. I did my homework and showed up very prepared. I walked out confident that I had played well.

After they had auditioned 30 other guitarist I got the call that I was selected. I was very excited but wondered how I would make it all work. I started by using vacation time and sick days to make all of the gigs. I also had a friend in labor relations that loved the blues and the band so he helped me out a lot. The day finally came when he called me into his office and said I would have to choose between work and play. I chose to play. Some people thought I may have made the wrong decision but 46 states and 15 countries later it was the best decision of my life. Fast forward to Head Honchos. while writing original music for Honchos I had a strong guitar riff that needed a strong vocal melody and lyrics. Not For Me is that song.

The chorus goes like this:
I don't want to work to make you rich no more
Because my back is broken and my feet feel sore
while you spend your money on luxury
well I'm really sorry but it's Not For Me

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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Lamb Of God's Mark Morton Streams Chester Bennington Collaboration

Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton is streaming a new solo song called "Cross Off" that features a guest appearance from late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.

The song comes from Morton's debut solo album "Anethestic", which is set to hit stores on March 1st. Check out the online steam of the Bennington collaboration here.

Mark says of working with Chester on the track, that it "was a very free-flowing and natural process. We both really loved the song from its inception and everyone that worked on it put a lot of energy and emotion into it. I feel like you can really hear that in the track, and absolutely in Chester's performance." here.

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Rush Members To Make Special Appearance

(hennemusic) Rush bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson will appear at a Rush Fan Day event at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, OH on January 19.

On hand to promote his latest project - "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass" - the rocker will be interviewed by bandmate Lifeson before hosting a book-signing alongside an all-day Shine A Light exhibit that will showcase some of Lee's globe-spanning bass guitars and the stories behind them, while fans will also be able to watch footage of Rush's 2013 induction from the Rock Hall's vault throughout the day in the Museum's Forest City Theater.

Tickets are $100 for Rock Hall members and $125 for non-members and will be available at ticketing.rockhall.com. Tickets go on sale to Rock Hall members at 10 a.m. EST on Thursday, January 10, and non-members at 10 a.m. EST on Friday, January 11.

There is a 2-ticket limit per transaction. Each ticket includes a copy of Lee's new book, access to the Hall of Fame interview and book signing, a commemorative credential, and access to the Rock Hall's exhibits, including the new Geddy Lee bass guitar exhibit. Read more here.

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Unreleased David Bowie Tracks In New Collection

(hennemusic) A new 7" vinyl box set due this spring from David Bowie will feature a collection of previously- unreleased tracks, including the earliest known versions of his 1969 classic, "Space Oddity."

In sync with the 50th anniversary of the iconic song, "Spying Through A Keyhole" presents two demos of the rocker's second UK Top 10 hit - and first to chart in the US - alongside seven other tunes from the era.

Most of the recordings are solo vocal and acoustic home demo performances, except for a version of "Space Oddity" Bowie did with musical partner John Hutchinson that features alternate lyrics to the official release.

"Due to the nature of some of the solo home demos where Bowie accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, the recording quality isn't always of a usual studio fidelity," notes a statement on the singer's website. "This is partly due to David's enthusiastic strumming hitting the red on a couple of the tracks, along with the limitations of the original recording equipment and tape degradation.

"However, the historical importance of these songs and the fact that the selections are from an archive of tracks cleared for release by Bowie, overrides this shortcoming." here.

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Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Def Leppard have announced dates for a summer tour of Canada. Joined by regular touring partners Tesla, the UK rockers will open a three-week, 11-show series in Halifax, NS on July 12.

A Rock Brigade Fan Club presale and VIP packages will go on sale Friday, January 11 at 10am local time, with genral public tickets available starting Friday, January 18 at 10am local time.

The group recently released a new greatest-hits collection entitled "The Story So Far - The Best Of Def Leppard." The package traces the band's singles and fan favorites from the third album, 1983's "Pyromania", to today, and includes a remix of the group's cover of David Essex's 1973 hit "Rock On", and recent take on Depeche Mode's 1989 single, "Personal Jesus." See the dates here.

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Avenged Sevenfold's M Shadows Guests On John Dolmayan Album

John Dolmayan has revealed that he has recruited his System Of A Down bandmate Serj Tankian and Avenged Sevenfold frontman M Shadows to appear on his new These Grey Men album.

Dolmayan spoke with SOAD Mexico about the new album and said, "I'm still working on it - it'll be released within the next four months. All the songs are finished, but we're in the process of adding strings.

"There's some cool artists on it. Serj sang two songs and the Avenged Sevenfold singer M Shadows, he sang a song. I have a bunch of other friends. Tom Morello played guitar on a song. I know it's been forever, but it will be released." here.

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Aerosmith To Rock Steven Tyler's Grammy Awards Viewing Party

Steven Tyler announced the return of his Grammy Awards Viewing Party to benefit Janie's Fund featuring a performance by Aerosmith on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

The special event will be hosted by Jane Lynch, and apart from the Aerosmith performance, the gala will will include a VIP cocktail reception and dinner, live viewing of the 61st Annual Grammy Awards telecast, and live auction to support Janie's Fund.

Co-chair supporters for the event include Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, Scarlett Johansson, Kate Hudson, Michael Rapino, Mick Fleetwood, Shep Gordon, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Stone, Ashlee Simpson & Evan Ross, Nina Dobrev, Cody Simpson, Alice Cooper, Caitlyn Jenner and Ciara.

"The journey to give these girls of Janie's Fund the opportunity to Live Out Loud continues and we're thrilled to present the 2nd annual Janie's Fund Gala. We won't stop until we meet our goal to give these girls the safety of home and a zest for life," Tyler said. "What we accomplished in 2018 was only the beginning and we will continue to spread the love and the word! It's so clear just by looking into the smiling faces and witnessing the spirit that surrounds this community that we've made an impact on the lives of these girls...there's no way we can stop now. We were completely taken aback by the overflow of support from our friends and family since the beginning. It's only because of that, we've been able to create a path that is helping these girls to find their VOICES...and giving them the chance to Live Out Loud is our top priority. In 2019, we're committed to ensuring that we can expand these programs so even more girls know and will have help to Reach For The Sky And Beyond!" here.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Streaming New Song 'Hard Case'

Tedeschi Trucks Band are streaming a brand new track called "Hard Case". The song comes from their forthcoming album "Signs", which is set to be released on February 15th.

Derek Trucks had this to say, "This is the first record we've made where, when I listen to it, it puts me in a specific place. It puts me in a zone and hits some raw nerves."

Susan Tedeschi added, "We are very lucky to do what we do, and we take responsibility for creating something positive to counter all the negativity. We all have to deal with tragic circumstances at times. As a musician, I feel it's my job to go out there, kick ass the best I can and offer inspiration." Listen to the song here.

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Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Biopic Nominated For Seven BAFTA Awards

(hennemusic) Queen's biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody", has been nominated for seven honors - including Outstanding British Film - at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) in London next month.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film - which follows Queen from their creation in 1970 through to their legendary 1985 Live Aid appearance - is a finalist in seven categories, including Outstanding British Film, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Costume Design, and Make Up & Hair, as well as Leading Actor for Rami Malek in his role as Freddie Mercury.

"The Favourite" led all films with nominations in 12 categories, while "Bohemian Rhapsody", "First Man", "Roma" and "A Star Is Born" each picked up seven nods.

Hosted by Joanna Lumley and broadcast exclusively on BBC One, the BAFTA Awards will take place at London's Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, February 10. Read more here.

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Behemoth Release Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica Video

Behemoth have released a new music video for their single "Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica." The track comes from their latest album "I Loved You At Your Darkest."

Orion had this to say, "Since we began the writing process, Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica was a stand-out contender to be featured as a single and music video.

"As the song evolved during rehearsal and recording, it gained this lively, furious vibe which you hear now - thus it includes live performance elements which we've not done in quite some time."

Orion said of the new clip, "We are happy to work with Grupa 13 once again, and once again, they showed their super-professional approach at every step of the shooting and video production.

"Two separate locations, hours of preparation, but it was all worth it. In absentia dei, we evangelise! Enjoy!" Watch the video here.

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Blues Music Awards Nominees Announced

The Blues Foundation have announced the nominees for the 40th Annual Blues Music Awards that will be taking place on May 9 at Memphis' Cook Convention Center.

We were sent the following details: Leading the way this year with the most nominations is the keyboard whiz Anthony Geraci, who is in the running in six categories. The Boston-area musician is up for consideration for Song of the Year ("Angelina, Angelina"); Album of the Year and Traditional Blues Album (Why Did You Have To Go); Traditional Blues Male Artist; Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award, and, with his group, the Boston Blues All-Stars, Band of the Year. If this six-pack isn't enough, Geraci also is a part of the band The Proven Ones, which garnered a Contemporary Blues Album nod for Wild Again. Furthermore, his fellow Proven Ones mates, Jimi Bott and Willie J. Campbell, are up for best drummer and bassist honors, respectively.

Also standing out are the sublime singer Shemekia Copeland and Chicago-based bluesman Nick Moss, who each are nominated in four categories. They both are battling Geraci in the Album of the Year category; Copeland for America's Child and Moss for The High Cost of Low Living, the Nick Moss Band effort featuring Dennis Gruenling. Additionally, Copeland is up for consideration for the Contemporary Blues Album, Vocalist of the Year, and Contemporary Blues Female Artist honors. Worth noting too is that her hit single, "Ain't Got Time For Hate," is a Song of the Year candidate for its songwriters John Hahn and Will Kimbrough. Moss' other three nominations are for Traditional Blues Album, Traditional Blues Male Artist, and Band of the Year (for the Nick Moss Band). Gruenling, meanwhile, nabbed his own nomination in the Harmonica instrumentalist category. Read more
here.

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