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Steve Perry On Possibility Of Journey Reunion

Steve Perry became an international superstar as the frontman for Journey. As he makes his return to music with a new album next month, the big question he has been asked is if he would ever return to the band that made him famous.

Perry was asked that question during an interview with 106.7 Lite FM in New York to promote his forthcoming album "Traces", which will be hitting stores on October 5th.

He responded, "No. I think that we've gone on our separate ways and we're doing great. Arnel [Pineda] is a great singer and he's been in the band for 10 years. But yeah, I don't think that's where I'm at right now. It took forever for me to find the passion for music again because I felt it was kind of damaged. I thought I would never feel that love again for music, so I had to walk. Now that I've found that again, I have so many other songs ready to be recorded." here.

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Metallica Release Video Of Live Rarity

(hennemusic) Metallica performed the 1999 single, "No Leaf Clover", for the first time in seven years during their September 4 show at The Target Center in Minneapolis, MN and have shared video of the performance.

One of two new songs on the live "S&M" album with the San Francisco Symphony, the tune hit No. 1 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart while peaking at No. 74 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Minneapolis stop was the second date of the fall North American leg of Metallica's tour in support of "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct", which resumed in Madison, WI on September 2.

The event also saw bassist Robert Trujillo and guitarist Kirk Hammett perform a tribute to Minnesota native Prince, who passed away from an accidental opioid overdose in April of 2016 at the age of 57.

During the fall series, Metallica will release multiple 30th anniversary editions of their 1988 album, "...And Justice For All", on November 2. here.

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Five For Fighting Singled Out Special: Superman

We have a very special Singled Out to celebrate Five For Fighting kicking off a unique and intimate tour where he will be joined by the FFF sting quartet. We asked John Ondrasik (aka Five For Fighting) to tell us about one of his most beloved songs: "Superman". Here is the story:

I couldn't write Superman today. I've found in the last twenty years, since writing that song, that it's pretty damn "easy to be me". But to a young songwriter facing the rejection of the music industry for over a decade, you might understand the "It's not easy to be me" sentiment. Superman was a gift. It came, beginning to end, in about 45 minutes. (The joke is I've been looking for that 45 minutes ever since...) I was also lucky to not be aware of the half dozen or so "Superman" songs that previously existed as that might have moved me to select another target for the symbolism.

When I first wrote Superman I didn't think it was for me. I fancied myself as a rocker back in the day, and I spoke to my publisher about giving the song to another artist. My producer Gregg was not so sure. He kept insisting we record that little song "Superman" (Yes we called it the little song). I remember every time we would come back to the production and add a guitar, or a string line, that I thought if anyone ever heard "Superman" they might relate to it's theme of inherent humanity.

Like many popular songs, Superman almost didn't see the light of day. It was not the first single off the "America Town" record. The first single, "Easy Tonight", was just successful enough for Columbia records to go after a second song. I knew this was my last shot, and I figured if I was going to go down in flames, it might as well be with "Superman".

When Superman first came out radio would not play it. The piano was not front and center on pop radio, and the tune didn't "fit" the formats. But the stars aligned, the zeitgeist was nicked, and Superman became a popular song around the world, as well as being one of the songs that found a place recognizing the heroes and the loss of 9-11.

Superman has taught me quite a few life lessons. That little things turn into big things, and sometimes you don't know your doing that big thing while doing that little thing. That perseverance pays off, and that music can make a difference like no other medium.

I'm pleased to release this new version of Superman on our just released Five For Fighting Live with String Quartet.It's the same song, with a new dimension and intimacy. Yes, I couldn't write Superman today, but Clark Kent will always be my first-born, and for that, I am beyond grateful.

Find out where you see Five For Fighting play on this special tour (where the new album will be available ahead of general release) and check out details about the brand new Cold Black Soundtrack, which features new recordings a very special version of "Superman" right here!

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Tool Frontman Shares Good News About New Album

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan shared some exciting news with fans that the band is making real progress on their long awaited follow-up album to 2006's "10,000" days.

It looks like fans will only have to wait less than half that amount of days to get their ears on the new Tool album. Keenan tweeted earlier this week that things are much closer and hinted that it will see the light of day next year.

He tweeted, "Update- Scratch Vox tracked awhile ago. AJ deep in Guitars now. Final Vox after. Step back. Adjust. Mix. Adjust. Re-Adjust. Master. Adjust. Re-Adjust. Long Way 2 Go But Much Closer. #TOOL #2019" here.

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We Came As Romans Reveal Plans Following Kyle's Death

We Came As Romans were rocked by the tragic death of singer Kyle Pavone from accidental overdose late last month but the band revealed that they plan to continue with their previous tour plans and will not be replacing the late vocalist.

Band co-vocalist Dave Stephens says in a new social media video that the band will be going ahead with their previously announced video with Bullet For My Valentine to honor Pavone.

He says in the clip, "Over the last few weeks, Kyle's family, his fans, his friends and the five of us have been experiencing a very wide range of emotions. For us, it's been the most difficult time of our lives.

"Through this, we've been trying to be very honest with each other and open about how we're feeling and grieving. So through all that, we've decided that the best course of action for the band is to do the Bullet for My Valentine tour.

"We feel like this honors Kyle, and we can talk about his foundation, the Kyle Pavone Foundation, and carry on doing what he would've wanted us to do, and us be together on stage, playing music together with our fans. We will not be replacing Kyle. We will be continuing on, the five of us, honoring his life for the next few weeks while we're on tour." Watch the full video here.

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Judas Priest Plan Unforgettable 50th Anniversary Event

Legendary heavy metal pioneers Judas Priest will be celebrating their 50th anniversary next year and guitarist Richie Faulkner says that the band is planning an unforgettable event to mark the milestone.

Frontman Rob Halford recently revealed that the band was making plans for the "incredible milestone" and Faulkner was asked about it during an interview with Metal Kaoz.

He said, "Obviously, I do have some idea of what's being talked about, but it's at the very early stages at the moment - and I don't want to give anything away.

"But, as Rob said, this is a fantastic milestone for the band and, again, the fans have put Priest there for all this time. This acknowledges the fans more than anything, so it will be all about giving back to them - an event that the fans will really remember."

He expanded with, "It's in progress and we're talking about what we want to do, but in true Judas Priest fashion, it's going to be something everyone will remember.

"We want to give back to the fans because they have put the band there for nearly 50 years and they're still coming to the shows. They still love the band, so it will be something special." here.

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Slash Debuts Brand New Songs At Special Club Show

(hennemusic) Slash ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators delivered the live debut of several songs from their forthcoming album, "Living The Dream", during an exclusive show for SiriusXM listeners at the famed Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, CA on September 11.

The band's 20-song set featured tracks from the guitarist's solo career alongside a cover of Guns N' Roses' "Rocket Queen" and five new tunes, including the singles "Driving Rain" and "Mind Your Manners", as well as "The Call Of The Wild", "My Antidote" and "Serve You Right."

"Thanks to all the @SXMOctane contest winners who made it to the @TheWhiskyaGoGo for the 1st #SMKC show of the #LivingtheDream tour last night!," posted Slash on social media. "It was a blast! See you on the road! Cheers!"

Due September 21, "Living The Dream" was produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Alter Bridge, Iggy Pop, Incubus), who previously teamed up with Slash on 2014's "World On Fire." Watch videos from the show including premieres here.

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Pantera's Philip Anselmo Plays Tribute To Dimebag and Vinnie Paul

Former Pantera frontman Philip Anselmo paid tribute to his late bandmates Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell last week during a show with his current band the Illegals.

When Anselmo and co took the stage in Dallas last week, they rocked a medley of the Pantera classics "Domination" and "Hollow", which he dedicated to the Abbott brothers.

He introduced the jam with the following, "This goes out to the un-f***ing-touchable memory of both Abbott brothers, Vince and Dimebag." Check out video footage here.

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Jack White Announces Concert Documentary And Live EP

(hennemusic) Jack White has announced that he will release a new live EP and concert documentary, "Kneeling at the Anthem D.C.", on September 21 exclusively via Amazon.

Directed by Emmett Malloy and filmed at the second sold-out night at The Anthem in Washington, D.C., the film gives fans a front row seat to White's career-spanning set at his May 30 tour stop in support of "Boarding House Reach"; the project also captures the rocker as he explores the nations' capitol and gives a surprise performance for students at Woodrow Wilson High School.

A special premiere screening of the film will be held in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, September 18 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel and will include a Q&A with Malloy.

The film's release will be accompanied by a companion six-song Amazon Original live EP of the same name that presents highlights from the Washington, DC concert. Read more here.

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HIM and Amorphis Stars Join Forces In New Group Flat Earth

Last week we learned that former HIM frontman Ville Valo is continuing with music in a new project and this week we learn that a couple of his former bandmates have teamed up with ex-Amorphis stars for a brand new band called Flat Earth.

The new group has released their first video for a track called "Blame". It is expected to be included on the group's forthcoming debut album that will be released under their just inked deal with Drakkar Entertainment.

The HIM side of the Flat Earth supergroup features Mikko "Linde" Lindstr÷m and Mika "Gas Lipstick" Karppinen and the Amorphis continent includes Niclas Etelavuori and Polanski's Anttoni "Anthony" Pikkarainen.

Etelavuori had this to say, "We are stoked to sign with Drakkar. We have been working on this album for quite some time now and are super excited that we finally can release the first Flat Earth album. Can't wait to get it out and get on the road and play again." Watch the video here.

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Krokus Launching Farewell Tour Next Year

Heavy rock veterans Krokus have announced that they will be launching a farewell tour next year that will conclude with a hometown show in December of 2019.

The dates for the final trek, dubbed the Adios Amigos World Tour, have yet to be announced but the band revealed that they will play their last show ever in their hometown of Zurich on December 7th

They had this to say on social media, "Krokus shows have always been special and should stay that way. That's why we decided to stop when it's still really good. That's how the fans should remember us.

"Unlike other bands that are on their eternal 'farewell tour', we will keep our word and pull the plug at the end of 2019, handing over the 'Rock Magic Wand' to the youngsters."

Singer Marc Storace added this about their very last show, "We look forward to a grandiose 2019 Adios Amigos World Tour with the final highlight in Switzerland."

And lead guitarist Fernando von Arb confirmed that this will really be the end. He said, "We have signed reciprocally contracts with each other that it really is over. We will stick to that. Every party has to end eventually." here.

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Steve Lukather Delivering The Gospel According To Luke Next Week

Toto icon Steve Lukather has announced that he will be releasing his new autobiography, entitled "The Gospel According To Luke," next Tuesday, September 18th.

Fans can preorder their copy here. We were sent the following details: "The books shares an outspoken spirit, and takes the reader behind the VIP curtain of rock and pop stardom recounting the vibrant and frequently lurid history of a vanquished golden age of the music business.

"Historically, few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO. The band has sold over 40 million albums and have over half a billion streams worldwide as of 2018 and today continue to be a worldwide arena draw staging standing room only events across the globe. They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70's bands that have endured the changing trends and styles, and 40 plus years in to a career enjoy a multi-generational fan base." Read more

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Singled Out: Sarahj's Safe

Melbourne pop-punk band Sarahj are gearing up to release their new EP next week and to celebrate we asked Sarah Jones to tell us about the lead single "Safe". Here is the story:

Safe was written by our beautiful singer Sarah. She wanted to tell the story of an important time of her life, a time when she met someone special and instantly felt a spark. It was from those vital moments of getting to know someone, and having those feelings grow and grow until you are almost inseparable, that Safe was born.

While it's easy to listen to Safe and hear it as a personal, fantastical love story of a relationship that defies all boundaries, we think it's just as important that you find your own meaning to it and create your own story. When Sarah presented Safe to us for the first time, the band found themselves relating to it themselves in vastly different ways. Perhaps the feeling that the song portrays doesn't just have to be one that explodes from nowhere, perhaps safety in a person is something that develops over a long period of time. Perhaps it also means to know someone for so long, and go through so much with them, that you know they could never hurt you.

The lyrics of Safe delve into personal past experiences that I'm sure a lot of people can relate to-moments of childhood and adolescent years where you felt like nobody was on your side, and you had to fend for yourself. Sarah learnt a lot of things on her own growing up. She learnt independence, and how to take care of herself in the world. Yet somehow, suddenly, everything changed when she met this person. She found herself relying on them, and trusting herself enough to let them be a source of love and guidance for her.

How is it that you could
Throw that all away?
And the smallest things you do
Could make the biggest change

The chorus ends with:

Stay awake
Don't say goodnight

This wasn't intended to be a literal interpretation of wanting someone to be awake with you just a little longer, but rather a longing for someone to be present with you- awake in a way that they feel the spark too, and you are always on their mind.

Safety and feeling at home is not just a place- it's a feeling or a person. Safety is when you can let go of everything that tells you to close yourself off from the world and keep it all inside. We hope you can relate to Safe in some way yourself. It means a lot to us to spread positive messages.

The person Sarah wrote about, and the inspiration for Safe was Connor, the drummer for Sarahj. Sarah and Connor have been together happily for two years now, and the spark never faded.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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Motley Crue Reunite To Record New Music

(hennemusic) Motley Crue members are sharing an update on news of the band's recent reunion in the recording studio. Late last month, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee confirmed the studio appearance alongside producer Bob Rock; now, a pair of rockers have revealed further plans regarding the studio sessions.

"Exciting news!," tweets singer Vince Neil. "I'll be going back in recording studio in a few weeks with the boys to record 4 brand new Motley Crue tracks! Rock On!"

When asked by a fan on social media if the group were recording the material for a movie soundtrack, Sixx replied "Yup #TheDirtMovie." Currently in production, the group's biopic is based on their 2006 memoir, "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band."

Directed by Jeff Tremaine, the project features Daniel Webber as Neil, Douglas Booth as Sixx, rapper Machine Gun Kelly as Lee, and Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars. Read more

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Metallica Stream Classic Live Performance

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming video of a 1989 live performance of "Blackened" as a preview to the group's November 2 release of multiple 30th anniversary editions of their 1988 album, "...And Justice For All."

The footage of the album's opening track was captured during a September 15, 1989.show at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA as part of the band's tour in support of their fourth album - their first with bassist Jason Newsted - which reached No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 8 million copies in the country.

The remastered "...And Justice For All" reissue will be available in multiple configurations, including a Standard Double 180 gram LP, Standard CD, 3 CD Expanded Edition, cassette, Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set and digitally as a Standard album (available to stream and download), an Expanded Edition (available for download only), and a Digital Deluxe Box Set (available for streaming and download).

The 3-CD set includes the remastered album, two discs including never before released rough mixes, demos and live tracks, and an expanded booklet including unseen photos by Ross Halfin. Watch the video and read more here.

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Greta Van Fleet Expand Their Upcoming Fall Tour Plans

(hennemusic) Greta Van Fleet have added a series of dates to their fall tour in support of their forthcoming debut album, "Anthem Of The Peaceful Army," which is set to hit stores on October 19th.

"It is a tremendous thrill to announce new shows added in London, New York, Chicago, and Detroit!," says the band. "We look forward to celebrating sound with you!"

Currently playing gigs across North America, the Michigan rockers have tacked on a third appearance at The Forum in London, UK on November 12 after selling out two previously-announced shows at the venue, and three new US concerts late in the year: at New York's Terminal 5 on November 27, Chicago's Aragon Ballroom on December 12, and a homecoming show at Detroit's Fox Theatre on December 27.

Tickets for all new dates will go on sale via the usual outlets on Friday, September 14 at 10 AM. An updated list of all fall tour dates can be found here.

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Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland Turns 50 With Box Set

(hennemusic) The 50th anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's 1968 double album, "Electric Ladyland", will be celebrated this fall with the November 9 release of a Deluxe Box Set featuring demos, outtakes, live recordings and a documentary.

The third and final studio record by the power trio was the band's only set to top the US charts while delivering their only US Top 20 hit with a cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower."

The expanded 50th anniversary packages - available as either a 3CD/1 Blu-ray set or a 6LP/1 Blu-ray set - include the double album newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes.

A second disc presents early takes of tunes from the project, including demos for song ideas Hendrix recorded himself on a Teac reel-to-reel tape machine in early 1968, as well as early sessions at Sound Center and the Record Plant in New York.

Among the tracks are previously unreleased versions of "Angel Caterina" and "Little Miss Strange" with guest appearances from Buddy Miles and Stephen Stills; "Long Hot Summer" features Hendrix and Mitch Mitchell with Al Kooper on piano; and, "At Last . . . the Beginning" is an early version of what would become "...And the Gods Made Love."

A third disc features the previously-unreleased live album, "Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At the Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68", part of Experience Hendrix's official 'bootleg' series; the set captures the trio in concert just a few weeks before "Electric Ladyland" was released.

The 50th anniversary reissue is rounded out with the documentary "At Last... The Beginning: The Making Of Electric Ladyland", which explores the creation of the double album and includes first-hand recollections of Hendrix and the project by bassist Noel Redding, drummer Mitch Mitchell, manager Chas Chandler, Buddy Miles, Jack Casady, Steve Winwood, Dave Mason and others who participated in the sessions. Read more here.

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Slash Rocks New Single On Late Night TV Show

(hennemusic) Slash ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators launched their new album, "Living The Dream", with a performance on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, September 12.

The band rocked the project's lead single "Driving Rain" on the broadcast, while its follow-up, "Mind Your Manners", was released as an online exclusive.

The pair of tracks were part of a five-song set by Slash and the group, who also presented "The Call Of The Wild" from the forthcoming album, the title track to 2014's "World On Fire", and the 2012 single, "Anastasia", from "Apocalyptic Love" for the assembled crowd.

Due September 21, "Living The Dream" was produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Alter Bridge, Iggy Pop, Incubus).

The project marks the Guns N' Roses guitarist's fourth solo album and third with his band featuring vocalist Myles Kennedy, drummer Brent Fitz, bassist Todd Kerns and guitarist Frank Sidoris.

The Jimmy Kimmel appearance followed the live debut of several songs from "Living The Dream" during an exclusive show for SiriusXM listeners at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, CA on September 11, the same venue that sees the official start of a fall tour of North America on September 13. Watch the late night TV performances here.

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AC/DC's Bon Scott Era The Focus Of New Book

(hennemusic) AC/DC 1973-1980: The Bon Scott Years", is the title of a new book about the Australian rockers by Jeff Apter, will be published on November 14 by Jawbone Press.

"To fans and critics alike, the years 1973 to 1980 - the Bon Scott era - are the most significant of AC/DC's five-decade career," reads an overview of the project. "In a prolific and frequently brilliant run, they recorded six studio albums, established a diehard fan base that stretched from Australia to the UK and Europe to North America, toured relentlessly, and created no small amount of controversy and chaos.

"At one low point in Australia, the band's records were banned, their shows were cancelled, and they were hounded by the police - all because Angus Young dared bare his spotty backside at a press conference."

"In the midst of the mayhem, however, they were building a body of work that remains unmatched in hard rock," as many songs from the era are both fan favourites and staples of the band's live sets forty years later.

Packed full of rare photographs and memorabilia, this large-format, full-colour book documents all the key events of this frenetic time, beginning with the band's very first shows in the bloodhouses of suburban Sydney - even before the name AC/DC had been dreamed up by Margaret Young, Malcolm and Angus's big sister - and culminating with 1979's "Highway To Hell", the album that paved the way for the mammoth success of "Back In Black" and all that was to follow, and the untimely death of Bon Scott, which prompted both an end and a new beginning for the band. Read more here.

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Myles Kennedy Launching U.S. Solo Tour This Fall

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge and Slash solo band frontman Myles Kennedy has announced that he will be launching a fall US tour in support of his solo debut, "Year Of The Tiger."

The series - which marks the final leg of the rocker's world tour - will open in Chicago, IL on November 13 and crisscross the country before it wraps up in Seattle, WA on December 16. "USA - let's do this one more time!!", says Kennedy.

Kennedy bills "Year Of The Tiger" as a concept record inspired by the loss of his father, Richard Bass, when he was a child; a Christian Scientist, Bass refused medical treatment and died from appendicitis when the future rocker was just four years of age.

Bass passed away in 1974, the year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar. Read more including the dates here.

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Aerosmith And Roots Walk This Way On Kids Instruments

(hennemusic) Aerosmith were joined by Jimmy Fallon and The Roots to perform their 1975 classic, "Walk This Way", with classroom instruments during a recent appearance on The Tonight Show, and now the program is streaming video from the session.

The second single from their third album, "Toys In The Attic", was a US Top 10 hit while going on to become a signature song for the Boston outfit alongside so many other classic tracks.

Aerosmith's August 16 appearance on the program also saw the group performed their 1973 classic, "Mama Kin", and their cover of Bull Moose Jackson's "Big Ten Inch Record."

The late night TV appearance was to promote the band's spring 2019 residency in Las Vegas; "Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild" will see the group perform an 18-date series at the Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort in Las Vegas beginning Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Producer Giles Martin has been brought in to oversee a production that promises "one of the most immersive, state-of-the art audio and video technology experiences in Las Vegas," featuring never-seen-before content from the band. Watch the TV performance

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John Mellencamp Returning With New Album and Tour

(hennemusic) John Mellencamp will release a new album, "Other People's Stuff", on November 16, and the Indiana rocker will head out on the road on an early 2019 US tour in support of the project.

While further details about the studio effort were not revealed, the singer has revealed his schedule for the companion trek; dubbed "The John Mellencamp Show", the 26-date series will begin in South Bend, IN on February 7.

Mellencamp's live show performances will start promptly at 8pm and will not include an opening act, while every ticket purchased online will receive a physical copy of "Other People's Stuff."

Pre-sale and VIP tickets will be available starting Wednesday, September 19 at 10 a.m local time, with general public seats going on sale Friday, September 21 at 10 a.m. local time (tickets for Mellencamp's two shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City will go on sale September 28 at 11 a.m. local time). Read more here.

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Singled Out: Sarra's Kerosene

Singer-songwriter Sarra recently released a new single called "Kerosene" and to celebrate we asked her to tell us the story behind the track. Here is the story:

I started writing for this project in the summer of 2015. A lot of that time was spent writing a lot of sh*tty songs, some good, but mostly just an experiment in finding my sound sonically and lyrically. About a year and a half into the process my co-writer Jay Stolar and I had probably written close to 30 songs. A few of them really stuck and were actually pretty damn good but even after going through half of 2015 and all of 2016 pouring my guts out on paper, I think I was still really holding back.

Both of my grandfather's died within a month of each other in early 2017. I was driving back to Texas from the second funeral in Oklahoma and started going down this rabbit hole of relationships. I wasn't very close to either one of my grandpas and I was just replaying the tape of my life and my childhood to really understand why. Somewhere between the rainy dark drive home and me dissecting my family relationships I started down the rabbit hole of my broken marriage. My ex-husband and I divorced in 2014 and half of the record is about that experience.

There was a lot of bitterness and anger at the end and it got me thinking about the extremes of love. You start out in this blissful stage, the happily-ever-after stage. You're going to build this life and be together forever. But then somewhere down the road life happens and sh*t goes wrong. You end up breaking up and f***ing hating that person. I was driving down I-35 thinking how the hell did we end up there. Going from "I'm going to love you forever" to "I want to see you burn".

I loved the concept and I just started dictating lyrics into my phone. I took them back to Jay and we crafted "Kerosene".

The production process was a beast in itself. My producer Josh Goode came up with a really cool idea for the demo and I, unfortunately, got a little too attached. We were working on the rest of the record and didn't work on Kerosene for probably 6 months. Once we revisited the song Josh hated the production but I loved it. He was insistent on redoing it and when he did, I hated it. It put us in this really awful space because neither one of us wanted to budge. We ended up setting it down again and not coming back to it until the rest of the album was done. I told him that I wanted to go ahead and record the vocals and asked if he could at least lay down a skeleton of the tune and he could finish the production at a later time.

We scrapped both versions and hashed out some new ideas for the direction of the song. I had a gig that night and when I came home (Josh is my FiancÚ) he had figured it out and it KILLED! We literally went from fighting about whether it should even go on the album to it being the lead single.

Kerosene was important to me because I felt like it expressed a vulnerability and realness in what I had experienced. I loved the concept and knew it could be something special. I'm glad I fought for it because it's one of my favorite tracks on the album!

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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