Day in Rock Report for 02/09/2016

Van Halen's David Lee Roth Returns With The Roth Show

(hennemusic) David Lee Roth has made his return online with the launch of a new website. As part of the launch, the singer is also debuting a new episode of his web series The Roth Show.

The Van Halen frontman's social media sites went dark at the end of January 2015 without explanation, just days before Van Halen announced plans to release "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert."

Roth returned on February 7 with a new home at davidleeroth.net, with links to his Facebook and Twitter accounts. "D-Ro in the house, yo," posted Roth. "Peace, love, & concussions to all #SB50" Read more here.

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Megadeth May Rerecord Classic Songs With New Lineup

(Classic Rock) Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine says he is considering re-recording the band's biggest hits with the current lineup. Asked whether he had given any thought to re-recording 1985 debut Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good with bassist Dave Ellefson, drummer Chris Adler and lead guitarist Kiko Loureiro, the frontman says that isn't on the cards.

But he did say he could be tempted to capture some of the band's classic songs with the fresh lineup. Mustaine tells Musik Universe in a new online video interview:

"If I did go back and record any old songs, it would probably be like a brand new interpretation of our greatest hits, because I think that focusing on any one record and showing an interpretation of all of our great songs by a new lineup would be more exciting. You never know. We might do that." Watch the full interview here.

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Peter Cetera Backs Out Of Chicago Rock Hall Reunion

(Radio.com) It appears that fans hoping to see Peter Cetera reunite with Chicago at the band's Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction are out of luck as Cetera says he is "frustrated and tired of dealing" with organizers of the event and does not plan to appear. Radio.com reports:

On Monday (February 8) Cetera posted a note to his website, saying that he would not be attending the ceremony after facing problems with organizers setting up his appearance.

He wrote, "I just sent this to the RnR hall of fame people. This is the the short high road nice version of what I really wanted to say. I'll post that response at the appropriate time. Ciao,

"Hello Alex and Joel! Unfortunately, this scenario doesn't work for me. I know we all did our best to make it happen, but I guess it's just not meant to be. Personally, I'm frustrated and tired of dealing with this and it's time to move on. I have a life with two beautiful daughters and a solo career and its time to get back and give them all the full attention they deserve.

"Thanks for all your help and consideration! Have a great show and please send any individual award I receive to the contact you have for me." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Exhibit Coming To Rock Hall

(hennemusic) A new Guns N' Roses exhibit is set to open at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland later this month. In sync with the band's semi-reunion this year - which currently features Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan - the Rock Hall will feature the 2012 Inductees in its Legends Of Rock exhibit that will open on Friday, February 26.

Among the items on display will be a Guns N' Roses pinball machine owned by Slash; a black top hat with a brim that curls at edges worn by Slash; a button down madras plaid shirt with cut off sleeves worn by Axl Rose; a black Colorado Rockies short-sleeved jersey worn by Dizzy Reed; a prototype Slash guitar (a 1986 Les Paul replica, handmade by Kris Derrig); and black leather Converse high-top sneakers worn by Slash.

"We are thrilled to add Guns N' Roses to our Legends of Rock exhibition," says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President & CEO Greg Harris. "Their legacy and impact is remarkable and we are excited to share these items with fans during this historic reunion year.

"Slash is incredibly supportive of the Rock Hall, and by donating his Les Paul and pinball machine, he helped made this exhibit possible." Read more here.

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Ritchie Blackmore's Singer Wants New Band To Make New Music

(Classic Rock) Vocalist Ronnie Romero has praised Ritchie Blackmore, saying the guitarist has been a mentor to him. Romero also reports he's keen to continue making music with the lineup, which also features Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau, following the three planned appearances.

The former Deep Purple icon plucked the singer out of relative obscurity to front his new-look Rainbow lineup last year ahead of two German Monsters Of Rock festivals in June, and an appearance at Birmingham's Genting Arena the same month.

And Romero, who also plays with his band Lords Of Black, says Blackmore's already had a huge influence on him. The vocalist tells Metal Shock Finland: "We had some jamming sessions and some new ideas for the songs. Ritchie is different from what the people think. It's very easy because Ritchie is a very nice guy and he's a legend - he knew everything about rock'n'roll.

"So all you can do is learn about it, his history and the way he sees the scene. He always teaches me, he's like a mentor for me." Read more here.

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Stone Temple Pilots Ready To Evolve With Next Singer

(Classic Rock) Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo says the band will be ready to get to work on new material almost immediately once they appoint a new singer. They posted a video at the weekend inviting applications from vocalists who feel they have what it takes to replace Chester Bennington, who stepped down last year.

And DeLeo says he, brother Robert and drummer Eric Kretz are itching to get to work as soon as possible. He tells Rolling Stone: "Robert, Eric and I have a lot of material kicking around. We really want to be able to make new music and forge on, move forward, evolve."

Candidates can download instrumental versions of STP tracks including Interstate Love Song, Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart and Vasoline, record themselves singing along and then upload them to the band's website, where STP will be able to hear them.

DeLeo adds: "A great singer will carry an average band. A great band won't carry an average singer. So what we're looking for is a pretty tall order." Read more here.

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Two Women Arrested For Skindred Frontman Attack

(TeamRock Radio) Two Newport, UK women have been arrested in connection with an incident which left Skindred frontman Benji Webbe needing 24 stitches to his face and neck.

A 40-year-old has been arrested for assault (wounding with intent) and a 29-year-old has been arrested for affray and criminal damage. Both are currently on bail.

The Skindred vocalist was allegedly attacked with a glass while trying to break up an argument between a group of women outside the Crosskeys Pub in Newport city centre.

The 48-year-old says he and his partner Julie Christian were walking home from his friend's birthday party at The Lounge nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning when they crossed paths with the women.

He told Wales Online: "I went outside with my girlfriend, Julie, and I saw about three or four girls arguing. As we went past them I tried to calm them down and said, 'Calm down will you,' jokingly.

"One of the women turned to me and came within four inches of my face, screaming and shouting." Read more here.

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Ted Nugent's Stranglehold Featured In Super Bowl Commercial

(hennemusic) Ted Nugent's 1975 classic, "Stranglehold", was featured in a Super Bowl commercial for website builder Wix.com on Sunday and is now streaming online.

The ad cross-promotes Kung Fu Panda while relaying the benefits of building a "stunning website" for your brand. "Stranglehold" was the opening track on Nugent's 1975 self-titled debut album, which features several classics by the Michigan rocker including "Stormtroopin'", "Motor City Madhouse" and "Just What The Doctor Ordered."

"Ted Nugent" peaked at No. 28 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 2 million copies in the States alone. Nugent launched his solo career after a decade with The Amboy Dukes, who he formed in Chicago in 1964. The group is best known for its one hit single - the title track to their second album, 1968's "Journey To The Center Of The Mind." Watch the ad here.

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Testament Frontman Reveals New Album Details

(TeamRock Radio) Testament have hinted their 11th studio album will be named The Brotherhood Of The Snake - and it's due out later this year. And frontman Chuck Billy hopes to have the title track mixed this week, and released free in the near future.

Billy tells WMSC 90.3: "Right now, I think The Brotherhood Of The Snake is what we're going to title the album, and it's the first single. I think it's probably going to be a freebie that we'll just give people to check out."

He also hints he's been inspired by his Catholic heritage, ancient cults and the "connection between religion and aliens" when writing the follow-up to Dark Roots Of Earth.

He says: "The main part in The Brotherhood Of The Snake is basically, 5000 year ago, secret society stuff. We're really fascinated. I was born Catholic and seeing all these shows on the connection between religion and aliens, it makes you think about everything. There's a fascination with that.

"I'll probably connect with my native heritage again in some songs. So, just a little bit of everything that affects our life." Read more and listen to the full interview here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Release 'Worthless' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine have released a video for their track Worthless. The song comes from their latest record Venom, which was issued in December last year.

Frontman Matt Tuck says: "The video itself is very direct, there's no narrative at all. We wanted to keep it super simple and as we went really deep in narrative on Battle and Venom we thought it would be nice to keep it more performance-based. The song itself has become one of our favourites from Venom and from all the comments we get from you guys we know it's one of yours too. Enjoy."

Tuck hinted last month that the band might release a five-track EP this year. The Welsh outfit are currently on tour across North America with Asking Alexandria. They're set to tour the UK in November and December. Watch the new video here.

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Raging Speedhorn and Monster Magnet Announce Split Release

(TeamRock Radio) UK outfit Raging Speedhorn have teamed up with Monster Magnet to release a split 7-inch single. Only 300 vinyl pressings will be made available - and it's being launched to coincide with Raging Speedhorn's appearance at this year's Metal Hammer-sponsored Desertfest in London.

The double A-side single features Speedhorn's Half Way To Hell and Monster Magnet's Hallucination Bomb. It'll be released via H42 Records on April 29 - the same day the Camden event gets underway.

Guitarist Jim Palmer says: "Having been a fan of Monster Magnet forever, it's a real pleasure to be part of this split record. We also feel tremendously honored that Desertfest chose us as we are big fans of the festival. It doesn't get much better than this." Read more and see the cover art here.

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Rivers Cuomo Contributes To The Monkees 50th Anniversary Album

(Radio.com) Who better to help The Monkees celebrate their 50th anniversary than Weezer's Rivers Cuomo and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard? Those are two of the musicians who wrote songs for the band's first new album in 20 years, Good Times.

Surviving members Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork perform on the entire album, which brings together songs originally penned for the group in the 1960s along with newer work by Cuomo, Gibbard, XTC's Andy Partridge and more.

One song written by Neil Diamond, "Love to Love," features Davy Jones with a vintage vocal. "This is one of the most exciting Monkee projects I've been involved in for decades!" said Dolenz. Read more here.

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Therapy?, Michael Monroe Lead Stone Free Festival Additions

(Classic Rock) Organizers of the inaugural Stone Free Festival, which takes place at London's O2 Arena in June, have added a number of new acts to the bill. Therapy?, Michael Monroe, Jared James Nichols, The Lounge Kittens, Haken, Messenger and Jackaman will join a line-up that already features Alice Cooper, Rick Wakeman, The Darkness, Marillion, Steve Hackett and Blackberry Smoke.

Also featuring at the festival will be Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here Symphonic, an orchestral reworking of Pink Floyd's classic Wish You Were Here album, which celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the original.

Stone Free will feature multiple stages, special acoustic performances, Q&As with headline performers, cinema screenings (including Jean Luc Godard's Sympathy for the Devil, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Live at Knebworth Fair 1976, and Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon). Read more here.

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Korn's Ray Luzier Looks Back On His Steel Panther Days

(Classic Rock) Korn drummer Ray Luzier says people still don't believe that he was the original drummer in Steel Panther. The former David Lee Roth sticksman played with the band when they were called Metal Shop in the 90s. And while he reports he initially thought playing covers while wearing a wig was "stupid," he's delighted to see his old bandmates achieve success.

Luzier tells California Rock News: "I'm the original drummer in Steel Panther. Not a lot of people know that. They don't believe it. We had the wigs, playing to 12 people at The Viper Room and I was not into it at the beginning. It was, like, 'Man, this is stupid. We've got wigs on. We're playing Motley Crue and Whitesnake covers. What are we doing?'

"Then all of a sudden, Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers would show up and all these people. We did Walk This Way with Steven Tyler, and next thing you know, the buzz around Hollywood was, 'Why are there celebrities showing up to this Viper Room cover night?' Next thing you know, they're selling out." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Pixies Tease New Music With Studio Video

(Classic Rock) Pixies have released a video that appears to tease a 2016 release. The band's last effort was 2014 album Indie Cindy, which was made up of tracks compiled from three self-released, limited-edition EPs.

In a video posted to the band's social media streams, members Black Francis, Dave Lovering and Joey Santiago are seen in a studio along with stand-in bassist Paz Lenchantin. The video is captioned: "Pixies coming 2016."

Lenchantin's involvement would seem to rule out a return for original bassist Kim Deal, although Pixies have repeatedly stated the door remains open for her. The band also have a number of tour dates lined up for 2016, and have been drip feeding additional dates over recent weeks. Watch the video here.

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Mogwai Stream New Single 'Ether'

(Prog) Mogwai have released a stream of their new single Ether. The song is the opening track on their upcoming album Atomic, which is due out on April 1. The Scottish outfit put out U-235 from their first full-length recording since 2014's Rave Tapes last month.

Atomic is composed of reworked versions of tracks that featured on the soundtrack to 2015 Mark Cousin documentary Atomic: Living In Dread And Promise.

Mogwai mainman Stuart Braithwaite says: "Mark's film captures both the horror and beauty of the atomic age. Ever since we went to Hiroshima, this has been a subject very close to us.

"Ether is the first song on the album and soundtracks the opening and most optimistic part of the film. We tried to mirror that with the music. The soundtrack is one of the most intense and fulfilling projects we've taken on as a band, and one that I'm extremely proud of." Stream the song here.

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Ice Bucket Challenge Organizer Praises Rock Community

(Classic Rock) One of the men who helped launch the 'ice bucket challenge' in the UK says rock stars and fans who took part have made a real difference to sufferers of motor neurone disease.

Steve Bell - a self-confessed rocker and veteran of both Download and its predecessor Monsters Of Rock - is a director of care with the Motor Neurone Disease Association and was the first person in the UK to film his own ice bucket challenge.

And he couldn't have been more proud of the rock community when he saw the likes of Dave Grohl, Duff McKagan, Def Leppard, Kiss and Jason Becker taking part. Guitar virtuoso Becker has ALS and performed a modified version of the challenge as he thanked everyone who had taken part.

The 2014 social media phenomenon saw people from all walks of life taking part in a stunt that saw them pour buckets of ice cold water over their heads to raise awareness of motor neurone disease (MND) - also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Lou Gehrig's disease.

As part of their videos, participants would 'call out' friends to record their own ice bucket challenge. Read more here.

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Rob Reed Hopes To Release Sanctuary II Album In April

(Prog) Rob Reed says he's hoping to release his latest solo album in April. The Magenta mastermind is currently in the final stages of mixing and mastering Sanctuary II, which will feature drummer Simon Phillips.

Reed say: "I was working on Sanctuary II and wanted to introduce something new as I had avoided drums on the first album. I approached Simon to see if he would be up for playing - after hearing the demos he kindly agreed.

"Simon has featured on some of my favourite albums - Crises by Mike Oldfield and White City by Pete Townshend, alongside his solo work and also with Toto."

Reed reports the collaboration was a "dream come true" and adds: "The best thing was, we all know he can play the tricky stuff but it was amazing that he knew when to hold back and let the music breath, this just comes with experience." Read more here.

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Discipline's Matthew Parmenter Announces New Solo Album

(Prog) Discipline mainman Matthew Parmenter will release his third solo album next month, it's been confirmed. All Our Yesterdays is the follow-up to 2008's Horror Express and it'll launch on March 11 via Bad Elephant Music.

The album is described as a "stunning piece of work, best experienced as a single, all-encompassing musical odyssey. Each track can be taken on its own individual merit but the full, immersive effect is most evident when they're all heard in succession."

Drummer Paul Dzendzel plays on four of the record's tracks, while Parmenter sings and plays all other instruments across the album. Read more and see cover art and tracklisting here.

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Simo Release 'Long May You Sail' Video

(The Blues Simo have debuted a music video for their track Long May You Sail. The song is taken from their latest album Let Love Show The Way, which was released on January 29 via Mascot Music.

Frontman Simo recently said of the work: "We live and die by the take. We don't edit - and if there are overdubs, they're minimal. I want it to be unaffected and pure.

"For me, the music that always resonates most is when a performance is captured. That's what I love, and that's what we go for." The band previously released tracks I'll Always Be Around and Becky's Last Occupation from the record. Watch the new video here.

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Manowar Star Fears For Rock's Future

(Classic Rock) Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio says they are among only a handful of artists who are able to generate big crowds. The band are currently on tour across Europe and when asked what he thinks will happen once they, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden call it a day, he says newer groups will keep metal going - but insists it won't be the same.

He tells Kaaos TV: "There's always going to be people that are great musicians - there's always going to be people who are seen as heroes to their fans. But this generation of musicians that I am from, there will never be people like us again, because we grew up in a different time of music and a different time in metal.

"We were so lucky that we grew up right in the middle of the explosion of metal. There were just so many great bands. I don't hear another Judas Priest out there. I certainly don't hear another Manowar or another Kiss.

"Of course there's going to be metal and rock bands - there's going to be metal concerts and people are always going to go and have fun. But there's a reason why the bands that are out there now are the headliners for big shows. There aren't many of us out there that are able to put 40,000 people on the ground." Watch the full interview here.

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Tusmorke Stream New Song 'Ekebergkongen'

(Prog) Norwegian prog heroes Tusmorke have made their track Ekebergkongen available to stream with TeamRock. It's the opening track from the band's upcoming third album Fort Bak Lyset, which is released on March 18 via Svart Records.

According to the label, the album sees Tusmorke "explore ancient folklore of Oslo, the spheres on the far side of death and space and the pathless lands off the beaten track."

Fort Bak Lyset translates as "led behind the light," and the record is produced by Lars Fredrik Froislie. It's the follow-up to 2014 effort Risek Bak Speilet. Stream the new song here.

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Iconic Blues Venue The Stanhope House For Sale

(The Blues Iconic New Jersey blues venue The Stanhope House is up for sale. But the owners of the bar branded 'The Last Great American Roadhouse' insist they intend to keep running it as a music hotspot and that they hope to bring onboard a new investor.

The property is listed for sale at $1.7million, although Jon Klein, who has owned the building since 2010, says "we ain't going nowhere." Klein tells NJ.com he is "testing the waters" with the listing and adds: "We can't sell to someone who isn't in the heart of the blues."

Located on Stanhope's Main Street, the building has been standing since 1794 and was a house, general store and post office before being transformed into a music venue in the 1960s. Artists including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy have performed there. Read more here.

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Hands Like Houses Announce UK Spring Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Hands Like Houses have announced an 11-date UK tour for May and June. The Aussie band's trek was due to start last November, but they pushed it back to focus on their third album Dissonants.

Hands Like Houses previously said: "These kinds of decisions are always made with great difficulty, but also the calming reassurance that we will be coming back refreshed, re-energised and on the back of releasing our best album yet.

"Keep warm, stay cool and hold tight - the rescheduled dates will be confirmed very soon and all tickets remain valid as well as VIP purchases. We'll see you in the spring." See the tour dates here.

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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Previews New Discovery Channel Pilot

(Merlis) ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons has released a preview video for the pilot episode of his new television series on the Discovery Channel, which will be premiering on February 29 at 10 PM ET/PT. We were sent over the following details about the show:

Hot rodding is not just about the cars, it's a lifestyle. In the pilot episode, Billy reaches out to one of the top hot rod builders in the business - Jimmy Shine. Billy has known Jimmy for more than 20 years and during that time, they've built dozens of award-winning hot rods. When they get together, you never know what kind of car will come to life. Billy acts as the creative director, driving the vision and finding the hidden gem vehicles while Jimmy executes and makes sure it all comes together. But it's a partnership that's often easier said than done.

"They call Billy the Howard Hughes of the blues because he's eccentric," Jimmy said. "Billy has his vision and I have mine. And sometimes it can be a bumpy ride getting to the finish line."

Together Billy and Jimmy hit the open road in an impromptu search of the perfect fixer-upper. If there is one thing Billy loves, it's a bargain especially when it comes to cars. After an exhaustive journey into the California desert, Billy finds the unlikely car behind his vision - a rusted and dinged up 1984 El Camino. With a rock star client like Billy Gibbons, you need to be ready for anything- even when asked to build a part car/part truck roadster for a big Hollywood event just three weeks away. It's a tight timeline, but if Jimmy can pull it off, there just might be a bigger-than-normal payoff for this master builder.

With Jimmy and his opinionated team of mechanics, it's all hands on deck as the team scrambles to make deadline and incorporate unconventional parts Billy has collected along the way - including an old bass drum pedal. And of course, no hot rod is complete without a hidden "Billy-ism" built into the car.

With so many moving parts, will Jimmy and his crew be able to make Billy's tight deadline and cash-in on the ambitious build? Or have they reached the end of the road with their celebrity rock star client? Watch the preview

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Dead & Company Announce 2016 U.S. Tour

Grateful Dead offshoot Dead & Company have announced that they will be hitting the road this spring and early summer for a U.S. tour that will see them visit cities in various markets across the country.

The band features Grateful Dead stars Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, along with John Mayer, Allman Brothers' Oteil Burbridge and "Fare Thee Well" and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

The tour will feature the band performing two sets of music from the Grateful Dead's lengthy catalog of songs with the tour set to kick off on June 10th in Charlotte, NC and wrapping up on July 16th in Boston at Fenway Park. See the tour dates here.

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Skeletonwitch Complete Recording On New EP With New Singer

Skeletonwitch have revealed that they have completed the recording of their new EP, which they expect to release this summer and will feature the band's brand new, as-yet-revealed singer.

The band will also be hitting the road next month for a North American tour. The new as-yet-untitled EP, follows the band's 2013 release "Serpents Unleashed" and was recorded with Kevin Bernsten at Baltimore's Developing Nations (Noisem, Magrudergrind, Mutilation Rites).

Skeletonwitch's North American tour with Abbath, High on Fire and Tribulation will be kicking off on March 17th in Baltimore and will conclude on April 15th in Philadelphia. See the dates here.

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Boris Announce Short U.S. Tour

Japanese rockers Boris have announced a short tour this spring that will visit a handful of markets in the U.S. in support of their forthcoming collaborative joint release with Merzbow.

The new tour dates will be kicking off on April 29th in Austin, TX at the Levitation Fest and will be wrapping up on May 7th in Pomona, CA at The Glass House.

Boris with Merzbow's forthcoming collaboration is set to be released on March 18th via Relapse Records and was named after the Japanese word for "phenomenon."

Gensho will feature over one-hundred-fiifty minutes of new music spread across two CDs and four LPs (available as two separate 2XLP sets or a deluxe 4xLP edition). See the tour dates here.

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Panic! At The Disco's Brandon Urie Tributes David Bowie

(Radio.com) David Bowie was one of the most important, if not the most important, inspiration to Panic! At The Disco's Brandon Urie and to see him go, shook the singer to his core.

"David Bowie to me--one of the biggest icons--one of the biggest inspirations for music. In terms of how I create, cultivate an image, visually, recreating yourself as an artist--all these things I think David Bowie was the best at."

The first time Urie was introduced to David Bowie was Labyrinth, Jim Henson's 1986 musical fantasy starring Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King. (Watch a clip below) "I was probably 6," Urie recalls fondly. "I want to be that dude. He's the Goblin King! He owns it. He's a beautiful man, he can sing like hell, this guy's just the most talented guy ever." But it wasn't until Urie got into the music that he truly fell under Bowie's spell. "I was listening to Hunky Dory. I was in love with that album. I love how elegant he looks laying in a dress on the cover. It's just like… what is this dude??? He can't be classified into one genre."

Urie found out about Bowie's death while on a tour stop in London. "I had a fourteen hour press day planned and I wake up at 7am, get in the car, and the first piece of news is Bowie's passed." Choking up during the interview, it's clear Urie still feels the pain of his idol's death. Read more here.

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Iamthemorning Announce New Album 'Lighthouse'

(Prog) Iamthemorning will release their third album Lighthouse in April, they've confirmed. The Russian prog duo's follow up to 2014 effort Belighted will be issued on April 1 via Kscope.

Lighthouse will be available on CD, LP and in digital formats, with pre-orders on offer now. Gleb Kolyadin and Marjana Semkina last year issued live album From The House Of Arts via Kickstarter to help fund what would become Lighthouse, saying they were in a "terrible debt hole" at the time.

They said: "Belighted left us in a terrible debt hole, despite the crowdfunding campaign. The main reason was that we had no experience running campaigns, and we couldn't make proper calculations of what we actually needed."

Engineering and mixing on Lighthouse is handled by Marcel van Limbeek, with the record self produced by the band. The album features guest musicians Gavin Harrison of Porcupine Tree and King Crimson on drums, Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree on bass. Read more here.

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Ghost Unplug For Bandit Rock Awards Performance

(hennemusic) Ghost delivered an acoustic performance during the Bandit Rock Awards in Stockholm, Sweden on January 19, and video from the event at the city's Hard Rock Café has surfaced.

The group played three songs, including "Jigolo Har Megiddo" from 2013's "Infestissumam", "He Is" from their latest release, "Meliora", and a cover of Roky Erickson's "If You Have Ghosts" from their 2013 Dave Grohl-produced EP of the same name

Ghost picked up three awards at the annual event for the Swedish radio network Bandit Rock, including Best Swedish Album for "Meliora", Best Swedish Live Act and Best Swedish Team.

Other 2016 Bandit Rock Awards winners included Iron Maiden for Best International Album with 2015's "The Book Of Souls", Foo Fighters for Best International Live Act, and Five Finger Death Punch for Best International Artist. Check out the Ghost performance here.

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Citizen Recall Spending The Night At A Weird Fan's House

(TeamRock Radio) Citizen say they always think twice about crashing at strangers' homes on tour after they spent the night at a weird fan's house. The Michigan band stayed at a man's home after a gig in Utah in 2012 and the experience taught them a valuable lesson, as the host got a little too close for comfort to frontman Mat Kerekes.

Guitarist Nick Hamm tells TeamRock: "He was just getting a little creepy and trying to get into the bedroom we were sleeping in. He was trying to cuddle with us and he was kissing our frontman Mat's shoulder.

"He wasn't even drunk, he was just weird." Drummer Jake Duhaime adds: "I think it's a lesson learned. We stay pretty low key for the most part. We don't really wanna roll the dice.

"It seems like the longer we've been a band, the less we will stay in random places. We used to be like, 'Yeah we'll stay at a place if we need a place to stay,' but now we choose to get a hotel room. There's too many weirdos out there." Read more here.

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