Day in Rock Report for 02/16/2016

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Lemmy Gets All-Star Tribute At Grammy Awards

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper's Hollywood Vampires paid tribute to the late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister at the 58th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday.

Following an introduction by Dave Grohl, the lineup of Cooper, Johnny Depp, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Tommy Henriksen ripped through the premiere of their song, "As Bad As I Am", before launching into Motorhead's 1980 signature tune, "Ace Of Spades."

Lemmy's famed bass and amplifier were featured on stage during the performance. Kilmister passed away at his Los Angeles home on December 28, just four days after his 70th birthday. Read more here.

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Former Guns N' Roses Manager Denies Reunion Claims

(Classic Rock) Former Guns N' Roses manager Irving Azoff has once again hit back at claims that he tried to pressure frontman Axl Rose into a reunion with original lead guitarist Slash.

His company Front Line Management sued Rose in March 2010 for nearly $2 million in unpaid commissions from performances in Europe, Canada and South America based on an oral agreement. Rose filed a $5m countersuit two months later which claimed Azoff tried to bully him into reuniting the classic Guns N' Roses lineup.

Azoff tells New York Times: "I would never go to an artist and say, 'I want you to reunite.' If he had asked me if I thought it was a good idea, I would have said yes. But by the way, nobody tells Axl to do anything. He does what he wants to do."

The 68-year-old music mogul adds that his former client is "a complicated individual," but that he wishes him "nothing but success." GNR have since reunited three of the classic era members. Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan confirmed last month that they'll launch the reunion in April with two Las Vegas shows. They also scheduled two Mexico City concerts in-between headline appearances at Coachella festival later in the month.

Azoff says of the reunion: "I think this is a good historical moment that the public deserves to see. I hope it happens." Read more here.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Not A Fan Of Steven Tyler's Solo Single

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry doesn't appear to be a fan of bandmate Steve Tyler's new country single judging by comments he made to USA Today ahead of his performance with The Hollywood Vampires at the Grammy Awards.

Tyler recently released his solo single "Red, White & You" and Perry was asked his opinion of it by the news outlet. He said, "If I didn't know him when I heard the song I'd go, 'It's okay, next.'

"I'm not going to say anything else about that. Steven is in Nashville doing whatever he's doing. He's got a (bleeping) rhinestone cowboy hat going 'Yippee ki yay.' I don't know what else to say about that."

Alice Cooper's Hollywood Vampires which features Perry along with Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, actor Johnny Depp and others paid tribute to Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister with a performance at the Grammy Awards. Read the USA Today report here.

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The Eagles and Jackson Browne Tribute Glenn Frey At Grammys

(hennemusic) Past and current members of The Eagles were joined by Jackson Browne to perform a tribute to the late Glenn Frey at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday.

Browne appeared alongside Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit during the 58th annual event for the group's lead single and first hit, "Take It Easy."

The 1972 classic was co-written by Browne and Frey, with the Eagles guitarist taking lead vocals on the opening track from the band's self-titled debut album.

The performance was a billed as one-time only special tribute to Frey, who passed away January 18 at the age of 67 from a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia. Read more here.

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Mick Mars Previews New Song With Former Motley Crue Bandmate

(Classic Rock) Mick Mars has shared audio snippets of two tracks he recorded with former Motley Crue bandmate John Corabi. The guitarist last month posted an image from Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, saying: "What a great great time I'm having creating new, fresh, greasy loud-ass, slamming music."

Now he's unveiled short clips of a pair of tracks, called Gimme Blood and Shake The Cage. Crue wrapped up their Final Tour on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles and since then, Mars has been at work on his own project. He said last year that he planned to work with Corabi again.

Corabi replaced Vince Neil in Motley Crue in 1992 and performed on their self-titled 1994 album, but was ousted on the original singer's return in 1997. Check out the preview here.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Classic Release Getting Deluxe Reissue

Relapse Records has announced a March 4th released date for the deluxe vinyl reissue of The Dillinger Escape Plan's classic Under The Running Board EP and released a trailer for the release.

The new deluxe reissue will feature a higher-fidelity sound thanks to being pressed on 10" vinyl. The release will also include an etching on the B-side of the vinyl, according to the label.

The Under The Running Board EP was the band's first release with the label back in 1998 and the precursor to their 1999 full-length debut "Calculating Infinity". The classic EP has not been available on vinyl for over half of a decade. Watch the trailer here.

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Last In Line Can't Replace Chemistry Following Jimmy Bain's Death

(Classic Rock) The future of Last In Line is in doubt following the death of bassist Jimmy Bain, whom guitarist Viv Campbell says can never really be replaced but reiterates that the remaining band members still believe in the project.

The Dio offshoot have cancelled the tour they'd planned to support the launch of debut album Heavy Crown after Bain passed away while taking part in Def Leppard's cruising festival last month.

Last In Line was formed when original Dio members Campbell, Bain, Vinny Appice and Claude Schnell got together in 2012 with vocalist Andrew Freeman. Schnell later bowed out.

Campbell says: "The chemistry is never to be replaced. I don't subscribe to the feeling that you can replace a musician - we're unique, like our fingerprints. It's never going to be the same." But he adds: "We believe in the project. We will work it to some extent." Read more here.

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Nightwish's Next Album Will Take Some Years

(Prog) Nightwish mainman Tuomas Holopainen says he's not planning to start work on a follow-up to eighth album Endless Forms Most Beautiful for several years.

He believes the band will take a break when touring duties are completed, rather than starting work on a ninth studio project straight away. Endless Forms is their first release since vocalist Floor Jansen and multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley were confirmed as full-time members, with drummer Jukka Nevalainen stepping back for health reasons.

Holopainen tells GuitarMania: "It's going to take a bit of time. Endless Forms Most Beautiful was quite the effort, and this tour's going to be quite the effort. I think we're going to take a little breather after this tour."

He adds: "I haven't really had the spark for even thinking about another album in the past few months. It's all been about touring and other things. So it's going to happen at some point - but it's going to take some years, I think." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Alabama Shakes Win Four Grammy Awards

(The Blues Alabama Shakes won four Grammys at Monday night's annual awards ceremony in Los Angeles. They took home Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for Don't Wanna Fight - which they played live during the ceremony - plus Best Alternative Music Album and Best Engineered Album (Non-classical) for Sound & Color.

Bandleader Brittany Howard admitted it had been a "crazy" night for the band, adding: "What an honor. We never even dreamed of this moment. When we started this we were in high school and we just did it for fun. We never thought we'd win any recognition like this. It's beautiful - and I promise we're going to keep going."

Buddy Guy received the Best Blues Album award for Born To Play Guitar while Mavis Staples' version of See That My Grave Is Kept Clean won Best American Roots Performance. Read more here.

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Holy Grail Release 'Sudden Death' Video

(Classic Rock) Holy Grail have released a new music video for their track Sudden Death. The song is taken from the band's third album Times Of Pride And Peril, which was issued this month via Prosthetic Records.

The promo for Sudden Death was produced and directed by Tyler Bradberry, while the album was recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer John Spiker, known for his work with Filter and Tenacious D.

Holy Grail are on the road in support of former Megadeth man Marty Friedman and launch a North American tour with Black Tusk later this month. See the dates and watch the new video here.

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KISS Limited Edition $999 Gene Simmons Mask Released

(hennemusic) A new limited edition mask of KISS bassist Gene Simmons is now available. Halloween Costumes have teamed up with the Hollywood effects artists at Immortal Masks to make a collectible silicone mask of "The Demon."

Limited to a run of just 200 masks, each item faithfully recreates Simmons' face, hair, and flesh in detail made from authentic silicone material that mimics both the texture and visual appeal of real skin.

Priced at $999.99, the KISS mask stretches to fit most sizes and is virtually indistinguishable from Simmons' real on stage character. Check out photos and a promotion video for the pricey mask here.

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Sammy Hagar's TV Show: Jason Bonham On His Led Zeppelin Father

(hennemusic) Jason Bonham talks about the legacy of drumming he has continued in the footsteps of his father - the late John Bonham of Led Zeppelin - in a clip from Sammy Hagar's AXS TV series "Rock & Roll Road Trip"

"Playing Led Zeppelin songs always has a love/hate relationship because it's the thing I'm most critical about in my performance," explains Jason. "My father was such an amazing musician and drummer.

"He had such a groove; it was unmatched by anybody and I'm not just saying that because every drummer I speak to tells me the same things. To play the music is a great privilege and an honor to be even [mentioned] in the same breath as my father."

John Bonham died in 1980 of a pulmonary edema brought on by inhaling his own vomit after drinking forty shots of vodka in a 24-hour period; he was 32.

The young Bonham began playing drums at the age of four, and appeared with his father in the Led Zeppelin film "The Song Remains The Same", drumming on a scaled-down kit. Read more and watch the clip here.

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Twisted Sister Members Discuss Farwell Tour, AJ Pero

(hennemusic) Twisted Sister will head out on a 40th anniversary tour this year, and frontman Dee Snider says the 2015 death of drummer AJ Pero proved to be the catalyst for the Long Island, NY band's farewell trek.

"I've been wanting to call it a day for a long time," Snider tells Billboard, "and after AJ passed everybody agreed it was the five of us from the beginning to the end so now it's really time."

Pero suffered a heart attack while playing on tour with Adrenaline Mob last March, prompting the group to assess their plans moving forward. "The best way I can describe it is it's the last five minutes of the Twisted Sister fireworks display," explains guitarist Jay Jay French, who's planning to publish a memoir as well. "This is the end, and I know people are skeptical because all bands say they're retiring and then they don't. We never did, although (Snider) has retired many times. This is the first time I've said, 'Yeah, this is it.' It's been a long time. It's been over 9,000 shows, and it is time to call it a day."

"We're gonna do a limited number of shows and they're gonna be (big) paydays so everybody can put some money away and we'll go out on a high note," adds Snider. "I don't want to have that 'I've fallen and I can't get up' moment on stage. If someone came along and offered us a s**tload of money for a full-blown tour, I'd still say no."

Snider says he's pleased the band will be finishing on the good terms established by a reunion in 2003 after an acrimonious breakup in 1989. Read his comments here.

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Thunder Looking Ahead To Next Album

(Classic Rock) Thunder frontman Danny Bowes says the band is keen to release another album next year. The band launched a three-disc deluxe package All You Can Eat last month, and are already eyeing 2017 for the release of their next full-length.

Bowes tells One On One With Mitch LaFon: "Providing we stay happy and healthy, we'd love to release another record in 2017. We have momentum and an international presence which is growing. The ripples of love for the Wonder Days album are still coming home to us now."

Thunder's 2015 record Wonder Days enjoyed commercial success last year after it reached No.9 in the UK album chart. Last month, Classic Rock called Wonder Days the band's best album since 1992's Laughing On Judgement Day, adding: "It's a massive reminder that class is both timeless and incandescent." Listen to the full interview and see their upcoming tour dates here.

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Killers Lodge Stream New Song 'By Inferno's Light'

Killers Lodge, featuring John KillerBob (ex Cadaveria and Necrodeath), are giving fans an early taste of their forthcoming album with the release of a lyric video for the album's first single.

The song is entitled "By Inferno's Light" and is featured on the band's new album "Alma Cachonda", which is set to be released on February 27th, 2016 via Diamonds Prod.

The band will be celebrating the album release that same night with a special show at 261 club - VisualMusic Experience in Genoa, Italy. John KillerBob had the following to say about the album, "9 tracks of pure dirty heavy metal, it's my 15th album and it's the most aggressive so far!" Check out the new song here.

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Paradigm Shift Ink Record Deal and Preview Forthcoming Album

(Prog) Paradigm Shift have signed a deal with Bad Elephant Music to release their debut album and released a trailer video for the effort. Becoming Aware will be the London-based outfit's first full-length recording, which is expected to be issued this summer.

The band's singer and keyboardist Ben Revens says: "BEM seem like one of the rare few labels who really are 'for the artist' and we can't think of a better platform from which to release our debut album Becoming Aware. We're extremely excited about moving forward and seeing all of our hard work pay off."

Bad Elephant Music CEO David Elliott adds: "This is a band with a very strong pedigree, and it's clear that this first album is the culmination of years of hard work and innovation.

"I'm thrilled to have Paradigm Shift joining the BEM family, and I can't wait for you all to hear them." Watch the trailer here.

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Grand Magus Announce New Album 'Sword Songs'

(TeamRock Radio) Grand Magus have confirmed their eighth album, entitled Sword Songs, will be released on May 13 via Nuclear Blast and features cover artwork created by artist Anthony Roberts.

The album is the follow-up to the Swedish band's 2014 effort Triumph And Power. Frontman Janne 'JB' Christoffersson says: "We put all of our sweat, blood and tears into this new album and I think that you can hear that.

"For me, Sword Songs is the best Grand Magus album ever. The new songs are faster and more aggressive than on Triumph And Power - and we have also included some more extreme and harder stuff. I'm convinced that there are some future classics on the disc." Read more and see the cover art and tracklisting here.

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Singled Out: The Commuters' You'll Stay Right Here

New York-based alternative rockers The Commuters just released a video for their new single "You'll Stay Right Here" and to celebrate we asked lead singer Zeeshan Zaidi to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

"You'll Stay Right Here" is one of the most personal and meaningful songs I've ever written. It's a message of support to someone going through a very tough time. I wrote it when I learned that someone very close to me was diagnosed with cancer.

This song actually came to me in a dream for the most part - the first time that's ever happened to me. This news was on my mind nonstop and one night I woke up in the middle of the night and the piano part was in my head, as were parts of the melody, so I got out of bed and sat at my piano. Started playing and the words and music just flowed -- it was very intense. In a couple of hours I had pretty much written the whole thing. So I turned on the computer and banged out a demo.

The song was my way of saying 'I'm with you, and you're going to beat this. You're not going anywhere.' That's the main message. But in a secondary way I guess it's also about the bumpy emotional ride experienced not just by the person suffering but by those who are standing by him or her. There's a painful helplessness to that situation - I tried to capture it in the line: "You know that I'd gladly take your place / But it isn't up to me." As someone offering support it's not about you, and you don't want to make it about you -- you just wish you could do more.

Making the track in the studio was a profound experience. We went to a special studio with a beautiful sounding grand piano where I played the piano part. Uri and I felt strongly that we needed strings, and real strings. We got our friend Mauricio Herszkowicz -- a brilliant musician from Brazil - to arrange the string part, and brought in a trio to play. That really made the song, along with the percussion and background vocals I sang in the climax - spent a fair amount of time getting the 3-part harmony just right.

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

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Death Case For Slipknot's Paul Gray Heading To Supreme Court

(TeamRock Radio) The Iowa Supreme Court will this week decide on the fate of a lawsuit filed against the doctor who treated late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray before he overdosed.

Dr Daniel Baldi of Des Moines has previously been found not guilty by a jury of causing the death of Gray and a number of other patients and a lawsuit filed by the musician's wife Brenna Gray was thrown out by a district judge because it was filed too late after the death.

Now Brenna Gray has taken her lawsuit further up the legal chain and the Supreme Court will explore the case on Tuesday (February 16). If the seven judges allow the lawsuit to proceed, it will change the rules on wrongful death suits. Read more details about the claims here.

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Metallica Reveal More 'Back To The Front' Details

(Classic Rock) Metallica have given more details of an upcoming book celebrating the 30th anniversary of Master Of Puppets. Matt Taylor's Metallica: Back To The Front explores the making of the band's third album and documents the Damage, Inc tour that followed.

It includes new interviews with the band as well as with the road crew from the tour and other artists who were on the road with Metallica at the time. A revised book sleeve has been released and can be viewed below. The book is due out in the autumn.

Taylor wrote a similarly detailed book on the making of the movie Jaws and he approached James Hetfield and co with a proposal to mark Master Of Puppets' 30th anniversary.

Metallica say: "When we took a spin through Jaws: Memories From Martha's Vineyard, we were so blown away by the presentation, thorough coverage, and attention to detail that went into it, we knew he was the man to help us celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of that release.

"We're pretty sure it will be worth the wait as the book is chock full of exclusive intensive interviews with all of us as we spent countless hours with Matt digging deep in our memory banks for stories, anecdotes, tidbits and tales from the studio, the road and beyond." Read more here.

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The Legacy Of KISS Exhibit Launched

(hennemusic) A new KISS photo exhibit opened at the Morrison Hotel Gallery at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Hollywood on Saturday and will be open to the public through February 17.

"The Legacy Of KISS" presents a career-spanning collection of images alongside the debut of first edition pieces from the KISS + UKIYO-E Project, which showcases the traditional Japanese art.

The multi-colored wood block prints are first edition prints and limited to only 200. The KISS Ukiyo-e project started in fall of 2014 and is presenting these pieces of fine art for the first time, ever, as part of this exhibit.

KISS founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were on hand for the opening, and were joined by a host of fellow rockers including Alice Cooper, members of Anthrax, DJ Ashba of Sixx:AM and Brandon Boyd from Incubus, among others. Read more here.

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Fun Lovin' Criminals' Talk Hip-Hop Vs Rock

(Cannonball) Fun Lovin' Criminals' Huey and Fast discuss "hip-hop vs rock" in the latest preview clip they have released from their 'Come Find Yourself' deluxe edition box set. We were sent the following details about the box set:

The 20th anniversary collectors' edition of the modern classic 'Come Find Yourself' will be released on the Edsel label through Demon Music Group on the 19th of February 2016. Available as a 3CD expanded edition and collectors' Deluxe Edition box set, the release features a plethora of rarities, live recordings, alternate mixes, and much more from the vaults of this landmark record. Bringing a unique collection together from this seminal era for the very first time.

Fun Lovin' Criminals burst onto the music scene in 1996, gate-crashing the euphoric Britpop party they brought along some unexpectedly unique swag and the generational classic album 'Come Find Yourself', which gave us the cackling refrain "stick 'em up punk, it's the Fun Lovin' Criminal" and the Pulp Fiction-sampling 'Scooby Snacks'. When 'Come Find Yourself' hit the shelves it was an immediate smash in the UK, where it remained in the album charts for more than 100 weeks, becoming a multi-platinum selling record.

The album featured 3 UK Top 30 hits: "The Fun Lovin Criminal" "King Of New York" and "Scooby Snacks" all became defining songs of their career and mainstays of their live set but it's a record where you remember each and every track within the first few notes. It transports you back to the time; and yet is timeless and ready for a new audience of fans to fall in love with it all over again. Watch the video clip here.

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Ghost Win Best Metal Performance Grammy Award

(hennemusic) Swedish rockers Ghost picked up their first Grammy Award in the Best Metal performance category for "Cirice", the lead single from "Meliora", at the 58th annual event in Los Angeles on Monday.

"Hello, we are Ghost," said frontman Papa Emeritus III in the pre-show ceremony. "Thank you so much for this. This is a big, big thing for us, obviously. And, you know, a nightmare has just turned into a dream. So thank you all for that. Thank you, everybody involved, and thank you for voting."

"Cirice" earned top prize over tunes by Slipknot ("Custer"), Lamb Of God ("512"), Sevendust ("Thank You") and August Burns Red ("Identity"). "Meliora" delivered Ghost their first-ever US Top 10 when the album debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 8 with opening week sales of 29,000 copies. Read more here.

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Delain Preview 'Lunar Prelude' EP

(TeamRock Radio) Delain have released audio snippets of all eight tracks from their upcoming Lunar Prelude EP. It will be released on February 19 via Napalm Records and features two new tracks, four live cuts, an alternative take on Don't Look Back and an orchestral version of Suckerpunch.

The band had the following to say: "Our latest album The Human Contradiction has taken us on a great ride, performing hundreds of stages around the globe for all of you.

"We barely managed to catch our breaths from our most recent tours, yet we've already got some new music that we simply can't wait to share." Check out the preview here.

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Bob Dylan Recording New Album

(Classic Rock) Bob Dylan is holed up in Hollywood's Capitol Studios recording a new album, according to engineer Al Schmitt. It will be the follow-up to last year's covers album Shadows In The Night, which Schmitt also engineered.

Schmitt tells Billboard: "It's going along great. He sounds great. His mood in the studio is fabulous. We're having a good time. We're like two old shoes together now, we're so comfortable with one another now."

The studio engineer says he remains amazed at the star's song-sculpting intelligence. He adds: "He's extraordinarily smart and he's so aware of everything that's going on, so he knows what's happening at every moment." Read more here.

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Monster Truck Streaming New Album 'Sittin' Heavy' Online

(Classic Rock) Monster Truck have made their upcoming album Sittin' Heavy available to stream in its entirety with TeamRock. The Canadian rockers release Sittin' Heavy on February 19 via Mascot Label Group and previously issued a video for the track Don't Tell Me How To Live.

Discussing the album, frontman Jon Harvey previously said: "Rock'n'roll should be a celebration. We try to do that as much as we can. Everything in life should be a celebration."

Monster Truck launch a North American tour this month and head to Europe at the end of March. Check out the upcoming tour dates and stream the new album here.

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Radiohead and Kings of Leon Lead Lollapalooza Berlin Lineup

Organizers have revealed the initial lineup for the second annual Lollapalooza Berlin this coming September including the announcement that Radiohead and Kings of Leon will headline the event.

They will be joined by over 30 other performers including Major Lazer, Paul Kalkbrenner, Philipp Poisel, New Order, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Milky Chance, The 1975, Zedd, James Blake, Years & Years and many more. Additional performances will be announced soon.

Lollapalooza Berlin will be taking place on September 10-11, 2016 and will move to its new location of Treptower Park. Tickets for the festival are currently on sale via the event's website. See the initial lineup here.

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Cannibal Corpse Announce Vinyl Reissue Campaign

(TeamRock Radio) Cannibal Corpse have announced that their first five albums are to be re-released on vinyl next month. On March 25, Metal Blade Records will issue vinyl versions of 1990's Eaten Back To Life, 1991 effort Butchered At Birth , 1992's Tomb Of The Mutilated, 1994 album The Bleeding and 1996's Vile.

The albums are pressed on black vinyl and come with a two-sided black and white insert along with a double-backed poster. Each album is available to pre-order individually or as a bundle pack direct from the label's website.

Cannibal Corpse are currently on tour across North America with Obituary, Cryptopsy and Abysmal Dawn. They'll return to Europe in April in support of their 13th album A Skeletal Domain. See the dates here.

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Steel Panther Release 'Burden Of Being Wonderful' Unplugged Video

(Classic Rock) Steel Panther have released another video from their Live From Lexxi's Mom's Garage acoustic concert DVD. Following on from That's When You Came In, the band have now issued footage of their performance of The Burden Of Being Wonderful. The track originally appeared on the band's latest album All You Can Eat.

Live From Lexxi's Mom's Garage is issued on February 26 on their own Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services. A CD version will be available, as well as a CD/DVD combo which includes their first full-length film.

The film presents a 10-song acoustic concert of their most popular songs recorded in Los Angeles last October in front of a live audience of 100 female fans.

On the release, bassist Lexxi Foxx says: "It was so much fun playing our songs on these new wooden guitars in my mom's garage. Satchel says that he might be my new dad, but I'm not really sure what that means." Watch the video here.

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