The duo also hint that they'll be covering and re-imagining each other's songs - and that they'll perform both individual and joint sets at each show. Sting says on his website: "The interesting thing for me is what happens to our songs when they are juxtaposed with each other's songs. What I do will change what he does and vice-versa. The songs we trade and the songs that we sing together will have an unexpected result, we hope."
Ex Genesis vocalist Gabriel adds: "For me it's partly what sounds good in that present incarnation balanced with what people want to hear. You want to try and get both sides and throw in something unfamiliar as well as the hits." See the dateshere.
It was just four days after his 70th birthday and two days after he received word of his health diagnosis. Now, TMZ reports the rocker's death certificate lists prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure as the official causes of death.
Family, friends and fellow rockers paid tribute to the Motorhead icon at a January 9 memorial service in Hollywood that was streamed live to more than 250,000 viewers worldwide via the band's YouTube channel. Read morehere.
Now, Azoff tells The Wrap that the latter two were caused by medications that he was taking for the inflammatory disorder. "The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds," explained Azoff. "He died from complications of ulcer and colitis after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis which he had for over 15 years."
The manager declined to specify the drug in question, telling The Wrap that he had been counseled by an attorney not to do so. Read morehere.
Speaking with NME, Coldplay's drummer Will Champion said vocalist Chris Martin wrote Bowie asking if he would contribute harmonies to a song they had written that seemed suited for his particular style. Bowie's response? "It's not a very good song, is it?"
Champion took the rebuff in stride, saying about the late artist, "He was very discerning. He wouldn't just put his name to anything. I'll give him credit for that." Watch the video of Champion and guitarist Johnny Bucklandhere.
"Blink album is coming together. I'm excited. I don't want to reveal too much. I don't know how many songs we're gonna write before we say 'this is the group of 12 songs we're putting on the album.' We have 15-20 songs right now, but I really feel like it's a process."
"It's awesome because we're all actually in the studio, where we couldn't get that with the old lineup. It was impossible to get all three of us in the same studio… I think with a band you can't just phone it in. You gotta be there. For that great chemistry and for everyone to really vibe you gotta all be in the same room. It's just exciting. It's a new chapter and we're not striving for mediocrity, we're looking to kill it. We're gonna make a great album." Read morehere.
He said last year that he planned to work with Corabi again and he has since posted an update on his Facebook picture. He is recording at Blackbird Studio, in Nashville, Tennessee, and has posted an image of himself and Corabi at the desk.
Mars says: "What a great great time I'm having creating new, fresh, greasy loud-ass, slamming music." A second image shows the pair recording vocals, with the caption: "Screaming at an innocent mike can be exhilarating." See the photoshere.
The second will be onboard the Rock Legends Cruise from January 19-23, 2017. It departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. And the lineup featuring guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, frontman Ricky Warwick and keyboardist Darren Wharton, have invited Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee to join them.
Gorham says: "With Black Star Riders taking some time off the road to work on their third album, I thought it would be really cool to do some Thin Lizzy shows as it's an anniversary year, to have some fun and to re-live the good old days.
"We will only do half a dozen or so dates to keep them special. For personal reasons Brian Downey won't be with us but we have the incredible Mikkey Dee on the drum stool, which we are all very excited about. We will announce who is on bass shortly." Read morehere.
The run includes appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April and Bonnaroo in June and pairs of stadium shows at Boston's Fenway Park and Chicago's Wrigley Field in August.
Tickets for most shows will go on sale January 29 at noon local time; the New Orleans event is already on sale, and details for the stadium dates will announced in the coming weeks. Read more including the dateshere.
The debut episode of the 6-program series sees Hagar head to Sunset Boulevard to reminisce at the Whisky A-Go-Go before visiting with Lee at his house. After cooking together and exchanging stories, the pair are joined by bassist Michael Anthony to jam in the drummer's studio.
The session was filmed prior to the end of Motley Crue's farewell tour, which wrapped up on New Year's Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band's final show was filmed for a theatre and Pay-Per-View release later this year.
The AXS TV series sees Hagar drive across the country to jam with some of music's biggest names, including Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Alice Cooper and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell. Watch the videohere.
And they'll kick off a 29-date tour in Texas on March 16, after a February show at the Radio Contraband Convention in Las Vegas. Following the headline tour, they'll perform at WYBB Rockfest in South Carolina. Support on the headline tour will come from Memphis May Fire and 36 Crazyfists.
The follow-up to 2013's Disarm The Descent is the band's second since Jesse Leach returned to the frontman role. He previously said: "Disarm The Descent was sort of my comeback album, and was about us feeling out the new vibe.
"But now I think we're all in a really comfortable place. We definitely have a strong sense of self as to who we are as a band." See the dateshere.
The project has been in the pipeline since 2011, with Rabin initially telling Prog that the three former Yes members were planning on doing an album together. And last week it was confirmed that work was underway and that they'd tour together.
Now Wakeman has shed further light on the project. Wakeman says on his website: "Jon, Trevor and I have been talking about this for some time and following the very sad passing of Chris Squire, felt it was the right time to get together and produce both new music and perform some of the classic material as we feel it should be performed. We have no connection with any other former members and indeed intend this to be very fresh in every approach."
He reports that they'll have a selection of "experienced side musicians" working with them and confirms the outfit will be managed by former Yes boss Brian Lane, who also brought Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe together in the late 80s. Read morehere.
The limited edition vinyl album documents Bad Religions' 2010 30th anniversary tour. The shows saw the iconic punk rockers perform a collection of their greatest anthems to sold-out crowds. The album was mixed by Max Fraser, and marks the first time these recordings have been available physically.
The effort is available for pre-order, in either red or classic black vinyl. Fans can listen to the live version of "We're Only Gonna Die" and check out the tracklistinghere.
And Schenker, who had two stints with the band and left for good in 1979, has directed his ire towards his former bandmate and brother Rudy. Schenker tells Gigs And Festivals: "There are things that I know today, and I must say I'm actually very disappointed in my brother because I just found out that a lot of things have been incorrect in the past.
"Me, being seven years younger than the other guys, I think I was taken advantage of right from the beginning. I wrote most of the songs on Lonesome Crow and it was credited to all members.
"I was focusing on music, and they were maybe focusing on business. I have no idea, but they didn't know how to write songs in those days." Read morehere.
Based on the 2014 book "13 Hours" by Mitchell Zuckoff, the project - in theaters now - tells the story of the six members of a security team who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi following a terrorist attack on September 11, 2012.
The film stars James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa and Freddie Stroma.
Cornell has a long history of film and soundtrack work. The singer earned a 2008 Grammy nomination for "You Know My Name" - the theme song for the 2006 James Bond flick "Casino Royale" - and a 2012 Golden Globes nomination for "The Keeper" from the "Machine Gun Preacher" soundtrack. Stream the songhere.
Mainman Wayne Hussey says: "30 bloody years! Who would have thought it, eh? As we were well renowned for our, ahem, lifestyle choices, shall we say, I remember Melody Maker ran an office pool betting which member of The Mission would die first.
"I seem to remember Mick Brown was the favourite, with yours truly running a close second. Well, we're still here, alive and well and still going strong. It seems to me that anyone who survives past the age of 50 in this business these days is given honorary legendary status. It's cheaply given, in my opinion, but we'll take it."
He continues: "I seriously never thought I'd see this day but 30 years is a remarkable achievement. Not one we could have achieved without the support and patronage of our brilliant audience. This celebration is for them as much as it is for our retirement funds."
Hussey will be joined by bassist Craig Adams, guitarist Simon Hinkler and drummer Mike Kelly on the road. See the dateshere.
Last year, mainman Al Jourgensen said he planned only a few more tours with Ministry and that they wouldn't release a new album because recording without guitarist and close friend Mike Scaccia - who died in 2012 - didn't feel right.
He said: "I decided it's not the same. It would be like Zeppelin playing without Bonham or the Who playing without Moon." On the UK tour, DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara says: "Ministry and DevilDriver on the same bill, that's a f***ing concert worth showing up to. Al is a close and dear friend and Ministry is an iconic band for me and helped form my youth.
"I look forward to sharing the stage with one of the most legendary frontmen of all time. Thanks for having us aboard Al, let's give 'em hell." See the dateshere.
Bonamassa says: "I want people to hear my evolution as a blues-rock musician - somebody who isn't resting on accomplishments and who is always pushing forward and thinking about how music can evolve and stay relevant.
"Lyrically, you'll hear the proverbial trains, mountains, valleys and other blues references about heartbreak and loneliness. But there are also some poignant moments about getting away from the stressful, crazy demands of life and losing yourself with your special someone."
Blues Of Desperation was written in Nashville, with Bonamassa hooking up with James House, Tom Hambridge, Jeffrey Steele, Jerry Flowers and Gary Nicholson. It was then recorded at the city's Grand Victor Sound Studios with the guitarist's long-time producer Kevin Shirley. Read more and watch a preview videohere.
They issued a stream of their track Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose last month, along with a teaser trailer for the record featuring five tracks. Mainman Tobias Sammet has also revealed he and the band have been asked by their label to take part in the German preliminary round for the Eurovision Song Contest.
He says on his website: "My mother's gonna be proud. Or not. We'll see. Anyway, it seemed like a quite unusual idea to compete with anyone in music - to play music against someone… like in jazz music.
"However, who am I to get in the way of a great promotional opportunity? Three minutes to show millions that something like us exists? Gimme that stage." Stream the songhere.
Frontman Kavus Torabi says: "After The Unravelling, which took over a year to complete, we deliberately wanted to change the variables - to alter the approach in order to make something different.
"I love The Unravelling but it was a very difficult record to make. Rather than spending so long in the studio, constructing, arranging, recording, re-recording and adding layers of additional instruments and noises, this time we wanted something rawer, more live sounding."
Torabi reports that once they had a name for the album, the songs came quickly. He adds: "For me, the title has three possible interpretations and all the songs fall under at least one of them." Read morehere.
Vocalist Emmanuel Jessua tells TeamRock: "The album Shores Of The Abstract Line tells the story of a journey on an imaginary island that consists of five different shores.
"Each shore is represented by a song, though some of these songs are actually split in two. We follow a protagonist that travels these different shores. Every shore tells us a different memory the character holds.
"But as the island is a circle, the walk the character takes, is a condemned one, as he has to start over and over again – just like Camus' Sisyphus. Shores Of The Abstract Line is meant to represent the inner cartography of the character that was developed throughout the two previous albums. Each shore is a fragment of a past forgone that the character crosses.
He adds: "The North Shore is divided into two parts: The Abstract Line and Sea Made of Crosses. This line is the last path on his travel, before his journey seems to end. The Abstract Line links together the Northern and the Southern shore, creating an inner path between life and death - infinite rebirth.
"In so doing we explore the memory's different shores, conscious of that we can never relive what has been lived. It is the dust of the memory we stamp upon one last time, but our steps leaving no trace at all. Our path leads to the sea of crosses, where the journey ends and from where we can never come back." Stream the songhere.
The group features former members from other Iowa metal bands, including Painface, PygWalk, and Mars on Fire. Steele performed as part of the original Slipknot line-up from the band's inception in 1995 until he left in 1996.
The Des Moines local temporarily rejoined the band for a couple of years as a touring bassist in 2011 after Paul Gray died from an accidental overdose the previous year – choosing to play backstage out of respect for his late friend. Check out a videohere.
"He's a huge influence on not just me, but a lot of the bands that I listen to and a lot of the type of music that I listen to," explains Scrivens. "For me, he's probably the epitome of heavy metal and rock music in terms of not just his music, but his attitude, his persona, his look. He's an ugly guy, he's got a gruff, ugly singing voice. He says what he thinks all the time, he's swearing all the time, and it wasn't an act.
"I think that's the thing that came across from him, nothing was for show. You knew that when he went home and talked to his kid he was probably the exact same way."
Scrivens hooked up with Eye Candy Air artist Steve Nash for the design, which was needed when the goalie was traded from the Edmonton Oilers on December 28, the same day Kilmister died.
"Ben just said we have to do this because I love that guy," says Nash. "All the credit to Ben. It was his idea. I just put his thoughts to paper. I think it came out really nice. Lemmy helps a lot with that cool factor. I guess you put Lemmy on anything and it will be cool."
The mask also has a more subtle tribute to Motorhead on the backplate, where the artist ghosted a representation of the band's logo and Nash put part of the lyrics to "Ace of Spades" above that logo: "and don't forget the joker." Check it outhere.
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