The partially reunited Guns N' Roses will launch their 2016 dates with two sold-out shows in Las Vegas at the new T-Mobile Arena on April 8 & 9, before playing dates in Mexico City and at Coachella next month.
To date, the group has only officially announced the involvement of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, while it is expected that guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Frank Ferrer are also on board. Watch the video and see Duff's tweethere.
Rumors about the release of the single came Wednesday when a radio industry website listed the to-be-determined Blink-182 song on a future releases chart. The single will mark the first new music from the band since Neighborhoods, released in 2011. It's also the first we'll hear from the band's new lineup with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba.
Worden was treated to eight new songs when Mark Hoppus stopped by her office Tuesday. According to Hoppus, the band has recorded nearly 50 songs and is in the process of narrowing them down for the yet-to-be-named album.
"I think any fan of Blink-182 is going to be ecstatic when they hear the music. I really do! It sounds like Blink-182 but it sounds like Blink in 2016. Lyrically it's clever." Worden explains that of the songs she's heard, it's primarily Hoppus on vocals with Skiba adding harmonies. "I didn't know what to expect.
Worden can speak with some authority. The band has played her every Blink-182 album before its release. Read morehere.
The metal legends are in the midst of a globe-trotting tour named 'The End' which will see the veterans bring the black curtain down on a near-five decade long career in metal.
Now Metal News are claiming they have been given inside information that the band, will record their final appearance on the hallowed turf of Donington Park forever with a live record. Read morehere.
Lee Roth split with Van Halen in 1985 prompting fears for the future of the rock heavyweights. Hagar was drafted in on the mic within months as the band continued their momentum without breaking stride.
Now reflecting on his 11-year stint with the band in a revealing interview with Rolling Stone, Hagar reveals he had reservations about joining Van Halen initially.
He tells Rolling Stone: "I never liked the band that much because I didn't like the lyrics, personally, and I didn't like Dave's persona. I had no intentions of joining the band, but then I heard this music. I thought I was going to grab Eddie and go, 'Hey, come do my next record.' But when I played with the three of them there was such chemistry and it was so exciting. We played until midnight, about 12 hours without stopping. We jammed a blues song and a bunch of others.
"I went to sleep, woke up the next morning and went, 'Wow, I'm joining that band.' That's all it was. It was all about the music. I had nothing to do with fame and fortune, none of that. It was so inspiring."
He continues: "I was never a fan of Dave. He wasn't the kind of artist I was looking at and going, "I want to be like that." Never in a million years. My favorite artists were Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Peter Gabriel. I know it sounds crazy, but those kind of artists were who I looked up to and who I wanted to be like.
"After playing with those guys I realized the band was really about the music, and all this showmanship and stuff was attractive, but once that flamboyant thing got your attention, your attention immediately went over to Eddie. You'd go, "That guy is really unique. That guy can play." Read morehere.
The band postponed the dates, saying that Johnson faced permanent hearing loss if they continued. They also revealed that they might continue the tour with a special guest singer.
Earlier this week, Jason Bailey, a DJ at Rock 100.5 in Atlanta, where Rose was recently spotted, told listeners "This is what I'm being told: Axl was meeting with the AC/DC group - because it's all but a done deal that Axl will front AC/DC for the 10 remaining shows. All 10, including Atlanta."
NME reached out to the AC/DC camp to get a response to the rumor and they neither confirmed it, nor denied it. They simply said, "Nothing official to announce. Will update you if that changes." Read their reporthere.
And Souza says that, looking back at Metallica's career path, they are heading towards a more classic thrash sound on the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic.
Souza tells Overdrive: "If you really want to look at Metallica's progression as a band, look back to the stuff they released in the 90s with Load and St Anger and then they brought out Death Magnetic, so I would say that they are getting more back into form of that classic Metallica thrash sound.
"Also, they are big fans of their own genre and I have a feeling that they are going to release an album that is more in the vein of that classic thrash sound that we have all be doing lately." Read morehere.
After the night race at Ljungbyhed on September 24, Saxon will perform a full-length show with guest appearances from guitarist Campbell and drummer Dee.
Frontman Biff Byford says: "This event is something unique - we've never before played a concert at a race track on a race day. It will also be a chance to pay tribute to our friend Lemmy, along with Mikkey and Phil."
Dee comments: "This is going to be a night to remember. Playing some of Motorhead's greatest hits together with Saxon is going to be a great tribute. The Lemmy 500 will go down in history as the rockiest race championship final ever." Read morehere.
EODM had the following to say about the new dates: "New tour dates galore today, y'all. All over Canada, all over the United States, late summer plays in Poland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Israel, Greece, Spain, Portugal, and everything we could squeeze in between. Let's boogie."
They recently completed a run of European dates rescheduled after last year's deadly Bataclan terror attack. Check out all of their upcoming tour dates, that run until September,here.
Capitol Records will reissue the record in a range of formats on June 10, including a 4CD/Blu-ray audio collector's edition presented in a hardbound book, featuring the remastered original album in stereo and mono, plus hi-res stereo, mono, instrumental, and 5.1 surround mixes, session outtakes, alternate mixes, and previously unreleased live recordings.
A 2CD version, a digital deluxe edition and remastered 180-gram LP edition will also be available. Capitol also plans to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the band's hit single Good Vibrations with a commemorative release this autumn. See the Pet Sounds reissue artwork and tracklisthere.
Schenker says: "We are excited to announce that we have put a very special show together, Michael Schenker Fest, for Sweden Rock festival.It will feature three original MSG singers - Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley.
"We have Ted McKenna on drums, Chris Glen on bass and Steve Mann on guitar and keys. Combined, these men are responsible for such albums as Michael Schenker Group, Assault Attack and Save Yourself. Expect a multitude of classic tracks." See the full posthere.
It's the opening number from their fourth album Profit, to be launched on May 27 via Mascot Label Group. The concept work follows the story of The Prophet, a character who wants to save the world and change the lives of "Those Who Will Not See."
Frontman Tabor says: "Each album is very different and we are most definitely discovering new ground. There really is no Jelly Jam sound. In order to make Profit the strongest album, we recorded a lot of excess music and chose songs that worked together. It's not just a bunch of songs thrown together - It's an entire journey through a story." Stream the new songhere.
"It goes back to our roots and is going to be a fun song to play live," says frontman Vic Fuentes. "It's purely a self-indulgent song for us because it's really fast and that's what we grew up listening to.
Lyrically, it closes the book on a relationship that I've been singing about over the last three albums." The new single is available on Apple Music with pre-orders available for the album. Watch the videohere.
The announcement follows the release this month of a short teaser video for the album. The band went on hiatus in 2012 and hinted at their return in late 2014.
Thrice have a run of North American shows lined up for this year. Check out the tour dates and see the cover art for "To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere" and the teaser videohere.
The first set will see Jonas Renkse and co performing 2006 album The Great Cold Distance in full to mark its 10th anniversary, along with the orchestra. it's to be followed by the band alone delivering a set of tracks from across their career.
Promoters say: "This once-in-a-lifetime performance will see classic and current Katatonia songs presented in a stunning new way within the walls of an epic venue." Read morehere.
Sankey has had to return to his native Australia to help with the planning of next year's inaugural Legion Music Fest, of which he is co-founder and ambassador. Boecklin will be behind the kit until Sankey can return in May.
Sankey says: "It sucks to miss playing these shows but being part of planning and overseeing the launch of a national music festival is an enormous task which requires all of my time and dedication right now.
"Unfortunately Dave Grohl isn't available to fill in, but don't fear, my good buddy and drummer extraordinaire John Boecklin will be hitting the road with Hojo, Fran and Womby to rock the kit for you all each night.
"I'll be back from the land down under to rejoin my DYK Brothers for our tour with the mighty Hatebreed and Devildriver in May and June. See ya all on the road then." See the dateshere.
The Lamb Of God man, a long-time fan of Dave Mustaine's outfit, has an open invitation to become a full-time member whenever he wants, but prefers to remain with his own band.
Adler tells SkullsNBones: "It's great to be part of my favourite band coming back to life a little bit. Not that they ever went away - but you can see the difference with this record, the numbers, and the response to it. It's different. I'm not taking credit, but it's nice to be a part of."
He adds that he feels like much more than a hired hand. "When I first got the call, you expect to go in as a session guy," he says. "Then Dave asked me to tour and I expected to be a kind of weekly employee. But we're friends - we're joking around, we're going on NASCAR rides, tank rides, and going curling with David Ellefson up in Canada. " Read morehere.
The band cut short a concert in Hamburg on Monday just 30 minutes into the performance as Meine struggled to deliver through the medical issue. "Sorry to all our fans," says the singer. "Thanks for your understanding. Hope we can make up for the concerts soon."
"Klaus Meine is currently undergoing medical treatment in order as quickly as possible to get the health problems under control again," adds the band. "This includes a medically pronounced 'stage ban' for the singer for several weeks. For this reason, any outstanding concerts have to be postponed."
The Scorpions have announced new dates for the rescheduled concerts in five cities - including the shortened Hamburg gig - as they continue their 50th anniversary tour. See the dateshere.
"We are very excited to announce the first leg of our 2016 Summer Tour supporting the legendary Whitesnake!", says the duo. The rockers will join Whitesnake on the band's Greatest Hits tour for a month of shows starting June 3 at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX.
The run will include a pair of headlining Whitford/St. Holmes dates, including a June 22 stop in Sellersville, PA and a July 1 appearance at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH.The band's lineup is rounded out by bassist Chopper Anderson, Tesla drummer Troy Lucketta and keyboardist Buck Johnson.
"It's a classic rock album -- modern classic rock," said Whitford last fall of their new album. "I mean, that's what we do. We're all rockers, and we're not gonna try and do anything else but what we know and what we love. I think a lot of Aerosmith fans are really going to enjoy this record because all I ever hear is, 'When you gonna do another Toys? When you gonna do another Rocks?' That's what this album is. It's very straight-ahead, stripped-down classic rock." See the dateshere.
At the opener in Portland, Oregon, the band covered David Bowie's "Space Oddity" as well as "Malibu," a Hole track co-written by Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan in 1998.
The Pumpkins are calling this an "acoustic-electro" tour and stripped down renditions from their own catalog and artists' they admire affirm that goal. As an encore, the band played "Angie" by The Rolling Stones. Before the show, opening act Liz Phair tweeted that the soundcheck gave her "chills."
Watch some footage from the Portland openerhere.
But Crosby says the content of Nash's 2013 memoir Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life has contributed to their spat. He tells The San Diego Union-Tribune: "Graham's book is full of inaccuracies and chock-full of misinformation.
"When he handed an advance copy to me, he said, 'It's too late to change anything, but here it is.' I was very unhappy about it. It's a very shallow, very self-serving book - and full of BS. Chock-full."
He takes issue with other excerpts from the book including a claim about Crosby's behavior while the band were on tour. Read morehere.
And in a new post on his Facebook page he praises his doctor for coming up with two possible treatment options. Baker says: "Cardiologist is brilliant. Yesterday he inserted a tube into the artery at my right wrist and fed it all the way to my heart - quite an experience.
"He was taking pictures of my heart from inside. Amazing technology. There are two options for surgery and, depending on how strong my old lungs are, they may do both.
"He says he's going to get me playing again. Thanks all for your support." See his full posthere.
And he says he's not the first member of the band to have felt bad about a recording project while it was underway. Carpenter recently moved to shut down rumours of a fall-out after having said he originally didn't want to play on Gore, followed by frontman Chino Moreno describing the guitarist as "the odd man out" during sessions.
Carpenter tells Kerrang: "I went eight records before I had any kind of issue. I've already lived through two records in the past where somebody else didn't enjoy them at all. For me to finally hit a wall, I think I lasted pretty good, because I've seen other people already buckle."
He adds: "When I gave the interview, I was just saying that, in the beginning, I wasn't too inspired by what was going on. The emotions tied to that statement was really all around one song called Hearts/Wires.
"Once I got over my BS about it and dug into it, I found a place in it where I like it and have fun. It ended up one I liked the most." Read morehere.
Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule guitarist Haynes will be joined by bassist Don Was, keyboard player John Medeski, country star Jamey Johnson and others for the event, which takes place at the Saenger Theatre on April 30.
It marks the 40th anniversary of The Last Waltz, which the Band recorded with a string of guests at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco in November, 1976. Read morehere.
Producers say: "Sidemen takes us on the road with Pinetop, Willie and Hubert, three of our last direct links to the origins of the blues, as they share the incredible stories about each of their personal histories.
"From their upbringings on Delta plantations of the Jim Crow south to lives spent on the road in the shadow of two of the biggest figures in music, their stories are not only a part of music history, but American history as well.
"We can't help but fall in love with these three endearing men as we experience all the trials and triumphs of these remarkable lives." Read more and watch the trailerhere.
And Welch says that the theme of the book is 'restoration' as it details the mending of his relationship with his family and his Korn bandmates. He says: "If I were to sum up With My Eyes Wide Open with one word, I would probably choose 'restoration.' Everything in my life has been restored - restoration with my family, restoration with Korn and seeing this lifelong friendship with all the guys in the band come back together."
The book, co-written with Carol Traver, has been described as Welch's "near decade-long trial by fire-from the perils of fathering a teen lost in depression and self-mutilation, to the harsh realities of playing solo and surviving financial ruin."
He adds: "My daughter, with her going through the darkest things - mostly everything that a parent doesn't want their kids to go through - I was watching her go through. To see her restored is amazing. Trying to be a good dad and the difficulties that came helped shape me into this person that I am today." Watch the trailerhere.
And Bruce says the fact they've become friends with the producer over the years made recording their first album with frontman Denis Stoff a pleasure. The guitarist says: "Recording with Joey is almost natural at this point. I don't think I've ever recorded with another producer properly since the start of this band.
"Over the years it's got easier as we've grown to become friends and no just co-workers. It's become a very comfortable environment for me to work in. I don't have to sit there and worry. It's a nice environment."
Asking Alexandria begin a world tour on April 3 in support of the new record, including a run of North American dates with Bullet For My Valentine. Watch the full In The Studio videohere.
McIver is known for his books on Metallica, Slayer, Black Sabbath and Queens Of The Stone Age, among others. Thunder say: "Yes peeps, the lovely people at Omnibus Press have commissioned us to tell our story. 'Fools,' we hear you cry.
"It's being put together by a nice man called Joel McIver, who has been interviewing us and bashing his fingers repeatedly on the Olivetti since last summer.
"It won't be out until the autumn, because we've got to take some of the rude bits out (quite a lot), so we don't get sued or killed, but we thought we'd let you know it's coming." Read morehere.
The pair, who often worked together during that decade, teamed up for a concert at Sonet Studios in Sweden, and delivered a set that's long been sought-after in bootleg form.
The eight-track performance will be released under the title Live In Sweden 1987 on April 22 via MVD Entertainment Group, in CD, vinyl and digital formats. Stream the songhere.
In the clip the band discuss the event and their affiliation to London. Guitarist Ivar Bjornson says: "Since the very early days of Enslaved, London was always a place that we went. We kept doing London shows even though we didn't tour too much.
"This is also where the lineup that we have now was formed in 2003 and where we asked them to become full members of the band, so there's a lot of history." Watch the video and learn about their 25th anniversary tourhere.
Winter has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund Who The F*@% Is Frank Zappa for which he has been given full access to the Zappa family vaults.
But he says he wouldn't have been able to carry out the project without speaking to Zappa's widow Gail, who died in October of last year. The Lost Boys and Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure actor Winter tells Billboard: "Gail Zappa - Frank's wife and the formidable front end of the Zappa Family Trust - was especially supportive.
"She told me that she had refused a lot of people who approached her about his story in the past, asking for access to the family and Frank's personal archive and unreleased material.
"But even though Gail gave me her blessing, she also knew her time was limited. Tragically, Gail had already been diagnosed with terminal cancer. So, once she decided to let me make this film, I started filming interviews with her right away." Read morehere.
Guitarist Anders Wikstrom says of the follow-up to 2010's Coup De Grace: "This is where we are today. As a band, as musicians, songwriters and individuals. It's a statement.
"It's musical as well as a personal soul searching. We traced us back to our roots - the music and the heroes that got us started dreaming back in the 70s: Kiss, Van Halen, Sweet, Deep Purple and UFO. An era where music and musicianship really mattered and rock'n'roll was a matter of life or death.
"We're doing what we love. We're proudly flying the flag for hard and melodic rock." Watch the new videohere.
Ayreon collaborator Jansen - the younger sister of Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen - appears on the track Turn Of Fate. As well as the full version of the track, an acoustic take on it has also been captured.
Jansen says: "I haven't done anything in a long time, more than 10 years actually. I was so busy studying and working, but now seemed the right time to get back into it and record something.
"The versatility and range of my voice are brought forward, especially by the different layers of the songs." Other guests on the album include Semistereo and A Day's Work frontman Paul Glandorf and Threshold's Damian Wilson. Check out the videohere.
The Hell Of A Ride video was created by Plastic Kid who has worked with the likes of Volbeat and Bring Me The Horizon. "It's heavy, catchy and a real fire starter," say the band.
"We couldn't be prouder of it and the vibe of song embodies the vibe of the album well. Helhorse is firing from all cylinders these days and we can't wait to unleash the album and to play theses tracks live. We had a blast shooting this video." Watch the videohere.
When asked about the song, vocalist Laura Dolan offered Hammer these deep yet cryptic words: "I think, whether we admit it to ourselves or not, there's a human tendency to find comfort in misery.
"It's just another way to feel alive, another way of being. Going too far inside your own head can lead you down a dark path; for some it brings self-awareness, for others it brings pain. For whatever it brings you, just make sure you know your way out." Stream the songhere.
"You Must Sin" is your classic woman loves man, man doesn't feel the same way. Woman summons a warlock for a love spell. Warlock falls for woman. Warlock crafts the spell only to deceive the woman to fall for him.
She never finds true love and there isn't a happy ending. This is what Doom is in my opinion: To never find true love…
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!
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