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Foo Fighters Announce First Show Of 2017 and Tour Rumored

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters have revealed plans for their first concert of 2017 and there is speculation that a tour announcement may be coming. The group will perform at the NOS Alive festival in Passeo Maritimo de Alges in Lisbon, Portugal, on July 7.

The three-day event will also see Depeche Mode on the main stage as organizers prepare to reveal more performers in the months ahead. The Foo Fighters unveiled the NOS Alive date on a new website at foofighterspassport.com, which features a clickable passport over a satellite map of Europe - a likely hint of more shows to follow.

The band have been on a planned hiatus since ending their "Sonic Highways" world tour with the release of a free EP entitled "Saint Cecilia" last November. Read more here.

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Gregg Allman Cancels Remaining 2016 Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Gregg Allman has cancelled all remaining 2016 live dates just days after missing a pair of shows due to a bruised vocal cord. Allman backed out on November 6 and 7 appearances at New York's City Winery as he attempted to recover from the injury, giving fans refunds while his band played both nights for free; now, he has cancelled the complete 10-show residency with the group playing free again on November 9 and 10 as a gesture to fans for their support.

"This is the hardest thing I've had to do in a long, long, time," says Allman. "I've been on the road for 45 years because I live to play music with my friends for my fans. As much as I hate it, it's time for me to take some real time off to heal."

Other dates expected to be affected include December 30 and 31 shows at the Lucas Theatre For The Arts in Savannah, GA, as well as some early 2017 appearances in January.

The City Winery shows in New York have been rescheduled for July 2017. Allman plans to take several months off to focus on his health so he can return to playing live later in 2017.

"Not making a show is a really hard decision for me because I want to play so bad, but it's also hard on my partners and fans who make plans to be with me," he explains. "I never want to put anybody in a bad spot. I'm so grateful for the people that I work with and for the fans that come to my shows and I want to be at my best for all of them. That means I'm going to have to wait until I'm feeling really good, not just good enough like I have been. Good enough isn't working for us all." Read more here.

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Geddy Lee Accepts That Rush's Touring Days Are Over

(Prog) Geddy Lee says he's come to accept that Rush's touring days are over, following their R40 US trip earlier this year. And guitarist Alex Lifeson reflects that "it's okay" as they consider what to do after drummer Neil Peart accepted a description of himself as "retired" then withdrew from making further commitments after the tour.

Lee tells The Strombo Show: "There's a bit of denial that gets you through. You go, 'Ah, this won't be the last one - we'll take a break, then we'll get back together and do another one.' You don't want it to end. I think I've accepted that it's probably the last one as a tour. We'll see."

Asked about their communication with Peart, Lee says: "We send all these things, but the responses are not as enthusiastic. We talk." Lifeson adds: "It's okay. It is what it is. I've been playing a lot to keep my fingers in it, and I'm finding it's really satisfying.

"I'm going some charity gigs with other guys - old guys like me that don't have gigs any more. It's fun to get together. It's not like it's over, you know." Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Release 'Hate To See You Go' Video

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have released a video for their version of the Little Walter classic, "Hate To See You Go", from their forthcoming blues covers album, "Blue & Lonesome."

Due December 2, the project marks the band's first studio album in over a decade as they cover tracks by a variety of blues legends alongside a pair of guest appearances by Eric Clapton.

The set was recorded over three days in December last year at British Grove Studios in West London. Guitarist Ron Wood previously shared some insight into the sessions for the follow-up to 2005's "A Bigger Bang."

"We went in to cut some new songs, which we did," said Wood in April. "But we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days. They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people. But they really sound authentic." Watch the video here.

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Benefit For Eagles Of Death Metal Roadie Announced

(TeamRock) A benefit show will be held on November 15 in London to honor the late Eagles Of Death Metal roadie Nick Alexander who was a victim of the terrorist attack in Paris.

The merchandise manager, from Weeley, Essex was 35 when he was killed in a terrorist attack, which saw 90 people murdered during the Eagles Of Death Metal show at the Paris Bataclan by extremist gunmen. He was with his ex-girlfriend Helen Wilson at the time, with whom he remained close friends following the end of their two-year relationship.

The tribute concert, named A Peaceful Noise, will take place at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, and will feature artists such as Frank Turner, Maximo Park and former Supergrass man Gaz Coombes.

Alexander's mother Sheelagh tells BBC: "I was never worried while he was on tour. I worried more about when he was at home on his own, in his flat. Because when you're on tour, you're part of the family. If anything happens, you would be looked after. If you weren't around you'd be missed." Read more here.

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Phil Collins To Play Biggest Ever Solo Show At Music Fest

(Prog) Phil Collins will deliver his biggest-ever solo show at next year's British Summer Time festival in London, he's announced. The former Genesis frontman and drummer sold out his comeback tour in just 15 minutes after revealing June dates in the UK, Germany and France.

Now he's confirmed an appearance in Hyde Park on Friday, June 30, with a full supporting lineup to be revealed in due course. Collins says: "The reaction from the British public has been overwhelming. I can't wait to play Hyde Park and see everyone there."

He said earlier this year: "I thought I would retire quietly. But I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing. It's time to do it all again and I'm excited. It just feels right." Read more here.

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Lamb Of God Honor 'The Duke' With Charity Campaign

Lamb Of God have launched an online charity campaign in with proceeds going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of their late friend Wayne Ford.

The campaign is being launched in conjunction with their forthcoming EP, The Duke, which was written in Ford's honor and is set to be released on November 18th.

The EP title was inspired by Ford who was named after acting legend "The Duke" John Wayne and the band has released an online stream of the title track here.

The charity campaign items includes Randy Blythe's Ashes of the Wake gold record plaque, signed signature model guitars, signed copies of handwritten lyrics, signed copies of The Duke EP on CD, signed copies of The Duke EP on Vinyl, signed copies of Randy Blythe's book and more. Check out all of the items here.

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IO Earth Part Ways With Singer Linda Odinsen

(Prog) IO Earth have announced they have parted company with singer Linda Odinsen. In a short statement, the Norwegian-based singer stated that the logistics of living at home in Norway ultimately proved to be the breaking point.

"At the end of last year I decided to make a big change in my life, I needed to be home in Norway. Sadly the distance makes it difficult for me to continue my cooperation with IO Earth.

"I want to thank the fans for the love and support you've shown me and the band throughout the years, I can't express how much this has meant to me. I will always look back at my time in IO Earth with pride and feel thankful to have been a part of the journey. I wish the band success in the future."

IO Earth stated "'It has been a pleasure working with you Linda and we wish you all the best. Thank you for giving your wonderful voice to the New World album. You'll always be part of the IO Earth Family." here.

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Dave Mustaine To Host Classic Rock Roll Of Honour

(Classic Rock) Megadeth's Dave Mustaine has been confirmed as the host for this week's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in Tokyo - where Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker has also been added as yet another guest star.

Mustaine and Schenker join a cast of rock icons that also includes Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Slot Machine, Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo. Hollywood Vampires guitarist Johnny Depp was also confirmed as a guest performer this week.

Both Mustaine and Schenker will perform live at the event. The awards show takes place at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, on November 11 - the first time the event has been held in Japan. Read more here.

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Nightwish's Floor Jansen To Guest On Ayreon Album

(Prog) Nightwish singer Floor Jansen has been confirmed as a guest vocalist on the upcoming Ayreon album. Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen has also announced Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kursch as a guest singer on the as-yet-untitled sci-fi follow-up to 2013 record The Theory Of Everything.

Jansen - who has worked with Ayreon in the past - and Kursch join the previously announced Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie and Between The Buried And Me singer Tommy Rogers on the record. The Nightwish singer's voice appears on a track called The Biologist, while Kursch appears on The Astronomer.

The album will be released next year via Mascot Label Group. Lucassen has released teaser clips of some of the guest singers and asked fans to try identify them. Read more here.

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Killswitch Engage Releasing Special Edition Beer

(Metal Hammer) Killswitch Engage will release a special edition beer to coincide with an upcoming reissue of their 2002 album Alive Or Just Breathing. Expected to be called Alive Or Just Brewing, the beer will be a partnership between the band and Florida-based Cigar City Brewing. Both the beer and reissue of Alive Or Just Breathing will be issued around Record Store Day on April 15, 2017.

Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz tells the Rock'n'Roll Beer Guy Podcast: "I think we're doing a picture disk to go with Record Store Day. It's something we always like to get involved with because we grew up with independent record stores and I think there's such a magic in going to actually buy a product from a band that you like.

"The way people buy records nowadays is funny. A quick download on iTunes...it doesn't even feel like a tangible piece of your musical collection. It's just a bunch of ones and zeros on an iPod.

"The fact that we can do this and time it with a possible beer release with Cigar City is so cool. We love their beer. We're gonna make something delicious and we're gonna drink a crap-tonne of it, I'm sure." Read more and listen the full interview here.

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Satyricon Recording New Album In A Barn

(Metal Hammer) Satyricon's next album will be recorded in a barn, Sigurd 'Satyr' Wongraven has revealed. The frontman says they'll begin working on the follow-up to 2013's self-titled effort on a farm outside Oslo, Norway. It's due to arrive next year.

He tells Metal Hammer's In Residence show on Spotify: "We've been jamming in a barn for a long time. Every time we go there, the atmosphere is really nice - we really enjoy being there.

"I just said, 'We play so well when we're here - the spirit and the soul, and what we do comes across as unique. What if we brought recording equipment and engineers here, instead of bringing Satyricon to a studio?' So we're doing that." Read more here.

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All Else Fails Crowdfunding New Album

All Else Fails have launched an IndieGoGo campaign to crowdfund their forthcoming studio album "The Forever Lie", which will follow their 2013 EP 'F***tropolis'.

Frontman Barrett Klesko had the following to say, "Almost 4 years ago we released a little EP called 'F***tropolis' that exceeded all our expectations. It's been a long time following up with a new album, but we finally have the new songs ready to go, and we are about to unleash 'The Forever Lie'. We're extremely excited about it and can't wait to let you all in on it!"

The pre-release date is schedule for December of this year with full album release set for late winter / early spring 2017, according to the announcement. Check out the crowdfunding page for more details about perks, etc here.

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Marillion To Be Supported By John Wesley On Euro Tour

(Prog) John Wesley will support Marillion on the European leg of their FEAR tour. The former Porcupine Tree/Fish collaborator, who has just released his latest solo album A Way You'll Never Be through InsideOut will appear at all dates throughout November and December with the band.

Wesley, on tour in the US with Steven Wilson, comments: "I am thrilled to announce that I will be joining my longtime great friends Marillion on the European leg of their 2016 FEAR tour.

"We had so much fun on the US tour that the band decided it be a great fit to extend the invite to have me in Europe as well. I will be performing solo, but on electric guitar and working in some surprises.

"A good amount of material will be from the new album, A Way You'll Never Be as well as a few old favourites. The new album will be on sale and I will be out at the end of every show to sign CD's and say hello, so be sure to stop by and say hi!" See the dates here.

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Suicide Silence Postpone UK Tour Until Spring

(Metal Hammer) Suicide Silence have rescheduled their UK tour. The Californian outfit were to play five UK shows this month with Caliban - but have pushed back the dates until next March.

They say: "UK, due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be moving our shows to spring 2017. All previously purchased tickets will be honoured. We're sorry for the inconvenience and will see you in a few months."

The dates will follow Suicide Silence's release of their forthcoming self-titled fifth album in February. It'll be their second work with frontman Eddie Hermida after the death of Mitch Lucker in 2012. Hermida debuted on 2014's You Can't Stop Me. Read more here.

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Joe Perry Added To Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Lineup

(Classic Rock) Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and X Japan mainman Yoshiki are the latest stars to be added to the incredible lineup for this week's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in Tokyo.

Perry and Yoshiki join a cast of rock icons that already includes Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Scorpions guitarist Rudolph Schenker, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Slot Machine, Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo.

And Perry's involvement means he will join his Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp, who was confirmed as one of the guest stars this week.

The awards show takes place at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, on November 11 - the first time the event has been held in Japan. Read more here.

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The Anchoress To Tour With Simple Minds

(Prog) The Anchoress has announced that she will be supporting Scottish rockers Simple Minds on their UK leg of their acoustic tour which will be taking place next May.

The female artist, Catherine Anne Daies, who won the Limelight Award at this year's Progressive Music Awards is also a member of the band's touring set up, adding keyboards and guitar.

She will be performing a shorter version of her stripped-down album show for this year's Confessions Of A Romance Novelist, on the dates. See the tour dates here.

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Singled Out: The Undecided Majors' Insanity

Austin-based pop punk band The Undecided Majors are gearing up to release their new EP "In Spite" and to celebrate we asked Scott McCauley (vocals/bass/guitar) to tell us about the single "Insanity". Here is the story:

Oh man, where do I start? Insanity was the last song written for this EP. And was the result of the storyline of "Cindy". If I can remember right, I came up with these chords literally the night before recording it, in my boxers, knee up on the corner of my bed, with an acoustic guitar right before bed. I don't know why, but this was always a ritual for me. Anyways, 24 hours before recording this song because I worked the studio during the day and then at night is when we would go in and have the studio for our Undecided Majors material. In the mornings I always went to the gym, worked out, released stress and had time to myself before going to the studio to work with artists all day. I would always listen to heavy pop punk style songs while at the gym and "Stockholm Syndrome" by Blink-182 came on my playlist. I kept recalling myself reading up on that song and how dark the lyrics were but it was so energetic. I didn't really think too much on implying that influence to our music at that time of day though, I just wanted to get through my workouts.

Once I got to the studio to start work, I would have time to tune up instruments after setting up all the gear and most of the time play around with my material until objectives were brought to my attention or artists showed up for their sessions. So all day I just kept the riffs for "Insanity" in my head. That night Jake and I were really liking the music we had but something about it seemed bland. I mentioned the intro layout of "Stockholm Syndrome" and the energy effect it had on me that morning. Jake wanted to mix it up a bit, so he added the kicks instead of the snare hits in the intro. Once that was complete, it pretty much paved the way for how we wanted the song to go.

Lyrically, it was a combination of things. At the time, I was not getting any sleep and was still getting over a previous long term relationship that really messed me up emotionally which sometimes resulted into deceitful thoughts and believing my emotional state was more taken as insanity. I was craving the idea of a relationship again. It's hard to go 3 years with someone and then all of a sudden they're out of your life. It's like smoking cigarettes for a few years and quitting cold turkey. I was addicted to the idea of being in a relationship again.

I tied all these songs together to create the storyline which is about Cindy. Cindy was someone presented throughout the EP who started in a relationship but could not get rid of the infidelities and lies inside her. I intended "Insanity" to be the end of the EP because it's from the guy's perspective at the end of the relationship and finding out about what Cindy had done behind his back.

This song definitely has to be one of my favorites musically and lyrically that I have written so far.

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

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