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Guns N' Roses To Mix Things Up On Upcoming Tour Leg

Guns N' Roses will be mixing things up when it comes to the support acts on their forthcoming European leg of their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour this spring and summer.

Instead of tapping one or two bands to open for them on the entire trek, the band has announced a variety of bands that will be joining them at the various tour stops.

Former Motorhead guitarist lead Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, The Darkness, Biffy Clyro, Wolfmother, The Kills, Backyard Babies, former Hanoi Rocks' frontman Michael Monroe, Killing Joke, Virgin, Royal Blood, Mark Lanegan, Otherkin and Tyler Bryant have all been confirmed for specific shows. Read more including the dates and corresponding support acts here.

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Black Sabbath Planned To Record Blues Album

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler revealed in an interview that the legendary metal band had planned to record a blues album as the follow up to their 2013 effort "13".

Butler made the revelations in an interview with MusicRadar. When asked if he has ever considered to returning to Black Sabbath's roots and recording a blues project, he revealed that there were plans for one but they were sidelined by the band's farewell tour.

He told the publication, "The follow-up to 13 was going to be a blues album, but the tour got in the way. It would take something like two or three years to do it properly, and we thought we might not all be here by that time, so it would be better to do this final tour first and then maybe we'll do a blues record later."

Guitarist Toni Iommi has reportedly said in the past that the band recorded their self-titled debut in a single day. Geezer was asked if they considered recording the blues project "jam style" and he responded, "Probably not. You'd have to make it varied instead of doing 10 tracks of the same old 12-bar blues though. But even back in the Heaven And Hell tour days, Tony would go up into his lead and we would just jam around blues riffs for eight or nine minutes. And every night was different. So that is a thought." Check out the full review here.

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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Double Live Album Announced

Deep Purple legend Ritchie Blackmore's return to his rock roots last summer was captured on a new 2 CD live album which is set to be released on June 9th by Eagle Rock.

The new live set can be preordered here and will be entitled "Live In Birmingham 2016". It features the Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow lineup of Blackmore on guitar, vocalist Ronnie Romero, drummer David Keith, bassist Bob Nouveau, keyboard player Jens Johanssen, along with backup singers Candice Night and Lady Lynn.

The live recordings for this new release were captured during the band' set at the Genting Arena at the NEC, Birmingham, which was the group's only UK show of the special run of three concerts and included the performances of the Deep Purple Mark III era songs "Soldier Of Fortune" and "Burn, which were not included in the sets for two shows in Germany. Read more here.

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Letterman Replacing Neil Young At Pearl Jam Rock Hall Induction

(hennemusic) David Letterman will induct Pearl Jam into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in New York on April 7 after Neil Young has been forced to cancel his role this week over health issues.

"Due to illness, Neil Young is regrettably no longer able to induct Pearl Jam at this Year's Induction Ceremony," said the Rock Hall in a statement Wednesday. "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is thrilled that David Letterman has agreed to induct Pearl Jam this Friday night at the 32nd Annual Induction Ceremony."

No official statement regarding details of Young's health status has been released, but the Rock Hall did respond to a fan's comment on Twitter by saying, "It's great of David to step in and we're keeping Neil in our thoughts." Read more here.

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How Slipknot's Corey Taylor Ended Up On New Korn Album

Korn guitarist Brian Head Welch shared the story of how the band recruited Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor to guest on their track "A Different World".

Head was the featured guest on a recent episode of the WikiMetal podcast and went into details about the writing and recording of their most recent album "The Serenity Of Suffering" and also how Taylor came about appearing on it.

Welch said, "We started off me, Munky and Ray, the drummer, in the studio in Hollywood. We started writing rough song ideas - we did that for a month or two, and then we decided on a producer, Nick Rasculinecz and once we presented the songs that we messed around with in the studio, only like one or two of them… Like, one to three of those songs made it, the other ones got thrown in the trash. And so, I think that once we got Nick, we kind of started over, and then it was me, Nick, the producer, Munky and Ray mostly in the studio.

"And Jonathan would come down and listen to what we were doing and give his input, and then Fieldy would come down once in a while, because he has his kids, he has like three young kids, so when he's off he likes to be home with his kids. So he would just come once in a while and check things out, kind of add his opinion.

"But once we got the songs all written and recorded, Nick and John were doing vocals in Bakersfield, California, where Korn studio is, and I don't remember… I think Nick had the idea 'You know what will sound cool? It's Corey on this song.' And he goes 'What do you think about hitting him up to try it?' So we called him, and he just happened to be off the road for a couple of weeks - you know, that guy, Corey, he never stops touring. So he agreed to fly to Nashville and record come vocals, because Nick's studio is in Nashville. So he flew to Nashville, and I went in the studio with him, it was me, Nick and Corey, and Nick's assistant, Nathan - or Nick's engineer, Nathan. So yeah, I watched him do the vocals, and it was amazing. And we ate ice cream at a little restaurant you can't even imagine after, it was awesome. " Listen to the full episode here.

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Video Of Metallica Full Lollapalooza Argentina Set Goes Online

(hennemusic) Metallica headlined the Lollapalooza festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina last Friday, March 31 and professional video of the band's full set has surfaced online.

The performance at the city's Hippodrome San Isidro followed the group's appearance at Lollapalooza Chile in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 25 as one of three festival gigs in South America that would wrap up at Lollapalooza Chile on April 1.

Metallica will resume the Worldwired tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self Destruct" when they begin a 25-show summer stadium tour of North America at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD on May 10.

This week, the group were announced as one of the headliners at the Outside Lands festival at Golden Gate Park in their hometown of San Francisco, CA over the weekend of August 11-13.

"We're excited to add this night to the North American tour run," says the band. "Among the many stellar artists joining us this weekend will be The Who, Queens Of The Stone Age, Royal Blood and Gorillaz." Watch the concert video footage here.

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Beatles Reveal Details For 'Sgt Pepper' Reissues

(hennemusic) The Beatles have revealed the track details for the various versions of the 50th anniversary reissues of their landmark 1967 album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

Due May 26, the project will be available as CD, 2CD, 2LP, 6-disc Super Deluxe Edition and digital packages, all featuring a new stereo mix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell following the original work by the legendary George Martin.

"It's crazy to think that 50 years later," says Paul McCartney, "we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art."

The expanded 2CD package adds a second disc of 18 tracks, including previously unreleased alternate takes of each of the album's 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album. The second CD also includes a new stereo mix and a previously unreleased instrumental take of "Penny Lane," and the 2015 stereo mix and two previously unreleased alternate takes of "Strawberry Fields Forever."

The expanded 180-gram 2LP vinyl package features the new stereo album mix on the first LP and adds a second LP with previously unreleased alternate takes for each of the album's 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album.
The expansive, 6-disc Super Deluxe Edition delivers four audio discs - including the new stereo mix, two CDs featuring 33 tracks from the sessions, and the original 1967 mono mix plus bonus tracks (including three previously unreleased mixes). Two Blu-ray/ DVDs also offer 5.1 surround sound and hi-res stereo mixes, the fully restored 1992 documentary, "The Making Of Sgt. Pepper", posters, restored promo videos and a 144-page hardback book featuring an introduction by McCartney. See the various tracklistings and promo video
here.

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Warren Haynes Leads Little Feat Tribute Concert Event

A special all-star tribute event celebrating Little Feat's acclaimed live album "Waiting For Columbus" is set to take place at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans on May 6th.

Gov't Mule, The Allman Brothers Band and The Dead star Warren Haynes will be the musical director for the event which will be dubbed "New Orleans Is Waiting For Columbus."

The special show will also include Don Was, Jamey Johnson, The Radiators' Dave Malone, John Medeski, Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Scofield's Piety Street Band), Mark Mullins (Bonerama, Harry Connick Jr.), and special surprise guests are also expected. Read more here.

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Dead To Fall Reunite, Announce Live Shows And New Music

Dead To Fall confirmed on Wednesday (April 5th) that they have officially reunited and they revealed that they are working on new music and also announced some live shows.

The group, who disbanded in 2008, did what was thought at the time to be a one-off reunion to celebrate the release of one of their albums on vinyl, but have now have announced that they are officially back together.

They broke the news to fans with the following Facebook post, "We're back... If you haven't figured it out yet, the original line up has been jamming over the last few months and working on some new material.

"We got together to do the vinyl release show for 'Everything I Touch Falls To Pieces' last summer, and wouldn't you know it new riffs started pouring out. We're working on a new record, coming out 2018 sometime. " Read more here.

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Ride Expand Tour In Support Of Comeback Album

Ride have announced an additional leg of North American tour dates that they will be launching in support of their first new studio album in over 20 years.

The band reformed in 2014 and recently announced that they will be releasing their comeback album "Weather Diaries" on June 16th. They recently released a music video for the song "Charm Assault". Watch it here.

The group previously announced a short series of North American tour dates in support of the new studio effort that will be taking place this July, but have now added an additional run of live shows this fall. See the dates here.

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Grateful Dead Theatrical Event Includes New Documentary Preview

The upcoming special one night one theatrical screening of the Grateful Dead Movie, celebrating the film's 40th Anniversary, will also include a special preview of an upcoming documentary and more.

The movie will be returning to movie theaters for one night on April 20th to celebrate the anniversary and Fathom Events has revealed that the screenings will include a special preview of the forthcoming Grateful Dead documentary "Long Strange Trip" which is executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev.

As an added bonus, the event will also include a screening of a never-before-seen mini-documentary about the group's May 8, 1977 concert at Cornell University, which will include new interviews from fans that were at the historic gig. Find the list of theaters and ticket details here.

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Game Theory's Final Album Expanded For Deluxe Reissue

Game Theory's final album "2 Steps From The Middle Ages" has been expanded with 11 bonus tracks, and remastered for a reissue that is set to be released on June 9th by Omnivore Recordings.

The special reissue from the acclaimed power pop band will include the original album, which was produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Marshall Crenshaw, Velvet Crush), along with the collection of previously unreleased bonus material.

The extra tracks will include unvarnished album demos, live performances, Scott Miller's solo covers of Simon & Garfunkel's "America," Let's Active's "Bad Machinery," and more. Read more here.

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Kataklysm Announce U.S. Tour With In Flames

Kataklysm have announced that they have been added as the direct support band for In Flames forthcoming U.S. tour, and also announced a handful of their own headline dates.

The trek with In Flames is scheduled to kick off on May 4th in Rochester, NY at Anthology and will be wrapping up on May 25th in Dallas, TX at the Gas Monkey Bar & Grill.

Kataklysm will also be playing their own shows along the way and have announced the stand alone dates in Detroit (May 5th), Pittsburg (May 8th) and Philadelphia (May 9th). Read more here.

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Die So Fluid Stream New Song 'Bittersweet'

Die So Fluid have released an online stream of their new single "Bittersweet". The song will be one of the tracks features on the group's forthcoming album "One Bullet From Paradise."

Die So Fluid's Grog had the following to say about the new Drew Richards produced track, "Bittersweet is an alter ego who came to life as I wrote the song" says Grog. "Part me, part fictional, she embodies all the stuff I like about many of my fave female tv, film and graphic novel characters.

"She makes a statement about embracing yourself as you are, thorns n all. She's kick ass but not psycho, sexy and clever, fun and darkly deep. She parties hard and rocks her talents hard" Listen to the song here.

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Krokus' Chris von Rohr Featured On The Rock Brigade

Krokus star Chris von Rohr was the featured guest on a recent episode of The Rock Brigade Podcast where he discussed a number of topics including the band's cover album "Big Rocks".

The show sent over the following details: The Rock Brigade Podcast's Jeb Wright and James Rozell caught up with Krokus founding member Chris von Rohr to talk about the album, and much more.

He tells how the band chose each song on the album and how they went to great lengths to Krokus-ize each track. In addition to the new album Chris talks about the band's origins and recounts opening for the Scorpions when Uli Jon Roth was in the band, as well as his first trip to America where he learned that the type of 'job' a groupie offered him was not one that meant he had to do actual work.

Chris also discusses how the band were pressured by the record company in the mid-1980s to abandon their metal roots, a mistake that they learned from, as Krokus in 2017 is back, harder and heavier than ever before. Listen to the episode here.

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Oceano Stream New Song 'The Great Tribulation'

Oceano celebrated Wednesday night's kick off of their Revelation Tour of the U.S. with the release of their brand new single, which is entitled "The Great Tribulation."

The song can be streamed here and comes from the group's forthcoming album "Revelation". The new studio effort will be released on May 19th and is the follow up to their 2015 release "Ascendants".

The band kicked off their album release headline tour last night in Valparaiso, IN at Big Shots and they are being supported on the trek by Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, and No Zodiac. See the dates here.

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Mallen Release 'Jack Of Cards' Video

UK rockers Mallen recently released a new music video for their latest single "Jack Of Cards". The new track is the group's follow up to their debut 2015 EP "Ignition."

Mallen had the following to say about the David Radahd (aka Johnny Rocker, Heavens Basement) produced track, "Groove filled riffs, sweeping melodic verses and punchy choruses. A song that tells the listener what we are all about."

Which is quite a change from the group's highest profile gig so far where they played a special unplugged set as an opening act during a show on Motley Crue's farewell tour. Watch the new video here.

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Singled Out: Damiano Christian's She Loves You

18-year-old virtuoso Damiano Christian just released his brand new EP "Built in Good Value" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the cover of the Beatles classic "She Loves You". Here is the story:

I guess the inspiration and influence to actually do this song came from the drive of wanting to actually get my first real break into the mainstream rock scene. I love doing covers and the only band I could think of that made their big break off a cover was Van Halen with "you really got me" by the kinks. They basically took that song, spiced it up, changed the structure a bit and Eddie added a shredding guitar solo into it which you wouldn't hear from bands out of the 60s like the kinks or the Beatles.

So for starters I took the main riff George Harrison plays before the verses , messed around with it for a bit and figured that's how I'd start the song , with a huge bang or kick in the gut. The vocals I kept like the original , you can't mess with or change John and Paul's vocals they're already good and doing that would be sacrilegious. So I sang both the melodies and harmonies , each having their own separate track in the recording process.

With the main verse chord progression I added some little nuance transitions between some of the chords. That inspiration came from listening to a lot of Quiet Riot when Randy Rhoads was in the band, I have my sister doing a bit of that as well on bass.

When it came to the solo I got a bit stuck the first time around because I learned you can't just play in G minor pentatonic due to the way the chord progression is. So the second time around when I re-did the solo with producer David Ivory I figured why not play the vocal melody as the solo with a few embellishments on it and some fast picking licks at the end of it to finish it off. Off the whole EP we just released yesterday "Built in Good Value" I feel that's one of the best solos I ever recorded.

A little Easter egg you'll hear at the end of the song is my little homage to Randy Rhoads where I play one of his most famous live licks you'd hear him do a lot on concert bootlegs at the end of songs and I finish it off with his kill switch effect he always did like in the live version of Crazy Train.

So again thank you for this wonderful opportunity and don't forget to go check out our new EP "Built in Good Value" on iTunes, google play, Spotify and Amazon, available for release now!

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

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