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AC/DC and Axl Rose Need To Record Album Says Original Singer

AC/DC need to record an album with Axl Rose to make this incarnation of the band "legitimate", according to the legendary group's original singer Dave Evans.

The Guns N' Roses frontman took over lead vocal after Brian Johnson was warned his faced permanent hearing loss if he continued to tour. AC/DC's original vocalist Dave Evans was asked his thoughts about this incarnation of the band during an interview with The Australian Rock Show.

He told the program, "Well, I like the fact that the brand is still out there, 'cause that's all it is these days, it's just a brand. Angus is the only original member left, and a lot of the others are all gone too.

"If he wants to keep the AC/DC brand going, which he can do, because he's still in the band, they need to settle on a new singer, whether it's gonna be Axl or not, and they need to record a new album, to make it legitimate. That way, AC/DC as a brand, and Angus, will have a new record out."

He then elaborated saying that band has undergone many lineups and in fact they were on "their third bass player and third drummer by the time I left the band. There's been a lot of lineups.

"There's been four singers now, including Axl. So it's been a revolving situation since the very original first lineup with myself and the other boys. If they wanna keep the brand going again with a new lineup, with Angus, they need to record a new album and see how the fans take that." Download the full episode here.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Leader Paul O'Neill Dead At 61

Trans-Siberian Orchestra co-founder and mastermind Paul O'Neill died from a chronic illness this week at the age of 61, according to a statement issued by the group.

The band issued the following, "The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O'Neill has passed away from chronic illness.

"He was our friend and our leader -- a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all. We ask that you respect Paul's family's privacy now. We will make additional announcements shortly." Read more here.

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Journey Wanted Singer Inducted Into Rock Hall

Journey's Jonathan Cain says that he wishes that the band's current lead singer Arnel Pineda could be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the other members of the group.

The induction will include most of the current lineup of the veteran band as well former members Steve Perry, Gregg Rolie and Aynsley Dunbar and Cain believes that Pineda, who was discovered via YouTube videos would worthy of induction as well, according to ABC.

Cain told them that "I think he's [Pineda] certainly one of the reasons why we're [in the Rock Hall]." The keyboard player addressed the challenges the Filipino-born singer faced taking center stage in the place of Steve Perry.

"It was a real act of faith to jump in those shoes," Cain said. "I mean, barely coming to America for the first time…mastering English…jumping on stage as the lead singer of Journey, going from a club singer to a rock star in two years' time. It's a pretty amazing feat". Read more here.

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Yes, Todd Rundgren and ELP Legacy Plot Yestival Tour

Prog legends Yes will be celebrating their long awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by launching a special tour this summer dubbed Yestival.

The band will be focusing on early material from their albums up until 1980 on the U.S. trek which will include support from Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy.

They will be kicking things off on August 4th in Greensboro, NC at the White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex and wrapping up the special outing on September 3rd in Tulalip, WA at Tulalip Amphitheatre.

Guitarist Steve Howe shared his excitement, "We are looking forward to presenting songs from each of the first nine studio albums, including some surprises." See the dates here.

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Elton John To Reveal Previously Unreleased Tracks For RSD

Music legend Elton John is noted as an avid record buyer so it is only fitting that he will be offering up a very special release for this year's Record Store Day on April 22nd.

Elton has announced that he will reissuing his '17-11-70' album as a 2 LP 180g vinyl set that has been remastered by Bob Ludwig and will include six previously unreleased tracks.

John shared the following background details about his historic recording, "The album '17-11-70' was not meant to be a live one at all; we did one of the first-ever stereo radio broadcasts live at A&R Recording Studios in New York City in 1970 on the 17th of November.

"It was Phil Ramone's studio, one of the greatest producers of all time, and we just went in the booth and played it as a three-piece: Nigel Olsson on drums and vocals, Dee Murray on bass and vocals, and myself. There was a studio audience of about 100 sitting outside the booth, hearing it coming through the loud speakers, and we just played." Read more and see the tracklisting here.

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Slash and Friends Headlining The 2017 Beastly Ball

Slash has revealed that he will be playing with Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band at Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's 2017 Beastly Ball on May 20th.

Billed as Slash and Friends, the legendary guitarist will be backed by the Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show's house band at the gala that will celebrate the L.A. Zoo's 50th Anniversary.

Slash, who is also a long time trustee of association, had the following to say in the announcement, "I'm honored and proud to be a part of the L.A. Zoo's 50th Anniversary Beastly Ball. It's going to be the biggest yet, and I'm really looking forward to jamming live with some good friends."

It was also revealed that special guests that will be performing with Slash include Grace Potter and Bernard Fowler (who has worked with a host of big name artists including the Rolling Stones, Duran Duran, Bootsy Collins, Steve Lukather and Alice Cooper) and they are expected to play a set of that will be a mix of blues and R&B. Find more details about the event and ticket info here.

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Black Star Riders Release 'Dancing With The Wrong Girl' Video

(hennemusic) Black Star Riders have released a music video for their track "Dancing With The Wrong Girl". The song is third single from their third album, "Heavy Fire."

Directed by Louis Catlett, the clip was filmed in East London's neon-clad Gods Own Junkyard. "The greatest lie we can endure is from our own denial," explains frontman Ricky Warwick about the song, "sometimes two wrongs can make it alright."

Black Star Riders launched the album with a spring UK tour, following which they announced the amicable departure of drummer Jimmy DeGrasso. "In a mutual decision, Black Star Riders and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso have decided to part ways," said the group via social media. "The band wish him well in his future endeavours and thank him for the great albums, killer shows and good times together. The new drummer will be announced shortly." Watch the new video here.

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Melvins Announce Double Album and Short Film

The Melvins have announced an ambitious double album entitled "A Walk With Love and Death," which will be released on July 7th as well as a short film with the same title.

The new double album features two parts. The first is entitled "Death" and features the traditional Melvins brand of rock and the second is called "Love" and is the score to the forthcoming short film which was directed by Jesse Nieminen.

The band self produced the new album and recruited special guest appearances from The Pixies' Joey Santiago, Le Butcherettes/Crystal Fairy's Teri Gender Bender and That Dog's Anna Waronker. Read more here.

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Simple Minds Unplugged DVD and CD Announced

Eagle Rock have announced that they will be releasing Simple Mind's "Acoustic In Concert" on June 16th but digitally and in a DVD and CD package.

The new release was captured during the acclaimed band's special performance for BBC Radio 2's "In Concert" series in November of 2016 at the Hackney Empire in London.

The band staged the show on the eve of the release their "Acoustic" album and included performances of their megahits "Alive And Kicking" and Breakfast Club theme song "Don't You (Forget About Me)" among other favorites from their long career. See the tracklisting here.

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Prong Announce Zero Days Tour Dates

Prong have announced their Zero Days 2017 mini-tour which will include five headline dates during the band's North American tour with Testament and Sepultura.

The band is touring ahead of the release of their new album "Zero Days" which is set to be released on July 28th. The headline gigs include shows in Wilmington, Arnprior, Valparaiso, Omaha and Grand Junction.

Tommy Victor had this to say, "2017 is shaping up to be another touring year for the history books. As if we weren't already busy enough, in typical Prong fashion, we decided to add 5 headline shows to this massive North American run. Always great to play a longer set and include more material from our records! We are extremely excited". See all of their upcoming dates here.

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Brian Setzer Announces Rockabilly Riot Tour

Stray Cats icon Brian Setzer has announced that he will returning to his roots this summer by launching his Rockabilly Riot! Tour across the U.S. and Europe.

He will be kicking the domestic leg off on June 7th at Humphrey's in San Diego and concluding the leg with a still to be announced concert that will be taking place on June 29th.

Setzer will take a couple weeks off before heading to Europe where he will begin that trek in Tours, France on July 9th at the American Tours Festival. He's announced dates in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Norway and Finland. Read more and see the dates here.

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You Me At Six Announce U.S. Spring Tour Dates

UK rockers You Me At Six have announced that they will be crossing the pond next month to play a series headline dates in various cities across the United States.

They will be launching the short trek with a show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on May 8th and wrapping up the jaunt on May 18th in San Francisco at Slim's.

The outing in support of their album "Night People" will also include stops in Cambridge, Philadelphia, West Hollywood and an appearance at the 105.7 Pointfest 2017 in Maryland Heights, MO. See the dates here.

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Vallenfyre Announce New Album 'Fear Those Who Fear Him'

Vallenfyre have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, which will be entitled "Fear Those Who Fear Him" on June 2nd in various formats.

Singer and guitarist Greg Mackintosh had this to say. "Most bands refine their sound over the first 2 or 3 albums. Becoming more technically adept and honing their craft. Vallenfyre have done almost exactly the opposite.

"We have devolved, made things simpler and crush most of the melody under swathes of rotting noise. From 'A Fragile King' to 'Splinters' and now to 'Fear Those Who Fear Him', we have become more savage, more raw and less compromising!"

According to Century Media, the new effort will be offered digitally and on standard CD, as well as a limited edition colored and black 180 gram gatefold LP version (with CD) and a special edition Digipak.

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Suicide Commandos Release 'Boogie's Coldest Acre' Video

Pre-punk pioneers Suicide Commandos have released a music video for their new track "Boogie's Coldest Acre". The song comes from their comeback album "Time Bomb".

The new studio effort will be hitting stores on May 5th including a numbered edition vinyl pressing that will be limited to just 1,000 copies, as well as a digital release.

"Time Bomb" is the band's long-awaited follow-up to their 1978 debut "Make A Record" and guitarist Chris Osgood explained why they decided to make a new album after all of these years, "After Tommy Erdelyi died, Steve pointed out that The Ramones were all gone and we were all still here, and that we should make a record."

Bassist Steve Almaas adds "The time was right. I had a couple of songs I thought would sound good with Chris and Dave. Once they started coming up with material, it inspired me to write a few more. Also, in this modern age, it's much easier to work long distance. That really helped make this possible." Watch the video here.

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Romes Release GoPro Filmed 'Someone' Video

Romes have released a music video for their new digital single "Someone". The song is the second track that they group has revealed from their forthcoming self-titled album.

The new clip was show entirely with a GoPro camera and Nick Amadeus explained the concept, "The inspiration for the 'Someone' video came from the centriphone idea conceptualized by Nicolas Vuignier. I figured it'd be cool to build a rig and go to some spots around Toronto and replicate the effect with us and a GoPro.

"On the very first shot of the day, the camera, flying around at 30mph, flew into Jacob's face and bust open his gums. That's the final clip you see in the video. I think he now has a fear of helicopters."

Jacob Alexander had this to say about the song, "'Someone' is about how anxiety triggers feelings of insecurity and cripples your ability to convey your emotions. It was written at a time when I felt lost and alone. I had a strong desire to be with someone but couldn't bring myself to express how I felt, knowing that if I did, it would be too late." Watch the video here.

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Monograms Streams New Single 'OK Promises'

Monograms have revealed a stream of their new single "OK Promises" the song will be included on their split 7" vinyl release with Pink Mexico and their forthcoming EP.

The EP will be entitled "Silencer" and is set to be released on April 21st and features four tracks recorded over the past twelve months during different sessions and with different lineups joining Monograms mastermind Ian Jacobs.

The new vinyl split is coming this Friday (April 7th.) and Monograms will be playing a special EP release show on April 19th at Alphaville in Brooklyn that will also feature performances from Bambara, Black Hole Kids, and Fruit & Flowers. Stream the new track here.

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All Hail The Yeti Announce Screaming Black Curse Tour

All Hail The Yeti have announced the initial dates for their forthcoming Screaming Black Curse Tour that will also feature opening sets from Invidia and Broken Rail.

The trek is currently scheduled to begin on May 17th at the famed Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles and wrap up on June 4th right down the freeway in Fullerton, CA at the Slidebar with more dates still be revealed.

Frontman Connor Garritty had this to say, "We are very excited about the 'Screaming Black Curse tour'! We've teamed up with Invidia and Broken Rail to bring you a really diverse musical party." Read more here.

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Soldiers Of A Wrong War Release 'Yeah' Video

Soldiers Of A Wrong War have released a new music video for their track "Yeah!" The song comes from the band's forthcoming sophomore album "Countdowns" which will be released on April 18th.

Bass player Adin Sulic had this to say about the new track, "When we wrote this song we were like: 'This stuff sounds insanely like one of those rock'n'roll songs that make you wanna instantly dance and have fun!'. If you listen to the song, you can feel influences from the old school rock'n'roll scene of the mid 60s, early 70s, mixed with some alternative rock vibes from the '90s. The catchphrase in the refrain, which is 'It doesn't make much sense, but I like it,' basically represents the world we live in today."

"The infosphere is flooded with tons of content through social media every single day and it looks like you really don't need a reason to like something. Even if it doesn't make sense, if you see that people share it, then it seems that you have to like it automatically and you just go with the flow, trapped in a system which seems to be designed to decode ourselves and bring our individuality to a point where it's nearly extinct. Is this what we really want?" Watch the video here.

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Ye Banished Privateers Announce New Album

Ye Banished Privateers have announced that they will be releasing their new album 'First Night Back In Port' on June 30th under their just inked deal with Napalm Records.

The pirate themed band had the following to say about the deal and forthcoming album, "Spring has finally come to the Gulf of Botnia, and with the rotting ice we are now able to set sail with some extraordinary good news onboard.

"We are immensely proud to announce that our chaotic band of Pirates will be joining forces with Napalm Records, to release our next album First Night Back in Port. Lock up the taverns and hide away the Rum, June 30th in the year of our lord 1717 (2017), this Pandora's box of ear worms goes worldwide!

"Putting our pen and ink to the chart of Napalm Records means procuring the fire power to bring the forces of Europe to a total blockade. And by trading our royalties for rum and cherry beer, we estimate that we will save a fortune and a half in the years to come." here.

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Singled Out: Through Fire's Breathe

Through Fire released the deluxe edition of their "Breathe" album today (April 7th) and to celebrate we asked guitarist Justin McCain to share with us the story behind the title track. Here is the story:

Our current single Breathe was one of the first songs I wrote for the album. Someone very close to me was addicted to drugs during that time so this was me basically saying what I knew that person wanted to say but couldn't. It was very hard to watch someone I love go through something so devastating, it was destroying everything and everyone around us. It took a long time and a lot of patience but thankfully this person pulled through and has now been clean for over a year.

I decided that I wanted to take a different approach when doing the video. The great thing about music is, it's universal. What I mean is, music has the ability to connect with people and resonate with what's going on in their lives even if it wasn't specifically written for them, it can still truly speak to their situation. We wanted to do something that would help make a positive difference so we chose to do a video that would raise awareness for homeless veterans and the homeless community in general. Breathe tells a story of someone who needs help, someone who needs a chance, someone who is going through struggles in life... and most importantly, someone who deserves to be treated with respect. We're all human, we've all faced hardships but when we don't judge and instead lend a helping hand, we make this world a better place.

I'm falling apart, can you unbreak my heart... so I can breathe.

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

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