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Steve Perry Releasing Solo Album, Reunites With Journey At Rock Hall

Steve Perry may have disappointed fans by not performing with Journey during their Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction last week, but he did share the good news that he plans to release a new solo album later this year.

Perry reunited with his former bandmates at the Rock Hall induction ceremony, giving an acceptance speech where praised the band's current singer, saying "I must give a shout out to a man who sings his heart out every night, Arnel Pineda."

Steve then went on to credit the fans for the induction. "You're the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!," he told the crown. "From my heart, I must tell you, I've been gone a long time, you've never not been in my heart. Thank you so very much."

Perry revealed to ABC Radio at the event that he has been recording music for a new solo album, and they report that he plans to release it later this year. Read more here.

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Band Calls Metallica Song Theft Reports A Lie

Metallica made headlines late last week when several media outlets reported that they were served with a cease and desist letter claiming a song on their latest album was copied from a track from the 1980s metal group Incubus.

Incubus, who changed their name to Opprobrium several years ago when they regrouped following a hiatus, have denied the reports, calling them a lie. The articles were reportedly based a press release that was sent out claiming that an individual from a record label sent Metallica a cease and desist notification late last month, claiming to hold the copyright to the Opprobrium song in question, but the band says that they own the rights to all of their tracks.

Opprobrium addressed the reports with the following Facebook post on Friday (April 7th), 'ATTENTION, ATTENTION to all Metal Magazines around the world and all our fans. It's been circulating that supposedly an 'individual' is claiming that Metallica copied one of our songs called 'Hunger For Power' and that this individual supposedly sent a 'Cease and Desist' to Metallica." Read more here.

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Ghost's Nameless Ghouls Reveal Themselves In Lawsuit Post

Ghost's Nameless Ghouls who filed a lawsuit against frontman Papa Emeritus a.k.a. Tobias Forge, have identified themselves in a lengthy statement that disclosed their reasons for the legal action.

The message was posted on guitarist Simon Soderberg's Facebook page and reveals the real names of The Nameless Ghouls that filed the lawsuit include Soderberg (Alpha), Mauro Rubino (Air), Henrik Palm (Eather), Martin Hjertstedt (Earth).

They made the posting last Thursday and wrote in part, "As of yesterday we, four signatories from the band Ghost, have filed a lawsuit with the Linköping District Court. We are suing Tobias Forge ('Papa Emeritus') - the band's lead singer who has also been responsible for the finances of the band since its founding." Read more here.

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Rush's Geddy Lee Jams With Yes During Rock Hall Induction

Rush's Geddy Lee and former Yes members Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman performed with the legendary prog group during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last Friday.

Lee had previously struck down reports that he would be playing with the group during the special event but when they took the stage to perform their iconic song "Roundabout", Geddy played bass in the place the late Chris Squire.

Geddy and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson officially inducted Yes in the Rock Hall. With Lifeson saying, "We all start somewhere, and my journey with Yes started when I was a teenager. I may have smoked a cigarette or something. I spent hours picking my way through songs like 'Starship Trooper' and 'Yours is No Disgrace.' I must have played 'Starship Trooper' a million times. Yes helped give me the gift of music, which is everything, as you know."

He then elaborated on Yes' influence on him as a musician. "The musical choices we make in our youth, helps to determine who we become." Lifeson then advised, "Choose Chris Squire's amazing bass tone. Choose Jon Anderson's ethereal vocals. Choose Fragile. Choose 'Roundabout.' Choose the glorious guitar work in 'Owner of a Lonely Heart.' And definitely, choose Yes."

Geddy Lee had fun with his speech, recreating Lifeson's memorial "blah blah blah, comments during Rush's long delayed induction in the Rock hall. Lee then discussed how a friend name Oscar turned him on to Yes. "Through Yes, I was tuning into a wider world of possibilities." Read more about the event and watch videos of the speeches and performances here.

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Korn Recruit Robert Trujillo's Tween Son For Tour

Korn have recruited the 12-year-old son of Metallica's Robert Trujillo to fill in for Fieldy on their upcoming South American tour, according to a post on the band's Facebook page.

The California group shared the following news with fans on Saturday, "On April 17 Korn is heading down to South America for a run of dates in Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru.

"Due to unforeseen circumstances, Fieldy is unable to make the shows so the band will be joined by a special guest. Filling in for bass duties will be Tye Trujillo, the 12-year old son of Metallica's Robert Trujillo and member of NorCal group The Helmets.

"Says the band, 'We are bummed Fieldy can't join us on this run but excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye. We look forward to welcoming our brother Fieldy back when we return to the States in May.'

"Fieldy will resume Korn's 2017 tour at Carolina Rebellion on May 6." Footage of the young Trujillo performing with his band The Helmets can been seen here.

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Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile Begins Lengthy Spinal Treatment

Former Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile revealed in a new social media posting that he has begun a lengthy spinal treatment in Costa Rica to repair his ligaments.

Carlile left the group late last year due to his battle with Marfans Syndrome and shared via Instagram that he has just started a new treatment that involves a weekly injections that can last up to 3 months.

He writes, "Recently started another (hopefully final) spinal treatment here in Costa Rica. This procedure is 1x a week for 2-3 months... each week a series of 12-24 shot injections into my spinal chord, muscle, & ligaments from my legs, up to hips, then, low and middle back, to repair all my ligaments in the area, plus weekly IV'S to go with it!

"My team recently discovered that the ligaments in my body are deteriorating faster than expected and this has been a root of some of my problems and a lot of my PAIN. So I'm taking this next #MarfanSyndromeTreatment head on! Will be a rough few weeks ahead but I have faith! God give me strength and lets go!" Read his full post here.

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A Perfect Circle Play New Song At Tour Kick Off Show

A Perfect Circle stayed true to their word by performing a brand new song during the kick off show to their spring tour last Thursday night at The Pearl in Las Vegas.

Guitarist Billy Howerdel said in an interview prior to the trek that he had "every intention of...playing some new tracks" on the tour and the group played a song that is being referred to as "Feathers" during the first show.

Fan filmed footage of the performance of the new song was posted on YouTube was quickly removed by the user. The track may appear on the group's forthcoming follow up to their 2004 album "eMOTIVe". here.

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Jocelyn & Chris Arndt Recruit Gov't Mule Star For New Song

Bluesy rockers Jocelyn & Chris Arndt have released a stream of their brand new single, entitled "Footprints On The Moon", which features a guest appearance from Gov't Mule star Danny Louis.

The song will be one of the tracks featured on the sibling group's forthcoming sophomore album, which will be called "Go" and is set to hit stores on May 5th. It follows their debut release "Edges".

They shared their excitement via Facebook, writing, "It's Here! We are so excited to share our new single "Footprints on the Moon"! The song features Danny Louis from Gov't Mule on keys. We hope you love it." Stream the track here.

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Dreamcar Streaming New Song 'Born To Live'

Dreamcar, the new group featuring AFI frontman Davey Havok and members of No Doubt, have released an online stream of their brand new track "Born To Live".

The new song follows the release of their debut single "Kill For Candy". Both tracks will appear on the supergroup's forthcoming self-titled debut album, which is set to hit stores on May 12th.

Fans can catch the band perform their network television debut on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on April 18th where they will be playing "Kill For Candy". Stream the new song here.

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Stevie Van Zandt Announce First Solo Album In 18 Years

Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist Stevie Van Zandt has announced that he will be releasing his first new solo album is almost twenty years this spring.

The new album, released under the moniker Little Steven, will be entitled "Soulfire" and is set to hit stores on May 19th. If follows Van Zandt's 1999 effort "Born Again Savage".

The album will feature Stevie revisiting some of the tracks from his entire career. He had these comments, "I've always been very thematic with my work, very conceptual. I need a big picture, I can't just do a collection of songs, that doesn't work for me." Read more here.

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Thrice Release Music Video For 'Hurricane'

Thrice have released a new music video for their track Hurricane. The song comes from the group's 2016 comeback album "To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere".

Frontman Dustin Kensrue spoke with TeamRock about the track and the themes of the album. "Thrice being a heavier kind of band and me being a bit drawn to the bigger issues of life in general, all that gravitates a lot of times towards writing pretty weighty, heavy lyrics.

"This record was no exception - I'm listening to it with everything going on and there's just this weight and heaviness to it. Hurricane is a good example of my trying to find something that fits there - the beauty and calm of the verses slamming into this huge thing, and I'm trying to find something that works with that and I end up writing something where I end up questioning why all these beautiful moments in time are always shattered by something - because that's what the music feels likes its doing." Watch the video here.

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Jethro Tull's Songs From The Wood Anniversary Edition Announced

Rhino have announced that they will be releasing a limited edition 40th anniversary set of Jethro Tull's tenth album "Songs From The Wood" on May 19th.

The limited edition limited edition "Songs From The Wood: The 40th Anniversary" release will feature 3 CDs and 2 DVDs including the new album completely remixed in stereo by Steven Wilson.

The bonus material will include previously unreleased tracks and alternate versions, unseen video footage from the group's November 21, 1977 concert at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland and a 96 page book that will feature a track by track commentary from Ian Anderson. here.

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Warrant Streaming New song 'Devil Dancer'

80s rockers Warrant have released a stream of their new track "Devil Dancer". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Lounder Harder Faster".

"Devil Dancer" is the second track that the veteran band has revealed from the new album, following the previous release of the lead single "Only Broken Heart"

The new "Louder Harder Faster" record, which follows their 2011 studio effort "Rockaholic", is set to be released on May 12th. Check out the stream of the new song here.

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Mike + The Mechanics' New Album Enters Chart In Top 10

Mike + The Mechanics scored a No. 6 debut on the UK iTunes album chart upon the release of their brand new studio effort "Let Me Fly", which hit stores last Friday.

Stateside, the album entered the U.S. iTunes rock chart at No. 23. The record is the second release featuring the lineup of band leader Mike Rutherford and Luke Juby, Gary Wallis, Anthony Drennan, Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar.

The Genesis star reflected on the differences between their last album "The Road" and this new effort, "The Road didn't move anyone's world as we made it just after we'd met. We've learned to play together now.

"For me, it's about proving I can write a good song, but the older you get, the less you let yourself off with 'it's not bad', the less you pretend and the tougher you are on yourself." Read more here.

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Dan Patlansky Goes Behind The Scenes Of New Single 'Sonnova Faith'

South African bluesman Dan Patlansky is releasing his brand new single "Sonnova Faith" today (April 10th) and he has released a special video where he discuss the making of the track.

The song comes from his latest album "Introvertigo" which he released in May of last year. The video about making of the "Sonnova Faith" can be streamed here.

Patlansky will be promoting the single and album with the launch of a UK tour next Saturday, April 15th at Mr. Kyps in Poole and wrapping up the trek on May 6th at The Factory in Barnstable, North Devon. Read more here.

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The Sword Announce Their First Live Album

As The Sword plan to begin recording their next studio album later this year, they are tiding fans over with the upcoming release of their first live album.

The live record will be entitled "Greetings From..." and is set to be released on May 5th. It will feature nine performances captured during the band's 2016 fall tour with Opeth.

Prior to entering the studio in September, the band plans to spend most of the spring and summer on the road including headline dates and a string of shows with Clutch and Lucero. See the tour dates here.

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Vampire Release 'He Who Speaks' Video

Vampire have released a new video for their track "He Who Speaks". The song is one of the tracks from the group's forthcoming album "With Primeval Force".

The band will be releasing the new effort digitally in North America on April 21st which other formats being offered in other territories including a limited deluxe CD Digipak (unfolding to cross shape) and deluxe LP (with Gatefold sleeve, 180 g vinyl and 12-page LP-booklet).

"He Who Speaks" is the latest taste fans are getting of the new album. They had previously revealed streams of the songs "Ghoul Wind" and "Skull Prayer" (rough mix version). Watch the new video here.

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Les Paul Exhibit Returning To NY Guitar Show

(REPR) The Les Paul Exhibit will be making its return to The NY Guitar Show & Exposition later this month, following its appearance in 2015, organizer have revealed.

This year's event will be taking place at the Freeport Recreation Center Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 in Freeport, Long Island. We were sent the following details:

Folks attending the show in 2015 had a ball actually plugging in and playing Les' own personal guitars, amps and gizmos/gadgets, and had the privilege of jamming with the incomparable Lou Pallo, the man of a million chords. here.

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The Obsessed Release 'Sacred' Title Track Video

The Obsessed celebrated the release of their first new studio album in over two decades by sharing a music video for the title track to the effort, "Sacred".

The new album is the product of the veteran group's latest reunion which took place in March of 2016, following a few short reunion appearances earlier in the decade.

Sacred is the follow up to Scott "Wino" Weinrich (Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan) led group's 1994 effort "The Church Within." Watch the Jimmy Hubbard directed video here.

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Singled Out: Mick Hayes' Hard 2 Explain

Mick Hayes recently released the music video for his new single "Hard 2 Explain" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us the story behind the track. Here is the story:

Ahhh the scent of deception. I've just recently broke ground on a home studio and was digging around through some old recordings and lyrics when I found Hard 2 Explain written on a half sheet of paper. I remember rehearsing it with band and playing it out a few times, but that was about it. There were strains in the lineup of that band and some of that was coming out in the music. So, I decided to breathe new life into it and allow it inspire me in a fresh new way.

As far as production goes I knew I wanted that heavy synth bass vibe and I have always loved the cascading sounds you can get from old synths like the Arp Odyssey. I felt that they would contrast nicely with my clean guitar tones and since there has been such a resurgence of these instruments today that it seemed like the timing was right. When my band and I were opening for Deep Purple in 2015, I really fell back in love with the Hammond B3 organ and I also wanted a healthy dose of that in the tune as well. I was confident that if I had all those elements in place, I could easily add the other production elements that I wanted to hear and then have a great platform for my vocals, their harmonies and then introduce my "other voice" being the guitar solo.

The video was done by myself and only serves as a visual to the typical abandonment and betrayal we have all experienced in a Hard 2 Explain moment. I must admit that I am an avid fan of urban exploration videos on YouTube. I love abandoned places, buildings and towns so it seemed logical to meld the two of them together.

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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