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Black Sabbath Plan Final Shows Documentary, Possible Live Album

Metal legends Black Sabbath are planning to put together a documentary about their final shows in their hometown of Birmingham and may also release a live album of the concerts.

The band ended their farewell tour with two shows at the Genting Arena on February 2nd and 4th and guitarist Tony Iommi has reportedly told NBC that he is currently mixing the audio tracks from the shows for a possible live album.

The report stated that he is working on the possible live effort, and followed it with this direct quote from Tony, "We'll actually be doing a documentary," he said. "My job at the moment is to have a listen to what we've done." Read more here.

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Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman Tour Announced

In the wake of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ARW have officially changed their name to Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.

The former Yes icons had previously gone by the name Anderson Rabin Wakeman but will be hitting the road this summer fully embracing their identity with the legendary prog band.

Original Yes frontman Jon Anderson explained the reasons behind the name change, "It's very simple. The fans want it, we want it and it's our right to use the name. YES music is in our DNA!"

The group will be kicking off their North American summer tour on August 26th in Stockton, CA at the Bob Hope Theater and will conclude the trek on October 11th in Clearwater, FL at the Ruth Eckerd Hall. See the dates here.

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The Exploited's Wattie Hospitalized After He 'Almost Died'

The Exploited frontman Wattie Buchan has been hospitalized in Belgium after he "almost died" from a "very serious heart condition", according to a social media post from the band.

The group plans to continue their current tour and posted the following statement on their Facebook this past Saturday (April 8th) about Buchan's hospitalization:

"Just to let you guys know that Wattie was taken to hospital yesterday in Belgium.. He has a very serious heart condition and almost died. I saw him today and would like to thank the doctors who saved his life." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Up For Three Top Billboard Awards

The Guns N' Roses reunion featuring Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan continues to pay off as the band has earned three nominations for this year's Billboard Music Awards.

The band is up for the awards for Top Duo/Group, Top Touring Artist and Top Rock Tour and their former mega-tour mates Metallica have been nominated for Top Rock Artist and Top Rock Album for their latest effort "Hardwired…to Self-Destruct".

The thrash legends are competing for the album honor again the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "The Getaway" and Radiohead's "A Moon Shaped Pool." Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band received noms for Top Touring Artist and Top Rock Tour. See the full list of nominations here.

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Mastodon's Emperor of Sand Top Selling Album Of The Week

Mastodon debuted at the top of the Billboard Album sales chart with their just released studio effort "Emperor Of Sand", which also gave them their biggest sales debut ever.

"Emperor Of Sand" also entered the Billboard Alternative Albums, Rock Albums, Hard Music Albums and Physical Albums charts at the No. 1 spot and also claimed the honor for biggest selling vinyl release of the week.

The group shared their excitement, "We want to thank all of our fans for running out and picking up a copy of our new album Emperor Of Sand. The support you guys have shown us has been unbelievable." Read more here.

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Don Henley, Steve Miller, Roger Daltrey Lead Rock Getaway Lineup

The upcoming Classic East and West festivals will not be the only opportunity for classic rock fans to get their live fix this year thanks to the just announced Rock Getaway.

An impressive roster of iconic artists have signed on to take part in the inaugural 11-day music festival that will be taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Solidaridad, Mexico from October 26th through November 5th.

Due to the length of the event organizers have broken it up into 4, 7 and 11 day packages with the Steve Miller Band, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Bad Company and Foreigner leading the 4 day line-up.

The 7 and 11 day package will include the live performances from the smaller package as well as sets from the Eagles' Don Henley, Santana, George Thorogood and the Destroyers and more. Read more here.

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Gene Simmons Made Emotional Tribute To Chuck Berry At Memorial

KISS star Gene Simmons made an emotional tribute to rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry during a public memorial this past Sunday (April 9th) ahead of the private funeral service in St. Louis.

According to press reports, Simmons said the following at The Pageant where the public memorial was held, "These shades are going to help me a lot because in back of them are real tears.

"He was breaking down barriers that nobody suspected. Chuck, he changed more little white boys and white girls lives than all the politicians with their big talk just by making them move. Just by grabbing a hold of them on the outside and the inside and changing their lives." .

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Night Ranger Feared Losing Brad Gillis To Ozzy Osbourne

Night Ranger feared they would have to find a replacement for Brad Gillis after they witnessed the guitarist perform live with Ozzy Osbourne in the early 1980s.

Gillis was recruited by the Black Sabbath vocalist to help him finish his world tour in support of his "Diary Of A Madman" album in the wake of Randy Rhoads tragic death in March of 1982.

Brad was featured on Ozzy's double live album "Speak of The Devil" which featured performances of classic Black Sabbath songs, and was reportedly recorded due to a contractual obligation.

In a new interview with the Rock Brigade Podcast, Night Ranger's Jack Blades reflected on the band's reaction to seeing Gillis play with Osbourne. He recalled, "We had our record deal and Brad got a call to go off with Ozzy. We were waiting for him to come back. Ozzy was doing a live show for Westwood One or King Biscuit Flower Hour or something.

"We had not seen Brad playing with Ozzy so [Night Ranger drummer Kelly Keagy] and I went to the show. He sounded so f***ing good…he sounded so huge. Kelly and l looked at each other and said, 'He's not coming back. We are going to have to find another guitar player.'" Listen to the full interview here.

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Metallica Share Live Videos From Mexico City Shows

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming a pair of video highlights from their recent series of dates in Mexico City. The band have issued performance footage of "Confusion" from the March 1 show and "No Remorse" from the March 3 concert at the city's Foro Sol.

"Confusion" appears on Metallica's current studio release, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", while "No Remorse" was featured on their 1983 debut, "Kill 'Em All."

The group played three dates in Mexico City early last month as part of their WorldWired tour. The third and final concert on March 5 delivered the live debut of "Dream No More" and a duet with Iggy Pop on The Stooges' classic, "T.V. Eye." Watch the videos here.

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The Cult Announce Live 17 Spring Tour

The Cult have announced that they will be returning to the road this spring to launch their Live 17 tour to further promote their latest studio album "Hidden City".

The veteran band released the studio effort in February of 2016 and launched a world tour in support of it last year and they have now added the additional 17 U.S. dates this May.

The new run of shows will be kicking off on May 3rd at the Rams Head Live in Baltimore, and will wrap up with an appearance at this year's Rocklahoma festival on May 27th. here.

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Queen Release New 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Video

As Queen prepare to hit the road for their summer tour featuring Adam Lambert on lead vocals, they have released in the latest in their series of new lyric videos.

The legendary band shared their latest "official karaoke style" video for their landmark song "Bohemian Rhapsody" which features footage of the original video along with lyrics. Watch it here

The new clip for the "A Night At The Opera" classic follows the release of similar videos for other hit songs including "Radio Ga Ga," I Want It All", "We Will Rock You".

The Queen + Adam Lambert North American arena tour is scheduled to kick off on June 23rd in Phoenix, AZ at the Gila River Arena and will finish on August 5th in Houston, TX at the Toyota Center. here.

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The Shins and Spoon Teaming Up For Live Dates

The Shins and Spoon have announced that they will teaming up to play a handful of special shows together this fall in various cities across the western U.S.

The special run will include four concerts beginning on September 30th at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, Ca and wrapping up at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater on October 5th.

In between they will be staging shows in San Diego, Ca at the Cal Coast Credit Union (OAT) on October 1st and the Comerica Theater in Phoenix, AZ on October 3rd. Read more here.

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Korn Did Not Intend To Pioneer New Music Style With Debut

Korn guitarist Brian Head Welch reveals in a new interview with Wikimetal that the numetal veterans did not intend to pioneer a new style of music when they first hit the scene with they debut album.

Head was asked if they intended to create a new genre or if their style was a natural reaction to some of the music they were listening to at the time. He responded, "I think it just happened natural, but I think it was a little of both. Because we were big fans of that type of music, we listened to, from Cypress Hill to Nine Inch Nails, and that type of industrial stuff too, to like Soundgarden and Faith No More and Metallica.

"So we wanted to see people hop up and down and mush. When we wrote the songs, we were thinking about that. And then Jonathan he loved just being weird and not sounding like your average singer, so he was just always a freak.

"And I think on that album he sounded like a freak but at the same time he was very real and honest and raw and full of emotions, he would just open himself and say 'come and look inside'. So I think all of that stuff mixed together, but sometimes it was intentional and other times it just happened, because all of those sounds were just poured into us being fans of different types of music." Listen to the full interview here.

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Robyn Hitchcock Takes A Look Back With New Music Video

Robyn Hitchcock has released a new music video for his track "Rayd & The Wires." The song comes from his forthcoming self-titled album, which is set to hit stores on April 21st.

Hitchcock shared the following background details for the new clip, "This video is a collage of years and Hitchcocks, assembled by Jeremy Dylan from archive trolleybus footage; from my family's home movies; and from film he shot of me recently.

"I'm singing the song on a tram in Melbourne, Australia about a trolleybus ride I took with my late father Rayd in Reading, England in 1964. In these clips Rayd, resplendent in early 1970s porno moustache, is younger than the present-day me is now. My current self is also in there perving over some beautiful vintage trams in San Francisco.

"There's a glimpse of 13- year-old me stepping out of a boat to greet my sister Fleur, who now in later life is an author and incidentally supplied Jeremy with the old family film. And 39-year-old me peers for a second from a weeping elm tree at Rayd's wake in 1992. His favourite folk band, the Yetties from the West of England, gave us all a free show - what a night! Rayd liked a nice tune. This would probably have embarrassed him, given what a distant English family we were. But his spirit loves acknowledgement, I like to think: and I'm sure he lives through me as fully as any ghost. On ya, dad!" Watch the video here.

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Led Zeppelin Classic Fuels 'Thor: Ragnarok' Trailer

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin's 1970 classic, "Immigrant Song", is featured in the first trailer for the upcoming third movie in Marvel Studios' Thor franchise, "Thor: Ragnarok", due in theaters on November 3.

Directed by Taika Waititi, the film sees Thor held captive on the planet Sakaar without his hammer, while he must win a gladiatorial duel against old friend the Hulk in order to return to Asgard in time to stop Hela and the impending Ragnarök from ending civilization there.

The project stars Chris Hemsworth in the title role alongside an all-star cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins, among others, with music by Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo.

"Immigrant Song" was the only single released from "Led Zeppelin III." The tune peaked at No. 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the album went to US sales of more than 6 million copies Watch the trailer here.

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Today Is The Day Announce Record Store Day Release and Shows

Today Is The Day have big plans to celebrate this year's Record Store Day on April 22nd. They have not only announced a very special reissue but will also be making two special in-store performances.

The band will releasing a limited edition 10" vinyl record of their original "How To Win Friends And Influence People" demo, which was originally released only on cassette.

Their special in-store performances will be taking place at Rough Trade in Brooklyn at 3PM and the second show will happen at 8PM at Darkside Records in Poughkeepsie, NY. Read more here.

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The Turtles Announce Happy Together Tour Lineup and Dates

Classic rock icons The Turtles have revealed the dates and lineup details for their summer's installment of their annual Happy Together Tour across the U.S.

In addition to The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie, this year's trek will also feature performances from The Association, former Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, The Box Tops, The Cowsills and the voice of The Archies' Ron Dante.

The extensive outing is scheduled to get underway on June 9th in Biloxi, MS, IP Casino, Resort & Spa and will be finishing up on August 26th in Onamia, MN at the Grand Casino Theatre. See the dates here.

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Righteous Vendetta Announce Tour With Hellyeah

Righteous Vendetta have announced that they will be hitting the road this summer as the support band on Hellyeah's upcoming tour of North America.

The tour will be kicking off on June 5th in Grand Junction, CO at the Mesa Theatre and will be wrapping up on June 21st in Albuquerque, NM at the El Rey Theatre.

Righteous Vendetta frontman Ryan Hayes shared his excitement about the trek, "In the seven years of touring we have done, we have never been so excited to announce a tour as we are about going on the road with Hellyeah!

"Not only do we love the band and their music, but all the members have influenced us musically since we were just starting out. So excited to wreck these cities!" See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Trollfest's Spelunking Sisters

Trollfest recently released their new album "Helluva" and to celebrate we asked Dr. Leif Kjonnsfleis to tell us about the song "Spelunking Sisters" from the new effort. Here is the story:

Hello! This is the good doctor here and I will tell you the background story for my first song on "Helluva", called "Spelunking Sisters."

Trollbank and Mr. Seidel usually writes most of the stuff we release, and I've been wanting to catch up with them for some time. There is always this healthy competition between the three of us on who can write the best sh*t. So finally I think I managed to make my mark!

I came up with the main melody at work, actually. What's my job, you say? Well, I work as a kindergarten teacher, wouldn't you know! There was a period where I danced a lot with the kids, and my specialty was a waltz. I would pick up a child and do a couple of laps, great fun! But the first time I initiated this I had no song. Every dance has to have a song, right?! So I had to improvise and come up with something on the spot. And what came out of me was the first melody in Spelunking Sisters! The difference was that it was in MAJOR. I played this little game for quite some time until I realised that I just had to Trollfest-ify it, considering I got such a kick out of it. I merely converted the melody to MINOR, and that was it! The rest of the song came very easily when I actually sat down to write it. I don't know where our obsession with writing in minor key comes from, but I guess major sounds too "happy" for metal, I don't know. In hindsight I philosophized some over this creative process and I realized, or confirmed for myself, that the best time to create something is when you are in a free flow of playfulness. And after that discovery this has been my mantra for creativity.

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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