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Metallica Frontman Addresses Lady Gaga Speculation

Metallica have been the focus of intense speculation about future plans to collaborate with Lady Gaga following their Grammy performance together, but James Hetfield has now put those rumors to rest.

The legendary thrash band planning to pair up with the pop star in the future has been subject of several dubious, tabloid like reports on metal blogs and even an April's Fool joke that spread to many of those same sites.

Now, frontman James Hetfield discussed the possibility in an interview with the newspaper La Tercera La Tercera in Chile. Telling them (via a translation from BraveWords), "I have no interest. But just being with her gave me a different energy, she goes beyond the limits, like us." .

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J. Geils Found Dead At Home At Age 71

The J. Geils Band founder John Warren Geils Jr. was founded dead at his home in Groton, Massachusetts on Tuesday (April 11th). He was 71 years old.

Former J. Geils Band vocalist Peter Wolf posted a tribute on his Facebook page with a classic photo of the group with the caption ""Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house! R.I.P. Jay Geils".

Although the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominated band started in the late 1960s, they didn't enjoy their biggest success until the early 80s with a string of hits including "Love Stinks," "Freeze-Frame" and their chart topping song "Centerfold", which was fueled by the music video that received healthy airplay on the then new MTV. Watch the clip here.

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Announce Album and Tour

Fleetwood Mac stars Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have announced that they will be releasing their new duo album on June 9th and will be launching a U.S. tour this summer to promote it.

The album will be entitled "Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie" and fans will be getting their first taste of the effort when the first single, entitled "In My Word", is released this Friday, April 14th.

The Fleetwood Mac legends will be kicking off their summer tour on June 21st in Atlanta, Ca at Chastain Park and wrapping up the trek on July 27th in Denver, CO at the Paramount Theatre. See the dates and the tracklisting here.

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Tool Announce Special One-Off Show With Special Guests

Tool continue to surprise fans and their latest is the announcement that they will headlining a special concert at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in Devore, Ca on June 24th.

The show, taking place at the site of the recent Ozzfest meets Knotfest, will also feature additional sets from Primus, a "special" as yet unannounced guest and Melvins.

The Crystal Method will also be spinning DJ sets during the event. Tool teased the announcement on social media last week but sharing a photo of their logo cut into the grass of the venue's lawn seating section. Read more here.

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Ozzy Osbourne To Rock Sturgis This Year

Now that Black Sabbath has retired, Ozzy Osbourne is ramping up his solo ventures and has been confirmed for this year's Sturgis Buffalo Chip festival, organizers announced on Tuesday (April 11).

Ozzy will be playing on the event's Wolfman Jack Stage on August 9th. Sturgis Buffalo Chip president Rod Woodruff had these comments, "You never know what to expect with Ozzy, but you can be sure it will be over the top.

"He puts on an incredible show and this is one of those performances you just can't miss. You may not have another opportunity to see the legendary Ozzy Osbourne live on stage. I wonder if he's still biting the heads off bats?" Watch the announcement video here.

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Yes React To Anderson Rabin Wakeman Name Change

Yes have issued their response to ARW's announcement earlier this week that they have changed their name to Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.

The prog legends had this to say, "While Jon Anderson has rights to use the name as one of the co-owners of the trademark, Yes' position is that every effort should be made by promoters, ticket agencies and all involved to respect Yes' magnificent and loyal fanbase and minimize confusion regarding the use of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman."

In the announcement about the name change, original Yes frontman Anderson offered this explanation, "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!" .

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Queens Of The Stone Age Reveal New Music Release Plans

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme revealed in a recent interview that the band will be releasing a new single before they launch their upcoming Australian tour.

Homme spoke with News.com.au about their upcoming road trip Down Under this July and he also told the site that the new album will not feature any guest appearances.

They also asked him about the band's mysterious social media post last week that read "Coming Twenty Five" and the site reported that he "didn't want to give away release details". Read more here.

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Sammy Hagar Releases 'No Worries' Music Video

Sammy Hagar has released a new live video for his track "No Worries". The song was one of the new tunes included on the Red Rocker's recently released compilation.

The former Van Halen frontman promoted the release of "This Is Sammy Hagar Vol. 1 - When the Party Started" last November by releasing a series of track by track videos and "No Worries" was one of the songs he discussed.

He revealed that he co-wrote the song with his nephew Tom Solis and had this to say about his collaborator, "He lives in Orange County on the beach. He's kinda a Sammy Hagar kinda guy, you know? Growing up in that world of playin' bars and pickin' up on chicks and hangin' at the beach." Watch the new video here.

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Crobot Announce Departure Of Two Member

Crobot revealed that they have undergone a major lineup change, announcing last week that brothers Jake and Paul Figueroa have both departed the group.

The remaining members Brandon Yeagley and Chris Bishop broke the news to fans with the following Facebook posting: "We regret to inform you all that Jake and Paul Figueroa will no longer be continuing as members of Crobot.

"We've had an amazing journey as a band together for the last few years but creative differences have driven us apart. There is no denying the unmistakable presence on and off the stage of the rhythm powerhouse that is the Figueroa brothers and whatever comes next for them will certainly be something to look forward to. " Read more here.

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The Dead Daisies Announce Dirty Dozen American Tour

The Dead Daisies have announced that they will be hitting the road this summer for a North American trek that they have dubbed The Dirty Dozen Tour.

The rock supergroup, which features Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Motley Crue, The Scream), David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), and Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner), will be launching the trek as part of their Live & Louder World Tour.

The band will be kicking things off on August 10th in Chicago at the Arcada Theatre and wrapping up the outing on August 27th in Las Vegas at Counts Vamp'd. Read more here.

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Keith Richards Shares His Tribute To Chuck Berry

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards took to his Facebook page this past weekend to share a lengthy tribute to the late rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry.

Richards wrote, "To Put Chuck Berry into words! That is a task. If I flip the coin and wonder how the f*** Chuck Berry reacted to me when he first heard my feeble efforts to spread his groove, my guess is a disdainful chuckle and then a gleam as he imagined the royalties roll in. Then a realization that his music was far more important than he had ever imagined. (He did thank me for that). And, let's face it, Chuck had imagination. Just check the songs. All is revealed on 'Monkey Business', 'Wee Wee hours', 'Jo Jo Gunne', 'You Can't Catch me', 'Childhood Sweetheart' let alone on 'Johnny B. Goode', 'Little Queenie' or 'Around & Around'. It goes on and on: 'Let it Rock', 'Sweet Little Sixteen' or the heartbreaking 'Memphis.'

"You have to hear the original recordings to get the whole picture. Let us make no mistake about him. His inventiveness, natural exuberance, brought all of the variations of this vital music together, be it Rockabilly, country, R & B, Jazz or pop. His own roots went wide and deep, even back via Louis Jordan to the big bands. But we're talking about a complicated and thoughtful man here. Listen to 'No Money Down', the incredible 'Bye Bye Johnny' with its reversed riff. As a lyricist his imagination, the themes and subject matter took songwriting to a level yet to be matched. Who else could come up with 'Too Much Monkey Business'. Throw in as well 'No Money Down', 'Memphis, Tennessee' and 'You Can't Catch Me' a song that John Lennon reworked with 'Come Together'. And then there were the guys he worked with; Johnny Johnson, on piano, an icon of boogie and feel; Willie Dixon, the BASSMAN!; Freddie Below and Ebbie Harding on drums." Read more here.

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Joe Satriani's G4 Experience To Feature Phil Collin, Paul Gilbert, More

Acclaimed guitarist Joe Satriani has revealed his special guest list of guitarist that will be joining him at his upcoming G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary.

The special event is scheduled to take place on July 24th through 28th at the Asilomar Center in Carmel, CA and will feature special guests Phil Collen of Def Leppard, Mr. Big's Paul Gilbert and Ratt's Warren DiMartini

Satriani had these comments,, "I'm thrilled to have guitarists Phil Collen and Warren DiMartini joining Paul Gilbert and myself for this year's G4 camp. What an incredible lineup! Phil, Warren, and Paul are all virtuosos with a wide range of professional experience in the music world. Together, we look forward to sharing all of our musical knowledge with this year's G4 campers."

Phil Collen added "I'm thrilled and honored to be joining Joe on the G4 experience and I'm stoked to get to play with him and to share some of my experiences with all the attendees." Find more details here.

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Royal Blood Announce New Album 'How Did We Get So Dark'

(hennemusic) Royal Blood have unveiled some details regarding the release of their forthcoming second album along with a new preview video clip for the new effort.

Titled "How Did We Get So Dark?", the follow-up to the group's 2014 self-titled debut will be issued on June 16. "We had a warehouse space in Burbank [in California] and it was great," said Kerr recently. "We'd party at night and write all day. By that point, we felt the record was coming together and there was a bit of a theme between the songs."

Royal Blood are scheduled to begin their 2017 live schedule with a May 27 gig at Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland opening for Guns N' Roses; they'll then spend the summer playing festival dates, beginning with a busy June that will see them at The Governors Ball in New York, Bonnaroo in Tennessee, and The UK's Eden Project and Glastonbury during the last week of the month. Watch the preview clip here.

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Emmure Offshoot Lakeshore Release 'Kings' Video

Emmure offshoot Lakeshore have released a new music video for their track "Kings (The Reawakening)" which features guest appearances from Misery Signals' Karl Shubach and The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza's Jessie Freeland.

The song comes from their forthcoming debut, the "41" EP, which will be released on April 21st and Ben Lionetti shared these background details about the track and video, 'The song 'Kings' was really conceived about my time working with Mitch Lucker (Suicide Silence) and after his passing.

"'Kings' really took on a life of its own and morphed into just a fun heavy song with a self-empowering message, and that's something Mitch wanted to create. We wanted the music video to have a real night & day / yin & yang vibe and wanted to tell our listeners we're not going to be held down by whatever generic genre standards people think a band should abide by.

"I think you can start to hear and feel that from the first music video 'History' to our video for 'Kings'. We're excited to get the rest of the record out there to really start showing people what Lakeshore is really about." Watch the video here.

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Original Toto Singer Bobby Kimball Announces New Album

Toto's original singer Bobby Kimball has announced that he will be releasing his new solo studio album, which will be titled "We're Not in Kansas Anymore," on April 21st.

Kimball had the following to say about the new effort,, "As artists and musicians we live our lives chasing a dream the dream of expressing ourselves through the songs we create and sing.

"I surrounded myself with some of the best session players and songwriters in the business, and I feel you can hear and sense that when you listen to the music. To my fans I hope that I delivered an album that can be part of a songbook for your life, as it is for mine. God Speed." Read more here.

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Kyuss' Brant Bjork Launches Tao Of The Devil Tour

Kyuss icon Brant Bjork hit the road earlier this week for his Tao Of The Devil North American tour that features support from Royal Thunder and Black Wizard.

The Desert Rocker launched the tour in support of his latest album "Tao Of The Devil" which was released last September. He had this to say about the trek, "I'm stoked to bring our Rock to the US again. Get your butt to the show and lets have some fun".

The tour continues tonight in Vancouver, BC at the SBC and is scheduled to run until May 1st where it is set to wrap up with a show at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, Ca. See the dates here.

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Panic! At the Disco's Brendon Urie Making Broadway Debut

Panic! At the Disco frontman Brendon Urie is going Broadway. The singer has been cast in the lead role of 'Charlie Price' in the hit musical "Kinky Boots", producers of the show have announced.

Urie will be taking over the role from Killian Donnellyin beginning on May 26th at The Hirschfeld Theatre and will continue with the production until August 6th,

He shared his excitement about his new gig, "I'm thrilled to be making my Broadway debut with this fantastic company. I'm a huge fan of Kinky Boots and musical theatre, and am honored to be joining the cast." Read more here.

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The Scandals Stream Brian Fallon Produced Song 'Hostage'

The Scandals have released a stream of their brand new track "Hostage". The song comes from their forthcoming EP, which will be entitled "Lucky Seven" and will hit stores on April 28th.

The new EP was produced by The Gaslight Anthem star Brian Fallon and was recorded at the Red Bull Studios in New York City. Frontman Jared Hart shared the following background on the new song:

"Hostage is a song I had been meaning to write for a very long time. It takes place in the communities and streets that we all know. It's about a person in isolation due to a past or a present that you will never know. It's about thinking about that person and wondering if anyone else in the world is thinking about them.

"It's about wondering how the hell they made it this far. It's about putting yourself in their shoes and asking if there's anything you can do. It's about neighbors and how we'll never truly know the experiences of the person that can live so close to you. It can be about any one of us." Listen to it here.

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X Japan Set Blu-Ray Release Of We Are X Documentary

X Japan have announced that their documentary film "We Are X" will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and HD digital on April 25th and will be loaded with bonus features.

The film was directed by Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man) produced by the production team behind the acclaimed film "Searching for Sugar Man."

"We Are X" also includes interviews with Gene Simmons, Marilyn Manson and Stan Lee, as well as concert footage. The bonus material will include Deleted Scenes- Deleted Interviews with Yoshiki, Toshl, Pata, Heath, Sugizo - Yoshiki on We Are X - "Forever Love" (From 1997's "The Last Live" Concert at Tokyo Dome) - "Kurenai" (From 1997's "The Last Live" Concert at Tokyo Dome) - "Born to be Free" Fan Video. Check out the preorder here.

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Singled Out: Dominic Fragman's Obsonatus

Dominic Fragman scored a viral hit with his one man band cover of Rush's "Tom Sawyer". When we learned he just released some new original music we asked him to tell us about the track "Obsonatus". Here is the story:

Obsonatus is the one of three tunes I just releasing. A little over a year ago I began writing for my Solo Trio project where I play guitar, drum set, and sing simultaneously. I got about 20 usable songs out of that writing fit-which I was super pleased with because I had not been writing for several years as I was primarily focused on drumming. Obsonatus is one of the last songs I penned in this phase.

During that time, I was waking up every morning, ignoring all technology and human communicatory attempts and desires. I got straight out of bed, did not eat or drink, and would sit down and begin meditation for at least 30 minutes. While in meditation, lyrics, hooks, melodies, riffs, would come to me. I would keep my phone close by with the voice recorder armed. I often lose many ideas if I don't at least try to document them quickly. They just go, haha. It can be frustrating. After the initial meditation period, I would go directly to the guitar and write with the ideas for a few hours. This flow wasn't just happening during meditation. Ideas manifest frequently and rapidly while driving, showering, sleeping. It's a joyous time, really!

I will say, even in this state, songs and composition still require work to complete and refine. Though, you do get the occasional happy accident where the song basically falls out of your brain and mouth finished-as a gift-like it didn't come from you. I got a few of those during this time. THAT is always exciting! Obsonatus was one of those. The song just started happening out of me. I didn't expect it. I think I may have even been mid improvisation and there it was.

I often sit and improvise with the voice recorder going. I'll recognize something that is song-like material. I find, at this point, the music I am making as an improviser is different from the music I make as a songwriter. I'd like to close that gap eventually. I am excited for a time when I can make songs from the free improvisation. I am very interested to hear how they will sound! However, I also enjoy the difference, for now. That being said, everything I improvise is not meant for my current song structure. When I am improvising, I can usually identify that which would work well for a song. In this case, Obsonatus just went-and I was recording!! So I got it!

I laughed out loud! It is-or was-not like anything I had ever written. As usual, I wasn't sure if it was any good. I played it for some friends and nobody really had much to say or knew what to say. Their response was simply, "You wrote that?" I felt weird about the tune but confident (I guess). So I got it ready for live performance on a gig to see how the audience would receive it. The first night I pulled it out, the crowd hung in there with some interest. By the end of the tune, people were singing-or yelling-the chorus! Ah ahhhhh, Ah ahhhh, Ah ahhhh, Ah ahh, Ah ahh, Ah ahh. It was rad!!

When I began collaborating with producer, Raul del Moral, upon hearing Obsonatus, he immediately wanted to work with the tune. He kept saying, "Man, this is a hit, this his a hit, this a Vevo video, man!" Ha! So, we went in. Myself, Raul, and Ryan Cullen produced and recorded Obsonatus and the other tunes in this set: Fall In and Show Me. We worked at Raul's studio in Washington, DC and Ryan's studio Annapolis Audio Lab in Annapolis, MD.

As for the meaning of the tune, I do enjoy a bit of subtlety-though I don't know that is achieved here. I'll just say that I often write songs of awareness and the current human condition. This song is one of those songs. Looking forward to setting it loose and getting more stuff out!! I release music on Spotify, iTunes, FaceBook, and YouTube. Find the things there!

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

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