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AC/DC's Angus Young Was At Center Of Odd All-Star Jam

AC/DC's Angus Young is a legendary guitarist but during an impromptu all-star jam he decided that he wanted to play drums and that set the stage for a performance that the audience and rockers involved will never forget.

The unique jam session is just one of the memories that Chris Glen (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Michael Schenker Group) shares in his new book "Chris Glen: The Bass Business." Ahead of this Friday's release of the new book, Glen revealed an excerpt that recounts that memorable night when he hit the stage with legendary drummer Cozy Powell, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander and Angus Young:

"MSG [which featured him and Powell at the time] had just finished a tour with Molly Hatchet, and we were about to do Canada with Cheap Trick. Seattle in America is a bit like Crewe in Britain – all trains seem to go through there, and all bands seem to go through there. So we were in this club in Seattle, and Cheap Trick were there, and AC/DC were there too – they had the same management as Michael. Angus Young is a tea drinker now, but I think back then he was still up for anything. So that's what we were drinking … anything!

"We were all sat across six tables and there had been a band playing. The manager of the place said, 'Come on, some of you guys play a song,' and Cozy went, 'Okay, who's up for it?' It was really a case of, 'Who can still stand up?' here.

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Blink 182 Giving Away New Song 'Can't Get You More Pregnant'

Blink-182 are giving away a free download of their new song "Can't Get You More Pregnant" which is the latest taste fans are getting of their forthcoming deluxe edition of their California album.

The 35-second long opus is one of the new tracks that will be featured on the upcoming expanded deluxe reissue of California which is set to hit stores on May 19th.

The band shared the lyric video for the track on social media and joked "If you liked Pink Floyd's landmark musical achievement Dark Side of the Moon, you'll probably be ambivalent at best about this new record." Watch the video and download the song here.

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Yes Featuring ARW Add Dates To American Tour

The newly renamed Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman have announced that they have added several additional stops to their upcoming North American tour.

The newly added dates include shows in the states of California (Friant), New York (Port Chester, Albany) and Florida (Melbourne, West Palm Beach and Miami).

The prog rock legends will be kicking off the trek in Stockton, Ca at the Bob Hope Theatre on August 26th and the outing is currently scheduled to conclude with the Miami concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center For The Performing Arts on October 14th. See the dates here.

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Jack White's The Dead Weather Special Live Package Announced

Jack White's The Dead Weather will be releasing a special live LP/DVD package as part of the next installment of Third Man Records Vault subscription service.

A heart of the package is a live album that captured during the band's August 26th, 2009 performance at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles, which has been billed as one of the group's best shows.

Fans have until April 30th to sign up for the service get the new package which will include 180-Gram Vinyl LP with Gatefold (with gig poster), a concert DVD, a 7" series single box and 7" single of "Three Dollar Hat" B/W "Lose The Right". See the track details here.

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Joseph Arthur Expands Redemption's Son With Lost Album

Joseph Arthur has announced that he will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of his "Redemption's Son" album with a deluxe expanded reissue and a special tour.

The 15th anniversary edition of "Redemption's Son" is set to be released on June 23rd as a new double disc collection and will feature the original album on one disc, with a second disc that will include nine previously unreleased bonus tracks.

It will be offered in a variety of formats including a double LP edition on 180-gram vinyl (the first time the album is being released in this format), a double CD and a digital release.

Arthur considers the second disc a "lost album" and has entitled it "Morning Star." He explains, "We decided to turn these tracks into their own album called 'Morning Star' rather than a collection of this that and the other thing. It's a great feeling when the past burps up a gift. Things forgotten and submerged by the vortex of time which reveals its illusions thru a process such as this." Read more here.

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Yellowcard Say Goodbye With Release Of Their Final Video

Yellowcard have released what is billed as their final music video. The clip for "A Place We Set Afire" comes following the group's farewell concert late last month.

The band took the stage for the very last time with their final concert at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA on March 25th and the new video reflects the group's final goodbye to fans.

Ryan Key begins the clip with "We have fans that have been so devoted and so supportive of this band for so long now that I can't imagine how to look them in the face and tell them this is happening".

The video ends with this message from these thoughts from Sean Mackin, "It's definitely not easy. I don't want to say goodbye. I just want to say, 'Thank you'."

Key had this to say about the new video, "We are happy to finally release our last music video. We chose 'A Place We Set Afire' because the song was inspired by and written for you. We are so grateful to one of our biggest fans and friend, Chris Lawrence, for donating his time and passion for Yellowcard to this video. We hope that you enjoy this final farewell piece. Thank you all for everything." Watch it here.

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Autograph Cofounder Keni Richards Passes Away

The original drummer and cofounder of the 1980s hard rock group Autograph, Keni Richards had died, according to a social media post by guitarist Steve Lynch. An official cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Lynch wrote on the band's Twitter page, "Very sad news today my friends. I just got confirmation that Keni Richards, our original drummer and co-founder of Autograph has passed away.

"He was the mighty force that was our backbone 1983-1988. We wish him a pleasant and peaceful journey. Our love and condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed greatly."

Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan also tweeted about the sad news. He wrote, "Keni will be missed. An amazing soul and funny as hell. Damn. Love you Keni." Read more here.

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Cro-Mag, QOTSA Supergroup Bloodclot Announce U.S. Tour

The supergroup Bloodclot have announced that they will be teaming up with Negative Approach to launch a U.S. tour this summer in support of the forthcoming album "Up In Arms".

The group, which features John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy's Law), Joey Castillo (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age, Blast!), Nick Oliveri (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age, Dwarves), will be releasing the new record on July 14th. See the dates here.

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Poison To Deliver A Few Twists On Comeback Tour

This past weekend, Poison kicked off their first tour in over half a decade as part of a North American spring trek with Def Leppard and Tesla and bassist Bobby Dall says fans should expect some twists on the trek.

Dall told ABC that Poison are delivering "a greatest-hits show…with a few twists." And he told them that one of those twists is his first bass solo in over 20 years, which he put together specifically for the tour.

He also shared reassuring news about drummer Rikki Rockett battle with oral cancer, "[H]e appears to be in remission [and] everything is going very well for Rikki."

Poison will also be playing some stand alone headline dates along the trek, the first from the original lineup in almost a decade, and Dall offered these details about their plans for those concerts, "We'll play the same show that we play with Def Leppard, and then we'll play another two or three [songs to] stretch it out." Read more of the interview and see the dates here.

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The Damned Things Supergroup Share Studio Video

The Damned Things, the supergroup project featuring members of Every Time I Die, Fall Out Boy, and Anthrax, appear to be making progress on their upcoming EP.

Keith Buckley shared a video on his Instagram account that appears to be captured at Los Angeles area recording studio. He captioned the clip "The Damned Things.

Apart from the Every Time I Die star, the group also includes Fall Out Boy's Andy Hurley and Anthrax's Scott Ian. Back in December of 2015, Ian told Overdrive: "It could take five years to make and get released, but there definitely will be another record from The Damned Things.

"We're all friends and that's why it started in the first place. Joe and I put this together out of our friendship and from just hanging out. We started writing songs and as we are all really good friends with each other, it is most likely gonna happen again." See Buckley's video here.

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Special One-Night Beatles Inspired 'Rock And Role' Event Announced

A special one-night stage production entitled "Imagine" that will recreate the song of the Beatles as stories in a "rock and role" special event will be taking place at The Cutting Room in New York City on April 30th.

The Claude Solnik authored and Thom O'Connor directed production is described as "a non-musical theatrical tribute for fans of the Fab Four and anyone who imagines a world where 'all you need is love.'"

The action takes place in Strawberry Fields and Solnik had this to say, "We talked and Thom had all sorts of ideas. I took Imagine, gave it to him to direct. He came up with ideas for the setting, added quotes from the Beatles, helped shape scenes. He knows what he's doing." Find more details here.

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Haken Announce North American Anniversary Tour

Haken have announced that they have added a new North American summer leg to their 10th anniversary tour which will feature support from special guests Sithu Aye.

The band will be kicking off the U.S. and Canada leg of their 'Haken X' Tour on August 23rd at The Shelter in Detroit and will wrap up the road trip on September 23rd in Chicago at the Bottom Lounge.

The trek follows the release of newly remastered reissues of the band's first two studio albums 'Aquarius' and 'Visions' as a limited edition colored vinyl, as well as a 2 disc Digipk CD. Read more here.

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King 810 Announce U.S. Tour Dates

King 810 have announced that they will be hitting the road for a short run of U.S. live dates in June to promote their new studio album "La Petite Mort Or A Conversation With God."

The brief tour is set to feature a "special guest performer" at each show and Gost have been confirmed as support for the final five shows of the seven tour stops.

They will be kicking things off in Columbus, OH on June 9th at Park Street and the band will be concluding the tour on June 17th at The Stache in Grand Rapids, MI. here.

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Otherwise Announce Close To The Gods Tour

Otherwise have announced that they will be launching a North American headline trek this summer that will be dubbed the Close To The Gods tour.

Through Fire and Righteous Vendetta will be supporting them at various stops on the road trip which is set to kick off on June 3rd in Las Vegas, NV at the Scars and Stripes Festival.

Guitarist Ryan Patrick had this to say, "We're ready to get back out on the road and do what we're meant to do. We're getting a chance to play all these new songs off of our upcoming album and that makes us very excited.

"Doing this tour with two bad ass rock outfits like Through Fire & Righteous Vendetta is sure to rumble the Earth and let the Rock Gods know we're knocking on the doors of some Rock n' Roll history. Bring your anger, bring your love, bring your hope. See you out there!" See the dates here.

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Flat Duo Jets Releasing Special Box Set For RSD

Flat Duo Jets have announced that they will be celebrating this year's Record Store Day with a special reissue of their 1990 self-titled debut album, expanded into a new three-disc vinyl box set.

The new package will be entitled "Wild Wild Love" and will include a 40-page booklet with vintage show flyers and photographs, plus liner-note essays by Bingham, Grier and critic David Menconi.

We were sent the following details: Singer/guitarist Dexter Romweber and drummer Chris "Crow" Smith were still teenagers when they formed Flat Duo Jets in Chapel Hill in 1984. Inspired in equal measure by the Cramps' haunted rockabilly and vintage drive-in horror movies, they cooked up a metallic version of rockabilly that sounded as if it had been launched into the deepest quadrants of the astral plane. Read more here.

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Anneke van Giersbergen's Vuur Announce Tour With Epica

Former The Gathering singer Anneke van Giersbergen has announced that her new group Vuur will be joining Epica for The Ultimate Principle tour of Europe this fall.

The tour scheduled to get underway in Krakow, Poland on November 9th at the Klub Studio and will finish up on December 3rd with a show at L'Aeronef in Lille, France.

Anneke shared her excitement about the trek: "Right after the release of our debut album this fall, Vuur will hit the road on our first European tour as direct support for the mighty Epica.

"Also part of this amazing line-up is Tunisian Progressive Metal band Myrath. We are recording the album as we speak and we really can't wait to play these songs live! We are looking forward to this tour and seeing you." Read more here.

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Joe Bonamassa Sells Out Most Of Upcoming Tour

Blues star Joe Bonamassa is gearing up to launch his spring tour of the UK and with most of the shows are already having sold out, fans are advised to move quick to snap up tickets to the remaining shows.

The sells out include the two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall (April 20 & April 21) and the Blackpool Opera House (April 22). But there are still a limited number of tickets available for the Edinburgh Usher Hall (April 18) and Sheffield Arena (April 24) shows, according to his camp.

Fans are told to expect a set of material from Bonamassa's latest studio album "Blues of Desperation" along with performances of fan favorites from his career. See the dates here.

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Def Leppard's Phil Collen Talks Mutt Lange and New Release

Def Leppard's Phil Collen was the featured guest on the latest episode of The Rock Brigade Podcast, hosted by Jeb Wright and James Rozell. The show sent over these details:

We discuss the band's latest Blu-Ray, And There Will Be A Next Time: Live >From Detroit in-depth. Phil even admits that seeing himself on the big screens can make him forget to play! In addition Collen talks about the band's current tour with Tesla and Poison. This is the rock show of the summer!

Phil talks how Mutt Lange tutored the band to create their massive vocals, even adding his own vocals to the mix. Phil is also taking the production values Lange taught him and is now producing the new album by Tesla. We also discuss the legend of what went on below the round and what Steve Clark meant to the band. Phil tells us how he was able to quit the party life that took the life of Steve, his best friend.

After the interview Phil decides to play a game with Jeb and James and he makes a few crazy revelations including the weirdest thing he's ever seen a groupie do and wearing a grass skirt on stage!To get all the of the story you have to listen to the podcast! Check it out here.

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Belladonna Release 'Spartacus' Selfie Video

Italian heavy rockers Belladonna have released a new music video for their brand new single "Spartacus". The new clip was shot by the band's singer Luana Caraffa as a selfie video.

Luana had this to say, "We cannot be conclusively sure it is the first Selfie Music Video of all time, but after watching it you will agree with us that its surreal time-bending aspect makes it the craziest!" quips Luana.

"Spartacus" is inspired by the slave gladiator who started and led the major slave uprising against Rome in 72 BC. "It's a rebel song, a call to arms, 2 minutes of pure anthemic fury" says Luana. "We wrote it a few days ago and it portrays so powerfully how we feel in this current world climate that we've decided to speed-record it and release it immediately" adds Dani Macchi, Belladonna's guitarist and producer. Watch the video here.

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Jibe Release 'We've Only Just Begun' Video

Jibe have released a new music video for their track "We've Only Just Begun." The song comes from their forthcoming album "Epic Tales of Human Nature", which will be released on June 9th.

The new studio effort was produced by Matt Noveskey (Blue October), and mixed by Grammy award-winner Toby Wright (Metallica, Alice In Chains, Korn).

Frontman Joe Grah shared these comments about the song and video, "We've Only Just Begun tells the story of an endless quest for redemption in a turbulent sea of uncertain times. Realizing there's no beginning and no end in sight, one finds them self at a proverbial crossroads in life.

"When I left the band, my beautiful dreams turned to recurring nightmares of an unrealized path that kept me running endlessly. The video and song perfectly reflect this journey and finally I'm able to be back home with the band that sets me alight." Watch it here.

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