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Ritchie Blackmore Records New Songs With Rainbow Singer

Ritchie Blackmore revealed in an interview for the cover story of the May edition of Burrn! Magazine in Japan that he has recorded new music with Ronnie Romero, who handed vocals for his Rainbow shows last year.

According to a translation from the long-running Deep Purple focused website The Highway Star, Blackmore was asked in the magazine interview about being in the studio recording new music.

Ritchie replied, "We were recording until yesterday in the studio at our home. We finished yesterday. We recorded some songs for Blackmore's Night and 2 songs with the new singer for Rainbow." Read some more tidbits from the feature here.

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Gene Simmons Says Fans To Blame For Music's Downfall

KISS star Gene Simmons has never been one to bite his famous tongue and he continued that tradition in a recent interview where placed the blame for the downfall of the music business squarely on fans.

Simmons made an appearance on the Thunder Underground podcast and was asked his opinion of online streaming music services like Spotify. He responded, "Good luck to 'em. I am not a supporter. I do believe in free market economy - supply and demand and all that kind of stuff - and I support Taylor Swift and Metallica and anybody else who doesn't wanna play the game; The Beatles didn't wanna play the game for a long time."

He went on to explain that he is "a rich bastard" and it doesn't affect him but says that it is hurting up and coming bands. Gene explains, "Imagine you're a new band and you have your passion and your music and you really love it, you can't do it. There's nothing else. They can't show up live, because they don't know who you are, so somehow you've gotta get the music out there. But if you wanna earn a living, you can't get the music out there.

"So you're living in your mother's basement, you have to have a dayjob and the kids get your music for free. 'I'm just promoting my live shows.' It doesn't work. And the people that killed all the new bands are the fans themselves. It wasn't corporate America, it wasn't aliens from space. The people that killed the music they love are the people who love the music."

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Metallica Add Special Stop To WorldWired Tour

Metallica have announced that they have added a very special stop to the North American leg of their WorldWired tour. The trash legends are set to rock a benefit concert in Newton Iowa.

The show will also include performances from Metallca's tourmates Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat and will be taking place on June 9th at the Iowa Speedway.

The special event will benefit the Native Fund, which is an organization that was created by actor Ashton Kutcher and NFL star Dallas Clark to provide relief to their fellow Iowans in need. Read more here.

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Ann Wilson Of Heart's Husband Sentenced For Assaulting Nancy's Children

(hennemusic) Heart's future as a band remains unknown following news that the husband of singer Ann Wilson, Dean Wetter, has received a suspended sentence in a Seattle court after assaulting her sister and bandmate Nancy Wilson's children backstage during a concert in their Seattle hometown last summer.

Seattle PI reports Wetter - who plead guilty last month to two counts of fourth-degree assault - was handed a suspended sentence of 364 days in jail, meaning he will not serve any time. His plea agreement includes restitution, two years of probation, counseling and no contact with his nephews.

Police and court documents indicate the August 2016 incident at White River Amphitheater began when Nancy's twin 16-year-old sons asked Wetter if they could check out his and Ann's new tour bus. Wetter provided access but reportedly became upset when one of the pair left the door open, despite his instructions to keep it closed to prevent the dogs inside from escaping.

The 66-year-old physically assaulted one of the twins and, when the second one returned to assist, Wetter grabbed him by the throat to the point where he was unable to breathe; the twins escaped and called 911 for assistance. Read more here.

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AFI and Circa Survive Teaming For Summer Tour

AFI have announced that they have extended their 2017 tour plans with the addition of a new coheadlining tour with Circa Survive in select cities across the U.S. this summer.

The joint tour is scheduled to begin on July 18 in Atlanta, GA at the Tabernacle and will run until August 5th where it will conclude in Seattle at The Paramount Theatre.

In addition to the co-headline dates, AFI are kicking off the second leg of their The Blood Tour, in support of their latest effort The Blood Album, on June 2nd in Richmond, VA at The National, and will precede the dates with three UK shows next month with the Deftones. See the dates here.

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Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Undergoes Hip Placement Surgery

(hennemusic) Sixx:AM and former Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is recovering from recent hip placement surgery and is sharing details about the experience on his syndicated radio show, Sixx Sense.

"There's so much about it that I was excited about, and then there was parts of me that I was a little bit freaked out about," explained Sixx (audio below). "The thing that was interesting is, at first, when I heard that I needed that, I had that feeling, 'Oh my God! That's like an old person thing.' And I started getting a lot of feedback from our listeners and people in their 30s and 40s that have had hip replacement. In fact, I was just talking to a friend of mine, and his wife, who is 38, just had it done. So it's actually more common than not. And especially because people are more active now."

"It's amazing what they can do with modern medicine," he continued. "I have to tell you, I was up, I was walking. The next day, I walked three hundred feet, and the next day, with only a cane, I walked up a flight of stairs, they showed me how to get in and out of a car, and they sent me home. And I've been here in the house pretty much ever since then.

"I went out a little bit yesterday, and I kind of took it too far. But I just wanted to be active. So, for anybody out there that has to go through a surgery like this, it's probably the best thing you'll ever do for yourself, 'cause I'm really feeling a lot better than I was before I went in for surgery."

The bassist revealed via social media that there's more procedures in his future. Read more here.

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The Juliana Theory Announce 20th Anniversary Tour

The Juliana Theory have revealed their plans to launch a North American tour that will be celebrating their 20th anniversary that will be visiting select cities this summer.

The special outing is scheduled to kick off on July 29th in Columbus, OH at Double Happiness and will be wrapping up on August 25th in Pittsburgh, PA at The Rex.

Frontman Brett Detar had this to say, "The more time that passes the more I realize that I cherish certain memories and eras from my past and that I'm very lucky to have any opportunity to share the stage with dear friends that I grew up with - playing songs that make a group of people happy." Read more here.

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Tommy Emmanuel Releasing Live Album Of Historic Ryman Show

Guitar hero Tommy Emmanuel have announced that he will be releasing a new live album, entitled "Live! At The Ryman", on May 19th and will be return the road next month for an extensive lineup of North American dates.

The new album was captured during a special show at the famed Nashville venue on February 27th of last year where Emmanuel was joined on stage by Steve Wariner and John Knowles (who are the only other two living CPGs, a.k.a. Certified Guitar Players, a moniker bestowed on four guitarist that he admired by music icon Chet Atkins.

Tommy shared his excitement about being able to share the show with the new album, "It was an unforgettable experience playing my first solo show at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville." Read more here.

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Set It Off Release 'Hyponotized' Video

Set It Off have released a brand new music video for their track "Hyponotized." The song comes from their latest studio album "Upside Down," which was released last October.

The new visual was directed by Matt Alonzo (Xzibit, Tyrese, The Game) and frontman Cody Carson had this to say, "We are extremely proud to present the music video for our latest single 'Hypnotized'. Writing this song was an extremely cathartic experience with all of that pent-up anger being let out; Making this video felt no different.

"We understand how important it is to be able to let out your anger, unleash your inner demons, and just act out every once in a while. Songs like this allow you to do that."

He added, "We also realize that this is one of your favorite tracks on Upside Down and we love giving you all what you want. So watch, enjoy, like, and share this video with all of your friends and make sure to sing it nice and loud when we see you in your town next!" Watch the video here.

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Roy Orbison Leads 2017 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Inductees

It has been revealed that Roy Orbison, Rosanne Cash and The Neville Brothers will be inducted into this year's Austin City Limits Hall of Fame, organizers announced on Monday.

They will inducted during a special all-star event that will be hosted by Chris Isaak and is set to take place at the ACL Live at The Moody Theater on October 25th.

Isaak will also be inducting his hero Orbison at the event which will feature performances from Raul Malo and Ry Cooder as well as a New Orleans tribute to The Neville Brothers.

Musical highlights and inductions from the ceremony will be broadcast in a special New Year's Eve episode of Austin City Limits as part of the program's Season 43 which premieres in the fall on PBS. The event will be open to the public and tickets are on sale April 21st at 10am CT here.

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Richie Kotzen Releases 'My Rock' Video

Richie Kotzen has released a brand new music video for his track "My Rock". The song comes from his new solo album, "Salting Earth," which was released last week.

The new video can be streamed here. The album was recorded primarily by Kotzen as a one-man band. He explains, "It's really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly I'm the only performer on it.

"It actually comes out of my process of writing and documenting my ideas. It started back in the late-'80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parents' barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realized in order to get this music out of my head and onto a format where I could listen to it, I'd have to figure out how to do it alone." Read more here.

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XYZ Singer Terry Ilous Announces New Solo Album

Original XYZ and current Great White singer Terry Ilous has announced that he will be releasing his third solo album, which will be entitled "Gypsy Dreams", on April 28th digitally, followed by a physical release in May.

The new album will features Ilous' unique take on a number of classic songs from artists like Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Black Sabbath, Don Henley, Def Leppard, Rainbow, The Doobie Brothers, Chris Isaak and Christopher Cross but with a Latin and flamenco edge.

Terry had this to say, "This album is just the start in a series of different projects I have in mind for the future. I decided to start with covers of familiar & rock favorites to introduce the Latin / Flamenco Rock sound to my audience, and I plan to start up a series of intimate club shows reminiscent of close-knit Latin & Gypsy gatherings."

Ilous cites the late legendary metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio as one of the biggest inspirations for the album, which includes the Dio-era Black Sabbath classic "Heaven and Hell." Terry says, "Dio was arguably one of the biggest inspirations in music. And this is one of the songs that really influenced my decision in making this album." Read more here.

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Monterey International Pop Festival Lineup Announced

The lineup for this year's installment of the Monterey International Pop Festival has been revealed. The event will be celebrating the iconic festivals 50th anniversary this year.

The festival will be returning to the site of the original 1967 festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds and will even be launching 50 years to the day of the original event on June 16th through 18th.

The 2017 lineup will include performances from Booker T. Stax Revue, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Dr. Dog, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Father John Misty, Gary Clark Jr., Hiss Golden Messenger, Jack Johnson, Jackie Greene, Jacob Banks, Jamtown feat. Cisco Adler, Donavon Frankenreiter and G. Love, Jim James, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Leon Bridges, Nicki Bluhm & Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Norah Jones, North Mississippi Allstars, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Regina Spektor, Sara Watkins, The Head and the Heart, and more. here.

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Allen Ginsberg's Songs Of Innocence and Experience Expanded For Reissue

Allen Ginsberg's original 1970 MGM album Songs of Innocence and Experience will be expanded for a special reissue on June 23rd which will be the first time the album will be released in the CD and digital formats.

The classic album featured Ginsberg singing the poetry of the English Romantic William Blake, and the special reissue will also include a second disc of rarities and previously unissued songs.

We were sent these background details: Lester Bangs, writing in Rolling Stone magazine, said the album was "like a labor of love, a salute from a young visionary to an ancient sage." Read more here.

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Duke Robillard and Stony Plain Records Tribute J. Geils

(MPM) Stony Plain Records and Duke Robillard has paid tribute to John Warren Geils Jr. better known under his stage name of J. Geils. We were sent the following:

When guitarist J. Geils passed away last week at age 71, he left behind a legacy of wonderful music, not only for the blues-rock sounds he created within his namesake

J. Geils Band, but also on several albums he recorded for Stony Plain Records that explored the music of his formative years - jazz and swing - instilled in him by his father.

"I am truly saddened by the loss of J. Geils," said Duke Robillard. "He was a wonderful human being; intelligent, talented, charming and a good friend. His in-depth knowledge of blues, jazz, guitars and Italian cars was remarkable and he was always enthusiastic and fun to be around. Jay was a down to earth guy in spite of his rock legend status. He will be missed by his legions of friends and fans." Read more here.

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Korn Lead Performance Lineup For Alternative Press Music Awards

Korn lead the lineup of initial live performers announced for the upcoming 4th Annual Alternative Press Music Awards which will be taking place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on July 17th.

Frontman Jonathan Davis had this to say, "We're really excited to perform at this year's awards and are looking forward to seeing all our fans in Cleveland. I performed at the first ever APMAs back in 2014 with Asking Alexandria and it's been awesome to watch how this show has grown over the years."

In addition to Korn, the event will also feature performances from Against Me!, All Time Low, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, New Years Day, Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Sleeping With Sirens, Bone Thugs, Machine Gun Kelly, and Japanese rock group ONE OK ROCK.

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Soundgarden Guitarist Reveals New Album Details

(hennemusic) Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has revealed some details about the band's next album, the follow-up to 2012's "King Animal", ahead of the group's spring tour of North America.

The band have been working on the project over the past year while juggling the release of expanded reissues of 1991's "Badmotorfinger" and their 1988 debut, "Ultramega OK", solo dates by Chris Cornell, and his and drummer Matt Cameron's involvement with the reunited supergroup Temple Of The Dog.

"There are some songs that have been demoed," Thayil tells 93.3 WMMR Philadelphia. "I think Matt's demoed some things completely he's recorded on his computer. Chris has demoed a few things. He's written lyrics for ideas that I've written and that Ben (Shepherd) and Matt have written.

"So there's some things that have been documented in rehearsal, there's some things that are still in the developmental stage, ideas we have jammed on that we're working out arrangements for. Every different stage within the process of songwriting is being addressed at this point." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Hunter & The Bear's Paper Heart

British rockers Hunter & The Bear have shared the stage with the likes of Eric Clapton and Van Morrison. Today frontman Will tells us about the new single "Paper Heart", the title track from their forthcoming debut album, which will be released on May 12th. Here is the story:

The melody for the 'Paper Heart' chorus came to me while I was in the shower. I find that happens a lot. It took me ages to find verse chords and a melody that worked which was pretty annoying. I couldn't get the chorus out of my head so I knew that others were gonna like it if we could eventually get round to finishing it. I had the light bulb moment whilst sat at the little upright piano that we have at our place. Jimmy (lead guitar) and I sat down to write the lyrics that day and it all came together pretty fast.

I find when you have a melody in your head for a while it becomes obvious what the song needs to be about lyrically. Jimmy and I write all of our lyrics together and for this one we drew on some personal experiences along with some of our friends situations for the inspiration. Everyone feels fragile at times and the song was written with that in mind. Being led down a road that leads to a brick wall isn't a very pleasant experience and takes time to recover from. Without going too deep into it, that's what 'Paper Heart' is all about.

Having written it we were really keen to get in the studio to make sure it could make it onto our debut album. We kind of rushed it into our next studio session and recorded the whole thing in a day. It was the first time that we'd recorded a song without playing it at a gig first. I think it's important to road test songs but time wasn't on our side so we just went for it. Glad to say it turned out ok!

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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