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Gregg Allman Responds To Hospice Care Rumor

Music legend Gregg Allman and his manager have shot down rumors that he is currently hospice. Allman took to his Facebook page to reassure fans after the story surfaced online.

He wrote fans, 'Hey everyone. I just wanted y'all to know that I'm currently home in Savannah resting on my doctor's orders. I want to thank you for all the love that you are sending. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Keep Rockin''"

A representative for his manager also told Variety that reports Allman had entered hospice were untrue. This latest rumor follows an earlier unfounded one claiming that the music icon was terminally ill with cancer.

It appears that it all began after an Iowa radio station published a report Monday morning claiming that Allman had entered hospice care based on "an unconfirmed Facebook post".

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Elton John Sidelined By 'Potentially Deadly' Bacterial Infection

Elton John contracted a "potentially deadly" and "unusual bacterial infection" which has forced his to cancel his upcoming Las Vegas Residency dates through May and his upcoming show in Bakersfield.

John apparently contracted the illness during his recent South American trip. He was released from the hospital this weekend and is said to be at home recovering, and is expected to make a full recovery.

The music legends management broke the news to fans with the following statement, "We regret to inform you that due to medical reasons, Elton John is forced to cancel his entire performance schedule for the upcoming April/May run of 'The Million Dollar Piano' at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

"Elton is also cancelling his scheduled performance for Bakersfield, California for Saturday May 6. During a recent, successful tour of South America, Elton contracted a harmful and unusual bacterial infection.

"During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile he became violently ill. Upon returning to the UK, Elton's Doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection." Read more here.

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Kings Of Leon Add New Leg To North American Tour

Kings of Leon have not yet kicked off the spring and summer leg of their North American Walls Tour but they have already expanded the trek with a newly announced fall leg.

The band will be launching a new leg of the tour in support of their chart topping "Walls" album this Friday (April 28th) in Chula Vista, CA at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre and wrapping the trek on August 26th in Quincy, WA at The Gorge Amphitheatre.

They have now revealed that they will taking a month before returning to the road for an additional leg that will be kicking off on September 27th in Charlotte, NC at the PNC Music Pavilion and concluding on October 28th in Tampa, FL at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. See the dates here.

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Bumblefoot Explains Why He Quit Guns N' Roses Star

Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal is focused on his current group Art Of Anarchy but he will forever be linked to his tenure in Guns N' Roses and in a new interview he revealed why he left the iconic band.

Thal left the group in 2014. He was asked in a recent interview with XS Rock if he was fired from the band and he responded, "No. It was me. I was really burned out. I felt like I had contributed everything that I possibly could as a performer, but my heart was in more things where I was creating, writing, producing and teaching. All of things that I was doing before the heavy touring of GN'R.

"I really felt that it was definitely time for me to go. I felt like I had taken it as far as I could and I was reaching a point where I was stressed and unhappy. And that's not good for me and it's not good for them.

"So in early March of 2014, we were rehearsing for the next three months of touring. The first thing that I told the band when I walked in was that this is going to be my last run. I finished out the shows and I did try to recommend people to take my place. I didn't want to stop them from moving forward or anything like that."

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KMFDM Return With New EP, Album and U.S. Tour

Industrial icons KMFDM have announced that they will be releasing a new EP this spring, followed by a brand new studio album this summer and will be launching a U.S. tour this fall.

The group's new five track EP will be entitled "Yeah!" and is set to be released on June 23rd. It will feature two new songs ("Hell Yeah" and "Freak Flag") along with remixes and edits.

The EP will be followed the release of their new studio album "Hell Yeah" in August (details still to be revealed). They will be supporting the releases with the launch of a U.S. tour.

The trek is scheduled to begin on October 1st with an appearance at the Cold Waves VI Festival in Chicago, IL and will wrap up on October 28th in Milwaukee, WI at The Rave II. See the track details and tour dates here.

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Epica, Lacuna Coil, Insomnium and Elantris American Tour

Epica have announced that they will be launching a North American headline tour this summer that will feature support from Lacuna Coil, Insomnium and Elantris.

Dubbed the Ultimate Principle Tour, the trek will be kicking off on August 31st at the Royale in Boston and will conclude on September 28th at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia.

Epica's Simone Simons and Isaac Delahaye shared their excitement with these comments, "You asked for more, you'll get more! After all the great reactions we got on our latest album The Holographic Principle and the amazing North American tour we've done end of last year, we're really stoked to come back to your side of the planet so soon again." Read more here.

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Needtobreathe Announce Massive Fall Tour

Needtobreathe have announced that they will be hitting the road this fall to launch a massive tour across North America that will feature Gavin DeGraw on select dates.

The All The Feels Tour is scheduled to get underway on September 16th in Memphis at the Mud Island Amphitheatre and will be wrapping up on December 17th in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium.

Frontman Bear Rinehart had this to say, "The All The Feels Tour is easily the most artistically ambitious tour we've ever done. It goes from massive outdoor venues like Red Rocks to some of the most renowned intimate settings in the country like The Tabernacle, Wiltern, and the Ryman. We'll even be doing some exclusively acoustic shows thrown in for the first time ever.

"No matter where it is or what type of show it is, we promise to play longer than we ever have and make it a unique experience each and every night. If you consider yourself a real fan, this is a tour you're not going to want to miss." See the dates here.

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Classic Bob Dylan Album Covered By Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's iconic "Blonde On Blonde" album by releasing their unique take of the record.

They will be releasing their "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde" album this Friday, April 28th. It was recorded live at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN back in May of last year.

Old Crow Medicine Show singer Ketch Secor had this to say, "Fifty years is a long time for a place like Nashville, Tennessee. Time rolls on slowly around here like the muddy Cumberland River. But certain things have accelerated the pace of our city. And certain people have sent the hands of the clock spinning. Bob Dylan is the greatest of these time-bending, paradigm-shifting Nashville cats." Read more here.

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Oceano Release 'Human Harvest' Music Video

Oceano have released a new music video for their track "Human Harvest". The song is the second single they have released from their forthcoming album.

The new album will be entitled "Revelation" and is set to hit stores on May 19th. The "Human Harvest" video was directed by Orie McGinness of Enlighten Creative Studio (Bad Omens, Out Came the Wolves, Escape the Fate) and can be streamed here.

Fans can catch the band on their current headline trek The Revelation Tour, which also features Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, and No Zodiac and runs until May 20th. See the dates here.

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Blues Traveler Announce 30th Anniversary Tour

Blues Traveler have announced that they will be returning to the road this fall to embark on their 30 Year Anniversary Tour that will be visiting various cities across the U.S.

The band will begin the outing on October 11th in Ridgefield, CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse and will finishing things up on the other coast with a show at the San Diego House of Blues on November 19th.

Prior to the tour, the band plan to begin recording their a new studio album with an eye towards releasing it early next year. Frontman John Popper had this to say about the upcoming tour, "Three decades… three decades and I am still surprised when we play and find some rich new musical vein to tap. Three decades and I cannot believe my luck with this band of brothers and this string we have run!

"Thirty years since a bunch of loud boys embarked on an adventure that took them around the world and made them a family that has not ceased growing to this day. Thirty years later and I am still so very grateful." Read more and see the dates here.

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Grateful Dead And Phish Stars Cover Lady Gaga's 'Million Reasons'

(Radio.com) Guitarist Trey Anastasio's band Phish has a long history of covering other artist's songs from various genres. That being the case, it was still a genuine surprise to see Anastasio and Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir cover Lady Gaga's "Million Reasons" during a short set together on Saturday (April 22) at the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida.

The heart-on-sleeve ballad from Gaga's Joanne sounded was moving and sincere. Weir and Anastasio traded off verses and joined forces for the chorus. They also played the Grateful Dead song "Friend of the Devil" and the Phish tune "Miss You."

It was the first time two musicians played shared the stage since October 2016 at a Phish show in Nashville, where Weir joined the band for its full second set.

Weir was playing the festival with his group Campfire Band and Anastasio took the stage with The Trey Anastasio Band. Watch Bob Weir and Trey Anastasio cover Lady Gaga's "Million Reasons" here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic Aerosmith Actors Revealed

(Gibson) The actors portraying Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry in the Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash have been revealed.

The Aerosmith icons will be played by Neill Byrnes, a real-life singer in an Aerosmith tribute band and by actor Anthony Rocco. The reason Tyler and Perry are featured in the movie is because Aerosmith were scheduled to use the same aircraft a week earlier. However, the band's crew rejected the plane at the time, finding both the aircraft and the pilots to be unsafe.

The film, based on the memories of Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, centers - as you can tell - around the 1977 plane crash that resulted in six deaths, including those of frontman Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist/vocalist Steve Gaines and backing vocalist Cassie Gaines.

Speaking to Deadline last year, Pyle said, "I want the movie to portray my band members the way they were: real, funny people who loved the music, loved the success that allowed us to be able to travel the world and play for kings and queens all over this planet." Read more here.

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Dead Crown Release 'Black Sheep' Video

Dead Crown have released a new music video for their second single, "Black Sheep". The new track is the follow-up the group's debut single "Detrone".

Frontman Kendall Johns had this to say about the new song "Black Sheep, overall is a song about self-worth and struggles with depression, which are feelings/ thoughts I had in my younger years.

"Growing up in a small town, I had 30 kids in my graduating class, and I was the only person who even listened to this type of music (metal). I always felt like an outcast so I also wanted to try and reach those small-town people like myself, the black sheep of the world." Watch the video here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Talks Musical Direction Of Next Album

Bring Me The Horizon discussed the musical direction of their next album during an interview by BBC Radio 1's Rock Show host Daniel P. Carter.

When asked what the new yet-to-be-written record may sound like, keyboardist/producer Jordan Fish confessed, "I don't think any of us know. I know there's a few things I know it won't be. It's not going to be a pop record. That's something that I don't think we'd ever do, like a straight boring pop record. It's not going to be a super heavy heavy record either."

"I think we'll probably take bits from what we did on Sempiternal, bits from what we did on That's The Spirit and take it off in another direction. As long as it's interesting and exciting that's all I really care about."

"I understand there's a load of people that want us to be super heavy and a load of people who only like the last album and don't like the heavier stuff," explains Fish. "That's just the nature of a band that's changed styles so much across the course of their career. For us, I just want to write something good and where it sits genre-wise is something someone else can worry about." Listen to the full interview here.

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Dave Grohl Making Late Night TV Appearance With His Mom

(hennemusic) Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and his mother Virginia are set to appear as guests on CBS-TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday, April 26th.

The pair are making the rounds promoting Virginia's new book, "From Cradle To Stage: Stories From the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars."

The project sees Mom Grohl sharing her thoughts on her son's rise to fame - from the early days to Nirvana to the Foo Fighters - while also discussing the subject of inspired music career choices with other parents, including the mothers of R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, and Mike D of The Beastie Boys, among others.

"From Cradle To Stage" features a foreword by Dave and includes exclusive family photographs to create a very intimate portrait of what makes a rock star. here.

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Bruce Springsteen Does Surprise Jam With Steven Van Zandt

(Radio.com) When Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul took the stage Sunday night (April 22) at Paramount Theater in New Jersey, fans were expecting a great show -- but they got a bonus when Bruce Springsteen joined the band for a couple of songs.

The show took place at the New Jersey Asbury Music and Film Festival. After Van Zandt introduced The Boss as his "brother from another mother," the two performed "It's Been a Long Time," from the 1991 album Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and Chuck Berry's "Bye Bye Johnny."

During the rest of the set, Van Zandt previewed some songs from his upcoming album, Soulfire, which is scheduled for release on May 19. Check out video of the jam here.

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Hollow Coves Release 'The Woods' Video

Australian duo Hollow Coves have released a new music video for their track "The Woods," and revealed they have inked a deal with Nettwerk's label roster for the release of their debut album, which they are currently working on.

The band had this to say about the new video, "'The Woods' tells a story of escapism. We can get so caught up with distractions in our lives that we often forget to take time to enjoy the important things. Our friend Jordy Merry came up with the concept for the video, and when we heard his vision for it we were super excited to see it take form.

"The video follows six different characters, all uniquely different with their own lifestyles and individual characteristics. It was filmed in various locations around the Sunshine Coast in Australia, following the characters as they come together and find their sense of belonging." Watch the video here.

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Chris Cornell's 3 Song CBS This Morning Performance Goes Online

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell performed three tunes, including his new single "The Promise", on CBS This Morning on April 22 and official video from the program is available.

The Soundgarden singer sat down with anchor Anthony Mason to discuss his work on film soundtracks and the title song to the new feature film of the same name starring Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon, set in a love triangle drama set against the 1914 Armenian genocide.

"It's unique to the film pretty much every time," explains Cornell of his solo efforts on soundtracks through the years, including the 2006 James Bond epic Casino Royale, 2011's Machine Gun Preacher, 2013's 12 Years A Slave, and last year's 13 Hours.

Following the interview, Cornell performed stripped-down, acoustic versions of "The Promise", the 1994 Soundgarden classic "Black Hole Sun", and the title track to his 2015 album "Higher Truth." Watch the video clips here.

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