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AC/DC Kids Video A Big Viral Hit

AC/DC are the focus of a new hit video but not in the way that the hard rock legends would expect. The Kids React to AC/DC video has had over 1.8 million views in less than 10 days.

The YouTube clip was a recent release in Fine Brothers Entertainment's always humorous series of videos where they shared the reactions of children to classic bands and a wealth of other topics.

The AC/DC focused episode produced some funny reactions from the new generation including one child's shock that they band was formed in the early 1970s. "I can't believe they're still alive for that long!"

While the kids appeared to love the music, frontman Brian Johnson's signature vocals were a challenge to some of the children. "I seriously cannot understand a single word he was saying". And then there was the reaction to Angus' school boy uniform. Watch the video here.

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Paul McCartney Adds New U.S. Dates To One On One Tour

Paul McCartney is a decade past 64 but fans still clearly need him as the Beatles legend has announced that he has added new U.S. dates to his ongoing One On One Tour.

McCartney kicked off the tour last April in Fresno, Ca and will be returning to the states this summer for another round of dates that will be launching in Miami at the American Airlines Arena on July 5th.

The dates are broken up into two legs, one in July and one that begin in September. The additional stops will include shows in Tampa, Georgia, Louisiana, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and will be wrapping up on October 1st in Detroit at the Little Caesars Arena. See the dates here.

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Boston, Deep Purple and Alice Cooper Lead $20 Concert Offer

Boston, Def Leppard, Deep Purple and Alice Cooper are just some of more than 50 major tours that are part of Live Nation's "Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion" where they are offering $20 tickets.

The promoter will be offering $20 tickets for over 1,000 shows this summer during the special promotion which is scheduled to kick off on May 2nd and run through May 9th.

Other major rock tours that are part of the promotion include Chicago and Kings of Leon, The Doobie Brothers, Korn with Stone Sour, Incubus, Muse with special guest Thirty Seconds to Mars, Lifehouse and Switchfoot, Nickelback with Daughtry, Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows, Depeche Mode, Dead & Co, Styx and REO Speedwagon, Sublime with Rome and The Offspring, Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper and a lot more. Find more details here.

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Radiohead Video Debunked As A Hoax

A viral video of Radiohead performing a cover of Daddy Yankee's reggaeton hit "Gasolina" during their April 17th show in Berkeley, California has been revealed as a hoax, according to Radio.com.

The viral video surfaced three days ago, and features frontman Thom Yorke enthusiastically shaking his hips and dancing to the iconic single. Since this time, the video has been wildly shared over social media.

NPR set the record straight on Tuesday (April 25) by sharing the actual set list the band played at the Greek Theater earlier this month. According to reports, Radiohead was actually performing "Myxomatosis" from their 2003 album, Hail To The Thief. Watch the fake video here.

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Queens Of The Stone Age Finish Mixing New Album

(Gibson) Queens Of The Stone Age have reportedly finished mixing their forthcoming studio album, according to a new social media post by Arthur Denouveaux of Left Front Door Records.

The photograph shows members of Queens Of the Stone Age, including main man Josh Homme, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, drummer Jon Theodore and bassist Michael Schuman standing behind a mixing desk at Lurssen Mastering in Burbank, California with the caption, "an album just got mixed".

The post also included hashtags with the band's name, the members names and the mixing studio. It's been four years since QOTSA's Billboard #1 album …Like Clockwork and the band have been steadily putting out hints over the last few months that a new album might be on the way. Read more here.

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Blink-182, Muse, Gorillaz Lead Life Is Beautiful Festival Lineup

Coachella isn't the only popular music festival in the deserts of the U.S. Organizers for the Life Is Beautiful Festival have revealed lineup details for this year's event.

The fifth annual event will be taking place in Downtown Las Vegas on September 22nd, 23rd and 24th and will feature headline performances from Blink-182, Muse and Gorillaz.

The three day event will also feature performances from Cage The Elephant, DREAMCAR, Lorde, Chance the Rapper, The xx, MGMT, Haim, 2 Chainz, Slightly Stoopid, Two Door Cinema Club, Wiz Khalifa, Kaskade and more.

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Depeche Mode Rock Hit Single On Late Night TV

Depeche Mode are having a big week. Not only has the veteran group announced an unprecedented fourth concert at the Hollywood Bowl, they also rocked late night TV.

The band took the stage of The Late Late Show With James Corden and performed their hit single "Where's The Revolution", from their latest studio album "Spirit".

They will be launching the North American leg of their world tour to support the new album on August 23rd in Salt Lake City. Watch their Late Late Show performance here.

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Phoenix Announce New Album 'Ti Amo', Reveal Sci Fi Inspiration

(Radio.com) Phoenix have announced their new studio album Ti Amo, which will be released on June 9th and revealed that the first single was inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

In a new profile by The New York Times, singer Thomas Mars discussed the album's lead track "J-Boy," which he describes as having "a sort of romantic sci-fi feeling I like."

Mars specifically sites Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind as inspiring. "My wife told me that a teacher once said to her, 'This is the best metaphor for being an artist,'" he said. "And when you look at it this way, it's incredible -- the whole neighborhood looks at this guy [Richard Dreyfuss's character] like he's insane, but he has a vision." Read more here.

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Beatles Inspired Hot Wheels Series Released

(Gibson) The Beatles just got the Hot Wheels treatment, as Mattel has unleashed a new series of Hot Wheels modeled after five of the Beatles' famed records.

The mini-cars feature designs inspired by the Beatles' 1968 self-titled record (The White Album); Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; Rubber Soul; Magical Mystery Tour; and the U.S. edition of the A Hard Day's Night soundtrack.

Each car's packaging also boasts a small replica of the album cover that matches the car's design. As for the car types, the self-titled album is a "Hiway Hauler"; Sgt. Pepper's is a "'67 Austin Mini Van"; Rubber Soul is a "Ford Transit Super Van"; Magical Mystery Tour is a "Haulin' Gas"; and A Hard Day's Night is a "Dairy Delivery." Read more here.

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Between The Buried And Me Release 'Turn On The Darkness'

Between The Buried And Me are giving fans a taste of their upcoming Coma Ecliptic: Live package with the release of a video of their performance of "Turn On The Darkness".

The new package will be released in various formats including digitally, CD, DVD and Blu-Ray this Friday, April 28th and was captured during a special show in San Diago last October where they performed their 2015 album "Coma Ecliptic" in its entirety.

Bass player Dan Briggs had these comments, "The genesis of the Coma Ecliptic filming was based around capturing the look and feel of the show our lighting director Chris Hill produced for the full album set.

"It's such an important record for us and our progression as a band and the visual representation captures the moods of our tragic tale so well. It's the perfect way to wrap up the last two years - we've been living with this album day in and day out!" Watch the video here.

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Veteran Bands, Not New Acts Keeping Metal Alive Says Kerry King

Slayer guitarist Kerry King was a featured guest on the latest Wikimetal podcast and during the discussion he shared his view on the lack of up and coming metal bands.

King said, "It's difficult for new bands to establish themselves. That being said, I still go see Judas Priest, you know, bands like Judas Priest, Sabbath, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, I'm sure a million others would go see them forever.

"But as far as new people, I haven't seen very much of that happening. And luckily we're not ready to hang it up yet so we can hold the fort until somebody else comes around, but I think the metal fanbase is so into it, they're not going anywhere. They're just waiting for the next handful of bands so they can get excited again". Listen to the full episode here.

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Video From Iron Maiden Tour Kick Off Goes Online

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden launched their 2017 tour in support of 2015's "The Book Of Souls" in Antwerp, Belgium on April 22, and fan-filmed video from the event has surfaced online.

The band's 15-song set at the city's Sportpaleis opened with "If Eternity Should Fail" and included the live debut of "The Great Unknown"; both tracks are featured on the 2015 double album.

The show delivered several Maiden classics and tracks from nine of the group's records, and saw the first performance of 1981's "Wrathchild" since 2014.

The Antwerp show will be followed by five concerts in Germany over the next week before Iron Maiden play their first major UK arena tour in six years; the 13-date run will wrap up at the end of May, after which the band will begin a North American tour in Bristow, VA on June 3. Watch the videos here.

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Ian Anderson In The Studio For Jethro Tull's Thick As A Brick Anniversary

A new episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 45th anniversary of Jethro Tull's album Thick As A Brick with Ian Anderson. The show sent over these details:

When more than one rock critic in 1971 declared that Jethro Tull's international hit album Aqualung was a concept album, band leader and songwriter Ian Anderson, the the 24 year old singer and famously one legged flute player of Jethro Tull set out to purposely confound those pundits with the band's next album.

Unquestionably and uniquely in a category all its own, Jethro Tull's 1972 epic Thick As A Brick is the only album in history to attain # 1 sales on Billboard containing only one song, albeit 43 minutes long! For composer, singer, flautist Ian Anderson, Thick As A Brick's ultimate irony here is that the album was conceived by Anderson as a total spoof of music critics purporting to ascribe imaginary meaning to the band's preceding Aqualung album as well as a send up of rock's progressive darlings at the time. Ian Anderson explains in an interview with IN THE STUDIO host Redbeard.

Ian Anderson: "The saving grace of Thick As A Brick is that sense of humor stays sufficiently close to the surface that you don't get pissed off at the album for being too arty, too clever, too bombastic or at least hopefully you don't if you moderately like Jethro Tull. That sense of humor is always there." Stream the episode here.

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Video Of Dave Grohl Interviewing His Mother Goes Online

(Radio.com) Dave Grohl continues to affectionately promote his mother Virginia's new book From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars.

At the LA Times Festival of Books, the Foo Fighters frontman sat down with her to discuss raising a rock star and writing the book. Dave recalled listening to Slayer and other hard rock acts as a kid, and Virginia said she tried to diversify his listening habits. "We would go to the summer festivals -- We'd go hear the Four Tops and the Temptations, and Aretha Franklin. We'd listen to all of it."

Virginia discussed networking with other rock star moms both socially and for the writing of her book. Specifically, she discussed getting to know Rush bassist Geddy Lee's mom Mary, a Holocaust survivor whose story is included in From Cradle to Stage.

"She's a magnificent person. Actually, our whole family became friends." Dave discussed a surreal night in Toronto where Mary and Virginia watched from the side of the stage in folding chairs. Watch the charming mother-son discussion here.

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John Mellencamp Announces Late Night With Seth Meyers Appearance

(hennemusic) John Mellencamp will appear as a guest on NBC-TV's Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday, April 26. The Indiana rocker is gearing up for the April 28 release of his 23rd album, "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies."

Country music legend Carlene Carter joins Mellencamp on the set, which was recorded at his Belmont Mall Studio in Belmont, IN, just outside of Bloomington.

"Carlene and I met," Mellencamp tells Parade, "while she was performing in 'Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County', for which Stephen King wrote the libretto and I wrote the music." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Narrow Waves's Hear Me Out

Boston rockers Narrow Waves just released their new EP "Letters From Another State" and to celebrate we asked them to share the story behind the single "Hear Me Out" with us. Here is the story:

"Hear Me Out" was one of the first songs written by Narrow Waves. J.R. wrote the original acoustic-only version of the song with " Girl Afraid" by the Smiths in mind.

You can hear the "Girl Afraid" influence in the song structure via the stuttering E-minor chord within the de-facto verses of "Hear me Out."

The Smiths have a cache of songs that sound vaguely "frontier American" in their locomotive-esque churn. The opening chords of "Hear me Out" were written in that style. The repetition at the end of "Some things you ought to know" is also unapologetically Morrissey-esque, or at least striving to be.

The hesitation or stutter in the verse chords fit the words. The words reflect a hesitation to say how one actually feels to another person. The original title was the outro refrain, "Some things you ought to know." The song is saying: I want you to know this, but I'm either afraid to say it or not sure how to- or whether it should be said at all! This obviously also echoes back to the lyrics and characters of "Girl Afraid" by the Smiths.

When J.R. brought the song to the group, Matt added a guitar lick to the beginning so we didn't have to jump right in with open chords. On a totally different and random note, the key chord in the refrain, the unusual modified C, is extracted from Stairway to Heaven.

This song seems to have had a lot of people singing along live, even when they're hearing it for the first time.

Essentially, the song is written in the voice of someone who is surprised by their own feelings for another person - someone who is not accustomed to new romantic feelings, not used to writing songs FOR anyone, and suddenly realizes they are experiencing both of those things.

"In case no one's ever written a song for you," is a way of trying to keep things low stakes, faux casual, despite the reality that unless you're doing satire or whatnot, it's a very rare thing to write a song ABOUT let alone FOR someone without a decent level of emotion behind it.

Hear me out. Every time I'm going all I know is I wish I was staying. That's not like me. That's not like me. I just need a way of saying... When I say goodbye, I don't know what I'm saying or if it will be the last time. That's not like me. Here with you… In case no one's ever written a song for you, I thought perhaps I'd offer up a word or two. Before a choice is made, I'll find a way to say some things you ought to know, so hear me out. Just hear me out. Without my usual withdrawals. Without a hidden score to settle. Without a single string attached. Without my usual backpedal. Some things you ought to know.

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

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