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Nickelback Stream New Song, Announce Album and Tour

Nickelback have released an online stream their new single "Feed The Machine". The song is the title track to the band's just announced new studio album and the namesake for their forthcoming North American tour.

The band is wrapping up work on the new album which is being coproduced by Chris Baseford and it set to hit stores on June 9th. The album's title song and lead single can be streamed here.

Nickelback will be promoting the album with a summer tour which will feature support from Shaman's Harvest on all dates, Daughtry on the U.S. and Toronto and Montreal stops, with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick joining them for the Western Canada portion of the trek.

The Feed The Machine Tour is scheduled to kick off on June 23rd at the Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana and will conclude on October 1st at the Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. See the dates here.

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Paul McCartney Streams Previously Unreleased Song, Announces Reissue

Paul McCartney has released an online stream of the previously unreleased demo called "Twenty Fine Fingers". The track will be part of the just announce deluxe reissue of his "Flowers In The Dirt" album.

McCartney will be releasing the deluxe edition of the 1989 album on March 24th in various formats including a box set that will include previously unreleased demos, notebook of handwritten lyrics and notes from McCartney, as well as a 112-page hardcover book. Preorders for the various versions are available here.

McCartney teamed with Elvis Costello to co-write a third of the songs on the album which featured a guest appearance from Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and was met with critical acclaim and earned Grammy and Brit Award nominations. Stream the "Twenty Fine Fingers" demo here.

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Guns N' Roses Dominate Billboard Boxscore Chart

Guns N' Roses dominate Billboard Magazine's latest Boxscore Chart but not only topping the chart but holding 11 out of the top 15 spots including the top 4.

The trade magazine's current chart (as of Feb 1st) shows the various stops of the Guns N' Roses recent South American leg of their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour blowing away the competition.

They topped the chart with their concerts at the Estadio River Plate in Buenos Aires on November 4th and 5th which grossed $11, 042,300 with 105,026 fans in attendance.

The band also held the second, third, fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth spots in the top 15 with Aerosmith claiming No. 5, 10 and 14th. Read more here.

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Imagine Dragons New Song Fuels Super Bowl Commercial

Imagine Dragons have announced that their brand new single "Believer" will be featured in Nintendo's very first Super Bowl commercial, which is now streaming online.

Frontman Dan Reynolds explained the inspiration for the new track, "This last year has really been the most centered and positive of my life. This song explains my realization that the emotional pain I faced the last few years actually helped me progress to this healthier mental space - that adversity truly is what helps you become a believer in yourself."

Nintendo are giving fans an early look at the Super Bowl ad with the released on a 30-second clip as well as an extended cut which feature the new track. Watch both here.

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Metal Stars Recording Benefit Album For Grim Reaper's Steve Grimmett

A group of metal stars will be coming together to record a benefit album for Grim Reaper frontman Steve Grimmett who recently had most of his right leg amputated due to an infection.

The album is being spearheaded by Venom Inc.'s Tony Dolan, former Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin, Onslaught's Sy Keeler and The Metal Voice's Jimmy Kay and will be produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Anvil).

It will feature metal stars covering a number of Grim Reaper songs and will include contributions from Gary Holt (Exodus), Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), Doro Pesch, Lipps (Anvil), Marta Gabriel (Crystal Viper), Neil Turbin (Deathriders), Jonas Hornqvist (Bleed the Hunger), Ross The Boss (Manowar), Sy Keeler (Onslaught), Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (Overkill), Jimmy Mantas (Venom Inc.), Nick Bowcott (ex-Grim Reaper), John Gallagher (Raven), Mantas (Venom), and more.

The announcement was made during a live interview with The Metal Voice that include Grimmett and his wife Millie as well as Dolan and Turbin. It was also revealed during the conversation that a benefit concert is being organized Grimmett's hometown of Swindon, England for April 1st by Brian Keene at Riff's Bar. Stream the full interview here.

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Eyehategod Announce Guest Singers For IX Lives IX Lives Benefit

Eyehategod have announced the guest singers that will be joining them at The IX Lives IX Lives event this weekend which will benefit their singer Mike IX Williams who is recovering from a liver transplant.

The three day benefit festival will be taking place at Siberia and Poor Boys venues in the band's hometown of New Orleans this Friday (Feb 3rd) through Sunday (Feb 5th).

Eyehategod will be headlining on Saturday night and will be joined by guest singers Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint, Down), Ben Falgoust (Goatwhore, Soilent Green), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Brain Tentacles, Corrections House), Hollise Murphy (Fat Stupid Ugly People), Shawn Knight (Child Bite), and more. Read more here.

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Man Guitarist Deke Leonard Dead At 72

(Gibson) Man guitarist Deke Leonard, also known for fronting his own band Iceberg, has passed away. He was 72. According to the South Wales Evening Post, Leonard was living back in his hometown of Llanelli in Wales with his "longtime partner Mary" and had been active in a band called Son of Man, which brought together some of Man's original members performing with their children.

"He played his last gigs with Son of Man, and he was playing great, and singing great, and feeling positive," said George Jones, the son of Micky, who was the guitarist in the original Man lineup. "He was saying he wanted to do something this year with Iceberg, and had been working on material. I feel like I have lost a parent. Deke was one of life's gents."

Throughout his career, Leonard left and got back together with Man several times and also was on-and-off with Iceberg. Leonard's latest solo album, Freedom and Chains, dropped back in 2005. Read more here.

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Deep Purple's 'InFinite' Album Details Revealed

The tracklisting for Deep Purple's forthcoming album "InFinite" was revealed by UK edition of online retail giant Amazon via the record's presale page on the site.

They once again worked with iconic producer Bob Ezrin on the ten track album, which is scheduled to be released on April 7th and follows the legendary band's 2013 effort "Now What?!"

"InFinite" will reportedly contain the following tracks: 01. "Time for Bedlam", 02. "Hip Boots", 03. "All I've Got Is You", 04. "One Night in Vegas", 05. "Get Me Outta Here", 06. "The Surprising", 07. "Johnny's Band', 08. "On Top of the World", 09. "Birds of Prey" and 10. "Roadhouse Blues".

The band had previously released an online stream of the opening song "Time For Bedlam". Check it out here. As we reported earlier this week, Deep Purple will be teaming up with Alice Cooper for a North American coheadlining tour this summer. Check out the dates here.

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Mastodon's Brent Hinds To Release Solo Album

Mastodon's Brent Hinds reveals in a new interview that he plans to release a special solo album called "Cold Dark Place" as part of this year's Record Store Day.

Hinds broke the news to Loudwire (via Metal Hammer, "I have way too many albums sitting around so I'm deciding to put some of them out because I've been marinating some of them for years thinking, 'I don't know if I even like this - I know I can do better.'

"Then a friend of mine wanted to listen to it and I was like, 'I wrote this? This is amazing. We should put this out.' So that's what's going to happen in on Record Store Day. We're putting out an album that I wrote entirely called Cold Dark Place." .

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Depeche Mode Announce New Single 'Where's The Revolution'

Depeche Mode will be giving fans their first taste of their forthcoming album with the release of the record's first single "Where's The Revolution" tomorrow (Feb 3rd).

The veteran group's new album, their 14th studio effort, was produced by James Ford and will be entitled "Spirit" and it schedule to hit stores on March 17th.

The band will be launching a massive world tour in support of the album and have already announced the first leg of their Global Spirit Tour which will be hitting stadiums and arenas across Europe this summer.

The trek is set to begin on May 5th in Stockholm, Sweden at the Friends Arena and will run until July 23rd where it will conclude in 23 - Cluj-Napoca, Romania at the Cluj Arena. here.

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Zakk Wylde Announces Zakk Sabbath's First U.S. Headline Tour

Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde has announced that his tribute project Zakk Sabbath will be hitting the road this spring for their very first U.S. headline tour.

The group, which celebrates the music of heavy metal godfathers Black Sabbath, also includes Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and Joey Castillo (Eagles of Death Metal, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Queens Of The Stone Age).

The tour will feature support from Beastmaker and is set to kick off on May 19th at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City and will conclude on June 10th in San Francisco at Slim's. See the dates here.

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The Damned Announce 40th Anniversary Reissue Of Debut Album

Punk rock legends The Damned have announced that they will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut album "Damned Damned Damned" with a deluxe reissue.

Billed as an "Art of the Album" deluxe edition, the reissue will be released on February 17th by BMG. The original album was released by Stiff Records on February 18, 1977. The new reissue series has been started to reignite focus on the album format.

The deluxe reissue will be released both on CD and vinyl LP and will feature the remastered audio along with new sleevenotes detailing "the band's conception and the album's creation," according to the announcement.

The band has also announced a massive North American spring tour which is scheduled to kick off on April 6th in Los Angeles at the Belasco Theater and will wrap up on May 21st in Phoenix at the Marquee Theater. Read more including comments from the band and tour dates here.

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Rick Wakeman Announces Piano Portraits Tour

Prog rock legend Rick Wakeman (Yes, Strawbs, Anderson Rabin Wakeman) has announced that he will be embarking on a UK tour this spring in support of his "Piano Portraits" album.

The album, which was released last month and was Wakeman's 100th solo record, features his re-interpretation of fifteen iconic songs including "Amazing Grace", David Bowie's "Space Oddity", Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven," The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby", and Cat Steven's "Morning Has Broken", among others that have inspired him.

Rick will be launching the 10 concert trek on May 25th at the Apex Theatre in Bury St Edmunds and will visit Bexhill, Buxton, Basingstoke, Leicester, London, Birmingham and Manchester before wrapping up with a two night stand at the Stables in Milton Keynes on July 5th and 6th. Read more including the dates here.

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Sleep Signals Release 'I'll Save You' Video

Sleep Signals have released a brand new music video for their new single "I'll Save You." The song comes from the group's forthcoming EP which they plan to release in the middle of this year.

The new video was short in the woods of Minnesota and the song was produced by Justin Rimer (Saving Abel, 12 Stones) at Crosstrax Studio in Memphis, TN. Watch the video here

The band will be hitting the road next Friday (Feb 10th) for the End of the World Tour which will be kicking off with a show in Chippewa Falls, WI and wrapping up on March 10th in Minneapolis. Check out the dates here.

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Exodus Announce Download Fest Warm Up Shows

Exodus have announced that they will be playing two special UK shows this June as a warm-up to their headline set on the Download Festival's Dogtooth Stage.

The thrash veterans will be playing a concert at the Concorde in Brighton on June 7th and then they will play a show at Chinnerys in Southend On Sea the following night.

The special one off shows will precede the band's appearance at the first day of the Download Festival on June 9th. Frontman Steve 'Zetro' Souza had this to say, "Exodus are very excited about returning to the UK!!

"Especially for the shows in Brighton and Southend, early last year we did an extensive tour of the UK, and our shows in Brighton and Southend were absolutely bonkers!! See you all in the pit in June". Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Lead Lollapalooza Berlin Lineup

The Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons and The xx lead the lineup for the third edition of Lollapalooza Berlin which will be taking place on September 9th and 10th at the Rennbahn Hoppegarten.

The two day event will also feature performances from Hardwell, Marshmello, London Grammar, Two Door Cinema Club, George Ezra and The Head and the Heart, and native favorites Beatsteaks, Marteria, Annenmaykantereit, Cro and many more.

Organizers have also announced Kidzapalooza "while adults will venture to the Lolla Fun Fair for artistry, art and installations" according to the announcement. Children 10 and under will be admitted free with a paid adult. Visit the official site for tickets here.

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Iggy Pop, Bad Religion, Pennywise Lead Punk Rock Bowling Festival

Organizers have announced that Iggy Pop, Bad Religion, Pennywise will lead the lineup for the nineteenth annual Punk Rock Bowling Festival this spring.

The lineup for the event will also feature performances from Fidlar, punk supergroup Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies, The Dickies, Discharge, OFF!, Bouncing Souls and many more.

The festival will also host a rare reunion from ska punk legends Choking Victim. The three-day festival will be taking place on May 26th through 29th at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center (next to the Golden Nugget). Check out the full lineup here.

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Blondie Stream New Single From Forthcoming Pollinator Album

Blondie have released an online stream of their brand new single "Fun". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Pollinator," which is set to be released on May 5th.

The band has also revealed the tracklisting for the new effort, their 11th studio release: 1. Doom or Destiny, 2. Long Time, 3. Already Naked, 4. Fun, 5. My Monster, 6. Best Day Ever, 7. Gravity, 8. When I Gave Up On You, 9. Love Level, 10. Too Much, 11. Fragments.

The album is set to be released in various formats including in CD, digital, heavy weight vinyl, and a limited edition 7" box set. Check out the stream of the new single here.

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Conan Announce North American Tour

Liverpool doom metalers Conan have announced that they will be launching a North American headline tour this spring that will feature support from North.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on May 10th in Glendale, CA at the Complex and will run until June 4th where it will wrap up in Tucson, AZ at Club Congress.

The band will also be performing at this year's Maryland Death Fest and 71 Grind Fest in Colorado Springs, CO. Frontman Jon Davis had this to say about the upcoming trek:

"We are excited to get back to the USA and Canada to play at Maryland Death Fest, 71 Grind and also the other awesome shows we have lined up. We are also looking forward to sharing the road with our friends in North." See the dates

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Singled Out: Killer Bee's Shout It Out

Killer Bee released their new album "Eye In The Sky" late last year and today Anders "La" Ronnblom tells us the story behind their new single from the effort "Shout It Out". Here is the story:

Like always when I start writing a song, there's never a plan or a formula I'm using. It can be early in the morning, after midnight whenever. It just comes to me depending on my mood and it was the same with "Shout It Out", home in the living room with my amp cranked .

As soon as I picked up the guitar and my fingers pulled out the symbolic riff I recall I wrote down the job title "Speedster".. the song was all about speed with attitude - a smack in the face. The flow that followed with the verse and back to the riff with the key change automatically signaled "kick ass chorus". Now I just needed to take it down a bit before the lead section. I remember the hardest part was to find a smooth bridge but still intense before the lead section, and when that was in place... BOOM - I really enjoyed hearing how the climbing guitar riff in the lead section fell into place, which now holds one of the greatest organ leads I've ever heard by Denny DeMarchi.

When Brian finalized the song with his lyrics and with the "in your face" chorus "Shout It Out" there's not more to add.. than It serious kicks ass and the jobtitle "Speedster" was replaced for good.

This 2.40 min rocker took me approx. 30 min to put together from the main riff to verses, bridges, lead section and outro. And we have issued a striking new video, for the song "Shout It Out" (directed by Killer Bee Music HB), which can be viewed here right here!

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