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Metallica Plans Stadium Tour With Avenged Sevenfold?

A rumor surfaced online on Monday that Metallica is reportedly planning to launch a stadium tour this summer in the U.S. that will also feature Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat.

The supposed trek is said to include at least twenty concerts and an announcement is expected some time this month, according to Blabbermouth (via Lambgoat.)

The source of the rumor was not disclosed. The band has not embarked on a U.S. tour in over seven years but guitarist Kirk Hammett has previously said that the band plans to change that as they promote their new album "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct". here.

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Blink-182 Announce U.S. Spring Tour

Blink-182 have announced that they are hitting the road this spring for a U.S. tour in support of their latest album "California." The band revealed 20 dates for the trek on Monday (Feb 6th).

The group will be launching the tour on March 22nd at the Austin 360 Amphitheater and will finish the outing on May 9th in New Orleans at the UNO Lakefront Arena.

They have tapped The Naked And Famous and Wavves as the support acts for the road trip which they are launching to promote their first album featuring Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba, who took over frontman duties from Tom DeLonge. See the dates here.

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Phil Anselmo Slams Antisocial Media and Divisive Media

Superjoint frontmant Phil Anselmo sounded off on "antisocial media" and the inability to read news coverage that isn't divisive and made even more so in the comments sections on many websites.

The former Pantera singer made the comments when he was asked about biased media during an interview with Matal Wani late last month. He said, "I can't even go to my local newspaper [website] without seeing some [bs] divisive [bs] - I say again - article written with the blurring of linear time. And it's, like, man, no, I'm not buying into this. 'Cause, really, I just clicked on to this page to find out what the f***ing New Orleans Saints [were doing]. It's, like, f***! I don't need to read all this f***ing s---, man. Just tell me who the f***ing Saints are gonna sign.

"It's not that I'm against social media, but it's, like… There are imperfections, like with anything. Life is one giant imperfection, but still we deal and we cope. And I deal and cope with social f***ing media, which is truly antisocial media.

"It'd be one thing if they could put out their divisive articles, but it's a whole another thing to put in a comments section. No matter what line of work you may be in - you could be writing about social climate of America in general, you could write about music, you could write about boxing, you could write about football - with the comments section, everybody's an expert, everybody's a mind reader, everybody is… You know, they know better than you do. And I'm calling bulls---. I'm calling absolute [bs] on that. I am." Watch the full interview here.

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Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, PVRIS Announce American Tour

Muse have announced that they will be embarking on a North American tour this spring and summer and they are bringing along 30 Seconds to Mars and PVRIS.

The tour is scheduled to span from mid-May until mid-September with things set to begin on May 20th in West Palm Beach, FL at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre.

Additional stops include Tampa in May. Nashville, Atlanta, New Orleans, Austin, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Charlotte in June. Followed by Toronto and Wantagh, NY in July as well as Burgettstown, PA in August. The final run of dates includes shows in San Francisco and Morrison, Co before concluding on September 20th in Salt Lake City. See the dates here.

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More Big 4 Shows Unlikely To Happen Says Slayer's King

Thrash metal fans have been holding out hope that the "Big 4" would team up together to launch a tour (or even one off shows) but Slayer's Kerry King says in a recent interview that he doesn't see that happening.

The guitarist was interviewed by Loudwire at the recent Hall of Heavy Metal History induction ceremony where he inducted Blade Records founder Brian Slagel into the recently recreated metal hall.

When asked about the Big 4 of Thrash (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) teaming up again he responded, "I would be all for. I just don't think there's ever going to be a moment in time to where four headline bands with the same time free to make it happen." Read the Loudwire report here.

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Korn and Stone Sour Summer Tour Dates Leaked

Korn are reportedly teaming up with Stone Sour for a North American summer tour with initial dates leaked out by various media outlets on Monday (February 6th).

The reported dates begin on June 22nd in Mountain View, Ca at the Shoreline Amphitheatre and conclude on August 1st in Cincinnati at the Riverbend Music Theatre, according to Radio.com.

Neither band had confirmed the dates nor the tour plans via their websites or social media as of Monday evening. The American tour, if confirmed, would follow Korn's upcoming European tour that will launch next month and is set to feature Heaven Shall Burn and Hellyeah. See the leaked dates here.

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Rolling Stones New Album Going Great Says Don Was

(Gibson) In a new interview, Don Was offers a few insights into his current work which includes producing rock legends The Rolling Stones next studio album.

He's helped make every Rolling Stones album since 1994's Voodoo Lounge, and says of the ongoing sessions for a new album of Stones originals: "The energy is -ing great.

And [the Stones] are stoked about the response to Blue and Lonesome... It's them being them. It's an affirmation of the band being itself. And I think that is having an impact on the sessions, which is great. But I will tell you we're a ways off yet until we're done." Read more here.

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Deftones and Rise Against Announce Tour

The Deftones and Rise Against have announced that they will be teaming up to launch a North American coheadlining tour this spring and early summer that will feature support from Thrice.

The bands will be hitting the road together beginning on June 9th in Chicago at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island and wrapping things up on July 9th in Phoenix at the Ak-Chin Pavilion.

Deftones had this to say about the outing, "We've been talking to Rise about touring together for a while now. Finally, everything aligned and we get to spend the summer playing shows with our friends. We couldn¹t be more excited and can't wait to see you at the shows." See the dates here.

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Beach Boys Making Pet Sounds Documentary Coming

(Gibson) Showtime have announced that they will premiere a new documentary this spring that will examine the making of the Beach Boys landmark 1966 album "Pet Sounds". Gibson had these details:

The Beach Boys 11th album would go on to become Brian Wilson's modern pop masterpiece and one of the most influential albums of the 20th century, even spurring The Beatles on to make what would eventually become Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Now, a year after Pet Sounds 50th anniversary, Showtime has announced the upcoming release of an extensive documentary that will chronicle "the story of the creation of the record that cemented The Beach Boys reputation as a leading force to rival The Beatles."

According to a report in Pitchfork, the documentary will contain exclusive interviews with Wilson as well as other members of the band including Mile Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks. Fans can also expect archival footage and studio outtakes from the recording sessions. According to Showtime, the documentary titled Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds will air in the US this April. here.

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John And Yoko Biopic In The Works

(Gibson) A biopic about John Lennon and Yoko Ono is currently in the works, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The currently-untitled project will focus on Lennon and Ono's relationship and antiwar activism.

It's unlikely to be a detached view, though. Ono herself is producing the movie. She is working with Michael De Luca (The Social Network), Josh Bratman, and Anthony McCarten, who will also write the movie script. McCarten was Oscar-nominated for his work on The Theory of Everything, about the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

De Luca elaborated, "The story will focus on ripe and relevant themes of love, courage and activism in the U.S.-with the intention of inspiring today's youth to stand up for and have a clear vision for the world they want." Read more here.

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Bush Share 'Mad Love' Song Stream, Confirm Album Release

(hennemusic) Bush are streaming a preview clip of a new song entitled "Mad Love", which is the lead single from their forthcoming album, "Black And White Rainbows."

Due March 10, the UK group's seventh record - and follow-up to 2014's "Man On The Run" - was written, recorded and produced by frontman Gavin Rossdale.

In sync with the project's release, Bush will deliver the live television premiere performance of "Mad Love" on the U.K. version of "The Voice" next month, where Rossdale currently serves as a coach along with will.i.am, Tom Jones and Jennifer Hudson.

Bush will launch "Black And White Rainbows" with a March 14 date at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire and a recently-announced spring tour of North America that will begin in Dallas, TX on May 4. Check out the song preview and album track details here.

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New Eric Clapton Documentary Being Made

A new Eric Clapton documentary entitled "A Life In 12 Bars" is being directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, the Oscar-winning producer of "Driving Miss Daisy" and John Battsek (Searching For Sugar Man), according to Classic Rock.

Zanuck had these comments in a chat with Variety, "Clapton's music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days.

"He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance." Read more here.

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Judas Priest's Rob Halford Ranks His Favorite Black Sabbath Albums

(Radio.com) "The world's metal community knows that I love Black Sabbath for everything the band stands for and has achieved," Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford told Radio.com last week ahead of the legendary band's final concert last Saturday their hometown of Birmingham.

Halford's band came up in the same industrial area of England, just a few years behind the Sabs: Black Sabbath's self-titled debut was released in 1970, while Priest's Rocka Rolla came out in 1974. Halford is also friends with the guys in the band; in fact, at Ozzy Osbourne's first "final" show -- he first "retired" back in November of 1992 -- he invited Black Sabbath to open for him for two farewell shows. They agreed to play, but their then-singer, Ronnie James Dio, bowed out. So Rob Halford got the awesome gig and filled in for two shows. Over a decade later, in 2004, the reunited Black Sabbath and Judas Priest toured together on Ozzfest, and at one of the dates, Ozzy was under the weather and Halford once again fronted the band, the ultimate gig for the massive Sabbath fan.

"Like every Sabbath fan, I have listened to all the music they have made," Halford says. "Each album does something for me, but here, I'm going to stick to the albums that Ozzy did. I've been asked to put these in an order of my favorites, which is hard. Like most Sabbath fans, my choices change. Anyway, here they are!"

1 Black Sabbath (1970) - "This album, recorded in a day, is magic for me. It captures the roots of what they are in the truest sense. You feel like you are in the studio with the lads. The sound of Sabbath resonates in every aspect here, and when the world heard the way Tony Iommi made his guitar sound, the way Geezer Butler made his bass sound, along with the way Bill Ward's drums were mic-ed and tuned, and the voice of Ozzy Osbourne… well, the response at the time was mixed. They were denounced by some idiots, in their closed minded ivory towers. But for me, and so many other fans hearing them for the first time, we were hooked." See the rest of the list here.

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Cheap Trick Reveal New Album Plans

(hennemusic) Cheap Trick have confirmed they are working on a new studio record that they plan to release later this year. The project will be the follow-up to their 2016 effort "Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello".

"We've been in the studio working on a new album," revealed the group Monday on Twitter. "Hope to have completed by Spring and released at the beginning of Summer 2017."

"Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello" was the group's first album without drummer Bun E Carlos, who left Cheap Trick's touring lineup in 2010 and was replaced by guitarist Rick Nielsen's son Daxx. Read more here.

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Fleetwood Mac Classics Fuels 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Trailer

(Radio.com) Guardians of the Galaxy's director James Gunn keeps his streak of using classic '70s songs with the latest trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 . The new trailer premiered on Sunday.

One day after the 40th anniversary of Fleetwood Mac's classic Rumours, the new trailer uses one of the album's biggest hits "The Chain."
Gunn shared an extended version of the film's Super Bowl spot on his Facebook page; soon after that, he shared a new poster for the film, that will resonate with anyone who used to make mixtapes during the '70s and '80s glory era of cassettes.

The soundtrack to the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, filled with classic '70s songs, including Blue Suede's "Hooked on a Feeling," David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" and the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," was a surprise hit, and was certified platinum. Watch the trailer here.

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Santana Announce U.S. Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Santana has announced the first series of dates for a summer US tour. The shows will see Carlos Santana and his band perform songs from his forty-plus year career, including fan favorites from Woodstock to "Supernatural" and beyond.

The trek will begin in Woodinville, WA on June 23, with concerts currently scheduled to September 11 in Anaheim, CA; more dates will be announced soon

Tickets for some of the shows are now on sale, with several dates going on sale February 10 at 10 AM local time; check Santana.com for details. See the dates here.

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Joey Jordison's Vimic Postpone Spring Tour

Vimic, the group spearheaded by former Slipknot star Joey Jordison, announced on Monday that they have postponed their European tour but will honor their festival commitments.

The band was scheduled to kick off the 16-show tour on March 7th in Stockholm but said they have decided to postpone the run until November and December "due to circumstances beyond the band's control relating to the commercial release of new music."

The assured fans that they still plan to play at European and North American music festivals. Jordison said in a statement, "The band and I feel horrible but I want to give fans what they deserve which is new music in conjunction with a world tour. We WILL tour Europe in November/December of 2017." See the full announcement here.

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Overkill Release 'Goddamn Trouble' Video

Overkill have released a new music video for their new track 'Goddamn Trouble'. The song comes from the veteran thrash band's forthcoming album.

Bobby Blitz had these comments: "We hooked up again with Kevin Custer, the director behind the videos, 'Armorist', 'Bitter Pill', 'Rattlesnake', and 'Bring Me The Night'. It was an 'all-day' event in the great state of New Jersey and Kevin shot two vids for us on that cold January day, 'Goddamn Trouble' & 'Shine On'. A long day but well worth it as he captured the metal-chaos and energy. So hit "Play" and get some 'Trouble'."

The group will be releasing their 18th studio album, entitled "The Grinding Wheel", on February 10th. Watch the new Kevin Custer directed music video here.

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