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Black Sabbath Not Really Over Despite Farewell Tour?

Black Sabbath played the final show of their farewell tour last weekend but guitarist Tony Iommi says in a new interview that the legendary group has not ruled out working together again.

Iommi, who has been battling cancer, tells Planet Rock that Black Sabbath have only decided not to embark on major tours but are leaving the door open to future activity.

The metal icon first reflected on the conclusion of band's farewell tour, "I'm going to miss playing on stage because that has been my whole life, the band and playing on stage.

"I like [playing on stage] and I'm sure it's not going to end like that; I'm sure we might do a one-off show somewhere. It's just the touring for me - it's time to stop roaming the world and be at home for a bit... I'm still going to write and put stuff out."

The UK radio station then asked him if Black Sabbath's recording days are really over and he responded, "No, I don't think we've ruled anything out apart from me not wanting to tour any more on that scale, but who knows, we may do something.

"We haven't spoken about it. That's another thing - we haven't talked about anything, really, that's to do with what's going to happen afterwards. But I'm sure something can happen somewhere" Listen to the full interview .

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Megadeth Frontman Hints At Major Tour With Bigger Band

Let the speculation begin! Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says in a new interview that the band has been given the opportunity to tour with a bigger band that they have never toured with before.

Mustaine made the revelations during an interview with WRIF. "Believe it or not, we've got some cool things going on for the States," he told the radio host. "We've got two really great things we're gonna be doing. We'll be heading out some part of the spring or summer and then we just were told about an opportunity at the end of the year that really, really excited me."

He then added, "It's somebody I've never played with before that we're actually gonna be supporting. They were so cool that we would step down from being a headliner to support this group."

Leading online guesses about the identity of the 'bigger group' include Guns N' Roses and Mustaine's former band Metallica. Since everyone is speculating we would add Van Halen, AC/DC with Axl Rose and the Rolling Stones (who are working on a new album) to the list, although there has been absolutely no confirmation beyond Dave's comments. Check out the full interview here.

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Metallica To Be Joined By Lady Gaga For Grammy Performance?

(hennemusic) Metallica will reportedly be joined by Lady Gaga when they perform at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on February 12th if a alleged leaked television commercial is to be believed.

While neither artist has formally announced the news at press time, various media outlets - including Rolling Stone and music industry publication Billboard - have confirmed the pairing based on a tweet from a Gaga fan on Monday that shared a video clip of a TV commercial for the event that stated "Lady Gaga duets with Metallica."

Metallica previously confirmed plans to perform at the annual awards show in sync with their nomination for "Hardwired", the lead single from their latest album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct." Read more here.

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Chickenfoot Streaming New Song 'Divine Termination'

(hennemusic) Chickenfoot are streaming their new single, "Divine Termination", ahead of its appearance on the March 10th release of their compilation, "Best + Live."

The supergroup of Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith debuted the tune last spring during the band's two reunion shows at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.

The two-disc "Best + Live" package presents tracks from the band's two studio albums alongside audio from a 2009 concert in Phoenix, AZ originally only available as video on the 2010 DVD/Blu-ray "Get Your Buzz On."

"Listening to this collection of songs from the 'Foot brings back memories of some of the most fun I've ever had in a band," says Hagar. "The chemistry between Chad, Joe, Mike and me is very special. It's almost like visual music -- you can see us having fun when you listen to these songs." Listen to the new song here.

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Prince's Former Band The Revolution Announce Spring Tour

The remaining members of Prince's former band The Revolution have announced that they be hitting the road this spring for special shows in four cities across the U.S.

The mini-tour will launch a year after the untimely death of the music legend. The first show will take place on April 21st at the Metro in Chicago and includes stops in Washington D.C., New York City and Philadelphia.

The group consists of Dez Dickerson, André Cymone, Bobby Z. Gayle Chapman, Matt Fink, Lisa Coleman, Brown Mark (a.k.a. Brownmark) and Wendy Melvoin, according to the Facebook listing. See the dates here.

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David Bowie's Final Recordings Set For CD and Vinyl Release

(Radio.com) David Bowie's No Plan EP featuring the last recordings he made before his death is set to be released on CD on February 24th, followed on vinyl and white vinyl on April 21st.

The No Plan is currently only available digitally and features material from Blackstar and Lazarus-era sessions like "No Plan," "Killing a Little Time" and "When I Met You."

When you purchase the EP on white vinyl, note the limited edition, made-to-order numbered die-cut package with an exclusive lithograph by Jonathan Barnbrook.Read more here.

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A Perfect Circle Add New Date To U.S. Spring Tour

A Perfect Circle have announced that they have added an additional show to their forthcoming U.S. spring tour which will be the group's first road trip in six years.

The tour was originally scheduled to begin with a two night stand at The Pearl in Las Vegas but the kick off will now include three nights at the venue beginning on April 6th.

They will play the Pearl the following two nights and then hit cities across the United States before concluding the tour on May 7th in Los Angeles at the famed Hollywood Bowl. Read more including the dates here.

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Tom Petty Adds Dates To 40th Anniversary Tour

(hennemusic) Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have announced that they have expanded their 40th anniversary tour of North America with the addition of four new shows.

The band have added second nights at the TD Garden in Boston, MA on July 21 following a concert there on July 20, and at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, PA on July 29 where they'll also appear on July 1.

New stops include an August 17 event at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, and an August 19 date at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA with The Lumineers opening

Tickets for the newly announced shows (except Vancouver) will go on sale February 13 at 10 a.m. local time, with Vancouver tickets available February 14 at 10 a.m. local time. See the dates here.

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Def Leppard's Joe Elliott In The Studio For New Release

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott was the featured guest on the latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands to discuss the band's new live package "And Their Will Be A Next Time... Live from Detroit". The show sent over these details:

After decades of success filling arenas/stadiums around the world and selling tens of millions of albums, Def Leppard had a wish in their latest creative endeavor to capture the present and future, while paying homage to the past.

And Their Will Be A Next Time...Live from Detroit is a new concert DVD and double CD that captures Def Leppard at their best, live in front of an adoring audience. But dig a little deeper and you get a sense of what really is at work.

Singer, songwriter Joe Elliott speaks to In The Studio host Redbeard about what the band hoped to accomplish with this new live concert package celebrating who they are now and where they came from.

Elliott says, "Guys, I said, I think we really owe it to ourselves to kind of document ourselves the way we are now. Vivian (Campbell, one of two lead guitarists) has been in the band nearly a quarter of a century, and it's kind of mad that the last (full concert) thing that we put out was on VHS tape!"

"When you have five alpha males in a band, you have to realize who the boss is, and we quickly established that the boss is the song…The radio taught us three minute Rock'n'Roll. There were big guitars on "Rebel, Rebel", "Jean Genie", "Metal Guru" and "(Bang a Gong) Get It On"... Those big drums, big choruses, big guitars, is what taught us who we are." Stream the episode here.

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Asking Alexandria's Danny Worsnop Releases 'Prozac' Video

Asking Alexandria frontman Danny Worsnop has released a new studio video for his track "Prozac." The song comes from his forthcoming solo album "The Long Road Home," which is set to hit stores on February 17th.

Worsnop had this to say about the new album when he announced it last fall, "It has been an emotional roller-coaster creating these songs, but the end result has left me humbled, proud, and more excited about a project than I ever have been in my life.

"Writing as deep and personal as I have on this record brought up a lot inside me from my years, allowing me to grow and move on from demons I didn't even acknowledge having.

"I've done everything in my power to keep this album honest and pure, and it gives me chills every time I hear it. I'm beyond proud of what I've made and cannot wait to share it with the world. These songs are a reflection of my soul, and I hope you all enjoy them. See you on the other side!" Watch the video here.

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In This Moment Announce Spring Headline Tour

In This Moment has announced that they will hitting the road this spring to launch a North American headline tour that will feature support from Motionless in White, Avatar and Gemini Syndrome.

The tour is set to get underway on April 7th at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee and will visit various cities across the U.S. (and one in Canada) before concluding on May 5th in Nashville at the War Memorial Auditorium

In addition to the headline shows, In This Moment will also be performing at some of this spring's leading music festivals including Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, and Carolina Rebellion. See the dates here.

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Panic! at the Disco To Rock The Ellen Degeneres Show

Panic! at the Disco have announced that they will be rocking The Ellen Degeneres Show with a live performance during today's broadcast of the hit daytime show (Wed, Feb 8th).

The band will be taking the Ellen stage to perform their song "Death Of A Bachelor". The song is the title track to their latest album which has been nominated for this year's Best Rock Album Grammy award.

They shared the news on Tuesday with the following tweet, "Performing #DeathOfABachelor on @TheEllenShow this Wednesday! Word of advice, don't miss it - http://ellentv.com" See the tweet here.

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Sammy Hagar And Mick Fleetwood SXSW Events Announced

Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar and Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood lead the lineup for the Music Influencers events at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival.

The annual festival will be taking place in Austin, TX next month with the "Conversation with Mick Fleetwood" event happening on March 15 and Hagar's the next day.

Additional artists featured in the special series will include ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic on March 14th and The B-52's Cindy Wilson on March 17th. See the other artists here.

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Taking Back Sunday Release 'Call Come Running' Video

(Radio.com) Taking Back Sunday have released their new music video for "Call Come Running". The song appears on Taking Back Sunday's seventh studio album Tidal Wave.

It marks the band's most personal visual to date, and focuses on lead singer Adam Lazzara after a bloody car accident. As he runs–and sometimes crawls–down the street looking for help, he encounters several people who keep on walking. But one old man, Lazzara's father in real life, offers him assistance and helps him wash away his wounds. What begins as a bath turns into a baptism, and Lazzara emerges from a body of water to be reunited with his family.

"Just like with any of the other records…it's always just been this autobiographical thing, and things are winding down," Lazzara told Paper Magazine. "For a long time we were just like very much the band and the music was our lives. I know at least for me that was everything revolved around just ever since I was a teenager…I think [this album]'s just a product of growing up a little more." Watch the video here.

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In Flames Streaming New Song 'Here Until Forever'

In Flames have released an online stream of their track "Here Until Forever." The song comes from their new album "Battles" which is up for a Swedish Grammis.

The band revealed last month that their new record is going up against albums from Dark Tranquillity and Ghost for the Hard Rock/Metal Album Of The Year award at the Swedish Grammis on February 28th.

The band had the following comments about the honor, "We are very honored to have received our 8th Swedish Grammis nomination for our newest album, Battles. We can't thank our fans enough, who, throughout their years of support and dedication to our music have kept In Flames alive and inspired. Jesterheads, this one's for you!" Stream the song here.

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Sting To Receive 2017 Polar Music Prize

(Radio.com) Sting is the latest artist to be honored with one of Sweden's top music awards. He and saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter have been named the 2017 Polar Music Prize Laureates.

The news was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 7), at Stockholm City Hall by Alfons Karabuda, chairman of the Prize committee. Both Sting and Shorter will accept their awards from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a gala ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on June 15.

'I still maintain a childlike curiosity about music, along with a sense that I constantly need to work at it," Sting said in a statement. 'So to be recognized in this way is truly meaningful. I am looking forward to coming to Sweden in June for this special evening." Read more here.

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Tom DeLonge Launching Investigative UFO Series Next Month

(Radio.com) Former Blink-182 star Tom DeLonge returns in March with the first installment of a three-part non-fiction book series investigating UFOs, Sekret Machines: GODS.

"Volume 1 of Gods Man & War" will be released on March 7th (it can be preordered here) Sekret Machines: GODS compiles information from engineers, intelligence officers and scientists to unearth the ongoing UFO phenomenon and will include a foreword by renowned scientist and author Dr. Jacques Vallee. DeLonge co-wrote the book with author Peter Levenda.

"Peter Levenda is more than an academic and researcher, he's a gifted communicator," DeLonge said in a statement. "People will never know how much his early thoughts mattered in the Sekret Machines adventure. It was his ability to frame an esoteric thesis that gave me the ammunition to speak clearly on the subject matter, and that got me in the door."

Sekret Machines: Man and Sekret Machines: War mark the second and third installments in the series, and will follow shortly thereafter. Read details about a special event surrounding the release here.

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Gong Stars Announce New Gong Expresso Album 'Decadence'

(GO) Gong Expresso are crowdfunding their new album "Decadence." We were sent the following details: Hansford Rowe's HRIII merges with Gong Expresso! Gong alumni Francois Causse, Benoit Moerlen and Hansford Rowe join HRIII guitarist Julien Sandiford for the recording of the new album by Gong Expresso titled "Decadence."

Says Hansford, "'Decadence' is the title tune on the new Gong Expresso album. Here the word means 'falling away.' I hope this tune and all the music on the album somehow addresses this in an unadorned, direct way. When I play with these 3 musicians I am convinced there is something special happening. Benoit Moerlen (vibes, marimba) and Francois Causse (drums, perc) and I began playing together in early 1977 in PM's Gong and our rapport is of the kind only long term relationships can provide.

"On the other hand Julien who is 25 has been alive less time than I have been playing with the others. Yet our musical relationship feels infinitely long. We are recording in two cities, Paris and Montreal. Francois' studio in Paris is a tuned percussion church and Piccolo Studios in Montreal is owned by Denis Savage who is co-producing with the band. He is known for his work with Celine Dion." Find more details here.

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