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Dillinger Escape Plan Tour Bus Struck By Truck, 13 Injured

The Dillinger Escape Plan's tour bus was struck by a truck this weekend while the band was on tour in tour Poland, resulting in 13 people suffering injuries.

The tour bus was reportedly hit as it was partially on the shoulder of the road, according to reports (including ITV). Radomsko police spokesperson said that band members were taken to the hospital for examination but were not believed to have been seriously injured.

The driver of the truck was reportedly the most seriously injured in the accident. The band canceled their concert in Krakow on Sunday night but are expected to continue the tour in Liepzig, Germany on Tuesday .

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Angus Young Jams AC/DC Classics With Guns N' Roses

As expected, Angus Young jammed AC/DC classics with Guns N' Roses during both concerts at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia this past weekend.

The shows were the kick off of the Australian and New Zealand leg of Guns N' Roses Not In This Lifetime reunion tour. During the first show on Feb 10th, Axl Rose introduces Young with the following: "We're gonna bring out a friend of ours. Ladies and gentlemen, Angus Young!"

Angus appeared on stage wearing jeans and a t-shirt and Rose had on an AC/DC jacket. Rose joked, "Here's something you never see," joked Rose "He didn't have his school uniform, but I'm wearing a school jacket." here.

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David Bowie Dominates Rock Related Grammy Awards

Late music legend David Bowie was largely ignored by the Grammy awards during his lifetime, never taking home a proper honor for any of his acclaimed work, but the awards program has now posthumously paid tribute with him dominating the rock focused awards during Sunday night's ceremony.

During his celebrated career, Bowie won only one Grammy award for "Best Short Form Video" back in 1984, according to CBS Radio. But on Sunday night he was honored with five Grammy awards, sweeping every category he was nominated for.

Although snubbed for Best Rock Album for his final studio effort "Black Star", the album ended up winning the Best Alternative Music Album award and the title track won for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. "Black Star" also won Grammys for Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Read more here.

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Metallica Joined By Lady Gaga For Glitchy Grammy Performance

(hennemusic) Metallica were joined by Lady Gaga for a performance of their track, "Moth Into Flame", at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The pairing suffered through a technical glitch by producers when James Hetfield's microphone failed to work during the first verse, forcing him to share Gaga's with her as they ploughed through the blazing track from their No. 1 album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct."

At the end of the performance, a visibly frustrated Hetfield kicked over his mic stand and threw his guitar offstage. After making headline worldwide for her Super Bowl 51 halftime show, hard rock and metal fan Gaga was thrilled to be working with one of her favorites, tweeting a photo and writing, "Gonna listen to Metallica all day and party with my friends and then play with them at the Grammy's."

Gaga even marked the occasion by getting a giant moth tattoo across her back before the appearance and sharing a photo via Instagram. Watch the performance here.

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Megadeth Win Metal Grammy For 'Dystopia'

The 12th time appeared to be the charm for Megadeth after the metal icons won their very first Grammy Award on Sunday night for the title song of their "Dystopia" album.

The band had previously been nominated eleven times for Grammys and this year's win for Best Metal Performance marks the first time they took home the trophy from the music industry's rap and pop focused annual popularity contest.

The Megadeth track pulled out the victory over the other nominees: Baroness' "Shock Me," Gojira's "Silvera," Korn's "Rotting in Vain" and Periphery's "The Price is Wrong."

The metal legends did not win during the televised broadcast of the Auto-tune producer created music dominated portion of the event but were instead honored during the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony event. Read more here.

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Classic Prince Albums Added To Streaming Services

Prince's Warner Bros. Records album catalog, including the iconic "Purple Rain", were added to digital music streaming services over the weekend, the label has announced.

The catalog includes some of the late music icon's most popular albums including Prince, Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade, Sign O' The Times, Batman and Diamonds and Pearls.

WBR chairman and CEO Cameron Strang had these comments, "Prince recorded his most influential and popular music during his time with Warner Bros. and we are deeply aware of our responsibility to safeguard and nurture his incredible legacy. " here.

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Kings Of Leon Release 'Reverend' Music Video

(Radio.com) Kings of Leon have released a new music video for their track "Reverend." The song comes off of the band's latest studio album "Walls" which was released back in October of last year.

The new video continues the twisted narrative established in the band's two previous clips "Waste A Moment" and "Find Me," striking tone somewhere between Stranger Things and Twin Peaks.

The band play a group of paranormal investigators in search of a mysterious glowing sphere which has crashed into a local forest. The extraterrestrial object is presumably the cause of the series of strange events played out in the band's recent videos. Watch the video here.

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The Ghost Inside Forced To Pull Out Of Warped Tour

The Ghost Inside broke some bad news to fans via a new online update video, revealing that they will not be able to take part in the Warped Tour this coming summer.

The band members are continuing to recover from their fatal 2015 tour bus crash which cost drummer Andrew Tkaczyk one of his legs and now frontman Jonathan Vigil says in the new message that they are not far enough along in their recovery to take part in the annual tour.

He said in part, "A lot of people, including ourselves, thought we were going to be a lot further along than we are currently. Unfortunately, we're not going to be able to play this summer." Watch the full video here.

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Gary Clark Jr. Announces New Live Album

Gary Clark Jr. has announced that he will be releasing his brand new live album, entitled "Live North America 2016," on March 17th ahead of his shows with Eric Clapton.

The album is set to be released in various formats including digitally, CD and vinyl and the announcement says that it will be an authentic live recording with no overdubs.

It was captured during Clark's 2016 tour in support of his "The Story of Sonny Boy Slim" and will include two previously unreleased covers: Jimmy Reed's "Honest I Do" and Elmore James' "My Baby's Gone". Read more here.

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Pierce The Veil Release 'Floral & Fading' Video

Pierce The Veil have released a new music video for their track "Floral & Fading". The song is the group's newest single from their latest studio album "Misdaventures."

Frontman Vic Fuentes had this to say about song, "We weren't really sure what kind of song we were making when we recorded 'Floral & Fading,' It was sort of a studio experiment that ended up being one of my favorites on the album. It's a love song to my girl about ignoring all the internet hate we got when we first started dating and focusing on each other instead." Watch the video here.

The band will be hitting the road later this week for their Rest In Space headline tour of North American which will feature support from Falling In Reverse and Crown The Empire. Read more here.

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Avenged Sevenfold's Johnny Christ Becomes Daddy Christ

Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ announced last week that he was forced to drop off a few of the band's current tour dates because his wife gave birth to his new son.

The band is currently touring Europe with Disturbed and Chevelle and Christ revealed that he will be returning to the trek when it hits Berlin on Wednesday (Feb. 15th.)

Calling himself Daddy Christ, he had this message for fans, "Hello to all the fans out there, I wanted to share the news with you all that my wife and I recently added a new addition to the A7X family, Franklin James." Read more here.

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Misfits' Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein Streaming New Song

Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein is streaming his new track "Run For Your Life". The song comes from his forthcoming album "Doyle II: As We Die" which is set to be released on May 5th.

Frankenstein is joined in the Doyle project by Cancerslug vocalist Alex "Wolfman" Story and the new album will be released in various CD and vinyl formats including limited edition versions. Stream the new song here

Doyle are currently on the road for the Abominate The World Tour, which includes several dates in the UK, Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary, and more, with 2017 US Dates to be announced. See the current dates here.

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Glenn Hughes Announce Special Storytellers Event

Deep Purple Mark III icon Glenn Hughes has announced that he will holding a very special "Storytellers" event in London later this month that will be limited to only 200 tickets.

The special event will be taking place on February 25th from noon to 4 pm at the Cafe de Paris and will include the world premiere of a new 60 minute documentary that features never-before-seen classic archival footage of Hughes from the 1970's.

The film screening will be followed by a two hour story telling session hosted by Vintage Television's Friday Night Rock Show host, Nicky Horne. For VIP ticket holders, the evening will conclude with a private audience with Glenn who will be signing an exclusive CD and answering questions .

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Mike + The Mechanics Announce New Album 'Let Me Fly'

Genesis star Mike Rutherford has announced that his other band, Mike + The Mechanics, will be releasing their latest studio album, entitled "Let Me Fly," on April 7th.

Rutherford had these comments, "In 1985 we were having the best time in Genesis. But after 28 years, myself Phil and Tony wanted variety, so we ran our band and our solo careers side by side happily for many years. To be honest, it saved Genesis. The fact I'm still doing it with the Mechanics just makes me smile."

He adds, "I've never had a long-term plan, even with Genesis. I'll put Let My Fly out and I'll see where it goes. What happens this year will tell me what to do next. I like that!"

The band will be promoting the album by touring Europe throughout February and March, and will take to the stage at BST Hyde Park with Phil Collins and Blondie on June 30. Read more here.

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Rob Halford Explains Why Judas Priest's 'Turbo' Was Different

(Radio.com) Judas Priest recently released a special 30th anniversary edition of their 1986 album "Turbo," which is viewed as the most controversial album of their long career. Frontman Rob Halford spoke to Radio.com about the album and how history has treated it.

Halford explained in the interview some of the reasons why the album had a different sound for the group. He said, "One of the major things was that for the first time in many, many years, we were able to take our time in making a record. Prior to that, we'd just been bashing them out at a ferocious speed. When I look back at how we were able to accomplish what we did, and the quality of the work, it's quite remarkable."

When pressed on the differences, he elaborated future. "We had all these new ideas, like using guitar synthesizers and so forth, and we were just very interested and intrigued by what we could do with these new inventions. To have these sounds, it was an exciting time. We were coming off of back-to-back big records, [1982's] Screaming for Vengence and [1984's] Defenders of the Faith, and I think we were just looking, as much as ever, for a new experience. And that happened in the '80s for a lot of bands, not just Judas Priest. We got caught up in all that. It's a unique album in our catalog, nothing comes remotely close to it."

Halford then explained the fans reactions when the band performs the album's title song live. "Once Glenn [Tipton, guitarist] plays that opening 'Turbo Lover' sound, everyone goes nuts. It just goes to show you that time can give you a different perspective on something that was controversial, and now is enjoyed with affection." Read more of the interview here.

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Kansas Frontman Ronnie Platt Guest On Rock Brigade

Kansas frontman Ronnie Platt was the featured guest on the latest Rock Brigade Podcast where he discussed his rise from cover-band vocalist, to Shooting Star vocalist to replacing Steve Walsh in the band Kansas and releasing their first album in nearly two decades titled The Prelude Implicit. The show sent over some excerpts:

On the Music Industry and the Kansas album The Prelude Implicit: "The music industry is a different animal these days. There are no record stores anymore. Even retail store music sections are a fraction of a fraction of what they used to be. Everybody downloads. I think two or three songs off of The Prelude Implicit were on YouTube before we even released the album. How did that happen?

"The music industry, as far as sales are concerned, is a different environment these days. For Kansas to be as lucky as we have been with this album…Wow. For a classic rock band from the '70s…what a gift. It was a gift for me to fall into this position. The sales of the album have been fantastic. Our label couldn't be happier and that is all that matters right there. When we were recording we'd hear the engineers going, 'This album is really good. There is no filler.' When you hear that around the corner and it is unsolicited then it is really flattering. We really put every ounce of heart and soul into every song and it is something we are really proud of.

"We also have the album out on vinyl. There is an etching of the phoenix on the cover on the [vinyl] album. When I show my friends how cool this looks they are like, "That is so cool I am going to buy that album." I say, "Do you have a turntable?" They say, "No, but this is too cool." It was a great marketing idea.

On Replacing Steve Walsh: I am up there taking the place of one of my lifelong idols, Steve Walsh. He is not only one of the best singers of all-time, but also one of the greatest keyboard players of all-time, and one of the greatest entertainers of all-time. I attribute my voice to listening to Steve Walsh and Steve Perry and Lou Gramm…The stress level and excitement level was off the charts for me when I did the first gig in Oklahoma…I was so nervous. In some respects it seems like yesterday and in other ways it feels like ten years from now.

"Lawrence Gowan who plays in STYX replaced Dennis DeYoung. They have this thing called Behind the Music on VH1. Talk about bad timing…right before my first gig with Kansas I happened to watch the episode on STYX. They are talking to Lawrence and he is saying that he was in the band a year and he would walk out on stage and people in the audience were going, "F*** YOU. WHERE IS DENNIS?" The guy is phenomenal. Is he Dennis? No, but he is phenomenal in his own right. Talk about a perfect fit for the band…he is great. I am watching this and I am like, "Oh my God, what have I gotten myself into? I am going to go out there taking Steve Walsh's place and they are going to stone me until there is nothing but a pile of bloody applesauce in the middle of the stage. The Kansas fans have been so overwhelmingly accepting of me. I thank my lucky stars for that." Check out the full espisode
here.

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