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Metallica Confirm North American Stadium Tour

Big news for Metallica fans in the U.S. and Canada as the thrash legends have confirmed their plans for a North American stadium tour this spring and summer.

Avenged Sevenfold will be along for most of the trek with the exception of the Uniondale, Boston and Quebec City stops. Volbeat will be opening at most of the dates for the first three quarters of tour with Gojira taking over the last five.

The tour is scheduled to get underway on May 10th in Baltimore, MD at the M&T Bank Stadium and will conclude on August 16th in Edmonton, AB at the Commonwealth Stadium.

This will mark Metallica's first American tour in eight years and they are hitting the road in support of the latest chart topping studio album "Hardwired…To Self Destruct." Read more and see the dates here.

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Ace Frehley Jams KISS Classic With Pearl Jam's Mike McCready

(Gibson) Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recently wrapped up a three-week US tour with a final gig in Seattle, where he was joined onstage by one of the city's hometown heroes - Mike McCready, guitarist with Seattle grunge/alternative legends Pearl Jam.

McCready guested on Frehley's performance of the KISS classic 'Cold Gin', repeating his guest appearance on Frehley's latest album, the covers set Origins Vol.1. Of course, for McCready performing live with Frehley was something he owed his much younger self.

In a 2014 Rolling Stone interview, McCready said, "Ace Frehley came onstage and did it with us at Madison Square Garden a few years ago, which was a total high watermark in my life. When I was 13, I never thought in a million years that I would even talk to him; I'd probably pass out. And here I am playing with him!" Watch some fan filmed footage from the Seattle jam here and read more here.

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Megadeth Frontman Laughs Off Grammy Master Of Puppets Snafu

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine laughed off the fact that the Grammy house band played a Metallica classic following their acceptance speech on Sunday night.

The thrash legends won their very first Grammy Award (after being nominated a dozen times) during the event this weekend, taking home the honor for Best Metal Performance for the title track to their "Dystopia" album.

Some fans noted that the house band began playing Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" following Megadeth's acceptance speech. Mustaine took to Twitter to address the controversy. He tweeted, "Ah, you can't blame 'em for not being able to play Megadeth."

This wasn't the only snafu during this year's awards show. Adele had to start her tribute to George Michael over because of equipment problems and someone forgot to turn Metallica frontman James Hetfield's microphone on when they took the stage with Lady Gaga for a live performance. Watch Megadeth's acceptance speech here.

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Chickenfoot Release 'Divine Termination' Video

(hennemusic) Chickenfoot have released a video for "Divine Termination", a new song included on the band's forthcoming compilation, "Best + Live," which is set to hit stores on March 10th.

The clip features footage of the group performing the live debut of the tune last spring during a pair of reunion shows at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. The concerts marked the first time in years that Sammy Hagar, guitarist Joe Satriani, bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith had regrouped to perform a full show; the outfit last toured in 2012 in support of their second album, "Chickenfoot III."

The two-disc "Best + Live" presents tracks from the group'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." Watch the video here.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Cancel Dates Following Bus Crash

The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced that they have been forced to cancel their upcoming tour dates through March 5th following the tour bus accident this weekend.

The band released the following statement, "The Dillinger Escape Plan and crew were driving to their show in Krakow, Poland when their bus broke down and the driver had to pull over on the side of the road. A truck smashed into the trailer, which held all the band's gear, before hitting the bus.

"No one is in critical condition but the band and crew are still being assessed for the extent of their injuries at Szpital Wojewodzki im. Jana Pawla II (John Paul Regional Hospital) in Zamosc.

"The remaining dates in Croatia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain and Belgium (running through March 5th) have been cancelled. Read comments from Ben Weinman here.

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Queen and Adam Lambert Add Date To Summer Tour

Queen + Adam Lambert have announced that they have added an additional date to their upcoming North American summer tour due to high demand.

The group featuring the American Idol star along with Queen legends May and Roger Taylor will now be playing a second concert at the famed Hollywood Bowl on June 27th.

Tickets for the new date are set to go on sale this Friday, February 17th at noon PST. The tour will begin on June 23rd in Phoenix, AZ at the Gila River Arena and will wrap up on August 5th in Houston, TX at the Toyota Center. See the dates here.

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Kittie's Trish Doan Dead At 31

Kittie broke the sad news to fans on Monday (Feb 13th) that bass player Trish Doan had died. She was 31-years old and was a member of the group from 2005-2007 and rejoined in 2012.

The band released the following statement via their social media, "It is with immeasurable sadness that we share news of the passing of our sister and best friend Trish Doan.

"Finding the right words is tough. She was so bright and vibrant and talented and we loved her and still do. She was so much more than just a musician or member of the band. She was our blood, our sister and family.

"Finding our way without her will be challenging, like a ship without a lighthouse, and we are devastated. We ask that you please respect our privacy and her family's privacy during this difficult time." See the post here.

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Boston Announce North American Tour Plans

(hennemusic) Boston have announced the first series of dates for a North American spring tour. The band will kick off the Hyper Space Tour on in Hollywood, FL on April 14, with the initial run two weeks of shows scheduled through the end of April; four dozen concerts are planned, with dates to be revealed soon.

Presale tickets for the announced dates will be available starting February 14 at 10:00 am local time, with general public tickets on sale February 17 at 10:00 am local time.

Boston's 2017 touring lineup includes leader and guitarist Tom Scholz, vocalist Tommy DeCarlo, guitarist Gary Pihl, keyboardist Beth Cohen, bassist Tracy Ferrie, drummer Jeff Neal and backing vocalist Curly Smith. See the dates here.

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Dallas Toler-Wade Leaves Nile After Two Decades

Nile has announced that they have parted ways with guitarist/singer Dallas Toler-Wade after two decades with the group and they have replaced him with Brian Kingsland.

Karl Sanders released the following statement about the turn of events "I would like to personally thank Dallas Toler-Wade for his many years with the band, and sincerely wish him well with his music.

"All of us in Nile are truly happy and thankful to be working with Brian. Not only is he a seriously talented Extreme Metal Guitar Shredder, but he has a great Brutal Metal voice, with a very versatile range. Brian is also a genuine , down-to-earth hard-working and motivated guy who has helped reignite and re-establish a sense of team work back into Nile." here.

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Ryan Adams Addresses Bryan Adams Controversy

(Gibson) Ryan Adams has finally made his peace with an episode of 15 years ago that made him out to be somewhat humorless. In a debut headlining show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in 2002, Adams was repeatedly heckled by an audience member to play Bryan Adams' 1984 single "Summer Of '69." "Angry" Adams famously walked off stage to ask the audience member to leave.

Adams (Ryan, that is) has been asked about the incident numerous times in interviews, but has now written a piece for the New York Times explaining it from his perspective. An excerpt reads:

"I finally had enough and piped up: 'Who is it? Who is shouting? Tell me who it is!' I asked the person to raise his hand so I could see him. He did not. Finally people pointed furiously to a seat not far from me in the front. I walked down the few wooden steps in front of the stage to the aisle where all the fingers pointed.

"By the time I got there, I was so angry. I felt humiliated, but what else could be done? Either way I had lost something. Unlike a more seasoned comic or musician, I didn't have the experience to ignore a situation like this, or to use wit to turn it around. I felt a kind of disappointment and disillusionment that I had never known - and it was in front of a thousand-plus people.

"As I approached the heckler's wooden pew, I was shocked. He was only a few years older than me. Unshaven, bleary-eyed. He had on a baseball hat and seemed so drunk that his limbs hung from his sides like a broken doll. His eyes were like two poached eggs waiting to break. The anger left me, and I instantly felt bad. No one was there for this man. No one stopped him.

"I said, 'Hey man, if you were trying to ruin the show you succeeded, but I need to try and finish this - it's my job.' I pulled out two $20 bills and said: 'Here is your money, please take a taxi and leave here. Go home and take an aspirin. Please. Leave.'

"I walked back to the stage. People applauded. The fourth wall was destroyed in the worst possible way. But this moment, where I decided to do what the security and the people around him would not, felt genuine. It is what I would have done if I were in the audience."

It's all very dramatic, but that's how Adams is. He's since made his peace with the song itself, playing a solo acoustic version at the Ryman in 2014. No one asked him too. But when he did, everyone cheered. Read more here.

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Wednesday 13 Going Nuclear For New Album 'Condolences'

Former Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13 has announced that he will be releasing his new album "Condolences" under a new deal with Nuclear Blast on June 2nd.

He had the following to say about his new label, "We're so excited to finally announce that we have signed with Nuclear Blast Entertainment! It's an honor for us to be on the roster among so many other great bands and friends. Thanks to Nuclear Blast for giving us the opportunity and our fans for your undying support. We're looking forward to many more years of this with all of you."

The news comes as Wednesday 13 prepares to launch his Undead, Unplugged Tour of the UK on February 22nd in Newcastle. The trek will run until March 4th with a show in London.

The UK tour will be followed by a trip down under that is scheduled to get underway on March 23rd in Brisbane at The Brightside and wrap up on 25th in Melbourne at the Corner Hotel. See the dates here.

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The Jesus And Mary Chain Stream New Song 'Always Sad'

The Jesus And Mary Chain have released a stream of their new track "Always Sad." The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Damage and Joy".

The new studio album, the group's first in 18 years, is set to be released on March 24th. The new track follows the release of the song "Amputation," late last year. Check out the new song here.

We were sent the following background details on the new record: Fronted by the Reid brothers Jim and William, The Jesus And Mary Chain first reformed to play the Coachella festival back in 2007. Despite regular touring - most notably a 2015 world tour which revisited their landmark album 'Psychocandy' - it took some time before they could agree on a plan to record a much-mooted seventh album. Read more here.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Announce Concert Film and Live Album

(Gibson) Tedeschi Trucks Band have announced that they will be releasing Live From the Fox Oakland, their first-ever concert film and second live album, on March 17.

Live From the Fox Oakland is available for pre-order now on vinyl and as two-CD/DVD and two-CD/BluRay sets. The film features a performance from the second night of a two-show stand at Oakland's Fox Theater in September 2016.

"I think, three [studio] records in, the lid has finally come off," former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks says of the 12-person band he and his wife Susan Tedeschi assembled seven years ago. "The last three or four months with this band has been the most growth I've ever been a part of within a group. I haven't found the ceiling yet."

With the Allman Brothers finally calling it a day, Trucks is now concentrating on his band with wife Susan Tedeschi. The T-T Band kick off their third-annual Wheels of Soul summer tour on July 1. Read more here.

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The Neal Morse Band Announce 'Morsefest' Live Release

The Neal Morse Band have announced that they will be releasing a new live package captured during "Morsefest 2015" on March 24th. We were sent the following details:

The package will be offered as either 2 Blu-ray discs, or 2 DVDs with 4 CDs. Digital downloads of the music portion will be available from Radiant Records in uncompressed audio, and on iTunes. A trailer can be seen here.

In addition to The Neal Morse Band, featuring drummer Mike Portnoy, the 38 musicians on stage create a prog orchestra. Over two nights (one on each video disc) in 2015, they perform new arrangements of material from Neal Morse's career. Read more
here.

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Mastodon's Brann Dailor To Rock Late Night With Seth Meyers

Mastodon's Brann Dailor appears to have had some much fun sitting in with the house band on Late Night with Seth Meyers that the drummer is returning to the show this week.

Dailor will once again be playing with The 8G Band (Seth Jabour, Eli Janney, Syd Butler, and Marnie Stern) this week. The show is broadcast on NBC at 12:35 am ET / PT & 11:35 pm CT.

The late night gig comes as Mastodon prepares to release their new studio album "Emperor Of Sand" on March 31st. The band recently revealed some making of clips that can be viewed here.

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Amorphis Release Live Video Featuring Anneke van Giersbergen

Amorphis have released "Her Alone' featuring Anneke van Giersbergen, the first live video from their recent An Evening With Friends show in Helsinki.

The live tracks will be featured on the group's "Under The Red Cloud" tour edition reissue which will also include two bonus tracks and is set to be released on February 24th.

Van Giersbergen had this to say, "I was honored and stoked that AMORPHIS asked me to perform with them at this special event. I have been listening to their latest album »Under The Red Cloud« non stop since it came out so you can imagine I said yes to the occasion wholeheartedly! Tomi is such an awesome singer and performer and I felt right at home singing with him. He and the band gave me full creative freedom to make their songs my own and do them justice with my vocal contribution."

"'Evening with friends' was a very unique show that left warm feelings to all us who experienced it from and off the stage", continues Esa. "We really wanted to have artists performing who's music and talent touches us. So when Anneke was in Finland playing her previous acoustic show couple months earlier we asked from her if she's interested to perform with us. At the end of the day it was a bit versus vice, I played couple songs with her at acoustic show in Helsinki that took place same weekend with AMORPHIS event. When you hear her voice you recognize immediately that it's Anneke. There are not many such talented singers around so we were really privileged to have her on board. 'Her Alone' is a track from the »Silent Waters« album that is very dramatic and big song. When Tomi and Anneke shares the vocals it really made the song to another level." Watch the video here.

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Memoriam Stream Lemmy, Bowie Death Inspired New Song

Memoriam have released a lyric video for their new track "Surrounded By Death." The song comes from their forthcoming album "For The Fallen" which is set to be released on March 24th,

Karl Willetts had this to say about the inspiration for the new track, "The lyrics to this song work on many levels. initially it relates to the literal interpretation of death all around on the battlefield.

"The song was written when there was a lot of high profile celebrity deaths e.g. Lemmy Kilmister 28/12/2015, David Bowie 10/01/2016, this was all over the media at the time when I was writing the lyrics to the song and had a major influence in the process. It seems that we all live in a world where we are all surrounded by death.

"Death itself is a taboo subject that we never really think about or discuss until it actually happens to someone we know and love, in this respect the song is a reference to Martin Kiddie Kearns and also to Franks dad who died not long after Martin.

"It is in some way a tribute their lives along with all the other people we have known and respected that have now passed on." Check out the song here.

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William Control Stream New Song 'Analog Flesh In A Digital World'

William Control have released their new track "Analog Flesh In A Digital World'. The song comes from their "The Black EP' which is set to hit stores on Friday and is part 2 of their 'Revelations' series.

The series will include four EPs "Pale", "Black," "Red" and "White" and the group had this to say, " Here we dance on the precipice of a new adventure with perfectly laced boots and a new set of fantastic rules. Shaking off the last flakes of a broken heart we move in the direction of magnificence, shuffling our way into a movement that was created only by our willingness to let go of the pain from our past lives and rocket towards a future where boundaries are limitless and the indulgence we seek is just within reach.

The Neuromantic Movement has begun. The anger and self loathing of our formative years has been replaced with the innate desire to belong to an exclusive club that we design where the only rule is, there are no rules. We can dress according to our desires, f**k according to our wishes, laugh and dance and cry and let go of the sorrow we feel at times because life is full of darkness and pain and sometimes it doesn't feel as if it will ever get better." Check out the new song here.

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Youth In Revolt Streaming Entire New Album Online

Youth In Revolt fans do not have to wait until Friday to hear the band's debut album, "The Broken," as they are now streaming the entire effort online via idobi Radio.

Frontman Tanner Allen had these comments, "This record means the world to us. We put so much effort into The Broken to convey the spectrum of emotions that we all feel while finding our place in the world. We're overwhelmed with excitement to finally release this record and we hope that everybody listening loves it as much as we do!"

Fans will be able to also catch the band on idobi Radio on The Gunz Show this Wednesday and taking over idobi's Snapchat account on Friday 2/17 for their album release day as they kick off their headlining tour with Megosh and From Under the Willow. Check out the album stream here.

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Singled Out: The Gitas' Magic

The Gitas are releasing their new album "Beverly Kills" this week (Feb 17th) and to celebrate we asked Sal Ramazzini to tell us the story behind the track "Magic". Here is the story:

The song "Magic" was written about 7 years ago in Ukraine and it has been sitting like a demo on my computer until last year. We picked it up quickly cause the song has the same vibe as ourselves - wild and hungry beasts of sanity on a riot. The working title of the song was "Book of Life" but we've change it to Magic, cause it just sounds more Johnson. The main theme of the single is that it stands out for unity. It's a call to form together, a strong community of personalities who are not spending their lives in virtual reality trying to do what they been told by the sneaky soulless system. It's an appeal to listen to the nature and the universe, listen to you soul and make a change. I can assure you the Magic will follow!

The studio experience was fun because we got to play with different fuzz pedals, from a cigar pack fuzz to radioactive fuzz box. Unfortunately we can't name them because they contain nuclear materials. That 80's flavored backing vocals in the chorus were sung by Mela Lee, witch made the experience one to remember. This song, like the whole record was recorded and mastered at the Rattle Room with help from Jaron Luksa. We are grateful to work with talented people with positive attitude and a professional approach to music.

At the end of last year we spotted Magic Johnson--yeah the all star basketball player--and ballsy enough, we decided to talk to him. It took one question, "Hey Magic, you wanna be in our music video?" to get the giant security guard to single handedly move us out of the way. Thanx Bob, I'm sure Magic would have accepted the proposal, so revenge is the sweetest joy next to....(you know the rest) and decided to have you in our video, gracias magic j.

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

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