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Foo Fighters Promise Many More Surprises Coming

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl promises many more surprises for fans after the band played a secret show last week and announced they would be headlining the Glastonbury festival this year.

The band played a secret show last Friday night (Feb 24th) at the Cheese & Grain in the UK town of Frome, which marked the group's first live performance in over a year.

Following the show, Grohl took to the band's Facebook page with a handwritten message where he wrote, "Just wanted to write and say thank you to all involved tonight because I'm still buzzing from our first gig in one year, three months and 10 days (but who's counting)."

He then added, "Shaking off the dust for the sweet people of Frome was the best way to dive into another year… and many more surprises. Stay tuned." See Dave's post here.

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Original Guns N' Roses Member Blames Axl Rose For Break Up

Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler said in a recent interview that he believes he and other members of the band were "fired" because frontman Axl Rose "wanted to take control of everything."

Adler was the first of the classic lineup to part ways with the group and it has usually been attributed to his inability to perform due to drug abuse but he told the One On One With Mitch Lafon podcast his theory behind the reason he was fired, "If people think that I got kicked out of Guns N' Roses for doing drugs, they are so mistaken. Everybody in that band was doing drugs. I was doing less than anybody.

"I got kicked out of the band, and Izzy got kicked out of the band, and then Slash and Duff did, because Axl wanted to take control of everything. He wanted to own the name, he wanted to be the only person who gets paid for the songs.

"He wanted to be the manager, the accountant and everything, when all he needs to do is get up there and sing like a motherf***er that he does. But he wanted to own and control everything like Elton John. He wanted to be like Elton John or Billy Joel. Read more here.

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Aerosmith Is 'So Much Better Than' The Rolling Stones Says Kramer

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer says in a new interview that his band is a much better live group than rock legends The Rolling Stones, who he says are "not so good live."

Kramer made the comments in an interview with Classic Rock, who have published this excerpt, "First of all, as far as Aerosmith goes there is no band that has been around for almost 50 years that still has the original five guys in the band.

"Everybody is always raving about the Stones, saying the Stones this and the Stones that. I've never cared for the Stones. They never had anything to offer me musically, especially in the drumming department."

The drummer adds: "The Stones is not the original band and I do not care for them. I think if you came to see an Aerosmith concert, people would realize that we play so much better than them that it's silly because they're not so good live.

"Yeah, they are what they are and all of that, but I don't think there's a band out there today that does what we do." Read the full report here.

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Airbourne Tribute Lemmy In 'It's All For Rock N' Roll' Video

Airbourne pay tribute to music legend Lemmy Kilmister in their brand new video for their track "It's All For Rock N' Roll" and have premiered the new clip on Motorhead's official website.

The song comes from the group's latest album 'Breakin' Outta Hell' and was written in tribute to Lemmy and the video features Motorhead's famous 'bomber' lighting rig.

Airbourne frontman Joel O' Keeffe had this to say, "When Motörhead played, Lemmy was there for the fans and the fans were there for him. It didn't matter what was happening in the world at that point, because Motörhead was onstage; the crew had everything dialed in, and the crowd were there and lovin' it - all for rock 'n' roll…

"Whenever we were on tour, we looked forward to seeing the festival posters with the big Motörhead logo on there, and now there's just a big black hole. 'We are Motörhead, and we play rock 'n' roll', we were so used to hearing that, and when it's not there anymore, it hits you hard…Lemmy meant so much to us, and so much to rock 'n' roll itself…" Watch the video here.

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Metallica Release 'Atlas, Rise' Live Video

(hennemusic) Metallica have released official live video footage of a performance of their 2016 single, "Atlas, Rise!", from a January 20 show at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong.

The video has been released in sync with a recap of the event, which features clips of several songs performed during the band's first-ever concert in Hong Kong.

The stop was part of an early 2017 Asian leg of Metallica's WorldWired tour in support of their tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct." "Atlas, Rise!" was the third single issued from the project, following "Hardwired" and "Moth Into Flame."

Metallica will return to the road for three concerts in Mexico City early next month before a series of Lollapalooza appearances in South America. Watch the videos here.

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Soundgarden Announce North American Tour

(hennemusic) Soundgarden have announced the first series of dates for a spring tour of North America. They'll be joined by The Pretty Reckless and The Dillinger Escape Plan on select dates.

Following three festival appearances in Florida in late April, the Seattle band will begin their US headlining run with a show at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on May 3rd.

Ahead of the trek, Soundgarden will release of an expanded reissue of their 1988 debut album, "Ultramega OK", on March 10. Last year, the group acquired the original multi-track tapes to the project and connected with engineer Jack Endino to create a fresh mix of the debut.

The expanded reissue also includes the newly-created "Ultramega OK EP", which presents newly-remixed, early versions of six songs that would make the final set; these were originally recorded in 1987 by Endino and Chris Hanzsek at Seattle's Reciprocal Recording. Read more including the dates here.

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Dio Was A Real Band Not A Solo Project Says Last In Line Star

Original members of Dio formed Last In Line following the death of the legendary metal vocalist and in a new interview Vinny Appice discusses the chemistry between the members.

Appice worked with Ronnie James Dio in not only the vocalist's namesake band but also in Black Sabbath and the reunion of the latter, Heaven and Hell and he recently did an interview with My Global Mind.

The drummer was asked "What is it about the chemistry between the band members that brings the spirit of Ronnie James Dio to life?" and he responded, "It's the way we play when we are together, we are a band. It wasn't something where Ronnie directed everything and told everybody what to play.

"There were four guys in the room and we all brought in our own personalities to the band. That's the sound we created when Ronnie added his signature voice.

"When we play together it's that natural personality of Vivian and I that maintain the Dio sound. He is the guitarist in the band and nobody played like him back in the day; he is an amazing guitarist with a unique sound." Check out the full interview here.

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Mavis Staples Leads Blues Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees

(Conqueroo) The Blues Foundation have revealed the Blues Hall of Fame class of 2017 inductees who will be honored at a special event that will be taking place on May 10th.

We were sent these details: This year's 14 honorees represent all five of the Hall of Fame's categories: Performers, Non-Performing Individuals, Classic of Blues Literature, Classic of Blues Recording (Song) and Classic of Blues Recording (Album).

The six performers chosen for induction include two distinctive vocalists, Mavis Staples and Latimore; a pair of legendary guitarists, Magic Slim and Johnny Copeland; and longtime Howlin' Wolf sidemen guitarist Willie Johnson and piano-man Henry Gray. They will join the more than 125 performers who already are Hall of Fame members. The year's non-performer selection is Living Blues Magazine co-founder and radio show host Amy van Singel, who passed away in Sept. 2016.

The Classic of Blues Literature pick is the rightfully recognized Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy's 1941 memorable autobiography. John Lee Hooker was among the Hall's first inductees in 1980 and now his 1966 Chess album Real Folk Blues will enter the Hall of Fame too in the Classic of Blues Recording Album category. The quintet of Classic of Blues Recording songs includes Bo Diddley's signature tune "Bo Diddley," Tommy Tucker's much covered classic "Hi Heel Sneakers," the Albert King hit "I'll Play the Blues For You," Son House's "Preachin' the Blues" and "I Ain't Superstitious," which features 2017 inductee Henry Gray playing on Howlin' Wolf's well-known 1961 recording.

The Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place Wednesday, May 10 at Memphis' Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts and Education. Hosted by the Blues Foundation, the evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Cocktail Reception, followed by the Induction Ceremony at 6:30 pm. Tickets for this open-to-the-public ceremony are $100 per seat and can be purchased online here.

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Elvis Costello and The Imposters Announce Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Elvis Costello and The Imposters are set to hit the road for a 23-city tour beginning in June. The Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers Tour will draw from Costello's 1983 album Imperial Bedroom and use those songs as a jumping off point from which they can explore other musical ideas.

"We never intended to recite this book from cover to cover," Costello said in a statement. "Listen to our new arrangement of 'Tears Before Bedtime,' it gets straight to the real meaning of that song, the way we hear and feel it today.

"Back in 1982, I might have been a step or two ahead of our crowd in the tragic, romantic stakes but I sense that they've all caught up with me now." The tour kicks off in Berkeley, California on June 3rd and wraps up in Providence, Rhode Island on July 25th. See the dates here.

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Motley Crue's Vince Neil Announces Solo Dates

Former Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has announced a variety of U.S. live dates this spring as well as a couple of performances at European music festivals this summer.

Neil, who was recently a contestant on the reboot of The Celebrity Apprentice, has announced a handful of solo dates spread across March, May and June beginning at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN on March 3rd and running until June 24th where he will play the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, MS.

Vince will then cross the pond in July for appearances at two music festivals in Europe: The Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany on the 14th and the Masters Of Rock Festival in Vizovice, Czech Republic on the 16th. See the dates here.

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W.A.S.P. Add New Leg To The Crimson Idol Anniversary Tour

W.A.S.P. have announced that they have added a new fall leg to their special Re-Idolized tour that is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their album "The Crimson Idol".

Although it is being billed as a "world tour", the dates for the trek announced thus far are all scheduled to take place in Europe and will see the band perform "The Crimson Idol" album in full, including 3 "missing" songs that were recorded for the album but were left off of the final release.

The shows on the trek will be broken up into two parts with the band playing the full album during the first set and then returning for a second set that will feature some of the best known songs from their entire career. Read more here.

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All That Remains Announce New Album 'Madness'

All That Remains have announced that they will be releasing their new crowdfunded album, entitled "Madness", on April 28th, and have revealed some tour dates.

The new album was produced by Howard Benson (Halestorm, Papa Roach, Chris Cornell) and frontman Phil Labonte had this to say about the effort, "Our goal has always been to write songs that we like.

"All That Remains has seen a lot of criticism about the songs that we've written and what people think we're supposed to do. We started as a very underground death metal kind of band, we've since moved away from that and have never apologized for it. The music we've written has been reflective of that and I think the lyrics, the ideas, have always been reflective of that as well."

The band will be hitting the road for some spring tour dates on April 8th where they will be appearing at the Blazefest in Fresno, Ca and they will wrap the trek up with an appearance at the Rise Above Fest in Bangor, ME on July 23rd. See the dates here.

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Night Demon Launch 2017 Metal Cares Campaign

Night Demon have launched the campaign for their annual "Metal Cares" program. The current campaign runs from February 22nd through March 3rd.

Speaking about this project and their endeavors aimed at giving back to the community, the band comments: "At least once a year we do a campaign for the Night Demon Metal Cares shirt. Each year has a new design and they have ended up being some of the best merch we've done. This year, our big brothers in Cirith Ungol have gotten in on the action to combine forces with us for an amazing T-shirt for the 2017 edition of Metal Cares.

"Recently our efforts have been focused on scholarships for the underprivileged in our community - working with the YMCA and Merch Relief in aiding victims of natural disasters, and that is the focus of this new design.

All Profits will be donated. Shirts are produced in response to pre-order and will print/ship once the campaign ends - at which time this exclusive design will be gone!" Find more details here.

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Goo Goo Dolls Announce Tour Dates, Tease New EP

The Goo Goo Dolls have announced that they will be hitting the road for an extensive summer tour and the band also revealed plans to release a new EP soon.

The summer trek will be kicking off on July 14th in Mountain View, CA at the Shoreline Amphitheatre and will be wrapping up on September 13th at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

Frontman John Rzeznik also say in a new interview that the band is planning to release a new EP. "We have an EP coming out, You Should Be Happy. I don't know when the release date is, it's like a six-song EP with some new material and a couple of unreleased songs." See the tour dates here.

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John Mellencamp Performing On The Tonight Show

(hennemusic) John Mellencamp will perform on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, February 28. The Indiana rocker will be joined by Martina McBride for a performance of "Grandview", the newly-issued single from his forthcoming album, "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies."

Due April 28, the record teams Mellencamp with country legend Carlene Carter, who opened every show of his acclaimed 2015-2016 Plain Spoken tour.

Carter will rejoin Mellencamp on his upcoming North American tour, which will begin in Denver, CO on June 5 and include guests Emmylou Harris and folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine on the bill. Read more here.

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Blacktop Mojo Streaming New Single 'Pyromaniac'

Blacktop Mojo are riding high after opening for Bon Jovi in Dallas last Thursday (2/23) and the band has released a stream of their new single "Pyromaniac".

The song is first track released from the group's forthcoming album "Burn The Ships" which is set to hit stores on March 10th and was produced by Philip Mosley and mixed and mastered by Austin Deptula.

The band had this to say bout the song release, "It has been one long ass journey to get this point, so we're very excited to premiere the first track 'Pyromaniac' off our new album Burn the Ships.

"The song holds a special place in our hearts and, not to mention, it kicks ass when we play it live. Hope you all enjoy the song as much as we love playing it..." Listen to it here.

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1349 Begin Work On New Album, Expand Season Of Mist Deal

1349 have announced that they have begun work on their next studio album which they will be releasing via their newly extended worldwide deal with Season of Mist.

The band had this to say, "We are currently in the early creative stages of our new art offering and we are exited to confirm that we have extended our agreement with partners Season of Mist - this time handling the release worldwide."

The news comes as the group prepares to head to Japan early next month for a three date tour with Arcturusthat will be kicking off on March 10th at the Fanj Twice in Osaka.

Following the conclusion of the trek on the 12th in Tokyo, the band will head to the UK for two performances in London on March 13th (The Dome and Boston Music Room) and 14th (Incineration Fest 2017). See the dates here.

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Fear Control Release 'Masks' Music Video

Fear Control have released a new music video for their track "Masks." The song comes from the group's EP "The Monster", which they released back in 2015.

Kash Sarkaria had this to say about the new video, "This song is about one of the toughest times in my life with a long-term relationship ending and just coming to the realization that it was time to move on, whether we wanted to or not.

"For the video, I randomly found this location under a bridge in Austin and loved it so much that we did our band photo shoot here as well as the music video. I just love the juxtaposition of light and dark and the endless pillars in the background. We got it all done in an afternoon, despite 20+ takes. But we couldn't be happier with the final result." Watch the video here.

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