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Ozzy Osbourne Overdosed According To Daughter

(Radio.com) Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Kelly claims in excerpts from a forthcoming book that the legendary Black Sabbath vocalist overdosed back in 2002 while his wife Sharon was battling colon cancer. Radio.com had the following details:

"Dad was there in his boxers, and I watched him scoop his hands into a bowl of pills, swallow a handful of something, and then wash it down with vodka," she recalled an excerpt featured in NME.

Another excerpt obtained by AOL recalls Kelly's ambulance ride with both her parents. '[Dad] leaned over to put his hand out to see if mum was breathing. Then he passed out with his hand over her mouth… The EMTs tried to pull him off, and dad, not knowing where he was or what he was doing, started to resist out of habit," she writes. 'They pulled over the ambulance and started to call the police."

'Dad could not handle the thought of losing mum," Kelly writes. Read more and find out why the news didn't come out back in 2002 here.

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Rolling Stones Documentaries Coming To TV

(hennemusic) A pair of documentaries tracing The Rolling Stones on tour in 2016 will see their US television premieres on the Starz cable and satellite channel later this month.

"ˇOlé, Olé, Olé! A Trip Across Latin America" captures the group's road trip across 10 Latin American cities last spring, combining live performances with behind the scenes footage as it culminates in the historic tour finale with a free show in Havana, Cuba. The Starz premiere on Sunday, January 15 at 9 PM ET/PT follows the film's debut in nearly 300 US theaters last month.

"Havana Moon" presents the Stones' first-ever performance in Cuba before an estimated crowd of 1.2 million fans on March 25, 2016, marking the first open air concert in the country by a British rock band.

Following its worldwide debut in theaters last September and DVD release in November, Starz will bring the film to television for its US premiere on Sunday, January 22 at 9 PM ET/PT. Read more and see the trailers here.

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Mastodon, Eagles Of Death Metal Spring Tour

Mastodon have announced that they will be hitting the road this spring for a North American headline tour that will feature support from Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles.

The primarily U.S. tour will be getting underway on April 14th in Missoula, MT at the Wilma Theater and is scheduled to wrap on May 20th in Austin, TX at ACL Live.

In addition to the headline dates, Mastodon will also be taking part in various music festivals this spring including Welcome to Rockville, Fort Rock and Caroline Rebellion. See the tour dates here.

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Simple Plan Announce No Pads Anniversary Tour

Simple Plan have announced that they will be embarking on a special U.S. tour this spring to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their debut album "No Pads, No Helmets….Just Balls."

The group will be performing the entire double platinum effort on the trek which will feature special guests Set It Off and Seaway and is scheduled to launch on March 19th in Ft Lauderdale at Revolution and they will be wrapping things up on April 15th in San Francisco at The Fillmore.

The band had the following to say about the tour, "We felt it was important take this opportunity to look back and celebrate the amazing adventure we've had as a band and as friends… 'No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls' changed everything for us and we are so excited to play all these songs again and relive a time in our lives full of so many amazing memories." See the dates here.

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Motionless In White Lose A Member

Motionless In White have announced that they have lost a member after keyboardist Josh Balz departed from the group after being with them for a decade.

The band released the following statement, "As of today, we regret to announce that after 10 years of time spent with the band, through the highest of highs and lowest of lows, Josh Balz will be departing from Motionless In White.

"After many discussions and time spent searching within himself over the past year, Josh has come upon many discoveries of who he now is as a person, and what is truly important to him regarding his future. We respect and whole heartedly understand his decision, and while we are sad to see him go, wish him nothing but great things in the future with his family and pursuing his new dreams and business endeavors." Read more here.

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Bayside and Say Anything Announce Spring Tour

Bayside have announced that they will be teaming up with Say Anything and hitting the road together this spring to launch a six week tour across the United States.

The tour is scheduled to get underway on April 17th in Houston, TX at White Oak and will be finishing on May 27 in Nashville, TN at the Cannery Ballroom.

The support act for the trek has been broken up with Reggie and the Full Effect opening from April 17 through May 14, and Hot Rod Circuit taking over from May 16 through May 27. Read more including the dates here.

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The Late Greg Lake's Memoir Lucky Man Coming This Spring

(hennemusic) Emerson, Lake And Palmer frontman Greg Lake's memoir, "Lucky Man", will be published posthumously this spring by the Little, Brown Book Group imprint Constable.

Written in Lake's own words, the project will arrive just a few months after the musician passed away from cancer on December 7, 2016 at the age of 69. "I have been Greg's manager and close friend since 1972," explains Stewart Young. "In 2014 Greg was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He told me he was going to write his autobiography and it had to be in his own words. He had no regrets. In his wildest dreams he could never imagine having such a wonderful life; how extraordinary to have such a career in music - to do what you want, simply to expand, experiment!

"To love a woman, be married to her for 43 years, have a daughter he would be so proud of and then to cap it all a grandson who is now four years old and became the centre of his life. He then said, with a twinkle in his eye, I truly am a Lucky Man." Read more here.

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The Hold Steady's Craig Finn Streams New Song

The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn has premiered the new track "Preludes" from his forthcoming solo album and is launching a special living room tour today.

Finn will be releasing his new album "We All Want The Same Things", his third solo effort, on March 24th and on Monday he gave fans a taste of things to comes with the premiere of the song "Preludes". Stream it here.

He had this to say about the track, "'Preludes' is what I remember 1994 being like, coming back to the Twin Cities after being away for college. It's a time in my life that I felt most adrift, but there was also a feeling of wonder in being out of step and alone.

"This is the song on the album that is closest to being autobiographical, but I think it fits with these other character studies in that I was trying to figure out my place in a world that didn't seem to have a lot of room for me." Read more here.

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Pierce the Veil, Falling In Reverse and Crown The Empire Tour

Pierce the Veil has joined a very busy tour announcement week with news of their very own North American Winter trek that will also feature Falling In Reverse and Crown The Empire.

The Rest In Space Tour is set to begin on February 17th in Eugene, Ore. at the McDonald Theatre and will be ending on March 10th in Tucson, AZ at Club XS.

Pierce the Veil are hitting the road in support of their latest album "Misadventures" They had the following to say, "Excited to announce the Rest In Space Tour with Falling In Reverse and Crown The Empire!" See the dates here.

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Jack Russell's Great White Stream New Song 'Love Don't Live Here'

Jack Russell's Great White have published an online stream of their new track "Love Don't Live Here". The song comes from their forthcoming album "He Saw It Coming," which is set to be released on January 27th.

Russell had the following to say about his namesake band, which features Tony Montana, Robby Lochner, Dan McNay and Dicki Fliszar, "It's a powerful band. The music comes across very dynamically. It's what I always wanted it to be.

"Tony was a catalyst for moving forward. I was never as close to him as I am now. We never had the opportunity to write music together before. I also never knew he played guitar. When I first heard him, I nearly fell of my chair. He's my co-pilot. He's one of my best friends. I wish we would've been this close back in the day."

"We want the new material to blow people's ears back," Russell continues. "It has the elements of the best Great White music ever written, but there's an edge. Tony brings that validity, while Robby, Dan and Dicki add a new life. It's going to surprise people." Stream the new song here.

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Suicide Silence Announces Record Release Tour

Hot on the heals of their new album announcement, Suicide Silence have revealed that they will be launching a special intimate record release/listening party tour that hit various cities across the U.S.

The shows on the club tour will be followed by the band members hosting listening parties for their new self-titled studio album, which is set to be released on February 24th.

Tickets for the trek will include a digital download of the new album. The tour is set to begin on February 19th in San Antonio, TX at Paper Tiger and will wrap on March 4th in Santa Cruz, CA at The Atrium. Read more here.

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Biffy Clyro Announce North American Tour

Biffy Clyro revealed that they will be crossing the pond this spring to embark on a North American headline tour that will feature support from O'Brother.

The trek will be launched on March 24th in Las Vegas at Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and is set to conclude on April 15th in Washington, DC at the 9:30 Club.

The Scottish rockers are hitting the road in support of their latest album "Ellipsis", which topped the charts in the U.K., Switzerland, Germany and Ireland upon its release last summer. here.

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Michael Schenker Fest Live Release Features Former MSG Singers

Michael Schenker Fest Live Tokyo, which features guest appearances from former MSG vocalists Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet And Robin McAuley, is set to be released on March 24th 2017.

The package will be released in various formats including 2CD, 2CD+DVD COMBO, Vinyl LP, DVD, Blu-Ray, Digitally (Hi-Res, standard download and streaming) and Schenker has released a trailer that can viewed here. Some of the formats are available for preorder here.

Live was captured during a special concert at Tokyo's International Forum on August 24, 2016 and Schenker had this to say, "It's a miracle that after all these years, something like this took place with the original band members of M.S.G.

"Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable." Read more here.

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Heart Frontwoman Ann Wilson Announces Solo Tour

Heart lead singer and songwriter Ann Wilson has announced that she will be returning to the road this spring to launch a month long solo tour across the United States.

The Ann Wilson Of Heart Tour will begin on March 8th with a hometown show in Seattle at the Moore Theatre and will conclude on April 7th in Providence, RI at the Park Theatre PAC.

Wilson promises, "People can expect the unexpected in 2017. A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production...The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul stirring covers, songs from my years of solo work and the unforgettable songs of Heart." here.

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Def Leppard and The Offspring Lead Rocklahoma Lineup

Rocklahoma organizers have announced the lineup for this year's installment of the annual music festival which will feature headline sets from Def Leppard, The Offspring and Soundgarden.

The 11th annual Rocklahoma music festival is scheduled to take place on May 26, 27 & 28, 2017 at "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, which is just outside Tulsa.

The three day festival will also feature performances from Stone Sour, Seether, Three Days Grace, The Cult, Skillet, Ratt (featuring Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier and Carlos Cavazo), Jackyl, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Taking Back Sunday, Suicidal Tendencies, Diamond Head, Fuel, Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons and In Flames. See more acts here.

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Frightened Rabbit Announce Initial Spring Tour Dates

Frightened Rabbit have announced that they will be going on the road this spring for a North American tour in support of their most recent album "Painting Of A Panic Attack."

The band has revealed the initial dates for the trek which will kick off with a show supporting Band Of Horses on May 25th at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

The next day they will be taking part in the BottleRock Festival in Napa Valley, Ca followed by a series of headline dates. The last announced date is on June 1st in Philadelphia, PA at Union Transfer with more stops to still be announced. See the dates here.

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David Bowie's Widow Celebrates His Birthday With Tributes

(hennemusic) David Bowie's widow, model, actress and entrepreneur Iman, has posted a series of social media tributes to her late husband on his 70th birthday.

The tributes arrived on Bowie's 70th birthday and just two days before the first anniversary of his passing from liver cancer on January 10, 2016. The entertainment icon fought a private battle with the disease for 18-months before his death at the age of 69.

"Jan 8th #ForeverLove #BowieForever" wrote Iman on Facebook and Twitter alongside a sketch of a young Bowie with his Ziggy Stardust character's makeup added in full color. An Instragram post titled #BowieForever presents a black and white photo of the couple embracing on a beach.
Iman and Bowie were married in a private ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 24, 1992. The pair have a 16-year old daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones, and Iman is also a stepmother to Bowie's son from a previous marriage, Duncan Jones. See the tribute posts

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Great Lake Swimmers Announce North American Tour

Great Lake Swimmers have announced that they will be hitting the road this spring for a North American tour in support of their most recent EP "Swimming Away."

The trek is broken up into two legs beginning with their native Canada which will be getting underway on March 22nd in Montreal at La Sala Rossa and concluding on April 1st in Halifax at the Seahorse Tavern.

The U.S. leg of the trek is set to kick off on April 12th in 12 Pittsburgh at the Club Café and will be wrapping up on April 23rd in Fort Wayne, IN at The Brass Rail. here.

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Jordan Rudess' Wizdom Music Announces GeoShred Version 2

(JR) Wizdom Music (founded by Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess) and moForte have announce the release of GeoShred Version 2, an exciting update to the award-winning GeoShred musical instrument for iPad, now with MIDI/MPE support.

GeoShred, Winner of a 2017 Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award as "one of the most innovative, groundbreaking products to emerge in the past twelve months", has been enhanced with unprecedented MIDI/MPE I/O control, new effects, and additional model control parameters. Get it here.

GeoShred is highly expressive when controlling, and being controlled by, instruments that use the upcoming "MPE" MIDI specification (MIDI Polyphonic Expression). It's both a powerful synth and a formidable iPad based MIDI/MPE controller. Read more

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Levi Petree Announces New Album 'It's Country'

(Skye Media) Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Levi Petree has announced that he will be releasing his new studio album, entitled "It's Country," on March 3, 2017. We were sent the following details:

Described by some as "if Johnny Cash fronted The Clash," Petree is a ragin' Cajun from Lafayette, Louisiana; Petree was born on the bayou and infuses that area's unique spirit into his music and performances. With songs that are lyrics- and guitar-driven and boasting a healthy dose of humor and a touch of American swagger, Petree's album was recorded at Exposition Studios in Culver City, CA, with Chad McKinsey at the production helm. The record was mixed and mastered at Exposition Studios, with additional mixing done by Paul Broussard at Leap Studios in Lafayette, Louisiana.

"I still believe in the promise of rock 'n' roll, and our aim is to remind people it's out there," says Petree. "One of the most consistent comments I get from people who see us play live is that, as a band, we go for broke. I take pride in that and hope it's something that comes across on the record." Read more here.

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