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Guns N' Roses Star To Jam With Grateful Dead Legend

Imagine a Guns N' Roses classic era and Velvet Revolver member, a Grateful Dead legend and a Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers icon all sharing the same stage. Some lucky people won't have to imagine it.

Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir will be putting on a very special "one night only" Bob Weir and Friends performance during the D'Angelico's VIP party at this year's NAMM show.

The special jam will be taking place on January 20th at D'Angelico Guitars' Booth 212AB and will feature Weir along with Guns N' Roses' Matt Sorum, The Doobie Brothers' Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, The Rascals' Gene Cornish and Robert Randolph. Read more here.

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Asia Frontman John Wetton Sidelined By Cancer Battle

(hennemusic) Asia vocalist and bassist John Wetton has been sidelined from performing for the next few months as he continues treatment in his three-year battle with cancer.

The music veteran, who underwent major surgery to remove a malignant mass from his abdomen in early 2015, updated fans on his health status via social media on Wednesday.

"I am disappointed to announce that, on the advice of my medical team, I have to withdraw from Cruise to the Edge, and from the first leg of the Journey tour, March 15 - April 4," Wetton writes. "I will soon be starting a new medical chemotherapy procedure, under which I will not be able to fly. I am grateful to the promoters of the cruise. I wish them pleasant sailing and I know my friends on the cruise, both artists and fans, will have a ball on the ocean wave, I will be with you all in spirit.

"My good friend Billy Sherwood will fill in for me within Asia, keeping my seat warm during the initial 12 Journey dates. While I am naturally disappointed to miss the beginning of what I know will be an historic Asia tour, I am intending to return to the stage with Asia later in 2017, dates soon to be announced. I know this decision will be in the best interests of my health and our fans, in the long run." Read more here.

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Metallica Live Debut New Songs In Seoul

(hennemusic) Metallica performed the live debut of a pair of tracks from "Hardwired…To Self Destruct" during their January 11 show at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, and video from the event has surfaced online.

The band delivered "Now That We're Dead" and "Halo On Fire" as part of an 18-song set as they resumed their WorldWired tour in support of their tenth album.

Dates in China, Hong Kong and Singapore this month follow the South Korean stop as part of the Asian leg of the trek. "Hardwired…To Self Destruct" debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 291,000 equivalent album units, of which 282,000 were in traditional album sales. Watch the video clips from the concert here.

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Queens of the Stone Age Reportedly Releasing New Album

(Radio.com) Queens of the Stone Age haven't released a studio album since 2013's Like Clockwork, but they may soon be adding to the list of big releases coming down the pipeline in 2017.

Mastodon's Troy Sanders spoke with Rolling Stone about his latest all-star band Gone Is Gone, which includes QOTSA guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, and while discussing their upcoming EP he let it slip that QOTSA also have new music on the way.

Sanders mentioned how busy every member of Gone Is Gone has been with their respective bands. "For example, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon and At the Drive-In have all been recording, and we all have new records coming out this year," he said. "We've all been extremely busy writing and recording, and we're about to get super busy touring the world. So I believe we're all fulfilled to a certain degree with all we have going on." Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Help Sex Pistol Steve Jones Celebrate Release

Steve Jones celebrated the release date of his new memoir "Lonely Boy: Tales Of A Sex Pistol" with a special release event as well as being joined by the Foo Fighters on his radio show.

The Foo Fighters joined the Sex Pistols icon during the Tuesday (Jan 10) broadcast of Jonesy's Jukebox on Los Angeles rock station KLOS-FM and the show is streaming a portion of the appearance here.

Later that night, the punk icon turned radio host held the special book singing and Q&A event to mark the book's release at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Read more here.

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Minus the Bear Announce New Album and Tour

Minus the Bear will be returning with their first new album in half a decade when they release their new studio effort "VOIDS" on March 3rd via Suicide Squeeze Records.

Sam Bell (The Cribs, Weezer, Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club) produced the new effort and guitarist David Knudson had the following to say about their approach to recording the album, "There was a lot of change and uncertainty. I think the general vibe of emptiness, replacement, lacking, and longing to fill in the gaps was very present in everyones' minds."

The band will be hitting the road to support the new album with a North American spring tour that will be kicking off on March 10th in Boise, ID at the Knitting Factory. Read more including the dates here.

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Prince Estate Inks Deal With Irving Azoff Founded GMR

(Scoop) The Prince estate has inked a deal with Irving Azoff founded Global Music Rights (GMR) to represent the catalog of songs that were written by the late music legend. We were sent the following details:

A long time advocate of artists' rights, Prince left ASCAP in 2014 seeking an alternative to traditional public performance licensing practices. The Estate, represented by Bremer Trust, their music industry advisors, Charles Koppelman and Londell McMillan, and attorney Jason Boyarski, concluded that GMR's philosophy of providing an elite group of writers with heightened customer service and control was most consistent with Prince's values. As of October 1, 2016, GMR is responsible for licensing for all of Prince's catalog --both released and unreleased tracks-- on a worldwide basis. Read more here.

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Traitors Announce Break Up Following Departure Of Tyler Shelton

Traitors have announced they have decided to disband following the recent departure of frontman Tyler Shelton but they say that there is still a chance of a farewell tour including the singer.

The band broke the news to fans with the following social media posting:"The post that eventually comes from every band. We are sad to say bt we will be laying Traitors down to rest. These last 3 years have been amazing as a band. Meeting so many new fans, traveling countless times around the U.S with bands we looked up to growing up, we have lived and learned so much along the way.

"We want to walk away from this experience showing every person out there that you can do it. Learn to play an instrument, start/join a band, book a tour and just do it. We all will keep growing, living and learning. It's time we put this down and start the next chapters of our life." Read more here.

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Kansas Release 'Rhythm In The Spirit' Video

Prog rock legends Kansas have released a performance video for their track "Rhythm In The Spirit". The song comes from the group's 2016 album 'The Prelude Implicit', which was their first record in 16 years.

The band had the following comments about the new clip: "It's been a long time since we've made a one song concert video and we had a great time doing it! 'Rhythm in the Spirit' was our unanimous first choice and we are very happy with how it turned out." Watch the video here.

In other news, European fans will be able to watch the band perform live this summer with their appearance at a number of music festivals including the Ramblin Man Fair, Night of the Prog, Sweden Rock Festival and more. See the dates here.

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Dope And Combichrist Announce Blood, Lust, Death Tour

Dope and Combichrist have announced that they are teaming up for the Blood, Lust, Death Tour this spring which will feature support from September Mourning and Davey Suicide.

The U.S. trek is scheduled to kick off on March 2nd in Salt Lake City at Liquid Joe's and will conclude on April 9th at The Regent Theater in Los Angeles and each show will feature full sets from Dope and Combichrist.

Edsel Dope had the following to say, "We are very excited to get back out on the road. This will be our first time touring with Combichrist & we both have some really cool surprises planned for the tour…If you are a fan of Industrial Metal, this is one show that you don't want to miss.

"In addition to playing the Dope classics, this will be the first opportunity for fans to catch us performing some of the songs off of our new album Blood Money." Read more and see the dates here.

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The Get Up Kids' Matt Pryor Streams New Solo Song

The Get Up Kids frontman Matt Pryor has released the new track "I Won't Be Afraid". The song comes from Pryor's new solo album "Memento Mori," which is set to be released on February 17th.

Pryor had this to say about the new song, "This is a song about not being afraid to die. Well, or more about trying to not be afraid to die," reveals Pryor. "It's something that I am not very good at, I worry about it all the time." Stream the track here.

Matt has also announced that he will be promoting the new effort by hitting the road with Dan Andriano (of Alkaline Trio) for an extensive U.S. winter and spring tour. Read more including the tour dates here.

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Dimmu Borgir Announce New Double DVD Release

Dimmu Borgir fans will soon be able to experience two classic live performance from the band in their living rooms with the announcement of a new double DVD release.

The new package, entitled 'Forces Of The Northern Night', is set to be released on April 14th and will feature a historic concert in Oslo where the band was joined by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a choir.

The second live performance will feature the group's entire set from the Wacken Open Air 2012 that included almost 100 musicians on stage. The collection will also include a documentary. Read more here.

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Stone Foundation Announce New Paul Weller Produced Album

Stone Foundation have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, "Street Rituals," which was produced by Paul Weller, on March 31st.

Apart from producing the effort, Weller also performs on all of the tracks including a lead vocal on a song called 'Your Balloon Is Rising'. Neil Jones explains how the band became involved with Weller, "Paul contacted us at the start of 2016 after hearing our last record.

"He wanted to know if we'd like to get involved with a demo he'd been working on and we obviously grasped the opportunity with both hands. 'The Limit of a Man' was born out of those early exchanges and from that point onwards we never looked back". Read more here.

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Obituary Announce New Album and Release Teaser Video

Obituary have announced that they will be releasing their new self-titled, 10th studio album, on St Patrick's Day (March 17th) via Relapse Records. It follows their 2014 effort "Inked In Blood".

The band revealed that the new 10-track album will be released in various formats including CD, vinyl LP and digitally and they are giving fans a preview of the effort with a teaser video that includes a portion of the new track "It Lives". Watch the clip here

They released the following comments about the new record, "We could not be any more excited about this new album. We had a blast writing and recording it and having Ken and Terry as part of the writing process was a very cool experience for all of us." here.

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Bad Religion's Greg Graffin Streams New Solo Song

(Radio.com) Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has released a stream of a new a new track titled, "Making Time." The song comes from his forthcoming solo album "Millport," which is set to hit stores on March 10.

To assist Graffin on instrumentation, he tapped Social Distortion's Jonny 'Two Bags' Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo Jr. Production was handled by long time Bad Religion bandmate, Brett Gurewitz.

But those that expecting more of the same from Graffin should be warned, this is something new. It's, well, Southern California country-rock. 'This feels as exciting to me as when we made the Bad Religion record Suffer," says Graffin of the writing process. "Like everything had been leading up to the songs and they just happened totally organically in this short intense burst. I'm really just doing what I did back then, which is write songs that mean something to me and deliver them in a way that is completely honest."

On Tuesday (Jan 10), Graffin shared the a new track titled, "Making Time," which follows the previously released, "Lincoln's Funeral Train." Listen to both here.

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The dB's Peter Holsapple Announces New Vinyl 45

(Conqueroo) Peter Holsapple of The dB's and Continental Drifters fame has announced that he is self-releasing a new vinyl 45 record, "Don't Mention the War" b/w "Cinderella Style".

The single will be released via Holsapple's Hawthorne Curve Records on February 3, 2017. The songs will also be available for purchase as digital downloads on iTunes and other fine services online. We were sent the following details:

"Don't Mention the War" is a look at one man's post-traumatic stress syndrome and how it affects his adoring nephew. With low, somber brass (Mark Daumann on tuba) and echoes of battles past, this is another engaging Holsapple story-song, steeped in dark emotions and vivid character assessment. Read more here.

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Otherwise Begin Recording New Album With Bob Marlette

Otherwise have announced that they have entered a recording studio in Los Angeles to began tracking their new studio album with producer Bob Marlette (Shinedown, Seether).

Adrian and Ryan Patrick had the following to say about work on their fourth studio effort: "It feels good to finally be surrounded by positivity; it's empowering to know that we can withstand the inferno of our own unbridled passions, to be reminded we have what it takes to pursue transcendence.

"Connecting with Marlette for this next album was an extremely natural process, their visions for the future of Otherwise and what our message represents have only emboldened us in our life's work." Visit the band's Facebook for update on the progress here.

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Sari Schorr & The Engine Room Announce UK Tour

(Noble) Blues rockers Sari Schorr & The Engine Room have announced that they will be launching an extensive UK tour this spring in support of their debut album "A Force of Nature".
The tour is scheduled to launch on March 15th in Bridgewater at the Bar Brunel and will run until May 27th where it will conclude with a show at the West End Centre in Aldershot.

"We're really looking forward to coming back to the UK to perform songs from the new album to our lovely British blues fans," says Sari. "British blues audiences are the best - they're passionate about their music." Read more and see the dates here.

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