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Def Leppard, Poison, Tesla Announce North American Tour

Def Leppard announced on Thursday that they will launching a North American tour this spring that will include the long-awaited live return of Poison as well as their previous tourmates Tesla.

The trek will feature support from Poison who will be hitting the road for the first time in half-a-decade with the original lineup of Bret Michaels, C.C. DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett (who had been battling cancer).

Michaels had the following to say, "I could not be more excited. I know all of us will give one thousand percent on stage and we are looking forward to performing our hits together. I personally could not be more thankful for the three generations of fans and I love the music of Def Leppard and Tesla. This will be an amazing night of rock and roll. Don't wait because god only knows." Read more and see the dates here.

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Black Sabbath And Guns N' Roses Top Hot Tours List

Black Sabbath's farewell The End Tour, and Guns N' Roses' Not In This Lifetime reunion tour landed both heavy rock bands at the top the last Billboard Hot Tours List.

Metal legends Sabbath landed the top spot on the tour with a gross of $10,396,394 for the Latin American leg of their final outing with shows in Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo where they played to over 152,000 fans.

Guns N' Roses, featuring original frontman Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, landed at No. 2 on the list after they grossed $2,637,421 for two concerts at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City in late November. See the Top 10 list here.

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Ace Frehley And Gene Simmons Fuel KISS Reunion Speculation

(Radio.com) Both Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons have added fire to the growing speculation that the original lineup of KISS may be gearing up to reunite once again. Radio.com has the details:

Speaking with Louder Noise in late 2016, Frehley admitted, "I haven't heard anything from Paul and Gene, but if it's going to happen it should happen next year, I would assume. 2017 seems like a ripe year." If that sounds hopeful, Frehley was quick to caution. "But, you know, we'll have to wait and see," he added.

Paul Stanley disagreed, though. After appearing on Frehley's solo album, Origins Vol. 1, he batted away rumors about a full reunion. "I don't see it," he said.

While Stanley may seem dubious, Gene Simmons hasn't completely ruled it out. He shared a photo of KISS' original lineup on Instagram two weeks ago with only a question mark as a caption. See the photo here.

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Dave Mustaine Claims Credit For Classic Metallica Song

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says that he hears himself in the title track to his former band Metallica's classic sophomore album "Ride The Lightning".

Mustaine, who was the original guitarist for the thrash giants, made the revelation for a special series called "My Life In 15 Songs" and he picked "Ride The Lightning" as one of them.

He said of the track, "There's certain riffs that you hear, and you just know who the songwriter is. And I'm not talking about just when I write. So there are certain parts of 'Ride The Lightning' and 'Leper Messiah' and the first album, all that stuff, you can tell little things that are similar with Megadeth's guitar playing 'cause you know there's so much you can do with an instrument. I think they did great with it.

"I didn't write all of the music in 'Ride The Lightning'. Lars wrote the melodic intro, and then the next part I wrote and then the next part I wrote and then the next part and then it went back to his part and then it went back to my next three parts and then at that point... who's keeping score?" Read more here.

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Glenn Hughes Says He Never Had Falling Out With Joe Bonamassa

(Gibson) As Black Country Communion enters a Hollywood, California studio to record their new album, Glenn Hughes has dismissed the reports that he and Joe Bonamassa had previously had a falling out.

The supergroup, which features Hughes alongside Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol), is working on the follow-up to 2012's Afterglow. A near-four-year hiatus was previously reported as caused by tensions between Bonamassa and Hughes.

But in a recent interview with Icon Vs. Icon, Hughes stated: "One thing I want to make clear to everybody is that Joe Bonamassa and I never fell out. It just happened that after Afterglow was recorded and released in the fall of 2012, there was no touring schedule set. Being that there was no touring schedule set, I decided to leave the band simply because I needed to go back to my solo career. There was never falling out. Joe was continuing with his solo career and it just never worked out that we could do a lot of touring.

"Over the course of the years, we have spoken to each other and we had lunch the spring. We said, 'Wouldn't it be great to make another record? Maybe the time is right to do that.' There's certain times when people get back together for reunions and if they have their material, they have a good insight."

He added, "We are very focused on what we should do. We are making a rock album for rock fans. We're not making anything different than pure rock music in the tradition of what Black Country Communion set out to do in 2010." Read more here.

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Vanilla Fudge Launch Their 50 & Still Rockin' Tour

Heavy rock icons Vanilla Fudge launched their 50 & Still Rockin' Tour on Thursday night (January 12th) in Sellersville, PA and have revealed the initial dates for the trek.

The tour continues tonight (January 13th) in New York City at BB King Blues and the veteran group has announced dates that so far run until April 22nd with a show in Palm Springs at the Fantasy Springs Casino.

The current lineup of the group features original members Mark Stein (keyboards/lead vocals), Carmine Appice (drums/vocals), Vinnie Martell (guitar/ vocals), as well as bassist Pete Bremy. Read more and see the dates here.

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Pavement Offshoot Spiral Stairs Releases New Video

Pavement's Scott Kannberg is set to release the sophomore album for his Spiral Stairs project and is giving fans an early taste the released of a new video for the track "Dance (Cry Wolf)".

The new album, entitled "Doris and the Daggers," is set to be released on March 24th and Kannberg recruited Grandaddy's Jason Lytle to play the part of Spiral Stairs in the new video, which can be seen here.

"Doris and the Daggers" will feature several guest appearances including The National's Matt Berninger , Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew and Justin Peroff, Kelley Stoltz and Shudder To Think's Adam Wade. See the tracklisting here.

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Epica Release 'Beyond The Matrix' Video

Epica have released a new music video for their track "Beyond The Matrix." The song comes from the group's latest studio album "The Holographic Principle".

Frontwoman Simone Simons had the following to say, "The energy that lives within 'Beyond the Matrix' is extremely contagious. It will sweep you off your feet when the melodies enter your mind. The video embodies the spirit and liveliness of Epica. Transcend together with us and shine past the sky"

Guitarist Mark Jansen adds, "Beyond the Matrix is one of my favorite tracks to play live from our new album, as it makes the crowd go wild, so I'm happy we are releasing a video of it. We have managed to catch the energy of the song and translate it into images (& words). The song is dealing about us humans, being caught in a matrix (an illusion) because of our excessive thinking. We have lost control over our lives and accept the illusion as 'the one reality'. But if we manage to free ourselves from those shackles and become masters of our thoughts again, we can make a huge step forward in collective consciousness and will be able to look beyond the borders of our matrix. Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!!!" Watch the video here.

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dada Announce 25th Anniversary Tour

dada have announced that they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band by launching the dada Forever Tour across the United State this winter.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on February 16th in Agoura Hills, CA at the Canyon Club and will finish up on March 8th in Phoenix, AZ at the Rogue Bar. Watch the promo video here.

In addition to dada, the shows will also include a special "mini-set" of original material from 7Horse, which features dada members Phil Leavitt and Joie Calio. See the dates here.

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Four Year Strong Announce U.S. Rise Or Die Trying Anniversary Tour

Four Year Strong have announced the dates for the first leg of their U.S. tour that celebrated the 10th anniversary of their widely released album "Rise Or Die Trying."

The trek dubbed USA Takeover: Part 1 will feature support from Can't Swim, Light Years, and Sleep On It and is set to launch on March 10th in Providence, RI at The Met.

The band had the following to say, "In 2007 we put out a record called Rise or Die Trying, starting us down a path that would lead us all over the world, and drastically change our lives.

"With 2017 marking the 10 year anniversary, it's time to say thank you. Thank you to everyone that came out and supported our young band, thank you to everyone who still goes crazy at shows when we play RODT songs, and thank you to a record that gave us these last ten years." Read more including the dates here.

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David Bowie's Family Marked Anniversary Of His Death

(hennemusic) While colleagues, friends and fans around the world marked the first anniversary of David Bowie's passing on Tuesday (Jan 10th), his family and business team shared their own series of social media tributes to the late entertainment icon.

The music legend lost his 18-month battle with liver cancer in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69. Bowie's official site shared an animated collage by Helen Green, writing, "We can be Heroes, for ever and ever @Helengreeen has created this beautiful animation referencing all 28 Bowie studio albums #BowieForever"

The singer's widow - model, actress and entrepreneur Iman - posted a photo of a double rainbow over the New York City skyline that was taken on the day of his passing, adding "Jan 10th, 2016 NYC Skyline #ForeverAndEver #ForeverLove #BowieForever"

And Bowie's son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, shared images of his father on what would have been the singer's 70th birthday on Sunday, writing, "Happy birthday (grand)dad. We love you. Goodnight." here.

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Born Of Osiris Announce The Eternal Reign EP, Stream First Song

Born of Osiris have "re-envisioned" their 2007 debut release "The New Reign" for a new EP entitled "The Eternal Reign" which will be released on February 24th.

Guitarist Lee McKinney had the following to say, "We are beyond excited to break the silence on what we've been up to this past year. 10 years ago we were seniors in high school in Chicago and spent our spring break recording a record that we had no idea would massively impact our lives. The New Reign was something we all believed in, and for that reason we were all anxious and curious to see how it would be taken.

"This past year we decided to re-record our debut. I know what you're thinking.... 'they took the album and sent it to someone else to re-mix / re-master and they are going to re-package and re-sell it'. Wrong! We went to the studio, re-recorded the entire thing, changed guitar riffs/drum parts/bass/vocals and even recorded a new song that I wish made it onto the original version 10 years ago. This song 'Glorious Day' was made before some of the other songs that made the original recording.

"I must say, it's crazy to still be in our 20's and be on a 10 year anniversary. I'm so thankful for this... and I must thank the fans for supporting us every step of the way, as well as Sumerian Records for believing in us all of this time."

The group is previewing the release with a stream of the first single called "Glorious Day" which you can hear here.

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Slayer Release Preview OF Repentless Comic Book Series

(HER) Thrash metal vets Slayer have revealed a six page preview for the first issue of their forthcoming three-comic book series "Repentless", which is set to hit stores on January 25th. We were sent the following details:

The comic book series is based on Slayer's "Repentless" music videos, written and directed by B.J. McDonnell (Hatchet III) and scripted by director/ producer Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse, The Venture Bros., The Death of Superman Lives).

"Twilight Zone" artist Guiu Vilanova created the inside artwork, while Eisner Award-winning British comics artist Glenn Fabry drew Issue #1's cover, and Eric Powell (The Goon, Hillbilly) created the variant cover.

Slayer's Tom Araya had this to say, "We're telling the story that we've always told about society and how humans treat each other." Check out the preview here.

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Former King Crimson Frontman Adrian Belew Plots Spring Tour

Former King Crimson frontman Adrian Belew (who also worked with David Bowie and Frank Zappa among others) has announced an extensive spring tour of North America.

Belew will begin the trek on February 28th in Vienna, VA at Jammin Java and will crisscross the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up on May 20th in Nashville, TN at 12th & Porter.

The tour will feature Belew's "power trio" which also includes bassist Julie Slick and drummer Tobias Ralph. The road trip comes as he continues work on FLUX project, including an album called FLUXbybelew Volume Two and an in-app addition entitled FLUXation Pack Two. See the tour dates here.

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Mutiny Within Stream New Song 'Silent Weapons'

Mutiny Within have released an online stream of their new track "Silent Weapons". The song comes from the group's third full-length album, "Origins", which is set to hit stores on February 10, 2017.

Bassist Andrew Jacobs had the following comments about their new effort, "At the end of last year, we found some old demos we thought had been lost, which led to a discussion about putting together an EP. We planned on releasing the demos along with a couple of new songs but once we got started, we had more and more ideas for new songs and the plan quickly evolved into making an EP of brand new tracks.

"Our fans have stuck by us through so much, and as we kept working, we felt we were selling them short with just an EP, so we pushed on and turned it into a full album.

"We've now been in the studio for almost a year and have put together what we think are our best songs to date. It's Mutiny Within but evolved, more extreme, longer songs, but still with everything that made people excited about us. My favorite part; it's all real. The drums, the vocals, the shred, and most of all, the passion we've always had for our music... We tried to capture the energy as if we were on stage and we've done that.

"We're so excited about the results and have no plans on stopping now. We owe our fans everything and we hope they continue to enjoy listening to us for a long time to come." Stream the new song here.

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Irontom Announce Dates With The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Newcomers Irontom have announced that they will be hitting the road this spring as a support act on the Red Hot Chili Peppers forthcoming North American arena tour.

The band is currently wrapping up work on their debut full-length album, which is being produced by AWOLNATION's Aaron Bruno and they have recently released a music video for their track "Hookers." Watch it here

They will be joining RHCP beginning on May 11th in Pittsburgh at the Paints Arena and will be on the trek through May 29th when it hits Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome. Read more and see the dates here.

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Wintersun Reveal More Details For New Album The Forest Seasons

Wintersun have revealed that their forthcoming third studio album will be entitled "The Forest Seasons". The effort is expected to be released later this year by Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Jari Mäenpää had this to say about the album title announcement, "That's right folks, we'll leave you pondering a bit what this name means. Next week we'll release the album tracklist and everything will become very clear to you! Promise!"

The title reveal follows lengthy comments from Jari last week about the new effort: "So what is IT? IT is a NEW ALBUM and it is 100% done! And no, that's not the name of the album. This album will be something new and different, but equally great or perhaps even better in some ways. Over 53 minutes of solid WINTERSUN material (with no intro tracks) and with a killer concept!" here.

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Wilko Johnson 2-Disc Set Coming Next Month

(UMe) A new two-disc collection from Wilko Johnson is set to released by the iconic Chess label. "I Keep It To Myself - The Best Of Wilko Johnson" will hit stores on February 24th. We were sent the following details:

The release, which will also be available digitally, draws together 25 tracks recorded between 2008 and 2012 by the legendary guitarist and songwriter with backing largely provided by Blockheads Norman Watt-Roy (bass) and Dylan Howe (drums), the same rhythm section that performed on Wilko's enormously successful Going Back Home album with Roger Daltrey.

Including re-workings of Wilko penned Dr Feelgood favorites 'She Does It Right', 'Twenty Yards Behind', 'Sneaking Suspicion' and 'Roxette', alongside further dynamic numbers such as 'Turned 21', 'Some Kind Of Hero', 'Out In The Traffic', Barbed Wire Blues', 'Down By The Waterside' and 'I Really Love Your Rock 'n' Roll' - I Keep It To Myself - The Best Of Wilko Johnson is a splendid collection of high octane rhythm & blues with that unmistakable Wilko Johnson Fender greatness stamped all over it. Songs that are sung from the heart and played from the soul.

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Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation Tour Announced

Morbid Angel has announced that they will be launching a U.S. headline tour in May that will feature support from Suffocation, Revocation and Withered.

The trek is set to get underway on May 23rd in Orlando, FL at The Beacham and will run until June 27th where it will be concluding in New Orleans, LA at the House of Blues.

The band had these comments and reveal their lineup for the outing, "We are excited to get back out on tour with longtime friends and death metal brothers Suffocation as main support. We have also added the technical thrash metalers Revocation and newcomers Withered to what will promise to be a great night.

"The tour will also mark the unveiling of the new lineup of Morbid Angel, featuring Scott Fuller (Annihilated, Errorgeist) on drums, and Dan Vadim Von (guitarist/frontman of the American death metal band Vadimvon) on second guitar." See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Empyrean Throne's Haereticus Stellarum Part II

Empyrean Throne just released their new single "Haereticus Stellarum Part II" from their forthcoming album ""Chaosborne" and to celebrate we asked vocalist Andrew Knudsen to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

"No prison can stifle this hunger […] Desires of molten iron…" these are the words that best describe Empyrean Throne. Taken from our new single, Haereticus Stellarum Part II, we wanted to send a clear message: we are a group of fire-wielding chaos gnostic foot soldiers that will trample those who try and stand in our way or silence our voice.

The song at its core is an emancipation of the spiritual and is an invocation of the hidden power within the individual. It is ritualistic in nature, make no mistake. It is a call to ignite the inner flame. It serves as a conduit of power by the Undercurrent of Chaos for the individual. It is the final song of the concept storyline on our debut record, "Chaosborne," and we wanted to make it sound as visceral, raw, lumbering, and haunting as possible.

As a band, we believe and promote Chaos Gnosticism and Liberation Ideology. It is an extreme form of gnostic teaching that focuses on the individual and the power that they can harness. Haereticus Stellarum Part II is, at its core, about ascension or the achievement of enlightenment. In this spiritual realm, there exist three veils through which one must cross in order to ascend. These veils are Chasek, Bohu, and Tobu. The symbols for these three veils appear on the banners of each stage of the ritual in the music video. To pierce these veils requires sacrifice on the individual's behalf. Performing the crossing of these perspective thresholds is the striking Luzia Lowe, a fellow left-hand path foot soldier.

This song represents the triumph of what this band has set out to achieve and become with the release of our debut record Chaosborne. Empyrean Throne has gone through several trials and tribulations. These experiences have made us battle-hardened, cunning, and ready to stand the tests of the unknown. With every challenge, we seek opportunity. With every pitfall we encounter, we never despair, but turn our energy toward the course of action that will direct Empyrean Throne to new heights.

We know not what the future holds and which roads Empyrean Throne is destined to travel. However, we embrace the changes and challenges that lie before us. The hunger inside us cannot be stifled and our desires burn with passion and willful resolve. We worship Chaos, and embrace its mantle as we prepare for a new chapter in this band's history and a new journey in our lives.

Into Chaos, Towards the Beyond, Ever Vigilant.

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

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