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Bob Seger Giving Away Glenn Frey Tribute Song

The first anniversary of the death of Eagles icon Glenn Frey was marked by his friend and fellow music legend Bob Seger with the release of a free tribute song.

Seger recorded the new track called "Glenn Song" at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville last year and made it available as free download on his website on Wednesday, the anniversary of Frey's passing last year at the age of 67.

"I think it was take one or two," Seger said of the recording in an interview. "It was the first song we did that day. I said to the drummer, 'Hit it hard even though it's a ballad and that's a little incongruous.' I wanted a ballad with a heavy beat because that's the way I remember Glenn."

The Detroit hitmaker also reflected on his long friendship with Frey, recalling the following memory from 1967 when they first heard an iconic album from Jimi Hendrix, "When You Experiencedcame out, we bought it and took it to Glenn's parents house in Royal Oak. We went up to his room and played it. We looked at each other at the end like, 'Oh my God, we're out of a job.'" Download the song here.

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Guns N' Roses Reunion Wasn't Motivated By Money

(New Rock Times) Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus says that the rekindling of the friendship between Axl Rose and Slash and subsequent return to the band for the latter had nothing to do with money.

The stadium tours with the current line-up of Guns N' Roses with Slash and Duff back with frontman Axl Rose are reportedly raking in in excess of $5.5m per show.

But speaking to Guy 'Favazz' Favazza of the St. Louis, Missouri radio station KSHE, Fortus shot down suggestions the reunion was fuelled by dollar signs.

"No. Axl has been going on on time for years before [the reunion]," said Fortus. "It's been great. Is money the motivating factor for him? Absolutely not. I've never seen that guy motivated by money, as long as I've known him. Otherwise, this reunion would have happened a long time ago."

"Honestly, I don't think money was a motivating factor for anybody, other than the stars just seemed to align. We didn't have a bass player, we didn't have a guitar player. Really, that's how it sort of happened." Read more here.

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U2 Add Dates To The Joshua Tree Anniversary Tour

U2's The Joshua Tree Anniversary Tour just got bigger with the band announcing that they have added new shows to the North American leg of the trek.

The initial dates met with high demand for tickets so the group announced that they have added three new U.S. concerts: May 21st at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, June 29th at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, and June 4th at Soldier Field in Chicago.

The news comes following U2 selling out their entire UK and European stadium tour in one day and them adding new shows in London, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam to meet demand. here.

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Video From Black Sabbath's Final German Concert Goes Online

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath launched the final series of nine farewell shows with their last concert in Germany on January 17th, and video from the show has surfaced online.

The 15-song set of classic 1970s tracks at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne opened, as usual, with the title track to the band's groundbreaking, self-titled 1970 debut and ended with the signature song, "Paranoid."

The reunited trio of Ozzy Osbourne. Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will now head to Ireland for a January 20 gig, followed by UK appearances in Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and London before wrapping up with two shows at the Genting Arena in their hometown of Birmingham. Watch the video here.

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Metallica Rock Classic Song With Lang Lang

(hennemusic) Metallica were joined by Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang for a performance of their 1989 single, "One", during their show at LeSports Center in Beijing on January 18 and video from the event is available online.

The pairing previously delivered the "...And Justice For All" track at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in early 2014, which the band recently referred to as "one of the most creative, unique performances of our career."

The Beijing show was the group's second date in China this week as Metallica resumed their WorldWired tour in support of their tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct." Watch the performance here.

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We Are The Ocean Breaking Up Following Farewell Tour

We Are The Ocean broke the sad news to fans via a social media post that they have decided to break up after a decade together and they will soon be launching a farewell tour.

The band has so far announced three UK headline shows as part of their finale trek: March 22nd in Glasgow at the Cat House, the 23rd in Manchester at Sound Control and the 24th in London at the Tufnell Park Dome.

They posted the following statement about their decision to disband: "To our fans, our friends, our family. This is by far the hardest decision we have had to make, but We Are The Ocean is coming to the end. This is a message to say thank you for exceeding all our expectations, and clarifying that music is one of the most powerful and incredible things in this world. It's taken us to places we had only dreamed of and given us the opportunity to meet some incredibly inspiring and hard-working people along the way.

"Starting out as local friends whose only realistic aspiration was to play the Walthamstow Standard, things picked up... and little did we know the journey we would embark on; performing hundreds of shows, travelling thousands of miles, standing before tens of thousands of beautiful faces. Seeing people who turned up early for shows, those who were buying our music, wearing t-shirts, even getting tattoos! This is something we will all remember and hold dear for the rest of our lives. For the past ten years, we have lived a glorious fantasy. But like all fantasies, it ran the risk of being infected by reality." Read more here.

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Paul McCartney Reportedly Suing Over Beatles Songs

(Radio.com) Paul McCartney is reportedly suing publisher Sony ATV over ownership of The Beatles' catalog, according to a new report from the celebrity gossip site TMZ.

Sony ATV agreed to buy out the remaining 50% interest in the catalog from Michael Jackson's estate in spring of last year for $750 millions dollars. However, based on U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 writers have the ability to reclaim the publisher's cut of their songs after 56 years (if the song was written before 1978) and 35 years (for songs written in or after 1978).

The first pieces of McCartney's Beatles catalog will turn 56 in 2018.According to the new report, McCartney expects his rights returned to him by that time, and is taking legal action to ensure that is the case after receiving the "run around" from Sony. Read more here.

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Melvins, At The Drive-In Offshoot Crystal Fairy Album and Live Dates

Crystal Fairy, featuring members of The Melvins, At The Drive-In and Le Butcherettes, will be releasing their debut album next month and launching a short series of shows around the launch.

The group, which features The Melvins' Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover, At The Drive-In's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Le Butcherettes' Teri Gender Bender, will be releasing their self-titled debut on February 24th.

They will be celebrating the record's launch with a week of intimate shows at various venues across Southern California beginning in Santa Ana on February 21st and wrapping up in San Francisco on the 25th. Read more and see the dates here.

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Brian May Announces Queen In 3-D Photo Book

(hennemusic) Queen guitarist Brian May has announced that he will publish "Queen In 3-D" on May 25. "Queen In 3-D" marks the first time the band's history has ever been documented in 3-D, with never-before-seen images from May's personal collection providing a uniquely intimate view of the legendary group.

"Finally! After 3 years of building, our very first LSC (London Stereoscopic Company) book of 21st century photography is almost ready to be sent off to the printers," explains May. "And the photographer is me, and the pictures are of a rock group that began to work on making a vision come true around 1970.

"Queen In 3-D! Off stage, on stage - on tour, off tour - in the studio, in the snow, in the sunshine, in the rain - in the pink and in the blue. But always in depth! Stereoscopic memories, and my own personal recollections that go with them.

"This should reach a bookstore near you around the end of May," he adds. "It will have an OWL viewer included of course… in a special secret exclusive new colour! The gnomes are on it!" Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Allman Brothers In The Studio For Eat A Peach Anniversary

A new episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 45th anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band's "Eat a Peach". The show sent over these details:

The Allman Brothers Band were arguably the most influential American band in the first half of the Seventies, ushering in a generation of great Southern rock music, but not without suffering a massive personal and professional loss during the recording of 1972's Eat A Peach album.

Older namesake sibling Duane Allman was already a veteran studio player on hit sessions at Muscle Shoals Studio. Duane was the American slide guitarist who traded lick for lick with the great Eric Clapton as Derek & the Dominoes on the legendary Layla album. Again, it was Duane Allman who formed and led the Allman Brothers Band and behind them an entire new Southern Rock movement. But midway through the recording of what would become Eat a Peach, Duane died riding his beloved motorcycle.

Yet with almost superhuman resolve, singer / songwriter / organist Gregg Allman and the rest of the original group would not only continue, but reach even greater heights, eventually inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In this interview marking the forty-fifth anniversary of this bittersweet album, Gregg Allman and ex-guitarist Dickey Betts reveal how the music sustained the brotherhood.

"The music was always kickass from the very start. That was a real constant thing in our lives. Without the music, if the music hadn't been the way it was, then the brotherhood wouldn't have been the way it was, and the whole thing would have collapsed a long time ago." - Gregg Allman

"People really appreciated watching you do a lot of improv and watching you put yourself out on a limb...and put the music back together right there on stage... We enjoyed it as much as anyone did." - Dickey Betts

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Bastille Add Dates To North American Tour

Bastille have announced that they have added some additional shows to the upcoming North American leg of their "Wild, Wild World Tour" which will be taking place this spring.

They will be kicking off the tour, which includes an appearance at this year's Coachella Festival, on March 24th in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre and wrapping things up on May 12th in Raleigh, NC at the Red Hat Amphitheatre.

The group will now be playing additional concerts in West Lafayette on April 2nd, Peoria on the 4th, San Francisco on April 23rd and Portland on the 25th. See the dates here.

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Spoon Announce New Album 'Hot Thoughts,' Stream First Song

Spoon have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, entitled "Hot Thoughts," on March 17th via Matador Records and they are streaming the title track as the first single.

The new album follows their 2014 album "They Want My Soul" and the band co-produced the new effort with Dave Fridmann. The title song can be streamed here.

They group has also announced that they will be celebrating the album's release by launching a three-night SXSW residency that will include shows on March 14th, 15th and 16th. See more details for those shows and the album tracklisting here.

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Tommy Stinson's Bash & Pop To Rock Stephen Colbert

Tommy Stinson's Bash & Pop will be celebrating their new album release with a performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert tonight (Jan 19th) at 11.35pm/10.35pm CT.

The group will be releasing their new record "Anything Could Happen" on Friday, January 20th. It follows their 1993 album "Friday Night Is Killing Me", which will also be receiving a special vinyl release next Tuesday (Jan 24th).

Stinson hit the road earlier this week to promote the new release and he recruited some of his all-star friends that helped him make the new album to join him including Steve "The Sleeve" Selvidge (The Hold Steady), Joe "The Kid" Sirois (Mighty Mighty BossTones) and Justin "Carl" Perkins (Screeching Weasel). See the dates here.

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The Killers Going 'Heavier' On New Album

(Radio.com) It's going on five years since the Killers' last studio album Battle Born dropped, but the Las Vegas-born band is recording its followup. Frontman Brandon Flowers gave Q Magazine some insight about their next studio album, set to contain "heavier" moments than you've ever heard before.

"There are moments that feel heavier than anything we've ever done, not that we're the heaviest band in the world, but they have a finesse because of our experience," said Flowers. 'There's also really beautiful things. Lyrically, it's really close to home."

Flowers also teased some song titles and confirmed that some material has been recycled from previous album recording sessions. 'There's one called 'Rut' and we were all kind of excited about what was happening with that," he said. "Another is called 'Run For Cover' and that comes from Day & Age. so it's eight-years-old. It started with Stuart Price and it still sort of has his stamp on it--but we're funneling it back through the band eight years later with a different producer. I never got the lyrics right and I think I'm gonna get it right this time. 'Run For Cover' looks like it's got a good shot [of being on the album]." Read more here.

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Vader Announce Strike Of The Empire U.S. Tour

Vader have announced that they will be following their appearance at this year's Maryland Deathfest with the launch of a U.S. headline tour this spring dubbed Strike Of The Empire tour.

The band will be launching the trek to promote their latest studio album, "The Empire", which was released late last year and they will be supported on the outing by Internal Bleeding, Sacrificial Slaughter, Voices Of Ruin and Micawber.

The headline dates will kick off on May 27th in Spartanburg, SC at Ground Zero and will wrap up on June 16th with a show at the famed Webster Hall in New York City. Read more here.

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T2 Trainspotting Soundtrack Details Revealed

(Gibson) Queen, the Clash and Iggy Pop may not sound anything like each other, but they're all featured on the T2 Trainspotting soundtrack. The set kick off with a remix of Pop's "Lust for Life" from the Prodigy.

T2 Trainspotting will play in U.S. theaters starting in March. Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" appeared in the first scene of Trainspotting and played behind the 1996 movie's popular "Choose Life."

Other tracks featured on the T2 Trainspotting soundtrack include Queen's "Radio Ga Ga," the Clash's "(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais," Young Fathers' "Rain or Shine" and "Get Up," Blondie's "Dreaming" and Wolf Alice's "Silk." See the tracklisting here.

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Soundgarden Stream Rarity From Ultramega OK Deluxe Reissue

(hennemusic) Soundgarden are streaming an early version of "Beyond The Wheel" as the first preview to the March 10 release of a remixed deluxe edition of their 1988 album debut, "Ultramega OK."

Billed as "a long-planned "correction" of the project, the story goes that the band were unhappy with the original final mix on indie label SST Records and wanted to remix the album for subsequent pressings, but their schedule became busy when they signed with A&M Records and began work on their major-label debut, "Louder Than Love" and remix plans were scrapped.

Last year, Soundgarden acquired the original multi-track tapes to "Ultramega OK" and connected with engineer Jack Endino to create a fresh mix of the album that, for the band, ties up this persistent loose end and remedies the sound of their debut album.

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

The "Ultramega OK" reissue will be available on CD, 2LP, download and cassette. Read more and stream the song here.

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Tankard Recording New Album 'One Foot In The Grave'

Tankard have announced that they have entered the studio to begin recording their next studio album, which they aim to release this spring or summer.

The new effort will be entitled 'One Foot In The Grave' and follows their 2014 album "R.I.B.". They hit the Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with producer Martin Buchwalter (Destruction, Accuser, Perzonal War, Suidakra, etc.) earlier this month.

Frontman Gerre had this progress report, "At the moment I have 7 songs ready! It's a great pleasure to work with Martin for the very first time! He really kicks my ass, so I have a lot of work to do! I really look forward to having a great result to celebrate our 35th birthday with, in a reasonable way! Senile with style!" .

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Khemmis Announce U.S. Dates With Oathbreaker

(Earsplit) Khemmis have announced that they will hitting the road this spring as the direct support for band for Oathbreaker on their upcoming US Spring tour. They will be promoting their new album "Hunted," which was released last October.

The newly-announced tour will see Khemmis delivering their epic, classic doom/metal to audiences across the western half of the country with Oathbreaker for twelve days.

The first show takes place in Mesa on March 26th, the tour then winding through San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Boise, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas, Chicago, and ends in Detroit on April 6th. Read more here.

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Moloch's Verwustung Getting Vinyl Reissue

(Earsplit) Ukrainian black metal band Moloch's out-of-print "Verwustung" album has been remastered for a vinyl reissue that will be released by Argento Records on February 24th. We were sent the following details:

Birthed in 2002 as solo act of Carpathian artist Sergiy Fjordsson (Psilocybe City Life, Saturn Form Essence, Silver Sphere Moon), MOLOCH delivers cold, misanthropic, and desolate mid-tempo black metal, influenced by second wave artists like Burzum and early Darkthrone.

Amidst the relentless torrent of demos, EPs, splits, albums, and other recordings over the past thirteen years, Verwüstung -- German for "devastation" -- is arguably the most belligerent and riff-powered chapter of Moloch's prolific discography. The collection of eleven raw and stripped-down songs shows minimalistic aggression, enriched by few synth driven, meditative, ambient passages, with Fjordsson handling all instruments except drums, which were executed by session member Gionata Potenti (Acherontas, Ad Hominem, Darvaza, Deathrow, Fides Inversa, ex-Glorior Belli, ex-Krieg). Read more here.

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