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Iron Maiden Announce North American Summer Tour

Iron Maiden fans received big news with the announcement that the metal legends will be returning to North American this summer to launch a new leg of their The Book Of Souls World Tour.

The trek is set to kick off in Bristow, Va at Jiffy Lube Live on June 3rd and will run until July 21st where it will conclude in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. The band has tapped Ghost to support them on the trek.

Band founder and bassist Steve Harris had the following to say, "We are really looking forward to returning to North America for a full tour. We had always planned to go back there and to the UK as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn't have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible!

"So this year we're able to reach many more cities in America, including a return to places Maiden haven't played for many, many years like Lincoln Nebraska, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Oakland California. We also welcome playing in Brooklyn for the first time." Read more and see the dates here.

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Where Are The New Guns N' Roses and Nirvanas Asks Lars

(New Rock Times) Lars Ulrich says the days of the kinds of bands you couldn't take your eye of like Guns N' Roses, Nirvana or Oasis are gone as he bemoans the fact there are no modern bands who inspire him anymore.

In an interview with Noisey, the Metallica drummer said: "Ten years ago or 30 years ago, it was different. Like, 'Oh my god, Guns N' Roses. Oh my God, who are these Nirvana guys! Oasis!'

"You were hearing about it, and you wanted to meet them. Nowadays, there aren't any bands that have had that impact on me. The last time where I was like, 'Holy f***! This really inspires me,' was this band called The Sword, from Austin, Texas. Stoner rock, kind of a modern Black Sabbath. Super cool. They showed up seven or eight years ago, and I just had to bring these guys on tour.

"There is a Norwegian band called Kvelertak. These bands are few and far between nowadays. This is not a black-and-white statement. I know more about film than I do about music because I follow it more.

"That doesn't mean if something awesome came and slapped me in the face. then I wouldn't embrace it; it just shows up less and less." Read more here.

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Dashboard Confessional Release Surprise EP

Dashboard Confessional have surprised fans with the released of a new covers EP entitled "Covered + Taped" that features frontman Chris Carrabba's take on some of his favorite songs.

The New EP includes songs by The 1975 ("Sex"), Julien Baker ("Sprained Ankle"), Justin Bieber ("Love Yourself"), and Sorority Noise ("Using") and can be streamed via Spotify here.

Carrabba had this to say, "I love covering great songs by great artists. These are some songs I feel very connected to right now. Enough so that I felt I had a way of making them my own in some small way."

The new EP comes as Dashboard Confessional kicked off their North American tour this week with many of the shows already sold out. Due to demand the band recently added several new dates in Nashville, a new Orange County show in Santa Ana and an additional Chicago stop. See the dates here.

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Ghost Make U.S. Chart History With 'Square Hammer'

(New Rock Times) Ghost have made history with their single 'Square Hammer' by becoming the first Swedish band to land the No.1 spot on the Billboard's mainstream rock chart.

'Square Hammer' is featured on the occult rocker's recent EP release 'Popestar' which was also a chart topper, debuting at the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts and has sold 75,000 units in its first four months of release.

'Popestar' also featured a handful of cover versions of tracks by Echo and the Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics and Imperiet. Ghost is currently preparing to embark on a European tour. Check out the chart topping song here.

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Train Announce Massive North American Tour

Train have announced that they will be hitting the road this spring for a North American tour that they are launching in support of their forthcoming album "a girl a bottle a boat."

The Play That Song Tour will begin on May 12th in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will conclude on July 15th in George, WA at the Gorge Amphitheater.

The band has recruited O.A.R and Natasha Bedingfield to support them on the trek. The new album, "a girl a bottle a boat," will be hitting stores next Friday, January 27th. See the dates here.

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Kid Rock To Kick Off New Season Of The Big Interview

Kid Rock will be the featured artist for the premiere of the new season of The Big Interview which will launch next month on AXS TV, the cable and satellite network has announced.

The premiere episode for this new season of the Dan Rather hosted program is set to take place on Valentine's Day (February 14th) at 8 PM e/ 5 PM p and will feature an in-depth interview with Kid Rock.

The new season will feature 18 episodes and while the full guest roster has not yet been revealed, the network did say that it will include ZZ Top legend Billy Gibbons, former Brooks & Dunn star singer Kix Brooks as well as country icon Crystal Gayle. Check out a teaser video for the new season here.

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Ozzy, Slayer, Avenged Sevenfold Lead Rock USA Lineup

Ozzy Osbourne has another post-Black Sabbath farewell solo appearance as one of the headliners at this year's Rock USA festival this summer in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Ozzy has been tapped to headline the music festival along with Avenged Sevenfold and Slayer when it takes place on July 13th, 14th and 15th at the Ford Festival Park.

More big names from heavy rock will also be part of the festivities including Megadeth, Stone Sour, Korn, Volbeat, Lamb of God, Candelbox and Hellyeah, Falling In Reverse, We Came As Romans, Avatar, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Crobot, Kyng, Citizen Zero, Through Fire, Miss May I, Code Orange, Bobaflex, The Pretty Reckless, Anthrax, and more. Find ticket details here.

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Mikkey Dee Reveals Scorpions New Album Plans

Former Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee made news last year when he joined the Scorpions and he made news this week when he revealed the German rocker's new album plans.

Dee reportedly made the revelations during an appearance at a news conference for the Hall Of Heavy Metal History induction ceremony, according to Metal Talk.

They report that Dee said that the band, which he says is currently taking a break, has started work on the new effort with an eye towards releasing it in early 2018. Read the report here.

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Judas Priest Stream Live 'Locked In' From Turbo Reissue

(hennemusic) Judas Priest are streaming a live recording of "Locked In" as a preview to the February 3 release of an expanded 30th anniversary reissue of their 1986 album, "Turbo."

The second single from the veteran UK band's tenth studio record can be heard in a recording of a May 1986 concert at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO that is featured in the updated set, which also includes a remastered version of the original album.

"Turbo" peaked at No. 17 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 1 million in the country. "The 80's is considered to have been the best decade for heavy metal," says the band. "Judas Priest roared through it and at the half way point went into unchartered territory with 'Turbo'. Always believing that metal should have no boundaries, Priest challenged themselves taking on board new technical inventions to create fresh ideas and push their sound forward. The combined songs show another side of Priest's range of creativity that captures a theme and energy infused with the over the top sensibilities of that era.

"The 'Fuel For Life' tour certainly encapsulated the decadence of the times! 'Turbo' remastered and accompanied by a pedal to the metal live recording from Kansas reveals Priest on high octane - Raising fists and devil horns to the next level."

The expanded 30th anniversary reissue will be available as a 3CD set, LP and via digital download. Stream the song here.

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Staind's Aaron Lewis Sinner Tour Continues Through Spring

Staind frontman Aaron Lewis is back on the road in support of his country music solo album "Sinner" and has announced dates across North American that run until late spring.

Lewis continues his Sinner tour tonight (January 20th) at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, Ga. and will wrap the main tour on April 29th at the Mountaineer Casino in Chester, W.Va.

The tour will be followed by a couple of one-off dates including May 28th at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. and June 24th at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, OK. here.

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Ringo Starr Giving Away Song 'Now The Time Has Come'

(Radio.com) Ringo Starr's song "Now the Time Has Come" was recorded in conjunction with the International Day of Peace and released in September. Today (Jan 20th) the song will become available for free download.

The song was written by Starr and produced by Bruce Sugar. So far, we've heard two versions: The first is a collaboration with Richard Page, Colin Hay and Billy Valentine, while the other features Fonseca.

In the spirit of the International Day of Peace, the song aims to celebrate "commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples," Starr said in a statement. Read more here.

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Jack Russell's Great White Release 'Sign Of The Times' Video

Jack Russell's Great White have released a new music video for the track "Sign Of The Times." The song comes from their forthcoming album "He Saw It Comin'".

The band's namesake had the following to say about the inspiration for the new song, "I got the idea for 'Sign Of The Times' while sitting at an airport waiting for a plane.

"I was looking around people watching and after a few minutes it came to me that almost everyone was staring into their device of choice. I felt sad for humanity and it's loss of conversation."

The new album is set to be released next Friday, January 27th. The new "Sign Of The Times" clip can be streamed online here.

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Metallica's Moth Into Flame Has Unexpected Inspiration

(New Rock Times) Kirk Hammett says family keeps him sane and grounded and prioritizing loved ones is the most important thing in the world and revealed an unexpected inspiration for one of Metallica's new song. The Metallica guitarist also pinpointed the late Amy Winehouse as an example of an artist who, in his opinion, didn't have the best support network as she began her music career.

In an interview with Faster Louder he explained: "Prioritizing family is the most important thing. We all have children, we all acknowledge we need to hang out with our families and children to keep us sane.

"We set it up so we have a really good balance of band time and family time, and when we go out on the road, we're not out for more than a couple of weeks at a time, and that allows us to put in a good chunk of family time and a good chunk of band time and tour and play shows."

Metallica's track 'Moth Into Flame' was inspired by the sad passing of British singer Amy Winehouse and written regarding the pitfalls of fame. He continued: "With Amy Winehouse, I saw the documentary, my take on that was, from the beginning she didn't have a very good support group." Read more here.

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Fit For An Autopsy Announce New Album 'The Great Collapse'

Fit For An Autopsy have announced that they will be releasing their fourth studio album, which is set to be entitled "The Great Collapse," on March 17th.

The band has so far revealed the cover art, which was created by Adam Burke, and had these comments about the new effort, "The Great Collapse is a reflection on the current chaotic state of mankind's relationship with the world, and it's effect both outward and inward.

"It's a dark and unsettling record that encapsulates a variety of approaches to aggressive music, and a definite expansion of our capabilities as a band. Music is on the way." Read more here.

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The Agonist Release Video For Cover of Hozier's Take Me To Church

The Agonist have released a new music video for their take on Hozier's hit single "Take Me To Church." The heavy band's version of the track appears on their latest studio album "Five".

Guitarist Danny Marino had this to say about the cover, "It was fun to record a cover of a song that is so different from our material. Even though it is not metal at all, the song itself is very dark and meaningful.

"That's why we felt it could be really interesting as a more upbeat Agonist song. I'm happy that we were able to keep some elements while drastically altering others." Watch the new video here.

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Warbringer Release 'Silhouettes' Music Video

Warbringer have released a new music video for their new track "Silhouettes". The song comes from the band's forthcoming album "Woe to the Vanquished," which will be released on March 31st.

The Orie McGinness directed video can be streamed here and John Kevill revealed these details about the track, "This song, the album opener, is a blazing and intense number; we wanted the album to open with pure annihilation. I had the lyric in my head and the frantic riff under the verse since the beginning of 2014, and I am very pleased that it exists as a full song now.

"The idea for the song came from a particularly chilling detail found at Hiroshima and Nagasaki; when the atomic bombs went off the shadows of people whose bodies were vaporized still remain burned onto the walls and the ground where they once stood. To me, this is goddamn horrifying. I thought - 'What if the souls of those dead remain trapped in the shadows?'" Read more here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington Reveals His Go To Guitar

(Gibson) Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington recently talked about his go-to guitar for Take It on Faith, the collaborative album he made last year with his wife, singer Dale Krantz. Although Rossington took an array of guitars into the studio, ultimately he settled on his trusty Les Pauls.

"I always use Les Pauls," he explained, speaking with Premier Guitar. "With Skynyrd, I always used my '59 Les Paul the whole time until 1977. I just use reissue Les Paul Standards now. They're still old and good."

Asked to describe the "perfect Les Paul," Rossington held firm to his love of the Les Paul Standard. "To me, it's [that guitar]," he said. "Humbucking pickups are great. I love the warm tones that you can getů. I always liked Gibson-really because of Keith Richards and Brian Jones. Way back when I was learning to play, they had Les Pauls. I saw them on 'The Red Skelton Show' and I just fell in love with that guitar." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Chris Green's Once Forgotten

Chris Green of Tyketto and Rubicon Cross fame released a new solo EP late last year called "Unveil" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the song "Once Forgotten". Here is the story:

My computer is a vast sea of tiny ideas, licks, voice memos, and ditties. When I'm feeling uninspired I surf through it and look for something that might put me on the path to a strong idea that may blossom into a full song. On this one occasion while looking for ideas, I came across an entire tune that had been demoed. I couldn't remember a single thing about writing it and sat there listening to the 6 minute progressive opus in amazement that I had no memory of its creation. So I named it Once Forgotten. By checking the date on the Logic session and checking it against my emails for ideas on where I might have been around that time, I realized it'd been written on a day I'd flown from the UK to the US. The penny dropped, around that time I had been going through a phase of writing tunes solely on my laptop. Programming the drums and bass, then writing the guitar parts in my head, working them out on the computer keyboard, and using a guitar synth sound to represent the guitar melody. So the entire song was written without a guitar in my hand. I actually have a bunch of tunes like that. Now, I'm a little prone to a few glasses of wine when I fly, so the chances are that I wrote this while downing a few mini bottles of red, passing out, then forgetting all about it. Very unorthodox way of writing, but it totally gets me out of thinking in boxes and scale shapes. This way there are no boundaries and I don't feel 'boxed in', until it comes time to learn it on a guitar, then it's a pain in the neck. I had to change some of the melodies because I couldn't physically play them on the guitar. It was however, the 1st attempt at writing what I call 'storyboard' music, where none of the sections really repeat. It's as progressive as it gets for me really, 6 minutes of non repeating passages. It actually takes a lot for me to play and remember this tune. But the end result is a real musical journey.

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

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