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Journey and Asia Expand Tour Into Summer With New Leg

Asia announced that a second leg has been added to their upcoming tour with Journey. The North American trek will now span from spring well into summer.

The newly announced dates will be kicking off on June 5th in Tulsa, OK at the BOK Center and will be wrapping up on July 15th in El Paso, TX at the Don Haskins Center.

The first leg of the tour will be getting underway on March 15th in Yakima, WA at the Yakima Valley SunDome and will run until April 4th where they will perform at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Oh. Read more and see the dates here.

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Stone Temple Pilots Defend Decision To Continue With New Singer

Stone Temple Pilots' Robert and Dean DeLeo defended their decision to continue the band under the same name with a brand new singer replacing the late Scott Weiland.

The DeLeo brothers discussed the decision during a recent interview on SiriusXM's Covino and Rich Show, Robert said (via Alternative Nation) "We did that [performing under another name with Talk Show], we did that.

"We [also] did Army of Anyone with Richard Patrick, and Ray Luzier on drums. That's not what this is, we want this to be Stone Temple Pilots. We want it to be the three members of Stone Temple Pilots with another singer moving forward. That's what we want to do." here.

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Robert Plant Guests On New Fairport Convention Album

(Gibson) Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant appears on the upcoming album by British folk-rock act Fairport Convention, 50:50@50, which honors the group's 50th anniversary. Plant sings lead vocals on a special version of the gospel classic "Jesus on the Mainline," which was taken during a show in Banbury, U.K.

Fairport Convention bass player Simon Pegg posted a message on the group's official website explaining that 50:50@50 includes studio tracks on half of the release and live audio on the other half, recorded at a handful of U.K. shows. The album also features live audio from the group's annual summer festival, Cropredy.

Plant first collaborated with Fairport Convention in 1971, when he sang with the band's lead vocalist at the time, Sandy Denny, on the Led Zeppelin track "The Battle for Evermore." Other Plant, Fairport Convention performances include gigs at the Cropedy Festival in 1986 and 2008. Read more here.

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Grim Reaper's Steve Grimmett Remains In Hospital Following Amputation

(Manic Music) Grim Reaper frontman Steve Grimmett remains in a South American hospital after being refused flight home when the airline disallowed him to board on Saturday evening, according to a statement we were sent.

Grimmett has been battling a life-threatening condition for a week after being rushed to a local hospital in Ecuador; the singer was amidst a tour in support of Grim Reaper's latest album, Walking In The Shadows.

Grimmett's wife, Amelia Grimmett, has been updating fans around the globe of the singer's condition via the band's official Facebook page since the reports started to surface on January 14. "Last Saturday, whilst doing a gig in Ecuador, Steve was taken very ill," she noted. "He finished the gig sitting down but was transported to a local hospital immediately after the performance where they operated to remove an infection."

In an interview with Jimmy Kay of The Metal Voice this past weekend, Ms. Grimmett further detailed the situation. "The band was only ten days into a South American tour when Steve began to feel ill. He took some tablets thinking it was maybe altitude sickness. However during the early part of the band's performance, Steve's health went downhill quickly. He was taken to hospital and rushed into surgery to attempt to remove a growing infection on his foot. The following morning, they scanned him and confirmed the infection had spread. He was rushed back in to surgery and was told he would at minimum loose a few toes, worse-case scenario his foot. Additional tests were conducted and the infection had again spread. On Wednesday, a decision was made for a third operation; one that resulted in doctors removing Steve's right leg below the knee in order to stop the infection that could, if allowed to spread, take his life."

Fans have taken to social media since initial reports started to appear regarding the beloved singer. Now an official fundraising page has been created to help Steve with costs that are quickly rising. Donations can be made

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Dave Mustaine Reveals More Megadeth Bootcamp Details

(New Rock Times) The planned Megadeth Bootcamp will be so 'freakin' metal' says band mainman Dave Mustaine. Billed as a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the ultimate fan, the Megadeth Bootcamp has a range of experience packages up for grabs ranging from $1999 to $5499.

Speaking to this past weekend's NAMM show Mustaine beamed: "I took some new pictures today of the property. It's an amazing place. We're gonna have a place for magical memories for everybody that's gonna be coming there.

"So far the tickets have been selling really great," he continued. "I don't know that it's gonna completely sell out. I think that we've planned on having a lot of people there, and since it's our first year, there's probably a really good chance everybody's gonna be able to come in.

"But I wouldn't hesitate and wait, because the more people are finding out about this and seeing everything that we're gonna allow them to do, the more it's becoming something that you want to do."

Mustaine continued: "For example, we have the original tracks to 'Countdown To Extinction' there, and part of the whole party is centered around 'Symphony Of Destruction'. So if people wanna be in an additional part of the boot camp, all they need to do is say, 'I wanna be part of this singing 'Symphony Of Destruction',' and they go into the studio, which is on my property, and they get to sing along with the original song.

"Everybody gets a half hour in there. They go, they sing, they get their mix, and then forever they've got their version of them singing along in the studio with MEGADETH. And the last night, we're gonna have everybody up getting together on the hill to do - hopefully, if there's as many people as we're thinking - a hundred-plus people playing along to 'Symphony Of Destruction' together, which will be so freaking metal." Read more here.

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Mew Releasing New Album 'Visuals' In April

Mew have announced that they will be releasing their seventh studio album, which will be entitled Visuals, on April 28, 2017. They have also announced European tour dates in support of the effort with North American plans being made.

Frontman Jonas Bjerre had the following comments about the making of the new effort, "The live shows around that album saw us hit a creative peak, writing tracks on-the-road and the spark was lit.

"Breaking the normal cycle felt right and we wanted to make an album spontaneously retaining the energy we'd generated on that world tour, rather than wait the normal three or four years."

The group will be kicking off the first run of dates promoting the new album on May 17th in Amsterdam at the Paradiso and so far they have confirmed dates that run until May 27th where they will perform at the Immergut Festival in Neutrelitz, Germany. See the dates and the new album's tracklisting here.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Announce Summer Tour

The Tedeschi Trucks Band have announced that they will be hitting the road this summer to embark on their third annual Wheels of Soul Tour, which will feature special guests the Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna.

The band, spearheaded by former Allman Brothers Band star Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, will be kicking off the tour on July 1st in Gilford, NH at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion.

Tedeschi had this to say about the outing, "It's been great to develop this tour into an annual event where we get a chance to hit the road and share the stage with fellow musicians we love and respect.

"Each year, we try to find bands that share our musical vision while bringing their own unique talents to this traveling circus." See the announced dates for the trek here.

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George Harrison's 'What Is Life' Finally Gets a Music Video

(Radio.com) When George Harrison released 'What Is Life" from his first solo album post-Beatles -- All Things Must Pass -- in 1971, it went without an accompanying music video because they still weren't a thing musicians normally did at the time.

It's now 46 years later and the song finally has one to coincide with the comprehensive George Harrison vinyl collection arriving in February to commemorate what would have been his 74th birthday.

'What Is Life" is already and upbeat, feel good song and the new music video is a wonderfully whimsical addition with a dancer moving her way out of her home, through the streets, past a cemetery (frolicking around tombstones never looked so carefree), and finally in the woods where she meets her equally playful dance partner. Watch the delightfully choreographed video here.

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Alice In Chains Working On New Studio Album

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez has confirmed that the Seattle band are in the studio recording the follow-up to 2013's "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here."

"Today I'm leaving this studio and going to another studio, and I'm gonna make a bunch of racket," Inez tells Framus & Warwick. "Yeah, we're hard at work. We're always doing something - I mean, it's just what we do. We just play, and usually everything else will come together.

"We used to worry about the label, or the management," he continues. "The band has turned into a… It's a business, you know, and there's a lot going on [with the] business. So when we go into these studios, this is kind of like our clubhouse, this is the place that we go, and we try not to make this business. This is fun, and we try to make our work environment fun for each other."

"Being in the studio for twenty hours a day isn't fun, but it's a great job," adds Inez. "But we try to make that our clubhouse and separate that from the business, kind of. So we're still in that… playing in the sandbox, kind of, for this new record anyways. We're still getting together in the same city, and plugging in in the same room. Today is actually our first day, and I'm already late, 'cause I'm here talking to you [laughs], so it shows you how professional we still are." here.

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Pixies Announce U.S. 'Head Carrier' Tour Dates

Pixies have announced that they will be following their upcoming Japanese, Australian, New Zealand and South African dates with the launch of a new U.S. tour this spring.

The veteran band will be embarking on the trek in support of their 2016 album "Head Carrier." We were sent the dates by the support act for the trek Public Access T.V. who report that things will kick off on April 21st in Pomona, Ca at the Fox Theatre and conclude on May 26th in Brooklyn.

The U.S. dates will be followed by an appearance at the British Summer Time on July 6th in London. From there the Pixies will spend the summer playing various festivals across Europe. See the dates here.

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Metallica Frontman James Hetfield Biography Announced

(New Rock Times) An unauthorized biography of Metallica frontman James Hetfield will be released in April entitled 'So Let It Be Written.' Scheduled for an April 11 release date the book chronicles the journey of Hetfield from his rebellion against his Christian Scientist parents and his struggles with their disapproval of medicines even when his mother was fighting against cancer in 1979.

His youth was the catalyst for a number of Metallica's later songs including 'The God That Failed.' The book charts his time in a number of teenage bands and his ultimate coming together with the guys who formed Metallica.

The new book also covers the tragic passing of bassist Cliff Burton in 1986 and the rise of Metallica to becoming the world's biggest metal bands. Read more here.

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Gamma Ray Stars Release First Song From New Band The Unity

The Unity, a new band that was founded by Gamma Ray's Michael Ehre and Henjo Richter, are giving fans their first taste of what is to come with the release of their debut digital single "Rise And Fall".

The new group features Richter on guitar and Ehre on drums along with singer Gianba Manenti, guitarist Stef E, bass player Jogi Sweers and keyboardist Sascha Onnen.

They will be releasing their debut album on May 5th and will be hitting the road with Sinner to promote the effort as well as playing a hometown release show. Watch the lyric video for the new song here.

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Today Is The Day's Temple Of The Morning Star Deluxe Edition Coming

Today Is The Day's "Temple Of The Morning Star" album has been expanded for a deluxe reissue to celebrate its 20th anniversary, with the new edition hitting stores on March 24th.

The remastered album, along with never before heard bonus material, will be released as the anniversary deluxe edition on 2 CD and 2 vinyl LP formats by The End Records.

Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman had this praise, "Not only has Steve's work with Today is the Day influenced many of the progressive heavy hitting bands we love, but undoubtedly, many bands don't even realize they have been touched by his innovation." Read more here.

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Classic Rock Awards TV Special Premiere Announced

AXS TV have announced the premiere of an hour long special from the 2016 Classic Rock Awards, which will be broadcast on Sunday, February 19th at 8pE/5pP. They sent over these details:

Filmed live on November 11, 2016 at the world-famous Ryogoku Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, The Classic Rock Awards 2016 is the ultimate celebration of all things rock and metal-honoring up-and-coming acts and established legends, alike, for their contributions throughout the year.

The epic evening was hosted by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, and featured such unforgettable moments as Jeff Beck presented with The Icon award by Led Zeppelin guitar god Jimmy Page; Scorpions axe man Rudolf Schenker presenting Richie Sambora with the Classic Songwriter award; Def Leppard winning Album Of The Year; and appearances and performances by Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, Cheap Trick, and Orianthi, among others .

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Bush Have Completed Work On Their New Album

(New Rock Times) Nineties rock favorites Bush have wrapped up work on a brand new album which they will release later this year. Frontman Gavin Rossdale, also now appearing as a mentor on TV's The Voice UK, confirmed work on the record has been completed and mastered.

Speaking to The Metro Rossdale said: "My whole career I've been trying to make music that's a hybrid of rock and electronic. I'd say it's a textured, approachable and commercial record. People are going to f***ing love it."

The 51-year-old says he took the job on The Voice to fulfill a challenge. "I thought it would be interesting to find a superstar in England," he said. "The Voice' around the world hasn't managed to produce anyone, so It's a challenge. And I wanted to be back in England - it gives a different slant to my already manic life." Read more here.

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have announced that they will be crossing the pond next month to play their very first shows in the U.S. in support of their new album "Modern Ruin".

The band, lead by former Gallows frontman Frank Carter, have announced three U.S. shows. The first one will take place at the Hi Hat in Los Angeles on February 22nd followed by a show at the famed Troubadour on the 24th.

They will then cross the country for a concert at Sunnyvale in Brooklyn on February 27th. These new shows will be followed by the previously announced music festival appearances including Rock on the Range, Welcome to Rockville, and Carolina Rebellion. Read more here.

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Arcade Fire Preview Documentary And Concert Film

(Radio.com) Arcade Fire released a new song last week, and this week they're back to preview their upcoming documentary and concert film, The Reflektor Tapes/ Live at Earls Court.

The band shared not one but two performances from that project, including "Rebellion (Lies)" and "The Suburbs." Oscillating between color and black & white shots, "Rebellion (Lies)" finds Arcade Fire putting all their energy into the performance. Win Butler wears an embellished black and white suit, and dons a painted black mask to give him an aesthetic superhero edge.

The Reflektor Tapes/ Live at Earls Court combines a documentary filmed in 2015 with a concert film shot during a 2014 London performance. The two-disc DVD and Blu-ray will be available January 27th. Watch the preview here.

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Blues Foundation Announce 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge

(Conqueroo) The blues will be coming home to Memphis on January 31st when The Blues Foundation hosts its 33rd annual International Blues Challenge. At this blues summit, musicians from around the globe will battle it out for cash, prizes, and bookings in the Challenge's half-dozen categories.

Before the much-anticipated competition begins, however, musicians, blues professionals and fans will first come together for the traditional kick-off concert, the International Showcase.

Taking place at the historic Clayborn Temple on January 31, 2017, beginning at 5 p.m., this opening night event features performers - representing Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America - celebrating the blues. You don't even have to be an IBC pass holder to attend because this show is free and open to the public. Read more here.

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