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Alice Cooper and Deep Purple Announce Summer Tour

Rock legends Alice Cooper and Deep Purple have announced that they will be teaming up for a North American coheadlining tour that will feature support from the Edgar Winter Band.

The tour will be kicking off on August 12th at The Chelsea in Las Vegas and will run until September 10th where they will play the final show in Cincinnati at the Riverbend Music Center.

The trek is part of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Deep Purple's Long Goodbye Tour in support of their forthcoming album "Infinity," which is set to be released on April 7th. See the dates here.

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Metallica To Rock Intimate Venue For Citi Sound Vault Series

Metallica have announced a new rare U.S. show at an intimate venue. The metal legends will be playing a special concert at the Hollywood Palladium as part of the newly announced Citi Sound Vault live music series.

The show will be taking place following the group's appearance at the Grammy Awards and is part of the special concert series that celebrates the annual music awards program which will also include shows from Sting, The Chainsmokers and Beck.

Metallica had this to say, "We're very excited to be a part of the Grammy Awards this year both as a nominee and a performer, so why should the fun end after the cameras stop rolling?!! As soon as the awards show is over on Sunday, February 12th, we're going to shoot over to the iconic Hollywood Palladium to hit the stage one more time that evening as part of the Citi Sound Vault live music series. We'll be playing the final night of five shows there including Sting, Beck and The Chainsmokers, all celebrating Grammy week." Read more here.

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Kings Of Leon Announce New U.S. Tour Leg

Kings of Leon have announced that they will be returning to the road this spring and summer to launch a 2nd U.S. tour leg in support of their chart topping album WALLS.

The new trek, which follows their first leg last fall, is set to kick off on April 28th at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, Ca and will conclude on August 26th in Quincy, WA at The Gorge Amphitheatre.

The new tour leg will feature support from Deerhunter for the first half of the outing (April and May portions) and Nathaniel Rateliff for the second half (July and August). See the dates here.

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Guns N' Roses Icon Not Happy With Today's Music Scene

(New Rock Times) Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler believes modern technology and social media has sucked some of the magic out of the music industry and he reckons his era was the last that really 'rocked.'

During a fans question and answer session on Reddit, the drummer reflected on what he missed most about the rock scene in the late 1980's. "It was more exciting back then, 'cause you didn't find out everything like you do now. Everything is instantly over people's phones and everything," said Adler. "It was exciting to read magazines and read about your bands and what's going on, and it's just a completely different world now."

He continued: "I think I got to catch the end of when rock was really rock. That's what I miss. I miss going to record stores and hanging out. I miss going to magazine stands and reading magazines and looking at pictures. I miss looking at record albums and reading all the liner notes and looking at the pictures in the sleeves and reading how they did the record and what happened.

"That was exciting. Nowadays, it's nothing. You just push a button and you're on the computer. There's no liner notes. There's maybe one goofy picture that's been photoshopped." Read more here.

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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Extends Olive Branch To Bill Ward

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says in a new interview that he hopes to reach out to original drummer Bill Ward following the legendary band's final shows on February 2nd and 4th in their hometown of Birmingham.

Iommi addressed the falling out with Ward in a new interview with Mojo. Ward didn't take part in the band's last album or their farewell tour because he said that he wasn't given a contract that he could sign.

"Bill seemed to feel he was getting a bad deal," Iommi tells Mojo (via BraveWords). "We never dealt with that, we left all that to management. We just wanted to play together and enjoy it. We were playing with Bill for a bit and then he never turned upů"

Iommi then added: "It would have been nicer to have Bill with us but unfortunately it never happened... At some point I wanna call him. I still love him, he's still my brother, but you have arguments.

"To be honest with you, I don't know what the f*** happened because I don't do the business side of it. I'm sorry Bill couldn't work something out, I really am, but I'm really glad we did this tour." .

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Eric Clapton Announces New U.S. Concert Dates

Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton has announced that he has added some additional shows to his upcoming bi-coastal U.S. live dates which are billed as his final four concerts for 2017.

Clapton had previously announced four shows this year that will be taking place this March; two at Madison Square Garden in New York City on the 19th and 20th and two at the Forum in Los Angeles on the 25th and 26th.

Following the sell out of those shows, Clapton has added four additional shows this fall. He will once again visit New York City to play Madison Square Garden on September 7th and 8th and will trek back to Los Angeles for two additional shows at the Forum on the 15th and 16th. See the dates here.

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Steve Miller Band And Peter Frampton Team For Summer Tour

The Steve Miller Band have revealed their summer tour plans where they will launching a North American trek and will be joined by special guest Peter Frampton.

The tour is scheduled to get underway on June 15th at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ and will run until August 13th where it concludes in Murphys, CA at Ironstone Amp.

Steve Miller had this to say, "Peter and I first met at Olympic studios in London in the late sixties when we were both just starting our recording careers, "He was a wonderful guitarist and songwriter then and he is even more so today.

"Over the years, we've played together in venues from theatres to football stadiums and everything in between. He always sets the musical bar high, his band always knocks me out, and I'm thrilled we are going to spend the summer together doing a great run of concerts." Read more including the dates here.

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Ryan Adams Releases 'Do You Still Love Me' Video

Ryan Adams has released a new music video for his track "Do You Still Love Me?". The song is the first single from the hit maker's forthcoming album "Prisoner".

Adams 15th studio album is set to be released on February 17th. The new video was directed by Noah Abrams and is a mix of studio footage and scenes from his 2016 tour. Watch it here.

He has also announced some special record release shows in addition to his previously announced tour dates this spring. The new run of appearances kicks off with a show at the Apollo Theatre in New York and includes a special in-store at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles. Read more and see all of his upcoming dates here.

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Kreator Tribute Dio, Lemmy, Cliff Burton, Bowie In New Video

Kreator have released a brand new video for their track "Fallen Brother." The song comes from the group's recently released studio album "Gods Of Violence."

The new clip pays tribute to a number of late rock and metal legends including David Bowie, Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Metallica's Cliff Burton, Ronnie James Dio, AC/DC's Bon Scott, Prince, Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott Type O Negative's Peter Steele, as well as late Metal Blade Records European head Michael Trengert.

Stream the new video here. Kreator will be launching their new European tour with Sepultura, Soilwork and Aborted later this week. See the dates here.

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Ex-Genesis Stars Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford Confirmed For Music Fest

Former Genesis stars Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford will be sharing the stage once again with news that Mike & The Mechanics have been added to this year's British Summer Time festival.

The music festival event is scheduled to take place on June 30th at Hyde Park in London and is the final stop of Phil Collins' Not Dead Yet comeback tour, according to Prog.

Collins will be kicking off short tour with a five night residency at the Royal Albert Hall in London which runs from June 4th-9th. He has additional shows in Cologne, Germany and Paris. See the dates here.

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Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, Travis Supergroup Stream First Song

Fans can now get their first taste of the music of the new indie supergroup BNQT as they are streaming the first track from their forthcoming album online.

The new group (Pronounced "banquet"), which was conceived by Midlake's Eric Pulido as "a poor man's version of the Traveling Wilburys", also features Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy of Travis, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, as well as Pulido's Midlake bandmates McKenzie Smith, Joey McClellan and Jesse Chandler.

The debut album from the project will be entitled 'Volume 1' and set to be released on April 28th and will feature ten tracks with Bridwell, Kapranos, Healy, Lytle and Pulido each handling lead vocals on two songs. The first song from the effort, "Restart", can be streamed here.

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Black Star Riders Stream Title Track To New Heavy Fire Album

Black Star Riders have released a lyric video for their track "Heavy Fire." The song is also the title cut from their forthcoming album which will be released this Friday (Feb 3rd).

Frontman Ricky Warwick had the following to say about the track, "Only fools would believe that rock n roll can rejuvenate a world in the throes of a collapsing civilization that's coming under heavy fire from all asunder. But what if the would-be fools are right?"

Check out the stream here. Fans in the UK and Ireland will be able to catch the band live in March. See the dates for the trek here.

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Joey Jordison Still Views Ex-Slipknot Bandmates As Brothers

Former Slipknot star Joey Jordison has changed his views about his former bandmates who reportedly fired him via email in 2013. He now says he sees them as "brothers forever."

Jordison revealed to Metal Hammer last year that at the time of his firing he was suffering from a rare nervous system disease that made it impossible to play drums.

He reflected on his former bandmates in a new interview on the One On One with Mitch Lafon podcast. He said, "Without Slipknot, I would not necessarily be where I am today.

"And all those guys and everyone that I worked with, wrote with, all the producers, all the albums, all the tours, everything that we did - I can never in a million years compact it into an interview right now of the great things that we did together. I would not trade them for the world. Those guys are my brothers forever. I love them very much, and I wish them well." .

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The Unlikely Candidates Streaming New EP In Full

Texas rockers The Unlikely Candidates have released an online stream of their entire forthcoming EP "Bed Of Liars" and announced the initial dates for their U.S. tour in support of the effort.

The new six track EP is set to be released on February 17th but is currently streaming in full on the band's website and on SoundCloud. Check it out here.

The band will be launching their U.S. The People's Choice headline tour on February 17 in Tulsa, OK at The Vanguard and have announced dates that run until April 14th where they will performing at the Gasa Gasa in New Orleans. Read more including the dates here.

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Steppenwolf's 'Born to be Wild' Featured In Super Bowl Commercial

(Radio.com) Steppenwolf's classic anthem 'Born to be Wild' scores Mercedes Benz's Super Bowl LI commercial. The ad features actor Peter Fonda paying homage to his role as Wyatt from the 1969 film Easy Rider.

The movie featured "Born to be Wild" in its iconic opening sequence. This time around, instead of riding a motorcycle, Fonda drives off in a new AMG GT Roadster.

The New York Times reports that a 30-second at during this year's Super Bowl will run companies $5 million dollars. Mercedes spared no expense, as the new commercial was directed by the Coen Brothers, who have helmed such films as Fargo, The Big Lebowski and No Country for Old Men. Watch the ad here.

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Avenged Sevenfold and Godsmack Lead Las Rageous Festival

Avenged Sevenfold and Godsmack have been tapped as the headline acts for the very first Las Rageous festival which will rocking Las Vegas this spring.

The two day festival will be taking place on April 21st and 22nd at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center with tickets going on sale this Friday, Feb 3rd at 10 AM PST.

The event will also feature performances from Coheed and Cambria, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, of Mice & Men, The Devil Wears Prada, Breaking Benjamin, Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal, All That Remains and Escape The Fate. Find more details here.

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Motionless In White Stream New Song 'Eternally Yours'

Motionless In White have released an online steam of a new track called "Eternally Yours." The song comes from their forthcoming album, "Graveyard Shift".

They had the following to say about the new song, "We are incredibly proud of this song. Much like our previous single 570, we feel it embodies the heart and soul of Motionless In White - demonstrating many aspects of the evolution of the band thus far, while standing firm on the foundation we have built with our preceding records. It is collectively one of our favourite tracks of the band's entire discography."

The new album was originally scheduled to be released this coming winter but they have moved up the release date to May 5th, according to Metal Hammer.

The band explain the decision, "Knowing how much passion and care has gone into the creation of this album, we can assure you that it will be worth the wait. Until then, please enjoy Eternally Yours and all of what's to come along the way to May 5." Stream the new song here.

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The Offspring, Sum 41, Rival Sons Lead Sabroso Fest Lineup

The Offspring have been tapped to headline this year's Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival which will be taking place in Dana Point, Ca on April 8th.

The lineup for the Orange County event will also feature performances from Sum 41, Rival Sons, Lit, Unwritten Law, as well as the heavy metal mariachi band Metalachi.

Offspring frontman Dexter Holland had these comments about leading the event at the Doheny State Beach, "We love tacos, the beach AND beer, so it sounds like a perfect day for The Offspring." Find more details here.

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Amon Amarth Announce U.S. Tour With Goatwhore

Amon Amarth have announced that they will be supporting their latest album "Jomsviking" by teaming up with Goatwhore to launch a U.S. tour this spring.

The trek will be kicking off on May 1st at Vinyl in Pensacola, FL and will conclude on May 20th at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY. Amon Amarth has also announced that they will be taking part in several music festivals including Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range and more.

The band had this to say, "United States! We return to your lands this Spring and we will raid and plunder your little cities as we please. For the first time, we will be sailing our longships towards the curious native celebrations called 'The Loudest Month' (Welcome To Rockville, Northern Invasion, Carolina Rebellion, and Rock On The Range) where we will sack and burn them to the ground and feast on the spoils. Our good friends in the almighty Goatwhore will be joining us on this voyage on all headlining shows. You have been warned." See the dates here.

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Neil Young Changes His Tune About CSNY Reunion

Neil Young has changed his tune about the possibility of reuniting with Crosby, Stills, Nash &Young. He said back in 2014 that the supergroup would never tour again.

Young recently said the opposite in an interview with the UK publication MOJO where he said, "I think CSNY has every chance of getting together again. I'm not against it."

He also had this to say about the relationship between the members, "There's been a lot of bad things happen among us, and a lot of things have to be settled. But that's what brothers and families are all about. We'll see what happens. I'm open. I don't think I'm a major obstacle." .

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Singled Out: Bravo Max's Clean Slate

Bravo Max are a 70's rock influenced indie band from Dallas that just released a new album Bullfighter Blues and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about the song "Clean Slate". Here is the story:

Johnny Beauford here, I play bass and sing in the band Bravo Max. Thank you so much for taking the time and interest in our new record. We all appreciate it greatly.

Clean Slate is the first song on the new Bravo Max album and it was one of the last songs we wrote as a band before going into the studio. I believe up to 2 weeks before we headed to Echo Lab to track the Bullfighter Blues album we were rehearsing and still hammering out the final pieces of "Clean Slate." Little did we know it would become such a prominent track on this release. It started with a killer riff Garrett had written on guitar - then I believe we added the juxtaposition of the intro and centered it around our drummer, Jonathan Jackson's idea to play in a different time signature from the top until the first verse comes in.

In writing this, it sounds a little complex as a foundation for a song but like a few of our songs on Bullfighteronce we had the separate parts completed (intro, bridge, extended verse, horns parts, etc.) and set in stone we were able to really stitch them together so that they are as seamless as possible.

Even the lyrics for "Clean Slate" were very fresh going into recording this one. I remember singing them off the cuff straight from a book of lyrics I had on hand. I love hearing the vulnerability and spontaneous results of doing things on the fly in the studio here and there. It really is an audible difference to hear someone playing something they just wrote as opposed to something that is a year or two old and has grown a bit more commonplace for them to perform their parts.

"Clean Slate" could easily have been the title for this album especially considering the band's dramatic change in sound from the first full length to this Sophomore effort. The lyrics are mostly straightforward in talking about a re- birth and a fresh start artistically.

We hope you'll check it out for yourself. We have released both a new music video and a live radio performance for this track in the past month, so it's all as Clean and fresh as you can imagine still.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you check out the video here and learn more about the album (and stream it!) right here!

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