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Ritchie Blackmore Open To Playing Final Deep Purple Concert

Original Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore says in a new interview that he is open to playing one final show with his legendary former band but he doesn't believe that they would have any interest in doing so.

"I think if they would be interested, and our schedules aligned, I would be available for one show -- for nostalgic reasons," Blackmore said in a new interview (via Radio.com). "But I don't think Deep Purple have any interest in that. They have their niche and are not into doing things like that.

"We are friends and I've doing my music for twenty years, and they're doing their stuff for twenty years. It's probably not likely [to happen]. Also, their management wouldn't like it, even if it was for just one show. Their management wouldn't allow it, I'm sure."

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Journey Dedicate 'Lights' To Steve Perry at Classic West

(Radio.com) Journey dedicated the performance of one of their biggest early hits to former frontman Steve Perry during their set at the Classic West festival at L.A.'s Dodgers Stadium this past weekend and video of the dedication has been shared online.

Radio.com has these details: In one of the evening's most heartfelt moments, lead singer Arnel Pineda dedicated Journey's performance of "Lights" to the Perry. Perry fronted Journey through the band's most iconic eras and helped define the sound other lead vocalists have recreated.

Earlier this year, current members reunited with Perry for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. In addition to the dedication, the band treated fans to some of their biggest hits including "Any Way You Want It" to "Don't Stop Believing." Watch the tribute performance here.

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Fleetwood Mac Tribute Glenn Frey At Classic West Festival

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac paid tribute to late Eagles icon Glenn Frey during their headline night two set of The Classic West Festival at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 16, and video from the weekend event is streaming online.

Topping a bill that featured Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire, the group delivered a 20-song set of classics and hits that opened with "The Chain" from their mega-selling 1977 album, "Rumours."

"You Make Loving Fun" and "Dreams" from the record were followed by tracks from 1979's "Tusk" before, as Forbes notes, the band delivered "Landslide" as a tribute to late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, who passed away early last year. "I'd like to dedicate that song to Glenn Frey, who was my friend," Nicks said after the tune. "And I'd like to dedicate it to his son, who did such a beautiful job last night under so much pressure. That was for big Glenn and little Glenn."

Frey's 24-year-old son, Deacon, joined The Eagles lineup alongside new addition Vince Gill to headline Classic West's opening night on July 15. Fleetwood Mac closed out their main set with the high-energy, "Go Your Own Way", before performing "Don't Stop" as an encore. Watch some videos from the show here.

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Stone Sour Announce U.S. Headline Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Stone Sour have announced that they will be launching a new American headline tour this fall that will feature rotating support from Steel Panther, Beartooth, Man With A Mission and Cherry Bombs.

The Corey Taylor fronted band will be launching the new trek to promote their recently released new studio album "Hydrograd", which hit stores on June 30th and topped the Billboard Rock and Hard Rock albums charts.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on September 24th in Omaha, NE at the Sokol Auditorium and will run until the 19th where it concludes in Las Vegas at the House of Blues. See the dates here.

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Singled Out: RPWL's A New Dawn Concert Film

We have a special Singled Out today with RPWL's Yogi Lang shares with us the store behind their just released concert film A New Dawn which was released this past Friday, July 14th. Here is the story:

I remember the Wanted tour back in 2015 wasn't only the longest period on the road for the band, but also the most exhausting show we ever did. The idea was, to stage the album "Wanted" bringing together music and story to one big whole experience. But of course, travel crew and all the needed stage and tech stuff was limited having only one night-liner for the tour, which meant 12 beds at that time. So two actors had to be enough and we decided, apart from many other things, to do quadrophonic sound and visuals, so you had screens not only in front of the audience but also in the rear. All the ideas worked out fine on tour and we did a couple of recordings to see if there's a chance to bring the show on film.

But it was impossible to get this 360 degree impression of the show on film, and so right after the tour we decided to work out a script for a Wanted show designed especially for filming a concert movie and call it A New Dawn.
Imagine, you can leave all the transport problems of a tour behind and work only for one show. So we were not limited to only two actors and realized our idea of having two stages, one for playing music and one for acting. In the end we had more than 20 actors and around 50 people worked for this concert film.

After the event I have to say that this work was one of the greatest experiences for the band. For me personally it was a very touching moment to see, that during the last 20 years the RPWL family became bigger and bigger. Nearly everyone on stage or offstage was connected to the history of the band. This surely was one of the main reasons to manage such a great work!

learn more about the film right here!

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Yes Add More Dates To North American Summer Tour

Prog legends Yes have announced that they have expanded their North American summer Yestival tour that features support from Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy.

The band has added additional stops to the tour including U.S. performances in San Diego, Reno, Boston, Cedar Rapids, San Francisco, and more. They have announced Canadian dates in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary.

The tour will be kicking off on August 4th in Greensboro, NC at the White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex and will conclude with a two night stand at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on September 18th and 19th. Read more and see the dates here.

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The Who To Rock The Tonight Show This Week

(hennemusic) Rock legends The Who have announced that they will be performing on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon this Wednesday night, July 19th.

The group are promoting a recently-launched summer tour of North America, which began in Quebec City on July 13 and wraps up in Lake Tahoe, NV on August 16.

The trek includes a 6-night residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. In September, Pete Townshend will bring his Classic Quadrophenia stage show to the US for series of dates.

The project sees The Who guitarist create a new orchestral version of the band's 1973 concept album based around lead character Jimmy's search for an identity amongst the mods and rockers in mid-60s Brighton.

Billy Idol, Alfie Boe and a full symphony orchestra and chorus will join Townshend for four shows, which will open at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA on September 2 before playing two nights at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York and wrapping up at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA on September 16. See the upcoming tour dates here.

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Brian Setzer Orchestra Announce This Year's Christmas Rocks! Tour

The Brian Setzer Orchestra have announced the details for this year's installment of their Christmas Rocks! Tour across the U.S. in November and December on this year.

This will be 14th year of the tour which is scheduled to kick off on November 10th in Minneapolis at the State Theatre and will wrap up on December 28th in Bellingham, WA at Mount Baker Theatre.

Prior to the annual Christmas outing the group announced that they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with a special show at the Hollywood Bowl on August 2nd. See the holiday tour dates here.

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Of Mice & Men, Five Finger Death Punch, In Flames Extend Tour

Of Mice & Men announced late last week that six additional dates have been added to their upcoming fall tour of Europe with headliners Five Finger Death Punch and In Flames.

The newly announced dates include shows across Germany in late November and early December including Hamburg, Berlin, Oberhausen, Munchen, Stuttgart and Frankfurt.

The previously announced dates kick off with several shows across the UK including Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds and London, as well as shows in Zurich, Luxembourg, Vianna and Antwerp.

The tour will be kicking off with the Hamburg show at the Sportshalle Alterdorf on November 21st and wrapping up at Lotto Arena in Antwerp on December 14th. See the dates here.

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Joe Walsh Recruits Keith Urban And More For VetsAid Concert

Iconic Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh has called on some of his all-star friends to help aid veterans at the kick off event for his very first VetsAid benefit concert this fall.

Walsh has recruited Zac Brown Band, Gary Clark Jr. and Keith Urban to perform at the special event which will be taking place at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia on September 30th.

He had the following to say in the announcement, "War is hell for everyone involved. I lost my father when I was a baby, before I could even make a memory of him. I stopped counting the number of friends I lost in the Vietnam War or that came home forever scarred mentally or physically or both. We've only just begun to appreciate the long-term impacts on our troops home from Iraq. And in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history continues to drag on with no end in sight and just last month this administration committed to send thousands more of our young men and women into the conflict with no defined goal or strategy."

"I had to do something and seeing as though rock-and-roll seems to be what I do best," He continued, "it's also the least I could do for those who have served and continue to serve our country. We're all in this together as Americans and seems to me lately that people are forgetting that. I asked my buddies Zac, Gary and Keith to step up and I'm so grateful that they did. Let's put on a show, raise some money and celebrate our vets… and let's do it every year!"

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Slayer Is Most Prepared For Next Record In Their History Says King

Slayer guitarist Kerry King says that it is possible that the band could release their next studio album next year since they already have six to eight songs recorded from the sessions for their 2015 album "Repentless", but he won't make any promises.

King was asked about the band's plans to begin work on the next album when he sat down with Revolver Magazine and he responded, "Funny thing is, Repentless isn't even two years old yet, though it seems like it is. But from that session, there are six or eight songs that are recorded - some with vocals, some with leads, but all with keeper guitar, drums and bass.

"So when those songs get finished lyrically, if the lyrics don't change the songs, they'll be ready to be on the next record. So we already have more than half a record complete, if those songs make it. This is actually the most prepared we've ever been for the next record in our history; there's no reason to not do more work, because it's already more than halfway done." Read more here.

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Alex Hofmann Playing Last Show With Fallujah At Bay Area Death Fest

Fallujah and singer Alex Hofmann have announced that they will be amicably parted ways with his final appearance with the band at their hometown Bay Area Death Fest later this week.

The group announced that they will be recruiting a special guest vocalist to fulfill the rest of their upcoming live commitments including their upcoming North American tour with Decapitated and Thy Art Is Murder.

The band and Alex both issues statements. The group writes, "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the departure of our vocalist and friend, Alex Hofmann. A decade-long journey has just ended for one of our founding members, and now he begins a new path separate from our own. His dedication and creativity have been a vital part of Fallujah for the last ten years, but we respect his decision and support him wholeheartedly." Read more here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Blackened' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their classic 1988 track, "Blackened", at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI on July 12, and the group are sharing professional footage from the concert.

The opening track from the band's fourth album, "…And Justice For All", the tune earned then-bassist Jason Newsted his first Metallica songwriting credit alongside guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich; the rocker joined the lineup following the tragic loss of Cliff Burton in a 1986 tour bus accident. The project peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 8 million copies.

The Detroit stop lands just past the halfway mark of the North American leg of the band's World Wired tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct."

Metallica's latest release just topped a 2017 mid-year US rock sales report by Nielsen Music.

The veteran metal band's tenth album sold 540,000 equivalent album units (of which 487,000 were in traditional album sales) to rank as the most popular rock album in the US for the tracking period of December 30, 2016 through June 29, 2017 Watch the video here.

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Alter Bridge Announce European Fall Tour

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge have announced dates for a fall tour of Europe. Following the recent sell-out of a UK and Ireland run - that opens with two nights at London's Royal Albert Hall in early October - the band will perform a dozen more shows across Europe in support of 2016's "The Last Hero."

The group plan to deliver a totally different set list than they played on a recently-completed summer run in the region. "Europe, are you ready for the final installment of The Last Hero Tour?!" says the band.

The fall European run will follow the September 8 release of a new collection, "Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities", via Napalm Records. The 3-CD package captures the group in concert at the London venue on November 24, 2016, alongside a disc of 13 rarities from their career. Read more and see the dates here.

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Arch Enemy Score Viral Hit With 'The World Is Yours' Video

Arch Enemy's brand new video for their latest single "The World Is Yours" has gone viral after it received over a million views within its first 48 hours of release last Friday (July 18th).

At press time the video has now been viewed over 1,318,000 times. The song is lead single to the band's new studio album "Will To Power", which will be hitting stores on September 8th.

Guitarist Michael Amott shared his gratitude to fans for making the clip a hit, "A huge thanks to our amazing fans all over the world for the overwhelming interest in the new Arch Enemy single and video! Now we are really excited for you to hear more music from our upcoming "Will to Power" album!

"We also want to thank our awesome video director Patric Ullaeus for creating this video and of course Kult Management and the Century Media Records / Sony Music Entertainment team for their relentless hard work and passion!" Help the numbers grow even more by streaming the video here.

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Sleeping With Sirens Announce Intimate North American Tour

Sleeping With Sirens have announced that they will be hitting the road this fall for a North American tour of intimate venues to promote their forthcoming studio album.

The new album, entitled "Gossip" was produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, All Time Low) and is the band's fifth full length effort, It will be hitting stores on September 22nd.

The band will be launching the special tour on August 31st at Slims in San Francisco and wrapping up the trek with an appearance at the WJJO Sonic Boom Festival in Madison, WI on October 1st. Read more including the dates here.

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