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Original Alice Cooper Band Reuniting For Tour

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper has announced that he will reunite with his original band members Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce during a series of shows on a newly-announced UK tour this fall.

Following a 2015 reunion performance at a Dallas, TX record store and a recent live appearance in Nashville, TN last month, the surviving members will regroup to deliver mini-sets during Cooper's five-show UK run in November alongside his regular touring lineup.

The shows - which include openers The Mission and The Tubes - will begin at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on November 11, and include stops in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and London.

The dates will follow the recording studio reunion by the four original members on Cooper's forthcoming album, "Paranormal", where they appear on two new tracks: "Genuine American Girl" and "You And All Of Your Friends."

"When the original band broke up in 1975, there was no bad blood," explains Cooper. "There were no lawsuits - we had just burned out the creative process. We had gone to high school together and had recorded something like five platinum albums in a row. We were never out of sight of each other for 10 years. Everybody just went their own way. Neal, Dennis and I always stayed in touch. Mike disappeared for a while and Glen Buxton passed away in 1997, which was a big blow.

"But last year," he adds, "Neal called me up and said, 'I have a couple of songs.' I said, 'Great. Bring 'em over.' Then he said Mike was stopping by, so I had them come to my house and we just worked on a few things for a week. Then Dennis called up and said, 'I got a couple songs.' So, I thought, 'Hey, let's do this!' When you listen to record, it just fits right in." See the dates here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Replace Ivan Moody For Rest Of Tour

Five Finger Death Punch are replacing singer Ivan Moody with Bad Wolves' Tommy Vext for the rest of their European tour following their frontman's latest concert meltdown earlier this week.

During the band's concert in Tilburg, Holland on Monday night (June 12) Moody reportedly missed the first songs of the performance and then later told the audience, "This is my last show with Five Finger Death Punch."

The band's statement cites Moody's 'struggles with substance abuse' as the reason for replacing him. The singer had this to say, "I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that I have fallen off the wagon again. I was on shaky ground prior to our performance in Tilburg, and although a lot of the events of that show were out of my control, the shame of not delivering pushed me over the edge. " Read more here.

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Queens Of The Stone Age Announce New Album 'Villains'

(Radio.com) Queens of the Stone Age have announced the impending release of their seventh studio album, Villains. This will be the band's first LP since their 2013 "Like Clockwork."

The band also released an album trailer, which was directed by Liam Lynch, to reveal the album's title and a snippet of the record's first single, "Feet Don't Fail Me."

In the video, frontman Josh Homme and the band have to take a polygraph test where they try to deny the record's title. Villains was produced by Mark Ronson and does not have a release date as of yet. Watch the album preview video here.

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The Killers' Release New Song 'The Man'

(Radio.com) Las Vegas rockers The Killers have released a new single entitled "The Man". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album, "Wonderful Wonderful."

The track is the first new music from the band since their 2012 album Battle Born (not counting their 2016 Christmas album Don't Waste Your Wishes). Hopefully, this signals a fifth studio effort is imminent.

"The Man" was recorded with the producer Jacknife Lee during album sessions in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The song finds frontman Brandon Flowers looking back on his younger self, the persona from their Grammy-nominated debut Hot Fuss, and reconciling that wide-eyed character with the man he is now. Stream the song here.

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Stevie Nicks Streams New Song 'Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go'

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac icon Stevie Nicks is streaming a lyric video for her new single, "Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go," which comes from the forthcoming film "The Book Of Henry."

In theaters June 16 and starring Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay and Sarah Silverman, the drama centers of the life of a suburban mother and her sons, Henry and Peter. Henry documents his crush on his classmate and next door neighbour's daughter in a book while devising a plan to rescue her from an abusive stepfather.

The song was written by Thomas Barlett and Guster guitarist Ryan Miller, who raved about the experience of working with the legendary singer. "I'm not really sure how to tell this story," wrote Miller on Facebook, "so let's start by not burying the lede: STEVIE NICKS SANG A SONG I WROTE AND IT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE GREATEST EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE." Watch the video here.

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Def Leppard Won't Make Hard Rock Focused Album Again

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell said in a recent interview that the band may make new "rock focused" tracks like those found on their 1981 "High 'N' Dry" but an album of hard rock is "never gonna happen."

Campbell, who rose to fame as the lead guitarist for the original Dio band, made the comments while speaking with the White Line Fever. He told the program, "I think when Def Leppard started, you know, the first record, 'On Through The Night', it was a very, very interesting debut. But it was the second record that really started to bring notoriety to the band. That was 'High 'N' Dry' and it was very in the mold of AC/DC, who the band had toured with at the time.

"I think a lot of hardcore, longtime Def Leppard fans long for that sort of thing again but I've got to tell you, that's never gonna happen. We're never going to make an album that's solely like that. There's too much diversity within Def Leppard now, there's too many miles under the wheels, too many different genres have been sampled.

"The band couldn't really go back to making an album just like that. We can do tracks like that by all means but there'll never be an album that's so rock focused as that."

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Toto Announce 40th Anniversary Tour And Album

Toto have announced that they will be celebrating their 40th anniversary next year with the 40 Trips Around The Sun tour and compilation album.

The album will be released in February and will feature some previously unreleased tracks as well as newly remastered classics. An exact release dates is still to be announced.

The veteran band has revealed dates for the European leg of their anniversary tour which will be kicking off on February 19th in Hamburg, Germany at the Mehr! Theater. Read more here.

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Rex Brown Intentionally Avoided Pantera Sound On Solo Album

Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown is preparing to release his debut solo album "Smoke On This" on July 28th but he cautions fans in a new interview not to expect the music to sound like the band that made him famous.

Brown was interviewed by Sticks For Stones about the new record and he told them, "there's not one track on here that sounds like f***ing Pantera - not one - and I made that intentional. I've already done that, man. Why go and beat a dead horse? Pantera has been over for a long time. Fifteen years. There'll never be another one.

"There'll never be another Pantera record, so people are just gonna have to f***ing lump it or leave it. This is my interpretation of what I wanna do; a sonically infused f***ing rock and roll record."

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HIM Announce North American Farewell Tour Dates

North American fans will have opportunity to say goodbye the HIM this fall when the Finish band launch the U.S. and Canadian leg of their Bang & Whimper farewell tour.

The veteran band has decided to retire after 26 years and will be closing out their career with the final trek that will be kicking off on October 24th in Phoenix, AZ at The Van Buren and finishing on November 17th in New York city at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Frontman Ville Valo had this to say, "After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you." Read more here.

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Death From Above Release 'Freeze Me' Video

Death From Above have released a new music video for their track "Freeze Me". The song was originally released last Friday (June 19th) as a digital single.

The band filmed the new clip with director Corey Adam in Los Angeles and vocalist/drummer Sebastien Grainger shared the following comments, "When Corey Adams started talking to us about making this video he said he wanted it to be about how body builders would spend their last day on earth before the nuclear apocalypse.

"He also mentioned there would be a guy dressed as Rambo playing a machine gun like an electric guitar and a lady body builder pumping iron under water. He had us at hello." Watch the clip here.

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Kreator Tribute 80s Slasher Films With New 'Pleasure To Kill' Video

Kreator are promoting the reissue of their classic 1986 sophomore album 'Pleasure To Kill' with the release of a brand new video for the album's title track.

Mille Petrozza had the following comments about the new clip, "This video is a tribute to eighties slasher movie culture. We have kept this very simple and the idea is, to take you back on a trip to the eighties to celebrate the re-release of our first four albums. Enjoy!"

In addition to the thematic footage, the new video also features some classic 1980s era studio and live performance footage of the band during the era when the album was release. Watch the clip here.

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Comeback Kid Announce Online Q&A For New Album

Comeback Kid have announced that they will be holding a special online Q&A session with fans next week to discuss the details of their forthcoming sixth studio album.

The band revealed that the new album will be entitled "Outside" and is scheduled to hit stores on September 8th via Nuclear Blast (via New Damage Records in Canada).

The 'Outsider' Q&A session with the group will be taking place will live on Tuesday, June 20th at 5pm BST via the official Nuclear Blast Facebook Page. Fans can get an early taste of what is to come with an online stream of the first single 'Absolute,' which features Devin Townsend, here.

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Caligula's Horse Announce New Concept Album 'In Contact'

Australian Prog rockers Caligula's Horse have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album "In Contact" on September 15th and have released a teaser video for the effort.

The preview clip can be streamed here and frontman Jim Grey offered up some details for the new concept album: "We decided to create a concept album, but one that came from a more personal place: one that would facilitate our creative needs wherever the journey took us.

"The broader concept is based around the nature of art - of what it is that sparks creativity and inspiration, a celebration of what connects us as human beings, the shared space across our many differences." Read more here.

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Metallica Release Live Video From Iowa Speedway Performance

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1988 classic, "One", at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA on June 9, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The third single from the group's fourth album, "…And Justice For All", also has the distinction of being the first music video issued by the band while delivering their first Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1990. The US Top 40 hit helped push the album to No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and US sales of more than 8 million copies.

Part of Metallica's North American tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self Destruct", the Iowa Speedway event was a benefit concert for The Native Fund, the charity founded by actor Ashton Kutcher and NFL star Dallas Clark in 2008 as a way to give back to the local residents of the state they both grew up in.

"They are committed to raising funds and organizing resources that can be used to assist the people of Iowa in their times of need," explains Metallica, "including relief through its financial and programmatic resources to Iowans suffering from a natural disaster, to post-9/11 veterans who are in need medical or other assistance, and to children afflicted with life-threatening illness or disease.

"We're honored that Ashton and Dallas invited us to be a part of this special event." Watch the video here.

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Blacktop Mojo Announce U.S. Summer Tour Dates

Blacktop Mojo have announced that they will be hitting the road next month for the first leg of their Where The Wind Blows tour, which will be visiting select cities across the U.S.

The tour leg will be kicking off on July 13th in Abilene, TX at the Amnesia and is scheduled to conclude on July 30th with a show at the Lincoln Theater in Lincoln, NE.

Blacktop Mojo's Nathan Gillis had this to say about the trek, "We've made so many friends from all over the U.S. the past few years - We couldn't be more excited to take our live show to their doorsteps for the first time, and share that awesome energy that only rock and roll can offer." See the dates here.

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Devin Townsend Project Release Video To Mark Riff Lord Award

The Devin Townsend Project have released a new lyric video for their track "Offer Your Light" from their 2016 album "Transcendence" in celebration of the band's namesake receiving the Riff Lord award at this year's Metal Hammer Golden Gods event.

Townsend received the 2017 honor at the ceremony in London earlier this week. Previous recipients of the award include Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Queen's Brian May and Motorhead's Phil Campbell

Devin had this to say about the award and the new video clip, "Hey all! Well heck, I guess I won an award for being a guitar guy...sweet! All those years of social ineptitude has manifested in an ability to play 32nd notes. Take that, dad! ...to celebrate, we are doing a 'lyric video' for a track I had been encouraged to release when the album first came out, but decided to go with another one instead.

As it turns out, people seem to really like this song, so have at 'er! Here's a kind of rockin', kind of straightforward track from Transcendence called 'Offer Your Light', written essentially about trying to look at the positive amidst the ever increasing sea of neurosis-inducing bullsh*t the world keeps spewing at us. I'm in the beginning stages of writing new music now, and I hope this finds a home in your listening world for the next 4 minutes or so...best part is; there's no guitar solo! - Lots of love, Devin 'Riff Lord' Townsend (apparently!)" Watch the video here.

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