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AC/DC's Angus Young And Guns N' Roses Do Surprise Jam

(hennemusic) AC/DC guitarist Angus Young joined Guns N' Roses for a surprise performance of a pair of classic songs at the Messegelände in Hannover, Germany on June 22, and video from the event has surfaced online.

The pairing delivered "Whole Lotta Rosie" from 1977's "Let There Be Rock" and "Riff Raff" from 1978's "Powerage" before a wildly enthusiastic crowd as part of the European leg of the band's Not In This Lifetime tour.

The start of Hannover show was reportedly delayed 15 minutes and then, again for 90 minutes when the band left the stage as a thunderstorm swept through the area just four songs into the evening.

Young teamed up with GNR for the same pair of tracks at multiple shows during their Australian tour earlier this year after first joining at Coachella last year as they announced that Rose would join AC/DC for a spring run across Europe and fall US dates after singer Brian Johnson was sidelined with hearing loss issues.

When Guns N' Roses' European run wraps up next month, the group will then return to North America for more shows starting in St. Louis, MO on July 27. Watch both jams here.

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Foo Fighters Glastonbury Performance Streaming Online

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters headlined the UK's Glastonbury Festival on Saturday night (June 24th) and video from the band's full 2-hour-plus set is available to stream online.

Dave Grohl acknowledged the group's return to the event after they were forced to cancel a 2015 appearance and the remaining shows on a European tour when the singer suffered a leg fracture when he fell off the stage in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 12 of that year.

UK rockers Florence And The Machine stepped in to fill the Foos slot at the 2015 edition of legendary UK festival. "I'm about two years late, I'm sorry," said Grohl as the band arrived on stage. "Traffic was a bitch. Let me tell you something: for all of you who were here in 2015, I'm sorry I missed ya. But I watched that show on my laptop, as I was sitting in a wheelchair with a broken leg, and it looked beautiful. And my friend Florence, got to headline that year and I'm very happy that that happened because, you know what, I thought she should have been headlining, anyway.

"And, as I was sitting in my wheelchair, watching the show on tv, she played a Foo Fighters song, man…wayyy better than we've ever played it. So I thought I'd come out here and start the show tonight singing that song back to Florence."

Grohl and the group then opened their 20-song set with the 2002 classic, "Times Like These", before delivering a masterful mix of tunes from their career, including the new single, "Run", from the forthcoming album, "Concrete And Gold." Read more and stream the show here.

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Queen and Adam Lambert Rock Classic Song On Jimmy Kimmel

(hennemusic) Queen and Adam Lambert performed the band's 1989 hit, "I Want It All", on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on June 22 and video from the program is available online.

The tune was the lead single to Queen's thirteenth studio album, "The Miracle." The song reached No.3 in the group's native UK, where it achieved silver status for sales of more than 200,00 copies, while the album topped the UK charts and earned platinum status for almost 500,000 in sales.

In addition to delivering "I Want It All" on the broadcast, the group also performed three other tracks for fans in attendance, including "Don't Stop Me Now", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", and Lambert's new solo single, "Two Fux", due for release on June 30.

Queen's appearance on the late night ABC program was to promote a summer tour of North America, which kicked off June 23 in Phoenix, AZ. Watch the videos and see the tour dates here.

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Metallica Streaming Live 'Battery' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1986 classic, "Battery", at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL on June 18th, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The song was the opening track from the group's third album, "Master Of Puppets", which proved to be a turning point in Metallica's career, as their major label debut became thrash metal's first platinum album while expanding and solidifying the band's sonic palette. The project has now sold more than 6 million copies in the US alone.

The Chicago stop on the band's current North American leg of their World Wired tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" was the final night before Metallica would enjoy a two-week break from the trek, which sees them on the road with guests Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat.

"When we go out and tour, we try and bring bands out that have either done well on their own or we get along with, or we just like their music," frontman James Hetfield tells ABC7 Chicago. "There's gotta be some connection. It's not, 'Oh, they're hot right now. Bring 'em out.' But you have a history with them, you get along really well. That's one of the main things about touring - just getting along with people. Maybe it happened in the old days, where there's fighting between bands and all this crap. But that's kind of… It's old hat.

"But as far as bands going out with us now, we've got Volbeat, who I think is really great, on some of the legs. Avenged Sevenfold is out. There's a band called Gojira, who we've had out quite a few times. And, yeah, they're good and they're heavy." Watch the video here.

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Alter Bridge Release 'Cradle To The Grave' Video

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge have released a video for "Cradle To The Grave", the latest track from their current album, "The Last Hero." The fourth single from the 2016 project follows the lead tune, "Show Me A Leader", "My Champion" and "Poison In Your Veins."

Alter Bridge's fifth album, "The Last Hero" debuted at No. 8 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release last fall. The feat marks the first time the band have been in the US Top 10 since their first album, "One Day Remains", debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the charts in 2004.

Alter Bridge are currently playing dates across Europe and have scheduled a handful of US shows scheduled in August, as well, before playing a series of dates in South America in September. Watch the video here.

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Liam Gallagher Announces Solo Album and Tour

(hennemusic) Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher will release his debut solo album, "As You Were", on October 6. The project has been previewed with the lead single, "Wall Of Glass", and an ongoing series of live dates across Europe that included a surprise performance at the recent One Love Manchester benefit concert in the singer's UK hometown.

The project includes four tracks produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck) and eleven tunes overseen by Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Mumford And Sons).

The launch of the former Oasis singer's solo career follows a five-year, two-record stint with Beady Eye, who disbanded in 2014. "I didn't want to be reinventing anything or going off on a space jazz odyssey," says Gallagher of the forthcoming set. "It's the Lennon Cold Turkey' vibe, The Stones, the classics. But done my way, now."

"As You Were" will be available in standard and deluxe editions on digital, CD, vinyl and limited edition coloured vinyl, with a special boxset also offered via Gallagher's website.

The rocker will support the project's launch with a newly-announced series of North American dates this fall. The three-week, nine-show run will open in San Francisco, CA on November 13, with stops in several major markets including Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Toronto, among others. Watch the new video and see the tour dates here.

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Kick Off Tour

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie opened a summer North American tour in support of their self-titled debut album in Atlanta, GA on June 21 and video from opening night has surfaced online.

The duo's 19-song set at the city's Chastain Park Amphitheater mixed new material alongside a pair of Buckingham tunes and Fleetwood Mac classics like "Little Lies," "You Make Loving Fun" and "Go Your Own Way."

Including the lead single, "In My World", Buckingham McVie delivered eight songs from their record, which originated from a series of studio sessions in 2014 after McVie reunited with Fleetwood Mac for dates on their On With The Show tour.

"We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically," explains Buckingham. "The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album. We acknowledged that to each other on many occasions, and said to ourselves, 'What took us so long?!'"

The Buckingham McVie summer tour, with guests The Wallflowers, currently has dates scheduled into mid-August. Watch some videos from the show here.

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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Announce Tour

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals have announced that they will be hitting the road early next month to launch their 2017 North American summer tour.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on July 6th in Apple Valley, MN at the Minnesota Zoo - Weesner Family Amphitheater and will wrap up on August 27th in Montauk, NY at The Surf Lodge.

Harper had this to say, "For myself and this band, playing live is what an instrument is for, it's what a song is for. A song is not completed until it reaches someone somewhere. Playing live gives us a chance to complete the songs each night." See the dates here.

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Joe Bonamassa Releases 'The Valley Runs Low' Unplugged Video

Joe Bonamassa is celebrating the release of his new unplugged live package with the premiere of the acoustic video of him performing "The Valley Runs Low" live at Carnegie Hall.

The clip is to promote the release of "Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall - An Acoustic Evening", which is now available on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Vinyl and was captured during his two shows at the famed New York City venue on January 21-22nd, 2016.

Bonamassa had this to say, "Despite being among the most ambitious things I've done – I played with a 9 piece acoustic band – It came out great. It was a typical Joe freak show." Watch the video here.

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Toadies Announce New Album And Tour

Toadies have announced their first round of tour dates that they will be launching in support of their forthcoming album "The Lower Side Of Uptown", which is set to be released on September 8th.

The initial round of live dates across the U.S. are scheduled to begin on September 6th in Denton, TX at Rockin Rodeo and conclude on November 10th in Austin, TX at Stubbs.

Frontman Vaden Todd Lewis had this to say about the new record: "This album is 'roots Toadies", full of riffs and time shifts" and guitarist Clark Vogeler says, "I feel that subconsciously we thought that this record would have ended up incorporating some of that quieter sound, but that didn't happen. When we got to the studio with nothing more than a pile of riffs, what came out of the band was really loud and heavy music. So not only is this album louder than Heretics, I think it's louder and heavier than the last couple Toadies albums" said of the sessions, which were recorded Arlyn Studio, a favorite of the legendary Willie Nelson, and The Bubble in Austin". See the tour dates here.

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Like Moths to Flames To Play Debut Album At Upcoming Shows

Like Moths to Flames have announced a special series of live dates this summer in select cities where they will be performing their "When We Don't Exist" in its entirety.

The North American trek is broke up into two legs with the first kicking off in Toronto on July 27th followed by shows in New York City, Easton, PA and Worchester, MA.

The second leg will begin on August 3rd in Pittsburgh, PA at Cattivo and will include stops in Detroit and Columbus, OH before wrapping up on the 6th in Berwyn, IL at The Wire. See the dates here.

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The Afghan Whigs Announce North American Tour

The Afghan Whigs have announced that they will be launching a North American tour this fall to promote their brand new studio album "In Spades" which will feature support from Har Mar Superstar.

The tour will be getting underway on September 6 in Orlando, FL at The Social and will wrap up with an appearance at this year's Voodoo Music + Arts Festival in New Orleans on October 27th.

The trek will feature the band visiting several cites that they have not playing in for several years including Richmond, Birmingham, Kansas City and Houston. See the dates here.

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Blink-182 To Headline Music Midtown Festival

Blink-182 and Mumford & Sons lead the lineup for this year's Music Midtown Festival which is scheduled to take place at Piedmont Park in Atanata on September 16th and 17th.

The event will also feature additional headline sets from Bruno Mars and Future and supporting performances from Wiz Khalifa, Weezer, Big Sean, HAIM, Young the Giant, Bastille, Two Door Cinema Club, Tove Lo, Russ, Milky Chance, Collective Soul, The Strumbellas, Oh Wonder, Judah & The Lion, The Naked and Famous, Zara Larson, Dua Lipa, Broods, PVRIS, Vintage Trouble, Lizzo, Joywave, Bibi Bourelly, COIN, AJR, Circa Waves, Missio, Hiss Golden Messenger, Daye Jack and Midnight Larks

"I'm so proud of our line-up this year. We have an incredibly diverse group of artists and some of the biggest names in music," says Live Nation Atlanta President, Peter Conlon. Read more here.

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Kid Rock Announces His Third Annual Fish Fry

Kid Rock has announced the initial details for his Third Annual Fish Fry which will be taking place at the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel (Nashville area) on Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th.

Each day will include a full set by Kid Rock and he has also recruited Gretchen Wilson, Wheeler Walker Jr. to appear at the event, with more artist to still be announced.

In addition to the live music, the event will also include a Ferris wheel, corn hole, fireworks, picnic tables, local food trucks, cold beer and the festival's namesake fried fish.

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Armored Saint's Storytellers Episode Of Mars Attacks Podcast Released

The latest installment of the Mars Attacks Podcast with Victor M. Ruiz is special Storytellers episode featuring Armored Saint's John Bush and Joey Vera. The show sent over the following details:

During the episode Ruiz runs down the band's entire catalog of studio albums, discussing at least two tracks per album with both Joey Vera and John Bush. You'll hear some common themes throughout, and hear how songs came together both form a lyrical standpoint, and how they were composed from the musical side of things.

You hear Joey and John discuss a bunch of topics, including songs they'd love to rotate in the live setting, and possibly not play again, videos they've made, both good and bad, getting songwriting advice from unlikely sources, both wanted and unwanted, butting heads with their former record label over the band's direction, saving songs because they were holding out hoping Armored Saint would reform, going from a five piece, to a four piece and back. Stream it here.

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KingBathmat Preview New Album 'Dark Days'

KingBathmat are gearing up to release their first new album in four years this Friday (June 30th) and are giving fans are small preview of the new record, which will be entitled "Dark Days".

John Bassett had this to say "It's a darker, heavier album, but still with the melodic style that runs through most of the KingBathmat back catalogue. It wasn't initially in my plans to make another KingBathmat record, but these songs just had that KingBathmat feel to them.

"Over the last few years I've had numerous messages asking for another KingBathmat album, so I thought why not. If the response is favorable this might be the start to a number of mini KingBathmat albums" Check out the preview video here.

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