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Sammy Hagar Shares His Van Halen Reunion Vision

Sammy Hagar continue to float his hopes for a Van Halen reunion that would include him and David Lee Roth and has now revealed how he envisions the shows would work with the two frontman sharing the spotlight.

The Red Rocker explains in a new interview with Rolling Stone his idea of how to stage the shows with both singers. "I'd say, 'Dave, you go out and play two songs, then walk off the stage. I walk out, I'll do two songs. I'll walk off, you do two songs.'

"Can you imagine the competition of that? Dave goes out and does 'Jump', and 'Ain't Talkin 'Bout Love'. I go out there and blow out something like 'Good Enough'. You gotta hit it hard, and you better be good. I would give my money to food banks if they would do the same. I would love to give the fans the greatest Van Halen show they could possibly have today. And then say, 'Okay, I still don't like you guys.'" Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Wanted Motorhead Meets Sgt Pepper For New Album

(Gibson) Foo Fighters have announced Concrete and Gold, their first new album since 2014's Sonic Highways. It's out September 15 via Roswell/RCA. The album was produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia) and includes the recently released "Run" and recently teased "Lah Dee Da."

In a new interview with the BBC, frontman Dave Grohl said, "We've made the biggest sounding Foo Fighter record we've ever made. I'm not just saying that. I said to Greg, 'I want to make a record that sounds like Motorhead doing Sgt. Pepper,' and he was like, 'OK.'

"So we recorded an 11-song record with him and honestly, I think it's going to take a lot of people by surprise. Every band says it's the best record they've ever made, but it's definitely the hugest thing we've ever done.

"For six months, I've been trying to keep this a secret and I can't wait for people to hear it because this is the first record I've ever been this proud to play for people."

Grohl added: "We have bunch of guests we haven't told anybody about. Some will really surprise you. There's one who is probably the biggest pop star in the world - and I'm not kidding. They sing back up on one of the heaviest songs on the record and we're not telling anyone who it is." Read more here.

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Video From Queen and Adam Lambert Tour Kick Off Goes Online

(hennemusic) Queen and Adam Lambert launched their first North American tour in three years in Phoenix, AZ on June 23rd and video from opening night is available online.

The band's 25-song set at the city's Gila River Arena opened with their 1977 classic, "We Will Rock You", and delivered hits from throughout the group's legendary catalogue as well as solo tracks from guitarist Brian May and singer Lambert.

The Queen / Lambert trek is a 7-week, 26-date arena run also includes two nights at The Hollywood Bowl this month as Queen debut a brand new state-of-the-art stage production that pays homage to the 40th anniversary of their biggest-selling studio album to date, "News Of The World."

The lineup delivered four songs from the project, including "Get Down, Make Love", "Spread Your Wings" and the finale of "We Are The Champions."

On the eve of the tour's launch, the pairing performed their 1989 hit, "I Want It All", on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live. Watch the official video footage and some fan captured videos here.

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Royal Blood Score No. 1 Debut With New Album

(hennemusic) Royal Blood's second album, "How Did We Get So Dark?", has debuted atop the UK charts. The Official Charts Company reports the follow-up to the band's smash 2014 self-titled debut enters the UK album chart at No. 1, finishing almost 22,000 in combined sales ahead of nearest rival Ed Sheeran.

The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher received the news just prior to taking to the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury festival on June 23.

"Wow. Just wow," they told OfficialCharts.com. "Can we just say, thank you so much." The pair also tweeted a short video featuring an Official Charts Company plaque to mark the achievement, adding, "This went straight to number one and to our heads. Thank you so much."

Royal Blood later stopped their hour-long performance at the UK event to share the news with fans and to toast the crowd with champagne. "How Did We Get So Dark?" was recorded in Brussels, Belgium with producer Joylon Thomas and London, UK with co-producer Tom Dalgety. See the tweets and videos here.

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Nikki Sixx Announces Unofficial Retirement From Touring

(hennemusic) Sixx:AM and former Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx says he has unofficially retired from touring recapped a series of projects he has in the works that will keep him busy over the next year.

"For those of you asking, I've been playing in bands and touring the world for 40 years," shares Sixx on his social media sites. "I have no immediate tour plans unless I get a wild hair up my ass or something or somebody really inspirational comes along.

"Since I've been home, I've just been writing music non-stop, recording with other artists, taking vocal, bass and guitar lessons and focusing on photography.... Money has never been and isn't a driving force for me. Let the chips fall where they fall."

"So I guess I'm unofficially retired or maybe just expired at this time," he adds. "Nice to give 100% of my time to my wife and kids." See what projects he has planned here.

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Brian Wilson's 'Playback' To Include Two Previously Unreleased Songs

Rhino have announced that they will be releasing a new solo anthology for Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson on September 2nd that will include two previously unreleased tracks.

The new 18 track collection will be entitled "Playback" and will feature both studio and live recordings, including a brand new song called "Run James Run" and a previously unreleased track called "Some Sweet Day" that was composed in the early 1990s with Andy Paley.

The album will be released in various formats including digitally, CD and a double LP vinyl version and will includes liner notes by David Wild and the front cover art will feature a previously unseen photo of Wilson taken by iconic rock photographer Robert Matheu. See the tracklist here.

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Liam Gallagher's Full Glastonbury Performance Streaming

(hennemusic) Liam Gallagher delivered an hour-long performance at the UK's Glastonbury Festival on June 24th and video of the singer's full set is available online.

Gallagher rocked a dozen songs during his early evening appearance at the event, mixing classics from his former band, Oasis, alongside material from his forthcoming solo debut, "As You Were."

Opening with a pair of Oasis classics - "Rock 'n' Roll Star" and "Morning Glory" - the singer shifted gears with his new single, "Wall Of Glass", and another pair of solo tracks before revving up the crowd again with more tunes from his former band.

Gallagher closed out the Glastonbury show with his first-ever live performance of "Don't Look Back In Anger", which he presented a cappella as the festival crowd sang along.

Currently playing dates across Europe, the rocker will release his debut solo album, "As You Were", on October 6. here.

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Blind Guardian Release 'Twilight Of The Gods' Live Video

Blind Guardian have released a new performance video for their track "Twilight Of The Gods" to promote the upcoming release of their first new live album in 14 years.

The new 22 track new live package will be entitled "Live Beyond The Spheres" is scheduled to hit stores on July 7th in a both a standard 3-CD version and limited edition vinyl formats. Watch the new video here.

Guitarist Andre Olbrich had this to say, "We compiled one 'show' out of the best tracks from more than 40 live performances, recorded during our European tour in 2015. That's how we pinned down the most beautiful and atmospheric moments on this medium." See the tracklist here.

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TesseracT Release 'Smile' Lyric Video

TesseracT have released a lyric video for their new single "Smile" to celebrate the kick off of their summer tour of North American with Megadeth and Meshuggah.

The clip can be streamed here. Frontman Daniel Tompkins had this to say about the track, "Lyrically, 'Smile' carries a strong and forward sense of irony as we explore and darkest side of the human condition.

"The song will witness the manifestation of an 'entity.' Consciousness survives through constant manipulation only to propagate pessimism and hopelessness. Our entity observes, consumes and evolves, bearing witness to human existence, mimicking our presence in colossal form." See the dates here.

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Tommy Shaw Orchestra TV Concert Special Announced

AXS TV have announced the broadcast premiere of the 2016 concert special "Sing For The Day! Tommy Shaw And Contemporary Youth Orchestra" and have released a preview video clip.

The special is scheduled to air on Sunday, July 9, at 10pE following the season premiere of Rock And Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar at 9pE/6pP, which features Shaw and STYX with Sammy Hagar backstage at the Venetian Theater in Las Vegas.

Sing For The Day! was filmed live at the Waetjen Auditorium in Cleveland, OH, in May of 2016, commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Styx's landmark collaboration with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra with an unforgettable night of music.

Highlights include renditions of the Styx classics "Too Much Time On My Hands," "Renegade," "Sing For The Day," and "Blue Collar Man," as well as Shaw's acclaimed solo hits "Diamond" and "The Great Divide," Damn Yankees classics "High Enough" and "Come Again," and many more. Watch the preview clip here.

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Nine Inch Nails' Twin Peaks Cameo Goes Online

(Radio.com) Nine Inch Nails and surrealist director David Lynch have a longstanding mutual admiration: They contributed to the soundtrack of his 1997 film Lost Highway, and he directed their 2003 video for "Came Back Haunted." Lynch is back in the spotlight with the follow-up to his '90s bizarre, cult thriller Twin Peaks and he knew just who to call when he needed a band to play in The Roadhouse--the show's iconic local bar.

Nine Inch Nails (introduced and credited as themselves) performed a new version of "She's Gone Away" and Trent Reznor's wife Mariqueen Maandig lent backing vocals. The dimly lit session is hard to see, but it's really them. Eddie Vedder also lent "Out of Sand" to the show's soundtrack.

It's the start of a potentially big summer for Nine Inch Nails--their next studio album is due out sometimes, though it's not clear when. They'll perform a handful of scheduled gigs including Chicago's Riot Festival in September. Watch NIN's cameo on Twin Peaks here.

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Nickelback's 'Feed The Machine' Debuts In Top 5 On Album Chart

(hennemusic) Nickelback's latest album, "Feed The Machine", has debuted on the US charts. According to Billboard, the project debuts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 47,000 units, including 43,000 in traditional album sales.

Nickelback's ninth album - and first release with BMG worldwide - delivers the Canadian outfit their seventh US Top 10. The group's previous effort, 2014's "No Fixed Address", debuted on the US Billboard 200 at No. 4 with opening week sales of 80,000 copies while also opening at No. 1 on the US Top Rock Albums chart.

"Feed The Machine" was previewed with the title track and the follow-up single, "Song On Fire." Nickelback co-produced the set with Chris Baseford (Slash, Shinedown), and are supporting the project with a just-launched North American tour. See the dates here.

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Dethklok's Brendon Small Streams New Song 'My Name Is Murder'

Dethklok mastermind Brendon Small is giving fans another taste of his forthcoming album "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm" ahead of its official release on August 25th.

Smalls has released a stream of the new single "My Name Is Murder" via YouTube, and the track has also been serviced to leading digital music retailers and streaming services.

Brendon had this to say about the song, "I wrote all the riffs for 'My Name Is Murder' in one sitting, and it quickly became a favorite while we were making the record. Story-wise, this song is about a bad dude doing very bad things, and writing from the POV of a bad guy is very, very fun for me." Stream the new single here.

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Spirit's Debut Album Expanded For SACD Reissue

(Glass Onyon) Spirit's self-titled 1968 debut album is being reissued as a limited edition hybrid SACD by Audio Fidelity, which will include four bonus tracks. The label has not listed a release date but we were sent the following details:

The album spent more than six months on the Billboard album charts and received heavy airplay on underground FM radio. Their music was part of the core, essence, and heartbeat of the hippie, psychedelic, counter culture movement. The album is timeless, as fresh today as when it first appeared.

The band could play more styles than almost any other group. On Spirit they unveiled a mélange of rock, jazz, blues, folk-rock, and even a bit of classical and Indian music. The music is experimental. The vocals flow as easily as the instrumentals. Spirit struck a careful balance between disciplined studio chops, jazz improvisation, and driving rock and roll. Guitar prodigy Randy California is a clear standout, but the other band members are superb as well; John Locke's shimmering keyboards, Mark Andes' subsonic wall of bass, and Ed Cassidy's precision drumming. Big credit has to go to lead singer Jay Fergusson, whose phrasing is always just right with a wonderful spontaneous feel. The Marty Paich string arrangements are sublime. Read more

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U2 Play Tribute To Leonard Cohen At Toronto Show

(Radio.com) During a concert in Toronto, Canada over this past weekend, U2 shared their admiration for the late Canadian singer Leonard Cohen in word and song.

Cohen died in November of 2016 after a battle with cancer. He was 82. Bono began the tribute by calling Cohen "an addiction I'm not ready to give up."

"Tonight we hold onto some things, as you let go of others," Bono said. "I'm not quite sure how to let it go, but I know tonight I'm holding onto the music of Leonard Cohen. Thinking about it today. It's been on my mind. He's an addiction I'm not ready to give up, so I'm going to sing this one to Leonard Cohen."

The U2 frontman urged the Toronto audience to light up the Rogers Centre with their phones before he and his bandmates performed their own interpretation of Cohen's "Suzanne" and a snippet of "Hallelujah." Watch the performance here.

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As Paradise Falls Release 'Dead Message' Video

As Paradise Falls have released a new music video for their track "Dead Message". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Digital Ritual," which is set to be released on July 21st.

Guitarist Danny Kenneally had the following to say. "This song explores communication in the digital age, and how so many interactions between friends occur online.

"Digital communication lives in a strange duality of being so vital, while at other times being flippantly disregarded the minute it doesn't meet our interests. Do we prefer isolation and are we bored with humanity, or are we just becoming lazy?" Watch the video here.

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