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Slayer, Lamb of God and Behemoth Team For Summer Tour

Thrash legends Slayer have announced that they will be hitting the road this summer for a North American tour that will also feature Lamb of God and Behemoth.

The triple-bill be kicking off the six week trek on July 12th at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, MN and they will conclude the tour on August 20th at the Comerica Theater in Phoenix, AZ.

Slayer guitarist Kerry King had this to say, "As metal tours go, this is the one that your fellow metal heads will be bragging about if you miss it! Not very often I get to go on tour where we are all friends to start. That being said, the potential for greatness at these events is mind blowing. I look forward to being a part of it, and hanging with old friends- bands as well as fanatical fans! Let the festivities begin!!" Read more including the dates here.

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Disturbed Unplug For Work On An Acoustic EP

Disturbed frontman David Draiman has revealed that the band has been working on an acoustic EP, which he implies may be released before the band get to work on their next studio album next year.

The group has been touring hard in support of their successful 2015 comeback album "Immortalized" which came after a four year hiatus. Now the group is looking forward to a break before beginning work on their next album but Draiman reveals in an interview with Rock Antenne that they have been working on the acoustic project.

When asked about the long wait for a new studio album, David told them, "Well, the plan at this particular point in time is to take a little bit of time off, spend some time with our families, get some personal stuff done.

"We have an acoustic EP that we're working on. That's something we've wanted to do for years that we just never had the time or the opportunity to. So that we'll be working on in between our LP releases.

"And then probably 2018 we will head back into the studio to record the next record and hopefully have a release sometime in late 2018 and hit the road 2019 again." Watch the interview clip here.

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From First To Last Make Skrillex Reunion Official

(Radio.com) From First to Last have made it official, Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore), has reunited with the group as their permanent frontman, they confirmed this week.

According to Radio.com, the band made the announcement by updating their profile photo across their online presence with a new shot featuring Moore, they've also added his handle to their bio link.

His official return follows his appearance with the band for the first time in ten years last month at Emo Night L.A. and in January he lent vocals to the group's new single "Make War." Read the report here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Reveals New Album Plans

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine laid out the band's plans for the future in a new interview, including their beginning work on their next studio album, the follow up to their acclaimed 2016 effort "Dystopia".

Mustaine was the featured guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekly radio program and revealed the following, "We have some American dates that we're looking at in summertime and some at the end of the year too. We can't really say what they are yet but we're pretty excited about what this year has for us."

"It's going to end this year," Mustaine said of the promotion for their "Dystopia" album and then added this about their plans for their next album, "I think the end of … What we're looking at, we're trying to start the songwriting process this year while we're out on the road, which will be good for us to start putting pen to paper and writing stuff.

"Kiko and I have actually been talking a lot about it the last couple weeks, sending files back and forth and so on and so forth, which is exciting for me because that's what makes me tick is writing music. When I see new files coming back and forth through my email it's like, 'Yes.' It's like Christmas." Read more here.

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Poison Announce First Headline Dates In Over A Decade

(hennemusic) The reactivated Poison have announced their first headline dates in more than a decade. Original members Bret Michaels, guitarist CC Deville, bassist Bobby Dall and drummer Rikki Rockett will play a series of headline shows while on the road across North America with Def Leppard and Tesla this spring.

The Def Leppard run begins in Manchester, NH on April 8, with select Poison shows announced for Raleigh, NC on April 28, followed by stops in Charlotte, NC (April 29), Cherokee, NC (May 6), Huntington, WV (May 7), Albany, NY (May 9), Rama, ON (May 11), Rapid City, SD (May 26), and Grand Forks, ND (May 27).

More Poison dates will be announced soon. "I'm really looking forward to the Poison tour," says Michaels. "It's going to be incredible playing all the hits and putting on a hell of a high-energy rock show for the three generations of awesome fans." Read more here.

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Randy Rhoads Remembered Shows Announced

Two special Randy Rhoads Remembered shows will be taking place later this month to mark the 35th anniversary of the tragic passing of the legendary guitarist.

The first show will be taking place The Canyon Club & Special Events Center in Agoura Hills, California on Sunday, March 19th, the actual anniversary of Rhoads death in an airplane accident while he was on tour with Ozzy Osbourne and the Blizzard of Ozz band.

The band lineup for the show will be lead by Randy's friend and former Blizzard of Ozz and Quiet Riot bandmate Rudy Sarzo. He will be joined by Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Billy Idol, The Dead Daisies), Dewey Bragg (Möth, Kill Devil Hill) and Steve Ferlazzo (Nuno Bettencourt, Soundcheck Live Founder). Read more here.

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Reunited Ratt Announce Spring and Summer Dates

The recently reunited Ratt, featuring many of their original members, have announced they will be returning to the road this spring and summer for some live dates in various U.S. cities.

The reunited lineup features original singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini, as well as former Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo.

The string of new live dates will begin on April 26th at the Paramount in Huntington, NY and conclude with an appearance at this year's Rock Fest in Cadott, WI on July 12th.

The dates also include appearances at various music festivals including the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD, Rocklahoma, and another Rockfest In Kansas City. See the dates here.

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Pantera's Rex Brown Ink Deal For Debut Solo Album

Former Pantera star Rex Brown has announced that he will be releasing his debut solo album later this year under a new worldwide deal that he has inked with Entertainment One (eOne).

Brown recorded the lead vocals, rhythm guitars, and bass for the album which in collaboration with Nashville-based guitarist and songwriter Lance Harvill. "Lance was and is, my main man on this. Everything we did was finely tuned, both musically and brotherly," said Rex in the announcement.

Rex recruited Christopher Williams (Accept, Blackfoot, Lee Greenwood) to handle drums on the album, which was produced by Caleb Sherman (Little Big Town, Porter Block). Read more here.

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Metallica Frontman Featured In Sammy Hagar TV Preview

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar is joined by Metallica frontman James Hetfield in a video preview of the hour-long season 2 premiere of his AXS-TV series "Rock & Roll Road Trip."

The program opens with Hagar and Hetfield hosting the third annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert - the benefit concert they founded - at the Fillmore in San Fransisco, CA.

In addition to performance clips, Joe Satriani, John Mayer, Hetfield and Melissa Etheridge sit down to chat with the Red Rocker during the episode. "This is a different side of entertainment for me," says Hagar. "I shut up and listen now."

The 6-episode run sees Hagar drive across the US to jam with some of music's biggest names, including John Mellencamp, Toby Keith, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Neilsen, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Fleetwood Mac founder Mick Fleetwood. Watch the preview here.

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Robert Plant Rocks 'Whole Lotta Love' In TV Special Preview Clip

(hennemusic) Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters perform the Led Zeppelin classic, "Whole Lotta Love", in a preview to the March 5 AXS TV broadcast premiere of the singer in concert at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA last fall.

Plant's performance was part of David Lynch's Festival of Disruption, a two-day music, art, film & creativity festival curated by the legendary filmmaker.

The rocker's set also kicks off AXS TV's new Sunday Night Rocks series, which will feature concert broadcast premieres by artists including Def Leppard, Blondie, Ringo Starr and His 2016 All Starr Band, Mavis Staples, Alan Jackson, and a tribute to Kenny Loggins.

"Throughout the history of rock, few artists have been as influential and enduring as Robert Plant," says AXS TV's vice president of music programming and production Evan Haiman. "This incredible concert showcases the music icon at the top of his game, putting his signature vocals on full display as he blazes through an expansive setlist that will satisfy die-hard fans and curious newcomers alike."

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters live at the Ace Hotel will be broadcast on AXS TV on Sunday, March 5 at 10 pm EST. Watch the preview clip here.

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Depeche Mode Announce North American Tour

Depeche Mode have announced the North American leg of their upcoming Global Spirit World Tour that they are launching in support of their new studio album, entitled "Spirit".

The new U.S. and Canadian tour leg will be kicking off on August 23rd in Salt Lake City, UT at the USANA Amphitheatre and will conclude on October 22nd in Edmonton, AB at Rogers Place.

The veteran group's new album, their 14th studio effort, was produced by James Ford and it is schedule to hit stores on March 17th. As previously reported they are also releasing a remix CD for the album's first single "Where's The Revolution" this Friday, March 3rd.

The band will be launching the world tour with a European leg this spring that is scheduled to begin on May 5th in Stockholm. See all of the dates here.

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Franz Ferdinand Announce North American Tour

Franz Ferdinand have announced that they will be embarking on a North American tour surrounding some previously announced music festivals appearances this spring.

The Glasgow band will be crossing the pond for the new U.S. and Canadian dates beginning on May 21st with an appearance at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL.

Their headline dates will kick off the next night at Nashville's Exit/In and will wrap up in Charlottesville, VA at the Jefferson Theater on June 15th, before performing at the Firefly Music Festival the next night. See the dates here.

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Smile Empty Soul Releasing 'Rarities' Album

Smile Empty Soul have set a March 10th release date for "Rarities", a compilation album that will feature previously unreleased tracks that were written over the course of the last 14 years.

Frontman Sean Danielsen had this to say, "I'm happy to be releasing all these songs we've recorded over the years that never made our regular albums. its gonna be cool to see them get out there to our fans and maybe play a few of them at our live shows".

"Rarities" follows the release of Danielsen's debut solo album "Product Of Isolation," which hit stores back in January. "This album was my first venture into having a home studio and engineering and producing completely on my own. it was an amazing experience to make and i hope people can relate to it. i definitely poured myself into the songs, and i think that shows." Read more here.

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Linkin Park's Late Night TV Performance Goes Online

(hennemusic) Linkin Park were joined by Kiiara for a performance of "Heavy" on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday, and video from the program has been posted online.

The collaborative song, which has just debuted at No. 52 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, is the lead single from Linkin Park's forthcoming album, "One More Light."

"One of the reasons why we chose 'Heavy' as the first single is because it is really the core sound of the album," Mike Shinoda tells Billboard. "This wasn't a scenario where the whole album sounds one way and the single sounds different. This is how the album sounds.

"So we wanted to go out with a song like that, where everybody can get a sense of the direction of this body of work." Due May 19, the band's seventh album marks the follow-up to 2014's "The Hunting Party", which debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200. Watch the Corden performance here.

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Suicidal Tendencies' Mike Muir Pays Tribute To Bill Paxton

Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir posted an online tribute to his friend Bill Paxton, the veteran actor who died this past Saturday (February 25) from complications following surgery. He was 61.

Muir wrote the following on his band's official Facebook page, "I'm extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Paxton, someone I was lucky enough to know and call a real friend. I meet him when I was 16 as we both worked delivering the L.A. Times in the morning. We were the only 'young ones' there as most of the people were at least 40.

"Bill had moved out to Santa Monica to be an 'actor'. I told him I was gonna start a band :) He was just an incredibly cool, friendly, optimistic guy that never got discouraged when he couldn't get even an audition for the smallest roles. But every morning at 2am he came into work with a smile.

"He loved music too, so we'd sometimes go to punk rock shows and then go straight from the Starwood or Whiskey to delivering the morning paper to Northside SM." Read more here.

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Modest Mouse Announce U.S. Spring Tour

Modest Mouse have announced that they will be returning to the road this spring for a new U.S. tour, presumably in continued support of their 2015 release "Strangers To Ourselves".

The band will be kicking off the spring trek on May 23rd at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA and will wrap the short road trip up in Lincoln, NE at the Pinewood Bowl on June 10th.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, according to their Facebook page. The band announced the new tour dates on their official site, with the dates below a posting promoting the 2015 effort. See the tour dates here.

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The Jesus and Mary Chain Announce North American Tour Dates

The Jesus and Mary Chain have announced a short run of North American tour dates this spring following the release of their forthcoming studio album "Damage and Joy".

The tour is scheduled to kick off in St. Paul, MN at The Palace on May 9th and will hit various cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up on May 24th in Vancouver, BC at the Vogue Theatre.

"Damage and Joy" will be the group's first new studio release since their 1998 effort "Munki" and is set to hit stores on March 24th. Jim Reid had this to say about the new album, "The interesting thing about this record is what comes out of the speakers. To make a good record is an achievement if you're twenty-two, but to do it in your fifties, the way we are, I think is a minor miracle." See the dates here.

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Six Feet Under Recruit Deicide, Cannibal Corpse As New Guitarist

Six Feet Under have announced that they have recruited founding Cannibal Corpse member Jack Owen to complete their lineup, becoming their second guitarist.

The news comes as Six Feet Under just released their new studio album "Torment" last Friday (February 24th). The announcement was made by frontman Chris Barnes, who had the following to say, "It is with great pleasure that I announce and introduce to you our new second guitarist, Jack Owen.

"As you all know, Jack and I started off together helping form one of the greatest death metal bands of all time. Jack and I began talking a few months ago, after his departure from his previous band about joining forces." here.

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George Harrison Celebrated With Two-Part In The Studio Special

Syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 'Best of' George Harrison during his 74th birthday week with a two part special featuring archival interviews conducted by host Redbeard. The show sent over the following details:

Countless rock writers have tried to define the late George Harrison as the 19 year old lead guitarist from Liverpool in an exciting new band in 1963; the Beatle who persuaded the other members to visit India and study meditation and religion; the first Beatle to release a solo album, and the first to have one top the charts; George Harrison the humanitarian as the architect for The Concert for Bangladesh; indie film producer of Monty Python movies including Time Bandits and Withnail and I; George the "comeback kid" in 1987 with the hit album Cloud Nine; and as Nelson Wilbury in his superstar band of five rhythm guitar players with the Traveling Wilburys. George Harrison the devoted husband and father. George was all of these things and more.

In this two-part program you will hear a very comfortable Harrison reflecting and speaking frankly on a number of subjects including, songwriting, collaborations, stage fright, touring Japan, his little known impish sense of humor, inspiration, friendships and more. Below are a few quotes from Redbeard's interviews with the Quiet Beatle.

"We (Beatles) were put on such a pedestal. We had everybody bowing and scraping to us... Every day we were on the front page of all the papers for a couple of years... You realize there's more to life than this."

"If I don't crack a smile, my face just looks serious anyway. A lot of my songs had funny little things in them, but because I wasn't smiling people didn't take them as a joke."

"I was very scared about writing songs with other people because it's not easy...You can write a lot of rubbish before you get to it." Stream part one here and part two here.

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Film Celebrating Iconic Sidemen Racing To Meet Kickstarter Goal

(TCG) In the final day of its Kickstarter campaign, Sidemen: Long Road To Glory races to reach its goal to secure the music rights for a wide release before the deadline today, Wednesday, March 1st.

The film provides an intimate look into the incredible lives of three of the last Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf sidemen, piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin.

Premiering last year at SXSW, the film is complete. However, due to the cost of securing the music licensing for a full release, Sidemen may never reach a wider audience. In the final days of the Kickstarter campaign, filmmaker Scott Rosenbaum says "Their amazing story needs to be told. This is for them." Read more here.

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