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Guns N' Roses Made History With MCG Concert

Guns N' Roses enjoyed big success with the Australian and New Zealand leg of their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour, according to the tour's promoter TEG Dainty (via Pollstar).

They report that 353,000 tickets were sold for the eight shows that were part of the tour leg last month, including a sell out at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds in Melbourne which holds 74,000 people and made the band the first international act to sell out the venue.

The band, which features original singer Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash and bass player Duff McKagan, also drew 85,000 fans for their two concerts at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Read more here.

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Foreigner Celebrating 40th Anniversary With $19.77 Tickets

Foreigner will be celebrating their 40th anniversary by offering a few lucky fans the opportunity to purchase $19.77 priced tickets to their upcoming summer tour with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.

The exact amount of specially priced tickets was not announced but was simply referred to as "a limited number" being available at livenation.com for a "limited time" beginning on Monday (March 6th).

Mick Jones had this to say, "I never could have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner forty years ago, that we'd still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later.

"I can't express the gratitude I feel when fans share stories of how our songs have been woven into their milestones and memories over the years. This summer we are going to celebrate these songs, and I can't imagine a better group of friends to share this monumental tour with, than Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham who are sure to make it a true tribute to the everlasting power of rock and roll." See the dates here.

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Asia's John Wetton Tributes Shows To Include Steve Howe

Asia have announced that are planning a series of four tribute shows to their late frontman John Wetton, which will feature the return of former guitarist Steve Howe.

The band shared the following news with fans via social media, "A tribute to John Wetton is being planned, end November, 4 dates including the Royal Albert Hall, with members of Asia as special guests of Foreigner. John Parr will be opening the show.

"Signed up so far are Geoff Downes and Steve Howe, with Carl Palmer unable to join due to prior commitments. Dylan Howe will be on drums and Billy Sherwood will be on bass and vocals." Read more here.

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Korn And Stone Sour Announce Summer Tour

Korn announced on Monday that they will be hitting the road this summer for a North American tour that will feature Stone Sour as their special guests.

The Serenity of Summer Tour will be kicking off in Salt Lake City at the USANA Amphitheatre on June 16th and will wrap up on August 2nd in Cleveland, OH at the Blossom Music Center.

The trek will also feature support from Baby Metal, Yelawolf and Islander for the first leg that runs through June 16th. The second leg will feature Skillet, Yelawolf and DED. See the dates here.

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Prince's Former Band The Revolution Extend Reunion Tour

Prince's former band The Revolution have vastly expanded their upcoming North American tour with the addition of a new leg that will take the tour from spring well into summer.

The band played with Prince on some of his most popular music of the early 1980s including the iconic "Purple Rain" album and movie and decided to reunite to play tribute to the music legend in the wake of his untimely death.

The reunion, which began with only a handful of shows announced, has proven so popular that the band has decided to embark on a full North American tour that stretches from May until mid-July. Read more here.

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HIM Breaking Up After 26 Years Following Farewell Tour

HIM have announced that they will be calling it a career after two and half decades. The band will be retiring at the end of the year after they embark on a farewell tour.

Frontman Ville Valo explained the reasons the band decided to retire, "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."

Bassist Mige adds, "At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild. Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty's service. It shall not be a weepfest but a celebration of love metal in all its lovecraftian glory! See you there!"

The band has announced the initial dates for their farewell tour which is currently scheduled to begin on June 14th in Barcelona and conclude in London on December 17th. See the dates here.

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Metallica Share Video Of Jam With Iggy Pop

(hennemusic) Metallica and Iggy Pop teamed up to play The Stooges classic, "T.V. Eye", during the encore of the band's third and final date in Mexico City on March 5, and Metallica have shared official video of the performance.

"Metallica has much respect for the man coming out here to sing a song with us," frontman James Hetfield told the crowd at Foro Sol. "We're grateful that he's been able to be on this Mexico City tour with us. Please, show your sign of respect and love to Mr. Iggy Pop! Please come out here dude."

"T.V. Eye" originally appeared on 1970's "Fun House", the second album by Pop's legendary punk-pioneering Ann Arbor, Michigan band. The rocker opened all three Mexico City dates this past week on Metallica's WorldWired tour in support of from their No. 1 album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct." Watch the video here.

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Boston Announce North American Summer Tour

Boston have announced that they have added a new North American summer leg to their Hyper Space Tour which will feature support from Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.

The new tour leg is scheduled to get underway on June 14th in Mountain View, CA at the Shoreline Amphitheatre and will conclude on July 30th in Bristow, VA at Jiffy Lube Live.

Boston founder Tom Scholz made the following comments about the upcoming trek, "I am thrilled to have Joan and her band on tour with us this summer." Read more here.

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Deep Purple Go Heavier On New Album Says Roger Glover

(Gibson) Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover spoke recently with Billboard about Infinite, the band's new album slated for release on April 7. Glover said making the record was somewhat analogous to working on a sophomore album.

"After a real standout album like [2013's] Now What?!, [we were thinking], 'What are we going to follow it up with?'" said Glover. "It's almost like the classic second-album syndrome. We wanted to make it different. We didn't want to make it sound like an extension of Now What?! So [Infinite] sounds a little heavier … a bit denser maybe."

Glover was also asked about the band's upcoming world tour, dubbed "The Long Goodbye." "We just want to carry on as long as nature allows or is kind of dignified," he said. "If we can't do what we do anymore, then yes, it's time to stop. But we're still doing it, and we're still enjoying it very much. So all we're saying is the door is closing, but it's not closed yet." Comment here.

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alt-J Stream New Song '3WW' and Confirm Album Release

alt-J have released a stream of their band new track "3WW". The new song comes with the news that the group will be releasing their new studio album "Relaxer" on June 9th.

The new album is the follow-up to their 2014 effort "This Is All Yours" and reunited the band once again with producer Charlie Andrew. The new song can be streamed here.

The band has also revealed a limited number of live performances this summer which will include appearances at some music festivals as well as some headline dates. See the tour dates and the album tracklisting

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Fleetwood Mac Stream Two Previously Unreleased Tracks

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac are streaming a pair of previously unreleased tracks that come from their forthcoming expanded reissue of their 1987 album, "Tango In The Night."

Demos of the project's second single, "Seven Wonders", and the unissued tune, "Where We Belong", serve as a preview to the March 31 release of the project. The group's 14th studio album, "Tango In The Night" peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 3 million copies in the country and 15 million worldwide. The set features six singles, including the US Top 5 hits "Big Love" and "Little Lies."

The album currently stands as the final studio release by the band's most successful line-up of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.

Part of the group's ongoing reissue series, the remastered 30th anniversary project will be available digitally and as a single CD, a double CD with rare and unreleased recordings, and a 3-CD Deluxe Edition that adds a 180-gram LP, a disc of remixes and a DVD of videos and a high-resolution version of the album.

13 rare recordings from the era include the alternate version of "Mystified," a demo for the album's title song, plus the rare b-sides "Down Endless Street" and "Ricky." Stream the tracks here.

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Jaco Pastorius Previously Unreleased Live Album Coming

Resonance Records have announced that they will be releasing Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul - Live in NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording.

It will first be offered a special deluxe limited edition 3-LP boxed set that will be available for this year's Record Store Day on April 22, 2017, followed by the release of a deluxe 2-CD set and digital editions on May 19, 2017.

The previously unreleased live album by electric bass icon Jaco Pastorius and the Word of Mouth Big Band featuring special guest, harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans was recorded at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC on June 27, 1982 as part of George Wein's Kool Jazz Festival. Read more here.

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Pink Floyd Stream Rare 1968 TV Performance

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd are streaming rare video of a 1968 performance of "Instrumental Improvisation" originally broadcast on the BBC TV program "The Sound Of Change", as a preview to the March 24 release of a series of individual volumes from "The Early Years 1965-1972" box set.

The band was filmed in concert in London, UK on March 26, 1968 for an episode about cultural revolution through music. The footage appears on the DVD/Blu-ray portion of "1968 Germin/ation", one of six volumes to be issued separately this month after appearing on last November's release of the box set.

The massive 27-disc package features 130 tracks from the band's formative years, including TV recordings, BBC Sessions, outtakes, demos and more than 20 unreleased songs alongside 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and more than 5 hours of rare concert footage. Watch the video here.

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Nothing Left Stream New Song 'Hand Of Death'

Nothing Left have released an online stream of their new track "Hand Of Death". The song comes from the group forthcoming "Destroy & Rebuild" EP.

The new EP, the band's debut release, is set to be released on April 21st by Facedown Records and the group will also be taking part in the 20th anniversary of Facedown Fest this May.

The group was formed by former For Today stars Ryan and Brandon Leitru, who had the following to say about the new track, "this song is an honest look at the struggle to make sense of life in the aftermath of losing someone to suicide." Listen here.

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Announce American Tour

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have announced their first North American tour and have premiered a new music video for their track "Vampires" from their latest album "Modern Ruin".

The new video was filmed by Tom Welsh during the band's European tour with Biffy Clyro and features performance footage as well as look at the band off stage. Watch it here

The group's North American tour is scheduled to kick off on April 20th in Los Angeles at The Hi Hat and will be wrapping up on May 20th in Columbus, OH with an appearance at Rock on the Range. Read more here.

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The Meat Puppets, mike watt Announce Tour Tour Two

The Meat Puppets, mike watt + the jom & terry show have announced that they will be teaming up for 'The Tour Tour Two' of the U.S. this spring. We were sent the following details:

"Right now the band is so powerful, it's just a blast," says Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets. "Recently, we all played some sick f***ing nights of music. Plus, I have a beard now."

In what can be considered a nod to the 1985 SST showcase tour - Meat Puppets, Minutemen and Hüsker Dü - the Tour Tour Two reunites the Meat Puppets with mike watt + the jom & terry Show, with special guests Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü and Porcupine, featuring Greg Norton (Hüsker Dü) on select dates.

For this tour, the Puppets - Curt and Cris Kirkwood with drummer Shandon Sahm (son of Doug Sahm) and Curt's son, Elmo Kirkwood on guitar - have been adding music from their "middle period": Huevos, Monsters and Too High to Die, along with "new" old stuff. Read more

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