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Blink-182 and Tom DeLonge Discussing Reunion Options?

Tom DeLonge implies in a new interview that the door is wide open for him to reunite with Blink-182 and says that he has even been discussing the options for his return with a former bandmate.

DeLonge was replaced in the long-running band by The Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba after DeLonge reportedly told his bandmates that he was committed to too many other projects to work with the band.

Since then DeLonge has expressed his willingness to reunite with the group and he continues that theme in a discussion with San Diego Union Tribune. He told the paper, "Blink is in my DNA. I talk to Travis [Barker] quite a bit and we try and figure out how and when it's going to make sense [for my return]."

He adds, "It's not like I walked away. They have someone doing my job for me. It's just that I'm so busy. If I wanted to, I could be back in a period of days." Read more here.

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Geddy Lee and Jon Anderson To Perform At Yes' Rock Hall Induction

(hennemusic) Original Yes singer Jon Anderson says both he and Rush star Geddy Lee will perform with the band at their induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in New York next month.

Anderson tells Billboard that Lee will join Yes for a performance of their 1971 classic, "Roundabout", in place of the late Chris Squire, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 67 from Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL).

"Chris is going to be there in spirit," says Anderson. "He always believed that we should have been in the Hall of Fame 10, 29 years ago. It wasn't high on my agenda; 'It happens when it happens' was my mantra. But we know Chris will be there in spirit, in energy. I loved the guy very much Without him I wouldn't be here, that's for sure.

"And I can't believe it's nearly 50 years ago when me and Chris started the band. You think you're gonna be together two, three years maybe, if you're lucky, and here we are. Yes' music is still surviving." Read more here.

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Black Sabbath Confirm 'The End' Of The Band

It appears that Black Sabbath's recently completed farewell tour really may have been The End for the legendary heavy metal band if an image posted to their social media sites is to be believed.

Members of the group billed The End Tour as the group's retirement from touring and guitarist Tony Iommi left the door open to playing together again, telling Planet Rock following their final hometown shows, "I don't think we've ruled anything out apart from me not wanting to tour any more on that scale, but who knows, we may do something.

He was responding to a question about the band recording again. He continued, "We haven't spoken about it. That's another thing - we haven't talked about anything, really, that's to do with what's going to happen afterwards. But I'm sure something can happen somewhere."

Fast forward to Wednesday (March 8th) and the band shared an image on their social media that shows their classic logo with 1968 - 2017 written below it and the posts were captioned with the hashtag "#The End". See the post here.

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Ace Frehley Sees 'Good Odds' For KISS Reunion

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley believes that the odds are even that he will reunite with the band. This is despite recent comments from frontman Paul Stanley, who basically ruled out a reunion with Frehley and original drummer Peter Criss.

Frehley did reunite with Stanley last year when the guitarist invited Paul to make a guest appearance on his covers album "Origins Vol. 1" and since then Ace been asked numerous times about his possible return to KISS.

Ace is careful to point out that there have been no discussions with the group about him rejoining but he remains optimistic about the possibility. He was recently interview by Kazagastão in Brazil and asked if there was a chance of a reunion and he said, "I haven't heard anything. But if I were a betting man, I'd say maybe 50-50. That's good odds."

The guitarist was asked about his relationship with Stanley and said, "Yeah, we're good friends". Ace then revealed that he and Gene Simmons recently reconnected, "I just saw Gene about a month ago. He came to my concert in Los Angeles. He hung out all night. [He was] very, very, very friendly. He was great with everybody." Read more here.

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Spinal Tap Hit Too Close To Home For Aerosmith's Steven Tyler

The famed 'mockumentary' "This Is Spinal Tap" hit too close to home for Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, according to guitarist Joe Perry who recalled the singer's reaction to seeing the film upon its release.

Tyler has been vocal in his dislike for the film in the past, revealing in a rare Library of Congress interview "That movie bummed me out, because I thought, 'How dare they? That's all real, and they're mocking it.'"

Now his bandmate Joe Perry has shared the story of when Steven first saw the film in a new interview. "When we watched Spinal Tap, my wife and I saw it, and we fell on the floor. It was great, every bit is brilliant as it was supposed to be, so good. Even then, we had been through it all six times. I told Steven the next day, 'You've got to see this movie! It's so f-ing good. It's hilarious.'"

But apparently Tyler did not see the humor in movie, "He was squirming and squirming, and he did not laugh the whole time. It was like he took the band's side on everything. It was like he did not - he didn't get it. He got indignant. And it was like, I couldn't believe it. So, my wife and I were cracking up - and we're watching Steven" .

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At The Gates Lose Founding Member and Begin New Album

At The Gates shared some good news and some bad news with fans this week. On the negative side they revealed that founding member Anders Björler has quit the group but the silver lining is that they are working on a new album.

The band released the following updates: "So, it is now official that Anders Björler is no longer a part of At The Gates. He will always be part of the At The Gates family, of course, but he will no longer write, record or play with us live. This is something that we, the rest of the band, have felt was on its way for quite some time, as that special spark was no longer with him the last year. We are grateful for all we have experienced together with him, all the records, all the songs, all the gigs, all the laughs and good times.

"The rest of us have in the meantime started the work on the follow up to 'At War With Reality', we already have three songs written, and the direction is set for an intense, hungry follow-up album. Jonas has always written a considerable part of the bands' material and we are fully confident that the new material will live up to the standards set by our previous records. It is ripping. The four of us still have the burning urge to create death metal together, and we love playing live in front of our fans, so we will go on, with an even stronger intent." Read more
here.

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Foreigner's Lou Gramm and Mick Jones In The Studio For 40th Anniversary

The latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of Foreigner with Lou Gramm and Mick Jones interviews. The show sent over the following details:

Foreigner was the brainchild of Englishman and former Spooky Tooth guitarist Mick Jones, a veteran musician in 1977 looking to re-energize his career with a fresh start in America. Jones teamed with fellow Brit Ian McDonald and they auditioned thirty-five singers before discovering Lou Gramm, an unheralded singer then in a band called Black Sheep from Rochester in upstate New York. After a series of auditions with Gramm, this unlikely pair found common ground in the studio, putting together a remarkable debut album Foreigner of ready-made radio hits including "Feels Like The First Time", "Cold As Ice" and "Long Long Way From Home".

Foreigner's first release forty years ago would become the fastest selling album in Atlantic Records history. The skyrocketing success would later manifest as tension in the band and ultimately lead to a lineup change on their fourth effort, but it is the unique relationship between Lou Gramm and Mick Jones which would define Foreigner for a decade.

Speaking to Gramm and Jones, In The Studio producer and host Redbeard gets a clearer picture of the relationship behind Foreigner's hit machine. Lou Gramm said, "I felt there was an interesting chemistry...based on Mick's rock and roll experience and Ian's eclectic left field background, that there would be some really really interesting songs... That was really appealing to me."

Mick Jones, "We (Mick and Lou) weren't necessarily people who would hang out together. We sometimes found it, and still do find it, awkward to be together sometimes... I've gotten to know Lou over these years and he's gotten to know me. We have different tastes. We have different things we like to do in our spare time. We occasionally get together socially, but it's quite rare." Stream the episode here.

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Riverside Announce Towards The Blue Horizon Comeback Tour

Polish prog rockers Riverside played two special home town comeback shows late last month in Warsaw and have now announced that they are planning to embark on a spring tour.

The band played two sold-out shows in Warsaw on February 25th and 26th where they paid tribute to their late guitarist Piotr Grudzinski, who died on February 21st of last year.

They shared this reaction to the shows, "Two amazing, cathartic, unforgettable, one-of-a-kind evenings with a one-of-a-kind audience. Now we know. We are definitely moving on. And our tour in April and May will also be cathartic and unforgettable - The opening of the new chapter."

The beginning of that new chapter will be called the Towards The Blue Horizon Tour and is scheduled to kick off on April 20th in Olsztyn, Poland and will include shows across Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, France, the UK, and the Netherlands before wrapping up on May 30th in Krakow. See the dates here.

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Bad Company Announce Reissues For Two Classic Albums

(hennemusic) Bad Company have announced they are expanding their classic album reissue series with the May 26th release of 1976's "Run With The Pack" and 1977's "Burnin' Sky."

Following the 2015 series launch of their first two records - 1974's self-titled debut and 1975's "Straight Shooter" - the band are now set to deliver the next two albums in the catalogue as 2CD and 2LP sets.

Both projects will feature a remastered version of the original album as well as a second disc of bonus tracks presenting alternative versions of songs and previously unreleased tracks. Read more here.

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Krokus Stream House Of The Rising Sun From New Covers Album

Krokus have announced that they will releasing a new covers album entitled "Big Rocks" on April 7th that will feature their take on classic songs from legendary rock artists.

The band has revealed the first track from the effort with an online stream of their version of The Animals' "House Of The Rising Sun" which can be heard here.

The album will also feature the band's renditions of famed songs from Queen, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin, Spencer Davis Group and more and will include an original song as a bonus track. See the song list here.

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Hinder, Nonpoint and Nine Shrines Announce U.S. Tour

Hinder have announced that they will be returning to the road this spring for a U.S. tour that will also feature Nonpoint and Nine Shrines and they are planning additional summer dates.

The spring tour is scheduled to get underway on April 26th in Birmingham, AL at Zydeco and will be wrapping up on May 27th in Wilmington, NC at the Throne Theater.

Hinder's Cody Hanson had this to say about the trek, "We're super excited to be going out with our good friends in Nonpoint. We've been in the studio working on a new album for over a year now and we can't wait to introduce some new music and see all of our friends out on the road. This is going to be a blast!" See the dates here.

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Obituary Stream New Song And Announce U.S. Headline Tour

Obituary have released an online stream of their new track "A Lesson In Vengeance." The song comes from the group's forthcoming self-titled album, which will hit stores next Friday, March 17th.

The new track can be streamed here and it arrives as the band has announced a new headline tour of the U.S. this May that will feature support from Gruesome.

The trek will be kicking off on May 11th in Pensacola, FL at the Vinyl Music Hall and will wrap up on the 21st in 21 Richmond, VA at the Broadberry.

Prior to the headline tour, Obituary will be hitting the road with Kreator, Horrendous and Midnight for North American road trip that will begin on March 17th in Charlotte, NC at the Underground. See the dates here.

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Moonspell Begin Work On New Concept Album

Moonspell have announced that they have begun work on their new studio album, which will be a concept record entitled "1755" that will be based on the great Lisbon earthquake of that year.

They revealed that they are currently working on pre-production on the effort at their home studios in Portugal with John Phipps and expect to release the effort later this year.

We were sent these details about the album's concept: "the band has developed a lyrical concept that looks into the death and rebirth of Lisbon and how the disaster changed Religion, Politics and Philosophy in the whole of Europe. The surprise is that the album will be fully sung in Portuguese." Read more here.

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The Shins Giving Away Their First Touring Van To Lucky Fan

The Shins have come up with a unique way to celebrate the release of their new album "Heartworms" this Friday, they are offering fans a chance to win their first touring van.

The band had these details: "we're giving away our first van - a 1990 Ford 350 Clubwagon. We bought it with our first advance from @SubPop and toured the country in it for years. Now we've cherried it out and want one of YOU to keep the journey alive.

"Go to TheShins.com/van to enter, record a video of you or your band covering a track from Heartworms and then upload using #ShinsVanContest. Contest ends April 4 at 11:59PM PST."

The band also released a video that tells the story of the van. Watch it here.

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Eyehategod's Mike Williams Updates Fans On Transplant Recovery

Eyehategod frontman Mike Williams has released a message to fans updating them on his continued recovery from a successful liver transplant that took place back in December and calls on them for continued financial support.

Williams writes, "This an update that's totally loooong overdue, people,.. I apologize for the tardiness but I just started an entirely new beginning of an existence previously destined to be cut short by the ravages of a hard life lived...

"I'm back mother f***ers..!! I feel pretty amazing, although I have a very long way to go as far as being one thousand percent fully healed, but my doctors are completely stoked at my progress so far. This miracle of the modern medical process has literally bought me a second chance at living!

"Now on to the real stars of the show: YOU! My family, friends and fans; you truly stole my heart and made me aware that love really does exist in this current climate of hatred because of someone's skin color, beliefs or personal identity, you people came to the rescue like nobody's business and we love you! To be honest,...we still need you!" Read more here.

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Dope Release Video For Cover Of Ministry's 'Theives'

Dope have release a new music video for their cover of Ministry's classic song "Thieves" which features a guest appearance from Andy Leplegua of Combichrist.

The two bands are currently co-headlining the Blood Lust Death Tour and Leplegua explained how the collaboration came about, "I'm not a fan of cover songs.

"When Edsel reached out to me about doing 'Thieves' together I was really skeptical - but in the end I think we do the mighty Ministry justice... and I'm sure Uncle Al will love the video!" Watch the video here.

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The Obsessed Announce U.S. Spring Tour

The Obsessed have announced a spring tour of the U.S. in support of their forthcoming album "Sacred," which is scheduled to be released on April 7th.

The band have recruited Karma To Burn to be direct support on the tour which will be kicking off on April 12th at Cattive in Pittsburgh, PA and wrapping up on May 20th at Otto Bar in Baltimore, MD.

The Obsessed have also announced a special album release show which will be taking place at King Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA on April 10th. They will be doing a string of west coast shows with Weedeater and Primitive Man. See all of the tour dates here.

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Seafoam Green Stream New Song 'Down The River'

Liverpool's Seafoam Green have released a stream of their rock jam Americana of 'Down The River'. The track comes from their forthcoming album "Topanga Mansion."

The band will be releasing the effort as 2-disc gatefold vinyl LP on April 22nd. We were sent the following background details: The genesis of Seafoam Green followed a chance meeting with Rich Robinson during recording sessions in Nashville. O'Grady was invited by Robinson to open his US and European tour dates and soon the pair began writing and recording in earnest, leading to their collaboration on the stunning debut album.

Debut album 'Topanga Mansion' was recorded at 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica, California and is a fine collection of melodic folk and rock jam Americana with an all round warm sound that invites the listener into its intricacies. Encompassing O'Grady's varied influences from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Aslan and Christy Moore, the sounds of Nashville, Irish storytelling and more recently the sounds of Liverpool where O'Grady currently resides, it's a mansion in itself of extravagant beautiful musical décor. Stream the new track here.

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Singled Out: Dozer TX's Fixated

Dozer TX will be releasing their sophomore EP "Centerpiece" tomorrow (March 10th) and to celebrate we asked Kevin Cale to tell us about the single "Fixated". Here is the story:

This song is about a girl. I know that's cliché and sort of lame, but it is what it is. I was completely 100% head over heels for this girl and she seemed like she felt the same about me. She led me on for quite a while before dumping me on Halloween. Around this time we were working on recording our split with nominee and in the middle of writing Centerpiece and I was stressed beyond belief. The last thing I needed was a heartbreak. I had a full plate as it was and then something like that comes along and makes everything worse. I was depressed, anxious and felt like nothing was worth it anymore. My confidence was basically nothing and I felt like I was stuck in this rut.

My relationship issues that I was having at the time shaped the content of the song. I thought to myself how many times i had been in this situation before. This time I decided I was going to learn from it and for me, the best way to learn something and remember it is to write a song. I didn't need to feel anxious or sad or even upset over this because I knew I would learn from it. In the end, I got out alive, I learned a lesson and I moved on. I feel like this song is a monument to moving on and not being worried about how it will turn out.

Eli came up with all the music for this song and that's not usually the way we write. Someone usually writes a riff or a part that sounds cool and we sort of build around that but Eli took it upon himself to write all the parts and demo it himself with his computer at home. That made it incredibly simple for me and Miles to come in and put lyrics and a melody over top of it. Suddenly I wasn't as depressed or anxious anymore. I had found an outlet for my feelings and sometimes that's all you need.

This song is about trying to be yourself again after someone rips your heart out. You must keep your distance from the things that hurt you but you should never forget it. You need to learn from your mistakes and move on. It takes persistence but is worth it in the end. Never let anyone feel like you're not worth it. Those people need to be cut from your life.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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