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Eagles, Fleetwood Mac Festival Add Journey and More

The rumored Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles bicoastal music festival has reportedly added some more big name rock icons to the lineup for the Classic East and Classic West events.

The music festivals are said to be taking place on July 15th and 16th at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, followed by the east coast installment at Citi Field in New York City on July 29th and 30th, according to reports.

Billboard now reports that the first night of festival will include sets from Eagles, Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers and the closing night will feature Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles' official websites had no listings for the festival at press time .

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Metallica Recruit Hip-Hop Star For North American Tour

Metallica have announced that they have recruited DJ and producer Mix Master Mike to be part of the upcoming North American leg of their WorldWired tour.

The band says in the announcement, "Mike will be spinning some of your favorite (and ours!) hard rock and metal tracks throughout the evening at all of the stadium dates this summer. A pioneer in the hip-hop and DJ communities, you'll be able to catch his skillful, hard-hitting scratch work once the doors open each night and between acts before we hit the stage.

"Named as the 'world's greatest DJ' by USA Today, Mix Master Mike has won Grammys, been inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Beastie Boys, spun at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and the Emmy's, and has created music that has been featured on major television networks."

The tour is scheduled to kick off on May 10th in Baltimore at the M&T Bank Stadium and will conclude on August 16th in Edmonton at the Commonwealth Stadium. See the dates here.

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Pearl Jam Invite Former Members To Rock Hall Induction

(Radio.com) Pearl Jam announced, via a handwritten letter shared on social media, that they are inviting all of their former drummers to appear with the band at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month.

The band wrote, "While awards and accolades are understandably subjective and a countless number of our peers have yet to be honored, we do feel fortunate the be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group.

"Specifically the drummers who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years. Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs." See the full letter here.

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David Bowie Previously Unreleased Albums Set For RSD

(Gibson) Record Store Day celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2017 on April 22. And to celebrate the occasion, Parlophone is releasing two limited-edition David Bowie albums.

The first is Cracked Actor (Live in Los Angeles 1974), a live album recorded during the Philly Dogs Tour that is seeing its first-ever official release. It was mixed by longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, and features a band that includes Earl Slick (lead guitar) and Carlos Alomar (rhythm guitar) and Luther Vandross on (backing vocals). It's a companion to the long-available David Live album, also from 1974, with a different tracklisting.

The other album being released for RSD is Bowpromo, a recreation of a rare 1971 pressing that featured alternate mixes of songs that eventually wound up on Hunky Dory. See the tracklistings here.

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Mick Jagger Guests On Brad Paisley's New Album

Country music star Brad Paisley has called on two classic rock legends to make guest appearances on his forthcoming album "Love and War", which will be released on April 21st.

It was previously revealed that Paisley recruited Creedence Clearwater Rival icon John Fogerty to co-write and guest on the album's title track but he has now announced that Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger teamed for another song.

The rock icon lends his voice to a track called "Drive Of Shame," which he co-wrote with Paisley and Rolling Stones and Jagger collaborator Matt Clifford, according to ABC.

The album is also set to include a song that was co-written by country music legend Johnny Cash entitled "Gold All Over The Ground." .

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Quiet Riot Delay Album To Add James Durbin Vocals

A lot has changed in the world of Quiet Riot recently, most notably the band recruiting American Idol star James Durbin to take over lead vocals, which in turn has now forced the band to delay the release of their just announced new album.

The band recently announced their new album "Road Rage," followed shortly by revealing that they had replaced singer Seann Nicols who had recorded the vocals for the new studio effort.

The veteran group has now announced that they have pushed back the release of the record to "later this summer" in order to have Durbin re-record the vocal tracks. Read more here.

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Boston's Tom Scholz Honored By City For His 70th Birthday

Boston founder Tom Scholz received a special "Certificate of Recognition" from his band's namesake city to celebrate his 70th birthday last Friday (March 10th).

The city of Boston's mayor Marty Walsh issued the proclamation which reads, "In honor of your 70th birthday and In appreciation of your service as an engineer, musician and philanthropist, we thank you for being a dedicated resident of the City of Boston.

"You have brought Boston's spirit to people across the globe, from Toledo to Tokyo, where fans are welcomed to 'Boston' through music. On behalf of the City of Boston, thank you for dedicating your life to serving others and making the world a better place." See a photo of the honor here.

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Bauhaus Icon Peter Murphy Announces Special Residency Shows

Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy has announced that he will be playing a series of very special residency shows this summer at The Chapel in San Francisco.

Most of the individual shows will feature Murphy celebrating one of his solo albums, playing one of the seven releases in full during the special concert as well as some Bauhaus classics. He will also play a special encore of his recent Stripped World Tour set at one of the concerts.

He will be kicking things off with back-to back shows that will feature his 1986 solo debut "Should the World Fail to Fall Apart" on June 20th and 21st. The residency will conclude with two special shows on July 13th and 14th (the focus of those concerts is still to be revealed). here.

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Today Is The Day Stream Two Rare Tracks From Upcoming Reissue

Today Is The Day are streaming two rarities tracks from the forthcoming 20th anniversary deluxe reissue of their album "Temple Of The Morning Star", which is set to hit stores on March 24th.

The band are releasing the new edition of the album, which was remastered by Maor Appelbaum, in various formats including CD/DVD, digitally and a double vinyl version, which will include the original studio album along with rarities.

The band has revealed two of those rarities including a live version of the track "Miracle" recorded during a show at the Whisky A Go-Go, which can be streamed here.

Steve Austin had this to say about the track, "It was crazy being out on the road for this record and playing the Whisky was always an honor to me because of so many legendary shows being played there.

"I always loved playing 'Miracle' because it was just so goddamn heavy. The song blends hi string guitar riffing with detuned octave chords and lyrically is a look inside my mind during a time when I was trapped, living in a industrial warehouse and homeless."

They had is also streaming an acoustic demo of the album's title track "Temple Of The Morning Star" here.

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Steve Hackett Release 'Behind The Smoke' Video

Genesis icon Steve Hackett has released a music video for his track "Behind The Smoke." The song comes from his forthcoming album "The Night Siren," which will hit stores on March 24th.

Hackett had this to say about the new clip, "I'm thrilled with this video for the track 'Behind the Smoke' from my new album The Night Siren. Director Ivan and the I-Code team have created an extraordinary film here resembling an epic movie!

"It perfectly matches the song, which laments the predicament of refugees throughout the ages. More compassion is needed in this world for those escaping persecution and death." Watch the video here.

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AFI Announce New American Leg Of The Blood Tour

AFI have extended "The Blood Tour" which the announcement of a new North American leg that will be taking place this June and will include some music festival appearances.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on June 2nd at The National in Richmond, VA and will conclude the weekend of June 22nd in Montebello, Canada at the Amnesia Rockfest.

The band has also announced some early spring live dates including the When We Were Young Fest in Santa Ana, California that will also feature Morrissey, Cage The Elephant and more, followed by several shows with the Deftones in the UK. See the dates here.

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Eric Clapton Live With JJ Cale Released on Blu-Ray and DVD

Eric Clapton's DVD and Blu-Ray versions of his "Live In San Diego With Special Guest JJ Cale" have been released, following the September 2016 release of the CD, vinyl set and digital album.

Apart from the live concert recording that was featured on the album versions, the new home video editions feature bonus footage of Clapton and Cale rehearsing "Anyway The Wind Blows" and "Who Am I Telling You?" for the concert. The home video can be ordered here.

The release was recording during the March 15, 2007 concert at the iPayOne Center in San Diego, CA, which featured Cale as a special guest and Clapton backed by guitarists Derek Trucks (now of the Tedeschi Trucks band) and Doyle Bramhall II. Read more here.

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Mindless Self Indulgence's Jimmy Urine Streams New Single

Mindless Self Indulgence frontman Jimmy Urine has announced his new solo release "The Secret Cinematic Sounds of Jimmy Urine" and is streaming the first single from the effort.

The album is set to be released on April 28th in multiple formats including digitally, CD, and vinyl and brings together tracks from his various projects including movie soundtracks, TV and video game music.

He had this to say, "Hey, if I'm going to take a break from Mindless Self Indulgence, the dopest band ever, then I better be doing sh*t that makes me f***ing happy like synths, comics, video games and acting in awesome f***ing movies."

Urine is streaming the first single from the release "Fighting With The Melody," here.

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Chris Cornell Streams New Song 'The Promise'

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is streaming a lyric video for his new song, "The Promise." The tune is the title track to the forthcoming feature film of the same name directed by Terry George and starring Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon in a love triangle drama set against the 1914 Armenian genocide.

"The film and plot are your band mates and the song has to be true to the story and the characters in it," explains the Soundgarden singer. "'The Promise' to me is mainly about paying homage to those we lost in the Armenian Genocide, but it's also about shining a light on more recent atrocities. The same methods used in the Armenian genocide were used to carry out crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and right now in Syria on multiple fronts, contributing to a massive global refugee crisis.

"Unfortunately, the words 'never again' seem like just words when we recall these mass executions of the twentieth century, as well as renewed racism and prejudice around the world," adds Cornell. "Even in the US, the warning signs - isolating groups based on race and religion - are evident. We really need to tell these stories and keep telling them in as many different ways as we can.

"As humans, we have a tremendous capacity to trudge ahead in our lives and not look at the difficult and challenging moments… but I think it's important. Educating ourselves on the past is the best way to understand the present and avoid future atrocities by understanding and intervening. We must educate and stand as one to combat this fear and violence, and as citizens of the world, work to protect each other's human rights." Watch the video here.

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Jack White Has Bowling Ball Dedicated To Bob Dylan

(Gibson) Jack White goes behind the music in a new profile fromThe New Yorker. In the article, White opens up about his home, and he mentions that he has his own private bowling alley in his Nashville residence, which includes bowling balls dedicated to his friends. One of those bowling balls is dedicated to the one and only Bob Dylan.

"Each dedicated ball has a name tag, and some of the balls are painted fancifully," Alec Wilkinson of The New Yorker wrote. "Bob Dylan's has a portrait of John Wayne."

The article also reveals that White owns some special, rare collectibles, among those an issue of Action Comics No. 1 dating back to 1938, which is where Superman first appeared, and bluesman Leadbelly's New York City arrest record. here.

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Singled Out: Edge Of Paradise's Alive

Edge Of Paradise just released their new EP "Alive" and to celebrate we asked frontwoman Margarita Monet to tell us about the title track from the effort. Here is the story:

Thanks for having me, I'm excited to share the story behind our song "Alive"! It really brought our new EP to life, hence the title track! It was also the first song we wrote for this CD, signifying the evolution of our sound, introducing the more industrial and heavier side of the band, while reflecting the meaning of ALIVE!

The song is dealing with us humans, being so caught up in the digital world, obsessed with convenience and monetary gain, we have begun to sacrifice our humanity. We are becoming corporate led consumer machines!

I remember writing the first verse and chorus for this song, I came home late one night, I was mentally exhausted, we recently got back from the east coast tour and had to dive back into the rat race we call life. Here in Los Angeles, moments race past you so fast that you can't even acknowledge things that happen! Sometimes I feel like a machine, caught in the mechanism of our society! And this digital world is deceiving, it's not bringing people closer, it's making us numb not only to real human interaction, but also to what's happening around us.

The opening line "Burn me, I wanna feel the fire, inside my darkness, find my soul", is basically me, stopping and forcing myself to tune into my own humanity and remember what it's like to feel, to notice life around me!

I believe that we are all a part of a bigger entity, whatever it may be, we can't exist without other people, we are here to learn from each other, that's why it's so important to build relationships with others. And that's where the chorus comes in "I wanna lose myself in you... run through my veins, break me from chains, I wanna feel alive..." I am singing about someone that is significant to me, and I think all of us have that someone, that breathes life into us!

Recording this song was so much fun! I loved experimenting with industrial sounds and finding new things I could do with my keyboard and my voice. Dave, our guitarist laid down some mean seven string, John and Nick really locked solid on the rhythm, when we play this song live, it gets everyone's blood pumping, it's so much fun!

And we were very fortunate to have Chuck Johnson produce the CD, he is the guy behind the first Korn and Slipknot records, he was great at guiding us in the direction we wanted to take this new sound! The rest of the songs explore similar theme, just dig deeper on related topics! I hope this music will hold meaning to others as much as it does to us, and remind everyone that we are very lucky to be living in this world, even with all of it's flaws it is really up to us how we choose to spend our time here!

So break away from the constant bombardment of advertising, social standards and the never ending race with time, and just breathe! Be part of nature, remember what it's like to feel alive!

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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