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Gregg Allman Cancels All 2017 Live Appearances

(hennemusic) Gregg Allman has cancelled all of the dates for his live schedule for 2017. No details were provided for the reason behind the cancellations, which included performances in Macon, GA., Atlanta, GA. Chattanooga, TN, Robinsonville, MS, and a 10-show residency at City Winery in New York City in July that was rescheduled from last fall due to a vocal injury.

"It has been determined that Gregg will not be touring in 2017," reads a statement on his official website. "For those of you who purchased tickets for shows in June, contact the ticket outlet from where you purchased the tickets for a refund."

Allman said the following at the time of the City Winery shows cancelation, "Not making a show is a really hard decision for me because I want to play so bad, but it's also hard on my partners and fans who make plans to be with me.

"I never want to put anybody in a bad spot. I'm so grateful for the people that I work with and for the fans that come to my shows and I want to be at my best for all of them.

"That means I'm going to have to wait until I'm feeling really good, not just good enough like I have been. Good enough isn't working for us all." Read more here.

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Tool Announce North American Tour Dates

Tool fans are still waiting patiently for the band's new studio album but they won't have to wait too long to see the band perform live if they are close to a few select North American cities.

The band has announced eight new headline dates in addition to their previously revealed appearances at the Governors Ball and Boston Calling music festivals this spring.

The run of dates are scheduled to kick off on May 24th in Fairfax, VA at the Eaglebank Arena and will be wrapping up on June 8th in Rosemont, IL at the Allstate Arena. See the dates here.

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Metallica Jump To No. 2 On Album Chart With Hardwired

Metallica saw their latest album "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" almost return to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart after enjoying a 209% jump in sales last week.

The album shot up to the No. 2 spot of the chart for the sales week ending on March 9th from their previous week's No. 14 position after the record was bundled with ticket purchases for their upcoming summer tour.

Sales of "Hardwired", which topped the Billboard chart when it was released last November, increased by over 200% last week with album unit sales coming in at 79,000. here.

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Piece Of Jimmy Page Music History To Finally See The Light Of Day

(Radio.com) Years before Jimmy Page helped form Led Zeppelin and rise to fame as one of the world's most lauded guitar players, he took his very first turn in the producer's chair.

Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds: The Beginning marked the first album Page ever produced, and now the 12-song demo will be available to purchase for the first time. "Now after 56 years, it is to see the light of day," Farlowe said in a statement.

Page recorded the band in 1961 at RG Jones Sound Studio in Morden, London. The result helped launch Farlowe and The Thunderbirds' career. The album will be available on April 30th. Read more here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Announce New Headlining Dates

Avenged Sevenfold have announced they have expanded their touring plans beyond their shows with Metallica, adding some headline dates to their upcoming spring and summer road plans.

The first three of the eight new tour dates will feature support from Volbeat, and A Day To Remember taking over the opening spot for the remaining five shows.

The new dates will be kicking off on June 19th in Mt. Pleasant, MI at Soaring Eagle Casino Resort and will includes shows in Cincinnati, Gilford, Mountain View, Sacramento, Albuquerque, and Salt Lake City before wrapping up in Boise suburb Nampa on August 12th. See the details here.

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Paul McCartney Releasing Limited Edition Demos With Elvis Costello

Paul McCartney has announced that he will be celebrating this year's Record Store Day on April 22nd with the release of a limited edition three-song cassette demo with Elvis Costello.

The special release will feature the demos for "I Don't Want To Confess," "Shallow Grave" and "Mistress And Maid" which the Beatles legend recorded with Costello during the "Flowers In The Dirt" album sessions.

McCartney had these comments, "The demos are red hot off the skillet and that's why we wanted to include them on this boxed set. What's great about these songs is that they've just been written. So there's nothing more hot off the skillet as I say. So that was the kind of great instant thing about them.

"I hadn't listened to them in ages but when I did I knew we had to put them out. We made a little tape of them and sent them to Elvis, who loved them too. We said we should put out an EP or something and now the moment's finally arrived." A teaser video for the release can been seen here.

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The Who Announce Las Vegas Residency This Summer

The Who announced that they will be going Vegas this summer by launching a six-show residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in late July and early August.

The special series of Las Vegas shows will be kicking off on July 29th and additional shows have been announced for August 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 9th, and 11th, according to the venue's social media.

"The set list or type of show is as yet undecided," the band wrote in a response to the following question on their Facebook page "So is this part of the Tommy 2017 shows? Or will this just be a greatest hits show?" See the dates here.

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Boston Add More Dates To Hyper Space Tour

Rock legends Boston have expanded their upcoming North American tour once again, adding additional dates this May and June to the spring and summer Hyper Space Tour.

The new dates begin on May 3rd in Jackson, MS and include shows in Birmingham, Nashville, Huntsville, Montgomery, San Antonio, Catoosa, Shawnee, Paducah (KY), Louisville, Springfield (IL), Cedar Rapids, Madison, Prior Lake, Topeka, Grand Island, Denver and Phoenix.

These dates are in addition to the run of 21 summer shows that the band announced last week that will feature Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as their special guest.

Boston will be kicking off their busy touring season on April 14th in Hollywood, Fl at the Seminole Hard Rock Live and have announced dates that run through July 30th where they will play the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. See all of the dates here.

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Iron Maiden Star Sitting In With Late Night With Seth Meyers Band

Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain is the latest music star to be the special guest drummer sitting in with Late Night With Seth Meyers house band The 8G Band.

McBrain will be performing with the band during the broadcasts this week (from Mon, March 13 - Thurs, March 16). The program airs at 12:35AM ET on the NBC television network.

The band shared the news via social media with a photo of the drummer that proclaimed "Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden comes to Late Night With Seth Meyers Mar 13-16." It was captioned with "Be sure to tune in and catch Nicko on -latenightseth this week! #LNSM #IronMaiden".

The appearance comes as the band prepares to launch the last two legs of their The Book Of Souls World tour. They will kick things off with a European trek in April and May, followed by their North American summer tour in June and July. See all of the dates here.

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Pink Floyd The Wall Inspired Opera Coming To The U.S.

(Radio.com) Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera will make its way stateside next year. The announcement came after the premiere of Another Brick in the Wall: L'Opera on Saturday (March 11) in Montreal.

The production is based on Pink Floyd's acclaimed 1979 double album "The Wall" and the first U.S. showing is scheduled to take place in July 2018 at the Cincinnati Music Hall.

The production will include the 70-piece Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, eight soloists, and 48 chorus members who will perform the opera alongside baritone Etienne Dupuis who plays the role of rock star Pink. Read more here.

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Ryan Adams Adds New Dates To Prisoner Tour

Ryan Adams has announced that he has added two additional concerts to his North American Prisoner Tour due to big demand for the original shows in New York City and Philadelphia.

Adams has now added second shows in those markets: The additional New York City show will be taking place at the Beacon Theatre on May 2nd and the second Philadelphia show will happen on May 6th at the Tower Theater.

The tour is being launched in support of Ryan's latest album "Prisoner", which was released last month and debut at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Ryan concludes for the round of dates supporting the release tonight (March 14th) at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, he will be kicking off the spring and summer tour with the new Beacon Theater show and has announced dates that run until August 4th with an appearance at the Hinterland Festival in Saint Charles, IA.

He will then head across the pond for a series of European music festival appearances as well as a UK tour. See all of the dates here.

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The Offspring And Sublime With Rome Announce Summer Tour

The Offspring and Sublime with Rome have announced that they will be teaming up to hit the road together this summer for a North American coheadlining tour.

The summer outing is scheduled to get underway on July 6th in Airway Heights, WA at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino and will finish on September 30th in Salt Lake City, UT at the USANA Amphitheatre.

The tour will reportedly feature The Offspring headlining on the first eight stops of the trek (in July) and Sublime with Rome taking over the top spot for the second leg of dates in September, according to Radio.com. See the dates here.

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Paul Simon Announces Summer Tour

Paul Simon has announced that he will be returning to the road this summer for a U.S. tour in further support of his latest studio album "Stranger To Stranger".

The newly announced dates are in addition to Simon's previously announced appearance at the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival in Wisconsin, which will be taking place on June 16th and 17th.

Simon will be kicking the trek off on June 1st in St. Augustine, FL at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and will conclude the road trip on June 28th in Denver at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Read more and see the dates here.

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Biffy Clyro Add New Leg To North American Tour

Biffy Clyro have announced that they have added a new leg to their North American spring tour that they are launching in support of their new album studio "Ellipsis."

The new run of live dates will be kicking off on May 9th in Brooklyn, NY at the Warsaw and will conclude with an appearance at this year's Rock On The Range festival on May 21st.

The band's first leg will be getting underway on March 24th in Las Vegas at Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and is set to wrap up on April 15th in Washington, DC at the 9:30 Club. See all of the dates here.

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311 Announce Unity Tour Summer 2017 Dates

311 have announced that they will be launching an extensive U.S. tour this summer to promote their forthcoming album "Mosiac." The trek will feature support from New Politics.

The Unity Tour will be launched on June 22nd in Cleveland, OH at the Hard Rock Live and is set to run until September 1st with an appearance at the American Music Festival in Virginia Beach, VA.

An exact release date for the album has yet to be revealed but the band promises it will hit stores this summer. They did however explain where the name of the effort came from. Read about that and see the tour dates here.

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Bush Release 'Mad Love' Music Video

(hennemusic) Bush have released a new music video for their track "Mad Love". The song is the lead single from their newly-released album, "Black And White Rainbows."

The tune surfaced last month ahead of the March 10 release of the band's seventh record, which was written, recorded and produced by frontman Gavin Rossdale.

"I wanted to write a record about what it's like coming out of a cannon before you take off through these watershed times," Rossdale tells Billboard. "I think it really is important to have the element of hope and repair and sunshine because it's such a divided world now. It's so divided and crazy and unstable and vulnerable.

"It's fallen at my feet as a lyricist to consider the position that we're in -- and unfortunately chaos makes for really fertile ground to write from." Watch the video here.

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In Flames and Amaranthe Supergroup Cyhra Ink Album Deal

Cyhra, a new project spearheaded by former Amaranthe singer Jake E. and ex-In Flames guitarist Jesper Stromblad, announced plans to release their debut album this fall.

The group, which also includes Alex Landenburg (Rhapsody and Annihilator) and Peter Iwers (In Flames and Stoney Mountain), plan to hit the studio this spring to record the effort which will be released under their just inked deal with Spinefarm Records.

Frontman Jake E. had this to say "The excitement I feel about Cyhra is over the top. I have to pinch myself every day to make sure it's not just another dream. I am so proud of the music we have created and I can't wait to show it to the world!" Read more here.

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Singled Out: Charlatan's China

Utah scrap metalers Charlatan are gearing up to release their album "Remarkable" on April 7th and to celebrate we asked vocalist Grey Sorenson to tell us all about the single "China." Here is the story:

Quinn Allman, our producer Dan Whittaker, and I were in the studio shuffling through Quinn's hard drive full of song ideas. We came across this song that had these really eerie guitar bends that rung in the back of your skull (Quinn has the sickest bends).

When Dan and I expressed our immediate interest in the song, Quinn sent me a list of lyrics he had quickly written down as throwaways. We started joking about the very emo quality of the lyrics and started making up our own to the melody that he had in mind.

When writing lyrics for Charlatan, I write songs for me, not about me. I enjoy working out ideas in the written word that can help me later in life by being freely interpreted. Ironically, I have no qualm writing about me for other people's music because it can't be tied directly to me. Read more right here!

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