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Sammy Hagar Reveals His Conditions For Van Halen Reunion

While Sammy Hagar is enjoying major success with his various ventures inside and out of music, he has once again been asked about his relationship with his former bandmates in Van Halen and the Red Rocker revealed the "only way" he would ever reunite with the group.

Hagar extended the olive branch to Eddie Van Halen in January of last year when he tweeted a birthday greeting to the guitarist and Eddie tweeted back "Thanks Sammy. Hope you're well too."

But apparently their communication ended there with Hagar telling Billboard, "Let's put it like this -- when it came to my birthday, I didn't get a message. So obviously that camp, him and Al, still have some kind of trip against me."

Sammy then revealed that he might be interested in regrouping if they launched a tour with him, as well as original vocalist David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony back on bass. "That's really the only way I would be interested in a Van Halen reunion". Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Did The Right Thing Reuniting Says Former Member

Former Guns N' Roses bass player Tommy Stinson (The Replacements) was not totally surprised with Axl Rose reunited with original member Slash and Duff McKagan and he believes they did the right thing getting back together.

Stinson recently appeared on New York classic rock station Q104.3's "Out Of The Box" show to talk about his revived Bash & Pop band and the interview naturally turned to his former band.

When asked if he was surprised about the reunion, Tommy replied, "I kind of was, but not really, given the nature of what was going on. You know, like anyone, Axl has to work too, and they've all got their stuff - everyone's got their stuff that they do. But, when it comes right down to it, the dude can't just afford to sit around on his butt and do nothing.

"So he did the right thing - I think he totally did the right thing - and I think they're having a ball. I'm in contact with them every now and then. I shoot them texts, like, 'How're you guys doing out there? What's going on?' It's because I left it in the best way I possibly could, and I'm happy for 'em. You know, I've got a lot of friends in that group."

Stinson also said that he attended a couple of the shows on the band's Not In This Lifetime Reunion tour and said that he "had a great time seeing them. They're all still friends of mine. The only one I really don't know… I don't know Slash; I don't think I've ever met him before, although there's some people that say I had at one point. I guess I should say I don't remember meeting Slash." Check out the full interview here.

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Mastodon Releasing New Video, Brent Returns To Game Of Thrones

Mastodon singer and guitarist Brent Hinds revealed in a new interview that he has filmed a cameo for the upcoming season of the hit HBO series "Games Of Thrones".

Hinds broke the news during an appearance on of Jamey Jasta's podcast. He said, "I just came back from my second cameo Game of Thrones. This time, I had my broken leg and they were like 'you're doing the best zombie walk, we want you to come right towards the camera. I want you to drag this axe behind you.' I'm like a reborn, come to life wildling turning into a White Walker."

This will be Hinds' second appearance on the show. He had previously appeared in the series along with his bandmates Bill Kelliher and Brann Dailor during its fifth season.

The band also shared the news that they will be releasing a new music video for their track "Show Yourself", on Thursday (March 16th). The song comes from their forthcoming album "Emperor Of Sand," which is set to hit stores on March 31st.

They tweeted "Uh, this probably doesn't end well for us. 'Show Yourself' music video coming Thursday." The song can be streamed here.

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X Announce 40th Anniversary Tour

Punk icons X have announced the initial dates for their 2017 40th anniversary tour which will feature all of the original members of the group including John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake.

The initial run of dates will be kicking off on May 1st in Albuquerque at The El Rey and the band has so far revealed dates that will run until May 25th where they will be rocking The Kessler in Dallas.

Exene shared this reflection on the band celebrating their 40th year, "For a long time interviewers and X people we've met have asked us did you think when X started you'd still be playing together now? And our answer is surprisingly - No! Of course not! In 1976 I was 20; now I'm 60. How's that for weird?!" Read more here.

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Metallica Share Live Videos For Two Classic Songs

(hennemusic) Metallica have issued official live video footage of a performance of their 1986 classic, "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" and another classic song, from a February 7 show at Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The track originally appeared on the group's third album, "Master Of Puppets", which proved to be a turning point in Metallica's career, becoming thrash metal's first platinum album while expanding and solidifying the band's sonic palette.

The group have also issued official footage of "The Call Of Ktulu" - the instrumental featured on 1984's "Ride The Lightning" - from a February 9 concert in Copenhagen.

Metallica's planned four-show run in support of "Hardwired…To Self Destruct" at the new venue became three dates after they were forced to postpone the second concert on February 5 after frontman James Hetfield was put on vocal rest by doctor's due to an illness.

The February 5 date at the Royal Arena has been rescheduled to September 2. Watch the live video here.

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David Bowie Stamps Launched Into Space

(Radio.com) Late music legend David Bowie appeared on British postage stamps in character as Ziggy Stardust, and the UK postal service launched them into space on helium balloons.

The Royal Mail issued a set of 10 stamps with various images and album covers from Bowie's long career. Altogether, 52 collections were launched into the stratosphere from a height of 34,100 meters above the Earth's surface.

Those bundles will eventually fall to Earth, descending at a speed of 200 mph until they slow to 8 mph. The number 52 has special significance to Bowie aficionados: It's the number of years Bowie's recording career stretched through his lifetime. Read more here.

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North Mississippi Allstars Announce New Album

North Mississippi Allstars have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, entitled "Prayer For Peace", on June 2nd and are hitting the road in support of the effort.

The band will be launching their spring tour on March 29th at the Fox Theatre in Bolder, Co and will be wrapping up the trek with a two night stand at the Great America Music Hall in San Francisco, CA on June 16th and 17th.

We were sent these details about the new album "Much of Prayer For Peace was co-produced and recorded at Memphis' famed Royal Studios with the great Boo Mitchell behind the board. The band also recorded as they traveled the country, lighting up studios in St. Louis, Kansas City, New Orleans, Brooklyn, Austin, and of course, their legendary father Jim Dickinson's Zebra Ranch in the Allstars' own Hernando, MS." Read more here.

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Weezer To Release 'Feels Like Summer' Friday

(Radio.com) Weezer have announced that they will be releasing a new song this Friday morning titled, "Feels Like Summer." The band released a teaser on Tuesday giving fans just enough to whet their appetite.

"Feels Like Summer" will be their first new music since 2016's GRAMMY Award-winning self-titled full-length known more affectionately as the White album.

What's known about the new album? "I think it's going to maybe be like Beach Boys gone bad," Rivers Cuomo told NME last year. 'I'm thinking of swearing, which is something I've never done in songs." If the last album was white, the new one sounds like it's leaning black. 'If it were a movie in the United States it would be rated R instead of PG." Check out the teaser here.

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Heart's Nancy Wilson, Steven Adler Going To Rock Camp

Heart's Nancy Wilson is keeping busy these days, not only with her new group Roadcase Royale but she will also lead the lineup for an upcoming Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp that will features former Guns N' Roses and David Lee Roth band stars.

The next camp is scheduled to take place on June 29th through July 2nd in Los Angeles and will feature Wilson along with special guests Steven Adler and Gregg Bissonette.

Nancy had this to say, "I'm excited to be part of Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp this year. Some of my rock brothers have already been involved and really enjoyed the experience!"

This announcement follows the recent news that Nancy has teamed up with former Prince's New Power Generation stars Liv Warfield and Ryan Waters for their new project Roadcase Royale. Find more details about the upcoming camp here.

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U2's Adam Clayton To Be Honored at MusiCares Event

(Radio.com) U2's bassist Adam Clayton will be honored at the 13th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert this year. The benefit concert will return to New York City this year and performers will be announced at a later date.

Clayton receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his work with the MusiCares MAP Fund, an organization that assists musicians in recovery by offering sober living resources among other kinds of support.

"MusiCares does such vital work in helping vulnerable people across our industry," said Clayton in a statement. "I know from experience the importance of an accessible, supportive environment in times of need and I'm always happy to do what I can to benefit this important organization. I'm very much looking forward to the event in June." Read more here.

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The Cranberries Announce New Album 'Something Else'

Fans will soon be able to experience The Cranberries a whole new way as the band has announced the release of their new album "Something Else", which will be hitting stores on April 28th.

The band offered this description of the forthcoming release "New acoustic versions of our classic hits with three new songs, all featuring a string quartet from the Irish Chamber Orchestra."

They also filled in the backstory on how the project came to be: "In the autumn of 2013, as her hometown of Limerick was preparing to open its tenure as Irish City of Culture in 2014, The Cranberries singer-songwriter Dolores O'Riordon was approached by the city to play a special gig on New Year's Eve. She would perform with a quartet from the Irish Chamber Orchestra, playing four songs from her starred back catalogue - three Cranberries, one solo - on a stage erected outside city hall. 'It was a beautiful night,' she recalls." Read more and see the tracklist here.

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Dew Scented Announce New Member

Dew-Scented has announced that they have recruited Marc Dzierzon as a permanent member to replace former drummer Koen Herfst who left the band in late 2015.

The band had this to say, "We are excited to announce Marc Dzierzon as new drummer for Dew-Scented. As you might have noticed, we have been going back and forth with session drummer options (Thanks a lot again, Michiel and Uwe…you both rule!) since Koen left the fold at the end of 2015.

"We were checking for the right match not only for shows, but also to work on new material with us, handle recording duties and then also perform those tracks live in the future. The search is now over."Marc Dzierzon (Centaurus-A, ArschlochKind) is a talented and dedicated musician, who blew us away from the very first moments on at rehearsals." here.

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Nachtmystium Giving Away New Track, Announce Festival Date

Nachtmystium's Blake Judd announced via social media that the band has returned and will be headlining the Louisville Deathfest in September and they are giving away a new demo track.

Judd posted the following message to Instagram, "Alright everyone....what I (and I'm sure many or all of you) thought you'd never see again. Nachtmystium is doing a one-off exclusive set for the metal heads of the city I ran to and got sober in.

"We are headlining night 1 of the annual Louisville Deathfest, Friday, September 29th, 2017. We will be flying in from LA for this special show, and also bringing a full crew of sound and light techs with us to ensure the performance is above and beyond what one would expect from a band in a small, intimate club. This city and the great friends I made there during my year living in half way houses / sober living residencies while I tried to put my shattered life back together is a place that will forever be very special to me. I am thrilled to be making my first trip back since moving to California late last year to be for this special event." Read more here.

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Imagine Dragons Call On Fans To Make The Cut

(Radio.com) Imagine Dragons have teamed with Adobe for a contest they're calling Make The Cut. The Las Vegas band is asking fans to download raw footage captured during their "Believer" video shoot to create their own edit using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Editors will then upload their final work to be judged by "Believer's" director Matt Eastin, as well as the band, and a host of Oscar-winning motion picture editors.

In addition to footage captured during the "Believer" video shoot last month, Fans will also have access to Adobe's stock footage library. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000. Read more details and watch Matt Eastin's version of "Believer" here.

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Warbringer Announce Tour With Destruction and Jungle Rot

Warbringer have announced that they will be embarking on a North American tour with Destruction and Jungle Rot this spring in support of their forthcoming album.

The band will be releasing their new studio effort, which will be entitled "Woe To The Vanquished," on March 31st and will be launching the tour on May 22nd in Oakland, CA at the Metro Opera House.

Frontman John Kevil had this to say about the trek, "We are pleased to announce our second USA tour to date with the thrash-knights of the Teutonic Order, Destruction! Also slaughtering the weak on this extremely heavy tour will be the barbaric death metal of Jungle Rot and of course Warbringer is bringing a new, upgraded arsenal of our own, made ever more lethal with the release of our new album, Woe to the Vanquished.

"It's been a long time and we've taken many wounds on the way, but the war machine is still rolling, and still destroying all in its path. See you out on the road and prepare for a broken neck. Vae Victis!" See the dates

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Singled Out: Mount Tyrant's The Grey

SoBro Music are releasing their new "Undiscovered: Rock" album this week which is a compilation of 10 emerging Rock groups from across the country. Mount Tyrant's Hunter Fitch tells us about their song "The Grey". Here is the story:

"'The Grey' was written in a really dark time. We had really just began to get our bearings as a band, but were really getting hit with a lot of different hurdles and roadblocks to get started.

Money. Time. Crummy day jobs. The Nagging feeling that we were getting older and whether or not we were gonna actively pursue careers in music. Whether or not it was time to hang it up and just dial in to trying to be a "normal" person.

The notion to just give up, tune in and kind of become the norm was becoming more of an option. Sonically, "The Grey' was a sort of mishmash of ideas following our EP 'Young Blood'. We were still trying to fine tune and define our sound. Its a little more slammin' then the previous releases. Definitely more aggressive.

I remember I was sitting down one night sort of mindlessly thumbing through various social media feeds, and it kind of hit me how miserable it made me. Everyone was playing a character that they wanted to be perceived as. Everything felt like a forced, empty grab at either attention or gratification. That lead to me sitting down with the song and writing with it.

"Being Plugged in is the way we used to grow"

The whole premise is that, starting with our generation and moving forward - kids are being raised in a sort of plug in and tune out kind of way. We crave attention and stimulation. We can't be alone with our own thoughts. We NEED to be plugged in or tuned in to something. Not being tuned in makes us miserable or scared. When we do plug in, everything feels like sterile version of the real life thing.

"With all eyes on us, we reap what we can sow" - refers to how we are slowly becoming the role we try to play in a digital space. Real personalities, real conversations, are slowly just becoming short interactions. A kind word turns into a like, a joke turns into a meme. Almost like people are slowly becoming the spark-notes abridged versions of themselves just to quickly make an impression.

"Keep the night" - the real driven point of the song, which I guess really means take back your personality. Sit with your thoughts, instead of being scared of them. Feeling sad is okay. Feeling scared is okay. Feeling happy is okay. The digital world has just made everyone seem neutral and terrified to feel things. But feeling things is what makes you a human. So I guess, remove yourself from your digital space a little bit and take a step back. Maybe if you fall asleep without the TV on, or thumbing through social media, you might actually confront some personal sh*t.

Now that you know the story behind the song, learn more about the album right here!

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