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Pearl Jam Star Not Attending Rock Hall Induction

(hennemusic) Former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain says he will be unable to attend the band's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame next month.

Chamberlain tells Rolling Stone that, while work commitments will prevent him from appearing at the April 7 ceremony at New York's Barclays Center, he is thrilled to see the band being recognized.

"I'm so happy they are getting honored by the Hall of Fame," he says. "They are good friends and total inspirations. I wish them all the best. Of course, I appreciate the shoutout."

Chamberlain joined Pearl Jam in 1991 for live dates in advance of the release of the debut, "Ten", stepping in after Dave Krusen recorded the project and then left for rehab over drinking issues. Following an appearance in the video for "Alive", Chamberlain exited the lineup to join the house band for Saturday Night Live during the 1991-1992 season. here.

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Blink 182 Stream New Song 'Parking Lot', Reveal Album Details

Blink-182 have released a stream of a new track called "Parking Lot," which they unleashed along with the details of the forthcoming deluxe version of their 2016 album "California".

The band had previously said late last year that they had an entire album's worth of material for the deluxe reissue and they have kept true to the word with the two-disc set featuring the original album and a second disc featuring 11-new songs and an unplugged version of their hit "Bored To Death".

"Parking Lot" is billed as ode to the "forgotten young suburbia/loose on the streets of California" and can be streamed here. The new "California" Deluxe Edition will be hitting stores on May 19th. See the tracklisting here.

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Metallica Announce New Leg of WorldWired Tour

(hennemusic) Metallica are bringing their WorldWired tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self Destruct" to Europe for dates this fall and in the spring of 2018.

"Immediately following our run of shows opening the new Royal Arena in Copenhagen last month we promised we would be back to Europe this year... and we will!!," says the band. "The WorldWired tour hits European arenas starting in September and doesn't stop until May of 2018! Kicking off on September 4th in Amsterdam (following the rescheduled Copenhagen show on September 2nd) we'll be covering all corners of the continent from Lisbon to Helsinki, Oslo to Budapest and beyond.

"Our Norwegian friends Kvelertak have signed on to take this wild ride with us for the duration of the European portion of the tour," they add. "Please note that no additional shows will be added in this part of the world in the immediate future, so you can plan your own leg of the tour now."

Each ticket purchased will come with a copy of the "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" album, available as a physical CD or a digital download. See the dates here.

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The Kinks Frontman Ray Davies Knighted In England

Legendary frontman of The Kinks, Ray Davies was knighted by Prince Charles during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday (March 16th).

Davies is the latest rock icon to receive the honor in recognition for their contributions to music. Ray had this to say about the ceremony, "It lasted three minutes and it went very well and I said goodbye and went home."

Earlier this week he told ITV (via ABC) that he was accepting the knighthood as a way to honor Kinks fans. "We were banned in America for four years [during the 1960s] and fans stayed by us in those days. And it's an acknowledgement more than anything else to those people." Watch that news clip here.

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Mastodon Release 'Show Yourself' Video

(hennemusic) Mastodon have released a video for their new track "Show Yourself". The song comes from the Atlanta band's forthcoming album, "Emperor Of Sand," which is set to hit stores on March 10th.

Directed by Robert Schober, the clip for the second tune previewed from the package features drummer Brann Dailor on lead vocals. "When I first heard that riff, I wasn't 100 percent on it," Dailor tells Rolling Stone about the catchy song. "I felt like it was too easy to like or something - which is stupid, but I want to avoid 'easy.' I was wrong about that one."

Mastodon recorded "Emperor Of Sand" with producer Brendan O'Brien at the Quarry in Kennesaw, Georgia last year. The band will launch the record with a spring tour of North America; the 6-week run with Eagles Of Death Metal and Russian Circles will begin in Missoula, MT on April 14. Watch the video here.

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The Band Icon Added To Dates Of Last Waltz 40 Tour

The second leg of The Last Waltz 40 Tour just got even more exciting with news that one of two remaining original members of The Band will be joining the trek on select dates.

The Band's Garth Hudson will now be joining Warren Haynes, Dr. John, Jamey Johnson and Don Was during the California and Texas stops of the tour which celebrates the 40th anniversary of The Band's iconic farewell concert.

Hudson dates on the tour will begin with the March 30th show in Dallas and include the shows in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. See the details here.

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Cold War Kids Unplug For New Video With Bishop Briggs

Cold War Kids have released a new live studio session video featuring frontman Nathan Willett and Bishop Briggs performing an acoustic version of the new track "So Tied Up" (Los Feliz Blvd).

The studio version of "So Tied Up" also features Briggs and will be included on the band's forthcoming album, "LA Divine" which is scheduled to hit stores on April 7th.

The new video was recorded live at Sonora Recorders in Los Feliz and showcases an alternate arrangement with a string quartet and more prominent vocals from Bishop Briggs.

Nathan Willett had this to say, "Pulling this session together was something of a miracle. We were between tours and I hadn't actually met Bishop in person and the band hadn't worked out any arrangement. We had like 2 hours.

"Luckily Bishop was so confident and her voice is perfection; the voice of a woman twice her age, so raw and sophisticated ... I sorta laid in the cut and watched her explode. This is as fun as it gets - working so loose in a pinch, everybody flexible and down to mess around - and the greatest moments happen. By evening the strings capped off what is now one of my favorite CWK recordings." Watch the video here.

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Weezer Release New Song and Kicking Off North American Tour

Weezer have released a stream of their brand new track "Feels Like Summer" as they prepare to kick off their North American tour tonight (March 17th) at SXSW.

The band had this to say about the new song "We decided to skip spring entirely and go straight to summer. Our new single 'Feels Like Summer' from our forthcoming album (coming this summer) is out now in North America. Ex-US you'll see it up on Spotify, Apple Music, etc. by Friday" Stream it here.

The band are kicking off a busy year of touring at the Crush Music Showcase at the SXSW music festival tonight in Austin and have announced U.S. and Canadian dates that run through September. Read more here.

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Asia In The Studio For 35th Anniversary

Asia's self-titled 1982 debut 35th anniversary is celebrated in a new online episode of syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over these details:

All to often the stars of one decade fade into the dawn of another, but that was not the case for ASIA, a band comprised of Emerson, Lake and Palmer drummer Carl Palmer; YES guitarist Steve Howe; Buggles vid-kid, keyboardist Geoff Downes and King Crimson/ Roxy Music/ UK singer, bassist the late John Wetton. Asia's self-titled 1982 debut featured the # 1 hit "Heat of the Moment" and additional hits "Only Time Will Tell", "Wildest Dreams", "Sole Survivor" and "Here Comes the Feeling". The members of Asia express to In The Studio host Redbeard, in this classic episode, their purpose for forming the band and their amazement at both the critical and commercial response.

Carl Palmer: "The frame of mind I was in, I was hoping that I would enter into a situation that was a song oriented band rather than any long conceptual pieces, because I'd been playing that for a nine year period."

Geoff Downes: "They (British music industry) were much more concerned with the visual image of a band then the musical identity of it. In that respect I think we were against the grain."

John Wetton: "We fell into a musical climate that everybody thought was outdated at the time, I think. Which is why the press, was so pro this "new wave" were against us right from the beginning... before we'd even put the record out... Within two weeks of its (album) release, it was inside the Top 10 of Billboard, which is virtually unheard of." Stream the episode here.

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Xandria, Kobra And The Lotus and Once Human Tour Announced

Xandria have announced that they will be launching a North American headline tour to promote their new album "Theater of Dimension" which will feature support from Kobra And The Lotus and Once Human.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on May 9th the famed Webster Hall in New York City and will hit various cities in the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up on May 30th in Mesa, AZ at Club Red-Mesa

The band had this to say, "We are super excited to go on our first ever North American headline tour in May, playing east to west coast, along with the wonderful Kobra and the Lotus as well as Once Human. Let's get these places rocked!" See the dates here.

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Kaleido Stream New Song And Announce Tour With Seether

Detroit rockers Kaleido have released a stream of their new single "Die Tryin" and announced that they will be touring North American as part of Seether's upcoming Poison The Parish World Tour.

"Die Tryin" is the third single from the band's forthcoming album "Experience" which is set to hit stores on May 19th. Check out the stream of the new track here.

The band will be hitting the road with Seether beginning on May 2nd in Lancaster, PA at the Chameleon Club and will wrap up the trek on June 10th at The Pageant in Saint Louis, MO. See the dates here.

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Annihilator Announce First Canadian Tour In Over 20 Years

Annihilator have announced that they will be launching their first Canadian tour since 1993 this summer in addition to their headline set at this year's Waken Open Air Festival.

The long awaited return to their native Canada will be launching on June 13th at the Distrikt Nightclub in Victoria and will conclude on July 21st in Cornwall at The House.

The band has recruited Australia's Mason and Montreal's Mutank to support them on the trek. Annihilator's Jeff Waters had this to say, "I have always enjoyed flying the flag for one of the nicest countries and people in the world, despite having very little support from the industry here to play and releasing CDs in Canada. " Read more and see the dates here.

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Krehated Release 'Awaken Ignorance' Video

Krehated have released a new music video for their track "Awaken Ignorance". The song comes from the group's latest studio album 'The Venomous Mind'.

The new video was directed and produced by David Andersson, Dennis Andersson & Johan Hallman. The lead actor portrayed in the video is Andreas Vrenning.

They had this to say about the album, "We all have demons inside our heads. It doesn't matter how successful you are, how wealthy you are or how sane you seem to be. Everyone has been through rough times at some point in their lives and then carried around the aftermath... demons or venom in their minds. 'The Venomous Mind' is all about that. Our inner demons. Our inner fears. Our infected minds. The world of today is a disgusting place at times. This world brought us this hate. This world created us. We are the Krehated." Watch the video here.

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Striker Announce Special Record Release Shows

Striker have announced that they will be returning to Alberta in April for their first Canadian shows since releasing their new self-titled studio album last month on February 24th.

The band has been on tour across the USA plus Europe with Sonata Arctica in support of the album for last three months. Their shows, April 13th in Calgary at Dicken's Pub, hometown return on April 14th in Edmonton at Starlite Room and April 15th in Red Deer at The Vat will be CD release events for their Albertan fans.

"This is 35 minutes of your life you'll be glad you can't get back. A potent mix of shred that will remind you why you fell in love with metal in the first place." says the band of their new album. Watch their video 'Born To Lose' here.

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Mick Hayes Releases 'Hard 2 Explain' Video

Mick Hayes has released a new music video for his track "Hard 2 Explain." The song was released earlier this month as a stand-along single by the acclaimed artist.

"The lyrical story behind Hard 2 Explain is actually quite easy to explain for anyone who has been through those circumstances before. Your heart is committed, but you are suspicious nonetheless. "

Mick was recognized by The Grammy Awards Committee in 2016 in the "Best Traditional R&B Performance" and "Best R&B Song" categories for his single "For Realski's." Watch the new video here.

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Singled Out: Vangough's Morphine

Progressive metal trio Vangough released their brand new album "Warpaint" today (March 17th) and to celebrate we asked guitarist and vocalist Clay Withrow to tell us about the song "Morphine." Here is the story:

Our song story is for the song "Morphine" which I like to describe as the struggle between restraint and depravity. The lyrics were inspired by a specific incident involving a close friend of mine that ended up being very tragic and traumatic for all involved. Even with this narrative as the jumping off point for the lyrics, the song still manages to tie into the overarching theme of the album, which is that we all hide behind one pretense or another in an effort to make it to the end. And yet we often find ourselves at odds with our inherent nature, instead trying to exonerate our own lack of introspection. Unfortunately, many of us live our entire lives braced for impact or terrified that our deeply guarded insecurities will be the end of us. I'll just leave it at that.

We actually opened our set with this song on our North American tour with Fates Warning last year but it has gone through so many changes, such as the lyrics and even arrangement, that it definitely feels different. I think originally I just wanted to record a song in drop A tuning on this Mayones guitar that Daniel Gildenlow from Pain of Salvation let me borrow. Thank you for that by the way Daniel!

So that's the story of Morphine in a nutshell. If anyone is still reading this, firstly thank you because you don't know me but I like to think that I'm a fairly reasonable person when I'm out in public, though I'll admit that inside my own house I'm more of a domesticated lunatic.

Secondly, be sure to buy our new album Warpaint releasing almost everywhere today, March 17. You can buy it on our Bandcamp or places like iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. We really hope you dig it! Thank you so much.

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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