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Pink Floyd Star Crashes His $3.7 Million Racecar

(Radio.com) Former Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason wrecked his McLaren F1 GTR racecar over the weekend when he took the vehicle out for drive and video of the accident has been posted online.

Mason visited the Goodwood Circuit on Sunday (March 19), for a spin in his expensive car and soon hit a wall. Mason wasn't hurt during the crash. In fact, he quickly got out of the car and was seen walking around following the incident.

The drummer's car is estimated at $3.7 million. Prior to his drive, Mason told reporters that while he doesn't drive the McLaren F1 GTR race car often, he does think it is a 'wonderful road car." Read more and watch the video here.

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Fleetwood Mac's Upcoming Tour May Be Their Farewell

Fleetwood Mac's 2018 tour may be the farewell trek for the legendary band, according to Christine McVie who made the revelation while she and Lindsey Buckingham were interviewed about their collaboration for a duo album they will release in the summer. Gibson had more details:

The album also features Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, so - as it's to be credited as a Buckingham McVie release - it simply points to its songwriters and singers. Speaking with Uncut magazine in the UK, Buckingham says, "I've grown up a lot since the last time I really worked with [Christine]. I realised: 'Oh, here I am, a completely different person. I'm a father of three children. I've been married almost 20 years. I've had my journey, and Christine has had her own journey.'"

McVie describes the collaboration as "an umbilical cord that can't be broken. It just pulls you back." However, she also reveals that the future of Fleetwood Mac is far from certain. "The 2018 tour is supposed to be a farewell tour," she adds "But you take farewell tours one at a time. Somehow we always come together, this unit. We can feel it ourselves."

Even so, Stevie Nicks recently told Radio.com she thinks it's unlikely Fleetwood Mac will actually record together again. Read more here.

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Axl Rose Looks Happier Since Guns N' Roses Reunion Say Sixx

Axl Rose appears to be happier now following his reunion with original Guns N' Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan, believes former Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx.

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba is in Sixx: AM with Nikki and the bassist was asked about Axl related topics in video interview late last year, but which was just recently published on YouTube.

Sixx told Neon Sunsets, "Of all the people in the business that have tried to get the original Guns N' Roses back together, they could never get it back together. They got a version of it back together, and you can see Axl looks happier. They're gonna go out and they're gonna play, and he's gonna do that AC/DC stuff."

He then revealed the extent of his relationship with Rose, "I don't know Axl, really, that well. I mean, I knew him a bit in the '80s when [GNR] opened for Motley Crue. He was always sweet to me. He was always kind of shy and respectful.

"And I'm happy for him. He looks happy. He looks healthy. He missed doing what he's doing right now, and I'm sure having Slash and Duff by his side feels really good. So it's badass. Good for him. And good for Slash and Duff too. Good for the fans." Watch the full interview here.

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Tool Add New Dates To North American Tour

Tool had exciting news for fans on Monday, the band announced that they have added several more stops to their upcoming North American tour that they will be launching this spring.

The band has added five new shows to the spring trek including concerts in St Paul (June 9th), Calgary (June 12th), Edmonton (June 13th), Vancouver (June 15th), and George, Wa (June 17th).

The group had previously revealed eight dates for the tour which is scheduled to kick off in Fairfax, VA on May 24th. They will also be performing at the Governors Ball and Boston Calling music festivals. See the dates here.

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Bob Dylan Announces North American Summer Tour

Music legend Bob Dylan has announced that he is extending his 2017 tour plans with a just announced North American leg that will be visiting various cities across the U.S. and Canada this summer.

The new trek is scheduled to kick off in Port Chester, NY on June 13th and will be concluding on July 27th in Victoria, BC at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre.

The tickets for the summer tour will be going on sale this Friday, March 24th. Dylan will be releasing a new triple album of "American Standards" entitled Triplicate on March 31st. See the tour dates here.

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Don Henley Announces Tour Dates and 70th Birthday Concert

Eagles star Don Henley has announced that he will be launching a North American solo tour dates this June and also revealed details for a special 70th birthday concert.

The tour dates will feature support from JD & The Straight Shot and will be kicking off on June 6th in Boston at the Blue Bills Bank Pavilion and will wrap up on June 18th in St. Paul, MN at Xcel Energy Center.

Henley will be following those June solo tour dates by playing a very special 70th birthday concert on July 22nd at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. here.

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Gene Simmons On Idea Of KISS Continuing Without Original Members

KISS cofounder Gene Simmons doesn't appear to have a problem with the idea of the band continuing without him or Paul Stanley, he revealed in a recent interview.

Simmons was asked by Cantonrep.com, "The idea of KISS moving on without Paul Stanley and yourself is another highly-debated topic among Kiss fans. You see it working to some degree with bands like AC/DC with only one original member and Foreigner, who often play live with none. Is it a testament to the strength of the music that an idea like that could work for generations to come?"

Gene responded, "Well, AC/DC has had 21 different members. But it's more than music. It's a vibe. You can't just get a jazz musician to step up there with a rock band, I don't care who it is, and make it convincing. Not just in how you play, but how you stand on stage. People are listening with their eyes. They're bringing their eyes, and you better make that work. It's not just your ears. When you stayed at home in the old days, you could turn on the radio, and you didn't know what anybody looked like. That's different.

"But once Elvis started shaking his hips, image was very important. But I don't want to torture people with my soliloquies and pontification on the state of music as it exists." Read the full interview here.

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Queen Themed Monopoly Game Coming In May

(Radio.com) Queen fans will get to take the band home with them in the form of a new board game -- Queen Monopoly. Brian May revealed the big news on the Queen version of Monopoly on his website.

The game will be available in May and will take fans through major moments throughout the band's career. "We've been very secretly developing Queen Monopoly for over a year. And it's due in a shop near you in May," the guitarist wrote on his website. "I'm excited -- it was a blast working on it -- like making an album! We hope you love it!"

The Queen-themed Monopoly game gives a nod to the band's history with the players tokens as they're taken from Queen songs including the robot from the News of the World cover, a bicycle for "Bicycle Race," a vacuum cleaner that recalls the "I Want to Break Free" video, a hammer for "Hammer to Fall" and May's guitar. Read more and watch the promo video here.

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Chuck Berry's New Album Release Moving Forward

(Radio.com) News that Chuck Berry passed away on Saturday (March 18th) won't deter the release of his forthcoming album Chuck. The album will mark his first release since the 1979 album Rock It.

Berry's family posted an update on his Facebook page this morning. Working on the album had given the musician a great deal of joy since he announced it last October on his 90th birthday, they shared in their message.

As a result, they wanted to move forward and release what he'd been working on. "While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that Chuck had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music," they stated. Read more here.

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Video From Eric Clapton Tour Kick Off Goes Online

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton played the first of his series of 2017 concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 19, and video from the event has surfaced online.

The limited, eight-date US run sees the guitar icon performing a pair of shows in NYC and two at The Forum in Los Angeles next week, followed by a return engagement at both venues in September; he'll also play three nights at London's Royal Albert Hall in May.

Billboard reports opening night's 15-song, 100-minute set featured a mixture of blues classics and greatest hits, including solo tracks and tunes Clapton recorded with Cream and Derek And The Dominos.

Although Clapton has told interviewers that nerve pain has impeded his ability to play, there was no sign of it during his performance. Openers Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan joined the guitarist for the night's final encore of the Bo Diddley song, "Before You Accuse Me." Check out the videos from the show here.

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Metallica Release 'Enter Sandman' Video From Sound Vault Show

(hennemusic) Metallica have issued official live footage of their 1991 classic, "Enter Sandman", from a February 12 show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA.

The performance followed the band's appearance with Lady Gaga on the 59th annual Grammy Awards on the same night. "Why should the fun end after the cameras stop rolling?!!," said Metallica. "As soon as the awards show is over, we're going to shoot over to the iconic Hollywood Palladium to hit the stage one more time that evening as part of the "Citi Sound Vault" live music series."

The event marked the fifth Citi Sound Vault show at the iconic Hollywood venue during Grammys week, following concerts by Sting, Beck, and The Chainsmokers. Watch the video here.

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Anthrax Streaming Rare Track 'Vice Of The People'

Anthrax have released a stream of the song "Vice of the People," which previously was released as a bonus track only in Japan. They released the stream to celebrate the upcoming release of their new box set.

The veteran thrash band will be releasing their "'For All Kings' Limited Edition 7-Inch Box Set" this Friday, March 24th which will include demo recordings and newly recorded Anthrax style covers of the Kansas classic "Carry On" and the White Stripes' "Black Math".

The demos that will be part of the package include "Breathing Lightning", "Monster At The End," "Suzerain," "Zero Tolerance," "Blood Eagle Wings," and "Defend Avenge".

In other Anthrax related news, Charlie Benante will be the special guest drummer sitting with the "Late Night with Seth Meyers" house band this week. Listen to the rate track here.

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Trollfest Release 'Trollachen' Music Video

Trollfest have released a new music video for their track "Trollachen". The song comes from the band's recently released album "Helluva", which was released late last month.

The group had the following to say about their new visual, "Our newest member, Fjernkontrollet, wanted dearly to make this appeal in order to achieve the same legendary status as the rest of us.

"But also to remind all of us not to take ourselves (or this video) too seriously. Please enjoy this video as much as Fjernkontrollet did! :) " Watch the video here.

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Strange Karma Release 'Devil From The Moon' Video

Strange Karma has released a new music video for their track "Devil from the Moon". The song comes from the band's new album "Cold Blooded".

Frontman Martin Strange had this to say about the new album, "We all think this record is a great snapshot of what Strange Karma is all about - it showcases the versatility of the music we like to create and play."

The band self-released 'Cold Blooded,' as a vinyl-only release. The ten-track album includes the lead-off single, "Devil from the Moon," and is available for purchase via PayPal through the band's site. Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Heavy Heart's High Dive

London Alt-rockers Heavy Heart are gearing up to release their Keepsake collection at the end of the month and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about the single "High Dive". Here is the story:

In 2016, we wrote, recorded and released a new song each month, and we're now releasing all twelve songs as a collection called 'Keepsake' which documents the whole project. 'High Dive' was the June instalment of this, and I think it definitely has a hot, heady summer feel to it.

I was really obsessed with the David Hockney swimming pool paintings at the time I was writing the lyrics, they're so dreamlike and surreal, and I love the contrast between the cool, luxurious blue of the water and the parched, dry colours outside. The song has those two textures as well, sonically. The verses are sparse and close, and the lyrics talk about the thirst of unrequited love or lust, and then the chorus plunges into this sparkling, lush blue-green underwater world.

We really wanted to mark that contrast, and when I sing the song I see the same scenes every time, like a film. We did have an ambitious video idea for it, but apparently it's harder than you'd think to film underwater!

The core of the song actually predates the band, it's one of the first things we wrote (up in an attic on the hottest night of the year), although it has changed a lot since then. We wanted to try something with a less straight-ahead rhythm, less typically rock, but the drums are all organic and played by a human being (even the hand-claps). It's one of our more experimental productions so far and I think we're going to explore this sound more on the next recordings we do.

It's a love song really. That exhilarating, stomach knot just before you dive into the unknown with someone. You don't really know how deep it goes; if you'll be able to swim or if you'll drown.

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

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