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Scorpions Confirm American Tour With Megadeth

(hennemusic) The Scorpions have announced the first series of dates for a fall North American tour that will feature thrash metal legends Megadeth as their special guests.

Shows for the North American Crazy World Tour will begin in Reading, PA on September 14, with dates currently running to mid-October and more to be announced.

"When our album Crazy World was released back in '91, right at the end of the cold war," explains singer Klaus Meine, "we toured around a world that was pretty crazy back then, but there was so much hope in the air for a more peaceful future. Now 26 years later, things are getting more crazy every other day.

"After all these years, 'Crazy World' is still a good motto for our upcoming world tour. We are very much looking forward to seeing all of you out there." The Scorpions' eleventh album, "Crazy World" peaked at No. 21 on the US Billboard 200 with help from the international hit and Top 5 US single, "Wind Of Change"

The first date of the Crazy World North American tour to go on sale is the October 7 show at The Forum in Los Angeles - the presale runs March 23 from 10a-10p local time ahead of the general public tickets, which will be available March 24 at 10am local time. See the dates here.

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Slash Was Angry When Poison Didn't Hire Him

Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash was reportedly really angry when Poison decided to hire CC DeVille instead of him, according to the glam band's drummer Rikki Rockett.

The drummer made the revelation while taking at look back at Poison's debut album "Look What the Cat Dragged In" on the latest episode of the Decibel Geek podcast.

Slash and DeVille were both considered to replace original guitarist Matt Smith with the band deciding that C.C. would be a better fit for their glam rock style, which Rockett says left Slash angry.

"Slash, we had known. He was in Hollywood Rose….We all liked him. He came and worked on some songs with us but we continued to audition people even though he was a frontrunner…We didn't want, like, a hotshot Yngwie guy. We wanted an East Coast guy. And then CC auditioned and he just made more sense than Slash did.

"So, it was a tough decision because we all liked Slash. Slash was really pissed off about it. He was pissed. He was like 'What the f*** you guys?'…So there was that rivalry between Poison and Guns n' Roses because of that, I think for a long time you know?" Listen to the full interview here.

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Muse, Blink 1982. Arcade Fire Lead Lollapalooza Lineup

Organizers for the Lollapalooza festival have revealed the details for this year's event with Muse, Blink-182, Arcade Fire and The Killers leading the rock headliner lineup.

Additional headliners include Chance The Rapper, The xx, Lorde, DJ Snake, and Justice for the festival which will be taking place at Chicago's Grant Park on August 3rd-6th.

The lineup will also feature alt-J, Cage The Elephant, The Head and The Heart, Ryan Adams, Liam Gallagher, Phantogram, Spoon, Wiz Khalifa, Run the Jewels, Big Sean, Rae Sremmurd, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Joey Bada$$, Noname, Russ, Machine Gun Kelly and Amine, among others. See the full list here.

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Jason Newsted Praises Metallica's New Album and His Replacement

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted shared some kind words about the band's latest album "Hardwired... To Self Destruct" and his replacement in the group, Robert Trujillo.

Newsted said "[The album] is a bit different than the other efforts that led up to it" in an interview with Ultimate Guitar. "This last [album], I feel they've kinda come back into stride and there's something of substance here."

Jason also said this to say about his replacement in the group "Robert's a great f***in' bass player and he's always been a great bass player. I've known him for 25 years at least.

"He's always been good and I owned all the Infectious [Grooves] records and I wore Infectious t-shirts. I'm down. That guy has always got my respect. He got in there and he can hang with those guys and make it sound like it does? Peace, peace, power to you." Check out the interview for more here.

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Blessthefall Refuse 'Handouts' After Being Robbed On Tour

Blessthefall were hit with a set back in Orlando, FL on Tuesday while on tour with May Fire and Sylar after their trailer was broken into, but guitarist Elliott Gruenberg has dismissed the idea of asking fans to make donations to help replace the stolen items.

Gruenberg first revealed the news to fans with this tweet, "You know what makes being in a band the hardest? When some piece of sh*t breaks into your locked trailer and steals all of your stuff."

When a fan suggested that they set up a GoFundMe campaign, Gruenberg shot down the idea, tweeting "Nope. This is the third time I've had all my stuff stolen in this band and never once have I ever asked for sympathy handouts."

He suggested the way that fans could help in a separate post: "Keep coming to shows & maybe buy our next record. Not asking for handouts because some loser with a sh*tty life decided to mess with ours.." See his Tweeter page for any updates here.

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The Beatles' Hometown Announce 'Sgt. Pepper's' 50th Anniversary Celebration

(Radio.com) Liverpool, the city that birthed The Beatles' John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, will honor the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was released June 1, 1967 (via The Guardian).

The celebration, titled Sgt. Pepper at 50: Heading for Home, will feature 13 events representative of the album's 13 tracks. Artistic director Sean Doran said those involved will be using Liverpool "as a turntable for the album."

Blending paintings, spoken word, film, music and more, the different events will highlight the long-reaching influence The Beatles and their seminal album had on the world. Read more here.

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New Chuck Berry Song 'Big Boys' Streaming

(Radio.com) The music world may have lost rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry but the singer and guitarist still has new music to share. Chuck, the late singer's first posthumous album, will be released on June 16 and includes the first new recordings from Berry in nearly four decades.

The 10-track album has eight songs written by Berry. It is his first release since 1979's Rock It and was recorded and produced by Berry in several studios throughout St. Louis. His band includes his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (vocals, harmonica), Jimmy Marsala (Berry's bassist for forty years), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums). The album also boasts guest performances from Gary Clark Jr., Tom Morello, Nathaniel Rateliff and Chuck's grandson Charles Berry III. Morello and Rateliff are featured on "Big Boys" which is now streaming online.

"Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought him a great sense of joy and satisfaction," the Berry family said in a statement posted to Facebook earlier this week. "While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that he 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." Listen to "Big Boys" here.

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Lacuna Coil Release 'Blood, Tears, Dust' Video

Lacuna Coil have released a new music video for their track "Blood, Tears, Dust". The song comes from the group's 2016 studio album release "Delirium".

Frontwoman Cristina Scabbia had the following to say about Cosimo Alemà directed clip, "Right now I can't tell you everything about 'Blood, Tears, Dust', as this video is part of something bigger... This is the core of who we are as a band: the sweat, the dirt, the raw energy. It's our insanity and all of us feeling comfortable with it.

"I love how by Cosimo Alemà filmed this. The photography, the colors and the hints in the story are perfectly placed and it is the first time we are really 'acting'. This video is only a part of a much bigger plan... stay tuned. Hope you enjoy this video as much as I do!" Watch the video here.

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Fates Warning Announce U.S. Summer Tour Dates

Fates Warning have announced that they will be launching a North American tour this summer to promote their latest studio album "Theories Of Flight".

The band has revealed the initial dates for the trek which is scheduled to kick off on June 6th in Poughkeepsie, NY at The Chance and is currently set to wrap up on July 1st in Allston, MA at the Brighton Music Hall.

Frontman Ray Alder had this to say, "We are very excited to finally announce the first leg of the US tour for 'Theories Of Flight'. We know that this news has been a long time coming, but it's finally here and we are ready to once again hit the States in support of a new album.

"The European tour was amazing, and we are anticipating nothing less from our home crowd. We can't wait to see our fans again. Get your tickets now. Thank you all!" See the dates here.

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Adrenaline Mob Announce New Album 'We The People'

Adrenaline Mob have announced that they will be releasing their third studio album, "We The People", on June 2nd and have revealed some details for the effort.

"We The People" is the band's first album to feature their new drummer Jordan Cannata and new bassist David Zablidowsky (of Trans Siberian Orchestra fame).

They will be releasing the album in various configurations including a special edition Digipak CD as well as a gatefold double vinyl and CD version which will feature cover songs from 'Dearly Departed' that were never before released on vinyl: " Devil Went Down To Georgia", "Snortin' Whiskey," and "Tie Your Mother Down". See the album tracklisting here.

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Fleetwood Mac, Bowie, The Doors, Ramones Vinyl For RSD

Rhino records have announced an impressive lineup of special vinyl releases for this year's Record Store Day, which will celebrating its 10th anniversary on April 22nd.

The label will be offering 29 limited edition 12-inch, 10-inch, and 7-inch vinyl releases exclusively at select independent music retailers and below are some of the rock related highlights:

David Bowie - Cracked Actor: 3-LP set with etched vinyl Limited edition of 17,000 copies, $39.98 - David Bowie - BOWPROMO: 12-inch LP in box with 5 Bowie photo prints. Limited edition of 15,000 copies, $54.98

Fleetwood Mac - Alternate Mirage: 12-inch 180-gram vinyl Limited edition of 6,500 copies, $21.98 - Stevie Nicks - RARITIES 1981 - 1983: 12-inch EP Limited edition of 7,500 copies, $14.98

The Cure - Acoustic Hits: 12-inch double picture disc Limited edition, $31.98 - The Cure - Greatest Hits: 12-inch double picture disc Limited edition, $31.98. Read more here.

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Ayreon Reveal Fan Made Video Finalist Clips

Ayreon have revealed the four finalist for the fan made video contest that they launched last month for the track "The Source Will Flow" from their album "The Source". We were sent the following details:

Arjen Lucassen had this to say, "About a month ago we asked the fans to make a video for the atmospheric track 'The Source Will Flow' from the new Ayreon album, and we received positive reactions from over a hundred applicants.

"We chose the best artists and they sent us four excellent videos! We felt it would be a great idea to have the fans choose the winner. So please check them out and vote for your favorite video, I'm very curious! And of course... I hope you enjoy the music as well :-)"

From March 22nd to March 30th, viewers can decide which video they like best, by voting on Arjen's website. The video that garners the most votes after seven days, will be declared the winner. The winning clip will be featured on the Ayreon YouTube channel, as well as being a native upload on the Ayreon Facebook page, and the creator will receive a fantastic Ayreon bundle. The three other finalists will get a special package of Ayreon goodies as well. Watch the four videos and cast your vote

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Junkyard Announce First New Album in 26 Years

80s rockers Junkyard have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album "High Water" on April 21st, which is the group's first "official" album in 26 years.

Frontman David Roach had these comments, "I had no grand illusions of a magnum opus, or that we'd try and recreate what we were 25 years ago," Roach states. "This album is not a departure; it's a rock 'n' roll record from Junkyard with songs about life, love, regret, addiction and memories."

Guitarist Tim Mosher, who produced the album, adds, "The Junkyard sound is a pretty classic one: big guitars and drums with David spilling his guts on top. We wanted High Water to sound loose and live, so as far as production goes we weren't trying to re-invent the wheel, just deliver the songs in the best light we could, then mix in some big riffs and throaty vocals and that's 'Yard.'" See the tracklisting here.

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Sabaton Release Teaser For American Tour With Leaves' Eyes

Sabaton have released a new promo video for their upcoming North American spring tour which will also feature Leaves' Eyes and their labelmates Battle Beast.

To prepare fans for what to expect from U.S. and Canadian trek dubbed The Last Tour, Sabaton has released a teaser video clip which can be viewed here. Sabaton are launching the tour is support of their latest album "The Last Stand."

The tour is scheduled to get underway on April 20th in Philadelphia, PA at The Trocadero and will be concluding on May 22nd in Silver Spring, MD at The Fillmore. See the tour dates here.

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Richie Kotzen Release 'End Of Earth' Video

Richie Kotzen has released a new music video for the track "End Of Earth". The song comes from his forthcoming solo album "Salting Earth", which is set to hit stores on April 14th.

Kotzen had the following comments about his approach to recording the album, "It's really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly I'm the only performer on it. It actually comes out of my process of writing and documenting my ideas.

"It started back in the late-'80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parents' barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realized in order to get this music out of my head and onto a format where I could listen to it, I'd have to figure out how to do it alone." Watch the video here.

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Blondie Stream New Song Written by Dev Hynes of Blood Orange

(Radio.com) Blondie will release their 11th studio album Pollinator in May, and the new wave icons have shared another track from the LP: "Long Time," written by Dev Hynes of Blood Orange.

The album's lead single "Fun" struck an upbeat, poppy note when it was revealed February 15. And while those effervescent elements are present on "Long Time," it's a far deeper and more bittersweet pop-rock cut.

If the new track sounds like classic Blondie, it's no coincidence. Last year, Chris Stein said that Blondie took a back-to-basics approach to Pollinator. 'The last two records before this were a little more electronic and computer-based, but this one is more organic and very much band-based, a little more old-school," he told Consequence of Sound. Listen to "Long Time" here.

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