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Dave Grohl Leads Lineup For Sammy Hagar's Acoustic-4-A Cure

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl leads an impressive lineup for the fourth annual Acoustic-4-A Cure benefit concert, which is curated by Sammy Hagar and Metallica frontman James Hetfield.

Hetfield broke the sad news in the announcement that he will not be able to take part in this year's event, which is scheduled to take place on May 15th at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco.

However, Sammy Hagar will be joined by Grohl, as well as former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Mick Fleetwood, Grateful Dead icon Bob Weir, Steve Vai, Vic Johnson, Sarah McLachlan and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo. Read more here.

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ELO Cofounder Not Attending Rock Hall Induction

(hennemusic) Electric Light Orchestra cofounder and drummer Bev Bevan will miss the band's induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next month due to prior commitments.

The group will be honored at New York's Barclays Center on April 7 alongside Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur. "Unfortunately I will not be able to attend ELO's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame due to the fact that I am on tour in the UK with another great friend of Jeff (Lynne), Richard (Tandy) and Roy (Wood)..the legend that is 'Jasper Carrott'," writes Bevan on Facebook. "These dates have been sold out for some time and when the news broke about our induction it was too late to change them.

"It would have been fantastic to meet up with Roy, Jeff and Richard again," he continues, calling the recognition a great honor "I have been incredibly fortunate to have had a life in the music business from my first band 'Rocking Ronnie & The Renegades' to 'Black Sabbath and all the bits inbetween including The Move, Denny Laine & The Diplomats, Carl Wayne & The Vikings, Quill, The Electric Light Orchestra, the Brum Rocks concerts, Stand Up & Rock and more… surrounded by great talented musicians. It has been a blast and I still get a buzz every time I walk out on stage.

"However, I would like to add that without the support of the record buying and concert going public my great career could never have happened. So a huge thank you goes out to everyone who has ever purchased a record that I played on or been to any of the concerts. Hope to see you soon at a gig somewhere." Read more here.

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Rammstein Announce New Release, Stone Sour and Korn Show

Rammstein have announced a new live package and also revealed they will be making a special one-off performance with Korn and Stone Sour in Las Vegas this summer.

The new live package will be entitled "Rammstein: Paris" and it was captured during the band's performance at the Palais Omnisports Arena during their Made in Germany tour in March of 2012.

"Rammstein: Paris" will hit stores on May 19th in various formats including a 2 CD/Blu-ray or 2CD/DVD, a deluxe edition on 4LP/2 CD/Blu-Ray and a standard 2 CD, and digital.

The German rockers also announced that they will be playing a special one-night-only show at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 1st with Korn and Stone Sour.

Pre-order for the various versions of the new live package are available here.

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Mastodon Releasing Limited Edition Coloring Book Cover

Mastodon have released a promo video for their special "color-in vinyl jacket" limited edition version of their forthcoming studio album "Emperor of Sand," which is set to be released this Friday, March 31st.

The special edition will be released as two LP set on 180g vinyl in a gatefold jacket and come with the bonus "color-in your own" jacket along with a box of Mastodon colored pencils. Fans can preorder it here.

To promote the special edition, the band has release a commercial that shows four children being watched over by the Emperor Of Sand as they color in the cover. Watch it here.

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Apocalyptica Announce 20th Anniversary Metallica Album Tour

Apocalyptica have announced that they will continue celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, "Metallica by Four Cellos" with a North American Tour.

The group released a special remastered reissue of the album last summer which included the three bonus tracks of their renditions of "Battery," "Nothing Else Matters" and "Seek & Destroy." It's available on CD and vinyl here.

Apocalyptica have now announced that they are hitting the road to celebrate the anniversary and the reissue. The North American trek will be kicking off on September 5th in Atlanta and will wrap up on October 1st in Las Vegas. See the dates here.

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Chuck Berry Hits Top 40 For First Time In Almost 45 Years

Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry has returned to the top 40 of the Billboard 200 album chart for the first time in almost 45 years in the wake of his death on March 18th.

Berry had last landed in the top 40 of the chart back in October of 1972 when his album "The London Chuck Berry Sessions," which featured the hit song "My Ding-a-Ling," hit No. 8.

The music icon returned to the chart this week after his 2005 compilation "The Definitive Collection" came in at No 33 on the album chart after logging 13,000 in sales and streams. Read more here.

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Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows Announce U.S. Tour

Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows have announced that they will be teaming up this summer and fall to launch their A Brief History of Everything Tour 2017.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on July 12th in Spokane, WA at the Spokane Arena and will conclude on October 1st in Dallas, TX at the Irving Music Factory.

Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas had this to say, "No matter what I will ever do, nothing feels like home as much as playing these songs with these guys and it never will. And I can't wait to spend another summer out there on the road with the Crows." See the dates here.

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Eric Church Rocks Pearl Jam Song In Concert

(Radio.com) At a recent Holdin' My Own Tour stop in Washington, country music star Eric Church performed a spirited cover of Pearl Jam's "Better Man" at Tacoma Dome.

The four-minute song started with Church alone on guitar as a spotlight shined brightly on him. As the song picked up his band joined in while Church belted each word.

"Better Man" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1995. The song was written by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder while he was in high school and featured on the band's 1994 album Vitalogy. Pearl Jam are set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this April. A major influence on rock fans, Pearl Jam have also made an impact on Church.

'That's the best band I've ever seen," Church told Country Countdown USA's Lon Helton of Pearl Jam in 2016. He also watched the band cut a live album during a performance at Nashville's Third Man Records and says the experience was 'one of my Top 3 favorite things I've ever done." Watch Church's performance of "Better Man" here.

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Phoenix Announce North America Tour Dates

(Radio.com) French rockers Phoenix have expanded their upcoming live plans with the announcement of a full North American tour surrounding their previously announced music festival dates.

When Phoenix announced their 2017 summer tour dates in early March, only three American festival stops cracked the list -- the others were all in Europe. Now the band has announced a full North American tour with 13 dates in the United States and Canada; it will be its first full tour of the region since 2014.

Fans who can't make it to Shaky Knees or the Governor's Ball can see Phoenix in Orlando, Nashville, Chicago, Toronto or a handful of other cities with standalone concert dates.

Phoenix are currently working on their follow-up to Bankrupt!, which topped the alt, indie and rock charts in 2013. That project has no title or release date, but perhaps some live performances will spur the album along. See a full list of the band's North American concerts here.

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Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band Announce Fall Tour

(Radio.com) Ringo Starr has revealed his 2017 fall tour dates with His All-Starr Band. Starr has toured with the current lineup of His All-Starr Band since 2012, whose members include Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette.

"The dream is still unfolding," said Ringo in the announcement. "I love to play, and I love to play with this band. I can't say that enough, and we're on the road again."

Kicking off with eight shows at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and wrapping up at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, Starr may add additional shows soon. Check out the full tour list here.

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Bob Dylan 1961 Handwritten Lyrics To Be Auctioned

(SHC) Nate D. Sanders Auctions have announced that they will be auctioning original handwritten lyrics by music legend Bob Dylan this Thursday, March 30, 2017. We were sent the following details, and the lyrics:

The lyrics were written for an unpublished song about Wisconsin. Dylan had a special connection with Wisconsin. He went to camp there as a child and briefly lived in Madison in 1960 after dropping out of the University of Minnesota in May that same year. Dylan was determined to make a name for himself in Madison, which was one of the hotspots for folk music at the time. He played at various clubs, but didn't make a major impression.

Dylan moved to New York City in January 1961 and signed a recording contract with Columbia Records in October. He penned these original handwritten lyrics in November 1961 and gave them to Peter Crago, a fellow New York musician and roommate. Read more here.

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The Outlaws Announce Spring Tour Dates and Stream New Lyric Video

Southern rock icons The Outlaws will be hitting the road next month for a series of U.S. tour dates and have released a new lyric video for their classic song "Gunsmoke" from their "Legacy Live" album.

The band released the live album last year and Henry Paul had this to say the track featured in the new video clip (which can be streamed here), "The song 'Gunsmoke' was written in late 1976.

"It was an early attempt on my part to write lyrical imagery specifically for The Outlaws musical personality. I was honored to get the lead track position with it on the 'Hurry Sundown' album and I think it's held up pretty well after all this time."

The band has lineup a number of live dates in the U.S. for 2017 and will be kicking things off with a string of shows next month that begin on April 8th in Sioux City, IA at the Anthem at Hard Rock. Read more here.

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Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Sparks Funny Reaction From Kids

(Radio.com) The first time you heard Nirvana's iconic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" you may not have understood all the words. Kids have a similar reaction we learn in a new online video.

In the latest installment of the Kids React YouTube series, youngsters share their thoughts on Nirvana. "Sounds like a hippie name, say one child. "Sounds like a drink at Jamba Juice," says another.

"I don't understand what he's saying," says one little girl after listening to "Smells Like Teen Spirit." "Was he saying crocodile?" asks another. Check out the hilarious reactions here.

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Madame Mayhem Announces Live Dates With Art of Anarchy, Bobaflex

(Chipster) Madame Mayhem has announced five special shows on the east coast this spring including dates with Art of Anarchy, Bobaflex, and Mr. Big, as well as a performance at SunFest in West Palm Beach, FL.

The line-up for these shows will consist of Madame Mayhem on vocals, guitarists Joey Ragz and Gogi Randhawa, bassist Percy Trayanov, and drummer Ryan Bennett.

Performances include Revolution in Amityville, NY on April 3 ("Art of Anarchy are an awesome band, and some of those guys are close friends, so it's going to be a fun night!! Love that we get to return to Revolution for this one."), SunFest in West Palm Beach, FL on May 6 ("Really excited about being on the SunFest bill! It's a major opportunity for us."), Haven Lounge in Orlando, FL on May 7 ("Will be great to go back and play at The Haven, we love the crowd and it's always a good time."), Barrelhouse South in Savannah, GA on May 10 ("Glad we get to go back to Georgia, this time in a different city to play for fans that haven't been able to see us yet. The other bands on this night are Bobaflex and Akilavue, and it's a free show, what's not to like.)," and BB King Blues Club & Grill in NYC on June 10 ("Can't wait to open up for such a great band like Mr. Big, especially for Billy Sheehan, bass player extraordinaire, my mentor, and also the producer/co-writer of 'Now You Know'."). Read more here.

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Chris Price Announces New Album 'Stop Talking'

(Conqueroo) Chris Price fans have waited half a decade for the follow up to his debut solo album but that wait will end on May 19th when he released his new record "Stop Talking". We were sent the following details:

There are a few reasons it's taken this long for a follow-up - he's been a bit busy. Even as he produced critically acclaimed comebacks from Linda Perhacs and Emitt Rhodes, opened for the Who with Tal Wilkenfeld's band, and wrote songs with Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish, Beck), Price continued to write and record his own new music.

The result? Stop Talking, due out on Omnivore Recordings on May 19, 2017. Recorded from 2013 to 2016, Stop Talking contains 14 tracks produced, engineered, and arranged by Price, and features a wide variety of sounds and styles. Acoustic tracks ("Once Was True") meet electric tracks like the title cut. Others are peppered with string arrangements ("Man Down"), Mellotron, and tape loops ("Algebra in the Sky"). Chris was joined in the studio by a variety of top musicians, including Kyle Fredrickson, Ben Lecourt, Fernando Perdomo, Joe Seiders, and many others. Read more here.

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Raging Fire Announce New Album These Teeth Are Sharp

(Conqueroo) Nashville-based '80s alternative rockers Raging Fire have announced that they will be releasing their new album, These Teeth Are Sharp, on May 12, 2017. We were sent the following details:

The album follows the 2015 release of the critically acclaimed career anthology, Everything Is Roses 1985-1989, which told the story of one of Music City's most innovative and beloved rock bands.

On Saturday, April 22, Raging Fire will play These Teeth Are Sharp in its entirety outdoors at Nashville's Grimey's New & Preloved Music as a part of Record Store Day 2017. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Pale Rivers' August 6th

Eoin from Irish rocker's Pale Rivers tells us about their latest their debut single "August 6th" which they worked on with producer Gavin Glass at his Dublin studio and mixing engineer Kieran Lynch (U2, R.E.M, Elvis Costello). Here is the story:

August 6th came about during a period when we were not as exactly as prolific as we would've liked to be. When we started it we were just demoing on garageband with no clear idea of what it was going to be at first, we were just throwing ideas down and seeing what stuck. After a while the idea began to form and from there it came together very quickly.

We recorded the track with producer Gavin Glass at his Dublin studio, there we finished the song and added more touches to it like the drum machine, group vocals and the ambient synth sounds that feature heavily on it. we also recorded some strange percussion parts for it, using drum sticks on radiators and floorboards that were tracked through ambient mics around the room.

During the recording process one moment that sticks out also is working on the chorus, once the initial music and vocals were done, we still felt like the chorus lacked something so we experimented with group vocals, which wound up being such a huge part of the song, the part initially only had one set of vocals on it and wound up being layered and layered with a bunch of us singing different harmonies.

Lyrically the song is about the idea of different timelines or alternate versions of events and moments in a life. I wanted the lyrics to feel like a snapshot of a bunch of different memories that one might have throughout a lifetime, but all mixed up together and not exactly moving in a straight line. When I was writing the lyrics I was really interested in the Parallel Worlds/Parallel Lives theory, the whole idea that there's another version or another result from something I found really fascinating and wanted to incorporate this into lyrics, so the song focuses on that notion that you might be one place, but there's also another version of this where you're somewhere else entirely, again though I wanted it to be somewhat sporadic and not totally specific to one thing so there's references to different times like childhood, adulthood and adolescence all in same paragraph or verse.

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

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