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Lemmy Kilmister's Long Awaited Solo Album Close To Release

Motorhead fans have not heard the last music from the late frontman Lemmy Kilmister as it has been revealed that the debut solo album from the hard rock icon may be released later this year.

Jim Voxx of the band Skew Siskin says that he has been working on the record and provided some details during an interview on the Steve Goldby Talks Metal show on TotalRock (via Metal Talk) and Motorhead seemed to have confirm his comment by sharing a link to the interview on their official Facebook page.

Voxx told the show, "We are also in the very last stages of the Lemmy solo album. I still don't know when it will be released because this is in the hands of the Motorhead management and it took a while now but you know, Lemmy had so many things left, there are so many other recordings and they all had to sort out how to proceed and there is no real time rush to release this album so I can imagine it will be towards the end of this year."

"The songs are composed by Lemmy and when he started with me doing this, that was back in 2003, he didn't have a real idea what would be on it so he came to me and asked me if I would work with him on this because I was able to provide him the studio time he needed because as you know, always during summer Motorhead was doing festivals here in Europe and he used Berlin as a springboard so he had the time in the summer to be here and work on further tracks.

"He also recorded some tracks in America with Dave Grohl or Reverend Horton Heat, and in London he was working with The Damned, and all these tracks came to me to Berlin, because I am the producer of the album, and we continued working on this." He revealed more details, which you can read here.

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Eric Clapton Spotted In Wheelchair At Airport

Music legend Eric Clapton was photographed sitting in a wheelchair at LAX on Wednesday (March 29th), the day before he celebrated his 72nd birthday on Thursday.

Clapton was forced to cancel his Southern California concerts at the Forum last weekend under doctor's orders due to a battle with "severe bronchitis," according to a statement released by his camp.

On Thursday the website X17online published photos of the music icon being pushed in a wheelchair at the Los Angeles area airport. They report that he "is said to be suffering from pneumonia." See the various photos here.

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A Perfect Circle Releasing First New Album In Over A Decade

A Perfect Circle have confirmed that they are working on their first new album in over a decade and also revealed that they have inked a new deal with BMG for its release.

Guitarist Billy Howerdel broke the big news to fans with the following statement, "We just signed a new record deal with BMG. Looking forward to sharing new music with you soon. New APC-2017!"

The new album will be the follow-up to their 2004 release "eMOTIVe" and will be their fourth studio effort. The band, fronted by Tool's Maynard James Keenan, are expected to perform some of the new material when they hit the road a headline tour of the U.S. next month. See the dates here.

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Ghost Frontman Papa Emeritus Falls From Stage During Concert

Ghost frontman Papa Emeritus suffered a fall from the stage during the mysterious band's concert in Leeds, England on Tuesday night (March 28th) and video of the incident has made its way online.

The fan captured video footage shows the singer slipping and falling into the photo pit in front of the stage as the group began their performance of the song "Mummy Dust."

He did not appear to be injured in the fall and in fact went on to interact with fans before returning to the stage halfway through the song performance. Check out the video here.

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Pat Monahan Hoping For Journey Reunion With Steve Perry At Rock Hall

Train frontman Pat Monahan has been tasked with the honor of inducting Journey into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month and he recently spoke about his love for the iconic melodic rock band and his hope for a reunion at the event.

Monahan told Radio.com a few weeks ago, ahead of the announcement he would be inducting them into the Rock Hall, that he is friendly with some members of the group and expressed his hope that former lead singer Steve Perry will reunite with the band during their induction performance.

"I know [keyboardist] Jonathan [Cain], and [former singer] Steve Perry has sat with me before. I hope they get together for this. I hope Steve comes in and sings with them. I'm not sure if Steve can sing like he used to. And I'm not sure if they have good blood or bad blood, but they both have told me their stories, and they don't match. There's always three stories, right? Yours, mine, and the truth. So hopefully they'll sort it out." Read more here.

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Rolling Stones' Keith Richards Added To Merle Haggard Tribute Concert

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is the latest superstar performer added to the all-star lineup of the upcoming tribute show to country music legend Merle Haggard.

The Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard tribute concert will be taking place on April 6th in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena and is billed as a "event taping".

Richards had this to say, "Stuff happens, but you just have to be your own man, and have something to say. Sometimes you meet somebody and you know instantly that you're friends. Merle was one of those kind of cats to me. It's another goodbye to another good friend." Read more here.

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Incubus Frontman Reveal Origins Of Nimble Single

Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd has revealed the inspiration behind the band's new single "Nimble Bastard," which is a track from their forthcoming album "8".

Boyd explains the origins of the track in a new interview with ABC, "We were somewhere in England, and I overheard somebody say with a thick British accent, 'Oh, you're a nimble bastard, aren't you?'"

He goes on to explain that "bastard" was actually the first curse word that he learned as a child. "Over the years, it has lost its kind of spiciness, it's lost its sting, so to speak, for me. It's become one of those words that's almost, not meaningless, but it doesn't mean what the dictionary says it means when I use it 90 per cent of the time."

He discovered that wasn't the case across the pond. "In the U.K., the word 'bastard' still really means 'bastard,' and it's a bad word. They can't play it on the radio 'cause it's a bad word. And it's ironic because I heard the term 'nimble bastard' in the U.K., that's who taught it to me. And then now they're throwing it back at us by saying, 'We can't play this, because this is a bad word!'"

He also discussed the "ridiculous" video that the band has filmed for the song. Read his comments about that here.

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The Who's 2004 Isle Of Wight Set Coming To DVD and CD

The Who's triumphant return to The Isle Of Wight Festival in 2004 is the subject of a new live video and CD package that Eagle Rock will be releasing on June 2nd.

Entitled "Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 2004," the new package will be released digitally as well as physical versions on DVD plus 2CDs and Blu-ray plus 2CDs sets.

The historic show was the legendary band's first time playing the famed music festival since their iconic 1970 performance, which was the subject of an earlier home video release and live album and was part of the band's first UK shows since the tragic death of John Entwistle. here.

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Black Crowes Offshoot The Magpie Salute Announce Album

The Black Crowes offshoot band The Magpie Salute have announced the release of their debut album and also revealed their plans for a special Record Store Day release.

The group features Crowes veterans Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien and the new self-titled album was produced by Robinson and features the last recordings from late Black Crowes keyboardist Eddie Harsch.

The band will be releasing the first single from the new effort, entitled "Omission" in May and have also announced a special 10" vinyl 45 single of "Comin' Home" and "Glad and Sorry" for year's Record Store Day, which is taking place on Saturday April 22nd. Read about their live plans here.

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String Cheese Incident Returning With New Album And Tour

The String Cheese Incident have announced that they will be releasing their new single "My One and Only," on April 3rd to radio ahead of the launch of their new album and spring and summer tour dates.

The band will be releasing the new album "Believe" on April 14th which was produced Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison at the band's recently-opened Sound Lab Studio.

They are currently offering an impressive array of bonuses for fans that preorder the album via their PledgeMusic page and the group will be celebrating the new release with live dates that will be kicking off with a two night stand in St. Paul, MN at the Palace Theatre on April 5th and 6th.

The trek will include two nights at the Orpheum Theatre in Madison, WI, three nights at Stubb's in Austin, two nights at Atlanta's Chastain Park Amphitheatre and three nights at Red Rocks, in addition to appearances at various music festivals. See the dates here.

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David Bowie's Former Home And Piano Up For Sale

(Radio.com) The Central Park apartment that David Bowie and his wife Iman lived in from 1992 to 2002 has been listed for the bargain price of $6.5 million, and it comes with one of the late music legend's Yamaha baby grand pianos.

The three bedroom apartment faces the park, in the Essex House apartment block on Central Park South. When Bowie and Iman lived in the home, they had a panic room installed, but that has now been converted back into a master bedroom, reports The Guardian. In 2002, the couple moved to SoHo.

Check out the official listing with real estate firm Corcoran: "Make beautiful music in this elegant, Central Park-facing condominium home that includes a pristine Yamaha piano that was David Bowie's! This tremendous home offers a gracious limestone entry foyer and generously proportioned rooms with incredible storage space. Large picture windows frame a clear and direct view of the incomparable Central Park. Look on to the perfect landscape, enjoy the serenity of the trees, flanked by the historic and commanding buildings - the view is not to be missed." Read more here.

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Bob Dylan Rarities Features In Archives Center

(Radio.com) The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and the George Kaiser Family Foundation purchased more than 1,000 pieces of Bob Dylan's music archive for an estimated $15 million to $20 million almost a year ago, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

Now, the collection, which spans the folk star's six-decade career, is available to scholars at the Gilcrease Museum's Helmrich Center for American Research in Tulsa.

The items include hours of studio sessions, film reels, and stacks of unpublished lyrics. The material will be viewable by the public in a couple of years. Read more here.

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Previous Unreleased 1967 Van Morrison Tracks Part Of New Collection

(Radio.com) Recordings Van Morrison made for Bang Records in 1967, including an entire disc of previously unreleased tracks, will be included in the upcoming set The Authorized Bang Collection.

The compilation gathers tracks the singer-songwriter laid down during his brief period on legendary producer Bert Berns' label, including the original recording of Morrison's epic, 'Brown Eyed Girl." It can be preordered here.

"Bert Berns was a genius," Morrison said in a statement. "He was a brilliant songwriter and he had a lot of soul, which you don't find nowadays." The collection, due April 28, features three discs of music that Morrison recorded alongside Berns. The first disc contains original masters from Morrison's Bang sessions - including original mixes of songs like "T.B. Sheets" and "Madame George." Read more including the tracklisting here.

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Chicago's Robert Lamm Releasing His First Retrospective Album

Robert Lamm, best known as a founding member of Chicago, has announced that he will be releasing his very first retrospective of his solo material this spring.

Entitled "Time Chill, A Retrospective," the package will feature solo music that spans almost 20 years from Lamm's career. It's set to hit stores on June 2nd via Omnivore Recordings. We were sent these details:

The collection contains 15 songs that hail from solo albums Robert has been producing since 1999. Included are tracks from his collaboration with Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys and Gerry Beckley of America; previously unissued remixes by longtime Lamm producer John Van Eps (including a take on Chicago's "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"); and a previously unreleased version of Bobby Hebb's classic "Sunny." here.

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Coheed and Cambria Gearing Up For Neverender Gaibsiv Tour

Coheed and Cambria are gearing up to hit the road next month with The Dear Hunter for their Neverender Gaibsiv spring headline tour of the United States.

The trek will find Coheed and Cambria performing their entire "Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness" album during the special shows.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on April 11th in Seattle, WA at The Showbox and will be wrapping up on May 19th in Chicago, IL at the Aragon Ballroom.

Coheed and Cambria will also be making appearances at a handful of music festivals this spring including Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion and the Rock on the Range Festival. See the dates here.

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The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Abducted by Aliens In 'Shine On Me' Video

(Radio.com) The Black Keys' singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach is abducted by aliens in the video for his newly released single, "Shine On Me," from his upcoming solo album, Waiting On A Song.

The song's official video features a lighthearted, animated alien abduction where Auerbach competes in an intergalactic demolition derby and becomes an out-of-this-world superstar.

Auerbach recruited Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits to add a guitar part to the single. "I gave him no instructions -- just told him to do whatever he felt," Auerbach told NPR. "He sent it back two days later with that rhythm guitar part on it and it was perfect! And that guitar sound couldn't be mistaken for anyone else. I'm so grateful for his contribution."

Waiting On A Song will come out June 2 under Auerbach's new label, Easy Eye Sound. Watch the "Shine On Me" music video here.

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Vajra Release 'The Mirror' Music Video

Vajra have released a brand new music video for their track "The Mirror." The song is the first single that the band has released from their forthcoming "Irkalla" EP.

That EP will be the first in a trilogy of releases that the group plans to unleash that will feature "visual components attached to each song" and will eventually culminate into a movie.

Vajra's Annamaria Pinna offered these comment about the new clip, "Like we did with our previous video for our single '3.14', we also did this video on a $0 budget, so we had to be creative in our scene choices, shots, location, edits, costumes and storylines.

"We collaborated with a dear friend of ours, multimedia artist, Idit Nissenbaum, who shared our vision of presenting a visual exploration of the levels of consciousness. The mirror is a vehicle from which we can see where we are, and perhaps work on things that may be holding us back from going deeper. We are super excited to share this video with you." Watch the video here.

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A Look Back At Prince's 'Sign O The Times' 30 Years Later

(Radio.com) Thirty years ago today (March 31), Prince released 'Sign O The Times,' a sprawling double album that featured some of his greatest songs, including "If I Was Your Girlfriend," "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," "Starfish and Coffee," "Adore," "U Got the Look" and the title track. Here, we look back on the album that many hardcore fans feel is his greatest moment.

By 1987, Prince was three years beyond the star-making phenomenon of Purple Rain, but it seemed like much longer. He was still a huge star, but some overly ambitious--or overly self-indulgent--artistic decisions put his status on music's A-list in jeopardy.

He'd followed the massive superstardom of the 1984 Purple Rain album, movie and blockbuster tour less than a year later with the decidedly different and dense Around the World in a Day, which was packed with psychedelic spirituality, and which featured just two hits, 'Raspberry Beret" and "Pop Life." At Prince's insistence, the album was marketed as minimally as the massive Warner Brothers Records machine would allow.

With 1986 came the arrival of the striking, minimalist full-length Parade. While lauded critically and instantly embraced by the Prince faithful, like its predecessor, the album spawned just one U.S. hit: 'Kiss" (although to be fair, it also has the classics "Sometimes It Snows in April" and "Mountains").

1986 also saw Prince take a popular and critical drubbing with the release of the movie Under the Cherry Moon. While the movie's soundtrack (the aforementioned Parade) was a success, the campy, black and white picture would earn a slew of negative 'accolades," include five awards at the following year's Razzie Awards. The film "won" Worst Picture (tied with Howard the Duck!), while Prince got the dubious honor of Worst Actor and Worst Director. Adding insult to injury, he also got Worst Original Song for "Love or Money."

The end of the Parade tour signaled the end of Prince's longtime band, the Revolution, with a chaotic show in Japan that would be the last time the classic lineup would play together.

Freshly liberated from the Revolution, Prince went into 1987 with a chip on his shoulder. Eager to bounce back from Under the Cherry Moon, he had plenty to prove with his next move. At the same time, his evolution as an artist found him wanting to push and transcend even more boundaries musically. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Backup Planet's Bad Man

Backup Planet released their sophomore album "Reactions" today (March 31st) and to celebrate we asked Blake Gallant to tell us about the song "Bad Man". Here is the story:

Bad Man was one of the first tracks to be pieced together that would later contribute to 'REACTIONS'. Gavin brought in the main riff idea that was aimed toward the heavier sound we were looking for that would serve as an outlet- whether we realized it or not- for some of the things we were going through as a band, and as friends, at that time.

This is without a doubt the track that most explicitly describes the car accident we encountered in June of 2015 while on the road. We had just left Chicago- heading for a festival gig hosted by The Revivalists in Dayton, OH the next day; deciding on what late night food we would get- when suddenly a drunk driver rammed in to our trailer, flipping the van and trailer on the interstate. Scott Soder, a long time friend of the band, sat down with Ben and Gavin and put their recollection of the event in to lyric form. At the time (when he wrote these lyrics), it would be hard for me to open up to people about some of what we saw and how it affected us- both on a daily-basis, and for the rest of our lives. Having someone else take the initiative to "put in on paper" first really opened up that window for the outlet that we so desperately needed, and I don't think he could have done a better job re-telling the events.

Two lines really stick out to me lyrically on this one that, without fail, give me cold chills every time we play this song live:
"I saw the future like a nurse with a suture
In my rear-view I've never been so sure"
I know for a fact Ben was experiencing an impending sense of doom getting in to the van that night, and the wreck left me with glass in my back (to this day) as well as multiple procedures on my right elbow and ulnar nerve.

"Feeling colds chills 'cause I'm still here
Wasting time is the only thing I fear"
We were already a very diligent group of individuals, but something of this nature really puts everything in to perspective, and showed us just how precious every second of every day is.

When the time came to decide on a track listing for the album it was a no-brainer that this should be the one to open it up and let everyone know where we were coming from- both lyrically and musically. The ambient, more spacey, intro is something that originated organically live, but we were really excited to have a more precise approach with it in the studio. As I said, the main riff that Gavin bought in was truly a directional "steering of the ship" so it was only fitting that this was the first riff that you, the listener, heard on the album.

Coming from a progressive rock/fusion background, a few sections stick out to me musically as, well, just fun as hell to play if we're being honest. One being the "hook" riff which is in a 7/8 time signature and I get to do some slapping on with wet effects on the bass. I think all of us nerd out on some rocking harmonies so we were all freaking out when Ben and Gavin brought in the harmony section that features the Moog synthesizer and guitar. A lot of the music we grew up listening to had these cool dueling guitar melodies, but we like to put a little spin on it by replacing a second guitar with various synthesizers. The third section that is "ear-catching" to me is the bridge- which is kicked off by layered guitar, sporting suspended chords and massive octave effects. When Gavin showed me the idea it had an initial vibe of the band 'Yes', so I was all about it. The vocal melody I put over the chords felt natural from the get-go, and might have even been the first thing I sang because I just asked myself "What would Jon Anderson do?".

Overall, I think Bad Man is a great example of the direction we took the album; from where the title, 'REACTIONS', originated to the variety of musicality and emotions the album portrays in a (relatively) short amount of time.

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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