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Unreleased Prince Song From 'Purple Rain' Era Streaming Online

Prince fans can now stream the previously unreleased studio version of the song "Electric Intercourse," which is just one of the rarities that is included on the upcoming "Purple Rain" reissue.

The song was reportedly originally intended to be included on the landmark album and while live bootlegs of it have existed, the studio version will now see the light of day with the new deluxe reissue editions of "Purple Rain," which will be released on June 23rd and can preordered here.

The song is being streamed as preview via Spotify here. The "Purple Rain Deluxe" two disc edition will feature the Prince curated 2015 Paisley Park remaster of the album on one disc and the second, entitled "From The Vault & Unreleased", will include other rarities including "Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden," a full five minute version of "Father's Song", a '83 Prince solo version of "Possessed" and a proper mastered studio version of the song "Katrina's Paper Dolls".

A expanded edition will also be released and will include the deluxe edition discs, as well as a third disc called "Single Edits & B-Sides" and a remastered DVD of the concert film "Prince And The Revolution Live at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985." Read more here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Reuniting With Zakk Wylde

Ozzy Osbourne has announced that he will be reuniting with his longtime lead guitarist Zakk Wylde for his upcoming live solo performances this year.

The legendary Black Sabbath frontman will be backed by Wylde at his upcoming shows as well as bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboard player Adam Wakeman.

Ozzy has announced the initial run of dates this year which are so far comprised of music festival appearances. He also revealed that he is working on a new studio album that he expects to release next year.

The guitarist who Zakk is replacing, Gus G, is supportive of the move. He says, "It's been an honor & a privilege playing by your side since 2009. Nothing but great times & an experience of a lifetime. To Ozzy & Sharon - thanks for everything, love ya! To Blasko, Adam & Tommy - been a pleasure rocking with you! As a fan, it's great to see Ozzy & Zakk back together. It's been long overdue. Last but not least - thanks to all the fans that showed love & support all these years, see you out there soon! Ozzy rules!" Read more here.

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Austin Carlile Reacts To First Of Mice & Men Song Without Him

Former Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile has revealed his reaction to the band's brand new song "Unbreakable", which is their first track not to feature him.

Carlile left the group in December due to his battle with Marfan Syndrome and the band revealed that bass player Aaron Pauley would be taking over lead vocal duties.

The first track with Pauley was released late last month and Austin took to his Instagram account to give it a ringing endorsement. He wrote, "People saying 'Of Mice is back'… we never went anywhere!!! Great job on new song guys, taking it back to sounding like the kings of screamo & metalcore again!!!

"After 8 years of touring, 4 full albums, and over TWELVE members apart of this band up until this point so far… SO many people and hearts have made Of Mice what it is today… It has always been a group effort, it has always been about what everyone individually puts in or brings to the table to form the whole… @omandm isn't just one or two people… It is many.

"It employs over 25 people, it gives jobs & health care to people that can't afford it (like me for example.) It brings hope to people whom may have none with it's lyrics that Shayley, Aaron, myself, and even Valentino have written over the years… It is you. It has always been about you, the fan, the listener. Because that's exactly what we are ourselves, fans of music! That's why they must continue on and I'm PROUD to see them continuing on strong, and especially proud to see @alanashby on the mic too"

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Yes Rock Hall Jam With Geddy Lee Video Released

(hennemusic) Rush bassist Geddy Lee joined Yes for a performance of their 1971 classic, "Roundabout", at the band's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in New York on April 7, and professional video of the collaboration has surfaced online.

After welcoming Yes to the Cleveland-based institution alongside Rush bandmate Alex Lifeson, Lee stepped in to handle bass duties on the tune in place of the late Chris Squire - news that was leaked by singer Jon Anderson in early March and quickly shot down by both Rush's management and the Rock Hall in an attempt to keep the appearance a surprise.

Squire's replacement, Billy Sherwood, followed Lee's guest spot by rejoining the group for the 1983 US No. 1 hit, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart." "My great, great pleasure to induct and then get to play with one of my all-time favorite bands," said Lee afterwards. "Long overdue and so well deserved."

Footage of the Rush bassist's appearance with Yes follows HBO's broadcast of the event, which saw the progressive rock pioneers honored as part of the Class of 2017 alongside Pearl Jam, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur. Watch the video and read more here.

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Korn Forced To Postpone Upcoming Headline Dates

Korn had bad news for fans looking forward to seeing their headline shows this month, they have postponed the gigs due to "unforeseen circumstances."

The nature of those circumstances was not revealed but the band says that they will be announcing the details for the rescheduled dates soon and tickets for the shows will be "honored, or refunded at the point of purchase."

That was the bad news. The good news is the group will still be making their previously announced appearances at three music festivals this month including Carolina Rebellion, Pointfest and Rock On The Range. Read more here.

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letlive Breaking Up Over 'Divergence In Views And Aims'

After a decade and half together, letlive have announced that they are a basically breaking up due to "divergence in views and aims," saying they are planning "no further activity for the foreseeable future."

The band broke the news to fans via a Facebook post on Friday (April 28th). They included a photo that included 2002-Forever" but then captioned it with the following, "In the summer of 2002 this thing we call 'letlive.' began in a garage in a small suburb of Los Angeles with one goal in mind. Above all else, letlive was meant to be an idea not an outfit. This idea took its roots in honesty, humility, and finding an ironic strength in vulnerability. This is how it all began and it must end in the same fashion.

"We have been granted opportunities and experiences beyond anything we could have ever imagined and we are well aware that none of the aforementioned would be possible without you. Your support, investments, and genuine belief have been nothing short of inspiring which is what allowed us to create these works while enduring the unsettling ebb and flow of career musicianship.

"With this in mind we would like to take this time to exhibit said transparency and explain that over time a divergence in views and aims has developed within the camp- and, for the moment, the impact that has on letlive. as a group is that there will be no further activity for the foreseeable future.

"We want to thank every single person that we were privileged enough to make a connection with through this vessel. We will no longer write the soundtrack, but the most important element, the idea, will continue as long as you allow it to. You are and always will be letlive."

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Metallica Offer To Replace Cover Band's Stolen Equipment

A Metallica cover band called Blistered Earth have revealed that the thrash legends have offered to replace the equipment that was stolen from them after a recent show in Portland, Oregon.

The band shared their experience on social media and with local news outlets, including a manifest of equipment that went missing after the show. "The average person wouldn't realize how common it is or how much of a target a band is when they're on the road," said drummer Shawn Murphy. 'You're a stranger in a strange land, basically. People know that and they can take advantage."

That's when their idols, the guys of Metallica, came to the rescue. A spokesman for the metal legends reached out to Blistered Earth to determine what was stolen so they could take care of it. Read more here.

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Nickelback Release 'Song On Fire' Video

(hennemusic) Nickelback are streaming a lyric video for "Song On Fire" as the latest preview to their forthcoming album, "Feed The Machine." The tune follows the title track as the second song issued in advance of the June 9 release of the Canadian band's ninth record.

Nickelback teamed with producer Chris Baseford (Slash, Shinedown) on the project as part of a new global record deal with BMG. "Feed The Machine" marks the follow-up to 2014's "No Fixed Address", which debuted on the US Billboard 200 at No. 4 while also opening at No. 1 on the US Top Rock Albums chart.

Nickelback will launch a North American tour in Noblesville, IN on June 23. Special guests on the trek including Shaman's Harvest on all shows, Daughtry on all of the US concerts plus appearances in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC, and Cheap Trick on the fall western Canadian leg. Watch the new video here.

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Rob Halford Discusses New Judas Priest Album

(hennemusic) Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is sharing a status update on the band's follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls." The veteran metal outfit entered the studio in January after prepping a series of demos, and now Halford says the group are deep into the project with producer Tom Allom.

"Well, we're still tracking," the rocker tells Planet Rock's Paul Anthony at the launch of Hell Bent For Leather, a new exhibition of leather jackets hand-painted by world-renowned tattoo artists. "I won't say we're at the end, but we feel like we're coming to some of the final moments. And it's just great to watch how a record comes together, from those early, early days where there was just me and Glenn [Tipton] and Richie [Faulkner] sitting in the studio with a couple of guitars and just, you know, doing what we do. You start the day with nothing, and then at the end of day, potentially, you've got a really great, classic Priest song that may live forever.

"So we're hard at it," he adds. "We're still doing what we love to do. Priest is a working band more than anything else. It's that Midlands ethic, the work ethic of anybody that goes to work… I say it's work, 'cause it is work - you're working with your mind, you're being creative.

"And now we're moving through into other stages, we're preparing for another big world tour, getting stage designs sorted, lighting designs sorted. So this is the beginning of what's gonna be a very exciting 2018 period." Watch the full interview here.

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Tame Impala May Go After Milk Company For Alleged Song Hijack

(Radio.com) A Chinese milk company released an ad with music that may sound familiar to Tame Impala fans. The band shared an Instagram video of the commercial which features an adaptation of "The Less I Know The Better."

In the incredulous caption, Kevin Parker and company wrote: "I mean COME ON guys at least put some effort in." The account hashtagged the post #lawsuit and #nowitsmyturn.

The ad is for a blueberry milk drink, which doesn't sound all that appetizing with or without a Tame Impala soundtrack. Review the evidence for yourself. Watch the milk commercial followed by the band's original here.

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Music Festival Postponed Following Blink-182 Cancelation

(Radio.com) Ja Rule and Billy McFarland's Fyre Festival in Exumas, Bahamas, which was scheduled to take place this past weekend has been postponed because the grounds were apparently not prepared to handle large-scale event.

First, headliners Blink-182 pulled out of the lineup tweeting, "Regrettably, and after much careful and difficult consideration, we want to let you know that we won't be performing at Fyre Fest in the Bahamas this weekend and next weekend. We're not confident that we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give fans."

McFarland on Friday then declared that the Festival was off, but it would be rescheduled: 'After assessing the situation this morning and looking at best options for our guests, we cannot move forward as we hoped we could," he tweeted. Read more here.

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Vanna Breaking Up Following Farewell Tour

Vanna have announced that they will be breaking up following a series of farewell dates across North America this summer where they will be joined by various "friends".

The band made the announcement via Facebook by sharing a graphic with the tour dates labeled "A Farewell With Our Friends" and the caption "All good things must come to an end".

They will be kicking things off on June 9th in Providence, RI at The Met and playing their final show in Austin at the Come And Take It Live on August 20th. Read more here.

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Portugal. The Man Release 'Number One' Music Video

Portugal. The Man are giving fans another taste of their forthcoming studio album with the release of a music video for their new single "Number One."

The song comes from the group's upcoming album "Woodstock", which will be hitting stores on June 16th. The video features little children seemingly standing in front of a flashing screen with mesmerized faces.

This track follows the release of the band's earlier single, "Feel It Still," which recently earned a number one slot on the Billboard airplay chart for the Adult Alternative Songs airplay ranking. Watch the music video here.

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All Time Low Release 'Life Of The Party' Music Video

All Time Low have released a new music video for their track, "Life of the Party." The song comes from their forthcoming album "Last Young Renegade," which is set to be released on June 2nd.

Directed by Pat Tracy, this is the third track released by the Fueled By Ramen band ahead of their record release. Frontman Alex Gaskarth had the following to say about the track: 'Volume 3: Life of the Party: An anthem for a million hazy, wasted, restless nights; melancholy undertones full of waking regret and clumsy self-indulgence.

"It speaks to the part of who we are that always wants to please, trying to live up to the expectations of the spotlight pointed back at us. We try so hard to become what we think the world wants, that sometimes we lose touch with who we really are." Watch the video here.

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Hired Gun Rock Documentary Hitting Movie Theaters For One Night Only

(Gibson) The new rock documentary Hired Gun: Out Of The Shadows, Into The Spotlight will receive a one-night showing on June 29 at several hundred North American locations through Fathom Events.

The film features numerous musicians such as Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), John 5, Jason Newsted, Steve Vai, Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot), Phil X (Bon Jovi) and more and shines a special light on the players who back up the big name stars.

Jason Hook, also one of film's producers, says, "I used to watch Behind the Music, and the beauty and appeal of that show was you could peel back a layer and find out what really happens behind the scenes. That's the essence of a great documentary… it's about seeing something for the first time, or hearing stories for the first time that you weren't supposed to hear when it was happening, and that is the starting point for Hired Gun." Read more here.

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Glenn Morrow's Cry For Help Debut Album Announced

(Conqueroo) Glenn Morrow has announced that he will releasing the self-titled album from his brand new group Glenn Morrow's Cry For Help on June 23rd. We were sent the following details:

Produced by Ray Ketchem (Elk City, Okkervil River, Bird of Youth) in his Orange Road Studio in Montclair, Glenn Morrow's Cry For Help is eleven tracks of smart, sharp, varied rock. It's an album that demonstrates the versatility of the band: this outfit can do tough street-level storytelling like "Bleecker and Third," or stinging blues-rock like "Pony Express," or strutting Stones-like pouters like "Let the Kid Come Out," or a roadhouse ramble like "Electricity."

The songs are held together by the confident, melodic playing of bassist Mike Rosenberg, the insouciant swagger of drummer Ron Metz, and the live-wire leads of guitarist Ric Sherman. These rock veterans - Metz, for instance, has played with the Schramms, Human Switchboard, and Tammy Faye Starlite, among others - approach this material with the combination of respect and irreverence that comes from long experience in clubs and studios. Read more here.

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Lola Black Release 'Dead To Me' Video

Lola Black are giving fans a taste of their forthcoming album with the release of a music video for their new single "Dead To Me," which set to be digitally released on May 5th.

The song was produced by Bob Marlette and the video clip features footage that was captured during the band's performances at the Higher Elevation Rock Festival and KBPI Car Show last summer.

In addition to the single release, the group also revealed that they will be reissuing their "Till Death Do Us Part" EP on May 5th as well. Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: The Damn Truth's Heart is Cold

Bluesy rockers The Damn Truth frontwoman Lee-La Baum and guitarist Tom Shemer tells us about their song "Heart is Cold" from their latest album "Devilish Folk". Here is the story:

Tom: The song was born from hours on end of jamming in a tiny, hot, room
David (our former bass player) had that main riff and I had the chorus riff but it wasn't until Lee-La came up with those heart melting verses that we really had something going.

After that it all became nice and tight really easily. It felt like Lee-La needed to say something and we just had to make a lot of space for her. Once we figured that out we stepped into the studio and cut the track live off the floor.

Leela: The lyrics of Heart is Cold are less about a personal relationship I have with a lover or a friend ... it's more about my place in this world and that overwhelming feeling of being so numb. So numb that you can't feel anything. Sometimes I feel like I'm so alone... and so far removed that there is almost nothing that can bring me back. It's a song about my relationship to my world.

Tom: After we cut the song we felt like we had something really special here. But it wasn't before the song came back from Tchad Blake in Wales that it really got to where it is today. Tchads approch to music and sounds in general is just so unique and inspiring... he definitely left a huge mark on this tune. He brought this song to new heights. I remember sitting in my living room and listening to the song for the first time after it was mixed ... I was totally blown away.

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

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