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Led Zeppelin Reunion Rumors Fly Once Again

Led Zeppelin reunion rumors were sparked earlier this week by wild speculation over a cryptic message on Robert Plant's website and a tabloid like blog report.

The rumor claimed that the legendary band was in talks to lead the lineup for a 2017 edition of the Desert Trip mega-festival in Indio, California this fall but Billboard reports that their sources tell them that "there's no deal in place" to make that happen.

The speculation was based primarily on Plant's posting a cyptic message on his website that read "Any time now..." and a blog with a tagline of "useful useless info) that claimed anonymous "industry sources" told them that Plant had agreed to a reunion for the music festival. Read more here.

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Blink-182 And Linkin Park Teaming Up For Stadium Shows

Lucky fans in two U.S. cities will be able to party like it's Y2K this summer when Blink-182 and Linkin Park team up for two special coheadling stadium concerts.

Billed as Blinkin Park, the first stadium show is scheduled to take place on July 28th at Citi Field in Flushing, NY and will feature special guests Wu-Tang Clan and Machine Gun Kelly.

The second show will be happening on July 30th at Hersheypark in Hershey, PA with Linkin Park's North American tour supporting act Machine Gun Kelly, acting as the special guests.

Presales begin on May 9th with the general onsale happening on May 12th. The bands made the announcement via a comedy video clip with the site Funny Or Die. Watch it here.

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Queen Legend Surprises Fans With New Audio Visual Release

Legendary Queen star Roger Taylor has surprised fans with the announcement that he is releasing a new short film based on a new song that he has written called "Journey's End".

The band teased the announcement with some clips on Thursday (see here and the Stuart Brennan short film is expected to be released later today exclusively via iTunes.

Taylor had these comments about the song, "It's a 'piece', which is why there is a long solo in it. I've just let it take its own course. I just didn't want to make it quick, edit it. I wanted it to be fairly contemplative, fairly dreamlike, a mood piece."

He says that the song was written around "rather lovely chord sequence, slightly in the mode of some of the turn of the century composers. It has a quite whimsical, rather fatalistic atmosphere. It's basically about thoughts of mortality. It is a sort of acceptance of the fact that this a journey, and that journey will come to an end. Even the bass sequence, which is almost random, is a plodding footstep kind of thing. A journey towards the tail end, the September of one's years."

The 6 minutes 50 seconds short film will be available sometime today (May 5th) here.

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Steven Adler and Friends To Rock Guns N' Roses At Ride of Ronnie

Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler plans to perform a set of classic songs from his former band with an all-star band of friends at the Ride For Ronnie event this weekend.

Billed as Steven Adler and Friends, the group will also feature Mike Devin (Whitesnake), Lita Ford, Robert Sarzo (Hurricane), Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot), Patrick Stone (Budderside) and Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, Dio, Dokken).

The 3rd Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Rally and Concert will be taking place this Sunday May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles and will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

The event will also feature performance from Lynch Mob, Eddie Money, Rough Cutt, Dio Disciples, The Loveless and more. Find additional details here.

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KISS Star Peter Criss Plans Surprises At Farewell Shows

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss is gearing up for what he is billing as the final live performances of his career and he says that he is planning some surprises at the farewell gigs.

The iconic drummer will be making his final live appearance in Australia during the Konvention Australia next week and his final U.S. performance on June 16th, following the New York Kiss Expo.

He explained what fans can expect at the farewell shows in a new interview with the Australian outfit Loud Mag. "I've got some surprises, so it should be very cool. I have other things to do that I've always wanted to do. A lot of times I think people forget… I love the fact that I'm a fourth member of the biggest band of all, Kiss. But I'm a musician, man, and when I started out, I started out a few years before the guys and I did a lot of clubs in my day. So that's why I want to go out in more of a club fashion and play a more intimate arena than a big whoop-dee-doo place, and I didn't want to do that.

"So even in New York I'm playing a very small, intimate place. And I want to do that because that's where I really started my career in places like that. I haven't always been doing rock 'n' roll; I started as a jazz musician and I had to learn how to play Latin jazz. Then I had to learn how to play country. I had to learn to play everything if you wanted to work in the music business back in the '60s.

"So I have a lot more facets in me than just rock 'n' roll all night and party every day. Not that that's bad - that's cool. But I wanted to show my fans that I have a lot of other stuff in my arsenal than just bangin' 'Black Diamond' (laughs)." Read more here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Austin City Limits Festival Lineup

Red Hot Chili Peppers lead the lineup for this year's Austin City Limits Festival which will also feature performances from acts like Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Gorillaz, Martin Garrix and The xx.

The 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival will be held in Zilker Park on Oct. 6 to 8 and 13 to 15. The lineup also features Ice Cube, Ryan Adams, Solange, The Head and the Heart, Run the Jewels, Foster the People, Vance Joy, Zhu, Glass Animals, Tove Lo, A$ap Ferg, Alison Wonderland, Angel Olsen, O.A.R., and Brothers Osborne, among others.

Eight stages will be set up in the park in downtown Austin with over 140 bands expected to take the stage. Texas-based acts including Spoon, Cody Jinks, The Black Angels, MISSIO, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Band of Heathens, Asleep at the Wheel, Dale and Ray, Paul Cauthen and others are also set to perform. Read more here.

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NWOBHM Legends Diamond Head Announce U.S. Tour

NWOBHM legends Diamond Head, one of the biggest influences of thrash pioneers Metallica and Megadeth, have announced U.S. tour dates that will include their very first performances at American music festivals.

The band has announced the initial dates for the trek which will be broken up into two legs. The first kicks off later this month and the second will be taking place in August and will include a mix of headline dates and festival appearances.

The announced dates begin on May 17th in Columbus, OH at the Ace of Cups and the final performance revealed is taking place on August 25th in Seattle, WA at the El Corazon. Read more here.

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Don Broco Mix Wedding Crashers And Horror Movie With Pretty Video

Don Broco do a disturbing and funny mash-up of the hit comedy film Wedding Crashers and a horror movie with their brand new music video for their single "Pretty."

The clip's director Benjamin Roberds had this to say, "The guys in Don Broco are a handsome bunch and we all thought it'd be hilarious if they ripped their faces off.

"It was the first idea I came to and quickly wrote it off as too over the top but kept coming back to it until I finally sent it over to them. I think the guys went through the same struggle because we went through a few other concepts before coming full circle back to this idea. I guess it was an insane idea that was just too tempting to not take all the way."

Frontman Rob Damiani added, "When we read the treatment, we were in absolute stitches. The concept was just so mental we had to do it. Ironically, the lyrics for 'Pretty' are darker than the actual video. It's about reaching the point of inebriation where it doesn't matter that the person you're physically attracted to is a despicable human being. You're still going to try and go home with them." Watch it
here.

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Nirvana Classic Fuels 'Marvel's The Defenders' Trailer

(Radio.com) Netflix released The Defenders' first trailer and it features spliced up audio from Nirvana's 1991 track "Come As You Are," setting a gritty, doomed tone throughout the preview.

In addition to the blockbuster Avengers films, the Marvel Comic Universe has colonized Netflix with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist. Those fictional heroes join forces in The Defenders, a limited series in which they battle a common foe, The Hand.

In the series, Krysten Ritter reprises her role as Jessica Jones alongside Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and Finn Jones (Iron Fist). Carrie-Ann Moss and Rosario Dawson reprise their roles from their respective origin series. Most intriguingly, Sigourney Weaver is playing a new character named Alexandra--action movie fans rejoice! Watch the trailer for Marvel's The Defenders here.

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Phoenix Perform New Single 'J-Boy' Jimmy Fallon

Grammy-winning band Phoenix performed their brand new single "J-Boy," during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this past Tuesday (May 2).

The performance has now been shared online for fans that missed the broadcast. The song is the lead single from their upcoming album "Ti Amo", which is set to be released on June 9th.

The band explained in a statement that their follow-up to 2013's Bankrupt! is intended to paint, 'a fantasized version of Italy: a lost paradise made of eternal Roman summers (hyper-light, hyper-clarity, pistachio gelato), jukeboxes on the beach, Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroianni, fearless desire and antique marble statues." Watch the late night TV performance here.

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Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's' Gets Star Wars Makeover Album

The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band turns 50 this year and Star Wars turns 40 this month. To celebrate both, intrepid fans at Palette-Swap Ninja have merged the cultural icons as Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans, a digital rock opera with new, Lucasfilm-themed lyrics to Beatles songs.

The album was created by Palette-Swap Ninja members Dan Amrich and Jude Kelley, who tried to remain as faithful as possible to both Sgt. Pepper's and Star Wars.

'It's the entire Beatles album as accurately as we could record it, only now it tells the story of Star Wars: A New Hope -- in order," explains their website. 'We sweat the details on both sides in an effort to do both cultural milestones justice."

'We think we've created something worthy of the source material that fans will really enjoy," adds Kelley. 'We like to think that the Force was with us." Watch the first installment of Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans here.

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AFI Release Music Video For 'Hidden Knives'

AFI have released a new video for "Hidden Knives," ahead of their UK tour with Deftones. The song comes from AFI's self-titled tenth studio album which is known among fans as The Blood Album, and has already spawned singles like "Snow Cats," "White Offerings" and "Aurelia."

In the noir-ish clip, a protagonist takes a ride in a classic car and then goes to a masquerade party. An intimate encounter with a female guest turns into a trap, and suddenly he's part of a strange, bloody death ritual. The clip keeps it light but still delves into the album's darker themes.

'It's very difficult for me to describe musically what's happening on any record because I'm so close to it," frontman Davey Havok told NME. 'It's a natural expression of who I am and who we are at the time. However in relation to 'Burials', I feel 'The Blood Album' feels like the aftermath - like waking in the ash that fell from the flames that was the 'Burials' record. This record is lyrically less bleak. Albeit dark still, but less bleak."

Havok has kept himself busy this year--in addition to his AFI work, he's earned positive notices for Dreamcar, the new wave band he founded with former No Doubt members. You can watch AFI's newest music video here.

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The Crystal Method Announce Summer Dates With Tool

The Crystal Method (a.k.a Scott Kirkland) will be hitting the road summer for a series of headline dates and also as a special guest on Tool's North American tour.

The dates with Tool will be kicking off on June 12th at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta and wrapping up on June 24th at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA.

The U.S. and Canadian trek will include shows in Edmonton, Vancouver, George (Seattle), Boise, San Jose and Sacramento. The headline dates include shows in Chicago, Denver, Petaluma and Santa Cruz. Read more here.

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Halestorm Release 'Dar Daughter' Video

Halestorm have released a new music video for "Dear Daughter". The song comes from their album, "Into The Wild Life" and frontwoman Lzzy Hale shared a lengthy blog post explaining the inspiration behind the track.

The video can be streamed here and here is the beginning of Lzzy's tumblr article, "I've written many songs and blog posts about women. I'm in a unique position in my life and career to spread some positivity and empowerment to my fellow femmes! And if you were me, wouldn't you do the same? I'd like to elaborate on our song 'Dear Daughter,' which started out as more or less a jotting down of things my mother and father told me as a kid. What it became was so much more than just me quoting my parents. The song has taken on a life of its own and is such a personal reflection of what I think a young woman should hear growing up.

"As girls in this world, we are taught to balance being safe, quiet, and pretty. Find a partner, settle down, don't state too many opinions lest be viewed as having too much baggage, and whatever you do, don't age or stop being cute! But what about being smart, loving yourself and taking a risk to follow your dream? Those were the breed of conversations I was lucky enough to have growing up. It was never about beauty or the end goal being a white picket fence and 2.3 kids. It was a question of what could I offer uniquely to the world… what was I passionate about and what would it take to be able to make my passion into something I could call my job.

"My mom never worried that I was a tomboy. I'd climb trees and I even asked for a toolset for Christmas one year. As a mother she understood that as a young girl there was already enough pressure from the world, so she encouraged me to be happy and myself." Read the rest here.

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The Night Flight Orchestra Stream New Song 'Domino'

The Soilwork and Arch Enemy supergroup The Night Flight Orchestra have released a stream of a brand new track called "Domino". The song comes from their forthcoming album "Amber Galactic," which is set to be released on May 19th.

Frontman Bjorn Strid had this to say, "'Domino' is possibly our most daring, yet obvious composition ever. It will instantly drag you to the dance floor and hypnotize you, there's no retreat and no surrender.

"It's already our summer soundtrack, even though a hailstorm just passed by outside our window. Get ready for a disco infused rock journey that you didn't see coming!" Listen to the song here.

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Foghat's Live At The Belly Up Getting CD Release

Rock veterans Foghat have announced that they will be releasing their "Live At The Belly Up" album on CD on June 30th, following the digital release earlier this year.

The live album was captured during a concert last year at the famed Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California while the band was touring in support of their 2016 album "Under The influence".

The record features performances of some of the band's most iconic songs including "Fool For The City" and "Eight Days on the Road" and featured an epic 10 minute jam of the band's legendary hit "Slow Ride." They are taking preorders, including special packages, here.

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Dirty Machine Release 'Discord' Music Video

Dirty Machine have released a brand new music video for their track "Discord." The song is the title cut from their forthcoming studio album, which is set to be released on May 26th.

The band recruited Ron Thunderwood from 9Electric, who has directed music videos for Hollywood Undead, Combichrist, and Stitched up Heart, to produce the new promo clip.

Frontman David Leach had this to say, "We are excited to be joining forces with Zombie Shark Records, a record label whose mission is to bring back the genre that Dirty Machine themselves and so many millions of other fans around the world live for - nu metal.

"With our debut album recorded, Dirty Machine and Zombie Shark Records teaming up guarantees the resurgence that the world has been waiting for!" Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Irontom's Be Bold Like Elijah

Irontom are releasing their debut album "Partners" today (May 5th) and to celebrate we asked vocalist Harry Hayes to tell us about the song "Be Bold Like Elijah." Here is the story:

We were on tour when 'Elijah' was conceived. We were in Colorado and our keyboard player Dan played us an early demo he'd been working on. I remember we were sitting in a park by a fountain. The version I heard sounded like straight up metal! I was excited to work on it to say the least.

It was one of those songs that just clicked with everybody in the band. The first time we jammed it all together we all instantly connected and it came out effortlessly. It's the best feeling when a song happens that way.

Lyrically the song is actually about our friend Elijah Berle. He's a brutal skater who always goes big. I don't know many who can take it to that level. So it's always a fun song to play because not only is it totally natural for us musically, but lyrically it's a throwdown because it's inspired by someone who drops in on the regular.

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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