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Guns N' Roses And The Who Teaming For Historical Show

Guns N' Roses announce late last week that the will be playing a very special 'historic' show this fall where they will be sharing the bill with rock legends The Who.

GNR tweeted the news to fans on Thursday with a graphic that had the Spanish word "Historico" between the logos of both bands. The concert will be taking place on October 1st at Estadio La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The show will be part of The Who's very first trip to South America. The Cult announced last month that they would be sharing the stage with the legendary band on September 21st at the Allianz Park in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Argentine show will follow the reunited Guns N' Roses lineup's performance at this year's Rock in Rio Festival, which will be happening on September 23rd in Rio de Janeiro, BR.

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Ball In Metallica's Court For More Big Four Shows

Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine discussed the possibility of the Big Four playing together again in a new interview and says that three of the four bands have expressed interest in doing so.

But it appears that it is his former band Metallica that is the hold out. Mustaine told Today Weekend, "I think the people in Slayer's camp and in Anthrax's camp have made it clear that we'd like to play (and that) we like our heritage.

While he didn't mention Metallica directly, he added "at this point it's up to the managers and the agents, and all four groups to be in agreement, not just three of us that want to do it." Read more here.

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Journey Stars Says Steve Perry Passed The Torch

Journey drummer Steve Smith says in a new interview that former Steve Perry passed the torch to the band's current singer Arnel Pineda during their Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

Smith spoke to the Las Vegas Weekly ahead of the band's Sin City residency and was asked about what interaction he had with Perry during the Rock Hall event.

He responded, "Whatever you saw on stage was it! (Laughs.) I think some of the guys saw him backstage for a little bit, but I just saw him onstage. It was great to see him. It had been since 2005, when we got a star in Hollywood - that was the last time I saw him. So it was good to see him, and he was very gracious. I thought he gave a beautiful speech, thanking the band and the management and the fans."

Smith then added, "he acknowledged Arnel Pineda, which that was really a beautiful moment. It really makes it clear that he's passing the torch to Arnel - he's the lead singer in Journey, and he's doing an amazing job. He's a tremendous singer and a really compelling frontman." Read more here.

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Slipknot Revisit Classic Song With New 360 Degree Video

Slipknot have released a brand new 360 degree video for their classic track "The Shape" as a celebration of hitting the milestone of surpassing 1 billion views on YouTube.

"The Shape" was one of the tracks featured on the band's 2001 sophomore album "Iowa" but the band didn't perform the song live until their Knot Fest last year where they played the album in its entirety.

The new video features the live footage from that landmark performance and the clip was directed by the band's Shawn "Clown" Crahan and released late last week to celebrate the 1 billionth view on YouTube. Help the band reach their next milestone by watch the new visual here.

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Linkin Park Release 'Good Goodbye' Video

(hennemusic) Linkin Park have released an official video for the single, "Good Goodbye" featuring Pusha T and Stormzy, from their forthcoming album, "One More Light."

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar oversees a supernatural dunk contest in the clip directed by Isaac Rentz. "Good Goodbye" is the third tune issued in advance of the May 19 release of the band's seventh album, following the lead single, "Heavy" ft. Kiiara - currently No. 54 on the US Billboard Hot 100 - and "Battle Symphony."

Linkin Park launch their 2017 tour this weekend at the Maximus Festival Argentina in Buenos Aires as part of a series of South American shows this month before they head to Europe for appearances in June. Read more and watch the video here.

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Carly Simon Reveals Lost 'You're So Vain' Verse

(Radio.com) Legendary artist Carly Simon recently played a lost fourth verse from her 1972 hit "You're So Vain" in a new BBC documentary. This revelation throws new speculation into the ongoing debate about who inspired this famous track.

"A friend of yours revealed to me / That you'd loved me all the time. Kept it secret from your wives / You believed it was no crime. You called me once to ask me things I couldn't quite divine. Maybe that's why I have tried to dismiss you, tried to dismiss you," Simons sings in the lost verse.

Simon already confirmed to People in 2015 that her former flame Warren Beatty is the subject of the hard-hitting second verse, which goes, "You had me several years ago when I was still quite naive. Well, you said that we made such a pretty pair and that you would never leave. But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me." Listen to the original song here.

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Poison's Bret Michaels Release 'Jorja Bleu' Video

Poison frontman Bret Michaels has released a music video for his brand new single "Jorja Bleu" and announced that a portion of the proceeds of the single will be going to charity.

The new song is named after his youngest daughter and the lyrics detail a conversation with her with lines like "She said 'What if I fall?'…and I said, 'What if you fly?'"

Michaels had this to say about the track, "This song is as raw and stripped down as it gets. This is a man sharing his trials and tribulations in such a way that he hopes to inspire his daughter to chase her dreams with no apologies, while keeping her feet planted firmly on the ground."

Bret will be giving a portion of the proceeds of the sale of the song to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Watch the new video here.

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Black Star Riders Announce New Band Member

(hennemusic) Black Star Riders have added former Black Label Society and Breaking Benjamin drummer Chad Szeliga to their lineup following a recent split with longtime member Jimmy DeGrasso.

Szeliga was confirmed following a series of auditions with several players in Los Angeles last month; the two parties first crossed paths when the Irish rockers were touring North America as Thin Lizzy with Judas Priest in 2012 and Black Label Society were also on the bill.

"I'm delighted to welcome Chad Szeliga to the Black Star Riders family," says singer Ricky Warwick. "Chad is an amazing drummer, a great guy and will powerfully strengthen BSR's resolve going forward."

"First, I'm so stoked for one to play with Scott Gorham, an iconic guitar player!," raves Szeliga. "Second, I can't wait to play with Damon who is a bad ass on guitar. Lastly, I can't wait to jam with Robbie on bass and we all know who the star is... Ricky who can command a fantastic show and is an amazing front man. Let's light them up boys!!!!!!!" Read more here.

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Grateful Dead And Beatles Had Biggest Record Store Day Hits

(Gibson) Special releases from The Grateful Dead and The Beatles were the top vinyl album and single sellers during this year's Record Store Day event, which took place on April 22nd

BuzzAngle Music reports that the best-selling Record Store Day vinyl album was the Grateful Dead set P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 7/29/66.

Meanwhile, the No. 1 single was a seven-inch with remastered versions of the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane." Other top album sellers include David Bowie with Cracked Actor at No. 2, the Doors' Live at The Matrix '67 at No. 3, Read more here.

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Dreamcar Release Interactive Video For 'Kill For Candy'

(Radio.com) Dreamcar, the supergroup featuring AFI frontman Davey Havok and everyone from No Doubt -- except Gwen Stefani -- have released an interactive music video for "Kill For Candy."

The song, which has '80s pop/new wave written all over its peppy rhythm, jagged guitars and slightly whiny (in that Duran Duran way) vocals, will be featured on the band's self-titled album, which comes out May 12.

On April 3, Dreamcar released the first version of the "Kill For Candy" video, which featured the band members getting together for rehearsal before a crazed girl grabs Havok and steals him away into the darkness. The original clip featured point-of-view shots from each of the band members. Now, with the interactive version of the video, fans can choose to watch the action that ensues through the eyes of whichever musicians they choose. Read more here.

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Phil Anselmo's Supegroup Scour Announce New Member

Former Pantara frontman Phil Anselmo's new supegroup Scour have announced that Misery Index and Pig Destroyer alum Adam Jarvis has been added to their lineup.

In addition to the new drummer, the band features his brother ), John Jarvis also of Pig Destroyer, Derek Engemann of Cattle Decapitation and Chase Fraser (Continuum, Animosity, Decrepit Birth).

Jarvis will be playing his first live show with the band at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on June 14th, followed by an appearance at Hellfest in France four days later. Read more here.

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Joe Bonamassa Reveals Keeping the Blues Alive At Sea IV Details

Joe Bonamassa has announced the details for the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea IV cruise which will be setting sail from Miami to Jamaica early next year.

The cruise will be taking place from February 26th through March 2nd of 2018 and the lineup will be lead by Bonamassa's supergroup Black Country Communion, which also features Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian.

The initial lineup also includes Los Lobos, JJ Grey & Mofro, Ana Popovic, North Mississippi Allstars, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The James Hunter Six, Matt Andersen, Kirk Fletcher & Josh Smith, Marcus King Band, Greyhounds, Toronzo Cannon, Larkin Poe, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, New Orleans Suspects, The Steepwater Band, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Jack Broadbent, The Bros. Landreth, and Juzzie Smith, with additional artists still be announced.

Bonamassa had this to say, "We've had a blast this year and we've had a blast every other year…There has been some great music this year and we will carry it on to next year." Find more details here.

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You Me At Six Release 'Take On The World' Video

You Me At Six have released a brand new live video for their track "Take On The World" to celebrate the kick off their short U.S. headline tour this week.

The new live video was captured during a show at the Alexandra Palace in London during Easter Weekend, which was part of their just wrapped European tour. Watch the video here.

The song comes for the band's latest studio album "Night People" and they will be launching their U.S. spring tour in support of the effort tonight (May 8th) in New York City. See the dates here.

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Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane 1957 Riverside Reissue Box Set

Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane's "Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings" is set to be reissued as a deluxe 3-LP vinyl edition box set on June 9th. We were sent the following details:

The new set will feature new artwork, rare photos and 180-gram vinyl pressed at RTI from lacquers cut by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA and can be preordered here.

Remastered from the original analog sources, audio will also be released in hi-res digital formats. The collection features such stellar musicians as Art Blakey, Wilbur Ware, Coleman Hawkins, Shadow Wilson, Ray Copeland and Gigi Gryce. Rounding out the package is an insightful essay by the late Orrin Keepnews, who, as producer of the original sessions, was present at the creation of every note. Read more here.

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Overkill Recruit Shadows Fall and Flotsam And Jetsam Alum

Overkill have announced that they have recruited Jason 'Sticks' Bittner, best known for his work with the bands Shadows Fall, Flotsam And Jetsam, as their new drummer.

Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth had this to say about the addition, "Overkill would like to announce its newest member, behind the kit and steering the ship, Jason 'Sticks' Bittner.

"We wholeheartedly would like to thank Eddy 'The Mexicutioner' Garcia for holding down the ship and keeping the momentum up for the band over this past year plus. Eddy has and always will be part of the OVERKILL machine. Jason is a long-time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoken for themselves. Let the touring continue... onward-upwards!" here.

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Early Voivod Albums Returning To Vinyl For First Time In 30 Years

Voivod have announced that three of their early albums, "RRROOOAAARRR," "Killing Technology" and "Dimension Hatross," will be reissued on vinyl for the first time in 30 years on May 19th.

The vinyl reissues follow the CD versions which were released last week. We were sent the following details, and tracklisting for new editions of the band's second, third and fourth albums:

Rrröööaaarrr is the band's 2nd studio album, released on Noise records in 1986. This sophomore album features their unique blend of thrash, electronic & industrial soundscapes creating a primordial fusion of progressive metal. This definitive issue of Voivod's second album is a must-have item for any fan of this unique and ground-breaking Progressive Metal band. The 2CD/DVD Set vividly captures the period surrounding this album and details the band's early development within their native Canada plus their first live 'assaults' across the border into the US. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Jocelyn & Chris Arndt's Footprints On The Moon

Bluesy rock group Jocelyn & Chris Arndt just released their new album "Go" and to celebrate we asked Jocelyn to tell us about the song "Footprints On The Moon" which features Danny Lewis of Gov't Mule. Here is the story:

"Footprints on the Moon" started out as a scribble on the back of a grocery store receipt I borrowed from my mom at a Train/Maroon 5 concert. I'd just graduated high school, and my graduation present from my parents was concert tickets to see Train and Maroon 5.

Twice in a row. Because I'm a complete fangirl. Seriously though, Train and Maroon 5 in one concert? I couldn't miss it. But anyway. This was the second of the two shows, at the NY State Fair in Syracuse; the first was in Saratoga. Mom came with me (she's a pretty big Train fan herself).

It was a beautiful summer night, and we had awesome seats in about the tenth row. I remember looking up at Pat Monahan belting it out in his skinny-tie-and-vest getup and just thinking, "Man. I want to be up there." And all of the sudden these lyric lines started coming into my head. So I turned to Mom and asked her if she had anything I could use to jot something down. A grocery store receipt, a BIC pen, and a few seconds later, I was knelt down by my seat, scrambling to write down the idea in my head before I lost it.

And then the show was over, and we went home, and I stuck the receipt in the drawer of my bedside table with all my other random crumpled-up slips of song ideas and forgot about it. Fast forward to this winter, when we were writing for our new album "Go" and I found the scribbles while leafing through my pile of lyric notes looking for ideas. I turned it over, saw the words "footprints on the moon," remembered my Pat Monahan moment, and decided that this was an idea I shouldn't put back in the drawer. This one had to be written.

I took the pieces of words and melody I had to Chris, and he worked his magic and transformed them into this groovy jam. I think the kind of authentic, retro energy he infused it with really fits the song's message. Lyrically, this is a tune about going all-in for your dreams: you've got a plan, you can visualize it in your head, and there's no stopping you until you get there. It's a feeling I think anyone who's had a dream they want to make into reality can relate to. We've just gotta go for it, you know? And then when we took the song to our producer, David Bourgeois, he immediately had all these great production ideas that would really drive home that message. I think the cherry on the top was arranging for Danny Louis of Gov't Mule to play Hammond Organ on the track. That guy can slay. And slay he did; his organ work, combined with Chris's guitar playing, really takes the whole tune up a notch.

Fast forward again to last week, when we found out that "Footprints on the Moon" was the #5 Most Added Song on the Billboard Triple A Indicator Chart. Like, woah. I guess dreams really do come true.

Shoutout to Pat Monahan for making it happen.

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

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