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Stone Temple Pilots Have Found Their New Singer

It appears that Stone Temple Pilots may have found their new lead singer, replacing the late Scott Weiland and interim frontman Chester Bennington (Linkin Park).

Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo reportedly broke the news that the veteran group is moving forward with a new singer, according to a report from Alternative Nation (via Gibson).

Lenardo shared that he recently attended a rehearsal session of the new band lineup. He said, "Feeling blessed I just got to see my friends from Stone Temple Pilots play a really tight set of classics."

As for who has taken Weiland's place, Geno only provided a vague hint. "I can't comment on who's singing but I can tell you he is one of the finest musicians and singers I've ever known. STP will reveal it in their own time."

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Deep Purple Star On Ritchie Blackmore Reunion Possibility

Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice says in a recent interview that while it is possible for the band to reunite with guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore, he sees "no point" for the band to even consider it.

Paice spoke to the Rock Brigade podcast about the band's brand new album "InFinite" when he was asked if the band "could or would" ever play with Blackmore again.

He responded, "Of course, the answers to both of those are 'possibly.' But when Ritchie left, nobody fired him, nobody said, 'You have to go.' It was his choice. And so the band continued, the band moved on.

"Ritchie started doing his thing, which is great. He was obviously happy doing it, and we've been happy doing what we've been doing for the last 23, 24 years, 'cause that's how long ago it is."

But the drummer then added, "Quite honestly, there's no point for us to consider that. We have a wonderful feeling within the band, everybody's very friendly, and all we have to do is go onstage and make the music; there's no other considerations to worry about.

"I think Ritchie's life doesn't work like that. I think it's a little more complex. And at this stage of my life, I don't need cloudy areas. I like it to be clear and crystal and know that it's gonna be fun. I love Ritchie to death, but I can't guarantee every day with him is gonna be fun."

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Tool, A Perfect Circle New Album Release Speculation Addressed

(Radio.com) A Perfect Circle fans rejoiced when the band announced they were working on a new album back in March--but it looks like the new effort won't arrive until next year.

At the time, the album was slated for a Spring 2017 release but the band's Twitter account shot down that deadline--as well as hope for a new Tool album this year.

On Twitter, a fan wrote, "Hearing rumours of a potential new @aperfectcircle album later this year #PleaseBeTrue." The verified account for A Perfect Circle wrote back: "Not true."

Another fan decided to look on the bright side--if there's no Perfect Circle album coming in 2017, maybe that means there's a new Tool album dropping this year. A Perfect Circle's account gave the same terse response: "Not true." Read more here.

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Metallica Release 'Hardwired Around the World' Video

(Radio.com) Metallica are celebrating their upcoming tour leg by releasing a new video featuring live footage for the title track from their latest album "Hardwired... to Self Destruct."

The band spliced together footage of performances of the song shot between August 2016 and February 2017 in cities like Seoul, Paris, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Toronto.

The goal of the high-energy video is clearly to get fans pumped for their upcoming WorldWired North American Tour which kicks off Wednesday night in Baltimore. Watch below.

Just minutes before kicking off the tour, Metallica will stream a live rehearsal from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on tonight, May 9 at 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 pm PT via Facebook. Watch the video here.

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Foreigner Announce Rescheduled 40th Anniversary Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Foreigner have announced rescheduled dates for a 40th anniversary UK tour. The four-show run, originally planned for this November, has been moved to May 2018 due to "unexpected scheduling issues earlier this year."

The iconic band revealed that they will perform in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and for the first time ever at London's esteemed Royal Albert Hall.

"Playing at The Royal Albert Hall has been a childhood dream," explains guitarist Mick Jones, "as one of my earliest memories was attending a Gustav Holst concert, mesmerized by Sir Malcolm Sargent conducting 'The Planet Suite.' To perform with my band at this iconic venue decades later is a true honor." Read more here.

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Iggy Pop And Josh Homme Release Trailer For 'American Valhalla'

(Radio.com) "I became one of those singers whose career is a slave to his band. I wanted an emotional escape, so I decided I had to strike out on my own, live and on record, to see what I was worth," punk icon Iggy Pop remarks in the opening lines of the "American Valhalla" trailer.

The documentary showcases Iggy's collaboration with Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. They came together with Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys' drummer Matt Helders to create the 2016 Post Pop Depression, later embarking on a world tour.

"[Iggy] text me about record together I was just like ' you're in The Stooges and I'm in Queens and those are heavy things. How do you out rock The Stooges?" Homme says in the clip. Watch the trailer here.

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Deftones Stars Remember Different Reacts To Nu Metal Label

Deftones frontman Chino Moreno says that the band made the "conscious choice" to avoid touring with Korn in their early days when he was asked about the band's association with the "nu metal" scene.

Moreno and guitarist Stephen Carpenter were interview by Metal Hammer to discuss the 20th anniversary of their "Around the Fur" album and the guitar player and singer had different recollections about their reaction to being considered part of the nu metal craze at the time in excerpts that have shared online.

Carpenter says "We didn't really pay much attention to that," referencing being labeled with certain genres of music at the time. "I remember when these subgenre names didn't exist. It was just metal. So I don't think we made a decision to step away from it we've never paid attention to what anyone else was doing. We just did what we thought was right, and tried to make a killer album."

Moreno on the other hand remembers things differently. "We did make a very conscious choice of who we were going to play shows with. It was hard to be this young band and having to turn down tours. I can't remember how many times I turned down Korn! And they got pissed at us. [Korn frontman] Jonathan would say, 'Why do you hate us?' and I didn't know what to say. I'd tell him, 'Dude, I don't hate you. I love you, guys. You're my friends. But I don't want to tour with you. I don't want to be on the 'Family Values' with you and Limp Bizkit.' The name of the genre was nu metal, so anything that is new is one day going to be old. And I didn't to be old with it."

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Dreamcar Streaming New Song 'On The Charts'

(Radio.com) Dreamcar have shared a stream of the song "On The Charts," which is the latest single from the AFI and No Doubt supergroup's forthcoming self-titled debut album.

Made up of Do Doubt members Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and fronted by AFI's Davey Havok, DREAMCAR have managed to channel the funkiest of 80s synth-pop for the new tune. Although the song is new to most fans, the band has played it live on several occasions including both sets at Coachella.

The band first got fans excited by their alternative radio chart-topper, "Kill For Candy," followed by the release of album tracks "Born To Die" and "All Of The Dead Girls." Stream the new song here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Lead Meadows Festival Lineup

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gorillaz have been announced as the headlining for the upcoming second annual installment of the Meadows Music and Arts Festival.

This year's event will be taking place on September 15th, 16th and 17th atCiti Field in Queens, New York and will also include performances from Nas, Run the Jewels, Future, Erykah Badu, RHCP, Weezer, Migos, Action Bronson and Blood Orange.

Additional artists include Broken Social Scene, Sky Ferreira, Big Boi, TV on the Radio, Tegan and Sara, Joey Bada$$, Sleigh Bells, A-Trak, Swet Shop Boys, Foster the People, LL Cool J, Ghostface Killah, and many more. The complete lineup can be found in the poster here.

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Adam Lambert Excited About Rami Malek For Freddie Mercury Biopic

(Radio.com) The long-rumored biopic on Freddie Mercury is set to be released in 2018 and during an interview with NME, Adam Lambert shared his favor for the film's lead actor Rami Malek.

Lambert revealed that he never considered playing the iconic Queen frontman and says that actor Malek (Mr. Robot) is perfect for the film, which will be directed by Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects).

"I don't think I would be up for taking that one," Lambert says of playing the role of Mercury. "I mean, that's a whole other level. I really love singing the songs that Freddie sang on stage, but I also approach it by doing it as me. I don't know if I would be able to impersonate Freddie. I'm really excited about the guy that they've cast in the role for the film - he's amazing. The gentlemen from Mr. Robot, Rami Malek." Read more here.

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Rise Against Announces North American Tour

(Radio.com) Rise Against will promote their new album Wolves as they embark on a North American headlining tour a month after they wrap up a co-headlining tour with Deftones this summer featuring Thrice and Frank Iero And The Patience serving as openers.

The fall headlining tour will kick off September 14 at Abbotsford Centre in Abbotsford, BC. Rise Against will play two shows at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles in July, skip a month, then hit the road again in September on their own headlining tour.

Every pair of tickets for the upcoming fall headline dates will include a physical copy of the band's new album which is scheduled for release June 9. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 12 via LiveNation. Tour dates here.

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Royal Blood To Rock Jimmy Kimmel Live

(hennemusic) Royal Blood have announced that they will perform on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight, May 9th to promote their forthcoming sophomore album.

The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher are making the rounds to promote the June 16 release of their second album, "How Did We Get So Dark?"

The set was recorded in Brussels, Belgium with producer Joylon Thomas. Royal Blood have previewed the project with the release of a video for the lead single, "Lights Out." Watch it here.

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Linkin Park Add Snoop Dogg To Some Upcoming Concerts

(Radio.com) Linkin Park have announced that they will be joined by hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg on select dates of their One More Light World Tour.

The rapper will appear as a special guest on six West Coast dates in October including Seattle, Vancouver, Fresno, San Jose and Los Angeles on the North American trek.

The One More Light World Tour kicks off July 27th in Boston, MA. Pre-sale for the tour begins May 9th. Fans can register now at linkinpark.com. General on-sale is May 12th. Read more here.

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Against Me! Announce North American Fall Tour

(Radio.com) Against Me! have announced an extensive Fall tour covering most of the U.S. and Canada. The new tour will kick off September 2 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and wrap up October 28 in Laura Jane Grace's hometown of Gainesville, Florida.

The band will use the opportunity to further highlight their latest album, Shape Shift With Me. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 12 via the band's website.

On Monday, Grace was forced to cancel an Australian date due to a "shredded" voice, although the singer promised the remaining dates were still on. See the North American dates here.

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