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Original Guns N' Roses Star Wants To Record With Dave Grohl

Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler shared his admiration for Dave Grohl in a new radio interview and expressed his desire to record on the Foo Fighters frontman's soundboard from Sound City.

Adler made the comments on former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones' show on Los Angeles radio station KLOS. The drummer started by explaining how he was looking forward to reading the new book by Groh's mother Virginia "From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars."

He said (via Alternative Nation), "Yes, I can't wait to read [the book] because I love Dave Grohl. He is my idol, besides Freddie Mercury, Dave Grohl rules.

"He went from the biggest band in the world, to putting an even bigger band in the world together. He does everything, he does that TV show about Sound City."

Adler then added, "He's brilliant, I hope I get to meet him one day, and I would love to play on that board that he took from Sound City, I'd like to record on that.

"Me and you Steve, me and you on that Sound City board at Dave Grohl's. Dave, we're coming over, me and Steve Jones, is that cool? We'll see you shortly."

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Linkin Park Streaming New Song 'Invisible'

(hennemusic) Linkin Park have released a lyric video for their new track "Invisible". The song comes from the band's forthcoming studio album "One More Light", which set to be released on May 19th.

Mike Shinoda handles lead vocals on the tune as heard in the clip directed by Jose Lun. The band's seventh album was co-produced by Shinoda and guitarist Brad Delson and marks the follow-up to 2014's "The Hunting Party", which debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200.

Linkin Park launched their 2017 tour last weekend at the Maximus Festival Argentina in Buenos Aires and will begin a North American trek with guest Machine Gun Kelly in Boston, MA on July 27th. Watch the video here.

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Steve Perry Explains Reasons For Journey's Success

Former Journey singer Steve Perry explained his views on why the band has been so successful in a new interview conducted ahead of the TV broadcast of the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony.

Perry told ABC, "I think that's probably one of the biggest things that would separate Journey from a lot of the people at that time ... we really reached for something different."

The former frontman also believes that the reason some of the band's iconic songs are still in heavy rotation on classic rock radio is because the group was "honest with ourselves" and they kept "reaching for ... timeless performances." Read more here.

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Metallica Tour Preview Show Streaming Online

(hennemusic) Metallica streamed the final rehearsal before the launch of their North American tour via Facebook Live from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD on May 9, and official video from the event is available online.

The group delivered the "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" single "Atlas, Rise!", the 1984 classic "For Whom The Bell Tolls", the new single "Now That We're Dead", and the 1986 thrash classic "Battery."

"Thanks for tuning in to 'Now That We're Live!'," says the band. "We'll see you this summer as the WorldWired Tour treks across North America!" The band launched their first run across the continent in eight years at the same venue in Baltimore last night. Watch the video here.

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The Damned Announce Rescheduled Dates Following Injury

Punk legends The Damned have announced the rescheduled dates of their 40th anniversary tour, which they were forced to delay after Captain Sensible broke a rib falling off the stage during their concert in Toronto last week.

The band's show in Brooklyn at the Warsaw will now be taking place on May 23rd, the Boston stop at the Paradise Rock Club has been rescheduled to the 24th and Montreal concert at Club Soda is now set for May 25th.

The band resumed the tour this past Saturday night and Sensible had this to say about his return to the stage, "As movement is a bit awkward currently, I played last night seated, but it all went swimmingly and this epic 40th Anniversary tour is now firmly back on the road.

"We've played some great venues on the trip... and Asbury Park's Stone Pony is up there with the best of 'em. But I have to say I wish I'd waited till here before backflipping off the stage, as this one was only 3 feet high. D'oh!" See the remaining dates here.

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Alice In Chains Reveal New Album Plans

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell has revealed that the band is preparing to record their next studio album, which will be the follow up the veteran Seattle band's 2013 release "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here."

"We are just gearing up to make a record," Cantrell tells Good Celebrity during a recent appearance at the George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic in Toluca Lake, CA. "We'll be moving up to Seattle in about a month and record the record over the summer out there in the same studio we recorded our third record in. So it'll be kind of fun: go home, make a Seattle record. Hometown boys in a hometown studio."

Asked what fans can expect from a new album, Cantrell adds, "Hey, this is what we do. At this age, I can't really do much else. So we do us, and we're lucky enough to be able to have the opportunity to still be doing it and making good music and having a good time." Read more here.

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UFO and Saxon Announce North American Fall Tour

Hard rock icons UFO and Saxon had so much fun with their spring tour that they have announced that they will be teaming up again for a new North American leg this fall.

The new trek will feature support from Jared James Nichols and is scheduled to get underway on September 22nd in Newton, NJ at the Newton Theater and will conclude on October 14th in Indianapolis, IN at The Egyptian.

UFO's Phil Mogg had this to say, "Seldom do you get the chance to have a tour with such great bands and great personalities. We have been offered such a chance and will be grabbing it with both hands." Read more
here.

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Little Steven Streams 'Love On The Wrong Side Of Town'

E Street Band guitarist Little Steven has released a stream of his new track "Love On The Wrong Side Of Town", which comes from his forthcoming solo album "Soulfire".

The album, Van Zandt's first new solo effort in almost two decades, is set to hit stores on May 19th. "Love On The Wrong Side Of Town", was co-written by Bruce Springsteen and may be familiar to longtime fans.

The song originally appears on Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes' 1977 album, This Time It's For Real. "Bruce had the riff and I did the rest," says Van Zandt. "When you wrote, arranged, and produced the original versions, it's not always easy to redo them. They become definitive. You did it that first way for a reason. I found it difficult to do much with this one, but when we got to the end of the song I found an opportunity to change it up a little bit. I changed little things here and there on all the songs on the album but it definitely took a minute." Listen to the song here.

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Iron Maiden Star Highlights Lineup For Monsters Of Rock Cruise

Organizers have announced the details for next year's Monsters Of Rock Cruise, including the initial lineup for the 8th annual outing which will take place next February.

The five day rock cruise will set sail from Miami on February 11th aboard Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas and will include stops in Falmouth, Jamaica and the private isle of Labadee before returning on the 16th.

The musical lineup will include British Lion featuring Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris, Tesla, Queensryche, Thunder, Lita Ford, Winger, , Doro, KIX, Y&T, Vixen, Great White, Beasto Blanco, LA Guns, The Pretty Maids, Lynch Mob, Firehouse, Loudness, Stryper's Michael Sweet, The Quireboys, Tyketto, Dangerous Toys, Junkyard, Keel, Raven, Madam X, Rhino Bucket, John Corabi, Autograph, Lillian Axe, Rough Cutt, Mitch Malloy, The Iron Maidens, Kickin' Valentina, Jared James Nichols, Thee Rock 'N Roll Residency, and Van Halen tribute band Atomic Punks, with more artists still to be announced. Find more details here.

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Thunderpussy Streams New Song Featuring Pearl Jam Star

Thunderpussy are streaming their new single "Velvet Noose," which features a guest appearance from Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, who also produced the track.

McCready had this to say, "Thunderpussy is my favorite new band, and it was an honor to work with them on these songs. 'Velvet Noose' is an amazing and catchy rock song that deserves to be heard. Live, they have an incredible energy with amazing musicianship. All four women are as talented as they come."

The song is set to be released this Friday by McCready's Hockeytalkter on a special 7" vinyl with a track called "No Heaven" on the b-side. Both were produced by the Pearl Jam star and the band will be playing with him during both nights of the 15th Annual Flight To Mars benefit at Seattle's Showbox theater. Stream the song here.

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The Haunted Announce New Album 'Strength In Numbers'

The Haunted have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, which will be entitled "Strength in Numbers," on August 25th and have released some studio footage.

The band is wrapping work on the new album, their 9th studio effort, at Parlour Studios in the UK with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Exploited).

Guitarist Ola Englund had this to say, "Working on 'Strength In Numbers' with Russ Russell as an engineer and producer has been an incredible experience. His attitude and positivity has helped us to truly do our best when recording. He's just a killer guy to be around!'

"All the tracking for the album has been completed and Russ is right in the middle of mixing and mastering it. And from the early mixes I've heard, it's shaping up to be insanely heavy. No clean singing, no banjo, no pickup trucks...so fans of country music are gonna hate it, haha! Seriously: Heads are gonna roll. In a good way..." Watch the studio video here.

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Royal Blood's Jimmy Kimmel Performances Go Online

(hennemusic) Royal Blood performed their new single, "Lights Out", on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 9th and official video from the program is available online.

The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher also delivered "Figure It Out", from their 2014 self-titled debut as they promote the June 16 release of their second album, "How Did We Get So Dark?"

Due June 16, the project was produced by Joylon Thomas and recorded in Brussels, Belgium. Royal Blood will support the album with a North American tour that is set to begin in Boston, MA on June 2.

"Here we go North America," says the band about the trek, "we can't wait for this." Watch the late night TV footage here.

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George Thorogood Announces Debut Solo Album 'Party of One'

(Radio.com) George Thorogood has announced the release of his first-ever solo album, "Party Of One," which will be released worldwide on August 4th and he has revealed a preview for the effort.

Produced by Grammy-winning Jim Gaines, the record features 14 covers of traditional blues, classics and modern blues songs. Some of these tracks include Hank Williams' "Pictures From Life's Other Side," The Rolling Stones' "No Expectations" and John Lee Hooker's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer."

"I think this is a project that's long overdue. Maybe it should have been the very first album I ever made. After playing with the band for all these years, I had to kind of reverse my hands and my head in order to do this thing justice." Thorogood explained, "But I think Destroyers fans - and hardcore blues fans, too - are ready for the unexpected. My whole career, I've always said, 'Just give them what you are, and they're either going to dig it or not.' This record is what I was, what I am, and what I always will be." Check out the album preview here.

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Blondie's The Tonight Show Performance Goes Online

(Radio.com) Blondie's eleventh studio album Pollinator was released last week and the new wave icons stopped by The Tonight Show to perform "Long Time," a rousing pop-rock song and the album's second single.

The track was written by Dev Hynes of Blood Orange and its driving pop melody and wistful lyrics make it a Pollinator standout. Debbie Harry owned the stage with a charisma 43 years of fronting Blondie have afforded her -- and Jimmy Fallon seemed genuinely thrilled to introduce the band.

Blondie hit the road later this month in support of Pollinator. Their tour kicks off in London on May 23, and a full list of dates is available here. Watch Blondie's performance of "Long Time" here.

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Les Paul Birthday Salute TV Special Announced

AXS TV have announced they will be celebrating what would have been music icon Les Paul's 101st birthday with their premiere of a 2006 tribute concert.

The guitar legend's birthday falls on June 9th and the network will follow up with the broadcast of "Les Paul & Friends: 90th Birthday Salute" at 8pE/5pP on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

The network sent us the following details: Filmed live at what was then the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on February 8, 2006, LES PAUL & FRIENDS gives viewers a front row seat for an unforgettable night of powerhouse performances, as some of music's biggest names come together to honor the ultimate icon. The night is headlined by show-stopping numbers from an all-star slate of Paul disciples, that includes Slash and Edgar Winter teaming up on the Stevie Wonder staple "Superstition;" Toto axeman Steve Lukather's rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing;" and Joe Perry and Buddy Guy closing the night with a soulful blues set. Other highlights include spirited performances by Joe Satriani, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Neal Schon, and more. here.

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Singled Out: Lane Change's Floodwaters

Phoenix rockers Lane Change recently released their brand new EP "Rise" and to celebrate we asked guitarist Jake Galambos to tell us about the song "Floodwater". Here is the story:

"Floodwater" is one of those songs that literally just came pouring out. Usually when we write, one of us brings in an idea and if someone else likes the idea, they take it home and come back with more lyrics/melody/parts. Then the process repeats, someone else takes those ideas and builds on them, until the song is almost done. Then we polish it up together as a band. It's only the last 10-15% that we do together in one room.

"Floodwater" was a different process. We were just hanging out with really no plan to write. We're all friends outside the band, and enjoy spending casual time together, so this was one of those nights. Cam's (Cameron Holladay - Drums) family is from Tennessee and South Carolina. We had been talking about the floods across the South East US that had happened a few days before. We just found out that some of his family was evacuating the coast and headed inland. It seemed like and appropriate metaphor for what was going on with us personally, and also so much of the world was changing in other ways. It felt like a tide was coming in.

I had this riff that I was working with and that I was excited about so I wanted to show everyone. The entire band immediately grabbed hold of it. Myles (Myles Vann - Vocals) threw out the idea, referencing our previous conversation "the flood water is rising." It was an immediate fit.

Lizzie (Lizzie Shafer - Vocals/Bass) started singing what became the chorus pretty much straight away. I think it was Cam's idea to start it Acapella with the gospel vibe, or maybe it was me. Everyone was going back and fourth on lyrics. Every time someone had a lyric idea someone else jumped in with, "and then this happens…" It was a whirlwind.

When we write, we are capturing ideas the entire time, because it all can happen so fast. We have one or two people voice memoing on cell phones so we can always go back if we forget something, or remember we had a cool thought but not quite sure what it was.

About a half hour later we were doing a quick guitar vocal recording - the kind where Cameron is cueing Myles how long the solo break is, and Lizzie is cueing me where the bridge repeats, and where theres a lot of "oh yeah!" and "Sweet!" in the background - and we worked it up with the full band arrangement at our next rehearsal.

Of all our songs "Floodwater" has the fewest changes from that first rough, full recording. Usually we sit with it for a week and make a few changes, play it live and tweak it, and play it for fans and make adjustments. But, this song was special and we stayed really proud of how it turned out throughout then entire creation and vetting process. The four of us had something to say and we said it together with one voice.

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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