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Van Halen Star On Idea Of Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth Tour

Former Van Halen star Michael Anthony believes that "Right Now" is the perfect time for the legendary band to embark on a tour featuring both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar.

Anthony was asked in new interview about idea, which was recently floated by Hagar, that the band launch a tour that would feature both singers performing with the band. He told SiriusXM (via Blabbermouth), "I think now's the time, especially if you listen to some of the interviews [Hagar has been] doing or whatever now. Right now, he's saying the proper way to do a Van Halen tour, he's saying, 'Let's do it with Dave and myself.'"

He then explained how such a tour might work. "If we did, like, an hour with one singer and then an hour with another singer, you never know, there might be a lot of people that don't wanna come for the first hour, or don't wanna come for the second singer, or whatever.

"This way you mix it up and everybody's gotta stay for everything. And believe me, if something like that came to fruition, I guarantee there wouldn't be one person who would leave that show disappointed with anything, with either singer, probably." Read more here.

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Slipknot Frontman Jumps Into Linkin Park Controversy

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has added his two cents to the controversy surrounding comments made by Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington towards fans that are critical of the group's move in a more pop direction.

Bennington had some harsh words for fans that consider the music they have heard so far from Linkin Park's forthcoming album "One More Light" a sell out. He reportedly told Music Week (via NME), "We were asked, 'What do you think of people who say you sold out?' I don't care. If you like the music, fantastic. If you don't like it, that's your opinion too. Fantastic. If you're saying we're doing what we're doing for a commercial or monetary reason, trying to make success out of some formula… then stab yourself in the face!"

He was then asked about the band evolving from their sound from their blockbuster debut album "Hybrid Theory" and he said, "When we made 'Hybrid Theory', I was the oldest guy in the band and in my early '20s. That's why I guess I'm like: 'Why are we still talking about 'Hybrid Theory'? It's f***ing years ago. It's a great record, we love it. Like, move the f*** on. You know what I mean?"

Taylor was asked about the controversy during an appearance on the Shmonty In The Morning show on Tucson radio station KFMA and the Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman said, "I understand where he's at. God, I would've never say it the way he did, but you get frustrated and you want people to embrace the evolution. At the same time, you should probably be very, very fortunate that people this far along the line still love that music you made." Read more here.

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Unreleased Jimi Hendrix Concert Film May Be Coming Soon

(Radio.com) A previously unreleased and still untitled Jimi Hendrix 1969 concert movie might finally see the light of day as a wide scale release, following a recent court ruling.

A California appeals court has determined that one of the rightsholders of the movie did not violate a joint production deal by refusing to accept a limited distribution offer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The case is almost 50 years old. "For almost a half-century, the two parties (or their predecessors) who own the rights to this film and its accompanying soundtrack have been lost in a purple haze of false starts and litigation," begins the decision. Read more here.

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Blink-182 Streaming New Song 'Wildfire'

(Radio.com) Fans don't have to wait much longer before Blink-182 releases their California deluxe edition on May 19th. With little more than a week away from its release, the band debuted the new track, "Wildfire."

Blink posted the new single with the quirky caption, "Think of your favorite song from Enema of the State. Now think of your favorite song from California.

They then added, "Now imagine them falling in love and starting a family of their own. That's what this song is." Listen to "Wildfire" and discover it for yourself here.

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Alice Cooper Confirms Release Of New Album 'Paranormal'

Alice Cooper has announced that he will be releasing his brand new two disc studio album, which will be entitled "Paranormal", on July 28th via his just inked deal with earMusic.

The new album will be Cooper's first new studio release in six years and will include a bonus mini-album featuring three brand songs and live tracks from the original Alice Cooper Band lineup of Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, and Michael Bruce.

Cooper once again teamed up with legendary producer Bob Ezrin for this new effort, which was recorded in Nashville. The album will also feature some guest appearances from U2's Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Deep Purple's Roger Glover. Read more here.

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Muse Announce New Single 'Dig Down'

Muse have been having fun with fans lately with online teases over the past few weeks but now they have formally announced they are releasing a new single.

The band took to social media (Instragram) on Thursday (May 11th) the reveal that they will be releasing a new track on May 18th that will be entitled "Dig Down".

Fans have been patiently waiting for new music from the English trio. Their last album was 2015's "Drones". Check out the group's official announcement here.

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Beatles 'Sgt Pepper' Documentary Coming To TV

(Gibson) American TV viewers will be able to watch a new BBC documentary film that focuses on the making of The Beatles' landmark 1967 album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" on June 3rd.

Titled Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution, the hour-long film is said to feature "material never before accessible outside of Abbey Road Studios, including recordings of studio chat between band members and isolated instrumental and vocal tracks."

The documentary further reveals "the nuts and bolts of how the album came together" and offers "insights into the choices made by The Beatles and George Martin." Read more here.

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Marilyn Manson Returns To Earlier Sounds With New Album

(Radio.com) Marilyn Manson has finished his new album and has announced European tour dates, starting July 20 in Budapest, Hungary. He has changed the title from "Say10" (e.g. Satan) to "Heaven Upside Down" which will be the follow-up to 2015's The Pale Emperor.

Manson made the striking declaration to FabulousTV at the premiere of the film King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword. The new Manson record was widely believed to be coming out on Valentine's Day, 2017, but when day that came and went, a rep for the rocker said the album is now tentatively scheduled for summer 2017. As for the album: "It is, I would say, the last thing people would expect after hearing The Pale Emperor. Coming from the people who I've played it to, it's a combination of 'Antichrist Superstar' and 'Mechanical Animals' in feeling."

However, Manson added that any similarities with his past albums is strictly coincidental. "It wasn't my intent to go backwards," he said. "Everything goes in a full circle and it just becomes, without cannibalizing work from the past, the same thing: which is ultimately you. I'm a little over-anxious to release it, so it was done very quickly, but it's by far the most thematic and over-complicated thing that I've done. In a way, it's deceptively delightful to strangers. It's like the old saying that the devil's greatest secret is that people don't believe he exists." Read more here.

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The Cars Expand Classic Albums For New Reissues

(hennemusic) The Cars have announced that they will release expanded reissues of two of their classic albums, 1979's "Candy-O" and 1980's "Panorama", via Rhino Records on July 28.

"Candy-O" arrived one year after the huge success of the Boston band's self-titled debut and was introduced by the US Top 15 hit single "Let's Go." The project reached No 3 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US platinum sales within two months after release, eventually racking up US sales of more than 4 million copies

The expanded "Candy-O" reissue features the original album plus seven bonus tracks of alternate mixes and the previously unissued version of "They Won't See You."

1980 saw the group release their third album, "Panorama." The Cars' third consecutive platinum album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with the help of the US Top 40 single, "Touch And Go."

The expanded reissue of "Panorama" presents the original release plus four bonus tunes, including the previously unreleased songs "Shooting For You," "Be My Baby" and "The Edge." Read more here.

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The Offspring Frontman Dexter Holland Earns A Ph.D.

The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland has revealed to fans that he has received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California.

Holland had this to say, "Well we're gearing up for another busy year touring (and recording), and I can't wait. In fact I'm actually writing this from our tour stop in Charlotte, NC before our show here this weekend. I know I haven't posted much for awhile - cause I've been busy!
"This is sort of an announcement that I completed my dissertation defense and that means that I'll be graduating on May 11 with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California." Read more

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The Monks 1967 Unearthed Recordings To Finally Be Released

Previously unheard tracks from The Monks are set to be released on CD and vinyl by Third Man Records on June 23rd and they are streaming one of the tracks, "I'm Watching You", online.

The new record will be entitled "The Monks' Hamburg Tapes 1967" and will feature five tracks that had never been available before. According to the label, the preview song "I'm Watching You" would have been recorded on February 28th, 1967 at the same sessions that would produce the Monks' final single "Love Can Tame the Wild" b/w "He Went Down to the Sea."

The remaining four songs were recorded after hours in the Top Ten Club later that year, just prior to the break-up of the band. Hamburg Recordings 1967 tracklist: 1. I'm Watching You 2. Julia 3. P.O. Box 3291 4. I Need U Shatzi 5. Yellow Grass. Stream the song here.

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Chuck Berry's Former House To Become A Museum

(Gibson) The house in which Chuck Berry lived when he wrote "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Johnny B. Goode" and other rock and roll classics is being converted into a museum.

As reported by Billboard, the city of St. Louis is soliciting bids for a project that will create a "Chuck Berry Cultural District" centered on the house Berry occupied for eight years in the 1950s.

The neighborhood, known as "The Greater Ville," was one of the few areas in St. Louis where African Americans could own property during the early to mid '50s. Other figures of note who resided in the area included Tina Turner, Josephine Baker, Arthur Ashe and comedian-activist Dick Gregory. Berry moved out of the house in 1958, but he continued to perform regularly at a nearby club until shortly before his death. Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Release Promo Video For Vinyl Reissues

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden are sharing a video preview of the final round of vinyl reissues set to arrive this spring. The band will release twelve albums from their catalogue on heavyweight 180g black over the next three months as part of an expanded reissue series that launched in 2014 with eight records.

On May 19, Iron Maiden will release 1990's "No Prayer For The Dying", 1992's "Fear Of The Dark", 1995's "The X Factor" and 1998's "Virtual XI."

June 23 will deliver "Brave New World" (2000), "Rock In Rio" (Live 2002), 2003's "Dance Of Death" and 2006's "A Matter Of Life And Death." The 2017 editions wrap up on July 21 with 2005's "Death On The Road" (Live), 2009's "Flight 666" (Live), "The Final Frontier" (2010) and 2012's "En Vivo!" (Live).

As a bonus, the first two albums ("No Prayer For The Dying" and "Fear Of The Dark") will also be made available in an exclusive Collector's Box sized to house all 12 albums with additional space for fans to insert the latest Maiden studio album "The Book Of Souls", which was released on triple black vinyl in 2015. The Collector's Box will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last. Watch the video here.

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Satyricon Releasing New Album In September

Satyricon have announced that they will be releasing their next studio album on September 22nd under their just inked worldwide deal with Napalm Records.

The band has entered the studio to record the new album and have already announced a European tour this fall that they will be launching on September 24th in Hamburg to promote the new effort.

Napalm Records CEO Thomas Caser shared his excitement about inking the deal with the veteran band. "We are proud to announce the signing of one of this most influential Extreme Metal act and pioneer of a whole genre. This upcoming album will surely set another mile stone in heavy music and we are honored to release it this fall!" See the tour dates here.

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Video From Metallica Tour Kick Off Show Goes Online

(hennemusic) Metallica launched the North American leg of their WorldWired tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD on May 10, and video from the event has surfaced online.

The band's 18-song set opened with the 2016 single, "Hardwired", before delivering a mix of new material and classics from seven albums while also featuring the US live debuts of "Now That We're Dead" and "Halo On Fire."

Metallica were joined by openers Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat alongside DJ sets by Mix Master Mike. Metallica are sharing a "Thank you Baltimore" video montage featuring footage around the city, fans gathering for the show, and a look inside the stadium as the group hit the stage.

"Wow... what an amazing way to kick off the North American leg of the WorldWired tour," says the band. "A huge shout-out to our friends in Baltimore for making us feel so welcome and getting us started on an absolute high!" Check out the video clips here.

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