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AC/DC's Brian Johnson And Robert Plant Do Surprise Live Jam

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson made a surprise return to the stage on Sunday night along with Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant as special guests at a Paul Rodgers concert.

The Bad Company frontman played a concert in Oxford, England at the New Theatre last night (May 14th) where he brought out Johnson and Plant to perform a cover of Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" during the show's encore.

Rodgers shared a photo that captured during the jam following the show via Facebook with the caption "Surprise guests in Oxford...Brian Johnson and Robert Plant".

Johnson was forced to pull out of AC/DC's world tour after being advised by doctors that he faced permanent hearing loss if he continued on the trek. Some fan filmed footage from the Rodger, Johnson, Plant jam can been seen here.

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Axl Rose Performs Classic Songs With Billy Joel

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose performed the AC/DC classic "Highway To Hell" with Billy Joel during the singer's May 13 date at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and fan-filmed video from the event has surfaced online.

Joel welcomed Rose to the stage late in his main set for the 1979 track, which Rose delivered regularly while on tour last year with AC/DC in the absence of long time frontman Brian Johnson.

"This is a sacred song," Joel told the crowd. "Gives me a chance to bring on a friend of mine to do it. He's a talented guy. This is a spiritual song, sacred song … you can dwell on this on Sunday. Please welcome Axl Rose."

Rose returned during the encore to join Joel on his 1978 hit, "Big Shot." Watch the video footage of both performances here.

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Led Zeppelin Reunion Rumor Sinks Amid Festival News

The latest Led Zeppelin reunion rumor, which was sparked by a blog's claim they were in talks to play Desert Trip this year, hit a major snag with the announcement that the festival is not going to happen.

The rumor spread at the beginning of the month after a blog claimed anonymous "industry sources" told them Robert Plant had agreed to reunite with the legendary band this year's installment of the music festival.

However, Coachella founder Paul Tollett has told Billboard (via Radio.com), "We're not doing Desert Trip this year. We loved 2016 Desert Trip – that was a special moment in time. Maybe someday in the future we'll do something similar."

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Paul McCartney Adds New Dates To North American Tour

Beatles legend Paul McCartney has added several new shows to his One On One Tour of North America following almost instant sell out of tickets in some major markets.

McCartney has added new shows in Chicago, Newark NJ, New York City, Brooklyn, Uniondale NY and Detroit and also announced he will be visiting Oklahoma City for the first time in fifteen years.

That show will be taking place on July 17th at the Chesapeake Energy Center. The new Chicago area show will happen on July 26th, Newark on September 12th, New York City on Sept. 17th, Brooklyn on Sept. 21st, Uniondale on the 27th.

McCartney will now be closing out the tour with the second night at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena on October 2nd. See all of the dates here.

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Phoenix Go Retro For New 'J-Boy' Video

(Radio.com) In Phoenix's video for "J-Boy," the band appears on a fake music variety show -- imagine a Latin American TRL. The footage appears to have been filmed in 2002, recorded onto VHS from a television and then re-uploaded to YouTube for viewers in 2017.

A laser light show plays behind their performance. As ever, Phoenix brings their dreampop style and sophisticated visual point of view to the table. The pretend show is called "Ti Amo," which is the name of the group's sixth record.

This summer, Phoenix have a busy festival circuit planned. They'll appear at Shaky Knees in Atlanta, New York's Governors Ball, Toronto's Field Trip Festival, X Fest in San Diego, Glastonbury, and many more. Yesterday it was announced that they'll step in for Frank Ocean at Alabama's Hangout Festival following his cancellation. Ti Amo is set for release June 9. Watch the video for "J-Boy" here.

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Joe Bonamassa Big Winner At The Blues Music Awards

(Gibson) The Blues Foundation has held its 38th annual Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee last week and the two of the big winners at the event of May 11 were Joe Bonamassa and the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

The prestigious B.B. King Entertainer of the Year title went to Joe Bonamassa, who also garnered Guitarist of the Year honors. The Entertainer of Year award held great personal significance for Bonamassa because one of his first performances was opening for B.B. King when he was only 12 years old.

King was a mentor of Joe, and the young bluesman has also cited how important the early break with B.B. was to his career. "I did realise that," Bonamassa recently noted. "Every time I played with the guy was a huge deal." He also credits King with teaching him a lot about the business of entertainment, whether in a large or small venue. "You've got to play the same way that you would to a small club. It's that enthusiasm and the dynamic that bring it close. I learned from watching B.B. King in that type of venue. He could definitely play to the back of the room. Even in a big place, it still felt small."

Bonamassa wasn't able to attend the ceremony personally, as he's currently on a European tour. He celebrated his 40th birthday this week by, as ever, playing another show!

Tedeschi Trucks Band took home Band of the Year and Rock Blues Album for Let Me Get By. See the full list of 2017 winners at the 38th Blues Music Awards here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Atlas, Rise' Video From Tour Kick Off

(hennemusic) Metallica are sharing professional video of their 2016 single, "Atlas, Rise!", as performed during their North American tour launch at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD on May 10.

The second single from "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart upon its release last fall as the band were playing warm-up dates for the WorldWired tour in South America.

The Baltimore show delivered 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."

The North American trek marks Metallica's first run across the continent in eight years; the group are joined by guests Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat, with Gojira on board for select dates. Watch the video here.

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The Beach Boys Launching Wild Honey World Tour

The Beach Boys have announced that they will be returning to the road this week for their Wild Honey World Tour, first with a European leg and followed by an extensive U.S. trek.

The tour is set to kick off this Thursday, May 18th at the Royal Albert Hall in London with the Euro run visiting several cities across the UK and Spain and wrapping up in Rome.

They will return home to kick off the U.S. leg on June 30th in New Buffalo, MI Four Winds Casino Resort and will conclude the tour on November 19th in North Tonawanda, NY at the Riviera Theatre. Read more including the dates here.

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Kansas Cancel Tour Due To Safety Concerns

Veteran rock band Kansas have announced on Friday that they have canceled the dates of their 2017 European tour citing and security warnings issued by U.S. government agencies.

The tour was scheduled to include performance at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 10th and the Night of the Prog Festival in Loreley, Germany on July 16th.

The band released the following statement "The cancellation is based on safety and security warnings issued by the United States government and various U.S. law enforcement agencies concerning Americans traveling in Europe this summer. Kansas is extremely saddened that the band will not be able to perform for its European fans this year."

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Train Release Star-Studded 'Drink Up' Music Video

(Radio.com) Train have released a brand new star-studded music video for their track "Drink It Up". This song is the second single off the band's album, A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat, which hit stores January 27.

The video features NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, along with comedians Ken Jeong, George Lopez and Jim Breuer. In the video, the comedians and Train frontman Patrick Monahan crash Lynch's wedding after being left off the invite list.

This video arrives ahead of the band's over 45-city Play That Song Tour, which kicks off in Las Vegas, Nevada, tonight. The tour will feature O.A.R. & Natasha Bedingfield as special guests. Watch the music video here.

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Willie Nelson And Miranda Lambert Guest On Steve Earle's New Album

(Radio.com) Folk singer-songwriter Steve Earle has announced that he will be releasing his upcoming album, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, on June 16th and the project features some major guest stars.

Earle and his band, The Dukes, worked with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush and Miranda Lambert on the project, which is dedicated to the late Waylon Jennings and pays tribute to outlaw country.

"I was out to unapologetically 'channel' Waylon as best as I could," Earle says. 'This record was all about me playing on the back pickup of a '66 Fender Telecaster on an entire record for the first time in my life. The vocal part of it is a little different. I certainly don't sound like Waylon Jennings." Read more here.

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Paramore Announce Next Parahoy! Festival At Sea

(Radio.com) Paramore have announced the initial details for their third Parahoy! Festival At Sea concert cruise, which is scheduled to take place from April 6th through 10th next year.

After two successful experiences, the Grammy-winning rock band will continue the four-day festival at sea next year. This floating festival will sail from Miami, Florida, to Nassau, Bahamas, and promises an epic, interactive musical journey.

The first Parahoy! took place in 2014, featuring Tegan & Sara and New Found Glory. Returning in 2016, special guests included CHVRCHES, Lights and more. Read more here.

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Gene Simmons Reveals Album His Listens To Before KISS Shows

(Gibson) KISS's Gene Simmons reveals the one album he always listens to before every show is "Truth" by The Jeff Beck Group. Made way back in 1968 when Beck was playing Gibson Les Pauls, the Truth album took the blues in a heavier new direction and some even credit it with being a proto-"metal" album.

It includes "Beck's Bolero," "Shapes of Things," "You Shook Me" and more. Tom Scholz of Boston has also listed the album as his favorite ever on Gibson.com, stating, "I knew Jeff Beck's Truth album inside out..."

"What a line-up!" Simmons enthuses to MusicRadar. "Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart on vocals, Ron Wood on bass - Ronnie's a much better bass player than he is a guitarist.

"There's a rumor that Jimmy Page played on some of this, too. Even before Led Zeppelin and Cream, Beck took the blues and turned up the volume. But it wasn't just decibels; Beck was pushing the envelope in all sorts of directions. Nuanced little jazz licks that caught you off guard… sophisticated, delicate melodies.

"When we are out on tour, this is the album I play right before I'm due to go on stage. Even if it came out today, it would grab your attention. What do you Brits say? Best thing since sliced bread!" here.

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Warren Haynes Explains Gov't Mule's 'Revolution Come Revolution Go'

(Gibson) Warren Haynes has explained the inspiration behind the title of Gov't Mule's forthcoming album "Revolution Come … Revolution Go," which is their first studio album in four years.

"I wanted to capture that intensity that's going on right now," said Haynes, explaining the album's title and overarching mood. "I've never seen it like this, ever."

The group is also set to hit the road beginning May 17 for lengthy summer tour. As reported by Ultimate Classic Rock, Haynes describes Gov't Mule as a "kind of playground" for the members of the band.

"It's the place where we can musically explore anything we want to," he says. "We're excited about continuing to go in new directions. And we're all really good friends and love playing music together." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Vajra's The Mirror

Vajra frontwoman Annamaria Pinna tells us about their latest single and video "The Mirror" which is a track from the first EP of their "The Trilogy" series. Here is the story:

I had just broken up with my boyfriend, and I was depressed. So, I came upstate to get some space to process what had just happen and to be in nature. I find that it is best to channel that energy into my art, so I started writing. I brainstormed like 10 pages of what was on my mind and then I left it. Later, I revisited what I had written and morphed it into lyrics.

The song started out as a conversation with him. I basically wrote what I felt I didn't say or what wasn't heard or understood. The song is about living a lie. It's about confronting our demons so we can be comfortable with who we are and so we can live as honestly as possible in our own skins. In order to do that, we have to look at ourselves in the mirror. We have to sit in an uncomfortable space and shine a light on those dark, ugly spaces that we don't want to look at. Once we see them, we can take steps to heal them. Like knots, we can find the best way to unravel them and let them go.

A lot of this process involves a separation from the social norms or social assumptions we are taught. Meditation, art, being in nature, travel, and new experiences all help to facilitate that separation. After separation, we can observe. We observe a deeper sense of self and we learn to see what experiences keep us the most truthful to that deeper sense of self.

In thinking and writing about my ex (and telling him to look in the mirror), I learned that I was also learning to look at myself in the mirror. So when I say, "I know you hate to look at me cause I'm your mirror, and you don't like what you see," he became my mirror. The song then morphed into an infinity mirror where I was his mirror and he became my mirror, and the mirror mirrors the mirror, ad infinitum.

That's what so awesome about the writing process. As artists, the more we can dissolve and get out of our own way, something greater than what we consciously conceive of has the chance to manifest in the material space. We basically become conduits for the great knowledge to enter the material realm.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and watch the official video right here!

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