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Tool's Special Guests For Festival Like Event Revealed

Tool's upcoming special one-off festival like event at the Glen Helen Amphitheater just got some more star power as Clutch and Fantomas have been added to the bill for the event.

They join the previously announced lineup of the event which includes organizers Tool, along with Primus, Melvins and special DJ sets by The Crystal Method.

The set from Fantomas will mark the group's first U.S. live appearance in almost a decade. frontman Mike Patton will be joined by Buzz Osborne on guitar (Melvins), Trevor Dunn on bass (Mr. Bungle, Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant) and Dale Crover (Melvins) on drums.

The special concert will be taking place on June 24th in Devore, CA (San Bernardino) at the Glen Helen Amphitheater. here.

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Video From Original Alice Cooper Band Reunion Goes Online

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper reunited with his original 70s bandmates Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith in Nashville, TN on Sunday, May 14th, and video from the show has surfaced.

The three appeared with Cooper for the encores at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall, delivering "I'm Eighteen," "Billion Dollar Babies," No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Muscle Of Love" before being joined by the rest of Alice's current band - guitarists Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen, bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel - for the finale of "School's Out."

Guitarist Bruce, bassist Dunaway, drummer Smith and lead guitarist Glenn Buxton were the original lineup for the Alice Cooper Band from the mid-sixties to 1975, recording seven albums of classic tracks before the singer launched a solo career with "Welcome To My Nightmare." Buxton died of complications from pneumonia in 1997 at the age of 49.

The three surviving members will be featured on Cooper's forthcoming album, "Paranormal": they'll appear on a special three-song bonus disc with the project when it's released on July 28. The set also includes appearances by U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover.

The Nashville appearance is part of Cooper's current spring tour of North America, which runs to the end of June before the rocker heads to Europe for a five-week stint. Watch the video footage here.

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Iron Maiden Address 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' Controversy

Iron Maiden is the latest band to face legal action over a decades old song over writing credit from a far lesser known band and the metal legend's management have released a statement about the current controversy surrounding their classic 1982 track "Hallowed Be Thy Name" from their blockbuster "Number Of The Beast" album.

Phantom Management had this to say, "The dispute concerns the song Life's Shadow, a song originally written in the early 1970s, credited to Robert Barton and Brian Ingham, and recorded by the band Beckett. Steve Harris was a fan of Beckett and some six lines from 'Life's Shadow' were referenced in Steve's song, 'Hallowed Be Thy Name', which was recorded by Iron Maiden and appeared on the album The Number of the Beast which was released in 1982.

"As far as Steve is concerned, this matter was settled some years ago by agreement with Robert Barton, but there now appears to be a dispute between the two original writers as to their respective shares in 'Life's Shadow'. Further, an individual called Barry McKay in taking this action now claims to publish Robert Barton's interest in 'Life's Shadow', despite so far being unable to come up with a publishing agreement and showing little or no evidence in his claim of any interest in Mr Barton's songs in approximately 40 years. Mr. McKay also states that he entered into a publishing agreement with Brian Quinn (aka Ingham) on March 29th, 2017, two days before the claim was served." Read more here.

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U2 Jams With Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Mumford & Sons

U2 had a special treat for fans during their concert in Seattle on Sunday night (May 14th) when they were joined on stage by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Veddar and Mumford & Sons.

They joined the veteran Irish band for a special Mother's Day performance of the song "Mothers of the Disappeared," which is track from U2's blockbuster 1987 album "The Joshua Tree".

Radio,com reports that U2 frontman Bono asked fans at the Centurylink Field venue, "Where's Eddie Vedder? Spirit of Seattle, spirit of Chicago, spirit of America. Where's Eddie?"

The Pearl Jam then singer came out from backstage to take over lead vocals for the popular Joshua Tree track. U2 invited their opening act, Mumford & Sons, to provide harmony for the track's closing verses. Watch the video here.

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David Coverdale Digging Up Rarities For Whitesnake Reissues

Whitesnake are preparing special reissues for several of their classic albums and Dave Coverdale says that he is going through a wealth of alternate material for inclusion in the anniversary editions.

Coverdale tells Sweden Rock Magazine (via Blabbermouth), "We had digital transfers made of all… 'Slide It In', 'Slip Of The Tongue', the '87 album… 'Cause they're all coming up to these big-anniversary things now, so we're looking at all the additional - the demos, etc. - all of the additional material for the hardcore fan, be it video or audio," he said. "And you can hear me writing the basic ideas of 'Still Of The Night' and that kind of stuff."

He then said, "It's a fascinating journey. But hearing the studio stuff… We were in the studio, I think it was '85, '86 - I can't remember - working on the '87 album, and in the studio, you can hear how really good those songs [were] that [guitarist] John Sykes and I had worked on. It's just really cool. And we're finding alternate vocals, alternate guitar solos and stuff. It's a real fun journey. It's like being a musical archaeologist - digging up the past in order to get the dust off it and present it and put it in a museum as part of special editions. It really is exciting."

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Miss May I Release 'Shadows Inside' Music Video

Miss May I have released a new music video for their track "Shadows Inside." The song is the title cut from their forthcoming album, which is set to be released on June 2nd.

Frontman Levi Benton had this to say about the song, "Not only does this song open up our new record, it also sets the tone for the record. This album is all about changes throughout life, good and bad. It's about the past that lives within everyone; their 'Shadows Inside'. The lyrics talk about how great new things can give light to your past and put you in a better place."

He also offered these comments about the video, "We have quite a few videos and we're always trying to change things up. With this video for 'Shadows Inside' we not only wanted to recreate the cover of the record in real life, but we also wanted the performance to be abstract. We had black lights and used old lens effects from the 90's to achieve a very classic look and something totally different for us." Watch the clip here.

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Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein Releases New Video

Misfits icon Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein has released a new music video for his solo track "Run For Your Life." The song comes from Doyle's forthcoming album "As We Die", which is set to hit stores on June 2nd.

The guitarist had the following to say about the track, "I did the guitars when I did the Abominator record. We did two albums at once, actually. We were going to do a double album but there was so much material we just cut the motherf***er in half.

"We were actually done with all the recording during February of 2016, and we were just having a real problem getting the mix right. We mixed for 14 f***ing months...I'm out of my mind, man. It's got to be perfect. It's your product and you have to make it perfect, 'cause it's forever. It's got to be great. When my favorite artist makes a record and I don't like it, I'm pissed, y'know? I don't want anyone to feel that way about us."

Watch the Brian Box directed video here.

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Fates Warning Reuniting With Original Member For Festival Performance

Fates Warning have announced that they have added several dates to their upcoming summer tour plans in North America and Europe and will be playing a special one off reunion with original bassist Joe Dibiase.

The special reunion will be taking place at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 8th in Sölvesborg where Dibiase will be filling in for Joey Vera, who is missing the event due to a prior commitment.

The band will be hitting the road in support of their "Theories Of Flight" album and will be kicking the first European leg off on June 2nd at The Underworld in London. here.

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Caligula's Horse Reissuing First Two Albums

Caligula's Horse are gearing up for a busy touring season and have announced that their first two albums are set to be reissued both digitally and on CD.

InsideOutMusic will be reissuing their debut record 'Moments From Ephemeral City" and the band's sophomore album "'The Tide, the Thief & River's End" on June 16th.

Frontman Jim Grey shared his excitement, "We're thrilled that our first two albums will be far easier to get a hold of around the world now through Inside Out Music." Read more
here.

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Paul Johnson and The About Last Nights Release 'Missing You' Video

Paul Johnson and The About Last Nights have released a music video for their cover of the John Waite classic "Missing You," which comes fromt heir brand new "Give Up The Ghost" EP.

Johnson had this to say about the track, It's hard to do a classic song like 'Missing You' and do it justice. That's what we all wanted to do, pay it justice while still making it our own.

"It's one of the best songs of its generation...or any generation, and it carries something very emotive and timeless. I think anyone can relate to it, so it will never get old. That's a true sign of its craftsmanship." Watch the video here.

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King Crimson Announce Heroes Live Album and American Tour

Prog legends King Crimson have announced that they will be releasing a new live album next month and will be hitting the road for a North American summer tour.

The new live album, entitled "Heroes - Live in Europe, 2016," will be released on June 2nd. It was captured during the band's Berlin concert of their European tour last year where they performed their version of "Heroes"

Robert Fripp, who played guitar on Bowie's original version, says, "King Crimson performed 'Heroes' at the Admiralspalast in Berlin as a celebration, a remembrancing and an homage. The concert was thirty-nine years and one month after the original sessions at the Hansa Tonstudio overlooking the Berlin Wall. This is released in the Fortieth Anniversary year."

The band will be launching their North American summer tour on June 11th with the first of three shows in Seattle at the Moore Theater and will conclude the trek with a two night stand at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ on July 9th and 10th. See the dates here.

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Blind Guardian Announce 'Live Beyond The Spheres' Box Set

Prog metal icons Blind Guardian have announced that they will be releasing their new box set live package, entitled "'Live Beyond The Spheres', on July 7th.

'Live Beyond The Spheres' will include performances that were captured during the band's 2015 European tour and will be released as a 3 CD and 4 LP vinyl packaging.

Frontman Hansi Kursch had this to say, "In general I would say that we've had a really good run throughout this tour and that nearly every show was perfect. But at the end of the day, after every one of us had checked through every single song and concert of those 30 shows again and again, there was only something like two or three versions of each song that were suitable to be used for an album. We then had to decide between those final versions; which one the most impressive one was. This was a nearly endless task!" Read more here.

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Mr. Big Announce New Album 'Defying Gravity'

Mr. Big have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, which will be entitled "Defying Gravity," on July 7th and are giving fans a preview with the release of a trailer.

Guitarist Paul Gilbert had this to say, "It was great to get back in the studio with our original producer, Kevin Elson. Kevin recorded all of our original classic albums from the '80s and '90s, and we immediately felt that magic chemistry with him on Defying Gravity.

"We basically played live in the studio. Over the years, we've all had a chance to experiment with every recording technique possible, but it's still always the best just to play together as a band. Most of my guitar solos were tracked live with the band. I've worked hard on my improvisation in the last few years, and it really paid off on this record…both melodically, and on the face-melting stuff." Watch the trailer here.

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Social Distortion Summer Tour To Features Jade Jackson

Country rocker Jade Jackson has announced that she will be promoting his forthcoming Mike Ness produced debut album by supporting punk icon's Social Distortion on their summer tour.

The road trip is scheduled to kick off on July 22nd at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT and will run until September 8th where it will be wrapping up at the Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA.

Jackson will be performing tracks from the Social Distortion frontman produced album, entitled "Gilded", which is set to be released on May 19th. See the dates here.

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Bobby Rush Box Set Winner At Blues Music Awards

(Conqueroo) Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush box set, on Omnivore Recordings, won Best Historical Album at the Blues Foundation's Blues Music Awards (BMAs), held at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis on May 11. The BMAs are recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians, and are awarded by the vote of Blues Foundation members.

Nominated in multiple BMA categories for his new music throughout the night, Bobby Rush earlier this year also took home the Best Traditional Blues Grammy for his latest release, Porcupine Meat. His lengthy career was the subject of the BMA-winning Chicken Heads, Omnivore's four-CD, decades-spanning overview project.

The set contains over five hours of music culled from more than 20 labels including Rush's Checker, Galaxy, and Jewel sides, through Philadelphia International, Malaco/Waldoxy, LaJam, and Urgent cuts, as well as material from his own Deep Rush label. Chicken Heads tells the story of Bobby Rush: unfiltered, unedited and unbelievable. Read more here.

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Agnostic Front Announce UK Fall Tour

Agnostic Front have announced that they will be taking their brand of New York hardcore across the pond this fall where they will be launching a short UK Tour.

The trek will be launched on November 9th in Birmingham at Mama Roux's and will also visit Glasgow and Leeds before wrapping up on the 12th at The Underworld in London.

Frontman Roger Miret had this to say "We are excited to hit the UK soon! Always great energetic shows there, and the UK has always been there for us from day one! We look forward to the dates and hopefully making some new friends, and seeing our old friends. See you soon in the pit!" See the dates here.

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Bella Rose Release 'The Wayside' Video

Texas newcomers Bella Rose have released a music video for their very first single "The Wayside". The clip was directed by Sam Link (Sleeping With Sirens, Crown The Empire, Memphis May Fire and filmed at the historic Driskill Hotel on 6th Street in Downtown Austin.

The band had this to say about the song, "The song itself is a bit schizophrenic. The music is meant to make the listener feel upbeat, and 'pumped up' if you will. However, the story behind the lyrics lends a tale of caution."

They had these comments about the promo video, "The theme of the music video is a self reflection of falling by the wayside. With b-roll footage of famous musicians whom are apart of the notorious '27 club' we wanted to pick an atmosphere that complemented the irony of chasing success, yet comes with a history that can be haunting." Watch the clip here.

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Singled Out: Remark's Keep Running EP

Russian alt-rockers Remark today celebrate their "Keep Running" EP with a special edition of Singled out where they tell us about all of the songs on the effort. Here is the story:

Speaking of the new EP, we cannot forget about the previous album. The record "Remark" was the first big studio work for me, so I will compare my impressions about the new EP mainly with it.
First of all, a few words about the format of the EP. Today it is quite difficult for a young artist to release a full album, because he is limited with money and time. So we cannot afford to release full-size material every year. Mini-albums from several songs can be released more often, without compromising the quality of the work.

"Keep Running" for me, and for the other guys is the new level. This is expressed both in the musical component, and in the technical. We've done a lot of work on the overall sound, ranging from arranging, and working through the parts, to directly searching for the sound. I also want to note that we used new ways of organizing our own work, which turned out to be quite effective.

I will say: "Keep Running" sounds like I want. I hear the echoes of my musical tastes in it, and I think the rest of the band will agree with me. I want to thank all those who took part and just helped in the work on EP, as well as Andrew Konoplev, our sound engineer and sound producer.

Comeback: The main motive of the song Comeback was coined already at the time of the release of the first album, like the main vocal part. The only thing, which missed, was a text that would fit well into the music, and would not only correspond to the general mood of the song, but would also complement it. The problem was solved after the trip of our vocalist Yanas to his hometown - Kemerovo. Emotions with which he returned, perfectly fit into the song and helped him to finish the work on "Comeback".

Purple Haze: The song was written spontaneously, at the rehearsal, and then we totally changed it. The title "Purple Haze" should not be considered completely the influence of Jimmy Hendrix, although it was. The title caught on at once, and subsequently, otherwise as Purple Haze, the song was not perceived. Even though the text changed several times, it was difficult to Yanas sing the word "purple" right. For me Purple Haze is a kind of personification of the last two years of my life, my experiences and aspirations. And it's also the sort of weed.

Shout (Tears For Fears Cover) and Too Close (Alex Clare cover)" The idea to record covers at the studio appeared spontaneously, and everyone fell in love with it. There are a lot of huge songs, cover versions of which became more hits than originals, for example - "Behind Blue Eyes". These two songs we performed live and the crowd liked it. In any case, we have compositions in our style, and if the idea justifies itself, then in the future there may be new cover versions of the songs in our releases.

Learn more about the EP right here!

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