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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Releasing Brand New Song

As previously hinted at, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow have announced that they will be releasing a brand new single called "Land Of Hope And Glory" on May 26th.

Blackmore's official Facebook page broke the news with the following post "New Rainbow track available coming soon! Available for purchase May 26. Preorder now! Another track to come soon... Land of Hope and Glory!" The single can be preordered here.

This follows the famed guitarist's revelation to Burn Magazine (via The Highway Star) that his new incarnation of Rainbow had recorded a new track. He told the Japanese magazine, "We recorded some songs for Blackmore's Night and 2 songs with the new singer for Rainbow [Ronnie Romero of Lords Of Black]". here.

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Original Guns N' Roses Star Wants To Continue Supergroup

Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler was at the center of a supergroup jam of his former band's music at the recent Ride For Ronnie benefit for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout charity.

Adler was joined by Budderside's Patrick Stone, Lita Ford, Whitesnake's Michael Devin Foreigner's Jeff Pilson, Hurricane's Robert Sarzo and Quiet Riot's Alex Grossi for the special event.

The drummer told Loudwire that hopes the supergroup will continue.

We asked about his future plans, he responded, "[I'll] probably take most of this band that I'm playing with here tonight and mostly just do some shows. I just love to play and they're great guys and a lot of fun."

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Beatles White Album To Get Deluxe Anniversary Reissue

(Gibson) Giles Martin, son of legendary Beatles producer George Martin, and the man behind the new mix of Sgt. Pepper's, has revealed that the legendary band's 1968 "White album" that features Beatles classics like 'Back In The U.S.S.R', 'Blackbird, 'Helter Skelter' and 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' will be remixed and reissued next year.

Speaking to BBC's Radio 6, Martin said the White Album was "when they started becoming properly indulgent. There are 70 takes of 'Sexy Sadie,' for instance. The efficiency went slightly out the window. There's a lot of stuff. So, it's getting the balance right."

Talking about his goals behind remixing The Beatles' classic material, Martin said, "My motivation - when I tell my kids or grandkids about this album that changed the face of pop music, you want them to put it on a go, 'Yeah, I get it!' rather than, 'This sounds a bit old…' It's getting that balance between trying to provide people what they want. There's quite a lot of stuff." Read more here.

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Chris Cornell Funeral Service To Take Place This Week

(hennemusic) Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell will be laid to rest during a private service that will be taking place in Los Angeles on Friday, May 26, according to his attorney Kirk Pasich.

The Detroit News reports Cornell's body will be flown to California on May 21 ahead of the funeral and that the late rocker will be be interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Pasich also revealed that "one or more public memorials will be considered" as the Cornell family deals with their sudden loss. Cornell died at a Detroit hotel on May 17 just hours after a Soundgarden concert wrapped up at the city's Fox Theatre as part of the Seattle group's spring tour of North America. Read more here.

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Video Of Aerosmith Farewell Tour Kick Off Goes Online

(hennemusic) Aerosmith launched their farewell tour, "Aero-Vederci Baby!", at Park HaYarkon in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 17 and video from the event has surfaced online.

The Boston band's 19-song set mixed classic tracks from throughout their career with covers of tunes by Fleetwood Mac ("Stop Messin' Around" and "Oh Well"), Big Joe Williams ("Baby Please Don't Go") and The Beatles ("Come Together").

According to The Times Of Israel, Aerosmith performed before an enthusiastic crowd of 50,000 on opening night, which also marked their first concert in the country in 23 years.

Frontman Steven Tyler battled technical difficulties with microphones throughout the show, with some reports suggesting a number of fans left early after being frustrated with the sound issues. Read more and watch video from the show here.

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Linkin Park's Unaired Kimmel Performance Now Streaming

(hennemusic) Linkin Park performed the title track to their newly-released album, "One More Light", on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 18, and official video from the program is available online.

"We were going to come out and play 'Heavy' first," singer Chester Bennington told the audience, "but in light of our dear friend Chris Cornell passing way, we decided to play our song 'One More Light' in honor of him to start this off. We love you, Chris."

The band also delivered the project's lead single, "Heavy", as on online exclusive for the show. In addition, Linkin Park streamed their full concert for the Kimmel audience, which featured another six tunes, including new tracks "Talking To Myself", "Battle Symphony", "Invisible" and "Good Goodbye" alongside classics "Numb" from 2003's "Meteora" and "In The End" from their 2000 debut, "Hybrid Theory." Watch all of the video clips here.

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All Time Low Release 'Nice2KnoU' Video

(Radio.com) All Time Low have released a brand new music video for their tack "Nice2KnoU". The song comes from their upcoming album, "Last Young Renegade," which is will hit stores on June 2.

Directed by Pat Tracy, the music video was shot at bassist Jack Barakat's Baltimore-based bar, The Rockwell. Frontman Alex Gaskarth said "Nice2KnoU" is a tribute to the band's roots and is for "the dance halls, the dive bars and the 100 kids we used to play for."

"It's an ode to the late nights, filling up the van with half a tank of gas so we could leave for the next show before someone got stabbed in the wrong part of town – Getting into Tampa at 3am and crashing on someone's floor, saying thanks with a 30 of Coors Light and never seeing that face again," he continued. "This is a dedication to all the places we've been that made us who we are today, the sea of sweaty hands that raised us up in low-lit clubs across America on our first tours, and all the people we owe these stories to; Nice to know you, see you 'round." Watch the video here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Hardwired' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica opened their May 17 show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY with the "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" lead single, "Hardwired", and the band are sharing professional video of the performance.

The footage opens with the band members having their traditional pre-show meeting before taking the stage, with frontman James Hetfield remarking, "Let's go out there and kick some ass. This is the only indoor show on this deal, huh, so let's enjoy it and learn what we gotta do on the indoor stuff."

The Uniondale show marked the fourth date of the North American leg of Metallica's WorldWired tour, which was launched in Baltimore, MD on May 10. Read more and watch the video here.

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Red Fang Release 'Cut It Short' Video

Red Fang have released a humorous new music video for their track "Cut It Short." The song comes from the band's "Only Ghost" album, which was released last October.

The new clip was directed by Whitey McConnaughy, who has previously worked with the band on their videos for the songs "Wires," "Prehistoric Dog," "Hank Is Dead" and "Shadows". Watch the latest here

The band will be playing the Modified Ghost Festival II in Vancouver on May 26th before crossing the pond to launching their European tour on June 10th in Guilford, UK. See the dates here.

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As Lions Unplug For Cover Of Rag'n'Bone Man's 'Skin'

As Lions, which is fronted by Austin Dickinson, the son of Iron Maiden singer Bruce, have released a brand new video of their acoustic performance of Rag'n'Bone Man's "Skin."

The new unplugged clip was filmed at London's YouTube Creative Studio in Kings Cross and can be streamed here. The band revealed the video clip on Friday to coincide with the announcement of their very first UK headline tour.

The trek will feature support from Dream State and will be kicking off on September 9th in Bridgend at Hobo's and will conclude on September 30th in London at Old Blue Last. See the dates here.

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Wednesday 13 Releases 'Cruel To You' Video

Wednesday 13 has released a new music video for his track "Cruel To You". The song comes from the former Murderdolls frontman's forthcoming album "Condolences," which will be hitting stores on June 2nd.

He had the following to say about the new clip, "I'm really excited for everyone to see our new video for 'Cruel To You'. Making this one turned out to be so much fun and director Tommy Jones made my comic book dream come to life.

"Running around sunny Los Angeles chasing a girl and her dog with an axe was certainly a first for me, haha! This song and video is definitely a throw back to the more fun, campy side of Wednesday 13." Watch the video here.

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Next Round Of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Reissues Coming

(Chipster) BMG have announced that they will be releasing the next round of classic Emerson, Lake & Palmer albums reissues on May 26th on CD, vinyl and digitally.

The new reissues will feature the albums "Works Volume 1", "Works Volume 2" and "Love Beach". They follow last September's reissues of "Trilogy" (1972), "Brain Salad Surgery" (1973) and "Welcome Back, My Friends, To The Show That Never Ends - Ladies And Gentlemen" (1974).

We were sent the following details: All of ELP's album tracks have been carefully re-mastered by world renowned studio engineer Andy Pearce and made available in a variety of formats. They include high quality CD, freshly cut vinyl LP and HD digital download. At the special request of the late Greg Lake, the LPs are presented on 140 gram vinyl to endure a superior, high quality sound. The CD booklets contain extensive liner notes with rare photographs and new band interviews by legendary rock journalist Chris Welch. here.

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Gov't Mule Add Fall Leg To Tour Plans

(Gibson) After announcing their 10th studio album Revolution Come… Revolution Go in April, the Warren Haynes-led Gov't Mule also announced an extensive summer tour covering North America and Europe.

The band have now added additional fall dates that will see them return to the United Kingdom, as well as France and Germany in October and November. (see the dates here)/

The band will spend all of May touring the US before embarking on a European tour in June. They then return Stateside to tour out the summer before heading back to Europe in the fall for shows in London, France and Germany. Read more here.

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U2 To Make Special Appearance On Jimmy Kimmel Live

(KC) U2 will be celebrating the launch of their "The Joshua Tree" anniversary tour with a special appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live this Tuesday, May 23rd. We were sent the following details:

The band's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live will be their only sit down TV interview and performance while on the road in the U.S. for The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, a celebration of the original album and tour of the same name undertaken by U2 in 1987.

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the historic album, will play to 1.7 million fans in 33 shows across North America and Europe this summer. here.

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Red Reign Announce Shows With Quiet Riot and Tesla

Red Reign have announced that they will be playing a one off show with Quiet Riot and a handful of concerts with Tesla this summer in support of their brand new self-titled EP.

They will be kicking things off with Quiet Riot on June 23rd at Phase 2 in Lynchburg, VA. The three shows with Tesla will be beginning on August 3rd in Ft Wayne, IN, followed by Cincinnati on the 4th and wrapping up in Grand Rapids on the 5th.

Drummer Sammy Lee had the following to say, "WOW, we are so excited to join Quiet Riot for a show in Lynchburg, Virginia. Seeing Frankie Banali for the 1st time was unbelievable to me as a drummer. I loved his booming sound and will now get to see and hear it up close and personal." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Edge Of Free's Pony

Rock duo Edge Of Free just released their new single "Pony" from their forthcoming debut album (out August 19th) and to celebrate we asked Scott Sneddon to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

This song is actually one of the first John and I ever wrote together. The original lyrics dealt with my frustration trying to...write lyrics, e.g., "dig a little further, and turn on the light," but the song was shelved for quite a while and when I approached it again the story broadened significantly. I always liked the quirky title, the play on words of finding your own path, but also the literal concept of taking off with someone you fall in love with.

The story is a reminiscing of some very hard times I went through during a year when I lived in Nashville, and I had to make some tough choices. At the same time it is set against this catchy, rhythmic backdrop, with pumping acoustic guitars at the start and a full-blown chorus that changes from "you" on the first pass to "we all" at the end....which is the way I felt about a relationship I had with someone at that time. I hit a point during the time which this song represents in which I seriously thought I'd lost my mind. I was deeply depressed, and alone, alcoholic, and living in this really old, sparse, cold upper-attic of an old Victorian house in East Nashville. I paid $150 per month in rent, but it had no heat. Many things changed for me that year and I had some extreme up-times, usually brought about by a beautiful woman, with whom I'd fall instantly in love...and this is where in the second verse, the line "Fable came to fortune," comes into play - it really did in a sense, but I can't say who it was...that might be awkward, especially if we ever play another show together. I can say it wasn't really at 3am, but who cares....3am sings better than 6am. So, Pony is a wide-ranging song that captures the playfulness of taking chances, running off to another state and doing your own thing, but also the darkness and consequences of not having a home.

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

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