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Ritchie Blackmore Streams First New Rainbow Song In 22 Years

(hennemusic) Ritchie Blackmore has released streams of two singles that mark the Rainbow's first new recordings in more than two decades. Originally featured on 1981's "Difficult To Cure", the guitarist has re-recorded that project's lead track, "I Surrender", with new Rainbow vocalist Ronnie Romero.

A second track, "Land Of Hope And Glory", is an instrumental reworking of the 1902 British patriotic song of the same name from Edward Elgar's "Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1."

"We recorded some songs for Blackmore's Night and two songs with the new singer for Rainbow," Blackmore recently told Japan's Burrn! magazine. "I wrote one new song, and also recorded one of the old ones. Ronnie, who is in Madrid now, added his vocals and sent it back. Rather than make an album, we may release as singles."

The tunes mark the first recordings released by Rainbow since their eighth album, 1995's "Stranger In Us All." After completing a tour in support of the record, the guitarist left rock behind to form the medieval folk band Blackmore's Night with then-girlfriend and now-wife Candice Night.

Blackmore regrouped Rainbow last year for live dates with a lineup that featured Romero, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith, bassist Bob Nouveau and backup singers Candice Night and Lady Lynn. Stream the songs here.

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Foo Fighters Keep Playing After Festival Cuts Their Power

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters continued to perform their show-closer, "Everlong", at the Bottlerock Festival in Napa Valley, CA on May 28 after organizers pulled the plug on power due to a strict 10 p.m. local curfew, and video from the show has surfaced online.

When the event's sound system was shut down during a natural pause in the band's classic 1997 hit, Dave Grohl and company kept playing and, as the audience realized what was happening, they joined in to help finish the song.

The Foo Fighters closed out the Memorial Day weekend event on a bill that also saw a headline set by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers. Following a planned hiatus after the completion of extensive touring in support of 2014's "Sonic Highways", the group will next appear at the Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland on June 16 before a series of festival dates across Europe this summer.

The Foo Fighters recently announced a series of August dates in Asia, including stops in Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore. Watch the "Everlong" performance here.

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Tool Frontman Delivers Message To Entitled Snowflakes

Tool frontman and Army veteran Maynard James Keenan called on "entitled snowflakes" (including himself) to respect the military and law enforcement during the band's set at the Boston Calling Festival over the Memorial Day weekend.

During the performance Keenan told the crowd, "As artists, we interpret and report, that's our job. We are merchants of emotion. We have the privilege to do that because of active and former law enforcement and military defending our right to do so.

"Those of you who are law enforcement and military, your job is to defend our right to act like whining, entitled snowflake a--holes, myself being one. Snowflakes, your job is to respect them f---king doing that for you. Divided we fall. Don't believe the hype dumb-dumbs, we're all in this together."

The band also recently surprises fans with a rare performance of their song "Eulogy." Cell footage from the group's May 25th set in Hershey, Pa. of them performing the 1996 classic has surfaced online. here.

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Eddie Vedder Pays Indirect Tribute To Chris Cornell

(Radio.com) Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder indirect paid tribute to late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell during a performance this past Saturday night (May 27th) in Amsterdam.

Though not mentioning Cornell by name, he adjusted the line in the Pearl Jam song, "Long Road," from "But still / Something is missing" to "Without you / Something is missing," according to World Gone Crazy.

Additionally, he played "I'm So Tired" by Fugazi, which is regarded to be a song about suicide, featuring the lyrics, "No more struggle / No more energy / No more patience / You can write that down / It's all too crazy / I'm not sticking round."

During the performance, an audience member called out, "I love you!" Vedder responded, saying, "Thank you. I need it. We all need it. I'm thinking of a lot of people tonight. And some in particular and their families." Read more here.

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Ozzy Osbourne With Zakk Wylde Leads Music Festival Lineup

Ozzy Osbourne fans will be able to witness the triumphant return of lead guitarist Zakk Wylde when the legendary Black Sabbath frontman leads the lineup of this year's Louder Than Life Festival.

Ozzy will be headlining the first night of the two day event on September 30th at Champions Park in Louisville, KY. Wylde is playing with Osbourne for the first time in over a decade during the Sabbath legends' 2017 live appearances.

The festival will also feature performances from Five Finger Death Punch, Incubus, Rob Zombie, Rise Against, Mastodon and Stone Sour as well as Halestorm, Gojira, The Pretty Reckless, In This Moment, Eagles of Death Metal, Thrice, Hollywood Undead, Of Mice & Men, Steel Panther, Falling In Reverse, Sleeping With Sirens, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, We Came As Romans, Lacuna Coil, Miss May I, Radkey, Bleeker, While She Sleeps, Greta Van Fleet, Fire From The Gods, '68, Badflower, He Is Legend, Black Map, DED, Through Fire, Palisades, and BITERS.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Paul O'Neill Cause Of Death Revealed

The cause of death of Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill has been determined by the Hillsborough, Florida medical examiner's office, according to his family.

The official TSO website issued the following update on Monday (May 30th) "Paul's family has been inspired and thankful for the outpouring of support, well-wishes, and prayers, and we thank you for your ongoing respect for their personal privacy.

"At this time they would like to share a few more details about the passing of Paul O'Neill: The Hillsborough, Florida medical examiner's office has determined the official cause of Paul O'Neill's death as accidental, resulting from an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications to treat his numerous chronic illnesses (including bone augmentation surgery, complications from spinal fusion surgery, heart disease, and hypertension)."

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Bruce Springsteen Does Surprise Jam At Steven Van Zandt Concert

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at a Steven Van Zandt's solo show at New Jersey's Count Basie Theatre where he joined the guitarist for an impromptu jam.

During the show's encore, the fans got even more than they paid for when Springsteen appeared on stage to perform "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" with the E Street Band guitarist.

A representative for the theater told Billboard the crowd "erupted" when the Boss appeared onstage. Van Zandt introduced Springsteen to the audience as "a friend who's out of work." The duo also performed Marvin Gaye's "Can I Get A Witness" and "I Don't Want to Go Home." Read more here.

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Asking Alexandria Recording Next Album

It appears that Asking Alexandria are in the recording studio working on their fifth album, according to recently social media posts from producer Matt Good.

The band reunited with frontman Danny Worsnop last year and this past week Matt Good shared two posts via Instagram from the studio with the group.

He first posted a photo of recording gear with the caption "So stoked to use all these beautiful babies for Asking Alexandria drum tracking tomorrow. Day 1 of who knows ? Maybe James just kills the whole record first day!? Lol"

A couple days later he shared a photo with Ben Bruce behind a recording console with the caption "Making important decisions with @benjaminpaulbruce @sanjayparikhphoto."

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Today Is The Day Announce North American Tour

Today Is The Day have announced a North American summer tour that will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their "Temple Of The Morning Star" album and the deluxe reissue of the record.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on July 6th in Brooklyn, NY at the Saint Vitus Bar and will be concluding on July 30th in Montreal, QC, Canada at L'Esco.

Steve Austin had this to say, "This Summer's Temple of The Morning Star Tour is something I have wanted to do for a long time. We'll be joined by our friends in Kayo Dot. Playing these songs for our fans, and seeing all of our friends across North America is going to be a blast. Black Magic is in the air and it's time to destroy." here.

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New Found Glory Announce Fall 20th Anniversary Tour Leg

(Radio.com) New Found Glory have announced the fall leg of their 20th-anniversary tour. The tour will continue to find the band playing two full albums each night including Catalyst, Not Without A Fight, Self-Titled, Sticks and Stones, and new for the fall leg Resurrection and From The Screen To Your Stereo.

"Your wish is our command!" guitarist Chad Gilbert wrote. "We are bringing our 20 Year Anniversary Tour to all the cities we missed the first time! More albums, more cities, more fun! You only turn 20 once — might as well tour like it! Thank you for being the best fans any band could dream to have. This is for you!"

The new leg of dates kicks off on October 24 in Columbia, SC. Fan pre-sale is currently live, General on-sale begins this Friday, June 2 at 12:00 p.m. local time. See the dates here.

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Tankard Release 'One Foot In The Grave' Video

Tankard have released a new music video for their track "One Foot In The Grave." The song is the title cut from their forthcoming studio album, which is set to be released on June 2nd.

The band filmed the Aaron McLoughlin produced video at the Alte Liebe pub in Frankfurt, Germany back in February. Andreas "Gerre" Geremia had the following comments about the clip, "As Aaron was also already responsible for the comic clip of 'Fooled By Your Guts', we have spared neither cost nor effort to fly him in from Australia for recording this new clip with us.

"This clip is on the one hand really ironic because of our age but on the other hand also a bit sad. Everything is only temporary! This time we wanted a video without the usual hopping-around with our instruments, we just want to try something new! I think we managed this quite well. Have fun with 'One Foot In The Grave'!" Watch the video here.

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Dream Evil Let Metal Jury Pick Songs For New Album

Dream Evil have released their first new studio album in seven years. The new effort, the group's sixth record, is entitled "Six" and the band called on a "jury" of metal fans to pick the songs that ultimately made the final cut.

Fredrik Nordstrom explains, "We had a heavy metal jury, which are fans we invited, to pick the 12 songs that we're going to have on the album. And we have a rule; if you're going to be part of the jury you can't be able to play a musical instrument. You just have to be a heavy metal fan.

"We've done this since The Book Of Heavy Metal and I think it's a good idea because the fans are buying the album, so why shouldn't they pick the songs? This time, however, I couldn't pinpoint the songs they were going to choose. There were some songs they picked that surprised me, so we had to go back and listen with different ears."

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Maximo Park's Duncan Lloyd Streams Song From New Solo Album

Maximo Park's Duncan Lloyd is streaming a new track called "Heart In Delay". The song comes from his brand new solo album "O U O M E", which hit stores last Friday (May 26th).

The song features special guest vocals. Duncan reveals, "Heart In Delay came together when my friend and tour buddy Nicole Yun joined on vocals, a song that is about being let down and a breakdown in trust. We recorded it driven and raw to suit the sentiment." Stream the track here.

He also had the following to say about the new album, "From 'Heads Of The Bastille' onwards, these songs come from a more personal perspective and it's fair to say there is a lot of longing in them." Read more here.

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Ufomammut Release 'Warsheep' Music Video

Ufomammut have released a new music video for their track "Warsheep". The song comes from the band's forthcoming studio album, "8", which is set to be released on September 22nd.

The band had the following to say about the new clip, "It is inspired by the lyrics of the song which in itself is a play on the word 'worship.' The protagonist takes a symbolic journey from the natural human condition to the trappings of the dogmas of society, religion etc.

"The principle idea being that thought is blind and is caged into the illusion of being free." Adding to the video's eerie atmosphere, the setting is in an abandoned villa in Italy, and the surrounding woodland. Watch the video here.

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Enter Shikari Stream New Song Featuring Big Narstie

Enter Shikari have released an online stream of their brand single "Supercharge" which features a guest appearance from grime music icon Big Narstie.

The dynamic "Supercharge" was penned last Summer when Reynolds and Big Narstie were introduced by mutual photographer friend Jordan Curtis Hughes. Reynolds then went on to produce the track, assisted by the bands live engineer Tim Morris and it was then mixed by David Kosten (Everything Everything / Bat For Lashes).

Rou Reynolds shared this background on the new track, "I started writing a lot of new music at the start of 2016. 'Supercharge' emerged after a pretty vicious cull, and we began getting excited about it as touring started to quiet down later in 2016.

"Through mutual friends here in London we got in touch with Narstie, who came down and hung at the studio September, nailing his bars like a pro. I'm excited to get the track out into the world now.

"Conversely, I am unable to articulate how excited I am for our next arena tour. We learnt so much last time around and are ready to change the game once more. It's going to be wicked having Lower Than Atlantis and Astroid Boys along for it, making for a really diverse and exciting evening." Stream the song
here.

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Singled Out: Volker's Obey

Volker just released their heavy rockin' new album "Dead Doll" and to celebrate we asked singer Jen Nyx and guitarist Ulrich Wegrich to tell us about the song "Obey". Here is the story:

Jen Nyx : It's a bit hard to explain this in just a few sentences. The title is a double entendre that explains the song well. The track has a punk rock spirit - "Obey!" as in we have to obey to what society dictates to us, and "Obey!" as in we have to obey our natural instincts.

Everywhere we go - at work, in life, at play - we have to follow some rules. Most of the time, without even being conscious of them. Sometimes they cage us, sometimes they permit us to not fall into madness and anarchy. For some people it's hard to find a middle ground. Some need rules more than others - like people who follow religion. They cannot live without rules. Another example would be the constitutional laws that guide people of this planet. Many people don't hesitate to follow laws without question. Are we more free when we decide to not follow these rules? "Like a dog destroying it's chains…"

Freedom can mean finding purpose in our choices - to be or not to be, to live or die. We make a multitude of choices in our lives. That's what individualizes us. But are we really free to be who we want to be inside, or is it just an illusion? This question can lead us to use our primal instincts. To just not lose control. These are the questions I asked myself when writing this track.

We chose to make a video out of this track because we felt there were a lot of visual ideas to bring this song to live. You can see me chained to a throne feeding a dog - this imagery is portraying us at the top of the "animal reign", but really, we are chained. The humans. You can also see my eating fresh meat - this is linked to the theme of primal instinct. It's also a provocative jab at veganism, although I do respect vegans… the punk spirit means provoking thought.

We're not claiming Volker is a punk band, we just kept that mentality when writing this track and planning the video.

To end, I want to quote "Together, to bite the dust". That means, whatever you do, whatever you fight for, whatever your convictions, whatever you are.... we will all turn to dust.

Ulrich Wegrich (the tracks songwriter and lyricist): I don't remember what inspired me in the very beginning of working on "Obey!", but the first version of this track was really rock n' roll and hard rock... almost maybe a bit too much... that's why you can hear a big change in ambience in the middle of the track. I added something dark and heavier with a touch of black metal inspiration.

Most of the time I avoid those kind of riffs and guitar leads in Volker but here it sounded very cool, so I kept it. I really love the way Jen absorbed, felt, and grabbed the music.

I compose alone, isolated, at home. When I have a new song ready, I send it to Jen and totally let her take the reins with the lyrics. We don't have the same brain… she feels the songs in a completely different way. Sometimes it's really funny to hear what she sees and imagines when coming up with lyrics to the songs I write. Of course, each time the vocals she send me are completely different than what I ever imagined. It's cool.

"Obey!" and Volker is the result of this combination of songwriting and creative lyricism!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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