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All-Star Bon Scott AC/DC Tribute Concert Video Goes Online

(hennemusic) Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and Scott Ian of Anthrax were among the artists featured at the "AC/DC Comedy & Rock Show: A Tribute To Bon Scott" on April 3 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA, and video from the evening is streaming online.

Organized by rock and roll comedian Dean Delray - who hosts the "Let There Be Talk" podcast - the event opened with stand-up sets by Delray, Bill Burr, Marc Maron and Joey Diaz, before an all-star band performed AC/DC's classic 1978 album, "Powerage", in its entirety ahead of its 40th anniversary next month.

Led by Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli, the lineup of guitarists Ian and Maron with Burr on drums, roared through Scott's fifth record with AC/DC as guests popped in and out of the set, including appearances by Velvet Revolver's Dave Kushner, Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes, Rudy Sarzo, Josh Zee and Eagles Of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes, among others.

Following "Powerage", the band ripped through more ACD/DC classics and Sixx joined in for a run through Motley Crue's "Live Wire" ahead of the finale of "Night Prowler" from 1979's "Highway To Hell."

"Right hand. Riffs. Tone," posted Ian after the show. "Thanks @deandelray for letting me Malcolm-out for two days. Everyone nailed it."

Scott passed away after a night of heavy drinking in London in early 1980 at the age of 33; AC/DC brought in former Geordie singer Brian Johnson to handle lead vocals and the group issued the best-selling hard rock album of all time, "Back In Black", just five months later. Watch videos from the tribute show
here.


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Ritchie Sambora Reuniting With Bon Jovi For Rock Hall Induction

Members of Bon Jovi confirmed in a new interview that original members Ritchie Sambora and Alec John Such will be joining them at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The event will be taking place on April 14th in Cleveland and David Bryan tells Billboard that Such and Sambora are expected to play "a couple songs" with the group at the induction.

He went on to say in the heavily edited interview the he thinks the jam will be "pretty cool. We're really looking forward to that." Sambora has not played with the band since 2013 and Such left the group in 1994.

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Arctic Monkeys Announce New Album 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino'

The Arctic Monkeys had big news for fans on Thursday when they announced that they will be releasing their brand new studio album on May 11th of this year.

The new effort will be entitled "Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino" and was produced by James Ford and Alex Turner and recording in Los Angeles, Paris and London.

The band also revealed the tracklisting: 1) Star Treatment, 2) One Point 3) Perspective 4) American Sports 5) Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino 6) Golden Trunks 7) Four Out Of Five 8) The World's First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip 9) Science Fiction 10) She Looks Like Fun 11) Batphone 12) The Ultracheese.

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Corey Taylor Shares Slipknot's Next Album Update

Corey Taylor shared some good news for Slipknot fans. He revealed that the band is already hard at work on their next studio album and hope they can deliver it next year.

The frontman gave Billboard the following updates: "The guys are writing tons of music and I've written lyrics to almost all of it. We're going to start trying to put together demos here and there with the time off that I have and really try to get ahead of the curve as far as what happens next."

Taylor then addressed when fans may be able to expect the effort to arrive, "I know that we're gonna try and put an album out next year - however, that is all speculation. The best way to make God laugh is to announce your plans out loud. So I'm just going with the flow. The plan right now is next year but that is a huge plan because we still haven't narrowed anything down, so we will definitely see what happens."

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Dierks Bentley Announces Seven Peaks Music Festival

Dierks Bentley is heading to the mountains to launch his very own music festival. The country star announced the inaugural Seven Peaks Music Festival this Labor Day weekend.

The event will be taking place in Buena Vista, CO on Aug 31st through September 2nd will feature Bentley taking the stage several times along with additional performance from acts like Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, Elle King, LANCO, Del McCoury, Sam Bush and The Cadillac Three.

More acts are still to be announced. Dierks had this to say, "This is a dream come true for me. It's no secret that I love everything about Colorado…the fans, the venues we've played and of course, the landscape.

"We are bringing it all together with this festival. It's our own 'field of dreams,' where we are putting everything we have into it, with no details overlooked, in hopes it is the ultimate festival experience. I personally will be right in there with our fans listening to best musicians, taking advantage of the unlimited outdoor opportunities including hiking, biking and playing in the river and lake...or maybe just sitting with a cold one all day in the Colorado sunshine and under the Rocky Mountain stars." Three-day passes are set to do on sale on April 20th at 10am MST here.

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Stone Sour Release 'St. Marie' Music Video

Stone Sour surprised fans on Thursday (April 5th) with the release of a brand new video for their track "St. Marie," which comes from their latest studio album "Hydrograd".

The band recruited Mark Klasfeld to direct the new visual which comes as the band prepare to launch a North American tour on May 1st in Atlanta that will feature support from The Bronx, Palaye Royale and 68 on select dates.

The Corey Taylor fronted group will be playing a number of high profile music festivals this spring including Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, Lunatic Luau and Rock On The Range. Watch the new video here.

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Dream Theater Preparing For New Studio Album

Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie revealed some big news for fans during a recent podcast interview. They are preparing to enter the recording studio this spring.

LaBrie broke the news in an appearance on the Lead Singer Syndrome podcast and also said that he is working on some new material for a brand new solo album.

He said of Dream Theater's plans. "We're gonna start back in the studio in June - just all be together and writing and working on the new album. We're hoping that the album will be out, let's say, February of 2019. And then we're looking, at this point, that we'd start the next world tour next March." Listen to the full interview here.

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Metallica Release Live Video From Vienna Concert

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 2016 track, "Now That We're Dead", at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria on March 31, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The fourth single issued from the group's tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", hit No. 2 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart while the project has sold more than 1 million copies in the country to date.

The Vienna show is part of Metallica's current arena tour of Europe, which wraps up in May and will be followed by a June 14 ceremony in Stockholm where they'll receive Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize.

The band will be recognized alongside fellow laureates Afghanistan National Institute Of Music (ANIM) and Dr. Ahmad Sarmast with the award, which celebrates the power and importance of music and is given to individuals, groups or institutions for international recognition of excellence in the world of music.

The honor will be presented by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. "We are in awe of the distinguished, diverse group of laureates we will be joining," says Metallica, "including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Chuck Berry, Sonny Rollins, Yo-Yo Ma, Dizzy Gillespie, Isaac Stern and Ennio Morricone just to name a few of the previous award recipients."

"Receiving the Polar Music Prize is an incredible thing," adds drummer Lars Ulrich. "It puts us in very distinguished company. It's a great validation of everything that Metallica has done over the last 35 years. At the same time, we feel like we're in our prime with a lot of good years ahead of us. Thank you very much." Watch the video here.

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Pearl Jam Add New Date To Spring Tour

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam have added a second date in Amsterdam to their upcoming European tour. Following the month-long run's opening night at the city's Ziggo Dome on June 12, the Seattle rockers will now perform at the same venue on June 13.

The band just wrapped up a series of shows in South America last month, which saw them play Lollapalooza festivals in Chile, Argentina and Brazil, as well as a headline concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ahead of the spring concerts, Pearl Jam released a new single, "Can't Deny Me", as a preview to their first new studio album in five years. Recorded in Seattle in February, the tune was co-produced by Pearl Jam and Brendan O'Brien and issued to the band's Ten Club members a few days ahead of it being available on download and streaming services. Read more, listen to the song and see all of the dates here.

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The Get Up Kids Reveal New Song 'Maybe'

The Get Up Kids are streaming a brand new song called "Maybe". The track is the first single from the group's forthcoming EP "Kicker", which is set to be released on June 8th.

According to the announcement, the name of the EP comes from their foosball obsession - which dates back to their first European tour and is still played in their current practice space.

Jim Suptic explains, "You always look back in rose colored glasses, and I always remember when this band was really struggling and we were selling our CD collections to pay our rent and that sucked at the time, but looking back that was an amazing time, that was so much fun. There was no pressure or anything." Check out the new song here.

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Heart's Ann Wilson Recording First Solo TV Special

Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson has announced that she will be filming an upcoming live date for what will be her very first solo television special which will promote her forthcoming album.

The special will be filmed during Ann's concert at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL on April 11th. Details such as an air date for the special are still to be announced.

It will be broadcast in connection with the release of her new album "Immortal" which will be hitting stores this summer and will include Wilson take on some her favorite songs from artists that have been lost such as Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me," Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black," and The Eagles' "Life in the Fast Lane" in honor of Glenn Frey.

Ann has also announced that she will be hitting the road with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers for the Stars Align Tour this summer. See the dates here.

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The Cars In The Studio For 40th Anniversary

The Cars 40th anniversary on the eve of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrated in the latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over the following details:

The Cars' zero-to-platinum popularity came amidst the final fizzle of the mid-Seventies Punk Rock sparkler, and the sound and attitude that survived by Spring 1978 was labeled by at least one rock writer as the nebulous one-size-fits-none term New Wave.

The drivetrain of the five man Boston band was always powered by the songs of Ric Ocasek. Growing up in the Otcasek household (Ric(k) later would also drop the "t" from his surname), early 1960s Sputnik paranoia and Telstar technology mixed with Cold War James Bond spy intrigue for Ric, courtesy of his father.

The Cars' test track where they had tuned up their sound was the mid-Seventies Boston club scene, and the first recording to roll off the assembly line,"Just What I Needed", contains every musical hallmark of their identifiable style: the catchy simplicity of Ocasek's songwriting; the half-spoken halting unconventional lead singing by both Ric and bass player Benjamin Orr, allowing The Cars to be a versatile hybrid crossover with all-terrain vocals; the insistent industrial beat by former Modern Lovers drummer David Robinson; the quirky, campy, reedy organ and synthesizer of Berklee School of Music grad Greg Hawkes; and the melodic yet economical lead guitar of Elliot Easton.

"We made that first record in twelve days," remarks The Cars' driving force Ric Ocasek in this IN THE STUDIO classic rock interview. What is even more remarkable is that The Cars would accelerate from regional Boston appeal in May 1978 to parked on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine by the following January with the headline "Best New Group", eventually to sell seven million copies of that incredible debut album.

The Cars surprise hit debut (#16 on Rolling Stone magazine's Top 100 Debut Albums of All Time), the torque of the Cars' "Good Times Roll", "My Best Friend's Girl", "Just What I Needed", "You're All I Got Tonight", "Bye Bye Love", the mesmerizing "Moving in Stereo", and the plaintive lead vocal by the late Benjamin Orr "All Mixed Up" all propelled the cross-legged Woodstock generation off of their butts and back onto the dance floor. The sleek polished chrome and glass produced sound by Journey/ Queen veteran Roy Thomas Baker combined distinctive instrumental arrangements from rock and roll's past in a way that, paradoxically, sounded cutting edge modern.

Forty years later we still rev up this high-horsepower rock roadster which runs as well today as the day in May 1978 when The Cars rolled off the production line. Neck and neck with Heartbeat City as their best seller, The Cars is highly responsible for shuttling the band from the parking lot to get the green light for entrance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stream the episode here.

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Clutch Launch Online Video Series For New Album

(hennemusic) Clutch recently completed recording their forthcoming album in Nashville, TN, and the band are discussing their approach to the sessions and working alongside producer Vance Powell in the first webisode of a new series on the project.

"We played these songs a lot more on stage," explains singer Neil Fallon, "and came in very well prepared, so it went very quickly and it's a much more live-sounding record because of that."

"I think one of challenges of being in Clutch is trying to record material that comes close to the energy that happens when we play live," adds drummer Jean-Paul Gaster. "While we were compiling this material, we would often talk about how we wanted to record, where we wanted to record, and who we might want to record with. We put a lot of thought into it, and over the course of a few weeks, Vance Powell's name kept coming up."

Powell - who has worked with Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Buddy Guy and Kings Of Leon, among others - began his career mixing live sound as a front-of-house engineer, so his preference is to capture the essence of a concert performance in the studio.

"They're a band... they're a great live band… let's play live," says Powell. "I like it when bands play in a room together. That's the thing that we love when we go see a live band, and we're all immediate in that moment. So, I set them up so everyone could play live and we recorded the band as a band." Watch the episode here.

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Liam Gallagher Announces As You Were Fall Tour

(hennemusic) Liam Gallagher has announced dates for a fall tour of Europe in support of his solo debut, "As You Were." The former Oasis frontman worked on the project with producers Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck) and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Mumford And Sons).

The 3-week, 11-date tour is scheduled to kick off in Luxembourg on November 12 and will hit nine countries by the time it wraps up in Oslo, Norway on November 29.

Tickets for the trek will go on sale Friday, April 6 at 10am CET. "As You Were" topped the UK album charts upon its release last fall and reached No. 30 on the US Billboard 200. See the dates and more here.

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Exmortus Streaming New Song 'Make Haste'

Exmortus have released a brand new lyric video for their track "Make Haste". The song is the first single from the group's forthcoming studio album.

The new record was Produced by Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Fallujah, Suffocation) at Sharkbite Studio and set to hit stores on June 8th and will be entitled "The Sound Of Steel".

Singer and guitarist Jadren "Conan" Gonzalez had the following to say about the new song, "Inspired by the constant pressure of making deadlines and getting sh*t done, this song was the first one written for the record and will set the mood and attitude just right as the opening track. Rise to the occasion and strike while the iron's hot! Make Haste!" Watch the lyric video here.

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The Jeff Beck Story Coming To DVD and Blu-Ray Next Month

(Kayos) Eagle Rock have announced that they will be releasing "Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 18th. We were sent the following details:

Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story documents the history of a musical maverick and true innovator, delving below the surface to shed light on the circumstances, inspiration and technicality behind the man and his music. The film features extensive interviews with Jeff both at home and in his workshop, as well as interviews with Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, David Gilmour, Ronnie Wood, Slash, Jan Hammer, Joe Perry, Beth Hart & many more.

Beck's childhood saw him surrounded by music; from the endlessly playing radio, to his homemade guitar and the countless hours he spent poring over records and playing music with his friend, Jimmy Page. "I didn't have to think about taking up guitar, I just wanted to pour my feelings into it" said Jeff. Around the same time his love of classic cars was ignited from watching American B-movies featuring hot rods, and his two great passions in life were born. Read more here.

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45 To Argos Release 'Dreamcatcher' Video

Alt rock trio 45 To Argos have released a brand new msuic for their latest single, "Dreamcatcher," which was direct by frontman Brandon Garrett.

The new clip was filmed by Chase Krueger and was shot in the garage of the band's bassist Brandon Cromer, in Watervliet, MI over the course of about 7 hrs.

The band had this to say, "The song 'Dreamcatcher' came from some of our experiences and our loved ones' experiences in life. We believe it is never too late for someone to set out for a goal or status, especially if it is considered a dream by the individual in question." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Kalmah's The Evil Kin

Kalmah released their brand new album "Palo" today (April 6th) and to celebrate we asked guitarist Antti Kokko to tell us the story behind the track "The Evil Kin". Here is the story:

This song is among the first ones for this upcoming album Palo. The story of the main riff goes back to 1990 or 1991 when Kalmah predecessor Ancestor made up a demo which name I cannot recall anymore. But the song back then was called Thread of Life. Anyways that riff had haunted me since then and for this album I decided to tune it up a little bit. With a slight change I made it to as it is now in this very song.

As soon as the riff was there it was all about start to wrap the song up and catch some nice melodies here and there. As always when there is a solid riff or melody I have already the feeling that this turns out well as it did with Evil Kin. The chorus melody hit my mind while picking cloudberries on a Finnish swamp very early morning. There is basically just sounds of mosquitos and you are in the middle of nowhere just pure nature around you. That is the very source of inspiration to me always. The melody hit my mind and I played it in my mind several times writing the song at the same time. As soon as I got back home I remembered it and recorded it to my computer. If I hadn't remembered it then I know it wasn't good enough. This time I did and that tells me the melody is longlasting.

After that it was just putting all pieces together and dump the song for other band mates for a listen. They liked it from the start. That is the point our songs get "validated". The song itself represents the old Kalmah mixed with our music of today. We didn't get the recording deal with that demo back in 1991 but now we can show that our material back those days was and is still strong. For me thinking about the process of this song is a so called work-win. I have always wanted to reborn it and now finally made it. Hope you enjoy!

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

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