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Kid Rock Announces U.S. Summer and Fall Tour

Kid Rock has announced that he will hitting the road this summer through fall for a 15 city trek that he has dubbed the Red Blooded Rock N Roll Redneck Extravaganza Tour.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on August 3rd in Bangor, ME at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion and will conclude on October 13th at West Palm Beach, FL at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre.

Rock has recruited various music stars to support him along the way including Brantley Gilbert (beginning Aug 22 in Mountain View) and Wheeler Walker Jr. (beginning Aug 18th in Auburn.) A Thousand Horses will be opening the first two dates of the tour. See the dates here.

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Bon Jovi Chemistry Still There Says Sambora Following Reunion Rehearsal

It is official Richie Sambora will be reuniting with his former Bon Jovi bandmates when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this week and he says rehearsals for the performance have been "wonderful".

The guitarists, who left the group in 2013, spoke with Billboard (via UCR) about the upcoming induction and what is like to play with his former bandmates again.

He told them, "It feels great to see everybody. We already rehearsed and it was wonderful, it wasn't awkward. The chemistry came back very quickly; it's matrixed into our muscle memory at this point. If you're on the road performing and touring for 30 years, [the Rock Hall] is just another cycle - and it's a good one, so here we go."

Sambora was also asked about the record breaking fans vote to have them inducted. He responded, "You don't go out and make music for the awards. You make music for the fans -- that's the truth. And this award is all about them, because without them, there would be no Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There would be no music business. Think about it: you put a concert on, and if the fans didn't show up, there ain't no concert."

He added about the long delay to be included in the Rock Hall, "We've been nominated before [in 2011]. I had kind of put it out of mind, because we were looked over by the grand forefathers of the Hall of Fame until this year. But I figured that, you know, one day, I'd get in. Maybe I'd be dead, but I'd still get in. … I've tried not to get too excited about it for a long time, but I'm starting to get excited about it. I'm glad that I'm actually alive to get in there."

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Megadeth Expand Debut Album For Deluxe Reissue

(hennemusic) Megadeth have announced that they will release an expanded reissue of their 1985 album debut, "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good", on June 8th.

Originally released on the independent label Combat Records, the project introduced leader Dave Mustaine's thrash band following his 1983 firing from Metallica. The cover marked the debut of band mascot Vic Rattlehead and, while the record failed to chart in the US, the set went on to become one of the label's best-selling releases and impressed enough to help the outfit secure a major-label deal with Capitol Records

"Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good - The Final Kill" has been completely restored to deliver Mustaine's intended vision while revealing unheard parts and performances throughout the record with a new remix by veteran metal mixer Mark Lewis (Whitechapel) and remastering by Ted Jensen.

The package includes the full album alongside 7 live audio tracks from VHS tapes found in Mustaine's own attic and features Megadeth's 1984 3-track demo and the once removed cover of Lee Hazelwood's "The Boots" that has been added back to the record with recut vocals intended to maintain the integrity of both the original song and the group's revamped rendition.

"I am just as much amazed at the music we made as I am at the pure fact that we survived it all!", says Mustaine. Megadeth launched their 35th anniversary celebrations in January with the release of a video for "Lying In State", a track from their 2016 album "Dystopia."

"When I started Megadeth, I didn't imagine myself living for 35 years, let alone my band reaching this incredible milestone," adds Mustaine. "Thanks to almost everyone I've met, worked, and played with these last three and a half decades." Read more here.

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Ghost Reveal New Frontman Cardinal Copia

(hennemusic) Swedish rockers Ghost are unveiling their new frontman in a newly-released video ahead of the release of their new single, "Rats", from their upcoming fourth album.

"Message from the clergy," says the band, "We wish to inform you our new leader has arrived." The footage reveals Cardinal Copia as the group's new leader when he is introduced to Papa Emeritus Zero and Sister Imperator; he replaces outgoing singer Papa Emeritus III following his work on their third album, 2015's "Meliora", and 2016's "Popestar" EP.

The singer will be featured on the group's upcoming fourth studio record, which was recorded last year at Artery Studios in Stockholm, Sweden with producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Opeth). See the videos here.

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Roger Daltrey Adds New Dates To U.S. Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Roger Daltrey has expanded his summer US tour with the addition of two new dates in August. The rocker will be joined by members of The Who's touring band to perform a mix of solo tracks alongside Who classics and rarities when they appear at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA on August 10 and as part of Bayside Summer Nights in San Diego, CA on August 15.

The newly-announced dates follow Daltrey's 13-show run with the same lineup to perform The Who's 1969 rock opera, "Tommy", in its entirety. The singer will be joined for the early summer appearances by some of the most prestigious orchestras in the United States, including the Boston Pops, the New York Pops and the Nashville Symphony.

Tickets for the Saratoga show will go on sale Monday, April 9 while seats are now available for the San Diego concert. Read more and see all of the dates here.

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Pink Floyd Reissuing 1971 Compilation 'Relics'

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd are continuing their vinyl reissue series with the upcoming May 18 release of their 1971 compilation, "Relics", on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl.

The collection presents singles, B-sides and tracks from the band's first three albums - 1967's "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", 1968's "A Saucerful Of Secrets" and 1969's "More."

The set was Pink Floyd's first album to include their first two singles - 1967's "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" - as well as the original studio recording of "Careful With That Axe, Eugene", the B-side of the 1968 single, "Point Me At The Sky", and rounded out with the then-previously unreleased 1969 Roger Waters track, "Biding My Time."

Keeping true to the original artwork, the 2018 "relics" reissue features the black and white drawings by drummer Nick Mason, carrying the iconic subtitle 'A Bizarre Collection of Antiques & Curios'.

Remastered by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman, all tracks are the original stereo versions except the Syd Barrett-era, mono mixed singles "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play." Read more here.

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Stone Temple Pilots Stars Compare Touring To Camping

Stone Temple Pilots new frontman Jeff Gutt and bassist Dean DeLeo have compared life on the road to camping in a recent interview after the singer was asked how he was adjusting to being in the band.

The singer and band cofounder both sat down for an interview with WEBN radio in Cincinnati and Gutt was how he adjusting to being in such a high profile band. He responded, "I just do my thing. I sing, I hit the stage and that's about it. I've been doing it a long time. When I wasn't in Stone Temple Pilots, I was playing gigs to pay my rent, so sometimes, I had to play six nights a week. I didn't really have a choice."
DeLeo then expanded on that them, "We're such fans of music. We were built for this. It's interesting, because I've had friends over the years, they express to me, 'Oh, man, I'd love to come out and spend a few days on the road.' I send them an itinerary; they say, 'I think this will be a good place for me to fly in. I'll fly out here.' And after 48 hours on the road, they're like, 'I think I'm getting the flu, man. I've got to go home.'"

Jeff added, "It's like camping a lot" and Dean agreed, "It is. It's just an interesting lifestyle. It's like the circus, really - you're just traveling from town to town, and going into town and entertaining and having fun and sharing music and having a blast."

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Metallica Release Live 'Leper Messiah' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1986 thrash metal classic, "Leper Messiah", at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic on April 2, and the band are streaming professional footage from the show.

The tune is featured on the group's third record and major label debut, "Master Of Puppets," which became thrash metal's first platinum album on its way to US sales of more than 6 million copies.

As part of their ongoing reissues series, Metallica released a series of remastered 30th anniversary editions of the project last fall on CD, vinyl and digital, alongside an expanded 3CD edition and a deluxe box set.

The 3-CD set includes the remastered album, a disc that is a combination of rough mixes, demos and an interview, and a disc featuring a mix of live songs that are sequenced into a typical set list from the Damage, Inc. tour.

Metallica are currently playing dates across Europe in support of their tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct." Watch the video

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Shinedown Release 'The Human Radio' Video

Shinedown have released a new music video for their track "The Human Radio". The song comes from their forthcoming album "Attention Attention," which is set to hit stores on May 4th.

The band this to say about the new effort, "The 14-track album, Shinedown's most raw and personal to date, is a mental, emotional and physical journey that follows an individual from life's lowest lows to the highest highs, as anxieties dissipate and demons disappear…

"The story that unfolds as the album progresses is a powerful statement about the resolve of the human spirit, our will to overcome struggles and the importance of respecting and leaning on one another." Watch the video here.

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Motley Crue Getting Limited Edition KnuckleBonz Treatment

Motley Crue are the latest heavy rock band to receive the Knucklebonz 'Rock Iconz' collection treatment with the announcement of a new limited edition run this summer.

The hand-painted 8.5 inch figures of bassist Nikki Sixx, singer Vince Neil, drummer Tommy Lee and guitarist Mick Mars will be limited to only 3000 each and will include a certificate of authenticity.

Nikki Sixx shared his excitement about the release, "We love to see our fans getting excited about new figurines and it's really cool to see a company paying homage to this classic era of the band's history. The KnuckleBonz are so detailed and true to nature.

"We're really happy with the way they turned out and hope the fans will have as much fun with them as we had in the process of creating them." Find more details here.

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Johnny Marr Announces New Album and Streams First Song

Former guitarist for The Smiths, Johnny Marr has announced that he will be releasing his new solo album, "Call The Comet", on June 15th and has revealed the first track from the effort.

Marr had this to say about his third solo record, "Call The Comet is my own magic realism. It's set in the not-too-distant future and is mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society.

"The characters in the songs are searching for a new idealism, although there are some personal songs in there too. It's something that people like me can relate to."

Check out a stream for the first song, "The Tracers" via Spotify here.

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Breaking Benjamin Stream New Song 'Save Yourself'

Breaking Benjamin are streaming their brand new single called "Save Yourself." The track comes from their forthcoming album "Ember", which will be hitting stores on April 13th.

Frontman Benjamin Burnley had these comments, "People have always really liked the heavier side of the band. I think that's what they sort of gravitate towards. But we also make sure to explore our melodic and softer side too.

"We just tried to make it more extreme - the softer side on this album is really soft, and the heavy side is really heavy. We decided to give everybody what they want to the furthest degree." Check out the new song here.

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Noel Gallagher Releases 'She Taught Me How To Fly' Video

(hennemusic) Noel Gallagher is streaming a video for "She Taught Me How To Fly", the third single from his latest album with The High Flying Birds, "Who Built The Moon?"

The former Oasis guitarist explains the retro-sounding track was inspired by his appreciation of 70s new wave act Blondie. "How you write a song for Blondie is, every morning before you go to work, you listen to 'The Best Of Blondie', and all of a sudden, things start to fall out of the sky," Gallagher tells NPR. "As I was singing it, I was thinking, 'I can hear Debbie Harry singing it, and I can hear Clem playing the drums, and I can see them all on Top Of The Pops.'"

The guitarist did not consider offering the tune to Blondie "because the song's really good and Blondie are not having it. If it was [only] all right, I could always call Debbie. As it's actually brilliant, she can have it when I'm finished with it."

"She Taught Me How To Fly" will be released on 12" vinyl on May 25 alongside an instrumental version plus a remix by legendary DJ and producer Justin Robertson. here.

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Bleeding Through Release 'Set Me Free' Video

Bleeding Through have released a new video for their track "Set Me Free". The song comes from their upcoming album "Love Will Kill All," which is set to be released on May 25th.

Frontman Brandan Schieppati had this to say,"After five years away we realized the heartbeat of Bleeding Through is still beating. We feel one of the best things that we could have done was to step away and concentrate on other aspects of our lives and let the dust settle on Bleeding Through, as people knew us. Our motivation to write the record was purely because of our passion for our music.

"The creative blood that runs through our veins, which hasn't changed since 1999. I feel that our creativity and passion is being put on display in this new record, Love Will Kill All. We feel music is the ultimate expression and whether people want it or not we felt the need to express ourselves again. The beauty is that no one can stop it from happening. 'Set Me Free' is a song that speaks of new beginnings.

"For so many years, I felt that Bleeding Through was a band that was held back because of other people's interests in the band, whether it was business or personal. I just felt trapped by the business of the industry and outside perception. " is all about the music and the people who enjoy it. That was lost for a while and now it's found. 'Set Me Free' is about a rebirth of purity of ". The video is dark, frantic and strong. I think it personifies what BT is and what we will always be." Watch the video here.

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Tremonti Streaming 'A Dying Machine' Title Song

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge offshoot Tremonti are streaming a lyric video for the title track to their forthcoming concept album, "A Dying Machine", as the lead single and first preview of the record ahead of its June 8 release.

Produced by longtime band associate Michael "Elvis" Baskette, the group's fourth project takes place at the turn of the next century where humans and fabricated beings called "vessels" are trying to co-exist.

The story is being turned into a full-length work of fiction by guitarist Mark Tremonti and American author John Shirley, and will be issued alongside the record.

Tremonti will preview new music from "A Dying Machine" on a series of US dates in May before launching the album on a summer tour of Europe that will begin with an appearance at the Firenze Rocks festival in Florence, Italy on June 17 followed by headline dates starting in Munich, Germany the next day.

The trio of Tremonti, guitarist Eric Friedman and drummer Garrett Whitlock will be joined by bassist Tanner Keegan for the 2018 tour in place of former bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. Watch the video here.

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Spock's Beard Release 'Breathe Another Day' Video

Spock's Beard have released a new music video for their track "Breathe Another Day". The song is first single from their new album "Noise Floor" (out May 25th).

The band had this to say about the new clip, "This is the most awesome video for the most awesome song To Breathe Another Day. I dare anyone to write a song more awesome than this, or be more awesome than Ted, Ryo, Al, Dave, or Nick.

"Plus, it is from the most awesome album ever recorded. Not just the most awesome prog rock album ever, but the most awesome album of any genre, ever." here.

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Terrorvision and Traitors Stars Reveal Johnny Cash Cover

Terrorvision's Tony Wright and Traitors' Ryan Hamilton have released their version of the Johnny Cash classic "Oh Lonesome Me" from their fortcoming country music collaborative album.

The new album will be entitled "Grand Ole Otley" and is set to be released on June 8th. Hamilton had the following to say about the new album,"I'm still not exactly sure how it happened

"I was already a fan of Terrorvision, and we have a lot of mutual friends, but I had never met Tony. One day, our producer Dave Hamilton, goes, 'What would you think about recording a song with Tony?' Before I knew it, we were recording an old song together called Everytime I'm Kissing You. Never in a million years did I think we'd make an album together. Especially not this album."

"Doing the initial recordings in the back of that beautiful old building definitely lent itself well to the vibe and a direction of the album," says Hamilton "That old school, dark/creepy vibe lends itself well to these tunes. I think we've stumbled onto something wonderful here." Check out the song here.

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Michael Schenker Fest Announce Fall Tour

Michael Schenker Fest, featuring former MSG frontmen, have announced that they will be launching a UK Tour this fall in support of their new album "Resurrection."

The tour will feature the legendary guitarist joined by Michael Schenker Group singer Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley along with Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock frontman Doogie White.

Schenker had this to say, "Following a really enjoyable and successful North American tour, I'm happy to announce that I'll be touring in the UK and mainland Europe with Michael Schenker Fest. On tour we will play an extended set-list with classics from across the M.S.G. eras plus UFO, Scorpions, Temple Of Rock and material from the new album 'Resurrection', too.

"We have had great fun performing the new songs for the first time in North America - they've had a great reception from the audience. Experiencing the third part of my career in such nice company is a true pleasure. I hope to see you on our UK and European tour, keep on rockin'!" See the dates here.

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A Gathering Of None Leave 'No Stone Left Unturned'

A Gathering Of None have released a lyric video for their song "No Stone Left Unturned." The single is from the group's recently released new album "One Last Grasp At Hope."

Vocalist TB had this to say, "The song 'No Stone Left Unturned' is somewhat autobiographical in that it's about realizing you've made your fair share of mistakes and are trying to repair the damage those mistakes have caused. I've dealt with feeling that way numerous times in my life. The main idea is, as the very last line says, "and so you seek you'll find", meaning that if you've lost who you WERE, you have to take the necessary steps to rediscover that person and apply it to who you ARE now. There is a constant search for answers and a feeling of hopelessness in there that I think everyone can identify with, yet maintaining a positive outlook about your want and need to grow as a person.'

"One Last Grasp At Hope is inadvertently a concept album when you get into the lyrical content along with the mood the individual songs create. Each track deals with an underlying sense of light at the end of the tunnel. There will always be moments of despair, sadness, anger, emptiness, happiness and joy. Each time you have any of those said moments though, one thing always remains, the hope we cling to for things to get better or to stay as life affirming and as joyous as they are at that very time and place. We grab at that every day. One last grasp at hope...." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Sarah Sharp's Pieces

Austin Music Award-winning musician Sarah Sharp recently released her new EP 'Wake' and to celebrate we asked her to share the story behind the song "Pieces". Here is the story:

"Pieces" was inspired by the Jungian theory of the shadow self. The idea is that the darker aspects of our psyche need to be integrated on the surface, brought to the light, in order to gain some degree of mastery over them and not be unconsciously whipped around by it all. It was also triggered by something a yoga teacher said one day in class. It interests me because I think our emotions manifest in the body.

"Give me something I can face. Give me devils, give me a taste. Just give me something to deepen into. It's love and punishment with you. Just give me something I can chase. Give me demons, give me grace…"

It's about my deep desire to face it all… my own and that of my lover, in order to have more freedom. What are we meant to learn from each other? A lot of people aren't up for that, but that's where I am in life. I would much rather bring it up and out than be a victim to it. It sounds serious, but it can be quite humorous to own your stuff, to become the observer. Everything is a balance of light and dark, ying and yang…

If this resonates, I highly recommend the book "We" by Robert Johnson.

This song is a co-write with Andrea Perry. She and I have a duo called Kaliyo, which is mostly production music. We do not perform together because Andrea will not. We have a Kaliyo version of this song from years ago. I started playing this song live with my Austin band, Mitch Watkins - guitar, Pat Harris - Bass, Masumi Jones - drums, Oliver Steck - organ and it became something very different over time. We recorded it with everyone but me in the same room. No click, no overdubs, just like what you would hear live.

Thanks for listening!

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

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