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System Of A Down, Incubus, Clutch, At The Drive In One Off Announced

System Of A Down are not only set to headline this year's Aftershock festival in Sacramento but they have revealed four west coast dates this fall including a major show including Incubus and Clutch.

That special show at the Glen Helen Amphitheater will be taking place on October 13th at the Southern Calfornia venue and will feature performances from System Of A Down, Incubus, Clutch, Pallbearer, At The Drive In and Skeletonwitch.

System Of A Down will then play some shows with support from At The Drive In and Skeletonwitch in Phoenix (Oct 16), San Diego, Ca (Oct 17) and Las Vegas (Oct 19). See all of the dates here.

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Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman 50th Anniversary Tour

(hennemusic) Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman have announced the first series of dates for a 100 show world tour marking their 50th anniversary.

Billed as "Quintessential Yes", the trio of rock veterans will begin a two-week first leg in Warsaw, Poland on June 3; the 8-show run mixes headline gigs with festival appearances in Germany, Sweden and the UK before hitting North America in 2018 and playing South America, central and southern Europe and ending in Japan and the Far East in 2019.

The lineup has also revealed a 10-date, late summer US series that will open with a rare club show performance on August 26 at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles - where the UK band first performed as a headliner in June 1971 - before continuing the US leg with an additional 20+ shows (TBA) in early 2019.

Beyond the tour news. the ARW edition of Yes plan to celebrate the milestone with the August release of a 2CD and 3LP "Quintessential YES 50th Anniversary" anthology curated by band founder and singer Jon Anderson. Read more including the dates

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Tool Launching Intimate Music Clinics

As Tool fans eagerly await the arrival of their long delayed new album, fans in select cities will be given a rare behind the scenes look at the group when they launch a handful of intimate music clinics next month.

The special events will be kicking off in St. Paul, MN Myth Live Event Center on May 11th and includes stops in Chicago, Indianapolis, Royal Oak, Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio.

Drummer Danny Carey, bass player Justin Chancellor and guitarist Adam Jones will be on hand to walk fans in attendance "through a handful of the band's songs, from the process of writing them to playing them live" as well as take part in a Q&A, according to the announcement. See the dates here.

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Iron Maiden Announce New Eddie Halloween Masks

Iron Maiden fans will have some more options for this year's Halloween fun with the announcement of four new masks of the band's iconic mascot Eddie are coming just in time for the holiday.

Trick or Treat Studios and the metal legends will be expanding their line of Eddie masks for this year and started pre-orders for the new designs based on the artwork for "Aces High", "Somewhere In Time" and "The Final Frontier" as well as the "The Number of the Beast" devil.

The new designs will be shipping in August and September and join the previously released lineup of the full "Piece of Mind" costume, and masks for that artwork, the self-titled debut album Eddie, "Killers", "The Book Of Souls", "Powerslave" pharaoh and World Slavery Tour mummy. Check out all of the designs here.

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Jack White To Rock Saturday Night Live This Weekend

(hennemusic) Jack White will perform on the April 14 edition of NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live. Hosted by comedian and former SNL writer John Mulaney, the rocker's appearance on the episode is to promote his latest No 1 album, "Boarding House Reach", which sold 124,000 equivalent album units in its opening week while scoring the largest sales week for a rock album in 2018.

White self-produced his first record in four years, which he recorded at his Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN, as well as Sear Sound in New York, NY, and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

The project's latest video, "Over And Over And Over", was was filmed in London, UK in February and directed by Us - the acclaimed duo consisting of Christopher Barrett and Luke Taylor. Read more here.

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Gene Simmons Launches New Imprint For 27 Club Book

KISS star Gene Simmons has partnered with powerHouse Books to create a new imprint called Simmons Books and will be releasing the first book in the venture later this year.

We were sent the following details about the debut book from the imprint: "'27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club', the inaugural release of the new series, is Simmons' witty, insightful, and no-BS take on the myth, and the actual people, that make up the '27 club'-the ground-breaking musicians, artists, and celebrities who died at the age of twenty-seven, frozen in the collective consciousness at the zenith of their creative output.

"The book is from the perspective of a fellow musician as Simmons, for the first time, tries to dig deep and understand the deeply human and compelling stories about many of his heroes-from Blues icon Robert Johnson to Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones, from grunge superstar Kurt Cobain to rebel chanteuse Amy Winehouse. Simmons takes us into the worlds of these larger-than-life personalities and tries to find truth beneath the myths of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll." Preorder the book here.

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Sebastian Bach Announces North American Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Original Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach has announced dates for a summer tour of North America. Bach will be joined by Canadian rock duo The Standstills on all of the dates.

Billed as the "Home Away From Home" tour, the 6-week run will begin in Highland, CA on June 8; an initial series of US west coast shows will be followed by an extensive Canadian trek before returning Stateside for some east coast appearances ahead of the July 14 finale in Woodhaven, MI.

Bach - who has a cameo in the video for the new Godsmack track "Bulletproof" - is reviewing material in the demo stage for the follow-up to 2014's "Give 'Em Hell." See the tour dates here.

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Paramore Joined by mewithoutYou's Aaron Weiss During Cruise

Paramore have revealed that they treated fans to a very special performance during their just completed third annual Parahoy! Deep Search cruise, which returned home on Tuesday. We were sent the following details:

The band performed two pool deck shows as well as special "mini set" acoustic performances in the ship's intimate Stardust Theater. Those performances saw "Grudges" performed live for the first time and the band being joined onstage by Aaron Weiss (mewithoutYou) for a live performance of their collaboration, "No Friend."

"This was by far the best experience we've had at sea with the fans who have helped us - for the last 13 years - build up an international, multi-cultural, community full of music lovers," says Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams. "Paramore is a band, yeah, but it's not just a band. We want it to be about people and community and connection, and that goes far beyond the three of us. Parahoy! helps make that into a real, tangible thing." Read more here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Moth Into Flame' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 2016 single, "Moth Into Flame", at the Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary on April 5, Czech Republic on April 2, and the band are streaming professional footage from the concert.

The tune was the second track issued from the band's tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", which debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than a million copies in the country.

Currently playing arena dates across Europe, Metallica will bring their 2018 indoor show to North America this fall. "Following last summer's sold-out 25-date stadium run," says the band, "this year we're bringing the in-the-round production currently being seen in European arenas to the U.S. and Canada kicking off on September 2, 2018 in Madison, WI. Along the way we'll be visiting 34 cities we did not go to last year, including a few we haven't been to in decades, including Grand Forks, ND (nearly 30 years), Sioux Falls, SD, El Paso, TX, Birmingham, AL (nearly 26 years) and State College, PA (20 years). About time, wouldn't you say?!" Watch the video here.

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The Bronx Release 'Side Effects' Music Video

The Bronx have released a brand new music video for their track "Side Effects," which was directed by Christian Jacobs (MC Bat Commander of the Aquabats / co-creator of Yo Gabba Gabba).

Frontman Matt Caughthran had this to say about the clip, "The idea is loosely based on an old video game called 'Night Trap' where aliens invade a sexy slumber party and you have this cool, room-to-room, live-action scenario in which you try to save the day.

"The song is about dealing with the side effects of life as a musician/artist; all the things you never saw coming. After finishing a recent UK tour, we flew into Philly to rehearse and shoot the video in two days, and the excitement and inspiration, mixed with delirium and exhaustion, onlyseemed to add to the authenticity of the song's lyrical content. This video is truly a labor of love, just like music/art/life should be." Watch it here.

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Foreigner Release 'Say You Will' Live Orchestra Video

(hennemusic) Foreigner are debuting video of a live performance of their 1987 hit, "Say You Will", from the forthcoming release, "Foreigner With The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus."

The lead single from the band's sixth album, "Inside Information", reached No. 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the project peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200.

Due April 27, the new live project presents the band's biggest hits as compiled from a pair of May 2017 sold-out shows in Lucerne, Switzerland with a 58-piece orchestra and a 60-piece choir.

Conducted by Ernst Van Tiel, the set represents a year-long collaboration between Foreigner founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones and Grammy-nominated composing/arranging team Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer.

"I could never have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner 40 years ago, that we'd still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later," says Jones. "Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer's orchestral arrangements have shown us a new symphonic dimension of our music, which I hope our fans will enjoy." Watch the video here.

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Tommy Stinson Announces Safe At Home Benefits

Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, Guns N' Roses and Bash & Pop fame, has announced two special events to benefit the little league in his hometown of Huson, New York.

Safe At Home--A Benefit For Hudson Little League will include two special events that will feature live music from national and regional musicians with all of the proceeds benefiting Hudson Little League Association (a 501c3 non-profit.)

"Game one" is set to take place at the Hudson Brewing Companyon Saturday, May 5th at 12:00 p.m and the 21-and-over show will feature Cowboys In the Campfire (Stinson and Chip Roberts), Elvis Perkins, Brian Dewan, Chops and Sauerkraut, Magic Stones, Rebecca Borrer and special guests.

"Game two" will be taking place on May 12th at 5:00 p.m. at Club Helsinki and will include Alejandro Escovedo, Elvis Perkins, Stinson's Bash & Pop, Jesse Malin, and special guests. Must be 21 and older unless accompanied by an adult. See Tommy's social media post for more details here.

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Slipknot Offshoot Sinsaenum Announce New Album

Sinsaenum, which features former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and Dragonforce's Frederic Leclercq) have announced that they will be releasing their sophomore album, "Repulsion for Humanity", on August 10th.

Leclercq had this to say, "It's radical, it's violent, it's angry - angrier. The new album is a continuation of Ashes. In terms of sound and style, we've added more influences to the mix. This album is 100% us - not aimed to please the masses, not following formulas, and not made to fit radio criteria. From the artwork (made by Travis Smith), to the lyrics, to the music itself, there isn't an ounce of commercial compromise."

Joey Jordison also says, "In a way Repulsion… almost feels like this is our first album, because I had the opportunity to record my drum tracks in France with the band present this time. Them giving me ideas, and being able to construct the tracks together as a band, made for a killer foundation for the rest to build upon. This album is lethal, and the songwriting has evolved immensely."

Frontman Sean Zatorsky adds, "This is by far the heaviest, brutal, most amazing album I've ever been a part of. The riffs are so f***ing sick that they inspired me to vocally do things I have never been able to do but always wanted to - literally. I held nothing back because the music held nothing back."

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Stephen Bishop Revisits CD Feat Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Art Garfunkel

A classic album from Stephen Bishop, which featured guest appearances from Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Art Garfunkel, has been expanded for a new reissue.

Blixa Sounds have announced that they will be releasing the reissue of Bishop's third album "Red Cab To Manhattan" on May 11th complete with five bonus tracks.

The CD will feature gatefold packaging and the album digitally remixed from the original master tapes and includes the previously unreleased bonus tracks. Stephen shared his excitement about the reissue, "I'm especially excited because Red Cab is my favorite album.

"It has a lot of variety on it. It has great players including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Art Garfunkel. Plus, there are a lot of cool production things including great computerized keyboard work from Mike Mainieri who co-produced the album with Tommy Mottola." Read more here.

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The Room Announce Band Lineup Changes

Classic rock prog hybrid The Room have announced keyboard player Steve Checkley has decided to leave the band to concentrate on the increasing demands of family life and if being replaced by Mark Dixon and they also announced the addition of guitarist Eric Bouillette (Nine Skies and RDSK). We were sent the following details:

Steve joined the band in 2011 and appeared on both Open Fire and Beyond the Gates of Bedlam albums contributing some great melodies and ideas
for songs. That contribution continues on the bands new album to be released in the autumn of 2018.

"We are enormously sad that Steve has decided to leave the band but we understand and fully support his reasons. Steve has been with us for seven or so years and we are going to miss his humour, mad ideas and of course his help developing our unique sound" - Martin Wilson, Vocals here.

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Charming Liars Release 'Like A Drug' Video

Charming Liars take on the harsh realities of drug addiction with their brand new music video for their latest single "Like A Drug", which was released earlier this week.

Karnig Manoukian shared this about the track, "It's not unusual for a song like this to write itself. A song that illuminates the painful sides of love that are easy to overlook, especially when something beautiful is looking you in the eyes.

"This song captures what it's like to be on the dangerous side of the gun we call love. Like A Drug is about every failed escape that brings you that much closer to the thing you know you should be running from. I think most people can relate to the feelings of a toxic relationship in some way or another. That's what makes the theme of this song so universal.

"'Like A Drug' captures two things that humanity knows all too well: pain and love. In the pain of love lies the rites of passage that bring us all together." Watch the video here.

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