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Stone Temple Pilots Supergroup Doesn't Fly

The Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson revealed in a new interview that he attempted to start a new supergroup with Stone Temple Pilots' Dean and Robert DeLeo.

Robinson teamed up with the DeLeo brothers following the Crowes breakup but he says that nothing came of the collaboration. He explained to AL.com, "You know, we sat down and tried to write some songs and stuff and had a nice time, but nothing really came of it.

"I was already pretty much on my way to, I kind of wanted to get away from the riff-rock oriented, uh, scarves and necklaces and whatever rock 'n' roll - they're great at it. And they have written some great songs.

"I was like 'I don't want to scream and yell over loud guitars. I want to tell these stories and I want my singing and my poetry to have a different relevance to the music.'"

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Def Leppard's Joe Elliott Has Already Planned Funeral Songs

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott says in a new interview with the Music and Me podcast that he has already selected some of the songs that he wants to have played at his funeral.

Elliott was a special guest during the premiere episode of Kylie Olsson's new podcast and revealed the following about what he wants played at his funeral, "I've already written it into my will.

"I want 'Anthem' by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, 'All the Young Dudes,' of course, by Mott the Hoople - and probably 'Rest in Peace' by Mott the Hoople. An obvious choice, but it's just a great song."

He added, "I will probably throw in some ironic song that will make the ones that are sniffling burst into laughter. I've got to throw something mad in there; I don't know what it is yet But 'Dudes' and 'Anthem,' because they're grand and they sound like Well, 'Dudes' doesn't sound like a death march, but 'Anthem' by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band has got the drum roll and the piano and then the bagpipes come in and take you out. It's almost like a New Year's Eve song; it's very Scottish. And it sounds like a great song to see my ashes blow off into the distance - hopefully in quite a few years' time." Check out the full podcast here.

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Iron Maiden Frontman's Film 'Scream for Me Sarajevo' Coming To Theaters

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has announced that his new film "Scream for Me Sarajevo" will be will be hitting select theaters across the US and Canada on May 10th.

According to the synopsis, "The 1994 concert features global rock star Bruce Dickinson and his band Skunkworks who performed in the midst of the siege of Sarajevo. This is a film about extraordinary people defying the horrors of war, and the musicians who risked their lives to play a show for them."

Dickinson looked back the experience in his memoir "What Does This Button Do?", recalling, "We weren't protected, there was no plan and the bullets were real, but f*** it, we went anyway.

"The gig was immense, intense, and probably the biggest show in the world at that moment for the audience and for us. That the world didn't really know didn't matter. It changed the way I viewed life, death and other human beings."

Fans that attend the theatrical screening will also be treated to an exclusive new interview with Dickinson at participating theaters. Find out if it will be showing hear you and purchase tickets here.

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Jack White Announces Appearance On The Tonight Show

(hennemusic) Jack White will appear on NBC-TV's Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, April 12. The rocker will be on hand to promote his upcoming performance this weekend on Saturday Night Live as well as his recently-released third album, "Boarding House Reach."

The follow-up to 2014's "Lazaretto" was introduced with the lead singles "Connected By Love" and "Respect Commander" ahead of the project's arrival and debut at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200.

Produced by White, the set sold 124,000 equivalent album units to score the largest sales week for a rock album in 2018. The singer will begin an extensive North American tour in his hometown of Detroit, MI on April 19. Read more

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Metallica Stream Tracks From Garage Days Reissue

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming a pair of cover tunes as a preview to this Friday's (April 13th) reissue their 1987 collection, "The $5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited."

Fans can hear remastered versions of the group's take on Budgie's 1974 track, "Crash Course In Brain Surgery", and "The Wait" from Killing Joke's 1980 self-titled debut from the project, which has been out-of-print and will be available later this week for the first time in decades.

Upon its original release, the EP peaked at No. 28 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than a million copies in the country. The 2018 reissue will be available in a variety of formats.

"Keeping with our 80's theme," says the band, "the remastered EP will not only be released as a CD and download, but also as several vinyl versions including a picture disc, as a cassette, and in a longbox (you youngsters can search the web for that term!)." Listen to both preview songs here.

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ZZ Top Announce Cinco No. 2 Box Set

(hennemusic) ZZ Top will release "Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs", a vinyl box set delivering the group's first five albums, on June 1. The package includes 1979's "Deguello", 1981's "El Loco", 1983's "Eliminator", 1985's "Afterburner" and 1990's "Recycler."

The collection picks up where 2017's "Cinco: The First Five LPs" set left off, beginning with the group's first US platinum record, "Deguello", and fan favorite "El Loco" before the Texas trio owned the mainstream in the then-new MTV-era with 1983's "Eliminator" - the biggest selling album of their career that earned US diamond status for 10 million copies sold in the country.

1985's "Afterburner" delivered four US Top 40 singles on its way to sales of 5 million Stateside, while 1990's "Recycler" was another US Top 10 album hit. Each album in the box set features audio sourced from the original masters and artwork that faithfully reproduces the original releases.

Pressed on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl, "Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs" is presented in a box made to look like the custom suits worn by guitarist Billy Gibbons on stage. Read more here.

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Hopesfall Release New Video and Announce Long Awaited Album

Hopesfall have released a new music video for their track "H.A. Wallace Space Academy." The song is the first single from their just announced new studio album.

The new full length record will be entitled "Aribiter" and is scheduled to hit stores on July 13th. It comes following the long wait from the group's last album, "Magnetic North," which was released back in 2007.

Frontman Jay Forrest had this to say, "After Magnetic North, I felt like we left unfinished business on the table. I think Hopesfall has carried the underdog chip on our shoulder for the majority of our playing career. That's given us an edge that has defined our music.

"Now, we've hunkered down and cast our antenna out to tap into this vast creative universe. We're counting on the listener to complete the creative process and help decode the transmission. Barring World War III, I think this album will stand amongst our best." Watch the video

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The Police's Andy Summers Leads NorCal Fire Benefit Lineup

The Police guitarist Andy Summers will be headlining a charity concert next week that was organized by Guitar Player magazine to benefit musicians that were affected by the fires in Northern California.

The special event dubbed "Play It Forward" will be taking place at 8PM local time on April 20th at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (located at 50 Mark West Springs Road) in Santa Rosa, Ca.

In addition to Summers, the lineup for the show will also include L.A. Guns' guitarist Tracii Guns, Michael Jackson's lead guitarist and Jeff Beck collaborator Jennifer Batten and more

Guitar Player Editor in Chief Michael Molenda had this to say, "The rebuilding and healing continues. The magazine was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it has many readers, friends, peers, and compatriots in the area devastated by the NorCal fires.

The GP staff wanted to do something to help musicians who had lost their homes, their treasured instruments, and, in some cases, their livelihoods. This is a small local event with a lot of heart." Find more details and tickets here.

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Madball's New Album Features Ice-T Guest Appearance

Madball have announced that they will be releasing their new album "'For The Cause" on June 15th and also revealed that a track on the effort will feature a guest appearance from legendary rapper and Body Count frontman Ice-T.

Ice-T had this to say about working with the band, "It's an honor to record with the legendary Madball. Body Count draws its closest similarities to NY Hardcore. This is a natural."

Madball frontman Freddy Cricien adds "It's truly an honor to have Ice-T on our record! I grew up on his music from his early hip hop stuff till now. He's an iconic figure but also a 'class act', you don't always get both at once. Ice has a great respect for NYHC and MADBALL, means the world. This was meant to happen.... real recognizes real." Read more here.

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Little Steven A Big Part Of This Year's Blues Music Week

(Conqueroo) Little Steven Van Zandt is set to be a big part of his year's Blues Music week with organizers revealed that the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band icon is collaborating with the Blues Foundation as part of its annual celebration of its 2018 Blues Hall Of Fame inductees and Blues Music Award nominees and winners.

We were sent the following details: The 2018 Blues Music Week will start and end with with Little Steven Van Zandt. Back in January, Little Steven served as a finals judge for the International Blues Challenge, and came away so impressed with the Blues Foundation's work to preserve blues heritage and celebrate blues recording and performance that he offered to return as the host of the Blues Music Awards in order to help bring even greater awareness to the significance of this music form. He will launch Blues Music Week with a special Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul show at Memphis' Minglewood Hall on Tuesday, May 8. Then, on Thursday, May 10, he'll emcee the biggest awards show in Blues at the Cook Convention Center, where he will be joined on stage by such big-name award presenters as Steve Miller, Joe Louis Walker, Janiva Magness, Tito Jackson, Candi Staton, and Tony Joe White. Read more here.

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Anthrax Release Kings Among Scotland Preview Video

Anthrax have released a new preview video for their forthcoming live release "Kings Among Scotland" which features the new DVD's producer and director Paul M. Green.

The new home video runs for 2 hours and was captured live during the thrash veteran's sold out show at the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow in February of last year where they performed their iconic "Among the Living" in full.

Green (Opeth, The Damned, The Levellers) helmed the new release and had this to say, "I've been in this for sixteen years and I can honestly say I don't think I've ever felt such power at a concert in my life. We had these noise reduction headsets so we could communicate with each other and it was so noisy, even with all that technology, people were not quite hearing what I was saying.

"The power of it was unbelievable. And I was at the back of the auditorium, so god knows what it would have been like in front of the speakers. Anthrax are legends, what more can you say?" Watch the full preview clip here.

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Coastlands Release New Video Ahead Of Spring Tour

Coastlands has released a new music video for their track, "Quiet Beneath the Yangtze River," and have announced the details for their new spring tour across the U.S.

The new video can be streamed here and band had this to say about the trek that kicks off on April 18th in Boise, "We have been anticipating this tour since we locked in the dates over the winter.

Touring is a passion of ours, we love playing in new cities, curating a unique live performance, and meeting all the incredible folks that have helped us get to this point.

"Coastlands has gone through a reformation for 2018, both in terms of members and sound. We're excited to present a set of new material, never played out before and to visit some of our favorite cities!" See the dates here.

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The Dark Giving Away Tori Amos Cover From New Album

The Dark are offering their cover of "Crucify" by Tori Amos as a free download to celebrate the announcement of their new album "Live.Create.Destroy", which is set to be released on May 3rd.

Vocalist Brandon Ashley had this to say, "With this record I'm taking you back to the darkest years of my life where nothing made sense aside from pain and self-destruction. I wish to share these words and music so other people out there going through the same path could get inspired and find a way out."

The album also features a special guest appearance from Christian Eigner of Depeche Mode on a track called "Product". Grab the free download of the Tori Amos cover and learn more here.

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The Slyde Announce Debut Album and Release Shows

Canadian melodic prog rockers The Slyde have announced that they will be releasing their debut full length album "Awakening" on May 18th and announced a series of release shows to celebrate. They sent us the following details:

For the new album, the band (formerly known as just Slyde) have added six tracks to the the previously released four tracks that appearance on their 2017 EP "Back Again".

The Slyde has played over 160 shows on the Eastern Canadian circuit, including support for Protest The Hero, Ottawa Bluesfest, Canadian Music Week, IndieWeek, and Wacken Metal Battle Canada. Catch the band on the road for their Album Release shows. See the dates and the tracklisting here.

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Thunderbird Announce New Studio Album

Thunderbird have announced that they will be releasing their new self-titled third album on April 25th which was produced by frontman Marc LaFrance and Kelly Stodola.

LaFrance had this to say about the effor, "The album is like a collection of short stories. I am singing the songs as different characters, or telling their tales. A gallery of rogues from the dark side!"

The album marked the first recording with new guitarist Brice Tabis (who replaced Rod 'Doc' Coogan) and was mixed by Mike Fraser at The Armoury and mastered by Adam Ayan (Def Leppard, Foo Fighters, Queen) at Gateway Mastering.

The record also features a guest appearance from jazz pianist Chris Gestrin, and a string section on closing track "Vampire" arranged and conducted by film composer Peter Allen. See the tracklisting here.

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Singled Out: Reno Divorce's She's In Love With The Avenue

Reno Divorce just released a video for their song "She's In Love With The Avenue" from their "Ship Of Fools" EP and to celebrate we asked singer/guitarist Brent Loveday to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

The initial idea for this song came to me around six years ago. I was attending a car show and I spied this young couple perusing up and down the aisles. The guy was greaser, about 19 or 20 years old, and the girl seemed kind of like a square, in comparison. She almost had a Sandy Olsson (from Grease, pre-finale) look to her, now that I think about it. That's probably where my mind was going with it. Even though the guy looked like a greaser, he was "green to the scene", as if he was still cultivating his look and style by taking cues from the old-timers. She was quietly in tow, not really uninterested, but bookish and shy in comparison to the usually pin-up and rockabetty girls that are at car shows like this one. I could tell they both were in awe of the the custom cars and music from the bands who were playing. I remember the first time I'd experienced a show that big when I was young. It was intoxicating. So I'm sitting back, observing, and I see the seasoned vets circling the girl like vultures! I mean, she really was beautiful, and she's there with this greenhorn, so naturally one of them thinks they're gonna spirit her away from him. The kid was asking the old-timers questions about their whips while the other dudes were hitting on her and trying to swoop her up. You could also see the innocence she had when she walked in turn to intrigue, and then turn to licentiousness with the more attention she got. It was like a light bulb went off in her head and she realized that suddenly she was the show-winner.
When I introduce this song at shows, I sometimes say it's a coming-of-age tune. It's about a woman's sexuality getting awakened. It's also a lost love song, though, because she doesn't end up leaving with the one she came with. I saw a lot of myself in that kid. I was young when I got into the punk rock scene and I took my cues from the older guys. I didn't have role models at home, so I found my own. I could see where his genuine interest in those guys' cars would distract him from what was unfolding right under his nose with his girl. It's sad really, but I'm sure he learned a lesson for the next time... "less chat and more hat".

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

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