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Popular Metal Band Singer Arrested For Stolen Guitars

American Head Charge singer Cameron Heacock after police reportedly found over a dozen stolen guitars in his possession during a traffic stop, according to the Los Angeles CBS affiliate.

The 40-year-old singer was pulled over by in Costa Mesa, Ca last week driving an allegedly stolen van and officers discovered stolen property in the vehicle and during their investigation discovered a storage space that had additional stolen merchandise.

According to the report, police recovered thirteen guitars, nine believed to be from a near by Guitar Center, and a stolen motorcycle. The store said that over $10,000 worth of gear was returned to them. Read the report for more details here.

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Killswitch Engage Rejoined By Former Singer Howard Jones In Studio

Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach revealed late last week that the group recently recorded some "epic" new material with their former singer Howard Jones.

Leach shared the news with fans via Instagram, posting a post feature Jones and guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. He wrote, "This dude was in the neighborhood, so I figured hey let's get him to lay down some stuff for a thing...He did, and it is going to be EPIC!"

Killswitch Engage have been working on their next studio album and speculation that the collaboration with Jones is likely to appear on that effort when it arrives. See Leach's post here.

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Ghost Release 'Rats' Video and Reveal New Album Details

(hennemusic) Ghost are streaming a Roboshobo-directed video for "Rats", the lead single from their forthcoming album, "Prequelle" and revealed more details about the new studio effort.

Due June 1, the project marks the introduction of the band's new leader, Cardinal Copia, who made his live debut with Ghost at a private, acoustic performance in Chicago, IL on April 6.

The Cardinal - who has heterochromia iridum, a condition where the iris of one eye is a different color than the iris of the other eye - replaces outgoing singer Papa Emeritus III following his work on their third album, 2015's "Meliora", and 2016's "Popestar" EP.

Ghost recorded "Prequelle" at Artery Studios in Stockholm, Sweden with producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Opeth). The Swedish outfit will launch the album on a spring North American tour that begins in Riverside, CA on May 5. Watch the video and check out the tracklisting here.

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Richie Sambora and Orianthi Announce New Album

As Richie Sambora prepared to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame with Bon Jovi this past weekend, he let out the news that he his girlfriend Orianthi are releasing a new album.

The project is called RSO and they announced that their debut collaborative album, featuring production from Bob Rock, entitled "Radio Free America", will be released on May 11th.

They also called on some big name guest stars to appear on the album including Alice Cooper (who Orianthi played with previously), The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and Paul McCartney band drummer Abe Laboriel, .

Richie had this to say, "I think these songs are about just being human. People have more in common with each other than they think. Ori and I have had the chance to see that up close, in front of millions of people around the world, for many years.

"It's ingrained in us as songwriters, that desire to transcend language and genre, to play for people, entertain them, and write songs that can be the soundtrack to their lives."

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Huey Lewis Cancels Live Dates After Losing Hearing Due To Illness

Huey Lewis and The News have been forced to cancel all of their 2018 live shows after the band's frontman and namesake lost most of his hearing, the band revealed in a social media post late last week.

Lewis broke the news to fans with the following post, "Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing. Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can't hear music well enough to sing. The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to ?nd pitch.

"I've been to the House Ear Institute, the Stanford Ear Institute, and the Mayo Clinic, hoping to ?nd an answer. The doctors believe I have Meniere's disease and have agreed that I can't perform until I improve. Therefore the only prudent thing to do is to cancel all future shows.

"Needless to say, I feel horrible about this, and wish to sincerely apologize to all the fans who've already bought tickets and were planning to come see us. I'm going to concentrate on getting better, and hope that one day soon I'll be able to perform again. Sincerely Huey"

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The Killers Play Tom Petty Tribute At Rock Hall Ceremony

(hennemusic) The Killers performed Tom Petty's 1977 classic, "American Girl", as a tribute to the late rocker at the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in Cleveland, OH on April 14, and video from the evening is available online.

According to Cleveland.com, the Las Vegas, NV band were the surprise opening act for the event at the city's Public Auditorium, where they ripped through the Petty track before segueing briefly into the singer's 1989 solo hit, "Free Fallin.'"

"Ladies and gentlemen get out of your seats," implored frontman Brandon Flowers, "pay some rock and roll respect to the impenetrable, the masterful, to the eternal Tom Petty."

Flowers returned later in the evening to induct The Cars into the Rock Hall alongside Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Petty passed away last October 2 at the age of 66 in a Santa Monica, CA hospital after being found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. Watch the tribute here.

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Jack White's Appearance On The Tonight Show Streaming Online

(hennemusic) Jack White was the featured guest on NBC-TV's Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on April 12, and video from the episode is available for streaming online.

White joined Fallon to discuss his recently-released third album, "Boarding House Reach", which debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200. The rocker shared details about the set, including a story about how legendary gangster Al Capone inspired the record's closing track "Humoresque."

"I saw this auction that said 'handwritten sheet music by Al Capone in Alcatraz,'" explained White. "I thought, 'What could that possibly be?' It said 'Humoresque' written on it, and I was like, 'Did he write a song in Alcatraz?' And the description said, 'He was in a band in Alcatraz. He convinced the warden to buy the music equipment. The band was called the Rock Islanders, and Machine Gun Kelly was the drummer in the band.'"

White bought the sheet music and brought it into a recording session in New York, where he learned more about the song's history. Watch video of his appearance here.

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Eric Clapton Life In 12 Bars Documentary And Soundtrack Coming

(hennemusic) The Eric Clapton documentary, "Life In 12 Bars", and its companion soundtrack will be released on June 8th. Available on DVD and Blu-ray, the film by director Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush, Driving Miss Daisy) takes an unflinching and deeply personal look into the life of legendary 18-time Grammy winner while following his career through The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek And The Dominos, and his solo years.

The rocker's private life is "the emotional spine of the film," according to Zanuck. "Clapton's music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days.

"He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance."

"Life In 12 Bars" premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival ahead of its US broadcast debut on Showtime this past February.

An official soundtrack will also be available as a 2CD and 4LP set plus digital formats; the release includes - for the first time anywhere - the entire full length version of Clapton's take on Bob Marley's 1973 classic, "I Shot The Sheriff", recorded during the sessions for his 1974 album, "461 Ocean Boulevard."

The project delivers 32 featured tracks, including four other previously unreleased tunes by Clapton, Derek And The Dominos, and Cream. Read more and see the trailer here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Announces Memoir

(hennemusic) Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has announced that he will be releasing his memoir, "Acid For The Children", on September 25th via Grand Central Publishing.

"Iconic bassist and co-founder of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating life story," says the publsihers, "complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an L.A. street rat turned world-famous rock star."

When Grand Central first announced more than four years ago that it had acquired the rights to the memoir, it said the book would will cover topics including: "His move from a 'normal' upbringing in the suburbs of New York to Los Angeles to live a bohemian life with a jazz musician step-father; his young, rebellious life on the streets of L.A. where he befriends Anthony Kiedis and founds the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Kiedis and two other high school friends; details about his sometimes complex friendship and collaboration with Kiedis; his myriad experiences with hard drugs; and, of course, the tumultuous creative journey of the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers through its various incarnations over the last 30 years, according to Flea."

"I love literature deeply," said Flea in 2014. "I view books as sacred things, and in writing my story, I'm going to do my best to honor the form that has played such a huge part in shaping who I am." Read more here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Confusion' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed the "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" track "Confusion" at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany on April 7, and the band are sharing professional footage from the show.

The group are currently playing arena dates on the latest leg of a European tour that resumed in Herning, Denmark on March 27 following a 6-week break from the road as the spring trek runs into early May.

The dates will be interrupted when Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants host the 6th annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park on April 23. "We'll take a quick break from the European tour to head back to the Bay Area and celebrate one of our favorite hometown traditions," says the band. "Members of the band will be on hand to start things off right with the National Anthem and first pitch, sticking around all night to cheer on the team against the Washington Nationals.

"As is customary, we'll take part in some of the between-inning fun and games as well as an exclusive pre-game VIP event." Watch the video here.

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The Cars Rock Hall Induction Video Goes Online

(hennemusic) The Cars were inducted into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during an April 14 event at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, OH, and video from the annual ceremony has surfaced online.

Rolling Stone reports the group were introduced by Brandon Flowers of The Killers, who declared: "The Cars were the first band I fell in love with, and you never forget your first. They achieved greatness and left a comet trail behind them, writing and recording songs that have transcended into classics."

The Cars have roots in Cleveland, where guitarist Ric Ocasek teamed up with bassist Benjamin Orr in a few different outfits in the 1960s before relocating to Boston.

Orr - who died of pancreatic cancer in 2000 - was remembered fondly by his bandmates, including guitarist Elliott Easton: "His incredible voice, solid bass playing, and good humor was such a huge part of the band's success. Cleveland was Ben's hometown, and I know whenever he is, he's so proud of this special occasion and even more so that we're here of all places."

Joined by Weezer bassist Scott Shriner, The Cars took center stage for a four-song induction performance that featured their 1984 US Top 10 hit, "You Might Think", alongside three tracks from their self-titled 1978 debut: "My Best Friend's Girl", "Moving In Stereo" and "Just What I Needed." Watch the videos of the induction and jam here.

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Sink The Ship Release Video For 'Everything' Featuring Levi From Miss May I

Sink The Ship has released a music video for their track "Everything," which features features Levi Benton of Miss May I. The song comes from their forthcoming album, "Persevere" (due out on April 27th).

Singer Colton Ulery had this to say: "This is the first song we wrote for the album. I've been stoked on it since day one. When we found out Levi was down to co-op on it, we knew it was gonna be something even more special than originally. This song hits home for me and I hope it finds anybody who has ever found themselves in a toxic relationship. We're gonna be playing this song every night of our upcoming tour with Settle Your Scores and Telltale \m/, so we hope to see you all soon."

Levi Benton further adds: "I am so excited to be a part of Sink The Ship's debut album. I have been hearing about them for some time now and when they asked me to do a track I couldn't miss out. Not only are we label-mates, but they are Ohio boys too. We have to stick together and what better way than to contribute to their album and on such a great track. Being a part of the video was the best part because we actually got to hang out and talk about being musicians in Ohio. This record is nothing but diverse and creative and I am happy to see Sink The Ship keeping Ohio on the map!" Watch the video here.

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Kataklysm Announce Record Release Shows

Kataklysm have announced a handful of exclusive dates across the U.S. this June to celebrate the June 1st release of their brand new studio album "Meditations".

Jungle Rot will be supporting the first three shows (Brooklyn, Cincinnati, and Chicago) and Exmortus will take over for the final show that is taking place at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, Ca on June 7th.

Maurizio Iacono had this to say and revealed a nice bonus for fans that catch these shows, "Meditations is coming - a work of art. To celebrate, we decided to do four select release party shows across the states. We encourage everyone to come party! Every attendee will receive a copy our new album, 'Meditations' and bonus live DVD. Support the cause of metal and see ya soon \m/" See the dates here.

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The Raven Age Reveal New Singer With Song Stream

The Raven Age have revealed a brand new single called "Surrogate" which features the addition of former Wild Lies vocalist Matt James to the band's lineup.

James had this to say, "I'm feeling incredibly honoured and excited to become part of The Raven Age family. It's been such a natural fit for me, and has made me see that the possibilities are endless for the future of this band."

Guitarist George Harris added, "The morale and excitement of The Raven Age has been sky high since Matt joined the band. He is an incredible vocalist and has brought a new lease of life to our sound. We can't wait to show everyone what we've been up to in the studio and 'Surrogate' is just a teaser of what Matt is bringing to the table." Check out the new song here.

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G3 Tour With Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Uli Jon Roth Launches Next Week

Joe Satriani is gearing up to launch the 2018 UK and European legs of his famed G3 Tour which will also feature Dream Theater's John Petrucci and former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth.

The trek will be kicking off in the UK at the Southend Cliffs Pavilion on Tuesday 24th April and will continue on to London, Bristol, Manchester, Portsmouth and Birmingham and the shows will include a set from each guitarist with the night concluding with a "massive jam".

Satriani had this to say, "I could say that I'm surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it's grown, but in a way I'm not," he said with a laugh, "I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage. It's fun, it's unpredictable, it's wild - it's everything you could want in a show." Read more here.

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Marduk Announce New Studio Album 'Viktoria'

Marduk have announced that they will be releasing a brand new studio album which will be entitled "Viktoria" and will be unleashed by Century Media Records on June 22nd.

They will be offering up the new record in various formats including digitally, standard CD (with jewelcase), vinyl LP (with inlay and 180 gram vinyl), and a limited edition CD box set that will include the CD, woven patch, metal pin, and three stickers.

The band will be releasing the vinyl edition as a standard black LP but also limited edition colored versions. Transparent sun-yellow vinyl: Limited to 300 copies, available at various outlets in North America, Dark green vinyl: Limited to 200 copies, Clear vinyl: Limited to 200 copies, White vinyl: Limited to 200 copies, Golden vinyl: Limited to 300 copies, Transparent red vinyl: Limited to 100 copies, Red vinyl: Limited to 200 copies, Silver vinyl: Limited to 300 copies and Picture vinyl: Limited to 500 copies.

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Singled Out: Frequency Drift's Electricity

Frequency Drift just released their new album "Letters To Maro" this past Friday (April 13th) and to celebrate we asked Irini Alexia to tell us about the single "Electricity". Here is the story:

What gives Japanese horror culture the edge over classic Western ghost stories? Is there an innate human longing to be allowed to be irrational? What if you're not alone when you think you are? These are some of the questions our latest single "Electricity" plays upon.

When I joined Frequency Drift as their singer and lyricist in 2017, most of the music on our new album Letters To Marohad already been written. What was still missing were the lyrics - the stories that lay encrypted in the songs. I could not have wished for a more exciting artistic playground: prizing out the meaning trapped in each piece is like a treasure hunt, and the feeling when a story finally breathes free and oscillates through the air as words is exhilarating.

As stories go, Letters To Maro has a couple of recurring themes that blend together differently in each song. "The whole album is inspired by Japanese horror culture, magic realism, urban insanity and the loneliness that comes with 21st century living", explained Andreas and Nerissa, Frequency Drift's musical masterminds. "Go run with those themes!" And run I did - mainly to the library, where I plunged head-on into Haruki Murakami's weird and yet strangely relatable worlds of Norwegian Wood, After Darkand 1Q84. I also soaked up everything I could about what makes Japanese horror stories so much more spine-tingling and blood-chilling than its Western counterparts.

This is what I found: while in Europe and North America ghosts are usually confined to creaky old mansions, medieval graveyards and deep, dark forests (from which today's frightened traveller may easily escape into the clinical comforts of civilization), Japanese ghosts often seem to exist on the substrate of water or electricity - things that flow. With both of these elements running abundantly through modern cities, delivered straight into our homes via pipes and cables, no place is safe. And that way, instead of detaching us from our silly fears of haunted spirits, technical progress just opens new doors for our age-old paranoia to creep back in - from video tapes (remember Ringu?) to smart phones to the internet of things, once you let your imagination run wild, the potential for horror and mischief is as endless as the world wide web.

This is exactly what "Electricity" is about: are you absolutely sure there is nothing surreal going on in your disillusioned, calculable world? I remember driving home from band practice in the evening twilight, listening to the instrumentals of the song. The album version begins with a rousing, pulsating electric vibe, and just as I was listening to that, a row of giant overhead transmission lines glided into view. That's when I knew the story that begged to be told. It's a story about "what-ifs", about allowing your mental images to take you into that irrational space that may well be daft and absurd - and yet has always had a place somewhere deep inside the human psyche.

And let's be honest: it doesn't even have to be the thought of something otherworldly keeping you company through your electronic devices if you want to give yourself the heebie jeebies...

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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