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Led Zeppelin Stream Video Preview For Record Store Day Release

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are previewing their first-ever Record Store Day release with a brand new video that they are streaming ahead of the 2018 edition of the April 21 event.

The band will issue a limited edition 7" single featuring previously unheard mixes of "Rock And Roll" and "Friends" for the annual event that celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.

The previously unreleased version of "Rock And Roll" provides an additional peek into the fabled 1971 "Sunset Sound Mixes" of "Led Zeppelin IV". Only two previous "Sunset Sound Mixes" have been released, the first being the version of "When The Levee Breaks" on the original album and the second the "Stairway To Heaven" mix that debuted on the 2014 deluxe edition reissue of the band's fourth record.

The previously unheard "Olympic Studios Mix" of "Friends" is a stripped-down version without the orchestration that was included of the final mix that appeared on 1970's "Led Zeppelin III." Watch the video here.

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Guns N' Roses Reunion Scores Two Billboard Awards Nominations

(hennemusic) The Guns N' Roses "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour has earned the blockbuster band a pair of nominations for the upcoming 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

The trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan are finalists in the "Top Rock Tour" category alongside Coldplay and U2, while they'll also compete for "Top Touring Artist" against Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and U2.

Billboard Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound and the 2018 honors are based on the reporting period of April 8, 2017 through March 31, 2018.

Hosted by Kelly Clarkson, the 2018 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, May 20 on NBC.

Guns N' Roses launched the reunion series with a rare club show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 1, 2016; the band have extended the run into a third year and will return to the stage for a series of summer 2018 concert dates across Europe that will begin in Berlin, Germany on June 3. here.

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Paul Rodgers Reveals Free Spirit Release Details

(hennemusic) Paul Rodgers will release the live project, "Free Spirit - Celebrating The Music Of Free", via multiple formats on June 22. It will be available on CD/DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl, and across digital platforms

The package captures the legendary singer in a May 28, 2017 sold-out show at London's Royal Albert Hall as part of his Free Spirit UK tour, which saw Rodgers performing songs strictly from the band's catalogue as he celebrated the 50th anniversary of meeting guitarist Paul Kossoff prior to forming the group.

The 16-song set includes performances of Free classics like "All Right Now", "Wishing Well", "Fire And Water" and many deep tracks - some of which were never performed live by the original band, such as "Love You So" and "Catch A Train."

"I have been making music for a long, long, long time, so to get super charged and re-inspired to perform was a revelation", says Rodgers. "I loved the 'Free Spirit' tour and the guys who helped create the magic, Pete Bullick, Rich Newman, Ian Rowley and Gerard 'G' Louis. I hope you feel it too, just lose yourself in the music and let it fuel your soul." Read more

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Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament Releases 'Safe In The Car' Video

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is streaming a video for "Safe In The Car", the lead single from his forthcoming solo album, "Heaven/Hell." Due May 10, "Heaven/Hell" marks the bassist's third solo release, following 2008's "Tone" and 2012's "While My Heart Beats."

The tune featured vocals by St. Louis, MO singer/songwriter Angel Olsen and appearances by Ament's bandmates Mike McCready and Matt Cameron. The clip was directed by Ament, who revealed the inspiration for the footage, which was filmed entirely inside a car with the rocker behind the wheel.

"I was seeing Cormac McCarthy's The Road - you're driving to the coast and you're trying to get away from the nuclear winter and you have your dogs in the car and you're just trying to escape this horrible apocalypse that just happened," Ament tells Rolling Stone. "[The directors] asked me what I wanted [the video] to look like and the first thing that came to mind was grindhouse. I always loved the super high-contrast, dark look of that. It's the world coming to an end and trying to have a sense of humor about it." here.

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Stryper React To Walmart Banning Album Over Title

Stryper frontman Michael Sweet has shared his disappointment with Walmart after the retail giant decided to carry the band's forthcoming album due to concerns over its title.

The new album will be called "God Damn Evil" and is hitting stores today but not Walmart apparently. Sweet had the following to say, "We're disappointed. Stryper has always been about making people think outside the box.

"Our new album title God Damn Evil is a statement that's needed in our society. We've seen evil rise to new levels and this title is simply a prayer request asking God to damn or condemn all the evil around us. Many chains have joined us in making such a statement. Walmart unfortunately has not.

"The odd thing is of all the chains out there we assumed Walmart would be one to understand exactly what our point and purpose is. Unfortunately not. Although we respect their decision and what's done is done, it's frustrating to see something that's meant for good get misinterpreted and misunderstood."

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Deafheaven Announce Album and North American Tour

After Deafheaven surprised fans earlier this week with the release of a new song, they have now revealed details for their new album and a North American tour to support it.

The band's new studio album will be entitled "Ordinary Corrupt Human Love" and is scheduled to hit stores on July 13th. The effort was produced by Jack Shirley.

The group gave fans a taste of the effort with the release of a video for lead single "Honeycomb". Watch it here. They will be hitting the road for a North American tour this summer in support of the record. Read more here.

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The Alarm's Mike Peters 24 Hour Globe Trotting For RSD

(MSO) The Alarm's Mike Peters has announced that he will be taking a massive trip to celebrate this year's Record Store Day on April 21st. We were sent the following details

Peters will undertake a three-stop transcontinental trip within 24 hours, hitting record stores in London, New York and Los Angeles. For RSD, the band will issue a limited edition eight-song EP Where The Two Rivers Meet.

"I'm so proud of the new music that is being made in the name of The Alarm right here and now," says singer, songwriter and guitarist Mike Peters. The day will kick off with a sold-out listening party in the UK hosted by Diverse Music in Newport, Wales before Peters crosses the Atlantic for stops in New York at Looney Tunes Records in Babylon, Long Island and Los Angeles at Fingerprints Records in Long Beach. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a camera, creating an "on the run" video, Peters adds, "It's probably a good idea to make sure your favorite Alarm t-shirt is clean and ready to be worn on Record Store Day!" Read more

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Singled Out: Christopher Dean's Everything Fades

Heavy multi-instrumentalist Christopher Dean (Michale Graves, Darkness Descends, Alyxx) released his single "Everything Fades," from his debut album, "Life Lessons". Today, he tells us some more about the song. Here is the story:

Everything Fades is the Beginning of what I call the 13th chapter in my life . 13 is the number symbolic to change and before you can change the game, you have to clean the slate. Everything does eventually fade away, so when it does you have to decide what you 're gonna do about it.

Originally the song was a male vocal duet and a deeply depressing, horror-filled piano part right out of the demons closet of pain, but I decided to take a different view of these misfortunes. I chose to work harder in times of adversity, now I am human, and I do feel all the feels, but I try to convey my message in a way in which I can instill at least a thread of hope in the listener.

That being said, Each and Every track on "Life Lessons" is a testament to my love of melody and my everlasting drive to take the trials that destiny has set forth and battled them same as the warriors of the world before me, and put them to song, because that's what I love to do, that's what makes me feel great again when I am down, I will NEVER STOP

..quick side note, that's the best advice I was ever given, by Steve Zing, of Danzig and Samhain all the way back in the myspace days, when I reached out to him looking for advice over the years, upon giving me the best answers to my yearning immature self, he ALWAYS reminded me, "Dean, NEVER Stop!" and I never will.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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