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Fleetwood Mac Announce Massive Tour

Fleetwood Mac have followed their revelation that they have replaced Lindsay Buckingham with the announced that they new lineup will be launching a North American tour this fall.

The band will feature founding members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, along with longtime members Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie. Buckingham has been replaced with Crowded House frontman Neil Finn and Mike Campbell.

The epic tour is scheduled to kick off on October 3rd in Tulsa, OK at the
BOK Center and will they will visit over 50 cities before concluding the trek on April 5th of next year in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center. Read more

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Original Guns N' Roses Star Recruits American Idol For Band

Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler has revealed the new lineup of his solo band which will be fronted by former American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis.

Apart from the Idol and Rock Of Ages alum, the new version of Adler's Appetite will also include Carl Restivo (Wyclef Jean, Ed Palermo Big Band, Extreme) on guitar, bassist Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken and many more) and lead guitarist Michael Thomas (Faster Pussycat, Bang Tango, Beautiful Creatures).

Maroulis offered the following comments to Billboard about his new gig, "Of course, Guns N' Roses was the soundtrack to my youth. To play with Steven has been the highlight of my career. He's a lovely guy, and his playing on Appetite For Destruction was second to none, and that sound he made on it defined that whole generation's sound." Read more here.

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Killswitch Engage Cancel Dates For Medical Reasons

Killswitch Engage singer Jesse Leach is scheduled to have vocal surgery which has forced the band to cancel their upcoming spring tour dates including a run with in Hatebreed, Candiria and The Word Alive.

The band broke the news to fans with the following message, "Earlier today we found out Jesse needs to have surgery to repair an issue with his vocal chords. He is expected to make a full recovery and be fine for any future touring, but to avoid any future risk we unfortunately have to pull off these dates now.

"Our intention is to postpone the headline shows in Sayreville, Louisville, Cleveland and Poughkeepsie and get back to our fans as soon as possible. New dates for those cities will be announced soon, so please hold onto your tickets.

"In the meantime our friends in Hatebreed, Candiria and The Word Alive still plan on continuing forward with these shows. Show them your support."

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Vinnie Vincent Does Rare Interview and Teases Tour

Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent gave a very rare interview to Talking Metal's Mark Strigl and also revealed to fans that may be hitting the road again soon.

Vincent who was a member of KISS for two studio albums, "Creatures Of The Night" and their unmasked debut "Lick It Up" and cowrote material for the acclaimed "Revenge", recently spoke with the popular podcast about a number of topics.

Strigl says they discussed "Topics include: Vinnie's upcoming touring plans, Robert Fleischman, Vicki Peterson, Felix Cavaliere, his current guitar playing ability, his upcoming book, his appearance at the Chiller Theatre Expo in NJ (April 27th - 29th), the 2018 Atlanta Kiss Expo, a summer tour of Australia, the rumors about him, his guitar gear, his dislike of drummers, KISS songs with drum machines and much more."

Vinnie also recently took to Facebook to share this exciting news with fans, "I have been talking to promoters about a Vinnie Tour. So these are the plans and let's hope they materialize. If they don't I will be sad... but this is it so far as I know to share with you. The promoters want to do a Vinnie Acoustic Tour in key cities and when that is done, then...

"The Vinnie Vincent Electric Full Shredd Tour - fasten your seatbelts baby! Now I know that will be fun. By the way... getting in shape and been dropping lots of weight. Should be at my old weight in a few months." Listen to the Talking Metal interview here.

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Tool Frontman Explains Album Delay To Metallica's Lars Ulrich

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan explained the reasons behind the band's long delayed new studio album during an appearance on Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's Beats 1 show It's Electric.

The new effort will be the follow-up to the acclaimed band's 2006 album "10,000 Days" and Keenan recently jokingly compared it to Guns N' Roses' infamously delayed "Chinese Democracy" album.

He addressed the delay during his interview with Lars (via Classic Rock). He explained, "There's a lot of timing issues with Tool getting to the studio, I always kind of gauge where they're at, and try to figure out where things are going. If I see a window where, 'OK, it doesn't look like things are going to get done any time soon' - because I need certain pieces to do my job - if I see there's a window, that might expand based on me going, 'I'm gonna go do something then.' That's why you had a lot of Puscifer for many years.

He then added, "I felt like if I was to go back and do another Puscifer record, someone was going to sneak into my bedroom and slit my throat, so I figured I'd go and call Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle and see where he's at with music and it just so happened he had a nice stack of ideas."

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Dave Matthews Band Announce New Album 'Come Tomorrow'

The Dave Matthews Band have announced that they will be releasing their new album, entitled "Come Tomorrow" on June 8th. It's the long awaited follow up to their 2012 chart topping effort "Away From the World".

The band recruited an assortment of producers to work on "Come Tomorrow" including John Alagia, Mark Batson, Rob Cavallo and Rob Evans and recorded the new album at studios in Seattle, Los Angeles and Charlottesville.

Prior to the album launch the group will be hitting the road for their previously announced North American tour which is set to kick off on May 18th in The Woodlands, TX. Read more here.

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Like Moths To Flames Release 'Empty The Same' Video

Like Moths To Flames have released a brand new music video for their track "Empty The Same". The song comes from the group's latest album "Dark Divine".

drummer Greg Diamond offered the following comments about the new clp, "We are extremely excited to release our new music video for 'Empty the Same' with everyone.

"This is a very special song to all of us and really brings out a new dynamic that we've been wanting to achieve with Dark Divine." The band also said that they will soon be revealing their plans for a summer tour. Until then, watch the new video here.

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Michael Sweet Uncertain About Future Of Band With George Lynch

Stryper frontman Michael Sweet says in a new interview that his Sweet & Lynch side project with Dokken and Lynch Mob guitarist George Lynch appears to have run its course and is not likely to continue.

The group released two studio albums together, "Only To Rise" in 2015 and the follow up in 2017 "Unified," but they never hit the road to support either release and Sweet was asked about the group during an epparance on the Focus On Metal podcast.

He was on the show to talk about the brand new Stryper album and had this to say about the project with Lynch, "George didn't do a lot of promoting and a lot of pushing with those albums.

"It gets to be exhausting for me when I feel like I'm the only guy really pushing it. And that's not to take anything away from George; it's just a fact. I'm one of those guys where I want everybody in the band pushing and promoting equally as much, as they should be, or why are you doing it?

"I'm at that stage right now where I'm feeling like the fire is kind of dwindling. I don't want it to; I want to pour some gasoline on the fire and ignite it again. Maybe that'll happen but it's quite possible that it won't." Listen to the full interview here.

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The Damned Announce Fall Tour In Support Of Hit New Album

The Damned are following up on the excitement of scoring the best chart debut of their career in their native UK but announcing that they will be launching a tour in support of the effort this fall.

The punk rock legends' new studio album "Evil Spirits" debuted at No. 7 on the Official UK Album Charts, which is the very first time in their long career they have landed a top 10 album.

To celebrate they will be launching the UK tour on November 19th in Brighton at Dome and wrapping up the trek on December 1st in Oxford at the O2 Academy. Read more here.

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Neil Young Announces His First Crazy Horse Shows In Four Years

(hennemusic) Neil Young and Crazy Horse will reunite next week for their first shows in four years. The rocker and his band last performed at a festival in Colmar, France in August of 2014.

Young announced news of the May 1 and 2 concerts at the Warnors Theatre in Fresno, CA via his website, writing: "First time in a long time, live on stage. No rehearsal."

Young's former mutli-instrumentalist, Nils Lofgren, has confirmed that he'll be in the lineup for the 2018 shows, tweeting: "The great news is I am jumping back in with #CrazyHorse @Neilyoung I will be there . Beyond honored. Nothing like playing with old friends. A friend just reminded me, at this age you can't coast."

Lofgren was a key figure in Young's early 70s groups and can be heard on the newly-released package, "Roxy - Tonight's The Night Live", a recording from a series of September 1973 shows at the famous Los Angeles club.

The project captures Young performing during the venue's opening week with the Santa Monica Flyers, the name he gave to the band featured on his sixth album, comprised of Lofgren on piano, Ben Keith on pedal steel guitar, and Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass and Ralph Molina on drums. here.

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Myles Kennedy Announce Summer Solo Tour

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy has announced dates for a summer tour of the UK and Europe that he is launching in support of his debut solo album, "Year Of The Tiger."

The rocker, who recently completed a spring series of sold-out shows in the territory, will return to the region for a month of live events starting with a June 30 appearance at the UK's Ramblin Man Fair.

Kennedy will begin the series with 8 solo performances before adding a full band to the mix for the second half of the run. A Ticketmaster presale starts Wednesday, April 25, with tickets and VIP meet & greet packages available via Kennedy's website on Thursday, April 26; general public seats will go on sale Friday, April 27.

Ahead of the summer trek, Kennedy will begin a month-long US tour in Spokane, WA on May 2. Read more including the dates here.

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The Darkness Stream Tracks From Live At Hammersmith

(hennemusic) The Darkness are streaming a pair of tracks as a preview to the June 15 release of a new package, "Live At Hammersmith." The live album will be available via CD, gatefold double vinyl, cassette, download and streaming.

The UK rockers are sharing audio of their 2003 hit, "I Believe In A Thing Called Love", and the 2017 "Pinewood Smile" tune, "Buccaneers Of Hispaniola", as the first listen to to the project, which captures the band in a December 10, 2017 concert at London's Eventim Hammersmith Apollo.

"The Darkness is untamed. It cannot be caged," says frontman Justin Hawkins. "Some very clever recording engineers have discovered a way to capture its essence; all that remains is for us to release it back into the wild.

"Life is about experiences, not possessions," he continues. "This is your opportunity to possess the experience of The Darkness Live, as perceived by your ears, leaving your eyes free to scan the road ahead for obstacles, or to watch Emmerdale with the sound off, or to mould clay, or to darn socks, or to look at the beautiful artwork in this magnificent gatefold. Release yourself into The Darkness - Live at Hammersmith." Stream the preview songs and see the trailer here.

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Neal Morse Band Announce 2 CD and 2 DVD Live Set

The Neal Morse Band have announced that they will be releasing a new 2CD/2DVD set called "The Similitude Of A Dream Live in Tilburg, Netherlands 2017" on June 15th.

"An epic night on an epic tour" said Morse of the show captured on the new release. He was joined on stage by Mike Portnoy, Eric Gillette, Bill Hubauer, and Randy George for the epic show.

Neal added, "This is the Neal Morse Band playing arguably our greatest album to date at one of the greatest venues we have ever played for one of the greatest audiences ever! It's kind of the pinnacle of everything we have done thus far." See the tracklisting here.

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Blackmore's Night Announce Summer Tour Dates

Deep Purple and Rainbow legend Ritchie Blackmore will be hitting the road with his group Blackmore's Night for select dates along the east coast this summer.

The short trek is scheduled to begin on July 19th in Glenside, PA at the Keswick Theatre and will be concluding ten days later on the 29th in Montclair, NJ at The Wellmont.

They will be playing the dates in support of their recently released 20th anniversary compilation album "To The Moon And Back: 20 Years And Beyond". See the dates here.

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Walls Of Jericho, First Blood, Left Behind and Sanction Tour

Walls Of Jericho have announced that they gearing up to hit the road this June for a short run of North American shows with First Blood, Left Behind and Sanction.

The east coast focused trek will feature 7 shows in the U.S. and one in Canada beginning on June 6th in Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall and concluding on the 13th in Toronto at the Hard Luck Bar.

The band had this to say, "It's been entirely too long since we've played the east coast and the US in general. We are very excited to see some old and hopefully new friends at these select shows and are more than honored to share the stage with our longtime friends in First Blood." See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Pretty Please's Lowered Expectations

Noise rock trio Pretty Please just released a video for their new single "Lowered Expectations" from their upcoming fourth record "Fur Model". To celebrate we asked Robee Whitmire to tell us about the new song. Here is the story:

The song isn't typical of how we normally write. Usually, I'll have a riff or two and show it to Brian and Thomas at practice. We might play the riff for a few minutes and then move on. I'll keep working on it at home, and bring back an almost finished song. With 'Lowered Expectations', I had the main riff and brought it to practice. We rarely just "jam", but we started to play the riff over and over again while I mumbled some nonsense to figure out vocal melodies. The vocals and lead guitar part all came very organically within maybe a 10 minute period. It was an all around collaborative effort. The bass following the lead near the end was the finishing touch. We referred to it as the "RUSH section" of the song.

Lyrically, it's about just giving up on life. Not necessarily in a depressing way. Just accepting that it doesn't really get any better and finally being content with who you are. You can't fit in the mold all the time, and you might not be destined for greatness, but that's ok.

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

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