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Ozzy Osbourne Kicks Off His Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne launched his farewell tour at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Jacksonville, FL on April 27, and video from the event is streaming online.

The iconic rocker's 14-song set opened with the title track to his 1983 album, "Bark At The Moon", alongside a lineup that included guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.

Osbourne delivered tracks from his solo catalog while also featuring a pair of Black Sabbath classics, "War Pigs" and "Paranoid."

The planned three-year "No More Tours 2" trek - which celebrates five decades of music since the 1970 release of Black Sabbath's self-titled debut album - will mark the end of global touring for the legendary rocker by the time it wraps up in 2020.

Osbourne has teamed with the Love, Hope, Strength Foundation for the tour. Founded by cancer survivors, LHS works to raise awareness and to expand the bone marrow donor registry through their "Get On The List" campaign, with a mission to save lives … one concert at a time. here.

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Mastodon Release Animated Clandestiny Video

(hennemusic) Mastodon are streaming an animated video for "Clandestiny", a track from their latest album, "Emperor Of Sand." The dystopian clip was directed by Ariel Costa aka BlinkMyBrain, who has worked with Led Zeppelin, Green Day and Linkin Park, among others.

Recorded with producer Brendan O'Brien, "Emperor Of Sand" debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 last spring, marking the Atlanta group's third US Top 10 following 2014's "Once More 'Round The Sun" (No. 6) and 2011's "The Hunter" (No. 10).

In January, the project earned Mastodon their first Grammy Award when the track, "Sultan's Curse", was named the Best Metal Performance Of The Year at the 60th annual ceremony in New York.

Mastodon will begin an extensive late spring/early summer US tour with Primus at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater on May 6. Watch the video here.

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Ace Frehley Streams His New Single 'Bronx Boy'

(hennemusic) Ace Frehley is streaming "Bronx Boy" as a new single ahead of the expected summer release of his latest studio album. The guitarist has been in the studio working on the follow-up to his 2016 all-star covers album, "Origins Vol. 1", and 2014's "Space Invader."

Last summer, Frehley revealed that he co-wrote a pair of tune for the project with his former KISS bandmate Gene Simmons. "I called him up and I said, 'Gene, you wanna write a few songs?' He says, 'Sure.'," Frehley told SiriusXM's Eddie Trunk. "Because he had come to my show [in February] at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles with John 5, and that's when we kind of reconnected and bonded a little.

"And I just shot him an e-mail and said, 'C'mon, let's write some songs together for my new record.' Next thing you know, he's down here and within three hours we had written two songs together, which was, like, a record, for me and him."

"We had a fantastic time," continued the guitarist. "[We] just started jamming. We initially each picked up an acoustic guitar. I don't remember who came up with the beginning of the song. One guy plays one thing and then I play another thing. I think Gene actually came up with more ideas than I did and I just kind of complemented them. And then I started writing lyrics for a song title, which I don't wanna give away yet.

"And then we kind of took a break and then he started playing this bassline and he said, 'Ace, play these thee chords against it,' and within thirty minutes we had a second song. I was really pleased, and so was he."

Frehley - who has performed live alongside Simmons a few times in the past year - will play a few shows next month and appear at the Indy KISS Expo 2018 in Indianapolis, IN on the May 12-13 weekend. Stream the new song here.

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U2 Release 'Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way' Video

(hennemusic) U2 have released a video for "Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way" as the latest single from 2017's "Songs Of Experience." Directed by David Mushegain, the clip presents images of various youth cultures in the band's native Ireland without displaying the rock icons themselves.

"'Love is bigger than anything in its way' is such a strong message, especially when the world is in such turmoil," Mushegain tells Vogue. "I think the message is be yourself, but also have some fun in life and expressing yourself."

Filmed with a cinema camera and no crew, the director was familiar with about half of the cast prior to filming having photographed many of them on a previous visit to the country. Read more and watch the video here.

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Def Leppard Stream Pyromania Era Footage

(hennemusic) Def Leppard are streaming archival footage from a vintage 1983 concert performance at Germany's Rock Pop Festival. Both parts of the video have now been posted online

Broadcast in early 1984 on the German TV show "Rockpop In Concert", the December 18, 1983 event was one of the final shows on the band's world tour in support of their third album, "Pyromania."

The group's commercial breakthrough broke the UK rockers worldwide with hits like "Photograph" and "Rock Of Ages" while earning Diamoand status in the US for sales of more than 10 million copies.

"Pyromania" will be featured on "Volume One", the first of four career-spanning box sets from the band; due June 1 and available in limited-edition 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and CD box sets, the package delivers the group's first four studio albums - 1980's "On Through The Night", 1981's "High 'N' Dry", 1983's "Pyromania" and 1987's "Hysteria" - alongside bonus live and studio material.

The box set arrives in sync with Def Leppard's co-headlining tour of North America with Journey, which will begin in Hartford, CT on May 21. Watch the videos here.

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Metallica Release 'Fade To Black' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1984 classic, "Fade To Black", at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria on March 31, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The tune was the lead single from the band's second album, "Ride The Lightning", which peaked at No. 48 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 6 million copies.

Metallica are currently playing arena dates across Europe in support of their tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct." The veteran metal outfit are encouraging fans at home across the United States to volunteer for a day at the community food banks the band supported during last summer's North American tour. Read more and watch the video here.

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Fishbone Early 80s Lineup Launch Reunion Tour

The classic early 80s lineup of the iconic Ska/Punk band Fishbone have reunited and launched their new tour this past Friday with festival and stand alone dates scheduled through summer.

Some of their performances include Houston's Party at the Plaza at Avenida, Bucks Backyard in Austin, Back To The Beach Festival in Huntington Beach, CA, alongside 311 and Sublime with Rome, Beer X Festival in San Diego, the Palladium in Worcester, MA with The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones, the Fuji Rock Festival in Yuzawa, Japan, as well as an appearance at Punk Rock Bowling in historic downtown Las Vegas. Many U.S. club shows and a European tour are also being added.

"It's absolutely unreal, at this stage of the game, stated bassist and founding member, Norwood Fisher. To be reunited as brothers and bandmates! The band feels as if it's almost firing better than ever. We're all equally excited to get on the grind and bring this energy to the stage for those that have supported us throughout our career, the Whirl'd Wide Familyhood." Read more including the dates here.

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Anthrax Release Live 'Madhouse' Video

(hennemusic) Anthrax are streaming video of their performance of their 1985 classic, "Madhouse", which comes from the newly-released live DVD "Kings Among Scotland."

The tune was the lead single from the band's second album, "Spreading The Disease", which became their first project to chart in the US when it peaked at No. 113 on the Billboard 200.

Directed by Paul M. Green (Opeth, The Damned, The Levellers) with the sound mixed by Anthrax studio producer Jay Ruston, "Kings Among Scotland" was filmed using 17 cameras, including a crane and several mobile and stationery Go-Pros to capture all the action.

"It was pretty a intense show," explains guitarist Scott Ian, "especially when the crowd was so insane, the floor actually started moving up and down." The group's live show before a sold-out crowd at Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom on the spring tour is presented in two parts: a fan-voted favorites set followed by a performance of their 1987 album, "Among The Living", in its entirety. Watch the video here.

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