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Alice Cooper Involved In A Car Accident

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper reveals that he was involved in a car accident in his longtime hometown of Phoenix, AZ on February 1. The legendary rocker posted a tweet hours after the incident.

"Had a car accident this afternoon in Phoenix, but luckily everyone walked away UNHURT," he wrote "Very thankful for that and also to Dodge for building such a sturdy Challenger!!"

No further details regarding the accident are available at this time. Cooper is currently gearing up for a spring tour of North America in support of his latest album, "Paranormal."

Billed as "A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper", the month-long run will begin in Windsor, ON on March 1 and wrap up in Indianapolis, IN on March 29. here.

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Dave Matthews Band Make Live Return With 'The Night Before'

(Radio.com) The Dave Matthews Band kicked off their highly anticipated return to the road in 2018 by headlining The Night Before presented by Entercom in St. Paul, Minnesota last night (Feb 3).

Outside of their set at the 'A Concert for Charlottesville' benefit this past September, this was the first show for the entire band since 2016. Missing from the DMB stage though was the band's longtime violinist Boyd Tinsley, who announced on Friday (Feb 2) that he was taking a break from performing as he focuses on his health and his family.

Dave Matthews addressed his absence mid-set by saying, 'It's really nice to be up here with all my friends, and those that are not here, we send our deepest love." The band's passionate fans erupted with applause, showing their support.

The mood was electric at the sold-out show, with fans cheering along with each guitar solo, jam session, and of course, Dave Matthews' ever-so-animated dance moves.

Within the two and a half hour set were surprises and rarities for those that braved the snow and freezing temperatures in St Paul to attend. Including 'Time Bomb," which they haven't played since 2013, and an appearance by Robert Randolph, who joined the band on steel guitar for 'Jimi Thing' and their cover of 'Sexy M.F," honoring Minnesota's own, Prince. Read more here.

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Black Sabbath Classic Fuels Super Bowl Ad

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath's 1970 classic, "Iron Man", provides the soundtrack to a Super Bowl 52 commercial featuring US snowboarder Shaun White. Since a disappointing fourth-place finish in snowboard halfpipe at the last Winter Olympics, White has been determined to get back on top and win his third Olympic gold medal this month in PyeongChang - a goal that's been consuming him for the last four years.

White's drive for success at the 2018 games continues following a serious injury while training last October in New Zealand that resulted in 22 stitches in his face and 62 in total. The snowboarding icon rebounded last month by qualifying for Team USA after scoring a perfect 100.00 at a U.S. Grand Prix event.

Directed by Paul Hunter, White's commercial is one of five 60-second "Best of U.S." athlete spots that will air throughout Super Bowl 52 on NBC on February 4 when the defending NFL champions the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN

"I've always watched the Super Bowl with friends and family," says White. "I remember being just as excited to see the fun commercials and mischief as the game or halftime show. So to be in my very own commercial is unreal."

"Iron Man" was the second single issued from Black Sabbath's sophomore album, "Paranoid"; the track reached No. 52 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the album peaked at No. 12 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 4 million copies.

Black Sabbath wrapped up a farewell tour in their hometown of Birmingham, UK in February of 2017; their final performance is featured on the live package "The End." Watch the Super Bowl ad here.

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Blackberry Smoke Announce New Album 'Find A Light'

(Gibson) Country-riffin' Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke have announced a new album. Find A Light is out on April 6 and is the follow-up to two Billboard chart-topping country albums for the quintet, 2015's Holding All The Roses and 2016's Like An Arrow.

For this sixth album, frontman and Gibson fan Charlie Starr promises easygoing roots-rock ("Run Away From It All"), Southern rock stomps ("The Crooked Kind"), as well as stripped-down acoustic numbers ("I've Got This Song") and bruising alt-country ("Nobody Gives A Damn"). Fiddles, organ and bar-band pianos are all part of the mix.

"That's one of my favorite things about Blackberry Smoke albums - there's a lot of variety," Starr says. "My favorite albums through the years are built that way, too. I love a record that keeps you guessing. I love the fact that our records are sort of a ride, with different types of songs and different vibes." Read more here.

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Black Country Communion Release 'Love Remains' Video

(hennemusic) Black Country Communion have premiered a brand new music video for their song "Love Remains", as the latest track issued from their fourth album, "BCCIV."

"I wrote it for my father while I was flying over from L.A.," bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes tells Planet Mosh. "My father had just passed away in his sleep - he'd had dementia and died the day I got home from the [Deep Purple Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame induction [in April of 2016], so I had to leave almost immediately to fly over. I wrote that song on a little notepad and I was going to sing it at the memorial but just couldn't, I was just so sad, so I sang it on the album.

"I sang the song to my mother before my Dad's funeral, so she knew I was going to sing it on the Black Country album. I'm ok with it now, I can't bring my mum back or my dad. They've lived their lives. The message she gave me [before her passing in February of 2017] was to continue and live my life."

Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Kevin Shirley, "BCCIV" sees the lineup of Hughes, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham reunite following a split in 2013. Read more and watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Surrender Hill's Tore Down Fences

Country rock duo Surrender Hill just released their brand new album "Tore Down Fences" and to celebrate we asked Robin Dean Salmon to tell us the about the title song. Here is the story:

"Tore Down Fences" is a song about the how much lives can change when the right person comes along. Everything that seems so complicated and hopeless can somehow be undone or just let go of.

We played a show at a venue that is situated high up on a hill outside of a town called Ramsgate in South Africa. The venue was in a compound of sorts -- fenced in and it consisted of the venue, a house and a couple of small cottages where the musicians could stay. We played the show, stayed the night, and woke up rather early the next morning. We made our coffee and went outside with a guitar and sat on a large rock that looked out over the Indian Ocean that was set below. You could see the high fences surrounding the compound from where we were, and there were monkeys running around everywhere. I had a melody that I was playing around with on the guitar, and Afton and I were talking about how much our lives had changed in the past year of us being together and how everything that came before had melted away. The line "tore down fences" came up and we continued talking and unpacking baggage from our previous lives. We were in a very strong, stable, and safe space, and we basically "unburied the bones, untangled the wire," which is how that part of the chorus came about. Once that took hold the rest of the song came rushing out. We love singing this tune. It's a cathartic experience every time.

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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Video Of Liam Gallagher Performing Oasis Classics Goes Online

(hennemusic) Liam Gallagher performed the Oasis classics "Slide Away" and "Some Might Say" during a November 2017 show at The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, and video from the concert has been broadcast on NBC-TV's Last Call With Carson Daly.

"Slide Away" first appeared on Oasis' "Definitely Maybe", the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK when it was released in 1994, where it went on to be certified 7x platinum (2.1 million+ sales) in the band's home country.

"Some Might Say" was the lead single from the group's second album, 1995's "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?", which topped the UK charts and became Oasis' first top 5 US record when it hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

Oasis formed in Manchester in 1991 and went on to become one of the UK's biggest rock acts, led by Liam and brother Noel Gallagher. All seven of the group's studio albums reached UK No. 1 before they disbanded in 2009 after selling more than 70 million albums worldwide.

On the road in support of his debut solo album, "As You Were", Gallagher was also featured on "Last Call With Carson Daly" delivering the set's lead single, "Wall Of Glass", and "I Get By" during the Los Angeles gig. Read more and watch the videos here.

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Weezer Releasing The Black Album This Spring

(Gibson) The last Weezer album had a title, 2017's Pacific Daydream. But now it seems the band is going back to self-titled releases. Rivers Cuomo has appeared on Australian radio station Double J's Mornings With Zan Rowe, and says he started working on a "Black album" before the release of Pacific Daydream.

"This other album just kind of materialized," he explains. "I had two folders on my Dropbox: one was the 'Black Album,' and it didn't get filled as quickly as this other folder, which I temporarily titled 'New Folder.' That one filled up with 10 songs that were definitely different, but not quite as different as the 'Black Album.' So we put a name on it - Pacific Daydream - and put that out first."

But now, the "Black album" is due to be released itself in May 2018. It will follow Weezer's "Blue Album" of 1994, the"Green Album" (2001), the "Red Album" (2008) and the"White Album" (2016).

Cuomo added, "It's real challenging for me. I don't gravitate towards super dark music. There's always got to be something triumphant about it in the end. So, I've been struggling trying to figure out how I can do a 'Black Album' as a writer." here.

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John Mellencamp Rocks The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

(hennemusic) John Mellencamp performed his 2017 track, "Easy Target", on CBS-TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on February 1, and video from the program is streaming online.

The tune appears on the singer's 23rd album, "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies", which peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard 200. The project sees Mellencamp working with country legend Carlene Carter, who opened every show of his acclaimed 2015-2016 Plain Spoken tour.

Carter is also a special guest on a newly-released documentary about the trek, "Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theater", which is now available for streaming via Netflix.

Directed by Barry Ehrmann, the set features Mellencamp in performance at the legendary Chicago venue in October of 2016. Watch the TV performance here.

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