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AC/DC Reportedly To Record And Tour With Axl Rose

(hennemusic) AC/DC biographer and notable Australian music journalist Murray Engleheart says the band will continue to record and tour with Guns N' Roses legend Axl Rose fronting the band.

The Guns N' Roses leader stepped in to help AC/DC complete the final 2016 dates of their world tour in support of 2014's "Rock Or Bust" when the trek was temporarily halted after singer Brian Johnson was advised by doctors to stop performing in arenas and stadium-sized venues immediately or risk total hearing loss.

"Speculate all you want, but I've said it before and I'll say it again: AC/DC will continue with Axl on vocals - new album, touring, the whole nine yards," writes Engleheart on Facebook. "What was a massive gamble by Angus turned out to be an equally enormous triumph that has set the scene for the future."

One of Australia's most respected music writers with a career that spans more than a quarter of a century, Engleheart wrote the 2006 biography "AC/DC Maximum Rock and Roll: The Ultimate Story Of The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band."

The biographer's comments mirrors similar speculation about the pairing last year by Noise 11's Paul Cashmere following multiple guest appearances by Angus Young during Guns N' Roses Australian tour.

"The chemistry between Axl Rose and Angus Young has inspired Angus to start planning another AC/DC record," reported Cashmere, "but Guns N' Roses touring commitments throughout 2017 will make it difficult to finalize the project."

During an interview event in London, UK in June of 2016, Rose revealed that he was planning new music with Guns N' Roses and, possibly, AC/DC as well.

"We are working on new stuff," explained Rose. "I've got a lot of stuff together, and I played some stuff for Slash and Duff and they liked it. And Angus and I are talking about working together. So we'll see." Read more here.

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A Perfect Circle Announce Long Awaited New Album

A Perfect Circle shared some really big news with fans. The have revealed the release details for their long awaited new album which is set to be released on April 20th and will be entitled "Eat The Elephant."

The new studio effort will feature 12 tracks and is the follow up to the group's 2004 effort "eMOTIVe". Frontman Maynard James Keenan had this to say, "Although I'm extremely excited to finally be completing this album after a 14-year hiatus.

"I'm actually more excited that its intentional release date is serving a greater purpose. The 20th of April is Carina Round's birthday. She is a dear friend who is extremely difficult to shop for. Pressure off.

"Of course, I must also note that the potheads are gonna be thrilled that this album comes out on 4-20. May it serve as a glorious soundtrack to accompany all of the giggling and vexing sounds of nibbling and snacking. Fingers crossed, Cheech & Chong will be proud." Read more here.

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Paul Simon Announces Farewell Tour

Music icon Paul Simon recently sparked speculation that he was planning to retire and he has confirmed those plans with the announcement of a farewell tour.

Dubbed Homeward Bound The Farewell Tour, the trek is set to visit various markets across North America this spring before he crosses the pond for a European leg that will culminate in his final concert on July 15th in London at Hyde Park that will also feature special guests James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt.

The North American portion of the tour will be kicking off on May 16th at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia and will wrap up on June 20th in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena. Read more here.

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San Francisco Giants Announce 6th Annual Metallica Night

(hennemusic) Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants have announced that they will be hosting the 6th annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park on April 23rd.

"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 Metallica. "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.

"Special Event Metallica ticket packages include a ticket to the game and a limited edition Metallica/Giants baseball cap, with a portion of the proceeds from every Metallica Day Special Event ticket sold benefiting our very own All Within My Hands Foundation.

"There will also be a VIP event that night in Triples Alley as we celebrate the reissue of The $5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited by going back in time with Lars and Kirk as they chat with Steffan Chirazi about their early Bay Area days as... you guessed it, a garage band! Once again, All Within My Hands will benefit from ticket sales to this exclusive event."

Metallica Fifth Members will have a chance to purchase tickets in a special pre-order on Tuesday, February 6 at 10:00 AM PST; log in to the site at that time for a link to purchase tickets to the game and the VIP event early; the pre-sale ends on Friday, February 9 at 5:00 PM PST. All pre-sale tickets have a $5.00 discount. Read more here.

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Chicago and REO Speedwagon Teaming For Summer Tour

Chicago have announced that not only will be they hitting the road this summer for a North American coheadline tour with REO Speedwagon but they will be playing one of their landmark albums during the trek.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on June 13th in Concord, Ca at the Concord Pavilion and will be wrapping up on August 12th in Detroit at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. The shows will feature a full performance of the "Chicago II" album along with various hits from Chicago's long career.

Chicago's Robert Lamm had the following to say, "It's always a party sharing the stage with Kevin, Neal, Bruce, Dave and Bryan! They rock. We rock. The tour rocks!" Read more including the dates here.

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Singled Out: Jeremy Parsons' Burn This House Down

Jeremy Parsons recently released his sophomore album "Things I Need To Say" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us the story behind the song "Burn This House Down". Here is the story:

I can't always remember how ideas or inspiration finds me but I can remember clear as anything how "Burn This House Down" came to be. I was on the phone with my friend who asked if I would mind writing some songs for him for a record he wanted to work on. Of course I was extremely flattered and said yes. I always like a challenge and any reason to write. It makes it fun when it's something like a project and you get to change up your motivation a little. I immediately got to work and started writing songs and in one day had made my way through quite a few.

I decided to put my guitar down and take a break and also put in a phone call to my dad just to check up on him. My parents were in the process of going through a divorce at this time and every time I called I always had to mentally prep to talk about things I was not ready to accept or face. We talked about how he was doing and how it was different in the house. The house itself hadn't aesthetically changed but the feelings inside of it were different. I was emotionally overwhelmed by the time I reached the end of the conversation. I went back, sat down and picked up my guitar and there it was. The song came pouring out of me as if I was playing something i had heard and played a million times. The realest things and feelings are the easiest to translate. I wrote it all down and immediately did a work tape of it to send to my dad and my friend. They loved it and it had become one of my favorite songs as well. Not just because I had written it so easily but because it had helped me work through something I couldn't seem to get out or express in any other way.

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

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Killswitch Engage Making Big Progress On New Album

Killswitch Engage may be busy on the road with Thrash icons Anthrax but that hasn't stopped the band from making progress on their forthcoming studio album.

Frontman Jesse Leach spoke about the progress on the new effort during a chat with KFMX that was posted on YouTube late last week. He told the show, "We're deep into a record on the road. Mike [D'Antonio], our bass player, tracks on days off. We've got the drums done.

"We're just working as fast as we can to get it wrapped up - we've got about 20 songs to choose from. We're ready to crank out a record in the next 6-7 months, hopefully, and get that thing done." Watch the full interview here.

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Paramore Release 'Rose Colored Boy' Video

(Radio.com) Boy, that escalated quickly. Hayley Williams and her band Paramore become '80s morning news anchors for their vivid new "Rose Colored Boy" music video.

"We'd like to present the music video for 'Rose-Colored Boy,' written & directed by our new friend Warren Fu," the band posted on Twitter. "So we will now present it. Here it is. Much thanks for waiting."

The clip juxtaposes the happy, upbeat nature of the show with the drama happening behind the scenes, with show execs badgering the hosts on way to increase ratings.

Williams character suffers a meltdown, resulting in her leaping into the news desk to deliver the rest of the song. Watch the captivating clip play out here.

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Judas Priest's K.K. Downing Reveals Memoir Details

(Radio.com) Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has detailed his upcoming memoirs, Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest, which is scheduled for release on Sept. 20.

Downing shared the information after news of the book leaked online. "It was with great surprise to me that I saw articles recently relating to my book, as work is still in progress finalising everything," the guitarist posted on Facebook. "The internet-led world we live in doesn't make it easy to keep secrets! However, I was secretly desperate to tell you all about this book, as my life story is something that I am very proud of -- even though I suspect that some of the details will surprise you just as they did me as I lived through them.

"Recollecting my life as I have done in this book has often brought me to close to tears, but has also made me laugh with the fondest memories," Downing added. "It is true that I have made many friends along the way but it is also true that I have made some enemies. But one thing is for sure: the music that has been everything to me has not only been my salvation, but has also brought me closer to the people of so many nations-- and I can honestly say that I consider all of you to be my very dear friends. Read more here.

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Nirvana Classic Given Unusual Makeover For Super Bowl Commercial

(hennemusic) A lullaby version of Nirvana's 1993 classic, "All Apologies", provided the soundtrack to a Super Bowl 52 commercial for T-Mobile that was aired during the February 4 NBC-TV network broadcast of the NFL championship game from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.

Dubbed "Little Ones", the ad's theme of equality for all features images of a bunch of happy and smiling babies with narration provided by actress Kerry Washington.

"Something remarkable is happening right now. Change is in the air. And, this moment in history calls for something different," says T-Mobile President and Chief Executive Officer John Legere. "Something more impactful. Something more meaningful. We're a brand built on listening to our customers. Customers who are heard, not dismissed - diverse customers all across the country from every region, economic class, race, sex, creed, gender identity, sexual orientation

"Our customers are America. And there's a more important conversation they're having right now. And that's what this year's Super Bowl ad is about. We wanted to use our airtime to further that conversation by making this simple point: We all started in the same place. We are more alike than different."

"All Apologies" was featured on Nirvana's third album, "In Utero", which debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release in the fall of 1993; the track was also the lead single from the Seattle band's 1994 live set, "MTV Unplugged In New York." Read more and watch the ad here.

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Billy Corgan Reveals Smashing Pumpkins Album Update

(Radio.com) Smashing Pumpkins kicked off 2018 with a major announcement: Band members are reuniting to record a new album with famed producer Rick Rubin.

Over the weekend, frontman Billy Corgan shared another update with fans on Instagram, revealing that 26 songs are in production and the experience is digging up old memories.

"More work ahead (lyrics, vocals, strings). Which I guess means something like 26 songs currently in various states of completion, production, insanity," Corgan wrote. "But honestly, and I mean this from the heart, I'm very pleased to be this engaged with making new music at this point in my life."

The reunion is suspected to include Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who've shared images of a similar drumkit in recent weeks. Bassist D'Arcy Wretzky confirmed that she won't take part in the new album.

On Instagram, Billy waxed poetic about his 37-year relationship with the guitar. Read more here.

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Deliverance Streaming New Song Ahead Of Album Release

Christian thrash veterans Deliverance have released a lyric video for their new track "The Black Hand". The song comes from their forthcoming album 'The Subversive Kind,' which is set to be released on February 23rd.

"The Black Hand":
Jim Chaffin had this to say about the track, which can be streamed here, "'The Black Hand' was one of the first tunes Jimmy and I hashed out together. His articulation of what a panic attack feels like was spot on. Mental illness is a major problem in our country and I'm stoked to be able to give people some hope through music."

Lead vocalist Jimmy Brown adds, "Anxiety has not only been a hot button issue, but a condition that is still being studied to understand. 'The Black Hand' is a vivid description of vitals, and emotions experienced in part by a person when going through such an experience." Read more here.

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Alice Cooper Super Bowl Ad Goes Online

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper was featured in a Super Bowl 52 commercial for Arizona-based Desert Financial Credit Union during the NBC-TV network broadcast of the February 4 event in Minneapolis, MN.

The ad, which promotes the company's name change earlier this year from Desert Schools Credit Union, sees Cooper performing his 1972 classic, "School's Out", as a way to emphasize the "school" was taken out of the credit union's name.

"We're incredibly proud of our heritage as a credit union for teachers," Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer Cathy Graham tells AZCentral. "There was just that one word that was confusing people. And when people are getting a confusing message, they tune out. So we still love teachers. We just changed the name."

Director Ze'ev Waismann explains that the commercial mixes reality and fantasy built around the shock-rocker's image.

"We wanted to design the interior of the bank to look like it would look if it was in an Alice Cooper fever dream," says Waismann. "We wanted it to feel very much like it was a working bank branch where you would still have tellers there, but they're zombies, right? Loan managers but they're all inspired by these Alice Cooper personas. And Alice Cooper, very much at the head of this experience, is on stage singing 'School's Out.' " Read more and watch the ad here.

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alt-J Announce North American Tour Including Special Stadium Show

alt-J have announced that they will be launching a North American headline tour this spring in addition to their appearances at several major music festivals.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on April 7th in Denver CO at the Fillmore Auditorium and will be wrapping up on June 26th in Mexico City at the Pepsi Center.

The band will also be playing at some of the leading spring music festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Firefly and Mountain Jam and announced that that they will be playing a very special large scale show at the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York on June 15th.

Apart from being the group's largest show ever, they plan to include a surround speaker system, using immersive hyperrealism technology to give the audience a truly unique experience. Read more including the dates here.

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Can's Damo Suzuki Releasing Album With Jelly Planet

(Glass Onyon) Former Can frontman Damo Suzuki famously retired from recording but was persuaded to return to the studio for a new album with Jelly Planet. We were sent the following details:

While Damo retired from he recording, he continued to perform live concerts made up solely of compositions improvised entirely on the spot. These bold and fearless performances have enthralled audiences around the globe and brought new found attention to Suzuki's incredible talent. Purple Pyramid Records is proud to present a new chapter in Suzuki's ongoing musical explorations, a stunning collaboration with a German quartet of Can neophytes, going by the very Can-esque name of Jelly Planet.

After performing live with Damo, the band was able to coax the singer into their studio for a fully improvised full length recording. Unlike previous Suzuki recordings, the studio setting gave the performers full control over every aspect of the recording ensuring that every nuance, inflection, and dynamic could be heard. The result is an album of incredible sonic quality and an authentically mind-blowing exploration into the outer edges of space rock! The self-titled album, Damo Suzuki & Jelly Planet, will be available on CD, vinyl (as a double LP set) and in digital formats starting February 2.

Track List:
1. Wildschweinbraten (27:59)
2. Venushügel (34:51)

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Dying Fetus Release 4K Video and Announce Tour With Thy Art Is Murder

Dying Fetus have released a brand new 4K video and announced that they will be teaming up with Thy Art Is Murder this spring to launch a North American coheadlining tour.

The new video is the for the track "Wrong One To F*** With", which is the title cut to their latest album and the new video footage was captured at Webster Hall in New York City and The Palladium in Worcester, MA during the band's appearance on last year's Summer Slaughter Tour. Watch it here.

The tour will feature support from Enterprise Earth, Rivers of Nihil and Sanction and is set to kick off on March 15th in Poughkeepsie, NY at The Chance. See the dates here.

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Richie Sambora, Billy Gibbons Part Of Guitar Legends For Heroes TV Special

AXS TV will salute the men and women of America's Armed Forces with a special presentation of the 2018 concert event "Guitar Legends For Heroes" on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 10pE/7pP.

The star-studded evening is emceed by Trace Adkins and Eddie Trunk and features performances by Richie Sambora, Dave Navarro, Billy Gibbons, Nancy Wilson, Orianthi, Sam Moore, Lindsey Eli, Joe Don Rooney and Robert Randolph.

AXS TV, the premier destination for classic rock programming, proudly salutes the men and women of America's Armed Forces with a special presentation of the 2018 concert event Guitar Legends For Heroes, presented by America Salutes You, Wall Street Rocks, and The Independence Fund-premiering Sunday, February 11 at 10pE/7pP. The star-studded evening is emceed by Country superstar Trace Adkins and music guru-and host of AXS TV's original series Trunkfest-Eddie Trunk, and brings together some of rock's most iconic guitar-slingers for a one-of-a-kind concert raising funds and awareness for veterans organizations across the country. Read more here.

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Roger Daltrey Reveals More Details For The Who's Tommy Shows

(hennemusic) Roger Daltrey has revealed the special guest orchestras that will be joining him in performing The Who's 1969 rock opera, "Tommy", in its entirety during a newly-announced summer tour of the US.

The 13-date series will see Daltrey accompanied by members of The Who touring band and joined by some of the most prestigious orchestras in the United States, including the Boston Pops, the New York Pops and the Nashville Symphony.

"I'm really looking forward to singing Tommy, not only with my great backing group, but also some of the finest orchestras in the country," says Daltrey. "Pete Townshend's rock music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band.

"With the arrangements written by David Campbell, it should make a memorable night of entertainment for all those who love the arts." Read more including the list of guest orchestras here.

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The Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. Reveals New Solo Track 'Muted Beatings'

(Radio.com) Albert Hammond Jr.'s status as a guitarist for The Strokes is on full display with his new solo song, "Muted Beatings," which he dropped last week night (Feb. 2) and performed on 'Conan'.

The first track from Hammond's forthcoming album, Francis Trouble, is brimming with sing-song melodies and spiky guitars reminiscent of The Strokes' signature sound.

Francis Trouble addresses the guitarist's thoughts about his twin brother, who died in the womb. "What the music says may be serious, but as a medium it should not be questioned, analyzed or taken too seriously," Hammond said in a press statement. "I think it should be tarted up, made into a character, a parody of itself. The music is the mask the message wears and I, the performer, am the message."

Francis Trouble is set for release on March 9. The guitarist will support the album with a tour, following stints opening for the Killers in America and Franz Ferdinand in the U.K. The headlining dates kick off March 6 in San Francisco. Check out Albert Hammond Jr. on 'Conan' and listen to the studio version of "Muted Beatings" and see the dates here.

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Queen Classic Rocks Super Bowl Commercial

(hennemusic) Queen's 1977 classic, "We Will Rock You", was featured in a Super Bowl 52 commercial for Ram Trucks during the NBC-TV network broadcast of the February 4 event at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.

Originally included on the band's best-selling album, "News Of The World", Ram Trucks selected the "fast-version" of the song from their 2016 set, "Queen On Air - The Complete BBC Radio Sessions", as the soundtrack to the ad, which sees a group of Vikings heading across the frozen tundra and the sea to Minneapolis, MN for the big game.

The only known studio recording of the fast version of "We Will Rock You" was delivered by Queen during one of six BBC Sessions by the group recorded between February 1973 and October 1977 as presented on the 2016 collection. Watch the ad here.

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke Scores New Short Film

(Radio.com) Radiohead vocalist Thom Yorke has written the score for the new short film, Why Can't We Get Along, which was commissioned by UK fashion brand rag & bone.

Throughout, Yorke uses electronic beats, ethereal melodies and sparse lyrics to create an emotional and somewhat melancholy musical backdrop. Can't We Get Along features scenes of an art installation combined with contemporary dance and takes place in what appears to be a city loft.

Three co-directors — Benjamin Millepied, Aaron Duffy and Bob Partington — filmed all the scenes in one day, reports Pitchfork. The cast includes Baby Driver's Ansel Elgort and House of Cards' Kate Mara, as well as dancers from the American Ballet Theater, HipLet Ballerinas, Bulletrun Parkour and Kandi Reign from Musical.ly famous.

Check out the artsy and intriguing Can't We Get Along here.

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