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Guns N' Roses Star To Play Appetite Album In Full On Tour

(hennemusic) Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler will perform the band's 1987 debut, "Appetite For Destruction", in its entirety on his upcoming 2018 tour with the resurrected Adler's Appetite.

Adler's agent - and Quite Riot guitarist - Alex Grossi shared the news via social media about the group's return from their 2011 split with word that they are accepting bookings via the BTE Inc. (Bigg Time Entertainment) booking agency for a trek that will see the drummer celebrate the 30th anniversary of the biggest-selling debut album of all time alongside selected Guns N' Roses tracks.

Adler joined GNR in the spring of 1985 and appeared on the group's debut and 1988's "G N' R Lies" (as well as "Civil War" on 1991's "Use Your Illusion II") before being fired in 1990 for excessive drug use.

The drummer has long lobbied for a full reunion of the group's "classic" lineup, and did appear with the trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan in 2016 on Guns N' Roses' Not In This Lifetime tour to play the "Appetite For Destruction" tracks "Out Ta Get Me" and "My Michelle" with his former bandmates in Cincinnati, OH, Nashville, TN and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA, and each song over two nights in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 4 and November 5, 2016. Read more here.

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Mr. Big's Pat Torpey Dead At 64

(hennemusic) Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey passed away on February 7 at the age of 64 from complications of Parkinson's disease. Torpey was a regular on the Los Angeles music scene in the early 1980s, landing gigs on American Bandstand and Solid Gold that saw him regularly perform behind top international singers.

The drummer toured with John Parr ["St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)"], Belinda Carlisle and The Knack before connecting with bassist Billy Sheehan, singer Eric Martin and guitarist Paul Gilbert to form Mr. Big in 1988.

The new outfit issued their debut album in 1989, and scored a US and global No. 1 hit with the soft-rock ballad, "To Be With You", from their sophomore release, 1991's "Lean Into It."

A series of albums and tours followed before Mr. Big shut down in 2002, only to regroup upon demand from fans in 2009 and go on to issue three more records, including their latest, 2017's "Defying Gravity."

Torpey was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2014, and continued to record and tour with Mr. Big while Matt Starr was brought in to handle lead drumming duties.

"Pat Torpey has been my closest friend in music for over 30 years," posted Sheehan. "Pat was one of the finest human beings I've ever had the privilege of knowing, and the honor of working with. All of us in Mr. Bib had nothing but the highest respect and admiration for him. He is loved by anyone and everyone who ever met him. And surely one of the finest rock drummers the world has ever known.

"Please keep his sweet wife and wonderful son in your prayers. I love you, Pat. You made the world a better place. We will miss you. We will never forget you. Rest in peace, my brother."

"We are all in shock and so sad in the Mr. Big camp," shared Martin on social media. "He was the strongest, kindest and sweetest man that I have ever known. I can't put into words how I feel but just to say I'm absolutely heartbroken as you can imagine. He loved you fans so much - Let's all say a prayer for his wife Karen and his son Patrick Jr."

"Family, band and management request privacy at this very difficult time," announced the group. "Services are pending." Read more here.

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Prince's Family Denied Investigative Death Data By Authorities

(Radio.com) There is a messy battle brewing between Prince's family and the Carver County attorney's office in Minnesota. The music icon died in his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016, of an accidental opioid overdose.

The office is objecting to a motion by Prince's family in Carver County District Court seeking an order that would compel the release of all law enforcement and medical examiner information related to the death of the legendary musician (via Chanhassen Villager).

The reason for the denial: the information is part of an ongoing criminal investigation surrounding Prince's death. "First, because the law enforcement data collected by the Carver County Sheriff's Office remains under active investigation, the data is classified by law as confidential data.

"This confidential law enforcement data remains confidential until the Carver County Attorney makes the decision to charge or decline any criminal charge," the office said via a press statement. Read more here.

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Blink-182's Travis Barker Teams With Limp Bizkit's Wes Borland

(Radio.com) Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has revealed that he's working on new music, with drum duties being handled by none less than Blink-182 kit master, Travis Barker.

Borland made the big reveal on Instagram, sharing a video of Barker laying down a funky beat in a recording studio. "Doing drums with the man himself Travis Barker on a yet to be titled new project!," Borland captioned the post.

The guitarist went on to share that Barker's contribution is more substantial than just one track. "My gal came to visit me after being locked away at The Village for 2 days. Wrote 7 songs in 12 hours. That's a new record," Borland revealed on a separate post. "More drums from Travis Barker to come." See the posts here.

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Robert Plant Celebrates Tour With New Live Video

(hennemusic) Robert Plant has released a live video performance of the title track to his latest album, "Carry Fire", in sync with the launch of a brief North American tour.

The 3-week run of theaters opens in Raleigh, NC on February 9, with shows wrapping up in Los Angeles on March 2. Directed by Ryan Mackfall, the clip captures the rocker and his band The Sensational Space Shifters during a November 30, 2017 show at the O2 Apollo in Manchester, England as part of a sold-out fall UK trek in support of the record.

"Carry Fire" features guest appearances by Albanian cellist Redi Hasa, renowned viola and fiddle player Seth Lakeman, and Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde.

Plant was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the UK Americana Music Association as part of their 2018 awards event in London on February 1. Watch the video and see the tour dates here.

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Singled Out: State of Illusion's Blind

State of Illusion recently released a music video for their latest single "Blind," which comes from their "Aphelion" album. To celebrate we asked Jacob Porter (Vocals/Guitar) to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

"The story of 'Blind' is the story of a bunch of tiny changes over the years creating something that still feels new and something we are really proud of. I wrote the entirety of 'Blind' in the middle of the night in late 2007 or early 2008, sitting on the floor in front of my amp. I really loved that the clean guitar and heavy parts were kind of warring with each other, sort of like a calm vs. storm scenario. The melody and lyrics just came out. The next day, I demoed the song (and played the drums horribly) and the guys were into it. We recorded the song at home and used it as a single back then.

In 2009, we decided to record some songs with someone else in the engineer's chair and decided that 'Blind' was too good of a song to not record the right way. During this session, the engineer pitched a new chorus melody idea that we tried but, ultimately, I wasn't really interested in. Things got a little tense and he told us that, by rewriting the melody, he was 'just trying to make [our] song good.' We ended up tracking it the original way but it definitely makes me think of what could have been and encourages me to try all good ideas but, at the end of the day, don't change just because of someone else's opinion.

Fast forward to a fresh 2012 band line-up preparing to record a new album. Because the 2009 version of 'Blind' never made it to an album, we decided to keep the great sounding drum tracks, clean guitars, and some of the vocals and re-track everything else. At this point, we added the vocal harmonies in the chorus and the dual guitar solo and released it on our album, Aphelion, in 2014.

Finally, between another personnel change to the line-up we have now, we decided to shoot a music video to gain a bit of momentum before heading back into the studio. As if we hadn't used 'Blind' enough, we all agreed that the world needed to hear it and it hadn't traveled far enough yet, so we decided to, yet again, re-tool the song. We re-recorded most of the vocals, all of the guitars except for the solos and cleans, and updated the lyrics to reflect where we are personally today. The final version collects little snippets from most of the band members we've had throughout the years, so it's just a really cool way to showcase the song and still energizes us all these years later.

The music video is about a girl who is being hunted by a surreal force because she's the last creature that can see beauty in the world. The problem is that, through seeing beauty, the evil force's attacks are more potent, so her only defense is the blindfold that she wears. So, in the end, her only way to survive is by becoming blind to the beauty of the world."

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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Foghat's Craig MacGregor Dead At The Age Of 68

(hennemusic) Foghat bassist Craig MacGregor died on February 9th at the age of 68 following a lengthy battle with lung cancer, the band revealed in a statement. MacGregor made his debut recording with the band on their sixth album, 1976's "Night Shift", during the first of three stints with Foghat.

"On behalf of Craig MacGregor's family and the Foghat family, it is with great sadness that we are letting you know that we have lost our brother, good friend, husband, father and band mate this morning," posted the band. "He passed peacefully in his wife, Lisa MacGregor's arms after a prolonged battle with cancer. Please respect the privacy of the family and band members at this time. We will be sharing information in the next day or so. Rest in Peace Thunderfingers."

The rocker was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015; a small tumor was first detected during a CAT scan to check for broken ribs after a fall in 2012 but Torpey was never advised of the issue because radiologists and other diagnostic imaging service providers were not required by law, at the time, to report test results to patients.

In the ensuing years, according to Philly.com, the tumor had grown more than 60 times larger, was inoperable, and had spread to the bassist's brain, which led to the MacGregors suing his doctors and the Reading, PA Health System over their failure to alert him to the health issue.

"You get mad and you get scared and you realize that your life is going to change drastically, to somewhere that you never thought it would be," said the bassist at the time. Read more here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Seek & Destroy' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1983 classic, "Seek & Destroy", at the WiZink Center in Madrid, Spain on February 3, and the band are streaming professional footage from the show.

The tune appeared on the group's debut album, "Kill 'Em All", which didn't appear on the US Billboard 200 chart until three years later, where it peaked at No. 66 on its way to eventually selling 3 million copies Stateside.

The first of two shows in Madrid followed Metallica's first live date of the year when they opened the latest leg of their WorldWired tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" in Lisbon, Portugal on February 1 - from which they shared footage of their 1991 classic, "Sad But True."

During the spring trek, the group will return Stateside to be on hand when Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants host the 6th annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park on April 23.

"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." Read more and watch the video here.

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Styx's Dennis DeYoung Announces The Grand Illusion Anniversary Tour

(Gibson) For fans of Styx and the band's classic prog-rock sound, there's an important anniversary coming up and former frontman Dennis DeYoung has big plans to mark the occasion.

Since he parted ways with Styx around the turn of the millennium, DeYoung has continued to tour the band's catalog with a new line-up. Now, on the 40th anniversary of Styx's 1977 breakthrough album The Great Illusion, DeYoung has announced Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Tour, which will include all of Styx's hits written by DeYoung, including classics like 'Come Sail Away', 'Babe', 'Mr. Roboto', 'The Best of Times', 'Lady', 'Renegade' and 'Blue Collar Man'.

DeYoung also promises to "reflect back on more than four decades of musical excellence throughout the performance." As DeYoung puts it, "The Grand Illusion was Styx's greatest achievement, and this year my band and I will bring its sound and spirit to life nightly on concert stages across America." Read more here.

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Black Country Communion Release 'The Cove' Video

(hennemusic) Black Country Communion have released an online stream of their brand new music video for the track "The Cove", as the latest track issued from their fourth album, "BCCIV."

"I wanted to write a song about my love for dolphins," explains bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes. "Each year thousands of these beautiful souls are murdered by hunters in the coastal town of Taiji Japan. They are drove into the Killing Cove and brutally slaughtered.

"I have been working with Ric O'Barry from the Dolphin Project for four years, and told him I had written a song about this senseless & horrific scenario for BCCIV, that has been happening for decades."

"My heart aches as I watch on live stream on what happens in the Cove," adds the rocker. "I ask you all to listen to this song and understand how deeply affected we all are as animal and sea life protectors. The Dolphin Project has changed my life, and to my dying day I will be of service to be a protector of all inhabitants that live in the sea." here.

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Frank Zappa Hologram Tour Musician Lineup Revealed

(Gibson) Ahmet Zappa has confirmed more details of the rumored "Frank Zappa Hologram Tour." It will actually be presented as the Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa, and Ahmet promises it will be "mind-melting."

The possibility of live shows with a hologram of Zappa, who died in 1993, first came to light in September 2017. Ahmet Zappa has now confirmed that the Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa shows will feature a core lineup of Ray White, Mike Keneally, Scott Thunes, Robert Martin and Joe "Vaultmeister" Travers.

Guests appearing live will include Steve Vai, Warren Cuccurullo, Ian Underwood, Vinnie Colaiuta, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Arthur Barrow and Ed Mann. Further artists will be announced in due course. The first dates are due later in 2018, but no specifics have been given. Read more here.

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Alice In Chains' New Album Reportedly Done

(Gibson) Since November, grunge and hard rock veterans Alice in Chains have been steadily announcing more live dates for the coming year. So far, they've announced a spring tour of the US, followed by run of dates in June-July 2018 across Europe. Of course, it's more than likely that the tour will coincide with a new album, the follow-up to 2013's The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. So, is the album ready?

Digging a little deeper, it looks like there might have been a clue a few weeks ago. In mid-Jan, producer Nick Raskulinecz (Ghost, Deftones, Korn, Rise Against) posted a picture of an instrument flight case with the Alice In Chains name on it, stating "1 more day with AIC!!! Wrapping up record #3! I think this is the best one we've made so far!"

He also posted a couple more pictures from the sessions, of a recording console and, funnily enough, a shot of a WWE telecast on the studio TV. Interestingly, the images he posted were from Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, while guitarist Jerry Cantrell had mentioned that the band were set to record the album in Seattle's Studio X. Perhaps they were simply adding finishing touches in L.A?

According to Loudwire, Cantrell, when speaking about the new album last year, had said that Alice In Chains would remain true to their sound, saying, "This is what we do. At this age, I can't really do much else. So we do us, and we're lucky enough to be able to have the opportunity to still be doing it and making good music and having a good time." here.

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Unusual Bob Dylan Period Explored In New Documentary

(Radio.com) Bob Dylan is the ultimate shape-shifting rock icon, and his reinventions have sometimes rubbed fans the wrong way. In 1965 he ditched acoustic arrangements in favor of the new "electric Dylan" sound, which alienated folk audiences.

A forthcoming new documentary explores his late-70s pivot to gospel music, another turn that left many of his fans unimpressed (at first). Entitled Trouble No More, the film traces Dylan's conversion to Christianity and subsequent tour, based on the Slow Train Coming album.

The tour (which ran from November 1979 until May 1980) featured gospel backup singers, devotional music and plenty of biblical references--a sharp turn from the agnostic spirit of 60s counterculture. On the tour, fans walked out of live shows and dissed Dylan to the press. Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Vampire Weekend Star, James Corden Team For 'Pete Rabbit' Track

(Radio.com) Funnyman (and Tony-winning musical theater actor) James Corden stars in the new movie Peter Rabbit and sings a song written by Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig on the soundtrack.

Koenig wrote "I Promise You," a lighthearted pop-rock track with an arrangement and meter vaguely reminiscent of… Vampire Weekend. Still, Corden brings his marquee charisma to the indie-inflected tune.

Lyrically, the song urges listeners to cheer up in the face of adversity: "Life's rough when you feel confused/ Still rough when you hear the news that/ each day gotta pick and choose…/ No hate, no fear could ever keep us down / We'll stick together."

Peter Rabbit also stars Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Daisy Ridley. Adapted from the beloved Beatrix Potter books, the movie follows an animated Peter Rabbit and his live-action pals. Peter Rabbit hits theaters last week. Listen to "I Promise You" here.

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Blacktop Mojo Release 'Underneath' Video

Texas hard rockers Blacktop Mojo have released a brand new music video for their song "Underneath." The track comes from their latest album "Burn The Ships.

The new clip was filmed live at Audioworx Studios in Palestine, TX, the Drew McCuistion filmed video features front-man Matt James and lead guitarist Ryan Kiefer performing an acoustic version of the track.

Drummer Nathan Gillis had this to say about the meaning behind the song, "I've seen firsthand how bitterness and anger can destroy a person from the inside out. This song is about that, but also saying 'I understand what happened, and I'm sorry you went through the painful things that brought you to this point' Keep your heart free , forgive people even if they don't deserve it." Watch the video here.

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Jay Leno Teaches Johnny Rotten How to Drive

(Radio.com) Since he departed The Tonight Show in 2014, Jay Leno has kept himself occupied with Jay Leno's Garage which spotlights the comedian's true passion: his car collection.

In a preview of the series' fourth season, Leno gets behind the wheel with the Sex Pistols' John Lydon (a.k.a Johnny Rotten). The big catch is that Johnny has never driven a car and doesn't know the first thing about driving. Oh, and he's "half blind."

"I tell you, I got no eyes. I'm half blind so I can't see or read what any of these things say or mean. Is that helpful?" the punk icon asks. Lydon appears perplexed by simple mechanics like the "gas pedal" and "brake," but Leno coaches him through the fundamentals of operating a fast car. "I never truly understood the value of a seatbelt until this very moment," Leno quips.

Watch Leno teach Rotten the ropes here.

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