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KISS Spark Retirement Speculation With The End Of The Road Move

KISS have sparked speculation that they may be planning to launch a farewell tour after their camp reportedly filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to word mark the term "The End Of The Road".

According to media reports, the application was filed on February 8th by Kiss Catalog Ltd., which is said to be the owner of the intellectual property rights for the iconic group.

The application reportedly requests protection for the term "The Wnd Of The Road" for entertainment services, and specifically "live performances by a musical band." Read more here.

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Slipknot Star Says He Will Never Go Back On Tour Again

Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has reportedly said that there is no way that he will go back out on tour as a result from his battle with acute transverse myelitis.

Jordison was asked about his health following his bout with the neurological condition which causes an inflammation of the spinal cord and reportedly led to the Vimic star to lose the use of his legs.

He said (via Blabbermouth), "With me, I would never lose my sight of music. Music is actually really what got me through a lot of it because there's no way this thing is going to beat me.

"There's no way I'm not going back out on tour. There's no way I'm not going to play drums; it's not going to happen. I'd ask the doctors and stuff like that: 'Will I be able to walk again and play and drums?'

"Honestly, the doctors would look at me and they wouldn't be able to tell me. And, from that moment, I knew that I was going to beat it and I wasn't going to let anything stop me." Watch the full interview and read more excerpts here.

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Foreigner Announce Very Special Release

Rock icons Foreigner have announced the release of a very special live recording which was captured during their performance with a live orchestra last year.

The new album and DVD will be entitled "Foreigner With The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus" is scheduled to hit stores on April 27th via earMusic and features the band performing some of their classic songs with a 58-piece orchestra was conducted by Ernst van Tiel.

The special renditions came from founding guitarist Mick Jones and Grammy nominated composing/arranging team of Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer, according to Classic Rock. Read more here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Addresses Idea Of Blizzard Full Album Shows

Ozzy Osbourne is gearing up for a lengthy final world tour and during an interview he was asked about the idea of performing his landmark debut solo album "Blizzard Of Ozz" in full and explained why he could not.

The Black Sabbath frontman was asked by Rolling Stone about the idea of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the album by performing it in its entirety but he was not receptive to the idea.

He said, "That was the thing for a while, to play the whole album, but I don't write albums that way, so no. When I make an album, I specifically record songs that I'll never do on the stage.

"Like on Blizzard of Ozz, there are songs that I wrote never to play live, because the production was too heavy. I always do a ballady song, I always like to do a rock song and I like to do what I call album tracks.

"And I'll do the ballady songs and the rock songs onstage, but the album tracks are just too over the top. But I suppose I could do one."

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Glenn Hughes Announces Classic Deep Purple Live Tour

Glenn Hughes is following on the heels of David Coverdale and has announced that he will be launching a UK tour in Rocktober where he will be performing class songs from his previous band Deep Purple.

The Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live will include nine dates and feature songs from the Mark 3 and Mark 4 incarnations of the legendary hard rock band.

Hughes had the following to say, "I'm excited to be touring the Classic Deep Purple Live in the UK this October. I first toured Classic Deep Purple Live in Australia and New Zealand last year and it went down like a storm.

"We're also touring the show throughout South America in April, and festivals throughout the summer. By the time we tour the UK in October, we'll be on fire." See the dates here.

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Bob Seger Releases Video For Glenn Frey Tribute Song

(hennemusic) Bob Seger is streaming a lyric video for the title track to his latest album, "I Knew You When." Written by Seger as a tribute to his late friend, Glenn Frey of The Eagles - who passed away in 2016 and to whom the album is dedicated to - the video presents a series of animated black-and-white sketches of Seger through the years and ends with an image of the pair together.

Seger and Frey grew up in Detroit and were part of the same local rock scene of the mid-1960s. Seger previewed the fall 2017 release of his eighteenth album last January with a free download of "Glenn Song" as a tribute to the late Eagles guitarist on the first anniversary of his passing; the tune is available on the album's expanded deluxe edition.

The Michigan rocker postponed the remaining 19 dates on his Runaway Train tour last fall "upon receiving his doctor's orders to attend to an urgent medical issue concerning his vertebrae."

"I'm feeling better all the time," the 72-year-old rocker told Rolling Stone last month as he continues to recover at home. "They aren't letting me lift anything over five pounds. I can't do anything: no piano, no guitar, no nothing. But as soon as the pain stops, I'll be playing again." Watch the video here.

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Willie Nelson Releases 'Last Man Standing' Video

(Gibson) With concerns over his health triggered by a spate of cancelled concerts last year, country legend Willie Nelson seems in no mood to put away his guitar. Instead, the Red Headed Stranger will release his seventy-third album on April 27, two days before his eighty-fifth birthday.

Titled Last Man Standing, the album follows on from last year's God's Problem Child (also released just before his birthday last year) and sees Nelson partner again with longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon on all eleven songs on the new album.

Nelson has released a new video for the title track and album opener, which sets up the mood of the album with the lines, "I don't want to be the last man standing. Oh wait a minute, maybe I do." Watch it here.

Talking about working with Nelson to write the album's songs, Cannon said, "Willie's a jazz singer and jazz player. He's an improvisational musician. It's different every time. Get a good take and go with it." Read more here.

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Bon Iver Celebrate Emma Anniversary By Playing Unreleased Song

(Gibson) It's been ten years since the release of Bon Iver's breakthrough album For Emma, Forever Ago. To commemorate the occasion, Justin Vernon and his band performed an anniversary show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a setlist loaded with songs from the album, including 'Skinny Love', 'Lump Sum', 're: Stacks', 'The Wolves (Act I & II)' and 'Flume.'

In addition, Vernon and Co. also debuted a new - and old - song. Introducing the song by telling the sold-out audience that it was written around the same time (between 2006 and 2007) as the other songs on the album, Bon Iver performed 'Hayward, WI' for the very first time. Watch fan-shot footage of the performance here.

That said, it wasn't the first new song Vernon debuted on the current tour. Late last year, he played a new, unfinished song at a gig in Richmond, Va., saying, "It's new and it's not even quite done, but I just want to play it for y'all." Read more here.

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James Bay Recruits Stranger Things Star For 'Wild Love' Video

James Bay have release the music video for his brand new single "Wild Love" and the hit maker recruited Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer to costar in the new clip.

Bay had the following to say about working with the actress on the new promotional visual, "It was such a pleasure to work with Natalia on the "Wild Love" set.

"She's a lovely person, a huge talent and it was great hanging with her while making this video. I'm a massive 'Stranger Things' fan so I tried everything in my power not to fan boy too hard." Watch the video here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Battery' Video From Current Tour

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1986 thrash metal classic, "Battery", during the first of two nights at the Unipol Arena in Bologna, Italy on February 12, and the band are streaming professional footage from the show.

The song was the opening track from the group's third record, "Master Of Puppets." Metallica's major label debut became thrash metal's first platinum album while expanding and solidifying the band's sonic palette. The project has now sold more than 6 million copies in the US alone.

As part of their ongoing reissues series, Metallica released a series of remastered 30th anniversary editions of the project last fall on CD, vinyl and digital, alongside an expanded 3CD edition and a deluxe box set. Read more and watch the video here.

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