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The Osbournes Making A Comeback Next Month

It's been over a decade since the final episode of the hit MTV series The Osbournes aired but Ozzy Osbourne and family that will be returning with a new podcast next month.

The new show is set to debut on March 5th and will feature 10-episodes that will be hosted by Jack Osbourne and feature the family and special guests taking a look back at the television show.

Jack had this to say about the podcast to the Hollywood Reporter, "There's been talk about bringing The Osbournes back, but it would never work. I thought, 'Well, this is probably the next best thing.'" He added, "Everyone is really open and honest about a lot of things. It's pretty candid."

Some of the confirmed special guests will include the show's executive producer Greg Johnston, comedian Sheryl Underwood, and TV host Carnie Wilson, according to reports.

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Guns N' Roses Star Grateful To Axl Rose

Longtime Guns N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed is currently promoting his new solo album "Rock 'N Roll Ain't Easy", and discussed his tenure in the band during a recent interview.

Reed, who joined the band in 1990 as a touring keyboardist, spoke with Guns N' Roses Central and was asked what they most rewarding thing about being in the band for the past 27 years.

He responded, "I think the most rewarding thing is, honestly, just… Axl [Rose] gave me an opportunity early on, and he didn't have to do that. And so my dedication is to him and to that band. And I'm lucky to be able to squeeze this kind of thing [solo concerts] in here and there. And that within itself is rewarding - just being able to be a part of it and perform with them and to get the recognition from the fans.

"And to be able to use it as a vehicle to have met other great musicians and done other things, like this and like Hookers & Blow and like The Dead Daisies and stuff. So it's been fantastic - it really has." Watch the full interview and read more here.

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Smashing Pumpkins Look To Focus On Early Albums For Reunion Tour

(Radio.com) Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan jumped on Twitter on Friday (Feb. 23) to reveal a proposed setlist for the band's upcoming reunion tour, which will focus solely on the band's first five albums.

Ranging from Siamese Dream deep cuts like "Mayonaise" to Gish nuggets including "Rhinoceros," Corgan also offers an inspired selection of cover songs, with Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" among them. Conspicuously absent: the scorching "Tristessa," the band's second single and only release on the legendary Sub Pop label.

But that's where the fans come in. Corgan wants to hear what they think should be included when the band embarks on the 'Shiny and Oh So Bright' tour this year.

"The other day, I shared a set of ours from 1995. Which surprisingly engendered a lot of interest, and it got me thinking why not share our pool of PROPOSED songs (meaning the list we'll use to build The Shiny and Oh So Bright set, so these aren't in any particular order)," Corgan posted on Instagram. "And since we are a bit aways from going into rehearsals, and I'm sure we've missed a favorite or two."

Corgan asks fans to tag the band with requests, but does so with a caveat. "The goal is to build an epic set! So choose wisely," he implores at the end of the post. Check out the song list here.

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Underoath Return With New Song and First New Album Since 2010

Underoath have returned. The band have released a music video for their new track "On My Teeth," which comes from their first new studio album since 2010.

The new album will hit stores on April 6th and be entitled "Erase Me". The effort was written and recorded last summer with producer Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3) and mixed by Ken Andrews (Failure, Jimmy Eat World).

Aaron Gillespie had this to say, "We've had success and we've come through a lot of waters. There's been 11,000 things we've been through so you would think, almost rhetorically, 'What do you need now?' All of us are finally in that place in our lives where the only thing we care about is inclusion for everybody-for the world. For me, exclusion is the scariest thing in the world. And I think Underøath coming back now with a new record-which none of us thought was possible-we want people to know that this is your music and you can feel however the f*** you want about it. I just want to prove that we are doing everything in the most honest way we ever have. This is the healthiest we've ever been as a group of people, as musicians, and in our worldview."

Spencer Chamberlain added this about their demise and return, "We took a step away and then we realized that we are a family. We do miss it and we miss each other. We made the decision to never play again as Underøath and then we let that sit a couple of years. Band members rebuilt themselves and their friendships--and then we rebuilt the band." Watch the new video here.

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Dokken Announce Live Reunion Album and DVD Package

Dokken have announced the release of "Return To The East Live 2016" package on April 20th, which was captured during their historic reunion shows of that year.

The new CD and DVD/Blu-Ray package features footage from the reunited original lineup of the band (Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, and Mick Brown) during their appearance at the Loud Park Festival in Japan and Sioux Falls, SD at Badlands. A trailer can be viewed here.

In addition to the live recordings, the original lineup of the band will also be including a brand new track "It's Just Another Day" and two acoustic re-workings of classic song. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Diana Rein's Down Down Down

Today blues-rock guitarist Diana Rein shares with us the story behind the song "Down Down Down," which comes from her latest album "Long Road". Here is the story:

I was in the middle of writing and recording my album Long Road when things all of a sudden came to a stand still because my health was giving me some warning signals. I hadn't been quite right since the birth of my son and after appendix surgery. My whole system seem to be teetering and I was barely holding on with my energy. When I thought about actually performing live one day, I had no idea how that would even be possible.

Everything seemed so insurmountable and overwhelming that wasn't just me playing music in my room. Even that was a challenge on many days. I was being plagued by pain on the left side of my abdomen and before I knew it, I was in the care of doctors who were sending me every which way for tests and opinions. And zero answers. Everyone said I was fine but I was in pain.
All the while, my record was put on hold because not only was my health a question mark, but I decided to get a new amp to use when it came down to recording guitars. I went with a Ceriatone amp that was being made in Malaysia and it was going to take a few months to get delivered.

I wanted to start a song on the album that had a pedal note and that really dug in with some fuzzy tones. Just guitar and vocals. And I wanted it to start with just a guitar so that the listener would be anticipating an older blues man to start singing and all of a sudden they would hear my voice. Give a little switch to perceptions. And then I wanted the rug to be pulled out completely and just have a forward pulling high momentum rest of the song that had melodic guitar anthems in there to really get the listener going.
As I was waiting for test results from an MRI, I remember being so scared that I just wanted to write in order to deal with the waiting period better.

And I just recall an inner strength coming into me that knew that I wanted this song to be a big F U to all the crap I was dealing with that was threatening the beginning of my dream life with music. I wasn't going to let it stop me and I wanted to have a heart to heart talk with "it". So as I do when writing, I sing the melody as I play the guitar and then I just sing gibberish. Some words come out and they stick and some don't. I really allow my subconscious to do its thing. And I worked through my fear with this song. And I visualized myself playing the song live to get me out of feeling overwhelmed. It was a pivotal song to help me work through that period of my life where my health had never been worse and it has been a constant reminder that I am in control and I don't allow the unknown to keep me down. I just keep making music. And I feel that this attitude is what has gotten me better with time and what keeps making me stronger.

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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Judas Priest Preview New Song 'Evil Never Dies'

(hennemusic) Judas Priest are streaming a snippet of the track "Evil Never Dies" as the latest preview to their forthcoming album, "Firepower", ahead of its release on March 9.

The veteran UK metal band's eighteenth studio album was recorded last year with producers Tom Allom and Andy Sneap. "Tom Allom has got this classic metal thing," says frontman Rob Halford. "And Andy is a bit more of a 'modern metal producer' but his thinking is a little bit different to Tom's. And I think to get this balance between that classic old school metal to what Andy's world is was just a remarkable coalescence."

Sneap will join Judas Priest on guitar alongside Richie Faulkner for their Firepower world tour - which begins in Wilkes Barre, PA on March 13 - following news that longtime axeman Glenn Tipton has retired from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Available via CD and digital formats, Judas Priest are also offering a limited-edition (300 copies) metallic silver-colored cassette version of the album via their PledgeMusic page, alongside a variety of bundle options including autographed colored vinyl, autographed vinyl test pressings and more. Check out the song preview

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Dave Navarro And Billy Morrison Team For Special Show

(MSO) Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro and Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison have announced that they are teaming up for a special event called Above Ground that will be taking place at The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles on April 16th.

They will be joined by their musician friends and some special guests. We were sent the following details: This immersive evening of art and music-beginning at 8pm-will celebrate the vinyl album as an art form, and at the same time raise awareness and funds for the treatment of mental health, with the profits being donated to MusiCares.

Expect the musicians to perform two seminal albums in their entirety-first Kings Of The Wild Frontier by Adam And The Ants and then The Velvet Underground & Nico by Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground-with completely different stage sets and production for each album's performance. here.

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Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday Summer Tour

Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday have announced that they will be teaming up this summer to launch a North American coheadlining amphitheater tour.

The trek will feature support from The Story So Far and is scheduled to hit 28 cities beginning on July 6th in Miami, FL at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater and wrapping up on August 12th in Phoenix, AZ at the Comerica Theatre.

Taking Back Sunday's Mark O'Connell had the following to say about the upcoming outing with Coheed and Cambria, "It's funny, we've been friends all of this time but we've never done a full tour together. We ran into each other at some festivals last year and got to talking about it and here we are." See the tour dates here.

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Sanctuary Reveal New Lineup Following Warrell Dane's Death

Sanctuary have revealed their new lineup details for their upcoming North American tour with Iced Earth. The band will be joined by Joey Concepcion (Armageddon, The Absence) on guitar and Witherfall's Joseph Michael will be their guest vocalist.

Michael will be taking the place of late frontman Warrel Dane who died from a heart attack last December while recording his second solo album in São Paulo, Brazil.

Guitarist Lenny Rutledge had the following to say about the tour, "Sanctuary has decided to continue on with the Iced Earth tour to pay tribute to our brother Warrel Dane. The set will consist of many old and some newer songs performed with the utmost respect and quality to honor our friend. Please join us in this farewell as we celebrate Warrel's musical legacy with Sanctuary. We look forward to sharing this tribute with all of you." Read more here.

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Bob Seger Optimistic About Returning To Road Following Surgery

(Radio.com) Bob Seger is on the mend following back surgery that forced him to cancel touring last year. While he's still in pain, he optimistically looks ahead to future tours and new music. In a new interview with Team Rock, the Hall of Famer says he hopes he's not done on the road.

"I'm in the recover mode. The pain is down," Seger said. 'I'd say it's one out of 10, but it's constant. It's nagging, and unfortunately I can't sing or play or lift anything more than five pounds until it's gone. So it's difficult to work out or anything. I can walk, that's about it — work with my three-pound weights a little bit, but not over my head. It's maddening. I'm just stuck here. I can't go to a show, I can't go to a game, that's it."

While his doctors can't guarantee that his pain will go away, Seger is staying optimistic. Instead of lounging around the house and watching TV he's studying music. Read more here.

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Toto Announce Massive Limited Edition Box Set

(Gibson) Toto has announced that they will be releasing a massive, limited edition 13-CD, 17-LP boxed set collection in conjunction with the band's 40th anniversary.

Due this fall, and available for pre-order now through April 10, the aptly titled All In includes the group's first 10 studio albums-beginning with their 1978 debut and extending to the 1999 album, Mindfields.

Also included is the 1998 odds-and-ends collection Toto XX, the previously unreleased Live in Tokyo EP, and a 10-track compilation titled Old is New that features seven never-before-released songs plus three tracks released only recently on the greatest-hits disc, 40 Trips Around the Sun.

Also included are an 80-page hardcover book, a Blu-ray featuring the 1990 concert film Live in Paris and Toto IV in 5.1 surround sound, and a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by band members. Read more here.

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Within The Ruins Replace Frontman Tim Goergen

Within The Ruins have announced that frontman Tim Goergen is leaving the band following two final shows in April due to health issues and he will be replaced by former Silence The Messenger singer Steve Tinnon.

Guitarist Joe Cocchi revealed the news to fans with the following statement, "Within the Ruins and Tim have decided to part ways due to some recent and ongoing health issues. This is a tough one for all of us, and as saddened as we are to no longer have Tim with us, a new chapter begins. Tim will be passing the torch to our good friend Steve Tinnon and we are extremely excited for the future of this band. We'd like to invite you all to Tim's final two shows with us."

The two final shows to feature the singer are April 19th in Brooklyn, NY at Kingsland and their April 21st appearance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest in Worcester, MA. Read more here.

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Liam Gallagher's Brit Awards Manchester Tribute Goes Online

(hennemusic) Liam Gallagher paid tribute to the victims of the 2017 terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena during the 2018 Brit Awards in London on February 21, where he delivered an emotional, acoustic version of the 1994 Oasis hit, "Live Forever."

Gallagher was supported at the O2 Arena by acoustic guitar, percussion and a cello for his performance of the third single from the UK band's debut album, "Definitely Maybe."

The NME reports the rocker was a last-minute replacement for the tribute – originally scheduled to feature singer Ariana Grande, who's May 2017 show at the Manchester venue was targeted by a terrorist who blew himself up while killing 23 people and injuring more than 500 others.

Grande was forced to cancel her Brit Awards appearance after falling ill and being unable to fly, under doctor's orders, to the London event. The pop star headlined the One Love Manchester benefit concert in the UK city last June, which saw Gallagher perform before a hometown crowd while raising money for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross, to support grieving families and victims of the May 22 bombing.

Since the tragedy, Gallagher has been donating royalties from Oasis 1996 UK No. 1 smash, "Don't Look Back In Anger", to the victim benefit fund. Watch the Brit Awards tribute

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X Ambassadors Release 'Don't Stay' Video

(Radio.com) X Ambassadors are turning up the emotion for the band's latest music video, "Don't Stay." The new clip is the third in a trilogy, following videos for 'Ahead of Myself" and 'Joyful." All three tracks are from the band's forthcoming album, JOYFUL, which is due to debut this spring.

In the new clip, frontman Sam Harris pulls up in a big Dodge truck onto an abandoned public basketball court. Emerging from the truck, Harris sings the song live, adding a new dimension and dynamic to the video.

The clip also captures a dramatic sunset, which finds Harris singing in darkness save for the truck's bright headlights by the end. Watch the emotional video here.

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Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Reveal Favorite Blues Guitarists

(Gibson) Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi recently took a moment out of the Tedeschi Trucks Band's current tour to discuss their favorite blues songs, singers, and guitarists. It's hard to argue with Truck's choice for favorite six-stringer.

"[It's] B.B. King," said Trucks, speaking with Jackson, Mississippi's Clarion-Ledger newspaper. "B.B. could do more with a single note than anyone and continually proved that you don't need a lot of guitar tricks or fast runs to tell your story and move people. He was B.B., and if you know, enough said."

Tedeschi cited blues legend Johnny Guitar Watson as her pick. "Johnny was one of those guys who could play anything," she observed. "He was one of the first to be innovative with reverb and his guitar sound. He was so versatile and one of the true gunslingers on guitar. He reinvented himself many times, always on the search." Read more here.

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Neil Young Reveals Classic Live Album Details

(hennemusic) Neil Young is sharing details of his forthcoming album, "Roxy - Tonight's The Night Live", a recording from a series of September 1973 shows at the famous Los Angeles club that will be released in April.

The project captures Young performing during the venue's opening week with the Santa Monica Flyers, the name he gave to the band featured on his sixth album, comprised of Nils Lofgren on piano, Ben Keith on pedal steel guitar, and Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass and Ralph Molina on drums. The 2018 release presents the live debuts of several of the songs that would feature on the rocker's 1975 album, "Tonight's The Night."

"We had finished recording TTN and decided to celebrate with a gig at a new club opening on the Sunset Strip, the Roxy," says Young. "We went there and recorded for a few nights, opening the Roxy. We really knew the Tonight's the Night songs so we just played them again, the album, top to bottom, two sets a night for a few days. We had a great time. Roxy - Tonight's The Night Live is the live recording we made."

"Roxy - Tonight's The Night Live" will initially be released via a 2LP package as an exclusive Record Store Day edition on April 21; a standard vinyl, CD and digital version will be available April 24. See the tracklisting

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Rolling Stones Have Fun With Keith Richards' Favorite Dish

(Radio.com) When it comes to his Shepherd's pie, no one busts the crust before Keith Richards. The Rolling Stones have outed their legendary guitarist's penchant for the traditional British dish, a meat pie topped with a mashed potato crust.

For Richards, it's the crust that makes the pie holy. And no one touches it before he does. "NO BUSTING THE CRUST!," trumpets a tweet from the Rolling Stones' official account.

"On every tour, the one thing Keith must have in his dressing room, is his beloved Shepherd's Pie," reads the tweet. "Strict instructions – no one is to 'bust the crust' but Keith. The first slice is his slice."

One can only guess who was the unfortunate soul who dared to "bust the crust" before Richards, prompting the official proclamation. See the tweet here.

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