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Led Zeppelin Forced Jason Bonham To Change Band Name

(hennemusic) Jason Bonham reveals that he changed the name of his touring band from Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience to Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening following a request by Led Zeppelin as the iconic band prepares to mark their 50th anniversary this fall.

"They have plans for the terminology, Led Zeppelin Experience," Bonham tells KSHE 95 in St. Louis, MO. "And I was like, 'Um, okay, but I need to keep the logo, JBLZE.' One, I have the tag on my car, and two, I have a huge backdrop that I paid for last year. For me it's about the music. So the name of it -- I just wanted to keep the logo.

"So I said, 'I got it. Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening.' I don't know what they have planned, but I said, 'Okay, I will clear the way so they can do what they wish.'"

Bonham has been using Led Zeppelin Experience for live performance tributes to his late father - Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham - since 2010; the first appearance of the Led Zeppelin Evening brand surfaced with news of the rocker's participation on Foreigner's upcoming summer tour of North America with Whitesnake that will begin in Bangor, ME on June 15.

Bonham famously joined the surviving members of Led Zeppelin for their December 2007 concert appearance in London that was later released as "Celebration Day." The drummer continues to record with Black Country Communion and perform with the Sammy Hagar-led supergroup The Circle. here.

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Original Bon Jovi Lineup Reuniting For Rock Hall Induction

(Gibson) When veteran globe-conquering rock act Bon Jovi take the stage this April at their induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band's original line-up - frontman Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, bassist Alec John Such, keyboardist David Bryan and drummer Tico Torres - will share the stage together for the first time since 1994.

The band, which has sold more than a 100 million albums worldwide over the course of a twenty-five-year career, will be joined by former members Such (who parted ways with the band in 1994) and Sambora (who left in 2013). Such and Sambora were part of Bon Jovi's original line-up, when the band were at their commercial and critical peak and played on classic Bon Jovi albums like Slippery When Wet, New Jersey and Keep the Faith. Hugh McDonald, who replaced Such in 1994 (though he'd played on Bon Jovi's first hit, 'Runaway') and became an official member of the band two in 2016, will also be inducted.

According to Billboard, longtime Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres said, "speaking to Alec on the phone, it was wonderful. We took that journey together at certain times as a group, and I think it's wonderful we can re-enact that -- not only for us, but for the fans. I think when you get together with old friends, there's always going to be some deep emotions within that." Read more here.

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Linkin Park and Imagine Dragons Top Rock Sales Last Year

(Gibson) The most commercially successful artists in the world last year come from a bevy of different genres, but when we're talking about rock music, Linkin Park and Imagine Dragons came out on top.

The Intentional Federation of the Phonographic Industry, referred to as IFPI, has revealed its top 10 global recording artists of 2017, and the rankings are based on the artists' worldwide popularity encompassing physical formats, downloads and streams. Imagine Dragons came in at No. 8 on the list, and the guys of Linkin Park are right behind at No. 9.

Both bands released new studio albums in 2017. For Imagine Dragons, it was Evolve, and for Linkin Park, One More Light. The sales, streams and downloads of Linkin Park's previous catalog also sharply increased last year, due to frontman Chester Bennington's tragic death.

So, who's No. 1? According to IFPI, Ed Sheeran was the top artist of the year. See the top 10 here.

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Robert Plant To Rock Late Night TV

(hennemusic) Robert Plant will perform on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, March 1. The former Led Zeppelin frontman is currently playing dates on a brief North American tour in support of his latest album, "Carry Fire".

The 3-week run of theaters will wrap up with a show at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on March 2. Plant's eleventh solo set features guest appearances by Albanian cellist Redi Hasa, renowned viola and fiddle player Seth Lakeman, and Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde.

The Led Zeppelin singer 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. Read more here.

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Dead And Company Welcome School Shooting Survivors To Show

(Radio.com) Dead & Company showed love and support for survivors of the Parkland high school shooting at a show in Sunrise, FL, on Monday night (February 26th).

The Grateful Dead offshoot welcomed students, faculty and family members from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School backstage after the concert at the BB&T Center for a special meet and greet, resulting in the epic selfie seen below.

"We had the honor of hanging with the students of MSD High School last night," the band shared on Instagram "They are strong, bright and soulful, and we are grateful for the hope they are bringing to the world."

The band also wore t-shirts that read 'MSDStrong" while on stage, and displayed the school's logo on the backdrop. "What an incredibly special night with some of the bravest young people I have ever met," added bass player Oteil Burbridge on Facebook. "These young heroes wear T-shirts, not capes. Thank you to all the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It was so amazing to see you smiling and dancing. Your courage is inspiring."

Burbridge also shared some great backstage photos from the meeting. See them here.

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Singled Out: Tiavara's When Silence Reigns

Moscow heavy rockers Tiavara recently released their brand new single "When Silence Reigns" to celebrate we asked them to share the dark story behind the track. Here is the story:

Our latest single "When Silence Reigns" is not only a dark tale, but has some history of its own, hence a little bit of background first: Back in 2014 we have released our first EP. The title track "Never Silent" was inspired by the real life serial killer Ted Bundy as well as various sources about schizophrenia, most notably Elyn Saks's tale of her struggles at TED Talks.* On one hand there was this bone chilling psychopathic monster who will stop at nothing to satisfy his desires and on the other are sufferers hows life is tormented by their demons.

"Never Silent" lyrics tell us about an unstable individual who combines traits from both mental illnesses. He is driven by his hallucinations and feels no remorse over his actions. It was and still is one of our favourite songs to play both musically and from an emotional perspective.

For a long time we were entertaining an idea of writing some sort of a sequel to "Never Silent". When we were writing material for our upcoming album "Delusional Tales of Grand Intentions", Danila read a typical teenage girl oriented post on a social network about heartbreak, undeserving boyfriend etc. This made him think that he could take a sappy story like that and give it dark twist. As he was thinking about which demo to use this idea for he suddenly thought about Never Silent and how well such story would work with a mental illness concept.

When Danila explained his idea to Tikhon, Tikhon was immediately inspired to write a new demo. He had spent a long time listening to the old Never Silent and trying to construct something that would similar spiritually, but at the same time in line with the rest of the new album. He had spent about a week trying out different things until one day he was feeling particularly melancholic, thinking about what it's like to be alone. He questioned himself whether he has any true friends and wrote a new demo that was a reflection of his ponderings. This music took him comparatively longer then usual to write but the result was well worth it. While being the same tempo it came out more aggressive, with a faster feel than Never Silent. In order to tie it in with the older song Tikhon also used some melodic elements form Never Silent.

The end result was "When Silence Reigns". The lyrics tell us a story about a man who is on a spiraling descent into madness and depression. He is pushing his loved ones away out of fear of betrayal and loneliness thus making his problems only worse. One of the ideas that was used in making the song was - what if the voices suddenly stop? This idea is what gave "Whens Silence Reigns" its name. The voices are replaced with "gods" a metaphor for growing problems that begin to control the sufferer.

The message behind the song is to share your worries and problems with your friends and family, seeking help when needed and not locking in inside yourself.

(Disclamer: We are in no way, shape or form comparing Elyn Saks with Ted Bundy or implying any connections).

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

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Judas Priest's KK Downing Reacts To Glenn Tipton's Retirement

(hennemusic) Retired Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing is sharing his thoughts on the news that bandmate Glenn Tipton has stepped aside from touring in support of the group's March 9 set, "Firepower", after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

Tipton, whose twin-lead guitar work with Downing provided a signature sound for the group through the years, has been dealing with the health issue since the early stages were first detected a decade ago - three years before Downing retired from the lineup in 2011.

"The news that Glenn has finally been forced to come to terms with his unfortunate condition long term came with deep regret and sadness for me," says Downing on his social media sites. "Equally, this ending of our guitar duo era is also something that I have to come to terms with. The insatiable appetite that myself and Glenn had for creating inspired and unique music for the world to enjoy for many decades, is something that can never be erased. However, everyone who has witnessed the evolution of our beloved music must come to terms with the fact that things will inevitably change, or just simply end.

"I have to state with great sadness also that I am shocked and stunned that I wasn't approached to step into my original role as guitarist for Judas Priest. Whether I could have stepped back into the band or not, the potential for this situation arising never entered my head when I departed - although I too am officially and legally still a member of Judas Priest."

"However," Downing continues, "I know now more clearly than ever that I did the right thing by leaving the band when I did - as it seems that my time spent in the band, and my value in terms of crafting its huge legacy, was and is unappreciated by more than one member. I sincerely hope, for the fans' sake, that the decision not to approach me was not a financial one."

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Ghost Announce U.S. Rats On The Road Tour

(hennemusic) Swedish rockers Ghost have announced dates for a spring US tour in support of their forthcoming fourth album. The month-long "Rats! On The Road" trek will begin in Riverside, CA on May 5, with shows scheduled to wrap up in St. Paul, MN on June 1.

Ghost are expected to release the follow-up to 2015's "Meliora" this spring; the set will introduce the group's new frontman, Papa Emeritis Zero, who replaces outgoing singer Papa Emeritus III following his work on their third album and 2016's "Popestar" EP.

The band recorded their fourth studio record last year at Artery Studios in Stockholm, Sweden with producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Opeth). In December, Ghost surprise-released a digital version of their new live album, "Ceremony And Devotion", ahead of its arrival last month via 2CD, 2LP and 8-track. See the dates here.

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Janelle Monae Worked With Prince On Forthcoming

(Radio.com) Prince lives on in Janelle Monae's forthcoming album, Dirty Computer. The late singer assisted Monae on the project, and his influence is felt on her infectious new single "Make Me Feel."

"Prince actually was working on the album with me before he passed on to another frequency, and helped me come up with sounds," Monae says in an interview with BBC Radio 1.

"And I really miss him, you know, it's hard for me to talk about him. But I do miss him, and his spirit will never leave me." This isn't the first time the two musicians worked together. Read more here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Talks Horrors of Addiction

(Radio.com) Flea knows all about drug addiction. The Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist has opened up about his battles with drugs in a bracing new essay penned for Time magazine.

"I've been around substance abuse since the day I was born," Flea shared in the piece. "All the adults in my life regularly numbed themselves to ease their troubles, and alcohol or drugs were everywhere, always. I started smoking weed when I was eleven, and then proceeded to snort, shoot, pop, smoke, drop and dragon chase my way through my teens and twenties."

Flea goes on to detail the ravages of living with addiction, and how it took becoming a father to finally give him the strength to get clean and sober. "I didn't get clean through rehab or a 12-step program. I believe wholeheartedly in organizations like AA, but that was not my path," the bassist revealed. "What worked for me was learning that the best way to grow is to consciously experience the hard times. I had a burning desire for good health and love, and found that I had to go through periods of suffering to get there. That realization was not easy, but it freed me up to have faith in myself."

Flea then turns his attention to the growing culture of addiction that's afflicting America, placing blame squarely on the shoulders of the medical and pharmaceutical industry. Read more here.

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Dimmu Borgir Release 'Interdimensional Summit' Video

Dimmu Borgir have released a music video for their new track "Interdimensional Summit". It is the first song that has been revealed from the group's forthcoming album "Eonian", which is set to hit stores on May 4th.

The new album will be the band's first new studio effort since their 2010 record "Abrahadabra" and 2018 also marks the band's 25th anniversary. Frontman Shagrath had this to say:

"Eonian represents the illusion of time, everything that is and always has been. For us, it also marks the 25th anniversary of Dimmu Borgir and the album itself is a tribute to our own history and the Norwegian black metal history." Watch the new video here.

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Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess Announces Solo Tour Dates

Dream Theater icon Jordan Rudess has announced that he will be hitting the road for a solo tour that will include shows in the U.S., Europe, Israel and the UK this spring.

Billed as the Bach To Rock: An Evening With Jordan Rudess, the keyboardist will be launching the trek on March 7th in Oakland, Ca at Yoshi's with additional U.S. shows in Oregon, Washington and an appearance at the KeyFest in Fort Wayne IN on April 25th.

He will kick off the international leg in Italy on March 30th with additional shows hitting London, Germany, Tel Aviv, Sweden, Spain, Finland, Netherlands and Denmark. Read more including the dates here.

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Chris Cornell Cover Of Johnny Cash Classic Streaming Online

(Radio.com) It's the sound of two music legends coming together even though neither of them are still with us. A newly released recording of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell taking on Johnny Cash's "You Never Knew My Mind" is as heartbreaking and beautiful as expected.

Cornell's emotional reading is part of a new collection, Johnny Cash: Forever Words, which sets a recently discovered cache of Cash's unknown poetry, lyrics, and letters, to music by an all-star array of contemporary artists.

'I met Chris backstage in the early 1990s when my father performed a show in Seattle," says John Carter Cash in a prepared statement. 'Chris told me then that he had been a fan of my father even when most of his friends listened to hard rock. When I was conceiving this album years later, I reached out to him and he was excited and honored to be involved. Chris connected deeply with my father's words, and his finished version of 'You Never Knew My Mind' tied his own life experience to my father's on an honest level."

Other artists featured on the album include Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, John Mellencamp, Carlene Carter, Elvis Costello, The Jayhawks and more.

Johnny Cash: Forever Words is set for release April 6 on Legacy Recordings. Listen to Chris Cornell's "You Never Knew My Mind" here.

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Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson Lead Heavy Montreal

Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson lead the lineup for this year's Heavy Montreal festival which will be taking place on July 28th and 29th, organizers have revealed.

The lineup will also include performance from Gojira, Emperor, Underoath, Trivium, Hollywood Undead and Asking Alexandria for the event at Parc Jean-Drapeau this summer.

Additional artists will include Sleep, Alestorm, Ratt, Voivod, I Prevail, Baroness, Between The Buried And Me, Nile, Witchcraft, Red Fang, Black Dahlia Murder, Tech N9ne, Napalm Death, The Agonist, Intervals, Helix, Glory Hammer, Eyehategod and more. See the event poster here.

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Clutch Announce UK Winter Tour

Clutch may still be hard at work on their new album but that hasn't stopped the acclaimed band from announcing tour dates in support of the forthcoming effort.

The band has just announced a five show tour on the UK that they will be launching in December in support of the follow-up to their 2015 album "Psychic Warfare".

They will be kicking things off on December 18th in Bristol and have announced stops in Glasgow, Manchester and London before they wrap the tour up on December 22nd in Birmingham.

Frontman Neil Fallon also recently offered this update on the new record, "We are really, really pleased with it. No title yet… still trying to figure that out. It's kinda like naming a kid." Read more including the dates here.

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Babymetal Announce U.S. And European Tour Dates

Babymetal have announced that they will be returning to the road to perform a series of U.S. and European tour dates including stops at some leading music festivals.

They will be playing in support of their 2016 album "Metal Resistance" and are launching the live dates on May 8th in Kansas City, MO at the Uptown Theater and wrapping the U.S. portion on May 20th at the Rock On The Range Festival.

They will then head across the pond to kick off the Euro dates at this year's Rock Am Ring on June 1st and finishing with an appearance at the Download Festival on June 9th. See the dates here.

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James McMurtry and John Moreland Announce Spring Tour

James McMurtry and John Moreland have announced that they will be teaming up for a short tour throughout the Midwest and East Coast that will be taking place next month.

They will kicking off the trek on March 20th in Columbia, Mo at the Rose Music Hall and will make stops in Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia before concluding on March 30th at the Pour House in Charleston, S.C.

McMurtry had this to say, "I'm tired of the road, but I wouldn't want to be denied access to it. I'm always writing new material one line at a time on the iPhone. I don't know when there will be a new record, but Ross Hogarth will produce it whenever it happens." See the dates here.

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Riot V Streaming Brand New Song 'Victory'

Riot V have released a brand new lyric video for their track "Victory". The song is the first taste fans are getting from the group's forthcoming album "Armor Of Light".

The power metal icons will be releasing the new record on April 27th, which was produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (Metal Church, Flotsam & Jetsam, Slipknot, Korn).

Donnie van Stavern had this to say, "'Victory' is the first song on the new album 'Armor of Light' and the first song I wrote for it! I'm taking it back to my writing roots of 'Thundersteel'/'Privilege of Power' style, a fast no holds barred face melting assault on your ears! Although it is about a victorious battle of Thunder Bay it also means a victory of sorts for us and the fans for keeping the torch burning! Rise up your voices strong and scream along cry out...Victory!" Check out the new video here.

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Frank Turner Streams 'Be More Kind'

Frank Turner has released an online stream of the title track from his forthcoming seventh studio album. The new effort will be called "Be More Kind" and is set to be released on May 4th.

Turner had this to say about the title track, "'Be More Kind', the song, is at the heart of the album, both lyrically and musically; when I finished it, I could see the rest of the album coming together around it."

Also according to the song stream announcement, "The Be More Kind World Tour will head to North America on April 5, with its first leg playing to over 200,000 people across the UK, the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, taking them through to Christmas. Two Boston shows - July 1 and 2 - were added today. Turner promises that 2019 will include visits to some 'slightly more weird and wonderful places.'" Stream the song here.

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Sandy Bull's Final Album Expanded For Reissue

(Conqueroo) Iconic multi-instrumentalist Sandy Bull's final album "Steel Tears" has been remastered and expanded for a reissue that will be released on April 13th by Omnivore Recordings.

The reissue will feature three "tribute" tracks by renowned Nashville musicians including Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Mickey Raphael, Kevin Welch, Matraca Berg and others. We were sent the following details:

Alexander Bull, better known as Sandy Bull, was an accomplished player of many stringed instruments: guitar, pedal steel, banjo and oud. He helped connect the '60s folk movement to later '60s psychedelia, and set the model for latter-day finger here.

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