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A Perfect Circle Almost Done With New Album

A Perfect Circle's Billy Howerdel says that the long wait is almost over for fans, as the band is almost finished work on the follow up album to their 2004 effort "Emotive".

The guitarist spoke about the new album during an interview with Two Hours With Matt Pinfield (via TeamRock): "We are gonna be finished imminently. I'd say in the next several weeks we will be done with this record. But everything exponentially happened quicker and quicker towards the end. I think we're just getting my studio back on from being on the road.

"We are certainly past the half way point and I'd say Maynard James Keenan's probably further along than I am musically. At least with the finished tracks. The songs are there but there's tidying up to do there on some stuff there." Read more here.

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AC/DC Legend Malcolm Young Tribute Concert Announced

(hennemusic) A charity tribute concert in honor of the late AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young will take place in Melbourne, Australia next month.

The Music reports Melbourne AC/DC cover band Whole Lotta Rosie has gathered a collection of Australian pub rock icons to celebrate Young's life and legacy at the city's Corner Hotel on Saturday, February 17 - 43 years to the day that AC/DC released their debut album, "High Voltage", in 1975

Various members of The Jimmy Barnes Band, The Suzi Quattro Band, Powderfinger, Rose Tattoo, The Screaming Jets, The Angels and Electric Mary are among the rockers set to perform classic tracks from AC/DC as a salute to the fallen legend.

All proceeds from the show will be donated to Australia's Dementia Foundation in an effort to raise awareness of the disease that forced Young into an early retirement from his band in 2014 before his recent passing at the age of 64.

"The Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life is delighted to be a part of this tribute to one of music's great innovators, Malcolm Young," says Dementia Foundation Director and President Hilary Lee. Read more here.

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Joe Perry Recruits Stone Temple Pilots, Van Halen Stars For Show

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has revealed an impressive special guest and band lineup who will be joining him for his upcoming record release show for his new solo album "Sweetzerland Manifesto".

The sold-out show will be taking place at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on January 16th and Joe's band for the special event will include Extreme singer and former Van Halen frontman Gary Cherone, Stone Temple Pilots icons Dean and Robert DeLeo, as well as Buck Johnson (keyboards/vocals/Aerosmith) and David Goodstein (drums).

The event will also feature appearances from collaborators on the album Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander, legendary The New York Dolls frontman David Johansen and Terry Reid.

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Geezer Butler Addresses Likelihood Of Black Sabbath Reunion

Geezer Butler says in a new interview that he feels that a reunion for Black Sabbath is unlikely to happen. The legendary band played what was billed as their final show in February of last year in their hometown of Birmingham.

Last November, guitarist Tony Iommi indicated that it was possible that the band would play or record together again but Geezer expressed his doubt when asked by Full Metal Jackie.

He said (via Classic Rock) "Not very likely at all. I think Ozzy is going out on his farewell tour, so that will be him touring for the next two or three years.

"So I don't think there will be any chance of doing any one-offs or anything like that - which I'm fine with. We went out on a high, and it's best not to drag it out." Read more here.

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Robert Plant Revisits Led Zeppelin Classics On New Live DVD

(hennemusic) Legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has announced that he will release "Live At David Lynch's Festival Of Disruption" on DVD and digital video on February 9.

The project captures Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters in concert at the Ace Hotel Theatre in Los Angeles during filmmaker David Lynch's inaugural two-day music, art, film & creativity festival in October of 2016.

Blending rock, blues, folk & world music, the band's 8-song set mixes Plant solo tracks alongside Led Zeppelin classics like "Black Dog", "Going To California" and "Whole Lotta Love."

Plant's performance at the event originally premiered on AXS-TV last spring as the premiere episode in the channel's new Sunday Night Rocks series.The day of the DVD's release, the rocker will kick off a brief spring tour of North America in support of his latest album, "Carry Fire", in Raleigh, NC. Read more and watch a clip of the "Whole Lotta Love" performance here.

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Queen To Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

(hennemusic) Queen are among the acts set to be receive with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Joining the legendary rockers as recipients of the prestigious honor from The Recording Academy are Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, The Meters, Louis Jordan and Hal Blaine.

A special award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held this summer, with additional details to be announced in the coming weeks.

"This year's Special Merit Awards recipients are a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history," says Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy."

As part of their Special Merit Awards, the Academy have also named late concert promoter Bill Graham, record label veteran Seymour Stein, and conductor John Williams as Trustees Award honorees, while Eventide, Inc.'s Tony Agnello and Richard Factor will be recognized as Technical Grammy Award recipients. Read more here.

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Former Sworn Enemy Member Passes Away

Former Sworn Enemy drummer Paul Antignani has died, according to a statement from the band on their official Facebook page. A cause of death was not mentioned.

The band posted a photo collage all with the following message, "As many of you have heard we lost a friend and former drummer last night Pauly 'No Neck' Antignani. He was a great person who lit up a room with his personality, could party with the best of them and always killed it on the kit.

"Many of you also know he was someone who would have your back no matter what and definitely a guy you would want by your side in a fight. It's really unfortunate to see that he has passed away so young and left a lot of friends and family with a piece of their hearts missing.

"Pauly was a big part of the Sworn Enemy sound as you have heard on many of our records and years of playing live around the world. If you have any memories with him please share them below in the comments. We will miss you Pauly thanks for the laughs, good times and music brother. Rest In Peace." See the post here.

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Jack White Returns With New Single 'Connected By Love'

(Radio.com) Jack White is back--almost. The White Stripes rocker is set to debut a new single, "Connected By Love," on Wednesday (Jan. 10) but gave fans a taste of what is to come.

White's label, Third Man Records, has teased the new release with short video clip. The new teaser follows a four-minute video montage released last month that started the speculation that White had new music on the horizon.

The tweet reads "CONNECTED BY LOVE. TOMORROW. https://t.co/XZYUzwOkKG— Third Man Records (@thirdmanrecords) January 09, 2018" Check out the video here.

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Paul Rodgers Announces Free Concert Live Release

Paul Rodgers is best known as the legendary frontman for the band Bad Company but he revisits the band that put him on the musical map with a new live album featuring a recent performance of music from the band Free.

Rodgers took the stage in London on May 28th of last year for a sold out concert at the famed Royal Albert Hall where he celebrated the music of his former band for the special show.

The Concert Was Captured Live For A Brand New 16-Song CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, Vinyl, Digital Release That Is Set To Hit Stores Sometime This Spring By Quarto Valley Records Which Will Feature Performances Of Some Of Iconic Tracks Like "All Right Now," "Wishing Well," "Fire And Water," And Many Deep Tracks-Some Of Which Were Never Performed Live By The Original Band, Such As "Love You So" And "Catch A Train", According To The Announcement. Read More here.

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Danzig Making Special Plans For 30th Anniversary

Glenn Danzig shared big news with fans via his Facebook page. He revealed that he is planning to launch some special shows to mark the 30th anniversary of Danzig this year.

Glenn formed Samhain, the precursor to Danzig, in 1983 after he left the Misfits, then following the final show from Samhain in the summer of 1986, he officially formed his namesake band which spawned the major hit "Mother '93", a remix of a track from their 1988 self-titled debut album.

Danzig posted the following message to fans about his anniversary plans, "Happy New Year to all! 2018 marks the incredible 30 year anniversary for Danzig and to commemorate the occasion, Danzig will be performing a limited number of special shows here in the US and Europe. We will keep you updated as we get info... stay tuned!" See the post here.

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The Breeders Reunite For New Album And Tour

(Radio.com) The Breeders have announced that their classic lineup will reunite for a new album and they will be hitting the road for a North American tour to support the effort.

The sisters Deal, Kim & Kelly, along with Jim Macpherson and Josephine Wiggs will release All Nerve on March 2. The group also announced their plans to tour in support of the new project.

Check out the announcement post, which contains a preview of the title track, along with the full tracklisting for All Nerve and the band's run of North American tour dates here.

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39th Annual Blues Music Awards Nominations Announced

(Conqueroo) The nominees for the 39th Annual Blues Music Awards have been revealed by The Blues Foundation who will present the 39th Annual Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 10th at 7 p.m. at The Memphis Cook Convention Center. We were sent the following details and the full list of nominations:

This year's represent a prestigious collection of acclaimed performers and rising stars that reflect the breadth and diversity of today's blues music scene. It encompasses North Mississippi All-Stars' updated Hill Country stomps and Mavis Staples' gospel-infused soul as well as Taj Mahal's eclectic global fusion and Kenny Wayne Shepherd's fiery blues rock. The Blues Music Awards, which is universally recognized as the top accolade afforded blues musicians, upholds blues' rich cultural traditions while every year honoring the exceptional achievements in performances, recordings and songwriting.

Individual tickets cost $150 per person; Regular Tables for 10 are $1,500 and Premium Tables for 10 are $1,800 each. All tickets can be purchased at www.blues.org beginning January 9th. The Blues Foundation's block of rooms at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel will be open for reservations on January 9th; and Sheraton reservation links will be up on blues.org that day too. The Awards show is a premier event for blues musicians, professionals, and fans around the globe because not only do almost all the nominees attend the ceremony but they typically perform at it too. here.

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Radiohead's Publisher Address Lana Del Rey Copyright Dispute

(Radio.com) Publishers for the band Radiohead have something to say about an alleged Lana Del Rey lawsuit. The situation was ignited earlier this week when Lana Del Rey tweeted that Radiohead was suing her over the song, "Get Free," for its resemblance to the band's hit, "Creep."

"It's true about the lawsuit," she wrote regarding the track from her most recent album, Lust for Life. "Although I know my song wasn't inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court."

Del Rey doubled-down on her claims at a concert in Denver, telling fans that "Get Free" might not be included on future physical versions of Lust for Life.

On Tuesday (Jan. 9), Radiohead's publisher, Warner/Chappell, has released a statement clarifying their part in the situation: "As Radiohead's music publisher, it's true that we've been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey's representatives," a spokesman for the company said (via The New York Times). "It's clear that the verses of 'Get Free' use musical elements found in the verses of 'Creep' and we've requested that this be acknowledged in favor of all writers of 'Creep.' To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they 'will only accept 100%' of the publishing of 'Get Free.'" Read more here.

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John Corabi Revisits Motley Crue Album With New Live Release

The Dead Daisies and former Motley Crue frontman John Corabi has announced that he will be releasing a very special live solo album on February 16th.

The new release will be entitled "Live 94 (One Night In Nashville)" and as the name suggests it showcases Corabi revisiting the entire Motley Crue 1994 self-titled album.

It was captured during the Nashville stop of John's Motley 94 tour on October 27, 2015 at The Basement and features the singer and guitarist performing the entire album in full including the bonus track "10,000 Miles". Read more here.

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Steven Tyler Announces Inaugural Janie's Fund Gala

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has announced that he has teamed up with Live Nation for the inaugural Janie's Fund gala and Grammy Awards viewing party.

The special event will be taking place at the RED Studios Hollywood on Sunday, January 28, 2018 and will include a red carpet, a multi-course dinner menu designed by Trisha Yearwood, a viewing of the Grammy Awards.

The night will be capped off by a special performance from Tyler and his Nashville based band Loving Mary. Steven had this to say, "The time has arrived to share what we've done and what we're striving for.

"This inaugural gala is designed to bring my friends and family together so we can continue to provide uplifting and needed support for Janie's Fund. This gala is more than a night out, it's a break on through to the other side for these girls whose lives have been stunted." Read more here.

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James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt Announces 2018 Tour Dates

James Taylor and his All-Star Band will once again be teaming up with Bonnie Raitt for a North American tour this spring. The initial dates for the trek have been announced.

The new tour follows last summer's outing and the announced dates kick off on May 8th at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL and the final announced dates takes place on July 1st in Buffalo.

There will be additional shows announced for the following markets: Charlotte, NC, Greensboro, NC, Charleston, SC, Greenville, SC, Wichita, KS, Oklahoma City, OK, Seattle, WA, Green Bay, WI, Indianapolis, IN. See the dates here.

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Rise Against Release 'House on Fire' Video

(Radio.com) Rockers Rise Against have shared a new music video for their track "House on Fire." The songs from band's latest studio album, "WOLVES."

"When you hear it you might hear a kind of classic love-and-loss-like love song…but the song actually is about becoming a parent," explained singer Tim McIlrath on the "2 Hours With Matt Pinfield" podcast.

"I like to think I have the world figured out, once you throw a 13-year-old daughter your way you realize, I have nothing figured out. And this is an incredible challenge that's at the same time worth it." Watch it here.

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Pat Benatar To Be Honored At She Rocks Awards

(Mad-Sun) The Women's International Music Network (the WiMN) announces that Pat Benatar will be honored at the 6th annual She Rocks Awards on Friday, January 26, 2018, during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.

Four-time GRAMMY® Award winner Pat Benatar first landed on the charts and in homes across America during the early days of MTV in the 1980s. Together with producer, guitarist and songwriting partner, Neil Giraldo and a jaw-dropping, classically-trained voice and fierce determination, they ruled the radio with hits such as "Love Is A Battlefield," "Heartbreaker," "We Live for Love," "We Belong," and the signature "Promises in The Dark." After three decades, the duo has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, cementing their place in rock history. Married for 36 years and musical partners for 38 years, they continue to wow audiences during sold-out concerts.

The WiMN Founder, Laura B. Whitmore, comments, "Pat Benatar's talent and contributions to rock music are an inspiration to women everywhere, whether they are fans or aspiring artists themselves. We are truly honored to recognize her at this year's She Rocks Awards."

Benatar joins a host of 2018 honorees that includes Melissa Etheridge, The B-52s members Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson, Exene Cervenka of X, Fanny, plus a collection of role models from all walks of the music and audio industries. View the full list of this year's honorees here.

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