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Def Leppard and Journey Announce North American Arena Tour

The rumors have been confirmed with Def Leppard and Journey announcing that they are teaming up for a massive North American arena tour that will span from spring into fall.

The coheadlining trek will visit 58 cities and is scheduled to kick off on Mary 21st in Hartford, CT at the XL Center and will be wrapping up on October 6th in Inglewood (Los Angeles) at the Forum.

The tour will mark the two mega-selling bands first road trip together in 12 years. Journey's Neal Schon shared his excitement, "These co-headlining Journey/Def Leppard dates will be epic classic rock shows. So many hits. It will be great to see you all, friends!"

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott added, "This tour is going to be a blast! We've toured together before and it was massive. This time it's going to be even bigger and better!" See the dates here.

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Guns N' Roses Recap Reunion Tour Leg With New Video

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses are streaming a video recap of their fall 2017 North American tour. The 25-date run opened in Philadelphia, PA on October 8 and included multiple shows in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto before wrapping up with a marathon, almost 4-hour concert at The Forum in L.A. on November 29.

The band's Not In This Lifetime reunion run is now among the top five biggest-selling concert tours in music history, according to Billboard. The trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan topped the $475 million mark in gross sales at the end of 2017 to place fourth on the all-time tour list, moving ahead of the fifth-place Roger Waters at $459 million but behind the top three: U2's 360 degree stadium tour (2009-2011) sits at No. 1 with $736 million, followed by The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang trek at $558 million (2005-2007), and Coldplay's 2016-2017 shows at $523 million.

Launched in the spring of 2016, Guns N' Roses have extended the reunion tour into a third year with the addition of summer 2018 concert dates across Europe. Watch the video here.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Joined by All-Star Guests At Club Show

(hennemusic) Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry performed alongside an all-star lineup at the sold-out record release show for his new solo effort, "Sweetzerland Manifesto", at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on January 16, and video from the event is streaming online.

Perry and his makeshift band - including members of Stone Temple Pilots, Extreme's Gary Cherone, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick and vocalists Terry Reid and David Johansen - were joined by special guests Slash, Johnny Depp and former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson for an 18-song set of Aerosmith classics, covers and tracks from Perry's latest solo effort, which will be available January 19.

The evening opened with Cherone handling Perry's "Let The Music Do The Talking" and a pair of Aerosmith classics ("Toys In The Attic" and "Pandora's Box") before the guitarist stepped up to the mic for his 2005 track, "Shakin' The Cage."

UK singer Terry Reid took on three songs from "Sweetzerland Manifesto" before surprise guest Robinson was at center stage for "Fortunate One", which will be featured as a bonus track exclusive to the deluxe vinyl version of the album.

Depp hit the stage for a cover of the 1960s protest song, "Eve Of Destruction", before Johansen performed a pair of tunes from the project and was followed by Zander doing the same.

All the players were on stage for The Beatles' "Come Together" before Perry welcomed surprise guest Slash for a rousing encore of "Train Kept A Rollin'" that saw the Aerosmith guitarist end the night by smashing his guitar. Watch video from the show

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Judas Priest Preview Their New Song 'Spectre'

(hennemusic) Judas Priest are streaming a snippet of the track, "Spectre", from their forthcoming album "Firepower." Following the lead single, "Lightning Strike", it's the second tune previewed ahead of the March 9 release of the project, which was recorded last year with producers Tom Allom and Andy Sneap.

Judas Priest will launch a spring North American tour in support of their 18th album in Wilkes Barre, PA on March 13. The metal icons were one of 19 nominees under consideration for entry into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame; despite being one of five acts that earned support on the Rock Hall fan ballot, the group failed to make the final cut with their first nomination.

Frontman Rob Halford was informed of the band's failure to make the cut for the Class of 2018 by the group's management the day before the inductees were revealed, and he recently shared the rejection letter that Priest received from Rock Hall President/CEO Greg Harris during an interview with 100.7 KSLX in Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you for embracing your nomination for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame," Halford quotes Harris in the letter. "While you didn't garner enough votes for induction this year, you were part of a very select group of Hall Of Fame nominees. Artists are frequently on the ballot multiple times before they are inducted. For example, Black Sabbath were nominated eight times before their induction, Patti Smith seven times, Solomon Burke nine times, and both the Beastie Boys and The Yardbirds were on the ballot three times before their respective inductions.

"If you are touring or simply traveling nearby, please visit our museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Our six floors of exhibitions tell the remarkable history of rock and roll and how it changed the world. You're part of that story and we'd love to share it with you. Again, congratulations on your nomination." Check out the song clip here.

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Dead & Company Announce Summer Tour

(Radio.com) Dead & Company are hitting the road in 2018 for an extensive tour this summer. The 24-concert tour begins on May 30 in Mansfield, MA and runs through July.

Dead & Company will perform two sets of music each night. Each set will draw from the Grateful Dead's lengthy catalog of songs. Tickets for the tour go on sale January 26 at 10 a.m. through Live Nation. Complete tour dates below.

Dead & Company formed in 2015 when the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir joined forces with musician John Mayer, Allman Brothers' bassist Oteil Burbridge, and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. See the band's full tour itinerary here.

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Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls Recruits Guitar Greats For New Album

(Gibson) When it comes to guitarists, no one say that Derek Smalls doesn't choose the best. For his forthcoming debut solo album, Smalls Change, the Spinal Tap bassist (better known as comedian/actor Harry Shearer) enlisted a slew of guitar greats, including Steve Lukather, Skunk Baxter, Peter Frampton, Waddy Wachtel, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Richard Thompson, and Larry Carlton.

Set for release on April 13, the album is described in a press release as "a poignant and oftentimes furious contemplation on aging that explores the passing of time and all things loud.

With styles that cross the gamut of musical genres, the album possesses the edgy rawness and Rock God sensibility that was always shared by Derek and his fellow former [Spinal Tap] band members, Nigel Tufnel and David St. Hubbins."

Smalls provided annotations and commentary for the tracklist, which you can read here.

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Circle Jerks Classic Album Remastered For Vinyl Reissue

Porterhouse Records have big news for fans of punk icons Circle Jerks, the label will be reissuing their group's album "Wonderful" with remastered tracks on vinyl on March 2nd.

The album was the group's fourth studio effort and featured the mid-80s through mid 90s lineup of Keith Morris, Greg Hetson, Zander Schloss and Keith Clark.

"Wonderful" featured 13 tracks including the title track, "Making the Bombs," "Killing For Jesus," " and "American Heavy
Metal Weekend". The vinyl reissue can be pre-ordered

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Dirty Heads Release 'Celebrate' Music Video

(Radio.com) California rockers Dirty Heads honor their family and fans in the band's new music video, "Celebrate." The new clip, directed by Wayne Isham, combines footage of the band performing the song with personal home movies and images of rabid fans at shows.

"It's a look inside a band and touring as well as the journey you take to make it," explained singer Dustin 'Duddy B" Bushnell in a press statement. "We're not b-ing about anything, but you're on the road and you miss your family. We all started doing this a while ago. None of us were married at the time. None of us had kids. Now it's all different."

"Celebrate," which features the Unlikely Candidates, is the second single from Dirty Heads' most recent album, Swim Team. Watch the video here.

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Nina Simone's First Recordings To Be Released Next Month

(Conqueroo) Nina Simone's first recordings, 'Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Sessions,' are set to be released for their 60th anniversary on February 9th by BMG. We were sent the following details:

Nina Simone was only 25 years old in 1958 when she entered Beltone Studios in midtown Manhattan for a one-day recording session for her debut album, Little Girl Blue, on Bethlehem Records. The 14 songs she recorded that day reveal just how well developed Simone's sound - her powerhouse vocals, her classically-trained piano-playing, her inventive, genre-blind arrangements, and her dynamic personality - already was. Bethlehem, a small and financially faltering jazz label, picked 11 tracks for Little Girl Blue. This unheralded debut yielded Simone's biggest hit, a cover of the Gershwins' "Porgy (I Loves You, Porgy)," as well as her last one, "My Baby Just Cares for Me," which charted in 1987 after being used in a TV commercial.

By the time "Porgy (I Loves You, Porgy)" was moving up the charts, Simone had moved on to larger and financially stronger Colpix Records. Wanting to capitalize on Simone's hit, Bethlehem made the most of their Simone material. On Nina Simone and Her Friends, they placed "Porgy' and the three songs left off of Little Girl Lost ("He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," "African Mailman," and "For All We Know") with songs by her label-mates Chris Connor and Carmen McRae. Between 1959-62, Bethlehem also put out six singles utilizing all of their Simone tracks. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of these recordings, BMG/Bethlehem now has compiled these singles together as Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Sessions, due out on February 9, 2019. Read more here.

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Dolores O'Riordan's Boyfriend Posts Heartfelt Tribute

(Radio.com) The music world was shaken by the sudden death of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan earlier this week. The singer, who was 46, died in a hotel room in London on Tuesday (Jan. 16) and numerous tributes have poured in from across the music spectrum.

Now, O'Riordan's boyfriend has released a heartfelt statement (via People). Ole Koretsky played with the late singer in the alt-rock band D.A.R.K. and posted his message on the group's website.

"My friend, partner, and the love of my life is gone," Koretsky wrote. "My heart is broken and it is beyond repair. Dolores is beautiful. Her art is beautiful. Her family is beautiful. The energy she continues to radiate is undeniable. I am lost. I miss her so much. I will continue to stumble around this planet for some time knowing well there's no real place for me here now."

Fellow bandmate and former Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke also shared his grief. Read his tribute here.

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Chris Cornell and the Foo Fighters Lead Rock Grammy Nominations

Chris Cornell and the Foo Fighters lead this year's nominees for Best Rock Performance of 2017 at the upcoming 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Radio.com took a closer look at each nomination:

'The Promise" - Chris Cornell: Written for the 2017 film (by the same name) about the Armenian genocide, this song was released just two months before Cornell's tragic passing in May 2017. All its proceeds were donated to the International Rescue Committee, an organization that provides humanitarian efforts to those affected by conflict and disaster. The emotional song earned him his 15th nomination and could earn him a posthumous GRAMMY.

'Run" - Foo Fighters: This year's nominations (for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, both for 'Run" ) have brought the Foos' total number of nominations up to a casual 27. Speaking of, the band casually surprise-released 'Run" back in June, giving fans a heavy first taste of what was to come on the highly anticipated album Concrete and Gold.

'You Want It Darker" - Leonard Cohen: It's hard to believe that someone of such talent and stature has only been nominated once before this year, but the late Leonard Cohen will have two chances to posthumously receive a GRAMMY--the You Want It Darker title track is up for Best Rock Performance while 'Steer Your Way" is up for Best American Roots Performance. See who else made the cut and stream all of the songs here.

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Squirrel Nut Zippers Announce First New Album In 18 Years

(Gibson) Fans of the swing revival of the mid-to-late Nineties will remember bands like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Squirrel Nut Zippers. Now, eighteen years after they last released a studio album, the Jimbo Mathus-led Zippers are set to reignite their unique brand of New Orleans hot jazz and vaudeville sounds with their newest album, Beasts of Burgundy.

The band, which exploded into the mainstream with their 1996 album Hot, sold over three million albums between then and the turn of the millennium. They continued touring before going on hiatus in 2010. In 2016, Mathus reformed the group, with a new line-up, stating, "It's not a reunion, it's a revival" and they're now ready to unleash their new album.

According to Mathus, "The Zippers have always been full of outlandish characters which provide great self-referential material for songs. The new revival of the band is no exception and, since we rehearsed the new show on Burgundy St in New Orleans, I thought of this title and story about the 'Beasts' who accidentally miss Mardi Gras." Read more here.

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Fall Out Boy's The Late Show Performance Goes Online

(Radio.com) Fall Out Boy's seventh studio album Mania hit stores and streaming services today, and Thursday night the band stopped by The Late Show studios to play the new song "Hold Me Tight Or Don't."

Rather than replicating the epic, polished studio arrangement that is features on the album, the band maximized guitar sections and leaned into a funky, SoCal vibe.

For fans that missed the original broadcast, they can watch an online stream of Fall Out Boy performing "Hold Me Tight Or Don't" on Colbert here.

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Singled Out: Legend of The Seagullmen (Tool and Mastodon)

Legend of The Seagullmen (features members of Tool and Mastodon) are releasing their debut album on February 9th and to celebrate we asked Jimmy Hayward to tell us about the single "The Fogger". Here is the story:

This new single is called "The Fogger," which is actually the name we call our drummer Danny Carey. As we approached the final stages of our debut album we got to talking about how Danny should have his own "Moby Dick" (no pun intended) on our album and really let him rip a solo on a ridiculous level, which he was stoked on. We set about recording a two-minute multi time signature solo which we intended to have Dom Lewis (who does all our orchestration out at Hans Zimmer's place) add that would be a standalone piece that featured D.C.'s crazy drumming with epic score.
Around the same time Jimmy Hayward had written a charging song in three for the next record and shown it to both Doctor and Danny. Doctor exclaimed that he felt like the song should be about the Fogger character and tell the tale of his karmic vengeance against those who abuse the creatures of the ocean by tearing the faces from their heads, just like Danny does with his ripping drumming. As it took hold, we all got into the idea and started tracking it in earnest while Doctor figured out the lyrics.

By the time we tracked and arranged it, we would up with a song that both reflects our feeling when we listen to Danny rip the faces from our skulls while we play with him and what we know he does to the audience as well as one that metaphorically represents what his character does to those who dare desecrate our beloved ocean. He's the karmic death bringer to all who dare misuse the ocean and it's beautiful creatures. You're left with a song that has not only ripping arrangements around soaring guitars and heavy solos but a massive breakdown featuring huge time shifts and Danny doing a completely blistering heavy drum solo befitting such a heavy dude.

"You have to put yourself in this environment that's vulnerable and just f***ing go off in the moment," says Carey, stressing how it's improvisation - which struggles to exist in more quantized or regimented performances - that's key to musical enlightenment.

"Most of the Tool stuff is pretty composed, so doing a song like The Fogger on this debut was neat," continues Carey.

"I'm pretty proud of the solo and I can sit back and say how glad I am it got tracked. I guess the hard part is if we go multi-platinum and loads of people end up listening to us, I will have to learn it for everyone. You sell that many copies, you owe it to the people!"

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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