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Tool Star Says 'Music Is Done' for Long Awaited New Album

(Radio.com) Tool's anticipated fifth studio album has been more than a decade in the making--and signs say it will be here very soon. Guitarist Adam Jones hosted an Instagram Live session over the weekend and an eagle-eyed fan saw a comment he wrote to a participant in the stream: "Music is done. Lyrics coming in hard."

The development could be good news for Tool fans: Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello described the band's new music (which he's heard) as "epic and brutal," while drummer Danny Carey told Loudwire that the album should be ready in the coming months.

"We'll probably have it done in the first half [of 2018] if things go as planned,"¯ Carey said last year. "There's setup times and manufacturing - I can never predict all that, it seems like it's constantly evolving."

However, the "lyrics coming in hard," could be interpreted in multiple ways. Frontman Maynard James Keenan has not been forthcoming on his contribution to the new album.

In May, Tool is set to perform at the Rock on the Range Festival alongside A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold and Alice in Chains. Could the Columbus, OH, festival be a launchpad for the new album? No matter what, it appears that the 12-year wait for Tool's fifth studio album will come to an end soon. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Add New Dates To North American Tour

(Radio.com) Foo Fighters fans hungry for more shows are having those wishes granted. The band has revealed seven additional North American tour dates on the current Concrete and Gold tour.

The newly announce dates will be beginning October 8 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix AZ and running through October 18 at the XCel Energy Center in St. Paul MN.

Tickets for the new dates are on sale to the public as of Friday, January 26 at 9am local time (*with the exception of Detroit, which goes on sale Thursday, January 25 at 11am local time). Read more including all of the dates for the trek here.

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Pearl Jam Announce 'The Home Shows' at Safeco Field

(Radio.com) Coming to the plate: Pearl Jam. The iconic rock outfit has announced "The Home Shows," a pair of concerts at Seattle's Safeco Field on Wednesday, August 8 and Friday, August 10.

The band is using the two-night event to put a spotlight on homelessness in and around Seattle, pledging a minimum $1 million donation to local initiatives addressing the issue in 2018.

Pearl Jam is challenging fans and those concerned with homelessness to help them raise at least $10 million by the end the end of the year. "Seattle is our hometown. When there are challenges here, we want to be part of the solution," explained guitarist Stone Goddard in a press release. "It's heartening so many organizations and individuals coming together to do the same. It's going to take all of us."

"We must have everyone in the fight to solve homelessness including our local government, caring philanthropists, community organizations, individuals, and artists – all are dedicated to finding innovative long-term solutions to homelessness," added Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan. "I can't wait to join this iconic Seattle band in August."

The city's MLB franchise Seattle Mariners, who play at Safeco Field, are also partnering on the effort. Read more here.

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Thrash Legends Slayer Announce Farewell Tour

Thrash metal legends Slayer shocked fans on Monday with the announcement that they will be launching what they are billing at their final world tour.

The band has not revealed the dates for their final trek but sent over a video declaring "The End Of Days Is Near" and included video footage that spans the band's long career.

Details for the trek are yet to be announced but back in 2016 Tom Araya spoke about a possible retirement in an interview. "After 35 years, it's time to like, collect my pension," he said, going on to talk about how being a family man had changed him but he still loved performing.

"I like singing and just spitting that s*** out and convincing everybody that this guy is a f***ing maniac. It's like acting. You feel the lyrics and you show them with your facial expressions, your body expressions, your intensity *** I love that s***." Watch the farewell tour announcement video here.

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Alex Lifeson Has Bad News For Rush Fans

(hennemusic) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson shared an update on the band's status in a new interview with The Globe And Mail, telling the publication that the group is "basically done".

Following a 2013 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Rush performed the final show of their 40th anniversary R40 Live tour at The Forum in Los Angeles on August 1, 2015, leaving fans to wonder if the Canadian rock legends would return at some point in the future.

"It's been a little over two years since Rush last toured," explains Lifeson. "We have no plans to tour or record any more. We're basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.

"But I've actually been busier lately than I have been in a while," he continued. "I'm writing a lot. I'm writing on four or five different little projects. I get these requests to do guitar work with other people. It's really a lot of fun for me. It's low pressure: I get to be as creative as I want to be and I can work a little outside of the box, which is really attractive to me."

Lifeson will appear on Fu Manchu's new album, "Clone Of The Universe", which is due next month; the rocker is featured on an epic 18-minute track called "Il Mostro Atomico." here.

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Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Will Reportedly Feature 3 Original Members

(Radio.com) Smashing Pumpkins fans hoping for a reunion of the original members appear to be getting what they want--almost. According to Blast Echo, 3/4 of the band's classic lineup is set for a reunion tour, but without original bass player, D'arcy Wretzky.

Wretzky made the big reveal to the website via text message: "My apologies to all of the Smashing Pumpkins fans out there who are excited about this oncoming reunion tour of the original members of the band. I know this is a huge disappointment for me, as well, but it's not going to happen [with me]. I only just found about yesterday that the band has decided to go with a different bass player."¯

She also said that the Smashing Pumpkins are planning to launch a reunion tour featuring Billy Corgan, original guitarist James Iha, original drummer Jimmy Chamberlain and a yet-to-be-determined bass player beginning in July. Read more here.

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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Guests On Lucius' New Album

(Gibson) There's no greater seal of approval for than a guest appearance on your album by one of rock's true icons. That's exactly what LA-via-Brooklyn indie pop act Lucius have managed to score on their newest album NUDES. The icon in question: Pink Floyd's Roger Waters.

Lucius also have another connection with the great Waters. The band's lead vocalists, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, spent much of 2017 performing with Waters on his US + Them tour. Their new album was actually recorded during breaks off from the tour.

According to a statement from the band, NUDES is a "collection of acoustic songs: new, from our back catalog - reimagined, and covers we've always wanted to record. It is a record paying homage to what has been... and a hint at what's to come." The album features three new tracks, three covers (Tame Impala, Gerry Rafferty and Lead Belly) and four reinterpretations from Lucius' back catalog. Wilco's Nels Cline guests on the original 'Million Dollar Secret,' while Waters features on the cover of Lead Belly's 'Goodnight Irene.' Read more here.

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Singled Out: Hogan's Goat's Annie Off The Rails

One our favorite newer bands, Nashville rockers Hogan's Goat recently released their latest music video for the track "Annie Off The Rails" and to celebrate we asked John Salmon to share the story behind the song:

Annie Off The Rails was early on in the band's time together. We had just finished a five song EP, and it was apparent we were still finding our sound. AOTR was one of the first riffs that really felt right.

Thomas came to our rehearsal space one day with the riff, and I was immediately drawn to it. I wasn't in the best shape at the time.

The lyrics are ever-changing and make me feel differently depending on the day. Sometimes they feel on the money; precise. On others they feel like a clusterf***.

We must have rearranged the original a million times. From shortening the break, to lengthening the solo and the turnaround. The gang vocal at the end was the final stamp and happened on the last day of recording. Thanks for the idea, Nate*.

In short, AOTR is about the struggle of addiction with an emphasis on cocaine. It's about the ambivalence of it all. The love/hate relationship you can have with the drug, and ultimately yourself.

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

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Train And Hall And Oates Teaming For Summer Tour

(Radio.com) Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall and John Oates will tour with Train this summer. The trek launches May 1 in Sacramento, California and runs through August 11 in Seattle.

"This is going to be a tour filled with fun as well as great music," Hall said in a statement. "I love Train and have a close relationship with Pat Monahan, going back to our Live From Daryl's House show together." Oates is equally enthused. "Looking forward to an amazing tour with our buddies from Train and seeing all our fans around the country in 2018."

Train frontman Monahan shared, "I've known Daryl Hall and John Oates for a few years now and after being their fan my entire life, we now get to tour with them and spend time with legends in the world of music. This will be a career highlight for all of us in Train and a show that you won't want to miss." Each act will play a full set and collaborate for the finale. See the dates here.

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Classic Tom Waits Albums Set For Remastered Reissues

(Gibson) In the latest announcement of a reissue series from a famed artist's back catalog, gravel-voiced troubadour Tom Waits has revealed that his first seven albums - from his 1973 debut Closing Time to 1980's Heartattack and Vine­ - will all be remastered and reissued on digital and vinyl formats.

Wait's first six albums, as well as the 1975 live album Nighthawks at the Diner ­were all released on Elektra Asylum Records and many have long been out of print. The new series will be reissued on Wait's label since 1991, Anti- Records, with the first vinyl release - Closing Time - coming on March 9. The remaining albums - Heart of Saturday Night (1974), Nighthawks at the Diner (1975), Small Change (1976), Foreign Affairs (1977), Blue Valentine (1978), and Heartattack & Vine (1980) will be released on vinyl through 2018.

Waits had also previously announced a reissue series of his Anti- Records catalog last year. That series included his critically acclaimed 1999 album Mule Variations, as well as the 2002 albums Blood Money and Alice and Real Gone (2004), Glitter and Doom Live (2009) and Bad As Me (2011). Read more here.

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David Byrne Massively Expands North American Tour Plans

(Gibson) Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has vastly expanded the North American portion of his world tour that is in support of his forthcoming solo album, American Utopia.

The tour is now set to kick off on April 14 with an appearance during the first week of the Coachella Festival in Indio, California. Byrne will then play a series of dates in the southwest before returning to Coachella to perform again during week two.

From there, the former Talking Heads frontman will perform throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada before wrapping up the first leg of the tour on June 9 in Minneapolis.

Following a series of summer dates in Europe, Byrne will return to North American on July 27 for a second trek that starts in Camden, New Jersey, and will go on to play 13 more cities before finishing the tour on August 28 in Morrison, Colorado. "This is the most ambitious show I've done since the shows that were filmed for 'Stop Making Sense,' so fingers crossed," the musician said in December, in a prepared statement. Scheduled for release on March 9, American Utopia is the first solo album Byrne has released since 2004. See the dates here.

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AWOLNATION Release 'Handyman' Music Video

(Radio.com) AWOLNATION have released the video for their new single 'Handyman'. The song will be featured on the band's upcoming album Here Come The Runts, which comes out February 2.

The video was shot in rural California and tells the story of a lovestruck couple, from the moment they met as young adults to the time they're senior citizens. Shots of the band performing are intercut with the main narrative.

"I wanted to finally tell a good ole fashion love story," said frontman Aaron Bruno. "We all have the opportunity to be the handyman (or woman) of the heart."

The song is mid-paced but upbeat, filled with delicately plucked guitars, passionate vocals and a steady beat. The soft verse builds into a euphoric chorus, replete with "ahh-ahhh" and "do-do-do-do-do" background vocals. Watch the video here.

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