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Elton John Announces North American Farewell Tour

(Radio.com) Elton John is saying goodbye to the Yellow Brick Road for real. The legendary music star announced that he is retiring from the road, but not before embarking on one last world tour to say goodbye to his legions of fans.

John announced the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour during a press conference in New York City that was streamed live on his website. "My life has changed. My priorities have changed. My priorities are my children and my husband," the singer explained. "I thought the time was right to say thank you to my fans around the world."

He went on to say that to "properly" say goodbye, his final tour will cover 300 shows over three years. Promising that the tour will feature "the best production we've ever done," John revealed that he's partnering with Gucci, who will design his stage outfits as well as merchandise for pop-up shops.

"We want to go out properly. We want to go out with a bang, not a whimper," John said. John also made it clear that while he's retiring from touring, he will continue to create and write new music. See the North American dates for Elton's final run here.

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Led Zeppelin To Revisit How The West Was Won

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin will reissue their 2003 live set, "How The West Was Won", on March 23rd. Featuring newly-remastered audio by producer/guitarist Jimmy Page, the collection delivers highlights from the band's legendary shows at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972, with the two nights sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end.

The project debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 and went on to earn Platinum status in the country. The remastered "How The Wast Was Won" will be available in multiple formats, including CD, digital, and the first-ever vinyl and Blu-ray Audio editions, with the Blu-ray containing hi-res 5.1 surround sound.

A Super Deluxe Boxed Set version includes 3CDs, 4LP, a DVD in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo plus photo gallery, and a high-def download card of all stereo audio content at 96kHz/24 bit and complemented with a book of rare and previously unpublished photos of the band at each of the concert locations, and presented with a high-quality print of the original album cover - the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered. Read more here.

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Pearl Jam Announce US Summer Stadium Dates

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam have announced a series of summer US dates as part of their 2018 live schedule. Following news that the group will play two shows in their hometown of Seattle, WA this August to benefit homeless initiatives in the city, the band have confirmed an August 13 appearance at Missoula, MT's Washington-Grizzly Stadium, as well as two nights at Chicago's Wrigley Field (Aug 18 & 20) and a pair of Boston's Fenway Park (Sep 2 & 4).

Last fall, Pearl Jam released their concert film, "Let's Play Two", which was recorded over two shows at Wrigley Field and follows the Chicago Cubs' journey to their first World Series title in 108 years.

For the 2018 summer concerts, fans can register for access to tickets through Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program now through Tuesday, February 6 at 4 p.m. PT in advance of a verified fan pre-sale that begins Friday, February 16 at 10 a.m. local time. Read more including the dates here.

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Slayer Retirement New Made Anthrax Star Think About The End

Slayer surprised fans earlier this week with the announcement that they would be launching a world farewell tour and Anthrax star Charlie Benante said an interview that it hit home for him and made him think about his future.

Benante spoke to Jason "Bakko" Bakken of Decibel Geek and part of the chat was about Anthrax being part of Slayer's upcoming North American farewell tour and Charlie was asked for any thoughts about Slayer calling it a day. He responded, "I think I've known for a while now that maybe some of the guys in the band maybe were feeling it a bit at this point and I could totally understand that because I can feel it to. When I saw it yesterday it kind of hit home with me a bit like I actually got a feeling of putting a time stamp on things.

"I never look at age, the only time I look at age is when someone brings it to my attention or someone posts by birthday in the papers and stuff like that. That's when I look at it.... nowadays it has become really common for the people that I looked up to who are now passing on.

"So when Slayer put that thing out yesterday it kind of hit me in a way that was f**k man, you know, this ride... maybe we are all coming to the end of our ride here and I think it probably startled a lot of people. Both musicians.. fans. I think life is starting to catch up to all of us." Listen to the full interview here.

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Jack White Bans Cell Phones At His Upcoming Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Jack White has announced a ban on cell phone use during his upcoming North American shows in support of his latest album, "Boarding House Reach."

"PLEASE NOTE: this is a PHONE-FREE show. No photos, video or audio recording devices allowed," reads a statement posted by Live Nation that can be seen on every tour stop's ticket page. "We think you'll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON.

"Upon arrival at the venue, all phones and other photo or video-capturing gizmos will be secured in a Yondr pouch that will be unlocked at the end of the show. You keep your pouch-secured phone on you during the show and, if needed, can unlock your phone at any time in a designated Yondr Phone Zone located in the lobby or concourse."

"For those looking to do some social media postings, let us help you with that," adds the rocker. "Our official tour photographer will be posting photos and videos after the show at jackwhiteiii.com and the new Jack White Live Instagram account @officialjackwhitelive. Repost our photos & videos as much as you want and enjoy a phone-free, 100% human experience."

It is not known, at this time, if the cell ban applies only to the singer's North American trek or if it will also be enforced during his brief European run that starts in late June. Read more here.

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Neil Diamond Retiring From Touring Following Diagnosis

Music legend Neil Diamond has announced that he is retiring from touring after he was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and has canceled his upcoming 50th anniversary tour dates in Australia and New Zealand.

He revealed the news to fans via a statement on his official website. But he did assure fans that he plans to continue to write and record new music.
He wrote, ""It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years," said Neil Diamond."My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.

"I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come. My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been 'so good, so good, so good' thanks to you."

Neil is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards this Sunday night, January 28th. Read his full announcement here.

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Judas Priest Tribute Late Former Drummer Dave Holland

Judas Priest have shared a tribute to their late former drummer Dave Holland, who died last Tuesday (January 16th) at the age of 69 at University Hospital Lucus Augusti de Lugo in Spain. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

The band said of the drummer, who played on some of their biggest hit albums during his tenure with the group from 1979 through 1989, in a statement that has been published by various media outlets, "It is with regret that we hear of the passing of Dave Holland.

"Despite his actions since working with the band, his time with us was amongst the most productive and successful in the bands career and Dave was an integral part of that and for that alone he will be missed."

Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing also shared a tribute. Read that here.

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ZZ Top Announce Viva Las Vegas Residency

ZZ Top are back in action and will soon be going Vegas with the announcement that they will be launching a brand new six-date residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

The special Viva Las Vegas dates will be kicking off at the venue on April 20th and concluding on April 28th, which shows also scheduled for the 21st, 22nd, 25th and 27th.

Tickets will be going on sale at 10am this Friday, January 26th. The residency follows the band being forced off the road due to bass player Dusty Hill's health issues.

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Def Leppard's Full Album Catalog Can Now Be Streamed

(Gibson) British rock icons Def Leppard have made their full recording catalog available worldwide on digital formats. The UK rockers are one of the last multi-platinum selling acts to be made available on streaming and download platforms.

Frontman Joe Elliot says, "It is with a mixture of relief and euphoria that we now see our entire catalogue finally getting a digital release. Having embraced every other format with open arms, especially and more recently the re-emergence of vinyl, we're now going to be available to everyone everywhere and honestly, it's as exciting as the original releases were."

Phil Collen adds, "We felt we'd been left out of the digital party, but it's a thrill for us to finally accept the invitation and to be able to say 'Yeah, you can stream us, download us and hear us on all digital outlets.'" Read more here.

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Singled Out: The Inoculated Canaries' Take a Look Around

New York rockers The Inoculated Canaries have just released their sophomore EP "Trying Times. Trying Times" and to celebrate we asked the band to tell us about the song "Take a Look Around". Here is the story:

The passage of time is such a powerful force. This is due to humanity's inability to exert any amount of control over time, and time's inevitable effects on an individual. While about a variety of different instances, the main message of "Trying Times" is to slow down and smell the roses. It's so incredibly easy to succumb to the inevitability of time, the best way to fight it is to live in every single moment. We don't write about stuff that we don't genuinely believe in, or about stuff that we haven't lived.

"Take a Look Around" is about losing all of your money, only to find out that neither the church nor the bank wants anything to do with you. There are times like these where it's important not to neglect your friends, as they are the only ones that can help you when you are most alone.

You have the power to accomplish anything you set your mind to. #SuccessIsWithin

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

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Manchester Orchestra Release Live 'The Gold' Video

(Radio.com) Manchester Orchestra have released a live video for their current single "The Gold." The clip features the band performing the intense tune to a packed house of fans eager to sing along.

"The Gold" is taken from the band's most recent album, A Black Mile To The Surface, which debuted last summer. That track recently spent two week at the top of the AAA radio chart and is currently a top 20 hit at Alternative radio.

Manchester Orchestra is hitting the festival circuit this summer, with appearances planned for Shaky Knees, Hangout, Bonnaroo, Governor's Ball, Bottlerock and Boston Calling. Watch the new video here.

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Julian Casablancas Streams New Voidz Song 'Leave It In My Dreams'

(Radio.com) In 2013, Julian Casablancas of the Strokes founded the Voidz, a side project which released their debut album Tyranny in 2014. While Strokes fans settle into another hiatus following the 2016 EP Future Present Past in 2016, the Voidz are preparing their second studio album.

Casablancas just released "Leave It In My Dreams," the first single from the Voidz's upcoming record Virtue -- due out March 30. The upbeat song about attraction and romantic anticipation strikes an almost poppy note.

"All these surreal things and sudden decisions/ Just wanna waste my time with you," Casablancas sings. "I'll be leaving, oh, in my dreams/ I'll never let it bother me, it's not my style." Listen to the new track here.

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The Cranberries Producer Tributes 'Irish Songbird' Dolores O'Riordan

(Radio.com) Following the death of The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan at age 46, producer Stephen Street issued a passionate statement. Street worked on the Irish band's first two albums that garnered them stateside success, 1993's Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? and 1994's No Need to Argue.

In the message, he paid tribute to his "Irish Songbird" and recalled meeting O'Riordan at a club in London when she was still a teenager. "Dolores was so nervous, she spent most of the gig singing sideways-on to the audience, unable to look the crowd in the eye," he wrote to Rolling Stone. "However, there was something special there that captivated me and I agreed to go into the studio with them to see what we could create."

He went on to produce The Cranberries classics like "Dreams" and "Linger." Street says the success of their early hits helped Dolores gain confidence and determination: "The transformation was incredible to say the least," he wrote. The producer remembered her as a "firebrand" whose energy and enthusiasm took the band to new heights. Read more here.

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Fall Out Boy Talk Romeo And Juliet-Inspired 'Church' Video

(Radio.com) Fall Out Boy's highly anticipated new album M A N I A hit stores last Friday and the band celebrated by sharing a new music video for the track "Church."

The clip features a pair of star-crossed lovers who connect at a Fall Out Boy show in a…church. What unfolds is a story of love and death while the band holds court from the chancel.

"There's a Romeo and Juliet idea to it," Pete Wentz told Radio.com of the new video. "We shot it in this mausoleum outside of Los Angeles…it's pretty cinematic, it's the most cinematic video that we've done for the album so far."

Wentz also discussed the meaning behind the new album's title. "I think the album is title M A N I A because we live in Manic times," he said. "You know, or a manic time." Watch the new video here.

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Guitar Slinger Lance Lopez Announces New Album

(Gibson) Texan guitar slinger Lance Lopez will release a new solo album, Tell The Truth, on March 2, via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Lopez released his first of six solo studio albums, First Things First, independently in 1998, and he's also put out several live albums. More recently, he's been a driving force on two well-received albums for Supersonic Blues Machine - 2016's West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco, and 2017's Californisoul. Last year's release also featured guests Eric Gales, Robben Ford, Steve Lukather, and Billy F. Gibbons.

Lopez's Mascot/Provogue label are talking up Tell The Truth as "an autobiographical tour-de-force through the life and times of an archetypal Texas blues legend with all the highs and lows that inevitably accompany this time honored path. Lance Lopez has been on a slow, steady climb up the mountain to the blues rock hall of heavyweights for the last decade, and this album declares his arrival."

In the past, Lopez has also played Johnny Taylor, aged 17, then became Lucky Peterson's bandleader at 18, and eventually joined the Buddy Miles Express. He's well-known for his Gibson Les Paul and Gibson Firebird playing. Lopez revisits some of is wild partying past on his own songs "High Life" and "Down To One Bar", and the album also includes a high-octane reading of John Lee Hooker's "Mr. Lucky." here.

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Arcade Fire Lead Alternative Music Album Grammy Award Nomination

(Radio.com) Who dropped the most incredible alternative album of 2017? We're about to find out as music's biggest night is right around the corner. The list of nominees for Best Alternative Music Album at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards features some of music's brightest young stars. Specifically, Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, Father John Misty, and The National are all in the running to take home the category's GRAMMY.

Everything Now - Arcade Fire: The Montreal-based band has been in the game for a minute, but they were especially hard to miss in 2017 due to the wild ride of a build-up for the release of Everything Now. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart thanks to hits like 'Creature Comfort" and the title track. While the band received an Album of the Year GRAMMY in 2010 for The Suburbs, we'll have to wait and see whether Everything Now was worth the hype at this year's GRAMMY Awards.

Sleep Well Beast - The National: Sleep Well Beast introduces more electronic sounds than any of The National's previous albums. But don't let the title fool you--it's far from a lullaby, with a dark tone and lyrics penned by frontman Matt Berninger and his wife, Carin Besser. While they've been nominated in the same category in 2013 for Trouble Will Find Me, a 2018 win would mark The National's first GRAMMY award.

The 2018 GRAMMY Awards will broadcast live from New York City's Madison Square Garden at 7:30 PM ET on CBS Sunday, January 28. Read about the other nominees for the category here.

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Rise Against Frontman Validated By Guitar Work On Soph Album

(Gibson) Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath recently shared his thoughts about guitars and guitar-playing with Total Guitar magazine, via the Music Radar website. Turns out the first two instruments McIlrath owned were Gibsons.

"My first guitar was a 1951 [Gibson] Kalamazoo," he said. "I found it at the back of a friend's closet. He bought it from a neighbor and tried to learn guitar but never did. I took it off his hands. I didn't know what it was."

McIlrath went on to say his playing was "validated" for the first time during the making of Rise Against's second album, Revolutions per Minute. "I didn't really play on the first record," he noted. "I just joined the band as a singer. We did a record with Bill Stevenson [Descendents] and that was the first time I had played guitar under scrutiny. To do that for Bill and have him say, 'Yeah, that's awesome,' [meant a lot]. Before that I wasn't sure if I was a good guitar player or a half-assed guitar player." Read more here.

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