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Maynard James Keenan Addresses Tool Album Summer Release Rumor

(Radio.com) Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan had some bad news via social media for fans hoping that they band's long-awaited new album would finally be released this summer.

Keenan made the point very clear in response to a fan claiming on Twitter that Tool was set to make a full-length comeback this summer- citing recent revelations from various band members.

"Not. Coming out this summer. Not," Keenan replied flatly to the fan's post. It's easy to understand the fan's confidence. Tool guitarist Adam Jones shared that the music was "done," while Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello revealed that he'd heard those instrumentals, calling them "epic and brutal."

The exchange followed Keenan correcting another fan about new Tool and A Perfect Circle releases allegedly coming soon. "But Only said new APC," Kennan posted. See Maynard's post here.

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Bob Seger Giving Away Previously Unreleased Song

(hennemusic) Bob Seger is offering fans a free download of his previously-unreleased track, "Finding Out." Available via Seger's website, the tune was originally planned for inclusion on the singer's 2006 album, "Face The Promise", but was shelved and reportedly recorded during sessions for last year's "I Knew You When" release.

"I write a lot of songs that people don't hear," Seger told the Detroit Free Press in 2003. "I just try to take the ones that sound the best - maybe have the best lyric, or the best melody. I really just enjoy the process. I fall in love with every single one of them. I finish 'em all, and I don't think there's a whole lot of difference between the bad ones and the good ones. But every now and then you hit something that you really like a lot. Every now and then you'll nail one that's really, really special. And that's what you live for.

"I've got a ballad on the new album called 'Finding Out,' where I really nailed the lyric," he said of the song. "So that's real good. The whole process is a lot of fun. When I have time to do it."

Seger postponed the remaining 19 dates on his Runaway Train tour last fall "upon receiving his doctor's orders to attend to an urgent medical issue concerning his vertebrae."

"I'm feeling better all the time," the 72-year-old rocker tells Rolling Stone as he continues to recover at his rural Michigan estate. "They aren't letting me lift anything over five pounds. I can't do anything: no piano, no guitar, no nothing. But as soon as the pain stops, I'll be playing again." Stream the song and grab the download link here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Skipped Grammys Over Rock Snubbing

(Gibson) The Grammys were not kind to the rock and metal categories this year. All the awards in these categories were relegated to the pre-telecast section of the awards ceremony that took place in the afternoon before the main event.

Winners included the late Leonard Cohen (Best Rock Performance), Mastodon (Best Metal Performance), Foo Fighters (Best Rock Song) and The War On Drugs (Best Rock Album). The National also won for Best Alternative Music Album.

Hard rock/metal act Avenged Sevenfold were also nominated this year, with their song 'The Stage' (from their album of the same name) getting a nod for Best Rock Song. However, the band decided not to attend the ceremony, owing to their category's exclusion from the main event. Lead singer M. Shadows texted radio DJ Eddie Trunk, telling him that the band's decision to not travel to New York was "not really a protest per se" but more of a financial consideration, given the costs involved.

Avenged Sevenfold were also unimpressed with the sidelining of rock at the Grammys. According to Trunk, Shadows also said, "Rock Song Of The Year can't get two minutes?...And they put us in some side venue no one gives a **** about? **** that, waste of time and money." Read more here.

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Classic Misfits Lineup Announce Historic Show

(Gibson) Since the reunion of their classic lineup in late 2016, featuring founders Glenn Danzig and bassist Jerry Only, along with veteran guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, horror-punk pioneers Misfits have played a total of four shows - two in Denver, one in Las Vegas and one in Inglewood, California.

It's now time for the New Jersey legends to return to their home turf and they've just announced an 'Original Misfits' show on May 19th in Newark, New Jersey. Billed as the "triumphant return to where it all began," it will the first Misfits East Coast show to feature their classic line-up since a 1983 gig at the Channel Club in Boston. In fact, the last time this line-up played New Jersey was 1982!

The new show - which will also feature ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo on drums and touring guitarist Acey Slade - also includes Suicidal Tendencies on the bill. Read more here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Plan To Extend Their Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington says that the legendary southern rock band have plans to extend their recently-announced farewell tour beyond its initial four-month run.

"This farewell tour will take a year or two to go all the places we've been and play them one more time, so it's not like we're going away," Rossington tells Billboard. "We're just winding it down a little bit. We'll be doing this a while longer."

The Southern rock icons will launch the farewell trek in West Palm Beach, FL on May 4, with the first leg scheduled to wrap up in Atlanta, GA on September 1; the run will include European dates, as well, at some point.

Lynyrd Skynryd will be joined by a variety of guests at various stops along the way, including Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels Band, Bad Company, Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Blackberry Smoke and Blackfoot.

The sole remaining original member of the group, Rossington hints that 'farewell' may not necessarily mean 'the end' of Skynyrd's live performances.

"I know we're going to take some time off after this farewell tour that's all planned, and then who knows," explains the rocker. "Even, like, the Eagles and a lot of people retire for a year or two and they have to come back. It's just in your blood, y'know? So I don't know if it's really ever gonna end, but his is a plant to start to. Even if the touring ends we'll still do special shows and special guest things here and there with the whole band." Read more here.

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Mastodon And Primus Announce U.S. Tour

(hennemusic) Mastodon will join Primus for an extensive late spring/early summer US tour. The 43-date trek in support of Primus' ninth studio album, 2017's "The Desaturating Seven", will begin at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater on May 6, with shows schedule to wrap up in Phoenix, AZ on July 7.

Available via Primus' website, pre-sale tickets for the US tour will begin Tuesday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. local time (password: Goblins), with general public seats available Friday, February 2.

Mastodon are touring behind their latest album, "Emperor Of Sand", which earned the Atlanta outfit their first Grammy on January 28 when the track, "Sultan's Curse", was named the Best Metal Performance of the year at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York.

Drummer Brann Dailor said that the award is "huge for us and for heavy metal. It's one of the greatest genres with some of the most talented and skilled musicians playing it."

Recorded with producer Brendan O'Brien, "Emperor Of Sand" debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 last spring, marking the group's third US Top 10 following 2014's "Once More 'Round The Sun" (No. 6) and 2011's "The Hunter" (No. 10). See the dates here.

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The Gaslight Anthem Announce 'The '59 Sound' Anniversary Tour

(Radio.com) The Gaslight Anthem have announced that they will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough sophomore album, The '59 Sound, by launching a 2018 tour.

The New Jersey quartet is set to travel to select cities in North America and Europe staring this fall and running until late summer and perform the album in its entirety.

The 2018 tour will kick off on May 27 in Washington, D.C. and have the band traveling throughout August. Tickets go on sale to the public on February 2 at 12 p.m. local time. See the full run of date here.

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Alice In Chains Announce Summer Headline Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains have announced a series of summer 2018 headlining European tour dates they'll be doing in addition to their previously-confirmed festival performances.

The seven headline appearances include stops in Sweden, Italy, Austria, Hungary and Germany, with tickets on sale now. The Seattle outfit will open the four-week run in Stockholm, Sweden on June 20, and wrap things up with a July 14 gig at Lisbon, Portugal's NOS Alive festival.

Prior to the European trek, Alice In Chains will perform shows on a spring tour of North America that is set to open in Boston, MA on April 28. See the full list of dates here.

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Saxon Release 'They Played Rock And Roll' Video

Saxon have released a brand new music video for their track "They Played Rock and Roll". The song is the second single from the NWOBHM icon's forthcoming album "Thunderbolt".

The new album is set to hit stores on February 2nd and the new video can be streamed here. Frontman Biff Byford had this to say about the story behind the song, "The song tells the story of Saxon's very first tour in 1979 with Motörhead. I want people to get a flavor of what it was like in the UK in 79/80 for Saxon and Motörhead at the start of the 80s musical revolution."

He also said this of the forthcoming record, "This is album 22, and it's called Thunderbolt. It's a Storming Smashing Thundering collection of tracks we've been crafting with Producer,Andy Sneap and it's finished and ready to be unleashed. Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!"

The band has also announced that they will be launching a European tour and a North American trek with Judas Priest so support the new album. See the dates for the latter and the record's tracklisting

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Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Nominated For Oscar

(Gibson) We already knew that Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood was one talented guy, but now, the film world knows. Greenwood's score for the movie Phantom Thread is up for Best Original Score at the 2018 Oscars. This is Greenwood's first Oscar nomination.

In the Best Original Score category, Greenwood is up against Hans Zimmer for Dunkirk, Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water, John Williams for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Carter Burwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Greenwood's score was also recently in the running for a Golden Globe, but The Shape of Water took the honors. Phantom Thread is also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, as well as several more. The film was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and stars Daniel Day Lewis. Read more here.

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Clutch Finish Recording Their Forthcoming Album

(hennemusic) Clutch have completed recording sessions for their forthcoming twelfth studio album. The Maryland outfit have been working on the follow-up to 2015's "Psychic Warfare" with producer/engineer Vance Powell at Sputnik Sound studios in Nashville, TN.

"So, an hour or so ago, we wrapped tracking the new @clutchofficial record," tweeted Powell on January 27. "I can't wait for you all to hear it. But unfortunately, you'll have to."

Clutch frontman Neil Fallon followed Powell's tweet with one of his own, which features the singer's view from the studio's vocal booth,, writing: "This has been my front stoop for the past 3 weeks. We wrapped it up last night. Endless gratitude to @Vancalot for making this endeavor such a blast. This one's a doozy."

"They're my favorite songs," guitarist Tim Sult recently told The Advocate about the project. "At this point, we probably have more songs than we've ever had before going into the studio. The material is a little heavier. It has a more doomed-out vibe and feel. We're going to record more live.

"It's our first time recording in Nashville. Who knows? We might end up with something that sounds like a Garth Brooks album." Read more

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AWOLNATION Avoided Fake S*** On New Album 'Here Come The

(Radio.com) AWOLNATION frontman Aaron Bruno spent 2016 producing, writing, and recording the band's third studio album, Here Come The Runts, which follows 2015's Run and 2011's debut, Megalithic Symphony.

And ahead of the album's February 2 release, Bruno is here to get you jazzed about the forthcoming album. Here Come The Runts was recorded at Bruno's home studio in the coastal California mountains--a landscape that heavily influenced the album's music.

Bruno explains, "The record definitely has a feel to it that seems parallel to the vibe of this mountain and the land. It's like a non-GMO record. There's no fake s*** on there. None of the vocals are tuned. It's all real playing."

So, just what kind of music comes with a mountain-vibe? We've already heard the hit "Passion," as well as "Seven Sticks of Dynamite" and "Handyman," so those tracks should give you an idea.

You'll also get a rock-n'-roll-meets-pop sound from the album. But don't be fooled by the "pop" label. In fact, Bruno explained, "I say 'pop' how I grew up listening to it--in the sense of Dire Straits or Born In The U.S.A or The Cars or Tom Petty." Right on.

One video that gets this western-mountain vibe down is the recently released "Seven Sticks of Dynamite" video, which feels more like an Old Western than a music video. Read more and watch the interview here.

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Ace Frehley Talks Reconnecting With Ex-KISS Bandmates

(Gibson) KISS guitar legend Ace Frehley has been talking to Staten Island's SILive.com about his long-standing relationship with Gibson Les Pauls and he was also asked whether he'll ever play with KISS again, a question which never seems to go away:

He replied, "It's been 15 years but over the last two years, I've kind of reconnected with Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons]. I reconnected with Paul on the [Free cover] track 'Fire and Water' [on Frehley's own album 2016's Origins Vol. I]. He actually shot a video with me. So that was a lot of fun and it was good to reconnect with an old buddy.

"And then more recently, I did two songs with Gene for this new studio record that will be coming out. And then I did a [Hurricane Harvey] charity event with Gene in Minneapolis. That was a big success.

"And just a couple of weeks ago, I was with Gene, he invited me to come up to Los Angeles because he was doing an event for The Vault [Simmons' mammoth box set], and he wanted me to come up and perform with him. And we exchanged some great stories. We had a lot of fun." Read his comments about his go-to guitars here.

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Genesis Reunion A Possibility Says Tony Banks

(Gibson) It's been over a decade since the legendary Genesis line-up of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks played their last show and with all the band's members getting older, the question that's on every fan's mind if whether they'll ever reunite.

In a recent interview to promote Five, his upcoming album of orchestral music, Genesis keyboard player Tony Banks was asked about the possibility of getting the old band back together. His answer: "I don't rule it out at all. Mike and I see each other all the time, we get on well, no problem. It's never an impossibility."

He went on to praise the recent return to live touring by Phil Collins, though with the reminder that Collins isn't able to drum anymore. He was also open to the idea of Collins' son Nick filling in on drums, as he is on his father's tour.

Over the past year, Banks' Genesis bandmates have all issued positive statements regarding a potential reunion, with Rutherford saying, "I do appreciate the fact that we're all very good friends, which is nice, especially the three of us. Who knows?" Collins too has been open to the idea in the past, saying, "Anything can happen, really." Read more here.

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U2 Perform Latest Single At Grammy Awards

(hennemusic) U2 performed their current single, "Get Out Of Your Own Way", at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York on January 28, and video from the event is streaming online.

The band pre-recorded their performance of the tune from "Songs Of Experience" on a barge in the Hudson River on Friday evening, two days before the awards' live broadcast from Madison Square Garden.

Bono and The Edge first appeared briefly during the Grammy's opening number by Kendrick Lamar before returning at the end of the program to present the Record Of The Year honor to Bruno Mars for his "24K Magic" release. Watch the performance here.

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Chester Bennington's Home Available for Rent

(Radio.com) The home owned by late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and where he lived along with his wife and kids has recently been listed for rent.

The Palos Verdes estates house in California is where Bennington took his own life on July 20th of last year. His family has since moved out of the home.

The singer bought the home in May 2017 for $2.4 million dollars, according to Redfin.com. The house has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, gourmet kitchen, pool and a spa. The rent on the space is $8,800 per month. Read more here.

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