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Izzy Stradlin Walked Out On Guns N' Roses Reunion

(hennemusic) Former Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven has revealed that guitarist Izzy Stradlin bailed on a guest appearance with the band on their Not In This Lifteime tour last year.

"[Izzy] did get as far as flying out and doing a soundcheck, and he left after a soundcheck, he didn't want to have anything to do with it," Niven tells the Appetite For Distortion podcast. "It was last year, it was somewhere out in the midwest, when they were doing stadiums. Obviously had it gone well and everybody had been happy, and there had been a little bit of brotherhood, I'm sure he would have stayed with it. But something must have really upset him, because he left after the soundcheck, and never turned up for another one or an appearance. I would think right now he is probably a little pissed off."

Stradlin, who co-founded Guns N' Roses with childhood friend Axl Rose in 1985, first shot down rumors of his involvement in the tour when it launched in the spring of 2016, telling Rolling Stone, "There was just so much speculation going on regarding my involvement and studio recording. There's so much misinformation, so I wanted to clarify that I'm not in the studio recording with any of the Guns N' Roses guys. At this point in time, I'm not involved in the actual shows ... A lot of stuff [fans] are reading isn't true."

Rose later referenced Stradlin's status in a fall 2016 interview with Brazilian TV, according to The Guardian, where the singer said, "I don't really know what to say about Izzy. It's, like, you could have a conversation and think it's one way and the next day it's another way. And I'm not trying to take any shots at Izzy. It's just his thing is kind of his thing, whatever that is."

The rocker's comments earned a prompt online reply from Stradlin in a tweet (since deleted), saying his absence from the reunion with Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan was about money: "They didn't want to split the loot equally. Simple as that." Read more

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Led Zeppelin Announce Previously Unreleased Single

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin will release a limited edition 7" single featuring previously unheard mixes of "Rock And Roll" and "Friends" as part of Record Store Day 2018 on April 21.

The previously unreleased version of "Rock And Roll" provides an additional peek into the fabled 1971 "Sunset Sound Mixes" of "Led Zeppelin IV". Only two previous "Sunset Sound Mixes" have been released, the first being the version of "When The Levee Breaks" on the original album and the second the "Stairway To Heaven" mix that debuted on the 2014 deluxe edition reissue of the band's fourth record.

The previously unheard "Olympic Studios Mix" of "Friends" is a stripped-down version without the orchestration that was included of the final mix that appeared on 1970's "Led Zeppelin III."

The annual Record Store Day event celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale - for more details, visit recordstoreday.com

Led Zeppelin's first Record Store Day release previews the band's 50th anniversary celebrations, which will see the group publish an official book, "Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin", in October, and release a live album at some point, as well, among other projects. Read more here.

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No Justice For Jason Newsted On Metallica Reissue

It appears that Metallica fans may be disappointed that wrong done to former bassist Jason Newsted will not be corrected on the upcoming anniversary reissue of "...And Justice For All."

Newsted joined the group following the tragic death of Cliff Burton and famously his bass parts on his first appearance on the 1988 album were bruied low in the mix and some fans had hoped that would be corrected with the reissue. But mixer Steve Thompson revealed in a recent interview that would not be the case.

He told the Talk Toomey podcast (via Banana 101.5) "I just contributed to the anniversary album of …And Justice [for All]. I just sent them a bunch of pictures and some outtakes, but they have no desire to remix the record. They want to keep it the way it is.

"They might remaster it or something like that, but there is only so much mastering you can do. And I'll tell you the truth, I don't even know if those original multi-tracks could be saved. Because there are like 5 million edits in them from Lars' drums alone. So if you have the box and open it up there probably be about 50 million pieces of tape all over the place."

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Velvet Revolver, Anthrax, Motley Crue Star Lead AC/DC Bon Scott Tribute

An all star band has been assembled to perform a classic AC/DC album in entirety at the upcoming AC/DC Comedy & Rock Show: A Tribute To Bon Scott on April 3rd at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA.

The special tribute event to the late singer was organized by Dean Delray, and will include performances from comedians followed by an all-star band playing the classic "Powerage" album in full.

The band will be highlighted by Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, Anthrax's Scott Ian (Anthrax), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot), Eagles Of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes, Velvet Revolver's Dave Kushner and more.

Ian had this to say, "I'm going to do my best to honor Malcolm's mastery. And I'm going to bang my f***ing head playing songs from my favorite AC/DC record."

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KISS Should Continue Without Original Members Says Paul Stanley

KISS frontman Paul Stanley has once again shared his feelings that he would like the band to carry on in the future without any original members (he and Gene Simmons are the remaining founders).

It is not a new idea for the legendary band, at one point rumors surfaced that the group would stage a reality television series similar to American Idol to find the new members of the group.

Stanley made headlines recently by mentioning the idea again and then last week he was asked about it while making an appearance on the Los Angeles rock radio station KLOS. When asked about the idea, he responded, "I think so. I tell you, Eric's been in the band 20-something years off and on, and Tommy's been in 15 years. So the people who initially thought, 'Well, it's gotta be the original four guys,' they're already 50 percent wrong. I think that KISS is a concept, it's an ideal, it's a way of performing and giving to an audience, and that goes far beyond me."

He adeded, "I'm a big fan of mine - I think I'm really good at what I do - but it doesn't mean there's not somebody else out there who can bring something to the band. Not a clone, not somebody copying me, but I was influenced by a lot of people, so there's people out there who are influenced by me."

Stanley then shared his belief that the band could carry on without himself and Simmons. He said: "I really believe it will, I believe it can, and I believe it should. You know, KISS DNA is in every live show - from rap to rock to you call it what it is. Special effects, a way of entertaining an audience - that's what we've always been about: being the band we never saw. Once audiences started seeing what was possible, they wouldn't accept less from a lot of other bands. So I believe that nobody does it better than us, and nobody will continue to do it better than us." Watch the full interview here.

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Godsmack Stream New Song 'Bulletproof' And Announce Album

Godsmack have released an online stream of their brand new single "Bulletproof" which comes from their just announcement forthcoming album "When Legends Rise."

The new album is set to be released on April 27th. Frontman Sully Erna had this to say about the track: "I always write about things that have affected me on an emotional level. I think everyone knows that about me by now. But if I choose to do that, I have to be prepared to be honest and vulnerable. And so the challenge is figuring out how 'exposed' you want to be with personal information. But I've also learned over the years that for me, being transparent, even to the point of embarrassment sometimes, is so much better than holding it inside and extending that pain longer than you need to.

"'Bulletproof' is just another moment in my life when I allowed myself to be vulnerable and got hurt. It's this kind of carelessness from other people that eventually hardens you and forces you to put up that wall to protect yourself. So when and if they circle back around and try to get back in, you make yourself bulletproof." Listen to it here.

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Smashing Pumpkins Add New Dates To Reunion Tour

Tickets for The Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour proved so popular in a couple of markets that the band has announced additional shows in Los Angeles and their hometown of Chicago.

The originally announced L.A. and Chicago stops of the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour sold out so the band have added a new show at the Forum in Los Angeles on August 31st and the United Center in Chicago on August 14th.

The trek will be the band's first tour in two decades with original members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha and is scheduled to kick off on July 12th in Glendale, AZ at the Gila River Arena. See the dates here.

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Yes Making Return Trip With Trevor Horn For Past Album

Yes have announced that they will release a brand-new mix of their album "Fly From Here", featuring the Drama line-up and new lead vocals by Trevor Horn, to coincide with their 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Entitled "Fly From Here - Return Trip" the new version of the album is set to be released on March 25th. We were sent the following details about the special release:

The original 2011 release of Fly From Here featured the band members who appeared on Drama: Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, plus Benoit David on lead vocals with Trevor Horn in the role of Producer. Read more here.

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The Devon Allman Project Announce UK Tour

The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duanne Betts have announced that they will be crossing the pond in September to launch a new UK Tour.

The tour will be kicking off on September 2nd in Bristol at The Fleece and will be wrapping up on September 8th at the Academy 3 in Manchester. We were sent the following details:

On the forthcoming UK tour, The Devon Allman Project welcomes special guest Duane Betts. Each night will feature a set of Duane's originals, Devon Allman originals, Royal Southern Brotherhood and Honeytribe songs along with an encore set including Allman Brothers songs with Devon, Duane and special guests participating. here.

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Toto Announce 40th Anniversary North American Tour

Rock icons Toto have announced a North American summer leg of their 40 Trips Around The Sun Tour that celebrates the band's 40th anniversary this year.

They will be kicking things off on July 30th in Vancouver, BC at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts and concluding the trek on August 21st in Kansas City, MO at Crossroads KC.

Steve Lukather had this to say, "Myself, David, Steve and Joseph are humbled and thrilled at the long lasting success of the band. This 40th Anniversary tour is going to be a special one for us and all of the fans that come out. On top of all that, it's really exciting to be working with SONY again. We've spent a lot of time last year working on new music and re-mastering the older tracks." here.

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Ministry Release 'Twilight Zone' Video

Ministry have released new music video for ther track "Twilight Zone". The song comes from the band's forthcoming album, "AmeriKKKant", which is set to hit stores on March 9th.

Ministry's Al Jourgensen had the following to say about the song, "We are in completely uncharted territory now. Witnessing the unraveling of what was once a functional democracy. Our government is under attack. Our planet is under attack. It's time for a major reboot."

The band filmed the new visual just outside of Los Angeles and was produced by Chris Roth and Steve Roth. Chris had this to say, Said Chris Roth, "I'm a life-long fan of the band and very politically active. Not only was this an opportunity to collaborate creatively once again with the one and only Al Jourgensen, but also an outlet for much of my pent up aggression and frustration regarding the current state of politics in our country." Watch the video here.

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Squirrel Nut Zippers Expand North American Tour

The Squirrel Nut Zippers have announced that they have expanded their upcoming North American tour in support of their forthcoming album "Beasts Of Burgundy."

The band has added new shows in New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Cleveland, Chicago and other markets this spring to promote the new studio effort which will be released on March 23rd.

We were sent the following details: added dates into April & May now in support of their forthcoming album . New stops include shows in New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Cleveland, Chicago and many others. Read more here.

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At The Gates Announce New Album 'To Drink From The Night Itself'

At The Gates have announced that they will be releasing their brand new album "To Drink From The Night Itself" on May 18th. It follows their 2014 effort "At War With Reality".

The band has revealed the tracklisting and cover art for the new record, which was Costin Chioreanu and frontman Tomas Lindberg had the following to say, "It has once again been an absolute pleasure working creativily with Costin.

We had a lot of ideas for what we wanted to get across with the art this time around. Overall they were, not surprisingly, related to the general concept of the record. What is great with Costin is that he understands the band. He knows what we are and where we come from. And me and him also have a strong artistic connection. " Read more here.

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Parkway Drive Return With 'Wishing Wells' Video

Parkway Drive have returned with a brand new single and music video called "Wishing Wells" and the band will be returning to the U.S. this spring for a tour.

The "Wishing Wells" video can be streamed here and is the first new music from the group since their 2015 album "Ire". Frontman Winston McCall had this to say about the new song:

"'Wishing Wells' is the compression of grief into song. It's attempting to place blame when there is none, seeking answers where there is only emptiness, and ultimately trying to find some kind of reason and meaning to justify the ultimate loss we will all be faced with in life. This is how this chapter begins and will end." See the tour dates here.

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Shinedown Talk New Music The First Albums They Bought

(Radio.com) Earlier this month, Shinedown announced a co-headlining spring tour with In This Moment and Five Finger Death Punch. But they've been up to a whole lot more than plotting their next tour. The band recently brought fans on set to film a new music video on February 24th and are therefore seemingly gearing up to release new music.

The band had previously set a Spring 2018 goal for the Threat to Survival follow-up, and while a release date has yet to be named, we had the chance to sit down with the band to talk about writing new music.

'This is the only time we've ever written while we were still touring an album cycle," says Zach Myers. 'Eric was writing a song almost a day." Hear more about the band's new music and watch them reminisce on the first albums they ever bought, from Dr. Dre to Aerosmith here.

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Chvrches Reveal Track Details For New Album 'Love Is Dead'

(Radio.com) As the euphoric electro-alt-pop of "Get Out," the first single from Chvrches' third album continues to filter its way into the mainstream, the group has announced the full tracklist for the upcoming release.

The group posted the news on Twitter and confirmed the title of the record is Love Is Dead. Chvrches vocalist Lauren Mayberry recently said she wanted the new album to be more immediate and from the heart. "[We wanted everything to be really honest," she told NME. "If it's going to be more pop it should be more aggressively pop - there's no doing things in half measures."

"It was nice to not be second-guessing ourselves," she added. "It's still consistent with what we've done before but it feels like it'll be more of a live experience." There is still no release date for the album. See the full tracklist for Love Is Dead here.

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MGMT Rock New And Old Songs For Late Night TV Audience

(Radio.com) MGMT appeared on The Late Show on Monday night (Feb 26) to perform their current single "Me and Michael." After the show, the band stuck around to play their classic track "Electric Feel" from their breakthrough album Oracular Spectacular.

In his introduction for the web segment, Colbert recalled listening to MGMT during commercial breaks on his Comedy Central show. It's been 10 years, two presidential administrations and three MGMT albums since "Electric Feel" hit the charts but it's still a fan favorite.

Watch both performances from their late night television show outing here.

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David Crosby Announces North American Tour

(Radio.com) David Crosby is hitting the road. The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young member is setting out on a solo trek in support of his most recent album, Sky Trails, which was released last year.

Rolling Stone points out some special guests joining Crosby along the way, including Alison Krauss (June 6th in Vienna, Virginia), Mary Chapin Carpenter and Chris Hillman (June 16th in Lenox, Massachusetts).

And the Avett Brothers will also be joining Crosby at the June 29th stop at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO. See all of the dates for the trek here.

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