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Stone Temple Pilots Jam With Joe Perry And Johnny Depp

(hennemusic) Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and his Hollywood Vampires bandmate, Johnny Depp, joined the Stone Temple Pilots during their show at The Rose Theatre in Pasadena, CA on March 8, and video from the concert is streaming online.

The fourth date of STP's first US tour with new singer Jeff Gutt in support of their newly-released self-titled album saw the band run through tracks from throughout their career before Depp took the stage to perform the "N. 4" track, "Down."

The packed crowd went wild when bassist Robert DeLeo introduced Perry before he, Depp and the band kicked into Aerosmith's 1975 classic, "Toys In The Attic", and the finale of "Sex Type Thing."

It was DeLeo who discovered Gutt after playing a show in Detroit with the Hollywood Vampires, even though the singer hadn't submitted an audition tape during the group's public search for a new frontman

"Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for a very memorable evening with Johnny and Joe," posted the bassist on social media following the show.

Depp previously joined Stone Temple Pilots for a pair of songs during the tour's opening night at The Canyon in Santa Clarita, CA on March 2. Check out video clips of the jams here.

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A Perfect Circle Release 'Disillusioned' Video

(Radio.com) It's been 14 years since A Perfect Circle released their studio album Emotive and 2018 marks their return with Eat the Elephant. Now the band released a music video for their new single "Disillusioned."

The clip tackles a subject that should be familiar to everyone: smartphone addiction. In the video, crowds of people stand staring blankly at their phones in a quasi-religious situation.

Virtual reality headsets and other tech make appearances in the visual, which highlights how disconnected modern people are from authentic experiences. However, the clip ultimately ends on an optimistic note.

Eat the Elephant debuts April 20. Watch A Perfect Circle's new video here.

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Linkin Park Star Shares New Music At Surprise Fan Meetup

(Radio.com) Mike Shinoda was in the mood to interact with fans last Thursday night (March 8) in West Hollywood. The Linkin Park frontman held an impromptu fan meetup outside the former Tower Records building on Sunset Boulevard after putting out a call on social media.

The meetup was also so fans could participate in a new music video Shinoda is working, sharing the new song to the gathered fans after swearing them to secrecy (and asking them to turn off their phones).

The wild night kicked off on Twitter, with Shinoda letting it be known that he was in the mood to socialize. Later, he jumped over to Instagram to share the details of the meetup, asking fans to stop by the Tower Records location and be in his new music video.

"I love to make art and I love to make music, and one reason I get to do that is because of you guys. I am just really, really grateful for that," Shinoda told the gathered fans (via Linkin Park Live forum staff). "I have been writing songs in the moment. As I went on, not every song was a sad song. And they've been about a lot of things. I've started to put them together and it looks like it'll be an album. It isn't an album about grief, but it starts there."

Shinoda played the song twice for the fans, which was catchy enough for many to sing along with the chorus the second time around. The new track is categorized as "Personal lyrics but optimistic…No rapping, kind of similar to 'One More Light' sound…Song grows, think of how 'Shadow of the Day' builds throughout the song…" Read more here.

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Eric Clapton Announces His Only North American Shows Of 2018

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton will play his only North American shows of 2018 when he performs at New York's Madison Square Garden this fall. The three upcoming shows follow Clapton's only other scheduled live date this year, which took place in Paris, France in January.

The October 6 and 7 appearances will feature special guests Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan and come on the heels of the guitarist's sold out show at London's Hyde Park this July.

The guitar icon - who will turn 73 on March 30 - has been ravaged by health issues in recent years, including nerve damage that has made playing music, among other things, a challenge for him

Clapton has also revealed that he is losing his hearing to tinnitus, the ailment that causes those affected to detect sound, often as ringing in the ears, when none is present.

"I am still going to work. I'm doing a few gigs. I am going to do a show at Hyde Park [British Summer Time Festival] in July," the guitarist told the BBC. "The only thing I'm concerned with now is being in my seventies and being able to be proficient I mean, I'm going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work.

"I am hoping that people will come along and see me [for] more than [because] I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it's amazing to myself that I am still here." Read more here.

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Billy Corgan Reveals Smashing Pumpkins Have 2 New EPs Coming

(Radio.com) There is a lot going on in the Smashing Pumpkins universe at the moment. An understatement for fans of the alt-rock legends, who recently reunited three of the band's four original members for a reunion tour this year.

Now, frontman Billy Corgan says the Smashing Pumpkins are putting finishing touches on not just one, but two new EPs. "So almost all the musical side is done with 2 days to go, leaving background vocals and last minute touches/flourishes/drang," Corgan shared on Instagram, sharing the song titles for fans who might have missed them when they were first announced: "Solara," "Marchin' On," "Travels," "Seek and You Shall Destroy," "With Sympathy," "Knights of Malta," "Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)." and "Alienation."

"The intended plan being to release the songs over two four-song E.P.'s, with a first song most likely due out in May," Corgan detailed regarding the fate of the new music. Read more here.

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Rainbow Streaming New Single 'Waiting For A Sign'

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow are streaming a new single, "Waiting For A Sign", as a preview to the April 6 release of their new live album, "Memories In Rock II."

The band's first original track since 1996 - with new vocalist Ronnie Romero - is featured on the 2 CD/DVD package that captures the group in concert over three 2017 shows in the UK.

"Memories In Rock II" combines new live versions of classic tracks from Blackmore's time with both Deep Purple and Rainbow alongside backstage footage and interviews with the entire revamped Rainbow lineup.

The set marks the follow-up to 2016's "Memories In Rock - Live In Germany", which delivered the legendary guitarist's return to the rock stage for the first time in two decades.

"Rainbow is part of my life, as is Deep Purple," explains Blackmore. "I just got back together for a few shows because I wanted to have a blast on the Strat. That's always good fun but it's not something I will do all the time. I might do another couple of shows. Japan wants us and a lot of other places. Blackmore's Night is really my main music - that's much more challenging. It's not so easy to play."

Rainbow will launch the project with a series of live dates in April, including shows in Russia, Finland, Germany and the Czech Republic. Listen to the new song here.

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Jimi Hendrix 'Lover Man' Video Released

(hennemusic) The team behind Jimi Hendrix is streaming a video for the previously-unreleased studio version of "Lover Man" from the newly-issued album "Both Sides Of The Sky."

Directed by John Vondracek, the clip mixes archival footage of Hendrix performing the song with the Band Of Gypsys alongside photographs and home movies of the iconic guitarist.

Recorded in December of 1969 by the trio that would come to be known as Band Of Gypsys - Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles - "Lover Man" sees the rocker slide in a snippet of the theme from the 1960s TV series Batman.

"Imagine Jimi doing a take and when everything falls apart, he'd start playing the Batman or Peter Gunn theme without missing a beat," producer Eddie Kramer tells Rolling Stone. "He'd do something really silly and stupid and everybody would be cracking up. He wanted to keep it light. He'd also do it to change it up a bit and inevitably those lines would work themselves into songs, and that's Jimi's sly humor."

Featuring 10 previously unreleased songs, "Both Sides Of The Sky" marks the third volume in a trilogy from the Hendrix archives, following 2010's "Valleys Of Neptune" and 2013's "People, Hell And Angels." Watch the video here.

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Judas Priest Release 'Spectre' Video

(hennemusic) Judas Priest have issued a video for "Spectre", a track from their newly-released eighteenth studio album, "Firepower" which was unleashed this past Friday.

The band recorded the set last year with producers Andy Sneap and Tom Allom; Sneap will join the band's touring lineup in place of guitarist Glenn Tipton when they kick off a world tour in Wilkes Barre, PA on March 13 after the rocker announced his retirement from the road following a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease.

Judas Priest fans from around the US northeast area will be able to meet the band at a New York City CD signing. Starting on March 9 at 10am, fans who purchase "Firepower" at Sony Square NYC (25 Madison Avenue in New York City) will receive a wristband that will grant them access to the special event on Monday, March 19 at 6pm.

Wristbands are limited and will be distributed on first come first serve basis; this will be the only opportunity to meet the band while they are in the US. Read more and watch the video here.

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New Biopic Series Of Beatles Manager Brian Epstein On The Way

(Radio.com) The man who made the Beatles famous is the focus of a new limited series on the Bravo network. The life and times of the Beatles' original manager, Brian Epstein, will be chronicled on the show that's based on 2013 graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story.

The show is currently in development, with Bravo securing access to the Lennon-McCartney catalog to use in the show's soundtrack (according to Variety).

The show will also chronicle Epstein's rise to rock stardom after signing the Beatles to a management contract--despite having no prior experience--after catching an early show at Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club. Read more here.

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MC5's Wayne Kramer Forms All Star Band For 50th Anniversary Tour

(Gibson) Three-fifths of his band might have passed on, but that's not going to stop legendary MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer from celebrating the raucous energy and activist sprit of the band's now iconic fifty-year-old album Kick Out The Jams.

Kramer has put together a new band consisting of Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Dug Pinnick (King's X), and Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla) to go out on tour with him.

The tour will see the band playing Kick Out the Jams in its entirety, as well as other classics from the MC5 arsenal. The only other surviving member of MC5, drummer Dennis Thompson, will also appear on the 35-date tour, a full schedule of which is yet to be released. The tour will see the new MC5 perform a run of festival dates in Europe before embarking on a string of headlining gigs across the US. Read more here.

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The National Announce Special Release For Record Store Day

(Gibson) The good folks behind the annual Record Store Day recently released a massive list of the special releases they've lined up for this year's event, scheduled for April 21, 2018. In a list that includes previously unreleased material from acts like AC/DC, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, Linkin Park and U2, with a live release standing out.

Another band celebrating Record Store Day with a live record are The National. The band will release Boxer Live in Brussels, recorded at a special show last year celebrating the tenth anniversary of their breakthrough album.

This release is limited to 4000 copies and was recorded on November 9, 2017 at Forest National in Belgium. Read more here.

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Pearl Jam Star To Be Honored At MusiCares Concert For Recovery

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 2018 MusiCares Concert For Recovery at The Showbox in Seattle, WA on Thursday, May 10.

The music industry charity is recognizing the rocker for his significant dedication to, and support of, MusiCares and his commitment to helping others in the addiction recovery process.

"Recovery is a journey that you take each day, and mine has been affirming from a musical standpoint and a community perspective," says McCready. "To be able to raise funds for MusiCares and the critical addiction recovery work they do for music people across the country all year long is humbling, and it speaks to the way we can come together to help those in need."

The Concert For Recovery will feature performances by Slash, Duff McKagan, Nancy Wilson of Heart, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Mike Ness and Barrett Martin, while the evening will close with a special performance by McCready and friends.

A live auction will feature a one-of-a-kind Nixon Chris Cornell Sentry timepiece that is touring to Nixon's flagship retail locations in London and Paris in the spring. Read more here.

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The Cure's Robert Smith Reveals His Lineup For The Meltdown Festival

(Gibson) Each year the Meltdown festival at London's Southbank Centre builds their festival line-up around curation by a musical legend. Past editions have seen acts like Massive Attack, Nick Cave, David Bowie, MIA, and Elvis Costello all leave their distinct curatorial stamps on the festival.

With 2018 being Meltdown's twenty-fifth year, the event chose Robert Smith of The Cure to assemble his line-up, details of which were revealed earlier this week. In a first-wave of artist announcements, it would appear that Smith has leaned towards a darker, more brooding set of acts, as you'd expect.

The first list features global stars like Nine Inch Nails and Deftones, alongside acclaimed British acts like The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Placebo, The Psychedelic Furs, The Church and 65daysofstatic.

Also on the line-up announced so far: Alcest, The Anchoress, Kristin Hersh, Kathryn Joseph, MONO, and The Notwist. Robert Smith seems to be relishing the process of putting the festival together, saying, "As each invitee confirms, as each shimmering piece falls into place, I pinch myself-this is really happening... and the complete picture will undoubtedly be out of this world!" Read more here.

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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds TV Appearance Goes Online

(hennemusic) Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds performed the track, "Holy Mountain", on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 8, and video form the late week's program is streaming online.

The lead single from the band's third album, "Who Built The Moon?", has been described by the former Oasis leader as "one of my favorite pieces of music that I've ever written."

Produced by David Holmes, the project debuted at No. 1 on the UK charts, delivering Gallagher his third consecutive chart-topper in his homeland.

The set, which includes guest appearances by Paul Weller and Johnny Marr, among others, has reached No. 48 on the US Billboard 200.

Gallagher's appearance comes just days before he and the group wrap up a North American tour with the second of two shows at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on March 13. Watch the TV appearance here.

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The Neighbourhood Release 'Scary Love' Video With Special Star

(Radio.com) The Neighbourhood have found an intriguing and unexpected star for the band's latest music video for "Scary Love": Tommy Wiseau, the man behind the legendary midnight movie, The Room.

Wiseau, who was made even more famous after being portrayed by actor James Franco in the movie The Disaster Artist, makes for a striking presence in the ominous and neon-lit visual.

The video finds Wiseau striding into Rae's Restaurant in Santa Monica, a popular old school breakfast spot in Santa Monica, CA. The '80s-inspired clip gets really interesting when Wiseau pulls out a sawed-off laser gun and gets into a fight with the waitress.

"Scary Love" is from the Neighbourhood's new self-titled album, which just hit music streaming services and retailers this past Friday (March 9). Watch the wild video here.

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Guns N' Roses Share 10-Year Old's Cover Of 'Patience'

(Radio.com) Guns N' Roses was so taken with 10-year-old Mr. Coolo's version of their 1988 hit, "Patience" that they shared on the band's official social media accounts.

"Submit your version of any Guns N' Roses song using #GNRcoversong and we'll share some of our favorites!"¬," the legendary hard rock outfit captioned the video of Mr. Coolo's take on "Patience."

This isn't the first time the tyke has turned up on a GNR track. Back in 2017, he shared his rousing rendition of the band's timeless 1987 classic, "Sweet Child O' Mine," sharing a video where he sings and plays all of the instruments on the track. Watch the youngster rock out on both GNR songs here.

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Singled Out: Russian Baths' Pool House

Brooklyn-based noise-rockers Russian Baths recently released their debut EP "Penance" and to celebrate we asked Jess Rees and Luke Koz to tell us about the song "Poolhouse". Here is the story:

JR: Luke thought this song was about accidentally dropping someone off the back of a boat and returning to a pool house in a panic. Why there is a pool house at a lake house, I don't know.

I don't like lyrics to be too clear. I don't think I'm a very gifted storyteller, so I'd prefer to let people make up their own ideas--like Luke did. It was written after a friend's tumultuous breakup. It's about an existential crisis, a moment you wake up and say, "what am I doing here? Why would I keep doing this?"

LK: When Jess brought this in, I instantly liked it. It reminded me of the Swirlies smashed up against The xx. I liked how elegant the middle section was. However, when first playing it, I overcomplicated the introduction, because I was convinced it didn't work tonally. This was stupid of me. Eventually, I pulled back and did exactly what Jess did on the demo. Instead of focusing on the notes, I focused on the whammy bar and the timbre. During the recording process, Jess overdubbed keyboards that play against her lead guitar melody. It feels very finished to me. James (Frazee) added some touches at the ends of select measures that are subtle but helped immensely. Other than the very beginning, this song is structurally almost a palindrome.

JR: After we recorded the song, I felt the introduction was a little thin, so I went into my basement with my guitar and amp, recorded a layer of feedback that I'm sure my neighbors were happy to hear and mixed it into a whisper.

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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