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Tool Share Big News About New Album With Fans

Tool shared some big new with fans via social media and their website. They have entered the recording studio to begin tracking the music for their long awaited new studio album.

The new studio effort will be the band's first album since 2006's "10,000 Days". Earlier this week the group shared the following update with fans via their online outlets:

"After all the years of writing and arranging (and re-arranging) at the band's loft, I can at this time officially report that the guys have moved into a major studio where the recording process for the next album is about to begin in earnest.

"For the past few days the band members have been getting sonically adjusted to their new surroundings - dialing in the equipment settings and restaurant catering choices - in preparation for Danny to begin his tracking any time now - perhaps by the time that you read this!" Read more here.

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Bon Jovi Suffer Record Breaking Chart Drop

Bon Jovi have made chart history this week after they suffered a record drop in albums sales for their latest studio effort "This House In Not For Sale" from last week's No. 1 position.

The veteran band's album shot to the top of the charts 15 months after release due to a promotional bundle that included the effort with tickets to the group's upcoming tour.

But the following week, the album suffered the biggest drop in chart history when it plunged to No. 168 with a 96% drop in sales, according to a report from UCR.

The band reportedly broke their own record with this drop with UCR reporting that "This House Is Not For Sale" had previously held the chart drop record when it originally plunged 84 spots during its second week of release, following a chart topping debut in November of 2016.

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Five Finger Death Punch Announce Album and Summer Tour

Five Finger Death Punch shared big news with fans on Tuesday. They will be releasing their new album "And Justice For None" on May 18th and hitting the road to promote it.

The band will be teaming up with Breaking Benjamin this summer to launch a coheadlining North American tour that will feature support from Nothing More and Bad Wolves.

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory had this to say, "When I'm asked for a tour quote I'm always scratching my headÖ Is there anything to add? "We are putting together 2018's biggest Hard Rock tour of the Summer; where even the first band on the bill has a massive hit single around the world.

"There will be fire, there will be lights and it's going to be loud. An experience you can't just download, you have to be there. We all get about 80 summers in our lifetimes, so make them count." See the dates here.

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Pearl Jam Release Song From First New Album In Five Years

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam have released a new single, "Can't Deny Me", as the first preview to their first new studio album in five years. Recorded last month in Seattle, the tune was co-produced by Pearl Jam and Brendan O'Brien and issued to the band's Ten Club members a few days ahead of it being available on download and streaming services.

The group has confirmed that "Can't Deny Me" will appear on the follow-up to 2013's "Lightning Bolt", with further details about the project and its release to be announced at a later date.

The song arrives in sync with the launch of Pearl Jam's South American tour, which will see them play Lollapalooza festivals in Chile, Argentina and Brazil, as well as a headline concert in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

A series of European dates will begin in June before the band fires up a brief run of select US stadiums in August. Stream the clip of the new song here.

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Steven Adler Talks Guns N' Roses Appetite Anniversary Tour

Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler revealed some more details for his plans to launch a tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's blockbuster debut album "Appetite For Destruction".

Adler appeared on The Johnny Dare Morning Show on 98.9 The Rock in Kansas City and was asked about his plans for his upcoming solo tour to celebrate the album's anniversary.

He said, "I've got some shows in Australia, some shows in Europe. I'm going to go down in South America. Of course, hit the beautiful America. I'm going to do 'Appetite', plus I've got my Adler record, 'Back From The Dead'. I'm going to be doing songs from that." More from the interview here.

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Iron Maiden Singer Announces 'Scream For Me Sarajevo' Screening Event

Iron Maiden announced that frontman Bruce Dickinson will be holding a special screening and Q&A session for his film "Scream For Me Sarajevo" ahead of it's theatrical release.

The special event will be taking place at the Vue Cinema West End in London on April 11th, followed by the theatrical release in the UK on April 17th. The band shared this background on the film:

Sarajevo in 1994 was a city under siege. Mortars and grenades rained down on the city, killing indiscriminately every day. Amongst the madness, would it be possible to persuade a global rock star to come and play a show for local fans?

Scream For Me Sarajevo is the amazing and astonishing story of the most unlikely of rock concerts, performed by Bruce Dickinson and his band Skunkworks in 1994, in the midst of the Siege of Sarajevo. This is a film about extraordinary people defying the horrors of war, and the musicians who risked their lives to play a show for them.

Featuring footage from the historic gig, the film also meets those that made it to the show and made the show happen; determined to keep living their lives despite the atrocities going on around them. Interviews with the band, crew and security bring home the reality of the situation that was not only dangerous, it was barbaric.

"We weren't protected, there was no plan and the bullets were real, but f*** it, we went anyway" said Bruce in his recent best-selling autobiography What Does This Button Do?, "The gig was immense, intense and probably the biggest show in the world at that moment for the audience and for us. That the world didn't really know didn't matter. It changed the way I viewed life, death and other human beings".

As well as the striking documentary, there will be an exclusive Q&A with Bruce Dickinson from London that will accompany the film in cinemas globally. Check out the special site for the film for additional details here.

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Lamb Of God Announce U.S. Headline Tour Dates

Lamb Of God have previously announced that they will be joining Thrash legends Slayer on their upcoming farewell tour and now the band has revealed their plans to some special headline shows with support from Behemoth during the trek.

The stand-alone Lamb Of God and Behemoth shows will be taking place in Pomona, CA (May 12th), Sioux Falls, SD (May 23rd), Wallingford, CT (June 3rd) and Raleigh, NC (June 11th).

The first leg of the Slayer farewell tour is scheduled to kick off on May 10th in San Diego, Ca and will also feature support from Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament. See all of the dates here.

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Imagine Dragons Release 'Next to Me' Short Film

(Radio.com) Imagine Dragons' latest visual couldn't be confined to the parameters of a traditional music video. Instead, the Las Vegas rockers tapped renowned director Mark Pellington to craft a 12-minute short film to faithfully capture the band's dream for the song "Next to Me."

The harrowing visual opens with singer Dan Reynolds portraying a man who's just been dumped by his fiancee, portrayed by his real-life wife, Aja Volkman. As he tries to pawn the engagement ring at a local pawnshop, he ends up killing the clerk (played by Imagine Dragons guitarist, Wayne Sermon) with a gun in a fit of rage.

"I wrote this song about the strains of the relationships in my own life and the beauty of enduring love. After late night conversations with Mark Pellington about life and his passion behind his vision for the film, we knew we wanted to take the journey with him," said Reynolds in a prepared statement.

"The film is a complex and slightly surreal fable about forgiveness and redemption. It is a story of a man, and a projection of one fantasy colliding with the dark realities of fate," the director explained. "It asks, can a person who has made a terrible mistake ever be forgiven by their loved one or even by themselves. It is an ambitious music film, taking the traditional music video and breaking it apart, pushing it into film territory. I wanted to create something new, a narrative piece that was thematically complex and musical and I knew it needed to be longer." Watch the new short film here.

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Willie Nelson Announces Outlaw Music Festival Lineup

(Radio.com) Willie Nelson's Outlaw Music Festival Tour will be returning in 2018 and the legendary country singer is bringing along a diverse mix of musicians.

Sturgill Simpson, Elvis Costello, Alison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show and Ryan Bingham will join the country legend at various stops, and more acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Outlaw Music Festival Tour begins May 25 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nine dates have been announced, including Bristow, Virginia, Cincinnati, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, Little Rock, Arkansas and Dallas, Texas reports Rolling Stone. The last scheduled date is July 1 in The Woodlands, Texas. Tickets go on sale March 16 at noon local time. See the dates and lineups here.

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Sammy Hagar Previews New Season Of Rock & Roll Road Trip

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar and AXS TV are sharing a series of promo videos for the upcoming third season of the series "Rock & Roll Road Trip" ahead of the kick off on April 8th.

The 12-episode run once again sees the Red Rocker traveling the country to interview and often perform with some of the most popular and influential musicians, including season 3 guests Roger Daltrey, Judas Preist singer Rob Halford, Neal Schon of Journey, Bob Weir, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, and more.

"It's been a cool surprise how much we're all enjoying the interview part of this show because, as artists, what happens on stage or in the music studio is the easy/fun stuff and the interviews often feel like the work," says Hagar. "It's like when the camera lights go on and the questions start, that typical wall or guard is down because it's me on the other end and not a seasoned journalist asking the questions.

"So the flow is organic and its easy - to the point where we're both surprised how deep and real the conversations get - we're definitely forgetting the camera is even there and I think that's really connecting with the viewers, too." Read more and watch the preview here.

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Judas Priest Guitarist Reveals His Favorite Flying V Players

(Gibson) Judas Priest just released a new album,†Firepower, and on it, you'll hear guitarist Richie Faulkner shredding his beloved Flying V alongside longtime Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton.

Listening to the new album, it's nothing short of guitar mastery. Faulkner and Tipton truly "sing" together with their guitars, and Rob Halford, as always, proves the powerful pathway to making iconic metal music.

Faulkner is a major fan of the Flying V. Who are some of his all-time favorite Flying V players? "Michael Schenker is a huge one," he told Gibson.com. "And, always, K.K. Downing. Seeing that Flying V, it was an instant, "What is this?!" moment. I mean, Randy Rhoads and all those guys, but Michael Schenker, I think, is the main one. The Flying V, when he came out, initially, it was so out of this world. Now, I'm part of that family with the signature Flying V that Epiphone put together. It's iconic. It's a huge honor to continue that Gibson heritage. It's just a statement when you're playing a Flying V, and it's a pretty bold statement to make, and so is heavy metal, and so is Judas Priest. So, it's hand-in-hand." Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga Lead Elton John Grammy TV Tribute

(Radio.com) A cavalcade of today's biggest music stars are set to pay tribute to the legend, Sir Elton John with the full lineup and song performance list being revealed.

Elton John: I'm Still Standing -- A GRAMMY Salute will feature performances from Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Maren Morris, Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Kesha, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, SZA and Shawn Mendes when it airs April 1o on CBS.

The artists will run through the pop legend's catalog of timeless hits across the two-hour special, which will culminate in Elton John performing a medley of his classic songs. See the full lineup of performances here.

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Paramore Rock NBA Star Stephen Curry's 30th Birthday Party

(Radio.com) NBA All-Star Stephen Curry turns 30 today (March 14), and earlier this week he celebrated the milestone with a birthday party in San Francisco. Steph's wife Ayesha Curry planned the event and recruited Paramore to perform on the main stage.

The Golden State Warriors point guard shared a selfie with frontwoman Hayley Williams to his Instagram story and Paramore posted some video from their set at the soiree.

"Been on a top secret mission for bday boy @stephencurry30 who turns 30 in a couple days thank you @ayeshacurry for the invite! #basketballjones #tallfriends," the band wrote.

Various Paramore fan accounts gathered footage from the party, including a clip of Williams singing "Happy Birthday" to the NBA great. See some highlights from the evening here.

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Weezer's Rivers Cuomo Unplugs For Special Solo Set

(Radio.com) Weezer fans were in for a treat on Saturday evening (March 10) when frontman Rivers Cuomo played a nearly two-hour acoustic set in Los Angeles.

Accompanied only by his guitar at The Hi Hat, Cuomo performed a cover heavy set which kicked off with R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" and the Smashing Pumpkins' 'Today."

One fan filmed the entire performance and documented it song by song on YouTube, which you can watch below. The singer peppered tunes from Weezer's massive catalog alongside highlights including Oasis' 'Champagne Supernova" and Pixies' 'Where Is My Mind?" Read more and grab the link to watch the performance here.

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Neil Young's 'Paradox' Film Trailer Goes Online

(Radio.com) Neil Young has captivated fans with 38 studio albums, memorable concert films, bold political stands and visions for the future of streaming. His next project, Paradox, looks like another labor of love ó this time with his girlfriend Daryl Hannah, who directed the film.

In a summary, Netflix described the film as a "free-spirited tale of music and love" and "a one-of-a-kind personal expression." On Monday the full soundtrack listing was revealed, and it includes "Peace Trail," original music and a cover of Willie Nelson's "Angel Flying Too Close Too The Ground." Nelson also delivers narration in the movie intro.

The passion project should further cement Young's legacy as a rule-breaker and American original. Catch it on Netflix on March 23. Watch the trailer for Paradox here.

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Singled Out: One Up! Below's Laid And Paid

Detroit pop-punkers One Up! Below recently released their debut single and video "Laid And Paid" and to celebrate we asked singer/bassist Alan Reitman to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

"Laid and Paid"... and where to begin. Even though it's a song about getting drunk and making mistakes, it has a lot behind it. It's probably the sole reason Nick and I looked at each other and said "We should make a band out of this!" Before "Laid and Paid" and maybe one more song titled "18 Again", I have never written or attempted to write a pop punk song. As a producer, I have been apart of projects that were pop-punk influenced but these were my first attempts to ever build from the ground up in that genre. It started with the bass line in the intro and after playing it a few times I remember Nick coming into the room and asking "What is that?!" and at the time... I didn't even know! On the recording setup that I have, I just starting laying ideas down and building a foundation from that bass line. After kind of having a set structure in place, I started writing and laying down vocal ideas... the first to come to mind. The thing that sucked was, I hated it. All of it. It was such a up-beat, good-feeling song with these vocals that just... didn't make any sense and they weren't catchy at all. All I knew at the time was I wanted the song to tell a story, not a long or complicated one but just... a short one that is relatable and almost humorous!¬

The instrumental was stuck in my head for about 2-3 weeks. All I remember was driving in the car with that bass line repeating in my head and I literally started singing to myself and with no music to back me up. It probably sounded horrible but that's when the lyrics "Wait... You know we've done this all before" left my mouth and I like shouted in enjoyment after and screaming "It's genius!" haha. It's probably not that genius but what I discovered at that moment was I had a whole new idea and one that I could completely build off of. All I had to do was bridge a gap between why someone would get to the point of saying those exact words so I put myself in that position. After that it just made sense. It's like something that goes through your head when a relationship isn't working and it's not easy to say out loud haha.¬

Everything after just came together. Getting drunk and going to back to something you cannot stand just made so much sense for the verses to lead right back into that line and actually, I don't think the chorus got finished until after verses lyrically (which is abnormal for me at least). Nick and I got together in my studio room, tweaked little things to make things flow better, and then boom... the song was done. Now at this point in the songs life, it had programmed drums to fill the void of not having a drummer. We started jamming the song with our friend Matt who is a phenomenal drummer and things started really coming together. All I remember is me and Nick totally jumping the gun and saying "Let's shoot a music video and get this out!" After a long process of meeting and talking with videographers, we knew Brandan Keller shared our vision and would portray the comedic style of music video we wanted to go for so we you know... booked a date to shoot it.¬

Matt, Nick and I are all really good friends and even to this date but there were certain struggles as the three-piece we were that we couldn't seem to overcome. As the video date got closer, we were tremendously under-prepared. The problem was we just weren't getting together enough to figure things out ahead of time and it could of been so many different things but I think our schedules just didn't line up at the end of the day. With 3 days until video shoot day we come to a friendly agreement that we are all not on the same page and actually thought about cancelling the video... which would of really pissed off Brandan haha. On a whim, I texted Tj (a drummer from past projects) to see what his thoughts were on learning a song in a day, recording drum parts for it the next, shooting a music video the day after that, and possibly joining the group after the process. Needless to say, he was down. When us three jammed the song as a group for the first time... so much life and energy came to it. It was unreal. I remember Nick and I looking at each other after the first play through with Tj and saying "This is it..."¬

So not to type a novel as if I already haven't, but that's how it all came together. We recorded Tj's parts which gave the song a complete new dynamic and shot the video the day after which lasted about a week. We all were so pumped on how it was sounded that we decided to get the song mixed by Romesh Dodangoda who has done phenomenal work with acts like Bring Me The Horizon, Lower Than Atlantis and Don Broco. It's funny to think that jumping the gun and booking the video kind of lead to the formation and continuation of this group as a whole. Anyways, that's the song and video that you hear and see today and the story behind it!

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

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