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Stone Temple Pilots Star Talks New Singer And Album

(Gibson) Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo recently spoke with Guitar World about a range of topics. Asked how the band's new self-titled album related to STP's previous work, DeLeo offered a positive assessment.

"I like to think everyone's playing has evolved with this record," he said. "Everyone has evolved into a new place and has gotten better. Robert [DeLeo, the band's bassist] actually said something about the album recently that was beautiful. He said, 'This record breathes resilience.'"

DeLeo also expressed admiration for how STP's new singer, Jeff Gutt, has integrated himself into the band. "I think he wants to honor our catalog with the utmost dignity and respect, and he does just that," observed DeLeo. "For us, we're just as thrilled about delving into this new material with him. He's an extraordinary singer and we've very fortunate to have met one another." Read more here.

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Judas Priest's Glenn Tipton Updates Fans On Parkinson's Battle

(hennemusic) Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton is sharing an update with fans on his battle with Parkinson's Disease following news that he has retired from touring with the veteran metal band following the release of their eighteenth studio album, "Firepower"

"By now, many of you will know I won't be doing the Judas Priest tour because of health issues," explains Tipton. "I'm so sorry, but four years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson's and was told by my specialist that I had already had it for over ten years. I knew something was wrong with my co-ordination and fluency regarding my playing but I worked around it and battled on; I have good days and bad days but the disease is degenerative and I would never want to compromise the greatest metal band in the world.

"It was, therefore, during the last rehearsals I decided to step down and have Andy Sneap fill in; he's a great guy and I'm sure he'll do a great job. I'm sure the band will be as strong than ever."

"I have been overwhelmed by the massive support and love I've had from other artists and from fans all over the world and from many friends and metal maniacs out there," adds the guitarist. "It's not the end for me: I'll still be able to write and record and, on good days, even join the band on stage for a few songs. With new medication and advances being made who knows what the future holds, but one thing's for sure - it will certainly involve Priest!

"Finally, the biggest thanks goes to Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott who have stood by me and supported me through everything." Read more here.

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Roger Daltrey Streams Title Song To New Solo Album

(hennemusic) Roger Daltrey is streaming the title track to his forthcoming solo album, "As Long As I Have You", which will be released on June 1. Originally recorded by Garnet Mimms in 1964, the tune delivers a return to a vintage sound for The Who vocalist while marking his first single in 26 years.

"This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete Townshend started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls," says Daltrey. "That's what we were, a soul band. And now, I can sing soul with all the experience you need to sing it. Life puts the soul in.

"I've always sung from the heart but when you're 19, you haven't had the life experience with all its emotional trials and traumas that you have by the time you get to my age. You carry all the emotional bruises of life and when you sing these songs, those emotions are in your voice. You feel the pain of a lost love. You feel it and you sing it and that's soul.

"For a long time, I've wanted to return to the simplicity of these songs," he adds, "to show people my voice, a voice they won't have heard before. It felt like the right time. It's where I am, looking back to that time, looking across all those years but also being here, now, in the soulful moment."

Produced by Dave Eringa, "As Long As I Have You" mixes Daltrey originals alongside covers of songs by Stevie Wonder, Stephen Stills and Nick Cave. Read more and stream the song here.

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Arcade Fire Release 'Money + Love' Short Film

(Radio.com) Arcade Fire have released the 13-minute short film Money + Love, which stars Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine). Set to the music of 'We Don't Deserve Love' and 'Put Your Money On Me" from Everything Now, the David Wilson-directed clip depicts the members of Arcade Fire struggling with the idea of using their fame to promote different products.

The film opens in a conference room as Collette's character informs Arcade Fire that they're bankrupt. In order to pay their debt, they must partner with Everything Now Corporation, which will take 98.3% of their future earnings and commit the band to participate in product placement. The cameras then cut to various members of Arcade Fire acting in commercials for soft drinks, cereal and even coffins.

While playing a gig at a casino, where their songs are merely background music, the entire band starts to lose it. The members interrupt table games by throwing cards and money and destroy the stage, which is littered with cereal boxes, soft drinks and instruments.

Moments later, they're filmed back at the coffin, which is emblazoned with their band's name and filled with money. As the band members try to flee the scene with thousands of dollars, everyone except frontman Win Butler is captured.

But Butler can't go too long without his bandmates. Feeling guilty, he turns himself in and reunites with the other musicians. Watch Money + Love here.

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Singled Out: Angie Aparo's John The Baptist

Angie Aparo was the first artist to receive a 5 Star review from us so we are honored that he accepted our invitation to tell us the deeply personal story behind his song "John The Baptist" from his brand new album Life Is A Flower, Life Is A Gun . Here is the story:

I was in the middle of making this record; Life Is A Flower, Life Is A Gun and about six months in I had a stroke. The stroke was obviously terrible, but the cause of the stroke was a little worse for my carotid artery had dissected in my neck which means it had torn and unfortunately, the tear was not operable.

So, I had to, in my own way, try to heal it. They (doctors) sent me home from the hospital, and about four days later the carotid artery tore again. Around midnight that night when it happened, I was in an ambulance heading towards Savannah, Georgia which is about 45 minutes away from where I lived. I remember thinking this is probably where I'm going to die. I've always been meditative and prayerful in my life, so I started praying, but my mind was really not there yet; I just suffered a stroke a week earlier.

So I started trying to remember, 'what are the prayers my mother used to say?' I'm thinking this to myself at that moment the girl in the ambulance with me said, "We're crossing the river, The Big River; Savannah River and I could think of was John The Baptist below me on the river, so I thought of him.

As I thought of all the souls he had saved, and I prayed to him or through him with him, and we ended up at Savannah Memorial Hospital. I was in Savannah for another week, and then we ended up at Emory in Atlanta.

But about seven or eight months later when I was able to think again, and I speak have more command of my language I reflected on that moment crossing the river, and I wrote "John The Baptist."

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

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New York Dolls Box Set Filled With Rarities

(Gibson) A new 5-CD boxed set that gathers rarities, live recordings, and demos from the New York Dolls has been announced for release next month. Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975 will hit U.K. stores on April 27, with pre-order available now for delivery to the U.S.

"It is commonly perceived that the essence of the New York Dolls was never satisfactorily captured by their two albums for the Mercury label, both of which many believe suffered from unsympathetic production," reads a press release. "Fortunately for us all, the band's untutored rawness, unencumbered strength of purpose and unique vision is better served by the recordings that are gathered together for the first time on Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975.

A trio of pre-Mercury demo sessions-arguably as close as the Dolls ever got to nailing their sound in the cold austerity of the recording studio-are joined by a collection of incendiary live shows (including two American radio broadcasts) that, despite the variable sound quality, capture their unfettered outrageousness and life-affirming vitality. This package serves, then, as an alternative view of one of the few genuinely essential rock 'n' roll bands to emerge from the early Seventies wastelands." Read more here.

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Documentary Being Filmed For Final Warped Tour

The Warped Tour is coming to end this summer after twenty-four years and organizers have announced that they will be releasing an official documentary. We were sent the following details:

Anthem Films, Dola Media Group and the staff at Vans Warped Tour have teamed up for the official Vans Warped Tour documentary, which will hopefully be released at the end of 2017. The documentary will be a 4-part series chronicling the rise, the fall, and the future of the tour and will be filmed during the tour's final expedition this summer.

Director DJay Brawer of Anthem Films grew up in the Warped Tour ecosystem. "I've been a fan of the Vans Warped Tour since nearly the beginning," explains Brawner. "I'm honored to be able to play a part in telling the history of such an iconic tour that not only shaped my life, but shaped the lives of so many. Working with Kevin, the Warped Team, Dola, and Anthem Films has already been a great experience, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this project will take us."

"Dola Media is thrilled and honored to co- produce the official Vans Warped Tour documentary. Its meaning and place in music history is undeniable, and working directly with its visionary founder Kevin Lyman is a fan's dream come true," states Lauren Veteri of Dola Media.

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Steven Page To Perform With The Barenaked Ladies, Launch UK Tour

Steven Page shared some big news with fans first off he will be going a special one-time only rare jam with The Barenaked Ladies and will also be heading to the UK this summer for a tour.

Page will be performing with The Barenaked Ladies (the first together in nearly a decade) at The Juno Awards 2018 where the band will be inducted into the Canadian music hall of fame.

UK fans will be able to catch the Canadian music icon on tour this summer beginning on August 6th in Brighton at Komedia and will be on the road until the 18th when he wraps up the trek in Nottingham. Read more here.

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ZZ Top and John Fogerty Talk Upcoming Summer Tour

(hennemusic) ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons and John Fogerty are sharing a preview of their summer US tour in a new interview with Rolling Stone. The "Blues And Bayous" trek will begin in Atlantic City, NJ on May 25, with shows scheduled to wrap up in Welch, MN on June 29.

"I've been wanting to kind of hook up with Billy or ZZ for a long time," explains Fogerty about the origins of the 2018 run. "I think we've traded emails. I ran into him down somewhere and I was playing and Billy was playing the next night. I had him come into my show and we did 'Sharp Dressed Man.' It was a lot of fun. He sent me a couple of emails. I think he even gave me a CD or two that he labelled 'Big Ol' Blues.' There was a whole bunch of great old songs on there. We've been trying for a while and it finally has fallen into place, which I'm delighted about."

The ZZ Top guitarist reveals the pair will take turns closing the show each night. "We're tossing the coin," says Gibbons. "Who is going to start, who is going to stop and do we have to stop? That was the real question. I think it'll work out nicely. It's a collaboration experience, which I think makes a lot of sense, not only for both bands, but for the fans and followers."

Fans can expect some new sonic experiences when both acts play together on the month-long run. "Hopefully we're going to have a little cross-pollination," predicts Fogerty. "That's the plan. Something like that needs a tad bit of, if not rehearsal, at least a tad bit of discussion to make it seem worthwhile to the audience, anyway. Selfishly, this is just a bucket list thing for me. I'm really looking forward to jamming and becoming intimately aware of their music and all the little things that happen during their set." Read more here.

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The Doors Preview Their Upcoming Big TV Interview

(hennemusic) Robby Krieger and John Densmore of The Doors are the featured guests on the next edition of the AXS TV series The Big Interview With Dan Rather, and the network is streaming a preview of the episode ahead of its broadcast on Tuesday, March 20.

The two surviving members of the band sat down with Rather at the Whisky A Go Go on Hollywood's Sunset Strip to reminisce about their music, the sixties, activism, and the life and death of Jim Morrison.

The group describes the session as "one of the most interesting and in-depth interviews the guys have ever done." The Doors' appearance on The Big Interview With Dan Rather will premiere on AXS TV on Tuesday, March 20 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m PT. Watch the preview here.

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Die Hard 4-Year-Old Slayer Fan Denied By Father

(Radio.com) One of Slayer youngest fans appeared to be devastated when her dad told her she couldn't go see the legendary thrash metal band on its farewell tour, and her father captured the heartbreak on video.

"Carrie McFall, she's VERY cross with me right now she's not even as big a Slayer fan as I am!!," wrote the dad on his Facebook in a post that has been embraced by even the grimmest metal fans.

"She's only heard a couple guitar solos here n there while I'm working in the shop, she only likes them cuz I like them," he continued. "But yeah, she's mad at me#futureMetalHead." The clip, shot in a car, starts with the little girl telling her dad several times, "I just wanna go see Slayer."

"You can't go see Slayer, baby. You're too little," he replies. After a pause, he asks, "Are you mad at me?" and then his daughter bursts into tears. "Aw, don't cry. C'mon. Don't cry, Baby, they don't let little kids in there. Slayer's not for little kids."

The dad tries to placate his daughter by asking her if she wants to go see Cinderella or Mickey Mouse instead, but the child remains inconsolable. "Man, this isn't good," he concludes. "We got a diehard Slayer fan at four years old. I'm in big trouble."

Slayer's final North American tour launches May 10 in San Diego, California and wraps up August 26 in San Jose, California. Watch the hilarious video here.

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Foster The People Tribute Fans With 'Sit Next To Me' Video

(Radio.com) Foster The People is saluting the band's global legion of fans. The video for "Sit Next to Me" doubles as a fan tribute video, featuring images of supporters from exotic ports of call all over the world.

It's the Stereotypes remix of the track that serves as the soundtrack for the "Around the World" video, which also comes with live performance images of the group.

Foster The People have a packed summer planned, linking up with Paramore for the After Laughter Summer Tour, which kicks off June 12 in Saint Augustine, FL. Read more here.

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Beck Releases New 'Up All Night' Oliver Remix And Adds Dates

(Radio.com) Beck wants to give you more. The iconic alt-rock "Loser" has revealed a handful of new North American summer tour dates, including his first headlining show at New York's Madison Square Garden.

He will be performing with a variety of special guests along the tour, including Oh Wonder and Jenny Lewis. The new slate of dates kick off July 7 in Detroit, MI.

Beck has also revealed a new remix of "Up All Night" by electronic duo, Oliver. The smooth new version turns up the '80s pop aesthetics for a kicky and fun interpretation of the tune taken from his latest album, Colors.

See Beck's updated tour itinerary and listen to the Oliver remix of "Up All Night" here.

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