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The Rolling Stones' Ron Wood Reveals Cancer News

(hennemusic) Ronnie Wood is sharing an update on his cancer status ahead of a summer European tour with The Rolling Stones. Doctors discovered a small cancerous lesion on the guitarist's left lung during a routine physical last spring, which was soon removed via surgery. Now, the 70-year-old rocker reveals that he is cancer-free.

"I had three months of check-ups and it was all clear, and they said go and enjoy life," Wood tells Metro. "I don't want to lose my hair. If your body is riddled with cancer, it's a losing cause. Luckily, all mine was contained within the left lung and I was fortunate enough to get shot of it, bang. There was none in the rest of my body so I didn't require chemo."

Wood maintains he has no regrets about his lifestyle choices through the years.
"No, not even smoking for England for over 50 years," he explains. "It was a wonder I wasn't riddled with cancer in both lungs. It's a wonder they both didn't explode."

Asked if he had any messages for those who have been diagnosed with cancer, Wood adds, "Just be strong and remain positive. I was prepared to remain positive to my dying breath. I've had a great life and I was all ready to go. Wow! I didn't know I was going to be given the ticket to last this long. What a reprieve." Read more

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Sammy Hagar Announces Acoustic-4-A-Cure Concert

Sammy Hagar has announced the details for this year's Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert that will feature a headline performance from the Red Rocker himself and also celebrate Taj Mahal's 75th birthday.

This year's event is scheduled to take place at the Fillmore in San Fransciso on May 15th and will also include members of Chickenfoot, Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Eddie Money and REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin.

Sammy had this to say, "I was a fan of Taj Mahal long before I had a record deal in Montrose 1973. He's become a dear friend over the years and without a doubt, is one of the few living blues legends left on this planet!!!

"Having Bob Weir, being on the same page, understanding how important and how much fun this will be much less with a bunch of great artists, for a good cause!!!! It doesn't get any better than this annual event."

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Eagles Glenn Frey Wrongful Death Lawsuit Hospital and Doctor Respond

(hennemusic) The doctor and hospital that treated Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey are denying any responsibility for his death in their response to his widow's wrongful death lawsuit.

Cindy Frey recently filed the suit against Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan over the January 18, 2016 passing of her late husband, accusing the hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence for failing to properly treat the rocker's ulcerative colitis, diagnose and treat infection, and advise of the risks and side effects from treatment.

The complaint alleges that as a result of the negligence, "Glenn Frey was rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled," and suffered pain and mental anguish prior to his death from what The Eagles announced as "complications from acute ulcerative colitis, pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis."

According to The Blast, the latest documents in the case see Mount Sinai Hospital and Dr. Steven Itzkowitz claim that "the injuries of the plaintiff were caused in whole or in part by the culpable conduct of the plaintiff" while seeking to have the case dismissed. here.

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Prince's Death Anniversary To Be Marked With Paisley Park Tributes

(Radio.com) April 21 marks the two-year anniversary of the day Prince passed away, and his team has revealed plans for more tributes next month. Prince fans from across the country are expected to make the pilgrimage to Paisley Park to honor the music legend at "Celebration 2018," which takes place from April 19 to 22.

The memorial event includes speakers such as The Revolution members Bobby Z, Dez Dickerson and Matt Fink, reports Billboard. Paisley Park is expected to erect a "tribute fence" where fans can leave messages and mementos in Prince's honor.

In addition to the Celebration, a concert titled Prince: Live On The Big Screen will take place at Minneapolis' Target Center. Read more details here.

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Hollywood Vampires Announce North American Tour

(hennemusic) Supergroup The Hollywood Vampires have announced a handful of 2018 North American dates this spring. Led by the trio of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith's Joe Perry, the band will play a series of four casino shows in May before launching a 6-week European run.

Conceived by Cooper, Hollywood Vampires celebrates the spirit of the original drinking club of the same name that gathered at the upstairs bar of the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles from 1972, of which Cooper was a founding member. Attendees would include the likes of John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon, Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz.

The band released their self-titled debut in 2015, which featured a collection of covers of tracks by T. Rex, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Doors and more. See the dates here.

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Tremonti Announce New Album 'A Dying Machine'

(hennemusic) Tremonti are sharing details of their forthcoming concept album, "A Dying Machine", including a video trailer featuring a preview of the track "From The Sky."

Due June 8, the Alter Bridge offshoot's fourth release takes place at the turn of the next century where humans and fabricated beings called "vessels" are trying to co-exist.

The story is being turned into a full-length work of fiction by guitarist Mark Tremonti and American author John Shirley, and will be issued alongside the record.

"A Dying Machine" was produced by longtime band associate Michael "Elvis" Baskette. The project will be previewed during a listening party and performance event at the Social in Orlando, FL on May 12.

Ahead of the summer trek, Tremonti will perform at the Carolina Rebellion on May 4 and the Lunatic Luau in Virginia Beach, VA on May 5. Watch the trailer here.

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Prong Release 'Forced Into Tolerance' Video

Prong have released a brand new music video for their track "Forced Into Tolerance." The song comes from the veteran group's 2017 studio album "Zero Days".

Tommy Victor had this to say, "It represents the no frills, 'in your face' relentlessness of the track. It's our response to being told what to think and believe by everyone. Enjoy!"

On the live front, the band has also announced the continuation of their Zero Days Tour with a series of West Coast dates alongside Powerflo. See the dates here and watch the new video here.

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The Posies 30th Anniversary Celebrated With Reissues

(Conqueroo) Omnivore Recordings have announced that they will reissue three classic albums by the Posies, who celebrate their 30th anniversary this year. We were sent the following details:

Dear 23 will arrive June 15, 2018; Frosting on the Beater on August 3, 2018. Each of these titles comes as a 2-CD set featuring the original album remastered from original master tapes, plus almost all previously unissued bonus tracks, and on vinyl as a 2-LP set of the original album - mastered at 45 rpm!

Amazing Disgrace will be released October 28, 2018 as a 2-CD set, also with the original album remastered from original master tapes, plus almost all previously unissued bonus tracks, and as a 2-LP package - unlike the others, mastered at 33 1/3 as it was simply too long for 45 rpm.

A PledgeMusic pre-order campaign has launched here.

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Edensong Announce New Tour Dates and Support Acts

Edensong have announced some additional dates and the support acts for their upcoming North American trek and what is billed as their very first European tour this fall.

The North American trek will be kicking off on April 13th in Boston, MA at The Lilypad and will wrap up on April 20th in Nyack, NY at Olive's. Frontman James Byron Schoen had this to say, "We're all so pumped for these shows! This new lineup of the band has been a great excuse to re-imagine our set.

"We're bringing back some old school Edensong classics. We're unveiling some brand new songs! We're also putting a new spin on the YITGOY material that we've been focusing on these past few years. The bands we're playing with are incredible and it's an honor to play with these guys: Ben Levin, the Nightwatch, Stratospheerius and more! These are gonna be great nights of music"

The announced Euro dates include a performance at the Summers End Festival on October 5th and two additional UK dates (Southampton and Leicester). See the dates here.

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The Melvins Release 'Embrace The Rub' Video

The Melvins have released a brand new video for their track "Embrace The Rub". The song comes from their forthcoming album "Pinkus Abortion Technician," which is set to be released on April 20th.

The video can be streamed here and Dale Crover had this to say about the track featured in the Mackie Osborne directed video"

"'Embrace The Rub' is a Steven McDonald penned, punker tune throwback to his days as a young Hawthorne, CA punk hanging out with Black Flag, For some reason, I decided that this tune really needed a piano part."

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Raven Black Launch Album and Comic Book Preorders

Raven Black has announced the preorder for their forthcoming sophomore album "13" and their debut comic book, "A Dark Metal Carnival: The Beginning."

They also revealed the tracklisting details for the upcoming sophomore album: Track List: 1. Monster 2. Sticks n Stones 3. Nothing 4. Spider 5. Dollhouse 6. Break the Box 7. The Nobodies

The album Preorder includes free digital download of single "Monster" and first 100 receive exclusive "Monster" poster & sticker. The Comic Book Preorder includes ree autographed exclusive Variant Comic Page for first 100 preorders. Check it out

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Garbage Announce 20th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue For 'Version 2.0'

(Radio.com) Garbage are throwing it back to 1998. Shirley Manson and company have detailed the forthcoming 20th anniversary deluxe reissue of the band's second album, Version 2.0.

The album, originally released May 11, 1998, featured a slew of hit singles, including "Push It," "Special" and "I Think I'm Paranoid." "Version 2:0 is in my opinion the quintessential Garbage record," shared Garbage singer Shirley Manson in a press statement. "We are all very grateful to the millions of people who took it to their hearts at the time it was released and to those who continue to love on it still."

The reissue will also include a slew of rare era B-sides, including "Lick the Pavement," which the band has shared in streaming form. Listen to it and read more here.

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Screamin' Jay Hawkins 'Are YOU One of Jay's Kids?' Announced

(Conqueroo) The '90s musical legacy of rock 'n' roll wild man Screamin' Jay Hawkins will be comprehensively reconsidered on a totally untethered two-CD compilation, Are YOU One of Jay's Kids?, due from Bizarre Records on May 18, 2017.

The set collates all 44 of the raving songs recorded by the late, legendary vocalist by producer and Bizarre partner and A&R man Robert Duffey, who also acted as Hawkins' manager during the period. The numbers first heard on Hawkins' original Bizarre albums - Black Music for White People (1991), Stone Crazy (1993), and Somethin' Funny Goin' On (1994) - are augmented by five previously unreleased bonus tracks. The set includes new liner notes by music journalist Chris Morris.

Duffey says of his fruitful creative relationship with Hawkins, "He was unique. He opened me up to a different kind of creativity. Jay wasn't trying to make hit records. Jay was just trying to be Jay. He was trying to show the world Jay. He wasn't a pretentious rock star." Read more here.

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The Damn Truth Release 'Alex' Video

The Damn Truth has released brand new music video for their track "Alex." The song is taken from their group's 2016 album "Devilish Folk" and the video was directed by Erica Orofino.

Lee-la Baum had this to say about the song, "Some stories, some moments, change you. Change the way you look at the world. Change the way the world looks at you.

"We wear our scars on the inside. They are invisible, but you feel like everyone can see. This moment in time changed me to my core and in fact, shaped me to be the person I am today. ALEX - I promise I will NEVER FORGET" Watch the video here.

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Sins In Vain Release Video For Killswitch Engage Cover

Sins In Vain have thanks the band Killswitch Engage for their inspiration by recording a cover version of the band's track "The End Of Heartache" and releasing a video for the song.

The group had this to say, ""Sins In Vain's cover of 'The End of Heartache' is a big 'thank you' to Killswitch Engage for all the inspiration over the years. The original is already a metal classic about the pain of being apart from someone you love. Something most people can relate to, unfortunately.

"We've worked hard to convey the feelings of love and sorrow in this song. The outcome is a balance between respect for the original and our own interpretation and sound. Our delivery is a bit softer, but definitely still powerful.

"The End of Heartache is truly close to our hearts, and we hope everyone who will hear our version of it will grasp how much emotion has gone into this. Much Love, Sins In Vain" Watch the video here.

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MXMS Release 'The Run' Video

(TYFPR) MXMS has shared the video for their new track entitled "The Run" online. When talking about the track the group says, "The Run" focuses on living in solitude with your demons or vices, embracing them and celebrating them. The stigma for those who are troubled is that most are "running" from obstacles and struggles..for us we run directly into the fire, facing it head on."

MXMS, short for "me and my shadow", is the dark electronic project of singer Ariel Levan and pianist Jeremy Dawson. Self-described as "Funeral pop," the duo injects music culture with the conjugality of death positivity, darkness and honesty.

The two met in Los Angeles after Ariel moved from New York City in late 2013. What was to be a short writing session instantly blossomed into something poignant and lasting, as their personal stories meshed into song over the coming weeks and months. The pair moved through the discovery that expelling love, death, pain, and fear into art instantly brought relief not only to their personal lives, but also became refuge for others navigating the broken state of our world and its current affairs.

In January 2015, MXMS signed with boutique indie label Grand Jury records. The first 2 MXMS singles, "OMG" and "RX" were released at the end of May 2015, followed by a third "ANNA" in the fall, all driven by spot-on review and features by the likes of Earmilk, Filter, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound and many others. After spending most of 2016 touring, Jeremy and Ariel returned to the studio to finish the writing and recording of their new record.

In May 2017, MXMS released the first of the new songs, "I REVENGE" on We Are: The Guard/Kobalt; a current issue memoir of the irrational feelings of heartbreak in a tumultuous broken relationship. The band is currently playing festivals across America, including Ac3 in Atlanta, Cloak and Dagger festival in Los Angeles. Singles and their debut EP are slated for release in early 2018. here.

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Hemlock Announce 25th Anniversary Tour

Hemlock has announced that they will be hitting the road for their 25th Anniversary Tour this spring and summer and will be joined by SevidemiC for a majority of the dates

The group had this to say, "Our band is Hemlock. We are based out of Las Vegas, NV. Although our real home in on the road continuing to carve a name for ourselves in the world of metal music.

"We have performed and toured with Slayer, Korn, Ministry, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God, Slipknot, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Hatebreed, Pro-Pain, Obituary, Mastadon, Snot, Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Drowning Pool, System of a Down, Machine Head, Otep, Megadeth, Soulfly, Danzig, Devildriver, Sepultura, Meshuggah, Sevendust, Hed(pe), Exodus, Arch Enemy, and tons and tons more. " Read more including the dates here.

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Julian Casablancas And The Voidz Rock Late Night TV

(Radio.com) Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas and his band The Voidz appeared on The Late Late Show last night to perform their moody single "Qyurryus." The song appears on the band's second album Virtue.

The new track couldn't be further from the infectious pop-rock lead single "Leave It In My Dreams." The Voidz' performance leaned into the song's grungy, hallucinogenic aesthetic:

They played under mustardy lights in a relatively unadorned garage space. Virtue is set for release this Friday. Watch The Voidz live performance from The Late Late Show here.

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