KISS frontman Paul Stanley is set to deliver the commencement address for Wesley College on May 12th, according to the Delaware State News (via BW&BK). "Paul has entertained, inspired, and helped better the lives of millions of people around the world," said Wesley President Robert E. Clark II. "I have known Paul for over three decades and I am excited for our college and community to be able to have the opportunity to meet and hear from my friend and true American legend."
TesseracT have released an online stream of the album version of their new song "Smile" from their forthcoming new studio effort "Sonder", which hit stores on April 20th. They had previously released a different version of the track. Listen to the album version here
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian will soon be immortalized as an 8" action figure from NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association). Ian had this to say, "Scott Ian 8" action figure with three heads! Created By Toy Masters #necatoys. Pre-order now and receive my signature on the box! Includes my infamous 'Walking Dead' appearance Walker head! Paying close attention to detail recreating my tattoos and overall look, the wizards at NECA - N.E.C.A nailed it. This awesome fully poseable action figure comes with an extremely accurate tiny version of my signature Jackson Guitars King V." here
Underoath scored a top 20 debut for their comeback album "Erase Me". The band's first release in eight years landed at No 16 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 4 on the Top Albums Sales chart during its first week of release, according to Lambgoat
Skindred have released a music video for their new single "That's My Jam". The song comes from their forthcoming new album "Big Tings" which is set for release on April 27th. Watch the new clip here
Deafheaven a streaming an epic new twelve- minute song called
"Honeycomb." The track is expected to be featured on the band's forthcoming album, which they began recording with producer Jack Shirley over the winter. You can listen here
TNT's have released a stream of a new song called "Tears In My Eyes". The track comes from their forthcoming album "XIII" which will be hitting stores on June 8th. Listen to the song here
Overkill drummer Jason Bittner shared this exciting news via social media, "And we're in pre-production this week. Been awhile since I dusted the 'ol Rolands off but we're pressed for space and real drums are freaking loud!!! Don't worry - we'll use the real ones on the real album!!"
Last Sunday's episode of Sammy Hagar's Rock & Roll Road Trip (AXS TV) featured The Who frontman Roger Daltrey. In a deleted scene, Sammy checks in with Roger on what music he has been listening to. Watch it here
The final run of shows will include Buddy Guy, Rick Ross, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh + Special Guests, El Gran Combo, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and more. Buddy Guy will headline the final B.B. King Blues Club show on Sunday, April 29.
Chief Operating Officer Tsion Bensusan had this to say, "It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share the news about B.B. King Blues Club's closing. Despite many sold out shows, the location's rent escalated to an unsustainable level, leaving us no choice but to close our doors. Unfortunately this has become a growing trend in New York City, with other iconic music venues and businesses falling victim to opportunistic property owners.
"This venue's legacy extends much further than the stage, playing a role in Times Square's revitalization two decades ago. It is a shame that wasn't taken into consideration regarding its future in the area. Nevertheless, we feel extremely grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from both fans and artists over the years to create some truly historic and incredible memories in this space. We hope that we can find a new place to call home very soon so we can continue bringing live music to you all."
All shows scheduled beyond the April 29th closing date will be moved to various venues throughout the city. The weekly Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring The Harlem Gospel Choir, will give their two final performances at B.B. King's on April 22nd & 29th. BB King's is currently working with the group to find a new home for their weekly residency which will be announced shortly. Lucille's Grill, located inside the venue, will remain open until April 29th and will feature sets by club favorites: B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars, Jon Paris, A Decade of Soul, and more. Find more detailshere.
Monogem is the moniker of the soulful electro-pop singer and songwriter Jen Hirsh and she had the following to say about the inspiration for the new music video:
"For this music video, I wanted to create an empowering vibe and atmosphere with some of my favorite women on this planet. I also wanted to have a little fun with the visual, since the song celebrates what gets me high." Watch ithere.
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