Friday, January 30, 2015

AUDIO: Randy Bachman joined by Peter Frampton on new album



Randy Bachman is sharing audio of the title track to his upcoming album, “Heavy Blues”, which sees him team up with Peter Frampton.

Due April 13 (April 14 in North America), Bachman is joined by guests including Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and the late Jeff Healey for the project, alongside new band members Anna Ruddick on bass and Dale Anne Brendon on drums.

“Heavy Blues” is produced by Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden, Rush, Led Zeppelin), who Bachman says influenced the heaviness of his latest solo album.

“I’ve known Kevin for many years and watched his producer credits grow to include many rock legends,” explains Bachman. “I knew that he could push me past my limit, pull me onto new paths and direct me down new roads.”

Bachman was honored last year for his work with 70s rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive, who were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 2014 Juno Awards in their hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Randy Bachman
“Heavy Blues”
Release date: April 13 (April 14 in North America)


01. The Edge
02. A Ton Of Bricks (feat Scott Holiday)
03. Bad Child (feat Joe Bonamassa)
04. Little Girl Lost (feat Neil Young)
05. Learn To Fly
06. Oh My Lord (feat Robert Randolph)
07. Confessing To The Devil (feat Jeff Healey)
08. Heavy Blues (feat Peter Frampton)
09. The Devil Lied
10. Wild Texas Ride
11. Please Come To Paris (feat Luke Doucet)
12. We Need To Talk




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Black Crowes singer says band breakup is complicated



Singer Chris Robinson says the breakup of The Black Crowes is “complicated.”

Brother and guitarist Rich Robinson broke the news on January 15, saying "It is with great disappointment and regret that after having the privilege of writing and performing the music of The Black Crowes over the last 24 years, I find myself in the position of saying that the band has broken up.”

The guitarist also revealed details regarding some controversy within the group that fueled his decision not to return.

“I love my brother and respect his talent,” he noted, “but his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100% of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to."

Now, Chris responds to the official statement, telling Billboard "it's way more complicated than Rich's public outburst" while declining to elaborate.

"I'm going to keep my personal, private family business personal and private," he says, "and I'll focus on all the other things that are important. The ideas, I think, are more important than the drama.”

“I have too much stuff going on that's progressive and positive to dig through sordid family history and stuff. I don't think that's interesting at all -- maybe in a tabloid kind of culture we live in, but I've never been part of that. I've never dealt with my personal, private life in a public forum, so I'm not going to drag myself though the mire now.”

Chris looks back at his time with the band, saying “The Black Crowes is so much time and it's so complicated, and then you mix family and whatever that is into it. To me it's just sad and it's disappointing and it's unfortunate that on the 25th anniversary, whether the band is working or not, that it's not about the songs and the good times people had at those concerts."

The singer released the latest Chris Robinson Brotherhood album, “Phosphorescent Harvest”, last April, while Rich put out his third solo project, “The Ceaseless Light”, in May.

Gorman returned to American supergroup Trigger Happy to release their debut last year; the lineup includes singer Joan Osbourne, session guitarist Tom Bukovac, bassist Nick Govrick and singer/songwriter and Black Crowes guitarist Jackie Greene.




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Thursday, January 29, 2015

ZZ Top to perform Mash-Up Mondays debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live



ZZ Top will perform with Weezer as ABC-TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live debuts Mash-Up Mondays on February 2.

The Texas trio – who just played on the show this week – will join the alternative rockers for the first edition of a month-long series on the late night program.

Other musical pairings in February include Morris Day and HAIM (Feb. 9), and Aloe Blacc and Blackstreet (Feb 16).

ZZ Top recently returned to the road following a hip injury to bassist Dusty Hill last August that resulted in several shows being suspended and rescheduled.

The band’s latest album is 2012’s “La Futura.”




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Neil Young to guest on The Tonight Show


Neil Young will appear as a guest and performer on NBC-TV’s The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, February 3.

The episode marks Young’s return to the program following his spring performance with Jack White, where the guitarist recorded a live record on the show.

Fallon’s Tonight Show will be broadcast from Los Angeles next week following a special post-Super Bowl edition on Sunday from Phoenix, Arizona.

Young has released two albums in the past year, including “A Letter Home” and “Storytone.”


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AUDIO: Stone Temple Pilots share demos from 2013 High Rise EP



Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo is sharing demos from the band’s 2013 EP “High Rise.”

The project delivered the debut of singer Chester Bennington from Linkin Park, who joined the band after original frontman Scott Weiland was fired in February of 2013, leading to a series of public statements and lawsuits by both parties.

DeLeo has posted material from demos for three tracks on the EP, including “Out Of Time”, “Cry Cry” and “Same On The Inside”, as well as "The Hotel On The Hill."

“Howdy ya’ll,” says DeLeo. “I thought I'd start these new ‘memo:demos’ to share some audio clips that are recorded on my phone which include anything from alternate solos, songs from the point in time of their conception and some new ditties. Have fun and stay tuned for more.”

“High Rise” debuted at No. 24 on the US Billboard 200 chart following first week sales of 12,000 copies.

Stone Temple Pilots are currently in the studio working on their debut album with Bennington, who recently suffered a leg injury that cancelled Linkin Park’s North American tour and resulted in surgery.




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Alice Cooper offers Austin City Limits Live concert on pay-per-view



Alice Cooper is offering his upcoming Austin City Limits Live concert to fans as a pay-per-view event.

Cooper’s February 12 show at The Moody Theater in Austin will be presented via cable tv and streamed online.

The concert will be available at 9 PM ET; more details regarding delivery channels will be issued soon.

The Austin date is part of Cooper’s Raise The Dead Tour; the rocker will rejoin Motley Crue as the opening guest on the North American run of their farewell tour this year.

Cooper – who recently performed at head Foo Fighter Dave Grohl’s birthday bash in Los Angeles – joined the Crue last week on Fox-TV to promote the 2015 dates




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Black Sabbath bassist thanks fans for support following arrest



Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler is thanking fans for their support following his arrest in a bar brawl early Wednesday in California.

“Thx for your messages & support following the unfortunate altercation that occurred,” posted Butler on his social media sites.

Butler was allegedly involved in a “verbal and physical altercation” – according to the Inyo County Sherriff’s Department – at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park.

The bassist was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism; he spent the night in jail before being released early Wednesday.



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Black Sabbath bassist arrested following bar brawl


Inyo County Sheriff’s Department

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler was arrested early Wednesday following a bar brawl in California.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement, saying that “shortly after midnight on January 27th, Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park.”

“After the Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses. it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation - resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window.”

“Terence Michael Butler – a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, CA – was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism.”

“Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation.”

Butler and Black Sabbath are expected to regroup this year to write and record a final album before performing a farewell tour.



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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Iron Maiden guitarist to launch signature guitar line



Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray has teamed with Fender to launch his own signature guitar line as part of the company’s Artist Series.

The Dave Murray California Series Stratocaster is inspired by Murray's longtime onstage go-to guitar, combining Strat tradition with three Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups, the fast feel of a compound-radius fingerboard, and the high performance reliability of a Floyd Rose bridge and nut.

The new guitar line will be available starting February 17.

For more details, visit Fender guitars.

Murray and Iron Maiden have been off the road since they wrapped up their Maiden England world tour last summer.

The trek saw the band play 100 shows to more than 2 million fans in 32 countries over the course of the 2-year run, which began in June 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.



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Eddie Van Halen speech at Smithsonian event to be streamed live



Eddie Van Halen’s speech at an event to help launch “What It Means To Be American” – a new three-year initiative by The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington – will be streamed live on February 12.

The project is aimed at engaging leading thinkers, public figures and Americans from all walks of life to explore how the United States became the nation it is today.

One of the campaign’s goals is to foster a national conversation through a series of free public events across the U.S.

On February 12, the Dutch immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen will discuss his American journey, his role in creating one of the biggest American rock bands of all time, how he has reinvented the way the guitar is played and designed, and he will answer the question, "Is rock 'n' roll about reinvention?"

Entertainment journalist Denise Quan will moderate the sold-out event.

For the event, Van Halen and Fender will donate a master-built replica of Van Halen's infamous white-with-black-stripe Stratocaster.

This is the guitar that changed the guitar world in 1978 when Van Halen cross-pollinated Gibson electronics with Fender body and neck designs. To represent the path of progressions in his instrument designs, a Stealth finished EVH Brand Wolfgang will also be included to represent his modern-day guitar.

In addition to the guitars, Van Halen and Fender Musical Instruments Corp. will also donate an EVH Brand 5150-III amplifier and speaker cabinet to embody the journey and progression of his amplifier designs from the early '70s through the modern day.

Van Halen’s speech at the National Museum of American History in Washington will be streamed live on February 12 starting at 6:30 PM ET at whatitmeanstobeamerican.org



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VIDEO: Slash receives Les Paul Award at 30th annual NAMM TEC Awards



Slash was honored with the Les Paul Award at the 30th annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in Anaheim, California on January 24.

The guitarist was joined for a performance by Richie Sambora, Orianthi and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter.

The event honors individuals and companies for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production.

The Les Paul Award, named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, honors individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology.

Instituted in 1991, the honor has been awarded to influential artists including Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Todd Rundgren and Peter Gabriel.

Slash continues his world tour in support of his latest album, “World On Fire.”

He and the band will play shows in Japan next month before heading to New Zealand and then Australia for the Soundwave Festival.







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VIDEO: Rush drummer Neil Peart previews R40 Icon snare drum



Rush drummer Neil Peart is previewing the new R40 Icon snare drum in advance of the band’s R40 40th anniversary tour.

Peart teamed with DW Drum Designer John Good to create a one-of-a kind R40 kit crafted from Romanian River Oak and a plethora of intricate laser-cut exotic woods.

To commemorate Rush’s 40th Anniversary and the making of the R40 kit, a limited number of 250 replica Icon snare drums will be produced.

The 6.5x14”, 13-ply VLT Oak shell is sealed in clear, high-gloss lacquer and complemented by gold-plated hardware.

A signed-and-numbered certificate of authenticity and deluxe carrying bag will accompany each drum and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit Neil’s charity of choice.

The R40 Icon snare is expected to be available this spring.

DW premiered Peart’s R40 drum kit at the National Association Of Music Merchants (NAMM) in Anaheim, California last week.

Rush have just announced North American dates for the R40 40th anniversary tour.

The band will hit 34 cities across the continent this summer, with shows beginning May 8 in Tulsa, OK.

After 40 years together and 20 gold and platinum studio albums, Rush return to the road for their 21st tour, one which will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude.

The tour is named after their recently-released 40th anniversary box set, “R40.”




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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Def Leppard announce first US shows of 2015



Def Leppard have revealed their first pair of US shows for 2015.

The band will play the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, MN on August 27 and The Great Allentown Fair in Allentown, PA on September 1.

Joining the UK rockers for both shows are Styx and Tesla.

Tickets for the St. Paul show go on sale Febuary 3 at 10 AM here.

Tickets for the Allentown concert go on sale February 7 at 10 AM here.

The US shows follow the band’s spring tour of Canada and summer dates across Europe.

Def Leppard are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to 2008's "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge."


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Sammy Hagar to launch radio countdown show



Sammy Hagar will launch a new radio program, “Sammy Hagar's Top Rock Countdown”, this spring via Envisage Radio Group.

The weekly show will see Hagar count down lists of his favorite party songs, comeback albums, unsung heroes or best tunes from a specific year or decade.

“After more than 40 years in Rock & Roll,” says Hagar, “I’ve got a lot of knowledge, a lot of love, and always a lot to say so this is going to be a blast.”

Last fall, Hagar released his latest album, “Lite Roast”; the project teams Hagar with Waboritas guitarist Vic Johnson to deliver stripped-down versions of tunes from his career.

“Lite Roast” was inspired by the rehearsals for Sammy’s appearance at the Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit show in May, which raised funds for the Pediatric Cancer Program at the University Of California, San Francisco UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.




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VIDEO: Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 preview



Aerosmith are sharing a preview of “Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014”, a new live DVD that will premiere in US cinemas on February 26.

The package features Aerosmith’s headline performance on June 15, 2014 as they closed the final night of the Download Festival in Donington Park.

"It's always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn't have had a better time on stage that night,” says Steven Tyler. “I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more.”

“We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best,” said Joe Perry. “Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember. We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren’t there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll.”

For details and locations for the US cinema premiere on February 26, visit Fathomevents.com




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VIDEO: ZZ Top perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live



ZZ Top performed on ABC’TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday.

The band played “I Gotsa Get Paid” – from their latest album “La Futura” – on the broadcast and delivered a web-exclusive version of their 1975 classic, “Tush.”

“Thank you Jimmy Kimmel Live !!,” posted the band. “'Twas a pleasure !! Hope you all enjoyed we had a blast...!”

ZZ Top are back on the road following a hip injury to bassist Dusty Hill last August while on tour with Jeff Beck; Hill slipped and fell aboard his tour bus and several shows were suspended and rescheduled as a result of the incident.




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Monday, January 26, 2015

Mark Knopfler announces North American tour



Former Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler has announced dates for a fall tour of North America.

The two-month run – which follows an extensive European tour from May to July – opens September 10 in Vancouver, BC.

The shows will support Knopfler’s latest solo album, “Tracker”, due March 17.

The follow-up to 2012’s “Privateering” was recorded at British Grove Studios in London and co-produced by Knopfler and Guy Fletcher.

“The album title ‘Tracker’ arrived out of me trying to find my way over the decades,” says Knopfler. “Out of me tracking time – looking at people, places and things from my past, and out of the process of tracking as in recording tracks in the studio.”

Knopfler recently issued the project’s lead single, “Beryl.”

“Tracker” will be available on CD, double vinyl, deluxe CD with four bonus tracks, and a lavish box set that will include the album on both CD and vinyl with a bonus CD featuring six extra tracks, a DVD with an exclusive short film directed by Henrik Hansen and an interview with Mark where he talks about the new record.

Sleeve notes have been specially written by acclaimed US author Richard Ford and it also contains a numbered art print and six photographic prints.

Fans that order tickets to ‘An Evening with Mark Knopfler and Band’ online will receive a copy of “Tracker” for each pair of tickets purchased.

Knopfler Fan Club presales begin Tuesday, January 27, with general public tickets on sale beginning Friday, January 30.

Mark Knopfler
2015 North American Tour


Sep 10 - Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sep 11 - Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Sep 12 - Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Sep 13 - Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
Sep 16 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Sep 18 - Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre
Sep 19 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Dolby Theatre
Sep 20 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
Sep 21 - San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay
Sep 23 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
Sep 25 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
Sep 26 - Dallas, TX @ The Majestic Theatre
Sep 28 - Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Sep 29 - Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
Sep 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
Oct 02 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Oct 03 - Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre—Murat Theatre
Oct 04 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
Oct 06 - Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Oct 07 - Montreal, QC @ Place Des Arts—Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre
Oct 09 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 10 - Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino—Grand Theater
Oct 11 - Albany, NY @ Palace Theater
Oct 13 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
Oct 14 - Niagara Falls, ON @ Fallsview Casino Resort
Oct 16 - Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
Oct 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Academy of Music
Oct 18 - Washington, DC @ The Warner Theatre
Oct 20 - New York, NY @ The Beacon Theatre
Oct 22 - Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)
Oct 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Oct 25 - North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Oct 27 - St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Oct 28 - Melbourne, FL @ King Center for the Performing Arts
Oct 30 - Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
Oct 31 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts




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Gregg Allman announces spring tour



Gregg Allman has announced dates for a spring US tour.

The 2-month run begins March 13 in Northfield, OH and wraps up in Austin, TX on May 9.

The tour mixes “An Evening With” with regular performances that will see Allman joined by a mix of opening acts, including SIMO, Amanda Shires and the Devon Allman Band.

Allman's touring band features: guitarist Scott Sharrard, keyboardist Peter Levin, drummer Steve Potts, percussionist Marc Quinones, bassist Ron Johnson and horn players Jay Collins, Art Edmaiston and Marc Franklin.

Allman has been nominated for a Grammy Award at next month’s event in the Best American Roots Performance category for his collaboration with Taj Mahal on “Statesboro Blues” from 2014’s “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman” - a CD/DVD/Blu-Ray that captures a multi-generational assortment of musicians from the worlds of rock, blues and country joined together at Atlanta's historic Fox Theatre for a once-in-a-lifetime all-star performance paying tribute to Allman's life and music.

Gregg and the Allman Brothers Band played their final live show on October 28, 2014 at the Beacon Theater in New York after 45 years as a group.

Gregg Allman
Spring 2015 tour


Mar 13 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Casino *
Mar 14 – Toledo, OH – Stranahan Theatre #
Mar 17 – Kalamazoo, MI – State Theatre %
Mar 19 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues %
Mar 20 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues %
Mar 21 – Florence, IN – Belterra Casino Resort *
Mar 24 – Milwaukee, WI – PotAwatomi Hotel & Casino *
Mar 25 – Milwaukee, WI – PotAwatomi Hotel & Casino *
Mar 27 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre *
Mar 28 – Riverside, IA – Riverside Casino & Golf Resort *
Apr 18 - Live Oak, FL – Wanee Music Festival
Apr 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theatre *
Apr 25 – Indio, CA – Stagecoach
Apr 28 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon ^
Apr 29 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon ^
May 01 – Tucson, AZ – Fox Tucson Theatre
May 02 – Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort & Casino *
May 05 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts ^
May 06 – Stafford, TX – Stafford Performing Arts Center ^
May 08 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre ^
May 09 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live ^

* Evening With Shows
# SIMO to support
% Amanda Shires to support
^ Devon Allman Band to support



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Linkin Park singer reveals post-leg surgery photos



Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington is sharing photos following surgery on his leg, an injury that forced the cancellation of the remaining North American dates on The Hunting Party winter tour.

“Headed into surgery in an hour. Ass kicking will commence in 6 weeks,” tweeted the singer on Jan 20, followed by a first post-op image of his foot in a cast. “I will now set off metal detectors everywhere.”

On January 23, Bennington posted a photo while getting some fresh air outside in a wheelchair. “First ray of sunshine since the surgery. Thank you to everyone for all your support and well wishes.”

On Monday, the rocker posted “Looking at my ankle for the first time since the surgery. IT LOOKS INSANE!!!!” and tweeted two pictures of the scars from the leg surgery.

“Lookin good,” he wrote, adding, “Thanks for stopping at the tattoo Doc.”

Linkin Park performed the first three dates of the winter run with guests Rise Against and Of Mice & Men before shutting things down.

“The Hunting Party” – the band’s sixth album – debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 last June with opening week sales of 110,000 copies.






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Former Megadeth duo add bassist to new band



Former Megadeth duo Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover have confirmed the addition of Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand to the lineup for their new band, which also includes former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner.

Both Broderick and Drover issued separate statements in late November – just hours apart – that they were leaving Megadeth to pursue their own musical interests.

"I have known Matt for 15 years now and he is a great musician, songwriter, singer and all around great person,” says Drover. “To say I'm jacked up about having Matt with us is an understatement!”

The band have been writing material for their debut album.

"All the songs have shaped up nicely and there is a lot of metal dynamics on these songs, overall,” explains the drummer. “Some of them are flat-out thrash-speed metal, others are uptempo, but I can assure you it is all 100% HEAVY METAL. Those who know me know I have always been an advocate for the more aggressive metal stuff, so if you're expecting anything to the contrary on this record, you would be dead wrong.”

The group will begin recording its debut album this weekend in Hartford, CT.

“Matt Bachand will be in the studio with me, as he lives not too far from the studio, as does the producer/engineer who will be recording drum tracks with me,” Drover adds. “As I write this I cannot reveal WHO he is yet, nor the record company we are signing with, etc. That's for the press release, which you will all see very soon. Believe me, this dude is a full on METAL PRODUCER/ENGINEER (I would never have anybody but that to do this kind of music)."

As for Megadeth, bassist David Ellefson recently confirmed the band are moving forward with plans to hit the studio this year to record and release the follow-up to 2013’s “Super Collider”, with as-yet-to-be-announced new members in place of Broderick and Drover.



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AUDIO: AC/DC classic updated as NFL’s Deflategate continues



AC/DC’s 1976 classic, “Big Balls”, has been updated as the quarterback Tom Brady, the New England Patriots and the NFL continue to deal with Deflategate heading into Super Bowl week.

Seattle’s Sports Radio KJR has posted “Tom’s Big Balls” as both a parody and commentary on the controversy, which revolves around the Patriots’ use of deflated footballs in the first half of the team’s AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts on January 18.

The footballs were replaced by NFL officials at halftime of that game after the Colts brought it to their attention; the Patriots went on to win 45-7.

The NFL is continuing to investigate the matter while the Patriots deny their involvement in the incident; the team was caught cheating in 2007 when they videotaped opponent’s defensive coaches signals in violation of league rules – an event later known as Spygate.

The Patriots will play the NFC Champion – and defending Super Bowl Champions - Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 in Glendale, Arizona on February 1.

“Big Balls” first appeared on AC/DC’s 1976 album, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.” The record was originally issued in Australia before seeing an international release three months later…and 5 years later in the U.S.

On February 8, AC/DC will perform at the 57th annual Grammy Awards as they promote their latest album, “Rock Or Bust”; the event marks their return to US TV for the first time in over 14 years.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8 from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).





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Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 7: AC/DC
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VIDEO: Motley Crue & Alice Cooper talk farewell tour on Fox & Friends



Motley Crue and Alice Cooper were featured guests on the Fox News morning show "Fox & Friends" on January 20.

The pair were on hand to promote the final North American dates of the Crue’s farewell tour, which will wrap up December 31 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Last week, the Crue also released a video for their new single, “All Bad Things”, a song they wrote and recorded the song last spring before launching the tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 2.

The band also performed on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on January 22.

Motley Crue were named the No. 4 Rock News Artist Of The Year and delivered the No. 6 Rock News Story Of The Year as part of the 5th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards.





See also:

Motley Crue tops the hennemusic Hot 10
VIDEO: Motley Crue perform on The Tonight Show
VIDEO: Motley Crue give Justin Bieber double bird salute
Motley Crue release single and announce final farewell tour dates
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

VIDEO: KISS preview Japanese special edition of KISS 40



KISS are sharing a preview of the upcoming Japanese special edition of their greatest hits collection, “KISS 40.”

Due January 28, the package differs from the 2014 North American release with the addition of the band’s collaboration with Japanese pop idols Momoiro Clover Z, “Samurai Son”, plus a DVD featuring three songs filmed at the Budokan in Tokyo on October 24th, 2013.

KISS will launch a 5-date Japanese tour on February 23; the trek will see Momorio Clover Z open for the band at the tour’s final stop in Tokyo on March 3.

The group will then spend the month of April playing dates across South America.

KISS were recently named the No. 6 Rock News Artist Of The Year as part of the 5th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards.

KISS
"KISS 40" Japanese special edition

Release date: January 28

01. Samurai Son (U.S. mix) (KISS vs. Momoiro Clover Z)
02. Rock And Roll All Nite
03. Shout It Out Loud
04. Beth
05. Hard Luck Woman
06. Detroit Rock City
07. Calling Dr. Love
08. Christine Sixteen
09. Love Gun
10. I Was Made For Lovin' You
11. Shandi
12. I'm A Legend Tonight
13. Lick It Up
14. Heaven's On Fire
15. Tears Are Falling
16. Crazy Nights
17. God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You II
18. Psycho Circus
19. Modern Day Delilah
20. Hell Or Hallelujah

Limited-edition DVD:

01. Psycho Circus
02. Shout It Out Loud
03. Hell Or Hallelujah




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Def Leppard guitarist shares cancer update



Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is sharing an update on his ongoing battle with cancer.

Campbell was diagnosed last year with Hodgkin's Lymphoma; he immediately began chemotherapy and other treatments.

“Well, I seem to be in a good spot at the moment,” he tells Eddie Trunk. “You can never be too certain with these things, 'cause they can come creeping back. But after three rounds of chemo over the last two years, I did a stem-cell transplant in October. And the first PET scan that I did on New Year's Eve came back really, really good — there's no sign of the tumors — so I'm hopeful that we're on the right path. I mean, that's certainly the way I've been thinking.”

“I'm not letting it concern me at all. But continuing for the next few years, I'll be doing more scans and follow-ups and stuff, just to make sure, but I'm certainly feeling healthy, you know?!"

The guitarist – who got married this past summer – explains how his treatment has unfolded since the cancer returned after he revealed things were in remission in November 2013.

"For anyone who knew anything about cancer, they'd probably say, 'Well, that's not unusual,'" says Campbell. “But I didn't. I got my diagnosis in the spring of 2013 when we were doing the Las Vegas residency with Def Leppard. And as soon as we were done with that, I started six months of chemo.”

“And I just kind of naturally assumed you do the chemo, you do a scan at the end of the chemo and it shows that you're good, and that's it. But apparently not. It was, like, ninety-something percent gone, and it was what they couldn't see on the scan that came creeping back. And it came back so fast.”


“That's why the doctors advised me to do the stem-cell transplant — to try and kill it at the microbiological level,” he continues. “So it's pretty much rocket-science stuff; I mean, it's amazing technology. I personally feel pretty good about this right now. I feel that it's gone. But, like I said, you never really know, and you've gotta keep your eye on it. If it's gonna come back, it's gonna come back in the next couple of years. But hopefully not, you know?!"

Def Leppard are currently in the studio working on a new album; the band return to the road for a spring Canadian tour and an early summer run through Europe.



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Def Leppard announce Canadian tour
Def Leppard announce European tour dates
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Motley Crue tops the hennemusic Hot 10



Motley Crue top this week’s hennemusic Hot 10.

Bassist Nikki Sixx gave Justin Bieber the double bird salute in response to a question from the media as the band make the rounds to promote their farewell tour.

Read all about it in this week’s top story!

The HH10 is a list of the most-viewed rock news stories in the past week by hennemusic readers.

For a full list of hennemusic Hot 10 charts, check out the archives here.


hennemusic Hot 10
week ending January 25, 2015

01 – VIDEO: Motley Crue give Justin Bieber the double bird salute
02 – Glenn Hughes comments on California Breed split
03 – Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson comments on breakup
04 – Fleetwood Mac concert cut short due to illness
05 – KISS release video for new single with Momoiro Clover Z
06 – Motley Crue to perform on The Tonight Show
07 – Motley Crue release single and announce final farewell tour dates
08 – PHOTOS: Stone Temple Pilots in the studio
09 – VIDEO: Extreme launch Pornograffitti 25th anniversary US tour
10 – Linkin Park cancel North American tour due to injury



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Jan 18: The Black Crowes
Jan 11: Led Zeppelin
Jan 04: Van Halen
Dec 28: The Rolling Stones
Dec 21: Queen and Adam Lambert
Dec 14: David Lee Roth

Friday, January 23, 2015

VIDEO: Motley Crue perform on The Tonight Show



Motley Crue performed their 1987 classic, “Girls, Girls, Girls”, on NBC-TV’s The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday.

This week, the band released a video for a new single, “All Bad Things”, and announced the final North American dates of their farewell tour – which will wrap up December 31 in Los Angeles.

The group added a second L.A. date – on December 30 – after the New Year’s Eve show virtually sold-out the first day tickets went on sale.

Motley Crue resume the farewell trek with shows in Japan next month before hitting Australia and New Zealand in the spring; in June, they’ll play three European festivals including Download (UK), Sweden Rock and Austria’s Novarock before returning to North America for a summer run.

Motley Crue were named the No. 4 Rock News Artist Of The Year and delivered the No. 6 Rock News Story Of The Year as part of the 5th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards.




See also:

VIDEO: Motley Crue give Justin Bieber double bird salute
Motley Crue release single and announce final farewell tour dates
Motley Crue to perform on The Tonight Show
Motley Crue biopic The Dirt secures new production deal
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson comments on breakup



Singer Chris Robinson has offered his first comments on the breakup of The Black Crowes.

"It came from songwriting,” he tells the Broward/Palm Beach New Times. “The Black Crowes don't write songs anymore. They don't think of the present or the future. I like making albums and playing concerts. I was sitting on two EPs' worth of written songs."

Growing impatient, the singer revived the Chris Robinson Brotherhood – originally launched during the Crowe’s 2010 hiatus – and released its third album, “Phosphorescent Harvest”, last year.

"The Black Crowes were a rebellion,” explains the singer. “This is a pragmatic reaction to how I feel. The only revolutionary thing we're doing is staying out of the music business. There's Olive Gardens and Red Lobsters in music. We just don't eat there. We're grassroots."

Chris’ comments follow a statement issued by brother/guitarist Rich on January 15 announcing the end of the Crowes.

"It is with great disappointment and regret that after having the privilege of writing and performing the music of The Black Crowes over the last 24 years, I find myself in the position of saying that the band has broken up,” said Rich. "I hold my time with the Black Crowes with the utmost respect and sincerest appreciation. It is a huge swath of my life's body of work."

"I couldn't be more proud of what we accomplished and deeply moved by the relationships people created and maintained with my music. That alone is the greatest honor of being a musician.”


The guitarist also revealed details regarding controversy within the group that fueled his decision not to return.




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The Black Crowes top the hennemusic Hot 10
The Black Crowes break up amid controversy
Black Crowes drummer updates band’s hiatus
Black Crowes guitarist streams new solo album in advance of release
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Rush announce R40 Live 40th anniversary tour



Rush have announced North American dates for the R40 40th anniversary tour.

The band will hit 34 cities across the continent this summer, with shows beginning May 8 in Tulsa, OK.

After 40 years together and 20 gold and platinum studio albums, Rush return to the road for their 21st tour, one which will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude.

The tour is named after their recently-released 40th anniversary box set, “R40.”

The package includes live footage spanning all four decades of their career and presents over two hours of unreleased material, including a rare performance of entire seven-part version of their 1976 classic, “2112”.

Tickets for the R40 Live Tour will go on sale starting January 30 in select markets; for more details visit rush.com

This year, Rush will reissue 14 albums with upgraded high-definition audio.

The band are re-releasing materal from their years with Mercury Records in chronological order each month throughout 2015, starting January 27 with 1975’s “Fly By Night” and wrapping up in December with 1989’s “A Show Of Hands.”

Rush
R40 Live 40th anniversary tour


May 08 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
May 10 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 12 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
May 14 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
May 16 - Austin, TX - 360 Ampitheater
May 18 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
May 20 - Houston, TX - The Toyota Center
May 22 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
May 24 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
May 26 - Atlanta, GA - Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
May 28 - Greensboro, NC - The Greensboro Coliseum
May 30 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Jun 08 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
Jun 10 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center
Jun 12 - Chicago, IL - United Center
Jun 14 - Detroit, MI - Palace Of Auburn Hills
Jun 17 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
Jun 19 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
Jun 21 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Jun 23 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
Jun 25 - Philadelphia, PA - The Wells Fargo Center
Jun 27 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Jun 29 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Jul 09 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
Jul 11 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Jul 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
Jul 15 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
Jul 17 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
Jul 19 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
Jul 21 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
Jul 23 - San Jose, CA - Sap Center At San Jose
Jul 25 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
Jul 27 - Phoenix, AZ - Us Airways Center
Jul 30 - Irvine Meadows, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug 01 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum



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Rush to be honored with humanitarian award
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Rush announce extensive hi-def audio reissue series
VIDEO: Rush drummer Neil Peart interviewed by CBC Canada
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