Sunday, January 31, 2016

Original Jefferson Airplane vocalist Signe Anderson dead at 74



Original Jefferson Airplane vocalist Signe Anderson died Thursday at the age of 74 – the same day bandmate and guitarist Paul Kanter passed away.

“One sweet Lady has passed on,” wrote Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin on Facebook. “I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said ‘Hey what are you doing here? Let’s start a band.'”

“She was a real sweetheart with a terrific contralto voice coming from a solid folk background,” posted Airplane bassist Jack Casady on Facebook. “Listen to how she made the three part harmonies of ‘JA Takes Off’ (first album) sound so thick … her wonderful tone between Paul’s and Marty’s.”

“Signe was one of the strongest people I have ever met,” wrote Airplane lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen on his blog. “She was our den mother in the early days of the Airplane … a voice of reason on more occasions than one … an important member of our dysfunctional little family.”

Psychedelic Sight reports Anderson had suffered from longtime health problems although no cause of death has been revealed.

The Seattle-born Anderson was raised in Portland, OR where she performed as a folk and jazz singer before joining Jefferson Airplane when they formed in San Francisco, CA in the summer of 1965.

She appeared on the group’s debut album, 1966’s “Jefferson Airplane Takes Off”, a record that included her best-known song, “Chauffeur Blues.”

Anderson, a new mother, found the road intolerable and decided to leave the band in the fall of 1966. Her final performances were at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA on October 15 of that year, while Grace Slick took over as female singer the following night.

Anderson’s farewell gig was released to CD in 2010.

After leaving the Airplane, she returned to Oregon where she sang for nine years with a ten-piece band, Carl Smith and the Natural Gas Company.




See also:

Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner dead at 74


Reunited Guns N’ Roses to film new video this week




UPDATE (0202-16): Guns N' Roses representatives have confirmed the group is NOT involved in this video production.


The reunited Guns N’ Roses will reportedly film a new video in London this week.

A UK network called Casting Call Pro has posted an online ad for two "kidnapping bad ass chicks" (ages 18 to 26) to appear in a Guns 'n' Roses video shoot on February 6.

“This is a narrative film for hip hop group,” reads the details of the production. “The video follows the artist who has been kidnapped by a gang of female kick ass bad chicks. The film is ‘Oceans 11/12/13’ meets ‘Reservoir Dogs’ with slick cuts, split screen, etc.

“2 female kidnappers take the artist hostage and set up a ransom video where the artist performs into. The 2 female kidnappers will wear balaclavas and knee length bomber jackets, which will be provided. The hostages are are kick ass gun wielding bad girls.”

As expected, Guns N’ Roses have not publicly confirmed any plans for a possible video shoot ahead of the group’s 2016 reunion tour launch in Las Vegas in April.

Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and unconfirmed others will regroup for the Vegas dates followed by two shows at Coachella.

Guns N’ Roses members Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed have fueled speculation about their participation with a recent exit from their roles in the Dead Daisies to be part of "a momentous project in 2016."

Keyboardist Reed has been in the GNR lineup since 1990, while guitarist Fortus has been on board since 2002.




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VIDEO: Extended Van Halen Super Bowl commercial released



Acura have released an extended version of their upcoming Super Bowl commercial featuring the 1978 Van Halen classic “Runnin’ With The Devil.”

The ad for the 2017 Acura NSX high-end sports car marks the first time that the California band has licensed the song for commercial use.

Acura bills the new vehicle as the “only so-called supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S.”

“Ultimately we knew that we wanted this to be a rock song,” says Leila Cesario, the national advertising manager for American Honda’s Acura division. “The Super Bowl is a big American platform. It needed a big American band that screams excitement.”

The commercial’s soundtrack features the isolated vocal tracks of singer David Lee Roth along with instrumental segments of “Runnin’ With The Devil”, the second single issued from Van Halen’s groundbreaking 1978 self-titled debut album.

Last year, the band launched a series of newly remastered records with “Van Halen” and their 6th album, “1984” – both certified as Diamond status in the States for sales of more than 10 million copies.

Issued in sync with a 2015 North American tour in support of “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert”, the series also featured 1979’s “Van Halen II”, 1980’s “Women And Children First”, 1981’s “Fair Warning” and 1982’s “Diver Down.”






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Journey tops the hennemusic Hot 10



Journey tops this week’s hennemusic Hot 10.

Journey and Santana are teaming up to perform a series of shows this spring to help launch “Santana IV”, a reunion record featuring members of both bands.

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 31, 2016

01 – Journey and Santana announce spring concert dates
02 – VIDEO: Van Halen classic featured in Super Bowl car commercial
03 – Guns N’ Roses mock Steven Tyler’s reunion help claims
04 – VIDEO: Sammy Hagar previews Grateful Dead episode of his AXS TV series
05 – Rainbow, Dio bassist Jimmy Dead dead at 68
06 – Guns N’ Roses members fuel reunion speculation with Dead Daisies exit
07 – Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner dead at 74
08 – Def Leppard postpone US tour launch due to illness
09 – Black Sabbath reunion feud continues
10 – The Cars to reissue classic albums in 6-disc box set



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Jan 24: Black Sabbath
Jan 17: Motorhead
Jan 10: Guns N’ Roses
Jan 03: Motorhead
Dec 27: Queen

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ozzy Osbourne illness postpones Black Sabbath farewell shows



Black Sabbath have postponed a pair of Canadian dates on their recently-launched farewell tour as frontman Ozzy Osbourne has taken ill.

“Due to extreme sinusitis with Ozzy Osbourne, the shows in both Edmonton and Calgary have been postponed,” announced the band and promoter Live Nation via social media. “Details regarding rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as they are available.”

The news came just hours before the group's January 30 show at Rexall Place in Edmonton, while Calgary’s February 1 concert has also been delayed.

The next scheduled date on Black Sabbath’s 6-week North American tour is scheduled for February 3 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC.

The group launched its farewell tour – a.k.a. “The End” – in Omaha, Nebraska on January 20.

Osbourne’s voice was shaky on opening night, according to Kevin Coffey of Omaha.com.

"Singer Ozzy Osbourne's voice wasn't great,” he writes. “It wasn't awful, really. It simply wasn't very good. On Wednesday, he was sometimes flat. He was sometimes pitchy, occasionally off-key. He almost never hit the notes he was looking for. It was the first show of the tour, so maybe his voice will warm up.”

The farewell tour sees three original Sabbath members – Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler – once again joined by Ozzy’s solo drummer Tommy Clufetos as Bill Ward continues to sit out a reunion with his bandmates over various issues.


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Friday, January 29, 2016

David Bowie dominates UK charts for third week



David Bowie’s “Blackstar” has topped the charts for a third straight week as the late singer continues to dominate UK music sales in 2016.

The Official Charts Company reports the project is one of five Bowie albums in the Top 10, including 2002’s “Best Of Bowie” at No. 3, 2014’s “Nothing Has Changed” at No. 5, 1971's “Hunky Dory” climbs three places to No. 9, and 1972’s “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” jumps nine spots to No. 10.

The feat means Bowie is the first act to score five albums in the Top 10 since Michael Jackson managed six in 2009 after his passing.

With seven more records in the Top 40 bringing his total to 12, the rocker ties Elvis Presley's UK chart record for simultaneous Top 40 entries, which the King achieved following his death in 1977.

Bowie also has another 6 albums on the charts – with 18 in the UK Top 100.

The singer died on January 10, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of “Blackstar.”

The set was produced by Tony Visconti and recorded at the Magic Shop in New York last year.




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AUDIO: Buckcherry premiere expanded Rock N Roll reissue



Buckcherry are premiering a pair of songs from a newly-released and expanded Deluxe Edition of their 2015 album “Rock N’ Roll.”

The newly packaged record includes the original album, the b-side “Cannonball”, and two previously unreleased tracks: “Getting Started”, and a new version of “The Feeling Never Dies” featuring a duet with country rocker Gretchen Wilson.

“There aren’t too many duets anymore and we love country music,” says vocalist Josh Todd. “Gretchen was the perfect fit and we are fired up to get this track out there!”

The band’s 7th album peaked at No. 93 on the US Billboard 200 last fall.

Buckcherry hit the road for US dates starting February 19 and will tour Australia, New Zealand and Japan in March before returning Stateside for more shows.






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Ace Frehley announces US tour



Ace Frehley has announced dates for a spring US tour.

Shows begin in Houston, TX on February 26 and run into mid-April.

The former KISS guitarist has been working on all-star covers album as the follow-up to 2014’s “Space Invader.”

“The album’s going to be about my influences,” says Frehley. “I’m probably going to do a Rolling Stones song, a Who song, possibly a Led Zeppelin song, maybe a Beatles song. Stuff from bands that I grew up on and greatly influenced me. Those are the songs I’d redo, besides vintage Kiss stuff and a Frehley’s Comet track.”

Slash joined the guitarist in the studio last summer to help record a Thin Lizzy classic, while other anticipated guests include Lita Ford, John 5, and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam.

Frehley’s first new album in five years, “Space Invader” scored a US Top 10 debut when it entered the Billboard 200 at No. 9 with opening-week sales of 19,000.

Ace Frehley
2016 US tour


Feb 26 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Feb 27 - San Antonio, TX - Fitzgerald's Bar and Live Music
Feb 28 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
Mar 05 - Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre
Mar 06 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
Apr 01 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Apr 03 - Sunrise, FL - Rockfest 80's at Markham Park
Apr 05 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Apr 07 - Danville, VA - Carrington Pavilion
Apr 11 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Apr 12 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill




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Ace Frehley announces European tour
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VIDEO: Van Halen classic featured in Super Bowl car commercial



Van Halen’s 1978 classic, “Runnin’ With The Devil”, is providing the soundtrack to a Super Bowl 50 commercial for car maker Acura.

The New York Times reports the ad for the 2017 Acura NSX high-end sports car contains no dialogue. Instead, an isolated vocal track of singer David Lee Roth is set against images of the car, which will become available this spring for the sum of $156,000.

Los Angeles ad agency MullenLowe U.S. created the commercial after reviewing a variety of songs from different genres.

“Ultimately we knew that we wanted this to be a rock song,” says Leila Cesario, the national advertising manager for American Honda’s Acura division. “The Super Bowl is a big American platform. It needed a big American band that screams excitement.”

The Van Halen ad marks Acura’s first Super Bowl commercial since 2012, when comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno dueled over the first NSX to come off the production line.

“Runnin’ With The Devil” was the second single issued from Van Halen’s groundbreaking 1978 self-titled debut album.

The song peaked at No. 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 while the album hit No. 19 on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell more than 10 million copies in the US alone.

The tune has remained a staple of Van Halen’s live shows through the years.





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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner dead at 74



Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner died Thursday at the age of 74.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Kantner passed away from multiple organ failure and septic shock following a heart attack earlier this week.

The guitarist had a string of health problems in recent years, including a heart attack in March of last year.

Guitarist Marty Balin co-founded Jefferson Airplane with Kanter in San Francisco in 1965. The group released their debut, “Jefferson Airplane Takes Off”, in the summer of 1966 to little fanfare.

The addition of singer Grace Slick in 1966 and their second album, 1967’s “Surrealistic Pillow”, helped pioneer the Bay Area counterculture psychedelic rock scene referred to as the "San Francisco sound” during the “Summer Of Love.”

A pair of US Top 10 singles – "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit" – delivered the group their commercial breakthrough as the album reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

The band went on to perform at 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival, headlined the first Isle Of Wight Festival in 1968, and played both Woodstock and Altamont in 1969.

The classic Jefferson Airplane lineup remained stable from 1967 to early 1970 before disbanding in 1972, with some members forming Hot Tuna while Kantner and others regrouped as Jefferson Starship in 1974. The guitarist left the lineup in 1984, forcing a name change to Starship before Jefferson Airplane reunited in 1989 for a self-titled album and tour.

In 1991, Kantner and Balin reformed Jefferson Starship and the guitarist continued to tour and record with the band.

Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.




Guns N’ Roses mock Steven Tyler’s reunion help claims



Guns N’ Roses have taken to social media to mock Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler – and others – who have come forward with claims that they played a role in the band’s 2016 reunion.

"Guns N’ Roses would like to respectfully thank the many people taking credit for our upcoming shows and everything in between,” posted the group. “Especially those whom we haven't spoken to in numerous years who, through the power of media, have somehow served a pivotal, even if non-existent, role. We and the fans thank you!"

The note takes direct aim at headline-making comments Tyler made to Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show earlier this week.

"I'm sure I'm not solely [responsible for them getting back together], but I did meet Axl in a couple of clubs a year ago and two years ago and three years ago," Tyler told Stern. "I bumped into him, and I had that talk… I said, 'You need to get f***ing back together again soon, because we all miss you.' Same thing someone said to me when Joe [Perry] and I were fighting. 'You've gotta get back together. What are you, crazy?'

“In fact, it was Jon Bon Jovi. I'm in rehab. He calls me up and goes, 'What the f*** are you in rehab? The world needs you. We're out here ripping it up, and everybody's asking for Aerosmith. You need to get out of here, because people in the world need you.'"

"So I'd say to Axl, 'You've gotta get together. There's a place and time where if you don't, you're gonna miss it.' And in another four or five years, no one's gonna even know who they were or care if they're on tour, and that's Steven Tyler's opinion.”


“And also, I'm the lead singer of another great band, so I have a right to feel that way,” he added. “I have such a huge ego about keeping the fire and the music together. Because if people come up to me and say, 'Dude, I got laid to your music,' or a woman comes up to me and says, 'We got married to your songs.' You had something to do with the fabric of people. Guns N’ Roses had something to do with the fabric of humans on this planet, so I get f***ing pissed."

Earlier this year, comedian Andrew Dice Clay claimed he helped Guns N’ Roses reunite via a series of one-one-one conversations with Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and longtime friend and band manager Tom Mayhew that led to a February 2015 Happy Birthday tweet by Slash to Rose that appeared to be the first attempt at communication between the pair in years.

The confirmed Guns N’ Roses lineup of the three members will launch a reunion run with a pair of shows in Las Vegas on April 8 and April 9 before headlining sets at Coachella on April 16 and 23.



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Def Leppard premiere Dangerous video



Def Leppard are premiering a video for “Dangerous”, the latest track issued from the band’s 2015 self-titled album.

The song follows “Let’s Go” as the second single from the project, which was recorded at singer Joe Elliott's studio in Dublin, Ireland last year.

Def Leppard have become the first band to debut a new video in a music game, having teamed up with Guitar Hero Live, Activision and FreeStyleGames for the clip, which mixes animation with live concert footage.

“When the idea to premiere our newest music video for ‘Dangerous’ in Guitar Hero Live came about, we were thrilled,” says singer Joe Elliott. “The way our fans discover and listen to our music has evolved so much throughout the years. Whether they’re playing on vinyl, streaming the songs online or playing along to our music video in Guitar Hero Live, it’s amazing to see how interactive music has become.

“There are so many interesting ways our fans experience our music, and having the video for ‘Dangerous’ debut in Guitar Hero Live felt like such a great way to reach all of our fans.”

Def Leppard postponed the January 27 launch of their US tour due to illness.

The next date on the band’s month-long run with Styx and Tesla is scheduled for January 29 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.


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Black Sabbath: Geezer Butler apologizes to Bill Ward



Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has issued an apology to estranged drummer Bill Ward over comments regarding his absence from the group’s farewell tour.

Butler tweeted: “It appears Bill Ward was never invited to do a last show - my mistake. Sorry @billwarddrums”

In a recent interview, the bassist claimed Ward had been invited to perform at the band’s final US show in Phoenix, AZ on September 16 – which prompted a quick rebuttal from the drummer.

“I must respond once again to inaccurate statements made by Geezer,” wrote Ward on Facebook. “I never received an offer to play the final show of The End tour with Black Sabbath. When the tour was confirmed, my management reached out to the Black Sabbath management to inquire as to whether or not they would like to discuss my participation in the tour. We were told there was no interest. That is last conversation we had with them regarding the tour.

“I will say that I wouldn’t want to play only one gig when I am completely capable of touring. I would not validate their untrue statements about my health by playing only one gig. Also, I wouldn’t want to show up for only some of our fans and not for all our fans when I could have played multiple shows.”

The recent exchanges resume a years-old feud between the members over Ward’s status for the group’s 2013 album, “13”, and companion tour.

Ward – who participated in the initial rehearsals for the “13” album and tour – has always maintained that he sat out a reunion over contractual issues while the band says the drummer was not physically fit to tour.

Black Sabbath launched its farewell tour in Omaha, Nebraska on January 20.




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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Def Leppard postpone US tour launch due to illness



Def Leppard have postponed Wednesday’s launch of their US tour due to illness within the group.

“The Def Leppard concert scheduled to take place at the Greensboro Coliseum on Wednesday January 27 has been postponed due to illness,” announced the band. “A new date will be announced soon.

“Please continue to hold on to your tickets as tickets purchased for the January concert will be honored on the new date – no exchange necessary.”

While the group did not provide further details regarding the health issue, frontman Joe Elliott was recently forced to sit out part of the band's inaugural "Hysteria On The High Seas" cruise after coming down with "severe laryngitis."

Unable to perform a January 23 show on the trip, several rockers filled in for Elliott – including Last In Line's Andrew Freeman, Mr. Big's Eric Martin and Winger’s Kip Winger – with some additional help from Def Leppard guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell.

The next date on the band's month-long US tour with Styx and Tesla is scheduled for January 29 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Def Leppard are touring in support of their recently-released self-titled album.



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VIDEO: Sammy Hagar previews Grateful Dead episode of his AXS TV series



Sammy Hagar will be joined by Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead in the next episode of his new AXS TV series Rock & Roll Road Trip.

Hagar is sharing a preview of his trip to San Francisco to hook up, talk music and jam with the pair of rock icons – including a run through the Grateful Dead classic "Loose Lucy."

His 6-episode series sees the Red Rocker drive across the country to jam with some of music's biggest names, including Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Alice Cooper and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell.

The opening program saw Hagar connect with Chickenfoot bandmate Michael Anthony to share memeories of the Sunset Strip and to jam a Montrose classic with Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.

Last month, Hagar and The Circle released their first live DVD, “At Your Service.”

The project sees the Red Rocker alongside Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson to perform tunes by Van Halen, Montrose, Led Zeppelin and solo tracks.


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AUDIO: Rob Zombie premieres new single



Rob Zombie has issued the lead single from his forthcoming album, “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser.”

Due April 29, the project is being previewed with the track “Well, Everyone Is F***ing In A UFO.”

“The new single leaked a day early!,” Zombie tweeted. “So enjoy!”

“Sure to be an instant Zombie classic!,” says the rocker of the song.

Zombie will launch the follow-up to 2013’s “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” during a co-headlining spring US tour with Disturbed.

Along with guests Pop Evil, the trio will play a month-long run in May, with shows starting May 3 in Biloxi, MS.


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Guns N’ Roses members fuel reunion rumors with Dead Daisies exit



Guns N’ Roses members Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed have announced their exit from The Dead Daisies to be part of "a momentous project in 2016."

The move fuels further speculation about the longtime players’ participation in GNR’s reunion tour, which to date has only confirmed the involvement of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

Keyboardist Reed has been in the GNR lineup since 1990, while guitarist Fortus has been on board since 2002.

Guns N’ Roses will launch the reunion run with a pair of shows at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on April 8 and April 9 – just two days after the venue’s opening on April 6.

The band will then headline Coachella on April 16 and 23 as part of the two-weekend event.

Former Whitesnake and Dio guitarist Doug Aldrich has taken Fortus’ spot in The Dead Daisies as they begin work on a new album in Nashville with producer Marti Fredericksen.

Aldrich joins singer John Corabi, guitarist David Lowy, bassist Marco Mendoza and drummer Brian Tichy in the group.

"I'm very, very happy to join my friends Marco, Brian, John and David in the next chapter of the Dead Daisies,” says Aldrich. “I love the band and I'm looking forward to getting busy on the new record.

"This band is bringing back a raw, back to the bones sound that a lot of groups go for but the Dead Daisies are looking to nail. At this point in time, we are looking to have a kick-ass rock'n'roll album in the can by spring 2016."


"When we started speaking about finding someone to replace me, the first suggestion I had was Doug Aldrich,” adds Fortus. “It doesn't get any better than Doug in my book. I am so happy that he is able and willing to step in and take over.

"I think that it will elevate the band to the next level. Thanks to everyone that has supported the Daisies over the last couple of years. Stay tuned to see what they come up with next. I'm sure you won't be disappointed."



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Def Leppard preview video for new single Dangerous



Def Leppard have issued a video preview of “Dangerous”, the second single from the band’s 2015 self-titled album.

The group have teamed with Guitar Hero Live, Activision and FreeStyleGames for the clip’s debut.

“When the idea to premiere our newest music video for ‘Dangerous’ in Guitar Hero Live came about, we were thrilled,” says singer Joe Elliott. “The way our fans discover and listen to our music has evolved so much throughout the years. Whether they’re playing on vinyl, streaming the songs online or playing along to our music video in Guitar Hero Live, it’s amazing to see how interactive music has become.

“There are so many interesting ways our fans experience our music, and having the video for ‘Dangerous’ debut in Guitar Hero Live felt like such a great way to reach all of our fans.”

Guitar Hero Live is available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U console as well as Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

“Dangerous” follows “Let’s Go” as the second track from the 2015 album, which was recorded at Elliott's studio in Dublin, Ireland last year.

Def Leppard were named the No. 10 Rock News Artist Of The Year as part of the recent 2015 hennemusic Rock News Awards.



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AC/DC launch lawsuit to shut down concert bootleggers



AC/DC have reportedly filed a federal lawsuit to block all non-authorized sales of its merchandise during their upcoming US tour.

TMZ reports the band – who earned $180 million on the Rock Or Bust world tour last year – have taken the preemptive move against counterfeiters for US shows starting next week.

“Y’know, most of the those guys you see hawking t-shirts and hats outside the arena - the band's filed a federal lawsuit to get cops to shut them down,” says TMZ. “The tour starts February 2 in Tacoma, and they're asking the court to launch a full scale attack - sending US Marshals and cops to the Tacoma Dome to arrest all offenders and seize all bogus goods. They're asking for the same show of force in other cities too.”

The tour marks the return of guitarist Stevie Young and drummer Chris Slade to the lineup following the retirement of founder Malcolm Young and a series of legal issues faced by longtime member Phil Rudd.

AC/DC’s first album in 6 years was recorded in 2014 at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studio with producer Brendan O’Brien (Aerosmith, Pearl Jam) and engineer Mike Fraser.

The project debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 album chart with opening week sales of 174,000 copies.




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Foreigner teams with Stereocast to benefit Grammy Foundation



Foreigner will raise funds for the Grammy Foundation by offering fans live recordings of their upcoming acoustic tour via the launch of the free new app Stereocast.

Billed as “a first-of-its-kind, live-music purchase platform”, Stereocast gives fans access to purchase as little as one song or the entire show for download immediately upon exiting the concert venue.

Stereocast will officially launch with the opening night of Foreigner’s all-acoustic tour at The Theatre at Westbury in New York on February 11.

All proceeds from purchases made on the new music app will go straight to the Grammy Foundation, which helps to provide funding for high school music programs.

"We are pleased to be partnering with StereoCast on this new initiative,” says guitarist Mick Jones. “As we move into the digital age, we are always looking for new ways to make our music available in the most innovative manner. To walk away from our concerts with an immediate download of the once-in-a-lifetime moments meets that criteria.

“Furthermore, the ability to provide funds from StereoCast downloads to our high school choir partners music programs and to The Grammy Foundation’s music in schools initiatives furthers a cause close to our hearts.”


For additional information on the free app, visit StereoCast.com

Foreigner have announced the first dates of a tour in support of the February 5 release of “In Concert.Unplugged”, the band’s first-ever live acoustic album.

The project captures the group in concert at the Ford Motor Company Conference & Event Center in Detroit, MI last August at a benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF has invested nearly $2B in research over the past 45 years and is sponsoring scientific research in 17 countries worldwide.

Foreigner
2016 In Concert.Unplugged tour


Feb 11 – Westbury, NY - Theatre at Westbury
Feb 13 – Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
Feb 14 – Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
Feb 15 – Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
Feb 17 – New York, NY - Lincoln Center – Appel Room
Feb 19 – Clearwater, FL - Capital Theatre
Feb 20 – Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre


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Bruce Springsteen expands The River tour



Bruce Springsteen has expanded The River Tour in support of a recently-issued 7-disc box set marking the 35th anniversary of the 1980 double-album.

The New Jersey rocker has added 14 US dates to the end of the current North American run that began January 16 in Pittsburgh, PA and confirmed a May 19 appearance in Portugal to headline the first night of Rock In Rio festival in Lisboa.

The new US shows will begin with a third and final date at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on March 19 and finish April 25 at New York’s Barclays Center.

The run also includes a rescheduled Madison Square Garden concert, postponed Sunday due to a blizzard in New York; Springsteen returns to the venue for the make-up performance on March 28.

Last month, Springsteen issued “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection”, which presents the original record alongside “The River: Single Album” – originally named “The Ties That Bind” – a 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978’s “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” but never released.

The 4CD/3DVD package also includes 22 outtakes from the studio sessions alongside an hour-long documentary/interview and a legendary 1980 concert filmed at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

“The River” earned Springsteen his first No. 1 US album on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 5 million copies in the States alone.

Springsteen and the E Street Band are performing the double-album in its entirety during the 2016 shows.

Bruce Springsteen
2016 The River Tour


Newly-announced dates:

Mar 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (On Sale Jan 29, 10am)
Mar TBD - Portland, OR - Mode Center (On Sale TBD)
Mar TBD - Seattle, WA - KeyArena at Seattle Center (On Sale TBD)
Mar 28 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena (Jan 24 Rescheduled)
Mar 31 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center (On Sale Feb 5, 10am)
Apr 03 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena (On Sale Jan 30, 10am)
Apr 05 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center (On Sale Jan 30, 10am)
Apr 07 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center (On Sale Feb 5, 10am)
Apr 10 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum (On Sale Feb 5, 10am)
Apr TBD - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center (On Sale TBD)
Apr 14 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills (On Sale Feb 5, 10am)
Apr 18 - University Park, PA - Bryce Jordan Arena (On Sale Feb 6, 10am)
Apr 20 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena (On Sale Feb 5, 10am)
Apr 23 - New York, NY - Barclays Center (On Sale Jan 29, 11am)
Apr 25 - New York, NY - Barclays Center (On Sale Jan 29, 11am)
May 19 - Lisbon, Portugal - Rock in Rio Lisboa




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Bon Scott statue approved for AC/DC singer’s Scottish hometown


A statue of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott to be unveiled this spring has been approved by city councillors in the singer’s Scottish hometown of Kirriemuir.

Herald Scotland reports the council received over 80 letters of support for the Scott tribute, which is expected to help attract tourists to the town of about 6,000.

"The proposal would provide a new tourist attraction in the town, in a manner that is compatible with relevant development plan policy,” said Angus council head of planning and place Vivien Smith.

Designed by John McKenna, the 2.4m-high bronze statue is due to be unveiled at the annual Bonfest event in April, which attracts AC/DC fans from around the globe for a weekend of music and tributes to the late singer, who died in 1980 at the age of 33.

Tribute plans also call for the creation of a memorial garden in honor of Scott.

AC/DC will resume their Rock Or Bust world tour with a series of US shows starting February 2 in Tacoma, WA.

The run will be followed by a month-long European tour beginning May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal.


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REPORT: Vince Neil signs on for The Celebrity Apprentice



Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has reportedly signed on to be a contestant on NBC-TV’s The Celebrity Apprentice when it returns this fall.

According to TMZ, Neil is the first celebrity confirmed for the new season, which will mark Arnold Schwarzenegger’s debut as host since the network parted ways with Donald Trump last June.

The singer joins a lengthy list of rockers who have appeared on the reality series, including Dee Snider, Gene Simmons, Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath and season 3 winner Bret Michaels.

Motley Crue wrapped up their farewell tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve, and Neil has since been busy playing solo dates across the US.

Director Christian Lamb filmed Motley Crue’s final show for release in theaters and via Pay-Per-View this spring.


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Cars to reissue classic albums in 6-disc box set



The Cars will release remastered versions of their first six albums in a box set this spring.

Due March 11, “The Elektra Years 1978-1987” presents the Boston band’s classic-era output in one collection and available on CD and digitally.

The extensive package includes “The Cars” (1978), “Candy-O” (1979), “Panorama” (1980), “Shake It Up” (1981), “Heartbeat City” (1984) and “Door To Door” (1987).

Among the 60 tracks are the band’s biggest hits, including “Just What I Needed”, “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Good Times Roll,” “Shake It Up”, ”Let’s Go” and “Drive.”

Ric Ocasek oversaw digital remastering for the set while drummer David Robinson served as art director, with each of the six studio albums presented in a replica sleeve with original artwork.

On June 7, a limited edition vinyl version of the boxed set will be available with each 180-gram LP pressed on a different color vinyl.

“The Elektra Years 1978-1987” will be followed on May 6 with a new single-disc hits compilation, “Moving in Stereo: The Best Of The Cars”

The 18-track compilation includes hit singles and three rare recordings: a single mix for “I’m Not the One,” a live version of “Everything You Say” and a new mix from producer Philippe Zdar of the “Move Like This” track “Sad Song.”

Formed in Boston in 1976, The Cars broke onto the scene in 1978 with their self-titled debut, and went on to sell more than 23 million albums in the US alone by the time they disbanded in 1988.

Bassist/vocalist Benjamin Orr died from pancreatic cancer in 2000; the surviving original members reunited in 2010 to record a new album, “Move Like This”, which was released in May 2011 and supported by a short tour.


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Wolfmother premiere video for Victorious title track



Wolfmother are premiering a video for the title track to their forthcoming album “Victorious.”

Due February 19, the follow-up to 2014’s “New Crown” was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O’Brien.

Vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale says “Victorious” presents a mix of styles, all suited for big rock shows.

“We wanted to get back to that big sound,” he explains. “The album is a balance of garage-y energy and big production. It’s wild, energetic and perfect for a festival main stage.”

The band will launch a North American tour in support of “Victorious” on February 24 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN; the 6-week run will be followed a series of European shows in April and May.

Joining Stockdale in Wolfmother’s touring lineup are bassist Ian Peres and drummer Vin Steele.




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Monday, January 25, 2016

VIDEO: Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony share Sunset Strip memories



Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony can be seen sharing memories of the Sunset Strip in behind the scenes footage from Hagar’s new AXS-TV series Rock & Roll Road Trip.

The pair teamed up at the Whisky A Go Go – where Van Halen were once the house band in the 70s – to talk about the club’s legendary history.

“I was in high school when Black Sabbath played their first US tour and they played here,” explains Anthony. “Except that night I couldn’t get in. We drove up and down and stood outside and listened.”

Rhinoceros – they were from L.A.,” says Hagar. “Kind of a band that never made it but when I was coming up they were my favorite band. And I came to see them and they were opening for Steppenwolf. It just happened that I got to see Steppenwolf, too.”

Hagar’s 6 episode AXS-TV series sees the Red Rocker drive across the country to jam with some of music's biggest names, including Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Alice Cooper and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell.

As part of the recent 2015 hennemusic Rock News Awards, Hagar was named the No. 3 Rock News Artist Of The Year while also being a part of the No. 4 and No. 10 Rock News Stories Of The Year.


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Black Sabbath reunion feud continues



The feud between Black Sabbath members over failed attempts to fully reunite ahead of their farewell tour continues.

Things flared up last week when bassist Geezer Butler said that drummer Bill Ward was not healthy enough to tour behind the group’s 2013 album “13”, which prompted an immediate denial from Ward.

Now, Butler claims Ward has been invited to perform at the band’s final US show in Phoenix, AZ on September 16.

“It’s been mentioned to him,” the bassist tells Radio.com. “But he doesn’t want to do it. He wants to do the whole tour or nothing. We’d love him to come on at the very last gig and be part of the whole thing, but he didn’t want to do that. And I understand: I wouldn’t want to be asked to come out just for the last gig. It’s a shame, but that’s the way it is.”

"If he’s there, he’s welcome," says Ozzy Osbourne. “But I don’t really want to talk too much about Bill Ward! Because every time I do, he starts getting pissed off at me! Things are quiet between us right now, you know?”

“It’s a shame that Bill won’t be a part of it, but whatever happened, happened,” adds Butler. “It’s great that at least the three of us can end it on a high note and be friends together. I still get on with Bill, I saw him last year at some award show. We got on great, we had a laugh together. It’s not personal, as Bill would say, it’s business.”

Ward denies the invitation and has stepped up to issue his side of the story.

“I must respond once again to inaccurate statements made by Geezer,” writes Ward on Facebook. “I never received an offer to play the final show of The End tour with Black Sabbath. When the tour was confirmed, my management reached out to the Black Sabbath management to inquire as to whether or not they would like to discuss my participation in the tour. We were told there was no interest. That is last conversation we had with them regarding the tour.

“I will say that I wouldn’t want to play only one gig when I am completely capable of touring. I would not validate their untrue statements about my health by playing only one gig. Also, I wouldn’t want to show up for only some of our fans and not for all our fans when I could have played multiple shows.”


Black Sabbath launched its farewell tour in Omaha, Nebraska on January 20.

The first North American leg of the trek wraps up with two shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden at the end of February.


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