Thursday, March 31, 2016

Led Zeppelin: John Bonham tops Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Drummers list



John Bonham of Led Zeppelin has topped Rolling Stone magazine’s newly-published list of the “100 Greatest Drummers Of All Time.”

The late sticksman landed at No. 1 ahead of major players like Keith Moon of The Who, Cream’s Ginger Baker and Neil Peart of Rush, among others.

Rolling Stone explains that their sure-to-be-hotly-debated list of timekeepers was based on “one important caveat: we used rock and pop as our rubric, so a drummer's work needed to directly impact that world (as we define it, of course) to make the list.”

“We valued nuance and musicality over chops and flash,” they added, “celebrating players who knew the value of aiding a great song more than hogging up a show with a silly solo.”

In describing Bonham’s work, the magazine acknowledged the immediate impact he had on rock.

“On the very first cut of the very first Led Zeppelin LP, John Bonham changed rock drumming forever,” says Rolling Stone. “Years later, Jimmy Page was still amused by the disorienting impact that ‘Good Times Bad Times,’ with its jaw-dropping bass-drum hiccups, had on listeners: ‘Everyone was laying bets that Bonzo was using two bass drums, but he only had one.’ Heavy, lively, virtuosic and deliberate, that performance laid out the terrain Bonham's artful clobbering would conquer before his untimely death in 1980.

"At his most brutally paleolithic he never bludgeoned dully, at his most rhythmically dumbfounding he never stooped to unnecessary wankery, and every night on tour he dodged both pitfalls with his glorious stampede through ‘Moby Dick.’"

Bonham died at the age of 32 on September 25, 1980 of a pulmonary edema brought on by inhaling his own vomit after drinking forty shots of vodka in a twenty-four hour period as Led Zeppelin rehearsed for a tour in support of
1979’s “In Through The Out Door.”

Rolling Stone
“100 Greatest Drummers Of All Time” (March 2016)
Top 10


01. John Bonham, Led Zeppelin
02. Keith Moon, The Who
03. Ginger Baker, Cream
04. Neil Peart, Rush
05. Hal Blaine
06. Clyde Stubblefield and John “Jabo” Starks
07. Gene Krupa
08. Mitch Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix Experience
09. Al Jackson Jr., Booker T. & the MG’s
10. Stewart Copeland, The Police




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AUDIO: Royal Blood premiere new single from HBO series Vinyl



UK rockers Royal Blood are premiering a new single, “Where Are You Now?”, ahead of its debut this weekend on HBO’s 1970s music industry drama series Vinyl.

The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher were reportedly inspired to write the song after seeing the first trailer for the Mick Jagger/Martin Scorsese produced program.

"Hearing Richie Finestra talk about the first time you heard a song that made your hairs on the back of your neck stand up or made you wanna dance or kick someone's arse," Kerr tells Noisey. "I just wanted to write a song that gave me that sort of buzz."

Royal Blood have been off the road since wrapping up a world tour in support of their 2014 self-titled debut album last fall.

Upon its release, the project entered the UK charts at No. 1 on its way to becoming the fastest-selling British rock debut album in the UK in three years.

The band picked up the Best British Group Award at the BRIT Awards in London in February of 2015; the honor was presented to them by fan and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.


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Guns N’ Roses reunion tour to expand beyond North America?



The Guns N’ Roses reunion tour may be expanding beyond its original soon-to-be-announced North American dates.

Guitarist Billy Duffy of The Cult shared some breaking news about the GNR trek with Vanyaland ahead of their show in Boston, MA next week.

“I believe we will be playing with them at a couple of shows that are not in the United States — I think I can say that — I believe,” Duffy said. “I just found out.”

It’s unclear at this point if Duffy is referring to a pair of concerts in Mexico City in April or if he’s aware of an overseas schedule that has yet to surface.

Guns N’ Roses will launch the 2016 tour at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV on April 8 & 9.

The band have confirmed plans for a summer tour of North America by way of a video announcement featuring a list of the 21 cities they’ll hit along the way.

Further information regarding dates, venues and tickets is expected to be announced soon.



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Metallica announce Record Store Day performance



2016 Record Store Day Ambassadors Metallica will perform live at Berkeley, CA's legendary record store Rasputin Music on Saturday, April 16 in celebration of the ninth annual event.

"Getting loud, noisy and sweaty at Rasputin's on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley transports Metallica right back to the core of its Bay Area beginnings," says drummer Lars Ulrich. "We can't wait to celebrate Record Store Day while shaking up the East Bay old-school style."

Rasputin Music customers and Met Club members are invited to be in the audience by entering to win tickets to this very intimate performance.

Two Ways To Win:

1. Visit Rasputin Music in Berkeley between now and April 10th to fill out a ballot for your chance to win ONE ticket to the special performance.

2. Met Club members can click here to win ONE ticket to the performance.

For all guidelines and additional fine print details, click here.

Record Store Day will also see Metallica issue a special release of “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! - Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France - June 11th, 2003.”

Record Store Day and independent record stores will be donating proceeds from the project’s release to victims of the attacks in Paris last November via Fondation de France's Give For France charity.



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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

David Gilmour releases In Any Tongue video



David Gilmour has released an animated video for “In Any Tongue”, a track from his latest album “Rattle That Lock.”

The clip was directed by Danny Madden, who also oversaw the video for another tune from the project, “The Girl In The Yellow Dress.”

Madden gave Gilmour permission to use edited footage from his 2015 film “Confusion Through Sand” for the new video.

“In Any Tongue” is the fifth clip issued from “Rattle That Lock” following the title track, “Today”, “Faces Of Stone” and “The Girl In The Yellow Dress.”

The Pink Floyd guitarist launched a series of spring North American dates last weekend with three shows in Los Angeles, and will next play a pair of concerts in Toronto, ON later this week before performing multiple dates in Chicago, IL and New York, NY early next month.




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Metallica: Lars Ulrich to guest on History Channel’s Join Or Die



Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will be among the guests featured on the March 31 episode of Join Or Die, comedian Craig Ferguson's new show on the History channel.

The series sees Ferguson joined by three guests to discuss historical and political questions, including History’s worst tyrant, craziest cult and best frenemies.

This week’s edition on history’s most influential band sees Ferguson joined by Ulrich, comedian, actor, writer, producer and television/radio host Tom Papa, and journalist Alan Light, who has been a rock critic for Rolling Stone and the editor-in-chief for both Vibe and Spin.

The episode will see the group determine history’s most influential band from one of six choices: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, The Ramones, Run DMC and Nirvana.

“Of all the shows that we have done,” says Ferguson, “this is the most hotly-contested we’ve ever had. Around the country, stoners will be waiting to see how this goes.”

On April 15, Metallica will release multiple remastered versions of their 1983 debut “Kill ‘Em All” and 1984’s “Ride The Lightning” to mark the launch of a massive catalog reissue campaign by the band.

On April 16, Metallica will play host as Record Store Day Ambassadors for the ninth annual event in support of independent record stores and record store culture worldwide .

The band will issue a special Record Store Day release of “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! - Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France - June 11th, 2003.”

Record Store Day and independent record stores will be donating proceeds from the project’s release to victims of the attacks in Paris last November via Fondation de France's Give For France charity.


History's Most Influential Band
THURSDAY on #JoinOrDie: Craig is joined by Tom Papa, Lars Ulrich, and Alan Light to debate History's Most Influential Band!
Posted by Join Or Die with Craig Ferguson on Monday, March 28, 2016


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Guns N’ Roses reunion drummer mystery deepens



Guns N’ Roses are a week away from launching their reunion shows in Las Vegas, and a new series of tweets has deepened the mystery of who will be behind the drum kit for the upcoming tour.

To date, the group has only officially announced the involvement of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, while it is expected that guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Frank Ferrer are also on board.

This week, Guns N’ Roses issued a series of tweets with images of gear representing each player’s role in the lineup, and a photo featuring Ahead brand drumsticks has raised further speculation about who will fill the drummer slot.

Hardcore GNR fans recognized Ahead drumsticks as ones previously used by Matt Sorum on the “Use Your Illusion” tour, but Sorum confirmed he now uses the Zildjian brand and longtime drummer Ferrer confirmed for inquiring fans that he now uses Vater drumsticks.

Following Sorum and Ferrer’s comments, speculation returns to the possible status of Steven Adler, who was fired from the band in 1990 over his heroin addiction.

Legendary Sunset Strip club the Whisky A Go- Go recently teased “a big announcement” regarding GNR following the cancellation of an upcoming gig by Adler.

The club tweeted: “The Steven Adler show on 4/1 has been canceled. Stay tuned for a big announcement ! #GunsNRoses.”

The April 1 date referenced by the venue lands exactly one week before the reunited band launch their 2016 tour at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV on April 8 & 9.

GNR have confirmed plans for a summer tour of North America by way of a video announcement featuring a list of the 21 cities they’ll hit along the way.

Further information regarding dates, venues and tickets will be announced soon.



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Motorhead to release live album from final tour



Motorhead will release a new live album, “Clean Your Clock”, on May 27.

The band were recorded over two shows at the Zenith in Munich, Germany last November on what turned out to be their final tour as founder Lemmy Kilmister passed away at his Los Angeles home on December 28.

“Clean Your Clock” will be available in multiple formats, including Blu-ray/CD and DVD/CD combos, CD, colored vinyl, digital download and two box set options: one with the DVD/CD and colored vinyl which includes a Motorhead Metal Medal, and a limited-edition package offering the Motorhead Medal in Silver or Gold.

The veteran UK metal outfit’s 2015 tour was in support of their 22nd album, “Bad Magic.”

Produced by Cameron Webb, the project landed Motorhead the highest US chart position in their career, debuting at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 11,000 copies upon its release last August.

Family, friends and fellow rockers paid tribute to Kilmister at a January 9 memorial service in Hollywood that was streamed live to more than 250,000 viewers worldwide via the band’s YouTube channel.

Among the many tributes was one by Food & Beverage Magazine, who officially renamed Jack & Coke as “The Lemmy” in honor of rock legend.

Alice Cooper’s Hollywood Vampires paid tribute to the late Motorhead frontman with a performance at the 58th annual Grammy Awards last month in Los Angeles.

Motorhead
“Clean Your Clock”

Release date: May 27

“Bomber”
“Stay Clean”
“Metropolis”
“When The Sky Comes Looking For You”
“Over The Top”
Guitar Solo
“The Chase Is Better Than The Catch”
“Lost Woman Blues”
“Rock It”
“Orgasmatron”
“Doctor Rock Pt 1″
Drum Solo
“Doctor Rock Pt 2″
“Just‘Cos You Got The Power”
“No Class”
“Ace Of Spades”
“Whorehouse Blues”
“Overkill”



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Iron Maiden announce Ed Force One model plane release



Iron Maiden have teamed up with German-based model company Revell to produce a limited-edition version of the band’s plane Ed Force One.

Piloted by singer Bruce Dickinson, Ed Force One carries the band, crew and gear around the world on their current world tour in support of 2015’s “The Book Of Souls.”

“As soon as we knew that Bruce would be piloting the plane for Iron Maiden’s world tour,” says Global Merchandising Services’ licensing manager Jens Drinkwater, “we knew that we had to do something special to celebrate the occasion, and Revell are an obvious partner for this fantastic collaboration.

“Their model kits have been a synonym for plastic modelling for over 60 years, and this detailed model of Ed Force One will appeal to both traditional builders and hobbyists as well as the dedicated Iron Maiden fanbase.”


No release date has been revealed for the project, but Revell’s Thomas Randrup explains the model will appeal to both fans and collectors alike.

“Our 1:144 scale model of Ed Force One will bring something new, as well as fun to Civil Aviation Model Kit genre,” says Randrup, “and we are looking forward to a successful co-operation with Global Merchandising and Iron Maiden on this 2016 new product release.”

The real Ed Force One recently rejoined the UK band’s tour following an accident at a Santiago, Chile airport just two weeks into the trek.

The March 12 incident saw the port side engines damaged while the Beoing 747 was being towed for refueling, which required the replacement of both port side jet engines at a cost of around four million dollars each.

Iron Maiden wrapped up the South American leg of The Book Of Souls world tour last week and have returned to North America for dates starting March 30 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.


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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sammy Hagar & James Hetfield to host 3rd annual Acoustic 4 A Cure benefit concert



Sammy Hagar and Metallica's James Hetfield will host the third annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" benefit concert at The Fillmore in San Francisco on May 15.

The event – which benefits the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital – will see acoustic performances by the hosts and a lineup that includes Joe Satriani, John Mayer, Tommy Lee, Melissa Etheridge and Pat Monahan from Train, among others.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 1 at 10:00 AM at LiveNation.com. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

NOTE: Tickets will not be available at The Fillmore box office, charge by phone or outlets.

All proceeds from the concert will be donated to fund children's brain tumor research at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, one of the nation's leading children's medical facilities.

For more information and/or to donate, visit acoustic4acure.org

The benefit lands a week after Hagar reunites with supergroup Chickenfoot to play their first full shows in four years.

The band will perform at Harrah's Lake Tahoe on May 7 & 8

Hetfield and Metallica are in the studio working on the follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic.”

On August 20, the veteran metal outfit will headline the first rock concert at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN as part of its opening weekend festivities.

The new home of the Minnesota Vikings will host a triple-bill with guests Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat prior to the proper kick-off to the new NFL season.



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Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson reflects on 40th anniversary of 2112



In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson reflects on the band’s legendary 1976 album, “2112”, as it marks its 40th anniversary on April 1.

Recorded over a two-week period with producer Terry Brown at Toronto Sound Studios, the group’s fourth studio effort proved to be a turning point in Rush’s career at a time when they needed it the most.

“The record company was concerned,” Lifeson tells Rolling Stone about the lack of commercial success following the band’s 19784 self-titled debut. “We called the tour for ‘Caress Of Steel’ the ‘Down the Tubes Tour.’ We had passes made that had that on it.

“But that experience gave us the courage to stand up to what everybody was demanding of us. I remember clearly saying, ‘OK, screw it. We're may go down in flames, but at least we know that we've done it our way.’ There's no way we're gonna remake the first record just because that's what the record company wants and they're worried about sales.”


Despite record company pressure, Lifeson explains Rush’s independence was partially aided by the terms of their contract.

“The fortunate thing is our deal at that time was a production deal,” he says. “So, really, we had full control over content, including artwork. Once we delivered it to the record company, it was theirs to work with. So we were really lucky.

“It took about a year to go gold. So it was a slow but progressive evolution. Once it got to that point where it really started to take off, there was word of mouth and more interest in the band, and all of those things came together to make a movement. That really bought our independence from the record company.”


The project showcases lyrics by drummer Neil Peart that were heavily influenced by the work of Russian author Ayn Rand, with tales of a dystopian universe set in the year 2112.

The album’s title track delivered an epic seven-part suite that remains a touchstone for progressive rock four decades later.

“I don't know if we ever considered ourselves a prog band, in the sense of King Crimson or early Genesis, although we've found those bands very influential,” says Lifeson. “We always considered ourselves a hard-rock band. We pushed ourselves to make things difficult so they'll be hard to play and keep us up to a certain standard, so in the literal sense of the word ‘prog,’ yes, I think we were quite progressive, and we'd like to think us as being such. But in terms of a genre, I don't know if we ever thought of ourselves as a progressive-rock band.”

A favourite of Rush fans and fellow musicians, the guitarist takes pride in the lasting effect “2112” has had on others and the band itself.

“I think it's one of the most important pieces of work that we've done,” Lifeson adds. “I think the influence that it had on a lot of listeners, just judging from the comments I read in the mail and even comments from other bands that have been influenced by us, that's really a signature record for all of them. And that's a wonderful thing.

“If you're going to leave something as your legacy, having something that is so influential on other people that it has improved their lives or just made them more understanding of something, I think that is the ultimate.”


Rush wrapped up their R40 Live tour last August, and have said it’s likely their last concert trek based on several factors – including Peart’s chronic tendonitis and shoulder problems.

The band are currently on a break and considering future plans, according to Lifeson.




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VIDEO: David Gilmour performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live



David Gilmour performed the title track to his latest album, “Rattle That Lock”, on ABC-TV’s late night series Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday.

The Pink Floyd guitarist launched a series of spring North American dates this past weekend with three shows in Los Angeles – including two at the Hollywood Bowl.

Gilmour will next play a pair of concerts in Toronto, ON later this week before performing multiple dates Chicago, IL and New York, NY early next month.

“Rattle That Lock” earned the guitarist his highest solo US chart position last fall when it debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.

The feat saw Gilmour best his No. 6 chart position with his last project, 2006’s “On An Island.”




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Monday, March 28, 2016

Cheap Trick to reunite with drummer for Rock Hall induction



Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen confirms the band will reunite with estranged drummer Bun E. Carlos to perform at their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in New York next month.

Carlos left the touring lineup in 2010, was replaced by Nielsen’s son Daxx, and then found himself suing his own group for monies owed before reaching a settlement last year.

The Rockford, IL band will enter the Hall during an April 8 ceremony at New York’s Barclays Center alongside Deep Purple, Steve Miller, Chicago and N.W.A.

"He's going to play the inductions because they're inducting the people who made the records way back when, and that's good," Nielsen tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "He deserves it."

At the same time, the guitarist notes that Carlos "has been gone almost six years, and Daxx has been playing the whole time. He revitalized the band totally."

As for communications between Carlos and the partners in the Cheap Trick corporation, Nielsen adds, "The relationship? I guess it's good, but we never see each other.”

Ahead of the Rock Hall induction, Cheap Trick will release a new album, “Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello”, on April 1.

The project is the band's 17th studio album and their first in five years.

The record was produced by longtime associate Julian Raymond, who has co-written several Cheap Trick tunes through the years.


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Jeff Lynne’s ELO announces Radio City Music Hall show



Jeff Lynne’s ELO have announced a September 16 show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Lynne and company are touring in support of 2015’s “Alone In The Universe”, the first album of all-new music released by the band in over a decade.

Fan club and VIP package pre-sales for the Radio City date starts March 29 at Noon EDT; an American Express pre-sale begins March 30 at 10 AM EDT, and a Live Nation mobile app pre-sale gets underway March 31 at 10 AM EDT.

General public tickets will be available starting April 1 at 10 AM EDT.

The New York appearance lands on the heels of a sold-out UK and European tour, and three September concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.

ELO will be joined by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Strings conducted by Thomas Wilkins, for the Fireworks Finale shows on September 9, 10 and 11.

The group will launch a 2016 tour with shows beginning April 5 in Liverpool, UK.




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AUDIO: Metallica preview Ride The Lightning expanded reissue



Metallica are previewing remastered audio of “Creeping Death” from the forthcoming expanded reissue of 1984’s “Ride The Lightning.”

Due April 15, multiple remastered versions of the group’s second album and 1983’s “Kill ‘Em All” will launch a massive catalog reissue campaign by the band.

Both projects will be available in three formats – CD, vinyl and as a limited edition deluxe box set that includes original source material from the band’s personal collection with many never before heard or seen recordings along with books including rare photos and essays from those who were there.

“Ride The Lightning” sold 85,000 copies in Europe in its first year as it increased Metallica’s profile abroad, while at home the project hit No. 100 on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell 6 million copies in the US by 2012.

Metallica recently previewed the upcoming package with a raw, instrumental garage demo of the title cut from “Ride The Lightning.”




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VIDEO: Tony Iommi rocks Black Sabbath classics at Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp



Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi jammed with aspiring rockers last month at the Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles, and video from the weekend event has surfaced.

Iommi performed his band’s 1971 classic, “Into The Void”, with Canadian singer Lauraleigh Cairns and other players on the tune from Sabbath’s third album, “Master Of Reality.”

“Rock' n Roll Fantasy Camp really does make your dreams come true!,” says Cairns as she posted the footage online.

Video of Iommi and a different group running through Sabbath’s 1980 track “Neon Nights” has also been featured online by event organizers.

The Los Angeles edition of the camp also featured guitarists Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Warren Haynes and drummer Carl Palmer, with players performing at the Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip.

Iommi and Black Sabbath launched a farewell tour in Omaha, Nebraska on January 20 as part of a first leg of North American dates that wrapped up a few weeks ago.

Up next, the band will perform shows in Australia and New Zealand in April followed by an extensive European run, while a second North American trek starts in August with dates scheduled to wrap up in September.



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AC/DC: Axl Rose spotted at Atlanta rehearsal studio



As rumors swirl that Axl Rose will join AC/DC this year on tour in place of Brian Johnson, new photos of the Guns N’ Roses singer and the band leaving an Atlanta rehearsal studio have surfaced.

TMZ reports they have the first photos – taken last Friday – linking Rose with the Australian rockers; view them at tmz.com

Reports out of Atlanta first surfaced when Rose was spotted on March 18 in front of the Loews Atlanta Hotel by a fan who shared a photo of the chance meeting on Instagram.

A few days later, Atlanta Radio 100.5 DJ Jason Bailey revealed that a "very very good source" told him that Rose will join AC/DC for the remainder of their US tour after meeting with them in the city.

AC/DC postponed the remaining 10 shows on their US tour earlier this month following news that Johnson has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.

On the horizon for AC/DC is a 12-date European tour, which begins May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Last week, Guns N’ Roses confirmed plans for a summer tour of North America by revealing a list of 21 cities they’ll hit along the route, with dates and venues details to follow soon.

The partially reunited band will launch their 2016 dates with two sold-out shows in Las Vegas at the new T-Mobile Arena on April 8 & 9.




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Sunday, March 27, 2016

David Gilmour to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live



David Gilmour will perform on ABC-TV’s late night series Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday, March 28.

The Pink Floyd guitarist will appear in support of his latest album, “Rattle That Lock.”

The project was recorded at various places, including Gilmour’s Astoria houseboat studio and in Hove, Sussex, UK. He worked on the record with co-producer Phil Manzanera and wife and lyricist Polly Samson.

“Rattle That Lock” earned Gilmour his highest solo US chart position last fall when it debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 71,000 units.

The feat saw Gilmour best his No. 6 chart position with his last project, 2006’s “On An Island.”

The guitarist launched a series of spring North American dates this past weekend with three shows in Los Angeles, including two at the Hollywood Bowl; he’ll play a pair of concerts in Toronto, ON later this week before performing multiple dates Chicago, IL and New York, NY next month.




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VIDEO: David Lee Roth explores strategy game Go on The Roth Show



David Lee Roth explores the Chinese strategy game Go, among others topics, on the latest episode of The Roth Show.

The game originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago, and is one of the oldest board games played today.

“Everybody in China plays it,” explains Roth, “and, if they can afford it, they get tutors to come in and teach their kids every day of the week. You play chess? It’s a little like chess but it’s about four times as big the board and about four billion times the opportunities.”

The singer’s rambling on the game in the latest Roth Show episode blurs with talk of recording studios, websites and painting.

The program also includes a snippet of an unreleased song, “Red Bull And Pop Tarts”, and ends with Roth’s cover of the 2013 Pharrell Williams hit, “Happy.”

Last year, Roth and Van Halen released their first live album together, and supported the project with a 3-month summer tour of North America.

Things have been quiet in the Van Halen camp since they closed out their 2015 tour with a pair of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in early October.


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VIDEO: Stone Temple Pilots reunite with Chester Bennington for charity show



Stone Temple Pilots reunited with singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park on Saturday for a one-off performance at From Classic To Rock, a charity concert to benefit public schools in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

The show at the Norris Theater and Pavilion mixed rockers with world-renowned classical musicians to take the audience on a journey from 17th century to today’s modern hits, with proceeds to be donated to the Peninsula Education Foundation (PEF).

In addition to STP, other performers included Gary Wright (“Dream Weaver”), Yutong (Pacific Symphony, LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra), Chas West (Bonham, Foreigner), Marten Andersson (Lizzy Borden, George Lynch), Monte Pittman (Madonna, Solo Artist), Stan Sharp (Long Beach Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra) and Jane Lee (accomplished pianist).

A charity auction at the event included signed items from Slash, KISS, Def Leppard, Peter Frampton, Foo Fighters, The Doors and Joe Walsh, among others.

All musicians involved with From Classic To Rock contributed their time, energy and musical talents in an effort to benefit public education by helping fund programming supported by PEF including school music, physical education, library and STEM programs, safe school counselors, academic and career counselors, and teacher salaries.

To learn more and/or to donate, visit frombacktorock.com

After teaming up with STP in 2013, Bennington announced his departure from the lineup last fall as he struggled to juggle his work with the group alongside his Linkin Park and personal obligations.

Earlier this month, Stone Temple Pilots closed online auditions for a new singer.


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VIDEO: Metallica tune fuels Dodge Predators commercial



Metallica’s 1997 tune, “Fuel”, provides the soundtrack to a new commercial promoting Dodge’s line of performance cars.

Billed as “predators”, the automaker showcases the Challenger SRT Hellcat, Viper and Charger in the ad as they cruise the nighttime streets of Miami, FL.

“Fuel” was the third single issued from Metallica’s seventh album, “Reload.”

The song was nominated for a 1999 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance but lost out to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s “Walking Into Clarksdale” track, "Most High."

With 436,000 copies sold in its opening week, “Reload” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 4 million.

Metallica are currently in the studio working with producer Greg Fidelman on a new album.

Fidelman previously worked with the band as the recording and mixing engineer on 2008's “Death Magnetic” alongside producer Rick Rubin, and 2011’s collaboration with Lou Reed, “Lulu”, and his extensive resume includes projects with Black Sabbath, Audioslave, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slayer and more.





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AUDIO: Metallica preview Fade To Black from Record Store Day release
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VIDEO: Rolling Stones perform free concert in Cuba



The Rolling Stones performed their first-ever concert in Cuba on Friday and video from the event has surfaced.

The groundbreaking free show also marked the first open air concert in the country by a British rock band.

The “Concert For Amity” saw the group play an 18-song set before an estimated crowd of 1.3 million fans on the Caribbean island.

“Here we are finally!,” Mick Jagger told the crowd. “We are sure that this night is going to be an unforgettable night, for you and for us.

“We know that years ago it was difficult to listen to our music here in Cuba, but here we are, playing for you in your beautiful land. I think that finally things have changed, haven’t they?”

The free event was made possible by the benefaction of Fundashon Bon Intenshon on behalf of the island of Curaçao.

Fundashon Bon Intenshon initiates and supports international charitable projects in the fields of education, athletics, cultural literacy, healthcare and tourism as well as other attempts to mitigate the impact of general poverty.

The concert was filmed by director Paul Dugdale for a possible future release.





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Guns N’ Roses top the hennemusic Hot 10



Guns N’ Roses top this week’s hennemusic Hot 10.

Singer Axl Rose was spotted in Atlanta recently by a fan who shared a photo and details of the chance encounter.

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 March 27, 2016

01 – PHOTO: Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose spotted in Atlanta
02 – Bad Company hires Black Crowes guitarist for US tour
03 – Lost Rolling Stones song dsiscovered 50 years later
04 – Whisky A Go-Go teases Guns N’ Roses announcement
05 – Rush: Neil Peart chronicles R40 Live tour in new book
06 – Guns N’ Roses confirm North American tour
07 – Vince Neil confirms busy 2016 tour plans
08 – ELP: Keith Emerson suicide motives revealed
09 – VIDEO: Rolling Stones preview historic free concert in Cuba
10 – AUDIO: Guns N’ Roses fan details meeting Axl Rose in Atlanta



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Mar 20: The Eagles
Mar 13: AC/DC
Mar 06: Guns N’ Roses
Feb 28: Whitesnake
Feb 21: The Doors

Friday, March 25, 2016

Guns N’ Roses confirm North American tour



Guns N’ Roses have confirmed plans for a summer tour of North America.

The band have issued a video announcement for the reunion, including a list of the 21 cities they’ll hit along the way, while bassist Duff McKagan has also tweeted the details.

Further information regarding dates, venues and tickets will be announced soon.

The partially reunited Guns N’ Roses will launch their 2016 dates with two sold-out shows in Las Vegas at the new T-Mobile Arena on April 8 & 9, before playing dates in Mexico City and at Coachella next month.

To date, the group has only officially announced the involvement of McKagan, Axl Rose and Slash, while it is expected that guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Frank Ferrer are also on board.




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Rumor: Axl Rose to join AC/DC for tour
AUDIO: Guns N’ Roses fan details meeting Axl Rose in Atlanta
Whisky A Go-Go teases Guns N’ Roses announcement
PHOTO: Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose spotted in Atlanta
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Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and Derek St. Holmes announce US tour



Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and longtime Ted Nugent vocalist Derek St. Holmes have announced dates for a US tour.

“We are very excited to announce the first leg of our 2016 Summer Tour supporting the legendary Whitesnake!”, says the duo.

The rockers will join Whitesnake on the band’s Greatest Hits tour for a month of shows starting June 3 at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX.

The run will include a pair of headlining Whitford/St. Holmes dates, including a June 22 stop in Sellersville, PA and a July 1 appearance at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH.

The band’s lineup is rounded out by bassist Chopper Anderson, Tesla drummer Troy Lucketta, and keyboardist Buck Johnson.

Whitford and St. Holmes – who originally teamed up to release a self-titled album in 1981 – have recorded a follow-up called “Reunion”, with plans to release it in 2016.

"It's a classic rock album - modern classic rock," said Whitford last fall. "I mean, that's what we do. We're all rockers, and we're not gonna try and do anything else but what we know and what we love.

“I think a lot of Aerosmith fans are really going to enjoy this record because all I ever hear is, 'When you gonna do another Toys? When you gonna do another Rocks?' That's what this album is. It's very straight-ahead, stripped-down classic rock."


Whitford / St. Holmes
2016 US tour

( all with Whitesnake except where noted * )

Jun 03 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
Jun 05 - Houston, TX - Revention Music Center
Jun 06 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theater
Jun 08 - Indianapolis, IN - Old National Centre
Jun 11 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock
Jun 14 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Riverbend Music Center
Jun 15 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center
Jun 17 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
Jun 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
Jun 21 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmount Theatre
Jun 22 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theatre *
Jun 23 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
Jun 25 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
Jun 26 - Portland, ME - Maine State Pier
Jun 28 - Lewiston, NY – Artpark
Jun 29 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
Jul 01 – Londonberry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall *




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VIDEO: Steven Tyler guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
AUDIO: Steven Tyler issues new single Red White & You
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Scorpions reschedule German shows due to illness



The Scorpions have postponed and rescheduled their current tour of Germany on doctor’s orders following word that singer Klaus Meine has come down with a viral infection.

The band cut short a concert in Hamburg on Monday just 30 minutes into the performance as Meine struggled to deliver through the medical issue.

"Sorry to all our fans,” says the singer. “Thanks for your understanding. Hope we can make up for the concerts soon."

"Klaus Meine is currently undergoing medical treatment in order as quickly as possible to get the health problems under control again,” adds the band. “This includes a medically pronounced 'stage ban' for the singer for several weeks. For this reason, any outstanding concerts have to be postponed.”

The Scorpions have announced new dates for the rescheduled concerts in five cities – including the shortened Hamburg gig – as they continue their 50th anniversary tour.

Tickets purchased will remain valid or can be returned to the ticket offices for full refund.

The Scorpions will play their second Las Vegas residency this spring.

“Blacked Out In Vegas” is a five-night run in May at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, where they’ll be joined by special guests Queensryche.

Scorpions
2016 German tour – rescheduled dates


Nov 23 – Cologne – Lanxess Arena
Nov 25 – Leipzig – Leipzig Arena
Nov 27 – Frankfurt – Festhalle
Nov 29 – Hamburg – Barclaycard Arena
Dec 02 – Berlin – Mercedes-Benz Arena


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