Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ghost win Swedish Grammis Award for Popestar




Ghost won the "Best Hard Rock/Metal" category at the Swedish Grammis Awards on Tuesday at Konserthuset in Stockholm.

The band were honored for their 2016 EP “Popestar”, ahead of fellow nominees Amaranthe, Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas, Dark Tranquillity and In Flames.

The event marked Ghost’s third win at the Grammis, following a 2014 award for 2013’s “Infestissumum” and last year’s prize for 2015’s “Meliora.”

Upon its release last fall, “Popestar” made US history by becoming the first EP to land at No. 1 on the US Billboard Top Rock Albums in the chart's 10-year run.

Led by the lone original track and lead single “Square Hammer”, the package includes covers of songs originally recorded by Eurythmics, Echo & The Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco and Imperiet.

Ghost are currently working on new music with plans to release their fourth album later this year.




See also:

Ghost make US chart history with Popestar EP
VIDEO: Ghost perform Square Hammer live debut in Rochester
Ghost premiere Square Hammer video
Ghost preview Popestar EP
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VIDEO: James Hetfield joins Sammy Hagar in Rock & Roll Road Trip premiere preview



Sammy Hagar is joined by Metallica frontman James Hetfield in a video preview of the hour-long season 2 premiere of his AXS-TV series “Rock & Roll Road Trip.”

The program opens with Hagar and Hetfield hosting the third annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert – the benefit concert they founded – at the Fillmore in San Fransisco, CA.

In addition to performance clips, Joe Satriani, John Mayer, Hetfield and Melissa Etheridge sit down to chat with the Red Rocker during the episode.

"This is a different side of entertainment for me," says Hagar. "I shut up and listen now."

The 6-episode run sees Hagar drive across the US to jam with some of music's biggest names, including John Mellencamp, Toby Keith, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Neilsen, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, and Fleetwood Mac founder Mick Fleetwood.

Season 2 of Sammy Hagar’s “Rock & Roll Road Trip” will premiere on AXS TV on March 5 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.



See also:

Chickenfoot premiere Divine Termination video
VIDEO: Sammy Hagar previews season 2 of Rock & Roll Road Trip series
AUDIO: Chickenfoot stream new song Divine Termination
Chickenfoot compilation to include new song Divine Termination
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Poison announce first headline dates in more than a decade



The reunited Poison have announced their first headline dates in more than a decade.

Original members Bret Michaels, guitarist CC Deville, bassist Bobby Dall and drummer Rikki Rockett will play a series of headline shows while on the road across North America with Def Leppard and Tesla this spring.

The Def Leppard run begins in Manchester, NH on April 8, with select Poison shows announced for Raleigh, NC on April 28, followed by stops in Charlotte, NC (April 29), Cherokee, NC (May 6), Huntington, WV (May 7), Albany, NY (May 9), Rama, ON (May 11), Rapid City, SD (May 26), and Grand Forks, ND (May 27).

More Poison dates will be announced soon.

“I’m really looking forward to the Poison tour,” says Michaels. “It’s going to be incredible playing all the hits and putting on a hell of a high-energy rock show for the three generations of awesome fans.”

Some presales for the Poison dates begin March 1 with general public seats will be available March 3 at 10 AM local time.

Poison
Spring 2017 headline shows


Apr 28 - Raleigh, NC - TBA
Apr 29 - Charlotte, NC - TBA
May 06 - Cherokee, NC - Harrahs Cherokee Event Center
May 07 - Huntington, WV - Big Sandy Superstore Arena
May 09 - Albany, NY - TBA
May 11 - Rama, ON - Casino Rama
May 26 – Rapid City, SD - Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
May 27 - Grand Forks, ND - TBA


See also:

Def Leppard announce North American tour with Poison and Tesla
Bret Michaels featured in new Nissan ad campaign
Bret Michaels premieres Girls On Bars video
Bret Michaels previews Girls On Bars video
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VIDEO: Linkin Park perform Heavy on The Late Late Show with James Corden



Linkin Park were joined by Kiiara for a performance of “Heavy” on CBS-TV’s The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday, and video from the program is available.

The tune – which has just debuted at No. 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 – is the lead single from Linkin Park’s forthcoming album, “One More Light.”

"One of the reasons why we chose 'Heavy' as the first single is because it is really the core sound of the album,” Mike Shinoda tells Billboard. “This wasn't a scenario where the whole album sounds one way and the single sounds different. This is how the album sounds.

"So we wanted to go out with a song like that, where everybody can get a sense of the direction of this body of work."


Due May 19, the band’s seventh album marks the follow-up to 2014's "The Hunting Party", which debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200.


See also:

Linkin Park announce new album and stream single Heavy
VIDEO: Linkin Park in the studio
Linkin Park recording new album
Linkin Park singer leaves Stone Temple Pilots
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Monday, February 27, 2017

VIDEO: Robert Plant performs Led Zeppelin classic on AXS TV concert special preview



Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters perform the Led Zeppelin classic, “Whole Lotta Love”, in a preview to the March 5 AXS TV broadcast premiere of the singer in concert at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA last fall.

Plant’s performance was part of David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption, a two-day music, art, film & creativity festival curated by the legendary filmmaker.

The rocker’s set also kicks off AXS TV’s new Sunday Night Rocks series, which will feature concert broadcast premieres by artists including Def Leppard, Blondie, Ringo Starr and His 2016 All Starr Band, Mavis Staples, Alan Jackson, and a tribute to Kenny Loggins.

“Throughout the history of rock, few artists have been as influential and enduring as Robert Plant,” says AXS TV’s vice president of music programming and production Evan Haiman. “This incredible concert showcases the music icon at the top of his game, putting his signature vocals on full display as he blazes through an expansive setlist that will satisfy die-hard fans and curious newcomers alike.”

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters live at the Ace Hotel will be broadcast on AXS TV on Sunday, March 5 at 10 pm EST

Plant has been working with the group on a follow-up to 2014’s “lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar.”

He can also be heard as a guest on the upcoming May release by UK folk-rockers Fairport Convention, “50:50@50.” Plant sings the gospel tune, “Jesus On The Mainline”, on the project, which marks the band’s 50th anniversary.



See also:

Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 6: LED ZEPPELIN
VIDEO: Robert Plant performs Whole Lotta Love on Austin City Limits
VIDEO: Robert Plant performs Led Zeppelin classic on Austin City Limits
VIDEO: Robert Plant previews Austin City Limits broadcast premiere
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John Mellencamp to perform on The Tonight Show



John Mellencamp will perform on NBC-TV’s The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, February 28.

The Indiana rocker will be joined by Martina McBride for a performance of “Grandview”, the newly-issued single from his forthcoming album, “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.”

Due April 28, the record teams Mellencamp with country legend Carlene Carter, who opened every show of his acclaimed 2015-2016 Plain Spoken tour.

Carter will rejoin Mellencamp on his upcoming North American tour, which will begin in Denver, CO on June 5 and include guests Emmylou Harris and folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine on the bill.

Every online ticket purchased for the trek will include one physical CD of “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.”



John Mellencamp
“Sad Clowns & Hillbillies”

Release date: April 28

Mobile Blue
Battle Of Angels
Grandview (ft. Martina McBride)
Indigo Sunset
What Kind Of Man Am I
All Night Talk Radio
Sugar Hill Mountain
You Are Blind
Damascus Road
Early Bird Café
Sad Clowns
My Soul’s Got Wings
Easy Target


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John Mellencamp announces new album and North American tour
VIDEO: John Mellencamp and Keith Urban perform Pink Houses at CMA Awards
VIDEO: John Mellencamp performs on Letterman
VIDEO: John Mellencamp meets doctor who saved his life
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Soundgarden announce North American tour




Soundgarden have announced the first series of dates for a spring tour of North America.

Following three festival appearances in Florida in late April, the Seattle band will begin their US headlining run at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on May 3; they’ll be joined by The Pretty Reckless and The Dillinger Escape Plan on select dates.

A special ticket pre-sale for fans who are signed up to soundgardenworld.com and chriscornell.com will launch February 28 at 10 AM local time, with general public seats going on sale March 3 at 10 AM, local time.

Ahead of the trek, Soundgarden will release of an expanded reissue of their 1988 debut album, “Ultramega OK", on March 10.

Last year, the group acquired the original multi-track tapes to the project and connected with engineer Jack Endino to create a fresh mix of the debut.

The expanded reissue also includes the newly-created “Ultramega OK EP”, which presents newly-remixed, early versions of six songs that would make the final set; these were originally recorded in 1987 by Endino and Chris Hanzsek at Seattle's Reciprocal Recording.

The “Ultramega OK” reissue will be available on CD, 2LP, download and cassette.

Soundgarden have been working on the follow-up to 2012’s “King Animal” with plans to release a new album this year.

Soundgarden
2017 North American Tour


Apr 28 - Tampa, FL - WXTV Rockfest
Apr 29 - Jacksonville, FL - Welcome To Rockville
Apr 30 - Ft Myers, FL - Fort Rock Festival
May 03 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
May 05 - Concord, NC - Carolina Rebellion
May 06 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
May 07 - Memphis, TN - Beale Street Music Festival
May 10 - Indianapolis, IN - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
May 12 - Council Bluffs, IA - KIWR Rockfest
May 13 - Somerset, WI - Northern Invasion
May 14 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
May 17 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
May 19 - Columbus, OH - Rock on the Range
May 20 - Maryland Heights, MO - KPNT Pointfest
May 22 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
May 25 - Houston, TX - Revention Music Center
May 26 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
May 27 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma



See also:

AUDIO: Soundgarden stream Flower remix from Ultramega OK reissue
AUDIO: Soundgarden preview expanded reissue of Ultramega OK
AUDIO: Soundgarden stream Rusty Cage from Badmotorfinger reissue
Soundgarden guitarist shares new album update
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Def Leppard tops the hennemusic Hot 10



Def Leppard tops this week’s hennemusic Hot 10.

The UK band’s newly-released concert DVD, “And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit”, has debuted atop the US video charts.

Read all about it and check out some videos from the package 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 February 26, 2017

01 – Def Leppard concert DVD debuts atop US charts
02 – VIDEO: Metallica perform Creeping Death in China
03 – REPORT: AC/DC planning new album with Axl Rose
04 – Roger Waters expands North American tour
05 – AUDIO: The Doors preview expanded 50th anniversary edition of debut album
06 – Chickenfoot premiere Divine Termination video
07 – John Mellencamp announces new album and North American tour
08 – VIDEO: Eddie Van Halen supports music education in schools
09 – ZZ Top expand North American tour
10 – Boston announce first dates for North American tour



See also:

Feb 19: Boston
Feb 12: Van Halen
Feb 05: David Lee Roth
Jan 29: Cheap Trick
Jan 22: Def Leppard

Friday, February 24, 2017

VIDEO: Metallica perform Atlas, Rise! during Hong Kong concert debut


photo: Jeff Yeager / Metallica

Metallica have issued official live footage of their 2016 single, “Atlas, Rise!”, from a January 20 show at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong.

The video has been released in sync with a recap of the event, which features clips of several songs performed during the band’s first-ever concert in Hong Kong.

The stop was part of an early 2017 Asian leg of Metallica’s WorldWired tour in support of their tenth album, “Hardwired…To Self Destruct.”

“Atlas, Rise!” was the third single issued from the project, following “Hardwired” and “Moth Into Flame.”

Metallica will return to the road for three concerts in Mexico City early next month before a series of Lollapalooza appearances in South America.



See also:

VIDEO: Metallica perform Creeping Death in China
VIDEO: Metallica sing Rihanna in latest Carpool Karaoke preview
Metallica frontman James Hetfield livid after Grammys mishap
Metallica announce North American stadium tour
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ZZ Top expand North American tour



ZZ Top have expanded their 2017 Tonnage tour with the addition of more than two dozen new concert dates across North America.

Eight shows have been added to the previously-announced spring leg, which opens in Louisville, KY on February 24.

The opening 4-week run will be followed by a second leg in May that will begin with four nights in the trio’s home state of Texas.

“The run is Tex-centric, just like ourselves, and the band is looking forward to getting our heads in Mississippi, and points beyond,” says guitarist Billy Gibbons. “After 4 decades, we believe we're beginning to get the hang of it, so a mighty good time will be enjoyed by all.”

Tickets for select dates will go on sale in early March; check zztop.com for details.

ZZ Top’s 2017 concert dates come on the heels of the release of the band’s “Greatest Hits Live” package, which presents material recorded over the course of several tours in cities all around the world.

ZZ Top
2017 North American Tour

Feb 24 – Louisville, KY – The Louisville Palace Theater
Feb 25 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live
Feb 26 – Schenectady, NY – Proctor’s Theatre
Feb 28 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak **
Mar 01 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre **
Mar 03 – Atlantic City, NJ – Caesars Atlantic City–Circus Maximus
Mar 04 – Shippensburg, PA – H. Ric Luhrs PAC–Shippensburg University
Mar 05 – Washington, DC – MGM National Harbor
Mar 07 – Hiawassee, GA – Anderson Music Hall **
Mar 08 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theatre **
Mar 10 – Tulsa, OK – Paradise Cove Margaritaville **
Mar 11 – Lake Charles, LA – Golden Nugget
Mar 14 – Macon, GA – City Auditorium
Mar 16 – Estero, FL – Germain Arena **
Mar 18 – Orlando, FL – Bayside Stadium at SeaWorld Florida **
Mar 21 – Houston, TX – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo **

May 12 - Amarillo, TX – Amarillo Civic Center **
May 13 – Wichita Falls, TX – Memorial Auditorium **
May 14 – Midland, TX – Midland County Horseshoe Pavilion & Amphitheater **
May 16 – San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre **
May 18 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Theatre **
May 19 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Theatre **
May 20 – Belton, TX – Bell Country Expo Center **
May 22 – San Angelo, TX – Foster Communications Coliseum **
May 23 – Hidalgo, TX – State Farm Arena **
May 24 – Corpus Christi, TX – Selena Auditorium **
May 26 – Little Rock, AR – Robinson Performance Hall **
May 27 – Park City, KS – Hartman Arena **
May 28 – Springfield, MO – Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts **
May 30 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Foellinger Theatre – Outdoor **
Jun 01 – Interlochen, MI – Kresge Auditorium **
Jun 02 – Windsor, ON – The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor **
Jun 03 – Orillia, ON – Casino Rama Entertainment Centre **
Jun 06 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark **
Jun 07 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavillion **
Jun 09 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Amp – Arkansas Music Pavilion **
Jun 10 – Frisco, TX – Toyota Stadium (w/ Jimmy Buffett) **

** new date added Feb 23


See also:

ZZ Top announce first dates for 2017 tour
VIDEO: ZZ Top and Jeff Beck perform Sixteen Tons
ZZ Top to perform on Conan
AUDIO: ZZ Top rock Tush on Greatest Hits Live package
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Alter Bridge announce European tour



Alter Bridge have announced a series of headline dates and festival appearances as part of a summer tour of Europe in support of their latest album, “The Last Hero.”

On the heels of a just-announced spring US trek, shows will begin in Germany with gigs at Bavaria’s Rock Im Park on June 3 and Nurburgring’s Ram Am Park on June 4.

Recorded in Orlando, FL with producer Michael 'Elvis' Baskette, Alter Bridge’s fifth record debuted at No. 8 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release last fall.

The set was launched with the first single, “Show Me A Leader.”

“With this record in particular, there was a lot going on,” singer Myles Kennedy revealed last fall. “It’s definitely a snapshot of a short window because the lyrics were put together as we were arranging the record during the first few months of 2016. And there was a lot going on, watching the news, paying attention to campaigns and race relations, and just the environment around us.

“This record was definitely influenced more so than anything by the current state of affairs. So this record kind of tells a story about that. We’re certainly not pushing any sort of agenda or political views by any means, but we’re definitely diving into and taking the pulse of the world around us.”

Alter Bridge
The Last Hero tour
Summer 2017 European dates


Jun 03 - Bavaria, Germany - Rock im Park
Jun 04 - Nurburgring, Germany - Rock am Ring
Jun 06 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013
Jun 08 - Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock
Jun 10 - Paris, France - Download
Jun 11 - Donington, UK - Download
Jun 14 - Prague, Czech Republic - Forum Karlin
Jun 15 - Nickelsdorf, Austria - Novarock
Jun 17 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop
Jun 18 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
Jun 20 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
Jun 21 - Belfast, Ireland - Ulster Hall
Jun 23 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhell
Jun 24 - Leipzig, Germany - Haus Auensee
Jun 26 - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg - LuxExpo
Jun 29 - Madrid, Spain - Auditorio M. Rios
Jun 30 - Bilbao, Spain - Miribilla
Jul 02 - Barcelona, Spain - Rock Fest
Jul 05 - Rome, Italy - Rock in Rome
Jul 06 - Milan, Italy - Market Sound


See also:

Alter Bridge announce spring US tour dates
Alter Bridge announce North American tour
Alter Bridge debut The Last Hero on US charts
AUDIO: Alter Bridge preview The Last Hero bonus track Breathe
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VIDEO: Eddie Van Halen supports music education in schools



Eddie Van Halen says music education should continue to be a priority in the age of budget cuts to schools.

"Music is such a necessity. It touches people's souls," the guitarist told CNN this week. "Music is the universal language to me. It transcends everything.

"My whole life has been music. I could not imagine anything else," he continued. "It's a must. It has to be taught."

Eddie and his brother Alex were trained as classical pianists from the age of six; Eddie later switched to drums and then guitar. The pair formed their first band, The Broken Combs, in fourth grade and would perform at lunchtime at Hamilton Elementary School in Pasadena, CA.

Van Halen appeared on CNN alongside Felice Mancini, CEO of the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a program that provides musical instruments to students in low-income schools. The foundation doles out nearly 1,800 instruments annually to schools without music programs, which helps provide music education to over 10,000 students.

A few years back, Van Halen donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to the foundation to help with the cause.

"It was very difficult at first to find a charity that [takes guitars]," he explained. "They all just wanted money."

"It's the gift that keeps on giving," added Mancini. "The kids share the guitars, they learn, they graduate and then the instruments stay in the school. Our goal is to give kids every tool they can possibly have to succeed. Music is the common denominator. You put a kid in a music class and it builds community, communication and they find a place. It's a safe haven."

More information about Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation can be found at mhopus.org.

Eddie and Van Halen have been on an extended break following the end of a 2015 North American tour in support of “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert.”


See also:

Eddie Van Halen spends time with terminal cancer patient
Michael Anthony open to Van Halen reunion for 40th anniversary tour
David Lee Roth sued by landscaper over alleged dog attack
VIDEO: Eddie Van Halen shares support of Mr Holland’s Opus Foundation
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REPORT: AC/DC planning new album with Axl Rose



An unconfirmed report out of Australia suggests that AC/DC are planning to work on a new studio album with Axl Rose.

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young joined Guns N’ Roses recently for two performances in Sydney and a guest appearance in Melbourne, with Noise 11’s review of the latest show reporting, “Axl Rose fronting AC/DC was controversial and if you didn’t like that combination you will be horrified to learn there is an album on the way.”

“The chemistry between Axl Rose and Angus Young has inspired Angus to start planning another AC/DC record,” reports Paul Cashmere, “but Guns N’ Roses touring commitments throughout 2017 will make it difficult to finalize the project.”

Rose made global headlines last year when he joined AC/DC for shows in Europe and the US after longtime vocalist Brian Johnson was sidelined from touring on the advice of doctors due to hearing loss issues.

Noise 11 hints that fans may be treated to some live Axl/DC ahead of a studio album.

“As all of the AC/DC shows were filmed,” adds Cashmere, “it is possible fans may be treated to a live album with Rose from the Rock Or Bust tour prior to the new studio album.”

Representatives for both AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses have not commented on the rumors or the Noise 11 report.

During an interview event in London, UK last June, Rose said he was planning new music with Guns N’ Roses and, possibly, AC/DC as well.

"We are working on new stuff,” explained Rose. “I've got a lot of stuff together, and I played some stuff for Slash and Duff and they liked it. And Angus and I are talking about working together. So we’ll see."

Angus is the lone remaining original member of AC/DC after a number of changes in recent years, including the 2014 retirement of founder Malcolm Young due to dementia, a series of legal issues faced by drummer Phil Rudd, the spring 2016 departure of Johnson, and bassist Cliff Williams’ retirement.

Three of the longtime members have seen their roles filled by others: guitarist and nephew Stevie Young stepped in for Malcolm; Chris Slade returned to handle drums after Rudd recorded “Rock Or Bust”; and, Rose was aboard for the 2016 dates in place of Johnson.

AC/DC recently swept the 2016 hennemusic Rock News Awards: the band were named the No. 1 Rock News Artist Of The Year</b> while delivering the No. 1 Rock News Story Of The Year and four of the Top 10.



See also:

VIDEO: Angus Young performs with Guns N’ Roses at second Sydney concert
VIDEO: Angus Young joins Guns N’ Roses for AC/DC classics in Sydney
AC/DC sweep the 2016 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd announces European tour
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AUDIO: The Doors preview expanded 50th anniversary edition of debut album



The Doors are streaming a 1967 live recording of “Twentieth Century Fox” as a preview to the March 31 release of an expanded, 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their self-titled debut album.

The tune is one of eight songs captured in concert at The Matrix in San Francisco, CA on March 6, 1967 from recently rediscovered original master tapes.

The live set joins remastered stereo and mono mixes of the original record in the 3CD/1LP 50th Anniversary reissue, which is packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book.

Considered one of the most influential albums in the progression of psychedelic rock, “The Doors” features instant classics like “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”, “Soul Kitchen”, “The End” and the No. 1 single, “Light My Fire.”

The record remains the band’s most successful studio release, selling more than 4 million copies in the States alone and over 17 million worldwide.

The surviving members of The Doors – guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore – recently marked the 50th anniversary of the debut’s release at a special event in Los Angeles, CA.

Joining Densmore and Krieger were family members of the late Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison as the city honored the group by proclaiming January 4 as the “Day Of The Doors” with a proclamation from Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin during a public event at the intersection of Pacific and Windward Avenues, the location of the iconic “Venice” sign.


See also:

VIDEO: The Doors celebrate 50th anniversary in Los Angeles
The Doors to release expanded 50th anniversary edition of debut album
The Doors announce 50th anniversary celebration
VIDEO: The Doors reunite for Ray Manzarek tribute in Los Angeles
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Def Leppard concert DVD debuts atop US charts



Def Leppard’s newly-released concert DVD, “And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit”, has debuted atop the US video charts.

The set topples The Beatles' “Eight Days A Week” from the Billboard Music Video Sales chart while also claiming No. 1 spots in Canada and France, and Top 10 showings in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain and Portugal.

“Thank you to all of our fans around the world for supporting our latest DVD release,” says the band.

“And There Will Be A Next Time..” captures the veteran UK band in concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI on last summer’s tour of North America.

Def Leppard are teaming up with Poison and Tesla for a spring 2017 tour of North America.

The three-month run will open in Manchester, NH on April 8, with shows wrapping up on June 25 in Indianapolis, IN.



See also:

Def Leppard announce North American tour with Poison and Tesla
Def Leppard release video for new single We Belong
VIDEO: Def Leppard preview Live From Detroit DVD
Def Leppard premiere Man Enough video
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Alter Bridge announce spring US tour dates



Alter Bridge have announced dates for a spring US tour in support of their latest album, “The Last Hero.”

The month-long run – with In Flames and Metal Church on select shows – will begin in Fort Lauderdale, FL on April 21.

The trek mixes headline concerts with several festival appearances, including Orlando, FL’s WJRR Earth Day Birthday, Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and Rock On The Range.

Information on VIP packages and on sale dates for tickets can be found at alterbridge.com

The spring US tour news comes on the heels of a month-long series of shows across North America, which wrap up in Seattle, WA on February 22.

Alter Bridge’s fifth album, “The Last Hero” debuted at No. 8 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release last fall.

The feat marks the first time the band have been in the US Top 10 since their first album, “One Day Remains”, debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the charts in 2004.

Alter Bridge
The Last Hero tour

Spring 2017 US dates

April 21 - Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution *#
April 22 - Orlando, FL - WJRR Earth Day Birthday *#
April 29 - Fort Myers, FL - Monster Energy Fort Rock *#
April 30 - Jacksonville, FL - Welcome To Rockville *#
May 02 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
May 03 - Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
May 05 - Virginia Beach, VA - Lunatic Luau *#
May 06 - Concord, NC - Carolina Rebellion *#
May 10 - Baltimore, MD - The Hippodrome
May 11 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
May 14 - Somerset, WI - Northern Invasion *#
May 16 - Sault Saint Marie, MI - Dream Makers Theatre #
May 17 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
May 20 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range *#

* Without In Flames
# Without Metal Church


See also:

Alter Bridge announce North American tour
Alter Bridge debut The Last Hero on US charts
AUDIO: Alter Bridge preview The Last Hero bonus track Breathe
AUDIO: Alter Bridge stream new track The Other Side
Search Alter Bridge at hennemusic

Roger Waters expands North American tour



Roger Waters has expanded his 2017 Us + Them North American tour with the addition of eleven new concert dates.

Nine cities – including Oakland, San Antonio, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Nashville, Cleveland and more – join the trek alongside additional nights in Los Angeles, CA and Denver, CO that bring the run to 51 shows across the continent, starting May 26 in Kansas City, MO.

The tour will present a mix of classic tunes and new music from Waters’ upcoming album, “Is This The Life We Really Want?”

The bassist has been working with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich in London and Los Angeles on the project, which marks the follow-up to 1992’s “Amused To Death.”

"We are going to take a new show on the road, the content is very secret," explains Waters. "It'll be a mixture of stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things.

"Probably 75% of it will be old material and 25% will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme. It will be a cool show, I promise you. It'll be spectacular like all my shows have been.”


Tickets for most of the newly-added dates will go on sale February 27, with others going on sale in March – full details are available at rogerwaters.com

Roger Waters
Us & Them
North American tour 2017


May 26 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
May 28 - Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
May 30 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
Jun 01 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Jun 03 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Jun 04 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center **
Jun 07 - San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
Jun 10 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena **
Jun 12 - Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Jun 14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena
Jun 16 - Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Jun 20 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Jun 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Jun 24 - Seattle, WA @ Tacoma Dome
Jun 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center **
Jul 01 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center **

Jul 03 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Jul 06 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Jul 08 - New Orleans LA @ Smoothie King Center **
Jul 11 - Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Jul 13 - Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
Jul 16 - Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
Jul 18 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
Jul 20 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Jul 22 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
Jul 23 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
Jul 26 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Jul 29 - Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center **
Aug 2 - Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Aug 04 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Aug 08 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Aug 09 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Aug 13 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena **
Sep 07 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Sep 11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
Sep 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
Sep 15 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
Sep 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Sep 21 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena **
Sep 23 - Albany, NY @ Times Union Center **
Sep 24 - Hartford, CT @ XL Center **

Sep 27 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Sep 28 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Oct 02 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Oct 03 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Oct 06 - Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
Oct 10 - Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
Oct 16 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Oct 22 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre **
Oct 24 - Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
Oct 28 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena


** new date added Feb 21



See also:

VIDEO: Roger Waters previews new album
Pink Floyd to release individual volumes from Early Years box set
VIDEO: Roger Waters previews first album in 25 years
Pink Floyd to complete vinyl reissues series with pair of 1980s albums
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Monday, February 20, 2017

VIDEO: Metallica perform Creeping Death in China


photo: Jeff Yeager / Metallica

Metallica have issued official live footage of their 1984 classic, “Creeping Death”, from a January 18 show at LeSports Center in Beijing, China.

The video has been released in sync with a recap of the Beijing concert, which also saw Metallica perform their 1989 single, “One”, with Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang at the event.

The pairing delivered the debut concert appearance of the “...And Justice For All” track after teaming up in 2014 to play the tune at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

“Loved the unique energy of performing with Lang Lang again!,” said the band after the Beijing show as part of the Asian leg of their WorldWired tour in support of their tenth album, “Hardwired…To Self Destruct.”

Metallica will return to the road for three concerts in Mexico City next month before a series of Lollapalooza appearances in South America in late March.




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Metallica announce North American stadium tour
VIDEO: Metallica perform with Lady Gaga at Grammy Awards
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

AUDIO: Soundgarden stream Flower remix from Ultramega OK reissue




Soundgarden are streaming a remixed version of “Flower” from the upcoming March 10 release of an expanded reissue of their 1988 debut album, “Ultramega OK."

The tune follows “Beyond The Wheel” as the latest preview of the project, which saw the band acquire the original multi-track tapes last year and connect with engineer Jack Endino to create a fresh mix of the album.

The Seattle rockers had always wanted to redo the original final mix following its original release, but their schedule became busy when they signed with A&M Records and began work on their major-label debut, "Louder Than Love."

The expanded reissue also includes the newly-created “Ultramega OK EP”, which presents newly-remixed, early versions of six songs that would make the album; these were originally recorded in 1987 by Endino and Chris Hanzsek at Seattle's Reciprocal Recording.

The “Ultramega OK” reissue will be available on CD, 2LP, download and cassette.

Soundgarden are currently working on the follow-up to 2012’s “King Animal” with plans to release a new album in 2017.


Soundgarden
"Ultramega OK" Deluxe Edition reissue

Release date: March 10

01. Flower
02. All Your Lies
03. 665
04. Beyond The Wheel
05. 667
06. Mood For Trouble
07. Circle Of Power
08. He Didn't
09. Smokestack Lightning
10. Nazi Driver
11. Head Injury
12. Incessant Mace
13. One Minute Of Silence
14. Head Injury (Early Version)
15. Beyond The Wheel (Early Version)
16. Incessant Mace (Short) [Early Version]
17. He Didn't (Early Version)
18. All Your Lies (Early Version)
19. Incessant Mace (Long) [Early Version]



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Boston tops the hennemusic Hot 10



Boston tops this week’s hennemusic Hot 10.

The band have announced the first series of dates for a North American 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 February 19, 2017

01 – Boston announce first dates for North American tour
02 – Metallica frontman James Hetfield livid after Grammys mishap
03 – Chickenfoot premiere Divine Termination video
04 – VIDEO: Angus Young joins Guns N’ Roses for AC/DC classics in Sydney
05 – Pink Floyd to release individual volumes from Early Years box set
06 – Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine responds to Grammy Awards gaffe
07 – VIDEO: Metallica sing Rihanna in latest Carpool Karaoke preview
08 – Metallica announce North American stadium tour
09 – John Mellencamp announces new album and North American tour
10 – Linkin Park announce new album and stream single Heavy



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Feb 12: Van Halen
Feb 05: David Lee Roth
Jan 29: Cheap Trick
Jan 22: Def Leppard
Jan 15: Deep Purple

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Anthrax film UK show for DVD release


photo: Leon Neal

Anthrax filmed their February 15 show at the Barrowland in Glasgow, Scotland for a DVD release later this year.

The event is part of the band’s first UK/European headline tour in more than a decade, which sees Anthrax performing their 1987 album, “Among The Living”, in its entirety as it marks its 30th anniversary.

"I don't know why it took us so long to come back to the UK and headline our own tour," says singer Joey Belladonna, "but I'm sure glad we did. These shows have been some of the best we've ever done, and that's really due to the interaction with the fans, they've just been crazy. And that's what we wanted to capture for this DVD."

Directed by Paul Green, the two-hour-plus Glasgow show was filmed with seventeen cameras, including five Go-Pros and a full-size camera crane.

The first five days on the UK tour saw a 150% increase in traffic on the band's website, and in less than a week, nearly 30,000 votes were cast by fans to help the band create the set lists for the UK and European shows.

Anthrax will begin the European leg of the run in Utrecht, Netherlands on February 19; they will follow then kick off a co-headlining North American tour with Killswitch Engage in Montclair, NJ on March 29.



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VIDEO: Anthrax singer performs anthem at Syracuse Orange NCAA game
Anthrax issue Suzerain lyric video
Anthrax announce North American tour
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VIDEO: Roger Waters previews new album




Roger Waters is streaming a video preview featuring a taste of music of his forthcoming album, “Is This The Life We Really Want?”

It’s the second advance look at the bassist’s first original record in 25 years, following some studio footage issued last month.

Waters has been working in London and Los Angeles with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich on the project, which marks the follow-up to 1992’s “Amused To Death.”

While no official release date has yet been announced, the former Pink Floyd member says the album is “coming soon.”

Waters will debut material from the record on a North American tour that begins in Kansas City, MO on May 26.

"We are going to take a new show on the road, the content is very secret," he says. "It'll be a mixture of stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things. Probably 75% of it will be old material and 25% will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme. It will be a cool show, I promise you. It'll be spectacular like all my shows have been.”



See also:

Pink Floyd to release individual volumes from Early Years box set
VIDEO: Roger Waters previews first album in 25 years
Pink Floyd to complete vinyl reissues series with pair of 1980s albums
VIDEO: Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason hosts Early Years box set preview
Search Pink Floyd at hennemusic

Friday, February 17, 2017

John Mellencamp announces new album and North American tour



John Mellencamp will release his 23rd album, “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies”, on April 21 and has announced dates for a North American tour in support of the project.

The record sees the Indiana rocker working with country legend Carlene Carter, who opened every show of his acclaimed 2015-2016 Plain Spoken tour.

Carter will return to hit the road with Mellencamp for shows staring June 5 in Denver, CO, with dates currently scheduled to the end of summer; the pair will be joined by Emmylou Harris and folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine.

Multi-platinum selling recording artist Jewel will also step in for the tour’s two Oregon dates, substituting for Emmylou Harris as the special guest opener.

Mellencamp.com and VIP pre-sale tickets will be available beginning February 22 at 10:00am, with general public seats on sale beginning February 24 at 10:00am.

Every online ticket comes with one physical CD of “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.”

John Mellencamp
“Sad Clowns & Hillbillies”
2017 North American tour


Jun 05 - Greenwood Village, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Jun 07 - Boise, ID - Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden **
Jun 08 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Park
Jun 10 - Troutdale, OR - McMenamins Edgefield #
Jun 11 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater #
Jun 13 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery **
Jun 14 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery **
Jun 17 - Murphys, CA - Ironstone Amphitheatre
Jun 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
Jun 21 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
Jun 22 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Jun 24 - Saint Augustine, FL - Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
Jun 25 - Boca Raton, FL - Mizner Park Amphitheatre
Jun 27 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre **
Jun 28 - Cary, NC - Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Jun 30 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Jul 01 - Lenox, MA - Tanglewood
Jul 03 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap ***
Jul 06 - Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Music Center
Jul 07 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts **
Jul 08 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC
Jul 11 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
Aug 04 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair *
Aug 05 - Davenport, IA - Mississippi Valley Fair *
Aug 29 - St Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair *
Aug 31 - Allentown, PA - The Great Allentown Fair *
Sep 01 - Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Fair *

# Jewel is Special Guest for this show, Emmylou Harris will not be performing
* Emmylou Harris and Lily and Madeleine will not be appearing
** Public & Pre-Sale Ticket on sale date TBA
*** July 03 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap on sale March 18 at 10am


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VIDEO: John Mellencamp performs on Letterman
VIDEO: John Mellencamp meets doctor who saved his life
VIDEO: John Mellencamp performs on NBC’s Today Show
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VIDEO: Metallica sing Rihanna in latest Carpool Karaoke preview




Metallica can be seen singing Rihanna’s 2012 smash, “Diamonds”, in the latest preview to the upcoming launch of Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke series.

The metal veterans were previously featured in the first trailer singing their 1986 classic, “Master Of Puppets”, on the road and 1991's “Enter Sandman” in a supermarket.

Based on the segment that has become a global viral video sensation on CBS-TV’s The Late Late Show with James Corden, the new Apple series features 16 celebrity pairings riding along in a car together as they sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don’t expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over.

Where Corden initiated the series in the spring of 2015 as host and driver before selling the branding rights, the Apple version will occasionally feature the CBS star as well as other guests playing host through the 16-episode run, which will include appearances by Will Smith, Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and more.

Apple’s Carpool Karaoke is expected to debut soon this spring.

Metallica will resume the WorldWired tour in support of their No. 1 album, “Hardwired…To Self Destruct”, with three shows in Mexico City next month before a series of Lollapalooza appearances in South America in late March.



See also:

Metallica frontman James Hetfield livid after Grammys mishap
Metallica announce North American stadium tour
VIDEO: Metallica perform with Lady Gaga at Grammy Awards
San Francisco Giants to host 5th annual Metallica Night
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Linkin Park announce new album and stream single Heavy


photo: James Minchin

Linkin Park are streaming a lyric video for “Heavy” as the lead single from their newly-announced forthcoming album, “One More Light.”

The band delivered the live debut of the track – with guest vocals by Kiiara alongside frontman Chester Bennington – from their rehearsal space on Thursday during a Facebook Live session, a social media platform where the band enjoys 62 million followers.

"We're super-excited about the song, and the excitement around it has been kind of crazy," Mike Shinoda tells Billboard. "We've put out a lot of first singles, and I've actually kind of been taken aback by the amount of excitement over the song and everything.

“I got introduced to Kiiara by [DJ} Zane Lowe. He interviewed her and asked her what her favorite music was, and she said Linkin Park right off the bat and he emailed me and said, ‘She's really interesting. I think she's so cool, and you guys should really meet.’ So we started talking and one thing led to another.

“Originally Chester had sung the whole song,” Shinoda adds, “but we felt like it needed this other perspective; if you hear another voice on it, it would make it feel like it's coming from more than one person. We asked her if she'd sing on it, and I thought it really took the song to another dimension."

Due May 19, “One More Light” marks Linkin Park’s seventh album and follow-up to 2014's "The Hunting Party", which debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200.

Linkin Park
"One More Light"

Release date: May 19

01. Nobody Can Save Me
02. Good Goodbye
03. Talking to Myself
04. Battle Symphony
05. Invisible
06. Heavy
07. Sorry for Now
08. Halfway Right
09. One More Light
10. Sharp Edges


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Linkin Park recording new album
Linkin Park singer leaves Stone Temple Pilots
Linkin Park singer reveals post-leg surgery photos
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Pink Floyd to release individual volumes from Early Years box set



Pink Floyd will release a series of individual volumes from “The Early Years 1965-1972” box set on March 24.

Issued last November, the original 27-disc package delivered 130 tracks from the band’s formative years, including TV recordings, BBC Sessions, outtakes and demos and more than 20 unreleased songs. Also featured were 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and more than 5 hours of rare concert footage.

Next month, Pink Floyd are releasing six individual volumes from the box set, breaking down the massive project into bite-sized chunks by years to give fans the opportunity to hear the sonic evolution of the group – from the mid-1960s with original member Syd Barrett to the growth shown by 1972 as the band prepared “The Dark Side Of The Moon” album.

In addition to the six releases, a 2-CD highlights album, “The Early Years – Cre/ation”, is also available.

Pink Floyd released their final album, “The Endless River”, in 2014. The project featured material recorded by David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason during sessions for 1994’s “The Division Bell.” The album also served as a tribute to Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65.

Pink Floyd
“The Early Years 1965-1972”
Individual Volumes

Release date: March 24

1965-67 – Cambridge St/ation
1968 – Germin/ation
1969 – Dramatis/ation
1970 – Devi/ation
1971 – Reverber/ation
1972 – Obfusc/ation


See also:

VIDEO: Roger Waters previews first album in 25 years
Pink Floyd to complete vinyl reissues series with pair of 1980s albums
VIDEO: Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason hosts Early Years box set preview
Pink Floyd preview Early Years box set with video for Green Is The Colour
Search Pink Floyd at hennemusic