Friday, March 31, 2017

Steve Perry to join Journey for Rock Hall induction

Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain has confirmed that former bandmate Steve Perry will attend the band’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 7 in New York.

“The ceremony is the first time we’re going to get to see Steve Perry in a long time, so that’ll be fun,” Cain tells the Dayton Daily News. “As far as we know he’s just going to accept the award and then skedaddle. That’s all I know, unless something changes. Arnel is going to represent very well, like he always does.”

While there remains no confirmation that Perry will reunite to perform at the Rock Hall event with his former bandmates for the first time in more than 25 years, Cain is referring to current singer Arnel Pineda, who joined the lineup in 2007 after being discovered by founder and guitarist Neal Schon singing Journey covers on YouTube with Filipino band The Zoo.

“It’s amazing because Arnel has been consistently on the road for 10 years now,” added the keyboardist. “I don’t think any singer in the band has stayed on the road as long as Arnel has.”

The San Francisco band have released a pair of albums with Pineda, including 2008’s “Revelation” and 2011’s “Eclipse.”

Journey had their most successful commercial period with Perry, who joined the group in 1977; a string of multi-platinum albums followed before his departure in 1998. The last time the singer performed with his former band was at a tribute show for legendary concert promoter Bill Graham following his passing in 1991.

The classic Perry lineup of JourneyCain, Neal Schon, Steve Smith, Aynsley Dunbar and Ross Valory – will enter the 2017 Rock Hall alongside founding keyboardist/singer Gregg Rolie.

Journey are being inducted by Train fornman Pat Monahan alongside Pearl Jam, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur.

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VIDEO: Eric Clapton spotted in wheelchair at Los Angeles airport

Video has surfaced of Eric Clapton leaving Los Angeles on Wednesday in a wheelchair after postponing a pair of concerts in the city last weekend over health issues.

TMZ reports the guitar icon was seen holding hands with one of his daughters as he was wheeled through the terminal at LAX.

Clapton – who turned 72 on March 30 – recently launched his limited run of 2017 shows with two dates at New York’s Madison Square Garden before heading to Los Angeles.

“Due to severe bronchitis and under doctor’s advisement, Eric Clapton is rescheduling two shows at The Forum in Los Angeles,” read the official statement by the guitarist’s representatives. “The Saturday March 25th show will now be held Wednesday, September 13th. The Sunday March 26th show will now be held Monday September 18th.

“He is very sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to these shows. Ticketholders can retain their tickets for the new dates or refunds will be issued at point of purchase. In addition, Eric will play the already scheduled two shows at The Forum September 15th and 16th.”

Last year, Clapton revealed the extent of various health issues had made playing guitar, among other things, a challenge for him.

“I’ve had quite a lot of pain over the last year,” said Clapton. “It started with lower back pain and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy, which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your leg.

"[It's] hard work to play the guitar and I've had to come to terms with the fact that it will not improve. And I’ve had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old.”

The guitarist is next scheduled to perform three nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall in May.

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Pearl Jam celebrate Rock Hall induction with video retrospective

Pearl Jam are celebrating their upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with a new video retrospective set to the soundtrack of their 1991 debut single “Alive.”

“I'll ride the wave where it takes me,” says band videographer Kevin Shuss. “To celebrate Pearl Jam's induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, I made this video to look back at the band's first 25 years. Thanks guys! Can't wait to see what the future holds.”

“Alive” introduced the Seattle band just three weeks before the release of their debut album, “Ten.”

Alongside follow-up singles “Even Flow”, “Jeremy” and “Oceans”, the project eventually peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 13 million copies in the States alone.

On April 7 at New York’s Barclays Center, longtime associate Neil Young will induct Pearl Jam as part of the Class of 2017 alongside fellow honorees Journey, the Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur.

Set to be honored are the current Pearl Jam lineup of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron, and founding member Dave Krusen, while the Rock Hall failed to acknowledge the work of drummers Dave Abbruzzese, Matt Chamberlain and Jack Irons.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

VIDEO: The Who preview Live At The Isle Of Wight 2004 package

The Who are streaming video of the track “Naked Eye” as a preview to the forthcoming multi-format release of “Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 2004.”

Due June 2, the set captures the band’s first performance at the event since 1970, and as part of The Who’s first concerts in their home country since the death of founding member and bassist John Entwistle from a heart attack induced by a cocaine overdose in Las Vegas in 2002.

Delivering a full set of Who classics, the lineup for this show featured vocalist Roger Daltrey, guitarists Pete and Simon Townshend, bassist Pino Palladino, drummer Zak Starkey and keyboardist John “Rabbit” Bundrick.

“The Who Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 2004” will be issued on DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD and Digital formats.

The Who recently announced the first series of dates for a residency this summer at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV as part of the 4th year of the band’s current farewell tour.

The group will launch a six-date run at the venue starting July 29, with five shows scheduled for early August…and more to be announced.

The Who
“Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 2004”

Release date: June 2

“I Can’t Explain”
“Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere”
“Who Are You”
“Behind Blue Eyes”
“Baba O’Riley”
“The Punk And The Godfather”
“Love, Reign O’er Me”
“Eminence Front”
“Naked Eye”
“Real Good Looking Boy”
“You Better You Bet”
“My Generation”
“Old Red Wine”
“Won’t Get Fooled Again”
Medley: “Pinball Wizard” / “Amazing Journey” / “Sparks”
Medley: “See Me, Feel Me” / “Listening To You”
“Magic Bus”

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The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac to headline Classic East and West festivals

The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac will headline a pair of US festivals this summer.

Organized by manager Irving Azoff and reportedly inspired by the success of the Desert Trip events last year, the bands will perform at The Classic West festival at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and The Classic East at Citi Field in New York.

The Eagles will headline the July 15 show at Dodger Stadium alongside Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, and Fleetwood Mac will top the July 16 event with Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire.

The same lineups will play in the same order in New York on July 29 and 30.

An American Express presale runs April 3 at 10a through April 6 at 10p, with general public tickets going on sale in each city on April 7 at 10a local time.

Full details are available at

The festival news is of special interest to Eagles fans: following the 2016 death of guitarist Glenn Frey, the group performed a tribute to their fallen bandmate at the Grammy Awards with drummer Don Henley telling the BBC last March that it was their farewell performance.

There’s no official word yet as to a replacement for Frey, but longtime associate Jackson Browne joined the Eagles lineup for the Grammys tribute.

In between the festivals, Henley will perform a 70th birthday concert in Dallas, TX on July 22.

On March 31, Fleetwood Mac will release an expanded reissue of their 1987 album, “Tango In The Night.”

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Allman Brothers guitarist’s wife arrested for threatening to shoot teens

The wife of former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts has been arrested in Florida after allegedly threatening to shoot more than a dozen high school students rowing near her backyard in Osprey.

According to ABC News7 in Sarasota, local police reportedly secured video of the incident, which shows Donna Betts standing on her dock late Monday afternoon, aiming a 30-30 Winchester rifle at the rowing crew and threatening to shoot them as they practiced nearby.

At the end of the video, Betts can be seen throwing the rifle into the water; it was later recovered by police.

Following the incident, Betts called 911 claiming "the crew from Sarasota High School have destroyed her life and she has had it, identifying herself as Donna."

The rocker’s wife has been charged with 18 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and for "causing a well-founded fear coupled with the ability to produce great bodily harm and/or death."

Betts was given supervised released on a $180,000 bond on Wednesday. She must wear an ankle bracelet and stay away from drugs during her bond arrangement; she is also prohibited from contacting any member of the rowing team.

A founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts served several stints with the group before his departure in 2000.

After 45 years together, the band performed its final show on October 28, 2014 at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

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Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford to release box set

Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford will release a 14-disc box set this spring detailing his work outside of the legendary UK metal pioneers.

Due May 19, “The Complete Collection” will deliver four albums by Fight, the lone record by 2wo, and seven titles from the solo band Halford.

The rocker launched his solo work with Fight after leaving Judas Priest in 1992. A pair of studio albums was followed a by two compilation records by the time the band shut things down in 1995.

After Fight, Halford collaborated with guitarist John Lowery (John 5) in an industrial-influenced project called 2wo which was executively produced by Trent Reznor and released on his Nothing Records label.

The singer launched solo band Halford in 2000 with the highly-acclaimed release, “Resurrection”, and 2002’s “Crucible” before reuniting with Judas Priest for 2005’s “Angel Of Retribution”; Halford would go on to release two more solo band studio records and a pair of live albums.

Last month, Judas Priest delivered an expanded 30th anniversary reissue of their 1986 album, “Turbo.”

The group are currently working on the follow-up to 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls” with plans to release a new album this year before returning to the road in 2018.

Rob Halford
“The Complete Collection”

Release date: May 19


K5: The War of Words Demos (recorded 1992, released 2007)
War of Words (1993)
Mutations (1994)
A Small Deadly Space (1995)


Voyeurs (1998)


Resurrection (2000)
Live Insurrection (2 CDs, 2001)
Crucible (2002)
Live in Anaheim (2 CDs; recorded 2003, released 2010)
Halford III: Winter Songs (2009)
Halford IV: Made of Metal (2010)
Live At Saitama Super Arena (2011)

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Aerosmith postpone US tour plans to record new album

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has revealed that the Boston band has postponed plans for a US tour later year in order to return to the studio to work on a new album.

“We want to get in and give ourselves some time to get something done,” Perry tells AZCentral. “We definitely have another record in us, if not two. But we’ll see how that goes.”

Beyond a potential follow-up to 2012’s “Music From Another Dimension”, the group will launch a summer European run of the “Aero-Vederci Baby!” trek in May as part of what’s been initially promoted as a farewell tour, but the guitarist says that may not be the case.

“Not officially, no,” says Perry. “But we postponed the American tour we were supposed to do this fall. And we’re gonna go out and tour until, you know, we’re done. And we’re gonna try and hit every place we’ve ever played and never played. There’s always new places to go. New countries. I’d like to play China and the Far East. There’s a lot of places that are off the beaten path. Is this the last tour? Well, I don’t know. I don’t think so.”

“It sounded like a good idea when we were just sitting around,” he adds, “but when we started doing interviews, actually having to verbalize it, if you’re saying farewell tour, that means you have to have a last gig – at least theoretically. And we couldn’t wrap our minds around actually saying this is gonna be our last gig. We’ve been doing it for too long and none of us could picture that.”

Aerosmith are scheduled to play one US date this year: they’ll perform at the 2017 NCAA March Madness Music Festival in conjunction with the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Phoeniz, AZ on April 2.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

George Harrison’s son to induct ELO into Rock Hall

ELO: (L-R) Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan and Roy Wood

The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has announced that George Harrison’s son, Dhani, will induct the Electric Light Orchestra as part of the Class Of 2017 at New York’s Barclays Center on April 7.

The Beatles guitarist worked closely with ELO cofounder Jeff Lynne through the years, including co-producing Harrison’s 1987 album, “Cloud Nine”, and as bandmates in The Traveling Wilburys. The pair regrouped to work on another solo album, “Brainwashed”, during which Harrison passed away from lung cancer and the project was completed by Dhani and Lynne before its release in 2002.

Lynne and fellow Traveling Wilbury Tom Petty inducted George posthumously as a solo artist into the Rock Hall in 2004, with Dani joining them for a live performance that evening.

ELO co-founders Lynne, Roy Wood and Bev Bevan – alongside Richard Tandy – will be honored during the 2017 event next month alongside Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur.

Bevan has confirmed that he will miss the band’s induction due to prior commitments.

Formed in Birmingham, UK in 1970, ELO had a string of hits through the 1970s including “Evil Woman”, “Livin’ Thing”, “Strange Magic” and “Telephone Line” before shutting things down in 1986.

Bevan carried on as “ELO Part II” before selling his half of the rights to the ELO brand to Lynne in early 2000.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Heart singer Ann Wilson extends solo tour

Heart singer Ann Wilson has extended her current solo US tour with the addition of a second leg of summer dates.

The opening, spring leg is winding down following the trek’s launch in Seattle, WA earlier this month, and now Wilson has announced another two dozen shows starting May 19 in Indio, CA.

"People can expect the unexpected in 2017," says Wilson. "A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production. The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul stirring covers, songs from my years of solo work and the unforgettable songs of Heart."

The singer is joined by longtime Heart guitarist Craig Bartock, bassist Andy Stoller and Denny Fongheiser on drums and percussion.

Presale tickets for some dates begin March 29 with general public seats for most shows available March 31 at 10 AM local time.

Heart’s latest album is 2016’s “Beautiful Broken.”

Ann Wilson Of Heart
2017 US tour

Spring leg

Mar 29 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
Mar 30 - Westbury, NY - The Westbury Theater
Apr 01 - Peekskill, NY - Paramount Hudson Valley
Apr 02 - Londonderry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
Apr 04 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
Apr 06 - Philadelphia, PA - Keswick Theatre
Apr 07 - Providence, RI - Park Theatre PAC

Summer leg

May 19 – Indio, CA – Fantasy Springs Casino
May 21 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
May 23 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
May 26 – Florence, KY – UC Health System
May 28 – St. Louis, MO – River City Casino
May 31 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
Jun 01 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
Jun 03 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Pavilion
Jun 04 – Houston, TX – Arena Theatre
Jun 06 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
Jun 08 – For Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
Jun 10 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theater
Jun 11 – Fort Pierce, FL – Sunrise Theatre
Jun 13 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Jun 14 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights
Jun 16 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Jun 17 – Warren, OH – W.D. Packard Music Hall
Jun 19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
Jun 21 – Cedar Falls, IA – Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Jun 26 – Layton, UT – Kenley Amphitheater
Jun 27 – Sandy, UT – Sandy City Amphitheater
Jun 29 – Pleasanton, CA – Alameda County Fairgrounds
Jun 30 – San Rafael, CA – Marin County Fair
Jul 02 – Anaheim CA – The Grove of Anaheim

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Pink Floyd: Dark Side Of The Moon recording console sells at auction

The studio console used by Pink Floyd to famously record their 1973 album, “The Dark Side Of The Moon”, sold at auction in New York on Monday for more than double its presale estimate.

The rare EMI TG12345 MK IV recording console – one of only two ever made – sold for 1,807,500 during the Bonhams' TCM Presents … Rock and Roll Through The Lens auction to an anonymous bidder.

The equipment was housed in Abbey Road's famed Studio 2 from 1971 to 1983, with Pink Floyd and many other artists using the gear for various recording ventures.

Seller and producer Mike Hedges initially purchased the console from Abbey Road in 1983 when the studio upgraded its equipment; he said it was still in "excellent working condition" upon its sale.

"The world record price of this important item of music engineering only confirms the military precision of EMI craftsmanship and the powerhouse persona of Abbey Road Studio,” says Katherine Schofield, Head of Entertainment Memorabilia in London. “The intense bidding seen in the room and on the phone speaks to its association with one of the UK's most relevant and successful bands, Pink Floyd, and highlights the fact that this is far from being any ordinary console."

Produced by Pink Floyd with engineering by Alan Parsons and mixing by Chris Thomas, “The Dark Side Of The Moon” was recorded at Abbey Road between June 1972 and January 1973.

The project went on to become one of the biggest-selling albums in music history at more than 50 million copies worldwide while continuing to be in demand as each year passes.

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Sammy Hagar & James Hetfield announce 4th annual Acoustic 4 A Cure benefit

Sammy Hagar and Metallica’s James Hetfield have announced details for the fourth 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 Hagar and a lineup that includes (in alphabetical order) Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Don Felder, Mick Fleetwood, Dave Grohl, Vic Johnson, Sarah McLachlan, Steve Vai and Bob Weir.

Grohl will perform in place of Hetfield, who will be away on tour with Metallica.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 31 at 10:00 AM PDT at 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

Hagar and supergroup Chickenfoot have just released “Best + Live”, a two-disc compilation of tracks from the band’s two studio albums alongside audio from a 2009 concert in Phoenix, AZ originally only available as video on the 2010 DVD/Blu-ray "Get Your Buzz On."

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Ghost add headline dates to North American tour with Iron Maiden

Swedish rockers Ghost have announced a series of US headline dates during this summer’s North American tour with Iron Maiden.

In addition to the joint trek – which begins in Bristow, VA on June 3 – Ghost will play 13 shows of their own along the way in support of their 2016 EP “Popestar.”

Pre-sale tickets for the Ghost headlining dates are on sale now with general public seats available March 31 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Last month, the group won the "Best Hard Rock/Metal" category at the Swedish Grammis Awards in Stockholm for “Popestar”, ahead of fellow nominees Amaranthe, Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas, Dark Tranquillity and In Flames.

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

Under the leadership of Papa Emeritus III, Ghost debuted its new lineup of Nameless Ghouls at the launch of a spring European tour in Norwich, UK on March 24.

2017 US headline shows

Jun 06 - Albany, NY - The Palace Theatre
Jun 08 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
Jun 10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
Jun 14 - Louisville, KY - The Palace Theater
Jun 17 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Civic Center
Jun 22 - Corpus Christi, TX - The Pavilion at Concrete Street
Jun 26 - Midland, TX - La Hacienda
Jun 30 - Fresno, CA - Rainbow Ballroom
Jul 08 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore
Jul 13 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Jul 14 - Fort Wayne, IN - Embassy Theater
Jul 18 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
Jul 20 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore

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Monday, March 27, 2017

VIDEO: Royal Blood tease new music

UK rockers Royal Blood are teasing music from their forthcoming second album in a newly-released video from the recording studio.

“This is us then, where are you now?”, asks the duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher across their social media sites alongside the footage.

No timetable has been revealed yet regarding the follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut album, which entered the UK charts at No. 1 on its way to becoming the fastest-selling British rock debut in their native country 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.

Royal Blood will begin their 2017 live schedule with appearances at a pair of US festivals – including The Governors Ball in New York over the first weekend in June and Bonnaroo on June 11 – followed by The UK’s Eden Project on June 22 and full summer of European festival dates.

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ELO drummer to miss Rock Hall induction

ELO: (L-R) Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan and Roy Wood

Electric Light Orchestra cofounder and drummer Bev Bevan will miss the band’s induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next month due to prior commitments.

The group will be honored at New York’s Barclays Center on April 7 alongside Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur.

“Unfortunately I will not be able to attend ELO’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame due to the fact that I am on tour in the UK with another great friend of Jeff (Lynne), Richard (Tandy) and Roy (Wood)..the legend that is ‘Jasper Carrott’,” writes Bevan on Facebook. “These dates have been sold out for some time and when the news broke about our induction it was too late to change them.

“It would have been fantastic to meet up with Roy, Jeff and Richard again,” he continues, calling the recognition a great honor. “I have been incredibly fortunate to have had a life in the music business from my first band ‘Rocking Ronnie & The Renegades’ to ‘Black Sabbath and all the bits inbetween including The Move, Denny Laine & The Diplomats, Carl Wayne & The Vikings, Quill, The Electric Light Orchestra, the Brum Rocks concerts, Stand Up & Rock and more… surrounded by great talented musicians. It has been a blast and I still get a buzz every time I walk out on stage.

“However, I would like to add that without the support of the record buying and concert going public my great career could never have happened. So a huge thank you goes out to everyone who has ever purchased a record that I played on or been to any of the concerts. Hope to see you soon at a gig somewhere.”

Bevan formed ELO with Lynne and Wood in Birmingham, UK in 1970. The band’s unique mix of rock and classic elements saw the group score a series of hits throughout the 1970s with songs like “Evil Woman”, “Livin’ Thing”, “Strange Magic”, “Telephone Line”, “Shine A Little Love” and “Don’t Bring Me Down”, among others.

ELO members went their separate ways in 1986, with Bevan carrying on as “ELO Part II” before selling his half of the rights to the ELO brand to Lynne in early 2000.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

VIDEO: Watch Metallica headline Lollapalooza Brazil

photo: Jeff Yeager / Metallica

Metallica headlined the Lollapalooza festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 25 and professional video of the band’s full set has surfaced online.

The group delivered an 18-song set of classics and tracks from their current album, “Hardwired…To Self Destruct”, at Autódromo de Interlagos.

The two-disc set was produced by Greg Fidelman, drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist James Hetfield.

A Deluxe Edition of the package adds a bonus disc of rarities and covers, including takes on tracks by Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and Rainbow, and the group’s full set at Rasputin's in Berkeley, California on Record Store Day 2016 to celebrate the reissues of “Kill 'Em All” and “Ride The Lightning.”

The weekend event in Sao Paulo also saw performances by The Strokes, The XX, The Chainsmokers, Duran Duran and more.

Metallica will next play at Lollapalooza festivals in Argentina (March 31) and Chile (April 1) before launching a 25-show summer stadium tour of North America at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD on May 10.

The band will begin a European trek in September.

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VIDEO: Pink Floyd stream rare studio footage of Echoes

Pink Floyd are streaming rare 1971 footage of studio sessions featuring the band working on the epic track, “Echoes”, in sync with the March 24 release of a series of individual volumes from “The Early Years 1965-1972” box set.

Video of the work-in-progress – which appeared on Pink Floyd’s sixth album, “Meddle” – can be seen as part of a documentary, “24 hours - Bootleg Records.” The 1971 UK broadcast features an interview with band manager Steve O’Rourke on the subject of bootlegs and includes footage of the group hearing one of their own for the very first time.

The video appears on the DVD/Blu-ray “1971 Reverber/ation”, one of six volumes issued separately this month after appearing on last November’s release of the box set.

The 27-disc package features 130 tracks from the band’s formative years, including TV recordings, BBC Sessions, outtakes, demos and more than 20 unreleased songs alongside 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and more than 5 hours of rare concert footage.

In addition to the six volumes spotlighting Pink Floyd’s work by year, a 2-CD highlights album, “The Early Years – Cre/ation”, is also available.

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Eric Clapton postpones Los Angeles concerts due to illness

Eric Clapton has postponed a pair of concerts in Los Angeles, CA after taking ill this past week.

“Due to severe bronchitis and under doctor’s advisement, Eric Clapton is rescheduling this weekend’s two shows at The Forum in Los Angeles,” read the official statement by the guitarist’s representatives. “The Saturday March 25th show will now be held Wednesday, September 13th. The Sunday March 26th show will now be held Monday September 18th.

“He is very sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to these shows.

“Ticketholders can retain their tickets for the new dates or refunds will be issued at point of purchase. In addition, Eric will play the already scheduled two shows at The Forum September 15th and 16th.”

News of the Los Angeles date changes follows Clapton’s launch of his 2017 concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 19 and 20.

The guitarist is playing a limited, eight-date US run this year alongside three nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall in May.

Clapton’s latest release is “Live In San Diego with Special Guest JJ Cale”, which captures the guitarist in a 2007 concert as part of a tour in support of his and Cale’s 2006 album, “The Road To Escondido.”

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Eric Clapton tops the hennemusic Hot 10

Eric Clapton tops this week’s hennemusic Hot 10.

The guitarist opened his series of 2017 concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 19.

Read all about it and check out the video 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 26, 2017

01 – VIDEO: Eric Clapton opens 2017 concerts in New York
02 – Scorpions announce North American tour with Megadeth
03 – Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian dead at 67
04 – Rock Hall: Geddy Lee of Rush will NOT perform with Yes at 2017 induction
05 – Led Zeppelin: Stairway To Heaven trial verdict appealed
06 – AC/DC promoter fined over 2016 concert with Axl Rose in Spain
07 – Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant performs Kashmir for first time without Jimmy Page
08 – Geddy Lee of Rush to perform with Yes at Rock Hall induction
09 – Pink Floyd to issue unreleased 1966 recording for Record Store Day
10 – VIDEO: Eddie Vedder reunites with Pearl Jam drummer for Pink Floyd classic in Seattle

See also:

Mar 19: Robert Plant
Mar 12: Yes
Mar 05: Pink Floyd
Feb 26: Def Leppard
Feb 19: Boston

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Iron Maiden expand vinyl reissues series

Iron Maiden have expanded their vinyl reissues series with twelve albums from the band’s catalogue scheduled for re-release on heavyweight 180g black vinyl this spring.

Following the 2014 launch of reissues of the group’s first eight records, the band are following up with a dozen projects that will be released over a three-month period.

On May 19, Iron Maiden will release “No Prayer For The Dying”, “Fear Of The Dark”, “The X Factor” and “Virtual XI.”

June 23 will deliver “Brave New World”, “Rock In Rio” (Live), "Dance Of Death" and “A Matter Of Life And Death.”

The 2017 editions wrap up on July 21 with “Death On The Road” (Live), “Flight 666” (Live), “The Final Frontier” and “En Vivo!” (Live).

As a bonus, the first two albums (“No Prayer For The Dying” and “Fear Of The Dark”) will also be made available in an exclusive Collector’s Box sized to house all 12 albums with additional space for fans to insert the latest Maiden studio album “The Book Of Souls”, which was released on triple black vinyl in 2015. The Collector’s Box will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last.

The 2017 releases will complete the group’s vinyl reissues series.

Iron Maiden return to the road for more dates on “The Book Of Souls” world tour starting April 22 in Antwerp, Belgium; a UK trek will follow in Nottingham on May 4 and the 2017 vinyl reissues will surface during the band’s North American summer tour, which begins in Bristow, VA on June 3.

Iron Maiden
2017 vinyl reissues

May 19

Collector's Box
“No Prayer For The Dying”
“Fear Of The Dark”
“The X Factor”
“Virtual XI”

June 23

“Brave New World”
“Rock In Rio” (Live)
“Dance Of Death”
“A Matter Of Life And Death”

July 21

“Death On The Road” (Live)
“Flight 666” (Live)
“The Final Frontier”
“En Vivo!” (Live)

See also:

Iron Maiden successfully limit scalping for UK tour
Iron Maiden announce North American tour
Rock your kids to sleep with Lullaby Renditions Of Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden announce UK tour
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The Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger announces US tour

photo: Jill Jarrett / Robbie Krieger

Guitarist Robbie Krieger of The Doors has announced dates for a spring US tour.

The 2-month, 11-show run will begin April 4 in Pasadena, CA in in support of Krieger’s latest project, “In Session.”

The set features a compilation of guest appearances by the guitarist on classic tunes alongside Jackson Browne, Hawkwind's Nik Turner, Asia's John Wetton, Styx's Tommy Shaw, Start Trek's William Shatner and others.

Krieger will be performing music from The Doors on the tour, where he’ll be joined by his son, Waylon, on lead vocals.

Earlier this year, Krieger and drummer John Densmore marked the 50th anniversary of The Doors’ debut’s release at a special event in Los Angeles, CA.

Joining the pair 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” during a public event at the intersection of Pacific and Windward Avenues, the location of the iconic “Venice” sign.

Robbie Krieger
Spring 2017 US tour

Apr 07 - Pasadena, CA - The Rose
Apr 08 - Ojai, CA - Ojai Libbey Bowl
Apr 16 - New York, NY - City Winery New York
Apr 19 - Shirley, MA - Bull Run
Apr 21 - Greensburg, PA - Palace Theatre
Apr 22 - Newton, NJ - Newton Theatre
Apr 23 - Ardmore, PA - Ardmore Music Hall
May 05 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live
May 06 - Detroit, MI - The Filmore Detroit
May 07 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
May 27 - Simi Valley, CA - Rancho Santa Susana Community

See also:

AUDIO: The Doors preview expanded 50th anniversary edition of debut album
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
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Allman Brothers release 8-disc Fox Box set

The Allman Brothers have just issued the digital version of “The Fox Box”, an 8-disc set spanning a run of three shows at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre in 2004.

With a physical release due April 28, the package presents the group’s September 24, 25 & 26 sold-out concerts while on the road in support of 2003’s “Hittin’ The Note.”

Originally offered via the then-new "Instant Live" program – where fans could order a recording of the performance and leave the venue with the audio cd afterwards – “The Fox Box” provides a remastered audio mix of the Atlanta concerts.

The project delivers 53 songs over three shows with only one repeat, “Dreams”, which appears each night featuring a different guitar soloist – Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and Jack Pearson.

The 2004 lineup of the Allman Brothers Band included founding members Gregg Allman and drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, along with percussionist Marc Quinones, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks and bassist Oteil Burbridge.

Guitarist Jack Pearson, who was in the band from 1997 to 1999, was a special guest. Other guests included Derek's Tedeschi Trucks Band bandmate and wife Susan Tedeschi, Butch's son Vaylor Trucks and keyboardist Rob Baracco.

A full track listing for "The Fox Box" can be found below.

After 45 years together, the Allman Brothers Band performed its final show on October 28, 2014 at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

On January 24, Butch Trucks died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in West Palm Beach, FL at the age of 69.

Gregg Allman recently cancelled his live schedule for 2017 without explanation.

The Allman Brothers Band
“The Fox Box”

Release date: March 24 (digitally), April 28 (CD)

9/24/04 Disc 1
--Mountain Jam
--Trouble No More
--Midnight Rider
--Wasted Words
--Worried Down With The Blues
--You Don't Love Me
--Ain't Wastin' Time No More

Disc 2
--Rockin' Horse
--Hot 'Lanta
--Come And Go Blues
--Can't Love What You Never Had
--Why Does Love Got To Be So Bad?
--Franklin's Tower

Disc 3
--Black Hearted Woman
--Dreams (with Jack Pearson)
--Mountain Jam (reprise) (with Jack Pearson)
--Southbound (with Jack Pearson)

9/25/04 Disc 1
--Les Brers (Intro)
--Don't Want You No More / It's Not My Cross To Bear
--Statesboro Blues
--Stand Back
--Who's Been Talking
--Good Clean Fun
--Old Before My Time
--Woman Across The River
--Instrumental Illness

Disc 2
--The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
--Leave My Blues At Home
--Key To The Highway
--Don't Think Twice, It's Alright (with Susan Tedeschi)
--One Way Out (with Valor Trucks)
--Blue Sky
--Les Brers In A Minor

9/26/04 Disc 1
--Every Hungry Woman
--Done Somebody Wrong
--Hoochie Coochie Man
--High Cost Of Low Living
--44 Blues
--End Of The Line

Disc 2
--I Walk On Gilded Splinters
--Stormy Monday
--The Same Thing (with Rob Baracco)
--In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (with Rob Baracco)

Disc 3
--In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (cont'd, with Rob Baracco)
--Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
--No One To Run With
--Whippin' Post

See also:

Gregg Allman cancels 2017 live schedule
Allman Brothers Band drummer’s death ruled a suicide
Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks dead at 69
Gregg Allman cancels remaining 2016 concert dates
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Rolling Stones to release Latin American tour documentary

The Rolling Stones will release their 2016 tour documentary, “¡Olé, Olé, Olé! A Trip Across Latin America”, on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on May 26.

The project captures the group’s road trip across 10 Latin American cities, combining live performances with behind the scenes footage as it culminates in the historic tour finale with a historic free gig in Havana, Cuba before 1.2 million fans.

The trek marked the Stones’ first in the region since 2006’s A Bigger Bang Tour.

Directed by Paul Dugdale, “¡Olé, Olé, Olé!” was first introduced with theatrical screenings in Europe and North America late last year.

The 2017 release will also include seven exclusive bonus live tracks from the tour’s stops in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Lima.

Mick Jagger recently confirmed that The Rolling Stones are working on new music.

The rocker says the follow-up to 2016’s covers album, “Blue & Lonesome”, will feature original material.

See also:

The Rolling Stones are working on new music
The Rolling Stones: 2016 tour documentaries coming to US television
Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 5: THE ROLLING STONES
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian dead at 67

Former Boston drummer John Thomas "Sib" Hashian died March 22 at the age 67 after collapsing on stage during a performance on the Legends Of Rock Cruise in the Caribbean.

TMZ reports Hashian’s son, Adam, confirmed the drummer suddenly collapsed midset while playing with former Boston lead guitarist Barry Goudreau, while a witness tells the media outlet that attempts to revive him with CPR and a defibrillator failed.

The Legends Of Rock Cuise – featuring original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm, John Cafferty, The Grass Roots and former members of the Beach Boys and Kansas, among others – departed from Miami, FL on March 18 with planned stops including Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.

TMZ has been told the cruise will continue and other musicians will be performing tributes to the drummer.

Hashian joined Boston following the departure of original drummer Jim Masdea at the request of Epic Records. The rocker first performed with founder Tom Scholz, singer Brad Delp, bassist Fran Sheehan and Goudreau as part of a live performance audition for the label before a record deal was signed in 1975.

Hashian appeared on Boston’s 1976 self-titled debut and its follow-up, 1978’s “Don’t Look Back”; combined, the two projects have sold more than 24 million copies in the US alone.

The drummer left Boston during the recording of the band’s third release, 1986’s “Third Stage”, only to be replaced by a returning Masdea.

Hashian later sued Scholz for back royalties and the pair settled the matter out of court.

The drummer owned a record shop and a chain of tanning salons in Boston; he occasionally performed with Goudreau, Sheehan and Delp over the years, and dabbled as an actor in local theater.

Hashian has a son and two daughters – one of which, Lauren, gave birth to a daughter with boyfriend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in 2015.

Boston recently announced the addition of 21 concert dates to their upcoming summer tour of North America.

See also:

Boston expand Hyper Space tour
Boston expand North American tour
Boston announce first dates for North American tour
Boston cancel three North Carolina concerts over transgender law
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Scorpions announce North American tour with Megadeth

The Scorpions have announced the first series of dates for a fall North American tour with special guests Megadeth.

Shows will begin in Reading, PA on September 14, with dates currently running to mid-October and more to be announced.

“When our album Crazy World was released back in ’91, right at the end of the cold war,” explains singer Klaus Meine, “we toured around a world that was pretty crazy back then, but there was so much hope in the air for a more peaceful future. Now 26 years later, things are getting more crazy every other day.

“After all these years, ‘Crazy World’ is still a good motto for our upcoming world tour. We are very much looking forward to seeing all of you out there.”

The Scorpions’ eleventh album, “Crazy World” peaked at No. 21 on the US Billboard 200 with help from the international hit and Top 5 US single, “Wind Of Change”

The first date of the Crazy World North American tour to go on sale is the October 7 show at The Forum in Los Angeles – the presale runs March 23 from 10a-10p local time ahead of the general public tickets, which will be available March 24 at 10am local time.

Ticket details regarding the remaining dates will be announced soon.

The Scorpionswho made former Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee an official member last September – will play a series of European festivals over the summer ahead of the fall trek.

Megadeth recently won their first-ever Grammy Award in the Best Metal Performance category for the title track to their fifteenth album, “Dystopia.”

Crazy World
North American tour 2017

Sep 14 – Reading, PA - Santander Arena
Sep 16 – New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Sep 19 – Montreal, QC - Bell Centre **
Sep 22 – Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage Amphitheater
Sep 23 – Chicago, IL - All State Arena **
Sep 26 – Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center
Sep 29 – Spokane, WA - Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
Sep 30 – Seattle, WA - Tacoma Dome
Oct 03 – Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort
Oct 04 – Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
Oct 07 – Los Angeles - The Forum
Oct 08 – Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Arena
Oct 11 – San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum
Oct 12 – Dallas, TX - Pavilion at The Music Factory
Oct 14 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center
Oct 15 – Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena

** No Megadeth

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Motorhead drummer officially joins the Scorpions
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VIDEO: Green Day perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

photo: Mary Kouw / CBS

Green Day performed “Still Breathing” on CBS-TV’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, and video from the program is available.

The song is the second single issued from the band’s latest album, “Revolution Radio.”

The tune has been described by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong as “a very heavy song. Sometimes I run away from being too heavy. But sometimes it just comes out that way."

The chorus, "I'm still breathing on my own" alludes to the fact that "at some point, we're all going to have to be on life support," he added. "As time goes on, your thoughts get darker."

“Revolution Radio” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release fall, marking the group’s third US chart-topper following 2004’s “American Idiot” and 2009’s “21st Century Breakdown.”

Green Day are currently playing dates on a North American tour and will perform in Australia and New Zealand starting late next month.

See also:

Green Day expand tour of Australia and New Zealand
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VIDEO: Green Day rock The Late Late Show with James Corden
VIDEO: Green Day perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live
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