Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Metallica release second official video for Now That We’re Dead


photo: Jeff Yeager / Metallica

Metallica have released a second official video for “Now That We’re Dead”, the latest single from 2016’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.”

Directed by Brett Murray, the new clip was filmed during the band’s three-night run at Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico in early March.

The footage follows the song’s original studio video that was directed by Herring & Herring and issued last November alongside clips for all tracks on the group’s tenth album on the eve of its release.

Metallica’s Mexico City dates saw the live debut of “Dream No More” and a cover of a Stooges classic with opener Iggy Pop.

“Muchas Gracias Mexico!,” said the group at the time. “You showed us so much love that together we broke the record for the most people to attend three shows at Foro Sol as 197,444 of you rocked the house!”

The early dates on the band’s WorldWired tour preceded the launch of the North American leg in Baltimore, MD on May 10.

Currently enjoying a two-week break from the road, Metallica will resume the trek at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO on June 4.



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Chris Cornell’s brother posts tribute to the late Soundgarden singer


Chris and Peter Cornell

Chris Cornell’s brother, Peter Cornell, has posted a personal tribute to the late Soundgarden singer following his May 17 death in Detroit, MI at the age of 52.

“Friends, it's been difficult to put words together. My heart is broken,” writes Peter on his Facebook page alongside images of the first and last time they were together. “Chris was always just my brother. We just ‘were’. No pretense. No dog and pony show. We didn't have to get deep all the time. Sometimes we only needed to just be in the same room and just be present. That was enough.

“It wasn't until this week, it really hit me how he belonged to the world. That he is an icon and a legend. That being said, I am so sorry to YOU for your loss. Artists, actors, musicians. We rely on these people to lift us up. To inspire us and distract us in times of trouble. Chris protected us when we needed him to. His one of a kind-ness surrounded us like a suit of armor. He was a warrior and a wizard. A howling wolf and a trusted mentor.”

“My brother gave freely of his gifts and it was never a struggle,” he continues. “He kept himself from the saturation of celebrity in such a humble way. The power and anger and passion of my brother's music was always genuine, original and legitimate. He was the powerful, sensitive, fragile, angry, mystical creature that will exist forever in his body of work. And he did it for ALL of us. Giving it away. Leaving all on the stage or in the recordings that will keep him immortal.

“I will never wrap my head around his passing. I've been in shock since I heard the news. I can't and won't let him go.

“Please know, with all the humility I can muster from the depths of a pulverized heart, I THANK EACH OF YOU for your kindness and condolences. THANK YOU for finding me through YOUR tears.

“Hold your brothers close. Much Love! PC”


Chris Cornell was found dead in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit just hours after a Soundgarden concert at the city’s Fox Theatre on May 17.

The singer’s death has been ruled a suicide by hanging following an initial autopsy by The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, with a full report to follow.

The rocker was laid to rest during a private memorial service at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on May 26.



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David Gilmour: Live At Pompeii concert film to debut in theaters



David Gilmour will debut his new concert film, “Live At Pompeii”, in theaters worldwide on September 13.

The project captures the guitarist over two nights in July of 2016 at the legendary Pompeii Amphitheatre in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, 45 years after he first played there for Adrian Maben's classic film, “Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii.”

The concerts were the first-ever rock performances played to an audience in the ancient Roman amphitheatre, which was built in 90 BC and entombed in ash when Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.

The landmark 2016 dates on Gilmour’s tour in support of 2015’s “Rattle That Lock” earned the guitarist unique historical status as the only performer to play to an audience in the arena since the time of the gladiators, almost 2,000 years ago. The 1972 Pink Floyd concert documentary was filmed over four days in the fall of 1971 and recorded without an audience present.

"It's a magical place," says Gilmour, "and coming back and seeing the stage and the arena was quite overwhelming. It's a place of ghosts..."

Filmed in 4K by director Gavin Elder, “David Gilmour Live At Pompeii” features highlights from both shows and will be screened in more than 2,000 cinemas worldwide.

Fans will experience a mix of Gilmour solo tracks and Pink Floyd classics, including the rarely-played “The Great Gig In The Sky” from “The Dark Side Of The Moon”, and “One Of These Days”, the only song that was also performed by the band in the same venue in 1971.

Tickets for the worldwide theatrical screening of “David Gilmour Live At Pompeii” are available now via davidgilmourcinematickets.com



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Gregg Allman funeral details announced

photo: Peter Yang

Greg Allman will be laid to rest during a private memorial service in Macon, GA on Saturday, June 3.

The legendary musician died May 27 at his home in Savannah, GA from complications of liver cancer at the age of 69.

Allman’s longtime manager Michael Lehman has announced that the funeral – set for 1 p.m. at Snow’s Memorial Chapel on Cherry Street in Macon – will be a small friends and family-only service.

“The family is hoping to keep this between 75 and 100 people,” Lehman tells the Macon Telegraph, adding that the attire, per Allman’s request, would likely be blue jeans and, at the very dressiest, sports coats, but “no suits.”

In a private service after the funeral, Allman will be buried next to his brother, Duane, and late bandmate Berry Oakley, at the city’s Rose Hill Cemetery. Duane and Oakley both died in separate motorcycle accidents in Macon just three blocks and a year apart from each other in the early 70s.

Allman’s family has invited fans to line the route of the funeral procession to Rose Hill Cemetery. The procession will begin after the memorial service at the intersection of Cherry Street and 1st Street, run north on 1st Street and then turn west onto Riverside Drive to the entrance of Rose Hill Cemetery.

“The family respectfully asks for privacy during the memorial service and burial” read the official statement on Allman’s social media sites.

Gregg Allman was born in Nashville, TN in 1947. After playing in a number of groups to various degrees of success, Gregg and Duane formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1969 after a series of jams with guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley, and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.

Playing through several lineup changes and the highs and lows of a career in the music industry, the Allman Brothers Band performed its final show at the Beacon Theater in New York City on October 28, 2014 after 45 years together.

Gregg is survived by his wife Shannon Allman, his children Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family.



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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

VIDEO: Foo Fighters continue playing after BottleRock Festival pulls plug


photo: BottleRock Napa Festival

The Foo Fighters continued to perform their show-closer, “Everlong”, at the Bottlerock Festival in Napa Valley, CA on May 28 after organizers pulled the plug on power due to a strict 10 p.m. local curfew, and video from the show has surfaced online.

When the event’s sound system was shut down during a natural pause in the band’s classic 1997 hit, Dave Grohl and company kept playing and, as the audience realized what was happening, they joined in to help finish the song.

The Foo Fighters closed out the Memorial Day weekend event on a bill that also saw headline sets by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers and Maroon 5.

Following a planned hiatus after the completion of extensive touring in support of 2014’s “Sonic Highways”, the group will next appear at the Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland on June 16 before a series of festival dates across Europe this summer.

The Foo Fighters recently announced a series of August dates in Asia, including stops in Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore.



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AUDIO: Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow release first new recordings in two decades



Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow has released two singles that mark the band’s first new recordings in more than two decades.

Originally featured on 1981’s “Difficult To Cure”, the guitarist has re-recorded that project’s lead track, “I Surrender”, with new Rainbow vocalist Ronnie Romero.

A second track, “Land Of Hope And Glory”, is an instrumental reworking of the 1902 British patriotic song of the same name from Edward Elgar's "Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1."

"We recorded some songs for Blackmore’s Night and two songs with the new singer for Rainbow,” Blackmore recently told Japan’s Burrn! magazine. “I wrote one new song, and also recorded one of the old ones. Ronnie, who is in Madrid now, added his vocals and sent it back. Rather than make an album, we may release as singles."

The tunes mark the first recordings released by Rainbow since their eighth album, 1995’s “Stranger In Us All.” After completing a tour in support of the record, the guitarist left rock behind to form the medieval folk band Blackmore’s Night with then-girlfriend and now-wife Candice Night.

Blackmore regrouped Rainbow last year for live dates with a lineup that featured Romero, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith, bassist Bob Nouveau and backup singers Candice Night and Lady Lynn.

On June 9, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow will release “Live In Birmingham 2016”, a 2CD/digital audio set capturing the guitarist’s return to the rock stage during a June 2016 concert at the city’s Genting Arena that was the third and final date of the group’s European shows – following a pair of appearances at Monsters Of Rock festivals earlier the same month that were issued last fall as “Memories In Rock - Live In Germany.”

The Birmingham release will arrive prior to the launch of Rainbow’s upcoming UK tour: the band will headline the second annual Stone Free Festival at the 02 in London on June 17 before performing shows in Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.



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Monday, May 29, 2017

AUDIO: Fleetwood Mac’s Buckingham and McVie stream Sleeping Around The Corner



Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie are streaming “Sleeping Around The Corner” as the latest preview to their forthcoming self-titled debut album.

Due June 9, the set was introduced by the lead single, “In My World”, and will be debuted live during a series of summer dates across North America starting June 21 in Atlanta, GA.

“We’ve always had a particular musical relationship since he first joined the band – it was immediate,” McVie tells the Daily Express. “The whole band was just chemistry abounding but Lindsey and I, me being the piano player and him the guitar player, understand each other musically without saying anything.

“We’ve always worked well together over the years but never thought about doing an album together until recently and now we wonder why we didn’t think about doing it before.”

Beyond the debut summer tour, the pair will also regroup with Fleetwood Mac to co-headline The Classic East and West festivals in New York and Los Angeles alongside The Eagles.

The Eagles will headline the July 15 show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles alongside Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, with Fleetwood Mac topping the July 16 event with Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire; the same lineups will play in the same order at Citi Field in New York on July 29 and 30.


Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie
“Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie”

Release date: June 9

01. "Sleeping Around The Corner"
02. "Feel About You"
03. "In My World"
04. "Red Sun"
05. "Love Is Here To Stay"
06. "Too Far Gone"
07. "Lay Down For Free"
08. "Game Of Pretend"
09. "On With The Show"
10. "Carnival Begin"

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Gene Simmons hints at KISS farewell plans



Gene Simmons is hinting that a global KISS farewell event in the next few years will spell the end of the band as they begin to consider plans for retirement.

"We're the hardest-working band in show business,” Simmons tells Glasgow Live during the group’s current UK tour. “I wear over forty pounds of studs and armor and all that stuff, seven-inch platform heels, spit fire and have to fly through the air and do all that stuff.

"If Bono or Mick Jagger, who we all love, had to dress up and do what I do, they couldn't last an hour – they just couldn't."

"In hindsight,” he continued, “it would have been smarter to be a U2 or The Stones, to wear some sneakers and a t-shirt and you're comfortable. No, we had to do it the hard way.

"So we're not gonna be able to do it into our 70s, and I'm 67 now. We'll do it for a few more years, and then when we think it's time to go, we'll go, and we'll do it the right way, with a big party. I'd like to think that we would do something that rocks the planet – something big and worldwide and maybe free."

Simmons co-founded KISS with Paul Stanley in New York in January of 1973 from the ashes of the pair’s previous band, Wicked Lester. Lead guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss rounded out the band’s original, classic lineup, which was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

After several changes through the years, guitarist Tommy Thayer now wears Frehley’s makeup and drummer Eric Singer uses Criss’ makeup to perform material from throughout the band’s career.


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Linkin Park debut at US No. 1 with One More Light



Linkin Park have scored their sixth US No. 1 as “One More Light” debuts atop the Billboard 200.

The band’s seventh album sold 111,000 equivalent album units in its first week with 100,000 in traditional album sales, reports Billboard.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Linkin Park joins a small list of rock bands that have delivered at least six US No. 1 albums, including The Beatles (with 19), The Rolling Stones (nine), Led Zeppelin and U2 (both with seven), and Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Eagles and Metallica – all with six each.

“One More Light” was co-produced by vocalist/keyboardist Mike Shinoda and guitarist Brad Delson.

The project was introduced by the lead single, “Heavy” ft. Kiiara, and previewed with follow-ups “Battle Symphony” and “Invisible.”

Linkin Park will begin a month-long European tour at the Download Festival in Paris, France on June 9 before returning home for North American dates starting July 27 in Boston, MA.


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Sunday, May 28, 2017

VIDEO: Guns N’ Roses perform Chris Cornell tribute in Ireland




Guns N’ Roses paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell with a performance of Soundgarden’s 1994 smash, “Black Hole Sun”, during their May 27 show before 80,000 fans at Slane Castle in Ireland and video from the event has surfaced online.

“We wish we were doing it, of course, under much better circumstances,” Axl Rose told the crowd, “but this man was loved.”

As the last notes of “Black Hole Sun” faded away, Rose added simply, “For Chris.”

Bassist Duff McKagan had close ties to Cornell as part of the Seattle music community, and the two performed together with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2015 as part of a reunited lineup of the local supergroup Mad Season.

Cornell was laid to rest during a private memorial service at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on May 26 after being found dead in a Detroit hotel following a Soundgarden concert at the city’s Fox Theatre on May 17.

The Slane Castle event marked the opening night of Guns N’ Roses’ European tour.

The 7-week, 19-show run continues next with a May 30 appearance in Bilbao, Spain and will wrap up in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 15.

Following a two-week break, Guns N’ Roses return to North America for an additional 17 dates starting July 27 in St. Louis, MO.


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Guns N’ Roses top the hennemusic Hot 10




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

The reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan streamed a series of short videos previewing a Not In This Lifetime tour announcement.

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 May 28, 2017

01 – VIDEO: Guns N’ Roses preview Not In This Lifetime tour announcement
02 – Rob Zombie live release to feature White Zombie album performance
03 – VIDEO: Aerosmith launch farewell tour in Israel
04 – Soundgarden drummer pays tribute to Chris Cornell
05 – VIDEO: Robert Plant and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson jam with Paul Rodgers
06 – The Beatles stream unreleased outtake of Sgt. Pepper’s title track
07 – Gregg Allman dead at 69
08 – Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood recovering after lung surgery
09 – Geddy Lee of Rush to perform with Yes at Rock Hall induction
10 – VIDEO: U2 perform Joshua Tree classic and new music on Jimmy Kimmel Live



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May 21: AC/DC
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May 07: Mastodon
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

VIDEO: Roger Waters launches North American tour in Kansas City



Roger Waters launched his 2017 Us + Them North American tour in Kansas City, MO on May 26, and video from the event has surfaced online.

The bassist’s 24-song set at the city’s Sprint Center mixed Pink Floyd classics with five tracks from his forthcoming album, “Is This The Life We Really Want?” – including the lead single, “Smell The Roses.”

Due June 2, Waters teamed up with producer Nigel Godrich in London and Los Angeles for his first new album of original material in 25 years.

Joining the pair on the follow-up to 1992’s “Amused To Death” are Gus Seyffert (bass, guitar, keyboards), Jonathan Wilson (guitar, keyboards), Joey Waronker (drums), Roger Manning (keyboards), Lee Pardini (keyboards), and Lucius (vocals) with Jessica Wolfe and Holly Proctor.

“Is This The Life We Really Want?” will be available in a variety of formats, including standard CD, a 4-panel soft pack CD, a double 180-gram vinyl LP in a gatefold jacket, and digital download.

Waters will perform more than 50 dates on the North American trek: the first leg ends in Nashville, TN on August 13 and, following a three-week break, a second leg will begin in Newark, NJ on September 7, with shows wrapping up in Vancouver, BC on October 28.









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Gregg Allman dead at 69




Southern rock legend Gregg Allman died May 27 at his home in Savannah, GA; he as 69.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia,” read the statement on the band's and singer’s website. “Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.

“Gregg is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family. The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”

“I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music,” said Gregg’s long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman. “He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.”

The news comes a month after Allman denied reports that he had entered hospice care and two months after the singer cancelled his 2017 live schedule without explanation.

Last summer, the rocker cancelled 28 tour dates and checked into the Mayo Clinic to address some “serious health issues.”

The Southern rock pioneer has battled a lengthy series of health issues in the past decade: in 2007, he contracted Hepatitis C, underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 2010, cancelled live performances in 2011 due to an upper respiratory condition that resulted in lung surgery, and entered rehab in 2012.

Allman was born in Nashville, TN in 1947. After playing in a number of groups to various degrees of success, Gregg and his brother Duane formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1969 during a series of jams with guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley, and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.

The group issued their self-titled debut album in 1969, a set that featured classics like “Whipping Post” and “Dreams.”

The Allman Brothers Band thrived on improvisation in concert in an effort to expand compositions into uncharted waters and new heights. The group’s legendary reputation was cemented through constant touring and the release of 1971’s double live set, “At Fillmore East”, which became their commercial breakthrough when it peaked at No. 13 on Billboard's Top Pop Albums chart.

The group persevered through the tragic motorcycle deaths of Duane and Oakley in Macon, GA in 1971 and 1972, respectively, and would continue through several lineup changes through the years.

Gregg released six solo albums in his career, from 1973’s “Laid Back” to 2011’s “Low Country Blues.”

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



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KISS cancel Manchester concert following terrorist attack



KISS have cancelled a May 30 concert at the Manchester Arena due to a temporary closure of the venue following a May 22 terrorist attack in the city that left more than 20 dead and 75 injured.

“We are heartbroken by the atrocity committed against the innocent victims of Manchester,” says KISS. “We sadly will not be able to play Manchester Arena on the 30th May. We have always looked forward to these shows and our local fans, but in light of recent events a cancelled rock show seems of such little consequence.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected and all the people of Manchester at this difficult time. We are with you and you are in our prayers.”

Refunds for the show will be granted to all ticketholders at the point of purchase.

KISS have also updated their social media sites with a tribute that reads: “Manchester: We stand with you in this time of unspeakable tragedy.”

The Manchester appearance was to be part of the group’s current UK leg of their KISSWorld tour, which will see KISS perform in Glasgow, Birmingham and London.

KISS launched the summer tour in Moscow, Russia on May 1.



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Friday, May 26, 2017

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell laid to rest in Hollywood



Chris Cornell was laid to rest during a private memorial service at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on Friday.

The singer was found dead in a Detroit hotel following a Soundgarden concert at the city’s Fox Theatre on May 17.

LA Daily News reports the service opened with his song, “The Promise”, from the 2017 movie of the same name.

Eulogies to the late rocker were delivered by Cornell’s Soundgarden bandmates Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, his Audioslave bandmate Tom Morello, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and actor Josh Brolin.

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington sang Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" for mourners, which included numerous members of rock royalty and Cornell's widow and two young children, according to Billboard.

Mourners included Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, Joe Walsh of The Eagles, Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell and guitarist Dave Navarro, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, guitarist Nile Rodgers, Courtney Love, Lisa Marie Presley, Billy Idol and Bush singer Gavin Rossdale, among others.

At the end of the service, mourners headed to the rocker's burial site as Temple Of The Dog's "All Night Thing" played.

A public visitation at the cemetery followed the event, providing fans with an opportunity to pay their last respects.

The Soundgarden singer’s death has been ruled a suicide by hanging following an initial autopsy by The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, with a full report to follow.

The Cornell family issued a statement on the coroner’s findings, with attorney Kirk Pasich adding, “Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris - or if any substances contributed to his demise. Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and might’ve taken more than the recommended dosage.

“The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions.”



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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Billy Idol extends Las Vegas residency



Billy Idol has extended his Las Vegas residency with a new series of dates this fall.

After wrapping up a spring run at the House Of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino two weeks ago, Idol has announced nine more shows in October.

“Billy Idol: Forever!” sees the rocker deliver tunes from throughout his career, including tracks from seminal British punk band Generation X and his solo hits.

Tickets for the October residency are on sale now.

Idol’s latest album is 2014’s “Kings & Queens Of The Underground.”

That same year, he published his self-written memoir, “Dancing With Myself.”

While promoting the book, Idol recalled the 70s punk scene and the inspiration provided by New York musicians during an interview at the 2014 CBGB Music & Film Fest.

“When I first saw The Sex Pistols, they were doing a Tuesday night residency some place with hardly anyone there!”, Idol told host Timothy Sommer. “They were doing mostly covers then, mostly The Who songs or Small Faces, and Johnny would take the lyrics and instead of singing ‘I want you to know that I love you baby’ he’d sing ‘I want you to know that I hate you baby’. And I think it just revolutionized how songs could be presented, and how you could make negativity positive, it was fantastic.

“We had really been into Velvet Underground and The New York Dolls, who were influencing artists like David Bowie and then Iggy & The Stooges and MC5,” he continued. “So I knew about all that. By the late ’70s we would hear and see The Ramones, Blondie, and The Talking Heads at CBGB. We loved what was going on in New York. That’s why we wanted to get into punk rock because we knew very much it was all being inspired by what was going on in New York.

"New York was not only the mecca of punk and music, but living in England, you knew this is where so much great music had come from.”


Billy Idol: Forever
House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
2017 dates


October: 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21


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Motley Crue launch PledgeMusic campaign for Girls, Girls, Girls 30th anniversary reissue




Motley Crue have launched a PledgeMusic campaign in support of the expanded 30th anniversary reissue of their 1987 album, “Girls, Girls, Girls”, ahead of its release on August 25.

Alongside the project – which will feature five unreleased tracks – the band are offering a variety of bundles and packages for the set, including colored vinyl, commemorative poster/lithograph, vintage t-shirt, vinyl test pressings, a limited-edition, numbered drum head, a flexi single and more.

Full details on the bundles are available at pledgemusic.com

Motley Crue’s fourth album, “Girls, Girls, Girls” peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 4 million copies, led by the US Top 15 hit title track.

"It's hard to believe 'Girls, Girls, Girls' already turned thirty this year,” says bassist Nikki Sixx. “We went against the grain with this album when it first came out in 1987. The music and lyrics reflect what was going on in the streets of Los Angeles at that time.

"A big thank you to all the fans who have made the album stand the test of time. It's really cool to now see a new generation of fans exploring and digging 'Girls, Girls, Girls' three decades later."


After an 18-month farewell tour, Motley Crue wrapped up their 35-year career with a performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 31, 2015.


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Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood recovering after lung surgery



Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is recovering following surgery to remove a small lesion from his lungs that was discovered during a routine screening.

The rocker – who turns 70 next week – is expected to make a full recovery ahead of the band’s fall European tour as no additional treatment is necessary.

“I’m so grateful for modern screening which picked this up so early,” says Wood, “and would like to thank all the doctors who treated me.”

The Rolling Stones will begin the No Filter European tour at the Stadtpark in Hamburg, Germany on September 9.

The month-long run will also make stops in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Holland, Denmark and Sweden before it wraps up with the second of two shows at the new U Arena in Paris, France on October 22.

The Rolling Stones
No Filter European tour 2017


Sep 09 - Hamburg, Germany - Stadtpark
Sep 12 - Munich, Germany - Olympic Stadium
Sep 16 - Spielberg, Austria - Spielberg at Red Bull Ring
Sep 20 - Zurich, Switzerland - Letzigrund Stadium
Sep 23 - Lucca, Italy - Lucca Summer Festival-City Walls
Sep 27 - Barcelona, Spain - Olympic Stadium
Sep 30 - Amsterdam, Holland - Amsterdam Arena
Oct 03 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Parken Stadium
Oct 09 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Esprit arena
Oct 12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Friends Arena
Oct 15 - Arnhem, Holland - GelreDome
Oct 19 - Paris, France - U Arena
Oct 22 - Paris, France - U Arena

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Guns N’ Roses extend North American tour



Guns N’ Roses have extended the North American leg of their Not In This Lifetime tour with the addition of two months of arena dates in the fall.

Following the end of the summer stadium shows in San Antonio, TX on September 8, the band will return for indoor dates beginning October 8 in Philadelphia and wrapping up in Los Angeles on November 24 at the Staples Center and a November 25 appearance at The Forum.

The group have also added an August 5 show at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, AR with guest Sturgill Simpson to the summer schedule.

The news comes after a series of video teasers by the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, which traced the timeline of not only the reunion trek but the group’s history, as well.

A Citi cardmembers presale runs Tuesday, May 30 at 10 a.m. local time until Friday, June 2 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass program, while an AT&T pre-sale begins Thursday, June 1 at 10 a.m. local time and ends Friday, June 2 at 10 p.m. local time via the AT&T Thanks program.

General public tickets will go on sale starting Saturday, June 3 at 10 a.m. local time.

In addition to the fall concerts, Guns N’ Roses have also revealed the opening acts for the stadium shows this summer, which begin in St. Louis, MO on July 27.

Guests on select dates will include ZZ Top, Deftones, Sturgill Simpson, Royal Blood, Live and Our Lady Peace.

Guns N’ Roses will launch a European tour at Slane Castle in Ireland on May 27.

According to a recent report by Billboard, the worldwide tour has grossed more than $230 million since its April 2016 launch.


Guns N’ Roses
Not In This Lifetime tour
North American leg – summer 2017


Jul 27 - St. Louis, MO @ The Dome At America's Center +
Jul 30 - Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium +
Aug 02 - Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High **
Aug 05 - Little Rock @ AK ** (new add)
Aug 08 - Miami, FL @ Miami Marlins Stadium **
Aug 11 - Winston-Salem, NC @ BB&T Field at Wake Forest University ++
Aug 13 - Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium ++
Aug 16 - Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field
Aug 19 - Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau ^
Aug 21 - Ottawa, ON @ TD Place Stadium ^
Aug 24 - Winnipeg, MB @ Investors Group Field ^
Aug 27 - Regina, SK @ New Mosaic Stadium at Evraz Place
Aug 30 - Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium ^
Sep 01 - Vancouver, BC @ BC Place Stadium *
Sep 03 - George, WA @ The Gorge *
Sep 06 - El Paso, TX @ Sun Bowl Stadium ***
Sep 08 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome ***

*** With ZZ Top
+ With Deftones
** With Sturgill Simpson
* With Royal Blood
++ With Live
^ with Our Lady Peace

Guns N’ Roses
Not In This Lifetime tour
North American leg – fall 2017


Oct 08 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Oct 11 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Oct 15 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Oct 22 - Boston, MA TD @ Garden
Oct 26 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Oct 29 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Nov 02 - Detroit, MI @ Little Caesers Arena
Nov 06 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
Nov 10 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Nov 14 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Nov 17 - Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Nov 21 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Nov 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Nov 25 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Chris Cornell’s widow writes letter to the late Soundgarden singer ahead of funeral


Chris & Vicky Cornell in Venice - June 2012
via Chris Cornell / Facebook

Chris Cornell’s widow, Vicky, has written an emotional farewell letter to her late husband less than a week after he died in at a Detroit hotel following a Soundgarden concert at the city’s Fox Theatre on May 17.

“You were the best father, husband and son-in-law,” began the note as published by Billboard (see full letter below). “Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.”

“I'm sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night,” she continued. “I'm sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.”

Cornell’s body was discovered in the bathroom of his room at the MGM Grand Detroit by his bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, after Vicky requested the security man check on him following a phone conversation between the couple after the show.

Mrs. Cornell grew concerned when she noticed her husband was slurring his words, sounded groggy and kept repeating “I’m just tired” while admitting to taking "an extra Ativan or two", a prescription which helped him deal with anxiety issues.

The Soundgarden singer’s death has been ruled a suicide by hanging following an initial autopsy by The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, with a full report to follow.

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris - or if any substances contributed to his demise,” said his attorney Kirk Pasich. “Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and might’ve taken more than the recommended dosage.

“The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions.”


Cornell will be laid to rest during a private service in Los Angeles on Friday, May 26, with Pasich saying that “one or more public memorials will be considered” as the family deals with their sudden loss.


VICKY CORNELL'S FULL LETTER

To My Sweet Christopher,

You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.

You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn't be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back. We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I'm sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night. I'm sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.

I’m broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.

I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.

Always and forever,
Your Vicky

Chris & Vicky Cornell in Venice - June 2012
via Chris Cornell / Facebook


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PRO VIDEO: Metallica perform 1984 classic at Rock On The Range



Metallica performed their 1984 classic, “For Whom The Bell Tolls”, at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH on May 21, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The tune was the second single from the band’s second album, “Ride The Lightning”, which peaked at No. 48 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 6 million copies.

Metallica closed out the annual 3-day event in Columbus on a weekend that also featured performances by Korn, The Offspring, Alter Bridge, Bush and Live, among others.

The festival appearance marked the sixth show of the group’s North American tour in support of 2016’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.”

The project was named Top Rock Album Of The Year at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 21.

The band’s tenth studio release took top prize ahead of fellow nominees Radiohead, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Lumineers and Twenty One Pilots.

Currently enjoying a two-week break from the road, Metallica will resume the trek at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO on June 4.


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VIDEO: U2 perform Joshua Tree classic and new music on Jimmy Kimmel Live



U2 performed their 1987 classic, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, on ABC-TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 23 and official video from the program is available online.

The band were on hand to promote their recently-launched North American tour, which marks the 30th anniversary of “The Joshua Tree” and sees the Irish rockers playing the album in its entirety for the first time.

U2 joined Kimmel for an extended and wide-ranging conversation, discussing everything from their early days to getting advice from Bruce Springsteen, to this week’s terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK, to the possibility of a new album.

“It will be out definitely in the next 27 years,” explained The Edge about the follow-up to 2014’s “Songs Of Innocence.” “I can’t be more specific than that because there’s a lot more work to be done.”

The group closed the show by delivering the TV debut of “The Little Things That Give You Away”, a new song from their forthcoming album, “Songs Of Experience.”

U2 will release a series of 30th anniversary reissues of “The Joshua Tree” on June 2.

Issued across multiple formats and packages – including standard cd, vinyl and digital, 2CD Deluxe, and CD and Vinyl Super Deluxe Box Sets with digital download cards – the revamped edition comes complete with outtakes, b-sides, a bunch of 2017 remixes by Daniel Lanois, St Francis Hotel, Jacknife Lee, Steve Lillywhite and Flood, and a 1987 live recording of The Joshua Tree Tour from New York’s Madison Square Gardens.

U2’s fifth album, “The Joshua Tree” spawned three hit singles (“With Or Without You”, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name”) on its way to selling more than 25 million copies worldwide, including 10 million in the US alone.



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Bush announce European tour




Bush have announced a fall tour of Europe in support of their seventh album, “Black And White Rainbows.”

The 3-week run opens at The Forum in London on September 21 – the first of six shows in the band’s native UK – before heading to Germany and other countries on the continent.

“You've been asking. We've been planning,” says the band. “It has been far too long since we've seen you, and we cannot wait to play for you. UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal..... we're coming.”

Tickets for the European tour go on sale May 26.

“Black And White Rainbows” was written, recorded and produced by frontman Gavin Rossdale.

The project mark’s the band’s third release featuring its current lineup of Rossdale, guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz and drummer Robin Goodridge, which formed in 2010 after the original lineup disbanded in 2002.

Bush are currently playing shows on a North American tour that will wrap up in Bethlehem, PA on August 12.

Bush
European tour 2017


Sep 21 – London, UK – The Forum
Sep 22 – Birmingham, UK – Institute
Sep 23 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Sep 25 – Bristol, UK – Academy
Sep 26 – Glasgow, UK – ABC
Sep 27 – Manchester, UK – Ritz
Sep 29 – Cologne, Germany – E-Werk
Sep 30 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix Hall
Oct 01 – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
Oct 03 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
Oct 04 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Oct 06 – Hamburg, Germany – Grosse Freiheit
Oct 07 – Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex
Oct 08 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
Oct 09 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
Oct 11 – Lisbon, Portugal – Lisbon Coliseu


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