Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Megadeth launch 35th anniversary with Lying In State video release


Megadeth have launched their 35th anniversary celebrations with the release of a video for “Lying In State”, a track from their 2016 album “Dystopia.”

“When I started Megadeth, I didn’t imagine myself living for 35 years, let alone my band reaching this incredible milestone,” says co-founder Dave Mustaine. “Thanks to almost everyone I’ve met, worked, and played with these last three and a half decades.”

Mustaine co-formed Megadeth with bassist David Ellefson in Los Angeles in 1983, shortly after the guitarist’s dismissal from Metallica.

“Lying In State” is the first offering by the band as they begin their 35th anniversary celebrations this year, which will feature special releases and events.

"When we were on tour in São Paulo in 2016, we filmed the 'Conquer or Die' video," Mustaine tells Rolling Stone. "We were so impressed with Brazilian award-winning director Leo Liberti, that we had him do the 'Lying in State' video as well. We had several friends and fans of the band, as well as the production crew, play roles in the video. Huge thanks goes to [Megadeth lead guitarist] Kiko Loureiro for introducing us to Leo. I especially like how bad ass Vic was with the sword. Who knew?"

While Megadeth are the highest-profile U.S. act he's worked with, Liberti's Libertà Filmes group has won Latin Grammys, Cannes Lions and CLIOs over the years.

The group’s 15th studio set, “Dystopia” debuted at No.3 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release, and the album’s title track won Megadeth their first-ever Grammy Award in the Best Metal Performance category at the 2017 event.


See also:

Megadeth plan studio return
Megadeth announce North American tour
Scorpions announce North American tour with Megadeth
Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine responds to Grammy Awards gaffe
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Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain to publish memoir



Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain will publish his memoir, "Don't Stop Believin'", on May 1.

Co-written with Travis Thrasher, the project marks the first book by a member of the San Francisco, CA band that continues to sell out arenas and stadiums around the globe.

Alongside Steve Perry and Neal Schon, Cain is co-writer of the number one digital catalog song in history, "Don't Stop Believin'", as well as several other hits by the group.

The memoir sees Cain share stories from his childhood growing up in Chicago and the lasting impact surviving a horrific school fire had on his life. The multi-instrumentalist’s love for music and his perseverance brought him to Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles where he discovered a wild rock scene before getting his big break.

"Don't Stop Believin'" includes revelations about Journey's history – including Perry's decision to leave the band – chronicling their massive success along with some surprising failures and Cain’s hopes to leave a lasting legacy through his music.

Cain also shares about his marriage to pastor Paula White, which has caused some friction in the Journey camp in the past year following the group’s induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Just months after the honor, an apparent feud between Schon and Cain went public, with both parties directing social media posts at each other while singer Arnel Pineda attempted to calm the waters as mediator.

Journey will team up with Def Leppard for an extensive co-headlining tour of North America.

The 6-month, 58-city trek will see the bands switch headlining slots from the time it opens in Hartford, CT on May 21 until it wraps up in Los Angeles in early October.

Various presales are on now with general public seats available Saturday, February 3 at 10 AM local time at Ticketmaster.com


See also:

Def Leppard and Journey announce North American tour ticket details
Def Leppard and Journey announce North American tour
Rock News Story Of The Year No. 6: JOURNEY
Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 8: JOURNEY
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Stone Temple Pilots stream new single Roll Me Under and expand US tour




The Stone Temple Pilots are streaming a new single, “Roll Me Under”, from their forthcoming self-titled album ahead of its release on March 16.

The track follows “Meadow” as the second tune previewed from the set, the band’s first with new lead singer Jeff Gutt.

A veteran of the Detroit music scene, Gutt was chosen during the group’s open audition call for a vocalist after the 2015 departure of Chester Bennington, who returned to Linkin Park before his passing last year.

Gutt made his live debut with the group during an exclusive November 14 show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA.

“We are thrilled about what lies ahead,” says guitarist Dean DeLeo. “The best way for us to honor our past is to keep making new music.”

In addition to their previously-announced dates in March and festival dates this spring, Stone Temple Pilots have announced 14 new dates in May.

Pre-sale tickets are available now, with general public seats on sale Friday, February 2.

A digital copy of the new album will be included with every ticket purchased (except where noted * below).

“With so much time and experience gone by in life, we feel compelled to dig back into a 30-year catalog and really try to reflect and choose what songs haven’t been performed live,” says bassist Robert DeLeo of the band’s return to live action. “We want to give people who have come to see us in the past a chance to hear something they haven’t heard before at previous STP shows. We want to celebrate this time in lives with our performances.”


Stone Temple Pilots
2018 US Tour

Mar 02 - Santa Clarita, CA @ The Canyon
Mar 03 - Indio, CA @ Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience *
Mar 04 - San Diego, CA @ Observatory
Mar 08 - Pasadena, CA @ The Rose
Mar 09 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Mar 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
Mar 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
Mar 13 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Mar 15 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
Mar 16 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Mar 17 - Billings, MT @ Pub Station Ballroom
Apr 28 - Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville *
Apr 29 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Fort Rock *
May 01 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade **
May 02 - Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine * **
May 04 - Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
May 06 - Wallingford, CT @ The Dome at Oakdale Theatre **
May 08 - Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theatre **
May 09 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom **
May 11 - Nashville, TN @ Topgolf Live **
May 13 - Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion Summer *
May 15 - Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino **
May 16 - Cedar Rapids, IA @ Club Five at the U.S. Cellular Center **
May 17 - Peoria, IL @ WIXO “Spring Fling 2018!” *
May 19 - Camden, New Jersey @ MMRBQ / BB&T Pavilion
May 20 - Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range *
May 22 - Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal *
May 23 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre *
May 25 - Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma Festival *
May 27 - Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom **
May 29 - Clive, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center **
May 31 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater **
Jun 01 - Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre *
Jul 14 - Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA 2018 *

* dates do not include album bundle
** new date added


See also:

Stone Temple Pilots release lyric video for Meadow single
Stone Temple Pilots announce first US tour with new singer
PRO VIDEO: Stone Temple Pilots debut new singer in Hollywood
AUDIO: Stone Temple Pilots debut new singer on new single Meadow
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John Mellencamp to perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



John Mellencamp will perform on CBS-TV’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, February 1.

The rocker will deliver the song “Easy Target” from his most recent release, “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.”

Mellencamp’s 23rd studio album – which peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard 200 – sees the singer working with country legend Carlene Carter, who opened every show of his acclaimed 2015-2016 Plain Spoken tour.

Carter is also a special guest on a documentary about the trek, “Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theater”, which will be available for streaming on Netflix starting Thursday, February 1.

Directed by Barry Ehrmann, the project captures Mellencamp and his band in performance in support of his 2014 album, “Plain Spoken”, at the landmark Chicago Theater in October of 2016.

“Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theater” is equal parts a concert film and documentary, with the rocker providing narration and background stories about his life and career throughout the set.


See also:

John Mellencamp: Plain Spoken concert special comes to Netflix
VIDEO: John Mellencamp performs on Late Night with Seth Meyers
John Mellencamp to appear on Late Night with Seth Meyers
VIDEO: John Mellencamp performs on The Tonight Show
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing to publish memoir



Former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing will publish his memoir, “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest”, via Da Capo Press on September 18.

Co-written with Mark Eglinton, the project explores Downing’s history with the British metal icons, who he joined in 1969 and was featured on all of the band's releases from their 1974 debut, “Rocka Rolla”, to 2009’s “A Touch of Evil: Live” before his retirement from the lineup in 2011.

“As the band approaches its golden anniversary, fans will at last be able to delve backstage into the decades of shocking, hilarious, and haunting stories that surround the heavy metal institution,” reads the memoir’s synopsis. “In Heavy Duty, guitarist K.K. Downing discusses the complex personality conflicts, the business screw-ups, the acrimonious relationship with fellow heavy metal band Iron Maiden, as well as how Judas Priest found itself at the epicenter of a storm of parental outrage that targeted heavy metal in the ’80s."

The guitarist “also describes his role in cementing the band’s trademark black leather and studs image that would not only become synonymous with the entire genre, but would also give singer Rob Halford a viable outlet by which to express his sexuality. Lastly, he recounts the life-changing moment when he looked at his bandmates on stage during a 2010 concert and thought, ‘This is the last show.’ Whatever the topic, whoever’s involved, K.K. doesn’t hold back.”

Although Downing was replaced by guitarist Richie Faulkner in 2011, he remains active in the band’s career as a member of the group’s board of directors.

Judas Priest are currently gearing up for the March 9 release of their eighteenth studio album, “Firepower.”

The set was recorded last year with producers Tom Allom and Andy Sneap.


See also:

Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland dead at 69
Judas Priest preview Firepower track Spectre
Judas Priest release Lightning Strike video
Judas Priest preview Lightning Strike video
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VIDEO: Eric Clapton rocks Beatles classic on George Harrison tribute concert reissue




Eric Clapton performs The Beatles’ classic, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", in the latest video preview to the February 23 release of “Concert For George”, a 2002 tribute event in honor of George Harrison that is being reissued to mark the late guitarist’s 75th birthday on February 25.

Clapton appeared (uncredited) on the Harrison tune that first surfaced on The Beatles’ 1968 self-titled double record, commonly referred to as The White Album.

At the November 29, 2002 tribute show at London’s Royal Albert Hall organized by Clapton and Olivia Harrison, the guitarist delivered the classic song with help from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Harrison’s son, Dhani, among others.

"We will always celebrate George's birthday,” says Olivia, “and this year we are releasing Concert For George in a very special package in memory of a special man."

Directed by David Leland, “Concert For George” will be reissued as a Deluxe Edition Box Set, a 4-LP Box Set, plus new CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray combo packages.

Limited to 1000 copies worldwide, the Deluxe Box Set features the complete sound and film recordings from the concert on 4 180-gram audiophile LPs, 2 CDs, 2 DVDs and 2 Blu-rays, plus an opportunity to own a piece of the historic event, by way of a cutting from the original hand-painted on-stage tapestry used as the backdrop at the show.

The 4-LP Box Set includes the complete sound recordings from the evening, and features a special etching on side-8. This is the first time that all songs from the performance have been available on an audio configuration.

The DVD and Blu-ray feature the complete filmed concert, as well as the original theatrical version that also includes interviews with performers, rehearsal footage and behind-the-scenes material. The Blu-ray also adds an exclusive interview segment, "Drummers", where Starr and Jim Keltner add their personal thoughts on Harrison and the star-studded tribute.

“Concert For George” has been certified 8-times US platinum by the RIAA since its initial release as a 2-DVD set in November 2003, and it earned a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video.




See also:

George Harrison tribute concert reissue announced
The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s 50th anniversary reissue debuts on US charts
The Beatles stream first take of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
The Beatles channel coming to SiriusXM
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John Mellencamp: Plain Spoken concert special comes to Netflix



John Mellencamp’s concert special, “Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theater”, will be available for streaming on Netflix starting Thursday, February 1.

Directed by Barry Ehrmann, the project captures Mellencamp and his band in performance in support of his 2014 album, “Plain Spoken”, at the landmark Chicago Theater on October 25, 2016, just 250 miles from his home in Bloomington, IN.

The special is equal parts a concert film and documentary, with the rocker providing narration and background stories about his life and career throughout the set.

Presenting a mix of new and classic Mellencamp tunes, the film also features a guest appearance by tour mate Carlene Carter.

“Plain Spoken” – which peaked at No. 18 on the US Billboard 200 – was the singer’s first release under an unprecedented lifetime recording contract with Republic Records.

Mellencamp’s latest album is 2017’s “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.”



See also:

VIDEO: John Mellencamp performs on Late Night with Seth Meyers
John Mellencamp to appear on Late Night with Seth Meyers
VIDEO: John Mellencamp performs on The Tonight Show
John Mellencamp to perform on The Tonight Show
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Clutch announce spring US tour dates



Clutch have announced a series of dates for a brief spring US tour.

Set to begin in Chattanooga, TN on April 27, the two-week run mixes headline shows with festival appearances at Welcome To Rockville, Beale Street Music Fest and Carolina Rebellion.

The Maryland rockers will be joined for their headline shows by special guests The Bronx, Red Fang and Fireball Ministry.

Clutch fan club pre-sale tickets are on sale now, and will be available through Thursday, February 1 at 10:00 p.m.

General public tickets will be available Friday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m. at local outlets as well as at Pro-Rock.com

Clutch have just completed recording sessions for their forthcoming twelfth studio album.

The group have been working on the follow-up to 2015’s “Psychic Warfare” with producer/engineer Vance Powell at Sputnik Sound studios in Nashville, TN.

Details regarding the project’s release will follow in the coming months.

Clutch
Spring 2018 US tour


Apr 27 - Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
Apr 29 - Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville*
Apr 30 - Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater
May 02 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
May 03 - Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
May 04 - Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Fest*
May 05 - Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
May 06 - Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion*

* festival date


See also:

Clutch complete sessions for new album
Clutch announce winter US tour
Clutch announce first annual Earth Rocker Festival
Clutch announce spring US dates and debut Earth Rocker Festival
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Monday, January 29, 2018

Lynyrd Skynyrd to extend farewell tour



Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington says the band have plans to extend their recently-announced farewell tour beyond its initial four-month run.

"This farewell tour will take a year or two to go all the places we've been and play them one more time, so it's not like we're going away," Rossington tells Billboard. "We're just winding it down a little bit. We'll be doing this a while longer."

The Southern rock icons will launch the farewell trek in West Palm Beach, FL on May 4, with the first leg scheduled to wrap up in Atlanta, GA on September 1; the run will include European dates, as well, at some point.

Lynyrd Skynryd will be joined by a variety of guests at various stops along the way, including Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels Band, Bad Company, Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Blackberry Smoke and Blackfoot.

The sole remaining original member of the group, Rossington hints that ‘farewell’ may not necessarily mean ‘the end’ of Skynyrd’s live performances.

"I know we're going to take some time off after this farewell tour that's all planned, and then who knows," explains the rocker. “Even, like, the Eagles and a lot of people retire for a year or two and they have to come back. It's just in your blood, y'know? So I don't know if it's really ever gonna end, but his is a plant to start to. Even if the touring ends we'll still do special shows and special guest things here and there with the whole band."

Alongside the farewell run, Lynyrd Skynyrd will record and release a new studio album – the follow-up to 2012’s “Last Of A Dyin’ Breed” – and be featured in a CMT-produced documentary.

"We have a lot of songs we've written through the years and we write a little bit here and there and have a few new songs we're gonna do," adds Rossington. "We're gonna write a little bit more in the next few months and go in and record real quick and try to get our last CD to be the best one and go out on a high note and make it as good as we can and work our butts off to do it. No projected release date has been determined for the project, however."

A Citi cardmembers presale for US dates runs from Tuesday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. local time until Thursday, February 1 at 10:00 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass program, with general public seats available starting Friday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

With more than 30 million albums sold over the course of their career, Lynyrd Skynyrd were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006.


Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour

North America 2018

May 04 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
May 05 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 11 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
May 12 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
May 19 – Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
May 25 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
May 26 – San Bernardino, CA @ Glen Helen Amphitheater
Jun 22 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun 23 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre
Jun 29 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park
Jun 30 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Jul 06 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Jul 07 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Jul 13 – Darien, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
Jul 14 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
Jul 20 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
Jul 21 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Jul 27 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Jul 28 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
Aug 03 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 04 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Aug 10 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 11 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
Aug 17 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Aug 18 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 24 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheatre
Aug 25 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
Aug 31 – Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sep 01 – Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood


See also:

Lynyrd Skynyrd announce farewell tour
Lynyrd Skynyrd cancel final 2017 dates over medical emergency
Lynyrd Skynyrd cancel Tallahassee show due to medical emergency
Lynyrd Skynyrd 1977 plane crash biopic blocked by courts
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Bob Seger offers free download of unreleased song Finding Out



Bob Seger is offering fans a free download of his previously-unreleased track, “Finding Out.”

Available via Seger’s website, the tune was originally planned for inclusion on the singer’s 2006 album, “Face The Promise”, but was shelved and reportedly recorded during sessions for last year's “I Knew You When” release.

“I write a lot of songs that people don’t hear,” Seger told the Detroit Free Press in 2003. “I just try to take the ones that sound the best - maybe have the best lyric, or the best melody. I really just enjoy the process. I fall in love with every single one of them. I finish ’em all, and I don’t think there’s a whole lot of difference between the bad ones and the good ones. But every now and then you hit something that you really like a lot. Every now and then you’ll nail one that’s really, really special. And that’s what you live for.

“I’ve got a ballad on the new album called ‘Finding Out,’ where I really nailed the lyric,” he said of the song. “So that’s real good. The whole process is a lot of fun. When I have time to do it.”

Seger postponed the remaining 19 dates on his Runaway Train tour last fall “upon receiving his doctor’s orders to attend to an urgent medical issue concerning his vertebrae.”

"I'm feeling better all the time," the 72-year-old rocker tells Rolling Stone as he continues to recover at his rural Michigan estate. "They aren't letting me lift anything over five pounds. I can't do anything: no piano, no guitar, no nothing. But as soon as the pain stops, I'll be playing again."

Seger produced and released his eighteenth album, “I Knew You When”, last November.


See also:

Bob Seger previews songs from new album I Knew You When
Bob Seger updates health status following tour postponement
Bob Seger streams Lou Reed cover from new album I Knew You When
Bob Seger halts tour to address urgent medical issue
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Mastodon and Primus announce extensive US tour



Mastodon will join Primus for an extensive late spring/early summer US tour.

The 43-date trek in support of Primus' ninth studio album, 2017’s “The Desaturating Seven”, will begin at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater on May 6, with shows schedule to wrap up in Phoenix, AZ on July 7.

Available via Primus’ website, pre-sale tickets for the US tour will begin Tuesday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. local time (password: Goblins), with general public seats available Friday, February 2.

Mastodon are touring behind their latest album, “Emperor Of Sand”, which earned the Atlanta outfit their first Grammy on January 28 when the track, “Sultan’s Curse”, was named the Best Metal Performance of the year at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York.

Drummer Brann Dailor said that the award is "huge for us and for heavy metal. It's one of the greatest genres with some of the most talented and skilled musicians playing it."

Recorded with producer Brendan O’Brien, “Emperor Of Sand” debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 last spring, marking the group’s third US Top 10 following 2014's "Once More 'Round The Sun" (No. 6) and 2011's "The Hunter" (No. 10).

Mastodon will begin their 2018 live schedule when they play a series of shows in Australia in late March.


Primus / Mastodon
2018 US tour

May 06 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
May 08 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion
May 10 - Dallas, TX - Southside Ballroom
May 11 - Austin, TX - Austin 360 Amphitheater
May 12 - Rogers, AR - Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
May 14 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall
May 15 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Municipal Auditorium
May 16 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theater
May 18 - Portsmouth, VA - Portsmouth Pavilion
May 19 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 20 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater
May 22 - Reading, PA - Diamond Credit Union Theater @ Santander
May 23 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark Amphitheater
May 25 - Glen Falls, NY - Cool Insuring Arena
May 26 - Providence, RI - Bold Point Park
May 27 - Portland, ME - [to be announced]
May 29 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
May 30 - Philadelphia, PA - Penn’s Landing - Festival Pier
Jun 01 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summerstage
Jun 02 - Baltimore, MD - Pier 6 Pavilion
Jun 03 - Brooklyn, NY - Ford Amphitheater @ Coney Island Boardwalk
Jun 05 - Columbus, OH - Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre
Jun 06 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Jun 08 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
Jun 09 - Sterling Heights, MI - Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill
Jun 10 - Indianapolis, IN - Farmer’s Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
Jun 12 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
Jun 14 - Minneapolis, MN - MYTH LIVE
Jun 15 - Bonner Springs, KS - Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Jun 16 - Camdenton, MO - Ozarks Amphitheater
Jun 18 - Lincoln, NE - Pinewood Bowl Theater
Jun 21 - Bonner, MT - Kettlehouse Amphitheater
Jun 22 - Seattle, WA - Marymoor Park
Jun 23 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater
Jun 25 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield
Jun 28 - Avila Beach, CA - Avila Beach Resort Amphitheater
Jun 29 - Berkeley, CA - The Greek Theatre
Jun 30 - Lincoln, CA - Thunder Valley Resort Casino
Jul 02 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Great Salt Air - Outdoors
Jul 03 - Las Vegas, NV - Downtown Event Center
Jul 05 - Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
Jul 06 - San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater
Jul 07 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre


See also:

Mastodon win Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance
VIDEO: Mastodon stream Emperor Of Sand documentary
Mastodon: Emperor Of Sand picks up two Grammy nominations
Mastodon stream North Side Star from Cold Dark Place EP
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Alice In Chains announce European tour dates



Alice In Chains have announced a series of summer 2018 headlining European tour dates they’ll be doing in addition to their previously-confirmed festival performances.

The seven headline appearances include stops in Sweden, Italy, Austria, Hungary and Germany, with tickets on sale now.

The Seattle outfit will open the four-week run in Stockholm, Sweden on June 20, and wrap things up with a July 14 gig at Lisbon, Portugal’s NOS Alive festival.

Prior to the European trek, Alice In Chains will perform shows on a spring tour of North America that is set to open in Boston, MA on April 28.

The have been working on a follow-up to 2013’s “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”, with word that new music is expected to be released in 2018.

Alice In Chains
2018 European tour


Jun 20 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Grona Lund **
Jun 21 - Halden, Norway @ Tons Of Rock Festival
Jun 22 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhell
Jun 24 - Clisson, France @ Hellfest 2018
Jun 25 - Zagreb, Croatia @ INmusic Festival
Jun 28 - Padua, Italy @ Sherwood **
Jun 30 - Bezirk-Landstrasse, Austria @ Arena Open Air Wien **
Jul 01 - Budapest, Hungary @ Budapest Park **
Jul 03 - Berlin, Germany @ Huxley's Neue Welt **
Jul 04 - Cologne, Germany @ E-Werk **
Jul 08 - Belfort, France @ Les Eurockeennes 30
Jul 10 - Milan, Italy @ Ippodromo Snai San Siro **
Jul 13 - Madrid, Spain @ Mad Cool Festival 2018
Jul 14 - Lisboa, Portugal @ NOS Alive

** headline date

See also:

Alice In Chains announce North American tour
VIDEO: Alice In Chains pay tribute to Layne Staley on his 50th birthday
Alice In Chains update new album plans
Alice In Chains: Jerry Cantrell streams song from John Wick Chapter 2 soundtrack
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VIDEO: Anthrax perform 1987 classic on Kings Among Scotland live DVD



Anthrax perform their 1987 classic, “Caught In A Mosh”, in the first video preview of their forthcoming live DVD, “Kings Among Scotland.”

The fan favorite from “Among The Living” is among those featured on the early 2017 tour that saw Anthrax deliver their third album in its entirety alongside a set a classic tracks selected by fans.

"It was a challenge for all of us to play 'Among The Living' live," admits drummer Charlie Benante. "We've played a number of that album's songs in our shows over the years, but not all of them, and playing a song in a recording studio is not the same as playing it live on stage. So we put in a lot of time to get all of the tracks down perfectly. And I'll tell you, after we finished that set, as arduous as it was, we all felt a sense of exhilaration, like we could go out and do it again."

Due April 27 and directed by Paul M. Green, “Kings Among Scotland” delivers the group’s February 2017 show at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom.

Fans will note that the set's artwork, created by Steve Thompson (Slayer, Motorhead, Iron Maiden), was inspired by KISS’ 1976 album, “Rock And Roll Over.”

Last month, guitarist Scott Ian published his new book, “Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life.” The project sees the rocker recount his craziest rock stories as he shares tales of humor, excess, fun, debauchery, food, booze, and mayhem from his many years on the road.

Anthrax recently launched a co-headlining tour of North America with Killswitch Engage that will wrap up in early March.


See also:

Anthrax to release Kings Among Scotland live DVD
Anthrax announce album reissues
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian announces new book Access All Areas
VIDEO: Anthrax singer performs anthem at NFL pre-season game in Buffalo
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

VIDEO: U2 perform at the Grammy Awards



U2 performed their current single, “Get Out Of Your Own Way”, at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York on January 28, and video from the event is streaming online.

The band pre-recorded their performance of the tune from “Songs Of Experience” on a barge in the Hudson River on Friday evening, two days before the awards’ live broadcast from Madison Square Garden.

Bono and The Edge first appeared briefly during the Grammy’s opening number by Kendrick Lamar before returning at the end of the program to present the Record Of The Year honor to Bruno Mars for his “24K Magic” release.

Last month, “Songs Of Experience” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 to earn the group their eighth US chart-topper and first since 2009’s “No Line On The Horizon.”

U2 will begin a North American tour in support of the project in Tulsa, OK on May 2.


See also:

U2 release Get Out Of Your Own Way video
U2 announce European tour
U2 and Guns N’ Roses top 2017 worldwide concert tours
VIDEO: U2 perform live at Abbey Road Studios for the BBC
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Rolling Stones win Grammy Award for blues covers album



The Rolling Stones won a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Blues Album category for their 2016 covers record, “Blue & Lonesome”, at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York on January 28.

Recorded over three days in December 2015 at British Grove Studios in West London, the band’s first studio album in over a decade features a pair of guest appearances by Eric Clapton and updated versions of tunes originally recorded by blues legends Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and Magic Sam, among others.

The group played live in the studio without overdubs and were joined on two tunes by Clapton, who happened to be in the next studio making his own record.

“Blue & Lonesome” debuted at No. 1 in both the UK and Australia while snagging a No. 4 entry on the US Billboard 200.

Mick Jagger confirmed last year that The Rolling Stones are working on new music, which would represent their first project of new songs since 2005’s “A Bigger Bang.”

Last month, the band released “On Air”, a collection of live recordings of the group between 1963 to 1965 from a variety of BBC shows from the era.


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Clutch complete sessions for new album



Clutch have completed recording sessions for their forthcoming twelfth studio album.

The Maryland outfit have been working on the follow-up to 2015’s “Psychic Warfare” with producer/engineer Vance Powell at Sputnik Sound studios in Nashville, TN.

"So, an hour or so ago, we wrapped tracking the new @clutchofficial record,” tweeted Powell on January 27. “I can't wait for you all to hear it. But unfortunately, you'll have to."

Clutch frontman Neil Fallon followed Powell’s tweet with one of his own, which features the singer’s view from the studio’s vocal booth, writing: “This has been my front stoop for the past 3 weeks. We wrapped it up last night. Endless gratitude to @Vancalot for making this endeavor such a blast. This one’s a doozy.”

"They're my favorite songs," guitarist Tim Sult recently told The Advocate about the project. "At this point, we probably have more songs than we've ever had before going into the studio. The material is a little heavier. It has a more doomed-out vibe and feel. We're going to record more live.

"It's our first time recording in Nashville. Who knows? We might end up with something that sounds like a Garth Brooks album."


Details regarding the project’s release will follow in the coming months.

“Psychic Warfare” debuted at No. 11 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release in October of 2015.

Clutch are scheduled to begin their 2018 live dates at the Las Rageous 2018 Festival in Las Vegas, NV on April 20; other confirmed festival appearances include Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville, FL, the Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC and Pryor, OK’s Rocklahoma this spring.



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Clutch announce spring US dates and debut Earth Rocker Festival
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Foo Fighters win Grammy Award for Best Rock Song



The Foo Fighters’ 2017 single, “Run”, was named the winner in the Best Rock Song category at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York on January 28.

The lead single from “Concrete And Gold” took top honor over tracks by Metallica, K. Flay, Nothing More and Avenged Sevenfold.

“Thank you @RecordingAcad!” the Foos tweeted after hearing the news.

“Run” topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart while the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, delivering the band their second US chart-topper, following 2011’s “Wasting Light.”

The Foo Fighters were also a finalist in the Best Rock Performance category, which was won by Leonard Cohen’s track, “You Want It Darker.”

Currently playing shows in Australia, the Foo Fighters will perform in South America next month ahead of their return to North America in April.


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Mastodon win Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance



Mastodon were named winners in the Best Metal Performance category for their “Emperor Of Sand” track, “Sultan’s Curse”, at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York on January 28.

The band took home their first Grammy honor ahead of fellow nominees August Burns Red, Body Count, Code Orange and Meshuggah.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor said backstage that the award is "huge for us and for heavy metal. It's one of the greatest genres with some of the most talented and skilled musicians playing it."

Dailor also credited Atlanta fans for the band's 18 years of success.

"Our first show had hundreds of people,” he added, “and they came out to support us from the time we were playing the Parasite House to the Fox Theatre.”

Recorded with producer Brendan O’Brien at the Quarry in Kennesaw, GA, “Emperor Of Sand” debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 last spring, marking the group’s third US Top 10 following 2014's "Once More 'Round The Sun" (No. 6) and 2011's "The Hunter" (No. 10).

Mastodon’s second 2018 nomination in the Best Rock Album category saw the group lose out to The War On Drugs and their 2017 release, “A Deeper Understanding.”

Mastodon return to live action in March when they play a series of shows in Australia.


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Eddie Van Halen files lawsuit over scrapped 2006 documentary



Eddie Van Halen has filed a lawsuit against a videographer over his attempted release of a scrapped 2006 Van Halen documentary.

According to TMZ, the guitarist hired videographer Andrew Bennett to film music rehearsals with his son, Wolfgang, and his brother, Alex Van Halen, in 2006 for a possible DVD or video release; the sessions took place prior to the 2007 return of the band’s original vocalist David Lee Roth.

After Van Halen shut down the project, TMZ notes that the videographer threatened to release it years later after claiming he was never paid but, according to court documents, the rocker secured the ownership rights to the material as part of a 2015 settlement over the issue.

According to the new lawsuit, Bennett is now trying to sell the material and has released a trailer via his web site 5150vault.com. Although Van Halen got the site suspended for copyright infringement, Bennett launched another one with a similar name which is linking to a preview video of the music rehearsals.

Van Halen is seeking the court’s assistance in the removal of the video material from online while preventing Bennett from releasing or selling footage, with additional compensation for damages.

Earlier this month, bassist Michael Anthony confirmed his participation in a new documentary about his former band; few details about the production are known at this time, including the possible involvement of other past and current Van Halen members as 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the group’s groundbreaking self-titled debut album.


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Van Halen documentary in production
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AUDIO: Wolfgang Van Halen streams debut solo album preview
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Led Zeppelin tops the hennemusic Hot 10



Led Zeppelin tops this week’s hennemusic Hot 10.

The band have announced plans to reissue their 2003 live set, “How The West Was Won”, ahead of their 50th anniversary celebrations this year.

Read all about it in this week’s top story!

The HH10 is a list of the most-viewed rock news stories in the past week by hennemusic readers.

For a full list of hennemusic Hot 10 charts, check out the archives here.

hennemusic Hot 10
week ending January 28, 2018

01 – Led Zeppelin announce How The West Was Won reissue
02 – Myles Kennedy streams Haunted By Design lyric video
03 – Tom Petty’s cause of death revealed
04 – Van Halen documentary in production
05 – Lynyrd Skynyrd announce farewell tour
06 – Pearl Jam announce summer US dates
07 – Billy Idol adds dates to spring US tour
08 – Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson updates band’s status
09 – Van Halen tops the hennemusic Hot 10
10 – Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland dead at 69



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Jan 21: Van Halen
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Jan 07: AC/DC
Dec 31: Whitesnake
Dec 24: Led Zeppelin

Friday, January 26, 2018

Metallica announce Garage Days Re-Revisited reissue



Metallica will reissue their 1987 collection, "The $5.98 EP – Garage Days Re-Revisited", on April 13.

Out-of-print and available for the first time in decades, the 5-track set sees the band deliver covers of some of their primary influences, including Diamond Head, Misfits and Budgie.

Upon its original release, the EP peaked at No. 28 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than a million copies in the country.

Metallica confirms the 2018 reissue will be available in a variety of formats.

“Keeping with our 80's theme,” says the band, “the remastered EP will not only be released as a CD and download, but also as several vinyl versions including a picture disc, as a cassette, and in a longbox (you youngsters can search the web for that term!).”

Metallica’s tenth release, “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”, will compete for “Best Rock Album” at the Grammy Awards this weekend, while the track “Atlas, Rise!” is a finalist in the “Best Rock Song” category.

The 60th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Metallica will return to live action with a spring 2018 run across Europe that will begin in Lisbon, Portugal on February 1.

Metallica were named the No. 6 Rock News Artist Of The Year as part of the 2017 hennemusic Rock News Awards.


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Def Leppard add second London show to UK tour




Def Leppard have added a second London show to their Hysteria UK tour this fall.

Already set to play at London’s O2 Arena on December 6, the band will now also perform at the city’s SSE Arena Wembley “due to phenomenal demand” on December 18.

The 12-date run of Ireland and the UK will open in Dublin on December 1 and see the Sheffield rockers perform their 1987 classic, “Hysteria”, in its entirety.

“After many requests from fans in the U.K, I’m delighted that we can bring the whole “Hysteria” album to arenas across Britain and Ireland later this year,” says bassist Rick Savage. “From ‘Women’ to ‘Love and Affection’ plus many other faves thrown in for good measure. Oh, and our old pals Cheap Trick will be there also to help with the celebrations!! We can’t wait."

Tickets for all UK tour dates are on sale now.

Last year, Def Leppard released a series of 30th anniversary reissues of “Hysteria”, the biggest-selling record of the group’s career with more than 25 million copies worldwide – including 10 million in the US.

The band’s UK run will follow a newly-announced extensive, 6-month co-headlining tour of North America with Journey; the 58-city trek will mix arena and stadium dates and run from May to October.

Def Leppard
UK and Ireland Hysteria tour


Dec 01 - Dublin, Ireland @ 3 Arena
Dec 02 - Belfast, UK @ SSE Arena
Dec 04 - Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
Dec 06 - London, UK @ The O2
Dec 08 - Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
Dec 09 - Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
Dec 11 - Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro Arena
Dec 12 - Manchester, UK @ Arena
Dec 14 - Sheffield, UK @ FlyDSA Arena
Dec 15 - Liverpool, UK @ Echo Arena
Dec 17 - Birmingham, UK @ Arena
Dec 18 - London, UK @ SSE Arena Wembley


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Def Leppard and Journey announce North American tour ticket details
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Def Leppard and Journey announce North American tour ticket details




Def Leppard and Journey have announced full ticket details for their extensive, co-headlining tour of North America.

The 6-month, 58-city trek, which mixes arena and stadium shows, will see the bands switch headlining slots from the time it opens in Hartford, CT on May 21 until it wraps up in Los Angeles in early October.

Def Leppard and Journey fan presales will begin Monday, January 29 at 12 PM local time.

Def Leppard VIP Packages will also be available beginning Monday, January 29 at 12PM local time through Epic Rights while Journey VIP Packages will be available beginning Monday, January 29 at 12PM local time through VIP Nation.

An American Express Card Members presale for select dates begins Tuesday, January 30 at 12 PM local time.

General public seats will be available Saturday, February 3 at 10 AM local time at Ticketmaster.com

“This tour is going to be a blast!,” says Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott. “We’ve toured together before and it was massive. This time it’s going to be even bigger and better!”

“These co-headlining Journey/Def Leppard dates will be epic classic rock shows,” adds Journey founder and guitarist Neal Schon. “So many hits. It will be great to see you all, friends!”

Def Leppard / Journey
North American tour


May 21 - Hartford, CT - XL Center
May 23 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
May 25 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
May 26 - Buffalo, NY - KeyBank Center
May 28 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
May 30 - Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena
Jun 01 - Toronto, ON - Rogers Centre
Jun 02 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena
Jun 05 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
Jun 06 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Boling Arena
Jun 08 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Jun 09 - Charlotte, NC - Spectrum Center
Jun 11 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
Jun 13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Jun 15 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Jun 16 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena
Jul 01 - Atlanta, GA - SunTrust Park
Jul 03 - Indianapolis, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Pavilion
Jul 04 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
Jul 06 - Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum
Jul 07 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
Jul 09 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Jul 11 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
Jul 13 - Detroit, MI - Comerica Park
Jul 14 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
Jul 16 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena
Jul 18 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Jul 19 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Jul 21 - Denver, CO - Coors Field
Jul 23 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
Jul 25 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
Jul 27 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Field
Jul 28 - Fargo, ND - Fargodome
Aug 11 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park
Aug 13 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Aug 15 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena
Aug 17 - Ft Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center
Aug 18 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
Aug 20 - Birmingham, AL - Legacy Arena @ The BJCC
Aug 22 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
Aug 24 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium
Aug 25 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Aug 27 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
Aug 29 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Aug 31 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Sep 01 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
Sep 05 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheatre
Sep 07 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sep 08 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
Sep 21 - San Francisco, CA - AT&T Park
Sep 23 - San Diego, CA - Petco Park
Sep 25 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sep 26 - Nampa, ID - Idaho Center Arena
Sep 28 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
Sep 29 - Seattle, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
Oct 01 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
Oct 04 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
Oct 06 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum


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Def Leppard announce Hysteria UK tour
Def Leppard and Journey announce North American tour
Def Leppard singer comments on Brian Johnson’s exit from AC/DC
VIDEO: Def Leppard singer’s Down N Outz stream Storm from live package
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Jack White streams new song Corporation



Jack White is streaming audio of the track “Corporation” as the latest preview to his forthcoming album “Boarding House Reach.”

The tune follows the lead single, “Connected By Love”, and “Respect Commander” as the third song issued in advance of the March 23 release of his third album.

White self-produced his first record in four years, which he recorded at his Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN, as well as Sear Sound in New York, NY, and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

The rocker will support this set with an extensive North American tour that will open in his hometown of Detroit, MI on April 19.

White has imposed a ban on cell phone use during the tour in an effort to focus fans’ attention towards the stage; phones will be locked in Yondr pouches that fans can unlock is designated secure zones away from the action, if necessary.

“We think you'll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON,” reads a statement posted by Live Nation that can be seen on every tour stop's ticket page, while fans “enjoy a phone-free, 100% human experience.”


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Jack White premieres video for new single Connected By Love
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