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AC/DC's Brian Johnson Will Reportedly Be Part Of New Album Tour

(hennemusic) According to a new report by US rock radio DJ Eddie Trunk, AC/DC will tour in support of a new album with Brian Johnson. Trunk's report follows recent confirmation of studio activity from longtime AC/DC engineer Mike Fraser - who worked on the group's past five studio records - and sightings of band members last summer at a Vancouver recording studio.

The appearance of Johnson at the 2018 sessions was a surprise; the singer left the group's "Rock Or Bust" tour in the spring of 2016 after being advised by doctors that he was risking total hearing loss.

"I think AC/DC... it's pretty much a done deal that these guys are gonna make a record or have made a record and a record is gonna come out," said Trunk during the April 11 broadcast of his show. "I have sources that have told me that they are absolutely going to tour with Brian back again. That's all unconfirmed from their camp, but I had it from some reliable sources."

"I think it's pretty much a done deal that AC/DC at the very least are going to release some sort of record," he continued, "and it'll be some sort of record, and it'll be some sort of tribute to Malcolm [Young] just like 'Back In Black' was a tribute to Bon [Scott].

"So I have no doubt about that and I'm pretty confident they're probably going to do shows, as well. but I think at this point it's pretty much just when they announce it." Listen here.

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Mastodon's Cover Of Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven Streaming

Mastodon released their take on the Led Zeppelin classic "Stairway To Heaven" as a special Record Store Day release and the track is now streaming online and will be officially released as a digital charity single on May 17th.

All 1,500 copies of the band's limited editon 10" vinyl pressing of their version of the song, entitled "Stairway To Nick John", has sold out. The title pays tribute to their longtime manager who died last September and proceeds for the vinyl and digital single will benefit the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Mastodon had this to say about the RSD release, "In early September 2018 we lost one of our closest friends and our biggest fan, our manager Nick John. He was essentially the band's Dad. From our highest highs to our lowest lows he was always there. Every single move we made went through him first as our trust in him was marrow deep.

"His favorite band besides us and Gojira, was Led Zeppelin. We were asked to perform "Stairway to Heaven" at his funeral. Afterwards, finding out that someone had recorded it, we figured we should record a studio version and release it on RSD as a tribute to Nick with all the proceeds to be donated to pancreatic cancer research.

"We would not be the band we are today without the help of Nick John. We miss him dearly and think of him always. We love you buddy!" Stream the song here and orider your copy on May 17th.

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Def Leppard Rock Hall Induction TV Special Preview Released

(hennemusic) Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks are among the acts featured in a video trailer previewing HBO's broadcast of the 2019 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction later this month.

Set to premiere on April 27 at 8pm ET, the special will present the highlights of a March 29 ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York that also honored fellow inductees Janet Jackson, The Cure, Radiohead, Roxy Music and The Zombies.

The event saw appearances by a number of guest presenters, including Harry Styles, Janelle Monae, Don Henley, David Byrne, Simon Le Bon & John Taylor of Duran Duran, Trent Reznor, Stevie Van Zandt, Ian Hunter, and Susanna Hoffs.

Inducted by Queen guitarist and longtime friend Brian May, Def Leppard followed their acceptance speech with a four-song performance that featured the title track to "Hysteria", "Rock Of Ages" and "Photograph" from "Pyromania", and their 1987 smash "Pour Some Sugar On Me."

The UK rockers closed out the evening with a performance of the Mott The Hoople classic "All The Young Dudes" - written by David Bowie - during an all-star jam that included May, Hunter, Hoffs, Van Zandt, and Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent of The Zombies. Watch the trailer here.

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Megadeth Star Reveals Timeline For New Album

(hennemusic) Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is sharing an update on plans for the band's sixteenth album and the time frame that fans may expect the record to hit stores.

The group, who began work on the follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" last November, were originally aiming for a 2019 release but the bassist says fans may need to wait a little longer for the project.

"We were obviously planning to do the Ozzy / Megadeth tour, and now that that's been pushed back to next year," Ellefson tells WRIF Detroit's Meltdown, "in a way, probably opens up a perfect window for us to really get in now [and focus on the new album]. All things happen for a reason, so I think on the Megadeth schedule, it's probably maybe good timing, actually, to just go right in, and we're gonna definitely be really hunkering down now to get that going. Because we have some of our own shows in August that have been on the books - there's actually a few more coming in now - there's Rock In Rio, and that's early October, and then there's the MegaCruise."

"As much as we were hoping to have a record out this year," he continued, "looking at how the 'Dystopia' timeline was where we were working on it early in 2015, we started doing some shows later that year, we put out a heavy track, 'Fatal Illusion', and then the record dropped in early 2016.

"So, in this case, sometime probably early 2020 is my thought that that's probably when the record will be ready to come out." Listen to the interview here.

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The Church Announce Starfish 30th Anniversary Weekend

The Church have announced a special weekend of performances that they will be staging to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their acclaimed album "Starfish".

The band will be taking the stage for 'Of Seance and Starfish' - The Church Weekend beginning on June 8th and 9th at Bush Hall in London. They will then play the Club Academy in Manchester on the 10th, followed by Edinburgh on the 11th at La Belle Angele.

Starfish included the hit singles 'Under The Milky Way' and 'Reptile' and the band will be revisiting the entire album for these shows, along with other tracks from their almost four decade career.

These UK shows follow the band's North American tour last fall where they celebrated the album's anniversary.

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Ben Folds and Cake Announce Coheadlining Tour

Ben Folds and Cake have announced that they will be teaming up once again for an American coheadline tour which follows their hit trek together last summer.

They will be kicking off the road trip on September 5 in Bonner, MT at the KettleHouse Amphitheater and will wrap things up on September 19th in Grand Prairie, TX at The Theatre at Grand Prairie.

Cake frontman John McCrea had this to say, "We had so much fun with Ben last summer that we decided to do it again, this time in the west. CAKE's Vince DiFiore added, "Last year we had the great honor to tour with Ben, who inspired us with incredible musicianship and memorable songs. It was sad to end that tour, so now a great thrill to be anticipating another with the actual artistic advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra."

"Cake are masters, and they happen to be my friends," says Folds. "So, yes, let's do this!" See the dates here.

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Gears Release 'Tango Yankee' Video Featuring Lajon Witherspoon

Gears have released a new music video for their track "Tango Yankee," which features a guest appearance from Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust and was produced by Corey Lowery.

Jimmy Wooten (Skinmask) had this to say, "With 'Tango Yankee,' we just really wanted to write something dedicated to several members of our families that have served in the Military, Law Enforcement, and First Response.

"We really wanted this to be special, so getting one of our favorite vocalists from one of our favorite bands was very exciting and made this track just that, special. Lajon came in and absolutely crushed the track vocally.

"I really love the way it turned out. Trip and LJ complimented each other so well. Put that together with Clint's epic solo and of course, Corey at the helm, this really turned into something spectacular.

"I believe that the thought behind the song is something that most Americans can relate to as many of us have or have had loved ones serve. Maybe even a little something that can get us past all of our political disagreements, unify, recognize the sacrifice and just say a simple 'Thank You' to all those who fight for our freedom, protect us and keep us safe." Watch the video here

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Bryan Adams Adds Summer Dates To Shine A Light Tour

Bryan Adams announced a string of additional fall dates in the U.S. to his 'Shine A Light' world tour which will follow the previously announced dates for the trek this spring.

Adams will be kicking off the first run of U.S. dates in support of his new album "Shine A Light" on May 4th in Charlotte, NC at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre.

The newly announced dates will begin on August 2nd in Bangor, ME at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion and will run until September 21st where he will wrap things up in Mountain View, CA at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. See all of the date here.

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Rob Shiner Releases 'Just Paranoid' Video Featuring Blacklite District

Rob Shiner has released his debut music video for this latest single "Just Paranoid", which features a guest appearance from Blacklite District.

The new track is the follow up to his debut release "Feels Good", which accumulated more than 250,000 combined streams. Watch the new video here.

Shiner had this to say, "It was a great opportunity to have Blacklite District featured on my new song/video 'Just Paranoid'. Kyle Pfeiffer is awesome to work with as a producer as well being the head of the label.

"I'm currently in the studio finishing up another single which we plan to release soon, as well as the debut album dropping later this year through my new label home at AK19."

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Rage Ink Deal For New Album 'Wings Of Rage'

Rage have announced that they have returned to SPV/Steamhammer with a new deal for the release of their forthcoming album, which is tentatively titled "Wings Of Rage".

The band has announced that their 25th album will be hitting stores on January 10th with the lead single coming in September, followed by a second track before Christmas.

"We're really happy to be back with SPV/Steamhammer," says Peavy Wagner. "Since our very successful and enjoyable collaboration in the early 2000s we've known that we're in expert hands with Olly Hahn and his team. Olly and I share a long-standing friendship, he will continue to promote Rage with his usual commitment."

SPV/Steamhammer label manager Olly Hahn is delighted with his new signing: "It's fantastic to have a band such as Rage on our roster again, their outstanding role in the development of German metal is undisputed. To be in a position to release their 25th studio album fills me with great pride and ambition."

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Vexes Release Video For Heavy Cover Of Tear For Fears Classic

Vexes have released a video for their heavy take on the Tears For Fears classic hit "Head Over Heals", which is one of the cover tracks featured on their forthcoming reissue.

The band will be releasing their debut album "Ancient Geometry" on June 21st in Europe with bonus tracks including the Tear For Fears cover, and their take on "Shattered Dreams" by Johnny Hates Jazz and "Voices Carry" by 'Til Tuesday.

The band had this to say, "We are thrilled to be working with Silent Cult and to have the opportunity to have our music be heard by an expanded audience around the globe through the reissue of our debut album Ancient Geometry.

"We've been writing for the better part of nine months or so now for the follow up to AG, and as a 'break' from that process and as basically a thank you to anyone that has listened to us thus far, we wanted to put our spin on a few of our favorite songs from the 1980's.

All of the songs that we chose were very influential to us in various ways, both from the standpoint of our personal lives and in the general vibe of our music. There is a lushness and delicate quality to the sound of the original tracks, and such a great pop sensibility, and this is something that we try to incorporate in our sound, while trying to blend this with a bit of ferocity and vulnerability as well. We hope that everyone enjoys our take on these classic tracks." Watch the video here

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Singled Out: Tia McGraff's Stubborn In My Blood

Americana star Tia McGraff recently released her new album "Stubborn In My Blood" and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the title song. Here is the story:

There's a lot of talk about diversity these days. I love it! My
grandparents immigrated to Canada from Transylvania in 1930. My mom's family immigrated from Scotland many years ago after the Scottish
Clearances. Needless to say, being Canadian of Transylvanian-Scot
descent, I have a stubborn streak in me.

One day, my husband (partner in music) and I were on the road having an
"intense fellowship" moment and I think Tommy called me difficult. LOL. I said, "Tommy, I'm Transylvanian Scot! Stubborn's in my blood." Tommy laughed and said, "we need to write that."

Flash forward a few months later and we're writing for my new cd when
we thought of this title. It just fit with the diversity and reclaiming
our strength message. We decided to keep in the European feel and gave
it a Celtic/rhythmic feel. We recorded the track from the ground up in
our studio and played all the instruments.

I just love this song and the joy it brings around the world! We
launched the new cd in the UK and had a blast playing Stubborn In My
Blood in Scotland. In fact, it was in Nairn, Scotland where my mom's
family originated from.

Every song has a story and Stubborn is perhaps one of my favorite stories. I truly hope it inspires other songwriters to claim their roots
and write about their family tree.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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