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Motley Crue Bringing The Dirt To New Format

(hennemusic) Motley Crue will release an audiobook edition of their 2001 memoir, "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band", on Tuesday, June 25.

Fans have gotten glimpses into the band's crazy world of backstage scandals, celebrity love affairs, roller-coaster drug addictions, and music in the band's autobiography since the book first came out and quickly became a New York Times bestseller.

Following its recent success as a Netflix biopic, "The Dirt" will make its audiobook debut next week, featuring the recorded voices of Sebastian York, Roger Wayne, Fred Berman, MacLeod Andrews and Hillary Huber.

Directed by Jeff Tremaine, the 2019 film follows Motley Crue's rise from the Los Angeles club scene to headline-making international stardom and stars Machine Gun Kelly as drummer Tommy Lee, Daniel Webber as singer Vince Neil, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx and Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars. here.

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There's No Plans To Do Any More Rush Projects Says Geddy Lee

Rush icon Geddy Lee says that there are no plans to do any more projects with the band, following the end of their unofficial retirement tour back in 2015.

Lee is busy promoting his book "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass" and was asked what he plans to do next during a recent BBC Radio 6 interview.

He responded, "I don't know what my next step is. Rush basically stopped touring in 2015, and although we remain pals, there's no plans to do any more Rush projects.

"Alex has been doing a variety of guest spots here and there, and he's digging that. And I've been working on this book, and now I'm shamelessly promoting the book, travelling around the world.

"So, when this is all done and the dust settles, I'll go back and look at those hundreds of bass guitars that are staring me in the face guiltily and I'll figure out what the next step is."

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Royal Republic Release 'Like A Lover' Video

Royal Republic have released a brand new music video for their track 'Like A Lover'. The song comes from their recently released studio album "Club Majesty".

The group revealed the following details about the clip, "The video was shot in Berlin but the footage was almost completely lost due to a technical malfunction. However, through the miracle of technically skilled people (and money) we were able to salvage much of the footage.

"Thanks to the amazing dancers. Our friend and constant director Leo Akesson and all the crew who worked tirelessly through the entire night to make this video happen.

"While the song is a little bit of a departure for us musically, somehow it always felt very natural to us. We hope it does for you too." Watch the video here

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Singled Out: Pete Wilde Making Rock 'n' Roll Black Again

LA-based rocker Pete Wilde recently released his debut album "Sugar & Smoke" and today instead of talking about one of the songs, he instead explains how he wants to help "Make Rock 'n' Roll Black Again". Here is the story:

What is rock 'n' roll? What's the genetic makeup of a style of music? If we look at it at the surface level, there are certain key elements that make rock' n' roll what it is. There are the musical elements: loud guitars (usually pentatonic based), syncopated rhythm, and catchy melodies. There are also intangible elements like a spirit of rebellion, pushing the envelope, and just a general sense of staring "the establishment" in the face and shouting "F*ck you!" Keeping these things in mind, let's now look at where rock 'n' roll comes from. Studying history is usually a good way to figure out where you're going.

Rock 'n' roll, once called "Race Music" (as it was primarily created and played by black artists to black audiences) finds it roots in the Blues. A lot of those Delta cats from Mississippi traveled north to Chicago and realized you can't compete with the noise of a bustling city with an acoustic guitar. So they plugged in and, quite frankly, changed the world. In my humble opinion, people like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Etta James, Howlin Wolf and Muddy Waters were the first real rockstars. They checked all the boxes for our contemporary understanding of what a rockstar is: unique talent, charisma, larger than life personas who struggled with personal demons. The epitome of "Sex, Drugs, and...rock 'n' roll". Cats like old Chuck Berry came along and started playing sh*t a bit faster, made it danceable. And voila, a generation defining genre was born.

Today we see the lines of genre becoming blurred, except when the artist looks a certain way. When you have artists like Dan Auerbach and Gary Clark Jr., who make pretty similar music, categorized differently it makes you question things. Well, it should. What's the difference between The Black Keys and Gary Clark Jr., preference aside? At their cores, both acts exist in similar realms.

It seems to me, from the moment a young black kid shows any interest in rock music, two things happen: there's an expectation to be apolitical and shed any semblance of "blackness" from your white peers. Then, there's the assumption that you make "white" music from your black peers. This is just from personal experience and observation, of course. But it feels odd to me that when a rock artist who is black, embraces their culture or uses too many "black" sounds in rock 'n' roll it then has to be something else. It becomes Blues or Funk or Soul or some hybrid buzzword. But when a band like The Black Keys or Arctic Monkeys infuse "black" sounds into their records (AM is essentially a 70's RnB album with loud guitars) they become groundbreaking rockstars.

On the flip, why have black people forgotten our place in the genre? Again, just my perspective, but I feel like we tend to shun anything that sounds like rock 'n' roll. Dismissing it as "white boy" music. Honestly, that's exactly what it's become. White men have absolutely dominated rock music for 50 years, to the point that its hard to imagine the genre looking any differently. Every so often you get a Jimi Hendrix or a Lenny Kravitz, but every other black voice gets categorized as other. Funkadelic is the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time. Yeah, I said it. What's the real difference between Funk and Rock? Think back to what we went over at the beginning. Emotive vocals, with a spirit of rebellion sticking the finger to the establishment over syncopated rhythm sections with loud guitars. Maybe it's time to rethink what rock 'n' roll really sounds like.

In a world where Beyonce should've won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance over 21 Pilots and Gary Clark Jr., possibly has the best rock album in recent memory, we should remember something. Black voices and lives will forever contribute to and shape rock 'n' roll. Making rock 'n' roll black again is this. It's not divisive, but inclusive. Anyone can make rock 'n' roll, if they really love it. But when we're talking about where rock is headed, black voices need to have a seat at the table. Since we built the goddamn table.

Hearing is believing. Listen for yourself right here!

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Sammy Hagar Rocks Van Halen Classic 'Right Now' In New Video

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar and The Circle are streaming video of a performance of the 1991 Van Halen classic, "Right Now", from a recent appearance at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, CA.

Hagar is sharing the footage in sync with the 28th anniversary of Van Halen's ninth album, "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge"; his third sset with the band topped the US charts for three weeks while the song went on to pick up three honors at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video Of The Year.

Hagar and The Circle launched their new album, "Space Between", at the iHeartRadio venue last month.The project marks the first full studio release by the band - following a 2015 live set - with a lineup that also features bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson. Watch the video here.

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Alan Jackson: Small Town Southern Man Coming To DVD

Eagle Rock have announced that they will be releasing the Alan Jackson: Small Town Southern Man documentary in DVD format on June 28th.

Here is the synopsis: Alan Jackson: Small Town Southern Man is a brand new feature-length documentary, comprised of archival interviews with Alan Jackson that tell the story of his career. Celebrating the work of this country music icon, the film reveals the stories behind songs such as "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow," "(Who Says) You Can't Have It All," "Someday," and his signature classic "Chattahoochee."

Tracing his steps from childhood to membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the film explores Jackson's journey from his early Nashville days through the present (as evidenced in exclusive concert footage from his triumphant 25th anniversary tour, previously released on DVD via Eagle Rock Entertainment as Alan Jackson: Keepin' It Country - Live At Red Rocks).

Rare interviews with wife Denise Jackson, his mother, father, and sisters, as well as collaborators such as Jim McBride and producer Keith Stegall...music industry execs like Tim Dubois, Mike Dungan, Barry Coburn... and a list of artists and admirers that includes Allison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Easton Corbin and Carrie Underwood, are also included. Watch the trailer here

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Cold War Kids Streaming First New Music In Two Years

Cold War Kids have released their new first new music in over two years in the form of not one but two new songs, "Complainer" and "4th of July."

The new tracks will be featured on the group's forthcoming studio album "New Age Norms," which is set to be released this fall. Listen to "Compainer" here and "4th Of July" here.

The band will also be hitting the road for a U.S. headlining tour this fall, following appearances at several music festivals this summer. See all of the dates

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Black Star Riders Announce Another State Of Grace Tour

(hennemusic) Black Star Riders have announced dates for a fall tour of Europe in support of their forthcoming album, "Another State Of Grace." The UK outfit will be joined on various dates by Diamond Head and Wayward Sons.

The series - which will follow an extensive run of recently-revealed shows in the UK and Ireland - will begin in Roskilde, Demark and see the group perform multiple gigs in Finland, Sweden and Germany alongside appearances in Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

Due September 6, "Anothr State Of Grace" was produced and mixed by Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax) and introduces new lead guitarist Christian Martucci and drummer Chad Szeliga following the departure of original members Damon Johnson and Jimmy DeGrasso.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be back with a brand new Black Star Riders album," says frontman Ricky Warwick. "In my honest opinion, this is the best record the band has made! This is Christian and Chad's first album with the band and they have brought a fantastic energy and vibe" See the dates here.

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Carlos Santana Doing Late Night TV To Promote Chart Topping Album

(hennemusic) Carlos Santana will be appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight (June 18th) after topping the Billboard Rock Albums chart with his new album, "Africa Speaks."

According to Billboard, the project also entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 3 with opening week sales of 57,000 equivalent album units earned. Santana, along with Barbra Streisand, is one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least one Top Ten album for six consecutive decades from the 1960s forward.

The legendary guitarist recorded "Africa Speaks" with Rick Rubin at the producer's Shangri La Studios in Malibu, CA, where they recorded 49 songs in 10 days, including many in one take.

"It is an honor to share my heart's music with the world," says Santana. "This music gives people hope and courage. We call it mystical medicine music for a twisted, crooked world.

"The incredible synergy between Buika, Cindy Blackman Santana, the magnificent Santana Band, Rick Rubin and Concord Records made this masterpiece of joy come to fruition. Now more than ever, this is the consciousness that the world needs." Stream the title song here.

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Hunter Hayes Shares Making Of Video For 'One Good Reason'

Hunter Hayes has shared a 'making of' video clip for his brand new single "One Good Reason". The ballad is the fourth songs revealed from his forthcoming album.

The song was written and produced by Hayes and Sam Ellis. Hunter had this to say, "'One Good Reason' represents a totally different side of this album and was another very personal song to write.

"It's also one good reason for me to celebrate releasing another song from this upcoming album that I can't wait for the world to hear." Watch the making of clip here

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