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Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan Shares Another New Song

(hennemusic) Duff McKagan is streaming the track "Last September", as the latest preview to his forthcoming album, "Tenderness." The Guns N' Roses rocker says the tune was inspired by the stories coming out of the #MeToo movement in recent years.

"Being the father of two girls, having a wife and having three older sisters," McKagan explains, "I don't have much time for predators and male bullies.

"This was a fictionalized story I wrote to kind of sum up that, and what I kinda came to - in a gentler moment of it - is like 'his momma didn't raise a man.' And at the end of the song, there's a refrain where the girl is going to be okay at the end of the day...and she's going to have scrapes and scars but she'll move on past this; there's hope there."

"Last September" marks the fourth song issued in advance of the album's release, following the lead single and title track, "Chip Away", and "Don't Look Behind You."

Due May 31, McKagan recorded "Tenderness" with artist and producer Shooter Jennings, whose band will join the bassist for live dates in support of the project this year starting with a three-week series of US dates that wiill begin in Philadelphia, PA on May 30.

"Tenderness" will be available in multiple formats, including CD, digital and vinyl - with a limited-edition package on 180-gram yellow & red starburst vinyl that also adds the CD, an exclusive lithograph signed and numbered by McKagan, and a deluxe hard-cover book presenting photos and liner notes from the recording sessions. Stream the song and a interview clip with Duff about the track here.

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Bruce Springsteen Streaming 'There Goes My Miracle'

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen is streaming a lyric video for "There Goes My Miracle", as the latest preview to his forthcoming album, "Western Stars." The follow-up to the lead single, "Hello Sunshine", shares the project's sonic themes of "sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements."

"I wrote most of it before [2012's] 'Wrecking Ball,' and I stopped making that record to make "Wrecking Ball," and then I went back to it," Springsteen told Variety in 2017, describing it as being influenced by "Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach, those kinds of records. I don't know if people will hear those influences, but that was what I had in my mind. It gave me something to hook an album around; it gave me some inspiration to write.

"It's connected to my solo records writing-wise, more 'Tunnel Of Love' and 'Devils And Dust,' but it's not like them at all. Just different characters living their lives."

Due June 14, "Western Stars" was produced by multi-instrumentalist Ron Aniello and recorded primarily at Springsteen's home studio in New Jersey; the set features appearances by Patti Scialfa, David Sancious, Charlie Giordano, and Soozie Tyrell, among many others. Listen to the song here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Announces Another Rescheduled Farewell Tour Date

Ozzy Osbourne has revealed the rescheduled date for his show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, which will be part of the revised leg of his No More Tours 2 tour.

The metal legend was forced to push back the tour following a hospitalization and had previously revealed other rescheduled dates but now says that the concert at the famed Los Angeles venue will take place on July 27th.

Ozzy will be returning to the road for a European tour leg on January 31st of next year in Nottingham, UK and will kick off the North American leg on May 27, 2020 in Atlanta, GA at State Farm Arena. See all of the dates here.

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The Hollywood Vampires Release 'The Boogieman Surprise' Video

(hennemusic) The Hollywood Vampires have released a live video for "The Boogieman Surprise", the new single from the band's forthcoming second album, "Rise."

Filmed at the 2018 Montreux Jazz Festival, the follow-up to the set's lead track, "Who's Laughing Now", has been part of the supergroup's live set since last year's world tour.

Due June 21, "Rise" was produced by Tommy Henriksen and The Hollywood Vampires, which was conceived by Alice Cooper and celebrates the spirit of the original drinking club of the same name - co-founded by the rocker - that gathered at the upstairs bar of the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles from 1972 and included the likes of John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon, Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz.

"Rise" mixes new original tunes with three covers, including David Bowie's "Heroes" performed by Johnny Depp; the late Jim Carroll Band's "People Who Died"; and Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory," sung by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry; the record also features guest appearances by Jeff Beck and director John Waters on "Welcome To Bushwackers." here.

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Van Halen's David Lee Roth Freewheelin With Three Part Special

(hennemusic) David Lee Roth is streaming the seventh episode of his online series The Roth Show. The three-part edition - entitled "Freewheelin'" - sees the Van Halen rocker sharing his thoughts on a variety of related topics.

Roth, who continues to try and keep the band's name in the headlines since their latest hiatus kicked in four years ago, recently made news when he jammed a Van Halen remix with Armin van Buuren at the Ultra festival in Miami, FL.

The singer joined the DJ for the debut of a new remix of the 1984 Van Halen classic, "Jump", which remains the group's only US No. 1 hit when it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks 35 years ago this spring.

"I'm sure that a lot of the kids I'm gonna play for are probably not even familiar with the original and how big of a track it was when it was released," van Buuren told Rolling Stone. "Plus, it was an easy one to pick because I ask my crowd to jump, and the song has a deeper meaning, and I hope the kids get it when they hear the song, when they start to invest some time in the history of the song"

"So I made something initially for my DJ set, 'cause I thought it would be cool to premiere it at Ultra. So at this point, it wasn't necessarily produced as a radio song. It's made for a crowd going crazy, 18-to-22-year-olds dancing their socks off to a song they don't even know was originally made in 1982." Check out the episode here.

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The Sweet Things To Play Free Album Release Party

The Sweet Things have announced that they will be celebrating the release of their debut album next week with a special free album release and listening party in New York City.

The band will be releasing the record, entitled "In Borrowed Shoes, On Borrowed Time," on May 24th and will be holding the special event that night at The Bowery Electric bar.

They recently gave fans a taste of the new album with the release of a music video for the song "Liquor Lightning," which was directed and edited by Juli Berg (Evanescence) & Candace Corelli (Blue Man Group). Watch it here.

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Ashbringer Stream New Song 'Dreamscape'

Ashbringer are streaming their brand new single "Dreamscape". The track comes from their forthcoming album "Absolution", which will be released on June 28th.

Nathan Wallestad had this to say about the new track, "We would consider this one of the more experimental songs on the album, being centered around long and heavily modulated instrumental passages.

"On this album, we wanted each song to tell it's own story and stand on its own. This song was written over a period of about a year, being revisited many times with a fresh perspective". Listen to it here.

The album is set to be released in various formats including CD, digital, as well as a double LP vinyl (standard black, and limited-edition magenta/green splatter vinyl).

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Dan Scholz Book Signing Event To Include All-Star Jam

For readers in the Los Angeles area, tomorrow night (May 19th) Affliction Clothing Artist Dan Scholz book signing / discussion / Q&A event hosted by Barry Sobel that will include live music with an all-star band led by antiMusic's Happenin' Harry capping off the evening and the event will benefit cancer research.

The event will be taking place at El Cid on Sunset in Los Angeles and organizers have announced that they will be donating proceeds to the Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (this is not an official event for the charity).

The Dan Scholz discussion and Q&A will be followed by live music including a performance by Crown Lust and the festivities will end with an all-star band expected to feature members of Metal Church, Train, The Knack, Quiet Riot, The Bangkok Five, The Thornbirds, The Reverend Horton Heat, Rough Cutt, W.A.S.P., Pleasure Burn, Ratt, Detective, The Dickies, Kill Devil Hill, The Side Deal, The Ducks, Impellittari, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Six Angry Feet, Hardly Dangerous, Kottak, Supersuckers, Blackfoot, Spiders & Snakes, 45 Grave, Hocus Pocus, Snow, The Stephen Pearcy Band, Sweet Savage, Graham Bonnet Band, Missing Persons, Msg, Lita Ford, Bird3, and more. Find more details about the event

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Eagle Rock Honored For YouTube Milestone

(Kayos) Eagle Rock Entertainment, part of Universal Music Group, has been awarded a prestigious gold plaque by YouTube in recognition of 1M subscribers to their channel.

Eagle now has over 7,000 music-related videos on their YouTube channel, and with 5 Billion minutes of their content viewed in 2018, it's clear that fans are embracing the experience of watching their favorite artists perform live. Eagle has optimized the channel as an effective marketing tool in promoting Eagle Rock's films.

Terry Shand, Eagle Rock Entertainment Chairman & CEO said, "We're absolutely delighted to receive the YouTube Gold Creator Award for surpassing a million subscribers on Eagle Rock's YouTube channel. This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of our Digital Team in everything they've done to optimize the channel over the last year or so, and endorses the work of our wider team in creating content that resonates so richly with fans around the world." Check out the channel here.

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Singled Out: Hanna Barakat's Siren

Austin alt-rocker Hanna Barakat tells us about her debut single "Wildfire" that was produced by John Moyer of Disturbed, which comes from her forthcoming album "Siren". Here is the story:

During my time at Berklee, I be-friended a man named Andre who pan-handled in front of my work, late nights. I would bring leftovers from my work, he would distribute the food to fellow panhandlers and others, and we would chat on the stoop for hours on end, telling stories and sharing experiences. We had a beautiful and strange friendship. After I had moved across the world, my friend always found a way to keep in touch, sometimes a random email, a disposable phone, and once, a Skype call all the way in Lebanon.

Once day, Andre called me on my US cell, while I was living in Ottawa, Canada. I told him I had met a man, Blue, my, now, husband, and he asked to speak with him on the phone. Andre proceeded to threaten Blue with bodily harm if he ever did anything to hurt me, saying "us homeless, we have a network... I have people". Andre was a veteran of the Vietnam war and a truly unique spirit. One day, he posted on facebook "I learned that people are like fire, they can keep you warm and safe, they can light up the darkness you feel inside or they can rage out of control, burning up all the good you have known in an instant, causing third degree burns you can never fully recover from. I measure people using a fire scale (a camp fire at a distance will give you hope when you are lost in the dark). Who is your camp fire? Who is wild fire?" - Andre Junius French.

Andre immediately messaged me on facebook and said that his most recent "comment about the campfire in the distance was in reference to you (me). You were the light that kept the road lit, so I wouldn't become lost and lose my way in the dark concrete and steel forest of Boston as so many have. Thank you for being you, don't change...your friend until forever starts over, thank you again".

Those words meant everything to me. In some ways, Andre's words inspired not only my song "Wildfire", but also "Leave Your Light On". Both songs were written at very different times in my life, but the underlying thread, the perfect imagery to convey my deepest emotions, came from Andre and his "camp fire".

Wildfire was a song that, for my own sanity, had to be written. My husband and I met in Lebanon, during a very difficult and pivotal time in my husbands life. We fell in love in a very short time, and were immediately met with bigger than life decisions, faced so many hurdles, forcing us to grow emotionally, and as a couple, so quickly, that we hardly had a moment to breathe or just "be". We never had that "honeymoon" phase of dating. We were thrown deep into the deep end of the emotional pool! As my husband is a Lebanese citizen, with no secondary (dual) citizenship, we had to spend years in immigration limbo, country hopping to any country we could get him a visa for, or that didn't require a visa for him, all while waiting for approval to be allowed to travel, as a married couple, to the USA together. We were constantly up-ended from friends, family, normalcy, all while trying a way to the end gaol, to be able to settle down somewhere safe and secure, and start our life together. We battled one another, we fought, we nearly quit, we let our most dark selves show themselves to one another, but we made it through. Wildfire is definitely a song of struggles and battles within our relationship, as well as external barriers and obstacles impeding progress, growth, safety, and a sense of security. From the very beginning, within the first month of our relationship, the wildfires started and never stopped, but somehow we learned how to find our way through them.

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

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