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Brian Wilson Postpones Concerts Due To Upcoming Back Surgery

Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson has postponed several upcoming concert appearances. A statement from the 75-year-old musician revealed that upcoming back surgery will force him off the road while he recovers. Wilson described a long history with back pain, and mentions his brother Carl Wilson also suffered from similar issues. Brian’s doctors instructed him that surgery was needed “immediately,” causing the postponement of his concerts scheduled for this month. Only Wilson’s May concerts, which are in the process of being rescheduled, are currently affected by his medical issues. A tour set for November and December featuring Wilson performing The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album in its entirety is still planned to take place as announced.. ...Read Full Story

Live Nation Acquires Legendary “Rock In Rio” Festival

Live Nation Entertainment has acquired the “Rock in Rio” Festival, which in 2017 was the 2nd highest grossing festival in the world, and the largest music festival in South America.  It was estimated to have been attended by more than 700,000 fans from 62 different countries. The legendary festival currently operates biennial events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Lisbon, Portugal, spanning two long weekends of artist performances. Rock in Rio began in 1985, and has hosted 18 editions with over 1,700 artists and 9 million attendees and engaging more than 11 million followers on social media. “We are delighted to bring together the world’s biggest music festival with the largest entertainment company on the planet,” said Roberto Medina, Rock in Rio’s founder and President. . ...Read Full Story

Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway Show Earns Special Tony Award

Springsteen on Broadway, which initially was announced last year as an eight-week residency at the 975-seat Walter Kerr Theatre, has proven wildly successful since making its official bow. Last month, Springsteen added 81 shows to his Broadway docket, extending the show through December and amounting to 236 dates in all. During this year’s Tony Awards nominations, host Leslie Odom Jr. revealed that Springsteen on Broadway will also be honored with a special Tony for what Odom described as “a theater-going experience of extraordinary dimensions.” Springsteen will be one of two artists to receive a special Tony this year; he’ll be joined by John Leguizamo, who’s being celebrated for a career of socially conscious storytelling. . ...Read Full Story

Whitesnake Delay New Album Until 2019

Whitesnake has been forced to postpone the release of their new album until 2019 due to “technical difficulties.” The new album was originally promised for this spring and then was moved to summer. Titled Flesh & Blood, it was a followup to 2015’s The Purple Album which saw David Coverdale and company covering the music of Deep Purple.  Whitesnake did announce they would be releasing the track “Shut Up & Kiss Me” before their upcoming tour with Foreigner and have filmed a music video for the song.. ...Read Full Story

Metallica, Paul McCartney Among 2018 Austin City Limits Festival Headliners

The lineup for the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival has been announced, and it features such big-name acts as Metallica and Paul McCartney among its headliners. Other top line acts for this year’s festival include Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott and Odesza. Austin City Limits’ acts perform over two weekends, with Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14 booked for Austin’s Zilker Park in Texas. Rock fans will also have a chance to see Deftones, Greta Van Fleet, Highly Suspect, Thunderpussy and more. Tickets for the Austin City Limits festival are currently on sale and you can check out ticketing  and lodging options at the ACL festival website.. ...Read Full Story

U.S. Guitar Maker Gibson Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Gibson Brands Inc, the maker of guitars played by the likes of B.B. King and Elvis Presley, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday. They plan to reorganize its musical instrument business under the new ownership of its lenders. Nashville-based Gibson, whose legendary brands include Les Paul and SG, has been suffering under $500 million in debt linked to the acquisition of its consumer electronics business overseas, where sales have been in sharp decline.. ...Read Full Story

Jeff Beck Announces U.S. Summer Tour

Jeff Beck will embark on a six-week U.S. tour this summer including seven solo shows in addition to the previously announced “Stars Align Tour,” with Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson of Heart. Joining Beck on this year’s outing will be longtime collaborators, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and Jimmy Hall (vocals) as well as long touring partner, Rhonda Smith (bass) and newcomer, cellist Vanessa Freebairn-Smith.  You can see a full list of tour dates in the article below.. ...Read Full Story

Bonnie Raitt Drops Out Of First Leg Of James Taylor Tour Due To Unspecified Health Issue

Bonnie Raitt has pulled out of the first leg of her U.S. tour with James Taylor due to an unspecified “medical situation” that requires surgery. Raitt on Monday posted a statement on her Facebook page apologizing to fans and saying the medical issue arose following her annual physical. She says the prognosis is “good” and a full recovery is expected. Raitt, 68, says she expects to rejoin Taylor for his tour’s second leg in June and a European tour in July. Raitt asks that she be given privacy and “space to heal.”. ...Read Full Story

Manager Doc McGhee Says Of Legendary Band KISS: They Can Continue Without Original Members

Kiss manager Doc McGhee is supporting frontman Paul Stanley’s opinion that the band can continue without any original members; this coming after new comments from Stanley amid speculation that their plans for “the biggest tour” in their history, expected in 2019, may be called “The End of the Road.”  “This isn’t Dark Side Of The Moon,” said McGhee. “People come here to have fun, to see sh*t blown up, people flying around.” McGhee added that the band’s impact is as large today as it has been for decades.  You can read more of his interview in the article below.. ...Read Full Story

Ozzy Osbourne Kicks Off His Farewell Tour

Ozzy Osbourne launched his farewell tour at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Jacksonville, FL on April 27.  Osbourne’s 14-song set opened with his hit from 1983 “Bark At The Moon”, alongside a lineup that included guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman. Osbourne delivered tracks from his solo catalog while also featuring a pair of Black Sabbath classics, “War Pigs” and “Paranoid.” The  “No More Tours 2” tour, celebrating five decades of music since the 1970 release of Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album, will span over 3-years and wiill mark the end of global touring for the legendary rocker by the time it wraps up in 2020.. ...Read Full Story

Foreigner Previews Upcoming Orchestra Release

Foreigner’s new release Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus comes out today, April 27, and the band is offering a preview of the new LP.  Foreigner re-recorded some of their biggest hits with an orchestral twist back in May 2017 in Lucerne, Switzerland, including “Cold As Ice” and “Feels Like The First Time.” Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus is available in multiple formats at Foreigner-Orchestral.com.. ...Read Full Story

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Releases “About You” Video

Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda has released a music video for the song “About You”, taken from his upcoming solo album “Post Traumatic”. The track is a collaboration with producer blackbear, and the accompanying clip was directed by Shinoda. Shinoda spoke about the songwriting process for “Post Traumatic”, which is due on June 15. He explained: “It started in a really dark place. In the beginning, I wasn’t leaving my house. It felt very claustrophobic, having lost one of my closest friends and collaborators.” Dealing with his own grief over Chester Bennington‘s suicide last summer, saying: “I had terrible days, and now I have less bad days. And eventually, I will find a new ‘normal,’ like a new stasis.” Shinoda will make his first solo appearance since Bennington’s death at this spring’s Identity LA Festival in downtown Los Angeles on May 12.. ...Read Full Story

Dave Matthews Band Announce New Album ‘Come Tomorrow” And Summer Tour Dates

Dave Matthews Band confirmed Wednesday that their next album, Come Tomorrow, will be released June 8 — their ninth studio album, and the first since 2012’s Away From the World. Fans will also get the opportunity to hear the new songs live this summer, as the band announced a full North American tour that kicks off May 18 in Texas and runs through September. The cover art for Come Tomorrow was designed by artist Béatrice Coron; you can check out the cover image below, along with the full list of tour dates. You can also buy tickets at the band’s website.. ...Read Full Story

The Rolling Stones To Release ‘The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016′

Legendary rock band The Rolling Stones have announced a new limited-edition box set, The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016, due on June 15. The collection comprises all 15 albums the Stones have released since 1971, which have also been remastered and cut across 20 LPs at half speed and beginning with their triple-platinum No. 1 record Sticky Fingers up to their 2016 Grammy-winning Blue & Lonesome, their most recent studio offering. The $450 set will come with a digital download card and a numbered certificate of authentication. Pre-order is available for The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016 at the Rolling Stones official web store. You can see the full list of albums included in the link below.. ...Read Full Story

Richie Sambora And Orianthi Announce New Album

The new project from Richie Sambora and Orianthi, called RSO, have announced the release of its debut full-length, Radio Free America. The album will be out May 11. Radio Free America was mostly recorded with famed produced Bob Rock at Sambora and Orianthi’s Los Angeles home over the past two years. Radio Free America will come on the heels of Sambora’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a founding member of Bon Jovi on April 14. . ...Read Full Story

Florence + The Machine, Liam Gallagher To Support Rolling Stones On Tour

Florence + The Machine and Oasis’ Liam Gallagher are among the artists that will support the legendary Rolling Stones on the band’s U.K. tour this spring. Each night of the Rolling Stones’ tour will find the rockers paired with a different opening act: Gallagher will support the Stones on their first night in London, with Florence + The Machine doing the same the second night. The Stones will then be joined by the Vaccines in Southampton, England; the Specials in Coventry; Richard Ashcroft in Manchester and Edinburgh, Scotland; Elbow in Cardiff, Wales; and James Bay at Twickenham. You can see the full list of cities, dates and supporting acts in the article below.. ...Read Full Story

Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Members Of The Heartbreakers And More Perform At “Light Up The Blues” Benefit Concert

The 5th Annual “Light Up the Blues” event benefitting Autism Speaks took place on Saturday night at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Steven Stills and his wife Kristen, who have a college-age son with autism. The night featured a number of special collaborations featuring Stills, his longtime musical collaborator Neil Young, members of the late Tom Petty’s backing band The Heartbreakers, Sheryl Crow and more. The event was hosted by Jack Black, and began with Stills being joined by Judy Collins for a cover of the Traveling Wilburys’ “Handle With Care,” followed by guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench and drummer Steve Ferrone, the Heartbreakers members who haven’t played together since Tom Petty’s passing last year joining Stills for a cover of Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”  You can watch more performances in the linked article below.. ...Read Full Story

Judas Priest And Deep Purple Team Up For North American Tour

Judas Priest and Deep Purple will unite for a co-headlining North American tour. The 25-date tour begins August 21st in Cincinnati and winds up on September 30th in Wheatland, California. General public tickets go on sale Friday, April 27th at 10 a.m.  Deep Purple released their 20th studio album, Infinite in 2017. The veteran rockers supported the LP on a world tour that stretched from last May through December.  Judas Priest issued their 18th studio project, Firepower, in March. The record debuted at Number Five on the Billboard 200, marking the group’s highest U.S. chart placement to date in the U.S. The metal icons are currently touring behind the album with guitarist Andy Sneap substituting for longtime member Glenn Tipton, who recently announced his battle with Parkinson’s disease.   Full list of tour dates are listed in the article below.. ...Read Full Story

Lynyrd Skynyrd Announces Their Final Show

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s last concert will be a hometown affair. On April 20, the band revealed they will play one last date to end their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour: a Sept. 2 date at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., the city where the band was formed. The band broke the news at the stadium where the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars play during the team’s annual State of the Franchise event. Kid Rock and Jason Aldean are slated as the opening acts, and others will be announced at a later date. It will be the first concert at the stadium since 2015. Tickets go on sale on April 30 at 10AM, with certain pre-sales beginning April 24 at 10AM. Skynyrd’s tour begins on May 4 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida.  You can see all the dates here.. ...Read Full Story

Marilyn Manson To Join X Japan For Performance At Coachella This Weekend

For the upcoming second weekend of the Coachella Music Festival, X Japan will be making another appearance, and this time Marilyn Manson will be hitting the stage alongside the Japanese metal outfit. “I am happy to join my great friend @yoshikiofficial and XJapan at Coachella on Saturday the 21st for a special performance,” the shock rocker wrote on Instagram.  At the opening weekend of Coachella last week, X Japan made a rare appearance at festival. Their set didn’t disappoint as it featured the holograms of late members Hideto “Hide” Matsumoto and Taiji Sawada and the return of band leader Yoshiki, who underwent surgery last year. Special guests Richard Fortus from Guns N’ Roses and Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland also appeared with the band.. ...Read Full Story

Walmart Refuses To Carry Stryper’s New Album, ‘God Damn Evil’

Leading national retail chain Walmart has refused to carry STRYPER’s upcoming 10th studio LP, “God Damn Evil”.  Many other Christian retail chains have also objected to the title of the band’s album, and are declining to carry “God Damn Evil” in their stores as well. Stryper frontman Michael Sweet said in a statement, “We’re disappointed. Stryper has always been about making people think outside the box. Our new album title, ‘God Damn Evil’, is a statement that’s needed in our society. We’ve seen evil rise to new levels and this title is simply a prayer request asking God to damn or condemn all the evil around us.”  When the Christian group announced it was calling its new album “God Damn Evil”, many people within the Christian rock and metal community went up in arms, accusing Stryper of having gone too far. . ...Read Full Story

Joe Perry Reveals That Aerosmith Is Planning 50th Anniversary Tour

According to guitarist Joe Perry, Aerosmith will hit the road to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Perry said that he and his bandmates may play additional one-off shows following their previously confirmed appearance at the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival on May 5.  Perry also said: “In 2019, we will be closing in on our 50th anniversary, so we are planning some dates and a tour to celebrate that. Right now, we are pretty much laying low and finishing up some solo things before we start that.”. ...Read Full Story

2019 “Monsters Of Rock Cruise” Lineup Announced

Organizers have announced the initial details for the 2019 Monsters of Rock Cruise. Entering its ninth year of operation, veteran acts Queensryche, Tesla, Tom Keifer, and Extreme will be headlining the cruise. The five-day, five-night cruise will set sail Feb. 24, heading out to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and the private isle of Labadee before returning to port in Miami on March 1.  Other artists participating in the 2019 Monsters of Rock Cruise include Saxon, Skid Row, UDO, Kix, D*A*D, Danger Danger, Kings X, Pat Travers Band, Nelson, The Quireboys, Pink Cream 69, The Wildhearts, Rose Tattoo, Eclipse, SOTO, Killer Dwarfs, Brighton Rock, Vain, Mike Tramp, John Corabi, Bullet Boys, Black N Blue, Tora Tora, Tuff, Lies, Deceit & Treachery, Jetboy, Michael Grant and the Assassins and Mitch Malloy, with more performances to be announced. The public sale began on Wednesday at 1PM ET, with cabins going for $1,299 per person (double occupancy.) For more booking details, check out the Monsters of Rock Cruise website.. ...Read Full Story

Linkin Park, Guns N’ Roses Nominated For 2018 Billboard Music Awards

The nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards have been announced, and the primary rock acts in contention this year are Guns N’ Roses and Linkin Park. Guns N’ Roses have been nominated largely based off their touring, with nods for Top Touring Artist, where they face competition from Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and U2, and Top Rock Tour, where Coldplay and U2 are the competition. Linkin Park has been nominated for Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Album for One More Light, and Top Rock Song for “Heavy,” the track they recorded with pop singer Kiiara. In the Top Rock Artist category, they face off against Imagine Dragons, Portugal. The Man, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Twenty One Pilots. The Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 20. . ...Read Full Story

Robert Plant, Lenny Kravitz, Sting And Counting Crows On Lineup For Bourbon & Beyond Festival 2018

Organizers of the 2nd Annual Bourbon & Beyond Festival have revealed the first names that will be appearing at this year’s event. The world’s largest celebration on music, food and bourbon will take place at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 22 and 23. Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Lenny Kravitz, Counting Crows, David Byrne, Gov’t Mule, Blackberry Smoke, Don Felder and Sting have all been confirmed.  The festival has been produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, along with culinary curator Edward Lee and bourbon expert Fred Minnick, who will showcase 24 bourbons. Attendees will be able to find vintage bourbons dating as far back as the 1930s. Bourbon & Beyond tickets will go on sale Friday (April 20) from 12noon local time at the official festival website here.. ...Read Full Story

Joe Satriani Returns To The US And UK For G3 Tour 2018

World-renowned guitarist Joe Satriani recently released his 16th solo album, What Happens Next. Just a day prior to the album’s release, Satriani is back on the road and reviving  his G3 Tour, inviting Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard lead guitarist, Phil Collen to join him on the US leg of the tour. For the UK leg, Satriani is again joined by Petrucci and Uli Jon Roth.  For more detials and a full list of dates you can go to Satriani’s webiste: www.satriani.com. ...Read Full Story

Billie Joe Armstong’s New Band “The Longshot” Make Their Live Debut

Billie Joe Armstrong’s new band The Longshot made their debut live appearance over the weekend, after releasing their debut EP last week. While Green Day are currently taking time off since the success of 2016’s Revolution Radio‘ and last year’s greatest hits compilation ‘God’s Favourite Band‘, Armstrong is going back to his punk roots for his new band. The Longshot’s debut performance came on Saturday night at Oakland’s 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, with the group opening with a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’, before performing their new tracks including ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Chasing A Ghost’ and ‘Love Is For Losers’. The mystery about the group’s identity revealed that The Longshot features Green Day touring guitarist Jeff Matika on bass and vocals, alongside Kevin Preston on guitar and David S. Field on drums.  You can check out footage of their performance below.. ...Read Full Story

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2018 Induction Ceremony Highlights

Veteran bands Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Cars and The Moody Blues, as well as the late singer Nina Simone, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Saturday night. In order to be eligible for this honor, artists must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of induction. The 2018 nominees all released their first official recordings before 1992.  Presenters at this weekend’s Public Hall gala included Mary J. Blige, Ann Wilson, Brandon Flowers and Howard Stern.  The ceremony will air May 5 on HBO.. ...Read Full Story

Huey Lewis Cancels 2018 Shows Due To Hearing Loss

Huey Lewis and the News will no longer tour for the rest of the year after frontman Huey Lewis announced that he is suffering from hearing loss. The 67-year-old performer revealed that the hearing loss began two and a half months ago and he is having trouble hearing music. Huey said in a statement, “two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing. Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing. I can’t hear music well enough to sing. The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch. Therefore the only prudent thing to do is cancel all future shows.”  Lewis revealed that he has visited several experts while trying to find an answer and doctors believe he has Meniere’s disease and can’t perform again until he improves.  Lewis continued, “Needless to say, I feel horrible about this and wish to sincerely apologize to all the fans who’ve already bought tickets and were planning to come see us. I’m going to concentrate on getting better, and hope that one day soon I’ll be able to perform again.”. ...Read Full Story

Black Sabbath Announce “Supersonic Years — The Seventies Singles Box Set”

Black Sabbath have announced a new vinyl box set showcasing their singles in the 1970s. Titled Supersonic Years – The Seventies Singles Box Set, the 10-disc set will be released on June 8, just two days before Ozzy Osbourne headlines Download festival. The box set includes 7-inches of Iron Man, Evil Woman, Paranoid and more, remastered by Andy Pearce. Each single also includes ultra-rare or exclusive color sleeves. Supersonic Years – The Seventies Singles Box Set is available for pre-order now at the link: here.. ...Read Full Story