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Yes To Re-Release ‘Fly From Here’ LP With New Vocals

Yes will celebrate their 50th anniversary next month, and the group has many things planned for the convention will be Fly From Here – Return Trip, including a limited-edition version of their 2011 album with new lead vocals performed by producer Trevor Horn. Horn had previously sung lead for Yes on their 1980 album, Drama and also produced the original Fly From Here LP, which included songs he had written for an abandoned Buggles record. The Yes U.K. Fan Convention will take place at the London Palladium on March 24-25, the same days the band will be playing the venue to close out their British tour.  A portion of the money taken in by the convention will be donated to the Christie Hospital in Manchester and Kangaroos, a charity for special needs and disabled children. You can learn more at Yes’ official website.. ...Read Full Story

Smashing Pumpkins Officially Announce ‘Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour’

The Smashing Pumpkins are officially going back on the road this summer. Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin have announced the Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour, a nearly two-month trek across North America arenas that brings three-fourths of the original lineup together for the first time since 2000. A reunion tour has been rumored for nearly two years, with chatter increasing during the past couple weeks. After teasing a countdown clock on their website last week, the Smashing Pumpkins revealed the new tour with a video featuring Ali Laenger and LySandra Roberts, the two women who appeared on the cover of the band’s 1993 breakthrough record, Siamese Dream. The shows will begin on July 12 at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix and conclude on Sept. 7 at the Ford Idaho Center n Boise. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 23 at 10AM.  Full details at the band’s website.. ...Read Full Story

Papa Roach Premieres New Video For “My Medication”

Papa Roach has debuted his new music video for the song “My Medication.”  The track is taken from the band’s ninth studio album, “Crooked Teeth”, which was released last May.  “Crooked Teeth” was produced by Nicholas “RAS” Furlong and Colin Brittain, with the exception of “Born For Greatness,” which was produced with writer/producer Jason Evigan. Papa Roach will return to the studio in the summer to resume work on the follow-up to “Crooked Teeth,” and has been previewing a new song called “Geronimo” at some of the band’s recent shows.  See the “NSFW” video for “My Medication” in the link below.. ...Read Full Story

Smashing Pumpkins Explain Bassist D’arcy Wretzky’s Absence From Reunion

Days before the Smashing Pumpkins are rumored to announce their long-awaited reunion, the band issued a statement explaining why one member won’t be taking part. “In reuniting The Smashing Pumpkins, the band’s dedication remains to its fans and its music. To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven’t played a show with D’arcy Wretzky for over 18 years. But it’s not for a lack of trying,” the band said in a statement Monday.  The statement follows comments the bassist allegedly made where she largely blamed Corgan for her exclusion from the reunion, which would have marked the first time Smashing Pumpkins’ classic lineup performed together since April 1999. Additionally, Wretzky claimed that Corgan offered her a contract to rejoin the Smashing Pumpkins, only to rescind the offer. The Smashing Pumpkins have not yet officially announced their reunion, though Corgan has been pretty open about the band’s plans on Instagram.. ...Read Full Story

Styx, Joan Jett And Tesla Join Together For U.S. Summer Tour

Styx and Joan Jett will hit the road as co-headliners for summer shows throughout the United States, with Tesla as the supporting act for dates beginning May 30 in Irvine, Calif. Styx are coming off the 2017 release of The Mission, the band’s first album of all new material since 1999. Joan Jett was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with her backing band the Blackhearts in 2015. Tesla’s ninth full-length album, which will be produced by former touring partner Phil Collen of Def Leppard, will be titled Shock and is due in the fall. Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, February 16 at 10AM local time.. ...Read Full Story

Metallica’s James Hetfield Cast In Movie About Serial Killer Ted Bundy

Metallica frontman James Hetfield will share the screen with Zac Efron in the upcoming Ted Bundy movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Joe Berlinger, who co-produced and directed Metallica: Some Kind of Monster and wrote Metallica: This Monster Lives, will helm the production that also stars Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Jim Parsons and Haley Joel Osment. Hetfield will play Bob Hayward, the veteran Utah Highway Patrolman who was the first officer to arrest Bundy in 1975, after pulling him over and discovering burglary tools in his car.  Hetfield has appeared on TV and in movies as himself, but this is his first acting role. Hetfield is also currently on the road with Metallica on their WorldWired tour.. ...Read Full Story

Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton Diagnosed With Parkinson’s; Tour Replacement Announced

On Monday, Feb. 12, Judas Priest announced via their Facebook page that guitarist Glenn Tipton won’t be with the band on their upcoming tour, due to his struggle with Parkinson’s disease. According to the statement, he was diagnosed with the early onset of Parkinson’s ten years ago. In the statement, Tipton notes that he is still a member of the band, and that he may join them at some point during the tour. “I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band – it’s simply that my role has changed.” Filling in for Tipton will be Andy Sneap, of the British metal band Hell. . ...Read Full Story

Robert Plant Kicks Off North American Tour In Raleigh, North Carolina

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters kicked-off an eleven date North American run at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. The former Led Zeppelin frontman, who is touring in support of his most recent studio album Carry Fire, treated the sold-out crowd to a mix of material from throughout his career offering up Zeppelin classics alongside new material and traditional folk and blues tunes. Plant filled out the majority of his 13-song main set with a mix of traditional blues and folk tunes. Zeppelin fans were treated to takes on the centuries-old English folk song “Gallows Pole” and the more contemporary “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” – which they covered for their 1969 self-titled debut album. . ...Read Full Story

Pat Torpey, Drummer And Founding Member Of Mr. Big, Dead At 64

Fans are mourning the death Pat Torpey, drummer and a founding member of the rock band Mr. Big, as he succumbed to complications from Parkinson’s disease. The official Twitter page of the band confirmed Torpey’s death and are asking for privacy for the family, the band and its management as of this time. “With breaking hearts we tell you that our brother, friend, drummer and founding member, Pat, passed away Wednesday, February 7 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Family, band and management request privacy at this very difficult time. Services are pending.” Torpey was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2014, but continued to play for the band despite his condition. Mr. Big was formed in 1989, and spawned hits such as “To Be with You” and “Just Take My Heart.” The band disbanded in 2002 and reunited in 2009.. ...Read Full Story

The Cars Announce Reissues Of Their Biggest Albums

A few of the most classic Cars albums are being reissued, along with some extra with remastered sound.  1981’s Shake It Up and 1984’s Heartbeat City are scheduled to be re-released in the next few weeks, and expanded editions of both releases should arrive in stores on March 30.  Both will be available on CD and digital formats as well as double-LP vinyl, and will include demos, remixes and studio outtakes, as well as new liner notes. These two releases arrive just in time to help celebrate the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.. ...Read Full Story