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Judas Priest Teases ‘Lightning Strike’ Video

A teaser for the “Lightning Strike” video from Judas Priest was just released.  “Lightning Strike” is taken from Judas Priest’s new album, “Firepower”, which will be released in March. The British heavy metal legends spent much of 2017 in the studio recording the follow-up to 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls” with the band’s longtime collaborator Tom Allom.  Lead singer Rob Halford said of “Firepower”: “It’s great. This is what PRIEST lives for. We’re a hard-working metal band still making the metal forty-odd years later, thanks to our glorious metal fans around the world.  The North American leg of their “Firepower” tour will kick off on March 13 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas. . ...Read Full Story

Imagine Dragons Documentary Coming to HBO

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds is examining the way Mormons treat gay and transgender church members in a new documentary. The Mormon singer is the star of Believer, which is the first movie premiering at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival in Utah to land a distribution deal and TV rights. The documentary investigates spiraling suicide rates among Mormon teens struggling with the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints’ policies on same-sex marriage and homosexuality. Reynolds helped to organize the first-ever LoveLoud Festival concert in Orem, Utah, to benefit gay rights groups, and he’s hoping the film will reach even more people within the Mormon community.. ...Read Full Story

John Lennon’s 1969 Monkey Bike Expected to Fetch More Than $48,000

A 1969 Honda Monkey-Trail Bike once owned by John Lennon will soon be on the market. Lennon used it between 1969-71 at his Tittenhurst Park estate in the Surrey, England, countryside. Auction house H&H Classics acquired the 1969 Honda Z50A, and will put it up for sale on March 4 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull; their experts estimate the bike will fetch at least £30,000 (more than $48,000 in U.S. dollars).  John Harrington purchased the bike from Henry Graham in 1971 for £250. Graham had acquired it from Lennon that same year, when the singer and songwriter moved to the U.S. In 2011 Harrington rejected an offer of £90,000, saying at that time, “like a fine wine, it becomes more valuable with time.”  H&H Classics lists the bike as unrestored with largely original parts, and in running order.. ...Read Full Story

Spotify Hit With $1.6 Billion Lawsuit From Publisher Representing Tom Petty, Neil Young, And Others

Spotify has been hit with a $1.6 billion lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing, which handles titles by Tom Petty, Neil Young, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Stevie Nicks, and others. The suit, which alleges that Spotify is using thousands of songs without a proper license, was filed on Dec. 29 in California federal court. It is seeking damages worth at least $1.6 billion and injunctive relief.  Back in May, Spotify proposed a $43 million settlement to resolve a class-action suit from a collective of songwriters. Wixen’s lawsuit, however, says the proposed settlement “does not adequately compensate Wixen or the songwriters it represents.” . ...Read Full Story

Chris Cornell Fans Are Asked Not to Film at His Gravesite

Chris Cornell fans have been making pilgrimages to the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles to visit his final resting place ever since he was laid to rest last May.  While guests are welcome, the cemetery is unhappy that people are filming the site, and have sent a letter to his widow, Vicky. Last week Cornell’s management team tweeted, along with a scan of the letter, “We understand that some of Chris’s fans wish to video their visits at Hollywood Forever, but we’ve had confirmation that it’s against their policy. We’d like to thank everyone for their understanding.” . ...Read Full Story

Former Frontman Phil Anselmo Reveals How Pantera Reunion Could Happen

Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo was recently interviewed, and among other things he was asked about a hypothetical Pantera reunion concert featuring all surviving members of the band paying tribute to late guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. Anselmo said: “I think it would be a great idea if everyone else felt it was a great idea. And I would just say that if everybody came calling, then count me in for sure. But if everybody’s not on board, then it’s not legit. So, yeah, man, it’s really where I sit right now.” . ...Read Full Story

Ex-Dream Theater Drummer Mike Portnoy And John Petrucci Reunite For New Year Celebration

Ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has posted a photo of him apparently hanging out with his former bandmate, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci. Portnoy, who co-founded Dream Theater more than 30 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with Avenged Sevenfold. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini.  Portnoy has just completed a tour with his Shattered Fortress project, with which he performed Dream Theater’s “12 Step Suite” in its entirety for the first time ever.. ...Read Full Story

Gibson Suing Funko Over Unauthorized Use Of Les Paul Guitar Designs

Gibson Brands Inc. is suing Funko, the company behind Pop! figures, part of a toy line featuring bobble head renderings of notables across the pop culture spectrum.  The guitar company is levying charges of “repeated” unauthorized use of its trademarks for various components of the guitars in Funko’s toys. Gibson sued Funko in California federal court earlier this month (Dec. 14) and the company says they sent a cease and desist letter to Funko in October along with a list of the products which infringed upon their trademark after talks between the two parties were unsuccessful at coming to a mutually beneficial resolution without the courts involved. Gibson alleges that Funko is “deliberately and intentionally” using Gibson’s trademarks without its consent.. ...Read Full Story

Anticipated New Album Coming Next Summer From Megadeth

Megadeth guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine revealed on Twitter that he is in the process of “collecting ideas” for the follow-up to 2016’s “Dystopia” and that Megadeth is tentatively planning to enter the studio in mid-2018 to begin recording its new album for a potential release in 2019.  The upcoming effort will mark the group’s first release to feature drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who joined the group a year and a half ago.. ...Read Full Story

Bret Michaels To Host New Year’s Eve Show Online

Rocker Bret Michaels, via StageIt, will host a New Year’s Eve show online. Michaels will play several acoustic tracks and take part in a Q&A, in which bidders can donate to get the guitar, hat and shirt he wears during the show. All winners will also get a meet-and-greet at a future Michaels show.  In addition, portion of the proceeds from the night will be going towards Michaels’ Life Rocks Foundation. The charity aids Wounded Warriors and supports various diabetes organizations. . ...Read Full Story