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Sammy Hagar To Play First Pandemic-Era Concert

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar has announced plans to play his first pandemic-era concert next month at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, OH.

According to Rolling Stone, Hagar and the Circle will headline the Rockin' Fore The Kids event at the venue on September 18, with all funds raised going to benefit the cancer-fighting efforts of Akron's Children's Hospital, MusiCares and local food banks.

The show will also feature the Ohio Weather Band, country music duo Brother Trouble and Ira Dean along with sports figures Jim McMahon, Bret Saberhagen, Larry Johnson and Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini.

According to a press release, the event will "be produced according to all COVID-19 guidelines"; all attendees will be required to fill out a questionnaire and have their temperature taken. While masks are required to enter the Rock Hall, they are not mandatory at the outdoor plaza, where the capacity will be limited to 1,000 guests.

Hagar and The Circle cancelled a planned three-month summer US tour due to the global health crisis as part of a trek in support of their debut studio record, "Space Between." Read morehere.

Def Leppard Mark 'Hysteria' Album Anniversary

(hennemusic) Def Leppard are marking the 33rd anniversary of their 1987 classic, "Hysteria", this week with the release of a new facts video about the project.

Produced by Mutt Lange, the band's fourth studio record reached No. 1 in their native UK and in the US, where it went on to achieve Diamond status for sales of more than 10 million while selling more than 30 million copies worldwide.

The set delivered seven singles, with "Love Bites" topping the US Billboard Hot 100 while "Pour Some Sugar On Me" hit No. 2, "Armageddon It" peaked at No. 3 and the title track reached No. 10 on the chart.

Def Leppard recently confirmed new 2021 tour dates for a US run with Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, as well as canceling a fall series with ZZ Top. Watch the videohere.

Alice in Chains' William DuVall To Unplug For Special Show

Alice in Chains frontman William DuVall has announced that he will be unplugging for a special solo concert later this month via the Stage It platform.

DuVall will be performing acoustic versions of the songs from his debut solo album, "One Alone", as well as AIC tracks and covers of some his favorite songs.

He had this to say,"Stage It provides the perfect platform to bring us back together during these uncertain times and I am so looking forward to playing and seeing the fans even in this virtual setting. Technology for good!"

The special event will be taking place on August 15th, 2020 at 4PM EST and tickets are available here.

The Rolling Stones Preview 'Scarlet' Video

The Rolling Stones have shared a preview trailer for their new music video for their new song "Scarlet", ahead of the clips official premiere this Thursday.

The legendary band will be releasing the video on August 6th at 7pm BST / 11am PST August 6th and it will feature a special introduction from frontman Mick Jagger and video's star Paul Mescal.

The song is a previously unreleased track that features Led Zeppelin icon Jimmy Page as well as Rick Grech and will be included on the special "Goat Heads Soup" reissues that will be hitting stores on September 4th.

Watch the trailer here and watch the video premiere (once available) here.

Ozzy Osbourne Updates Fans On His Health

Ozzy Osbourne provided an update on his health during a SiriusXM Town Hall event and the metal legend says that he is about 75% recovered from the health issues that sidelined him last year.

The Black Sabbath legend and his wife Sharon and their son Jack did the interview to discuss their new Travel Channel show "The Osbournes Want To Believe".

Ozzy said of his health, "I'm not back to 100 percent. I'm about 75 percent there, but it's such a slow recovery. Spine surgery is bad news, man. I've been in such a bad state with pain; I'm still having a lot of pain.

"There was a point I was convinced that I was dying," he continued. "I was in that much discomfort and pain and misery. I thought they were all hiding it from me.

"I remember saying to Sharon, 'You've gotta level with me. Is it worse than you're making it out?' She says, 'No.' ... I've dropped all the medication for pain now." Check out the interview clip here.

Jane's Addiction Reunite For Lollapalooza Stream

(hennemusic) Jane's Addiction reunited for a rare performance during the Lollapalooza 2020 livestream event this past weekend and video of the jam has been shared online.

The band's first public show in three years saw them deliver their 1987 tune, "I Would For You", and "Stop", the opening track on 1991's "Ritual de lo habitual."

Founded by frontman Perry Farrell, the Lollapalooza series was shut down this year and replaced by a four-day virtual event over the same long weekend as the COVID-cancelled Lollapalooza 2020.

The four-day livestream featured past headlining sets from Paul McCartney, Outkast, Chance The Rapper and Arcade Fire, as well as footage of Metallica, Pearl Jam and many others.

Perry also reunited with Porno For Pyros for their first performance in 24 years during the event. Watch video footage of the Jane's Addiction performancehere.

KISS and System Of A Down Lead Download Lineup

KISS, System Of A Down and Biffy Clyro have been named as the headliners for the 2021 installment of the Download Festival that will be taking place on June 4th through 6th at Donington Park.

The festival will also feature performances from Korn, Deftones, The Darkness, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Myles Kennedy & Company, Lacuna Coil, The Wildhearts, Airbourne, Baroness, Volbeat, Bush, Gojira, Funeral For A Friend, Sepultura and many more.

The 2020 event was set to be led by KISS, Iron Maiden and System of a Down but was canceled due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Download's Andy Copping had this to say, "2020 has been a tough year for us all, and we were beyond gutted not to be able to experience Download with you all. We gave you Download TV to reflect on memories of the past, and what the festival means to all of us.

"Download 2021 is going to be something special and go down in the history books as when the Download family reunited. We're going to be working hard behind the scenes to make Download 2021 an unforgettable experience and a celebration of the festival we all love."

System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian added, "We're disappointed we weren't able to make it over this year, but we're looking forward to next. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

"Mostly, we all just want to make sure everyone is provided with a safe and secure environment, so we were prepared to wait as long as we needed to." See the full list of confirmed acts here.

Deep Purple Preview Their Brand New Album 'Whoosh!'

Deep Purple have released a preview video featuring the tracks from their forthcoming album, "Whoosh!", which is set to be released this Friday, August 7th.

Frontman Ian Gillan are being featured in the cover story of the latest issue of Rock Candy Magazine here and he explained how the band approach making new albums.

He said, "We never try to second-guess what the public wants, or what the business might desire from us in terms of the records we make. What we do is what pleases us, and we cross our fingers and put our hands together in prayer that the public will like it."

The band is looking forward to hitting the road next year to promote the new album and Ian also discussed when he will decide to retire from performing live, "If the skill or the energy should drop away then that's the end of it for me. I don't want to go out there and do anything that's sub-standard."

Check out the preview video here.

Former Guns N' Roses Star Bumblefoot Unplugs For Soundgarden Classic

Acclaimed guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns N' Roses / Sons Of Apollo) has a music video for his acoustic cover of the Soundgarden classic "The Day I Tried To Live".

The track is one of six covers that will be included in the upcoming "Barefoot 3" EP, Ron's acoustic covers series that is set to be released via Bandcamp on June 5th.

In addition to the Soundgarden track, the EP will feature Ron's unplugged take on Elton John's "Tiny Dancer," Asia's "Only Time Will Tell", Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come On Eileen", Rufus & Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good ", as well as an acoustic version of "Sleepwalking". Watch the video here.

Black Veil Brides' Frontman Explains Why They Re-Stitched The Wounds

Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack has explained why the band decided to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album by rerecording it.

The new edition of the album, dubbed "Re-Stitch The Wounds", was released last Friday and Andy had this to say, "We are so excited to have the opportunity to revisit and reimagine our debut album for its 10 year anniversary.

"A decade ago I was just a teenager trying to find my way and meet like minded musicians, I was fortunate enough to meet Jake and Jinxx and we clicked instantly.

"I can remember writing so many of these songs in the tiny Hollywood apartment Jake and I shared and tracking our own demos, so to have the opportunity to take a look at these songs again and update them for the modern era of the band with Jake at the helm producing and mixing is a full circle moment for us.

"We have never been happier as a band then in the current lineup and it's amazing to get the chance to start over and do with this record what we always wished we could have done the first time around.

"This isn't meant to be a replacement for the original album but rather a companion piece that we hope fans can enjoy and see the musical evolution of the band in a unique way."

Lamb Of God and Kreator Reschedule State Of Unrest Tour

Lamb Of God and Kreator have announced the rescheduled dates for their State Of Unrest Tour, that will feature support from Power Trip.

The European trek is now scheduled to kick off on November 19th, 2021 in Copenhagen at the Forum Black Box and will conclude on December 20th in Paris at L'Olympia.

Kreator's Mille Petrozza had this to say, "Better late than never! We're excited to finally get the good news to our awesome and VERY patient Hordes.

"Obviously, the original dates in March/April were cancelled - we had hoped to reschedule at the end of this year which we now know would not be possible either.

"We'll be back with a new record and new production, together with Lamb Of God's latest banger... the tour will be bigger and badder than before! See you there in 2021!"

Lamb Of God's Mark Morton added, "While its later than we had hoped, we're excited to have new dates in the books for 2021. We couldn't be more excited about returning to the stage in Europe with our friends in Kreator and Power Trip. It will be worth the wait." See the dates here.

Mastodon Share 'Medium Rarities' Details and Announce Bill & Ted Track

Mastodon have revealed the track details for their forthcoming rarities collection, "Medium Rarities", and also announced a new song that will appear on the "Bill & Ted Face The Music" soundtrack.

"Rufus Lives" is a brand track for the film with the soundtrack set to hit stores on August 28th. The new rarities collection is being released on September 11th to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary.

It will be released in various formats including a special pink vinyl version and the band have shared the previously unreleased 2019 track "Fallen Torches" to preview the package.

They had this to say about the song, "'Fallen Torches' is an unreleased track from Mastodon that will appear for the first time on Medium Rarities - a collection of rare tracks released digitally for the first time.

"This classic Mastodon track was recorded in Atlanta in 2019, originally planned to be released in support of a European tour, the track was delayed so the band could focus on the release of Stairway to Nick John, a tribute to their late, long time manager Nick John, with proceeds going to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research in his honor.

"'Fallen Torches' is written by Mastodon and features guest vocals by longtime friend and collaborator Scott Kelly from the band Neurosis." See the tracklisting listing and listen to the song here.

King King Release 'Never Give In' Video

King King have released a music video for their new single "Never Give In". The track comes from their forthcoming album, "Maverick", which is set to be released on October 16th.

Alan Nimmo had this to say about the song," 'Never Give In' was a song that came out of a number of similar ideas that I couldn't quite settle on so eventually when it blossomed and presented itself to me I knew what we had to do with it! I wanted to have a big sound with plenty of space, a classic rock song that still said, 'King King'!

It's a song about grit and determination, a willingness to keep on trying and 'never give in'; obstacles will always get In the way but how we deal with them is our strength!

This song was a lot of fun to record... I loved watching the lads in the band doing their thing and creating such a cool groove for me to be able to sing to!

"Most importantly, we had great fun doing this and indeed the whole album! It's wonderful when everyone pulls in the same direction and to see such care for what was best for the overall sound and the album from everyone was very humbling for me!" Watch the video here.

Clutch Stream Jam Room Performance Of Rare Track

(hennemusic) Clutch are streaming video of a jam room performance their rare track, "Sea Of Destruction", ahead of a livestream concert event later this week. The band deliver the tune - which first surfaced on the 2003 compilation, "Slow Hole To China: Rare And Unreleased" - as a test for the second online show during the pandemic.

"Trying out our new cameras for August 7th's 'Live from the Doom Saloon Vol. II,'" says the group. The event will see Clutch play a setlist chosen by one fan after recently requesting submissions for song suggestions, with the winner scoring a massive prize package that includes a TremLord 30 combo amplifier from Orange Amps, a stompbox from Creepy Fingers (designed by Fu Manchu's Brad Davis), a Jim Dunlop Crybaby wah-pedal, a case of Liquid Death mountain water, and a bunch of Clutch merchandise.

The setlist contest winner will be announced during the livestream itself, with show donations set to benefit the Innocent Lives Foundation, a charitable organization that combats the trafficking and exploitation of children, of which frontman Neil Fallon is a board member.

Clutch will host "Live from the Doom Saloon Vol. II" on August 7 at 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT; tickets and exclusive merch bundles are available now at ClutchMerch.com

Anyone who misses "Live From The Doom Saloon - Volume II" concert will be able to stream it on demand through the weekend, right up till 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 9. Watch the jam room performance videohere.

Andrew McMahon Streaming New Song 'Get On My Wave'

Andrew McMahon has officially released his brand new track "Get On My Wave", after debuting the track last month during his drive-in shows in Orange County, Ca.

Released under the banner of Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness, Andrew had this to say it, "I wrote and produced 'Get On My Wave' with Kyle 'King Tuff' Thomas the day we met last summer.

"I've struggled with releasing the song during the pandemic because it felt too happy; detached from the tumult of our current world. Lately it's been making more sense to me.

"It's a song about love and alienation and how in a world where things can look perfect on the surface there are always currents running beneath and tides which push and pull at the shore.

"It's about finding your people and acknowledging your relationship with those forces outside of your control and saying, 'let's ride this out together.'" Stream the song here.

Singled Out: GoldFlece's Space Rider

GoldFlece tells us about his latest release "Space Rider". Here is the story: GoldFlēce is a multi-genre artist exploring a contemporary perspective of music production and performance. Each release by GoldFlēce is coded to its genre: GoldFlēce.rock, GoldFlēce.jazz, GoldFlēce.EDM, GoldFlēce.classical, and now, GoldFlēce.new-age. Today, GoldFlēce tells us about the genesis of Space Rider, the latest new-age release.

I've always loved space. When I was a kid, I had a cardboard Gemini spaceship. It didn't do anything, you just sat in it and imagined you were John Glenn. My mother preserved a few things from my childhood. One was a pillowcase with rocket ships on it. I still have that pillowcase today. Then in 1968, my parents took me to a movie theater in downtown Chicago to see 2001: A Space Odyssey. I've never looked back. Computers, space flight, classical music (including Edgar Varèse) all seemed like different aspects of the same thing to me.

Flash forward to the present: the country ravaged by a pandemic that is only slightly less destructive than those depicted in Sci-Fi movies, massive social and financial disruption, and more than a few very good reasons to isolate oneself from the churning mayhem. Once I was away from the pressing issues of the day, and all was quiet, I looked up. And I saw the Milky Way brighter than I ever recalled seeing it. So I got a telescope (actually two) and set about figuring out just where I was situated in the universe. It's now been several months and I've seen things with my own eyes that help me have a better grasp of the relative size of the problems of everyday life on this planet. I began to observe the Hercules Star Cluster and the Dumbbell Nebula, while I had time off from my gigs with A Brothers Revival, a group that brings the music of the Allman Brothers to life, two different symphony orchestras where I play double bass, and a church gig with a gifted harpist as music director.

It was at the church gig that the seed of Space Rider happened. Our music director harpist was looking at a harp part I had written for a classical piece called "The Hunt'', a fictional musical narrated children's story about a fox hunt in 16th century England. While I was recording her playing the part from the Hunt, she warmed up on the harp playing many high speed, technically perfect arpeggios. When I got back to the studio, I listened to the recording of her and heard the harp arpeggio that I ended up using in Space Rider. Even today, I haven't listened to the rest of her recording! Instead, I was so taken by the sound of her harp, I began writing the other parts of Space Rider.

It is so interesting how my music evolves in the studio. The melody grew out of my imagination, as did the bass line. I spent an afternoon looking for a big, fat, pad sound from my Fender Strat through a Vox Valvetronix amp to fill in the center. Using Ableton Live, usually a DAW used for dance oriented music, I was able to transpose (warp) the harp part to facilitate the key change at the beginning of the bass solo. Improvising on the electric 6-string bass led to the trumpet and bass duet at the end of the piece. At the end of the process, I imagined some words to tell the story of Space Rider: Riding up to Space, I'll have left this place, When I'm up so high, I'll have said goodbye. I had been wanting to explore my Boss VE-500 vocal processor so I experimented with what I call diatonic parallelism - essentially chords built in thirds but stacked so high that they begin to act as tonal clusters in very high octaves. Instead of being heard as harmony, they are heard as slightly dissonant yet pleasingly colorful additions to the sound of the piece.

Then came the video. I was a bit rusty at Final Cut X, so it took a while to get into the groove of the software. When Brian Taylor (Trumpet) came by, I not only recorded him, but had him play the song in front of a green screen (actually at that time some green construction paper). I relearned the bass part of the bass and trumpet duet and performed it in front of the green screen as well. The green screen allowed me to make use of some of my astrophotography images I had taken with the Stellina robotic telescope. The cherry on the cake was using a model of the space shuttle from 2001: A Space Odyssey circa 1970 that I had kept. I think I may have, using a bit of thread and the green screen, recreated all the special effects in early Sci-Fi movies. Well, all of them before 2001: A Space Odyssey.

And that is how I made Space Rider. It took a lifetime of fascination with space travel, computers, and music to be able to blend in the elements I had access to to create the piece. I released it under GoldFlēce.new-age on all the usual music networks, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Youtube, etc. I hope you enjoy it. Please visit GoldFlece.com for more info or search GoldFlēce on Facebook and become a fan.

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


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