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Music News For Rock And Metal For The Week Of April 17, 2016!

Check out the featured topics for this week’s music report from the dropdown. See a topic you like? Read on!

  1. Prince

  2. Lonnie Mack

  3. Devildriver

  4. Thin Lizzy

  5. Grateful Dead

  6. Northern Invasion

  7. Hellion Prime

  8. Candlebox

  9. Metallica

  10. Steve Vai

  11. Gojira

  12. Diamond Head

  13. Hair Nation Festival

  14. Black Country Communion

  15. Candlemass

  16. PSA 1

  17. Stratovarious

  18. Act Of Defiance

  19. Blue October

  20. Lacuna Coil

  21. PSA 2

  22. Beartooth

  23. Joy

  24. Cilver


Cilver- I’m America

I came across this song this week and I really got into it. Very anthemic. I remember that Cilver did a song with Bumblefoot, but they fell off my radar. But this song is making me a bigger fan and I am looking forward to their new album, Not The End Of The World. It comes out on April 29. Let me know what you think. You can learn more about the band here.



Last week’s Rockucation question: There is a myth about Ronnie James Dio’s logo. What was it? What is the myth? Answer: The myth is if you turn his logo upside down it spells devil. Winner/s:  Ron Lariviere, North Providence, RI., Bryan Kuntz, Chaska, MN This Week’s Rockucation Question: This week we are going deep so see if you can name the song and the band. The lyric is as follows: “You know I smoked a lot of grass, Oh lord, I popped a lot of pills, But I never touched nothin’, that my spirit could kill”. What is the song and the band? Answer Question Here Think you know this music question? Take a guess by clicking the link above! If you answer it correctly, your name will be featured in next week’s Rockucation section.


Music News

Prince Prince passed away this week at the age of 57. Another legend taken away from us this year. Prince was all about integrity, he fought the labels and the industry to take what was rightfully his. He was highly influential and a great guitar player. He will definitely be missed. RIP, Prince!

Lonnie Mack Blues legend Lonnie Mack passed away at the age of 74. He was a huge influence to many, including Keith Richards and Stevie Ray Vaughan. RIP, Lonnie!


Devildriver released their third webisode of the making on their new album, Trust No One, out on May 13. Watch it here.

Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy have announced they will be doing anniversary shows (40th of their release of Jailbreak and 30 years since Phil Lynott’s death). They have brought on Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton for bass guitar duties and Scott Travis from Judas Priest on the drums. Get the dates here.

Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead released part 8 of their 9 part Home webisode series. You can watch it here.

Northern Invasion

Northern Invasion has announced their lineups for May 14 & 15 in Somerset, WI. You can get the artists and info here.

Hellion Prime Hellion Prime released a video off their self titled debut album, Life Finds A Way. Check it out here.


Candlebox released Vexatious from their latest release, Disappearing In Airports. You can check it out here.

Metallica Metallica released a short film from their performance on Record Store Day. You can watch it here.

Steve Vai

Steve Vai has announced the Passion & Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour. You can get dates here.


Gojira released Stranded from their new album, Magma, that comes out on June 17. You can watch it here.

Diamond Head

Diamond Head is streaming their newly released self titled album. You can hear it here.

Hair Nation Festival

Hair Nation Festival announced their lineup. It will be held September 17 in Irvine, CA. Get info here.

Black Country Communion

Black Country Communion will be getting back together in 2017. Hopefully they tour and I get to see them before they possibly break up again.


Candlemass released a new lyric video for their title track, Death Thy Lover. The 4 song EP comes out on June 3. Watch it here.


Your first PSA this week is that Dan Reed released a new video.


Stratovarius released a new lyric video this week called Until The End Of Days. It’s from their Best Of album coming out on May 6. Check it out here.

Act Of Defiance

Supergroup Act Of Defiance announced tour dates. Get them here.

Blue October

Blue October released the title track, Home, this week as they also released the album the same day. Check it out here.

Lacuna Coil

Lacuna Coil put out a new single and title track this week called Delirium. You can listen to it here.


PSA number 2 is there is a new supergroup called Gone Is Gone.


Beartooth released the title track off their new album, Aggressive, this week. The album comes out on June 3. Watch it here.


Joy have released a new single this week called Going Down Slow. Their new album, Ride Along, will be out on April 29. Listen to it here.


SRR Quick Hits

Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) came after John Corabi this week about the band’s album with him. Sixx was claiming it was a difficult time for him (the rest of the band, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars , think it’s some of their best work), and very unfocused, etc. Sixx was trying to explain the poor response to it, etc. On the other hand, John Corabi took the nicer approach and didn’t get into it or fall for it or what have you, just saying he appreciated his time in the Crue.

Brian Johnson commented on his AC/DC situation saying how much he regrets it, but he can’t play live right now, however he can still record. He is very upset that he has disappointed so many fans, but he is working on a way to hopefully be able to play live again. He plans to still make records.

MTV announced that they will be going back to a more music based format versus the reality shows they are doing. They are resurrecting the Unplugged series by the end of this year.

Paul Simon has said there would be no Simon & Garfunkel reunion.

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