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Music News For The Week Of April 2, 2013!

Black Sabbath has released their cover artwork for 13 in video format. Check it out here: The song sample they play sounds pretty good to me. Can’t wait for this album and tour.

Richie Sambora has backed out of the current Bon Jovi tour due to personal reasons. Some say he was told to leave the band but nothing has been confirmed. The band brought back Theofilios “Phil X” Xenidis who filled in for him the last time Richie was out of the band.

Last week’s Rockucation question was: Before he formed MSG, what two bands was Michael Schenker in? The answer comes from to us from Duane Shepard of Warwick, RI. The answer is: The Scorpions and UFO.

Lou Gramm, the original singer for Foreigner is releasing his autobiography on May 1st called: Juke Box Hero; My Five Decades In Rock And Roll.

Phil Ramone passed away this past weekend. He was 79 years old. He was a famous record producer. He worked with artists such as Billy Joel and Paul Simon. No word yet on the cause of death.

The Rolling Stones have announced the 50 And Counting tour. You can get dates here: Also noted is that at each concert they will release 1000 tickets that will be under $100 (fees included). The nice thing is it will be a mix of excellent and other arena seats. I am hoping I can score a ticket and see them; this will be a great show. I would also bet that you will see other stars come join them on stage throughout the tour. It may be the last time you get to see the Stones…

Motley Crue have announced a second Residency in Las Vegas. They will be back at the Joint, in the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino. They will be playing September 18 through October 6th.

Monster Truck have released a new song for their up and coming debut album Furiosity, out on May 27. The song is called Sweet Mountain River. You can hear it here:

Checkout the Seth’s Take tab and see my latest take on the 25 must have records in any collection. I am sure you will let me know if you agree or not!

KISS announced a Canadian Monster summer tour. You can get dates here:

In case you didn’t think KISS has any influence, you might want to check out Nikki Sixx. Since Motley Crue opened for them, Nikki had this idea of selling his Signature Schecter Bass at the shows with a meet and greet. I wonder where he got that idea from……

Alter Bridge has announced a UK tour, you can get dates here:

Skillet will be releasing new song called Sick Of It for their up and coming album Rise. The single comes out April 9th, the album comes out June 25th.

Stone Sour is streaming their new album House Of Gold and Bones Part 2 now before its actual release. You can hear it here:

Korn has announced tour dates with original guitarist Brian”Head” Welch. You can view them here:

The Tedeschi Trucks Band have teamed up with the Black Crowes to tour. You can get dates here:

You can listen to the new Queensryche (Geoff Tate Version) song, Cold. The album, Frequency Unknown, is out on April 23rd. This week’s Rockucation question is: Slash, Nikki Sixx, Blackie Lawless, Izzy Stradin, among others were a member of this band, before they went on to form the bands they are known for. Name the band.

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