The big news this week is that the legendary B.B. King passed at the age of 89. He was put into hospice two weeks ago from dehydration. He influenced so many artists and bands. He truly defines the word legend. His music will live on and his legacy will be told for years to come. RIP!
Full Devil Jacket released a new song and lyric video from their current album, Valley Of Bones. This one is called Killers. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4w8kDmz4nY
HBO and The Rock And Roll Hall Of Shame released a promo club for this year’s inductees. You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zw4w6VZ_q1g
Randy Blythe, frontman of Lamb Of God, has a new book coming out called Dark Days. The book release date is July 14 but he has a blog about it and he will probably have some book signing dates. Read the blog here: http://darkdaysbook.tumblr.com/
Speaking of Lamb Of God, they have a new album coming out in July. The album is VII: Sturm Und Drang. They are streaming their new single, Still Echoes, and you can listen to it here: http://www.lambofgodvii.com/#
Stevie Nicks has a best of package coming out. It is called The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks. It comes out May 19 but there are some special pre-order bundles out now. You can get them here: http://store.warnermusic.com/stevie-nicks
House Of Lords released a new song from their current album, Indestructible. This one is Go To Hell. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaB8QDEFZxo
Ace Frehley announced more dates. Not sure why they aren’t on his website, but you can get them here: http://www.songkick.com/artists/307655-ace-frehley/calendar
Tesla have released another song off their current album, Simplicity. This one is Other Than Me. Check it out here: http://www.reverbnation.com/teslatheband/song/21120224-other-than-me
Korn’s Jonathan Davis released a teaser sample of his new song, Can You Hear Me. You can hear it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNnywcZxP6w
Savatage has a new album coming out on June 19, called Return To Wacken. They released a sampler of it which you can hear here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGFs37XRVQ8
Consider this your PSA. Steven Tyler released a country song this week and you can hear it here: http://www.iheart.com/show/iHeartRadio-World-Premieres/?episode_id=27231896
Jean Beauvoir (Plasmatics) and Micki Free (Shalamar) have an album coming out on June 3rd. It’s titled American Trash. They released a track for it called Shotgun To The Heart. Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ82d6ef-qs
Saint Asonia is a new supergroup featuring Adam Gontier (Three Days Grace), Mike Mushok (Staind), Rich Beddoe (Finger Eleven) and Corey Lowery. They released a single from their soon to be released debut album. No album name or release date yet. Here is the song called Better Place. Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjkGIcFnm5A
Last week’s Rockucation was: This person was in the Move, ELO, Traveling Wilbury’s, produced Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, and George Harrison. Who is he?The answer comes to us from Buddy Denomme fro North Smithfield, R.I. The answer was Jeff Lynne.
Nightwish have announced tour dates. You can get them here: http://nightwish.com/en
Faith No More have put their new album, Sol Invictus, out for free a listen. You can do that here: http://n.pr/1KM98OK
The Winery Dogs have put together a short Fall tour. Get dates here: http://www.thewinerydogs.com/
Phil Collen (Def Leppard) will be releasing his Memoir titled Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard And Beyond. It comes out on October 27th.
Black Veil Brides will be releasing their first DVD, Alive And Burning, on July 10. They put out a promo trailer for it. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kverarFmT50
Yes, who will be releasing their 2CD/DVD package called Like It Is – Yes At The Mesa Arts Center, coming out on July 10, have released another clip. This one is Heart Of Sunrise. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQiTKZGp-10
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The Darkness put out another song called Hammer & Tongs off their soon to be released album, Last Of Our Kind, coming out June 1st. You can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxpPTnN1KcY&feature=youtu.be
Marilyn Manson put out another video from his current album, Pale Emperor. This one is called The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-sD5Xy2N-E
Soto released a new track this week from their current album, Inside The Vertigo. This one is called Break. Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivgSA4V6gf0
Halestorm released a new lyric video for the song called Dear Daughter. It’s from their current release, Into The Wild Life. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gimtj1MjiVE
Here is another PSA (wow, two this week!). I am not a fan but I know many of you are so here is Crucified Barbara’s latest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gxw1XBgm_g
Like Led Zeppelin a few months back with Stairway To Heaven, Guns And Roses are being accused of plagiarizing Sweet Child O’ Mine. You can judge for yourself. The song is Unpublished Critics by Australian Crawl. The song was released 6 years before Guns released theirs. Keep that in mind when you listen to both versions here: Australian Crawl, https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=166&v=oxqreCG0htQ and Guns And Roses, https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=89&v=1w7OgIMMRc4
Metallica have agreed to headline the X games again. They will be held in Austin, Texas, June 4-7. They play on June 6th.
Rush released a teaser clip from their first show of the R40 tour. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-yTVHptvD0
Blacklist Union have released a new track this week. It’s called, Alive N Well Smack In The Middle Of Hell. It’s off their current album, Back To Momo. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPt92nrEzmY
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) has been cleared of his cancer. Hopefully the band will get back in the studio.
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Dirt Fest announced their lineup for the dates of August 7 and 8. It’s in Birch Run, MI. You can watch the trailer for it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAbUrUmF8xU
Crawling Spider is a project you should get behind. You’ve seen me post about them in the past couple of weeks. It’s about Mike Montgomery and a tribute album to him titled Back Street Crawler, that will feature many known musicians. You can follow them here and show your support as well:
This week’s Rockucation question: This time I’m going deep for this week’s question. This particular song features Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, John Paul Jones and Nicky Hopkins. John Entwistle was supposed to be a part of it, but he never showed up, hence John Paul Jones replaced him. This was supposed to turn into Led Zeppelin, but Beck and Page had a disagreement about the production of the song. What was the song originally called and after Beck’s and Page’s disagreement, what was it called after?