Avenged Sevenfold has announced a December 15th release date for the deluxe version of their critically acclaimed album, The Stage (Capitol). This new edition features seven additional studio songs, plus four unreleased live tracks recorded during the band’s recent shows at The O2 arena in London. Among the seven bonus tracks is the band’s stunning cover of the Pink Floyd classic, Wish You Were Here, which was released today and can be heard here. The companion video can be seen below.

Both the digital and physical deluxe versions of The Stage can be pre-ordered here ((note: the CD and vinyl versions of the album will include a special lenticular cover).

About the band’s version of Wish You Were Here, lead singer M. Shadows says, “This is the song that started us down the rabbit hole with our recent cover recordings. I’ve always loved this song and though I felt it would be impossible to capture the somberness of the original, we approached it with another purpose. There’s a poignancy to the song that seems appropriate with everything going on in the world today. We put a bit of a modern twist on it to reintroduce it at a time when it might help capture what some of us are feeling.”

The deluxe edition is the latest chapter in an innovative album cycle that began 12 months ago when Avenged Sevenfold “surprise-released” The Stage, becoming the first-ever rock band to drop an unannounced album in digital and physical form. The band (vocalist M. Shadows, guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman) announced the album’s release to millions of surprised fans who had been watching their live-streamed set from the rooftop of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, CA. That groundbreaking event saw the quintet give a 3D/360-degree virtual reality performance that enabled fans around the globe to experience Avenged Sevenfold’s electrifying show as if they were there for the first-of-its-kind immersive event.

Months later, the forward-thinking band announced plans to transform The Stage into an evolving body of work by adding a series of new tracks over the course of several months.

In addition to the album’s original 11 tracks, the deluxe version features A7X’s reimagining of Mr. Bungle’s Retrovertigo, original track Dose, a cover of Del Shannon’s 1961 Number one hit, Runaway (featuring a guest appearance by Vandals’ guitarist Warren Fitzgerald and lead vocals by Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance), the band’s version of The Beach Boys’ 1966 hit God Only Knows and most recently, their rendition of the Rolling Stones’ As Tears Go By. The four concert recordings included on the album are title track The Stage, Paradigm, Sunny Disposition and God Damn.

Tickets also go on sale today for Avenged Sevenfold’s 2018 North American arena headlining tour, set to begin January 12th at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville with special guests Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine. The band has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Tour Experiences, including access to a VIP-only viewing area, an official signed show setlist, an invitation to the pre-show lounge featuring Avenged Sevenfold memorabilia and an exclusive A7X tour book including never-before-seen photos. For full package details, please visit CID Entertainment.

Avenged Sevenfold’s tour dates:

January 12 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
January 14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Van Andel Arena
January 16 – Reading, PA @ Santander Arena
January 17 – University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Ctr – Penn State University
January 24 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
January 25 – Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center
January 27 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
January 31 – Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum***
February 2 – North Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
February 3 – Evansville, IN @ Ford Center
February 6 – Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena
February 8 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
February 9 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ US Cellular Center
February 11 – Fargo, ND @ Fargodome
***=on sale 10/13

Avenged Sevenfold online:

Official Website

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Black Label Society have announced a hefty batch of North American tour dates today spanning coast to coast in support of their recently announced all new LP, Grimmest Hits. Support will come from legends Corrosion of Conformity on all dates. Select tour dates will see support from EYEHATEGOD and Red Fang. A full list of tour dates can be seen below.

12/27: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
12/29: Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel &Casino
12/30: Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
12/31: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub

1/2: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
1/3: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
1/4: Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
1/5: Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
1/7: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
1/8: Montreal, QC @ M Telus
1/9: Toronto, ON @ Rebel
1/10: Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
1/12: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
1/13: Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
1/14: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
1/15: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
1/17: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
1/18: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
1/19: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
1/20: Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
1/26: St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
1/27: Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
1/28: Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
1/29: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
1/31: New York, NY @ PlayStation Theater

2/1: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
2/2: Portland, ME @ Aura
2/3: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
2/5: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
2/6: Akron, OH @ The Goodyear Theater at East End
2/7: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
2/8: Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom Club Stage
2/9: St. Paul, MN @ Myth Live
2/11: Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre
2/12: Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch Roadhouse
2/14: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
2/16: Grande Prairie, AB @ Bowes Event Center at Revolution Place
2/17: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
2/19: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
2/20: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
2/21: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
2/23: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
2/24: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
2/25: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
2/27: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

Dec 29th – Jan 20th

Red Fang
Jan 26th – Feb 9th

Feb 11th – Feb 27th

Black Label Society recently debuted a brand new music video for the first single from Grimmest Hits titled Room Of Nightmares which initially debuted first on SIRIUSXM Octane, directed by long time collaborator Justin Reich.

Black Label Society will release their tenth full length titled Grimmest Hits on January 19th on Entertainment One (eOne). The new effort will be the highly anticipated follow up to Billboard Top 5 charting titles Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014) and Order of the Black (2010). In-between then and now, Zakk Wylde released Book of Shadows II, the long awaited follow up from his 1996 solo debut of the same name, which debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Society traverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigor.

Now ten studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours all kicking ass simultaneously, Black Label Society rides ever forward, fist held high.

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of The New Reality on December 1st.

The New Reality is the third and final chapter in the musical trilogy from iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate that follows a little over one year after the release of the second chapter, Resurrection, in 2016 and about two years after the first chapter, The Key.

Operation: Mindcrime is a creative platform that continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensrÿche vocalist’s iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music’s most resolute forces and frontmen. Joined by a cast of musicians, Kelly Gray, John Moyer, Simon Wright, Scott Mercado, Scott Moughton, Brian Tichy, & Mike Ferguson, whose talent and resumes speak volumes for the quality of musicianship that will be on display here, The New Reality is a another fine progressive rock/metal entry from Tate.

The New Reality track listing:

1. A Head Long Jump
2. Wake Me Up
3. It Was Always You
4. The Fear
5. Under Control
6. The New Reality
7. My Eyes
8. A Guitar In Church?
9. All For What?
10. The Wave
11. Tidal Change
12. The Same Old Story

Operation: Mindcrime band members are: Geoff Tate, Kelly Gray, John Moyer, Simon Wright, Scott Mercado, Scott Moughton, Brian Tichy, Mike Ferguson.

For more info visit:

Official Website
Geoff Tate’s Twitter

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Alice Cooper has announced his early 2018 tour plans. The legendary rocker will hit the road for a North American trek, dubbed A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper. The tour kicks off on March 1st in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and runs through March 29th in Indianapolis.

Cooper released Paranormal, his first album in six years and twenty-seventh overall, via earMUSIC in August. The recording features special guests like U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., who plays on nine of the twelve new songs; Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP; Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, as well as a highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members.

A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper tour dates:

March 1 – Windsor, ON -The Colosseum at Caesar’s*
March 2 – Rama, ON – Casino Rama+
March 4 – Baltimore, MD – The Lyric Theatre*
March 5 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center*
March 6 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre*
March 8 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena*
March 9 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center*
March 10 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – FM Kirby Center*
March 13 – Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center*
March 14 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater*
March 15 – South Bend, IN – Morris Performing Arts Center#
March 17 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center*
March 18 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre*
March 20 – Melbourne, FL – King Center*
March 21 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Broward Center for The Performing Arts*
March 23 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall*
March 24 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live*
March 26 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena*
March 28 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre*
March 29 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre*

* On sale October 13th
+ On sale October 14th
# On sale November 17th

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Greg Prato of the Long Island Pulse spoke with Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

LI Pulse: The Way Life Goes was originally issued in 2013. Why an expanded version now?

Tom Keifer: The record came out and was pretty well-received, and the label did a great job with the first single. But somewhere along the line, the record got caught up in a corporate shake-up and it ended up getting pulled down. It’s actually not been available for a couple of years. First and foremost, we just want to get the record back out. We’ve been working towards that, and we thought in the process of doing that, we’d create the deluxe edition.

LI Pulse: Were the 80s as wild and crazy as Behind the Music episodes make it out to be?

Tom Keifer: Not at all. That’s all a lie. [Laughs] No, it was an amazing time. I always describe it as we were in Philadelphia and South Jersey playing clubs, and we got that lucky break and it just felt like a tornado came and picked us up. The ride has been going ever since. It was a really fun, creative decade to be a part of. It continues today. The fans are so loyal, and I feel really lucky to still be able to walk out on stage and everyone is singing every word. That’s continuing with this tour with the solo band, too, so I feel very blessed for that.

LI Pulse: You’ve experienced vocal troubles in the past. How is your voice currently?

Tom Keifer: It’s doing very well. I had a little mishap this summer and had to have surgery. I just got back on the road and did a couple of shows—my first shows in two months. I’d had that paralysis of my left vocal cord that took me years to retrain, but I’ve been singing really strong. It was just one of those nights where I pushed something a little too hard back in June. But I had surgery, recovered and now everything is good.

LI Pulse: Would you ever consider a Cinderella reunion?

Tome Keifer: There’s really no talk of that at all at this point. I’m really happy with what I’m doing and I think everyone else is, too. Everyone else is off doing their own thing. I have put a lot of time into this new project, and it’s been going really well. I’m really enjoying it. I’m happy where I am.

Read more at the Long Island Pulse Magazine.

source: lipulse.com

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Steven Adler paid tribute to the late King of The Sunset Strip, Mario Maglieri, during Tuesday night’s (October 3rd) “Ultimate Jam Night” at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.

The former Guns N’ Roses drummer was joined briefly by radio personality Eddie Trunk before playing a four-song GN’R set, starting with Welcome To The Jungle, performed with Budderside and former Adler’s Appetite singer Patrick Stone, guitarist Jacob Bunton, Colin Reid and L.A. Guns bassist Johnny Martin. Adler was also joined for the GN’R classic “Used To Love Her” by Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi, Beautiful Creatures bassist Kenny Kweens, Steve Dawson of Ritchie Ramone’s band and Ultimate Jam Night’s MC and ZO2 frontman Paulie Z.

Video footage of the performance can be seen below.

The drummer reunited with GN’R for the first time in twenty-six years during the 2016 leg of the Not In This Lifetime tour.

Adler is currently planning on doing select live dates in 2018, performing the landmark record Appetite For Destruction in it’s entirety.

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