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Day: June 6, 2014

Courtesy of Dave DaviesKinks guitarist Dave Davies is making plans for a new U.S. tour that will take place this fall. The trek currently is scheduled from a November 7 show in Medina, Minnesota, through a November 24-25 stand at the City Winery in New York City.

The outing also includes two other two-night engagements — on November 11-12 at Chicago’s City Winery and on November 20-21 at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut.

Meanwhile, Davies recently revealed that he’s working on a follow-up to his 2013 solo album, I Will Be Me, which recently …read more

Photo: Charles PetersonPearl Jam ‘s Mike McCready is among the artists who will appear on the upcoming album by Tuatara, the supergroup of sorts founded by R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, former Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin and a number of other Seattle-based musicians during the 1990s.

The band is currently putting the finishing touches on the new album, which follows their 2008 effort, The Here and the Gone. Explaining the lengthy gap between releases, Martin says in a statement, “Tuatara is more of a musical idea than a consistently working band, even though the same …read more

Ian Dickson/RedfernsFrom our partners at Consequence of Sound.

(NOTE LANGUAGE) “No ‘Stairway’? Denied?” The classic line from Wayne’s World applies unanimously here, namely because you won’t find it up ahead. Why? Well, for starters, the song never appeared once on any of our top 10s during our initial conceptualization. This proved rather humorous as we discussed our reasons for leaving it out. Some argued its legend was preceded by infinite hours of radio play, a few suggested it as a bloated rock anthem, while others simply pointed to ten other songs in <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" …read more

Courtesy of Judas PriestJudas Priest, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington and Kid Rock, are just a few of the hard-rocking acts who have been confirmed for the very first Louder than Life festival. The event — which will feature not only music but food and alcohol galore — is set for the weekend of October 4 and 5 at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

The festival’s lineup also includes Korn, Limp Bizkit, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, Theory of a Deadman, Mastodon, Volbeat and many more.

Danny Wimmer, who created the festival, says, “Louisville is known for …read more

Photo: Joseph GuayThese days, Elton John has toned down his look considerably, but back in the ’70s, he was all about feathers, glitter, sequins, platform boots, sparkly eyeglasses and other glam accessories. But when asked to name his favorite stage costume, he picked one of his most unglamorous get-ups ever: one that literally made him look like a cartoon character.

Speaking to the Newcastle Chronicle, Elton says, “I love the stage wear that I have now, but…the first thing that comes to mind is the Donald Duck costume I wore in …read more

Photo: Rob ShanahanRingo Starr is once again ready to get by with a little help from his musical friends, as the rock legend kicks off a brand-new North American tour with his All Starr Band tonight in Rama, Canada. Todd Rundgren has been a member of this All Starr Band lineup since 2012, and he says playing in the group is “the best gig you could have.”

He tells ABC News Radio that Ringo pretty much treats everyone in the band as equals, and that includes the Beatles drummer himself.

“There’s no kind of, like, Ringo …read more

Kevin Mazur/WireImageTony Iommi, who was given an Honorary Doctorate of Arts last November from Coventry University, has now been appointed Visiting Professor of Music at the U.K. college.

During a recent visit to the university, the Black Sabbath guitarist spoke with students and staff and was given a tour of the school’s performing arts department. Geoff Willcocks, Coventry’s director of arts and culture, says in a statement, “To watch Tony interact with the students was an absolute privilege. He was incredibly generous and open with them about all aspects of his work.”

Iommi, who currently …read more

BB Gun PressA petition to ban Metallica from playing this year’s Glastonbury Festival in England is in full swing.

The petition was begun by animal-rights activists upset that Metallica frontman James Hetfield will narrate The Hunt, an upcoming History Channel miniseries about a group of hunters who journey to Alaska in search of the Kodiak brown bear. As previously reported, Hetfield himself has hunted bear.

The group has launched a Facebook page called Remove Metallica from Glastonbury Festival for their Support of Bear Hunting. An anonymous spokesperson for the group tells NME.com, …read more