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GUNS N' ROSES KICK OFF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN DETROIT

Guns N' Roses kicked off its "Not In This Lifetime" North American stadium tour on Thursday night (June 23rd) at Ford Field in Detroit, where 41,000 fans came to see original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan plus four side musicians play a two-hour-and-35-minute show that started just before 9:45 p.m. Rose was no longer confined to the chair he had been using onstage ever since breaking his foot during a surprise Guns club show in April 1st in Los Angeles that marked the official launch of the band's semi-reunion.

  • Rose did, however, wear six different T-shirts throughout the course of the evening and was even spotted leaning on the shoulder of former enemy Slash during the group's cover of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door."
  • The show was the band's first since an initial spate of seven gigs in April, which included two concerts apiece in Las Vegas, at California's Coachella Festival and in Mexico City in addition to the Los Angeles club show.
  • Rose just finished a stint as lead vocalist for AC/DC on that band's European festival run, and is slated to play at least 10 North American shows with that group right after Guns complete their stadium trek in late August.
  • Guns N' Roses next plays on Wednesday night (June 29th) in Kansas City, Missouri.
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CHEVELLE UNVEILS NEW SONG FROM UPCOMING RECORD

Chevelle has unveiled a new song called "Young Wicked" from the band's upcoming album, The North Corridor. The disc, the Chicago trio's eighth studio effort, will arrive on July 8th. Although Chevelle's contract with Sony Music expired after 2014's La Gargola album, the band ended up signing a new deal with the label. Drummer Sam Loeffler explained why: "When our record contract was up, we put it out there into the music world and said, 'Who's interested?' Of course our label, Epic, came back with the best offer because they had our catalog. They had all that stuff already and they were able to give us not just -- because it wasn't really in the sense of money, 'cause it's not like there was a huge amount of money, there wasn't -- but it was the fact that they were already promoting our catalog and things like that. That was really where the benefit was."

The first official single, "Joyride," is already Number Four on the rock radio chart. Asked if they are involved in picking singles or if they just leave it to the label to make that decision, frontman Pete Loeffler said, "We actually battle everyone all the time. We have a good feeling when we get close -- 10 or 15 songs that we're gonna do. But, ultimately, it comes down to just hashing it out and picking one, which is tough. It's not easy."

  • Drummer Sam Loeffler stated about the new CD, "We just wanna write a bunch of songs that we like and we wanna play every day on stage . . . We're super excited to play these songs. 'Cause you play songs for so long, you just wanna play new stuff."
  • Chevelle has sold over four million copies of its seven albums in the U.S. and scored 13 Top 10 hits at rock radio, including chart-toppers "Send The Pain Below," "Vitamin R," "Face To The Floor" and "Take Out The Gunman."
  • The trio has a number of festival dates coming up between now and late July, when it will begin a run of shows with Bush on July 23rd in Cincinnati.
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ALICE IN CHAINS: 'TOO EARLY' TO TALK ABOUT NEW ALBUM

Alice In Chains singer/guitarist William DuVall said in an interview last week with Detroit radio station WRIF that it's "too early" to discuss new music from the band, even though it's been more than three years since the release of their last studio album, 2013's The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Asked if Alice In Chains has been recording any new material, DuVall said, "I don't know. I know we'll be probably talking about that kind of thing over the next few months. It's still early yet. We've gotta get through this tour first."

  • DuVall added that the group starts "pretty much with a clean slate" every time it sets out to make a new record, saying, "That challenges you, so we'll have to see how it manifests this time. But we're not there yet."
  • Guitarist Jerry Cantrell told us a while back that each new album represents another step in the band's musical evolution: "The cool thing about record is it's a snapshot of time, of that group of individuals. And when you line up all of those records back to back, you can see where the band changes, evolves, you can maybe feel what they're going through, you know, and I think you could probably say that with all of our records. You can get a pretty good snapshot of what's going on there and, you know, we're in a different place now."
  • Alice In Chains has released two studio albums since 2006, when it was officially reactivated with DuVall on vocals following the 2002 death of original singer Layne Staley.
  • The band is in the midst of a five-show run opening for Guns N' Roses before launching its own headlining summer tour on July 6th in Portland, Oregon.
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ROB ZOMBIE SERVES UP 'MEDICATION FOR THE MELANCHOLY'

Rob Zombie has released another new music video, this time for the song "Medication For The Melancholy." The track is taken from his latest album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser. Zombie told us that after experimenting musically throughout his solo career, the new album gets back a bit to his original sound: "You can't be inspired by the same thing all the time. I can easily generate a record that the fans would want, but it becomes fake. I could easily rip myself off so easily, but that's like a bore as a, you know, as a musician or artist or whatever you want to call it. So you try to find other avenues, and I feel like in the last couple of years, the last two records kind of got back to the original idea of what I was really excited about."

  • Zombie's latest album debuted at Number Six on the Billboard 200, having sold 41,000 copies in the week ending May 5th. It's the sixth solo Top 10 album for Zombie.
  • He'll begin a co-headlining tour with Korn on July 19th in Englewood, Colorado.
  • Zombie recently released a trailer for his new horror thriller, 31, will be made available on September 16th
  • Written and directed by Zombie, the film follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game and survive 12 hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.
  • The film stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Jeff Daniel Phillips and Meg Foster.
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'KISS ROCKS VEGAS' COMING TO CD & DVD NEXT MONTH

Coming on August 26th is the new Kiss Rocks Vegas collection. The set, which was captured during the band's residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in November 2014, is being sold on DVD and CD, Blu-ray and CD, DVD and double LP, and a Deluxe Edition DVD/Blu-ray/two-CD. As a bonus feature, Kiss Rocks Vegas includes a seven-song acoustic set.

Gene Simmons told us that unlike many of their peers, for Kiss' 2016 summer tour, they're making secondary markets their priority this time out: "This July through September, we're going to take our 'gigantor' tour to cities that otherwise would not get the headlines in newspapers. So, Sioux City -- y'know, places like that. So, the idea of doing London and Paris and New York, and all the big fancy cities -- yeah, that's fun. But there are hundreds and hundreds of cities throughout North America that just don't get the respect they should." :
July 7 - Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena
July 9 - Eugene, OR - Matthew Knight Arena
July 10 - Kennewick, WA - Toyota Center
July 15 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
July 16 - Bozeman, MT - Breeden Fieldhouse
July 18 - Colorado Springs, CO - World Arena
July 20 - Independence, MO - Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
July 22 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
July 23 - Springfield, MO - JQH Arena
July 25 - Wichita, KS - Intrust Bank Arena
July 27 - Sioux City, IA - Tyson Events Center
July 29 - Cheyenne, WY - Cheyenne Frontier Days
July 30 - Minot, ND - North Dakota State Fair
August 1 - Mankato, MN Verizon Wireless Center
August 3 - Duluth, MN - Amsoil Arena
August 5 - Moline, IL - iWireless Arena
August 6 - La Crosse, WI - La Crosse Center
August 8 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center
August 10 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
August 12 - Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County Memorial Coliseum
August 13 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
August 15 - Saginaw, MI - Dow Event Center
August 17 - Springfield, Ill. - Illinois State Fair
August 20 - Rockford, IL - BMO Harris Bank Center
August 22 - Dayton, OH - Nutter Center
August 24 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center
August 26 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre
August 27 - Erie, PA - Erie Insurance Arena
August 29 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
August 30 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
September 1 - Allentown, PA - Great Allentown Fair
September 3 - Worcester, MA - DCU Center
September 4 - Portland, MA - Cross Insurance Arena
September 7 - Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena
September 9 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Coliseum
September 10 - Huntington, WV - Big Sandy Arena
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HOZIER, BASTILLE, OTHER U.K. ACTS RESPOND TO 'BREXIT' VOTE

Hozier, Bastille, Foals and other U.K. acts have responded to the results of Thursday's (June 23rd) so-called "Brexit" vote, in which the U.K. voted to leave the European Union after 43 years. Hozier told Billboard on Friday (June 24th), "We all run the risk of thinking that people have common sense sometimes . . . I'm not going to add to the doom and gloom of today, because I think there's enough of that going on. And it was doom and gloom that got us into this kind of demagoguery and this result. My heart breaks."

Proponents of the choice to leave the EU have been accused of xenophobia and racism regarding immigrants coming to the U.K., saying that the vote has grave economic implications for the country, the EU and possibly the international market. Hozier said, "A lot of the 'leave' campaign was centered around a thinly veiled xenophobia, just 'control our own borders.' It's not a good look. I don't think it represents Britain, I don't think it represents the U.K. all too well."

  • A majority of older people voted to leave, while younger citizens voted to remain in the EU.
  • With England's Glastonbury Festival kicking off this weekend as well, Bastille frontman Dan Smith changed the lyrics to the band's hit "Pompeii" during a pre-festival BBC Radio performance, singing, "And the pound kept tumbling down / On the weekend that we love."
  • Smith called the decision to the leave the EU "the worst news you could imagine."
  • Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis responded to the news during his band's set at Glastonbury on Friday by telling the crowd, "I know for a lot of people today was a disappointing day." He also wore a T-shirt that read "Abuse of power comes as no surprise."
  • Also at Glastonbury, Blur and Gorillaz main man Damon Albarn said, "I have a very heavy heart today because to my mind, democracy has failed us. Democracy has failed us because we were ill-informed."
  • Former Oasis members Noel and Liam Gallagher finally found themselves in agreement on the decision, with Noel calling it a "black day" and Liam tweeting, "Stop the world (I’m) getting off."
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