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Exclusive: Stream The New EDGUY Album

Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:38am

Listen to 'Space Police – Defenders Of The Crown' here!

EDGUY are set to release their new full-length 'Space Police – Defenders Of The Crown' on 21 April via Nuclear Blast Records.

The record will be the band's first studio album since 2011's 'Age Of The Joker'.

Fans can currently pre-order a copy of the album signed by the whole band.

You can listen to 'Space Police - Defenders Of The Crown' before anyone else below!

Saxon Announce 35th Anniversary UK Tour

Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:54am

The Warriors Of The Road tour kicks off in November.

NWOBM legends Saxon have announced the ‘Warriors of The Road’ tour, a 38 date European run celebrating their 35th Anniversary.

The set list will feature tracks from what is known to fans as ‘The Holy Trinity’ – Saxon’s seminal albums 'Wheels of Steel', 'Strong Arm of the Law' and 'Denim and Leather'.

The UK leg kicks off in Bristol on 30th November. "Come and see the awesome power of Saxon live!" says frontman Biff Byford.

UK dates:

30/11/2014 Bristol - O2 Academy BUY TICKETS
01/12/2014 Bournemouth - O2 Academy BUY TICKETS
02/12/2014 Nottingham - Rock City BUY TICKETS
04/12/2014 Manchester - Ritz BUY TICKETS
05/12/2014 Dublin - The Academy BUY TICKETS
06/12/2014 Belfast - Limelight BUY TICKETS
07/12/2014 Glasgow - O2 ABC BUY TICKETS
09/12/2014 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne - O2 Academy BUY TICKETS
10/12/2014 Leeds - O2 Academy BUY TICKETS
11/12/2014 Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall BUY TICKETS
12/12/2014 Oxford - O2 Academy BUY TICKETS
13/12/2014 London - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire BUY TICKETS

Tickets for all dates go on sale at 9am on Friday 18th April.

Malcolm Young Confirmed To Be Taking A Break From AC/DC

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:56am

Read the band's statement here.

Following days of speculation surrounding Malcolm Young's health and the future of AC/DC, the band have now confirmed that Young will be taking a break.

They have also reassured fans however that the band will continue to make music.

You can read the statement, which was posted on AC/DC's official Facebook page below:

"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

"In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.


Lemmy Returns To The Stage

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:30am

The bassist makes his live return with Motorhead.

Lemmy has proved he’s back in good health, playing live again with Motorhead for the first time since last August.

The band played in an intimate gig in Los Angeles and kicked off their set with 'I Know How To Die’, their first live performance since they cancelled a string of tour dates due to Lemmy's health issues.

They were joined on stage by Slash, just a few days after he played a tiny gig at the Whisky A Go Go Club with Aerosmith.

Motorhead's next live date is at the Coachella Festival in the US this weekend.

Watch: Rolling Stones Share Video From Asia Tour

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:20am

See footage from the 14 On Fire tour's Asia leg here.

"A Postcard from Asia" features live performance, crowds, airport arrivals and behind-the-scenes footage from the Stones' shows in Abu Dhabi, Tokyo, Macau, Shanghai and Singapore during February and March 2014.

The Rolling Stones 14 ON FIRE tour continues with 14 shows in Europe starting on 26th May at the Oslo Telenor Arena, plus two of Europe's biggest music festivals: Pinkpop in Holland and Roskilde in Denmark.

You can see the video below:

Today the rescheduled Australia and New Zealand tour dates were also announced:

Adelaide Oval, Australia - Saturday 25 October 2014
Perth Arena, Australia - Wednesday 29 October 2014
Perth Arena, Australia - Saturday 1 November 2014
Melbourne Rod Laver Arena, Australia - Wednesday 5 November 2014
Macedon Hanging Rock, Australia - Saturday 8 November 2014
Sydney Allphones Arena, Australia - Wednesday 12 November 2014
Hope Estate, Hunter Valley - Saturday 15 November 2014
Brisbane Entertainment Centre - Tuesday 18 November 2014
Auckland Mt Smart Stadium, New Zealand - Saturday 22 November 2014

Red Hot Chili Peppers Angry Their Music Was Used To Torture Prisoners

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:10am

"Our music’s super positive" says Chad Smith

Red Hot Chili Peppers say they’re “upset” after discovering their music was allegedly used to torture prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

Last week an anonymous US official leaked to Al Jazeera purported torture techniques used by the CIA during the George Bush administration at the infamous prison.  

If the claims are to be believed, one of the many "enhanced interrogation" methods was repeated loud exposure to music by Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Disappointed about the reports, Chad Smith said: "I've heard that they use more... like, hard rock, metal... Our music's positive man, it's supposed to make people feel good and that's... it's very upsetting to me, I don't like that at all. It's bulls***.”

He continued: "Maybe some people think our music's annoying, I don't care, but you know... (they) shouldn't do that. They shouldn't be doing any of that s***."

It’s previously been reported that music by Metallica and even the Sesame Street theme tune have been used as torture devices.

Metallica’s James Hetfield commented in 2012: “Part of me is proud because they chose Metallica. And then part of me is kind of bummed about it that people worry about us being attached to some political statement because of that.

“We've got nothing to do with this and we're trying to be as apolitical as possible, 'cause I think politics and music, at least for us, don't mix."

Lars Ulrich said: "If there are people that are dumb enough to use Metallica to interrogate prisoners, you're forgetting about all the music that's to the left of us.

“I can name, you know, 30 Norwegian death metal bands that would make Metallica sound like Simon & Garfunkel."

Allman Brothers Band Not Splitting After All?

Monday, April 14, 2014 10:13am

The band could now continue with new members.

Gregg Allman is reportedly now saying that Allman Brothers Band will continue after the departure of guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes.

Back in January, Gregg said the band would call it quits at the end of this year, after 45 years together.

Allman is now saying however that the band will instead find new guitarists: “As for the rumor of the brothers breaking up after 45 years, in other words, after this year,” Gregg told “That is a rumor. We are not breaking up. We are replacing Derek Trucks.”

Drummer Butch Trucks added: "We’re right at the top of our game right now so that argument goes both ways; if you’re at the top of your game then why quit but then if it’s time to quit then you may as well do it while you’re at the top of the game. We don’t want to turn into a nostalgia act, you know? There are enough of those out there.”

We’re right at the top of our game right now so that argument goes both ways; if you’re at the top of your game then why quit but then if it’s time to quit then you may as well do it while you’re at the top of the game. We don’t want to turn into a nostalgia act, you know? There are enough of those out there.”

Read More: Allman Brothers Band Not Breaking Up After All? |

Watch: Led Zeppelin Reissue Trailer

Friday, April 11, 2014 4:57am

You can see the teaser clip here.

Led Zeppelin have released a new trailer to herald the forthcoming release of their remasters.

It features the band playing live at the Paris Olympia Theatre in 1969 - the full gig will make up disc two of the Led Zep 1 reissue.

The first three albums are due out in June with a host of rareties and special features.

You can see the trailer below:

Nirvana Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Friday, April 11, 2014 4:25am

The surviving members performed at the New York ceremony last night.

Following the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death last week, Nirvana were last night inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

During the course of the ceremony at New York's Barclays Center, the band's surviving members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and live guitarist Pat Smear performed four Nirvana songs with guest vocalists including Joan Jett and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon.

The duty of actually inducting the band fell to REM's Michael Stipe, who said in his speech: "Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard.

"Nirvana were kicking against the mainstream. They spoke truth and a lot of people listened."

Krist Novoselic added: "Nirvana fans walk up to me every day and say thank you for the music.

"When I hear that, I think of Kurt Cobain."

Courtney Love, also in attendance said simply: "You know, I have a big speech, but I'm not going to say it. That's it, I just wish Kurt was here to do this."

Love later Tweeted the below photograph of her and Grohl embracing:

Also inducted into the Hall Of Fame were KISS, who did not perform because of the ongoing disagreement between the active and retired members of the band, plus Hall and Oates and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.

You can see a fan-shot video below of Nirvana performing "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with Joan Jett on vocals:

Anthrax's Scott Ian To Co-Host Kerrang! Awards Again

Thursday, April 10, 2014 6:38am

He'll be joined by Andrew WK.

Voting has opened for the The Relentless Kerrang! Awards 2014.

Biffy Clyro were among the big winners at last year’s ceremony, picking up Best Album for "Opposites", as well as Iron Maiden and Slayer who picked up Kerrang! Inspiration and Kerrang! Legend awards respectively.

Fans can now have their say on who will triumph at this year's awards, which take place at The Troxy in East London on Thursday 12th June.

Categories in the open vote include Best International Newcomer (presented by Troxy), Best Single (presented by Kerrang! Radio), Best Video (presented by Kerrang! TV), Best Album (presented by Relentless) and Tweeter of the Year.

Anthrax's Scott Ian, returning once again for hosting duties said:

"Holy crap, this is my eighth year hosting the Relentless Kerrang! Awards? I think there are only three things in my life I've done at least eight years in a row… Anthrax, my better half and the Kerrang! Awards.

“That's some heavy perspective right there. So get your drinking pants on – here's to another barn-burner of an evening!"

It's also been confirmed that Andrew W.K will be joining Scott as a joint host at the ceremony.

Andrew says: "I've gotten to host a lot of amazing parties in my career as a professional partier, but hosting The Relentless Kerrang! Awards will be the partiest party of them all! I'm chuffed!"

The categories are as follows:

BEST VIDEO presented by Kerrang! TV
BEST SINGLE presented by Kerrang! Radio
BEST ALBUM presented by Relentless

You can vote at now.

Ex-Mars Volta Members Form Band With Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea

Thursday, April 10, 2014 6:25am

They go under the name of Antemasque.

Ex-Mars Volta and At The Drive-In lynchpins Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala have formed a new supergroup with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.

Also featuring former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch on drums, the group is called Antemasque and new material will reportedly be announced via their Twitter page soon. 

The band have posted two videos on YouTube giving fans an insight into their creative process and snippets of what the music will sound like. You can see them below: 

When The Mars Volta dissolved in 2012, Omar Rodríguez-López went on to form Bosnian Rainbows who released their acclaimed self-titled debut album last summer.

The new band didn’t sit well with Bixler-Zavala who compared his then former bandmate to a cheating wife.

"Am I supposed to do be some progressive house wife that’s cool with watching their partner go f*** other bands?", he wrote on Twitter.

It would appear now however that the pair have set their differences aside.

Benefit Gig Announced For Walter Trout

Thursday, April 10, 2014 6:18am

All proceeds will go towards Trout's medical treatment.

Blues guitarist Walter Trout announced recently that he was suffering from liver disease and urgently needed to raise money for his treatment in the US. So far over 250,000 dollars have been raised.

A benefit gig has now been announced to be taking place at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on May 4, with all proceeds going to Trout's fund.

Walter previously announced that he will release a new album in June, while awaiting a liver transplant.

A donation page has been set up to raise funds to help cover Walter's medical bills. You can find out more and donate at

FM Release Track For Free Download

Thursday, April 10, 2014 6:06am

Fans can download "Cold Hearted" now.

Taken from their new EP "Futurama", which was released in March, FM are offering fans the chance to download new song "Cold Hearted" for free.

The song can be downloaded from FM's Official Facebook Page.

You can see the full track listing for the Futurama EP below:

1, Futurama
2, Cold Hearted
3, Bad That's Good In You
4, Preying On My Mind
5, Tough Love (Live)
6, All Or Nothing (Live)
7, Closer To Heaven (Live)
8, Crosstown Train (Live)
9, Story Of My Life (Live)
10, Breathe Fire (Live)
11, Cold Hearted (Extended Remix)

Therapy? Join Sonisphere Line-up

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:59am

See the latest twelve bands to be announced for the festival here.

In the latest announcement for Knebworth's 40th anniversary this July, Therapy? have been revealed to be playing Sonisphere's Bohemia stage, where they'll be performing their chart-bothering 1995 album "Infernal Love" in full.

Andy Cairns from the band said: "Delighted to have been asked back to Sonisphere UK to perform "Infernal Love" in its entirety. Our "Troublegum" show there back in 2010 was a special night indeed and we are very much looking forward to playing our 1995 fan favourite at the UK’s premier rock festival. See you all July 6th on the Bohemia stage!".

Also announced today are: Atari Teenage Riot, Bo Ningen, Trash Talk, Canterbury, Lostalone, Bleed From Within, Dregen, TRC, Beastmilk, Malefice and Glass City Vice.

Tickets, including individual day and weekend access for SONISPHERE 2014 are on sale now. GET YOURS HERE!

See the full line-up below:

Duff McKagan Performs With Guns N' Roses

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:51am

The former bassist was reunited with Axl Rose last weekend.

Duff McKagan played the first of five shows with Guns N' Roses in South America over the weekend.

Axl Rose told the crowd: "Our regular bass player, Mr. Tommy Stinson, is doing a show at Coachella with THE REPLACEMENTS, so we had to try to find a new guy. He's hanging in there. [Please give] a hearty welcome to the new guy, Mr. Duff McKagan."

The partial reunion of the classic GNR line-up follows rumours that began when Duff Tweeted an image of setlists last week.

Richie Sambora To Play Download & Calling Festivals

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:03am

The guitarist has confirmed that he'll perform at both events.

Legendary guitarist Richie Sambora will grace the main stage at both Download and Calling festivals this year.

Sambora last appeared at Donington with Bon Jovi in 1987, for what was then the Monsters of Rock festival.

Turbowolf, Drenge and The Temperance Movement have also been added to the Download bill this week, while Stevie Wonder has been revealed as the Sunday headline act for Calling Festival, where Sambora will perform on the Saturday.

Download Festival takes place between 13th and 15th June with headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park and Aerosmith.

Calling Festival is happening on 28th and 29th June in London's Clapham Common, with a line-up that includes Aerosmith, Thunder, Joe Bonamassa and Walking Papers.

Tickets for both events are on sale now at!

Classic Album Covers On Google Street View

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 7:23am

The images include Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd covers.

In the latest edition of their "Street View Specialist" series, The Guardian have layered classic album covers on top of the locations at which their cover photographs were taken using Google Street View.

The collection of images includes several Classic Rock album covers from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Rush and Cleedence Clearwater Revival, which you can see below.

Pink Floyd - Animals:

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti:

Rush - Moving Pictures:

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy And The Poor Boys:

You can see the full collection on The Guardian's website.

Watch: The Temperance Movement - "Take It Back"

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 6:16am

See the band's new music video here!

"Take It Back" is the latest track to be lifted from The Temperance Movement's self-titled debut album, which was released in September last year.

The video features footage of the band in the studio and on the road; you can watch it now below:

Ian Anderson Releases New Lyric Video

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 5:42am

See the clip for 'Enter The Uninvited' here.

Ahead of the release of his new album "Homo Erraticus" on April 14, Ian Anderson has released a lyric video for the new track "Enter The Uninvited" as well as giving fans the chance to immediately download the song when pre-ordering the album from iTunes.

You can see the lyric video below:

Win tickets to see Ian Anderson live on the Homo Erraticus tour

Upcoming Dates:

Date Venue Tickets
28/04/2014 Brighton - Brighton Dome BUY TICKETS
29/04/2014 Southampton - Guildhall BUY TICKETS
01/05/2014 Salisbury - City Hall BUY TICKETS
02/05/2014 Liverpool - Philharmonic Hall BUY TICKETS
03/05/2014 Birmingham - Symphony Hall BUY TICKETS
04/05/2014 Oxford - New Theatre Oxford BUY TICKETS
06/05/2014 Bristol - Colston Hall BUY TICKETS
07/05/2014 High Wycombe - Swan Theatre BUY TICKETS
08/05/2014 Guildford - G-Live BUY TICKETS
09/05/2014 Cambridge - Corn Exchange BUY TICKETS
10/05/2014 Ipswich - Ipswich Regent Theatre BUY TICKETS
11/05/2014 Leicester - De Montfort Hall BUY TICKETS
13/05/2014 Derby - The Assembly Rooms BUY TICKETS
14/05/2014 Manchester - Palace Theatre BUY TICKETS
15/05/2014 York - Grand Opera House BUY TICKETS
16/05/2014 Gateshead - The Sage BUY TICKETS
18/05/2014 Edinburgh - Festival Theatre BUY TICKETS
19/05/2014 Perth - Concert Hall BUY TICKETS
20/05/2014 Aberdeen - Music Hall BUY TICKETS
21/05/2014 Inverness - Eden Court BUY TICKETS
24/05/2014 London - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire BUY TICKETS
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Watch: Bruce Springsteen Covers Van Halen's "Jump"

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 8:17am

The Boss' live cover craziness continues...

Bruce Springsteen opened his set at the March Madness Music Festival in Dallas with a cover of Van Halen's "Jump".

Springsteen even took to the stage to the sound of the Harlem Globetrotter's theme, "Sweet Georgia Brown." While dribbling the ball, the 64-year old rocker quipped, "This has something to do with basketball."

You can watch a clip of the performance below:

Steve Harris Announces New Uk Dates With British Lion

Monday, April 7, 2014 11:39am

The Iron Maiden legend plays three dates this July.

Steve Harris has announced that he'll be playing a string of European dates with his solo/side project this July, kicking off with three in the UK.

The Iron Maiden bassist commented:

"We're playing clubs again, same as we did last year, as we all really love the vibe and intimacy of getting up close and personal with the crowd. Although we would have liked to have visited more cities and countries on this run, it simply hasn't been possible time-wise. This is for a number of reasons, probably of interest to Maiden fans!"

You can see the dates below:

08/07/2014 Norwich - The Waterfront BUY TICKETS
09/07/2014 Brighton - Concorde 2 BUY TICKETS
10/07/2014 Folkestone - Quarterhouse BUY TICKETS

H.E.A.T Confirm UK Tour

Monday, April 7, 2014 11:20am

The Swedes will play four dates this May.

Coinciding with the April 14th release of their new album "Tearing Down The Walls", Swedish rockers H.E.A.T have confirmed that they will play four UK dates in May.

Tickets for the shows are on sale now. You can see the dates below:

16/05/2014 London - The Garage BUY TICKETS
17/05/2014 Newcastle - O2 Newcastle Academy 2 BUY TICKETS
18/05/2014 Glasgow - Cathouse BUY TICKETS
19/05/2014 Manchester - Academy 3 BUY TICKETS

You can hear H.E.A.T in session and conversation on The New Rock Show with Wyatt this coming Saturday night (12 April) at 10pm.

Aersosmith And Slash To Tour US Together

Friday, April 4, 2014 7:05am

The "Let Rock Rule" tour is expected to begin in the Summer.

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry has confirmed the band will be teaming up with Slash for a US tour later this year.

The name of the tour will be "Let Rock Rule". It is understood that the jaunt will begin in the Summer, once the band’s European dates are finished.

Aerosmith play the The Calling Festival at London’s Clapham Common in the summer and Download Festival in June.

Courtney Love Reunites Classic Hole Line-up

Friday, April 4, 2014 6:59am

The four members hadn't previously played together since 1998.

In a new online interview with the Quietus, Courntey Love says she’s played three or four times in the last week with guitarist Eric Erlandson, bassist Melissa Auf der Maur and drummer Patty Schemel.

This incarnation of the band hadn't previously played together since 1998 when Schemel departed, shortly followed by Auf der Maur.

Courtney starts her solo UK tour next month and is expected to release a new single in the next few weeks.

Planet Rock Nominated For Radio Academy Award

Thursday, April 3, 2014 10:50am

We're up for for "Radio Brand Of The Year!"

The nominations were announced this week for the annual Radio Academy Awards (The Oscars of the radio world!) and Planet Rock have been honoured with a nomination for Radio Brand Of The Year!

Competition is tough as we're up against Kiss, Absolute Radio, Capital and last year's winners Classic FM.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all so very much for listening and supporting the station throughout the years. It is a great privilege for a radio station that plays Rock music (which obviously we all know if the best sort!) to receive such a nod, alongside such well-known and established brands; especially considering the high volume of entries that the Academy received for this category.

The ceremony takes place on the 12th May in London - we'll of course let you know how we get on!

Thank you again,
Planet Rock

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