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Wednesday March 25



Van Halen Announce North American Tour and TV Appearance

Van Halen has announced that they will be launching a massive summer and fall tour of North America and to celebrate they will be shutting down Hollywood Boulevard next week for a Jimmy Kimmel Live concert. The legendary band will be kicking off the tour on July 5th in Seattle, WA at White River Amphitheatre and will conclude the trek on October 2nd in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl. Kenny Wayne Shepherd will be the support act for the trek. The special Jimmy Kimmel Live concert will be taking place on March 30th and portions of the performance will be broadcast on the late night TV show on March 30th and 31st. The Kimmel performance will also be historic as it will be Van Halen's first time playing on U.S. television with band's founding frontman David Lee Roth. The tour and Kimmel performance will be promoting the release of the band's new live album "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", which will be released on March 31st and features the group's performance from June 21st, 2013 in Tokyo. See the tour dates here.

Read more: Wednesday March 25

Tuesday March 24



Did Metallica Take Too Big Of Gambles?

(Radio.com) Metallica could be in some dire times financially, at least according to their biographers. Metallica biographers Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood talk the band's financial standings in a new interview with literary website The Weeklings. While the band have sold over 100 million records worldwide their bank accounts may not show this fact. "Since 2010 it's likely that Metallica have lost more money than they've made," the biographers write in the two-volume biography on the band, "Birth School Metallica Death" and "Into the Black". In their interview with The Weeklings, they continue to list previous ventures that are leaving the band in the red. In particular, they mention the band's Orion festivals that are now defunct, plus their Through the Never concert film, which they claim will only make back a small portion of its $32 million budget. "By their own admission, the two stagings of the Orion festival were disastrous financially, and the shambles that was the Through The Never movie cost $32 million and will only recoup a fraction of that amount," they say in the interview. "Factor in HQ staff salaries, crew retainers and assorted running costs associated with maintaining an entertainment corporation and you can easily understand why the band - of necessity now rather than by choice - are driven to tour Europe every summer. "No one is going to shed any tears upon hearing Metallica pleading poverty, but over the past decade their margins will undoubtedly have taken a hammering."

Read more: Tuesday March 24

Friday March 20



Van Halen To Do Rare TV Performance

(hennemusic) Van Halen will launch their latest release, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", with a rare TV performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, April 2nd and the show's promotion for the appearance hints at an upcoming tour. "In a daytime exclusive, the California rockers will take over Ellen's stage to perform one of their favorite songs as they embark on their Greatest Hits Tour!," reads the listing on the program's website. "They're some of the most talented, wildest and most exciting musicians of all time. "Nearly all of Van Halen's albums have gone triple platinum, featuring iconic records like 'You Really Got Me,' 'Runnin' With The Devil' and 'Dancing In The Street.' Ellen and her audience will be dancing through the aisles when Van Halen brings the heat to the room!" The rare TV appearance comes just two days after the March 31 release of the group's first live album with David Lee Roth. Recorded live at the Japanese venue on June 21, 2013, the package features a 25-song set delivering material from the band's original, classic era and 2012's "A Different Kind Of Truth", the group's first studio album with Roth in almost 30 years. Van Halen have issued an audio stream of their 1981 classic "Unchained" as a preview to the new album.

Read more: Friday March 20

Thursday March 19



Led Zeppelin Movie Details Revealed

The song listing for the special one night only Led Zeppelin movie theater event has been revealed. Movie theaters across the United States will screen the movie on March 30th. The film will include live performance footage that span the legendary band's entire career (not including special reunions) that will be presented in chronological order. Things will kick off with two performances from the band's January 9th, 1970 performance at Royal Albert Hall: "Communication Breakdown" and "Bring It on Home/Bring It on Back". Next up will be "Immigrant Song" from Sydney Showground on February 27th, 1972, followed by three songs from July of 1973 at Madison Square Garden: "Black Dog", "Misty Mountain Hop", and "The Ocean". The film will then jump forward to May of 1975 with three songs from when the band played Earls Court: "Going to California", "In My Time of Dying", and "Stairway to Heaven". The finale of the film will include songs from the group's August 4th, 1979 appearance at the Knebworth Festival which was the band's second to last live performance in the UK (which was at the same festival on August 11th): "Rock and Roll", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", "Kashmir" and "Whole Lotta Love".

Read more: Thursday March 19

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