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The Who To Launch Long Goodbye With 50th Anniversary Tour

The Who announced that they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year by launching The Who Hits 50! British tour, which frontman Roger Daltrey says "is the beginning of the long goodbye." There is no word yet if the tour plans will extend to other markets across the globe but Daltrey's comments have lead to speculation that this is the first leg of the band's farewell tour. The British trek is scheduled to kick off on November 26th in Dublin, Ireland and will include stops in Belfast, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Cardiff and will conclude on December 17th in London. The Who Hits 50! tour will feature music spanning the legendary band's entire career from present day songs, classic hits and deep cuts from the band's classic albums including Who's Next, Tommy, My Generation, Quadrophenia and even material from their The High Numbers days. Guitarist Pete Townshend bills the setlist as 'Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses'. Here is what he had to say about the tour, "Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big woodcutter's beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions. "We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we're lucky to be alive and still touring. If I had enough hairs to split I would say that for thirteen years since 1964 The Who didn't really exist, so we are really only thirty-seven."

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Member Suffers Stroke

Neil Young and Crazy Horse bass player Billy Talbot has been forced to sit out the band's European tour that kicks off next week after he suffered a minor stroke. Warner Bros. Records said in the announcement on Monday that Talbot's doctors expect him to make a full recovery but they have advised him not to join the tour so that he can recover. Talbot will be replaced on the tour by Rick Rosas, who has a long history of performing with Young including with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The tour will be kicking off next Monday, July 7th in Reykjavik, Iceland at the Laugardsholl and will conclude on August 8th in Alsace, France at the annual Festival de la Foire aux Vins. more on this story

Metallica Frontman Calls Out KISS and Scorpions For 'Farewell' Tours

Metallica have lasted over 30 years and it's natural that talk of their retirement comes up in interviews but James Hetfield says the band won't be like KISS or the Scorpions and launch farewell tours that aren't really farewell tours. "I don't think that's fair to anyone," Hetfield says in the latest issue of Kerrang. "Kiss' farewell tour for the 10th time? Scorpions were done and then they tour? You can't say that and then not do it. "I don't know what's in store for us. I don't want to go on the history of how other bands have done it. We're unique in our own path and unique in how our path ends."

Ozzy Osbourne All For Becoming Sir Ozzy

Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne has responded very favorably to the latest fan push to have Queen Elizabeth II honor him with a knighthood. Ozzy says he "can't imagine anything better" than receiving the honor. The latest initiative to have Osbourne knighted was launched by Australian fan Helen Maidiotis, who started a petition to have Osbourne honored by the Queen. Ozzy was asked by British magazine Time Out London about the fans move and he responded, "I've heard about that. Getting knighted? I can't imagine anything better," he said with a smile. "And my wife [Sharon] would become a Lady, which would be pretty cool. But I'm not gonna get upset if it doesn't happen. I never thought I'd get further than Aston [in Birmingham, England, where he was born]." Ozzy also discussed how he doesn't look back over his long career which began in 1969 with the formation of Black Sabbath. "I don't do that [look back], but I guess I should a bit more. Because I know when I had my first successful album with Black Sabbath I thought: 'Oh, this is great, this will last a couple of years, I'll just get drunk every night and have a few chicks in my room,'" he recalled. "And here I am, 45 years down the road, and I'm doing better than ever. I haven't always been on top of the world, there have been bad times as well, but you don't just give up at the first sign of choppy waters, you carry on rowing."

Mick Jagger Pokes Fun at Rolling Stones and Monty Python Reunion

( Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones have found themselves at the butt end of a fair amount of jokes about their age, not to mention questions about whether it's appropriate or not for them to still tour, 50 years after they started. So Mick Jagger probably jumped at the chance to shoot a video introducing the reunion of legendary British comedy troop Monty Python. The video, which precedes a string of performances by the five surviving members of Monty Python, saw Jagger "taking the piss" out of them (and himself), to use the British term. In the video, Jagger watches a soccer (or football) match with Stones drummer Charlie Watts at his side. An assistant informs him that one of their crew members is in London for the Monty Python reunion shows. "Monty Python?" Jagger asks, "They're still going?" The assistant points out that they have 10 shows booked. "10 shows? They must be coining it in! It must be expensive! Who wants to see that again? It was really funny in the '60s…" "Well, the first show sold out in 40 seconds." "Wow!" Jagger replies. "Still, it's a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money," he says, mirroring the complaint often aimed at the his own group. "The best one died years ago!" he says, a reference to Graham Chapman, who died in 1989. "You've seen it all before! I mean, they've put it all up on YouTube!" he adds. It doesn't end there.

Motley Crue Preview Justin Moore's Version Of 'Home Sweet Home'

(hennemusic) Motley Crue are previewing country rocker Justin Moore's version of "Home Sweet Home" from the forthcoming album, "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Motley Crue." Joining Moore on the track is Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil; the band are previewing the track by sharing a behind the scenes look at the making of the video for the tune. Due August 19, the project sees a variety of country artists covering Motley Crue tracks as the rockers prepare to launch their farewell tour this summer. "Nashville Outlaws" features performances by Rascal Fatts, LeAnne Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Gretchen Wilson and more.

Bruce Springsteen Releasing Short Film

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen will debut a new short film, "Hunter Of Invisible Game", on his website next week. The project sees the rocker working with director Thom Zimny. Set to premiere July 9 at 12 PM ET at Zimny who has shot several music videos for Springsteen in recent years, including everything from his last two releases, 2012's "Wrecking Ball" and 2014's "High Hopes." The singer has not yet provided additional details about the film, which may turn out to be an extended video for the song of the same name from his latest album.

Guns N' Roses Release Live 'Sweet Child 'O Mine' Video

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses have released a performance of "Sweet Child 'O Mine" from their new package, "Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live From The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas." The new DVD and Blu-ray collection were released today. The sets features the band filmed in concert on November 21, 2012 during their first residency in Las Vegas. The Blu-ray includes the complete concert film in both 3D and 2D plus an interactive 3D photo gallery, and the standard DVD presents the 2D version of the film.

Steve Hackett Goes Behind-The-Scenes Of Genesis Revisited DVD

(Prog) Steve Hackett has launched a six-minute trailer for his Genesis Revisited: Live DVD, out this week. The behind-the-scenes clip shows the preparations leading up to his Royal Albert Hall concert in October last year, featuring a range of guest musicians including Ray Wilson, Roine Stolt, John Wetton and Amanda Lehmann. Hackett describes the show as "the musical equivalent of climbing Everest," adding: "I know I've done bigger things in my time, but none more stupendous than this." Referring to probably the best-known regular event at the Albert Hall, he says: "You might say it's the last night of the progs." Genesis Revisited: Live will be released on June 30 via InsideOut as a standard DVD/2CD digipak and limited-edtiion Blu-ray/2DVD/2CD art book with liner notes, photos and bonus features. Hackett tours the UK later this year with what's likely to be the last of his Revisited shows, with tracks previously not included during live shows.