Asking Alexandria releases new EP ‘Never Gonna Learn’

Following up their fall 2021 album See What’s On The Inside, Asking Alexandria has released a new EP, titled Never Gonna Learn, titled after the album’s latest single.   The EP can be streamed or download across platforms: here.

In addition to the title track (which you can listen to: here) the project features a new collaboration with Maria Brink from In This Moment and additional new music.   The band has also announced a spring 2022 UK/European tour last fall, set to kick-off March 30- April 15; the band will also be announcing dates for a North American tour later this year. For tickets details and more information, head here.

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KISS reveal rescheduled “End of the Road’ farewell tour dates

KISS have announced a series of rescheduled US concert dates that will take place this spring as part of the End Of The Road farewell tour. The original shows were postponed from August and September of last year when Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons each tested positive for COVID-19.

KISS’s farewell shows in Milwaukee, Dayton, Hartford and Raleigh will now take place in May, just days ahead of the group’s newly-announced appearance at Dayton Beach, FL’s Welcome To Rockville Festival on May 19.

All previously purchased tickets and VIP packages will be honored for the new dates. KISS are scheduled to resume the farewell series in Australia in March, after which they’ll play South America in April and early May.

See all of the upcoming dates here.

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Justin Moore announces ‘Country On It Tour’ with Granger Smith & more

Justin Moore has announced his 2022 Country On It tour, featuring Granger Smith as well as Heath Sanders, Scott Stevens, the Reeves Brothers, Lucas Hoge and Sean Stemaly, who will all appear on select stops. The tour is named after a song from Moore’s upcoming album called “Country On It.”

The Country On It tour kicks off April 22 in Pensacola, Florida and runs through September 17 in Spokane, Washington.  Tickets are on sale now.  For more information, head over to Moore’s website.

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Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser announce ‘Country Cadillac Tour Part 2’

Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser are hitting the road again, in a follow-up to their successful 2021 tour.  The duo announced their upcoming co-headlining “Country Cadillac Tour Part 2,” kicking off this March.

The two longtime friends will visit 12 cities through April 16, including Green Bay, Evansville, Springfield, Cedar Rapids, and more. Additional dates are expected to be added in the coming months.

Tickets are on sale now.  For more information, head over to JameyJohnson.com/Tour

Jamey Johnson & Randy Houser to Join Forces for ‘Country Cadillac Tour Part 2’

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Regina King mourns the loss of her son, musician Ian Alexander Jr., who died by suicide at age 26

Regina King is mourning the loss of her son, musician Ian Alexander Jr., who died by suicide at age 26.  A statement from King read:  “Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian. He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time.”

Ian had just celebrated his 26th birthday last WednesdayHe was King’s only child, whom she shared with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr.  Alexander Jr. was an up-and-coming musician and DJ, who performed as “Desduné” according to his Instagram page. He had released a new single, “Green Eyes,” on Jan. 7 and had performances scheduled in Los Angeles later this month, including at Avalon Hollywood’s Breaking Sound event on Jan. 28.

The 51-year-old King and her son were extremely close and even had matching tattoos together that read “unconditional love” in Aramaic.  The mother and son often attended red carpet events together. King previously told People that her bond with her son meant everything to her:  “You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is. When you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling [thing] ever.”  On her 50th birthday last year, Ian wrote a heartfelt tribute to his mother, sharing in an Instagram post: “To have you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for. To be all that you are while always having the time to be there, love and support me unconditionally is truly remarkable.”

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Rage Against the Machine delay start of their ‘Public Service Announcement’ reunion tour with Run the Jewels

Rage Against the Machine have postponed their Public Service Announcement Tour with Run the Jewels. The first show of the tour had been scheduled for Thursday, March 31 in El Paso, Texas; however now the tour will kick-off on Saturday, July 9 at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin.

The Public Service Announcement Tour had been split into spring and summer legs.  The spring leg — which was postponed – was going to take place between March 31 and May 23. Meanwhile, the summer tour dates have remained intact.

Rage Against the Machine first announced their reunion tour back in 2019. At the time, the band was scheduled to headline the 2020 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was subsequently cancelled.

You can buy tickets to all shows via Ticketmaster.

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Ghost drop the video for “Call Me Little Sunshine”; announce upcoming album “Impera”

Ghost released the music video for their new single “Call Me Little Sunshine” and also announced their new album, “Impera”, will be released on March 11th.

The album will feature the following 12 tracks: “Imperium”, “Kaisarion,” “Spillways,” “Call Me Little Sunshine,” “Hunter’s Moon,” “Watcher In The Sky,” “Dominion,” “Twenties,” “Darkness At The Heart Of My Love,” “Griftwood,” “Bite Of Passage,” and “Respite On The Spital Fields.”

Ghost will also be kicking-off their co-headlining tour with Volbeat on Tuesday, January 25th in Reno, NV at the Reno Events Center.  Watch the video for Call Me Little Sunshinehere.

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Katy Perry to serve as musical guest with Willem Dafoe as host for January 29th edition of “Saturday Night Live”

NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ has announced that Katy Perry will serve as the musical guest on the January 29 edition of the long-running late night show, with Willem Dafoe making his hosting debut.

The Jan. 29 show will mark Perry’s fourth time appearing on “SNL” as a musical guest. Perry is currently headlining her first Las Vegas residency, titled ‘Katy Perry: Play,’ at the Theatre at Resorts World Last Vegas, which currently runs through March. Dafoe is currently on the big screen reprising his role as Green Goblin in the film “Spider Man: No Way Home”.

SNL also recently announced that SNL alum Will Forte will return to make his hosting debut on Jan. 22, with Måneskin serving as musical guest.

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Grammy-winning rock star and actor Meat Loaf dies at 74

Rock singer and actor Meat Loaf has died at age 74. His death was announced in a statement posted on his official Facebook page early Friday morning.

The statement read: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours. We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man. From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!”

Born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas in 1947, Meat Loaf enjoyed a successful career spanning six decades. Meat Loaf’s 1977 debut album “Bat Out of Hell” remains one of the top-selling albums of all time. He sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, with his songs “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” becoming rock classics, and he won a 1994 Grammy Award for the song “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”  Meat Loaf also appeared in over 65 movies, including iconic roles in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Fight Club.”

Meat Loaf is survived by his wife Deborah Gillespie, and daughters Pearl and Amanda Aday.

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Maddie & Tae’s Taylor Dye gives birth to baby girl 3 months early

On Thursday, 26-year-old Taylor Dye — one-half of the country music duo Maddie & Tae — announced on Instagram that she and husband Josh Kerr, 30, welcomed a baby girl born three months early. Dye has been hospitalized over a month due to complications following a routine pregnancy checkup at 24 weeks; her original due date was early April.

Both Dye and Kerr shared images of their daughter in a joint Instagram post with the caption: “Leighton Grace Kerr, born January 17, 2022 // she’s beautiful, strong and everything we have ever dreamed of. She decided to be a Capricorn like her daddy. We already can’t wait for the day we get to finally take her home 💜.”  Baby Leighton was born weighing just 2 lbs., 5 oz.

Dye revealed that she was expecting her first baby with Kerr in an Instagram post last November, saying: “Mom and dad 🤍 baby Kerr is joining us earthside in spring ’22 and we are already so deeply in love. swipe to find out what we’re having!” They later shared Dye’s pregnancy complications, saying: “Today marks 1 month of being in the hospital. T went in for a routine check up at 24 weeks then we were immediately admitted and we have been here since. Our sweet girl is doing great, she is just a little more excited than she is ready to be in the world.”

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