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Foghat Spinoff Earl & The Agitators Return w “Shaken & Stirred”

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The Press Release:
Rock n’ Roll, Blues and a dash of Country are being served “Shaken & Stirred” in the latest release by the ‘Earl and the Agitators All Star Band’. “Shaken & Stirred” (a follow-up to their 2016 self-titled EP) will be released on Friday, October 26th, 2018. Earl & the Agitators is the brain child of Foghat founding member/drummer Roger Earl, singer/guitarist extraordinaire Scott Holt (former 10-year Buddy Guy alum) and Foghat lead/slide guitarist Bryan Bassett. Rounding out the line-up for the live bonus tracks are Foghat bassist Rodney O’Quinn, guitarist Tony Bullard and percussionist Mark Petrocelli.

“This band was born out of a passion for American Music,” explains Roger. “Rock, Blues & Country. Scott Holt, who played with Buddy Guy, one of my musical heroes, for many years, channels this music with a joy and mastery of a seasoned pro. With his fireballing guitar and soulful vocals, we had a blast writing and recording! And since we are all big Johnny Cash fans we also included a couple of his songs for fun. I love making music with Scott!”.

“So, you’re in a band and you have some friends that are in another band,” adds Scott. “You get together and hang out, writing and recording music. You share a love for old rock n’ roll, blues and country, so you jam on a Tommy Tucker tune and even take a swing at a Johnny Cash cut from the Sun Records days. You’re having so much fun that you give it a name and even take it onstage! The recipe is simple; take your Chess and Sun 45’s, throw them in a blender with a dollop of thundering drums, thumping bass and searing electric guitars…I’m pretty sure that’s the recipe for rock n’ roll!”
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Pop Evil Announces 2019 Headlining Tour

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Now that Fall is finally here we are starting to get the tour announcements for the upcoming year and so without any further adieu, here are the plans for the band Pop Evil who will be doing another headlining run with comedian Don Jamieson supporting.

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The Press Release:
Pop Evil has announced a brand new batch of 24 U.S. headline dates for next year in the never-ending support of their self-titled LP, which was released earlier this year. Veteran comedian and former VH1 That Metal Show host Don Jamieson will serve as direct support. THEM EVILS and SAVAGE AFTER MIDNIGHT will open the tour on select dates.

VIP ticket packages and a Bandsintown pre-sale will be available starting Wednesday, October 17 via Pop Evil’s website. Public on sale will be available this Friday, October 19.
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Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Final Dates Of “No More Tours 2” Tour

The Press Release:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE has now cancelled the remaining four shows on his North American “NO MORE TOURS 2.” Following additional evaluation from his doctors, OSBOURNE will likely require another surgery in the coming days to treat multiple infections in his right hand.

The four cancelled shows were originally scheduled as follows: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA (October 6), Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista (October 9), the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (October 11) and MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (October 13). The three California shows had previously been rescheduled following his initial prognosis from doctors. All four shows will be rescheduled for 2019.

“I’m so fu**ing bummed about cancelling these shows,” OSBOURNE says. “The tour had been going great and we were really looking forward to these last few gigs. We’re hoping everyone will be patient and we’ll look forward to seeing them at the shows next year.”

Ticketholders for the four shows should hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I can only add that we wish The Prince Of Darkness of Metal a speedy and 100% recovery from all of us here at the Metal Media Command HQ. I know I speak for all of the folks reading this website that we sending all the good energy in Ozzy’s direction and hope he follows the doctors orders to get back into gear before he loses his mind by being cooped up. Someone please tell him about all of the historical documentaries on Netflix since I know he loves that stuff.

Official Website: http://www.ozzy.com

Taking Back Sunday Announce First Leg Of 20th Anniversary Tour

There’s a lot to keep on sharing now that the NY Comic Con has ended and wow what an event that was for me. Hopefully you’ve begun to peruse our Official Instagram because there is a lot to see. It was so crowded that I still feel people bumping into me some two days later. Don’t laugh because I am not kidding around. Anyway, here is some awesome news from the Taking Back Sunday camp. Let’s have a look.

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The Press Release:
Craft Recordings is excited to announce a special collaboration with Taking Back Sunday, in celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary. As part of this year-long fête, the band will be embarking on an extensive worldwide tour, paying tribute to their catalog – and their fans – with full album performances. In conjunction, Craft will be releasing a special career (to date)-spanning compilation, titled Twenty. The 21-song collection is set for release on January 11, 2019, and will span all seven of their full-length albums, in addition to a couple of surprises.

Stay tuned for the full track listing and format details to be revealed very soon. The pre-order for Twenty will launch October 30, 2019. Watch the 2019 tour trailer below…

“It feels strange to say out loud…2019 marks 20 years since I joined Taking Back Sunday and my life changed forever,” remarks singer Adam Lazzara. “So, next year we will be traveling the world to celebrate the amazing brotherhood, music and life we have created together over the past 20 years. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be an experience to remember.”
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The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2019 Nominees Are:

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has just released their “Class Of 2019” Nominations, so after some reminder premise on how one achieves such an “honor” I will line out the list for you. Let’s go.

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The Criteria: Currently, groups or individuals are qualified for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Nominees should have demonstrable influence and significance within the history of rock and roll. Four categories are recognized: Performers, Non-Performers, Early Influences, and Sidemen (as of 2000). However, fans have no input concerning who is nominated or elected to the hall.

The Nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 Are: Def Leppard, Devo, Janet Jackson, John Prine, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Roxy Music, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, The Zombies, Todd Rundgren and The Zombies.
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