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Rammstein Announces North American Tour

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The Press Release:
This year will see the North American debut of the most extreme spectacle in live music, when RAMMSTEIN brings its full-scale stadium production to this continent for the first time ever. Rock n roll’s most ambitious pyro-theatrical experience will be on display for a series of 10 open-air dates beginning August 20 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal and setting eight U.S. stadiums ablaze before a final bonfire at Foro Sol in Mexico City on September 27. The tour is produced by AEG Presents. Tickets will be go sale to the public 10am local time Friday January 24. For further information, pre-sales, special packages etc., go to rammstein.com.


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YES Announces Select Spring Tour Dates

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The Press Release:
Prog rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees YES have announced a run of spring U.S. headline tour dates March 19-25 leading into their annual Cruise to the Edge (March 27-April 1) sailing out of Miami. At shows in Florida and South Carolina, the band will perform their classic hits and be joined by the Alan Parsons Live Project. Tickets for these dates–a precursor to the band’s North American fall tour, to be announced in the months ahead–go on sale to the public on Friday, January 24 at 10:00am ET.

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Jerry Cantrell Signs To Gibson

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The Press Release:
For the past 126 years, Gibson has been synonymous with creating and shaping sound. The new Gibson era celebrates the iconic models of the Gibson Golden Era while leaning into the future with instruments that nurture new players across generations, genders, and genres of music. Gibson has announced today, January 17, 2020 that Jerry Cantrell–main songwriter, lead guitarist and vocalist for the pioneering rock band Alice in Chains–will join as brand ambassador. Jerry Cantrell will be doing a signing in the Gibson experience space, 3rd Floor, Ballroom A at Winter NAMM on Saturday, January 18 at 4:00pm.

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Jerry Cantrell by Scott Dachroeden

Jerry Cantrell remains one of the most iconic rock musicians of our generation.
His career outside of Alice in Chains has consisted of two solo albums and several film soundtracks. Jerry’s first solo album, Boggy Depot, was released in 1998 and contained three singles including the popular “Cut You In” and “My Song.” In 2002, Cantrell issued his second album, Degradation Trip, with Ozzy Osbourne’s then live rhythm section, Mike Bordin (drums) and Robert Trujillo (bass). The album featured two singles, “Anger Rising” and “Angel Eyes,” and the track “She Was My Girl” was included on the Spider-Man soundtrack. Degradation Trip was re-released in November of that year as a double album, featuring eleven additional tracks. In addition to his solo albums, Jerry Cantrell released music on soundtracks for several films including The Cable Guy, John Wick 2 and The Punisher.
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Gibson Announces Tony Iommi ‘Monkey’ 1964 SG Special Replica

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The Press Release:
By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into an innovative future, Gibson has set the stage for the next era of shaping sound for present and future generations. The new Gibson celebrates the iconic models of Gibson’s Golden Era while leaning into the future with instruments that nurture new players across generations, genders and genres of music. Gibson is proud to partner with the legendary guitarist of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi to create the Tony Iommi ‘Monkey’ 1964 SG Special Replica, a limited edition of his beloved 1964 Special SG. The Tony Iommi Monkey SG, is available worldwide and on display at the Gibson experience space (3rd Floor, Ballroom A) during Winter NAMM 2020 in Anaheim, CA.

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Tony Iommi’s career, like the man himself, is universally loved and revered. And while his innovative tuning and playing styles were a major part of his monstrous tones, a Gibson SG named “Monkey” was at the center of it all.
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Bon Jovi Announces Summer Tour For 2020

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The Press Release:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band BON JOVI has broken every touring record imaginable, topped every chart, and received every accolade, and now has their sights set on kicking off 2020 with new music and touring. The Grammy Award winning band announced the Bon Jovi 2020 Tour today, presented by Live Nation, will start in the U.S. this June and play arenas across America. The Bon Jovi 2020 Tour will feature Bryan Adams.

Recently named by Pollstar as one of the top touring bands of all time with nearly 10 million tickets sold in just the last decade alone, the magazine said: “One can count on one hand the number of rock bands that broke out in the 1980s that are still successfully touring today, but doing so with fresh, new music that retains the authenticity that is at the heart of the best in rock ‘n’ roll.”

Jon Bon Jovi has spoken in recent interviews of the depth and breadth of a forthcoming album, set for release later this year from Island Records. Fans will get exclusive access to that album; every ticket sold includes one CD copy of Bon Jovi 2020.

Bon Jovi fan club members and American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets prior to the general public beginning Tuesday, January 21 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, January 23 at 10 p.m. local time. A limited number of LaneOne Premium Packages will also be available, including amazing seats, transportation, preferred entrance, preshow hospitality, commemorative laminate and more. Check LaneOne.com for LaneOne details.

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, January 24 at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. Visit venue websites for local information. For additional tour ticketing information, visit www.bonjovi.com.

The Tour Dates:
June10 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
June 11 Portland, OR Moda Center
June 13 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
June 16 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
June 18 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
June 20 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena *
June 23 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
June 25 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
June 26 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
July 10 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena *
July 14 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
July 16 Boston, MA TD Garden
July 19 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
July 21 Chicago, IL United Center
July 23 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
July 25 Washington, DC Capital One Arena
July 27 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
July 28 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
* without Bryan Adams.

About Bon Jovi:
Over an illustrious career spanning more than three decades since their formation in 1983, Bon Jovi has earned their place among global rock royalty and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. With over 130 million albums sold worldwide, and extensive catalog of hit anthems, thousands of concerts performed in more than 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, and ticket grosses well over $1 billion around the world in just the past decade, Bon Jovi is the consummate rock and roll band.

About Bryan Adams:
Bryan Adams is one of the most exciting live musicians in the world and his energetic performance, effortless stage presence and incredible vocals are guaranteed to thrill and entertain. Adams’ influence extends four decades, over which time he has released 14 studio albums. His most recent recording, Shine a Light, whose title track was co-written by Ed Sheeran, debuted at number one on the album charts in March of 2019. The album also features a duet with Jennifer Lopez. His song writing has garnered him numerous awards and accolades including three Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe nominations and a Grammy Award. Bryan Adams is a Canadian singer / songwriter who continues to tour the world playing his music which has become a mainstay on rock radio.

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Official Websites:
Bon Jovi: http://www.bonjovi.com
Bryan Adams: http://www.bryanadams.com