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Slayer To Tour U.S. In 2016 with Testament and Carcass

Slayer will tour the U.S. in early 2016 with support from Testament and Carcass.

So far only one date has been leaked: March 3 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA.  

Additional details, including all the dates and venues, are expected to be revealed in the coming days.

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Brian Setzer Orchestra's 12th Annual "Christmas Rocks!" Tour Dates

The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 12th Annual "Christmas Rocks! Tour” is on the road hitting cities such as Nashville, New Orleans and Los Angeles, ending in Calgary, AB.

One-man act Low Volts is serving as tour support.  Check out a list of tour dates below:

12/2 - Count Basie Theatre - Red Bank, NJ
12/4 - Ovens Auditorium - Charlotte, NC
12/5 - Cobb Energy PAC - Atlanta, GA
12/6 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN
12/8 - Saenger Theatre - New Orleans, LA
12/10 - ACL Live at the Moody Theater - Austin, TX
12/11 - Allen Event Center - Allen, TX
12/12 - Majestic Theatre - San Antonio, TX
12/14 - Fox Tucson Theatre - Tucson, AZ
12/15 - Celebrity Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
12/18 - Microsoft Theater - Los Angeles, CA
12/19 - Fantasy Springs Hotel & Casino - Indio, CA
12/20 - Pechanga Resort & Casino - Temecula, CA
12/22 - Fox Theater - Bakersfield, CA
12/23 - Wells Fargo Center For The Arts - Santa Rosa, CA
12/24 - Warfield Theater - San Francisco, CA
12/26 - Martin Woldson theater at The Fox - Spokane, WA
12/27 - Benaroya Concert Hall - Seattle, WA
12/29 - Grey Eagle Resort and Casino - Calgary, AB

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Eagles of Death Metal Discuss Paris Terror Attacks

Eagles of Death Metal were on stage November 13 at Paris' Bataclan Concert Hall when gunmen entered the venue and opened fire on the crowd, leaving at least 90 dead.  

Co-founder Jesse Hughes, as well as touring members guitarist Eden Galindo, bassist Matt McJunkins, and drummer Julian Dorio spoke to VICE about the tragic events that took place that night and the riveting interview can be seen below: 

(Photo by Paul Hudson, Flickr)

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Journey Welcome Back Drummer Steve Smith

Having recently parted company with drummer Deen Castronovo, Journey have re-hired Steve Smith to replace him.

Journey and The Doobie Brothers are teaming up for San Francisco Fest 2016 and the tour will see Smith behind the kit for Journey for the first time since 1998.  He joined the band in 1978 and first left in 1985.

In a recent Facebook post, Smith wrote:

I am excited to revisit a role that was a formative part of my career, performing music that has touched many people for more than 30 years. My kids Ian, Elizabeth, Kasia and Zac have not seen me play with the group (Ian has but he was too young to remember), it will be fun to have them see me perform with the band. Finally, I can say "yes" to the many fans who have asked if I would tour with Journey again.

(Photo by Laura Earley)
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Billy Idol Turns 60

Happy Birthday to Billy Idol who turns 60 years old today, November 30. 

Billy's real name is William Broad.  The name Idol is based on a report card he received that said, "William is an idle student."  He was going to use the name "Billy Idle," but decided an an alternate spelling of the surname so it wouldn't conflict with the Monty Python cast member Eric Idle.

Before going solo in 1981, Idol was leader of the Punk band Generation X.  His most recent studio album is Kings & Queens of The Underground

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Harrison Ford Settles His Feud with Chewbacca

The main cast of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" – Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver – as well as director J.J. Abrams recently took turns sitting down with late night host Jimmy Kimmel.

However, the highlight of the episode came when Harrison Ford reconciled with his estranged co-pilot Chewbacca thanks to Adele's "Hello."  Check out the video below:

(Photo by Andres Rueda, Flickr)

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Stone Sour Cover Iron Maiden's "Running Free" (Audio)

Stone Sour's new covers EP, Straight Outta Burbank, is in stores now.  The second in what will be a trio of Burbank covers releases features versions of songs by Bad Brains, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Slayer and the Rolling Stones.

Their cover of Iron Maiden's "Running Free" can be heard below:

Frontman Corey Taylor tells Metal Hammer: “If you’re going to cover something, you want to go for the best.  It’s no secret that I’m a huge Maiden fan."

(Photo by Phil Reed, Flickr)

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Christmas Lights Set To Slipknot's "Psychosocial"

YouTube user Slayer Bob has been posting rock and roll Christmas lights videos for years, featuring the likes of Metallica and Disturbed.

It's the holiday season once again, and this year Bob has posted a video of Slipknot's "Psychosocial" featuring skulls beamed into a tree shape and Santas shredding on guitar and drums.  Check out the video below and tell us what you think:

(Photo by Josh Hinds, Flickr)

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"The Today Show" Visits Fingerprints Record Store in Long Beach, CA

Erica Hill of NBC's "The Today Show" recently visited Fingerprints, a record shop in Long Beach, CA that is continuing the tradition of selling vinyl records even as music disappears from the big box stores.

The video promoting Small Business Saturday can be seen below:

(Photo by Christine Tomczak / Christine's Camera)

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Whitesnake Release Live Video For Deep Purple's "The Gypsy"

David Coverdale and the boys in Whitesnake have released a live video for "The Gypsy," a track off The Purple Album.

Released back in May, The Purple Album was designed as a tribute to Coverdale's former band Deep Purple after an attempted reunion with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore failed to materialize.

(Photo by Christine Tomczak / Christine's Camera)

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