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Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold, Deep Purple Among Winners at 2014 "Revolver" Golden Gods Awards


RevolverMag.comThe sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards took place Wednesday at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, and besides previously announced special honorees Joan Jett and Axl Rose, the evening's winners included Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold, Deep Purple, Rob Zombie and members of Queens of the Stone Age and Five Finger Death Punch.

The show also included several exciting performances.  Slayer made an unannounced appearance to kick off the event, and introduced a brand-new song titled "Implode" during its three-song set.  Jett, who was presented with the Golden God Award by Alice Cooper, was joined by Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons for a rendition of her hit "I Hate Myself for Loving You."  To close out the night, Rose received the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award from Nicolas Cage, then hit the stage to perform with the current Guns N' Roses lineup, along with founding bassist Duff McKagan.

On the awards front, Black Sabbath took home the Album of the Year prize for 13, while Deep Purple surprisingly beat out Sabbath for the Comeback of the Year honor.  The biggest winner was Avenged Sevenfold, which received the Most Devoted Fans prize, in addition to the band's Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance nabbing the Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist award and Arin Ilejay taking home the Best Drummer trophy.  Rob Zombie was awarded the Best Live Band prize, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme was named Best Singer and Five Finger Death Punch's Chris Kael received the Paul Gray Best Bassist Award.

Some video highlights of the ceremony can be viewed at Revolver magazine's official YouTube channel.

Here is the full list of 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards winners:

Best Vocalist: Josh Homme, Queens of the Stone Age
Best Live Band: Rob Zombie
Most Devoted Fans: Avenged Sevenfold
Best New Talent: Twelve Foot Ninja
Comeback of the Year: Deep Purple
Paul Gray Best Bassist Award: Chris Kael, Five Finger Death Punch
Best Film or DVD: Pierce the Veil, "This Is a Wasteland”
Best Drummer: Arin Ilejay, Avenged Sevenfold
Song of the Year: Five Finger Death Punch, "Lift Me Up"
Most Metal Athlete: Josh Barnett, Mixed Martial Arts
Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist: Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, Avenged Sevenfold
Album of the Year: Black Sabbath, 13
Golden God Award: Joan Jett
Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award: Axl Rose

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David Bowie to Release 40th Anniversary "Diamond Dogs" Picture Disc Single in June


ParlophoneThe next installment of David Bowie's 40th anniversary singles campaign -- a seven-inch vinyl picture disc featuring two versions of the influential rocker's classic 1974 song "Diamond Dogs" -- will arrive on June 17.  The limited-edition single will include the original version of the track on side A and a 2005 remix of the in-concert rendition of the tune that appeared on Bowie's 1974 album David Live on side AA.

Live version of "Diamond Dogs," which was remixed by longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, has never been released on vinyl before.

The photo that appears on the A side of the single -- a black-and-white image of Bowie with a barking dog -- is an outtake from a famous 1974 photo shoot by shutterbug Terry O'Neill.  The pic on the AA side is a previously unreleased photo taken during David's '74 tour of the United States.

The "Diamond Dogs" picture disc follows the release of another similarly collectible vinyl single, "1984," which came out this past Saturday in conjunction with the latest U.S. edition of the Record Store Day campaign.

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Paul McCartney Confirms He'll Play the Final Concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park


Photo: MJ KimAfter months of speculation, Paul McCartney has confirmed that he will play the very last concert that will be held at San Francisco's Candlestick Park before the stadium is demolished.  The show has been scheduled for August 14, which currently makes it the final date of the Beatles legend's 2014 U.S. tour. 

Sir Paul has a strong historic connection to Candlestick Park, as the venue was the site of The Beatles' last official concert, on August 29, 1966.  Tickets for the show, which has been dubbed Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert, will go on sale to the general public on sale Monday, May 5, at 10 a.m. PT. American Express Card holders will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting on Thursday, May 1, at 10 a.m.

Phil Ginsberg, director of San Francisco's Recreation and Parks Department, told the San Francisco Chronicle that his department worked hard to make the McCartney concert happen.  "We just kept pushing and were persistent and drove the deal down the field," he said.

Word that McCartney was interested in playing the last show at Candlestick dates back to August 2013, when San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee revealed to the Chronicle that the rock superstar had suggested doing the performance when they chatted just before his set at the city's Outside Lands Festival.

In July 2008, McCartney took part in a farewell concert for another stadium with ties to Beatles history.  He joined Billy Joel for a surprise performance at the final music show held at New York City's Shea Stadium, where the Fab Four played a pair of famous gigs in the mid-1960s.

The U.S. leg of Paul's Out There World Tour, which gets under way June 14 in Lubbock, Texas, now includes a total of 16 dates. Visit PaulMcCartney.com to check out his full schedule.

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Tom Petty Says Receiving ASCAP Founders Award "Means the Most" to Him


Reprise/WEATom Petty was honored Wednesday night with the ASCAP Founders Award at the performing-rights organization's 31st annual Pop Music Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Speaking with ABC News Radio on the red carpet before the event, Petty said the prestigious honor, which recognizes artists whose songs have influenced and enriched their fellow artists, "means the most" to him.  He elaborated by explaining, "[T]hat's what matters the most to me is the song, and that's my job in the band, so to be noticed for the songs is a great feeling."

With regard to the many enduring and memorable tunes he's created, Tom noted, "They're magic, you know.  Songs are gifts from God -- I mean, certainly the best ones are, and those ones always seem to just kind of be beamed in…They appear very quickly."

That being said, the 63-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer insisted that, in general, writing a good song takes quite a bit of effort.

"You gotta really work and get in there and try, and saying something the way you want to say it takes a lot of tries," he pointed out.  "And sometimes you might find the right words and then they don't sing right, you know.  It's very difficult."

Previous Founders Award honorees Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Steely Dan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Heart's Ann & Nancy Wilson, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Ashford & Simpson, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Patti Smith, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Annie Lennox.

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Neil Young to Release CD, Digital and Deluxe Versions of New Album Next Month


Reprise RecordsJust days after Neil Young unexpectedly released his new covers album, A Letter Home, on high-quality vinyl via ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White's Third Man Records label, the folk-rock legend has revealed plans to issue the record on CD, digitally and as a deluxe box set on May 27.

A Letter Home features renditions of 11 tunes by various singer-songwriters who have inspired and influenced Young, and was recorded on a 1947 Voice-o-Graph recording booth located at White's Third Man Records store in Nashville.  The limited-edition box set includes standard CD and 180-gram vinyl LP versions of the album; an audiophile 180-gram vinyl disc; seven six-inch singles pressed on clear vinyl, including one disc that features two bonus tracks; a DVD containing footage of Young recording the album; a 32-page booklet; and a download card allowing offering access to a high-resolution digital version of the record.

Among the songs featured on A Letter Home are Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country," Bruce Springsteen's "My Home Town," Willie Nelson's "Crazy," and Bert Jansch's "Needle of Death," a tune that inspired Neil's memorable 1972 song, "Needle and the Damage Done."  In addition, the album begins with a spoken-word message from Young to his late mother.

A video of Young singing "Needle of Death" in the Voice-o-Graph booth can be viewed now on Neil's official YouTube channel.

Here is the full track list of A Letter Home:

"A Letter Home intro"
"Changes" (Phil Ochs)
"Girl from the North Country" (Bob Dylan)
"Needle of Death" (Bert Jansch)
"Early Morning Rain" (Gordon Lightfoot)
"Crazy" (Willie Nelson)
"Reason to Believe" (Tim Hardin)
"On the Road Again" (Willie Nelson)
"If You Could Only Read My Mind" (Gordon Lightfoot)
"Since I Met You Baby" (Ivory Joe Hunter)
"My Hometown" (Bruce Springsteen)
"I Wonder If I Care as Much" (Everly Brothers)

Bonus tracks on box set's six-inch vinyl disc:
"Blowin' in the Wind" (Bob Dylan)
"Crazy" (alternate take) (Willie Nelson)

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Boy George Touring Solo Album, But Says New Culture Club Disc Is Coming


Photo: Dean StockingsEighties pop icon Boy George is currently touring the U.S. in support of his first solo studio album in nearly two decades, but fans who enjoy his classic material should be happy to hear that a "really strong album" from his band Culture Club is also on the way.

George tells ABC News Radio that he made his new solo album, This Is What I Do, after he attempted to get back together with his Culture Club band mates a few years back...but things didn't go so well.

"I approached them about three years ago and said, 'Look, I think we could make another great record together,' and we kind of found out quite quickly that we needed to do some quite serious kind of business and emotional shuffling for us to be able to work together!" he explains.  "So I decided, in the sort of chaos of all that, that I should make my own record, and then I'd kind of be better for them."

George says that plan worked, adding, "This year, we went back to write, and it was a very different experience from three years ago...This time around, it just felt a little bit more focused and we could sort of fully concentrate on what we were doing and that made a big difference.  So, we are about to record and I think we have the bones of a really strong record."

Meanwhile, George and his band are out on the road playing songs from This Is What I Do, mixed in with select Culture Club classics.  Asked if he changes those classic songs up in concert, as many artists do, he says yes, but just a bit.

"We do a kind of reggae-fied version of 'Karma Chameleon'...[and] 'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?' is sort of more of a blues jam now," he explains.  "But it's still the same song, you know?  We're pretty respectful.  You know, you don't want to upset people too much!"

Seems like it'd be difficult for George to upset anyone, judging from the reaction he's gotten lately.  While in the past he might have been somewhat controversial, the singer claims that he's gotten nothing but love from people.

"You know, with things like social networking, you do hear about all these trolls and hateful people, but, on the whole, I would say what shocks me the most is how nice people are," he tells ABC News Radio. "You know, when you're doing a show and people are singing along to the words and kind of engaging with the song as you intended it...it's such a nice experience."

George is also happy to see all the many different kinds of fans who've been coming out to see him on his current tour, which wraps up next Wednesday in Los Angeles.

"I've always had an eclectic audience.  I mean, I've never been an artist that's been able to say, 'Oh, this is my crowd,'" he says.  "But [on this tour], across the board, it's everyone.  And I love that.  I love the fact that it's just so unpredictable.  A lot of young people, as well, which is great."

It's safe to say that the singer, who's been sober for six years now, is currently loving life. 

"At this point, I'm kind of so happy to be doing what I'm doing -- you know, I've come back to my work with a sort of renewed enthusiasm and it really feels like a kind of very fertile time to be doing creative things," he tells ABC News Radio.  He adds, laughing, "Plus, you know, all that kind of pressure of being the 'new thing' -- having that removed -- it's a bit like losing your hair, you know?  That's one less problem to deal with!"

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New Series of Vintage Rolling Stones Albums Being Released on Clear Vinyl


ABKCO RecordsThree more classic Rolling Stones albums will be reissued on clear vinyl on May 6 as part of ABKCO Records' "Clearly Classic" series that was launched last year.  The new installment includes 1964's 12 x 5, 1969's Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) compilation and the 1970 live album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert.

12 x 5 was the second full-length Stones album released in the U.S.  It was made up mainly of cover songs, including the band's memorable renditions of "Time Is on My Side," "It's All Over Now" and Chuck Berry's "Around and Around."

The Through the Past, Darkly best-of album featured a well-chosen selection of 10 popular songs the group released during the mid-to-late '60s.  The track list includes "Ruby Tuesday," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Let's Spend the Night Together," "Honky Tonk Women" and "Street Fighting Man."

Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! showcases performances from two shows The Rolling Stones played at New York's Madison Square Garden in November 1969.  It was the first release by the band to feature guitarist Mick Taylor, and was the first live album ever to hit #1 on the U.K. charts.  Among the record's 10 tracks were renditions of "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Midnight Rambler," "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Honky Tonk Women."

The three reissues can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.  All of The Stones' "Clearly Classic" releases are on high-quality, 180-gram vinyl.  The first installment, which came out in May 2013, included 1968's Beggar's Banquet, 1969's Let It Bleed and the double-LP 1971 compilation Hot Rocks 1964-1971.

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Hear New Version of "Hotel California" by Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder; Joint Tour Companion Album Due May 6


ABC PR/GFE ManagementWhen Styx, Foreigner and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder announced in February that they'd be hitting the road together this summer, they promised to release a new, collaborative rendition of the Eagles' classic "Hotel California,"  which Felder co-wrote.

Well, on Wednesday that version arrived, streaming exclusively on USA Today's website.  As Felder told ABC News Radio recently, the newly recorded rendition features guitar solos by himself, Styx's Tommy Shaw and Foreigner's Mick Jones, and lead vocals shared between Felder, Shaw, Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen and Styx singer/keyboard player Lawrence Gowan.

The track will appear on an upcoming compilation CD, The Soundtrack of the Summer, which also happens to be the name of the tour.  The album, which will be available exclusively at Walmart beginning May 6, is made up mostly of classic Foreigner and Styx tunes.  Another collaborative track that finds Felder joining forces with Foreigner for a version of that band's 1984 hit "I Want to Know What Love Is" will be available only on a limited-edition vinyl single and via iTunes.

As previously reported, the Soundtrack of the Summer tour gets under way May 15 in Wichita, Kansas, and is plotted out through an August 17 show in Des Moines, Iowa.  Felder will appear at all dates through the end of July.

Here's the track list for The Soundtrack of the Summer companion album:

"Feels Like the First Time" -- Foreigner
"Cold as Ice" -- Foreigner
"Hot Blooded" -- Foreigner
"Double Vision" -- Foreigner
"Urgent" -- Foreigner
"Waiting for a Girl Like You" -- Foreigner
"I Want to Know What Love Is" -- Foreigner
"Juke Box Hero" -- Foreigner
"The Grand Illusion" -- Styx
"Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)" -- Styx
"Lorelei" -- Styx
"Crystal Ball" -- Styx
"Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" -- Styx
"Miss America" -- Styx
"Renegade" -- Styx
"Too Much Time on My Hands" -- Styx
"Hotel California" -- Don Felder with members of Foreigner & Styx

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Led Zeppelin Releases Two Previously-Unheard Recordings from Upcoming Reissues


Rhino RecordsThe BBC is offering a sneak peek at Led Zeppelin's reissues of their first three albums.

Two previously-unheard recordings from the band have been previewed by the BBC: an early version of "Whole Lotta Love," which will be featured in the re-release of Led Zeppelin II, and Zeppelin's take on the blues classics "Keys to the Highway/Trouble In Mind," which will be included in the Led Zeppelin III re-release.

The early version of "Whole Lotta Love" is different from the one with which fans are familiar. For example, the vocals were re-recorded for the version that was ultimately released.

Jimmy Page spearheaded the reissue project because, as he tells the BBC, "I don't want to die and have somebody else do it." After revisiting the band's music, he says, "it's undeniable that we're good."

Zeppelin singer Robert Plant does have a regret or two regarding his approach to their music as they recorded it. He laughs, "My enthusiasm sometimes got in the way of finesse. I listen to it and go, wow, why didn't I shut up a bit?"

By the way, don't get your hopes up that the reissues will lead to a Zeppelin reunion. Plant says the chances of the group putting on a live show again are "zero."

Page says, "I'm sure people would love to hear it. I'm not the one to be asking, I don't sing."

Zeppelin, minus the late drummer John Bonham, reunited in 2007 for a concert at London's O2 Arena that served as the basis for their live film/CD Celebration Day.

Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III all will be reissued in various configurations on June 3.

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