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Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale has confirmed in an interview with the Toddcast podcast that the band is compiling a "special package" to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its self-titled debut album. Released in 2009, the LP featured the single "I Get Off." It launched Halestorm's career and established the band as a rock radio staple.

Hale said that the band is combing through unreleased material to include on the anniversary edition, explaining, "We're planning on a couple of things that we're gonna end up sneaking out, different things that maybe nobody has seen before . . . we have so much that we didn't release, including some stuff that's literally my parents' basement recordings and the first snippets of things."

Halestorm has actually been a band for better than two decades and Hale told us that they're proud of the journey they've taken: "We're a very stop-and-smell-the-roses type band, where we find ourselves reminiscing a lot and talking about stuff that we did and the RVs that, you know, we had that were breaking down and before that touring in a seven-seater conversion van. So it's like, you know, regardless of the commercial success and, you know, having some Number One songs and the Grammy and everything, besides that, it means a lot that we're still a band."

Halestorm's latest album, Vicious, was released last July and features the Grammy-nominated rock radio chart-topper "Uncomfortable" as well as the singles "Do Not Disturb" and the title track.


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Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix told a Michigan radio station this past weekend that the band will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its breakthrough album, 2000's Infest, next year. Shaddix told Saginaw's Z93 at the Sonic Temple festival, "2020, we're going to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of our album Infest. And so, April 25th, 2020, we will be having a celebration."

Shaddix told us a while back that Papa Roach was quite a different band in the early days before Infest put them on the map: "Oh my God, we sucked! We were horrible. We were the sloppiest band. Back then we didn't do it for a career, we just did it 'cause we just want to have fun."

The band's second full-length record and first major label release, Infest peaked at Number Five on the Billboard 200 chart and has been certified triple platinum for sales of three million copies in the U.S. alone. It featured the massive hit single "Last Resort."

On the enduring popularity of "Last Resort," which recently passed 100 million views on YouTube, Shaddix remarked, "One of my best friends, he tried to kill himself. We lived in a house together. I'm 17 years old, and my best friend tried to kill himself. And it was a traumatic experience. I sing the song from a first-person point of view just to make it . . . this is how I write music. It's just crazy how many people have used that song as a source of strength."

Papa Roach's latest album, Who Do You Trust?, arrived in January.


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Ghost has added seven new dates to its fall North American headlining tour, which will hit mostly arenas over a six-week period starting on September 13th in Bakersfield, California and running through October 26th in Glens Falls, New York.

The newly added shows will take place in Edmonton, Toledo, Moline, Youngstown, Huntington, Hamilton, and Ottawa. A series of ticket pre-sales is underway now, with general public sales starting at 10:00 a.m. local time this Friday (May 24th). Nothing More will be the support act for the trek.

Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge told us that he prefers whenever possible to play venues without seats: "People generally have a tendency to stand up, so that's good. But the ideas of having seats and rows, and people having to be confined to their designated seat, is definitely breaking up the overall audience vibe you want on a show."

Newly added "Ultimate Tour Named Death" North American fall dates (subject to change):
September 23 - Edmonton, AB - Rogers Place
October 8 - Moline, IL - TaxSlayer Centre
October 10 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre
October 11 - Huntington, WV - Big Sandy Superstore Arena
October 15 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center
October 17 - Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Centre
October 18 - Ottawa, ON - Richcraft Tire Center


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With Van Halen seemingly on ice, David Lee Roth is eyeing a Las Vegas residency. Roth revealed to that a "Diamond Dave" extravaganza might be happening in "Sin City" sooner than you think: "Oh, I just pursued this, I was over at the House of Blues yesterday. There’s lots and lots of people requesting. I kind of am the patron saint of midnight when everybody’s guilty of all ages. It’d transcend neighborhoods. You can be wearing a cowboy hat or you can be wearing five-inch clogs out there with sparkles in your hair. You can have dreadlocks or a crew cut, you can wear a military uniform to work or you can wear a bikini to work and you know what David Lee Roth brings to the proceedings, okay?"

There's been no official word from Roth -- or any Vegas venue -- regarding the launch of a new Roth show. Van Halen last performed on October 4th, 2015 at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl.

David Lee Roth is riding high in the club scene with his and Armin van Buuren's studio remix for "Jump" -- a project that Roth actually spearheaded, revealing, "I was on-board before Armin had the idea. I said that somebody is going to have the idea of putting some boom in the room with this and taking it way past where it was and I think that’s what Armin did. As soon as I heard it I said, 'Oh, this has got to go live, we can portray this live.' Now, you’re setting a whole new standard for artist remixes."

A while back, David Lee Roth explained that his endless curiosity and rebellious streak is the ultimate inspiration for the songs he writes: "I like to read. I like to read books, I read comic books. Whenever I used to see the movies, y'know, and go with my pop to the movies when I was very young -- I didn't wanna be an actor; I wanted to really go to Arabia. So, now we have the time to do it. If you don't place yourself geographically -- if you don't go out there -- what are you gonna sing about?"