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Palms Casino Resort and Live Nation announced today the extension of "Billy Idol: Las Vegas". The announcement comes just as Idol prepares to return to The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort for the final 2019 performance dates. From punk pioneer to global superstar, Idol has created an unparalleled niche in popular music and has remained a household name for more than three decades. "Billy Idol: Las Vegas" has received numerous accolades since launching in 2019. The performances have featured material from throughout Idol's career, from Idol's days fronting the seminal British punk band GENERATION X to his hits the world has come to know and love, including "Rebel Yell", "White Wedding", "Dancing With Myself" and many more. Billy Idol will be joined by his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens and the rest of the Billy Idol band. "Billy Idol: Las Vegas" 2019 dates: Oct. 4-5, 9, 11-12 "Billy Idol: Las Vegas" 2020 dates: March 6-7, 11, 13-14. Tickets for "Billy Idol: Las Vegas" are $39.50 - $159.95, plus applicable fees and go on sale Friday, September 20 at 10 a.m. SiriusXM listeners will have the opportunity to purchase tickets before the public on-sale date during a SiriusXM pre-sale from Wednesday, September 18 at 10 a.m. PT until Thursday, September 19 at 10 p.m. PT. Doors at 8 p.m., show time 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Pearl Concert Theater box office, any Station Casinos Rewards Center or online at Billy Idol was an early architect of the sound, style and fury of punk rock. His lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into the mainstream as one of MTV's first megastars, making him one of the most recognizable faces in pop music, while selling out arenas everywhere he played. He has sold 40 million albums while scoring numerous platinum albums worldwide, nine top 40 singles in the U.S. and 10 in the U.K. including "Dancing With Myself", "White Wedding", "Rebel Yell", "Mony Mony", "Eyes Without A Face", "Flesh For Fantasy" and "Cradle Of Love". Idol was responsible for some of punk rock's most memorable, literate and evocative moments, and created a pioneering new sound by bringing the spirit of '77 to the dance floor, going on to fashion an immediately identifiable musical blueprint that integrates club-land throb, rockabilly desperation and rock 'n' roll decadence. More than 30 years after his groundbreaking "Vital Idol" compilation cemented the vibrancy of the dance-rock remix genre in the second half of the 1980s, Idol's "Revitalized" collection, "Vital Idol: Revitalized", features 11 brand-new remixes of Idol's most classic and enduring hits. Lending their hands to the "Revitalized" proceedings are electronic dance luminaries Moby, The Crystal Method and Paul Oakenfold as well as current innovators including RAC, Tropkillaz, Shiba San, Juan Maclean and CRAY.

During a recent interview with Chile's Humo Negro, Philip Anselmo was once again asked about his decision to play a number of PANTERA songs during the recent tour with his solo band, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS. "I couldn't do it with DOWN. I wouldn't do it with DOWN. I wouldn't do it with SUPERJOINT," he explained (see video below). "I didn't have the right people around me and the right circumstance, because… The last thing on my mind, before all this happened, was really playing PANTERA songs. We were gearing up to do a death metal run with THE ILLEGALS — little places — and then Vince [PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott] died. And then it was, like, 'Fuck, man.' Things got important. Things got serious. And people started asking, 'PANTERA, PANTERA, PANTERA.' So I went to my band and I said, 'What do you think?' And they said, 'Let's try.' And as we went on, I realized this is pretty good; they play the songs very well. I mean, we had about a week to get ready for anything, man. So with each gig, it's got better and better and better and better. But in all truth, this is something that I never really thought about doing with any band, but especially THE ILLEGALS. Which, it makes me say, those guys deserve a lot of credit — they deserve tons of credit for learning all these songs. We didn't get together for them to learn PANTERA songs — we write our own songs. But the fact that they learned them, and they learned them so well… I love them. Big props to them." According to Anselmo, one of the most gratifying aspects of performing PANTERA material with his current band is "seeing the younger generation" at the shows. "So that's why we do it now — for the younger people. Well, also the people that grew up with it. I guess I'm ancient enough to where I get to play for the 50-year-olds and the 15-year-olds now. So, it's pretty cool, man. It feels great. And especially seeing the young blood out there — people that never got a chance to see PANTERA. And you get to see these songs live. It's a great energy." Asked if he would consider getting together with PANTERA bassist Rex Brown and performing the band's classic songs in concert, Anselmo said: "I'm open for anything. And Rex and I, we are in touch and we talk. We're friends and everything's cool. So, I keep an open mind — I keep an open mind. We'll see in the future." Anselmo also talked about the possibility of a hypothetical PANTERA tribute tour with Rex on bass and Zakk Wylde filling in for the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott on guitar. "Well, Zakk is a busy man," he said. "He does his own band, he does stuff with Ozzy [Osbourne] and all that stuff. We spoke about it maybe one time. And I think everybody — everybody — is… I guess they're like me. Keep an open mind about it. We'll see. But I know from all the hard work with THE ILLEGALS here to make those songs right, all of us, we would have to take time off and really practice together and get everything perfect. So it's a lot of work. And I'm doing a lot of bands, man, right now. [But] if everything was lined up, I would do it — sure. Fuck yeah! Why not?" Talk about a possible PANTERA "reunion" intensified when Anselmo regularly joined Wylde's BLACK LABEL SOCIETY to perform PANTERA's song "I'm Broken" during DOWN's 2014 stint on the "Revolver Golden Gods Tour". That buzz only got stronger after Brown joined the jam on May 23, 2014 when the tour swung through Texas. Up until his death in June 2018, Vinnie remained on non-speaking terms with Anselmo, whom the drummer indirectly blamed for the death of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was his brother. Vinnie Paul and Dimebag co-founded PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, they formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by a troubled schizophrenic who believed that the members of PANTERA were stealing his thoughts. [youtube]

During a recent interview with Italy's Radio Freccia, SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor spoke about the importance of expanding a band's sound without straying too far from the group's musical roots. He said (see video below): "That's one of the cool things about [SLIPKNOT's latest] album ['We Are Not Your Kind'] — it has all of that. I've always said that bands who experiment too far and then don't bring it back to that emotion that fans need — not expect, but need — from a certain band, we have never forgotten that. So as far out as we want to experiment and create and really make this beautifully dense dark art, there's also crushingly heavy stuff on this album. Honestly, one of my favorites is called 'Solway Firth', and it's probably one of the heaviest songs we've written in 15 years. And it is such a sledgehammer that's so emotional that it's really gonna take people's breath away. And it's the culmination of everything that is being told on this album. So, yes, there are beautifully artistic passages on this album. However, there's still the sledgehammer of SLIPKNOT." SLIPKNOT's sixth album, "We Are Not Your Kind", was released on August 9 via Roadrunner. The disc was once again recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed SLIPKNOT's 2004 album "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" and helmed 2014's ".5: The Gray Chapter". SLIPKNOT's "Knotfest Roadshow" headline tour of North America kicked off on July 26 in Mountain View, California at Shoreline Amphitheater and continued through September 8 where it concluded with a performance at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas. [youtube] [youtube]

THE CARS frontman Ric Ocasek died of heart disease, New York Medical Examiners office said Monday. Pulmonary emphysema, a type of lung disease, was also a contributing factor in the 75-year-old singer's death, the medical examiner added. It's unclear how long Ocasek had been suffering from heart disease. Ric was found dead in his Manhattan apartment yesterday (September 15) by his third wife, supermodel Paulina Porizkova, whom he married after the two met while shooting the video for 1984's "Drive". The couple last year announced their separation. Ocasek had recently undergone an undisclosed surgery. Paulina described his death as "unexpected and untimely," saying that she found him still asleep when bringing him his Sunday coffee. Ocasek is survived by six sons, two from each of his three marriages. Ocasek, who was born Richard Theodore Otcasek in Cleveland, and THE CARS had 13 Top 40 singles, including "Just What I Needed", "Best Friend's Girl", "Let's Go", "Shake It Up", "You Might Think" and the ballad "Drive". The band split in 1988 and reunited in 2011 for its first album in 24 years, titled "Move Like This". They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2018. Image courtesy of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Former CLUTCH keyboardist Mick Schauer has died. The Maryland rockers announced his passing via their official Facebook page. They wrote: "We are saddened to hear the news of Mick Schauer's passing. Mick was an incredible talent and he will be missed. His contribution to the albums 'Robot Hive Exodus' and 'From Beale Street To Oblivion' brought a new sound to the band at a time when the band sought to stretch into new territory. Mick helped us to achieve those goals and more. He was also a powerful force at our live shows. His natural ability was unmatched and his love for the music made us all play better. We are grateful for having had the opportunity to make music with you Mick!" In addition to the aforementioned albums, Schauer performed on CLUTCH's 2008 live DVD, "Full Fathom Five". He also played on EARTHRIDE's "Vampire Circus" and THE BAKERTON GROUP's 2007 self-titled album. In a 2010 interview with Blogcritics, CLUTCH frontman Neil Fallon (pictured) stated about Mick: "He was out with us for close to three years, I think. I guess we had never sought a permanent addition [once he left the band]. And I think with him, a lot of the driving force is he really wanted to pursue his professional bike riding, like touring bikes. Yeah, and that's pretty time consuming. So I guess he wanted to pursue that, and more power to him." CLUTCH recently released "Electric Worry". The single is the third in a series of new studio recordings that comprise the newly launched "Weathermaker Vault Series" and the first new official music CLUTCH is making available since the release of its critically acclaimed album "Book Of Bad Decisions". On Friday, September 20, CLUTCH will embark on a fall tour of the U.S. with DROPKICK MURPHYS, along with metalcore veterans HATEBREED as direct support. We are saddened to hear the news of Mick Schauer’s passing. Mick was an incredible talent and he will be missed. His... Posted by Clutch on Monday, September 16, 2019