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Don Dokken has confirmed that DOKKEN has received an offer to play with former guitarist George Lynch at a concert in September. DOKKEN's classic lineup reunited for a short Japanese tour in the fall of 2016. The trek marked the first time in 21 years the four musicians had hit the road together. Since completing the reunion dates, DOKKEN has continued to perform with the group's current lineup — featuring Don, drummer Mick Brown, guitarist Jon Levin and bassist Chris McCarvill — save for a handful of shows in late 2017 that saw guitarist Ira Black (LIZZY BORDEN, VICIOUS RUMORS) fill in for Levin. The group has scattered tour dates scheduled through the summer, including a performance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival. Asked by SiriusXM's Eddie Trunk about George's recent claim that there was "talk" about the classic lineup of DOKKEN playing "at least one big show" next year, Don said: "We have an offer on the table coming up in September. Mick and I talked about it yesterday; we haven't made up our mind yet, 'cause we have to think about it." He continued: "I have to protect the franchise — of the [current band, featuring] Mick Brown, Don Dokken, Jon Levin, [our guitarist of] over 20 years, [and] Chris McCarvill [who has] been in the band a long time. I have to protect the franchise, and [George's] got LYNCH MOB. But, you know when these, we call 'em, 'honeypot' shows come up, and they say, 'Would you mind if George played, and we'll give you a crazy amount of money?'… "We did the Japanese tour, but we now have maybe a gig coming up on September 7 in Minneapolis at a big casino festival — a huge festival — and I haven't talked to Jon about it yet," Don added. "But I have to keep my respect for Jon Levin; I don't wanna step on Jon Levin's toes, 'cause he's my brother, and he's one of my best friends. "So they made an offer," he said. "And I said, 'I'll play with George. We don't mind playing with George. But it's gonna have to be George and Jon [playing together at the same time].' … We're DOKKEN," referring to the lineup featuring Don, Mick, Jon and Chris. "He can come on our stage. It'll be an Internet, Facebook, YouTube sensation, video-wise, 'cause he's gonna do six to eight songs. And if you're listening, George, I'm not bagging on you, but he'd have to remember them." The official video for "It's Just Another Day" — the first DOKKEN track featuring the group's classic lineup since 1997's "Shadowlife" — can be seen below. The clip was filmed in January with director Jamie Brown, who has previously worked with LYNCH MOB and KXM. "It's Just Another Day" is featured on "Return To The East Live 2016", which was released in April 20 via Frontiers Music Srl. In addition to the October 2016 performance at the Loud Park festival in Japan, this set included footage from the classic lineup's only U.S. show in September 2016 at Badlands in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as well as newly recorded acoustic reworkings of "Heaven Sent" and "Will The Sun Rise". [youtube]

UNDERØATH will embark on the "Erase Me" tour this fall. It is the band's first major market headline tour in support of its new album, "Erase Me" (Fearless Records), which recently debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart. The tour finds UNDERØATH returning to many markets they previously sold out on their incredibly successful "Rebirth" tour. In addition to playing multiple shows in several markets, the tour will see the band performing at landmark venues, such as The Shrine in Los Angeles. UNDERØATH will close out the tour with their first-ever headline arena show at The Sun Dome in their hometown of Tampa. This date serves as the band's sole appearance in its native Florida this year. Joining UNDERØATH for this "can't-miss" trek are DANCE GAVIN DANCE, who recently debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard chart with its new album, "Artificial Selection", and labelmates THE PLOT IN YOU. In August, UNDERØATH will announce the final band to appear on the tour. "We're dang excited to finally announce the 'Erase Me' U.S tour," UNDERØATH's Chris Dudley said. "We're bringing along DANCE GAVIN DANCE, a special guest that we think people are going to be pretty pumped on (patience!) and THE PLOT IN YOU. We've also already started working hard on the show itself to make it something unlike anything we've done before. So, between that and the lineup, this is basically gonna be insane." Fans will also have plenty of opportunities for band experiences on this run. VIP meet-and-greet packages will be available and soundcheck performance parties will be taking place. UNDERØATH will also appear on three dates of the final cross-country Vans Warped Tour, as well as at other key summer fests. UNDERØATH fall 2018 tour dates: Nov. 02 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial Nov. 03 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall Nov. 04 - New Orleans, LA - The Joy Theater Nov. 06 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Nov. 08 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre Nov. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Shrine Expo Hall Nov. 10 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Nov. 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Union Nov. 13 - Boise, ID - Revolution Concert Hall Nov. 15 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom Nov. 16 - Spokane, WA - The Knitting Factory Nov. 17 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall Nov. 19 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue Theater Nov. 20 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO Nov. 23 - Denver, CO - The Ogden Theater Nov. 24 - Denver, CO - The Ogden Theater Nov. 26 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium Nov. 27 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre Nov. 28 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater Dec. 01 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre Dec. 02 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall Dec. 05 - New York, NY - Playstation Theater Dec. 07 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount Dec. 08 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium Dec. 09 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory Dec. 11 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa Dec. 12 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Dec. 13 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle Dec. 14 - Tampa, FL - The Sun Dome "Erase Me" was written and recorded over the summer of 2017 with producer Matt Squire (PANIC! AT THE DISCO, 3OH!3) and mixed by Ken Andrews (FAILURE, JIMMY EAT WORLD). Photo credit: Nick Fancher

The music industry trade magazine Pollstar has unveiled its annual Mid-Year Worldwide Tours chart, which ranks the top 100 concert tours around the globe during the first six months of 2018 by gross ticket sales. While the chart is dominated by pop stars such as Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, it also includes several notable hard rock and metal artists: 09. ROGER WATERS ($60.7 million) 12. FOO FIGHTERS ($53.6 million) 19. METALLICA ($40.6 million) 21. BON JOVI ($38 million) 35. QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT ($23.9 million) 43. JOURNEY / DEF LEPPARD ($21.2 million) 52. IRON MAIDEN ($17.3 million) 53. KID ROCK ($17.1 million) 83. AVENGED SEVENFOLD ($10.5 million) 91. SCORPIONS ($10.1 million) In addition, Pollstar has posted its Mid-Year Top 100 North American Tours chart, which also covers the reporting period of January 1 through June 30. Among the acts included: 10. BON JOVI ($38 million) 19. JOURNEY / DEF LEPPARD ($21.2 million) 29. KID ROCK ($17.1 million) 49. FOO FIGHTERS ($10.3 million) 55. AVENGED SEVENFOLD ($9.5 million) 81. FOREIGNER ($5.8 million) 83. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE ($5.7 million) 89. JUDAS PRIEST ($5 million) Pollstar also reports that the three-day Lollapalooza Brazil festival — which featured performances by PEARL JAM, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, VOLBEAT, ROYAL BLOOD and numerous acts in other genres — was the top-grossing concert of the year's first half, with 300,000 total tickets sold (that is, 100,000 per day) and a gross of $23.4 million. Meanwhile, the two-day Corona Hell & Heaven festival in Mexico City, Mexico — where the likes of SCORPIONS, OZZY OSBOURNE, JUDAS PRIEST, MASTODON and MEGADETH performed — was the 40th highest-grossing concert of the year to date, with ticket sales totaling $6.9 million. The annual Pollstar rankings of the concert industry's top acts are tabulated for all worldwide shows performed between January 1 and June 30, 2018. Ticket sales figures are calculated in U.S. dollars and are based on reported information and extensive research.

U.K. hard rock sensation ASKING ALEXANDRIA has released an acoustic version of its hit single "Alone In A Room". The original song can be found on the band's latest, self-titled album, which was released last December via Sumerian. The disc marks the group's first full-length effort with singer Danny Worsnop since he rejoined ASKING ALEXANDRIA in the fall of 2016. "Asking Alexandria" was produced by FROM FIRST TO LAST's Matt Good and mixed by Taylor Larson. "'Alone In A Room' is one of my favorite songs I have ever written!" said founder and guitarist Ben Bruce. "Alone In A Room" spent five weeks on the BBC Radio One playlist in the U.K. During his time away from ASKING ALEXANDRIA, Worsnop pursued a more traditional hard rock sound with his other project, WE ARE HARLOT, while ASKING ALEXANDRIA recruited a new singer, Denis Shaforostov, and released a fourth album, "The Black". Danny also issued a country-tinged solo album, "The Long Road Home", last year via Earache Records. [youtube] [youtube]

Join multiplatinum, Grammy Award-winning alternative-rock band DEFTONES as they celebrate the first annual Dia De Los Deftones with food, beverage and music on November 3 at Petco Park at the Park in San Diego, California. This all-ages lineup includes Future, Mike Shinoda (of LINKIN PARK), local legends ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, H09909, DOJA CAT, VOWW and VEIN. Dia De Los Deftones goes on sale Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $75 and will be available at Presale opportunities will be available on Tuesday, July 17 starting at 10 a.m PST. The November 3 date will be one of two exclusive DEFTONES appearances in California this year. DEFTONES have released eight studio albums to date and have sold over ten million albums worldwide. The band is vocalist/guitarist Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter, keyboardist/samplist Frank Delgado, drummer Abe Cunningham, and bassist Sergio Vega. Speaking about the upcoming festival, Chino says: "For years, we've played on festivals with such amazing and diverse lineups and that is what we have achieved with our first line-up for Dia De Los Deftones. We want this event to be a celebration; with the incredible artists we've assembled, and the experiences we're curating for the festival site, it's going to be a wonderful day and night for all who join us." Abe adds: "We are absolutely thrilled to have such fantastic and credible artists joining us on this maiden voyage, and we look forward to bringing it to you."