Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr died last night at age 56. Burr, who had suffered from poor health for many years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, died peacefully in his sleep at home.
Guitarist Peter Banks, a founding member of Yes, died March 7 at his home in London. He was 65. A statement on Banks' website said he was found in his home after he failed to show up for a recording session. Yes — who are in the middle of a US tour — released a statement on their Facebook page, mourning the loss of the band's founding guitarist.
Smashing Pumpkins have announced a world tour that kicks off March 23 and runs through August 11. Billy Corgan and company will visit the US, Europe, the UK, Japan and Mexico. The band — Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder, drummer Mike Byrne and bassist Nicole Fiorentino — will perform songs from their entire catalog, including their 2012 album, Oceania.
Perennial glam rock favorites Spacehog have announced the release of their first album since 2001, As It Is On Earth. It will be released April 16th on their own label, Hog Space Records. The album was recorded over two years in Brooklyn with producer Bryce Goggin, who also was behind the console for Resident Alien and The Chinese Album.
Today, GuitarWorld.com brings you the exclusive premiere of a new song by Canadian rockers Anciients. The song, "Faith And Oath," is from their upcoming debut album, Heart Of Oak, which will be released April 16 via Season Of Mist.
The Dillinger Escape Plan, who will performing at the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods, have unleashed a new single, "Prancer." It's the first taste of their forthcoming album, One of Us is the Killer, which will be released May 14 on the band's own Party Smasher Inc. imprint in partnership with Sumerian Records in North America.
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