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Aerosmith – Music from Another Dimension (2012)

Aerosmith – Music from Another Dimension (2012)

I think it speaks volumes that after hearing a few advance tracks, I had this record in hand for three days before I ever listened to it. You see, I’m an Aerosmith fanboy in the worst way.

Queen – Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest (2012)

Queen – Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest (2012)

With Freddie Mercury gone for some two decades, it’s easy to forget Queen’s power and majesty — its essentially new amalgam of power pop, metal, and eye-popping theatrics. The sense of loss surrounding this thunderous concert, too, is simply staggering.

‘It wasn’t fun anymore’: Peter Criss on how Kiss’ celebrated 1990s-era reunion turned sour

‘It wasn’t fun anymore’: Peter Criss on how Kiss’ celebrated 1990s-era reunion turned sour

Co-founding Kiss drummer Peter Criss talks about leaving the band after their long-awaited 1990s reunion in a new talk with BackstageAxxess.

‘Just wish he had good things to say when Ronnie was alive’: Tim Owens rips into Vivian Campbell’s Dio project

‘Just wish he had good things to say when Ronnie was alive’: Tim Owens rips into Vivian Campbell’s Dio project

When Tim “Ripper” Owens began fronting Dio Disciples in 2011, he says former Dio drummer Vinny Appice questioned the move. And, of course, everyone is aware of the vicious feud that unfolded after Vivian Campbell left the original Dio band.

‘Van Halen will always be his priority’: Tremonti says Wolfgang isn’t leaving his dad’s band

‘Van Halen will always be his priority’: Tremonti says Wolfgang isn’t leaving his dad’s band

Fans shouldn’t worry that Wolfgang Van Halen’s new spot in Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti’s solo band means an end to Van Halen. Tremtoni says he’d like Wolfgang to stay, and they’ll work around any future commitments with his father’s group.

Crazy Lixx – Riot Avenue (2012)

Crazy Lixx – Riot Avenue (2012)

Maybe it’s a longing for simpler, better times, but I’ve found myself listening to a lot of 1980s-influenced hard rock lately, both comebacks from bands of the era and newer acts that play the style.

Black Country Communion – Afterglow (2012)

Black Country Communion – Afterglow (2012)

The pity of it, really, is how perfectly named this album is. See Afterglow, a thunderous delight, arrives just as Black Country Communion appears to be falling apart. It’s a shame.

‘This band is unstoppable’: SiriusXM fan Q&A turns into a referendum on Kiss’ current lineup

‘This band is unstoppable’: SiriusXM fan Q&A turns into a referendum on Kiss’ current lineup

During a special Q&A with 20 SiriusXM listeners, Kiss’ founding members were bursting with praise for the current line up of the group — which has just released Monster

‘We certainly aren’t current’: Brad Whitford jokes about aging Aerosmith, even as special Boston show is announced

‘We certainly aren’t current’: Brad Whitford jokes about aging Aerosmith, even as special Boston show is announced

Though Brad Whitford is describing their forthcoming Music from Another Dimension! as a “typical Aerosmith record,” they’ve apparently got something very special planned to celebrate.

‘The problem is we have too many ideas’: Busy Metallica might be ready to make new music again

‘The problem is we have too many ideas’: Busy Metallica might be ready to make new music again

Metallica has been busy lately, it seems, with everything except new music — something that’s going to change soon, according to guitarist Kirk Hammett.