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Metallica Announce Special Reunion for Their Orion Fest + More News

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Metallica have added Rocket from the Crypt, Vista Chino, Dead Sara and locals Matt Clarke and Calico to the lineup of the second Orion Music + More event, slated for June 8 and 9 in Detroit. Even better, an original lineup reunion of Infectious Grooves, featuring Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Dean Pleasants (Suicidal Tendencies), and special guest Jim Martin (ex-Faith No More, filling in for original guitarist Adam Siegel) is slated to take place!

“To reunite with those guys after 22 years is going to be really special for me. Orion is the perfect place for that to happen…I’m looking forward to it,” said Robert Trujillo.

Watch Robert Trujillo Talk About the Infectious Grooves Reunion

This Is Hardcore 2013, now in its eighth year, is set for August 8 through 11 in Philadelphia, with Kid Dynamite confirmed to perform their self-titled debut and a mini set of covers. Killing Time, Negative Approach, Boy Sets Fire, Black Train Jack, Modern Life Is War and more are on the bill, which will total 50 acts when all is said, done and announced. More details on this Killadelphia event are here.

The third annual All-Stars Tour will feature quite the lineup, comprised of Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin, Veil of Maya, Terror, Stray From the Path, Capture the Crown, iwrestledabearonce, For All Those Sleeping and DayShell.

Keith Buckley of ETID spouted off about the tour, saying, “We’ve always put a lot of effort into making this band work and when we perform we do so at the highest level of intensity, so to finally be deemed an ‘AllStar’ is a dream come true. I plan on relaxing in a hot tub with Wade Boggs or smoking huge cigars with Ronnie Harmon talking about our visits to Hollywood. Those are just some casual things us AllStars do when we’re not giving 110%. But that’s rare. This tour has a solid line-up and we’re excited to be a part of it. See you all this summer.”

Megadeth‘s David Ellefson, Evanescence‘s Troy Lawhorn, Staind‘s Sal G, Lo-Pro’s Pete Murray and Neil Godfrey and Eye Empire will come together on April 24 for a benefit at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles. The musicians will be performing songs off the Battlefield of the Mind documentary soundtrack.

The event begins at 7PM with filmmaker and participant interaction, an exclusive look at the doc, which traces the story of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who are suffering from PTSD, and then the show at 8:30. Tickets are $20 for full access and $15 for performance-only.

Go here for more info.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has partnered with Gibson to design two special edition guitars available at retailers this month. This part is for the gear nerds. One is an ES 335 with Lollar Tron pickups and a bigsby in army green. The other is an ES 335 with Lollar Tron pickups in flat black. Both models were made with brushed nickel hardware and Grover brushed nickel machine heads and tuners. The guitars will be sold in a Gibson Hardcase signed by Cornell. Only 250 of each were manufactured, so to call them limited edition would be an understatement.

“I am honored to have designed a Signature guitar for Gibson, and look forward to using it on tour with Soundgarden in May,” said Cornell. [Press Release]

Check out this awesome acoustic version of Stars in Stereo‘s “Broken.” The Los Angeles-based band’s self-titled album will hit stores on April 9 and is available for pre-order at this link. Head over to www.starsinstereo.com, plus their Facebook and Twitter, for more info on the band.


Watch ‘The Broken (Acoustic)’ Video

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