An expanded Carolina Rebellion returns May 4 & 5 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte. After uncharted success in 2012, the Mid-Atlantic's biggest rock festival is growing to two full days in its third year and will feature more camping and VIP space at its new location.

The bands listed above will perform on one of the three festival stages: the Monster Energy 'Carolina Stage', the Monster Energy 'Rebellion Stage' and the Jägermeister Stage. In addition, f.y.e will have a special artist tent where bands will stop by throughout the day to meet fans and sign their CDs. [Press Release]

Due to popular demand, Def Leppard are extending their Las Vegas residency, dubbed Viva Hysteria! It kicks off on March. 22 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and was to run through April 10 but they've added a pair of shows set for April 12 and 13. "We had a good feeling about Viva Hysteria! But this just confirms the popularity of the band and how much the album means to our fans. Roll on March!," said frontman Joe Elliott.

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Iron Maiden's manager Rod Smallwood and Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas are launching a three day, 150-mile cycle ride from June 12 to June 14, traveling from London to the Download Festival. The ride benefits Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins and Childline. Want more info and want to join them as they cruise for charity? Go here.

Zakk Wylde, Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), John "JD" DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle of Pain) and The Infinite Staircase have collaborated to create a song to raise money for people affected by Hurricane Sandy, which we told you about earlier this year. The song, entitled "The Pride," will be available as an iTunes exclusive on February 5 with 100% of the proceeds set to benefit The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund rebuilding efforts. Preview and pre-order here. [Via Press Release]

Absu will hit North American on the Connexus Conjuration tour, which will hit 26 cities. It'll be a whole lotta Absu, as the band will perform two full sets with music spanning its 20-year recording career.

Tour Dates:

4/5 Philadelphia, PA @ Millcreek Tavern

4/6 Chesapeake, VA @ Roger's

4/7 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

4/8 Baltimore, MD @ The Windup Space

4/9 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East/Upstairs

4/10 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus

4/11 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus

4/12 Hartford, CT @ El N Gee

4/13 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Plaza

4/14 Quebec City, QC @ L'Agitee

4/15 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room

4/16 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups

4/17 Chicago, IL @ Mojoe's

4/18 Milwaukee, WI @ Rocco's

4/19 Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4

4/20 Winnipeg, MT @ Zoo Cabaret

4/22 Edmonton, AB @ Dickens Pub

4/24 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

4/25 Seattle, WA Highline

4/26 Portland, OR @ Ash Street Saloon

4/27 Soda Springs, CA @ Festum Carnis (Shinneybook Creek Cabins)

4/28 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge

4/30 Los Angeles, CA @ The Vex

5/1 San Diego, CA @ Ruby Room

5/2 Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point Cantina

5/4 Dallas, TX @ Boiler Room

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