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Friday, March 21, 2014 - 3:19pm

In what we can only presume is some sort of unlikely 35th anniversary celebration of the last time she embarked on a proper tour, Kate Bush left fans reeling today when she dropped the bombshell that, in August and September, she’ll be playing a series of 15 shows at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

In a pleasant, politely-worded announcement on her official website, Bush described herself as “delighted” about her declaration on the upcoming performances, adding, “I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there.”

The “Before the Dawn” dates – that seems to be the name of the concert series, based on the fact that the phrase was hash-tagged along with the announcement on Twitter – are as follows:

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 6:29pm

The musical movement known as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which kicked off in the late ‘70s, is one which never really managed to cross the pond and make a major impact in America, but a few bands in the bunch did make a bit of headway here. Certainly, that list starts with Def Leppard, with Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Motorhead also hovering near the top of the pack, but one which often gets lost in the shuffle – even though they developed a considerable following in various pockets of the country – is Saxon.

While Saxon’s era of Stateside success basically consists of the four albums they released between 1983 and 1986 – Power & the Glory, Crusader, Innocence is No Excuse, and Rock the Nations – you’d have a good chance of finding yourself trading fisticuffs if you suggested to a British fan that any one of those albums should be deemed one of the band’s best. (Their three most successful albums in the UK all came out prior to the four that proved popular in the US.)

Thankfully, you can now enjoy a fuller exploration of Saxon’s glory days and figure out your own favorites, thanks to the release of a new box set: Saxon: The Complete Albums 1979-1988. We had an opportunity to chat with Steve Dawson, a founding member of the band and their bassist through the majority of the albums in the set, and he talked us through Saxon’s birth, success, and creative struggles, their influence on Spinal Tap, and his exit from the band, along with a look into his life in the wake of his departure.

BONUS: We have five copies of the set to give away!

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:10pm

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 6:10pm

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:33pm

A great deal of fun was had by the Monkees and their fans during the course of the group’s 2014 official convention this past weekend, including Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork all being on hand to receive their plaques certifying the Monkees’ induction into the American Pop Music Hall of Fame. Arguably the most tantalizing tidbit to emerge from the event, however, was the announcement that the trio would be kicking off a new tour in May, one which would be taking them along the east coast and through the Midwest.

We know you’ve been chomping at the bit to find out if the Monkees will be coming and walking down your street on their way to a venue in your neck of the woods, but you need wait no longer: here’s where the group’s tour schedule will be taking them throughout late May and early June.