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AMERICA’S HARD 100, Day 6 – Vote To Determine The Greatest Hard Rock Song Of All-Time

We’re halfway through the VH1 Classic America’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll and there’s still another 50 legendary hard rock and heavy metal songs coming your way for you to vote on and help us rank!

Today progressive hard rockers Rush’s almost-hit “Limelight” goes up against thrash masters Slayer’s harrowing “Seasons In The Abyss” and the surging alternative grunge of Stone Temple Pilots‘s “Wicked Garden,” plus classics from Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot and more.

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Stone Temple Pilots Announce Huge Tour

Just like we promised, Stone Temple Pilots are reuniting to hit the road this summer. VH1 was there when the band discussed the decision, and revealed that this is no ordinary jaunt: starting at the end of May, the rockers are embarking on a whopping 65-date tour. Take the jump to find out the city they’re playing near you.
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Tickets to Secret Stone Temple Pilots Show On Sale Now

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That’s right: ’90s alt-rock giants Stone Temple Pilots are reuniting. (You might have read something about that before.) Scott Weiland, the brothers DeLeo and Eric Kretz will announce their 2008 tour dates on Monday, April 7, at an ultra exclusive event in the Hollywood Hills — where the boys will also play a few of their hits. A select number of tickets are on sale to the event. All proceeds benefit VH1′s Save the Music Foundation, which is dedicated to restoring music education in America’s public schools. To buy tickets, visit www.vh1savethemusic.com. Otherwise, STP fans will have to wait a bit — the band’s tour kicks off on May 17 at the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

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Can’t Anyone Put the Axl Back Into Velvet Revolver?

guns-n-roses.jpgLooks like the halcyon days of John Varvatos camaraderie are over. The increasingly internecine relationship between Velvet Revolver and their red-headed lead singer, Scott Weiland, has come to a breaking point. Speaking to the NME, Slash explained that “There will be a third album . . . . We don’t know how or when but the core four guys will continue.” This comes after Weiland announced that the band might never tour again, and Velvet Revolver’s subsequent in-fighting hit the Internet. Idolator has a list of replacements for Slash and company (Rod Stewart! Yeah!), and, in not-unrelated news, Weiland is heading up the Stone Temple Pilots reunion tour this summer. Yay. [Ed.: Yay?]

Elsewise, Dr. Pepper issued a challenge last week to reclusive former Velvet Revolver singer Axl Rose, explaining that the soft-drink company would give a free can of Dr. Pepper to every American (with the exception of guitarists Buckethead and Slash), should Guns N’ Roses’ long-delayed, Howard Hughes-soap-opera-esque album Chinese Democracy see the light of day in 2008. Denying any involvement in the promotion, Axl explained that he found the offer flattering and that he’d share his fizzy beverage with Buckethead. Ouch, right? But also whatever. Look, Axl, if Velvet Revolver is missing a lead singer, we can’t think of another redhead who qualifies better than you. Can no one get Guns N’ Roses — the real Guns N’ Roses — back together? Please? We have an inkling that people would rather see even the worst, loosest, 20-minute-long version of “Coma” as played by Axl, Slash, Duff, Matt and that other guy than a tight “Interstate Love Song” performed by Weiland, the DeLeo brothers and that other guy. Just an inkling, though.