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Alice Cooper Band Legend Dick Wagner Dead at 71
(Radio.com) Dick Wagner, celebrated guitarist known for his work with Alice Cooper, KISS and Lou Reed, has died. He was 71. According to the Detroit Free Press, Wagner succumbed to respiratory failure following two weeks in intensive care after undergoing a cardiac procedure.

Wagner's website posted the following on his passing: "It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow we have to let you know that Dick Wagner has left this world. Dick had a huge heart, which is perhaps why it gave him so much trouble, it was simply too full of love, of music and life.

"His creativity and passion will live on forever in the legacy he has left for us, in his music and his words. We have so much of him to celebrate. Dick was prolific not only in the tangible realm of what we can see and hear but in the boundless energy of his spirit, which will never die.

"He was a fighter, but in the end his body couldn't keep up with his spirit, and so he lays to rest. Dick said in 2013, 'Love is in the air. Breathe deep.' Take Dick's advice into your own hearts, and notice all of the beauty in the world, even when it seems cruel and unfair." more on this story

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Alleged Chris Cornell Stalker Arrested
(Classic Rock) A disturbed Soundgarden fan was arrested on Friday after being accused of stalking Chris Cornell and his family for months. Jessica Leigh Robbins, 32, is said to have forced the frontman and his wife to move their two children from school after they became convinced she planned to hurt them.

It's believed she tried to enter their Miami, Florida, home last year after a seven-hour drive in an attempt to speak to Cornell. She'd previously claimed to be the mother of one of his kids and is thought to have falsely reported the singer's wife for child abuse.

Administrators of the band's website also reported strings of suspicious comments, up to 100 a day, posted under 37 different usernames but believed to come from the same source. One example, discussing Cornell's wife, said: I'm done playing games with her - she is not going to be able to hurt him ever again by the time I'm done with her." more on this story

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Foo Fighters Complete 'Epic' New Album
(Radio.com) While little has been divulged about the new Foo Fighters record, we're now closer to hearing the final product. Producer Butch Vig took to his Twitter account yesterday (July 30) to reveal that the long awaited recording process is done and the record, due to drop this November, is "epic."

However, an exact release date has still not been determined. The band has been traveling the country recording in different studios in multiple cities for the November release.

In addition to releasing their eighth studio album, the Foo Fighters will be debuting a new series in October on HBO called Foo Fighters Sonic Highways. The series shows the band recording in eight cities, recording one song in each location.

"These recording studios are hallowed ground; they're churches and monuments to me," frontman Dave Grohl told Billboard. "History has been made in (dives) all over the country." more on this story

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Lostprophets Would Have Killed Singer Over Child Sex Crimes
(Classic Rock) Former Lostprophets guitarist Lee Gaze says that singer Ian Watkins would have been "killed on the spot" if he had come clean about his child sex offences.

The remaining members of the band - Gaze, fellow guitarist Mike Lewis, keyboard player Jamie Oliver, drummer Luke Johnson and bass player Stuart Richardson - have started a new band called No Devotion, featuring Geoff Rickly on vocals.

But despite trying to make a fresh start in the industry, the musicians know they will always be associated with and asked about Watkins, who last year was jailed for 35 years for a string of child sex offences.

They are often asked how they could not have known what Watkins was up to. Gaze tells the BBC: "How could you know? How would you know? Who would disclose such a thing to five people, who between them have eight children? You just wouldn't because they would be killed on the spot." more on this story

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Slipknot Announcement On Friday?
(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has tweeted a cryptic message from his own Twitter account, which could signal a new track is about to be released, or that further details on the upcoming album will be made available tomorrow. It reads simply: "Heheh. Friday."

Slipknot have also released a fifth bizarre video teaser for their upcoming album. Issued via the band's official Twitter page, the new clip is entitled Succumb To/The Selfish/Creation and is every bit as creepy as the four that preceded it.

The new album, which is as yet untitled and has not been given a release date, will be the band's first since 2008's All Hope Is Gone and also their first record since the death of bass player Paul Gray in 2010. more on this story

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Metallica's Ulrich Predicts AC/DC Will Headline Music Festival
(hennemusic) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says that he thinks AC/DC will headline the 2015 edition of the Glastonbury Festival. The speculation comes as AC/DC complete work on a new studio album.

"Can I throw in my first bid for who I think [promoter] Michael Eavis has booked for next year?," Ulrich tells Q magazine. "I have heard it might be a band whose lead singer is British, but none of the rest of the band are. Yeah… AC/DC. Come on! Can you imagine that?"

AC/DC recently completed recording a new album in Vancouver without founding member Malcolm Young, who remains in hospital to address some health issues.

On April 16, AC/DC issued a statement regarding the band's status and future in the wake of rumors surrounding Malcolm's health and their possible retirement. more on this story

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Geoff Tate Reveals New Band Details and Album Plans
(Classic Rock) Geoff Tate has confirmed his band will be renamed Operation: Mindcrime once his Queensryche "farewell" tour ends next month. Tate has also confirmed his band will begin work on a trilogy of concept records in the coming weeks.

He reached an out-of-court settlement with his former colleagues earlier this year, following his dramatic dismissal in 2012 that sent both parties to court amid a barrage of accusations.

An interim ruling had allowed Tate to call his new band Queensryche, while the outfit consisting of his ex-bandmates and his replacement Todd La Torre were also allowed to use it.

They finally agreed that La Torre and co would keep the name, while the former frontman would stop using it at the end of August, although he could refer to himself as "the original singer of Queensryche" or similar for two more years. He also kept the rights to perform their two Operation: Mindcrime albums.

Find out what he had to say the new albums here.

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Machine Head, Children Of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross Tour
(TeamRock Radio) Machine Head have announced a 21-date north American tour with support from Children Of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross. The tour kicks off in Denver on Saturday, October 4 and wraps up in Hollywood on Saturday, November 1.

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn says: "Machine Head raised the bar with concert production for 2012's Locust tour, and now we plan to raise the bar again with our biggest US show yet, and the strongest lineup out there for 2014, period. This is a must-see event for any heavy metal fan in America.

"I am stoked that we were able to join up with our friends in Children Of Bodom, one of the premier power metal bands of our time, and our friends in Battlecross, who we toured with on Mayhem last year, and are going to bring the old-school thrash vibe. Epica's symphonic metal will add a touch of much-needed class to the drunken shenanigans that will surely take place on this raucous tour." more on this story

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As I Lay Dying Offshoot Wovenwar Release New Song
(TeamRock Radio) Wovenwar have released the song Profane from their self-titled debut album, which will be released on August 5. The group, featuring former As I Lay Dying members Jordan Mancino, Josh Gilbert, Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso, teamed up with Oh, Sleeper vocalist Shane Blay, following the imprisonment of vocalist Tim Lambesis, who was jailed for six years for plotting to have his wife murdered earlier this year.

Speaking about the band's sound, guitarist Hipa revealed they wanted to create something different and having Blay on vocal duties allowed them to experiment.

He says: "We wanted to try to include the ebb and flow and highs and lows within the same song. That works well with a guy like Shane because his voice can fit over a driving, aggressive rhythm, or something that's a little more subdued."

Listen to the song here.

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Portnoy, Morse Supergroup Flying Colors Releasing New Album
Prog supergroup Flying Colors have confirmed the release of their album Second Nature on September 29 in Europe and the U.K. and on September 30th in North America.

"Second Nature" will be the second album release for the supergroup which features Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs/ex-Dream Theater/ Transatlantic), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock's Beard and a prolific solo artist), Steve Morse (Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas), David LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai) and Casey McPherson.

Portnoy had this to say about the new album, "The first album was very much a blind date. Although we already had 'Team Dregs' of Steve/Dave and 'Team Transatlantic' of myself/Neal, it was the first time that the five of us - seven if you include Bill Evans and Peter Collins - had collaborated together as a group. This time there was an existing chemistry, we had not only the prior experiences of making the debut album but also the 2012 tour as well."

The band has also revealed some dates across the globe in October that includes stops in North America, Europe and the UK, kicking off in Los Angeles on October 2nd. more on this story

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Ace Frehley Fires Back At Former KISS Bandmates
(Classic Rock) Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has hit back at Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley following a string of insults directed his way in recent months, saying: "If Gene and Paul had half a brain, they would realise what's going on and start saying good things about Ace."

In an interview with Guitar World, Frehley says he's fed-up with the pair's disparaging remarks and also boasted he could blow current Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer off the stage.

"When I was f***ed up, Gene used to say I was a drunk and a drug addict and that I was unemployable," he says. "Kick a guy when he's down, right? But they can't do that anymore, so it's like they're scratching their heads trying to come up with new ways to insult me."

Speaking about Stanley's comments that he was anti-Semitic, Frehley hit back: "That's just below the belt. Next I'll be a member of the Ku Klux Klan. My fiancee is Jewish and my whole life I've worked with Jewish people. I can't believe the stuff that comes out of their mouths.

"Paul has been so goddamn cranky lately. I mean, what's wrong, Paul? Aren't you happy? I know they must be frustrated because people are always writing about how Ace was the real deal. It's got to rub them the wrong way. They would like nothing more than for me to start drinking and taking drugs again and end up as a bum on skid row - but that's not going to happen."

He had more to say here.

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Former Iron Maiden Singer Previews New Live DVD
(hennemusic) Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno has issued a preview of his forthcoming live DVD, "The Beast Arises." The rocker was filmed in concert on April 9 at the Lizard Club in Krakow, Poland as part of the Doładowanie festival.

Due October 6 in Europe and October 7 in North America, "The Beast Arises" includes tracks from the first two Iron Maiden albums, as well as Killers and Di'Anno solo tracks. The DVD will also contain bonus features such as an interview with Di'Anno, a photo gallery and more.

The project will also be made available on CD, digital and vinyl. Di'Anno was the voice and frontman for Maiden in their formative years; he appeared on the band's first two albums, 1980's "Iron Maiden" and 1981's "Killers", as well as 1981's "Maiden Japan" live EP.

Watch the preview here.

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Slash Nominates Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi For Birmingham Honor
(hennemusic) Slash has nominated Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi for the Pride Of Birmingham Award, reports the Birmingham Mail. Iommi has been confirmed as one of the presenters at the awards event, set for September 26 at the city's historic Town Hall.

"Tony is one of those guys who inspires everyone," said Slash, 49, who was born Saul Hudson in Stoke-on-Trent but now lives in Los Angeles. "I was brought up on Black Sabbath and he is one of the best rock and roll guitarists out there. As a fellow player, I can really appreciate all the nuances of his technique - he is one hell of a guitar player."

"This is the man who invented heavy metal in Birmingham and created Sabbath, a brand nobody can touch," he added. "Everyone you meet in rock circles will tell you that they were inspired by Black Sabbath and the band's influence is immeasurable.

"Besides which, Tony is a great guy and we've met on a number of occasions. There's just no stopping him. He comes down with lymphoma and what does he do? Reform Sabbath and do a world tour. He really is the Pride of Birmingham and he deserves a f******g medal." more on this story

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Jack White Throws Out First Fitch At Detroit Tigers Game
(Radio.com) Detroit native Jack White threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Tigers' series opener against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday (July 29) at Comerica Park.

Unlike his appearance in the stands at a recent Chicago Cubs game, White looked happy to be there and do the honors. White's appearance tied in nicely with the Comerica Park's annual Christmas in July promotion.

According to the Tigers, "This always-popular day features Christmas music, decorations and visits from Santa Claus and Santa PAWS!" The purchase of special ticket packages included donations to The Salvation Army of Michigan who are known for their volunteers in Santa costumes. It was indeed a White Christmas at Comerica Park.

Although White couldn't celebrate a strike-worthy pitch, he should have been happy to have his record label, Third Man Records, outside the stadium selling specially priced merchandise.

But as you can see in the photo, he still feels a bit unsure about the whole baseball thing. See the photo and watch video here.

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Tom Keifer Says Illegal Downloading Is The Accepted Norm
(Classic Rock) Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer believes people need to be educated on how music piracy directly affects artists - and says illegally downloading music has become the "accepted norm".

In an interview with American Blues Scene, Keifer says: "I think the problem is lack of revenue because of music being pirated, and that starts to reflect in the art itself. I was fortunate with Cinderella - it was a time when record companies had the money to stay with an artist for multiple albums. Because record companies don't have as much money to put into artist development, these days they're looking to them to come in already developed with a finished product.

"Piracy also contributes to those same artists who work their asses off to develop themselves and risk everything not really having any kind of return. Everyone deserves to be paid for their work.

"I think there's a mindset of entitlement with a certain percentage of the population, but with others, I don't think it's intentionally done to harm anyone. People don't think about it - it's become the accepted norm." more on this story

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Spock's Beard Reveal September Tour Dates
(Classic Rock) Spock's Beard have confirmed more European tour dates in support of last year's album Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep. The journey includes two UK appearances - The Musician, Leicester, on September 17 and The Dome, London, the following night. Support comes from Sixxis.

Their 11th studio outing was their first with vocalist Ted Leonard and drummer Jimmy Keegan, and featured two tracks co-written by former leader Neal Morse. Prog called it "an entrancing work, their best-sounding record to date," while Classic Rock labelled it "arguably the best album of their 20-year career."

Bassist Dave Meros said last year: "Our CDs are always different, but it's Spock's Beard all the way - a nice cohesive disc where the songs flow into one another." more on this story

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Alt-Fest Canceled?
(TeamRock Radio) A string of acts lined up to play next month's crowdfunded Alt-Fest are reporting it has been cancelled - but there is still no official word from organizers.

The inaugural event in Kettering, Northampton, was to take place in just over two weeks - on the weekend of August 15-17. Headliners included Fields Of The Nephilim, Marilyn Manson and The Cult. Also lined up were Gary Numan, Killing Joke and over 170 others.

Manson tonight updated the gig listings on his official website and on Facebook, with Alt-Fest now marked as "cancelled". Other acts due to play, including Cradle Of Filth, have also reported that they have been told the event is off. more on this story

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Motley Crue's Tommy Lee Discusses Smashing Pumpkins Contribution
(Classic Rock) Billy Corgan and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee have spoken of their mutual admiration after the pair worked together on an upcoming Smashing Pumpkins record.

Lee was on the stool for recording of Pumpkins album Monuments To An Elegy, due out next year. And the duo say they couldn't be happier with how it all worked out, with Lee insisting he was made to feel particularly valued by Corgan's enthusiasm.

Lee tells ABC Radio: "Kind of out of the blue I got an email from his manager, who was like, 'Hey, Billy would like to talk to you about playing on the new Smashing Pumpkins record,' and I was like, 'That would be amazing, I would love that.'"

After hearing a bunch of demos, Lee says he told the Pumpkins frontman: "You have a hit record on your hands, dude, and yes, I want to be a part of this."

Lee adds he was blown away when Corgan leapt off his chair after one drum take and began shouting "This is exactly what I want. Oh my God. Finally."

He adds: "I was like, 'Wow'. It was just really cool to be appreciated that much. I just haven't felt something like that. It was really, really cool."

Read what Corgan had to say here.

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Electric Wizard Release New Song 'I Am Nothing'
(Classic Rock) Electric Wizard will release eighth studio album Time To Die in September - and they've launched a taster in the form of an 11-minute video for lead track I Am Nothing.

The doom outfit's follow-up to 2010's Black Masses is described as "uncompromisingly heavy" and "genuinely twisted." Frontman Jus Oborn says their new material is inspired by the early-80s era when the underground dark metal movement began.

"It was heavy sh*t for real," he recalls. "There was no way you were ever going to get a decent job. So I became a Satanist - I dug up a grave, I got into tape-trading, I had a one-man band called Regurgitated Guts, and there were loads of documentaries on TV warning us not to listen to the devil's music."

Check out the song here.

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Singled Out: Jon Allen's Falling Back
Today blues-folk rocker Jon Allen tells us the story behind the song "Falling Back" which is the latest single from his brand new album "Deep River". Here is the story:

"Falling Back" was one of the last tracks written for my new album Deep River. I had just come to the end of a relationship and whilst a lot of the songs on the rest of the album expresse the positive side of love, Falling Back taps into the feeling of futility and sadness that often come when love fails.

Another losing hands been played out
Another dream has turned to dust
I'm trying to keep myself believing
It never really meant that much

And I'm falling back
Like a barfly to the bottle
Way down into the black
Yeah I'm falling back
And nothing can touch me
Cause I'm already gone

The lyrics to the first verse and chorus pretty self evidently convey the sense of the wasted hope that I was feeling at the time. I thought I could have been a better version of myself with this person, in this relationship and when it ended there was the sense almost like a reformed drinker going back to the bottle. Back to the old, unfulfilled, defeated version of myself.

The song process for "Falling Back" started, as a great deal of my songs do, with me strumming an acoustic guitar and searching for a melody trying to tap into myself, my inner voice and my emotions. I started to build a melody around the four chord structor of the verse. As I remember it the lyric to the verse came very quickly but I struggled for a while to find the right words/phrase for the chorus. I recorded pretty much all the parts for the song at home with my small recording set up. When you listen to the track it sounds like a fairly simple arrangement but there are quite a lot of different acoustic and electric guitar parts weaving in and out. There is one strumming acoustic playing low down on the neck of the guitar an another playing a high finger picking pattern. I like the way the interplay of the two guitar gives the song an urgent pulse. Also there are three Electric guitars playing on the track. One clean chiming electric supporting the chords of the low acoustic, one slide guitar part that comes in in the second verse and builds in the bridge and also an overdriven guitar on the solo. I am a big Neil Young fan and I love his electric guitar solos, They have a primal, primordial power to them which is more about an emotion and less about musical vertuosity. I did my best to try to summon some of that same passion on this solo.

The middle eight just before the solo is quite dramatic moment in the song and I felt instinctively that I wanted to express the pain and despair I was feeling strongly at that point in this point. I came with this lyric about the 'fields of Eden burning down in flames'. At first I thought the language may be a bit highfalutin and pretentious but I eventually had the courage to go for it and let it stand. My feeling was as long as I could express it with conviction it would work.

I was pleased and surprised when "Falling Back" was chosen to be the second single and that it got play listed on Radio 2 even though I thought it was not the most obvious choice to be a single.

When I have finished writing a song I often forget all the pain and perspiration that has gone into it's creation but the process can be like trying to solve a puzzle. Often a solution presents itself when I decide to get a coffee and stop thinking about it. Inspiration is great but it's just the start of the process.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch a live in-studio video here and learn more about the album right here!

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Led Zeppelin Reunion Too Much Pressure Says Robert Plant
(hennemusic) Robert Plant reveals in a new interview with Uncut that he feels that there is too much pressure for a full blown Led Zeppelin reunion for it to be a success.

"A couple of years ago, I said [to Jimmy Page], 'If you've got anything acoustic, let me know. I'll give it a whirl.' It was hands across the water," Plant tells Uncut. "But he walked away. Just walked away. But we couldn't do anything proper. The weight of expectation is too great."

In recent months, the lone holdout for a reunion of the iconic band has been trading shots with his former bandmate over the subject. "I feel for the guy," explained Plant. "He knows he's got the headlines if he wants them. But I don't know what he's trying to do. So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled."

Page told the New York Times in May that Led Zeppelin remains in a holding pattern until Plant fully recommits himself to the group. "I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think?," said the guitarist. "Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He's just playing games, and I'm fed up with it, to be honest with you. I don't sing, so I can't do much about it. It just looks so unlikely, doesn't it?" More on this story.

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Nirvana, Pearl Jam, STP Hits Get 8-Bit Makeover
(Classic Rock) Music and animation duo Filthy Frackers have created an animated medley of various hit grunge tracks from the 90s and released it on their YouTube channel.

The chiptune compilation, titled 8bit Grunge, features Soundgarden's Rusty Cage, Alice In Chains' Man In The Box, Stone Temple Pilots' Sex Type Thing, The Melvins' Revolve, Mad Season's River Of Deceit, Nirvana's In Bloom and Pearl Jam's Jeremy.

The channel also features an 8-bit version of Hunger Strike by Temple Of The Dog featuring Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell. Check out the grunge medley here.

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Iron Maiden Release Video of Airplane Dogfight Over Sonisphere
(hennemusic) Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson and The Great War Display Team staged a 12-minute air display in the skies above Knebworth Park prior to the band's performance at Sonisphere UK on July 5th, and the band are now sharing video from the event.

The staged "dogfight" commemorated the 100th Anniversary of The Great War; a 21st Century tribute to the exploits of both the English and German pilots who ruled Europe's skies between 1914-1918.

The show featured nine aircraft of 5 different types, all exact replicas of the planes used in WW1 combat. Dickinson was flying his very own Fokker Dr1 Triplane, the same model used by infamous German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen aka The Red Baron.

The Great War Display Team performs re-enactments throughout the UK and Europe. Watch the video here.

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Alice In Chains Discuss Comeback In Guitar Center Sessions Preview
(hennemusic) Alice In Chains discuss the second chapter of the band with the addition of singer William DuVall to the lineup, in a preview of their upcoming appearance on DIRECTV's Guitar Center Sessions.

More than a decade after the release of their debut album, 1990's "Facelift", the group went on hiatus following the death of vocalist Layne Staley in 2002 at the age of 34 from complications related to his cocaine and heroin use.

The Seattle rockers brought in DuVall in 2006; he has appeared on the band's last two releases: 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue" and their current album, "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here."

Alice In Chains will be the featured artist on the August 3rd episode (at 8 PM) of Guitar Center Sessions, hosted by Nic Harcourt. Watch the preview clip here.

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Accept Release Video Preview For Blind Rage Album
(Classic Rock) Accept have launched a second preview video for upcoming album Blind Rage. The German outfit's 14th studio record and their third with American frontman Mark Tornillo is set for launch via Nuclear Blast on August 15, postponed from July 18.

Tornillo recently said: "You can expect more of the same, but you can also expect a little more diversity. Some of the songs sound more classic - there are songs when I hear the opening riff I go, 'That could be on Balls To The Wall.'

"We're writing to please ourselves and the fans. We're certainly not going to change direction, but we're not afraid to step out a bit." Check out the preview video here.

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Sully Erna Discusses New Album and Godsmack Challenges
(Radio.com) Four years ago, Godsmack appeared unstoppable. Riding high on their third consecutive No. 1 album The Oracle, borne off the success of its lead single, the eyebrow-raising "Cryin' Like A B-h!!," the Massachusetts headline act were thriving when so many their peers were floundering. Godsmack held sway; among the last men standing who played the kind of rock 'n' roll that actually rocked.

Their survival and resiliency in the face of changing public tastes and the hyper-segmentation afforded by the Internet isn't all that surprising. In both their music and their public image, Godsmack exude an unabashed American toughness, which nowadays seems largely absent on the modern rock charts. But every band has their physical and psychological limits. "When you're in it, you don't realize what kind of damage you're doing," frontman Sully Erna admits. "Sometimes you get to a breaking point."

"[The road] is a scary place to be sometimes. You get so desensitized." Fatigued by virtually ceaseless touring and some creative infighting, Godsmack announced a hiatus late in 2012. Despite the inherent promise of that word, Erna had doubts the band would ever come out of it. "It was a question of whether or not we were going to be a band anymore. I certainly had those thoughts running through my mind of whether or not I wanted to continue to do this." The time off allowed him to focus on his home life and creative endeavors outside of Godsmack, but eventually the guys began to reconnect socially, leading them back into the studio to lay down their sixth studio album.

1000hp, the end result of those sessions, picks up right where they left off. "In hindsight, we just needed a break," Erna says. "We're stronger than ever now." Muscle-bound tracks like "Locked & Loaded" and "I Don't Belong" proudly display the heavy hallmarks of Godsmack's discography. Yet longtime fans might be surprised by what Erna describes as "artistic songs" with "more epic" lengths. Not to suggest that the band's gone soft, but "Generation Day" harkens back to the spirit of the '90s when groups like Alice In Chains and Guns N' Roses had major chart successes with twisty, flowing rock ballads.

Think evolution, not revolution. "You're rolling the dice when you reinvent the whole sound and drop a new record that doesn't sound anything like your band." Avalon, Erna's eclectic solo album that appeared mere months after The Oracle, gave him a chance to work out ideas that wouldn't likely have been well received on a proper Godsmack record.

"With Godsmack, there's a formula, a format you have to follow to a certain degree," Erna concedes. Choosing to take incremental calculated risks as opposed to willfully ripping up the playbook helps to explain their endurance in an increasingly crowded music marketplace. For a band to thrive decades into their career, losing touch with their core fanbase might be the biggest risk of them all. Spending some time away from the recording and touring cycle could have proven a misstep, but Erna had faith in his audience. "You gotta trust that the fans are gonna be loyal and there when you return." More on this story.

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Graham Nash Talks Crosby, Stills & Nash's New Box Set
(Radio.com) Graham Nash is patient man. Not only has he acted as a mediator between his bandmates in Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes Young) for four-and-a-half decades, he also spends an insane amount of the time in the studio, curating their collective and individual legacies.

Over the past couple of years he's produced box sets covering the individual careers of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and himself, and he's put a lot of time in the studio listening to tape after tape from the band's epic 1974 tour for their recently released live box set, CSNY 1974.

He spoke to us about the collective's sometime's tenacious relationship, what Neil Young brings to the mix, the continued relevance of his songs from the era (including tunes written about immigration, war and marijuana reform) and the elusive upcoming CSN album. And how he's trying to help the military change its image.

Radio.com: Obviously you have lots of CSN and CSNY recordings to choose from. Why choose the 1974 tour for a box set? Graham Nash: I wanted people to know that CSNY is a good rock 'n' roll band. And the bootleg of our show at Wembley Stadium didn't show that. I want everybody to know that regardless of that particular show…I mean, that's who we were that night. We did 30 other shows [on that tour], but I knew that that's not what CSNY were. So I wanted people to know that we are a very decent rock 'n' roll band, from one acoustic guitar to the mayhem of all of us playing electric. There was such an incredible amount going on in society at the time: Vietnam coming to an end, Watergate with Richard Nixon getting found out. It was a tough time and I think the band, as human beings, were responding to what was going on it our world.

How much work was it for you to go through all the tapes and put the box set together? It was a lot of work. I'm still touring with David and Stephen and I have a family, and painting shows, and photo shows, and book signings and stuff. It took me about four years [to do the box set], but I wanted to make sure it was right. I want people to know in a hundred years time, if they want to know at all, if they're at all curious about who CSNY were, this box set really represents what we were. We wanted the best performance of every single song, that's one of the reasons "Carry On" is not on the box set. It was one of our great songs from Stephen, one of our most popular songs, but I didn't find a performance that affected me like the thirty-nine other tracks did, and I didn't want to put it on and have it be not as good as the other stuff. I worked on four different versions of "Carry On" to try and put together the best half of this song and blah blah blah blah, and I couldn't find it. And I told Stephen, "I can't find it." But he trusts me completely. He said, "If it's not there, it's not there." And that was a great relief to me, that he was such a man about it.

You've produced solo box sets covering the careers of Crosby and Stills, as well as your own; what makes you such a good archivist? I love what we do. You have to have a certain amount of patience. you have to have a certain view of history, and I'm the guy that does that. I'm busier than all of them put together, but I still have time to present CSN and CSNY. I care about what we do, I really love what we do and I want to keep pushing it forward. A lot more with Nash

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