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(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones played a rare club show at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles Wednesday night as a warm-up to their upcoming Zip Code Tour of North America.
The band performed what they are billing as a "one-time only set" featuring the original "Sticky Fingers" album in its entirety with additional Stones hits.
The group are releasing a remastered version of the project on June 8 (June 9 in North America), and it will be available on CD, 2CD, LP, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition Boxet, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset and via digital download.
Tickets for the rare club appearance at the 1,200 capacity venue sold out within minutes of going on sale at noon on Wednesday. Read more
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(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters gave David Letterman a musical send-off on his final broadcast on Wednesday night after more than three decades in late night television.
Dressed in tuxedos but not seen again once the first notes of the song rang out, the group performed one of The Late Show host's favorite songs, "Everlong", while a montage of clips from the program's history streamed by.
Letterman explained the song - from the band's 1997 album, "The Colour And The Shape" - held special meaning for him as he recovered from quintuple bypass surgery in January of 2000.
When producers planned the host's return after a 6-week period of recovery, Letterman requested they try to arrange for the Foo Fighters to appear; the band agreed and cancelled shows in South America to return to New York for the host and the program.
An outspoken fan of the Foo Fighters throughout the years, Letterman went on to develop personal and professional relationship with the band, including using his company - Worldwide Pants - to assist in the production of the group's "Sonic Highways" TV series last year as they worked on their 8th album. Check out video
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(Classic Rock) Duff McKagan has dismissed Guns N' Roses biographer Marc Canter's claims that he could reunite Slash and Axl Rose. Canter previously said he could get the estranged duo back on talking terms simply by having them meet in the LA rehearsal room where the band first honed their sound.
And the reunion rumours grew even louder when Slash recently said he'd "never say never" to a potential classic era lineup return. But former GNR bassist McKagan doesn't think it'll be as simple as that.
He tells Billboard: "That came out of left field for me. My manager sent me the link and I looked at it like, 'What the hell?' Little weird. But Marc is a good guy. He's been around forever, and if that's what he thinks, it's his thing."
While discussing his latest book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions), the 51-year-old says his body is more susceptible to sickness after years of drug and alcohol abuse and that he has to be smarter about his workload as he gets older. Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Set It Off have dismissed bassist Austin Kerr following sexual assault allegations that were made about him online. The US band say they're taking the claims seriously, and want to protect their fans from any negative activity.
Set It Off say: "Recently we have been made aware of the statements made about Austin Kerr. We have decided that the best thing for the band is to part ways with Austin.
"We send our deepest apologies to anyone who has ever been affected negatively by his actions. Our fans mean the absolute world to us and their safety and happiness will always be our top priority. We are so grateful for their ongoing support over the years and will do everything we can to make this up to them and to move forward from this."
Kerr says "As of two days ago I became aware of some serious allegations against me. There are two sides of every story and then there's the truth. Fact is, I'm a guy who hasn't always considered the way people may perceive my actions and while never forceful, there's situations where I've been too pushy in several matters. I am taking full responsibility for my actions and behavior. I am so sorry for the effects of my actions and I apologize to anyone who has ever been made to feel uncomfortable by me in any capacity. I promise you it was NEVER my intention and I never thought I was entitled to anything.
"I will carry myself differently in every matter I'm a part of from this day on. Upon first hearing of these matters, I immediately stopped drinking anywhere near shows, and stopped doing anything that might make someone uncomfortable (i.e. hugging them, picking them up, etc.). I will continue for the rest of my life being fully observant of other people's feelings. After talking with the band, we have all agreed that I should part ways as nothing in this this should be attached to them in any way. I got to live my dream for years. For all the times, lessons and memories, I am so grateful.
"Unfortunately attached to these allegations are half stories, exaggerations and untruthful statements. Since the tumblr post was released I have been approached by multiple people by their own accord who were there and can varify that some statements made are fictional or have proof of their falsehoods." Read the full statements
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(Classic Rock) Lars Ulrich has described the Kurt Cobain documentary as "challenging" to watch and says some of the scenes were "too much." Ulrich's own band Metallica were the subject of 2004 documentary Some Kind Of Monster which gave viewers a close and personal look behind the scenes as they dealt with the most turbulent period of their career following the departure of bassist Jason Newsted.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield recently said Some Kind Of Monster was still difficult for him to watch. Speaking about Cobain: Montage Of Heck, Ulrich tells Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx: "I thought it was unique. Never quite seen a film like that. I loved being that close to Kurt, but I also had issues being that close to him, because it took a little bit of the mystique away.
"I was kind of sitting there going, 'Do I really need to see Kurt Cobain in a bathtub?' As a fan of Cobain, and as a fan of Nirvana, it was almost too much, it was almost too close. Because next time I hear Come As You Are or one of those songs, I'll still sit there and think of him in a bathtub of him shaving, or that scene at the end where he's holding Frances, and some of that stuff, which was challenging to watch." Read more
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(hennemusic) On July 24, Lynyrd Skynyrd will release "One More For The Fans", a 2CD/DVD set featuring highlights from an all-star tribute concert held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta last November.
The event featured performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as music legends and young talent, including Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., O.A.R., Robert Randolph and Donnie Van Zant.
"Hearing all of these incredible musicians sing our songs was unforgettable," says guitarist Gary Rossington. "It was a really special night and I'm so happy our fans will now get to enjoy the show at home."
As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theatre from demolition, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded their 1976 live album, "One More From The Road", at the landmark theatre; the title of the tribute concert and release was inspired by that legendary album's title.
AXS TV will premiere "Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans" on Sunday, July 19 at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST. Read more
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(hennemusic) Original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm has announced new dates for a summer tour of North America. The trek starts May 21 in Washington state, with shows scheduled into mid-September and more dates to be added.
The singer will be joined by his touring band, which includes brother Ben Grammatico on drums, Michael Staertow on guitar, AD Zimmer on bass and Andy Knoll on keyboards.
Gramm led Foreigner through its launch and most successful commercial era, from 1977's self-titled debut through to 1987's "Inside Information." The singer left Foreigner in 1990 to continue building a solo career; he was replaced for a short time by Johnny Edwards but returned in 1992.
In 1997, Gramm was diagnosed with an egg-sized brain tumor. After being given a death sentence by several physicians, he learned of a then-revolutionary laser surgery being done by a doctor in Boston. The singer underwent a life-saving operation to remove the tumor and then faced radiation treatments and several years of rehab before reaching a full recovery.
Gramm left the group for a second time 2003 and was replaced in 2005 by former Hurricane vocalist - and Gramm sound-alike - Kelly Hansen, who has remained in the lineup ever since. Check out the dates
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(Classic Rock) Extreme, Twisted Sister, Skid Row and Great White are set to share a bill in Las Vegas at the end of the month for a show that will be filmed for a future cinema release.
The Metal Meltdown event is being held at the city's Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on May 30. The show is being filmed and recorded for a 3D theatrical release as well as DVD, Blu-ray, CD and vinyl formats.
Extreme will play their seminal album Pornograffitti in its entirety as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. Mike Portnoy will be behind the kit for Twisted Sister after AJ Pero passed away earlier this year. Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Late Ministry guitarist Mike Scaccia's doctors told him before his death that he'd be lucky to live another five years. His friend and Rigor Mortis bandmate Bruce Corbitt recalls the night Scaccia collapsed onstage in 2012 while playing a show celebrating vocalist Corbitt's birthday. He later died in hospital.
And Corbitt says that, looking back on discussions he had with Scaccia - as well as some out-of-character behaviour in the hours before his death - he should have known something was wrong.
Corbitt tells Robb's Metalworks: "There was this one haunting thing he said to me one time. He said doctors had told him he was probably not gonna live another five years. I think back to the last few days and the last practice we had, a couple of nights before. We were worn out and tired. He said, 'I will be glad when this show is over and I can get back and hang with my family.'
"I remember I was ready to do some shots before we started the show. He kept putting it off, and that's not the Mike Scaccia I knew. I see now that those last few days, Mike wasn't feeling very good. He probably didn't want to play that show that night but he was gonna make sure that he came through for my birthday.
"I've got footage of that night and it's creepy to watch, but now I watch it in amazement because before he passed away he was up there playing just about better than I'd ever seen him in my life. He went out doing what he loved to do." Read more and stream the interview
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(TeamRock Radio) Iwrestledabearonce say they wanted to go for a "weird" sound on their upcoming album Hail Mary. And guitarist Steven Bradley admits they deliberately set out to confound expectations on the follow-up to 2013's Late For Nothing.
He tells Blabbermouth: "We wanted to write some straight-up heavy, crazy, gnarly music this time. We basically decided to just sh*t on everything people might be expecting and do something weird for us - take things in a darker direction and write some music that explores even more heavy and technical genres than in the past. We aim to destroy everything this time around, and I hope everyone's on board with that."
Frontwoman Courtney LaPlante, who replaced Krysta Cameron in 2012, admits she felt "a bit isolated" during the writing process for their last album as she'd just joined the band, but adds: "This time, I was there for every single moment." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Anthrax won't be rushed into completing their 11th album, Scott Ian has insisted. He previously said that work on the follow-up to 2011's Worship Music would be finished next month.
But now the thrash band's guitarist tells Tulsa World: "There's really no reason for us to put an end date or cap on the writing, if you keep coming up with ideas.
"We felt like we had a lot of really strong ideas. Having recorded a lot of it, I'm just glad we have so much great material." He says 17 tracks have been laid down and adds: "When it's done and we're happy, then we'll make a decision." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson won't be playing purely greatest hits sets when they embark on their The End Of Times tour across the US this summer.
Smashing Pumpkins' mainman Billy Corgan said at a Q&A session to promote the tour: "These days, people come expecting a greatest hits concert whether you want to give it to them or not.
"So you can either play that concert and a lot of people leave happy, or you can decide not to play the concert and your fans that sit on the internet every day are happy. Then the other 97% of the people are angry and lobbing firebombs at you on Twitter because they didn't get their teenage memory handed back to them."
He adds: "I think the key is to find a balance between the material you probably should play and then the new stuff that fits in well with that. If you do it right, it's a great case as to why the new music is just as strong as the old music." Read Billy's opinion of hipsters
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(Classic Rock) Dave Edmunds is to release an all-instrumental album of cover versions. The Welsh guitar icon issues Rags & Classics on June 9 via MVD Entertainment Group. He's also made his version of the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" available to stream.
Edmunds says: "I recorded this, off and on, at home, over a period of four months. But I guess the idea of making a guitar album had been lurking subconsciously since I was 17.
"That's when I discovered the fascinating guitar styles of Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and Jerry Reed, along with other truly innovative guitarists of the 50s and 60s music revolution."
As well as his solo career and efforts with the band Rockpile, Edmunds has worked with Paul McCartney, Jeff Lynn, Elvis Costello, Carl Perkins, Stray Cats, Status Quo and many others. Read more including the tracklisting and stream "God Only Knows"
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(TeamRock Radio) Randy Blythe has revealed that the title for upcoming Lamb Of God album VII: Sturm Und Drang was chosen after he went looking for a German phrase to match its character.
And he described the long-awaited release as "less schizophrenic" than their previous work. The follow-up to 2012's Resolution will be launched in July, after Lamb Of God appear at Download next month.
The title - translated as "storm and stress" - was a result of a conversation about the album's theme of how people react under extreme pressure. Blythe tells Billboard: "I was like, 'Maybe the Germans have something,' because they're great at cramming complex concepts into one word."
The phrase was found with the help of guitarist Mark Morton's mother, who's German. Read more
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(Classic Rock) Kamchatka have released an online stream of their new studio album "Long Road Made Of Gold", which is the follow-up to last year's The Search Goes On.
"It's so nice for us to be here at Classic Rock today to present our new album Long Road Made Of Gold to all of you rockers out there!" says frontman Thomas Juneor Andersson. "What we really like with Long Road Made Of Gold is the way Russ Russell mixed and mastered it. We wanted the album to sound like a 2015 album and not like a 1973 album and we really think that Russ pulled it off. Take a listen and share our journey along the golden road!"
Joining Anderson in Kamchatka are former Opeth keyboard player Per Wiberg on bass and drummer Tobias Strandvik. Anderson and Wiberg also appeared alongside Clutch's Jean-Paul Gaster in King Hobo, who released their single, self-titled album in 2008. Check out the album stream
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(Prog) King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto has unveiled his latest project, KoMaRa, and their self-titled debut album. The project have released a stream of the track "Dirty Smelly" described as part of an "NSFW dark detective story."
The trio are completed by guitarist and composer David Kollar and trumpeter Paolo Raineri, and the improvisational album was recorded after their debut shows in Slovakia a few months ago.
Mastelotto says: "KoMaRa is the epitome of my belief that great records are like movies. The best musicians don't need scripts - they understand the movie is always evolving. That's the beauty of music: it inspires its own script and cinematography in every listener's head." Read more and stream the song
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(hennemusic) Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has announced dates for a solo acoustic tour of New Zealand and Australia. Cornell will perform three shows in New Zealand in November before playing another six in Australia.
Tickets for all shows go on sale to the public on Monday, June 1. Cornell finished recording his fourth solo studio album in March and it is due for release this fall - in advance of the trek.
The singer began recording the project in mid-January before heading to Australia with Soundgarden in February to perform as part of the Soundwave Festival series.
Cornell has released four solo albums to date, including "Euphoria Morning" (1999), "Carry On" (2007), "Scream" (2009) and the acoustic live album, "Songbook" (2011), from his tour of the same name.
Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has revealed that the Seattle band plan to release a new album in 2016. Check out the tour dates
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(hennemusic) Joe Satriani is debuting "On Peregrine Wings", the lead track from his forthcoming album, "Shockwave Supernova." Satriani named "Shockwave Supernova" after his alter ago, one that he steps into for live performances.
Due July 24, the guitarist co-produced his 15th album with John Cuniberti and recorded the project late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, with keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, drummer Marco Minnemann and bassist Bryan Beller. "I couldn't have asked for a better band to help bring these songs to life," says Satriani.
The guitarist is joined by a second rhythm section for four tracks: drummer Vinnie Colaiuta - who has worked with Frank Zappa, Sting and Paul Simon, among others - and Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney.
He will launch The Shockwave Tour in Nantes, France on September 17. Check out the song
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(Prog) The Great Discord have released a video for their track The Aging Man. It's taken from their upcoming debut album Duende, out on June 2 via Metal Blade Records. Vocalist Fia Kempe takes centre stage in the haunting clip.
The band say: "The video is a mix of a presentation of our band, and a visualisation of the concept behind our song, The Aging Man. The idea is that a man, facing his mortality, struggles with his impending death, here personified by Fia's stage persona.
"Acting as a sort of inverted Saint Peter, or Charon, she is a gatekeeper, a guide, challenging his thoughts and beliefs about what is going to happen, and forces him to face his demons and his regrets. The game of chess is a symbol for this struggle." Watch the video
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(Prog) King Crimson have added a run of Canadian dates to their 2015 touring schedule. They'll perform 10 shows in November, marking their first visit to the country since 2003.
Mainman Robert Fripp is joined in the eighth incarnation of the band by drummers Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin and Pat Mastelotto plus guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, flautist Mel Collins and bassist Tony Levin.
An official statement quotes Fripp saying: "When music appears which only King Crimson can play, then, sooner or later, King Crimson appears to play the music." Check out the tour dates
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(Prog) Tom Slatter has launched a video for his track Some Of The Creatures Have Broken The Locks On The Door To Lab 558. It's taken from upcoming album Fit The Fourth, to be released via Bad Elephant on June 1.
Slatter describes his work as "the sort of music you'd get if Genesis started writing songs with Nick Cave after watching too much Dr Who." The label say: "Tom weaves complex and fantastical stories throughout his music - and this new album is no different.
"Dark deeds and dangerous characters litter the narrative, including the continuing tale of Seven Bells John and the vivid steampunk world he inhabits.
"The character, who's been interwoven since debut album Spinning The Compass, comes full circle in Fit The Fourth, with his eventual fate revealed in 20-minute epic Seven Bells Redeemed." Check out the video
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(Prog) Dommengang have premiered a video for their track Her Blues with Prog. The song is taken from the US pyschedelic rock outfit's debut album Everybody's Boogie, which was released this week.
Frontman Sig Wilson says: "The song itself is a heavy dose of influences without thinking about them - Michael Hurley, Junior Kimbrough, Alan Blind Owl Wilson, Peter Greene, Black Sabbath. It's amusing to listen to because of this - a real hoot."
He explains that the lyrics came from a "very lucid dream" and continues: "I remember the feelings more than anything. A man has lost his wife. He walks his property thinking of her, and as night falls he's visited by her ghost. He may or may not pass into the afterworld and see her at these times."
The video was filmed on a iPhone, because, Wilson explains, their 1990 VHS camcorder died at the start of the shoot and it was filmed in Zig Zag, Oregon, below Mt Hood. Wilson says: "It's a very sacred place for me. We drove the truck around mountain roads all night, and walked in the woods until way past dark. Next morning we walked for hours, hungover and thirsty, filming on the first beautiful day of the year. It felt like the dream in a way - endless and without destination." Watch it
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(Prog) Mastodon's Brann Dailor admits to sometimes wishing he only played drums, instead of singing as well. He occasionally finds double-duties a struggle - especially if he's not at full health.
The band are currently touring in support of sixth album Once More 'Round The Sun, launched last year. Dailor tells The Aquarian: "I need everything to be perfect with my health because I have to belt out my notes. They're really high notes and you can't belt strong if you're playing too hard.
"When your body is playing so hard it's basically like sitting on an exercise machine. So if you try to go soft with it, you'll hear like you're beating on your chest when you're singing. You really have to go for it."
He continues: "I want it to sound like it sounds on the record, so I'll push myself as hard as I possibly can. I've blown my voice out and then I have to go apologise to each and every person after the show - let them know how sorry I am about that one part." Read more
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(Prog) Theo Travis has confirmed his upcoming instrumental album will be called Transgression, and it'll be released on July 6 via Esoteric Antenna. The saxophonist and flautist cites King Crimson, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Talk Talk among his influences for the work, which was completed in collaboration with drummer Nic France, guitarist Mike Outram and organist Pete Whittaker.
It was mixed and mastered by Steven Wilson, and it's to be launched under the banner of Theo Travis Double Talk. Travis reports: "I think it is both personal and of broad appeal - at least if you're into melody and powerful bluesy electric jazz with a strong 1970s influence.
"It's very much a live band. The album was recorded by all playing together watching each other intently. I think that immediacy and excitement comes across." Read more
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(Radio.com) When the news came earlier this year that Faith No More would release a new album, fans reacted with not just excitement but genuine shock. It has, after all, been 18 years since the band's previous release, 1997's Album of the Year.
On Tuesday (May 19) that news became reality. Sol Invictus, the group's seventh studio album, is finally out and available. That shocked reaction to this new album is also the same fans had to the band's 2009 reunion tour. Faith No More, and especially their frontman Mike Patton, have always been unsentimental. But while the tour appeared to be a one-off, the recording of an album seems a more definitive statement that the group has returned to active duty.
As drummer Mike Bordin told us in a recent interview, Patton was, in fact, a holdout until he heard the music that his bandmates had been working on. Earnest and super-polite, Bordin remembers details of shows from decades ago ("You were at the Ritz show in 1989? I remember that guy hanging from the ceiling at that show!") and is almost disarmingly friendly. During our interview, he actually said this sentence: "Generally, most of the people who I meet, I find I like!" How many people in any walk of life, much less rock music, would say that?
As the planned 20-minute interview extended to an hour, we discussed not only Faith No More but also Bordin's stint in Ozzy Osbourne's band (which included a daunting tour as the drummer for Black Sabbath) and that time he filled in for Korn's drummer. It's interesting to note, too, that while many of his peers from the late '80s/early '90s alt-rock scene are dismissive of the nu-metal that followed, Bordin speaks of it with no judgement (though did point out that he'd never heard Korn's music before being invited to play for them).
Radio.com: I have to say, I was shocked when I heard you guys were going to do a new album. I didn't think that that would ever happen, even after the reunion tour.
Mike Bordin: I didn't, either. I agree with you. When we decided to do some shows, we wanted to see how it felt, to just be around each other and play music together, and we had no idea if we would even like doing that. I'm not coloring this in any way, I'm just answering honestly. We had no expectation, we didn't know what it was going to be like. After about 50 shows we felt like, it feels great, but we don't want to do this for too long if we're not going to create something new, or have something new to say. So we just kind of started quietly playing together.
People would always ask, 'When are you going to do Faith No More again?" I would say, "Dude, it will never happen, forget it." But when we got back together and started playing, it felt good and it was exciting. It's been 2-1/2 years of work on this new music, and I really like it and I'm excited for people to hear it. Read the full interview
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Prog rock legends Yes revealed on Tuesday that founding member Chris Squire has been diagnosed with cancer and will be replaced by former member Billy Sherwood on their summer tour.
Squire will be sitting out the North American tour with Toto in order to undergo treatment for Acute Erythroid Leukemia, which the band says is an "uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia".
Chris released this message for fans: "This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me. But the other guys and myself have agreed that Billy Sherwood will do an excellent job of covering my parts and the show as a whole will deliver the same Yes experience that our fans have come to expect over the years."
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(The Blues) B.B. King fans are to be given the opportunity to pay their respects to the blues legend at a public viewing that will take place before his funeral, his family have announced.
The 89-year-old icon died in his sleep last week after an illness. His legacy was hailed by artists and statesmen across the world. King's body will be laid in state at Las Vegas' Palm South Jones Mortuary on Friday (May 22).
Members of the public will be able to visit between 3pm and 7pm. A private family funeral will take place on Saturday morning, with a public ceremony to follow at 11am. Read more
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(Classic Rock) Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin has spoken about his role in removing the original drum and bass tracks from Ozzy Osbourne's first two albums. The 2002 re-releases of Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman featured Bordin and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo - both then members of Ozzy's solo band - in place of co-founding band members Lee Kerslake and Bob Daisley.
The controversial move was a result of legal action between the departed duo and Ozzy's management. Now Bordin tells Radio.com: "That was a really kind of f***ed-up thing. It's funny that no one's actually mentioned that.
"That wasn't what I was going in expecting to do. It wasn't the way it was presented to me at all. I never knew that - but that doesn't lessen the fact that it happened."
He refuses to "throw anyone under a bus" by suggesting who might be to blame, but adds: "I will say this - to hear the original guitar, bass and drum tracks in my headphones while I was recording was one of the most insane things I'll ever experience.
"I think I heard some guitar solos that I'd never heard before. There's a reason why those albums are so good - they're magical. Far be it from me to ever want to f*** with that." Read more
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Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach have announced that they will be teaming up this fall to launch a North American coheadlining arena tour and they involved fans in selecting which cities the tour would hit.
Both band launched a "demand campaign" on their websites where they asked fans to request that the tour hit their city and the bands have mapped out the tour routing with the help of 1.5 million fans.
The tour will feature support from In This Moment and From Ashes To New and it set to kick off on September 4th in Lexington, KY at the Rupp Arena and conclude on October 9th in Glen Falls, NY at the Glen Falls Civic Center.
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory had this to say, "This tour is shaping up to be the perfect storm. We are really good friends with Papa Roach so for years we've been talking about touring together and it's finally coming together in a big way.
"Both 5fdp and Papa Roach are bands of the people - our fans are who propelled us to success. So what better way than to give the fans ownership in the tour? In the world of Wikipedia and Kickstarter where crowd funding and crowd sourcing has become the standard of community effort and the new way of making things happen this might quite possibly be the future of touring - you simply ask the fans where they want you to go".
Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix adds, "We are super excited to be sharing the stage on this co-headliner with FFDP. This will give Papa Roach the chance to put on the best, most epic live show to date. Our fans are going to be so stoked for these shows coming up. We seriously can't wait to get out on the road for this tour."
See the tour dates here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Phil Anselmo says that he's working on new Superjoint Ritual material - as well as a "secret" death metal project. The former Pantera and current Down frontman resurrected Superjoint Ritual last year for their first gigs in 10 years. It came despite him previously insisting it would never happen.
Speaking at the Spooky Empire Horror Convention in Orlando, Florida, he says new material is now on the horizon and that his solo band, Philip H Anselmo And The Illegals, is also writing music.
Anselmo says: "I've been writing new Superjoint, been writing new Illegals. Actually I'm in a secret death metal project with some secret other guys from across the equator. It's called Metraton Ganga. It's cute, it really is." Read more
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(Radio.com) Bob Dylan doesn't perform much on late-night television. But when he does, he makes it memorable. On Tuesday night (May 19), Dylan did just that when he appeared as the musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. It was Letterman's second-to-last show ever.
Dressed in a black suit with red trim, a white shirt and a black string tie, Dylan sang "The Night We Called It a Day," a jazz standard from the 1940s that appeared on Dylan's recent album, the Frank Sinatra tribute Shadows in the Night. Dylan's voice took the lead against a smoky, late-night arrangement that stayed true to the studio version.
"Beautiful," Letterman said, stepping up to greet Dylan once the song finished. "Thank you, Bob." He turned then to the band, noting, "all brushes."
Dylan first performed for Letterman in 1984 (during the NBC incarnation of his show). He returned in 1992 and then again in 1993, the year Letterman moved his show to CBS. Read more and watch the performance
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(Classic Rock) The Kinks are the subject of a biopic written by award-winning duo Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, based on the official biographies of both Ray and Dave Davies.
It's to be directed by Julien Temple, who made the Sex Pistols' Great Rock And Roll Swindle, and stars Johnny Flynn as Ray and George Mackay as Dave.
Clement and La Frenais wrote 1998 rock comedy Still Crazy after a string of successful sitcoms including Porridge, The Likely Lads and Auf Wiedersehen Pet.
Producer Jeremy Thomas tells Screen Daily: "This is the story of the Davies brothers growing up and the group's later disbanding. They're the Cain and Abel of rock, but their story isn't known as well as it should be." Read more
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(Radio.com) With the Rolling Stones headed back into stadiums for their new Zip Code tour, the opening acts are shaping up to be as big and diverse as previous tours.
Gary Clark Jr. will support the tour kickoff in San Diego, while Walk the Moon, Kid Rock, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones have all been announced to appear at certain points.
Maybe most notable is the Nashville stop on June 17 at LP Field where Brad Paisley will perform ahead of the classic rock titans. Paisley and the Rolling Stones may make an odd pairing on paper, but under the stadium lights, fans will be hard-pressed to find a matching double-bill of some of music's biggest attractions. Read more
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Coal Chamber has announced that they are teaming up with Fear Factory to launch a North American tour this summer in support of their first new album in over 13 years.
The new album, "Rivals", was released on Tuesday and here is what Coal Chamber frontman Dez Fafara had to say in celebration, "It's been 13 years since Coal Chamber put out a record. We all worked so hard on this music to make sure the whole album was a stellar push forward for the band and not some nostalgia trip!
"If you like it heavy and unique you'll love Rivals! This record is full of crushing huge hooks and big down tuned riffs to move ya! Support Heavy music in all its forms!"
The North American tour will be kicking off on July 24th in Tucson, AZ at the Rialto Theater and will conclude on August 22nd in Santa Ana, CA at The Observatory.
The tour will feature support from Saint Ridley and Madlife playing the entire tour and Devil You Know playing the first three dates and the last seven dates of the trek, Jasta will be taking over for Devil You Know from July 28th through August 12th.
Fafara had this to say about the tour, "Coal Chamber is coming to the USA for another killer tour, this time bringing along some great friends Fear Factory who have a new record coming and my good buddy Jasta with his solo project! Get ready and get your tickets because this tour is gonna sell out and be a good time".
See the dates here.
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(hennemusic) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has debuted on the US Billboard charts with his first country single, "Love Is Your Name." Billboard reports the song - written by Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay - enters the Country Airplay chart at No. 33.
Tyler issued the single to radio last week and delivered the debut live performance of the tune on the season 14 finale of American Idol on May 13th.
The Aerosmith singer has been in Nashville since January working with songwriters on material for his debut solo album on Big Machine Records' affiliated label Dot Records. Listen to the track
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(Radio.com) Warren Haynes' list of collaborators runs deep, from the Allman Brothers Band to the Dead, Gov't Mule and David Allan Coe, and it's about to get even longer.
The famed guitarist has announced that he'll be working on his first-ever Americana project with help from New Jersey newgrass band Railroad Earth.
The pair teams on a 13-track album titled Ashes and Dust that consists of 'folky, singer-songwriter, even Celtic" songs Haynes has written over the past 30 years, Consequence of Sound reports.
Ashes and Dust hits stores July 24 and is available for pre-order at Haynes' website. Read more
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(Classic Rock) Clutch have revealed the name of their 11th album and seven of its tracks. Frontman Neil Fallon has confirmed to TeamRock that the follow-up to 2013's Earth Rocker is entitled Psychic Warfare, and it's due in September.
The band debuted some of their latest songs at a showcase gig in D'Angelico Guitars in New York this week. Fallon tells Alexander Milas on TeamRock Radio's Metal Hammer Magazine Show: "'Psychic warfare' is a lyric from the first track, X-Ray Visions.
"It's about a guy holed up in a motel for unexplained reasons, and he's under great duress, being attacked by psychically-empowered agents of unknown origin. At least, that's the back story I have in my head."
He says the concept is influenced by SF author Philip K Dick. "His general philosophy and questions have always crept into my lyrics, because I share an interest in it," he adds. "On Earth Rocker, Crucial Velocity was definitely a Philip K Dick song for me. On this record, X-Ray Visions certainly is." Read more
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The latest episode of the syndicated radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the fortieth anniversary of Aerosmith's album "Toys in the Attic." The show sent over these details:
The perception that Aerosmith had broke with "Dream On" off their debut album is not entirely accurate. As drummer Joey Kramer recalls to InTheStudio host Redbeard,
"The first album really didn't go anywhere until "Dream On" was released (as a single) three or four times. "Dream On" was a single when this record (Toys InThe Attic) hit."
It was the third release of "Dream On" as a single, after the release of their second album Get Your Wings, that lit the fuse for Aerosmith's breakout album Toys In The Attic. What followed was an monster album selling over 8 million copies and producing the timeless classics "Walk this Way" and "Sweet Emotion", not to mention the first anti-child abuse song "Uncle Salty", the circular contagion of "No More, No More", a swingin' cover of Bullmoose Jackson's bawdy, "Big Ten Inch" and the riff rock title track "Toys in the Attic".
Steven Tyler, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford take us back to this critical moment in history where Aerosmith began their rise as America's greatest hard rock band.
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(Classic Rock) Foo Fighters have added God Damn and Honeyblood to their list of support acts for the UK tour that kicks off later this month. They join previously-announced guests Iggy Pop, Royal Blood, Ash, Kaiser Chiefs, Teenage Fanclub and Hozier, with various lineups appearing across the run of six stadium shows.
Dave Grohl and co start their run with an appearance at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich, and end it with a set at this year's Glastonbury festival.
It's part of a wider Foos European tour in support of eighth album Sonic Highways, which was accompanied by an eight-part documentary series of the same name. Read more including the dates
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(hennemusic) AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson visits the iconic MG factory in Longbridge in the latest episode from the second season of Cars That Rock. Johnson launched the first season of Cars That Rock in the spring of 2014.
Available on UK's Quest TV, the series follows Johnson as he pursues his passion of cars, looking into the history, meeting with industry experts and reporting on racing in general.
In 2009, the AC/DC singer released his autobiography, "Rockers And Rollers: A Full Throttle Memoir." The book details Johnson's history - from teenage memories in the backs of beat-up coups to a side career as a racecar driver, Johnson shares his life story - a memoir told through his lifelong love affair with cars. Watch video from the episode
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(Gibson) Les Paul would have celebrated his 100th birthday on June 9 this year. In honor of the late musician and innovator, the day marks the start of a year-long celebration of his work.
The mobile exhibit dubbed Les Paul's Big Sound Experience will make its first stop in New York City's Times Square. It's a music exploration where the visitor get to experience the sound and technology innovations by Les Paul, as well as some hands-on interactive entertainment. Best of all, Les Paul's Big Sound Experience is free and open to the public!
Times Square is also the site for a sold-out celebration of Les Paul later that same day, to be held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Musicians like Joe Bonamassa, Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes, Steve Miller, Joe Satriani, Journey's Neal Schon, Steve Vai, Count's 77, Johnny A and Lou Pallo and the Les Paul Trio will be performing at the event, which is expected to be attended by the likes of Zakk Wylde, Marky Ramone, and Rick Derringer, as well as producers Bob Ezrin and Jack Douglas among many others.
After New York City, Les Paul's Big Sound Experience will go on a tour of the US expected to last through May 2016. Read more
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(hennemusic) Pete Townshend of The Who is previewing "Guantanamo", a new track featured on his forthcoming solo collection, "Truancy - The Very Best of Pete Townshend."
Due June 29 (June 30 in North America), the package presents 15 songs from the guitarist's solo career plus two new tunes: "Guantanamo" and "How Can I Help You."
"I hope it offers a selection that works to introduce new fans to my solo work," says Townshend. "I am a bit of a dabbler I'm afraid. I am as interested in building, developing and playing with recording studios as I am with making music. The Who has taken up most of my road hours, and in this year of the 50th anniversary of our first significant year in 1965, we are back on the road again." Read more and listen to the preview
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(Prog) District 97 will release their third studio album titled In Vaults next month, the band have confirmed. It'll be issued via Laser's Edge on June 23 and follows last year's live release of King Crimson covers with John Wetton titled One More Red Night.
Drummer Jonathan Schang tells Prog: "The last several years have provided a wealth of experiences, such as becoming more adept in the studio, honing our songwriting, arranging and production skills, touring, playing great festivals, and even working intimately with John Wetton to bring his era of the King Crimson songbook to life.
"I feel that In Vaults is the product of all those diverse experiences, and is our overall best and most fully realised work to date." The album was made possible thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign last October which saw the band raise $20,000. Read more
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(Prog) The Church have premiered the video for their track "Laurel Canyon" with Prog. The track is taken from their upcoming album Further/Deeper, which is released on June 8 via Unorthodox Records.
The Church Singer Steve Kilbey had this to say about the clip: "Laurel Canyon has been dreamed up by video collaborator Clint Lewis, with admittedly not a lot of input from the band.
"It concerns nostalgia and remembrance of things past. It's a very eye-candy vid, with the handsome but weird couple trying to get it on despite the fog of time. This is about as west-coast sound as The Church ever gets. Pull out a hanky and enjoy."
The Church tour Europe this summer, with dates at London's Islington Academy on June 4 and Brighton's Haunt on June 5. See the dates and watch the video
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(Prog) Symphony X will release their ninth album titled Underworld on July 24, the band have announced. It's the follow-up to 2011's Iconoclast and will be issued via Nuclear Blast.
Bassist Michael LePond last year said the album would see a return to their classic sound. And guitarist Michael Romeo reports while that remains the case, Underworld has its own character.
He says: "Every song is to-the-point and fine-tuned, with us paying a lot of attention to the hooks, voices, riffs, and keeping the interest and the energy high for the entire record.
"It is heavy and aggressive as f*** when it needs to be, yet soaring and emotional at other times. I think the balance is just right. It had to have all the elements of what we normally would do, just tweaked up a notch." Read more
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(hennemusic) Extreme have announced that their upcoming May 30 concert at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will be filmed for a future release.
Part of the Boston band's Pornograffitti Live 25th Anniversary tour, the Vegas event - billed as "Metal Meltdown" and featuring Twisted Sister, Skid Row and Great White - will be filmed for a worldwide cinema release, a TV broadcast and a CD/DVD release.
The tour sees Extreme performing the 1990 album in its entirety alongside a greatest hits set. The group's second album, "Extreme II: Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale)", featured two hit singles, "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted" - both acoustic-based numbers - while most of the album was a mix of hard rock and funk. Read more
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(Classic Rock) David Crosby has apologized to Neil Young and his partner Daryl Hannah after he called her a "poisonous predator." He hit out at the actress last year when the couple started dating following Young's split with wife Pegi after 36 years.
In October Crosby told the Idaho Statesman: "I happen to know that he's hanging out with somebody that's a purely poisonous predator now. And that's karma. He's gonna get hurt. But I understand why it happened. I'm just sad about it. I'm always sad when I see love get tossed in the gutter."
But he's now apologized for the comments, saying he had no right to criticize his longterm Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young bandmate and his partner.
He tells The Howard Stern Show: "I shot my mouth off when I shouldn't have. I shouldn't have done it and here's the real reason why: I've screwed up massively. Daryl Hannah never wound up in a Texas prison. I've screwed up way worse than that girl.
"Where do I get off criticising her? Where do I get off slagging her? She's making Neil happy and I love Neil and I want him happy. I was completely out of line." Read more and stream the interview
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(Classic Rock) A book charting Soundgarden's comeback between 2010 and 2013 through photographs, art and interviews will be released next month, it's been confirmed.
Limited to 1000 copies, Photofantasm: Soundgarden - Nudedragons To King Animal contains more than 1000 photographs and features contributions from fans, artists, musicians, photographers and writers and spans 592 pages.
Authors Jaye and Mike English say: "It took passion and several years to collaborate with fans and artists around the world to create Photofantasm and have it remain authentic.
"We're happy we made history together and proud to give back. We thank everyone who contributed." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Goatsnake have released a stream of the new song "Grandpa Jones," taken from the band's forthcoming album Black Age Blues, the follow-up to 2000's Flower of Disease.
"Grandpa Jones is one of the first of the new songs we wrote," says guitarist Greg Anderson. "It channels Flag and Sabbath (that ole' mouldy chestnut!), with lyrics about keeping the yout juice flowin'! The backing vocals are courtesy of Dem Preachers Daughters."
Alongside Anderson (Sunn O))), vocalist Pete Stahl (Scream), drummer Greg Rogers (The Obsessed) and bassist Scott Renner, Black Age Blues features a guest appearance from Slint, Aerial M and Papa M guitarist David Pajo.
The album was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Franklin, Tennessee by Nick Raskulinecz, who's previously worked with the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon and Rush. Read more and stream the song
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(Radio.com) Nickelback has just rubbed one more group of people the wrong way: the Australian police. The Queensland, Australia, police have charged the rockers with "crimes against music."
Ahead of the band's show at he Brisbane Entertainment Center in Boondall, local police posted a wanted poster for the band to Facebook, writing, "BOLO. Be on the Lookout. Wanted. For Crimes Against Music.
Police are on the lookout for these men who are believed to be impersonating musicians around Boondall this evening. Avoid the area. It may be hazardous to your hearing and street cred."
Just in case that wasn't enough of a warning, the police also took to Twitter to issue an "urgent police warning": "Men matching this description expected to be committing musical crimes in Boondall tonight." Read more
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(hennemusic) Black Sabbath were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday. Ozzy Osbourne missed the event while drummer Bill Ward reunited with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler to accept the prize, according to The Birmingham Mail.
Now in its 60th year, the annual UK music industry event organized by the British Academy Of Songwriters And Authors honors the work of songwriters and composers.
Backstage, Iommi confirmed Black Sabbath would launch their farewell world tour in 2016, something Osbourne recently revealed. Ward said it was great to see Iommi and Butler again and admitted he felt "very uncomfortable" knowing they had been on tour without him. I hope that can change," he added.
Ward's appearance was a surprise given the recent exchange of lengthy public notes with Osbourne over a disagreement about the drummer's fitness level for Black Sabbath's world tour in support of their last album, "13." Read more
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Scott Weiland took to his Facebook account this week to clear up speculation that drummer Joey Castillo has quit the former Stone Temple Pilots new solo band Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts.
The online rumors started after fans noticed that the former Queens of the Stone Age drummer did not perform with the band at a show in Lawrence, Kansas on Tuesday night.
Weiland posted a message to fans to explain that Castillo has only stepped away from the band temporarily and Mike Avenaim, who played on several tracks and co-wrote one song on the band's debut "Blaster", would be filling in.
Weiland wrote, "Just to clear up the confusion - Joey has NOT left the band. He is recording for a week with BL'AST and will meet back up with us on the 27th. I've known about this for months, hence lining up our friend Mike Avaneim [sic] to fill in."
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(Classic Rock) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has opened up about the severity of his arthritis - and bandmate Geddy Lee fears it's the single biggest factor that'll end their touring career.
The Canadian giants are on the road in the US just now, on a trip they've stopped short of calling their farewell. It's been thought that drummer Neil Peart's desire to be with his family could be the deciding issue - although he's also suffering from tendonitis.
But Lee tells Classic Rock's Paul Elliott: "For Alex the arthritis is not a small thing. If anything is going to mean we can't tour any more like we used to, it's more than likely going to be the arthritis - because that's something that will directly affect his ability to play.
"If I was going out on stage and I couldn't play the way I want to, or the way I've played in the past, there's no way I'd want to do it. I wouldn't want to go out there and be a shadow of my former self."
He adds: "it kind of hurts me to see him when he's having a bad day, physically. He's one of my oldest and dearest friends. And when he's been at rehearsal and he's not playing his best, it's not nice to see your friend suffer like that. This thing is in the back of his mind, and he's afraid of it."
Lifeson reveals: "I've had it for ten years - and this is the first time I'm really feeling it in my hands and my feet. That's the way it goes." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Grateful Dead memorabilia worth $75,000 has been stolen from an auction house. The items were sold as part of April's Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction, but were stolen before they could be delivered to the winning bidders.
The theft took place on the weekend of April 25 to 26 at Donley's Auction Services in Union, USA.Auction bosses now fear the goods will be destroyed by the thieves to avoid getting caught.
Randy Donley tells My Suburban Life: "Please help us solve this crime. I am offering a reward for its safe return. Please do not destroy it for fear of getting caught. We just want it returned."
Police say the items were being processed for shipping, with some awaiting collection by armored car. Read more
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Our friends at Wikimetal sent over this sad news: The singer of the Brazilian band Attomica from Sao Jose dos Campos, Alex Rangel, passed away on Thursday at 35 years old, in a motorcycle accident at 6 am.
Alex was on his way home when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed. Alex began his musical career when he was still a teenager, and has always impressed people with his technique and amazing high pitched screams.
Currently in Attomica, Rangel was also the lead singer in the bands Hocus Pocus (tribute to Aerosmith), Immigrants (to Led Zeppelin) and Jailbreak (AC/DC). We from Wikimetal are deeply sadened by his passing and send our thoughts and prayers to Alex's family and friends. The world has lost another great talent. Read the Wikimetal Report
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(hennemusic) Roger Daltrey threatened to end The Who's concert at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island on Wednesday due to fans smoking marijuana near the stage, which Daltrey is reportedly allergic to.
According to Newsday, "the smoke's impact was almost immediate on his voice, which went from crystal clear and potent for the opening 'I Can't Explain' to something rougher and more limited during 'I Can See for Miles.'"
After the show's fourth song, "The Kids Are Alright", Daltrey repeated the urgency of the issue, saying "Either stop it or the show will be over. So, it's your choice. I can't do anything about it, I'm doing my best."
Townshend then joined in the crowd's chant of "Eat it!" before adding, "Shove it up your f***ing ass. It's the quickest way. I think it's quicker than eating it."
"..and by far the most pleasurable," joked Daltrey in an attempt to lighten the moment.
Two songs later and the singer had had enough. "My voice is shutting down," said Daltrey. "I can do nothing about this. I'm close to walking because whoever is doing it
it's coming my way.
"F*** OFF!," demanded the singer.
"It's medicinal," joked Townshend as the band launched into "My Generation."
A few songs later, though, Daltrey had seemingly recovered. He hit the towering notes of "Love Reign O'er Me" with no problem and his voice got stronger from there. Check out video
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(Classic Rock) KISS frontman Paul Stanley says it's not necessary for the band to record another album. He believes they had good reasons to make 2009's Sonic Boom and 2012's Monster - but that their tally of studio outings might stop at 20.
Stanley tells Classic Rock's Paul Brannigan: "There has to be a purpose to us doing an album. There was a time when we did albums because the contracts said so. But I only want to work now when it's justified. Sonic Boom was an album that very much needed to be done, and Monster just felt like, 'Well, we did Sonic Boom - let's see where we go from here.'"
He adds: "Having accomplished that, I feel we can move forward without new music. There are enough things going on in Kiss that right now it doesn't feel utterly necessary to make a new album." Read more
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(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are sharing video and photos from their Los Angeles club show on Wednesday. The Rolling Stones used the Fonda Thatre event as a warm-up to their upcoming Zip Code Tour of North America, which opens in San Diego on May 24.
Footage from the last-minute concert at the city's Fonda Theatre includes snippets of "Brown Sugar" and "Moonlight Mile", a track from the band's 1971 album classic, "Sticky Fingers", which was performed in its entirety ahead of its reissue on June 8 (June 9 in North America).
The remastered project will be available on CD, 2CD, LP, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition Boxet, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset and via digital download. The Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions feature previously unreleased material and alternative takes of a selection of album tracks, including an alternative version of "Brown Sugar" featuring Eric Clapton; unreleased versions of "Bitch", "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" and "Dead Flowers"; an acoustic take on "Wild Horses", and five tracks recorded live at The Roundhouse in 1971 including "Honky Tonk Women" and "Midnight Rambler."
The Super Deluxe edition will also present "Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!", a 13-track audio recording of the Stones March 1971 show in Leeds, shortly before they began their self-imposed UK 'exile' period in France over tax issues. A DVD includes two tracks from the band's Marquee Club show in London on March 26, 1971.
Check out the photos and video from the Fonda show
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(Classic Rock) Zakk Wylde says Black Label Society would would be boring subjects for a tour documentary. Things have quieted down backstage since the Black Label Society mainman quit drinking after a health scare in 2009.
Wylde tells Guitar Interactive: "If we were doing 'Life On The Road With Black Label Society', we'd have to script in all the stories - because there's really not much going on. I hang out with my yoga instructor a lot. Back in the old days it was Animal House on steroids."
He jokes: "We always have a blast. Back in the old days there was a lot of boozing going on. Now it's sniffing a lot of glue and we get the same results. I wake up with my pants around my ankles and the fellas tell me I had a great time, and I don't remember much of anything."
BLS are touring in support of their latest album Catacombs Of The Black Vatican, but Wylde says he's always working on fresh material. Read more
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(The Blues) Southern blues-rockers the Kentucky Headhunters next month will finally release Meet Me In Bluesland, the album they recorded with late piano legend Johnnie Johnson in 2003.
Johnson, sideman with Chuck Berry and many others, joined founding brothers Fred and Richard Young plus Greg Martin, Anthony Kenney and Doug Phelps to race through the writing and recording of 11 tracks in just three days.
Richard Young says of the sessions: "The minute Johnnie sat down with us, the music was a kind of ecstasy." Martin recalls: "He made us play like real men. The groove got bigger and much more grown up." Read more
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(Classic Rock) A Rush fan book's crowdfunding deadline will be reached in this week - although the campaign has already secured nearly seven times its original target.
Fantoon creator David Calcano has put together a 150-page collection of fan cartoons, including comic strips, parodies, art and illustrations. He originally aimed to raise $3000, but the current figure is just short of $20,000.
Calcano explains: "Many of the jokes just are for Rush fans, so if you don't know about the band you won't get many of them. However, if you like art, comic strips, and appreciate illustration, you'll love this book, because the artistry is unbelievable!" Read more
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(Classic Rock) KISS will record their 21st album next year, says Gene Simmons - despite Paul Stanley's suggestion that it might not happen. Stanley recently told Classic Rock that he wasn't certain a follow-up to 2012's Monster would be made, and insisting: "We can move forward without new music. There are enough things going on in Kiss that right now it doesn't feel utterly necessary to make a new album."
But Simmons tells NU.nl: "It will happen when we have time. I have music in me that needs to come out. I recently wrote a song called Your Wish Is My Command. It feels like a Kiss song and it just needs to be released on a Kiss album."
He states that all four band members are behind the plan, and adds that Stanley will once again play the role of producer. "I'm glad about that - I no longer have the energy to come to the studio every day," says the bassist. "Paul doesn't have so many other things in his life that demand attention, so he can concentrate fully on the project." Read more
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(hennemusic) Roger Waters will headline the opening night of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 24. Waters says he plans to deliver "an intimate appearance specifically crafted" for the event, set for July 24-26 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI.
The former Pink Floyd bassist will top a bill that includes Tallest Man On Earth, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, the Watkins Family Hour and others, while The Decemberists will perform on Saturday and First Aid Kit will play on Sunday.
Founded in 1959, the festival features a variety of musical genres each year, and has notably introduced Joan Baez and Bob Dylan to a wider audience. Dylan's famous July 25, 1965 appearance caused an uproar when fans booed as the acoustic folk singer went electric with Mike Bloomfield on guitar alongside players from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Read more
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(Classic Rock) Wilko Johnson has revealed he knew he was on the road to full recovery when he suffered a bout of depression. He's battled the illness all his life - but it was absent during his struggle with cancer, which had been expected to kill him until he underwent pioneering surgery in 2014.
Johnson, who returned to action earlier this year, tells the Irish Examiner: "It's funny. Last night I started to think about my wife, who passed away 10 years ago. I said to myself, 'What's the matter with you? You ought to be happy you're still here.' But it doesn't work like that, does it?"
Even though he's on his Still Kickin' tour of the UK, he hasn't yet fully got over the 3kg tumor that was removed in an 11-hour operation. He says: "With the first comeback show, I distinctly remember thinking, 'Blimey, this is bloody tiring.' I was still recovering. Actually, I am still recovering." Read more
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(Prog) Sanguine Hum have released a new music video for their track "Settle Down," which is taken from their recently released third album 'Now We Have Light.'
The follow-up to 2013's The Weight Of The World was launched in February and described as "a future parable," and "a twisted mix of Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage and The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway."
The band's Matt Baber tells Prog: "We're currently working on the first-ever CD issue of the music that we recorded as Joff Winks Band - which we've always considered as being Sanguine Hum in all but name.
"Plus, we're already deep into preparations for the official follow up to Now We Have Light." Watch the video
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(Prog) Gandalf's Fist have confirmed the release of an acoustic EP to mark their 10th anniversary. Live From A Post-Apocalyptic Power Cut will feature folk-inspired versions of tracks from their back catalogue.
They say: "Recorded amidst the fallout of the next global zombie apocalypse, the EP serves as a soothing soundtrack to the end of civilisation and is sure to help lift the spirit amidst the oncoming tides of the undead."
Tracks so far named for the EP include The Snows They Melt The Soonest, Emerald Eyes, The Circus In The Clearing, North Of The Wall, Orphans Of The Sky and Upon The Paths To Nowhere. Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix says a healthy mix of love and brotherly battles is the secret to the band's longevity. Since replacing drummer Dave Buckner with Tony Palermo in 2007, the band's lineup has remained solid - and the frontman says they still inspire each other to this day.
But that doesn't prevent him from occasionally wanting to punch them in the mouth. Shaddix tells The Blitz: "As much as sometimes I wanna punch them in the face and put them in a headlock - it's like brothers. Brothers fight, brothers battle, but at the end of the day, we're brothers.
"It's a family. It's a brotherhood. It's four dudes from a small town. We have a different drummer. It's the one member change we had, and that was very tough on the band, but I think it was necessary. But the core of us, the songwriting crew, it's just been the same dudes, and we love each other." Read more and watch the full interview
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(TeamRock Radio) Five Finger Death Punch's next album Got Your Six is a more uptempo work in response to fan reactions to their live sets, says guitarist Zoltan Bathory.
And the aim is for the record to make their gigs even more energetic than they already are. Bathory tells Billboard: "It's a little bit more uptempo. There was a conscious effort that we don't want to have too many slow songs. It has more faster and midtempo songs.
"I think it's coming from the live shows. When you're playing live shows you feel the energy of the crowd. It's the high-energy and midtempo songs that make the audience move and connect. You can drop your little ballads here and there, but we know what people like." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Dez Fafara has hailed bassist Nadja Peulen as Coal Chamber's "mediator" - and says her return to the band was "critical" in making their reunion a success.
The band started touring in 2011 following an eight-year break, with Chela Rhea Harper on bass duties after Peulen originally refused to come back. Once they decided to record latest album Rivals - their first in 13 years - Peulen agreed to take part.
Fafara tells Joel Gausten: "When we talked about making a record, it was very much on the top of our heads. She was in a really great place personally and with us. She's a monster on stage, and she's an absolute monster in the studio. I don't know a lot of bass players on a record that's going to be of this calibre who can just go in and wail on it like that.
"She brings her own style to things, and she's a bit of a mediator between us as well. Not so much now, because there's never any conflict.
"But when she hears us say something that makes us laugh, she brings another perspective - like, 'Oh God, I remember.' Then we all start laughing at her view of what she was seeing before the split. So it's critical." Read more
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(Classic Rock) Rival Sons have been confirmed as support act on Deep Purple's upcoming European tour. It kicks off in Poland on October 25 and ends at London's O2 Arena on December 3.
Rival Sons, currently on the road in the US, are continuing to support the launch of fifth album Great Western Valkyrie in 2014 - named one of the best of the year by Classic Rock.
Guitarist Scott Holiday says: "There's only so many bands that can actually occupy the space reserved for what we call legends.). A band we can say without a doubt occupy this space comfortably is Deep Purple.
"I cut my teeth on those early records - Machine Head, In Rock, Made In Japan. The musicianship, performances and sheer bravado is nothing short of leveling." Read more
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(TeamRock Radio) Babymetal singer Su-Metal says the band have "learned a lot from Metallica." The Japanese trio admit they knew little about the genre before they were brought together to front the J-pop sensations. But they learned from the biggest metal band of all as they honed their act. And they even play Metallica songs before they take to the stage at their gigs.
Su-metal tells Rolling Stone: "It's not only something for us, but the fans get excited when they listen to Metallica and, with Babymetal, it keeps with the rhythm.
"Before we joined Babymetal, we weren't that familiar with metal, but we learned a lot from Metallica. Watching their shows and even meeting them, they were really nice to us."
Her bandmate Meometal says she hopes Babymetal can reach the same level of performance that James Hetfield and co produce regularly. Read more
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(Prog) Voyager have released a video for their track Seasons Of Age. It's taken from the Australian outfit's latest album V, launched last year, which Prog described as "sure to grow in stature with the passage of time."
Frontman Daniel Estrin recently reported they'd begun work on a follow-up, telling 100percentrock.com: "The creative juices are definitely flowing. There are ideas floating around. It's just about fleshing out those ideas and finding the time to smash out some music. By the end of 2016, there's a good chance we'll have a new album out."
Voyager are currently touring Australia and they'll move on the US in August, before appearing at ProgPower USA 2015 in September. Watch the new video
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(Classic Rock) The Vintage Caravan's vocalist and guitarist Oskar Logi has recalled the moment drummer Stefan Ari Stefansson auditioned for the band. Ari Stefansson replaced Gudjon Reynisson earlier this year for their third album Arrival which was released this week in Europe via Nuclear Blast. But Logi says the recruitment process wasn't straightforward - as they had another sticksman behind the kit when he turned up for his tryout.
Logi says: "We met in 2011 and it's a small scene in Iceland so we were more or less bumping into each other. Then one day when we were pretty drunk we decided we should form a jam group.
"When Gudjon left, the first think I thought of was, 'Call Stefan - he knows his sh*t.' When he came to practice, we were trying out another drummer. He said, 'This is like going on a date and the date just kissed a guy goodbye.'" Read more and watch the interview
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(Prog) Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen says she needs her pre-tour nerves to make sure she performs at her best. The band have released another episode in their documentary about the development of latest album Endless Forms Most Beautiful.
The latest clip was shot in the days running up to their first tour date in New York in April. Jansen says: "I'm nervous - I don't want to be, but it's a good one because it puts you on top of your game. I think you need that to nail it."
The follow-up to 2012's Imaginaerum was released in March. Mainman Tuomas Holopainen recently told how he'd made a point of not using Jansen's vocal ability to "show off" the band's talents. Watch the video
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