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Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler Arrested After Bar Fight
[Update] Geezer Butler confirmed the arrest via a social media post where he thanked fans for their support following the incident. Here is the original report:

Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler was reportedly arrested on charges of misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism after he was allegedly in a bar fight in Death Valley, Ca on Tuesday (Jan. 27).

A man matching the description of the metal legend, real name Terence Michael Butler, reportedly got into an altercation at the Corkscrew Saloon where an unnamed individual was "struck" and a window was broken, according to a statement issued by the Inyo County Sheriff's department.

The department's Public Information Officer Carma Roper released the following details, "Shortly after midnight on January 27th Sheriff's Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park.

"After the Inyo County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation - resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window.

"Terence Michael Butler a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, CA was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism. Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation."

As you can see from the statement, while the age and name of the person arrested does match the Black Sabbath star, the department did not confirm that it was indeed Geezer Butler, who lists his Los Angeles area residence as being in Hollywood, Ca on his Twitter account.

At press time there was no word from Geezer or the Black Sabbath camp about the arrest and his last social media posts confirmed that he was in Southern California earlier this week.

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Zakk Wylde Open To Reuniting With Ozzy Osbourne
(Classic Rock) Zakk Wylde says he would play with Ozzy Osbourne again if he was asked. Osbourne recruited the axeman in 1987 to replace Jake E. Lee - a move which sparked a long and fruitful relationship between the pair.

And Wylde says the love he has for the rock icon and his manager and wife Sharon, who he calls "mom," is "unconditional." When asked if he would be open to recording or playing live with Osbourne again, the Black Label Society man tells My Global Mind:

"Yeah, I mean, for whatever. If Ozzy needs me to go and pick up some milk and eggs and take them to the house I will do it. That's how my relationship is with Oz and mom.

"My love for them is unconditional so whatever they need me to do I will do it." Read more here.

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Fall Out Boy Score Another No. 1 Album
Fall Out Boy have scored their third No. 1 album after their new studio effort, "American Beauty/American Psycho," debuted in the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart.

"American Beauty/American Psycho," topped the album chart after it sold over 218,000 copies in the United States during its first week in stores and at digital retailers following its released on January 20th.

The album also went to No. 1 on the iTunes chart in 22 countries and topped the albums charts in Canada and Japan. It also scored Top 5 debuts in the UK and Australia.

The band will be hitting the road in support of the album with Wiz Khalifa for the Boys of Zummer tour, which is scheduled to kick off on June 10th in Camden, NJ and conclude on August 10th in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl. See the tour dates here.

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L7 Announce First Reunion Shows
(TeamRock Radio) L7 have confirmed their mooted reunion and launched a crowdfunding campaign for an upcoming documentary. The all-girl grunge band said late last year that they needed the help of their fans to launch a comeback and they have now confirmed two European festival dates with further shows promised.

And they have also given more details on their documentary, L7: Pretend We're Dead. They have opened a Kickstarter fund in the hope of raising $97,000 by February 26.

The film is to be directed by Sarah Price and promises to take fans "on an all-access journey into the 1990s grunge movement that took the world by storm, and the band that helped define it as the genre of a generation."

So far, June appearances at Spain's Azkena Rock Festival and Hellfest in France have been confirmed, with more to follow. Read more here.

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Blink-182's Hoppus Addresses Travis Barker Replacement Claim
(TeamRock Radio) Blink-182's Mark Hoppus has played down Tom DeLonge's claim that the pair spent a week discussing the replacement of Travis Barker. The suggestion appeared as part of the public meltdown since DeLonge distanced himself from the band, with an official statement - which he disagreed with - stating that he "didn't want to participate in any Blink projects indefinitely."

In a tweet this week, quickly removed, DeLonge said: "A year ago Mark and I spent a week on the phone with managers debating parting with Travis. Don't pretend there isn't more to this story."

Now Hoppus confirms there was a conversation after Blink toured Australia without Barker - but says it grew out of the drummer's continued problems with flying after the 2009 plane crash that nearly killed him.

Hoppus tells AltPress: "Travis didn't go on that tour, which was a possibility that we'd known about from day one. When we agreed to tour Travis said, 'If it gets to the day and I'm not ready, we need a backup plan.'"

When Barker told his bandmates he couldn't fly, they brought in Brooks Wackerman as a stand-in. But that led to an argument between Barker and the band's Australian rep.

"The promoter thought Travis has never intended to come to Australia, and felt he'd been duped," says Hoppus. "That wasn't the case. After the tour, Tom was very upset about being put in that position. Tom was having these calls, 'Can we replace Travis? Can we do whatever?' But it was really just Tom blowing off steam. I listened, commiserated, called my manager and said, 'Tom's upset right now - he's talking about trying to replace Travis, but that's not going to happen.'

"Sure enough, after a month Tom was like, 'I was just angry. It was a bad situation. Of course I don't want to kick Travis out the band.'" Read more here.

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Ellefson On Why He Thinks Megadeth Members Quit
(Classic Rock) Megadeth bassist David Ellefson believes former bandmates Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover left because they were facing nearly a year without playing live.

The guitarist and drummer will this weekend start recording with their as-yet untitled band, featuring former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner and Shadows Fall's Matt Bachand on bass.

Ellefson tells Loud: "I think Shawn should be remembered for some great stuff - the guy bleeds metal, that's for sure. But I think, with him, knowing there was going to be almost a year off the road; I sensed he wanted to get moving on some other things."

The bassist admits there seemed to be little advance notice of the lineup change, but thinks he knows why. "While we were on the road I didn't see any chinks in the armour," he says. "But once you get off the road, seeing there was going to be a year off - actually a little more, maybe - that's a long time." Read more here.

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Devin Townsend Disowns Collaboration With Nickelback Producers
(Prog) Devin Townsend says he wishes he'd never collaborated with Nickelback's producers - and has vowed never to let the resulting track see the light of day.

The prog icon wrote a song with the people behind Nickelback, Daughtry and a string of American Idol winners - but he says he'll never release it as he finds it "f***ing disgusting."

After the release of his Z2 album, Townsend was encouraged to write with others, but he has described the experience as "everything I dislike about music."

Townsend tells Decibel: "I went to LA and I wrote with a team who produced all the Nickelback stuff recently, Daughtry, all the American Idol people who win, and I wrote a song with them.

"And I hate it in such a way that is hard for me to quantify. I really like the guys, I think they're really talented, but I told them yesterday or the day before that I'm not putting it out. There's no f***ing way I'm putting it out.

"I can't spend 25 years sticking to my guns to try and sell people this. It's everything I dislike about music, with my voice on it. It's f***ing disgusting. It's not their fault, but with my voice on it, it's just not where I'm at." Read more here.

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Incubus Set to Premiere New Single 'Absolution Calling'
( After premiering the first single from their new upcoming EP at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas last month, Incubus are back with another single that they will be debuting on KROQ on February 5.

The new track, "Absolution Calling," will hit the radio at 7:30am PST on the Kevin and Bean Show. This follows the previously shared song, "Trust Fall." The band will be on air for the debut.

Incubus was once a record-releasing juggernaut, finding much success on albums Make Yourself in 1999 and Morning View in 2001. Recent years have seen albums become more scarce from the California natives, with their last coming in 2011, titled If Not Now, When? Read more here.

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Amon Amarth Begin Work On New Album
(TeamRock Radio) Amon Amarth have started writing material for their 10th album, bassist Ted Lundstrom has reported. The Swedish outfit intend to concentrate on the follow-up to 2013's Deceiver Of The Gods as soon as they've completed their current tour, and hope to set a release date in early 2016.

Lundstrom tells Metal Recusants in a new video interview: "We started very recently - we have some ideas for songs and lyrics, but we haven't sat down to put it together yet.

"After this tour that will be our main focus. Hopefully we can record it after the summer. I hope we can release it early next year, but it depends on so many factors. But early next year would be our plan."

Watch the full interview here.

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Iron Maiden's Dave Murray Launching Signature Fender Guitar Line
(hennemusic) Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray has announced that he has teamed with Fender to launch his own signature guitar line as part of the company's Artist Series.

The Dave Murray California Series Stratocaster is inspired by Murray's longtime onstage go-to guitar, combining Strat tradition with three Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups, the fast feel of a compound-radius fingerboard, and the high performance reliability of a Floyd Rose bridge and nut.

The new guitar line will be available starting February 17. Murray and Iron Maiden have been off the road since they wrapped up their Maiden England world tour last summer. Read more here.

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Slash Jams With Richie Sambora, Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter For Les Paul Award
(hennemusic) Slash was honored with the Les Paul Award at the 30th annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in Anaheim, California on January 24.

The guitarist was joined for a performance by Richie Sambora, Orianthi and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and video of the jam has been posted online. The event honors individuals and companies for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production.

The Les Paul Award, named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, honors individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology.

Instituted in 1991, the honor has been awarded to influential artists including Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Todd Rundgren and Peter Gabriel. Watch the video of Slash's jam here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Have Left Metalcore Behind
(TeamRock Radio) Avenged Sevenfold have left their early metalcore sound behind for good, insists frontman M Shadows. And he says none of the band have anything to do with the genre that was the staple of 2001 debut Sounding The Seventh Trumpet.

Shadows tells the Jakarta Post: "The metalcore has been left behind. It's not something that any of us find enjoyment in listening to, so it's not the direction we would write songs in.

"I wouldn't hold my breath for a comeback. We are ever-evolving and never repeat ourselves. I want to stay away from trends and do what we want to do musically." Read more here.

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VoiVod Streaming New Song 'We Are Connected'
(Prog) Veteran Canadian outfit VoiVod have launched a stream of We Are Connected. The track is one half of a split release with Century Media labelmates At The Gates which will be issued on April 7 on 7-inch vinyl. It will be made available directly through the label's store.

Voivod, who recruited Dominic 'Rocky' Laroche last year to replace outgoing bassist Yves 'Blacky' Theriault, began their Through Space And Grind tour across North America earlier this week.

The shows also feature Napalm Death, Exhumed, Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate. Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions and Phobia will also hook up with the main artists for select shows. Stream the new song here.

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Zac Brown Band Release 'Live From The Artists Den' Preview
( Zac Brown Band will launch the ninth season of Live From the Artists Den this Friday (Jan. 30) on PBS, and days before the show airs, fans can get a preview.

In the newly released video, Zac Brown Band perform their poignant song "Free," which segues effortlessly into an impressive cover of Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic." In the clip, violinist Jimmy De Martini appears alone on the stage before the curtain lifts to reveal the rest of the band.

Frontman Zac Brown, dressed in a top hat, kicks off the first verse as the crowd at Forest Hills Stadium sing along word for word. The band's performance was taped from their concert at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York and their set list includes hits like "Jump Right In," "Colder Weather" and "Day for the Dead."

Live From the Artists Den hosts hour-long performances by artists in unconventional venues. In addition to watching this season on PBS, Live From the Artists Den will be available for mobile streaming via Samsung's Milk Video service. Previous episodes will also be watchable and shortened into 30-minute segments. Watch the clips here.

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The Agonist Release 'My Witness, Your Victim' Video
(TeamRock Radio) Canadian melodic death metallers The Agonist have premiered their new music video for the song "My Witness, Your Victim" with TeamRock's Metal Hammer.

Taken from their upcoming album Eye Of Providence, it's another high octane bout of screamy heaviness - and directed by bassist Chris Kells, who shoots music videos while not on tour. It will also be the first full-length with new frontwoman Vicky Psarakis.

Speaking out the music, guitarist Danny Marino says: "Lyrically this song dives into the album theme of the Eye Of Providence. We live in a world where everything is being tracked and the more we interface with technology the more we lose our humanity. We're really happy with how the video turned out and believe it or not the actor was not harmed (too much) during the shoot!"

Watch the video here.

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Periphery Release 'Alpha' Video
(Prog) Periphery have released a music video for their track Alpha. It's taken from their dual album release Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega which launched this week via Century Media.

The band previously said they decided to split the album into two separate discs as they wanted to listeners to fully appreciate the complex story and musical themes.

Drummer Matt Halpern said: "Because Juggernaut is very detailed and dense in terms of character development, peaks and valleys, climaxes and resolutions, we've divided the story and music in two.

"Although the albums are split in two physically, the story is only complete when the albums are digested consecutively. This allows the listener to recognise and hear the lyrical and musical overlapping themes, foreshadowing, and connected ideas."

The band will take to the road with Devin Townsend for three dates in March and have lined up a headlining show in London in April. See the dates and watch the video here.

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More To Come From King Crimson Says Tony Levin
(Classic Rock) King Crimson bassist Tony Levin believes there's a lot more to come from Robert Fripps' reactivated band. And he's so delighted that the mainman came back from self-enforced retirement that he'd be happy to lend his support even if he wasn't part of the lineup.

Crimson recently released Live At The Orpheum, recorded last year during their comeback US tour. Fripp confirmed in November that they were working on three studio tracks.

Leven tells Vintage Rock: "I'm thrilled that King Crimson is back doing stuff, and doubly thrilled that I'm in it - although as a fan of the band, I would be happy even if I wasn't in it.

"It seems like every year we're going to do something. It's on the table, the possibility that we'll come up with some new music - and maybe, eventually, a new album. That would be great." Read more here.

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In Flames, L7, Testament Lead Latest Additions To Download
(Classic Rock) Andrew WK, In Flames, Testament, We Are Harlot and L7 lead the latest addition to the bill for this year's Download festival. A total of 23 acts have been named for the June 12-14 event at Donington, also including Ace Frehley, Tremonti, Black Star Riders, Thunder, King 810 and more.

They join headliners Slipknot, Muse and Kiss plus Judas Priest, Faith No More, Motley Crue and others. Andrew WK will make his first Download appearance this year. He says: "I'm totally chuffed about playing and partying at my first ever Download. I've no doubt that it will be partier than even the partiest party I've ever been to."

In Flames singer Anders Friden adds: "It will be fantastic to be back on UK soil. Download has always been a great festival. We're looking forward to meeting friends and playing our take on heavy metal in front of some of the greatest fans that there is." Read more here.

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NWOBHM Band Mythra Plan First Show In Over 30 Years
(Classic Rock) Influential NWOBHM outfit Mythra will play their first gig in more than 30 years at next month's Brofest festival. The band have reunited for the event in Newcastle, which runs from February 27 to March 1 and also features Blitzkrieg, High Spirits and Avenger.

Mythra won critical acclaim for their debut EP, Death And Destiny, released in 1979. They were cited as influences by Metallica and others, but after an initial flurry of support, they suffered a number of blows which prevented their promising career from taking off.

Death And Destiny was later expanded into a full album, which was never given an official release. Record company disputes and bad luck contrived to break the spirit of the group, who called it a day in 1983.

Singer Vince High says: "There has been continued interest in Mythra over the years and the promoters of Brofest invited us to perform last year, but work commitments from some of our guys meant it couldn't happen.

"We are, however, playing on Friday, February 27. It is our first gig in over 30 years and we're all really looking forward to it and sounding great in rehearsals." Read more here.

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Renaissance Reissuing Classic Live Albums
(Prog) Two Renaissance live albums from the 1970s will be re-released by Cleopatra Records in the coming months. DeLane Lea Studios, from 1973, appears on February 3. It was recorded in the iconic premises before a small gathering of the band's friends and features seven tracks with guest appearances by Andy Powell and Al Stewart.

Academy Of Music, originally launched in 1974, will follow on March 31. Taped in New York during the band's Ashes Are Burning tour, the double-disc title contains nine tracks.

Renaissance last year launched latest album Symphony Of Light, a revised version of 2013's Grandine Il Vento. It was their final work with guitarist Michael Dunford, who died after its completion. Read more here.

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The Gentle Storm Go Behind The Scenes In New Video
(Prog) The Gentle Storm have issued a behind-the-scenes clip from the making of their upcoming album The Diary. The collaboration between Ayeron mastermind Arjen Lucassen and The Gathering singer Anneke van Giersbergen launch the record in Europe on March 23 via InsideOut.

They premiered the lyric video for the track Endless Sea exclusively through Prog and TeamRock earlier this month. Now they've released the first update video from the recording process.

Lucassen says: "The moment I first heard Anneke singing with The Gathering back in the 90s I have loved her voice and knew I just had to work with her.

"Back then she was super busy so it took some persuading to get her to guest on my Ayeron album Into The Electric Castle. As I was working on this album and the tracks were slowly taking shape, I realised there was only one singer I knew could do the job - Anneke."

And Lucassen explains that before he could ask her if she wanted to take part in the project, van Giersbergen got in touch first to ask about a collaboration new material.

He continues: "Before I could even fire off an email to her, she actually emailed me and asked if I felt like writing a few tracks together with her - talk about an amazing coincidence. We got together and right from the start we were on the same wavelength and complemented and inspired each other." Read more and watch the video here.

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Vardis Announce New Member
(Classic Rock) Vardis have named Joe Clancy as their new drummer after the departure of Gary Pearson. And the veteran NWOBHM outfit say they're dedicated to ensuring they don't become a nostalgia act following their reunion in 2013 after splitting in 1986.

Guitarist Steve Zodiac and bassist Terry Horbury say: "Gary has indicated he can no longer continue as a member of Vardis, and we wish him luck in his future endeavours.

"It won't be the same, but nor should it be - rock 'n' roll has always embraced change, and so do we. We didn't reform this band for a nostalgia trip, like some West End jukebox musical or an overdue testimonial, but because we love the music and still have unfinished business with it." Read more here.

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LongFallBoots Streaming New Album Online
(TeamRock Radio) LongFallBoots are exclusively streaming their new full-length album, "Wait For The Echo," with TeamRock's Metal Hammer. Taking influence from the likes of Melvins, Kyuss and Deftones, LongFallBoots create one heavy, distortion-fuelled racket.

Speaking about the album and the recording process, the band say: "We spent the first year and a half of the band's existence locked away in the studio releasing a bunch of EPs, with our 'write it in a night, record it in a weekend' regime.

"As we were starting to prepare our live show our friend persuaded us (after a lot of arguments) to put out a full-length album. He got the timing about right because after we'd put in the hours really understanding what our sound is, Wait For The Echo is the truest representation of what we're about: keeping it heavy and fuzzy, but working in that melody with it."

Stream the album here.

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The Cadillac Three Announce UK Tour
(The Blues The Cadillac Three have announced a six-date UK tour starting in March. The US band were in the country for three shows in December to support the release of single Get Your Buzz On. And as they take in the news that they've been nominated for two Grammy awards, the group also reveal they'll be back for a longer run of shows.

Singer/guitarist Jaren Johnston, who is nominated in two categories for production and songwriting at next month's 57th Grammy Awards, says: "What a great honour. I got urgent calls from my family just as soon as we landed in Europe before Christmas, and when that happens you're always worried that bad news might be coming. I couldn't have been more wrong. Good times."

The tour starts at the Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton on March 4 and culminates at Dingwalls, London on March 10. Drummer Neil Mason says: "We ended 2014 with some great shows in the UK, and we promised to keep coming back as long as y'all will have us." Read more including the dates here.

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E Street Band Member In The Dark About Bruce Springsteen's Plans
(Classic Rock) The E Street Band's keyboardist Roy Bittan says he knows as much as fans do about future live dates with Bruce Springsteen. And he says there's no point asking him as he's in the dark and waiting for The Boss to reveal his plans.

He tells Rolling Stone: "People always want to know what we're doing. I understand that. The music business is generally one in which people make plans far in advance, and they don't veer from their plans.

"But with Bruce, it's just simply that he writes songs, he makes an album and then he figures out where he wants to go and play. There's always some plans in the mix but until he says, 'The album is done, let's go,' I don't ever really know.

"It's kind of been that way for 40 years. I just go along with it and I'm sure at some point he's gonna say, 'OK, this is what I want to do," and it'll happen. But until then, it's just as much a waiting game for me as it is for the fans." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Pryti's Insomnia
Today Pryti tells us about her new single "Insomnia" from her forthcoming album "Tales Of A Melancholic," which is set to be released on February 16th. Here is the story:

When I was writing "Tales of a Melancholic" I was working on a lot of song ideas and chord progressions. I had three songs left to write Bitter Pill was pretty much done and one day I decided I wanted to write a song called Insomnia. I took a day to build the story in my head. Insomnia is about losing something, looking back and realising what you have lost and not being able to get over it. I always have a scene in my head when I write a song like it could be in a film. One of the chord progressions I was working on then became the chorus and I started singing "Say you'll be here tonight, cause there's been too much plaguing my mind…" The chorus is about wanting to talk things over and to get closure so you can move on.

Part of the first verse then came to me. The first verse is about being stuck in a good memory but in reality it's not like that anymore. I was getting writers block so I decided to watch some TV and after that I finished Bitter Pill and nearly finished Angst. The next day I sang the chorus for Insomnia with my guitar and I went into the bridge and started singing 'I can't tell you I can't tell you what I really want to say…' The bridge is about not having the courage to say what you want to say. I finished writing the rest of the song that day which was awesome and a relief. The second verse is about wondering how you got to this place and starting to get over things. The end of the song is about not having courage and walking away.

I always write the basis of my songs first and then I write all the riffs once everything else is recorded. When I was in the studio with my producer Justin Hill he put some delay on my guitar and I was playing a couple ideas and then the main riff came out. I love moments like that studio magic does exist. The main riff at the beginning brings the drama and helps the song to build and the riff at the end adds to the drama of whats going to happen oh she gave in.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the band and the album right here!

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Aerosmith Preview Concert Film Ahead Of Theatrical Release
(hennemusic) Aerosmith are sharing a preview of "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014", a new live DVD that will premiere in US cinemas on February 26. The package features Aerosmith's headline performance on June 15, 2014 as they closed the final night of the Download Festival in Donington Park.

"It's always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn't have had a better time on stage that night," says Steven Tyler. "I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more."

"We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best," said Joe Perry. "Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember. We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren't there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll."

Watch the preview here.

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Blackberry Smoke Stream New Song 'Rock And Roll Again'
(The Blues Blackberry Smoke have released a stream of their track Rock And Roll Again. It's taken from their album Holding All The Roses, set for launch on February 9 via Earache.

Frontman Charlie Starr has explained the title by saying: "If there's a feeling of competition and you feel like you're winning, what is it that you actually win? We're all winners - but if we all win, who cares?"

Blackberry Smoke have also announced that they will be supporting the album release with the launch of a US tour on February 6 and remain on the road until May 9.

Stream the new song here.

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Fall Out Boy Admit They're 'Too Pop For Rock And Too Rock For Pop'
(TeamRock Radio) Pete Wentz says Fall Out Boy's joint tour with rapper Wiz Khalifa makes sense as both acts find themselves wedged between genres. The bass player says FOB are "too pop for rock and too rock for pop" and believes Khalifa is in a similar situation in the hip hop world.

And he reveals the band expect to write and record new music with Khalifa, which could see the light of day before the Boys Of Zummer tour begins in June. Wentz tells "It feels sometimes like Fall Out Boy is an island right now. We're too pop for rock and too rock for pop. Where do we fit into the whole thing?

"And looking at Wiz Khalifa, it kind of looks like a similar situation to him as far as hip hop and where he stands within it. He's kind of in hip hop but he's kind of in pop, and when you have a foot in both worlds it's like you have a foot in neither.

"So it just made sense for us. And we're going to do some music together that will hopefully get out before summer." Read more here.

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ZZ Top Rock Jimmy Kimmel
( If, for some reason, you missed ZZ Top's excellent 2012 album, La Futura, that's your bad. But the legendary Texan trio hit the stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night to remind you of the centerpiece of that record, "I Gotsta Get Paid."

You might remember the song from its use in a memorable commercial for Jeremiah Weed, a company that specializes in whiskey-based drinks. But the song itself has its origins with a substance even more mind-altering than booze.

It's not quite a cover, but "I Gotsta Get Paid" draws heavily from "25 Lighters," a song by Texas hip-hop artist DJ DMD, an ode the practice of gutting Bic lighters to hide crack cocaine in them. DJ DMD and his collaborators on the track, Fat Pat and Lil Keke, each got co-songwriting credit on the ZZ Top track. The song, and the entire La Futura album was produced by Rick Rubin, someone who knows a little something about combining rock and hip-hop.

ZZ didn't just sing about the joys of crack espionage on Kimmel, though. For those who aren't familiar with their newer material, they also rocked their ode the female booty, "Tush."

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Pre-Yes Band Mabel Greer's Toyshop Share Behind The Scenes Video
(Prog) Mabel Greer's Toyshop have released a behind-the-scenes rehearsal video as they prepare for the release of their debut album. A New Way Of Life will be issued on March 9 and will feature new versions of early Yes tracks Beyond & Before and Sweetness.

The band - which formed in 1966 and morphed into Yes two years later - announced they had reformed last year and that they planned to release what will be their first album under the Mabel Greer's Toyshop banner.

The new video footage shows founding members Clive Bayley and Robert Hagger in rehearsals in France. It features the track Electric Funeral, which was previously made available to stream.

Watch the video here.

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JJ Grey & Mofro Preview New Album Ol' Glory
(The Blues JJ Grey & Mofro have launched a stream containing clips from all 12 songs on upcoming album Ol' Glory. The follow-up to 2013's This River is released on February 23 via Provogue Records.

The label reports: "Ol' Glory contains 12 new songs that feature the deep, soulful blend of blues, rock, folk, funk, gospel, gritty R&B and personal, Southern-inspired narratives that have become synonymous with JJ Grey & Mofro. "The material reflects two themes that run through their entire body of work - a strong sense of place, and finding happiness with where you are in life."

JJ Grey & Mofro will tour the US in February and March, then kick off a European journey with an appearance at London's Islington Academy on March 18.

Check out the preview here.

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Glass Hammer Preview New Album 'The Breaking Of The World'
(Prog) Glass Hammer have released a new video trailer for upcoming 17th studio album The Breaking Of The World, and confirmed its release date of March 31st.

The follow-up to last year's Ode To Echo will be available to pre-order on March 1 via the band's website. Mainmen Steve Babb and Fred Schendel are joined by Kamran Alan Shikoh, Carl Groves, Aaron Raulston and Susie Bogdanowicz.

Babb tells Prog of the nine-track release: "We've just wrapped up what has to be the best-sounding Glass Hammer album in years. We're all very happy with this one!"

Watch the trailer here.

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Rush's Neil Peart Teases R40 Icon Snare
(hennemusic) Rush drummer Neil Peart has released a preview video for the new R40 Icon snare drum in advance of the band's R40 40th anniversary tour. The R40 Icon snare is expected to be available this spring.

Peart teamed with DW Drum Designer John Good to create a one-of-a kind R40 kit crafted from Romanian River Oak and a plethora of intricate laser-cut exotic woods.

To commemorate Rush's 40th Anniversary and the making of the R40 kit, a limited number of 250 replica Icon snare drums will be produced. The 6.5x14", 13-ply VLT Oak shell is sealed in clear, high-gloss lacquer and complemented by gold-plated hardware.

A signed-and-numbered certificate of authenticity and deluxe carrying bag will accompany each drum and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit Neil's charity of choice. Read more and watch the video here.

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Beth Hart Previews New Album 'Better Than Home'
(The Blues Beth Hart has confirmed the launch of seventh album Better Than Home on April 13 via Provogue - and she's also revealed a trailer video to preview the release.

The 11-track title is described as "highly emotional" but it's not an exploration of Hart's notoriously troubled life, which has seen her fighting against bipolar disorder, drink and drug addictions and a difficult upbringing.

Provogue say: "Instead, Beth chooses to find the good things that have been there all along - accepting and loving her parents for who they really are, appreciating a good husband, facing her fears head-on, and ultimately finding ways to heal and convert that positive energy into music that moves people.

"This is an incredibly moving record that's going to reach people on a very personal level, because a one-of-a-kind artist found the perfect formula for exposing her very private inner voice and empowering it with her legendary outer voice."

Read more and check out the trailer here.

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