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(Classic Rock) AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has admitted he wasn't certain he could deliver on 17th album Rock Or Bust. But he believes the nervous energy surrounding the band has added an extra dimension to the recordings.
Rock Or Bust was released earlier this month. It's their first title without mainman Malcolm Young, who had to retire due to his dementia. The future of drummer Phil Rudd is in doubt as a result of his current legal issues.
In a recent interview just released by the BBC, Johnson says: "I've got to stick my hand up and tell the truth - I went to Vancouver with the boys and I hadn't sung a song in anger in five and a half years.
"I went with my fingers crossed and my eyes shut into the singing booth. I was just so happy that it came out good; the band was swinging and I think we all got carried away." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Killswitch Engage have recorded a track to tie in with TV show Game Of Thrones. And while frontman Jesse Leach hasn't revealed any details, he describes it as having "massive riffs" and says he's "pretty stoked" at the result.
Last night he posted a picture of his mic and lyric sheet in the band's studio, explaining: "Tracking vocals for a last-minute 'secret' track. Adam D at the controls - gunna be a long night!"
The Game Of Thrones mixtape will be released in association with producers HBO. A camera crew were in the studio as the band worked. Check out a photo here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Dimebag Darrell's father has released a book where he talks about the iconic guitarist and his drummer brother Vinnie Paul. Musician and recording engineer Jerry Abbott launched Over My Left Shoulder via CreateSpace and along with the story of the rise of Pantera and Damageplan, he reveals how Dimebag "found his sound" and talks about the ins and outs of life in the music business.
The book's synopsis reads: "The music business is filled with lots of contradictions - lots of highs and lots of lows. I've been down every road imaginable on my journey through it and lived to tell it all.
"My two sons, Vinnie Paul "the Brick Wall" and "Dimebag Darrell" were the founding members of two of the world's greatest rock groups, Pantera and Damageplan. I mentored them from day one and the story of their success is relayed in this book."
Read more here.
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Metal legends Iron Maiden have dropped some big hints to their official fan club members that they are planning to release a new studio album and launch a tour in 2015.
The band sent members of the fan club a Christmas card that shows their mascot Eddie emerging from a snow covered recording studio (with Ninjas lurking in the background) and to the side was a sign that said 'UROTON 51′, which could be an anagram for "On Tour 15".
A Facebook page devoted to the Iron Maiden Collector Community shared a photo of the card with the message said, "Eddie's got a little Christmas gift for everyone who's been REALLY BAD! Must not be opened until 2015... Merry Christmas from Iron Maiden."
The band have not yet officially confirmed any album or tour plans but you can see the hints as you check out the card here.
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(hennemusic) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will play himself in "Radio Dreams", a new movie directed by Babak Jalali that is currently in production in San Francisco. The film sees an Iranian writer working at a San Francisco-based Iranian satellite radio station as he tries to bring together Afghanistan's first rock band, Kabul Dreams, for an on-air jam session with their idols, Metallica.
"Radio Dreams" stars Iranian musician Mohsen Namjoo alongside Kabul Dreams, Mohammad Talani, Bella Warda, Mansour Taeed, Mahmood Schricker, Boshra Dastournezhad Haghighi, Babak Mortazavi, Ali Tahbaz, Boshra, Larry Laverty and Kari Wishingrad.
According to the film's synopsis, "Radio Dreams is a humorous, quirky feature film that follows a brilliant, misunderstood Iranian writer (Hamid) through his travails at a San Francisco-based Iranian satellite radio station.
"Unable to realize his artistic dreams in his home country, the forty-five year-old Hamid has immigrated to the US to pursue his writing career. Instead, he winds up getting a job at a third-rate radio station and must seek artistic satisfaction through the only outlet available to him-the offbeat programming he puts together for the small audience of PARS-FM. Hamid's intellectual, esoteric programming causes the station's revenues to plummet." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Godsmack frontman Sully Erna says he hopes to break into the acting world after filming a pilot for a new TV show. The singer worked with cast members of hit series Sons Of Anarchy on the unnamed pilot and already has a number of movie roles lined up for next year.
Erna was first "bitten by the acting bug" in 2003 when he worked with The Rock and Kelly Hu on the video for Godsmack's hit I Stand Alone.
He tells The Rock Revival: "I remember thinking I was gonna be really nervous and uncomfortable, and I surprisingly found myself very comfortable working out these scenes with these people that I thought would be a little bit more intimidating.
"And from that point on I started just exploring the acting world and I started doing classes with a lady named Susan Batson, who's a really top-notch acting coach - she does Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
"From there, I started getting a little bit more involved in it, and I started landing small roles - like on Dirt with Courteney Cox - and I just recently did a role in a new Martin Scorsese movie called Bleed For This - small part as a blackjack dealer that I have a scene with the main guy in the movie, Miles Teller." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Atreyu drummer and vocalist Brandon Saller says they're taking a deliberate approach in the studio as they don't want their new material to feel forced. They ended their three-year hiatus at this year's Aftershock festival in California and then inked a deal with Spinefarm Records. And Saller says while work is progressing on their as-yet-untiled sixth album, they're feeling no pressure to complete the process.
He tells Hysteria: "I think that getting back into the mindset of this particular band is very different. Everyone's lives have drastically changed for the better over the last four years.
"Getting back into the zone of being in Atreyu, something that was our entire lives for 12 or 13 years, is very challenging. We just have to make sure that every step we take coming back as a band, is taken slow, basing every decision on the fact that it feels right rather than we are forcing it." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Phil Anselmo says he's sitting on a goldmine of material for a second album with his band The Illegals. The Down frontman's first album with The Illegals - Walk Through Exits Only - was released in 2013 and he recently reformed Superjoint Ritual, who will perform at next year's Hellfest.
But he plans to use some downtime in 2015 to work on a second Phil Anselmo And The Illegals album, and he has a lot of tracks to choose from.
Anselmo tells Yahoo Music: "It's going to be very different. I feel like every solo effort should be different. That's a rule in my house under this particular roof. I don't want to regurgitate a damn thing I've done in the past.
"Maybe I might touch on certain things, and in a lot of ways there's no getting around the voice because my voice is my voice. But you can express different musical influences from generations of music. I can do anything I want with The Illegals. It's my band.
"I'm sitting on top of so much music that I have never put out there." Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) U2 caused controversy earlier this year when they gave their latest album Songs Of Innocence away for free to iTunes users. But Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson says he didn't have a problem with the stunt and credits them and Metallica for making 'bold' moves in the digital music age.
He continues: "I think U2 are a fantastic band - just like any big group that goes out and takes chances. Years ago, everybody wanted to hate on Metallica and Lars Ulrich because he fought Napster. Well, he was right. It's easy to hate the 800-pound gorilla because everybody sees them as entitled and privileged and they get to do what the rest of us can't.
"But you know what? They work their asses off for it - they're a phenomenally great band. Whether you like their recent songs or not, whether you like some of the publicity moves they make or their business acumen, I have nothing but tremendous respect for that band."
He also detailed how influential U2 have been to his career. Read what he had to say here.
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Randy Bachman has announced the formation of a new trio entitled Bachman who will be releasing their debut album, "Heavy Blues," on April 15th.
Apart from Bachman, the group also features Anna Ruddick on bass and Dale Anne Brendan on drums and their debut album was produced by Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden, Rush, Led Zeppelin).
"'I've known Kevin for many years and watched his producer credits grow to include many rock legends," said Randy Bachman in the new album announcement. "I knew that he could push me past my limit, pull me onto new paths and direct me down new roads. The collaboration, paired with Dale Anne and Anna's musical ferocity, has made this entire project an amazing experience for me."
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Lynyrd Skynyrd's early era studio and live albums have been gathered together for a new seven-disc vinyl box set, which will be released by Universal on January 26th.
The collection will feature the band's original studio album's Lynyrd Skynyrd aka Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd (1973), Second Helping (1974), Nuthin' Fancy (1975), Gimme Back My Bullets (1976) and Street Survivors (1977) and the classic live album One More From The Road (1976).
The new set will feature discs on 180 gram audiophile vinyl with authentic reproduction of the original artwork for the five studio and double disc live album brought together in a rigid slipcase box. Check out the tracklistings here.
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(Classic Rock) Former Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy has confirmed his fourth solo album, Smash, will be released early next year. It's to be headed up with the launch of a single called I Can't Take It, expected before the end of the month.
Pearcy and his band the Rat Bastards wrote 25 songs before choosing which ones to track. He recently said: "Until I have the best to pick from I won't put the record out. The songs we have are so good we had no choice but to record as many as possible."
The vocalist quit Ratt in April and later said: "30 years is enough time to be in something that's so volatile." But he added that he'd return to make one more album if his former colleagues agreed. Read more here.
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(hennemusic) Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is among the new members of the ownership team of fast-food franchise Quickee Burgers. Neil joins boxing legend Mike Tyson, television and film star Ian Ziering, and Food & Beverage magazine founder Michael Politz in the venture, which currently has two locations in Las Vegas and plans to expand across the States.
"Quickee Burgers is committed to continuing the tradition of providing the busy and on-the-go customer with much faster and more efficient counter and drive-in services," Politz stated in a recent article.
"We are proud to offer healthy hamburgers, shoestring fries and milkshakes that continue to out flavor even the finest restaurants in the country." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Alaskan metalcore outfit 36 Crazyfists have announced a 14-date headline UK tour. They'll hit the road in February and will be supported by All Hail The Yeti and Cytota.
The live shows are in support of upcoming seventh studio outing Time And Trauma which launches on February 16 via their new label Spinefarm Records. It will be the follow-up to their 2012 release Collisions And Castaways.
Frontman Brock Lindow says: "We can't wait to kick off our world tour in the UK and Europe and bringing our friends All Hail The Yeti and Cytota just turns up the heat even more. Strap on your helmets and lace up your party boots - the Alaskans are coming for you."
Check out the dates here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Steel Panther frontman Michael Starr insists they'll never make a clean and serious record, despite calls for them to do just that. Earlier this year Starr said there was no limit to the dirty lyrics they'd tackle and they also launched an over-18 promo for the track Pussywhipped. And he says while they take their roles in the band seriously, there's no chance they'll clean up their act.
He tells The Tennessean: "Now, with where we're at with 25 employees, trucks and buses, there's a lot riding on what comes out on our CDs. We're getting a lot of pressure to write clean stuff from people surrounding our camp, so they can make money off of what we're doing. They're like, 'Look, we need a serious record from Steel Panther.' From day one, we said, 'No. We're not doing that.'"
Starr also reveals he and bandmembers Satchel, Lexxi Foxx and Stix Zadinia never thought they would be as big as they are - although he hoped it would happen one day. Read what he had to say here.
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The 35th anniversary of Pink Floyd's iconic album "The Wall" is celebrated on latest episode of the syndicated radio Show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over these details:
By the late Seventies, Pink Floyd had all the commercial success a band could imagine, but not without battle wounds. The relationships between composer/ bassist Roger Waters and the other band members, as well as between Waters and the audience, had been strained and distorted by the time of The Wall. The only thing left was the music.
In a two-part, two week special InTheStudio radio program, host Redbeard speaks with The Wall architect Roger Waters, singer/guitarist David Gilmour, and percussionist Nick Mason about building one of Rock'n'Roll's crowning recording, live production, and cinematic achievements.
Based on a music superstar's plunge into the dark side of success which eventually results in "absolute isolation, both emotionally and physically, from the audience he or she purports to attract", Roger Waters sadly recounts the autobiographical nature of The Wall and the defining moment he remembers it coming to life.
"During a show in Montreal I finally got so angry that I spat at this child, he was 14 or 15 I suppose. When I got off stage afterwards I thought, ' What have I been reduced to? And what has happened to the relationship between the band and the audience?' So, The Wall was something that I had experienced very powerfully through most of that (Animals) tour, but specifically on that day." - Roger Waters
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(Classic Rock) Anthrax have released a limited edition bourbon whiskey named after one of their hit songs. The thrash metal icons have called their unique bourbon Indians, after their 1987 single.
The bourbon is available exclusively in the USA, and only to certain states. It retails at $75 a bottle and is said to "taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in."
Bass player Frank Bello says: "We've been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a t-shirt or hoodie or poster. And Indians was perfect." Read more here.
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(Prog) Theo Travis will record a new solo album in January, he has revealed. The flautist and saxophonist - who has worked with Gong and Soft Machine Legacy and with Robert Fripp in the duo Travis and Fripp - has gathered a team of prog stars for the record, which he plans to release in June.
Travis tells Prog: "It is going to be an instrumental, bluesy, prog-jazz album. The line up is myself on saxophone and flutes, Nic France on drums, Mike Outram on guitars and Pete Whittaker on Hammond organ and Fender Rhodes.
"I have written most of the music, and there is an instrumental version of a track I co-wrote with Andy Tillison - the title track from the Tangent album A Place In The Queue.
"There's also a cover of Robert Wyatt's Maryan and a track I wrote with Dave Sturt of the recent Gong line-up called Everything I Feared. Steven Wilson has agreed to mix the album too - so it is all very exciting." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Kate Bush tickets have topped a poll of the most-wanted of the year - ahead of pop stars One Direction, in-vogue actor Benedict Cumberbatch and comedy icons Monty Python.
She performed her Before The Dawn show 22 times at London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in August and September. The residency marked her first major live commitment since 1979, and led to her becoming the first female artist to have eight albums in the top 40 at the same time.
Over 8000 tickets were sold within 15 minutes of going on sale in March, according to retailer Viagogo. That made Bush the most demanded entertainment ticket of 2014, in a top 10 that also includes the Rugby World Cup, the Wimbledon tennis competition and the boxing bout between Carl Froch and George Groves. Read more and see the top 10 list here.
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(Classic Rock) Mr. Big frontman Eric Martin has confirmed the dates for his rescheduled tour. He was due to play nine acoustic gigs across the UK this month but was forced to pull the plug due to visa issues. The new dates will take place in August next year and he's added extra cities to the lineup, including Belfast and Dublin.
He says: "My bags are packed (I'm going to leave them packed until August) and I'm ready to go
again. Plane ticket to the UK? Check. Acoustic guitar? Check. Money for beer? Check. Visa? Double check!
"I am so sorry for this mess up. After the amazing journey with Mr Big I was riding tall in the saddle and looking forward to strum out the A chords and belt out the blues with all of you. What a letdown - please let me make it up to you."
Read more and check out the dates here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Lordi frontman Mr Lordi says eerie messages found on the walls of his grandparents' house inspired a track on the band's latest album. The singer says he found messages written by Russian war criminals on the walls of the house he and his wife started renovating four years ago. And after doing a bit of digging, he also discovered it was once used as a radio centre for the Nazi regime during World War II.
The home's scary past inspired the lyrics for House Of Ghosts, which appears on Lordi's latest album Scare Force One which was released at Halloween.
Mr Lordi tells Sleaze Rocks: "It's my grandparents' house. It's at least 79 years old, built in 1935. No-one knew what the house was used for until recently. My grandparents bought the house when my dad was young, maybe six or seven-years-old.
"The Second World War was going on. The wallpaper has been on those walls since 1939 or 1940. When we started renovating the house, we started taking off the wallpaper because we wanted to remove the old wood. What we found under the motherf***ing wallpaper is that there are actually written messages in Russian on the walls.
"I didn't know any Russian, so I called my friend who knows some, and she came and said, 'Oh my God, these are cries for help.' We had discovered that the house that I'm living in, that is my home, was actually one of the Nazi's radio controlling centres. I had no idea. Nobody ever told me. My relatives never told me that." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Il Nino drummer Dave Chavarri and guitarist Ahrue Luster have lifted the lid on their new horror metal project Terror Universal. They're currently working on debut EP Reign Of Terror and have released a lyric video for the track Welcome To Hell.
Chavarri, who previously played with Soulfly, goes under the name Massacre in the outfit, while Luster who was once with Machine Head, is named Diabolus. They're joined in the band by vocalist Rott and guitarist Thrax.
Massacre says: "We are here to inflict terror and fear upon the masses. Our thirst for blood is eternal." Diabolus adds: "We are everything that you loathe and we are everything that you fear. We have come to take and devour your souls."
Check out the lyric video here.
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(hennemusic) Queen guitarist Brian May is raving about singer Adam Lambert's abilities in a new video interview with Japan's Universal Music. "Adam is so much like Freddie [Mercury] in many ways," says May. "But Adam doesn't have to try to be like Freddie, which is the nice thing. He doesn't imitate; he just does his own thing."
Queen first teamed up with Lambert in 2009 to perform the band's rock anthem "We Are the Champions" on American Idol's season's eight finale. Lambert and Queen partnered again in 2011 at the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast. In the summer of 2012 they performed their first live concerts together with three sold-out shows in the UK at London's Hammersmith Apollo as well as concert appearances in Russia, Ukraine and Poland. While 2014 saw the pairing tour the world.
"We didn't look for this guy, [but] suddenly he's there, and he can sing all of those lines," May continues. "See, they're difficult songs to sing, Queen songs. There's too much range. So many people can't sing them in the original key - even if they are good singers. Adam comes along, he can do it easy. He can do it in his sleep!"
"He can sing higher than even Freddie could in a live situation. So I think Freddie would look at this guy and think, 'Hmm
Yeah. Okay.' There would be a kind of, 'Hmm... You bastard. You can do this.' And Adam also has this presentation, I think. He is a showman. He doesn't have to try. He is a natural, in the same way that Freddie was."
"Some people walk on a stage and they're able to do this, and they're able to connect with an audience. And Freddie had it, without a doubt, and Adam has it also. So for a band this is very important. Everybody's doing their thing, but you need that connection, you need that channel, and Adam is great."
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(Radio.com) Well, here's a Christmas miracle for you: Paul McCartney is 72 years old and does not have gray hair. That much was made clear when he appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, promoting his recent for video for 'Hope for the Future."
The two of them riffed for a while about the pure absurdity of a legendary musician writing music for a video game. McCartney describes how he first encountered video games--'I'd see my grandkids playing them"--and began playing, and soon enough 'I was Mr. Cool" (and not cool because, you know, he's a Beatle.
Then the two get into an extended riff on the idea that McCartney would rather be making this guest appearance on Ellen. 'No, no, I'm really happy to be here," the rocker claimed, sticking his tounge into his cheek in a gesture of disdain.
Watch the appearance here.
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(Prog) Anna Phoebe has released her version of Christmas carol Silent Night as a charity single. Created with longtime collaborator Nicolas Rizzi, she's aimed to offer "an alternative to the mainstream Christmas tunes blasting from the wireless."
Silent Night is on sale now via Amazon, iTunes and all major digital retailers - and 25% of all profits will be donated to the War Child charity, which supports and protects children living in war zones.
Phoebe released her album Between The Shadow And The Soul in October. She said: "We've all drawn on our musical experiences ranging from North Indian classical, jazz, rock and metal, and my own more Eastern style."
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(TeamRock Radio) Marduk have made another track from their upcoming album, Frontschwein, available to stream. They previously made the track Rope Of Regret available to stream.
The Swedish black metal outfit will release Frontschwein on January 19 via Century Media Records. And they have now released a stream of album track Wartheland.
Frontschwein will be released as standard Jewelcase CD, limited Mediabook CD with alternative artwork and bonus track, on noble gatefold LP with LP-booklet and as digital download.
Check out the new song here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Anthrax bass player Frank Bello says his short spell with Helmet made him a better musician. Bello left Anthrax in 2004 and hooked up with his friends in Helmet for an 18-month spell. He says he needed a break from Anthrax and that the band probably needed a rest from him too - but the separation proved fruitful for everyone involved.
He tells Hangar 19: "It's just like a marriage. We decided to take a little break from each other. I went to go jam with Helmet for a year and a half of f***ing the best fun. Page Hamilton, John Tempesta and Chris Traynor, we had a ball.
"Great musicians in that group - absolutely great musicians. And you know what? I think it made me a better bass player. It made me dig in with a pick, and it was a different form of playing for me." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Portland chuggers Lord Dying have given Metal Hammer the premiere of their new track An Open Sore. Taken from their upcoming album Poisoned Altars, An Open Sore features Red Fang's Aaron Beam on guest vocals. Speaking about the track, frontman Erik Olson said the song is about "lessons in humility and learning from your mistakes".
Red Fang's Aaron added: "This is a vocal bridge I wrote and recorded with Joel Grind and had Lord Dying come in and do guest songwriting, full band, and main vocals on. I think it turned out great!
"But seriously. I was honored to be asked to guest vocal on this track, and it came together very naturally. I hadn't even heard Erik's lyrics and mine fit perfectly with his. It was a match made in heck!"
Listen to the new track here.
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(Prog) Multi-instrumentalist Franck Carducci has released a promo video for the track Torn Apart. The song comes from his upcoming album of the same name which launches on January 9 and is the follow-up to 2011's Oddity.
The record features a guest appearance from Genesis man Steve Hackett who plays on the track Closer To Irreversible. The album also features organist Olivier Castan, keyboardist Richard Vecchi, drummer Laurent Falso and guitarists Christophe Obadia and Mathieu Spaeter. Carducci sings and plays guitar and bass on the album which was mixed and mastered by Christian Morfin.
Carducci previously issued a trailer for Torn Apart and said working with Hackett was a "dream come true." He said: "I'm thrilled that it will feature a special guest performance by Mr Steve Hackett himself. No need to mention that a collaboration with one of my all-time heroes is more than a dream come true."
Check out the song here.
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