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Scott Weiland Cancels Upcoming Tour

(Classic Rock) Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts have cancelled their upcoming UK and European tour. But their gig at London's The Garage on September 3 will go ahead as planned.

The run of shows had been due to take place across September and October to support the release of their debut album Blaster. A statement reads: "Scott and the band, along with management want the fans to know that this decision was not made lightly.

"But as it stood, the tour dates had far too many administration and production issues to overcome, and ultimately the fan experience would have been far below what Scott feels his loyal fans deserve." Read more here.

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Corey Taylor Discusses Lost Velvet Revolver Tapes

(Classic Rock) Corey Taylor says he's "fine" about his work with Velvet Revolver being lost for ever - even though he thought some of it was "pretty sweet." He's confirmed that he wrote three songs with Slash and co while they considered him as Scott Weiland's replacement, following an acrimonious split in 2008.

And the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman says he recorded nearly an album's worth of material before Slash decided he wasn't the right man for the job.

Taylor tells Loudwire: "I think it was 10 songs, nine or 10. There was a handful that we wrote and a handful that I rearranged based on music they already had. I think there was three songs that we wrote together, which were actually pretty sweet."

He adds: "The world will probably never hear them - which is fine. I would want another crack at working on some of that stuff, but that will never happen. It's all good." Find out why Slash wasn't sold on the idea of Corey taking over vocals here.

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Jimmy Page Hopes To Release XYZ Recordings With Chris Squire

(Classic Rock) Jimmy Page hopes to release the recordings he made with late Yes bassist Chris Squire in 1981, he's revealed. They formed XYZ with Yes drummer Alan White, naming the project by abbreviating "Ex-Yes and Zeppelin" because all three were no longer with the bands that had made their names.

Work was abandoned after they failed to secure a suitable singer, although demo material has circulated and some of the music later appeared on the reformed Yes' 1983 album 90125. Squire died last month, aged 67.

Asked about releasing the recordings, Page tells Radio.com: "Absolutely, but I haven't worked on it. It's something I wanted to do after all the Led Zeppelin stuff was out.

"I wanted to contact Chris and Alan. The music was really good - it's the first thing I did after we lost John Bonham. I had a studio at the time and they wanted to get together. I thought it was like laying down the gauntlet: 'I'm not curling up under a rock and hiding.'" Read more here.

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The Gaslight Anthem Going On Hiatus After August Tour

The Gaslight Anthem announced on Wednesday that they will be putting the band on hiatus to focus on individual projects. The break will begin after the band complete their upcoming European tour.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on August 14th in Budapest at the Sziget Festival and will conclude with an appearance at this year's Reading Festival in the UK on August 30th.

The band did not indication how long the break would last. Here is the message that they posted on their Facebook page "We wanted to let everyone know that we'll all be taking a break from The Gaslight Anthem after this next European tour in August. We're all going to do other projects and stay active in some way or another, both in and out of music, but we'd like to step away from the band until we decide what we'd like to do next.

"We'd like to recharge and take a step back until we have something we feel excited about rather than going right back to making a record just for the sake of making the next record. We all feel this is the best decision we can make and it feels like the right one for us.

"Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our band for the last eight years and we'll see you down the road!"

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Allman Brothers' Mother Geraldine Dead At 98

(The Blues) Geraldine Allman, the mother of Gregg and Duane of the Allman Brothers Band, has died at the age of 98. Gregg Allman confirmed the news via his website, describing her as a huge supporter of her sons' musical careers.

Known as Jerry to her friends, she'd brought them up after her husband died suddenly in 1950, just five years after they'd married. Granddaughter Galadrielle Allman's says via Gregg's site: "Jerry had a motto taken from a poem by Sam Walter Floss: 'Let me live in my house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.' The modest beauty of this wish was typical of Jerry.

"She had a natural ability to live in the moment and celebrate the simple pleasures of life. Her door was always open to her many friends and she often had a full house. She took great pleasure in flowers and gardening.

"Her hands were always busy with handwork, crocheting and knitting beautiful things. She was a wonderful cook, and collected cook books and recipes. She loved the ocean and walking on the beach by her home." Read more here.

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Operation: Mindcrime Release 'The Key' Video

(Classic Rock) Operation: Mindcrime - the band fronted by former Queensryche man Geoff Tate - have launched a video for their track The Key. It's the first single from debut album The Key, set for release on September 18 via Frontiers Music.

Tate's joined in the work by guests including Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and Disturbed counterpart John Moyer, plus drummers Simon Wright, Brian Tichy and Scott Mercado.

The mainman says of his three-album plot: "Each song is a scene or chapter. The words tell the story, the musical bed, the chord progressions and melodies, they set the pace. That's how I envisioned this album in total - very theatrical and definitely cinematic." Watch the video here.

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Jimmy Page Looks At Led Zeppelin's Final Years In The Studio

(ITS) The latest episode of the syndicated radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands concludes its conversations with Led Zeppelin founder, guitarist, producer and songwriter Jimmy Page with a revealing look at the final years of Led Zeppelin. The show sent over these details:

For over a decade Led Zeppelin soared above the Rock'n'Roll world, setting course with their groundbreaking 1969 debut, then trailblazing through the Seventies selling millions of albums and concert tickets. But it was this very demand for more… larger crowds, longer tours… which would vie for focus from these four still rather young men trying, in some cases, to start a family or deal with fame and fortune. Factor into this heady brew the fate of the unknown and unforeseen, and you get legendary creative highs and the most tragic losses and lows. That's what you have with what turned out to be the final Led Zeppelin studio albums Presence in 1976, the timeless In Through The Out Door in 1979, and the post-original collection of rarities called Coda.

InTheStudio host Redbeard speaks at length to band founder/ guitarist/ producer Jimmy Page about his comprehensive overhaul of the Led Zeppelin catalog which now has given fans the most authoritative look at the band's illustrious career. In Through The Out Door is played every day on US radio, but as the studio album which preceded drummer John Bonham's death, Jimmy Page assures us that it was never meant to be Led Zeppelin's last.

"Of course it wasn't. There'd have been another album after that. I know John Bonham and I had discussed that. And if you want to have an idea about what way that would go, well then just listen to "Bonzo's Montreux" and see where he's given a good hand to be able to do drum orchestra and really enjoy himself. He used to like to get into things where he could really get in and groove... We probably would have gone in that direction, but it's hard to tell …." - Jimmy Page

Stream the episode here.

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Slayer's Kerry King Says The Grammys Are Clueless About Metal

(Classic Rock) Kerry King says Slayer's Grammy Awards were only good for one thing - showing them to his parents. The band have won two of the coveted awards, both for tracks from 2006 album Christ Illusion. Eyes Of The Insane brought them a gong in 2007 and Final Six secured a second the following year.

King tells Unrated: "No one involved with the Grammys has any idea about metal, let alone hard rock. The first time a Grammy was awarded to a metal band was Jethro Tull. Are you serious? Last year, Tenacious D - they're a f***ing joke band."

He continues: "When we won ours I think it was probably cool for my parents, because they understand what a Grammy is. They don't understand the bullsh*t involved with it, but to be able to come home with that big-ass heavy award and show it to my parents, that was important to me." Read more here.

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Clutch Release X-Ray Visions Video, Announce Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Clutch have released the music video for "X-Ray Visions", the lead track from their forthcoming album, "Psychic Warfare." Due October 2, the Maryland group's follow-up to 2013's "Earth Rocker" will be issued via their own Weathermaker Music label.

Clutch recorded the project at their own studio as well as producer Machine's place in Dripping Springs, Texas. "The title 'Psychic Warfare' is taken from the track, 'X-Ray Visions," says singer Neil Fallon. "It's a tale about an unnamed protagonist who is forced to seek refuge in a flop house motel. He is hiding from several nefarious psychic forces, the worst of which is his own sleep deprived paranoia."

Clutch have also announced new US tour dates for the fall that will see the band joined by special guests Corrosion Of Conformity (COC) and The Shrine for shows starting October in Fort Lauderdale, FL on October 3.

Prior to the tour's launch, Clutch will play select festival dates along with a Labor Day weekend show at The Joint in Las Vegas supporting Primus. The band will also be co-headlining with Mastodon on select dates with special guests COC as part of leg 2 of The Missing Link Tour which features full sets by both Clutch and Mastodon. See the dates and watch the new video here.

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Fans Comes To Slaves (US) Rescue After Warped Tour Ousting

(TeamRock Radio) Fans of Slaves (US) have stepped in to clear the band's debt after the group were voted off the Vans Warped Tour. And as a result, Jonny Craig and co say the dismissal was one of the best things that's ever happened to them.

The Californian outfit were left $29,000 out of pocket after losing their slot at the US event, adding to their woes after guitarist Alex Lyman was stabbed in an unprovoked attack last month.

Slaves say: "We were so sure that this band was over and we leaked a song on the CD that meant a lot to us. We put all our merch up to cover what we could of our debt and bow out.

"Little did we know that less than 48 hours later we - or better yet, our fans - would generate enough money to pull us completely out of debt." They continue: "Getting voted off Vans Warped Tour is the best thing to ever happen. It was more of a reminder than a punishment." Read more here.

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Gene Simmons Explains What Turned Him Onto The Beatles

(Classic Rock) Gene Simmons says he liked the Beatles as a teenager because his mother didn't approve of their looks. The Beatles' 1964 debut on The Ed Sullivan Show turned out to be a defining experience for Simmons, who recounted the event in his 2001 book Kiss And Make-Up.

Simmons tells Bass Guitar Magazine: "I remember thinking, 'They look weird.' They were very small people by American standards, and they looked feminine.

"They didn't look Italian or Jewish or Greek or black. They didn't even look like hoodlums. I started to think they were cool because my mother thought they looked silly. They looked like what they sounded like." Read more here.

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Red Dragon Cartel's Latest Singer Not Sure If He Will Last

(Classic Rock) Red Dragon Cartel's fifth singer in a year, Shawn Crosby, admits he's not sure whether he'll land the role permanently. Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E Lee has struggled with securing a lineup, with five vocalists having fronted the band over the past four months.

Crosby, formerly of Jones Street, tells Rock N Roll Experience: "I thought I was retiring - I was in LA for 30 years and I moved back to my home town in Virginia.

"Anthony Esposito, the bass player, called me up and said they needed somebody quick. I'd opened a skate shop, but I closed it up and came out on tour, and I've been on tour since."

Asked whether he's a permanent fixture, he replies: "I don't know - we'll see. They say 'fifth time's the charm.'" He's hoping his connection with the late Ray Gillen, Lee's colleague in 90s outfit Badlands, will help. "I was really good friends with Ray," says Crosby. Read more here.

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Radiohead Surprise Favorite For New James Bond Theme

(Classic Rock) Radiohead have become sudden UK bookies' favorites to write the theme song for upcoming James Bond movie Spectre. Betting has been suspended after an unidentified fan tried to put £15,000 on Thom Yorke and co creating the title track for the film, set for release later this year. The odds were 10/1 before the books were closed.

A spokesman for bookies William Hill tells the Guardian: "There seem to be all kinds of rumors and the plot has had more twists and turns than a classic Bond tale.

"The first gamble of the day was Ellie Goulding and punters were backing her as if she already had the gig. Just as we were thinking of pulling the plug, we had a load of bets for Radiohead. But surely nobody risks £15,000 on a hunch." Read more here.

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Steve Hackett Documentary Coming To DVD

(Prog) Steve Hackett is the subject of an upcoming documentary DVD, which looks back over his entire career. In Steve Hackett - The Man, The Music he talks about his time in Genesis and GTR alongside his solo years.

The highs and lows of his path through prog are illustrated with interviews shot over a number of years. The feature also includes interviews with Steven Wilson, the late Chris Squire and producer Roger King, plus performance clips.

And Hackett offers an insight into his working process via exclusive studio session footage. The DVD will be launched in September via Wienerworld. Read more here.

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Frank Turner Streaming New Song 'Mittens'

(TeamRock Radio) Frank Turner has issued a lyric video for his track Mittens. It's taken from his sixth album Positive Songs For Negative People which is set for release on August 7.

It's available to pre-order, with those buying ahead of launch getting instant access to the new track along with Get Better and The Next Storm. He recently revealed he laughed off his label's suggestion of a collaboration with Taylor Swift, calling it a "f***ing rubbish idea."

Turner's been on tour across Europe and will play at next month's Reading and Leeds festivals. He'll then head to North America for a run of dates before returning to the UK in November. Check out the song here.

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Haken Spoof Yes In Cruise To The Edge Announcement Video

(Prog) Haken have confirmed their addition to this year's Cruise To The Edge via a light-hearted video. Guitarist Charlie Griffiths makes the announcement while being overlaid on some of prog's most famous works of album art.

The London quartet - who performed at last weekend's inaugural Ramblin' Man Fair - join hosts Yes, Marillion, the Neal Morse Band, Anathema, Spock's Beard and others.

Griffiths had the following to say: "It's going to be a huge honor for us to play alongside all these legendary bands, so we hope to see you there for all the proggy fun."

Morse and Mike Portnoy last week confirmed they'd be playing a tribute set to late Yes bassist Chris Squire. The cruise takes place aboard the Norwegian Pearl on the Caribbean from November 15 to 19. Watch the video here.

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Caligula's Horse Announce New Album 'Bloom'

(Prog) Caligula's Horse have confirmed their third album, Bloom, will be released later this year. The follow-up to 2013's The Tide, The Thief & River's End will be released across Europe on October 16 and in the US on October 30 via InsideOut.

Frontman Jim Grey says: "Bloom is very special to all of us - it's an album full of colour and life, vibrancy and energy, but one that breathes in and out with a natural ebb and flow. It's exactly what we hoped to achieve with Caligula's Horse. To us, this album has a life of its own."

The Australian outfit have also announced an extensive tour starting in their homeland, where they'll perform alongside TesseracT. They head to Europe later, with four dates in the UK at the end of November. Watch the new album trailer here.

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Deafheaven Announce New Album and Release Preview Video

(TeamRock Radio) Deafheaven have confirmed they'll release their third album on October 2. New Bermuda will be issued via Anti- Records after recently signing a deal with the label. It's the follow-up to 2013's Sunbather.

Joining vocalist George Clarke, guitarist Kerry McCoy and drummer Daniel Tracy on the album, which is said to continue their blend of "black metal, shoegaze and post-rock" are bassist Stephen Lee Clarke and second guitarist Shiv Mehra,

In addition, they'll play two shows in the UK next month: Bristol's ArcTanGent on August 22 and London's Scala on August 24. They've released a teaser to announce the release. View it here.

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Puddle Of Mudd Singer Arrested After 100 MPH Police Chase

(TeamRock Radio) Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin has been arrested following a drunken 100 miles per hour police chase in Minnesota. According to E! Online, an officer from Renville County Sheriff's Department observed Scantlin travelling at 30mph over the speed limit.

A 100mph chase then ensued before the singer was forced to pull over. When questioned, police say Scantlin was slurring his words and had "very watery and bloodshot eyes."

He's now been charged with DUI and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, and he could also face charges of failing to agree to further tests while in custody. Read more here.

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Metallica Get Their Own Comic Book

(Radio.com) Metallica have been immortalized in comic form with StormFront Media's latest biography, Orbit: Metallica. David Frizell, a rock artist famous for his work with Avenged Sevenfold, jumped at the chance to illustrate the cover for the comic book.

'It's Metallica! What rock artist wouldn't jump at the chance to draw them? I've followed them their entire career. They are the most influential metal band ever." According to the artist, much care went into the concept for the cover. 'I spoke with my brother, brainstorming ideas until I came up with this. I wanted the cover to be iconic and to look like it could be their next album cover." Sample pages can be seen below.

Formerly known as Bluewater Comics, Stormfront's unique approach is designed to capture the attention of "reluctant readers," who might not otherwise read biographical material. "It's my hope that these books teach readers about the people behind the hype," says the company's President Darren G. Davis. Read more and see some images from the comic here.

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Dave Grohl Using Led Zeppelin To Heal His Leg

(TeamRock Radio) Dave Grohl is air-drumming to help his broken leg heal, he's revealed. And the Foo Fighters mainman says he's noticed a big different after being forced to change his drumming style to take account of the injury.

He's been performing in a custom-built throne since falling off a stage in Sweden last month. The incident forced the Foos to cancel a handful of shows including a headline spot at Glastonbury - but the band were soon back on the road.

Grohl tells Q: "I've been air-drumming along to Led Zeppelin three times a day." Real drumming involves playing the bass pedal with his left foot rather than his usual right. "Ever since I started playing, my right calf muscle has been twice the size of my left, from stomping the hell out of my pedal," he says. "Now it looks like a sad little chicken wing." Read more here.

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Puscifer Announce New Album and Release Grand Canyon Video

While fans wait for the new Tool album to arrive, Maynard James Keenan will be releasing new music this fall in the form a new studio album from his other band Puscifer.

The new Puscifer album will be entitled "Money Shot" and is set to be released on October 30th. The band has also given fans their first taste of the album with the release of a music video for the track "Grand Canyon".

Keenan had the following to say about the new album, "It's extremely satisfying to witness simple conversations and ideas transform into completed sonic landscapes.

"And to have these stories go above and beyond the initial ideas makes my grumpy heart swell three sizes." Watch the new Grand Canyon" music video here.

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Mastodon Announce North American Tour With Judas Priest

(hennemusic) Mastodon announced that they will be teaming up with Judas Priest for a fall tour of North America. The two bands will launch the run in Paso Robles, CA on October 16 as Judas Priest promote their latest album, "Redeemer Of Souls", and Mastodon support 2014's "Once More 'Round The Sun."

Mastodon will also mix solo headlining shows with a continuation of the Missing Link Tour, a trek co-starring Clutch and Corrosion Of Conformity. The Atlanta band recently cancelled their upcoming summer European tour dates due to "a personal family matter."

"Mastodon regretfully announce they must cancel their upcoming shows that were to take place from August 7th through September 3rd due to a personal family matter," said the band. "Mastodon will return to the road in Latin America in Late September. The September 5th show in Iceland has been rescheduled for December 5th."

The cancelled dates include a variety of festival appearances, headline shows and dates with Metallica in Europe as well as Canada's Heavy Montreal event. See the tour dates here.

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Dave Mustaine Reveals New Megadeth Album Details

(hennemusic) Megadeth have revealed the tracklist for their forthcoming 15th album, which is expected to be released later this year. Frontman Dave Mustaine unveiled the details during a special online chat at the Megadeth Cyber Army on Monday.

Megadeth's latest features 13 original tunes including "Death From Within", "Fatal Illusion," "Me Hate You", "Post American World" and the effort will also include two covers, "Melt The Ice Away" by Budgie and "Foreign Policy" by Fear.

Recorded in Nashville, the untitled album is co-produced by Mustaine and Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn), and is currently being mixed by Lamb Of God producer Josh Wilbur.

Megadeth's 15th album features new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God. The group debuted their new lineup during a performance at the Festival D'ιtι De Quιbec (Quebec City Summer Festival), in Quebec City on July 18. See the full track list here.

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Obscura Forced To Pull Out Of The Summer Slaughter Tour

The Summer Slaughter Tour, which kicked off last night (July 28th) in Denver, is down another band as Obscura was forced to pull out of the trek at the last minute due to visa issues.

Obscura's departure from the trek follows news that After The Burial cancelled their appearance on the tour in the wake of the tragic death of guitarist Justin Lowe.

On Tuesday night, tour headliner Arch Enemy and the official Facebook and website for the tour were still showing both bands in the lineup which also includes Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Cattle Decapitation and Beyond Creation.

Obscura's Steffen Kummerer explained their cancelation with the following message, "Obscura won't be able to participate in this year's Summer Slaughter due to visa issues. We started the visa process in April a few days after we confirmed the tour but it seems that US Immigration is a lottery to get a visa in time or not.

"We lost all of our flights, our gear is in Los Angeles, our US crew lost their job for a whole month and the $3000 we paid for visas are non-refundable. In total Obscura lost $15,000 with this stunt to be straight. This is an existential amount of money for a band of this size. And personally, I face this situation a second time after 2012's Death DTA disaster.

"We have been prepared, hired a professional agency to have all visas been applied for correctly and in time - starting in April. The immigration failed to file a necessary I-797 form (the final work permission) from June 3rd - this takes up to two weeks according to their official information but they did not even started at this point, so we won't get an estimate when we can pick up our passports/visas. To clarify, if we would try to get into the country with a tourist visa or without a visa at all the band will get deported on our own costs and get banned from the United States for 10 years.

"If we jump on the tour at a later point we will lose even more money since all of our gear, production and breakables arrived in Los Angeles two weeks ago. Also booking flights a second time costs us another $8000. Our coach is based in Los Angeles and paying $1000 per day until we finally would be able to enter the country would ruin the band completely.

"It is a bitter, frustrating situation we, our loyal fan base and all promoters and agents have to face right now. We won't give up and we will come back to the United States, but we have to drop off Summer Slaughter 2015." See the dates here.

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Iron Maiden's New Double Album Felt Right For The Band

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers says the band's 16th album The Book Of Souls proves they're as valid now as they've ever been. The follow-up to 2010's The Final Frontier is their first double-length release, clocking in at 92 minutes and including an 18-minute track.

And they're not concerned if the extent of the work turns some people off. Gers tells Glide: "This is a time when people's attention spans are so limited. We just do what we want to do, and we've always done that. It wasn't that we set out to make a double album. It just ended up we had 11 songs in 92 minutes. If it feels right, that's what it is."

He adds: "I think this album proves we're still valid. The songs are powerful and edgy. There's all types of different songs and there's almost something for everybody - classically influenced, jazz influenced, rock and blues influenced. It's all there, and it's just indicative of what the band's about." Read more here.

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New Keith Richards Documentary To Premiere On Netflix

(hennemusic) Netflix will premiere the Keith Richards documentary, "Under The Influence", on September 18 - the same day his first solo album in more than three decades, "Crosseyed Heart", hits stores.

Directed by Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Best Of Enemies), the film is billed as "an unprecedented look into the sounds and influences of rock and roll icon Keith Richards."

"If there's a Mount Rushmore of Rock 'n' Roll, Keith's face is surely on it," says Neville. "He has always represented the soul of rock music-for all of the light and dark shades that implies.

"To my relief, Keith Richards turned out to be a real man-full of humor, knowledge and wisdom. That's the real Keith we've worked to capture in our film and I'm honored to bring it to a global audience via Netflix."

The portrait of Richards pursues the origins of his sound as a songwriter, guitarist and performer, charting influences back to the music that inspired him then and now - electric blues, country honky-tonk, southern soul, and more - as he creates his first solo album in 23 years, "Crosseyed Heart." Read more here.

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People Taking Music For Granted Says Opeth Star

(Prog) Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt fears that the general public take music and musicians for granted. And he believes that a traditional record label system is the only way new bands will find their way out of the cluster of self-powered acts who struggle to gain mainstream success.

Akerfeldt tells Music Business Facts: "It's so hard being a creative person. You put out a product, and people throw the 'sellout' thing at you because you depend on some kind of income.

"It's like, 'You're lucky to be in this position. You shouldn't complain. Get a real job, just like the rest of us.' Which is fair enough - but I think people underestimate how much they need music. Once it's gone…"

He adds: "It's really difficult for bands starting out today to get their names out there. I think the filter that was provided by a record label back in the day was ultimately good."

Akerfeldt argues that bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Kiss had to go through a process where they were compared against competing artists, meaning they knew what they had to deliver if they wanted success.

"Bands today start their own YouTube channel and put out their own record. But they're fighting," he says.

"They're rubbing elbows with millions of bands - and quite frankly, many of them are sh*t. For a band who have something, starting out today would be very difficult. They'd be caught in that stream of sh*tloads of bands." Read more here.

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Roxy Music and The Clash Icons In New Supergroup

(Prog) Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera has formed a supergroup to perform at an Italian festival next month. They'll play at La Notte della Taranta in Salerno on August 22, alongside local musicians and dancers.

Along with violinist Anna Phoebe, it also includes Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen, Italian singer Ligabue and Colombian guitarst Andrew Eche.

Manzanera - who co-produced David Gilmour's upcoming solo album Rattle That Lock - says: "I'm delighted that La Notte della Taranta has attracted such wonderful artists." Read more here.

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Peter Frampton Announces His Very First Acoustic Tour

(hennemusic) Peter Frampton has announced dates for his first-ever acoustic tour. The guitarist will be joined by Gordon Kennedy - longtime collaborator and co-producer of his Grammy Award-winning album "Fingerprints" - as well as his son, singer and guitarist Julian Frampton.

The 12-show run opens in Greeneville, TN on October 8. "This is a first for me and I'm very excited about doing a whole show acoustically," says Frampton. "I couldn't do it without the help of, my writing partner of 15 years, Gordon Kennedy who will be joining me for these shows.

"I see this show being 'me' performing the songs just as I wrote them on acoustic guitar or piano. I have done a lot of shows including 2 or 3 acoustic solo pieces and always enjoy the way it draws the audience and myself closer together."

"I couldn't be more ecstatic about the opportunity to support a legend while simultaneously spending time with family," adds Julian. "Two birds, one stone." See the dates here.

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Punk Supergroup Great Collapse Release New Song, Announce Album

(TeamRock Radio) Punk supergroup Great Collapse have announced they'll release their debut album Holy War on October 2 via End Hits Records. They've also released a stream of their track New Abolition.

The band feature frontman Thomas Barnett (Strike Anywhere), bassist Joe Saucedo (Set Your Goals), drummer Todd Henning (ex Death By Stereo) and guitarists Chris Chasse (ex Rise Against) and Tom Arnott (At Risk/Love Equals Death).

Barnett says: "We build this road by walking on it, no matter how many steps or lifetimes it may take. This is our small contribution aimed to destroy the story of powerlessness that history builds on the backs of our lives. New Abolition is only the beginning." Stream the new track here.

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Bernie Torme Releasing New Album This Fall

(Classic Rock) Bernie Torme has announced that he plans to release his latest album in October. He'll issue Blackheart at the start of the month - although no firm date has been given.

It was made possible thanks to a successful PledgeMusic campaign which began earlier this year. He says: "This album will have loads of guitar, some killer songs, and will again move from classic heavy rock into psychedelia and blues."

In 2014, he launched a similar incentive for Flowers & Dirt which smashed its target in just 24 hours. 10% of cash raised will once again go to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Read more here.

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Prince Releasing His 38th Studio Album

(Classic Rock) Prince is gearing up to release his 38th studio record, his band 3rdeyegirl have revealed. And they described the Hit And Run Album as "super-experimental."

Named after his recent touring activities, which has seen him announcing shows on the day they're to be played, it's to be launched in the very near future.

The band heard Prince's latest work at a private party following a concert at the US White House last month. 3rdeyegirl guitarist Donna Grantis tells the BBC: "We were all dancing and Joshua Welton was DJing. He started playing all these super-funky songs. He's throwing out joint after joint and they're all funky - each one is funkier than the last.

"Little did we know we were jamming to a completely new album that Joshua and Prince had done." Read more and listen to a track here.

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Jon Anderson And Jean-Luc Ponty Announce North American Tour

(Prog) The Anderson Ponty Band have announced a run of North American shows for later this year. Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson and jazz-fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty launched a Kickstarter campaign last year to help support the production of an album. The as-yet-untitled record is expected to be released in October.

Anderson said of the collaboration: "A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc's music. To be in a band again is exciting on so many levels. We'll play and sing our way round the world and have fun."

Joining Anderson and Ponty in the lineup are keyboardist Wally Minko, guitarist Jamie Dunlap, drummer Rayford Griffin and bassist Baron Browne. The band say they'll announce further dates in December. See the announced dates here.

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Arcane Roots Release New Video and Reveal New EP Details

(Prog) Arcane Roots have revealed full details of their upcoming EP, which is entitled Heaven And Earth. They've launched a video for lead track If Nothing Breaks, Nothing Moves, which appears on the October release via Easy Life / Sony Red. It's their first release since drummer Daryl Atkins announced he'd remain part of the band but wouldn't continue touring with them.

Frontman Andrew Groves says: "If Nothing Breaks, Nothing Moves is a promise to our fans to give it our all every single show. I purposely made it the first on the record, and the first single, so I would have to make that promise each night.

"I wanted the video to embody and reflect the song entirely, to show all the struggle and frustration but, also show the internal fight to be who I'd always wanted to be. Everything you then see on the screen is real - I just concentrated on singing the words and holding my breath." Watch the new video here.

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Tim Bowness Scores His Biggest Hit Yet With Stupid Things Album

(Prog) Tim Bowness' third solo album Stupid Things That Mean The World has given him his highest-ever chart positions. The follow-up to 2014's Abandoned Dancehall Dreams was released earlier this month via InsideOut and reached number 10 in both the UK National Rock Albums chart and the National Vinyl Chart. It also made number 75 in the physical sales listing.

It features a core of Bowness and members of the No-Man live band - Stephen Bennett, Michael Bearpark and Andrew Booker - plus guest appearances from Anna Phoebe, Peter Hammill, Pat Mastelotto, Phil Manzanera, David Rhodes, Rhys Marsh and Bruce Soord, who also mixed the project.

Bowness recently said: "Stupid Things That Mean The World is a bolder and more dynamic extension of Abandoned Dancehall Dreams. It's a logical step forward, with some surprises, I hope." Read more here.

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Amorphis Say New 'Under The Red Cloud' Album Is 'Tense'

(Prog) Amorphis have described upcoming album Under The Red Cloud as "uptempo" and "tense." The follow-up to 2013's Circle is due for release on September 4 via Nuclear Blast. And frontman Tomi Joutsen says it offers a musical development from their last title.

He tells Metal Wani: "Some of the people who've heard this album said it's more heavy. Vocal wise it's a little bit heavier than Circle. We only have 10 songs so it makes the album really solid - every song is tense."

Guitarist Esa Holopainen previously credited producer Jens Bogren for getting the most out of the band in the studio. He says: "It's definitely much more uptempo than some of the previous albums. That's one of the things Jens wanted us to do."

He admits: "It felt a bit silly at first - but later it felt really natural. I'm really happy that he did it because there's some catchy things there." Read more and watch the video clip here.

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Yellowcard's Josh Portman Has Tumor Surgery

(TeamRock Radio) Yellowcard bassist Josh Portman is recovering from successful surgery to remove a tumor, he's confirmed. He'd been suffering ill effects for some time before the growth near his heart was dealt with.

He reported earlier this week: "I'm undergoing an operation to hopefully get rid of this thing once and for all. Looking forward to finally feeling good for the first time in many, many years."

Now Portman says: "Been an intense, excruciating few days - but they successfully removed my tumor! Thank you for all the love, prayers and well-wishes!" Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Fans Have 'Clues' To Bumblefoot's Status In Band

(Classic Rock) Guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal still won't officially confirm or deny whether he has left Guns N' Roses - but he says his previous comments make his position clear.

He's been fielding questions about his status in Axl Rose's outfit since the beginning of the year, describing his position as "awkward" and adding that he was "taking a bullet" in not answering directly. He later explained he'd never settled in the band.
Fellow guitarist DJ Ashba announced he'd quit the band this week in order to concentrate on his work with Sixx:A.M. Asked to clarify his position, Bumblefoot tells Gary Graff (via Blabbermouth): "That is the thing I am not to elaborate on - I think there's enough clues out there for you to figure out what I'm up to."

He adds: "Everything I'm doing has a future and a bigger plan. The solo stuff, the other bands, the producing, the charity and educational things - these are all the things I love that I've really missed.

"I'm very happy putting my time back into that. It's really what I should be doing." Read more here.

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Anthrax Brings The Noise With Chuck D At Hollywood HOB

(hennemusic) Rap star Chuck D joined Anthrax on stage when they performed the final metal show at the Sunset Strip's House Of Blues on Wednesday. The venue will officially close on August 7 to make way for a new hotel/housing/retail complex. Video from the show has been posted online.

"Hello my friends!," posted guitarist Scott Ian on Thursday. "I am recovering from a severe case of Metalneck after last night's incredible show at House Of Blues Hollywood! What a way to shut it down!!!

"It was a blistering 2 hours and you guys and gals never let up for a second. Opening with 3 in a row from Spreading The Disease ripped, A.I.R., the much requested Lone Justice (you all know who you are) and Madhouse really set the pace for the evening all the way until Chuck D joined us on a category 5 hurricane version of Bring The Noise. Chuck is a force of nature and when he opens his mouth it's like Black Bolt unleashing a shockwave but with lyrics.

"Seriously, House Of Blues was shaking at its foundation. What a night. Thank you LA and thank you House Of Blues! OK, back to work on the new record." Read more and see videos from the show here.

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Iron Maiden Preview New Album The Book Of Souls

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden are sharing the first preview of new music from their forthcoming double album, "The Book Of Souls." Due September 4, the project was produced by Kevin Shirley and recorded in Paris in 2014.

Plans to release the record were delayed so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson - who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour - would have time to recuperate and assist in the preparations for the album's launch.

"We're really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it," says Dickinson. "We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we'd done the Brave New World album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us.

"We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we'd finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double its going to be!"

"The Book Of Souls" will be available in a 2CD deluxe hardbound book limited edition, 2CD standard edition, Triple heavyweight black vinyl, High res audio (24-bit Mastered for ITunes and non-Mastered for iTunes) and Standard res audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz). Check out the preview clip here.

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Motorhead Streaming New Song 'Electricity'

(hennemusic) Motorhead have released a lyric video for "Electricity", a track from their upcoming album "Bad Magic." Due August 28, the follow-up to 2013's "Aftershock" was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with long-time producer Cameron Webb.

The set includes a cover of The Rolling Stones classic, "Sympathy For The Devil", as well as a guest appearance by Queen guitarist Brian May on another tune, "The Devil."

"Electricity" follows the lead single, "Thunder & Lightning." Motorhead are playing shows across Europe this summer, after which they'll kick off a North American tour with Anthrax in mid-August. Check out the new song here.

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Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson Reveals His Greatest Accomplishment

(Classic Rock) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has described 1996 solo album Victor as the "greatest accomplishment" in his career. He says working outside of the Canadian trio forced him to take responsibility for every aspect of the work - and completing it felt all the sweeter as a result.

Lifeson tells Spin: "Everything was on my back. I produced it, I wrote it, I got musicians together, I played bass, I played guitar, I played keyboards, I worked on the cover art. I did the whole thing.

"That was probably my greatest accomplishment in personal terms of being a musician and taking on the responsibility of making a record - which we all share within Rush, with the producer, the three of us and our office."

He continues: "It didn't matter to me if I sold one copy or a billion. I did it. I put the time and effort in, and that was a very proud moment for me when I finished that record." Read more here.

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U2 Have Two TV Specials Coming Soon

(Radio.com) U2 have had plenty of film experience, with their own projects and writing and recording songs for movies. But they've yet to have their own HBO Special. Soon, however, that will be rectified.

The band is getting not one but two programs on the network this fall. Directed and produced by Davis Guggenheim (It Might Get Loud), the first project is a behind-the-scenes documentary that consists of interviews with band and crew members around their the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour.

The second HBO special revolves around the final stop on that tour in Paris at Bercy. Airing November 14, the film is directed by Hamish Hamilton. Read more here.

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Between The Buried And Me Drummer Apologizes For Stage Walk Off

(Prog) Between The Buried And Me drummer Blake Richardson has apologised after he walked off stage during the band's set in Salt Lake City on Monday night.

They're on tour supporting latest release Coma Ecliptic - which gave them their highest-ever chart placement when it launched last month. Richardson says: "I've been battling with a nerve issue in my left leg this entire tour. The pain in my leg, coupled with a night full of technical difficulties, caused me to lash out in frustration towards the end of the set.

"It was inappropriate, unprofessional, and extremely regrettable. In my 11 years of touring I have never acted in that manner. I hope that those who were in attendance can forgive my actions." Read more here.

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Previously Unheard Kurt Cobain Song Added To Movie Reissue

(hennemusic) A previously unheard demo by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain has been added to the theatrical re-release of director Brett Morgen's documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck."

Billboard reports the film's return to theaters on August 7 will see the soundtrack include the untitled song, which features Cobain singing in a falsetto.

The period of the demo's recording is unknown because it was pulled from an unmarked cassette, but Morgen says there's some evidence that Cobain recorded it in 1991 because it appears on a tape "on which he was also working on 'Old Age,'" which was written during the "Nevermind" sessions.

Morgen says he inserted the new song without altering the cut of the movie that played on HBO, which has since been nominated for seven Emmys.

He declined to divulge where the track appears "because I don't want to get people out there bootlegging it on their cell phones." Read more and check out the trailer here.

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Deftones Won't Play New Songs On Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Deftones frontman Chino Moreno insists that band won't be playing any of their new tracks on their current co-headline tour with Incubus and explained why in a new interview.

Work on the band's as-yet-untitled eighth album is nearing completion - but the singer would rather fans heard the record first before playing the songs live.

Moreno tells The Pulse Of Radio: "We talked about it. But by the time people hear the real recorded version, a live version recorded on someone's phone will be people's first idea of what our new record sounds like.

"It's hard because we're sitting on all this material that we're really excited about and really want to play." Read more here.

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Soilwork's The Ride Majestic Created Amid Tragedy

(TeamRock Radio) Soilwork mainman Bjorn 'Speed' Strid says The Ride Majestic was created amid tragedy within the band. The album is set for release on August 28 via Nuclear Blast and follows 2013's The Living Infinite.

And in the first in a documentary series about the recording process, the singer reveals how difficult it was to create their 10th album. He says: "By the time we entered the studio in Stockholm in January, a member of the band had two deaths in his family, and another had a parent hospitalised with serious conditions."

A couple of weeks into recording Strid says he received a call from home telling him his grandmother didn't have long to live. He adds: "She was one of my best friends and always fell asleep to Soilwork. I decided to leave the studio and travel six hours south to say goodbye. It was one of my hardest journeys."

He continues: "Naturally, all of those tragic events had a huge impact on this record and the way we approached it. Death was more real than ever and we all channeled it into this record." Watch the video here.

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Chris Broderick Explains Why He Left Megadeth

(Classic Rock) Guitarist Chris Broderick says he left Megadeth because he didn't want to make another record without having any creative input. He and Shawn Drover quit Dave Mustaine's band within hours of each other last year, with the drummer saying this week that there'd been nothing negative about the move.

The pair went on to form Act Of Defiance with Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek and Matt Bachand of Shadow's Fall. Their debut album Birth And The Burial is released on August 21.

"The decision was a long time in the making," Broderick tells Guitar World. Being in Megadeth was great for my career, but I wanted to have some creative freedom and some freedom in how I presented myself."

Later in the interview he explained when he made the decision to leave, "Not until the last quarter of 2014. I was dwelling on my lack of musical creativity in the band. Dave was getting ready to go in and do another CD and my heart just wasn't in it because I knew I wasn't going to have any artistic say in the definition of the album and the music.

"He was calling saying, 'Hey, I want to get you guys down there.' The last thing I wanted to do was go down there and work on a partial CD and then say, 'Hey, this isn't for me.' It was just the right time to leave." Read more here.

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Def Leppard's Phil Collen Reveals What Inspired Delta Deep Project

(Classic Rock) Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has revealed his Delta Deep blues project took form when he heard a Wilson Pickett track in a tea shop. The side-project features vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook, drummer Forrest Robinson and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, with guest spots from David Coverdale and Joe Elliott, plus lyrics co-written by Collen's wife Helen.

He tells Glide Magazine: "Me, Helen [Collen's wife] and Debbi - were in New Zealand having a break and we were in a tea store and a Wilson Pickett song came on the radio and it just inspired something else, just the vibe of it. So we went back and wrote 'Miss Me,' which was the first song we actually got together on. And all of a sudden we've got this sound and we started writing more.

"Then I played it for Forrest Robinson, the drummer, who I hadn't seen for a while. I hadn't seen him for ten years. He used to play with India.Arie, TLC, Sade, done a lot of hip hop stuff but also Jazz stuff. He was in the Crusaders for a while, which is phenomenal. But he wants to play rock and that's all he really ever wanted to do. So I played him this stuff and he said, 'Oh my God, I've got to play on this.' Then Robert DeLeo - a friend of mine kind of introduced us and said, 'You know, Robert is a huge fan of funk and blues and soul, gospel, rock and the whole deal.' Then we just clicked and then me, Helen and Debbi just kept writing songs." Read more here.

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Janis Joplin Documentary Premiere Announced

(Classic Rock) A documentary movie about Janis Joplin is to receive its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September. Janis, directed by Amy Berg, was chosen from among other contenders to appear at the 72nd annual event.

It features vocal performances by Cat Power, who voices Joplin's personal letters alongside footage from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock in 1969 and Festival Express in 1970 - the year she died.

The soundtrack features her songs Piece Of My Heart, Summertime and Cry Baby, among others. Berg, known for West Of Memphis, her acclaimed movie about the West Memphis Three miscarriage of justice, says: "After attempting to get this film off the ground for seven years, I'm ecstatic that it's finally to be seen." Read more here.

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Fearless Vampire Killers Streaming New Song 'Braindead'

(TeamRock Radio) Fearless Vampire Killers have released a lyric video for their latest track titled Braindead. It'll appear with the song Danger on a double A-side single which is set to be released on August 21.

The band will headline their Havoc Fest event at London's The Dome and Boston Music Room on August 9. Joining them on the bill are Glamour Of The Kill, Forever Never, ZOAX and more.

Frontman Kier Kemp said: "Sometimes it feels like the sense of community within rock music has been lost a little, so being given the chance to put together our own bill is pretty exciting." Check out the new song here.

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Former The Haunted Frontman Explains Why He Quit Music

(TeamRock Radio) Former The Haunted frontman Peter Dolving has blamed the current state of the music industry as the reason he's bowed out. He argues that the business could be an "amazing thing" and a positive force - but instead it's a mess.

He quit The Haunted for the second time in 2012 and went on to release a solo album, Thieves And Liars, in 2013 before joining IAmFire, who issued the Eyes Wide Open EP earlier this year. He left that band in April and moved to Brazil.

Dolving says: "Most have accepted that I am not actively pursuing a career in music anymore." He continues: "People who work in music just don΄t get marketing. What I have come to see is that 'the music business' - one that could really be an amazing thing, with potential for true positive influence in society, is a mess.

"It should be a based in basic cultural contextual facts that make it beautiful. But instead I found disgust, unwillingness and ignorance. Narcissists, and even psychopaths in far too many positions of power. People who don't have abstract conceptual understanding, and the necessary skill sets to act in way that is good for the companies they run or work for." Read his full comments here.

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Frank Zappa's Family Inks Universal Licensing Deal

(Classic Rock) Frank Zappa's family have announced they've reached a licensing agreement with Universal Music Enterprises. The deal gives UME the rights to new products, film and theatrical productions and trademark licensing, while a long-term global contract covers Zappa's entire back catalogue.

The first product under the agreement will be a remastered edition of Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention's 1974 album One Size Fits All, out on 180g vinyl on August 14.

Other planned upcoming releases include Joe's Garage: The Musical, the release of The Roxy Movie, and an orchestral performance of 200 Motels. Read more here.

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Metal Supergroup Killer Be Killed Recruit Converge's Ben Koller

(TeamRock Radio) Max Cavalera has confirmed Converge drummer Ben Koller as a permanent member of supergroup Killer Be Killed. He joins The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato and Mastodon's Troy Sanders in the lineup, replacing ex The Mars Volta sticksman Dave Elitch, who recorded with the band last year.

Cavalera tells WallOfSound: "We introduced Ben at Soundwave Festival and asked him to be part of the group. He's such a great drummer and musician."

He adds of plans to record a second album: "I'm not writing yet - I don't write on the road. I've got some ideas, though. We're going to make a kick-ass record." Read more here.

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Whitesnake's Joel Hoekstra Announces Solo Album

(Classic Rock) Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra has announced he'll release his album Dying To Live on October 16 via Frontiers Music and he has released a video EPK for the album.

It'll be launched under the Joel Hoeckstra's 13 banner and features guest appearances from vocalists Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen, bassist Tony Franklin, drummer Vinny Appice and keyboardist Derek Sherinian.

The former Night Ranger man says: "Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music. I wanted to put something out that showcased my production, writing and playing in the genre that I'm known for, which is melodic, hard rock.

"That's when I decided to start what I consider to be my rock side project, Joel Hoekstra's 13." Watch the video here.

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Zombi Announce Their First Album In Four Years, Stream New Song

(Prog) Zombi have announced that they will be releasing their first album in four years on October 16. They've issued a stream of album opener Pillars Of The Dawn.

Shape Shift is Steve Moore and AE Paterra's first full-length studio outing since 2011's Escape Velocity and will be issued via Relapse Records. It's available to pre-order now.

Moore says: "It's a rock record - think of it as a follow-up to Surface To Air. There are no techno jams or symphonic prog fantasies. No solo track interludes. We have officially moved from 'studio project' mode back into 'live band' mode."

Hear the new song here.

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