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Robert Plant May End Career With New Album
Legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has hinted in a new interview that his upcoming solo album, 'lullaby … And the Ceaseless Roar' maybe be his final release and mark the end of his career.

Plant surprised The Independent's James McNair when he made the following proclamation at the end of their conversation, "And maybe this new album is the end now for me."

McNair followed up and asked "Really? The end of what?" and Plant responded, "Of this musical wanderlust and the wonderful carousel that I've been on.

"It's like a kaleidoscope: you hold it up to the light, rotate it, and the pieces fall beautifully in different ways, but this record feels different. It's a consummation of all those bits from Son House to Roni Size to the Gambia and it seems to have some sort of finality."

The new album is set to be released on September 9th and Plant has lined up a handful of dates to support the trek including a show in London and four North American dates.

Read the Independent's full interview with Plant including a comical run-in with a fan here.

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Ray Davies Denies Kinks Reunion Report
(Radio.com) Kinks fans have hoped-for years-that the iconic British band would reunite. On Tuesday (Aug. 26), the UK music magazine MOJO may have prematurely caused some excitement among those fans, when they reported that a reunion is imminent, in their story titled "Kinks Reunion Confirmed For 2015 - With Or Without Dave Davies."

The magazine quotes the band's leader Ray Davies as saying of his bandmate and brother: "Dave's invited to the party, but if he doesn't want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway. He's very welcome to turn up if he wants. I'd much rather work with him than without him."

When asked if the Kinks would still be the Kinks without Dave, Ray is quoted as saying, "Yes, it would. I think it's all down to the music. If somebody can't or won't play, there are other players out there. Mick and I want to do it," referring to founding drummer Mick Avory.

However, now Ray Davies claims he never said any such thing. The Kinks' official Facebook page posted a message today that reads: "MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this."

More here.

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Def Leppard To Rock NFL Game
(hennemusic) Def Leppard will perform the pre-game show at the first of this year's three NFL International Series games on Sunday, September 28, when the Oakland Raiders host the Miami Dolphins at London's Wembley Stadium.

"Having most recently visited Wembley in May to watch Sheffield United in the FA Cup semifinal," said singer Joe Elliott, "I know what the atmosphere in the ground is like for 'our' football, so I'm really looking forward to performing there before the NFL game , of course, soaking up the excitement of the actual match. I can't wait!"

The Raiders-Dolphins game will kick off at 6:00 p.m. U.K. time (1:00p.m. ET) and will be aired live in the U.K. on Channel 4 and Sky Sports and in the U.S. on CBS. More details here.

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Jack White Carries On Tour Despite Injury
(Gibson) Jack White suffered a sprained ankle during a gig in San Francisco on August 22. White's label Third Man Records posted a picture of the musician's severely bruised ankle with the accompanying text:

"The camp is pressuring Jack to postpone the rest of the tour but Jack wants the show to go on tonight. See you tonight at the Bill Graham Civic."

White did indeed perform, playing a full 28 song set that included songs from his time with The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, as well as material from his two solo albums.

White is currently on tour in support of his latest solo release, Lazaretto, which earned the distinction of being the biggest vinyl release in twenty years, selling over 60,000 copies since its release in June.

It doesn't seem as if the sprained ankle will cause White to postpone the tour, since the musician took the stage again Monday night (August 25) in Seattle. More here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Release Unholy Confessions Video
Avenged Sevenfold have released a new music video for the track "Unholy Confessions" which is taken from the band's just released "Waking The Fallen: Resurrected".

The new release is an expanded reissue of the band's 2003 sophomore album "Waking the Fallen" which was curated by the band and released as the new three-disc set.

"Waking The Fallen: Resurrected" includes the original studio album, as well as "11 previously unreleased b-sides, live and alternate versions of songs, three music videos and a 30 minute documentary with never before seen live footage from some of the band's earliest shows", according to Hopeless records.

Watch the new music video here.

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Billy Idol Sets Release of Kings & Queens Of The Underground Album
Rock icon Billy Idol has revealed more details about his first new album in almost a decade and he has also released the first single from the effort, "Can't Break Me Down.".

The new album will be entitled "Kings & Queens Of The Underground" and will be released on October 21st via Idol's own record label BFI Records (in partnership with Kobalt Label Services).

The bulk of the new album was produced by veteran record producer Trevor Horn (Yes, Seal, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, The Buggles, Simple Minds) with two tracks produced by pop producer Greg Kurstin, who produced the first single. Check out the new track here.

Fans will be getting a lot more Billy Idol this fall as he will also be releasing his self-penned book "Dancing With Myself," which is set to be released on October 7th and he will be launching a European tour in November.

You can preorder the new album here and also pre-order Idol's book here. Check out the tracklisting and the initial tour dates here.

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Iron Maiden Reissuing Classic Albums On Vinyl
(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have announced a vinyl reissues series that will see the band's classic 1980's catalogue re-released on heavyweight 180g black vinyl this fall.

The records will be released chronologically across a two month period starting October 13th (Oct 14th in North America) with the first three albums: "Iron Maiden", "Killers" and "The Number Of The Beast."

The albums will also be cut from the original analogue master tapes and packaged in identical artwork to the initial 1980's releases. As a bonus, the first batch of album releases will also be made available in a Collector's Box sized to house all 8 albums; this package will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last.

In conjunction with these premium album releases, a strictly limited one-off run of the 7" singles from each respective album will be made available. More details here.

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Pitch Black Forecast Release New Song Featuring Randy Blythe
(TeamRock Radio) Supergroup Pitch Black Forecast have made a new version of their track So Low featuring Randy Blythe available to stream. The Lamb Of God frontman also guested on the original version of the track, which was included on PBF's 2008 debut album Absentee.

That record is now out of print and PBF have re-recorded a string of songs from it and follow-up EP Burning in Water... Drowning in Flame for new release As The World Burns - out on October 20.

PBF was formed by Jason Popson (aka J Mann) of Mushroomhead and Gene Hoglan of Testament. Popson says: "This record is a compilation of my favorite Pitch Black Forecast songs, which are remixed with additional tracking and far closer to my initial vision."

Check out the new song here.

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AC/DC In The Studio For Highway To Hell 35th Anniversary
The 35th anniversary of AC/DC's seminal album "Highway to Hell" is celebrated on the latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands.

The show sent over these details: In August 1979 a lot of North American rock music fans had no idea that Highway to Hell was the Australian-based AC/DC's fifth studio album, and that their long-suffering U.S. record label was getting frustrated by the band's lack of sales.

Short on money but with a full tank of steely determination, armed with a demo tape containing Highway to Hell , the band found and secured a young South African producer named "Mutt" Lange. Lead guitarist Angus Young recounts to InTheStudio host Redbeard:

"We actually had written most of the songs in a weekend for Highway to Hell... We snuck in the rehearsal studio...we put a tape together and sent it to Mutt Lange and he said, 'Look, I hear what you're trying to do. I'm sure I can do you a great job'."

The result was a rock masterpiece complete with the title track "Highway to Hell", "Girl's Got Rhythm", "Shot Down In Flames", "If You Want Blood" which all to quickly became rock classics. But as rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young recalls, tragically, colorful lead singer Bon Scott would only get to enjoy the worldwide success of Highway to Hell (certified seven million sold in the US) for another eight short months.

"Bon was unlucky, he just happened to fall asleep with his head in the wrong position from a big night of drinking... Bon wasn't a rockstar like Jim Morrison. Bon was a rock and roller. He lived that lifestyle, he didn't act that lifestyle."

Stream the full episode here.

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Bob Dylan and The Band's 138-Track Basement Tapes Complete Coming
(Radio.com) Sony Legacy has revealed that they'll be releasing the next installment of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series. Titled The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, the collection is credited to Bob Dylan and the Band.

The six-disc set, including 138 tracks, is available for pre-order at Amazon and iTunes. The collection draws from Dylan's legendary 1967 sessions with the musicians who would later name themselves "The Band."

But for those who are unfamiliar with that era in Dylan history, here's some context: After a few years as one of pop's most significant voices in the '60s, Dylan took a break in July of 1966, when he was reported to have been injured in a motorcycle accident (Dylanologists have long debated whether or not that was just a ruse).

What is agreed upon is that Dylan retreated to upstate New York, where he recorded lots of new music (reportedly over a hundred songs) with Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and, later, Levon Helm, in the basement of a small house, dubbed "Big Pink" by the group, in West Saugerties. Their recordings included traditional covers as well as dozens of newly written Bob Dylan songs, including "I Shall Be Released," "The Mighty Quinn," "This Wheel's On Fire" and "You Ain't Going Nowhere."

A lot more here.

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Slash's Band Upped Their Game Because Of Aerosmith Tour
(Classic Rock) Slash has credited Aerosmith with turning his band into a better outfit during their summer US tour together. The axeman has been on the road with the veteran rockers on their Let Rock Rule tour - and he insists he'll sound superior when he hits the UK in November as a result of their influence.

Slash tells UltimateGuitar: "It's been an amazing experience. Those guys have been heroes of mine ever since I was a teenager - and also because they're just such a great f***ing band.

"I think it's really upped our game playing with those guys. Our tour in November will be that much better as a result of having played with Aerosmith."

Find out why he went analog on the new album here.

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Classic Genesis Concert Film Getting DVD and Blu-Ray Reissue
(Classic Rock) Genesis concert film Three Sides Live is set to be released on Blu-ray for the first time. Three Sides Live is released on the format on November 3rd in the UK.

Filmed in November 1981 on the Abacab tour in North America, it was originally released on VHS to coincide with the live album of the same name. It has only ever been released on DVD in the limited edition box set The Movie Box 1981-2007.

Originally filmed in 16mm, the footage has now been fully restored and is being reissued as a standalone DVD and Blu-ray. The show focuses on tracks from the Duke and Abacab albums and the tracks are intercut with behind the scenes footage and interviews with band members. More here.

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Joe Bonamassa Discusses Making Of New Album
(TeamRock Radio) Joe Bonamassa has released a second video feature taking a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his upcoming album. Bonamassa will release Different Shades of Blue next month.

In his latest video blog, Bonamassa says: "The recording session in Vegas was great. It's a very creative place for us because there isn't any distractions, we're not at home and all we have to do is go from the hotel room to the studio and back to the hotel room. It's a very focused session. I'm very excited about hearing more finished versions of the songs."

It wasn't all plain sailing though. The guitarist previously admitted the writing process for the album wasn't the easiest he has ever experienced. Watch the video update here.

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Suzi Quatro Releasing Box Set
(Classic Rock) Suzi Quatro will release an 82-track box set to celebrate her 50-year career in the music business. The Girl From Detroit City spans her entire career across four discs and features album and poster artwork, photographs and up-to-date liner notes.

Along with her hits, the collection features three songs from her days in the Pleasure Seekers - the band Quatro formed with sister Patti in the 60s.

The anthology will launch on October 20 via Cherry Red Records, who will also release 2013 track The Girl From Detroit City on digital formats on September 29 - a track exclusive to the box set.

Find out what else Quatro has planned here.

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Motorhead Reveal More Motorboat Cruise Details
Motorhead have revealed additional onboard performances and activities for their inaugural Motorhead's Motorboat cruise which will be setting sail next month.

The cruise will be launching from Miami on September 22nd and will be visiting ports in Key West, Florida and Cozumel before concluding on September 26th.

Motorhead's Motorboat will include Motorhead, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Down, High On Fire, Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, and Wilson.

The newly announced activities will include a spoken word performance from Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian that will promote the upcoming November 13th release of Ian's spoken word CD "Swearing Words In Glasgow."

There will also be a special onboard screening of the Lemmy Kilmister documentary "Lemmy," which was directed by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski.

Organizers have revealed the following details about the special theme nights that will be taking place on cruise:

Monday, September 22 -- Loud and Hometown Proud: Motorhead's Motorboat will have a very diverse and international crowd. Guests are encouraged to be proud of where they come from. Wear a state jersey, don your Nordic horns, paint your face and show your city/state/country pride.

Tuesday, September 23 -- Pajamarama: "Rock on out in your jammies!" It's the biggest slumber party on the open seas. We know some people like to sleep in the buff, so remember that you have to wear something, even if it's minimal. And who knows, there might even be the biggest pillow fight of all time?

Wednesday, September 24 -- Fiesta En Barco: Motorboat is going to Mexico and back. It's siesta and fiesta day! In the morning - sleep late. We don't get off the boat in Cozumel until 1pm. (There will be activities a'plenty in the morning - info on those will come later). When we get back, it's FIESTA all night - bring something from home, or pick up something new in Mexico - show off how you spent your day: sombreros, Mexican wrestling masks, donkeys, your tequila face, anything...

Traditionally, theme nights start after dinner and go late into the night. While guests are not required to dress up, the sea's the limit with the amount of fun one can have. Find others to join you and dress up in groups. Go stag and stand out in the crowd. Enjoy yourselves...be creative and push the envelope.

Thursday, September 25 -- Go To Heaven, Raise Hell: This is our full day at sea! It's Heaven & Hell, Leather & Lace. It's the best of both worlds. Show us your good side or your naughty side. As we pay homage to those rock gods that have passed, come to our all star jam dressed as your favorite rocker, groupie, devil, or angel. The sky and the sea are the limit!

Find more details on the official site for the cruise here.

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Empress AD Streaming New Album Online
(Prog) Empress AD have streamed debut album Still Live Moving Fast ahead of its release. The British prog outfit launch Still Life Moving Fast next week via Roadrunner Records.

It's described by their label as "an album for the ages, with lyrics that focus upon suggestive metaphors for the intangible minutiae of everyday life rather than relationships and lost love."

Roadrunner add: "This is a band of musicians as focused upon grooving together as one, and relating to fans on an emotional level." Check out the album stream here.

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Coheed And Cambria Frontman Shares Song For New Born Son
(Prog) Coheed And Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez has released a video of him performing a song that he wrote for his son ahead of the birth. And he admits he's only beginning to understand its full meaning as he prepares to head out on tour with Coheed And Cambria - leaving wife Chondra and the three-month-old child at home.

Sanchez explains: "Several months ago I wrote Atlas for him. At the time, I could only imagine the feelings I'd have for him when I'd have to leave for tour. I didn't truly understand the power and relevance of the song's sentiment.

"Now, after having him in my life for almost three months and with Neverender just a few weeks away, I'm starting to feel it. This will be my first tour away from Atlas. And sure, it will be hard - but it's all for him. I'd like to share that song with you."

Check out the song here.

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King King Dominate British Blues Awards
(The Blues) King King won a total of five British Blues Awards over the weekend. They were named Blues Band Of The Year and their record Standing In The Shadows was named Blues Album Of The Year at the annual ceremony.

Frontman Alan Nimmo also took home the Male Vocalist gong, while colleagues Lindsay Coulson and Wayne Proctor won Bass Player and Drummer Of The Year respectively.

Presentations took place at the Great British Blues festival in Colne over the weekend, with other winners including Aynsley Lister (Songwriter Of The Year), Marcus Bonfanti (Acoustic Act Of The Year) and Walter Trout (Overseas Artist Of The Year).

The band say: "Not a bad haul - thanks for the nominations, and a massive thank-you to all who voted for us." More details and the winner list here.

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John Mellencamp Art Exhibit Opening This Fall
(hennemusic) "The Paintings Of John Mellencamp", a traveling art exhibition featuring the works of the Indiana rocker, is set to make its first showing in Florida this fall.

Opening at The Museum Of Art in Deland on October 10, the exhibition will feature some 40 oil and mixed media paintings, which will remain on view at the Museum until December 28.

The multi-talented singer-songwriter, actor and humanitarian was inspired to paint by his artist mother at a young age growing up in Seymour, Indiana. In the early '80s, he attended the Art Students League of New York and was influenced by, among others, German-Expressionists Otto Dix and Max Beckmann.

Find out more details including where it is headed after Florida here.

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Entombed AD Announce Winter Tour
(TeamRock Radio) Entombed AD have announced four UK dates as part of a wider European winter tour. The Swedish death metallers are hitting the road in support of new album Back To The Front, out now. Support will come from Hang The Bastard.

Guitarist Nico Elgstrand says: "Fellow tea-sipping, sheep-shagging bastards of Britannia, the time has finally come for retribution. For too long have we been watching and waiting silently on the sidelines, but in November we shall once and for all together bring back the spirit of proper metal mayhem as was once the trademark of the Empire.

"Sharpen your swords, polish your helmets and be prepared for the last victorious battle of our age. As the wise King Willie once said, 'There is no stopping what cannot be stopped, no killing what cannot be killed. You cannot see the eye of the demon. Until him come calling. This is dread man, truly dread.'"

More including the dates here.

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John Lennon's Killer 'Sorry For Being Such An Idiot'
(Radio.com) More than 30 years after killing John Lennon, Mark David Chapman is finally showing a bit of remorse. In his eighth appearance before a parole board at the Wende Correctional Facility in upstate New York last week, Chapman said he understood if the board denied his release for all the pain he has caused.

In transcripts acquired by New York Daily News on Wednesday (Aug. 27), Chapman said, "I'm sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory."

Chapman also said, "Many, many people loved him. He was a great and talented man and they are still hurting. I get letters so that's a major factor. It's not a regular crime."

Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, hitting the ex-Beatle four times. After pleading guilty to second-degree murder, Chapman was sentenced 20 years to life in prison in 1981.

During the appeal, Chapman also allegedly bragged to the board about the "incredible planning, absolutely, incredible stalking" that went into the murder of the Beatle.

More details here.

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Martin Scorsese Making Ramones Movie
(Classic Rock) Martin Scorsese is to direct a dramatisation about the Ramones, which is expected to launch in 2016 - the 40th anniversary of band's formation, it's been reported.

Nothing more has been revealed about the film, other than Scorsese's involvement, although the acclaimed director isn't expected to start on the project until he wraps up his movie Silence, which heads into production next year.

The group's last original member Tommy Ramone died in July after a battle with cancer, but plans for a celebration of the band's music in 2016 are in full swing.

Jeff Jampol, who co-manages the group's estate with Dave Frey, says a variety of projects aside from the film are in the works to commemorate the band's anniversary, including a documentary and book. More details here.

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Led Zeppelin Preview Unreleased Version of Black Dog
(Classic Rock) Led Zeppelin have launched a trailer for the second wave of their reissue campaign - featuring a previously unreleased version of classic track "Black Dog."

Following the huge success of the first phase - which saw Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III land in the US top 10 - Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy will be available on October 27th in the UK and the October 28th in North America.

Both albums have been remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page, and come with a companion disc of unreleased related material.

Each will be available in single CD, deluxe 2CD, single LP, deluxe 2LP and digital formats. Super deluxe box set editions contain CD, LP and digital formats, 80-page hardback book and a high-quality print of the original album cover - the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered. You can pre-order all versions of both reissues here.

Originally released in November 1971, Led Zeppelin IV has been certified 23x platinum and entered the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Houses Of The Holy, launched two years later, has sold more than 11 million copies.

Check out the clip of the unreleased version of "Black Dog" here.

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Aerosmith Could Just Tour Rather Than Record Says Joe Perry
(Classic Rock) Joe Perry says he doesn't know if recording a new Aerosmith album is worth it, saying the band might be better touring and playing songs the fans know and love instead.

Aerosmith are currently on the road with the Let Rock Rule tour, supporting 2012 album Music From Another Dimension, and the guitarist says fans want to hear the classics rather than newer material.

Perry tells Boston magazine: "When we go out there and play live, people don't really want to hear anything unless they know it. We've played a couple of songs off the new record and got some polite applause.

"Before the tour, I tweeted, 'What song off the new record would you like to hear?' The first tweet I got back was, 'It depends what song you have to take out of the set.' That really put things into perspective.

"I don't know if it's worth going in and sweating blood over a new record when we could be out on the road playing all these other songs people want to hear. It's an interesting position to be in."

More with Perry here.

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Queen Face Difficulty With Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson Duet
(hennemusic) Queen drummer Roger Taylor is sharing an update on "Queen Forever", a new album due later this year that will include unreleased songs featuring the late Freddie Mercury.

The project sees Taylor and guitarist Brian May recording new backing tracks to the Mercury material, just as they did for 1995's "Made In Heaven" album, and is expected to include at least one duet between Freddie and Michael Jackson.

Dealing with the legalities with Jackson's estate surrounding the material featuring the pop icon has been a challenge for the band. "[Yes] if we could get a decision from the Michael Jackson estate, who seem to be, well, difficult," says Taylor.

"[Producer] William Orbit did a really nice mix of one of our tracks with Michael and I'm pretty certain that will be on Queen Forever. But it's been like wading through glue." here.

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Weezer Frontman's Collage Life Inspires New TV Show
(Radio.com) Rivers Cuomo's college life is coming to the small screen. The Weezer frontman's return to Harvard University after taking a eight year sabbatical is the basis for an upcoming Fox pilot called DeTour.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the coming-of-age series will be written by Steve Franks, the creator of TBS' Psych, and will follow "a 30-something rock star" who goes back to college. Cuomo actually lived in the dorms while completing his bachelor's degree in English. He graduated in 2006.

Now we'll all get to see the kooky shenanigans he got into. But why do we feel like he actually spent a lot of time in that dorm room alone? Cuomo was quick to say that the show is in its early stages and that Fox may have jumped the gun with their press release, tweeting, "Pretty much every show makes a pilot before it goes on the air. Only 1 in 100 goes on 2 become a regular show…I'll let u know if it gets more serious."

More details here.

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Bruce Springsteen Releasing Children's Book
(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen's discography isn't exactly full of G-rated subject matter. The title track for Nebraska follows a young couple on a killing spree, "Atlantic City" delves into the world of organized crime, "Streets of Philadelphia" was inspired by (and seemingly about) living with AIDS and "Born in the U.S.A." deals with the pain of those who lived through (and died in) the Vietnam War.

So, news that Bruce Springsteen is co-authoring a forthcoming children's book is both a welcome change and a major departure from his typical lyrical themes.

Apparently, along with co-author Frank Caruso, the book was inspired by one of his songs that is appropriate for all-ages (kind of, anyway), "Outlaw Pete."

Springsteen described the story in a statement as "essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins." Read more here.

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Dave Davies Wants Kinks Reunion
(Radio.com) We may be a bit closer to a Kinks reunion than we were a few days ago. Earlier this week, we reported that UK music magazine MOJO quoted Kinks frontman Ray Davies as saying that the band would reunite in 2015, with or without the involvement of his brother, guitarist Dave Davies.

When asked if it would truly be the Kinks without Dave, MOJO quoted Ray as saying, "Yes, it would. I think it's all down to the music. If somebody can't or won't play, there are other players out there. [Drummer] Mick [Avory] and I want to do it."

But the Kinks' official Facebook page soon posted a message of their own, saying, "MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this."

All of this would lead one to perhaps believe that Dave Davies is, for some reason, not interested in a Kinks reunion. As it turns out, that's not so: yesterday Dave posted a short note to his Facebook page: "I would love to do some form of a Kinks reunion with Ray. - Dave."

Which is consistent with what Dave told Radio.com in our interview with him last year. He was amicable to the idea of doing some kind of Kinks project with his brother: "I'm not sure about a tour, but I think we're going to try and do something. We talked about doing maybe a couple of songs. I've written a few songs with that in mind. I'm sure Ray has some ideas, of course."

A lot more here.

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Christine McVie's Biggest Obstacle To Fleetwood Mac Return
(Classic Rock) Christine McVie says her fear of flying was the biggest obstacle to overcome as she prepared to rejoin Fleetwood Mac. The keyboard player will return to the fold with the band on their On With The Show tour which starts in Minneapolis on September 30.

It will be the first time since 1998 that the Rumours-era lineup of the band will perform together. McVie will join Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Stevie Nicks on stage.

But when the idea of her return was first mentioned last year, McVie had to face up to hear flying phobia, which meant she had been more or less confined to her English country home for years.

She tells Elle she saw a therapist to help with the phobia. The therapist told her to buy a ticket to Maui, where Fleetwood lives. But as Fleetwood was due in London, the pair met up and flew to Hawaii together.

More with McVie here.

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Lombardo Rules Out Returning To Slayer
When former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo was asked about the possibility that he would ever return to the thrash metal giants, he gave a firm no.

"No. That's it. I'm done now," Lombardo told Metal Hammer. "I've got lots of other things on my plate and I now know that, when it comes to money, you don't have any friends in this business. I won't ever be going back."

Lombardo discussed how the chemistry with the other band members had become before he left the group, "We just saw each other before going onstage every night. You travel in different buses and hang out in different circles. It made it very hard to go onstage and have any sort of chemistry."

Classic Rock also reports that "Lombardo has revealed the last time he heard from his former bandmates was when Tom Araya texted him to say Jeff Hanemann had died."

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Classic Journey Video Recreated By Alt-Rockers Glass Delirium
Alt-rockers Glass Delirium travel back to the 1980s is their newly released shot for shot music video parody recreation of the Journey classic "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)".

Glass Delirium's Pat Anderson had this to say about the video, "You know a lot of bands cover this song, and they do a great job. It really is a great song! When the idea came up to have us do a shot for shot remake of the video, we lost it!

"When it came time to shoot the video, none of us could keep a straight face, with the mullet wigs, and horribly awesome wardrobe. Goodwill rocks by the way!

"Once we played the video next to the original music video, by Journey, we knew that we had something totally hilarious, and cool. I cant wait for everyone to see this!" Watch it here.

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AC/DC Recorded New Album In Just 10 Days
(hennemusic) AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is sharing an update on the band's new album, recorded this spring in Vancouver without founding member Malcolm Young.

"It was done in 10 days, and I've never played better," Rudd told Triple M radio in Sydney, Australia, describing the new music as "stellar." "I hope it's as good as I remember when I came away from the studio," he added. "It's pretty damn good."

Rudd is anxious to have fans hear the new album as soon as possible. "Usually you master something and wait a couple of weeks, and you go and have a listen to it," he says. "They do things a certain way - I think they're taking too long." here.

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Playing Jimi Hendrix Saved Andre 3000
(Classic Rock) Andre Benjamin, aka Outkast's Andre 3000, says playing Jimi Hendrix in a biopic about the legendary guitarist saved him. The movie, rtitled Jimi: All Is By My Side, was written and directed by John Ridley and focuses on Hendrix's life and career between 1966-67.

It's considered controversial by some close to the guitar icon for containing violent scenes they insist never took place. But Benjamin tells the New York Times: "Playing Hendrix kind of saved me. I was in a not-so-great space, just in a dark place every day. I needed something to focus on to get me out of my depression and rut.

"Sometimes when you're alone, you can let yourself go. I knew if I got on a train with a lot of different people, then I couldn't let them down." More on this story and the trailer here.

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Saxon's Biff Byford Launches Sci-Fi Inspired Concept Band
(Classic Rock) Saxon singer Biff Byford is fronting a new band inspired by a science fiction movie. The Scintilla Project will release their debut album The Hybrid on September 2, with its songs inspired by movie thriller Scintilla - set deep underground in the wilds of a former Soviet state, where strange genetic experiments are taking place.

The rest of the band is made up of drummer Lionel Hicks, bass player Anthony Ritchie and guitarist Andy Sneap. Byford got involved while recording Saxon's 19th album Call To Arms, when producer Toby Jepson introduced the singer to Scintilla producer Hicks. The original plan was for Saxon to record a song for the soundtrack, but it turned into a project in its own right.

Byford says: "As the film developed through production, our minds began working - maybe we could put together a concept album based on and inspired by the film."

More here.

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Mr. Big Reveal Touring Drummer
(Classic Rock) Mr. Big have announced drummer Matt Starr will join them on their upcoming world tour. After revealing he was battling Parkinson's disease last month, Mr Big drummer Pat Torpey announced he would be cutting back on band duties - although the sticksman is expected to join the band on some tracks and participate in the group's acoustic set.

Starr is also part of Ace Frehley's solo band and will step in for Mr Big's upcoming dates, which includes one UK gig at London's Koko on October 17.

Starr says in a statement: "I'm grateful to announce I will be filling in for Mr Big drummer Pat Torpey on their upcoming tour. Pat is an exceptional drummer and an inspiration for many reasons."

More here.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Announce Very Limited Edition Reissues
(TeamRock Radio) Corrosion Of Conformity's third and fourth albums are set for very limited vinyl reissues. The band's 1991 classic Blind and the 1994 follow-up Deliverance will be reissued by Prosthetic Records later this year, with only 1000 copies of each available.

No firm release date has yet been confirmed, but they are available now for pre-order on the record label's online store. New editions of vintage merchandise designs from the era are also available.

Blind will be reissued as a gatefold double-LP available in three different 180-gram colours - purple (700 copies), black (200 copies) and clear (100 copies). Three bonus tracks from the 1995 Columbia Records re-release of the album will also be included.

More details here.

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Alter Bridge Release 10th Anniversary Limited-Edition Box Set
(hennemusic) Production of "Alter Bridge X", the 10th anniversary limited-edition, 27-disc box set by rockers Alter Bridge, has been completed and the package is now available for shipping worldwide.

After taking pre-orders that involved personalized engraving for the project, which was originally planned for a spring release, the group are now sharing video of the final assembly of the massive collection.

The box includes all four Alter Bridge albums, DVD, blu-ray, and vinyl audio copies of "Live From Amsterdam" and "Live at Wembley" (including a 3D version of the latter), every webisode to date, hours of unreleased interviews and documentary footage, a coffee table book, a signed poster, and much more. here.

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United Progressive Fraternity Releasing Debut This Fall
(Prog) United Progressive Fraternity will release their debut album via InsideOutMusic in November, the band have confirmed. The group was formed from the ashes of Australian prog rockers Unitopia, and sees Matt Williams, Dave Hopgood, Tim Irrgang and Mark Trueack joined by The Tangent's Guy Manning and Daniel Mash along with Marek Arnold.

Debut album Fall In Love With The World features guest appearances from Jon Anderson and Steve Hackett. They have also announced a number of European and UK tour dates starting this month.

The band say: "We are absolutely thrilled to be signed to such a prestigious label as InsideOut and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership. We are very proud of what we have achieved with the making of this, the debut album from UPF.

"Everyone has worked incredibly hard to bring it together, and while the road we travelled to get here was a real challenge, the journey has been worth every step." more.

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Anthony Phillips Reveals 5-Disc Anthology Details
(Prog) Anthony Phillips has revealed the full tracklist for his five-disc anthology Harvest Of The Heart - including 10 previously unreleased songs. It's set for release via Cherry Red on October 27, but those who pre-order ahead of the launch will have their copies signed by the Genesis co-founder.

Harvest Of The Heart is described as "a comprehensive selection of recordings made between 1969 and the present day." The label add that the six-hour set offers "a definitive overview of Ant's career as a recording artist."

Phillips recently confirmed his latest record deal will involve the release of new music, saying: "Their enthusiasm has been both warm and infectious, encouraging me to take the plunge with a new song-based album soon."

Check out the cover art and tracklist here.

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hAND Taking Different Approach With Gold Edition
(Prog) hAND have revealed their third album Kitsugi will be available in a Gold Edition featuring a different approach to their new material. The Sussex outfit have spent the past year working on the follow-up to 2011's Breathing, and return on November 3 with a standard release alongside the alternative take.

Label Brutal Elite say: "The Gold Edition is more than just the same album with a couple of bonus tracks. While it does contain some of the same songs, it's approached in a very different way.

"Production style is more natural, dynamic and even old-school - designed to contrast with the heavier, more driving production employed on the 'regular' Kintsugi."

Kat Ward and co explain here.

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ZZ Top and Jeff Beck Tour Halted Over Dusty Hill Injury
ZZ Top and Jeff Beck have been forced to suspend their North American tour after ZZ Top's Dusty Hill injured his hip in a fall on the band's tour bus on Tuesday night.

The legendary Texas band issued the following statement: "ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill slipped and fell on his hip while aboard his tour bus last night. As a result of Hill's injury which requires immediate attention, ZZ Top performance dates have been temporarily suspended while he recovers.

"Tour dates affected by the suspension include all of the scheduled concert bills shared with Jeff Beck through September 13. Jeff Beck, however, has announced that he will perform on the following dates: August 29 Seneca Allegany Casino - Salamanca, NY | August 30 The Concert Venue @Harrah's - Atlantic City, NJ | August 31 MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods - Mashantucket, CT

"Ticket holders for the following dates should retain their tickets, pending the possibility of rescheduling these concerts: September 6 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Alpharetta, GA | September 7 St. Augustine Amphitheater - St. Augustine, FL | September 9 Cruzan Amphitheater - West Palm Beach, FL | September 10 Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater - Tampa, FL | September 12 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - The Woodlands, TX | September 13 Winstar Casino - Thackerville, OK"

Jeff Beck issued the following statement, "While we are very disappointed to not continue this tour with ZZ Top, our thoughts and best wishes are for Dusty to have a speedy recovery."

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Suicidal Tendencies' Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams Has Died
(Radio.com) Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams, known best for his skills as a bassist, drummer and producer, has died. Williams most recently had played bass for thrash metal act Suicidal Tendencies, who released the news via a post on Facebook.

"It's with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassist Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams," the Facebook post read. "Tim played bass for Suicidal Tendencies for almost four years until recently.

"Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn't at its best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally."

More here.

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Joe Lynn Turner Calls Rainbow Reunion A Very Big Possibility
(Classic Rock) Joe Lynn Turner has suggested plans are being made for a Rainbow reunion - even though he's admitted he's not allowed to talk about it. The vocalist says "it's a very big possibility" that he could be working with Ritchie Blackmore again soon.

The former Deep Purple guitarist split the band in 1997 after a three-year stint featuring Doogie White on vocals. Turner was a member between 1980 and 1984, taking the mic after Ronnie James Dio and Graham Bonnet.

Asked about the chances of a reunion, Turner tells Rock Overdose: "I'm going to be honest with you right now - yes, possibly. It's very possible. Last year I wouldn't say it, but this year I say it. It's a very big possibility that something might happen. I heard talk of it, and all I can say is I'm not supposed to talk about it.

"But I'm talking to you now and all I want to do is say 'yes.' We may have a reunion, and it would be phenomenal." Read more of this story here.

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Kings Of Leon Cancel More Shows Due To Injury
(Classic Rock) Kings Of Leon have been forced to cancel two more concerts as drummer Nathan Followill continues to recover from broken ribs sustained in a tour bus accident.

The band have pulled planned gigs in New Jersey and Pittsburgh this week, but are still scheduled to play the Budweiser Made In America festival in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Followill says via Twitter: "I'm so bummed to have to cancel more shows but I need to be fully recovered before I get back. So sorry to the fans and thanks for understanding."

In a statement, the band add: "After further evaluation, a doctor has ordered drummer Nathan Followill to remain on rest for one more week." More details here.

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Bob Dylan Reveals North American Tour Plans
(Radio.com) The fall will be a fruitful season for fans of Bob Dylan. Shortly after announcing a massive Basement Tapes anthology release, Dylan has announced a sizable North American tour behind that and possibly more, as a new album is rumored for release before the end of 2014 as well.

Dylan will kick off his newest tour with a three-night stop in Seattle from Oct. 17-19 at the Paramount Theatre. He'll conduct similar short residencies at multiple cities across North America, including Los Angeles, Toronto and Chicago.

The tour will close with a four-night run at the Beacon Theatre in New York, Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 1-2. Dylan will release The Basement Tapes Complete on Nov. 4. The six-disc set will include 138 tracks. An additional album, Lost on the River, includes Dylan songs from around the same era covered by an all-star cast including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and more.

Grab the dates for Dylan's tour here.

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Nickelback Reveal New Album No Fixed Address Details
(hennemusic) Canadian rockers Nickelback will release their new album, "No Fixed Address", on November 4. The project will be the group's first for Republic Records, after many years on Roadrunner.

"We are very excited to be releasing new music for our fans and feel it's some of our strongest material to date," said frontman Chad Kroeger. "During the recording process as we looked toward the next chapter, it became clear that… the entire Republic/Universal team had a shared vision and passion for this project. Their track record of artist development speaks volumes to their success and we are honored to be partners with them."

Nickelback recently released a lyric video for "Edge Of A Revolution", the lead single from "No Fixed Address", the group's first project since 2011's "Here And Now."

Check out the new album's track listing and watch the lyric video here.

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Sixx A.M. Release Cover Of The Cars' Drive
(Classic Rock) Sixx A.M. have made their cover of The Cars' track Drive available to stream. The song is taken from the group's third album Modern Vintage, which will be released in October.

Drive was a hit for The Cars in 1985. Sixx AM singer James Michael says: "It took us three records to do a cover song, but I'm so glad that we waited. And I'm so glad we chose to do the one we did."

Bassist Nikki Sixx says they toyed with doing a cover of Elvin Bishop's Fooled Around And Fell In Love before settling on Drive. Sixx adds: "One day I called Michael up and just sang the opening line to Drive, and he said, 'That's a Sixx AM song.' I think it was an opportunity to cover a song that is so defined that you have to be very careful not to wreck it. That song is so loved by so many people, including us, that we really wanted to pay a real tribute to it, and I believe we have."

Check out the cover here.

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Ace Frehley's New Album Space Invader Makes Top 10 Debut
(hennemusic) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has scored a US Top 10 debut with his latest album, "Space Invader." Billboard reports the project enters the Billboard 200 at No. 9 with opening-week sales of 19,000.

"Space Invader" is both the rocker's first top 10 and his highest-charting album, surpassing the No. 26 peak of his self-titled 1978 debut, released at the height of KISS mania.

Ace's last release, 2009's "Anamoly", debuted and peaked at No. 27 with a 17,000 sales start. Frehley recently premiered his cover of the Steve Miller Band's 1973 classic, "The Joker." The title track to Miller's 1973 album of the same name was a No. 1 US hit for the rocker. Check it out here.

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Amy Lee Releases New Song Push The Button
(Classic Rock) Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee has released a new track called "Push The Button" from her collaboration with composer Dave Eggar. It comes from album Aftermath - a film score for the newly released movie War Story and its release marks a musical departure for the singer.

She told MTV earlier this year: "It's going to surprise my fans - it's not what you'd expect. The film is very dark, very introspective. There are a lot of moments where Dave and I just build walls of sound out of blaring cellos, trombones, synthesisers and harp. It's not a soundtrack, it's an atmosphere."

Lee recently revealed Evanescence could be over, saying she had no plans to work with the band. She said: "I've loved my time with Evanescence, I wouldn't want to throw it away - but, for the foreseeable future, I don't have any plans to do anything with the band."

Check out the new song here.

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Geoff Tate's Queensryche Farewell Tour Item To Help Injured Fan
(TeamRock Radio) Geoff Tate is to auction the stage backdrop from his Queensryche farewell tour to raise funds for a severely injured fan's treatment. Tate will auction the backdrop on eBay, with proceeds going towards treatment for Bryan Stow who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was beaten by two men outside a baseball stadium in Los Angeles.

Stow is a huge Queensryche fan and when the band heard about his plight, they visited him in hospital, where he remained for two years following the attack in 2011.

Tate has since been sacked by Queensryche, leading to a long-running battle that means he will no longer be able to use the name once his current tour comes to an end.

After the final show of his Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate - The Farewell Tour on Sunday, the backdrop will go up for auction. More details here.

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Vinnie Paul Says Calls For Pantera Reunion Are Selfish
(TeamRock Radio) Vinnie Paul has slammed fans who want a Pantera reunion as selfish. Speculation has circulated for some time that the band could regroup with Zakk Wylde in place of murdered guitarist Dimebag Abbott - providing frontman Phil Anselmo and Dime's brother Paul can settle their differences.

But the drummer tells EMP Rock Invasion: "People are selfish. They want what they want; they don't care what you want. People go, 'Oh wow, they can get Zakk to jump up there on stage and it's Pantera again.'

"No it's not. It's not that simple. If Eddie Van Halen was to get shot in the head four times next week, would everybody be going, 'Hey, Zakk, go play for Van Halen - just call it Van Halen.'

"It's really selfish for people to think that, and it's stupid. It's not right at all." More including a stream of the full interview here.

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Phil Rudd Excited About Sound Of AC/DC's New Album
(Classic Rock) AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd reckons the band's first album without Malcolm Young is better than 2008's Black Ice. The mainman took no part in recording sessions during May as a result of long-standing health issues - which may mean he'll never return to the band he's led since 1973.

Describing the Aussie giants' 15th studio work as "stellar," Rudd tells Triple M: "It was done in 10 days and I've never played better. I hope it's as good as I remember when I came away from the studio. It's pretty damn good."

He says mastering work has been completed, but he believes the production process could be faster: "Usually you master something and wait a couple of weeks and you go and have a listen to it. They do things a certain way - I think they're taking too long." here.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan Career Spanning Box Set Coming This Fall
(hennemusic) Stevie Ray Vaughan's career will be celebrated this fall with the release of "Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection", a 12-disc box set due October 28.

The set brings together, for the first time, the entirety of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's official studio and live album catalogue, including the inaugural commercial release of "A Legend In The Making", a highly collectible (formerly) promotional only recording of SRV & DT's incendiary performance at Toronto's El Mocambo club in 1983. In addition, "The Complete Epic Recordings Collection" features two discs compiling rare and hard-to-find archival tracks.

Vaughan was already making a name for himself in Texas with live performances before releasing his debut album, "Texas Flood", in 1983. The record introduced the guitar slinger to the world and opened the gates for a flow of gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, an unprecedented achievement for any blues act.

Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, following an awe-inspiring performance with Double Trouble and Eric Clapton at the Alpine Valley Resort in Wisconsin. here.

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Badlands Members Reunite In Red Dragon Cartel
(Classic Rock) Jake E. Lee has welcomed his former Badlands bandmate Greg Chaisson into Red Dragon Cartel. The bassist has been brought in to replace Ron Mancuso, who quit the band to concentrate on his production career.

And this will not be the first time that Chaisson performs with the band as he had previously filled in for Mancuso at a concert in Arizona in March this year.

The band say in a statement: "We would like to welcome Greg Chaisson to RDC. The band is excited to have Greg on board and can't wait to share the stage with him." More of this story here.

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Kate Bush's Entire Catalogue Re-Entering UK Charts
(Classic Rock) Kate Bush's entire catalogue of albums is set to re-enter the charts this weekend after her run of comeback shows began last night. All nine studio albums, from 1978's The Kick Inside to 2011's 50 Words For Snow, plus compilation The Whole Story and reworks set Director's Cut have made the top 75 in the Official Chart Company's midweek figures.

Bush last night began her first run of shows since 1979 when she appeared at London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo. Her 22-date residency continues until October 1.

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, who paid for her first official demo recordings in the late 1970s, was in attendance alongside other celebrities and US indie band Warpaint, who flew in from their tour in Croatia for the night.

More details including the chart placements here.

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Cannibal Corpse Singer Says New Songs Are Mini Horror Stories
(TeamRock Radio) Cannibal Corpse singer George Fisher says the band's new songs are individual mini horror stories. He adds that fans shouldn't take the lyrics too seriously. The band release 13th album A Skeletal Domain on September 16th in North America and a day earlier in the UK.

'Corpsegrinder' tells Artisan News: "We're always a little bit annoyed when people think that we're writing serious songs for people to read and be crazy. They're just stories. It's a short story with music, a horror film with a metal soundtrack."

The singer says recording the album was a challenge as it was almost impossible to get the entire band together for any length of time. He adds: "The biggest challenge was that all of us were doing so much different stuff throughout the process that we weren't really together much recording it, except for the drums."

He continues here.

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All That Remains Finish Recording New Album
(TeamRock Radio) All That Remains have finished recording their seventh album. Frontman Philip Labonte reveals on Facebook that work on the follow-up to 2012's A War You Cannot Win is done.

He says: "Our part of the record is done. Nothing more to track. Tones are all picked out and decided on. Solos, overdubs, leads, backing vocals and vocals all done.

"So, in a weird way, it's almost as if we're done being creative for two years. Now it's all just doing everything we can to get in front of as many people as we can."

He had more to say here.

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Cavalera Conspiracy Reveal New Album Details
(TeamRock Radio) Cavalera Conspiracy, led by former Sepultura and current Soulfly frontman Max and his brother Igor Cavalera, have unveiled more details for their forthcoming third album Pandemonium.

The band will be releasing the follow-up to 2011's Blunt Force Trauma on November 4th in North America and a day earlier elsewhere via Napalm Records.

The band recently revealed Pandemonium is the heaviest album they've ever done. Max Cavalera said: "It's very, very heavy - the heaviest of all three. I was really possessed to get Igor back to his Arise era of drumming, everything fast."

Check out the track details here.

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Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt Would Rather Keep Music Secret
(Prog) Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt says he would have liked to have kept their new album secret until it launched. And he says the decision to release Cusp Of Eternity and Eternal Rains Will Come prior to the launch of Pale Communion was out of their hands.

Akerfeldt tells Rocksverige: "The label wanted a promotional track, so they picked Cusp Of Eternity. I guess it's the most straightforward type of song on the record.

"As for Eternal Rains Will Come, I think they put that out because it leaked earlier and we were trying to stop people from putting it up on YouTube." He continues: "If I could choose, we would not give the record out to any journalists or play it to anyone until its release. But I'm obviously in the wrong."

More with Mikael here.

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Motley Crue Country Tribute Scores Top 10 Debut
(hennemusic) "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Motley Crue", the newly-released collection featuring country music artists performing tracks by the classic rockers, has landed a US top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.

Billboard reports the cover album enters the chart at No. 5 with first-week sales of 31,000, while also opening at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart.

"Nashville Outlaws" includes performances by Rascal Flatts, LeAnne Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Gretchen Wilson and more. Read more here.

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The Beatles Voted America's Favorite Band
(Gibson) The Beatles have been named America's Favorite Band, according to a new Harris Poll. The Fab Four inched out Elvis Presley to snag the top spot on the list, which was conducted using information from an online poll that took place last month asking, "Who is your favorite singer/musician or band?" More than 2,300 people ages 18 and up filled out the poll.

Classic rockers Led Zeppelin and the Eagles also made the cut, coming in at No. 4 and No. 7, respectively. The Eagles actually tied three other performers for the No. 7 spot: Neil Diamond, Celine Dion and Garth Brooks.

Harris conducted the same poll in 2010, and that year, U2 took the top spot, with the Beatles and Elvis both at No. 3. U2 didn't make the top 10 this year, but we're guessing that's because fans are just waiting for new music.

Looking at demographics, the millennial generation, ages 18-37, picked Beyoncι as their favorite performer. Gen-Xers ranging in age from 38 to 49 opted for Metallica. Baby Boomers, ages 50-68, picked the Beatles. Those 69 and over voted for Willie Nelson as their favorite. Check out the top 10 here.

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A Look Back At AC/DC's Back in Black
(Gibson) When the record landed in stores in August 1980, there was no picture of the band on the LP sleeve. In fact, there was no picture at all. Just an ominous black 12-inch square embossed with the name AC/DC and the words Back in Black. The somber-looking package contained one of the greatest rock albums of the '80s-an album that, 27 years later, still makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, even more so if you know the story of how Back in Black came to be.

A new decade had dawned and AC/DC were riding high on the success of 1979's Highway to Hell. Six months after its release, a gap in their hectic touring schedule found AC/DC back in London, the Australian band's adopted home base, where they began to write the follow-up album.

It was in London, during the writing sessions, on February 19, 1980, when lead guitarist Angus Young got a phone call from one of singer Bon Scott's many lady friends. "She was hysterical and trying to get some information," Young says. "She'd heard Bon was dead."

Bon dead? Young didn't believe it. Everyone knew Scott was indestructible. From their early days playing the tough bar circuit in Australia where Bon out-battled the clientele, to the recent incident when he'd dived out a four-story window and into a pool on a $10 dare, he always emerged with a grin on his face, a girl on his arm, and a drink in his hand. And then the guitarist's phone rang again. The band's manager was calling from a South London hospital-he'd just identified Bon's body. After a night on the town with friends, the hard partying, happy Scott had passed out and choked on his vomit. The coroner's report would later say that he had "drunk himself to death." Young was devastated.

Later, at the funeral, Bon's parents told the band that they had to find a new singer and carry on. But the band members weren't interested in carrying on. They weren't interested in anything. As Angus recalls, "Everyone was walking around in silence. Nobody knew what to do. It was hard to take in. We were so depressed." Angus' brother and AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young agrees. A pall of depression hung over them all.

For several weeks, the brothers couldn't bring themselves to even pick up their guitars. Then finally, just to take their minds off the loss, they decided to book a rehearsal studio and play some of the bits and pieces they'd been working on with Bon. Which led to them thinking about the wishes of Scott's parents and discussion of finding a singer.

AC/DC's manager had put together a list of potential new vocalists, which up until then they had refused to look at. But then they noticed that one of those names was of a singer that Bon had been raving about for months: Brian Johnson from the Northern England band Geordie.

When Angus and Malcolm invited Johnson to come hang out for a while and sing, there was no hesitation. Johnson was a huge AC/DC fan. His chemistry with the band was instant, and he left with a new job and a plane ticket to the Bahamas, where producer Mutt Lange was waiting for them at Compass Point Studio. Recalls Malcolm, "We got the title for the album before we'd even written a tune. Angus said, 'Why not call it Back in Black? Make a black album cover and then it's for Bon.'"

But Back in Black wasn't just a tribute album, a wake for their much-missed friend-it was a declaration of intent that they'd decided to go on. Not to replace him-Bon was irreplaceable-but to start a new phase with a singer whose powerful high wail worked just as well with AC/DC's trademark sound as Bon's sleazy, bluesy growl.

It's that multi-faceted mix of intension and tensions, anger and spirit that makes Back in Black so lethally good-all that turbulence, the barely suppressed anger and pain and the fierce will to continue.

When AC/DC first heard the playbacks, their reaction, says Malcolm, was, "This is a monster!" Sure enough, it was. Not just the tone of the album and its lean power but its songs, which include three of the best rock anthems ever: the rousing title track, the brooding "Hell's Bells," and the ultimate party song "You Shook Me All Night Long."

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Paul Di'Anno Says He Hits Notes Rob Halford Can No Longer Hit
(Classic Rock) Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'Anno insists his voice is in better condition than Judas Priest singer Rob Halford's - because of his seven-nights-a-week touring schedule.

Di'Anno believes his performances are better than they've ever been, even though he's still drinking and smoking. Di'Anno, who earlier this week confirmed his retirement plans had been shelved, tells Mitch Lafon:

"My voice is actually getting better. I'm hitting notes I've never hit in quite a long time. I'm hitting notes Rob Halford can't hit any more. And the reason is I don't fuss over it. Some people go, 'I've got a slight cough; let's cancel the whole show.'" More here.

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Opeth Feel No Affinity With Metal Bands
(Prog) Opeth are comfortable with their position in today's metal scene, but say they feel no affinity with metal bands, especially modern ones. The Swedish prog metallers released new album Pale Communion this week and frontman Mikael Akerfeldt says he's pleased with how the band have developed their sound over the years.

He tells SpazioRock: "I don't know anything else than the metal world, because that's where we are. But we're trying to push the boundaries a little bit. Mostly musically, but also sound-wise.

"We don't like to belong in a group. We wanna be on our own. But we are OK with being defined within the metal scene, because that's our origins. Our roots come from real extreme metal, and gradually we have moved away from that. But we still feel we belong to the metal scene, but we don't feel an affinity with bands in the metal scene, and definitely not the sound from the metal scene of today." More here.

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Slash's Live Performance Of World On Fire Goes Online
(hennemusic) Slash performed the title track to his forthcoming album, "World On Fire", at a recent show in Denver and video from the concert has now been posted online.

The song has been a part of Slash's setlist this summer as he travels across North America on Aerosmith's Let Rock Rule tour. Due September 16, "World On Fire" was recorded with Slash's touring band, Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, and producer Michael Baskette.

A week after the album's release, Slash will promote the project and mark the Guitar Center's 50th anniversary with a series of three concerts in Hollywood's most legendary clubs.

Slash will play shows at The Troubadour (Sep 23), The Roxy (Sep 25) and The Whisky (Sep 26). Watch the video clip here.

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Kamelot Release Live Falling Like The Fahrenheit Video
(Prog) Kamelot have launched a live video of Falling Like The Fahrenheit, shot during their visit to the 013 venue in the Netherlands during last year's Silverthorn Over Europe tour.

The track, from 2012 album Silverthorn, features special guests Alissa White-Gluz and Eklipse. Mainman Thomas Youngblood has also reported the band are working on a follow-up, set for release next year.

Although no details have been made available he says: "It's going great - we have lots of music and ideas in store." Watch the new live Falling Like The Fahrenheit video here.

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Counting Crows Release Scarecrow Video From New Album
(Classic Rock) Counting Crows have announced the release of a new music video for the song "Scarecrow" which is the first single taken from their forthcoming studio album.

The new track "Scarecrow" comes from the band's seventh album "Somewhere Under Wonderland," which is scheduled to be released out on September 2nd in North America and September 15th in the UK.

Counting Crows have also announced a European winter tour, which includes eight UK dates. Check out the upcoming UK dates and watch the new music video here.

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Me Vs Hero Challenge Fans For Access To Album Stream
(TeamRock Radio) Me Vs Hero are streaming their upcoming second album - but only to fans who can complete a specially-designed app game. The UK pop punks release I'm Completely Fine on September 1, but completing every level of the free game will give access to the stream ahead of the official launch.

The app is available on the Apple and Google stores and a trailer can be viewed below. The idea was to make the stream available in a fun way while reducing the chance of the album being illegally leaked.

It was developed by Anders Schou at Trixxr, who says: "The main goal we had with the game was to create as simple and unobtrusive an experience as possible so people could enjoy the new album, while still providing a couple of reasons for the player to do their best.

More details and a promo video here.

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Keith Richards Pays Tribute To Chuck Berry
(TeamRock Radio) Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has paid tribute to Chuck Berry as the blues legend was honoured with the Polar Music Prize in Sweden. Berry was unable to attend the bash, with guitarist Dave Edmunds picking up the prestigious award on behalf of the 87-year-old music pioneer.

And Richards recorded a video tribute to the man he credits with influencing his musical direction. The Stones guitarist says: "Chuck Berry - he just leapt out of the radio at me. I ate him basically, I breathed him. It wasn't just food, he was the air I breathed for many years when I was learning guitar.

"Such a great voice, such a great player and also such a great showman - it was all in one package. If I listened to Chuck Berry, I was full for the day." Watch the tribute here.

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Jon Allen's New Video Made By Teenaged Film Student
Prior to the release of Jon Allen's new album Deep River OK! Good Records launched the "Night & Day" Music Video Contest, giving aspiring filmmakers a chance to create the official music video for Jon Allen's new single.

The winning video was directed by nineteen-year-old film student Sean Wang from Fremont, CA. The Top 3 entries earned their directors cash and camera prizes, along with being featured on our YouTube Channel.

Jon Allen has also announced that he will be launching a tour of the UK in October and November in support of his new album, Deep River. You can see the dates and details here and check out the top 3 videos from the contest here.

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Abysmal Dawn Stream New Song Inanimate
(TeamRock Radio) Abysmal Dawn have made the track Inanimate available to stream. It's taken from fourth album Obsolescence, which launches on October 28 via Relapse.

Frontman Charles Elliott says: "I'm very happy to present a new Abysmal Dawn track after almost three years of waiting. It's a heavy one, so get ready to bang your head with the song on repeat until your neck won't move any more.

"Lyrically, this one is about losing your idealism and becoming a cold, unfeeling shell of a human in order to survive our modern society." He continues: "Our experiences in this life can carve us into stone, but they can also desensitise us in the process.

"This might be the most depressing song you've ever wanted to circle pit to." Stream the new song here.

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Singled Out: Hero For Today's All You Wanted
Today the members of the Orange County band Hero For Today tells us about the title track and the lead single from their forthcoming "All You Wanted" EP. Here is the story:

"All You Wanted" is one of our favorite songs on our new EP. It was actually the last song written for this EP. We messed around with this idea we had for a while, but never really thought anything of it until we made a demo. Once we completed the demo, this song really came to life - it became everybody's favorite track. We knew this was a song that absolutely needed to be included on the new EP.

"All You Wanted" is a song with tons of energy and angst. Its upbeat punk groove drives the song, while the big guitars and bass give the song its power. John Tessin, the drummer of Hero for Today had a great idea of having a guitar solo that followed the vocal melody. We really struggled to find the appropriate place for it and one day stumbled upon starting the song with it. It was a perfect fit and the ultimate punch in the face to start off this track and the new EP.

The lyrics for "All You Wanted" are about people who somehow believe they are superior to you and others. It's about the people who get under your skin and drive you crazy. The lyrics are a reflection of the thoughts that run through my head whenever I encounter a cocky, self-centered person. I try to always keep everything very real and honest when writing lyrics. There's no need to sugar coat things or try making your lyrics sound too poetic. I just want people to relate and understand how I really feel about things going on in my life. "All You Wanted" quickly became a real crowd favorite at every show - our fans go crazy once they hear the opening drums kick in! Everyone at some time encounters someone who thinks they're better than everyone else - and this is the perfect song for everyone to scream at the top of their lungs what they'd really like to say to that person --- don't give a f*ck about you!

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

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