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Def Leppard Already Working On Next Album

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen says that the band actually began recording tracks for their next studio album while they were out on the road last year.

Collen revealed the new during a chat with Planet Rock ahead of the band's headline performance at the Download Festival last week. He said,
"We started it last year actually, we started recording it last year on tour.

"Like on the Tesla album, we'd be in rooms like this and we'd be doing guitars. We've actually started the Def Leppard album a similar way. We've got the odd track on the go. And that's it, really. It's just how far you go."

He went on to discuss how this is a different approach than the band took with their 2015 self-titled record. "The last album we actually went in to do one or two songs, and within a week, we had 12 songs. And it shocked us. So, it was, like, 'This is an album already.'

"It ended up being more than that. That came together really quickly. And we didn't even plan that. So I think it's gonna be a different thing. There's a bunch of songs already on the go. So it's, yeah, a lot of fun." Check out the full album here.

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Megadeth's David Ellefson Reacts To Mustaine's Cancer News

Megadeth bassist and cofounder David Ellefson spoke to "The Classic Metal Show on Monday, shortly after frontman Dave Mustaine revealed that he is battling throat cancer.

Ellefson said the following about Mustaine's sad news, "We were kind of bracing for the bomb today, knowing that we had to get an announcement out about it. Prayers from everybody, thoughts and prayers are always welcome.

"Dave has started his treatment. We've been in Nashville for the last almost month and a half working on the [new] album, so we were sort of watching this all unfold before us. And Dave, he has begun treatment, so things are moving forward with that.

"It just became a reality where it was, like, look, in order to do this treatment properly, follow the doctor's orders, Dave can't be undergoing treatment for cancer and out playing big rock concerts. So we had to say, 'All right. We've gotta just stop. We've gotta clear the deck and put this as the number one priority,' which is what the announcement was today - just addressing it and giving everybody a heads up that some shows are gonna have to go away until this all gets worked out.

We are keeping the [Megacruise]. The cruise, I think, is a beast of a different nature, because it's so many people on it, and we're kind of trying to figure out, and we may not totally know Megadeth's full participation in that until we see where Dave is at with healing after all the treatments and everything by that point.

"But we're optimistic that on some level, the band or band members, or who knows, maybe even the whole band, maybe we can have a participation on that.

"In the meantime, we've been working hard on the new album and it's coming along well. I think us getting down there back in May, last month, when we all convened at the studio there, it's like a house that we rented that we're working in.

"It's nice, 'cause me and Dirk and Kiko sleep there, and we wake up and all the stacks and gear and Pro Tools and everything's right there in the living room. So you can make music until you go to bed and make music as soon as you wake up or wake up one day and say, 'I don't wanna make any music at all. I'm gonna go stare at the cows on the pasture,' you can do that too.

"So it's a really good situation there. But we've made a lot of progress on the album, and I think that's something we can continue to do. If Dave hits a wall and needs to take a break just to get off the clock, then we'll do that. But at least we can be working productively and getting some stuff done on the album right now." Check out the full interview here.

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The End Of KISS Won't Be Bittersweet For Paul Stanley

KISS launched what is expected to be a multiple year farewell tour earlier this year and frontman Paul Stanley says that he has no sadness over the end of the band.

Paul was asked during an interview with Triple M Adelaide radio in Australia if he has any sadness over the idea of KISS retiring following the End Of The Road World Tour. He responded, "When people use terms like 'bittersweet,' I have to say it's only sweet.

"What we've accomplished and what we've done in terms of shows and what we've done in terms of music, and even serving as a wake-up call to the general public of what not to accept less than...

"If bands are making you feel that they're doing you a favor, then you need to abandon them, because you're paying hard-earned money. And all we ever wanted to be was the band we never saw, so that was the premise that started things 45 years ago. But in the meantime, I think we've created a relationship with our audience that is second to none.

"On this tour, we're so fortunate, because many times when things in life go away, we find ourselves going, 'Gee, I wish I would have known. I would have done something different,'. Here's a chance for us all to celebrate together what we've created and really to run a victory lap and re-enforce what we've done. And our evening with an audience this time around is really filled with incredible memories. And for our longtime fans, it's great for them to see a show and a stage production that really ups what we've done to a completely different level. We wanted to make sure that on this last go-round we did something that no one has done. And that's exactly what we're doing."

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Rolling Stones Release Live 'Satisfaction' Video

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming video of a performance of their signature song, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", as the latest preview to the forthcoming "Brides To Bremen" package.

Due June 21, the project presents a complete show from the final leg of the band's 1997-98 "Bridges To Babylon" year-long tour in support of the album, which achieved Platinum and Gold status in multiple markets upon its original release in 1997.

The series marked a pair of firsts for the Stones, including the first time the band went on the road with a permanent B-stage, and also the first time that fans could vote via the group's website for a track they wanted to hear at the show in their city.

Film of the 2.5 hour German concert before 40,000 fans has been meticulously restored from the original masters, and the audio remixed and remastered from the live multitrack recordings; as an added bonus, the set delivers four tracks from the band's Soldier Field performances in Chicago on all physical visual formats.

"Bridges To Bremen" will be available in multiple packages, including digital, DVD + 2CD, Blu-ray + 2CD, triple vinyl and digital audio. here.

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Santana Performs On Jimmy Kimmel Live

(hennemusic) Santana performed the track "Breaking Down The Door" on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on June 18th, and video from the broadcast is available for streaming online.

The guitarist was joined by Spanish singer Buika for the lead single from his newly-released album, "Africa Speaks", as well as three other songs off-air from the project: "Batonga," "Yo Me Lo Merezco" and "Canobe Cumbele."

Santana recorded 49 songs in 10 days with producer Rick Rubin for the record, which just debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200. Following the completion last month of a spring series of dates as part of his Las Vegas residency at the House Of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Santana will begin his Supernatural Now summer tour of North America with The Doobie Brothers in Irvine, CA on Thursday, June 20.

The trek will commemorate two of the most important milestones in the iconic guitarist's career: the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking, multiple Grammy-winning album, "Supernatural", and the 50th anniversary of his performance at Woodstock. Watch the TV performance and 3 bonus unaired performances here.

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Rubikon Announce First New Album In Four Years

Rubikon have announced that they will be releasing their first new studio album in four years this fall. The new effort will be called "The Record" and is set to hit stores on September 16th.

The band, Jae Sims (vocals), Josh Gruss (guitars), Dave Raymond (guitars), Hugh Eaton (bass), and Doug Arsham (drums and vocals), recorded the album live at Sienna Studios in Nashville with engineer-mixer Tim Brennan (Steven Tyler, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson), with minimal overdubs.

"The Record" features guest appearances from Elisha Hoffman (mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar), Drew Belk (pedal steel), and Randy Leago (saxophone).

Guitarist Dave Raymond had the following to say,"There's nothing like locking the band in a room and refusing to come out until we've got a bunch of tunes to share with the world.

"We bounced a wide range of ideas off of each other this time around - hard rock, of course, but also more classic-sounding rock, Americana, folk, nothing was off the table - and we are pumped about the album that came out of that process."

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The 69 Eyes Release Trailer For Forthcoming Album

The 69 Eyes have released a trailer for their forthcoming album "West End", where they discuss the "funeral balloons" sculpture on the cover of the record.

The band enlisted their longtime friend, the famous Finnish sculptor Jiri Geller, to create the artwork for the new album and Jyrki 69 had the following to say:

"It was like black magick to have Jiri back in our Helsinki Vampire circles again! I literally haven't seen him for twenty years but he was the same freak as back then - and as we all are". Watch the trailer here

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Metal Supergroup Lightning Born Release 'Renegade' Video

Metal supergroup Lightning Born have released a music video for their track "Renegade". The song comes from their forthcoming self-titled debut, which is set to hit stores on June 21st.

The band features bassist Mike Dean (Corrosion of Conformity), singer Brenna Leath (The Hell No), drummer Doza Hawes (Mega Colossus, ex-Bloody Hammers; ex-Hour of 13) and guitarist Erik Sugg (Demon Eye).

Mike Dean had this to say about the new clip, "Renegade" is like 1960s TV show theme jazz, drastically simplified for high volume rock-band presentation (a la early Black Sabbath with a short attention span). We thought we would try to swing at a higher velocity." Watch it here.

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Plaid Dracula Stream New Single 'No Reaction'

Brooklyn, New York based glam-punk power trio Plaid Dracula have released an online stream of their latest single, entitled "No Reaction".

The band had the following to say about the track, "This song is about questioning the foundation of a relationship that's become very important to you without you even realizing it was happening.

"There's all this time and energy invested in this person and in trying to show them who you are, and all of a sudden you're not sure either of you is doing the other any favors by continuing to believe that's an outcome that's possible in this context." Stream the song here

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Singled Out: The End Of America's Break Away

The End Of America recently kicked off a series of singles they plan to release this year with the track "Break Away". To celebrate we asked Trevor Leonard to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

"Break Away" came about during a writing session in a cabin we rented in the Cherokee National Forest. Lots of great ideas were coming, but some felt too forced and we were searching for something to really inspire us. We wanted to kind of be pushed. So we had our instruments set up in the living room - piano, tambourines and shakers, electric guitar. I sat down at the piano and started playing some chords till we found a tempo we liked. Then James started percussion, playing along on his lap. We were like, "This is the sound we want for this beat," and so we layered in some rhythmic tambourines with the slaps, stomps and shakers. We started to build a pulse with energy while still remaining kind of ballady.

The song was built from some simple chords and an organic percussive loop. We let it breathe and from there just started to sing and formulate some melodies. The inspiration for the lyrics seemed to stem from the question of, how do we push ourselves to explore new ground? How do we be productive, remain inspired and find the impetus to keep moving forward?

We all went off to write some lyrics for verses and I remember Brendon coming back after a half hour or so with the lines that became the chorus and it was perfect. It really captured the essence of what we were trying to do - get out of the city and get imaginative. We wanted to push ourselves. It's not always easy and there are a lot of frustrations involved. But his line nailed it, "Oh run away, tell me what you never could say. It's not too late for you and I to break away from this place." The song started to become a conversation almost, between the verses and the chorus. Our unison vocals brought the message out stronger, more defined and more intentional as we started singing it together.

We kept layering more instruments. Mandolin strings played with a pencil. Banjo lines that riffed off the rhythm and tone of the percussion. We filled wine glasses up to find the right notes and played them to create more textures and melody. We tracked electric guitars while crickets and spring peeper frogs sang outside. They are in the tracks. We love that ambience and the environment that it encapsulates.

We got back home and let it sit for a while. We were a little intimidated by the song - how to approach it live and where it fit with our Americana aesthetic. But as we revisited the recording and started to build more on top, it became clear that we couldn't give up on the song. We all have home studios and each took the reins to add layers - my acoustic guitars, James soaring bridge melodies. His melody inspired my bridge vocal that asks, "Are we gonna break?" The next night Brendon had a dream about a vocal line, which became his bridge part. It amplified the energy in such a powerful way and kept the song moving. It's like a mantra - "Are we gonna break, break away, break away? It's not too late to break away, breakaway."

We started committing to seeing this idea through and knowing that he would figure out how to translate the song, which has taken on several different versions and that's exciting in itself. In the end we pushed ourselves to try new textures, new arrangements, new instruments and ultimately, what we came out with is something that we're proud of and has helped to move our band forward.

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

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