He'd originally described the shows as "just a few dates for fun" - but afterwards he said: "We might do a few more shows again. I enjoyed it, especially the last one in England.
"The first two were a little bit intense because we hadn't played together - but the last one in Birmingham seemed to work to me. It was so weird, I think it was 20,000 people - it sold out in 15 minutes and I kind of wondered who they thought was playing. When I got to the auditorium, it was so vast that I thought, 'Maybe someone else is playing this show tonight.'"
Promoters say: "The Ritchie Blackmore Rainbow tour promises to be an unmissable event, not only for Deep Purple and Rainbow fans, but also those who want to soak up the electrifying genius of the legendary guitarist live." Read more and see the dateshere.
Mustaine - a former member of Metallica - has reviewed Metallica's Hardwired... To Self-Destruct for Metal Hammer and he says it's "really cool" that they, along with Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, have recently issued new records.
The four thrash bands shared a bill for seven shows as part of the Sonisphere Festival series in 2010 and Anthrax bassist Frank Bello recently said he'd love to see it happen again.
And in 2014, Mustaine himself said he was keen on the idea. Now Mustaine says: "To have all of the Big Four releasing great new records within 12 months or so, that's really cool. Now the big question is whether or not the powers-that-be are gonna allow for the four of us to go and do some more Big Four dates.
"We've got a lot of great stuff going on and we've got some stuff we're setting up for Asia and the United States for next year, but if Big Four stuff presented itself we'd probably yield to that because it's a lot more fun and it's such an event that it takes precedence over just another tour, so to speak." Read morehere.
Sagan's brother Nate confirmed his death, saying: "I want to thank everyone who helped support Adam Sagan and our family during his battle with cancer. Today his epic and relentless fight is coming to an end.
"Nobody has ever touched more people than my brother and he will be missed, but certainly not forgotten. Thank you all for the love and support. Stay strong, Adam would have wanted it that way." Read morehere.
The trek will begin at the Hard Rock Cafι in Oslo, Norway on March 31, with shows currently scheduled to end in late May with a 5-date UK run. Also included is an April 28 headlining appearance at the annual BonFest event in Kirriemuir, Scotland, which sees rock fans from around the world gather in the former home town of late AC/DC singer Bon Scott to celebrate his life and music.
"Hey everyone!," says Rudd. "Delighted to announce the first part of my European Tour for 2017, look forward to seeing you all real soon!" Rudd originally issued the album in 2014, just months before a series of legal troubles led to an 8-month home detention - on charges of threatening to kill a contractor, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis - that sidelined him from joining AC/DC for a world tour in support of the "Rock Or Bust" album. See the dateshere.
Recorded in Nashville, TN with legendary producer Bob Ezrin, the follow-up to 2013's "Now What?!" will be the group's 20th studio release. Deep Purple will promote the album on The Long Goodbye tour, whose title is helping fuel rumors that the band may be winding down their career after almost 50 years.
Drummer Ian Paice made headlines in June when he suffered a minor stroke that forced the band to cancel a pair of shows in Sweden and Denmark; Paice and the group returned to live action just two weeks later.
The group have announced the first series of dates for a tour in support of "Infinite", which will see them perform five shows across the UK in November 2017 with special guests Europe. Watch the video trailershere.
Oli Sykes and co were accompanied by a full orchestra for the show, which was set up un support of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Following the performance, Bring Me The Horizon's Jordan Fish said he'd love to take an orchestra with them on a wider tour.
He told Metal Hammer: "I've got this mad idea that we want to take it on tour, but I don't know whether it could ever happen. Our booking agent the other day said, 'Imagine doing this at Sydney Opera House.'
"I guess you just hire a local orchestra because the score is written. You rock up and just do it. It seems almost a bit of a shame to go to all this effort for months and months for just one night.
"In the back of my mind I'm thinking maybe we'll get a chance later on in the year or next year to do a select handful of big cities with a big orchestra. It would be so cool to do these crazy venues like Sydney Opera House." Watch the videohere.
She gave the original comments in Metal Hammer magazine's regular light-hearted feature, The Metal Test. And after Slayer fans reacted angrily to her comments, Jansen wrote on Instagram: "Apparently I unleashed the fury upon metal earth when I was asked a question about the most metal album I own.
"Thinking Slayer's music is not my thing doesn't mean I don't respect the band for what they are and what they've done. I just won't play it. As I can imagine they won't listen to mine either for that matter."
Jansen also claims that TeamRock's news story took her comments "out of context." She adds: "The reaction this triggered online saddens me. We are all entitled to our own opinion. But this sentence about my metal albums was put out of context, blown up and used for pathetic 'shock purposes'.
Does that mean I need to keep my mouth shut next time, no. Does it mean I need to be offended by so many whom I didn't offend? No...I don't like Slayer. Shall we get over that now?" Read morehere.
Metallica have just released 10th album Hardwired To Self-Destruct and plan to spend the next two years touring the world. Asked about secondary ticket sales for the band's recent low-key show in Toronto, Canada, Hetfield tells CTV News: "That's their karma. There's always going to be someone who has an agenda. They're going to scoop up as many as they can.
"Technology can help for sure. It's hard to believe something more can't be done. There's legal scalping out there too, which is frustrating. 'Hey, wow, we just sold 10,000 tickets - and where did they go? To one place? Interesting.'
"We're aware of it and doing what we can. At the end of the day, the fans get screwed and we get screwed. It shouldn't happen." He adds: "I would just say, 'Fans, beware. Be smart about it.'"
While Hetfield is keen to see technology used in the ticket rip-off battle, he'd happily see a reduction of online trolling and complaining. Read morehere.
Now Metal Hammer staff have agreed and made it official by naming Magma Album Of The Year in the new issue of the magazine. Issue 291 of Metal Hammer includes a massive Big Review of 2016 and is on sale from today (December 6) in print. It is also available via TeamRock+.
Responding to the accolade, Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier says: "We always take the hard path. We could've done this record with a big-name producer, spent three weeks recording and that's it.
"But instead we spent almost three years bleeding and sweating over this thing, building our own studio and producing ourselves. So all the choices and decisions we made on this record made it a potential disaster, ha ha! But instead it became this special, special thing. So to be Metal Hammer's album of the year really means a lot." Read morehere.
Now Bonham says putting the idea to the back of his mind, as he did previously, could lead to another pleasant surprise. He tells Billboard: "Back in 2004 I finally let go. I said to myself, 'Don't ever think it's gonna happen. Don't in the back of your mind ever think something's gonna happen. Let it go. Don't have that little flutter of hope in your stomach or whatever.'
"And then when I let it go what happens? I get a call in 2007. So all I'll say is 'I'm gonna let it go.' As far as I know, nothing's gonna happen, but if I let it go, you never know." Read morehere.
Briggs' Trioscapes bandmate, drummer Matt Lynch along with former Haken keyboard player Pete Jones complete the lineup. They're currently in the studio working on their debut album The Further Side, which is scheduled for release on March 10 next year via Metal Blade Records.
They've issued a video showcasing the first taste of their material in a short clip which was filmed in the studio. Nova Collective describe themselves as a combination of jazz fusion and progressive rock, with the band adding that they have "lots of updates" incoming with album pre-order details to be announced in the new year. Read more and watch the studio cliphere.
Frontman Danny Bowes says: "After the positive reaction to Wonder Days we were very happy, and it justified the approach we took in the writing and recording.
"We decided to push it further on all fronts this time, to see what happened - and I think it shows in the writing and the individual performances. We couldn't have made this album 10 or even five years ago as we weren't good enough. We're really looking forward to playing the new tunes live alongside the more established ones." Read morehere.
Other than the week of Record Store Day in April, it marks the first time that vinyl has outsold digital when it comes to value. The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) puts the swing down to the upcoming Christmas period and the desire to give a "physical" gift of music, as well as the move towards streaming rather than purchasing digital downloads.
ERA Chief Executive Kim Bayley tells TeamRock: "This is an illustration of the ongoing trend of people rediscovering the vinyl format. Clearly vinyl is a much more attractive product than digital downloads. And it's also helped by supermarkets now stocking vinyl and, not only growing the existing market, but creating a new market for vinyl altogether." Read morehere.
The clip below focuses on guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz's back problem - as he and bandmate Joel Stroetzel recall a "very scary" brush with paralysis which led him to undergo urgent spinal surgery in 2007. It follows a previous teaser, which showed vocalist Jesse Leach discussing his return to the band in 2012.
Meanwhile, Killswitch Engage recently revealed they'll launch a beer to coincide with the reissue of Alive Or Just Breathing on Record Store Day 2017. It's expected to be called Alive Or Just Brewing.
Dutkiewicz said: "I think we're doing a picture disc to go with Record Store Day. It's something we always like to get involved with because we grew up with independent record stores and I think there's such a magic in going to actually buy a product from a band that you like.
"The way people buy records nowadays is funny. A quick download on iTunes... it doesn't even feel like a tangible piece of your musical collection. It's just a bunch of ones and zeros on an iPod.
"The fact that we can do this and time it with a possible beer release with Cigar City is so cool. We love their beer. We're gonna make something delicious and we're gonna drink a crap-tonne of it, I'm sure." Watch the cliphere.
The song, recorded in 1974, features in the trailer for upcoming superhero film Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 - leading to a surge in online sales. Fox On The Run appeared on The Sweet's third album Desolation Boulevard.
Scott tells Classic Rock: "It's great. And it shows that we weren't completely wrong when we were all together in the 70s and writing the song. It's stood the test of time.
"I have been told that it might make it into the US Billboard chart too, which will be odd as I hardly recognize the name of any of the bands in that chart today." Read morehere.
That led to the end of his band, with drummer Mikkey Dee going on to join the Scorpions and Campbell concentrating on his outfit The Bastard Sons, featuring three of his own sons.
Campbell tells Planet Rock: "He's in my mind all the time, like. I can't get to sleep some nights because he's f***ing asking me for cigarettes, things like that."
In a separate interview he's recalled how he got the gig with Motorhead in 1984. He tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "When I went into the audition it was only a small room. A roadie gave Lemmy his bass, he turned the volume up and strummed the first chord.
"I just though, 'Bloody hell, this is loud' - and I kind of enjoyed it. We'd be having volume games ever since. It was daunting, but I was up for the job. I was capable, I thought. I had a bit of luck on my side on that day. I wouldn't have missed it for the world." Read morehere.
Frontman Andrew Groves says of the single: "Curtains was a re-evaluation of what we actually wanted to achieve as a band. Unlike our 14-year-old selves, the idea of chasing the conventional rock-stardom dream and all those things we could never be, had now left a sour taste in our mouths and and that it was time to really evaluate what kind of mark we would like to leave behind as a band."
He adds: "Both thematically and lyrically, it's about trying to find a way to keep your head above the waves and make something beautiful, like a shining beacon to prove that you existed and cherished the life you were given.
"Now, more than ever, it felt like we all needed to be reminded of that, as the inescapable weight of world looms over us."here.
Broken Witt Rebels's track Georgia Pine featured on the cover mount CD of issue 229 of Classic Rock magazine. The Birmingham, UK, band previously told TeamRock how they moved on from "a mod-britpop sound" to a more soulful, bluesy feel.
Guitarist and vocalist Danny Core said: "We started off with a mod-britpop sound, but then we grew up. We're now more soul and blues driven and we're passionate about really singing for our supper." See the dateshere.
The Tangent and Karmakanic have already been announced for the festival, which has moved from it's traditional time slot to cater for Big Big Train's previously announced live dates in London for the weekend of Sept 29-October 1.
In a statement, the festival organisers say, "We are pleased to announce that the venue for Summer's End 2017 on October 6-8 2017 will, for the third time, be the Drill Hall, Lower Street, Chepstow. Read morehere.
Bloodstock 2017 will take place from August 10 to 13 at Catton Park, Walton On Trent, England. Municipal Waste frontman Tony Foresta had the following to say:
"We are very excited to be finally returning to one of our favourite metal festivals - Bloodstock. We're looking forward to getting greasy with all of our UK fans." Read morehere.