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Video Of Ritchie Blackmore's New Rainbow Shows Go Online

(hennemusic) Ritchie Blackmore returned to the stage with a revamped Rainbow lineup over the weekend to perform his first rock shows in two decades and video from the shows have been posted online.

The band made their 2016 live debut at the Monsters Of Rock festival at Freilichtbόhne in Loreley, Germany on June 17 and performed at the Monsters Of Rock festival at Festplatz am Viadukt in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany on June 18.

The guitarist was joined by Lords Of Black singer Ronnie Romero, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau for the pair of rare rock shows.

The setlist for both events mixed Rainbow tracks "Man On The Silver Mountain", "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll" and "Stargazer", among others, with Deep Purple classics like "Highway Star", "Child In Time", "Mistreated", "Perfect Strangers" and "Smoke On The Water."

Blackmore last performed rock in 1997 while touring in support of Rainbow's eighth album, "Stranger In Us All." That same year he went on to form the medieval folk band Blackmore's Night with then-girlfriend and now-wife Candice Night, and the group has gone on to release ten albums.

The revamped Rainbow lineup will play their third and final scheduled 2016 show with a solo headlining date at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, UK on June 25. Check out the videos here.

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Megadeth's Nick Menza Tribute Show Now Unlikely?

(Classic Rock) Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine reportedly says that a tribute show to late drummer Nick Menza, which would feature surviving members of the group, is now unlikely to happen.

Menza suffered a heart attack died last month at the age of 51 while performing with current band Ohm, which also featured former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland. Plans had been put in motion to hold a memorial concert, with the proceeds to be donated to Menza's family.

EonMusic spoke with Mustaine about Menza and the publication says that the Megadeth frontman said that the concert was now unlikely to happen. He told them, "There's some stuff going on right now where the family is doing a Gofundme page, and I'm not involved in that. If they need our help they know where were at - we love them and want the best for them, so we'll find out".

He continued: "For now I think that if anybody wants to get involved with Nick, the Gofundme page [is the best place to do so]. I would rather that If anybody's going to support what we're going to do, our involvement is to help Nick's legacy for his children; he's got artwork, he's got a lot of music that he's written outside of Megadeth, and if people really love Nick and they really want to support him, look at his artwork, focus on the music that he did; Megadeth or otherwise". Read more here.

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At The Drive-In Cancel Tour For Health Reasons

(TeamRock Radio) At The Drive-In have cancelled the remaining dates on their North American tour after singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala came down with a cold and lost his voice.

Following a spring run across Europe that included a March 27 stop at London's Roundhouse, the band kicked off shows in US and Canada last month before Bixler-Zavala ran into some issues with his throat this past week.

The band cancelled a June 15 show in Washington, DC, saying: "Cedric has been fighting off a cold and has now lost his voice making it impossible for us to play for you tonight."

A June 17 show at New York City's Terminal 5 was shut down just two hours before showtime as the vocalist continued to deal with the health issue.

ATDI then issued a further update shutting down the remaining five dates on the trek, including appearances in Boston, Detroit, Toronto and a slot at Quebec's Amnesia Festival. Read more here.

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AC/DC With Axl Rose Was Magical Says Duff McKagan

Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan shared his excitement of seeing frontman Axl Rose take over lead vocals for AC/DC during their just concluded European tour.

McKagan tells Jonesy's Jukebox (via BraveWords), "Me and Slash and our ladies went over to London just to surprise Axl, and to see the AC/DC thing at the new Olympic stadium. And it was amazing. We got to see him do that thing with AC/DC, and it was magical.

"He was out of his chair; he was up and cruising around, and it was really great to see. I'd never seen him, I guess, play… see him sing. And I think it energized the band - they were pretty energized - and the crowd was into it. It was cool. I'm super stoked for him." Watch the full interview here.

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Metallica Expanding Sonics On New Album Says Lars

(Classic Rock) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says the band's upcoming 10th studio album is "more of a diverse record" than 2008's Death Magnetic. The San Francisco group are currently mixing the project, which is expected to be released later this year.

Ulrich tells Citizens Of Humanity: "It definitely sounds like Metallica. It's probably a little less frenetic than the last record. The last one Rick Rubin really encouraged us to, for the first time, be inspired by our past. It was the first time we sort of looked in the rearview mirror.

"This time around it's a little bit of a different thing. We're not working with Rick, we're working with the engineer from the last record, who's producing, Greg Fidelman.

"So there's some of the same production elements at play, but we're expanding a little bit on the sonics. It's probably a bit more of a diverse record than the last one." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Catalog Earned Almost $60 Million From 2011 To 2014?

(Classic Rock) The jury in the trial over Led Zeppelin classic Stairway To Heaven has heard that the band's catalogue earned around $60 million over the years 2011 to 2014.

The testimony came from music economist Michael Einhorn during the fourth day of the trial in Los Angeles, before judge Gary Klausner. Another expert said that the chord sequence at the centre of the case is at least three centuries old.

Einhorn spoke after Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones made a brief appearance at the witness stand. He said that guitarist Jimmy Page had never mentioned 1967 Spirit track Taurus, which the band are accused of having copied for 1971 song Stairway. Asked if it had ever been discussed, Jones said: "No." Read more here.

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Rob Halford Talks New Judas Priest Album

(Classic Rock) Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford says the band want the follow-up to 2014's Redeemer Of Souls to be a worthy addition to their back catalogue.The singer recently confirmed the band had regrouped in the studio for the project, which is expected sometime in 2017.

With an acclaimed collection of records behind them, the Birmingham band refuse to rest on their laurels. Halford tells KBAD 94.FM: "We're making another record right now, which should be ready when it's ready. But this'll be our umpteenth record, hundreds of metal songs later.

"We have a tremendous treasure trail behind us that we cherish, and we wanna make sure that what we put in front of that is equally worthy. So we take a lot of time in making the best music that we can. But it's exciting to think that not too far from now, there'll be another Priest record on the horizon with some more shows." Watch the full interview here.

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Norma Jean Announce New Album and Stream First Song

(TeamRock Radio) Norma Jean have announced that their latest album will be called Polar Similar. It'll launch on September 9 - and the band have released lead track 1,000,000 Watts.

Vocalist and guitarist Cory Brandan Putman tells NPR: "We worked really hard to match the emotion of these songs to the content behind them, and tried to conjure a specific feeling with each track.

"The record as a whole deals with some dark themes, so this is an example of what naturally came out of our collaboration. I think 1,000,000 Watts is a great representation of some of the bold risks we took throughout the album. It's amazing what you will create when you put yourself in the mindset of, 'I have nothing to lose.'" Stream the song here.

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The Cadillac Three Streaming New Song 'Drunk Like You'

(Classic Rock) The Cadillac Three have made their song Drunk Like You available to stream. The track comes from the Nashville outfit's forthcoming second album, Bury Me In My Boots, due August 5 via Big Machine Records.

The project marks the first full-length record in four years from the trio of vocalist Jaren Johnston, percussionist Neil Mason and lap steel player Kelby Ray, with a pair of UK-only digital EP's issued in 2014 and last year.

Johnston told The Boot: "It's just real songs, and I try to write about what nobody else is writing about at the time. It's country music, so a lot of people say the same things, and we touched on a lot of those things but with different ways of saying them. I'm real proud of it." Read more and stream the song here.

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Iron Maiden's Dickinson Bids Farewell To Ed Force One

(Classic Rock) Bruce Dickinson has said goodbye to Iron Maiden's Boeing 747 jumbo jet Ed Force One. The vocalist and pilot flew the customised plane around the world on the band's The Book Of Souls world tour.

But Dickinson has revealed that his flight to Gothenburg for tonight's show in the Swedish city would be his last - even though their mammoth trek still has 20 shows remaining.

Before the flight, Dickinson says: "This is my last flight on Ed Force One. Myself and Steve are going down to Gothenburg and when she gets there, she's going to go back with the Icelandic flight crew onboard to Iceland.

"But she's got one more mission - appropriately enough, it's gonna go down to see a football match. They're going to fly 350 people from Iceland down to Marseille to go and see a bit of what might be giant killing - Iceland v Hungary on Saturday." Read more here.

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Radiohead Rehearsed 120 Songs For Current Tour

(Prog) Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood says the band initially rehearsed 120 tracks for their most recent tour. The latest run of shows got underway this past week and although they managed to whittle that number down to a more manageable size, Greenwood says they had to aim high as their set contains a total of 24 tracks.

He tells the BBC: "We started with 120. It's crazy. I mean, it's just every song we've done. And then we gave up and realized that was stupid and got it down to about 60 or 70, and we played 24 songs a night. So there's a lot to choose from."

He reports the reason for focusing on such a large number was to keep the live set "fresh and interesting" and adds: "It drives our crew crazy, as you might imagine, because they don't know what to do with the lights.

"But that's okay. We've always been like that. We've always decided the setlist just before we play." Read more here.

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Marilyn Manson's New Film Trailer Goes Online

(TeamRock Radio) Marilyn Manson is featured in a new trailer for the upcoming film Let Me Make You A Martyr. The project sees Manson as a Native American hitman hired by an abusive father, drug dealer and pimp named Larry Glass - played by Mark Boone Junior - to kill his rebellious adopted son Drew, played by Niko Nicotera.

The film also stars Michael Potts, Slaine, William Lee Scott, and Michael Shamus Wiles. Directed by Corey Asraf and John Swab, the shock-rocker told Rolling Stone he had to immerse himself in the role. He said: "I am part Indian. I just had to observe the level of poverty and, I guess, white trash element to the story.

"The house where my character lives, sort of on a swamp on a reservation, looked like a combination between Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Apocalypse Now. It was pretty epic. Just seeing that, I knew where to go." Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Status Quo Announce Aquostic II: One More For The Road

(Classic Rock) Status Quo have announced the release of their second acoustic studio album, featuring new arrangements of classic tracks plus three brand-new songs.

Aquostic II: One More For The Road follows 2014's Aquostic (Stripped Bare) and 2015 live follow-up Aquostic!. Its October 21 launch comes before their last-ever full electric UK tour in December.

The band describe the album as "a carefully-curated collection of reimagined Quo classics along with three exclusive tracks." It includes In The Army Now, Hold You Back, Roll Over Lay Down and Ice In The Sun.

Status Quo revealed in February that they'd end their electric era with the UK shows. Francis Rossi said: "It's getting harder for us to play these shows. It doesn't mean we won't do other things, perhaps the odd special - but we're agreed that the moment has come.

"There's more to come from us in the years ahead, but we won't tour the electric set ever again." Read more here.

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NOFX Tribute Fan Who Died Following Injury At Concert

(TeamRock Radio) NOFX frontman Mike Burkett has paid tribute to a young fan who died after hitting his head at a gig in Copenhagen, Denmark. Samuel Pollas attended NOFX's show at the city's Den Gra Hal venue on June 15 and he hit his head on the ground after falling. The 20-year-old went home, but later died in his sleep.

Burkett says: "This is Samuel. He was 20. He hit his head on the ground at our show in Copenhagen. He was nauseated and dizzy, but decided to go home and sleep. He never woke up. Our hearts go out to his mother and friends.

"Samuel's mother would like to give this warning given to other 'invulnerable' young. 'If you're drunk and hit your head, do not go to bed without getting it checked. Let none of your friends walk home alone after a fall or blow to the head. Take care of yourselves and each other.'" Read more here.

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Body Count Reveal New Album Plans

(TeamRock Radio) Body Count will shortly begin work on their sixth album after signing a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. Ice T and co will once again be working with producer Will Putney, who was behind the desk on the band's latest offering, 2014's Manslaughter.

Ice T says: "With our last album Manslaughter, we tested the waters and got a great response from the fans and critics. Now it's time to go kill it and make a more aggressive album and keep the Body Count style intact.

"Will Putney is like a member of the band and has an excellent ear. He's a great producer because he captures the true essence of our band's sound." Read more here.

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Opeth Release Studio Video From New Album Sessions

(Prog) Opeth have revealed a first taste of upcoming album Sorceress in a brief video teaser from studio sessions. The clip show mainman Mikael Akerfeldt watching as Joakim Svalberg records part of a keyboard solo for the follow-up to 2014's Pale Communion.

The band confirmed last week that 12th title Sorceress would arrive later this year via their imprint Moderbolaget Records, through Nuclear Blast. Akerfeldt said the deal had been done during a 150pmh drive in a Porsche, adding: "We're happy to be part of the NB team and look forward to a fruitful relationship."

Opeth commence a European tour in November, which includes an appearance at London's SSE Wembley Arena on November 19. See the dates and watch the video here.

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Kvelertak Release Nattesferd Title Song Video

(TeamRock Radio) Kvelertak have released a video for the title track from their latest album Nattesferd. The Norwegian band's third album was released in May via Roadrunner Records.

The promo was produced by Norwegian production company Bacon and directed by Jakob Marky, It was filmed in Faro, a Baltic Sea island off the south eastern coast of Sweden where filmmaker Ingmar Bergman lived and died.

Marky says: "I wanted to make something circular as the track has its never-ending guitars coming back to haunt you. I very much liked the idea of filming science fiction on the same places that Tarkovsky and Bergman visited. I think both of them were very big fans of the golden triangle too, or so I heard." Watch the video here.

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Ricky Warwick Releases 'Schwaben Redoubt' Video

(hennemusic) Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick has released a video for "Schwaben Redoubt", a track from his latest 2CD solo package "When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues)" and "Hearts On Trees."

The song honors next month's 100th anniversary of the Battle Of The Somme as fought by the British and French empires against Germany in France during the First World War and considered the largest battle on the Western Front that saw more than 1 million wounded or killed in action.

Warwick shares vocals on the track with Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers. "This is a song about a friendship found between two teenage lads from Ireland in a trench in Northern France on the morning of the 1st July 1916...a hundred years ago this year," Warwick tells War History Online. "One from the North one from the South who would on any other day hate each others guts but today all they have is each other, a shared fear of death and a shared name - Schwaben Redoubt was the name of the German position they walked towards that morning ....and into death." Watch the video here.

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Atreyu, Crown The Empire and Young Guns On Warped Tour Album

(TeamRock Radio) Atreyu, Crown The Empire and Young Guns are among the latest names confirmed for the Warped Tour compilation album. The compilation will be released on June 24 via SideOneDummy Records.

Other artists added to the list are The Word Alive, Ghost Town, Four Year Strong, With Confidence, Safe To Say, Veil Of Maya, Teenage Bottlerockett, Secrets and Assuming We Survive.

Last month, Every Time I Die shared a snippet of a track that will also appear on the album - although the title has yet to be released. See the announced tracklisting here.

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Behemoth Is All About Loneliness Says Nergal

(TeamRock Radio) Behemoth frontman Adam 'Nergal' Darski says the band "is all about loneliness." The vocalist's friend thinks Nergal would be in jail for killing someone if it wasn't for Behemoth helping him to stay on the right path. But the man himself isn't sure whether he'd go that far.

He does, however, believe the band is a road to help him know himself better. Nergal tells The Strombo Show: "I think that Behemoth is all about loneliness. A good friend of mine, she is also my coach, she said that if it wasn't for music that I would probably be in jail or I would just kill someone or be a criminal or something.

"I don't know. I'm an observer. If she thinks that maybe there is something behind the surface, I don't know. I just think there's a darkness that each of us are carrying along, we have to learn how to deal with it and eventually become friends with it because it is part of our nature." Read more here.

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Blink-182 Release 'Bored To Death' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Blink-182 have released a new music video for their single "Bored to Death." The song comes from the band's forthcoming album "California," which will be released on July 1st.

"California," will be the veteran group's first album since splitting with Tom DeLonge and replacing him with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba. Despite the band's difficult recent history, Mark Hoppus recently insisted they'd never considered giving up, adding:

"Travis Barker and I have kind of been through this situation before. He and I just love performing and writing together and we're really good friends. It never really occurred to us to stop doing what we do because we enjoy it so much." Watch the video here.

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Death Cab for Cutie Explain Concert 'Meltdown'

(Radio.com) Death Cab for Cutie have explained that what some media outlets have been calling an on-stage meltdown in the middle of their set at a concert last week, which was actually a reaction to an equipment malfunction at the very end of their show. Radio.com reports:

On June 15th, video surfaced of Death Cab for Cutie appearing to suddenly abort a show in Charleston, SC. Frontman Ben Gibbard tossed a mic stand to the ground and abruptly stormed off during "Soul Meets Body," near the end of the set.

Fans and writers weren't sure what to make of the footage, which some described as a "breakdown." Death Cab's Nick Harmer spoke to Billboard to clarify what happened--attributing the sudden shutdown to a perfect storm of stress, technical failures and a fight in the crowd.

"It's kind of a non-story really," said Harmer. "It got spun as we left the stage mid-set. It was the last 20 seconds of the last song and all of Ben's equipment failed at the exact kind of unrelated moment there was a giant fight in front of us."

Harmer added that recent headlines had the band on edge in a public, open setting. "We would've finished the song but we're all feeling a little skittish after Orlando and things were just - we weren't sure what was happening. Suddenly, there was this moment in the crowd where we don't see this kind of energy happen in front of us," he said. Read more and watch the footage from the set here.

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ZZ Top Stream Live Track Featuring Jeff Beck

(Classic Rock) ZZ Top have streamed their version of Rough Boy, featuring Jeff Beck, from upcoming album Greatest Hits Live. It's set for launch on August 12 via Suretone Records, and follows 2012 studio title La Futura, 2014's Live At Montreux 2013, and compilation The Very Baddest, also released in 2014.

Guitarist Billy Gibbons reports: "We spend the biggest stretch of every year out on the road, whippin' wire, poundin' skin and rockin' it way up. This is the true document of live de la ZZ.

"In an abstract surrealist style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four-plus deluxe decades, getting down to do what we get to do."

Greatest Hits Live is available for pre-order now. ZZ Top are currently touring Europe, including an appearance at the Glastonbury festival later this week, with North American dates to follow. Stream the song here.

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Joey Jordison Would Love To Reunite With Slipknot

(TeamRock Radio) Joey Jordison says it would be "f***ing awesome" to meet up with the band and discuss a reunion. The drummer was fired in 2013 and both he and Slipknot remained silent on the reasons for his dismissal.

But last week, Jordison told Metal Hammer he had been diagnosed with a rare disease of the nervous system. It left him unable to play the drums properly and he had to be carried to the stage during his final run of shows with Slipknot.

And while he is angry at the way his dismissal was handled - via an email - Jordison won't rule out a return to the band if they would agree to a face-to-face meeting.

In a world exclusive interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Jordison says: "Honestly, I'm not trying to be dramatic, but if that was brought up, what I'd want to do would be to get together.

"I'd want to see them, just hug it out and feel that energy that we had when we were f***ing young and hungry and all that sh*t. They're my brothers. We'd hug and talk and do sh*t like we used to do. We used to sit up all night along planning this sh*t and what we wanted to do. So that's how I'd wanna do it.

"It'd have to be in person. If it happened, that would be f***ing awesome, but only time will tell." Read more here.

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Ron Howard Releases Trailer For His New Beatles Movie

(Radio.com) A trailer has been released for the new Ron Howard-directed Beatles documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, which is set to hit theaters on September 16th (and Hulu the next day).

The film features rare and exclusive footage, and was produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. The film is based on the first part of The Beatles' career (1962-1966), and will explore how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to form the band that changed the world.

The film will focus on the time period from the Beatles' early days playing the Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. Watch the trailer here.

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Architects Forced To Cancel North American Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Architects have announced that their North American tour is cancelled due to a family emergency. The band were also forced to pull out of their European festival tour earlier this month, including their appearance at Download Festival.

The US and Canada trek was to begin on July 8 at Montreal's Club Soda in Quebec, Canada. A statement on behalf of the band reads: "Due to a family emergency, Architects are forced to cancel their upcoming North American tour.

"They hate to let you guys down and would appreciate all of your understanding and support. The band would like to ask that you respect their privacy during this difficult time." Read more here.

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The Who Announce Desert Trip Warm-Up Concert

(hennemusic) Ahead of their appearance at the inaugural Desert Trip festival, The Who will play a warm up one-off concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, California on October 6.

Joining the band will be special guest Tal Wilkenfeld as their opening act. The Who are one of six classic rock acts set for Desert Trip, the new weekend event run by organizers of the annual Coachella festival.

Running October 7-9 and 14-16 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan will perform on Fridays, Paul McCartney and Neil Young on Saturdays and Roger Waters and The Who will close out Sunday evenings. Read more here.

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Ace Frehley Recalls 'Surreal' Jimi Hendrix Experience

(Classic Rock) Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley recalled the "surreal" time he snuck backstage at a Jimi Hendrix show on Randall's Island in New York when he was in high school.

After being caught out by a road crew member, Frehley was then asked to help them set up - and admits that he even spoke to drummer Mitch Mitchell without realizing it was him because he had changed his look.

He tells KFM-BFM: "There was a peace concert at Randall's Island, which is right next to Manhattan island in New York City. I was watching people walk in and out. I was watching the bands walk out to see other bands, and then I watched them walk back, and they'd just walked up with their head high and looked like they were somebody.

"So I just kind of walked in with this presence, like I was in one of the bands, and the security guy just figured I was in one of the bands. So I'm back there about 15 minutes, 20 minutes, and people were starting to say, 'Who is this f***ing guy?'

"Finally, one of the road guys came up and said, 'Are you in one of the bands?' I said, 'No. I snuck back here.' He said, 'Well, can you do anything?' I said, 'Yeah.'

"Next thing you know, I'm setting up Mitch Mitchell's drums. It was crazy." Frehley continues: "And then Mitch Mitchell walks over - but he he had changed his look. Because originally he started off with the afro, like Noel Redding and Jimi, and then he changed his image - he got the beard and he got the headband.

"So when he initially walked over to check out the drums prior to the show, I didn't realize it was Mitch. And here I am walking around in high school with Jimi Hendrix's first album under my arm every day, and next thing you know, I'm talking to Mitch Mitchell and I didn't realize it was Mitch Mitchell. Read more and watch the full interview video clip here.

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Video From Thin Lizzy's New Lineup's First Show Goes Online

(hennemusic) Thin Lizzy debuted their anniversary tour lineup at the Monsters Of Rock festival at Freilichtbuhne in Loreley, Germany on a bill headlined by Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and video from the performance has gone online.

The final edition of the legendary Irish band changed their name to Black Star Riders in 2012, and while they are working on their third album, the members have launched a special series of shows to mark the 40th anniversary of the group's 1976 release, "Jailbreak", and 30 years since the passing of founder Phil Lynott.

Frontman Ricky Warwick, guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, and keyboardist Darren Wharton are rounded out by Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton and Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis for the trek.

"I'm really psyched to be playing these shows with Thin Lizzy during my downtime with Aerosmith this summer," sas Hamilton. "It'll be great to rock out to their classic songs onstage."

"First of all, let me offer a sincere Thank You to Brian Downey and Thin Lizzy for allowing me to sit in with the band!," adds Travis. "Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me. I hope to do the position good. It's gonna' be a blast!"

The band will continue their anniversary shows next month at Rock Fest in Barcelona, Spain on July 17 and UK's Ramblin' Man Fair in Maidstone, Kent on July 23. Check out videos from the first show here.

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Suicidal Tendencies Releasing New Album Featuring Dave Lombardo

(TeamRock Radio) Suicidal Tendencies will release their next album on September 30. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2013's 13 will be the first to feature former Slayer sticksman Dave Lombardo, who has been playing with the band since February.

The band shared a clip of the sticksman tracking drums in the studio last month. Lombardo recently told Metal Wani: "I think it's very typical and very traditional Suicidal Tendencies. Our frontman Mike Muir has a very special style in which he writes his music and his lyrics and his structures. And I love it.

"It takes me back to how it all started, which was that punk attitude. I'm very happy to be a part of his organization. I feel very welcomed. I feel very much appreciated, and there's a lot of respect amongst the musicians, and camaraderie. We have a really good time together. We hang out as a band, which is important - I feel it's very important." Read more here.

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Asking Alexandria Planning Fall Tour Of The U.S.

(TeamRock Radio) Asking Alexandria have a U.S. headline tour penned in for this autumn, Ben Bruce confirms. The metalcore outfit have a number of festival appearances scheduled over the coming months before they kick off their American trek later this year.

They're promoting their latest album The Black - their first with vocalist Denis Stoff - which launched in March. Guitarist Bruce admits the band were advised not to stream their album on Spotify following its release to maximize record sales - but they decided it was worth "taking the hit" to get a bigger audience.

He tells AltPress: "We got told to boycott Spotify for the first week or month, and we had to make a decision to say, 'No, we don't want to do that.' While it definitely lessens your album sales - quite a lot - it's still a much wider audience.

"We just wanted to get our album out to as many people as possible. So, to us, it was worth taking the hit with record sales to have people to listen to the record and hopefully enjoy it." Read more here.

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Alan Parsons Project's 'Tales of Mystery & Imagination' Box Set

(Prog) The Alan Parsons Project's debut album Tales Of Mystery And Imagination will be marked with a 40th anniversary box set reissue. The family of the band's late keyboard player Eric Woolfson are offering up a host of rare memorabilia as part of the Pledgemusic campaign set up to fund the release of the box set, which is expected to arrive on December 2.

The Woolfson family say: "While going through our archives to research and find material for this new edition, we found a wealth of original memorabilia associated with the making of the album.

"Rather than it all sitting in a box for another 40 years, we have decided to allow a select number of items to be sold. Between now and the release of the re-issue, we will be adding even more items to those already available to pre-order here on the page. In addition we will be offering exclusive merchandise as well as the remastered Vinyl release of Eric Woolfson's follow up album, POE More Tales Of Mystery And Imagination." Read more here.

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Meat Loaf Announces New Album 'Braver Than We Are'

(Classic Rock) Meat Loaf will release his album Braver Than We Are on September 16. The project, which has been in the works since 2014, sees the singer collaborate once again with songwriter and producer Jim Steinman, who he last worked with on 2006's Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster is Loose. It will also see him sing alongside vocalists Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito.

Meat Loaf previously said of the upcoming record: "It's like nothing you've ever heard. It's like Bat Out Of Hell was in '77 - nothing that's out there now can compare to it.

"I'm not saying it's better, I'm just saying it's a world unto itself. There is no other artist even close to it." The announcement comes days after Meat Loaf collapsed onstage at his Edmonton show in Canada due to severe dehydration. Read more including the album tracklist here.

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Supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra Announce Debut Album

(TeamRock Radio) Supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra will release their debut album Broken Lines in September. The band created by The Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman and Mastodon's Brent Hinds announced this year that Alice In Chains frontman William DuVall will be their vocalist and they've now confirmed they'll release Broken Lines on September 23 via Party Smasher Inc/Cooking Vinyl.

GTO's lineup is completed by former Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen and Dethklok bassist Pete Griffin. The group premiered their single Crucifixion on the Radio 1 Rock Show this week.

Weinman told Daniel P Carter: "This band is the hardest thing I've ever had to achieve in my life. Many times I considered giving up on it because it just seemed like it wasn't meant to be.

"From the very start it was something that was supposed to be fun and casual. In essence, if it didn't work out, it would have been fine. For some reason, Brent and I just kept wanting to find the right chemistry to make this happen. In the end, it was one of those things where you get people in the room and it makes sense - it just works." Read more here.

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Dweezil Zappa Rebrands Tour Again Amid Family Feud

(Prog) Dweezil Zappa will perform his father Frank's music under the banner of the Cease And Desist tour as the family feud over copyright infringement rumbles on.

Dweezil has toured under the banner Zappa Plays Zappa for 10 years but recently renamed it as Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa amid legal disputes between the guitarist and the Zappa Family Trust over trademarks and music licensing.

In a blog post, Dweezeil says: "I understand there may be some public confusion about all of this. Multiple name changes etc. I also understand that this drama may be a turn off to people.

"At the end of the day, I believe my father's music deserves to be heard not silenced. I will now be playing it with an even stronger resolve than ever before under the name my father gave me - Dweezil Zappa." Read more here.

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The Stooges Is Over Says Williamson

(Classic Rock) The Stooges guitarist James Williamson says it would be "ludicrous" to tour under the name Iggy And The Stooges. Founding drummer Scott Asheton died in 2014 and original bassist Dave Alexander passed away in 1975. Although Williamson was not a founding member, he joined in 1970 and enjoyed the group's early success before leaving in 1974 and rejoining in 2009 after the death of founder member Ron Asheton.

The band have toured with various lineups down the years, but Williamson doesn't expect them to hit the road again. He tells Joel Gausten: "The Stooges is over. Basically, everybody's dead except for Iggy and I, so it would be sort of ludicrous to try to tour as Iggy And The Stooges with only one Stooge in the band, and then you have side guys.

"That doesn't make any sense to me. And frankly, I don't want to tour anymore. I'm kind of done with it. I also feel like we're getting a little long in the tooth to be doing these show anymore." Read more here.

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