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Lou Gramm Says More Shows With Foreigner Planned

Original Foreigner singer Lou Gramm revealed in a recent interview that he plans to reunite with his former band again this coming summer, following up the reunion jams that took place earlier this year.

Gramm joined his former bandmates during two special shows at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Michigan back in October that celebrated the hit making band's 40th anniversary.

The singer spoke about what it was like to play with the band again during an interview with Rockbandreviews.com and also spoke about future plans to join them on stage.

He said of the reunion shows, "It was great to get back on stage with the original Foreigner. We played about six or seven songs; it was a lot of fun. And Mick, of course, played with us. And then the two bands - the Foreigner of today and the original Foreigner - actually played a few songs together, and that was also fun. And they are really nice guys and good musicians. And we had a lot of fun, and we're gonna do some more, I think."

The frontman also said the following to say about his upcoming live plans, "I've been doing weekends for the last few years. That's kind of nice. You leave Thursday, you play Friday, Saturday [and] you come home Sunday. So I think we're gonna be doing more of those, and then there's gonna be the Foreigner shows. I don't know how many of those we're gonna do into what month. I suppose it depends on the reception of the audience. So I think everything is kind of poised for a fun and interesting summer, and let's see what happens." Watch the full interview here.

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Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob Supergroup Stereo Satellite Release Video

The new supergroup Stereo Satellite, featuring members of Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob and Rock Star Supernova, have released a music video for their first song "Glass Houses".

The group was formed by Lukas Rossi (Rock Star Supernova), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob), John Moyer (Disturbed), and Jordan Cannata (Adrenaline Mob), and the new track is the first single from their forthcoming debut album, which is expected to be released next spring.

We were sent the following background details: Mike Orlando is no stranger to heartaches, having recently been involved in a tragic accident on July 14, 2017 while on tour in Florida with his former band Adrenaline Mob. The crash occurred when a tractor-trailer veered off Interstate 75 and struck the band's RV, van, and trailer, which resulted in the death of Adrenaline Mob bassist David Zablidowsky, tour manager Jane Train, and seriously injuring six others.

"Over the past recent months, I have learned a lot about how cathartic music can be, especially after going through such a heinous life-changing tragedy", said Orlando. "It's been a complete uphill battle in even trying to begin to heal physically and mentally. I have a long road ahead for sure and will have to undergo many more procedures and ongoing therapy." Orlando adds, "I don't think I'll ever fully heal mentally but I've been moved to write songs again with my brother Lukas who I feel is an amazing songwriting partner, and start this new band along with my brothers John Moyer and Jordan Cannata. I find it really helps me to cope and I can't wait to share all the music we've written and start touring again full-time."

John Moyer admits to having mixed feelings about the band being dubbed a supergroup. "We hate the supergroup thing because it's a new band in its own right," Moyer says. "But I think it's important for us to say we've been around the rock music scene for a long time and in various ways. Stereo Satellite is a new beginning for us all, and I'm looking forward to sharing our new music with the fans very soon."

Lukas Rossi concurs, saying, "I can't wait to release our new songs and perform them live with these awesome guys. Regarding the supergroup thing, look I don't care what you call us, just call us!" Watch the video here.

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Pink Floyd Star Talks Friction Between David Gilmour and Roger Waters

(Radio.com) Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason shares some thoughts on his iconic band in a new interview with Speakeasy, specifically the friction between David Gilmour and Roger Waters.

Fans hoping the group will reunite won't be encouraged by Mason's comments, but perhaps they can take solace in what some might consider a silver lining.

"The fact that David and Roger don't want to work together is part of the reason that we managed to do the good work that we did do," he said. "If there hadn't been that sort of friction there, we probably wouldn't have made the albums that we did make." Read more here.

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Panic! at the Disco Get Festive With 'Feels Like Christmas'

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Panic! at the Disco is full of the holiday spirit and want to spread the feeling with fans. The group revealed a brand new song, "Feels Like Christmas," as a token of appreciation to supporters for a great 2017.

"Thank you all for making this year my favorite so far," singer Brendan Urie posted on the band's Twitter page. "Through the hard times and the beautiful moments, I'm glad we're always there to lift each other up. I'm so excited for the new year and what's to come."

The following tweet came with a link to the upbeat new song that's full of horns and dance-floor beats. "So to end this year right, here's a little holiday jam I wrote. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. I love ya." Listen to the song here.

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The Veer Union Release New Take On Seasons

The Veer Union has released both an acoustic and remixed/remastered version of their hit single, "Seasons," which comes off of their new album, The Veer Union "Best of 2006-2016".

"We are so thankful to have been able to put out music for the last 10 years and we hope to be able to do the same for the next decade to come." - Crispin Earl

In 2016 Lead vocalist Crispin Earl took a rather unique approach to coincide with the concept of the album, Decade. He took the opportunity to reproduce five unreleased songs which were written prior to the first
incarnation of The Veer Union in 2004, bringing them back to life, as well as combining five brand new songs to bridge the span over a DECADE. Now, with the BOX SET release of Decade: History of Our Evolution, The Veer Union will continue this theme by Crispin reproducing the five remaining songs as well as adding five brand new songs again proving that The Veer Union can stand the test of time by incorporating the original vision of the band and blending it with the current incarnation. Decade: History of Our Evolution truly takes the listener through a musical and emotional journey that represents all that is The Veer Union. Watch the video
here.

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AC/DC and Axl Rose Need To Record Album Says Original Singer 2017 In Review

AC/DC and Axl Rose Need To Record Album Says Original Singer was a top 17 story of April 2017: AC/DC need to record an album with Axl Rose to make this incarnation of the band "legitimate", according to the legendary group's original singer Dave Evans.

The Guns N' Roses frontman took over lead vocal after Brian Johnson was warned his faced permanent hearing loss if he continued to tour. AC/DC's original vocalist Dave Evans was asked his thoughts about this incarnation of the band during an interview with The Australian Rock Show.

He told the program, "Well, I like the fact that the brand is still out there, 'cause that's all it is these days, it's just a brand. Angus is the only original member left, and a lot of the others are all gone too.

"If he wants to keep the AC/DC brand going, which he can do, because he's still in the band, they need to settle on a new singer, whether it's gonna be Axl or not, and they need to record a new album, to make it legitimate. That way, AC/DC as a brand, and Angus, will have a new record out."

He then elaborated saying that band has undergone many lineups and in fact they were on "their third bass player and third drummer by the time I left the band. There's been a lot of lineups.

"There's been four singers now, including Axl. So it's been a revolving situation since the very original first lineup with myself and the other boys. If they wanna keep the brand going again with a new lineup, with Angus, they need to record a new album and see how the fans take that." Download the full episode here.

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Unreleased Eddie Van Halen Track Goes Online 2017 In Review

Unreleased Eddie Van Halen Track Goes Online was a top 17 story of April 2017: An unreleased Eddie Van Halen track dubbed "Strike" from the 1980s has been posted online in what is said to be the first time that it has been heard in full in public.

The guitar track is being streamed by the Van Halen News Desk who report that only a snippet of the song has been heard in the past as part of the 1984 movie The Wild Life in a scene showing someone bowling a strike at a bowling alley.

The famed guitarist scored the movie and VHND says that they will be releasing most of the music that Eddie recorded for the film in the coming weeks via their Van Halen Vault YouTube channel.

The upcoming tracks they say will be in the form of full raw tracks that he recorded for the movie before they were edited down into the film's score. Check out "Strike" here.

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Steve Perry Releasing Solo Album, Reunites With Journey At Rock Hall 2017 In Review

Steve Perry Releasing Solo Album, Reunites With Journey At Rock Hall was a top 17 story of April 2017: Steve Perry may have disappointed fans by not performing with Journey during their Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction last week, but he did share the good news that he plans to release a new solo album later this year.

Perry reunited with his former bandmates at the Rock Hall induction ceremony, giving an acceptance speech where praised the band's current singer, saying "I must give a shout out to a man who sings his heart out every night, Arnel Pineda."

Steve then went on to credit the fans for the induction. "You're the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!," he told the crown. "From my heart, I must tell you, I've been gone a long time, you've never not been in my heart. Thank you so very much."

Perry revealed to ABC Radio at the event that he has been recording music for a new solo album, and they report that he plans to release it later this year [however, it never surfaced]. Read more here.

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Band Calls Metallica Song Theft Reports A Lie 2017 In Review

Band Calls Metallica Song Theft Reports A Lie was a top 17 story of April 2017: Metallica made headlines late last week when several media outlets reported that they were served with a cease and desist letter claiming a song on their latest album was copied from a track from the 1980s metal group Incubus.

Incubus, who changed their name to Opprobrium several years ago when they regrouped following a hiatus, have denied the reports, calling them a lie. The articles were reportedly based a press release that was sent out claiming that an individual from a record label sent Metallica a cease and desist notification late last month, claiming to hold the copyright to the Opprobrium song in question, but the band says that they own the rights to all of their tracks.

Opprobrium addressed the reports with the following Facebook post on Friday (April 7th), 'ATTENTION, ATTENTION to all Metal Magazines around the world and all our fans. It's been circulating that supposedly an 'individual' is claiming that Metallica copied one of our songs called 'Hunger For Power' and that this individual supposedly sent a 'Cease and Desist' to Metallica." Read more here.

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Angus Young Was At Center Of Odd All-Star Jam 2017 In Review

Angus Young Was At Center Of Odd All-Star Jam was a top 17 story of April 2017: AC/DC's Angus Young is a legendary guitarist but during an impromptu all-star jam he decided that he wanted to play drums and that set the stage for a performance that the audience and rockers involved will never forget.

The unique jam session is just one of the memories that Chris Glen (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Michael Schenker Group) shares in his new book "Chris Glen: The Bass Business." Ahead of this Friday's release of the new book, Glen revealed an excerpt that recounts that memorable night when he hit the stage with legendary drummer Cozy Powell, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander and Angus Young:

"MSG [which featured him and Powell at the time] had just finished a tour with Molly Hatchet, and we were about to do Canada with Cheap Trick. Seattle in America is a bit like Crewe in Britain – all trains seem to go through there, and all bands seem to go through there. So we were in this club in Seattle, and Cheap Trick were there, and AC/DC were there too – they had the same management as Michael. Angus Young is a tea drinker now, but I think back then he was still up for anything. So that's what we were drinking … anything!

"We were all sat across six tables and there had been a band playing. The manager of the place said, 'Come on, some of you guys play a song,' and Cozy went, 'Okay, who's up for it?' It was really a case of, 'Who can still stand up?

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Gene Simmons Says Fans To Blame For Music's Downfall 2017 In Review

Gene Simmons Says Fans To Blame For Music's Downfall was a top 17 story of April 2017: KISS star Gene Simmons has never been one to bite his famous tongue and he continued that tradition in a recent interview where placed the blame for the downfall of the music business squarely on fans.

Simmons made an appearance on the Thunder Underground podcast and was asked his opinion of online streaming music services like Spotify. He responded, "Good luck to 'em. I am not a supporter. I do believe in free market economy - supply and demand and all that kind of stuff - and I support Taylor Swift and Metallica and anybody else who doesn't wanna play the game; The Beatles didn't wanna play the game for a long time."

He went on to explain that he is "a rich bastard" and it doesn't affect him but says that it is hurting up and coming bands. Gene explains, "Imagine you're a new band and you have your passion and your music and you really love it, you can't do it. There's nothing else. They can't show up live, because they don't know who you are, so somehow you've gotta get the music out there. But if you wanna earn a living, you can't get the music out there.

"So you're living in your mother's basement, you have to have a dayjob and the kids get your music for free. 'I'm just promoting my live shows.' It doesn't work. And the people that killed all the new bands are the fans themselves. It wasn't corporate America, it wasn't aliens from space. The people that killed the music they love are the people who love the music."

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Scott Stapp Reveals Eerie Connection To Scott Weiland 2017 In Review

Scott Stapp Reveals Eerie Connection To Scott Weiland was a top 17 story of April 2017: Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp had revealed an eerie experience and connection that he had to the late Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Recover singer Scott Weiland and said it was almost as if Weiland was speaking to him from the grave.

Stapp now fronts the supergroup Art of Anarchy (which features former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Disturbed bassist John Moyer) but it was Weiland who sang on the group's debut album.

The singer shared a story in a recent interview that prior to joining the new band he was on a solo tour and happened to be using the same tour bus Weiland died on.

"All of a sudden, it was almost like Weiland speaking to me from the grave, man. It was a very weird feeling that I felt," Stapp recalled "I remember being in the bathroom, looking in the mirror, on the bus. And really feeling like I could hear or feel him saying, 'Dude, this could have been you. And this could be you if you continue that path. Don't do what I did. Don't go down that road.' And, literally, I'm having this moment."

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Rush's Geddy Lee Jams With Yes During Rock Hall Induction 2017 In Review

Rush's Geddy Lee Jams With Yes During Rock Hall Induction was a top 17 story of April 2017: Rush's Geddy Lee and former Yes members Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman performed with the legendary prog group during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last Friday.

Lee had previously struck down reports that he would be playing with the group during the special event but when they took the stage to perform their iconic song "Roundabout", Geddy played bass in the place the late Chris Squire.

Geddy and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson officially inducted Yes in the Rock Hall. With Lifeson saying, "We all start somewhere, and my journey with Yes started when I was a teenager. I may have smoked a cigarette or something. I spent hours picking my way through songs like 'Starship Trooper' and 'Yours is No Disgrace.' I must have played 'Starship Trooper' a million times. Yes helped give me the gift of music, which is everything, as you know."

He then elaborated on Yes' influence on him as a musician. "The musical choices we make in our youth, helps to determine who we become." Lifeson then advised, "Choose Chris Squire's amazing bass tone. Choose Jon Anderson's ethereal vocals. Choose Fragile. Choose 'Roundabout.' Choose the glorious guitar work in 'Owner of a Lonely Heart.' And definitely, choose Yes."

Geddy Lee had fun with his speech, recreating Lifeson's memorial "blah blah blah, comments during Rush's long delayed induction in the Rock hall. Lee then discussed how a friend name Oscar turned him on to Yes. "Through Yes, I was tuning into a wider world of possibilities." Read more about the event and watch videos of the speeches and performances here.

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KISS Star Peter Criss Explains Why He Is Retiring 2017 In Review

KISS Star Peter Criss Explains Why He Is Retiring was a top 17 story of April 2017: Original KISS drummer Peter Criss has explained why his upcoming dinner concert following the New York KISS expo will be very last live performance in the U.S.

The special show is scheduled for June 17th at the Cutting Room in New York City, following his participation in the Expo which will be running from June 9th and 11th.

Criss will also be staging his very last Australian live performance next month and explained the reasons why he is retiring in an interview with The Rockpit. He told the Australian outlet, "You know what, I'm seventy one, that scares me when I say that (laughs), but if you're around me I'm like a fifteen year old kid, I really am. But I've had an amazing career in music; I was around in the 60's and 70's which was about the best time to be a musician." Read more here.

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Ghost's Nameless Ghouls Reveal Themselves In Lawsuit Post 2017 In Review

Ghost's Nameless Ghouls Reveal Themselves In Lawsuit Post was a top 17 story of April 2017: Ghost's Nameless Ghouls who filed a lawsuit against frontman Papa Emeritus a.k.a. Tobias Forge, have identified themselves in a lengthy statement that disclosed their reasons for the legal action.

The message was posted on guitarist Simon Soderberg's Facebook page and reveals the real names of The Nameless Ghouls that filed the lawsuit include Soderberg (Alpha), Mauro Rubino (Air), Henrik Palm (Eather), Martin Hjertstedt (Earth).

They made the posting last Thursday and wrote in part, "As of yesterday we, four signatories from the band Ghost, have filed a lawsuit with the Linköping District Court. We are suing Tobias Forge ('Papa Emeritus') - the band's lead singer who has also been responsible for the finances of the band since its founding." Read more here.

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Black Sabbath Planned To Record Blues Album 2017 In Review

Black Sabbath Planned To Record Blues Album was a top 17 story of April 2017: Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler revealed in an interview that the legendary metal band had planned to record a blues album as the follow up to their 2013 effort "13".

Butler made the revelations in an interview with MusicRadar. When asked if he has ever considered to returning to Black Sabbath's roots and recording a blues project, he revealed that there were plans for one but they were sidelined by the band's farewell tour.

He told the publication, "The follow-up to 13 was going to be a blues album, but the tour got in the way. It would take something like two or three years to do it properly, and we thought we might not all be here by that time, so it would be better to do this final tour first and then maybe we'll do a blues record later."

Guitarist Toni Iommi has reportedly said in the past that the band recorded their self-titled debut in a single day. Geezer was asked if they considered recording the blues project "jam style" and he responded, "Probably not. You'd have to make it varied instead of doing 10 tracks of the same old 12-bar blues though. But even back in the Heaven And Hell tour days, Tony would go up into his lead and we would just jam around blues riffs for eight or nine minutes. And every night was different. So that is a thought." Check out the full interview here.

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J. Geils Found Dead At Home At Age 71 2017 In Review

J. Geils Found Dead At Home At Age 71 was a top 17 story of April 2017: The J. Geils Band founder John Warren Geils Jr. was founded dead at his home in Groton, Massachusetts on Tuesday (April 11th). He was 71 years old.

Former J. Geils Band vocalist Peter Wolf posted a tribute on his Facebook page with a classic photo of the group with the caption ""Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house! R.I.P. Jay Geils".

Although the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominated band started in the late 1960s, they didn't enjoy their biggest success until the early 80s with a string of hits including "Love Stinks," "Freeze-Frame" and their chart topping song "Centerfold", which was fueled by the music video that received healthy airplay on the then new MTV. Watch the clip here.

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Ann Wilson Of Heart's Husband Sentenced For Assaulting Nancy's Children 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Ann Wilson Of Heart's Husband Sentenced For Assaulting Nancy's Children was a top 17 story of April 2017: Heart's future as a band remains unknown following news that the husband of singer Ann Wilson, Dean Wetter, has received a suspended sentence in a Seattle court after assaulting her sister and bandmate Nancy Wilson's children backstage during a concert in their Seattle hometown last summer.

Seattle PI reports Wetter - who plead guilty last month to two counts of fourth-degree assault - was handed a suspended sentence of 364 days in jail, meaning he will not serve any time. His plea agreement includes restitution, two years of probation, counseling and no contact with his nephews.

Police and court documents indicate the August 2016 incident at White River Amphitheater began when Nancy's twin 16-year-old sons asked Wetter if they could check out his and Ann's new tour bus. Wetter provided access but reportedly became upset when one of the pair left the door open, despite his instructions to keep it closed to prevent the dogs inside from escaping.

The 66-year-old physically assaulted one of the twins and, when the second one returned to assist, Wetter grabbed him by the throat to the point where he was unable to breathe; the twins escaped and called 911 for assistance. Read more here.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Leader Paul O'Neill Dead At 61 2017 In Review

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Leader Paul O'Neill Dead At was a top 17 story of April 2017: Trans-Siberian Orchestra co-founder and mastermind Paul O'Neill died from a chronic illness this week at the age of 61, according to a statement issued by the group.

The band issued the following, "The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O'Neill has passed away from chronic illness.

"He was our friend and our leader -- a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all. We ask that you respect Paul's family's privacy now. We will make additional announcements shortly." Read more here.

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Bumblefoot Explains Why He Quit Guns N' Roses 2017 In Review

Bumblefoot Explains Why He Quit Guns N' Roses was a top 17 story of April 2017: Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal is focused on his current group Art Of Anarchy but he will forever be linked to his tenure in Guns N' Roses and in a new interview he revealed why he left the iconic band.

Thal left the group in 2014. He was asked in a recent interview with XS Rock if he was fired from the band and he responded, "No. It was me. I was really burned out. I felt like I had contributed everything that I possibly could as a performer, but my heart was in more things where I was creating, writing, producing and teaching. All of things that I was doing before the heavy touring of GN'R.

"I really felt that it was definitely time for me to go. I felt like I had taken it as far as I could and I was reaching a point where I was stressed and unhappy. And that's not good for me and it's not good for them.

"So in early March of 2014, we were rehearsing for the next three months of touring. The first thing that I told the band when I walked in was that this is going to be my last run. I finished out the shows and I did try to recommend people to take my place. I didn't want to stop them from moving forward or anything like that."

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Elton John Sidelined By 'Potentially Deadly' Bacterial Infection 2017 In Review

Elton John Sidelined By 'Potentially Deadly' Bacterial Infection was a top 17 story of April 2017: Elton John contracted a "potentially deadly" and "unusual bacterial infection" which has forced his to cancel his upcoming Las Vegas Residency dates through May and his upcoming show in Bakersfield.

John apparently contracted the illness during his recent South American trip. He was released from the hospital this weekend and is said to be at home recovering, and is expected to make a full recovery.

The music legends management broke the news to fans with the following statement, "We regret to inform you that due to medical reasons, Elton John is forced to cancel his entire performance schedule for the upcoming April/May run of 'The Million Dollar Piano' at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

"Elton is also cancelling his scheduled performance for Bakersfield, California for Saturday May 6. During a recent, successful tour of South America, Elton contracted a harmful and unusual bacterial infection.

"During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile he became violently ill. Upon returning to the UK, Elton's Doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection." Read more here.

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Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Undergoes Hip Placement Surgery 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Undergoes Hip Placement Surgery was a top 17 story of April 2017: Sixx:AM and former Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx underwent hip placement surgery and shared details about the experience on his syndicated radio show, Sixx Sense.

"There's so much about it that I was excited about, and then there was parts of me that I was a little bit freaked out about," explained Sixx (audio below). "The thing that was interesting is, at first, when I heard that I needed that, I had that feeling, 'Oh my God! That's like an old person thing.' And I started getting a lot of feedback from our listeners and people in their 30s and 40s that have had hip replacement. In fact, I was just talking to a friend of mine, and his wife, who is 38, just had it done. So it's actually more common than not. And especially because people are more active now."

"It's amazing what they can do with modern medicine," he continued. "I have to tell you, I was up, I was walking. The next day, I walked three hundred feet, and the next day, with only a cane, I walked up a flight of stairs, they showed me how to get in and out of a car, and they sent me home. And I've been here in the house pretty much ever since then.

"I went out a little bit yesterday, and I kind of took it too far. But I just wanted to be active. So, for anybody out there that has to go through a surgery like this, it's probably the best thing you'll ever do for yourself, 'cause I'm really feeling a lot better than I was before I went in for surgery."

The bassist revealed via social media that there's more procedures in his future. Read more here.

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