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A Perfect Circle Eject Over 60 Fans From Concert

(Radio.com) Maynard James Keenan and his band, A Perfect Circle, took their "no photos" policy to an extreme by ejecting more than 60 fans from a recent show.

A Perfect Circle was performing at the SMG Managed Santander Arena & Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading, PA, on Nov. 4, where general manager David Farrar presided over the ejections at the band's direction.

Farrar made the shocking reveal on Instagram, commenting on a photo from the show taking by a fan who presumably was able to do so without being seen by security. 'Your [sic] good. We tossed over 60 people last night for taking pics," Farrar said in a now-deleted comment that was screen-capped by Metal Sucks.

Farrar went on to explain in a separate comment: "talk to Manyard.. this was 110% the bands policy and has been for TOOL, APC, and Pusicifer.. it's not a new policy."

"Someone in front of me was told to put their phone away and they were just looking at it," shared fan Nikki Woll who was at the show. "That's a little much. Not to mention security's flashlights were much more distracting than a phone."

Keenan addressed the no-photos policy in the comments section of a separate Instagram post after being challenged on it by a fan in a screenshot captured by Consequence of Sound: "No. Recording. Of. Any. Kind. For. 25. Years. Guided experience. Unplug and enjoy the ride."

It should be noted that the policy has been clearly communicated in venues on the tour. Check out a screenshot from one fan here.

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Alice Cooper Leads Songwriters Hall Of Fame Nominees

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper is among the nominees under consideration for induction into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Joining Cooper on the latest nominees list are John Mellencamp, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Tom Waits, The Isley Brothers and Mariah Carey, among others.

A songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs to qualify for induction into the Hall, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world.

Known as "The Godfather of Shock Rock" as well as a heavy metal music pioneer, Vincent Damon Furnier, using the stage name Alice Cooper, wrote and recorded "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out" - early 1970s hit songs that endure as teen anthems.

Cooper hits include "Elected" and "No More Mister Nice Guy," and in 2011, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cooper's collaborators have included Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy, while prominent fans include Bob Dylan, the Sex Pistols' John Lydon - who called Cooper's 1971 album "Killer" the greatest rock album ever - and They Might Be Giants, who cited 13 Cooper songs in their song "Why Must I Be Sad?" Read more here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Farewell Tour May Not Be The End

(Gibson) Nine months after he signed off on a farewell tour with Black Sabbath, the 'Prince of Darkness', Ozzy Osbourne has announced his own (solo) farewell tour. Will it stick? Well, this time, Osbourne's keeping his options open stating, "People keep asking me when I'm retiring. This will be my final world tour, but I can't say I won't do some shows here and there."

According to the announcement, the tour (which kicks off in Mexico this coming summer will run all the way through to 2020) is going to be a long, long farewell. So far confirmed dates include South America (May 2018) and Europe in June 2018. North America and rest of the world tour dates are expected to be announced shortly. Osbourne's band on this tour will comprise Zakk Wylde on guitars, Rob 'Blasko' Nicholson on bass, Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keyboards.

Remember, Osbourne announced that he was retiring from touring 25 years ago, on the 1992 No More Tours tour. He returned three years later, on the ironically-named Retirement Sucks tour. Read more here.

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Go American In 'Walk On Water' Video

(Radio.com) Earlier this year, 30 Seconds to Mars made an open call for footage documenting "a day in the life of America" on July 4. The band used the submissions to create their new video for "Walk on Water," featuring a massive array of clips from coast to coast. You see helicopters flying over cityscapes, Independence Day celebrations and more.

"Over 10,000 generous and creative people submitted footage--in addition to our 92 professional crews," the video's caption reads. "We filmed in all fifty states, Puerto Rico and D.C. and captured a portrait of this country that is absolutely beautiful, challenging and unforgettable."

Some of the videos include audio from interviews and facts about the United States are displayed throughout: "99 percent of Americans are immigrants or descended from immigrants," for example. Words like FAITH, ADVENTURE, VICTORY and ESCAPE also flash across the screen. Each clip is tagged with a state and a time of day, reminding viewers that the footage was recorded in real time. See the video for "Walk on Water" here.

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Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl Reveals Unusual Song Writing Experience

(Gibson) Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl recounted the story of how he came up with the riff for the song 'La Dee Da' off the band's latest album Concrete and Gold, in a recent interview with Triple M's Ugly Phil

"I remember coming up with that riff in my head as I was driving back from taking my kids to the bus stop...And I hummed it into my phone. And that's what I sometimes do, I'll hit the voice thing on my phone and just hum these stupid riffs. I've got a million of them and it sounds so weird to hear me going like that."

He then took it to Greg Kurstin, the man whom the Foo Fighters recruited to produce the new album. Given Kurstin's past (award-winning) production work for acts liked Adele, Sia, Kelly Clarkson and Carly Rae Jepsen, Grohl thought he'd need to be pushed to produce the song in true Foo Fighters style.

According to Grohl, "We told Greg 'We want this to be really thrashy and noisy.' And I sort of felt like we had to push him in that direction, and then he'd go like 'Oh, okay.' And he'd set it up to the point where it was so f****** noisy! I was like 'No, no, no, no, no... Dial it back a little bit. I know you're the f***** Adele guy, come on!'" Read more here.

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Singled Out: GusMcArthur's End Of Eternity

GusMcArthur have released a thrashy track called "End Of Eternity" as the first single from their brand new EP "Chapter 2: Fanatic" and to celebrate we asked Gordon Allen to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

It's funny, most people hear this song for the first time and almost immediately understand what Gus was going for musically, which is great! We hear, "man that's straight 80's thrash!" or "what thrash band is this and how old is it?" End of Eternity was our homage to some of our favorite music, thrash metal. We wanted to create something tenacious, hard hitting, technical and of course FAST! Mainly the result from countless hours of speed picking and listening to big four records; the song also reflects the anger in the worlds current state of affairs. Our guitarist Honan said, "The turmoil on the news, the fear being spread from countries regarding war and nuclear holocaust almost seems like we are back in the 50's again, so we should make something new to reflect the old." Music has always been produced by combining both the new and old so we really wanted to splice styles, technique and tone for End Of Eternity to create something familiar, but unique as well with the modern recording feel.

Originally the idea for this track on the EP came from being video game addicts. There are so many post apocalyptic games, but Fallout was definitely the driving force behind the song title as well as theme. The band collectively decided to create a song that would transmit this video game post apocalyptic world into something that could not only be heard, but felt. The adrenaline spike it manifests in us playing live or in the recording studio made us know we were creating something special. If you are FALLOUT players, we would high recommend playing this song on loop for a few hours of epic apocalypse gaming, you will definitely see what we were going for or you might just go insane.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the the second installment in a larger "book" of EPs right here!

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Celebrating David Bowie Tour Gets Even More Star Power

(Gibson) The 2018 Celebrating David Bowie Tour is set to feature a collection of musicians who toured with the late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and some new names have just been added to the tour lineup.

Longstanding David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick and Rolling Stones backing vocalist Bernard Fowler are slated to join the North American tour, which will kick off Feb. 10 concert in Silver Spring, Maryland, and run through a March 11 concert in Portland, Oregon.

Slick and Fowler will perform alongside a house band that features longtime Bowie keyboardist Mike Garson; guitarist Gerry Leonard, who appeared on Bowie's A Reality and Heathen treks; and bass player Carmine Rojas, who performed on Bowie's Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider runs. Other tour performers will include Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore and Guatemalan's Gaby Moreno.

Before the North American tour kicks off, a handful of Celebrating David Bowie concerts will take place in Europe, starting Jan. 10 in Paris and continuing through a Jan. 19 gig in Berlin. See the dates here.

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Black Sabbath Share N.I.B. Video From The End Concert Film

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath are streaming video of their 1970 classic, "N.I.B.", as a preview to the November 17 release their farewell concert film "The End." The project will be available on Blu-ray/CD, DVD/CD, 2CD and 3LP configurations.

The tune originally appeared on the band's seminal self-titled debut album, which reached No. 8 on the charts in their native UK and No. 23 on the US Billboard 200.

Originally entitled "The End Of The End", the 2017 package has been renamed simply as "The End." Directed by Dick Carruthers (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Oasis), the project presents the last concert under the Sabbath brand by three-quarters of the original lineup - Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - in their hometown of Birmingham, England this past February.

All visual formats feature special bonus material of the band playing a selection of their favorite songs not performed on the farewell trek. These intimate live sessions at Angelic Studios were recorded in the days after their final live performance. Watch the video here.

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The Ramones Stream Alternate Version Of Classic Song

(hennemusic) The Ramones are streaming a rough mix demo of "Why Is It Always This Way?" - featuring alternate lyrics - as a preview to the November 24 release of an expanded 40th anniversary reissue of their 1977 album, "Rocket To Russia."

The track is included on a disc of bonus material from sessions at New York's Power Station as part of a 3CD Deluxe Edition that also delivers the record's original mix alongside a new 40th anniversary one by the album's original engineer/mixer, Ed Stasium, and a third disc that presents a complete unreleased concert recording of the band's December 19, 1977 show at the Apollo Centre in Glasgow, Scotland - just days before the group recorded the classic live album, "It's Alive", in London, UK.

The Deluxe Edition will be produced in a limited and numbered edition and comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book. Along with the music, the set also features stories about the band by Sire Records founder Seymour Stein, details about making the album by Stasium, and extensive liner notes by renowned music writer and co-founder of Creem Magazine, Jaan Uhelszki.

The New York band's third album - and last to feature their original lineup - included classic singles like "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" and "Rockaway Beach" while peaking at No. 49 on the US Billboard 200. Read more and stream the song here.

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Slash Celebrates Being Gibson's First Global Brand Ambassador

(Gibson) Guns N' Roses' legendary lead guitarist Slash discusses being named Gibson Brands' first Global Brand Ambassador in a new video on Gibson's YouTube channel.

"Being called the first Global Ambassador for a company as iconic as Gibson is really a humbling, flattering kind of distinction," Slash says in the video clip. "A Les Paul sound is something that I've been drawn to since I started. The real connection comes from a guitar that you can communicate through-- that seems to be a good conduit for doing what it is that you're trying to do musically, in a way, almost vocally. So, then you establish a relationship with that instrument."

Slash adds that when he got back together with the Guns N' Roses guys, it was a thrill to get out the Gibson Les Paul Standard that Gibson gave him back in 1988 and strum it again.

"I experimented with a lot of different guitars, different styles, different makes and stuff while I was trying to sort of discover myself and went through all these different guitars, and I ended up back with a Les Paul, and it's definitely me," he says. Read more here.

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Barry Gibb Working On A Bee Gees Musical

(Radio.com) The story of the Bee Gees is headed for the theater stage. Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the legendary group, is currently developing the band's story for a stage musical, according to Rolling Stone.

Big will also serve as the executive producer. He, Maurice Gibb's widow Yvonne, and the estate of Robin Gibb along with Universal Theatrical Group have secured the rights to the Bee Gees' story.

"I'm personally very excited to be a part of the creative process along with Yvonne and Dwina (Robin Gibb's widow)," Barry Gibb said. "It's another adventure for us and a chance to throw the spotlight on all my brothers and finally the real story of us will be told. It's an honor to be working alongside the people I most respect. I can't wait to get started!" Read more here.

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Kurt Cobain, Jerry Garcia, Elton Immortalized With Pop Rocks Figures

(Radio.com) Funko, a pop culture collectibles company, has revealed the latest new figures to join their Pop! Rocks series. The new dolls include Kurt Cobain, Elton John and Jerry Garcia.

The Series 3 dolls come in varieties and will be released in January 2018. Nirvana frontman Cobain comes with an acoustic guitar from the legendary MTV Unplugged show. His likeness is also featured in the leather jacket look from the 'Nevermind' tour, as well as the outfit he wore in the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video.

Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia, will be immortalized in plastic with his signature glasses and guitar. Sir Elton John comes in two larger-than-life Elton looks. The doll has large framed glasses and a classic white suit, or a patriotic red, white and blue get up. Read more here.

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