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A Perfect Circle Star On Fan Ejection Controversy and New Album

(Gibson) Things are pretty busy in the A Perfect Circle camp. The Prog-metal super-group, currently in the middle of a fall tour, are working on their first album in more than a decade and recently released 'The Doomed' - their first new single in four years.

In a recent interview with Billboard, the band's founder and guitarist, Billy Howerdel, discussed the status of the new album. Howerdel stated, "We're well over the midway point and still working. I've got a studio on the road, and Maynard [James Keenan]'s still working and he's still writing." He acknowledges the difficulties in trying to write and record while in the middle of a tour, "it's been tougher than I thought it would be to get in a groove and keep going. But we're about to have a stretch here in about a week when I think it's going to be time to get a lot done." According to the article, Howerdel says A Perfect Circle is currently working on fifteen songs, stating, "From there we might cut away, but new things pop up all the time, too."

About the recent controversy when the band ejected more than fifty attendees from a recent show for taking photographs and filming the show, Howerdel says, "First and foremost, it's just rude to the people around you." While claiming it's something he may have done in the past, Howerdel also reminds fans that it's "also just being present and being connected with us." Read more here.

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KISS' Gene Simmons Streams 'Hand of Fate' From Massive Box Set

(Radio.com) KISS and Gene Simmons fans, get ready for the first taste from Simmons' massive new box set, Gene Simmons Vault Experience. Simmons has debuted the song "Hand of Fate," taken from the massive set that the demon-rocker himself will hand-deliver to fans around the world upon release next year.

"Fewer and fewer people are going to stores, record companies are broken, people are downloading and file-sharing, and I didn't want my songs to go out that way," Simmons told Ultimate Classic Rock about the personal hand deliveries. "That's like smoke and mirrors … popcorn farts. You can't feel it, you can't touch it, the art of it isn't there. So I decided to put out a physical box set — probably the most expensive one ever, and the largest. And the only way people can get it — there are only going to be a few thousand made — is through GeneSimmonsVault.com. This has never been done before. Because I'm blessed and I can afford it, I'm physically going to be going around the world and hand-delivering the vault into the fans' sweaty palms."

The set is three feet tall, weighs 38 pounds and contain 150 previously unreleased songs recorded between 1966 and 2016 on 10 CDs, including the melodic "Hand of Fate," which Simmons created with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer and former KISS drummer, Eric Singer.

While Simmons hasn't shared the tracklist for his ambitious new collection ("Where's the thrill if you find out in July what you're getting for Christmas? Knowing too much spoils the whole thing"), he did reveal what fans can expect on the first two discs of the set.

Simmons has also shared a new unboxing video revealing everything that comes with the set. Listen to Gene's new track, and check out the unboxing video and tracklist for the first two discs here.

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Nickelback Release 'The Betrayal (Act III)' Video

(hennemusic) Nickelback have issued a video for "The Betrayal (Act III)" as the latest track from "Feed The Machine." The Canadian rockers wrapped up an extensive North American tour in support of the project last month.

Co-produced by the band and Chris Baseford (Slash, Shinedown), Nickelback's ninth album - and first release with BMG worldwide - delivered the group their seventh US Top 10.

"Feed The Machine" debuted at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 this past June with opening week sales of 47,000 units, including 43,000 in traditional album sales.

Nickelback will play a residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV early next year. Billed as the band's only North American dates in 2018, the five-night stand will begin February 23, with shows running to March 3. Watch the video here.

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Queen's Brian May Slams Photographer Over Instagram Drama

(Radio.com) Hell hath no fury like a legendary Queen guitarist scorned. Queen's Brian May has fired back at a photographer who filed a copyright violation against the guitarist's Instagram account after he posted one of her images. The image in question was of May himself.

The filing led to May's Instagram account being taken down by the social media service, much to the guitarist's chagrin. Once May settled the issue with Instagram, he shot off a fiery response to the photographer for causing the whole situation.

"Well this is what I woke up to. How RUDE !," May shared on Instagram. "I'm usually very careful to credit anyone whose photos I post – but in this case, at the end of the day, I must have forgotten."

"So, rather than write to me and say 'dear Brian- you seem to have forgotten to credit me on this picture', this person – Barbara Kremer is her name – reported me to Instagram," May continued. "What an incredibly unfriendly act from you, Barbara !"

May goes on to call out the Kremer for "exploiting my image, and making money off me without so much as a 'by your leave' – but you actually stop me using a picture of myself ! What a crazy world we live in these days."

The guitarist signs off with the thought of having Kremer kicked out of any future Queen shows before ending with a curt "Well, Good Morning !!!" See the post here.

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Bob Seger Releases Preview Video For New Album 'I Knew You When'

(hennemusic) Bob Seger is previewing the November 17 release of his latest album, "I Knew You When", with a teaser video featuring snippets of five songs from the project.

Fans can hear clips of the lead single - a cover of Lou Reed's 1989 track, "Busload Of Faith" - alongside the title track, "Blue Ridge", his take on Leonard Cohen's "Democracy", and "Gracile."

Recorded in Nashville and Detroit and produced by Seger, the project is the follow-up to 2014's "Ride Out", which marked the singer's highest US chart debut when that record entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3.

The standard version of "I Knew You When" will be available on 130 gram vinyl and CD, while the deluxe version will be offered on CD, digital download and via select streaming services.

The Deluxe Edition adds three tunes, including "Forward To The Past", "Blue Ridge" and "Glenn's Song", Seger's tribute to longtime friend and Eagles cofounder Glenn Frey, who passed away in 2016 and to whom the album is dedicated to. Seger offered the song as both a free download and tribute to the late Eagles guitarist on the first anniversary of his passing in January.

Seger recently postponed the remaining 19 dates on his Runaway Train tour "upon receiving his doctor's orders to attend to an urgent medical issue concerning his vertebrae."

The rocker "is pleased to report that his recovery from surgery last month is progressing very well", and that an announcement regarding rescheduled shows is expected soon. Watch the teaser video
here.

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Singled Out: Rob Williams' Butte, Montana 1885

Roots rocker Rob Williams just released his third album "An Hour Before Daylight" and to celebrate we asked him to to tell us about the song "Butte, Montana 1885." Here is the story:

Prior to journeyman singer/songwriter, my first career was a history educator -- first as a high school teacher and then as a curriculum specialist. In those roles, I became aware that the Library of Congress had digitized a vast collection of American newspapers from the 19th century, and I spent a fair amount of time browsing the collection searching for primary source material that I might use with students. During one of those searches, I came upon an article in The Butte Daily Minerfrom January 1, 1886. The intent of the article was to demonstrate how safe a frontier mining town Butte was, and to prove it, the article detailed all of the coroner's inquiries from the previous year. It was literally a list of all of the suspicious deaths, mining accidents, suicides, and homicides from 1885. I thought it was brilliant to show how safe a place was by describing how tragically people there had died! I grabbed a pen and started putting the song together, and to tell the truth, I didn't have to take too many liberties with the content of the article. The song pretty much just jumped out of the newspaper and into my notebook. Fat Jack really did drink himself to death, and Opium Jim actually met his maker at the hands of other men. Sometimes songwriting is easy. Not often, but sometimes.

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

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Marilyn Manson Releases 'KILL4ME' Video Starring Johnny Depp

(Radio.com) The on-camera bromance between Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp rages on in Manson's brand new (and very NSFW) music video for the track "KILL4ME."

The surreal and cinematic clip sets a wild scene, with closeup shots of women dressing and undressing with ornate jewelry, while Depp appears to be editing video in another room.

Manson is filmed from above as he sings the song in a circular room, with the clip descending into a wild naked orgy with Depp, Manson and a pair of women. Read more here.

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The Who Reportedly In Talks For Extended Residency

(Gibson) Elton John has officially announced that he'll close out his longstanding Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in May of 2018. So, who will replace him? As it turns out, it may be another talent out of England.

According to U.K.'s The Mirror, the Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are in talks to perform a series at The Colosseum that would last for - get this - as long as two years.

"Elton is leaving, so the promoters and resort wanted to bring in an act of equal stature," the newspaper reports, citing a "Las Vegas insider." The source also states that promoters AEG Live and Caesars are looking for The Who to start their residency by July of 2018. The Mirror adds that The Who could take in an upwards of $46 million from the residency, if they play enough shows.

If you recall, The Who rocked their first lengthy Las Vegas engagement this past summer, a six-show stint that ran from July 29 to Aug. 11 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

"Their shows this summer were a critical success and a sellout, with Roger's voice sounding better than ever…" the insider explained to The Mirror, "They enjoyed the gigs and unique opportunity of a residency and were open to repeating it for a longer run." here.

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Black Country Communion Release 'Over My Head' Video

(hennemusic) Black Country Communion have released an online stream of their brand new official video for the track, "Over My Head", from their recently-released album, "BCCIV."

The supergroup of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham recorded their fourth set in Los Angeles with producer Kevin Shirley after reuniting since an early 2013 split.

"All the songs were written with a topic," says Hughes. "What kind of song we're going to write musically, what kind of song am I going to write lyrics about? This album is about walking through the fear, having faith, hope, the killing of dolphins - which I'm against, of course.

"The results speak for themselves. All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums. The new album is more of a progression."

"Over My Head" is the third track issued from the project, following "Last Song For My Resting Place" and the set's lead single, "Collide." Black Country Communion will launch "BCCIV" with two exclusive concerts in the UK in January, with shows at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on January 2 and London's Hammersmith Apollo on January 4. Watch the video here.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO Announce New Arena Tour Leg

(hennemusic) Jeff Lynne's ELO has announced dates for a fall 2018 arena tour of the UK and Europe. The 7-week, 19-show trek will begin in Stockholm, Sweden on September 12 and wrap up in Belfast on October 26.

The announcement falls in sync with the news that the group will tour North America next summer, marking the band's first trek on the continent in over 35 years.

Both runs will be in support of the November 17 release of the band's new live package, "Wembley Or Bust." Directed by Paul Dugdale, the project captures Lynne's sold-out show before 60,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium this past June, where he delivered material from the group's extensive hit-filled discography.

"Wembley Or Bust" will be available in multiple formats, including 2CD/Blu Ray, 2 CD/DVD, 2CD and 3LP packages. See the dates here.

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Neil Young Online Archive To Launch Next Month

(Radio.com) Neil Young's career spans six decades and the legendary singer-songwriter will immortalize that legacy with an online archive. Young has discussed the project for some time but in a recent Facebook post, the eclectic singer and guitarist says the catalog will go live December 1. That's the same day his new album The Visitor drops worldwide.

"The Visitor will be coming to your town. I will be going to my town," he wrote. "You will be able to hear me and see me. My archive will open on that same day, a place you can visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow. It's the way it's supposed to be. In the beginning, everything is free."

The optimum streaming experience Young referred to could be his Xstream service, which he developed with programmers in Singapore, reported Ultimate Classic Rock. In April he called it "the next generation of streaming, an adaptive streaming service that changes with available bandwidth. It is absolutely amazing because it is capable of complete high-resolution playback." Read more here.

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Coldplay's Chris Martin To Guest On 'Modern Family'

(Radio.com) Phil Dunphy, the guy from Coldplay is coming over. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin will appear on the Nov. 29 episode of ABC comedy, Modern Family.

Martin will appear as himself on the episode entitled "Brushes With Celebrity," with Billboard reporting that sources close to the show insist that the role will be substantial.

Martin's appearance will reportedly be in flashback form, with actor Ty Burrell's character, Phil Dunphy, recalling an embarrassing "health issue" suffered while trying to sell the Coldplay singer a house. Read more here.

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