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Judas Priest Legend Battling Parkinson's Disease

Sad news has surfaced from the Judas Priest camp. The legendary metal band has revealed that guitarist Glenn Tipton has Parkinson's disease and it is now leaving him unable to perform some of the songs in the band's catalog.

According to the Mayo Clinic, "Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while a tremor may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson's disease, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement."

The band broke the news to fans with the following social media post, "Ten years ago Glenn was diagnosed to have the onset of the early stages of Parkinson's - from then until recently Glenn has lived his life as the great heavy metal guitar player he has always been, maintaining by his own definition a standard of quality and performance that is incredibly important.

"Right now Glenn is able to play and perform some of the Priest songs that are less challenging but due to the nature of Parkinson's progression he wants to let you all know that he won't be be touring as such. True to the metal spirit of 'the show must go on' Glenn has requested Andy Sneap to fly the flag on stage for him". here.

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Metallica's James Hetfield Lands Key Role In Ted Bundy Movie

Metallica frontman James Hetfield is venturing into the world of acting after he landed a key role in an upcoming film about the serial killer Ted Bundy, according to film industry outlet Deadline.

The film will be called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" and he metal legend will be playing Bob Hayward, the police officer who arrested Bundy after he pulled over the serial killer (to play played by Zac Efron) and discovered burglary tools in his car.

The film is being directed by Joe Berlinger, who previously worked with Hetfield on the Metallica documentary "Some Kind Of Monster". Berlinger had this to say, "Having spent hundreds of hours behind the scenes with James and the rest of Metallica, I have experienced his charisma and powerful presence close up.

"It seemed only natural that he would bring that same power and magnetism to a dramatic role, so when he agreed to my pitch that he be in the movie, I was thrilled."

Although Hetfield has previously made cameo appearances in films, this will be his first dramatic role portraying a character, according to Loudwire. here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Wants To Make New Album Following Final Tour

Ozzy Osbourne may be retiring from epic world tours but the metal icon has no plans of giving up music, telling Rolling Stone in a new interview that he hopes to release a new album.

The Black Sabbath frontman announced the initial dates for a long final trek last week that will be called No More Tours 2 and will last into 2020. When asked what he plans to do following the trek, he told the publication, "I'd like to make an album. I'll be doing gigs from time to time. I just know I won't be touring anymore."

In a follow-up question he was asked about previous comments that he made about having 8 or 9 new song ideas already. He responded, "I've just got to sit down and work them out. There's never enough time in this house."

He was asked if he would have time to work on them while on tour and he said, "When I'm on the road, when I take a day off, I should try to rest my voice, so it's not a good idea to go and start singing and writing songs. But I've done that in the past." Read the full interview here.

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Rush's Alex Lifeson Records Epic Track With Fu Manchu

(Gibson) Fu Manchu have brought in Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson to add "awesome riffs" to their epic 18-minute track "Il Mostro Atomico", featured on new album Clone Of The Universe.

Fu Manchu's vocalist and guitarist Scott Hill has explained to Rolling Stone: "We recorded the full song in one take. After listening to the song with all the effects and noises, drummer Scott Reeder asked me to try four lines of words in about the exact middle of the song.

"I went home that night and wrote the four lines and they fit perfectly. Then we got word that Alex Lifeson agreed to play some guitar on the song. Holy sh*t! We sent him the song and said to play whatever and wherever he wanted to. He sent back the song with awesome riffs, sci-fi effects and even some pick slides! He made the song 10,000,000 times cooler and better. Can't wait to play this 18 minute song live!"

Lifeson adds: "In the summer of 2017, I was approached by the band to add some guitar to the tracks they'd already recorded for Il Mostro. "I'd known of Fu Manchu for many years and thought that it would be a fun project to work on, as I typically come from another guitar direction and welcomed the challenge to do something a little different.

"The track was already quite dense with a riffy guitar presence and it forced me to think in terms of rhythm, ambience and edge. I really had a lot of fun and my only regret is I had a few other conflicting projects that didn't allow me the time to spend on filling in more space." Read more here.

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D'arcy Wretzky Speaks Out About Smashing Pumpkins Reunion

(Radio.com) The Smashing Pumpkins reunion just keeps getting messier. With the worst-kept secret in rock of Billy Corgan getting the original lineup back together, rumors have been swirling regarding the bass player.

Fans have been eager to see original bassist, D'arcy Wretzky return to the fold, but hopes were dashed when she recently shared that she would not be involved.

Now, Wretzky has revealed that not only won't she be involved, but that Corgan had offered an invitation which he quickly rescinded. Wretzky went deeper into the behind-the-scenes madness surrounding the Smashing Pumpkins 'reunion' in a new interview where she shared alleged text messages between herself and Corgan.

In the interview, Wretzky said that Corgan maintained a dialogue with her throughout the process, at first claiming that the recent Rick Rubin recording sessions did not include original guitarist, James Iha, and that his involvement would be "a little but not the whole thing."

Corgan went on to tell Wretzky that her role in the reunion was more of a timing issue that needed to be worked out. 'As far as you not being involved, there was never any decision to shut you out, or make you not welcome. It's more about getting on the same page with [the] tour first and then the necessity of the song came up," Corgan told her. 'So focus on [the] tour and I think we can find the right way to have you involved. I know speaking with Jimmy, he wants you involved so that the tour is the best thing we can all give the fans and build for the future."

Wretzky claims that she was presented with a contract offer that was also extended to Iha and Chamberlin. A month after all four parties agreed on the terms, Corgan suddenly turned tail on Wretzky, telling her, "Well, that wasn't a real offer." Read more here.

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Steve Miller Band Announce 50th Anniversary Tour With Peter Frampton

(hennemusic) The Steve Miller Band has announced dates for a 50th Anniversary summer US tour with guest Peter Frampton. In addition to the two bands' respective sets, Frampton will join Miller onstage for mid-set jamming.

The three-month run of mostly amphitheaters - similar to the pair's 2017 trek - will launch in Evansville, IN on June 12 and will wrap up with back-to-back dates in Woodinville, WA in late August.

"Music is ethereal - it moves back and forth between the past and the future," says Miller. "I'm very excited to announce that 2018 is our 50th anniversary of recording and touring together as the Steve Miller Band, and we plan to travel between the psychedelic sixties through the future with a vengeance!"

Tickets for the US dates will go on sale Friday, February 16 at 10 a.m. EST via Ticketmaster. See the dates here.

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The Doors Release Video Of Classic Song Performance

(hennemusic) The Doors are streaming a performance of "Break On Through (To The Other Side)" from "Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970" ahead of the set's release via multiple formats on February 23.

The tune was the lead single issued by the Los Angeles band from their self-titled 1967 debut, which hit No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to worldwide sales of more than 20 million copies.

Directed by Murray Lerner, "Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970" captures the historic last concert ever filmed of The Doors, whose August 29 performance was featured alongside sets by The Who, ELP, Sly & The Family Stone, Ten Years After and Joni Mitchell, among others.

The original concert footage has been completely recut, remixed and meticulously restored via the latest technology, including color-correcting and enhanced audio in 5.1 Dolby Digital sound as mixed from the original multi-track material by longtime Doors engineer / mixer / co-producer Bruce Botnick

The DVD also includes with the bonus featurette "This Is The End", which presents 17 minutes of interviews conducted by Lerner with guitarist Robbie Krieger, drummer John Densmore and original Doors manager Bill Siddons, and adds archival footage with Manzarek from 2002. Watch the video here.

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Brian Setzer Announces Rockabilly Riot Summer Tour

Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzeris returning to his roots this summer when he hits the road for the Rockabilly Riot! Summer Tour that will hit various cities across the U.S.

Setzer has announced the initial dates for the trek which is currently scheduled to kick off on June 1st in Santa Ynez, CA at the Chumash Casino, with more dates still to be revealed.

He will joined drummer Noah Levy, Kevin McKendree on piano/guitar and Mark Winchester on bass. Setzer had this to say, "When you look up rockabilly in the dictionary there is a picture of Mark. He grew up slapping the bass and is in a class of his own. The relationship with the drummer and the bass player in rockabilly is very unique. The slap bass is a rhythmic sounding instrument, so the drummer has to be very in time with him in order not to sound sloppy. Noah Levy is a very on-the-beat solid drummer,whereas me, as a guitar player, I push everything while they hold it all in place. Andwhen you're talking about the great rockabillypiano players, it's a very short list, and Kevin McKendree is on it. And he also plays guitar incredibly well.We all just complement each other." See the dates here.

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Black Stone Cherry Stream Song From Forthcoming Album

(Gibson) Black Stone Cherry have released a lyric video for their brand new track "Burnin'", taken from upcoming album Family Tree. The album is the follow-up to 2016's Kentucky and was self-produced by the band

It was tracked at Barrick Recording in Glasgow, Kentucky - the same location where BSC recorded their 2006 self-titled debut album. Family Tree is out on April 20 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. Check out "Burnin'" here.

The album features a guest appearance from frontman Chris Robertson's five-year-old son, who provides backing vocals on "You Got The Blues", while Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes plays and sings on "Dancing In The Rain". Early previews suggest a very tight sound - some are hearing "ZZ Top" -with Ben Wells' Gibson Les Paul Classics roaring. Read more here.

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Chris Cornell Featured On Forthcoming Johnny Cash Album

(Gibson) Previously undiscovered poems and lyrics written by Johnny Cash have been turned into a new collaborative album titled Johnny Cash: Forever Words, with one new track from late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.

Johnny Cash: Forever Words is released on April 6 via Sony's Legacy Recordings and will feature Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, John Mellencamp, Carlene Carter, Elvis Costello, The Jayhawks and the late Chris Cornell.

Johnny Cash's son John Carter Cash acted as a co-producer on this new collaborative album and describes it as a "monstrous amassment" of undiscovered material from The Man In Black.

The track "You Never Knew My Mind" is sung and performed by Chris Cornell as one of the artist's last-ever solo recordings. This track will be released almost 21 years after Cash covered Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" for his American Recordings-era album, Unchained. Cash wasn't particularly a Soundgarden fan, though: for that Unchained recording, producer Rick Rubin thought it would be a good song for Cash to cover, but re-recorded it first in a more palatable form for Cash to consider. Read more here.

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Jack White Shares His Hope For Rock's Future

(Radio.com) With rock music no longer the cultural influencer it once was, Jack White says hope is not lost. 'Rock and roll needs an injection of some new, young blood to really just knock everybody dead right now," the Detroit rocker explained in a new interview with the Kevin & Bean Show on KROQ-FM in Los Angeles.

"I think it's brewing. It's brewing and brewing and it's about to happen. I think that it's good," White continued. 'Since rock and roll's inception, every 10 or 12 years there's a breath of fresh air and a new injection of some sort of what you could I guess call punk attitude or something like that. A wildness.

"Things get crazy and then they get crazy for a couple years, then they kind of get subtle, and then you gotta wait for the next wave to come through and get people really excited and screaming about it again," he added.

White called to talk about his upcoming album, Boarding House Reach, explaining how he assembled the disparate set of musicians who appear on the record.

"In New York, I asked Q-Tip who was the best drummer in New York, he said 'Louis Cato,' so that was good enough for me. On and on it went on like that," he revealed of the process. "It could have been a big disaster. I was well prepared to show up and after a day and say, 'You know, it's just not working out. We tried.' But it was wonderful. Everyone was absolutely amazing. I got incredibly lucky." Listen to the full interview here.

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The National Soundtracking A New Theater Play

(Gibson) What should your next move be after winning your first-ever Grammy Award? Well, if you're The National, first-time Grammy winners for Best Alternative Album this year, you soundtrack a play.

To be fair, it's not the first time the various members of The National have branched out into less typical creative outlets. Guitarist Bryce Dessner has worked on ballets, film scores (notably with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood) and collaborated with some of the world's most renowned composers. Frontman Matt Berninger explored his pop sensibilities with side project EL VY. The other Dessner in The National, Aaron, has produced albums for artists like Sharon Van Etten and currently curates three music festivals.

It's hardly surprising then to hear that their next project will be a new musical adaptation of the classic play Cyrano De Bergerac. The play, directed by Erica Schmidt, will feature music by Aaron and Bryce Dessner and lyrics by Berninger and his wife Carin Besser. The play will be staged from for a month starting on August 3, 2018 at Connecticut's Terris Theater. Read more here.

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Rapper Anderson Paak Reveals Radiohead Influence

(Gibson) Malibu, Anderson Paak's second album placed the Oxnard, California rapper on the global map, topping critics' lists all over the world and scoring a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Since then, Anderson Paak's star has grown bigger and brighter and now he's part of the voices heard in a new documentary called Word Is Bond that "examines the transformative power of lyrics in the world of hip-hop music." Directed by Sacha Jenkins, the documentary features interviews with rappers like Nas, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Jadakiss, Tech N9ne, Rapsody and Paak, who, in a new trailer discusses early plans for his music: "When I was really trying to write music, I thought I was gonna be an MC. I thought I was gonna be a gangsta rapper, I was influenced by Snoop and Dre. There was nothing bigger than that."

Paak has since added more colors to his sonic palette however, as he reveals how he filters varied influences into his music, saying, "I loveRadiohead's stuff. I like sad white boy music, too. That stuff is all important to me, and it all goes into my artistry, but it's coming from a hip-hop perspective." Read more here.

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Buckethead Explains His Paul Gilbert Connection

(Gibson) If you search for the terms Buckethead and Paul Gilbert online, one of the first results that pops up is the question: "Is Buckethead Paul Gilbert?" There are even online videos that compare their almost eerily identical playing styles. As it turns out, there's a much simpler explanation. In a recent interview with the Coming Alive podcast, Buckethead revealed that yes, Gilbert was a major influence and he also gave him lessons.

In Buckethead's words: "I love Paul Gilbert. The first time I saw him play was at the NAMM show - this is the one memory that I always go to - he was at the NAMM show in a booth and he was playing...it was insane! He was just ripping... he had so much control."

The memory would a defining moment in Buckethead's journey as a guitar player. As he puts it, "The best way to plant a seed or inspire somebody is by flowing in front of them... to this day, it's still the most intense memory I have of anyone playing that makes me want to rip. I wish I had a video of [it]...And the crazy thing was that I got to know him and he taught me. I still have every lesson he gave me, and he really gave me a belief in myself that I needed because I wasn't around a lot of that." here.

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