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B-Sides Report for 09/21/2015



Video Of Metallica's Full Rock In Rio Set Goes Online

(hennemusic) Metallica headlined the Rock In Rio festival in Brazil on September 19 and video of the band's full 2-hour-plus performance has been posted online. The veteran metal band topped Saturday's bill at the 30th anniversary event, which also included Motley Crue, Korn and Royal Blood, among others.

The Rock In Rio date marks Metallica's final scheduled live show of 2015. In between live dates, the group have been in the studio this past year working on the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic."

In April, guitarist Kirk Hammett revealed that he lost hundreds of riff ideas for the band's next album when he lost his phone late last year. "I lost my iPhone containing two hundred and fifty musical ideas," said Hammett. "And I was crushed. It didn't get backed up. And when it happened, I was bummed out for about two or three days. I walked into the house. My wife saw me and she said, 'Uh-oh, what's wrong? Did you get a phone call from a relative?' I said, 'No.' She said, 'What's going on?' I told her, and she understood."

"I just plain lost it," he added. "I can't find it. I'm still looking for it to this day. I just set it somewhere and… It still might turn up. I'm hoping it will. To try to remember those riffs…? I can only remember, like, eight of 'em. So I just chalked it down to maybe it just wasn't meant to be and I'll just move forward with it." Watch video of their Rock In Rio set here.

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Stevie Wonder Vs His Late Attorney

(Radio.com) In a bizarre set of circumstances, Stevie Wonder is suing the estate of his longtime lawyer Johanan Vigoda. Wonder claims he was taken advantage of, in his initial contract with the Vigoda, who passed away in 2011.

TMZ is reporting that the legendary singer signed a contract with Vigoda when he was 21-years-old. The agreement states that the lawyer gets 6% of Wonder's royalties and that the payments will go on "forever."

The 65-year-old legend discovered he was deceived by the contract when found out his record company was still paying Vigoda's widow two years after the man's death.

Wonder claims he trusted the lawyer and that he wasn't honest about how the 6% of royalties would continue on after his attorney passed. Read more here.

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Motley Crue's Full Rock In Rio Performance Posted Online

(hennemusic) Motley Crue performed at Brazil's Rock In Rio on September 19 and video of the band's full set has been posted online. Appearing a bill headlined by Metallica, the Crue's 75-minute appearance opened with the title track to group's 1987 album, "Girls, Girls, Girls", before running through a greatest hits overview of the career.

"Thank you to all the fans at @rockinrio tonight," tweeted bassist Nikki Sixx. "What a rush." Motley Crue played a pair of shows in Mexico last week ahead of their Rock In Rio appearance, and will resume the last North American leg of their farewell tour in Hidalgo, TX on October 5 as they head down the home stretch of final live appearances.

The next three months will see the band play dates in Canada, the UK, Europe and the US before wrapping up their live career with three shows in late December at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, closing things out on New Year's Eve. Watch the video here.

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Ice-T Calls Kanye West's Clothing Line 'Future Slave Gear'

(Radio.com) Kanye West made waves when he showed off his latest clothing line at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday (Sept. 16). The 2016 Adidas Yeezy Line featured some interesting, what some are calling "Star Wars," looks in muted neutral colors.

West took to Twitter on Friday (Sept.18) to share a bunch of photos from the show. It caught the attention of iconic rapper Ice-T, who couldn't resist giving his opinion on West's sense of style.

"Kanye's fashion show stuff looks like future Slave gear to me… Just sayin'," Ice-T wrote on Twitter with a collage of photos from Ye's runway show. See the tweet along with a long list of photos Kanye West posted on the social media site here.

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Rihanna Rules Out Collaboration With Taylor Swift

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift pushed the limits of special guests with her 1989 tour, holding court onstage with everyone from Fetty Wap to Joan Baez. But Rihanna said she's one performer who will steer clear of Swift's stage.

When Rihanna was asked by NME magazine if she, like so many other artists, would perform alongside Swift, Rihanna pointed to their different images.

"I don't think I would," Rihanna said. "I just don't think it makes sense…I don't think our brands are the same, I don't think they match, I don't think our audiences are the same. In my mind she's a role model, I'm completely not." Read more here.

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Drake and Future Release 'What a Time To Be Alive' Mixtape

(Radio.com) After much speculation, a Drake and Future collaboration actually was released on Sunday, titled What a Time To Be Alive. The 11 song mixtape contains 9 collaborations and one new track from each artist. With cover artwork consisting of glittering diamonds, the Cash Money Records release is available now on iTunes.

Last week the internet was set ablaze with rumors that rappers Drake and Future would drop a collaborative mixtape. Future had a laugh trolling folks via his twitter account, by posting a photo to his Instagram, which appeared to show Drizzy, in what is clearly a studio setting.

Producers credited on the new mixtape include Metro Boomin, Southside, Neenyo, Noah "40" Shebib, Detail, Allen Ritter and Frank Dukes. Drake posted the full tracklist today via Instagram. See it here.

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Queen and Adam Lambert's Full Rock in Rio Performance Posted Online

(hennemusic) Queen and Adam Lambert headlined opening night of the 30th anniversary of the Rock In Rio festival in Brazil on September 18 and video of the band's full set has been posted online.

The group opened their 2-hour set with "One Vision" from 1986's "A Kind Of Magic" and delivered one hit after another from one of rock's deepest song catalogues. The show included covers of Lambert's solo single, "Ghost Town", and guitarist Brian May's solo tune, "Last Horizon."

"Rock In Rio...you smashed it!," tweeted the band. "WOW can you sing!" Joining Queen on the event's opening night bill were One Republic and The Script.

Queen's appearance marked the band's return after opening the inaugural event in 1985 with original lead singer Freddie Mercury. The band's opening night on January 11, 1985 at Rio's custom built City of Rock exploded the record books, drawing an audience of over 250,000. The band's second appearance on January 18 brought their total Rock in Rio audience beyond 500,000.

Televised to over 60 countries across the world, Queen's 1985 performance were watched by nearly 200 million people. Queen albums occupied all top ten places in the Brazilian album chart and "Love Of My Life" became a new Brazilian anthem. Watch video of Queen's set here.

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U2 Reveal Plans For New Album 'Songs of Experience'

(Radio.com) After shocking fans by releasing Songs of Innocence for free via iTunes in 2014, U2 have announced its follow-up will arrive in 2016. The band's 14th album, Songs of Experience, will be released sometime in 2016.

Bono told The Irish Times on Friday (Sept. 18), "We're going to get [Songs Of Experience] out next year." The 55-year-old frontman added," Unusually for us, a lot of the songs are done already."

Fans will have a lot more time to prepare for the release considering U2's controversial free release of Songs of Innocence on iTunes. Upon its release, the album appeared in every iTunes account in the world, whether users wanted the album or not. Following a backlash, Apple shared a way iTunes users can remove the album from their accounts and off their devices. Read more here.

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The Game Reveals 'The Documentary 2' Details

(Radio.com) The Game will release The Documentary 2 on October 9th. In a prepared statement The Game expressed appreciation for his fans, and his pride in the current resurgence of Compton.

"I appreciate your loyalty & the patience you have displayed while waiting for me to finish #TheDocumentary2. After Kendrick dropped his album, then Dr. Dre dropped #Compton then the movie doing 100 million after just 2 weeks….. this album will add to my city's continuous legacy! I'm proud to be from #COMPTON & I wish Eazy E was alive to see us flourish yet again…… We on!!!"

He goes on to say "This album cover represents the struggle to stay alive in a city where CRIPS & BLOODS have been at war since 1972 & it's because of you THE FANS that I will again get to give you my documented accounts of life here in Los Angeles."

The album's track list features a who's who of hip hop artists including: Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Drake, Future, Q-Tip, will.i.am, Fergie, Mike Will Made It, Diddy, Cool and and Dr. Dre. Check out the cover art and see the tracklisting/guest list here.

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Beastie Boys' Mike D Remixes AWOLNATION's 'I Am'

(Radio.com) Beastie Boys' Mike D has been silent on the music front for nearly the past two years. His last release came in November 2013 when he released a remixed version of Portugal. The Man's "Modern Jesus."

That all changed when he recently released a remixed version of AWOLNATION's "I Am." In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said, "When I heard 'I Am,' it had the anthemic dynamics that we associate with AWOLNATION. I had a different version in my head of what the song could be, so was happy to be able to manifest that."

Under Mike D's thumb, the song takes on a decidedly more electronic sound with a forceful beat that propels the song's anthemic quality. The result is a more energetic and assertive sound than the original. Check out the track here.

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Lady Gaga Addresses Sexual Assault In 'Til It Happens To You' Video

(Radio.com) Lady Gaga has released a new video for an emotional song, "Til It Happens To You" that probes the violence suffered by sexual assault victims. Shot by Catherine Hardwicke, the video shows different scenarios in which young women find themselves victims, including one in which a sexual predator drops pills in drinks at a party.

The clip follows the stories of the survivors who have bouts of depression and self-doubt as a result, while their loved-ones encourage them to pick themselves up and, eventually, go back out into the world.

Gaga tweeted her intentions for the song, with a note to sexual assault survivors. She said she made the song for "people all over the world who suffer from painful life experiences…We hope u feel our love&solidarity through the song & perhaps find some peace in knowing u r not alone through this film #TilItHappensToYou." Read more and watch the video here.

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Chris Cornell Performs New Song On The Tonight Show

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell performed his single, "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart", on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on September 17th and video from the appearance has been posted online.

The Soundgarden singer's appearance was to promote his newly-released fourth solo album, "Higher Truth." The follow-up to 2009's "Scream" was recorded earlier this year in Seattle with producer Brendan O'Brien.

Cornell will launch "Higher Truth" with a 6-week theater tour of North America followed by dates in New Zealand and Australia starting in late November. Watch the Tonight Show performance here.

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Tony Banks Talks 'A Chord Too Far' In New Video Interview

(Classic Rock) Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks is the focus of an hour-long video interview premiered by Prog. It's been filmed by Cherry Red Records to promote the launch of his solo career anthology A Chord Too Far, released in July.

In the video, Banks - recipient of this year's Prog God Award at the Progressive Music Awards - explains his reasoning for the release of the "A Chord Too Far" box set.

He says, "One of the reasons for putting it out is that, people who've liked what Genesis have done and my contribution to that, might be quite interested, because they didn't get a great hearing first time out. It got less and less as the years went by - while the music got better." Watch the full video here.

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Singled Out: Metaspherical's Cloth Of Ought To

Metaspherical tell us about their single "Cloth Of Ought To" which features Kelly Shaefer (Atheist/Neurotica), Jason Morley (Metaspherical), Gene Hoglan (Testament/Dethklok/Dark Angel), Travis Morgan (ex-Atheist), Shawn Bowen (DidgesChrist Superdrum/Neurotica), and Andy LaRocque (King Diamond/Death). Here is the story:

In an ever changing industry plagued by mediocrity of content and increasing economic difficulties, metal music is in dire need of a revitalization. Metaspherical delivers this thoroughly by not only rejecting said difficulties, but forging a new path for musicians and their working methods alike.

The project began with the intention of showing how artists from around the world could play together despite occupying different countries or subgenres of metal. To do this, help was enlisted from some of the most accomplished names in metal worldwide. As of now, featured artists include former and present members from such bands as, Atheist, Cynic, Death, King Diamond, Origin, Steve Vai, Testament, Voivod, & Zimmer's Hole as well as some mind-blowingly talented lesser known artists. All these incredible contributors originate from or currently reside in a plethora of countries including Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, ,,,, , and the United States. Together, these musicians and artists bring aspects of many different subgenre's of metal to the table to assemble a much more enormous picture - a collection of music only worthy of a true brotherhood of metal.

From the words of Metaspherical's guitarist/creator Jason Morley, "the way that this first track came together for the global metal project was not something you could plan and truly took on its own destiny....... I was really wanting to get back into playing metal a few year after my head injury, but couldn't find the kind of musicians to play the music I was envisioning, in the small city that I live in. So....... I thought it would be a bit of a shot in the dark, but why don't I ask my friend Gene Hoglan(Dark Angel/Strapping Young Lad/Testament), whom I knew since being a teenager growing up in the metal scene around Vancouver, If he'd have time to record a bit of music with me. Gene was very booked up that summer, but had a couple days off from a recording session with Fear Factory in L.A. & went out of his way to fly to Vancouver & laid down some unreal drum tracks. A couple weeks after this, I randomly connected with a few members of the band "Atheist" through social media & we agreed to meet up in Edmonton when they were headlining a festival there. A real great relationship developed between myself and their lead singer Kelly Shaefer( Atheist/Neurotica), & a bit of time after this I came down to Sarasota, Florida & we worked on & recorded vocals for this track. Whilst there, I met an amazingly talented young bassist named Travis Morgan who was playing with Atheist at the time. We also developed a great friendship & he recorded bass for this 1st track & other things we've worked on @ his studio in New York. So The song still needed a killer lead to go with it & after a bit of time had past, I came across an internet ad for Sonic Train Studios in Sweden that Andy LaRocque(King Diamond/Death) operates. Me & Andy spoke back & forth through email a bit & the rest is history!..... I really hope you enjoy the song!!

Metaspherical and all the musicians involved are very proud to partner with Sweet Relief (sweetrelief.org) for this Global Metal Adventure! When the track is purchased, you are helping raise the money to complete a full-length Metaspherical album, and also, to help aid working musicians who are suffering with physical and mental disabilities.

Morley (who is also Metaspherical's producer) is the survivor of a very severe head injury, which required him to undergo seven brain surgeries and forced him to face some very serious challenges. One of these many challenges was struggling over a long period of time to physically build up dexterity in his hands, as well as having to re-teach himself many aspects of the guitar. Jason had previously studied classical guitar and played heavy metal on electric guitars (without a pick) for well over a decade prior to this accident.

This is just the beginning, as Metaspherical will be looking for many more artists, both known and unknown, to grow this into something much larger where we can give back and help others through the spirit of Heavy Metal.

So join us in casting off the chains of the old conventions and expectations. Join us in this incredibly diverse musical journey. Join us in our - in your - brotherhood of metal. This is Metaspherical.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you check out the video here and learn more about the group right here!

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