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Tom DeLonge TV Special Preview Goes Online

A preview clip has been released online of the upcoming Tom DeLonge TV special on the Audience Network entitled "The Pursuit of Tone 'Tom DeLonge'".

The episode is scheduled to air tomorrow night, August 19th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on the cable network which is available on DirecTV (Ch 239) and U-verse (Ch 1114).

We were sent this synopsis: "The episode follows the award-winning musician, singer, songwriter (Blink182/Angels And Airwaves/Box Car Racer) and accomplished entrepreneur (To The Stars...) through his Southern California upbringing, stories behind his early influences, his sonic evolution from Blink182, to Box Car Racer and Angels And Airwaves as well as his expansion into new forms of media including novels, feature films and animation." Watch the preview clip which shows DeLonge visiting his childhood home where Blink 182 was formed here.

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Jason Newsted Shares Favorite Metallica Black Album Memory

(Classic Rock) Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has recalled his favorite moments recording the band's 1991 self-titled album. Newsted says he was particularly pleased with the song My Friend Of Misery, which opens with his bass guitar and which he says was a "real accomplishment" in a band which had previously released ...And Justice For All with the bass almost inaudible in the mix.

As the self-titled album, aka The Black Album, celebrates its 25th anniversary, Newsted tells Billboard: "It was the bass, by itself, introducing My Friend Of Misery, which was not the easiest thing to do at that time within that band.

"That was a moment where those guys kind of bowed and said, 'Here you go, man, put your song on there,' being the guy who came up with that. As opposed to being part of the team, I got to be myself for a minute there, which was a real accomplishment." Read more here.

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Megadeth's Mustaine Recalls 'Weirdness' With Marty Friedman

(Classic Rock) Megadeth's Dave Mustaine says there was a "weirdness" between him and former guitarist Marty Friedman. The frontman compares the frosty relationships he had with previous guitarists Friedman, Jeff Young and Chris Poland with his close rapport with Kiko Loureiro.

When asked if different guitar players affect his own style, Mustaine tells Interactive Guitar Magazine: "There's not really that much of a difference when you're playing with guitar players, but there is something that's of a personal nature."

He adds: "I feel that the couple of months I've been with Kiko, we have become very close friends. And there was a weirdness with Marty that - and my bassist David Ellefson will concur - we could not cross that barrier, that he would just not let people in.

"Poland and I had a very turbulent time, and Jeff Young and I never really got that close either. With Kiko, we have so much fun goofing around and doing silly stuff all the time.

"I think that's important, because when you leave home and you're gone for this long, and you're with a guy that you barely know, it can be really bad." Read more here.

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Billy Corgan Lands Gig As Head Of Wrestling Co

(Gibson) Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is the new president of Impact Ventures, the parent company of pro-wrestling promoters TNA Wrestling and the show Impact Wrestling. Corgan will "be responsible for leading day-to-day operations for Impact and its affiliated brands."

"I believe in this company, its passionate fans, the talented roster and the dedicated staff and crew," Corgan said in a statement. "I am committed to this great opportunity and will use all of my resources and connections to drive the success of this company.

"This year we have made significant strides in establishing a strong foundation for our future and will be aggressive in continuing to evolve and grow the Impact brands." Read more here.

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Paramore's Zac Farro Grateful For Second Chance With Band

(TeamRock) Paramore drummer Zac Farro is grateful for a "second chance" to work with the band. He quit along with brother Josh in 2010, following the release of third album Brand New Eyes the previous year. The pair said they'd become tired of being a "manufactured product" and accused singer Hayley Williams' management of manipulation.

But Farro has now "restored" his friendships with guitarist Taylor York and William, and recently confirmed he was working with them on the follow-up to Paramore's self-titled full-length.

He tells Billboard's podcast Alt In Our Stars: "It's a second chance. I'm so thankful that I'm playing on the album. But that wasn't what was important to me at the beginning. What was important was mending those friendships.

"I'm not super proud of how everything went down, but Hayley and Taylor have become really good friends of mine again and they're super supportive of my stuff. We restored our friendships. We haven't skipped a beat and it's been so amazing." Read more here.

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Asking Alexandria Stars Recall Destructive Antics

(Metal Hammer) Asking Alexandria's Ben Bruce recalls that he "had a great time" smashing a hotel in Argentina. The guitarist narrowly avoided arrest when their flight home from tour was grounded - after days of drinking, smoking and partying resulted in them "destroying" the floor they were staying on.

Bruce tells Rocksound: "My most destructive one was when we were in Argentina and we took out Chelsea Grin and Blessthefall. We had the whole floor of the hotel and we just decided, 'F*** it, it's our floor', and we were smoking, drinking, partying. We were there for days.

"By the end of it everything was smashed up. I went into Chelsea Grin's room and decided to throw their flat screen TV across the room and smashed it. I had a great time.

"Woke up the next day and went downstairs to the reception and they went, 'You've destroyed our hotel.' Our tour manager went, 'Don't worry, here's the credit card,' standard. They said, 'No, we don't want your money. We want punishment.'"

Bruce says the manager denied the staff's request and the group quickly left to catch their flight home - but they realized something was amiss when the plane wasn't taking off. Read more here.

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Sabaton Look Back On Nazi Controversy

(Metal Hammer) Sabaton have recalled their early struggle to get their music released because it was mistaken for "Nazi propaganda." The Swedish metal heroes often tackle controversial material in their music, such as on the track The Final Solution from 2010 album Coat Of Arms.

The song deals with the Holocaust, while their 2005 debut album Primo Victoria includes the word 'Nazi' in the lyrics, leading to a ban for the record in Germany.

Frontman Joakim Broden tells Metal Hammer: "Nobody would ask Stephen Spielberg if he was a Nazi because he made a movie about the Holocaust. It's storytelling. If someone has a problem with what we sing about, they should talk to the leaders who made this sh*t happen many years ago."

And on the furore surrounding Primo Victoria, Par Sundstrom adds: "It's totally understandable that you can misunderstand Sabaton if you hear a bit of a song and don't know where it comes from.

"It was harder in the beginning. Our first album was denied release in Germany because it contained the word 'Nazi'. They thought it was neo-Nazi propaganda." Read more here.

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Tesseract's Offshoot Voices From The Fuselage Ink Deal

(Prog) John Mitchell and Chris Hillman's White Star Records have revealed that they have signed former Tesseract man Ashe O'Hara's band Voices From The Fuselage.

The five-piece prog rock outfit say they draw their influences from Karnivool, Anberlin and This Will Destroy You. Voices From The Fuselage formed in Northampton in 2010 and as well as O'Hara, the lineup features guitarists Mitch Ramsay and Josh Galloway, drummer Scott Lockhart on drums and bassist Dale Gorham.

VFTF came to the attention of John Mitchell when they booked in to his Outhouse Recording Studio in 2015 to record their debut album Odyssey: The Destroyer Of Worlds. Mitchell contributed a guest guitar slot to the track A Principle God.

When bass player Gorham later spotted an article in Prog magazine about the launch of Mitchell and Hillman's label, he asked them to consider signing the band. Read more here.

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Day in Pop: Adele Postpones Show, Drake N' Eminem, Blake Shelton, Suicide Squad, more

British pop singer Adele postponed her concert in Phoenix on Wednesday night after coming down with a cold. She said, "I'm really, really sorry. I've had a cold for a couple of days and I've been pushing through it." She promised fans, "I will come back and I will smash it for you."

It looks like The Suicide Squad soundtrack is headed to a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with projections that it will sell around 50,000 actual copies for the week (85,000 when you include the streaming metric), according to the trade magazine.

Blake Shelton posted a video on Twitter announcing that he will be taking part in the 2017's Crash My Playa on the beach of Riviera Maya, Mexico. He will play one night of the event and the host Luke Bryan will perform for two nights. "I'm going to be joining my friend Luke Bryan at the Crash My Playa festival that he does down there in the Cancun, Mexico, area," Shelton said in the video. "And I hope you guys are going to be there to tell me what happens, because there's a good chance I'm not going to remember this night." Watch the video here

Nick Jonas and Ty Dolla $ign will perform their collaboration "Bacon" at the 2016 MTV VMAs which will air on the former music turned reality TV channel on August 28th at 9P.M. EST.

Eminem joined Drake for a performance of the song "Forever" at Drake's concert at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit earlier this week. Check out video here.

LeBron James is putting that new $100 million contract to good use, 'cause the Cavs superstar brought 5,000 kids and their families to an amusement park on Tuesday. Read more here

Lady Gaga used 12 brightly colored posts on Instagram to create a single message that announced that her new single "Perfect Illusion" will be released in September.

PJ Harvey will now play an additional Los Angeles show at The Fonda Theatre on Friday, August 19th. This follows tonight's concert at the Shrine Expo Hall.

Taylor Swift will donate $1 million to Louisiana flood relief in response to the deadly flooding there that has killed at least 11 people, reports Billboard via Radio. "We began the 1989 World Tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home," she said in a statement. "The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking."

Roy Clark, Kelsea Ballerini, Eric Church, Billboard's Greatest of All-Time Country Albums rankings are featured in the latest episode of 'The Pickup' which fans can check out here.

Bonnie Whitmore and Her Band have released a stream of their new track, "She's a Hurricane," from their upcoming album, F--- with Sad Girls, due out October 28th. Listen here.

Ellie Goulding's new song called "Still Falling for You" will be featured on the Bridget Jones's Baby soundtrack. The single reportedly comes out this Friday. more

Tove Lo has announced that her new album will be called Lady Wood, and is set to be released on October 28th. She tweeted "Babes my second album is coming and I'm so proud, excited & terrified. Full on LADY WOOD. Out Oct 28th. #LADYWOOD".

Dawes will release their new record, We're All Gonna Die, on September 16. The album features contributions from Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and more.

Bruce Springsteen has unveiled the foreword to his autobiography, "Born To Run", which will be published on September 27 via Simon & Schuster. Read it here.

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