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Angus Young Myth Debunked By Original AC/DC Singer

Original AC/DC frontman Dave Evans debunked a longstanding myth about lead guitarist Angus Young's youthful start in the band during a recent interview.

The story goes that Angus was just 16-years-old and still in school when the band was formed but Evans was asked about the myth and told a different tale during an interview with The Metal Voice.

Dave said, "Angus was about 19 years old . We put his age down to 16 years old because he was so little .George Young wanted us to look different from the other bands in Australia.

"So They told us Angus was going to wear a school boy outfit put his age down to 16 to relate to he kids, as we had lots of school gigs at the time. The school boy uniform was made for him by his sister. Angus was not going to school, he had a job he was 19 years old."

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Metallica Star On Chance Of Big Four Shows Before Slayer Retires

Metallica's Robert Trujillo was asked about the chances of more Big Four of thrash concerts before Slayer officially retires and the bassist says that there has been no "conversations about the 'Big Four'.

Trujillo was asked about the end of the Big Four (which also includes Megadeth and Anthrax) with Slayer launching their farewell tour during an interview with The Music podcast.

Robert responded, "To be honest, I haven't heard any conversations about the 'Big Four.' We love Slayer - I love Slayer; they're one of my favorite bands. And Anthrax is amazing. And that was great what we did a few years back. But I haven't heard any conversations about that.

"I mean, obviously, we're still in the middle of our tour. And I'm not sure what [the other bands] are doing. I know, yeah, Slayer is definitely on their final tour. I'm not even sure Slayer's up for that or what."

He then said, "It's a weird question, because it hasn't been talked about or discussed, because everybody is kind of in the middle of their stuff right now. So I don't even know how to answer that.

"But I can say it was an incredible experience, and we all had a blast. And it was something that no one thought could really be done, and then it happened. And it was a beautiful thing. But, you know, I think at some point, everybody kind of moves on and they get wrapped up in their stuff, and that's kind of where everybody's at right now."

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Black Sabbath Icon Rocks Tribute To Randy Rhoads

Video from Black Sabbath legend Bill Ward's appearance at the Ultimate Jam Night tribute to late Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads has been shared online.

Ward was on hand for the special event at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood on Tuesday for the celebration of Rhoads who was tragically killed in a plane crash on March 19, 1982.

Ward was joined on stage by James LoMenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society), Ira Black (Dark Sky Choir, I Am Morbid, Metal Church), and Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill, Day Of Errors) and video of their performance of the Black Sabbath classic "Children Of The Grave" is streaming here

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Carlos Santana Streaming New Song 'Los Invisibles'

(hennemusic) Carlos Santana is streaming audio of "Los Invisibles", featuring Spanish singer Buika, as the lead single and first preview to his forthcoming album, "Africa Speaks."

Coming on the heels of the recently-released EP, "In Search Of Mona Lisa", the project is produced by Rick Rubin and expected to be issued later this year.

"I went to Rick to see if he would, as Miles Davis would say, 'Would you have eyes to do something with me?'" Santana tells Rolling Stone. "'I know you've worked with everybody like Johnny Cash and the Chili Peppers and Metallica,' And he goes, 'Well, what are you interested in doing?' I said, 'Nothing but African music.'

"So can you believe it? We record 49 songs in 10 days. He was very gracious, because it was like a hurricane to record six, seven songs in a day. Rick said, 'With Clive Davis, you had a bunch of guest stars and singers. Who do you want in here?' I said, 'I only want two women: Laura Mvula and Buika.' And he said, 'OK.' So we called them and they said yes."

Santana will play a series of US dates next month before resuming his 2019 Las Vegas residency at the House Of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in May. Listen to the new song here.

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Paul Gilbert Releases 'Havin It' Video

Former Mr. Big guitarist Paul Gilbert has released a video for his new song "Havin It". The track comes from his forthcoming album "Behold Electric Guitar", which is set to be released on May 17th.

Paul had this to say about the new song, (watch the video here) "I finally wrote a song with long guitar solos! It took me decades to stretch beyond my pop song structure habits, and it feels great to be FREE, and just play, and play, and play.

"The song still has melodies and themes, and those were inspired by the idea that when you have something good... You still want MORE. Havin' it... don't make me stop wantin' it!"

Gilbert had this to say about producer John Cuniberti's approach to the recording, "It's so easy to make albums with overdubbing and editing these days, but I really prefer playing live and just getting the music to sound right because the musicians, the songs, and the performances are good." Read more

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Alice Cooper Drops Puck At Arizona Coyotes NHL Game

(hennemusic) The NHL is streaming video of Alice Cooper performing the ceremonial puck drop prior to the Arizona Coyotes hosting the Edmonton Oilers at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ on March 16.

Arriving at center ice to the tune of his 1973 classic, "No More Mr. Nice Guy", the rocker was joined by his son, Dash, for the occasion, as well as a Coyotes staff member and a longtime season ticket holder. A legendary puck drop," posted the NHL team after the game. "Thanks for all your support, Alice Cooper."

The Phoenix native has been a supporter of his local professional hockey team since they first arrived in the city in 1996; originally known as the Phoenix Coyotes, they moved into the arena in Glendale in 2003, years before undergoing an ownership and name change to become the Arizona Coyotes in 2014. Watch the video here.

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Alice In Chains Premiere 3rd Episode Of Sci-Fi Series Black Antenn

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains are streaming episode three in their new science-fiction series "Black Antenna." Entitled "Red Giant", the footage follows the recent launch of the project with the premiere of the film's first two episodes, which are produced and directed by Adam Mason and inspired by the band's latest album, "Rainier Fog."

The film stars Paul Sloan as Alpha, and Viktoriya Dov as Beta alongside Darri Ingolfsson (Dexter) as Nil, Lily Robinson as Malum, Eric Michael Cole (Gia, White Squall, Hangman), Mike Hatton (Green Book), Luke Shelton, Jerry Raines, and Daniel Louis Rivas.

The 90-minute movie will be rolled out in ten episodic segments, with each clip set to a different song from the record. "We've always toyed with the idea of creating videos for every song on one of our albums," explains drummer Sean Kinney. "Not only did we do that for Rainier Fog, it got totally out of hand and we made a whole goddamn movie. Everything that will be seen in the videos will be footage from 'Black Antenna' to preface the complete film's release." Watch the episode here.

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Amon Amarth Stream First Song From New Album

Amon Amarth are streaming their brand new single "Raven's Flight" online. The track comes from the group's forthcoming album "Berserker," which is set to hit stores on May 3rd.

Frontman Johan Hegg had this to say about the Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour) produced album, "The previous album was a concept album, but we didn't want to get into a situation where every album has to be a concept record, so this is different. We wanted to step away from that and look at being a little bit more diverse, with the lyrics and everything else. I got ideas from lots of different things, from history stuff and mythological sources.

"Sometimes you just get something in your head and there doesn't have to be a bigger meaning behind it - sometimes it's just a great metal lyric that fits with a great metal song. And these are f***ing great metal songs.

"For me, this is Amon Amarth 2.0. I think what we've done here is give ourselves the space to explore other parts of our musicality and who we are as a band. If you're content with where you're at, what's the point of continuing?

"We always want to come up with new ideas and find new ways of doing things and to create bigger and better shows and really try to improve every aspect of what the band is. We want to try to keep growing and to do this for as long as we have the possibility to do so, because this is the best f***ing job in the world." Listen to the new song here and see the album track details here.

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Deicide Announce North American Tour and Lineup Change

Deicide have announced that they will be hitting the road this spring for North American headline tour and also revealed a lineup change for the band.

The band has named Chris Cannella as their permanent guitarist. Glen Benton had this to say, "Looking forward to getting out there with the new line-up and bringing the new offerings of blasphemy to the people."

The band are launching the tour in support of their latest album
"Overtures Of Blasphemy" and will be joined on the trek by Origin, Jungle Rot, and The Absence. See the dates

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Singled Out: Purple Corporation's Do Watchya Do

Purple Corporation recently released a new single called, "Do Watchya Do" and to celebrate we asked Miles Donnelly to tell us about the track, which follows their 2018 album "Mind Phonics" album. Here is the story:

In writing "Do Whatcha Do" I wanted to create a catchy tune. I was always interested in the musical patterns that got stuck in our heads - the hook to catch listeners' ears. The idea that a song could make you sing along with it even long after it has finished playing...it's something I always wished I could make myself. You can see in the lyrics that the minds of the musicians and the listener are being connected throughout the song. They begin as separate, come together, and then are disconnected again at the end. The ebb and flow of overlapping consciousness. And even after, there is still some vestige of the connection between the two as the listener keeps humming the hook after the song has finished.

This project began when I pulled an old guitar out of the rubble of a house I was staying in. It had been left, damaged and forgotten, and so I took it in and nursed it back to health. There was a small hole in the back which I covered with duct tape and I replaced the strings and got to strumming. I didn't want to learn actual guitar chords so I began with just feeling out the sounds. I think this contributes to the unique soundscape of the project, which is build upon a ground layer of wonky, made-up chords from an old rundown guitar which was able to sing again after such a long silence.

We are calling this project psychedelectric because we didn't really think it fit any genre. As a response, we have named it ourselves. This speaks to how 'out there' the lyrics are as well as the electronic instrumentation. There is nothing on this track that isn't either distorted or completely electronic. The meeting of real instruments and technology as well as using production software as an instrument feed into our sound. We think the sonic in Atomic Bionic Chronic Sonic is like nothing that's come before.

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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