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Ozzy Osbourne Classic Inspired Ghost's Rats

Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge revealed in a new interview that the band's new single "Rats" was inspired by the classic Ozzy Osbourne song "I Don't Know".

The band is gearing up to release their new album "Prequelle" on June 1st and released "Rats" as the lead single last month. Forge was asked about the song during an interview with Rock 105 in Chattanooga.

He had this to say, "I wanted a big opening track and, to be super-specific, even though I wasn't trying to mimic that exact song, the feeling that I wanted with the song was... There was a broadcast from the Moscow [Music] Peace Fest in 1989, and when Ozzy Osbourne started his show, he played 'I Don't Know'. It just had a spectacular opening-track flow over it that I really wanted on this album.

"Obviously, there was going to be this sort of 'Black Celebration' intro, but, then when it erupted, it was important it had sort of an immediate gallop to it. It ended up being a good thing. I was very adamant about... The previous records that we have done, the full-lengths, have always began with sort of a weird track that has that sort of odd triplet-y signature that I like, but it's not necessarily a good 'Uh!' Usually, our shows, the 500 first of them, began with that sort of track that puts the crowd into a little bit of 'Wait for it, wait for it, wait for it…' then, about the third or fifth song, we loosened up. That is cool from one aspect, but I definitely wanted to change that up on the previous EP when we added 'Square Hammer', because we needed an opening track."

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Stone Sour Guitarist Opens Up About Addiction and Recovery

Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand has opened up about his recovery from alcohol and Xanax addiction and says that life is now like "whole rebirth" for him and he feels like he is back.

He took a break from the group in January to seek help. Hard Drive Radio caught up with him at the Rock and Range festival and he gave them an update on his progress.

He told them (via Metal Hammer, "Everything came to a head when we did ShipRocked. I was prescribed a bunch of stuff and really that's the main thing that I needed to break away from. I didn't really start drinking until the last year and a half, but the problem is when you mix that with prescription drugs.

"It sent me in a downward spiral and into a depression where I didn't even get out of my bunk unless I had to. One day, I was like, 'I feel terrible. I've got to do something.' I just made the decision on our way to Canada, which wasn't easy." Read more here.

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Korn Writing Music For Next Studio Album Says Frontman

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis says that his bandmates have already begun working on music for their next studio album and he will join them this month to write some new songs together.

Davis is busy promoting his debt solo album "Black Labyrinth" which is set to be released on Friday (May 25th) but that is not stopping him from looking towards Korn's 13th studio record.

Davis spoke with Los Angeles radio station KLOS and revealed, "I'm pulling double duty. Munky and Head have been writing with different people for a while now, getting songs together. We'll all come together in Los Angeles in a studio. We're going to start writing some songs together for a week.

"They're going to keep writing and when I get back from tour, I'm going to jump right back in and write some more with them. Then we'll start working on the record probably late this year." Listen to the full interview here.

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Between The Buried And Me Announce 'Automata II' Release

Between The Buried And Me have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, the second part of their conceptual "Automata" series, on July 13th.

Frontman Tommy Rogers had this to say, "Holding our tongues for Automata II was challenging. We worked so hard on these songs and finally we get to release the other half of this material to the world! I think this is some of the best material we've ever released. It's a result of everything we've been striving for up to this point.

"There are plenty of twists/turns and bizarre moments, but there is also a lot of beauty in the music and the story. Automata is now complete and our antagonist found his version of home and peace. We are all in this together." Read more here.

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Poison Hold Resentment Towards Bret Michaels Over Focus

Poison's Ricky Rockett says that he has his bandmates C.C. DeVille and Bobby Dall have had some resentment towards frontman Bret Michaels over the singers focus outside of the band.

The group were on a hiatus from 2012 until 2017 and Michaels took the opportunity to plot solo tours. Rockett was asked about it in a recent interview with OC Weekly and said, "I think we need to get away from each other and do other things, but at the same time, I think he spent a little too much time away.

"There's definitely some resentment, but not resentment like I want him to fail. I want him to do good. I just want Poison to be important too, and I would like [him] to put a little more energy into Poison."

The band will be spending the summer on major North American tour with Cheap Trick and Rockett is hopeful that the band will soon record their new original music together since 2002.

He said, "I personally think we still have a lot of stories to tell. Because the music business has changed so much, I don't know that you'd get a full record out of Poison, but I do believe that you will see new music at some point in some capacity."

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Video From Def Leppard and Journey Tour Kick Off Goes Online

(hennemusic) Def Leppard and Journey launched their extensive, co-headlining tour of North America at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on May 21, and video from the event is streaming online.

Def Leppard delivered a 16-song show that relied heavily on their 1987 smash, "Hysteria", including the openers "Rocket" and "Animal." The hit-filled set included a cover of David Essex's "Rock On" and an acoustic take on their 1993 single, "Two Steps Behind."

On June 1, Def Leppard will release the first of four career-spanning box sets; "Volume One" features the group's first four studio albums alongside bonus live and studio material.

Led by frontman Arnel Pineda, Journey hit the stage with 1983's "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" for a set that was based around major hits and fan favourites from three multiple platinum Steve Perry-era albums - 1978's "Infinity", 1981's "Escape" and 1983's "Frontiers." Watch videos from the kick off show here.

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Ride For Ronnie Raises $50K For Dio Cancer Fund

(W3) Organizers of the 4th Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Rally brought in $50,000 for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. We were sent the following details and recap of the event:

Dio Cancer Fund co-founder and president Wendy Dio warmly greeted those who gathered in Glendale for the Ride before once again leading the procession of motorcycle riders for the morning RIDE to Los Encinos Park in Encino, California. Among those participating in the RIDE this year were actors Star Fields (Sons of Anarchy) and Al Coronel (The Last Ship), actor and musician E.J. Curse, Faster Pussycat's Taime Downe and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, plus Dio Cancer Fund Medical Director Dr. Sandy Kapoor and event sponsor KLOS Radio air personality Frank Kramer of the Frosty, Heidi and Frank morning show.

The afternoon of live music following the RIDE, hostedby radio and television personality Eddie Trunk who was joined by KLOS' Melissa Maxx, kicked off with Long Beach, CA hard-rockers Railgun. They were followed by the very first live performance by Classless Act, formed by childhood friends Nico Tsangaris on lead guitar and drummer London Hudson, the 15-year old son of guitar god Slash. They performed their version of Black Sabbath's "The Mob Rules" in honor of Ronnie James Dio who wrote the song. Read more here.

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Depeche Mode Frontman Teams With Goldfrapp For Song

Goldfrapp have released an online stream of a reworking of the track "Ocean" which features a guest appearance from Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan.

The track is a new version of a song from Goldfrapp's 2017 album "Silver Eye" which has been released a single from the deluxe reissue of the album that is set to be released on July 6th.

The original version appeared on , with the new single featuring on the deluxe edition of the record, which is set to arrive on July 6 via Mute.

The group had this to say, "Working with Dave Gahan on the new version of Ocean has been a real honor for us as a band. We're thrilled to finally share this collaboration with the world." Check out the song here.

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Halcyon Way Announce New Album 'Bloody But Unbowed'

Halcyon Way have announced that they will be releasing their brand new album, which will be entitled "Bloody But Unbowed", on August 3rd via their new deal with Agonia Records.

The group recruited Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, Trivium, Bad Wolves, Death Angel) to record, mix and master the new effort which is the following up to their hit 2014 album "Conquer."

They had this to say, "We are beyond excited to finally unleash this beast upon everyone. This is by far our heaviest album, but it also has the biggest choruses, and it's just the right next step in our evolution as a band. It was a difficult album to write and put over the finish line, and we cannot wait to have everyone hear it.

"From the songs to the production to the art, we think all our fans are going to absolutely love it, and when people that haven't heard Halcyon Way before get a taste, they're going to be like 'where has this band been my whole life?" See the track details here.

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Enter Shikari Recruit Fan To Make Animated 'Undercover Agents' Video

Enter Shikari have released a new music video for their single "Undercover Agents". The song comes from the group's 2017 studio album "The Spark"

The animated 8-bit video was created by am Enter Shikari fan named George Cheswick. Frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say "We're very lucky to have such talented fans and to be able to release George's video so soon after the Take My Country Back fan-made film is an honor and a testament to the relationship we have with the people who support our art. We take great pleasure in being able to support theirs in return.

Cheswick added "The Undercover Agents animation was the final piece for my Major Project at university. I'm a huge fan of Enter Shikari, and their music has really helped me through a lot, so it's great to be able to give something back.

"When I began working on the animation, The Spark had only just been released and Undercover Agents was my favorite track from the album. The story was based on The Machine from the album cover - where had it come from? How did it end up here? The video consists of 6480 cells of imagery and took me roughly 14 weeks to write, animate and piece together. I hope everyone enjoys it!" Watch it here.

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Singled Out: Jeremy Parsons' Why is the Bluebird Blue?

Jeremy Parsons tells us about his latest single "Why is the Bluebird Blue?" which is track that comes from his most recent album "Things I Need To Say". Here is the story:

It all started when I was over at my friends house on an awesome Spring day. I was sitting on his back porch picking on his guitar and catching up on life. We had been sitting there for a good while when he looks over and says, "Hey man look at the Bluebird!" I immediately looked over and did not see a Bluebird. I saw a Blue Jay though. I looked at him and had to set him ornithologically straight. "Just because a bird is blue doesn't mean it's a Bluebird" I said.

My Dad has always been really into Birds and goes on a little bird watching excursion every year with his friends. With this in mind and what my friend had inspired on the porch, I was off into songwriter mode. On my way home from his house the question, "Why Is The Bluebird Blue?" popped into my head. As soon as I got home I grabbed my guitar and started expanding on it while also using myself and the human experience to try and relate.

It's hard to tell how people are feeling sometimes. Sometimes people might look blue but just because they appear to be doesn't necessarily make it so. I like the way the song and story naturally unfolded. It doesn't always happen like that but it's always fun and exciting and makes the creative process all the more fun. "Why Is The Bluebird Blue" is one of my favorite songs I've ever written. It was and is the perfect combination of where I come from as an artist and who I have become as a writer and it marked a big period of growth for me.

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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