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Wolfgang Van Halen Scores No. 1 Hit On Billboard Chart

Wolfgang Van Halen made an impressive debut with his first solo song "Distance". The single has claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Hard Rock Songs chart.

Van Halen released the track under the band name of Mammoth WVH and accompanied it with a video paying tribute to his late father, guitar legend Eddie Van Halen.

The single enjoyed 826,000 streams during its first week of release and sold 13,000 digital downloads, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data via Billboard.

Wolfgang told the publication, "I am beyond humbled by the response to 'Distance'. I can't believe that it's appearing on all of these charts so soon after release.

"The fact that so many have embraced the song and video shows how much we have in common in the love and respect we have for my father. I just wish he was here to see it.

"Thank you so much to everyone who's listening and also to my whole team who has worked so hard to make this a reality."



Guns N' Roses, Slayer Stars Team With Megadeth's Ellefson For AC/DC Cover Video

Megadeth offshoot Ellefson have released a music video for their cover of the AC/DC classic "Riff Raff" that also features former Slayer and Guns N' Roses stars.

The track is the on the new "No Cover" album from the project led by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and Thom Hazaert. For the song they recruited Danger Toys singer Jason McMaster, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Slayer icon Dave Lombardo.


Hazaert had this to say about the new album, "Originally we had envisioned 'No Cover' as a smaller, limited-release 'quarantine project' we were doing for fun with a bunch of our friends, really just to not have to release our studio album during the pandemic.

"But as it neared completion, and we really got to see what it was turning into, we realized it was worthy of so much more. I have a long history and friendship with Max at earMUSIC, and they are an incredible label, and home to some of our favorite artists, and friends - Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, and more - and we are ecstatic to be able to partner with them for not only this release, but future Ellefson releases as well.

"Ward had already released 'Sleeping Giants' for us last year in Japan, and we had secured a deal with them for our upcoming 2021 studio album, so it was a natural fit when we went to them with the idea of partnering with us on 'No Cover'."

Ellefson added, "It really was a crazy, whirlwind process, not only making such an involved album so fast, but also remotely, during a pandemic, with not only dozens of guests, but the entire band, spread around the globe. And then almost losing our singer in the middle of it.

"But at the end of the day, it turned out better than any of us had hoped, and really was one of the most fun records I've ever made. It's been great to pull so many great and positive things out of 2020, despite all the challenges." Watch the video here.



Slipknot Announce New Knotfest Event In 2021

Slipknot have expanded their Knotfest once again. The band have announced that they will be launching the music festival for the very first time in Brazil next year.

The band announced on Tuesday that inaugural Knotfest Brazil is scheduled to take place at Sambodromo do Anhembi in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 19th, 2021.

According to the announcement, aside from the headline set from Slipknot, the festival will feature nine other bands and 12 hours of music spread over two stages.



Famed Neil Peart Early Rush Drum Set Up For Auction

(hennemusic) The original drum set used by Neil Peart during his early years with Rush is now available for purchase via an online auction by Bonhams in Los Angeles.

Offered as part of a Music Memoribalia event that runs from November 23 to December 9, Peart used the Slingerland drum kit with Rush between 1974-77. The package features a pair of bass drums with chrome wrap including the original head; blue resonant heads each with large silver Rush logo and "Neil" on one and "Peart" on the other (originals and additional replicas), and includes a 14-inch Tom Tom with chrome wrap and with original head signed by Peart.

According to Bonhams, the drummer purchased the set in late July/early August 1974 from Long & McQuade in Toronto, ON and used it for three years before placing it in storage in 1977; the package later became one of three drum kit's donated by Peart for Modern Drummer Magazine's "Neil Peart Drumset Giveaway" introduced in their March 1987 issue.

The set was awarded to New York drummer Mark Feldman in the October 1987 issue and comes with a letter signed by Peart informing Feldman that he was a contest winner and commenting on his submission; it was eventually sold by Feldman to the present owner. Read morehere.



Former Secrets Frontman Aaron Melzer Passes Away

Southern California rockers Secrets have shared the sad news that their former vocalist Aaron Melzer, has died. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

The band took to social media and shared, "Today we lost our brother, our friend, and our family with the passing of Aaron Melzer. Aaron's passing came much too soon in his life and in ours. Words cannot express how devastating and painful this is for all of us to hear and believe.

"We will miss Aaron every day. Every day we will remember his presence, his laughter, the joy he could bring to a room, the light he brought with him to the stage, his smiles, his heart, and every memory we were able to share with him.

"For now we ask that you please respect the privacy of the family and loved ones as we take this time to reflect and grieve. We love you Aaron and you will not be forgotten."



All-Star Tribute To Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green Coming To Theaters

(hennemusic) An early 2020 all-star concert tribute to Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green is coming to cinemas next spring. Organized by Mick Fleetwood, the February 25 event at London's Palladium in support of Teenage Cancer Trust saw the drummer salute his former bandmate and the original era of the group with the help of a lineup that included Christine McVie, David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Kirk Hammett, Billy Gibbons, Steven Tyler, Bill Wyman, John Mayll, Zak Starkey, Noel Gallagher and original Fleetwood Mac guitarist Jeremy Spencer, among others.

"The concert was a celebration of those early blues days where we all began," says Fleetwood, "and it's important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music. Peter was my greatest mentor and it gave me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent.

"I was honored to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician. 'Then Play On'..."

The tribute event took place just five months before Green passed away in his sleep on July 25 at the age of 73. Watch the trailer and read morehere.



ZZ Top Documentary Earns Grammy Award Nomination

(hennemusic) The ZZ Top documentary, "That Little Ol' Band From Texas", has earned the band a nomination for a Grammy Award. The career overview will compete in the Best Music Film category alongside projects on the Beastie Boys ("Beastie Boys Story), Beyonce ("Black Is King), Freestyle Love Supreme ("We Are Freestyle Love Supreme") and Linda Ronstadt ("Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice").

Produced by Banger Films, the documentary tells the story of how three teenage bluesmen - Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard - became one of the biggest bands on the planet, all while maintaining a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers 50 years after the band's inception.

"That Little Ol' Band From Texas" presents interviews with the band members alongside conversations with such high-profile fans as Billy Bob Thornton and Queens Of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, as well as never-before-seen archival footage. Read more and watch the trailerhere.



Singled Out: Attraction To Tragedy's Hole In Your Heart

Attraction To Tragedy recently released their new single and video called "Hole In Your Heart," and to celebrate we have asked Jaiden Shay to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

The beginnings of Hole In Your Heart date back to 2015 with a very primitive version of the intro/verse riff and chorus. Initially I had set out to write a very adversarial song with the chorus. "quit lying step back and see, quit being who you're pretending to be". However as the years went on the lyrics eventually went in the opposite direction. No matter what your initial intentions are the song will tell you where it wants to go.

The bridge "Burn your masks and separate your skin.." came in early spring 2018. I remember sitting in my old apartment whispering it over the riff to show Brandon what I was thinking. Onstage Brandon handles the majority of the screaming and with the new batch of songs we were working on I knew the material would only benefit from more trade off screaming.

The acoustic guitar outro was something I heard in my head first then had to figure out if it was playable. Always a good sign when you have to figure out if something is humanly possible. The idea was to arpeggiate the riff under the line "what once consoled you now destroys you". To accommodate the key and the ringing I wanted I resorted to a rather odd tuning to get the desired effect. Its one of those guitar parts that if you look at or think about too much it just won't happen.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!



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