Rockett said in the radio interview (via Loudwire), "[In] June, I kind of got sick. I had this horrible cold, sore-throat thing, and they were scoping me and they were doing biopsies, and nothing was coming up. And finally a doctor at USC did a biopsy and took a look and he said, 'I believe you have oral cancer.' And what it was is a tumor at the base of my tongue
"This is very similar to [Iron Maiden frontman] Bruce Dickinson, very similar to [actor] Michael Douglas, similar to [Aerosmith's] Tom Hamilton, as far as I know; I don't know the details of his. And two adjacent lymph nodes that it kind of Normally, it does spread to the lymph nodes; that's typical. That's how you find out you have it ninety percent of the time."
The drummer then explained the treatment he received, "I did thirty-five rounds of radiation; it was five days a week for seven weeks, and that kicks your dick into the dirt. But I went, 'Okay, this is what I'm gonna do. I wanna beat it, so I'm just gonna go head first into this. I'm gonna set myself up where every single day, I do something positive for my health. I'm gonna work out one day, I'm gonna go to therapy one day.'"
He then reflected, "At the end of the day, it was really the worst thing that you can go through, for me. I've had a decent life, you know what I mean? I mean, we all go through our stuff. I'm not saying my life is a bed of roses, but I'm not a war veteran who got this too. I didn't get my leg blown off and get cancer. Those guys are the guys that are really the heroes and paying for it.
"So for me, it was just a battle that I had to get through, and I got to the point where I couldn't really talk. I had, I think, sixteen canker sores in my mouth at one time. And it's, like, if you could take your throat and turn it inside out and sunburn it I had to use this stuff called Magic Mouthwash just to drink the water. It hurt so bad, I couldn't And I'm still on a liquid diet."
Rockett also said that he will receive a PET scan in February to see if he has responded to the treatment. Read the full report for more detailshere.
An edited version appeared in his movie Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, which helped set Banger Films on the road to success. Since then, the section featuring Dio - who died in 2010 - has achieved high status in its own right.
Dunn says: "Watching it again after many years away made me realize how important this interview was. We knew we wanted to talk about the role of Satan and Satanism in metal. But Ronnie took that topic to a whole other level. I miss Ronnie - I'm sure you do too. So I'm glad we can share this clip with you." Watch ithere.
Other acts signed up for Northern Invasion include Chevelle, A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, Seether, Lamb Of God, Ghost, Sixx:A.M., Pop Evil, Clutch, Sevendust, Hellyeah, P.O.D., BABYMETAL, Black Stone Cherry, Yelawolf, Trivium, Asking Alexandria, Parkway Drive, Saint Asonia, Butcher Babies, Turbowolf, Red Sun Rising, Beartooth, Enter Shikari, Aranda, Lacey Sturm, Avatar, Monster Truck, From Ashes To New, The Glorious Sons, Wild Throne, Audiotopsy, RavenEye, City Of The Weak, and more.
"Areee Youuu Readyyy!!?" asks Korn's James "Munky" Schaffer. "Come rock with us in the Great White North. Korn can't wait for the Northern Invasion!" Read morehere.
The run of dates starts in Portland, Oregon, on March 1 and wraps up in Deadwood, South Dakota, on March 18. British rockers The Virginmarys are onboard as main support.
The band say: "We're happy to announce a whole new run of shows in the Western US this March. These gigs will feature support from the very cool and very rocking band The Virginmarys." See the dateshere.
"ZZ is comin' at'cha with the 2016 Hell Raisers Tour," says Billy Gibbons. "We getting the road ready and know you, too, are ready to rock. Gonna be a good, good time. Make that a 'good LOUD time!'" Tickets go on sale December 18 at 10 a.m. local time.
Prior to the spring shows, Gibbons will head out for a second leg of US concerts in support of his debut solo album "Perfectamundo." The Cuban music-inspired record sees the ZZ Top guitarist joined by a handpicked group of musicians dubbed The BFG's.
The 2-week winter tour kicks off January 20 in Washington, D.C. and wraps up February 6 gig in Stroudsburg, PA. See the tour dateshere.
Valla tells Collide: "After having played as session guitarist with Abbath since May this year, I have recently decided that it is time for me to leave for personal reasons.
"I thank the guys for bringing me along on such an awesome ride, and for all the new friends I made in the process. I wish the guys the best of luck in the future."
He'll return to his duties with Vredehammer, who launch their album Violator in February. Foley also cited "personal reasons" for his move. Read morehere.
Their driver and the driver of another vehicle were killed in the incident, which left frontman Jonathan Vigil, guitarist Zach Johnson and drummer Andrew Tkaczykt in critical condition. Some of them face a struggle to re-learn how to walk.
Bring Me The Horizon donated $10,000 to a crowdfunding campaign launched to help The Ghost Inside with their rehabilitation. A benefit show hosted by You Me At Six took place in London at the weekend. Read morehere.
Earlier this year, frontman Shaun Morgan said the band found it difficult to secure airplay on US radio as stations had switched their focus to "alternative" acts instead.
He said: "There's a lot of bullsh*t bands coming out and a lot of bands being ignored because they play guitar. We used to be one of the five or 10 bands they'd play all the time. If we put out a single, they'd play it because we'd done so much for them. But now they've switched and we don't get played at all."
Seether have two performances scheduled for 2016. They'll play onboard the Shiprocked Cruise on January 18 and have been confirmed for the Northern Invasion at Somerset Amphitheatre, US on May 15. Watch the videohere.
Vocalist Ralf Scheepers says: "Bullets & Tears is a powerful melodic track with a catchy guitar riff and an extraordinary melodic guitar intro, which is backed up by a choir chant later in the song.
"The story of the track is about a guy and how he went through all ups and downs in his life. He is growing stronger through every task and each disappointment he went through. The time for him has come to take his personal little revenge upon those people who gave him hell. You'll always meet twice in life." Stream the new songhere.
The lead single from the group's fifth album, "Face The Music", became their first worldwide hit, scoring Top 10 spots in several countries including a No. 10 position on the US Billboard Hot 100.
The group played "When I Was A Boy" from their newly-released album "Alone In The Universe" on the broadcast and the classic tune as a web exclusive.
Lynne's ELO will launch their 2016 live schedule with a UK tour in April followed by a series of European dates. Formed in Birmingham, UK in 1970, ELO scored hits in the 70s as a modern rock group with overtones of classical music, including "Strange Magic", "Telephone Line", "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Don't Bring Me Down", among others. Watch the Kimmel performanceshere.
Cargo in the Blood, is a deluxe 320-page book containing all the works Russell Mills created for Nine Inch Nails' last studio album. Each volume includes an original mixed media painting by Mills, specifically commissioned for the project.
The 11 pound book is only available on NIN.com and is limited to 2000 copies. It costs $300 and goes on sale today (Dec. 16) at 10 AM PT. The product is expected to ship to fans in the U.S. in late December. Read morehere.
The blues rock four-piece toured Europe with Rolling Stones last year and were specially chosen to open for them in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl in June. Bass player Nick Fyffe said in an interview with Classic Rock that the starstruck band eventually got to meet the Stones in Dusseldorf.
He said: "We were taken upstairs and led down a corridor, past a smiling Charlie Watts and into Mick's dressing room. All was tranquil and serene inside and a very welcoming Mick Jagger was there to greet us. We sat on sofas around a coffee table chatting about this and that. It was such a surreal experience that I wouldn't have been at all surprised if Elvis had popped his head round the door." Watch the videohere.
It features Billy Gibbons, Walter Trout, Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Eric Gales and Chris Duarte. They released the track I Ain't Falling Again earlier this year.
Grossi says: "More than a band, I like to see this entity as a party - a party with hosts and a bunch of friends coming over. Without the blues there is no soul and without the soul there is no feeling and groove and tension. It's our own respectful tribute to what blues means to us." Watch the teaserhere.
Van Morrison co-founded the Irish outfit in 1964 but left less than three years later, going on to establish his solo career. He recently told The Blues Magazine how the stint led to him standing still on stage, saying: "There was a lot of leaping around all the time. Very physical wasn't anything new. Because everyone else was doing it, people were saying, 'You're copying so and so.' I was going, 'Well, f*** you then,' and I'd stand still and sing.
"It's actually harder - it's more focused. It worked better because you have to evolve more as a singer. You couldn't depend on the physical thing. You just depend on your voice. I had to keep evolving as a singer." Check out the track detailshere.
Guitarist Al Heslop says: "I chose Carol Of The Bells as I've always been a fan of the harmony in particular and it just has that Christmassy atmosphere from the very first note of the melody - plus everyone loves Home Alone.
"I thought it had good scope to be given a 'rocked up' Heights feel to it, whilst keeping the main melody at the heart and trying not to be too OTT in the prog stakes. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year." Stream the track and grab the free download linkhere.
The 31 tracks that make up What We Ask Is Where We Begin were recorded in 2006 under the title of Songs For Days but was only issued as a low-key digital download and has never had a physical release until now.
Esoteric Antenna say: "It was lost for a number of reasons. Firstly, the band had yet to settle on the name Sanguine Hum, and for some rather convoluted reasons it came out as Joff Winks Band - a name universally hated by everyone in the band, especially Joff.
"Secondly, despite much initial excitement, Songs For Days failed to find a home on a record label and so appeared with minimal hurrah as a digital download only. And what a loss this was.
"It meant that only a few hardcore fans would become familiar with the epic, soaring Juniper, the twisting Mahavishnu-inspired Milo, the childhood nostalgia of Cast Adrift, the traces of Steely Dan blended with Canterbury prog or the cinematic ambient segues and instrumentals gluing the album together." Read more and check out a trailerhere.
In August, the band announced they were parting ways with drummer Ian Treacy and taking on Nicholas Barker - who has played in Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth and Testament.
Regadas said: "Everything about this band has been done with a lot of thought. There was never any intention of looking for huge, well-known musicians from the genre. It was more important to find good people. I've been asked a lot, 'Is it death metal?' To me, it's just metal, albeit with downtuned guitars and extreme vocals."
Monstrance will debut their live show at charity gig Mosh Against Cancer at the Lomax in Liverpool in May next year. Watch the videohere.
Now, in an exclusive interview with Metal Hammer magazine, the singer explains that the "desire to live" has helped her take on her bipolar disorder. She says: "There's an omnipresent taboo surrounding mental illness. I'm not afraid to confront what's really going on.
"For those struggling with the loneliness mental illness brings, try to desire to live. Everything else falls into place because then you want to feel better. I didn't give up because I desire to live. Help is out there, more than ever before. Don't be ashamed to seek treatment for mental illness." Read morehere.
The San Diego outfit said of the release: "The songs on this record are not just our stories, but yours too. You're the reason this band is able to continue, to write music, record, tour, and so much more.
"You're the reason we're here. On our new album, we wrote a few songs based off of the stories you've told us over the years. Because we've been there and watched you grow and live through them." Stream the albumhere.
The package presents the original record alongside "The River: Single Album" - originally named "The Ties That Bind" - a 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" but never released.
The 4CD/3DVD package also includes 22 outtakes from the studio sessions alongside an hour-long documentary/interview and a legendary 1980 concert filmed at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.
"The River" earned Springsteen his first No. 1 US album on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 5 million copies in the States alone. Check out the trailer and live video from the packagehere.
Frontman Adam Grahn says: "We enjoyed making something that was a dynamic journey. So you have these new adventures, these great little wild-cards along the way, stuff like Any Given Sunday, Follow The Sun and American Dream.
"Some songs just seem to fall into your hands out of nowhere, and Follow The Sun was one of those. I guess the words are open to interpretation, but to me the message is crystal clear - it's easy to have unrealistic expectations for your life, so every now and then you just have to stop and appreciate what you've already got." Read morehere.
Frontman Alex Costello, bassist Matt Roskilly, drummer Charlie Pearson, and guitarists Alex Adam and Sam Veness will hold an album release show at Eastbourne Printer's Playhouse of January 23.
The UK outfit are currently on tour across the US and will play dates across Europe early in the new year. Check out the new music video for "Hopeless Case"here.
Taylor says: "I'm more than excited about going on tour with Wilko Johnson. He has had such a huge influence on all of us and I have endless admiration for the man. It's going to be an incredible tour - bring on 2016."
Johnson is the subject of a documentary about his cancer battle and eventual successful treatment. The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson is directed by Julien Temple and is available now on DVD. See the dateshere.
"Face Down" was actually one of the last songs that we tracked for the EP. This was actually a more "on the spot" kinda thing, where a lot of the previous tracks were passed back and forth and collaborated on before actually getting into the studio.
The main theme of the song is Social Media. Social Media has evolved so much in its short life that I feel that it has become a place where we try to advertise our ideal versions of ourselves. It's like we portray how we would like to be perceived.
Unfortunately, in many cases, it's really just not accurate. Even more specifically, its about when you have that "seeing red" moment where you just can't censor yourself. That point where something has thrown you off your Social Media Game, whether it be emotion, alcohol, drugs, etc. So, you take to social media to just let it all out, and instantly, the "real" you at that moment slips out, usually more like breaks through the wall like Kool-Aid man!
Then, when the smoke clears and regret hits you, you take that post, tweet, status, whatever it is down. The fact is, people still saw that glimpse of the situation. You'll never truly erase it.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the band and EPright here!
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