The news of the departure first came to light from the band's original singer Scott Weiland who told Alternative Nation, "He's not in the band anymore" and soon after Highly Suspect singer Johnny Stevens tweeted that he was approached by Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo to join the group.
Bennington released the following statement about his departure, "The last few years have been an amazing experience. I got to create and perform with one of the greatest rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up.
"With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems to fall short. Going in to this, the four of us... Robert, Eric, Dean and myself knew what we were up against.
"We decided in due fairness to friends, fans and the legacy of STP that it needs more than time was allowing me. And in all fairness to my bandmates in Linkin Park, as well as to myself and to my family, I'm going to focus solely on Linkin Park so I can contribute 100%. It's been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park."
The band had the following to say, "What an amazing and beautiful few years we've all had together. It was our honor to play and see all of you recently on tour. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time together with Chester not only professionally, but even more so on a personal level.
"Sadly, it was evident that scheduling and time was working against us. Within this, there is a new beginning. There is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded. We have had the fortune of playing with some very talented singers over the last few months and will continue to do so until each of us feels and knows when the right person arrives."
Stone Temple Pilots will have a new singer tonight (November 9th) when they perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live with soul singer Joss Stone as Joss Stone Temple Pilots for the late night show's Mashup Mondays.
Rumors of a reunion of the original lineup, or the Use Your Illusions era, of Guns N' Roses have surfaced after Slash revealed that he and Axl Rose had settled their longtime feud.
Weiland was interviewed by Alternative Nation and was asked about his own feud with Rose and he responded, "There was a little going back and forth between the two of us at the time, but I think that Guns N' Roses are getting back together."
The site says they then pressed him on that response and he said, "I just heard that." Tommy Black, the bass player for Weiland's band The Wildabouts, added "we've heard rumors."
One reunion involved those same Guns N' Roses members that didn't come to fruition was with Weiland and Velvet Revolver. They did perform together again at a charity event in 2012 and discussed regrouping but it didn't happen.
Weiland shared his view of what prevented the reunion, "We did a show together, and there was talk about us getting back together, but Perla, Slash's ex-wife, kind of put the kibosh on everything … As far as getting back together, I thought at the time we would get back together and do a tour."
Alternative Nation will be publishing the full interview with Wieland later today (Nov. 9), in the meantime read the report featuring the GNR and Velvet Revolver reunionshere.
The lineup will consist of Blackmore, Lords Of Black singer Ronnie Romero, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau.
They'll play music from Rainbow and Deep Purple's back catalogue at the shows. Blackmore recently said his chosen vocalist was "a cross between Dio and Freddie Mercury." Read morehere.
Whispers have circulated for years that the iconic musician and father of four has kept his true sexuality a secret. But Stanley tells The Breeze: "As long as you're a good person, sexual orientation and stuff like that is totally irrelevant. That being said, I never saw a guy where I said, 'Gee, that's a close second to a woman.'
"I never looked and said, 'If I can't have that girl over there, I'm taking the bloke.' It's always persisted over time that I'm gay. If I were, I'd be proud to be whatever I am."
He adds: "That's always been really interesting, that some people can't take my comfort with sexuality, misreading it as something it's not. I scratch my head at that." Read morehere.
Hammett told Buffalo, NY radio station 103.3 The Edge WEDG-FM, "Well, you know, we're moving forward. We're hoping that the album will be released next year. It's pretty much more along the same lines as 'Death Magnetic' - kind of like that direction. And, you know, we'll see.
"We're into it. I don't wanna say that we're a third into it, or two-thirds into it, or an eighth into it, 'cause anything could happen that'll just change that number.
"But, eventually, you will see a new Metallica album, and it will most likely be in 2016, and at the very worst, at the beginning of 2017." Listen to the full interviewhere.
Here is what Svensson had to say, "Time to turn the page... I have decided to close my chapter in In Flames after finishing up this current tour.It has truly been a fantastic journey and I want to thank Anders, Björn, Peter, Jesper and Niclas from the bottom of my heart, for all great memories and experiences that we've shared during the last 17 years(!) together.
"It's hard to leave what have become my second family, but now it's time for me to take care and spend more time with the most important people in my life - my wife and my three daughters.
"Perhaps some of you of will see me again, as I will start my very own brewery in a very near future. Something I am just as passionate about as In Flames.
"I wish my friends in the band, the whole crew and everyone that's working for In Flames the very best in the future. To you, all fans around the world, I want to say, thank you, massively, for all the support you have shown during my years in the band."
Enache's heart failed while he was being transported to Switzerland for burn treatment. Medical crew spent 70 minutes in attempts to keep him alive. Guitarists Vlad Telea and Mihai Alexandru both died in the club, while vocalist Andrei Galut remains in a serious condition in a Netherlands hospital, and bassist Alex Pascu is recovering from surgery in Romania. 95 others remain in medical establishments across Europe.
Colectiv owner Alin Anastasescu and two associates were arrested and charged with homicide on November 2. Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta and his government resigned as a result of public reaction to the tragedy. Read morehere.
He'd been in a coma for several days but the decision has been made to switch off his life support after scans showed no vital signs. The band say in a statement: "It is with the heaviest hearts that we have to report our beloved drummer Brandon didn't make it.
"Doctors did everything they could to save him, but the MRI showed he is no longer with us. His family and loved ones are with him as they prepare to take him off life support and let him gently move on."
"Brandon lived his life with his whole heart. He loved music, and he loved people. He always made it a point to let everyone know how much they meant to him, and to take time to make new friends. Anyone who was lucky enough to spend even a minute with the guy knows what a blessing he was to this Earth." Read morehere.
Santana said in a statement: "We mourn the loss of my brother Raul Rekow. He was an integral member of Santana for 34 years and the heartbeat of the band.
"His presence on the stage was one of power, grace, collaboration and joy. He redefined what it means to be a conga player. My heart goes out to his family.
"Raul, may you soar in heaven in the company of your mom and dad." See Santana's posthere.
The singer and drummer last month confirmed he'd come out of retirement after rethinking his life and receiving treatment for the physical issues that had hounded him.
He reported that he only needed to practice if he wanted to play drums again - but his latest comments suggest it might not be so straightfoward. Collins tells the Telegraph: "I'd love to do it, but it puts a bit of a kibosh on it if I can't play the drums. There's no reason why the three of us can't get back together, though. We still get along - always have done.
"The voice is alright, that's the main thing. Considering a lot of people don't even know I play drums, I could get away with it. It would piss me off, because it's the reason I started doing this in the in the first place - but I'm not sure anyone else would care." Read morehere.
The track is available to purchase via iTunes and stream via Apple Music and has been launched to coincide with their upcoming show at the Troubadour, Los Angeles on November 19.
Last year, the Madden brothers released Greetings From California. Benji Madden said of the record: "The idea was to not hide behind a band name or a genre, but rather to write some songs, and find someone to record them and help us deliver the truest picture of who we are musically." Stream the new songhere.
"Golgotha is Hebrew for place of the skull," says frontman Blackie Lawless, "and it's the hill where Christ was crucified. And it's interesting, when you see a lot of bands going around using Satanic images or images of death and things like that, and I'm thinking, all they need to do is look at the source, 'cause it's right there.
"I mean, if you want death, there's enough to go around there." W.A.S.P. released a lyric video for Scream in September to coincide with their UK tour dates. Check out the new songhere.
It's the latest track lifted from the metal collective's debut album, which was released in September featuring core members David Ellefson, Alex Skolnick and Mike Portnoy.
Skolnick tells Billboard: "The lyrics are a lament on modern times, with the male voice representing an honest person at their wit's end, scarred by all the falseness and deception he's encountered in life, and dismayed at the negative impact of human behaviour on a global scale. He's balanced by the female voice. She appears as a soothing angelic presence, offering hope and a reminder to stay strong."
Scabbia adds: "The love we all have for music and what we do for a living, added to the fact that we cherish our friendship, created an even bigger explosive factor that will blow your minds." Check out the songhere.
The festival will mark the group's first performance in Sweden in over 11 years. The festival organizers sent over the following details: It has been more than 10 years since Queen last visited Sweden, playing a sold out show at the Stockholm Globe Arena. Still, they have remained in the public eye and perhaps even built on their popularity since then.
Their musical "We Will Rock You" enjoyed tremendous success in Stockholm in 2010, Queen's music is continuously played on radio and television and just this past spring a Queen tribute show toured Sweden, selling thousands of tickets for each performance date.
This coming summer, Queen's Swedish fans finally have a chance to hear and see Her Majesty in the flesh again! "This is definitely one of the largest bookings in the history of our festival," says Martin Forssman, Promotor at Sweden Rock Festival.
"For a band of this magnitude, that haven't been to Sweden in so long, to do their only concert on Sweden Rock Festival, feels fantastic. They will bring a large production, and play all of their famous songs, so it's really rigged to become a magical evening."
The band features Korn bassist Reginald 'Fieldy' Arvizu on guitar, P.O.D. drummer Noah 'Wuv' Bernardo, Arsonists singer Q-Unique and bassist Pablo 'Spider' Silva.
Raise It Up is available for pre-order via Amazon and iTunes, with those buying ahead of launch getting the title track as an instant download. Stillwell previously released a video for Mess I Made from the album. Watch the new videohere.
Produced by Bob Rock and due February 5, the band's 10th studio album is the third and final installment in a trilogy of recordings that began with 2007's "Born Into This" and 2012's "Choice Of Weapon."
"Hidden City is a metaphor for our spiritual lives, our intimate interior lives," says frontman Ian Astbury. "I find today's gurus are trying to peddle some cure, product or insight as if it's a new phenomenon. My place is to respond, not react, to observe, participate and share through words and music. There is no higher authority than the heart."
The Cult are hitting the road with Primal Scream for a series of 6 dates along the west coast of North America, with shows starting November 12 in Portland, OR. Stream the songhere.
Friday, June 10 will see Korn and Motorhead take to the stage, while Saturday's bill features Megadeth and Deftones. Disturbed and Nightwish have been confirmed for the Sunday.
Speaking about the headline acts, festival organizer Andy Copping said: "The mighty Iron Maiden back after another yet another no.1 album, the legendary Black Sabbath on their final tour and Rammstein, who blow me away every time I see them. Their headlining set at Download 2016 will make rock history." Read morehere.
And he reports he finds it easier writing and recording his own material as he finds the process "therapeutic." Moore tells The Rocktologist: "UFO is a rock band so when I write songs for that, it stylistically falls within a more defined range. Because my solo stuff is instrumental, things are more open and there are less rules so I can just explore and follow the inspiration wherever it leads."
He continues: "I am all over the place so this format is perfect for me. It's therapeutic for my schizophrenic personality, frequent mood changes, and problems staying focused with one task. I enjoy both musical realms, though." Read morehere.
Now Andy Cairns, Michael McKeegan and Neil Cooper have revealed an extra run of dates across the UK early next year. Cairns says: "After 20 years we'll be revisiting our dark follow up to Troublegum, 1995's Infernal Love. We played the album in its entirety at Sonisphere 2014 and were knocked out by the reception it got.
'These songs, inspired by past sins, written under pressure and recorded under the influence, will be brought out for another moment in the sun alongside other tracks recorded for singles in the same era.
"A blue period recorded in angry, raw reds at a time when our hearts were blackest." Read more and see the tour dateshere.
The group just concluded a small tour leg across North America with a concert at Allentown's Chicago Restaurant, Pennsylvania on Sunday night, (November 8).
But they'll head out on the road again starting next month for more shows, including an appearance on New Year's Eve with Portnoy Sr's Metal Allegiance project. See the dateshere.
The new deluxe edition version of their 2014 release features four extra tracks, including a re-worked version of Machines and an acoustic take on Millennia.
Andy Leo, David Escamilla, Brandon Hoover, Hayden Tree and Brent Taddie recently wrapped up a North American tour with Hollywood Undead and I Prevail. They'll play The Bomb Factory in Dallas on December 27. Watch the videohere.
It was filmed at London's Royal Albert Hall in April, featuring a cast of 12 actors and singers, narration from Bill Courage and guest stars Jean Savole, Chris Jericho and Dominique Lenore Persi.
Townsend recently said: "The whole thing was quite a challenge - but ultimately it worked and we were all very satisfied with it. If you enjoy what I do, you'll really dig it." Watch the videohere.
The band has been busy on the road supporting their debut album "Curse of the Damned" and played a special hometown show in Los Angeles on Saturday with Kyng. The new single "Heavy Metal Heat" video is now streaming at YouTube here.
The band had the following to say about the upcoming tour dates and new video, "What an amazing year it has been so far for Night Demon! Since the beginning of 2015, we have been on a mission to spread the gospel of metal. Starting as early as the first of the year, we traveled the states for the first month with Skull Fist, released our debut full length Curse of the Damned, came straight to Europe for ten straight weeks of concerts, some which included appearances at the Very Eavy fest and Metal Assault.
Taking no break, and coming back to America for a seventy date headlining tour, then following it up with an extensive tour of Mexico. We now find ourselves finally having some breathing room at home, but not too much, as we are currently writing and demoing songs for what will become the next Night Demon album. We recently played the Frost and Fire fest and are scheduled to perform at the Southwest Terror Fest. But never count the Demon out of touring!
"We will be again hitting the road this December for the holiday season with our brothers in Holy Grail. We love you all and appreciate the endless support. Lets finish the year strong, and gear up for a new album and much more touring to come. Time to feel the Heavy Metal Heat!"See the tour dates here.
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