The five-track title was recorded in the Saint Cecilia Hotel, Austin, Texas, while the band were on the last US leg of their Sonic Highways world tour. And they've dedicated the release to the victims of the Paris massacre, which led to the cancellation of the Foos' remaining European dates.
Mainman Dave Grohl says: "The Saint Cecilia Hotel, named after the patroness saint of music, is known as 'A lush retreat from the world.' That it is - 14 rooms and a small bar, tucked away in the trees within a bustling, neighborhood.
"As our van pulled up in the wee hours of September 30, 2015, I was struck with a rather impulsive idea: to record some songs on our days off, to give the world as a 'thank you' for the last two years.
"Returning to the city where the entire Sonic Highways concept was born, loading in one last time to a room that was never designed to be a recording studio a la Sonic Highways, and making some music! Fate? Destiny?
"The office was transformed into a control room and the bar was littered with microphones and cables. Amps were in the kitchen. Drums in front of the fireplace. Margaritas were made, friends came to visit, the sun went down, and before long we started making enough noise to drive the neighbors to start drinking along with us." Read morehere.
Five Finger Death Punch released the following message to fans explaining the cancelation, "As some of you may be aware, there were many rumors today that the Milan, Italy show on Sunday, November 22nd will be targeted in a next wave of terror attacks like we saw in Paris last week.
"We did our best in a very short amount of time to work with the local promoter and authorities to ensure that security would be adequate. Unfortunately, we did not receive confirmation in time to satisfy our requirements and to ensure that our fans would be safe at the event. Therefore, we were forced to postpone the show to a later date."
Blythe posted the following on his Randonesia blog, "At the request of management, I have agreed to write a post concerning our recently cancelled tour of Europe. I wouldn't have bothered to do this on my own, since a rather self-explanatory general statement has already been made explaining our reasons for leaving and that seems more than sufficient to me- the basic gist of the post was that something specific occurred that made some of us in the band feel that it was unwise to continue on with the tour, potentially putting ourselves, our crew, and large numbers of defenseless people in harm's way. Simple enough. And I won't elaborate on the details of that occurrence here, since I have no wish to add to the atmosphere of speculation and fear that currently surrounds terrorist activities in Europe- there are way too many ill-informed running mouths across the globe making an already tense, highly complex, and extremely fluid situation on that continent even worse. I feel pretty ridiculous even writing this (who knew deciding to cancel a tour after venues you have played start getting blown up would require any sort of explanation to anyone?), but since I have been asked nicely to do so by the people I employ to manage my band, I will.
"And as one of the band members who said 'I am done here,' I will speak solely for myself, not my band as a whole. I have no problem with this because, well, because frankly I don't give a rat's ass what most people think of me in general- historically, other people's opinions of what I should or shouldn't do or say hasn't made much of an impact on my decision making process, and it's not about to start now. Besides, I'm already more than used to being the bad guy, so I won't lose any sleep over the inevitable pissy internet comments. That kind of stuff just isn't significant enough to keep me up at night, and I don't pay much attention to it anyway- I'll leave that to the hand-wringers and gossipmongers who have nothing better to do. So here is what I have to say, and it's all I'm going to say on this matter, PERIOD- those with just half of a functional brain in their heads will easily understand, the restů well, who really gives a f*** what you (don't) think anyway? Certainly not me."Read the rest of his post here.
Page was on hand at the Experience Music Project to receive a Founder's Award and, despite assurances that he would not play, the guitarist joined a cast of fellow rockers for the final song of the evening, according to Rolling Stone.
Page hopped on stage to deliver the Zeppelin tune alongside vocalists Paul Rodgers, William DuVall of Alice In Chains and Moke's John Hogg, eight guitarists including Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and EMP founder and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, bassists Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) and Tesla's Brian Wheat and former Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin.
In addition to Page's honor, the benefit event was a fund-raiser for the Seattle museum's youth-arts education efforts. The evening featured a lineup of guests performing tunes from Page's career, including former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson and Nirvana's Krist Novoselic. Check out videohere.
"Delta Deep has this great Christmas song reminiscent of the 1940's jazz era," explains Collen. "We didn't plan it that way but that's just how the song came out. We love it because it's not like your traditional Christmas song. It's a track that can literally be played year round simply because it's mellow and full of that smoky blues sound that's a part of all of us."
Delta Deep released their self-titled debut album earlier this year. The set includes guest appearances by Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott, Whitesnake's David Coverdale, Sex Pistols/Manraze drummer Paul Cook and Girl/Manraze bassist Simon Laffy.
Def Leppard's new, self-titled album recently debuted at No. 10 on the UB Billboard 200. Read more and stream the new songhere.
Rumours have begun circulating once more after guitarist Slash revealed he and frontman Rose had settled their long-standing differences. Clarke tells California Rock News: "I hope it happens. I honestly have no information, but I hope it happens.
"It's great for music. It's great for rock music. It was a great band. Everybody's alive, healthy. It should happen." Clarke joined GnR after Izzy Stradlin's departure in 1991, then joined Slash's Snakepit in 1994 before focusing on solo work two years later.
He recently admitted that he was unlikely to be invited to return, saying: "I've got to be realistic - the fans want the original five guys, and I do too. It would be great to see that." Watch the full interviewhere.
Officer Andrew Ricks of the City Of Sanford Police Department joined Vital Remains onstage at West End Trading Co venue in Sanford and helped introduce their track Let The Killing Begin. A video was sent to Chief Cecil B Smith who reacted by bringing the officer's impending resignation forward.
Now Smith says that Ricks' stunt was the latest in a string of incidents which cumulatively resulted in his sacking. But he adds that Ricks' actions were inappropriate, especially in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.
He tells The Daily Beast: "'Let the killing begin' is not an appropriate response to anything, considering the tensions between law enforcement and the communities, and considering the circumstances of things that have taken place in Paris and around our country. The last thing I want to do is have anyone be in fear of one of our police officers.
"For folks to believe that he was terminated because of the circumstances isn't true. What would have probably happened if Officer Ricks had remained on the job, is that we would have completed the internal investigation, for which he would have most likely received some form of discipline." Read more and watch the performancehere.
In total, 130 people were murdered in the French capital by gunmen and suicide bombers. Extremist group IS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
In a brief trailer for a longer interview due to be released next week, Hughes tells Vice: "Several people hid in our dressing room and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them, except for a kid that was hiding under my leather jacket.
"People were playing dead and they were so scared. A great reason why so many were killed is because so many people wouldn't leave their friends. So many people put themselves in front of people."
Hughes is joined by bandmate Josh Homme in the interview. Homme was not with the band in Paris. Watch the full interviewhere.
BMTH say: "Yesterday as we came offstage we heard that our good friends in The Ghost Inside were involved in a terrible collision whilst on their tour bus in America.
"Unfortunately the drivers in both vehicles sadly passed away, and a large number of the band and crew have sustained serious injuries and are currently in care. Our thoughts are currently with the band, crew and families of all involved in this horrible accident.
"We first toured with The Ghost Inside in 2008 and have remained good friends with them since. Proceeds from our merchandise on this tour have been donated to a GoFundMe account set up to help with medical bills. We urge our fans to get involved and help with whatever you can donate too." Read morehere.
Now the band has confirmed that his stand-in, Justin Shekoski of Saosin, will be staying on in a permanent role as the group gears up for a 15th anniversary tour.
The Utah outfit say: "Nothing can ever detract from the magic of the relationships that helped create the music that is The Used. For these beautiful memories we will be forever grateful.
"Quinn will not be returning to the band and Justin will be taking his place. The journey so far has been amazing, and we continue to feel very positive about what lies ahead." Read morehere.
The album was their first studio material since 2010's Asylum. The band will head out on a US tour in 2016 and have also been confirmed for next year's Download at Donington Park on the weekend on June 10-12.
Draiman recently revealed the band struggled to get noticed in their early days, saying they were "blacklisted" for not being cool enough in their native Chicago. Watch the videohere.
The typically eye-catching promo is directed by Ivan Landau, Edgar Alvarez and Webster Colcord and features the journey of a boiled sweet as it's picked up off the street by a boy.
Claypool tells Bass Player: "When we finished up the last album cycle, I had this idea of taking on some sort of sacred cow, either with my band or with Primus. And then when Herb came back, we were all excited about Primus.
"I always had the creepy Candy Man idea in my head, so it kind of stemmed from there. Every year, we do a New Year's show with a theme, so last year we decided to do the Wonka theme and play some of the songs from the Wonka soundtrack in our own way.
"Next thing I knew, we were doing the entire record. It just fell together so nicely. It's one of the smoothest undertakings I've done in a long time." Watch videohere.
In a statement, AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young said it was "an absolute honor" to be recognized in the 10th year of the Hall of Fame. "Victoria has a special place in our hearts, especially the early years of the band. Thank you for the induction into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame."
Music Victoria chief executive Patrick Donovan said AC/DC became "a sensation on Ripponlea-based Countdown as soon as the show exploded colorfully onto national TV" and soon launched themselves on the world.
"Two of the world's best axemen, Angus on lead and Malcolm on rhythm, forging some of the biggest, baddest riffs we'll ever know," said Donovan. "They moved to Melbourne, sharing a rental house in Landsdowne Road, St Kilda where they jammed and practiced, played blues records and wrote songs through the day and night." Read morehere.
Both tunes are available as instant downloads with pre-orders of "Victorious", which was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O'Brien.
Due February 19, "Victorious" sees sole original member vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale also handle bass duties and joined on the project by drummers Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Bruce Springsteen, A Perfect Circle) and Joey Waronker (Air, Beck, REM).
Stockdale began working on the record this past January at his Byron Bay studio in New South Wales, writing on every instrument and embracing the same creative approach he used on the band's debut album a decade ago.
"Back in the early days, I'd play guitar, bass, and drums and then present the ideas to the band and we'd work on the arrangement together," says Stockdale. "I thought it would be cool to get back to demoing ideas by myself and playing everything. It's a good way to do things because it can make the style more cohesive.
"We wanted to get back to that big sound. The album is a balance of garage-y energy and big production. It's wild, energetic and perfect for a festival main stage." Check out the songshere.
Entombed added the AD to their name after they split with guitarist Alex Hellid. A single from the album is due in December. Guitarist Nico Elgstrand says: "After festering an eon inside the belly of the beast, it finally disposed of us. I'm not gonna tell you out of which orifice we were spawned, but I will tell you it was demeaning in the true sense of the word.
"From this horrible experience came the urge to express ourselves through sound and so we did. Now, it's done and we can only look proudly back on what we have created - a damn sinister sounding record. You might not be able to comprehend it, but you won't be able to deny it either." Read morehere.
Tesseract bassist Amos Williams says: "We are always very keen to take unusual, unique, and creative acts out on tour with us. Bands like The Algorithm and Chimp Spanner have, in the past, allowed us to create a diverse and entertaining package.
"Continuing in the fashion, we are excited to announce that Nordic Giants are joining us and The Contortionist for the UK leg of the Polaris World Tour.
"Nordic Giants are a blissful mix of post rock, electronica prog. And along with The Contortionist will help us create a fantastic evening of boundary breaking noise." See the tour dateshere.
The track is a tribute to ice hockey's hardmen, known as 'enforcers.' Guitarist Jeremy Widerman says: "We wanted to write a raucous and anthemic tribute to our favorite sport, hockey.
"A rock'n'roll salute to enforcers everywhere who live by the unspoken code that demands retribution for a fallen teammate. Something that could serve as the soundtrack to a highly anticipated game and as the victory song after a crowd raising fight or goal."
On the album, frontman Jon Harvey adds: "Rock'n'roll should be a celebration. We try to do that as much as we can. Everything in life should be a celebration." Stream the songhere.
The first festival pushed Gabriel close to financial ruin, leading to his one-off reunion with Genesis for the Six Of The Best show later that year. Since then WOMAD has continued to grow, with five events on its current schedule, including a return to Charlton Park, Wiltshire, on July 28-31.
Gabriel's efforts will be recognized when he's presented with the Outstanding Contribution To Festivals Award at the UK Festival Awards & Conference 2015, at London's Roundhouse on November 26. Read morehere.
Meanwhile, an appearance set for November 25 at Wolverhampton's Wolfrun Hall has been cancelled due to refurbishments taking place at the venue.
Holman says: "As some of you may know I dislocated my shoulder whilst performing the other night. I went to hospital and they put it back in for me but I am now in a sling and do not have much mobility in my arm.
"The doctor said I can't drum for the next few weeks or there is a good chance it will come out again and cause some serious long-term damage. Therefore, we are going to have to pull out of the remaining shows of our November UK tour and they will be rescheduled to the dates below in January." Read more including the rescheduled dateshere.
One of the band's Nameless Ghouls tells AMBY: "We have a list of songs that we want to record. But the album took a lot of time and the recording ended up being a procedure that allowed for very little extra material.
"Whereas many bands go into the studio and record 17 songs, choose 13 and then leave the rest as an extra topping later, we never really got to do that. So we're trying to figure out: should we record an EP? When are we supposed to do that? We're basically on tour from now until December 2016." Read morehere.
It follows Asia's 2014 album Gravitas, recorded after he replaced Steve Howe in the veteran outfit. Electric Classical is available now in CD and digital formats.
Coulson says: "I'm very proud of my first solo album. It's 10 of my favourite classical pieces, played on a couple of Fender Stratocasters. I really enjoyed recording them - I hope you enjoy listening." Check out a promo videohere.
The band includes Magenta mainman Rob Reed as well as Andy Edwards from Frost*, Luke Machin of Maschine and The Tangent, and Dylan Thompson from Shadow Of The Sun.
Kiama feature in the latest issue of Prog magazine, in which they explain their blend of prog and classic rock styles. Edwards says: "Rob and I came up with the idea when we were recording Magenta's The Twenty Seven Club.
"We were doing the drums in Rockfield Studios, which is where Rush recorded A Farewell To Kings and Queen did Bohemian Rhapsody. We started talking about the bands we grew up listening to and why those albums were so good for being recorded in that way.
"So it started with the idea of forming a band, writing together and then going into a room and recording together." Watch the videohere.
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