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Day in Rock Report for 09/21/2015



U2 Concert Evacuated Due To Security Breach

(hennemusic) U2's September 20 show at The Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden was postponed over security concerns. Swedish news outlet Aftonbladet reports local police were called after a man claiming to be a police officer showed a gun at security check and was then let inside the arena.

"Due to a security breach, Stockholm's The Globen evacuated the audience from the building this evening," said the band. "As the breach has not been resolved quickly and as audience safety is paramount, the police have advised The Globen and Live Nation that they have no option but to postpone tonight's show, to a rescheduled date of Tuesday 22nd September.

"All tickets from Sunday 20th September are valid for Tuesday 22nd September. The organizers apologize for the inconvenience caused and thank the audience for their understanding. Their safety is the priority." Read more here.

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Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile Hospitalized After Being Electrocuted

Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile revealed to fans via Twitter this weekend that he was hospitalized on Friday after he was apparently electrocuted.

He tweeted on Saturday afternoon, "Spent the last 24 hours in hospital. I've been 'electrocuted' by mic, working, etc. before, but never to the extent of yesterday. Nothing to show from it other than burns on my fingers. Lucky to be alive, but today feel like I was ran over by a truck. Close call for the heart."

This was not the first time that the singer has been hospitalized this summer. The band was forced to cancel their Full Circle Tour in early June after Carlile was hospitalized with heart related issues associated with a genetic disorder called Marfan syndrome. He had surgery a short time later.

According to The Marfan Foundation's website, "Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue. Connective tissue holds all the body's cells, organs and tissue together. It also plays an important role in helping the body grow and develop properly."

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Rush Releasing DVD From Final Tour

(Classic Rock) Rush will release a live DVD shot during their "final tour" in November, it's been revealed. It was filmed over two shows in Toronto in June, after the trio had announced a North American road trip that they expected to be the last of its kind.

The three-hour package includes a number of tracks that have never been played live before, or never previously filmed. A single of Roll The Bones will be released on September 25.

Fan site RushIsABand.com reports: "Unlike other concert DVDs where the look is the same throughout, this show has an extensive setup that changes multiple times. As the set list moves back in time, the stage setup reflects the band's stage setup from that period in their career." Read more here.

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Video Of Metallica's Full Rock In Rio Set Goes Online

(hennemusic) Metallica headlined the Rock In Rio festival in Brazil on September 19 and video of the band's full 2-hour-plus performance has been posted online. The veteran metal band topped Saturday's bill at the 30th anniversary event, which also included Motley Crue, Korn and Royal Blood, among others.

The Rock In Rio date marks Metallica's final scheduled live show of 2015. In between live dates, the group have been in the studio this past year working on the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic."

In April, guitarist Kirk Hammett revealed that he lost hundreds of riff ideas for the band's next album when he lost his phone late last year. "I lost my iPhone containing two hundred and fifty musical ideas," said Hammett. "And I was crushed. It didn't get backed up. And when it happened, I was bummed out for about two or three days. I walked into the house. My wife saw me and she said, 'Uh-oh, what's wrong? Did you get a phone call from a relative?' I said, 'No.' She said, 'What's going on?' I told her, and she understood."

"I just plain lost it," he added. "I can't find it. I'm still looking for it to this day. I just set it somewhere and… It still might turn up. I'm hoping it will. To try to remember those riffs…? I can only remember, like, eight of 'em. So I just chalked it down to maybe it just wasn't meant to be and I'll just move forward with it." Watch video of their Rock In Rio set here.

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AC/DC Too Loud For Chicago

(Classic Rock) AC/DC thrilled thousands of fans at Chicago's Wrigley Field this past week as they continue the North American leg of their Rock Or Bust World Tour - but some nearby residents weren't so impressed.

According to the Chicago Tribune, between 15 and 20 neighbors of the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium called a local politician's office to complain about the noise from the sold-out concert.

The band played a two-hour set between 8pm and 10pm last Tuesday (September 15th) and were finished well before the stadium's curfew of 11pm. Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Score No. 1 Album In 24 Countries

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden have reached the number 1 spot in 24 countries with latest album The Book Of Souls. They've also secured top-four placings in 10 other locations, with more best-selling results expected soon.

The NWOBHM giants' first-ever double-length studio release was already confirmed as the UK's top seller. It's also at number 1 in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The follow-up to 2010's The Final Frontier sits at number 2 in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, New Zealand and Poland. It's at number 3 in Turkey and number 4 in South Africa and the USA. Read more here.

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Motley Crue's Full Rock In Rio Performance Posted Online

(hennemusic) Motley Crue performed at Brazil's Rock In Rio on September 19 and video of the band's full set has been posted online. Appearing a bill headlined by Metallica, the Crue's 75-minute appearance opened with the title track to group's 1987 album, "Girls, Girls, Girls", before running through a greatest hits overview of the career.

"Thank you to all the fans at @rockinrio tonight," tweeted bassist Nikki Sixx. "What a rush." Motley Crue played a pair of shows in Mexico last week ahead of their Rock In Rio appearance, and will resume the last North American leg of their farewell tour in Hidalgo, TX on October 5 as they head down the home stretch of final live appearances.

The next three months will see the band play dates in Canada, the UK, Europe and the US before wrapping up their live career with three shows in late December at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, closing things out on New Year's Eve. Watch the video here.

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John Bush Wants To Be Paid For Anthrax Albums

(Classic Rock) Former Anthrax vocalist John Bush says he has been fighting for years to secure fair payment for his work with the band but says they are currently ironing out the issue. Bush was Anthrax's singer 1992 to 2005 and had a short second spell in 2009, before being replaced by Joey Belladonna.

He recorded five albums with Anthrax - Sound Of White Noise, Stomp 442, Volume 8: The Threat Is Real, We've Come For You All and The Greater Of Two Evils. But he says he has not been properly compensated for his work or for album sales since he left.

Current Armored Saint frontman Bush tells The Jasta Show: "I probably shouldn't be saying this, but I'm saying it. I'm out there signing Anthrax records I made. I just wanna be paid for the records made and sold.

"I'm super proud of all the music I made in Anthrax, I just wanna be paid for it. I don't even get statements. It was a pain in the butt." Bush says that he is working towards a solution and that he hopes a satisfactory end is in sight.

He adds: "We're going through it right now. We're ironing it out. There's a new accounting company, and they seem to be on the up and up now. I've been paid, I just haven't been paid consistently and not updated. It's all good. We'll work it out - I hope. It's been a little frustrating." Listen to the full interview here.

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The Beatles' First Recording Contract Fetches Big Sum At Auction

(Classic Rock) The Beatles' first recording contract was recently sold at auction. The 1961 paperwork fetched $75,000 at the event held by Heritage Auctions in New York.

The deal resulted in the recording of a single called My Bonnie, released under the band name Tony Sheridan And The Beat Brothers. The song impressed Brian Epstein, who went on to become the manager of the band which became The Beatles.

In the early 60s, The Beatles performed at nightclubs in Hamburg, where the contract was signed. They had been backing British singer Tony Sheridan at Hamburg's Top Ten Club.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and drummer Pete Best signed the six-page contract, which was sold by the estate of Beatles collector Uwe Blaschke. Best was later replaced by Ringo Starr. Read more here.

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Aborted Parting Ways With Danny Tunker

Aborted has announced that guitarist Danny Tunker will be amicably leaving the group to "pursue a different path in life" following their upcoming shows in Cairo and Tel Aviv.

The band had the following to say, "So sometimes there's good news and sometimes there's not so good news .Today is one of the not so good news days. After three amazing years guitarist Danny Tunker decided he needed to step back from the band and pursue a different path in life. Combining a normal life and day job became too stressful to combine with our heavy schedule and even if we are sad to see him go, we completely understand his decision and support him in doing what makes him happy in life.

"We had 3 great years with Danny and we all felt like a big family so we ask you all to show respect towards both Danny, his decision and the band, there is no bad blood, there is no need for any drama or gossip.

Tunker had the following statement, "After a lot of soul searching for the past few months I've decided to part ways with Aborted. It's been a hell of a ride and I want to thank to guys for all the good, bad and in between times. There's no bad blood and I wish the band all the best, but I needed a change.

"I will still play the shows in Cairo and Tel Aviv and then on to different ventures (several of which I'm working on right now). And of course continue/expand my involvement with Alkaloid.

"So, once again, thanks to the band and everyone who made the past 3+ years completely unforgettable."

The band also revealed their plans to look for his replacement, "We will be trying out several candidates in the next few weeks and fear not, none of the shows will be cancelled. We are working hard on the next full-length album and we have another surprise to be unleashed before the end of the year.

"So even if this something we didn't want to happen, things go on and we intend to keep giving 200% for all you guys out there and wish Danny all the best with his new endeavors."

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B.B. King Has Street Named After Him In Memphis

(Gibson) B.B. King may be gone, but he certainly won't be forgotten in Memphis, Tennessee. Wednesday 16 September would have been King's 90th birthday, and the city has renamed a street in the legendary bluesman's honor.

A portion of Third Street between Jackson Avenue and Crump Boulevard is now called B.B. King Boulevard. "We all know about his history, singing and guitars, born into a sharecropper's family on September 16, 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi," said Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton. The move is one that is welcomed by the local music community and scene, which is also a huge tourism draw.

"You don't just hear the blues, you feel the blues and Memphis music," Silky O'Sullivan's owner Joellyn Sullivan told WMC Action News. Sullivan's is based at the corner of Beale Street and B.B. King Boulevard. Read more here.

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Alexisonfire Is 'Officially Back' For Good

(TeamRock Radio) Alexisonfire have confirmed their reunion is permanent and promised fans they'll "never leave you again." The band had split in 2012 after a string of farewell shows.

The Canadian post-hardcore heroes announced earlier this year that they had reunited for a run of summer festival dates, but they didn't say whether they were back together for good.

During the band's performance at Riot Fest in Toronto at the weekend, guitarist Wade MacNeil said: "We promise to never leave you again. No more sentimental sh*t. Alexisonfire is officially back." Read more here.

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Eric Clapton's Slowhand At 70 Set For Release

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton will release "Slowhand At 70 - Live At The Royal Albert Hall" on November 13. Available on DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD, and in a Deluxe Edition, the project captures the guitarist during his 7-show run at the famed London venue in May in honor of his 70th birthday in March.

The series of shows also marked Clapton's 50 years in the music business and more than 200 performances at The Royal Albert Hall. The Deluxe Edition contains the DVD and 2CDs of the 2015 show plus a bonus DVD of Clapton performances at the Royal Albert Hall across the years.

The Cream Farewell Tour from 1968, the Journeyman tour from 1990, a UN Benefit Concert performance with Zucchero from 2004, the Cream Reunion shows from 2005 and a Prince's Trust Benefit performance from 2010 are all included and packaged with a 12"x12" 60 page hardback photobook.

As a bonus on DVD / Blu-ray formats, there's an extra live track "Little Queen Of Spades." Read more including the track details and see a performance clip from the show here.

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Queensryche Streaming New Song 'Hellfire'

(hennemusic) Queensryche are premiering "Hellfire", a track from their forthcoming album, "Condition Human." Due October 2, the project marks vocalist Todd La Torre's second album with the Seattle band following their 2013 self-titled release and a split with original singer Geoff Tate.

The group have previewed the new album with the release of the lead single, "Arrow Of Time", and its follow-up, "Guardian." Queensryche are currently playing dates with Scorpions on the German group's fall North American tour.

The band's 15th album, "Condition Human" was produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary) and recorded in the band's native state of Washington. Check out the song here.

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Children Of Bodom Streaming New Song 'I Hurt'

(TeamRock Radio) Children Of Bodom have released a lyric video for their track I Hurt. It's lifted from their ninth album entitled I Worship Chaos, out on October 2 via Nuclear Blast.

The band recorded the follow-up to 2013's Halo Of Blood as a four-piece, following the departure of guitarist Roope Latvala in May. Frontman Alexi Laiho said: "It was more work for me obviously, because I was working double shifts with the guitars. I didn't mind - if anything, I think it sounds tighter than ever.

"Surprisingly it went very smoothly. Roope and the rest of us parted ways three days before hitting the studio. I think that it brought all of us ever closer and made us work harder." Check out the new song here.

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Soulfly Recruit Havok's Mike Leon

(TeamRock Radio) Soulfly have revealed that they have recruited Havok's Mike Leon as their new bass player. Leon replaces Tony Campos, who left earlier this year to join Fear Factory.

Soulfly mainman Max Cavalera says: "I'm really excited to announce that Mike Leon is going to be playing bass on our upcoming North American tour. I'm a big fan of Mike's work and having him in Soulfly is going to bring some of the killer thrash metal vibe to the band. He's a great guy and I can't wait to be on stage tearing it up with Mike. See you in the pit."

Leon says he's thrilled to be hooking up with Cavalera, who he's followed since he was a child. He adds: "It is an indescribable feeling to be joining up to shred with Soulfly. I've been a fan of Max and his music since I was a little kid, and to be playing with him and the guys now is truly unbelievable." Read more here.

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Killswitch Engage Helping Colleague's Cancer Fight

(TeamRock Radio) Killswitch Engage are asking fans to snap up t-shirts to help their travel agent pay for cancer treatment. The band have worked with Laurie Mcintyre for years and they are donating proceeds from the sale of a t-shirt bearing the lyrics to their track No End In Sight from their 2013 album Disarm The Descent.

Frontman Jesse Leach says: "Laurie has been our friend and faithful hardworking travel agent for years. She is now battling cancer and she needs our help.

"So we decided to extend a hand to all of you to help us help her. Laurie is the one that ensures we arrive at shows in a timely manner and have adequate accommodations etc. She is a hard-working lady and we are honoured to help her fight.

"She needs as much help as she can get as fighting cancer is anything but cheap. KSE family, let's do this. Buy a shirt and help kick cancer's ass. All profits go to Laurie to help her with her fight." Read more here.

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Parkway Drive Streaming New Song 'Fractures'

(TeamRock Radio) Parkway Drive have released a stream of their track Fractures. It comes from the Australian outfit's fifth album Ire, out on September 25 via Epitaph. It follows the release of Crushed, Sound Of Violence, and Bottom Feeder.

Frontman Winston McCall spoke to Metal Hammer about why they decided to move away from their metalcore sound on the follow-up to 2012's Atlas. He said: "We had a band meeting, and it turned out all of us were thinking the same thing: none of us would get creative fulfilment out of writing another Parkway metalcore album.

"It was a really odd point to be at; we didn't want to stop what Parkway was about, but at the same time there had to be a different way of doing it. It took a hell of a long time to get our heads around what that actually meant." Stream the song here.

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David Gilmour In The Studio For Rattle That Lock Release

(ITS) The latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock features the voice and guitar of Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, to discuss the latest chapter in his post-Floyd portfolio, Rattle That Lock. The show sent over the following details:

Whether interpreting a Roger Waters' second-person rumination from forty years ago on Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here or singing a verse which wife/lyricist Polly Samson (who also joins us) wrote last night, throughout his long illustrious career David Gilmour has sung the thoughts and observations of others. "It takes thought and it takes concentration," David admits, "I mean you have to live and breathe and believe the words you're saying, and with most of Roger's (Waters) brilliant lyrics and with Polly's lyrics too, I find that I can do that."

Since his first foray apart from Pink Floyd in 1978, Rattle That Lock is only Gilmour's fourth solo venture, and his first since 2006's On An Island. On Rattle That Lock Gilmour gets his groove on with the song "Today", flirts with pop on the catchy title track, reminds us all of the human toll of war with "In Any Tongue" , and may be a Grammy contender for instrumental of the year with "And Then...".

Speaking to InTheStudio host Redbeard, David Gilmour addresses perhaps the single most divisive yet insidious human response. "I think there is still an enormous amount of prejudice against all sorts of people, women, people of different sexual orientation, religions. The world is rife with prejudice still and we're deluded if we think it's gone away... I think it will take centuries for a lot of the prejudice at the core of people's being to go away."

Stream the episode here.

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Ugly Kid Joe Stream New Song 'She's Already Gone'

(Classic Rock) Ugly Kid Joe have released a stream of their new track "She's Already Gone." The song comes from the band's brand new studio album " Uglier Than They Used Ta Be."

Uglier Than They Used Ta Be - their first full-length studio album since 1996's Motel California, was released on Friday (September 18) thanks to a successful PledgeMusic campaign.

Whitfield Crane and co previously released Hell Ain't Hard To Find from the record, which also features Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell and a cover of Ace Of Spades. Stream the song here.

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Sebastian Bach Looks Back On 'Crazy' Pantera Tour

(Classic Rock) Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach has hailed Pantera as the "craziest" band he ever toured with. The two bands toured together in the early 1990s and Bach was blown away by Phil Anselmo and co's pre-gig antics.

In an interview on Australian television, Bach tells The Morning Show: "The craziest tour I did was with a band called Pantera. They were the craziest.

"I warm up my voice doing scales - all this boring vocal stuff - and they would warm up by doing 14 shots of Crown Royal. 'We're ready. Let's go!'" Read more here.

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Megadeth's New Album Was A Fun Challenge For Dave Ellefson

(Classic Rock) Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson says the band's upcoming 15th album "challenged" him as a musician. No title or release date have been revealed for the record, which is expected to be issued in late 2015 or early 2016. But Ellefson says the work features some "very progressive, complex lines".

He tells Top Guitar: "It was one of those fun challenges to record, which is cool. It's nice to have that after all these years, especially after all the records we've made together - to feel challenged. So it was cool. It's incredibly good. I'm excited for people to hear it."

The album saw Ellefson and mainman Dave Mustaine joined by Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler and Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro, who were brought in to replace Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover. Watch the full interview here.

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Slayer Go Behind The Scenes Of New Song 'Cast The First Stone'

(Classic Rock) Slayer have released a behind-the-scenes studio clip of the band recording their track Cast The First Stone. The song is included on the band's latest album Repentless, which was released on September 11. In the clip, guitarist Kerry King explains how he wrote the song during a brief spell of rest in Greece.

King says: "We had three days off in Athens. We lost a show in Turkey because of political unrest so we went straight to Greece and I went, 'You know what, I'm gonna use this time to write a song.'

"There's where I wrote Cast The First Stone. The whole tune, I finished it in Greece. If we ever play that song in Greece, I'm sure they're gonna like that song because I wrote it there." Watch the video here.

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The Mission Announce New 36-Track Compilation

(Classic Rock) The Mission will release a compilation album titled Singles A's & B's on September 25. The 36-track, two-disc collection features all 15 of Wayne Hussey and co's charting singles.

Those singles include Serpent's Kiss, Wasteland, Tower Of Strength, Butterfly On A Wheel and Beyond The Pale. The anthology also has remixes and previously unreleased edits.

Hussey, bassist Craig Adams and guitarist Simon Hinkler reunited for the release of 2013's The Brightest Light, which also featured drummer Mike Kelly. Hussey issued his solo album Songs Of Candlelight And Razorblades last year. Check out the cover art and track details here.

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Chris Cornell Discusses Soundgarden New Album Plans

(Classic Rock) Chris Cornell says that he and his Soundgarden bandmates will push ahead with writing the follow-up to 2012's King Animal this year - but they're under no pressure to record.

The singer confirmed in August that work had begun on their seventh studio album, with the band posting a picture of them in the studio earlier this month.

He tells Guitar World Magazine (via Blabbermouth): "Before the end of the year, we'll certainly be working on writing a lot, but I don't see us recording it.

"I think we're going to make serious headway. The thing about us is we don't use a calendar. That's the only quantifier we use. It's the only rule we carved out when we got back together."

He reports there's no "stress or tension" in the camp. Read about that here.

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Caspian Streaming New Song 'Arcs Of Command'

(Prog) Caspian have released a stream of their track Arcs Of Command from their fourth album Dust And Disquiet. It's to be released on September 25 via Big Scary Monsters, and comes ahead of a European tour that starts with six UK dates.

The band say of the track: "The last two years have been a relentless whirlwind in many ways, and we wanted to try and write a song that captured the intense end of that spectrum.

"We threw the kitchen sink into this track - no regrets, full tilt." Dust And Disquiet, is the follow-up to 2012's Waking Season. Check out the stream of the new song here.

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Queen and Adam Lambert's Full Rock in Rio Performance Posted Online

(hennemusic) Queen and Adam Lambert headlined opening night of the 30th anniversary of the Rock In Rio festival in Brazil on September 18 and video of the band's full set has been posted online.

The group opened their 2-hour set with "One Vision" from 1986's "A Kind Of Magic" and delivered one hit after another from one of rock's deepest song catalogues. The show included covers of Lambert's solo single, "Ghost Town", and guitarist Brian May's solo tune, "Last Horizon."

"Rock In Rio...you smashed it!," tweeted the band. "WOW can you sing!" Joining Queen on the event's opening night bill were One Republic and The Script.

Queen's appearance marked the band's return after opening the inaugural event in 1985 with original lead singer Freddie Mercury. The band's opening night on January 11, 1985 at Rio's custom built City of Rock exploded the record books, drawing an audience of over 250,000. The band's second appearance on January 18 brought their total Rock in Rio audience beyond 500,000.

Televised to over 60 countries across the world, Queen's 1985 performance were watched by nearly 200 million people. Queen albums occupied all top ten places in the Brazilian album chart and "Love Of My Life" became a new Brazilian anthem. Watch video of Queen's set here.

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Tony Banks Talks 'A Chord Too Far' In New Video Interview

(Classic Rock) Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks is the focus of an hour-long video interview premiered by Prog. It's been filmed by Cherry Red Records to promote the launch of his solo career anthology A Chord Too Far, released in July.

In the video, Banks - recipient of this year's Prog God Award at the Progressive Music Awards - explains his reasoning for the release of the "A Chord Too Far" box set.

He says, "One of the reasons for putting it out is that, people who've liked what Genesis have done and my contribution to that, might be quite interested, because they didn't get a great hearing first time out. It got less and less as the years went by - while the music got better." Watch the full video here.

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Singled Out: Metaspherical's Cloth Of Ought To

Metaspherical tell us about their single "Cloth Of Ought To" which features Kelly Shaefer (Atheist/Neurotica), Jason Morley (Metaspherical), Gene Hoglan (Testament/Dethklok/Dark Angel), Travis Morgan (ex-Atheist), Shawn Bowen (DidgesChrist Superdrum/Neurotica), and Andy LaRocque (King Diamond/Death). Here is the story:

In an ever changing industry plagued by mediocrity of content and increasing economic difficulties, metal music is in dire need of a revitalization. Metaspherical delivers this thoroughly by not only rejecting said difficulties, but forging a new path for musicians and their working methods alike.

The project began with the intention of showing how artists from around the world could play together despite occupying different countries or subgenres of metal. To do this, help was enlisted from some of the most accomplished names in metal worldwide. As of now, featured artists include former and present members from such bands as, Atheist, Cynic, Death, King Diamond, Origin, Steve Vai, Testament, Voivod, & Zimmer's Hole as well as some mind-blowingly talented lesser known artists. All these incredible contributors originate from or currently reside in a plethora of countries including Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, ,,,, , and the United States. Together, these musicians and artists bring aspects of many different subgenre's of metal to the table to assemble a much more enormous picture - a collection of music only worthy of a true brotherhood of metal.

From the words of Metaspherical's guitarist/creator Jason Morley, "the way that this first track came together for the global metal project was not something you could plan and truly took on its own destiny....... I was really wanting to get back into playing metal a few year after my head injury, but couldn't find the kind of musicians to play the music I was envisioning, in the small city that I live in. So....... I thought it would be a bit of a shot in the dark, but why don't I ask my friend Gene Hoglan(Dark Angel/Strapping Young Lad/Testament), whom I knew since being a teenager growing up in the metal scene around Vancouver, If he'd have time to record a bit of music with me. Gene was very booked up that summer, but had a couple days off from a recording session with Fear Factory in L.A. & went out of his way to fly to Vancouver & laid down some unreal drum tracks. A couple weeks after this, I randomly connected with a few members of the band "Atheist" through social media & we agreed to meet up in Edmonton when they were headlining a festival there. A real great relationship developed between myself and their lead singer Kelly Shaefer( Atheist/Neurotica), & a bit of time after this I came down to Sarasota, Florida & we worked on & recorded vocals for this track. Whilst there, I met an amazingly talented young bassist named Travis Morgan who was playing with Atheist at the time. We also developed a great friendship & he recorded bass for this 1st track & other things we've worked on @ his studio in New York. So The song still needed a killer lead to go with it & after a bit of time had past, I came across an internet ad for Sonic Train Studios in Sweden that Andy LaRocque(King Diamond/Death) operates. Me & Andy spoke back & forth through email a bit & the rest is history!..... I really hope you enjoy the song!!

Metaspherical and all the musicians involved are very proud to partner with Sweet Relief (sweetrelief.org) for this Global Metal Adventure! When the track is purchased, you are helping raise the money to complete a full-length Metaspherical album, and also, to help aid working musicians who are suffering with physical and mental disabilities.

Morley (who is also Metaspherical's producer) is the survivor of a very severe head injury, which required him to undergo seven brain surgeries and forced him to face some very serious challenges. One of these many challenges was struggling over a long period of time to physically build up dexterity in his hands, as well as having to re-teach himself many aspects of the guitar. Jason had previously studied classical guitar and played heavy metal on electric guitars (without a pick) for well over a decade prior to this accident.

This is just the beginning, as Metaspherical will be looking for many more artists, both known and unknown, to grow this into something much larger where we can give back and help others through the spirit of Heavy Metal.

So join us in casting off the chains of the old conventions and expectations. Join us in this incredibly diverse musical journey. Join us in our - in your - brotherhood of metal. This is Metaspherical.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you check out the video here and learn more about the group right here!

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