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Led Zeppelin Lose Stairway To Heaven Trial Fees Battle

(Classic Rock) Led Zeppelin have lost their bid to recoup almost $800,000 in legal fees spent defending the Stairway To Heaven plagiarism trial, following their victory in the legal battle.

The band's publisher Warner/Chappell Music sought to be repaid legal fees worth $613,000 as well as other fees, totalling $793,000, after successfully proving the band did not copy Spirit's track Taurus for the opening riff of Stairway To Heaven.

This week, Judge Gary Klausner ruled that Warner/Chappell Music was not entitled to legal fees and other costs because the copyright lawsuit against them was not frivolous.

The judge added that the lawsuit had enough merit to go to trial and there was no evidence the plaintiff "harbored nefarious motives." Read more here.

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Aerosmith Star Jams With Pearl Jam In Boston

(hennemusic) Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton joined Pearl Jam to perform his band's 1977 classic, "Draw The Line", during the second of two nights at Boston's Fenway Park on August 7th and video of the jam has been posted online.

"We played this song two nights ago not having any idea that it might be played again," frontman Eddie Vedder told the crowd, "or the next time we played it, it would be different.

"We get to play this song with a hometown hero and someone I'm just going to meet right now," as Hamilton walked to center stage to shake the singer's hand. "Tom Hamilton, everybody!"

"I am so proud to see how my hometown has welcomed these guys," said Hamilton. "I mean two nights at Fenway…unbelievable." Check out the video and read more here.

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Video Of Guns N' Roses Rarity Performance Goes Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses performed the "Chinese Democracy" rarity, "Catcher In The Rye", as part of their August 5 show at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX and video from the show has surfaced online.

The concert marked only the second appearance of the song by the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan following its tour debut at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on July 20.

The song was one of four tracks from the 2008 album that was featured in the expanded 25-song set that also delivered the title track, "This I Love" and "Better."

Houston was the 19th date on the group's summer trek across North America, which now heads west for the final six shows on the schedule starting August 9 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA. Watch the video here.

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Megadeth Hope To Make At Lease Two More Albums

(Classic Rock) Dave Mustaine says he hopes Megadeth will release at least two more albums before he calls it quits. The singer and guitarist was responding to a question from a fan on social media who asked how many records he hopes to release before he retires.

Mustaine, 54, says: "At this rate I hope two more." He later added: "At least." Megadeth's 15th album Dystopia was released in January of this year and has been critically hailed, with Metal Hammer saying the thrash heroes "are back on the very best of neck-wrecking form."

Dystopia features Lamb Of God's Chris Adler on drums, though he has since been replaced by Soilwork's Dirk Verbueren. Angra's Kiko Loureiro joined Megadeth as lead guitarist on the album and, along with Verbeuren, is a full-time member. Read more here.

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Dillinger Escape Plan's Dissociation Not About Breakup

(Metal Hammer) The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato says that their forthcoming album "Dissociation" doesn't reference their impending "breakup" at all.

The band announced last week that they'd release their sixth album Dissociation on October 14 and that after a tour to support it, they'll go on an "extended hiatus."

And while using the stronger term "breakup" rather than hiatus, Puciato says the lyrics don't focus on the fact it could be their last album. He tells Alternative Press: "There's literally nothing on the record referencing our breakup. It's not even something I was thinking about when I was writing.

"I know that would be more interesting for people, but for me, writing that kind of a record would be the same thing I hate about autobiographies. You're turning other people into tools for your own gain, and I find that really disgusting.

"For me, every record is a time capsule of life at that moment. You want to stuff everything you can in there so that you're not walking around with it. So if something's a burden in my life, I'll try to turn that into something other people can enjoy and get something out of. But most of my life outside of Dillinger has nothing to do with playing in Dillinger." Read more here.

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Five Finger Death Punch's New Album Is 'Half Done'

(Metal Hammer) Jason Hook says Five Finger Death Punch are about halfway through making their next album. The band are working on the follow-up to 2015's Got Your Six. And what will be their seventh album will be their last for Prospect Park after their public falling out with the label.

They will work with Rise Records once their obligations to Prospect Park come to an end. And guitarist Hook says the band couldn't wait to get started on the record.

He says: "We're probably about half done. We're workaholics, we went right back in the studio. Every time we talk about taking a break it just doesn't feel right. Sitting around it just feels like we could be doing something.

"We're always concerned that we might lose momentum or that people will stop caring. I think we're overachievers by nature." Read more here.

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Department Store Selling Rock Band Shirts For Over $200

(TeamRock) A New York department store is selling Black Flag and Joy Division t-shirts for $265 and $225 respectively. The Black Flag t-shirt costs $265, while the Joy Division Unknown Pleasures top goes for $225. Both are made by R13 and are on sale at Barneys New York, along with a distressed "grunge sweater" which retails for $595.

Barneys is the store behind the Justin Bieber/Marilyn Manson 'Bigger than Satan' t-shirt which sells for $195. The band are unlikely to make any money from the t-shirt sales. Black Flag's logo has been at the centre of various claims over the years, while the Unknown Pleasures art is said to be a copyright free image.

Rob O'Connor, creative director at Stylerouge, tells the Guardian: "You are the intellectual property owner of the work, according to the 1988 Patent Act, until you sign that right away." Read more here.

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Soilwork, Unearth, Wovenwar, Battlecross and Darkness Divided Tour

Soilwork have announced that they will be hitting the road for a North American headline tour this fall that will feature support from Unearth, Wovenwar, Battlecross and Darkness Divided.

The trek, dubbed the Fury Tour, will be launching on October 14th at Fete Music Hall in Providence, RI and will wrap up on November 16th at Rockpile West in Toronto, ON.

Soilwork frontman Bjorn "Speed" Strid had this to say, "We are very excited to announce our first North American headline run in a while, together with old friends in Unearth and Wovenwar.

"We are also bringing Battlecross and Darkness Divided, two awesome bands that we are looking forward to get to know a bit better! We have already done two direct support tours in North America, for our latest album with Soulfly and Fear Factory, where we gained a lot of new fans.

"Now it's time to bring The Ride Majestic World Tour to North America via the Fury Tour in full force with a headline set, featuring songs from our 20 year long career. It's gonna be magical ladies n' gents, don't miss out!"

Unearth singer Trevor Phipps adds, "The power of the riff is hitting North America by way of the 'Fury Tour' this fall and we couldn't be happier to be part of it. From the mighty Soilwork, to the thrashers in Battlecross, our brothers in Wovenwar and the young guns in Darkness Divided this tour is stacked top to bottom. See you out there, North America."
See the dates here.

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Young The Giant Release New Video, Announce Acoustic Show

Young The Giant are gearing up to release their new album later this week by releasing a brand new music video and announcing details of a special release show.

The new video is for the track "Silvertongue". The song comes from their brand new studio album "Home Of The Strange", which will be released this Friday, August 12th.

The band will be celebrating the album release with a special acoustic show on Thursday (Aug 11th) at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles at 5pm. According to the announcement: "Purchase their new album, Home Of The Strange, in-store at Amoeba Hollywood on 8/11 to receive guaranteed admission to this event." Find more details here and check out the new video here.

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Black Sabbath's Paranoid On WWE 2K17 Soundtrack

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath's 1970 classic, "Paranoid", is among the songs featured on the soundtrack to the forthcoming video game WWE 2K17. Curated by hip-hop celebrity Sean Combs, the soundtrack will feature 13 songs from established and emerging artists that span multiple music genres, including hip-hop, indie and alternative rock, heavy metal and electronic dance.

"I am a huge WWE fan," says Combs. "I love the intensity and the competition and I wanted fans to feel that energy in the soundtrack for WWE 2K17.

"While prepping for the upcoming Bad Boy 20-Year Family Reunion Tour, I've been thinking a lot about the past and the artists that inspired me. I mixed some of my favorites with some of the best new acts in the game today to create something really special." Read more here.

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Dee Snider's Grandson Born On 405 Freeway

(hennemusic) Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider's newest grandchild was born Sunday afternoon on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, CA. Snider's 33-year old son, Jesse, and wife Patty welcomed Parker Pryde Snider into the world while driving to the hospital.

Jesse posted an Instagram video from his car alongside his wife, Patty, saying "We waited a little too long to leave." Proud grandfather Dee - in Germany to perform with Twisted Sister at the Wacken Open Air festival on Saturday - shared the news via a series of tweets.

"My 4th grandchild, a girl was just born...in the car on the way to the hospital!," posted Dee. "Welcome to the world Parker Snider! Way to get attention!"

"Well, I got more info," he added. "Parker Pride Snider was born on the 405 Freeway in Los Angles and mom and baby are both healthy! #DamnLAtraffic"

"Alright, Parker Pride Snider, 8lb. 10oz. delivered in the car on 405 Fwy BY THE MOM (Viking), Patty Snider while the dad @tweetjesse drove!," Dee continued. "Thanks to all for the love, positive messages and retweets on the freeway birth of my newest grandchild Parker Pryde Snider! #YouRock" Read more here.

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Rob Zombie Announces One-Night-Only 31 Theatrical Event

Rob Zombie has announced a special one night only event celebrating his new feature film "31", which will be taking place at movie theaters across the U.S. on September 1st.

According to the announcement, "The event will also include two exclusive music video premieres: 'The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore' and 'Get Your Boots On! That's The End of Rock and Roll,' along with a never-before-seen making-of '31' featurette and a Q&A with Rob Zombie filmed specifically for the cinema event."

This will give fans a chance to watch "31" before it's wide theatrical release on October 21st. Zombie had this to say about the film, "I think this is the one the Zombie-heads have been waiting for - a nonstop barrage of insane characters trapped in an intensely violent situation. I am thrilled to finally get this out to the fans." Find more details about the event, including participating theaters, here.

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Otis Redding Whiskey A Go Go Box Set Announced

(The Blues) An Otis Redding box set featuring material from his three-night residency at West Hollywood's The Whisky A Go Go in 1966 will be launched later this year.

Otis Redding: Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings spans seven performances across six CDs and will be released on October 21 via Stax Records.

The concerts were first documented on the posthumous release In Person At The Whisky A Go Go, but the new box set is the first time the entire recordings have been made available.

The audio has been remixed and remastered from the original 4-track analogue tapes and a poster, new liner notes from Los Angeles-based journalist Lynell George and box set co-producer Bill Bentley will also be bundled in the box set.

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger attended one of the shows and says he was mesmerized by the performance. Read his comments and more here.

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Glenn Hughes Says New Album Is His Heaviest Ever

(Classic Rock) Glenn Hughes says his upcoming solo album is the "heaviest" he's ever made. The singer and bassist will this week embark on his first-ever North American solo tour after he was forced to push back the planned March dates following his dual knee replacement surgeries in January.

But while he's been planning those shows, he's also been working on the follow-up to his 2008 album First Underground Nuclear Kitchen - and he says fans can expect some "aggression" when the record launches in November via Frontiers Records.

He tells Billboard: "It's possibly the heaviest record I've ever made. I don't want to confuse it with horns-up heavy - it's not metal. But it's definitely f***ing heavy.

"It's dense. It's dark. There's some aggression on this record. Every bloody track is begging to be played live." Read more here.

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Biffy Clyro Part Of Pioneering Virtual Reality Experience

(TeamRock) Biffy Clyro have teamed up with tech giants Samsung to create a pioneering virtual reality experience. In conjunction with Ross Cairns, creative director at Samsung, they've created what's being touted as "the UK's first immersive music video" which will be shown across the UK this summer at music festivals in a huge structure called the Samsung Hypercube.
It'll be at the Boardmasters festival, Glasgow Summer Sessions and Bestival, and will allow 50 festival goers at a time to use VR headsets which will transport them to the centre of a performance by the Scottish outfit.

Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil says: "We've worked with Ross before and knew he was the right person to capture us live and we've always wanted to get involved in VR so we're really pleased Samsung have given us this opportunity.

"It's great to create such an amazing experience for our fans - the result is awesome." Read more here.

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Blotzer Says His New Ratt Singer Blows Pearcy 'Out Of The Water'

(Classic Rock) Bobby Blotzer says the singer for his revamped Ratt lineup blows former vocalist Stephen Pearcy "out of the water." The drummer heaps praise on his current bandmates, including singer Josh Alan, for their talent, "integrity" and willingness to "go the extra distance" for their stage shows - but he insists he means no disrespect to former Ratt members, including bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini.

He tells ClassX Radio: "These guys are focused on the replication and integrity of Ratt music.That's why everybody's been hired. It's been uncanny. Especially for the age of some of these guys.

"The lead guitar player, he just turned 22 about a half-year ago or something, and he's amazing. He cops Warren's stuff amazingly. The singer just blows Stephen Pearcy out of the water at this day and age - and frankly, is even better than when we started out.

"I don't want to insult anybody in the old-school Ratt camp - I call it the class of 84 - but these guys were our own worst enemies. They're on a five-year strike thing that was going on between Juan Croucier, who came back in after 20 years gone, and got Stephen riled up." Read more here.

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Rob Cottingham Announces New Post Touchstone Band Cairo

(Prog) Former Touchstone man Rob Cottingham has launched a new project called Cairo. Founding Touchstone keyboard player Cottingham is joined in Cairo by Rachel Hill on vocals, James Hards on guitars, Paul Stocker on bass and Graham Brown on drums.

Their debut album Say will be released on October 3 and is available for pre-order now. Cottingham says: "I was after a new sound with the same sensibilities as in my previous writing but with heavier passages, as well as more ambient, electronic soundscapes - plus more time spent on crafting the blend of male and female vocals within the overall production of the music.

"We have just recorded our debut album Say at Outhouse Studios, with the mighty John Mitchell at the helm. Album launch shows are scheduled in the UK for November with our special guests, Luna Rossa." A trailer for the album, along with the artwork and tracklist, can be seen here.

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Billy Talent's Aaron Solowoniuk Working Towards Return

(TeamRock) Billy Talent singer Ben Kowalewicz reports that drummer Aaron Solowoniuk is starting to "feel brighter" after his MS relapse. The sticksman has been living with multiple sclerosis for 15 years but stepped back from playing with the band in January, saying he had to focus on his health.

But vocalist Kowalewicz says that while Solowoniuk won't be back behind the kit any time soon, the drummer is working towards a return. He tells Canoe: "It's been the oddest thing in the entire world that he wasn't able to play live and on the record. He has a team with people literally working with him right now whose goal is to get him back playing the drums.

"He was obviously depressed and dark for a while just because of the reality of the situation, but I think as of now he's starting to feel brighter and be optimistic and hopeful again.

"I can't say he'll be playing in the foreseeable future but he's definitely working towards it, whether it be a year or two years, who knows?" Read more here.

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Steve Aoki Remixes Soundgarden's Spoonman

(hennemusic) EDM artist Steve Aoki has issued a remix of Soundgarden 1994 hit, "Spoonman", in sync with a new commercial for telecommunications company T-Mobile.

The heavily-remixed tune is featured in a new ad that will be broadcast during the 2016 Summer Olympics. "HUGE honor to rmx @Soundgarden's Spoonman for @tmobile for the Olympics!!," tweeted Aoki along with video of the commercial.

"Spoonman" was the lead single to Soundgarden's fourth album, "Superunknown." Read more and check out the commercial as well as the original version of the track here.

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Singled Out: 3 Pill Morning's Electric Chair

3 Pill Morning just released their sophomore album "Never Look Back" and to celebrate we asked lead singer Jeff Stebbins to tell us about their single "Electric Chair." Here is the story:

'Electric Chair' was a really cool collaborative process in how quickly it all came together. I had a lyrical concept, Jon (Stephenson, guitar) had a full guitar idea, and we just jumped in the studio and started recording. Every time we hit a part we weren't in love with, someone came up with a killer idea instantly so we were able to write and rewrite things almost instantaneously. We were really vibing on the song and it was so cool to watch the end result happen so fast. Lyrically it is about that struggle of being betrayed on how alone you can feel when that happens. 'Electric Chair' is a strong image of that moment in time.

As far as the recording process, we really started out with a core rock song and as we started to really feel the story of 'Electric Chair,' we started to layer a lot of different things into the song. There's a ton of eerie guitar parts and vocal effects that set the tone for the song and where we wanted to take it: dark, desolate and full of emotion. The turning point of the song is the bridge where we added some crazy vocal chops and electronic synth to really add a cool new part. Throughout the song we took some risks on different ideas we were all feeling and love what the end result is! We've been excited to see the crowd response live and the single as more people have been able to hear it.

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

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