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Joe Perry's Onstage Collapse Explained By Alice Cooper

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper confirms that Joe Perry's onstage collapse during a July 10 concert in Coney Island by supergroup The Hollywood Vampires was due to a combination of dehydration and exhaustion.

"Aerosmith does two shows a week, but we were on our eighth show in nine days, and I'm used to working like that," Cooper tells Rolling Stone. "I'm used to working an hour and 40 minutes or two hours, five nights a week. I was in shape and so was Johnny [Depp] and everybody else. I think Joe was not ready for that kind of pace."

"We were doing 25 to 30 songs with no break," he continues. "You're in fourth gear, and there's no 24-hour resting period. I think it just caught up with him. He finally got up there onstage, dehydrated. And I think he was exhausted. He told me the night before he hadn't eaten in two days."

"I said, 'Man, you've got to know when to sleep. You've got to know when to eat on a tour.' I think it just finally got to him. It was not a heart attack; it was pure exhaustion. They checked his heart and said his heart was actually very strong."

Cooper recalls his reaction to seeing his bandmate collapse during the second song of the concert. "It scared the hell out of me," he says. "The lyrics to ['Raise the Dead'], the first song we played that night, go, 'Cardiac, heart attack they never feared the reaper,' and I look around the stage and he's gone. He was lying behind an amp on his back, and I went, 'Oh, my God.' We didn't know what happened until after the show." Read more and watch video of the incident here.

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AC/DC's Phil Rudd Done Raising Hell, Releasing Album

(Classic Rock) Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says the lifestyle that led to his dismissal from the band is in the past. And he's aiming to put his career back on track with the re-release of solo album Head Job next month.

Rudd, who's appeared on all but three of AC/DC's studio albums, was charged with attempting to procure a murder in 2014, after becoming frustrated with the handling of Head Job's initial launch.

Although that charge was dropped, he was later found guilty of threatening to kill and drugs possession, and sentenced to eight months of home detention in New Zealand. That led AC/DC to replace him with Chris Slade for their Rock Or Bust world tour.

Head Job will be relaunched on September 30 via Wave 365 media, and Rudd will undertake a media tour to promote it. He says: "My hellraising days are over. I see a psychiatrist once a week and I'm closer than ever to my children." Read more here.

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Disturbed Frontman Jams Pantera Classic With Breaking Benjamin

(Metal Hammer) Disturbed frontman David Draiman joined Breaking Benjamin onstage at their Dallas show to cover Pantera song Walk. It was filmed at Texas' Gexa Energy Pavilion on their co-headlining North American tour, which features support from Alter Bridge and Saint Asonia.

Draiman also sang Simon & Garfunkel's The Sound Of Silence with Alter Bridge vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy at their Houston show last night - a cover which earned Disturbed chart success on both sides of the Atlantic after it was released earlier this year. Both videos can be viewed below.

When asked how he felt about seeing their version of The Sound Of Silence do well, Draiman said: "It feels great. Everyone and anyone is welcome to come on board. Music is meant to cross boundaries.

"I think that people have become genre snobs. Many people have eclectic tastes. Many people like to listen to all kinds of different music. I mean, I do - I'll listen to many different styles inside a day, a week, a month, a year. It doesn't matter. So why not?" Watch the video here.

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Bobby Blotzer's Ratt Announce New Lineup

(Classic Rock) Bobby Blotzer's Ratt have added guitarist Mitch Perry and bassist Brad Lang to their lineup. The pair will join the band next month following the departures of guitarist Nicholas 'Blaze' Baum and bassist Bobbie Crane last week. P

erry has worked with several bands over his career, including Talas, Heaven and Lita Ford, while Lang performs in hard rock band Y&T. The new lineup also includes Blotzer's friend, LA Guns ex Stacey Blades, who stepped in on guitar duties for their festival shows last weekend.

In the meantime, longtime drummer Blotzer has temporarily recruited Slash bassist Todd Kerns for August shows. Blotzer says: "Starting September 3 and 4 onward will be the great Mitch Perry on lead guitar, Stacey Blades on rhythm and lead guitar, Brad Lang on bass, the awesome Joshua Alan still fronting and yours truly chopping wood behind the kit." Read more here.

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Blink-182's "Take Off Your Pants And Jacket

Blink-182's "Take Off Your Pants and Jacket" album is set to be reissued September 30th as limited edition colored vinyl via srcvinyl complete with bonus tracks.

We were sent the following details: The album will be available on a limited edition translucent red vinyl and housed in a gatefold jacket accompanied by an 11x11 insert.

Additionally, this double LP pressing will include all six bonus tracks originally released only through the "Red Plane, Yellow Pants and Green Jacket" CD and 7"vinyl singles. See the tracklisting here.

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ZZ Top and Jeff Beck Jam Classic Song

(hennemusic) ZZ Top are joined by Jeff Beck in London for a performance of the 1947 Merle Travis classic, "Sixteen Tons", on the Texas band's forthcoming set "Greatest Hits Live."

Due September 9, the package - which marks the group's first official live album after 45 years - presents material recorded over the course of several tours in cities all around the world.

"We spend the biggest stretch of every year out on the road, whippin' wire, poundin' skin, and rockin' it way up," says Billy F. Gibbons. "This is the true document of life de la ZZ. In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades, getting down to do what we get to do. Enjoy and listen to loudness!"

"Sixteen Tons" was first written and recorded by Merle Travis in 1947 and went on to become a No. 1 US hit for Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1955. Check out the Beck, ZZ Top jam here.

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Early Black Sabbath Memorabilia To Be Auctioned

(Classic Rock) A collection of Black Sabbath-related memorabilia is to go on sale at a Sheffield auction on September 30. Dating from 1968 until 1973, the range includes a number of personal postcards from Ozzy Osbourne to his parents in Birmingham while on the road, as well as handwritten lyrics, photographs and tour posters from the group's early days under the banner, Earth - shortened from their original band name, Earth Blues Company. It will be sold as one lot at an estimated starting price of 2000-3000.

Stephen Flintoft, specialist music valuer and auctioneer at the Sheffield Auction Gallery, tells The Antique Trades Gazette: "Perhaps the most interesting item, among so many, is the handwritten lyrics headed 'by Earth' to the song Changing Phases, a title later changed to Solitude, which featured on the 1971 double platinum Black Sabbath album Master of Reality."

The sale room says the collection was saved by a Sheffield resident from a London Docklands property which was being demolished in the 1980s. Photographs of the items to go on auction can be viewed here.

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Slayer's Kerry King Has Up To Nine Unreleased Songs

(Metal Hammer) Slayer's Kerry King has revealed that he has as many as nine unreleased tracks in the bag, which were left over from the sessions for latest album Repentless.

He adds: "I think I never really got out of writing mode for the last record. There's so much extra material already recorded. There are seven, eight or nine extra songs with guitar, drums and bass.

"They are just sitting there and as long as lyrics don't change them musically, they're done. Slayer's never been in that position, but I wrote so much stuff." Read more here.

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Dead Letter Circus Release 'The Burning Number' Video

(Prog) Dead Letter Circus have released a video for their track "The Burning Number." It's taken from the Australian outfit's third album Aesthesis which was released in April this year via Rodeostar Records.

Singer Kim Benzie says of the video: "We got our Scorsese on during the Aesthesis tour throughout Australia and the US earlier in the year to try and document the incredible vibe at the shows.

"When it came time for a clip for our new single The Burning Number, it just felt right that it be this footage and include the faces of all the amazing people in the crowd who make this the experience it is for us."

The single launch comes just days before Benzie, bassist Stewart Hill, drummer Luke Williams and guitarists Clint Vincent and Luke Palmer head out on tour. Watch the video and read more here.

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Dee Snider Wants To See More Unity In Metal Community

(Classic Rock) Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider says the divisions in the world of metal are worse than ever and he's calling on fans to be accepting of different sub-genres.

Snider and Twisted Sister headlined the Bloodstock festival in England last Friday as part of their farewell Forty And F*** It tour and the flamboyant frontman says the metal community must work harder to work together.

Recalling how he first started noticing splits in the metal fanbase in the 1980s, Snider says it has only got worse. He tells Metal Hammer: "That's been going on for way too long. I'm an original headbanger - an OHB. I had the first Sabbath album when it came out, the first Zeppelin album, Deep Purple album - it wasn't even called metal, it was hard rock.

"I was in a Black Sabbath tribute band. There was a unity, a Woodstock nation and the heavy bands came together and you supported them. Then all of a sudden in the early 80s it started to faction and you had this kind of metal and that kind of metal. I always fought for unity because I said we were so oppressed and were such a small section of the music world that to further cut it into smaller and smaller pieces and fight among ourselves weakens us, it doesn't strengthen us.

"While you don't have to be a supporter of all different kinds of metal, at least be supportive. Recognise that we are all part of a sort of dysfunctional family. Strength in numbers. If we try to break it down the way some people want to break it down, then all you're gonna have is a bunch of club shows." Read more here.

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Every Time I Die, Letlive, Counterparts Announce Aussie Tour

(Metal Hammer) Every Time I Die and Letlive have announced a co-headlining Australian tour with support from Counterparts next January. Rumors were initially sparked after the tour dates were posted on Counterparts' Facebook and later removed, according to Australian website Music Feeds.

The three bands will also appear at festival Unify Gathering in South Gippsland, Southern Australia on January 13 along with Alexisonfire, I Killed The Prom Queen, Thy Art Is Murder and many more acts.

Letlive say: "You've asked us to come back. We heard you. Now we're going to do so on a co-headline tour with the almighty Every Time I Die - hold for applause.

"We will also have with us the wonderfully talented Canadian hardcore outfit known as Counterparts. All in all, this will be an amazing tour. All that's left now is you letting us know which shows you'll be at." Read more here.

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Goo Goo Dolls Announce Fall Tour

Goo Goo Dolls have announced that they will hit the road this fall for their second headline run in support of their latest release Boxes featuring support from SafetySuit.

The new U.S. fall tour is scheduled to kick off on October 26th in Boise, ID at the Revolution Center and will be concluding on December 10th in Indio, Ca at Fantasy Springs.

The Goo Goo Dolls have been on the road since July with Collective Soul and Tribe Society. That trek will wrap up on September 18th in Del Mar, CA. See the tour dates here.

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Pete Townshend In The Studio For Who's Next Anniversary

Pete Townshend is featured in the latest episode of syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands which celebrates the anniversary The Who's Who's Next. The show sent over the following details:

Few rock fans realize that immediately prior to the album Tommy's 1969 release, the British quartet The Who were on the brink of breaking up. They were hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and had yet to score a Top 10 hit in America. The album Tommy changed all that for The Who, and they spent the remainder of 1969 and most of 1970 touring the world while critics lauded composer Pete Townshend as a genius.

As 1970 waned, Townshend found himself no doubt encouraged by the universal acclaim he received for his rock opera Tommy. Townshend decided to do home demos for another audio/visual high concept piece in late 1970 entitled Lifehouse. Townshend shares with In The Studio host Redbeard the dilemma Tommy had put The Who in.

Pete Townshend says, " Tommy was incredibly difficult to follow. It was huge, it kind of existed outside of The Who. It challenged The Who, it challenged what we were. It changed us, but didn't tell us what to do next."

What eventually came next was Who's Next , an album produced by Glyn Johns that rose out of the ashes of the abandoned Lifehouse project while managing to deliver some of the most iconic Who songs of all time including, "Behind Blue Eyes", "Bargain", "Baba O'Riley" and the anthem for the ages, "Won't Get Fooled Again". Stream the episode here.

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Alter Bridge Reveal Behind The Song Video For 'Show Me A Leader'

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge have issued a new video revealing the inspiration for "Show Me A Leader", the lead single from their forthcoming album, "The Last Hero."

"Lyrically," explains singer the band's frontman Myles Kennedy, "it reflects the frustrations that a lot of people are feeling with the current state of things."

"I threw out that 'show me a leader' line and Myles ran with it lyrically," adds guitarist Mark Tremonti. "I think it's really good for this time and this climate in the world right now, with all the chaos, and all the circus that is politics."

Due October 7, "The Last Hero" was recorded earlier this year with longtime producer Michael 'Elvis' Baskette. Watch the video here.

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Blues Pills Release 'I Felt A Change' Video

(Classic Rock) Blues Pills have released a video for their track I Felt A Change. The song features on the Swedish outfit's second album titled Lady In Gold, which came out earlier this month via Nuclear Blast.

Speaking about I Felt A Change, singer Elin Larsson reveals that the song came straight from the heart when she was writing it. She says: "This is the only ballad we have on our record. This song is the most personal song I've ever written - that's why it's so stripped down on instruments.

"I want the listener to make up their own mind about it just like our producer of the video made up his. Mine will be a secret. Sometimes we get to make hard decisions that we are too young to actually decide on, we deal with guilt and sadness and regrets. This is my photograph of a memory that I will always have to deal with. And I don't want to forget it."

She continues: "The video is an artistic video that shows a person struggle with her past and letting go. She releases it to find herself back where she started. The ghost of her past, she becomes a ghost of her present." Watch the video here.

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IO Earth Announce UK Shows

(Prog) IO Earth have announced a pair of UK shows in September. The Birmingham outfit are to perform at London's Boston Music Room on September 3 and Bilston's Robin 2 in Wolverhampton on September 4.

They'll also return to the fourth annual Cruise To The Edge festival next February, alongside bands such as Yes, Steve Hackett, Spock's Beard and Haken.

The band released a video for track Insomnia in December, which was lifted from their latest album New World. The announcement comes after IO Earth were nominated for the Vanguard Award at the 2016 Progressive Music Awards. Other nominees in the category include Bent Knee, The Mute Gods and Shearwater. Read more here.

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Skyharbor Announce European Tour

(Prog) Skyharbor have announced a European tour for later this year. It will be the band's first European dates with frontman Eric Emery, who was hired after Dan Tompkins left in June last year.

The new run of dates is scheduled to kick off at Cologne's Euroblast festival, Germany, on October 1 and will wrap up in Aarau, Switzerland, on October 15.

The band say in a statement: "Europe and the UK, we're delighted to be prancing across your beautiful continent once again this October with our dear friends Sithu Aye and Modern Day Babylon.

"It's been a while, and we have some surprises up our sleeves for you guys. See you on the road." See the dates and read more here.

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Ghost Bath Plan Final Part Of Album Trilogy

(Metal Hammer) Ghost Bath are looking to release the final part of their album trilogy next year. They launched Funeral in 2014 and followed that with Moonlover last year - before signing with Nuclear Blast. And following the band's 2016 touring commitments, the group's Nameless reveals they'll return to the studio later this year to finish their third album.

Speaking to TeamRock after their appearance at the UK's Bloodstock festival, he says: "After this we do a couple more shows with The Black Dahlia Murder and Dying Fetus and then we have about two weeks of shows around Europe.

"As soon as we get back, we have a one week break - then we do the east coast in the US. After that, we're going into the studio and there's nothing else planned for the end of the year - so expect something new probably next year."

As for the direction of the next album, Nameless continues: "I had it written for about a year, a year and a half. I wrote it before I even started talking to any labels, so it's sort of pure in that way and it's the next part of the trilogy. That's all I want to say about it." Read more here.

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Vektor Frontman Reveals Sci-Fi Inspiration

(Metal Hammer) Vektor frontman David DiSanto says his sci-fi obsession started with 1983 film Spacehunter. Starring Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwald and Ernie Hudson, Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone follows the story arc of a bounty hunter on a mission to rescue three women stranded on a brutal planet.

Although widely described as a thrash metal band, DiSanto embraces his prog influences and says Vektor is simply a melting pot of his various influences - most notably 80s sci-fi films.

Speaking before his band's appearance on the Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock (Sunday), Di Santo tells TeamRock: "My dad got me into sci-fi way younger than most parents would let kids watch those movies!

"I loved The Thing and Mad Max, but my favourite was Spacehunter. I loved the post apocalyptic movies. It's like that - but in space. The planet is a very harsh environment and I just loved it.

"So the sci-fi is a big influence on me, along with bands like Kreator and Destructor. A lot of prog records too - it's just throwing all that stuff into a blender." Read more here.

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Neil Young Reissuing 1970s Albums On Vinyl

(hennemusic) Neil Young will reissue four of his albums from the mid-1970s on vinyl on September 6. 1973's "Time Fades Away", 1974's "On The Beach", and 1975's "Tonight's The Night" and "Zuma" have been out of print for many years and will be reissued separately for the first time after being previously released as a Limited Edition Box Set for Record Store Day in 2014.

The records were originally issued in the years following the success of 1972's "Harvest", which delivered Young his first and only US No.1 album. "Time Fades Away" was recorded live with Neil Young and The Stray Gators while touring in support of "Harvest" in 1972.

1974's "On The Beach" was recorded after "Tonight's The Night", but released before the latter, which surfaced in 1975. "Zuma" marked the rocker's first project to deliver a co-credit to his band Crazy Horse and features their "classic" line-up of bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina and guitarist Frank Sampedro. Read more here.

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