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Metallica Announce Double Album, Release First Video

After months of hints and speculation, Metallica surprised fans on Thursday with the announcement of their new double album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct," and the release of the first video from the effort for the track "Hardwired".

The new album, the follow-up to their 2008 effort "Death Magnetic", is set to be released on November 18th in various configurations including digital, double CD, double vinyl, a deluxe edition and a deluxe deluxe version.

The band reunited with Greg Fidelman for the new album. Greg had engineered and mixed "Death Magnetic," but for the new album he was recruited as the producer.

Drummer Lars Ulrich had this to say about the album and working with Fidelman, "Has it really been eight years? Doesn't feel like it! Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

"We're obviously beyond psyched to share new tunes with all our friends out there. We've been rockin' along in the studio with Greg on and off for the last 18 months firing up the creative engines again. Putting new music out there, getting in your faces once again and all that comes with it is what we love to do more than anything else, so strap yourselves in ... INCOMING!"

Fans can get an early taste of what is come with the music video for "Hardwired," which can be seen here.

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Fabulous Thunderbirds Star Preston Hubbard Dead At 63

(The Blues) Preston Hubbard has died aged 63. The former Fabulous Thunderbirds and Room Full Of Blues bassist was found dead at his home in St Louis, Missouri this week.

He was well-known in the blues community for his other work with Bonnie Raitt, The Vaughan Brothers, Duke Robillard, Etta James, Professor Longhair and The Blues Brothers.

Hubbard suffered a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction in the years since his exit from The Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1995, though he later adopted a cleaner lifestyle.

Guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor led tributes to the late blues bassist, describing him as "A true hero of mine, supporter and friend." Read more here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Fires Back At Havok

(Classic Rock) Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has slammed Havok after they claimed an "unacceptable management contract" had led to them being kicked off an upcoming North American tour.

They announced Wednesday that they wouldn't be on the road with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, Amon Amarth and Metal Church as previously announced, after falling out with Mustaine's son Justis, who'd been looking after their affairs.

Havok said: "The reasons for our absence are directly related to a contract negotiation insisted upon by Mustaine Management. We were offered an unacceptable management contract, which we declined."

In reply to online comments, Dave Mustaine confirmed last night that it had been his decision to drop Havok. He tweeted: "They didn't pay Justis what he's owed, or sign the standard contract. I took care of 'em. Sad."

He added: "They had an industry standard contract, the same I have. Five months later, still wouldn't sign it, until they're dropped. What is there to debate? I gave them more cash, time, merch items, space, lights and sound than their contract said every night. Stupid me!" Read more here.

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Crazy Train Songwriter Sounds Off On Ozzy Osbourne Lawsuit

(Classic Rock) Former Ozzy Osbourne collaborator Bob Daisley has denied the suggestion that his latest lawsuit amounts to "harassment" of the Black Sabbath frontman.

Daisley this month launched a claim for $2m in unpaid royalties connected with Ozzy's first two albums, Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman, recorded in 1980, which featured the bassist's songwriting and bass playing.

Representatives of the Osbournes responded by saying that previous legal action had failed and that multiple audits of Blizzard Music Limited had resulted in no discoveries of non-payment, adding: "after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment."

Daisley has responded that he'd succeeded with legal action on several occasions, until a lawsuit in 1998, when he alleged that Blizzard had been receiving royalties without passing them on.

He tells JoelGausten.com: "The late 90s was when we found out where those royalties were going, so we took action. There are reasons I believe that case was unsuccessful, but they're too complex to get into now."

He says his new action is based on performance royalties rather than songwriting royalties. He believes he's owed money for sales of tracks featuring his bass playing, and that the amounts that have got to him are lower than they should be.

"The Osbournes have been taking 25% rather than the 10% I agreed to," he says. "It's been mentioned that this case is about Crazy Train - but there are other songs as well. Mr. Crowley, Over The Mountain, Flying High Again."

Daisley says that tracks recorded by himself and drummer Lee Kerslake were removed from songs in the 1980s in order to avoid paying performance royalties, adding: "It was disgusting. It was such an insult. We were suing them so we expected some backlash. We did not expect the integrity of the music would be compromised." Read more here.

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UFO Icon Pete Way Discharged From Hospital Following Heart Attack

(Classic Rock) Pete Way has been discharged from hospital after suffering a heart attack last weekend. Doctors also found a blood clot on his lung following his collapse after a European business trip. But he's now back home and reports he's hoping to be feeling better after "some home rest and cooking."

Way says in a statement: "I must thank the staff at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital who treated me with such kindness - from the porters and paramedics to the nurses and doctors and all the staff at Ward 22.

"Nothing was too much trouble and they all had a cheery smile for me. I couldn't have asked for better care anywhere in the world. I would also like to thank my wife Jenny who has been my rock and, like the cancer, I'm sure I wouldn't have beaten it without her and, of course, you guys.

"I do believe in the power of prayer but, to be honest, I really don't feel very well. Jenny won't let me lift a finger so hopefully I will start to feel better after some home rest and cooking." Read more here.

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Slayer Fans Have Long Wait For Next Album Says Kerry King

(Metal Hammer) Kerry King predicts Slayer's next album won't arrive until at least 2018 - despite being ahead of the game in terms of material. The guitarist recently reported that as many as nine songs were in a usable condition following the completion and release of Repentless last year.

But the follow-up is still up to two years away, even if his concerns about frontman Tom Araya's potential plans to retire prove to be unfounded. King tells Jagermeister: "We've got lots of leftover material from the last album because we wrote so much stuff, and we recorded a bunch of it too. If the lyrics don't change the songs musically, those songs are done."

Despite that, he continues: "We could probably start doing something at the end of next year - but we've still got a lot of touring going on next year. I'm guessing it won't be '18 before we record anything." Read more here.

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Pink Floyd Announce Reissue Of Early 1970s Albums

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd continue to reissue their extensive catalogue on vinyl for the first time in more than two decades with a second round of releases on September 23 featuring three early 1970s albums: "Atom Heart Mother," "Meddle" and "Obscured By Clouds."

The band's fifth studio album, 1970's "Atom Heart Mother", went on to become the group's first UK No.1 record; 1971's "Meddle" was an experimental effort highlighted by the epic 23-minute track "Echoes"; and, 1972's "Obscured By Clouds" was originally recorded as the soundtrack to the French film "La Vallée" but issued as a stand alone release.

Pink Floyd launched the vinyl reissues in June with the release of the band's first four albums: 1967's "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", 1968's "A Saucerful Of Secrets", the soundtrack from the 1969 film "More", and the 1969 2-LP set "Ummagumma."

"We are proud to continue the long standing relationship in North America and beyond between Columbia Records and Pink Floyd," says Columbia Records Chairman and CEO Rob Stringer. "We are excited to work together with the band on their incredible musical legacy." Read more here.

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Godsmack's Sully Erna Streams New Song 'Different Kind of Tears'

Godsmack frontman Sully Erna has revealed a new song called "Different Kind of Tears". It comes from his forthcoming solo album "Hometown Life", which is set to be released on September 30th.

Erna had this to say about the track, "Honestly, this is one of my favorite songs on the album. I had the pleasure of writing this track with songwriter/producer Zac Maloy (Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood)"

"I love the melodies and the chorus because of the vulnerability. It's one of those things, when we're in pain, we don't think anyone can understand how bad we hurt, how deep it goes.

"I try to write generalized enough for people to be able to translate these lyrics and thoughts to their own lives, help them through their tough times. Music is a gift. It's there to help us heal." Check out the song here.

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Kaleo To Rock Jimmy Kimmel Live, Top Radio Chart

Kaleo will be celebrating their new hit single with a performance on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" outdoor stage on September 8th (airs at 11:35 PM Eastern/10:35 PM Central on ABC).

The band's song "Way Down We Go," which comes from their studio album A/B (Elektra/Atlantic), has hit No. 1 on the alternative radio chart. Fans can request tickets for the Kimmel performance here.

More American fans will be able to catch the band live with the announcement that more dates have been added to The Handprint Tour, which will also feature Bishop Briggs and The Wind + The Wave.

The tour will be kicking off on September 26th in Atlanta, GA at Center Stage and will wrap up on November 11th in Austin, TX at Emo's. They will also be appearing at several music festivals this fall.

The North American trek will be followed by a European tour which will kick off with a sold out show at St. Luke's in Glasgow on November 17th and will finish up in Amsterdam on the 30th with a show at Paradiso. See the tour date here.

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Thy Art Is Murder, The Acacia Strain and Fit For An Autopsy Doc Released

(Metal Hammer) An online documentary from The Depression Sessions has been released. The split EP features Thy Art Is Murder, The Acacia Strain and Fit For An Autopsy and launched earlier this month via Nuclear Blast.

The project was recorded at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, New Jersey, and was Thy Art Is Murder's CJ McMahon's last work with the band, before he quit suddenly last year.

It was produced, engineered and mixed by Will Putney who says: "We were all at the studio jamming one day and it was like, 'We should just do a split - we should all do a song.'

"We bounced ideas back and forth for a year. It's easy as I work with all the bands on a producer level, so I was able to figure out a timeline where it could all work, so we were able to create a window where it worked for everyone."

Asked if he thought it was strange hearing McMahon's vocals on the EP, Thy Art Is Murder guitarist Andy Marsh told Metal Hammer: "Not at all. His performance is amazing - it was done as that iteration of the band, and the conversation came up about recording the vocals with someone else, but it would be disingenuous."

The first single from the EP has also been released, featuring Fit For An Autopsy track Flatlining. Listen to it here.

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The Pretty Reckless Release Fan Assisted 'Take Me Down' Video

(TeamRock) The Pretty Reckless have released a lyric video featuring fan-shot Instagram images for their new single Take Me Down. The song is lifted from their forthcoming album Who You Selling For, due out on October 21.

Singer Taylor Momsen told TeamRock last year that she'd written 60 songs for the follow-up to 2014's Going To Hell. She said: "I'm always jotting down ideas but it's hard because it takes some time. It's hard for me, at least, because I require isolation and to be alone with my thoughts.

"You're just constantly around people and working on tour, and there's not enough time to sit down and actually focus." Momsen added: "It will be done when it's better than Going To Hell. I'm not going to put something out that's not better than the work that we did." Watch the video here.

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John Paul Jones' Stairway To Heaven Trial Transcript Goes Online

(Classic Rock) A transcript of John Paul Jones' evidence given at the recent Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven plagiarism trial has been published online. The bassist and keyboardist gave his testimony at the trial in a California court in June. The band were then cleared of having copied the opening chords of Spirit song Taurus, which was released three years before the Led Zeppelin classic.

The full transcript has been published by Rolling Stone and follows earlier publications of testimonies from vocalist Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page.

The evidence quashed the long-held narrative that Plant and Page had came home from Bron-Yr-Aur cottage in the Welsh mountains with the opening sequence to Stairway To Heaven written to show the rest of the band in 1970.

But the legal argument centred on the suggestion that the chord sequence in question had been in use for three centuries. That, and other points, led to the case being found in Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's favour - though they lost their bid to recoup almost $800,000 in legal fees after they were cleared.

Lawyer Francis Malofiy, who represented Spirit has launched an appeal against the jury's verdict, insisting that Led Zeppelin had "won on a technicality" and the ruling wasn't "legally correct or logically sound." Read more including the transcript here.

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Moody Blues' Justin Hayward Announces New Release 'All The Way'

(Kayos) Moody Blues icon Justin Hayward has announced that he will be releasing a new compilation album entitled "All The Way" digitally on September 2nd followed by a CD release on October 14th. We were sent the following details:

A compilation from his solo career, "All The Way" includes Justin's solo songs, a recording with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, solo live performances and unique versions of classic Moody Blues tracks and the brand new song "The Wind Of Heaven."

Justin Hayward is the possessor of one of the finest and most distinctive voices in melodic rock. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for The Moody Blues since 1966, Justin continues to perform with the group, and alongside his work for The Moody Blues, he has developed an acclaimed and successful solo career.

All The Way brings together many of his best-loved tracks from his work outside the group. From his top ten hit song "Blue Guitar", included here in its original version recorded with members of 10cc, through his global smash "Forever Autumn" from Jeff Wayne's musical version of War Of The Worlds and on through tracks from solo albums "Songwriter," "The View From The Hill", "Classic Blue", "Moving Mountains" and "Spirits Of The Western Sky" before concluding with the brand new track "The Wind Of Heaven," written for the film of the same name, All The Way is the perfect collection for any fan of Justin Hayward. See the tracklisting here.

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The Story of The Stooges Being Released By Third Man

(TMB) Third Man Books have announced a November 15th release date for "Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop". They sent us the following details:

Author Jeff Gold and contributor Johan Kugelberg, noted music historians and collectors, spent two days with Pop at his Miami home, sharing with him their extensive Stooges collection and interviewing the legendary singer. Pop's candid, bare-all responses left them with the almost unbelievable tale of the band he founded-the alternately tragic and triumphant story of a group who rose from youth, fell prey to drugs, alcohol, and music biz realities, collapsed and nearly 30 years later reformed, recording and touring to great acclaim. In 2010 The Stooges, credited with having invented punk rock, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Their continuing influence can be felt today in the shape and sound of rock-n-roll music.

Jeff Gold, Johan Kugelberg and editor/contributor Jon Savage are among the most respected music authors and historians working today. Their efforts include numerous acclaimed and best-selling books and a Grammy Award. TOTAL CHAOS stands as a work for all fans of the band and rock music to draw inspiration. Including an absolute treasure-trove of rare and unseen photographs, TOTAL CHAOS is a book that shows AND tells the story of The Stooges. A metallic k.o. of only the best kind. Preorder it
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Whitechapel Reveal Full American Dates With Suicide Silence

Whitechapel have announced the final round of dates for their U.S. coheadlining tour with Suicide Silence which will be crossing the country in September and October.

The trek will feature support from Carnifex and Oceano and is scheduled to launch on September 28th in Portland, OR at the Hawthorne Theatre and will conclude on October 22nd in Las Vegas at Vinyl at Hard Rock.

Despised Icon is also set to join the trek for a handful of dates including stops in Cleveland, New York City, Pennsylvania (Lancaster), and Connecticut (Webster).

Prior to the tour, Whitechapel will be taking part in the very first Ozzfest meets Knotfest which will be happening on September 25th at the San Manuel Amphitheater. See the dates here.

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Public Service Broadcasting Announce One-Off Charity Show

(Prog) Public Service Broadcasting have announced a one-off charity show. The duo will play London's Islington Assembly Hall on November 23 in aid of Bowel Cancer UK. And songwriter and guitarist J Willgoose Esq says he wanted to do the show as his life has been touched with the disease.

He says: "In late September last year my wife, Sarah, was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer at the age of 33, totally out of the blue. She has now completed her treatment and we're hopeful for the best possible outcome, so as a band we really wanted to try to do something positive to help promote the great work Bowel Cancer UK do for patients and their families."

Sarah adds: "A lot of people - myself included, prior to diagnosis - would think of bowel cancer as a disease which mainly affects older people. We really wanted to draw people's attention to Bowel Cancer UK's Never Too Young campaign and make sure that people of all ages are aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer and know that they should seek medical attention straight away if they notice any of them." Read more here.

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Dani Filth Says New Devilment Album Is Done

(Metal Hammer) Dani Filth has confirmed that the next Devilment album is finished. The Cradle Of Filth and Devilment frontman says they're putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2014's The Great And Secret Show - which was overseen by producer Scott Atkins at Suffolk's Grindstone Studios.

Filth tells TeamRock: "We literally finished it at the weekend. We did mastering then - it was a very lengthy night. It's all done and we're in the process of putting the artwork and the lyrics all together for delivery by next week."

"It's been a bloody hectic last couple of weeks - long nights. But it sounds fantastic now it's all done. The production is awesome. Scott put the hours into this one more because I think he has a vested interest. He's a good friend and we're a local band - we're all within 30 miles of each other." Read more here.

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Forever Ends Here Release Album Ahead Of Simple Plan Tour

Forever Ends Here have released their debut album titled 'Imagine This' today, August 19, ahead of their tour of Australia's East-Coast with Simple Plan.

"We've learned so much from the incredible artists we've toured with and even the fans who have been by our sides along the way," says singer Luke McChesney.

"We've really grasped the importance of doing what feels right to us," Luke adds. "We're writing songs that make us feel good and I think that's the most important thing you can do."

"The album feels much more cohesive, it feels more progressive and it's a work that we are more proud of than anything we have released in the past," says Kane.

To support the album, the band will support Canadian rockers, Simple Plan on their Australian East-Coast tour this September. "I still don't think it's sunk in," says Luke when talking about the opportunity given to them to perform with one of his favorite bands growing up. "It is a dream come true and a huge opportunity for us to reach as many new fans as possible," adds Kane. See the dates here.

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