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Guns N' Roses Reunite With Steven Adler In L.A.

(hennemusic) Drummer Steven Adler reunited with Guns N' Roses for a pair of songs at Dodger Stadium on August 19 and video from the concert has surfaced online.

Adler joined fellow classic GNR lineup bandmates Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan for "Out Ta Get Me" and "My Michelle" from 1987's "Appetite For Destruction", marking his third appearance with the group on the 2016 summer tour.

The drummer previously performed the same tunes with his former bandmates in Cincinnati on July 6 and in Nashville on July 9. Fired from the band for excessive drug use in 1990, Adler has long lobbied for a full reunion of the group's "classic" lineup.

Adler's appearance during Guns N' Roses 26-song set comes just as the group prepare to play the summer tour finale at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on August 22. Check out the video of the L.A. reunion jam here.

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Ex-3 Doors Down Guitarist Matt Roberts Dead At 38

(Classic Rock) Former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts had died at the age of 38, his father has confirmed. His body was found in a Wisconsin hotel room ahead of a charity concert he was planning to play. An accidental overdose is suspected.

TMZ reports: "Matt's dad Darrell says Matt had rehearsal until 1am, and the two went back to their hotel with an adjoining room. Darrell was woken up around 9am by detectives who informed Matt had passed away overnight. Darrell tells us prescription pills were involved, but he believes the possible OD was accidental."

Roberts left 3 Doors Down in 2012 citing health issues, and saying the band would "always have a special place in my heart." Frontman Brad Arnold said the guitarist would "always be welcome back with open arms." Read more here.

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The Tragically Hip Play Farewell Show

(hennemusic) The Tragically Hip performed their farewell concert at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in the band's hometown of Kingston, Ontario, Canada on Saturday night (August 20th) with a massive TV audience turning in to witness the historic show.

hennemusic streamed the show live via Canada's national public broadcaster, the CBC, which interrupted its coverage of the 2016 Olympics to present "The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration," a concert event featuring the last show of the group's farewell tour following news in May that frontman Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Alongside guitarists Paul Langlois and Rob Baker, bassist Gord Sinclair and drummer Johnny Fay, Downie led the band through a 3-hour concert that presented 30 songs from their career, including material from their latest album, "Man Machine Poem."

Opening with their 1992 classic, "Fifty Mission Cap", The Tragically Hip delivered a 21-song main set followed by an unprecedented three encores that concluded with the 1996 hit, "Ahead By A Century."

"We're officially into unchartered waters," said Downie. "We never do third ones." Downie gave a few shout outs during the show to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was on hand to witness what may be the final send-off to a Canadian institution.

"Gord and The Tragically Hip are an inevitable and essential part of what we are and who we are as a country," Trudeau told the CBC before the band hit the stage.

In addition to the 6,700 fans inside the arena, close to 25,000 gathered in Kingston's Market Square to watch the concert on a big screen, while people across Canada accessed the broadcast via tv, radio and online, as well as at viewing parties in clubs and venues around the country.

Calling it "an unprecedented event," the CBC reports preliminary audience figures show the concert drew 11.7 million Canadians - or about one-third of the country's population - with the television broadcast averaging 4 million viewers.

Expected to be the group's final appearance, the last show of a 15-date Canadian tour was held in the arena in the band's Ontario hometown on a street named The Tragically Hip Way. Check out video from the show and read more here.

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Metallica's Full Minneapolis Concert Streaming Online

(hennemusic) Metallica streamed their performance at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN on August 20 and audio of the complete concert is available.

hennemusic delivered the live show as the band headlined the first rock concert at the new home of the Minnesota Vikings before a reported crowd of 50,000 fans.

The 19-song, 2.5 hour set opened with the group's 1984 classic, "Creeping Death", and mixed tunes from their entire catalog before closing with the finale of 1991's "Enter Sandman."

The show saw Metallica perform the live debut of "Hardwired," the lead track from their forthcoming album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct." Due November 18, the two-disc set was produced by Greg Fidelman, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich and presents a dozen new songs and more than 80 minutes of music.

"It really does exist!," says the band. "Hardwired… represents the next phase of our journey as Metallica and we are so excited to share it with you." Check out the song performance as well as the full concert here.

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Architects' Tom Searle Dies From Cancer At 28

(Metal Hammer) Architects founding guitarist Tom Searle has died at the age of 28, the band have confirmed. In a statement posted on the Architects Facebook page Sunday, they confirm Searle had been battling cancer for three years.

Tom's twin brother and bandmate Dan Searle says: "He spent the last two months of his life fighting with everything he had to overcome the disease once and for all, and things appeared to be moving in the right direction. But in the last two weeks it suddenly took a turn for the worse and finally he left us."

Earlier this summer, Architects were forced to cancel their European tour due to a family emergency, which Dan explains further in the Facebook statement.

He says: "We had to cancel our European festival tour and US headline tour because on June 8 in Luxembourg, Tom was extremely sick, we called an ambulance and he was taken into ICU. The following day he was placed into a medically induced coma and the doctors told us that it was unlikely that they'd ever be able to wake him.

"Five days later, against all the odds, he was awake again, and in a few short days following that, myself and Tom cancelled the air ambulance that was due to take him home and we got the Eurostar train home. Classic Tom Searle." Read more here.

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Slipknot May Play Special Anniversary Show

(Metal Hammer) Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has hinted that the band could play a one-off album anniversary show in the future - but he won't say which record it'll feature.

When asked by Aggressive Tendencies if the band would consider an anniversary tour, Taylor says: "No. We're talking about one show. We're talking about at least doing something - me and Clown are conspiring to do something insane for one of our albums.

"I can't even say if it's Iowa or not. We're threatening to do one and really taking it to the nth degree, because we have seen a lot of bands do the celebratory lap and obviously we want to do it with one of the albums - but it's got to make sense for us. We'll see what happens."

Slipknot released their self-titled debut in 1999, Iowa in 2001, Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) in 2004, All Hope Is Gone in 2008 and .5: The Gray Chapter in 2014. Read more here.

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The Ghost Inside's Zach Johnson Has 9th Surgery Since Fatal Bus Crash

(TeamRock) The Ghost Inside's Zach Johnson has undergone his ninth round of surgery following the band's horror tour bus crash last November. Both drivers were killed in a collision in El Paso in 2015, with the band suffering varying degrees of injuries.

Johnson has endured more than 26 hours of surgery since the incident, which left him with a severely broken pelvis, various broken bones and the loss of some of his toes.

Last month he endured a setback when an x-ray revealed his thigh bone hasn't healed properly. But he's had to endure more medical attention due to an abdominal hernia which came about from trauma to the midsection of his body.

He reports via Instagram: "Done with surgery, went a bit longer than expected. The hernia was bigger and deeper than they had thought. Once again, something that could've been avoided had 'the system' not taken so long. Either way, it's done and out. Have some mesh implanted there now to prevent it from reoccurring. Going to take it easy for a week or two now." Read more here.

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Tony MacAlpine Says 'All Is Well' In Cancer Fight

(Prog) Tony MacAlpine says "all is well in medical land" after he was diagnosed with colon cancer last year. The guitar virtuoso has planned a run of solo shows in the west coast of the US - and will also support Steve Vai on his Passion And Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour.

MacAlpine says: "It's been a while since I have reached out to you, but now the good fortune of health and timing is allowing me to do so. I have been feeling back to normal and tests indicate that all is well in medical land. Deep and sincere thanks to you all for your wonderful support through this very difficult last 12 months.

"I will be playing a run of US west coast shows in October with my trio of drummer Aquiles Priester and bassist Bjorn Englen. There will be some solo and headline shows, and some very cool shows supporting Steve Vai." Read more here.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Recruit Fan To Fill In For Greg Puciato

(TeamRock) The Dillinger Escape Plan enlisted the help of a saxophonist and an audience member to fill in for frontman Greg Puciato when he missed their appearance at the 7th annual Gwar-BQ.

Puciato's flight from LA to Richmond, Virginia, was reportedly cancelled, leaving the band without a frontman for their performance on Saturday.

But rather than leave the crowd disappointed, The Dillinger Escape Plan had Brain Tentacles saxophonist Bruce Lamont join them on stage to perform Puciato's vocal melodies with his sax.

And later in the set, a seemingly random stage invader turned out to be a TDEP fan called Dylan Lawson, who is a vocalist with local bands Asylum and Dismantle The Architect.

Despite security trying to stop Lawson from reaching the stage, TDEP bassist Liam Wilson insisted he be allowed up and he sang a few songs with the band.

One audience member tells TeamRock: "From what was said over the microphone by guitarist Ben Weinman, Greg Puciato was unable to make the show due to his a flight cancelation that subsequently left him stuck in LA at the time." Read more here.

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Pantera's Rex Brown Releasing Solo Album

(Metal Hammer) Former Pantera and Down bassist Rex Brown will release his solo debut album next year, he's revealed. He'll be heard singing and playing guitar and bass on tracks inspired by his love of 1970s music.

And he says the project came about after he began to feel burnt out by life on the road. Brown tells Metal Hammer: "I had to get off that bus after 25 years or more. I reached a point where I wanted to take some time off, watch my kids grow, be at home and just find out what the next journey is.

"I went to Nashville last summer, and I have this good friend who sits in his bedroom and writes incredible stuff. I'd found this tape with about 80 different riffs, so we started piecing together these songs. I've been going back and forth to Nashville from maybe last September. I think the longest I was there was 11 days, getting a feel for the band." Read more here.

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Opeth Announce Special 'Sorceress' Shows

(Prog) Opeth have lined up three landmark shows in support of upcoming 12th album Sorceress. The follow-up to 2014's Pale Communion arrives on September 30, with frontman Mikael Akerfeldt revealing the record was inspired by "the negative apects of love."

Now they've announced they'll perform special shows at New York's Radio City Music Hall on October 1, London's Wembley Arena on November 19 and Sydney's Opera House on February 6, 2017.

Akerfeldt says: "We're getting pumped up for the coming Sorceress world tour. We have three shows scheduled that are quite out of the ordinary due to their legendary status and location.

"These three shows will be completely unique in terms of songs, spanning over two separate set lists. We'll pull out songs from our back catalogue and mix it up with newer stuff during the first set. The second set will consist of songs exclusively from the Deliverance and Damnation records, that was just celebrated with a re-release combo package by the newly revived Music For Nations label." Read more here.

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Robert Plant Added To Bill Wyman's 80th Birthday Show

(The Blues) Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has been confirmed as one of the guests for ex Rolling Stone Bill Wyman's 80th birthday show in London later this year.

The October 28 concert at the IndigO2 is part of this year's three-day BluesFest event, with a lineup including Van Morrison, Walter Trout, Jeff Beck, Bad Company and Richie Sambora.

Wyman's guests include Mark Knopfler, Mick Hucknall, Bob Geldof and Imelda May, with more to be revealed. The set will feature music that's influenced Wyman throughout his career.

BluesFest boss Leo Green says: "This concert is shaping up to be one of the gigs of the year. The addition of Robert to an already monumental lineup is a clear indicator of the vast influence Bill has had on the music world." Read more here.

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Korn Stream 'Insane' New Song

(TeamRock) Korn have streamed their track Insane from upcoming album The Serenity Of Suffering. The follow-up to 2013's The Paradigm Shift is released on October 21 via Roadrunner Records.

Guitarist James 'Munky' Schaffer recently reported that the band had set out to "put the ship back on course" with their 12th title. He said: "We compiled a lot of material and looked at it in retrospect to our previous albums - how did it play a part? Was it touching things that maybe we haven't touched on? We took a long time to do that.

"We actually started writing a lot of the material with eight-string guitars. That didn't pan out the way Head and I thought it was going to. But we got a lot of great stuff and we transposed a lot of that music to our seven-string sound, and it made more sense. It sounded more like Korn at that point." Stream the song and read more here.

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Meshuggah Recorded Forthcoming Album Live

(Metal Hammer) Meshuggah's Tomas Haake say they recorded forthcoming album The Violent Sleep Of Reason live for the first time in "20, 25 years." The drummer, who claims they were "one of the first bands" in the djent scene to use computer software to create their music, says they've opted for more traditional recording sessions on their next release to capture their sound "honestly."

He also admits that he feels their last two albums 2008's Obzen and 2012's Koloss were "too perfect." Haake tells Metal Hammer: "This album is recorded live. It's the first time we've done that in 20, 25 years. It was time limitations that stopped us doing it before. And it's been interesting.

"If you put it all together using computers then you often have to fix problems after the fact. I've gone back to records where I've not known every drum part. And once you do that you can start with drums and then just add layers of guitars and then bass and it all sounds perfect.

"Obzen and Koloss are great albums but, to me, they are a little too perfect. It didn't really capture what we sounded like honestly.

"But where we recorded live you get to hear the push and pull, one person might be a little ahead and the other might be a little behind. If you kill that, you can kill the energy." Read more here.

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Sinsaenum Stream New Song 'Anfang des Albtraumes'

(Metal Hammer) Sinsaenum, the band formed by ex Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and Dragonforce bassist Frederic Leclercq, have released a lyric video for their track Anfang des Albtraumes ("Beginning Of The Nightmare").

It's taken from debut album Echoes Of The Tortured, which was launched earlier this month. Leclerq tells Billboard that the song is in keeping with the themes of "horror, gore, suicide, war, chaos," adding: "The whole point is to take the listeners on a journey. I want them to create their own story. We're just point at directions and it's up to them to focus on what seems right.

"The album is like going down a spiral of darkness, passing different stages. We all have had nightmares that seem all so true, and you realize it and want to escape - but you can't." Read more and check out the song here.

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Aynsley Lister Announces New Album 'Eyes Wide Open'

(The Blues) Blues guitarist Aynsley Lister has announced that he'll release his eighth album titled Eyes Wide Open on October 7. Lister has also released a video for the first track from the album, All Of Your Love.

The follow-up to 2013's Home will be issued via Straight Talkin' Records and he says he wanted to "keep the raw edginess and energy of a band" on his latest studio effort.

Lister adds: "That meant minimal takes and going with the ones that had the most spirit and passion over those with technical perfection. To me, music isn't supposed to be perfect. It's supposed to grab you and move you both emotionally and physically - it's supposed to connect with you." Read more and watch the video here.

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Hellyeah Release 'Startariot' Lyric Video

(Metal Hammer) Hellyeah have released a lyric video for their track "Startariot." The song appears on the group's fifth album Undeniable, which was launched in June via Eleven Seven.

Speaking before its release, guitarist Tom Maxwell said of the follow-up to 2014's Blood For Blood: "There's a lot of new stuff coming out that we've never tried before, and a lot of heavy sh*t. It's going to be moody, it's going to be dark, it's going to be crushing, it's going to be heartbreaking, it's going to be everything.

"It's a proper take-off from our last record, but with a lot of new surprises, musically and lyrically. We are moving forward with the path that we've taken with Blood For Blood. It's a really, really savage album."

Undeniable includes a cover of Phil Collins track I Don't Care Anymore, featuring an archive guitar track by drummer Vinnie Paul's later brother Dimebag Darrell Abbot. Paul said: "When we listened it totally gave me goosebumps. We've always felt like he's been a part of this band. And for people to be able to hear him again in 2016 puts a big smile on my face." Check out the video here.

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Steve Howe Wishes Anderson Rabin Wakeman Well

(Prog) Steve Howe wishes former Yes members Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman good luck in their new project, he's said. Anderson Rabin Wakeman will commence their first tour in October, performing a set featuring Yes music along with fresh compositions.

Meanwhile, Yes are midway through a US tour performing parts of Tales From Topographic Oceans, the full Drama album and more. Howe tells the Oakland Press: "I would say good luck to them, you know? There's been cover bands our playing Yes, and we're delighted, really, that there's more Yes music being out there, getting played.

"Anybody can play Yes music and hopefully the bar is set very high. The standards of quality and perfectionism are set pretty high for Yes already. I think it's good to have demanding environments for it." Read more here.

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Devin Townsend Project Stream New Song 'Secret Sciences'

(Metal Hammer) Devin Townsend Project have streamed their Secret Sciences from upcoming album Transcendence. It is set to be released on September 9 via InsideOut.

Townsend recently admitted the record was his attempt to stop being "a controlling prog dude," adding: "I wrote 50 or 60 songs and kept sending them to everybody, the band, management and label. I asked them to tell me which ones they liked and so we'd start working on that.

"What I did, as opposed to directing every last detail, was start from the beginning, go through each riff and then discuss it. A dialogue opened up where everyone was contributing and talking about it, and in a way it moulded it into something where lyrically I could take that process. It became the theme of the album, ultimately."

He said he was grateful for his fans' tolerance of the "left turns" he keeps taking with his music. "What comes with that is also the acknowledgement that there's a style of music I've made with the DTP vibe," he continued. If I can continue to do it with honesty then I should do it." Stream the song here.

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Steve Hackett Reflects On Tribute Album

(Prog) Steve Hackett says he's most proud of his 2008 album Tribute. The former Genesis man says his record was inspired by his guitar role models, Andres Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams.

Hackett tells Eon Music: "Probably the album that I'm proudest of is called Tribute. I did six pieces of Bach on it, and it was just wonderful to be able to do that work that had been attacked by the greats such as Andres Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams.

"It's a bit like Shakespeare for an actor, so I quite see why someone who, having done blockbusters would just want to go and act Hamlet. It's lovely to be able to do things that are out of character - there is no such thing as Steve Hackett - what there is, is an awful lot of music and influences that he assimilated over many, many years, and now I'm in the position to be a sufficiently plausible character actor, to wander in and out of these various schools." Read more here.

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Stick To Your Guns Announce 'Better Ash Than Dust' EP, Stream Song

(TeamRock) Stick To Your Guns have announced that they'll release an EP next month. Titled Better Ash Than Dust, it will arrive on September 23 via Pure Noise Records, and will be the US outfit's first material since they launched fifth album Disobedient in February 2015.

The band have streamed The Neverending Story ahead of release. Better Ash Than Dust also features Universal Language which Stick To Your Guns revealed in July.

They had planned to launch the track at a later date but brought the release forward following the spate of shootings across the US and the bombings in Baghdad which left 292 people dead last month. Read more and stream the song here.

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Magic Mushroom Band Anthology Set For Release

(Prog) A retrospective collection featuring the Magic Mushroom Band has been announced. Pictures In My Mind Anthology 1984-1994 will be issued via Cherry Red Records and will include 31 tracks spread over two discs.

It will feature live material, rare compilation tracks, alternate versions and recordings from the band's two Aftermath albums Bomshamkar! and Eyes Of The Angel.

The anthology marks the first time these recordings have been made available on CD, and also includes songs from the band's time on Magick Eye Records.

A statement reads: "During the 1980s there was an alternative, alternative which harkened back to the psychedelic rock scene of the 60s and 70s and was in many ways, a continuation of that tradition.

"Of the many free festival neo-psychedelic bands to gain prominence during this period were The Magic Mushroom Band, who until now have not revealed their story to the world." Read more here.

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