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Megadeth Cut Concert Short After Woman Almost Killed

Megadeth were forced to cut a concert in Paraguay short this weekend after performing just five songs when fans broke through security and almost killed one woman.

The band was performing at the Sport Colombia stadium in Asuncion, Paraguay on Saturday night (August 20th) and after the show frontman Dave Mustaine tweeted the following explanation for cutting it short:

"Dear Paraguay, after all three barricades broke and hundreds of fans crushed three security guards, almost killing one female fan, we regretfully had to cancel the show.

"Please understand that your safety is just as important as ours and after all the security went in the pit someone ran onto the stage, a bottle was thrown, and we'll let you know as soon as we can reschedule and come back.

"This is out of our hands and we will make sure when we return to use a different venue, security, and promoter. Again, Lo siento mucho."

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Guns N' Roses Play Final American Show Of Reunion Tour

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses closed out their "Not In This Lifetime" North American tour at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on Monday and video from the show has surfaced online.

Hitting the stage half an hour later than scheduled, the group delivered a 26-song set that included the second tour appearance of two rarities: "Used To Love Her" from 1988's "G N' R Lies" and "There Was A Time" from 2008's "Chinese Democracy."

The trek has seen the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan perform material from the band's legendary albums, including 1987's smash "Appetite For Destruction" - the biggest selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.

The band's live lineup is rounded out by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese. Guns N' Roses will next launch a series of South American shows in Lima, Peru on October 27 and they have just announced a pair of dates in New Zealand in early 2017.

The group will play Westpac Stadium in Wellington on February 2 and Western Springs in Auckland on February 4. Watch the videos from the American closer here.

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Evanescence Announce Fall Tour

Amy Lee has announced that Evanescence will be returning to the road this fall to launch a tour of select cities in the United States in October and November.

The trek will be kicking off in Dallas, TX on October 28th at the South Side Ballroom and will conclude on November 23rd in Huntington, NY at The Paramount.

The band lineup will feature Lee on vocals and keyboards, Will Hunt on drums, Troy McLawhorn on guitar, Jen Majura on guitar, vocals and Tim McCord on bass. Lee had this to say, "Our music is so geared for live shows. When we create music we're constantly thinking about playing it live." See the tour dates here.

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Police Arrest Black Sabbath Ticket Forger

(Classic Rock) Police in Howard County, Maryland, are seeking victims of a Black Sabbath ticket fraud after arresting a forger who was selling fakes. Shannon Michael Seeber, 34, has been charged with theft scheme, forgery, possession of false identification plus a drugs offence and others.

He was traced after a victim bought four tickets for Black Sabbath's show in Bristow, Virginia, on August 21, via Craigslists. The buyer was later told by Ticketmaster that they weren't genuine.

Howard County Police Department say: "Through investigation, police developed Seeber as a suspect, located and arrested him. At the time of his arrest, Seeber was in possession of additional fraudulent tickets to multiple concerts, including Black Sabbath, Barbara Streisand, Drake and Adele. Read more here.

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Zakk Wylde Recruits Corey Taylor For 'Sleeping Dogs' Video

(Metal Hammer) Zakk Wylde has released a video for his track "Sleeping Dogs", which features a guest appearance from Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor.

The song appears on "Book Of Shadows II," the Black Label Society mainman's first solo album in 20 years, which was launched in April. View it below.

Taylor's vocals weren't featured on the original radio release of the track, also below, even though he'd already recorded them. He told WRIF (via Blabbermouth): "They wanted to go with it as a single, and my record label was worried because the didn't want it to clash with one of my songs.

"It's so stupid, the politics. I was like, 'Come on - it's a killer tune!' If it wasn't, I wouldn't have done it. Either way it sounds great. It really represents everything about Zakk that you love. It's got that sombre, almost Allman Brothers vibe to it. Plus, he's shredding like crazy." Watch the video here.

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Kings Of Leon Tweet Hint At New Album?

(Radio.com) It's been a long three years since Kings of Leon released new music and the wait may soon be over. In a 14-second video clip posted to Twitter on Sunday (August 21), Kings of Leon reveal that the follow-up 2013's Mechanical Bull is on its way.

The short clip shows the titles of each of the band's previous six albums before stating: "7 is coming." The video then closes with the guys in the studio smiling while working on what appears to be their seventh album.

Additionally, the band recently uploaded a new Facebook cover page that reads Walls, a possible hint at the new album's title. Check out the video clip and read more here.

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Powerful Synthetic Drugs Found At Prince's Home

(Classic Rock) Synthetic drugs 50 times stronger than heroin were found at Prince's home in the days after his death. It has been reported by the Guardian and others that a source close to the investigation told the Associated Press that pills falsely labeled as 'Watson 385' actually contained fentanyl, a synthetic opioid many times stronger than heroin.

Watson 385 is used to identify pills containing a mix of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. About 12 tablets were found in a dressing room at Prince's Paisley Park, with others found in bottles of Vitamin C and aspirin inside a suitcase and bags.

Autopsy results released in June showed that Prince died on April 21 of an accidental fentanyl overdose. How the musician got the drugs is still being investigated. Read more here.

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Metallica's New Album Came Together In Last Two Months Says James

(Metal Hammer) Metallica frontman James Hetfield has revealed that upcoming album "Hardwired... To Self Destruct" only took shape in the past few weeks, even though it's been under production for years.

But he says that's one of the advantages of having their own record label, rather than following orders issued by an outside corporate body. The band's 10th record will be released on November 18 via their Blackened Records firm.

Hetfield tells TwinCities.com: "We've been working on this record, realistically, for eight years. But it's been two years starting to put songs together.

"Literally, the last two months is when it all started to come together. There's no rules any more as far as you've got to do what the record company says or what the manager says. It's got to be cool and fun for us - that's the number-one priority." Read more here.

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Paul Stanley Believes KISS Will Make Another Album

(Classic Rock) KISS frontman Paul Stanley believes the band will record another album, despite the doubts he's discussed in the past. And he says he has a strong idea of what the work needs to achieve.

Stanley tells Cleveland Scene: "Records at this point are really something that, if we do, we do it for us more than anybody else. There really is no music industry. It's a guy who ran Tropicana last year that may run a record company this year. It's not a bunch of people who love music - it's a commodity at this point."

Stanley says the band have to find a good reason to return to the studio, adding: "Sonic Boom, there was definitely a reason to do. Monster, there was a reason to do. We're toying - certainly I'm toying - with the idea of doing another album. I think it will happen." Read more here.

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Pearl Jam Play Tribute To The Tragically Hip

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder dedicated a song to Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip during the band's first of two nights at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL on Saturday.

The tribute came as the Canadian group performed a farewell concert that was broadcast nationwide from their hometown of Kingston, ON as the last show of a tour following news in May that Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

"There's something going on up north of the border tonight, and it involves somebody that we can say is a family member," Vedder told the crowd. "He's part of the group of touring musicians we've met over the years. There's a guy who's got a band called Tragically Hip, and lucky for some of us, he did some recording with a guy we recorded with all the time with in Seattle."

"And I got to spend a few days with him," continued the singer, "and we were all informed of some sad news that he had a really tough form of brain cancer called Glioblastoma, which some of us know a lot about and it's a tough one, if not one the toughest forms. And he was very courageous and decided to take his group out on one last tour and tonight's the last night of that run.

"So they're up there going through the emotions up there. And I just want to send them our energy from our gathering up to their gathering up there and wish the best to Mr. Gord Downie. We love you." Check out the video here.

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Jimmy Eat World Giving Away New Song 'Get Right'

(TeamRock) Jimmy Eat World have released a lyric video for their single "Get Right". It's lifted from their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2013's Damage, which is due out on October 21. They've also made the song available to download for free on their website.

Singer Jimmy Adkins, who embarked on a solo tour and released a string of singles last September, hints that the band's year out helped their studio sessions become more organic.

He tells Radio 1: "We started recording in LA last November. Most of this was put together in a more spontaneous, breathing environment. It felt like it was a long time coming, because we didn't do anything with the band for a solid year."

Adkins continues: "I think it helped us get in touch with things as people. By that I mean, I think I'm in a place where I'm willing to throw away default responses to problems in life.

"I'm willing to check my ego and ask, 'What's the best way to approach this and solve this issue or problem?' I can't wait to play the new songs for people. Record release day can't come soon enough." Stream the new song here.

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Iced Earth Losing Guitarist Troy Seele

(Metal Hammer) Iced Earth guitarist Troy Seele will be leaving the band after a decade-long stint to take care of his autistic child. He says a change of circumstances means it's impossible for him to remain in Jon Schaffer's band, and he'll bow out after their appearance at Knotfest in Mexico on October 16.

Seele says: "Some of you know, but many do not, that I have a child with autism. In the past I had a great support system that has allowed me to pursue a career in music.

"That is no longer the case, and it has forced me to make a difficult decision. The demanding lifestyle of being in a professional band is no longer an option for me. Knowing the band is focused on a new album and touring cycle, this is the best time for me to stop down." Read more here.

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A Day To Remember Stream New Song 'Naivety'

(TeamRock) A Day To Remember have made their track "Naivety" available to stream. The song comes from their upcoming sixth album "Bad Vibrations", due out on September 2.

Frontman Jeremy McKinnon said of the follow-up to 2013's Common Courtesy: "The record is called Bad Vibrations because that's what I was feeling at the time, stuck in this weird, high-stress mindset every day.

"We completely changed the way we wrote, recorded and mixed this album. It was one of the most unique recording experiences we've ever had. We rented a cabin in the mountains and just wrote together in a room, which was the polar opposite of the last three albums we've made. This is the first record since For Those Who Have Heart that we've created as a full band - no digital bullsh*t."

He said working with producer Bill Stevenson was an "awesome experience", adding: "He was a bit hard to read at first, so I think we subconsciously pushed ourselves harder to try to impress him. As a result, we gave this album everything we had." Stream the new song here.

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Slapp Happy Reuniting At Music Festival

(Prog) Slapp Happy are to reunite for Cologne's Week-End Festival in Germany on November 26. It will be the first time the German/English trio, consisting of keyboardist Anthony Moore, guitarist Peter Blegvad and singer Dagmar Krause, perform live with backing band Faust - who featured on their first two albums, 1972's Sort Of and 1973's Acnalbasac Noom.

Slapp Happy will appear alongside acts including The Julie Ruin, Babyfather, Die Zimmermanner and Surface To Air Massive at the music event.

Soft Machine co-founder Robert Wyatt says of Slapp Happy: "Slapp Happy are a trio of incandescent talent, brilliant and witty and deeply knowledgable about the further reaches of art in the 20th century." Read more here.

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Coheed And Cambria Release 'Bridge And Tunnel' Video

(Prog) Coheed And Cambria have released a video for the demo version of their track "Bridge And Tunnel." It's one of the bonus offerings on the deluxe edition of their 2015 album The Color Before The Sun.

The Color Before The Sun (Deconstructed) is available now and features 30-tracks, including the full album along with demos and other extras.

Coheed said: "It features the original album's 10 songs, both in the studio and in their early acoustic demo form, as well as two bonus acoustic demos that were never recorded in the studio.

"The demos, called Big Beige/4th St, were named after Claudio Sanchez's home The Big Beige in upstate New York and his old apartment in Brooklyn's 4th Street, since he wrote and tracked them in each residence.

"These acoustic demo tracks were previously only made available to core fans who purchased the band's limited edition deluxe box set, which featured a 76-page physical book." Read more and watch the video here.

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Matt Roberts' Dad Thought Ex-3 Doors Down Star Had Beaten Addiction

(Classic Rock) The father of late 3 Doors Down ex Matt Roberts says he thought his son had "beaten" anxiety and his addiction to prescription drugs. The guitarist was found dead in a Wisconsin hotel room after a suspected accidental overdose. He was in town for a scheduled appearance at a charity gig.

His father Darrell, who was staying in the room next door, said police came to deliver the news to him the next day. He tells CNN: "I was awakened at 8:50am by some detectives beating on my door. It's always scary as a parent, they were in suits and that's when they told me.

"They asked me if Matt Roberts was my son, I said yes, and they said, 'We have bad news to tell you, Matt deceased last night.'" Darrell continues: "I know he had prescription drug addiction. He suffered greatly from anxiety.

"It's crazy as a performer - he never liked crowds or liked places he didn't know about as a baby, as a child, and this was his way of dealing with it and me and him talked about it often. I thought he had beaten it all." Read more here.

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Korn Release 'Insane' Music Video

(Metal Hammer) Korn have released the video for their track Insane. The song is taken from the band's upcoming 12th album The Serenity Of Suffering, due for release on October 21 via Roadrunner Records. Korn previously made Insane available to stream.

The video for Insane is directed by Ryan Valdez and is described as "a ghastly take on post-mortem photography or 'momento mori,' the practice of preserving loved ones after death with images."

The Serenity Of Suffering includes a guest appearance from Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor on the track A Different World. Guitarist James 'Munky' Schaffer recently reported that the band had set out to "put the ship back on course" with the follow-up to 2013's The Paradigm Shift.

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." Watch the video here.

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Dee Snider Strips Down 'We're Not Gonna Take It' For Charity

(Classic Rock) Dee Snider has released a video showing him performing a stripped back, piano-led version of the Twisted Sister classic "We're Not Gonna Take It" for a cancer charity.

Directed by musician and illusionist Criss Angel in a desert outside Las Vegas, the promo was produced to help raise awareness of Angel's new cancer charity, HELP (Heal Every Life Possible). It was founded in honour of his two-year-old son, who is in remission from leukaemia.

Angel tells the Las Vegas Review Journal: "Dee and I have known each other since the 1990s and he was a strong proponent of mine for years. We are both from Long Island, or as we like to think of it, 'Strong Island', and his record publishing company gave me the rights to the song and it is our anthem for gratis.

"Dee was unbelievably generous with his time and participation." Read more and watch the video here.

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Guns N' Roses Announce New Zealand Reunion Shows

(Classic Rock) Guns N' Roses have confirmed two New Zealand shows as part of their Not In This Lifetime tour. They'll appear in Wellington on February 2 and Auckland on February 4 next year, following 12 dates in South America, three in Japan and ahead of five in Australia.

The announcement comes after original drummer Steven Adler made this third appearance with the reunion lineup that features Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

He'd previously appeared in Cincinnati on July 6, then in Nashville on July 9. He returned during the band's homecoming show in Los Angeles on August 19 (Friday) where he once again played Out Ta Get Me and My Michelle. Video footage of his cameo can be viewed here.

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Lifesigns Part Ways With Guitarist And Vocalist Niko Tsonev

(Prog) Lifesigns have split with guitarist and vocalist Niko Tsonev. The Bulgarian-born musician says he's leaving so he can focus on other music projects. He thanks his former bandmates, keyboardist/vocalist John Young, bassist Jon Poole and drummer/percussionist Frosty Beedle for the "music and laughter" throughout his tenure.

Tsonev says: "After being a part of Lifesigns for three and a half years, I've made the decision to depart from the band. John, Frosty, Steve, Jon and Brett will always be like a family to me and I'm so proud with what we've achieved together - the small pub gigs, the sweaty splitter bus tours, the Cruise To The Edge shows, the UTB DVD - which will always feel like my baby after the countless hours of work put in.

"And last but not least, playing in front of tens of thousands of people during the amazing 2016 Summer Tour and the Lorelei, Ramblin' Man and Cropredy Festivals." Read more here.

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Joanne Shaw Taylor Streams New Song 'Dyin' To Know'

(The Blues) Joanne Shaw Taylor is premiering the lyric video for her track Dyin' To Know exclusively with TeamRock. The song is the opening track on Taylor's upcoming fifth album Wild, set for release on September 30 via her own label Axehouse Music.

She says: "Dyin' To Know is about addiction - that compulsion to repeatedly do something that has a negative impact on your life, whether that be alcohol, drugs a bad relationship.

"Sometimes you can't walk away even though you should and are willing to let that something kill you. Where does this road go, you're dying to know. For me this song musically has the most in common with my previous catalogue but lyrically it moves outside of my usual topics and with the addition the vocal harmonies feels a little different." Read more and check out the new song here.

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David Lee Roth Releases New Episodes Of The Roth Show

(hennemusic) Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth takes on the world of photography and coffee on the latest editions of his ongoing online video series entitled "The Roth Show."

The coffee episode includes the Van Halen singer's cover of the 1978 Gerry Rafferty hit, "Baker Street"; it was previously featured on his rare 2002 package "No Holds Bar-B-Que", which he shared with fans last month.

The "Photography" edition sees Roth exploring a historical look at the art form and some of the technical aspects of cameras through the years while linking both to today's world of pop culture.

Earlier this month, the singer took in some of the action at the Vans US Open Of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA. There's been no update on activity within the Van Halen camp recently; the group closed out their 2015 tour in support of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert" with a pair of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in early October. Watch the episodes here.

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Singled Out: Chains Over Razors' Devil's Eyes

Chains Over Razors' Mikey V tells us about the song "Devil's Eyes" from their brand new album "Crown the Villain" which was produced by Carmine Appice. Here is the story:

Hey, what's with all the violence? Time to break down these walls. The opening lyric line for Devil's Eyes says it all. At the time of the song being written, our singer Franco V. Roc called us asking what the hell was going on in Chicago. Chicago at the time was dubbed "Chiraq" with its gun violence and despicable crimes making headline news. Sadly, it didn't just make local news, but international news. No longer are we known only as the Windy City. This led him to write about the crime, corruption, anger, terrorism, politics, and hidden media agendas taking place around the world. He felt it was the Devil's plan. Also, my brother and I thought it was ironic that we titled the song "Devil's Eyes" before our singer mentioned anything to us about his idea of the Devil's plan.

Each city or country around the world has similar issues taking place. The idea was that the song would describe a world where no one was in control, surrounded by imaginary borders, and controlled by world leaders. When you think about it, it sounds a lot like the world we live in. You begin to question everything. Are the choices we are making the right one? Is the choice we are making creating a larger issue? Or, is the problem that we gave too much power to our elected officials and we are now struggling to take it back and restore balance? We mention in the song "the kingdom is burning down and there is nothing you can do. As we lay face down as the world watches the brutal truth". What we are referring to is that no matter how hard we try to fix our society and our current state of affairs, everything keeps on getting worse. We never had control.

When performing the song, it is technically demanding. The guitar and drums require precision, focus, and relaxation to execute the patterns. During the recording process, we realized that if we do not follow these core ideas, the song could easy derail itself since it never slows down for a single moment. Our producer, rock legend, Carmine Appice, would always push us passed our comfort zone, but inspired us to always be creative and spontaneous in every aspect of being an artist.

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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