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New Foo Fighters Album 'On The Books'

(Radio.com) We know that the Foo Fighters are ending their touring hiatus this coming summer after the band announced a handful of European dates beginning in June of next year.

A number of burning questions remain: how many more dates will they add, where will they be, and will a new album accompany the Foos in 2017? Drummer Taylor Hawkins says there will be a new record 'at some point," in a new interview, but says the timing all hinges on Dave Grohl.

"We won't really be ready until Dave's ready to go. It's on the books, so we'll definitely be playing," Hawkins told NME. 'We never really know, we just wait for a text from Dave saying 'Hey, let's go down to the studio.'" Read more here.

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Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile Health Battle Will Never End

(Metal Hammer) Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile has hit out at fans urging him to get better, saying his battle with Marfan Syndrome will never end. Carlile's struggles with genetic disorder Marfans have seen him undergo a string of surgeries and have led to Of Mice & Men pulling out of various tours. Most recently, they had to withdraw from an Australian tour with A Day To Remember.

Now the singer had addressed fans in a series of tweets in which he explains his condition is not something he will ever fully recover from. Carlile says: "FYI you don't 'get better' with Marfans. You get by. I've had foot, ear, rib, head, hip, back and heart surgeries just so I can function and live.

"All of you saying I should hurry up and get better, what's taking so long? I'll never be better. You happy? I live each day as it comes. Each day is a battle. Marfan Syndrome is a fibrositic connective tissue disorder, that means it affects your entire body - and it is painful. I don't cry on Twitter on all the bad days. I suck it up and keep pushing on." Read more here.

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Megadeth and Anthrax Stars Recording New Album

Megadeth's David Ellefson and Anthrax's Frank Bello have announced that they have hit the recording studio to make a new album for their Altitudes & Attitude project.

The thrash veterans are currently working with producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther, Stone Sour) on the new effort at a recording studio in Hollywood, California. The group also features drummer Jeff Friedl.

Ellefson had the following to say "What started out as simple bass ideas quickly developed into some really great songs together. Our fans would probably never suspect that a couple of metal bass players would have songs like these inside of us.

"It's exciting to write melody with diversity while still pushing the limits of lead-bass playing. Frank's singing, and both of us playing guitars and other instruments, gave us a whole new dimension for creative opportunities."

Bello adds, "We thought it would be cool to let fans hear something they wouldn't expect from us - which is what Altitudes & Attitude is". Watch the band's previously released "Tell The World" video here.

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Rush Streaming Unreleased 1976 Live Outtake

(hennemusic) Rush are streaming an unreleased live outtake of "Something For Nothing" as a preview to the December 16 release of an expanded 40th anniversary edition of their 1976 album classic, "2112."

Alongside the title track, the performance is one of two songs on the reissue that were recorded during a series of 1976 shows at Toronto's Massey Hall that resulted in the band's first live album, "All The World's A Stage."

The Canadian rockers are marking the landmark studio album's anniversary with multiple editions of the project, including a 2CD/DVD set, 3LP vinyl and a Super Deluxe Edition that combines everything into one package.

The reissue presents a newly-remastered "2112" done at Abbey Road Studios, an additional CD of rare, live and previously unreleased material alongside newly-recorded tracks from "2112" by special guests - including Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters - and a DVD featuring a newly restored vintage 1976 concert recorded at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ plus bonus videos and interviews. Check out the stream here.

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Dead & Company Announce 2017 Tour

Grateful Dead offshoot Dead & Company confirmed that they will be hitting the road next year for a spring and early summer tour after dates were erroneously leaked by Live Nation.

The group features Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Billy Kreutzmann, as well as singer/guitarist John Mayer, RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and Allman Brothers' bassist Oteil Burbridge.

The summer trek will be kicking off on May 27th in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will conclude on July 1st at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Il. See the dates and read more here.

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29 Eric Clapton Guitars Up For Sale

(Classic Rock) A collection of 29 guitars owned and used by Eric Clapton are up for sale. Nashville's Gruhn Guitars in Tennessee are offering a variety of vintage and modern guitars

The collection includes a 1941 Martin 000-45 Clapton purchased from Gruhn in 2005, up for $150,000. A two-tone sunburst finish 2014 Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster, one of his main guitars in 2014, is also available for $42,500.

There are also two pre-World War Two Martin acoustic guitars, Custom Shop/Masterbuilt Fender Stratocasters, Gretsch, Roland, and Gibson electric solidbody and hollowbody guitars, vintage and modern D'Angelico guitars and an Epiphone Les Paul autographed by Les Paul. Read more here.

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Riot Fest Founder Sean McKeough Dead At 42

(TeamRock) Riot Fest founder Sean McKeough had died at the age of 42. Bosses at the Chicago and Denver-based festival confirmed McKeough's death in a post on the event's website.

McKeough's Riot Fest partner Michael Petryshyn says: "Sean was Riot Fest's pillar of strength. I loved him. I admired him. And to lose him is a lonely and barren feeling.

"I miss my friend immensely. Without Sean and his belief that a little fest could make a positive impact on people's lives by doing things differently and left of the dial, Riot Fest would have never become such an intimate family. here.

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Damon Wilson Leaves The Temperance Movement

(Classic Rock) The Temperance Movement have announced drummer Damon Wilson is leaving the band. The sticksman, who has been in the group for five years, confirms he's leaving to spend more time with his family.

The band say Simon Lea will perform with the group at forthcoming acoustic shows, followed by The Graveltones' Mikey Sorbello behind the kit in Germany.

The Temperance Movement say: "It's with heavy hearts that we find ourselves having to bid farewell to our brother, collaborator and drummer, Damon Wilson. We've had a great five years together and accomplished so much together.

"We never take for granted how lucky we are to be able to travel and play music, but for some people there comes a point when it no longer makes sense for them, and that is the decision Damon has made. Of course, we accept and respect his decision completely." Read more here.

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Nitro Return And Recruit Lamb Of God Star

(Classic Rock) US outfit Nitro have confirmed the news that they've reformed. Joining founding members, vocalist Jim Gillette and guitarist Michael Angelo Batio, is Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler who says he's been "blown away" by the trio's new material.

He says: "I'm not sure who keeps giving my phone number to the most talented musicians on the planet but, I couldn't be more thrilled. I used to wonder what a metal band would sound like with all the cheat codes unlocked and well, I don't wonder about that anymore.

"I'm blown away by the modern sound and groove in the material. The chaos has been harnessed and it's incredibly heavy." Gillette along with Batio and bassist T.J. Racer and drummer Bobby Rock released Nitro's debut album O.F.R. in 1989. Following several lineup changes, they issued their second record Nitro II: H.W.D.W.S. in 1991 but split two years later. Read more here.

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Frank Zappa Collaborator Allan Zavod Dead At 71

(Prog) Composer Dr. Allan Zavod, who worked with artists including Frank Zappa and Eric Clapton in his career, has died at home aged 71 after being diagnosed with brain cancer last year.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, the renowned jazz pianist also worked with Duke Ellington, Jean-Luc Ponty, Cab Calloway, George Benson, James Morrisson and many more throughout his career. He also composed more than 30 movie and TV soundtracks - including 1989 movie Communion with Clapton.

Zavod achieved a music degree from the Conservatorium at the University Of Melbourne in 1969. At the recommendation of Ellington, who watched him perform, he furthered his studies at Berklee College Of Music in Boston, US - where he later became a professor. Read more here.

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Metallica Feared Kids Instruments Performance

(Classic Rock) James Hetfield has admitted that Metallica's doubt about their own playing abilities left them worried about performing Enter Sandman on toy instruments last month.

The band appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to deliver a spoof version of their track in the lead-up to the launch of 10th album Hardwired´┐Ż To Self-Destruct.

The frontman played a plastic clarinet, drummer Lars Ulrich used mini percussion, guitarist Kirk Hammett had a melodica or blow-organ and bassist Robert Trujillo had a toy guitar.

Hetfield tells Spotify: "We're literally afraid to jam with certain people, because we think we're not worthy enough. We're not great musicians. Even with those little flutes and stuff I was worried. Kirk was practicing the song on this little recording thing. It's like, 'Dude, stop practicing it - just go have fun. Go screw it up!'"

He adds: "You've got to laugh at yourselves. You've got to not take yourself so seriously all the time. The Jimmy Fallon thing showed up in our lap, they said, 'You want to do this?' We had a blast. Stuff like that is just fun. It lightens your heart and it humbles you as well."

omparing the TV appearance to the pressure the band feel on stage, Hetfield reflects: "It's fun to give each other permission to screw up. You're not under a microscope." Read more and watch the spoof here.

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AFI Premiere New Song 'Aurelia'

(Radio.com) AFI have shared, "Aurelia," the third song to be released from the band's forthcoming full length titled, The Blood Album. The new song follows "White Offerings" and "Snow Cats," which both dropped simultaneously last month.

Before premiering the new track, frontman Davey Havok spoke to BBC 1 radio host Daniel P Carter about the song's organic beginnings. "It was really one of the latest songs that was written for the record," Havok explains.

"I would guess we'd written forty of fifty songs. It was that late in the process. It has very simple beginning and very immediate results. It came together very quickly."

"It's one of my favorite songs on the record," says Havok. Check out the song and the interview here.

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Guns N' Roses Add Dates To Japanese Tour

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses have expanded their early 2017 tour of Japan with the addition of dates in Kobe and Yokohama. The band previously announced performances in Osaka (January 21) and two concerts in Tokyo at the Saitama Super Arena on January 28 and 29.

The reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan will perform at the World Arena in Kobe on January 22 and the Yokohama Arena on January 25, bringing the total of shows to five in the country.

Babymetal will open all shows except the January 28 appearance in Tokyo, which will see Man With A Mission as support. A Nightrain pre-sale is underway now with general public tickets available December 24 at 10 AM local time. See the dates here.

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Carcass Unsure If Guitarist Ben Ash Will Be On Next Album

(Metal Hammer) Carcass man Bill Steer says "it's not clear" if guitarist Ben Ash will appear on the band's seventh studio album. Ash joined the band following the release of 2013's Surgical Steel. And while praising Ash's work with the group over the past three years, Steer says he's not keen on "bringing in influences that are not within the scope of the band."

When asked by Dead Rhetoric whether Ash would contribute to a possible seventh album by Carcass, Steer says: "At this stage, it's not clear whether he will actually be on the record, in all honesty. What he does live works in that environment. Recording is putting everything under a microscope.

"If somebody's bringing in influences that are not within the scope of the band, it's going to be problematic. Ben's a killer guy and he works hard on his playing, but some of his favorite stuff is not our favorite stuff. If some of those things bled into our music, it would really dilute it, to be honest with you." Read more here.

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Volbeat Release Live 'Seal The Deal' Video

(Classic Rock) Volbeat have released a live video showcasing their track Seal The Deal. The song features on the band's sixth album Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie, which launched in June.

It's the second Volbeat title to feature former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano and the first without bassist Anders Kjolholm. Speaking about the track, Caggiano previously told TeamRock: "We already had the album title before we wrote this song, and as is the case with all these songs they came together musically before we had any lyrics.

"But this song, to me, very much has the spirit of Motorhead in it. We were originally talking about covering a Motorhead song in tribute to Lemmy, but when Brandon from Teenage Bottlerocket passed away that kind of changed our plan.

"So we made the title track a kind of indirect tribute to Lemmy and Motorhead." Watch the video here.

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Opeth's Martin Axenrot Tops Best Prog Drummer List

(Prog) Opeth drummer Martin Axenrot has been named the best drummer in prog this year. The poll was conducted by Music Radar, with 136,000 votes cast. And Axenrot came out on top following the success of Opeth's 12th studio album Sorceress, which was released in September.

It's the second time he's been awarded the accolade after taking the no.1 spot in 2015. Opeth say: "136,000 votes came in for Best Prog Drummer 2016 on MusicRadar's recent poll and for the second year in a row we're proud to announce that Axe has taken the top position. Thank you all who voted."

Other artists who joined the Opeth man feature in the top 10 include Dream Theater's Mike Mangini, Tesseract's Jay Postones and King Crimson's Gavin Harrison. See the full list here.

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Kings Of Chaos Not A Supergroup Says Linkin Park Singer

(Metal Hammer) Chester Bennington has played down Kings Of Chaos' supergroup tag. The rock'n'roll collective features the Linkin Park singer along with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy, Billy Idol's sideman Steve Stevens and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo.

But despite the star-studded lineup, Bennington insists Kings Of Chaos can't be described as a supergroup. He tells Vegas Seven: "From my perspective, a supergroup is when members of two successful bands leave their bands and form something new.

"My generational examples of a supergroup would be Velvet Revolver and Audioslave. With the members of Kings Of Chaos, we're all in intact groups, so we have a large catalogue of songs from each of our bands that we can play live."

The band have several shows in the US lined up this week which will see Bennington share vocal duties with Taylor and Gibbons. "We try to give everyone time to shine," he says. "There are songs I'm not familiar with, which makes for a challenge and gives me a competitive boner." Read more here.

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Status Quo Extending Last Night Of The Electrics tour

(Classic Rock) Status Quo have announced they'll extend their Last Night Of The Electrics tour in 2017. The band played several dates across Europe in October and November, with a run of UK shows scheduled for later this month, which were due to be the group's last ever electric performances.

But Status Quo's manager Simon Porter has confirmed the group's live commitments will continue into next year - with further acoustic gigs also planned.

He says in a statement: "Following the incredible reaction and success of the current European tour and as a result of requests from fans and promoters alike, Quo are delighted to announce that the Last Night Of The Electrics tour will be extended into 2017 - initially visiting territories not included on the current tour." Read more here.

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Muse To Headline Reading and Leeds Festivals

(TeamRock) Muse have been named as the first headline act for next year's Reading and Leeds festivals. The 2017 editions take place on the weekend of August 25-27, following this year's events which starred the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy.

Also confirmed for 2017 alongside Muse are Architects - in a UK exclusive - At The Drive-In and While She Sleeps. Muse frontman Matt Bellamy says: "We're very excited to be playing Reading and Leeds again. More news about our plans for 2017 coming in the new year."

Festival organizer Melvin Benn adds: "I'm thrilled to be able to announce Muse as the first headliner. Their incredible live show promises to be unforgettable.

"We have so much more to announce and I can't wait to reveal the rest of the lineup." Read more here.

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Motorhead Were Not Always On The Same Page Writing

(Metal Hammer) Phil Campbell says he and other members of Motorhead would sometimes fight for three days over song ideas. Though the guitarist wrote the bulk of their material, he admits it often took a while to get frontman Lemmy and drummer Mikkey Dee's approval.

He tells Metal Forces Magazine: "I could do whatever I wanted in Motorhead, but I'd have to fight for it sometimes, big time. I wrote nearly all of the material for Motorhead since I joined with Lem and Mik. Lem did all of the lyrics and he came up with his own songs and his own riffs, but the bulk of it was mine. Most of the time I got my way in the end, but it might have taken three days of fighting for it."

Campbell says he now has a "bit more clout" in his band Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, with his three sons and vocalist Neil Starr. He says rows over songwriting "sort themselves in 20 minutes." Read more here.

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Shaman Elephant Stream New Song 'Shaman In The Woods'

(Prog) Norwegian proggers Shaman Elephant stream their new single, Shaman In The Woods, with Prog. The band, who released the single on December 1, are signed to the Karisma label, also home to Seven Impale, Airbag and Ossicles.

The quartet - Eirik Sejersted Vognstolen (guitar/vocals), Jonas Saerston (keyboards), Ole-Andreas Jensen (bass) and Jard Hole (drums) - released their own EP, More, 2015, and will release their debut album Crystals on December 9.

"Shaman In The Woods is a psychedelic groove-based journey through a mysterious forest," the band explain. "Indulge yourself in this dreamy landscape consisting of airy chords, uplifting melodies and sixties-like vocal harmonies sprinkled over the groovy bass and drums." Stream the song here.

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