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Ace Frehley Says Reunion With KISS Is Possible

(Classic Rock) Ace Frehley says there's a "possibility" he could return to Kiss for a farewell tour - but adds that everything will be "fine" if it doesn't happen. Speculation has increased in recent months that the guitarist might commence a third stint with the band after frontman Paul Stanley guested on his solo album.

And Frehley insists his relationship with his former colleagues has never been as poor as it was perceived to be in public. He co-founded Kiss in 1973 and first left in 1982, returning in 1996 and bowing out again four years later.

Frehley tells Trunk Nation on SiriusXM: "However the press colors the fact that we don't get on, in reality we do. We have disagreements and things are said sometimes, but I've always been friends with those guys and they've been friends with me.

"We may not have agreed about certain things over the years, and there were times we didn't talk. I mean, we created something amazing that withstood the test of time."

Asked about the rumor that he could return for a final tour, Frehley says: "Rumors are rumors. I haven't been contacted. I'm not ruling it out. It's a possibility. If that's something they would like to do to end the career of Kiss, if it was handled correctly, it could be great.

"Those guys run the show these days. I'm doing my thing and they're doing their thing. If it happens it would be great. If it doesn't I'll be fine and they'll be fine." Read more here.

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Deep Purple Announce The Long Goodbye Tour

(hennemusic) Hard rock legends Deep Purple have announced the first series of dates for their The Long Goodbye tour in support of their forthcoming album, "Infinite."

Fueling rumors that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band may be winding down their career after almost 50 years, the group unveiled a 5-show UK trek for November 2017 with special guests Europe. Tickets for the UK dates will go on sale on December 9 at 9am GMT.

Recorded with legendary producer Bob Ezrin, the follow-up to 2013's "Now What?!" will mark the group's 20th studio release. "Infinite" was recorded earlier this year in Nashville and will be launched with the lead single in late January. See the dates here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Completing Tour Without Ivan Moody

(Metal Hammer) Five Finger Death Punch have announced they'll complete their current North American tour without frontman Ivan Moody. He suffered what he called a "mental moment" on stage at the weekend, appearing to claim that his mother was dying, when his sister said she wasn't.

He returned to action the following night and apologised. But now he's dropped off the tour, with Five Finger Death Punch saying he's "fallen ill" - and they'll complete their live commitments with All That Remains singer Phil Labonte in Moody's place.

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory says: "Ivan is our brother and we fully and wholeheartedly support him in taking care of himself so he can get well as soon as possible.

"We discussed cancelling the remaining shows, but the response from the other bands on the tour was so overwhelmingly supportive that we decided to move forward." here.

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Stone Temple Pilots Pay Tribute To Late Singer Scott Weiland

(hennemusic) Stone Temple Pilots paid tribute to their former singer, Scott Weiland, on the first anniversary of his passing. Weiland - who parted ways with STP in 2013 and spent the next two years working on solo music and his group The Wildabouts - died on December 3, 2015 at age 48 from an accidental overdose while on tour.

"Here we are. A year has passed since you've been gone," writes STP by way of a Facebook tribute on Saturday. "We often think of you and are reminded of you daily with many memories. Then there is the music the four of us carved out allowing us to listen and feel how brilliant you are.

"There was a time when we looked up to one another. Each of us wanting one another's approval. The songs we wrote had to have complete impact on us in order for them to shine. When it did... it was unearthly. Perhaps you are in a place now to better describe it. We miss you Scott." Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Release 'Ride 'Em On Down' Video Feat Twilight Star

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have issued a video for their version of the Eddie Taylor classic "Ride 'Em On Down," from their newly-released blues covers album, "Blue & Lonesome."

Featuring actress Kristen Stewart of the "Twilight" film series, the clip delivers the tune the band previewed at the opening weekend of the recent Desert Trip festival in California, where they performed it live for the first time since 1962.

"Blue & Lonesome" was recorded over three days last December at British Grove Studios in West London and was produced by Don Was, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

The group played live in the studio without overdubs and were joined on two tunes by Eric Clapton, who happened to be in the next studio making his own record.

"This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music," says Was, "and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do." Watch the video here.

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Metallica's New Album Includes Tribute To Cliff Burton

(Classic Rock) Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has revealed that his bass intro to new song ManUNkind is his personal tribute to the late Cliff Burton. Trujillo says hie opening part on the track on new Metallica album Hardwired... To Self-Destruct was written with Burton in mind - and he has also described Burton's father Ray as "like an uncle" to him.

The bassist tells Aggressive Tendencies: "There is an intro, an interlude, to a song call ManUNkind on this album and I'm doing a finger picking moment and James is doing a nice, simple, melodic tasty guitar presence on the piece.

"When I had written that, at least my part of it, I was definitely thinking about Cliff. In a way, that to me is a tip of the hat to Cliff Burton and the spirit of Cliff. If you hear that little thing before ManUNkind, for me personally, that was with Cliff in mind." Read more here.

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Phil Lewis Reveals He Is Leaving L.A. Guns

Frontman Phil Lewis has announced that he has left L.A. Guns but Frontiers Music Srl he is still moving forward with a new studio album with Tracii Guns.

Lewis posted a message on Facebook last week that he will be departing the version of L.A. Guns featuring classic era drummer Steve Riley. He wrote, "Dear friends and fans, with a heavy heart, I have to inform you that as of January 1, 2017 I will no longer be a member of this lineup. I feel I have gone as far as I can in this band, and unless I get out and focus on myself and something new that has a future, I'm going to stagnate.

"For the last five years, I've been enthusiastic to record a new record. 'Hollywood Forever' really recharged my batteries and made me feel very proud to be in this band, but it feels like so long ago now. At this stage, I want to walk away with at least a little dignity.

"I want to thank you all for your solid support throughout the last 15 years. We've had the pleasure and honor of playing so many wonderful countries, and I've always made a point of getting out and meeting some of the best, most loyal fans in the business. Your smiling faces will always be a huge part of my adventure, and I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. What's the point of making records or playing shows if you don't have fans for feedback, and I feel blessed to have so many cool people who treasure the music as much as I do as a part of our fan base." Read more here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Cancel Shows Due To Family Emergency

(hennemusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd were forced to cancel a pair of concerts in Las Vegas this past weekend due to a family emergency 'of the greatest degree' affecting singer Johnny Van Zant.

"Lynyrd Skynyrd's performances on December 2nd and 3rd at The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas have been cancelled," announced the band via their social media sites.

"Johnny Van Zant has a family emergency of the greatest degree. Lynyrd Skynyrd looks forward to returning to The Golden Nugget in 2017. Please contact The Golden Nugget box office for refunds."

No details regarding Van Zant's personal situation have been made public at this time. The singer contracted bronchitis in July while on the road this past summer, although his illness did not affect the group's schedule. Read more here.

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Def Leppard Release 'We Belong' Video

(hennemusic) Def Leppard have released a video for the new single, "We Belong", a bonus clip included in the forthcoming package, "And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit."

Originally recorded for the band's 2015 self-titled album, the song was written by frontman Joe Elliott and features lead vocal contributions from everyone in the group.

"[Drummer Rick Allen] can sing; he chooses not to," explains Elliott. "But this time we told him, 'Okay, it's time for you to sing,' 'cause we'd each done a verse and it was down to him to sing as well. He didn't need much convincing; it was like, 'We're all doing this, so you got to do this as well.'"

Due February 10 via DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD and Digital Video, "And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit" captures the veteran UK band in concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI on their 2016 summer tour of North America. Watch the video here.

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Asking Alexandria's Ben Bruce Launches New Web Series

(Metal Hammer) Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce has launched a web series chronicling his experiences as a new dad. He stars in The Daddy Diaries - which is hosted on his Ben Bruce Media YouTube channel. The first five episodes are available to view now.

The show is described as "a collection of short videos that give viewers an inside look at how Ben is learning to juggle his busy professional schedule with being a new parent."

Bruce recently told Metal Hammer that the birth of his daughter Fae was the highlight of 2016 - a year which saw Asking Alexandria release their first album with new singer Denis Stoff, only to later part ways with Stoff and bring back original frontman Danny Worsnop. Bruce also starred in Hollywood film American Satan.

Bruce said: "I was always told, 'You can't explain the feeling you get when you hold your kid… blah, blah, blah…' I thought, 'OK, well, I already know I'm going to love my child. No surprise there.'

"But I really was shocked when I realised that I hadn't known what true love was until I held my daughter for the first time. I thought, 'Oh, f***… this is what everyone's been talking about.' here.

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Anneke Van Giersbergen Announces New Band Vuur

(Prog) Anneke Van Giersbergen has announced that she's formed a new band called Vuur. The singer is joined in the group - which is Dutch for Fire - by drummer Ed Warby, bassist Johan Van Starum, vocalist Marcela Bovio along with guitarists Ferry Duijsens and Jord Otto.

The lineup formed the backbone of Arjen Lucassen and Van Giersbergen project The Gentle Storm, who released their album The Diary in 2015. She says: "I am so so proud to present my new band Vuur.

"These past few months we have been busy writing and rehearsing songs for our debut album that will be recorded early next year and released in the fall of 2017. Be prepared for something heavy, melodic and progressive." Read more here.

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Nirvana's Incesticide Set For Double Disc Anniversary Reissue

(Classic Rock) Nirvana's Incesticide is set for a double vinyl reissue to celebrate its 25th anniversary next year. The compilation of early material was released by Geffen in 1992 to capitalise on the success of Nirvana's breakthrough album Nevermind.

The 2LP version of Incesticide was issued as a Record Store Day exclusive in 2012. But with those versions currently changing hands for well over the retail price, it will be reissued on January 13.

It comes on two 180 gram vinyl records and features audio remastered by engineer Bernie Grundman. Incesticide includes B-sides, demos, outtakes, covers and radio broadcast recordings - as well as early, non-album single Sliver. As it includes recordings from various eras of the band's early lineup. Read more here.

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Johnny Depp Used Music To Escape Abusive Upbringing

(Classic Rock) Johnny Depp has revealed how learning to play the guitar offered an escape from the "nightmare" of his abusive upbringing. The guitarist and Hollywood star was a special guest at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in Tokyo and he gave a frank, in-depth interview to Classic Rock about his career in the movies, his role as a guitarist in rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires and his traumatic childhood.

After convincing his mother to buy him "a sh*tty little Decca guitar for 25 bucks, and some little blue Plush amp that sounded like... it was just trash," the young Depp began a lifelong love affair with music.

He adds: "I found a way to escape all the, sort of, nightmare home stuff, you know? It was a pretty radical - a pretty unpredictable - household that I lived in. You never knew what was going to be coming next. It might be an ashtray thrown at your head. Or a shoe."

Depp says the violence came mostly from his mother, but adds: "My dad was good with the belt. But those were different days. They did what they knew best.

"But when I found guitar, from that moment on, like, I don't have any memory whatsoever of puberty. None. Because I just literally locked myself in my bedroom and paid attention to the records, and I learned stuff." Read more here.

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Alter Bridge, Clutch, Opeth, Mastodon Added To Download

(Classic Rock) Alter Bridge, Clutch, Opeth, Mastodon, Good Charlotte and Sum 41 are among the latest acts to be added to the lineup for 2017 installment of the Download festival.

Download bosses have today announced the second wave of bands for next year's Donington event - with Airbourne, Pierce The Veil, Ministry, Wakrat and DevilDriver also joining the bill. System Of A Down, Aerosmith and Biffy Clyro were previously announced as headliners for Download 2017.

The event's third stage will be renamed the Avalanche Stage for next year, where organisers say a "punk, emo and post-hardcore edge" will be present. Simple Plan and Sleeping With Sirens will headline the Avalanche Stage. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Add Rock The Beach Fest To Summer Tour Plans

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters have announced that they will perform at the Rock The Beach festival in Helsinki, Finland on June 19 as part of a 2017 summer tour of Europe.

The band will play on a bill at the one-day event that includes Biffy Clyro and The Kills, among others. The Finnish stop marks the sixth date of the 2017 schedule unveiled so far by the group on a new website at foofighterspassport.com, which features a clickable passport over a satellite map of Europe.

The Foo Fighters have previously announced festival appearances in Poland, Denmark, Belgium, Spain and Portugal - with more expected to follow. Read more here.

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Rush Contribute To Gord Downie Fund For Brain Cancer Research

(Prog) Rush are to make a $40,000 donation to the Gord Downie Fund For Brain Cancer Research. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart will be honoured with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards ceremony in Toronto on April 20, 2017.

The award includes $40,000 to be made to the recipient's charity of choice - and Rush have decided to direct the funds to The Tragically Hip singer Downie's charity.

Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year which resulted in his band playing a series of final shows - culminating in a sold-out performance in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario which was televised live globally.

Rush say in a statement: "We are pleased to direct this generous donation from the Allan Slaight Humanitarian award to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook." Read more here.

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Nick Cave Documentary Director Felt Tremendous Responsibility

(Classic Rock) Director Andrew Dominik recalls the "tremendous responsibility" he felt when making the heartbreaking Nick Cave documentary, One More Time With Feeling.

The film captures the singer-songwriter's grief as he comes to terms with the death of his teenage son Arthur, after he fell from a cliff last year. It includes interviews and footage which "delve into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording" of his latest album, Skeleton Tree - some of which was written in the aftermath.

Dominik says the film was designed as a way for Cave to tell people of his loss without facing the media, rather than "a work of entertainment" - but he admits they were both still "concerned" about how the project would come across to people.

He tells Rolling Stone: "I felt tremendous responsibility because it was his tragedy, it was his money, it was his record, and I had to come up with something coherent. I wasn't sure if that was possible,"

"The biggest concern we had was, is there something kind of disgusting about making a film whose centre is this terrible tragedy? There's a way of looking at it like we're exploiting Arthur's death to sell records." Read more here.

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Aaron Keylock Releases 'All The Right Moves' Video

(Classic Rock) Aaron Keylock has released a video for All The Right Moves exclusively with TeamRock. The song features on the guitar prodigy's upcoming debut album Cut Against The Grain which will be released on January 20 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

The album was produced by Supersonic Blues Machine man Fabrizio Grossi - with Keylock previously explaining why it's taken so long for the album to materialize. Keylock told TeamRock:

"It was just waiting for the right time, the right producer, the right studio. I signed to Mascot last February and since then, it's just been trying to sort things.

"As soon as we met Fab, everything has been moving really quick. It seems to have either gone too slow or too fast. We could have done it a lot quicker but it wouldn't have been as good, so it's good that we stuck it out." Watch the video here.

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Gojira Announce Spring UK Headline Tour

(Metal Hammer) Gojira have announced a UK headline tour for March of next year. The French metal heroes will play seven dates in March in support of their latest album Magma.

Gojira say: "United Kingdom. Please tell the Queen, 'The froggies are coming back in March.' She'll be delighted. #progfrogs" The shows are announced as Gojira wrap up a UK arena tour in support of Alter Bridge.

Support acts will be announced in due course and tickets go on general sale at 12pm on December 5, with a pre-sale open now via O2. See the dates for the upcoming trek here.

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ZZ Top To Headline Ramblin' Man Festival

(Classic Rock) ZZ Top have been confirmed as headliners for next year's Ramblin' Man festival. The 2017 event will take place at Mote Park, Maidstone, UK, over the weekend of July 29 and 30.

Festival organizers say: "You've been waiting patiently and now without a further a do here are the first acts we can proudly announce for Ramblin' Man Fair 2017.

"We are very excited that headlining the main stage and a UK festival exclusive, from the Lone Star state bringing that Texas boogie to Mote Park and none other than ZZ Top." here.

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