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Guns N' Roses Announce 2017 American and Euro Tours

Guns N' Roses have confirmed the rumors that they are extending their Not In This Life Time reunion tour with the announcement of new North American and European tour dates.

The set of dates will be kicking off in Europe with the leg beginning on May 27th in Dublin, Ireland at Slane Castle and wrapping up on July 12th in Nijmegen, Holland at Goffert Park.

The band will be play a one-off show in Tel Aviv, Israel at Hayarkon Park on July 15th before returning to the U.S. to launch the North America dates on July 27th in St. Louis, MO at The Dome At America's Center.

The trek will make stops in Minneapolis, Denver, Miami, Winston-Salem, Hershey, Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Edmonton, Vancouver, George, and El Paso before wrapping up on September 8th in San Antonio at the Alamodome. See the dates here.

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Bon Jovi's Father Threatened To Kill Sebastian Bach?

(Classic Rock) Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach claims that Jon Bon Jovi's father once threatened to kill him. According to the New York Post, Bach recalls in his forthcoming memoir 18 And Life On Skid Row that he'd met Bon Jovi's parents after singing at the wedding of rock photographer Mark Weiss in 1986. They put him in touch with Jon's musician friend Dave Sabo to try out for what would become Skid Row.

The frontman says he, his wife and son were welcomed to stay at the Bon Jovi family home and Jon gave him his old stage clothes, adding: "He literally gave me the shirt off his back."

But Skid Row's growing popularity when opening for Bon Jovi on their 1989 tour soon caused relations to sour. As Skid Row's t-shirts began to outsell Bon Jovi's, the headliners took Bach to task for swearing on stage.

Bach says he was "summoned into Jon's room," where, he adds, "Jon stared me down and said the words, 'I'll f***ing own you.'" He also recalls heading to the stage in Kentucky's Rupp Arena when Bon Jovi's road crew grabbed him, secured his hands and "poured a vat of freezing cold ice milk" over his head. He ran on to the stage and hit out at his tourmate in between songs, calling him "Bon Blow-me."

After the show, Bach says: "We saw about 60 people coming toward us. Leading the pack was Jon Bon Jovi himself. Flanking him was his dad and his brother Tony. Behind them was the full Bon Jovi road crew."

According to Bach, Bon Jovi said to him, "I heard what you said on my stage, motherf***er," and then threw a punch, which Bach ducked. Bach was then marched by the road crew into his dressing room and held against a concrete wall, as Bon Jovi Senior pointed in his face.

Bach writes: "He said, 'I'll f***ing kill you,' or something like that." But there was a happy ending. Read about that here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Release Animated 'Sick Love' Video

(Radio.com) The Red Hot Chili Peppers show fans the darker side of Hollywood in their new animated music video for the track "Sick Love", which comes from their latest album "The Getaway".

Directed by Beth Jeans Houghton, who worked with chief animator Joseph Brett, the video finds a young Australian girl falling prey to Hollywood's image on TV. She quickly ditches her suburban digs and flies off to find fame and fortune on the California coast, but she quickly discovers everything is not quite what it seems.

What follows is a trippy, twisted visual about the divide between image and reality. News anchors spout off the day's top events before vomiting green bile on one another, parties full of posh people turn into monstrous nightmares, devils haunt everyone's shoulders and offer bad ideas, and, oh yeah, Anthony Kiedis gets busy with a giant spider who eventually rips his head off. Watch it

"Sick Love" appears on the band's latest album The Getaway. Read more here.

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Metallica's Hammett Understands Dave Mustaine's Anger At Band

(Metal Hammer) Kirk Hammett says he can understand former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine's long-held anger at being fired from the band. Mustaine was Metallica's lead guitarist until he was fired in 1983 and replaced by Hammett. He went on to form Megadeth but has been critical of his former bandmates in the years since.

Hammett says he has empathy for Mustaine's situation and adds that he believes some of the wounds were healed when Mustaine joined Metallica onstage at the Fillmore in San Francisco in 2011 to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary.

Hammett tells Word Of Wheeler (via Blabbermouth): "I've always shown a lot of empathy for him, understanding that he was just pissed off. It's the equivalent of the woman of your life leaving you, when your band kicks you out. I've never been kicked out, but I can imagine it's a horrible experience, especially if it's a band that you feel really passionately about.

"So I can understand Dave's plight over all these years. But I will also say that when we did these 30th-anniversary shows at the Fillmore and we invited Dave to play on all those Kill 'Em All songs, man, it felt so good to have him playing on stage."

He continues: "And I could see from the look on Dave's face and just from his whole attitude that it was super-cathartic for him. And it's interesting, because since then, I think Dave's relationship with us is a little bit better now. I'd like to think that that whole thing just kind of healed some scars that needed to be healed." Read more here.

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Stone Sour Release Video For Acoustic 'Zzyzx Rd'

Stone Sour have released the official music video for their acoustic version of the song "Zzyzx Rd." The new edition of the track comes from their forthcoming "Come What(Ever) May: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition."

The expanded album reissue is set to be released on December 16th. They will be offering the title digitally and via streaming services as well as in 2 LP black and gold mixed vinyl version.

The deluxe edition bonus material will include rare tracks, B-sides, and more, including never-before-heard versions of "Through Glass," "Zzyzx Rd.," and "Cardiff," as well as an electrifying acoustic cover of The Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses," according to the announcement. Watch the new video here.

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Lemmy Statue Documentary Goes Online

(Classic Rock) A documentary detailing the making of the life-size Lemmy bronze statue at Hollywood's Rainbow Bar & Grill has been released. Live To Win: The Statue Of Lemmy Kilmister shows development directors Katon and Anne De Pena, concept artist Travis Moore and bar worker Mikey Maglieri discussing the sculpture of the late Motorhead frontman, which stands in what was the singer's favorite drinking spot in West Hollywood.

It was commissioned after fans and friends contributed to a fundraising campaign following Lemmy's death last December. Motorhead's longtime manager Todd Singerman said at the unveiling: "I look at him no differently than Johnny Cash, the Beatles and so on. He was real. He didn't bullsh*t. The way he went on stage was the way he was at home. Go find that today."

Lemmy's partner Cheryl Keuleman added: "One of Lemmy's worst fears was that when he died, the world would forget about him. He's now immortal. No one ever will forget about him because he was a god. He was a man, but he was a god." Watch the video here.

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Queensryche Release 'Hellfire' Music Video

Queensryche have release a new music video for their track "Hellfire". The song comes from the group's 2015 album "Condition Human" and 'spotlights the Malaysian passenger flight crisis in 2014'.

Frontman Todd La Torre had the following to say, "'Hellfire' is a depiction primarily based on the tragic events surrounding the Malaysian airline flight MH17. Despite the storyline's foundation, the lyrical and visual narrative transcends into other pertinent, global subject matters.

"Civil unrest, guerrilla warfare, media propaganda, and social inequalities are just some examples of the multifaceted issues marbled throughout 'Hellfire'. A poignant illustration of an unfortunate yet timeless reality." Watch the video

Release "Hellfire" Music Video - Continue 'Condition Human' Fall Tour In North America
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Seattle based heavy metal icons Queensryche are nearing the end of their'Condition Human' world tour, which has now brought them back to North America on Fall a headlining run. Continuing to build on the momentum of their latest studio album, the band has released a visceral new music video for their song "Hellfire", which spotlights the Malaysian passenger flight crisis in 2014. Speaking about the influence and subject matter for the new video, vocalist Todd La Torre states, here.

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Travis Barker Musink Festival Details and Lineup

Blink-182's Travis Barker has announced the details for The 10th annual Musink festival which will be taking place on March 17, 18, and 19, 2017 at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA.

The three-day festival will feature headline sets from NOFX, The Used, Bad Religion as well as performances from The Vandals, Pennywise, Glassjaw, Story of the Year, Lagwagon, A Wilhelm Scream and more

Barker had the following to say about the event, "Stoked to be bringing in the 10th year of music, tattoos and cars with such legendary bands as NOFX, Pennywise, Bad Religion and The Vandals." here.

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Marillion Sell Out Historic Concert In Minutes

(Prog) Marillion rounded off a hugely successful UK leg of their current world tour by selling out their forthcoming show at London's Royal Albert Hall in minutes on Monday.

The band performed at a triumphant sell-out show at London's The Forum and head of to Europe for some dates in Holland and France. They announced plans to headline the prestigious London venue for the very first time last week. Tickets went on sale at noon on Monday (Dec 5), selling out within the hour.

"We are delighted at the sellout of our forthcoming Royal Albert Hall show next October Friday 13th - Unlucky for some - but apparently not us," the band told Prog. "It was the fastest selling gig in our 37 year history. If you managed to buy tickets in the short time they were available, well done and thank you. We are looking forward to spending a very special night with you. If you've missed it, we are sorry and share your frustration. Thank you loves". Read more here.

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Def Leppard, A Perfect Circle Lead Lineup For Fort Rock Festival

Def Leppard, A Perfect Circle and Soundgarden will be the headliners for next spring's fifth annual Fort Rock Festival which will be taking place in Fort Myers, Florida on April 29 and 30th.

The festival, which will be staged at JetBlue Park, will include two stages featuring over 25 bands including The Offspring, Mastodon, Chevelle, Seether, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Eagles of Death Metal, Highly Suspect, In Flames, In This Moment, Motionless In White, All That Remains, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, I Prevail, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Goodbye June, Cover Your Tracks, with more bands still to be announced.

Chevelle's Pete Loeffler had the following to say, "Fort Rock festival is coming again guys! Hailing from Chicago, IL, we always look forward to heading down south to Florida to warm up, stretch our legs and hopefully still head bang our way right into, or right through your hearts! Yes indeed, we will see you soon!"

Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy added, "We're stoked to be kicking off the World's Loudest Month at Fort Rock with Alter Bridge. It's gonna be epic so don't miss it!" Watch the announcement video here.

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Ian Anderson Reimagines Jethro Tull Classics For New Album

(Prog) Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson has unveiled an album of reworked classic tracks with string quartet. He's collaborated with the Carducci Quartet, along with longtime colleague John O'Hara, to create 12 reinterpreted pieces for Jethro Tull: The String Quartets, to be released on March 24 via BMG.

In the video , Anderson explains how he encountered violinists Matthew Denton and Michelle Fleming, violist Eoin Schmidt-Martin and cellist Emma Denton via a "rather unlikely" contact, and how he went about "putting them to the test" creating "quite authentic classical-style arrangements."

Anderson also says: "A couple of years ago I came up with the idea of recording a dedicated string quartet album in a contemporary but classical setting, with brief appearances from myself.

"John came up with a few suggestions of his own which presented challenges. All had an intimacy and presence which I looked forward to recapturing in the cozy and very personal space of my office desk where I did the overdubs." Read more and watch the video here.

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The Who's Pete Townshend Reinvigorated By Recent Live Shows

(Classic Rock) The Who's Pete Townshend says he felt so "excited" that he couldn't sleep following recent shows in Europe and Mexico. The guitarist has previously voiced his dislike of performing live, saying that touring "means nothing" to him and is "a load of crap."

But as he nears "the end" of his music career, Townshend says performing to younger crowds has given him a new lease of life. He tells Rolling Stone: "For me, the last five weeks of the tour we did, before we came to California to do Desert Trip, everything felt very different. I'm notorious for being, I suppose the word is blasé, but also a bit diffident about performing.

"We'll do a good show and afterwards, people will say, 'Were you having fun?' And I'll say, 'No, not really.' They'll say, 'Isn't it great?' And I'll say, 'Well, glad you think so but it's just what I do.' That kind of thing.

"I'm a little bit detached and I put it down to the way that I grew up. My dad was in a band, and I grew up on the road with my dad, and I feel safe on the road. I don't get nervous on the road. I get a little bored on the road. I don't have a lot of hose kind of starry buzzes that a lot of people get when they perform.

"Well, this last couple of months, maybe it's because I can see the end in the distant misty future or maybe it's something else, I started to feel like what I'm doing is of greater consequence. It means more to me, anyway." Read more here.

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King 810 Literally Sticking To Their Guns

(Metal Hammer) King 810's David Gunn says they won't apologize for carrying weapons at their shows - after their Chicago gig was cancelled due to their "excessive use of guns and violent imagery."

A talent buyer from the city's Thalia Hall delivered the news to the band, saying Chicago had experienced record levels of gun-related crime this year. They say they made the call after receiving several complaints from locals over the Flint band's scheduled appearance.

But Gunn says firearms are part of the band's "culture" - and they won't be going anywhere. He says: "The gun thing's part of the culture where we're from, it's inherently part of the band. It's not something we apologise for or regret or anything like that. I don't think there was any excessive use of guns, we've never used guns on anyone at shows, we've had hundreds of shows and they went off perfectly fine.

"Excessive use of guns to me is something like what happened with Dimebag, or just this year what happened in Paris - that's excessive use of guns. Guns are a part of our lives and we're not going to be caught in those types of situations.

"With all due respect to anyone in those types of situations, if anyone ever comes through the front door with automatic rifles they're not gonna be able to kill a 150 people at a King 810 show, they'll probably be shot from the stage. So the guns aren't going away and we don't apologies for anything." Watch his video here.

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IQ Announce Their Very First Blu-Ray Release

(Prog) British prog rockers IQ will release their first ever Blu-ray, Scrape Across The Sky, on January 21, 2017. Filmed in 5.1 surround sound and stereo at Holland's The Boerderij venue in December 2014, the live document captures the band on their Road Of Bones tour, and features every track from the first disc of that album, as well as a host of other live IQ favorites.

Scrape Across The Sky also features over three hours of extra features, including encores of Ten Million Demons and Widow's Peak, all the live projections the band use accompanied by the live audio, Until The End recorded at Lorelei's Night Of The Prog festival in 2014.

It also include a photo gallery, and vocalist Peter Nicholls in conversation with the band's graphic artist Tony Lythgoe. The Blu-ray has been produced by Michael Holmes and engineered by Rob Aubrey.

IQ will perform their now legendary Christmas shows to celebrate the band's 35th Anniversary in December. Read more details here.

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Tim Bowness Announces New Album 'Lost In The Ghost Light'

(Prog) Tim Bowness will release his fourth solo album, Lost In The Ghost Light, through InsideOut on February 17. A concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage reflections of a fictional classic rock musician in the twilight of his career.

Ranging from the hypnotic opener Worlds Of Yesterday to the wistful climax of Distant Summers, via the thrilling rage of Kill The Pain That's Killing You and the orchestral expanse of You'll Be The Silence, the album features some stunning solos and harmonically rich compositions that represent Bowness's most musically ambitious work to date.

Lyrically, the album addresses how the era of streaming and ageing audiences affects creativity, how a life devoted to music impacts on real/family life, and how idealistic beginnings can become compromised by complacency and the fear of being replaced by younger, more vital artists. Tim elaborates: "It all started with me seeing a sixty something jogger in an expensive tracksuit rifling through the vegetable racks at my local Co-Op. His intense glare combined with his thinning long grey hair and Mick Fleetwood beard left me wondering which veteran rock band he'd once played with. This got me thinking about the moment when music first came into this person's life and whether it still informed his music making in the present.

"Other questions followed about the tensions between commerce and art, career and idealism: Could the creative 'spark' be lost then re-discovered?; What were the costs of dedicating a life to music and how much did 'real' life get in the way of the 'magic'?; What was the effect of the changing nature of the industry on music itself as physical objects d'art became unpaid streams?; Were, as Brian Eno suggested, professional musicians like blacksmiths, echoes from another age and, if so, what was the impact of that realisation on a performer playing to an ageing crowd? Clearly, I thought too much!" Read more here.

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Iron Maiden's Steve Harris Reveals Only Downside To British Lion

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris says the one and only downside of touring with his solo band British Lion is the amount of snoring he can hear when their tour bus stops.

It's a far cry from hitting the road with Iron Maiden, who used a customised jumbo jet for this year's The Book Of Souls world tour.

But he argues that there are other advantages to playing smaller venues with his side-project, who plan to release a live album and a second studio album during 2017.

Harris tells Planet Rock: "The bus is great - apart from all the snoring. When the bus stops I can't deal with that, I've got to say.

"But that's the only downside, really. I do like being on the bus, and the meet-and-greet with fans. It's nice to see people so happy in a photo with you and all that.

"I can't do that with Maiden, really. There's too many, and we tend to go straight off the back of the gig and fly to the next place anyway. With this it's a bit different." here.

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The Mute Gods Announce Sophomore Album

(Prog) The Mute Gods have confirmed that their sophomore album will be released early next year. The follow-up to debut Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, will be titled …Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth - and it'll launch on February 24, 2017.

The album is said to be "darker" than their first outing and "picks up from where the first album left off, with its examination of societal control mechanisms, and looks at the inevitable outcomes should we continue down dark, dogmatic pathways."

Mainman Nick Beggs adds: "I know I'm not the only person who feels the way I do. Other people understand the state of the world and what's at stake as we make one terrifyingly bad decision after an other.

"This album asks people to take off their rose-tinted spectacles and consider the reality facing us. At this point in my career, I feel strongly that it's important to use music as a vehicle for truth, not just feel-good entertainment." Read more here.

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Ginger Wildheart's New Video Aims To Raise Mental Health Awareness

(Classic Rock) Ginger Wildheart has released a new single titled F*** You Brain to highlight suicide prevention and raise mental health awareness. He recorded the track with friend Ryan Hamilton, with proceeds after tax going directly to The Samaritans. It's available to purchase along with the songs Ode To The Idiots and Dogbreath via Bandcamp for a minimum price of £5.

Ginger says: "Ironically I struggled even getting to the studio to record my parts for this single, deep as I was in my current battle with depression. The same attack that almost killed me a week ago.

"My depression wants me dead. So far I'm winning on weight advantage, but the battle is never over. This is a very vulnerable time of year for sufferers of mental health issues, and suicide sees a marked increase over Christmas and New Year. So the help provided by The Samaritans is invaluable, especially over this period.

"Please help us in helping someone this year." Watch the video here.

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Frost Release Music Video For 'Signs'

(Prog) Frost* have released a video for their track Signs. The song features on the band's latest album Falling Satellites, which launched earlier this year. It was their first studio release since 2008's Experiments In Mass Appeal.

The promo was shot in various locations across the UK, with mainman Jem Godfrey reporting they wanted to capture their summer live dates in the video.

He says: "What's a quick and easy way to shoot a video? Take a couple of Go-Pros to a couple of gigs and film what happens! This is the fusion of our little turn on the Prog Stage at Ramblin' Man in Kent in the summer and also our debut at Thekla in Bristol.

"There's a bit of our rehearsals in there too to prove that we do indeed rehearse from time to time. A nice little memory of summer to keep us warm this winter."

Frost* will set sail on the Cruise To The Edge 2017 in February before heading out on the road across Europe later in the new year. Watch the video and see their tour dates here.

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Kansas To Headline Ramblin' Man Fair's Prog Stage

(Prog) US prog legends Kansas have been announced as headliners for the prog stage at next year's Ramblin' Man Fair. The reinvigorated band, who earlier this year released the much-heralded The Prelude Implicit, the band's first new album for 16 years, venture over to the Uk for the first time with their new line-up.

Following Steve Walsh's departure in 2014 the band regrouped with new singer Ronnie Platt (ex-Shooting Star), keyboard player David Manion and guitarist Zack Rizvi. They join long-standing Kanses members Phil heart (drums), Rich Williams (guitar), Billy Greer (bass) and Dave Ragsdale (violin).

Texan boogie legends ZZ Top have been announced as headliners for the main stage for one night of the weekend event, held at Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent, which caters for classic rock, prog, blues and outlaw country across four stages. other acts announced include former Georgia Satellite man Dan Baird, Quireboys, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Monster Trucks, Jared James Nichols, Magnum and Big Boy Bloater. Read more here.

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