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Ritchie Blackmore Announces New Rainbow Tour Dates

(Classic Rock) Ritchie Blackmore has confirmed that his 21st-century lineup of Rainbow will tour the UK in June next year. The four shows follow a handful of experimental appearances earlier this year, when the veteran Deep Purple guitarist decided to try out a return to rock after many years working with his Renaissance-themed band Blackmore's Night.

He'd originally described the shows as "just a few dates for fun" - but afterwards he said: "We might do a few more shows again. I enjoyed it, especially the last one in England.

"The first two were a little bit intense because we hadn't played together - but the last one in Birmingham seemed to work to me. It was so weird, I think it was 20,000 people - it sold out in 15 minutes and I kind of wondered who they thought was playing. When I got to the auditorium, it was so vast that I thought, 'Maybe someone else is playing this show tonight.'"

Promoters say: "The Ritchie Blackmore Rainbow tour promises to be an unmissable event, not only for Deep Purple and Rainbow fans, but also those who want to soak up the electrifying genius of the legendary guitarist live." Read more and see the dates here.

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Megadeth's Mustaine Calls For Big Four Tour in 2017

(Classic Rock) Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says he'd be open to a repeat of the 'Big Four' tour in 2017 and thinks it would work well with all four bands currently promoting new albums.

Mustaine - a former member of Metallica - has reviewed Metallica's Hardwired... To Self-Destruct for Metal Hammer and he says it's "really cool" that they, along with Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, have recently issued new records.

The four thrash bands shared a bill for seven shows as part of the Sonisphere Festival series in 2010 and Anthrax bassist Frank Bello recently said he'd love to see it happen again.

And in 2014, Mustaine himself said he was keen on the idea. Now Mustaine says: "To have all of the Big Four releasing great new records within 12 months or so, that's really cool. Now the big question is whether or not the powers-that-be are gonna allow for the four of us to go and do some more Big Four dates.

"We've got a lot of great stuff going on and we've got some stuff we're setting up for Asia and the United States for next year, but if Big Four stuff presented itself we'd probably yield to that because it's a lot more fun and it's such an event that it takes precedence over just another tour, so to speak." Read more here.

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Circle II Circle and Into Eternity's Adam Sagan Dead At 36

(Metal Hammer) Adam Sagan, the former Circle II Circle and Into Eternity drummer, has died aged 36. The sticksman, who had more recently worked with White Empress and Witherfall, had been battling T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma - a type of blood cancer.

Sagan's brother Nate confirmed his death, saying: "I want to thank everyone who helped support Adam Sagan and our family during his battle with cancer. Today his epic and relentless fight is coming to an end.

"Nobody has ever touched more people than my brother and he will be missed, but certainly not forgotten. Thank you all for the love and support. Stay strong, Adam would have wanted it that way." Read more here.

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AC/DC Star Phil Rudd Announces Head Job Tour

(hennemusic) Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has announced dates for the first leg of a European tour in support of his recently-reissued 2014 album, "Head Job."

The trek will begin at the Hard Rock Café in Oslo, Norway on March 31, with shows currently scheduled to end in late May with a 5-date UK run. Also included is an April 28 headlining appearance at the annual BonFest event in Kirriemuir, Scotland, which sees rock fans from around the world gather in the former home town of late AC/DC singer Bon Scott to celebrate his life and music.

"Hey everyone!," says Rudd. "Delighted to announce the first part of my European Tour for 2017, look forward to seeing you all real soon!" Rudd originally issued the album in 2014, just months before a series of legal troubles led to an 8-month home detention - on charges of threatening to kill a contractor, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis - that sidelined him from joining AC/DC for a world tour in support of the "Rock Or Bust" album. See the dates here.

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Deep Purple Release Video Previews For New Album 'Infinite'

(hennemusic) Deep Purple are sharing a preview of their upcoming album, "Infinite." The hard rock legends have issued a pair of video trailers for the project in the past week - with each including a sample of new music from the record, due early next year.

Recorded in Nashville, TN with legendary producer Bob Ezrin, the follow-up to 2013's "Now What?!" will be the group's 20th studio release. Deep Purple will promote the album on The Long Goodbye tour, whose title is helping fuel rumors that the band may be winding down their career after almost 50 years.

Drummer Ian Paice made headlines in June when he suffered a minor stroke that forced the band to cancel a pair of shows in Sweden and Denmark; Paice and the group returned to live action just two weeks later.

The group have announced the first series of dates for a tour in support of "Infinite", which will see them perform five shows across the UK in November 2017 with special guests Europe. Watch the video trailers here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Release Live 'Happy Song' Video

(Metal Hammer) Bring Me The Horizon have released a live video for their track Happy Song. It original appeared on the band's fifth studio album That's The Spirit, which launched in 2015. The UK outfit's latest video was filmed during their appearance at London's Royal Albert Hall in April this year. The full performance was captured and later released on DVD and Blu-ray.

Oli Sykes and co were accompanied by a full orchestra for the show, which was set up un support of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Following the performance, Bring Me The Horizon's Jordan Fish said he'd love to take an orchestra with them on a wider tour.

He told Metal Hammer: "I've got this mad idea that we want to take it on tour, but I don't know whether it could ever happen. Our booking agent the other day said, 'Imagine doing this at Sydney Opera House.'

"I guess you just hire a local orchestra because the score is written. You rock up and just do it. It seems almost a bit of a shame to go to all this effort for months and months for just one night.

"In the back of my mind I'm thinking maybe we'll get a chance later on in the year or next year to do a select handful of big cities with a big orchestra. It would be so cool to do these crazy venues like Sydney Opera House." Watch the video here.

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Nightwish Singer Reacts To Backlash Over Slayer Jibe

(Metal Hammer) Nightwish singer Floor Jansen has responded to the "fury" generated by her recent comments that "Slayer are a dreadful band." Last week TeamRock reported how Jansen called thrash band Slayer "dreadful," "unbelievably boring" and "terrible" when asked to name the most metal album she owns.

She gave the original comments in Metal Hammer magazine's regular light-hearted feature, The Metal Test. And after Slayer fans reacted angrily to her comments, Jansen wrote on Instagram: "Apparently I unleashed the fury upon metal earth when I was asked a question about the most metal album I own.

"Thinking Slayer's music is not my thing doesn't mean I don't respect the band for what they are and what they've done. I just won't play it. As I can imagine they won't listen to mine either for that matter."

Jansen also claims that TeamRock's news story took her comments "out of context." She adds: "The reaction this triggered online saddens me. We are all entitled to our own opinion. But this sentence about my metal albums was put out of context, blown up and used for pathetic 'shock purposes'.

Does that mean I need to keep my mouth shut next time, no. Does it mean I need to be offended by so many whom I didn't offend? No...I don't like Slayer. Shall we get over that now?" Read more here.

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Metallica Frontman Speaks Out Against Ticket Scalpers

(Metal Hammer) James Hetfield believes more can be done in the fight against ticket scalpers - and he says Metallica find the current situation frustrating. He argues that technology should be used to a greater extent than it is, and includes the legal secondary ticketing market as part of the problem.

Metallica have just released 10th album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct and plan to spend the next two years touring the world. Asked about secondary ticket sales for the band's recent low-key show in Toronto, Canada, Hetfield tells CTV News: "That's their karma. There's always going to be someone who has an agenda. They're going to scoop up as many as they can.

"Technology can help for sure. It's hard to believe something more can't be done. There's legal scalping out there too, which is frustrating. 'Hey, wow, we just sold 10,000 tickets - and where did they go? To one place? Interesting.'

"We're aware of it and doing what we can. At the end of the day, the fans get screwed and we get screwed. It shouldn't happen." He adds: "I would just say, 'Fans, beware. Be smart about it.'"

While Hetfield is keen to see technology used in the ticket rip-off battle, he'd happily see a reduction of online trolling and complaining. Read more here.

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Gojira's Magma Named Album Of The Year By Metal Hammer

(Metal Hammer) Metal Hammer have named Gojira's Magma as Album Of The Year for 2016. The French metal heroes' sixth album was released in June and was quickly hailed by Metal Hammer readers as their favourite album of the year so far.

Now Metal Hammer staff have agreed and made it official by naming Magma Album Of The Year in the new issue of the magazine. Issue 291 of Metal Hammer includes a massive Big Review of 2016 and is on sale from today (December 6) in print. It is also available via TeamRock+.

Responding to the accolade, Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier says: "We always take the hard path. We could've done this record with a big-name producer, spent three weeks recording and that's it.

"But instead we spent almost three years bleeding and sweating over this thing, building our own studio and producing ourselves. So all the choices and decisions we made on this record made it a potential disaster, ha ha! But instead it became this special, special thing. So to be Metal Hammer's album of the year really means a lot." Read more here.

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Jason Bonham On His Hopes For Led Zeppelin Reunion

(Classic Rock) Drummer Jason Bonham says the best chance of a Led Zeppelin reunion is to not get his hopes up. The son of the late Led Zep sticksman John Bonham performed with the surviving members at their one-off comeback show in London in 2007 - and he'd said he believes in his "heart of hearts" that it will happen again.

Now Bonham says putting the idea to the back of his mind, as he did previously, could lead to another pleasant surprise. He tells Billboard: "Back in 2004 I finally let go. I said to myself, 'Don't ever think it's gonna happen. Don't in the back of your mind ever think something's gonna happen. Let it go. Don't have that little flutter of hope in your stomach or whatever.'

"And then when I let it go what happens? I get a call in 2007. So all I'll say is 'I'm gonna let it go.' As far as I know, nothing's gonna happen, but if I let it go, you never know." Read more here.

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Between The Buried And Me and Haken Stars Form New Project

(Prog) Between The Buried And Me bassist and Haken guitarist and keyboardist Richard Henshall have joined forces in a new project titled Nova Collective.

Briggs' Trioscapes bandmate, drummer Matt Lynch along with former Haken keyboard player Pete Jones complete the lineup. They're currently in the studio working on their debut album The Further Side, which is scheduled for release on March 10 next year via Metal Blade Records.

They've issued a video showcasing the first taste of their material in a short clip which was filmed in the studio. Nova Collective describe themselves as a combination of jazz fusion and progressive rock, with the band adding that they have "lots of updates" incoming with album pre-order details to be announced in the new year. Read more and watch the studio clip here.

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Thunder Announce New Album 'Rip It Up'

(Classic Rock) Thunder have announced the release of their 11th studio album. It'll be titled Rip It Up and will launch on February 10 via earMUSIC. It's the follow-up to Thunder's 2015 hit record Wonder Days, and will feature 11 new tracks which were recorded earlier this year.

Frontman Danny Bowes says: "After the positive reaction to Wonder Days we were very happy, and it justified the approach we took in the writing and recording.

"We decided to push it further on all fronts this time, to see what happened - and I think it shows in the writing and the individual performances. We couldn't have made this album 10 or even five years ago as we weren't good enough. We're really looking forward to playing the new tunes live alongside the more established ones." Read more here.

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Vinyl Sales Outperforms Digital Sales In The UK

(Classic Rock) Vinyl sales outstripped digital downloads in terms of value last week, the Entertainment Retailers Association has revealed. Between November 28 and December 4, £2.4million was spent on vinyl albums in the UK, while digital downloads brought in £2.1m in sales. In the same period in 2015, £1.2m was spent on vinyl as opposed to £4.4m on digital formats.

Other than the week of Record Store Day in April, it marks the first time that vinyl has outsold digital when it comes to value. The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) puts the swing down to the upcoming Christmas period and the desire to give a "physical" gift of music, as well as the move towards streaming rather than purchasing digital downloads.

ERA Chief Executive Kim Bayley tells TeamRock: "This is an illustration of the ongoing trend of people rediscovering the vinyl format. Clearly vinyl is a much more attractive product than digital downloads. And it's also helped by supermarkets now stocking vinyl and, not only growing the existing market, but creating a new market for vinyl altogether." Read more here.

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Killswitch Engage Release Documentary Clip

(Metal Hammer) Killswitch Engage have released a clip from their new Beyond The Flames: Home Video Part II documentary. The Blu-ray and CD launched last month and features more than three-hours of exclusive footage, including interviews with the band, rare live performances plus a six-track EP.

The clip below focuses on guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz's back problem - as he and bandmate Joel Stroetzel recall a "very scary" brush with paralysis which led him to undergo urgent spinal surgery in 2007. It follows a previous teaser, which showed vocalist Jesse Leach discussing his return to the band in 2012.

Meanwhile, Killswitch Engage recently revealed they'll launch a beer to coincide with the reissue of Alive Or Just Breathing on Record Store Day 2017. It's expected to be called Alive Or Just Brewing.

Dutkiewicz said: "I think we're doing a picture disc to go with Record Store Day. It's something we always like to get involved with because we grew up with independent record stores and I think there's such a magic in going to actually buy a product from a band that you like.

"The way people buy records nowadays is funny. A quick download on iTunes... it doesn't even feel like a tangible piece of your musical collection. It's just a bunch of ones and zeros on an iPod.

"The fact that we can do this and time it with a possible beer release with Cigar City is so cool. We love their beer. We're gonna make something delicious and we're gonna drink a crap-tonne of it, I'm sure." Watch the clip here.

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Sweet's Andy Scott Celebrates Classic Song Hitting No. 1

(Classic Rock) The Sweet's Andy Scott is celebrating the news that the group's classic hit Fox On The Run reached No.1 on the iTunes Top 40 US Rock Songs chart.

The song, recorded in 1974, features in the trailer for upcoming superhero film Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 - leading to a surge in online sales. Fox On The Run appeared on The Sweet's third album Desolation Boulevard.

Scott tells Classic Rock: "It's great. And it shows that we weren't completely wrong when we were all together in the 70s and writing the song. It's stood the test of time.

"I have been told that it might make it into the US Billboard chart too, which will be odd as I hardly recognize the name of any of the bands in that chart today." Read more here.

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Motorhead Guitarist Still Not Over Lemmy's Death

(Classic Rock) Former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell says he still can't stop thinking about late leader Lemmy, nearly a year after his death. The rock icon passed away on December 28, 2015, following months of ill health and just days after he'd been told he had inoperable cancer.

That led to the end of his band, with drummer Mikkey Dee going on to join the Scorpions and Campbell concentrating on his outfit The Bastard Sons, featuring three of his own sons.

Campbell tells Planet Rock: "He's in my mind all the time, like. I can't get to sleep some nights because he's f***ing asking me for cigarettes, things like that."

In a separate interview he's recalled how he got the gig with Motorhead in 1984. He tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "When I went into the audition it was only a small room. A roadie gave Lemmy his bass, he turned the volume up and strummed the first chord.

"I just though, 'Bloody hell, this is loud' - and I kind of enjoyed it. We'd be having volume games ever since. It was daunting, but I was up for the job. I was capable, I thought. I had a bit of luck on my side on that day. I wouldn't have missed it for the world." Read more here.

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Arcane Roots Release New Single 'Curtains'

(Prog) Arcane Roots have launched their new single Curtains. The trio also announced a sold-out show at London's Bush Hall in celebration of the release, with support from Mantra.

Frontman Andrew Groves says of the single: "Curtains was a re-evaluation of what we actually wanted to achieve as a band. Unlike our 14-year-old selves, the idea of chasing the conventional rock-stardom dream and all those things we could never be, had now left a sour taste in our mouths and and that it was time to really evaluate what kind of mark we would like to leave behind as a band."

He adds: "Both thematically and lyrically, it's about trying to find a way to keep your head above the waves and make something beautiful, like a shining beacon to prove that you existed and cherished the life you were given.

"Now, more than ever, it felt like we all needed to be reminded of that, as the inescapable weight of world looms over us." here.

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Broken Witt Rebels and Bad Touch Teaming Up For Tour

(Classic Rock) Broken Witt Rebels and Bad Touch have announced a UK headline tour for early 2017. They'll play 13 dates in March and April, starting at Leeds Brudenell on March 16 and wrapping up at The Borderline in London on April 8.

Broken Witt Rebels's track Georgia Pine featured on the cover mount CD of issue 229 of Classic Rock magazine. The Birmingham, UK, band previously told TeamRock how they moved on from "a mod-britpop sound" to a more soulful, bluesy feel.

Guitarist and vocalist Danny Core said: "We started off with a mod-britpop sound, but then we grew up. We're now more soul and blues driven and we're passionate about really singing for our supper." See the dates here.

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Summer's End 2017 Festival Details Revealed

(Prog) Summer's End progressive rock festival have confirmed both venue and date for next year's event. The three-day event will once again be held at the Chepstow Drill Hall and next year takes place between October 6-8.

The Tangent and Karmakanic have already been announced for the festival, which has moved from it's traditional time slot to cater for Big Big Train's previously announced live dates in London for the weekend of Sept 29-October 1.

In a statement, the festival organisers say, "We are pleased to announce that the venue for Summer's End 2017 on October 6-8 2017 will, for the third time, be the Drill Hall, Lower Street, Chepstow. Read more here.

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Municipal Waste, Annihilator Lead Additions To Bloodstock

(Metal Hammer) Municipal Waste, Annihilator and Skindred have been revealed as the latest additions to the Bloodstock 2017 bill. They join previously announced headliners Amon Amarth, along with Blind Guardian, Testament, Hatebreed, Whitechapel, Possessed, Hell, Obituary, Decapitated and Brujeria.

Bloodstock 2017 will take place from August 10 to 13 at Catton Park, Walton On Trent, England. Municipal Waste frontman Tony Foresta had the following to say:

"We are very excited to be finally returning to one of our favourite metal festivals - Bloodstock. We're looking forward to getting greasy with all of our UK fans." Read more here.

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