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Metallica Announce Another Rare Club Show

(hennemusic) Metallica have added a December 15 show at The Ford Theatre in Los Angeles to their schedule. The new show comes just two days before Metallica close out 2016 with a December 17 show at the historic Fox Theater in Oakland, CA; the band will return to action in the New Year with shows in South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

"Greetings from HQ, a place we've rarely been recently!," says the band. "And we're about to head out once again, this time for a quick trip south to spend some time with our friends in the media in Los Angeles. If you've been following along, by now you've figured out that while interviews and photo shoots are great fun, we can't visit without playing live too!

"So, we're back to invite you to join us at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood next week on Thursday, December 15th for our second to last show of this year." See the ticket details here.

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Dio, Lemmy and Randy Rhoads Lead Metal Hall Inductees

(Metal Hammer) Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy and Randy Rhoads will be among the first heavy rock icons to be inducted into the newly-formed Hall Of Heavy Metal History.

The organization's inaugural event takes place at the Anaheim Expo Center in Anaheim, California, on January 18 and will be hosted by Eddie Trunk. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

The other six artists to be inducted are Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Benali, Ross 'The Boss' Friedman, Vinny Appice, Don Airey and President of Sabian Cymbals Andy Zildjian.

Dio's widow Wendy will accept his prize, while the Rhoads family will be there to accept Randy's award. A special guest is being lined up to accept Lemmy's award. Read more here.

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Megadeth To Rock Late Night TV and Mustaine Unplugging For Charity

(hennemusic) Megadeth have announced that they will be performing on NBC-TV's Late Night With Seth Meyers on Thursday, December 15. The band recently wrapped up a fall US tour in support of their fifteenth album, "Dystopia."

The day after the Late Night appearance, Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine will perform a special acoustic concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, MA in support of the charity Music Drives Us.

"Thrashing Through The Snow" will see Mustaine deliver an exclusive acoustic performance of Megadeth classics and holiday songs. Read more details about the event here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Star Turns Table On Fans At Recent Show

(Classic Rock) Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer appeared to make a statement against fans using their phones at gigs - by filming them rather than play a solo.

During the Red Hot Chili Peppers' recent show in Turin, Italy, Klinghoffer took his phone out of his pocket and filmed the crowd rather than play the guitar solo for the band's hit song Californication.

It appears as though he was taking a stand against the large number of people in the audience who were filming the gig on their phones - some of whom captured the incident, which can be viewed here.

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Celebrating David Bowie Concert Set For Terminal 5

(Radio.com) It's nearly been a year since David Bowie suddenly passed away shortly after his 69th birthday, and the many talented musicians who worked with him over the years are planning a series of celebratory concerts to honor his legacy.

Besides the birthday concert scheduled for London, Terminal 5 in New York announced a show to be held on January 10th, the one-year anniversary of Bowie's death. It's appropriately titled "Celebrating David Bowie: A Very Special David Bowie Concert With Bowie People Playing Bowie Music Bowie Style."

In addition to special guests, the event will feature several "Bowie Alum" who played in his band over the years, including Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell and others. Read more here.

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Journey Announce Vegas Residency And Tour With Asia

(hennemusic) Journey have announced dates for a spring 2017 US tour with Asia and their return to Las Vegas in May for a nine-show residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Following a successful run in 2015, Journey will return to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas for a second, nine-show residency entitled "Journey Las Vegas."

The band will perform a dozen concerts with Asia starting in Yakima, WA on March 15 and wrapping up in Dayton, OH on April 4. "Asia is honored to be asked to share the stage with Journey," says Asia lead vocalist and cancer survivor John Wetton. "On a personal note, this couldn't have come at a better time for me; I remain determined and my road to a full recovery continues. I look forward to seeing everyone on the tour next year." Read more here.

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Superjoint Announce Headline Tour With Battlecross and Child Bite

Phil Anselmo's Superjoint have announced the first leg of their U.S. headline tour which will be taking place early next year and will feature support from Battlecross and Child Bite.

The band will be launching the trek in support of their latest album "Caught Up In The Gears Of Application" and will kick things off in Austin on January 12th and wrap up the tour on January 28th in Sauget, IL.

Superjoint have also announced that they will be taking part in the For The Sick Benefit, which will be a three-day festival-style event to benefit Eyehategod frontman Mike IX Williams, who's currently awaiting a liver transplant. Read more and see the tour dates here.

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Amity Affliction Member Drops Off Tour Due To 'Ongoing Mental Demons'

(Metal Hammer) The Amity Affliction's drummer Ryan Burt has left the band's European tour to deal with "ongoing mental demons." Burt will be replaced by former Funeral For A Friend man Casey McHale for the remainder of The Amity Affliction's UK and European dates.

The band say: "We are sad to announce that Ryan will not be performing on any further shows on the This Could Be Heartbreak UK and European headline tour.

"Ryan has recently been battling some ongoing mental demons, and as a group of friends who have had to deal with mental health issues in one way or another, all four of us knew that the best course of action was for him to take the time to go home and get some professional support.

"It wasn't an easy decision to make, but it is the right one. Our priority at this point is Ryan's health, and that will always come first." Read more here.

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Apple Music Attracts 20 Million Subscribers In First 18 Months

(TeamRock) Apple Music has attracted 20 million subscribers in the 18 months since it launched. The tech firm's streaming service also reported that they'd received three million sign-ups over the past three months, which they say are due to their exclusive deals with artists such as Drake and Chance The Rapper.

The company have launched 70 exclusives so far, six of which have topped the US Billboard charts. Apple Music boss Eddie Cue says they'll continue their strategy in order to grow their customer base.

He tells BBC: "I don't think exclusives or promotions are anything new. They were done in the record business, they were done on iTunes, now they're being done on streaming." Read more here.

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Skindred Tour Bus Ransacked By 'Thieving Bastards'

(Metal Hammer) Skindred frontman Benji Webbe says the band were left feeling "angry, vulnerable and uncomfortable" after their tour bus was ransacked while they were onstage in Austria.

The band were performing at PPC Club in Graz on December 4 (Sunday) and when they returned to their tour bus later, they discovered thieves had broken in and taken items including a laptop and cash.

The band and crew's passports were also missing, but were thankfully discovered in a discarded bag near the venue. Webbe tells TeamRock: "What a great Sunday night show we had, the crowd were super the energy and love in the room was amazing! Thanks to all who came and showed us nothing but rocking.

"During our set between the hours of 10pm and 11pm, some people managed to break open the door of our tour bus. They got on and ransacked our bus, went through our bunks stealing our band and crew's property - a laptop, a tablet and personal bags, a wallet and cash were stolen from us.

"While we were having an amazing show, these thieving bastards were helping themselves to all they could get their dirty hands on! here.

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Black Spiders Announce Their Final Tour

(TeamRock) Black Spiders have announced their 'final tour' - branded F*** Off Black Spiders. The band announced in October that they were to go on an indefinite hiatus, blaming geographical reasons for the decision.

Now they've announced eight farewell UK shows for April and May of next year. Mainman Pete 'Spider' Spiby tells TeamRock: "The moons aligned with the seas, hoofs are being shoed, capes dry cleaned and alehouse doors are open, so we thought we'd pay our last respects to those who kept us going, just one more time. With feeling. To quote the great man himself, 'Another town I've left behind, another drink, completely blind, another hotel I can't find.'"

Black Spiders formed in Sheffield, UK, in 2008 and released their debut album Sons Of The North in 2011. Their second, and final, album This Savage Land followed in 2013. See the dates here.

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Mogwai Announce North American Tour

(Prog) Mogwai have announced a run of North American dates in support of their Atomic album. It was released in April this year and contains reworked soundtrack material they composed for the BBC documentary Atomic: Living In Dread And Promise.

The film explores humanity's relationship with nuclear weapons and consists of archive footage from events such as the Cold War, Chernobyl and Fukushima.

They played shows across Europe in support of the album earlier this year- now Mogwai will play the 10-track record in full accompanied by a screening of the documentary in the background on 11 dates in January.

Mogwai's Barry Burns previously said the band didn't expect their latest album to be released when they started writing material for it. He said: "It's weird because this one turned out like a proper album. We didn't expect it to even be released - but once we realized that these were proper songs that sounded like us and didn't just sound like a soundtrack, we thought we may as well release it."

The North American tour will kick off in Los Angeles on January 18 and wrap up in Montreal on the 31st of the month. See the dates here.

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Special An Evening With Primus Concert Announced

(Prog) Primus will perform at London's Roundhouse on June 20, 2017. An Evening With Primus will see bassist and vocalist Les Claypool , guitarist Larry Lalonde and drummer Tim Alexander perform at the Camden venue for the first time.

The announcement comes after the newly released edition of Primus' eighth album Primus & The Chocolate Factory was recently nominated in the Grammy's Best Surround Sound Album category.

Claypool recently recalled recording the theme tune for hit animated comedy South Park - adding that he was amazed it ever went to air. He said: "We got a call years ago that these guys were working on this little animated pilot for Comedy Central. They were a couple of college kids who were fans of the band, and I guess they approached me to do the theme song." Read more here.

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Mayhem Announce Live Release And American Tour

(Metal Hammer) Mayhem have announced that they'll release a live package on December 15. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive was recorded last year in Norrkoping, Sweden, during their headline set at the Black Christmas Festival. It marked the first time Mayhem played their influential 1994 debut album in full live.

The metal icons have also announced a North American tour, which will get underway in January, with the dates coming before they head out on a European tour across March and April - shows that'll again see them play De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in its entirety.

Singer Attila Csihar said: "Time passed and the whole band got stronger and more experienced. So now suddenly we felt it was the time to play that whole record finally, to release that beast after more than two decades.

"So De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas finally becomes alive!" Read more and see their tour dates here.

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Gone Is Gone Release 'Dublin' Video

(Prog) Gone Is Gone have released a video for their track Dublin. The song features on the group's upcoming debut album Echolocation, which due out on January 6 of next year via Rise Records.

The band features Mastodon singer and bassist Troy Sanders, At The Drive-In drummer Tony Hajjar, Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and guitarist and keyboardist Mike Zarin.

Despite being labeled a supergroup, Sanders said he doesn't agree with the tag - but understands why some would see the project that way. He told TeamRock: "I understand that if you have four marginally famous people, and you put them together, it's a given that you're already going to receive a certain level of attention, or perhaps a margin of success without even doing any of the work.

"But I also recognize that this band was formed because of the friendships that we've all created over years of touring. When you share stages and festival backstage areas, and you cross paths over and over, you befriend one another. Those friendships sometimes last a long, long time.

"I couldn't imagine attempting to put a group together for the sole purpose of automatically achieving a certain level of fame or success." Read more and watch the video here.

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Bad Religion's Greg Graffin Streams 'Lincoln's Funeral Train'

(Radio.com) Greg Graffin, most widely known as Bad Religion's frontman, has just released a new lyric video for his rendition of the track 'Lincoln's Funeral Train" by veteran bluegrass and folk artist Norman Blake.

The track is from Graffin's forthcoming solo album set for release in 2017. Set against a potent montage of historical photos and footage depicting years of racial conflict, Graffin and a renowned band consisting of Social Distortion members Jonny 'Two Bags' Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo amplify the track in a deliberate sonic homage to Neil Young's Crazy Horse produced by Bad Religion co-founder Brett Gurewitz. Graffin calls the song 'a sorrowful piece of Americana" that "still finds itself deeply significant today."

Along with his role in Bad Religion, Graffin is an acclaimed solo artist, professor of evolutionary biology at UCLA and a respected author. Watch Lincoln's Funeral Train here.

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Trivium's Matt Heafy on Ember To Inferno's Curse

(Metal Hammer) Trivium's Matt Heafy says the band's 2003 debut album Ember To Inferno was ahead of its time. The record had been out of print for several years, with the band resurrecting it earlier this month along with a deluxe edition containing 13 additional early versions of songs which were previously unavailable.

And looking back, Heafy says Trivium's Ember To Inferno was "cursed" and as a result, never got the recognition it deserved upon its initial release. He tells Music Feeds: "With the record, ever since it came out it's been cursed. When we first signed to Life Force records we were incredibly excited.

"I remember when release day hit, we all went to our local record store to buy the CD, and, lo and behold, it wasn't available anywhere. Not because it sold out, but because the distribution deal Life Force had wasn't really together yet.

"We were very let down when we couldn't find the record. In our mind, the best thing that happened with Ember To Inferno is that it got us signed to Roadrunner then everything was set up correctly.

"Then we started touring, got a correct record deal where you could find the record everywhere. Looking back now, Ember To Inferno was ahead of its time and I feel that's why it didn't get the recognition." Read more here.

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Opeth Surprised By Fans Reaction To Sorceress Songs On Tour

(Prog) Opeth say fans have been demanding they play tracks from new album Sorceress while out on the road. They released their 12th record in September this year - with frontman Mikael Akerfeldt reporting that the reaction to the new tracks has been overwhelmingly positive.

He says in a video filmed by their label Nuclear Blast: "They go down really well. It's one of the first times I can remember that people on this tour are yelling out for songs the new record. Normally when you play live, they're yelling out for songs you did 15 years ago. It's nice. They've actually listened to the record and liked it."

Guitarist Fredrik Akesson credits the fact the label issued lyric videos for Will O' The Wisp and The Wilde Flowers before they hit the road with their rise in popularity.

Akesson says: "The new ones we play, you can definitely tell the people have listened to them and appreciate them." Read more here.

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Creeper Plan 'Immersive And Theatrical Stage Show' On Upcoming Tour

(Metal Hammer) Creeper have announced their biggest UK and European tour to date. The Southampton horror punks will promote their forthcoming debut album Eternity, In Your Arms on the 2017 spring trek.

The album is due on March 24. The band promise fans an "immersive and theatrical stage show." Vocalist Will Gould says: "These shows are a significant moment in the history of Creeper.

"Not only are they the first time you'll hear the new songs from Eternity, In Your Arms live, but they are the biggest headline shows we've ever played. They will also be the first to have a full, ambitious production to equal the ambitious character of our debut record." Read more here.

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Shaman Elephant Stream New Album 'Crystals' Online

(Prog) Norwegian proggers Shaman Elephant have streamed their entire brand new album Crystals with Prog. A product of the thriving prog and rock scene in Bergen, Norway, which has already produced the likes of Seven Impale, D'Accord and Ossicles, Crystals is Shaman Elephant's debut album, released this Friday on the Karisma label.

Crystals is described by the band as, "A psychedelic flying carpet ride taking you across a diverse musical landscape. Let the Shaman Spell fly you through waterfalls of melting melodies and fields of mastodontic riffs - open your third eye and prepare for the crystallized illusions."

Shaman Elephant are Eirik Sejersted Vognstolen (guitar/vocals), Jonas Saerston (keyboards), Ole-Andreas Jensen (bass) and Jard Hole (drums). You can read more about the band in a forthcoming issue of Prog... until then stream the new album here.

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