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Sebastian Bach Claims Actress Ditched Brad Pitt For Him

(Classic Rock) Former Skid Row lead vocalist Sebastian Bach claims that he is at the center of an infamous story from the late 1980s involving actors Christina Applegate and Brad Pitt.

Applegate attended the 1989 MTV Movie Awards as Pitt's date, only to ditch him halfway through the night to hook up with a mystery man. And while promoting his autobiography 18 And Life On Skid Row, Bach claims he was the man that the Anchorman star ditched Pitt for. Former Skid Row man Bach tells Elliot In The Morning: "She was interviewed recently on Entertainment Tonight or something, and they asked, 'What was the dumbest thing you ever did?'

"And she goes, 'One night I ditched Brad Pitt for this other dude.' And that dude would be me. So there was a time on this earth when Sebastian Bach was, like, a hotter lay than Brad Pitt. Of course that's going in the book. I've gotta tell somebody that!" here.

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Alice Cooper Expands 2017 Tour Plans With US and Euro Tours

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper has announced an additional series of live dates for 2017, which will see the legendary rocker perform shows during new tours in the US, Europe and the UK.

A month-long US spring run begins in Biloxi, MS on April 21 and is scheduled to mid-May; the trek is followed by seven European dates in the middle of summer and a November UK tour.

Presale tickets for the US shows are available now, with general public seats on sale December 16 at 10 AM local time. A mix of headline and festival appearances in Europe for July and August are set, with tickets for some shows already on sale.

Cooper's first headline UK tour in 5 years will see him joined by special guests The Mission and The Tubes. See all of the dates here.

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Matt Sorum Couldn't Handle Crazy Guns N' Roses Life Now

(Classic Rock) Matt Sorum has recalled the surprise, pride and anger that went with being a member of Guns N' Roses in the 1990s. He replaced Steven Adler behind the drumkit in time to record double-album Use Your Illusion and toured the world with Axl Rose and co while they were commonly described as "the most dangerous band in the world."

Sorum took some heat for making comments about the Foo Fighters that were taken to be negative. But he says what he meant was: "I wish I could be in a band like Metallica or the Foo Fighters - a band that runs that smoothly. I didn't say they're not dangerous.

"People ask me what's different about rock'n'roll and I say, 'It's not as dangerous as it was.' I'm not saying that's a good thing. I was in the most dangerous rock'n'roll band in the world at the time. That's been an amazing journey, but I can't handle living my life like that any more."

Now that Guns N' Roses are touring with Slash and bassist Duff McKagan back in the band, Sorum reflects: "Those were the greatest times in rock'n'roll. What's going on now is great for them, but I was there when it was great too - probably the greatest.

"They're out there doing that, going on stage on time every night. Times have changed, haven't they?" Read more here.

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Nine Inch Nails May Still Release New Music This Year

(Metal Hammer) Trent Reznor has offered a cryptic response to a question about his promise of new Nine Inch Nails music in 2016. This time last year he tweeted that his band would return this year - but with just over two weeks left, nothing has been heard.

Asked for an update, Reznor says to Rolling Stone: "Those words did come out of my mouth, didn't they? Oh yeah - It's December, isn't it? Just wait and see what happens."

Regardless of its delivery date, he's not revealing anything about the nature of the new music. "That will be part of the reveal," he reports. "I don't want to spoil it. If I'm interested in a film I prefer not to watch the trailer. We live in overstimulated times." Read more here.

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Supergroup The Damned Things Working On New EP

(Metal Hammer) Supergroup The Damned Things, featuring members of Fall Out Boy, Every Time I Die, Anthrax and Volbeat, have revealed that they are working on a new EP.

The band features Andy Hurley and Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy, Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Rob Caggiano of Volbeat and former Anthrax and Every Time I Die ex-bassist Josh Newton. Their sole release was 2010's debut album, Ironiclast.

Hurley says they'd have to wait until everyone's schedules are cleared before they take their next record on tour. He told 100 Words Or Less: "I recorded five songs for an EP with The Damned Things. I don't think we'll be playing, Anthrax is still touring on their last record. Every Time I Die just put out their new record. Who else?

"I think Josh Newton has been playing lately. He tech'd for Joe for awhile, I'm not sure if he'll be back when we're back. So you know, that's all over the place." Read more here.

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Every Time I Die Frontman Goes After Selfie Taking Fan

(Metal Hammer) Another fan of Every Time I Die has come up short when trying to take an onstage selfie with the band. At a recent gig in the UK, a fan got on to the stage while the band were performing and tried to take a selfie with frontman Keith Buckley, only for the singer to slap the phone out of his hand.

It follows a similar incident in 2014 when another fan tried to snap a selfie with the vocalist, only for his brother - guitarist Jordan Buckley - to launch a well-aimed kick at the man's hand and send the phone flying.

Every Time I Die are among a string of rock acts to take action against fans using phones to take pictures of shoot video at gigs. Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Disturbed's David Draiman previously spoke out on the matter, while recently Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong issued a plea for there to be more "human interaction" between the band and their audience.

He said: "At our shows I see lot of people holding up cell phones. You can look at a screen at home, you can look at your computer or your phone anywhere.

"You can take your picture but let's have eye contact, let's have a human experience right now that you can't capture on a cell phone." Watch the incident here.

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Deep Purple Stream New Song 'Time For Bedlam'

(hennemusic) Deep Purple have released a lyric video for "Time For Bedlam", the lead track from their forthcoming album, "Infinite." Due April 7, the follow-up to 2013's "Now What?!" was recorded earlier this year in Nashville, TN with legendary producer Bob Ezrin.

"Time For Bedlam" will be available as instant download as part of the digital album pre-order, as well as on all streaming platforms starting Thursday, December 15 at midnight worldwide with the physical pre-order of the album to start at the same time.

A limited edition EP for "Time For Bedlam" - with non-album songs and unreleased recordings - will be released on February 3. Deep Purple will support their 20th studio release with dates on The Long Goodbye tour, with speculation it may the group's farewell trek.

"If you take it literally you may, quite reasonably, think the 'Finite' part of the word describes the life of Deep Purple, with a clear beginning and a nebulous end; but what of the 'in' bit?," says singer Ian Gillan. "The word infinite is a three-dimensional, double-edged sword. It describes something that goes on forever in all directions; not unlike its temporal equivalent 'Eternal' What's that all about?

"Stephen Hawking declared (in A brief History Of Time) that, before the Big Bang there was nothing. That would put the kybosh on the idea of our universe being Infinite, as he provides a starting point, which is not acceptable to the concept. So, Hawking's universe is 'Finite' by definition; whether he agrees or not."

"Ironically, he is quite wrong (scientists always are eventually)," Gillan adds, "therefore the Universe is infinite, which means it will never end, and also means that it never started, and the corollary to that of course is that we don't exist.

"There is a metaphysical solution to all this, but it will have to wait until the tour is over because (thanks heavens) there are only 24 hours in a day (for the time being) or 10 hours in a metric day. More on that later…" Stream the new song here.

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Anthrax, Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada Tour Coming

(Metal Hammer) Anthrax, Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada will tour North America in 2017. They'll hit the road under the Killthrax banner next spring. Anthrax and Killswitch Engage will share the closing slot on alternate night.

Killswitch frontman Jesse Leach tells Metal Insider: "I'm super stoked on the tour. I've been a fan of them since I was a young teenager. It's kind of surreal.

"We've played shows with them here and there and buddied down with those guys and hung, but we're all really stoked for this tour. It's going to be awesome." See the dates here.

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Pink Floyd Announce Two New Remastered Albums Reissues

(Prog) Pink Floyd will make their albums The Final Cut and A Momentary Lapse Of Reason available on vinyl for the first time in more than 20 years. The remastered versions of both albums will be issued on Pink Floyd Records on January 20, 2017.

Over the past 12 months, Pink Floyd Records has released the band's entire studio collection as stereo remastered versions on heavyweight 180g vinyl. All are mastered from the original analogue studio tapes with album artwork faithfully reproduced.

The Final Cut was originally released in 1983. The anti-war concept album explored the themes of fallen servicemen, the loss of loved ones and political betrayal. Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen's First Car Up For Sale On eBay

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen's first car, a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air, personifies The Boss. It's cool, suave while its optics breathed the hint of danger, though you'd have no second thoughts about hopping in.

Now you can own this piece of Springsteen history, as the car is up for sale (again). Springsteen first bought it for an granular fraction of what it has sold and will sell for.

Allegedly, this convertible was the venue in which Springsteen wrote iconic hits 'Thunder Road' and 'Backstreets'. Even if that's folklore, he authentically did own it which ostensibly is more than good enough for fans.

"In '70s New Jersey, the car was still a powerful image," Springsteen wrote in his book 'Songs', via Asbury Park Press. 'That summer I bought my first set of wheels for $2,000. It was a '57 Chevy with dual, four-barrel carbs, a Hurst on the floor and orange flames spread across the hood." Read more here.

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Josh Homme Performs Unreleased Afghan Whigs' Dave Rosser Benefit

(Radio.com) Josh Homme participated in a special benefit concert for The Afghan Whigs' Dave Rosser at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (Dec. 13).

He took the opportunity during his brief acoustic set to cover Johnny Cash and play an unreleased original song, "Villains of Circumstance." After announcing the new song's title to loud cheers, Homme quipped, "It's not that f—ing new, obviously. He questioned whether people had been hanging around his home and listening to him write the song. "If this sucks just talk amongst yourselves," he added.

Homme built into the melody slowly, leaving spaces in between his strumming to add a slightly Spanish flare during the intro. "I know life moves on that what scares me so/ I'm not afraid of letting go," he sang towards the end of the first verse.

Even if the night was meant to celebrate Rosser, who was diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer, Homme didn't keep to an entirely serious mood (via CoS). He sarcastically joked around before performing "Villains of Circumstance" about how much he loved acoustic guitars. "Bass, look into it," he said to the room, which responded with a hearty laugh.

A fan in the audience captured the moment. Watch it here.

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Patti Smith Addresses Difficult Bob Dylan Nobel Prize Tribute

(Radio.com) Even before the Nobel Committee announced it would award its 2016 Prize in Literature to Bob Dylan, Patti Smith was set to perform at the ceremony. At the time, she intended to sing one of her own songs, but decided instead to honor Dylan by performing one of his after she learned about the award.

That experience didn't go entirely as planned, though. Smith appeared to forget--or was unable to sing--the words in the second verse. She stopped the song, apologized and admitted how nervous she was and asked the orchestra to begin again. It's an experience she wrote about for The New Yorker.

In the piece, Smith described the painstaking preparation she went through in order to sing the song, and how everything changed when she got on stage. "The opening chords of the song were introduced, and I heard myself singing," she wrote in the essay. "The first verse was passable, a bit shaky, but I was certain I would settle. But instead I was struck with a plethora of emotions, avalanching with such intensity that I was unable to negotiate them.

"From the corner of my eye, I could see the huge boom stand of the television camera, and all the dignitaries upon the stage and the people beyond. Unaccustomed to such an overwhelming case of nerves, I was unable to continue. I hadn't forgotten the words that were now a part of me. I was simply unable to draw them out."

Smith continued, "This strange phenomenon did not diminish or pass but stayed cruelly with me. I was obliged to stop and ask pardon and then attempt again while in this state and sang with all my being, yet still stumbling. It was not lost on me that the narrative of the song begins with the words 'I stumbled alongside of twelve misty mountains," and ends with the line 'And I'll know my song well before I start singing." As I took my seat, I felt the humiliating sting of failure, but also the strange realization that I had somehow entered and truly lived the world of the lyrics." Read more here.

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Black Sabbath Inspired Metallica's New Album

(Classic Rock) Robert Trujillo has explained how Black Sabbath influenced his work on latest Metallica album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. It's only his second studio outing with the band, even though he's been a member since 2003 - but he says that he and producer Greg Fidelman had a very clear idea of what they wanted to achieve when it came to laying down bass tracks.

Trujillo tells Banger TV: "We explored the art of simplicity. Instead of doubling the guitar note for note, we went for a more simplistic approach, finding a rhythm that could find its balance with the riff.

"There's certain moments where you're going to double up, but then there's certain pulses you can do to complement the rhythm guitar. We played around with that a lot."

He continues: "I always try to think about my role as a bass player as like a heavy bag - having you feel the instrument. That's why I've always loved Black Sabbath's music. You hear it and you feel it. It's got a certain presence and a personality in the music. I tried to establish some of that with this new record." Watch the full interview here.

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Steve Harris Plans To Showcase British Lion Band With Live Album

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris believes that the upcoming live album from his solo band British Lion will prove just how good they've become. They've just completed a run of tour dates and they're planning to record the follow-up to their self-titled debut studio record, which was released in 2012.

Before that they'll launch a collection of live recordings made up of material from their most recent shows and possibly earlier appearances too. Harris tells Overdrive: "We're recording all the dates on this tour and we have a bunch of material from other shows in the past.

"I think the band is a little difference to when we started out, and the reason we want to do a live album is to show people that, in the cold light of day, we're as good as we like to think we are ourselves."

He argues that British Lion are "a better live band than we are on record" and adds: "We really feel that we do a good job each night." Read more here.

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Ne Obliviscaris Announce 2017 European Tour

(Prog) Ne Obliviscaris have confirmed they will return to Europe next May in support of their second album Citadel, which was released through Season Of Mist in November 2014.

The Australian progressive metallers will also be offering fans an exclusive live preview of brand new material from their forthcoming third album. The tour has been part-financed by Patreon's ongoing fan membership campaign. It's not the first time that Ne Obliviscaris have turned to their fans for financial assistance.

In 2014, they managed to raise more than $86,000 via crowd-funding to help finance their world tour. With an emphasis on German dates, it seems there is no room for a UK show this time around. See the dates here.

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The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown To Do First U.S. Tour Since 1969

(Prog) The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown have announced a 2017 US tour - their first run of live shows since 1969. The British psychedelic outfit will head out on the road next February under the Zim Zam ZIm tour banner - the name of their latest album, which launched in 2014.

They scheduled the shows to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their influential debut single, Devil's Grip - which is said to have "helped shape the worldwide psychedelic movement."

Frontman Brown says: "The last time I toured the US with The Crazy World was early 1969. It was our third tour there. At the time, the band had been headlining massive festivals, alongside Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Jefferson Airplane, and other top attractions of the time. Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper were still only mildly famous, somewhere down the bill." See the dates here.

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Danko Jones Announce New Album 'Wild Cat'

(Classic Rock) Danko Jones will release their eighth album "Wild Cat" on March 3, 2017. The Canadian outfit will also take the follow-up to 2015's Fire Music on the road in Europe next spring.

A statement for the album describes Danko Jones as taking "the decaying corpse of rock 'n' roll, jolting it back to life, and making you believe it can once again conquer the world."

It adds: "And like any endangered species, this wild cat has only become more tenacious and ferocious the longer he endures.With Wild Cat, Danko Jones presents his prescription for a better world: make war, then love."

View the Wild Cat artwork and listen to a snippet of the opening track I Gotta Rock in the album teaser here.

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IO Earth Launching Their Own Prog Music Festival

(Prog) IO Earth have announced that they'll be launching a new one-day progressive music festival in the Midlands for 2017. Harmonix Fest will take place on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Robin 2 in Bilston.

The evening event will include performances from the Prog Award-nominated Circuline, as well as France's Telescope Road and Birmingham trio Oktopus. IO Earth are confirmed as the headliners and it'll be new vocalist Rosanna Lefevre's UK debut with the band.

The British proggers have even hinted that they might preview some new material from their fourth studio album, due out at the end of 2017. IO Earth co-founder Dave Cureton says: "We are so proud to be able to put on this event and we are sure the IO Earth family are going to love it." Read more here.

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Opeth Go Behind The Scenes Of Historic Gig

(Prog) Opeth have shared a behind-the-scenes promo for their biggest ever UK headline show at London's SSE Wembley Arena. The video shows the Swedish band sound-checking, meeting fans backstage and receiving plaques from venue bosses to mark their milestone performance last month.

Frontman Mikael Akerfeldt recently reported that the crowd's reaction to their new album Sorceress has been overwhelmingly positive on tour. He'd previously admitted that Opeth deal with a lot of criticism for moving away from the extreme, heavy-metal sound of their earlier years.

Last month he said: "If we would have never changed, and kept all the ingredients from the first album intact and were still doing that 20-odd years later, I'm not sure if people would be any happier.

"That's not even an issue, because that's not going to happen. Because the essence of Opeth isn't death-metal vocals. The essence of Opeth is change."

But Akerfeldt said last week that "The new songs go down really well." Read more and watch the video here.

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Hexvessel Release Short Concert Film

(Prog) Hexvessel have released a short concert film shot at Menuo Juodaragis Festival. The Finnish outfit performed at the event, held in the national forest of Lithuania, in support of Hexvessel's third album When We Are Death which launched this year.

Hexvessel say: "Our idea was to try to capture a sense of the transcendental nature of one of our live shows, when you set our music to the backdrop of the forest at an event that has great meaning for us spiritually.

"Menuo Juodaragis is one of those such magic events - a pagan festival held deep in the wilds of Lithuania on a beautifully lush island surrounded by forests, it is an event which celebrates our culture and heritage and it is utterly unique in Europe." Watch the video and read more here.

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