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Eyehategod Frontman Mike Williams Receives Liver Transplant

(Metal Hammer) Eyehategod frontman Mike Williams has undergone a successful liver transplant. Mike's wife, Michelle Maher-Williams, says a donor match was found on Wednesday, and the operation was carried out hours later.

She adds: "Everything went well. New liver is functioning and making bile. They're taking him to ICU now and I can see him in about an hour." The news comes less than a month after the crowdfunding campaign she launched to help pay for her husband's life-saving treatment smashed its $50,000 target. According to Maher-Williams, the singer was staying in hospital and was not allowed a transplant until a number of medical bills were settled.

So far, more than 2000 people have contributed to the fund. The Williams are still taking donations on the YouCaring page, with anything over and above that will be used for any other medical expenses going forward. Read more here.

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Original Foreigner Members Reunite For Platinum Honor

Original Foreigner members, including frontman Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones, reunited earlier this month at a special meeting at Atlantic Records marking the RIAA Platinum certification of their 2008 2-disc hits collection "No End In Sight: The Very Best Of Foreigner."

Apart from Gramm and Jones, Al Greenwood (keyboards), and Ian McDonald (rhythm guitar, keyboards, saxophone, flute, backing vocals) were also on hand for the platinum plaque presentation by Atlantic Records Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman on December 5th.

Jones released these comments, "No End In Sight was named as a tribute to the longevity of Foreigner's music. Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood, Ian McDonald, Ed Gagliardi, Dennis Elliott, Rick Wills and I originally brought these songs to life. Years later, the current members of Foreigner added their talent to No End In Sight, and continue to bring our music to a whole new legion of fans." Read more here.

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Phil Rudd Hoping For Return To AC/DC

(Classic Rock) Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd believes the band still have a future and he wants to be part of it. He was dismissed last year after being charged with threatening to kill and drugs possession, and wound up serving eight months of home detention in New Zealand. The Aussie giants replaced him with returning member Chris Slade.

Since then frontman Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams have left the band, with mainman Malcolm Young having bowed out previously. But Rudd - who recently stated his "hellraising days are over" - remains optimistic that guitarist Angus Young will return, and he wants to take part.

Rudd says via the Belfast Telegraph: "I'd dearly love to play on anything that Angus does. Anything that might be - it's never over. I have great stories with all the guys from AC/DC.

We've gone through a lot together. Done a lot together, done a lot of damage together. I have great memories with AC/DC. Even though some of us might not be very well, we're not dead yet."

He reports that his former colleagues were "supportive and encouraging" as he struggled with his legal and addiction issues, and says that he feels like a new man after suffering a heart attack last year. here.

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Ace Talks Possible KISS Reunion And Contact From Gene

(Classic Rock) Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has spoken once again about the possibility that he'll reunite with the band. In a light-hearted comment he wonders if bassist Gene Simmons will extend an invitation when the pair meet next month.

Speculation has increased in recent months that Frehley will return to take part in a farewell tour that's thought to be pencilled in for 2018. The rumours were fuelled by frontman Paul Stanley's guest appearance on Frehley's solo album.

The original Space Ace said earlier this month that it was a "possibility" and added that, despite media reports, he'd remained friends with his former colleagues through thick and thin.

Asked about 2018, Frehley tells Talking Metal: "I haven't heard anything from Paul and Gene - although I did get a text from Gene the other day, wanting to come see me perform this January. Maybe he'll pop the big question. Who knows?"

He adds: "Whatever happens, we're all good. It's all good." here.

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Metallica Challenged By Superfan On Jimmy Kimmel

(hennemusic) Metallica were featured guests and performers on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on December 14, and video from the late night program is available to stream online.

Appearing in support of "Hardwired�To Self Destruct", the band played a game of "Who Knows Metallica?" trivia with a superfan from Cleveland, OH before sitting down with the host to discuss their first album in 8 years.

As part of a six-song set, Metallica rocked "Atlas, Rise!" and "For Whom The Bell Tolls" on the show, and "Creeping Death", "One", "Master Of Puppets" and "Enter Sandman" for what Kimmel revealed was the biggest crowd for a live performance in the program's history. Check out the videos from the appearance here.

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CBGB Awning Found Under Bed Sells For $30K

(Gibson) An awning that hung above Manhattan's legendary CBGB punk club has sold at auction for a whopping $30,000. Former CBGB manager Drew Bushong, who began working at the club in 2000, had stored the piece under his bed for more than a decade, after fishing it out of a trash bin.

"It was my day off and I was drunk at Mars Bar, the beautiful, nasty dive bar that was nearby," Bushong recalled, in an interview with auction house Sotheby's. "I think it was about 2004. I walked over to CB's to see if anyone was around and there was this box in the dumpsters outside. I had seen it before above [owner] Hilly [Krystal's] desk for a year or so. I remember thinking, 'Why is this in the trash?'"

He continued: "I woke up the next morning - shoes on, I was rather hung over - and the box with the awning in it was sitting in my bed. I learned later that it was in Hilly's office because one of the interns was supposed to put stamps on it to send to the Cleveland Hall of Fame and it just never got there. I've had it under my bed ever since." here.

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Rival Sons Streaming New Live Album Online

(Classic Rock) Rival Sons have made an exclusive live album from their performance at Download Festival in Paris earlier this year available to stream. Fans can now listen to the album on Deezer.

Drummer Michael Miley says: "We've released our entire set from Download Paris 2016. The rain had stopped and we kept playing, it was a pretty amazing show."

He adds: "We're gonna be giving away tickets for upcoming shows in France too, so go to Deezer to get your tickets and watch our performance at Download Paris. We'll see you in France very soon. We'll be playing a bunch of dates over there. A plus tard!" Check out the video here.

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Misfits Star Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein New Album and Tour

(Metal Hammer) Former Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will release his second album As We Die in spring 2017. The axeman, who recently signed with Megadeth man David Ellefson's label EMP, has also announced an extensive European tour next year. The record follows his 2013 debut Abominator.

Doyle says: "When Dave came to me with an offer for our new CD As We Die, it was a no-brainer. He has been a good friend of mine for more than 20 years, and has never done me wrong, and in this business that's unheard of.

"We didn't want to release it ourselves on Monster Man, we wanted a bigger push and EMP has a lot of exciting things happening in 2017 that will do that for us."

The Doyle project's current lineup is rounded out by Cancerslug vocalist Alex 'Wolfman' Story, bassist Brandon Strate and drummer Brandon Pertzborn. See the dates and read more here.

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Rex Brown Reflects On Bitter Pantera Break Up

(Metal Hammer) The public exchange of insults that led up to Pantera splitting in 2003 wasn't necessary, says bassist Rex Brown. And he's recalled how he tried to keep out of the fight but wound up attempting to play the peacemaker as relations between frontman Phil Anselmo and drummer Vinnie Paul disintegrated.

The murder of guitarist Dimebag in 2004 put an end to any chance of a reunion, and the bad feeling between Anselmo and Paul remains unresolved. Brown tells Loudwire: "There's a bunch of stuff that went back and forth between Vinnie and Philip in the press, and I wasn't very thrilled with it.

"At the time I didn't feel that was necessary. We could have taken care of those problems, like we always have. At that point we needed to take a serious break. We'd been going for 12 years straight. I was caught in the middle and I didn't like the way it went down.

"It was a rough time, man. It really was." Read more here.

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Paul McCartney's 'Flowers in the Dirt' Deluxe Edition Announced

(Radio.com) Paul McCartney has been re-releasing his catalogue in order to offer fans additional formats and bonus material, and now he'll be sharing Flowers in the Dirt from The Paul McCartney Archive Collection in 2017.

McCartney co-wrote one third of the album with Elvis Costello, while David Gilmour played guitar on "We Got Married" and George Martin arranged the strings on "Put It There." Preorder it here.

The 13-track album has been remastered at Abbey Road Studios, and will be available in a Deluxe Edition, which comes with two discs featuring 18 additional audio tracks that include previously unreleased demos.

Beyond audio, which will be available on vinyl and CD, the Deluxe Edition will also include a 32-page notebook of Paul's handwritten lyrics and notes, a catalogue for Linda McCartney's 1989 Flowers In The Dirt photo exhibition, a 64-page photobook featuring the music videos for "The One," and a 112-page book telling the complete story of the album through exclusive in-depth interviews with McCartney, Costello and other contributors. Read more here.

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Volbeat Release 'Dead But Rising' Live Video

(Metal Hammer) Volbeat have shared a video of them performing Dead But Rising live. It was filmed at Germany's Rock Im Park festival in June. The song was lifted from their fifth studio album, 2013's Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies.

The band recently announced a European tour for August and September next year in support of their record Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie. Frontman Michael Poulsen has promised it'll be a "special" experience for fans. here.

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Phil Anselmo And Horror Actor Team For New EP

(Classic Rock) Phil Anselmo has teamed up with horror actor Bill Moseley on a new EP called Songs Of Darkness And Despair. The six-track record will be released on former Pantera man Anselmo's own label Housecore Records on January 20, 2017. It's produced by Anselmo and Stephen Berrigan.

Songs Of Darkness And Despair features guest appearances by Superjoint guitarist Kevin Bond, King Parrot bassist Squizzy Squires and Superjoint's Jose Gonzalez on percussion.

Moseley is known for his roles in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Rob Zombie's House Of 1000 Corpses and Devil's Rejects. Anselmo says: "Working with Mr Moseley was an awesome experience. Bill brought the lyrics and Stephen and I just improvised directly on the spot, and squeezed out six tunes in three days." Read more here.

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Newly-Discovered Plant Named After Jimi Hendrix

(Classic Rock) Scientists in the US have named a newly-discovered plant after the late Jimi Hendrix. Researchers, including San Diego State University plant biologist Michael Simpson, who identified a new and rare species of succulent have called it Dudleya hendrixii, or Hendrix's liveforever.

The plant is found only in a small area of Baja California, Mexico., according to San Diego State University. Dudleya hendrixii is described as a thin, stalky plant less than a foot tall with succulent leaves and brilliant pinkish white flowers. It dies in the summer and then re-sprouts again in the fall.

Stephen McCabe of the University Of California decided to name the plant after Hendrix as colleague Mark Dodero was listening to Hendrix's Voodoo Child at the very moment discovered the plant. Read more here.

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Coheed And Cambria Release 'Colors' Video

(Prog) Coheed And Cambria have released a video for Colors. The promo comes from the deluxe edition of their eighth album, titled The Color Before The Sun (Deconstructed).

Frontman Claudio Sanchez says: "Colors brings us to the end of our album cycle, a tribute to all the fans that made it a successful one." Drummer Josh Eppard recently said Coheed And Cambria have forged their own path throughout their career - and it means they are free to "do anything" they want in the studio.

He said: "Even when we were kids, before record deals or tours, it has always been such a wide net. It has always been such an eclectic mix of music. I'm still not sure what kind of band we are.

"As far as genre splitting, or having to define things, I'm really not sure. I'm 36 years old, I don't know what's hot on the streets anymore. I know when I hear music and it speaks to me, that it speaks to me. I could care less if it's cool or hip or what genre it is.

"As far as Coheed goes, it's always been an uncomfortably pop melody, and then the next song could be heavy as hell, but that's always what we've done." Watch the video here.

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Enter Shikari Announce North American Tour

(Metal Hammer) Enter Shikari will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album Take To The Skies with a North American tour in spring 2017. They'll be joined by Being As An Ocean on the dates. The St Albans outfit will also mark the record's birthday at their headlining Slam Dunk shows in May next year.

Frontman Rou Reynolds says: "We're glad we were able to include North America in the plans for the 10th anniversary shows, as we've been making the track across the Atlantic regularly since the album's release, and there's a lot of people still coming to shows today that have been with us since the very start."

He adds: "We'll never write another album like Take To The Skies as Enter Shikari isn't really a band that looks backwards, but to be celebrating the decade anniversary of our debut album feels insane.

"It's going to be a celebration of that album rather than being the clich�d 'play the album front-to-back'." See the dates here.

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Steve Hackett Announces New Album 'The Night Siren'

(Prog) Steve Hackett has announced he'll release his new album "The Night Siren" next year. The former Genesis guitarist will issue the 11-track effort and follow-up to last year's Wolflight on March 24, 2017, via InsideOut Music. The album is described by the label as "the warning of a siren sounding in this era of strife and division."

Hackett says: "This latest waxing represents a bird's eye view of the world of a musical migrant ignoring borders and celebrating our common ancestry with a unity of spirit, featuring musicians, singers and instruments from all over the world.

"From territorial frontiers to walled-up gateways, boundaries often hold back the tide. But while the night siren wails, music breaches all defences. To quote Plato, 'When the music changes, the walls of the city shake.'" Read more here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Star Explains Endgame For New Album

(Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ says the band are playing the long game when it comes to sales of their new album The Stage. The band sneak released the album in October with little promotion and after an elaborate ploy to create a smokescreen and, as a result, early sales figures have not been encouraging. But Christ insists the band always knew that would be the case and that they are more interested in long-term results than short-term sales.

He tells Kaaos TV: "When you run that risk, you kind of know it's gonna happen. For us, it wasn't so important where we started but, 'Let's see where we finish' kind of feel. We wanted to do something cool and different, and we were able to accomplish that.

We were well aware of the risk going into it, and now that it's happened, and now that we've seen pretty much where we ended up after the first couple of weeks, now we're ready to go out there and kick some ass on the road and see where we finish with this thing.

"We had that plan in motion when we were writing the record, pretty much. We wanted to do something different and have a surprise release.

"It went off really well - better than we could have hoped. And there was no leaks. We got to do the surprise release, which I think was an exciting thing for our fans."

He continues: "The importance of first-week sales has kind of diminished, in our opinion, in the industry, and we don't really know what it really means anymore. It is what it is in the industry. And for us, it's all about the endgame, not where it begins." Watch the full interview here.

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Suicidal Tendencies Frontman Ignored Career Advise

(Metal Hammer) Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir recalls being told he'd never make it - because of the way he dressed. When Suicidal Tendencies first emerged in the 1980s, they looked a million miles apart from many of the people on the punk rock and metal scene at the time.

But Muir and his bandmates were never interested in conforming, he says, and he recalls one 'rock star' trying to offer wardrobe advice. Muir tells Alt Press: "We didn't dress the way other people did. It's funny that with punk rock, they talk about non-conformity, but they want you to conform.

"I remember someone that was in one of the 'big bands' back in the day saying, 'Mike, you're actually pretty good, but you'll never do anything looking like that.'

"I'm looking at him with eyeliner and his leather jacket, thinking, 'Dude, you look like you're dressed up for Halloween! This is the way that we are.' I said, 'Dress the way we do, think the way we do and then you're an individual? I lost that somewhere.'" Read more here.

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