"Jimmy's struggles with his demons were well documented through the years, but over the last 18 months he had finally won that battle and he was bright and lucid and motivated throughout the writing and recording of the new record. He leaves behind him a rich legacy of work from Rainbow, through Wild Horses, Dio, and finally, Last In Line. Jimmy was immensely proud of our new album and his input to it was immeasurable."
"He was a very kind and gentle and generous soul and our lives were greatly enriched for having known him," added Campbell added. "We will continue to celebrate his life through his music. On behalf of Vinny and Andrew, our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this most difficult of times. Rest in peace, dear friend."
Bain's latest band, Last In Line, was formed in 2012 by the former members of the original lineup of Ronnie James Dio's band Dio and named after that group's 1984 album. Read morehere.
The guitarist's daughter, Electra, revealed the news in an interview with Rolling Stone. Electra says: "Everyone knows the story of Megadeth and who my dad is. That story has already been told. But the one that hasn't been told is what he's like with his family, what it's like for him to move to Nashville. And what it's like to have him walk into a tractor store and try to fit in. He is funny as heck."
The Megadeth leader made the move to the Nashville suburb of Franklin in late 2014 ahead of the sessions for the newly-released Dystopia album and in an effort to assist daughter Electra's aspiring career as a country music artist.
Mustaine tells Rolling Stone India: "The reason we moved out here was because I've made four records out here and all those times I was recording, I did live here. It really was comfortable to be here. The last time we were here, Electra was only two years old. We didn't know that she had the gift and once she started singing - I heard her sing one time and I was really convinced.
"I don't profess to be a singer first and foremost, I'm a guitar player that sings more than a singer who plays guitar. But with her, she really is. That's her strong point. For her, this is music city. It's all about country. It's where she's flourishing." Read morehere.
Stinson tells The Current: "I think everyone kind of knows where I stand with it all. I left it in a good way. I mean, roughly, I actually had to just start turning down tours because I was unable to tour. I got into a position, personally, where my personal life was going to prevent me from doing, I don't know - it must have been about five tours that they called me to do, and I just said I can't do 'em.
"And at that point, I think Axl got to the position where he was, like, 'Okay, so what am I going to do now? 'Cause I don't have a band. Blah blah blah.'" He adds: "So I think it worked out. And I think they'll have fun. It will be a healing thing for 'em, if it works out good. It will be good for them." Read morehere.
Besides Pop on vocals and Homme on lead guitar, the duo were backed by keys, rhythm guitar, bass and drums. Dressed in black suits, the band exuded a debonaire attitude, which matched the laid-back song. "Gardenia" has a chill vibe about it replete with restrained guitar and drums on the verses.
Before they performed, Pop and Homme joined Colbert on the couch to talk about working together. Pop admitted he sent Homme poetry via text message once they decided to write an album. "It's a wonderful way to get to know somebody," Homme replied.
Homme talked about their recording process, which took place at Joshua Tree over two weeks. "It's easy to keep a secret when there's no one there to tell," Homme said. "When you make a record and no one's aware that you're doing it, you're kind of making it for each other. You're kind of there to excite and dazzle each other."
The two joked about living together and bonding as roommates while they worked on the record. Pop even brought footie pajamas. Check it outhere.
The track was co-written by Tyler along with Nashville-based songwriters Nathan Barlowe, Levi Hummon and Jon Vella, and produced by country music veteran Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Faith Hill).
The singer has yet to announce an official release date for the album, which is expected sometime this year. Next month, Tyler will be featured on the PBS series Front And Center with a stripped-down performance of solo tunes and Aerosmith classics.
In late March, he will play a pair of shows in Niagara Falls, Ontario with country outfit Loving Mary. Stream the songhere.
That date was once again scrapped because the as-yet-untitled record was still in production. Carpenter tells ESP Guitars: "We're sitting around, waiting for the release of our new record.
"It comes out April 8, we have some dates in Texas in march. In May and June, we're off to Europe for some festivals. We'll go play it for all the people that are interested and want to hear it."
Frontman Chino Moreno previously admitted that the album is "a little screwy" when compared to their previous material. Moreno told Rolling Stone: "It's a little more of a heady record. We've gone into the songs and really dissected them.
"If something sounded a little straight we took a left turn. We tried something completely opposite - not to sabotage it, but to challenge ourselves and try new things.
"It definitely feels like we've taken a step from our last record. But it's definitely a Deftones record - it has all the elements that make us who we are." Watch the video interviewhere.
If follows a brief UK tour in March, with two dates added to one that was rescheduled from last year. Bonamassa will release his second album of all-original material, Blues Of Desperation, on March 25.
July tickets go on sale on January 29 (Friday) with a fan pre-sale available on January 26. In between the two runs, Bonamassa also has dates in Germany and the US in March and April. See the dateshere.
Producer Tony Visconti later said that the pair had hoped to make one more album before the disease ended his life, and several tracks had reached the demo stage.
Now Newsweek reports a source close to the late icon discussing "a long list of musical releases that Bowie planned before he died." It's not known whether the anthologies will contain previously-unreleased material, but the source says Bowie divided his work into eras and didn't necessarily want it to be launched in chronological order. Read morehere.
Morton adds: "It's definitely a little different from what you're used to hearing me do with Lamb. I'm having a blast working on this stuff and this is what it's all about for me - fun, I hope you enjoy it.
Lamb of God are currently on tour with Anthrax, with dates taking them through until February 12 in Los Angeles, promoting their seventh studio album VII: Sturm Und Drang, released last year.
SnowBound is Morton's first outside collaboration since Born Of The Storm, which saw him release four tracks with DevilDriver vocalist Dez Fafara. Stream the songhere.
It follows the metalcore band's rendition of Ram Jam's Black Betty, which they released in December. Frontman Michael Orlando, aka Michael Vampire, tells Bloody Disgusting: "The first time I heard Hozier sing Take Me To Church, I knew I had to cover it.
"I also knew I needed one of my homies to collab with me. The first person that came to mind was Alex Koehler. He's one of my best friends and his scream is evil as f***.
"I've been wanting to collab with him for years and I'm beyond excited with the outcome. The lyrics to this song are amazing and I'm thankful I was able to put my spin on it." Stream the songhere.
They've also announced a UK tour, plus dates in Italy and Denmark later this year. The Amorettes will be special guests on all UK shows. Grey tells TeamRock: "We can't tell you how excited we are to finally unleash Generation Me on the rock community. We feel that this is by far our strongest album, and we are absolutely stoked about playing these songs live on our upcoming UK tour in April and May."
Generation Me is the follow up to 2014's Running With The Dogs and was produced by Laurie Mansworth. The lineup is completed by guitarist Tagore Grey, drummer Dhani Mansworth and bassist Rick 'Swoggle' Newman. Watch the videohere.
Zillow's listing reads: "Great Location. Surrounded by equestrian farms. Perfect opportunity to totally rehab this home in this highly sought after section of Lincroft."
Bach moved to Los Angeles recently, telling NJ Advance Media: "To me, New Jersey is Skid Row. We came from there. We are New Jersey. So without Skid Row, I can't be in New Jersey." Read more and watch footage from the MTV cribs episodehere.
The character is a "barber and surgeon who is the go-to man in Salem, from a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open or sewn up," according to the show's official character description.
Manson's track Cupid Carries A Gun - from latest album The Pale Emperor - is the soundtrack to Salem's opening title credits. Check out a video of the show's creditshere.
Frontman Chris Robertson says the group returned to their roots to capture the follow-up to 2014's Magic Mountain. Robertson explains: "We are beyond excited to bring Kentucky to you. Since the release of our debut, we have wanted to go back to the studio where it all began and it finally happened. The original studio owner and engineer, all of the great equipment and Black Stone Cherry have been reunited for what I feel has been the most unique album we've ever made.
"We took it back to where it started and something magical happened. These new songs are the heart and soul of who we were in 2006 and who we've become. There is something very special about these songs and I cannot wait for y'all to feel them." Stream the songhere.
The 68-year-old drummer, who played on albums including Killer, School's Out and Love It To Death, was a member of the band from 1969 until 1974 and is a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee.
Clothing Smith wore onstage and for album covers and promo photoshoots during his stint with the five-piece Alice band is also up for auction. Although involved in selling real estate since the 1980s, Smith has collaborated with former Alice Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway and Albert Bouchard, ex of Blue Oyster Cult, plus BOC's Buck Dharma, Uriah Heep veteran Ken Hensley, Plasmatics and others over the years. Read morehere.
He's was quickly replaced by Billy Hutton, with the group saying they were excited to have him onboard for their live dates which start next week.
Milk Teeth said: "We are so stoked to have Billy sharing a stage with us. This year is going to be the biggest and best yet. We have new music, videos, tours, festivals, yoyos and puppies all coming your way in 2016." Stream the albumhere.
There's no additional information to indicate if the video preview is for a lead single called Human and/or if that may hint at the album's title. Hellyeah worked on the project with producer Kevin Churko - who also oversaw 2014's Blood For Blood - at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas.
Guitarist Tom Maxwell recently issued an update from the sessions, which include new guitarist Christian Brady and bassist Kyle Sanders following a 2103 split with guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob "Zilla" Kahaha.
Maxwell says: "It's gonna be moody, it's gonna be dark, it's gonna be crushing, it's gonna be heartbreaking, it's gonna be everything. So it's gonna be a proper take-off from our last record, but with a lot of new surprises, I think.
"And just kind of moving forward with the path that we've taken with Blood For Blood. So it's coming along great. It's gonna be a really, really savage album, and I'm really excited. I can't wait for you all to hear it." Check out the videohere.
Simo says of the album: "It's something of a mission statement. We take what we do very seriously. We really care about the emotive content of what we do, we care about the music and care about how we play our instruments and how we present ourselves.
"We care a lot about that, which is a form of love and a form of respect. It's a very important, simple concept that we maybe don't pay enough attention to. It's something we try and live as well as sing about." Watch the videohere.
The band are also supporting Canadian rockers Theory Of A Deadman on their eight-date UK tour. Royal Republic describe the Baby video as a "super speed roller disco thunder show."
They add: "We're absolutely stoked to announce our return to the UK. We're very much looking forward to supporting Theory Of A Deadman on these dates and playing some new stuff. It'll be brutal." Watch the videohere.
"I like (Kill 'Em All's) 'Phantom Lord' and 'Metal Militia' because they are very interesting songs," Mustaine said. "But I think if you were going to go for my favorite Metallica song that I wrote it would probably have to be (Ride the Lightning instrumental) 'Call of Ktulu.'"
Regarding "Call of Ktulu," Mustaine said, "It stands on itself. When you have a song that can stand on itself without words that's a big statement." Read morehere.
The track features musician Ricky Wilde and mainman Nick Beggs' daughter Lula on vocals. He says: "It's possibly the most important song on The Mute Gods album - a real father/daughter dialogue that was not easy to have."
Beggs is joined in the lineup by Marco Minnemann and Roger King. They previously released Feed The Troll from the record and the title track. Watch the videohere.
The DTP record is just one of a number or works being juggled by the Canadian musician. He has a book and a symphony in the works too. Townsend tells Metal Wani: "I can tell you - it's about getting over it. Getting over yourself, getting over all that stuff. And I'm not saying that I am. But the point of it is, that seems to be the next step.
"I'll get into situations with people that I'll be really irritated by them. And recently there's been this sort of thing that's been going on in my process where I'm, like, 'This is your problem. This is not that person that needs to change, it's you and how you're reacting to them.'" Read morehere.
This month he announced the end of a hiatus that started in 2011 and said The Great Deceiver will be released on March 4 via Omnipresence. A video for the track Doppelganger was issued along with the announcement.
Mortiis had the following to say about the upcoming tour dates this spring: "It's about time we came back to the UK for some shows. See you in May, you bastards." See the dateshere.
Summer's End once again takes place at the Drill Hall in Chepstow, Wales, from September 30 to October 2. And ticket prices have been frozen at last year's rates of £115 for Hero, £100 for Sponsor and £80 for standard access.
Organisers say: "Day tickets and day splits will be announced soon. Remember that the festival sold out last year - so early purchasing is recommended." See the full lineuphere.
Frontman Matt Tuck says BFMV are delighted to follow 2015's autumn dates with a return to venues that have "massive sentimental meaning" to the band.
Tuck adds: "We're going to be bringing the full rock show to town - so make sure you get tickets early." A fan pre-sale begins at 9am on January 27 (Wednesday) with general sale commencing on January 29 (Friday). See the dateshere.
Publishers Z2 Comics say the mini-series is "a rock'n'roll noir story about the music industry - and redemption." It follows desperate label owner Nate Theodore who discovers a "doom-laden blues" duo he hopes will turn his fortunes around.
Auerbach tells Vulture.com of his collaboration with comic writer Gabe Soria: "Where we kind of met up was on the music front. The music that he was talking about, I could wrap my mind around it. He knew I was really big into northern Mississippi music, so I understood the reference points when he was talking to me about it." Read morehere.
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