"It's been what I've known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I'm backing off of touring and recording," says Williams. "Losing Malcolm, the thing with Phil and now with Brian, it's a changed animal. I feel in my gut it's the right thing."
All three longtime members have seen their roles filled by others: guitarist and nephew Stevie Young stepped in for Malcolm; Chris Slade returned to handle drums after Rudd recorded "Rock Or Bust"; and, the band accepted an offer from Axl Rose to help them fulfill their remaining 2016 tour dates in place of Johnson.
Williams joined AC/DC in 1977 following the firing of Mark Evans shortly after the group completed the recording of the "Let There Be Rock" album. Williams performed with AC/DC on the tour in support of the record before making his studio debut with them on 1978's "Powerage." Read morehere.
He expects to be in care for up to eight weeks and says that he could have to wait six months for an urgent knee replacement operation. After an interview with his friend and fellow former Maiden singer Blaze Bayley was reported on this week, fans were worried that Di'Anno was battling cancer. But he insists that is not the case.
Di'Anno tells Classic Rock: "I collapsed at home after coming back from Argentina and a scan found a massive big black shadow on my lungs. I thought I was on my way out, but it turned out to be non-malignant.
"It was an abscess that was all infected and the size of a rugby ball. It turns out I've been living with this thing in me for the last few years. The doctors said it was an airborne thing that caused the infection and I could have picked it up anywhere.
"I had to go into recovery after the operation and rather than go back to my home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I stayed here in England and I'm now in a care home." Read morehere.
Speaking the US Library Of Congress on the occasion of Master Of Puppets being added to its permanent registry, Ulrich says: "Obviously the album has resonated with not only the Library, but with fans and critics. I'm not sure I can sit down and listen to it, though, and not yell, 'Will someone turn the reverb down!'"
He adds: "I guess there's a cohesiveness in the songwriting and the production. It works really well as a cohesive landscape, a musical territory. I'm happy it all lined up."
He recalls being "infatuated with the overdubbing opportunities and with all we could do in the studio" as they worked. Ideologies change - they go through arcs," he reflects. "At that time there was an evolution happening and people took it seriously.
"The record we're now working on is more about capturing a mood, making it sound raw and not overproduced. But it was a different vibe then and we were comfortable with it - we were excited about multi-tracks and all the gadgets." Read morehere.
Stanley tells Miles Schuman: "It's only worth doing it if, artistically, you want to do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, 'Well, that's it.' When we did Sonic Boom, it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did Sonic Boom, I said, 'Well, we've made the point.'
"Then, a few years later, it was, like, 'Wow, why don't we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,' so we did that, and then I said, 'We're done.'
"Lately I've been thinking, yeah, we should do another. But there's no secret that when anybody who's considered classic or of our generation does a new album, most people are not interested in hearing that stuff - they tolerate it at best." Read more and watch the full video cliphere.
For Today say: "When we started this band in 2005, we never imagined that our music would make it out of Sioux City, Iowa, let alone take us all around the world multiple times. Our lives have been hugely impacted by the time we've spent making music and touring.
"We met our wives, had kids and moved to different States because of For Today. It's been an incredible experience, but we feel like now is the time to close this chapter of our lives and move on.
"There's no behind-the-scenes drama happening or disagreements between band members. We're all still best friends and will continue to be long after the band is over." Read morehere.
The At The Drive-In and Mars Volta man recorded them between 2008-2013 and the collection will be issued by Ipecac Recordings on a bi-weekly basis, starting with the July 15 launch of Sworn Virgins.
Ipecac co-owner Greg Werckman says: "We had all admired Omar's work from afar and then recently got to know him up close. It was so great to find out that as talented as he is, he is an even better human being and we love having him as part of the Ipecac family."
Rodriguez-Lopez adds: "It's crucial in this day and age to be able to surround yourself with like minded people that you can share an ethos with. I feel grateful and fortunate enough to have found this with such amazing people: Mike, Greg, Shawn, Marc and the Ipecac family. After throwing around many different project ideas, this seemed like the best place to actually begin, on what will surely be a long-lasting collaboration." Read morehere.
Tame Impala posted a short video clip of the incident on their Instagram account with the caption: "Get showered in cushions by 4000 French people."
They later posted a picture of the covered stage, saying: "Crowd standin' there all guilty like a puppy dog sittin' next to a pile of poo." Read more and watch the videohere.
Beck is featured in the upcoming new issue of Classic Rock magazine, which is out next week. In the interview, he reveals that he and Loud Hailer collaborators Carmen Vandenberg and Rosie Bones got together last December and "sat down by the fire with a crate of prosecco and got right to it."
He adds: "The songs came together very quickly - five in three days." One of the tracks, The Ballad Of The Jersey Wives, is about the widows of the 9/11 victims.
Beck adds: "We don't actually make reference to 9/11. The songs are about a general disgruntlement and dissatisfaction with things." Read more and stream the songhere.
The band hosted a listening party and live performance at The Beacham in Orlando, FL on Wednesday where fans were given a first listen to the project.
The event marked Alter Bridge's first live show of 2016, and they will now head out on a summer tour of North America beginning July 9 in Syracuse, NY.
The group just announced dates for a fall run across Europe, where they'll play 24 shows in support of the new record starting November 4 in Bilbao, Spain. Read morehere.
Asked if he knew about the reunion, he tells Loudwire: "Yeah, I did." But he hasn't seen the latest lineup perform. "That would just be weird," he says. "It's like going to watch your ex-girlfriend get married. I moved on, they moved on, I hope everybody's happy, that's all."
In 2012 Bumblefoot brought young fan Chloe Paris to a rehearsal, where she sang with the band. He recalls: "The things I remember the most was when something bad happened and it turned into something good.
"There was a sweet girl, and all the kids in school picked on her. I brought her into a rehearsal and she was a big fan of the song Catcher In The Rye. She's pretty much the only other person who sang with Guns N' Roses." Read more and watch the full video cliphere.
The six-piece are gearing up for a tour of the US and the UK, which will include rearranged Yes material along with new music that's being written at the moment.
Wakeman says: "I have played with arguably the greatest bass players ever - Chris Squire, John Entwistle and Lee Pomeroy. I can't wait to play with Lee again!"
Molino has previously worked with Rabin, Roger Hodgson, The Tubes and others, while Cambra is also a Tubes collaborator and a composer for movie and TV soundtracks. Read morehere.
They'll release their self-titled album on August 26 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Larkin said of the project: "As far as blues goes, Apocalypse Blues Revue is a little heavier, a little darker, and has some punk rock attitude in the lyrics.
"We wanted to make something deep that will provoke thought. It had to be evil though. We're not trying to make it happy. It's called blues for a reason. It was also an opportunity to show the world what a phenomenal guitar player Tony is." Stream the songhere.
The instrument has since become something of a legend among equipment fans. The Gibson company made a Beano replica in 2010. Bonamassa - an avid gear collector - tells Guitarist: "It's in a collection on the East Coast of America. That's all I can tell you and that's all I will say.
"It still exists. I haven't seen it, but I have it on good authority from people who have." He adds: "I don't know if Clapton would even want it back at this point. Would he even recognize it 50 years on? I guess so." Read morehere.
It's the title track of their upcoming album which will be released on September 16 through Spinefarm Records. Their fourth studio album also sees the band team up with Bob Marlette, who produced their 2007 debut Runnin' Wild.
The band were recently announced as guests on Volbeat's European tour and kick off a long run of summer festivals and headline shows on July 11. Stream the new songhere.
The majority of footage has never been seen before and features live performances and stills featuring artists including Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, The Doors and Donovan.
Filmmaker Anthony Stern says: "The film came about after a diagnosis of Parkinson's encouraged me to make sense of the last 50 years of my life. Delving through my cellar, I found suitcases full of tapes, film reels and over 7000 still photographs from the period 1963-1970.
"This film is a homage to that time, capturing the dreams, memories and reflections that sprung from a moment when we really thought we could change the world. Fifty years on, I'm starting to think these values are starting to reemerge." Read morehere.
Hook tells Scotty Mars: "The nuts and bolts of it is that it takes a good, focused team to do all of the things that need to be done for a record and its cycle. And we're not delusional about knowing that a good team and a good label is just healthy and good for us.
"Rise is a very hard-working, no-bullcrap, focused label, and they work hard. I mean, let's face it - we could have basically picked anybody. We had offers across the board from every label." Read morehere.
His concerns came from having no material to present to his bandmates when the time came to start work on the follow-up to 2013's Common Courtesy, which will be released on August 19.
McKinnon tells RockSound: "The record is called Bad Vibrations because that's what I was feeling at the time, stuck in this weird, high-stress mindset every day. I was terrified. I went in to record with nothing much to offer - hardly anything that I was excited about."
He adds: "I've never had a problem with pushing other people's expectations aside, but it became a real issue. Thankfully the other guys stepped in and brought some great stuff to the table." Read morehere.
But Warren - who is set to make a documentary about his father's life with the late boss's longtime friend, Atlantic Records executive Jerry Greenberg - says Peter was actually a "real people person" who treated everyone the same. The 49-year-old says this memory of his father has shaped his career as a manager of tribute band, Hats Off To Led Zeppelin.
Warren tells Billboard: "Dad was a big softie, let me tell you that. He knew when to push people's buttons at what point in time, or what needed to be done to get the job done. His no.1 thing was to protect that band, and he would use whatever means he needed to make sure that his band had what they needed to be brilliant at what they do."
He adds: "Dad was a real people person, you couldn't tell whether he was talking to the head of a department or a manager or promoter or just the person that was coming in during the patron, or the chauffeur, he would look after everybody the same." Read morehere.
Moreno tells No Brown M&Ms: "There's this handful of fans that study every setlist in every city we play. They say, 'Why dont you play this?' The bulk of the stuff we play is the stuff that we play well. We want to play a good show.
"Not that we couldn't play other songs well, but the idea is that, as soon as we feel very confident, we can slowly start bringing them into the set and swapping songs out. But if we don't play it live, it's because it's not well-rehearsed yet. Why force it in there if it's not ready?" Read morehere.
Plexus was inspired by new age philosophy and psychology all tightly knit into one package. The notion of a plexus is a mass gathering of nerve endings in one's body. Ironically, just about everything in our universe is connected in one way or another and that was the main theme behind our song. We promote the idea that whether you are predominantly positive or negative, however you choose to think and be is exactly how your life will turn out.
Gladiators is heavily influenced by a blue collar work ethic and our goal is to rub that off on our fan base and listeners any way that we can. "Plexus" has a spacey feel to the song so metaphorically speaking the connections and choices we make on a daily basis are endless.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the EP, and grab the tour datesright here!