"California," will be the veteran group's first album since splitting with Tom DeLonge and replacing him with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba. Despite the band's difficult recent history, Mark Hoppus recently insisted they'd never considered giving up, adding:
"Travis Barker and I have kind of been through this situation before. He and I just love performing and writing together and we're really good friends. It never really occurred to us to stop doing what we do because we enjoy it so much." Watch the videohere.
According to Courthouse News Service, the pair claim that during the first four days of trial, former rock journalist Michael Skidmore - representing Spirit guitarist Randy California (Wolfe) as an estate trustee -
failed to establish ownership of "Taurus," the 1968 song at the center of the lawsuit.
The duo argue the ownership of "Taurus" belongs to Lou Adler's Hollenbeck Music, while also claiming that the plaintiffs have not successfully demonstrated that the Zeppelin members had heard the song before writing "Stairway", while two music experts failed to present "admissible evidence of striking or substantial similarity" between the two songs.
"Plaintiff rested and failed to carry his burden of proof on multiple issues," read the court filing on Monday. "Accordingly, judgment should be entered in defendants' favor. At a minimum, judgment should be entered in their favor on plaintiff's claims for actual damages and for profits." Read morehere.
On June 15th, video surfaced of Death Cab for Cutie appearing to suddenly abort a show in Charleston, SC. Frontman Ben Gibbard tossed a mic stand to the ground and abruptly stormed off during "Soul Meets Body," near the end of the set.
Fans and writers weren't sure what to make of the footage, which some described as a "breakdown." Death Cab's Nick Harmer spoke to Billboard to clarify what happened--attributing the sudden shutdown to a perfect storm of stress, technical failures and a fight in the crowd.
"It's kind of a non-story really," said Harmer. "It got spun as we left the stage mid-set. It was the last 20 seconds of the last song and all of Ben's equipment failed at the exact kind of unrelated moment there was a giant fight in front of us."
Harmer added that recent headlines had the band on edge in a public, open setting. "We would've finished the song but we're all feeling a little skittish after Orlando and things were just - we weren't sure what was happening. Suddenly, there was this moment in the crowd where we don't see this kind of energy happen in front of us," he said. Read more and watch the footage from the sethere.
Guitarist Billy Gibbons reports: "We spend the biggest stretch of every year out on the road, whippin' wire, poundin' skin and rockin' it way up. This is the true document of live de la ZZ.
"In an abstract surrealist style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four-plus deluxe decades, getting down to do what we get to do."
Greatest Hits Live is available for pre-order now. ZZ Top are currently touring Europe, including an appearance at the Glastonbury festival later this week, with North American dates to follow. Stream the songhere.
But last week, Jordison told Metal Hammer he had been diagnosed with a rare disease of the nervous system. It left him unable to play the drums properly and he had to be carried to the stage during his final run of shows with Slipknot.
And while he is angry at the way his dismissal was handled - via an email - Jordison won't rule out a return to the band if they would agree to a face-to-face meeting.
In a world exclusive interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Jordison says: "Honestly, I'm not trying to be dramatic, but if that was brought up, what I'd want to do would be to get together.
"I'd want to see them, just hug it out and feel that energy that we had when we were f***ing young and hungry and all that sh*t. They're my brothers. We'd hug and talk and do sh*t like we used to do. We used to sit up all night along planning this sh*t and what we wanted to do. So that's how I'd wanna do it.
"It'd have to be in person. If it happened, that would be f***ing awesome, but only time will tell." Read morehere.
The film features rare and exclusive footage, and was produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. The film is based on the first part of The Beatles' career (1962-1966), and will explore how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to form the band that changed the world.
The film will focus on the time period from the Beatles' early days playing the Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. Watch the trailerhere.
The US and Canada trek was to begin on July 8 at Montreal's Club Soda in Quebec, Canada. A statement on behalf of the band reads: "Due to a family emergency, Architects are forced to cancel their upcoming North American tour.
"They hate to let you guys down and would appreciate all of your understanding and support. The band would like to ask that you respect their privacy during this difficult time." Read morehere.
Joining the band will be special guest Tal Wilkenfeld as their opening act. The Who are one of six classic rock acts set for Desert Trip, the new weekend event run by organizers of the annual Coachella festival.
Running October 7-9 and 14-16 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan will perform on Fridays, Paul McCartney and Neil Young on Saturdays and Roger Waters and The Who will close out Sunday evenings. Read morehere.
After being caught out by a road crew member, Frehley was then asked to help them set up - and admits that he even spoke to drummer Mitch Mitchell without realizing it was him because he had changed his look.
He tells KFM-BFM: "There was a peace concert at Randall's Island, which is right next to Manhattan island in New York City. I was watching people walk in and out. I was watching the bands walk out to see other bands, and then I watched them walk back, and they'd just walked up with their head high and looked like they were somebody.
"So I just kind of walked in with this presence, like I was in one of the bands, and the security guy just figured I was in one of the bands. So I'm back there about 15 minutes, 20 minutes, and people were starting to say, 'Who is this f***ing guy?'
"Finally, one of the road guys came up and said, 'Are you in one of the bands?' I said, 'No. I snuck back here.' He said, 'Well, can you do anything?' I said, 'Yeah.'
"Next thing you know, I'm setting up Mitch Mitchell's drums. It was crazy." Frehley continues: "And then Mitch Mitchell walks over - but he he had changed his look. Because originally he started off with the afro, like Noel Redding and Jimi, and then he changed his image - he got the beard and he got the headband.
"So when he initially walked over to check out the drums prior to the show, I didn't realize it was Mitch. And here I am walking around in high school with Jimi Hendrix's first album under my arm every day, and next thing you know, I'm talking to Mitch Mitchell and I didn't realize it was Mitch Mitchell. Read more and watch the full interview video cliphere.
The final edition of the legendary Irish band changed their name to Black Star Riders in 2012, and while they are working on their third album, the members have launched a special series of shows to mark the 40th anniversary of the group's 1976 release, "Jailbreak", and 30 years since the passing of founder Phil Lynott.
Frontman Ricky Warwick, guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, and keyboardist Darren Wharton are rounded out by Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton and Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis for the trek.
"I'm really psyched to be playing these shows with Thin Lizzy during my downtime with Aerosmith this summer," sas Hamilton. "It'll be great to rock out to their classic songs onstage."
"First of all, let me offer a sincere Thank You to Brian Downey and Thin Lizzy for allowing me to sit in with the band!," adds Travis. "Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me. I hope to do the position good. It's gonna' be a blast!"
The band will continue their anniversary shows next month at Rock Fest in Barcelona, Spain on July 17 and UK's Ramblin' Man Fair in Maidstone, Kent on July 23. Check out videos from the first showhere.
The band shared a clip of the sticksman tracking drums in the studio last month. Lombardo recently told Metal Wani: "I think it's very typical and very traditional Suicidal Tendencies. Our frontman Mike Muir has a very special style in which he writes his music and his lyrics and his structures. And I love it.
"It takes me back to how it all started, which was that punk attitude. I'm very happy to be a part of his organization. I feel very welcomed. I feel very much appreciated, and there's a lot of respect amongst the musicians, and camaraderie. We have a really good time together. We hang out as a band, which is important - I feel it's very important." Read morehere.
They're promoting their latest album The Black - their first with vocalist Denis Stoff - which launched in March. Guitarist Bruce admits the band were advised not to stream their album on Spotify following its release to maximize record sales - but they decided it was worth "taking the hit" to get a bigger audience.
He tells AltPress: "We got told to boycott Spotify for the first week or month, and we had to make a decision to say, 'No, we don't want to do that.' While it definitely lessens your album sales - quite a lot - it's still a much wider audience.
"We just wanted to get our album out to as many people as possible. So, to us, it was worth taking the hit with record sales to have people to listen to the record and hopefully enjoy it." Read morehere.
The Woolfson family say: "While going through our archives to research and find material for this new edition, we found a wealth of original memorabilia associated with the making of the album.
"Rather than it all sitting in a box for another 40 years, we have decided to allow a select number of items to be sold. Between now and the release of the re-issue, we will be adding even more items to those already available to pre-order here on the page. In addition we will be offering exclusive merchandise as well as the remastered Vinyl release of Eric Woolfson's follow up album, POE More Tales Of Mystery And Imagination." Read morehere.
Meat Loaf previously said of the upcoming record: "It's like nothing you've ever heard. It's like Bat Out Of Hell was in '77 - nothing that's out there now can compare to it.
"I'm not saying it's better, I'm just saying it's a world unto itself. There is no other artist even close to it." The announcement comes days after Meat Loaf collapsed onstage at his Edmonton show in Canada due to severe dehydration. Read more including the album tracklisthere.
GTO's lineup is completed by former Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen and Dethklok bassist Pete Griffin. The group premiered their single Crucifixion on the Radio 1 Rock Show this week.
Weinman told Daniel P Carter: "This band is the hardest thing I've ever had to achieve in my life. Many times I considered giving up on it because it just seemed like it wasn't meant to be.
"From the very start it was something that was supposed to be fun and casual. In essence, if it didn't work out, it would have been fine. For some reason, Brent and I just kept wanting to find the right chemistry to make this happen. In the end, it was one of those things where you get people in the room and it makes sense - it just works." Read morehere.
Dweezil has toured under the banner Zappa Plays Zappa for 10 years but recently renamed it as Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa amid legal disputes between the guitarist and the Zappa Family Trust over trademarks and music licensing.
In a blog post, Dweezeil says: "I understand there may be some public confusion about all of this. Multiple name changes etc. I also understand that this drama may be a turn off to people.
"At the end of the day, I believe my father's music deserves to be heard not silenced. I will now be playing it with an even stronger resolve than ever before under the name my father gave me - Dweezil Zappa." Read morehere.
The band have toured with various lineups down the years, but Williamson doesn't expect them to hit the road again. He tells Joel Gausten: "The Stooges is over. Basically, everybody's dead except for Iggy and I, so it would be sort of ludicrous to try to tour as Iggy And The Stooges with only one Stooge in the band, and then you have side guys.
"That doesn't make any sense to me. And frankly, I don't want to tour anymore. I'm kind of done with it. I also feel like we're getting a little long in the tooth to be doing these show anymore." Read morehere.
Queen of the Sea is about me (Ryan) and life's struggles told metaphorically. In the song someone is battling a storm while lost at sea. He knows that the storm is too great, and that it's seemingly impossible to beat the Queen, Mother Nature. He chooses to challenge anyway knowing that he is likely doomed in this circumstance. The waves are too high, the ship he commands is to small, he has lost his crew and rations, but if he can just stay afloat, there is hope.
On a personal level it's about knowing you can make it through anything. The ending is not always positive as life can sometimes be overwhelmingly terrible, but there is always an end. You just have to keep going.
Life is consistent. Just like the story. The tides of the ocean come in and go out, but eventually the tide will come back in. If you stay calm and hold your breath the situation has to come to some sort of resolution.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you check out the video here and learn more about the albumright here!