Day in Rock Report for 05/04/2016

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3 Full Axl Rose and AC/DC Songs Posted Online?

(hennemusic) More audio of Axl Rose reportedly rehearsing with AC/DC in Lisbon, Portugal has surfaced. Audio of three full songs - "Hells Bells," "Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be" and "Back In Black" - has been posted just days before the start of the band's European tour in the city on May 7.

The new songs follow the leak of the reported snippets of the group playing "Thunderstruck" and "Shoot To Thrill" as captured by fans outside a rehearsal facility.

In March, AC/DC postponed the remaining 10 shows on their spring US tour after Brian Johnson was advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss. Read more and listen to all of the audio clips here.

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Scott Stapp Replaces Scott Weiland But Not In Stone Temple Pilots

Scott Stapp has revealed that he is indeed replacing the late Scott Weiland in a band, but it is not Stone Temple Pilots. Instead, it is the Guns N' Roses/Disturbed supergroup Art of Anarchy.

Stapp made the announcement after he caused some controversy in an interview where he was sharing his excitement about his new gig but refused to say that it wasn't with Stone Temple Pilots. The band quickly let fans know that he wasn't their new frontman.

On Tuesday, Stapp revealed that he had assumed vocalist duties with Art of Anarchy, the supergroup project that featured Weiland on their debut album along with former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumble Foot" Thal and John Moyer of Disturbed.

Here is what Stapp had to say, I" wanted to clarify any confusions on Stone Temple Pilots and my comment. First off, Scott Weiland in STP is irreplaceable. I was recently asked what I'm currently working on in an interview and could not reveal details or announce this new project. This led the interviewer to assume it was STP and he eagerly kept asking for more details. Evidently my response caused confusion.

"I'm excited to share I've been working with Art Of Anarchy band who's members are Ron 'Bumble Foot' Thal, formerly of Guns N Roses, John Moyer of Disturbed and Jon and Vince Votta. Original announcement was slated for July along with our first single and album to follow but happy to share this announcement sooner to clarify.

"Art Of Anarchy is the project that I was referring to in the interview not STP. Scott Weiland was a part of Art of Anarchy and that's the six degrees of separation I was referring to. Always been a fan of STP and I wish them all the best in their search for a new singer."

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Wes Scantlin Arrested In California

(TeamRock Radio) Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin has fallen foul of the law once again. The singer was arrested immediately after the band's set in Hermosa Beach, California, for missing a court hearing relating to a case in which he allegedly trashed a house in January this year, according to TMZ.

The website reports it's the second time he's skipped a court appearance and, as a result, a local judge raised his bail to $250,000. Scantlin is still thought to be in custody.

It's the latest incident in a long line of misdemeanors involving the singer. In February, Scantlin was involved in a standoff with armed police outside his Los Angeles home, while in March, Puddle Of Mudd walked off stage at a gig in Doncaster, England, leaving the singer alone to face the crowd. Read more here.

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David Bowie Left Surprise In 'Blackstar' Album Artwork

(Radio.com) Rock legend David Bowie released his last album Blackstar on January 8th, a week before his unexpected passing. While fans have had the album in heavy rotation since Bowie died, there's a certain surprise they missed.

A reddit user discovered that when you leave the gatefold of the Blackstar project in sunlight, the all-black cover has a starlight design. The user discovered the cover changed after sitting in the sun for a couple of hours. The star design only appears after being placed in sunlight. Exposing the cover to other lights, such as black lights or normal room lighting, doesn't reveal the hidden design.

What's really cool about the secret design is it doesn't last for too long. Just like the nighttime sky, the stars fade after a couple of hours. Check out a picture of it here.

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Metallica's Kirk Hammett Jams With Elton John

(Classic Rock) Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett says that he wis honored to have joined Elton John onstage this past weekend. Hammett played "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting "with Elton John and his guitarist Davey Johnstone at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday.

Hammett posted a photo of the jam on Instagram and wrote: "It was an honor and extreme privilege to share the stage with such a legend. Thanks, Elton John.

"Davey Johnstone is a great guitarist and it was an honor to play with him. I had first seen him play during Alice Cooper's Madhouse Rock Tour in 1979 and he kicked major ass." Read more here.

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Radiohead Release New Animated 'Burn The Witch' Video

(Radio.com) Radiohead have been teasing fans with a cryptic message, and various online activity, leading many to speculate about what was coming. Now we know. On Tuesday (May 3rd) they released a new music video for the song "Burn The Witch."

The animated clip references the iconic final scene from the 1973 cult classic (and 2006 remake) film The Wicker Man. The claymation visual style combined with gory subject matter make for an unsettling juxtaposition.

On Monday, Radiohead removed itself from the Internet, deleting all social media posts and photos and leaving a blank website. But now we have our first full listen to the band's highly anticipated ninth album. Watch the video here.

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Pearl Jam Joined On Stage By Sting and Cheap Trick Members

(Radio.com) Pearl Jam played host to some of their biggest musical influences on Monday night at Madison Square Garden where they were joined by former Police frontman Sting and members of Cheap Trick.

Six songs into their set, they were joined by two members of newly-minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick: guitarist Rick Nielsen and basssist Tom Petersson. They played a rousing rendition of that band's anthem, "Surrender," and actually threw some LPs into the audience during the line "Got my KISS records out" (we'll assume they were KISS records).

A few hours and twenty songs later, they were joined by Sting for a version of the Police's "Driven To Tears," a song that Pearl Jam has covered in the past (and Eddie Vedder has covered at solo shows). Watch the NSFW video below.

The concert itself was a three hour, thirty-one song extravaganza that leaned heavily on songs from their debut album, 1991's Ten (as well as two other songs from that era, "State of Love and Trust" and "Breath" from the soundtrack of the 1992 film Singles) and featured a number of other covers: the 1961 Wayne Cochran song "Last Kiss," the Dead Boys' "Sonic Reducer" and the Who's "Baba O'Riley," as well as the Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" which frontman Eddie Vedder performed on his own. Although it was the ten year anniversary of the band's self-titled album (known among fans as "The Avocado Album") they didn't play any songs from that album. Check out videos here.

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Announces Storyteller Style Solo Tour

(hennemusic) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has announced dates for a summer solo tour of North America. The "Out On A Limb" trek with Tyler and the Loving Mary band will hit 19 cities across the continent when it launches July 2 in Las Vegas.

The shows will be a story tellers style tour where he will perform classic songs from the Aerosmith catalog. "What would I not pay to go see (Paul) McCartney, but instead of playing with whoever he's with now, actually do (a show) where he tells you what he was thinking when he wrote Yesterday?" says Tyler.

"That's what I'm doing. I figured I'd talk about Sweet Emotion and Dream On and where I was when I wrote it, and Seasons Of Wither and how I played it." See the dates here.

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Motorhead Release Video From New Live Package

(hennemusic) Motorhead has released video footage of their 1979 track, "Bomber", as a preview to the forthcoming live package "Clean Your Clock," which is set to be released on June 10th.

The set captures the band over two shows at the Zenith in Munich, Germany last November on what turned out to be their final tour as founder Lemmy Kilmister passed away at his Los Angeles home on December 28.

"Clean Your Clock" will be available in multiple formats, including Blu-ray/CD and DVD/CD combos, CD, colored vinyl, digital download and two box set options: one with the DVD/CD and colored vinyl which includes a Motorhead Metal Medal, and a limited-edition package offering the Motorhead Medal in Silver or Gold.

Surviving Motorhead members Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee will join Saxon on stage to play a special one-off set of Saxon and Motorhead classics in a unique Salute To Lemmy at this year's Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards show at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on June 13.

"Lemmy was a great friend and he always supported our band - as we did Motörhead - through ups and downs," says Saxon's Biff Byford. "We were touring with them when he died, so to be able to honor him at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods is a great opportunity to say goodbye." Watch the video here.

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Little Richard Denies Illness Rumors

(The Blues) Little Richard has denied rumors that his health is failing, after a tweet by Bootsy Collins raised concerns. The 83-year-old instructed his lawyer William Sobel to speak up for him following Collins' statement that Richard needed fans' "love and understanding right now."

Sobel tells Rolling Stone: "I spoke to him today. He said, 'I'm really annoyed. Not only is my family not gathering around me because I'm ill, but I'm still singing. I don't perform like I used to, but I have my singing voice, I walk around. I'm healthy.'"

Richard retired from live performance in 2013, after making his last appearance the previous year. He said at the time: "I don't feel like doing anything right now. I think my legacy should be that, when I started in showbusiness, there wasn't no such thing as rock'n'roll." Read more here.

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Robert Plant Performs With John Bonham's Sister Deborah

(TeamRock Radio) Robert Plant joined John Bonham's sister Deborah onstage for a performance of two songs this past Saturday night at the left Bank in Hereford, England.

The former Led Zeppelin frontman and Deborah Bonham's band played through a version of Led Zep's When The Levee Breaks and a cover of Johnny Kidd and The Pirates' Shakin' All Over.

Promoter John Hales tells the Hereford Times: "It made my day. He was a lovely guy, very amenable, chatty and willing to talk to people. I think everyone was over the moon. Everybody was ecstatic and cameras came out and everybody was having an amazing time." Watch fan filmed video of the jams here.

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Mastodon's Planned EP Has Morphed Into Album

(Prog) Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor says the EP they planned to record later this year has expanded into a full album project. And the record is likely to feature material that didn't make the cut for sixth title Once More 'Round The Sun, which arrived in 2014.

Dailor tells 93.3 WMMR: "At the moment it's just a ton of riffs and they're starting to form songs. "We have some stuff that didn't make the last record - not because it wasn't awesome, but it just didn't fit the vibe of the stuff we had.

"We were going to do this winter EP thing, but the material's morphed into more than that, so I think it'll warrant a full album release." They're continuing to experiment with material at guitarist Bill Kelliher's home. Read more here.

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Vinny Appice, Rudy Sarzo To Rock Classics With Symphony

(Classic Rock) Rock veterans Vinny Appice, Rudy Sarzo, Craig Goldy and Andrew Freeman will play at a one-off show with Temecula Valley Symphony next month.

The musicians will perform hits from The Beatles, The Who, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, Rainbow and Deep Purple with the orchestra. The concert will take place at the Temecula Civic Center in California on June 18 and will be free to attend.

Sticksman Appice has played with Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven And Hell. He currently plays in Resurrection Kings and Dio offshoot act Last In Line, with the lead singer Andrew Freeman performing at the event. Ex-Dio guitarist Craig Goldy, who also plays in spin-off band Dio Disciples and Resurrection Kings, will appear at the show.

Guest bassist Rudy Sarzo will join the Dio men, having recorded and toured with bands such as Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake and Blue Oyster Cult. He currently plays in supergroup Project Rock with former and current members of Judas Priest, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Scorpions and more. Read more here.

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John 5 Releases Planet Of The Apes Themed Video

(Classic Rock) John 5 And The Creatures have released a video for their single Here's To The Crazy Ones. It's the latest single released by the Rob Zombie guitarist and his band, who are issuing a new clip at the start of every month throughout 2016.

They previously released videos for Black Grass Plague, Making Monsters and Now Fear This. The guitarist said: "All my life I've really enjoyed music - making music, playing it, and recording it. It's such a relief and a joy to do what I do for a living.

"I know it sounds corny, but I think the meaning of life is to do what you love and be happy." John 5 will head out on the road with Rob Zombie on the Return Of The Dreads tour with Korn later this year. Watch the video here.

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Dweezil Zappa Forced To Change Name Of Tribute Show Tour

(Prog) Dweezil Zappa revealed that has been forced to change the name of his tribute show Zappa Plays Zappa following a family feud over copyright infringement.

After a decade of touring, the project has been renamed Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa amid legal disputes between the guitarist and the Zappa Family Trust over trademarks and music licensing.

Dweezil tells the New York Times: "It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but this is being done under duress. I just hope people will understand that the only thing I'm changing is the name." Read more here.

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Halestorm Added To Metal Hammer Golden Gods

(TeamRock Radio) Lzzy Hale and her rock 'n' roll cohorts in Halestorm are the latest band announced to play the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, in association with Fireball, at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith this June.

The Grammy award-winning Halestorm are joining the previously announced Salute To Lemmy, featuring Saxon and the surviving members of Motorhead.

"We are so excited to be attending and performing at the Golden God Awards!" says frontwoman Lzzy Hale. "This will be no ordinary event. There's voodoo in the air and the Rock n Roll Gods will smile upon all of us that day! We plan on making them proud and getting real loud! See you all there!" Read more here.

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Vega Release 'White Flag' Video

(Classic Rock) Vega have released a new music video for their track "White Flag," which comes from the group's forthcoming studio album 'Who We Are,' due out on Friday, May 13th.

Singer Nick Workman say the band were "very excited" as they shot the promo at locations where parts of the upcoming movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was filmed.

He adds: "You can see the hanger in the trailer for Rogue One that was released last month. We all love Star Wars. I still have all of my toys in the loft, apart from the AT-AT Walker. I still play with that.

"The song White Flag really does show Vega for who we are - a big chorus, big guitars and drums and loads of melody. We recorded the album at Monnow Valley Studio and inspiration was very easy to find when you are in the same environment that Black Sabbath, Stereophonics, Queen and other amazing bands have recorded." Watch the new video here.

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Airbag Streaming 'Killer' New Song

(Prog) Airbag have released a stream of their track Killer exclusively with Prog. The song features on the Norwegian band's upcoming fourth album titled Disconnected, out on June 10 via Karisma Records.

The band's Bjorn Riis tells Prog: "Killer was one of the first songs written for Disconnected. I had this idea of this ruthless corporate guy who used everyone to gain success - sort of Bateman from American Psycho meets Wall Street's Gordon Gekko. He's outside, or disconnected from, the rules of our society.

He adds: "Musically, Killer is slightly different from what we've done before. There's more emphasis on the drums, different rhythm patterns and electronic elements. It really was a band effort, where everyone was contributing ideas and trying out new stuff." Stream the new song here.

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Trailer Released For Iggy Pop's New Thriller ''Blood Orange'

(Radio.com) Iggy Pop has been busy of late between releasing and touring his new album, Post Pop Depression, and dictating the Stooges' history for an upcoming biography. He'll also be starring in the upcoming thriller Blood Orange, and you can watch one of the trailers today (May 3).

According to IMDB, Iggy plays Bill, an aging rockstar who is married to a mysterious young woman named Isabelle. Things hit a boiling point when one of her ex-lovers appears on the scene. Written and directed by Toby Tobias, the film also stars Ben Lamb and Kacey Clarke.

Iggy looks to go largely shirtless-his preferred method of dress-in the film, which presents him as a no-nonsense husband out to protect what's his. Blood Orange hits theaters on May 17. Watch the trailer here.

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Simon McBride To Stream Upcoming Concert Online

(The Blues) Simon McBride has announced that he will stream a show from his upcoming UK tour live online. The five-date trip includes an appearance at the intimate Convent venue in Stroud, which will be available to view as it happens via NetGig.

McBride says: "A new rhythm section! Dave Marks and Marty McCloskey have previously played with me separately. Then I got the opportunity to bring them together. Dynamite!"

He adds that he's looking forward to touring with his latest guitar, a custom-built PRS which he used to record Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey's upcoming solo album. See the tour dates here.

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Alarion Streaming New Song 'Chains Of The Collective'

(Prog) Alarion have released a lyric video for their track "Chains Of The Collective," which comes from the Dutch outfit's forthcoming album 'Waves Of Destruction.'

The song features Threshold's Damian Wilson on lead vocals. Wilson sings on six tracks on the album, which will be released in June via Freia Music after a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Other guests on the 'Waves Of Destruction' album include Semistereo and A Day's Work frontman Paul Glandorf and Ayreon collaborator Irene Jansen. Check out the new song here.

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Frost* Streaming New Song 'Heartstrings'

(Prog) Frost* have released a lyric video for their track Heartstrings. The song features on the band's upcoming album Falling Satellites, out on May 27 - their first record in eight years and the follow-up to Experiments In Mass Appeal.

Band leader Jem Godfrey says: "So finally, the definitive version of a song that's perhaps the oldest of the songs that were written for this album. It was also the first time I ever co-wrote with John Mitchell. It's working title was Tyrannosaurus Riff."

Falling Satellites will be available on limited edition CD mediabook, including two bonus tracks, gatefold 2LP + CD and as a digital download. They'll head out on the road across the UK in June in support of the album. See the dates and check out the song here.

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Mortiis Release 'Geisteskrank' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Mortiis is premiering his new video for Geisteskrank exclusively with Metal Hammer. New song Geisteskrank isn't available on Mortiis' new album The Great Deceiver, but is instead taken from the soundtrack of a new series of films from Reinert Kiil.

"The video unpleasantness continues," says Mortiis. "A little while back, Norwegian horror director Reinert Kiil started his short film trilogy based on his own ugly descent into depravity and violence.

"Never ones to turn our backs to a good cause, we leaped at the opportunity to provide the soundtrack to what is essentially a good old bashing. Vardřger is the first part of this trilogy." Watch the video here.

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The Ginger Wildheart Band Announce Summer UK Tour

(Classic Rock) The Ginger Wildheart Band have announced a summer UK tour. Ginger will be joined on the road by bassist Toshi, drummer Denzel and guitarist Conny Bloom.

The run of seven dates is scheduled to kick off on July 12 at Bristol's Exchange, and wrap up at the Portland Arms, Cambridge, on the 20th of the month.

Support on all dates will be provided by Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors along with Massive Wagons. Ginger says: "I have to say that I'm huge fans of both bands, and if you aren't already, then get down early and let's feed your head and heart with some mighty melody and gargantuan guitars.

"The whole event is set to be a classic rock package, the likes of which haven't been seen on these shores since bands could all play." See the dates here.

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Warren Haynes Went For Late Night Feel On Ashes & Dust

(The Blues) Warren Haynes has revealed he made a point of working late into the night on solo album Ashes & Dust to ensure it had an authentic feel. The Gov't Mule mainman's record - a collaboration with Railroad Earth - was released last year, following his split with the Allman Brothers Band.

Haynes tells MusicRadar: "There were certain songs on Ashes & Dust that I wanted to record around midnight. I didn't want us to be too cerebral in our approach. I wanted it to be a stream of consciousness, to get that late-night feeling when you have less of a filter about the way you play."

He continues: "We'd do three takes - I like to do things in threes. Then we wouldn't even listen back. We'd come back the next day and see what had happened."

Some of Haynes' greatest influences have inspired him with their ability to achieve feel over thought. "I loved Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Billy Gibbons and Steve Howe - who's one of the most unique players I've ever heard," he says. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Unwritten Law's Celebration

San Diego rockers Unwritten Law recently released their new album Acoustic and to celebrate we asked vocalist and guitarist Scott Russo to tell us about the song "Celebration". Here is the story:

So, when we were demoing Celebration, I really wanted to write a song with a vibe similar to our favorite Australian band, Grinspoon. They had these long, heavy intros and dark riffs, so that's where I started.

I was infatuated with the word "celebration" at the time. I wanted that word in the chorus. Then when I started writing the rest of the lyrics, they were honestly gibberish that fit the phrasing.

Fun fact: Adrian Young of No Doubt played drums on the original recording.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video here and learn more about the album right here!

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The Who Announce Summer Tour

(Classic Rock) The Who have confirmed a tour of the UK and Europe starting in August. The latest tour is entitled Back To The Who and follows their The Who Hits 50 tour which is currently crossing North America.

The new trek will be their first tour on their home turf since appearing at the British Summer Time and Glastonbury festivals in 2015. Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and co were also recently confirmed for this year's Isle Of Wight Festival in June.

The band are currently delivering the remainder of their The Who Hits 50 US tour dates, which were postponed from last year after frontman Daltrey was diagnosed with viral meningitis. After announced rescheduled dates, he vowed the veteran outfit would return "stronger than ever." See the new dates and remaining American dates here.

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Gojira And Tesseract Announce North American Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Gojira have announced a North American tour in support of their upcoming album Magma, due for release on June 17. They will be joined on the fall trek by Tesseract.

The French band will be kicking off the 25-date tour in Silver Spring, Maryland, on September 21 and it runs through until October 23 in New York City at the famed Terminal 5.

Gojira had the following to say: "We are glad to announce our North American tour this fall 2016. We can't wait to bring Magma to life on stage. See you all. Pre-sale tickets available May 4, general on sale starts May 6, at gojira-music.com" See the dates here.

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Axl Rose A Good Fit For AC/DC Says Nikki Sixx

(New Rock Times) Motley Crue and Sixx: A.M bassist Nikki Sixx says Axl Rose is a good fit for AC/DC as he 'has the right voice.' The appointment of Rose on mic duties for AC/DC - at least in the short-term - in the absence of Brian Johnson has been met with a mixed reaction but Sixx reckons it is a clever move.

"I think Axl's got the right voice for that," he tells Post-Gazette.com. "Brian's a friend. I'm a huge fan of AC/DC from back in the day. I was devastated when Bon Scott passed away and I didn't think they could survive that. Brian means so much to AC/DC. I don't know the inner workings, but if they have to go and do shows, I think Axl's got the right voice."

With long time frontman Johnson reportedly facing severe hearing issues the decision was made to bring in Rose as 'guest vocalist' for the forthcoming European tour and 10-postponed US dates at least.

A number of vocalists were said to be contacted and auditioned with Rose being handed the gig following a meeting in Atlanta. Fan responses to the news has been mixed. Read more here.

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Al Jourgensen Looks Back At Traumatized Ministry's Debut Era

(Classic Rock) Al Jourgensen says he wouldn't be who he is today without Ministry's 1983 debut album, With Sympathy. The Surgical Meth Machine frontman has slammed the synth-pop record on several occasions and previously referred to it as "an abortion of an album."

But Jourgensen admits that he appreciates With Sympathy for paving the way for his music career. He tells The Quietus: "It was revolting, disgusting and it traumatized me for years. I was sick to my stomach on a daily basis. I threw up more on that record - times ten - than any other.

"It was absolutely an abortion period of my life. I f***ing hated myself, the world, and everything around me because of that record. But in retrospect, because of that record I wouldn't be who I am today. I think without that record, I wouldn't be as much of a f***ing maniac douchebag. So I'm thankful for it now." Read more here.

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