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Black Sabbath Playing Final U.S. Concerts Next Week

Metal legends Black Sabbath will be playing the final three U.S. shows of their five decade career next week as they embark on the last dates of their farewell tour.

They will be performing at BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on November 8th, Toyota Center in Houston, TX on the 10th and their very last U.S. show on November 12th at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.

Following the farewell shows stateside they will play shows in Mexico and South American to end the year and in January they will kick off the final leg of their "The End" tour with dates in Germany and various UK cities before their hometown farewell shows on February 2nd and 4th at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, England. See all of the dates here.

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Allman Brothers Band Discussing Possible Reunion

Gregg Allman reveals in a new interview that the Allman Brothers Band members have recently been discussing embarking on a major city reunion tour.

The legendary southern rockers playing their farewell show in 2014 but Allman tells the Wall Street Journal (via UCR) that he and his fellow members are looking at regrouping.

"Been talkin' about it recently. Not 'starting' - but having a tour," he told the paper. "We've been talking about it. Major city tour. Been talkin' about it, now let's get that straight. Nothing signed in blood yet."

Allman also discussed his bout with pneumonia and says that he is "not quit over" it. Read more here.

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Eagles Of Death Metal Documentary About Paris Terror Attacks

(TeamRock) Eagles Of Death Metal are to feature in a documentary about the Bataclan attack in Paris which took place in November last year. Directed by Colin Hanks," Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)" will chronicle the events before and after the massacre at the Bataclan music venue where terrorists murdered 89 people as part of a wider, coordinated attack on the city, which saw a total of 130 people killed.

It will also focus on Eagles Of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme's friendship, as well as their return to Paris a month after the attack with U2. It's set to launch in February on US network HBO.

The band returned to Paris in February for their first full set in the city since the attacks, giving an emotional performance which saw mainman Hughes say to the crowd: "You're stuck with me - I'm a Parisian now.

"I don't want to fall to pieces in front of everyone. It's overwhelming. I just don't want to let anyone down." Read more here.

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Rush's Time Stand Still Theatrical One-Night Only Event Tonight

(Prog) Rush have released the cover art for their new documentary Time Stand Still. It hits cinemas across North America today (November 3) with the DVD to follow on November 18.

Time Stand Still was shot during the band's R40 tour last year - widely thought to have been the last large-scale road trip of their career. The two-hour presentation includes 20-minute short A Salute To Kings, in which Gene Simmons of Kiss, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz discuss their experiences of the Canadian trio.

Producers Fathom Events said: "The popularity of a rock band can often be built on the road. That is how Rush did it over their 40-year history. But what happens if this unique relationship may be severed?

"Exclusive access to the band and crew throughout the tour provide the raw and vivid emotional undertones. At the core of the event are Rush's devoted fans. Their undying devotion and their quirky sense of ownership are on full display as the R40 tour comes to a crescendo in Los Angeles." Read more and see the full cover here.

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Philm Release First New Song Since Losing Dave Lombardo

(Metal Hammer) Philm have released a lyric video for their new track The Seventh Sun. It's the first material from the band since drummer Dave Lombardo walked away in January this year, saying he'd dissolved the band in the process.

But in September, vocalist and guitarist Gerry Nestler issued a statement saying "the reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated" and vowed the band would continue.

He's joined in the lineup by Pancho Tomaselli and Anderson Quintero - and they're planning on releasing a 10-inch vinyl EP in early 2017. Nestler tells Revolver: "We've just licensed the artwork for the EP and are getting everything ready for the pressing plant but we won't have copies available until the new year.

"At the same time, we wanted to give the fans a taste of what's to come, so we decided to leak a track. The Seventh Sun is one of the last things we recorded in Los Angeles with engineer and producer Chris Sorem prior to our move to the East Coast." Read more and listen to the song here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Release 'Oh No' Video

(Metal Hammer) Bring Me The Horizon have released a cinematic new music video for their song "Oh No," which is a track from their 2015 studio album "That's The Spirit."

Frontman Oli Sykes tells Rolling Stone: "This is the first video I've took a step back from creatively and let the director take full control. At first, I was apprehensive but when it all came together I was psyched on it.

"It's got a good balance of humor and meaning, and it's a video that leaves you with a lot of questions." Sykes recently revealed they'd like to "push it a bit weirder" on their next record - hinting at a "darker, dance-y kind of sound."

He added: "It's going to be a tough one because we never want to write the same album again. I don't even know what it's going to sound like, but it's going to sound different." Watch the video here.

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Superjoint Stream New Song 'Caught Up In The Gears Of Application'

(Metal Hammer) Superjoint have released a stream of the title track from their upcoming third album "Caught Up In The Gears Of Application", which will hit stores on November 11 via mainman Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records.

Speaking about the follow-up to 2003's A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred - recorded under the Superjoint Ritual banner - vocalist Anselmo said: "The overall theme means many things, or no things, but there is an underlying message regardless, about how modern technology - computers and all that comes with them, mainly - has affected our lives.

"As a musician, it has affected my life both negatively, with music being stolen, and positively - being in touch with fellow musicians around the world and staying visible.

"But when looking at the broader spectrum, computer-land has given everyday people a platform in which to bellow like carnival barkers about anything and everything, humdrum or political, whether qualified or not, some with good intentions, some with disingenuous intentions, and some with ideas that lay somewhere in the middle, creating a mishmash of results." Listen to the new song here.

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Joey Jordison's Vimic Announce World Tour Plans

(Metal Hammer) Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has announced his band Vimic will embark on their first world tour this December and they have revealed the initial dates for the trek.

The new-look outfit, formed from the ashes of Scar The Martyr, is rounded out by vocalist Kalen Chase, bassist Kyle Konkiel, keyboardist Matt Tarach, along with guitarists Jed Simon and Kris Norris.

They'll kick off their US run in Jordison's hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, at Wooly's on December 26. The show will be followed by Janesville's Back Bar on December 27 and Chicago's Bottom Lounge on December 28.

Vimic also plan to hit Europe next February, before heading to Asia, South America and Australia. Jordison says: "The band members have just arrived to my home in Des Moines, and the energy and vibe is absolutely magnetic. We are ready to bring back our music, showcase our new live shows to the masses, and show our appreciation to the fans who got us here and supported us in the first place. I'm back behind the drums and can't wait to kick some ass." Read more here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Announce New Song 'Don't Need You'

(Metal Hammer) Bullet For My Valentine will release a brand new single titled "Don't Need You" on November 7. The Welsh outfit revealed they filmed the video for the song in a "run-down" church - with director Ville Juurikkala at the helm, who's worked with Nightwish, Amorphis, HIM and Apocalyptica among others in the past.

Speaking about the track Frontman Matt Tuck tells Kerrang (via Blabbermouth): "It's not really a 'doomed' wedding as such. It's really just a take on a concept I had.

"There's this beautiful ceremony, and it appears to be all about love and trust, but there's this undercurrent of mistrust and bullsh*t to go with it. The church we filmed it in is perfect.

"It's not your typical wedding venue - it's really run-down and dirty. We thought that contrast would be really cool to have with the idea of the video. We wanted it to look really grand and ornate, but underneath it all, it's a bit dirty."

Ahead of the launch of Don't Need You, the band have issued a quick teaser video showing the interior of the church. Watch it here.

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Rik Emmett Streams New Song Featuring Rush, Dream Theaters Stars

(Classic Rock) Former Triumph vocalist Rik Emmett has released a lyric video for his track "End Of The Line". The song comes from Emmett and RESolution9 album RES 9 - out on November 11 via Mascot Label Group.

The track features guest performances from Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie, and comes after Emmett released the songs I Sing and Human Race. Those were followed by an album teaser last week.

Speaking about End Of The Line, Emmett says: "Here's the monster riff-rock epic album finale, with special guest vocalist James LaBrie rippin' it, as only he can, and Alex Lifeson offering one heroic solo, full of kingly Lerxst-isms.

"Killer work from the boys in the band - Dave Dunlop, Steve Skingley, and Paul DeLong - with Paul's thundering drum fills hammering everything into place at the end." Read more and check out the song here.

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Dropkick Murphys Announce New Album Stream First Song

(TeamRock) Dropkick Murphys have announced that their ninth studio album "11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory" will hit stores on January 6. They've also released a lyric video for "Blood," which is lifted from the forthcoming follow-up to 2013's Signed And Sealed In Blood.

Though the punks are synonymous with Boston, they reveal they recorded the work in El Paso, Texas.

Bassist Ken Casey says: "To me, the whole journey starts with the fact we actually agreed to go - and then went - to Texas. Because we've never left home to make a record.

"As everyone's lives have become crazier and busier with kids and families, it's gotten harder to buckle down at home. We decided to leave Boston, go down to literally the middle of nowhere and lock ourselves in a room." Read more here.

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Ghost's Next Album Will Be Darker

(TeamRock) Ghost's follow-up to 2015 album Meliora will be "darker" and the subject matter will feature the "return of a deity" according to one of the band's Nameless Ghouls.

Describing Meliora as a "pre-apocalyptic" record, the Ghoul says their upcoming fourth album - expected in 2017 - will be a natural progression on that theme.

He tells Whiplash: "Let's just say that it's a continuation of Meliora, but it's sort of a response. I've used the word 'pre-acopalyptic' on Meliora. It's sort of the height of civilisation - it's symbolism.

"Just look at the cover, skyrisers and everything. You don't even see the ground. It's all covered and built material. And, obviously, there has to an end to that. So there will be a call and response. And the next album will be the response to that.

"So if there was an absence of a God, there might be a return of a deity, which usually comes in horrible form. So it will be a darker album." Read more here.

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Kids No Longer Want Rock Stars Says Alter Bridge Singer

(Classic Rock) Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy says the days of megastar rockers like David Lee Roth and Steven Tyler "are gone." Kennedy describes himself as a reluctant frontman and says he'd never want to be so famous that he couldn't go to the shops without being hounded. And he believes many up-and-coming young musicians feel the same way, meaning the fanfare that surrounded super-famous rockstars like Roth and Tyler back in the 1980s is unlikely to be repeated.

In an exclusive interview in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine, Kennedy says: "I'm a guitar player, that's how I see myself. The frontman thing...I think I've become accustomed to it now, but I still feel more comfortable if I have my guitar.

"Some people thrive on fame and love the way it feeds the ego. But I think that's very odd. To be so famous - which I'm definitely not - that you can't go to the grocery store is kind of unthinkable."

He continues: "The days of David Lee Roth and Steven Tyler I think are gone. It's partly down to the way the business is - kids don't want to be rock stars." Read more here.

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Anvil Making New Documentary

(Classic Rock) Anvil are "halfway through" filming their new documentary. Though they're keeping details of the as-yet-untitled film under wraps, the Canadian metal veterans say it's nothing like 2008's Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Frontman Steve 'Lips' Kudlow tells MetalTalk: "We're not talking about it, because there's no point, because it's a long way off. The filming is about halfway through, and it's not done yet. So what are we talking about? It's gotta get done first."

Drummer Robb Reiner adds: "We're really busting at the seams to tell people about a lot of it, but it's just not the right time to get into it, that's all. But when it comes out, it's gonna, I think, surprise the sh*t out of everybody."

After The Story of Anvil showed the band changing their own lives, Lips says the new film will show them changing everyone else's. Read more here.

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Disturbed Frontman Says Stylistic Limitations Are Gone

(Metal Hammer) Disturbed frontman David Draiman says the band are free of limitations when it comes to making music. The singer admits that while they're known for their powerful and melodic tracks, the fact they successfully covered Simon And Garfunkel's The Sound Of Silence proves that they can turn their hand to different styles should they feel like it.

He tells Excess Baggage: "The wonderful thing about where we've come to at this point in our career is that, Disturbed almost can't be defined any more. Once you have a track like The Sound Of Silence come out and for it to be so stylistically different from what people normally accept from you or what they're used to getting from you, I think that the limitations are gone.

"We are typically known for powerful, rhythmic, driving, melodic music - but you can achieve power in different ways. I think we've got to the point in our career where we don't really have to worry about those stylistic limitations any more." Read more here.

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Dark Tranquillity Stream Medley Of Two New Songs

Dark Tranquillity have released an online clip featuring a medley of the two tracks "The Absolute" and "Time Out of Place", which come from the bonus disc of the Deluxe CD Editions of Atoma.

The band had the following to say, "A lot of our songs start out as pieces of music written on piano/ keyboards before getting transformed into guitar driven metal. With this recording, we wanted to explore what would happen if we instead let the material take another direction, and we're extremely thrilled by the result." Check out the medley here.

Atoma will be released tomorrow (November 4th) in the following formats: a limited 2CD Mediabook in Slipcase (Europe only) or limited 2CD Digipak (North America only), as CD Jewelcase and Gatefold LP+CD. Read more here.

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Billy Corgan Reportedly Loses Legal Battle With TNA Wrestling

(Classic Rock) Smashing Pumpkins' mastermind Billy Corgan has reportedly lost his legal battle to take over TNA Wrestling - the company which named him president in August.

He's been working with the wrestling firm since last year, first as a creative producer, and replaced Carter as president in the summer. Corgan gave the cash-strapped company three loans over the past few months - with the last payment reportedly given on the condition that he'd be permitted to take over the firm if it became "insolvent."

His lawsuit argued that this was what happened - but the judge rejected the claims because they "did not meet burden of proof." The judge did, however, order that Corgan's loans be repaid this week. Read more here.

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Organizers Pull The Plug On Legion Music Fest

(Metal Hammer) Bosses of Australia's Legion Music Fest have pulled the plug on what was meant to be next year's inaugural event. They blame "business considerations" for the decision not to go ahead with the festival, which was due to take place in January at venues in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

The festival says no ticket payments had yet been processed, so no fans have been left out of pocket. Devildriver, Capture The Crown, Devil You Know, Aversions Crown, Battlecross, Polaris and Lordi were among the bands lined up to appear.

In a statement, organizers say: "The organizers wish to thank all Aussie metal fans for their continued support of the Legion project over the last 10 months." Read more here.

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