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Bad Company's Mick Ralphs Suffers Stroke

(Classic Rock) Bad Company have announced that guitarist Mick Ralphs has suffered a stroke. The band, who just wrapped up their UK tour last week, say the 72-year-old is currently recovering in hospital.

A statement reads: "The family and representatives of the band's co-founder, guitarist and songwriter Mick Ralphs are sad to announce that Mick has suffered a stroke.

"Mick is receiving excellent medical care and is recovering in hospital, although all his public engagements are necessarily on hold, pending his improvement.

"Everyone is wishing Mick a speedy recovery, and further news will be announced at the appropriate time." Read more here.

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Early Pink Floyd Previously Unreleased Song Goes Online

(Radio.com) A previously unreleased early Pink Floyd track written by original member Syd Barrett and recorded in 1967, "Vegetable Man," has finally seen the light of day and is streaming online.

The online premiere of the track comes ahead of the upcoming box set release, The Early Years 1965-1972. Pink Floyd wrote the song for their second album, but it never made the cut and was subsequently never released or broadcast.

The short track is about two minutes long and resembles the band's earlier singles like "See Emily Play" and "Bike" in terms of the meter and the staccato-like lyrical delivery. Read more here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Writing New Songs With Steve Stevens, Billy Morrison

Ozzy Osbourne reveals in a new interview with SiriusXM's Liquid Metal that he is already hard at work on his next solo album as Black Sabbath prepares for their very last shows early next year, beginning with their final U.S. concerts next week.

Osbourne spoke with host Jose Mangin about his plans following the end of Sabbath. He said, "I'm not retiring, I'm gonna carry on. I've been writing with Billy Morrison and Steve Stevens. He's not gonna be in my band, he's with Billy Idol. But he's a friend of [Morrison's] and I said, 'I've got some ideas,' and we worked it out."

He also had the following to say about the upcoming farewell shows, "People are saying to me, 'Will you be emotional?' I don't know, I suppose. Going around the world five billion times and ending where you started, it's kind of [emotional]." Stream clips from the interview here.

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Black Crowes' Eddie Harsh Dead At 59

Former Black Crowes keyboardist Eddie Harsh died on Friday, according to his bandmates in recently announced Black Crowes offshoot band The Magpie Salute. He was 59.

Rich Robinson broke the news to fans with the follow, "It is with the saddest of hearts that we bid farewell to our dear friend Eddie Harsch Eddie was a brilliant musician, with a beautiful heart. We should remember Eddie for his music, his great sense of humor, and his positive outlook on life.

"We ask that everyone please respect the privacy of Eddie's family at this time. Let's honor him by celebrating his musical contributions to the world, and by sending positive thoughts and prayers to him and his family. Our hearts will forever remain with our musical brother." here.

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Metallica Frontman Laughs Off 'Awesome' Hetfield Memes

(Classic Rock) Metallica frontman James Hetfield thinks the online 'Hetfield Memes' are "awesome." The singer and guitarist is the star of countless memes, with the most famous of them involving his "I am the table" lyric from the track The View, which featured on 2011 Lou Reed & Metallica album Lulu.

But while some might expect the memes to be an annoyance to Hetfield, he insists he finds them funny. In the upcoming issue of Metal Hammer magazine, due out next week, Hetfield says: "It's funny. I love it!

"I love that, I guess, there's a certain look that becomes a representation of sarcasm, or humor, or idiocy. I love the fact that we're recognized, and I got no control over it. What am I gonna do other than laugh at it and enjoy it?" Read more here.

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Metal Is Here To Stay Says Black Sabbath Icon

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler believes heavy metal "is here to stay" and that festivals will continue to be vital to the genre. Taking the opposite view to artists such as Gene Simmons - who famously said "rock is dead" - Butler insists there is still an appetite for metal and that there will always be a demand.

He tells Tulsa World: "I think metal is here to stay, in some form or other. The metal festivals in Europe are massive events, attracting 100,000 plus audiences. And I think that is the future for metal - huge gatherings with several bands."

Earlier this year, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo said he and Butler had discussed the state of metal and that they both feared that there might be no big acts to carry the torch once Sabbath and Metallica call it quits.

Trujillo said: "I ran into him on a flight from London and he was like, 'Who's going to carry the torch? When Metallica's done and we're done, who will it be?' I was like, 'Let me think about that.'" Read more here.

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Rush To Receive Humanitarian Award

(Prog) Rush are to be the recipients of another humanitarian award. Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart were awarded the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award in 2015 for their work with charities.

And they'll add another honor to the list on April 20, 2017, when they'll pick up the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards ceremony in Toronto.

The accolade is given to outstanding Canadian artists who've contributed to social activism and supported humanitarian causes. Rush say in a statement that they are "incredibly honored" and add: "The depth of Allan and Gary Slaight's generosity, consideration and benevolence has no measure. We will strive to carry forward their spirit of charity and goodwill." Read more here.

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Sixx: A.M. Stream 'Prayers For The Blessed' Title Song

(hennemusic) Sixx: A.M. are streaming audio of "Barbarians (Prayers For The Blessed)", the title track to their forthcoming album, "Prayers For The Blessed."

Due November 18, the project marks the band's second release of 2016 and a companion to "Prayers For The Damned", which was issued this past spring ahead of a planned two-year touring cycle.

"We really found ourselves onstage and it's influencing the way we write," says bassist Nikki Sixx. "We started focusing on our music not only as songwriters and lyricists but also stayed conscious of what would transfer over live to the audience."

The title track follows "We Will Not Go Quietly" as the second tune previewed ahead of the album's release. "Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1." debuted on the US Billboard 200 at No. 19 this past spring. Listen to the new song here.

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Gwar Cover Howard Stern's Silver Nickels And Golden Dimes

(Metal Hammer) Gwar have performed a cover of Howard Stern's track Silver Nickels And Golden Dimes on his radio show. The DJ wrote the song when he was in sixth grade at school and a long-running gag has seen various artists cover it on his Sirius XM radio show.

Earlier this year, Gwar confirmed they were working on their first album since the death of frontman Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus. The singer died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2014, with the band continuing to tour after his death to mark their 30th anniversary. Work continues on the follow-up to 2013's Battle Maximus.

They said: "Yes, Gwar has united itself to record yet another disasterpiece and it has been secretly in the writing phase for months in a crackhouse of seclusion in the northside of Chicago.

"A due date for the record has not been decided but the band is grinding out what may prove to be their most savage and bloodthirsty tracks to date.

"The Scumdogs are also currently searching for a producer that is brave enough to risk their life to give them the tones of the gods to make this next record stand as a testament to the next era of Gwar." Listen to the Stern cover here.

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Tool's Stinkfist Performed By String Orchestra

(Prog) A string orchestra have released a video of their cover of Tool's Stinkfist. The Vigilante orchestra are based in Ghent, Belgium, and formed to "build a bridge between classical music and the heavier rock and metal genres."

Vigilante will dedicate an entire evening to Tool covers on February 21 next year at Ghent's Vooruit venue. Vigilante say: "If you're gonna start arranging progressive rock or metal songs, why not look for some of the best you can find. In our case we chose the music of Tool as a starting point.

"Arranging some of their best works so we could play it just felt very natural. In our current show, we even decided to stick to Tool and dedicate a whole concert to their very inspiring and exciting work." Watch the video and read more here.

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Boss Keloid Release 'Axis Of Green' Video

(Metal Hammer) Boss Keloid have released a video for their track Axis Of Green with Metal Hammer. It features on the band's second album Herb Your Enthusiasm, which is out now and available via the group's Bandcamp page.

Guitarist Paul Swarbrick says: "Axis Of Green is about having the conviction, drive and passion to fulfil personal aspirations in life. Living life, being proud and building on your achievements with the support of those close to you.

"The footage was filmed at this year's Riff Fest at The Alma in Bolton by Ash Gollings. Our very own drumming nugget Stephen Arands produced and edited the video."

Boss Keloid have written their next album, and will enter the studio in June 2017 to begin the recording process at Skyhammer Studios in the UK. It'll be produced by Chris Fielding and mastered by James Plotkin. Watch the video here.

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Oceans Of Slumber Release 'This Road' Studio Video

(Prog) Oceans Of Slumber have released a video of them performing This Road live in the studio. The song is lifted from the Texas outfit's second album Winter, which they launched earlier this year. It follows the release of their track Devout and their video for Last Bridge.

The band tell TeamRock: "So many thoughts. So many words. So much left unsaid. This Road is the closing song on our record and is the completion of a cycle that seems perpetual. Habits and inconsistencies, and our attempt to wrestle with them and make sense of each other as individuals.

"On stage is where we do our best work and this live session is a window into capturing that momentum - a place to shed our skin, open up, and evolve. We've always got more in us and we plan to do more of these sessions in the future. Hope you like it." Watch the video here.

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Anthrax's Scott Ian Talks Horror and Superheroes With Little Punk People

(Metal Hammer) Anthrax mainman Scott Ian has discussed his love of superheroes and horror movies in an interview with Little Punk People. And the guitarist also recalls how he thought he'd missed his chance to meet his hero Robert De Niro, only to finally get his wish thanks to drummer Charlie Benante.

Elliott Fullam from Little Punk People started off the interview with a question about superheroes. Ian says: "As a kid growing up, my favorite superhero was always the Hulk. And I really love the way they've done the Hulk in The Avengers movie. I think Mark Ruffalo is great as Bruce Banner. I think they finally represent him correctly in The Avengers movies compared to the other Hulk movies that they made before."

He also discusses the new season of The Walking Dead and says he "loved" the first episode. Anthrax were recently joined on stage by The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus.

Asked which horror movie scared him most as a kid, Ian insists he never got scared, although he loves the genre. "Horror doesn't scare me, real life scares me," he says. "My favorite horror movie of all time is John Carpenter's The Thing.

"As much as I love horror, I never really got scared. I started as young because my mum was a horror fan. As a really young kid I would watch horror movies that came on Saturday and Sunday mornings on TV in New York on a thing called Chiller Theatre and Creature Feature. I loved them so much, but they never really scared me." Read more and watch the clip here.

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Music For Nations Returns With Astroid Boys Signing

(Metal Hammer) Music For Nations have signed their first band in more than a decade. The company released albums by artists including Metallica, Opeth, Tool and Paradise Lost, but closed its doors in 2004. They were resurrected early last year under their parent company Sony Legacy UK.

The label's first releases were Anathema records Judgement, A Fine Day To Exit and A Natural Disaster, along with a CD and vinyl box set titled Fine Days 1999-2004.

Now Music For Nations has announced that Welsh outfit Astroid Boys are their first signing since the relaunch and have issued a live video for their track Minging. Watch it here.

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Nachtmystium Reissues Coming From Earache Records

(Metal Hammer) Earache Records have acquired the rights to the bulk of Nachtmystium's back catalogue. The British label plan to reissue a number of titles over the coming months - with a collection of previously unreleased tracks, covers and remixes titled Retox currently in the works.

The band were dropped by Century Media in 2014 in the aftermath of unfulfilled album orders taken directly by frontman Blake Judd, who was suffering from drug addiction at the time. He'd said the delay was a result of incorrect paperwork and insisted fans wouldn't be "ripped off" - but later took down his band's Facebook page and website following widespread backlash from fans.

Judd now says he wants to "make things right" with fans who didn't receive their order during that period - adding that he'd give away "every single record and CD" he receives if necessary in order to make amends.

He says: "Understandably many people, due to some issues that occurred in the past that I am very ashamed of, will be quick to jump on me personally and most likely Earache for announcing new releases without having directly addressed and taken action regarding the past issues mentioned above." Read more here.

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Bat Out Of Hell The Musical Details Announced

(Classic Rock) Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical will premiere at London's Coliseum in June of next year - four decades after the album arrived in record stores.

The show will be previewed on June 5 at the West End venue - and will go on for a limited season until July 22. It'll also be shown at Manchester Opera House from February 17 until April 8.

Bat Out Of Hell is described as "a romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland. Strat, the forever young leader of The Lost, has fallen for Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical ruler of Obsidian."

Steinman originally wrote a version of the musical in the 70s, that was presented in workshop form, with some of the songs going on to feature on the iconic Meat Loaf album in 1977. Read more here.

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