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 morehere.
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 morehere.
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 interviewhere.
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.
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 morehere.
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 morehere.
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 morehere.
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 songhere.
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 coverhere.
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 morehere.
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 videohere.
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 videohere.
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 cliphere.
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 ithere.
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 morehere.
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 morehere.