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Red Hot Chili Peppers Add New Leg To North American Tour

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have expanded their forthcoming North American tour with the addition of a new spring leg that will add 27 new concerts to the massive trek.

The newly announced dates will be kicking off on April 12th at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC and will conclude on June 30th in Chicago at the United Center.

The spring leg will following their winter outing which is scheduled to begin on January 5th at the AT&T Center in San Antonio and wraps up on March 18th in Vancouver, BC at Rogers Arena.

The veteran band will be launching the tour in support of their chart topping album "The Getaway" which claimed the top spot on the Billboard Album Sales Chart upon release (the chart that reflects actual real sales). See all of the tour dates here.

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Metallica Announce Intimate Album Release Show, Tease Secret Events

Metallica have announced that they will be celebrating the November 18th release of their new album "Hardwired…To Self Destruct" with a special intimate concert in London.

The band will be playing the special release night show at the House of Vans in London. The intimate concert will be the culmination of the celebration events for the band in Europe including a midnight signing event at the HMV store on Oxford Street, and another special event which will be revealed on the Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P Carter this Sunday, November 6th at 7:00 PM GMT.

The group will kick off the special promotions in Berlin on November 14th for as yet to be announced event. They teased it with the following "Our first stop is a special appearance that is still a bit top-secret as we've been asked to keep the details under wraps for just a few more days." Find more details about the UK events, including ticket details here.

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Motley Crue Sued For $30 Million By Opening Band

(Classic Rock) A band that supported Motley Crue on a U.S. tour are suing the now retired act for $30 million. New York-based The Raskins have reportedly filed a lawsuit at Manhattan Supreme Court.

The Raskins alleged that they were treated badly on the 2014 tour including an incident in Darien, Connecticut, where members of Motley Crue's road crew supposedly ran out on stage in monkey masks and sprayed The Raskins "with water guns filled with urine."

The New York Post reports that The Raskins put up with months of similar pranks after paying $1m to secure the support slot. The Raskins also say they were forced to play short sets in frequently empty venues as tour managers refused to open doors in time.

They also claim PA systems were turned off or interfered with during their sets and that they were denied the right to sell merchandise or to use dressing rooms. Read more here.

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Dave Davies The Kinks Reunion Rumor

(Classic Rock) The Kinks' co-founder Dave Davies has moved to stamp out the latest speculation that the band are about to reunite. But he says discussion is underway about "other stuff."

The Sun reported this weekend that he and brother Ray were aiming to perform as The Kinks at the Glastonbury festival, and also take their show to the United States.

A reunion has been thought more likely since frontman Ray guested at guitarist Dave's solo show in December last year, performing classic track You Really Got Me for a surprised audience. The pair had previously ended their two-decade feud by meeting and playing music together in 2014.

The Sun claims that Ray said: "Dave and I will definitely work together again. And we want to play live. Maybe The Kinks could play Glastonbury?"

But Dave reports via Facebook: "Me and Ray have not spoken about Kinks shows at all - although we're trying to work together on other stuff and we have worked on music together." Read more here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Release 'Don't Need You' Video

Bullet For My Valentine have released a music video of their new single 'Don't Need You' as they gear up to kick off their UK headlining tour later this month.

Frontman Matt Tuck had the following to say about the concept of the new Ville Jurrikkala (Nightwish, Michael Monroe) directed video (which can be streamed here), "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." Read more here.

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Trivium Stream Early Demo 'The Storm'

(Metal Hammer) Trivium have released a recording of an early demo song called The Storm. The track will feature on their forthcoming reissue of their 2003 debut album Ember To Inferno, which launches on December 2.

The Florida band's first record, which has been out of print for several years, will be re-released alongside a deluxe version which includes 13 additional early versions of tracks which were previously unavailable.

Vocalist and guitarist Matt Heafy said: "The purpose of this release is to show the very early beginnings of Trivium - perhaps an era unknown to most listeners of the band.

"To look back at Ember as the starting point of Trivium becoming recognised worldwide is a staggering thought for me, considering I was 16 or 17 years old during the writing and recording of the record." Stream the demo here.

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Bring Me The Horizon, Underoath and Beartooth Tour Announced

Bring Me The Horizon are already looking ahead to next year with the announcement that they will be launching a North American headline tour with support from Underoath and Beartooth.

"The American Nightmare Tour" is scheduled to kick off on March 10th in Houston, TX at the Revention Music Center and will be concluding on April 8th in Las Vegas, NV at The Joint.

Bring Me The Horizon will be launching the tour in support of their latest album "That's The Spirit" and their forthcoming live DVD/CD package "Live at the Royal Albert Hall," which will be released on December 2nd. here.

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Iron Maiden Ugly Christmas Sweaters Released

Iron Maiden fans can now celebrate Christmas in style with the released of the officially licensed ugly sweater and scarf by fashion brand retailers Middle Of Beyond.

The new ugly Christmas sweater is being sold for $84.99 and features the band's mascot Eddie styled from the Killers album artwork on front and the band's logo on back.

The scarf is available for $39.99 and is black with a red and white Iron Maiden logo as well as the Eddie artwork, an axe and "666" pattern and is 72 inches long and 7 inches wide. Check out both here.

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Escape the Fate Release 'Breaking Me Down' Video

Escape the Fate have released a new music video for their track "Breaking Me Down". The song comes from the group's latest studio album "Hate Me".

The theme of the video shows a son watching his mother struggle with addiction. Frontman Craig Mabbitt spoke about the concept of the clip in an interview, saying that the video is "not about someone's mother specifically.

"But we thought it would depict someone who's the closest to an individual (a parent and a child) and the child picking up all the slack and just can't hold his mother up anymore if she herself doesn't wanna fix it. Which is what the song is essentially about. You can't help someone who refuses the help." Watch the video here.

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The Soundtrack Of Our Lives Frontman Releases New Solo Video

Former The Soundtrack Of Our Lives (TSOOL) frontman Ebbot Lundberg and The Indigo Children have released a video for the song 'To Be Continued'.

The track comes for Lundberg's upcoming solo album "For The Ages To Come" which he collaborated on with Grammy-nominated band The Indigo Children.

The effort is set to be released on December 2nd and the new video can be streamed here. Lundberg had this to say "The Indigo Children actually supported SOOL a few years ago.

"They astounded us with their sheer energy. When it came to deciding who I wanted to work with on this record, there was only one option in my mind…" See some upcoming European tour dates here.

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Billy Idol Announces Record Store Day Release

(hennemusic) Billy Idol has announced that he will be releasing "BFI Live!" exclusively on vinyl as part of this year's Record Store Day on Black Friday on November 25th.

The limited-edition 3-LP set - which features 16 tracks recorded in concert during the rocker's 2014-15 tour in support of his seventh album, "Kings & Queens Of The Underground" - will be individually numbered and available at participating indie Record Store Day retailers in North America; there will be no CD or digital version available for purchase.

The package delivers material from Idol's 2014 album alongside a cover of The Doors' classic "L.A. Woman" and hits from his own past like "Rebel Yell", "White Wedding" and "Dancing With Myself."

Idol will release a very limited number of the "BFI Live!" sets via the Official Billy Idol online shop at billyidol.net on December 9, when it will be available to hear via streaming services. Read more including the tracklist here.

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Blink-182 Announce 2017 UK Summer Tour

(TeamRock) Blink-182 have announced a 10-date UK tour for summer 2017. The pop punk giants will kick off the tour in Cardiff on July 3 and wrap up in London on July 19.

The band say: "You've all been very patient, we can't wait to see you." The tour is in support of Blink-182's latest album California, which was released earlier this year and is their first to feature Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba. Skiba was brought into the fold when Tom DeLonge quit in 2015.

Recently the band released a NSFW video for their track She's Out Of Her Mind - an up-to-date take on their promo for 1999 hit What's My Age Again? Read more and see the dates here.

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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow The Focus Of New Book

(Chipster) Music writer Greg Prato has released his new book entitled 'The Other Side of Rainbow' that looks at the history of Ritchie Blackmore's post Deep Purple band Rainbow. Were sent the following synopsis:

When Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple in 1975, many a rock n' roll fan was left befuddled. Why would one of rock's top guitarists leave one of the world's most popular bands? Regardless of the reason, listeners would ultimately be thankful, as Blackmore soon launched Rainbow - a band that rocked just as ferociously as Purple, whose music has proven to be timeless and incredibly influential on subsequent heavy metal bands.

And along the way, Blackmore proved to be extremely adept at spotting largely-unknown talent, and introducing them to the world - including vocalists Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, and Joe Lynn Turner. However, with Blackmore as the group's leader, band members came and went on a regular basis - preventing the band from possibly reaching their full potential.

'The Other Side of Rainbow' features nearly 30 all-new interviews conducted exclusively for this book, including former band members (Joe Lynn Turner, Graham Bonnet, Tony Carey, Doogie White, etc.), those who worked closely with the band (Wendy Dio, Flemming Rasmussen, etc.), and were admirers of their music (Eddie Trunk, Charlie Benante, etc.). Get your copy
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Like A Storm Stream New Song Ahead Of Alter Bridge Tour

New Zealand hard rockers Like A Storm have released a stream of their new single "Pure Evil" as they hit the road supporting Alter Bridge on their European tour.

The band also revealed that they filmed a video for the new track at an abandoned church in an undisclosed in the announcement U.S. city. Bassist Kent Brooks had this to say about the upcoming clip:

"We actually filmed in a place considered to be one of America's most dangerous cities. We had to hire armed police officers as security - that was a different experience, coming from New Zealand!" Stream the song here.

Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge had this to say about the new single from their touring mates, "'Pure Evil' is totally killer! This song will be so badass live. They're hardcore." Read more here.

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Stick Men Release 'Prog Noir' Video

(Prog) Stick Men have released a new music video for their track "Prog Noir". The song is the title track from the band's fifth album, which was released last month.

Stick Men's lineup is made up of Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto from King Crimson, as well as Markus Reuter. The video was created by Berlin-based musician Ofrin.

Levin says: "We're thrilled at the video Ofrin has made for our song Prog Noir. She's an excellent artist in her own right, musical and visual, and made the video on her own, then presented it to us.

"It's pretty special when you find that your music has inspired others to create something new and special." Watch the video here.

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Slayer Team With Skate Apparel Co For New Clothing Line

(Metal Hammer) Slayer have teamed up with skate apparel company Supreme on a new range clothing. The thrash icons follow in the footsteps of Black Sabbath who released a line of merchandise with New York-based Supreme earlier this year.

The Slayer collection includes an M-65 jacket, coaches jacket, a sweater, a waffle thermal, hooded sweatshirt, crewneck, sweatpants, four graphic t-shirts and a five-panel hat.

Supreme will launch the Slayer line at their New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris stores on November 10, when the whole range will also be available on Supreme's website. Read more here.

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Punk Icons Ruin Announce Record Release Show

(ES) Philadelphia punk icons Ruin have announced a special intimate record release event celebrating the upcoming reissue of their first two albums by Southern Lord on December 9th. We were sent the following details:

The event will be taking place on Saturday December 17th at The Barbary in Philadelphia to mark the reissue of their 1984 album He-Ho and 1986 effort Fiat Lux which have been combined for the new vinyl release.

The reissue features 28 songs including bonus tracks in a double LP gatefold deluxe package with original scans of the detailed lyric sheets and inserts, as well as in depth retrospective notes.

The ticket price is $30.00 and each ticket holder will receive admittance to the event (doors 7pm) and afterparty (10pm - 2am), a copy of the new LP release He-Ho / Fiat Lux, as well as copy of the DVD, Ruin: Killed Live from Union Transfer. More details here.

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Walter Trout's Health Battle Book To Benefit Charity

(Classic Rock) Walter Trout's wife and manager Dr Marie Trout will donate proceeds from her upcoming The Blues - Why it Still Hurts So Good to musicians' charity the HART Fund.

The book is released on February 3 next year and is described as an exploration of the healing power of music. The Blues - Why it Still Hurts So Good is inspired by blues icon Walter Trout's battle with and recovery from liver disease which required a liver transplant.

Dr Marie Trout carried out academic research of blues fans and combined that knowledge with her personal experience of seeing her husband's health struggles to write the book. Read more here.

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Johnny Depp Added To Classic Rock Roll Of Honour

(Classic Rock) Hollywood Vampires guitarist Johnny Depp is the latest star that has been confirmed as a special guest for the 2016 Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in Tokyo.

The musician and movie star joins a cast of rock icons that also includes Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Slot Machine, Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo.

The awards show takes place at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, on November 11 - the first time the event has been held in Japan. Read more here.

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Singled Out: One Less Reason's Break Me

One Less Reason recently release their new album "The Memories Uninvited" and asked Cris Brown to tell us about the latest single from the album "Break Me". Here is the story:

"Break Me is my interpretation of a specific aspect of the human condition. We all have the same emotional battles whether it's positive or negative. "Break Me" is about admitting you need help, and knowing that you've gone too far into yourself.

It reminds me of an old anecdote: A guy is stuck in a hole with no way out. A doctor walks by, writes a prescription, throws it in the hole and keeps walking. A priest walks by, says a prayer, and moves on. Finally the guy's friend walks by and jumps in with him. He screams "What the hell did you do that for?! Now we're both stuck in here" and the friend replies "Yeah - but I've been here before and I've figured the way out".

This basically sums up the theme of "Break Me". Being vulnerable and confident enough to know when you need to reach out for help."

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

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