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Metallica To Stream Album Release Show

(Classic Rock) Thrash icons Metallica have confirmed that their Hardwired… To Self-Destruct launch show will be streamed live online from London on Friday (November 18).

They play the city's House Of Vans venue to mark the release of their highly-anticipated 10th album, which comes eight years after previous title Death Magnetic.

The band say: "It's almost here - a new Metallica record! To celebrate we'll be playing at the very intimate House Of Vans for Fifth Members and lucky winners of the Vans ticket contest.

"We hit the stage at 9pm GMT that night, and we want you to be part of the madness. Grab your favourite beverages and settle in to be part of the festivities by hitting Metallica.com or YouTube.

"If you're busy, no worries - the entire show will be available on demand in its entirety for seven days after the event. See you there!" Read more here.

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Jimmy Page Accused Of Spying By Popstar Neighbor

(Classic Rock) Jimmy Page has been spying on next-door neighbor Robbie Williams, the pop star has claimed. It's the latest chapter in an ongoing disagreement between the pair after Williams began refurbishing his Kensington home four years ago.

Page, the Led Zeppelin icon, has objected to the development on a number of occasions, suggesting that the heavy work could have "catastrophic consequences" for his nearby 18th-century property.

Work has proceeded after the local council overruled the rock icon's objections - although Williams recently took a pot-shot by adjusting the lyrics of a Led Zeppelin song on stage, in apparent reference to the feud.

The singer made his claims in a radio studio when he thought he wasn't being recorded. The audio was released online but later deleted - but not before The Sun published a transcript.

The paper reports Williams as saying: "Our next-door neighbour isn't happy with us trying to renovate our house. It's caused a problem and it'll probably continue to cause a problem.

"But what's great about this whole thing is - it's Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin. It's not Jimmy the accountant from Chelsea. So at least we've got a good story.

"Jimmy has been sitting in his car outside our house with the windows down, four hours at a time, with recording equipment. He's recording the workmen to see if they're making too much noise. About two weeks ago the builders came in and he was asleep in his garden, waiting." Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Add Stops To Summer Tour

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters have added a June 30, 2017 headlining set at Denmark's Roskilde Festival and will close Belgium's Rock Werchter Festival on July 2 as part of a 2017 summer festival run across Europe.

The band's first appearance at Roskilde since 2005 sees the Foo Fighters joined by almost 175 other acts at the week-long event, which runs June 24th to July 1st.

The four-day Rock Werchter Festival sees the Foos wrap up the final night at Festivalpark alongside fellow weekend headliners Radiohead and Linkin Park. See all of their announced upcoming dates here.

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Motorhead Came Close To Reuniting With Fast Eddie Clark

(Classic Rock) Fast Eddie Clarke has revealed he came close to a reunion with Motorhead in the 1990s - but Lemmy blocked it because he didn't want to upset the current members of the band.

Guitarist Clarke was part of Motorhead's classic trio, along with drummer Philthy 'Animal' Taylor, before being fired in 1982 after six years in the lineup. And he says he was preparing to take the stage with Lemmy in London when the mainman died in December last year - just weeks after Taylor.

Asked about a reunion, Clarke tells EonMusic: "I talked about it in the late 90s with Lemmy. I had a serious conversation with him and it was looking pretty good.

"Not to upset the present band, we were going to come up with maybe an acoustic thing, but do it in a really different way - get a female orchestra in suspenders and stockings.

"I'd have loved to have gotten back together. But Lemmy couldn't face down his band, really. He felt too guilty." Clarke says he understood: "Even though there was talk of a compensation package for them for a year off, I don't think he had the stomach for it. He'd been with Phil Campbell since 1984. It was a long time and you've got a bit of loyalty." Read more here.

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Angry John Lennon Letter To Paul McCartney Being Auctioned

(Classic Rock) An angry letter from John Lennon to Paul and his then-wife Linda McCartney following the breakup of The Beatles has been put up for auction.

The two-page draft, typed and hand annotated under Lennon's company Bag Productions Inc letterhead, was responding to prior correspondence to Lennon from Linda McCartney. Though undated, it's estimated that it was written in 1971, shortly before Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono moved to the US. It is expected to fetch more than $20,000 when it goes under the hammer at RR Auctions.

Lennon begins the expletive-ridden letter with: "I was reading your letter and wondering what middle-aged cranky Beatle fan wrote it. I resisted looking at the last page to find out - I kept thinking who is it - Queenie? Stuart's mother? - Clive Epstein's wife? - Alan Williams? - What the hell - it's Linda!"

Lennon continues: "I hope you realise what sh*t you and the rest of my 'kind and unselfish' friends laid on Yoko and me, since we've been together." He also insists that, while he doesn't "resent" his former bandmate, he is "sorry for him." He also suggests the McCartneys' marriage wouldn't last another two years. Read the full letter here.

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Rob Zombie Releases 'Get Your Boots On' Video

(hennemusic) Rob Zombie is premiering a video for the track, "Get Your Boots On! That's The End Of Rock And Roll", the latest single from his current album, "The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser."

The clip was filmed in concert at The Roxy in Los Angeles, CA in April of this year, a special warm-up date for the band before they headed out on a co-headlining summer tour of North America with Korn.

"Get Your Boots On!" is the sixth video issued from "Electric Warlock", which debuted earlier this year at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 41,000 units.

Zombie wrapped up his 2016 live dates with a three-show run in Europe last month; he currently has one date scheduled so far for 2017 - a June 10 appearance at the UK's legendary Download Festival. Read more and watch the video here.

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Sammy Hagar Collection To Include New Songs

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar will release a new compilation, "This Is Sammy Hagar: When The Party Started, Vol 1", on November 18th with will include two new tracks - "No Worries" and "Never Said Goodbye".

"This CD is a collection of what I feel are the best songs I wrote post-Van Halen that mostly didn't get a lot of mainstream attention," explains the Red Rocker. "When I left Van Halen, I formed the Wabos as an alternative to the superstar big-time, high-maintenance commercial world I had been living in since I joined Montrose in 1972.

"With the Wabos: Jesse Harms, David Lauser, Vic Johnson, Mona and myself, we locked ourselves in my basement studio. We rehearsed and recorded anything and everything I wrote. Along with Bob Daspit, and a few other engineer-friendly people, we produced and engineered ourselves on a new technical recording device called Pro Tools."

The 14-song set mixes material from Hagar's four albums with The Waboritas, from 1999's "Red Voodoo" to 2006's "Livin' It Up."

"This is when the party started," Hagar adds. "I played hundreds, maybe thousands, of shows anywhere and everywhere without a set list and built a hard-core following of 'Redheads'. They were really into what we were doing. The birthday bash in Cabo got to the point where thousands of people were sleeping on the streets to hang out with us, and live the life we were living.

"These are some of the special songs, and some of the special times in my musical life, that I want to share with you in this special collection."

"This Is Sammy Hagar" also includes as an alternate mix of "Shag" and a new mix of the lead single, "Sam I Am", which is previewed here.

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Machine Head Reveal 360 Degree 'Imperium' Video

(Metal Hammer) Fans can now enjoy a Machine Head performance from various points around the room including the stage and the moshpit. Norwich-based firm ImmersiveVR have released Robb Flynn and co's recent performance of their track Imperium, shot using 360º cameras on the band's recent European tour.

The firm describe themselves as "uber-geeks who get a kick out of creating experiences that blow people's minds." Imperium appeared on Machine Head's 2003 album Through The Ashes Of Empires.

Flynn recently refused to be drawn on plans for a follow-up to 2014's Bloodstone & Diamonds - but he did say that the band were planning to meet and "jam on some riffs" in the near future.

The singer has also spoken about his obsession with wakeboarding, saying it ranks as 10 out of 10 when it comes to how "metal" it is as a sport. He told TeamRock: "Wakeboarding's pretty metal, man. It's tough. It takes a lot of f***ing core strength, you can get injured pretty badly, and it's exciting. And it's fun as sh*t, but there's a high danger factor that makes it even more thrilling. So on a scale of one to 10? What would 10 be?

"At this point, I think I've peaked with my wakeboarding skills. Now I'm doing more wake surfing. I've just kind of mastered that, where I can let go of the rope and surf the wake. It's so much fun. It's not the same as wakeboarding; you're not doing as many tricks, but it's a new challenge that brings me to a zen place." Check it out here.

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Serj Tankian Releases Orchestra Performance Video

(Metal Hammer) Serj Tankian has released a video showing him performing his track Empty Walls with a full orchestra. The System Of A Down frontman performed two sold-out shows with the California State University Northridge (CSUN) Symphony at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles last week.

Their performance of the song "Empty Walls" from Tankian's 2007 debut solo album Elect The Dead can be viewed online. Tankian is a former student of CSUN.

This month, The Lyra Chamber Orchestra released a video of their cover of System Of A Down's hit Chop Suey. System Of A Down last week confirmed they had 15 new songs written for their upcoming sixth album.

Drummer John Dolmayan said: "We've been working on a new album for the last six months and there's about 15 songs that I think are album-worthy.

"We don't know what's happening in terms of release, it's still not 100% as far as plans go.

"I want everyone on board and feeling good about it, that's what we're trying to accomplish right now. There's a tremendous amount of pressure on us, though, because it's been 11 years - at least 12 by the time it comes out." Watch the orchestra performance here.

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Elvis Presley Documentary Coming To TV

(Radio.com) HBO Entertainment and Sony Pictures are a month away from wrapping up production on a currently untitled documentary focused on the life of Elvis Presley.

The documentary will pay close attention to Presley's life and music, particularly 'deconstructing why Presley's sound and style were so revolutionary, exploring why they made him the world's most legendary musical icon and revealing the cost of the massive success he achieved," according to Deadline.

Producers were given total access and permission from the Elvis Presley family estate while gaining unique access the archives at Graceland. Footage for the documentary will includes a look into Presley's home and about a dozen new interviews from 'session players, producers, engineers, directors and others who knew him." Read more here.

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Anthrax's Joey Belladonna Performs Anthem At NBA Game

(hennemusic) Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna performed the U.S. national anthem at the United Center in Chicago, IL on November 12 prior to the start of a Chicago Bulls home game against the Washington Wizards in NBA action, and video from the evening is available online.

Belladonna's appearance marked the second time that the rocker delivered the anthem at a professional sporting event in Chicago this fall following a late September showing at Wrigley Field prior to a Chicago Cubs game.

On the road in support of their eleventh album, "For All Kings", Anthrax recently completed a fall US tour with Slayer and Death Angel as well as appearances in Japan and South Korea. Watch the national anthem performance here.

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The Rolling Stones Recreate 1962 Apartment

(Radio.com) Ever wonder what living with the Rolling Stones was like in the 1960s? A new exhibit in New York titled "Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones" provides some of the answers, dirty dishes and all.

"Exhibitionism" is now on display at Industria and Mick Jagger says it accurately recreates the band's first London apartment. "The building is still there – it's not a building that's been knocked down or anything, it's right around the corner from where I actually live now," Mick Jagger tells Billboard. "It's very redolent of the space . . . and it smells like it and feels like it. I just remembered how it really was."

Jagger assisted in the recreation and the replica looks very lived in, right down to the beer bottles and blues strewn around the flat. "There were a lot of places like that in the early '60s . . . you wouldn't want to live there now," Charlie Watts added. Read more here.

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Nightwish Release 'Vehicle Of Spirit' Trailer

(Metal Hammer) Nightwish have released a trailer for their live DVD "Vehicle Of Spirit," set for release next month. The pack includes performances at Wembley Arena in London, UK, and at the Ratina Stadion in Tampere, Finland - two of Nightwish's biggest shows to date.

The events took place during their world tour in support of latest album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, and the release comes ahead of a planned year off.

Mainman Tuomas Holopainen recently said the next Nightwish record would continue the themes established on Endless Forms - but added: "Usually by now I've have five or six songs. I haven't felt like doing any, but maybe it will come next year.

"I'm not taking any pressure, though. That's the whole idea of having the year off." Watch the trailer here.

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Ghost Warn Fans To Prepare For Arrival Of Papa Emeritus IV

(Classic Rock) Ghost have released a video in which cult leader Sister Imperator tells them to prepare for the arrival of Papa Emeritus IV. Each Ghost album has been fronted by a "new incarnation" of the frontman, suggesting that the follow-up to third title Meliora, expected next year, will include the installation of a fourth leader.

In the latest video, entitled The Summoning VII: Believe This, Sister Imperator says: "Are you ready to start anew? The new coming is about to begin. I give you another chance at transformation - but you must beg."

Ghost released their Popestar EP in September to bridge the gap between Meliora and their next full-length work. A Ghoul recently said of the material to come: "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, and, obviously, there has to be an end to that.

"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." Watch the video here.

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U2 In The Studio For Achtung Baby Anniversary

The latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 25th anniversary of U2's Achtung Baby. The show sent over these details:

By 1990 U2 was a band riding high from a decade of steady touring and hits, culminating with the 1987 'Album of the Year' Grammy Award for The Joshua Tree, documented on both the Rattle and Hum album and movie. Their next album, recorded in newly reunified Germany, would be set against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and freedom for the first time in a generation there. Locational inspiration quickly was challenged by an internal band crisis that threatened to break U2 apart right there.

On the 25th anniversary of Achtung Baby, In The Studio syndicated radio program host Redbeard got a revealing look at this critical period in U2 history with interviews from Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. discussing the near collapse of the band in the studio; the ideals that bound them; and the future to which they all aspired.

Larry Mullen Jr.: "Musically we had reached a stage where it just wasn't happening... When we went in to make Achtung Baby, it was difficult to make."

Bono: "We had to let go of something. I don't quite know what it was. We were holding onto the group too tightly."

Adam Clayton: "It took us awhile to kind of relearn what we were doing and trying to get to the essence of the songs."

The Edge: "We wanted the album to be very extreme. We didn't want to sound in anyway safe." Stream the episode here.

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Devilment Stream New Song 'Full Dark No Stars'

(Metal Hammer) Devilment have released a lyric video for their new track Full Dark, No Stars. The band, fronted by Cradle Of Filth vocalist Dani Filth, have released the song from their forthcoming album II: Mephisto Waltzes, due out on November 18. The promo follows their video for Hitchcock Blonde.

Filth said of the follow-up to Devilment's 2014 debut album The Great And Secret Show: "Everybody in Devilment is very excited about the prospect of releasing our latest album, The Mephisto Waltzes, which we have worked extremely hard on.

"The album is definitely a step-up from our debut, featuring a more mature, dissonant presence coupled with a darker edge, yet at the same time utilising our better musical assets to deliver a unique metal hybrid. I don't even know what to classify it." Check out the new song here.

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iamthemorning Release 'Libretto Horro' Video

(Prog) iamthemorning have announced that they will release a brand new single this Friday and have also released a brand new music video for new single Libretto Horror.

iamthemorning appeared last night with Tim Bowness at London's Bush Hall. The band will perform set of their own material, followed by Bowness, and then the two parties will join forces to collaborate on a set of their own and No-Man material.

Speaking ahead of the gig, iamthemorning singer Marjana Semkina said, "Today will be a very special evening for us. Our first big show in London, that runs totally on our conditions: with grand piano and strings, in a beautiful venue (which we'll turning into a seated one) that matches our aesthetics very well. We will be playing several songs with Tim Bowness, the soundscapes that he and his band build are really spectacular and will give the whole evening a very special ambience. Our setlist will consist of revisited versions of songs from all our three albums and go on for an hour." Watch the new video here.

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Gojira 'The Shooting Star' Radio Performance Video Released

(Metal Hammer) Footage of Gojira's performance of The Shooting Star live on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show has been released. The French metal outfit performed live at the Maida Vale studios in London for the BBC. Watch them playing The Shooting Star below.

Shooting Star appeared on Gojira's latest album Magma, which was released earlier this year. Frontman Joe Duplantier this week told Metal Hammer that the band were aiming for somewhere between "super-extreme death metal" and "something super progressive" on the follow-up to Magma.

He said: "We started something with Magma that I want to take further. The progressive and lyrical aspects are something I want to dig into a little more. It's not going to be a drastic change - we're not going to turn into a super-extreme death metal band or something super-progressive. It's going to be somewhere in between.

"We have a lot of riffs and ideas floating around. I don't have a clear vision of where we're going to go, but I think the music will take us there, when we start jamming. Hopefully we're going to be surprised. In a good way." Watch the video footage here.

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Vangelis Announce Massive 'Delectus' Box Set

(Prog) Vangelis has announced a 13-disc box set called Delectus - set for release early next year. Delectus is issued on February 3, 2017, and features a chosen selection of his early work. The collection will include all of his albums on Vertigo and Polydor, recently signed by Universal and remastered for the first time ever under the composer's own supervision.

Vangelis says: "I always welcome remastering my old work for two basic reasons. Firstly, I get the opportunity to bring the sounds to today's standards. And secondly, it gives me the chance to go through the experiences and memories of the time."

Delectus is presented in a box with an essay and a host of rare photographs. The discs are housed in two die-cut, gatefold disc holders within a rigid 242mm square slipcase, and accompanied by a 64-page book. Read more here.

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Esquire Releases New Album No Spare Planet

(Prog) Esquire, the band featuring Nikki Squire, the first wife of late Yes bassist Chris Squire, have released their latest album, Esquire III - No Spare Planet.

The band formed in 1982, displaying a distinctly symphonic progressive rock approach on 1987's Esquire (which featured Chris Squire and Alan White, as well as Trevor Horn) and Coming Home, released a decade later. The band's latest album was written by Squire and longtime music partner Nigel McLaren, who sadly passed away last year.

"Nigel and I started work on these songs a few years ago," explains Squire. "Our intention was to create an album that although still 'progressive', would bring a modern and fresh outlook and move forward to build a meaningful album… a solid basis that was to become Esquire III - No Spare Planet. Nigel my co- writer suddenly passed away in 2015, just as we were getting ready to mix and master our music. Many things that happened after this led me to complete the album alone, which has now become a Tribute to Nigel McLaren."

Esquire III - No Spare Planet is available now. You can hear opening track Ministry Of Life here.

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