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Guns N' Roses Called Nostalgia Act By Kirk Hammett

(Classic Rock) Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has described the reunited Guns N' Roses as a "nostalgia act." As Metallica gear up to release their 10th album Hardwired... To Self-Destruct on November 18, Hammett commented on Guns N' Roses - who are on the road with Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan from their classic lineup for the first time since 1993.

And the fact that GNR have not recorded any new music and have been playing only their classic hits is "sad" to the Metallica guitarist. Hammett tells the Los Angeles Times: "Unfortunately, they've turned into somewhat of a nostalgia act, which to me is kind of sad."

Frontman James Hetfield says releasing new music makes Metallica "feel relevant." He adds: "I don't want to think we're trying to stay young by writing new stuff, but it makes us feel relevant. It makes us feel like we're still progressing." Read more here.

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Solitary Son And Ex-Girlfriend Found Dead

(Metal Hammer) Australian musician Solitary Son has been found dead alongside his ex-girlfriend Shelsea Schilling. The bodies of Solitary Son - aka Bronson Ellery - and Schilling were found in a house in Southport on Australia's Gold Coast late last week, with officers from Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch originally saying they suspected it was a murder-suicide.

However, varying reports have police sources later saying the incident was a double homicide, before apparently reverting back to their initial thinking that it was a murder-suicide. A note is said to have been found at the scene.

Solitary Son released a number of tracks in 2014 and gained notoriety because of his links to the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, which press reports claim has a long history of criminal activity.

The police have not released an official statement as they continue their investigation. Read more here.

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Queen Open To Making New Music With Adam Lambert

(Radio.com) If Queen heads back to the studio to make new music it's entirely possible that Adam Lambert will be involved. He toured with the band in Europe last year and has performed with them at several major music festivals.

Roger Taylor spoke with Planet Rock and detailed the direction he'd like to see the band go in. "If we do anything in the future, I'd like it to be something new," he said. "I don't know how new it would sound, but I think if Brian could come up with a song or two which we felt, sort of, fitted, you know."

As for whether Lambert would be involved, Taylor said, "It's quite possible." He added, "We've just come back from the Far East, well, a month ago now, which was phenomenal. It's great to know that there's still a demand, and we do love playing with Adam Lambert, who is an incredible singer and a lovely man." Read more here.

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Metallica Add New Dates To WorldWired Tour

(hennemusic) Metallica continue to expand their WorldWired tour in support of their tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct." The latest additions include show in Oakland, CA, Beijing, China and Mexico City.

The band had this to say about the bay area show, "In the last two months, we've been to New York City, Latin America and Europe so it's about time we plan some festivities right at home in the Bay Area!," says the band. "And what better way to wind down the year than a special Fifth Members show in our own backyard at the historic Fox Theater in Oakland, CA as we hit the stage there on December 17th for the last time in 2016... it promises to be quite the party!"

A Fifth Member presale starts November 17 at 10:00 AM PST; tickets are priced at $25 with all proceeds donated to the Alameda County Community Food Bank. "Everyone who comes to the show is encouraged to celebrate the spirit of holidays by bringing a donation of canned goods to the venue that night and we'll have collection bins by all the entrances," adds the group. "Take a break from the shopping and merriment to spread some holiday cheer with us in Oakland!!"

Metallica have also announced plans to return to China for their first appearance in Beijing at the Le Sports Center on January 18. The March 1 stop at Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico will feature support from Iggy Pop.

The band says, "We've had so many amazing nights with some of the most passionate, crazy fans during the run of eight nights at Placio De Los Deportes in 2012," says the band, "and, of course, the three nights captured on video at Foro Sol in 2009. We cannot wait to see you again in March!" Read more here.

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Hopesfall Reunite and Plan First Album In 10 Years

Hopesfall announced on Monday that they have reunited and they will begin recording a new album in January that will be released under a new deal they have signed with Graphic Nature Records.

The group have recruited Mike Watts (Glassjaw, The Dear Hunter, Hopesfall) to produce the new effort, which will their first new studio album in ten years.

They also revealed that their some of previous album will be reissued on vinyl for the first time early next year. The band broke the news to fans with the following Facebook post: "We are excited to announce that we have signed to Graphic Nature/ Equal Vision Records and will be recording our first album in 10 years!!! On top of that, our previous albums, The Satellite Years, A-Types, and Magnetic North are now being pressed to vinyl." Read more here.

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Jimi Hendrix Guitar To Be Auctioned

(Classic Rock) The guitar Jimi Hendrix owned longer than any other is to be put up for auction, according to Guitar World. The late axeman's Epiphone FT79 acoustic was purchased for around $25 in August 1967 during the Experience's first tour of the US before he brought it back to England. It's expected to be put up for auction via the Bonhams website soon.

According to documents, Hendrix owned around 30 guitars in his lifetime, and most of them only stayed with him for a year. But Hendrix used his acoustic Epiphone for three years - during a time which could be considered his artistic and creative peak.

The Epiphone became his go-to instrument while in his Upper Berkeley Street flat, as neighbors had complained about the noise from his amp. He would use it to write riffs and arrangements - including his reworking of Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower.

A video of Hendrix playing Elvis' Hound Dog on the guitar at an after-show party in London can be viewed here.

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Lamb Of God Preview New Song Called 'Culling'

(Metal Hammer) Lamb Of God have released a short audio clip of their track Culling. The previously unreleased song features on the band's upcoming EP The Duke, which will launch later this week on November 18.

Lamb Of God previously issued the title track - a song written by frontman Randy Blythe as a tribute to fan Wayne Ford, who died last year, aged 33, after a five-year battle against leukemia.

Blythe previously said: "He was just a really inspiring guy to talk to in the way he handled everything. He was just very levelheaded. You hear about people in their old age, when they get accepting of their mortality, that's kind of natural.

"This is what that dude went through at age 33, and from talking to his family and his wife, it wasn't like it was a show he was putting on for the singer of his favorite band like, 'I am Mr. Calm Guy.' That's just the way he was.

"So it was very impressive to me. I learned a lot. I was like, 'Man, this guy has some dignity. I can only hope I have half of that when it comes to my time.'

"We had this track that I hadn't finished vocals on, so I wrote it from his perspective. I tried to put myself in his headspace. There's some personal stuff in there that is in his voice and that's to his wife. She'll recognize it." Check out the clip here.

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DevilDriver Release 'Trust No One' Video

(Metal Hammer) DevilDriver have released a music video for their track "Trust No One". The song comes from their album of the same name, which was released back in May.

Mainman Dez Fafara recently said of DevilDriver's seventh title: "Trust No One is one of the most poignant records I've ever written lyrically. It's not like Clouds Over California where people have to ask what the song is about. You read and hear these lyrics, and you'll get it right away, and that's what I wanted.

"Whether it's about trust issues, vengeance, positivity, letting go, or whatever the case may be, these lyrics are as honest as they can be. If these words can help someone open their eyes or heal in any way, I've done my job."

He added: "Aggressive music has gotten me through the hardest times in life, so if DevilDriver can be that band for someone else, I'm all for it." Fafara recently hinted at plans to record "something special" at the beginning of next year, saying: "It's not a new record - well, not a new original record, but something really special." Watch the video here.

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Dio Disciples' Goldy Believes They Are On Track With New Songs

(Classic Rock) Guitarist Craig Goldy says Dio Disciples are making music Ronnie James Dio would be proud of. In September he confirmed the offshoot act would make original music their late frontman would approve of - but that they'd bring their sound up-to-date. He also said they aim to release it next summer.

Goldy tells Loudwire: "It's original material, but it will also be music written in such a way that I think Ronnie would be proud of. I made a promise to fans at his first memorial, because of the relationship that him and I had that I've learned enough.

"You don't work side by side with a man like him that long and some of it doesn't rub off. So I made a promise that any time I do something original, I'll do it in such a way that I hope that I can make Ronnie proud.

"Some of the music that we've written for this project, the first words out of Wendy Dio's mouth were, 'Wow, Ronnie would be really proud,' so I think we're on the right track." Read more here.

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The Flaming Lips Release 'How' Video

(Prog) The Flaming Lips have released a video for their new track "How??." The song comes from their forthcoming album Oczy Mlody, which is due out on January 13 next year. It follows their video for The Castle, which launched last month.

Oczy Mlody was produced by The Flaming Lips' longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann and is available for pre-order in a variety of bundles - with the 2LP version coming with a seven-inch pressing of their cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity.

Speaking about Bowie's death, Coyne previously said: "We were in Tazmania when we heard that Bowie actually died and it was - and it still is - a strange, sad shock. It still seems unbelievable that he was actually a real man.

"I think that's what the motherf***er is. He was just a man. I think it doesn't do him justice when people think he's from outer space. He was a human." Watch the video here.

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Anthrax Announce 'Among The Living' Anniversary Tour

(Classic Rock) Anthrax have announced a 2017 UK tour on which they will perform 1987 album Among The Living in its entirety. As well as playing Among The Living in full, Anthrax will perform a string of fan favorites on the eight dates, which kick off in Birmingham on February 9.

It marks the band's first full UK headline tour in more than 10 years. Mainman Scott Ian says: "Finally! We've been looking forward to headlining in the UK for so long.

"We have a killer set planned - new stuff, old favourites, deep tracks and Among The Living front to back. You'd better start getting in shape now for the epic war dance. See you soon my friends." See the dates here.

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Motley Crue Tops Music Video Chart With The End DVD

(Classic Rock) Motley Crue's farewell tour concert film DVD release, "The End: Live In Los Angeles", has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Music Video Sales charts.

Directed by Christian Lamb, the project presents the Crue's final live performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA this past New Year's Eve; the material is rounded with interviews and behind the scenes material shot by Jackass creator Jeff Tremaine.

The group closed out the 18-month run with three shows in their hometown after a July 2, 2014 launch in Grand Rapids, MI saw them hit the road for the last time.

The Final Tour consisted of 130 concerts around the United States, 16 shows in Europe, 5 shows in Asia, 6 shows in Australia region, and one in South America with a reported gross earnings of approximately 86 million dollars. Read more here.

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Evanescence Invigorated By Fan Reaction To New Song

(TeamRock) Amy Lee says seeing fans singing along to new song "Take Cover" has helped put Evanescence in a creative state of mind. The band are on the road as they gear up for the December 9 release of vinyl box The Ultimate Collection and they've been playing brand new track Take Cover every night.

Vocalist Lee says the band were keen to give the fans a taste of something new and she says they are definitely thinking ahead to releasing new Evanescence material.

Lee tells TeamRock: "We are playing a new song live right now. We got together for rehearsals and we really focused this tour on the fans and the history of the band.

"Kind of in light of this whole box set theme, we wanted to do everything that the fans want and not just what we felt like doing. It has been so fulfilling and so fun.

"When we got together the guys were really strongly supportive of it, we had a song in the bank. And we were like, 'You know what the fans would really love is a new song. That's all they ever ask for.'

"So we knocked the dust off an old song called Take Cover that we had in the bank for a while and we loved it. It's one of our favourite moments every night on the tour.

"I think they like it a lot. I posted the lyrics on Facebook and now I get at least five people in the front row mouthing along, which is extra fun." Read more here.

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Dave Matthews Jams 'All Along The Watchtower' With Michael J Fox

(Classic Rock) Actor Michael J Fox joined Dave Matthews on stage for a performance of Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower. The weekend show at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City was part of the Michael J Fox Foundation's A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's gala.

Fox, 55, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and has been an active advocate for research towards finding a cure for many years. Fox famously played Chuck Berry's Johnny B Goode in his role as Marty McFly in Back To The Future.

The Michael J Fox Foundation says it is "dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today." Watch the jam here.

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Motorhead's Campbell Shares Fondest Lemmy Memory

(Classic Rock) Former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has revealed he came close to retirement after the death of mainman Lemmy and also revealed one of his fondest memories of the iconic frontman.

Campbell tells WalesOnline that the memory took place on tour a few years ago. "He called me in my hotel room and said, 'Phil, come down to my room now.' I thought, 'What have I done wrong now?'

"I was expecting him to say, 'I listened back to last night's tape and you played like sh*t.' But he said, 'I just wanted you to know, never once in all this time have I regretted having you in the band. You're a good man, Phil.' I've been blessed for the life I had with him. I wouldn't have missed it for the world."

Over the summer he converted his All Starr Band into Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, consisting of sons Tyla, Dane and Todd, plus vocalist Neil Starr.

"I was planning on semi-retiring after Motorhead finished - but I can't see that happening now," he reports. "We're going to have some fun with this. Getting back on stage has been good for me." Read more here.

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Bullet For My Valentine's Tuck Passed Out Recording Tears Don't Fall

(Metal Hammer) Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck has recalled passing out in the vocal booth when recording the band's debut album The Poison. Tuck says the Welsh metal outfit were under pressure when recording The Poison with producer Colin Richardson at Chapel Studios in England and the singer says spending hour upon hour int he vocal booth took its toll.

Tuck tells Metal Hammer: "We were taking on a lot at the time. Singing in a booth for four hours sounds easy, but it's really f***ing hard. Some of the vocal parts were so angry and pissed off and excited that I pushed like crazy to get this aggressive performance out.

"There were some spinny, pass-out moments. And I felt rotten, and had panic attacks. When we recorded the intro scream on Tears Don't Fall, I did actually pass out. On the take, you can hear a scream, and then this dropping body."

Producer Richardson adds: "It was the famous, 'Let's Go!' at the beginning. We went into the studio, and he was laying on the floor passed out. We shook him a little, and he went, 'I feel terrible, I think I'm gonna be sick.' So that was one hell of a scream!"

A trip to the hospital helped, but Tuck became anxious that there would be a repeat of the fainting incident. Read more here.

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Phil Anselmo Working On Three Different Records

(Metal Hammer) Phil Anselmo says he is more creative than ever after quitting drinking revealing that he is working on three different records. The former Pantera man launched the new Superjoint album Caught Up In The Gears Of Application this month via Housecore Records and he says he currently has up to five other albums in the works.

And he puts his increase in energy levels down to beating his dependence on booze. Anselmo tells Mitch Lafon for TeamRock: "I've been great, very productive. I'm sitting on tons of music. Right this second, I'm working on three different records. I've got so much stuff. It could be four or five. I haven't had a drink since February - I'm not missing that much."

Asked how difficult it was to stop drinking, Anselmo adds: "Pretty easy. I think the first two weeks are kind of rough as far as mood etc. But then you lose the taste for it and obviously it did nothing to hurt my creativity. It's great, honestly. No more hangovers!" Read more here.

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My Dying Bride Lead Roadburn Lineup Additions

(Metal Hammer) My Dying Bride, Hypnopazuzu, Memoriam, Wear Your Wounds, Carpenter Brut and Those Poor Bastards are among the bands announced for Roadburn festival in 2017.

Other acts which have recently been revealed include Dolch, Ash Borer, Backwoods Payback, Casual Nun, Come To Grief, Emma Ruth Rundle, Esben And The Witch, Fange, Gong No Spill Blood, Oxbow, Scissorfight, Suma, Sumac, Unearthly Trance, Valborg, Vanum, Wolvennest and Youth Code.

The event takes place from April 20 to 23 at Tilburg's 013 venue in the Netherlands. It has been curated by Baroness mainman John Dyer Baizley. here.

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Procol Harum Announce 50th Anniversary Tour

(Prog) Procol Harum have announced a 2017 UK tour to mark their 50th anniversary. They'll kick off the run of six dates following their previously announced show at London's Royal Festival Hall with a set at Edinburgh's Queen's Hall on May 6.

The live concerts will see the band "dip into their vast catalogue to bring to the stage the magic they have always retained, taking influences from diverse strands of popular music including blues, R&B, soul, baroque, and classical."

Founding member, singer and pianist Gary Brooker, bassist Matt Pegg, drummer Geoff Dunn, guitarist Geoff Whitehorn and Hammond organ player Josh Phillips also promise "a few new surprises" during the shows.

The statement continues: "As one of the 20th century's most illustrious British rock groups, this 50th anniversary show will allow fans both old and new to hear their iconic songs performed in the beautiful symphonic soundscape their music so richly deserves." See the dates here.

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Dream Theater To Play Images And Words Album On Euro Tour

(Prog) Dream Theater have announced a European tour in January and February of next year, when they'll perform second album "Images And Words" in full at each show.

The road trip celebrates the 25th anniversary of the breakthrough work - the first to feature vocalist James LaBrie. Released in July 1992, Images And Words included classic Dream Theater tracks Pull Me Under, Metropolos Part I and Under A Glass Moon.

The shows, which will also feature "fan favourites" from the band's catalogue, following a world tour in support of latest album The Astonishing. See the dates here.

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