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Black Sabbath May Continue After Farewell Tour

(Classic Rock) Tony Iommi says it's "possible" that Black Sabbath could record another album and make festival appearances after their farewell tour finishes.

The metal icons' The End trek will be completed with two shows in their home city of Birmingham on February 2 and 4, bringing their career on the road to an end after 49 years of action.

One of the main reasons for calling a halt is the guitarist's health concerns after his battle against cancer. Iommi tells Talk Is Jericho: "I've been asked, 'What are you going to do after this?' Well, I don't know. As long as it's not world touring, I'm all right. It's just the traveling that gets me. Since I was ill, it really does affect me now."

He adds: "I don't want to stop playing. For me, it's the touring now. There's a day when you've got to go, 'Look, we've done it for almost 50 years. It's time to re-look at it."

Asked about the chance of festival appearances in the future, Iommi says: "I wouldn't write that off, if one day that came about. That's possible. Or even doing an album, because then you're in one place. But I don't know if that would happen." Read more here.

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Eyehategod Frontman Needs Liver Transplant

(Metal Hammer) Eyehategod frontman Mike IX Williams needs a liver transplant and his wife is asking fans to help pay for the life-saving treatment. Michelle Maher-Williams has launched a crowdfunding page and given a full update on the singer's health. She says Williams, 48, remains in hospital and that he will not be given a transplant until a number of medical bills are settled.

Williams stepped back from performing with Eyehategod this year, but the nature of his health problems was never disclosed. Phil Anselmo and Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe have filled in for him at recent Eyehategod shows.

Michelle Maher-Williams says: "As much as he hates the idea of asking for help, he needs your support now more than ever and has realized that his friends, family and fans deserve to know exactly what is going on with him and his health.

"In December 2014, while on tour with Corrections House, Michael was hospitalised in Texas. The ER doctor told him that his liver was failing and he wouldn't survive another year. He immediately returned to New Orleans and consulted with one of the best liver specialists in the country. Although he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, this doctor gave him the hope and encouragement that he needed to put up the fight of his life." Read more here.

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Metallica Announce Another Rare Club Show

(hennemusic) Metallica will perform another rare club show at The Opera House in Toronto on November 29 as they continue to promote their newly-released tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct."

"We're back from our whirlwind promotional trip to Europe and Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is officially out!," says the band. "That trip was capped off with a very special night on Friday at the London House Of Vans and now we are off to conquer Canada with a visit to Toronto next week. We can't get enough of that hot, sweaty old-school small show vibe so, while we're there, we plan to set foot on the stage at the intimate historic Opera House for a special one-night-only Fifth Members show on Tuesday, November 29th.

"If you would like to join us and you're a Fifth Member, click here to enter to win an opportunity to purchase up to two tickets per member in a special pre-sale that begins on Wednesday, November 23 at 9:00 AM EST for one hour only. Fifth Member tickets will be specially priced at $25 each and all proceeds from the sale of tickets to this show will be donated to The Daily Bread Food Bank. Winners will be e-mailed a personal code after 8:00 PM EST today, along with more details about how to purchase tickets to the exclusive one-of-a-kind show." Read more here.

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Why Marty Friedman Refused To Reunite With Megadeth

(Classic Rock) Former Rust in Peace era Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman refused to return to the band because he didn't want to damage the legacy he'd left from his first stint.

The possibility of a reunion was raised in 2014 after Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover left Dave Mustaine's outfit, when the leader considered the attractions of bringing back the man who'd helped make breakthrough album Rust In Peace in 1990 and follow-up Countdown To Extinction in 1992.

But Friedman, who played with Megadeth from 1990 until 2000, tells the LA Weekly: "I think anyone that has something as good as Rust In Peace in their history doesn't want to revisit it, unless you're going to top it.

"I didn't see any reason to mess with that. I didn't see a reunion being what it could be and what the fans deserved. If I were to revisit that, there would have to be a reason for me to do that beyond, 'Let's go back and do it again.' That's not a good enough reason." Read more here.

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Vinnie Paul Says Unreleased Damageplan Demos Will Come Out

(Classic Rock) Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul says he will eventually release music that was planned for Damageplan's second album. Paul formed Damageplan with his brother Dimebag Darrell after Pantera's split in 2003 and released their debut album New Found Power a year later.

Dimebag was shot dead onstage at a Damageplan gig in Ohio in December 2004. Paul has said in the past that he would eventually release the second album. And in a new interview he says: "The first record was pretty diverse. We wanted to do something that didn't sound exactly like Pantera, and with the second record, it was really focused.

"I've got the demos and some day they'll come out." Paul adds that he will always try to keep his brother's legacy alive. He says: "It's sad to say, but you just get larger than life when you're gone. It's just really weird. I really appreciate it.

"The fans have kept his legacy and everything he's done intact and alive, and it's just constantly growing. His legend's huge." Read more here.

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Raging Speedhorn Cancel Remaining 2016 Tour Dates

(Metal Hammer) Raging Speedhorn have cancelled all of their scheduled tour dates for 2016 as one of the band deals with an unspecified health problem. After pulling out of a gig in Leicester at short notice last week, Raging Speedhorn now say they won't play any of the shows they had lined up, including Orange Goblin's Christmas party at London's Koko on December 18.

A gig lined up for December 2 at The Hut in Corby, UK, has been rescheduled for February 3, 2017. Raging Speedhorn say: "It is with great sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of all our shows for the remainder of 2016 and the immediate cease in activity until the New Year.

"Raging Speedhorn is a unit, we work together or not at all and right now we need to be together to take care of one of our number. We hope you understand that we don't want to go into details or go public with any information other than to say we will be back in the New Year." here.

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While She Sleeps Announce New Album And Release Video

(Metal Hammer) While She Sleeps have revealed details of their upcoming third album. Titled You Are We, it was recorded at a home studio in Sheffield, UK, called The Barn and will launch on April 21, 2017. It was funded entirely through PledgeMusic after the band decided to leave Sony Music earlier this year.

Vocalist Lawrence 'Loz' Taylor says: "There's always been a very DIY aspect to this band so going it alone a bit more now just reiterates that to everyone.

"The Barn was a very important place for us - it's where we grew as friends and it was where we hung out and could be creative - so the idea with this new space is that it gives us a lot more creative space.

"There's a studio and live room, and we have space now to achieve what we want to achieve as a band. This place is going to house us for a good few years."

While She Sleeps have also released a video for their new track Hurricane. Watch it here.

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Killswitch Engage Release 'Cut Me Loose' Video

(Metal Hammer) Killswitch Engage have released a video for their track Cut Me Loose. The song appears on Jesse Leach and co's seventh studio album Incarnate, which launched earlier this year via Roadrunner Records.

The band launched a Cut Me Loose video in February - but vocalist Leach has explained that it "was meant as a 'visual aid' and not the official video, apparently." Killswitch Engage also teased the new shoot in September.

Speaking about the track previously, Leach said: "It's a really personal song. There's a reason why I reference the word 'noose' in the chorus - it refers to a time when I felt suicidal.

"The song is about looking back on your life, taking stock of where you are and the pain that you've experienced. But the song isn't just about me. It's a mixed message, and 'noose' is the key word.

"The song is pretty dark if you read the lyrics with that in mind." Watch the new video here.

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Journey Singer Hopes To Meet Steve Perry At Rock Hall

(Classic Rock) Arnel Pineda is hoping that his Journey bandmates win induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next year - because it might give him the chance to finally meet former singer Steve Perry.

Pineda has fronted the band since 2007, but he's never met his classic-era predecessor, who bowed out after a second stint in 1998. Journey were named on the 2017 induction shortlist in October. Keyboardist Jonathan Cain said recently that Perry would be welcome to return to the band for the ceremony.

Pineda tells TMZ: "I'm hoping to at least shake his hand. I haven't had the chance for the past nine years. I've never met him. I hope they get inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, so maybe I get to see him."

The Filipino singer accepts he won't enter the Rock Hall himself. "It's only for the originals," he says. "I'm okay with that." Read more here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Jokes About Band's Dumbest Move

(Metal Hammer) Corey Taylor has joked with Lars Ulrich that Slipknot hiring a young drummer was the "dumbest" move in their history. In a light-hearted conversation about struggling to perform shows as the years go by, the vocalist tells the Metallica drummer that he thought it was a good idea at first, but then changed his mind.

Slipknot hired 26-year-old Jay Weinberg - son of Bruce Springsteen's sticksman Max - in 2014, following the departure of Joey Jordison. He's by far the youngest member of the band, with most of the others in their 40s.

In a radio discussion about Metallica's new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, Corey Taylor asks the band about how to keep going as they get older.

Frontman James Hetfield replies: "I don't like being 90%. I'd rather be 110% less often, and that's what we're doing." Guitarist Kirk Hammett adds: "For me it seems like all my moving parts are breaking down - my knees, my wrists, my elbows, my shoulders, my brain…"

"Moving forward you have to do the maintenance, with a good feeling that you can pull it off." At that moment, Ulrich interjects to say: "It's not fair - I just realized. You have a 25-year-old drummer. It's not fair!"

Taylor replies: "Trust me. I've got to keep up with him. It sucks, man! At first I was like, 'This is awesome!' But by the end of the tour it was like, 'Goddam it - this is the dumbest thing we've ever done.'" He quickly adds: "Just kidding, Jay…"Read more here.

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Disturbed Invite Disabled Fan Onstage

(Metal Hammer) Disturbed invited a disabled fan to watch part of their set in Auckland, New Zealand, from the stage after being inspired by his "bravery." The fan, known only as Pete, was watching the band's performance at the Vector Arena from the front row, despite being confined to a wheelchair.

And as the metal giants returned to the stage for an encore, frontman David Draiman explained to the crowd that he wanted the man to enjoy the rest of the show at close quarters.

In a video posted to the band's Facebook page, Draiman says: "There's this gentleman sitting right by the front row. And this guy has not been able to see properly all night, but he's had the balls to be in the f***ing front row like this."

As security guards help Pete to the stage, it is revealed that it his first ever time at a live concert. Draiman adds: "This is the difference between other genres and hard rock and heavy metal, ladies and gentlemen. You won't see this kind of bravery, courage, strength at a pop show.

"You think people have the balls to go ahead in a wheelchair to get to the front of a f***ing barricade when they go to see Britney Spears? Doesn't f***ing happen." Read more and see the video clip here.

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Bad Company's Simon Kirke Announces New Solo Album

(Classic Rock) Bad Company's Simon Kirke will release his new solo album All Because Of You in North America on February 10, 2017. The drummer takes on vocal, guitar, keyboard, drums and ukulele duties in the upcoming release, and is backed up by Chicago session band Empty Pockets.

The album also includes a ukulele version of Bad Company's 1975 song Feel Like Making Love, with Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes guesting on track Trouble Road.

Kirke says of the Feel Like Making Love ukulele cover: "I was noodling on my ukulele playing Feel Like Making Love just for fun and my fiancee Maria said, 'You should do that on stage.'

"I told her it was an iconic song of Bad Company's, and she said, 'So? Do your own version. It's fun.' I played it to the Empty Pockets and they loved it. So here it is." Read more here.

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Queen's Brian May Pays Tribute To Freddie Mercury's Mother

(Classic Rock) Queen's Brian May has paid tribute to Freddie Mercury's mother Jer Bulsara, who has died at the age of 94. Bulsara passed away "peacefully in her sleep" according to May, with the guitarist praising her "huge enthusiasm" for Queen before and after the death of Mercury in 1991.

May says in a statement: "Jer was a warm and devoted mum to Freddie, and, like Freddie, always had a strong twinkle in the eye. Although she was also devoted to her husband Bomi, and lived in the Zoroastrian faith as a good Parsee, she had an independent spirit and a strong sense of humour.

"Of course, I knew her for over 50 years, and when I first used to go around to Freddie's parents' house in Feltham, only a few yards from where I lived, in our student days, Jer was a busy mum, full of life and optimism - and even then, fiercely proud of her children, Freddie and Kashmira." Read more here.

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Pain Of Salvation Release Meaningless Video

(Prog) Pain Of Salvation have released a video for their track Meaningless. The song features on the Swedish outfit's upcoming 10th album In Passing Light Of Day, which will launch on January 13 via InsideOut Music.

The new video was produced by Joakim S Hammond and Love Fagerstedt, with Pain Of Salvation praising their efforts on the shoot. They say in a statement: "We feel very proud to release the first video for In Passing Light Of Day. Love and Joakim and the entire film team have made a tremendous work.

"In it, you will also see some wonderful Pain Of Salvation fans, who we want to send extra warm thanks to. Let the journey begin, into the passing light of day. Enter Meaningless."

In Passing Light Of Day is Daniel Gildenlow and co's first studio release since 2014's Falling Home. Watch the new video here.

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Axl Rose Releasing Limited Edition Watch

(Classic Rock) Guns N' Roses' frontman Axl Rose will release a wristwatch he helped design with HYT next month. The Skull Axl Rose watch is black and blue in color and limited to just 25 pieces.

The 51mm black DLC-coated titanium case has a micro-blasted finish and features a skull emblem made of 256 layers of Damascus steel coated with a blue PVD treatment. It accurately keeps time using liquid technology, with seconds shown in the skull's eyes.

The dial bears a rhodium-plated Clous de Paris pattern and comes on a bracelet-style black leather strap with blue stitching. Rose's signature and the Guns N' Roses logo is also on the sapphire crystal case back. here.

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The Day The Beatles Stood Up To George Martin

(Classic Rock) Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have recalled the moment they told late producer George Martin that they would only play music they wrote - not songs written by others.

The video clip is lifted from Ron Howard's documentary Eight Days A Week and features on the deluxe collector's Edition DVD and Blu-ray, which was released last week.

McCartney says: "George Martin wanted to give us stuff he knew would be more successful. He gave us a song called How Do You Do It? that had been written by guys from Tin Pan Alley. We did a version of it, took it back up to Liverpool and like all our mates just laughed. We realized then that, 'OK, we've got to better that other stuff.'"

Starr calls the episode "one of the magic moments of the Beatles" and adds: "I remember that moment so vivid that thank God we stood up for ourselves. We just wanted to do Lennon and McCartney songs. We actually looked him in the eye which was very heavy for those days because he was the producer and we were the lads. He took a chance on us - he joined in." Watch the clip here.

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Dani Filth On Doomed Volbeat, Cult, Enslaved Supergroup

(Metal Hammer) Cradle Of Filth and Devilment frontman Dani Filth has recalled the failed supergroup he formed with members of Volbeat, Enslaved, The Cult and Gorgoroth.

The band, named Temple Of The Black Moon, featured King from Gorgoroth, Ice Dale from Enslaved, Rob Caggiano from Anthrax and Volbeat and John Tempesta from The Cult and White Zombie.

Filth reveals they wrote 10 "amazing" songs for their touted debut CNT (All That's Missing Is You) over a four-year span and that the drums and bass recordings are still sitting in storage. But he suggests Caggiano's manager "shelved" the project after the guitarist moved to Volbeat so he wouldn't lose focus.

Filth tells HMV: "This was only a couple of years ago that it was recorded, and it's a brilliant album. The working album title was CNT (All That's Missing Is You) - it would have been amazing!

"The drums were recorded in LA, and the bass. They're still sitting with a record label. This is my opinion, when Rob left Anthrax the manager shelved it because he didn't want Rob being distracted from earning loads of money for it. If that makes any sense.

"I don't know if it's ever going to see the light of day - in fact I want Devilment to cover all of it - it might be the only way around the problem to be fair."

He continues: "It would probably be too late now if it ever came out, it would sound primeval by then." Read more here.

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Glass Hammer Announce Their European Live Debut

(Prog) US proggers Glass Hammer will perform their first ever European live show when they headline Italy's 2 Days Of Prog + 1 Festival in September 2017.

This will be band's first European dates in their near quarter century existence. "We are approaching the twenty-fifth anniversary of Glass Hammer in 2017 and headlining the Veruno Festival seems a very good way to celebrate," bassist Steve Babb told Prog.

"The band is planning to perform our new release Valkyrie in its entirety, along with other songs from the back catalog that have never been performed live. We're also headlining Quebec's Terra Incognita Festival in May, and hope to add more dates in the near future."

The festival, which takes place on 1,2 and 3 of September, and boasts free admission, will also feature appearances from Frost*, Comedy of Errors and Discipline, with more acts still to be announced. Watch the announcement video here.

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Dillinger Escape Plan and Other Bands Release Ugly Christmas Sweaters

(Metal Hammer) The Dillinger Escape Plan, Between The Buried And Me, Every Time I Die and many more bands have launched their own ugly Christmas sweaters for 2016.

August Burns Red, Cro Mags, Sikth, Bury Your Dead, Stick To Your Guns and Tesseract have also unveiled their own sweaters on Merch Limited as part of the website's festive range.

Ugly sweaters from Architects and Thy Art Is Murder are also available on Impericon, while Iron Maiden launched a festive scarf and jumper through alternative fashion brand Middle Of Beyond earlier this month. Read more here.

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Heather Findlay Streams 'I Am Snow' Title Song

(Metal Hammer) Heather Findlay has streamed the title track of her new 'seasonal' album, I Am Snow, with Prog. The nine track release, which Findlay describes as a "fireside, candlelit, winter companion", will be released from 9 December.

Alongside the title track, it features a cover of Foetheringay's Winter Winds, new takes on Mostly Autumn's The Eyes Of The Forest and Shrinking Violet, and Day Thirteen: Sign, which she co-wrote with Arjen Lucassen, alongside five of her own songs.

The Heather Findlay band will be supporting Touchstone on their forthcoming Christmas dates, as well as headlining their own Christmas Special at York's Crescent Club, with Odin Dragonfly as support on 21 December. Listen to the song and see the tour dates here.

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