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Arrest Made In 3 Doors Down Star's Death Case

(Radio.com) Police have arrested Alabama-based physician Dr. Richard Snellgrove for supplying ex-3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts with the drugs that led to his fatal overdose in August, reports Billboard.

Roberts was a founding member and former guitarist for the rock group, but left the band amicably in 2012 to focus on ongoing health and circulation problems.

The 38-year-old rocker died while staying at a Wisconsin hotel the day before he was scheduled to appear at a charity event. Law enforcement in West Bend, Wisconsin identified Snellgrove as the suspected source of the drugs, indicting him for illegal drug distribution. Read more here.

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Dave Mustaine Address Megadeth Lineup Change Rumor

(Metal Hammer) Dave Mustaine has slammed a rumor that new Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro is already out of the band. He joined the thrash icons last year, following the departure of Chris Broderick in 2014, and after a failed attempt to bring back classic-era axeman Marty Friedman.

The band's Wikipedia entry yesterday listed Friedman as a current member, although it's been updated since then. Mustaine tweets: "Kiko is 100% in Megadeth. The sites and sources that said he is leaving are unreliable and should not be trusted at all.

"I did not fire Kiko. I love the man. He is in Finland with his wife having his twin babies." He adds: "I love Marty too - but I have never been happier since I met Kiko." Read more here.

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Metallica's James and Lars Had Falling Out Making New Album

(Metal Hammer) James Hetfield says he and bandmate Lars Ulrich fell out over the drummer's interference while writing new Metallica album Hardwired...To Self-Destruct.

The frontman admits his relationship with Ulrich can be tense at times, but insists they quickly make up after any falling out. Asked when was the last time he told Ulrich to go f*** himself, Hetfield tells Metal Hammer: "About eight months ago.

"We were in the studio and it was like, 'Hey, I'm the guitar player, I like this guitar part, I wanna play it.' "He'd be like, 'This part is better,' and I was like, 'Since when are you the Riff Police?' So at that point it was, 'Okay, I'm done for now, I have to leave.' But a week later we were talking again." Read more here.

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When Sammy Hagar Met Eddie Van Halen

(Classic Rock) Sammy Hagar has recalled the moment he first heard from Eddie Van Halen which eventually led to him replacing David Lee Roth in the band in the 80s.

He was interviewed for TV show Jay Leno's Garage, where Hagar shows off his 1982 Ferrari which appeared in The Red Rocker's 1984 video for I Can't Drive 55.

And while showing Leno the car now worth an estimated $350,000, Hagar reveals if it wasn't for the vehicle, he would never have met Van Halen. Hagar says: "I was just coming home from my tour and this car was getting its first major tune up. It was sitting in the shop and Eddie comes in with his Lamborghini and he goes, 'Whose car is this?' They said, 'It's Sammy Hagar's - you should call him and get him in the band' - because David Lee Roth quit a day or two before.

"And Eddie says, 'You got his number?' He goes into the damn office, picks up the phone and calls me right from there and says, 'I'm looking at your car right here, man - why don't you come down and let's jam and join the band. After five minutes with those guys, and I went, 'Yeah, this is good.'" Read more here.

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Slipknot's Sid Wilson Vs Limp Bizkit's DJ Lethal

(Metal Hammer) Slipknot's Sid Wilson will go head-to-head with former Limp Bizkit man DJ Lethal in a DJ battle at Fresno's Strummers venue in California on November 26 (Saturday).

They'll showcase their turntable skills as part of a birthday celebration at the venue. The duo have previously collaborated on their Lethal Wilson project, though they have not yet released material to fans.

Wilson previously revealed the weirdest places that he's played a DJ set in. He said: "I DJ'd in a strip bar before. I got hired to play at party and they didn't tell me anything about it, so I thought it was just a club. I played the set and there were people on the dance floor, but in the background you could see the strippers on the poles."

Wilson added: I've played in all kinds of weird basements and illegal warehouse parties in Chicago. I'd drive there almost every weekend. I'd sit outside the coffee house in Des Moines with my hat, begging for change, and I'd say, 'Hey, I need to get to Chicago for a party, to watch some DJs play and get f***ed up!' and I'd say that over and over until I had enough money in the hat!" Watch the promo video here.

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A Perfect Circle Working On New Music, Plan 2017 Tour

(TeamRock) A Perfect Circle are making plans to tour in 2017 and are working on new music, according to mainmen Billy Howerdel and Maynard James Keenan.

Guitarist Howerdel was moderating the Los Angeles leg of singer Keenan's A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things book tour this week when, according to Pulse Of Radio (via Blabbermouth), Howerdel said A Perfect Circle will tour in 2017 and that they are working on new material.

Keenan reportedly agreed and added that they would play at the Hollywood Bowl on May 7 of next year. The band's most recent album was 2004's Emotive, which was made up mainly of cover versions. They last played live in 2013.

As well as Howerdel and Tool's Keenan, the band's current lineup includes former Smashing Pumpkins man James Iha, Ashes Divide bassist Matt McJunkins and drummer Jeff Friedl. here.

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Mastodon Have Completed Work On New Album

(TeamRock) Troy Sanders says Mastodon's seventh album is "in the bag." The band were working with producer Brendan O'Brien in Atlanta on the album, before moving to Los Angeles for the mixing stage.

The follow-up to 2014's Once More 'Round The Sun is expected to be released in 2017. Bassist and vocalist Sanders tells Metal Hammer: "We've got it in the bag.

"We're just putting a timeline together of when and where. So that's all coming together now. So 2017's going to be an incredibly busy and fruitful year in the world of Mastodon.

"I'm fortunate to be able to say that. I'm very excited for what the new year will bring." Drummer Brann Dailor previously said the record would be "more proggy" than previous efforts. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Management Wanted Hawkins Song Removed From Album

(Classic Rock) Taylor Hawkins has revealed that the Foo Fighters' management didn't want his song Cold Day In The Sun to appear on 2005 double-album In Your Honor - because it meant there would be one less Dave Grohl composition on the tracklist.

Hawkins recently released solo album KOTA, but says he only gets involved in side projects for the creative experience. He tells Consequence Of Sound: "All I'm ever trying to do in Foo Fighters is help Dave realize his goal for a song.

"There's a little bit of space to define yourself in that. It's about making interesting music - that's all I've ever wanted to do as a songwriter. I want to scribble, write and play stadiums. Dave likes to write big, giant infinite choruses so we don't shy away from that. We're always searching for the perfect song."

Cold Day In The Sun was written four years before it appeared on the second disc of In Your Honor, with the drummer singing lead vocals and Grohl going back behind the kit.

Hawkins says: "Our manager wanted to take off the one song I wrote - I think they figured if there's one less Dave Grohl song, there's one less chance of a hit. There's only enough room for Dave on a single record. Let's leave the real writing to him." Read more here.

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Rammstein Announce 2017 Tour Dates

(Metal Hammer) Rammstein have announced a run of European shows for the summer of 2017. Most of the dates are festival appearances, with plenty of space for the potential addition of more Rammstein shows.

Earlier this year keyboardist Christian 'Flake' Lorenz reported the band were working on new music, although he couldn't say how long it would take before they started recording.

He said: "We've started to compile ideas for songs and develop them as a band. It's difficult to say how far along we are - a lot of the time everything seems to be going well, and then there are days we just want to start all over again."

He said of new track Ramm 4, which they performed at festival appearances this year: "We wanted to show the world we're still together and that we're making new music." Read more including the tour dates here.

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Slayer Repentless Comic Book Details Revealed

(Classic Rock) The cover for the first part of Slayer's comic book series has been released. The three-part publication is based on the band's revenge-themed videos for songs Repentless, You Against You and Pride In Prejudice - which share a story arc written by director BJ McDonnell.

The band previously shared sample images of potential covers by Glenn Fabry - and the final choice has now been decided. Publisher Dark Horse say: "The planet's most badass metal band takes control of comics! The ultimate thrash juggernaut, Slayer have dominated stages and destroyed audiences for over 30 years, with their latest album, Repentless, showing no signs of slowing down or showing mercy.

"Based on the brutal Repentless videos, this expansion of the video story lines drives deep into the darkest heart of America - a raging road trip down a bloodstained highway, a tale of the doomed, the damned… and the repentless!"

The comic's writer Jon Schnepp said: "It isn't a mystical or supernatural story. It's a straight-up human story of terror, like brother against brother, people feeding off hatred, the stupidity and horror of humanity." See the cover here.

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Glenn Hughes Announces Euro Tour

(Classic Rock) Glenn Hughes has announced that he will be launching a 23-date European tour for early 2017. The shows replace the dates that fell by the wayside when Hughes recently pulled the plug on his entire European tour.

The former Deep Purple and Rainbow man blamed the cancellations on support band Living Colour's decision to pull out and instead support Alter Bridge.

Now Hughes will play 10 UK dates in January, followed by 13 gigs on the continent. Stone Broken will support on all dates. Hughes says: "I am happy to announce my UK and European tour. My team have been hard at work to make this happen, so my band and I can perform on this tour to promote my new album Resonate. All love and see you down the front." See the dates here.

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The Who To Play Full 'Tommy' Album On Upcoming Tour

(Classic Rock) The Who have confirmed they will play 1969 album "Tommy" in full on their 2017 UK tour. After postponing five UK dates this year, The Who rescheduled them for April and have now revealed they'll perform "Tommy" live in its entirety for the first time since 1989.

They say: "The Who are incredibly excited about performing Tommy and more in April 2017! Marking the first time that the band will play Tommy in full since 1989, it will be a truly unforgettable tour."

The Tommy element of the shows will include a new video segment produced specially for these gigs. As well as Tommy, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey's band will play a set of their greatest hits and some lesser known tracks.

The Tommy & More dates follow two shows at London's Royal Albert Hall on March 30 and April 1, at which they will also play "Tommy" in full. See the dates and read more here.

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Phil Collins Getting His Chops Back For Comeback Tour

(Classic Rock) Phil Collins says he's been practicing drumming in his garage for next year's comeback tour. The 65 year old previously said he'll never play the way he used to and reported that "something happened" to his performance on the Genesis reunion tour in 2007 - but he's working on making drumming feel "natural" again.

He tells Rolling Stone: "After the Genesis reunion tour, I played with Eric Clapton at Albert Hall for one song in 2010, and I had that feeling of 'This isn't happening.' That kind of scared me."

He continues: "The one thing I could rely on in life was that I could sit down at the drums and it would sound good, and suddenly I couldn't pull it together. Now, I've got a drum kit in my garage and I've got into a routine of practicing.

"I'm trying to get my hands to feel natural again when I hold a pair of sticks. I've got some comeback shows booked for next year, and we'll see what happens." Read more here.

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Lemmy Didn't Care That Motorhead Lyrics Were Underrated

(Classic Rock) Former Motorhead man Phil Campbell says Lemmy Kilmister was underrated as a lyric writer - but the late frontman didn't care. The band came to an end with his death in December last year, and the guitarist has gone on to form his own outfit Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, after briefly considering retirement.

Asked whether Lemmy was under-appreciated as a lyricist, Campbell tells Songfacts: "Definitely - he never got the credit he deserved. He knew he was. But he didn't care as long as some people understood what he was singing about.

"We all wrote the music. It was the band's music. I was responsible for most of the riffs. Lem wrote all the lyrics. But it was a melting pot, really. I'd suggest stuff, and he'd give me a stare, and just go back to his pen and paper. I knew I couldn't come up with anything close anyway. It was best just to leave it to Lem."

He continues: "I think he would have liked to have been accepted more for his lyrics, but he didn't lost any sleep over it. As long as Lem got his point across. Lemmy just cared about his band, his music and the fans." Read more here.

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Alter Bridge's Tremonti and Kennedy Talk Chemistry

(Metal Hammer) Alter Bridge's Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy say they still constantly learn from each other after playing together for 12 years. Kennedy says he and his bandmate are "kindred spirits" who absorb each other's musical influences and techniques.

He tells Loudwire: "Mark's right hand is his attack. He reminds me of James Hetfield. It's something which is not in my repertoire. I still can't touch what he does, but I think that's good for me to try and absorb that.

"Both of us are sponges. Both of us always want to learn and evolve. I don't think either one of us feel content by any stretch of the imagination. We both have long ways to go."

He adds: "I recognized a kindred spirit from the beginning. The guy sold 30 million records by the time we started playing together, and every day before and after soundcheck, he's just obsessed with trying to evolve.

"I think that's really important - it shows you truly care about the art, its not about how many records can you sell. There's no rockstar ego. It's about the music."

Tremonti adds: "I think I try to pick Myles' jazz and blues brain and I think over the years I've probably thrown a hell of a lot of metal at him, and you just learn from whoever you're writing with and we've been working together now for what seems like 15 years or so. I still don't know how to sing like him." Watch the full interview here.

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Haken Announce 10th Anniversary Tour

(Metal Hammer) Haken have announced a 2017 European tour. The run of shows will take place throughout March and April to mark the London-based outfit's 10th anniversary - and to celebrate the February 3 reissues on 2CD and vinyl of 2010's Aquarius and 2011's Visions.

The band say in a statement: "We are delighted to announce our Haken X European tour in celebration of our 10th anniversary. We'll be returning to some of our favorite cities and also paying a visit to several new countries including Austria, Hungary, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic.

"In honor of the 10 years Haken has existed, we'll be revisiting material from our entire back catalogue with a special focus on our first two albums Aquarius and Visions. We sincerely hope you join us for this special run of shows and we'd be overjoyed to see each of y'all there."

The band say Aquarius and Visions hold a special place in their hearts and that they wanted to bring them back in a "fresh and exciting way."

Haken add: "Listeners will be able to enjoy the nuances in our instrumental arrangements and also embrace the complete audio experience of vinyl." See the tour dates here.

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Rush's Neil Peart Encourages New Musicians To Keep The Faith

(Prog) Rush drummer Neil Peart says while it's difficult for musicians to make a living from playing, he urges up-and-coming artists to stick with it as "miracles do happen."

Peart's comments are featured in Pete Vassilopoulos' upcoming book Recording Drummers (via Drum Magazine) in which Peart reflects on his career behind the kit - from his early days recording demos for J.R. Flood in Toronto, to selling out stadiums across the world with his Rush bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

Peart says: "Times are tough for musicians starting out - but they clearly were for me in southern Ontario in the 1970s, too. Miracles do happen. Maybe you will be one.

"In any case, whether or not your music supports you, it can still nurture you. It is not given to every aspiring musician to make a living at it, never mind fame and fortune, but it can still be a rewarding lifetime pursuit.

"I know several 'non-professional' drummers who find joy in playing the instrument, sometimes with friends, and gradually getting better at it." Read more here.

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Metallica Success Good For 'All Of Us' Says Anthrax Star

(Classic Rock) The global success of latest Metallica album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct is good for everyone in metal, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello has argued.

His comments come just after Metallica confirmed their 10th record had achieved remarkable results across the planet. James Hetfield and co thanked fans for a launch weekend that included an intimate performance in London and their first-ever BBC session. Last week they were confirmed as the most-streamed metal band on Earth.

Metallica said: "Word has gotten to us that Hardwired… To Self-Destruct is number one in a staggering 57 countries, top three in 75 countries and top five in 105 countries. We're not even sure we can name 105 countries!"

The band added: "What an insane, awesome ride it's been. We are stunned, beyond grateful and truly appreciative that not only have Metallica fans embraced Hardwired…To Self-Destruct beyond our wildest expectations - but more importantly, we're proud to see that hard rock and metal is still viable and matters in 2016 so to many people."

Meanwhile, Bello tells The Strombo Show: "Any Metallica is great for all of us. Put that into the market and it makes people open up and listen to metal." Read more here.

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Alan Reed Announces New Album 'On The Razor's Edge'

(Prog) Alan Reed has announced that he will release his new album, Honey On The Razor's Edge, through Red Dwarf Recordings on March 14th of next year.

The eight-track release features a host of special guests, including Steve Hackett, original Pallas keyboard player Mike Stobbie, former Pendragon drummer Scott Higham, guitarist Jeff Green, Magenta's Christina Booth, Lazuli's Claude Leonetti and Harvest singer Monique van der Kolk.

According to Reed, the new release "couples the sweeping Celtic melodies of debut First in A Field Of One with a harder-edged sensibility reminiscent of my work with Pallas.", adding that his work for the BBC in covering the EU referendum and political interregnum that followed "meant work on the album was suspended for some months due to the world going batsh*t crazy." Read more here.

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Mike Oldfield Collaborator Les Penning Announces Solo Album

(Prog) Les Penning, the recorder player who appeared on Mike Oldfield's Ommadawn album, is to release a new solo record, Belerion, to be released on December 1.

Penning first came to prominence through his association with Oldfield, not only featuring on the aforementioned Ommadawn, but also on the Seasonal hits In Dulce Jubilo and Portsmouth. Indeed the genesis of Belerion goes back 40 years to a time when Penning and Oldfield were still working together. More recently, Penning appeared on Rob reed's Sanctuary II project, the Magenta man's homage to Oldfield' early work.

"When Mike Oldfield left Bradnor Hill and we no longer graced the halls of Penrhos Court, we still recorded at his new home at Througham Slad in Gloucestershire and it was there that we recorded seven pieces that were representative of our repertoire at Penrhos," says Penning of his time playing with Oldfield when the matter lived in Herefordshire. "Although they were intended to form part of an album I was making, somehow it never got made - until now." Read more here.

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