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Guns N' Roses Hint At 2017 North American Tour?

There are rumors spreading online that Guns N' Roses are preparing to announce a 2017 tour in North America after a commercial reported aired over the holiday weekend and billboards were allegedly spotted in Canada.

Reports surfaced online on Saturday that a television commercial showing footage from the legendary band's Not In This Lifetime aired on AT&T's Game Show Network in the U.S. on Friday (November 25th.)

An online video of the alleged commercial shows the performance clips along with the words "They're back for more in 2017." Watch the YouTube post that claims to be of the commercial airing here.

In additional, music personality Mitch Lafon shared a Facebook post and photo from a user that was directed to Montreal, Canada area radio station CHOM 97.7 that claims to be of a billboard on a Canadian highway promoting a possible tour.

The photo shows the words "Welcome To The Jungle" in classic Appetite for Destruction script next to "#GnFnR" and the user claims to have seen another billboard with the word "Patience" written on it on another area highway.

The authenticity and legitimacy of the billboard or television commercial airing have not yet been confirmed and the band has not official announced any details for the supposed trek but we received word from a reader that the commercial also aired on the FX network on Saturday night. See the Lafon posting here.

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Sex Pistols Manager Son Burns $6 Million Of Memorabilia

(Classic Rock) Joe Corre, the son of late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren has set fire to punk memorabilia said to be worth $6 million. He, along with his mother, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, set fire to the items in the middle of London's River Thames on Saturday - the 40th anniversary of the release of Sex Pistols debut single Anarchy In The UK.

The protest was aimed at Punk London who are marking "40 years of subversive culture" with a series of shows, events and exhibitions. Their plans have been supported by the Mayor of London, the British Library and the British Film Institute. Corre previously said the events were even supported by the Queen which proved "the establishment" had "privatised, packaged and castrated" punk.

According to the BBC, Corre told the crowd: "Punk was never meant to be nostalgic - and you can't learn how to be one at a Museum Of London workshop." Read more here.

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Eric Clapton Announces Return To Concert Stage

(Radio.com) Earlier this year, Eric Clapton revealed that he'd been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, making playing guitar difficult for him. However, it won't stop him from performing: he's just announced two concerts for next year at Los Angeles's Forum (there was also a full page ad in today's New York Times).

The concerts, March 25 and 26, will also feature Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan. He also has three previously announced shows at London's Royal Albert Hall in May.

Interestingly, the just-announced concerts are billed "A Celebration of 50 Years of Music," and the advertisement uses images of Clapton from throughout his solo career, as well as with some of his former bands including Cream and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, and also with his former Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood. Read more here.

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Eyehategod Frontman Liver Transplant Fund Exceeds Goal

(Metal Hammer) A crowdfunding campaign to help pay for Eyehategod frontman Mike IX WIlliams' liver transplant has surpassed its $50,000 target. So far, more than 1800 people have contributed to the fund, which sits at $57,000. The singer's wife Michelle Maher-Williams launched the YouCaring page as she gave full details on her husband's condition.

He needs a liver transplant that will not go ahead until outstanding medical bills are settled. Michelle Maher-Williams says: "I've just been so overcome by the extreme show of support that it's been hard for me to find my words. Thank you doesn't seem nearly powerful enough to convey my gratitude.

"How do I give thanks to you for potentially extending my husband's life and giving us the chance to spend many more years together? The best that I can do is to promise to continue fighting for Michael. To be there to encourage, support and protect him, and to be open and honest with all of you along the way." Read more here.

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Billy Joel Takes Blame For Springsteen's Motorcycle Breakdown

(Classic Rock) Billy Joel has taken the blame for Bruce Springsteen's recent motorcycle breakdown. Joel told the audience at his gig at New York's Madison Square Garden this week that he built the custom bike that Springsteen was riding when it broke down in New Jersey earlier in November.

Springsteen was rescued by a group of passing bikers and he bought them a round of drinks as a thank-you.

Now Joel - who owns a custom motorcycle shop in Long Island - says he has called The Boss to apologize. Addressing the New York crowd, Joel says: "I built a motorcycle for Bruce. So he takes the bike out on Veteran's Day and it breaks down. It's all over national news, 'Bruce's Bike Breaks Down.'

"So I'm reading this and thinking, 'Oh sh*t, I hope it wasn't the bike I built for him.' I called him, 'Bruce, what bike was the bike that broke down?' 'It was the one you made for me.' 'Oh. Sorry about that.' 'Oh no, it's cool, dude.'"

Joel was speaking after his band had played a cover of Springsteen track Born To Run. He adds: "No good deed goes unpunished." Check out video here.

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Giraffe Tongue Orchestra Cancel Tour Following Brent's Accident

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, the supergroup featuring members of Alice In Chains, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon, The Mars Volta and Dethklok, have been forced to cancel their upcoming U.S. tour.

The band pulled the plug on the trek after guitarist Brent Hinds (Mastodon), broke his leg in a motorcycle accident. The band issued the following statement: "We deeply regret to inform everyone that GTO has to cancel our U.S. tour. Brent Hinds broke his leg in a motorcycle incident. It requires surgery and traveling for him is both impractical and highly ill-advised.

"We can't do our debut tour without our guy. In our view, this is a 'Go all-out or don't go at all' situation. So we had to make the very tough call to cancel. The venues should be providing refunds." Read more here.

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Tame Impala Plan To Go On Hiatus In 2017

(Prog) Tame Impala are set to go on hiatus in 2017. They'll appear at the Laneway Festival series across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore in February next year. And once that's over, Tame Impala mainman Kevin Parker reports they'll take a break.

He tells Paperboy: "I really don't know how that's going to feel because in the past, the album cycles haven't really ended with a bang, or even ended decidedly. They just sort of peter out. But this time it really is a bookend.

"I'm glad it's happening at Laneway. There will be tears and cheers, and emotions will be running high. I think it'll be quite weird, but not without a sense of accomplishment." here.

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Halestorm Working On New Covers EP

(Gibson) Halestorm released their first EP of cover tunes back in 2011, called Reanimate: The Covers EP. Now, they've confirmed that a new one is in the works.

The news came via Halestorm's official Facebook page, in the same breath as the band announcing the release of a cover of AC/DC's "Mistress for Christmas."

"Hey Freaks, is it too early to be saying 'Happy Holidays'?" the band stated in the post. "Regardless if it is or not, we're jumping into the holiday spirit TODAY with the release of a cover of the always-excellent AC/DC!"

"And yes, we DO have a new covers EP in the works (this song will NOT be on it)," they added, including that the specifics for the EP will be announced soon. Read more here.

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Ed Kowalczyk Hints At Live Reunion

(Gibson) It seems that Ed Kowalczyk and his former Live bandmates have buried the hatchet. The band parted ways with Kowalczyk under less than friendly terms in 2009, and since then they have toured and recorded with new singer Chris Shinn, while Ed's been working as a solo artist.

But earlier this month Kowalczyk posted a message on Instagram which featured a picture of Ed along with the Live logo and the hashtags #liveband, #freaks4live, #live, #livetheband, and #thebandlive. Ed made a similar post on his Facebook page as well, and also uploaded a picture of the band from when they were teenagers.

Although nothing has been said officially, it does seem likely that a reunion is happening, especially considering Kowalczyk and Live guitarist Chad Taylor appeared on a radio show together last month, adding credibility to the fact that the pair are on speaking terms again. Read more here.

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Some Avenged Sevenfold Fans May Not Understand New Album?

(Metal Hammer) M Shadows has predicted that while some Avenged Sevenfold fans will be fully engaged by latest album The Stage, some won't understand it - and might even think it's loaded with "almost mistakes."

The band sneak-released the title last month as a way of escaping from the traditional release cycle, and having people prejudge the material before it had been heard.

A studio video sees Avenged Sevenfold discussing whether a particular note is too distracting to use, and shows guitarist Zacky Vengeance looking bemused as they try to run through their track Sunny Disposition.

Shadows says: "The record is very 'out' - there's a lot of notes that people may not be able to understand at first. It's a major shift for the band and it'll be interesting to see how people take that. I think it'll become some people's favorite thing that they ever heard from us.

"There'll be some who don't understand it at all, and think it's almost mistakes. 'This can't be right!' That's exciting to us. It's exciting to challenge our fans. In life, if you're not feeling something, then what's the point?" Watch the video here.

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Ian Hunter 30-Disc Box Set Loaded With Rarities

(Glass Onyon) Mott the Hoople's Ian Hunter career is celebrated with a new limited edition 30-disc Anthology box set, Stranded in Reality, containing a swathe of rare and previously unreleased recordings and film.

Compiled and curated by Ian and recognized Hunter-Mott biographer Campbell Devine, the project is the ultimate celebration of the artist's hugely influential and sparkling solo work. Covering the years 1975 to 2015, Stranded in Reality comprises 17 original albums on 19 CDs, 9 "new" discs of intriguing rare and unreleased tracks plus 2DVDs.

All of Ian's classic solo albums are contained in the box set including expanded Anniversary Editions of Ian Hunter, All-American Alien Boy, You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic and Welcome to the Club, plus special unique bonus track discs of Short Back n' Sides, All of The Good Ones Are Taken, The Artful Dodger, Strings Attached, Shrunken Heads and When I'm President.

The new albums are titled Tilting the Mirror (Rarities 2CD), If You Wait Long Enough for Anything, You Can Get it on Sale (Live 1979-81 2CD), Bag of Tricks (Live Volumes 1, 2 and 3), Acoustic Shadows and Experiments. The box presents many unheard and "lost" songs from Ian's archive including 'San Diego Freeway', 'Nobody's Perfect' and 'Salvation' as well as rarely performed live versions of 'Wild East', 'While You Were Looking At Me', 'The Outsider' and a 2008 acoustic concert.

A visual 2 disc set, It Never Happened, features promo, live and archive material, and most of the footage has not been issued commercially on DVD until now. The project includes a complete 1979 Hunter Ronson concert from London's Hammersmith Odeon and a TV film from the same tour, live in Toronto. Collectively, the albums and DVD's offer music fans a rock 'n' roll jackpot of over 400 tracks!

Lavishly presented in an LP-size deluxe box with custom Escher-style cover, the collection also contains an 88-page hardback book with comprehensive essay, rare memorabilia and Ian Hunter "Track by Track" for every song, a stunning facsimile Shades newspaper featuring classic historic press features, an Alien Boy lithograph personally signed by Ian and original and brand new album artwork in replica card sleeves.

Stranded in Reality is a strictly limited edition of 2,500 units for sale to worldwide customers through www.propermusic.com.

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Nightwish Release 'Stargazers' Performance Video

(Prog) Nightwish have released a live clip of their performance of Stargazers - filmed in Tampere, Finland. It's taken from the band's upcoming package Vehicle Of Spirit which will launch on December 16 in Europe, with a North American release to follow in January.

The DVD release features two live Nightwish performances filmed in Tampere and at their sold out show at London's Wembley Arena earlier this year.

Nightwish recently announced they would be taking a break throughout 2017 - but this week, singer Floor Jansen promised fans that they'd return with "something special" the following year.

She said: "We'll be back in 2018. We haven't said anything about a record or what we're going to do. We have been keeping it a secret on purpose, because it's something special - something that I really think Nightwish fans will really like.

"But for now, we're taking a break from the whole thing - not because it wasn't good, but maybe because it was good. It's good to reflect on life and take a step back and sit and relax and do something else. And we'll be back with a vengeance in 2018." Watch the video here.

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Ghost Announce Spring Euro Tour

(Metal Hammer) Ghost have announced a string of European dates for March and April of next year in support of their Popestar EP. The tour kicks off with six UK dates, starting in Norwich on March 24, and wraps up in Helsinki on April 30.

The six-track title is designed as a bridging release between Ghost's third album Meliora, launched in 2015, and their fourth full-length work, expected towards the end of 2017.

One of the band's Nameless Ghouls recently reported: "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."

He'd previously suggested the record would be completed in the spring of next year, set around plans to tour Europe, Australia, Japan and South America.

He added of Popestar: "If you hear the EP, don't think, 'Oh, the next album is gonna sound exactly like this.' But it's a good way for us to sneak in elements. You might hear a synth sound like this on the next record, but not as evident." See the dates here.

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As Lions Announce Debut Album Selfish Age

(TeamRock) As Lions have confirmed that they'll release their debut album early next year. Titled Selfish Age, it'll launch on January 20 via Better Noise Records. It follows their four-track Aftermath EP which came out in October.

Frontman Austin Dickinson says: "Not only are we absolutely stoked with this record, we feel incredibly lucky to be putting it out. It's big, it's diverse - these songs are like our kids, we hope you all enjoy them as much as we enjoy playing them.

"We can not wait to have a belter with you out on the road in 2017!" Dickinson is joined in the lineup by guitarist and keyboardist Conor O'Keefe, guitarist Will Homer, bassist Stefan Whiting and drummer Dave Fee. Read more here.

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The Mute Gods Release 'Night School For Idiots' Video

The Mute Gods have released a new music video for their track 'Night School For Idiots'. The song comes from the group's debut album 'do nothing till you hear from me'.

The band features Nick Beggs, Roger King (Steve Hackett) and Marco Minnemann and won the Vanguard award at this year's Progressive Music Awards.

Beggs had the following to say about the new clip, "This is the last of five video clips from the album, .Do nothing till you hear from me'. This track 'Night school for idiots' offers up the idea that looking back is not always easy." Watch the video here.

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Zebra To Play Debut Album In Full For First Time At Special Show

Veteran rock band Zebra have announced that they will be playing their 1983 self-titled debut album in full during a special concert that will be taking place early next year.

The show is scheduled to happen at Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall in Wantagh, NY on Saturday, January 14th and will mark the very first time that the band will perform the album in its entirety. Support will be provided by Vixon.

Zebra have also announced that they will be doing a live video shoot at their upcoming concert at the Saenger Theater in Mobile, AL on December 14th. Find more details about the shows here.

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Kyros (Formally Synaesthesia) Release 'Monster' Video

(Prog) Young British proggers Kyros have released a music video for their song Monster. The live studio performance video comes on the back of the release the band's brand new album Vox Humana.

Previously known as Synaesthesia, the band changed their name to Kyros in 2015 following a change of management and record label, released Vox Humana on November 5.

Speaking about Vox Humana, keyboardist and singer Adam Warne commented: "We are hugely excited for the release of Vox Humana as we are especially proud of the work we have put into this release - speaking from a musical, artistic and even business point of view. To say a lot of work has gone into this would be an understatement." Watch the video here.

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Wednesday 13 Adds New Leg To Undead Unplugged Tour

(Metal Hammer) Wednesday 13 has announced an Undead Unplugged 2017 UK tour. He'll play dates across the UK next year, with the shows getting underway in February.

They'll follow performances in North America and come just before he heads to Australia for several gigs. Wednesday 13 will play acoustic tracks from his career and recount his tales from life on the road. He'll be supported by his country side project Bourbon Crow.

Speaking about the UK leg of the road trip, Wednesday 13 says: "I'm so excited to bring my Undead Unplugged show back to the UK, as this is where it all started.

"Not only is it my unplugged show, it will feature a set from my side project, Bourbon Crow this time round. These shows are like a storytellers' set, plus we have questions and answers with the audience and a long list of songs from over the past two decades.

"These shows are always so personal and intimate with the fans, so I can't wait for February." See all of the dates here.

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Nikki Sixx Sees Sixx A.M. As Way To Continue Evolving Musically

(Classic Rock) Nikki Sixx says that he and Sixx AM bandmates DJ Ashba and James Michael are "constantly evolving" and states that there's no "shelf life on creativity."

The band have just launched their new album Prayers For The Blessed, Vol.2, which came hot on the heels of Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1 which came out earlier this year.

And Sixx reports that the ideas just keep coming - with work on what will be their sixth album already underway. He tells The Aquarian: "I think that one of the keys to Sixx AM is, and all due respect to Motley Crue… what a great run we had, great brotherhood, and great body of work… but as an artist, you just keep creating. I don't think that there's any shelf life on creativity.

"You just keep going and one day you're in your 70s and 80s and you're still doing stuff - and you're doing it for you. You don't know what's out there. You don't know as a photographer what you're going to be or as a poet or as a songwriter or a travelling musician. So, you just keep going."

He continues: "With Sixx AM the answer is never 'no' - it's always 'yes' and that I think is the key to part of our camaraderie and our brotherhood and the fact that we're constantly evolving. Read more here.

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King 810 Reveal Goal Of Upcoming Art Show

(Metal Hammer) King 810 aim to 'break down that wall' between themselves and the crowd in their forthcoming performance art shows, David Gunn says. The frontman announced last month that the band were planning a run of avant-garde gigs in support of their latest album La Petite Mort Or A Conversation With God. They've recruited performance artists, and will use visuals and quadrophonic sound for an immersive storytelling experience.

He tells Metal Injection: "The quadrophonic sound is not something new but I feel like it's something under appreciated. For example, Pink Floyd played with this idea, to have sound surrounding the audience. Behind them, in front of them, above them. This way the individual is more immersed in the experience sonically before all the theatrics even come into play.

"We will be incorporating several performance artists in the upcoming shows, where we will be conveying these stories within the music visually, via each performance artist's own unique medium. There will be a lot of theatrics involved in an effort to break down that wall.

"As far as the shows go visually, it will not have the traditional feel and style of a show where the band runs through a bunch of songs on stage and the crowd stands on the floor moving if they choose to or staying still if they don't."

Gunn adds: "Perhaps this will get the f***ers to stay off their bullsh*t phones and things like that in this kind of atmosphere, but as with most things, I find myself wishfully thinking." Watch King 810's trailer for the tour here.

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