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Metallica Score Best Selling Rock Album In Two and Half Years

Metallica's new album "Hardwired … To Self-Destruct" not only debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. charts it has also scored the most first week sales for any rock album release in two and half years.

The legendary metal band's 10th studio album entered the Billboard Top 200 album chart at No. 1 after selling 281,645 copies during its first week of release. The total metric when including non-actual sales like streaming, etc was 291,266.

"Hardwired...To Self Destruct" also became the third largest chart debut of the year behind Drake's Views (852,000 in actual sales) and Beyonce's Lemonade (485,000 in sales). Read more here.

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Axl Rose Reportedly Settles Lawsuit With Ex Guns N' Roses Member

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has reportedly settled a lawsuit that was brought by the band's former keyboardist Chris Pitman over alleged unpaid wages.

The case made headlines in September, with TMZ reporting that Rose signed a promissory note to Pitman in 2011 stating that he would pay the multi-instrumentalist $125,000 for a year's worth of work by October of 2012, and that the bill had not been paid.

Pitman's suit sought the original amount, plus interest, for a new total of $163,000. Now, according to TMZ, the case has been dismissed after the pair reached an agreement earlier this month.

While the terms are confidential, sources indicate Rose paid less than the requested $163,000 to settle the case. Read more here.

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Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody Has Another Stage Meltdown

(Metal Hammer) Ivan Moody suffered another onstage meltdown this past weekend while performing with Five Finger Death Punch, appearing to suggest that his mother is dying - while his sister says she's not.

The concert in Worcester, Massachusetts, was cut short after a set in which bassist Chris Kael took over Moody's lead vocals on occasion. It followed a dramatic episode in 2015 when the frontman's drunken antics led his colleagues to abandon him on stage. He later attended rehab and the band adjusted their touring behaviour to help him control his issues.

Moody apologised to the crowd for his under-par performance on Friday night, saying his "mother" was "passing along today." After helping the frontman off stage, Kael told the audience: "As you can see, tonight is a very emotional night. We tried to put on a show for you guys, but sometimes things are heavier than even we can imagine.

"We need to get back there and be with our frontman. We've to get back there with our brother. Take care of the family." Read more here.

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Of Mice & Men Cancel Tour Due To Austin's Heath Issues

(Metal Hammer) Of Mice & Men have been forced to pull out of their planned Australian tour with A Day To Remember because of frontman Austin Carlile's ongoing health issues.

They were due to hit the road Down Under in December for five dates - but the band have issued a statement saying the singer still has to fully recover after his recent surgery to fix tears in his spine which came after he had life-changing heart surgery following complications from the genetic disorder, Marfans last year.

The statement reads: "Due to Austin's ongoing recovery from recent surgeries, Of Mice & Men are saddened to announce that they will no longer be able to join A Day To Remember on their Australian tour.

"The band appreciates your understanding and support of Austin's daily struggle with his chronic illness, and we want our fans to know that he is taking the time and measures needed to recover from his extensive hospital stay. We hope to see you all soon." Read more here.

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Eric Clapton Confirms Only North American Concerts For 2017

Eric Clapton has confirmed his return to the concert stage and revealed the details for two night stands that he will be staging in New York City and Los Angeles this spring.

The new dates are billed as his only North American shows for 2017 and will feature special guests Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan and Clapton will be backed by Walt Richmond, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White and Michelle John.

Slow-hand will kick things off in New York City at Madison Square Garden on March 19th and 20th before heading to the Los Angeles area for two shows at The Forum on March 25th and 26th.

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Deep Purple Reveal New Album Details

(Classic Rock) Deep Purple's upcoming 20th album will be titled Infinite, the band have confirmed. They announced the name via Facebook and say it will be released next year. The clip also features some of the band's new material. Watch it below.

The news comes after Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover confirmed in October that the band had wrapped up work on the follow-up to 2013's Now What?!. He said in a video message "I have a little bit of news for you - not a lot, but some. I know a lot of you have been waiting for this new album of ours. Well, it's nearly there.

"We recorded it in Nashville in February and we've been working on it and the mixes were finally done a couple of months ago. It'll be out sometime next year - early spring. I'm in Hamburg and it's the first playback to some of the distributors and the record label chiefs and it's very exciting."

He continued: "I know you've been very patient - and so have we. We tour a lot and it's difficult to actually get some time in the studio sometimes. But the album is finished." Watch the video here.

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Dream Theater's The Astonishing Inspired Novel Announced

(Prog) Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess has given details on The Astonishing novel. It's based on the band's 13th studio album, which revolves around a dystopian future where the power of music is used to wage war against an evil empire.

Rudess says: "Great news today! The Astonishing is going to be written as a novel. The book will add subplots, new characters, answer questions, and bring along some surprises, too.

"We're partnering with my good friend Peter Orullian - a very cool cat, who will write The Astonishing, which will come as a limited edition with lots of cool exclusives, including audio clips of songs we didn't use on the album."

A statement on Dream Theater's website adds: "Orullian is currently published by Tor Books, with an ongoing fantasy series in which music plays a key role, making him the perfect writer to adapt The Astonishing." Read more here.

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Bowie, Prince, Nirvana Classics Lead Additions To Grammy Hall of Fame

While the Grammy awards are not really thought of as a major force in rock, the genre is represented in some of the most recognizable songs that will be added to the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

David Bowie's "Changes," Deep Purple's "Smoke On Water," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and Prince's "Sing 'O' The Times" lead the list of 25 songs set to be added to Grammy Hall Of Fame.

Other songs being added this year include Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee," the Beach Boys' "I Get Around," Rod Stewart's "Maggie May," Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues," Dion's "The Wanderer," The Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie" and Elvis Presley's "Jail House Rock". See the full list here.

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Gojira And Opeth Announce Special One-Off Concert

Gojira have announced what appears to be a special one-off concert next spring at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado that will also feature Opeth.

The newly announced concert will be taking place on May 11th and follows the band's recently concluded North American tour in support of their latest album "Magma".

Gojira made chart history earlier this year when the album debuted at no. 1 on Billboard's 'Hard Rock Albums' chart, becoming the first French group to ever top that list.

Tickets for the newly announced concert go on sale to the general public today, Tuesday, November 29th at 10:00 AM MT. Find additional information here.

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Nick Oliveri Announces N.O. Hits At All Album

Nick Oliveri has announced a new compilation album which will be entitled "N.O. Hits At All Vol. 1" and is set to be released in various formats on January 27th, 2017.

The new release will be offered on black vinyl, CD and a limited edition transparent red vinyl and it will be the first in a series of N.O. Hits At All compilations that Oliveri plans to release in the future via Heavy Psych Sounds Records.

He had the following to say, "This record is the Volume One of a series of compilations in which I recorded the vocals. Bands that I like and bands that like my singing voice enough to have asked me to 'guest vocal' on a song for their records. Some of these have been released and some have not until now." Read more here.

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Kings Of Leon Plan Big Production For Upcoming Tour

(Gibson) Kings of Leon are planning to retool their live show for the forthcoming tour in support of their WALLS album and they plan to make it a big production.

Speaking with Billboard, frontman Caleb Followill said, "We're not going to be floating on a stage like Kanye or anything like that, but we're going to be doing some cool [stuff] and we're going to be breaking the show up into parts and doing things that are hopefully going to have people leaving saying that was the best show they've ever been to."

Bassist Jared Followill added that a big stage show "feels almost necessary," given current expectations. "It's just the world we live in," he said. "Eventually that bubble will pop and we'll be able to just go out and play with real simple lights and just be us out there, but right now it feels like to keep people's interest and keep 'em off their phones you have to give them something on stage that keeps them interested.

"I love watching rock bands, always have, but the most impressed I've ever been at shows are the ones with awesome visuals.... It doesn't take the place of the music and you can't rely on it, but if you can add it to a good musical show it takes it to another level." Read more here.

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Maynard James Keenan Laments Tool's 'Tedious' Creative Process

(Prog) Maynard James Keenan says Tool's creative process is slow and 'tedious' - and it drives him to work on other projects. The frontman - who recently launched his autobiography A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things - says it's a common misconception that the other members wait for him to wrap up his own activities so they can begin working on new music.

Keenan tells Yahoo: "If Tool was more prolific, if they were a little steadier, if we could get things done a little faster, I would probably be happy. But things take a long time, they're very tedious, very meticulous and I get bored. So I have to go do things in between.

"The perception, of course, is that everything's waiting on me. No, that's not the case."

Keenan recently compared new Tool music to his other job as a wine maker, saying: "If the fruit's not ready, I can't pick it. If it's not ready I move on to something else." Read more here.

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Squirrel Nut Zippers Announce New Year's Eve Show

The Squirrel Nut Zippers spent the second half of 2016 touring for the first time in seven years and now the band has announce a New Year's Eve show and early 2017 performances.

The New Year's Eve show is scheduled to take place at One Eyed Jack's in New Orleans, LA. The band will then kick off a string of dates on January 5th in Philadelphia, PA at the World Cafe Live.

The short run of live performances will conclude on January 15th in Ft. Collins, CO at Lincoln Center. Jimbo Mathus had the following to say about the return of the band: "We are humbled and incredibly excited by reaction we've gotten this year. It's not a reunion, it's a revival! And we're got a lot more planned for 2017."

The group also revealed that they are making plans to record their first new studio album in seventeen years. See the tour dates here.

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Yes Precursor's Mabel Greer's Toyshop Launch Song Series

(Glass Onyon) Mabel Greer's Toyshop, who were the precursor to prog legends Yes, have launched a new music series where they will be offering up a new song each month.

We were sent the following details: The songs will be initially available as downloads and buying all eight songs will qualify for a free CD and booklet at the end.

Since founding members Clive Bayley and Bob Hagger reunited, the band have written and produced this second album inside 2 years. The first offering "New Way Of Life" was co-produced by the bass player of YES, Billy Sherwood, who also featured on the album playing bass and keyboards. Tony Kaye, original organist for Mabel Greer and for YES, also played on "New Way Of Life".

"No need to wait another year for fresh new Mabel Greer sounds, we would like our audience to slowly savor the songs one at a time, rather than trying to digest the whole album in one sitting", said composer, singer and guitarist, Clive Bayley. "This new offering called 'The Secret' is comprised of all exciting new material, the prior album included songs written in the sixties", added Bob Hagger.

Hugo Barré, on bass guitar, accompanies Bayley and Hagger along with a new addition to the band, Max Hunt on multiple keyboards who also co-produced this new album. What is The Secret? - Well apparently we will have to wait until the all tracks are released before finding out - an intriguing story…

The first song "Big Brother, Little Brother", an almost 9 minute epic, laments the ongoing plight of Native American Indians. The track will be available from December 1, 2016 at all major distribution music platforms including iTunes and Amazon.

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Brooks Wackerman Had Big Influence On Avenged Sevenfold Album

(Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevenfold's latest album The Stage was "heavily influenced" by their new drummer Brooks Wackerman, according to bassist Johnny Christ.

The release marked the former Bad Religion man's first recording appearance with the band since he joined the lineup last year - and Christ says they wanted to showcase his ability on the follow-up to 2013's Hail To The King.

When asked how Wackerman's playing style influenced the record, Christ tells KLAQ 95.5: "Well, it was heavily influenced by that, to be honest. From the beginning of talking with Brooks, and before we even really started putting the pen to the paper, we knew that we wanted to let him go, we wanted his raw sound."

He continues: "We knew what he was capable of and his feel on everything, and we loved the way that just the natural-sounding drums sound. Not a lot of hard rock bands are just letting it all be - they're adding a lot of samples on things, or effects or whatever - and we just wanted the drums to be raw so you could really hear what Brooks Wackerman is capable of." Listen to the full interview here.

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Kate Bush Stresses The Importance Of Creative Control

(Prog) Kate Bush has stressed the importance of retaining creative control over her live shows. She's just released a 3CD and 4LP titled Before The Dawn which was recorded during her 22-date run in London in 2014 - Bush's first full live performances since 1979.

And she reports she wanted to completely oversee the production as she wanted to keep the shows "personal." Bush tells the Independent: "The big thing for me, and it has been from quite early on, is to retain creative control over what I'm doing.

"If you have creative control, it's personal. What I didn't want to do was step into someone else's show. Also, that was what was exciting for me - the idea of putting this big visual piece together.

"Though there was the most extraordinary team of people working on the show, there wasn't a single person on that team that didn't have very important input on what the show became." here.

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A Look Back At Mick Jagger's Lost Blues Album

(Gibson) With the Rolling Stones' Blue & Lonesome album set to hit stores on Dec. 2, some folks are remembering that Mick Jagger nearly released a similarly conceived album of blues standards nearly 25 years ago.

As reported by Ultimate Classic Rock, Jagger spent a single day in the studio in June 1992 with the L.A. band the Red Devils, running through more than a dozen of his favorite blues numbers.

"He said, 'Okay, guys, these are my favorite records,'" says bassist Johnny Ray Bartel. "'I'm gonna play 'em once for you, and then we're all gonna jam along to the original versions. And then we're gonna record it.' Basically what he wanted was the ultimate spontaneity and not a whole lot of rehearsing at all, and just nail it down really quick and let's see what we get."

The project was ultimately shelved, with Jagger opting to focus on the more conventionally made solo album, Wandering Spirit. Through the years, however, most of the material on the "lost" blues record has been leaked. Read more here.

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Through Lucid Eyes Stream New Song 'Introspection'

Canadian metalcore band Through Lucid Eyes have released an online stream of their new song "Introspection". The track comes from their forthcoming EP "Transient," which will be released on December 9th.

Guitarists Ryan O'Grady and Zach Avery had the following to say about the new song: "Introspection is the longest and most progressive song we've written to date. Touching on themes of self-doubt, perception, and happiness, it will likely also be the most relateable.

"[It is] the culmination of our talents as musicians. We pushed our boundaries to exceed even our own expectations and it shows. Lyrically, the song is a representation of where our minds are as human beings right now, and we believe that our fans will be able to identify with it." Listen to it here.

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KISS Announce 2017 Spring Euro Arena Tour

(Classic Rock) KISS have announced a European arena tour which will take place in 2017. The rock veterans will hit Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria and Holland on the forthcoming dates.

It'll be their first tour on the continent since last year's series of sold-out festival and arena shows. Pre-sale tickets and VIP packages are now available through Kiss Army.

Bassist Gene Simmons recently discussed how musicians help fans escape everyday life. He said: "At the end of the day, all that matters is what happens on that stage - that's electric church. That's glory hallelujah, all hail rock'n'roll, where people who spend lots of after-tax money come to the show and their girlfriends have been torturing them about where did you go and traffic jams and all that.

"And it's our job - anyone who gets up on that stage - to create magic time. To make you forget about all that stuff and take you away, so just for those few hours...and then you get back to gravity, and all the chaos that's out there." See the dates here.

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Against The Current Announce Winter Tour

(TeamRock) Against The Current have announced that they will be hitting the road in 2017 for a European tour which will take place in February and March of next year.

It's Christina Costanza, Daniel Gow and William Ferri's latest run of shows in support of their debut album In Our Bones which launched in May via Fueled By Ramen.

The band say: "Europe! You asked for more dates and you're getting them - we're starting off 2017 with Part 2 of In Our Bones world tour. So stoked for this, can't wait to see you all again!" See the dates here.

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