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Outrageous Axl Rose Tour Rumor Debunked

(Classic Rock) One of rock's most outrageous tour tales involving Mike Patton defecating in Axl Rose's orange juice has finally been debunked. The story goes that while on tour with Guns N' Roses in 1991, Faith No More frontman Mike Patton pooped in an orange juice carton he found in a fridge in Rose's dressing room, before putting it back on the shelf.

Recounted in countless interviews, backstage chats and even in books, it now turns out the incident never actually happened - according to Faith No More bassist Billy Gould.

While many of Patton's wilder tour antics did in fact happen, this is one tale that the band made up for a laugh. Asked whether the tales of Patton's antics were true or made up, Gould tells Classic Rock: "A little bit of both. We had fun, bringing those images to the mainstream. But the Axl carton story wasn't true." Read more here.

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Don Henley Addresses Return Of The Eagles Speculation

(Classic Rock) Don Henley has shot down his own suggestion that the Eagles could return with the late Glenn Frey's son in his father's place. And he's added that he should never have made the comment at all.

The band staged a tribute to Frey, who died in January, at the 2016 Grammy awards the following month. Jackson Brown took the late co-founder's position.

In March Henley described the show as the Eagles' "final farewell" and added: "I don't think you'll see us performing again." But in September he said there was a possibility that Deacon Frey could take part in another round of shows.

Now Henley tells the Washington Post: "I don't see how we could go out and play without the guy who started the band. It would just seem like greed or something. It would seem like a desperate thing."

He says of his recent comments: "It really pissed me off, because I hadn't talked to the kid about it, or his mother. It's just another lesson in keeping my mouth shut." Read more here.

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Metallica Threw Away 'Box Of Riffs' Says James Hetfield

(Classic Rock) James Hetfield has reported that Metallica didn't keep any unused riffs after completing work on latest album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. That's despite having notched up several hundred ideas that they felt were at least worthy of consideration.

Drummer Lars Ulrich has said that, prior to writing sessions for the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic, he went through a total of 1600 ideas to identify the strongest ones.

Now Hetfield tells La Viola: "Once an album is finished the box of riffs is thrown away. We use the best. There's no reason to save it if it's not good - we'll write new stuff. I'm very interested in moving forward."

He adds: "It was difficult, having 800 riffs on my phone or my computer, and all I wanted to do was, 'Let's write a new one now. Let's just do it.' There's something magical that happens when Lars and I get together and I plug into a loud, crunchy guitar sound. It moves me and I can create riffs." Read more here.

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Prince Four-Day Celebration 2017 Event Announced

(Radio.com) Prince's former residence of Paisley Park in Minnesota will celebrate the late legend with a four-day event next year. Celebration 2017 is scheduled around the one year anniversary of his death, and will run from April 20 to 23 (Prince died April 21, 2016).

The event will feature musical performances, panel discussions and guided tours. Performances will include Prince-affiliated acts like the Revolution, Morris Day & The Time, New Power Generation and Liv Warfield & Shelby J with members of 3rdEyeGirl.

"Bringing together musicians, creative personnel, special guests and friends who worked closest with Prince and knew him best, these four days will feature live music, panel discussions and presentations on Prince's tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker," Celebration 2017 organizers wrote in a statement. Read more here.

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Rock Hall Extends Fan Vote Deadline

(Radio.com) Although fan voting for the 2017 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was supposed to wrap up on December 5th, the Hall has extended the deadline to December 15th.

The move comes after it was discovered something fishy seemed to be affecting the Hall's voting results, which spiked dramatically over the course of only one day with over 500,000 votes cast.

The Hall responded that they had investigated the situation and fixed the glitch. No matter how many extra votes seemed to have been falsely cast, Journey still leads the polling with ELO, The Cars, Pearl Jam and Yzes all trailing behind. Read more here.

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Dimebag Secret Revealed By Vinnie Paul

(Classic Rock) Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul has revealed that his late brother DImebag Darrell Abbott used to write all his guitar riffs while using the bathroom.

He only found out when he visited his bandmate's home and found recording gear in the smallest room. Paul tells Loudwire: "He's got so much stuff, man. One of the things people don't know about Dime, he had a guitar in his bathroom.

"I went in his bathroom one time and I was like, 'He's got a guitar, he's got his little tape recorder - what's that doing in here?' I said, 'Dime, what's the deal with guitar in the bathroom?' He goes, 'Man, that's where I write all my riffs. That's why my riffs are the sh*t!'" Read more here.

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Stone Sour Stream Acoustic Track From New Reissue

(Metal Hammer) Stone Sour will release a deluxe version of their album Come What(ever) May to celebrate its 10-year anniversary. An acoustic version of Zzyxx Rd. has been made available to stream from the record - following the release of demos 1st Person, Through Glass and 30/30-150 in the lead-up to the anniversary launch.

The package is released on December 16 and will be available on black and gold mixed vinyl, and will feature a number of bonus tracks - including live acoustic songs and covers.

Frontman Corey Taylor previously reported that Stone Sour had demoed 18 songs for their sixth album, tentatively due next year. He said: "We're going back to basics. I'm an old-school guy - I think most of us are. The thing that I loved about great albums is that you would get it and you would want to study everything.

"I'm going to try to meld that world with the electronic world and see if those two can kind of coalesce and coexist. We're starting to really get stuff together - like, really see the vision of it - and just put together just a kick-ass rock and roll album." Listen to the acoustic track here.

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Black Sabbath Home Of Metal Program Going Global

(Classic Rock) A fan-focused project exploring the impact of Black Sabbath on arts and culture will go global on the day the band play their final show. The Home Of Metal program is currently based in the band's home city of Birmingham, where they'll perform the last two dates of their The End world tour on February 2 and 4 next year.

And on February 4, Home Of Metal creators Capsule will launch a three-year worldwide initiative after securing £450,000 in funding from Arts Council England.

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says: "An artist or band's success can be measured by their relationship with the fans, and the Home Of Metal exhibition brought home just how dedicated and loyal ours are. It's always humbling to realize how you've touched people's lives with your music. A project where fans are actively involved will be great."

Capsule say they're "inspired by the story of how four working-class lads from Birmingham changed the face of music." They aim to extend their project to North America, Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and beyond, using an expanding digital archive, social media contact and international touring exhibitions. Read more here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Preview New Song

(Metal Hammer) Five Finger Death Punch have teased a brand new song in a backstage video captured while on the road. The video features footage from their time on the road in support of their latest album Got Your Six.

The promo comes as troubled frontman Ivan Moody suffered another onstage meltdown last weekend. He appeared to suggest his mum was dying after apologizing for his sub-par performance.

His sister denied the claim, saying his mum was "fine" and "healthy" before adding, "I believe that Ivan was drunk and used that as an excuse for his horrid behavior." Check out the teaser here.

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Phil Collins Felt Out Of His Depth Taking Over As Genesis Singer

(Prog) Phil Collins has recalled his early failings as a frontman when he took over the Genesis limelight from Peter Gabriel. Drummer Collins took over on lead vocals after Gabriel quit in 1975. And he says it was filling the gaps between songs that he found most difficult.

He tells Uncut: "My main worry was what I was going to say to the crowd as the band are tuning their 12-string guitars between songs. "You can't let the dead air settle, you have to fill it, and that's what Peter became good at."

And when he attempted to tell a humorous story during a show in Spain, Collins realized he was out of his depth. He adds: "I used to tell little stories. Sometimes it was terribly embarrassing. I concocted this story for The Cinema Show. We were in Spain in a bullring and for some reason I can't quite fathom, the story involved an inflatable doll.

"There was this guy, trying to blow the doll up, and he's smoking and of course he bursts the doll. It was quite funny on paper. But I'm standing there in this bull ring, telling my story, which is written on a bit of paper in my hand, in pidgin Spanish, trying to blow up an inflatable doll. It became quite clear this story was going to take a good half hour."

Collins recently announced a run of shows for 2017 and he has hinted that he could play drums on the dates. See the dates here.

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Metallica and Korn Lead Rock On The Range 2017 Lineup

(Metal Hammer) Metallica, Soundgarden, Korn and Volbeat are among the acts announced for Rock On The Range 2017. The Columbus, Ohio, festival place on May 19,20 and 21 of next year at the MAPFRE Stadium - with Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn headlining the three nights.

Other bands announced for the event include Primus, Bush, Papa Roach, The Offspring, Alter Bridge, Chevelle and Seether. Korn frontman Jonathan Davis says:

"Rock On The Range is the pinnacle rock festival in America. I always feel that in the crowd and can't wait for our headline set in May. We're gonna come at you with everything we've got - expect a few surprises." Read more here.

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Rainbow Singer Covers Classic Queen Song

(Classic Rock) Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero has covered Queen track Innuendo with his band, Lords Of Black. They recorded the track during sessions for their latest album II.

Romero said: "I feel really good with my job. I tried to make justice, not just to the songs, but all the singers. I just try to sing the songs in my own way and my own style and I think the people appreciate that. I'm not just a copy of the other singers, I prefer to sing like Ronnie Romero singing those songs.

"I think the people prefer that - I think they don't like seeing a guy or pay for a ticket to hear a guy try to sing like Ronnie James Dio. It's not a good idea." Check out the Queen cover here.

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KISS Add Dates To 2017 Spring Tour

(Classic Rock) KISS have extended their 2017 European tour, adding dates in the UK, Denmark, Italy and the Czech Republic. This week the band revealed a run of shows starting on May 1. Now they've listed eight new dates, taking their schedule up to the end of the month.

Bassist Gene Simmons recently said of the KISS approach to performing: "All that matters is what happens on that stage - that's electric church. It's our job - anyone who gets up on that stage - to create magic time.

"To take you away, just for those few hours... and then you get back to gravity, and all the chaos that's out there." Tickets go on general sale on December 2 (Friday), except in Finland, where sales commence on December 5. See the dates here.

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Phil Anselmo Explains His Love For Morrissey

(Metal Hammer) Phil Anselmo says there is "no greater truth-teller" than Morrissey. The Superjoint and former Pantera vocalist praised the iconic singer for his honest songwriting during his time with The Smiths and in his solo career - and discusses how it's influenced his own work.

He tells Metal Insider: "Writing something that other people can get and understand - I'm glad I can be of assistance, because really, I was literally screaming my heart out about this particular situation in my life.

"The same thing goes with many other subjects, but I also had the whole drug addiction thing - people coming up to me going, "Man, I struggled for years and your lyrics helped me."

"I like honesty as a songwriter. I guess that's why I'm a Morrissey fan and a Smiths fan. There is no greater truth-teller than Morrissey." Read more here.

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You Me At Six Singer Steps Up Fight Against Ticket Scalpers

(TeamRock) You Me At Six vocalist Josh Franceschi has stepped up his fight against ticket resellers. The singer has called on the UK Government to introduce legislation to ban the mass purchase of tickets online for the purposes of selling them later at an inflated rate.

Previously, the You Me At Six frontman personally sold tickets to fans for an intimate show in London to prevent touts from taking advantage. Now he tells BBC Politics: "When a gig is announced, fans head to primary ticket websites, often to be told it's sold out. But most of the time they're not."It's the touts who have bought them, forcing fans to pay hiked up prices on secondary websites.

Enough is enough. Genuine fans are being priced out of the equation. Music lovers are consumers too, and consumers have rights. In New York, legislation is in place. The UK must follow suit." Watch the video here.

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Soundgarden's Kim Thayil Reflects On Badmotorfinger

(Classic Rock) Kim Thayil says working on Soundgarden's box set reissue of 1991 album Badmotorfinger has helped him get over the general discomfort he has always felt towards the record.

The 25th anniversary edition of Soundgarden's third album Badmotorfinger was released this month and guitarist Thayil says the process of trawling through old audio recordings and video footage gave him a better appreciation of the album, which he says he previously thought of as being tainted by the "MTV, commercial-radio thing."

Thayil tells Rolling Stone: "It's not a glowing, sunshine-y memory. I always think of how we shot two videos for Outshined. I developed this understanding of the song as being commercial and pedestrian and how it was in MTV's Buzz Bin.

"I thought it was a great album but I characterised it by this MTV, commercial-radio thing and the attention and fawning that comes with that." Read more here.

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Billy Corgan Settles TNA Wrestling Lawsuit

(Radio.com) Billy Corgan has settled his lawsuit against TNA Wrestling and Impact Ventures. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman had worked as the company's president for three months when he sued the wrestling league over unpaid loans.

The two parties have since come to an agreement and spoke fondly of each other in statements to the press. "I'm pleased that an agreement is now in place that allows wrestling operations to continue," Corgan said in a statement.

"For my interest from the start was to provide support, be it material or creative, to such a great roster and crew. And as I plan on continuing in the business side of pro wrestling, I look forward to seeing where Anthem's leadership takes the company in 2017, and wish them the best."Read more here.

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Kate Bush Excited To Have Female UK Prime Minister

(Prog) Kate Bush has told of her admiration for British Prime Minister Theresa May. The singer describes May as "wonderful" and says her taking over from David Cameron earlier this year was "the best thing that's happened to us in a long time."

Bush has just released a 3CD and 4LP titled Before The Dawn which was recorded during her 22-date run in London in 2014 - her first full live performances since 1979.

She tells Macleans: "We have a female prime minister here in the UK. I actually really like her and think she's wonderful. I think it's the best thing that's happened to us in a long time.

"She's a very intelligent woman but I don't see much to fear. I will say it is great to have a woman in charge of the country. She's very sensible and I think that's a good thing at this point in time." Read more here.

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