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Rolling Stones Announce New Album 'Blue & Lonesome'

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones will release a collection of blues covers, "Blue & Lonesome", on December 2. It will be available on CD, vinyl and digital download, with a Deluxe Box Set version adding a 75 page mini-book about the making of the album and band postcard prints.

Produced by Don Was, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the band's first studio album in over a decade features a pair of guest appearances by Eric Clapton and updated versions of tunes originally recorded by blues legends Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and Magic Sam, among others.

The project was recorded over three days in December last year at British Grove Studios in West London, just a stone's throw from Richmond and Eel Pie Island where the Stones started out as a young blues band playing pubs and clubs.

The group played live in the studio without overdubs and were joined by Clapton, who happened to be in the next studio making his own album. "This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music," says Was, "and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do."

Guitarist Ron Wood previously shared some insight into the sessions for the follow-up to 2005's "A Bigger Bang." "We went in to cut some new songs, which we did," said Wood in April. "But we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days. They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people. But they really sound authentic."

The Rolling Stones are previewing "Blue & Lonesome" with a snippet of "Just Your Fool", originally recorded by Little Walter. Check it out here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine It's Not Okay To Be A Loser

(Metal Hammer) Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine believes competition in the music industry is a good thing - and wants the world to stop rewarding losers. Megadeth are currently touring in support of latest album Dystopia, which was released last year.

Mustaine tells 97X: "Part of the reason I'm difficult to work with is because I demand the best that I can possibly to myself, and you tend to expect that from others.

"In order to win you want to surround yourself with champions - if you let everybody off easy, you get what you deserve. Part of the reason I've been successful for 35 years, had two great bands that I've been in and nearing a hundred million record sales is because I've really pushed myself.

"If you have a coach on a team, you want somebody who's striving for perfection. You don't want somebody who's going to say 'That's good enough.' It's like those trophies they give to kids when they lose. You're just breeding inadequacy - 'It's okay to be a loser. Everybody gets a trophy. We all win.'"

He continues: "In the music industry, when people say there's no competition, I cry foul. I think that's crap. There's numbers on the charts for a reason. I like pushing myself, not only musically, but in all areas of my life." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin's Stairway Named Greatest Guitar Solo Ever

(Classic Rock) Jimmy Page's guitar solo on Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven has been voted the greatest ever by Classic Rock magazine. His work on the 1971 track was voted no.1 by a panel of critics, bands and readers in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine which features the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.

But despite the plaudits, Page says it's not his best but "it's pretty damn good." Jimmy Page tells Classic Rock: "Is Stairway To Heaven my best Zeppelin guitar solo? No, but it's pretty damn good. The solo was done very quickly - in actual fact there were already layers underneath, the bottleneck you can hear was on before the solo.

"Anyway, I just said, 'Roll it,' took a deep breath, that's what I usually do, and then go. I had a couple of cracks at it because you didn't have as many options as you would have now. Back then you had 16 tracks and could only put guitar solos down where the vocal wasn't.

"You'd save maybe three tracks to lay guitar solos into which meant you could have two or three cracks at it and then choose the best." He adds: "If everyone else says it's my best solo then that's great, that's good, but there are others that I prefer." Read more here.

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Desert Trip Mega Festival Tickets Selling For Half-Price

(Classic Rock) Tickets for the highly touted Desert Trip festival in California are now selling for half their original value. The first festival gets underway at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, today (October 7) and features the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, the Who and Roger Waters. It runs across the whole weekend, with a second edition taking place on October 14-16.

Both festivals sold out within hours of being announced - but ticket prices on the secondary market have plummeted, with some passes selling for less than half their original $400 value.

StubHub are listing three-day tickets for between $145-$195, although one-day tickets are selling for $300. The news comes just two weeks after the concert's promoter Goldenvoice released more tickets on to the market, which is thought to have put a dent in secondary market prices. Read more here.

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Anderson Rabin Wakeman Cancel Show Due To Hurricane

(Prog) Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman have been forced to cancel only the second date in their debut US tour in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

The band, who also feature bassist Lee Pomeroy and drummer Louis Molino III, kicked off their US tour on Tuesday night in Orlando, and were due to appear at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida this evening. However Hurricane warnings in the South Florida area have forced the show to be postponed until Wednesday October 12. here.

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Radiohead Strip Down For The Numbers Video

(Prog) Radiohead have shared a stripped down performance of their track The Numbers. It's lifted from their latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool. The promo features Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood playing alongside a Roland CR-78 drum machine on a bench in Tarzana, California.

It was directed by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, who was at the helm of their previous videos for Daydreaming and Present Tense. He's also worked with Greenwood on a number of film scores.

Greenwood recently described Radiohead as "arrangers" in the studio sessions for their latest album. He said: "Thom will write half a song and we'll develop it, then the big pressure is, 'How do you put this song across and not ruin it?'

"Part of the problem is, Thom will sit at the piano and play a song like Pyramid Song and we're going to record it. How do we not make it worse? How do we make it better than him just playing it by himself, which is already usually quite great.

"But there's no individual interest in what we play on the record, it's about servicing the song. It's not really about, 'Can I do my guitar part now? We're arrangers, really.'" Watch the video here.

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Dimebag Tracks Gave Hellyeah Goosebumps

(Metal Hammer) Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul has recalled the goosebump moment as his band Hellyeah listened to their cover of Phil Collins' I Don't Care Anymore with late brother Dimebag Darrell Abbott's guitar mixed in.

And he's reflected on the "accident" that led to the song appearing on Hellyeah's latest album Undeniable. The brothers recorded their own version just before the guitarist was shot dead on stage in 2004, and it was never released - until a chance discussion with Hellyeah producer Kevin Churko.

Hellyeah started work on their own version, and "really brought it up to date for 2016" before the suggestion of recovering Dime's guitar track was suggested.

Paul tells Lithium Magazine: "Everyone in the room had goosebumps the first time we heard it right through. I think it's truly amazing that in the year 2016 people get to hear Dimebag again - and blazing across the radio, because Pantera never was on the radio back in the day." here.

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ZZ Top and Jeff Beck Release Live 'Sixteen Tons' Video

(hennemusic) ZZ Top are joined by Jeff Beck in a new video performance of the 1947 Merle Travis classic, "Sixteen Tons", from the band's recently-released package, "Greatest Hits Live."

It's one of two appearances by Beck - the other is on the 1985 single "Rough Boy" - featured on the Texas trio's first official live album after 45 years together, which presents material recorded over the course of several tours in cities all around the world.

The Beck collaboration was inspired by a fan-made mashup video of the two acts that surfaced in 2012, according to The Los Angeles Times. The viral video spoof mixed footage of the pair playing together at the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York in 2009 with audio of the song by ZZ Top, which directly led to live performances of the US No.1 hit for Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1955.

"Greatest Hits Live" is available on CD, gatefold LP & digitally through all streaming & download stores. Watch the new live video here.

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Iron Maiden, Slash, Alice Cooper Items Lead Metal Truants Auction

(Metal Hammer) The Heavy Metal Truants charity campaign is ramped up today with a new Monster Rock Auction featuring items from Iron Maiden, Bullet For My Valentine, Alice Cooper, Phil Collins and others.

The Truants - best-known for their annual cycle ride to the Download festival - have already raised 232,000 with your help, and aim to top the figure with the latest round of unique memorabilia sales.

Lots include signed Iron Maiden Ed Force One boarding passes, a Marshall amp signed by Slash, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck and others, a signed Bullet For My Valentine guitar, signed Phi Collins snare drum, Alice Cooper print, Trivium album shoot props and more. here.

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Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy Unplugged Set Goes Online

(Classic Rock) Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy is seen in a trio of videos performing acoustically to promote the release of fifth album The Last Hero, on sale today.

He delivers Show Me A Leader, Watch Over You and Before Tomorrow Comes in a stripped-down style to mark the arrival of the follow-up to 2013's Fortress.

Despite the album title, Kennedy said last month: "I don't consider musicians or songwriters heroes. That's a term for someone more special. As far as trying to be a positive role model or hopefully inspiring people in some way, I don't take that lightly and try to do the best I can. You can never phone it in because you've been given a gift and an opportunity - not only create music but perform it all over the world.

"There's a responsibility to not let people down and be the best you can. Hopefully, the people listening will pay it forward if they're inspired - continue that musical passing of the torch." Watch the video here.

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Airbourne Release NSFW Version of 'Rivalry' Video

(Classic Rock) Airbourne have released an explicit video for their track Rivalry. The Australian outfit released the original promo last month - with the new version featuring extra gory scenes not seen in the first clip.

The video has been issued to coincide with the news that the band's fourth album Breakin' Outta Hell has become their biggest chart success. It topped the Canadian Official Hard Music Chart, reached no.3 in Austria, no.4 in Switzerland, no.8 on the US Official Hard Music Chart and no.13 in their homeland.

Speaking about Rivalry, frontman Joel O'Keeffe said: "The lyric probably came from us watching Football Factory or The Firm, one of those kind of films and I think at the time there was a big grand prix race on, lots of intense rivalries being reported in the media.

"Plus, as with other songs we've done, there's an aspect here of rock'n'roll taking a stand against those corporate forces that seek to restrict our freedoms, that try to shut down the little live venues, leaving bands with nowhere to really hone their craft." Watch the video here.

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Anthrax Jam With Star From The Walking Dead

(Metal Hammer) The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus joined Anthrax onstage earlier this week at the band's show in Atlanta. They were playing the city's Tabernacle venue, when Reedus - best known for his role as Daryl Dixon in the hit AMC series - took to the stage.

Wearing a baseball cap, he appeared alongside bassist Frank Bello during Indians, and played along on bass before throwing his cap into the crowd. The band say: "Atlanta is where we fight 'em till we can't fight no more with a special guest Norman Reedus - The Walking Dead with the Walking Dudes.

It's not the first time Anthrax have been associated with The Walking Dead. In 2014, guitarist Scott Ian appeared as a zombie in the series. Read more and watch the clip of this week's jam here.

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Soundgarden Release Alternate Version Of 'Rusty Cage'

(Classic Rock) Soundgarden have released a studio outtake version of classic track Rusty Cage. It's expected to appear on the 25th anniversary box-set edition of their Badmotorfinger album, which hasn't been announced yet, but is likely to be launched next month.

Guitarist Kim Thayl previously reported the project was underway, along with a remastered edition of Ultramega OK, and both were to be available before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Soundgarden continue work on the follow-up to 2012 album King Animal, with the intention of recording in 2017.

Thayil said last month: "Matt and Chris, of course, are working on this Temple Of The Dog thing.

"Over the past year we've had a number of songwriting and jam sessions, getting together to exchange ideas and document and record them. We have some rough demos of a dozen or so songs.

"We'll continue to do this as everyone's schedule opens up, and hopefully by next year we'll find ourselves in the studio fleshing out these ideas." Check out the song here.

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Opeth Stars Reveal Ideal Intro Into Prog

(Prog) Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt and guitarist Fredrik Akesson have offered their ideal intro into prog. The duo outlined the bands they'd suggest to budding fans in a new video - and Akerfeldt names his favourite ELP and Yes albums.

He says: "My favourite ELP album would be Tarkus, and I really like the first one. And for Yes, I would say a tie between Fragile and Close To The Edge.

"They came out at the same time - one year in between them. Really good records. I also like the more whimsical pop, psychedelic Yes."

Akerfeldt then chooses Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd and King Crimson as his starter prog bands - with Akesson also adding in Rush and Jethro Tull to his own list. The video can be watched below.

Opeth are currently touring North America, before heading to Europe next month in support of their 12th album, Sorceress which was released last month. Watch the video here.

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Amon Amarth Make Jocke A Permanent Member

(Metal Hammer) Amon Amarth have confirmed that drummer Jocke Wallgren is now a permanent member of the band. He stepped in as a touring replacement for Fredrik Andersson earlier this year, after Tobias Gustafsson was hired to record with for 10th album Jomsviking.

Frontman Johan Hegg said in April that Wallgren was on course to be their permanent sticksman - and they've now made it official. The band say in a statement: "We are happy to have Jocke with us as a permanent band member. He has done a great job for us on the current world tour, bringing excellent drumming with a positive attitude and great personality, something that will definitely benefit Amon Amarth for years to come."

Wallgren adds: "I'm super excited to jump aboard the unstoppable Amon Amarth longship! My predecessors have inspired me greatly throughout the years and I will do my best to honour the legacy that is Amon Amarth." Read more here.

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Marillion Named Be Prog! My Friend Festival Headliners

(Prog) Marillion have been announced as the Friday night headliner at this year's Be Prog! My Friend festival in Barcelona. The UK prog rockers, currently riding high in the charts with new album FEAR, the band's highest charting UK album since 1987's Clutching At Straws will perform on Friday June 30.

They join fellow headliners Jethro Tull, who perform on Saturday July 1 and Ulver, Anathema, Animals As Leaders and Caligula's Horse who have previously been announced.

Festival organizers say: "Marillion's music is, by its nature, tough to sum-up but perhaps can be described as experimental-yet-emotional rock, married to thought provoking, soulful lyrics - a powerful and moving cocktail which, for those who "get it", elicits extraordinary devotion." Read more here.

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Amorphis Announce North American Tour

(Metal Hammer) Amorphis have announced they'll tour North America next spring with Swallow The Sun next spring. Both Finnish acts will be joined on select dates by Overkill and Egyptian-themed metal outfit Nile.

Amorphis guitarist Esa Holopainen says: "It's been a long time since we toured in North America and Canada. To be honest, way too long and at some point we thought we might never be back.

"In show business, things are not that simple, and no matter how much Amorphis would like to tour, or play shows in different territories, usually it just doesn't make sense. Now it makes sense and we really wanted to make this to happen, after receiving so much positive feedback from US fans.

"As it has been quite a while since the US and Canadian fans have seen us, we will cover a lot of material from the latest Amorphis albums as well as play classics from Tales From The Thousand Lakes and Elegy, which were groundbreaking albums to us and many fans.

"It's a great pleasure to have our country fellows Swallow The Sun to join the tour as well.There's plenty of Finnish melancholy on stage and not that many major chords are going to be played. Still we arrive with happy hearts and will rock across US like never before." See the dates here.

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The Clash Inspired Film Preview Clip Released

(Classic Rock) A short clip from upcoming The Clash-inspired film London Town has been released. The Derrick Borte-directed movie is set in 1979 and stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe Strummer and focuses around teenager Shay Baker (Daniel Huttlestone) whose life is transformed after hearing the Clash for the first time.

Borte tells AltPress: "This is the scene where Shay is dressed in his mother's clothes in hopes of looking older, and therefore legal to drive. He's parked outside the squat, hoping to catch a glimpse of his mother when Joe Strummer climbs into the back of Shay's taxi as the police come up."

The director adds: "We shot this scene on the longest day of the year. The UK child labour laws are very strict as to the hours kids can work, so we only had an hour of darkness before Daniel had to be wrapped for the night.

"Shooting the action at the beginning of the scene, the chase and the dialogue at the end of the scene, in such a short period of time, required extensive prep and an amazing job by the art department, camera crew, stunt men, and of course these two gifted actors." Watch the preview clip and read more here.

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Singled Out: Slaves On Dope's 'Script Writer' Feat DMC

Slaves On Dope release their new studio album [HORSE] today and to celebrate we asked Kevin Jardine to tell us the story behind the song "Script Writer" featuring DMC. Here is the story:

The songwriting process for slaves has been the same for the last two record, "over the influence" and [HORSE]. I usually sit down and start coming up with riffs that I feel have a good groove, harmonic structure and fit within the overall feel of the record we are currently writing. I started with the main riff and built from there. The main riff has a cool rock feel to it and I wanted the verse to be a little darker and give the vocal more room to explore melodies. The chorus then was built with the idea of a tonal shift up to push the hook higher. The groove on the up beat was important to keep it interesting throughout and not too square. The bridge riff has a cool chromatic riff and has a nice dissonance and groove, perfect for a rap style part. Jason initially was going to do the part, then the idea came up to ask DMC......the rest is history.

Lyrically I was coming from a familiar place, insomnia grabs and doesn't let go. I wanted to make the listener feel what you go through and understand how frustrating and uncomfortable it can be. When you lie awake at night and you go over your past and the things that you did because you can't fall asleep can be unnerving.

DMC wrote his lyrics and initially I though it would have some reference to my lyrics but he felt as I do and wanted to stay within the topic which I love.

The song is a great representation of where we are as a band and songwriters. It isn't the heaviest song on the record, nor the lightest, but it fits perfect on a record where, once again we aren't afraid to be a little eclectic and push boundaries.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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