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Of Mice & Men Forced To Cancel Tour Over Health Issues

Of Mice & Men have been forced to cancel the remaining dates of their European headline tour due to health issues with frontman Austin Carlile who has a condition called Marfan syndrome.

The band had the following to say about the decision, "Dear European fans, it is with our sincerest apologies that we are forced to cancel the remaining dates on this current headline tour. We had to cut short our set in Portsmouth on Saturday night due to Austin being in pain throughout the show.

"We attempted to play the show in Cardiff the following night, but it became increasingly obvious that we were not able to continue and that we need to focus on Austin's health.

"As much as we wish we could complete the remaining dates of this tour we know that we would be doing a disservice to all of our loyal fans, as well as ourselves, performing under the current circumstances." Read more here.

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Prince's Ashes Put On Display At Paisley Park

(Classic Rock) Prince's ashes have been put on display at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota. An urn containing the late rock icon's remains sits in the front atrium of the 65,000-square-foot complex, which opened its doors last week for fans to visit and pay tribute to the late performer.

The urn was designed by his sister Tyka Nelson and nephew President Nelson to resemble a miniature Paisley Park. The decision to exhibit his ashes has sparked controversy among fans.

Christine Schraml of Plymouth tells local news site Twin Cities: "I wasn't expecting that, and at first it was a little upsetting. But knowing how he kept his home based here and how he was proud to be from Minnesota, it felt good that he was home."

Twitter user Eric LaValle comments: "Prince's ashes have been horrifyingly placed in a Paisley Park shaped urn at the entrance of Paisley Park. This is not a joke." Read more here.

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Rod Stewart Now Sir Roderick After Being Knighted

(Radio.com) Rod Stewart is the latest music icon to be knighted in the UK. The singer was bestowed a knighthood at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his "services to music and charity."

Stewart, now officially Sir Roderick, shared his excitement with the following "[It's] a monumental honor . . . I couldn't ask for anything more. I thank Her Majesty and promise to 'wear it well.'"

The knighting was conducted by the Duke of Cambridge and Sir Roderick was honored in the Queen's birthday honors list, reports the BBC. Read more and check out video here.

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Korn and Slipknot's Corey Taylor Release Live Video

(Metal Hammer) Korn have released a live performance video for A Different World - shot at Louder Than Life Festival and featuring Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor on guest vocals.

The song is taken from Korn's upcoming 12th album The Serenity Of Suffering, set for launch on October 21 via Roadrunner Records. They previously released an animated video for the track. The new live clip, filmed at the Kentucky festival earlier this month. The live footage is soundtracked by the studio recording of the track.

Korn star in the new issue of Metal Hammer magazine, which hits the streets on October 14 (Friday) and is available now to TeamRock+ members. In an exclusive interview for the magazine, Korn guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer says collaborating with Slipknot frontman Taylor on the track came about after a joint tour helped put an end to a "bumpy" relationship."

Munky says: "Well, we're now labelmates, as we signed with Roadrunner. And we did that tour with them, which helped to bridge a friendship between us and Slipknot that has felt bumpy over the years.

"It felt right, and our producer has worked with Stone Sour on a couple of records. Corey was very receptive, and he came down and killed it." Read more and watch the video here.

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Metallica's Ulrich Explains Long Album Delay

(Classic Rock) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has explained the long delay between their last album, 2008's Death Magnetic, and their upcoming 10th release Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, due on November 18.

Ulrich says recording is "much more sporadic" for Metallica than it used to be as they all want to remain close to their families in San Francisco during the process.

He tells TV (via Blabbermouth): "When you're at home, usually you drop the kids at school in the morning, come down to the studio at nine or 10, and then kind of work or record or grind or whatever until school pickup around three or four and then get into family mode.

"So it's kind of a different management of time when you make a record at home rather than when you go somewhere else, but I wouldn't change any of it.

"But it just sort of puts a different kind of focus on the record. But I'd like to think that the looser kind of approach has also helped the record sound a little less manic and precise and perfection-based, and we've got a good mix of some cool sonics and some cool, little-looser-around-the-edges and some kicking songs." Read more here.

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Brian Wilson Extends Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour

Even more Beach Boys fans will be able to witness Brian Wilson celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark album "Pet Sounds" with the announcement of a new tour leg early next year.

The new Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour U.S. leg is set to kick off on March 27th in Orlando at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and will wrap up on May 28th at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

The Beach Boys icon had this to say about the new leg, "There were so many cities on this great tour that myself, my band, Al, and Blondie just couldn't get to playing.

"We're performing more shows than ever before and the fans keep asking for more! It's been a real trip so far and I'm happy that we'll have the chance to reach so many people that weren't able to catch our shows this year." See the dates here.

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Circa Survive Announce 'On Letting Go' Anniversary Tour

Circa Survive have announced that they will be hitting the road early next year for a lengthy U.S. tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their "On Letting Go" album.

The band will be joined on the tour by mewithoutYou and Turnover and will be launching the trek on January 12th at the House of Blues in Boston and concluding the outing on March 6th in Cleveland at The Agora.

Frontman Anthony Green had the following to say, "So many moments on that record personified what Circa Survive was starting to become. I'm really excited to revisit that with all of the knowledge we've been able to pick up since. It was a wild time in my life and it's kind of an escape for me now to go back to that and celebrate it!"

The anniversary will also be marked with the released of a deluxe edition of the album which will be offered in vinyl and digital formats early in the new year. Read more including the dates and the tracklisting here.

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System Of A Down Announce Music Festival Appearances

(Metal Hammer) System Of A Down have announced that they'll play at several European festivals next summer. The band haven't been seeing playing together since last year's shows marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

But last month, bassist Shavo Odadjian posted a picture on Instagram showing drummer John Dolmayan behind his kit.Now they've announced a run of summer shows, including appearances at the Download festivals in Paris and Madrid.

System Of A Down's last studio album was 2005's Hypnotize, while mainman Serj Tankian has recently worked on the soundtrack to independent film The Last Inhabitant and released the soundtrack for 1915.

In May, Tankian spoke about future System Of A Down music, saying the band were "communicating" about the possibility. Read more here.

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UFO and Saxon Announce U.S. Tour

Hard rock legends UFO and NWOBHM icons Saxon will be teaming up early next year to hit the road together for a U.S. tour that will feature support from Jared James Nichols.

UFO will be headlining the trek, with the exception of the San Antonio stop where Saxon will close the show. The tour will be kicking off on March 9th at Scout Bar in Houston and wrapping up on April 2 in Allston, Ma at the Brighton Music Hall.

UFO's Phil Mogg had this to say about the trek, "We are polishing the guitars, cleaning up the drums, I have a new front tooth, and our crew have bought themselves fresh mascara, some new tunes, and an airline ticket to the USA, to be joining our old pals Saxon on what will be a celebrational tour of all our favorite places. Look forward to seeing you there! Kisses, UFO."

Saxon's Biff Byford adds, "It's great to be back on the road with UFO. The last time we toured together was in the 80's so it should be fun and a unique package for the fans. See you in March. Keep the faith." See the dates

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Pixies Announce Warm-Up Club Mini-Tour

Some lucky Pixies fans in a handful of California cities will have the opportunity to see the band perform at music clubs when the group group embarks on a warm-up mini tour later this month.

The dates will precede the band's launch of their world tour in support of their brand new album "Head Carrier" and will begin on October 25th in Santa Cruz and will include shows in Sacramento, San Luis Obispo and Ventura.

Black Francis had this to say about the short trek, "We haven't been on the road for about a year and a half, so doing these warm up dates will be a lot of fun.

"We're all very proud of the new album and are looking forward to playing some of the new songs live. We had a great time making 'Head Carrier' and are really happy about a lot of the feedback it's gotten. Having Paz in the band has been great, she's brought a whole new energy and made things fun again, and we're excited about continuing to make more new music." See the dates here.

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Lord Mantis' Bill Bumgardner Dead At 35

(Metal Hammer) Lord Mantis and Burning Churches drummer Bill Bumgardner has died aged 35. The sticksman was the only original member remaining in Lord Mantis at the time of his death. He also played in Indian from 2006 until their 2015 breakup. His death was ruled a suicide by Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Former Lord Mantis guitarist and current Abigail Williams frontman Ken Sorceron confirms the news, saying: "Coming to terms with some sad news tonight. My ex bandmate, Bill Bumgardner, of whom I played with in Lord Mantis took his life today.

"Our musical partnership didn't end in the most pleasant way and I never got around to reaching out to bury the hatchet, which is sad. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and those who made music with him. I had some great times with the dude and those are the ones I'll choose to remember." Read more here.

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Alter Bridge Reach Out To Shooting Victim

(Classic Rock) Alter Bridge reached out to a fan who survived a shooting near a US university and flew him as a guest to one of their gigs. Erik Lasaine was hit by a stray bullet when shots were fired at a party near the University of Illinois on September 25. He survived, but his friend George Korchev died.

Two days after the shooting, Lasaine gave a eulogy to his friend at the university campus and quoted lyrics from Alter Bridge's track Blackbird. The band heard about the eulogy and flew Lasaine and Korchev's girlfriend Samantha Steinberg to their recent gig in Dallas, Texas, where the pair attended a VIP meet and greet with Alter Bridge and attended the soundcheck.

They also got to spend time with the band after the show, during which Alter Bridge had dedicated Blackbird to Korchev. Lasaine tells Billboard: "It totally blew my mind. I was surprised. It was definitely really cool." Read more here.

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Crippled Black Phoenix Stream 'Turn To Stone' Cover

(Prog) Crippled Black Phoenix have released a stream of their cover of Steve Walsh track "Turn To Stone" with TeamRock. The song comes from the band's upcoming sixth album Bronze, which will launch on November 4 via Season Of Mist and follows Winning A Losing Battle and No Fun.

On their decision to record a cover version, CBP leader Justin Greaves tells TeamRock: "Crippled Black Phoenix have a history of occasionally recording cover versions, usually as extra tracks or for compilation albums. This time, while recording Bronze, it occurred to me that our version of the classic Joe Walsh song Turn To Stone was worthy of being part of the actual album.

"The original is such a great song and I think it fits with the Crippled Black Phoenix approach to playing good, honest rock music. It got even better as we had the great fortune of having Arvid Jonsson from Greenleaf coming to the studio session in Stockholm to do some wicked guest vocals. His voice fits the songs so well."

The band will head out on a European tour in December in support of Bronze. See the dates and stream the cover song here.

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John Lennon Graphic Novel Coming Soon

(Classic Rock) John Lennon's life story is to be told in a new graphic novel. Lennon will explore the late Beatle's childhood, his worldwide fame in the Fab Four and his marriage to Yoko Ono.

It's an adaptation of 2010 novel by French author and screenwriter David Foenkinos, which imagined the artist's sessions on his therapist's couch. The work is described as a "piece of true biographical fiction" which "recounts the defining moments and experiences that shaped pop music's - and popular culture's - most influential voice, as captured by Eric Cobeyran's moving graphic novel adaptation."
IDW Publishing unveiled the comic on the final day of 2016's New York Comic Con - on what would have been Lennon's 76th birthday. It will hit shelves in May 2017. Read more

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X Celebrating 40th Anniversary With X-Mas Shows

Punk icons X have announced that they will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this year with the launch of their annual Christmas shows dubbed the X-Mas 40th Anniversary Celebration.

According to the announcement, "The show will be a history lesson for X fans - the music will tell the story from then to now with a different support band each night, including: Chris Shiflett, The Blasters, Mike Watt & The Secondmen, Small Wigs, Skating Polly, Tripwires and LP3 & The Tragedy."

X's Exene Cervenka had the following to say, "For a long time interviewers and X people we've met have asked us did you think when X started you'd still be playing together now? And our answer is surprisingly - No! Of course not!" Read more and see the dates here.

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As Lions Streaming New Song 'Aftermath

As Lions are streaming their new song "Aftermath." The song is the title track to their brand new EP which will be released digitally in the U.S. and physically in Europe this Friday, October 14th.

Frontman Austin Dickinson had this to say about the track, "Conceptually it's about trying to navigate your way out of disaster, be it personal, collective, or in the case of the video, a war zone."

Fans in the U.S. will soon be able to catch the band live when they hit the road as the support act on an upcoming arena tour featuring Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, and Sixx:A.M. Stream the new song here.

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Robert Plant Austin City Limits Preview Video Released

(hennemusic) Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters are streaming a performance of his 1983 single, "In The Mood," as a preview to this weekend's broadacst premiere of his appearance on the acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits.

Recorded in March at the end of Plant's Southern Journey tour of the American South, the hour-long set mixes tunes from 2014's "lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar" alongside covers of songs by Willie Dixon, Joan Baez and Bukka White, and revamped versions of Led Zeppelin classics like "Black Dog", "The Lemon Song" and "Rock And Roll."

The performance marked Plant's return to Austin City Limits for the first time in more than a decade. Robert Plant on Austin City Limits will air this weekend via PBS; check local listings for the broadcast time in your area. here.

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The Sounds Announce U.S. Anniversary Tour

Swedish indie rockers The Sounds have announced that they will be launching a U.S. tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their album "Dying To Say This To You."

The tour will begin on November 15th in Salt Lake City, UT at In The Venue and will be concluding on December 20th in Seattle, WA at the Showbox. They will also play two Canadian dates during the trek.

The band had the following to say about the outing, "We realized earlier this year that it was 10 years ago that we released our album Dying To Say This To You and embarked on a journey that took us on tour around the world for almost two years straight.

"This was a magical time in our lives and we shared it with so many of you. Now we like you have gotten a little older, some have gotten married, had children, and it has been many years since we've hit the road." See the tour dates here.

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Billy Sherwood Announces Four Intimate Solo Shows

Yes and Circa star Billy Sherwood has announced that he will be playing four special solo intimate venue shows in New York City early next month.

Sherwood will be taking the stage at the Iridium Jazz Club on November 5th and 6th where he will be playing two shows a night that will include material from his career.

He had this to say about the special shows, "Looking forward to playing in NYC!! It's going to be an interesting mix of songs from my various bands, (World Trade, Circa: , conspiracy, YES) and solo works including Citizen Please come out and be a part of this special night, my 1st solo shows in NYC."

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Orange Goblin Announce Annual Christmas Show

(Candlelight) Orange Goblin have announced the details for their annual Christmas show, which will be taking place this year at Koko in London on Sunday December 18th. We were sent the following details:

After wrapping up 'The Shortest Tour', a run of selected UK dates with Electric Citizen & Poseidon, Orange Goblin will be tackling a brace of shows in the Netherlands towards the end of October before returning to London for this eagerly awaited end-of-year event.

"We are very pleased to announce that the Orange Goblin Christmas show is back this year on Sunday, December 18th, and we are honoured to be playing such a stunning venue as Koko in London," says Orange Goblin front-man Ben Ward. Read more here.

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