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Frank Iero Involved In Tour Bus Accident

(TeamRock) Frank Iero has been involved in a bus crash in Sydney, Australia. It's reported that the former My Chemical Romance guitarist was unloading the van with other crew members when the vehicle crashed into the back of it.

Two men were rushed to hospital and another was treated by paramedics at the scene, according to Australia's 9 News. Iero tells fans they are in "stable condition" and that he's in a "state of shock" following the incident.

Iero says: "Thanks all for the well wishes. We're pretty banged up but miraculously alive and in stable condition. I'm still in a state of shock." here.

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Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize For Literature

(Classic Rock) Bob Dylan has become the first songwriter to win the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. The 75-year-old musician was named the recipient of the award by the Swedish Academy today "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

He is the first American to win the prize since novelist Toni Morrison in 1993. Sara Danius of the Swedish Academy says: "For 54 years now he's been at it reinventing himself, constantly creating a new identity. He is a great poet in the English speaking tradition."

Dylan has long been discussed as a potential winner of the prize, with former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion previously telling the BBC his songs work as poems and often have "extremely skilful rhyming aspects to them. They're often the best words in the best order." Read more here.

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Korn Announce Limited Edition Suffering Box Set

(Metal Hammer) Korn have revealed a limited edition box set version of their upcoming new album The Serenity Of Suffering. The band's 12th album is released on October 21 via Roadrunner Records and so far they have unveiled the tracks Take Me, A Different World, Insane and Rotting In Vain.

Now they've issued a brief video plugging the $89 box set, which can be pre-ordered now via the official website. It comes packaged in a 'music box, which plays a version of Rotting In Vain and comes complete with a two-inch tall 'Rotting Doll' figurine that pops up when the lid is opened.

The box is finished with a front clasp and velvet lined interior as well as a mirror finish inside the lid. Inside the box is a special edition CD version of the album with two bonus tracks, an oversized poster with exclusive illustration, a set of 15 tarot cards, a carnival prize mirror, a program pamphlet, carnival tickets and a pinwheel. Read more here.

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Queensryche Slams 'Roach' Infested Music Industry

(Prog) Queensryche's Todd La Torre has called out the "roaches" in what he describes as a "saturated" music industry. The singer says exposure is "exponentially much easier" in the age of the internet, and home production means more bands can self-promote, make music and videos. But he says these practices have lost much of their value - as they don't translate to concert ticket sales.

He tells The Underground: "It's a very, very, very cut-throat business - everyone makes money off your talent, everyone's taking their percentage. The music scene is a bunch of roaches trying to eat cookie crumbs, and everyone is scrambling for the cookie crumbs.

"I think it's much easier to have your name exposed, but making a name for yourself is kind of vague, because there's people that have millions of views on YouTube, but they can't sell out a 1000-seat venue. The only way you can make a good living, or a living - some make a great living, some starve - is to play live shows.

"It's very easy for people to click 'like' with a mouse, or it's very simple to just go to YouTube and watch something, and that's counted as one view. That's all well and good, and exposure is exponentially much easier.

"But because it's so much easier, you have a saturated industry. There's a million bands, everyone has a video, everyone can record stuff at home." Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Metallica's Hammett Reveals His Cure For Anxiety And Stress

(Classic Rock) Metallica's Kirk Hammett says playing the guitar is his cure for anxiety and stress. In an advert for guitar string maker Ernie Ball, Hammett discusses his reliance on music when it comes to dealing with the everyday ills of life.

Hammett says: "If I'm bummed out, I'll go to my guitar. A lot of times when I'm really stressed out or I'm dealing with anxiety, I'll just play until I calm down.

"When I have this feeling inside that needs to get out, the guitar helps that feeling. It's a creative tool, but on the other hand, it's also a rehabilitative, emotional, spiritual tool that I use to feed my inner self."

The 53-year-old also reflects on how his childhood love for Kiss and Jimi Hendrix led him to take up the guitar and eventually go on to form what would become one of the biggest bands on the planet.

The full video interview can be viewed here.

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Superjoint Streaming New Song 'Ruin You'

(Metal Hammer) Superjoint have released a stream of their new track "Ruin You." The song comes from Phil Anselmo and co's upcoming third album Caught Up In The Gears Of Application - which will be released on November 11 through Anselmo's Housecore Records label.

Speaking about the follow-up to 2003's A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred - recorded under the Superjoint Ritual banner - vocalist Anselmo said: "The overall theme means many things, or no things, but there is an underlying message regardless, about how modern technology - computers and all that comes with them, mainly - has affected our lives.

"As a musician, it has affected my life both negatively, with music being stolen, and positively - being in touch with fellow musicians around the world and staying visible.

"But when looking at the broader spectrum, computer-land has given everyday people a platform in which to bellow like carnival barkers about anything and everything, humdrum or political, whether qualified or not, some with good intentions, some with disingenuous intentions, and some with ideas that lay somewhere in the middle, creating a mishmash of results." Check out the song here.

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The Who Announce 'My Generation' Box Set

(hennemusic) The Who will release an expanded 5-CD Super Deluxe Box Set of their 1965 debut album, "My Generation", on November 18. 3-LP and 2-LP editions will follow on February 10, 2017.

The extensive 79-track box set package features unreleased songs, demos, mixes, remasters, new notes from guitarist Pete Townshend, an 80-page book, rare memorabilia and more. It can preordered here.

Mono and new stereo mixes of both the original album and its bonus tracks are delivered alongside a fifth disc of demos, included three unreleased songs discovered by Townshend last year that the other members of The Who hadn't even heard: "The Girls I Could Have Had", "As Children We Grew" and "My Own Love."

"Gathering these demos for this collection has been enjoyable; it's wonderful for me to have these tapes made fifty-two years ago to listen to," says Townshend. "I hope you enjoy them. They have a naiveté and innocence, a simplicity and directness, and an ingenuousness that reveals me as a young man struggling to keep up with the more mature and developed men around me. What an incredible group of strong, talented, young and engaging men they were!" A full tracklist for the the 5-CD SuperDeluxe box set can be found here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Return With 'The Stage' Video

(Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevenfold have released a video for their new track "The Stage". It's their first material since 2013 album Hail To The King and clocks in at eight minutes 30 seconds.

The release comes after the band's death bat logo appeared in Toronto, London and Berlin last week - leading to speculation that they were about to reveal fresh material.

Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho apparently let slip details of the new AX7 album. In a now-deleted Instagram post, he indicated the new album is titled Voltaic Oceans and would be released on December 9 - although the band have yet to comment.

Avenged Sevenfold have a number of tour dates scheduled, with their next live show planned for Sacramento's Discovery park on October 23. Watch the video here.

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Ghost Plan To Release New Album Next Year

(Metal Hammer) Ghost's fourth album will launch next year, one of the band's Nameless Ghoul has revealed. He says the Swedish outfit will begin working on the follow-up to 2015's Meliora after they've wrapped up their North American tour next month.

He tells 93.3 WMMR: "We're done in November. After this we're going to go back home and start pre-producing the new record. And January through February, we're going to tour Europe.

"Unfortunately, I don't think we'll have the time to go to some of these places that we haven't done so far on this touring cycle, like Australia, Japan and another run to South America.

"Since we wanted to go down there, we've said that March and April would be the time for us, but we can't do it too extensively, because we really need to go to record the album. So springtime is probably the time to record a new album, and for the new album to come out next fall, and then after that we will restart the whole touring cycle." Read more here.

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Robert Plants Rocks Led Zeppelin Classic In ACL Preview Video

(hennemusic) Robert Plant is streaming a video of his performance of the Led Zeppelin classic, "Black Dog", in the latest preview to his appearance on the acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits this weekend.

Following the release of Plant's "In The Mood", the tune is one of three Zeppelin tracks in the episode as The Sensational Space Shifters also deliver revamped versions of "The Lemon Song" and "Whole Lotta Love" alongside solo music by the singer.

Taped this past March during a brief US tour, the performance marks Plant's return to the acclaimed PBS series 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. Watch the video here.

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Spock's Beard Part Ways With Jimmy Keegan

(Prog) Spock's Beard drummer Jimmy Keegan has quit the band to "pursue other interests." The band announced the split in a statement on Wednesday (October 12th).

Keegan joined the band full-time in 2001, replacing Nick D'Virgilio. But he had performed live with the band since 2003 before joining permanently. Spock's Beard say: "We regret to announce that Jimmy Keegan has resigned from Spock's Beard to pursue other interests.

"Jimmy has been a key member of the SB family since 2003, and his unique contribution will be sorely missed. His talents as a drummer and vocalist are world class, unsurpassed. We wish Jimmy well and look forward to what he's going to come up with next. Dude, you're the best!" Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Settle Tour Lawsuit

(Classic Rock) Foo Fighters have settled a lawsuit they raised against insurance companies after a number of their shows were cancelled in 2015. Earlier this year, Dave Grohl and co launched legal proceedings against various Lloyd's Of London insurers as well as brokers Robertson Taylor. The band claimed the insurance firms colluded to reduce payments after several shows in 2015 were cancelled.

The cancellations came after Grohl fell and broke his leg while onstage in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2015 and had to pull the plug on a number of the gigs.

The lawsuit focused on three of them - two at London's Wembley and one at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. Foo Fighters believe that because those venues were added to a list of revised dates which Grohl completed from a specially-made 'throne,' the insurers tried to called them "rescheduled" dates to reduce the payout.

The complaint reads: "After paying certain amounts owed under the Cancellation Policy for four of the cancelled performances, the insurers began searching for ways to limit their payment obligations on the other three performances, including the two Wembley Stadium shows, which represented the largest potential gross income," Billboard reports. Read more here.

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Maynard James Keenan Reveals Special Guests For Book Tour

(TeamRock) Members of Soundgarden, Flaming Lips, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer have been recruited to moderate Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan's forthcoming book tour.

Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, A Perfect Circle's Billy Howerdel and Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd are among a host of famous friends enlisted by the Tool and Puscifer frontman to promote his autobiography, A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things next month.

Keenan wrote the book with with his friend of more than 30 years, Sarah Jensen. It traces Keenan's journey from his childhood to his years in the army - from his time in art school to his stint working in a pet shop in Boston. It also lends insight into his music career and passion for making wine.

He said in a video teaser for his memoir: "Every choice, for better or for worse, leads to a balance between your head and your heart - between nature and nurture, between experience and intuition. Listen to what your inner voice tells you and trust your path." A full list of moderators can be viewed here.

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The Amity Affliction Release New Video

(Metal Hammer) The Amity Affliction have released a video for their track All F***ed Up. The song features on the Australian outfit's fifth studio album This Could Be Heartbreak, which launched in August via Roadrunner Records.

The video was directed by the frontman Joel Birch along with Ryan Mackfall. Birch recently opened up to Metal Hammer about his battle with alcohol addiction - a situation which came to a head while the band were recording their latest album.

Birch said: "I was in full-on meltdown mode during recording. Quietly, though. In the studio I was disconnected with what was going on in my head there, and just got the job done, and then I'd go back to the hotel and melt down.

"A lot of the lyrics are about dealing with anticipated loss, and where I was sending myself on a self-destructive course. I was going through a time and I'll hopefully help other people that are going through it.

"There's another side - there's something past the situation that you're in, no matter how it feels at the time." Watch the video here.

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Sepultura Release Online Tour Documentary

(Metal Hammer) Sepultura have released an online documentary charting their 2015 winter UK tour. The band were on the road on the back on their Under My Skin EP which was issued to mark the 30th anniversary of the band.

The footage shows the group travelling across the country, visiting Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol and London, playing live - and also features interviews with the band, where they talk about their history.

Frontman Derrick Green came into the band in 1997 - and reveals heading to the group's Brazilian homeland was initially a stuggle for him. Green says: "It was difficult the first few years, not knowing he language, learning the language, trying to determine who my friends were and weren't and finding people who were real.

"After a few years of really struggling, I started to find my way and to click with the culture and the people - it really is a second home for me." Read more and watch the documentary here.

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Portnoy To Perform Dream Theater's 12 Step Suite At Music Fest

(Prog) Mike Portnoy's Shattered Fortress have been added to the bill for next year's Be Prog! My Friend festival Barcelona where he and an all-star line up with perform Dream Theater's 12 Step Suite.

"I am so excited to be bringing my Shattered Fortress show to Spain and Be Prog My Friend!," says Portnoy. "The Shattered Fortress is myself and an all-star prog lineup performing Dream Theater's 12 Step Suite live in it's entirety for the first time! This is not 'a new band or project' for me, it is an exclusive event that will be making several select live appearances in select markets throughout the world in 2017... and Be Prog! My Friend is one of the selected shows!

The setlist at the show will be comprised of the 12 Step Suite and select other Dream Theater songs that I've written the lyrics to. Keep in mind, I have no plans (or interest) in revisiting DT material in any of my other bands... this is not an ongoing 'project' or career move... this is merely a unique event that I am doing in select markets in 2017 to share with fans around the world... so catch it while you can!" Read more here.

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Dave Lombardo 'Blown Away' Playing With Suicidal Tendencies

(Metal Hammer) Dave Lombardo says he's been "blown away" playing with Suicidal Tendencies. The former Slayer drummer first hooked up with Mike Muir and Suicidal Tendencies for their live shows earlier this year, and played on their recently released 12th album World Gone Mad.

Lombardo has also been behind the kit for Misfits' classic-era reunion shows. And the sticksman says the whole experience has been a special time in his career.

He tells NorthJersey.com: "I'm a big fan of Suicidal Tendencies and it's an honor for me to play with singer Mike Muir and the band. When I first received a call from a mutual friend saying that Mike was interested in me playing some shows, I said, 'absolutely.'"

Lombardo says he was given a free reign to do what he wanted on World Gone Mad and adds: "They wanted me to be myself and their music is very drum friendly with some amazing structuring and vocals and lyrics. They gave me the freedom to do what I wanted and I gave the songs what I felt they needed."

He adds: "Suicidal's music brings back some really good memories. I remember driving the van on one of our early Slayer tours and me and Jeff Hanneman would listen to their first record and switch off singing the lyrics." Read more here.

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Turbonegro To Headline Desertfest 2017

(Metal Hammer) Turbonegro have been announced as the first headliners for Desertfest 2017. The annual event in Camden, London, will take place on April 28-30 next year - and along with Turbonegro, another seven artists have also been revealed.

Yuri Gagarin, Elephant Tree, Mammoth Storm, The Picturebooks, Samsara Blues Experiment, Satan Satyr's and Vodun will also be at the three-day event, with further artists to be announced in due course.

Desertfest organisers say: "After the truly momentous fifth anniversary, Desertfest London proudly returns with its sixth installment. As the festival grows from strength-to-strength, each year offers up a new challenge to bring a truly unique and amplified weekend to Camden Town." Read more here.

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Neal Morse Band Release 'City Of Destruction' Video

(Prog) The Neal Morse Band have released a video for their new track "City Of Destruction". It features on the former Spock's Beard man's upcoming concept album The Similitude Of A Dream, which is set to launch on November 11 via Radiant Records. It follows the launch of a lyric video for double track Long Day/Overture.

Morse is joined in the band by bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer, guitarist Eric Gillette and drummer Mike Portnoy - who has hailed the follow-up to 2015's The Grand Experiment as a milestone in his musical career.

Portnoy says: "I honestly think this is the album of my career. Neal and I have now made 18 studio albums together, and I consider The Similitude Of A Dream the absolute creative pinnacle of our collaborations together.

"I've always had a soft spot for double concept albums such as Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Who's Tommy - and I can bravely say that I think we've created an album here that can sit side by side with those masterpieces.

"Bold words, I know, but after a career of almost 50 albums, I honestly consider this to be one of the defining works of my career." Watch the video and read more here.

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David Bowie Rockumentary Goes Online

(ITS) Syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands have released a special two-part radio rockumentary that examines the mid-Seventies post-Ziggy Stardust American era of the legendary David Bowie. The show sent over details:

By 1975 David Bowie had abandoned the Glam Rock he had virtually invented in the guise of the ego-tripping tragicomic Fallen Rock Star, Ziggy Stardust, first as New York City blue-eyed soul man, then the LA decadence of his Thin White Duke persona. David Bowie was rock's full Moon, irresistible in his pulling power, while the rest of the rock world was like the tide, following inexorably yet always tagging behind.

In The Studio host Redbeard has assembled a two-part radio special with interviews he conducted with the late David Bowie about this mid-Seventies U.S. period that produced the albums Diamond Dogs, Young Americans and Station to Station which spawned the hits "Rebel, Rebel", "Young Americans", "Golden Years" and the # 1 hit "Fame". Bowie shared with In The Studio host Redbeard the mindset of his transition out of his famed Ziggy character.

"I had this terror in my mind that I was going to be trapped with Ziggy and the Spiders... and there was no way I was going to be trapped inside that character as being the rest of my life... But I didn't quite know what I was going to do. I really sort of painted myself into a corner by finishing Ziggy and the Spiders. And in a way that is a sort of freedom, because it meant I had everything and nothing all at the same time." - David Bowie

Listen to part one here and part two here.

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