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Rolling Stones Cancel Concert Under Doctor's Orders

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have been forced to cancel tonight's (Wednesday, October 19th) concert at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV due to a Mick Jagger illness.

"Lead vocalist Mick Jagger has come down with laryngitis and has been advised by doctors to rest his voice," announced the band early Wednesday. "We hope to have information about the possibility of rescheduling this date very soon. We encourage ticket holders to wait for that information before seeking refunds. We also hope to have further information about the status of the concert scheduled for Saturday, October 22.

"The Rolling Stones, T-Mobile Arena, MGM Resorts International, Concerts West and AEG Live apologize for any inconvenience this causes ticket holders."

Wednesday's date was the first of two scheduled shows in Las Vegas following the Stones' recent headlining sets at the Desert Trip festival in Indio, CA on October 7 and October 14. Read more here.

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David Bowie's Final Songs Streaming Online

(Classic Rock) Two of the last songs ever recorded by David Bowie have been premiered on the BBC. No Plan and When I Met You were aired for the first time this week, with When I Met You being played on Shaun Keaveny's show on Radio 6 and No Plan debuting on Jeremy Vine's Radio 2 show.

The tracks appear on the Lazarus Cast Album, which is released on October 21 (Friday). The album, features tracks from Bowie's off-Broadway show Lazarus. It also includes another new Bowie track, Killing A Little Time.

Lazarus Cast Album was co-produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti and recorded with Donny McCaslin and his quartet - the musicians responsible for Bowie's final album Blackstar. Read more here.

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Music's Future Uncertain Says Metallica's Lars Ulrich

(Classic Rock) Lars Ulrich says "nobody knows" what the future holds for the music industry - which he describes as being like "the Wild West." The Metallica drummer says the lack of predictability in the music business influences their laissez-faire approach to band activity nowadays.

Ulrich says in an interview: "I think you have to sort of accept that nobody really knows where it's going, so there has to be a lot of impulsive kind of attitudes.

"It's like a train that's moving, and you don't quite know where it's going, but you sort of try to steer it in the best way you can, realising that it may go in different places that you had no idea."

He continues: "The music business, or what's left of it, is very like the Wild West now. 15 years ago, when you put out a record, there was a particular way that you did everything. Now it's just whatever works for you." Read more here.

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Lamb Of God Pay Tribute To Late Fan With New EP

(Metal Hammer) Lamb Of God will release a five-track EP entitled The Duke in December, in honor of a fan who died after fighting cancer for five years. Frontman Randy Blythe became friends with Wayne Ford in 2012 and remained in touch until he passed away last year, aged 33. He wrote the lyrics for the EP's title track based on their communication.

Blythe explains in the video below and in a blog: "I asked Wayne if there was anything he wanted to say to the world, any particular words he wanted to be remembered by. My idea was to record him saying them, and then layer them into the record, or perhaps take the words and work them into a song's lyrics.

"'That's really cool - let me think about it, man,' he said, but he never got back to me about it. Regardless, I wanted to honor him in some way.Those of us who think about how we'll die hope that we'll do so with dignity. But no one knows how they'll handle death until it comes for them. Wayne provided me with a living example of how to leave this world with grace. So I decided to write the lyrics to The Duke from my feeble understanding of his perspective, and in his honor." Read more here.

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Rush Reveal Preview For Time Stand Still Documentary

(hennemusic) Rush have issued an extended trailer for the November 3 North American cinema premiere of their 40th anniversary tour documentary, "Time Stand Still."

The project captures the Canadian rockers and their fans during the band's "R40" tour, rumored to be the last tour of its kind and the end of their life on the road.

"People pat us on the back for not compromising," says Geddy Lee as he looks back on Rush's storied career. "Well, we couldn't do that if our fan base wasn't there for us. They've given us the freedom to be us."

Fathom Events will screen "Time Stand Still" in theaters across the continent, with the main feature accompanied by an exclusive 20-minute film "Rush: A Salute To Kings." Watch the trailer here.

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Billy Idol Extends Las Vegas Residency Into 2017

(hennemusic) Billy Idol has extended his Las Vegas residency into 2017. Following a successful 2016 run at the House Of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino - which wraps up with shows this week - "Billy Idol: Forever!" will return next spring for dates in March and May.

"You the fans - the people that make it all happen - have spoken loud and clear," says the rocker. "Billy Idol Is Forever in Las Vegas for one year just isn't enough."

The residency sees Idol deliver tunes from throughout his career, including tracks from seminal British punk band Generation X to his solo hits. A Billy Idol Fan Club presale (password: FOREVER) is on now, with general public seats going on sale October 21 at 10am PT. See the dates and watch the announcement video here.

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Yes React To Rock Hall Nomination

Prog legends Yes have revealed their reaction to once again being nominated for induction into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Critics have long used Yes and an example of deserving bands that have been snubbed by the organization in favor of non-rock artists.

This year marks the third time that the iconic group has been nominated. Drummer Alan White released the following comments on Tuesday after the class of 2017 was announced:

"It is a distinguished honor to again receive a nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yes has a history of being pioneers in exploring new musical territory, 48 years later the band is still continuing this quest, who knew? Thank you for the consideration of this esteemed award." Read more here.

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Dream Theater's James LaBrie To Guest On Ayreon Album

(Prog) Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie has been confirmed as a guest vocalist on the upcoming Ayreon album. He'll join Between The Buried And Me singer Tommy Rogers who'll also appear on the as-yet-untitled sci-fi follow-up to Arjen Lucassen and co's 2013 record The Theory Of Everything.

Lucassen, who is asking fans to guest the names of vocalists and musicians who'll appear on the 2017 album, says: "I know, that was an easy one to start with! Of course it was the amazing James LaBrie.

"I'm so proud having his warm emotive voice on Ayreon again." As for Rogers inclusion, he adds: "I totally love his solo albums as Thomas Giles, and I'm really excited having him on this album." Read more here.

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Bon Jovi's GMA Performance Goes Online

(Classic Rock) Bon Jovi performed the title track from their upcoming album This House Is Not For Sale live on Good Morning America and the video of the performance has gone online.

This House Is Not For Sale, the band's 13th album, is released on November 4. This week, frontman Jon Bon Jovi said that the only contact he's had with the band's former guitarist Richie Sambora in the last three years has been via social media.

He said: "Everything was great and we were just coming off a break - but he never came back to work. It was a shock. There was never a fight. There was never an argument. It certainly wasn't about money.

"He has since reached out on social media, which was very kind. But we never saw him again. Nobody." Watch the GMA performance here.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Hit The Studio For New Album

(Metal Hammer) Corrosion Of Conformity are in the studio to record their 10th album. The band have posted pictures from the studio on Facebook, along with the caption: "Back to it in the studio..."

It will be their first since the return of Pepper Keenan to the fold, after he sat out the recording of 2014 effort IX and 2012's self-titled album. Speaking to TeamRock at Bloodstock in the summer, bassist Mike Dean said the band had "four or five" songs written for the record and were playing around with around 25 rough ideas.

Dean said that Keenan's return to the fold had held them back from writing new material as they kept getting offered tours. He said: "We keep saying yes to tours! We've always been in demand but with Pepper back it's even more so. We're trying to get 25 rough ideas down to between 12 and 15 songs." Read more here.

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Nails Frontman Denies Band Hiatus Reports

(Metal Hammer) Nails frontman Todd Jones has told Metal Hammer that the band "never went on hiatus", offering fans hope that a comeback could be on the cards.

It was widely reported earlier this year that the California three-piece had gone on a sudden hiatus after they cancelled a string of tour dates. One of the affected shows was due to take place at London's Underworld on November 7, with the venue saying: "Unfortunately the show Nails plus Full Of Hell has now been cancelled due to the band going on sudden hiatus."

But the band have now moved to assure fans that they are not on hiatus, with Todd Jones telling Metal Hammer: "We never went on hiatus, we just cancelled a bunch of dates." Read more here.

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New Sid And Nancy Documentary Coming To Theaters

(Metal Hammer) A film documenting the turbulent relationship between Sex Pistol Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen is to be screened in cinemas next month. Sad Vacation: The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy is the latest documentary by Danny Garcia who was previously behind The Rise And Fall Of The Clash and Looking For Johnny.

It focuses on the events leading up to and after the death of Vicious' girlfriend Spungen - who was found dead in the couple's room at the Hotel Chelsea, New York, in 1978. She died from a single stab wound.

Vicious was charged with second degree murder but pleaded not guilty. He was released on bail but died four months later of a heroin overdose before the trial could begin. Read more here.

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Rory Gallagher Statue Greenlighted By Belfast City Council

(Classic Rock) A statue of Rory Gallagher will be unveiled at Belfast's Ulster Hall. Belfast City Council's Planning Committee gave the proposal the green light at a meeting on Tuesday night and it will now go to a full council meeting for full approval.

It will be erected on the city's Bedford Street at the side of the hall where Gallagher played regularly. Rory's brother Donal tells the BBC he is ecstatic at the news, adding: "Belfast was a musical home for him, it was where he left Cork for.

"He had been to London, toured all over Europe but he was looking for a place where he felt he was at one with the music and Belfast offered that." Read more here.

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Cavalera Brothers Add New Leg To Return To Roots Tour

(Metal Hammer) Max and Igor Cavalera have announced European leg for their Return To Roots tour. The brothers will play the classic Sepultura album Roots in full at the O2 Kentish Town Forum in London on November 30 in the middle of a run of European dates.

Max and Igor work together in their band Cavalera Conspiracy. Max left Sepultura acrimoniously in 1996 while Igor remained with the band for a further 10 years. Max's last performance with Sepultura was at London's Brixton Academy in December 1996.

Max Cavalera recently said the Return To Roots tour would be the closest fans will ever get a reunion of the classic Sepultura lineup. He said: "We just decided to do the tour, because it was me and Igor because we were there from the beginning and we think it's really cool for the fans to see that we are doing this.

"I don't think there will ever be a reunion, so I think this is the closest to a reunion that we'll ever get to see. We don't really keep in touch. It's really kind of a separate world of what we live in and what they live in." See the Euro dates here.

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Jeff Lynne Proud Of ELO Rock Hall Nomination

(hennemusic) Jeff Lynne has shared his reaction to Electric Light Orchestra being among the nominees announced Tuesday for possible induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The group are being considered for the Class Of 2017 alongside heavy hitters like Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes and The Cars, among others, and ELO co-founder and frontman Jeff Lynne says he is honored by the group's first-time nomination.

"I'm very proud to see my ELO music getting this great recognition," says Lynne. "It's a big honor to be nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame."

Formed in Birmingham, UK in 1970 by Lynne, Roy Wood and drummer Bev Bevan, ELO's unique mix of rock and classical elements saw the group amass a series of hits throughout the 1970s with songs like "Evil Woman", "Livin' Thing", "Strange Magic", "Telephone Line", "Shine A Little Love" and "Don't Bring Me Down", among others. here.

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The Damned Announce Tour and New Album Plans

(Classic Rock) The Damned have announced a widespread UK tour and confirmed they'll release a new album in 2017. The tour - which kicks off next month in Leamington Spa - will take in more than 20 cities and their 11th album album will be their first new release since 2008's So, Who's Paranoid?

A Pledgemusic page has been set up to offer fans pre-orders of the as-yet-untitled album. Various packages are on offer, including exclusive merchandise.

The Damned are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of their debut single New Rose and are currently on the road in North America.

On the upcoming UK tour, The Damned will perform their debut album Damned Damned Damned in full, plus a career-spanning retrospective set. See the dates here.

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Anathema Added To Opeth's Wembley Arena Show

(Prog) Anathema are set to support Opeth at London's Wembley Arena next month. The show will take place on November 19, with Anathema guitarist Daniel Cavanagh reporting that playing at the venue will be a very special moment in his career.

He says: "I watched Dire Straits live in 1985 on TV at the SSE Wembley Arena - it was a significant moment in bringing me to the guitar as a way of life.

"Never did I think that one day we would get the opportunity to play this historic venue. We are grateful to Opeth and we hope to get the crowd nicely warmed up for them." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Pistols At Dawn' Foregone Conclusion

Post rockers Pistols At Dawn are gearing up to releasing their debut album "See You Home" on Nov 11th and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about their new single "Foregone Conclusion". Here is the story:

Foregone Conclusion was written in an outhouse backing onto Matt's (drummer) tiny house in Cricklewood. Matt is a keen amateur butcher and the outhouse is his sanctuary, where he can dismember livestock without getting under his family's feet. It makes absolute sense that such an environment - the walls spattered with arterial blood yet the furniture stark, chrome and polished, and the shadows echoing with the screams of terrified animals - should provide the gestational venue for a song dealing with the themes of death, war and the selfish brutality of mankind.

The lyrics tell the story of a battle-scarred warrior who, after decades of fighting an unnamed enemy in the name of an unnamed deity, comes to the realisation that 'a belief embracing war is no belief worth fighting for', and that the deity is nothing but a totemic work of fiction, cynically created to control the minds and actions of the many to benefit the few. This realisation drains him of all inclination to go on, so he lies down and dies in despair, muttering the incantation 'It's only ever on the outside that they are not like you' - his condemnation of cross-cultural prejudice and bigotry.

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

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