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Guns N' Roses Song Part Of Murder Case

(Classic Rock) A court in California has heard how a man listened to Guns N' Roses hit Used To Love Her before fatally shooting his girlfriend. Thomas Michael Wilhelm, 52, is charged with first degree murder after he allegedly shot 45-year-old Christine Marie Murray in 2012 when their business partnership and relationship hit the skids.

The prosecution claims that on July 8, 2012, Wilhelm broke into a neighbor's house in Costa Mesa and stole a .32-caliber pistol before shooting Murray six times.

Around 11 minutes before the shooting, Wilhelm sent a text message to a friend saying that he was listening to Guns N' Roses track Used to Love Her. It includes the lyrics "I used to love her, but I had to kill her."

The couple's relationship soured when Wilhem's business, Wilhelm Sprinkler Co, was in financial difficulty and he asked Murray to help. He later accused her of trying to take over the business. Read more here.

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Steve Tyler Urged Alice Cooper To Not Let Joe Perry Perform

(Classic Rock) Alice Cooper has revealed that Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler asked him not to let guitarist Joe Perry go back on stage after his mid-tour collapse in July.

Perry was on the road with the Hollywood Vampires when he suffered a health alert, which was rumored to have been related to his heart at first. He was back in action less than two weeks later - but not before Tyler had expressed concern for his longtime colleague, saying: "I know how to maintain my health. I don't think he knows how to."

Cooper tells CBS Local: "I didn't realise Aerosmith only did two shows a week. Honestly, I just figured everybody was like me. I do five shows a week, and very physical shows."

He continues: "Steven called me and said, 'Hey, don't put him back on stage - I'm afraid.' I went, 'Look, I'm going to talk to him and see how he is.' I went up to his room. He looked unbelievable, sounded great, got up and played the whole show. I never heard him play that good, so he's back." Read more here.

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Vince Neil Pleads Guilty To Battery Charges

(hennemusic) Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil pled guilty in a Las Vegas court on Thursday to misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an incident in the city on April 7.

Neil is accused of dragging an autograph seeker to the ground by her hair during a lunch with actor Nicolas Cage at the Aria Hotel. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Neil's guilty plea via his lawyers - the rocker did not appear in court - is part of an agreement with prosecutors over a 120-day suspended sentence that includes a $1,000 fine, an online impulse-control counseling class and six months of trouble-free activity.

Should Neil fail to comply with any of the conditions of the agreement, he could face 120 days in jail. "Mr. Neil was pleased to put this behind him," said the singer's attorney, Richard Schonfeld. Read more here.

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Asking Alexandria Reunite With Danny Worsnop?

(Metal Hammer) There's confusion surrounding the future of Asking Alexandria as online reports suggest that former frontman Danny Worsnop is back in the band.

Caliber TV writer Nicholas Fike claims that frontman Denis Stoff, who was brought into the band last year, is out. Fike says on Twitter: "You heard it here first, folks - Danny Worsnop is the vocalist of Asking Alexandria again."

He later added: "Breaking news: Danny Worsnop returns to Asking Alexandria, Denis Out." The posts come after the band's guitarist Ben Bruce and Worsnop recently buried the hatchet after Worsnop's acrimonious split from the band to form new group We Are Harlot.

Worsnop then flew to Arizona to meet up with Bruce and producer Matt Good, before an image of the singer in the studio was posted by Bruce. The latest image shared by the pair shows them drinking together. Read more here.

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Metallica Announce First Concert Of 2017

(hennemusic) Metallica have announced that they will perform their first show of 2017 in Seoul, South Korea as they tour in support of their tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct."

"We're excited to kick off 2017 with the first show of what promises to be a year taking us to all corners of the globe on the WorldWired Tour," says the band. "The New Year will be just over a week old when we return to Seoul, South Korea on January 11, 2017 at the Gocheok Sky Dome for the first of six shows in that corner of the world... stay tuned for additional announcements in the coming days and weeks.

"Discounted floor tickets in Seoul will be available October 24, 2016 at noon local time for 24 hours. All tickets go on sale on October 26 at noon and are available through Interpark Ticketing, hotline (1544-1555), and the Interpark Ticketing app."

"This is just the beginning," adds the group. "We look forward to more shows in Asia and beyond!" The Seoul show will follow the tour's opening leg across Latin America this fall, which fires up on October 26 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Watch the video announcement and the band's latest promo clip here.

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Eddie Van Halen Helping Bring Music To Kids

(hennemusic) Eddie Van Halen is among the artists sharing their thoughts and support of The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports music education in public schools across the United States.

The Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved schools in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music.

To date, the organization has donated over $20 million worth of instruments to over 1,400 schools, including a batch of 75 guitars Van Halen donated in 2012 and more gear in 2013 beyond his ongoing financial support.

"Can you imagine a world without music? It's a must. It has to be taught," says Van Halen in a new video as the Foundation received a National Music Education Award at the Americans For The Arts gala in New York this week. "I wanted to give back to the community, and especially kids in need who want an instrument but didn't have the opportunity I had.

"I wanted to donate instruments because I have so many guitars and nobody would take them… until we found Mr. Holland's Opus. It wasn't too long after that that I came to one of the schools and there's a kid playing one of my guitars. It makes you want to cry, you know? It was really that emotional for me." Watch the video here.

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One Of David Bowie Final Songs 'Killing A Little Time' Streaming

(Classic Rock) One of the final songs recorded by David Bowie - Killing A Little Time- has been made available to stream. It's one of three new Bowie tracks that feature on the Lazarus Cast Album, which is released on October 21 (Friday).

The album features tracks from Bowie's off-Broadway show Lazarus. The two other new tracks on the record - No Plan and When I Met You - premiered this week.

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.

It features vocals from Lazarus star Michael C Hall as well as Sophia Anne Caruso, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper and other cast members. Read more and stream the song here.

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Lamb Of God Stream New Song 'The Duke'

(Metal Hammer) Lamb Of God have made their new track The Duke available to stream online. It's the title track from the band's upcoming EP and was written by frontman Randy Blythe as a tribute to Wayne Ford, who died last year, aged 33, after a five-year battle against leukemia.

Blythe had known Lamb Of God fan Ford since 2012 and this week he revealed he will auction his gold record for Lamb Of God's Ashes Of The Wake to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in a further tribute to Ford.

Blythe tells Rolling Stone: "He was just a really inspiring guy to talk to in the way he handled everything. He was just very levelheaded. You hear about people in their old age, when they get accepting of their mortality, that's kind of natural.

"This is what that dude went through at age 33, and from talking to his family and his wife, it wasn't like it was a show he was putting on for the singer of his favorite band like, 'I am Mr Calm Guy.' That's just the way he was." Read more and stream the song here.

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Testament Dumbfounded By Former Member's Rants

(Metal Hammer) Former Testament bassist Greg Christian's repeated online rants about his time with the band have left guitarist Eric Peterson "dumbfounded." Christian left the band in 2014 and said in the aftermath of the split that he had been left with less than $150 to his name, also claiming that his former bandmates "took advantage" of him financially.

Christian's latest rant sees him claim it was a "bad life choice" to stay with the band for as long as he did. He says: "The only way to make things right is with real money.

"I wasted my f***ing life working for and investing my time and energy building something only to be ass out after all these years. At the time when I should be doing OK. It's not like I didn't earn it."

Responding to the latest statement from Christian, Peterson insists the bassist was paid the same as everyone else in the band for his work on the road and that he was treated the same way as his bandmates.

Peterson tells Sticks For Stones: "Some people just aren't happy. I don't know what to say. I can talk crap and say stuff and go back and forth, but I don't know what he wanted. What do you want? You're making the same money as everybody else. I'm really dumbfounded by it." Read more here.

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Glenn Hughes Streams New Song 'Let It Shine'

(hennemusic) Former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes is streaming the track "Let It Shine", as the latest preview to the November 4 release of "Resonate."

Hughes co-produce the record with his guitarist Søren Andersen, and the pair are joined on the project by drummer Pontus Engborg and keyboardist Lachlan "Lachy" Doley.

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith guests on two tracks, including the lead single "Heavy." "It's my first solo album in 8 years," says Hughes. "Everybody needs to know that this is absolutely a return to rock music as a solo artist for me. My work is very varied. Groovy, funky, soulful, although the genre has always been rock. But this album is probably THE heaviest record I've done in at least 25 years.

"It's dense. It's dark. There's some aggression on this record. Every bloody track is begging to be played live." Stream the song here.

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King 810 Reveal 'Non Traditional' Tour Plans

(Metal Hammer) King 810 have revealed plans for a "non traditional" tour featuring performances of their second album La Petite Mort Or A Conversation With God.

They've confirmed four US gigs in December, listed below, which are set to include a string section playing along with the band, performance artists adding additional dimensions and 360-degree sound installations.

Frontman David Gunn says: "Been working on this show for a while. Finally locking a handful of dates in. These will be non traditional in style and setting. This will be the best live version of King to date. Hope to see everyone there." Read more and watch the tour trailor here.

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Last In Line, Dio's Jimmy Bain Literally Died With His Boots On

(Classic Rock) Guitarist Vivian Campbell says late bassist Jimmy Bain shouldn't have been with Last In Line when he died as he knew he was in ill health. Bain died in January of lung cancer when we was onboard Def Leppard's Hysteria On The High Seas cruise.

And while Leppard and Last In Line member Campbell says he doesn't think Bain knew he had cancer, he was taking antibiotics for pneumonia at the time. He tells Talk Is Jericho: "This band and this record was really the only thing that Jimmy had in his life to focus on and he was focused on it intently.

"That was his beacon of light and that was his salvation in the last couple of years of his life. He believed in this project so much and he was so excited to be doing this - and that's why he should never have gone on that cruise."

Campbell continues: "We didn't know he had cancer. I don't know if Jimmy did either, but we knew he had pneumonia. He had been diagnosed as having pneumonia and was taking antibiotics for it and he was not well. But Jimmy insisted on doing it and he wanted to do it.

"I'll say this about him. He was a true rock and roller to the end. He died with his boots on - literally. We found him in full regalia in his that cabin on the ship and he was living it to the end. He believed in it so much and it was so sad that he never actually got to see it." Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Radiohead To Headline Glastonbury 2017

(Classic Rock) Radiohead have been confirmed as Friday night headliners for Glastonbury 2017. Following months of rumors, the Worthy Farm festival has announced that Radiohead will perform at the event for the sixth time in 2017 - their third headline appearance.

Speculation that Radiohead would be unveiled as 2017 headliners reached fever pitch this week when what looked like a giant version of their Modified Bear logo appeared on the site where the Pyramid Stage is erected.

Earlier this month, Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien was asked to address the rumours. He told BBC Radio 6: "I would love to. I go to Glastonbury every year, it's my carnival. To be asked to play at Glastonbury again would be magic. I also think Glastonbury is like our spiritual home. It is the mother of all festivals...there's nothing like that one. It would be great to play there." Read more here.

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Steve Hackett Leads Giants Of Rock Festival Lineup

(Prog) Steve Hackett has been confirmed as headliner for next year's Giants Of Rock festival in the UK The three-day event will run from January 27-30 at Butlin's Minehead resort - and will see the former Genesis guitarist play tracks from Selling England By The Pound and Wind And Wuthering.

Other artists confirmed for Giants Of Rock include Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull, John Lees' Barclay James Harvest, Popa Chubby, Gun, Bernie Marsden, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Phil Campbell's All Star Band.

Hackett's appearance at the event comes ahead of his run of UK and Ireland tour dates, which kick off in Dublin on April 26. Hackett said: "I'm excited to bring my latest show involving a new set of Genesis and Hackett numbers to the UK in 2017." Read more including his upcoming dates here.

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Tarja Turunen Reflects On Nighwish's Breakthrough

(Metal Hammer) Tarja Turunen believes the video for Nightwish's breakthrough hit Nemo was a big part of their early success. The former Nightwish vocalist looks back on the impact of 2004 single Nemo in the current issue of Metal Hammer magazine and says the music video - which saw her sporting an eye-catching red coat - played its part in the buzz that developed around the band.

In the promo, Tarja's red coat stands out in stark contrast to the snowy conditions. Tarja says: "The video was dark, but striking and colourful - and it was very gothic. We had this idea for the red coat, a very strong colour against the now falling.

"If you think of symphonic metal bands with female singers, they're usually dressed in black. I was always the weird girl with the weird voice, the operatic vocals, and then I wore this red coat.

"I still see girls at my shows dressed like me, so I guess it was really powerful." Read more and watch the video here.

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Magma Added To Roadburn Festival Lineup

(Prog) Magma have been confirmed for next year's Roadburn festival in the Netherlands. The 22nd edition of the event will take place April 20-23, 2017, at the 013 Venue in Tilburg. Next year's event has been curated by Baroness mainman John Dyer Baizley.

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that Baroness, Coven, Warning, Gnod, Zeal & Ardor, Perturbator, Schammasch, Pillorian, Les Discrets and Oranssi Pazuzu would play.

Now further artists have been added, with Magma joined by artists including Crippled Black Phoenix, Mysticum, Deafheaven and Chelsea Wolfe. here.

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Fabio Frizzi Announces Halloween-Themed Concert

(Prog) Fabio Frizzi has announced that he will perform a Halloween-themed show Chills In The Chapel at Islington's Union Chapel in London on October 29.

The Italian horror film composer, who created the scores for a number of films by horror producer Lucio Fulci, will play music from various movies, such as Zombie 2 and City Of The Living Dead. A full backing band will accompany Frizzi and his keyboard.

Actress Catriona MacColl, who starred in City Of The Living Dead, will also make a guest appearance. Frizzi last appeared at the venue three years ago in a tribute show for his late collaborator Fulci.

He tells The Movie Waffler: "What I want to bring back to that magical place is the satisfaction of these three years, the story of a project that was born, grew, diversified. A kind of birthday party." Read more here.

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Singled Out: The Soul Shakers' Here to Have a Good Time

Those that say rock is dead must not have heard The Soul Shakers new single "Here To Have A Good Time". We asked Elias Reidy to tell us about song. Here is the story:

What we looked to achieve in this video is to showcase the both of us almost as one, walking in the same shoes on the same path, which is literally how we met. During the years of living in Los Angeles, we eventually crossed paths more and more until we started playing music together.

"Here to Have a Good Time" is a first person view into the lives of Brett and I… Where we come from, what we do, where we hang out, who we hung out with and how we met. No one in the video is a paid actor, they're all our actual friends and companions. The "stage location" is a speakeasy called The Overpass in Silverlake where I used to bartend and book bands.

There's a feeling portrayed in the video of us almost leaving the Sunset Strip (which we felt had lost some steam regarding the rock scene) and gravitating towards something new. The lyrics are about where we were at that time - realizing we need more and less in our lives at the same time and putting our foot down and saying "this is who we are, what we've been through and what we want." And sometimes that's nothing more than simply kickin' it, doing what we love and having a good time.

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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