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Van Halen and Michael Anthony Speak For First Time In A Decade

(Classic Rock) Former Van Halen bass player Michael Anthony has revealed he recently chatted by phone to drummer Alex Van Halen, ending a decade-long standoff.

The Van Halen brothers replaced him with guitarist Eddie's son Wolfgang in 2007, leading to years of ill feeling, especially after old album covers were edited to remove Anthony's image.

But the bassist is cautious about whether the thaw could lead to a reunion - and he's admitted he has doubts over the supposed reconnection between Eddie and ex-singer Sammy Hagar.

Anthony tells Trunk Nation: "There's a mutual friend of Alex's and mine, Craig DeFalco. This is a guy who was a tech for me for a while. He did two or three Van Halen tours with me.

"We went out on my boat. I had a couple of cocktails, and next thing you know we're talking about the band and the good old days and all that stuff. Next thing you know, I've got him holding his phone up, shooting a video, going, 'Hey, Alex, man!' Just talking about the good times."

He also touched on the recent spate of big-name musician deaths, saying: "All these heroes of ours, people I grew up listening to, they're starting to drop left and right."

He continues: "Later on we were at my house, my buddy and myself, and his phone rings, and it's Alex. He's all, 'Hey, tell Mike I said hi!' Next thing I know, he's handing me the phone - 'Here, Al wants to talk to you.' I'm like, 'What?' This was this past May, and I hadn't spoken to Alex in, like, ten or eleven years." Read more here.

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Dead Or Alive Frontman Pete Burns Dead At 57

Dead Or Alive frontman Pete Burns died on Sunday (Oct 23rd) from "massive cardiac arrest", according to his official Tweeter account. He was 57 years old.

The band was best known for their 1985 hit "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" which was later immortalized in the opening scene of the movie "The Wedding Singer".

His death was revealed via the following twitter post on Monday, "It's with great sadness that we have to break the tragic news that our beloved Peter Burns of (Dead Or Alive) died suddenly yesterday of a massive cardiac arrest." Read more here.

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Twenty One Pilots Concert Cut Short By Bomb Threat

(TeamRock) Twenty One Pilots had to cut a sold-out concert in Russia short due to an alleged bomb threat. The duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun were performing at Moscow's Sokol Music Hall on Sunday night - but they were forced to wrap up the set early after being warned by police that they could be in danger.

In a now-deleted tweet, they said: "Moscow, that was such an amazing show. The police cut our set a couple songs short because of a bomb threat. We are safe. You be safe."

The band then checked in to say: "We can't believe we get to play our music in Russia. We're so proud. Moscow was amazing." The message made no reference made to the scare. Read more here.

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Tool's Danny Carey Diagnosed With 'Serious Staph Infection'

Tool drummer Danny Carey has been diagnosed with a "serious staph infection" but he did not let the illness prevent him from playing with the band at a music festival this weekend.

Carey condition was revealed by his bandmate Adam Jones who posted an update via his Instagram account following the band's performance at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA on Saturday.

The guitarist captioned his post with the following, "I truly have to respect Mr. Danny Carey who played the entire show with a very serious Staph Infection. At first on Friday morning, he was misdiagnosed with a poisonous spider bite on his upper leg.

"Then later Friday night the quarter sized wound was cut opened and drained. By Saturday [he] was still aching from head to toe and from what I heard the Local Doctor recommended we skip the show. But Dan with headaches and painful joints played anyway." See the post here.

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Queen's Brian May Sidelined By 'Persistent Illness'

(Classic Rock) Queen guitarist Brian May has cancelled his UK tour with Kerry Ellis to deal with what he calls "a persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will."

He reports that he'd been struggling with the issue while Queen toured Asia recently, but it's come to the point where he risks "falling down on the job." With no rescheduled dates in place, ticket fees can be refunded from point of purchase.

May says in a statement: "We're very sad today to announce the indefinite postponement of our 'candlelight' concert dates this coming December. This is a decision I've agonized over, but in the end it has become inevitable.

"I managed to complete the recent Queen and Adam Lambert dates in Asia but I have been increasingly battling with a persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will." Read more here.

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Metallica Celebrating Halloween With New Song Release

(Classic Rock) Metallica have announced that they'll release their new single Atlas, Rise! on Halloween. It'll be the third track lifted from their upcoming 10th studio album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct - which will launch on November 18 on 2CDs along with a deluxe edition featuring a third disc. Metallica previously released Hardwired and Moth Into Flame from the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic.

The band say in a statement: "No surprises this time around! We're giving you some heads up that we plan to unleash the next track from Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, Atlas, Rise! to you streaming online and via your favorite radio station this Halloween, October 31, at noon PDT."

In addition, Metallica are giving fans the chance to get their hands on a limited edition Hardwired…To Self-Destruct Halloween mask from Friday, October 28, at select independent record stores. Read more here.

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Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile Recovering From Spine Surgery

(Metal Hammer) Of Mice & Men vocalist Austin Carlile has checked in from hospital after undergoing surgery on his spine. The singer had life-changing heart surgery following complications from the genetic disorder, Marfans last year - and was admitted to hospital earlier this month after he said he was putting his life in danger by performing with the band.

The move forced Of Mice & Men to cancel the remainder of their European tour. Now Carlile says: "First procedure was able to fix one of the tears in my mid-spine caused by a bludgeoned disc tearing through the dural encasing it.

"Now I'm waiting for it to heal the see the results and move on to fixing the other tears in my low spine and base of neck/head on Monday or Tuesday. More recovery and resting plus a lot of sleeping. God has a purpose for me in this and I will fight through it with Him no matter how long it takes." Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Not Rescheduling Canceled Las Vegas Show

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have officially cancelled their October 19 concert at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The show was postponed after Mick Jagger came down with laryngitis and was advised to rest his voice by doctors.

"Please be advised that due to scheduling challenges, the cancelled Rolling Stones concert on Wednesday, October 19 at T-Mobile Arena will not be rescheduled," announced the group. "The Rolling Stones, T-Mobile Arena, MGM Resorts International, Concerts West and AEG Live apologize for any inconvenience this causes ticket holders."

Ticket refunds for the cancelled performance are now available. Jagger returned to the stage for the band's October 22 show at the venue, which appears to be the group's final scheduled date of 2016. Read more here.

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Denis Stoff Tells His Side Of Asking Alexandria Split

(Metal Hammer) Former Asking Alexandria Denis Stoff has tweeted the band's label boss to say he left the band for personal reasons. After weeks of speculation, they confirmed over the weekend that original frontman Danny Worsnop had returned to the fold after quitting in 2015.

While full details have not been revealed, guitarist Ben Bruce reported that Stoff refused to regroup with the band for their upcoming tour dates, saying "Asking Alexandria doesn't exist until I get what's owed to me."

Bruce added: "We didn't kick Denis out - he just stopped talking to us."

Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen tweeted at the weekend: "As requested, I'll release a video clarifying what happened with AA. If Denis denies the truth, emails and texts prove everything."

Stoff replied: "I left AA because I can't be in a touring band at this point in my life. There's no drama and I don't want to be a part of it." Read more here.

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Riverside Release 'Shine' Music Video

(Prog) Riverside have released a video for their track "Shine". The song features on the band's latest album Eye Of The Soundscape - their first since the death of guitarist Piotr Grudzinski. It was released last week.

Riverside previously released Where The River Flows from the follow-up to 2015's Love, Fear And The Time Machine. Mainman Mariusz Duda says: "Friday was the release date of one of the most important albums in my career. Inspirations with electronic music, which I grew up listening to, are finally here in the form I have always dreamed of - a full, long instrumental album.

"An album which will most likely disrupt a certain image of the band itself and will allow to look at what we have done so far from a greater perspective.

"When we were planning this Riverside release, I didn't expect such turn of events. I didn't expect an earthquake. But the artwork prepared by Travis Smith hasn't changed because when we were making this album, we saw colours and we were overflowing with joy."

He adds: "It is, contrary to what you might expect, a very bright and hopeful release. It's supposed to heal and inspire thought. In spite of all. Because life must go on. It's for you Gru, and for all of us." Watch the video here.

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Leonardo DiCaprio To Star In Sam Phillips Biopic

(Classic Rock) A film based on the life of Elvis Presley producer Sam Phillips is to star Leonardo DiCaprio. The as-yet-untitled biopic will illustrate the life and career of the Sun Records founder, who was at the helm of seminal records by Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and many more. DiCaprio and Mick Jagger will also be involved in the production alongside Victoria Pearman, Steve Bing, Ian Montone and Rick Yorn.

The movie will be based on Peter Guralnick's book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock'N'Roll. The label boss founded the famous Sun Studio in 1952 - often described as the birthplace of rock'n'roll - where Presley recorded his earliest material, including his first single, That's All Right.

Phillips also oversaw the Million Dollar Quartet session in December 1956, featuring Presley, Cash, Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. He died in 2003. Read more here.

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Last In Line Stream New Song 'Already Dead'

(Classic Rock) Dio offshoot Last In Line have released a lyric video for their track "Already Dead". It's taken from debut album Heavy Crown, which was recorded before the passing of bassist Jimmy Bain and released shortly afterwards.

The band - which features original Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell, now with Def Leppard, and drummer Vinny Appice - admitted Bain's death had put the project's future in doubt. But they later named Phil Soussan as their new bassist, and they're currently touring North America with dates to follow in Europe and the UK.

Campbell said last week that Bain hadn't been fit enough to join the band on Def Leppard's Hysteria On The High Seas cruise, where he died. But the guitarist added: "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. He was living it to the end. He believed in it so much - it was so sad that he never actually got to see it." Watch the video here.

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Bring Me The Horizon May Experiment On Next Album

(Metal Hammer) Bring Me The Horizon hope to "push it a bit weirder" on their next album, according to Oli Sykes. Though they took a different direction on their latest work That's The Spirit, the frontman admits they still remained in their comfort zone when making the record.

He tells NME: "People thought That's The Spirit was a very polished pop rock album - it's not. I think it's inventive and unique, but it's still safe in a way. We knew the songs were going to connect well with people. Next time I think we want to push it a bit weirder. Who knows?"

Sykes says they might experiment with "a darker, dance-y kind of sound" on their next album - which he says could translate well to live shows. But he says the band will probably take "at least a good month" off before they begin writing again.

He adds: "It's been an intense year for us, and not just in professional terms but like personal too. Some of the band have had a lot on their plates and stuff. We do enjoy writing organically and letting something happen, but we've been working pretty relentlessly for the last album." Read more here.

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Triumph's Rik Emmett Previews New Album 'RES9'

(hennemusic) Triumph's Rik Emmett is streaming samples of all of the songs that will be featured on the upcoming November 11 release of his latest album "RES9."

The project by Emmett and his touring band Resolution 9 - featuring guitarist Dave Dunlop, bassist Steve Skingley and drummer Paul DeLong - delivers new music with the help of guest appearances by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie, and a reunion with Triumph members Mike Levine and Gil Moore.

"This album represents a journey through my life," explains Emmett, "and the idea behind a lot of these songs is me trying to figure out who I am, and why I'm doing what I'm doing. There's a common thread of positivity here that ties into the records I was making 30 years ago. What did I learn from making them? You'll hear all of that echoed in the grooves of this album."

"RES9" was first previewed with the lead track, "Human Race" - which features Lifeson - and "I Sing" with LaBrie. Check out the album preview here.

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The Flaming Lips Go Psychedelic For 'The Castle' Video

(Prog) The Flaming Lips have released a psychedelic music video for their track "The Castle". The song features on Wayne Coyne and co's upcoming 16th studio album Oczy Mlody - out on January 13, 2017, via Warner Bros.

The band have also released a video in which Coyne explains the meaning behind the record's name. He says: "At first, it appealed to us because it seemed a sound like a drug. It reminded us of oxycodone. Then this initial appeal made us curious about what it could mean, and I believe when we looked it up, the very first thing that we saw was that it meant 'eyes of the young.'

"We wouldn't like the title Eyes Of The Young, but we liked how these other jumbled words could mean that." Oczy Mlody was produced by The Flaming Lips longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann and is available for pre-order in a variety of bundles - with the 2LP version coming with a 7-inch pressing of their cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity. Watch the video and read more here.

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You Me At Six Going Directly To Fans In Scalping Battle

(TeamRock) You Me At Six vocalist Josh Franceschi will battle inflated ticket resellers by meeting fans face-to-face later this week to sell them tickets for their upcoming show in London.

They'll play the city's Dingwalls on November 26 in conjunction with Dr. Martens, with Franceschi saying he wants to sell tickets for the gig directly to fans to combat the price hikes associated with secondary sales.

The move comes after tickets for the sold out show began changing hands for three times their face value on the secondary market earlier this month. Franceschi said: "People that only buy gig tickets to simply resell x3 face value are my worst enemy. So unfair on genuine fans of the artist."

He now adds: "I have spoken to Dingwalls and released a further 100 tickets for our show on November 26. To make sure it's our fans that are getting them, I'm going to come to the Dr. Martens store in Covent Garden on Wednesday, October 26, and sell them to you myself." Read more here.

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Deftones Announce European Tour

(Metal Hammer) Deftones have announced a European tour in support of latest album Gore. They'll play Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Nethelands, Belgium, England and Scotland during April and May next year.

The follow-up to 2012's Koi No Yokan was released in April 2016, after guitarist Stephen Carpenter struggled to align himself with the band's musical direction.

Frontman Chino Moreno recently discussed his attitude to playing live, saying: "After the first song-and-a-half, if everything is working out, there's this overwhelming joy and feeling, like, 'I can't be messed with now.'

"Even if something does go wrong, I'm on a forward trajectory. I look back and think, 'Wow - we've been doing this for 20 something years.'

"That's well over half of my life that I've been entertaining people with my voice." See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Ayin Aleph's Crystal Ball

Ayin Aleph, who presents a unique blend of metal and other genres, is gearing up to release a new album next year and is giving fans a first taste with the new single "Crystal Ball". We asked her to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

If I can be completely honest, the theme here begins with Shakespeare's, Hamlet, Ophelia's decent into madness and an unrequited and immortal love. I began ruminating on this relationship of love and madness, and the idea of an immortal love came to me. I felt it! I felt a kind of love that can never be equaled, and I began to feel the tragedy and loneliness of it. I felt that I could never experience being loved in the way that I was feeling it. I suppose I would say that because this love is complete, there is no love that can meet it equally. As humans do, I applied this feeling to my own personal experiences and had to do something with all of the emotions that were pouring into me.

This is generally how my writing process works: I will tend to create or think about a character, and then become that character in my mind, letting their emotions enter into me, and then I begin the writing process. It is at times somewhat difficult going through all the agonies, pains, and the up's and down's of these characters, but I feel that they give the music an original and unique quality, and I love them for that.

So this was the beginning of Crystal Bell. From all of the emotions came the idea of a Black Phoenix, the black bird that you can see in several forms in the video - the pin up is a form of the black bird, the noble woman, girl in swimming pool and the girl in the red corset as well, morphing into the Red Phoenix destined to become new again. All of these beings are this one immortal love, "...my Crystal Bell," and their changing forms and senses of beauty that are reduced into villain or victim. Once all of this was turning like a hurricane within me, I sat at the piano and put pen to paper. Crystal Bell was born."

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

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