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Avenged Sevenfold Announce Virtual Reality Event

(Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevenfold will stream a 3D, 360-degree live performance around the world on Thursday (Oct. 27) (The performance will begin at 8.30pm PDT on the band's Facebook page.)

Avenged Sevenfold have teamed up with Universal Music Group (UMG), Capitol Records and VRLIVE for the event, which is described as "a global, 3D/360-degree, live-streamed virtual reality performance."

The event description continues: "Fans around the world will be able to view the live stream on UMG's newly released VRTGO VR platform, powered by VRLIVE's advanced technology, and experience Avenged Sevenfold's electrifying set as if they were there for this first-of-its-kind immersive event. VRTGO is freely available on iOS and Android." Read more here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Unplugging For Christmas Show

(Classic Rock) Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine will play a selection of Christmas classics at an acoustic show in Boston. Mustaine has teamed up with the charity Music Drives Us for the December 16 gig at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, MA. Music Drives Us supplies "grants to music programs designed to effect positive change for people of all ages."

The 'Thrashing Through The Snow' event will see Mustaine play an acoustic set of Megadeth hits and holiday classics. Full details and tickets are available from TicketWeb.

Megadeth launched their own beer called A Tout Le Monde this month, brewed by Canadian brewery Unibrou. Mustaine told TeamRock: "When I think of Megadeth I think of blood and sweat. I don't really think of beer. And also this project stretches back to when we didn't have the current line-up, so it was really just my own personal thing." Read more here.

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Desert Trip Wasn't Great For The Who's Pete Townshend

(Classic Rock) The Who's Pete Townshend says playing live "means nothing" to him. The guitarist and his veteran bandmates recently performed alongside acts such as The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan at the star-studded Desert Trip festival in California - but he admits he gets no real buzz from hitting the stage.

He tells The Times (via The Guardian): "I'm such a boring f***er. It means nothing to me. I would be a liar if I said, 'It was really fun, man. It was great!' It wasn't great. It was a gig. I did it and I got paid.

"The fact is, I don't really like performing. But I'm good at it. I'm lucky to be good at something. I could have worked in an abattoir. I don't get high on stage. I might come off stage and look in the mirror and go, 'Hee hee,' but it's mischievous. It's, 'What a load of crap. We pulled off another scam.'" Read more here.

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Phil Collins Putting Together Special Show For Comeback Tour

(Prog) Phil Collins has ruled out the chance of performing new music on his comeback tour - but he's admitted it's time to start thinking about writing material again.

And he's remaining cautious over talk of a Genesis reunion after he ended his self-imposed retirement last year. This month he confirmed he'd play nine shows in 2017, including five at London's Royal Albert Hall, with the possibility of more dates to be added later.

Collins tells Rolling Stone: "It would be dangerous to give too much away. We're working out a way to make a show special. At the moment there won't be any new material, but we can bring out some songs that we haven't done, so they'll appear new."

Asked about performing Genesis material he says: "We'll put in a couple - two or three." Read more here.

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Bob Dylan Slammed By Nobel Prize Committee Member

(Classic Rock) Bob Dylan has been called "impolite and arrogant" for refusing to acknowledge winning the Nobel Prize For Literature. The singer-songwriter was awarded the honor last week by the Swedish Academy - becoming the first songwriter in history to be named a recipient of the award by the Nobel committee "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

The academy's permanent secretary Sara Danius said they had reached out to Dylan but had received no reply. "Right now we are doing nothing," he said. "I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough."

Now member Per Wastberg has called out the 75-year-old, according to the Guardian. Wastberg says: "One can say that it is impolite and arrogant. He is who he is - this is an unprecedented situation." Read more here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Release 'Doomed' Video From Orchestra Concert

(Radio.com) Bring Me The Horizon have released a video of their performance of "Doomed," the first clip from their Live at Royal Albert Hall DVD that features their special orchestra concert.

Bring Me The Horizon Live at Royal Albert Hall is scheduled for release on CD, DVD and Blu-ray, Dec 2. On April 22, 2016 Bring Me The Horizon shared the stage with the 47-piece Parallax Orchestra plus a 14 person choir, conducted by Simon Dobson.

The orchestral arrangements were written by Parallax Orchestra founder Will Harvey and conductor Simon Dobson in collaboration with Jordan Fish, the band's Musical Director, while the choir was arranged and directed by Kat Marsh.

Clearly moved by the experience, Dobson had this to say about working with Bring Me The Horizon: "To say that it was an honour to have written the opening music and conducted a full symphony orchestra behind Bring Me isn't enough. One of the greatest nights of my life for sure. Big up the BMTH crew x" Watch the video and see the setlist here.

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Alice In Chains, Jimi Hendrix Rarities For Record Store Day

(Classic Rock) A live Alice In Chains album will be released on vinyl as a Record Store Day Black Friday exclusive next month. Previously unavailable on vinyl, Live Facelift features Alice In Chains live at The Moore Theatre in Seattle and was captured on December 22, 1990.

It'll be issued by Legacy Recordings, who will also release a Jimi Hendrix 10inch vinyl called Morning Symphony Ideas. The Hendrix release is described as an official 'bootleg' which focuses on Hendrix's songwriting and his unique approach toward developing new material in the recording studio.

The collection presents the guitar icon's funk forays with Billy Cox and Buddy Miles. Side One features Jungle, which was recorded at the Record Plant on November 14, 1969. Side Two features a September 1969 session with Hendrix and Miles recording a new interpretation of Room Full Of Mirrors. Read more here.

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Prince's Paisley Park To Become A Permanent Museum

(Classic Rock) Prince's Paisley Park home in Minnesota has been given the green light to become a permanent museum. Chanhassen City Council in Minnesota have approved plans to change its status at a meeting following months of pressure from the administrators of the late singer's estate to reclassify the 65,000 square-foot complex. The plans had been met with concerns from locals over traffic and parking facilities in the area.

Joel Weinshanker of Graceland Holdings, which is overseeing the museum, tells the Star Tribune: "I think the city was very thoughtful in what they did. Prince's museum is going to outlive us all."

But local resident Shelia Claytor, one of 30 people to attend the meeting, said it was "a rush job," adding: "piecing it all together is not Prince's style." Read more here.

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Art Of Anarchy Supergroup Healthy For Scott Stapp Says Bumblefoot

(Classic Rock) Art Of Anarchy guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal says the band provides a healthy environment for frontman Scott Stapp as he continues his fight to stay sober.

Stapp joined the band earlier this year, replacing the late Scott Weiland who appeared on the supergroup's self-titled 2015 debut album. And like former Stone Temple Pilots man Weiland, Creed vocalist Stapp has had well-documented struggles with substance abuse.

After a public meltdown which saw him claim he was the target of a US government conspiracy, Stapp is clean and sober and looks healthier than he has for years.

Bumblefoot insists the singer is "doing well" and that he'll find no temptation coming from his new bandmates - who include Disturbed bassist John Moyer and brothers Jon and Vince Votta.

Bumblefoot says: "The band, Art Of Anarchy, is drug free. Me and the Votta brothers have never even smoked a cigarette, none of us drink, have never done drugs, never smoked pot or anything like that. So that's good, because the last thing you need on the road if you're trying to stay clean is a bunch of people doing that around you.

"Scott is doing well. It's life. We can't be at our best all the time, it's not possible. It's great that he has a strong family and a lot of people that care and support and that were there to help him get out of that situation. Now he's better than ever." Read more here.

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ZZ Top Announce 2017 Tonnage Tour

ZZ Top have revealed their plans to hit the road in 2017 and this week they legendary Texas rockers have announce the initial dates for their Tonnage Tour.

The first run of dates for the Tonnage Tour will be kicking off on February 19th in Greenville, SC at the Peace Center Concert Hall and run until March 14th with a show in Macon, GA at the City Auditorium

Billy Gibbons had the following to say about the upcoming trek, "It's gonna be a good time. We've been at this long enough that we're starting to get good. Come and see us; it's gonna be loud and live." See the dates here.

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Iron Maiden Classics Get Lullaby Makeover

(hennemusic) Rockabye Baby! will release "Lullaby Renditions Of Iron Maiden" on November 4th and the company is previewing the new package with a lullaby version of the UK metal veterans 1982 hit, "Run To The Hills."

The project is the latest in the series of child-friendly instrumental music from the label, which was developed by Van Halen singer David Lee Roth's sister Lisa Roth in conjunction with CMH Records.

"Haven't slept in days, mom and dad?," says the label. "Don't run for the hills. If you've only got two minutes to bedtime, spin these calming versions of Iron Maiden's most crucial hits. No longer shall you fear the dark." Read more and check out the tot-friendly version of "Run To The Hills" here.

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Rush Superfan Featured In Documentary Preview

(hennemusic) Rush superfan Jillian Maryonovich is featured in the latest video preview of the legendary band's upcoming 40th anniversary tour documentary "Time Stand Still."

The project captures the Canadian rockers and their fans during the band's "R40" tour, with Maryonovich billed as a "Rush Fan-In-Chief." She is the creative director of RushCon: The Convention For Rush Fans - whose next event is coming up in a few weeks - when she isn't performing her day job as Digital Creative Director for the White House and aide to President Barack Obama.

"My fandom, especially in college," explains Maryonovich, "was such a fever pitch, I was just vibrating with Rush fandom. I could not get enough. This was before Facebook and the internet, so like this was me cutting out photos from magazines and covering my walls. It just got exhausting. I loved them so much and I was so heavily inspired by everything that it's my outlet for my crazy."

Rush will premiere "Time Stand Still" in cinemas across North America on November 3 via Fathom Events, with the main feature accompanied by an exclusive 20-minute film "Rush: A Salute To Kings" that sees fellow rockers sharing their thoughts on the group. Watch the video here.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Appears On Hell's Kitchen TV Series

(Classic Rock) Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry appeared as a guest diner on the latest episode of US TV show Hell's Kitchen. The show features celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay as he tries to narrow down a group of aspiring cooks to a single winner over the course of a season.

In the latest episode, aired on October 21, Ramsay's celebrity guests were Perry and R&B star Estelle. A video clip of their arrival can be viewed below.

Perry collapsed while on tour with the Hollywood Vampires earlier this year and sat out a number of the supergroup's shows. He returned two weeks later, but not before his Aerosmith bandmate Steven Tyler asked Hollywood Vampires frontman Alice Cooper not to put Perry back on stage.

Cooper said: "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." Watch the Hells Kitchen clip here.

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Rick Wakeman Soundtracked Phantom Of The Opera Coming

(Prog) The 1925 silent movie Phantom Of The Opera is to be launched featuring prog rock icon Rick Wakeman's soundtrack for the first time on December 2.

Directed by Lon Chaney, the film has been fully restored and remastered in a limited edition DVD box set. The package will include a numbered certificate signed by the keyboard icon himself, along with Chaney photographs and reproduced lobby cards.

The DVD itself contains Wakeman's commentary, an introduction from the late Christopher Lee and the original trailer. A vinyl version of the soundtrack will be issued in January next year. here.

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Boy George, Pet Shop Boys Tribute Dead or Alive's Pete Burns

(Radio.com) The music world has lost another colorful pop figure--Dead or Alive vocalist Pete Burns. On Monday (Oct. 24), the singer's family announced that Burns had died suddenly of massive cardiac arrest. He was 57.

In reaction, numerous artists including Boy George and Pet Shop Boys shared their fond memories of Burns on social media. Boy George said he was "tearful about the passing" of his late friend, while Pet Shop Boys said "the world will be a duller place" without him.

Burns was best known for singing Dead or Alive's 1985 single "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" which was later immortalized in the opening scene of the movie "The Wedding Singer." Read the music artists' tweets about his passing here.

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Ghost Nameless Ghoul See Music Biz Coming Full Circle

(TeamRock) Ghost's Nameless Ghoul says the evolution of the music industry is actually "good" for music. He says record labels turning their focus to streaming services instead of album sales means that artists aim to write better singles - which will help elevate the quality of music on the market.

He tells Jonesy's Jukebox: "I think it's better now than it was a decade ago, in the sense that you do have the streaming and all that. I think the dark ages of when it was just flying in the wind is gone, so that's good.

"But for better or for worse, the bad thing now is that we're back in the 50s in a way, where it's only singles. And all labels are just fighting for streams, so the only thing that is important is that you make good songs.

"So it's good, because you have to write. Every song needs to count, and you don't overswamp the whole market with sh*t. But, yeah, I like making records. There." Read more here.

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Korn Singer Explains 'The Serenity Of Suffering' Title

(Metal Hammer) Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has explained why he came up with the title of latest album The Serenity Of Suffering, rather than leaving it to guitarist Munky as usual.

And the vocalist admits that, although he has plenty to be happy about, he spends more time in a "dark place" than anywhere else. The follow-up to 2013's The Paradigm Shift - which features a guest appearance by Corey Taylor - was released last week.

Davis tells Blank Slate Creative: "Usually my man Munk comes up with titles. He's really good at it. He gets 50 different titles together and we all pick one. But I felt this one I came up with really nailed what I was going through when I was writing the record. It's a place I always go to - it's the inspiration when I'm writing music.

"The title means I've always battled dark feelings in my life. I've been there so much that I feel more comfortable there than when I'm in a happy spot." He continues: "I'm not saying I don't enjoy being happy, because I do. I've got lots of things to be happy about - I have a beautiful family, I get to tour the world and do what I love." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Singled Out: Scott Sorry's Broken Hearts and 45s

Scott Sorry (Amen, The Wildhearts/ Brides of Destruction) tells us about his new single "Broken Hearts and 45s" which comes from his solo album "When We Were Kings". Here is the story:

So, I had this riff in my head for a couple years. I don't remember how I came across it, but I'd find myself playing just about every time I picked up a guitar. I loved the riff but I really had no idea what to do with it. Tried playing a bunch of different ways until I could find something that would inspire the rest of whatever that song was supposed to be. Super fast, to slow and almost Shoegaze-ish, to folky..nothing really worked. So I just kept putting it on the back burner. Then, during one of the first writing sessions for "When We Were Kings", it clicked. I plugged in my guitar and turned on my amp. To try to get my tone and volume right for rehearsal I just started wailing on these two notes. It was just a spur of the moment riff, but I really liked it. I immediately started getting a vocal melody and started humming along to myself while the other guys were staring at me like "Scotty..what the hell are you doing?".. As the vocal melody progressed in my head I heard where the chord change needed to be and where it needed to go. I slid down the neck and landed right into that riff that had been stuck in my head for years. I laughed and just shouted "I've got it! This is what we are working on today!". Within a couple hours we had a pretty impressive skeleton for "Broken Hearts and 45's".

We were all buzzing about the song after rehearsal and I went home to start writing lyrics. Like the original riff, the lyrics just eluded me. I had a couple words that kept bopping around my head but I couldn't figure out what the song was supposed to be about. There was this melody that I kept dwelling on waiting for it to unravel itself. Then I'm sitting on a Broadstreet line bus in Philadelphia with my drummer. I'm looking at my hands and just started thinking about life. My hands are pretty banged up. I'm missing a knuckle and half my pinky on my right hand from a bike accident in L.A.. there is a bone that protrudes through the top of my left hand from fighting when I was a kid. They're covered in nicks, scratches, and scars and each one has a story, and all of those stories led me to where I am now..and in this 10 minute daydream on a sh*tty bus in Philadelphia..I wrote the entire song. Got to rehearsal and sang it for the guys.

The song came out great but it wasn't supposed to lead off the record. I had this whole master plan about how the record was going to flow and that song was supposed to be further down in the mix. Our drummer Lar suggested that we use it as the opening track..and everyone but me agreed haha. The guys and our producer, Jonathan Wyman, talked me into it and I couldn't hear it any other way now. They were totally right. That song is about the long road that took place on the way to the stories behind each song that follows..and how music has always been there to save my ass. It's been a crazy road but I wouldn't change a thing..especially letting that song lead off "When We Were Kings".

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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