The band kicked off the tour on Friday night in Brisbane and frontman Corey Taylor had the following to say to audience about Crahan's absence (via Loudwire), "First things first: as you can see, we are missing one of our brothers.
"Unfortunately, Clown was forced to go home for a family emergency. He couldn't get out of it, but he sends his f-king love to each and every one of you. He wanted to be here more than anything, but he told us all to make sure you motherf-kers knew." Watch the video clip here.
Crahan broke the news to fans via two Instagram postings. He said in the first one, "Today we lost the leader of our family. My father-in-law my other dad." Read morehere.
A 60-second preview of the track recalls "(I Want To) Come Home," a song McCartney penned for the 2009 film Everybody's Fine which starred Robert De Niro, reports Billboard.
Ethel & Ernest is an animated film that follows the life of a couple living in London. The plot for the movie was based on Raymond Briggs' graphic novel and the characters were based on the writer's parents. Watch a teaser for the filmhere.
The event at Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot saw the band deliver an 18-song set that featured the two lead tracks from the album - "Hardwired" and "Moth Into Flame" - ahead of the project's release on November 18.
Almost half of the show presented material from 1986's "Master Of Puppets" and the self-titled "Black" album alongside tracks from throughout their career.
The two-week Latin American run wraps up in San Jose, Costa Rica on November 5 before resuming in 2017 with a show at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea on January 11 and the group's first-ever concert in Hong Kong on January 20. Watch the video from the kick off showhere.
"You know, I don't take for granted that people just admire what we do, so whatever we do they'll admire," says Peart. "No. I feel like - in fact, this is very true - every audience I feel like we have to earn them."
The animated video and the exclusive 20-minute short, "Rush: A Salute To Kings", will be seen alongside the "Time Stand Still" feature-length film, which captures Rush and their fans on the band's 2015 tour across North America. Read more and watch the preview cliphere.
Dailor's gesture follows the song Aunt Lisa, which features on their latest album as a tribute to his late aunt who died of leukaemia. Mastodon's 2009 album Crack The Skye was also written in memory of the drummer's late sister, while 2011's The Hunter was based on guitarist Brent Hinds' brother, who died while hunting in 2010.
He says: "Just played my Grandma Jeanne's bass on our new album. Thanks to my best friends @bhinds@butterslax @mastodonrocks and especially Troy Sanders for letting me pay tribute to a very important person in my life. RIP."
Speaking of family as a common theme of Mastodon's music, Dailor previously said: "I'm lucky enough to have a platform to honour the people who inspired a lot of the music that we write. I think it's a good thing for our families in general. It lets them know that we care." Read morehere.
Their reactions ranged from, "They're scary looking," "I wouldn't give them a penny" and "There's no beauty in it" to "It gives me energy and it gets me moving" and "It's like a release of frustration."
System Of A Down's sound left a lot to be desired among the elders panel. But frontman Tankian's "anti-establishment" lyrical message and commitment to raising awareness of the Armenian Genocide in 1915 received the silver surfers' seal of approval.
One man adds: "It's extremely important if that's their message. I'm the son of a Holocaust survivor, so I get the importance of the Armenian Genocide - but it doesn't have to be pounded into your head!"
One woman says: "Whatever it takes to get it recognised is not a bad thing." Watch the videohere.
He tells Blunt Mag Australia: "We're rehearsing at the moment, and I left the room and was having a listen to the rest of the band play. I said to the sound guy, 'Can you believe that people actually listen to this?' It just suddenly hit me - we are all over the place with different parts that sound nothing alike, it's just total chaos.
"It dawned on me how unusual it sounds, and it amazed me that we even have fans who listen to it! It's really tough to define. When I hear our music, I just hear ferocious attention deficit disorder." Read morehere.
The Dark Queen is said to be based on "the legend of the evil Queen of the Land of the Black Isles, who had been turned to stone by the wizard, Zadoc. She was released from her spell by a gypsy boy called Hassen. When the queen came back to life she took Hassen's life and then went on to destroy Zadoc's followers, burning their homes."
Maggiebeth Sand, Mark Powell, Matthew Damian, Mark Jenkins, Nigel Middleton and John Haithwaite are known for the use of their medieval instruments, although their latest album features a "more symphonic sound coupled with heavier guitars." Watch the videohere.
He tells KaaosTV: "I come from the old-school underground when there was no internet, tape-trading with my old band Dominus and a lot of old-school bands who are still here today. It's something I'm very proud of.
"We'd ride bikes, putting up black-and-white posters with glue. I kinda miss those days as a way to promote yourself. There was just a different soul about it."
Poulsen adds: "Everything's going so fast on the internet these days. It's good for some reasons, but for other reasons it's not tempting. It doesn't have a soul. These days, youngsters have a favorite band every second week. Everything is in front of them, they get everything very fast. There's not many bands that have that mystique anymore." Read morehere.
NXT founder Triple H confirmed the news of the artists on Twitter, saying: "NXT TakeOver Toronto will feature themes from three of the loudest artists in the world, Parkway Drive, Beartooth and Turnstile."
Wrestler Seth Rollins is fan of Parkway Drive, and tweeted: "Freakin' loud. Stoked Devil's Calling from my boys Parkway Drive is a NXT TakeOver theme! Get familiar!
Superstars set to appear include Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, No Way Jose, Austin Aries, Asuka and Tye Dillinger. Read morehere.
The Outpost is released through Denovali Records on November 25. The album, which features artwork from Steve Wilson collaborator Lasse Hoile, takes inspiration from many 80s horror and science fiction films.
"A lo of the titles have a sort of Lovecraftian theme to them," says Blueneck frontman Duncan Attwood, adding "I can hear elements of Stranger Things in it." Listen to the songhere.
And Bumblefoot's early solo material was, by his own reckoning, progressive as it comes. He says he has moved away from that genre somewhat in recent years, but playing alongside Downes has brought it all back.
He tells TeamRock: "We were doing all music from all our backgrounds. Gene's 72, I'm 47...he didn't know what to expect. Like I'm from Guns N' Roses, he expected me to be spilling Jack Daniel's all over his shoes.
"We all got along and bonded so well. Every single guy in this group that I grew up with and was, to me, really something special. Hopefully we'll do more in 2017.
"And I love King Crimson, Yes, Jethro Tull, ELP. I'm definitely a prog guy." Read morehere.