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Phil Rudd Not A Fan Of Axl Rose Fronted AC/DC

AC/DC's current incarnation featuring Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has received acclaim from critics and fans alike but do not count former drummer Phil Rudd as a fan of the pairing.

Rudd has been making the media rounds promoting his solo album "Head Job" and had the following to say when asked about a possible return to AC/DC, 'If Angus wanted me to play then that is up to him. But I don't really want to play with Axl Rose ' I don't really rate him."

This isn't the first time that Rudd has criticized the current lineup of the legendary group. Back in May, he told a New Zealand radio station (via Radio.com), "I am not saying I never hope of ever playing with AC/DC again but, then again, is it even AC/DC any more? No Bon's beautiful voice. No Malcolm. No Brian."

The drummer was forced out of the band amid legal problems in 2014 and also made big news earlier this week when he revealed that he had recently suffered a heart attack and is currently recovering after having a stint inserted.

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Metallica Release 'Hardwired' Behind-The-Scenes Video

(hennemusic) Metallica are sharing behind-the-scenes footage of the filming of the video for "Hardwired", the lead track from their forthcoming album, "Hardwired... To Self Destruct."

Co-directed and produced by Colin Shane Hakes, the band took over a high school gymnasium in San Rafael, CA on August 16 to shoot the video ahead of its release on August 18.

The band says the concept for the "Hardwired" video was "a good old fashioned chaotic, gritty, dirty performance of perhaps the most ripping, super-charged and thrashiest song Metallica has written since the '80s but with a twist - this video was to be one take. One shot. No edits. No nip, no tuck.

"One continuous shot captured by the camera going counter-clockwise around the performing band with the song's chaos and energy being reflected by a flash-bulb-strobe-like lighting effect, making it look like a series of disorienting fast-edits but (in truth) being nothing of the sort."

Metallica released the "Hardwired" video just two days after it was filmed and two days before its live debut during a show at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Watch the clip here.

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Guns N' Roses and RHCP Get Garbage Pail Kids Treatment

(Classic Rock) Artists including Guns N' Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been parodied in a new collection of Garbage Pail Kids stickers. They've been release by Topps - the company better known for their baseball trading cards - under the Apple Pie In Your Face banner.

The two Guns N' Roses stickers are titled Overworked Axl and Gunnin' For Rose, and show the vocalist on the throne he borrowed from Foo Fighters Dave Grohl after breaking his foot earlier this year, being pulled from one side by Slash and the other GNR members, and the other by members of AC/DC.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers collection are titled Fiery Flea and Affably Anthony, and show the band covering their privates with peppers - a send-up of their famous 'socks' poster. Read more here.

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Alter Bridge Release 'Show Me A Leader' Video

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge have released a video for "Show Me A Leader", the lead single from their forthcoming album, "The Last Hero." The album is set to hit stores on October 7th.

The band worked with director Zev Deans to create a concept for the animated clip, which illustrates the story told by the song. "Lyrically," says singer Myles Kennedy of the tune, "it reflects the frustrations that a lot of people are feeling with the current state of things."

"I threw out that 'show me a leader' line and Myles ran with it lyrically," adds guitarist Mark Tremonti. "I think it's really good for this time and this climate in the world right now, with all the chaos, and all the circus that is politics." Watch the video here.

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Eddie Vedder Contributes New Song To 'Twin Peaks' Soundtrack

(Radio.com) Eddie Vedder won't just be joining the laundry list of a cast involved in the return of Twin Peaks. He'll also be contributing a new song to the soundtrack.

Titled "Out of Sand," Vedder debuted the song during his set at the Ohana Festival on August 27. The melancholy tune finds Vedder practically howling with emotion. "But now it's gone, gone/ And I am who I am/ Who I was I will never be again/ Running out of sand," he sings on the chorus. A Pearl Jam fan site tweeted a picture of the lyrics which you can check out below.

Besides Vedder, Trent Reznor, Sharon Van Etten, Nine Inch Nails' Robin Finck, Chromatics' Ruth Radelet and Sky Ferreira will all appear on the television series. Twin Peaks will debut on Showtime in the first half of 2017. A fan attending the festival captured the new song. Watch here.

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Pink Floyd Release 'Grantchester Meadows' Video From New Box Set

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd have released a new video of the 1969 track "Grantchester Meadows" as a preview to their forthcoming box set, "The Early Years 1965-1972."

The clip sees David Gilmour and Roger Waters deliver an acoustic performance for the BBC alongside keyboardist Richard Wright on the song, which originally appeared on the band's fourth album, "Ummagumma." The footage was featured in a 1970 special broadcast by PBS affiliate KQED in San Francisco, CA and will be included in the comprehensive 27-disc box set exploring the first seven years of the band's legendary history.

Due November 11, "The Early Years 1965-1972" will present 7 individual book-style packages and feature 130 tracks, accounting for more than 12 hours of music and 15 hours of video.

The package will contain TV recordings, BBC Sessions, outtakes and demos and more than 20 unreleased songs - including 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and more than 5 hours of rare concert footage.

In addition to the deluxe set, a 2-CD highlights album, "The Early Years - Cre/ation", will also be issued on November 11. Watch the video here.

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Korn Release Live 'Rotting In Vain' Video

(Metal Hammer) Korn have released a live video for their track "Rotting In Vain." It was shot at Chicago Open Air festival last month, a week before the studio version of the song was revealed alongside details of 12th album The Serenity Of Suffering, to be launched on October 21.

Frontman Jonathan Davis said at the time: "Rotting In Vain was written about being in that black place, being in situations that I don't like in life - feeling you're stuck and you're just being abused, and you just sit there and rot. That's where Rotting In Vain came from: I'm just sitting there, dying, and letting it happen for years and years."

Guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer later said that the follow-up to 2013's The Paradigm Shift was an album that proved Korn had become a "ship back on course." Read more and watch the video here.

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Bob Weir, Shawn Colvin Lead 2016 Americana Music Awards Honorees

(Radio.com) Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir, Shawn Colvin and other icons of Americana will be honored at the 2016 Americana Music Awards this September, reports The Boot.

Bob Weir will be recognized with a Performer Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring his work with the Grateful Dead, and his songwriting and rhythm guitar playing accomplishments. The Americana Music Awards recognized how Weir has 'personally [carried] on the Grateful Dead's music and ethos for more than 50 years," both with the iconic band and with other artists.

The 2016 Trailblazer honor will go to Shawn Colvin. The singer-songwriter has earned three Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for her well-known hit 'Sunny Came Home;" In 2013, she published a memoir, Diamond in the Rough. Read more here.

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Slayer's Kerry King Says Don't Pay Him If He Doesn't 'Bring It'

(TeamRock) Slayer guitarist Kerry King says he doesn't expect to be paid if he doesn't do his job properly. Asked about the success of the band's 12th album Repentless which came out in 2015, King says it was down to the band's hard graft in the studio - and creating a piece of work that resonated with their fan base.

He tells Cleveland Scene: "I'm proud that people came out and supported this record the way they did. It was worldwide No. 2, which is unheard of for a band like us - and it's unheard of for a band with a deceased guitar player and a carousel for drummers.

"The fans supported it, and we made a record they wanted us to make. The planets have aligned. That's on us. I just feel that if I'm not doing my job, and I don't bring it, don't pay me." Read more here.

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Glenn Hughes Announces New Solo Album 'Resonate'

(Classic Rock) Glenn Hughes will release his new solo album Resonate on November 4 via Frontiers Music, he's confirmed. It'll arrive two months before he returns to the studio with Black Country Communion to record their reunion record, set for launch in May next year.

He's joined on Resonate by guitarist and co-producer Soren Andersen, drummer Pontus Engborg and keyboardist Lachy Doley, with a guest appearance by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Hughes says: "It is the first kind of complete Glenn album. It's a rock album for rock fans and it's heavy. Everybody needs to know that this is absolutely a return to rock music 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." Read more here.

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Robb Flynn Recalls His Overdose After Friend's Death

(Metal Hammer) Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has recalled surviving a heroin overdose, after a close friend died by the same drug. Flynn read the eulogy at former roadie Jack's funeral last month, which has left him thinking about all the companions he's lost to addiction.

And he's told of the moment he sat with Jack in a restaurant and tried to persuade him to change his ways, by sharing his own experiences. Flynn says: "When his wife discovered heroin needles and threatened to divorce him, I sat him down at Red Robin burger joint and I laid into him.

"I wasn't judging him. Because I was not better than him. I had done heroin at least 10 times. I tried to share with him where it had gotten me. The night we signed the contract with Roadrunner Records in 1993, a buddy and I decided to do some heroin at his dealer's. They shot me up - I could never do it - and I ODd.

"I woke up six hours later on a filthy bathroom floor in a puddle of vomit, feeling like death. At a heroin dealer's house they weren't about to call an ambulance to save me. They just hoped I was alive."

His wife picked him up, and he admitted what he'd done. She was furious because her father had died of heroin addiction. Flynn continues: "While I was remorseful, what happened one week later is what hit me like a ton of bricks. Our friend Jimmy Lapin ODd on the same batch of bad heroin from the same dealer. But he didn't live. I lived. And Jimmy died." Read more here.

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Architects' Tom Searle Tributed By The Xcerts' Murray Macleod

(Metal Hammer) The Xcerts' Murray Macleod has covered Architects' song Gone With The Wind in memory of the band's late guitarist Tom Searle, who died of cancer aged 28 last month.

The frontman has launched an acoustic version of the track to raise money for Martlets Hospice in Hove, where Tom was cared for in his final days. Fans can pay on an 'as-much-as-you-want basis' via Music Glue, where it can also be streamed.

Addressing his late friend, Macleod says: "Dear Tom, I know you're probably deep in conversation with Bowie and Prince about writing and recording so I'm going to keep this short and sweet. I threatened for years I'd record one of your songs acoustically and I've finally done it.

"You are well aware Gone With The Wind is a personal favourite of mine and I sincerely hope I've done you and the boys justice. Our favourite pastime was talking for hours on end about songwriting and our connection was certainly built upon the fact you and I saw the romance in what we both did, regardless of the fact you wrote heavy epics and I write pop songs." Read more here.

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Rush Producer Terry Brown Doing Q&A Session

(Prog) Rush producer Terry Brown and his brother Phill, who has worked with Led Zeppelin, Talk Talk and Jimi Hendrix, are to be the subject of two intimate q&a sessions at Metropolis Studios in London, from 2pm on October 8 and 9.

Hosted by Prog and Classic Rock magazine's Jerry Ewing and Malcolm Dome, these will see the Brown brothers talking about their 50 year careers in studios, during which they have both recorded some of the most iconic artists of the period.

Fully catered, these Q+A events will be followed by an exclusive performance from acclaimed young band Blurred Vision. Their second album, the follow-up to last year's Organized Insanity, will be produced by both Terry and Phill Brown - marking the first time the pair have ever collaborated on any project. Read more here.

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Disturbed Overwhelmed By Response To Their Comeback

(Metal Hammer) Disturbed frontman David Draiman says he's been overwhelmed by the reaction to their comeback album Immortalized and their subsequent live dates.

And he also reports Disturbed are playing some of the best music of their careers - and says deciding to cover Simon And Garfunkel's The Sound Of Silence was a "daunting" prospect.

Draiman tells Fight+Music: "It's been amazing - the fire has been stoked. We're performing at a level that I personally believe is unprecedented in our careers. The crowds have been amazing, huge.

"We've really been overwhelmed throughout the duration of this cycle with the amount of success that we've seen. We're very, very grateful." Read more here.

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Mastodon's Troy And Hellyeah's Kyle Sanders In Mock Bass-Off

(TeamRock) A video of Mastodon's Troy Sanders and Hellyeah's Kyle Sanders in a bass guitar battle has been released. The two bassist brothers compete in the fictional final of the 2016 Orange Amplifier Classic Competition - where three-year reigning champion Troy loses to his newcomer brother Kyle.

Kyle opens the competition using two 4 Stroke 500's through an OBC810 Cab. Troy fights back with his double OB1-500 amps through a OBC115 and OBC410H full stack. Go to OrangeAmps' website for more information.

Mastodon are to record their follow-up to 2014's Once More 'Round The Sun over the coming weeks. Guitarist Bill Kelliher said: "With the 11 songs that we've recorded so far it's mostly been Brann Dailor and myself - he lives down the street from me, we grew up together and we wrote together." Read more and watch the spoof here.

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The Security Project Announce New Album 'Live 2'

(Prog) The Security Project have announced they'll release their second album "Live 2" later this year. The supergroup - which re-imagines the music of Peter Gabriel - features members of King Crimson, Shriekback and Gabriel's original band. They'll issue Live 2 on October 21st.

Trey Gunn and Michael Cozzi are joined in the by drummer Jerry Marotta, keyboardist David Jameson and singer Brian Cummins. Speaking about the project, Marotta previously said: "Peter was always great at setting the table for us as musicians. He always got us started with great ideas.

"As we were creating Security we had no idea we were making something so unique. I'm proud that with The Security Project we're able to deliver the deepest of those songs, and do it with real conviction - playing them live." Read more here.

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Black Star Riders Announce UK and Ireland Spring Tour

(Classic Rock) Black Star Riders have announced a UK and Ireland tour for March 2017 with Backyard Babies, Gun and the Amorettes, to follow the release of third album Heavy Fire.

The follow-up to The Killer Instinct is currently being recorded with producer Nick Raskulinecz. Guitarist Scott Gorham says: "It's great to be back with Nick. After such a great job on The Killer Instinct it was a no-brainer to continue the relationship. This album is going to blow everyone away."

Frontman Ricky Warwick says: "It seems like ages since we did the Def Leppard and Whitesnake tour, so we're all really looking forward to be back out on the road.

"Our third album will be out just prior to the dates - it's going to be great to play tracks from that along with favourites from the first two records also. Having my old friends from Backyard Babies, Gun and The Amorettes out with us too is just icing on the cake."

The band have released an announcement video. Watch it and see the tour dates here.

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Jethro Tull's 'Stand Up: The Elevated Edition' Coming This Fall

(Prog) Parlophone have announced they'll release Stand Up: The Elevated Edition by Jethro Tull on November 18. The expanded version of the band's second album has been remixed by Steven Wilson in 5.1 surround and stereo. The collection offers bonus tracks and live footage from a concert in Sweden, where they opened for Jimi Hendrix in 1969.

It will also feature the original album's pop-up book artwork and an exclusive 112-page booklet, which includes an extensive history of the album and a track-by-track annotation by Ian Anderson.

Anderson recently picked Stand Up as his favorite album, adding: "Because that was my first album of first really original music. It has a special place in my heart." The packaging can be viewed here.

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Graham Nash Hasn't Ruled Out Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young Reunion

(Classic Rock) Graham Nash says he won't rule out a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young reunion - despite previously saying the band had "no" future. The singer-songwriter has been embroiled in a bitter fight with David Crosby, who he claims has been "awful" to him over the past two years, after he'd previously opened a rift with Neil Young.

Crosby later claimed the "inaccuracies" and "misinformation" of Nash's 2013 memoir Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life had contributed to their spat. The feud reached boiling point last year when the pair had a physical altercation onstage, with Nash insisting Crosby "single-handedly tore the heart out of CSNY and CSN."

But he now appears to have softened his stance on a comeback, after he was told Young hinted at the possibility of future CSNY activity. Nash tells Rolling Stone: "Well, he's right, you never know. There have been times when I've been so pissed at us all for wasting time and not getting on with the job that I wouldn't talk to any of them.

"But if Crosby came and played me four songs that knocked me on my ass, what the f*** am I supposed to do as a musician, no matter how pissed we are at each other?" Read more here.

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Ghost Are Misunderstood By Metal Purists?

(Metal Hammer) Metal purists think Ghost are "too funny" to take seriously, according to one of the band's Nameless Ghouls. But he explains that in medieval times, humor and laughter were believed by some to be the work of the devil - and hints they also use these tools to "screw" with people.

The Nameless Ghoul tells Live Nation: "A couple of record pressing plants didn't want to print our previous record. it was not the upside-down cross or anything, it was a vagina. They just couldn't stand to look at that - that was just too downright blasphemous.

"I do think to a certain degree that we are misunderstood. We started off doing this with the intention of becoming this small horror rock band. It was supposed to be entertaining.

"The more puritan sort of metal people think we're too funny, or too this or that. We want people to be happy." He adds: "We represent humor and happiness. It's quite commonly known that laughter, satire and humor - at least from a medieval point-of-view - was very much regarded as a craft of the devil.

"I've been listening to 'devil music' ever since I was a kid. For me it's so natural, but its rock'n'roll. The tool of the devil is to trick with you to screw with each other." Read more here.

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Sumer Announce Debut UK Headline Tour

(Prog) Sumer have announced their first headline tour of the UK. The eight dates will take place across the country in December, with support on all dates provided by For The Oracle, with Brutai joining both acts for the show at London's O2 Islington Academy 2.

In June, they announced that bass player Taria Dawson would leave the band at the end of 2016 "in the pursuit of real life." But the group have issued a statement, confirming that Dawson will, in fact, remain with the London-based outfit.

The band say: "After a few fairly tumultuous weeks, we are extremely happy to let you all know that Taria has decided to stay with us. There's no way back down this mountain.

"Huge gratitude to all of the awesome bassists that applied for try outs, we're humbled that so many incredible musicians were up for playing for Sumer. We can finally move ahead and continue writing the next album with our beloved T in tow. Thanks for all of your support everybody." See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Imminent Sonic Destruction's The Knife

Imminent Sonic Destruction unleashed their new album 'Triumphia' this week and to celebrate we asked Tony Piccoli to tell us the story behind the song "The Knife":

The Knife is by far the heaviest song from our new album "Triumphia" and was purposely written to be the heaviest song. Triumphia is a concept album featuring the story of two characters, one male, one female, fighting incredible odds to get back to each other. One of the obstacles is the main protagonist called "The Fog" which of course is another song from the album. The Fog starts out in the story as exactly that, FOG. The Fog represents a general haziness that prevents our characters from seeing or believing, hindering them off all strength and will. As the story progresses the two characters have found their way to each other, and The Fog takes on a human form in a last ditch effort to stop the good guys with a physical fight. Musically, the song starts quickly. There is no time to be wasted, and the mood is angry, dark and determined.

As the song says, "without hesitation" one of our characters grabs The Knife and immediately takes The Fog's life in a moment of revenge and extreme clarity. This moment, when The Fog is killed is represented at exactly 3:19 with impressive sub bass explosion leading into what is one of my prouder moments as far is guitar solos go. Before this song, I had never really attempted to "shred" in this manner. The Sub explosion that you hear was a slight matter of contention while recording. Our producer Nick Morris was initially against this idea saying that it reminds him of newer electronically influenced metal bands, feeling like it didn't match what we are doing, but in the end, we won, and now everyone can feel the impact of The Knife as well as hear it. The outro, which is heavy and drags along to fill the listeners imagination of a glorious defeat of the The Fog, was purposely written this way to reflect what would be swirling in someone's head after finally destroying their captors.

As I finished writing the song, I knew the following song on the album would close it out and was going to sound like what it was, a happy ending. So, I needed to come up with a way to transition this dark, brooding and heavy song into a nice and happy acoustic passage. The solution was simple, a slow climb up into a major scale on the piano. This is truly one of my favorite songs I've written, and is a ton of fun to play live.

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

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