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Guns N' Roses Star Bumblefoot's Cancer Has Returned

(Classic Rock) Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal has revealed that his bladder cancer returned last month - less than three years since his official diagnosis.

The guitarist says he underwent immediate surgery to remove two tumors from his bladder, after he showed doctors a "pee video" of his problem to push for further examination when they dismissed his concerns.

Bumblefoot tells Loudwire: "I would go to different doctors and I would say, 'This ain't normal.' They'd say, 'Oh you're just getting older, it's your prostate.' I've never heard of anyone hitting 40 and pissing blood. Everyone just kept writing me off."

He adds: "I made a video to show the doctors what was going on. I kept the video as a reminder to not let things go. I'm glad I did." Bumblefoot says that he'll need re-checks every three months over the next two years due to the likelihood of cancer recurrence. here.

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Prince's Revolution Band Reunites In Minneapolis

(Radio.com) The Revolution reunited in Minneapolis last week for the first of a series of shows to pay tribute to Prince and video from the reunion has been posted online.

Some of Prince's best-loved albums and singles were recorded under the banner "Prince and the Revolution," a band whose ranks included 16 different musicians through the years.

In the first of three scheduled shows, the band performed favorites like "Purple Rain," "Raspberry Beret" and "The Beautiful Ones." Fans on the ground at the local club called First Avenue shared footage from the reunion on social media. Watch clips from the reunion engagement here.

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Queen Classic Leads List of Most Addictive Songs

(Radio.com) The Queen classic "We Will Rock You" has topped the list of the 20 most addictive songs which was compiled by a team of researchers at the University of St. Andrews.

If you ever wake up with a certain song in your head and you can't shake it, well, you've got an earworm. As neurologist Oliver Sacks explained, they are those pesky bits of music that arise out of nowhere and get stuck in your head for hours or days on end.

The researchers have been studying the inexplicable phenomenon and they discovered an interesting fact: Queen's songs are some of the most addictive. Of the top 20 most addictive songs, Queen made the list three times with "We Will Rock You" coming in at number one (via NME).

Researcher Bede Williams told NME an earworm depended upon five key factors: surprise, predictability, rhythmic repetition, melodic potency and receptiveness (how the listener feels about the song). "If you look at the songs which emerged from the research, they all have a distinctive rhythmic fingerprint. If we remove the melody, they're still recognizable by their rhythm alone," Williams said. Read more and see the list here.

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Metallica Share Their Reflections On Cliff Burton

(Metal Hammer) Metallica have discussed their feelings about late bassist Cliff Burton in a video for their book about Master Of Puppets. He died in a tour bus crash in 1986, soon after the release of the band's groundbreaking third album. But his legacy is still remembered by his bandmates, along with the continuing influence of his father Ray. Watch the video below.

Discussing Metallica: Back To The Front, which is published this month, frontman James Hetfield says: "I still miss Cliff, no doubt. I'd love to see him again at some point. So seeing photos that I haven't seen before, especially where we're together, that is awesome. To get another piece of him back into my heart is great."

Drummer Lars Ulrich says of Ray: "He's a great human being. The fact that he's Cliff Burton's dad is another reason we love having him around. But that's not the primary reason. Ray has weather all of these experiences with a smile on his face. Whenever he walks into a room he always has this incredible positive energy."

Hetfield adds: "When I grow up I want to be Ray Burton!" here.

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Architects Fans Over $41K In Tom Searle's Memory

(Metal Hammer) Architects fans have raised more than $41,000 for Martlets Hospice in Hove in memory of the late Tom Searle. The guitarist died of cancer aged 28, following a three-year battle with the disease late last month. Since then, more than 1000 donations have been made to a JustGiving campaign set up in his name from fans across the globe.

Martlets Hospice say it's the "biggest response" the hospice has ever seen to an online fundraising page. The charity's income generation director Sally Brighton says: "Whilst the fundraising is amazing, we cannot lose sight of the tragedy of Tom's death. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans at this desperately sad time.

"We hope that all who loved him will find some comfort in seeing how many people have been moved to donate to Martlets. It is truly humbling. The funds raised will help Martlets to continue providing hospice care for local people and their families when they need us most. We are extremely grateful for everyone's support." here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Unsure About This Is Bat Country DVD

(Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevenfold's M Shadows says the release of their highly anticipated This Is Bat Country DVD is out of their hands amid legal wranglings with their label Warner Bros.

The vocalist says their estranged record company own the rights to the footage - but he doesn't think it was "good enough" to come out anyway. Shadows tells Loudwire: "The reality is the DVD just never got there. I know some fans don't want to hear this, but for us when we're looking at something and deciding on whether to put it out or not, it's gotta go through some sort of process or, 'Is this good enough to come out?'"

He adds: "We're still trying to make tweaks to it, but then there's also the Warner Bros thing. We're not with Warner Bros anymore and they own the rights to that footage.

"So, I don't know what's going to happen with that DVD. The real answer is just that it wasn't up to par with what we wanted to be releasing." Read more here.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Release 'Jesus Alone' Video

(Classic Rock) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have released a video for their track "Jesus Alone." The song will feature on their upcoming 16th album Skeleton Tree, which is out on September 9 via their Bad Seeds Ltd label.

The promo features footage from the film One More Time With Feeling, which was overseen by director Andrew Dominik. The project has evolved from a performance-based concept into a movie partly inspired by the death of Cave's teenage son Arthur after he fell from a cliff last year. It includes interviews and footage which "delve into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album."

A trailer was released last month, with Cave saying: "Most of us don't want to change, really, I mean why should we? What we do want is sort of modifications on the original model.

"But what happens when an event occurs that is so catastrophic, that we just change. We change from the known person to an unknown person, so that when you look at yourself in the mirror - do you recognise the person that you were? That the person inside the skin is a different person?" Watch the video here.

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Temple Of The Dog Stream 'Hunger Strike Remix

(Classic Rock) Temple Of The Dog have launched a brand-new remix of classic track Hunger Strike, ahead of their first-ever tour and the re-release of their self-titled 1991 album.

The extended 25th anniversary edition arrives on September 30, after Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron plus Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Mike McCready won a legal battle to have the master tapes returned.

They'll hit the road in November, with Cornell having said: "This is something no one has ever seen - we wanted to stop and recognise that we did this, and pay homage."

It's not known whether Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder, who provides second lead voice on Hunger Strike, will take part in the tour. Guitarist McCready recently said: "I don't know, and that's kind of up to him. I would love it if he did." He added that the band could tour further afield "if these go well." here.

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Slayer Release 'Pride In Prejudice' Video Preview

(Metal Hammer) Slayer have released a teaser for their forthcoming video, "Pride In Prejudice". It's the third installment of their video trilogy for their latest album, Repentless.

It follows the You Against You promo, which launched in March, and once again features Machete star Danny Trejo - who also appeared in the video for Repentless - the first part of the trilogy.

The full video for Pride In Prejudice is expected over the coming days. Trejo, who played a leading character in a prison riot scene, said: "In prison there's only two kinds of people - predators and prey. Being a Slayer fan, I'm a predator."

Guitarist Kerry King recently predicted that Slayer's next album won't arrive until at least 2018 - even though they have nine songs left over from making their latest record.

He said: "We've got lots of leftover material from the last album because we wrote so much stuff, and we recorded a bunch of it too. If the lyrics don't change the songs musically, those songs are done.

"We could probably start doing something at the end of next year - but we've still got a lot of touring going on next year. I'm guessing it won't be '18 before we record anything." Watch the video clip here.

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Crowbar Stream New Song 'Falling While Rising'

(Metal Hammer) Crowbar have streamed their track Falling While Rising, the lead track from upcoming album The Serpent Only Lies. The band's 11th album is released on October 28 and follows 2014's Symmetry In Black.

Mainman Kirk Windstein says: "Falling While Rising is the epitome of Crowbar - the song is heavy, powerful, emotional and full of massive riffs. Hope everyone enjoys it and is ready for the full record."

The frontman, who left Down two years ago to concentrate full-time on his own band, went back and listened to their early material before starting work on The Serpent Only Lies. He said: "Having this be our eleventh record, we're very fortunate because so many bands don't last this long."

Adding that he took a "Motorhead outlook" to his career, he went on: "If you continue to put out killer records, continue to kick ass onstage every night and continue to treat your fans with respect, that's the stuff people will remember." Stream the song here.

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Steve Hackett Rocks Genesis Classics In New Video

(Prog) A video of Steve Hackett performing Genesis songs "Cinema Show" and "Aisle Of Plenty" live has been released. The show was captured live at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall in October last year. It sees the former Genesis guitarist perform alongside vocalist Nad Sylvan, keyboardist Roger King and multi-instrumentalist Rob Townsend on sax and flute duties.

Hackett recently said he's most proud of his album Tribute, inspired by classical musicians Andres Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams. He said of the work: "It's a bit like Shakespeare for an actor, so I quite see why someone who, having done blockbusters would just want to go and act Hamlet. It's lovely to be able to do things that are out of character - there is no such thing as Steve Hackett - what there is, is an awful lot of music and influences that he assimilated over many, many years, and now I'm in the position to be a sufficiently plausible character actor, to wander in and out of these various schools."

He's currently working on the follow-up to last year's Wolflight, and is also set to perform with Genesis tribute act Genetics in Lima, Peru on September 8. Watch the video here.

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The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains Announced

(Prog) A Pink Floyd exhibition is to launch at London's Victoria And Albert Museum next spring. The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is the first major international retrospective of the British group. Described as an "immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey," it'll explore the music, visuals and staging used by the band throughout their career.

It features more than 350 items, including instruments, music technology, original designs, architectural drawings, handwritten lyrics and psychedelic prints and posters. Highlights include previously unreleased concert footage, set and construction pieces from their album covers, such as The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and The Division Bell, and a custom-designed laser light show.

V&A director Martin Roth says: "The V&A is perfectly placed to exhibit the work of a band that is as recognizable for its unique visual imagery as for its music. Pink Floyd is an impressive and enduring British design story of creative success." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Release Red 'N' Black Beer Launch Video

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden have shared a video of their Red 'N' Black beer leaving the Robinsons Brewery. The band's third ale was announced back in March and was inspired by the song The Red And The Black from latest album The Book Of Souls.

It's a rich porter that looks black but glows red when lit up, and clocks in at 6.8%ABV in a bottle, or 5.8%ABV from a cask - and it's available worldwide now through importers. It'll arrive on Morrisons shelves in the UK from Monday, September 5. It can also be purchased through Robinsons website.

It follows the original Trooper, launched in 2014, and the stronger 666 edition that arrived in 2015. Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson collaborated with Robinsons Brewery head brewer Martyn Weeks to create the recipe. Read more and watch the video here.

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Ryan Adams New Album Influenced By AC/DC, Springsteen

(Gibson) Ryan Adams fans will likely detect an eclectic range of influences on the singer-songwriter's forthcoming yet-to-be-titled album which is slated for release on November 4..

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Adams revealed that AC/DC, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bruce Springsteen and Electric Light Orchestra impacted the LP's sonic direction.

"When I run, I listen to [an iPod] Nano that I have," he said. "I put all the AC/DC records on from back to front, or I'll listen to the best of stuff from the '80s: Springsteen, or [Nick] Hornsby, and I'll listen to what is going on there. I was listening to AC/DC's Fly on the Wall, and that's when I realized what I had to do for the record." Read more here.

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Parkway Drive Announce Tour With Asking Alexandria

(Metal Hammer) Parkway Drive have announced their Unbreakable European and UK tour with Asking Alexandria next spring. The Australian outfit will kick off the trek at Prague's Forum Karlin in Czech Republic in March in support of their latest album Ire, which they re-launched as a deluxe package in July. They also released a video for bonus song Devil's Calling.

Frontman Winston McCall said of the record: "We had a band meeting and it turned out all of us were thinking the same thing - none of us would get creative fulfilment out of writing another Parkway metalcore album.

"It was a really odd point to be at. We didn't want to stop what Parkway was about, but at the same time there had to be a different way of doing it." Parkway Drive are currently touring North America with We Came As Romans and Counterparts. See the new dates here.

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Twisted Sister Perform Classic Song On FOX News

(hennemusic) Twisted Sister performed a set of classics on the FOX News Channel program FOX & Friends on September 2 and video of the performance has been posted online.

The appearance as part of the morning show's All American Summer Concert Series saw the group deliver a 5-song set that featured the 1983 track "The Kids Are Back" alongside four tunes from 1984's "Stay Hungry", including "I Wanna Rock", "Burn In Hell", "The Price" and "We're Not Gonna Take It."

The band's breakthrough album, "Stay Hungry" earned triple platinum status for sales of more than 3 million copies in the States while "We're Not Gonna Take It" peaked at No. 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while becoming their first and only US Top 40 hit.

Twisted Sisterwill wrap up their live career with a hometown farewell performance next month and an appearance at the Metal Meeting Fest in Monterrey, Mexico on November 12.

"As 2016 marks the end of our live performing career," says guitarist Jay Jay French, "Twisted Sister is looking forward to returning to the tri-state NYC area for the final time to the Rock Carnival at First Energy Park in Lakewood, N.J., on Oct 1, 2016.

"In celebrating our 40th anniversary and our farewell to live performing, we are bringing our '40 & F-k It' worldwide farewell tour one last time to the area that created us!" here.

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Neil Young Reveals Archives Vol. 2 Project Details

(Gibson) Neil Young has told Uncut magazine about the status of his anticipated Archives Vol. 2 project and his manager, Elliot Roberts, has further updated Billboard on this second volume, telling them it is "nearly completed and should surface in 2017".

"I'm putting a website out, probably just before Christmas," Young says. "It'll be my entire archives on a website. You can listen to music, and you'll see where albums are that are pencilled in, not finished. From throughout a 40 or 50-year span, you'll see unfinished records behind you, in front of you, right now, way in the future."

The contents include Hal Ashby's film of Young's 1982-83 one-man Trans Tour, a Tim Pope chronicle of an early Young concert in England, and 2003's Greendale. Read more here.

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Purson Announce UK Fall Tour

(Prog) Purson have announced a UK headline tour for November. The run of shows will take place following Rosalie Cunningham and co's performance at the Norwich Sound And Vision festival in mid-October, and will wrap up at the previously announced Brain Freeze Festival in Wales on November 25.

The dates have been lined up in support of Purson's second album Desire's Magic Theatre, which was released in May via Spinefarm Records. Earlier this year, Cunningham said that while the band's sound could change as they move forward, 60s psychedelia would always be part of Purson's identity.

She told Prog: "I'm very open-minded about the direction musically - it really could go anywhere. There has always been that root which is mainly the Beatles, but also 60s psychedelia has turned me on since I was very young. I think that's always going to be there - but it could go heavier, it could go classical." Read more and see the tour dates here.

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