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Gregg Allman Announces Return Following Serious Illness

Rock legend Gregg Allman revealed that he has been 'given a clean bill of health from his doctors' following a serious illness that caused him to cancel his summer tour dates.

He announced that his first show back will be taking place at the Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado on September 25th during his Laid Back Festival where he will be playing an acoustic set prior to ZZ Top's headline performance.

Allman had this to say, "I just can't wait to get back out there. I've gotten so stir crazy these last few weeks. I feel best when I'm traveling and playing. That's what keeps me going, and there's no better place to start than Red Rocks."

He will be following the Red Rocks performance with an appearance at the Laid Back Atlanta festival on October 29th and then he will launch his annual residency at City Winery in New York with the first of the 10 shows scheduled to take place on November 6th. Read more here.

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Axl Rose Manager Slams AC/DC Tour Critics

(Classic Rock) Axl Rose manager Beta Lebeis has slammed AC/DC fans unhappy with the Guns N' Roses singer's presence in the band's current lineup. He's partway through helping them complete their Rock Or Bust world tour after Brian Johnson was forced to bow out when threatened with permanent hearing loss in April.

Rose's double duties have drawn criticism from some followers of Angus Young's band - but Lebeis doesn't want to hear any more of it. In a series of Instagram posts which appear to have been since removed (reported by Alternative Nation) she said last week: "Do them a favor - don't come or watch any shows. They don't need a**holes like you around. You are an illness to both bands.

She added: "I'm sure all of you wish Brian would be there, but Brian is sick. For God's sake just appreciate what's up there and stop being so selfish. Grow up and stop complaining. This is also about Angus and his mates - have some respect for them." Read the rest of the comments here.

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Original Misfits Lineup May Record New Album

(Classic Rock) The reunited classic original Misfits lineup could return to the studio, according to the band's Jerry Only. Only, along with Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein and Glenn Danzig, announced in May that they'd get back together for two live performances this month in Denver and Chicago.

And with the Denver set now under their belts, Only reports that further work together could be on the cards. He tells Rolling Stone: "I want it to continue. I know Doyle wants it to continue. I know Glenn wants it to continue. We just have to be big enough people to make it continue. And that's where we're at. Whatever it takes.

"We're going into our 40th anniversary so the timing couldn't be more perfect. Eventually, Doyle's got to write a new album, I've got to write a new album and Glenn's got to write a new album.

"Why don't we work together and make the greatest album ever? Now we've got different elements." Read more here.

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Motley Crue Reportedly Sued Over Farewell Tour Merch

(hennemusic) Motley Crue are reportedly being sued by a pair of photographers over merchandise sold during the band's lengthy two-year farewell tour, according to a report by TMZ.

The gossip site reports that Barry Levine and Neil Zlozower filed a lawsuit in New York on Tuesday seeking compensation, damages and attorney's fees after images they both shot of the band were used on a variety of merchandise without their permission.

The Final Tour consisted of 130 concerts around the United States, 16 shows in Europe, 5 shows in Asia, 6 shows in Australia region, and one in South America with a reported gross earnings of approximately 86 million dollars.

"In the 1980s," states the suit, "Zlozower and Levine photographed the members of the Motley Crue band at Zlozower and Levine's respective studios in Los Angeles. Zlozower and Levine used their own cameras, lighting equipment, film, batteries, backdrops, and accessories. Zlozower and Levine directed the band members as to where to stand, how to pose, and where to position.

"Defendants infringed Plaintiff's copyright in the Photographs by reproducing, publicly displaying, and selling the Photographs on merchandise. Defendants are not, and have never been, licensed or otherwise authorized to reproduce, publicly display, distribute, sell and/or use the Photographs on merchandise." Read more here.

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Stevie Nicks And The Pretenders Announce North American Tour

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks has announced that she will be launching a North America solo tour this fall that will feature support from The Pretenders.

Nicks will be hitting the road in support of her latest release, "24 Karat Gold -Songs From the Vault." The 27-city tour that will begin in Phoenix, Arizona on October 25.

Nicks recently completed a 14-month, 122-date tour with Fleetwood Mac and saw an opportunity in her schedule to launch a solo trek of her own.
"I just woke up one morning and said I have two years off before Fleetwood Mac comes knocking on my door [for another tour]," she tells the New York Times. "Why would I want to sit around and do nothing?" See the tour dates
here.

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Black Country Communion Begin Work On New Album

(hennemusic) Rock supergroup Black Country Communion have regrouped to begin writing sessions for their fourth album, according to a social media post by bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes.

"Here we go BCC friends, followers & fans," posted Hughes along with an image to his social media sites on Monday. "Here is Joe Bonamassa and I… we started writing BCC4 at my LA home today. Full of gratitude and for our friendship… I want to thank all of you for your love and support."

Hughes and Bonamassa, alongside keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham, revealed plans earlier this year to reunite after the lineup disbanded in early 2013.

Black Country Communion will once again team up with producer Kevin Shirley for the project, which is expected to be issued sometime in 2017. "We're refurbishing the fuel tanks and refitting the rocket," posted Shirley in April. "Getting ready for takeoff in 2017 again, and I'm fired up... who's ready for another dose of BCC!?" Read more and see the photo here.

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Architects Apprehensive About Playing Without Tom Searle

(Metal Hammer) The prospect of Architects playing live without the late Tom Searle is "frightening," his brother Dan has admitted. The drummer says their first shows without the guitarist, who died from cancer aged just 28 last month, will be an "enormous challenge" which will bring out a lot of "difficult emotions" - but the band see them as an opportunity to celebrate Tom's life.

Dan says: "It's difficult to know what to expect from these shows. This is such a unique set of circumstances. Perhaps other bands would have cancelled, and I wouldn't blame them. It's not comfortable. It's frightening.

"It's going to force us to face a lot of the difficult emotions that grief inevitably brings about. Being on stage without him, headlining venues that we always dreamt about playing together and performing songs that he wrote about his own mortality - it's going to be an enormous challenge. What I do hope is that we all find some catharsis from performing.

"I don't expect closure, I don't know if I'll ever experience such a thing, but perhaps we can find some solace, comfort, peace or relief from getting on stage each night." Read more here.

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Godsmack's Sully Erna Unplugging For Solo Tour

Godsmack frontman Sully Erna has announced that he will be unplugging for a U.S. tour this fall that he will be launching in support of his forthcoming solo album.

The Hometown Tour will feature Erna accompanied by guitarist Tim Theriault (Crossfire, Heavens to Murgatroi) for what is being billed as an "intimate acoustic evening".

The tour is set to kick off on October 26th in Atlanta, GA at Center Stage and will be wrapping up on November 23rd in Boston, MA at the Wilbur Theatre.

The solo tour will be in support of Erna's forthcoming album "Hometown Life", which is set to be released on September 30th. See the dates for the trek here.

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Pixies Release 'Tenement Song' Video

(Classic Rock) Pixies have released a video for their track "Tenement Song". The song comes from upcoming album Head Carrier, to be launched on September 30 - their first to feature bassist Paz Lenchantin as an official band member.

Frontman Black Francis recently explained how their sixth album came to include a thank-you song to former member Kim Deal after Lenchantin misheard a demo and inadvertently came up with a totally different track.

Francis reported: "She says, 'Maybe it could be the start of a new song.' I said, 'Absolutely, Paz, but you have to sing it.' She said, 'You have to write the words. You have to write about Kim Deal.' So that's what we did."

Pixies begin a European tour in November, with UK dates to follow in December. Watch the video and see the dates here.

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Sick Of It All Releasing 'When The Smoke Clears' For 30th Anniversary

(TeamRock) Sick Of It All will celebrate their 30th anniversary with the release of their When The Smoke Clears package. It will feature a five-track EP and a coffee table art book which includes rare photos and personal liner notes from punk peers such as AFI's Davey Havok, Hot Water Music's Chuck Ragan, Gorilla Biscuits' Arthur Smilios and Dropkick Murphys' Matt Kelly. It launches on November 4.

Guitarist Pete Koller tells Out Of Step fanzine: "30 years - well, it was fun. I would not say an achievement because we never really wanted to achieve something. We just kept on playing.

"There are also no regrets. What's done is done and if you f***ed something up back then, so what?" He adds: "There is no secret on how to keep doing what you do for 30 years. When we came along, it seemed to be the perfect time for our Sick Of It All style of hardcore. We have a certain style - it changed over the years, but not much." Read more here.

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Lindemann Hope To Tour And Make Another Album

(Metal Hammer) Lindemann plan further activity, according to Hypocrisy and Pain man Peter Tagtgren. The multi-instrumentalist says he wants to hit the road with Rammstein's Till Lindemann in support of their project's 2015 debut album Skills In Pills - but they need to wait until the frontman has fulfilled touring and recording duties.

When asked if they'll take the album on the road, he tells Metal Wani: "We think so. We need to respect when Rammstein is back working, and we have to wait for the next break, I think, if we can do something. We have ideas for a lot of songs laying around."

Tagtgren also says he's put Hypocrisy on the back-burner while he focuses on the release of Pain's forthcoming album Coming Home on September 9.

He adds: "There will definitely be an album, but I don't know exactly when. We have to come up with some material and listen to it and make choices about how we're going to do things. But I'm sure it's going to be pretty brutal like the last one." here.

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Megadeth's Kiko Jams With Buskers In Turkey

(Classic Rock) A video of Megadeth's Kiko Loureiro jamming with buskers in Turkey has been released. The guitarist meets up with various musicians while on tour in Istanbul to try out traditional Turkish guitars and get a taste of local culture.

Loureiro says: "Another day on tour with Megadeth. Do you wanna know what was going on in our trip to Turkey? It's a day off and I found a few street musicians. I tried to play with them.

"Here are some snapshots of life on the road, what it's like living the dream of playing around the globe in a legendary band with great people and killer musicians.

"Not only do I have the chance to play in amazing cities, but also sometimes we have the time to visit, enjoy and learn a lot about other cultures. Isn't it the perfect job?" Watch the video and read more here.

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Gary Clark Jr Announces Rare Solo Shows

Gary Clark Jr. has announced that he will be playing three rare solo shows this December and he and his full band will be performing on Jimmy Kimmel live in October.

The newly announced shows are billed as A Very Special Evening With Gary Clark Jr. and include two shows at the Paramount Theater Austin, Tx (Dec. 4th and 5th) and one show in New York City at Carnegie Hall on December 8th.

Clark's Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance will be taking place on October 6th. The late night television show airs on the ABC Network 11:35 pm EST/PST, and 10:35 pm CT.

He will be performing "Take Me Down" on the show. The song is a new original track created for the forthcoming film "Deepwater Horizon". In other film soundtrack news, a new version of the song "Church" will appear in the film "Citizen Solder". See the tour dates here.

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Norah Jones Leads Additions To Tom Petty Tribute Festival

Norah Jones, Matthan Minster of Cage The Elephant and Darren Criss (from the television show Glee) have been added to the lineup of the newly expanded Petty Fest.

The tribute event that celebrates the music of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, has been expanded to two nights and will now take place on September 13th and 14th at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.

Jones, Minster and Criss join the lineup of the previously announced Jakob Dylan, Carly Rae Jepsen, Brandon Boyd of Incubus, Matt Shultz of Cage The Elephant*, Dhani Harrison, Cameron Avery of Tame Impala, Lissie, Summer Moon featuring Nikolai Fraiture, Stephen Perkins, Nikki Lane, Brett Dennen*, The Pierces, Cory Chisel, Jonathan Tyler, The Shelters, Eric Pulido of Midlake, Elvis Perkins, Emily Armstrong of Dead Sara, Adriel Denae, J-Council. Find more information about the festival here.

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Airbourne Reveal Theme Of 'Breakin' Outta Hell' Album

(TeamRock) Airbourne say their upcoming fourth album Breakin' Outta Hell was made to help people get through a "hard time." The Australian band also say that the follow-up to 2013's Black Dog Barking embodies their own life motto, 'World off, music on.'

Singer and guitarist Joel O'Keeffe told a press conference in Paris: "Breakin' Outta Hell, it's for everybody that's having a hard time, or even if you've just had a hard week at work, or at university studying, trying to learn economics or stuff that you don't know what the f*** is going on, and you're, like, 'I just wanna rock.'

"Anyone who's having a bit of a sh*t day, we've got a saying, it's called, 'World off, music on.' So that's what it's about. Breakin' Outta Hell - and rock'n'roll is your one-way ticket out."

They say their song When I Drink I Go Crazy is based on a night out they were on - during which Joel stood in the middle of the road "directing traffic like a ninja." here.

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An Evening For Jack Bruce Tribute Show Announced

(Classic Rock) The life and music of Jack Bruce is to be celebrated at a one-off show in London next month. An Evening For Jack, held at the city's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on October 25, marks the two year anniversary of the late Cream bassist's death in 2014, aged 71.

Following on from last year's tribute show, which featured Ginger Baker, Ian Anderson, Phil Manzanera and more, the event will host a number of special guests that the late Cream bassist worked with throughout his career. They will be announced in due course.

All proceeds raised will be donated to Nordoff Robbins and Jack's favorite local charity, East Anglian Children's Hospices. Jack's musician son Malcolm says: "This will be a celebration and a musical journey through my father's life. His musical interests were diverse, but through it all shines his personality, his individual approach to song writing and his trailblazing abilities as a bass player, singer and improviser." Read more here.

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In Flames Release New From The Heart Of Gothenburg DVD Preview

(Metal Hammer) In Flames have released another trailer for their forthcoming Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg DVD, which is set to be released on September 23rd.

The Swedish outfit's live package was recorded in November 2014 during the band's performances at Hovet in Stockholm and Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Guitarist Bjorn Gelotte said: "This DVD is for everyone who has been following our career. We have songs from the early years, the middle years and the new era.

"It has to be fun for us to play but also fun for the audience to watch and we try to get a good flow with nice dynamics and different songs." Watch the preview video and read more here.

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Singled Out: Scattered Hamlet's Swamp Rebel Machine

Southern rockers Scattered Hamlet recently released a video for their new single "Swamp Rebel Machine" and to celebrate we asked Adam Joad to tell us about the track, which comes from their forthcoming album. Here is the story:

This tune is built on one of Adam Newell's heaviest riff to date I think. It's slow, driving and with the slide it captures the essence of that Delta Blues that's always a major driver of our approach to music. Swamp Rebel Machine was picked as the title track for the album because it captures the spirit of the album. The theme of it is pretty typical of my approach in that it's autobiographical, it celebrates back woods culture and it hints at the supernatural. For me I feel like my life was always driving in a single direction and when I tried to move in a different direction I just kept getting pulled back, "It's in my blood it's in my veins." It's all like the motor that drives our machine and that's what the song is about. Shiny chrome, Old Crow Bourbon, Red Man Chew etc. I sing about a lot of themes you'd find in country music, real country music, not modern Nashville pop to be clear.

Sound wise we went with late 60's and early 70's Marshalls dialed back on the gain so the player's emotion could come through. It's most played on a 70's Les Paul but the slide stuff is on a Fender. The basic foundation was cut live at the same studio they did the last Motorhead album so there's good metal ju ju in there. We really didn't think about radio play, what's cool right now or any business crap like that when we wrote and cut this. We just wanted to make the best tune we could and do it in a style that we know we like and that all the people out there on the road we've been seeing would respond to. To me making a copy of a copy of a copy is silly and futile. There's plenty of people doing certain things well and we just didn't want to copy that for some short term success or the approval of some industry insider. We did what we wanted to do with this album, if it sucks it's 100% our fault but we did it our way and came up with something I'm extremely proud of and that shows growth as a band. Anyway, you don't have to be from a swamp somewhere in Louisiana or from a hilltop in Appalachia like me to appreciate this and we hope folks dig it and its authenticity.

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

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