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Led Zeppelin Stream Unreleased Song, Jimmy Page Late Night TV

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are streaming a previously unreleased live version of their 1969 classic, "What Is And What Should Never Be", and Jimmy Page will make a guest appearance on the series 49 premiere of BBC2's Later With Jools Holland next week.

The new stream is the latest preview to the forthcoming expanded edition of their 1997 set, "The Complete BBC Sessions" and was Recorded at the Paris Theatre in London on April 1, 1971, the tune from "Led Zeppelin II" is one of eight unreleased tracks featured on the new release.

Page will be on "Later... With Jools Holland" to discuss the release when the show returns for its new series with the half-hour "Later Live" segment broadcast live at 10 p.m. on BBC2 on September 13 before the full hour-long pre-recorded version airs on September 16 at 11:05 p.m.

The package features live recordings selected from Led Zeppelin's appearances on BBC Radio between 1969 and 1971. The set has been newly remastered by Jimmy Page with extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis, providing - for the first time ever - accurate details and notes about all of the band's BBC sessions. Stream the song here.

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Axl Rose Reaches Out To Teen Victim Of Racism

(Classic Rock) Axl Rose has reached out to a teenage waitress in the US after she was victimized by a racist customer. Last month, 18 year old Sadie Elledge - who is of Honduran and Mexican descent and was born in the US - received a note while working at Jess' Quick Lunch in Harrisonburg, Virginia, which stated "We only tip citizens."

The story sparked outrage across the US, with actor Greice Santo stepping in to offer Elledge a makeover through her Glam With Greice project. And following the incident, Santo, who is friends with Rose, called the Guns N' Roses and AC/DC frontman to tell him about the story.

Santo tells Alternative Nation: "I told him about Sadie and he already knew her story. When I told him about Glam With Greice, he actually wanted to fly in personally and invite her to AC/DC's Fort Lauderdale show on August 30 and have her and her family flown down to the show and put up in beautiful hotel rooms. He was going to pick up the whole tab."

Unfortunately, Elledge couldn't make the date due to a family bereavement, but she and her family will now attend AC/DC's show at Washington's Verizon Center on September 17 instead after Rose personally called Elledge during her makeover. Read more here.

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Kings Of Leon Stream New Song 'Waste A Moment'

Kings Of Leon are giving fans a taste of their forthcoming seventh studio album "Walls" with the release of their new single "Waste A Moment".

The band delivered the new track to digital music retailers and is streaming via online services like Spotify and YouTube (check out "Waste A Moment" via the latter here.

Kings Of Leon's new album "WALLS" is set to be released on October 14th and is the following to their 2013 studio album "Mechanical Bull". The group will be announcing their tour plans for the new effort soon. See the tracklisting here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Release 'Go Robot' Video

(hennemusic) The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released a new music video for the track "Go Robot". The song is the latest single from band has released from their current album "The Getaway."

Directed by Thoranna Sigurdardottir and filmed over two days in Brooklyn, New York, the clip was inspired by and recreates classic scenes from "Saturday Night Fever" and features the exact same locations used in the film.

Dancer and performer Stephanie Crousillat makes a cameo alongside frontman Anthony Kiedis, who appears as a nude man wearing a codpiece and a bowler hat and coated in white paint as he walks the city streets before entering a packed club.

"The Getaway"debuted at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 in June with opening week sales of 118,000 equivalent album units (108,000 in traditional album sales). Watch the video here.

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Metallica Stars Look Back At Cliff Burton's Death

(Metal Hammer) Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett have recalled the tour bus crash that killed bassist Cliff Burton 30 years ago this month - and how their first reaction to the tragedy was anger.

Burton died in Sweden on September 27, 1986, when he was thrown out of a bus window after the driver lost control, and the vehicle then rolled over him.

The accident left Hetfield, Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich feeling lost and alone, and struggling to deal with their emotions. Frontman Hetfield would have been sleeping in the same part of the bus as Burton if he hadn't been trying to keep his throat intact from cold air seeping through the windows.

He tells In The Studio: "My throat was going bad, so I was asleep in the back lounge. The tour buses you see here are all metal-sided, but it was all windows on the side, and that was the main cause of the death.

"It hit so-called black ice, skidded out and bounced once, and that's when he went through the window, and the bus went right on him. It was pretty quick and I know he didn't know what hit him."

Hetfield continues: "Coming out and finding your buddy under the bus is not something you want to go through. Our first reaction was anger - one of the things we were good at.

"'Why did this happen? Where's the driver? Let me smell your breath.' I walked for miles looking for this black ice in my underwear, when it's 20 below. There were screams from the crew who were still trapped in there, screaming in pain - broken collar bones, toes, all that." Read more here.

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Alter Bridge Release 'My Champion' Lyric Video

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge have released a lyric video for "My Champion", a track from their forthcoming album, "The Last Hero." The new track follows the lead single, "Show Me A Leader", as the latest preview of Alter Bridge's fifth studio album, which will be released on October 7.

"The lyric was actually inspired by thinking back to my situation as a kid," explains singer Myles Kennedy. "I was this really small, underdeveloped kid who had to work extremely hard to keep up with all of my peers. It was very frustrating.

"I would hear a lot of words of encouragement from parents, coaches, or teachers, though. A lot of those things were stored away, and they manifested themselves in this song. I've been able to apply some of those concepts in my life a thousand times over since then." Watch the "My Champion" video here.

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Guns N' Roses Add New Date To Australian Tour

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses have announced that they have expanded their 2017 Australian tour with the addition of a second concert in Sydney on February 11.

Tickets are on sale now for the show at the city's ANZ Stadium as the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan roll their Not In This Lifetime world tour into the New Year.

With a live lineup rounded out by guitarist Richard Fortus and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese, Guns N' Roses recently wrapped up their North American dates at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on August 23.

The summer trek saw the group sell more than 1 million tickets over the 25-show run, which saw guest appearances by drummer Steven Adler in Cincinnati on July 6, Nashville on July 9 and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on August 19.

Guns N' Roses will next perform shows in South America beginning in Lima, Peru on October 27 and then begin 2017 with dates in Japan in January and New Zealand in early February. here.

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Helmet Announce 'Dead To The World' Album and American Tour

(Classic Rock) Helmet have revealed that their first album in six years will be released next month. The band have signed a deal with earMUSIC for Dead To The World, which will launch on October 28.

And along with announcing the follow-up to 2010's Seeing Eye Dog, Helmet will also head out on a North American tour throughout November and December.

Vocalist and guitarist Page Hamilton says: "Catch phrases, punchlines, guns, bluster, ammo, incivility, impatience, murder. You, me, us, them, life, liberty and the pursuit of property.

"We disagree, we disrespect, discourse disappears in the age of access. When in doubt get loud! It's my way or the highway." here.

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The Enid Lose Two More Members

(Prog) The Enid mastermind Robert John Godfrey has announced that guitarist Max Read and drummer Dave Storey have left the band, soon after vocalist Joe Payne's departure.

Payne exclusively confirmed to Prog this week that he'd decided to move on after five years. Now longtime member Read and co-founder Storey have also departed, leaving a core unit of Jason Ducker, Zachary Bullock and Dominic Tofield.

Godfrey - who retired earlier this year but retains an advisory role - says in a statement: "Big seismic events, such as those which have been going on within The Enid, always lead to changes in the landscape. These destructive upheavals are just a reflection of life itself. There is always a future in the aftermath and the unexpected nearly always happens.

"Dominic was due to take over from Dave at the end of the year. Unfortunately Dave's planned hip operation was rescheduled, leaving him unable to do the gigs planned. Dom Tofield is now The Enid's drummer.

"Max has decided to follow my example and step down from appearing on stage with the band." Read more here.

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Glenn Hughes Announces New Album 'Resonate'

(Classic Rock) Glenn Hughes says his upcoming solo album "Resonate" is the most "grounded rock album" he's ever made. The record is out on November 4 via Frontiers Music and in a new video, the former Black Sabbath and Deep Purple member gives fans a glimpse into studio sessions for his first solo release since 2008's First Underground Nuclear Kitchen.

Hughes says: "This is my first solo album in almost eight years as I've been busy doing other projects. This album is definitely rock - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums - all organic vintage instruments - the most grounded rock album I've made to date. This could be the album I think my fans have been waiting for. I've put every single piece of love and soul and heart into this record."

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.

And Smith says the pair share a "musical telepathy" which makes studio sessions together a pleasure. Read more and watch the video here.

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Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz Inks Solo Album Deal

(Metal Hammer) Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz has signed with Napalm Records to release her debut solo album which will feature past and present members of Arch Enemy.

No release date has been set for the record which will be called Alissa, but White-Gluz - who remains a member of Arch Enemy - says she wants to step away briefly from her band to see more of her "creative adventures unleashed."

She says: "I'm excited to announce that I am currently composing and building my first solo album which will see some more of my creative adventures unleashed.

"It is a welcome creative outlet to unlock all of my lyrical and musical vaults with zero restriction or pressure to conform to any particular style or era. I also pay close attention to what my fans want - I haven't been ignoring the consistent requests for my clean singing voice!" Read more here.

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Rick Wakeman Teams With Astronaut For David Bowie Cover

(Prog) A video of Rick Wakeman and astronaut Chris Hadfield covering David Bowie's Space Oddity has been released. The performance was filmed at the science and arts-based Starmus Festival in Tenerife - which dedicated this year's gathering to Professor Stephen Hawking.

It saw keyboard icon Wakeman, who played mellotron on the original 1969 track, take the stage with the former International Space Station commander on guitar duties. Hadfield's own rendition of the song from the facility went viral in 2014 - with Bowie describing it as "possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created."

Wakeman says: "It's a real honor to have played on probably the two most iconic versions of Space Oddity - the brilliant original with David of course and now this very special version with Chris, that was born 300 miles from planet earth." Watch the video and read more here.

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Voivod Plan To Make New Concept Album

(Prog) Voivod's 14th studio release will take the form of a concept album, according to drummer Michel 'Away' Langevin. The band issued the Post Society EP earlier this year, but they've also been putting ideas together for the follow-up to 2013's Target Earth - with Langevin saying they hope to have the material wrapped up in early 2017.

He tells FOK!: "We're coming back to Europe in October and November with Entombed AD and then we're going to work on the new album and try to deliver it to Century Media early next year. Then we'll have a busy schedule in terms of touring.

"We write on the road and record between tours. Nowadays, we try to record three or four songs at a time, then go on the road and then write more on tour.

"We set up a small studio in the van or on the bus with a laptop and we record a bunch of songs and put them together. But the next album, since it's a concept album, we might have to record the whole thing together to make it solid." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Dave Grohl's Mother Releasing 'From Cradle To Stage'

(Classic Rock) Dave Grohl's mother has written a book about what it's like to raise a rock star. Virginia Hanlon Grohl, an educator and writer, will publish From Cradle To Stage on April 25 next year, complete with foreword by her son.

And she's spoken to other people who have shared similar experiences, including the mothers of REM frontman Michael Stipe, Beastie Boy Mike D, rap star Dr Dre and late singer Amy Winehouse.

Publishers Seal Press say: "While the Grohl family had always been musical, Virginia never expected her son to become a musician, let alone a rock star. But when she saw him perform in front of thousands of screaming fans for the first time, she knew that stardom was meant to be for her son.

"She often wondered about the other mothers who raised rock stars. Were they as surprised as she was about their children's fame? Did they worry about their children's livelihood and wellbeing in an industry fraught with drugs and other dangers? Did they encourage their children's passions despite the odds against success, or attempt to dissuade them from their grandiose dreams? Do they remind their kids to pack a warm coat when they go on tour?" Read more here.

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Katatonia Release Music Video For 'Shifts'

(Prog) Katatonia have released a video for their track Shifts, taken from 10th album The Fall Of Hearts. The follow-up to 2012's Dead End Kings was released in May, and it's their first title to feature guitarist Roger Ojersson and drummer Daniel 'Mojjo' Moilanen.

Frontman Jonas Renkse recently said: "This recording was actually one of the smoothest we have had so far. The vision was strong and we all worked hard to reach the goal that we had set up for ourselves.

"The album is probably everything we unknowingly ever dreamed of to release. It's a bleak but adventurous journey through our elements. We haven't held back - we've pushed to get forward and backward in the ever-spiralling night of our musical legacy." Watch the video here.

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Killswitch Engage's Adam D Wants New Times Of Grace CD

(Metal Hammer) Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz says he's "absolutely on board" with making a new Times Of Grace album next year. He and bandmate Jesse Leach released The Hymn Of A Broken Man in 2011, a year before Leach returned to Killswitch in place of Howard Jones.

Leach said last month that he had four demos made for the record, and that Dutkiewicz had two more, although he was planning to leave most of the writing duties to the guitarist.

Now Dutkiewicz tells Wall Of Sound: "We've already talked about making a new record and I've written about six demos. So it's already in motion. I'm thinking we'll be recording it next year.

"The Hymn Of A Broken Man has a tremendous place in my heart. It came from a different place inside of me, so it'll always have a special place in my heart. I'm absolutely on board with making another record." Read more here.

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Sixx:A.M. Announce New Album Prayers For The Blessed

(hennemusic) Sixx:A.M. will release their new album "Prayers For The Blessed" on November 18. The project is the second volume and companion to "Prayers For The Damned", the current album by the trio of vocalist James Michael, bassist Nikki Sixx and guitarist DJ Ashba.

The band recorded both projects side by side and gave fans the heads up earlier this year that a lot of new music was headed their way. "Sixx:A.M. is in the most creative place of our careers," said Sixx. "For James, DJ and myself, we think it's the perfect time to release so much quality music to our fans who've been supporting us over the last 3 albums."

"Between this album and Vol. 2," added Michael at the time, "we'll leave no stone unturned in our quest to create important music and push the boundaries of rock."

Sixx:A.M. are previewing "Prayers For The Blessed" with a video featuring audio clips of some of the new tunes. Check out the preview here.

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Ringo Starr Makes History With White Album

(Classic Rock) A rare copy of Beatles' 1968 White Album previously owned by drummer Ringo Starr has been named the most expensive vinyl record ever sold at auction.

The drummer's personal copy of the work, a first pressing bearing the number 0000001, had been stored in a vault for 35 years and was in "near mint condition" when it fetched $790,000 at a Los Angeles auction in December. The sale now features in the Guinness World Records.

The record was sold along with 1300 other items belonging to Starr, including artwork and heirlooms, to raise money for his charity, the Lotus Foundation. The collection included the drum kit that he played on Beatles hits including Can't Buy Me Love and I Want to Hold Your Hand, which sold at auction for 1.4 million. here.

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AC/DC Pinball Goes Virtual Reality

(Classic Rock) Stern Pinball have announced an AC/DC table created specifically for virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. The company have a long association with pinball tables, with many of their creations previously converted to games consoles, PCs and tablets.

The AC/DC table features 12 track by the Aussie giants, including Back In Black, You Shook Me All Night Long, Highway To Hell, For Those About To Rock, Thunderstruck, Let There Be Rock and Whole Lotta Rosie.

Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball Inc Gary Stern says: "The combination of rock and pinball can't go wrong. With the introduction of the virtual reality version of AC/DC pinball, we've put an innovative and interactive spin on our much beloved pinball game while playing tribute to one of rock and roll's most influential and memorable bands." Read more here.

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Steven Wilson Sets Release Of New Album 'Blackfield'

(Prog) Steven Wilson has confirmed that the fifth Blackfield album will arrive on November 18 via Kscope. He's also gearing up for a general release of limited-edition 2015 solo record Transience, complete with an additional track, and a fresh run of tour dates.

Despite stepped back from Blackfield in 2009, and announcing a full departure in 2014, Wilson describes his latest work with Aviv Geffen as "a return to the full partnership that made the first two albums such firm favourites with fans."

He adds: "Written and recorded over a period of 18 months in both Israel and England, Blackfield V contains 13 linked songs that form a flowing 45-minute ocean themed song cycle.

"With the pair expertly handling vocals, guitars, and keyboards, Tomer Z from the Blackfield band on drums, and string arrangements performed by the London Session Orchestra, the album is a powerful journey through catchy melodies, lush arrangements, and stunning production.

"Alan Parsons produced three of the album's key tracks. Both musicians consider Blackfield V to be their best collaboration to date." Read more here.

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Knight Area Dropped From Summer's End Lineup

(Prog) The Summer's End festival have announced a change to this year's lineup. The event will take place at the Drill Hall, Chepstow, UK, between September 30 and October 2, but due to "technical demands" Knight Area will no longer perform as planned on the Saturday.

The band say: "Due to technical demands which cannot be met, we have to withdraw from Summer's End. Both organising committee and we as a band decided together in good harmony that we would not be able to take care of a top-notch show as the technical conditions we need to give our audience the show they deserve could not be fulfilled.

"Knight Area will be part of the Summer's End festival in a future edition of the festival and we look forward to this. We feel sorry not to play, especially for the fans who bought tickets, but we hope you will understand that we only want to play if we can perform to the standards we think are necessary for a good show." Read more here.

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John Wesley Streams New Song 'To Outrun The Light'

(Prog) John Wesley has released a lyric video for his track "To Outrun The Light". It's lifted from the Fish and Porcupine Tree collaborator's forthcoming album, A Way You'll Never Be, which is due out on October 7.

Wesley says of his latest song: "The lyrics try and touch upon that moment when you know your life is going to change forever and there is nothing you can do about it. You begin to question your own identity.

"You look back on all the years invested and fear that everything you thought you knew, was wrong to begin with. You wonder if perhaps, you have outrun the light."

The album will be available in Digipak CD, 2LP, CD and digital download. check out the new song and read more here.

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David Crosby Enjoys Solo Freedom

(Classic Rock) David Crosby says there's a "freedom" to having a solo career which he didn't experience when he was in his previous bands. The singer-songwriter, who was a founding member of Crosby, Stills and Nash, says he "strongly" felt the need to carve his own path in the music industry to progress.

He tells Canoe: "There's a freedom to going solo. I have enjoyed being in the bands I've been in. They've been good bands and they've been successful.

"But after a while, you get tired of it. And it kind of devolves to the point where you turn on the smoke machine and play your hits. That's not really good enough.

"There's no forward motion - and I need that. I need it very strongly. I need to keep making new music. And I need to feel like I'm having fun." here.

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