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AC/DC Member Dismisses Lineup Changes Criticism

(Classic Rock) AC/DC drummer Chris Slade has dismissed criticism of lineup changes, described the band as a jigsaw where every piece slots into place. In the brief video interview it seems he couldn't disagree more with predecessor Phil Rudd, who last month said he didn't want to rejoin Angus Young's band while Axl Rose was fronting them.

Slade says in the clip, "AC/DC is an institution for a start. Fans feel part of the family and it's a good feeling - a really good feeling." The Welshman explains how his brother gave him his first drumming lessons at the age of 10, and how his head-height bass drums became part of his stage set. He adds: "My role is to keep time and drive the band as much as I can. Playing with these guys is a jigsaw, and everything slots into place."

Meanwhile, in a separate video, AC/DC crew members Trace Foster and Greg Howard have discussed how working with the band is "both the easiest gig and the hardest gig" due to the relative lack of equipment used by guitarists Angus and Stevie Young. Watch both videos here.

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Scott Stapp Fronted Art Of Anarchy Announce Live Debut

Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp will be making his return to the concert stage when supergroup Art Of Anarchy make their live debut next month.

The group announced that they will be playing their very first concert at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on Thursday, Oct 27th where they will performing a set of new songs which will be part of the album that they are currently recording.

The project, which features Disturbed bassist John Moyer, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and twin brothers Jon and Vince Votta, recruited late Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland to recording their debut self-titled album.

In May, the group announced that they had recruited Stapp to be their permanent singer and they are expected to release a new single from their forthcoming album "The Madness" sometime this fall. Read more here.

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Richie Sambora Open To Bon Jovi Reunion

(Classic Rock) Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora won't rule out a return to the band in the future - but he says he has something to prove first. He's gearing up for the release of his album with girlfriend Orianthi under their RSO banner, which he hopes will demonstrate that there's more to both artists than the public currently believe.

Sambora tells News.com.au: "There's not a lot of male/female duos going on in the world right now - especially two guitar players like us two. First of all the world doesn't know how good Ori sings and writes. The world knows how amazing a guitarist she is, but she's more amazing than people think.

"Then on the other hand you've got me. I'm just Jon Bon Jovi's sideman for most people. That's what they know me as. Now we're together and we're doing something that means something. We've got something to prove to people - we can do this too. Together I think we've reached something that is a new sound." Read more here.

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Atreyu Frontman Slams Metal Vocal Trend

(Metal Hammer) Atreyu frontman Alex Varkatzas says clean vocals in metalcore music have become "whiny and annoying" in recent years. He admits his own band fell victim to the mistake after finding it difficult to go against the wishes of their record label. And he wishes more bands would return to the formula as used by Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach and ex Howard Jones.

Atreyu released sixth album Long Live in September 2015, following a four-year hiatus in which he believes the approach to vocals has changed for the worse.

Varkatzas tells Banger TV: "Since our break, the way it's evolved, it's got really whiny. The melodic vocals are super-f***ing whiny and annoying in a lot of bands.

"I think that's a sh*tty direction. I like a Killswitch Engage vocal, like Jesse or Howard. You can sing and have clean vocals, and make it really f***ing powerful."

He blames record labels for what he sees as a wrong turn. "The first Atreyu record was 100% aggression," he recalls. "On A Death-Grip On Yesterday I started to do a little bit of melody, but not really singing.

"Then when you go to a major label, they're like, 'We need to do this, we need to do that, you've got to change this.' You have to try to get your record done no matter what." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Iron Maiden Frontman Says Fans 'Didn't Want To Be Thieves'

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has said that the music industry's struggle to adapt to the digital era are a lesson to other businesses. And he's made a direct comparison to the oil industry, which is facing a massive financial downturn as the price of fuel has plummeted recently.

He believes businesses need to adjust their approach to what they do, rather than relying on traditional approaches, like the major labels did when they pursued music fans for illegal downloading at the turn of the century.

Dickinson tells Energy Voice: "People didn't want to be thieves - they were just enthusiastic about bands, and couldn't believe their luck. When record labels got turned over by digital, it didn't mean people stopped wanting music. It just meant people didn't want to pay for records any more.

"They still pay for music, only in different ways. They buy the t-shirt, the concert ticket, the merchandise - but the music itself they get pretty much for free."

The musician, pilot and businessman believes that oil companies will "go the way of the dinosaurs" if they don't heed the warning made plain by music companies' experiences. Read more here.

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Carmine and Vinny Appice Team Up For New Album

(Classic Rock) Drummer brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice have launched a pledge campaign for their first-ever collaborative album. It's set to include brand-new songs along with material from each of their careers, which span stints with Black Sabbath, Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge and many others.

Carmine, 69, is cited as an influence by Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain, Queen's Roger Taylor, and Motley Crue's Tommy Lee. He's worked with Stewart, Vanilla Fudge, Paul Stanley, Michael Schenker and PInk Floyd, among others.

Younger brother Vinny, 58, is known for his work with Sabbath, Dio, Big Noize, John Lennon, Kill Devil Hill, Last In Line and much more. The Appices say: "After decades in this crazy music business, we will sit down for the first time ever and write and record songs rogether.

"This is very exciting for us - we're reaching out to our fans to help us get this album recorded. As Ringo Starr said, 'We'll get by with a little help from our friends.'" Read more here.

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Giraffe Tongue Orchestra Preview 'Blood Moon' Video

(Metal Hammer) Giraffe Tongue Orchestra have released a preview clip for their upcoming video "Blood Moon". The band, featuring William DuVall of Alice In Chains, Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Brent Hinds of Mastodon, will launch debut album Broken Lines on September 23.

Frontman DuVall recently said: "It has a lot of what people might expect - a lot of riffing, a lot of stuff going on. There's a feast for the senses.

"But as much of that heavy, progressive stuff is there, there are also more straightforward tunes. A couple of them you might be able to dance to as much as headbang to. We all have eclectic tastes and we wanted to represent all of that."

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra are rounded out by Deathklok's Pete Griffin and former The Mars Volta drummer Thomas Prigden. John Theodore of Queens Of The Stone Age plays on two album tracks. They delivered their first live shows at this year's Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK last month. Watch the video clip here.

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Peter Gabriel Streams New Song 'The Veil'

(Prog) Peter Gabriel has released a stream of his new track "The Veil." The former Genesis man wrote the song specifically for the upcoming Oliver Stone-directed film Snowden based on the experiences of Edward Snowden, the computer professional who leaked classified information from the US's National Security Agency in 2013.

Gabriel says of the track: "As we become so visible in the digital world and leave an endless trail of data behind us, exactly who has our data and what they do with it becomes increasingly important.

"Snowden's revelations shocked the world and made it very clear why we need to have some way to look over those who look over us. With increasing terrorist attacks, security is critical, but not without any accountability or oversight." Read more and stream the song here.

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Pretenders Stream New Song 'Holy Commotion'

(Classic Rock) The Pretenders have released an online stream of their track new "Holy Commotion". The song comes from their forthcoming album Alone - which launches on October 21st.

The follow-up to 2008's Break The Concrete saw singer Chrissy Hynde working alongside Black Keys' Dan Auerbach at his Easy Eye Studio in Nashville.

Hynde tells The Beacon Journal: "I think he's probably the best producer in America. He's just amazing. First of all, he has a lot of fun, he doesn't waste any time, he's very hands-on.

"He's very involved and dedicated to it, and he has just stellar ideas and his instincts are really good, and he's just fun to work with. And that doesn't always happen. It's always the agenda when you make an album but it doesn't always happen that way."
She adds: "This record is what I love the most - real people playing real music. I sang and recorded every vocal in a 48-hour period - 48 hours to sing them, 40 years of preparation." Stream the new song

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Sebastian Bach Announces Autobiography Release Date

(hennemusic) Sebastian Bach has announced that he will finally publish his memoir, "18 And Life On Skid Row", on December 6 via HarperCollins imprint Dey Street Books.

Originally scheduled for a January release, the project moved to an April and then June timeline before being delayed to the fall as Bach expanded the material for the book.

"Pushing the book gives us the opportunity to really finish it properly," said the rocker months ago. "The publishers asked me for 30 pictures. I gave them 150. There are easy ways to do memoirs, simple ways to do biographies. What separates these books is the archival content. 18 And Life On Skid Row could also be called the Skid Row Archives. I am giving you my personal collection, photos, & documents none of you have ever seen. A lot of them."

"18 And Life On Skid Row" is billed as an "uncensored, unfiltered memoir" as the former front man for Skid Row tells the story of his life and times - from joining Kid Wikked at 14 to selling more than 20 million albums with Skid Row to building a successful solo career. here.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Preview New Song 'I Panic In Dreams'

(Metal Hammer) The Dillinger Escape Plan have released a preview of their track "I Panic In Dreams," which is taken from their upcoming album 'Dissociation', to be launched on October 14, just as the band commence their final tour.

Guitarist Ben Weinman said in August that there was little chance of a reunion once they've completed their last road trip in March, telling Noisey: "I think in some ways we wanted to pull a Seinfeld - we didn't want to get to the point where we're stopping because we have to, because we're old or people are kind of over it."

He added: "I feel way more empowered in making hard decisions. I don't like the idea of slowing down or doing it less often. I like to just dive in full-force and take things to the extreme because that's what this band has always been about."

He said of the follow-up to 2013's One Of Us Is The Killer: "We're all finally in a place where we can be individuals as part of a whole. That level of co-dependency isn't an issue with Dillinger.

"We do this because we want to, and we like to, and that's a good place to be. That's true maturity - I think that's a big part of this album and this whole kind of celebration of us."

The Dillinger Escape Plan's tour takes in North America, the UK and Europe. Check out the song preview and see the tour dates here.

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Kansas Stream New Song 'Visibility Zero'

(Prog) Kansas have released a lyric video for their track "Visibility Zero." The song comes from their upcoming album 'The Prelude Implicit,' which is due out on September 23rd.

The record is Kansas' first since 2000's Somewhere To Elsewhere - and their first since Ronnie Platt replaced longtime singer Steve Walsh in 2014. Drummer Phil Ehart says that their guitarist Zak Rizvi had written Visibility Zero two years ago, starting with "a melody that he played on a guitar."

He tells Rolling Stone: "The next thing was, I had come up with a title, Visibility Zero. The crux of what that meant was, 'It's amazing how people sometimes cannot see things that are right in front of their eyes.'

"When it was done, we all just stood back and said, 'Whoa, this is strong in a lot of different ways.' So that's where it started from, lyrically. I just kind of threw the seed out there - he's the one who did all the work and made it grow."

Speaking of their first album in 16 years, Ehart adds: "I've had so many people say, 'No offence, but when guys your age put out an album, they're always kind of pitiful, and this is not a pitiful album - you guys did a great job.'

"What we need is a couple 100,000 people that feel that way and can get the word out, because there's really no other way to do it." Check out the new song here.

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The Ramones Exhibit Coming To The Grammy Museum

(hennemusic) The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will host an exhibit marking the 40th anniversary of the release of The Ramones' groundbreaking 1976 self-titled debut album.

Running September 16 through February 28, 2017, "Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones And The Birth Of Punk" will explore the band's legacy in the context of music history and pop culture while featuring items from more than 50 public and private collection across the world.

Included in the exhibit are contributions from Ramones tour manager Monte Melnick, Joey Ramone's brother and Ramones' original stage manager Mickey Leigh, and Johnny Ramone's wife Linda. here.

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Neal Morse Band Stream Songs From New Album

(Prog) The Neal Morse Band have released a lyric video of "Long Day/Overture" with Prog. The tracks are taken from their upcoming concept album The Similitude Of A Dream, which is set to launch on November 11 via Metal Blade Records.

Speaking about the follow-up to 2014's The Grand Experiment, Morse says: "The Similitude Of A Dream is loosely and sometimes directly based on the book Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan which was originally published in 1678.

"The book chronicles the spiritual journey of a man from the City Of Destruction to a place of Deliverance. Someone had suggested to me that I do a concept album based on this book - but I forgot about it. Then when I began writing new songs last December, the suggestion came to my mind.

"I had never read the book, so I searched the story outline and began to write some little song bits and instrumentals based on what I had read. Those bits combined with the ideas that the other guys brought to the table then miraculously exploded into this double concept album."

He continues: "Funny thing is, this album only really covers about the first 75 or 80 pages. Maybe we should've made a five disc collection! Well, we'll save that for later." Read more and check out the new song here.

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Nosound Release 'In Celebration Of Life' Video

(Prog) Nosound have released a video for their track "In Celebration Of Life". It appears on the band's new album Scintilla, which launched last week via Kscope.

The song features a guest appearance from Anathema's Vincent Cavanagh, with frontman Giancarlo Erra explaining the meaning behind the track. He says: In Celebration Of Life was probably among the first tracks written for Scintilla. It was inspired by an artist and well known member of the fellow prog community, Alec Wildey.

"Those who knew Alec know what happened - and I'm not going to delve into details, but it really was a tragedy that shook everyone. In the past Alec contacted me to see if we could work together, but I was always too busy. This time I felt particularly hit by the situation, for personal and musical reasons, so I wrote the track and recorded it all quickly in my studio as I wanted Alec to be able to hear it.

"His lyrics fitted perfectly the music and the message we wanted to send. His reaction to the song was, and I suspect will always be the highest point in my personal career, with my music I felt part of something bigger and beyond me."

As for the video, Erra says he deliberately wanted to keep the meaning open-ended to allow viewers to interpret it in their own way. Read more and watch the video here.

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You Me At Six Release 'Night People' Video

(TeamRock) You Me At Six have released a video for their song Night People. It's the title track from their upcoming fifth album, which is set to be released on January 13 next year.

The British outfit debuted the track live at the Reading and Leeds festivals last month. The band have been working on the follow-up to 2014's Cavalier Youth since last summer, with guitarist Max Helyer saying in 2015:

"We've got ideas but we're very different people now and I think it's going to show the next progression of our band. We've done 10 years, but what's going to be the next 10 years for You Me At Six and what are we going to bring?"

He added: "I think we want to achieve higher levels and hopefully get another number one album." Watch the video here.

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Darkthrone's Fenriz 'Involuntarily' Elected To City Council

(Metal Hammer) Darkthrone's Fenriz has been 'involuntarily' been elected into his town council in Kolbotn, Norway. The black metal mastermind was asked to be on a list of backup representatives for the country's Liberal party.

When he was chosen to run, he put up posters featuring photographs of him holding his cat, along with the caption 'Please Don't Vote For Me' - but his campaign backfired.

He tells Clryvnt: "I'm in the local papers because I got voted in as a politician - involuntarily, I might add. So, I've got some support, I guess. But Kolbotn is a tiny place, maybe 9,000 people.

"Norway is very small, so when you're a local politician, you're local, man. I'm a pillar of my community!" When asked whether he could decline the role, he replies: "No, if you get voted in, you have to stay in that position for four years. And then you can pull out. But I'm used to these sort of long-term commitments." here.

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Devilment Announce New Album The Mephisto Waltzes

(Metal Hammer) "Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes" is to be released on November 18, it's been announced. The Dani Filth-fronted project finished the follow-up to 2014's debut The Great And Secret Show last month - with Filth describing it as, 'like f***ed-up Manson meets Rob Zombie.' The artwork and tracklist can be seen below.

Filth says: "Everybody in Devilment is very excited about the prospect of releasing our latest album, The Mephisto Waltzes, which we have worked extremely hard on.

"The album is definitely a step-up from our debut, featuring a more mature, dissonant presence coupled with a darker edge, yet at the same time utilizing our better musical assets to deliver a unique metal hybrid. I don't even know what to classify it." Read more here.

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Devil You Know Armed For Television Show

(Metal Hammer) Devil You Know have teamed up with US TV show Legally Armed America which will see the cable program use the band's music in future episodes.

The series, which also incorporates a web community, is described as being "dedicated to those who wish to stay abreast of the latest firearm-related products, news, events, and anything gun-related."

Devil You Know frontman Howard Jones says: "The band's collaboration produces music that is dense, forceful, and brimming with raw urgency. We see the same passion in what Legally Armed America president Paul Glasco does. We're pleased our songs are woven into the Legally Armed America show, and see our presence as an extension of our support for firearms and the outdoors." Read more here.

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Fates Warning Announce First Leg Of World Tour

Fates Warning have announced that they will be hitting the road early next year for a European tour in support of their latest studio album "Theories of Flight".

The tour, which will feature support from Armored Dawn and an as-yet-announced band, will be kicking off on January 24th in Hamburg and concluding on February 12th in Athens.

Frontman Ray Adler had the following to say about the trek, "Hello all! We are happy to finally announce the tour dates for the first leg of our world tour for 'Theories Of Flight'!

"We are very excited and cannot wait to hit the road with the new album! There will be more dates announced soon, as well as a few surprises, so keep an eye out... We look forward to seeing you all on this next tour! See you soon!" See the tour dates here.

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