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Axl Rose Sued By Former Guns N' Roses Member

(hennemusic) Former Guns N' Roses keyboardist Chris Pittman is reportedly suing frontman Axl Rose over unpaid wages dating back several years, according to gossip site TMZ.

They report that the keyboardist claims Rose signed a promissory note to him in 2011 stating that he would pay the multi-instrumentalist $125,000 for a year's worth of work by October of 2012 and that bill remains outstanding to this day.

Pitman's suit seeks the original amount - plus interest - for a new total of $163,000. The musician joined Guns N' Roses in 1998 and appeared on 2008's "Chinese Democracy"; he and was on board until earlier this year when Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan announced a mini-reunion lineup that would set out on the "Not In This Lifetime" world tour. Read more here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers To Rock L.A. Rams Home Opener

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have not held back their excitement about the return of the NFL to Los Angeles and will be sharing that excitement with fans by playing a special show.

The veteran group will be playing a special pre-game show ahead of the Los Angeles Rams home opener at the Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 18.

The team will be taking the field for their first regular season home field game in Los Angeles in over two decades with then take on the Seattle Seahawks.

Flea had this to say about the special show and the return of the franchise to L.S., "Since I was a little boy, I've taken joy in the beauty of the Rams. When I moved to Los Angeles in 1972, I was getting uprooted from my home and I thought, 'Well, where I'm going they've got the Rams. It's going to be all right.'"

We were sent these details about the pregame show: "Gates to the Coliseum open at 11:00 AM PT and fans should be in their seats 30-minutes prior to kickoff to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers performance. Important information for those attending the game about security, parking and transportation can be found" here.

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Twenty One Pilots Star Was Forced To Hide Music From Parents

(TeamRock) Twenty One Pilots members Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have opened up on being raised in strict households in Columbus, Ohio. They've gone on to release four albums, with their most recent full-length Blurryface reaching no.1 on the Billboard 200 chart in May last year.

Dun reports that he was forced to hide albums by artists including Green Day, Blink-182, Dr Dre and Eminem when he was younger, as his parents disapproved of his taste in music.

Dun reports: "They were pretty strict - I was never allowed to play video games. Music was actually the biggest factor - they were real conservative about what I listened to. Looking back, I was the first kid, so I think they were really trying their best.

"I wasn't really allowed to listen to rock music. When I tell you I skated to the local music shop, those were CDs I was bringing home and hiding under the mattress." Read about Tyler's experiences here.

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Nirvana Camp Mocks 'Kurt's Alive' Report

(Classic Rock) Nirvana's official Facebook page has poked fun at a Daily Mail story claiming fans were fooled into believing Kurt Cobain was still alive. The story centers on a supposed conspiracy theory that came about after a video showing Peruvian musician Ramiro Saavedra performing Come As You Are was shared online.

The Daily Mail says fans were struck by the resemblance between Saavedra and the late Nirvana frontman, as well as the similarities in their voices. But Saavedra plays the guitar right-handed - while Cobain was left-handed.

A statement on Nirvana's Facebook page reads: "It is true, Kurt is alive. He needed time to learn to play the guitar with his right hand. Finding left-handed guitars is not easy. We are so happy to have him back and forgive him for all of the sadness that we have held so deeply in our hearts."

Some fans criticized the Facebook post, with one saying the page's administrator was "stupid and disrespectful" and another describing it as "f***ing horribly repulsive." Read more here.

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Jimmy Page Talks Led Zeppelin Complete BBC Sessions

(hennemusic) As Led Zeppelin prepare to release "The Complete BBC Sessions" on September 16, guitarist Jimmy Page says one of the things fans can learn from the expanded package is how aggressive the young band were on stage.

"It's just the fact that we were totally fearless," Page tells Rolling Stone. "You can hear the energy and the attitude - and the fact that we could go in there and make up numbers but not tell the people in the control room. We were testing ourselves as much as anything else, just really going for it."

The package features live recordings selected from Led Zeppelin's appearances on BBC Radio between 1969 and 1971 while presenting the expanded and definitive edition of their 1997 set, "BBC Sessions."

"There is no point in putting out The Complete BBC Sessions and someone's growling that you missed something," laughs Page. "I made sure they can't do that."

Much of the material was presented back in the day by BBC DJ John Peel, who Page says was an early believer in the band.

"He was a fan," explains the guitarist. "He could understand the musicianship - the way it was put together and how ambitious we were. John Peel made his reputation with his radio show and his record label, Dandelion, by championing the underdog. Peel felt it was his duty to spotlight them. Those are the sort of people you want in the music business." here.

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Korn and Limp Bizkit Announce Winter Tour

(Metal Hammer) Korn and Limp Bizkit have announced that they are teaming up to launch a joint UK winter tour. The co-headlining tour sees the bands play six arena dates in December.

Korn will be hitting the road in support of upcoming 12th album The Serenity Of Suffering, set for release on October 21 via Roadrunner Records.

They'll play in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Nottingham on the tour. The progress on long-awaited seventh Limp Bizkit album Stampede Of The Disco Elephants remains a mystery. See the dates and read more here.

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Tangerine Dream Take On Stranger Things Tracks

(Prog) Tangerine Dream have released their take on two tracks which feature on Netflix's smash hit series Stranger Things - including the show's opening theme.

The original soundtrack was composed by Survive, who have cited Tangerine Dream as a major influence. Now the German electronic pioneers have returned the favour by issuing streams of two of the tracks.

Survive's Kyle Dixon recently spoke about how he and the band's Michael Stein would visit their I Luv Video store in Austin, Texas, in an effort to unearth films featuring scores by Tangerine Dream.

Dixon told Rolling Stone: "There's a Tangerine Dream score for Sorcerer that's great. I've rented that one a few times. I think you can only get The Keep on VHS.

"They have a huge horror section, so a lot of times I'll just get stuff if it's got a Goblin or a Tangerine Dream score and just see what it sounds like." Read more and check out the tracks here.

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While She Sleeps Crowdfunding Their New Album

(Metal Hammer) While She Sleeps have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund their upcoming third album. Various pre-order options are available for the as-yet-untitled record, and While She Sleep's new track Civil Isolation is offered as an instant download with pre-orders.

On why they chose to independently fund and release the follow-up to 2015's Brainwashed, While She Sleeps say: "After 10 years of dealing with the ups and downs of the music industry, we have decided to continue our journey independently and self release our third full length album, available now for pre-order on PledgeMusic.

"All money raised goes directly towards funding the new album, artwork, music videos, touring and everything that keeps our band alive." A video announcing the album plans can be viewed here.

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Glenn Hughes Not Sure If Black Country Communion Will Tour

(Classic Rock) Black Country Communion frontman Glenn Hughes says he isn't sure whether the band will tour in support of their upcoming fourth album. The supergroup are working on the follow-up to 2012's Afterglow having agreed to reunite following their 2013 split.

The new album is expected in 2017 and Hughes says he and guitarist Joe Bonamassa have been "inseparable" since beginning work on the music. But as he has a busy schedule ahead with a full 12 months of touring lined up in support of his upcoming solo album Resonate, Hughes is not sure whether BCC will hit the road.

Hughes tells Classic Rock: "It's due to be recorded in January and will come out in May, but I'm not worried that Resonate will get lost in the shuffle - not at all. It's more than strong enough to stand up in its own right.

"I have no idea whether there will be a tour from BCC. There may well be a chance of that but at this point I'm not going to speculate as, being the mouthpiece of BCC, last time it was me that took a beating from the trolls when it didn't happen." Read more here.

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Slayer Won't Think About New Album Until After Tour Break

(Metal Hammer) Slayer haven't discussed making an album to follow last year's Repentless, says frontman Tom Araya. But he reports that he and Kerry King are communicating better than they ever have in the past.

His comments come after guitarist King said the band's future was "very unclear" because Araya appeared to be considering retirement. Repentless was their first album since the death of co-founder Jeff Hanneman in 2013.

Araya tells Billboard: "There hasn't really been any talk of a new record yet. The Nuclear Blast people have, but we haven't. We haven't been a put-a-record-out-year-after-year band since back in the 80s, when Reign In Blood, South Of Heaven and Season In The Abyss came out.

"We like to work our material out and make sure we're happy before anybody decides, 'Let's do a record.' And now there's no Jeff, so that leaves a lot on Kerry. He'll need to take a break from touring work to start on ideas, get stuff together and work things out." Read more here.

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Ghost Blast Their Awards In Popestar EP Trailer

(Classic Rock) Ghost have released a trailer video for their Popestar EP, which arrives on September 16 (Friday). It follow the launch of lead track Square Hammer earlier this week.

In the promo, cult mistress Sister Imperator tells the band members that they shouldn't be proud of the recognition they've received, including a Grammy, two Swedish Grammis, a Metal Hammer Golden God and more.

She says: "The industry has noted our good works with their trinket, and as a result our message has carried further and wider. But do we take such trinkets as the measure of true accomplishment? No! We don't need their approval. The truth of our work is not measured by awards and nods from the establishment." here.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Premiere New Song 'Symptom Of Terminal Illness'

(Metal Hammer) The Dillinger Escape Plan have premiered their 'Symptom Of Terminal Illness' from upcoming album Dissociation. The follow-up to 2013's One Of Us Is The Killer arrives on October 14 - and the band have said it's their final release before they split up.

Guitarist Ben Weinman reported last month that they wanted to bow out while they were still a force to be reckoned with, after a career spanning 20 years.

He said: "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.

"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." Listen to the new track via the Revolver podcast here.

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Motorhead's Phil Campbell Releasing Solo Band EP

(Classic Rock) Former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell will release his solo band's debut EP in November, he's confirmed. Previously named Phil Campbell's All Starr Band, the outfit are now known as Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, as is their record. The lineup includes his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla plus frontman Neil Starr.

Their five-track release was produced by Todd Campbell and mixed by Motorhead collaborator Cameron Webb and it's described as "raw, gritty, classic and instantly accessible rock'n'roll."

Starr recently told Kaaos TV (via Blabbermouth): "You know what you're going to get because Phil is the riff god. You hear those Motorhead riffs - Phil wrote a lot of those.

"So there's elements of that coming through in the music. I bring my own style to the band, but it's just rock'n'roll music, I guess." Read more here.

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Pantera's Rex Brown Explains Use Of Confederate Flag

(Metal Hammer) Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown explains the band's use of the Confederate flag and says that he regrets using it because it has been misunderstood in today's "PC" environment.

Pantera included the flag on the rear of their 1996 album The Great Southern Trendkill and also displayed it as part of their live stage displays. In a new interview with Rolling Stone to promote Joe Giron's upcoming photo book A Vulgar Display Of Pantera, Brown says: "The Confederate flag is on the back cover of The Great Southern Trendkill. That was the 'Southern' part of it.

"There were still states that had that on their state flags. Nowadays it's forbidden to use it. It's not so politically correct. But it had nothing to do with racism. None of us were like that.

"It was just a tie-in to the artwork on the back cover. Lynyrd Skynyrd used one for years and still do. Now people confuse it with racism and hatred. That's not what this band is about at all, quite the opposite. But it's the only thing I would say in the 'PC' days that I have any regrets about." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Frontman Sees Business and Songwriting Parallel

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden frontman and businessman Bruce Dickinson says making a business idea work involves exactly the same creative thinking as it takes to make a song work.

His comments come as he argued that the music industry's problems over the past 15 years held lessons for the rest of the world - and soon after he completed Maiden's world tour in support of 16th album The Book Of Souls.

Dickinson, who's also worked as an airline pilot, recently told CNN: "I know a lot of musicians who are pilots and a lot of professional pilots who are musicians also. There's something about the three-dimensionality of both mediums, and there's also something about the creative aspects of both things.

"For the last three or four years I've been doing some business speaking - something I call corporate stand-up. One of the big questions is creativity. People want to know, 'How do you be creative in business?'

"I've been creative, songwriting, all my life. So I just thing naturally about creative things. To me, creating a business idea is very much like creating a song. It starts off from one little idea, then you just daydream what happens next. Eventually you put it into a process. You have to make it fit and make it real." Read more and watch the full interview clip here.

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Fear Factory's Cazeres Bucks Trend Over Fan Filming Outrage

(Metal Hammer) Dino Cazares says he doesn't have a problem with Fear Factory fans watching their live performances through their phones. His comments come after a number of high profile cases where artists have expressed their frustration at fans using their phones at gigs, including Disturbed's David Draiman and Slipknot's Corey Taylor.

But Cazares says he's fine with it as fans have paid money to be there. On a video documentary charting the band's recent shows across Europe, the guitarist says: "It doesn't bother me. I know it bothers other people.

"It always seems to be the singers that seem to have issues with it - whether they slap the camera out of the hands of fans, or whether they stop the show to talk sh*t about somebody holding up a camera phone.

"What does it matter? It doesn't f***ing matter. They should just worry about doing their show. And if a kid wants to watch the show through the phone, then that's fine - he already paid for the ticket.

"You can enjoy the show however you like. Just don't throw any bottles at me - that's a different story. But when you're in the crowd and you want do what you want to do that doesn't harm anybody, go for it." Watch the full interview here.

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Bruce Springsteen Headlining Stand Up for Heroes Benefit

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen has been announced as the headliner for the 10th annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit on November 1 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

The Boss joins performers Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Jim Gaffigan and Louis C.K. for the evening of entertainment, which combines music, comedy and an auction to raise money to support injured service members and their families.

Springsteen has appeared at each benefit show throughout the past 10 years, reports Billboard. Last year the New Jersey native raised $740,000 in an auction for the event. Read more here.

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Chthonic Frontman Meets The Dalai Lama

(Metal Hammer) Chthonic frontman Freddy Lim has met with the Dalai Lama in his capacity as a Taiwanese politician. Lim was elected to government in Taipei's 5th district in Taiwan in January.

He recently he travelled to the Indian town of Dharamsala in the Himalayan foothills to meet the Dalai Lama to discuss Lim's cross-party group, the Taiwan Parliamentary Group For Tibet.

The organization will focus on raising awareness and creating activism for human rights initiatives around the globe and specifically in Tibet. It was the third time Lim has met the Dalai Lama, having been in his company in 2008 and 2009, but his first since being elected to parliament. Read more here.

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Sixx A.M. Reveal More Prayers For The Blessed Details

(Classic Rock) Sixx A.M. have revealed more information about their upcoming album Prayers For The Blessed, the companion to Prayers For The Damned, which is set to be released on November 18th.

Eleven Seven Music say: "From the outsider anthem We Will Not Go Quietly to the operatic showstopper Maybe It's Time and groove-driven, radio-ready rocker That's Gonna Leave A Scar, Prayers For The Blessed displays the many sides of Sixx AM's sound - something the band was able to develop by ramping up the amount of time they spent on the road."

Mainman Nikki Sixx says: "We really found ourselves onstage, and it's influencing the way we write. We started focusing on our music, not only as songwriters and lyricists, but also stayed conscious of what would transfer over live to the audience." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Evolfo Moon Eclipsed the Sun

Garage soul rockers Evolfo are releasing their new EP, "Last of the Acid Cowboys", this Friday (Sept 16) and to celebrate we asked Matthew Gibbs to tell us about the song "Moon Eclipsed the Sun". Here is the story:

I had the chorus for "Moon Eclipsed the Sun" in my head for a year or so before I finally wrote the verses. The subject matter was fresh territory for me as a songwriter at the time so it took me a little while to get in the right headspace to finish it. This chorus was inspired by another song of ours that we don't really play anymore called "This is the 90s". That song was really upbeat and had a line in it that went, "Let's Sha-na-na-na-na now!" One day I was sitting around in a sort of prickly mood and started thinking "ain't gonna be no sha-na-na-na-na" in stark contrast to the tone of "this is the 90s". So before I had my hands on an instrument I was singing this dark line "Ain't gonna be no sha-na-na-na-na / Or even Sha-na-na-na-na".

This was an essential moment for me that marked a shift in my songwriting. I had felt trapped in this super upbeat, dancey, and very positive funk thing. It seemed that people had come to expect nice, fluffy upbeat music and lyrics from us. There was a time when my favorite promoter to work with in Boston told me we were "happy and fun and upbeat". He would bill us exclusively with funk and jam bands and it just never felt right. He meant it as a compliment and I still love this guy but it was clear to me that he wasn't seeing us the same way that we saw us. And meanwhile he's booking all of my favorite psych rock and punk bands and I'm thinking: wait I want to be playing those shows!! I wanted to be able to pair with bands that were dark and sinister and dramatic and adventurous. I felt stuck in this "hey everybody shake your booty!!" thing and it was really unfulfilling. So Moon Eclipsed the Sun was a deliberate step into darker tones. It was part of a realization that I wanted to add more depth to our world and that there is nothing wrong with that.

Anyway, after I knew I was ready to declare to the world that there wasn't gonna be no sha-na-na-na-na I had to finish the thing. I brought this chorus to our keyboard player Rafferty to help me get the rest of the lyrics underway. We got the idea that this could be a psychedelic murder ballad. The guiding concept would be a relationship where one person is thinking "something's up and I'm not gonna do this anymore". I wanted to tell a story about that but not overtly with characters and a linear plot. My hope is that the lyrics supply some guidance to the listener but that the tones and instrumental sections fill in the gaps. The instrumental bridge, for example, tells an essential part of the story. I picture someone doing some soul searching or vision questing. I kept thinking of the episode of the Simpsons where Homer eats some psychedelic peppers and trips out in the desert trying to decide if Marge is really his soul mate. There are all these swirling colors and there's this great story arc that's all wrapped up in love, adventure, and mortality. Those were the ideas I put to the band while we conceived of parts.

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

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