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Guns N' Roses Stars Lead Guest Lineup On Currie's Album

Guns N' Roses stars Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum lead the all-star guest lineup for former Runaways singer Cherie Currie's forthcoming solo album, she revealed.

The album, which was has gone unreleased for five years, also features guest appearances from Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, actress Juliette Lewis, The Veronicas, and Brody Dalle.

Currie revealed the album details in an interview with White Line Fever podcast. She told the show (via BraveWords), "Matt Sorum was playing with me - of course you know him from Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver and he was just amazing. He and I made a record together with a bunch of cool stars. In fact, (Australian indie-pop duo) the Veronicas, as well, they sang on a few songs. What great gals they are.

"Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins wrote a duet and of course Slash and Duff were on it as well as Juliette Lewis. That album's coming out in September.

"All these wonderful artists - Brody Dalle as well - really wanted to participate in this record. Little did I know how much the Runaways had influenced so many people. It made me feel so good. But that record was shelved for five years. They (Blackheart Records) wanted to put it out now. I negotiated with them instead of through my lawyer who I had to let go - two lawyers actually. It will be coming out in September. I never though it would see the light of day." At press time The Blackheart Records website didn't appear to have any information about the album. Listen to the podcast here.

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Led Zeppelin Release 'What Is And What Should Not Be' Video

(Classic Rock) Led Zeppelin have released an animated video for their track "What Is And What Should Not Be", which is taken from their The Complete BBC Sessions album.

The collection, which arrives on September 16 (Friday), includes the BBC Sessions material released in 1997, plus nine previously-unheard recordings from 1969 to 1971.

Guitarist Jimmy Page has recalled how iconic DJ John Peel helped the band make an impact in their home country, telling Rolling Stone: "Peel was great - he obviously did champion us. He could understand the musicianship, the way it was put together and how ambitious we were.

"Because we spent so much time in the States in the beginning, we weren't able to do so much in England. It was slower catching up. We didn't have radio here, like what was called 'underground radio' over there."

He says of the sessions album: "Considering that we only had these limited opportunities for exposure over here in Britain, it's just the fact that we were totally fearless.

"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." Watch the video here.

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Status Quo's Rick Parfitt Recovering After He 'Died' For Several Minutes

(Classic Rock) Status Quo co-founder Rick Parfitt "died for several minutes" after suffering a heart attack earlier this year, his manager has revealed. And the 67-year-old may never return to the band as he concentrates on looking after his health.

He won't make the decision until next year, but his current condition means he certainly won't take part in the band's final full-electric European tour, which starts next month.

Parfitt collapsed after a concert in Turkey in June, and the incident was later described as an "extremely life-threatening situation." Manager Simon Porter says in a statement: "Although Rick is recovering well and is now able to lead a relatively normal day-to-day life, he's far from being fit enough to undertake the rigors of Quo's touring schedule.

"Perhaps now is the time to reveal that Rick 'died' for several minutes, which resulted in mild cognitive impairments, for which he continues to receive neuro-psychological support.

"His medical team continue to be confident of a full recover. But Rick's absolute priorities for the foreseeable future are for his health and wellbeing, and to be able to see his eight-year-old twin children Tommy and Lily grow up." Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen Announces 'Born To Run' Book Tour

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen has announced a 9-city book tour starting in his hometown of Freehold, NJ on September 27 and released a new video where he reads an excerpt from his forthcoming memoir, "Born To Run.".

Due September 27 via Simon & Schuster, "Born To Run" sees the singer recount growing up in Freehold, NJ, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band.

"I wanted to use the classic rock and roll images - the road, the car, the girl - what else is there?" Springsteen explains. "To make these images matter I'd have to shape them into something fresh, something that transcended nostalgia, sentiment and familiarity."

The singer discusses growing up in the Vietnam War era and the changing American political landscape.

"These were issues that had previously been relegated to the margins of American life," reads Springsteen. "Dread, the sense that things might not work out, that the moral high ground had been swept out from underneath us, that the dream of ourselves had somehow been tainted and the future would forever be uninsured was in the air.

"This was the new lay of the land, and if I was going to put my characters out on that highway, I was going to have to put all these things in the car with them." See the book tour dates and watch the new promo video here.

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Metallica Release 'Back To The Front' Promo Video

(Metal Hammer) Metallica have released a teaser video showcasing the book Back To The Front. Matt Taylor's publication celebrates the 30th anniversary of 1986 album Master Of Puppets and accompanying tour, which saw the group winning over new fans and suffering the tragic loss of bassist Cliff Burton in a bus accident in Sweden.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says: "I just think this book goes to a different depth, to a different level of detail and a different level of anecdotes and storytelling. It's the right project, at the right time, by the right person."

Bassist Robert Trujillo adds: "What sets this book apart is Matt's desire and his passion to really try to connect with the energy of Master Of Puppets. Just the photos alone and the archive is so deep and rich. Each page is a unique experience in itself." Watch the video here.

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Demon Hunter Announce New Studio Album 'Outlive'

The long wait for Demon Hunter fans is almost over as the band has announced a crowdfunding drive for their new album "Outlive", the follow-up to their 2014 release "Extremist".

The band launched a Pledge Music campaign for the new effort which they are aiming to release next spring. Frontman Ryan Clark had the following to say, "The time has come. After the longest wait between Demon Hunter records ever, we are proud to announce our brand new studio album, Outlive.

"The last 3 years have been an absolute whirlwind. We've welcomed 5 (!) children into the Demon Hunter family, endured heartbreaking trials, and experienced joy beyond comprehension. Outlive is a culmination of these peaks and valleys. It is a journey through adversity, survival, and overcoming the odds. They say the best stories are told by those who have lived a life worth commenting on, and we believe that our stories will resonate with each of you in some way.

"The relationship we share with you has always been uniquely special. You've come to expect a high level of quality from us and we intend to honor that promise. We've been working for months assembling every piece of the album and its presentation with dedicated attention to detail. The new album is scheduled for a spring 2017 release and we are going to make the journey from here to there as thrilling as possible. We are simply beyond excited to share every aspect of Demon Hunter's eighth chapter, Outlive, with all of you. Prepare yourselves and join us." Check out the Pledge Music options here.

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Parkway Drive Frontman Tributes Architects' Tom Searle

(Metal Hammer) Parkway Drive frontman Winston McCall has paid tribute to late Architects guitarist Tom Searle who died aged 28 last month following a three-year battle with cancer.

In an interview in an upcoming episode of Metal Hammer: In Residence on Spotify, McCall reflects on the "nice guy" who didn't compromise on his music he created, and says Searle left behind a "powerful" legacy.

McCall says: "He was a really good soul - a fantastic person. We'd known Tom for 10 years - Architects were the first band we played with in London. He was always the cheeky, dry-witted, kind, nice guy that always had time for a chat, always found a joke in something and didn't compromise in what he created.

"I think that's a very lasting legacy to be able to create and have enough conviction in himself to be able to say, 'This is what I want to put out into the world. I want it to stand for this and nothing else, no matter what people say or what direction we're trying to be pushed into - this is who we are and who I am.'" Read more here.

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Jon Bon Jovi Has No Ill Will For Richie Sambora

(Classic Rock) Jon Bon Jovi says he has no bad feelings towards the band's former guitarist Richie Sambora. Sambora left the band in 2013 before their world tour, leading to a public war of words that eventually settled down. Their relationship appeared to be on the mend after frontman Jon invited Sambora to do the 'ice bucket challenge' in 2014.

Then, last month, the guitarist congratulated the singer on the release of Bon Jovi's new single This House Is Not For Sale, which in turn drew a warm response from Bon Jovi.

And the vocalist says he harbors no grudge against his former bandmate. He tells ET Canada: "It's evident that he has moved on in his life. One day he woke up and decided he didn't want to be in the band anymore.

"Being in a rock band is not a life sentence and just because he chose not to come back that was his prerogative, end of story. There's no ill will - the guy quit one day, he never showed up for work." Read more here.

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McCready Hopes Temple Of The Dog Can Write New Music

(Classic Rock) Temple Of The Dog's Mike McCready says he'd love it if the band were to release new material. The grunge supergroup announced their reunion earlier this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their only album. They'll play five US dates in November on what will be their first ever tour.

And McCready - who is also a member of Pearl Jam - says he'd do whatever it takes to help the band put out a follow-up to their 1991 self-titled debut.

Temple Of The Dog was formed by Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, McCready and Eddie Vedder. They won control over their 1991 master tapes last year following a drawn-out legal battle.

On whether Temple Of The Dog plan to write new songs, McCready tells Classic Rock: "I really hope so, I'd love to. I'm there. If anybody wants to start writing for Temple Of The Dog, I will be there to play guitar if they want me.

We're very busy with our band right now and Chris has been on such a long tour, so he's been very busy. So in terms of timing, who knows, But I hope we can do new songs." Read more here.

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Ricky Warwick Unplugs For New 'Psycho' Video

(hennemusic) Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick is premiering an acoustic performance video for "Psycho", a track from his latest 2CD solo package "When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues)" and "Hearts On Trees."

"I heard the song 'Psycho' for the first time almost 30 years ago when I was playing guitar in New Model Army" explains Warwick, "It was performed by singer/songwriter Rev Hammer who was on the road with us. I fell in love with the song instantly and it has stayed in my psyche ever since. I found out sometime later that it was written by Texas songwriter Leon Payne. Payne is probably most well known for the song "Lost Highway" which was a huge hit for Hank Williams."

"The twisted macabre excess and understatement of the lyrics set against the beautiful, haunting almost sugar sweet melody drew me in straight away," he adds, "and gave me a strange yet surreal sense of unease. There is no doubt about it, it's a dark song about a dark day. Leon Payne famously said after he wrote it, "Don't ever record this!" Well… I did."

Warwick is joined on the double-album set by guests including bandmate Damon Johnson, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Ginger Wildheart, Andy Cairns, Billy Morrison and Stiff Little Finger Jake Burns. Watch the video here.

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Korn Release 'Rotting In Vain' Behind-The-Scenes Video

(Metal Hammer) Korn have released a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of their track Rotting In Vain. The song features on the band's upcoming 12th album The Serenity Of Suffering, set for release on October 21 via Roadrunner Records.

Korn previously released a video of them performing the track at Chicago Open Air, as well as an official promo video starring Sons Of Anarchy star Tommy Flanagan. The video was shot in a century-old former brothel in downtown Los Angeles.

This week, Korn announced a joint UK winter tour with Limp Bizkit. On the prospect of performing the new material from The Serenity Of Suffering live, Korn say: "We're really proud of our new album and we can't wait to play these songs for our amazing fans in the UK, they are some of the best in the world. This tour is gonna be sick." Watch the video here.

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Bowl 4 Ronnie James Dio Event Announced

(Adrenaline) The second annual Bowl 4 Ronnie Bowling Party, which benefits the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, has been announced. We were sent the following details:

The event will take place on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, California. The event will include a celebrity bowling tournament, a raffle drawing and a special live auction. The inaugural Dio Cancer Fund Bowling Party, held in May 2015 as part of the commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the passing of rock legend Ronnie James Dio, contributed to raising $155,000 for the cancer charity from that weekend's events.

Bowl 4 Ronnie participants can anticipate an evening of fun, food, and, of course, bowling with rockers and celebrities competing for trophies in the name of raising funds and awareness for the Dio Cancer Fund. Among the raffle prizes will be a specially-designed bowling ball featuring the BOWL 4 RONNIE artwork .

"Last year was a blast, and we totally sold out the place," says Wendy Dio, co-founder/president of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. "We hope everyone will come again this year to have some fun and raise money for a good cause."

100% of the net proceeds from the BOWL 4 RONNIE will go to the Dio Cancer Fund. Most recently, the Dio Cancer Fund presented a check for $25,000 to Dr. David Wong, Director of the Dental Research Institute at the University of California Los Angeles, to further his research into saliva testing for the early detection of cancer. Dr. Wong believes this simple, non-invasive test will be available for medical use within the next three years. Check out the charity's official website

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Pete Townshend In The Studio Looking Back At Deep End Band

(ITS) The latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard re-examines Pete Townshend's solo work through the lens of his 1986 Deep End Band performances. The show sent over these details:

The mid-Eighties was a most difficult time for the titans of rock's Second Generation. It was the only time in the last half century when every one of the British superstar bands which had dominated the Seventies, i.e. the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Who, were no longer recording, touring, and in some cases even speaking together. Rock'n'Roll was officially in full-blown midlife crisis, and even the biggest names such as Pete Townshend and David Gilmour were cast adrift from the structure of their respective former bands to deal with it individually for the first time.

The 1978 death of Who drummer Keith Moon, the horrific 1979 tragedy at a Cincinnati Who concert where eleven fans were trampled to death, and the subsequent official breakup of The Who following a huge farewell tour in 1982 left Pete in uncharted emotional territory. These events forced Townshend to address his well-being the best way he knew how, through his music. A series of solo albums in the early '80s would give way to limited select concerts in the UK and France fronting an all-star band dubbed the Deep End featuring another suddenly solo superstar, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.

Pete Townshend makes this surprising confession to InTheStudio host Redbeard about his state of mind, emotionally and musically, as he transitioned from The Who to a solo career.

Townshend says, "It wasn't that I particularly felt The Who wanting, in anyway. I didn't feel that they didn't provide me with anything. I felt that I wasn't serving them very well, and I thought that perhaps pursuing a solo career would in fact help me to serve The Who better. In actual fact, what I think happened was I ended up stopping, working for The Who at all." Stream the episode here.

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Iron Maiden Will 'Definitely Make More Albums' Says Steve Harris

(Metal Hammer) Iron Maiden's Steve Harris says he's happier than he's ever been at any point in his heavy metal career and says that band will "definitely make more albums".

Helping Metal Hammer magazine celebrate its 30th anniversary, the bassist says metal is in a good place and Maiden are in better shape than ever before. Recalling the band's early days, their 1990s slump and their stunning return to the peak of their metal powers, Harris says: "Well done to anyone who's lasted this long, whether it's Metal Hammer of Iron Maiden or whoever!

"Personally I'm enjoying it more than ever, I'd say. We all are. Ultimately, at this point you know you've had most of your career and there's less ahead than there is behind you, but we'll definitely make more albums and we're having a great time. This is still the best job in the world."

Maiden are riding high after the release of 16th album The Book of Souls last year and the massive world tour that followed. It followed frontman Bruce Dickinson's successful battle with cancer. Read more here.

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Music Was Glenn Danzig's Second Career Choice

(Classic Rock) Glenn Danzig has revealed he wanted to be a pro wrestler before he found fame as a musician. The Misfits frontman says he gave up on his wrestling dream because he thought he was too small.

In an interview with pro wrestler and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho's Talk Is Jericho podcast, Danzig says: "I wanted to be a wrestler. But I didn't think I was big enough. Then I met some wrestlers and I'm like, 'I could've been a wrestler.' But it all worked out pretty good in the end.

"In high school I used to wrestle and then I saw my friend's arm snap when he fell in a wrong hold. He had metal pins in three spots and I was like, 'I think I'm gonna go back to my band.'

"I guess it's better that I wasn't... but I get about the same amount of injuries as you guys!" Read more here.

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Triumph's Gil Moore Reveals Special Connection To Military Members

Gil Moore sat down with Classic Rock Revisited to discuss the 35th anniversary of Triumph's album "Allied Forces" and Moore reflected on how popular the band remains with members of the armed forces.

I played in this golf tournament two days ago for the veterans, Army, Navy and Air force veterans and a lot of the crowd were in their 80's or 90's and so on, but they invited me to play and sing, and what amazed me was that there was a lot of vets who were in their 50's that talked to me about Triumph. They knew dates and they knew album titles and so on and so forth. It was absolutely amazing.

Something that dawned on me is that we've had so many of our songs with titles like 'Never Surrender' and 'Allied Forces', things like that. I think that some of the military guys gravitated to our music a little more than some other bands because of that.

It was interesting talking to so many of them, I couldn't believe how many of them came up to me and they were completely familiar with the band. It dawned on me looking back on our Royalty statements… you know they have this way of discounting your royalties: it's sold to a record club or to the military of the United States, and I was always blown-away at how much product we shipped to the military.

They have a thing right in your recording agreement, a pretty much standard procedure back in all the original recording contracts that any sales to army bases, they pay you half royalties. Same thing up here in Canada, every time I was around either police, fire, navy, army, anything that had any sort of military component to it, Triumph was a big band. Still here in Mississauga where I grew up, you got these cops who are, you know, 30 years old, and you know half of them they still seem to be hip to Triumph. All the ones that are 45, 55, those guys are all hip to Triumph, but even the younger ones. So you know I realize, okay it's been passed forward from the fathers. Read the full interview here.

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King King Announce Their Very First Live Album

(Classic Rock) King King have announced that they'll release their first-ever live album next month. King King Live was recorded at Glasgow's O2 ABC on May 14 this year and comes on 2CD, while a DVD recorded at the Holmfirth Picturedrome on April 13, will also be bundled with the package.

Lead singer Alan Nimmo says: "We are excited about King King Live because it's the first time we've ever released a live album. It's a great testament to how our audiences drive us on to perform to the best of our abilities.

"The audience reaction to the live performances is amazing. This release couldn't have been possible without them." King King Live will be released on October 21 via Manhaton Records. In addition, King King have issued a video of their Waking Up, which features on the bonus DVD. Watch it here.

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Goldray Release 'Soulchild' Video

(Prog) Goldray have released a video for their new single "Soulchild" exclusively with Prog. It will officially lunch on digital formats on October 28 via Akashic Records and will be distributed through Cherry Red Records - but the band have made it available to watch via Prog.

Reef guitarist Kenwyn House teamed up with Leah Rasmussen, Geoff Laurens and Chris Hardwick for Goldray's debut mini-album which was released in 2014.

They've been working on what will be their debut studio album with producer Pedro Ferreira. The band are eyeing a spring 2017 release, with Soulchild the first taste of the band's new material.

In addition, Goldray have lined up a live date at London's Borderline on November 8 to mark the single's release. The group's debut release was described by TeamRock as a "blend of swaggering, bluesy, alt-rock soul and 90s-evoking melodic grunge drive. House's Reef past comes through in this respect, suggesting that catchy lightness of touch has continued to serve him well." Watch the video here.

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Alcest and Mono Reveal Support For Coheadlining Tour

(Prog) Alcest and Mono have announced who'll be joining them on their upcoming co-headline European tour. The run of shows are scheduled to begin in Dresden, Germany, on October 27 and wrap up on December 3 in Brasov, Romania - and pg.lost, Sinistro and Syndrome will provide support on select dates.

pg.lost are gearing up for the launch of their latest album Versus, which can be streamed exclusively with TeamRock below. It's due to launch on September 16 - and the Swedish outfit say the tour will be a landmark for them.

The band say in a statement: "With a few albums, in hindsight we can proudly say that we've achieved something special with Versus and maybe for the first time in 10 years we've created an album that sonically sounds the way we wanted it to.

"It's not the typical post-rock trip but instead it's a full-bodied intense journey with our recipe of growling bass, heavy drums and wide guitars - but this time surrounded with an electric atmosphere." Read more and see the dates here.

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Ulver First Band For Be Prog! My Friend Festival 2017

(Prog) Ulver have been announced as the first band for the 2017 edition of the Be Prog! My Friend festival. The event will take place in Barcelona, Spain, between June 30 and July 1 next year, with organisers delighted to welcome the Norwegian outfit to the festival bill.

They say in a statement: "Ulver are a fresh triumph of modern music, music that catches your heart and captures your soul. Ulver create music that cult festival Be Prog! My Friend must bring to Barcelona in its fourth edition in 2017."

Ulver released their 12th studio album titled ATGCLVLSSCAP in January this year. The title of the record was made up of the first letters of the 12 signs of the zodiac and featured 12 tracks containing over 80 minutes of music, much of which was improvised. Read more here.

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