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Temple Of The Dog Streaming Unreleased Song

(hennemusic) Seattle supergroup Temple Of The Dog are streaming a demo of an unreleased song, "Angel Of Fire", as a preview to the September 30 release of a special 25th anniversary reissue collection of their 1991 self-titled debut.

The tune appears on the two CD Deluxe and 4-disc Super Deluxe editions, which include seven unheard demos and five studio outtakes in addition to a new remix of the original album by producer Brendan O'Brien.

Single CD and double LP sets will also be available from the group that features members of both Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

The lineup of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron - who plays with both bands - are regrouping to perform this fall in support of the 25th anniversary reissue.

The group's first-ever tour will see Temple Of The Dog perform eight concerts in five cities starting in Philadelphia, PA on November 4.

"We wanted to do the one thing we never got to do … play shows and see what it feels like to be the band that we walked away from 25 years ago," says Cornell. Check out the song here.

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Bruce Springsteen Opens Up About His Depression

(Radio.com) Speaking with CBS Sunday Morning about his autobiography Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen opened up about his struggle with depression. "It lasted for more than a year and then it would slip away," he said. "Then it would come back for a year and a half."

Springsteen described the way it debilitated him, explaining, "It sneaks up on you. I got to where I didn't want to get out of bed, you know? And you're not behaving well at home, and you're tough on everybody. Hopefully not the kids. I always try to hide it from the kids."

He credited his wife Patti Scialfa, who is also a member of the E Street Band, with helping him find the strength to deal with it and find a better mental place. Read more here.

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Triumph Reunite On New Rik Emmett Album

(hennemusic) A Triumph reunion and guest appearances by members of Rush and Dream Theater highlight "RES9", the forthcoming album by guitarist Rik Emmett.

Due November 11 via Mascot Label Group, the project by Emmett and his touring band Resolution 9 - featuring guitarist Dave Dunlop, bassist Steve Skingley and drummer Paul DeLong - delivers 11 new rock tracks.

"This album represents a journey through my life," explains Emmett, "and the idea behind a lot of these songs is me trying to figure out who I am, and why I'm doing what I'm doing. There's a common thread of positivity here that ties into the records I was making 30 years ago. What did I learn from making them? You'll hear all of that echoed in the grooves of this album."

The Triumph appearance on the bonus track, "Grand Parade", marks the first time the trio have reunited on record in three decades following Emmett's split from the group in 1988.

"As I was developing the lyrics, I started thinking, 'Wouldn't it be great if I could get Mike and Gil to play on it? Wouldn't that just bring everything full circle?'," the guitarist reveals. "One thing led to another, and there we were, recording in MetalWorks. Things just lined up perfectly."

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson sits in on "Human Race", and joins Dream Theater's James LaBrie on "End Of The Line", with the vocalist also contributing to the track "I Sing."

"When Rik asked me to play on his new album, I didn't hesitate for a second," says Lifeson. "He's the consummate musician, a wonderful guitarist, and a terrific person, and it's always my pleasure to work with him any chance I can get. There is a rock purity in his songwriting and performance, and it's just so much fun to get together and throw ideas around. He's always so up and open for anything - even a notoriously uncooperative Rickenbacker 12-string!" Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Metallica Help Kid Rockers Go Viral

(Metal Hammer) Three children in Missouri have earned the praise of Metallica after footage of the trio covering their music emerged on Facebook. Catherine Rose was shopping in Kansas City's Country Club Plaza and saw three kids with amps set up outside of the t.Loft health cafe.

She started streaming their 20-minute set and the number of views was hovering around the 500,000 mark. When Metallica shared the video on their Facebook page in the early hours of the morning, it rocketed to over seven million.

"Thanks for filming it, Catherine! These kids rock. Very, very cool," the band wrote on her page. Their set featured songs from Metallica's …And Justice For All - Eye Of The Beholder, Blackened, The Frayed Ends Of Sanity, To Live Is To Die and the title track - plus a nod to For Whom The Bell Tolls. All they need is a friend with a wah wah pedal and they could clean up on the cover band circuit at weekends and during school holidays. Watch the clip here.

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Deep Purple Have Finished New Album

(hennemusic) Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan reveals in a new interview that the band's new album has been completed and that he expects it to be released in February of 2017.

"I just heard it for the first time yesterday," Gillan tells AntiHero magazine. The group recorded the follow-up to 2013's "Now What?!" with legendary producer Bob Ezrin earlier this year.

Gillan revealed some inside details on the group's approach to songwriting. "Deep Purple is primarily an instrumental band," he says. "Primarily an instrumental band and the routine is, we book a running finish in 10 days, generally in a studio somewhere and the guys come in at noon. They start jamming and they work till 6 o'clock, take a break at 3 for a cup of tea and then do that every day.

"(Bassist) Roger (Glover) and I listen to the music and clock out the occasional bit and think that might be okay for a tune on the album or something. Then we start refocusing on making arrangements and how to develop the song. Then when it is all tucked away I start thinking about the lyrics and the tunes." Read more here.

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Slayer and Anthrax Stars Jam Bryan Adams' Summer Of 69

(Metal Hammer) If you've ever been to watch a soundcheck, you'll know how boring they are. So musicians invent ways to keep things interesting. They might play games. They might work through new songs. They might drink, heavily. Of, if they're Slayer, and they're on tour with fellow Big Four members Anthrax, they might play a cover of Bryan Adams' classic tribute to lost youth, Summer Of 69.

The two bands are currently touring together in Canada, and the soundcheck at the Metropolis venue in Montreal, Canada, found Slayer's Gary Holt, Tom Araya and Paul Bostaph joined onstage by Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna for a slightly-metalicised version of Adams' 1984 hit. Does it hint at a new direction? Who knows.

Neither Bryan Adams nor Kerry King were available for comment. Watch video of the Slayer and Anthrax jam of "Summer Of 69" here.

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Ghost Debut New Song 'Square Hammer' At Tour Kick Off

(hennemusic) Ghost delivered the live debut of "Square Hammer", the lead single from the new EP, "Popestar", as the opening song of their fall North American tour at the Marina Jeep Arena at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY on September 16.

The song was the lone tune in the 16-song set from the new project, which was released earlier the same day. Produced by Tom Dalgety, the package includes covers of songs originally recorded by Eurythmics, Echo & The Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco and Imperiet.

Opening night saw the Swedish band perform material from their three albums - including 2015's "Meliora" - which earned Ghost their first Grammy Award in the Best Metal Performance category for the single, "Cirice", and a Swedish Grammis Award for the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Album" of the year. Check out video of the new song performance here.

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Rex Brown On Pantera's Popularity and Possible Reunion

Pantera's Rex Brown spoke with Metal Hammer about the new book "A Vulgar Display Of Pantera," and he answered the inevitable question about the surviving members of the group staging a reunion.

They asked Rex "We'd be remiss if we didn't ask about the persistent reunion rumors..." and he simply responded "Ain't happening in the near future."

Brown was asked if the band set out to become as popular they became and he said, "No, we were just trying to keep expanding the fanbase we had. On the Cowboys From Hell tour, we went from playing every little venue from Maine to Tijuana to Vancouver to the tip of Florida and everywhere in between. We were out for about 338 days on that first tour in an RV. Then we came back and literally didn't take us long at all to write Vulgar Display. [The mindset was], 'Hey look, we can take all of these fans with us.' We set out to do that and we did. It wasn't like we were trying to be this extremely metal phenomenon, that's just what naturally came out. About that time, Metallica had put out the Black Album and in between that and Nirvana, it gave us a little opportunity to get in there and it was the right music at the right time. Think about how many good albums just haven't done anything. There's no formula; we just kept doing what we kept doing." Read the full interview here.

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Body Count Collaborating With Max Cavalera

(Metal Hammer) Body Count mainman Ice-T has confirmed that Max Cavalera will appear on their new album, Bloodlust. The former Sepultura leader and current Cavalera Conspiracy man will guest on the track All Love Is Lost - with the news revealed via Ice-T's Twitter account.

He says: "Max just laid his vocals on a new Body Count song All Love Is Lost. Crazy! Bloodlust 2017."

Speaking about Body Count's new material with producer Will Putney, Ice-T said: "With our last album Manslaughter, we tested the waters and got a great response from the fans and critics. Now it's time to go kill it and make a more aggressive album and keep the Body Count style intact.

"Will Putney is like a member of the band and has an excellent ear. He's a great producer because he captures the true essence of our band's sound. Once we are done writing the song it's his job to step in and make it sound better. He helps move the record in the right direction." Read more here.

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Paper Route Announce Real Emotion Tour

Paper Route have announced that they will be hitting the road this fall for a headlining U.S. tour that they will be launching in support of their new album "Real Emotion".

The album is set to be released on September 23rd and the band will kick off the tour on October 27th in Baton Rouge, LA at Spanish Moon and concluding the trek with a hometown show in Nashville on November 20th at Exit/In.

The alt-rock trio will be joined on the tour by supporting band Halfnoise (which is former Paramore drummer Zac Farro's new solo project). See the tour dates here.

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Nightwish Singer Floor Jansen Is Pregnant

(Prog) Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen has announced she is four months pregnant. The singer revealed the news to TeamRock at an event in Helsinki, Finland, to promote Nightwish's upcoming live release Vehicle Of Spirit.

Nightwish plan to take at least a year off after wrapping up touring commitments for latest album Endless Forms Most Beautiful. Jansen didn't give an official statement on her pregnancy, but mainman Tuomas Holopainen told TeamRock: "The issue of Floor having a kid came up earlier this year. I asked her if she had been thinking about having a child and she said, 'Yeah, actually, I have.'

"So I said, 'Well, we're thinking of having a break so if you want to...' And here we are. It's just a wonderful, beautiful thing because now she gets to be with him or her for a year before we continue so it's perfect timing." Read more here.

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Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Ringo Join 'We Are Not Afraid' Campaign

(Radio.com) Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Ringo Starr, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel and over 175 more artists have joined forces to support the We Are Not Afraid global campaign.

Yoko Ono, Iggy Pop, Brian Wilson, Debbie Harry, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, Buddy Guy, Nile Rodgers and many more have also offered their support to the campaign, which centers around the song "We Are Not Afraid," by Nigerian singer Majek Fashek.

A Kevin Godley directed video featuring images of the artists involved in the campaign holding signs declaring they are "Not Afraid." will be released on September 29th. Read more here.

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All Them Witches Giving Away Their New Live In Brussels Album

(Classic Rock) All Them Witches are giving away their new live album, Live In Brussels, for free. The album has been issued as a thank you to loyal fans, many of whom helped raise $4800 inside 24 hours when the band's money was stolen on their recent US tour supporting latest album Dying Surfer Meets His Maker. It was recorded at a sold-out show at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels.

"This was right in the middle of our first European tour," recalls drummer Robby Staebler. "The AB club is seriously badass, great crew members and incredible hospitality. I remember we were late to the load in and soundcheck because we were driving ourselves around and tour managing everything on our own - which was stupidly stressful. We missed soundcheck totally and were unable to set up our gear.

"Also, I had a runner go and get me drumsticks, but they ended up being totally different than what I use. It was a stressful beginning to the show! Once the opening band were done we had to go set up everything and soundcheck for the crowd as fast as we could. That is never awesome. But the show felt great.

"Aside from the general exhaustion of being one of our drivers and not getting any regular sleep, the show felt great. You really feel it at the end of a performance, and I remember we were all pretty happy with the show - great stage sound and a great first time crowd. We stayed in a hostel that night and danced to the Spice Girls. I slept well that night." Download it here.

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YouTube Star Rob Chapman's Dorje Release New Video

(Metal Hammer) If you're a guitar aficionado and have an internet connection, there's a strong chance you've heard of Rob Chapman. He gives lessons, reviews gear, performs demonstrations and much more to his almost half a million subscribers - and he's frontman for Brighton-based hard rock troupe Dorje.

Dorje are premiering their new video for Flower Of Life exclusively with Metal Hammer. Speaking to Hammer about the new song, Rob says it's "about the pursuit of peace."

"Flower Of Life is one of those bizarre situations when you wake up from a dream and manage to recall and write it all down - it's about conflict, struggle and essentially how precious life is," he continues. "There's quite a bit of hidden meaning, and a few lyrical 'easter eggs' in there for people who have followed the band since the beginning." Read an interview with Rob to learn more about the band and watch the video here.

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Esben And The Witch Stream New Song 'The Wolf's Sun'

(Prog) Esben And The Witch have issued a stream of their new track The Wolf's Sun. It features on the trio's upcoming fourth album Older Terrors, which will launch on November 4 via Season Of Mist.

Rachel Davies, Thomas Fisher and Daniel Copeman say the song is an "ode to Luna, a blazing white rock" and add: "We find ourselves drawn to and driven by a night lust as old as the firmament itself.

"The first chapter marks the laden swagger of the satellite, a pendulous, ominous beacon. Switching to the second movement, the maniacal march of its wide-eyed disciples, entranced by its heady glow. Rampaging with hearts as swollen as the moon itself." Read more and check out the song here.

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David Crosby Seriously Doubts There Will Be A CSNY Reunion

(Classic Rock) David Crosby says he's not looking for a reunion with his former Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young bandmates. Earlier this month, Graham Nash reported he'd consider getting back together with Crosby - despite the pair becoming embroiled in a war of words in the past.

And although Crosby isn't ruling anything out, he says he's focused on the future - and not looking backwards. He tells Rolling Stone: "I'm happy I'm not in the middle of any psychodrama any more. I seriously doubt there will be a reunion. Never say never, but that whole thing, man, that's history. Good history. I'm proud of it, but none of us are who we were then. I'm liking who I am now. I don't hate those guys.

"I wish them no harm at all. We made absolutely great music together. But I'm certainly not looking for a reunion. I'm focused on what I can accomplish this year. I'm focused completely on the future." here.

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Trailer For Ordinary World Featuring Billy Joe Armstrong Released

(TeamRock) A trailer has been released for Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's upcoming movie Ordinary World. The comedy - named after a track on Green Day's upcoming 12th album Revolution Radio - marks Armstrong's debut lead film role and tells the tale of Perry Miller, an ageing former punk rocker settling into suburban life.

It was originally called Geezer and premiered at at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, before the change of name. Singer and guitarist Armstrong has previous acting experience, having starred in Nurse Jackie, Like Sunday, Like Rain and also making a cameo appearance in This Is 40. He also appeared in the Green Day-based Broadway musical American Idiot.

A synopsis of Ordinary World reads: "The mid-life crisis of a husband and father who, on his 40th birthday, he seeks to revisit his former life as the lead singer in a popular punk band though his middle-aged reality quickly - and hilariously - clashes with the indulgences of his youth." Watch the trailer here.

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