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Stone Temple Pilots Find New Singer?

(Classic Rock) The man thought to be the frontrunner to land the vacant vocalist role in Stone Temple Pilots says the band's original singer Scott Weiland is "irreplaceable."

Filipino musician John Borja says he can't reveal the full details of his connection to STP, but he believes his chances are good. Borja tells Radio Republic: "As of now I can't give the full details yet, but there are clues or hints that seem to be favorable to me. Let's wait for them to give the official announcement. I respect the guys' decision, whatever it is. It would be my honor to play music with them."

While he would love to land the job, Borja says he wouldn't aim to be a direct replica of STP's most recent singer Chester Bennington and that he knows he couldn't possibly replace original frontman Scott Weiland, who died last year.

Borja adds: "Weiland is irreplaceable. No doubt about it, but I think I can carry his legacy through my personality." Read more here.

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Every AC/DC Show Is A New Kind Of Challenge Says Angus

(hennemusic) AC/DC guitarist and co-founder Angus Young talks about the power of the band's live shows and the concert experience in general in a new video interview.

"For us, every show is a new kind of challenge," says Young. "You're trying to communicate to the whole building. You're hoping that that sound gets to the very back of the hall, so that they're getting the same feeling as the people who are close.

"When everything's happening and it's all cooking and everything gels, it just seems like it's one thing and it all moves together. The ultimate feeling is when you've got the audiences joining in; you have a magic atmosphere and they just wanna rock along with you - they wanna ride that wave with you."

Currently playing the final US dates of the band's Rock Or Bust world tour wuth guest vocalist Axl Rose, the guitarist says it all starts with the songs.

"The music has a lot of power; that's also part of it too," explains Young. "It's simple, but it's also kind of complex. Ozzy Osbourne calls us 'meat and potatoes' - it's as good a description as any."

The 61-year-old rocker is in the spotlight leading AC/DC through every show with a seemingly endless supply of energy…and possibly more than players half his age.

"Over the years, you can pace yourself," Angus says. "Maybe I'm lucky - I always kind of get a second and third wind. Sometimes I do not know where it comes from. Sometimes I look and I feel tired, and then, out of the blue, I play a bit of music and then I go, 'Oooh. What am I doing?' And I've moved from one end of the stage to the other.

"Once you are on stage, you go, 'I can't get off now.' The real world goes away, and you get to go into another world. You just get on and you get on and that's it." Watch the video and a pro-shot clip of a performance of "Back In Black" from Greensboro here.

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Pixies' Joey Santiago Goes Into Rehab

(hennemusic) Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago has checked into a rehab center to tackle to drug and alcohol addictions. The 51-year-old will be in the facility for at least a month, the band have confirmed in a statement signed off by frontman Black Francis, drummer Dave Lovering and bassist Paz Lenchantin.

It comes just weeks ahead of the release of the band's upcoming sixth album Head Carrier, due out on September 30. Pixies have a European tour booked for November and December and they say they intend to honour those dates.

Pixies say: "We need to confirm that Joey Santiago has checked into a rehabilitation centre for at least 30 days to treat his alcohol and drug issues.

"This is the best thing that Joey could have done, and we're very proud that he's taken this step, and we ask everyone to support Joey while he's on this road to recovery." Read more here.

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Asking Alexandria Stream Cover Of Slipknot's 'Duality'

(Metal Hammer) Asking Alexandria are streaming their cover of the Slipknot song "Duality". The cover version features on Metal Hammer magazine's Decades Of Destruction CD, which comes bundled with the 30th anniversary collectors' edition of the mag. Asking Alexandria's version of Duality can be streamed below.

The CD includes a string of top metal bands covering other metal artists to help Metal Hammer celebrate its 30th anniversary. On choosing the Slipknot classic for their cover, Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce says: "Duality was actually quite a difficult choice.

"We love the song but Slipknot have been one of our favorite bands since we were kids, and there are so many songs that we wanted to do. It was a huge amount of fun to record Duality and we really hope we did Slipknot and their fans around the world proud.

"The Slipknot guys are friends of ours, so if we f***ed up too bad I'm sure I'll get abuse for years from Corey!" Check out the cover here.

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Rush Receive Keys To Toronto At Opening Of Lee Lifeson Art Park

(hennemusic) Toronto Mayor John Tory presented the key to the city to the members of Rush - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart - at the official opening of the new Lee Lifeson Art Park on September 17.

"From Willowdale to the world, the Key to the City of #Toronto is theirs," Tory tweeted. "Congrats RUSH!" Lee and Lifeson were on hand for the presentation, which also included an acoustic performance of the 1982 Rush classic, "Subdivisions", by Hamilton, ON musician Jacob Moon.

The Lee Lifeson Art Park in the North York neighborhood of Willowdale features new trees, grass, benches and unique music-themed art installations. "Our friendship started very close to here and our musical life together began very close to here," said Lee during an interview with former CBC host George Stroumboulopoulos. "We're obviously thrilled and amazed that someone would want to do something like this and put our names on it, and we're really happy for the community that there's some investment arts and leisure for this neighborhood."

"Art is the thing that elevates you out of whatever situation you're in," added the bassist. "Art is constant for that. Art is the thing that you pour your heart into, that whatever you're doing, whatever aspect of life, whatever situation you find yourself in, art elevates it. It heals. It's given us everything in our lives, so to be associated with that kind of thought and that kind of concept is amazing, fantastic." Watch the full interview and a local TV news report about the event here.

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Bolt Thrower Frontman Says Band Is Over

(Metal Hammer) Bolt Thrower frontman Karl Willetts has confirmed to Metal Hammer that the band have officially called it a day. The band issued a statement of Friday to pay tribute to late drummer Martin 'Kiddie' Kearns one year after the 38-year-old's sudden death.

While they said they wouldn't ever replace Kearns, it wasn't clear from the statement whether that meant Bolt Thrower would disband. Now Willetts says: "Yes, I can confirm that Bolt Thrower are definitely over for good. There will be no reunion tours etc...no compromise."

Kearns passed away peacefully in his sleep last year after being taken unwell at rehearsal. Bolt Thrower said they wanted to deal with his death privately and take time to consider their next move. Read more here.

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Anthrax Unplug For Pink Floyd Classic In New Video

(hennemusic) Anthrax unplugged for an acoustic performance of the Pink Floyd classic, "Comfortably Numb", on the Opie With Jim Norton show on SiriusXM on September 14th.

The band also played "Breathing Lightning", the second single from their current release, "For All Kings" and video from the program has been posted online.

Produced by Jay Ruston, the band's 11th album debuted at No. 9 on the US Billboard 200 earlier this year with opening week sales of 34,000 units. Watch the Pink Floyd cover and the other performance here.

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Peter Gabriel Release 'The Veil' Video

(Prog) Peter Gabriel has released a video for his track The Veil. He wrote the song for the Oliver Stone-directed movie Snowden, which hit theaters last Friday (Sept 16).

Former Genesis man Gabriel said 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 watch the video here.

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Giraffe Tongue Orchestra Release 'Blood Moon' Video

(Classic Rock) Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, the band featured members of Alice In Chains, Mastodon and The Dillinger Escape Plan, have premiered the video for their track Blood Moon.

It's taken from debut album Broken Lines, which is to be released on September 23. The lineup includes William DuVall of Alice In Chains, Brent Hinds of Mastodon and Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, along with Dethklok's Pete Griffin and former The Mars Volta man Thomas Prigden. John Theodore of Queens Of The Stone Age appears on two tracks.

Frontman DuVall recently said of the record: "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." Watch the video here.

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Philm Continuing Without Dave Lombardo

(Metal Hammer) Philm have confirmed that they are continuing without drummer Dave Lombardo. The former Slayer sticksman reported back in January that he'd dissolved the band saying: "To be clear, I did not 'exit' Philm - I ended Philm. Thank you to all who supported that band. Now, I'm off to the studio to do what I love - play the f***in' drums."

But frontman Gerry Nestler says that's not the case, and they've lined up a gig at the Ultimate Jam Night at Hollywood's Whisky A Go Go on September 20 - and recorded an album.

Nestler says in a statement: "What can I say - the reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated. I think the quote from Dave in January was, 'I did not exit Philm, I ended Philm.'

"Well, Pancho Tomaselliand I decided to carry on without him - just like the original Philm carried on without Dave and released an album in 2002, albeit under a different name, Kkleq Muzzil.

"So, no, Philm is not over - we are alive and kicking. Not only did we hook up with our new drummer Anderson Quintero a few months back, we just finished tracking a new album which is in the final stages of being mixed." Read more here.

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Iggy Pop Release Live 'Passenger' Video

(Classic Rock) Iggy Pop has released a performance video of his track "Passenger" taken from upcoming live release Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall. The live package will be released on October 28 Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+2CD and digital formats.

Recorded at the London venue on May 13 of this year, the set sees Pop joined by Queens Of The Stone Age mainman Josh Homme and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders - as well as QOTSA members Dean Fertita and Troy Van Leeuwen and producer Mike Sweeney.

The show was part of the tour in support of Pop's latest album Post Pop Depression, written with Homme. Discussing the collaboration, Homme previously said: "He is the last one of the one-of-a-kinds. This is a much deserved victory lap for a man who's not sure if he won. But he did. He may have tunnelled underground for lots of that, but he still got to the destination." Watch the video and read more here.

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Airbourne Release Video For 'Rivalry'

(Metal Hammer) Airbourne have released a video for their track Rivalry. It's the second song to be released from the Australian rock group's upcoming fourth album Breakin' Outta Hell, following the title track.

Breakin' Outta Hell is released on September 23 via Spinefarm Records. Created by the Dark Fable Media company, the video for Rivalry shows the band performing live in the UK and Ireland and the track is inspired by sporting clashes and the "corporate forces" that have led to a number of small live music venues closing.

Frontman Joel O'Keeffe says: "The lyric probably came from us watching Football Factory or The Firm, one of those kind of films and I think at the time there was a big grand prix race on, lots of intense rivalries being reported in the media.

"Plus, as with other songs we've done, there's an aspect here of rock'n'roll taking a stand against those corporate forces that seek to restrict our freedoms, that try to shut down the little live venues, leaving bands with nowhere to really hone their craft." Watch the video here.

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Marilyn Manson Says People Will Be Surprised With New Album

(Metal Hammer) Marilyn Manson says upcoming album Say10 will come as a surprise to anyone who's expecting it to follow on from 2015 release The Pale Emperor.

And he's added that the work has a violent edge to it. Manson revealed in July that his 10th record would arrive in February next year, although he declined to offer any more information.

Now he tells Rolling Stone: "It's not very much in any way like The Pale Emperor. The people who have heard the new songs said it reminded them of Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals - but with a new, different approach."

He continues: "It's pretty violent in its nature for some reason. It's not emotional in the same way. It's got a chip on its shoulder. I can't wait for people to hear it - I think they're going to be quite surprised." Read more here.

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Primus' Les Claypool Looks Back At South Park Theme

(TeamRock) Primus mainman Les Claypool says he was amazed South Park ever made it to air as the hit animated show launches its 20th season. Primus recorded South Park's theme song and singer and bassist Claypool recalls being asked in 1997 to get involved in the fledgling Comedy Central show that would go on to become one of the most popular and longest-running TV series' ever.

And he reveals that the less frantic South Park outro tune is what the band actually had in mind for the main theme. Claypool tells the Hollywood Reporter: "If you listen to the outro, that's actually the original song. And they came back to us and said, 'Comedy Central thinks the theme song is too slow and not peppy enough.'

"At that point, we were like, 'You know, we did this for you guys, we're out on the road, we're too busy to do this right now. We can't just go into a studio and rerecord this.'

"So they just sped it up and I redid my vocals. I believe I was playing Red Rocks in Colorado and they sent one of their old high school chums up with a handheld tape recorder, and I just did my vocals into that."

But Claypool would never have believed the boundary-pushing comedy of South Park would ever be approved for TV, let alone go on to be such a smash hit. Read more here.

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Meshuggah Release 360 Degree 'Nostrum' Video

(Prog) Meshuggah have released a 360 degree lyric video for their track "Nostrum." The song features on the band's upcoming eighth album The Violent Sleep Of Reason, which is out on October 7 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The follow-up to 2012's Koloss was produced by the band and engineered by Tue Madsen at Puk Studios in Kaerby, Denmark. Keerych Luminokaya produced the cover art, having worked with the band on Koloss and The Ophidian Trek.

Meshuggah previously issued an album teaser and a lyric video for Born In Dissonance. In the review of The Violent Sleep Of Reason, TeamRock called Meshuggah "light years ahead of virtually everyone else" and added: "What continues to be genuinely startling about Meshuggah is how their meticulous devotion to moving forward has enabled them to keep their distance from any aspiring contemporaries and seem, like precious few other modern bands, entirely separate from the sonic status quo.

"The Violent Sleep Of Reason is that ethos of artistry and invention writ large over some of the heaviest and most hypnotic music of the band's career." Watch the video here.

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Slayer's Tom Araya and Kerry King Reflect On Repentless Triology

(Metal Hammer) Slayer's Tom Araya and Kerry King have taken a look back at the Repentless video trilogy in a new promo. The videos for Repentless, You Against You and Pride In Prejudice were directed by BJ McDonnell, and shot in support of the band's 12th album which was released last year.

And Araya reports that it was McDonnell's enthusiasm that got him excited about filming three different videos which shared a common thread.

Araya says: "Meeting him, he was excited. He really liked the fact he was working with the band - he's a fan. His excitement rubbed off and made me excited."

Repentless was the first video, filmed amid scorching temperatures in and around the Sybil Brand Institute - a former county jail in Los Angeles. The second was for You Against You which had the band playing in an aircraft graveyard - but it was the third and final promo for Pride In Prejudice which stood out for guitarist Kerry King.

He says: When you see the third one - which is my favourite, it brings the whole story together. Doing that video in the snow, I felt my feet were going to break off because they were frozen, but it was BJ's vision - and it was a good vision because you got three incredibly different looks telling the same story.

"Visually, I love that video. When other people were doing their takes, I'd watch what BJ looks at on his screen and I was like, 'Man, this looks like a movie.'

"It was cool this late in our career, on one of our most relevant records of our career to be able to do that." Watch the clip along with the three music videos here.

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Van Der Graaf Generator's New Album May Be Their Last

(Prog) Van Der Graaf Generator's Peter Hammill said the band were determined to create something special on their upcoming new album Do Not Disturb - because it could turn out to be the last record they ever make.

In an interview with Cherry Red Records boss Mike Powell, premiering exclusively with TeamRock, Hammill says the veteran prog heroes put extra pressure on themselves when writing and recording their 13th album as they may not make a follow-up.

In a 30-minute video interview Hammill says: "We do have the realisation that, okay we are all healthy at the moment, but we are all rising 70 now. And maybe this is the last record that we'll make.

"The minute that phrase is out there, that imposes a kind of discipline upon you to do something...I'm definitely not saying this is the last record we're gonna make, but it is one that we had that idea at the outset, which we didn't have, for instance, on the last couple of records." Read more and watch the interview here.

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Anderson Stolt Release 'Know' Video

(Prog) Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson and Flower Kings leader Roine Stolt have released a video for their track titled "Know". It features on the Anderson/Stolt album Invention Of Knowledge, which came out earlier this year via Century Media.

Speaking about the collaborative project, Anderson says: "Music is always the driving force in my life. Working with such a wonderful musician as Roine Stolt made the creation of this album very unique."

Stolt insisted the pair weren't "aiming at being new Yes" but wanted to encapsulate the spirit of progressive music, adding: "We've been inventing as we go along - Jon is an endless source of new ideas.

"We've been bouncing ideas back and forth for months and as a result there are probably dozens of versions of these songs. It's been a very interesting and rewarding time and the result is just insanely detailed." here.

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