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Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce North American Tour

(hennemusic) The Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced dates for a North American tour in support of their latest album, "The Getaway." The three-month run will begin in San Antonio, TX on January 5, with shows currently scheduled into mid-March and more to be announced.

The Peppers will be joined by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on all dates, while Jack Irons is on board for shows in January. A fan club ticket pre-sale begins September 21 at 10:00 a.m. local time, while the general on sale starts September 23 at 10am local for all dates - except the following cities begin at noon local: Dallas, Tulsa, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Toronto, Buffalo, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

General on sale for San Antonio begins on September 24 at 10am local. Every ticket purchased includes a choice of a standard physical or standard digital copy of "The Getaway." See the tour dates here.

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Dave Mustaine Won't Talk About New Metallica

(Metal Hammer) Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine says he's listened to new Metallica track Hardwired - but he won't discuss it. And he reports that he's bored of touring with fellow thrash icons Slayer and Anthrax, adding that he doesn't want to do it again unless Metallica are on the bill too.

The vocalist and guitarist settled his differences with James Hetfield and co in 2009 when the Big 4 first performed together, decades after he'd been fired from Metallica and gone on to form his own band.

Mustaine tells WRIF: "I think that Anthrax and Slayer, the three of us have played so much over the years that, for me, it's boring now. Not taking anything away from any of the bands, because I love Slayer and Anthrax - but I think that if we were going to do something again, it should either be the four of us, or give it a rest for a little while."

Asked about Hardwired, the lead track from Metallica's 10th album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, he confirms he'd heard it but adds: "I'm not going to say anything." Read more here.

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Former Eagles Members Snubbed By Kennedy Center

(Classic Rock) Former Eagles members Don Felder, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner won't be honored along with their former bandmates at this year's John F Kennedy Center For Performing Arts ceremony.

It was announced in June that the Eagles would receive recognition for their contribution to American culture through the arts at the event on December 4. But despite an online petition garnering more than 10,000 supporters, the trio won't attend the event.

Brandon Butler, who organized the public drive, says in a statement: "Unfortunately, it is with great disappointment that I inform everyone that the Kennedy Center will not include Don Felder, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner to be honored."

He also published the response from the president of the Kennedy Center, Deborah Rutter, which reads: "The Kennedy Center consulted with the Eagles and through that discussion, it was determined that the four band members who 'carried the torch' - Don Henley, the late Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh - will be awarded the honors." Read more here.

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Rush Not Over Hints Lifeson

(Classic Rock) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson says the band have lived through a year of "adjustment" after what could have been their final tour. But he still believes there's more to come from the Canadian outfit.

Their future was thrown into doubt after drummer Neil Peart described himself as retired, and they admitted their 2015 road trip was likely to be that last of its kind.

Speaking as Lifeson and frontman Geddy Lee attended the opening of a Toronto park named after them, the guitarist says: "It's been an adjustment, this past year. We've been following up on some other interests that we both have, and we've been learning to get used to the idea. It's taken a while.

"But I feel very confident about a lot of things, and music is definitely one of them. I'm sure we'll do something in the future. We can't just stop playing and writing music together."

Lee adds: "I play almost every day that I'm around the house. I've been travelling a lot with my wife. We're very big on taking advantage of this break in my career, whatever it may be.

"But I love playing and I play a lot. Sooner or later the right thing will happen." Watch the video clip here.

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Vince Neil Battery Trial Postponed Due To Witness

(hennemusic) A trial over misdemeanor battery charges facing Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil stemming from an alleged incident in Las Vegas, NV on April 7 that was scheduled to start on Monday (Sep. 19) has been postponed to October 20.

Neil is accused of dragging an autograph seeker to the ground by her hair during a lunch with actor Nicolas Cage at the Aria Hotel. News3 Las Vegas reports Neil's attorney, Richard Schonfeld, recently reached an agreement with prosecutors to delay the trial and request a new date.

"The reason for the continuance was a witness that had an availability issue," said Schonfeld. He declined to say whether the witness is Cage, who was with Neil on the evening of the alleged incident. Read more here.

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Asking Alexandria's Bruce Ends Feud With Danny Worsnop

(Metal Hammer) Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce and former frontman Danny Worsnop have both reported that their feud is over. The pair fell out over the vocalist's departure from the band in 2015, which led to several public outbursts from both sides.

In May this year Worsnop said: "I ended up leaving because it lost the art to me - it lost its artistic integrity in my eyes. I was just selling out, and that's not what I do."

Bruce branded his comments "bullsh*t" and added: "He's an Englishman singing country music with an American accent. We've done what we've always loved to do from day one. We didn't change - he did."

Worsnop has tweeted: "Drank almost a handle of Jameson and partied old school style with Ben Bruce. So there's that…" Bruce has followed by tweeting: "Me and Danny were best friends for a decade. We have rekindled our relationship." Read more here.

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Giraffe Tongue Orchestra Announce Their Debut Tour

(Metal Hammer) Giraffe Tongue Orchestra have announced their first tour, which takes place in North America during November and December. It follows the launch of debut album Broken Lines, which arrives on September 23.

The lineup features William DuVall of Alice In Chains, Brent Hinds of Mastodon and Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, alongside Dethklok's Pete Griffin and former The Mars Volta member Thomas Prigden. Queens Of The Stone Age's John Theodore guests on two album tracks.

The band their live debut at the Reading and Leeds festivals in August. They've released videos for their tracks Blood Moon and Crucifixion. Frontman DuVall recently said of Broken Lines: "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." See the tour dates here.

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King 810 Streaming Full New Album Online

(Metal Hammer) King 810 have streamed second album La Petit Mort Or A Conversation With God in full. The follow-up to 2014 debut Memoirs Of A Murderer is available now via Roadrunner Records.

The label describe La Petit Mort as "an inspired body of work that marks a profound evolutionary leap" for the band, adding that the work focuses on the themes of violence and despair, and the "steady desensitisation of the human spirit under those conditions."

Frontman David Gunn told Metal Hammer in April: "In a sense, this is the first King record. People know our capabilities and where our heads are at, but I want to mix all the sh*t we did before together as one thing that stands alone.

"This record has a sense of self. Memoirs was fragmented. It was playing someone else's game or some pre-established rules. This one doesn't have those rules - there is no record like this one." Stream the album here.

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Alice Cooper Wants To Stage Shocking Residency

(Classic Rock) Alice Cooper says he'd love to have his own theatre production - with a shocking twist. Cooper is known for his gory horror stage productions when he plays live.

But he says he'd welcome a run of interactive theatre shows to give the audience the ultimate creepy experience. Cooper tells the Chicago Tribune: "I'd like to have a residency in a theatre where you can control every sense, smell and touch.

"You could have a staged rock'n'roll show, make the seat have a little shocker in it, or make it where smell comes into the theatre or you feel something behind you. That would be fun." Read more here.

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Jerry Only Has Big Aspirations For Misfits Reunion

(Metal Hammer) Jerry Only believes the reunited Misfits could become the "biggest band ever" if they continue the way they've begun. And he's convinced that he, Glenn Danzig and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein will record an album together no matter what else the future holds.

The trio settled their differences last year and they've played two festival sets with former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and guitarist Acey Slade. Only tells AltPress: "It's a unique experience. We're 40 years into the game and we're all at the peak of our game.

"The Misfits have the potential to be the biggest band ever. I think that the originality, the energy, the aggression and now the camaraderie is going to be what puts us far above what other people are able to achieve - just based on pure physical power, endurance and persistence." Read more here.

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Amon Amarth Release 'Raise Your Horns' Video

(Metal Hammer) Amon Amarth have released a video for their track Raise Your Horns. The promo features live footage from the band's shows this year in San Diego, London, Paris, Tilburg, Berlin and at Hellfest in France. Fans, artists, actors and sports stars also feature in the clip, all raiding their horns to Amon Amarth.

King Diamond, Zakk Wylde and Dave Mustaine appear in the video, as do members of Slayer, Disturbed, Machine Head, Behemoth and other. MMA fighter Shayna Baszler, Olympic swimmer Paul Biedermann, and NHL player Mike McKenna also star, alongside Orange Is The New Black's Jessica Pimentel.

Raise Your Horns is taken from Amon Amarth's most recent album Jomsviking, released earlier this year via Metal Blade Records. Amon Amarth previously asked fans to submit footage of them raising their metal horns for the video. Some of those clips can be seen in the final product here.

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In Flames Release 'The End' Video

(Metal Hammer) In Flames have released a video for their new single The End. The track is taken from the Swedish band's upcoming 12th album Battles, due for release on November 11 via Nuclear Blast.

Guitarist Bjorn Gelotte says: "The End is a fairly straightforward In Flames song. Having said that, it has a really positive vibe. It's not a slash-your-wrists kind of vibe - it makes you realise to just make sure you appreciate that moment."

Meanwhile, In Flames have confirmed Joe Rickard as their new drummer, replacing Daniel Svensson who left the group late last year. In Flames say: "From February to April of 2016 we recorded our newest album Battles with legendary producer, Howard Benson. Howard introduced us to one of his trusted and so talented studio drummers, Joe Rickard.

"Joe had such natural talent behind the kit - it seemed effortless. Once we witnessed him laying down drums to our own songs with parts we couldn't have imagined better ourselves - we knew we had to have him join In Flames.

"We are proud and excited to finally announce that Joe Rickard will be taking over the drums for In Flames. We feel by adding such a talented and pure musician to our band and brotherhood that we are doing Daniel a great justice in ensuring his hard work and talent will continue on." Read more and watch the video here.

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Lemmy and David Bowie Coloring Books Released

(Classic Rock) Lemmy and David Bowie are the subjects of two new coloring books aimed at adults. Late Motorhead frontman Lemmy's life is the subject of Motorhead: Color The Ace Of Spades, while the Bowie version is called David Bowie: Color The Starman.

Both coloring books are available for $15.99 each via Feral House, who describe the Lemmy book as being "about the recently deceased rock legend Lemmy Kilmister, famous for his hard metal and hard living.

"It features drawings from many of his fans as well as many personal stories of his life and work with the bands Hawkwind and Motorhead - and the litres of whiskey he consumed at West Hollywood's famous Rainbow Bar.

"Included in the book is work by Joe Petagno, who painted the cover of Motorhead's renowned Orgasmatron album." Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen Aimed For Greatest Rock Song Ever Heard

(Classic Rock) Bruce Springsteen has recalled how he was trying to write "the greatest record ever heard" when he penned his breakthrough track Born To Run. The song was the title track to Springsteen's 1975 third album which propelled him to international superstardom. And he makes no bones about the fact that he wanted to hit the big time.

In an interview about his upcoming autobiography Born To Run, Springsteen tells CBS: "I was trying to make the greatest record you ever heard. A record that after you heard it, you didn't have to hear another record."

Springsteen also discusses his relationship with his late father Douglas and how the book is partly an attempt to shine a more accurate light on the dynamic between them.

He says: "My dad is very important in it because I felt I hadn't been completely fair to him in my music. I felt that I left an image of him as a very domineering character, which he could be. He could be frightening. But he was also much, much more. He had a complicated life." Read more here.

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Airbourne Aimed To Capture Live Vibe On New Album

(Metal Hammer) Airbourne say they deliberately stripped back the production of their new album as they wanted to capture the ferocity of their live shows. The band's fourth record titled Breakin' Outta Hell will be released on September 23 via Spinefarm Records.

And frontman Joel O'Keeffe credits producers Bob Marlette and Mike Fraser with helping them to achieve their goals on the follow-up to 2013's Black Dog Barking.

He exclusively tells Metal Hammer: "Sonically, we wanted to strip it back. The last record is great and we love it, but we just wanted to take a bit of the production out and get more of the playing in.

"The live show really is the energy of this band and we really wanted to capture as much of that energy as we could, which is why we decided to work with Bob Marlette and Mike Fraser.

"Bob did 2007's Runnin' Wild, and we often get a lot of comments about how that album is our most raw and live- sounding thing. We listen to what people say and we decided they were right. Then we got Mike Fraser in, who we'd worked previously with on 2010's No Guts. No Glory, and we gave him full control to engineer and mix the record. His CV is ridiculous - he's done Aerosmith, Metallica and AC/DC." here.

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Tim Bowness and iamthemorning Teaming Up For Special Shows

(Prog) Tim Bowness has hooked up with recent Album Of The Year recipients at this year's Progressive Music Awards, iamthemorning, for two special live shows in November. The pair will play the IO Pages Festival in Ulft, Holland on November 12 and London's Bush Hall on November 14.

Both bands are planning their own sets, but will also join forces with various collaborators for a mixture of iamthemorning, Bowness and No-Man material. "I'm really looking forward to combining what it is I do with what it is Iamthemorning do," Bowness told Prog. "I think we both share a certain sensitivity and melancholy, while being very different from each other stylistically. I'm hoping there'll be some interesting new takes on old songs."

Bowness is currently working on his third solo album, an ambitious concept album revolving around the backstage thoughts of a fictional 'classic' Rock musician in the twilight of his career (titled Third Monster On The Left), the release is unlike any in his back catalogue and an early 2017 release is tentatively scheduled. here.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Director Wants To Work With Steven Tyler

(Classic Rock) Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn says he'd "love to work" with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. His comments come after Tyler reached out to the filmmaker in a recent interview with People Magazine, saying: "I would do anything to be in Guardians of the Galaxy 3 - are you listening James Gunn?"

And although filming of the second movie was recently completed and there's been no confirmation of a third installment, Gunn has responded to Tyler's request.

During a Facebook Q&A session (via The Wrap), Gunn says: "Yes, I did hear that Steven Tyler wants to be in Guardians Of The Galaxy. The answer is, Steven, yes I am listening. And I'm a big fan of Steven Tyler's.

"I had the pleasure of directing his daughter Liv in Super in 2010 in which she was fantastic, and I met him for a few seconds at a screening of that movie.

"He's a cool guy. And of course I would love to work with Steven Tyler sometime." Read more here.

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Big Big Train Announce 2017 Live Dates

(Prog) Big Big Train have announced eagerly awaited live dates for 2017. The band will play London's Cadogan Hall on September 29 and 30. These will be the first live shows from Big Big Train since the release of their acclaimed new album Folklore.

The band had this to say, "The Cadogan Hall performances will be the first full-band gigs since 2015, and will feature the full thirteen musician line-up including the five piece brass ensemble featured on The Underfall Yard, English Electric and Folklore albums."

Big Big Train picked up the Live event award at this year's Progressive Music Awards for their lasts series of live shows at London's King's Place in 2015, the band's first live shows for 17 years. Read more here.

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Kyros Announce New Double Album Vox Humana

(Prog) Kyros, the young British prog band previously known as Synaesthesia, will release their second album, the double affair Vox Humana, on November 5. It will be the band's first full-length independent release since their 2014 Synaesthesia debut on GEP. The band released 2015's Beta EP following changing their name to Kyros. Vox Hmana will be preceded by the Cloudburst maxi single on September 21.

"We have waited so long to be able to make this announcement," says mainman Adam Warne. "We are hugely excited for the release of Vox Humana and Cloudburst as we are especially proud of the work we have put into both releases - speaking from a musical, artistic and even business point of view. To say a lot of work has gone into this would be an understatement."

Both products will be released in physical CD format with purchasing available through the band's website and Amazon UK, and digital releases through iTunes, Tidal, Deezer, Spotify and more. here.

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Singled Out: Ray and Remora

Ray & Remora just released their first full-length "Startle It Up" and to celebrate we asked frontwoman Amanda (Remora) Walker from tells us about the track "The Happening". Here is the story:

I was in my second year of college when I wrote this song. I had transferred to California Institute of the Arts, where I was studying Fine Art, and it was blowing my 19 year-old mind. And then there was a composer who played trumpet that I had started dating. It's hard to remember specifics from back then but here's something.

I decided to take a road trip after a mentally challenging week of college and after finding out Trumpet Man was heading home for summer.

I don't remember anything from that trip, just that I picked up my friend Stan, who thought he was on his way to class, and pieces from the drive home. We took the 101, Stan ran into a lake naked, I think we stopped for pistachios or strawberries or something, and then I also remember having a beer in an abandoned house somewhere off the highway near a gas station.

"The Happening" came right after this. I had been circling around two things that I needed to get away from and gain some perspective on.

1. was art school and figuring out the differences, if there were any, between the explanation and the object.

2. was about talking. Firstly, talking up in my relationships and not just assuming things will change -- actually speaking feelings, even little ones, out. And secondly, being aware of words versus action.

"It's not the way that you say these words, it's the way that they're happening".

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

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