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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Eyes 2017 For New Music

(Gibson) Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is doing the press rounds to promote Zep's recently released archival set, The Complete BBC Sessions, which is an expanded edition of the 1997 BBC Sessions compilation. In the process of taking about the collection, he spoke up about new music.

Chatting with the U.K.'s Planet Rock, Page said he thought he would be "playing with other musicians" by now, but that will probably have to wait until 2017. "Clearly now it's not going to materialize until next year," he said in the interview. "That's not that far away now!" Page added that he's been "quite rightly" called out for taking too long to start making new music, but compiling The Complete BBC Sessions took a lot of time.

"The BBC Sessions was an epic, when you think everything has to be listened to in real time and all of that," Page said. "It's an epic but it's an epic I was really prepared to take on because historically it was really important for people to have all that information about what was going on in the studio at that point of time."

Page also hinted that he has plans to put together an archival collection with performances by his pre-Zeppelin group, the Yardbirds. "I'm in touch with the members of The Yardbirds and I hope to be seeing them relatively soon and then the material I've got we'll see how much of it comes out," he said. here.

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Video From Final AC/DC Show With Cliff Goes Online

(hennemusic) Axl Rose and AC/DC closed out the "Rock Or Bust" world tour at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA on September 20 and video from the show is available.

The event marked the tenth and final stop of ten rescheduled US tour dates the band are playing this fall with Rose and the last performance by bassist Cliff Williams, who announced his retirement back in July.

Williams joined AC/DC in 1977 following the firing of Mark Evans shortly after the group completed the recording of the "Let There Be Rock" album. Williams performed with AC/DC on the tour in support of the record before making his studio debut with them on 1978's "Powerage."

"It's been what I've known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I'm backing off of touring and recording," said Williams at the time. "Losing Malcolm, the thing with Phil and now with Brian, it's a changed animal. I feel in my gut it's the right thing."

The Philadelphia show saw the addition of "Problem Child", marking its first performance since 2001. The tune first appeared on the 1976 Australian release of "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" and was later added to the international version of 1977's "Let There Be Rock." Check out videos from the show here.

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Metallica To Rock The Tonight Show

(hennemusic) Metallica will perform on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next Thursday, September 29. The band are promoting "Hardwired", the lead track from their forthcoming album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct."

Due November 18, the two-disc set was produced by Greg Fidelman, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich and presents a dozen new songs and more than 80 minutes of music.

Metallica will perform at an event in New York's Central Park on September 24 and play a pair of acoustic sets at Neil Young's 30th anniversary Bridge School Benefit Concert in late October. Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Vs Concert Ticket Scalpers

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have revealed plans to tackle the issues of scalpers and counterfeit tickets as they prepare to announce dates for the band's first major UK arena tour in six years on September 23.

Maiden manager Rod Smallwood says the group have gone to great lengths to ensure fans are able to buy tickets at cost rather than at inflated prices prevalent on many secondary ticketing sites, while also taking measures to prevent counterfeit tickets.

"We do not want our fans being ripped off either by counterfeit tickets or through costly mark-ups on so called secondary ticketing websites," explains Smallwood. "These problems now affect the UK more than any other country outside of the USA. We believe the most successful way to prevent this is by implementing Paperless ticketing. This proved highly successful in reducing piracy at our previous London shows in 2013 and on our North American tours since 2010. This is a simple procedure and goes a long way to minimizing the resale of tickets and reducing fraud by requiring the original cardholder purchaser to be present at entry.

"We have been working with our UK promoter Live Nation and Ticketmaster to ensure that we can operate a Paperless ticketing system, in full or in part, at all the UK venues we'll play in 2017. We are also instigating a number of additional measures which we believe will directly help our fans to access tickets in the fairest, safest way and at the intended price." See the actions being put in place for Iron Maiden's 2017 tour here.

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David Bowie Berlin Plaque Destroyed After Only 3 Weeks

(Classic Rock) A plaque marking David Bowie's old flat in Berlin has been destroyed just three weeks after it was unveiled. Bowie stayed at Hauptstrasse 155 in the city's Schoneberg district between 1976-1978 and created his Berlin Trilogy of albums Low, Heroes and Lodger while at the address - a flat he shared with Iggy Pop.

The porcelain plaque was unveiled at the end of August, with fans, friends and politicians attending the ceremony. Berlin mayor Michael Muller immediately gave the €3400 plate the green light, despite legislation usually requiring a five-year waiting time before such an honour is bestowed to ensure the deceased figure was of historical significance.

Makers KPM - The Royal Porcelain Factory - stated at the time that should it be stolen, vandalized or destroyed, they could replace it within 24-hours - with the Berlinger Morgenpost confirming the company have indeed created a new one. Read more here.

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Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt Reacts To Nude Photos Leak

(Classic Rock) Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt has apologized after full-frontal naked pictures of him were posted on his Instagram account. Bettencourt, 50, says his personal computer files were hacked and the images put on his Instagram page without his knowledge.

Images of his family were also posted in Tuesday's (September 20) hack. The Instagram account was temporarily suspended while the leak was dealt with. The images were live for a couple of hours.

In a Facebook post, which has since been deleted, Bettencourt says: "I got woken up from a dead sleep with my door being banged on in my hotel room. I knew it could only be bad news, but once I was told what was happening, I couldn't comprehend it.

"Basically, my accounts were compromised. But what's worse were the photos. I want to apologize to all of you, my friends, my family, but especially my kids." Read more here.

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Stone Sour Streaming '1st Person' Demo

(Metal Hammer) Stone Sour have released an online stream of their 2005 demo version of 1st Person, which appeared on their album Come What(ever) May the following year.

It's the latest in a series of bonus releases as Corey Taylor and co celebrate the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough title. They previously streamed demos of Through Glass and 30/30-150.

Guitarist Josh Rand says: "I had written the verse and bridge riffs while we were out on tour for the self-titled album in 2003. I revisited these ideas in 2005 after buying my first Pro Tools rig, and I was able to flush out this song."

Frontman Taylor last month reported that Stone Sour had demoed 18 songs for their sixth album, tentatively due next year. Read his comments and stream the song here.

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Jimi Hendrix's Band Of Gypsys Live Release Preview Goes Online

(hennemusic) Experience Hendrix L.L.C. is previewing a pair of new video trailers for "Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69", the forthcoming live package featuring Jimi Hendrix in his debut performance with the Band Of Gypsys.

Due September 30, the set presents Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles at the famed New York venue just six months after the breakup of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Band Of Gypsys played four historic concerts at the Fillmore East in New York City - two on New Year's Eve 1969 and two on New Year's Day 1970. Never before has the first of these sets been available in its entirety, and the vast majority of the performances have never been issued.

First launched with the lead track "Power Of Soul", Hendrix's team have also released audio of the track, "Izabella", as the latest taste of what fans can expect to hear on the recording.

"To hear this new material, for me, was a revelation," says engineer Eddie Kramer. "Here was a rhythm section that was so solid. Having had the great privilege of recording Jimi's first three albums and have them emblazoned in my memory banks, to be confronted with this new direction was kind of shocking, but a natural progression. When I heard this music for the first time, I was knocked out."

The project was produced by Kramer, John McDermott and Janie Hendrix from the original 1" 8 track master tapes. "Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69" will be available on CD, 2 LP 180 gram vinyl, high resolution SACD and in digital formats. Watch the previews here.

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Rob Zombie Calls Out Fan Over White Zombie Claim

(Classic Rock) Rob Zombie has called out a fan who claims the singer has "no legit reason" not to reform White Zombie. Zombie dissolved the group in 1998 after releasing four albums and has gone on to have a successful career both in music and film.

But when Instagram user Nevergotochurch told the singer that his reasons for disbanding the group made "no sense," Zombie responded immediately, calling the fan out saying they knew "zero" about the situation.

The post has since been taken down from the site. Nevergotochurch said: "Please, for the love of God, reunite White Zombie. The reasons you've given in the past for not wanting to do it make no sense.

"Reunions are beloved bands are totally welcomed and completely awesome - a White Zombie reunion has zero chance of being bad. I love you Rob, but I gotta be honest, I think the truth is that you just think you're too good to pick up the phone, call up Sean Yseult and the guys and get that ball rolling again. Just do a White Zombie reunion. You no have no legit reason not to."

Zombie responded: "Always amazed at how people can speak with such authority on subjects they know zero about. I have many legit reasons. Just because you don't know them does not mean they don't exist. Everything is not everybody's business." Read more here.

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Slipknot Summer Tour Recap Video Released

(Metal Hammer) Slipknot's summer North American tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men is celebrated in a five-minute video soundtracked by Slipknot track Skeptic released by the trek's corporate sponsor.

The opening dates of the tour were postponed when Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor had to have surgery on his spine after he learned he had broken his neck without even realizing it.

Slipknot were on the road in support of their fifth album .5: The Gray Chapter, which was released in 2014. Manson was touring to promote his latest effort The Pale Emperor, issued in 2015, while Of Mice & Men's fourth album Cold World came out earlier this month.

Taylor recently said the band were now at the top of their game when it comes to live performances. He said: "We've been able to use our history and make it something new - instead of looking in a rearview mirror, we're looking out the windshield at what's to come.

"I think that's why people are gravitating towards this. It doesn't feel like a greatest hits set. It feels like we're just hitting our stride. For a band that's been around for 17 years, that's a hell of a feeling." Watch the video here.

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Megadeth Guitarist Upset At Peace Sells and Master Of Puppets Difference

(Classic Rock) Former Megadeth lead guitarist Chris Poland has recalled how it "hurt" to hear Metallica's Master Of Puppets because the production was so much better than on his own band's Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?

The two seminal thrash albums celebrate their 30th anniversary this year and Poland says that, while he is proud of Megadeth's second album, he always wished they could have matched the production quality that rivals Metallica achieved on their third effort back in 1986.

Poland tells Joel Gausten: "I really like all the songs, it was a real strong record. My only qualm was, I know we were playing a lot different style than Metallica, but the production on Master Of Puppets was just so good that it just hurt every time I listened to it.

"Both records came out at the same time, and it was like, 'If we could have gotten that vibe and that sound with our production...' I'm not sure we could have, because you get what you get, you are what you are.

"The mic's on, it only records what you give it. Maybe we weren't sonically in the same cool space those guys were at the time, guitar-wise and recording technique-wise.

"I think honestly, Peace Sells… and Master Of Puppets are the two best records of that whole era." Read more here.

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Suicidal Tendencies Frontman Regrets Not Building English Fanbase

(Metal Hammer) Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir says he regrets that the band haven't built up a bigger fanbase in England. The vocalist says the thrash heroes play small venues when they are in England and that they have, for whatever reason, never been able to attract young fans in the UK.

Muir tells Metal Hammer: "Honestly my biggest regret is that we're nothing in England. There's a lot of excitement everywhere, except in England as usual. But I think if we never do another English tour then I'll regret that.

"I know that we haven't because there isn't any demand for it, but when people talk they talk very loudly. One of the big differences is that we're able to play festivals in other countries and attract young people, people that don't usually come to our shows - that's our next generation.

"But when we do Download we're on the smallest stage, and it's all older people. I'm not going to discriminate about age, but it happens." Read more here.

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Max Cavalera Regrets Not Keeping Sepultura

(Metal Hammer) Sepultura founder Max Cavalera believes he should have kept the band name and fired the other band members rather than leaving the outfit in 1996.

But he says he just didn't have the vision to make the move, partly because his life was in turmoil at the time. Cavalera's departure fuelled decades of acrimony between him and Sepultura. He went on to form Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy, featuring his brother Igor, who remained with Sepultura until 2006.

Describing Sepultura as "really close to my heart" Max tells Metal Insider:
"Now, after all this time passed and I think about it, Igor and I should have just fired those two a**holes and kept the name.

"Why we didn't do that, I don't know - at the time we didn't have the vision to do it, so I just quit." Read more here.

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Mushroomhead Reveal New Album Plans

(Metal Hammer) Mushroomhead will return to the studio this autumn, it's been announced. They'll begin work on the follow-up to 2014's The Righteous & The Butterfly in the coming weeks - and they'll also head out on an extensive US tour, kicking off on September 30 in Lynchburg.

They'll be joined on the road by Unsaid Fate, Sunflower Dead, Raven Black, andDeath Division. Mushroomhead will then head over to Europe for a run of 10 shows in early 2017.

They'll be without singer Waylon Reavis who split acrimoniously with the band last year due to "irreconcilable differences." Check out the tour dates here.

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Opeth Stream New Song 'The Wilde Flowers'

(Metal Hammer) Opeth have released a lyric video for their track The Wilde Flowers. It's taken from the band's 12th album Sorceress, to be launched on September 30 via Nuclear Blast.

Mainman Mikael Akerfeldt recently said that he'd been inspired by "the negative aspects of love" when it came to writing the follow-up to 2014's Pale Communion.

He reported: "I've struggled a little bit in my relationships these last couple of years, and that has inspired me, I think, to write. Not that I deliberately sat down trying to write these types of lyrics. That's literally what came out when I started trying to write.

"It's only in retrospect that I kind of understood what it's about." He added: "It's something that I value extremely highly in my life, but it really can have a damaging effect on you - it did on me." Watch the video here.

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Maschine Announce New Album 'Naturalis'

(Prog) Maschine have revealed their second album Naturalis will be released in November. The follow-up to 2013 debut album Rubidium is issued on November 18 via InsideOutMusic and the first to feature drummer James Stewart and keyboardist/vocalist Marie-Eve de Gaultier.

Lead guitarist and vocalist Luke Machin says: "The album reflects much more of what we are about. As a progressive band in the true sense of the term, we will never repeat ourselves and will always look to move on.

"But you can hear a cohesion in our style and sound. We have taken inspirations from so many different areas of music. I have taken the feelings from albums and tracks that make an impression on me, and have brought these to life in Maschine's music." Read more here.

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Pendragon Playing Special Cancer Benefit Show

(TeamRock) Pendragon have announced a special one-off show in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. They will play Swindon's Riffs Bar on Friday December 30.

This will, the band state, be a full Pendragon show and the band's last show of 2016. The gig is in support of the band's "merch mummy" and singer Nick Barrett's better half Rachel Wilce.

Rachel is undertaking an epic charity walk across Costa Rica, from the Caribbean to the Pacific coast in early 2017 to help raise my for the cancer charity. Read more here.

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The One Hundred Ink Worldwide Deal With Spinefarm

(TeamRock) London band The One Hundred have signed a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records. The up-and-coming four-piece have previously supported Papa Roach, Crossfaith and Motley Crue in their short career so far. Their debut album is expected in early 2017.

Frontman Jacob Fields had the following to say: "Not long ago, we played our first shows, and even less time ago we put out five songs, hoping people might take notice.

"We've had one hell of a ride so far and it really is just the beginning. We can't wait to unleash some new music and we're incredibly excited to be working with Spinefarm globally to achieve our goals." here.

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Security Project Supergroup Announce U.S. Tour

(Prog) Security Project have announced a US tour for later this year. The supergroup - which re-imagines the music of Peter Gabriel - features members of King Crimson, Shriekback and Gabriel's original band.

They've lined up an initial run of eight dates across October and November, with further dates to be added, in support of Live 2 which will be released on October 21.

Trey Gunn, Michael Cozzi, Jerry Marotta and David Jameson have announced that Brian Cummins is no longer with the band, with his place in the lineup taken by singer Happy Rhodes - and Gunn says he's delighted to have her onboard.

Gunn says: "I've known Happy for many years - her husband, percussionist Bob Muller, was my key partner in The Trey Gunn Band. I have always hoped to find the right situation where we could work together. This is it.

"I'm thrilled that we can now draw on a broader base of material. Jerry and I speak almost daily about pieces we could do with her. Of course, we will be hitting Gabriel's material solidly, but with the addition of even newer fresh twists." See the tour dates here.

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Singled Out: Amerakin Overdose

Amerakin Overdose's answers by producer and keys/synth player The Human tells us about the single "I, Alone" from their brand new album "The Great Amerakin Dream," which set to be released on September 30th. Here is the story:

Almost all Amerakin Overdose songs begin the same way. Cody and I (The Human) sit in my studio, and throw ideas back and forth. Amerakin Overdose is really the brainchild of Cody, and as such, he leads initial creative direction of most songs. Generally, he comes with an idea, emotion, feeling, concept, or sometimes even some lyrical ideas. If I'm not feeling the vibe right away, sometimes we'll listen to tracks that inspire the same emotions and concepts. Of course being two different people with vastly different life experience, my version of an "angry" or "dark" song generally is very different than his, so this is sometimes a great tool to stay on the same page. From here, I start creating. I give his musical vision life. Sometimes it begins with the keyboards, a piano part, a lead synth, or it starts with guitar. Drums usually come after the first concrete melodic element is laid down. Depending on the vibe, it may be completely synthetic drums, or acoustic samples (we use Steven Slate Drums exclusively for our acoustic drum kit samples).

In the case of our song "I, Alone," Cody wanted to build a song that reflected the reality of overcoming a personal struggle. We try very hard to balance our political/social exposition with more personal, emotive material that regardless of political standpoint, you can relate to. Everyone knows struggle. Everyone has been through some life experience that took a great deal out of them and even in some cases, almost killed them. If you haven't, you probably haven't lived. So this song is a representation of how we perceive those emotions and experiences aurally. We ensured that this song has sonic and emotive fluidity. Hills and valleys, the delicacies of our fragile moments and the intense abrasiveness of our destructive ones. We feel this song is a great balance and representation of almost everything we as a band have to offer musically and thematically.

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

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