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Megadeth Working Feverishly On 'Crazy' Project

(Metal Hammer) Dave Mustaine says Megadeth are "working feverishly" on a project he's described as "crazy." And he's described the period of time in which nu-metal was on the rise as "the worst part of my career."

The developing project comes nine months after the band released 15th album Dystopia, and it'll be the first to include contributions from the latest full-time lineup that includes bassist David Ellefson, guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren.

Mustaine tells Cry Of The Wolf: "We're actually working feverishly with the hard drives to catalogue all the song ideas we have, to start working on separating them into new parts and so forth and so forth.

"We have a crazy opportunity of a project that I'm working on. We have a lot of songs for that I'm working on. I can't give you more details - but as soon as I can, I will start to record with these guys." Read more here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Cancel Shows Due To Frontman's Illness

(Metal Hammer) Bring Me The Horizon singer Oli Sykes has been diagnosed with a viral infection that has left him unable to speak. The Sheffield band have had to cancel three shows in Australia, one in New Zealand and another in Singapore as a result of the frontman's illness.

Their scheduled appearances at Melbourne's Margaret Court Arena tonight and tomorrow (September 23) have been pulled, along with the show in Auckland, New Zealand, that was due to take place on September (Saturday).

Tuesday night's gig at Adelaide AEC Theatre was pulled on the day, and the September 27 show that was scheduled for Singapore Fort Canning Park has also been removed from the band's listed tour dates.

In a statement, the band say: "Oli has a viral infection which has caused his throat to become very infected and he is hardly able to speak, let alone sing." Read more here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Add Dates To North American Tour

(hennemusic) The Red Hot Chili Peppers have added a pair of dates at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to their 2017 North American tour in support of their latest album, "The Getaway."

The group's previously confirmed March 7 concert will be followed by second and third hometown gigs on March 8 and March 10, with tickets for all three shows going on sale Friday, September 23 at NOON local time.

More dates are expected to be added to the three-month tour, which will launch in San Antonio, TX on January 5. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will open all shows, with Jack Irons on board for dates in January. See the dates here.

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The Tragically Hip Raise Over $1 Million For Cancer Research

(Classic Rock) The Tragically Hip's last-ever tour has helped raise more that $1 million for cancer research charities. The band's 15 dates across Canada were announced as the group's swan song after frontman Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

They wrapped up the arena tour with an emotional sold out show in the their hometown of Kingston, Ontario, last month. And the live run has seen a spike in donations to cancer charities, with the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, which receives money from the Gord Downie Fund For Brain Cancer Research, taking in close to $800,000 in recent months.

The Canadian Cancer Society has also received close to $400,000 in honour of Downie and The Tragically Hip. Dr Sian Bevan, vice-president of research at the Canadian Cancer Society tells Samaritan Mag: "We are overwhelmed at how Canadians rallied together this summer and are very thankful for their generosity." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Announce 2017 Book Of Souls Tour Dates

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden have announced a further European leg of their Book Of Souls World Tour for 2017 - with a string of UK shows included. A total of 16 dates have been announced, kicking off in Antwerp, Belgium, on April 22 before three shows in Germany, eight in England, two in Scotland and one each in Ireland and Wales. The UK leg marks Maiden's first full UK arena tour in six years.

The Antwerp gig marks Maiden's first appearance in the city since the Killers tour in 1981. The German leg sees Maiden perform in Oberhausen, Frankfurt and Hamburg before dates in Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Cardiff and Dublin.

Shinedown will be the support act on all 16 dates. Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris says: "As it's been so long since our last full UK arena tour, we really wanted to get to our fans in as many cities as possible.

"We're really looking forward to it, especially visiting places we haven't been to for a very long time like Leeds where we haven't played since 2005 and Liverpool where we haven't played since 1990.

"The whole band is really enjoying this tour and although we love playing festivals and stadiums, it is terrific to return to the intimacy and atmosphere of arenas.

"The songs from The Book Of Souls album and the new Maya-themed Eddies and stage sets have gone down really well and fan reaction has been amazing.

"And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, which we will continue to do." Read more and see the dates here.

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Graveyard Break Up Over 'Differences Within The Band'

(Classic Rock) Graveyard have announced that they've disbanded after "differences within the band." Guitarist and vocalist Joakim Nilsson, guitarist Jonatan Larocca-Ramm, drummer Axel Sjoberg and bassist Truls Morck released four full-length albums, the last being 2015's Innocence & Decadence.

But after what they call "personal issues" within the camp, they've decided to call it a day. The band say in a statement: "Dark clouds above the graveyard today. Due to the all so classic reason 'differences within the band' the Graveyard is, as of today, officially closed.

"This is the unfortunate final decision we've had to make after going through a period of struggling and juggling with personal issues. Things have gone out of hand and now our energy is very low. As a direct result of this we're sorry to say that all scheduled touring is cancelled." Read more here.

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Mastodon Going In Darker Direction With New Album

(Prog) Mastodon's Bill Kelliher says there won't be any tracks as "poppy" as The Motherload on their upcoming 7th album. Describing The Motherload - from last album Once More 'Round the Sun - as the "poppiest" song Mastodon have ever written, Kelliher says he is going for a darker pop sound on the follow-up.

Kelliher tells Morgan Richards Interviews: "What I can tell you is it definitely sounds like Mastodon and there are peaks and valleys of one extreme to the other.

"A lot of the things that I wrote sound like Once More 'Round The Sun, but even delving deeper into all those nooks and crannies or progression and a lot of catchy choruses and melodic verses, but not so much like The Motherload - that's pretty poppy for us, probably as poppy as we'd ever be sounding.

"It's not quite in that direction. It's hard to say 'dark' and 'pop' at the same time, but, when something pops and it really speaks to you and it's catchy, like something you wanna hear again. A lot of the songs that I've written for this record are like that." Read more here.

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Edensong Stream New Song 'Cold City'

(Prog) New York based prog rockers Edensong have premiered their new lyric video, for Cold City, with Prog magazine. The track is taken from the band's long-awaited second album, Years In The Garden Of Years, which will be released on Laser's Edge on September 30.

The band, who released their debut album The Fruit Fallen in 2005, actually began working on the follow-up in 2011. The conceptual new album features an extended song cycle which dwells on themes of time, and comes housed in artwork from the surrealist painter Dan May.

Singer and guitarist James Byron Schoen says of Cold City: "It's the first track off the new album. We always intended it to open the album. In fact, I think we knew how we were going to start off this record even before we had written most of it! Edensong is no stranger to the classic proggy slow-building acoustic intro, but here we wanted to change things up a bit and intentionally went with something that will grab you from the down beat and jostle you awake like a triple shot of espresso.

"It's not technically part of the song cycle that spans most of Years In The Garden Of Years but I think it does a good job of introducing the sound of the record and showcasing the ways in which this band has evolved since The Fruit Fallen. We wanted to paint a grittier reality with this tune, and wanted it to live in a different visual universe from the song cycle, so, when it came time to create the lyric video for this song, we opted to work with the dark cityscapes featured in the photography of Scott Irvine, rather than the fantasy tinged paintings of Dan May, who created our album cover and most of the other visuals for the record. I think Scott's photos, brought to life by Nick Fiore's direction, pair perfectly with the song." Check out the new song here.

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Wednesday 13 Would Welcome Murderdolls Reunion

(Metal Hammer) Wednesday 13 says he'd welcome a Murderdolls reunion if it was something fans wanted to see. And speaking exclusively to Metal Hammer, the singer admits he hasn't spoken with the band's co-founder Joey Jordison for five years - and only discovered the drummer's struggles when he read the magazine.

Wednesday 13 says: "The last time I spoke to Joey Jordison was in April 2011 at our very last show - and all I've heard from Joey is what I've seen in Metal Hammer in past few months. That's all I know.

"I'm glad to see he's doing awesome. Thanks to Murderdolls, people know who I am, so I am forever indebted to that band to Joey for giving me that opportunity."

Murderdolls released two albums, 2002's Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls and 2010's Women And Children Last - and despite the distance between himself and Jordison, Wednesday 13 won't rule out a reunion.

The vocalist continues: "We did some really cool stuff together, made a lot of fans and made two awesome records. Will it ever happen again? I didn't think a second record would happen, we didn't speak for eight years and then it happened." Read more here.

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Jethro Tull Added To Be Prog! My Friend Festival

(Prog) Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull have been confirmed for next year's Be Prog! My Friend festival. The event will take place in Barcelona, Spain, between June 30 and July 1, 2017, with Tull joining the previously announced Ulver.

Be Prog! My Friend organizers had the following to say: "Jethro Tull remain unstoppable thanks to the relentless spirit of charismatic frontman Ian Anderson.

"After more than 40 years, Tull continue to delight audiences with their variety and depth of experience, giving fans - young and old - the best of folk, jazz and classically-inspired progressive rock music." Read more here.

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Status Quo Will Refund Tickets Over Rick Parfitt Absence

(Classic Rock) Status Quo have revealed that they will refund disgruntled fans who bought tickets for their upcoming shows before it was announced founder Rick Parfitt wouldn't take part.

Status Quo will refund disgruntled fans who bought tickets for their upcoming shows before it was announced founder Rick Parfitt wouldn't take part.

The 67-year-old singer and guitarist had a heart attack earlier this year, after which he "died for several minutes." Earlier this month it was revealed he may never perform live with the band again.

His place in the band has been filled by Richie Malone after bassist John 'Rhino' Edwards' son Freddie covered some of their summer shows. And after a small number of fans asked for refunds on future dates, the band have agreed to give them back their money.

Status Quo manager Simon Porter says: "Rick is extremely disappointed to be unable to be part of the tour but, as you will have read, he is acting under medical orders and quite rightly is putting his health first and foremost.

"The band - with Rick's total blessing - have opted to honour all existing commitments and the reaction from both fans and promoters during Quo's recent summer shows is that the band has continued to perform as brilliantly and as powerfully as ever." Read more here.

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Dave Kerzner Announces New Digital EP 'Paranoia'

(Prog) Dave Kerzner has released a four-track digital EP called Paranoia. The Sound of Contact founder has made the release available immediately via iTunes, Amazon and other digital music retailers.

It features two new studio songs ,with title track Paranoia originally planned for Kerzner's debut solo album New World. As well as appearing on the new EP, it will also feature on Kerzner's second solo album, due in 2017.

The other new song is The Field, an instrumental version of a song originally intended for Mantra Vega, Kerzner's band project with Heather Findlay. Read more here.

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Animals As Leaders Announce New Album 'The Madness Of Many'

(Prog) Animals As Leaders have announced that they will release their fourth studio album, entitled The Madness Of Many, on November 11th via Sumerian Records.

The new album will be guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes and drummer Matt Garstka's first studio material since 2014 record The Joy Of Motion.

Speaking about the album, Javier says: "The Madness Of Many is an explorative and ambitious journey of harmony, rhythm, musical expression and emotion.

"It has been the most collaborative effort for the band and an evolution in each of the members' musical path." Read more here.

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Weezer's 'Pinkerton' Officially Goes Platinum 20 Years Later

(Radio.com) Just days before its 20th anniversary, Weezer fan favorite Pinkerton has officially gone platinum, proof that sometimes slow and steady does win the race.

Weezer's second studio album, Pinkerton took Rivers Cuomo and company in a darker direction than the band's commercially successful 1994 self-titled debut.

Pinkerton was less radio-friendly and explored heavier themes, including identity and sexual frustration, which failed to wow critics and was a commercial disappointment.

Though it seemed like a low point for the band commercially, the album resonated with fans and influenced two generations of self-deprecating alternative and indie-rock bands.

Despite the adoration of Weezer devotees, frontman Rivers Cuomo badmouthed his band's second release: "It's a hideous record," he said in 2001. "It was such a hugely painful mistake that happened in front of hundreds of thousands of people and continues to happen on a grander and grander scale and just won't go away." Read more here.

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Motorhead Road Crew Beer Coming Soon

(Classic Rock) Camerons Brewery have announced they'll release the Motorhead Road Crew beer later this year. The UK firm have worked closely with former members, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee, to produce the American style session pale ale.

It's named after the Motorhead track (We Are) The Road Crew, which featured on the band's classic 1980 album Ace Of Spades. It'll be available in keg, cask and bottle and have an ABV of 4.5% and 5% in bottle.

Dee says: "I'm proud to have been able to develop this beer with Camerons. The trials we have tasted have been great. We wanted this to be an exciting and refreshing brew which is for you, our Road Crew."

Campbell adds: "It has been great fun working with the guys from Camerons on this beer. This is going to be an excellent beer for all Motorhead and rock fans around the world to enjoy." Read more here.

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Anthrax Frontman Sings National Anthem At Cubs Game

(hennemusic) Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna performed the U.S. national anthem at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL on Wednesday prior to the start of the Major League Baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds, and video from the event is available.

Belladonna and Anthrax are currently on the road with Slayer and Death Angel as part of a fall North American tour. The seven-week run opened in Cleveland, OH on September 9, with shows schedule to wrap up in El Paso, TX on October 27.

The New York thrash metal veterans are playing dates in support of their current release, "For All Kings." 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 anthem performance here.

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Cheap Trick Joined By Biters Frontman Tuk In Atlanta

(Classic Rock) Biters frontman Tuk made a surprise appearance at Cheap Trick's show at the Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday night, joining the band for a climactic version of Surrender. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready guested on the same song at a show in Auburn, Washington, last month.

"The day before the show my friend who does a little work for Orange Amps asked me if I wanted interview Rick Nielsen, so I jumped at the chance," says Tuk. "I was really nervous 'cause I know Rick has a bit of a reputation, but as soon as he saw me he was really happy. He asked about the Biters and whatnot. During the interview I jokingly made a remark, something like, "Well, if you ever need a rhythm guitar player you know where to find me". He yelled over to his guitar tech, "Set him up with a guitar and amp! He's playing a song with us tonight," and pointed at me.

"I said, "Are you for real?! What song am I playing?" Rick said, "None of your f***ing business" and changed the subject. I was watching the show from the side and during their interlude Robin Zander came up and said, "Hey, heard you're playing a song with us?!" And Rick said, "Yeah, he's coming out for Surrender". Luckily I knew that song by heart. I was freaking out. It was awesome!" Watch video of the jam here.

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Singled Out: Red Rum Club's Everybody's Friend

Liverpool rockers Red Rum Club release their debut single "Everybody's Friend" today (Sep 23rd) and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

Everybodys Friend gave us sleepless nights for months. The song had hundreds of different variations. We had a guitar riff and had decided on a topic and then 7 people had their say. You can imagine how frustrating it become with that many heads in the room. Michael and Tom would often have a lovers tiff but then quickly kiss and make up, Neil and Simon nailed their parts early on and Joe then added a bit of class with the brass and then we got on with it.

We all knew the song needed a big statement chorus and in the end I think we got it. We always go for a big cinematic sound with any song we write and this was no different. We had the themes of mental instability to work off and tried to make that clear in the music. We clashed a bright guitar riff with dark lyrics to set a bi-polar undertone. We switch from major to minor keys frequently in the song trying to create the feeling of change between happiness and sadness.

The single was recorded in Parr Street Studios in our home City, Liverpool. The studio is second to none as are the people we had access to. Chris Taylor produced and recorded it. Carl Hunter, Rich Turvey and George Wilson were all present to offer advice. It was reassuring to have them in the fold in one way or another.

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

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