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Previously Unreleased David Bowie Album Streaming Online

(Radio.com) A previously unreleased album from David Bowie entitled "The Gouster" can be streaming online right now. The album is included in a new box set.

Before David Bowie left for New York in 1974 to work with John Lennon and Harry Maslin on the album that would become Young Americans, he recorded another album, The Gouster. While many of the songs on that project ended up forming the frame for Young Americans, The Gouster was never officially released as an album.

Now, for the first time, fans can listen to The Gouster as part of the second major box set of Bowie's work to arrive from Parlophone Records. Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) spans Bowie's hyper creativity during his "American" phase and includes 12 CDs (or 13 vinyl records). The Gouster album alone contains three previously unreleased mixes including "Right," "Can You Hear Me" and "Somebody Up Likes Me." Read more details about the box set and stream "The Gouster" album here.

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'Devastating' Loss Impacted New Metallica Album

(Metal Hammer) When Kirk Hammett lost his phone containing hundreds of song ideas he also lost the chance to contribute much to Metallica's upcoming album, he's revealed.

The guitarist had recorded more than 250 riffs onto the handset before it went missing in 2014, but he'd never backed them up. And it meant he wasn't able to bring those ideas to the table as the band wrote Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, which will be released in November.

Hammett tells KISW 99.9: "It was devastating for me. I had to start at zero again while everyone else had material for songs. By the time I got a few ideas flowing and formed, most of the songs were already written."

He forced himself to look on the bright side: "I had to think, 'Okay, I have stuff - but it looks like it's going to make it onto the next album." Hammett recently said he refused to read any online comments about latest track Hardwired. But he did watch the video released this month featuring kids listening to Metallica for the first time.

"I loved it," says the guitarist. "The one kid who kept saying, 'This sounds so familiar,' I love that, because maybe he heard Metallica as a toddler or something." Read more here.

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Kings Of Leon Release 'Walls' Video

Kings Of Leon have released a new music video for the title song from their forthcoming album "Walls" which is set to be released on October 14th.

The new album is the follow-up to their hit 2003 Grammy nominated studio effort "Mechanical Bull" and the new video was directed by Casey McGrath and produced by Josh Levine.

The band has also announced that they will be playing a special hometown show on October 6th at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN. Ticket for the show include a physical copy of "Walls" redeemable through Ticketmaster, according tot her announcement. Watch the new video here.

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Panic! At The Disco Announce Death Of A Bachelor Tour

Panic! At The Disco have announced that they will be hitting the road early next year to launch a U.S. tour in support of their latest album "Death of a Bachelor".

The Death Of A Bachelor Tour will include support from MisterWives and Saint Motel and is set to begin on February 24th at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.

The trek will hit 35-cities in total before it concludes on April 15th in at Sunrise, FL at the BB&T Center. See all of the Death Of A Bachelor Tour dates here.

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Led Zeppelin Would Never Claim Song Theft Says Page

(Classic Rock) Jimmy Page has insisted that Led Zeppelin would never launch a plagiarism lawsuit against another artist - even though there have been times when they could have.

The guitarist can't discuss the issue in depth because the legal battle over classic track Stairway To Heaven is the subject of an appeal, and may return to court.

A number of Led Zeppelin songs have been subject to ownership claims over the years, and the writing credits on several have been changed as a result.

Page tells the Telegraph: "I do know there's a lot of music where Led Zeppelin has been leant on. We didn't do anything about it - and I wouldn't want to either."

He cites the example of a bossa nova beat and says: "How would you define bossa nova? It was a whole jazz genre and it all starts with the beat. How far would the bossa nova movement have got in a corporate world today? It's really disturbing." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Announce UK Arena Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have announced dates for a 2017 UK tour in support of 2015's "The Book Of Souls." The band's first major UK arena tour in six years will be preceded next spring by a series of European arena shows starting in Antwerp, Belgium on April 22, marking the group's first visit to the city since 1981.

A dozen UK arena dates will begin May 4 at Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena, with Shinedown opening all 16 shows of the spring 2017 trek. "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," says bassist and founder Steve Harris. "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." See the dates here.

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Angus Young Pays Tribute At Cliff Williams' Final AC/DC Show

(Radio.com) AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams played his final show in Philadelphia this past week. Bandmate Angus Young used the moment to salute Williams on his long career during the final song, 'For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)."

During the closer, Young grabbed Williams from the back of the stage and brought him to the front, ensuring that the whole room's attention was on the departing bassist.

The AC/DC Twitter account released an interview with Williams that explained his decision: 'It's time for me to step out," he said. 'Not because we lost Mal[colm Young], Phil [Rudd] or Brian [Johnson], I mean that's'everything changes when something happens like that. When Bon [Scott] died, it changed then. You know, everything changes, so it's not that it's just'I'm just ready to get off the road, really, and do what I do in between tours." Watch the moment from Tuesday night's Philly show here.

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Butch Vig Looks Back At Nirvana's 'Nevermind' 25 Years Later

(Radio.com) Nirvana's landmark sophomore studio album Nevermind turns 25 this year, and its producer Butch Vig revealed new details this week about working with Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl to record the music that would launch them into an entirely new stratosphere of popularity.

Speaking with Yahoo Music, Vig recounted the long road between the first session he did with Nirvana (with Chad Channing on drums) at Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin, and what they recorded in L.A. some months later, after the band signed with Geffen Records on the strength of those initial sessions. And he stressed that the commerciality of the band's music was no fluke.

"Kurt wanted his band to be very successful," Vig explained. "He was very ambitious. If you've ever looked through any of his notebooks you'd see that he used to make drawings of the band playing these enormo-domes for 100,000 people. And he put together lists of what he was going to do when they were massively successful. He had a pretty intense work ethic when it came to songwriting and rehearsing. Nirvana may have come across as punk slackers, but that's definitely not who they were."

Even though Cobain, Novoselic and Grohl partied hard while working with Vig in L.A., they were still incredibly focused on the songs. "Nirvana had their fun when they were in the studio, but when it came to recording they were pretty focused," he said. Read more here.

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Jon Anderson Releases 'Tour Of The Universe' Soundtrack

(Glass Onyon) Original Yes frontman Jon Anderson has announced that he has released the digital soundtrack from his 2005 debut solo concept DVD "Tour Of The Universe". We were sent these details:

"Tour Of The Universe" is a musical passage through life, time and the world beyond, featuring many new songs as well as classic hits from his work with YES and his collaborations with Vangelis.

Recorded live at XM Radio Studios, Jon's inimitable performance has been crafted with dramatic animation and innovative visuals to create this pioneering concept DVD. Now for the very first time, much to the excitement of Jon's fans worldwide, the audio soundtrack to "Tour Of The Universe" is available digitally! Order it here.

Anderson has this to say "Not many people know how this concert was created...FYI, I controlled all the music/ sound effects/backing vocals through my midi guitar, using a Roland GR 30...4 small Yamaha rack mounts..with all the musical sounds and effects needed ...I controlled it all with five foot pedals fading in the sounds for each song...which was a very crazy musical 'dance' as I did the show...plus some harp ideas...with birds helping....it still sounds wild and magical to me....have fun listening...love and 'light' - Jon" See the tracklisting here.

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Moby Shares His Love For Pantera's The Great Southern Trendkill

(TeamRock) Moby penned an article for TeamRock explaining why he loves Pantera's album "The Great Southern Trendkill" which he says makes "church-burning Norwegian Satanists sound like Sunday school teachers" Here is an excerpt:

The first time I heard Pantera was their [1994] album Far Beyond Driven. I always feel weird lumping Pantera into the speed metal genre. They were so qualitatively different from anyone else. They occupied their own niche.

The Great Southern Trendkill is so unrelentingly dark. The lyrics of War Nerve are the most unrelentingly evil lyrics you can imagine. They make church-burning Norwegian Satanists sound like Sunday school teachers. It's just that whole vituperative expression of anger and rage. Pantera even managed to be, dare I say it, kind of funky at times. One of the ways they were able to get such a huge guitar sound was because [Dimebag] Darrell double-tracked all his guitar parts.

I got to know Pantera a little too. I was in Dallas in 2002 and had a night off, so I can went to go see Tommy Lee perform. I'd known Tommy for a while, so we were just hanging out afterwards, when Darrell and Vinnie [Paul, drummer] came backstage with a bunch of Hell's Angels. We all started drinking, then went to the strip club which Pantera owned and we had this long, crazy, whiskey-fuelled night.

At some point, about four in the morning, Darrell, Tommy and I - in our completely devastated state - decided to form a band. We just thought that was the best idea anyone had ever had. Of course, nothing came of that - except a hangover that lasted for days. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Legend Keith Richards Take Over TV Channel

(Classic Rock) Keith Richards has taken over the UK TV channel BBC4 this weekend. It was previously announced that the Rolling Stones guitarist would be given free-reign to curate programming about whatever he finds interesting. And now it has been confirmed that Keith Richards' Lost Weekend is airing on BBC4 from 7pm on 23, 24 and 25 September.

Richards, 72, is working with music documentary film-maker Julien Temple on the project which has seen him put together a line-up of films, cartoons, music clips and other footage.

Temple tells the Guardian: "I don't think many people could pull it off. He's one of the greatest raconteurs, so spending time with him is real quality time - and his life philosophy and survival strategies and contagious sense of humor will come together to create a good mix over those 27 hours." Read more here.

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Fall Out Boy Release Short Film 'Bloom'

(Radio.com) Fall Out Boy have released their short film art project entitled "Bloom". The band has been working on with director Bobby Hundred, founder of popular youth apparel brand, The Hundreds.

Pete Wentz wrote about the video on YouTube sharing how some of the moments he learned most from happened to be experimental. "i remember there was a summer where guns n' roses, terminator 2 and slalom water skiing all met up in my head," he wrote. "it was relentless in the way i thought about them and the way they commingled with each other. i can remember that summer and still in some ways go back and live inside of it because of the way it was so experiential and transformative for me. there is a texture to it."

Initially Fall Out Boy and Hundred discussed how falling and failing makes a person stronger, but from there things kept expanding into the short film and production that became the music video for "Bloom." Wentz added, "sometimes you have to crack the pavement before you can BLOOM."

A motorcyclist riding along in the desert crashes, and in her frustration throws her helmet. When she sees how it cracks the pavement, she gets on her knees and begins smashing, but from the cracks bloom flowers that begin to entangle her. Watch "Bloom" here.

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Kepler Ten Releasing Debut Album Under New White Star Deal

(Prog) White Star Records have signed UK prog outfit Kepler Ten. The label will release Kepler Ten's debut album Delta V in early 2017, with a single planned for November.

The trio of vocalist, bassist and keyboardist James Durand, drummer and pianist Steve Hales, along with guitarist Richie Cahill, join Voices From The Fuselage and former Touchstone vocalist Kim Seviour on John Mitchell and Chris Hillman's new label.

Hales says: "There was no discussion to have. We immediately knew that this was where we wanted to go. When I heard back from John and Chris and realised that they liked our songs that was it, we were on a mission.

"White Star are the perfect blend of musician, producer and industry professional and jolly nice chaps they are too. Within 15 minutes of our very first meeting John and James were happily comparing their Star Wars shoes! Bonkers." Read more here.

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Jimi Hendrix's Engineer Eddie Kramer Reflects On Band Of Gypsys

(Classic Rock) Jimi Hendrix's studio engineer Eddie Kramer says he was knocked out when he first saw the guitar icon's Band Of Gypsys perform for the first time.

The short-lived outfit's debut concert will launch on vinyl, CD and digital formats on September 30 under the title Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69.

It features Hendrix along with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles, performing at the first of four historic shows at New York's Fillmore East venue on New Year's Eve 1969 and New Year's Day 1970.

And looking back to when he saw the band at Baggy's rehearsal studios ahead of their first performance, Kramer says he knew the public were in for something special.

He says: "In 1969, Jimi was evolving from the tail end of the original Experience into this new era. I went down to Baggy's to hear the rehearsals and I thought, 'This is just incredible stuff.'

"To hear this new material, for me, was a revelation. 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." Read more here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Reveals The First Album He Bought

(TeamRock) Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine was asked by TeamRock to reveal the first album that he ever bought and his answer was KISS' sophomore effort "Hotter Than Hell." Here is an excerpt of what Dave had to say:

I was a little pothead so I did a lot of bartering and trading albums for pot, but the first rock record I had was Kiss' Hotter Than Hell, but I didn't really pay for it!

The album cover drew me to the record. Looking at the cover on the front I thought it was hideous artwork until I turned it over and saw Gene Simmons sitting in the throne holding a topless girl with a star over her nipple. I thought, 'This is gonna be great!'

Kiss' in your face attitude that Gene's always had really attracted metalheads. A lot of people misunderstand him, he's extremely extremely dry, and I think that just pushing things over the edge is very metal. One of the songs that I really dig is Parasite - just the riff! It's so down and dirty and at the time nobody was really doing that kind of stuff. You had Deep Purple, you had Zeppelin and stuff like that that, but in terms of big bands that people knew about there was nobody like Kiss. And Kiss were still quite underground at the time, but they had the formula that just sucked you in. You either loved them or you loved to hate them. Read more here.

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Hang The Bastard, Ingested Added To Damnation Fest

(Metal Hammer) Hang The Bastard, Ingested, Dread Sovereign and Sinistro are among the final bands that have been confirmed as participants in this year's Damnation festival.

English death metal group Ingested, Irish doom trio Dread Sovereign and Portuguese avant-garde rock outfit Sinistro are joined by Hark, Venom Prison, Employed To Serve, Mithras and Infernal Sea as the last bands to be announced for the 12th edition of the festival, which takes place on November 5 at Leeds University Union.

Also confirmed are Hang The Bastard, for whom the festival will be their farewell gig. Gets Worse, Dialects, Svalbard, Darkher and KROH complete the final announcement. Read more here.

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