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AC/DC's Phil Rudd Plans Sidelined By Heart Attack Recovery

AC/DC's Phil Rudd has been forced to postpone a press tour for his debut solo album 'Head Job' to allow him more time to recover from his recent heart attack.

His camp reports that he is "making a really good recovery" and he himself says that he feels "twenty years a younger and 100% better" but his doctors advised him to push back his plans to promote the album.

The album was originally released by Universal Music Group in Australia and New Zealand but the promotional plans where put on hold by his legal issues which lead him to severing eight month home detention. Read more here.

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Ritchie Blackmore's 2016 Rainbow Shows Set For Release

Fans that were not able to witness Ritchie Blackmore's historic return to his rock roots this past June when he staged a series of new Rainbow shows, will soon be able to hear and see what they missed.

Back in June Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow took the stage for one concert in the UK and two shows in Germany and the German shows were recorded and will be the basis for the "Memories In Rock - Live In Germany" live package.

Eagle Rock will be releasing the standard editions on November 18th in the following formats: DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD, and digitally. This will be followed by the import release of a Deluxe version (DVD, Blu-ray & 2CD in a 48 page hardback photobook), along with a 3LP version (180gm vinyl), on December 2nd. Read more and see the tracklisting here.

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Airbourne's Joel O'Keeffe Injured In Stage Fall

(Classic Rock) Airbourne's Joel O'Keeffe was injured during the band's recent set in British Columbia, Canada. Fan-shot footage of the incident at CJ's Nightclub in Kamloops show O'Keeffe taking a tumble during encore Running Wild.

Road crew are then seen helping him back onstage. And although he seems to be in some discomfort, he carries on with the track. Shawn Pooley, who caught the moment on camera, reports that a chair was eventually brought out for O'Keeffe to finish the set.

Airbourne have been on the road in support of their fourth album Breakin' Outta Hell, which was released on September 23 via Spinefarm Records. Watch the video and see their tour dates here.

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich Remembers Cliff Burton

(Classic Rock) Lars Ulrich has paid tribute to Metallica's late bassist Cliff Burton on the 30th anniversary of his tragic death. Burton was 24 when Metallica's tour bus crashed in Sweden on September 27, 1986. He was killed in the accident.

Ulrich says that he thinks of his friend most days, but anniversaries are more painful than other days. The drummer tells Metal Hammer: "He's continuously a part of our legacy. There are days when I still think about him. Today is a, I hate the word 'anniversary', but today is a more relevant Cliff Day because of the date.

"I'm always aware of the date. I think that, when you've been around for 35 years like we have, and you actually sit down and go through everything and plant flags on the calendar, there always so many anniversaries, but obviously, September 27, 2016, feels like a very significant date. I'm thinking about him all the time." Read more here.

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Joe Lynn Turner's New Album Features Impressive List Of Guests

Former Rainbow frontman Joe Lynn Turner has announced that he will be releasing his new album "The Sessions" on October 7th which will feature an impressive list of guest stars.

The album is billed as a "collection of studio recordings" that includes Turner's take on a number of classic songs ranging from AC/DC's "Back In Black," to The Doors' "Riders On The Storm" to Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls."

Turner was joined in the studio by several high profile stars including Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen, Steve Morse, Toto's Steve Lukather, Al Pitrelli, Leslie West, Richie Kotzen, Rudy Sarzo, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and more. See the track and special guest list here.

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The Mission Stream Full New Album 'Another Fall From Grace'

The Mission fans do not have to wait until October 14th to hear the new studio album "Another Fall From Grace" as the band has teamed up with an online media outlet to stream it in full.

Wayne Hussey had this to say about the album. "For me, this new Mission album is the long lost missing link between the Sisters Of Mercy's First & Last & Always and The Mission's God's Own Medicine, both albums of course that I was heavily involved in making. I set out this time with the intention of making an album that sounds like 1985. The fact that I feel this has largely been achieved is down to my renewed love for the jingle jangle shimmer of the electric 12 string guitar which featured heavily on those two previously mentioned albums and now the new Mission album.

"This is a dark album although I didn't set out with that intention; it's just the way things unfolded. I know I did go a little crazy and even a little paranoid during the recording of this album, certainly my mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing all suffered during the course of it. And I think that has informed both the music and the lyrics. So much of this was done in isolation - from the world, from my family, from my friends, and even from my band mates. I can't say it's an album I enjoyed making but it is an album I needed to make. It is with huge relief that I can now say it is finished and maybe it's like an acute pain that you have that once it's gone you can't remember how it felt. I hope so as I would like one day to feel the fondness for this record that it maybe deserves." Check out the online stream

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Dance Gavin Dance Release Animated 'Young Robot' Video

Dance Gavin Dance have released a new animated video for their track 'Young Robot'. The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Mothership," which is set to be released on October 7th by Rise Records.

The new video was animated by John Howe and is actually the prequel to the band's ongoing 'Robot With Human Hair' story line, which the band began with their 2007 debut EP. Watch the video here.

The band hit the road last week for their North American headline tour which features The Contortionist, Hail The Sun and Good Tiger and is set to run until October 27th where it will conclude at The Nile Theatre in Mesa, AZ. Read more and see the dates here.

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Dio Hologram Performance Was Nerve-Racking For Simon Write

(Classic Rock) Dio drummer Simon Wright has described the experience of performing with a hologram of the late singer as "nerve-racking" - even though he couldn't see it from his position on stage.

The projection was debuted during the Dio Disciples' set at Wacken in Germany last month, and widow Wendy Dio later said it had reduced her to tears. A full tour is planned for next year. Ronnie James Dio died of cancer in 2010.

Wright tells Mitch Lafon: "In a way it helped that I couldn't see it and I could just see the light. It was pretty nerve-racking. I wanted to get it right and we wanted it to be good. I'm sure as we do more shows it'll get easier. I didn't have time for any emotion. I did see things afterwards and I thought it turned out brilliantly."

He continues: "Ronnie was always about spectacle, theatrics, dragons and everything like that. So I have a feeling that this is something he would have liked to see. I think it turned out pretty cool." Read more here.

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Red Fang Stream New Song 'Not For You'

(Classic Rock) Red Fang have released a stream of their new track Not For You. The song features on the band's upcoming fourth album Only Ghosts, which is out on October 14 via Relapse Records.

The follow-up to 2013's Whales And Leeches was produced by Ross Robinson and mixed by Joe Baressi, with bassist Aaron Beam previously revealing that Robinson's input encouraged the US output to experiment a little more in the studio.

He said: "He really digs into the meaning behind the songs so that when you're recording, you're doing it with conviction and purpose. It's less about the little technical things.

"He's more concerned with getting a performance and focusing on what you're trying to give the world by making this music in the first place." Listen to the song here.

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Former Quartz singer Mike 'Taylor Dies

(Classic Rock) Former Quartz singer Mike 'Taffy' Taylor has died, the band have confirmed. The NWOBHM outfit announced the news on their Facebook page, although no cause of death has so far been mentioned.

The band say in a statement: "It is with heavy hearts, much sadness, sorrow and regret that we announce the passing of our very dear friend and original founder band member Mike 'Taffy' Taylor. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his family and to all who were lucky enough to have met and known him."

Taylor co-founded Bandy Legs in 1973 with guitarist Mick Hopkins, bassist Derek Arnolda and drummer Malcolm Cope, but changed their name to Quartz ahead of the release of their self-titled debut album in 1977. The album was produced by Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and featured a contribution from Queen's Brian May on guitar. Read more here.

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The Agonist Release 'The Hunt' Video

The Agonist have released a new music video for their track "The Hunt". The song comes from their forthcoming album "Five" which is set to be released this Friday (September 30).

Guitarist Danny Marino revealed these details about the new video, "When Chris told us he had a really cool location to shoot The Hunt video even he didn't think it would be that epic.

"We got a lot of help from mother nature: fierce winds, rain, and unexpected freezing temperature at 6 am. It was not the most comfortable shoot but in the end it was all worth the chaos it created.

"It was shot in an abandoned cold war military station and we made full use of that epic helipad overlooking the mountains." Watch the video here.

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Roy Orbison Biopic Is In The Works

(BM) An authorized Roy Orbison biopic is in the works. The film, entitled The Big O: Roy Orbison, is being produced by Marty Katz (The Great Raid, The Four Feathers, Reindeer Games, Titanic, Lost in America), Alex Orbison and Roy Orbison Jr. We were sent these details:

Ray Gideon and Bruce Evans are writing the screenplay based on the story by Alex and Roy Orbison Jr. Among a long list of credits, Gideon and Evans were responsible for writing the scripts for Stand By Me, Starman and Mr. Brooks, the latter title also directed by Evans. They are represented by David Styne's Wicked Curve with Harold Brown of Gang, Tyre, Raymer & Brown handling legal representation.

Upon revealing the project, expected for a 2018 release, Alex Orbison commented, "Our father's life story has an undeniably cinematic quality to it. We feel that the telling of it is in extraordinarily capable hands with Bruce and Ray and the overall team will bring The Big O finally to the screen." Read more here.

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Keith Richards Talks 'Sympathy For The Devil' Evolution On Guitar Moves

(Vice) The latest episode of Noisey's Guitar Moves series features the second part of their interview with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. We were sent the following details:

The second part of his wide-ranging interview with Noisey, this episode finds Richards discussing the blues, his musical philosophy, and the power of music with host Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Zwan).

Richards kicks off the conversation discussing how he decided to start playing the blues in the first place, drawing inspiration from mother's love of black music legends like Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Billy Eckstine. From there, Richards describes the biggest influences on his playing style, including the distinctive blues licks of Scotty Moore to Fats Domino's own proto-rock 'n' roll.

Richards also talks at length about The Rolling Stones' songwriting process, discussing how songs like "Under My Thumb" and "Sympathy for the Devil" morphed and changed as everyone in the rest band contributed their ideas and altered the songs' original ideas.

"Mick came in with a song. It was a great song and the whole song was there. but it was very Dylan-esque. It was a ballad," Richard says about "Sympathy for the Devil." "Suddenly I'm on bass, it's a samba. But that to me is the beauty of recording. You go in with some semi-conceived idea of what you think this song is supposed to come out like, and it comes out totally different." Watch the episode here.

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Testament Discuss 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' Themes In New Trailer

Testament have released a new video trailer for their forthcoming album 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' where they discuss some of the lyrical themes that inspired the effort.

The album, the veteran thrash band's 12th studio release, it set to hit stores on October 28th and guitarist Eric Peterson has previously discussed the musical direction of the new title. He said, "It's very diverse, but it's very epic. There's nothing on there that breeds commercial. And I think for thirty years of recording music and trying different formulas and stuff, I think we've found a formula that is very metal. I think for the metal fan that is looking for something for the nook and crannies not just your normal, 'Oh, it's got a thrash beat and a riff.' There's a lot going on here."

He expanded in another interview, "It's different. This one is more thrash. I mean, this has got some of the fastest stuff that we have ever played. Usually, we have one or two thrash songs, and then we have some mid-tempo, and then we have a slow, heavy one, and then up-tempo kind of stuff. Half of the new record is thrash, which we've never done before."

He added: "It's kind of like 'Demonic' and 'The Gathering', but a little bit wiser, I think. Chuck's not singing so death. I mean, he does some death stuff but he's singing more like he did on the last record and then with the craziness of 'The Gathering' or even heavy stuff like 'Demonic'." Watch the new trailer here.

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Grim Reaper Return With New Album and Tour

Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper have big plans for Rocktober. Not only will they be releasing their first new album since 1987, they will be launching a North American tour.

The tour will be in support of the new album, "Walking In The Shadows", which is set to be released on October 14th and is the group's first new release since their 1987 album "Rock You To Hell."

Frontman Steve Grimmett had this to say about the new studio effort, "I am tremendously proud of the album. It has taken a long time because it has been fraught with problems, but we have ended up with the best thing I have done in decades." Read more and see the dates here.

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Crippled Black Phoenix Stream New Song 'Winning A Losing Battle'

(Prog) Crippled Black Phoenix have released a stream of their new track "Winning A Losing Battle." The song comes the band's upcoming sixth album Bronze, which will launch on November 4 via Season Of Mist.

Mainman Justin Greaves had the following to say about the track: "Some songs depart from my mind into reality without consent. Winning A Losing Battle is one of those.

"The track just barged itself into the world. It is also one of the musically unconventional Crippled Black Phoenix style of songs that keep appearing on our albums.

"The title says it all. We have been through a lot of adversity as a band in these past two years and even though it seemed that all is doomed at times - We never gave up or gave in. We just say 'screw you' to the people and forces that tried to bring us down. Crippled Black Phoenix win, and always will." Listen here.

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Stooges Documentary 'Gimme Danger' Trailer Goes Online

(Radio.com) Not only do The Stooges have a new biography coming out, but they're also the subject of a forthcoming documentary directed by indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and a trailer for the film has gone online.

Gimme Danger, which is titled after the band's 1973 song by the same name, blends archival footage, live performances and interviews to present a new visual history of the band. Jarmusch captured original interviews from frontman Iggy Pop, drummer Scott Asheton and more. Iggy reportedly asked Jarmusch to spearhead the documentary, which he's been working on for several years.

In the trailer, released Wednesday (September 28), Iggy says of the band, "We were real communists. We lived in a communal house, we shared all money, and when we began to write songs, we shared all authorship." He adds at the end, "I don't wanna belong to the glam people, alternative people, to any of it. I don't wanna be a punk. I just wanna be." Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Beth Hart Streams New Song 'Love Is A Lie'

(TeamRock) Beth Hart is streaming her new song Love Is A Lie exclusively with TeamRock. It's taken from Hart's upcoming eighth album Fire On The Floor, due for release on October 14 via Provogue. She previously issued a video for the title track.

Hart says recording the album gave her an emotional release following the bitter-sweet sessions for previous effort Better Than Home."We were still in the mixing stages for that album and I knew I had to make another record," she says.

"Making Better Than Home was so painful, because one of the producers, Michael Stevens, was dying of cancer. It was a very emotional record to write and to make. I wanted the songs for Fire On The Floor to get born real quick." Listen to the new track here.

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Singled Out: State Of Mine's Curtain Call

Steve Jodway of State Of Mine tells us about the song "Curtain Call" from their brand new EP "Devil In Disguise". Here is the story:

When we went into the writing and recording for Curtain Call, we knew we wanted to write a song that was more than just a rock song. We wanted to tell a story as well as captivate the listener to see aspects of themselves in the story/song.

The song, along with the video, is our tale of one's feelings of having to deal with regret, and having to try to internalize the decision. It's like trying to find yourself lost in the dark.

This was my first time co-writing with anyone before and put me into a new element. But along side with our good friend and producer BJ Perry, we worked to try and refine, almost steadily guide the lyrics to give it a much more personal/intimate message for the listener.

Shawn, Matt (guitars) and BJ worked out the guitar tracks rather quickly. Corey (bass) put down the bass tracks in less than an hour. Mike(drums) worked along side BJ as well and the music started to take shape.

It was an absolute amazing experience to put together a creation of awesome power and beauty from nothing. I personally enjoyed this whole process because it was a labor of love. We wanted you to feel like at any point in the song you say to yourself, " I get it, now turn it up! "

And I truly feel like we captured that in this song.

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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