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Van Halen's David Lee Roth Says He Has A Stalker

Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth took to his official website on Thursday to write a lengthy post where he details his recently experience with what he believes is a "stalker".

In the post entitled "Stalker blog. Part 1." Roth writes, "Help! I have a stalker. A very real one. 75 stalker phone calls in the last 4 months. All of them at 5:30-6:00 in the morning. All 917 and 301 area codes. Every now and then at 2 in the afternoon. Never on the weekend. The phone calls show up on my old phone but they don't show up on the phone bill.

"Somebody knows a little bit about tech. They even know how to remove the number out of my phone when they want to. This is not the first time I've bought the land and gotten some of the unhappy Indians. There is a list of unhappy ex-colleagues, as there always is in show biz, but this stalker is particularly obsessed. They're no longer prank calls. Having been through the process with the private detectives, lawyers, FBI and ex-FBI, I can speak with some authority. These stalker calls come under the heading of 'Domestic Terrorism.' This is all news to me so let me share it with you. I grew up thinking prank calls were the equivalent to toilet papering the old Coach's house once a season. Just this season alone, I've had my house toilet papered four dozen times. " Read more here.

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Ace Frehley On The Verge Of Reuniting With KISS?

(Classic Rock) US TV and radio host Eddie Trunk has said that his friend Ace Frehley could be on the verge of rejoining KISS. Trunk thinks it's possible that the band are about to extend and invitation for the guitarist to take part in a tour next year - and he reports that Frehley is ready to agree.

Speaking on his SiriusXM radio show, Trunk said: "As of September 15 of this year, Ace Frehley has celebrated 10 years of sobriety. I'm really happy for my old friend. That's a great accomplishment for him.

"It certainly shows in his personality, his playing. We had a great time in New York when I hosted a show with him on Friday. There are rampant rumors out there that Ace is going to return to Kiss next year. These are not rumors that I'm putting out - I've not said anything about that one way or another.

"I'm hearing from so many people. They keep saying, 'They're going to ask him back, he's going to do one more tour with them in 2017.'" Trunk discussed the concept with Frehley in his dressing room, asking him: "You realise everybody out there is saying you're going back to Kiss? Be straight with me, nobody's called you, you don't know anything?"

The presenter continues: "He goes, 'No. I'd do it, but nobody's called me.'" Read more here.

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Metallica Fear For The Future Of Rock

(Classic Rock) Metallica are worried about the future of rock music after they've gone, they've revealed. The band discussed their concerns in a question-and-answer session with fans on Sirius XM as they continue to promote upcoming album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.

And despite name-checking several rising-star acts, they expressed fears over what will happen to the heavy music genre in the future. Frontman James Hetfield said he hadn't heard much inspirational material recently, adding: "Where's the syncopation? Where's the heart? I get mad.

"Hopefully somebody will be like me and just come up with something, and be the next cool different thing. Someone's got to get pissed off enough to write something different."

Drummer Lars Ulrich recommended Savages, saying: "Talk about pissed off - they're insane. They're this punky, super-dark, Siouxsie And The Banshees dark, weird Euro punk. They're a little different."

Guitarist Kirk Hammett said: "I saw a video for a band that really impressed me. Their name is kind of difficult - you pronounce it 'Horror' but it's H09909."

But he went on: "Where's the new generation of arena bands? Can anyone answer that?" Read more here.

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Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde Lead Experience Hendrix Tour Lineup

(Gibson) The annual Experience Hendrix Tour has announced the headlining artists for its 2017 edition. Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Keb' Mo', Jonny Lang, Black Label Society, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Doyle Bramhall II, Ana Popovic, the Slide Brothers, Mato Nanji, and Beth Hart are among those confirmed to take the stage during the 29 performance dates.

Now in its second decade, the Experience Hendrix tour "celebrates the musical genius of Jimi Hendrix by bringing together a diverse array of phenomenal musicians," as stated in a press release.

In a prepared statement, Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd expressed their deep appreciation of Hendrix and his music. "He was so creative, especially everything he did with the special effects," said Guy, who was a friend of the late guitarist. "He took it all to this other place, and he could really play. He was one of a kind. Hendrix brings us together, everybody on this tour." Read more here.

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Ghost Make Chart History With 'Popestar'

(hennemusic) Swedish rockers Ghost have made US chart history with their newly-released EP, "Popestar", which has become first EP to land at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums in the chart's 10-year history.

Billboard reports the project sold 21,000 copies in its opening week. Led by the lone original track and lead single "Square Hammer", the package includes covers of songs originally recorded by Eurythmics, Echo & The Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco and Imperiet.

"Popestar" also starts as Ghost's second No. 1 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, following 2013's "Infestissumam." "Square Hammer" enters multiple Billboard charts, including Hard Rock Digital Song Sales at No, 7 (3,000 downloads sold), where it's Ghost's first entry. Read more here.

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David Gilmour Performs Pink Floyd Classic With Sherlock Star

(Prog) David Gilmour was joined onstage in London by Benedict Cumberbatch for a performance of Pink Floyd classic Comfortably Numb and video of the performance has been posted online.

The Sherlock actor was introduced to Gilmour by a mutual friend and when the Pink Floyd icon asked him to perform the song, Cumberbatch jumped at the chance.

The collaboration took place Tuesday night (September 28) during Gilmour's show at the Royal Albert Hall . It's not the first time Gilmour has been joined by a special guests to sing the track at the famous venue. In 2006, David Bowie also sang Comfortably Numb with Gilmour in what was to be the late star's final UK stage appearance. Check out the video here.

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Queen's Complete BBC Radio Sessions Set For Release

(hennemusic) Queen will release "Queen On Air: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions" on November 4. Available as a 2-CD, 3-LP and Collector's Edition 6-CD set complete with added live concert broadcasts and radio interviews, the package presents all six BBC Sessions by the group recorded between February 1973 and October 1977.

The twenty-four recordings these sessions produced include alternate versions of the band's debut single, 1973's "Keep Yourself Alive", unique takes of classic album tracks and even a radically reworked version of one of their best known anthems that has never previously appeared on any Queen studio release.

Queen's very first session for the BBC dates from February 1973, five months before the release of the band's self-titled debut album and single. The band's sixth and final session, in October 1977, saw Queen record some radically different versions of four songs from the "News Of The World" album on the same day as its UK release: "Spread Your Wings," "It's Late," "My Melancholy Blues," and two renditions of "We Will Rock You" - the 'regular' version and the 'fast' version - the only known studio recording of this live favorite. Read details about the deluxe editions and more here.

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David Bowie Legacy Collection Announced

(hennemusic) A collection of David Bowie's biggest singles will be featured on "Legacy", a new compilation due November 11. The set presents Bowie's first hit, 1969's "Space Oddity", through to his final 2016 singles "Lazarus" and "I Can't Give Everything Away", and includes a previously unreleased version of the classic 1971 single, "Life On Mars?", mixed by its original producer Ken Scott.

Single mixes and radio edits of several Bowie classics are featured, including "Starman", "The Jean Genie", "Young Americans," "Ashes To Ashes", "Let's Dance", "China Girl" and "Modern Love."

Collaborations with Queen, Mick Jagger, The Pet Shop Boys and The Pat Metheny Group are also included. "Legacy" will be available as a 1 CD and a Deluxe 2 CD package, with a double vinyl album version due on January 6, 2017. Read more here.

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Slayer Announce Limited Edition Reign In Blood Plaques

(Classic Rock) Slayer have announced that they will be releasing limited edition autographed Reign In Blood plaques to mark the landmark record's 30th anniversary.

Only 50 will be made available directly through the band's website priced at $500 each. They'll be individually numbered and feature the vinyl cover of the classic 1986 album, along with a tracklist and are signed by Tom Araya and Kerry King.

The plaque also contains a reproduction of a concert ticket stub a 1986 show. Pre-orders are now open, with an estimated shipping time of late October. Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Add Dates To 2017 Tour

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden have added extra London and Frankfurt dates to their 2017 European Book Of Souls tour. The metal giants announced 16 European dates last week and have today confirmed extra shows in London on May 28 and Frankfurt on April 29, to go along with the previously announced London gig on May 27 and Frankfurt on April 28.

LiveNation's President of UK Touring Andy Copping says: "The demand for Iron Maiden has been quite extraordinary. We knew the tour would be in high demand but to add a second show at the London O2 arena at such an early stage demonstrates just how strong Iron Maiden are in the UK.

"We haven't even gone on sale to the general public yet the tickets have been snapped up by the Iron Maiden Fan Club and Live Nation and O2 venue customer pre-sales.

"We're having to announce the second show now, prior to the official public on sale to ensure that other fans can get access to the best tickets." Read more and see all of the dates here.

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Kate Bush Announces 'Before The Dawn' Package

(Prog) Kate Bush's 22-date residency at London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in 2014 is to be showcased in a new live package. Before The Dawn will be released on November 25 via Fish People and distributed through Rhino Records.

The run of sold-out dates were Bush's first major live commitments since 1979 and led to her entire catalogue of albums re-entering the UK charts. Before The Dawn will be released on 3CD, 4LP and digital download.

A statement reads: "The conceptual heart of the show is reflected in the CD format, which is split over three discs centred around the two integral pieces - The Ninth Wave and A Sky Of Honey.

"CD1 ends with the pivotal track King Of The Mountain which bridges into The Ninth Wave suite of songs on CD2." Read more here.

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Metallica and The Strokes Headlining Lollapalooza South Amerca

(hennemusic) Metallica and The Strokes are among the headliners announced for the 2017 Lollapalooza festivals that are scheduled to place in Brazil, Argentina and Chile next March and April.

Metallica will be paying in support of their forthcoming album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct", due November 18, and had the following to say, "We promised we would be back very soon with an update and we didn't wait too long.

"The 'Tallica touring machine fires up again in late March of 2017 as we roll to South America for our first ever South American Lollapalooza experience brought to you by our friends at C3 Productions. Dates/venues are below and tickets are on sale now, so visit the site(s) of your choice or better yet hit all three!" Read more here.

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Faith No More Release 'Cone Of Shame' Video

(Classic Rock) Faith No More have released a video for their new single Cone Of Shame. The song comes from the band's seventh album Sol Invictus, which was released last year and was their first new album in 18 years. The video was directed by Goce Cvetanovski and filmed in Macedonia.

Bassist Billy Gould says: "This is one of those tracks that had to be a video, really, because it lends itself so much to visual imagery. Given the song's sense of Americana, it would have been easy to shoot this in Arizona or New Mexico, but having been to Macedonia several times, there's a vibe there that I felt wouldn't be out of place as a backdrop to this song.

"Goce Cvetanovski, as a director, understood this immediately. He knew exactly what to do with it and, along with an amazing cast, has managed to create something very dark, and beautifully cinematic."

A limited edition Cone Of Shame seven-inch single will be available on November 25. Watch the video here.

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Fred Durst 'Not Happy With' New Limp Bizkit Album

(TeamRock) Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland says that the band's long-awaited seventh album has been delayed because frontman Fred Durst is "not happy with it."

No release date has been announced for Stampede Of The Disco Elephants, which Durst previously hinted would be recorded along the same lines at Beastie Boys' 1989 effort Paul's Boutique - abandoning traditional song structures.

And Borland admits there is still no sign of a confirmed release date for the record. On the subject of following a similar path to Paul's Boutique, Borland tells Someone Who Isn't Me (via The PRP): "That was the idea then. I'm not sure what his idea is now, exactly. I know we've had a lot of different sessions for this record."

He continues: "And people, our diehard fans, really want it to come out. But the truth is that Fred's just not happy with what he's working on - he's not happy with it. So I know he's been working on vocals for it on and off."

On the material already recorded for the album, Borland adds that he's not sure if it will feature at all. Read more here.

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Asking Alexandria and Danny Worsnop Feud Definitely Over

(Metal Hammer) Former Asking Alexandria singer Danny Worsnop says he's planning on visiting his old bandmate Ben Bruce in Arizona. The pair reported they had buried the hatchet earlier this month after a public war of words following Worsnop's departure from the band in 2015, with Bruce saying: "Me and Danny were best friends for a decade. We have rekindled our relationship."

Now Worsnop says he's planning a trip to hook up with the guitarist to perhaps play music together - which drew a humorous response from Bruce. Worsnop tweeted: "About to fly to Arizona to visit Mr Ben Bruce and producer Matt Good. Who knows, maybe play a little music."

Bruce responded: "Maybe play a little naked Twister?" before adding: "You know it's just rock and roll, I know you're by my side through it all…" Read more here.

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Stream 'Lullaby'

(TeamRock) Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are streaming their new track Lullaby. The song comes from the band's upcoming second album Modern Ruin, which is due for release on January 27, 2017, via International Death Cult.

Former Gallows frontman Carter says: "So here it is, Modern Ruin - our second album will be released January 27, 2017. It features Snake Eyes, Lullaby and Jackals which you'll have heard live."

In May of this year, the band released an online documentary titled Year Of The Snake charting their first 12 months together. The short film shows singer Carter at home with his family, in the studio and on stage - where he refers to his live performances as "scream therapy."

He said: "It's scream therapy. You see those kids at the show and they're tearing the mic off you, singing every word, they've got their f***ing hand in your face and I'm like, 'Just have the f***ing mic. Just take it.'" Stream the song here.

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Galahad's Empires Never Last Getting Special Reissue

(Prog) Galahad have announced that they will be reissuing their 2007 album Empires Never Last on vinyl for the first time on October 3. The release sees the start of a prolonged period of activity for the band which will seem them also release Quiet Storms, which reflects a more mellow side to the band, as well as looking ahead to a brand new studio album.

Empires Never Last will be released by the band through Oskar Productions as a limited edition double album, pressed on 180g heavy vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve featuring artwork adapted form the original CD release by designer Paul Tippet.

It'll feature a new orchestral version of the title track recorded earlier this year by keyboard player Dean Baker and producer Karl Groom with new vocals from Stuart Nicholson. The album also features contributions from Groom, Clive Nolan and Magenta's Christina Booth. The will be a strictly limited release in blue vinyl of 100 copies. Read more here.

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Anathema, Animals As Leaders Lead Be Prog! My Friend Additions

(Prog) Anathema, Caligula's Horse and Animals As Leaders are the latest artists to be confirmed for next year's Be Prog! My Friend. They'll join Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull and Ulver at the event in Barcelona, Spain, which will run between June 30 and July 1, 2017.

Festival organisers say: "Anathema have risen to become one of the UK's most cherished and critically acclaimed rock bands. With their star rising ever higher, Anathema returned in 2014 with Distant Satellites, another assertive step into the realm of miraculous songwriting.

"Animals As Leaders incorporate influences from jazz, electronic, progressive, classical and fusion. After amazing releases like Weightless and The Joy Of Motion, Animals As Leaders continue to explore their musical endeavours with the highly anticipated fourth album The Madness Of Many. Read more here.

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Behemoth To Headline Heavy Scotland Festival

(Metal Hammer) Behemoth have been confirmed as a headliner for next year's Heavy Scotland festival. The appearances will be Behemoth's only UK festival show in 2017.

The inaugural event will take place at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh, Scotland, on April 1 and 2, 2017, with Behemoth headlining the second day. Alissa White-Gluz and Arch Enemy were announced last month as headliners on day one.

Grave, Dyscarnate, Sodomized Cadaver, Shiraz Lane, Disposable and Centrilia will also play at Heavy Scotland. Organiser Caitlin Elliott told TeamRock: "Scotland is a beautiful country with a thriving metal scene so it is with great pleasure that we bring to you Scotland's metal festival, a platform for up-and-coming Scottish bands as well as the biggest metal event north of the border." here.

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Kvelertak Release 'Svartmesse' Video

(Metal Hammer) Kvelertak have released a video for their track Svartmesse. It's taken from the Norwegian band's third album Nattesferd, which was released in May via Roadrunner Records. They previously issued a promo for the title track.

The band say: "Check out our brand new video for Svartmesse. It's made by our good friend Torjus Forre Erfjord who has previously made the videos for Blodtorst and Evig Vandrar.

"As well as featuring his own unique style of animation, this video has a darker and more sinister tone that goes hand in hand with the lyrics of the song."

Announcing the album release earlier this year, frontman Erlend Hjelvik said: "However cliche it may sound, I'm not afraid to say that this is our best one yet. An exquisite smorgasbord of riffs infused with everything between the best of classic rock and heavy metal.

"I'm certain it will blow the minds of both old and new fans." Kvelertak have a UK tour lined up for the winter, with Skeletonwitch in support. Watch the video and see the dates here.

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