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Led Zeppelin Releasing Unheard Music Next Year

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin will mark their 50th anniversary in 2018 with a series of unreleased material, according to comments that were recently made by guitarist Jimmy Page.

"There'll be Led Zeppelin product coming out, for sure, that people haven't heard, because I'm working on that," Page recently told the Academy Of Achievement. "Next year will be the 50th year so there's all manner of surprises coming out."

With Page as producer, Led Zeppelin reissued their nine studio albums in chronological order in 2014 and 2015, with each project expanded with a companion disc of previously unreleased material; a complete version of their 1997 set, "BBC Sessions", surfaced last year. Read more and watch video here.

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Slipknot's Clown Reveals Timing Of Studio Return For New Album

Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan has discussed the timeline for the band's plans to enter the recording studio to work on the tracks for the follow up to the group's 2014 album ".5: The Gray Chapter".

Crahan did a Q&A with NME and was asked what is next for Slipknot and he responded, ""We're about a year away from being in the studio. It's not my fault the maggots don't pay attention. We make an album, we tour for three years, we take two years off. It got a little screwed up after 'All Hope [Is Gone', the band's fourth album] because Paul passed away, so we took time off, took time with our kids, and toured for a couple of years until it felt right. Then when it felt right, Joey took off.

"I'll be in the studio in November 2018. There's a plethora of sh*t written. I don't wanna be told by a label when to write, like some f***ing Cheerio. I wanna write because I write. I've made people so much f***ing money - pay for the studio. Give me this engineer, give me this producer. It's just jamming, but I've never heard music like this, that we're doing right now. I'll be 50 by the time it comes out. I'll be touring when I'm 50, they'll throw me a birthday party! So where I'm at these days, I'm like, 'Maybe make it the last one.'"

He was then asked if that meant the end of Slipknot and he answered, "Who knows? I don't have to explain myself to anyone. I'm not gonna be like, 'Farewell tour!' then come back. Never say those words to fans - you have to come back if you say that. For me it's like, I'm going to go fishing indefinitely." Read the full Q&A here.

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Judas Priest Frontman Shares Rock Hall Rejection Letter

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford discussed his legendary band being snubbed for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a recent radio interview and he also shared the rejection email that he received from the controversial institution.

Halford shared the rejection email during an appearance on Phoenix radio station KSLX. Greg Harris, the President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wrote:

"Thank you for embracing your nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While you didn't garner enough votes for induction this year, you were part of a very select group of Hall of Fame nominees. Artists are frequently on the ballot multiple times before they are inducted. For example, Black Sabbath were nominated eight times before their induction, Patti Smith seven times, Solomon Burke nine times, and both the Beastie Boys and The Yardbirds were on the ballot three times before their respective inductions." Read more here.

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Imagine Dragons Blown Away By 600 Person Choir Cover Of 'Believer'

(Radio.com) Imagine Dragons were speechless when they viewed a video of a choir of 600 people singing their song "Believer." A five-minute video of the performance was put together by GLGLZ radio in Israel for their Best of Year chart of 2017 along with Koolulam, a social media platform that strives to bring together people from all corners of Israeli society to sing together. GLGLZ is Israel's most popular radio station and plays top 40 hits, a representative told Radio.com.

"This 600 person choir singing believer blew my mind this morning as I watched," the band tweeted. "So much passion." Each year, the radio station does a Best of Year chart chosen by its listeners. Then, Israeli artists cover the top hits. This year, the station approached Koolulam, which helped coordinate a choir of 600 singers to perform "Believer."

Six hundred participants were divided into three vocal groups (baritone, alto and soprano), and were taught their harmonies in one hour. The result is unlike any other cover of "Believer." Watch the performance here.

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Tom DeLonge Reacts To Reveal Of Pentagon UFO Program

(Radio.com) Over the weekend, The New York Times ran a story confirming the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, a UFO-related investigation at the Pentagon. Though formally shuttered in 2012, it began in 2007 as a pet project of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. NV).

Former Pentagon official Luis Elizondo spoke to the Times and Politico about the program and his business partner, former Blink-182 guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge. The musician has been vocal about UFOs and government cover-ups for years. As founder of To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science, DeLonge and former high-ranking officials from the Department of Defense, CIA, NSA and Lockheed Martin are working to investigate extraterrestrial life.

"I know that it's fun to make snarky comments, but this isn't the kind of thing to joke about," DeLonge told The New York Daily News. "This is going to really affect a lot of people and a lot of people's belief systems."

By operating in the private sector, DeLonge hopes to avoid the same fate as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. "Part of our strategy has always been to throw it all out in the open so people can't come and try to shut it down from some weird office at NATO or the United Nations or the United States or whatever," he told the paper. Read more here.

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Top 17 Stories Of January 2017


Guns N' Roses Reunion Wasn't Motivated By Money 2017 In Review

Guns N' Roses Reunion Wasn't Motivated By Money was a top 17 story of January 2017. (New Rock Times) Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus says that the rekindling of the friendship between Axl Rose and Slash and subsequent return to the band for the latter had nothing to do with money.

The stadium tours with the current line-up of Guns N' Roses with Slash and Duff back with frontman Axl Rose are reportedly raking in in excess of $5.5m per show.

But speaking to Guy 'Favazz' Favazza of the St. Louis, Missouri radio station KSHE, Fortus shot down suggestions the reunion was fuelled by dollar signs.

"No. Axl has been going on on time for years before [the reunion]," said Fortus. "It's been great. Is money the motivating factor for him? Absolutely not. I've never seen that guy motivated by money, as long as I've known him. Otherwise, this reunion would have happened a long time ago."

"Honestly, I don't think money was a motivating factor for anybody, other than the stars just seemed to align. We didn't have a bass player, we didn't have a guitar player. Really, that's how it sort of happened." Read more here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Overdosed Claims Daughter 2017 In Review

Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Kelly made headlines in January when she made claims in excerpts from a book that the legendary Black Sabbath vocalist overdosed back in 2002 while his wife Sharon was battling colon cancer. Radio.com had the following details:

"Dad was there in his boxers, and I watched him scoop his hands into a bowl of pills, swallow a handful of something, and then wash it down with vodka," she recalled an excerpt featured in NME.

Another excerpt obtained by AOL recalls Kelly's ambulance ride with both her parents. '[Dad] leaned over to put his hand out to see if mum was breathing. Then he passed out with his hand over her mouth… The EMTs tried to pull him off, and dad, not knowing where he was or what he was doing, started to resist out of habit," she writes. 'They pulled over the ambulance and started to call the police."

'Dad could not handle the thought of losing mum," Kelly writes. Read more and find out why the news didn't come out back in 2002 here.

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Tony Iommi Has Lump Removed From Throat 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was in the news back in January when he revealed that he was recovering from surgery to remove a noncancerous lump from his throat. In the previous month, Iommi revealed that doctors determined his latest tests revealed the blood cancer lymphoma - first diagnosed in 2012 - was in remission but that they discovered a lump at the back of his nose that needed to be extracted and analyzed.

"Well, I had the treatment when I got back from (our tour of) South America," Iommi tells Planet Rock. "I went in for the throat operation - they found a lump at the back of my sinus in the throat and we had to have it checked in case it may have been cancerous.

"But it turns out it wasn't, which I found out on Christmas Day, which is brilliant! So far (I'm all good). I daren't say that - I'll probably fall down the stairs now!"

The guitarist shared the update while speaking with the UK radio station about "How Good It Is", a new song that he has just released with the Birmingham Cathedral Choir. Read more here.

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Dave Mustaine Says Metallica Didn't Want Him At Rock Hall 2017 In Review

Dave Mustaine Says Metallica Didn't Want Him At Rock Hall was a top 17 story of January 2017. (Radio.com) Megadeth's Dave Mustaine wasn't part of Metallica's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and on Monday (January 2nd) he opened up about the snub that kept him from participating in one of the events he has listed on his bucket list.

Mustaine tweeted, "I think that the @rockhall is opposed to me being in there. It is one of my bucket list items: The R&R HOF and my Grammy." Despite being Metallica's original lead guitarist and having writing credits on their first two albums, Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning, Mustaine wasn't among the founding or principal members inducted in 2009, which included James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton, Jason Newsted and Robert Trujillo.

When fans wrote back exclaiming how much they loved him, Mustaine tweeted, "Thank you. I just wish that both of those boards felt the same way that you do. I am in there bcuz of Met in a way. But I'd like Megs to go!" Some outlets took Mustaine's original tweet and began asking why the Hall of Fame was keeping him from being inducted.

Once he caught wind of the error, he went back on Twitter to explain that it was Metallica who kept him from participating. "Your story is incorrect. Met didn't want me there, not the RNRHOF," he tweeted. Read more here.

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Unusual AC/DC Cover Becomes Viral Hit 2017 In Review

Unusual AC/DC Cover Becomes Viral Hit was a top 17 story of January 2017: A unusual cover of the AC/DC classic "Thunderstruck" by a Spanish bagpipe band has gone viral after a video clip of the performance was posted online last week.

The clip of Rondalla de Santa Eulalia de Mos performing the iconic hard rock hit drew almost a million views in its first few days of release, according the UK outlet Daily Mail.

They quote the group's musical director and conductor Daniel Burgos Paz as saying: "I would never have believed that anything like this could happen to us." He then added: "We thought we had a bit of an impact, because we are always seen in local media, but nothing to do with what has happened now. Fame is over us." Watch the video here.

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Deep Purple Sue Accountant Over Missing Millions Of Dollars 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Deep Purple Sue Accountant Over Missing Millions Of Dollars was a top 17 story of January 2017: Deep Purple are suing longtime account Dipak Shanker Rao after discovering that nearly $5 million dollars is missing following a review of their company's books.

The Times reports principal band members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice and the estate of Jon Lord have filed a lawsuit in London's High Court accusing Rao of siphoning off up to £4 million in royalties from their financial companies, HEC Enterprises and Deep Purple (Overseas) Ltd.

The High Court have frozen Rao's assets after he admitted "borrowing" or "lending" at least £2.27 million of the company's money. Only £477,000 has been recovered to date, while both companies went into administration (bankruptcy) a year ago.

The funds were discovered missing during a review of the group's books after former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore sued the companies last year, alleging that he was owed £750,000 in unpaid royalties. Read more here.

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Aerosmith's Long Goodbye May Last Years And Include New Music 2017 In Review

Aerosmith's Long Goodbye May Last Years And Include New Music was a top 17 story of January 2017: Aerosmith are gearing up to launch their Aero-Vederci, Baby Tour later this year which has been dubbed their farewell trek, but guitarist Brad Whitford says that it may be a very long goodbye for the veteran band.

Whitford recently spoke with Metal Express Radio about the band's not-so-impending retirement and tol