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Ex-Guns N' Roses, Journey and Dream Theater Stars In New Group

(Gibson) The new supergroup Sons of Apollo, featuring former members of Guns N' Roses, Journey and Dream Theater, will be releasing their debut album from Sons of Apollo, Psychotic Symphony, on October 20th.

Sons of Apollo consists of former Journey singer Jeff Scott Soto, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Mr. Big bass player Billy Sheehan and two former Dream Theater members: founding drummer Mike Portnoy and former keyboardist Derek Sherinian.

If you're curious how Sons of Apollo sound, the guys have posted a preview of their upcoming album with a new song, "Signs of the Time," via YouTube. "This song has a little bit of everything that makes Sons of Apollo so special...great heavy riffs, amazing solos with individual instrumental virtuosity and a big, catchy chorus with more hooks than a tackle box!!" Portnoy said in a statement. "I figured this would be a great 'first taste' to introduce the world to this amazing new supergroup." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant Teases New Music

(hennemusic) Robert Plant is teasing the forthcoming release of new music across his social media sites. The Led Zeppelin rocker is streaming a short instrumental clip alongside the phrase, "A Way With Words", which is also prominently featured on his Facebook and official website.

It's unknown at this point what the title refers to - be it a lead single or an album - as Plant has been working with the Sensational Space Shifters on a project over the past year while fans await a follow-up to 2014's "lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar."

That project debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release. Plant's social media sites previously displayed an earlier teaser that said, "Any Time Now."

The singer and AC/DC's Brian Johnson joined Paul Rodgers during a show in Oxford, UK in May to cover Barrett Strong's 1959 classic, "Money (That's What I Want)", as part of Rodgers' Free Spirit UK tour. Read more and check out the teaser here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Enter Sandman' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1991 classic, "Enter Sandman", at Petco Park in San Diego, CA on August 6 and the band are sharing professional footage from the show.

The track was the lead single of the group's self-titled record, commonly known as the "Black" album, the group's first to top the US charts on its way to sales of 16 million in the States and more than 30 million worldwide.

The San Diego stop marked one of the final dates on Metallica's summer stadium tour of North America in support of 2016's "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct." The run will wrap up in Edmonton, AB on August 16 before the group heads to Europe for a fall arena tour.

That trek will begin with a September 2 show at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen - rescheduled from February due to illness - before playing Amsterdam on September 4. Watch the video here.

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Skid Row Star Addresses Idea Of Sebastian Bach Reunion

Skid Row guitarist Scotti Hill says in a new interview that the band has closed the door to reuniting with original frontman Sebastian Bach who was their singer during their heyday and departed the group in 1996.

Hill discussed with Another FN Podcast (via TeamRock) the talks Bach's camp and the band had last year about possibly reuniting and said, "That door is closed. There was talk about it, the two camps went back and forth, and it was not to happen, so that door in now shut."

He was asked if he meant forever and responded, "Yeah, I believe so. Our singer, ZP Theart, he's a brother. He's a great singer, he's a great frontman, he's a guy I look forward to seeing and a guy I look forward to hanging out with.

"We trust him with the band that we've been in all this time - and that is precious to us." He then continued, "We appreciate fans - we're probably the most fan-friendly band you'll ever meet. We'll go out in the cold, we'll hang out with them, but what we won't do is put ourselves in a volatile situation and be unhappy and destroy what we have now."

Hill added his views on Back, "He's not a rock star, he's a superstar - he's great. He'll cut his own throat to do a good show. He puts it all out there. He's a great singer and a great frontman - one of the all-time greats, but we're not working together."

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Slash Is Gibson's First Global Brand Ambassador

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash has been named the first-ever Global Brand Ambassador for Gibson. Slash's signature sound and epic solos were recorded with several of his favorite Gibson guitars.

"It's an honor," says Slash. "I've been working with Gibson since the early days of my professional career and playing Gibson guitars since before that. I'm proud of the creative relationship we've developed over the years."

Over the past three decades, the rocker has collaborated closely with Gibson and the company's CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, on several projects including product development, marketing, live events and supporting charitable initiatives with the Gibson Foundation.

"Slash embodies the characteristics of creativity, passion and excellence that are so closely aligned with Gibson," adds Juszkiewicz, "and we are very proud of the friendship and mutual success we have shared together for over 30 years. We are also very excited about the future products we will be announcing soon." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Freddie Nelson's Light

Rocker and onetime Paul Gilbert collaborator Freddie Nelson has released his debut album "Shake The Cage" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the song "Light". Here is the story:

When you are creating music it comes through in various ways. It can be about something deep and profound, or something shallow and humorous. It's all in how you spin it as the writer, and how the listener interprets it. I've written songs about everything from drinking, to relationships, to witnessing a 30 second interaction between a man and a woman while stopped at a red light. I've even written a song about a broken DVD player!

The song 'Light' was spawned from deeply profound events that have occurred in my life. There was a point where I started to experience insane amounts of energy all around me. Let me try and explain it like this: Synchronicities were so abundant, it felt like I was in an Indiana Jones movie following a trail to a great treasure. By synchronicities I mean unmistakeable signs from the universe. We see about a fraction of the light spectrum with our naked eyed. After these events started to occur, I realized there is all of this unseen dimensional energy around us that we are unaware of unless we make an effort to connect to it. For me, I was able to open a lot of gaps through meditation, staying open, losing judgement, making an effort to become a more compassionate being all around. It's simply aligning to universal flow. Once you do this, its like flicking on a light switch in a giant warehouse. Things start to expose themselves to you.

The chorus lyric states 'So you open your eyes and let your heart beat heavy, cause the light was always shining on you.'

I think all of us have a tendency to become consumed in our day to day activities, what time is the work day done, what am I going to have for dinner, who's playing in the game tonight, etc, and we start to wonder what it's all about. I think if we leave ourselves open to possibilities, we give ourselves the opportunity to let the universe make us aware that there's something bigger going on. My goal with this song is to simply inspire people to stay open to find the path they are meant to be on."

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

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Papa Roach Release 'American Dreams' Video

Papa Roach have released a music video for their track "American Dreams". The song is the second single that the band has released from their latest album "Crooked Teeth".

frontman Jacoby Shaddix has this to say, "America is struggling, America is divided, America is hurting right now," explains Papa Roach . "We're at a fever pitch of confusion, smoke and mirrors, blatant lies. The American Dream is on the chopping block."

"Have you ever thought that war was a sickness? My father is a Vietnam veteran. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the disintegration of the American family are things I've dealt with personally. I know other people relate." Watch the video here.

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Flea Has Strong Reaction To Music Education Funding Cuts

(Radio.com) When he was in growing up, band class was all Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea looked forward to. And music prevented him from getting in serious trouble.

That's why he's so passionate about supporting programs that encourage kids interested in music, and so angry at politicians that want to cut funding for music education. "It's child abuse," he said in a recent interview "It's just wrong."

Flea elaborated on how powerful music classes were in keeping him motivated to stay in school. "When I was a kid, I was heading for trouble," he told Rolling Stone. "I was running around in the street, I was robbing, I was breaking into houses, I was doing drugs. I was cutting class and smoking weed - just headed to trouble. And the one thing that kept me together and kept me straight was music. The only reason I even went to school was because I liked playing in the band."

When he returned to his alma mater in 2000, he was shocked to find the music classroom at Fairfax Senior High School had no instruments and that funding was cut for music education. A year later, Flea co-founded the Silverlake Conservatory of Music with friends. Read more here.

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Thirty Seconds to Mars Call On Fans For Ideas

(Radio.com) It was just Monday (August 14) that 30 Seconds to Mars announced the imminent arrival of the band's next single, "Walk on Water," which is set to drop on August 22.

On Tuesday (August 15), the band's frontman Jared Leto has reached out to fans for artwork ideas to represent the song better than just a handwritten note on a napkin.

"Dear World, my sincere apologies but I missed the deadline for the single artwork and now all I have is this stupid napkin," Leto wrote on an Instagram post. "Yes I know, not great. I promise to get something done #soon but in the meantime if you have any ideas tag them #walkonwater. XO, Jared." See the Instagram post here.

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Graham Nash Extends North American Tour

(Radio.com) Graham Nash has extended his 2017 tour. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has added 21 dates to his North American stint, which now runs through October 15 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Once again Graham Nash will be accompanied on guitar and vocals on this road trip by his longtime collaborator and This Path Tonight producer, Shane Fontayne.

Fans can expect songs spanning Nash's 50-year career, from his early days in the Hollies, to Crosby, Stills & Nash, to tracks from his new solo album. On September 13 he will make a stop at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, where he will receive the Americana Music Association's Spirit of Americana: Free Speech in Music Award. See the dates here.

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Converge Stream New Song and Reveal Album Details

Converge have released a lyric video for a new track called "Under Duress." The song comes from their forthcoming album "The Dusk In Us" which will be released on November 3rd.

The new track can be streamed here and follows "I Can Tell You About Pain" which was revealed late last month. The band had this to say about the new effort, "Upon first listen it's apparent that Converge has evolved exponentially over the years.

"The raw emotion and anger of I Can Tell You About Pain is truly unsettling, while the seven and a half minute epic Eve shows the band pushing their melodic leanings to an incredible new level." See the tracklist here.

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Billy Idol To Rock Late Night TV This Week

(hennemusic) Billy Idol will perform on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, August 17. The rocker will join The Who's Pete Townshend for a short US run of his Classic Quadrophenia stage show next month.

Alongside Alfie Boe and a full symphony and chorus, the shows present the new orchestral version of the band's 1973 concept album based around lead character Jimmy's search for an identity amongst the mods and rockers in mid-60s Brighton.

In addition to stops in Lenox, MA, New York and Los Angeles, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder will join the lineup for a September 13 date in Chicago, IL. In October, Idol will play the final shows of his two-year residency at the House Of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Read more here.

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Royal Blood's Late Late Show Performance Goes Online

(hennemusic) Royal Blood performed "Lights Out" on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on August 14, and video from the program is streaming online.

The tune was the lead single from the UK band's second album, "How Did We Get So Dark?" The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher recorded the set in Brussels, Belgium with producer Joylon Thomas and in London, UK with co-producer Tom Dalgety.

"How Did We Get So Dark?" also features the singles "Hook, Line & Sinker" and "I Only Lie When I Love You." Royal Blood will wrap up their current North American run in Los Angeles on August 16, before heading to Japan for a pair of festival appearances.

The duo will open for Guns N' Roses in Vancouver, BC on September 1 and George, WA on September 3 before joining Queens Of The Stone Age for a handful of North American shows next month. Watch the TV performance here.

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Volbeat Release 'For Evigt' Live Video Ahead Of Tour Dates

Volbeat have released a new live video for their track For Evigt which they filmed last October at the Malmo Arena in Sweden and the song comes off their latest album "Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie".

Frontman Michael Poulsen had the following to say about their latest studio effort, "The album is Volbeat, but there is progress, too, when it comes to songwriting with huge melodies.

"It has the songs I have been trying to write for years and it seems like I was in the right spot to gather all the pieces." Watch the new video, which the band released to preview their upcoming European tour dates here.

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David Crosby Claims Ted Nugent 'Not Good Enough' For Rock Hall

(Radio.com) Outspoken rock star David Crosby has never been one to mince words. Crosby's acerbic tongue was on full display after being baited on Twitter in regards to Ted Nugent's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame status.

"Ted Nugent recently said political correctness is keeping him out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame..do you agree?," inquired Twitter user Rooster Jones to the Crosby, Stills and Nash star.

Crosby's response was blunt, direct and not even a little bit nice (but very NSFW): "No, the a—— just isn't good enough." See the tweet here.

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