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The Misfits Announce One Off Reunion Show

Original members of The Misfits have announced that they will be playing a special one-off reunion show in the Los Angeles areon December 30th at the Fabulous Forum.

The one night only show follows last year's reunion shows at Riot Fest Chicago and Denver featuring original members Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, joined by Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein.

Danzig had this to say, "OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the 'Original Misfits' in this exclusive LA-only performance. No tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."

Jerry Only added, "The Misfits were so far ahead of their time when we began back in 1977, that it took the world 40 years to catch up. That time has come, and that time is now... we intend to take you on a ride back in time, and into the future to experience 100% authentic punk rock at its essence, and the origin of thrash in its purist form. History will be made - again.. prepare to be devastated."

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Black Sabbath Star Strikes Back At Other Original Members

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward took to his official Facebook page to release a statement addressing his side of the story over comments made by Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne about his non-involvement with the band in their final years and saying that he lost the friendship of both former bandmates.

He wrote, "Again I feel in a position where I'm compelled to defend my actions in the period of 2011 up to, I suppose, today. Tony Iommi's comments and some of Ozzy's, remain in a place of disparaging remarks, which bring fault to my character as a person and a musician. I completely disagree with their comments. What they believe is quite opposite from my experience, especially in 2011 when no one spoke to me of being alarmed by my playing or my health. If they kept the info, which they so readily share now, to themselves in 2011, then let that be their shortcoming. How can I be judged that I could not do a tour when we were working on an album. How can I be judged in 2011 on health issues when none existed that would endanger a long term tour. They all know very clearly how well I prepare to tour. I did not know I was being judged in 2011, if that is indeed their truth.

"Tony's comment (and I'm assuming it was in reference to me touring) was, 'I don't think he quite realizes how hard it would have been on him' How can Tony say that. I know what it takes to tour. I've helped to set the physical and playing bar that was metal then and today. What an undermining, self-centered thing for Tony to say. What an inaccurate thing for Tony to say. I had played all the Ozzfests and Sabbath tours after the reunion. Keep in mind, they did one tour without me first, I think just to see if it could work without me. I'm sorry and mean no malice in saying this, but it was their fear, their mistrust, and their rationale that put back-up drummers on the stage at the reunion and other tours. I disliked that they did that, but understood they wanted to. I got on with my work, playing drums in Sabbath. Never once was a back-up drummer required, and no, I did not validate the fears of those who had fears.

"I missed a European tour after my one and only heart attack in 1998. I can appreciate that Black Sabbath's interests needed to be protected for the sake of future commitments to the fans, promoters, and all involved." Read the rest of the statement here.

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Gene Simmons Defends His Devil Horns Attempt

KISS star Gene Simmons has defending his controversial move to attempt to trademark the famous devil horns hand gesture earlier this year and says he has nothing to regret.

He addressed the controversial move with the Windsor Star Classic Rock. He told them, "I regret nothing. Wake up every morning and let your conscience be your guide.

"Did you know I own the moneybag logo - the dollar sign with the bag of money? I own all kinds of things. I own 'motion picture' as a trademark. Anyone who thinks that's silly: the silliest thing I've ever done is wear more makeup and higher heels than your mommy. People said, 'You can't do that.' Actually, bitch, I can. I can do anything I want to do."

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Pearl Jam Reveal Let's Play Two Project Details

Pearl Jam have announced that they will debut their concert film, "Let's Play Two", and release its companion soundtrack album on September 29th and revealed more details for the project and a new full length trailer.

Directed by Danny Clinch, the project captures footage from the final two shows of the band's 2016 North American tour at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL last August.

"The first time you walk into Wrigley Field," says frontman and lifelong Chicago Cubs fan Eddie Vedder in a newly-released trailer, "it's like stepping into Oz."

The film's title pays tribute to the late Cubs great Ernie Banks, who shared his love of the game with his legendary catchphrase: "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame…let's play two!"

"In my films and photographs, I love to explore the relationship between a band, their fans and the location," says Clinch. "When it happens that the main characters of your film are Pearl Jam, the Chicago Cubs, their fans, and Wrigley Field during a historic moment, you know it's going to be epic. Our instincts were correct to follow the story and it took us to a historic Game 7 of the World Series ending a hundred-and-eight-year drought for the Cubs. I have learned to welcome the unexpected and it always pays off if you're ready for it."

Pearl Jam will premiere "Let's Play Two" with a pair of exclusive screenings for Ten Club members at the Metro in Chicago, IL on September 27 and 28 ahead of its official debut in select theaters starting September 29.

"Let's Play Two" will see its US television debut October 13 on FS1 immediately following Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, ahead of its official release on November 17.

Available on vinyl, CD and digital formats, the project's soundtrack album delivers 17-songs from the Wrigley Field concerts, including the 2016 tour debut of the "Lost Dogs" rarity, "Black Red Yellow", a cover of The Beatles' "I've Got A Feeling", and Vedder's ode to the Chicago Cubs, "All The Way." Watch the trailer and see the cover art and tracklist here.

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Singled Out: The Room's My Friend Jack

The iconic band The Room released the single "My Friend Jack (Live)" from their DVD "Live at The Robin 2" and to celebrate we asked bassist Andy Rowe to tell us about it. Here is the story:

Welcome to The Room and please allow me to introduce our latest single and tell you about the band and our releases. It's very difficult to Pidgeon hole The Room. There is no cookie cutter that fits us. I guess if pushed we would be described as classic rock meets prog. In essence we write great songs with great hooks (someone once said we have more hooks than a pirate's wardrobe) and intriguing lyrics.

Our latest release "My Friend Jack (Live)" is all of that. Let me tell you the background to the piece. Our singer, Martin Wilson, who I have to say has a really unique voice and I love being on stage with the man, he is awesome, grew up in a town called Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire which is on the east coast of the UK. Martin told us a story about a guy (we shall call Jack) who used to frequent the same drinking establishment as him on a very regular basis. Now remember that this was the early 80s and of course at that time there were many new discoveries in shall we say personal pharmaceuticals.
"Jack" apparently liked to investigate all forms of these chemicals and was regularly away with the fairies as you might say and certainly on various other planets in various time zones. Anyway this guy "my friend Jack's a psycho with crazy thoughts running around his head" took a shine to Martin and tried to become his best buddy. Martin liked the craziness that surrounded "Jack" but was very warry of him. This became more pronounced when Jack tried to convince Martin that a wolf (we haven't had wolves in Lincolnshire for centuries) lived in a nearby wood and suggested that they go off and hunt for it.

Martin considered the implications of this request and decided that as much fun as a wolf hunt could be that he really shouldn't go. However the question he poses in the lyric "the eyes in the night, what a terrible sight, what could it be" , well we never concluded if that was a reference to the wolf or Jack!

We recorded the studio version of the song for our "Beyond The Gates of Bedlam" album that was released just over a year ago. This live version is taken from a film that captured one of our shows last year. We used 6 cameras and the Platform Studio mobile to capture the energy and dynamics of our performance at a classic UK rock venue The Robin 2 located just outside Birmingham. We are absolutely knocked out by the results and the DVD really does demonstrate what we, The Room, stand for.

Martin and I started the band about seven years ago, we have released two records, the first in 2012 called Open Fire and then as I said, the Bedlam album at the end of 2015. We all came from very different musical backgrounds; mixing hair metal, neo prog, classic rock and jazz fusion bonkers prog which could have developed the musical version of "beige" but thank goodness it hasn't and we have actually created our own very individual distinctive style. We are now starting to write album 3 which should be in stores by the end of next year, providing we don't get eaten by wolves!

Thanks so much for listening and please don't hesitate to check us out.

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

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Nikki Sixx Announces The Heroin Diaries 10th Anniversary Releases

(hennemusic) Motley Crue and Sixx:AM bassist Nikki Sixx has announced a series of projects to be released this fall in sync with its tenth anniversary of his 2007 memoir, "The Heroin Diaries."

The rocker will issue Tenth Anniversary Editions of the book, its companion soundtrack album and a new graphic novel of the New York Times bestseller that chronicles a year of decadence and depravity that almost cost Sixx his life during the recording and tour for Motley Crue's 1987 album, "Girls, Girls, Girls."

"Over the last ten years," says Sixx, "I've met so many people who have thanked me for The Heroin Diaries and say that it saved their lives. But the truth is, writing The Heroin Diaries saved my life too."

Due October 24, "The Heroin Diaries: Ten Year Anniversary Edition" book features a new cover, never-before-seen photos and exclusive brand new chapters. Read more here.

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OneRepublic Duet With Teen Who Overcame Brain Surgery

(Radio.com) OneRepublic and Make-A-Wish made a teen's dream come true by giving him a night he'll never forget

(Radio.com) OneRepublic and Make-A-Wish made a teen's dream come true by giving him a night he'll never forget. After Brendan Prince, 17, recovered from a brain surgery which left his body temporarily paralyzed, he was energized to see his favorite band but didn't realize that there was surprise waiting for him.

The teen from Edmonton, Canada was granted a once in a life opportunity by Make-A-Wish to dinner and a limo ride to see OneRepublic in concert.

The band's frontman Ryan Tedder brought Prince up on-stage for a surprise duet of, "I Lived" where the duo got to rock out together. "I just relate to it on such a personal level because of all the surgeries I've been through," Prince told the CBC about the song choice. "I've come from being paralyzed on the left side to performing on stage at Rogers Place. This is going to stick with me forever." Read more here.

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Trent Reznor Scores Ken Burns Vietnam Documentary

(Radio.com) Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor and longtime production partner Atticus Ross have once again teamed up to make new music. This time, it's to create the score for The Vietnam War, a new 10-part series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will begin airing on PBS on September 17, 2017.

The score will feature ninety minutes of music spread across two CDs as well as a triple-vinyl set. The series will also come with a soundtrack album composed of iconic songs from the area by artists including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Santana and Marvin Gaye. See the full tracklist for both albums below.

'We are incredibly honored to be a part of this project. With 'The Vietnam War,' Ken, Lynn and Sarah have created something of vital importance," explained Reznor and Ross in a press release. "To bear witness to their process was immensely inspiring. The sheer scale of the project combined with the magnitude of the subject matter was initially daunting for us, but the commitment, care and reverence they displayed made the experience deeply satisfying on many levels." Read more here.

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Jay-Z Pays Tribute To Chester Bennington

(Radio.com) In 2004, JAY-Z and Linkin Park released Collision Course, an EP of collaborations that produced the GRAMMY-winning mashup "Numb/Encore."

At the time, it was a groundbreaking synthesis of mainstream rap and popular nu-metal, introducing LP and Hova to new audiences. In the weeks since Chester Bennington's death, tributes have poured in; At Staffordshire's V Festival on Saturday Night, JAY-Z joined the chorus with his own memorial performance.

The show marked Jay's first since Bennington's death and he performed "Numb/Encore." "Please make some noise so he can hear you all the way in heaven tonight," the rapper said.

Additionally, Jay made the live debut of some new material from 4:44, including "Kill Jay Z," "The Story of O.J." and "Family Feud." Watch Jay's tribute to Chester here.

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Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood Play Set of Radiohead Rarities

(Radio.com) It's been seven years since Radiohead played "Faust Arp" and "Follow Me Around," but Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood reintroduced those rare tracks at a benefit on Sunday night (Aug. 20) for the earthquake-stricken Italian region of Le Marche.

In addition to those songs, the duo performed "A Wolf At The Door" for the first time since 2012 and "Cymbal Rush," a Yorke solo track, for the first time since 2008.

It was a deep dive into the vaults for Radiohead, in support of a good cause. The evening of rarities took place at the Marcerata Sferisterio and proceeds helped Italians recovering from the devastating 2016 earthquake. One fan on the ground Periscoped the entire set so fans can enjoy the benefit concert in full. Check it out here.

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Caligula's Horse Release Will's Song (Let The Colours Run) Video

Caligula's Horse have released a new music for their track "Will's Song (Let The Colours Run)." The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "In Contact."

The new visual was directed by their new guitarist Adrian Goleby and frontman Jim Grey had this to say, "Will's Song is centred around pride and ambition - the human tendency toward self-destruction. It's about the last demand of a proud old man that time is not decay and that he's 'that young man still."

Guitarist Sam Vallen added "It might take some fans by surprise because it's more heavy and technical than anything we've created in the past. the clip reinforces the dark atmosphere hidden below the punctuation of the drums and guitars. Speaking of which, check out the drums and guitar - it's great to show the new guys off to the world at last." Watch the video at Prog.

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311 Announces Fall Tour Dates And 311 Day Details

(Radio.com) 311 fans have a lot to look forward to over the coming months and into the new year and the band have laid out some of their live tour plans as well as their annual 311 Day details.

The band has revealed that their annual 311 Day celebration is set for March 10-11 at Park Theater at Monte Carlo in Las Vegas. The official presale starts August 31.

Even sooner, 311 will hit the road this fall, with a slew of tour days that kick off October 7th in Irvine, CA as the FivePoint Amphitheater. See all of the upcoming tour dates here.

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Bastille Announce Cover Of Green Day Classic

(Gibson) Green Day's songs have always been the perfect choice for cover bands. And now, another band - this time a British indie pop act - have decided to cover one of Green Day's biggest hits.

Bastille, the band behind recent pop hits like 'Pompeii', 'Things We Lost In the Fire' and 'Good Grief' recently tweeted a little teaser of their new cover of Green Day's Dookie-era hit 'Basket Case'.

The band tweeted to say, "We've made a version of @greenday's "Basket Case" with STRINGS AND BRASS". The new track has been recorded for the soundtrack of a TV show and is set to release on August 17. here.

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