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AC/DC's Brian Johnson Releases Message To Fans

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson released a special message to the band's Swedish fan club members after they revealed that they will be raising money for Alzheimer and dementia research.

The band's cofounder Malcolm Young was forced to retire from the legendary group in 2014 due to his battle with dementia and the Swedish fans plan to raise money for research into a cure for the disorder during their ACDCmachine Gathering next Month.

Johnson, who himself was forced to step aside from the band last year after doctors warned him he faced permanent hearing loss if he continued to tour, released an audio message to the fans.

He said in part (via CBS Radio), "I just want to say I'm so proud of what you're doing for the Alzheimer/dementia research. As you know, We have a wounded soldier, Malcolm, and I think what you're doing to raise the awareness of everyone about this dreadful disease is just absolutely fabulous. I know Malcolm would be so proud of you, I am." Listen to his full message here.

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Third Slipknot Member Undergoes Spinal Surgery

Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson revealed that he has become a member of the band's unofficial "cyborg club" after becoming the third member of the group to undergo spinal surgery.

Singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root have both had spinal surgeries. Thomson broke the news to fans on Tuesday via a post on his Instagram account where he shared photos of his spinal x-rays under the heading of "Beverly Hills Spine Surgery."

He captioned the photos, "I recently joined the cyborg club. Sore as f*** but hope to be back to mid 2000s banging by our next record cycle. Should probably just have every disc replaced all the way down to be safe. Dr. Perri and the entire staff were awesome." See the post here.

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Eddie Van Halen Makes Dying Fan's Dream Come True

(hennemusic) Eddie Van Halen spent some quality FaceTime on February 6 with Carolina Beach, NC fan Michael Brewer as he battles terminal prostate cancer.

WWAY-TV Wilmington, NC reports Brewer was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease in 2013, and has since contracted chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and prostate cancer that has metastasized to his bones.

As a result, the 54-year old's diagnosis is terminal as continues to receive palliative care at the city's Lower Cape Fear Hospice. One of Brewer's "bucket list" items was to meet the Van Halen guitarist, which he did this past Monday via FaceTime.

"Soooo…this just happened!," posted Brewer's wife Julie on Facebook. "Eddie & his wife Janie were simply amazing! Felt like we were sitting and chatting with a close friend! Thanks to Eddie & Janie Van Halen & everyone at LCFH [Lower Cape Fear Hospice] for making Michael's dream come true! Eddie still has the best smile."

Van Halen is a cancer survivor: he underwent treatment for tongue cancer in 2000 - including a surgery that removed roughly one third of his tongue - before he was declared cancer-free in 2002. The rocker also had two surgeries to remove cancer cells from his throat in 2011. Watch the news report video here.

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From First To Last Reunite With Skrillex At Emo Night

From First to Last performed with original singer Sonny Moore (a.ka. Skrillex) for the first time in eleven years during this month's Emo night in Los Angeles earlier this week.

The group recently made news when they released a new single with Moore entitled "Make War". They performed that track as well as fans favorites like "Emily" and "Note to Self".

The reunion took place during the monthly Emo night event at The Echo and Echoplex on Tuesday night (February 7th) which also featured guest appearances from Machine Gun Kelly, Hawthorne Heights and Secondhand Serenade.

Organizers have shared video footage of the reunion performance, which can be streamed here.

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Former April Wine Star Steve Lang Dead At 67

Former April Wine bass player Steve Lang died this past weekend at the age of 67, according to a social media post by singer and guitarist Myles Goodwyn.

The April Wine frontman share the sad news on Facebook. He wrote, "My dear friend Steve Lang passed away this weekend. Steve played bass with AW for years and his musicianship was exceptional.

"Steve was a very intelligent guy that used his smarts to do well in the music industry as a player/writer, and later, in the world of finance. He was a nice man, a real gentleman.

"The last conversation I had with Steve was wonderful, I'm so happy that we had the chance to have had it....My condolences go out to his family. He will sadly be missed by his friends and by fans everywhere."

Goodwyn encouraged fans to make donations to Parkinson Canada here.

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Spinal Tap Lawsuit Goes Beyond 11 To $400 Million

(Radio.com) This is Spinal Tap co-stars Christopher Guest and Michael McKean and director/narrator Rob Reiner have joined Harry Shearer in his legal battle against French firm Vivendi, reports The Guardian.

Christopher Guest, who played guitarist Nigel Tufnel in the movie and Michael McKean, who played vocalist and guitarist David St Hubbins are suing Vivendi for $400 million. Originally, Shearer, who played bassist Derek Smalls, had sued for $125 million, but the stakes have been raised due to the alleged misdeeds of the parent company.

The quartet claim Vivendi manipulated accounting information and ignored contractually obligated accounting and reporting processes to deny them their rightful stake in the film's profits. The complaint claims that between the years of 1989 and 2006, Vivendi reported that the total income from soundtrack music sales was just $98. Read more here.

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Linkin Park Share Behind The Scenes Video For New Song

(Radio.com) Linkin Park have shared a behind-the-scenes look at their writing process for their forthcoming album via a new video that shows Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington discussing rewriting the lyrics to a new song.

Shinoda has a printout in front of him and reviews what they have written already. "We said, 'Oh, let's see if we can make these lines better,'" he says to Bennington before explaining why it's not working. "Wish that I could slow things down/ Wanna come down, but there's comfort…" he sings before trailing off and noting the problem. "There's two 'downs' in a row."

Shinoda adds, "The whole point of the song is you're holding on to something that's pulling you down." Could this be the mysterious piano ballad about "holding on" Linkin Park previewed on February 3rd? Read more and watch the clip here.

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Garbage and Blondie Teaming Up For Summer Tour

Garbage have announced that they will be teaming up with New Wave icons Blondie to launch a coheadlining tour across North American this summer.

The Rage and Rapture Tour is scheduled to launch on July 5th at the The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA and dates have been announced through August 12th at the Southside Ballroom in Dallas. More stops are still to be revealed.

The support slot on the tour will be split with John Doe & Exene Cervenka opening the first half of the trek (7/15 through July 22nd) and Deap Vally taking over the remaining dates. See the announced dates here.

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Clutch Announce Spring Tour and Plans For Earth Rocker Festival

(hennemusic) Clutch have extended their tour in support of 2015's "Psychic Warfare" with news of a string of headline US dates this spring and the band's first annual Earth Rocker Festival.

The Maryland outfit will play seven east coast shows with Lucero and The Sword starting May 10 in Asheville, NC. "We did a whole bunch of touring in 2016," says frontman Neil Fallon. "Right now, we're cooling our heels and starting to kick around some riffs for the next record. We hope to be recording the LP come the end of the year. Where and with whom is yet TBD. At the moment though, we're really just at the beginning phase of writing and we already have a surplus of ideas.

"In other news, this Spring we will be hosting the first annual Earth Rocker Festival. It'll take place in Shiley Acres, West Virginia. We played at Shiley Acres last year and it was a real blast. Our intent is to have a really diverse bill. If all goes as planned, Earth Rocker Festival will continue as an annual event, hopefully growing in scope over the years." Read more including the dates here.

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John Garcia Announces Coyote Unplugged Tour

Desert rock icon John Garcia (Kyuss, Slo-Burn, Unida, Hermano, Vista Chino) has announced that he will be heading across the pond next month for his Coyote Unplugged Tour.

Garcia will be launching the trek in support of his just release album "The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues" which hit stores on January 27th and is his very first acoustic record.

The tour will be kicking off on in Bern, Switzerland on March 14th at the ISC Club and will be wrapping up on March 27th at the L'Entrepôt in Arlon, Belgium. See the dates here.

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Alice Cooper Looks Back At Wayne's World 25 Years Later

(Radio.com) Alice Cooper was an essential ingredient to the enduring comedy of Wayne's World, and he sat down with Billboard to discuss the film's 25th anniversary. He credits the film's stature as a classic to the "re-watchability" factor when it appears on TV.

"Wayne's World is one of those movies that wherever you come into it, you can go from there. Like Airplane! or Caddyshack or Dumb and Dumber, you can turn it on right in the middle and it's very quotable. I'd say it was in the Top 10 of most quotable."

Cooper also recalled what it was like to perform "Feed My Frankenstein" on set with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. He didn't realize that the shoot would demand some actual acting.

"We were supposed to perform and I didn't know anything about the dialogue," the rocker recalled. "When I got to the set, Mike said, 'You're an actor, can you do some lines for us?' I went 'sure' and I got like five pages of dialogue. I said, 'When are we doing this?' He goes, 'In about 20 minutes.' I go 'OK.' So a lot of it was riffing. I think we did it in two takes." Read more here.

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Suicide Silence Singer Having Fun With New Song Backlash

Suicide Silence singer Eddie Hermida shrugged off the backlash from some fans over the music direction of their new single "Doris" from their forthcoming self-titled album.

The band had previously advised fans that the new album would feature more clean vocals and once "Doris" was released, some fans reacted poorly to the changes, one went so far as to launch an online petition to prevent the album from being released.

Hermida addressed the backlash in a new interview with clrvynt.com. "I've always exercised my singing prowess. I've just hidden behind the screams because I was afraid of losing fans, but that's just something I'm not afraid of anymore. I don't really give a f***. I've been giving fans what they've wanted for 10 years, and I've realized fans don't want you to give them what they think they want. Fans want you to be yourself. Now that I'm being myself, I've seen the reaction, and it's f***ing killer."

When asked if he is having fun seeing "the ridiculous level of hatred for" the track, he laughed and responded, "Yeah, man. You look at it, and it's like someone making fun of your bright pink hair. Like, I don't have bright pink hair, but you can go ahead and think that I do, and have a good time calling me gay for it. I don't really care. It's not real, so it doesn't really affect me.

"Like people saying I'm out of key, when I can literally play a piano to the notes I'm singing. [Laughs] It's not real. I don't take true offense to it. Fact is, it's real to them, and I get a lot of joy from it. I wrote a song and it creates a different reality for people. It brings their real feelings to the surface, and they start speaking about it on the internet, which, in a way, feels like a weird social experiment that's going way better than I would've ever thought.

"I'm getting a cultured response by the scene. And the scene is the only people who are online - the scene-y kids who don't buy music or go to shows, just sit at home and blabber off, kind of try to dictate how bands do by their opinions. It's not real; it's all fun on the internet. Just like all the hatred for Trump on the internet - it's not doing anything and creating more buzz. I'm urging the other people who are like, "I don't understand the hate; it's good, all the people hating are idiots," like that's complaining about the complainers, which sounds even worse. I see it as fun. I see it as a big joke. The song in [and of] itself is not a joke. The song has a deep connotation for me, but it's funny to see people make memes out of it and making fun out of it." Read the full interview here.

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IX Lives IX Lives For The Sick Benefit A Big Success

IX Lives IX Lives For The Sick benefit festival this past weekend in New Orleans was a major success in raising money for Eyehategod frontman Mike Williams who is recovering from a liver transplant.

Eyehategod bassist Gary Mader took to social media to share the good news with fans. He wrote, "Words could not do justice in describing the outpouring of compassion and generosity for Mike and Michelle in this time of need, but i'll try. In terms of being a benefit, we were able to raise over $20,000 after combining ticket sales, raffle money, and benefit merchandise!

"I don't think any of us involved in putting this together anticipated this, so thank you all so much for making this a complete success. Aside from being a benefit, it absolutely warms my heart to be a part of this true family we have as fans, friends, and bands." Read more here.

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Supergroup KXM Release 'Breakout' Video

Supergroup KXM are giving fans another taste of their forthcoming sophomore album with the release of a brand new video for the album's track "Breakout".

The band, which features King's X's dUg Pinnick, Lynch Mob and Dokken's George Lynch and Korn drummer Ray Luzier, once again teamed with director Jamie Brown for the new visual.

"Breakout" is featured on the band's new studio album "Scatterbrain", which is set to be released on March 17th. They are sharing the new music video via YouTube here.

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Cult Of Luna Featuring Julie Christmas Announce Tour

Cult Of Luna have announced that they will be launching a North American tour in support of their "Mariner" album which will feature the record's guest vocalist Julie Christmas.

The tour will feature the band playing the entire 2016 album. She had this to say, "we never thought Mariner was going to be played live. After seeing so many far-travelling US brothers and sisters at shows across Europe, we are excited to have a chance to roar in America.

"We don't care about your color, who you snuggle with, or what you have in your back pocket. I guess what I'm trying to say is Dear America, we are coming. Be there, or we'll kill you."

The 6-date road trip is set to kick off on August 20th in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's Psycho Las Vegas and will wrap up on August 25th at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City. See the dates here.

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Jethro Tull By Ian Anderson U.S. Dates Announced

(TER) Jethro Tull icon Ian Anderson is returning to the United States for three rock tours in 2017; firstly, during this May and June in the Mountain States, Texas, and Oklahoma.

These concerts are Best of Jethro Tull multimedia performances billed as "Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson" and feature the regular rock band. They will take place in Albuquerque, El Paso, Sugar Land (Houston), Austin, and Durant OK.

There will be a special concert of Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Amphitheater, in Morrison, Colorado, on May 26. here.

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Gwar Announce New Live Dates and Postpone Gwar B-Q

Gwar broke the bad news to fans on Wedneday that they will not be holding their annual Gwar B-Q event this year due to work on their new album and touring commitments.

They explained in a statement "Gwar are about to take on the craziest year of touring in the band's recent history, and will be destroying North America literally all year! We are still lining up dates for the year long killing spree, but don't worry Bohabs, Gwar will be coming to visit all of your little sh*thole towns, and together, we will Make America Bleed Again!

"And as a little treat for all you Bohabs, Gwar can confirm their first tour dates set for April. The Scumdogs will hit Reading, PA, Columbus, OH and will headline the Berserker Metal Fest in Detroit, MI." Read more here.

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Adakain Record New Songs With Ra's Sahaj Ticotin

(High Road) Adakain announced that they spent this past week in Los Angeles tracking two new songs that were written after their first Mid-West/West Coast headline tour last fall.

The band hit the studio with producer and well-known RA frontman Sahaj Ticotin, who has produced and written music for Stitched Up Heart, Starset, and Sevendust.

The band has also revealed that they'll be using mixing guru Ben Grosse (Sevendust, Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin) for the final mastering and mixdown.

Look for both songs to appear on a remastered and rereleased version of the band's 2015 self-released debut Never Coming Home which will be released in May and, feature a few well-known musical guest appearances this time around. Watch the band's "Hey Girl" video here.

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