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Metallica Frontman Was Livid About Grammy Mess-Up

(hennemusic) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says frontman James Hetfield was "livid" after the band experienced sound problems during their performance with Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 12.

The pairing suffered through a technical glitch by producers when Hetfield's microphone failed to work during the first verse, forcing him to share Gaga's as they played the second single from their No. 1 album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct."

At the end of the performance, a visibly frustrated Hetfield kicked over his mic stand and threw his guitar offstage. "In the heat of the battle," explained Ulrich to Grammys host James Corden on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday, "you're out there and you're playing, when it's a technical issue, you don't really know - 'Is it going to the house?' 'Is his vocals going to the truck? 'Maybe it's just the monitors.' - so you've just gotta keep playing.

"We get off stage, we get back there, and I haven't seen him [James] like that in twenty years. I mean, he was livid. He's aged really well and he's a pretty chill guy, but the first five or ten minutes in that dressing room was not a lot of fun."

"But, like they say, the show must go on, and we fought through it," Ulrich added. "And with the fire and Gaga in my lap for about a minute at one point, it was just, 'Keep going, keep going, keep going.' So we fought through it, and a lot of people said that at least it made for great television, which is really the point of doing the Grammys to begin with." Read more and watch the Lars interview here.

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Pink Floyd Announce Individual Early Years Releases

(hennemusic) Big news for Pink Floyd fans as news has surfaced that they will be releasing a series of individual volumes from "The Early Years 1965-1972" box set on March 24.

Issued last November, the original 27-disc package delivered 130 tracks from the band's formative years, including TV recordings, BBC Sessions, outtakes and demos and more than 20 unreleased songs. Also featured were 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and more than 5 hours of rare concert footage.

Next month, Pink Floyd are releasing six individual volumes from the box set, breaking down the massive project into bite-sized chunks by years to give fans the opportunity to hear the sonic evolution of the group - from the mid-1960s with original member Syd Barrett to the growth shown by 1972 as the band prepared "The Dark Side Of The Moon" album.

In addition to the six releases, a 2-CD highlights album, "The Early Years - Cre/ation", is also available. Pink Floyd released their final album, "The Endless River", in 2014. The project featured material recorded by David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason during sessions for 1994's "The Division Bell." The album also served as a tribute to Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65. Read more here.

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Kirk Hammett Hopeful For Future Big 4 Shows

Slayer's Kerry King recently said that he doesn't believe that the Big 4 will play together again in the future but Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett says in a new interview that he believes that they will.

The Slayer guitarist was recently asked about the possibility of the Big 4 of Thrash (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) teaming up again and he responded, "I would be all for. I just don't think there's ever going to be a moment in time to where four headline bands with the same time free to make it happen."

His counterpart in Metallica has a different take on the possibility. Kirk Hammett appeared on Scott Ian's show "Never Meet Your Heroes" on SiriusXM Volume where he said, "Even though we haven't announced any 'Big Four' dates in the future of anything like that, I personally see it happening again in the future," he said. "I don't know when, but I do see it happening in the future.

"I mean, I see those shows as kind of like a celebration - a real celebration of each other, and a real celebration of the music that we all make, and a real celebration of the audience embracing [what] we've done. And why not have more of that?" .

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Didn't Notice Grammy Snafu

Megadeth won their very first Grammy Award this past weekend for the title song to their "Dystopia" album and the house band played a classic from frontman Dave Mustaine's former band Metallica following his acceptance speech, but he says that he didn't even notice it at the time.

When asked by Radio.com about the snafu of the house band playing Metallica's "Master of Puppets," Mustaine replied, "You know what? I didn't even notice it. It just sounded like some music in the background. The funny thing is that when I went back and listened to my acceptance speech, and I heard the song, I was like, 'Wow!'

"Everyone was asking me, 'What about the Metallica thing?' And I said, 'I didn't hear it, I just saw it.' 'How could you not have heard it?' I didn't know what they were talking about. I thought that they were talking about Metallica's performance. Because we split. By the time they did their thing with Lady Gaga, we were across the street eating dinner.

"So I went back and listened to my acceptance speech and I went, 'Wow!' I didn't mind them playing it at all, it's a house band, and they're doing cover songs. They were probably saying, 'We don't know any Megadeth songs, how about if we do a Metallica song?'

"But when I went back and listened to it, I was like, 'Oh my God, that's the worst version of 'Master of Puppets' I've ever heard in my life!'" Read the full interview here.

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YOB Frontman Mike Scheidt Recovering From Emergency Surgery

YOB frontman Mike Scheidt was forced to undergo emergency surgery for diverticulitis last month and a benefit concert and a crowdfunding campaign have been announced to help him offset the medical costs.

The band announced that a benefit show will be taking place at Revolution Hall in Portland, Or on March 16th which will be headlined by Red Fang and will feature performances from Danava and Norska.

A GoFundMe campaign has also been started to help raise funds for Scheidt to offset some of his medical costs, including a surgery that he will reportedly have next month.

At press time the campaign had raised almost half of the $25K goal. The campaign page says in part, "Mike is a humble man, and not one to ask for help. That made his recent hospitalization all the more dire, because he fought against the pain and resisted a sense of weakness. But after a certain point, the only intervention that could save his life was a painful and costly surgery that removed a part of his intestines. Mike was literally within hours of death. Miraculously, he is still with us.

"Luckily, Mike is insured. So, if all goes well, the vast medical bills (past and future-there is another surgery scheduled for mid-March) are not going to ruin him. However, as we all know, there are deductibles, co-pays, and prescriptions that add up. More to the point, there is rent, bills, and lost wages. At the moment, he needs to take time off while he recovers from the life-threatening illness Diverticulitis." Visit the band's Facebook for the latest updates and more details here.

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Minus The Bear Streaming New Single 'Last Kiss'

Minus the Bear have released a stream of their new single entitled "Last Kiss". The song comes from their forthcoming album "Voids," which is set to be released on March 3rd.

The new track can be streamed here. The album marks the band's sixth studio release and was produced by Sam Bell (The Cribs, Weezer, Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club). Guitarist David Knudson had this to say about the effort, "There was a lot of change and uncertainty. I think the general vibe of emptiness, replacement, lacking, and longing to fill in the gaps was very present in everyones' minds."

The band will be hitting the road next month for a North American tour to promote the new album and they have recruited Beach Slang and Bayonne to support them at most of the dates.

The tour will be kicking off on March 10th at the Knitting Factory in Boise and is set to run until April 14th where it will conclude in Portland, OR at the Wonder Ballroom. See the dates here.

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Steve Hackett To Conclude American Tour With Orchestra Show

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett will be concluding his just launched North American tour with a special concert where he will be joined by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hackett kicked off his Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett North American tour earlier this week with a two night stand in Nashville and will wrap up with trek with the orchestra show on March 3rd in Buffalo at the Kleinhans Music Hall.

The guitarist is focusing the new tour on celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis album "Wind & Wuthering", which was his final effort with the prog rock legends. See the remaining dates here.

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Guns N Roses Mom Claims Prince Death Connection In New Book

Deanna Adler, the mother of original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, says in her tell-all book that her son was treated by the same addiction doctor that allegedly was involved with treating Prince at the time of his death.

She reportedly claims in her book "Sweet Child of Mine: How I Lost My Son to Guns N' Roses" that Dr. Howard Kornfeld was prescribing Steven with over $2,000.00 in prescription drugs per month, according to Radio.com [they reported his last name as Kornfield].

Prince's body was reportedly discovered by Kornfeld's son Andrew, who is a pre-med student that was said to have been sent by his father to Minnesota to talk to Prince about addiction to prescription painkillers, according to family attorney William Mauzy. Read more about that here.

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Devin Townsend Project Announce U.S. Tour

Devin Townsend Project have announced that they will be crossing the pond to launch a series of U.S. tour dates this spring in support of their latest album "Transcendence."

The new run of dates will include both headline dates as well as Devin Townsend Project added as a new support act for stops on the upcoming Opeth and Gojira tour.

Townsend has recruited Thank You Scientist to support them on all of the headline dates and ONI will be along for all of those shows with the exception of May 14th in Cincinnati. Read more and see the dates here.

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John Lee Hooker's Finest To Be Released For His 100th Birthday

Vee-Jay Records have announced that they will be kicking off their celebration of the 100th birthday of blues legend John Lee Hooker with a special multi-label release.

"Whiskey And Wimmen: John Lee Hooker's Finest" will hit stores on March 31st and will feature songs from the music icon's Vee-Jay, Specialty, Riverside and Stax Records releases. It's available for pre-order on CD and vinyl formats here.

"When so much music of great importance exists, it's thrilling to continually find ways to share that history with collections like this," says Concord Bicycle Music's Chief Catalog Officer Sig Sigworth. "It literally sounds like America at its most exciting, and honors someone who changed the way we hear and feel forever." See the tracklisting here.

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Unaired Lukas Graham Jimmy Kimmel Performance Goes Online

Lukas Graham rocked Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night (Feb 14th) and their performance from the broadcast as well as a "web exclusive" have been posted online.

The Danish band performed a medley of their song "You're Not There" with "Take The World By Storm," during the television broadcast, which can be viewed here.

They also played "Drunk In The Morning" which has been released by the late night talk show as a web exclusive. Check it out here. The appearance on the show followed the group's performance with Kelsea Ballerini during the Grammy Awards this past weekend.

They performed a mashup of their hit song "7 Years" and Ballerini's "Peter Pan". Check out the Grammy duet here.

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Creeper Release 'Black Rain' Video

Creeper have released a new music video for their track "Black Rain." The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Eternity," which is set to be released on March 24th.

Frontman Will Gould had this to say about single "Black Rain is the third single from the album Eternity, In Your Arms and one of our favorites. A progression again from the singles released so far, this song shows the full range of the band on this album.

"It marks the first time Hannah Greenwood has sung a part alone on a Creeper track and also serves as the introduction to the record itself." Watch the new video here.

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Blondie Release Interstellar Themed Video For 'Fun'

(Radio.com) Blondie have released a new music video for their track "Fun". The song is the first single from their upcoming album Pollinator, which is scheduled for release May 5.

Directed by Beyonce collaborator Dikyal Rimmasch, the clip lives up to the song's title, featuring the band in a space ship, wandering another planet and animated footage of galactic travel contrasted with performance shots and images of people partying on the dance floor.

Guitarist Chris Stein said the interstellar theme was an effort to escape the stress and turmoil of modern day events. 'Quoting Emma Goldman, 'If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution.' In these trying times we need some fun. We're very serious about fun," he told NME.

"The video was shot in two places," he added. "The color stuff was all shot in LA without us and the black and white stuff was shot in New York. It's got some good cameos--it's got a pretty big cameo from Raja, who's one of the Drag Race superstars, and little cameos from Grace McKagan, Duff McKagan's daughter who has a band called The Pink Slips, and also Tony Maserati, who was a producer and mixer for us." Watch it here.

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Imminent Sonic Destruction and Edensong North American Tour

Imminent Sonic Destruction and Edensong have announced that they are teaming up for a North American coheadlining tour this spring and have revealed the initial dates for the trek.

The announced dates kick off on May 22nd in Toronto at Sneaky Dee's and wrap up with a show at New York City's Drom on May 28th with more dates still to be announced.

Imminent Sonic Destruction's Tony Piccoli had this to say, "We first met the guys in Edensong as guests on Mike Portnoy's Progressive Nation at Sea, and it was clear then that we had do something together musically. Edensong's music is filled with passion, and they represent a style of progressive rock that gets me truly excited about touring together. Two bands who've worked very hard on their craft, showcasing their art, it's going to be awesome."

Edensong's James Schoen adds, "I saw ISD on their last tour and it melted my face. They promised it would grow back. It has not. In all seriousness, these guys have an incredible mix of energy, playing chops and taste. They can really play but always keep an eye on what suits the song. It's metal with a modern edge but it also satisfies my nostalgia for old school thrash and prog with blazing guitar harmonies and contrapuntal part writing. We're all thrilled to be joining them for this tour in May as they're also some of the nicest guys in rock and roll". See the initial dates

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Felix Martin Releases Matt Zane Directed 'Flashback' Video

Prog/fusion guitarist Felix Martin has released a new music video for his track "Flashback." The song comes from his forthcoming album "Mechanical Nations", which will hit stores on February 24th.

The "Flashback" video was directed by Matt Zane and showcases Martin along with his bandmates Kilian Duarte and Victor A. Carracedo. Felix had this to say about the track, "I wanted this song to sound like thunder, fast cars, flashes... really fast stuff, that sort of thing. The idea came to me after a really stressful day in Los Angeles.

"All of the traffic congestion and warm weather, and then the relief I felt when I got home. I wrote almost the whole song right as I returned home that day. For this video, we wanted to have the band play around bright lights and flashes, as it reflects the mood of the track.

"Musically, I wanted to have a really heavy sounding guitar without using distortion. The whole thing is played using chords with percussion, always keeping a groove going and clean tones with flashy delays. This song is very band-based, where we are all playing the same thing, as we were all part of a rhythm section." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Red Reign's Not That Way

Virginia hardrockers Red Reign recently released their self-titled EP and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about the new single from the effort "Not That Way". Here is the story:

As the band was working on new material, we were at rehearsal when Bubba (Singer, Guitar) came in with a riff that he had been working on for quite awhile. He explained that he could not find the right song to incorporate this riff. So we decided to try to write a song out of this riff.

So, once he started playing the riff, Larry (Bass), Sammy (Drummer), and Stevie (Lead Guitar) started to add their ideas as well. After 3 or 4 times of this cycle, the music was completed in about 30 minutes. It was now up to Bubba to work on the lyrics.

The song is about the ups and downs of a relationship. In the first part of the song the girl breaks up with the guy, as she feels he is going nowhere in life.
As the song progresses ,the guy moves on in his life and becomes successful and has a new girlfriend. He then runs into the OLD girlfriend one day, and she realizes she made a mistake, but it is too late.

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

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