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Slipknot, Korn, Nickelback Banned On Army Post?

Soldiers at a US Army command post in the state of Washington reportedly received a nasty Valentine's gift in the form of a memorandum titled "Banned Playing of Terrible 'Rock Groups'.

The alleged memorandum banning the playing of music from Slipknot, Nickelback, Korn, Creed and Smash Mouth was published by US Army WTF! Moments Facebook page on the day it was supposedly issued (Feb. 14th).

The document, which had identifying information redacted, reads, "Effective 14 February 2017, the following bands will no longer be allowed to be played at the CP. This applies to all times, not just work hours."
Mike Trysom, who is associated with the Facebook page, believes that it was a joke played by the commander. Read more

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Bad Brains Frontman HR Recovering From Brain Surgery

Bad Brains frontman HR (real name Paul Hudson) is currently recovering after undergoing successful brain surgery on Tuesday (February 21st,) according to a social media post from his wife Lori.

She first shared the news with fans on Tuesday morning with this post, "Thank you for your many, many prayers! Surgery went well and he looks good. Now the recovery begins."

A couple of hours later this shared, "I feel like I was carried by your prayers over the last twelve hours. I didn't worry for one second while HR was in surgery. Thank you. We certainly have cause for celebration.

"However, it may take some time to see if HR's surgery was successful in relieving the headaches. (I am always the Realist)." She then added this postscript, "If only you could have seen the beautiful look on his face when I read your messages to him on Sunday evening."
HR posted this message to fans on Monday ahead of the surgery, "Thank you for your support. God bless all of you. It gives me great joy and thoughtful happiness to know that I am in your hearts and minds. For me, it's a dream come true. Each and every day, I'm giving thanks for such warm and exceptionally good people. Blessings to all of you. One love." See the Facebook page

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Eddie Van Halen Gives Back For Music's Future

(hennemusic) Eddie Van Halen says music education should continue to be a priority in the age of budget cuts to schools. He commented during a CNN interview discussing his donations towards that goal.

"Music is such a necessity. It touches people's souls," the guitarist told CNN this week. "Music is the universal language to me. It transcends everything. My whole life has been music. I could not imagine anything else," he continued. "It's a must. It has to be taught."

Van Halen appeared on CNN alongside Felice Mancini, CEO of the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a program that provides musical instruments to students in low-income schools. A few years back, Van Halen donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to the foundation to help with the cause. "It was very difficult at first to find a charity that [takes guitars]," he explained. "They all just wanted money."

"It's the gift that keeps on giving," added Mancini. "The kids share the guitars, they learn, they graduate and then the instruments stay in the school. Our goal is to give kids every tool they can possibly have to succeed. Music is the common denominator. You put a kid in a music class and it builds community, communication and they find a place. It's a safe haven." Watch the full interview here.

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Metallica Refuse To Rewrite Their Musical History

Metallica are flying high with the success of their latest album "Hardwired To Self Destruct" and while discussing the new effort, frontman James Hetfield took a stand against bands rerecording their classic songs.

Hetfield was interviewed Red Bulletin and was asked "You're a band that has often worn its heart on its sleeve. Looking at your back catalogue, are there any periods where you now think, 'What the hell were we thinking?""

He responded, There are things I would like to change on some of the records, but it gives them so much character that you can't change them. I find it a little frustrating when bands re-record classic albums with pretty much the same songs and have it replace the original. It erases that piece of history. These records are a product of a certain time in life; they're snapshots of history and they're part of our story.

"OK, so And Justice for All [1988] could use a little more low end and St. Anger [2003] could use a little less tin snare drum, but those things are what make those records part of our history." Read the full interview here.

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While She Sleeps Stream New Song Featuring Oli Sykes

While She Sleeps have released a brand new track called "Silence Speaks," which features a guest appearance from Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon.

The new song comes from the group's forthcoming album, which will be entitled "You Are We" and is set to be released on April 2nd following a successful crowdfunding effort.

Guitarist Sean Long had this to say (via TeamRock) about going directly to fans to fund the album instead of via a label, "Now more than ever, our fans know that it's them making all of this possible for us. The divide between artist and fan is ridiculous, because there are no fans without the artist and there's no artist without the fans.

"They go hand in hand together as one absolute thing, and I really like that we can see that in play with what we've been doing. It's very reassuring to see that support right in front of us." Stream the new song here.

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Gojira Release Music Video For 'The Cell'

French heavy rockers Gojira have released a brand new music video for their track "The Cell." The song comes from the group's latest album "Magma", which was released last year.

"No control over anything I'm dying to learn, I'm dying to forget" the band wrote via their announcement of the new clip on their official Facebook page on Thursday (Feb 23).

The new clip comes as the band prepares to launch the UK and European legs of their Magma Tour which will be kicking off in Birmingham on March 11th. Watch the new video here.

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Art Of Anarchy Stream New Song 'No Surrender'

Supergroup Art Of Anarchy have released a new lyric video for their track "No Surrender." The song comes from their forthcoming sophomore album "The Madness."

The new album is set to hit stores on March 24th and is the group's first effort to feature Creed frontman Scott Stapp on lead vocals. Their debut featured the late Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver.

Stapp had this to say about the new song, "In 'No Surrender,' I addressed those moments in life where you've reached a personal crossroads or crisis. That place where your back is against the wall and your left with two choices; cave in and crumble allowing whatever circumstance to break you forever, or to rise up and fight through holding on to that never give up spirit that lies deep within.

"I detail in the verses personal experiences, as I lived them, that have taken me to that critical place of choice. Am I to give up, stay down and fade away or get up, fight on and never surrender." Check out the song here.

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Dexter and Lazarus Star Tributes David Bowie At Brit Awards

(Radio.com) Lazarus star Michael C. Hall accepted the award for British Male Solo Artist on David Bowie's behalf during The Brit Awards during the ceremony earlier this week.

The actor, who is best known for the role of the title character of the series Dexter, gave a speech that was funny, sincere and paid tribute to Ziggy Stardust's personal and professional integrity.

'If David Bowie could be here tonight, he probably wouldn't be here tonight," said the Dexter star. "But since he can't be here tonight, I'm here tonight on his behalf and behalf of his family to accept this testament to a man beholden to nothing but his own boundless imagination and daring, who's ever expanding artistic vitality simultaneously soothes us and sears us and astonishes us."

'Maybe he is here tonight, I don't know," Hall continued. "But I'm honored to stand before you and acknowledge the potency of his work and if I may also, to acknowledge David's kindness and generosity and enthusiasm will forever inspire me to be a better man, on his behalf thank you." Watch Hall's heartfelt tribute here.

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Blue October Release 'Coal Makes Diamonds' Video

Blue October have released a new music video for their track "Coal Makes Diamonds." The song comes from the group's latest album "Home" which was released last year.

Watch the new video here. The clip comes as the band prepares to hit the road in support of the album with tour dates this spring in Europe and the U.S.

They will be kicking things off with a string of UK shows beginning on March 1st in Birmingham at the O2 Institute and concluding with a two night stand at the O2 Academy Islington in London on the 3rd and 4th.

From there they will travel to Germany for a series of dates that will kick off on March 6th in Cologne at the Gloria Theatre and includes stops in Munich at Technikum and Berlin at Huxley's Neue Welt

The band will return home to launch the first leg of their The Heart Go Bang Tour of the U.S. on March 16th in Chicago at the House Of Blues and will wrap things up on April 1st Philadelphia Electric Factory, PA

The second leg will kick off on May 5th at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles and finish on May 21st in Missoula, MT. See all of the upcoming dates here.

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Nirvana Classics Getting Bluegrass Makeover

(Gibson) Iron Horse, an Alabama bluegrass quartet, have announced that they will be releasing "Pickin' on Nirvana: A Bluegrass Tribute Featuring Iron Horse" on this year's Record Store Day on April 22nd. (followed by digital release on the 28th)

The album will see the seasoned bluegrass covers act rework (and rejig, if you will) eleven Nirvana classics, twenty-six years after the release of Cobain and Co.'s groundbreaking grunge document Nevermind.

Iron Horse, who have already recorded and released similar homages to Metallica, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Guns N' Roses (and funnily enough, even Modest Mouse and Kanye West), will bring the banjo and mandolin treatment to Cobain/Nirvana classics like 'All Apologies', 'In Bloom', 'Pennyroyal Tea' and 'Come As You Are', among others. Sadly, there's no 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' on the track listing. Read more here.

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The Doors Stream 1967 Live Recording From Deluxe Reissue

(hennemusic) The Doors are streaming a 1967 live recording of "Twentieth Century Fox" as a preview to the March 31 release of an expanded, 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their self-titled debut album.

The tune is one of eight songs captured in concert at The Matrix in San Francisco, CA on March 6, 1967 from recently rediscovered original master tapes.

The live set joins remastered stereo and mono mixes of the original record in the 3CD/1LP 50th Anniversary reissue, which is packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book.

Considered one of the most influential albums in the progression of psychedelic rock, "The Doors" features instant classics like "Break On Through (To The Other Side)", "Soul Kitchen", "The End" and the No. 1 single, "Light My Fire." Stream the song and read more here.

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All Time Low Announce New Album 'Last Young Renegade'

All Time Low will be releasing their new album "The Last Young Renegade" via their newly announced deal with Fueled By Ramen Records on June 2nd.

Frontman Alex Gaskarth posted a length message on Instagram along with the cover art, where he discussed the song writing and inspiration for the new album. He wrote, "Who is the Last Young Renegade? After all this time writing music, playing in a band- checking moment after moment off the bucket list- collecting mistakes, making memories, I wondered what it might be like to write about myself if I wasn't the one standing in my shoes. Who am I from the other side of the mirror?

"I tried to change perspective in my approach to writing and center in on all of the different versions of me that other people might have met over the years, through the ups and the downs, in the public eye and behind closed doors. Would I like this person? Do I like this person? Do I even recognize this person anymore? I realized that there's a lot more to me than I'm usually ready to acknowledge, both good and bad." Read more here.

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Black Stone Cherry Announce New Summer Tour

Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry are having such a good time on the road they have added an entirely new American summer tour leg to their 2017 live plans.

The new summer dates will feature support from Citizen Zero and Letters from the Fire and is scheduled to get underway on May 25th in Houston at the Scout Bar and will include headline dates and music festival appearances.

The new trek follows Black Stone Cherry's spring tour leg which is set to begin on March 10th in Lexington, KY at the Manchester Music Hall and will feature support from Through Fire and Caleb Johnson on most of the dates. Read more here.

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Alter Bridge Announce European Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge have announced a series of headline dates and festival appearances as part of a summer tour of Europe in support of their latest album, "The Last Hero."

On the heels of a just-announced spring US trek, shows will begin in Germany with gigs at Bavaria's Rock Im Park on June 3 and Nurburgring's Ram Am Park on June 4.

"With this record in particular, there was a lot going on," singer Myles Kennedy revealed last fall. "It's definitely a snapshot of a short window because the lyrics were put together as we were arranging the record during the first few months of 2016. And there was a lot going on, watching the news, paying attention to campaigns and race relations, and just the environment around us.

"This record was definitely influenced more so than anything by the current state of affairs. So this record kind of tells a story about that. We're certainly not pushing any sort of agenda or political views by any means, but we're definitely diving into and taking the pulse of the world around us." See the dates here.

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Seether Release 'Let You Down' Video, Confirm Album Details

(Radio.com) Seether have released a new music video for their single "Let You Down." The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Poison the Parish," which will be released on May 12th.

in 2017 with their seventh studio album, . The band announced the tracklist, cover art, and release date today (February 23rd), and shared

In the video for "Let Me Down," nightmarish beings run rampant in a forest. A twisted Teletubbie-esque character jumps on abandoned cars and befriends a young girl in a princess party dress while an evil clown holding a scythe edges closer to them.

The video cuts in between that spooky central narrative to a cabin where Seether perform the track.Check out the tracklist, album cover art and video for "Let You Down" here.

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The Babys In The Studio For Isn't It Time 40th Anniversary

(ITS) A special web episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands takes a look at The Babys with a candid conversation with singer John Waite and keyboardist Jonathan Cain on the 40th anniversary year of their first hit "Isn't It Time?".

That first musically ambitious Top 15 single from the original band of Waite, Michael Corby, Tony Brock, and Wally Stocker created enough momentum for the British quartet to inspire The Babys' breakout 1979 album Head First, which itself peaked at # 22 and produced another Top 15 hit single "Every Time I Think of You". But after 1980's Union Jacks album, which delivered "Back on My Feet Again" and the infectious "Midnight Rendezvous", the band stumbled figuratively and, in lead singer John Waite's unfortunate case, quite literally. But how? John Waite and Jonathan Cain share with In The Studio host Redbeard their own personal recollections of life in rock's neo-natal unit trying to grow in America as The Babys.

John Waite: "We went on the road a lot... They (record company) wouldn't let a day go by without us doing something. We'd play in the cafeteria of some college and then go play a major gig at night, or we'd fly to Japan the next morning after a major three week outing playing everywhere in America... It was a real whirlwind. It was a great time."

Jonathan Cain: "There are a lot of reasons why we disbanded. I guess the biggest reason was the money, the past and all the (management) mistakes that were made... It was like a snowball rolling down a hill and there wasn't really any stopping it." Check out the special here.

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A Look Back At Peter Gabriel's Solo Debut 40 Years Later

(Radio.com) Forty years ago this week, Peter Gabriel released his self-titled debut album. It was a decade after forming Genesis, and two years after he'd left the band. While his departure seemed risky for him, and potentially catastrophic for his former bandmates, it all worked out well. Genesis drummer Phil Collins took over as lead singer, and the band -- improbably -- got even more popular, with many fans unaware that he wasn't always the singer.

Gabriel, however, made extremely experimental albums that found him a new, younger, edgier audience, many of whom were unaware of -- or didn't care about -- his days as a prog-rock frontman. He, too, became a lot more popular after the split.

Tony Levin played bass on that album and has been with Gabriel ever since. Levin spoke with Radio.com about his first time working with Gabriel. "My heart going boom, boom, boom!" Peter Gabriel sang on "Solsbury Hill," the breakout track from his self-titled solo debut album. His heart-pounding was understandable; leaving a band on the verge of success can't be an easy decision, even for a visionary artist who was tiring of being part of a democracy.

But while he had become Genesis' artistic beacon over the years -- his final album with them, the concept double album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway was very much his vision -- he hadn't quite figured out where he wanted to go yet. Indeed, Gabriel has said that discovering his voice as a solo artist was a long process: "It took me three albums to get the confidence and to find out what I could do that made me different from other people. And the first record really was a process of trying." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Kill The Precedent's Lesser Of Two Evils

Kill The Precedent released their new EP "Some Version Of The Truth" today (Feb 24) and to celebrate we asked vocalist Twig the Exfoliator to tell us about the song "Lesser Of Two Evils". Here is the story:

In my mind, Lesser of Two Evils became more of a "project" than a song. Taking over three years to complete, and originally starting out as two separate songs, they were later combined to make it what you hear today. It was written in our unconventional way of tracking all electronic drums and samples first, writing all the vocal melodies second, followed by bass, guitar, lyrics, and finally live drums.

I wrote what I consider the chorus (spilling your guts) melody one drunk night, sitting at my next door neighbors horribly out of tune piano. I wasn't sure it would work until it was played on a tuned guitar. After arguing for a couple weeks with Catastrofiend (guitars) about the proper tunings, it finally fell into place. Those lyrics were written at that point. Ugly American (vocals), who can write at the speed of light, had already written most of the lyrics for the other half of the song, but we had many gaps to fill. The final chorus lyrics weren't written until shortly before we hit the studio. It seems I can never write anything worth a sh*t when all is "well" in my life.

Although the song title and certain people have related it to the political crap that's happening around the world right now, it certainly was not written with that in mind.

Even though it's our first single released from this EP, we really had no idea if it would even make the cut for the EP. The song never really took shape until we laid down every track in the studio and did a rough mix. It's now my favorite to date, combining all of our writing styles into one song.

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

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