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Foo Fighters Hint at U.S. Tour Announcement

(Radio.com) The Foo Fighters appear to be planning to extend their tour plans beyond their previously announced European dates by dropping a hint about at least one U.S. date.

Back in November, the Foo Fighters started announcing European tour dates, effectively announcing the end of their hiatus. They launched a Foo Fighters Passport website, showing fans where they plan to be in the coming months, likely for concert performances.

They started by announcing a date in Lisbon, Portugal, and have since updated their "passport" with stops in Finland, Spain and Poland. The site also has a map of Europe where red spots reveal where the band will be playing, which line up with the stamps in their "passport."

On Monday, they posted a similar image of the United States to their social accounts, that had a red dot in California, which would seem to announce that they are at least going to do one date there. Read more here.

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Metallica Focused Music Festival May Be Coming

Metallica's Lars Ulrich revealed in an interview just before Christmas that band may resurrect their Orion Music + More but tweak it so that it is a "full-on Metallica" music festival.

Ulrich was originally asked by iHeartRadio in Canada about the band bringing back the Orion festival and he responded, "Hopefully, yeah. Hopefully. We sort of put that on the backburner when we dove into the record. But I think that we're gonna tour for years on this record.

"We just put most of '17 together, but we'll be out on this baby at least up through '19, would be my guess. So I think we'll try to get another Orion in. We did two Orions in the States. Maybe do one in Europe, maybe look at Canada, maybe look at Mexico, just to vary it a little bit."

He was then asked if they would make the event more metal focused and that's when he revealed the idea of making the event centered on Metallica. "The one thing that we talked about doing would maybe be to do something that was a little smaller an do something that was more… I think the word… What was the word that came up? Hmm… Like a boutique, where it's more full-on Metallica.

"Maybe it's just Metallica and some stuff, like museum stuff, and just maybe making it only Metallica for a whole weekend, but making it smaller. We haven't really dialed it yet, but we're looking at all the different options." Check out the full interview here.

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Rick Wakeman Won't Be Taking Part In Yes Rock Hall Induction

(hennemusic) Former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman is speaking out on the band's upcoming induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and revealed that "under no circumstances" would be taking part in the ceremony.

Wakeman and several members of the pioneering progressive rock group - including Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Trevor Rabin, Alan White, Tony Kaye and the late Chris Squire - will be honored at an April ceremony in New York alongside Pearl Jam, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur.

Asked if he was pleased at the Rock Hall news, Wakeman says via his website: "Well I would have been if it had happened years ago when it was really well deserved. I find it hard to come to terms with the fact that so many bands are inducted into the Hall of Fame too late in their careers after key members have passed away. Classic examples are The Who and John Entwistle, Deep Purple and Jon Lord and now Yes and there will be no Chris Squire."

Regarding his plans for the event, Wakeman adds, "I have no idea if there will be any sort of reunion, but whatever happens under no circumstances will I be any part of it, neither will I be attending."

Wakeman joined Yes in 1971 for their fourth album, "Fragile", and served several short stints in the lineup before his final exit in 2004. here.

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The Kinks' Ray Davies Knighted By Queen Elizabeth

(hennemusic) Ray Davies of The Kinks has been knighted for his service to the arts as part of Queen Elizabeth's annual New Year Honours list. The rocker was named among a lengthy list of UK citizens who were recognized for their work and contributions to society, including tennis star Andy Murray, Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance, actress Naomie Harris, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and former Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham.

"Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed," said Davies in a statement reported by the BBC, "but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write."

It's the second UK honour bestowed upon The Kinks frontman, who was initially awarded the CBE - Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - by the Queen in 2004. here.

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Pearl Jam's Mike McCready Teams With NFL Star For New Songs

(Gibson) Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has unleashed two new songs with some help from a high-profile friend. The tunes, called "Space in Between" and "Her Again," have lyrics by McCready's buddy and former NFL player Steve Gleason, who has ALS.

Gleason served as defensive back for eight seasons for the New Orleans Saints. He retired in 2007. His most famous move was blocking a punt during the Saints' first home game following Hurricane Katrina, which was against the Atlanta Falcons. Gleason's diagnosis for Lou Gehrig's disease, also called ALS, came in 2011.

A documentary called "Gleason" telling the story of Gleason's life and experience with ALS dropped earlier this year and is currently available via DVD.

The two new songs from McCready also feature Seattle singer Kim Virant on vocals. MP3s of the tracks are available for download via Amazon. Those who prefer wax can score the singles on blue and white vinyl at the Pearl Jam web store. here.

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Singled Out: Negative Sky's The Dark Unknown

Dan Caputo of Negative Sky tells us about "The Dark Unknown" from forthcoming album, 'Placid Black.' Here is the story:

This song is very much open to interpretation as are the majority of the lyrics I write....in essence the songs are what you feel they are to you, and how you identify with them. Ultimately what I write is a vague and indirect reflection of personal experiences and struggles, but to shed a little light on the dark unknown specifically we'll start with the name which originally was titled "Placid Black". The decision was made during the recording of our album to not have a a title track and so from the chorus "born to face the dark unknown....." we aptly decided "Dark Unknown" would then be the official name for the single from the new record now titled 'Placid Black'. I'll save the story for where Placid Black originally comes from for another time, but as for Dark Unknown it was definitely one of many dark times I've been through and has an overall sense of desolation mixed with an omega man feel....inheriting a dead earth.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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Phil Rudd Not A Fan Of Axl Rose Fronted AC/DC 2016 In Review

AC/DC's incarnation featuring Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has received acclaim from critics and fans alike but do not count former drummer Phil Rudd as a fan of the pairing.

Rudd made the media rounds promoting his solo album "Head Job" in September and had the following to say when asked about a possible return to AC/DC, 'If Angus wanted me to play then that is up to him. But I don't really want to play with Axl Rose ' I don't really rate him."

This isn't the first time that Rudd has criticized the current lineup of the legendary group. Back in May, he told a New Zealand radio station (via Radio.com), "I am not saying I never hope of ever playing with AC/DC again but, then again, is it even AC/DC any more? No Bon's beautiful voice. No Malcolm. No Brian."

The drummer was forced out of the band amid legal problems in 2014 and also made big news earlier this week when he revealed that he had recently suffered a heart attack and is currently recovering after having a stint inserted. Read the original report here.

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Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Blasted Ozzy's Final Concert Suggestion 2016 In Review

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward made headlines in September when he said that Ozzy Osbourne's comments that he may still join the band during their very last concert in Birmingham "emotionally heartbreaking" and "spiteful."

The metal legends will be playing their final show in their hometown in February and Ozzy suggested during a recent interview that there was still a chance that Ward would perform at the show.

When asked about the possibility Ozzy said, "every time I reach out to Bill I get yelled at for something. If something can be worked out, great." And now Ward has released the following comments:

"Ozzy has never reached out since January 26/27 2012 when he called to see when I would be arriving in the UK to join rehearsals for the 13 CD. Since that last phone call, he has never reached out to me, and I have not reached out to him.

"Ozzy needs to look to those who stopped me from coming through. The contract was impossible to sign; the group rhetoric of 2012, 2013 and throughout,... was fault-finding, condemning and full of dishonest evaluations of me as a person, including my so-called health issues. Had I signed the contract, I suspect I wouldn't have been labeled as having poor health or having all the other judgmental character references.

"As a reminder, in September 2015, we asked a Sabbath representative if there could be an opening to play with the band again. Their representative answered 'no.' It's hard to come through when you receive a 'no.'

"I love all our Sabbath fans throughout the world, and to toss around ideas that I might play the Birmingham shows is both emotionally heartbreaking for me and spiteful. I think the Sabbath fans who have loved the original band have gone through enough in terms of disappointment and sadness. For me to play Birmingham only, would, I feel, be discriminating and elitist towards our other fans all over the world. I could never be discriminating or elitist to our fans. It's been heartbreaking enough not to record and tour and it'll be heartbreaking not to play to the Birmingham fans. Please know the prevailing circumstances are not by my design. This is not what I would have wanted or what I have chosen. Had any of you had to choose to sign a contract which undermined and devalued you, I think most of you with some dignity and self-respect would have walked away too. My absence at the current shows and the future Birmingham shows reflects an undeniable and unseen misadventure that my accusers won't bear. It's called selfishness and self-centeredness; dishonesty and disloyalty. These are the culprits of Sabbath's original line-up's demise." Read the original report here.

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Van Halen's David Lee Roth Said He Had A Stalker 2016 In Review

Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth took to his official website on in late September to write a lengthy post where he details his experience with what he believes is a "stalker".

In the post entitled "Stalker blog. Part 1." Roth writes, "Help! I have a stalker. A very real one. 75 stalker phone calls in the last 4 months. All of them at 5:30-6:00 in the morning. All 917 and 301 area codes. Every now and then at 2 in the afternoon. Never on the weekend. The phone calls show up on my old phone but they don't show up on the phone bill.

"Somebody knows a little bit about tech. They even know how to remove the number out of my phone when they want to. This is not the first time I've bought the land and gotten some of the unhappy Indians. There is a list of unhappy ex-colleagues, as there always is in show biz, but this stalker is particularly obsessed. They're no longer prank calls. Having been through the process with the private detectives, lawyers, FBI and ex-FBI, I can speak with some authority. These stalker calls come under the heading of 'Domestic Terrorism.' This is all news to me so let me share it with you. I grew up thinking prank calls were the equivalent to toilet papering the old Coach's house once a season. Just this season alone, I've had my house toilet papered four dozen times. " Read more here.

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Megadeth Working Feverishly On 'Crazy' Project 2016 In Review

(Metal Hammer) Dave Mustaine made headlines in September when he said that Megadeth were "working feverishly" on a project he's described as "crazy." And he's described the period of time in which nu-metal was on the rise as "the worst part of my career."

The developing project comes nine months after the band released 15th album Dystopia, and it'll be the first to include contributions from the latest full-time lineup that includes bassist David Ellefson, guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren.

Mustaine tells Cry Of The Wolf: "We're actually working feverishly with the hard drives to catalogue all the song ideas we have, to start working on separating them into new parts and so forth and so forth.

"We have a crazy opportunity of a project that I'm working on. We have a lot of songs for that I'm working on. I can't give you more details - but as soon as I can, I will start to record with these guys." Read more here.

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David Bowie Berlin Plaque Destroyed After Only 3 Weeks 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) A plaque marking David Bowie's old flat in Berlin was destroyed just three weeks after it was unveiled. Bowie stayed at Hauptstrasse 155 in the city's Schoneberg district between 1976-1978 and created his Berlin Trilogy of albums Low, Heroes and Lodger while at the address - a flat he shared with Iggy Pop.

The porcelain plaque was unveiled at the end of August, with fans, friends and politicians attending the ceremony. Berlin mayor Michael Muller immediately gave the €3400 plate the green light, despite legislation usually requiring a five-year waiting time before such an honour is bestowed to ensure the deceased figure was of historical significance.

Makers KPM - The Royal Porcelain Factory - stated at the time that should it be stolen, vandalized or destroyed, they could replace it within 24-hours - with the Berlinger Morgenpost confirming the company have indeed created a new one. Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Eyes 2017 For New Music 2016 In Review

(Gibson) Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page made news in September while doing the press rounds to promote Zep's recently released archival set, The Complete BBC Sessions, which is an expanded edition of the 1997 BBC Sessions compilation. In the process of taking about the collection, he spoke up about new music.

Chatting with the U.K.'s Planet Rock, Page said he thought he would be "playing with other musicians" by now, but that will probably have to wait until 2017. "Clearly now it's not going to materialize until next year," he said in the interview. "That's not that far away now!" Page added that he's been "quite rightly" called out for taking too long to start making new music, but compiling The Complete BBC Sessions took a lot of time.

"The BBC Sessions was an epic, when you think everything has to be listened to in real time and all of that," Page said. "It's an epic but it's an epic I was really prepared to take on because historically it was really important for people to have all that information about what was going on in the studio at that point of time."

Page also hinted that he has plans to put together an archival collection with performances by his pre-Zeppelin group, the Yardbirds. "I'm in touch with the members of The Yardbirds and I hope to be seeing them relatively soon and then the material I've got we'll see how much of it comes out," he said. here.

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Stone Temple Pilots Found Their New Singer? 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Stone Temple Pilots were back in the news in September when the man thought to be the frontrunner to land the vacant vocalist role in said the band's original singer Scott Weiland is "irreplaceable."

Filipino musician John Borja says he can't reveal the full details of his connection to STP, but he believes his chances are good. Borja tells Radio Republic: "As of now I can't give the full details yet, but there are clues or hints that seem to be favorable to me. Let's wait for them to give the official announcement. I respect the guys' decision, whatever it is. It would be my honor to play music with them."

While he would love to land the job, Borja says he wouldn't aim to be a direct replica of STP's most recent singer Chester Bennington and that he knows he couldn't possibly replace original frontman Scott Weiland, who died last year.

Borja adds: "Weiland is irreplaceable. No doubt about it, but I think I can carry his legacy through my personality." Read more here.

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Rush Received Keys To Toronto At Opening Of Lee Lifeson Art Park 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Toronto Mayor John Tory presented the key to the city to the members of Rush - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart - at the official opening of the new Lee Lifeson Art Park on September 17.

"From Willowdale to the world, the Key to the City of #Toronto is theirs," Tory tweeted. "Congrats RUSH!" Lee and Lifeson were on hand for the presentation, which also included an acoustic performance of the 1982 Rush classic, "Subdivisions", by Hamilton, ON musician Jacob Moon.

The Lee Lifeson Art Park in the North York neighborhood of Willowdale features new trees, grass, benches and unique music-themed art installations. "Our friendship started very close to here and our musical life together began very close to here," said Lee during an interview with former CBC host George Stroumboulopoulos. "We're obviously thrilled and amazed that someone would want to do something like this and put our names on it, and we're really happy for the community that there's some investment arts and leisure for this neighborhood."

"Art is the thing that elevates you out of whatever situation you're in," added the bassist. "Art is constant for that. Art is the thing that you pour your heart into, that whatever you're doing, whatever aspect of life, whatever situation you find yourself in, art elevates it. It heals. It's given us everything in our lives, so to be associated with that kind of thought and that kind of concept is amazing, fantastic." Watch the full interview and a local TV news report about the event here.

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Motley Crue Reportedly Sued Over Farewell Tour Merch 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Motley Crue were reportedly sued by a pair of photographers in September over merchandise sold during the band's lengthy two-year farewell tour, according to a report by TMZ.

The gossip site reports that Barry Levine and Neil Zlozower filed a lawsuit in New York seeking compensation, damages and attorney's fees after images they both shot of the band were used on a variety of merchandise without their permission.

The Final Tour consisted of 130 concerts around the United States, 16 shows in Europe, 5 shows in Asia, 6 shows in Australia region, and one in South America with a reported gross earnings of approximately 86 million dollars.

"In the 1980s," states the suit, "Zlozower and Levine photographed the members of the Motley Crue band at Zlozower and Levine's respective studios in Los Angeles. Zlozower and Levine used their own cameras, lighting equipment, film, batteries, backdrops, and accessories. Zlozower and Levine directed the band members as to where to stand, how to pose, and where to position.

"Defendants infringed Plaintiff's copyright in the Photographs by reproducing, publicly displaying, and selling the Photographs on merchandise. Defendants are not, and have never been, licensed or otherwise authorized to reproduce, publicly display, distribute, sell and/or use the Photographs on merchandise." Read more here.

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Richie Sambora Open To Bon Jovi Reunion 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Richie Sambora Open To Bon Jovi Reunion was a top 16 story of September 2016: Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora won't rule out a return to the band in the future - but he says he has something to prove first. He's gearing up for the release of his album with girlfriend Orianthi under their RSO banner, which he hopes will demonstrate that there's more to both artists than the public currently believe.

Sambora tells News.com.au: "There's not a lot of male/female duos going on in the world right now - especially two guitar players like us two. First of all the world doesn't know how good Ori sings and writes. The world knows how amazing a guitarist she is, but she's more amazing than people think.

"Then on the other hand you've got me. I'm just Jon Bon Jovi's sideman for most people. That's what they know me as. Now we're together and we're doing something that means something. We've got something to prove to people - we can do this too. Together I think we've reached something that is a new sound." Read more here.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Breaking Up, Not Going On Hiatus 2016 In Review

The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato said in an interview in September that the band is actually breaking up and not going on "extended hiatus" following their 'Dissociation' tour.

Puciato tells Metal Hammer (via Blabbermouth), "'Extended hiatus' would lead people to believe that we think we're gonna come back. We're breaking up. We're not going on an extended hiatus.

"This is a really weird thing to say, but we really still do love what we do; we don't love it any less, we don't love making records any less, we don't love being on stage any less. And that's the hard part - you're making a choice to stop doing something that you love, which sounds insane to people. But, really, what it's about is realizing that… Say if you're a painter, you don't just paint until you run out of paint, you don't just paint until your arm falls off; you make a decision that, at some point in time, you made the final brushstroke. Or if you make a movie, you don't just film until you run out of film or hard-drive space, you make a decision, artistically, to say, 'Even if I'm having the best time ever making this movie, this is the end.'"

He continued: "In the last few years, we've started to reach what felt like a thematic conclusion to our band, particularly Ben and I, where we realized that in our lives, psychologically, we were reaching a sort of a resolve and that we had used our relationship with one another and our artistic outlet together in The Dillinger Escape Plan to kind of work through a lot of things as people and as a couple of people on earth. And we started to reach this resolve, a thematic resolve, and it started to show itself in our music and in our lyrics, and I think we both just started to realize, like, 'Hey, if we're ever gonna draw a line and say that this is over, this seems like a good time.' And when we started to talk about it and the fear aspect of it went away - 'cause right away, there's this gut feeling of, 'Oh, sh*t! My safety net is being taken away' - once you got over that fear, I think we started to realize that this feels like a very empowering move, to be able to say, 'Hey, now you can look at The Dillinger Escape Plan as an artistic body, not just on an album-to-album basis.' You can look at the whole band artistically and say, 'This is what this was, and it had a beginning, and it had an end, and they did close the circle.' And it is this thing that you can look at as a whole instead of it just…

"I don't like TV shows that go on and on and on until the ratings die. I like a movie where someone says, 'Hey, this had an end, and I made it, and at the end of it, I don't need to do another one.' I don't wanna see 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 7', you know? And I feel like once we started to wrap our brains around that, we started to feel really confident about it. It feels correct. That's all I can say about it." Watch the full video clip here.

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Queen Classic Topped List of Most Addictive Songs 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) The Queen classic "We Will Rock You" has topped the list of the 20 most addictive songs which was compiled by a team of researchers at the University of St. Andrews.

If you ever wake up with a certain song in your head and you can't shake it, well, you've got an earworm. As neurologist Oliver Sacks explained, they are those pesky bits of music that arise out of nowhere and get stuck in your head for hours or days on end.

The researchers have been studying the inexplicable phenomenon and they discovered an interesting fact: Queen's songs are some of the most addictive. Of the top 20 most addictive songs, Queen made the list three times with "We Will Rock You" coming in at number one (via NME).

Researcher Bede Williams told NME an earworm depended upon five key factors: surprise, predictability, rhythmic repetition, melodic potency and receptiveness (how the listener feels about the song). "If you look at the songs which emerged from the research, they all have a distinctive rhythmic fingerprint. If we remove the melody, they're still recognizable by their rhythm alone," Williams said. Read more and see the list here.

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Guns N' Roses Star Bumblefoot's Cancer Returned 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal made news in September when he revealed that his bladder cancer returned in August - less than three years since his official diagnosis.

The guitarist says he underwent immediate surgery to remove two tumors from his bladder, after he showed doctors a "pee video" of his problem to push for further examination when they dismissed his concerns.

Bumblefoot tells Loudwire: "I would go to different doctors and I would say, 'This ain't normal.' They'd say, 'Oh you're just getting older, it's your prostate.' I've never heard of anyone hitting 40 and pissing blood. Everyone just kept writing me off."

He adds: "I made a video to show the doctors what was going on. I kept the video as a reminder to not let things go. I'm glad I did." Bumblefoot says that he'll need re-checks every three months over the next two years due to the likelihood of cancer recurrence here.

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Pixies' Joey Santiago Went Into Rehab 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago made news in September when he checked into a rehab center to tackle to drug and alcohol addictions. The 51-year-old will be in the facility for at least a month, the band have confirmed in a statement signed off by frontman Black Francis, drummer Dave Lovering and bassist Paz Lenchantin.

It comes just weeks ahead of the release of the band's upcoming sixth album Head Carrier, due out on September 30. Pixies have a European tour booked for November and December and they say they intend to honour those dates.

Pixies say: "We need to confirm that Joey Santiago has checked into a rehabilitation centre for at least 30 days to treat his alcohol and drug issues.

"This is the best thing that Joey could have done, and we're very proud that he's taken this step, and we ask everyone to support Joey while he's on this road to recovery." Read more here.

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Triumph Reunited On New Rik Emmett Album 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) A Triumph reunion and guest appearances by members of Rush and Dream Theater highlight "RES9", the new solo album by guitarist Rik Emmett.

The project by Emmett and his touring band Resolution 9 - featuring guitarist Dave Dunlop, bassist Steve Skingley and drummer Paul DeLong - delivers 11 new rock tracks.

"This album represents a journey through my life," explains Emmett, "and the idea behind a lot of these songs is me trying to figure out who I am, and why I'm doing what I'm doing. There's a common thread of positivity here that ties into the records I was making 30 years ago. What did I learn from making them? You'll hear all of that echoed in the grooves of this album."

The Triumph appearance on the bonus track, "Grand Parade", marks the first time the trio have reunited on record in three decades following Emmett's split from the group in 1988.

"As I was developing the lyrics, I started thinking, 'Wouldn't it be great if I could get Mike and Gil to play on it? Wouldn't that just bring everything full circle?'," the guitarist reveals. "One thing led to another, and there we were, recording in MetalWorks. Things just lined up perfectly."

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson sits in on "Human Race", and joins Dream Theater's James LaBrie on "End Of The Line", with the vocalist also contributing to the track "I Sing."

"When Rik asked me to play on his new album, I didn't hesitate for a second," says Lifeson. "He's the consummate musician, a wonderful guitarist, and a terrific person, and it's always my pleasure to work with him any chance I can get. There is a rock purity in his songwriting and performance, and it's just so much fun to get together and throw ideas around. He's always so up and open for anything - even a notoriously uncooperative Rickenbacker 12-string!" Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Motorhead's Mikkey Dee Joins The Scorpions 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Former Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee revealed in September that he had joined Scorpions on a permanent basis. Dee hooked up the German metal heroes for their run of tour dates earlier this year, standing in for James Kottak, who's had a turbulent recent history with the German outfit. He took a step back for medical reasons.

Now Scorpions report that Dee has taken Kottak's place in the lineup as a fully-fledged member of the band, and they've thanked their former sticksman for his service.

Scorpions say in a statement: "We would like to thank James for so many years of lasting participation in the band and personal friendship. We understand and respect his need for time as he makes his way through the final stages of his healing process.

"After our incredibly successful shows in the US, Europe and Asia, we are sure to have found a fantastic drummer with Mikkey Dee. He brings a fresh energy to the band and we look forward to the exciting time together that lies ahead." Read more here.

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