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Metallica Plan 'Unique And Special' Grammy Performance

Metallica have announced that they will be making a "unique and special" performance at this year's Grammy Awards and they also revealed a very special guest will be joining them at their concert in Beijing this Wed. (Jan 18th).

The band had this to say about the Grammys appearance, "First, it was a total honor to be nominated, but now this?!!? We're beyond excited that we have been invited to perform on the 59th annual Grammy Awards telecast on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

"It's been three years since we were lucky enough to participate in the awards show when we last performed with world-renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang and we're thrilled to be asked back.

"We have something very unique and special planned for this celebratory night, so tune in to watch on CBS-TV... check those local listings for your timezone and keep watching here for more information." Read more here.

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From First To Last Release First New Song With Skrillex In A Decade

From First To Last released their first new song with former frontman Sonny Moore (a.k.a. Skrillex) in over a decade on Sunday, January 15th, which also happened to be Moore's birthday.

The new single is entitled "Make War" and was co-written by Moore who also contributed to the production as well as the vocals, according to the announcement.

Moore left the group in 2007 to pursue a solo career and found major success in the electronic music world under the moniker of Skrillex. Stream the new track here.

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Geoff Tate Insulted By Motley Crue Comparison

(New Rock Times) Being compared to Motley Crue was 'an insult' says former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate. Queensryche were often lumped in with a number of bands which broke through in the 80's including Motley Crue which Tate admits to taking exception to.

Speaking to The Irish Examiner he said: "When we started, genre wasn't really a thing in the business. Rock music was all encompassing. You had different bands doing different things and it was all totally fine.

"What happened was that the marketing mentality came into the business. They started breaking everything down and putting music in boxes. At that point, writers began placing us in the same box as Motley Crue. It wasn't about the music - it was a selling technique. To be compared to Motley Crue...? I took it as kind of an insult, frankly." Read more here.

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Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Making Duets Album

(Radio.com) Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie reported that the band was back in the studio last year, but due to Stevie Nicks' busy schedule things didn't get as far as everyone hoped.

In the meantime, McVie and Lindsey Buckingham have decided to switch gears and record their first ever duets album together. The pair, along with drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, have been working at Village Studios in West Lost Angeles, where Fleetwood Mac recorded Tusk in 1979. Their new album, tentatively titled Buckingham McVie, will arrive in May.

Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, McVie discussed the creative spark she felt after reconnecting with Buckingham. "We've always written well together, Lindsey and I, and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we've done between us," she said. The two wrote "World Turning" from 1975's Fleetwood Mac together, as well as a handful of songs from 1987's Tango in the Night ("Mystified," "Isn't It Midnight" and "You and I, Part II"). Read more here.

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Trent Reznor See Internet As 'Toxic Environment' For Music

(Radio.com) As Apple Music's Chief Creative Officer, one might think that Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor looks at the Internet somewhat favorably when it comes to how music has developed since its creation. Not so.

Speaking with Yahoo! about writing the score for Patriots Day with creative partner Atticus Ross, Reznor discussed his take on the state of music today. "The Internet is giving voice to everybody thinking that someone gives a s--- what they have to say," said. "I think, in general, that has created a toxic environment for artists and led to some very safe music."

Safe music translates into boring music, according to Reznor. "Artists are trying to make music to please the tastemakers that tell the sheep what to like," he added. "It's a vicious cycle and I think it's unhealthy. I don't see any Princes emerging on the scene today. I see a lot of people making formulaic, made to please, vegan restaurant patron-type s---." Read more here.

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Former Guns N' Roses Star Out Of Comfort Zone Without Duff

(New Rock Times) Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum admits being in a band without Duff McKagan was a big change after the pair spent 25-years as the rhythm section for a quartet of bands.

With McKagan now back with Guns N' Roses for the partial band reunion, something Sorum has not been invited to take part in, the drummer is now fostering a bond with a new bassist in Kings of Chaos.

In an interview with Rob rush on the 94.3 Shark radio station, Sorum said: ""You know, I've got Robert DeLeo playing bass now [for Kings of Chaos], and we did the Hollywood Vampires together, and man, that guy is a musician.

"And it's a great thing to get out of my comfort zone, because Duff McKagan was my bass player for 25 years. We did multiple bands together - Neurotic Outsiders and Velvet Revolver and Kings of Chaos and of course Guns N' Roses."

He continued: "So it was good for me, because when you are a bass-player-[drummer] rhythm section, you create a bond and you kind of go through life with that guy, and I've always been his drummer and he's been my bass player.

"So when they went out there to do it [without me], I was, like, 'Oh, okay. Well, that's weird.' But it wasn't his decision, obviously. So I'm doing my thing, and I'm moving forward, and I get to run my own band which is great; I'm the boss.

"The only problem is everyone asks you questions all the time, so you've gotta be prepared for that, to be the boss of the band." Read more here.

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Graham Bonnet Regrets Quitting Rainbow

Former Rainbow singer Graham Bonnet says in a new interview that he regrets his decision to leave the band and he blames what he now sees as a misstep on his ego.

Bonnet made the revelation during an interview with MetalTalk to discuss his new studio album "The Book". Asked if he regretted leaving Rainbow, he said, "Yeah, absolutely. Because I was probably a bit too… my ego was taking me somewhere else. I was a bit too cocky. But in the end, it worked out okay."

He was also asked if he had recorded vocals for the classic Rainbow song "I Surrender" and revealed, "I started to record it, yeah. I did some backing vocals and quit after the backing vocals were done, because we had nothing else. And I looked at Roger Glover, and I said, 'What else are you gonna do? I've done backing vocals. What else have you got?' 'We have nothing.' So I went back to L.A. And then they called me up a little bit later to say, 'We've got some more songs now.' I said, 'What's the point of me coming back now?' I said, 'I've decided to do something different.' [And they said] 'Well, look, if we get another singer in to do some of the songs you don't wanna do, we'll get somebody else to do those and you do what you wanna do, the songs you like.' And I said, 'No. That won't work - two singers.' So I just quit, believe it or not. What an idiot… I'm kicking myself now, because I should have stayed a bit longer. And I apologized for that to the band." Watch the full interview here.

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Thy Art Is Murder Reunion With CJ McMahon Speculation After Fest Jam

Thy Art Is Murder fans were treated to a reunion with former singer CJ McMahon at the 'UNIFY Festival' in Australia last week and it appears that he may be back for good.

McMahon left the band back in late 2015 but surprised fans by joining the group at the music festival. Video footage has surfaced from the appearance and the singer made comments that make it sound like this was not just a one off reunion.

He told the audience (via Lambgoat), "I was a drug addict, I was a broke musician, and I had some f***ing issues... I got married, I did some f***ing soul searching, and now I'm back to take over the world with my fine brothers."

He then added that he was "coming back to join [his] brothers in world domination." Watch the video here.

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Stephen Pearcy Downplays Bobby Blotzer's Role In Ratt

Ratt made major big news recently when they revealed that most of the members have regrouped following a battle with Bobby Blotzer. Frontman Stephen Pearcy downplays the former drummer's contribution to the band.

Pearcy spoke with Sleaze Roxx about the return of Ratt and was asked "what role did [Blotzer] really play in Ratt aside from playing the drums?" and the frontman responded, "Played drums and a pain in the a**."

He then elaborated, "The songs that he did get credit [for], we just threw him a bone. He had nothing to do with writing those songs. It's just to stop the complaining. It's like you calm the mad dog. Throw him a bone. And even on those later albums, those songs that he was able to do were not Ratt songs. They were not up to par.

"There were other people involved and you don't find out until after the fact so you know, you live and learn. It's one thing to make a living. It's another to make it on somebody else's music. Just because you were in this band doesn't mean you have control over every aspect of this band [music] you didn't write. Eventually, you're going to have to pay up." Check out the full interview here.

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Megadeth's Nick Menza Official Cause Of Death Filed With Court

The official death certificate for former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza has been filed and it reportedly lists the cause of death as heart disease and blood pressure.

The "Rest In Peace" era Megadeth drummer died last May while performing at a music club in Los Angeles with his band OHM. Last week, TMZ reported (via Loudwire) that his mother filed his death certificate in probate court.

The drummer's mother Rose is said to have filed the certificate with the court along with other legal documents in order to be named the administrator of his estate, according to the report. Read more here.

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Eagles of Death Metal Paris Attack Documentary Trailer Released

(Radio.com) The documentary Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) premieres on February 13th on HBO. But we are now getting our first look at the Colin Hanks directed feature via its official trailer.

In November of 2015 the Eagles of Death Metal were performing at the Bataclan Theater in Paris when the venue was attacked by terrorists, 89 people were killed. The film follows the band as they return to the Bataclan in February for an emotional performance.

The trailer is brief but intense. "How do my sweetest friends unseen this," asks Josh Homme (who was not performing with the group at the time of the attack) "they can't."

"I just want to do what I'm supposed to do to make sure that everyone comes through this OK, says a tearful Jesse Hughes, "and I want it to fix me too." Watch the trailer here.

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Sebastian Bach Speaks Out About Today's Music Approach

(New Rock Times) Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach reckons modern musicians have the recording process backwards and they have lost the magic of nailing a killer vocal beneath the ever-improving modern technologies.

The singer believes the over-engineering in many modern rock records is 'too perfect' as he harks for the old days of recording. "I think a lot of that has to do with musicians nowadays recording with so much computer technology that it's almost impossible to feel their real soul," he said.

"Like in a Skid Row song, like '18 And Life' or 'I Remember You' or 'Monkey Business', that's really the sound that was coming out of my mouth; it's not Pro Tools or computers or anything like that.

"They didn't exist then. And the same, obviously, with all our favourite records in the '70s and the '80s, before computer came in the scene and recording. I think that's why we can't find any good frontmen - 'cause we can't hear them behind all this technology; everything sounds too perfect. Human beings aren't perfect."

Digging further into his theories on recording vocals with the new wonders of Pro Tools and production software he continued: "I think when you record an album and you go to sing and you can give a half-assed take, and then the producer, or the engineer, puts it on his laptop and adjusts it so it sounds like a good take, but it really is a bad take, that's like the opposite of the way we used to make records.

"We used to sing it a hundred times, or however many times it took, until we found the magic, most amazing take that we could do. And that's like the opposite way of recording." Read more here.

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John Garcia Streams New Song 'Give Me 250ml'

Former Kyuss frontman John Garcia has released a lyric video for his new track "Give Me 250ml". The song comes from his forthcoming album, "The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues", which will be released on January 27th.

The album was recorded and mixed by Steve Feldman and Robbie Waldman, mastered by Gene "The Machine" Grimaldi and features Garcia along with Ehren Groban on the acoustic guitar, Greg Saenz on percussions and bassist Mike Pygmie.

Garcia had this to say about the effort, "This record is one of the most important of my career, difficult and challenging to do, but worth every minute of sweat!" Watch the video here.

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Armored Saint Release March Of The Saint and Aftermath Live Videos

Armored Saint are giving fans a little taste of their upcoming new live album with the release of videos of performances of the tracks "March Of The Saint" and "Aftermath".

The clips promote their new album "Carpe Noctem", which is set to be released on the February 24th, and is the veteran group's first live record since 1989's "Saints Will Conquer."

"Carpe Noctem" was recorded during the band's set at the Wacken Festival in 2015, as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany. Watch the "Aftermath" video here and the "March of the Saints" here.

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HammerFall Mark Tour Kick Off With New Live Video

HammerFall celebrated the launch of their new European tour by releasing a live video of their performance of the track "Hectors Hymn". The song was the title track to their 2014 album.

The new live clip was recording during the Bamberg, Germany stop of their World Wide Revolution tour which took place at the Brose Arena on February 7th, 2015.

The group kicked off their current European tour, featuring support from Gloryhammer and Lancer, last Thursday (Jan 12) in Bremen, Germany and guitarist Oscar Dronjak had the following to say: "We got exactly the support bands we wanted.

"There is no doubt in my mind that Lancer will be thoroughly enjoyed by all our fans, and Gloryhammer's mighty and epic music will be the perfect lead-in to the HammerFall show that will follow. The World Wide (r)Evolution was a resounding success on every level with half of the shows sold out, and we can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic heavy metal party every night with all our Templar friends!" Watch the video here.

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Quiet Riot Headlining Rainbow Bar And Grill's 45th Anniversary

Sunset strip veterans Quiet Riot have been tapped to headline the Rainbow Bar and Grill's upcoming 45th anniversary celebration dubbed The Party In The Parking Lot.

The concert celebration will be taking place on an outdoor stage at the famed venue on Sunday April 23rd and will also include performances from Jetboy, Westfield Massacre, Streetwalkin Cheetahs and Black N Blue.

According to the announcement, the doors for the event will open at 2 PM and admission to the outdoor stage will be free with a minimum two drink purchase. Read more here.

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Trauma Joined By Former Danzig Guitarist

Trauma have announced that they have recruited former Danzig and Deconstruct star Joe Fraulob as their new guitarist and songwriter ahead of their appearance at this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal.

The band had this to say about the addition to their lineup, "Joe has been in many bands over the years and has toured the globe. He was in Danzig and Deconstruct. Trauma is very pleased to have Joe on board touring and writing new material!"

Late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton was a member of the Bay Area band prior to joining the trash legends. The group will be taking part in this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale on February 2nd aboard the Royal Caribbean's Independence Of The Seas.

Drummer Kris Gustofson says "Trauma is delighted and honored to be playing on the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise with some of the best bands in metal. This is going to be a blast and we look forward to putting the pedal to the metal." Find more details here.

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Unruly Child Stream New Song 'She Can't Go Home'

Unruly Child are streaming their new track "She Can't Go Home". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Can't Go Home", which is set to hit stores on February 24th.

The new studio effort features Marcie Free (vocalist - King Kobra, Signal), Bruce Gowdy (guitarist - Stone Fury, World Trade), and Guy Allison (keyboardist - Lodgic, World Trade, Doobie Brothers) along with the original rhythm section from their first album, drummer Jay Schellen (Hurricane, World Trade, current touring member of YES) and bassist Larry Antonino (Pablo Cruise).

Allison had this to say, "Early in 2016, we decided to make time and give it a go once again with all five Unruly Child members. The new album, Can't Go Home, has now become my favourite set of Unruly Child Band songs and performances ever. True story!"

Free adds, "We are so excited with this new album coming out in February. And if you find that you still got the heebie-jeebies after that and are in need of another transfusion of Unruly - try a shot of our new box set coming out too! It's got practically everything we've ever done in it and that should hold over even the most shakiest UC junkies for at least as long as it takes before we hit your area for some live shows! So come on get on board baby! The UC Train is about to blast off!!" Stream the song here.

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Seeker Announce North American Tours

Seeker have announced that they will be hitting the road next month to launch a North American headline tour with The Grindmother, Cognitive, and Wvrm, followed by a Canadian tour in May with Psycroptic, Archspire, Visceral Disgorge.

Bryce Lucien had this to say about the initial run of dates, "We're beyond pumped for our February headliner with The Grindmother, Cognitive, and Wvrm. Every band on this tour is absolutely vicious and the shows are going to be ridiculously intense. We're ready to grind our way up the East Coast with this gang and hit some towns that we haven't played in a long time."

The trek is scheduled to get underway on February 11th in Kansas City, MO at the Riot Room and is set to conclude on March 6th in Chicago, IL at Reggie's. The Grindmother will be part of the tour from February 24th - March 6th, Cognitive will be along from February 12th - March 4th and Wvrm will join the trek from February 20th - March 6th.

Seeker will then take a few weeks off before returning to the road with Psycroptic, Archspire, Visceral Disgorge for a Canadian tour that will be kicking off on May 13th in Halifax at Gus. Read more and see the dates here.

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Darkest Hour Launching Limited Edition Beer

Darkest Hour have announced that they will be releasing a limited edition beer in celebration of their 20th anniversary and the release of their ninth studio album.

The German-style Helles lager, which will be called "Savor The Swill" and was created by DC Brau Brewing Company, will be unveiled in company's the "tasting room on Saturday, February 11th on draft and in can. "=The band members will be on site for a special meet and greet during growler hours," according to the announcement.

Darkest Hour's Mike Schleibaum had this to say, "Almost any DC Brau beer pairs with a metal/punk rock show nicely. We've been drinkers of the Brau for a while now, but after getting to know their staff as well as the community that surrounds DC Brau, there is no question this feels like home, it is an honor to partner them." Read more here.

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