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Mott The Hoople's Pete Overend Watts Dead At 69

(hennemusic) Mott The Hoople bassist and founding member Pete Overend Watts died on Sunday (January 22nd) at the age of 69 after a six-year battle with throat cancer.

"Oh dear," posted former Mott frontman Ian Hunter with the news. "My extremely eccentric, lovely mate - Peter Overend Watts - has left the building. Devastated."

Former Mott keyboardist Morgan Fisher also posted news of the bassist's death on social media, writing a tribute and sharing a recent email he received from Watts while in hospice care.

"My dear, darling, crazy friend Peter Overend Watts passed on today," Fisher wrote. "I can't speak, am numb. All I can do is share one of the last emails he sent me, on December 6th 2016. Unedited, unexplained. His bravery, honesty, generosity, open heart and still-devastatingly witty humour during his last days utterly blow me away. He left this world as a total hero, a samurai. Love you, Pete." Read more here.

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Corey Taylor Reveals New Stone Sour Album Details

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor revealed some new details for the forthcoming Stone Sour album in an interview conducted at the NAMM show in Southern California this past weekend.

Taylor spoke with Rock Cellar Magazine and revealed that the new album will be entitled "Hydrograd" and had this to say, "I can tell you that you should be very, very, very, very excited for what is in store."

"We are doing everything old school," he continued. "We're recording it live and then layering stuff on top of it. We are doing a song a day, and we've already done nine songs; we're about halfway done. And, yeah, it is incredible; it's the best stuff we've ever written." Watch the full interview here.

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Mastodon Preview Forthcoming Album With New Video Clips

(hennemusic) Atlanta rockers Mastodon have issued a series of preview videos teasing news of the band's upcoming seventh album ahead of its tentative release in March.

"I'm not at liberty to say who I am or what I am doing here," says a masked, anonymous member of the group in the first of three clips. "This is a room. I'm pretty sure it's inside of a city or a town or a village. I'm in a recording studio. We're recording something. I don't know. I can't talk about it."

"Some would say I prepare for a record similar to a Navy Seal, a Marine," explains bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders in a second video. "I feel the need to get into the paint, take on the role of 'Hey, I've got a huge task in front of me.' I set my goals, I focus. I let nothing bother me. Horse shades, straight ahead."

In a third preview, vocalist/guitarist Brent Hinds discusses how he spent a month inside the moon recording his guitar parts for the follow-up to 2014's "Once More 'Round The Sun."

"I'm glad I did it," says Hinds. "Certain guitar tones we got up there I wouldn't have gotten anywhere else. I just couldn't believe I was inside the moon the entire time. We weren't on it - we couldn't get the permits for being on it - we had to go in it." Watch the videos here.

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Trivium Bassist Confirms Band's Lineup Change

Trivium has announced that they have recruited Alex Bent (Brain Drill, ex-Battlecross) to take over drumming duties from the recently departed Paul Wandtke.

Wandtke, who joined Trivium in late 2015, revealed to fans last week that he had left the group and is now focusing his energy on his long in the making new project called Bedlem.

Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto took to Twitter (via Lambgoat to confirm the lineup change. He tweeted: "Was a pleasure playing with Paul the last year, but we felt it wasn't the right fit long term, we let him know a week after Orlando show [in late October]."

Gregoletto also revealed the band has recruited Bent to play drums for them on their upcoming live dates but there was no word if he would continue beyond that. Read more here.

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Former Guns N' Roses Star 'Stoked' About Reunion

(New Rock Times) Tommy Stinson says he is thrilled at the success of the Guns N' Roses reunion tour, but the bassist, who was in the band for 16-years, says he 'doesn't miss that gig'.

Stinson was in the band between 1998 and 2014 but now he says that while he remains good friends with all involved he is glad to have moved on. Speaking to Observer he said: "I'll be honest with you, I am stoked about the Guns N' Roses reunion. All those guys are my buddies, except I don't really know Slash. I don't think I've ever met him. But all those guys are my friends and I'm glad they're out doing it but I'd be lying if I said I missed that gig."

He continued: "I miss the people a whole lot and obviously you miss the fans and stuff like that. But where I'm at in life right now, that's just a whole thing that… I'm not saying I'd never do it again but I'm kind of glad I moved on from that. It really was a lot, and it really required, sadly, because of my circumstances with my ex-wife, to have to put a whole lot of crazy sh*t into play just to be able to do those tours towards the end, because I had this young daughter."

He added: "I'm in a much better place. I've had some time to f***in' sort some sh*t out up here where my trajectory right now is way more manageable for the bandwidth that I have for it." Read more here.

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The 1975 Announce North American Spring Tour

The 1975 have announced that that they will be crossing the pond this spring to launch a North American headline tour in support of their latest studio album.

The tour will be kicking off April 9 in Mexico City at the Pepsi Center and is scheduled to wrap up with an appearance at this year's Bunbury Music Festival on June 2nd-4th in Cincinnati, OH.

The group is hitting the road to promote their sophomore album, "I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it", which was released in February of last year. here.

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Interpol Announce 'Turn On the Bright Lights' Anniversary Tour

Interpol have announced that they will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of their debut album "Turn On the Bright Lights" with a European tour this summer.

The group will be playing the full album during the outing which is scheduled to begin on August 9th in Prague at the Lucerna Music Bar and conclude on September 9th in Madrid.

The tour will also include performance as several European music festivals including Sziget Festival in Budapest, AMA Music Festival in Asolo Italy, the Zurich Open Air Festival and the final tour stop at the DCode Festival. See the dates here.

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Opeth Release Music Video For 'Era'

Opeth have released a new music video for the track "Era." The song comes from the group's latest album "Sorceress" which was released in September of last year.

Mikael Åkerfeldt had this to say about the Markus Hofko directed clip, "I have to say our involvement in the making of the 'Era' video was so minimal we can't take credit either for or against its brilliance. We did 3D scans of our bodies (clothed) in Munich during the last European tour. I remember everyone's extremely tired and probably slightly hungover. The director just placed us in a ice-cold room and then scanned us with something that looked like a flashing hairdryer. Done! We've done our part for the video. Next!

"During the process of finishing the piece it got clear to me that it really works with the song. That's something I was involved in actually, picking the song. It's extremely difficult. Which song to choose? How do I know what works best for this format? Well, I don't. I picked a song from the record that has a strong chorus. Slightly old school way of thinking I guess, but ultimately it didn't matter all that much to me. The video is nice. I dig it. It's slightly on the pretentious side, but hey, works for me! And like I said, it really works with the overall vibe of the song. Lyrically and musically and definitely emotionally." Watch the video here.

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Portugal. The Man Announce U.S. Summer Tour Dates

Portugal. The Man have announced that they will be playing some of the biggest shows of their career this summer in a handful of major cities across the U.S.

The select dates will include shows at New York City's Terminal 5, Los Angeles' Hollywood Palladium, Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Berkeley's Greek Theatre and the Edgefield in their hometown of Portland, OR.

The band recently released their Michael Ragen-directed music video for a song called "Noise Pollution" which can be streamed here. They had the following comments, "We've been working on a new record with your boy Michael Diamond for awhile, but we made a quick stop in Alaska with filmmaker Michael Ragen to shoot this video. Seemed like the right time to show it to you." See the tour dates here.

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Biffy Clyro Release 'Flammable' Video

Biffy Clyro have released a brand new music video for their track "Flammable". The song comes from their latest album "Ellipsis," which was released in July of last year.

We were sent these details about the new clip, "The performance-based video which features the band tearing through the track while encased in a glass box suspended from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse as a ferocious quantity of fireworks explodes around them in dangerously close proximity."

The 2D version of the video can be streamed here. A "unique 3D virtual reality experience" version will be coming soon, according to the announcement.

North American fans will be able to catch the band live this spring when they launch a new tour on March 24th in Las Vegas, NV at Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. See the dates here.

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The Kinks' Ray Davies Streams New Song 'Poetry'

(hennemusic) Ray Davies of The Kinks is streaming his new song "Poetry" as the lead single to his first solo album in nearly a decade, "Americana." "Americana" will be issued via CD, vinyl and digital download, while a second volume will be a released later in 2017.

Due April 21, the project is an autobiographical work based around Davies' 2013 memoir, "Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story", which chronicles his experiences in America - from touring the country with The Kinks and subsequent blacklisting by the American Musicians Union to his years playing stadiums and eventually staying in New York and New Orleans for a time.

Co-produced by Davies, Guy Massey and John Jackson, the follow-up to 2008's "Working Man's Café" was recorded in London with The Jayhawks as the singer's backing band, while the set also features a number of short spoken-word passages from the memoir. Stream the song here.

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September Mourning Release '20 Below' Video

September Mourning have released a new music video for the track "20 Below". The song comes from their debut album, "Volume II," which was released last summer.

Emily Lazar, a.k.a. September Mourning had this to say, "20 Below is about ending the cycle of abuse within our own lives, whether it's self inflicted or from an outside source. We've all had those relationships where someone has gotten close to us, abuses us in some way… knocks us down so hard it diminishes our self esteem.

"'20 Below' is about the realization that the beat down feeling and feelings of worthlessness are untrue and being caused by some external negativity. It's about being strong enough within your own self to rise above." here.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Receives Les Paul Award

(Gibson) When you think of Joe Perry, you think of him with a Gibson Les Paul slung over his shoulder; the guitarist and the guitar are inseparable. It's only fitting then that the Aerosmith guitarist was recently honored with the Les Paul Award at the 32nd annual NAMM TEC Awards.

Perry, whose rock and roll career spans almost five decades, joins a stellar list of previous winners that include Slash, Pete Townshend, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and many more.

In an interview with The Orange County Register before the awards event, Perry talked about the first time he fell in love with the Les Paul. "I had seen pictures of Jimmy Page and Clapton playing them, and then I saw Jeff Beck playing one live, and I sat in front of him in this small place in Boston and watched him play it," Perry said.

"The next day I was determined to get one, and it wasn't too much longer after that I actually sat down and I had it in my hands and I thought, 'This doesn't sound like Jeff Beck.' That was it. I remember picking it up and it felt incredible." Read more here.

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Mumford and Sons Announce US Headline Dates

(Radio.com) Mumford and Sons announced three new headlining US tour dates on Monday (January 23rd). The band doesn't have plans to tour extensively across the country in 2017, but they will be on the road throughout May.

In addition to supporting U2 for their The Joshua Tree 30th Birthday Celebrations and performing at Hangout Festival and Boston Calling Music Festival, Mumford & Sons will be playing three individual shows.

The shows will take place May 23rd through May 25th and will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey, respectively. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 27th, See the dates here.

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Anthrax Release 'For All Kings 'Reissue Preview Video

(hennemusic) Anthrax are sharing a video preview of the upcoming expanded tour edition of their latest album, "For All Kings", ahead of a UK and European spring tour.

Due February 17, the package will feature the 2016 record alongside the track "Vice Of The People" - previously only available in Japan - as well as a bonus disc of demo versions of several of the album's songs.

"We've included some of the demos from 'For All Kings' in this package," says drummer Charlie Benante. "We wanted to show the evolution of the songs. The idea of a song can start from a guitar riff or a thought in your head. It then takes shape and goes from my music to Scott's lyrics to Frank and Joey's ideas and melodies to Jon's lead guitar. This is our way of making Anthrax music - enjoy!"

The expanded tour edition arrives a week after the February 9 launch of the group's UK dates in Birmingham - followed by the European trek - which will see Anthrax perform their 1987 album, "Among The Living", in its entirety as it marks its 30th anniversary. Watch the video clip here.

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James Hetfield Reveals Skrillex Is On Metallica DVD

(Radio.com) Skrillex has been one of the biggest names in EDM for years, but most of his fans know that before he became "Skrillex," he was the frontman of post-hardcore band From First To Last. And his metal roots go back further than that.

In a recent episode of Marc Maron's WTF podcast, Metallica frontman James Hetfield reveals that Skrillex--back when he was an 11 year old kid who still went by the name Sonny Moore-- is visible on the DVD of Metallica's S&M, an album that they recorded in San Francisco in 1999 accompanied by a symphony orchestra (the album's titled stands for "symphony and Metallica").

Hetfield says, "The artist Skrillex, who is somewhat popular, he was in the audience. He's in the video!" But don't look for someone who resembles the oft-photographed EDM star. "He's got blonde hair [in the video], and he's the kid that's trying to stage dive at the symphony!"

Fourteen years later, Skrillex found himself performing at Metallica's second (and final) Orion festival in 2013. Listen to the full interview here.

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Twenty One Pilots Get Impressive Tribute From 8 Year-Old Girl

(Radio.com) Milana Nigro started taking drum lessons at 4 years old. Now at 8 years old, the Salt Lake City youngster is making waves after sharing video of her playing along with one of the most popular band in alternative rock, Twenty One Pilots.

But the videos aren't the first Milana's of fame. She was a top 20 finalist in the 'Hit Like A Girl' global drum contest for the past 3 years and the 2016 DownBeat Award Winner for best blues/pop/rock Junior High band, "Jukebox Antihero" (her current band).

A fan of many genres of music and a lucky one at that, she's jammed with Stewart Copeland of The Police and performed on stage with Sheila E. Milana has also played with Branden Campbell of Neon Trees, Ndugu Chancler known for his work with Michael Jackson, Rashawn Ross of the Dave Mathews Band and more--an impressive resume for someone who's age is still in the single digits.

According to Milana, her favorite bands include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slipknot, The Police and Van Halen, all known for their stellar drummers. Check out the video here.

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A Look Back At Pink Floyd's 'Animals' 40 Years Later

(Radio.com) Forty years ago Monday [January 23], Pink Floyd released its tenth album, and one of its most underrated: Animals. It came on the heels of two insanely successful albums--1973's The Dark Side of the Moon and 1975's Wish You Were Here. Even though the '70s was an era where FM radio would still play lengthy songs, Animals didn't make things easy on broadcasters. "Dogs," "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" and "Sheep" all break the ten minute mark. The remaining two songs--"Pigs on the Wing (Part 1)" and "Pigs on the Wing (Part 2)"--are essentially the same song. They both clock in at under the ninety second mark, a bit short for a radio hit.

Animals is the album where bass player and vocalist Roger Waters began his domination of Pink Floyd; he wrote four of the five songs on the album; "Dogs" was co-written with guitarist-singer David Gilmour (Gilmour claimed to have written "90%" of the song, which is essentially all of side 1). It was the first album where keyboardist Rick Wright didn't have any writing or co-writing credits.

Musically, it seemed at least partially inspired by the punk rock movement; they'd dropped the saxophone solos and the lush backing vocals. Animals is essentially the stripped down Floyd – guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals and some effects. Indeed, later that year, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason produced British goth-punkers the Damned's second album, Music for Pleasure. While Floyd may have been seen as prog-rock dinosaurs, they still were in tune with the zeitgeist, and it showed.

Floyd's two prior albums--radio behemoths, both--looked at madness from different angles. The covers were tailor made for black light posters and t-shirts. Animals' cover, on the other hand, was a stark image of a factory with a runaway inflatable pig in floating by. It was harsher, and somehow crueler even than Wish You Were Here's image of a man on fire. Read more here.

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