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David Lee Roth Sued For Alleged Dog Attack

(hennemusic) Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth is being reportedly sued by a landscaper over an alleged attack by his dog, according to the celebrity gossip website TMZ.

The outlet reports landscaper Timothy Salinas says he was doing maintenance work in Roth's Pasadena, CA yard when the rocker's Australian Cattle dog suddenly attacked and took a chunk out of his lower left calf. Salinas says his boss told him he'd lose his job if he reported it.

Roth's lawyer, Ed McPherson, tells TMZ the issue is nothing more than a celebrity shakedown, pointing out that Salinas waited 47 days before going to the hospital and that the singer was only made aware of the alleged incident after the landscaper filed an insurance claim. Read more here.

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Ronnie James Dio Hologram To Make U.S. Debut This Week

The Ronnie James Dio hologram will be making its first U.S. appearance during the upcoming 28th annual Pollstar Awards later this week.

The hologram of the legendary metal vocalist made its original debut during the Dio Disciples' performance at Wacken Open Air music festival in Germany last year.

The band, which features former Dio bandmates members Simon Wright, Craig Goldy and Scott Warren, as well as former Judas Priest frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens, will be performing with the hologram at the annual awards event this Thursday, February 2nd at The Novo in Los Angeles. Watch the Wacken performance here.

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Ozzy Osbourne's New Album 'On Hold'

Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G revealed during an interview at this year's Namm show that the Black Sabbath frontman's new solo album is "on hold for now."

The guitarist, who also leads the band Firewind, was interviewed by former Anthrax singer Neil Turbin for The Metal Voice (via BraveWords) and video of the chat has been posted online.

He made revelation while discussing collaborating with Ozzy. He said, "We wrote a couple of ideas together, that hasn't been recorded just some demos of sound checks after the Scream tour ended Ozzy went right back into Sabbath so the new album by Ozzy is on hold for now."

He also talked about the pressure of performing with the legendary singer. "I would be lying if I said it that it wasn't intimidating, but at the same time it's such a big challenge a life changing moment for me I could have not said no to that. I said whatever happens I know I am going to get crucified out there, but I have to go out there and I have to see what it would be like for me. I just do my best. We are there to make Ozzy shine." Watch the full interview here.

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Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell Era Star Geoff Nicholls Dead At 68

(hennemusic) Former Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls died Saturday at the age of 68 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Nicholls joined the Sabbath lineup as a touring member in 1979, appearing on 1980's "Heaven And Hell" - alongside new vocalist Ronnie James Dio - and the group's following nine albums before being replaced in 2004 by Ozzy Osbourne's keyboardist, Adam Wakeman.

"I'm so saddened to hear the loss of one of my dearest and closest friends Geoff Nicholls," posted Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. "He's been suffering for a while now with lung cancer and he lost his battle this morning.

"Geoff and I have always been very close and he has been a real true friend to me and supported me all the way for nearly 40 years. I will miss him dearly and he will live in my heart until we meet again. Rest In Peace my dear friend."

Until his death, Nicholls performed with former Sabbath singer Tony Martin's Headless Cross. "Saddened to hear of the passing of Geoff Nicholls," posted Martin, "keyboard player and friend from Sabbath. Safe journey mate." Read more here.

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Rush Stars To Induct Yes Into Rock Hall

(Gibson) The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has released information about its 2017 Induction Ceremony and revealed that Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will induct Yes.

Geddy Lee, in particular, was hugely influenced by late Yes bassist Chris Squire. Telling Guitar World of when he first heard Yes, Lee once explained, "I was totally amazed. I'd never heard a band like this, and I'd never heard a bass player placed so upfront in the mix. Chris Squire had such a driving, aggressive sound, and it made this ["Time and a Word"] such a pivotal, influential song for me. Squire's melodies were brilliant, and they were definitely out there."

Neil Young will induct Pearl Jam. The two acts are, of course, good friends as well as collaborators. Notably, Pearl Jam backed Young on his Mirror Ball album of 1995 and have played live together numerous times. Pearl Jam continue to play "Rockin' in the Free World" at their own shows.

Jackson Browne will induct Joan Baez. The two legends have collaborated before, notably on Browne's "Before the Deluge" of 1974. They duetted on that song again at Baez's star-studded 75th-birthday celebration show of January 2016. Read more here.

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Mastodon Stream New Song Sultan's Curse

(hennemusic) Mastodon are streaming "Sultan's Curse" as the lead single from their forthcoming album, "Emperor Of Sand." Due March 31, thee group's seventh release was recorded with producer Brendan O'Brien at the Quarry in Kennesaw, Georgia last year.

"'Emperor of sand' is like the grim reaper," says drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. "Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, 'How much time is left?'"

Bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders' wife, Jeza, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. "We're reflecting on mortality," reflects Sanders. "To that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It's 17 years in the making, but it's also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives."

Mastodon will launch "Emperor Of Sand" with a spring tour of North America; the 6-week run with Eagles Of Death Metal and Russian Circles will begin in Missoula, MT on April 14. Stream the new song here.

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Iron Maiden Release 'Wasted Years' Live Video

Iron Maiden have released a new live video of their classic hit "Wasted Years" as they prepare to launch the new North American leg of their epic Book of Souls Tour.

The video was filmed during various shows on their 2015 trek. Band founder Steve Harris had this to say about the upcoming American outing, "We are really looking forward to returning to North America for a full tour.

"We had always planned to go back there and to the UK as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn't have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible!

"So this year we're able to reach many more cities in America, including a return to places Maiden haven't played for many, many years like Lincoln Nebraska, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Oakland California. We also welcome playing in Brooklyn for the first time.

"We will, of course, be bringing the full production with us including all the Eddies and the Maya-themed stage sets. There's been a great reaction from everyone to this tour's theme, people really seem to love it. We're still deciding on the final set-list and we'll work that out once we get into rehearsals. Most of our North American fans haven't seen the show yet so as we want to give them the same Book Of Souls live experience that we took around the world, it's unlikely we'll change much. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, so we will continue to do that!" Watch the video here.

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Bayside Release Music Video For 'Mary'

Bayside have released a new music video for their track "Mary" as they prepare to hit the road with Say Anything. The song comes from their recently released album "Vacancy".

The band filmed the music visual in Lubbock, Texas with director Jeremi Mattern (Danger Films). Watch the video here. Bayside recently announced that they are teaming up with Say Anything to launch a coheadlining tour this spring which will feature support from Reggie and the Full Effect (April 17 through May 14) and Hot Rod Circuit (May 16 through May 27).

The U.S. trek will begin on April 17th in Houston, TX at White Oak and will run until May 27th where it is set to conclude in Nashville at the Cannery Ballroom. See the dates and read more here.

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Rockin' 1000 Release Nirvana Cover From New Live Album

Rockin' 1000 made headlines around the world when they convinced the Foo Fighters to perform in Cesena Italy after an astounding rendition of "Learning To Fly".

The group has now released a new live album, entitled "That's Live - Life In Cesena 2016," and are giving fans a taste with an online stream of their performance of the Nirvana classic "Smells Like Team Spirit." Check it out here.

The new album was recorded at Cesena's Orogel Stadium Dino Manuzzi and features 1200 musicians and singers taking on classic songs from The Beatles, AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf, The Clash, David Bowie, and more.

"You can enjoy the seventeen songs of the concert in Cesena into your headphones," says the band's Fabio Zaffagnini. "When you're screwing around or when you're working, when you're stuck in a traffic jam or while being laid on the couch, where you want, when you want!" Read more and see the tracklisting here.

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Arcade Fire Reveal New Versions Of Mavis Staples Collaboration

(Radio.com) Arcade Fire have posted two new versions of the track "I Give You Power" online. The song was the collaboration that they recorded with Mavis Staples.

In an interview with Apple's Zane Lowe, Win Butler said of the collaboration, 'Mavis Staples is one of my favorite people on Earth and I've been fortunate enough to sing with her a couple times.

"And we just have a really beautiful relationship with her as a band," he said. 'We're just really honored to sing with her." Check out the 'Broken Speaker Mix" and the instrumental version of, "I Give You Power" here.

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Syd Arthur Release 'No Peace' Music Video

Syd Arthur have released a brand new music video for their current single "No Peace". The song comes from their group's most recent album "Apricity".

Singer-guitarist Liam Magill had this to say about the track and video, "'No Peace' is about information overload. We set out to write an inviting song with a message we can all relate to, a reminder to put down that screen down once in a while and experience something more real.

"The video's color palette is orange and grey reflecting the album artwork. The imagery was inspired by social media and the incessant objects that surround our modern existence. Visually we wanted it to have a minimalistic and clean look but with added glitch and static to resemble the organized yet chaotic nature of the world." Watch the video here.

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Riverside Announce The Towards the Blue Horizon Tour

Riverside have announced that they will be following their upcoming comeback tribute shows with a full European tour which will be taking place this spring.

The Towards the Blue Horizon Tour is set to kick off on April 20th in Olsztyn, Poland) at the Nowy Andegrant and will travel to various cities across the continent before wrapping up on May 30th in Krakow, Poland at Laznia.

The group had this to say, "2017 must be a better year. And we have to come back to life. But we won't, unless we come back to the stage... so it is our great pleasure to inform you that Riverside will go back to playing live this year.

"After two very special evenings in February, which, for obvious reasons, are going to be unique and one of a kind, we have planned two legs of a special Towards the Blue Horizon Tour. The first one will begin in April and May. The second one will start in the autumn and we'll visit more European countries." Read more and see the dates here.

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Asia Release 'Only Time Will Tell' Live Video

Asia have released a new live video for "Only Time Will Tell". The clip comes from their new live package "Symfonia - Live In Bulgaria 2013", which will be released on February 24th.

The package will released in various formats including a 2CD/DVD set, Blu-Ray, and digitally. It features the band's performance at the Sounds of the Ages Festival at the Second Century Roman Theater in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from September of 2013. Watch the video here.

The concert was originally aired on Bulgarian National TV and featured the line-up including original members John Wetton, Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes along with Sam Coulson on guitar. Read more here.

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Royal Thunder Announce New Album 'Wick'

Royal Thunder have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, entitled "Wick", on April 7th via Spinefarm and have revealed the track details for the effort.

Guitarist and band founder Josh Weaver had these comments, "WICK is different, a bigger jump as far as our sound goes. But it's still us - it's just the sound of Royal Thunder's evolution."

Mlny Parsonz adds, "Out of all of the albums, WICK was the hardest one to make. It was a fight, but to hear it now, to see it finished, is so gratifying. "...Finally it's over, it's amazing to be done with it. I'm looking at it, going we're done, it's over, be free......." See the tracklisting here.

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Inglorious Announce New Album and Return Of Drew Lowe

Inglorious have announced that they will be releasing their sophomore album "Inglorious II" on May 12th in various formats and they revealed that original guitarist Drew Lowe has returned to the band, replacing Wil Taylor.

The new album was produced by Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden, Rush) and will be released in standard CD and vinyl versions, as well as in a deluxe 2CD/DVD edition featuring footage from the band's performance at last year's Donington, according to Classic Rock.

Frontman Nathan James had this to say about the new effort, "It came together very organically after spending time touring together and felt great. We knew we were making an album this time too! We focused on getting our sounds just right so we could get into the studio and out in the least time possible." Read more here.

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Arch Enemy Release 'War Eternal' Live Video

Arch Enemy are giving fans another taste of their "As The Stages Burn!" forthcoming live DVD/Blu-ray with the release of the "War Eternal" video from the package.

The video and the upcoming live package was filmed during the band's appearance at the Wacken music festival in Germany last year which was captured on 13 cameras.

"As The Stages Burn!" will be released in various formats on March 31st including digitally, a limited edition CD and DVD Digipak, a 2LP gatefold and DVD vinyl package and a CD, DVD and Blu-ray box set. Watch the video here.

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Iconic Cream Album Expanded For Super Deluxe Edition

(Gibson) A new Super Deluxe edition of Fresh Cream is just out, a full 50 years since its original release. With 4xCDs and a Blu-ray disc as well, it's pretty much the definitive document of Eric Clapton's early work with the 1960s supergroup. There are stereo and mono versions, radio sessions, some new mixes and more... A heavyweight vinyl edition is following soon. Both have extensive booklets.

Cream's music itself remains as baffling ever. There's Clapton in "God" mode for heavy blues rave-ups in "Spoonful", "I'm So Glad" and "Rollin' and "Tumblin", tight psych pop in "I Feel Free", as well as oddities such as "Wrapping Paper" and "Coffee Song." But it all finds Clapton, just turned 20, at the top of his game and cranking plenty of firepower from his early Gibson Les Pauls.

Gibson.com asked Fresh Cream executive producer Bill Levenson, also behind the Clapton Crossroads and Duane Allman Skydog boxsets, for his reflections on the rebooted '60s classic...

Gibson.com: Was putting this together a lot of detective work?

Bill Levenson: We had to go a long way into the vaults. There's a vault in New York from Atlantic records, '60s tapes. Polydor UK had their vaults. And Germany had a sizeable vault, too. So we dug into all three and found the best of everything. There were some surprises. Some of the tapes in Germany hadn't been touched in 50 years and were in better shape than the sources we'd normally rely on. Read more here.

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Novembers Doom Stream New Sogn 'Plague Bird', Announce Album

Novembers Doom have released a stream of their new track "Plague Bird". The song comes from their new studio album, Hamartia, which will be released on April 14th via The End Records. The label sent over these details:

Recorded at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI, this album sees production from long-time Novembers Doom producer Chris Djuricic (Jungle Rot, Malevolence), and Mix Master metal legend Dan Swano (Opeth, Dissection, Katatonia). Check out the new song here

The album includes guest appearances from Ben Johnson on keyboards, Rhiannon Kuhr on backing vocals ("Ever After," "Miasma," "Zephyr"), Andrew Craighan (My Dying Bride) on guitar melody ("Waves In The Red Cloth"), Bernt Fjellestad (Susperia) on backing vocals ("Borderline"), and Dan Swanö on backing vocals ("Borderline"). Read more here.

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Paul Weller Announces His First Film Score and Soundtrack Album

(WBR) Paul Weller has recorded his first-ever full film score / soundtrack project, entitled Jawbone: Music From The Film, which will be released on Warner Bros. Records in the U.S. on March 10th. JAWBONE, the film, will be released in theatres on March 17th in the U.K.

This is the first new music from Weller since his universally praised 2015 album Saturns Pattern. The film's star, writer, and co-producer is the BAFTA-nominated actor Johnny Harris - a long-time fan of Weller's. He approached the singer a few years ago through a mutual friend on the off-chance he would be interested. However, all that existed at that point was the script - no cast and no budget - but Weller was keen and a great partnership, and friendship, were forged.

"Paul would constantly send through any new ideas, demos, or recordings, and what was unique and beautiful about this approach was that his new compositions were now inspiring and influencing the story as I was re-writing it," Harris says. "I'd also send Paul new drafts of the script, or any new ideas as they were forming along the way, and a beautifully collaborative process evolved." The album can be preordered in various formats

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Judas Priest Release Live Version Of 'Rock You All Around The World'

(hennemusic) Judas Priest are streaming a live recording of "Rock You All Around The World" as a preview to the February 3 release of an expanded 30th anniversary reissue of their 1986 album, "Turbo."

The tune is part of a recording of a May 1986 concert at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO that is featured in the updated set, which also includes a remastered version of the original album.

"The 'Fuel For Life' tour certainly encapsulated the decadence of the times!," says the band. "'Turbo' remastered and accompanied by a pedal to the metal live recording from Kansas reveals Priest on high octane - Raising fists and devil horns to the next level." Stream the song here.

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