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Pro-Pain Frontman Viciously Attacked With Ice Pick

Pro-Pain frontman Gary Meskil has been stabilized after being admitted to a hospital intensive care unit for injuries he suffered during a vicious attack and robbery in Brussels on Monday night (July 3rd).

The band has been forced to cancel some dates on their European tour as Meskil receives treatment. They issued the following update to fans, "This past Monday night, Gary was the victim of a robbery and attempted murder in Brussels. He was pick-pocketed of cash, credit card, and passport, struck on the head with an ice pick and then subsequently attacked by a gang of individuals. The police have confiscated more than one weapon and they have established the identities of some of the suspects.

"Gary was quickly admitted to ICU after suffering head trauma (including several fractures to his face and jaw) and massive blood loss. Since then he has stabilized and is trying his best to recover, but future surgery may be necessary.

"We regret to inform the fans that the shows scheduled for Roeselare (July 7th) and Osnabruck (July 8th) are now officially cancelled. We will make sure to keep you all informed of any other cancellations and on Gary's progress. Thanks for your support at this difficult time."

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Def Leppard And Journey In Talks For New Tour

Def Leppard and Journey are in talks to possibly team up to hit the road for a big tour together for this first time in over a decade, according to Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell.

The two hit making bands had previously played a successful coheadlining tour together in the summer of 2006 and shared the stage at the 2009 Download festival in the UK and Campbell says that it is possible they will team up again next year.

He told the Do You Know Jack? radio show, "I know that nothing is set in stone, but negotiations are going on, and one of the acts we're talking about touring with next year could possibly be Journey. But it's not the only thing that's in the works. But I know we are trying to put together a big tour for next year, yeah."

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Muse Launch New AI Video Each Day For A Month Campaign

(Radio.com) Muse have forged new ground in the music video field by using artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to create a new lyric video for their single "Dig Down."

The technology will create a new video every day for a month using hundreds of hours of footage to feature high-profile personalities voicing the lyrics to the band's latest single. The video was created with the tech development agency, Branger_Briz.

"AI is so often deployed in a very invisible way, so it was exciting to collaborate on a project with the band that brings it to the fore," Branger Briz said. "We think it's important to have public discourse about the promise and perils of these emerging and incredibly influential technologies and it's great to work with Muse to instigate those conversations." Check out the first clip here.

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Exodus To Reunite With Former Singer This Weekend

Bay Area thrash legends Exodus have special plans for their two home town shows tonight (July 7th) and tomorrow including an onstage reunion with former frontman Rob Dukes.

The band will be performing two concert at The Chapel in San Francisco and guitarist Gary Holt told the local CBS affiliate that the band will be joined by Dukes during their set on Saturday night (July 8th.)

The kick off show is also noteworthy. Holt explains, "Yeah, I think we're filming them. The first night is going to be Steve Souza's first headlining show with Exodus back in the Bay. We're going to put together a pretty varied set list and try to pull out a couple of deep tracks. It's going to be really killer.

"The second night, we've got a few special guests lined up. It's going to be awesome. We have Rob Dukes coming up to sing some songs. I'm super stoked about that. Rick Hunolt is going to play a few songs and (Heathen guitarist) Kragen (Lum), who has been standing in for me, is going to play some songs. It's going to be a night to remember." Read more here.

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How Guns N' Roses Picked Songs For Reunion Tour

Guns N' Roses star Richard Fortus has explained how the band went about selecting the song list for their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour which features original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

"We all threw in ideas and then played through everything," Fortus said in an interview with Hot Press. "The ones that were working the best were the ones we went with. In terms of Slash and Duff tackling the 'Chinese Democracy' material, they took a straightforward approach. They both have such strongly unique musical personalities and they insert those personalities into the songs. I love the way we've been doing those songs on this tour.

"Of course, we also have Melissa Reece playing on keyboards. She has an incredible energy and is very musical. Her backing vocals add so much, and the auxiliary keyboard parts that she adds allow us to do everything without utilizing backing tracks and having to play to a click."

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Glenn Hughes Announces First Full Deep Purple Shows In 40 Years

Glenn Hughes has announced that he will be playing full concerts featuring music from his former band Deep Purple during his upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand this fall.

The shows will mark the first time in 40 years that Hughes will perform material from the iconic band since his final show with the group on March 15th, 1976 at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool.

Glenn shared his excitement about the special upcoming concerts, "I'm incredibly excited to get out there and play tracks like 'Burn', 'Mistreated', 'Stormbringer' and 'Getting Tighter', as well as some of those older songs that helped define the genre. With this band, I can assure you of a concert that'll blow your mind." Read more here.

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Original Smashing Pumpkins Members Discussing 2018 Reunion

Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin revealed in a recent radio interview that talks are underway for the original lineup of the group to reunite in 2018.

Chamberlin told WGN Radio (via NME), "We were talking about playing next year with the band and somebody asked me, you know, 'What's it like trying to co-ordinate that?' "I said it's like 'Grumpy Old Men 3?, only there's four grumpy old men and one's a woman'. So… that's how it's gotten to be."

He also spoke about the complicated chemistry between him and frontman Bill Corgan, "The two hours that we spend playing music together is the greatest thing in the world. It's the other 22 hours of the day that him and I are… He's got opinions, I've got opinions. We're both grown men, right?" Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Reveal Meaning Behind 'Concrete And Gold'

(Radio.com) Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has revealed the meaning behind the title of their forthcoming album "Concrete And Gold" which will be released on September 15th.

Grohl explains that "Concrete And Gold" is "also the title of the last song. There's sort of a theme within the eleven songs that goes from beginning to end, so this is kind of the resolve of the entire record.

"The chorus [of the song 'Concrete And Gold'] says, 'I have an engine made of gold, something so beautiful. The world will never know. Our roots are stronger than you know. Up through the concrete we will grow.' It's kind of beautiful." Read more here.

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Metallica Star Reveals His Favorite Metal and Hard Rock Albums

(Gibson) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich was recently asked by Rolling Stone to name his 15 favorite metal and hard rock albums. Guns N' Roses' 1987 blockbuster Appetite for Destruction, AC/DC's 1977 collection Let There Be Rock and Deep Purple's 1972 live album Made in Japan all made the list.

On Guns N' Roses, Ulrich calls Appetite for Destruction "the blueprint for literally thousands of bands." True! AC/DC's Let There Be Rock, according to Ulrich, is AC/DC's "heaviest...densest...most energetic record."

Regarding Made in Japan, Ulrich states, "Deep Purple obviously had a handful of insane songs, from 'Highway Star' to 'Smoke on the Water' to 'Speed King' to all the rest of them. But there's probably no other band in rock where the difference between the album versions and the live versions are more radical." See Lars' full list here.

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DevilDriver and 36 Crazyfist Announce Summer Tour

DevilDriver have announced that they will be launching a summer headline tour across the U.S. that will feature support from 36 Crazyfists, Uncured and Tetrarch.

The trek is scheduled to kick off on August 18th in San Jose, Ca at The Ritz and will conclude on September 22nd in Lubbock, TX at Jake's Backroom. Cane Hill will be joining the tour beginning with the August 23rd show in Colorado Springs.

DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara had this to say, "I am proud to announce the next DevilDriver headlining through the United States. We are bringing our great friends 36 CrazyFists who we haven't toured with in years as well as Cane Hill, Uncured and Tetrarch! - Come out to a show and get in the pit! See ya there!" See the dates here.

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Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme Not Letting Terrorist Stop Him

Queens of the Stone Age star Josh Homme hopes that other music artists will not have to experience terrorist attacks like his band did at the Bataclan in Paris and Ariana Grande did in Manchester, but he refuses to let the terrorist stop him from following his passion for music.

"It's a terrifying club to be part of. You hope it never gets any bigger now than two artists," he told Rolling Stone (via Radio.com "If you could trade places, you actually wouldn't, because someone else would understand that. I don't think I would wish that on anybody else."

Homme went on to express that he will not let the terrorist win by changing him. "I refuse to philosophically feel any different than I always do. This is what I want to do, and I'm gonna do that. It's just always a desire. You can call it being free; you can call it being American; you can call it being punk rock or you can call it being a banana-f*** head. I don't care what you call it. I'm gonna go do what we do, no matter what."

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Flotsam And Jetsam Recruit Ken Mary For Upcoming Dates

Flotsam And Jetsam have announced that they will be playing some West Coast dates in the U.S. this month before heading overseas next month for shows that include an appearance at this year's Wacken Open Air.

The band has recruited Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, Alice Cooper, House Of Lords, TKO, Chastain) to play with them on the upcoming dates in place of drummer Jason Bitter, who left the group to join Overkill.

The band had the following to say, "We're looking forward to seeing our European friends and fans one last time this year, before we start production work on our upcoming album. And we're just as excited to get a chance to play a few shows with a drum legend like Ken Mary. Good times ahead." See the dates here.

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Ozzy, Megadeth, KISS, Stone Sour Lead Festival Lineup

(Gibson) Here's a major metal and hard rock festival that's set to rock Chicago in less than two weeks. The 2017 Chicago Open Air festival happens July Friday, July 14, through Sunday, July 16, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, just outside of the Windy City.

Performers include Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Anthrax, Kiss, Korn, Slayer, Clutch and many more. Other acts include Stone Sour, Steel Panther, Behemoth, Kyng and more.

"We are beyond stoked to be a part of Chicago Open Air this year," Stone Sour's Corey Taylor said in a statement. "If you've never seen Stone Sour before, you're in for a … treat. If you HAVE seen Stone Sour before, forget what you're expecting. It's a whole new ballgame. See you all soon!"

"…I mean, KISS, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Rob Zombie?!" added Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. "If I wasn't playing, I would want to go just to be part of the party!!" Read more here.

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Singled Out: Owl Company's Riddles

Sao Paulo, Brazilian heavy rockers Owl Company are gearing up to release their debut album "Horizon" on July 14th and to celebrate we asked Enrico Minelli to tell us about the first single "Riddles". Here is the story:

I remember whistling the main riff of "Riddles" when I was heading to my studio in Sao Paulo, Brazil. That riff was in my head for a few days already when I decided to produce it. I sat down with Felipe Ruiz, guitar, and I sang him what I had in mind. I wanted the melody to follow it so people wouldn't know which came first, the melody or the riff. The recording process was very smooth, we knew what we wanted, musically, since the beginning.

Lyrically, the song is based on stories that my father used to tell me about the second world war. He used to repeat to himself that he was never walking alone, like him, thousands and thousands of people were experiencing the same situation in Italy. Like he still says to me "Life is a riddle and we should never walk it alone".

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

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