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AC/DC Star Admits He Shot Himself In The Foot

Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd appears to be in a much better place today following a few years of set backs including a heart attack and a house arrest following a conviction for drug offenses.

Rudd was arrested in late 2014 as AC/DC was preparing to launch a blockbuster world tour and ultimately was unable to take part in the trek after being sentenced to home detention. He suffered another setback last summer when he was forced to undergo emergency surgery following a heart attack.

The drummer recently spoke to Music Radar to promote his European tour supporting his solo album "Head Job" and addresses both his health problems and the issues that kept him from touring with AC/DC.

He said of his health, "I've never felt better. Since they fixed me up I've had a whole new lease on life." Rudd also accepted the blame for the legal issues that prevented him from touring with AC/DC. "I was just being a f***ing d***head. I shot myself in the foot. You make your own bed, mate. You make your own mistakes and you have to deal with them and that is what I have done. Hindsight is 20/20."

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Ace Frehley Streams Unreleased Song and Announces Expanded Reissue

(hennemusic) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is streaming the unreleased track, "Hard For Me", as a preview to the September 8 release of an expanded reissue of his 2009 album, "Anomaly."

The guitarist's fifth solo project - which debuted and peaked at No. 27 on the US Billboard 200 - mixed original material with a cover of the 1974 Sweet classic, "Fox On The Run."

The updated 2017 edition adds three bonus tracks: "Hard For Me" - which was later reworked into the album's opening tune, "Foxy & Free" - a slower version of "Pain In The Neck", and the previously digital-only bonus track, "The Return Of Space Bear."

"Anomaly Deluxe" will feature enhanced album art, a new live poster, and extensive liner notes by rock writer and Frehley historian Ron Albanese, including track-by-track commentary by the guitarist himself.

"I think this new edition of the album is great - a special treat for the fans," says Frehley. "And, with the bonus tracks, they'll get a little more insight into how the album came together." Stream the song and read more here.

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Stevie Nicks And Tom Petty Duet Classic Hit In London

Fans that attended the London stop of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour on Sunday night were treated to a special duet performance with Fleetwood Mac legend Stevie Nicks.

Stevie joined the band onstage during their July 9th concert at Hyde Park to perform her and Petty's hit duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" and fan filmed footage has been shared online.

The song was released as the first single from Nicks' 1981 solo album "Bella Donna" and was co-written by Petty and guitarist Mike Campbell, according to Song Facts. It hit No. 2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and No. 3 on the Hot 100. Watch the Hyde Park performance here.

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Foo Fighters Debut New Song 'Arrows' During Athens Concert

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters debuted a new song, "Arrows", during a July 10 performance at the Odeio Herodou Attikou in Athens, Greece and video from the event has surfaced online.

The final date of the band's European tour at the stone theater at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece - which was built in the year 161 AD - was filmed for the PBS series "Landmarks Live In Concert", hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Captured in legendary destinations around the globe, the "artist-driven concert series" bills itself as being "as much about landmarks, as it is the music and the musicians who perform" on the program.

"Arrows" is the sixth track previewed in concert from the Foo Fighters' forthcoming album, "Concrete And Gold," following the live premieres of the lead single, "Run", "La Dee Da" and "The Sky Is A Neighborhood" at the Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland on June 16, "Sunday Rain" at the Lucavsala festival in Riga, Latvia on June 21, and "Dirty Water" in Paris, France on July 3. Read more and watch the song performance here.

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Alice Cooper Announces Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition DVD

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper has announced that he will be releasing the "Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition DVD" on September 8th. The package pairs two projects associated with the rocker's classic 1975 solo album debut: a TV special entitled "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare" (available here on DVD for the first time), and the 1976 "Welcome To My Nightmare" concert film.

Aired on ABC in the US shortly after the 1975's album release, "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare" showcases every song from the set, with Cooper taking on the role of Steven, and Vincent Price serving as The Spirit Of The Nightmare.

The broadcast delivered a mix of Cooper's hits and classics against a backdrop of giant spiders, skeletons, a cyclops, and the voice of Price. The "Welcome To My Nightmare" concert film captures the shock-rocker live over a pair of September 1975 shows at London's Wembley Arena.

Although the film initially failed at the box office, it went on to become a cult classic thanks, in part, to a series of midnight movie screenings. Read more here.

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Dishwalla Singled Out Week: Waiting On You, Love

Dishwalla are releasing "Juniper Road," their first new album in over a decade this Friday (7/14) and to celebrate we asked Jim Wood to tell us about some of the tracks. Today he talks about "Waiting On You, Love". Here is the story:

Waiting on You, Love is an idea of Justin's that he had sung and played a couple of bars into his phone. Later on he finished out the arrangement and lyrics and we tried it out as a band. It was acoustic guitar-driven and had kind of a push and pull feel to it. During one of our writing sessions we tried an alternate version where we set up in a circle with me on acoustic piano, Scot and Rodney playing acoustic guitars and George playing percussion, Justin sang a guide vocal along with us through the talkback mic in the control room, which is used to communicate with the people wearing headphones in the tracking room. This version was much slower and darker, and changed the mood of the song completely. When we mixed the song the small talkback vocal sound was transformed into a larger than life version of itself by smashing it though some vintage audio compressors.

That version sat for about a year until we revived it again as we started digging into just what the new record track listing would be. The consensus was that while Justin's voice sounded great with all of that open space that the overall vibe of the song still wasn't quite right. We tossed around a bunch of ideas and ended up trying a completely different approach with a more driving beat and Peter Gabriel-like bass line, but also with ambient guitars and keys. Rodney was playing a heavily effected single note part using analog delay feedback and the keys were based on an Omnichord, which is a Suzuki toy autoharp form the early 80s that makes awesomely weird sounds. The song slowly speeds up from start to finish and George's drum part alternates playing ahead and behind the beat in each measure. We cut a single take of that and knew we had something good, but it was still very undefined to stand alone as a complete song. It was looking like it was going to become a cool B-side.

During the Joshua Tree Sessions with Sylvia Massy we dug into it once more, and added bigger guitars and the spacey intro piece. We also added Justin's original guitar part into the second half of the song which gave it the extra drive that it needed. Musically we had all of the pieces but something was still missing on the vocal performance. I went back to the original live acoustic and piano version and lifted that demo guide vocal that he had sung through the talkback microphone and cut it into the new version. It was done at a completely different tempo but after some editing it sat right into the mix made the song complete. There are no other vocal tracks on that song and its one of the most epic on the record. All of the drums, bass, main guitar track and keys are live. Sometimes your first sketch is the best one.

Learn more about the album and stream the lead single right here!

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Beatles 50th Anniversary Yellow Submarine Comic Planned

(Gibson) To mark the anniversary of Yellow Submarine, the psychedelia-tinged animated fantasy film that featured the Beatles' music, as well as the band, both in animated and live-action versions, the Beatle's Apple Corporation has partnered with Titan Comics to create a comic book adaptation of the film.

A recent report in The Hollywood Reporter says that, "Incoming MAD Magazine editor Bill Morrison will write and illustrate Titan Comics' adaptation in time for the movie's 50th anniversary next year."

Speaking about the upcoming project, Chris Teather of Titan Comics said, "We're thrilled to be publishing The Beatles: Yellow Submarine for the 50th Anniversary of this fantastic movie. We can't wait for Beatles fans to experience this official adaptation." here.

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Godsmack's Sully Erna Takes On Opiod Crisis In New Solo Video

Godsmack frontman Sully Erna has released as special music video for his track "Different Kind Of Tears", which is a song from his 2016 solo album "Hometown Life".

Sully created the new clip to help spread awareness as the opioid crisis in America in association with the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and Recovery Centers of America.

Erna had this to say, "When Jim Wahlberg approached me to get involved with the Foundation to combat the out-of-control opioid epidemic sweeping this country, it was an easy decision.

"Most of the charity work I have done is based around helping out inner-city kids to begin with--since I was that kid myself once--and especially since the opioid problem is now so severe in my hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts. This song and video echo the feelings of struggle and loss people experience with this addiction and yearns to be heard." Watch the video here.

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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Add Dates To American Tour

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals appear to be having so much fun on their North American Summer tour that they have decided to extend the trek into September.

They launched the tour on July 6th at the Weesner Family Amphitheater in Apple Valley, MN and have now added dates that extend it until September 16th where it will wrap up in Sandy, UT at the Sandy City Amphitheater.

Harper had the following to say, "For myself and this band, playing live is what an instrument is for, it's what a song is for. A song is not completed until it reaches someone somewhere. Playing live gives us a chance to complete the songs each night." See the dates here.

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Van Morrison Announces New Album 'Roll With The Punches'

Van Morrison has announced that he will be releasing his brand new studio album "Roll With The Punches" on September 22nd which will be a mix of original material and his take on some classic rhythm and blues songs.

The music legend self-produced the effort which he recorded with a team of studio collaborators that included Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Jeff Beck, Paul Jones and Jason Rebello.

Van Morrison had this to say, "From a very early age, I connected with the blues. The thing about the blues is you don't dissect it--you just do it. I've never over-analysed what I do; I just do it. Music has to be about just doing it and that's the way the blues works--it's an attitude." Read more

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Mastodon Rock 'Show Yourself' On Conan

(hennemusic) Mastodon performed their track "Show Yourself" on TBS' late night program Conan on Monday night (July 10th), and video from the broadcast is available to stream online.

The tune is the second single from the Atlanta band's latest album, "Emperor Of Sand." Mastodon recently issued a Robert Schober-directed video for "Show Yourself" ahead of the live debut of the song during a March 17 performance at the SXSW music festival in Austin, TX.

The group recorded "Emperor Of Sand" last year with producer Brendan O'Brien at the Quarry in Kennesaw, Georgia. Upon its release in late March, the project debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 43,000 copies. Watch the Conan performance here.

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Cradle Of Filth Release 'Heartbreak And Seance' Video

Cradle Of Filth have released a music video for their track "Heartbreak And Seance". The song comes from the veteran group's forthcoming album "Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay" which will be released on September 22nd

Band leader Dani Filth had this to say about the new clip, "Working with such an artistic director as Arturs Berzi?s was indeed an honour, as the video shoot was very extensively planned, involving a myriad of extras and crew, make-up girls and set builders, a crow, some well-behaved snakes and a considerable amount of snow, candles, water, trees, naked bodies, lamentable mourners, as well as all being submerged in suitably gothic landscapes and vistas. And the fact that we travelled to Riga in Latvia to film it was also very unique and interesting.

"The video itself is fantastic, drawing from the darkly erotic imagery of the album artwork and bringing it to richly technicolored classical life. We had such a blast shooting it, as the accompanying photos attest to..." Watch the video here.

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The Shins Add Dates To North American Tour

The Shins have announced that they have added a handful of dates to their upcoming North American fall leg of their world tour in support of their latest album "Heartworms".

The band have added a September 29th show at the famed Greek Theater in Los Angeles, as well as new dates in Reno (October 7th) and Washington D.C. (November 2nd).

They will be wrapping up their current North American summer leg with an appearance at this year's Lollapalooza festival on August 6th before heading overseas for a European trek.

The band will return stateside on September 23rd, kicking off the new leg in Redmond, WA at the King County's Marymoor Park and wrapping things up on November 19th in Ciudad de Mexico at the Corona Capital. See the dates here.

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Saving Abel's Scott Wilson Addresses Rumors About Tantric Exit

New Saving Abel bass player Scott Wilson has released a statement to debunk rumors and to publicly addressed the reasons behind his departure from his former band Tantric.

He writes, "There has been some untruths and speculation circling about my departure from Tantric. To clarify, I made the decision to leave, as did the rest of the band. This was not a spur of the moment decision, but a culmination of years of erratic and profoundly unprofessional behavior from other members of the band, and a lack of forward momentum and opportunities.

"When I brought in my dear friend Bryan Bonds formerly of Florida Georgia Line, I felt maybe the band could have a fresh start. We had written a ton of amazing songs, which we recorded and started to copulate an album. I still believe in those songs, however there were many, many situations within the band I could no longer overlook.

"I didn't sign up to join a one-man band, and while I wish the best to Tantric in their future endeavors, I have much more artistically to look forward to, including writing an amazing new album with Saving Abel (Who I began writing with prior to my exit from Tantric) that we are looking forward to recording, and staying busy with many studio and Production endeavors."

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