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Sebastian Bach Undergoes Surgery For Undisclosed Reason

(hennemusic) Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach announced earlier this week that he would be undergoing surgery on Thursday (July 13th) for what the rocker refers to as a "singing-related" issue.

"This is the first surgery that I have had since I got my nose broke at the Motley Crue show," Bach wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, referring to a 1997 incident. "Don't worry, the anesthetist has been warned! I'm kind of nervous but that's how it goes I guess.

"This surgery has nothing to do with my voice, or my throat, at all, but it IS singing related. After years of doing what I do, rock 'n' roll has taken a toll on a part of my body, and tomorrow I am going to get it fixed. Wish me luck! I'll see you on tour."

Bach performed a handful of US dates last month prior to the procedure. The singer recently confirmed plans to appear at the upcoming Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp featuring Judas Priest this fall. Read more here.

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Ritchie Blackmore's New Rainbow Disrespected Fans Says Former Singer

Former Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner has criticized Ritchie Blackmore's new version of the iconic group and says that he was actually in talks with the guitarist about putting together a more "authentic" version of the band.

Turner made the comments in a new interview with the Australian outlet Illawarra Mercury. "I had worked with Ritchie's manager for over a year trying to put something together that was authentic. When I say 'authentic,' I mean authentic lineup, regardless of who was still around, who wasn't," he revealed. "We were going to have people that actually were in Rainbow... And they just pulled out at the last minute really and put this thing together."

The singer said that he was shocked by Blackmore's decision to put together the current lineup. "Why would anyone of his iconic nature want to come out and not be as good as he can be? Because, obviously, the reviews haven't been that good. And that's not for me to say - that's what people are saying. It's obvious that it's just not living up to snuff.

"It's a shame that they didn't see the vision that they should have put an authentic Rainbow together, because all the fans feel disrespected in a way. They were hoping that they would get a chance to see at least some cast of Rainbow members, all in one place, all at one time. And that just didn't happen."

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Metallica Top Mid-Year Rock Album Sales With 'Hardwired'

(hennemusic) Metallica's "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" has topped a 2017 mid-year US rock sales report by Nielsen Music. According to Billboard, the project ranks as the most popular rock album in the US for the tracking period of December 30, 2016 through June 29, 2017

The veteran metal band's tenth album sold 540,000 equivalent album units, of which 487,000 were in traditional album sales. "Hardwired…" topped the list ahead of releases by Twenty One Pilots ("Blurryface"), the soundtrack to Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, and Imagine Dragons ("Evolve"), among others.

Nielsen Music notes that total rock album consumption - based on equivalent album units - fell 7.8 percent in the first half of 2017, to 61.49 million units earned (down from 66.69 million in the first six months of 2016). Read more here.

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Nine Inch Nails Announce 'Add Violence' EP And Stream New Video

(Radio.com) Nine Inch Nails will release two new EPs before the end of the year to finish their trilogy of releases that started with their Dec. 2016 first volume, Not the Actual Events. They have now announced that the second installment, "Add Violence", will arrive July 21.

The band also debuted the opening track "Less Than" in anticipation of the impending release of their five-track EP. The video showcases a woman hypnotized by an 8-bit looking video game, which features lyrics from the new song.

An underlying electronic sound evokes this video game vibe, while frontman Trent Reznor sings, "We didn't even notice/ We awake in a place/ We can barely recognize, yeah/ Hypnosis."

According to the band's press release, the upcoming record "finds the band becoming more accessible and impenetrable at the same time." "The sonic palette expands significantly from Not the Actual Events, incorporating elements of beauty into the dark dissonance," it continued. "The narrative arc linking the three records begins to emerge through the disassociated lyrics and the provocative and clue-filed cover artwork and accompanying physical component." Watch "Less Than" and check out the complete tracklisting here.

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Def Leppard Preview Their Hysteria At 30 Documentary

(hennemusic) Def Leppard are streaming the trailer for their upcoming mini-documentary, "Step Inside: Hysteria At 30." The project is expected to arrive in sync with the upcoming 30th anniversary reissues of the UK band's 1987 album, "Hysteria."

Due August 4, a remastered edition of the record will be issued in various packages, including a 7-disc Super Deluxe Edition, 3CD Deluxe Version, 1CD Vanilla Version, 2-LP Black Vinyl Version and a limited edition 2-LP Colored Vinyl Version.

The reissues include B-sides and live tracks, plus the audio for "In The Round In Your Face (Live)" on CD for the first time. "It's hard to believe that it's been thirty years since the release of Hysteria," says frontman Joe Elliott. "In some respects it really does seem like only yesterday.

"So, to mark this milestone, we wanted to do something very special for our fans and give them the definitive version of the album, one that incorporates all of the memories and milestones that we caught on tape and some of the madness that we got up to on the road. We hope it means as much to you as it does to us." Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Dishwalla Singled Out Week: Miles Away

Dishwalla released "Juniper Road," their first new album in over a decade today (7/14) and to celebrate we asked Jim Wood to tell us about some of the tracks. Today he talks about "Miles Away". Here is the story:

I had been sitting on the music and melodies for Miles Away for quite some time, but never had the right story to match up with it. The breakthrough came when a close friend had a series of events in their life that caused them to freak out and literally blow up their entire life as they knew it. They had come to believe that everything that they had been working so hard for was not compatible with what they believed that they should be doing. Their solution was to try to erase everything and start over with the hope that they could get onto the right track. The big problem with that idea was that aside from the collateral damage, what they believed that they needed to do in life didn't actually line up with what they felt and ultimately knew was right for them. Finally they came back to their senses but it was a long and hard process. The lyrics are inspired by that story of questioning what true belief really is.

By the time the lyrics came together we were well into the final stages of putting together the new record. We had a running list of 18 songs and no brain space for yet another one so it sat on the back burner like so many others in the Dishwalla song pipeline.

One night during the Joshua Tree Recording Sessions we were watching one of the last Presidential debates. Everyone started getting super depressed with the ridiculous spectacle and the mood started going downhill fast. Thankfully our drummer George looked over and said: 'Hey let's go play some music'. We bailed out and went to the patio and started jamming. After a while I remembered that song idea and we started to play though it.

Over the next hours different band members came out and started playing along as we worked though the different parts. Our producer Sylvia Massy stealthily set up mics to capture the patio jam and all the ideas that were flying around.

By the next evening we had recorded the entire song and added it to the track list. We used an Echoplex Tape Delay that belonged to our friend Eric Burdon that we had found sitting in a closet for the Rodney's electric and Scot's lap steel parts. Justin sang with a blanket over his head at one point as a quick-fire vocal booth, and did some other takes while doing pushups with the mic on the floor which gave the takes a really different feel. Later we added a string arrangement and a melody part recorded with my 8-year old son's Melodica, which is a toy harmonica with keys that can make some really lonely and haunting sounds.

Justin and I had completely different ideas of how to mix the song. He had done a really up-front and personal mix, which I couldn't really wrap my head around since I had been running the song in my head one way for so long. I then did a version that was wetter and more driving, which I really liked but didn't have the in-your face intimacy of his approach. The end product is a combination of both of our mixes that actually crossfades from one to the other seamlessly under the vocal, and creates a whole sonic journey along the way.

Learn more about the album right here!

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Radiohead Hide Vintage Game In 'OK Computer' Reissue

(Radio.com) Radiohead has given their fans one of the most unique musical "Easter eggs" the world has ever seen. Gizmodo reports that certain fans recently discovered the band hid a vintage computer program on the tape that comes with the 20th anniversary edition of OK Computer.

The deluxe box set edition of the OKNOTOK reissue contains a "C90 cassette mixtape compiled by the band, taken from OK Computer session archives and demo tapes."

When certain fans played the first track, they noticed the "beepy" startup sound for the ZX Spectrum, 1980's era, 8-bit British computer. The crazy part is, the code isn't written in the liner notes or on an external drive, but actually embedded within the audio itself.

To make the Easter egg even more fun, fans realized guitarist and keyboardist Jonny Greenwood owned a Spectrum ZX and learned to code Sinclair BASIC.

After a lot of work, one fan on Reddit got it to work on a Spectrum emulator and then uploaded the results online. Captioning the video, the fan further revealed that, "inside the code there's a hidden, black text on a black background: 'congratulations….you've found the secret message syd lives hmmmm. We should get out more.'" Watch the program here.

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Queens of the Stone Age Release Teaser Video For 'Villains' Album

(Radio.com) Queens Of The Stone Age are preparing for the release of their new album Villains, and the band has released a high-energy teaser clip for the effort. In the minute-long clip, band members rock out to a new track with manic, dance-able energy. Josh Homme's delivery of "desperation can lead to madness" evokes Gang of Four's 1979 track "Natural's Not in It."

'There are some slower moments but I like to dance, man, and whether it's Eagles [Of Death Metal] or Queens or [Them Crooked] Vultures there's no reason not to conjoin rock'n'roll and dance and hallelujah and darkness and all that in one thing," Homme told NME. "In a world of desperately going for 'likes' I think Villains is more like, 'We'll take the dislikes, we'll take all the outcasts.' This album is here to do bad guy stuff."

He added: 'Queens has always been like an ice-cream parlor or a video arcade, it's safe from the bullsh*t of the day. I'm not interested in being topical in that way, yet at the same time it's completely about now." Watch the teaser for Villains here.

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Cheap Trick Finish Recording A Christmas Album

(hennemusic) Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson says the band will release a Christmas album later this year. The project will follow the Rockford, IL band's newly-released album, "We're All Alright".

"We've actually just finished recording a Christmas record about two months ago, which will actually make it three records in two years!," the bassist tells Orange Amps. "The Christmas record will be released around Halloween, and it came out great! We did one standard, and then all sorts of different songs on there, it's really cool.

"We've got a few originals," he adds, "and we covered songs from artists that we really like which have done Christmas songs we think are really cool, you know, Roy Wood and that sort of thing.

"The only confusing thing about recording this record, is that every song had the word Christmas in it, so we could never keep it straight during recording, trying to figure out which song was which; 'Ok guys so let's do the Christm….. the sleigh song next.'" Read more here.

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Arcade Fire Release 'Electric Blue' Music Video

(Radio.com) Arcade Fire have released another track from their upcoming album Everything Now, which hit stores on July 28. The latest song, "Electric Blue," is accompanied by an eclectic music video.

In a recent email to fans, the band described the track as "either a gorgeous celebration of longing or a swirling aural hangover cure. If you, the journalist, need something specific to say about it, try something like, 'It's the sound of Arcade Fire at the dawn of something new, gorgeously unsure if they're ready for morning to come.'"

In the video, Regine Chassagne walks through dirty, chaotic streets of New Orleans at night, while the rest of the band act as street cleaners.

"Electric Blue" follows previous releases, including the title track, "Signs of Life" and "Creature Comfort." The band has also played another track, "Chemistry" during recent shows in London. Watch the video here.

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Paul McCartney Reveals His Approach To Live Shows

(Gibson) Paul McCartney just kicked off the latest U.S. leg of his One on One Tour, and even though he's playing huge stadiums, McCartney knows how to keep it intimate.

"(W)hen I do the show, I feel like I'm kind of talking to someone like me in the audience," he told Rolling Stone. "So I'm relating to the people. And when I'm playing, I'm imagining it's me listening to this band, this guy."

In fact, the tour's name, McCartney says, takes from the intimate experience he hopes fans experience at his concerts. "Even though you're at the back of the hall, we try and bring the intimacy to you," he said, also explaining that the video screens helps bring the crowd in. "So…it's me, one-on-one, with every member of the audience." Read more here.

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Adrenaline Mob and Righteous Vendetta Announce Tour

Adrenaline Mob have announced that they will be returning to the road later this summer to embark on their second leg of their We The People North American tour.

The trek is set to kick off on August 18th in Dayton, Oh and runs through September 23rd in Providence, RI and will include support from Righteous Vendetta and Dark Sky Choir.

Righteous Vendetta frontman Ryan Hayes had this to say, "We are excited to announce these tour dates with our labelmates Adrenaline Mob! We are going to be hitting a lot of our favorite venues we haven't got around to in awhile, as well as some new markets we haven't visited before. Can't wait to hang out with old and new fans alike!" here.

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In This Moment Discusses Collaboration With Rob Halford

In This Moment are gearing up to release their new album "Ritual" next week which will feature a guest appearance from Judas Priest legend Rob Halford on the track "Black Wedding".

Guitarist Chris Howorth spoke with Metal Wani about the new album and revealed how the collaboration came about, "Maria was doing the lyrics - and it's almost like a duet, but she's singing to herself with the mother and the priest and we're like, 'Rob Halford IS the priest! He would be the coolest dude ever to have on this song.'

"A couple of years ago, he actually expressed interest in our band and came to see us. It blew our minds completely. We became friends with him from that point. He's been super influential to us and when we were doing the song, Maria was, like, 'I'm going to see if Rob's interested' and he jumped right on it. It's so cool to have him on this song with us." Check out the full interview here.

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The Room Release New Live At The Robin 2 DVD

UK rockers The Room are giving fans a taste of their mix of classic rock and progressive music with the release of their new DVD 'LIVE @ The Robin 2'. We were sent the following details:

Filmed by 6 cameras at the UK venue The Robin 2 by Skooch Media headed by Leigh Tarrant and Chris Grout-Smith, audio recorded by Damon Sawyer of Platform Studios, and edited/mastered by Ed Truckell, LIVE @ The Robin 2 also includes a back stage interview and the pre-release trailer.

The group had this to say, "We are absolutely thrilled with the DVD. It is a real representation of the energy, band dynamics and passion with which we play. If you haven't seen us live yet then this DVD gets you pretty close to the action." Watch the trailer here.

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