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Guns N' Roses Excited About Making New Album

Guns N' Roses longtime guitarist Richard Fortus says that everyone in the band is excited about working on their first new album to feature the reunited lineup of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

The reunited band have already enjoyed massive success with their Not In This Lifetime tour and Fortus spoke with the St Louis Post-Dispatch about the trek and the band's recording plans, among other topics.

He said of the reunion tour, "It's bigger than anything I've ever experienced. Doing multiple nights at a stadium is a mind-****. It's hard to get your head around that level of craziness. Fans are just so rabid for it."

They report that the guitarist also said the following about the band's new album plans, "Everyone is excited about it. There's a really magical thing now with the band. It feels like a new band. It feels like the best version since I joined, and it's the most fun for me. There's so much excitement around it."

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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Recorded New Song

Ritchie Blackmore's new version of Rainbow have already recorded another new song together that is still to be released, according to the band's vocalist Ronnie Romero.

Blackmore put together a new version of his post-Deep Purple band last year to perform a handful of special shows that marked his return to rock. He followed up earlier this year with the release of a new version of the 1981 classic "I Surrender" and a cover of Edward Elgar's "Land Of Hope And Glory."

But there appears to be another song that has been recorded by the group, the singer revealed during an interview with Mariskal Rock (via TeamRock). Romero was asked if there was more music coming and he responded, "As a matter of fact, we recorded some stuff back in January."

He was then questioned if it was new material, and Romero responded, "Yes. Actually there is a new track scheduled to be released, although I don't know when.

"Ritchie is constantly trying new stuff just to see how they work out. That's why he released the new version of I Surrender and the instrumental version of Land Of Hope And Glory."

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Metallica Frontman Slams Kendall And Kylie Jenner's Rock Tees

(Radio.com) Kendall and Kylie Jenner ignited a firestorm of controversy when they unveiled a line of t-shirts repping popular classic rock and hip-hop acts. Since then, everyone from Arcade Fire to the Notorious B.I.G.'s mom has weighed in on the poseur-y concept and weird misappropriation of music iconography. The Jenner sisters have apologized for their short-sighted cash grab.

But now, Metallica frontman James Hetfield added his two cents on the marketing move during a recent interview, calling the creation of the t-shirts "disrespectful."

"I guess what they were thinking is, 'We can do whatever we want.' To me, it's disrespectful," he told ET Canada. "We've spent 36 years working hard, doing our best to keep a really close connection with people, make every note count, and someone just throws something up over something that we feel'"

He added that the controversy isn't the end of the world: "Not that it's sacred or anything, but show some respect." Watch the complete interview here.

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Peter Frampton Apologizes For Minnesota Concert Incident

(hennemusic) Peter Frampton has issued an apology for an incident during a July 23 concert at the Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, MN. According to the Star Tribune, the guitarist halted his opening slot performance ahead of the Steve Miller Band in what appeared to be a response to a camera operator putting a fan holding old Frampton album covers on the video screens, which caused the crowd to erupt during a quiet part of the show.

The distracted Frampton reportedly leaned his face into the camera and let out a two-word expletive before he and his band left the stage. A concertgoer claims he saw the rocker get into a "camera tug-of-war" with the cameraman on stage just as the unscheduled break began.

Casino spokesman Kevin Smith confirmed that the screens were turned off "at the artist's request" for the remainder of the show, which saw Frampton return to the stage and play the two songs remaining on his set list before adding a third tune to complete his performance.

Frampton "apparently didn't like what was on the video board for one reason or another," added Smith. "That was obvious." On Tuesday, the guitarist posted a lengthy explanation about the incident on social media, outlining the detailed and carefully-planned performance he and his band aim to deliver each night.

"When something happens to change the script, like a distraction out of my control, then it messes with the build of the show," writes Frampton. "This happened in Welch, MN the other night. 'I'll Give You Money,' is a song that we break down to almost nothing volume wise and it grabs the audience's attention and pulls them in to hear what we are doing-its one of the most intimate parts of the set for my band and the audience together. At this very climactic moment, the director of the in-house video displayed the audience on the screens, which distracted from the connection that we had worked to achieve. The moment was lost.

"From the stage, we aren't able to see what's being displayed on the screen so we had no idea they were showing a long-time fan holding up my album cover. I feel very bad for her and totally understand the perception from out front at this point in the show. The screens are there for you to see our playing and what we're doing close-up on stage from wherever you are in the crowd. I love that this is possible at todays' shows." Read the rest of his apology here.

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Singled Out: Forever Starts Today's Optimist

Forever Starts Today are gearing up to release their new album "Always Hope" on August 25th and to celebrate we asked frontwoman Christina Murphy to tell us about their new single/video "Optimist". Here is the story:

"Optimist" is a song about the struggle of trying to repeatedly help someone you care about, when they won't take your advice. The lyrics for "Optimist" came very organically. It was an easy song to write however releasing "Optimist" for all of the public to hear was the harder part. I have never been more honest in a song before and as a musician it's a very vulnerable feeling to openly state everything you're thinking and feeling when a struggle occurs. Especially if it isn't exactly a positive situation.

I wrote Optimist as I watched someone I cared about repeatedly put themselves in situations that were bad for their physical and mental health. I'm a helper and every time they'd put themselves in a bad situation and would get hurt I would coddle them and give advice on how to keep from having that situation happen again; yet every time they would put themselves in the exact same situation as before with the exact same outcome. It's heartbreaking to watch someone you care about continuously hurt and there's nothing you can do about it. They're in control of their own life. They're making these bad decisions and there's nothing you can do about it! I wrote "Optimist" out of frustration because I was rooting for that person to pull through for a better life for themselves. I was counting on them but I saw the cycle and fall after fall, I realized I was only a "Band-Aid" effect to their problems. There was a deeper issue that a Band-Aid couldn't truly heal. I'd only cover up the issue temporarily and they were using me as the only positive source in their life.

To anybody reading this who may be going through something similar, you cannot lastingly be the only light source in somebody's life. Doing this to someone will only drain the happiness, energy and positivity from yourself. Happiness, security and a sense of self-worth is something they need to find inside themselves and you may feel trapped in this relationship but there's always a way out. I do believe people can change but they likely won't if they're using you as a crutch. All of us need to learn to stand on our own two legs. Be happy and secure in who you are! If no one else does, I believe in you! Being able to stand on our own two feet is the only way we can move forward."

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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Trail Of Dead Announce Deluxe Expanded Anniversary Reissue

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of their "Source Tags & Codes" with a deluxe expanded vinyl edition and digitally on August 11th.

The reissue will include three rarities tracks ("Invocation," "Life Is Elsewhere," and "Blood Rites"), with the vinyl version being offered as a double LP with gatefold sleeve. They will also be releasing a very limited edition of the album on midnight navy vinyl via The Sound of Vinyl.

Jason Reece had this to say, "Source Tags & Codes was our moment to take a stab at creating a timeless album. We had the chance to have that freedom to experiment with new sonic possibilities while messing with the major label paradigm. It was truly a chaotic, strange and beautiful time in our young lives." UMe have launched a preorder here.

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Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Shares Early Chester Bennington Memory

(Radio.com) Linkin Park's Chester Bennington committed suicide last Thursday (July 20). Since this time, numerous artists and fans have bonded together to share their support for the band.

This week, co-frontman Mike Shinoda posted a moving tribute to his late bandmate. Shinoda shared the first photo the complete band lineup ever took together from around "1997 or 1998" when they first asked Bennington to join them.

"He said he was ready to move out from Arizona to L.A. We went to a pizza place near UCLA to hang out and talk about what to do next," Shinoda wrote. "The band was called Xero at the time, and we probably had less than a half a dozen songs. No flame tattoos yet, no red hair yet, most of us were still in college." See the post and photo here.

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Quiet Riot Release First Video In Almost 30 Years

Quiet Riot has released their first new music video in almost 30 years for their new single Can't Get Enough." The song comes from their forthcoming album "Road Rage."

The new studio effort features the lineup of drummer Frankie Banali, bassist Chuck Wright and guitarist Alex Grossi, along with their new frontman James Durbin, who is best known from American Idol.

The new record is scheduled to hit stores on August 4th. The band had originally planned to release a version featuring their previous singer this past spring, but went back into the studio to track new vocals with Durbin. Hear some of the results as you watch the video here.

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Heart Offshoot Band Roadcase Royale Announce Debut Album

(hennemusic) The new Heart offshoot band Roadcase Royale have announced that they will be releasing their debut studio album, to be entitled "First Things First", on September 22nd.

Guitarist Nancy Wilson has teamed up with former Prince bandmember and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form the new outfit with Prince protege lead guitarist Ryan Waters and Heart members Chris Joyner on keys, Dan Rothchild on bass and drummer Ben Smith.

Produced by Rothchild - the son of legendary Doors producer Paul Rothchild - the project follows the early 2017 release of the group's debut single, "Get Loud."

"Roadcase Royale is a band I've always wanted to be in," says Wilson. "We all write and create songs as a unit. It's an inspired democracy. Liv and Ryan both bring a whole new level of magic to our new sound. I'm amazed after devoting my life to rock music how it now feels so brand new. That's why our first album is called 'First Things First.'

"When I came up with the name Roadcase Royale, it was an interesting symbol to me since the big heavy-duty road cases that our amps drums and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany on the road. Strong and regal looking yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus." Read more and watch videos for the first two singles here.

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Ringo Starr Amazed At The Beatles Continued Relevance

(Gibson) A half-century has passed since The Beatles conquered America, and yet Ringo Starr remains surprised by the band's never-ending popularity. Speaking recently with Billboard, the Fab Four drummer reminisced about the group's body of work.

"The great thing with The Beatles' music -- we worked very hard, and it's still relevant today," he said. "Those songs John and Paul wrote, and the music George and I and John and Paul played -- that's what makes me proud.

"We worked very hard to make those tracks, and every sort of couple of years, a new batch of teenagers get into it. You know what I mean? It's relevant year after year. It just amazes me." here.

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Vatican Tackle The Topic Of Suicide With 'Slit of Creation' Video

Vatican have released a timely video for their song "Slit of Creation" that tackles the difficult topic of suicide and comes from their forthcoming "Ache Of Eternity EP", which will be released on August 25th.

Frontman Jonathan Whittle had the following to say about the concept behind the new music video, "The 'Slit of Creation' video depicts an individual mentally battling depression and suicidal thoughts. In the beginning, it shows her going to bed alone at night, with a killer appearing when she hits the lights (not necessarily a physical being, but more so a figment of suicide in the conscience). In her subsequent dream state, she is trapped in a room to face the killer/suicide, from whom/which she runs while mourning at a close friend's gravestone. That's similar to what we fought through while mourning our close friend's passing. This track and 'Boundless Image' go hand-in-hand and were written within a three-week span while grieving. 'Boundless Image' is more so about his struggle and the image burnt into our minds. 'Slit Of Creation' is focused on finding a new sense of life through the experience - hence creation.

"In the past, I'd always kept suicide as an option in the back of my head, if all else fails. That was a terrible way to live, but losing a friend put everything into perspective and kicked that thought out of my brain because of the damage I know it would cause those I love. Somehow, the tragedy saved my life. The video shows multiple shots of the killer standing nearby, getting closer each time, as a representation of that stagnant thought growing. Towards the end it shows the character giving in and letting the killer/suicide catch up to her, torment her to the point of torture, before ultimately resorting to suicide with a slit wrist/throat in the bathtub. Whether she's still dreaming or that it's actually taking place is up to the viewer.

"I would urge anyone thinking of ending their life to not let that dream become a nightmarish reality. There is help out there for you, no matter how dark it seems; please seek it out. I know it's cliche, but it will get better." Watch the video

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Cage the Elephant Perform 'Rubber Ball' With String Section

(Radio.com) Cage the Elephant released a live performance video for their acoustic ballad "Rubber Ball" to promote their upcoming concert record, Unpeeled. The video features frontman Matthew Shultz singing, while orchestral strings build in the background.

The band performed the song during a hometown show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. "It was always a dream of ours to perform at this hometown venue and we felt something spiritual from the moment we stepped on stage," Shultz told Rolling Stone. "The song 'Rubber Ball' Daniel and I wrote in our first band house. It's about excess in all aspects. It's about trying to gain control and not being able to but having love in your heart."

Unpeeled arrives everywhere July 28. The 21-track album features 18 reworked, live versions from the band's discography and three new covers. Watch "Rubber Ball" here.

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OneRepublic Release Cover Of Oasis' 'Champagne Supernova'

(Radio.com) OneRepublic pay tribute to Oasis with a reverent cover of the Britpop group's "Champagne Supernova." The song was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

Frontman Ryan Tedder shares, "I was an Anglophile; the only Anglophile amongst my friends when I was 13, 14. 'Champagne Supernova' is like a once-in-a-lifetime record. It's just a classic."

OneRepublic's unique take on the classic Britpop song has been released as part of the streaming service Spotify's music and travel series Music Happens Here. Check out the cover here.

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