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Guns N' Roses Begin Work On New Music

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus says that the band is in the early stages of working on new material but also cautions that they have yet to enter the studio to formally record any tracks for a new album.

"We haven't started recording anything," Fortus tells The Stage Left podcast. "I mean, when I say that, as far as in the studio, doing an album. We've been recording a lot of stuff, just ideas, sort of assembling ideas, but not going into a studio and actually tracking a new record."

The reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan have revived Guns N' Roses stature with the Not In This Lifetime tour, which began in spring 2016 and recently resumed with the start of a European leg before 80,000 fans at Slane Castle in Ireland.

With North and South American dates scheduled into late November, Fortus was asked if he thought they'd have time to hit the studio at some point.

"Yeah, I do," he says. "It's sort of too good not to happen at this point - that's how I feel about it. This band is really a force right now, and I definitely hope that we do, and I think we're all sort of counting on it, and we're also planning on it.

"The genius of Axl is his ability to assemble songs from different parts and make them feel cohesive as a song. And I've never seen anybody able to do that in the same way." Read more here.

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Journey's Neal Schon In Online Feud With Other Member

(hennemusic) There appears to be some kind of internal rift between Journey cofounder Neal Schon and keyboard player Jonathan Cain with the guitarist sharing his displeasure via social media this past weekend. hennemusic has the following details:

Schon took to Instagram Sunday (June 4) with the following message that appeared to be directly towards Cain: "I want to be elevated by whom I play with, not feel like I've got cement shoes. If anyone is unhappy they are not running My band, then They should leave."

The comments were featured alongside an image that reads: "My journey hasn't been easy, but I'm still…standing, laughing, forgiving, loving, learning and living. I'm perfectly imperfect and unapologetically me."

Schon got more specific with some follow-up comments (which have since been deleted), writing, "I've stated how I felt about mixing Religion and Politics and how our music is not of 1 religion - Democratic or Republican. This is and has been an issue with myself Mr Cain and his now wife since he married" - a reference to Cain's wife, Pentecostal Christian televangelist Paula White.

"I've had to fight this whole time to protect the Brand I built with Steve Perry way before Gregg and I picked Cain to replace himself when he wanted to retire from the road back then," he added. "Well frankly, I'm tired of having to defend all by myself. [Bassist] Ross [Valory] is no help. I continue to grow and be completely creative and want to take the band Neal Schon's JRNY on an exciting new trip musically.

"Yes we will always have all hits to play But there must be musical growth also. I also need to surround myself with people that care as I do. I'll never stop."

Schon also added a comment to another Instagram post featuring a live image of the guitarist and singer Arnel Pineda that reads: "We all come from somewhere - some of us remember - I do. Thank you Carlos and Gregg", referring to his days with keyboardist Gregg Rolie in Carlos Santana's band before the pair started Journey in 1973. Read Cain's apparent response and some following up posts from Arnel here.

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Nine Inch Nails To Release Two 'Top-Secret' EPs

(Radio.com) Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor just confirmed via email to fans that the band will release two new EPs. In a lengthy email to the band's vinyl customers, Reznor provided details about the upcoming EP.

In the email, Reznor wrote, "Question: Finally, did you know there's a new top-secret Nine Inch Nails EP that will be released before the first shows we do this summer?

"Did you know Not the Actual Events was the first part of a trilogy of related EPs that will be released about 6-8 months apart? Now you do." Read more here.

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Stone Sour Streaming Third Song From 'Hydrograd' Album

Stone Sour are giving fans another taste of their forthcoming album with the release of an online stream of a new track entitled "Taipei Person/Allah Tea."

This marks the third track that band has revealed from their upcoming album "Hydrograd," which is scheduled to be released on June 30th. It follows the songs "Song #3" and "Fabuless".

The new album was produced by Jay Ruston and he Corey Taylor led band recorded effort at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, CA. They will promoting the release by hitting the road with Korn for The Serenity of Summer Tour later this month. Stream the new song here.

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Phoenix Release 'Goodbye Soleil' Music Video

Phoenix are releasing their brand new studio album "Ti Amo" this Friday, June 9th, and to tide fans over they revealed a new music video for one of the tracks.

The new promo clip is for their latest single "Goodbye Soleil", which is the third track that band has unleashed from the album, following "J-Boy" and the title song "Ti Amo."

The video features grainy, old-school visual shots of Italian beaches with members of Phoenix being featured intermittently, according to Radio.com. Frontman Thomas Mars appears in a pool at one point during the video when someone off screen throws him a floating pool toy. Watch the video here.

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Liam Gallagher Does Surprise Performance At Manchester Benefit Concert

(hennemusic) Liam Gallagher delivered his new single, "Wall Of Glass", alongside a pair of Oasis classics during the One Love Manchester benefit concert in the UK city on June 4.

Surprise guest Gallagher took the stage at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground near the end of the event, opening with the 1994 Oasis classic, "Rock 'n' Roll Star", before performing his newly-released solo tune and being joined by Coldplay for the UK Top 10 hit "Live Forever."

Earlier in the evening, Coldplay teamed up with host and organizer Ariana Grande for Oasis' 1996 UK No. 1 smash, "Don't Look Back In Anger." "What an amazing night last night," posted Liam on social media Monday, "Pure love vibrations. Nobody comes close to Manchester. Love forever LG." Read more and watch videos from the performance here.

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Marty Friedman Reveals Special Guests For New Album

Former "Rust In Peace" era Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman has announced that he will be releasing his latest solo album, entitled "Wall Of Sound", on August 4th.

Friedman is backed on the new record by drummers Anup Sastry and Gregg Bissonette, and bassist Kiyoshi. Marty also called on Jinxx of Black Veil Brides and Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven, and Jorgen Munkeby of Shining to make guest appearances.

Marty had this to say: "Jinxx from Black Veil Brides and I wanted to do something that would shock his fans and my fans. I arranged a monster of a tune called 'Sorrow & Madness' based on a melody that Jinxx wrote on the violin. I took his sweet melody and added so many twists and turns that it became a mammoth of Martyisms in tandem with a large side of Jinxx that has yet to be heard by his fans. We are both very proud of what happened." Read more here.

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie To Rock Late Night TV

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have announced that they will perform on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, June 8.

The appearance comes on the eve of the release of the pair's self-titled debut album, which originated from a series of studio sessions in 2014 after McVie reunited with the band for dates on their On With The Show tour.

The duo recorded eight tunes with Fleetwood Mac's rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie before resuming the group's world tour, and returned to the studio to complete the project at the end of last year.

"We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically," explains Buckingham. "The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album. We acknowledged that to each other on many occasions, and said to ourselves, 'What took us so long?!'"

"We've always written well together, Lindsey and I," adds McVie, "and this has just spiralled into something really amazing that we've done between us." Read more here.

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Rex Brown Releases 'Train Song' Video

Former Pantera and Down bassist Rex Brown has released the first music video from his forthcoming debut solo album "Smoke On This" which is scheduled to be released on July 28th.

The new clip is for a track called "Train Song" and was directed by Justin Reich (Zakk Wylde, Ace Frehley) and was filmed in Nashville. Rex had the following to say:

"It was a frickin' blast working on this with Justin. I always hated the sitting around and waiting mentality, but Justin and his crew made it incredibly easy and very productive! This first video shows a ton of power and Justin captured it all with no hesitation." Watch the video here.

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Wednesday 13 Releases 'Condolences' Video

Former Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13 has released a new music video for an abridged version of the title track to his new studio album "Condolences," which hit stores last week.

He had the following to say about the song "We weren't trying to do a really long, Iron Maiden-type of song - it just came out that way."It wasn't forced and I think it's awesome! It's one of the first songs I wrote for the record.

"The title 'Condolences' came from when David Bowie passed away; I kept seeing 'Condolences, sorry for your loss.' I realized how powerful that word was, so I picked my guitar up and started writing the riff for it; I had the chorus instantly."

He added this about the promo clip, "We shortened the song for the video - we cut two minutes off of it. But it's still a really, really dark song. And I think we captured that vibe in the video. It's definitely the strangest thing I've ever done - I filmed my fake funeral. I had all my friends there, putting flowers on a casket; it was really weird! I had a wreath that said, 'In Memory of Wednesday 13.' I'm the priest in it, doing my eulogy, and I'm also inside the casket, like I'm being buried alive. When we filmed the video, the director, Matt Zane, said, 'This reminds me of Twisted Sister - 'Burn In Hell' or 'Captain Howdy.' And I was like, 'Holy sh*t, it does! I didn't even realize it." Watch the video here.

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Accept Announce New Album And Special Festival Performance

Accept have announced that they will releasing their new album, entitled "The Rise Of Chaos", on August 4th and will also be making a very special appearance at this year's Wacken Open Air music festival.

Wolf Hoffmann had these comments about the new record, "The Rise Of Chaos is something I have been thinking about often. Wherever we go - there is some hidden as well as some visible destruction and it kind of changes the world we know.

"What was there today - can be gone tomorrow and it's somehow irritating, because it happens on so many levels and no one knows what comes next. The cover portrays our last stage set-up - but now clearly "destroyed" - like after a catastrophe." Read more here.

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In This Moment Release Live Video From Carolina Rebellion

In This Moment have released a new live performance video for their track "Oh Lord", which was captured during their recent performance at the Carolina Rebellion music festival.

The song comes from the band's forthcoming album "Ritual" which is scheduled to hit stores on July 21st and was produced by Kevin Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne).

The new live clip for "Oh Lord" follows the release of the studio version of the track as their latest single. Watch the new Carolina Rebellion festival live edition video here.

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Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Lecture Streaming Online

(Radio.com) Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." The music legend declined to attend the Nobel Prize banquet and ceremony Dec. 10, but accepted his award at a small ceremony in Stockholm April 1.

In order to receive the award worth $894,000, Dylan had to give a lecture within six months of Dec. 10. On Monday (June 5), the Nobel Foundation shared Dylan's recorded 2016 Nobel Lecture in Literature.

During his lecture, Dylan speaks about his inspirations, including Buddy Holly and various classics, such as Moby Dick, The Odyssey and All Quiet on the Western Front. Listen to Dylan's full lecture here.

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Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention Album Expanded For Reissue

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention's sophomore album "Absolutely Free" is being expanded for a special 50th anniversary vinyl reissue that will be released on September 29th.

The new anniversary edition will be released as a double 180-gram LP that will feature the original album mastered and cut from the original analog masters by Bernie Grundma on disc one.

The second LP will include 20 minutes of bonus material, including rarities and previous unreleased tracks, vintage remixes and radio ads from The Vault on the first side and a laser etching on the second. Read more here.

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Colossal Street Jam Release 'I Can't Take It' Video

70's bluesy rock influenced band Colossal Street Jam have released a music video for their track "I Can't Take It". The tracks comes from their new album "Living Free"

The band aimed to capture a sound similar to the classic styles of 1970s greats Bad Company and Grand Funk Railroad on the Tony Tee Lewis produced album.

The group had the following comments, "At the end of the day, no matter what is going on, we did this for us. In the old days, we did this to be famous, to make money, and to be rock stars. Now, we're doing this for us, and I think that's why it's working and getting a great response." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Late Night Fights' Fuel The Disease

Late Night Fights recently released their new "Renal 911" EP and to celebrate we asked Ryan Guanzon (guitarist and vocals) to tell us about the single "Fuel The Disease.

Here is the story: What's up antiMusic readers? We are incredibly jacked to release to you our new single "Fuel The Disease" off our brand spankin new EP Renal 911!

This song was super fun to write and inspired by people close to me that have turned to drugs as an escape to their seemingly overwhelming problems. Although it's not the happiest of subjects, there's a major focus on pleasure and exhilaration from getting high and partying your troubles away.

There's a girl I met that dated a close friend of mine that got knocked up and would spend her free time away from her child always trying to get a party started. The responsibility of taking care of a new kid was a hell of a lot more than she was prepared for and made her just want to forget all about it.

The more drugs she did, the more of an alter-ego she created, and eventually became a completely different person when her son was with pawned off on her parents and she was doing whatever drugs were available.

I can't say she wasn't a blast to party with, though. FTD definitely is a party song and makes you want to get lit and go crazy with your friends. Because- let's be real- pulling an all nighter and binging is something we all live for once in awhile.

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

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