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Van Halen Icon Wants Reunion But Not The Drama

Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony explains why the time is right for the band to stage a reunion that would include him and Sammy Hagar sharing lead vocals with David Lee Roth, but also says that he doesn't want the drama.

Anthony was asked in a new interview why he believes that the time for such a reunion is now. He explained, "Well, I mean, partly because you obviously see all of these other bands doing it these days. And also for Van Halen's fans. Maybe some kind of proper closure or something. I'm not sure. Everybody in the band is still relatively healthy and alive. So there's one thing right there. And Sammy has brought it up quite a few times in interviews he's done. He'd be open to doing a tour with him and Dave (Lee Roth) singing."

The interviewer then brought up the ill-fated 2002 coheadlining tour that was launched by Hagar and Roth. Anthony responded, "Yeah, that tour started kind of harmoniously, but didn't finish up that way. I went out and guested with Sammy on a handful of those shows and things got maybe a little strained. But at this point, I personally am through with all of the drama that comes with everything. I want to go out, play music and have a good time. I want to go to my grave a happy guy."

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Star Suffers Massive Heart Attack

(Gibson) Tedeschi Trucks Band's Kofi Burbridge is reportedly stable after suffering a massive heart attack on Tuesday night (June 20). The 55-year-old musician underwent emergency surgery in Atlanta in the wake of the incident, undergoing a procedure to repair an aortic tear.

Kofi is the brother of former Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge, who himself played with the Tedeschi Trucks Band until 2012. The group has issued a statement that reads as follows:

"After undergoing emergency heart surgery yesterday in Atlanta, our brother Kofi Burbridge is now resting in the hospital and beginning the earliest stages of his recovery while surrounded by family, bandmates and friends. Our thoughts are with Kofi and we ask for privacy and patience for the moment until we have further updates to share about his condition." Read more here.

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Black Sabbath Announce Limited Edition Box Set

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath have announced that they will release a limited edition vinyl box set, "The Ten Year War", on September 29. The individually-numbered packages will deliver 180-gram splatter-colored remastered editions of eight albums from the band's classic 1970s catalog - from their groundbreaking self-titled 1970 debut to 1978's "Never Say Die!" - alongside a series of rarities and goodies for fans.

With exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey, "The Ten Year War" is named after a brochure published by Black Sabbath in 1978 in response to years of negative criticism from the mainstream press. Billed with the tagline "more good press than most - more bad press than any", the document mixes artwork and copies of bad reviews by several high-profile media brands of the era, including Billboard and Rolling Stone.

The brochure is reproduced for the 2017 box set, as well as a reprinted tour poster from a 1972 show at Seattle's Centre Arena, the official "Tenth Anniversary World Tour" 1978 tour program, and a hardback book featuring comments from fellow rockers and photos of the group on tour and in the studio.

Also included are a pair of rare 7" singles, including the Japanese pressing of Sabbath's cover of The Crow track "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games With Me)" as featured on their debut, and the Chilean radio promo for their 1970 classic, "Paranoid" - both reproduced in their original sleeves. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Debut New Song 'Sunday Rain' Featuring Taylor On Vocals

The Foo Fighters continue to treats fans to live performances of new songs that will be featured on their forthcoming studio album "Concrete and Gold" ahead of its release on September 15th.

The band premiere a new track called "Sunday Rain", which features drummer Taylor Hawkins on lead vocals, during their performance in Riga, Latvia on Wednesday (June 21st).

The band had previously played three new songs from the album (the single "Run", "La Di Dah" and "The Sky Is A Neighbourhood") during their June 16th performance at the Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland. Watch some fan filmed footage of the "Sunday Rain" performance here.

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Chimaira Confirm Reunion Of 'Classic Lineup'

Chimaira have confirmed that the classic lineup of the band are reuniting for a show in their hometown of Cleveland, OH on December 30th at the Agora Theatre.

The reunion will feature the lineup of frontman Mark Hunter, lead guitarist Rob Arnold, rhythm guitarist Matt DeVries, bassist Jim LaMarca, drummer Andols Herrick and keyboardist Chris Spicuzza.

The band updated the "About Me" section of their Facebook to include everyone but Herrick but posted a graphic that included his name in the reunion which was captioned "The rumors are true". There is no indication yet if the reunion will be continuing beyond this special show.

Andols launched a crowdfunding campaign earlier this year to help raise funds for chronic health issues that he had been facing. Read more here.

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Poison's Bret Michaels Appears In Next Sharknado Film

Poison frontman Bret Michaels will be doing his part to advance shark-mania by appearing in the next installment of the surprise hit Sharknado film franchise.

Bret shared his excitement about being part of the movie, "I was talking to my good friend Mark McGrath who raved about how much fun he had doing Sharknado. When the writers approached me with an idea specifically written for me, I couldn't say no. The producers and entire crew were great and I had a truly amazing time filming it. I think everyone is going to love this new film."

The new film will be entitled "Sharknado 5: Global Swarming" and is scheduled to premiere on the SYFY network on August 6th and will also feature Olivia Newton John. Read more here.

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Gene Simmons Withdraws 'Devil Horns' Trademark Application

(hennemusic) KISS star Gene Simmons made headlines earlier this month when news broke that he filed a trademark request to secure ownership and rights to the use of the rock hand gesture referred to as the 'Devil's Horns."

Following the backlash over the move, Simmons has now reportedly withdrawn the application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. hennemusic has more details: Simmons has apparently reconsidered whether he might have valid trademark rights to the hand gesture, according to Forbes, while the 67-year-old rocker has expressly abandoned the request filed on June 9 - as indicated on his application with the US government department.

The KISS bassist was seeking registration of the hand gesture itself, rather than an image or depiction of the gesture, describing the mark in the application as "a hand gesture with the index and small fingers extended upward and the thumb extended perpendicular." Read more here.

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Radiohead Release 'Man of War' Music Video

(Radio.com) Radiohead have released a new music video for their previously unreleased track "Man of War", which comes off their 20th-anniversary edition of their acclaim "OK Computer" album.

Directed by Colin Read, the video leaves viewers feeling anxious as it features a disheveled man struggling with his own sanity as he strolls through town by day, but is followed by unknown forces at night.

In classic Radiohead style, it is an unnerving take on paranoia and fear. The new anniversary edition of "Ok Computer" hit stores today (June 23). Watch the video here.

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Arch Enemy Reveal More Details For New Album 'Will To Power'

Arch Enemy have revealed more details for their forthcoming album, which will be entitled "Will To Power" and is scheduled to hit stores on September 8th.

Guitarist Michael Amott coproduced the album with drummer Daniel Erlandsson and it marks the recording debut of guitarist Jeff Loomis' (Nevermore) with the band. They recruited Jens Bogren (Opeth, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir) to mix and master the record.

The group has shared the effort's cover artwork which was designed by Alex Reisfar. Amott had this to say, "It was a pleasure working with Alex Reisfar on the 'Will to Power' cover artwork, he immediately grasped the concept and atmosphere we were looking for with this album." Read more here.

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Soil And Saving Abel Announce Redneck Rebellion Tour

Soil and Saving Abel have announced that they will be teaming up for a coheadlining trek this fall called the Redneck Rebellion Tour that will feature support from Kirra.

The announced dates kick off on September 22nd in Flint, MI at The Machine Shop and conclude on October 14th in Battle Creek, MI at the Music Factory, with more dates still to be announced.

Each headline band will be playing a full set. Soil's Tim King had this to say, "We've had a blast hanging with the Saving Abel guys on various one-off dates and festivals. It was definitely time that we combined forces and took the madness on the road." Read more here.

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The White Stripes 'Icky Thump' Expanded For 10th Anniversary

(TMR) Third Man Records have announced their special plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The White Stripes 'Icky Thump' album with the upcoming 33rd installment of their Vault series entitled "Icky Thump X". The label sent over the following details:

Deluxe Icky Thump 180-gram, colored vinyl: The cornerstone of the package is the deluxe, "contained explosion" colored vinyl repressing of Icky Thump. Previously only ever available on boring black vinyl, this double LP, 180-gram vinyl dream is housed in a glorious tip-on sleeve with slightly modified artwork and sealed with a Victorian update on the original red/white sticker that was begrudgingly slit open by fidgety record collectors overly concerned with "condition." Remastered from the original 1" analog tapes in Nashville, TN, Icky Thump will be the first-ever Vault title manufactured at Third Man Pressing in Detroit. You will not believe your ears.

Track List: Icky Thump/ You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)/ 300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues/ Conquest/ Bone Broke/ Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn/ St. Andrew (This Battle Is In The Air)/ Little Cream Soda/ Rag & Bone/ I'm Slowly Turning Into You/ A Martyr For My Love For You/ Catch Hell Blues/ Effect & Cause. That's only the beginning, find out what else is included here.

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Depeche Mode Go 360 Degrees For 'Going Backwards' Video

(Radio.com) Depeche Mode have released an innovative new music video for their latest track "Going Backwards." The song comes off the band's most recent album, "Spirit," which came out March 17.

The new video was filmed with 360-degree technology and features a stripped-down performance of the single and provides fans with the ideal video experience for the song.

The new clip was directed by Timothy Saccenti, who is known for his dynamic and immersive photographic style. Watch the new "Going Backwards" here.

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The Who's Pete Townshend Helping Grenfell Tower Fire Victims

(Gibson) The Who's Pete Townshend is pitching in to assist victims of last week's deadly Grenfell Tower fire. As reported by London's The Mirror, the guitarist knew four families who lived in the high-rise apartment building, and has written checks to some of those who were impacted by the tragedy.

"They're not okay," he said. "A mother lost her daughter, two little girls were in comas. So I've been right in there helping with those families." Townshend, who grew up in nearby Shepherd's Bush, went so far as to replace a piano that a young girl lost in the fire.

He's also teamed up with the musician's collective Artists for Grenfell to record a cover version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," with proceeds from sales of the single going towards aid for the victims. here.

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Cage The Elephant Stream New Track 'Whole Wide World'

(Radio.com) Cage The Elephant have released a cover of Wrekless Eric's "Whole Wide World." The song comes from the band's forthcoming release Unpeeled, which will be released on July 28.

The record features 21 tracks: 18 stripped down versions of songs from their past albums plus 3 covers: Whole Wide World," The Stranglers' "Golden Brown," and Daft Punk's "Instant Crush."

"Many times you're adding sonic layers looking for something to hide behind, and what you don't realize is that that vulnerability and that nakedness might be the most compelling and interesting thing about the song," said frontman Matt Shultz about the inspiration behind the project.

The band has multiple festival appearances scheduled for this summer, check out their new track and live dates here.

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Metallica Release Live 'The Memory Remains' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1997 song, "The Memory Remains", at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on June 16, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The tune was the lead single from the group's seventh album, "ReLoad." The track peaked at No. 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 4 million copies.

The Dallas stop marked the third and final Metallica show in Texas last week as part of their North American tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct."

The group's tenth album debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release last November and recently achieved platinum status in the US for sales of 1 million copies. Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: A Killer's Confession's Rebirth

Former Mushroomhead's co-vocalist Waylon Reavis' new band A Killer's Confession recently released their debut album 'Unbroken" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the first single "Rebirth." Here is the story:

Rebirth has a very special place in my heart. I remember it was the third song I received from Matthew Trumpy while we were putting together the Unbroken album. As soon as I heard the song, I knew it was going to be A Killers Confession first single. I listened to that song more than any other song that was sent to me. I knew when writing the lyrics that it had to be something REAL and meaningful to me and not some clever riddles that would be hard to understand lyrically.

While trying to find inspiration for Rebirth, I decided to reflect back on my childhood. Specifically, my mother. Sadly, she passed away when I was 13. In her short time on this Earth my mother taught me a lot. I remember when I was younger her telling me that I would find strength in the darkness and to not be afraid. At such a young age, my mom taught me the important stuff like patience is a virtue and that nothing in this world was forever so I should be thankful for what I have. The most important thing she taught me that "stuck" with me is that don't waste your time hating because you might not be here tomorrow. I took some of these basic principals of stuff my mom taught me and got to work writing lyrics. Writing lyrics isn't always easy folks. My wife, son and I were in the car headed to the Cleveland Zoo one day and we were stuck in traffic. We were all listening to the instrumental version of rebirth and I looked at my wife and I'm like "I'm stuck". So I asked for her help. My wife doesn't usually get involved in the writing process so I was quite shocked when she didn't hesitate and said "Hating me is f***ing you!" (Which we had to change to "Killing" for the radio version). It was perfect. To this day she still says to me that I owe her 10% of all the royalties to this song because of that. LOL.

When we went to record the song at Third Sky Studio I worked with Richard Easterling. Something magical happened in the days I spent there. He was able to push me in ways I have never been pushed vocally before. To this day I wouldn't change a thing about the song. It is my favorite song of the album because of my mother and wife's influences. Don't waste your time hating someone because you're missing out on life, and in the long run you're just f***ing yourself.

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

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