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Black Sabbath May Not Really Be Over Hints Iommi

Fans may not have seen 'the end' of Black Sabbath. It's only been a few months removed from the final show of their farewell tour and guitarist Toni Iommi is already floating the idea of the band playing together again.

Iommi sat down for an interview with UK publication EON Music and was asked about the rumor of the band possibly playing a one-off show in their home city of Birmingham.

Tony responded, "It was me talking about that, I started it! I think it would be nice to do that at some point. I haven't spoke to the others about it, but it would be, honestly, and they'd be up for it. It's early days yet, really. It hasn't even sunk in as far as we've finished." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Receives Apology From Pop Star

Pop star Robbie Williams has released a public apology to Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page over comments that he made last year about the iconic guitarist.

The two are neighbors and had a dispute over the noise involved in renovations being done to Williams' mansion. The pop singer made some disparaging remarks in off the record comments which later leaked.

Williams released the following statement this week, "I would like to offer my sincere apologies to Jimmy Page, my neighbour, for my comments made before Christmas about him in relation to my recent building works, in which I likened alleged behaviour on his part to suffering from a mental illness." Read more here.

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Rush Stars Receive Unusual Hometown Honor

(Gibson) Prog rock legends Rush are used to accolades but the members of iconic trio have recently received a very unusual honor from the High Park Zoo in their native Toronto, Canada.

Three baby capybaras -- large South American rodents -- have been named Rush's Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart , following a poll conducted by the Friends of High Park Zoo. More than 44,800 votes were cast in the poll, and more than 32,500 of those votes went to name the capybaras after the first names of the Rush members.

"We are thrilled to hear that 3 cute little furry creatures from South America now bear our names at High Park Zoo in Toronto!" Lee stated on Rush's Instagram page. "Thanks to all who voted to give us this special honour! By the way, which one is me? In the picture I saw none of them were wearing glasses."

The capybara triplets are a favorite among High Park Zoo attendees. The triplets were born just in February. Read more here.

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Tool '90 Percent There' On Music For New Album

Tool bassist Justin Chancellor has revealed the good news for fans that the band has almost completed writing the music for their long awaited new studio album.

Chancellor spoke with MetalSucks podcast about the band's just completed North American tour and was asked about the progress the band is making on the follow-up to their 2006 album "10,000 Days".

He told the show, "We're about 90 percent there, it's been like a crazy science project - kind of like a petri dish. We've just been really picky over what we want to put on this new album and really want to come up with something completely unique. Plus, we have endless amounts of material to sift through, so it's just been a process." Read more here.

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich Forwards Metal Blade Book

(Gibson) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has penned the foreword to the forthcoming book "For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records" which is set to be released on August 29th..

Metal Blade founder Brian Slagel teamed with author Mark Eglinton to write the book, which according to the official description, examines the record label's 35-year history, which began in 1982 with a compilation release that featured the first recording ever released from Metallica.

"I have been asked many times about doing a book about the history of Metal Blade and it just seemed like a cool thing to do to document the 35th anniversary," Slagel said in a statement. "You never really stop to think about a lot of this stuff, so doing the book is a great way of looking back at how many awesome things have happened to me and Metal Blade." Read more here.

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Prong Announce New Album 'Zero Days'

Prong have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, entitled "Zero Days," on July 28th in various formats including digitally, CD and a 2LP vinyl edition.

Tommy Victor had this to say about the new effort which he coproduced with Chris Collier, "I must say a lot of effort was put into this new 'Zero Days' recording. From the minute I would get off tour, I would consolidate ideas from the road and form new ones. Again the focus was on creating good songs.

"We wanted this record to be modern as well as holding justice to all the previous releases. Again and maybe even more than normally I went crazy meticulous with the lyrics. I had built up a lot to say and I wanted to articulate them in the most intelligent way possible. I firmly believe the mission was accomplished all around." Read more here.

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Tommy Stinson's Bash & Pop Add 18 Tracks To Album Reissue

Bash & Pop, the band founded by Tommy Stinson (The Replacements/Guns N' Roses), will see their 1993 debut album greatly expanded for a deluxe reissue.

Omnivore Recordings have set a September 8th release date for the new reissue of "Friday Night Is Killing Me" which includes the original 11-track effort on one disc and second disc that will feature rare tracks and B-sides.

The bonus tracks will include their contribution to the soundtrack of the 1994 film Clerks and 15 previously unissued performances, according to the announcement. See the tracklisting here.

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The Dead Daisies Announce Special Motorcycle Rally Shows

Hard rock supergroup The Dead Daisies will continue to show their love for motorcycles with three special performances at U.S. biker events this summer.

They will be kicking the string of shows off with their debut performance at the famed Sturgis motorcycle rally with a concert at The Full Throttle Saloon on August 9th.

They will follow that by heading to Chillicothe, OH for a September 1st performance at The Easyriders Rodeo and will wrap things up with The National H.O.G. Rally at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, WI on September 2nd. Read more here.

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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Lead All-Star Live DVD Set For Release

Eagle Rock have announced that they will be releasing the "Change Begins Within Concert" on DVD on September 1st featuring all star performances led by Beatles icons Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

The special concert was captured during an April 4, 2009 benefit show at Radio City Music Hall that featured McCartney and Starr each performing their own sets with special guests before reuniting on stage for the finale.

The guest musicians included Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Ben Harper, Paul Horn, Angelo Badalamenti, Betty LaVette, and Jim James. TV star Jerry Seinfeld also made a guest performance. See the tracklist here.

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Europe Preview Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show

Europe have released a preview trailer for their forthcoming "The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live at the Roundhouse" package which is set to be released on July 21st.

The new album and video release was captured during a November 12, 2016 performance by band at London's Roundhouse and features them playing the hit album in full.

Frontman Joey Tempest had this to say, "What an awesome night! It was more enjoyable than we thought to revisit the whole Final Countdown album live! On top of that, to be able to share our whole War Of Kings album with this amazing audience the same night just made this show one of the most memorable nights of our career!" Watch the preview clip here.

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David Bowie's Labyrinth Getting Limited Colored Vinyl Reissue

UMe have announced that they will be releasing David Bowie and Trevor Jones' soundtrack to Labyrinth on limited edition green and lavender vinyl on August 4th.

The special vinyl pressings will be limited to 1500 copies worldwide and will be sold exclusively at the label's UDiscover online store. They will also be issuing a second pressing of the album on 120gm black vinyl following the success of the remastered reissue's first pressing earlier this year.

Bowie explained how he became involved in the film during a 1986 interview with Movieline, "Jim Henson set up a meeting with me while I was doing my 1983 tour in the States, and he outlined the basic concept for Labyrinth and showed me some of Brian Froud's artwork.

"I'd always wanted to be involved in the music-writing aspect of a movie that would appeal to children of all ages, as well as everyone else, and I must say that Jim gave me a completely free hand with it." Read more here.

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Iggy Pop And Josh Homme Preview 'American Valhalla' Documentary

(Radio.com) Iggy Pop and Josh Homme have shared a sneak peek at their upcoming documentary, American Valhalla, which follows the creation of 2016's Post Pop Depression album, and the corresponding tour. In the clip, the artists opened up about working together.

"As we got to know each other, you blew my mind," Homme told Pop. "You really came with such an open mind and saying, 'Yeah, I know what I've done but I'm here to look forward.'"

Pop responded, "My range, in a lot of ways, expanded making this record." Through voiceovers, Pop, Homme, bassist Dean Fertita and drummer Matt Helders explained how the studio's desert setting was integral to the process. The clip includes footage from the De La Luna recording sessions in Joshua Tree, California.

"Waking up and seeing Iggy do qigong, or tai chi, or whatever the f it is, while I wipe the sleep from my eyes, is extremely comforting," Homme said.

"Most days we were done recording backing tracks by dinner: amazing food, a bit of red wine or tequila and then bed," Helders recalled. Read more and watch the preview clip here.

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The Ramones Stream 'Pinhead' Remix From 'Leave Home' Reissue

(hennemusic) The Ramones are streaming a 2017 remix of "Pinhead" as a preview to the forthcoming expanded 40th anniversary reissue of their 1977 album, "Leave Home."

The follow-up to the New York punk band's groundbreaking 1976 self-titled debut, "Leave Home" was produced by Tony Bongiovi and features a number of Ramones classics, including "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment," "Glad To See You Go" and "Commando."

Due July 14, the 2017 reissue is packaged as a 3-CD/1-LP Deluxe Edition that delivers the record's original mix alongside a new 40th anniversary one by the album's original engineer/mixer, Ed Stasium.

"Generally, the consensus was [the original] maybe sounded too clean," writes Stasium in the liner notes. "The guitars panned completely left-right detracted from the band's foreboding presence, and the reverb effects especially were a little excessive."

The new 40th anniversary mix is also featured on the LP included in the Deluxe Edition. A second disc features more than two dozen rare and unreleased recordings, including rough mixes for 15 tracks recorded for "Leave Home" at Sundragon studio in New York and a combination of 18 alternate mixes and instrumental versions of all tracks from the album. Read more and stream the remix here.

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Mr. Big, The Answer and Faster Pussycat Announce UK Tour

Mr. Big have announced that they will be heading across the pond this fall to launch a UK tour in support of their forthcoming album "Defying Gravity", which hits stores on July 7th.

The band has recruited The Answer and Faster Pussycat to open for them on the six date tour which will include stops in Nottingham, Newcastle, London, Manchester, Glasgow and Wolverhampton.

They will kick things with the Nottingham show at Rock City on November 16th and conclude the trek on November 23rd at the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton with tickets going on sale this Friday, June 30th at 10am local time. See all of the dates here.

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Insatia Recruit Ex-Arch Enemy Star For New Video

Insatia have released a music video for their track "Memory of a Sapphire," which features former Arch Enemy guitarist Chris Amott. The song comes from their just released sophomore album "Phoenix Aflame".

Vocalist Zoe Federoff had the following to say about the track and video, "Memory of a Sapphire quickly became a favorite for us in the studio- it's poppy and melody-oriented, which makes it a lot of fun to play live.

"Spotlighting Mr. Chris Amott's guitar artistry on it adds a whole new level of zing, and as it really represents our sound most completely, it all seemed very natural to make it the first music video for the album." Watch the video here.

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U2's Adam Clayton Revealed Alcohol Troubles At MusiCares Award Ceremony

(Radio.com) U2 bassist Adam Clayton thanked his band and friends for the support they provided during his treatment and recovery for alcohol abuse four years ago during the MusiCares award ceremony on Monday night (June 26) in New York City,

The rocker accepted the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his dedication to MusiCares MAP Fund, which offers musicians access to addiction recovery treatment.

British record producer Chris Blackwell called Clayton someone who "lived through addiction and came out the other side, and has been courageous enough to admit it."

Regarding his U2 bandmates, Clayton said, "I was lucky because I had three friends who could see what was going on and who loved me enough to take up the slack of my failing. Bono, The Edge, and Larry [Mullen] truly supported me before and after I entered recovery, and I am unreservedly grateful for their friendship, understanding and support."

"We have a pact with each other," continued Clayton, "In our band, no one will be a casualty. We all come home, or none of us come home. No one will be left behind. Thank you for honoring that promise, and letting me be in your band."

He added, "I'm an alcoholic, addict, but in some ways that devastating disease is what drove me towards this wonderful life I now have. It's just that I couldn't take my friend alcohol. At some point, I had to leave it behind and claim my full potential." Read more and watch Adam Clayton's speech here.

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