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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Zings Nickelback's Chad Kroeger

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor fired another zinger at Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger this past weekend in their now ongoing war of words.

It all started when Kroeger accused Stone Sour of being "Nickelback Lite" and called into question Taylor's ability to write a hit song. Corey originally responded last week and again spoke out against Chad during his appearance at the Pain in the Grass festival this past weekend.

Taylor was asked about the feud during the event and responded (via Loudwire), "I'm not talking about that d**khead. Why do I give a s*** what Chad Kroeger says?"

The questioner then said, "Chad Kroeger poking at you is like asking a criminal, 'Why are you robbing me?' Like he's going to turn around and be nice to you." Taylor responded, "I'll tell you what. This is how I figured it out. Chad Kroeger is to rock what KFC is to chicken. Is that wrong? I feel like I'm not wrong."

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KISS Stars Ace Frehley And Gene Simmons Collaborate On New Songs

(hennemusic) Ace Frehley has collaborated with Gene Simmons on new material for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album, the bassist revealed in a new radio interview.

"Two days ago I was with Ace, who's not in the band - he used to be in the band three different times - and we wrote two songs," Simmons recently told Minnesota's 92 KQRS. "He asked me to write for his next solo record. So I went over to his place, way out in the desert some place, and we wrote two things."

Frehley had previously invited the KISS bassist to participate in his 2016 all-star covers album, "Origins Vol. 1", but the pair failed to connect at the time. The project did feature a reunion with former KISS bandmate Paul Stanley, as well as guest appearances by Slash, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, John 5 and Lita Ford. Read more here.

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Queen And Adam Lambert Preview 'VR Are The Champions'

Queen and Adam Lambert have released a new standard video preview trailer for their "VR Are The Champions" live-concert VR experience which is being released via the VRTGO VR platform.

"VR The Champions" was captured during the band's performance in Barcelona in May of last year and features performances of classic songs like "Radio Ga Ga", "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions".

Guitarist Brian May had this to say about their debut virtual reality concert experience, "This is the fulfillment of a dream. Through this unique Virtual Reality creation, fans around the world will for the first time be able to experience the excitement and energy of a Queen show in their own homes. Many of you have seen VR, but not VR like THIS!" Watch the preview video here.

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Billy Idol and Steve Jones To Unplug At Johnny Ramone Tribute Event

Next month's Johnny Ramone Tribute event at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery just got more star power with news that Billy Idol and Steve Jones will be playing an acoustic set at the event.

The Spellbound Group sent over word that Idol and Jones have just been confirmed for an unplugged performance at the special event which is scheduled to take place on July 30th.

The event, which is organized by Ramone's widow Linda, will also feature a screening of one of Johnny's favorite films, the 1998's cult classic Buffalo '66, that will be introduced by its director and star Vincent Gallo.

Organizers have also announced that the night will include a short ceremony in honor of Johnny and Linda's beloved friend Chris Cornell, who has been laid to rest right next to Johnny. Find more details here.

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Black Sabbath Farewell Concert Film Hitting Theaters

(hennemusic) "The End Of The End", a film documenting Black Sabbath's final farewell concert in their hometown of Birmingham, UK, will debut in cinemas worldwide for one night only on September 28.

The February 4, 2017 show at the city's Genting Arena marked the 81st and final date of the groundbreaking metal band's farewell tour, wrapping up a year-long global trek to wind down a legendary career that spanned five decades.

"To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special," says the group. "It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans, who've been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we'd be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf."

Directed by Dick Carruthers (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Oasis), "The End Of The End" combines the last concert by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - original drummer Bill Ward sat out two reunion tours due to contractual issues - with studio footage of unique and exclusive performances of some of their favourite songs not played on the tour.

The September 28 screening will present a specially-edited version of the concert film ahead of its official release later this year. Read more here.

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Chris Cornell's Widow Says She Missed Signs Of Addiction

(Radio.com) Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was found dead by suicide in his hotel room last month after performing with the band at Detroit's Fox Theater. His wife of 13 years, Vicky, opened up to People about his addiction and how he wasn't himself the night of his death.

"My Chris was happy, loving, caring and warm," Vicky explained. "This was not a depressed man -- it wasn't like I missed that. What I missed were the signs of addiction."

She said he hadn't relapsed since 2009, but last year prescribed the anti-anxiety medication Ativan as a sleep aid. When he died, prescription drugs were found in his system. Read more here.

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Michael Schenker Making Album With Former MSG Singers

Guitar icon Michael Schenker has announced that he is making a new studio album under the Michael Schenker Fest banner, which like the shows of the same name, will feature the original three MSG singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley.

The album will be released next spring under Schenker's new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records and is being produced by Michael Voss. Aside from the former MSG vocalists, the album will feature Temple Of Rock singer Doogie White.

Michael shared his excitement, "I am very happy to have signed with Nuclear Blast Records and I am looking forward to releasing a killer Michael Schenker Fest studio album in the spring of 2018.

"The album will bring together past and present in the form of 3 original M.S.G. singers - Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet & Robin McAuley - and the current Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock vocalist Doogie White (ex-Rainbow). Keep on rockin'!" Read more here.

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The Killers Release New Video For 'The Man'

(Radio.com) The Killers have released a new music video their track "The Man." The song comes off their forthcoming fifth studio album, "Wonderful Wonderful," which will arrive later this year.

The new visual was directed Tim Mattia, who is best know for his previsou work with artists like The 1975, Halsey, Zedd ft. Alessia Cara, a features frontman Brandon Flowers in a starring role.

In the video, Flowers shuffles between a variety of Vegas characters, who may or may not be the man in their own ways. Each version of the man has his enormous ego and ends up not living up to the hype. Watch the videoWatch "The Man" below. Read more here.

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Arcade Fire Reveal Track Details For New Album 'Everything Now'

(Radio.com) In typical Arcade Fire fashion, the band teased the tracklist for their upcoming album "Everything Now" earlier this month in a series of anagrams on Twitter.

On Tuesday (June 28), the band revealed the full list of tracks in a video that brings the band's cover to life. The band's third single, "Signs of Life" will come out June 30, while the complete album will arrive July 28.

Tracklisting: 1. Everything Now (continued) 2. Everything Now 3. Signs of Life 4. Creature Comfort 5. Peter Pan 6. Chemistry 7. Infinite Content 8. Infinite Content 9. Electric Blue 10. Good God Damn 11. Put Your Money on Me 12. We Don't Deserve Love 13. Everything Now (continued). Watch the video here.

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Sammy Hagar In The Studio For Classic Albums Anniversaries

A new episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands centers on Red Rocker Sammy Hagar on the 35th anniversary of his album "Three Lock Box" and the 30th anniversary of the Van Halen era solo album "I Never Said Goodbye". The show sent over the following details:

After years of struggle as the downcard rock palooka who could take a punch and never go down, Sammy Hagar answered the bell in the Eighties and came out swinging. In 1982 Hagar scored a technical knockout with his first mainstream hit "Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy" from his seventh solo album Three Lock Box. By 1987, coming off the hugely successful VOA album with the highway anthem "I Can't Drive 55", the newly installed Van Halen lead singer would score his highest charting solo album ever I Never Said Goodbye with the powerful # 1 rock ballad "Give to Live". Hagar shares with IN THE STUDIO producer and host Redbeard how he managed to satisfy his solo artist commitments while joining the biggest band in the land.

Sammy Hagar, "Everybody remembers the I Never Said Goodbye album that I made with Eddie (Van Halen) playing bass, right after 5150. Royalties off Van Halen records went to Geffen. I sold 5 million records for the guy (David Geffen) on three records. He wasn't about to let one of his biggest artists just go…not anyone would do that." Stream the episode here.

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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Kick Off Anniversary Tour Tonight

(Gibson) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will set off on their second batch of North American dates on their 40th anniversary tour tonight (June 29th) in Chicago, and now, and the tour just got a bit bigger. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will perform Sept. 21 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to wrap up the tour.

Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl show will go on sale to the general public Thursday (June 29) at 10 a.m. PT. Opening for that show will be singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' first show of this tour is at Chicago's Wrigley Field. From there, they'll stop in Boston, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Detroit, New York City and beyond before closing the tour out at the Hollywood Bowl.

In addition to Williams, other openers for the trek include J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, Chris Stapleton, the Lumineers and the Shelters. See the dates here.

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Accept Release 'The Rise Of Chaos' Video

Accept have released a brand new music video for their track "The Rise Of Chaos". The song is the title cut to their forthcoming album, which is set to be released on August 4th.

Wolf Hoffmann explained the concept behind the song, "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." Watch the video here.

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Shelved Jan & Dean Album To Finally Be Released After 50 Years

(Conqueroo) Jan & Dean's comedy-filled live album, "Filet Of Soul Redux: The Rejected Master Recordings", which was originally shelved by their record company, will finally be released after 50 years. We were sent the following details:

Unfortunately the suits at the label were not overly enthused, as Jan & Dean had previously released one in early '65. So the duo, who had been honing their wise-ass shtick since high school, delivered Filet of Soul, a "live" LP with comedy. The execs were appalled and rejected it.

Sadly, on April 12, 1966, Jan Berry was involved in a tragic automobile accident that more or less derailed the duo's career. He was miraculously alive but in a coma. Three weeks after the accident, the label saw fit to exploit the Jan & Dean story all over again and deconstructed the original version into another live album titled Filet of Soul - A "Live" One. here.

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Tank Reveal Identity Of Their New Lead Singer

Tank have announced that they have recruited Pink Cream 69 frontman David Readman as the replacement for departed singer ZP Theart who left the group to focus his energy on his gig with Skid Row.

Cliff Evans had this to say about the new singe change, "We're really pleased for ZP and hope that everything works out for him. He's always been a massive fan of Skid Row so it must be so cool for him to be able to front those guys on stage and sing the songs he's grown up with. We'll miss touring and recording with ZP but we wish him all the very best for the future".

Mick Tucker added "We recorded one of our best albums with ZP ('Valley of Tears') and shared the stage for many great shows around the world during the three years that we worked together. He will be missed but as usual we thrive on a challenge and are constantly looking to up our game and push the boundaries that little bit further. We've always been an admirer of Readman's particular vocal style and range but never thought the opportunity would arise where it would be possible for us to work together".

New vocalist David Readman shared, "It feels great to make music with a British band with a vast musical history. It's been over 20 years since I played in a British band, this is a sort of home coming for me. Mick also lives in the Netherlands, so many connections, I couldn't miss this one."

Readman's first live appearances with the band will be taking place in Hamburg on July 7th and the Rockharz Festival in Ballenstadt, Germany the following date. The group released a teaser video with David on vocals

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RadioBlack Release 'Thread (I Am)' Music Video

RadioBlack have released a brand new music video for their track "Thread (I Am)". The song comes from their recently released self-titled debut album.

The band had the following to say about the new clip, "We shot the 'Thread' video in just a couple of hours. We wanted to find a way to capture the energy that drives our live show and we thought this video was a good opportunity to do that.

"Sometimes in a video shoot setting you can lose some of that energy and intensity, so when we started the shoot we decided to just lay it all out there the way we do live. I think that came across." Watch it here.

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