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Bands Escape After Warped Tour Bus Burst Into Flames

(Radio.com) As Being As An Ocean and Hundredth were traveling from Kansas to Nashville on the Warped Tour their bus burst into flames between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. Thirteen passengers (everyone on board) escaped the blaze and no injuries were reported.

"Around 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning, we smelled smoke and woke up to our guitarist Tyler telling all of us to get out and there was a fire," Yves Mathieu-East, a crew member for Being As An Ocean, told St. Louis Today. 'We all rushed out. No shirt, no shoes. Everything went up in flames."

Band members lost laptops, passports, money and jewelry in the fire. Their instruments were stored in a trailer behind the bus and were unharmed by the fire. Both bands canceled a gig at the Tennessee State Fair to recuperate from the losses. Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Guitarist Says Axl Has Never Sounded Better

Longtime Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus is clearing excited about how well the band is playing together on their blockbuster Not In This Lifetime reunion tour.

Fortus has been a member of the band for a decade and a half and recently spoke with Hot Press about what it has been like to play with the reunited Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

"Slash and Duff have the same approach that I do. You play for the song, first and foremost," he revealed. "It's not about it being some type of masturbatory showcase for your abilities; it's about working together as a band. Supporting wherever the focus needs to be, not simply waiting for your turn to wank.

"I don't think this band has ever sounded better than it does right now. Axl has never sounded better and we're tighter and more focused than ever." Read more here.

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Megadeth Making Plans To Record New Music

(hennemusic) Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says the band are planning to hit the studio later this year to begin working on new music. Currently playing dates on a North American tour, Mustaine spoke with KATT Rock 100.5 FM in Oklahoma City, OK ahead of the group's July 8 show at The Zoo Amphitheater.

"We have stuff planned for next year and then, believe it or not, we have something that we were approached on for 2019," explains the rocker. "That's the farthest ever in my life I've been asked to do a show in advance, so we're excited about that - and in-between that time period, we plan on going back in the studio.

"We're probably going to go back in and start throwing some ideas around at the end of the year - we're thinking about November and December." The project would mark the recording debut of drummer Dirk Verbeuren, formerly of Swedish metal band Soilwork, who joined the lineup last fall after the departure of Chris Adler. Read more here.

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Corey Taylor Defends Linkin Park Singer Over Fan Backlash

(Radio.com) Linkin Park's Chester Bennington recently had some harsh words for fans who didn't appreciate his band's new poppier direction, in part saying "I will punch you in the f mouth."

While Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor thinks he could have phrased things better, he appreciates Bennington sticking to his guns. "I just think people are too worried about keeping up appearances, about some sort of backlash, he told Alternative Press. "I tell you what, give him s*** for the way he said it, but look at Chester [Bennington]. At least Chester's standing up for his new s*** instead of hiding behind a wall of rhetoric because they're afraid of not making money.

"Linkin Park is at least trying to do something different. You may not like it, but who gives a s***? There are people out there who will like it, and they've at least got the balls to do it." Read more here.

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Grateful Dead Unreleased Concert Hitting Theaters For Jerry's Birthday

Grateful Dead fans will be able to celebrate what would have been Jerry Garcia's 75th birthday in movie theaters across the U.S. for this year's Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2017.

The special one night only event will be taking place at 450 select theaters on August 1st at 7PM local time and will feature a screening of the previously unreleased concert footage from the Dead's concert at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C on July 12,1989.

The theatrical event is being organized by Rhino and Fathom Events with more details, advance tickets and the full list of participating movie theaters available at FathomEvents.com.

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Ozzy Osbourne Reveals His Favorite Metal Albums Of All Time

(Gibson) Ozzy Osbourne have revealed his personal 10 favorite metal albums of all time which includes Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction, Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV, and AC/DC's Highway to Hell.

Osbourne says Appetite for Destruction is "one of the greatest debut albums of all time." He also asserts, "There's not a weak song in the bunch. I never get tired of hearing it."

On Led Zeppelin IV, Osbourne says that Zeppelin has been a longtime favorite for him, explaining, "All of their studio albums are classics but this is one of my all-time favorites."

Regarding AC/DC, Ozzy says, "I love Brian Johnson but to me my good friend, the late Bon Scott, was the best singer AC/DC ever had. This album was like an addiction to me." See the full list here.

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The Winery Dogs Release 'Elevate (Live)' Video

The Winery Dogs have released a new live video for their track "Elevate (Live)" which comes from their forthcoming package "Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016".

The new package is set to be released in various formats and will include live footage that was captured during the supergroup's May 26, 2016 concert at Teatro Cariola in Santiago, Chile.

In addition to the live footage, the release will include the "Dog Years" EP which will feature previously unreleased studio tracks from the band that features Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy.

The standard addition will include the concert footage and the band's eight music videos on a blu-ray disc and a CD featuring the EP tracks. The deluxe edition will feature five discs including the standard version's material and a DVD, plus two CDs of live recordings. Watch the new video here.

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The Doors Complete Singles Collection Coming This Fall

(hennemusic) The Doors have announced a fall release of three new collections featuring every US single issued by the band. Due September 15, "The Doors: The Singles" will available as a limited-edition vinyl box set, 2CD, 2CD/Blu-ray audio, and in digital formats.

Limited to 10,000 copies worldwide, the box set features 20 replica 7-inch vinyl 45s backed with the original B-sides. A 2 CD set includes all 20 U.S. singles with their corresponding B-sides plus four mono radio versions, while a 2 CD/Blu-ray edition adds the 1973 compilation, "The Best Of The Doors", in high-resolution Quadraphonic mix on Blu-ray Audio for the first time.

"The Singles" delivers music from all six of the group's studio albums - from their 1967 self-titled debut to 1971's "L.A. Woman" - including classics like "People Are Strange," "Love Her Madly" and "Riders On The Storm."

Also included on the CD versions are four mono radio versions of some of the band's biggest hits, such as "Hello, I Love You" and "Touch Me," which have never been made available anywhere after being sent to radio around their original release.

The B-sides - many of which are making their CD debut - include tracks like "Who Scared You," which appeared in March 1969 as the flipside to "Wishful Sinful," and a cover of Willie Dixon's "(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further," which was paired with the 1971 smash "Love Her Madly." Read more here.

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KMFDM Reveal Details For New Album 'Hell Yeah'

KMFDM have announced that they will be releasing their brand new full length studio album, "Hell Yeah" on August 18th and have revealed the track details and cover art.

The new album follows the release of their brand new "Yeah!" EP which was released last week and will feature cover art designed by Aidan Hughes aka BRUTE.

The new album will include 13-tracks and is set to be released in various formats including a single CD Digipak, 2LP vinyl edition with gatefold cover and digitally. See the tracklisting here.

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My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult Announce 30th Anniversary Tour

Industrial rock icons My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult have announced that they will be hitting the road for a special 30th Anniversary Tour across the U.S.

They will be kicking things off on October 5th in Mesa, AZ at Club Red and will they will be concluding the road trip on November 5th at The Casbah in San Diego, CA.

The band will be commemorating their Wax Trax! albums "Confessions of a Knife" and "I See Good Spirits and I See Bad Spirits" during the special 24 date trek. See the dates here.

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Alice Cooper Reveals Members Of His Ultimate Dream Band

(Gibson) Alice Cooper recently teamed with London's The Guardian for a webchat in which the shock rocker answered questions from fans. One fan posited what he called "a classic pub question":

"If you could assemble your ultimate backing band of musicians, living or dead, who would you pick?" he asked. Cooper responded: "Keith Moon on drums. Jeff Beck on guitar. Pete Townshend on guitar."

He then revealed two Beatles legends, "Paul McCartney on bass. And then John Lennon on a third guitar! Lennon and McCartney singing together, that's your whole background." Cooper was asked to name his "favorite part of being a rock star." Read his anwser here.

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Kurt Cobain's Never-Before-Seen Paintings Goes On Display

(Radio.com) Kurt Cobain's legacy is cemented as a tragic grunge pioneer, but the Nirvana frontman also dabbled in visual arts. United Talent Agency (which has recently entered the arts exhibition space) will make its debut at the Seattle Art Fair with a booth showcasing never-before-seen paintings by Cobain. The event runs from August 3-6.

Cobain's lifelong connection to Seattle made the fair an obvious place to show the works, said UTA fine arts director Joshua Roth. 'He was born near there, he passed away there, and he created the soundtrack for a counterculture there," he told The New York Times.

He added that UTA plans to 'create a touring exhibition that really tells the story of who Kurt was through artworks, personal artifacts and memorabilia, sort of like what the Rolling Stones did in London." Read more here.

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Beatles Producer George Martin Biography Coming Soon

(Gibson) Legendary producer George Martin is the subject of an ambitious new biography from Beatles scholar Kenneth Womack, the first volume of which is slated for publication in September.

Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin - The Early Years, 1926-1966 promises to "take readers behind the scenes and reveals George's painstaking efforts to prepare The Beatles' unique sound for the British music marketplace."

An official press release further states: "From his unlikely discovery of the band in 1962 to the production of the landmark album Rubber Soul, this captivating biography shares how George's humble beginnings and his musical influences shaped his career as the producer behind the band's sound. Now, more than 50 years later, Sir George's singular stamp remains on popular music as successive generations discover the magic of The Beatles." Read more here.

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Announce Ambitious Life Of America Project

(Radio.com) Jared Leto and Thirty Seconds to Mars announced their ambitious "A Day in the Life of America" film project on Thursday (June 29). The band wants to film a portrait of the country in the 24 hours on July 4.

On Independence Day, the band will send out film crews to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The band is also inviting fans, filmmakers and everyone to submit their own home footage they shot that day.

"It's an incredibly important time in our country and we are excited for people to film what they feel is important, impactful, challenging or inspiring," Leto wrote. "Whether it's a single shot, a person, an event, or a story we want to see your America."

"Thirty Seconds to Mars is looking forward to you helping us capture America in all its imperfect glory and epic beauty and to celebrate the spirit of this great nation in an unforgettable way." Read more here.

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Greta Van Fleet Announce Summer Headline Tour

Greta Van Fleet have announced that they will be hitting the road later this summer for a headline tour of the U.S. in support of their debut EP "Black Smoke Rising."

The tour is scheduled to kick off on August 15th at The Basement in Columbus, OH and will be concluding on September 3rd in Nashville, TN at the High Watt.

The band has also announced a special one off show at the Viper Room in Los Angeles on July 25th as well as appearances at several music festivals including this year's Summerfest, Aftershock, Louder Than Life, Rock Allegiance, Houston Open Air, and more. See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Eidola's The Abstract Of A Planet In Resolve

Eidola recently released their new album "To Speak, To Listen" and to celebrate we asked singer Andrew Wells to tell us about the song "The Abstract Of A Planet In Resolve." Here is the story:

"The Abstract Of A Planet In Resolve" actually came to me in a dream one night. The song structure, drums, melody, and lyrics all played in full. It took me a few days to actually manifest the song structure in real life, but I worked with my drummer Matt and we pieced it all together for the other guys to write to.

At the time I was actually listening to a lot of Paramore and Pvris. I think one song in particular that influenced Abstract was the song "Careful" off of Paramore's Brand New Eyes. That song is super catchy and hits a really raw, emotional place for me. I loved tapping into that for this album opener.

The song itself serves as an overture for the album, and lyrically I wanted it to work as a sort of compendium for the concept itself. Something relevant and hopeful, modern but still functional as a conceptual narrative.

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

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