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Metallica Reveal What Could Have Been With Lady Gaga

Metallica have given fans a glimpse into what could have been had the Grammy Awards not messed up during the live broadcast of their performance with robopop star Lady Gaga at the recent awards show.

The thrash legend's live performance with Gaga during the television broadcast was marred by an unplugged microphone for frontman James Hetfield. The error was later blamed on a stagehand.

The band has now shared video footage of their dress rehearsal along with the following message, "Perhaps you've heard by now that we experienced a slight bit of a technical difficulty when we hit the stage at the Grammy Awards with Lady Gaga a little over a week ago ' hmm, would that qualify as an understatement?!?"

They continue, "We've had so many of you ask and wonder 'what if,' so we thought it might be fun to also share with you what happened just a few hours earlier that day at the dress rehearsal with all cylinders firing just right. Collaborating, hanging and performing with Gaga was easily one of the most exciting, inspiring and enjoyable experiences of our career - she BRINGS IT every single time!! All we have to say is that we absolutely cannot wait until next time!" Watch it here.

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Piece Of Pink Floyd 'Dark Side Of The Moon' History Being Auctioned

"The greatest" ever studio desk is up for auction. It was originally at London's fabled Abbey Road Studios 1971-1983 and is a custom EMI TG12345 MK IV console.

This was the desk used to record Pink Floyd's magnum opus Dark Side Of the Moon. Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, and The Cure also recorded on the console. It will be auctioned off later this month by Bonhams in London.

The Bonhams listing says the desk comprises: "40 channels with limiter/compressor on each, 4 echo returns and 16 monitors, MK3 feature cassettes, track monitor cassettes, dual channel 16 track sync mixer, two banks of 12 pairs of microphone channels, 8 pairs of main channels to centre section, monitor level controls for tracks 1-8 on left and 9-16 on right side..." Read more here.

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Stone Sour Announce New Album Hydrograd In Unusual Way

Stone Sour announced their plans for a June release of their new studio album, which will be entitled "Hydrograd," in a very unusual way: they kidnapped a fan.

The group, fronted by Slipknot singer Corey Taylor, shared the news of the album release plans by posted a new video via social media that shows them "kidnapping" one lucky fan.

The clip has the band nabbing the fan at the Porto's Bakery in Burbank, California and driving him to the recording studio where they treated him to early preview of tracks from the forthcoming album. Watch it here.

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KISS' Gene Simmons Preparing Box Set With 150 Unreleased Songs

KISS star Gene Simmons remains dead set against the band recording a new studio album but he does reveal in a new interview that he is preparing a box set that will reportedly include 150 previously unreleased songs.

Simmons spoke with Cantonrep.com and revealed "I can tell you I'm working on a box set that is gonna put together 150 songs that have never been released. That news is gonna be released soon."

When asked about the possibility of KISS recording a new album, he didn't sound hopeful or enthused with the idea, saying, "We're so busy touring around the world, and people in America might not know it, but we just came back from Japan, and we're going to Europe in May. We start in Moscow May 1.

"It's just tough to find the time to sit down for six months and do nothing but a record. I'm not inclined to go out there and work your ass off making something you're proud of and then to have everybody steal it and download it and file share it. That's not for me" .

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Quiet Riot Recruit American Idol's James Durbin As New Singer

Quiet Riot have confirmed that they have hired former American Idol contestant James Durbin as the latest singer to fill the void left by the late Kevin DuBrow.

The band has struggled to find a new frontman since deciding to reactivate following DuBrow's death and have gone through lead singers almost as often as longtime guitarist Alex Grossi changes his strings.

Durbin replaces former Adler's Appetite singer Seann Nicols, who was in the band only a few months but long enough to lay down the vocals for the group's forthcoming album "Road Rage". Read more here.

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Ride For Ronnie James Dio Details Announced

Organizers have announced the details for The 3rd Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and Concert, which benefits the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

This year's event is scheduled to take place on May 7th in the Los Angeles area, kicking off with a continental breakfast at Harley-Davidson of Glendale and concluding at Los Encinos Park in Encino where a special concert will take place.

The concert lineup will include Ronnie's former bandmates the Dio Disciples, along with Lynch Mob, Eddie Money, Rough Cutt, The Loveless, Sonia Harley and No Small Children. Find more details, and tickets here.

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Emmure Release Music Video For 'Smokey'

Emmure have released a brand new music video for the track 'Smokey'. The song comes from the group's seventh studio album, 'Look At Yourself' which just hit stores.

Frontman Frankie Palmeri shared his excitement over fans finally being album to hear their new album, "It's hard to put in only a few words what 'Look At Yourself' means to us.

"We are beyond excited to be sharing this album with the world. It's everything an EMMURE record is supposed to be and more." Watch the new video here.

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Dimmu Borgir Preveiw 'Forces Of The Northern Night' DVD

Dimmu Borgir are giving fans their first look at their forthcoming double-DVD/BluRay 'Forces Of The Northern Night' with the release of a trailer for the new effort.

The release, which is set to hit stores on April 28th, will feature footage from two separate concerts. The first was captured during a special show in Oslo where they were joined by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a choir.

The second performance features the group's entire set from the German music festival Wacken Open Air that included almost 100 musicians. Watch the trailer here.

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Cold War Kids Release 'Can We Hang On' Video

Cold War Kids won't be releasing their new album "LA Divine" until April 7th but to tide fans over until it hits stores, the group has released a brand new video.

The new visual is for a track called "Can We Hang On?" and was directed by Made By Shelly who shot the nostalgic clip at El Porto Beach in Los Angeles, according to the announcement.

Cold War Kid's Nathan Willett had this to say about the new song, "'Can We Hang On?' is a hopeful love song that looks back with nostalgia on the good old days but is uncertain about the future."

The band also announced that they will be doing a special album release show and record signing at Fingerprints Music in Long Beach, CA on April 8th. The event will be open to fans that preorder that album at the store and will include a limited edition poster with purchase. Watch the new video here.

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All Time Low Reveal Inspiration For 'Dirty Laundry'

(Radio.com) All Time Low recently released "Dirty Laundry," the first single from their new album Last Young Renegade, and fans quickly noticed that the pop-punk foursome from Maryland has matured.

With well-crafted lyrics and a bigger sound, the band has taken the next logical step in their musical evolution. Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat discussed the new song. "'Dirty Laundry' is about coming to terms with your demons and realizing that everybody has a past, and it's not always golden," says Gaskarth. "People make mistakes. People do things they regret and that's part of accepting people for who they are."

According to Gaskarth, the shoot for the song's music video almost took a turn for the worse during the shooting of the final scene. At the end of a long, single-take shot, Gaskarth takes his laundry out of the drier, walks out of the laundromat, gets in his Mustang and drives away. The problem was that he wasn't prepared for the vintage car's lack of power steering. Overcompensating, the singer turned onto the street so sharply that he almost hit the curb, jerking the car straight again at the last second. Thankfully, the everyone got a good laugh out of his brief scare. Read more here.

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Cage the Elephant Announce U.S. Acoustic Tour

Cage the Elephant have announced that they will be unplugging for a road trip to select U.S. cities this spring that will be untitled Live & Unpeeled, The Acoustic Tour.

The band will be kicking off the new trek, which will feature them performing acoustically accompanied by a string quartet, on April 10th in Escondido, CA at the California Center for the Arts.

The tour will include additional stops in California, as well as Washington D.C., Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina before wrapping up on April 30th at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Read more and see the dates here.

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Inglorious Release 'I Don't Need Your Loving' Video

Inglorious have released a new music video for their track "I Don't Need Your Loving". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Inglorious II", which will be hitting stores on May 12th.

Frontman Nathan James had this to say about the clip and song, "The "I Don't Need Your Loving" intro was written by Andreas (lead guitar) and as soon as I heard it I knew it was gonna be one of my favorites. I wrote the chorus in about 5 minutes and the song was one of the last I recorded for the album. We are so happy with how it came out and Kevin Shirley's mix took it to a whole new level. I can't wait to play it at the festivals this year!

"We filmed the video at Parr St. Studios in the very room we recorded the album. We love partying in Liverpool and Parr St. is the largest recording studio in the UK outside of the capital. (Just before we shot this video Justin Bieber was in the same studio recording something...)" Watch the video

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Blacktop Mojo Stream 'Burn The Ships' Title Song

Blacktop Mojo are giving fans another taste of their forthcoming album "Burn The Ships" ahead of its official release this Friday, March 10th with an online stream of the album's title track.

The song is the second single released from the effort and follows the lead single "Pyromaniac". The group had this to say about the album, "We all quit our jobs at about the same time to make this record and play as much as possible-that was our all in, no going back moment.

"It reminded [us] of a story we heard from the 1500s about a Spanish explorer that sailed to conquer a territory. Once they landed on the beach, he burned all the ships so all his men knew one thing was clear, there's no going back. That's what that song is about, and that's the story of our lives at the point of the record being created." Stream the song here.

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The Monkees' Michael Nesmith Announces Autobiography and Album

(Gibson) Michael Nesmith has bid farewell the Monkees, but he's not done just yet. After giving what he said was his final performance with the group last year, Nesmith took some time to wrap up his autobiography, which will be published on April 18 2017.

Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff tells the story of Nesmith's life, starting with his childhood in Dallas - where he was raised by a single mother, Bette, who invented Liquid Paper - and moving on to the set of The Monkees in Los Angeles, where he became a star with his three young bandmates. As a band formed specifically for a TV show to ape the success of The Beatles, The Monkees was a unique project for the time... few outsiders likely predicted they'd all go on to have substantial musical careers

To accompany the book, Rhino will release a companion album on April 14 with the slightly modified title, Infinite Tuesday: Autobiographical Riffs. The compilation which will include 14 tracks from Nesmith's career, starting with his first recording, "The New Recruit," which he made under the name Michael Blessing. here.

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Sari Schorr Recoding New Music Ahead of Spring Tour

Blues star Sari Schorr's camp has revealed that she is in the studio recording music for her forthcoming new studio album, the follow-up to her debut release "A Force Of Nature."

The studio work comes ahead of her UK tour which is scheduled to kick off on March 15th and runs until May 27th and includes stand alone dates and some festival appearances.

Sari's band is rounded out by guitarist Innes Sibun (Robert Plant), keyboardist Anders Olinder (Peter Gabriel, Glenn Hughes, PP Arnold), bassist Kevin Jeffries (Mike Oldfield, Roger Taylor, Steve Harley) and Kevin O'Rourke (drums). See the dates here.

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The Shins Stream New Song 'Painting A Hole'

(Radio.com) The Shins have released a stream of their new track "Painting a Hole". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Heartworms", which is set to hit stores at the end of this week.

"Painting a Hole" borrows from the kind of production found on Wincing the Night Away with cave-esque synths and echoes. Beginning with a chorus of voices singing "la la la," James Mercer's voice enters around the 20-second mark before the song shifts into a more psychedelic direction.

The Shins have already released several other tracks off their forthcoming album, including "Dead Alive," Name for You," "The Fear" and "Mildenhall." Listen to the new song here.

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Dan Reed Network's London Concert Sold Out

(Noble) Dan Reed Network announced late last week that they have sold out their scheduled show at The 100 Club in London which will be taking place on Friday March 10th.

Tickets for the remaining tour dates for their "Fight Another Day" UK tour, except for the show at the Newcastle Cluny (also sold out), are still available. Special guest on all dates (except Sheffield) is VEGA.

Reed have this to say about the trek, "We're really looking forward to playing many new and unique venues throughout the UK, and rockin' up the funk hard core and meeting all those who are able to attend and bring down the house with us.

"We thank you for the many years of support and especially believing that we had new music in us to offer! We are forever grateful for you all being there with us on this journey!" See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Nominee's Drag Me Out

Austin band Nominee recently released their new EP "Drag Me Out" and to celebrate we asked frontman Chris McLelland (ex-I Call Fives) to tell us the deeply personal story behind the title track. Here is the story:

Drag Me Out encompasses the theme of our record as a whole. If you surround yourself with the right people, you can get each other through anything.

When I was 16 or 17, after I had a few episodes that scared my parents, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. At the time, I didn't know that there was a label to put on the way I felt. I just knew that I felt sad a lot and that on occasion, that sadness would make me feel like someone else. When I was diagnosed, I decided to keep it to myself and refused to admit that I couldn't control my emotions. So instead of getting the help I needed, I pretended that I could fix myself and hid that part of my life away from everyone.

For a really long time I kept people at arms length, knowing that if they got close enough, I'd have to share things that I was embarrassed about. I eventually dug myself deeper and deeper into a hole by lying about things I couldn't control. My depression was the one thing that I never felt comfortable showing. I was afraid that it would make my loved ones feel uncomfortable around me or that they would feel obligated to constantly walk on eggshells in my presence. In the last few months I learned that life is infinitely harder when you try to do everything yourself. I started trusting people again. This song is about becoming comfortable with being myself and asking for help when I need it.

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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