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George Michael's Cause of Death Revealed

Music icon George Michael died of natural causes related to conditions of the heart and liver, it was revealed with the final post-mortem report from the coroner for Oxfordshire, England.

Michael passed away at his Oxfordshire area home on Christmas day last year at the age of 53. Senior coroner Darren Salter says that the music star had suffered from "dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver."

Metro.co.uk published a detailed report that explains each condition. Here is a brief summery: Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) means that left ventricle, which is the heart's main pumping chamber, becomes enlarged and weakened thus reducing the heart's ability to pump blood.

Myocarditis is a condition where the heart muscle becomes inflamed and fatty liver is an above normal amount of fat in the organ (more than 5-10% of their liver weight, according to the report.) Read more here.

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Original Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' Paintings For Sale

(Radio.com) When Pink Floyd released their film The Wall in 1982, it included several stunning images to suggest the emotional toil captured on the album. Now, those iconic paintings will be available to purchase for the very first time.

San Francisco Art Exchange will be making eleven original paintings available, each one created and hand-selected by English artist Gerald Scarfe.

The images include The Scream, Wife With Flaming Hair, Giant Judge and Hammers, The Mother, Education For What? No Jobs!, The Wife's Shadow, One of The Frightened Ones, The Gross Inflatable Pig, Comfortably Numb and The Teacher. Read more here.

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Deep Purple Release 'All I Got Is You' Video

(hennemusic) Deep Purple have released music video for their new single, "All I Got Is You", from their forthcoming album, "InFinite." The single is set to be released this Friday, March 10 as limited-edition CD digipak, limited 12-inch maxi vinyl and digital.

The clip features studio footage and images from the 97-minute movie documentary, "From Here To InFinite"; the movie is part of the limited CD+DVD edition of the album

"All I Got Is You" follows the project's lead track, "Time For Bedlam", as the second tune issued in advance of the April 7 release of the group's twentieth album.

The package delivers nine new tracks alongside a cover of The Doors' classic, "Roadhouse Blues." Deep Purple recorded "InFinite" last year in Nashville, TN with producer Bob Ezrin, who also teamed up with them on 2013's "Now What?!"

"Working with Bob," says singer Ian Gillan, "he said 'I'd like to hear you just stretch out and play as you used to do .. and the way you play on stage.' Wow, it was like someone opened a door and we went through it - and it was just like the old days." Watch the new video here.

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Mastodon Streaming New Song 'Andromeda'

(hennemusic) Mastodon are streaming the track, "Andromeda", as the latest preview to their forthcoming album, "Emperor Of Sand." The tune follows the project's lead single, "Sultan's Curse", and "Show Yourself" as the third tune issued ahead of the album's March 31 release.

Mastodon recorded their seventh studio effort with producer Brendan O'Brien at the Quarry in Kennesaw, Georgia last year. "'Emperor of sand' is like the grim reaper," says drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. "Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, 'How much time is left?'

"There is a tie, a concept that goes between them," adds Dailor about the album's theme. "The last couple of years have been not... there's been some illness within the bands' family, there's been a bunch of cancer. So the whole album is sort of all about cancer basically. Well, not literally. It's a big story that sort of roped to go along with it. It takes place in the desert."

Mastodon will launch "Emperor Of Sand" with a spring tour of North America; the 6-week run with Eagles Of Death Metal and Russian Circles will begin in Missoula, MT on April 14. here.

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Kids React To Guns N' 'Roses In Funny Online Video

(Radio.com) What happens when you sit a bunch of kids down and introduce them to Gun N' Roses for the first time? Hilarity. After the success of "Kids React to Metallica," the clever minds behind the idea shared another installation, "Kids React to Guns N' 'Roses."

The kids, who range between ages 6 and 13, listen to the band's 1987 album Appetite for Destruction, and their reactions to the title alone are funny. "Ok, that's a weird name," says Max (age 8). Dominick (age 7) might have the best response, though. "What?" he asks, incredulously.

When they learn the band's name, Sydney (age 9) can't quite understand the combination. "Roses are so elegant and then guns are war and violence," she says. Most of the kids dig "Welcome to the Jungle," but some of the other songs don't quite hold up to the high bar it set. But, all in all, Guns N' Roses make some new fans.

Clever Sydney sums it up best. "These guys are gooood," she says, drawing out the last word. Watch it here.

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Video Of Metallica's 'Dream No More' Live Debut Goes Online

(hennemusic) Metallica delivered the debut live performance of the "Hardwired…To Self Destruct" track "Dream No More" at Foro Sol in Mexico City on March 5 and fan-filmed video from the event has surfaced online.

The concert marked the third and final show of a three-night stand in the city with special guest Iggy Pop as part of the band's WorldWired tour. "Muchas Gracias Mexico!," says the group. "You showed us so much love that together we broke the record for the most people to attend three shows at Foro Sol as 197,444 of you rocked the house!"

Metallica will next play Lollapalooza festivals in Brazil (March 25), Argentina (March 31) and Chile (April 1) before launching a 25-show summer stadium tour of North America at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD on May 10.

"It certainly has been way too long and we are beyond excited to be visiting all of our friends in North America," adds Metallica. "We're also psyched to announce that after joining us in Minneapolis last year, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat have graciously signed on to be the main support acts for the run." Watch the video footage here.

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Imagine Dragons Recruit Dolph Lundgren For 'Believer' Video

(Radio.com) Imagine Dragons released their colorful new video for their track "Believer" on Tuesday (March 7th). The song comes from the band's forthcoming third studio album.

Directed by Matt Eastin, who previously directed Imagine Dragons' "On Top of the World" and "Roots" videos, the video also features actor Dolph Lundgren. Set in a cross between Tron and space, the psychedelic video finds lead singer Dan Reynolds preparing to fight Lundgren in a boxing match.

"Believer' is about finding a place of peace and self-confidence," Reynolds said. "The video depicts a man facing his inner self, the toughest critic of all while paying homage to some of the classic movies we grew up with." Watch the video here.

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Stone Sour Announce Rock On The Range Kick Off Party

Stone Sour have announced a special live appearance ahead of their summer tour with Korn. The band will be playing at the official Kick-Off Party for the Rock on The Range festival.

The special live set will be taking place on May 18th at the Express Live! in Columbus, OH. General on sale tickets for the event will begin this Friday, March 10th at Noon EST at Ticketmaster and the festival's website.

The kick off party happens on the eve of the launch the annual music festival which will be taking over MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 19, 20 and 21 and will feature performances from The Offspring, Volbeat, Primus, Bush, +LIVE+, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Coheed and Cambria, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Taking Back Sunday, Of Mice & Men, and more. Find additional details here.

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KISS Announce Their Own Brand Of Cola

KISS have announced that they are expanding their merchandise empire with the addition of a new branded soft drink that they will be calling KISS Destroyer Cola.

Here is the official word from the band, "Rocket Fizz and KISS have reached a gigantic licensing and co-branding agreement. Rocket Fizz will be bottling and distributing worldwide Kiss soda pops, beginning with the Kiss Destroyer Cola. Rocket Fizz will also be producing Kiss and Rocket Fizz co-branded t-shirts and tin signs.

"The KISS Destroyer Cola will be available in all Rocket Fizz stores in one-three weeks. When you feel like you want to 'rock and roll all nite and party every day' stop by a Rocket Fizz and pick up a super duper cool Kiss soda pop, tin sign, and t-shirt!" .

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Chevelle Announce U.S. Summer Headline Tour

Chevelle are currently traveling across Europe with Avenged Sevenfold but they have revealed their plans to launch a summer headline tour back at home in the States.

The summer trek is scheduled to kick off on May 2nd in Knoxville, TN at The Mill & Mine and will be concluding on August 6th in Portland, OR at the Roseland Theatre.

The band will also be performing at several major music festivals across the U.S. including Fort Rock, Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion and Rock on the Range. See the headline dates here.

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Dropkick Murphys and Rancid Announce Summer Tour

The Dropkick Murphys and Rancid have announced that they will be hitting the road together this summer for a North American co-headlining trek dubbed the From Boston To Berkeley Tour.

They will be kicking things off in Bangor, Maine at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion on July 27th and will be concluding the tour on August 26th in Los Angeles at a still to be revealed venue.

Rancid's Tim Armstrong had the following comments and revealed details about the support acts for the summer outing, "Rancid is looking forward to hitting the road with our brothers the Dropkick Murphys.

"We will end the night with DKM and us playing songs together. Look out for The Bouncing Souls, The Selecter, Kevin Seconds and Jake Burns to be on certain shows. SEE YA IN THE PIT!"

Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey adds, "This is a dream come true for Dropkick Murphys. Hopefully all the people coming to the shows will feel the same way. Rancid gave us our break - Tim signing us to his label, Lars producing our early albums...so much history and great memories. Now, literally sharing the stage together every night. This tour is going to destroy all others this summer!!!!" See the dates here.

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Dream Evil Announce New Album 'Six'

Fans have waited many years for new music from Dream Evil and that wait will soon be over with the announcement from the Swedish band that be releasing their new studio effort this spring.

The new album will be entitled "SIX" and is set to be released on May 26th. It is the follow-up to the band's 2010 album "In The Night" and as the title suggests, it will be the group's sixth full length record.

"Six" was produced by guitarist guitarist Fredrik Nordström at his Studio Fredman facilities, which has been used by numerous other bands including In Flames, Arch Enemy, HammerFall, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir, Architects and Bring Me The Horizon, among others, according to the announcement.

The band had the following to say, "Finally, SIX years after the release of 'In The Night' we started to record our new album entitled 'SIX', which is Dream Evil's album number SIX.

"We know it took us a while to get our thumbs out of our asses, but now the wait is over and we are sure the new material has made the waiting time worthwhile. On May 26th the time is here, it's time for 'SIX'." Watch the album trailer here.

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Toto Announce North American Summer Tour

Toto have announced that they will be hitting the road this summer for a North American headline tour that will be dubbed "An Evening With Toto" and the group has revealed the initial dates for the trek,

The veteran band will be launching the tour in support of their 2015 album "XIV" and it's set to kick off on June 2nd in Lake Charles, LA at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles - Grand Event Center.

The trek will feature Steve Lukather, David Paich Steve Porcaro, and Joseph Williams being joined by Lenny Castro, Shannon Forest, Shem von Schroeck and Warren Ham, according to ABC Radio.

Lukather had the following to say about the road trip, "We had such a great time last summer that we wanted to regroup and hit some cities we didn't get to last time." See the dates here.

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The Police's Andy Summers Announces New Album 'Triboluminescence'

Former guitarist for The Police, Andy Summers has announced that he will be releasing his new solo album "Triboluminescence" on March 24th. It is the follow-up to his 2015 release "Metal Dog."

Summers had the following to say about the new studio effort, "Triboluminescence is actually a scientific word that means creating light from dark, which I believe is a great metaphor for any creative act and, especially, music.

"I felt compelled to follow up the record I made last year, Metal Dog, where I was trying to go into a new territory - with not just a straight-ahead jazz or jazz fusion or rock or pop, but something very much my own genre.

"This record results from a lifetime's worth of receiving influence, digesting it, and trying to create a new voice. I feel like I'm taking the Metal Dog album and moving on from there and trying to expand the writing, the tonal palette and this idea that I have about creating new music" .

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Linkin Park Have Hard Time With James Corden's 'Bandmate Game'

(Radio.com) James Corden's "Bandmate Game" segment is a cheeky way to see how well musical compatriots really know one another. Linkin Park sat down to participate and the results were not so great.

Vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda and guitarist Brad Delson answered questions about each other, from softball challenges like "who would Mike choose to star in his biopic?" (not James Franco, definitely Johnny Depp) to "Who would Brad pick to bail him out?" (drummer Rob Bourdon, not Chester).

We learned that Mike sings "Sexual Healing" in the shower, not "Like a Virgin." Chester's favorite underwear are white with red roses and black barbed wire, not red, as suspected.

Altogether, the Linkin Park rockers got one question right -- the band teases Brad for wearing "hospital pant pajamas." As well they should. Watch the full segment here.

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Bobby Blotzer's Version Of Ratt Recruits Ex-Quiet Riot Singer?

Days after it was revealed that former Adler's Appetite singer Seann Nicols had parted ways with Quiet Riot, it appears he may have new gig with another 80s band featuring one classic era member: Bobby Blotzer's version of Ratt.

Blotzer posted audio of Nicols singing over a recording of a Ratt song along with the following lengthy message, "I see that an afternoon at a beach bar has taken on a life of its own out there regarding who is rumored to be in the frontman spot in Ratt. My wife and I were attending a friend's party in a small bar in Carlsbad, (down by San Diego) on Sunday, and hanging with some friends - jamming a few tunes on March 5th.

"In July, when we were on the very successful Ratt tour of 2016, and we had a few dropouts, I moved swiftly to a great array of awesome friends and great players - we never skipped a beat. Not a day or a show fell. When the other guys dropped, I asked our then singer, 'are you going too?', because the road might not be as easy as everyone thought it might be. I was apprised by a great buddy of mine that he knew of a ripping lead singer. I told our then singer about him out of sheer honesty. And he replied to me as he did at every single show 'no, you know how much I appreciate being in this, I'm in for the long haul.' The last time I spoke to him was December 16th, Kentucky show. Great! We continued thru the year with 35 more shows, give or take.

"This other lead singer guy sent me his voice singing over our Ratt songs with Pearcy's voice pulled out and him singing in place. Well, fking Hell, I was quite astonished to be honest. I stuck it out with the other singer, my word is real. But he knew there was someone in the wings. And the guy I met over the phone in July, ended up with our fellow touring band guys in Quiet Riot. Cool, way to go, I thought (also not knowing why our ex-bandmate Mr J. Pearl was gone from QR).

"But, the music business is an incestuous small world. So, there you go. There is still a war waging but I'm not going to get into those specifics. I will, though, give you a little taste of what I was sent on the road in July 2016. I wish I had future vision then. Check this out. Ratt along with Seann Nicols at the helm = Cya in Ft. Yates on the 18th." Listen to the track here.

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Singled Out: To Kill A King's The Problem With Evil

To Kill A King recently released a new single called "The Problem Of Evil," which is their first new music since 2015. To celebrate we asked Ralph Pelleymounter to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

Some songs you have to chip away at for months or years even but this one arrived pretty much fully formed. I think it's quite a blunt track, certainly the verse doesn't move around much. A lot of it is just in supporting what the what the lyrics have to say.

The lyrics can be read like the shortest of short stories, it is that of a Preacher who has hit a crisis of faith. When seeing the evil in the world or even just the seemingly random acts of devastation he is struggling to reconcile that with an all loving, all powerful God. If he could then why wouldn't he step in? In short he runs up against The Problem of Evil, which I won't talk to you anymore about because you either know it and likely know more on the subject than me or you can google and very quickly surpass my limited knowledge on the arguments.

The arrangement with the band came very quickly too, I think after half a rehearsal the song was in a very recognisable form to what it is now. I guess it was just one of those times when everyone just got it. I do remember us talking about not going for any hooks in this. There is no need for hooks we said, It was more about building up and dropping down with the songs natural ebb and flow.

The place we ended up recording the track had this beautiful Hammond organ and we knew we had to get it on the track. We liked it so much that we added this outro section, a little breather section with just that and some field recordings. There was various bowing of cymbals and added percussion that our Producer and Band mate Ben Jackson encouraged us to try out. There was also the playing around with guitars sounds and different vocals mics but all in all it was a very effortless song to put together and it also felt very good to get it out.

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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