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Metallica Frontman James Hetfield Takes Fall From Stage

(hennemusic) Metallica frontman James Hetfield fell into an open trap door in the stage during the band's September 4 concert at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, and video from the event has surfaced online.

The rocker was wandering across the stage during a performance of the "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" track, "Now That We're Dead", when he walked into a newly-opened hole in the stage floor from where one of four rectangular percussion tables would soon appear during the song.

Metallica's crew members quickly assisted Hetfield's return to center stage as the guitarist barely missed a beat after appearing slightly shaken in the moment. "Is everybody ok?" Hefield asked the crowd after the tune. "Yes, I'm ok. My ego, not so much. But we're fine. Hurt my feelings, maybe, a little bit."

The first of two gigs in Amsterdam - the second is set for September 6 - follow the launch of the European leg of the group's WorldWired tour in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2.

The fall arena run will wrap up with two dates in Antwerp, Belgium in early November before resuming with a spring 2018 leg next February. Watch videos of the stage fall here.

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Guns N' Roses And Former Guitarist Didn't 'Quit Pretty'

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal recently reflected back on the struggles surrounding his decision to leave the group in 2014 and says that "It's not like we quit pretty."

Thal spoke about the difficult decision to WRIF (via Classic Rock): "I need to be super-creative. I'm not the kind of utility that you hire and he plays and gets paid, and that's it.

"It has to grow. After eight years in Guns I looked at it and said, 'Am I doing what I want to do?' I felt like anyone could have doing what I was doing at that point, and it didn't have to be me.

"And if I wasn't happy, and they knew I wasn't happy, then I should get out and do what I'm supposed to do, and let them do what they were supposed to do. And I knew the reunion was coming, so it was like, 'Let me get out of the way.'"

Bumblefoot said of his struggle with the decision to leave, "I cared so much. I cared too much about it, and I wanted it to be something that I knew it wasn't ever going to be."

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Slipknot Members Doing Q&A At Documentary Premiere

Member of Slipknot will be taking part in a special Q&A session during tonight (September 6th) premiere of their brand new documentary "Day Of The Gusano".

The 90-minute documentary film was directed by Slipknot's M. Shawn Crahan (aka Clown) and covers the band's very first excursion to Mexico and the Q&A session will be conducted by SiriusXM's Jose Mangin.

The premiere event is scheduled to take place at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Los Angeles area (8556 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills) and begins at 7:30PM. Tickets to this event are very limited, and are available here.

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Black Sabbath Preview Farewell Concert Films

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath are streaming partial footage of their 1971 classic, "Children Of The Grave", as a preview to the September 28 worldwide cinema debut of their farewell concert film, "The End Of The End."

The tune was the second single from the UK band's third album, "Master Of Reality", which peaked at No. 8 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 2 million copies in the States.

Directed by Dick Carruthers, "The End Of The End" presents the farewell concert by Black Sabbath in their hometown of Birmingham, England this past February.

"To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special," says the band. "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."

The global cinema event will present a specially-edited version of the concert film ahead of its official release later this year. Watch the preview here.

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First Photo Of Rami Malek As Freddie Mercury Revealed

(Radio.com) The first photo of Mr. Robot star Rami Malik playing the role of the legendary late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been revealed by Entertainment Weekly.

Malik, who is best known for his role as Elliot Alderson on Mr. Robot, will play the late Queen frontman in the forthcoming biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which is set to hit theaters in December of 2018.

"When you're able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror, it's a very affirming moment," Malek told EW regarding seeing himself in hair and makeup.

Malek will also sing in the new film. "We're going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible," he said."I'm in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I'm not working on my acting." Check out the photo here.

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Yes Announce 50th Anniversary Tour Plans

(hennemusic) Prog rock legends Yes have announced the first series of dates for a 50th anniversary tour. The 2018 trek will open in Bristol, UK on March 13 as part of a 10-show UK run before the band heads to Europe for more performances.

The tour will see the group - guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, singer Jon Davison and bassist Billy Sherwood - feature not only many of the band's classic hits, but performances of Sides 1 and 4 and an excerpt from Side 3 of their 1973 album, "Tales From Topographic Oceans", which was the outfit's first album to top the UK Album Charts.

"We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best loved work," explains Howe, "we want to play things we enjoy, maybe songs we haven't done in a while."

"Reflecting on the past 46 years that I've devoted my life to playing Yes music, it's been an interesting journey and a true labor of love," adds White. "I've always believed in the power of music and the band's recent induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and our Grammy (awarded in 1985) are testament to the longevity of influence our music has had through the years.

"I'm extremely grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to our 50th Anniversary performing together in 2018. It's been a great ride!!" See the dates and read more here.

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U2 Kick Off Fall Leg Of The Joshua Tree Tour

(Gibson) U2 kicked off the fall leg of their 30th anniversary The Joshua Tree tour on Sunday (Sept. 3) in Detroit, and the Irish rockers brought a fiery, passionate rendition of their seminal album.

Like with their earlier The Joshua Tree tour shows, the show set off with some non-Joshua Tree songs before U2 launched into the album. The band performed The Joshua Tree front to back and closed out the set with a handful of songs from other albums.

One surprise at the Detroit show was a guest appearance from Patti Smith on the song "Mothers of the Disappeared." "There is no one to compare. We don't have anyone to compare with Patti Smith," Bono said. He went on to tell the crowd that U2 wouldn't have written The Joshua Tree without Smith.

U2 will perform nine shows in the U.S. in September, wrapping up with a gig Sept. 22 in San Diego. View the full itinerary here.

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Music Stars Pay Tribute To Steely Dan's Walter Becker

(Gibson) Musicians are speaking out about the death of Steely Dan's Walter Becker, who passed away Sunday (Sept. 3) at the age of 67. Everyone from Nathan Followill to Ryan Adams are remembering his music and legacy.

"RIP Walter Becker. Listening to Steely Dan all day in your honor," tweeted Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon.

"RIP Walter Becker. Half of one of the greatest and most original bands in rock history," Carl Newman said on Twitter.

"Walter Becker, you changed my life with music. You are so loved Straight to the stars.... My friend," Ryan Adams tweeted.

"I was once in a band that played only Steely Dan songs. It was hard and lots of fun. RIP Walter," Jason Isbell stated on Twitter. Read more here.

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Portugal. the Man Cover Oasis' 'Don't Look Back in Anger'

(Radio.com) Portugal. The Man tackled the Oasis song, "Don't Look Back in Anger" during a recent recording session and video of the cover track has been posted online.

The band's take on the classic 1995 single is true to the original during the live take, with singer John Gourley even slipping into Liam Gallagher's signature British accent on occasion.

It's a song that Portugal. The Man knows well, having performed it during this year's Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee as a tribute to victims of the terrorist attack after Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester earlier this year. Watch the video here.

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Coldplay's Chris Martin Covers Paul Simon's 'Graceland'

(Radio.com) During a visit to BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on Monday (September 4), Coldplay frontman Chris Martin performed a cover of Paul Simon's classic "Graceland."

Standing at the microphone with an acoustic guitar in hand, Martin delivered vocals for the classic track that bear a striking similarity to that of Simon's 1986 original.

The Coldplay frontman was accompanied by a group of backup singers as well as a horn section. Watch Martin's cover below and enjoy the original version here.

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Green Day Live Streamed Special Show for Hurricane Harvey Relief

(Radio.com) Green Day did a live stream of a special show on Tuesday (Sept. 5) in support of Americares' Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The band is donating $100,000 to the health-focused relief and development organization, and are encouraging fans to kick in as well.

As an added incentive, Green Day broadcast a set from backstage at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Fla. "We kept seeing these terrible images of devastation coming from Texas, and we knew we had to do something to help," Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said in a press statement. "We're encouraging fans to join us in support of Americares, a trusted organization that's on the ground providing aid."

"Americares is truly grateful to have Green Day's support," added Americares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis. "Their generosity and dedication means so much to us, as we restore health and hope for those affected by Hurricane Harvey." Read more here.

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Dark Signal Release 'Build You Back' Lyric Video

Sacramento heavy rockers Dark Signal have released a lyric video for their debut single "Build You Back." The track was produced by Drew Fulk and was mixed by Taylor Larson

The video was directed/edited by guitarist Matt Thomas and he had this to say, "This song is the embodiment of what our band has been through these last two years as we stepped back from our former band and brand to break the walls down that we built and create something new.

"This, as our first song, leads the way for Dark Signal, describing exactly how we have felt these last two years. Now we are here to build back what we once had, only better." Watch it here.

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