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Page Too Report for 11/08/2016

Disturbed Frontman Slams Critics Of X Factor Appearance

Disturbed frontman David Draiman fired back at fans that called his band sell outs for appearing on X Factor Australia, where they performed their version of the Simon and Garfunkel classic "The Sound Of Silence".

Draiman responded to the criticism from fans on their Facebook page by writing, "Lol, to those of you saying 'sell outs', or 'what is Disturbed doing on X Factor anyway?'... We're fighting the good fight for our genre to be respectably represented. All rock bands should.

"All artists/musicians want to spread their work to as many people as possible. That's what it's all about. Sharing the beauty of what you created. If that is considered 'selling out' to some people, then so be it." Watch the television performance here.

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Guns N' Roses Star Says He Will Always Side With Axl Rose

(Classic Rock) Dizzy Reed says he doesn't take his job in Guns N' Roses for granted - as Axl Rose could fire him whenever he wants. The keyboardist, who has worked with the band since 1990, also admits he instinctively trusts the frontman's decisions - and will always take his side in a rift.

He tells LA Weekly: "Axl's the one that presented me with this gig. It was his idea. He gave me this opportunity. He could fire me tomorrow. I try and give him my best, my all, all the time."

He adds: "If there's ever any rift, I'm going to take his side. It's not even a matter of agreeing or disagreeing. You can formulate all this stuff in your head and get worked up, but I know if I ask him about anything that doesn't make sense, when he explains it, it sets everything straight."

When asked whether lineup changes have affected his morale over the years, he replies: "It's just drama in the workplace. No matter who is playing in the band, we work really, really hard to make it work.

"When Axl picks up the microphone, it becomes what it is - Guns N' Roses. If you don't believe that, you don't have to be there." Read more here.

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Richie Sambora Claims He Didn't Really Want KISS Gig

(Classic Rock) Richie Sambora has recalled his audition for Kiss, just before he landed the Bon Jovi role that made his name - and he now claims that he didn't want to join Paul Stanley's band in the first place.

He tried out as potential replacement for Ace Frehley in 1983, but he already suspected he wasn't the right man for the job. Sambora tells Metal Express Radio: "I didn't really know what I was doing back then, and I didn't really want the gig.

"They wanted someone to replace Ace, but I think they wanted someone who worshipped them. I liked their music - but I wasn't into them in a big way." Citing his preference for Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and others, he adds: "I just thought it would be a good thing to go along and give it a go. I didn't feel like wearing any of their makeup, that's for sure." Read more here.

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DNCE Announce 2017 North American Tour

Joe Jonas' band DNCE has announced that they will be hitting the road early next year to launch their DNCE IN CONCERT tour across North America.

They will be beginning the trek on January 17th in San Diego, Ca at the House of Blues and will wrap up on February 9th at The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale in Wallingford, CT.

The group will be launching the tour in support of their forthcoming self-titled debut album, which is set to be released by Republic Record on November 18th. here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Says Last Album Too Close To Metallica

(Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevenfold frontman M Shadows has admitted that the band's 2013 album Hail To The King sounded "a little too close to Metallica." Last month Avenged Sevenfold sneak released their seventh album The Stage and Shadows says he's happy that it this time they sound "completely different" to Metallica.

Shadows tells Loudwire: "I'm glad that we can add something new to the fold that Metallica's not going to bring to the table, and they're going to do what they do.

"Instead of last time where our record was a little too close to Metallica, I'm glad that people are going to have a huge spectrum of music to listen to, and all of it sounds completely different from each other." Read more here.

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U2's The Edge Receives Les Paul Award

(Gibson) Music magazine Q held its annual awards show last week (November 2) at London's legendary Roundhouse venue, and the 2016 Q Gibson Les Paul Award went to The Edge from U2. The previous recipients of the award were Johnny Marr (2014) and Tony Iommi (2015).

The Edge received his award from Rolling Stones legend Ronnie Wood, quipping "I'm no Jeff Beck!" (Wood, of course, was bassist in the Jeff Beck Group back in the '60s.)

In the audience, Blondie's Deborah Harry applauded as Edge further called for guitars to replace synths "like it's 1981!" U2 also won Best Live Act - recent shows were the first the band have played "indoors" for years. Read more here.

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Ghost's Nameless Ghoul Has Lifelong Fear Of The Dark

(Classic Rock) One of Ghost's Nameless Ghouls has revealed he's suffered from fear of the dark since childhood, because he watched horror movies at too young an age.

But he's grateful for the inspiration his terror has provided over the years. The band just released latest EP Popestar, and they're continuing work on their fourth full-length album, expected next year.

The Ghoul tells Rock 108: "I grew up watching a lot of films that I should have, way too early, which has led to a lifelong fear of the dark. I cannot be alone in the house and all kinds of stuff.

"But on the other hand, it's triggered a lot of imaginary things that, luckily, for the most part, is used to create good things." Read more here.

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Nightwish To Continue Themes With Next Album

(Metal Hammer) Nightwish leader Tuomas Holopainen has predicted that the band's ninth album will continue the themes explored in last year's Endless Forms Most Beautiful.

But he's revealed he hasn't written anything for the record yet, even though he'd normally be several songs into the project by this time. The band will take a break during 2017 - but the mainman has confirmed that plans are in the diary for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Holopainen tells Uber Rock: "I think we got about half way there. There will be more. We didn't yet say all we have to say. It's such a vast world of inspiration and we've only just touched the surface." Read more here.

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Lorde Laments Turning 20, Teases New Album Details

Lorde is no longer a teen popstar as she celebrated her 20th birthday this week and she took to Facebook to lament saying goodbye to her teenage years and also teased fans about her upcoming album.

She posted a lengthy message on her Facebook page about entering her twenties in a post titled "A NOTE FROM THE DESK OF A NEWBORN ADULT."

She wrote in part, "I was 16 when most of us met. Can you believe it? I laugh thinking about that me now - that glossy idiot god, princess of her childhood streets, handmade and ugly and sure of herself. All my life I've been obsessed with adolescence, drunk on it. Even when I was little, I knew that teenagers sparkled. I knew they knew something children didn't know, and adults ended up forgetting. Since 13 I've spent my life building this giant teenage museum, mausoleum maybe, dutifully wolfishly writing every moment down, and repeating it all back like folklore. And now there isn't any more of it."

Aside from talking about her lost childhood she also had a more positive message about her forthcoming music. She wrote, "I want nothing more than to spill my guts RIGHT NOW about the whole thing - I want you to see the album cover, pore over the lyrics (the best I've written in my life), touch the merch, experience the live show. I can hardly stop myself from typing out the name. I just need to keep working a while longer to make it as good as it can be. You'll have to hold on. The big day is not tomorrow, or even next month realistically, but soon. I know you understand." Read the full post here.

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Cam To Perform On Live With Kelly!

Country music star Cam has announces that she will be performing her song "Half Broke Heart" for the first time on television on Live with Kelly! tomorrow (November 9th).

Cam is currently on her very first headlining trek, dubbed The Burning House Tour, which kicked off October 27 in Chicago, IL at Joe's Bar On Weed Street.

She will be wrapping up the tour on December 10 at the Orleans Showroom in Las Vegas. The Burning House Tour will visit in 12 U.S. cities, including New York City at Highline Ballroom on Thursday, November 10. See the dates here.

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