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Nick Mason Reveals Early Pink Floyd Embarrassment

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason reveals in a new interview the one thing that he found enormously embarrassing about the band's early years while he took a look back for the new "Early Years 1965-1972 box set".

Mason was asked about another member's recent comments that he couldn't take some of the band's early days material seriously because they "were just young guys getting together, wanting to be rich and get laid."

The drummer revealed, "Someone asked me what my reaction to watching some of this stuff is. It's partly nostalgia - but there's also enormous embarrassment. Us all scampering about in our shiny clothes - it's quite bizarre, now that we're rather elderly grandees of the industry. But it was fun, and I think that's quite nice, perhaps, to celebrate that." Read the full interview here.

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System Of A Down's Chop Suey Given Orchestra Makeover

(TeamRock) Fans can now hear System Of A Down's 2001 single Chop Suey in whole new light courtesy of The Lyra Chamber Orchestra. While drumming up support for Metamorphestra's Kickstarter project to raise funds for their orchestral covers album, The Ship Of Theseus, arranger Nick Proch seized the chance to work with the Burbank-based orchestra and together, the ensemble worked on an ambitious cover of the System Of A Down track.

"In April, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Capitol Records in Hollywood to record with them," explains Proch. "I originally intended on recording Chop Suey! with Metamorphestra for our first official album.

"The opportunity seemed ideal to take advantage of a world-renowned recording studio with world-class players, though, so I decided to record it then instead of waiting for the album." Check it out here.

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Metallica Don't Plan To Rock Into Their 70s

(Classic Rock) Metallica don't see themselves playing into their 70s as their music is too physically demanding. While bands like Black Sabbath are still going in their late 60s and Deep Purple continue to play on through their 70s, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, 52, isn't sure he wants to be performing the band's thrash hits when he is a pensioner.

He tells Billboard: "Whether we'll be able to play Master Of Puppets in our 70's, I just don't know. With Metallica, there's a physicality and a weight that has to be part of it.

"You can play it less heavy, slower - or you can realize that the music deserves that physical approach, and if the physical delivery isn't there, then maybe it's better not to do it."

Frontman James Hetfield, 53, adds that he refuses to dye his hair or grow old disgracefully, insisting Metallica don't try to hide their age. He says: "We know we're not supposed to mature in this field. People don't want you to. They want you to look young and cool and dye your hair and all that sh*t. We respect our age - we're not trying to hide it." Read more here.

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Kerry King Addresses Idea Of Slayer Retiring

(Metal Hammer) Kerry King doesn't want Slayer to retire soon - because he insists there's no chance of a change of mind once they have. He's been asked to discuss the possibility of a split on several occasions recently, after frontman Tom Araya appeared to suggest he was considering bringing his career to an end.

But the co-founding guitarist would rather look towards the follow-up to 2015 album Repentless. King tells KLAQ 95.5 FM: "If I gear-down not to do this, I don't want to come back and do it any more.

"I don't want to be that band that goes away and comes back, and goes away and comes back. I want to play until we're done, and be done with it." He adds: "Hopefully that's not soon." Check out the full interview here.

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Butch Walker Television Special Airs This Week

The Butch Walker concert special is schedule to air on the AUDIENCE Network this Friday, November 11, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114). We were sent the following details:

For the concert, Walker and his band perform both new songs as well as fan favourites including "East Coast Girl," "Bed On Fire," "Summer of 89," "Wilder In The Heart," "Record Store" and more. Butch also joins host Ted Stryker for an intimate interview delving into his musical history and influences.

Just before the concert special, fans can tune-in at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT for "Ernie Ball: The Pursuit of Tone 'Butch Walker.'" The documentary series follows Walker from his early days up to his most recent album Stay Gold. Watch the Butch Walker trailer here.

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Toby Keith Gives Soldier's Wife A Big Surprise At Concert

(Radio.com) Toby Keith is well known for his support of U.S. troops having gone on several U.S.O. tours over the years himself as a performer. During one of his headlining shows in Texas, the singer gave a woman the surprise of a lifetime when he brought her up on stage.

Prefacing "American Soldier," the singer brought up a woman whose husband was currently fighting in Afghanistan. Dedicating the song to her husband, Major Pete Cruz, Keith asked her to sing along during his performance.

As the song came to a close, a man in uniform walks on stage to hand Keith a new guitar. As his wife turns around and realizes who he is, her eyes well up with tears as her husband embraces her in a kiss. "She didn't know he was coming here tonight," Keith admits. Watch the big surprise unfold here.

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Chase Rice Excited To Salute Heros At Stars and Strings Concert

(Radio.com) Tonight (November 9), Chase Rice will be among a group of country music stars taking the stage at the Chicago Theatre to play CBS Radio's Stars and Strings concert. The show is a salute to those who currently serve, or have previously served in our armed forces.

The show's lineup also includes Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice, Dan + Shay, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts and Tyler Farr.

Rice spoke to Radio.com about supporting the troops and what freedom means to him: "To me, freedom means that every day we get to wake up and know that we are not under attack. That we do not have to defend ourselves here on our soil. It also means that you get to wake up and do whatever you want. It's literally up to you. That's the greatest part about freedom: the only things that can stop us is ourselves."

Supporting the military is something that he's passionate about: "I'm a huge, huge advocate of our military; I'm a huge advocate for people who are willing to lay their lives down for me and for my family and friends."

He continues: "I had two family members serve in World War II, both of my grandparents. My dad's dad was in the Navy, my mom's dad was in the Air Force and man, I loved them both to death. Ever since I was a little kid, the Air Force and Navy are ingrained into my blood and I'll forever be grateful." Read more here.

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Amon Amarth Frontman Reacts To Headlining Bloodstock

(Metal Hammer) Amon Amarth frontman Johan Hegg says the band can't wait to headline Bloodstock next year and return to the birthplace of the "epic Viking rowing" ritual favored by their fans.

During Amon Amarth's 2009 set at Bloodstock, a number of fans sat down in a rowing formation and invented a much safer - and funnier - form of crowd participation than moshing, circle pits or the notorious 'wall of death.' A video of the rowing stunt from can be viewed below.

And after being announced as Friday night headliners for Bloodstock 2017, Hegg tells Metal Hammer he is counting down the days until his Catton Park return.

Hegg says: "It's great that we're going to be back at Bloodstock. I love it there, it's a fun festival to play. We always had a great time there, always had a great crowd. And of course that is where the 'epic Viking rowing' was invented, so that will always have a special place in our hearts." Read more here.

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Phil Anselmo Turns The Table On Allegations

(Metal Hammer) Phil Anselmo says being branded a racist says more about his critics than it does about himself. The former Pantera frontman has apologized for the hurt he caused following his 'white power' outburst and Nazi gesture at Dimebash in January - but later added it was "utterly ridiculous" that people thought he meant any harm.

Now he says people will always find something to be offended by if they "look long enough through a certain lens." He tells The Classic Metal Show: "If I truly, truly upset anyone with that gesture and those two words, then my apology is sincere. But then there's the flip-side where I get the feeling that if you look through a certain lens long enough and you're desperately trying to spot something, you're gonna eventually find it, no matter what it is.

"No matter how vague it may be, you're gonna find something. I was blatant and doing what I did on purpose, but with a sense of humor behind it. And anyone with a logical mind knows for a damn fact that my love extends to every person in this crazy world of all colors, creeds, kinds, shapes, sizes, sexual preference. You name it, I'm for you. I'm on your side."

Anselmo added: "Sometimes these certain people that do look through these lenses - and maybe this is just speculation, but perhaps - like they used to say on the schoolyard, 'It takes one to know one,' or maybe the fact that you're looking through this lens is kind of showing who you are as well." Listen to the full interview here.

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Sumer Announce Headline Tour

(Prog) Young London-based post proggers Sumer have announce their very first headline UK tour which will feature support from special guests For The Oracle.

They are currently writing the follow up to 2014's The Animal You Are. The band, who were nominated for the Limelight Award at the 2015 Progressive Music Awards, have been steadily growing in stature.

They have won plaudits across the music press as well as appearing at this year's Bloodstock and UK Tech-Metal Fest, supporting Agent Fresco and winning the Hard Rock Cafe's Hard Rock Rising competition. See the dates here.

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