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Protesters Make U2 Frontman Bono Run For His Life
(Classic Rock) U2 frontman Bono has recalled running for his life from protestors who shouted "Make Bono history" after him. The singer and activist has been a supporter of the Make Poverty History series of campaigns since they began in 2005.

But the slogan was turned on him recently in Germany. He tells The Guardian: "I was chased down the street by a bunch of anarchists wielding placards and shouting 'Make Bono history!' which, even as I was running for my life, I thought was a pretty good line."

In the same week, he says, he was also booed by young entrepreneurs in Tanzania, who believed he was arguing for Africa to be seen as a place in permanent need of charity. Read what he had to say about that.

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Metallica Defied Chinese Ban
(TeamRock Radio) Metallica were banned from performing classic track Master Of Puppets during their recent visit to China but guitarist Kirk Hammet cheekily played a snippet of the opening riff for fans anyway.

Western acts touring the Communist country are obliged to submit the lyrics to every song they've written before authorities will give them permission to perform. Master was one of the tracks Chinese bosses refused to allow.

But Hammet says: "I had an open guitar solo thing where I just sit there and riff I played the riff for Master Of Puppets and a couple of other songs that weren't allowed to be played. "I played just the music I kind of snuck it in there."

Despite the restrictions, drummer Lars Ulrich says it was a worthwhile trip. "What we're talking about here is not a secret," he says. "They published it on government web sites, what songs we could play and what we couldn't." more on this story

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Megadeth Announce Super Collider Tour
North American fans that missed the Gigantour or just can't get enough Megadeth are in luck as band has announced a brand new U.S. tour for this fall.

Megadeth have announced 15 dates for their Super Collider Tour in support of their latest album of the same name, which will also feature performances from Fear Factory and Nonpoint.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on November 23rd in St. Paul, Minn. at Myth Live and will conclude on December 14th in Socorro, TX at the Socorro Entertainment Center.

Also this week, Megadeth released their brand new home video and live album Countdown To Extinction: Live, which was recorded and filmed at Los Angeles' Fox Theatre last December. more on this story

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Robert Fripp Confirms King Crimson Return
(Classic Rock) Robert Fripp has confirmed King Crimson will return next year, as a long-running dispute with a record label nears its solution. In 2009 he decided to call a halt to the band's proceedings because he felt he couldn't concentrate on creating new music while working through legal wrangles.

Now a change of regime at Universal Music Group has meant those business issues are close to being put in the past and that means Fripp is able to look to the future of the band he founded in 1968.

Writing in his online diary, he says: "King Crimson is in motion. This is a very different reformation to what has gone before: seven players, four English and three American, with three drummers.

"The seven-headed beast of Crim is in Go! mode." more on this story

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Rob Zombie and Korn To Launch Night Of The Living Dreads Tour
Rob Zombie and Korn are teaming up to launch North American coheadlining arena tour that will be dubbed the "Night Of The Living Dreads" Tour this fall.

The 17 date tour is set to launch on November 3rd in Reno, NV at the Grand Sierra Resort and will conclude on November 26th in Bethlehem, PA at the Bethlehem Events Center.

Korn will launching the tour in support of their forthcoming studio album, "The Paradigm Shift" which is scheduled for release in North America on October 8th and marks the return of guitarist Brian "Head" Welch.

Rob Zombie continues to tour in support of this latest studio album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" which was released in April and made a Top 10 debut on the Billboard album chart.

Zombie had this to say about the tour, "Some of the best times we've had on the road have been touring with Korn, so we're thrilled to be doing it again!"

Jonathan Davis adds, "We've had a lot of fun touring and playing with Rob Zombie over the years. It's been a while and those shows were so much fun. We're really excited about doing it again." more on this story

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Sammy Hagar Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash TV Special Announced
Sammy Hagar fans that will be unable to travel to Cabo San Lucas to celebrate the Red Rocker's 66th birthday will be still be able to witness the festivities thanks to AXS TV.

Sammy's Annual Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash will be taking place October 7-13 at the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and AXS TV will air their special on October 27th.

Hagar isn't slowing down as he has a lot of plans to support for his brand new album, "Sammy Hagar & Friends," which hit stores this week. He has announced a special in-store appearance this Saturday September 28, Sammy at COSTCO in Novato, CA.

Sammy will be meeting fans and signing copies of the new album as well as his New York Times no. 1 best-selling autobiography, RED, beginning at 2pm.

Hagar will also be launching another set of dates for his "Four Decades of Rock" tour on Oct 19th in Shawnee, OK and will then take the show to New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and he will also be making a special appearance on the Howard Stern Show on October 28th. more on this story

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Lee Wanted To Kill Lifeson During Rush Rock Hall Speech
(Classic Rock) Rush frontman Geddy Lee admits he wasn't comfortable during Alex Lifeson's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame speech in April. The guitarist spent nearly three minutes saying "blah blah blah" as he mimed his reaction to being told the Canadian three-piece had finally been chosen for induction.

But while the crowd loved it, bandmates Lee and Neil Peart were less pleased. Lee tells Rolling Stone: "He didn't tell us he was doing that in fact, I know he had a whole other speech planned. Neil and I thought he had lost his marbles when he was talking.

"You can see the look on our faces behind him, going, 'What the f**k is he doing?' And of course, we couldn't see him act it all out we just kept hearing 'blah blah blah.'

"He's genuinely one of the funniest people you'd ever meet in your life. But I wanted to kill him at the three-minute mark. Neil and I were threatening to knock him on the head and drag him offstage." more on this story

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Paul McCartney Performs Concert On The Streets of Hollywood
( Paul McCartney took over the streets of Hollywood Monday night (September 23) with a performance that featured new tracks from his upcoming album New (out October 15) and some from his old days.

The 15-song performance included Beatles hits like "Let It Be," "Hey Jude" and "Magical Mystery Tour," along with Wings classics ("Junior's Farm", "Band on the Run"), and new solo tracks "Save Us," "Another Day" and the already released first single, "New." Two of the songs"New" and "Lady Madonna"were featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

While there, McCartney also sat down to chat with Kimmel about his new album, which was recorded at Abbey Road, and the first song he wrote with John Lennon, which was "I Saw Her Standing There." A song he says, at the time, was only wishful thinking.

"We couldn't get arrested with women," McCartney said. "Me and George [Harrison] would go to like the dance and we'd sit around all eveningWe never asked anyone until the last waltz. Then there'd be no time for anything, because the girl would go home and we'd blown it."

He also detailed his Beatles anxiety dreams. "Let's say I'm there with the Beatles, and we're playing and the audience starts to leave," McCartney said, before explaining that he sometimes wakes up in a cold sweat. In reality though, no audience has ever left any performance featuring McCartney. More including video.

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Slash Announces Conan Appearance
(hennemusic) Velvet Revolver and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash will appear as a guest on the Thursday, September 26 episode of Conan O'Brien's nighttime talk show on TBS, "Conan".

The guitarist is making the rounds to promote "Nothing Left To Fear", the first film from his production company Slasher Films. The film was written by Jonathon W.C. Mills and directed by Anthony Leonardi III.

Slash will release the Nothing Left To Fear soundtrack album for on October 4, the same day the film opens in select theaters. It was written and produced by Slash and Nick O'Toole. It includes the film score plus two original songs: "Nothing Left To Fear", which features vocalist Myles Kennedy, and the instrumental "Welcome To Stull." more on this story

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New John Lennon App Coming This Fall
(Gibson) Late Beatle John Lennon's travels to Bermuda in 1980 will be recreated in an app called "John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes" which is set to be released through the iTunes App Store on November 5.

The new app follows Lennon's travels to Bermuda during the last year of his life, while working on songs for what was to become the album "Double Fantasy."

In the app the user will be able to hear demos of the songs "Woman," "Starting Over," "I'm Losing You," "(Just Like) Starting Over," "Nobody Told Me" and "Dear Yoko." There is also an interactive element to the app in which the user can visit a disco.

All proceeds from the app will go to the campaign "Imagine There's No Hunger." Said Lennon's widow Yoko Ono in a statement: "I think the album app captures the sense of discovery and the artistic dialogue that John and I shared at that time and provides a new way to help us imagine a world without hunger." more on this story

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Haken Lose A Member
(Prog) Rising British prog band Haken have announced that they have parted ways with bassist Tom MacLean. The news comes within weeks of the band releasing their acclaimed third album The Mountain, the band's first for new label InsideOut.

In a statement, the band say: It is with deep regret that we have to announce Tom's departure from Haken. As well as being a gifted musician, Tom is a great friend and it has been a pleasure and an honour to call him a band mate for the past six years.

"We've shared so many amazing experiences together and will never forget those times! We are immensely grateful for his wisdom and dedication, without which Haken would not be where it is today. We of course remain close friends and want everyone to know that there is no animosity between us whatsoever. Tom can explain the situation better than us." Read what he had to say here.

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Creed's Scott Stapp Announces New Solo Album
Creed frontman Scott Stapp has announced a November 5th, 2013 release date for his brand new solo studio album, which will be entitled "Proof of Life".

The new album was produced by Howard Benson and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge and the lead single from the effort, "Slow Suicide" is set to be released on October 8th.

"This is the most meaningful record of my career," says Stapp in the album announcement. "I've made a lot of messes in my life but I've learned I can take a mess and turn it into a message. This album chronicles my struggles, my journey and it's the most honest record I have ever written.

"The fans have always meant everything to me and over the years they've come to me and told me how through my music they've gotten through the worst of times and that hit me.

"With this album, it's the first time that when I listened back to the tracks, it became a cathartic experience for me." more on this story

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Fan Helps Ron Thompson Recover Stolen Guitar
(The Blues Ron Thompson has been reunited with his favorite guitar after fans took action following a devastating theft of his beloved instrument earlier this month.

The 60-year-old California bluesman named by Mick Fleetwood as his favourite guitarist was last week reunited with his 1959 Gibson, and instrument he's owned since he was a teenager.

Thompson was left without the means to perform when his car was stolen with his stage equipment inside. But local musician Rob Zolezzi, who'd never met Thompson, decided to take action, and, working with nearby pawn shops, he worked out who was in possession of the guitar, met them and recovered it. "I did it because it needed to be done," says Zolezzi. more on this story

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Rock Hall Release Video About Duane Allman's 1959 Les Paul
(Gibson) Duane Allman acquired his 1959 Cherry Sunburst Gibson Les Paul in the fall of 1970, after falling in love with the instrument while jamming with the band Stone Balloon in Daytona Beach. The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland have long had the guitar on display.

The instrument, along with another '59 Les Paul was loaned to the museum by Duane's daughter Galadrielle. Earlier this year the Gibson Custom Shop came out with a painstakingly recreated version of Duane Allman's 1959 Cherry Sunburst Guitar.

The Gibson Custom Shop visited the museum along with Lee Roy Parnell, who was able to determine that "this particular guitar was the one that Duane used most often to record and perform live."

Aside from working with The Allman Brothers Band, Duane was a sought after session musician. He can be heard on recordings by Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, not to mention his work with Eric Clapton on Derek and the Dominos' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.

The '59 Les Paul that's on display at the Rock Hall was used by Duane Allman on the classic Allman Brothers live album At Fillmore East, which contain lots of jams and the band's excellent version of "Statesboro Blues."

Check out avideo about the instrument made by the Rock Hall here.

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Grammy Museum Boss Says The Blues Is In Danger of Extinction
(The Blues The recent generations of blues musicians won't be able to do enough to save the genre, says an American museum boss and author. Robert Santelli, executive director of Los Angeles' Grammy Museum and writer of two encyclopedic blues books, believes it could already be too late to save the music.

"We're in danger of the blues becoming a historical music form like Dixieland or big band. They're still performed and celebrated but they don't speak to young people," He tells STL Today. "Blues is becoming less and less relevant in contemporary times. I don't think you can stop that tide. It's going to go where it's going to go."

Part of the problem, he feels, is that electronic music is the first popular genre to have no base in the blues. "The blues is and continues to be the bedrock of American music," he reflects. "From the blues, everything else sprouted. Electronic dance music is totally disconnected Skrillex and Kaskade are not referencing the blues." more on this story

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Damian Wilson Launching Tour Tonight
(Prog) Threshold and Headspace frontman Damian Wilson will be kicking off his European tour today (Wednesday) that will consist of two different shows.

The first batch of dates across the UK this week will be Damian Wilson Ensemble performances, followed by a festival appearance with Paul Wilson. Then he'll return in October for a series of solo acoustic gigs.

The DWE lineup will include pianist and producer Andrew Holdsworth, cellist Tony Woollard plus guest musicians at each concert. Former Strawbs guitarist Brian Willoughby has been confirmed for September 27. Grab dates here.

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Singled Out: Corky Laing and the Perfect Child (Mountain)
Today Corky Laing, who was the drummer for legendary rockers Mountain, tells us about the song "Journey" from the new Corky Laing and the Perfect Child concept album "Playing God." Here is the story:

I think "Journey' is the appropriate song that reflects the personal pursuit of every creative soul who wants life to be perfect for themselves & their love ones.. After all ..we are all on this journey making one choice after another...moment to moment day after day...

While collaborating with Malcolm Bruce ( Jack Bruce's son ) we both shared personal experiences with Jack; Malcolm as a son and I , as a collaborator in 'West Bruce & Laing."

Separate lifetimes ...culminated in a piece of repertoire that fit perfectly into the philosophy of the opera creators (Dr Takala and Dr Havry).

The relevance of the lyrical content resonating with the timber and the tonal quality of Maya Paakkari and helped make this one of my proudest musical moments.

The subtle cracks in her passionate vocal interpretation...convey a very emotional moment of her past..and her present... however, we come away knowing nothing will break her spirit...

You can taste the tears upon her lips as she takes the bitter with the sweet

And yes .. "it really happened"

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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Kill Devil Hill Release New Song 'Crown of Thorns'
(TeamRock Radio) Kill Devil Hill, the band formed by Black Sabbath and Dio drummer Vinny Appice and Pantera bassist Rex Brown, have released new track Crown Of Thorns.

The lineup is rounded out by Pissing Razors vocalist Jason 'Dewey' Bragg and guitarist Mark Zavon ex of Ratt and WASP, and the song is taken from upcoming second album Revolution Rise, due via Century Media at the end of October.

Brown, who formed the band after leaving Down, says: "This album is definitely one of the favorite moments of my career. It's got balls, great melodies, awesome guitar riffing and a low end that'll set your ass on fire.

"Buckle your seatbelts we're all in for one hell of a ride!" Check out the new song here.

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AFI's Davey Havok Does Surprise INXS Cover With Dear Boy
( During a cover of INXS' hit "Don't Change," Los Angeles act Dear Boy surprised fans last night (September 24) with a surprise guest appearance by AFI singer Davey Havok.

Dear Boy singer Ben Grey welcomed Havok to the stage to an elated crowd during the song's second verse. The two completed the song alternating lyrics back and forth. Released in October 1982, "Don't Change" was the second single from INXS's third studio album Shabooh Shoobah and rose to No. 17 stateside.

Last night marked the third week in Dear Boy's September residency at tiny Los Angeles venue, the Bootleg Theater. While the foursome in Dear Boy are busy promoting their self-titled debut EP, AFI will head out on a fall U.S. tour in support of their October 22nd release, ninth album Burials. Kicking off October 7 at Boston's Royale, the Burials Tour will wrap up November 1 at Seattle's Showbox at the Market. Check out the video here.

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Scar The Martyr Release Album Trailer
(TeamRock Radio) Joey Jordison's latest band Scar The Martyr have released a trailer for their self-titled debut album, which is set to be released in North America next Monday, September 30th.

The Slipknot drummer put the songs together after his main outfit were forced onto hiatus following the death of bassist Paul Gray. (Slipknot are gearing up to record a new album next year.)

The result is 14 "good, solid songs," performed by Jordison alongside frontman Henry Derek, guitarist Jed Simon (ex Strapping Young Lad), guitarist Kris Norris (ex Darkest Hour), keyboardist Joey Blush (Blush Response, Fear Factory) and bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex In This Moment). Check out the trailer here.

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Black Spiders Release 'Balls' Video
(Classic Rock) Black Spiders have released a video for their track "Balls". It's taken from their latest album, This Savage Land, which was made from the proceeds of a successful Pledge Music campaign.

They recently said of the record: "It's a pulse-pounding, action-packed journey with a complex plot. Listen as five unsung masters of the sword go in search of ancient tombs, gleaming treasure and thrilling landscapes matching wits and daring with deadly sorcerers, scheming priests and evil cults."

Black Spiders play a string of dates in the UK and Ireland as part of a European tour starting next month. Grab the dates and watch their new music video here.

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Black Sabbath Video Preview of The Halloween Horror Nights 3D Maze
(hennemusic) Black Sabbath are sharing a preview of an all-original 3D maze, "Black Sabbath: 13 3D", which opened September 20th at Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights event.

The new maze, based on Black Sabbath's lyrics and the only attraction at the horror event to incorporate 3D video, also includes scenes inspired by the band's latest album, "13".

Guests will come face to face with a Lucifer and his bride, blood-soaked dead bodies and bubbling pools of "radioactive water" while rocking to classics like "Iron Man", "Paranoid", "War Pigs", "Electric Funeral" and - of course "Black Sabbath". Check out the video here.

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Monster Magnet Premiere New Song 'Paradise'
(hennemusic) Monster Magnet are premiering "Paradise", a new track from the band's forthcoming album, "Last Patrol", due October 15. The song follows the July release of the project's first single, "The Duke (Of Supernature)," and the recent issue of "Mindless Ones."

Monster Magnet's first album since 2010's "Mastermind" is produced by MM frontman Dave Wyndorf and Phil Caivano. "Last Patrol" will be available as a Limited Edition CD, standard CD, 2LP and digital format.

The band will launch the new album with an in-store performance at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey on Monday, October 14. Details about that and a stream of the new song here.

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Metallica Rock Yankee Stadium For Mariano Rivera Day
(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1991 classic, "Enter Sandman", on Mariano Rivera Day at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, and video of the appearance is available.

The Yankees held a pre-game event to honor their retiring pitcher known as The Sandman - who has entered the field from the bullpen to the Metallica classic since 1999.

"This one's for you Mariano!," yelled frontman James Hetfield as the band kicked into the song, with the singer and bassist Robert Trujillo sporting Yankees jerseys for the occasion. Metallica's stage amps featured the band's name in the classic Yankees logo font, along with the number 42 and "Sandman" visible on stage.

The Yankee Stadium appearance followed Saturday night's concert at The Apollo Theater, where Metallica teamed with SiriusXM to celebrate the return of the Mandatory Metallica channel on the satellite radio service. Check out the video here.

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