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MARILYN MANSON And SMASHING PUMPKINS To Join Forces For 'The End Times' Tour

MARILYN MANSON will team up with SMASHING PUMPKINS for "The End Times" co-headlining tour. They will hit the road together starting July 7 in Concord, California, and ending on August 8 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tickets go on sale starting April 3. "The End Times" tour dates: Jul. 07 - Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion Jul. 09 - Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Jul. 10 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel& Casino Jul. 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre Jul. 13 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre Jul. 15 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion Jul. 16 - Houston, TX @ NRG Arena Jul. 18 - San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum Jul. 19 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live Jul. 20 - New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square Jul. 22 - Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheatre Jul. 24 - Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds Jul. 25 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood Jul. 26 - Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater Jul. 28 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Jul. 29 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center Jul. 31 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Aug. 01 - Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino Aug. 02 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center Aug. 04 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Aug. 05 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Aug. 07 - Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Aug. 08 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center Manson recently buried the hatchet with one-time friend, SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan. Back in December, Manson joined the SMASHING PUMPKINS onstage for a performance of "Ava Adore" in London. Manson said, "I hadn't seen him in 15 years. I had forgotten how close we were, having not seen him in so long. He's the one who taught me how to play guitar, so if it sucks or it's good, it's his fault." Manson released his ninth studio album, "The Pale Emperor", on January 20. SMASHING PUMPKINS has been touring behind "Monuments To An Elegy", the band's ninth studio effort and the follow-up to 2012's "Oceania". A second disc, titled "Day For Night", is scheduled to come out later this year. pumpkinsmansonendtimestourposter

LED ZEPPELIN's Trampled Under Foot' Interactive Video Takes You Inside 'Physical Graffiti' House

LED ZEPPELIN has teamed with media and technology company Interlude to produce a groundbreaking interactive video to the previously unreleased rough mix of "Trampled Under Foot", which goes by the early working title "Brandy & Coke". Through this immersive music video, which can be seen below, LED ZEPPELIN fans will be able to see beyond the façade of one of rock's most iconic album covers, "Physical Graffiti", and step inside the building through each of the 16 featured windows. Until now, no fan has had so many ways to explore and see a music video come alive. By selecting one of the featured 16 windows, the audience can enter into the room and will discover events that pay homage to the window illustrations on the original artwork. Featuring archival footage, such as the band's full Earl's Court performance of the song, original animation and more, Interlude technology allows viewers to follow and interact with characters from room to room without disrupting the flow of the song. Accordng to The Pulse Of Radio, Jimmy Page says that LED ZEPPELIN's 1975 "Physical Graffiti" double album gained strength by collecting the band's previous outtakes and morphing them with their new work. "Physical Graffiti" — which has just been reissued, remastered, and expanded under Page's supervision — featured unused tracks from "Led Zeppelin III", "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy", combined with then-new 1974 sessions in the English countryside at Headley Grange, a home away from home for the band. Jimmy Page spoke to Rolling Stone and shed light on the construction of "Physical Graffiti", recalling, "It gave us the chance to put in the material that was left over from the first visit to Headley. There were three tracks that were left off of the fourth album, and that was 'Boogie With Stu', 'Night Flight', and 'Down By The Seaside'… Each of them had their own individual charm and character. So with those, plus the fact that 'Houses Of The Holy' was a track that wasn't included on the album 'Houses Of The Holy', that was four things straight away [to include]. And, you know, given the chance of having a good run at this writing and recording process, I didn't want it to be a double-album with any padding on it. It would be a double-album with all character pieces, the way that LED ZEPPELIN did their music with the sort of ethos of it, if you like, that everything sounded different to everything else." Page was asked about how the band came upon such a unique and iconic title for the album. "Graffiti had started to appear on buildings at the time, and usually it was quotes from William Blake, and it wasn't in the graffiti which we know think of, which was more from the hip-hop times," he said. "Nevertheless, graffiti was appearing, and I imagined something, which was like a physical reaction to it. Since we were in a recording studio, if you're doing a recording, and it's going on the tape, even though its magnetic tape, that's like a graffiti in itself. The music was a physical manifestation." Jimmy Page says that one shouldn't underestimate how comfortable ZEPPELIN was while creating new music while camped out at Headley Grange. "'Trampled Under Foot' comes out virtually out of, like, John Paul Jones is doing an electric piano vamp and that comes together really… relatively quickly, the way that 'Rock And Roll' did on the fourth album on our first visit there," he said. "The whole point of going back to Headley Grange was that it was really a tried and tested blueprint. I knew that was going to work, and that's why I elected to go back there, and yeah, we got a double album at the end of the day." "Physical Graffiti" sold around 40,248 copies in its first week of re-release to land at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marks a 6,875 percent increase in sales compared to the previous week's total of 577. LED ZEPPELIN's expanded three-disc reissue of "Physical Graffiti" features seven previously unissued alternate tracks and outtakes — in addition to remastered versions of such ZEPPELIN classics as "Kashmir", "Trampled Under Foot", "Houses Of The Holy", "In My Time Of Dying", "Down By The Seaside", "Boogie With Stu" and "The Wonton Son", among others.

IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON Narrates 'Why The World Needs Airlander' Animated Video

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson has narrated a 75-second animated video, "Why The World Needs Airlander", released in conjunction with Hybrid Air Vehicles' newly launched £2 million crowdfunding campaign. Dickinson is one of the investors involved in unveiling the world's largest aircraft. The Hybrid Air Vehicle (HAV), which has been named Airlander, can stay airborne for up to three weeks and will be vital in delivering several tons of humanitarian aid. As innovators themselves, Hybrid Air Vehicles, the developers of the Airlander aircraft, are tapping into this new and growing market to satisfy demand from its supporters. In February, HAV secured a Government grant of up to £3.4 million through the Regional Growth Fund (subject to due diligence). In order to match fund this, HAV are using Crowdcube's platform to raise £2 million, with a potential to over fund should there be demand. The money will be used for returning the Airlander to flight, hence the campaign hashtag, #PrepareForTakeOff. The equity-based crowdfunding market was worth over £100 million in the U.K. last year, up by over 200% year-on-year. It dominates finance headlines as the innovative model through which new and established entrepreneurial businesses can raise capital. Hybrid Air Vehicles' existing shareholders include PLC chairmen, business angels and professional investors. The company currently has around 150 shareholders who collectively have invested over £9 million in the company since its formation in 2007. HAV have benefited from £60 million of investment in the aircraft from the U.S. government and a total of over £5 million of U.K. government grants. This crowdfunding equity raise values the company at £36 million after the fundraising has closed. HAV's CEO, Stephen McGlennan, said: "We are the market leaders of an independently validated $50 billion market. We're offering a chance for investors to jump on board and be part of our journey as we prepare for take-off." Through the crowdfunding campaign, HAV are sharing the summary of a new independent market summary, which shows the market for this new type of aircraft is worth $50 billion over the next 20 years. The company's business plan expects a valuation of the company of between £300-500 million within 5 years, and in this process 1,800 new jobs will be created in the U.K. HAV's finance director, Hwfa Gwyn, said: "Our technology captures peoples imagination, as evidenced by the hundreds of media articles published on HAV in the last 12 months. As a result of this, the huge market potential and financial forecast, we expect to see strong interest in the offering." Airlanders are low noise, low pollution, and are environmentally friendly. They have ultra-long endurance, and a point-to-point cargo-carrying capacity. They can take off and land vertically and operate from a range of remote environments including water, desert, ice and fields. HAV launch two amazing films today to help explain why the Airlander was created in animation form, and to show investors the personalities who are creating this amazing aircraft. The investor video includes an amazing fly-through the Cardington Hangars and under the Airlander itself. HAV also can announce an all-new web site today containing never-before released images. Local enthusiast Trevor Monk, who lives a stone throw from the huge Cardington Hangars where Hybrid Air Vehicles is based, said: "Having grown up in Cardington and following the HAV team's development of the Airlander, I can honestly say that lighter-than-air is back home. As a child I was fascinated with airships and Cardington; as an adult, that same excited feeling you get when you see a ship and the sheds is still there. Exciting times lay ahead. I saw an airship at Cardington for the first time when I was 3, it is my earliest memory, now many years later I am very honoured to say I will see the next step in their evolution." Founded in 2007, Hybrid Air Vehicles is the company behind the innovative Airlander range of hybrid aircraft. They utilize new aerospace technology that combines the best of the characteristics of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters with lighter-than-air technology to create a new breed of hyper-efficient aircraft, with a significantly lower carbon footprint and operating cost than other forms of air transport. The Airlander 10 is designed to stay airborne for up to five days at a time to fulfil a wide range of communication and survey roles, as well as cargo carrying and tourist passenger flights . For more information, visit www.hybridairvehicles.com. Bruce recently underwent a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology to treat a small cancerous tumor.

'I Found My Friends: The Oral History Of Nirvana' Book Out Now

With singles like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and albums like "Nevermind" that have topped the music charts, NIRVANA is one of the most respected bands of all time. Credited with helping to popularize the alternative rock genre, the American rock band has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades over the years, including being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014 (their first year of eligibility). "I Found My Friends: The Oral History Of Nirvana" (St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books; March 31, 2015) by Nick Soulsby follows the band year by year, tour by tour, recreating the short and tempestuous times of NIRVANA entirely through the words of the musicians and producers who played and interacted with the band. The guides for this trip didn't just watch the life of this legendary band — they lived it. Soulsby interviewed 210 musicians from 170 bands — including groups such as HOLE, MUDHONEY, MEAT PUPPETS, BUTTHOLE SURFERS and THE JESUS LIZARD — over two-thirds of all the bands who played with NIRVANA 1987-1994. The tale is told entirely through their memories and experiences. "I Found My Friends" follows NIRVANA on each step of their journey, reliving their sudden rise to stardom. Twenty-one years after lead singer Kurt Cobain's tragic death on April 5, 1994, Soulsby removes the posthumous halo from the brow of Cobain and travels back through time to observe one of rock and roll's most critical bands as no one has ever seen them before. Nick Soulsby is the author of "Dark Slivers: Seeing Nirvana In The Shards Of Incesticide" and blogs about the band on his web site, Nirvana-Legacy.com. nirvanaifoundbook

MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO: 'Burn' Cover Featuring MARK TREMONTI, TODD LA TORRE Streaming

Considered to be a pioneer of the "shred guitar" genre, Michael Angelo Batio is set to release his first-ever career retrospective. Due on April 14 via Rat Pak Records, "Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio" not only highlights Michael's best work to date, but also brings together many nationally renowned musicians from the hard rock and heavy metal genres. The album features some of Michael's most memorable performances, including a dynamic version of RUSH's "What You're Doing", which features QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Todd La Torre, METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, ALICE COOPER bassist Chuck Garric, METAL CHURCH/TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA drummer Jeff Plate and guitarist Craig Blackwell. There is also a cover of DEEP PURPLE's "Burn" with La Torre and ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti. The album also includes Michael's tributes to Eric Clapton ("Slowhand"), Randy Rhoads ("RRR"; also featuring Rudy Sarzo on bass), and a new version of Michael Angelo Batio's unique tribute ("Diamond") to the late great Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott of PANTERA, that features guitarist Michael Wilton of QUEENSRŸCHE. Also included are some of Michael Angelo Batio's most notable instrumental tracks such as "8 Pillars of Steel" (with guest appearances by Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli and Craig Goldy), "Juggernaut" (featuring ex-MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike LePond and Michael Romeo). Pre-order bundles are now available at this location. An official audio stream of "Burn" can be found below. "I feel that 'Shred Force 1' is the culmination of my best musical work," exclaims Batio. "These are some of my personal favorite performances along with an army of featured guest stars pulled together by an amazing record company to bring it all into focus!" Michael Angelo Batio showcased his guitar techniques and innovations for the first time with his early instructional programs, as well as in his live performances, which are now considered "standard techniques" amongst guitarists worldwide. Michael not only invented, but was the world's first player of the double-guitar, and was also voted one of the world's "Top 100 Guitarists Of All Time" by Guitar World magazine. He also holds the YouTube record for his instructional video "Speed Kills", which has had the most views for a guitarist, coming in at over 15 million! Michael Angelo Batio has performed over 1,700 shows in 58 different countries since 1993 and continues his relentless touring and clinic schedule in 2015. Michael will bring his shred abilities to television when he makes his debut on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" on Saturday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT as the guest guitarist. "Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio" track listing: 01. Hands Without Shadows (featuring Bobby Rock and William Kopecky) 02. Burn (featuring Todd La Torre and Mark Tremonti) 03. Juggernaut (featuring Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond, and Michael Romeo) 04. What You're Doing (featuring Todd La Torre, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Chuck Garric, Jeff Plate and Craig Blackwell) 05. 8 Pillars Of Steel (featuring Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli, Craig Goldy) 06. Call To Arms (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky and John Mrozek) 07. 2X Again 08. Slowhand (featuring Warren Dunlevy Jr.) 09. Diamond (featuring Michael Wilton, Elliott Dean Rubinson) 10. Rainforest 11. Gotta Run (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky and John Mrozek) 12. No Boundaries 13. RRR (featuring Rudy Sarzo and Bobby Rock) Bonus Tracks (digital version only) 14. I Pray The Lord 15. Peace

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NIGHTWISH: Fifteenth 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' Trailer

The fifteenth trailer for NIGHTWISH's new full-length album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", can be seen below. The clip features highlights from a big release party and signing session in Helsinki, Finland. "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" was made available on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. The "Élan" four-track single, which arrived on February 13, features the album version of the title cut, a radio edit and an alternate version of "Élan", as well as the non-album bonus track "Sagan". The cover artwork for "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" was created by the band's longtime collaborator Toxic Angel. Famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins appears as a guest on the effort. Longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen sat out the recording sessions for "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" due to health issues. He has sicne been replaced by Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY). "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" features eleven new songs and was released in different formats: * Standard CD * Digibook (including instrumental CD) * 2LP (vinyl in gatefold) in different colors * Earbook (including instrumental and orchestral CD) * Earbook (deluxe version including bonus vinyl) * Download NIGHTWISH keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen comments: "There's a kind of scientific approach to a lot of things on the album. Songs like 'Shudder Before The Beautiful', 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful', 'The Greatest Show On Earth' and 'Alpenglow' all somehow reflect the bliss of existence. It's temporary character. Evolution… Maybe you could even talk about the poetic nature of science. Natural science and its paradigm seem to represent something cold and boring to a lot of people. Hopefully we can illustrate with this album — that science can even be something profoundly spiritual." Adds drummer Kai Hahto: "It's a perfect theme to an album. Like, how did we come to be? And when our time here is done, what kind of mark do we leave? It's a pretty amazing theme." NIGHTWISH's new video, "Èlan", can be seen below. The clip was shot in Finland at various locations between September and November 2014, and it was directed by Ville Lipiäinen. Commented Tuomas Holopainen: "The long-awaited NIGHTWISH music video 'Élan' is finally here. Inspired by the untold stories of abandoned places around Finland, the video was nearly a year in the making and features some of the most loved Finnish actors and actresses. And also the legendary NIGHTWISH symbol, a snowy owl (Bubo Scandiaca in Latin) called 'Urho' ('Braveheart')." Regarding "Élan", Holopainen said: "'Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave. To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.' This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt [Walt Whitman] was the starting point for writing 'Élan'. "The underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us. "It's important to surrender yourself to the occasional 'free fall' and not to fear the path less travelled by." The "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" title came from Charles Darwin's "The Origin Of Species" book, where he wrote: "There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, while this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." Singer Floor Jansen, who officially joined the band in 2013, made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.

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SIX FEET UNDER Bassist JEFF HUGHELL Releases Solo Album 'Chaos Labyrinth'

SIX FEET UNDER bassist Jeff Hughell has released his debut full-length solo album, "Chaos Labyrinth", showcasing his unique skills as a preeminent bass guitar player. His technical metal roots shine through on tracks such as "Jagermeister Death Grind" and "Chaotic Implosion", yet exceptional versatility is shown through calmer melodic songs such as "Still" and "Let It Go". The album is an embodiment of all that can be done on a bass from awe-inspiring tapping to beautifully flowing melodies. "Chaos Labyrinth" is now available on iTunes and Amazon. "'Chaos Labyrinth' is different because it's a whole new level of sounds and dynamics from anything I have ever done," says Hughell. The album is composed of ten songs and is 43 minutes long. It succeeds a solo EP, "I Came To Hate", that was released in 2009. "Chaos Labyrinth" was recorded at Castle Ultimate Studios by Zack Ohren. Artwork was done by Shaun McInnis, and photos by Jason Anaya at Anaya Photography. Hughell brought in many guest artists to collaborate with on the album. The title track alone features bass solos from Steve DiGiorgio (DEATH), Sean Martinez (RINGS OF SATURN) and Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE) as well as a guitar solo by Nick Avalonitas, drums by Alex Bent (ARKAIK), and keyboards by Marc Gilson. The rest of the album also features bassist Brian Wood (CYANIC), guitarists Tyler Lane, Matt Sotelo (DECRIPT BIRTH), Ola Englund (SIX FEET UNDER), and drummer Kevin Talley (FEARED). Hughell even shows off his own skills on the piano on "Dreams Of Chaos". The combination of all these musicians led by Hughell resulted in a truly special recording. Hughell is a renowned seven-string bass player who is well established in the technical metal scene. Bands he has played with include SIX FEET UNDER, RECIPROCAL, FEARED, BRAIN DRILL, VILE, OSMIUM, SEVERED SAVIOR, ASYLUM, RINGS OF SATURN and CRYPTOREUM. He is endorsed by Warwick, Gallien Krueger, Seymour Duncan and Dean Markley. For more information, visit www.jeffhughell.com.

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AC/DC's ANGUS YOUNG Turns 60 Years Old

The Pulse Of Radio reports that AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young turns 60 years old on Tuesday (March 31). Since 1974, Angus has been the iconic image of the band in his trademark schoolboy uniform, while also influencing generations of guitar players with his fluid solos and the no-nonsense, blues-inspired, straightforward writing style he's shared for decades with his brother and AC/DC co-founder, guitarist Malcolm Young. Angus was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1955, the youngest of eight children, to William and Margaret Young. The family emigrated to Sydney, Australia in 1963. Angus's first instrument was a banjo, followed by an acoustic guitar purchased second-hand by his mother, and then an electric guitar. He bought his first Gibson SG in 1970. Angus played in local groups before he formed AC/DC at the age of 18 with Malcolm and other musicians from the area, including original singer Dave Evans. The band's first single was called "Can I Sit Next To You Girl" and Angus tried a number of stage costumes before his sister suggested his now classic schoolboy jacket, tie and shorts. AC/DC, now with Bon Scott on lead vocals, released its debut album, "High Voltage", in February 1975. Over the course of four more years and four more studio sets, the hard-working act became increasingly popular in Australia, Europe and the U.S., with 1979's "Highway To Hell" becoming its first million-seller in America. But tragedy struck as Bon Scott died of alcohol poisoning in February 1980 and the band's fate seemed uncertain. The Youngs recruited Scottish singer Brian Johnson and recorded 1980's "Back In Black", a tribute to Scott that became not only AC/DC's biggest album but the third best-selling record in music history with 50 million copies sold. Its follow-up, 1981's "For Those About To Rock We Salute You", was also a success, but the rest of the 1980s was a period of decline for AC/DC until 1990's "The Razor's Edge" became another multi-platinum smash for the group. Since then, AC/DC has released four more studio albums, touring less frequently but still selling out arenas and stadiums every time they hit the road. The band's latest release, "Rock Or Bust", was its first without Malcolm Young, who bowed out of the group after being afflicted with dementia. Angus, the sole original member, stepped up to become the band's leader, while 40 years later his "bad schoolboy" image and high-energy live performances remain intact. Angus recalled the first time he ever heard his band on the radio. "The first time I was in, actually, Adelaide (Australia) at the time, was the first time, and that was in '76," he said. "I remember a DJ came down to one of our shows and he took a chance, because they canned him the next day. 'Cause it was a very soft radio and he just said, 'Hey, I've got to play this.' And he got on and played one of our early tracks." Angus prefers to keep his life away from the band very private, but he is married and he and his wife Ellen live in an area of Sydney called Kangaroo Point. They also own a home in the Netherlands, which is Ellen's home country.

SCOTT WEILAND's THE WILDABOUTS Guitarist JEREMY BROWN Dies

Jeremy Brown (pictured), guitarist for former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS/VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland and his backing band THE WILDABOUTS, has died. The group was scheduled to perform a record-release show Monday (March 30) in Hollywood for its debut album, "Blaster", which comes out today (Tuesday, March 31). In a post on his official Facebook page, Weiland wrote: "We received a call today about my friend Jeremy Brown that has shaken me to the core. "We were all concerned this afternoon when Jeremy didn't show up for a long-scheduled rehearsal for tonight's album release show at School Night. An hour later, Jeremy's family called us to say that he had passed away. "I am in shock right now. Everyone that knows him is devastated. It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words. "He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I’ve ever known. A true genius. "It's impossible to explain how much he will be missed and what a hole this will leave in our hearts. "A post on Facebook feels so trite and small compared to the love that I have for him and for the talent that has passed on, but I felt it was necessary to at least start here. Please keep his family in your thoughts." Weiland met Brown in 2008 during the recording of the former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' second solo album, "Happy In Galoshes", and they have worked together for seven years, including on "Blaster".

Video: VAN HALEN Performs 'Panama' And 'Runnin' With The Devil' On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

In celebration of its 2015 summer/fall North American tour, VAN HALEN performed a special concert for ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" last night (Monday, March 30) on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Featuring some of the band's essential rock and roll classics, the show is being broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks VAN HALEN's first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth since he rejoined the band in 2007. A portion of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange was closed yesterday gearing up for the special event. Roth cut himself on the nose with the microphone early in the performance, forcing VAN HALEN to stop the show for a few minutes so that he could step to the side and get it taped up. "I fucked my nose up with the microphone here," Roth told the crowd. "So we're gonna start the whole thing over, and give you a little extra for your patience." Video footage of VAN HALEN performing the songs "Panama" and "Runnin' With The Devil" during Monday's concert can be seen below. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central Time on ABC. VAN HALEN has announced the dates and cities for a summer/fall North American tour that will kick off on July 5 in Seattle, winding down on October 2 in Los Angeles. According to The Pulse Of Radio, VAN HALEN is also scheduled to appear on the April 2 edition of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show". This will be VAN HALEN's first full-length tour after the band abruptly canceled a 2012 summer run in support of that year's studio album, "A Different Kind Of Truth". Tickets for the trek go on sale beginning April 4 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com, with special pre-sale information being announced locally. The opening act will be KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD. March 31 will also see the release of "Live: Tokyo Dome: In Concert", the band's first official live album with Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, the set features 23 tracks taken from all seven albums the band recorded with Roth on the mic. A deluxe edition of the album will come with the newly remastered "Van Halen" and "1984" albums, as both a four-CD collection and a six-LP vinyl set in special packaging.

TWISTED SISTER's JAY JAY FRENCH: 'What JOHN BONHAM Was To LED ZEPPELIN, A.J. PERO Was To Us'

In the seven-minute video below, Jay Jay French (guitar), Eddie Ojeda (guitar) and Mark Mendoza (bass) from TWISTED SISTER share memories of their fallen drummer, A.J. Pero, with Eddie Trunk backstage at VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show". Said Ojeda: "People say [A.J. was] underrated [as a drummer], but I think a lot of people did know his capabilities, mostly drummers and other musicians. He was such a solid guy to play with. And his sense of humor was unbelievable. Some of the joking around, some of the laughs we had were just amazing. He was just a naturally funny guy." Added Mark: "When you look at sports, you have what's called a team. The guys practice together. They've gotta get along to some extent, if not even great. They probably hang out together and everything like that. We had a team. We still have a team. But we had a team and he was a member of it. And I don't care if it's TWISTED SISTER, a rock band, the Mets, a sports team, a basketball team, a football team, a S.W.A.T. team, a military team… When you are with the same members, and you make something happen, and you're a team, you know how the other guys are gonna think." He continued: "If you ever watched TWISTED SISTER, rarely… In all the things that we'd would do, even when Dee [Snider, vocals] would bark out commands, we rarely had to look around and figure out, 'What's he gonna do? How's A.J. gonna recover?' We knew how it was gonna happen. Not 'cause of practicing — just because you knew what he was gonna do. We were a team, and it worked every single time. And then just like a S.W.A.T. team rehearses going into a building, and one of their team members has to leave, or, unfortunately, dies, or something, and they've gotta replace that guy, it's tough, because everything was a huge amount of teamwork." Stated Jay Jay: "What John Bonham was to [LED] ZEPPELIN, what Keith Moon was to THE WHO, A.J. was to us. And I just mentioned two legends. A.J.'s up there with them, as far as I'm concerned." Pero died at the age of 55 while on tour with the band ADRENALINE MOB. After members of that group failed to rouse him on their tour bus on March 20, he was taken to a Poughkeepsie, New York hospital and pronounced dead of an apparent heart attack. Pero joined TWISTED SISTER in 1982, leaving the band in 1986 but returning in 1997. He remained a member of the group, which has toured on and off over the past 15 years, to this day. He played drums on six of the group's seven studio albums, except for 1987's "Love Is For Suckers". TWISTED SISTER rose to prominence from the New York club scene in the early 1980s. Their biggest album, 1984's "Stay Hungry", contained the hits "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock". In addition to touring with TWISTED SISTER and ADRENALINE MOB, Pero also recently played with former and current members of IRON MAIDEN and DISTURBED in a band called THE FOUNDRY. He also hosted drum clinics and seminars.

CRADLE OF FILTH: Photo From 'Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych' Video Shoot

British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH, who are currently embroiled in the mixing stage of their new album, "Hammer Of The Witches", spent this past weekend on the coast of Suffolk, England filming a video for their forthcoming single, "Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych". The clip was shot in a creepy-looking hangar at a former U.S. military base and features some very perverse going-ons amidst the filth and fury. A photo from the "Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych" video shoot can be seen below. Due later in the year via Nuclear Blast, CRADLE OF FILTH's new CD is inspired by the 1486 treatise on the prosecution of witches by Heinrich Kramer and subtitled "Goetic Justice", as the theme is one of violent revenge for violent persecution. "Hammer Of The Witches" will mark the first release with the band's new lineup, which includes new guitarists Ashok (of Czech groups ROOT and INNER FEAR) and Richard Shaw (of English acts EMPEROR CHUNG and NG26). CRADLE OF FILTH singer Dani Filth recently told Australia's "Rabid Noise" podcast about the band's upcoming album: "It's sounding amazing. It's gone back to the twin-guitar harmonies — very fast and ornate and atmospherically sppoky, but [with] lots of melody. I think it's gonna surprise a lot of people." CRADLE OF FILTH's tenth studio album, "The Manticore And Other Horrors", sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 96 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous full-length effort, "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa", opened with 5,800 units in November 2010 to land at No. 99. CRADLE OF FILTH is: Dani Filth - vocals Martin Skaroupka - drums Daniel Firth - bass Richard Shaw - guitar Ashok - guitar Lindsay Schoolcraft - keys, female vocals

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TESLA's JEFF KEITH Recovering From Hip Replacement Surgery

TESLA lead singer Jeff Keith has made a full recovery from his hip replacement surgery and is currently enjoying some much-needed rest and relaxation. The band will resume rehearsals for the Monsters Of Rock cruise next week and run through a set of songs from its latest album, "Simplicity". TESLA's 2015 tour was cut short due to pain resulting from arthritis in Keith's hip, and the band had to make a quick decision to get him into surgery in order to be ready for the DEF LEPPARD/STYX tour this summer. TESLA will be play two separate shows on the Monsters Of Rock cruise, the first of which will contain the majority of songs from "Simplicity". Monsters Of Rock will also see TESLA lead guitarist Frank Hannon perform two separate shows with his FRANK HANNON BAND, playing songs from his latest album, "World Peace". "Simplicity" sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 24 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 10, 2014 via Tesla Electric Company Recording's arrangement with Entertainment One Music and distribution. In an interview with NI Rocks, Keith stated about the band's approach while writing and recording the new album: "We wanted to keep it simple. With so much of today's technology, Pro Tools and all that stuff, it's very easy to overdo it and oversaturate the record, because there is an endless amount of tracks you can do and there are so many ways you can cheat and stuff. We like to make records that we can keep simple and reproduce live you know." He continued: "'Simplicity', we thought, was a great name for the record because we wanted to keep it simple and we're a simple blue-collar rock 'n' roll band. We always like to make records, like I said, that we can play live." "Simplicity" was mixed by legendary producer Michael Wagener, who has previously worked with SKID ROW, OZZY OSBOURNE, METALLICA and DOKKEN, among others.

APOCALYPTICA's PAAVO LÖTJÖNEN Says Working With Producer NICK RASKULINECZ Was 'Really Inspiring'

RNL Social Media recently conducted an interview with Paavo Lötjönen of Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about APOCALYPTICA's decision to work with producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES, MASTODON) on the band's new album, "Shadowmaker", Paavo said: "Nick is a great producer. He has done a lot of famous albums — with the FOO FIGHTERS, RUSH, MASTODON… many names… JANE'S ADDICTION. He's like a top-class producer. And he was, [for] a long time, on our wish list to work with. And we're really happy that he wanted to work with us. And as a personality, he's a really inspiring guy. He's like a metalhead — black t-shirt, long hair and a cap on. Like a Tennessee guy. And he's a bass player himself. But on the other side, he has a lot of technical skills. He has been working at Sound City [studios] in L.A., on Rick Rubin's team, before. So he has the tools to make a high-class production. He took a really big part [in] our arranging and adjusting the songs in the final end." He continued: "[Once] we [had] composed most of the songs during the last summer, we went to Nashville for pre-production for ten days. And we were practicing all the songs, and we had gone through all the songs, and we re-arranged the songs. Some of the songs we totally changed with him, and some songs we composed some more, and some songs were okay for him. So he sent us back home to practice some more, and then we were ready for recording the album." Paavo added: "We did in seven weeks in the Nashville mountains. So it was interesting, where we lived. We were living there in a small hut close to the studio, totally in the middle of the woods. Like some kind of scary-movie kind of hut over there in the middle of nowhere. It's just coyotes and rattlesnakes and deers in the garden. It was a very inspiring place to make an album." "Shadowmaker" will be released on April 21 via Eleven Seven Music Group's Better Noise imprint. "Shadowmaker" track listing: 01. I-III-V- Seed Of Chaos 02. Cold Blood 03. Shadowmaker 04. Slowburn 05. Reign Of Fear (bonus track) 06. Hole in My Soul 07. House Of Chains 08. Riot Lights 09. Come Back Down (bonus track) 10. Sea Song (You Waded Out) 11. Till Death Do Us Part 12. Dead Man's Eyes

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Completes Demoing Material For Next Album

According to KILLSWITCH ENGAGE bassist Mike D'Antonio, the band has completed demoing material for its next studio album and is scheduled to begin laying down drums for the effort this week. Adds KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach on Instagram: "I got my work cut out for me! [I am] stoked and kind of amazed how quick these dudes write killer songs! Proud to say once again everyone pitched in and every guy has their own style! This record will be a monster!" As previously reported, a KILLSWITCH ENGAGE concert film shot on October 31, 2014 at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts will be included on the band's next DVD release, tentatively due before the end of the year. The performance footage was filmed by the direction team of Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci (FEAR FACTORY, MESHUGGAH) using five Canon C300 cameras outfitted with Zeiss Prime Super Speed Lenses. According to Leach, the DVD will include The Palladium show along with "some other cool stuff." KILLSWITCH ENGAGE recently finished recording a new song, "Loyalty", that is featured on the mixtape for HBO's hit fantasy series "Game Of Thrones". KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's fifth studio album, "Disarm The Descent", sold around 48,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2, 2013 via Roadrunner Records. "Disarm The Descent" was KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's first album with Leach at the vocal helm since 2002's now-classic, genre-defining "Alive or Just Breathing".

QUEENSRŸCHE: Video Footage Of Anaheim Performance

Carsten Steinhausen of MetalAssault.com has uploaded video footage of QUEENSRŸCHE performing the song "Take Hold Of The Flame" on March 27 at House Of Blues in Anaheim, California. You can watch it below. As previously reported, QUEENSRŸCHE has tapped Chris "Zeuss" Harris (pictured below; ROB ZOMBIE, HATEBREED, SOULFLY, SHADOWS FALL) to produce the band's new album, due later in the year via Century Media. The CD is being recorded at Uberbeatz Studio in Washington. In an interview with Metal Nation Radio, QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre spoke about what fans can expect to hear on the band's follow-up to 2013's self-titled album. He said: "When you've got five guys that, everyone has different musical backgrounds… I mean, we all have a common likeness for a style and sound… But, you know, I'm always pushing for… It's a fine line, because I'm always pushing for heavy. And it has to be QUEENSRŸCHE; it can't be over-the-top heaviness… I don't wanna change the dynamic. Nobody in the band wants to change the real core sound and dynamic and style of the band. With that being said, QUEENSRŸCHE's never been afraid to try new things." La Torre added: "The songs that we have right now are, I would say, melodic. There are some heavy tunes on there that are just, like, really rocking. I mean, some of the songs remind me, again, of 'Rage For Order', '[Operation:] Mindcrime'… We'll probably slip in something that's got a commercial… Not that we're trying to… Something with a more commercial appeal, like the song 'In This Light' did on the record that I did before. But, overall, I'm hopeful that, when it's all said and done, this record will have a really good drive, great, melodic choruses, great guitar parts, very dynamic... A little more prog… There's a little more proggy elements… "When you've got two years [between albums], you don't want [people] to say, 'Wow, that's the best they could come up with?' You never want that. You always want, 'Hell yeah! This is another great QUEENSRŸCHE record.' And that's all that you can really hope for. But it's definitely going to have, again, what I consider all of the elements that the true QUEENSRŸCHE fans will enjoy: great drumming, solid foundation, bass driven, great guitar work and harmony things… Vocally, there's some things where I get into the upper register pretty good. "I always wanna keep that metal… [Laughs] Sometimes I think [the other guys in the band] get sick of hearing me saying that. I'm, like, 'I wanna melt their fucking faces off.' [Laughs] But I have to do what the music calls for. And, overall, it's been a great process. It's always a learning experience. "I'm finding, as a songwriter, what my stylistic things are, musically. I love ALICE IN CHAINS harmonies; they always had these interesting harmonies in their music. And I always find myself, when I'm writing and I'm recording, doing new things, I kind of lean on those types of harmonies. So I'm finding out things about myself as a writer that I didn't know before. And so it's a lot of fun." QUEENSRŸCHE's latest, self-titled album sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25, 2013 via Century Media Records.

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BOBBY BLOTZER Unleashes His Ultimate 'RATT EXPERIENCE'

As a member of the legendary rock band RATT, Bobby Blotzer has headlined arenas all over the world, selling over 20 million records worldwide. In 2015, the acclaimed drummer affectionately known as "The Blotz" plans to introduce the world to his own one-of-a-kind RATT EXPERIENCE live show. While the members of RATT are currently on hiatus, Blotzer has assembled a group of world-class musicians that will perform not only the RATT hits fans have come to expect, but also several deep album cuts, including many songs that have never been performed live. Blotzer's RATT EXPERIENCE is rounded out by Josh Alan (SIN CITY SINNERS), Scotty Griffin (ex-L.A. GUNS), Doc Ellis (Jizzy Pearl's LOVE/HATE) and 21-year-old guitar hero Blaze. Each RATT EXPERIENCE show will include (depending on venue and time slot) * A performance of RATT's "Invasion Of Your Privacy" album in its entirety to commemorate the record's 30th anniversary * A never-before-seen video history introduction * A tribute to late RATT guitarist Robbin "King" Crosby * Over 20 songs, including some that have never been played live before * Exclusive VIP meet-and-greet packages and opportunities to hang out with The Blotz! For more information, visit Facebook.com/TheRattExperience. Wrote Griffin in a post on his Facebook page: "The RATT EXPERIENCE featuring Bobby Blotzer will be exactly what it sounds like. A night of all RATT songs, featuring rare songs never performed live by RATT as well as the hits everybody knows and loves. Focusing mainly on their first five consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums, this will be a summer tour you don't want to miss. We are even thinking about possibly celebrating the 30th anniversary of the double-platinum album 'Invasion Of Your Privacy' by playing it in its entirety. Whatever we decide to do, we promise it to be more than just an ordinary show of playing the same old songs. Bobby wants this to be an extra-special RATT EXPERIENCE that will take you through the illustrious career of this great band that he has been 100% a part of since its very inception." He continued: "Along with myself, the band features my fellow SIN CITY SINNERS: Doc Ellis on guitar and Joshua Alan on vocals. Also joining us will be 21-year-old guitar sensation and local Las Vegan Blaze (recently with Brad Paisley) who joined us onstage when Blotzer was our special guest a few weeks ago at Vamp'd. That was the night where this whole idea sprang from. Bobby had been looking for a band to put together while RATT are on indefinite hold, and it was obvious the SINNERS were that band!" Former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy recently shut down the possibility of working with his former bandmates ever again. He said: "I think it's a permanent vacation. I'm just doing what I'm gonna do, and I still have other interests and enjoying some time. I'm not going out and playing a lot, just playing just to play. And [I'm] working on other things. But it's a permanent vacation, and as far as I'm concerned; the door's shut. The time has passed for a record. But I don't know… It took ten years for the last record, so I can't say. But as far as playing [together again], no. [There is] nothing else [planned], as far as I'm concerned, right now." During an April 2014 interview with the "Trunk Nation" show, Blotzer slammed Pearcy over the singer's latest exit from the group, saying: "Everything [Stephen] says is delusional and complete lies. He's so destructive… Stephen doesn't know how to play ball, he's not a team player. It's Stephen's way or there's no way at all… He walks on everything. He's walked four times. Again, this year, he's walked… He's tortured us. I mean, he's kept us hostage for years. 'I'm quitting. I'm not going.' He's canceled shows, he's canceled tours." He continued: "I think the rest of the band has proven — and you can go to YouTube, that we do — we go out there and we kick ass, and we're concise and we fucking play really good." Blotzer added: "But do I want him in the band? Yes, I do. I want the nice Stephen in the band." blotzerrattexperienceposter

ALICE COOPER Guitarist NITA STRAUSS Is 'Really Excited' About Her Upcoming Solo Album

In a recent interview with David "Gus" Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com, former THE IRON MAIDENS guitarist Nita Strauss, who last year joined Alice Cooper's touring band, spoke about her upcoming solo album. "I'm really excited about it," she said. "There's not a whole lot to tell. I mean, I'm writing and working on it with some great other musicians and kind of putting the whole thing together." She continued: "It's weird writing a solo album, 'cause I'm a band person; I've always been a band member. So it's weird writing an album where I don't have anybody to bounce ideas off. This is all… For better or for worse, this is what I've got." Asked when she expects to release her solo CD, Nita said: "Judging by the way my calendar is looking, it's probably gonna be, like, 2040. [Laughs] But hopefully next year." Nita previously told NI Rocks about her plans for a solo album: "It's a baby project. I'm just forming the idea in my head and trying to decide if I want it to be all instrumental or have some vocalists. I'm really excited about the concept of adding some vocals, maybe getting some female vocalists, like the girls from the BUTCHER BABIES and maybe get Alissa from ARCH ENEMY. I know I'm going to ask my friend Tina Guo, the cello player, to play on it. I just played on her upcoming album, so she owes me one; she has to play on my album. It's going to be a really interesting album. I'm really excited to see what it sounds like when all is said and done." Asked if she is going to be playing any other instruments on the CD besides the guitar, Nita told Rock Music Star: "I'm not going to be singing, that's for sure.  I want people to like the record. [Laughs] Honestly, I can't really tell you right now. I do have some people out in L.A. that I would like to collaborate with. So we will see what happens." Strauss, a longtime Ibanez signature series endorsee who made her name with THE IRON MAIDENS, FEMME FATALE and LA Kiss, last year joined the rest of Cooper's band — guitarists Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen, plus bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel.

METALLICA's 'Enter Sandman' Gets Banjo Treatment (Video)

A banjo cover version of METALLICA's smash song "Enter Sandman" courtesy of Banjo Guy Ollie can be seen below. Says Ollie about the clip: "Coinciding with the end of my first year on youtube, this one took a while but here's a full version of 'Enter Sandman', the first one in my series of tributes to all the bands I loved from the '80s and '90s. "I was scratching my head thinking of the most random way to start the video, and as I was cutting down firewood for drying it, [I] thought… perfect !! :) True story!" "Enter Sandman" was featured as the opening track and lead single from METALLICA's eponymous 1991 album. The song was produced by Bob Rock, and the music was written by Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, and James Hetfield. Vocalist and guitarist Hetfield wrote the lyrics, which deal with the simplest concept of a child's nightmares. The "Enter Sandman" single was certified gold in the United States for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. Acclaimed by critics, the song is featured on all of METALLICA's live albums and DVDs released after 1991 and has been played live at award ceremonies and benefit concerts. It is considered to be METALLICA's signature song to the general public. METALLICA's self-titled "black album" has sold more than 16 million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Video: VAN HALEN Rehearsing For 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Performance

In celebration of its 2015 summer/fall North American tour, VAN HALEN will perform a special concert for ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" tonight (March 30) on Hollywood Boulevard. Featuring some of the band's essential rock and roll classics, the show will be broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks VAN HALEN's first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth since he rejoined the band in 2007. A portion of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange was closed today gearing up for the special event. VAN HALEN is expected to take the stage around 7:30 p.m. Officials say Hollywood Boulevard should reopen by 6 a.m. Tuesday. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central Time on ABC. A short video clip of VAN HALEN rehearsing for the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" appearance can be seen below. VAN HALEN has announced the dates and cities for a summer/fall North American tour that will kick off on July 5 in Seattle, winding down on October 2 in Los Angeles. According to The Pulse Of Radio, VAN HALEN is also scheduled to appear on the April 2 edition of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show". This will be VAN HALEN's first full-length tour after the band abruptly canceled a 2012 summer run in support of that year's studio album, "A Different Kind Of Truth". Tickets for the trek go on sale beginning April 4 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com, with special pre-sale information being announced locally. The opening act will be KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD. March 31 will also see the release of "Live: Tokyo Dome: In Concert", the band's first official live album with Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, the set features 23 tracks taken from all seven albums the band recorded with Roth on the mic. A deluxe edition of the album will come with the newly remastered "Van Halen" and "1984" albums, as both a four-CD collection and a six-LP vinyl set in special packaging.

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