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Pantera Legend Vinnie Paul Died In His Sleep

(hennemusic) Pantera and Hellyeah drummer and cofounder Vinnie Paul died June 22 in Las Vegas, NV at the age of 54. The drummer's family confirmed to TMZ Paul died in his sleep at his Las Vegas home,

They further reported that the medical examiner will determine a cause of death, after which he'll be flown back to his home state of Texas to be buried between his mother and brother, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

Initial news of the rocker's death was announced via his personal and Pantera's Facebook pages. "Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away," read the statement. "Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time."

Paul and his brother cofounded Pantera in Arlington, TX in 1981. The group's 1983 debut, "Metal Magic", and three follow-up records were issued on their own independent label before the 1990 release of the major-label debut, "Cowboys From Hell." Read more

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Guns N' Roses Stream Previously Unheard Acoustic Version Of Classic Song

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses are streaming a previously-unheard 1988 acoustic version of "Move To The City" from the "GN'R Lies" sessions and the June 29 release of multiple expanded reissues of their 1987 album debut, "Appetite For Destruction."

The tune, which first appeared the 1986 "Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide" EP, is one of several bonus tracks included in the new packages. The 4CD/7LP "Appetite For Destruction: Locked N' Loaded" box set will feature 73 total songs including 49 previously-unreleased tunes while presenting a remastered version of the original record (presented across 2LPs) and a Blu-ray audio disc with new 5.1 surround sound mixes alongside the band's 1986 EP "Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide", a second EP containing B-sides from the era, 25 previously unreleased recordings from the band's 1986 sessions at Sound City studios, and two previously unreleased tracks from their recording sessions with producer Mike Clink.

The expanded package also includes a 96-page handbound book with unreleased photos from Axl Rose's personal archive, 12 new illustration lithos visualizing each song from the album, seven 7" singles and replica band memorabilia from the era.

A 4CD/1Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition also includes the 96-page book featuring unreleased photos from Axl Rose's personal archive; a deluxe edition will be available as a two-CD set or as a double LP pressed on 180-gram vinyl, as will a single CD version featuring the remastered album. Stream the song

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Paul McCartney Breaks Out Beatles Classics For Carpool Karaoke

(hennemusic) Paul McCartney can be seen rocking classics by The Beatles on the latest edition of Carpool Karaoke on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden. Fans that missed the broadcast can watch it online.

The episode sees the host head to Liverpool for a special day with McCartney spent exploring the city of Paul's youth, visiting the childhood home where he wrote music with John Lennon while the pair drive around singing iconic songs by The Beatles.

The rocker's guest appearance coincides with word of a new album, "Egypt Station", due this September, and the release of a pair of A-side singles, "Come On To Me" and "I Don't Know."

Following the premier of the McCartney episode on his June 21 broadcast - which also saw Dave Grohl guest alongside actress Sophie Turner and a performance by the Foo Fighters and came during a rare week of programs from Central Hall Westminster in London - Corden shared the footage via social media, writing: "Ok, so here it is. Quite possibly the best #CarpoolKaraoke we've done so far. I hope you like it. I'll never ever forget it."

The Beatles legendary 1968 animated film, "Yellow Submarine", is returning to cinemas across the North America, the UK and Ireland this summer to celebrate the project's 50th anniversary. Watch the Carpool Karaoke segment

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Foo Fighters Rock Late Night TV

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters performed their 20015 hit, "Best Of You", on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on June 21st and videos of the performance and the interview segment with Dave Grohl have been shared online.
The episode - which also saw Dave Grohl guest alongside actress Sophie Turner and a new edition of Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney - came during a rare week of programs that saw Corden hosting the show at Central Hall Westminster in London, UK.

The late night appearance by Grohl and the band on the program came as the Foos were getting set to play a pair of weekend concerts at London Stadium to wrap up the European leg of their world tour in support of their ninth album, "Concrete And Gold."

Following a series of short treks in North America this spring and early summer, the Foo Fighters will return to launch an extensive fall series of shows on the continent starting in Columbia, MD on July 6. Watch the performance and inteview

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Stone Sour Go Deluxe- Between The Buried And Me Preview New Music- Halestorm Stream New Song- System Of A Letdown- more

Stone Sour has announced details of a deluxe edition for their 2017 album Hydrograd, according to BW&BK. The two-disc set, Hydrograd Deluxe Edition, collects unreleased covers, b-sides, live recordings and alternate versions of songs from Hydrograd. Hydrograd Deluxe Edition features 13 rare or unreleased songs including an acoustic version of the #1 rock song "Song #3", as well as covers of hits from Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden and Van Halen. Hydrograd Deluxe Edition arrives worldwide August 31st. Read more here

Between The Buried And Me is streaming roughly one minute of their new song "The Proverbial Bellow." The track will appear on BTBAM's forthcoming album, Automata II, due out on July 13. You can have a listen here

Halestorm have released an online stream of their brand new song "Black Vultures". The song is the lead track from their forthcoming album Vicious, which is set to be released on July 27th. Listen to the song here

System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian revealed in a recent newsletter to fans, "I have five rock songs that I wanted I do with SOAD but it doesn't look like that's gonna work out, so I am finishing those up to release them as a solo EP or possibly as a soundtrack for my film cause they are interrelated," Read more here

Bullet For My Valentine have released the first in a series of "making of" videos that they will be sharing for their brand new studio album, Gravity, which comes out on June 29th. Watch it here

Friends, family and fans will be gathering to celebrate the man that Paul Stanley called the "fifth member of KISS", the group's late manager Bill Aucoin. Everyone is invited to FACEBOOK LIVE for his 8th Anniversary Celebration of Life toast from Le Tub in Hollywood, Florida, and the Rainbow in Hollywood, California on June 28th, 8pm EDT, 5pm PDT. Read more here

The Monkees' Michael Nesmith suffered a "a minor health issue" during a soundcheck ahead of a The Mike and Micky Showconcert with Micky Dolenz at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pa, which forced the duo to cancel that show and the remaining stops of the tour, according to UCR. Read more here

Awolnation's February 6th appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live introduced a stripped-down version of the band's Top 5 Alternative Radio hit "Handyman." The version has grown in popularity, as has demand for its release. In keeping with their fan's desires, the band will release the acoustic version of the hit , via all music download and streaming services. Stream it here.

Kerrang! Radio spoke to Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi on the red carpet at the 2018 Kerrang! Awards, and he talked about his plans for the future, including new music, and the possibility of Black Sabbath reuniting for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Watch it here

Marillion have released a new video of a performance of their song
White Paper" from their upcoming release "All One Tonight: Live At The Royal Albert Hall" (out July 27th), which was captured during their first ever performance at the famed venue back in October of 2017. Watch the video here

Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates discussed his fascination with jazz and even confirmed that a jazz solo album is on his "to-do" list in a recent interview with Ultimate-Guitar. Read more here

Blind Guardian will be rereleasing their first four studio albums via Nuclear Blast on September 14th. The back catalogue has been remixed and remastered, and will be available as 2CD-Digi and black vinyl formats, as well as individual colored vinyl for each album. There will also be a vinyl box available. More details here

Powerwolf have released a new music video for a track called "Fire & Forgive". The song comes from their new album The Sacrament Of Sin, which will be released on July 20th. Watch the video here

Lambgoat have premiered a brand new track from Set Sights called "Planted." It comes from their group's forthcoming debut album "The Heavy Alternative" which is set to hit stores on September 7th. Check out the song here

The Devin Townsend Project have released a new live clip for "Regulator", the second video from their upcoming Ocean Machine - Live At The Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv collection, which is set to hit stores on July 6th. It was captured during their special show at the Ancient Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Ocean Machine album in September of last year where they performed the album in full with the Orchestra of Plovdiv State Opera. Watch the new clip here

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Clutch Streaming New Single 'How To Shake Hands'

(hennemusic) Clutch are streaming audio of a brand new song called "How To Shake Hands", as the second single from their forthcoming album "Book Of Bad Decisions."

The tune traces its lineage back to Ry Cooder and John Lee Hooker via Cooder's "John Lee Hooker For President", from his 2011 record, "Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down." In that song, Cooder impersonates the blues legend giving a stump speech on what will happen when he becomes President.

Clutch's original idea of covering the Cooder track was soon abandoned as singer Neil Fallon determined that he couldn't do the song justice; instead, Fallon put his own lyrics in the style of Ry Cooder/JLH to a new Clutch song which ended up becoming the fast-paced "How to Shake Hands".

In addition to its new digital release, Clutch are issuing a very limited 7" Picture Disc in a transparent PVC pocket featuring "How To Shake Hands" on the blue side and the leaf single, "Gimme The Keys", on the reverse, green side.

Due September 7, the Maryland band recorded "Book Of Bad Decisions" at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN with producer Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, The Raconteurs). Listen to the new single

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David Cross (King Crimson) and Stick Men Teaming Up For Summer Tour

(MoonJune) Former King Crimson frontman David Cross is teaming up with Stick Men to launch a South American tour this summer. We were sent the following details:

Audiences in Latin America will experience one of the most unique concert tours in the classic rock and progressive rock scene in recent years. David Cross, the legendary violinist from King Crimson between 1972 and 1974 (and who has also been a member of progressive bands such as Clearlight, Low Flying Aircraft and Radius), has joined forces with Stick Men, the innovative power trio comprised by virtuoso touch-style guitarist Markus Reuter (who also studied guitar under King Crimson's leader Robert Fripp as part of his Guitar Craft courses), together with the current King Crimson rhythm section of drummer Pat Mastelotto and Chapman Stickist Tony Levin (who have been providing the basic foundation of Crimson since 1994 and 1981 respectively).

As such, this lineup is both an amalgam of the historical legacy of King Crimson and a look forward to what the future of progressive music will bring, in the most literal sense of the word progressive. With Stick Men's most recent studio offering, Prog Noir, David Cross's most recent collection Being Cross, and the extraordinary double album Midori where David and Stick Men first collaborated, these musicians demonstrate over and over again how they are constantly reinventing their approach to music. Their unique blend of corrosive heavy metal, classical music, and unorthodox time signatures all conspiring together with an undeniable quest for beauty and melodicity, makes them the most unique band in the current progressive rock scene, and quite possibly also the most satisfying. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Eli Lev's Long Way Back To Shonto

Indie folk artist Eli Lev tells us about his newest single "Long Way Back to Shonto," which comes from his debut album 'All Roads East'. Here is the story:

Before I started playing music fulltime, I was an eighth-grade language arts teacher on the Navajo Reservation, in northern Arizona.

I lived in a small town called Shonto, next to the Utah border, which was about 45 minutes from the nearest grocery store and surrounded by beautiful canyon country.

On weeks off from school, I would take my mountain bike, load up with supplies, and head out on these solo-bike trips into the surrounding wilderness.

I was young and a little wild-eyed, so thought I could get through any challenge that would come up. Those were the days before smartphones, so I took an old school map and printouts of the national parks with me and went out on a solo two-week bike trip through Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, and Grand Escalante National Parks.

One day I messed up. I feel asleep in the sun after a long ride and got burned pretty bad all over my body. In a daze of pain and discomfort, I miscalculated the next day's journey, and found myself out of water, out of food, and out of luck half way through the next day's bike ride.

It was 60 miles either way to the nearest town and the sun was beating down so hard I had to stop and find shade. There wasn't any shade around for miles (this being the desert and the middle of the day), so I had to climb down into a water drainage pipe under the road and wait for… well I wasn't sure for what exactly.

I must have languished in that drainage pipe for hours and somewhere along the line I started singing this tune, 'It's a long way back to Shonto…but I'm ready to ride…' hearing it echo off the walls. It was a haunting melody, but gave me solace that somehow, I'd find a way home.

All of a sudden, I heard a low rumbling, so I poked my head out of the pipe and saw in the distance a huge boat sailing through the desert towards me. I thought I must have totally lost my mind, but it got bigger and bigger as it approached.

Then I saw a tiny truck in front of it, so I realized this truck was towing this huge boat down the highway (probably from nearby Lake Powell) right towards me.

I got in the middle of the road and started waving my hands wildly so it had to stop. There was a middle-aged couple who gave me a wild look and said, "You need a ride don't you?" I nodded and they said they would love to take me to town, but their truck was full. We all looked up to the boat at the same time.

We loaded my bike and all my stuff on the back of the boat, and I climbed up there to find a cooler full of… Mike's Hard Lemonade. They had drank all the water from their day out on the lake already!

I didn't mind, and downed about four of those things while sitting in the back of the boat, going 80 MPH down a desert highway in the middle of canyon county Arizona, wind in my hair, and feeling lucky to be alive.

It was a 'Long Way Back to Shonto,' but I was ready to ride.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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