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Guns N' Roses Worked Really Hard For Fuller Reunion

Guns N' Roses worked really hard to try to get original guitarist Izzy Stradlin to be part of their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour, says bassist Duff McKagan.

The blockbuster reunion features Duff, along with original frontman Axl Rose and lead guitarist Slash. Stradlin and the band's first drummer Steven Adler have not returned to the band.

McKagan said in a recent podcast interview that Izzy not taking part in the reunion "wasn't from us not trying, for sure. I don't know if have a take beyond that. I know what we tried to do and how hard we worked at that."

Duff then alluded to one reason Izzy decided not to join in, "touring in a big rock band is not for everybody. That's my take on that. It's a thing, this is a thing."

He then continued, while leaving the door open to the guitarist rejoining them at some point, "I don't wanna say anything that's untoward, because I love the guy.

"Slash and I are sober guys, and we went at it with a solution-based [attitude], like, 'Let's make this work.' But it just didn't. And who knows? Maybe some other time."

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Slipknot Release 'Solway Firth' Music Video

Slipknot have released a music video for their new song "Solway Firth." The track follows "Unsainted," as the second new song that the band has shared from their forthcoming album.

The band will be releasing their new studio record, entitled "We Are Not Your Kind," on August 9th and the group's M. Shawn Crahan to direct the new video for "Solway Firth".

They teamed with Amazon to include footage from the forthcoming Prime Original series "The Boys", which premieres this Friday, July 26th. The clip also features footage from the band's recent European music festival headline sets. Watch the visual here.

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Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody Video Passes 1 Billion Views

(hennemusic) Queen's iconic music video for their 1975 classic, "Bohemian Rhapsody", has officially passed 1 Billion views on YouTube. More than forty years after it was first created, the clip for the lead single from the band's fourth album, "A Night At The Opera", makes history as the first pre-1990's video to reach the milestone on the platform.

To celebrate the achievement, Queen have posted a newly remastered HD version of the video on their YouTube channel, alongside new translations of the song's lyrics in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Polish, German, Indonesian Bahasa, Korean, Czech, Russian & Turkish.

Queen have also announced the launch of "You Are The Champions", a unique new campaign that will give fans an exclusive chance to become a part of the band's history with a starring role in three brand new user-generated videos for three of the UK group's most celebrated tracks.

As part of the campaign, musicians, singers, and instrumentalists can take on "Bohemian Rhapsody". Dancers will be able to give their own interpretations for "Don't Stop Me Now" - with a special instructional video created by Polly Bennett (Rami Malek's movement coach from the 2018 biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody") and finally, visual artists will get the chance to design any word or phrase from the lyrics of "A Kind of Magic."

The finished videos will be published later this year on the bands official YouTube channel. "We are honored that Bohemian Rhapsody has just hit one billion views on YouTube," says guitarist Brian May. "We want to thank you all and celebrate with our amazing fans all around the world by creating three new music videos to our songs, all featuring you! Whether you are a musician, singer, dancer, visual artist or you just want to have some fun. Go to youarethechampions.com to find out more and we'll see you on the road somewhere." Read more and watch the remastered video here.

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Rush Celebrating Final Tour With Cinema Strangiato Event

Rush frontman Geddy Lee says that their upcoming Cinema Strangiato theatric event is a way for fans to celebrate the legendary band's final tour.

The special film "Cinema Strangiato: An Annual Exercise In Fan Indulgence" will be shown in movie theaters for one-night only on August 21st and will take fans behind the scenes of the band's 2015 R40 anniversary tour, which ended up being their unofficial farewell trek.

The movie will include song performances, previously unreleased behind the scenes footage from backstage and soundchecks, interview with stars like Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, Foo Fighter's Taylor Hawkins and more.

Geddy was asked about the film screening event during an interview with WMMR and he said that it "is basically a way of celebrating the 'R40' tour in the sense on a big screen.

"It's taking a lot of stuff that fans might have seen on that video, the concert footage, but it's added a few twists to it; there's some soundcheck footage, there's some pieces that people haven't seen and haven't been released, and there are interviews with various musicians blah-blah-blah-ing about us.

"So I think the intent of the record company, in that regard, was just to create something that you can't have at home. Going into a venue with a ton of other like-minded RUSH fans and celebrating the final tour, as it were."

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David Bowie 'Space Oddity' 50th Anniversary Mix Video Released

(hennemusic) David Bowie's team is marking the 50th anniversary of his 1969 single, "Space Oddity", with a new video and release of the legendary song.

Directed by Tim Pope and presenting a 2019 mix by producer Tony Visconti, the video features never-before-seen footage of Bowie performing the track at his 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in 1997.

The clip includes footage shot and directed by Eduaord Lock - the founder and choreographer of the Montreal dance troupe La La La Human Steps - for the on-screen back drop of Bowie's 1990 Sound & Vision tour.

The 1990 footage was projected on to the large screens throughout the Sound & Vision tour, featuring the rocker effectively performing "Space Oddity" with himself, a performance replicated at his 50th Birthday Concert.

The 2019 video mix was premiered at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and, shortly afterwards in New York's Times Square on July 20, in sync with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Watch the video here.

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Alice In Chains' William DuVall Streams First Song From Solo Album

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains vocalist/guitarist William DuVall is streaming a video for "'Til The Light Guides Me Home", the lead track from his forthcoming debut solo album, "One Alone."

The rocker has appeared on the Seattle band's last three releases, including 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue", 2013's "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" and 2018's "Rainier Fog." Due October 4, the project delivers 11 acoustic tunes in a set that is billed as "part late-night confessional, part living room concert."

"After three albums and numerous world tours with Alice In Chains," says DuVall, "as well as creating the Giraffe Tongue Orchestra album (with Brent Hinds of Mastodon and Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan), and, of course, my catalog of albums and tours with Comes With The Fall, I felt the need to peel everything back to the bare bones.

"This album is strictly one voice, one guitar. It reveals the very core of who I am as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter." Listen to the song here.

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Godsmack Release 'Under Your Scars' Video

Godsmack has released a music video for their song "Under Your Scars". The track comes from the group's latest studio album "When Legends Rise".

The ballad is a change in style for the band and frontman Sully Erna explained how it came about, "'Under Your Scars' has become such an important song to me for so many reasons. It's the first time Godsmack has decided to put this kind of a ballad on an album, which was pretty ballsy for us.

"I'm so happy that the fans have embraced it in the way they have, because the meaning behind it is so much bigger than any of us. It reminds me that taking all the credit without acknowledging the people or events that have touched our lives deeply enough to inspire songs like these, and so many others would just be wrong."

He then revealed the unexpected inspiration for the track, "So humbly I will say, this song came to me shortly after I had spent some quality time with someone who I consider a dear friend, and have grown to admire and respect as one of the smartest and most talented artists today, Stephanie Germanotta, who most of you may know as Lady Gaga. In the short amount of time we hung out, she made me realize that we all have these imperfections, these wounds that we carry (whether they're physical or emotional) that cut so deep they can cripple us.

"These feelings leave us vulnerable, or embarrassed, or even unworthy at times. And our human nature - when they're exposed - is to shut down, rather than embrace them and realize that not only can we overcome them, but we can also become an inspiration to inspire others to have a voice and find their inner strength to show their scars off loudly and proudly to the world. Our 'Scars' are nothing more than our battle wounds from life and they helped mold you into who you are today."

Sully then concluded, "All of this is what drove us to create The Scars Foundation, our new non-profit organization battling everything from severe depression to addiction, bullying, suicide prevention and so on. Finding acceptance, that's what 'Under Your Scars' and what The Scars Foundation are about. We're all imperfect - that's what makes us perfect!" Watch the video here

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Dream Theater Announce North American Fall Tour

Dream Theater have announced that they will be returning to North America this fall for a new leg of their The Distance Over Time Tour - Celebrating 20 Years of Scenes From A Memory.

The new leg, which will following their current European summer tour, is scheduled to launch on September 26th in Louisville, KY at the Louisville Palace.

Like the first leg, the 27 stops on the new tour will feature 2 hours and 45 minutes of music from the iconic band including a 20th Anniversary celebration performance of their concept album "Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory." See the dates here.

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Hammerfall Announce World Dominion Tour Details

Hammerfall have announced that they will be launching a European tour early next year in support of their forthcoming album "Dominion," which will be hitting stores on August 16th.

World Dominion 2020 tour will feature special guests Battle Beast and support from Serious Black and is set to kick off on January 30th in Bremen and wrap up on February 23rd in Berlin.

Frontman Joacim Cans had this to say about the trek, "'Good is not good enough, it has to be great' also applies on the upcoming European tour. Not only are we bringing one of the most promising new metal bands, Battle Beast, as special guest, we also have support from Serious Black.

"We are also upgrading the venues in many cities, and will play arenas, where we will present the biggest and most badass tour production ever. Can't wait to meet all the awesome HAMMERFALL fans all over Europe. If you can attend only one show next year, this is the one to choose!" See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Coyote Kid's Femme Fatale

Coyote Kid recently released a Tarantino like music video for their single "Femme Fatale" and to celebrate we asked Austin Durry to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

Femme Fatale is a Spahgetti-Western, Rock'n Roll duet, and serves as the introduction to two of the three main characters of our new story album "The Skeleton Man". We create long form story based concept albums, where each song represents a chapter of a larger story. This is the first full track of the album, where we learn about the relationship between the Coyote Kid and the Medicine Crow. We're also introduced to the Coyote Kid's character motif that you'll throughout the rest of the album, when the character is present in the story. 

This song was our first time delving into serf rock territory. For years I found myself accidentally straying into Serf Rock while trying to make more spaghetti-western inspired music. It wasn't until I learned the history of the guitar sounds we associate with westerns, that I learned about it's close ties to the 60's Serf Rock scene. Once I found that out it all made sense, and I felt free to incorporate it more into our music.

Having two lead singers, with voices that couldn't be further apart stylistically, is a challenge and a blessing. In this song we were able to really use it to our advantage to showcase both sides of the narration, and trade off the spotlight, making a really cool tug of war between the two characters.

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

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