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Paul Stanley Explains Why KISS Has Endured

KISS frontman Paul Stanley believes that the band has endured as long as it has because they inspire people to want to share the KISS experience with others and it has been passed down from generation to generation.

Stanley spoke with The Sydney Morning Herald about the group's End Of The Road farewell tour and was asked why he thinks KISS has survived while other bands have fallen away.

He responded, "People who experience KISS really are affected by it in a way that goes beyond it being a rock band.

"It's fascinating and amazing to be at these shows nightly and see parents and grandparents who want their offspring to experience what they experienced.

"It's far beyond typical rock bands, where you hate the idea of your little brother being there, or your neighbor. KISS is an amazing tribe and it's incredibly gratifying."

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Metallica's James Hetfield To Exhibit Custom Cars

(hennemusic) Metallica frontman James Hetfield has donated his collection of custom cars for a 2020 exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA.

Hagerty reports news of the rocker's donation was made during a recent press event at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Hetfield's collection includes Voodoo Priest, based on a '37 Lincoln Zephyr, a '36 Auburn roadster named Slow Burn, a Delahaye-inspired '34 Packard, Aquarius, a '36 Ford in bare metal called Iron Fist, a purple '56 Ford F-100 pickup truck, and three cars by custom fabricator Rick Dore: Black Pearl, a custom 1948 Jaguar, a '52 Olds named Grinch, and Skyscraper, a 1953 Buick Skylark.

The Hetfield cars will go on display next February in the museum's Bruce Meyer Family Gallery alongside artifacts and memorabilia from Hetfield and Metallica's private collections.

In sync with news of the singer's exhibit, Hetfield was named a Founding Member of the museum, an honor reserved for its most generous donors. See a photo of Black Pearl here.

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Gibson Announce Limited Edition Eric Clapton Guitar

Gibson have announced that they will be releasing an Eric Clapton 1964 Firebird I guitar via Guitar Center in the U.S. (authorized dealers internationally) simultaneously with the music legend's 2019 installment of the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, TX, which is taking place on September 20th and 21st.

Clapton had this to say about the iconic guitar that inspired the new release, "I remember one night in particular with the Firebird. It was a Cream show in Philadelphia, and it was one of the greatest gigs I ever played."

Gibson Custom Shop will make the limited-edition reissue of Clapton's Firebird using authentic construction methods and precise dimensions that were scanned from vintage 1964 Firebird models, according to the announcement.

The guitar will be outfitted with a newly-developed Alnico V Firebird pickup to recapture the output and tones of the original and they will also feature an Eric Clapton signed backplate, a replica of the strap he used, a reproduction of the guitar's original case, a Certificate of Authenticity booklet and more.

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Dave Grohl Says Them Crooked Vultures Still A Band

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl says that his supergroup project Them Crooked Vultures, with Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones and Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme, is still a band, but they have nothing planned at the moment.

Grohl was asked about the status of the group during an interview with The Guardian. He responded, "Technically we're still a band. We practice once every decade, and we're coming up on another decade, aren't we? I don't have any official news but there's always something cooking."

Dave went on to talk about his relationship with his bandmates. He said of Homme, "Josh is one of my best friends. We're like brothers. We go out and have waffles together. We ride motorcycles. There is nobody I'd rather play drums with. He's the guy."

He said of working with the bass legend Jones, "There are times when you've relaxed into a sofa and you're not thinking about his time in Led Zeppelin. Then you start playing and you're immediately reminded that you are a musical speck compared to this man. It's still hard to accept that I got to play in a band with that guy."

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Steve Miller Shares Unusual Version Of 'Take The Money And Run'

(hennemusic) The Steve Miller Band are streaming audio of a previously-unreleased live "swinging jazz" version of their 1976 hit, "Take The Money And Run", as the latest preview to the forthcoming collection, "Welcome To The Vault."

Featuring a guest appearance by Jimmie Vaughan, this special performance was recorded at Miller's 2016 show as part of New York's Jazz At Lincoln Center series.

The lead single from Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" album originally reached No. 11 on the US charts while the project peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than four million copies in the country.

Due October 11, "Welcome To The Vault" presents 52 audio tracks alongside 21 performances on DVD and a 100-page hard bound book with Steve's personal photos and a 9,000 word essay by Rolling Stone's David Fricke.

The set delivers 38 previously-unavailable rarities on the 3CD/DVD collection, including more studio and live material as well as five previously unheard songs dating back to the late '60s. Listen to the song here.

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Ra To Play First Show In Five Years and Plan New Album

Ra have regroup and announced that they have special plans for their first performance in five years, which will be taking place as part of the ShipRocked tour next year.

The rock cruise will set sail from New Orleans on February 1st and the band was one of the latest additions to the lineup, including Hellyeah and In This Moment's Maria Brink planning her debut solo piano lounge set during the voyage.

Ra frontman Sahaj Ticotin had this to say, "For myself and the band we are super excited not only to make our debut appearance on Shiprocked but super exciting to use it as our launch pad for the new record Intercorrupted for 2020! It will be our first show in 5 years and are looking forward to getting fired up again with all the other amazing bands!!"

P.J. Farley added, "I am super excited the RA beast is woken and we are taking our Maiden Voyage on Shiprocked 20/20!!! Ready to dig in and ROCK!!"

The band has also inked a deal with FM Music Management. Their rep said, "We are excited to be working with such a great band with such an impressive history of great music and look forward to a bright new chapter of continued success for them."

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Falling In Reverse Announce Fall Headline Tour

Falling In Reverse have announced that they will be hitting the road this fall for a U.S. headline tour that will feature support from Crown the Empire and Tom MacDonald.

Dubbed the Episode IV Tour, the trek will be kicking off on November 7th in Ventura, Ca at the Ventura Theater and will wrap up on December 11th in Anaheim, CA at the House of Blues.

The band will be touring in support of their latest album "Coming Home" and their trio of stand-alone singles "Drugs" featuring Slipknot and Stone Sour's Corey Taylor, "Losing My Life" and "Losing My Mind." See the dates here.

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Killswitch Engage Release Video Featuring Howard Jones

Killswitch Engage have released a music video for their new song "The Signal Fire" that features current singer Jesse Leach and former frontman Howard Jones.

The track comes from the band's brand new album "Atonement" ad the video was directed by Ian McFarland. Leach had this to say about the clip, "This video is a demonstration of solidarity and unity.

"This is for the fans and this is our testimony to all who see this video. In these times we live in, I believe this is an important message - not just for us as a band and our fans but for all of humanity. This is a call for compassion and understanding! There is strength in unity.

"The making of the video was a great experience as well. Just all of us guys hanging out and having fun together. Ian McFarland did a hell of a job capturing the vibe and energy of our performances."

Jones added, "It was another silly day at the office. Good food, lots of wrestling talk, and hanging with the boys is a great way to spend the day and get a little work done. Shout out to Ian McFarland for making everything painless at the shoot. The day was all smiles - with a hint of metal." Watch it here

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Rush Announce Clockwork Angels Tour 5LP Package

(hennemusic) Rush will release a 5LP edition of their 2013 live package, "Clockwork Angels Tour", on October 11th. The 180-gram vinyl set presents material from the band's 2012 concerts in Phoenix, Dallas and San Antonio while on the road in support of their 2012 album, "Clockwork Angels."

The project features the bonus tracks from the original CD release, including a version of the classic "Limelight" that the band recorded during soundcheck.

"Clockwork Angels Tour" comes packaged in a two-piece telescopic box with a full-color booklet, and a code to download a high-definition digital version of the album. Preorder it here.

Within six months of its original release, the DVD version was certified Platinum by the RIAA for US sales of 100,000 copies. Read more here.

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Stevens Hopes Ozzy Osbourne Collaboration Will Be Released

Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens hopes that a song that he collaborated on with Black Sabbath legend Ozzy Osbourne will eventually be released.

The collaboration came about after Stevens' Billy Idol bandmate Billy Morrison suggested that Steve work on some songwriting with Ozzy, which took place at Stevens home studio.

Steve spoke about the collaboration with Talking Metal, and was asked how much music the two actually worked on together and Stevens focused in on one song. "I think there's one which kind of rose to the top. I was asked to write with him by Billy Morrison, the second guitar player in Billy Idol."

Stevens elaborated and compared the experience to how he feels when playing with Ozzy's former Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler in their current supergroup Deadland Ritual, There's one song which may see the light of day."

He continued, I set up my microphone and you hear that voice and you get chills. Same as I do with Geezer when we are in the room and you just play guitar and it's sitting next to that bass sound."

Stevens then added, "I've always maintained that I'm a fan. I've never lost that kid fan thing out of the music that made me wanna do this. And I think that's what keeps me kind of always looking to get better and work with other people. Yeah, maybe the Ozzy thing will see the light of day."

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Angels & Airwaves Release 'Rebel Girl' Video

Blink-182 star Tom DeLonge's band Angels & Airwaves have released a music video for their first new song in three years entitled "Rebel Girl".

The Matt Thompson-directed visual can be streamed here and it comes as the band prepares to hit the road for a North American tour.

Most of the dates for the trek have already sold out. They will be kicking off the tour on August 28th in San Diego at the Belly Up and wrapping things up on October 9th in Los Angeles, CA at the Belasco. See the dates here.

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Iron Maiden Celebrate Legacy Of The Beast Tour

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden are on currently playing dates on a North American tour, and the band members can be seen in a new video sharing their thoughts on returning to the road for the continuation of The Legacy Of The Beast series.

"This is part two of Legacy," says bassist Steve Harris. "We did Europe, obviously, last year and so this time we come to this side of the pond and show what we can do with the show."

"It's fantastic," raves guitarist Dave Murray. "We're several dates into the tour and we're having a blast; every show has been fantastic - the crowds, especially, have been wonderful.

"The vibe here is very electric but that transfers all the way across the rest of the USA and everywhere we play, really. The fans come down and we connect and there's a great vibe and atmosphere."

"I don't think the US had any clue how good this tour was until we turned up," adds singer Bruce Dickinson.

Iron Maiden opened the 2019 series in Sunrise, FL on July 18; the trek will see the group perform in several cities that they haven't visited in years - including Portland, OR where they last played in 1987 and Hartford, CT, where they last hit in 2005 - and many other places not visited since the Maiden England 2012/13 Tour. here.

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Bruce Springsteen Shares Trailer For Western Stars Doc

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen is streaming a video trailer as the first preview of "Western Stars", a documentary film project that serves as a companion to his latest album of the same name.

The New Jersey rocker's directorial debut - alongside longtime collaborator Thom Zimny - sees Springsteen perform all 13 songs on the record, backed up by a band and a full orchestra, under the cathedral ceiling of his historic nearly 100-year-old barn.

Springsteen's first studio album in five years, "Western Stars" marks a departure for the singer/songwriter while still drawing on his roots. Touching on themes of love and loss, loneliness and family and the inexorable passage of time, the documentary film evokes the American West while weaving archival footage and Springsteen's personal narration with song to tell the story of Western Stars.

Springsteen will premiere the project at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month. Watch the trailer here.

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Aerosmith In The Studio For 'Pump' Anniversary

The 30th anniversary of Aerosmith's hit album "Pump" is celebrated in the latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio With Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands.

Redbeard had this to say, "Pump by Aerosmith is a thumbs up three dimensional hard rock masterpiece, with the legendary band's deepest well of songwriting, blistering performance chops, and the most innovative production of any hard rock album to date courtesy of the late Bruce Fairbairn. Regardless of the metric you choose to measure Pump's greatness, it's blazing energy and cinematic presentation combined with unforgettable songs to result in one of their biggest sellers (over 7+ million), Aerosmith's first Grammy award ('Janie's Got A Gun'), and their first album to spawn three Top 10 Billboard hits ('Janie's Got A Gun', 'Love In An Elevator', 'What It Takes'). But the power of Pump lies in its pounds per square inch of album tracks, 'Young Lust', 'F.I.N.E. (I'm Ready)', 'Monkey On My Back', 'The Other Side', 'My Girl', and 'Don't Get Mad, Get Even'.

"Pump was the second jewel in Aerosmith's triple crown of multi-platinum post-recovery albums, following the superb 1987 head turner Permanent Vacation and preceding the equally popular Get A Grip, a creative era that has kept the band as America's hard rock champions. As they continue their Las Vegas residency, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford, and Joey Kramer pay at the Pump by joining me In The Studio on Pump's thirtieth anniversary." Stream the episode here.

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Keb' Mo' Getting Festive With Jingle Bell Jamboree Tour

Keb' Mo' have announced that he will be hitting the road this winter for his very first Christmas tour, which he will be launching in his forthcoming holiday album.

Details of the album are yet to be revealed but the Blues and Americana star will be launching the Jingle Bell Jamboree tour on December 4th in Rocky Mount, VA at the Harvester Performance Center.

He had this to say, "It's been a long time coming, and I did something I said I would never do; record a whole holiday album. Of course, 'never say never' is the rule, so here it comes, a holiday album and a tour to go along with. Happy Holidays, Everyone!" See the dates here.

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Mastodon's Brann Dailor Believes Music Can Help In Hard Times

Mastodon's Brann Dailor shared how he believes that music can help people during times of emotional struggle and can be a force for healing and be cathartic.

Dailor was asked by Razor 94.7 at the recent Rock USA Festival for some advice that he would give to people facing mental health issues. He responded, "Music has helped all of us that are really into music. I think that it can be definitely healing and it can be super cathartic, and get you through that [struggle].

"If you feel like you're on the edge of potentially doing something dangerous to yourself, put your favorite song on. Dig out that album first and foremost, and sink yourself into it.

"It's okay to feel bad feelings. It's okay to be depressed, but it's how you work through it. I know just as well as anybody else how devastating it is when someone decides to check out early.

"The damage that it does is insurmountable. People do love you, and they want you to be around, and if you do that horrible thing, it's definitely going to hurt a lot of people. It's much better with you here."

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Singled Out: Fade Awaays' As They Do

Toronto indie rockers Fade Awaays recently released a brand new single called "As They Do" and to celebrate we asked Reid MacMaster (Guitar/Vocals) to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

As They Do is our newest single, we wrote it over last summer and we ended up finishing it right as we were finishing up a big tour. It came just in time so that we could open our last show of the tour with it! The song had originally started as two different sections, I (Reid) had written the chord progression and some of the lyrics already while Sean(Lead Guitar) had been working on the main riff melody for a while and was just coming around to perfecting it. By the time we had both brought in the songs and had been jamming them in practice, we somehow came up with the idea to combine the two songs together as one, and it ended up totally working! Then Duncan and Owen (Bass and Drums) really started to write and refine their parts and work through the arrangement. We decided then that all that we were missing was a solid chorus. I think Owen came up with the phrase "As They Do" and we sorted out a melody to match the chords and added all the harmonies. Working out 4 part harmonies was something we had been really trying to work on out to this point, and this tune definitely was a nice creative challenge for us to work on trying to perfect that idea! We're all proud of how it turned out tho. The whole song is about the mass hype that happens in big crowds, with the "They" in "As They Do" referring to a big audience, so we really tried to match that in energy. We wanted this to sound massive.

The song was recorded here in Toronto at a studio called "Dreamhouse" that's pretty much right above the horseshoe tavern. It was a really great space to work in and we ended up getting the bulk of the recording done in a day. We worked with our Friends Sam Arion and Milan Sirkadi who produced and engineered for us, they were a big part of pushing this tune, and for us to try our new things and experiment. The recording process was great because it ended up bringing together a bunch of the different ideas we had for this track and just combined them all into one. We tried to put in everything from crazy psychedelic wildness to some serious pop sensibility, and they definitely helped us through that and helped us translate all our weird ideas onto the song.

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

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