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Eddie Van Halen Has Funny Encounter At Tool Concert

Eddie Van Halen has been the subject of speculation about his health after TMZ published some reports, but the legendary guitarist seemed healthy enough to attend a Tool concert this week and have a humorous encounter with one of their fans.

Eddie's son Wolfgang shared on social media how a Tool fan asked Eddie to take a photo of the fan standing in the venue with the stage in the background.

Wolfgang also included a photo of his dad snapping the photo for the unsuspecting fan. The younger Van Halen wrote, "A guy asked my dad if he could take a picture of him with the stage behind him, having no idea who he just asked, and that was my favorite moment from the #Tool show last night." See the post here.

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Dave Grohl, Steven Adler, Geezer Butler Bowling For Ronnie

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, and original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler will be part of Eddie Trunk's team at this year's Bowl For Ronnie event.

The special annual charity event will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund and is set to take place on November 7th at PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City, CA.

Trunk's team last year won the tournament and featured Whitesnake's Doug Aldrich, Jack Black, Butler and Tom Morello along with winning eBay bidder Steve Prziborowski.

His team this year will include Butler returning along with Grohl, Adler, Sebastian Bach's Brent Woods and the winning bidder of this year's eBay auction (see it here).

The special event is also expected to include Ira Black (Lizzy Borden, I Am Morbid),Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill), Phil Buckman (Fuel, Petty Cash), Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses), Jason Cornwell and Jimmy Burkard of Westbound, Jeff Dewbray, Logan Nikolic, and Patrick Stone of Budderside, Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint, DC4), Matt and Shawn Duncan of DC4, Fred Coury (Cinderella), Art Cruz (Lamb of God),Bjorn Englen (Dio), Marc Ferrari (Keel, Cold Sweat), David "Rock" Feinstein (Elf, The Rods), Damon Fox (The Cult), Craig Goldy and Scott Warren of Dio, Rita Haney, Sonia Harley, Richie Kotzen (Winery Dogs), Terry Ilous (XYZ, Great White), Frank Kramer (KLOS), Dave "Chili" Moreno (Westbound, Puddle of Mudd), Todd Morse (Offspring, Petty Cash), Ronny Munroe (TSO, Metal Church), Sadie Nardini (Sadie and the Tribe), Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne), Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4), Gonzo and Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Rudy Sarzo (Dio, Quiet Riot), Brett Scallions (Fuel), Ernie Snair (The Loveless), Steve Smyth (One Machine, Testament), Michael Spencer (Flotsam & Jetsam), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake), Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), Chas West (Westbound, Bonham), Roy Z (Westbound, Halford) and actors Star Fields (Sons of Anarchy), Al Coronel (The Last Ship) and James St. Vincent (Being, The Depths).

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Newsted Helped Metallica Continue By Leaving

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted believes that his decision to leave the band in 2001 actually helped the group to continue and to do what they are doing now.

He told WZZR radio in Florida, "They would not be doing what they're doing now if I hadn't made that move then and I knew what was best for everybody at the time.

"Whether I was prophetic and saw these things ahead of time, that I knew the inner rumblings, what would take place and what would unfold. I knew about people's issues and stuff."

He continued, "'We've gotta step away for a second, you guys, to make sure everybody can...' 'No. We don't wanna step away. We wanna go and rock.' So I chose to step away and they chose to keep going. But then they dove down for a couple of years and didn't do anything because of it.

"So if they would have just listened to what I said, we would have taken the time off together that I wanted to take off, we could have came back and did that thing. But that's not what was meant to be. And now, what happened, physically, shoulders, all these other things, I couldn't be in their band the way that I want to be."

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Led Zeppelin II Featured In Anniversary Video Series

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin prepare to release their second album as 1969 continues on the band's 50th anniversary video series. Following the completion of a North American summer tour, the group wrap up sessions for the impending fall arrival of the follow-up to their smash self-titled debut.

Led Zeppelin return to the concert stage in early October for a two-week series of European dates before launching a North American trek with a rare, two-show performance at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall.

During the fall run, the band releases "Led Zeppelin II" on October 22, 1969. Produced by Jimmy Page, the project - which features instant classics like "Whole Lotta Love", "Ramble On" and "Heartbreaker" - was recorded over several months at a variety of studios in Europe and North America as the group toured heavily to introduce themselves to music fans around the world. Watch the video and read morehere.

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Reunited Misfits Announce Show With Dropkick Murphys and Agnostic Front

Luckily for Misfits fans, Glenn Danzig got it wrong when he said that last week's Madison Square Garden concert in New York City would be the final reunion show for the band.

The Original Misfits took to social media on Wednesday (October 23rd) to announce to fans that they will be playing another special reunion show in December.

The show will be taking place at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, PA on December 14th and will feature support from the Dropkick Murphys and Agnostic Front.

The band shared an event poster and said, "Following their SOLD OUT Halloween performance at Madison Square Garden in NYC, the Original Misfits bring a nightmare before Xmas to the Wells Fargo Center on Sat., December 14 with special guests Dropkick Murphys and Agnostic Front! Get ready for Christmas Evil Philly! Tickets on sale Friday (10/25) at 10am, but Fiend PRE-SALE starts tomorrow (Wed 10/23) at 10AM EST. Use code: OGMISFITS [at this location]."

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Your Demise Reuniting For Anniversary Tour

Your Demise have announced that they will be reuniting next spring to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their "The Kids We Used to Be..." album.

The band broke up in 2014 but will be regrouping for several music festival appearances next April and May including the multi-city Slam Dunk and Impericon Festivals.

The group had this to say, "To be honest, we never could've imagined the impact The Kids We Used To Be would have on us as a band. It allowed us the opportunity to tour full time and travel the world - something every band dreams of.

"Our heroes became our mates, those that liked out music became genuine friends and as individuals we grew together. That being said, we got together knowing that the 10 year anniversary was coming and frankly couldn't come up with a reason to not celebrate this album, so here we are. F*** it, why not." See the dates here.

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Karyn Crisis Hoping To Give Fans Live Gospel Of The Witches

Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches are gearing to release their sophomore album "Covenant" on Halloween (October 31st) and Karyn says that she is hoping to support the effort with live performances.

antiMusic's Morley Seaver caught up with Karyn to discuss the new album and during the chat he asked ,"You did some live shows to promote 'Salem's Wounds' but as we know, anything resembling a full-fledged tour is a strain financially. Are there any plans to hit the stage for 'Covenant'?"

She responded, "There are. We've actually been rehearsing. We've almost got the final members locked in, We're really excited about it. Whether it will be a tour or just select shows, we really want to do things exactly right. Which means on stage we want to offer an atmosphere. It's not just going to be us there in our regular clothes. We want to offer an atmosphere that matches the songs. We're working on a set that marries some of the first album and second album together.

"It's very, very exciting. Davide and Fabian and I have been rehearsing with our bass player and are about the bring the other members in to get ready for some live shows. It's not just something that we want to do. We're working really, really hard to make it happen. Again because of financial and logistic reasons, it's hard.

"Although there are a lot of people that email me and show support but I don't think that many people know about us. Even when we were on Century Media, we really didn't have a lot of media support. It was you...lovely you (laughs) and some other wonderful people who were fans of the music but for some reasons a lot of the interviews we did never got posted or reviews about the record didn't get put on the website.

"So it's really hard to say that a tour would be viable unless we can find someone who wants to take us along. But we're definitely very hungry to play shows." Read the full interview here.

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Steely Dan's Walter Becker Estate Auction Raises $3.3 million

(hennemusic) An estate auction of music equipment owned by late Steely Dan guitarist Walter Becker raised $3.3 million during an event this past weekend in Beverly Hills, CA.

According to Billboard, Julien's Auctions hosted what they billed as "the largest assortment of guitars and amps ever sold in its 17-year history" with 600 guitars and 400 amps up for grabs by fans, collectors and fellow musicians.

One of Becker's favorite guitars to play at concerts, a green sparkly Strat-style guitar purchased from New York based guitar maker Chihoe Hahn in 2011, sold for the event's highest bid at $68,750; other significant items included a signature 1959 Gretsch Tennessean hollow body electric guitar signed in white marker by country music legend Chet Atkins sold for $12,800 (valued at $2,000-$3,000); a 1957 Fender Duo-Sonic electric guitar seen in the liner notes of Steely Dan's 1977 hit record "Aja" sold for $57,600 (valued at $4,000- $6,000); a pedal board set up that had been used at Becker's apartment sold for $32,000 (valued at $800-$1,200); and a red Sadowsky Telecaster-style solid body electric guitar nicknamed "Josie" played by Becker in 1995 on The Late Show with David Letterman and, nightly, on his 1996 Art Crimes tour sold for $25,600 (valued at $3,000-$4,000).

The weekend event surpassed initial estimates of $1-$2 million on opening day. "It's phenomenal," said Darren Julien, owner of Julien's Auctions. "Who else had this many guitars and this many amps? Who else had a collection like this? It's unbelievable. And he didn't just buy them because they looked great. He literally played all of them and that's what made this collection unique."here.

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Neil Young Streams Footage From Mountaintop Documentary

(hennemusic) Neil Young is streaming footage from studio sessions for his new album with Crazy Horse, "Colorado", as captured in the project's companion documentary, "Mountaintop."

The video clip features Young and the band recording "Love Kills", a non-album bonus b-side to the track "Rainbow Of Colors." "Mountaintop" - which premiered in North American theaters this week and will hit cinemas in Europe and South America on November 18 - captures the group making their first record in seven years at the Studio In The Clouds facility just outside the Colorado ski resort of Telluride.

The lineup of bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina, and multi-instrumentalist Nils Lofgren - in place of retired guitarist Frank Sampedro - joined Young for the follow-up to the band's 2012 releases "Americana" and "Psychedelic Pill." Watch the videohere.

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Singled Out: Red Arms' Run Away

Red Arms recently released their new album "Critical State" and to celebrate we asked Roberto LoRusso to share the story behind the song "Run Away". Here is the story:

We were writing for the new record and our hope was to make the new record more sonically diverse than our previous work. Eric Longtin and I are the primary songwriters in Red Arms so we were both trying to bring our best riffs to the table and bounce those ideas off each other. We then work on a tentative arrangement and add parts to each others riffs that we hear in our heads. This has worked out extremely well. I had the basic chords of the verse and chorus and the Eric modified the opening riff and fixed the vocal melody. Eric is a genius when it comes to vocal melody. He hears things that just make the song a million times more catchy.

We hashed out a basic arrangement and then brought it to Curt "Murder" Herbert (bass) and Jay Westman (drums) to do more tweaking of the arrangements and to write the drum and bass parts. I can not stress enough how much better the song got as each member added their special twists. When people talk about chemistry, this is it. The song was all but complete, we had the vocal melodies all sorted too, just no lyrics.

The lyrics are the hardest part. The songs always come together so quickly but the lyrics take so much time and this is because, for me personally, there is no more efficient way to ruin a perfectly good song than to throw together mediocre lyrics. The song deserved something good and I was trying to figure out what the hell to sing about, especially something that would fit the mood of the song. Unfortunately, inspiration of the worst kind was about to hit.

Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 I received the following message

"Hey Rob, if you could give me a call as soon as you have a moment I would really appreciate it (I know it's been awhile, this is important). -Amy"

It was my Ex's sister-in-law. We hadn't spoken in years. It was not at all common for her to reach out. I knew something was very, very wrong. My wife and I had just got up and I was reading my messages in my den. Carey was standing right behind me when I got the message. Somehow we both knew it was going to be bad. "Rob, you better call right now". I did.

Amy answered right away and I straight-up asked what had happened to her. Through her sobbing she managed to spit it out. "Trisha passed away last night". It was a gut punch. She didn't have to say another word I already knew it was by her own hand. She had been struggling for a number of years. Despite her talents and her accomplishments there was still that relentless inner critic that would never let her enjoy those things.

We were estranged by this point, however, it was my duty to reach out to all our old mutual friends. One by one, I had to let every one of them know before the news broke on social media. She was very well known in the city and internationally because of her music career. It was a furious race against time made all the more difficult by not having any information about the circumstance of her death, aside from being a suicide. The unanswerable questions made it all the more difficult.

To say I was experiencing conflicted emotions would be an extraordinary understatement. Somehow I had to reconcile the joy of this new life with Carey with this sudden loss. My wife was empathetic and supportive but the circumstances were extremely challenging for a newlywed couple. It made for an extremely complex grieving process to say the least.

The complexity turned to anger. I was so angry that she let it get to that point. I was angry that she isolated herself from her amazing family by living on the other side of the world. I was so angry that the last time we spoke we had a fight and the last words I spoke to her were in anger.

All I wanted for her was to have what I had found myself. She deserved that in the same way I did. I had moved on and I so desperately wanted that for her too. We weren't compatible but that didn't mean I didn't care what happened to her. She was a good person and she was so loved by her close friends and family. She, like everyone else, deserved happiness. Her state of mind, however, could not let her see that as a possibility and in an ultimate act of betrayal, her own mind lied to her and convinced her that it would never be, and for that I grieve.

I wrote the lyrics for Ran Away the day after her celebration of life. I had to put this noise in my head somewhere. I needed to be present for my wife, my family, and my friends and I couldn't do so with all this anger.

The song is bittersweet for me. It one of the best songs we've written as a band but I hate what inspired the words. Mental illness is no joke and we need to do a better job as nations to ensure the resources are accessible and affordable. Take care of yourselves.

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

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