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TONY IOMMI On BLACK SABBATH’s Final Tour: ‘We’d Lost That Sort Of Comradeship’

BLACK SABBATH finished "The End" tour on February 4 in the band's hometown of Birmingham, England, closing out the quartet's groundbreaking 49-year career with an emotional 15-song set at the city's 16,000-seat Genting Arena. Six months on, guitarist ...

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TOM KEIFER’s ‘The Way Life Goes – Deluxe Edition’ To Include New Version Of ‘Nobody’s Fool’ Featuring LZZY HALE

CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer once sang, "You're only going once around the ride." He's proving that theory wrong with the highly anticipated release of "The Way Life Goes - Deluxe Edition", an expanded compilation of his critically acclaimed solo deb...

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DECAPITATED: ‘We Are Not Kidnappers, Rapists Or Criminals’

Polish death metallers DECAPITATED have "strongly denied" the allegations that they kidnapped and sexually assaulted a woman on a tour bus in Washington. According to court documents obtained by The Spokesman-Review, the woman alleged she was gang-raped by the musicians in their tour bus bathroom after DECAPITATED's August 31 concert with THY ART IS MURDER at The Pin concert venue in downtown Spokane as part of the two bands' "Double Homicide" tour. The woman said entered the bus for drinks with the band before each member forced themselves on her. All four members of DECAPITATEDMichal Lysejko, 31, Waclaw Kieltyka, 35, Rafal Piotrowski, 31, and Hubert Wiecek, 30 — were arrested at around 2 a.m. Saturday in Santa Ana, California after performing at the Observatory. In a newly released official statement, the members of DECAPITATED proclaimed their innocence while condemning the hatred directed at them on social media by individuals who are not familiar with all the facts of the case. The say: "While we are not perfect human beings, we are not kidnappers, rapists, or criminals. As such, we strongly deny the allegations that have recently been brought against us. "We ask that everyone please reserve their judgement until a definitive outcome has been reached, as charges have yet to be pressed. Full testimony and evidence will be presented in due time, and we have faith in that process. "As there is uncertainty regarding a timeline for prospective proceedings and out of respect for fans and promoters, due to the severity of the claims, we have cancelled all planned touring. "All social media platforms have been temporarily disabled as they have been used as destinations for defamatory and malicious remarks. We would like to point out that the statements in the published police report were given prior to an arrest. At that point, no member of the band was aware of an active warrant being issued." Prior to being arrested, DECPITATED guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka told detectives he saw both singer Rafal Piotrowski and bassist Hubert Wiecek engaged in a sex acts with the woman in the bathroom. Piotrowski "admitted there was a party on the bus and (the women) were present. He then requested an attorney and a translator refusing to make any further statements," court documents say. Wiecek admitted the women had been on the bus, but said he "sat on the couch and did not see what was going on," court documents say. "He then said he needed a translator so he did not misspeak. He also said no one was forced to get on the bus. He then said he did not recall what happened." Kieltyka agreed to have a DNA swab collected as evidence, while Piotrowski and Wiecek both declined to give DNA samples. Los Angeles County jail records show the four men were being held without bail. They were awaiting extradition to Spokane. In court Tuesday afternoon, the bandmembers took turns in front of a judge agreeing to be extradited to Washington, according to KABC. They all had a Polish translator while a representative from the Polish consulate sat in the courtroom.

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LARS ULRICH, HENRY ROLLINS Featured In ‘Why Vinyl Matters’ Book

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich and punk rock icon Henry Rollins are among the artists who were interviewed for "Why Vinyl Matters", the upcoming book from ACC Editions. In 2015, vinyl sales in the U.S. increased by 30% — a raise for the tenth year in succession — and 1.29 million vinyl albums were sold in the U.K. in 2014, the first time the million mark has been surpassed since 1996. Vinyl, once thought to be a dying market, is now facing a major revival. Pop culture writer and historian Jennifer Otter Bickerdike interviews some of our most iconic artists, including hip-hop stars, Indie legends, DJs, producers, album cover designers, photographers, label founders and record store owners. Each superstar and superfan talks about their own experiences of vinyl and what it means to them, and the importance of its re-emergence — seemingly against all odds — as a physical format in the era of the digital economy. Said Ulrich: "It's the ritual element of it. It's running your finger down the side of the record, trying to open the plastic wrap, and then pulling it out, seeing if there is an inner sleeve, hoping for a gatefold. Nowadays, you just walk over to your computer, you click three times, and you have 140,000 songs at your fingertips. Vinyl was just a different kind of thing — and it still is." Due on September 28, "Why Vinyl Matters" is part history, part future forecasting, part nostalgia and all celebration. It is a collection of more than 25 interviews, all illustrated with photos, sidebars, quotes, album covers, outtakes and much more. This is the book for anyone who has ever gone to the store and bought music on vinyl. Includes interviews with: * Fatboy Slim * Tim Burgess (CHARLATANS) * Henry Rollins (musician, actor, writer, comedian) * Gaz Coombes (SUPERGRASS) * Lars Ulrich (METALLICA) * Maxi Jazz (FAITHLESS) * Rob da Bank (DJ and founder of Bestival) * Clint Boone (INSPIRAL CARPETS) * Mike Ness (SOCIAL DISTORTION) * Chief Xcel (BLACKALICIOUS) * Cut Chemist (JURASSIC 5) * Fab 5 Freddy (hip-hop pioneer, visual artist) * Fat Mike (NOFX) * Julia Ruzicka (FUTURE OF THE LEFT) * Steve Hackett (GENESIS) * Nick Hornby

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DED Releases FRED DURST-Directed Video For ‘Remember The Enemy’

Rising rockers DED have released the official music video for the song "Remember The Enemy". The Phoenix, Arizona-based group reunited with video director Fred Durst for this latest clip, which finds them performing against a lit-up forested backdrop, while clear-eyed vocalist Joe Cotela also makes the most of a cage setting to set the tone for the clip. As for the song, it's plenty of low end heaviness offset by electronic high-end keys, making for an engaging and hard driving rock track that's guaranteed to stick in your head for days. Speaking about the track, Cotela explains: "'Remember The Enemy' is a song about self-reflection. A couple years ago I started defeating myself with anxiety and depression. I was taking a lot of Xanax and medicating heavily with booze. It was at some point in there that I realized that I am in control of all of this. My brain and my thoughts only exist in ways that I allow them to. A great quote I came across summed it up: 'The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.'" He continues: "I started going to cognitive therapy. I had to stop what I was doing, honestly look at myself and pick my ass up! I got mad at the anxiety/depression, I made it my 'enemy.' I had to beat the s–t out of it and stomp it out. I was in my own way, my own worst enemy. It hasn't completely gone away, it still rears its ugly fucking face at times — but now I know what the fucker looks like and how to deal with it." As for the Durst-directed clip, the singer states: "We shot the video for 'Remember The Enemy' in Griffith Park at the old abandoned Los Angeles Zoo that was opened in 1912 and closed in 1965. That area has turned into a hidden park/hiking destination. It is an eerie setting and is supposed to be haunted by the animals that were once imprisoned there in such obsolete, harsh conditions. We really went for a dark, nightmarish horror movie vibe, and we think we achieved that. As a side note — the scene from the Will Ferrell 'Anchorman' movie where they fall into the bear pit was also shot there. We hope fans enjoy 'Remember The Enemy'!" "Remember The Enemy" is the follow up to "Anti-Everything" which reached the Top 20 at rock radio and whose Durst-directed video has surpassed one million views on YouTube. DED's debut album, "Misanthrope", was released in July via Suretone Records. The band has a busy fall ahead of them with a mix of their own shows and several festival appearances.

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RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Announces U.S. Tour Dates; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale Available

Mexican acoustic rock maestros RODRIGO Y GABRIELA — consisting of Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero — are set to continue their triumphant U.S. tour, as they celebrate the tenth anniversary re-release of their classic self-titled break-out album. Marc Scibilia has been tapped as the opening act on select dates. The performance schedule begins on November 2 in Burlington, Vermont, and extends until November 25, concluding with three shows in Florida. The new concerts are in addition to the duo's previously announced appearances in South America opening for John Mayer in October. A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Thursday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, September 14 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code "RYGBLAB" to access tickets before the general public. The general on-sale is Friday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Tour dates: Nov. 02 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Nov. 04 - Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre Nov. 05 - Keene, NH @ Colonial Theatre Nov. 07 - Providence, RI @ The Strand Nov. 11 - Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Nov. 12 - Albany, NY @ The Egg Center For the Performing Arts Nov. 14 - Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre Nov. 15 - Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Nov. 17 - Buffalo, NY @ University at Buffalo - Center for the Arts Nov. 18 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage Nov. 19 - Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 22 - Athens, GA @ The Classic Center Nov. 24 - Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall Nov. 25 - Miami Beach, FL @ Fillmore Miami Beach Originally released in Ireland in 2006, the "Rodrigo Y Gabriela" album topped the charts ahead of Johnny Cash and the ARCTIC MONKEYS, and a U.S. release on ATO Records followed in 2007. "Rodrigo Y Gabriela" was produced by Rodrigo and Gabriela with John Leckie, best known for his work with RADIOHEAD and THE STONE ROSES. Affectionately known to fans as "the Crocodile album", the record has gone on to sell 750,000 copies worldwide. Released on March 31 via ATO, the two-disc reissue features the record remastered by the same person who handled the job originally, Robyn Robins. Alongside nine album tracks were two bonus songs, "Senorita XXX" (previously only available on a Japanese version of the LP) and the never-before-released "Amuleto". The second disc is a previously unreleased live album recorded at Dublin's The Olypmia Theatre in 2006 that celebrated the success of "Rodrigo Y Gabriela". The global success of the album, together with endless touring, established RODRIGO Y GABRIELA as one of the most popular acoustic instrumental artists in the world, with a string of sold-out tours of America, U.K., France and Japan, including multiple nights at the Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Le Zenith (France), Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Radio City Music Hall (NYC) and the Hollywood Bowl. Speaking of the "Rodrigo y Gabriela" album, Rodrigo said: "We are busy at work on our new record, but looking back at this album, it's good to be reminded of how far we've come in ten years." On the release of the "Live At The Olympia" concert, Gabriela added: "We had some crazy times in Ireland, and made many great friends there. The fans are so passionate about music, this is a thank you to them and our time in Dublin." Natives of Mexico City, Sánchez and Quintero began their careers as members of TIERRA ACIDA, a heavy metal band which played on the city's underground gig circuit for seven years. "Like a lot of Mexican youth, we were heavily influenced by American metal bands — METALLICA, MEGADETH, PANTERA, and also SEPULTURA," Gabriela explained. "It was a full band, very loud, and for vocals, Rodrigo would just scream. We played this way for seven years." Asked in a 2010 interview if RODRIGO Y GABRIELA's metal connections were fading, Rodrigo said: "No, it's growing, actually. You go to our shows and you see a lot of metalheads. It was great to have the recognition from the kings, from METALLICA themselves, to be in touch with them and having the opportunity to jam with Robert pretty often. It's great, because that opened the door for a lot of metalheads to understand that we come from there. It's clear for the people that we love metal."

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Los Angeles-based hard rock outfit GEMINI SYNDROME has announced the addition of guitarist Meegs Rascón (COAL CHAMBER) to the group's ranks. GEMINI SYNDROME drummer Brian Medina commented: "We couldn't be more pleased to bring Meegs into the GEMINI SYNDROME family. He is such a creative and innovative musician, and one of my most trusted and closest friends on this Earth. He's been here since the inception of GEMINI SYNDROME, and it's great to bring someone who is already family into the fold." In other news, GEMINI SYNDROME has announced its final tour before the group shifts focus towards the writing and recording of its third studio album. The disc, which will be produced by Matt Hyde (DEFTONES, SLAYER), will conclude the trilogy started with "Lux" and continued on "Memento Mori". The upcoming "Brought To Light" tour will feature support from DEADSET SOCIETY and SPOKEN. Prior to that, GEMINI SYNDROME will play direct support to FOZZY on the latter group's "Judas Rising" tour, which kicks off on September 26 in Clarksville, Tennesee. Said GEMINI SYNDROME: "The Oracle has foreseen that GEMINI SYNDROME will be sharing the stage with fellow conspirators FOZZY, occurring in alignment with the Autumnal Equinox. This Fall Conversion will be the last tour of the year before we abscond to write and record our next album, closing the chapter of 'Memento Mori', and ushering in the third and final act of the trilogy. We look forward to sharing this sacred rite with you."

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AMORPHIS Re-Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST; New Album Due In 2018

Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS have signed a new record deal with their longtime label home, Nuclear Blast. AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen commented: "I'm really happy to announce that AMORPHIS got re-signed to Nuclear Blast! It's nice to be working with such professional and familiar people. "AMORPHIS has done a lot of touring for the past two years around the globe and now it's time to head back to the studio. This means that the new album will be released next year! It has also been a really nice experience for all of us to play with [returning bassist] Olli-Pekka [Laine] again and for that reason, we're glad to have him participating in the making of the new record." Nuclear Blast CEO Markus Staiger added: "I'm really proud that we can continue working with AMORPHIS, one of the early Nuclear Blast bands, which went through the roof with 'Tales From The Thousand Lakes' back in 1994. Additionally, they became really good friends of ours, which makes this working relationship even cooler. I'm already looking forward to their next album, because it's simply impossible for AMORPHIS to deliver a bad record." Longtime AMORPHIS bassist Niclas Etelävuori exited the band in April over management issues. AMORPHIS recently completed the successful eighteen-concert "Under The Red Cloud" summer tour where they played arena shows with Danish rockers VOLBEAT, among others. To make the last "Under The Red Cloud" show even more special, the band has come up with a great idea: fans can "jump on stage" with AMORPHIS at the Circus in Helsinki on September 23 as part of a 360-degree experience. The gig will be streamed live, free of charge, but fans can still donate directly to the band on the streaming page. You can also win a limited-edition AMORPHIS VR headset and enjoy the show to the max. Photo credit: Denis Goria

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KIRK HAMMETT Says SOUNDGARDEN Was Inspiration For METALLICA’s Classic ‘Enter Sandman’ Riff

Kirk Hammett says that he was inspired by SOUNDGARDEN when he wrote the main riff to one of the most recognizable songs of all time, METALLICA's classic 1991 track "Enter Sandman". As the opening cut on METALLICA's self-titled album, "Enter Sandman" became bigger than the band could have imagined. It was a game changer for METALLICA, which ended up selling more than sixteen million copies of the album in the U.S. alone. Meanwhile, the song itself turned into a staple at athletic events, including professional baseball games and wrestling matches. Hammett joined 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich" on Wednesday morning (September 13) and shared where he found the inspiration for writing that song back in 1990. "It was very specific," he said. "I have a very specific memory. It was about two or three o'clock in the morning. I had just been listening to 'Louder Than Love', the [second] SOUNDGARDEN album. It was when SOUNDGARDEN [was] still somewhat underground and [was] on an independent label. I just love that album; it's a great SOUNDGARDEN album. And I heard that album, I was inspired, I picked up my guitar and out came that riff." Hammett said that he knew right away "it was a cool riff. You kind of get an idea that a riff is cool, 'cause when you play it, if it's a cool riff, you can just instantly groove on it," he explained. "So, yeah, [I thought], 'Yeah, this is pretty cool. It's a good feel, it's a good sound, it's a good combination of notes." The guitarist recalled that the song started to take shape once he played the riff to one of his bandmates. "When Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] heard the riff, he said, 'Repeat that first part four times,' and I did, and he said, 'There you go,'" Hammett told "Toucher & Rich". Asked if he ever got a chance to tell the SOUNDGARDEN guys that they were the inspiration for the song that eventually became METALLICA's breakthrough hit, Hammett said: "It doesn't sound like a SOUNDGARDEN riff, it doesn't sound like a SOUNDGARDEN song. I was inspired by SOUNDGARDEN for sure — without a doubt — but I moved on to create something completely different." In a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, Ulrich reflected on "Enter Sandman" and its influence behind the so-called "Black Album." "There was a riff on Kirk's riff tape," he explained. "The whole song is just that riff. 'Enter Sandman' was the blueprint. The rest of the record appeared over two months." After the "Black Album" was first released, a number of people commented that the "Enter Sandman" introduction and dominant musical riff were similar to that of a song that came out two years earlier, "Tapping Into The Emotional Void" by the Los Angeles quartet EXCEL. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine, who was a member of METALLICA for less than two years, from 1981 to 1983, famously told Metal Maniacs magazine in a 2004 interview that "Enter Sandman" "was ripped off from a band called EXCEL." METALLICA co-manager Cliff Burnstein told the Los Angeles Times that he had never heard of the EXCEL song. But he chalked up the songs' similarities to coincidence. "If EXCEL could write that one (as good as that), I'm sure they can write more," Burnstein said. "Then they'll be successful." "Enter Sandman" still stands as the biggest hit of METALLICA's career, having peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart back in August 1991.

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