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Watch GLENN HUGHES Perform ‘Classic DEEP PURPLE’ Songs In Auckland

Fan-filmed video footage of Glenn Hughes's October 3 performance at ASB Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand can be seen below. Glenn Hughes is continuing his tour of New Zealand and Australia — one week after doctors said he was suffering from dehydration. The former DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist was assessed by doctors in Christchurch last Wednesday after being forced to cut short the first New Zealand show due to what witnesses called "some sort of a medical event". But in a video message, Glenn said that he would carry on with the rest of the tour. "[The Christchurch show] was a bit of a hiccup," he said. "I had dehydration from not drinking enough water. Note to self: Mr. Hughes, drink water." Hughes spent the night after the Christchurch concert at a hospital after leaving the stage at Horncastle Arena with fifteen minutes remaining in his set. He later wrote that he "felt dizzy" and "couldn't make the full show." He added that he "played for one hour and forty-five minutes when" he left the stage, assisted by his tech. Hughes and his backing band — Jeff Kollman, Lachy Doley and Pontus Engborg — are revisiting some of DEEP PURPLE's best-known songs for the first time on the current trek. Hughes played his last show with DEEP PURPLE in March 1976, three years after joining the band.

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IRON MAIDEN’s BRUCE DICKINSON Introduces ‘Hallowed’ Beer In New Video

British rock legends IRON MAIDEN and independent family brewers Robinsons have released a brand new Belgian-style beer: Hallowed. This new ale follows on from the success of the original Trooper, which has sold over fifteen million pints since its launch in 2013, and previous limited-edition beers Trooper 666 and Red 'N' Black. Once again, the dynamic duo of Robinsons's master brewer Martyn Weeks and IRON MAIDEN's lead vocalist and ale aficionado Bruce Dickinson have teamed up to create something very special for beer and music fans alike. Dickinson explains: "What makes this brew pretty special is that we're adopting a Belgian yeast for the first time. I'm a big fan of Belgian beers, so I jumped at the chance to brew my own. While I get very excited about experimenting with new formulas and ingredients, the thing about Belgian beer is that it's as much a way of life as it is a drink. We've tried to bottle that philosophy in Hallowed, albeit with a British twist." At 6.0% ABV in a 330ml bottle, Hallowed is a Belgian-inspired beer that's brewed in England. It is also one of the first beers to be brewed by Robinsons Brewery that uses Belgian yeast. Robinsons haven't changed the yeast used in their beers since 1942, which makes Hallowed even more special. Weeks continues: "It's all in the yeast. Belgian yeast yields a very distinct taste and presentation. You can sniff out a Belgian beer simply from its aromas: fruity, spicy and earthy. Belgian yeasts withstand higher alcohol levels, they attenuate well and create an array of phenolics and esters… put simply, this means more flavour and I think Hallowed drinkers are in for a treat." Hallowed's innovative bottle label pays tribute to Belgian beer, presenting IRON MAIDEN's iconic mascot Eddie, robed in traditional monk's clothing: a nod to the Trappist monastic brewing tradition in Belgium. A new ten-minute video in which Dickinson introduces Hallowed can be seen below. For more information, visit

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OPETH’s MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Wants Next Album To Be ‘Twisted’

OPETH leader Mikael Åkerfeldt says that he wants the band's next album to be more "twisted." The Swedish progressive metal band released its twelfth studio disc, "Sorceress", a year ago, and the guitarist/vocalist is already looking ahead to the follow-up effort and what it might sound like. He tells Eonmusic: "'Sorceress', for me, is old hat. It's a lovely record, but it's back 'there.' I'm not lingering on it because it's old now. I'm not lingering on this record as being a beacon of hope for anything — it's just what we did then, and I'm hoping next time we're going to do something different, and I hope, something twisted. Nothing necessarily great, but twisted at least." As for when OPETH's next studio album could arrive, Åkerfeldt says: "Maybe the end of… or mid-2019, I'm thinking. I want to have a sabbatical, because we've been doing this for a long time, so I want to keep away and just be with my kids. Once I write songs, I want to sit and be." "Sorceress" was released in September 2016. For the band's first effort for Nuclear Blast via OPETH's imprint label Moderbolaget Records, the group returned to Rockfield Studios in Wales, also home to pivotal releases from QUEEN, RUSH and JUDAS PRIEST, where the Swedes had tracked "Pale Communion" in 2014 with Tom Dalgety.

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PAUL DI’ANNO To Discuss Early Days Of IRON MAIDEN, Solo Career At Special Event In London

On October 29, former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno will hold an in-conversation afternoon at the Cart & Horses in Maryland, London, the pub that is billed as "the birthplace of IRON MAIDEN." In addition to "a chat and a pint" with fans, Di'Anno will take part in question-and-answer session moderated by veteran U.K. music journalist Malcom Dome. Di'Anno will discuss the early days of IRON MAIDEN and his life and career following his exit from the band. A meet-and-greet will follow, during which fans will have the opportunity to get any items signed and take photos. Tickets are available at this location. Di'Anno recorded two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN before being replaced by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to front a number of other bands, including KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and released several solo records. Di'Anno has battled a number of health issues in recent years. He reportedly underwent an operation in 2016 to remove a "rugby ball-sized abscess" on his lungs and required a knee-replacement operation on both knees after getting involved in several motorcycle accidents over the years. As a result, Di'Anno was forced to sit down while performing at his most recent shows.

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WATAIN To Release ‘Nuclear Alchemy’ Seven-Inch Single

Swedish black metallers WATAIN will release a new single, "Nuclear Alchemy", on October 31. The band states: "'Nuclear Alchemy' is the sound of an eager beast let loose from its cage at last. A song of violent fire, impending doom and of necks cracking in ecstacy. A dissolving injection of power and force into the coagulated veins of black metal and a first glimpse into the abyss that shall be opened in the beginning of 2018. Meanwhile, stand by for conflagration." The "Nuclear Alchemy" single will also include an exclusive B-side: a cover version of Hungarian cult act TORMENTOR's "Beyond". The seven-inch will be released in two editions, strictly limited to a thousand copies each. Pre-order the red vinyl from the band's official store. WATAIN will release its new album on January 5, 2018. To coincide with the disc's release, the band will embark on short European tour, consisting of shows in Stockholm, Sweden; Berlin, Germany; Tilburg, Netherlands; London, England; and Paris, France. WATAIN's next album will be the follow-up to "The Wild Hunt", which came out in August 2013 via Season Of Mist. Asked in a 2015 interview with Metal As Fuck if he could see WATAIN pushing the boundaries of orthodox black metal even further on its next CD, frontman Erik Danielsson said: "Orthodox black metal was the common term for a few selected bands that co-existed for a few years in the beginning of the millennia, and to my knowledge the term has since then been continuously misused and discredited by idiots, which is why we have refrained from using it in relation to WATAIN since many years back. "Anyway, yes, we broke rules and crossed borders on 'The Wild Hunt' for sure," he continued. "That is one of the main things we do with this band. I do not see it as going in a certain direction, however. "The progression of WATAIN reflects the changes of a landscape — external and internal — along the path that we are destined to walk upon. "When we wrote 'The Wild Hunt', our surroundings were very heavy, solemn, stern and life-altering. If we were to write an album now, I think it would sound quite different. Just like each of our albums sounded different to its predecessor." Erik added that his personal perspective of "The Wild Hunt" material has changed after performing it live with his bandmates for the last several years. "It grows stronger, and increases in depth and weight," he said. "The songs evolve on stage, their character intensifies, their venom grows more potent, more direct. It is a very rewarding and inspiring process. "I relate to the idea of that writing a song in WATAIN is similar to releasing/unleashing something," he explained. "The recording of it in a studio would represent its birth, and the performing of it on a stage is where we allow it to come to life, where it is charged with the force that we have accumulated over the years. I think people who have listened to the album will know what I mean when they see the shows."

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DEFTONES Singer Wants More Guitar On Next Record

According to The Pulse Of Radio, DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno told Revolver in a new interview that the band is thinking of starting to write music for its ninth studio album, saying: "We might start writing music. I'm thinking of going in the next couple months and staying with Stephen [Carpenter, guitarist] for a few days... Trying to think of different ways of writing music from scratch." Moreno continued: "On our last record, [Carpenter] didn't have as much to do with the writing process as I would have liked for him to have. The idea this time is to just go hang out with him for a couple weeks at his house and just record him playing guitar, take some of the riffs, whatever he makes, organize stuff." Moreno called Carpenter's guitar playing "one of the most — if not the most important part — of DEFTONES, what we do." Carpenter admitted last year in an interview with that he "didn't want to play" on the band's last record, 2016's "Gore", saying, "It wasn't the style or the sound I was hoping we would take. It wasn't what I was expecting or wanting." Moreno described Carpenter around the same time as the "odd man out" while the band recorded "Gore", although he added that it "wasn't our intention to exclude him." Carpenter, however, dismissed speculation at the time that he would leave the band, which toured for more than a year in support of "Gore".

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TOM PETTY Has Died, His Longtime Manager Has Confirmed

Tom Petty died Monday of a cardiac arrest in Los Angeles, his longtime manager has confirmed to People. He was 66. The manager released a statement, saying: "On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our...

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GENE SIMMONS On Why Original KISS Won’t Reunite: ‘If You’re On A Team, You Want Consistency’

Gene Simmons has once again ruled out the possibility of a KISS reunion featuring the band's entire original lineup. Rumors about guitarist Ace Frehley's return to KISS gained strength last year after he teamed up with KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water", marking their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus". More recently, Ace collaborated with Gene on two songs for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album. And then last month the Space Ace and and the Demon shared a stage for the first time in sixteen years at a benefit concert in St. Paul, Minnesota. Asked about the chances of KISS ever playing one special show, or even just one song, again with Frehley and other former KISS members Peter Criss (drums) and Bruce Kulick (guitar), Simmons told "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" (hear audio below): "Oh, I mean, if you're gonna do a one-off, anything is possible. In fact, Bruce Kulick and Bob Kulick [who auditioned for KISS in 1973 and was the ghost guitarist for Frehley back in the late '70s and early '80s] are gonna be on the Kiss Kruise. We have a wonderful lineup and we have an awful lot of fun. So there are no rules. It's just that if you're on a team, you want consistency; you wanna be able to have a guy you can count on when you pass the ball, because the whole team depends on that, right? And so if the guy you pass the ball to is on drugs or alcohol, the whole team goes down. You're depending on each other — all for one, one for all." He continued: "Our original members, Ace and Peter, the best things that ever happened to us, it couldn't have happened without them. But if you succumb even to the cliché of clichés, the bus leaves without you. That's life. You don't get to determine who and what everybody does based on your timeline. Or, 'You know what? I wanna take a year off and do nothing.' 'Ehhh… No!' Or, 'I'm not healthy enough to be onstage.'" "I think both Peter and Ace are in a great frame of mind, finally cleaned up, and that's great, 'cause we love 'em and support 'em," Simmons added. "But three times in and out of the band, that's enough." Simmons went on to defend bands who have undergone major lineup changes, especially when the odds are definitely against this working in the long run. "People think in terms of finite ideas. 'AC/DC can't exist without Bon Scott.' Actually, they can," he said. "And, 'They can't exist without Brian [Johnson].' No, actually they can; Axl [Rose] did a fine job. And 'VAN HALEN' — who I discovered — 'can't exist without David Lee Roth.' Actually, they got bigger with Sammy Hagar. So all these rules mean very little. And the fans will continue to argue with themselves, with each other — 'I like this,' 'You like black, I like red.' Well, that's nice. But a band is a dynamic thing; it breathes, it's alive, and it's only as good as the people in it. Like any relationship, whether it's marriage or friendship or a football game or a band, it's only as good as the team involved." Gene's comments echo those made by Stanley, who told Billboard earlier this year that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS's original lineup. "That's not coming from any place of animosity," he explained. "I sang on Ace's most recent album and did a video with him. I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we've done together is terrific. The band as it is — I've played with [current KISS drummer] Eric Singer for, I think, twenty-five years and Tommy's [Thayer, guitar] been in the band probably fifteen years at this point. I have no thoughts of revisiting the past. With that said, I am happy to enhance or do whatever I can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn't include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from." Frehley said a few months ago that he hadn't been contacted about re-teaming with KISS for one last run of shows before the band calls it quits. But, he added, "I'm not ruling it out. It's a possibility, I guess. But the ball's in Paul and Gene's court. If that's something that they would like to do to end off the career of KISS, I think it could be… if it was handled correctly, it could be great. But those guys pretty much run the show these days. And I'm doing my thing, and they're doing their thing. And if it happens, it'd be great, and if it doesn't, I'll be fine and they'll be fine."

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