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GUNS N’ ROSES’ Summer 2017 North American Leg Of ‘Not In This Lifetime’ Tour Rakes In More Than $50 Million

GUNS N' ROSES leads the latest slate of ticket sales data reported to Billboard Boxscore with box-office grosses from fifteen shows during the summer 2017 North American leg of the band's "Not In This Lifetime" tour. The group added $53 million in so...

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POP EVIL’s New Album To Arrive In February; First Single Due By Halloween

Michigan rockers POP EVIL have spent the last few months recording an all-new LP, due out early next year. The group has been collaborating with veteran producer Kato Khandwala at Studio A in Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, Tennessee and is finishing up the disc in Los Angeles. Speaking to Meltdown of the WRIF radio station at the first-ever Riff Fest, which was held September 29 at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, POP EVIL bassist Matt DiRito stated about the progress of the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2015's "Up" album (see video below): "It's been our longest time in the studio ever. Usually our turnaround is about three months in the studio. And this time we've been working on it since, like, May. "We're just taking our time," he continued. "We're working with a different producer. His approach is… he's very thorough with all the sounds and the songs. Instead of having some crazy digital samples, like if we have some weird effect we wanna do, he'll make us sit down and do it organically with, like, tambourines and shakers and triangles. All those little things, I think, kind of improve the quality, overall, of the album sonically, and I think it's time well spent, but it's just overall taking longer." During the same chat, POP EVIL's British drummer Hayley Cramer, who joined the group in 2016 following the departure of Josh "Chachi" Marunde, stated about her time in the band so far: "It's been awesome. The run-up to making the album was so busy, and that was only about a year. These guys were on the road solidly for many years, and I think that's another reason for taking so long doing this album. It was just time for them to all step away and just sit and be a musician in the bedroom again — just play and create rather than being surrounded by the bus and the world." POP EVIL's new album is tentatively due in February. The disc's first single is expected to arrive by Halloween. POP EVIL frontman Leigh Kakaty previously said that the band recorded "close to twenty songs" for its next LP. He has called the sessions for the effort "the smoothest recording process to date."

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Watch GODSMACK’s SULLY ERNA Perform In Moscow

Fan-filmed video footage of GODSMACK singer Sully Erna's entire September 28 solo performance at Izvestiya Hall in Moscow, Russia can be seen below. Erna's second solo album, "Hometown Life", was released in September 2016 via BMG. For "Hometown Life", Sully worked with the same musicians from 2010's "Avalon" with the exception of percussionist Niall Gregory. On two of the songs — "Different Kind Of Tears" and "Your Own Drum"Sully collaborated with Nashville-based tunesmith Zac Malloy, who has also written for Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, SKILLET and Daughtry. Erna told the WRIF radio station about "Hometown Life": "As people knew that, or learned that 'Avalon' was quite the departure from what I do in GODSMACK, this is pretty much another departure from what I did with 'Avalon'. This one's a lot… It's not as earthy and tribal as 'Avalon' was; it's a little bit cleaner production — kind of…. if I was to describe it, maybe more of a masculine Adele style. But there's a lot of different genres on here too; there's little hits of country or blues and jazz or contemporary, like some rock vibes at times. There's just a little bit of everything, and I love that about this record. I love that I didn't have to get handcuffed to one genre of music." Regarding the differences between writing for GODSMACK and his solo project, Sully said: "I just write. I constantly write. If I'm home, I'm either writing on an acoustic or on my piano, and I can immediately identify if this melody or this riff or this kind of arrangement is gonna be better for GODSMACK or just better for my own thing on the side. So I separate them instantly and I make little folders and just kind of revisit them when it's either time to write for GODSMACK or write for the solo stuff."

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Video footage of Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G.'s September 30 guitar clinic at the Copenhagen Guitar Show in Copenhagen, Denmark can be seen below. Gus G., who joined Ozzy Osbourne's band just under a decade ago, recently said that it was "great to see...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Won’t Cancel Nevada Concert In Wake Of Las Vegas Mass Shooting: ‘We Can’t Live In Fear’

Todd La Torre of Seattle-based progressive metallers QUEENSRŸCHE, who are scheduled to perform in Henderson, Nevada on Saturday (October 7), has told Tampa, Florida's WFLA-TV that he and his bandmates have not considered canceling the concert in the wake of this past weekend's mass shooting. "Hey, they're not gonna keep us from living our lives. We can't live in fear," the singer said (see video below). A gunman opened fire Sunday from thirty-second floor the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas during the Route 91 Harvest festival, killing at least fifty-nine people and wounding five hundred and twenty-seven others. The gunman, identified by police as Mesquite, Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, later killed himself. "It's almost like you want everything to simmer and not continue," La Torre said. "Like, let this period have its time of… a moment of silence kind of a thing. But the show does go on." Although La Torre admitted that there was a slight hesitation about performing so soon and so close to the venue where Paddock opened fire, he said: "The positive side to going into a show like that on Saturday is you know that this was an isolated incident, whereas this is just some wacko guy that decides to do something like this." According to the singer, incidents like the Las Vegas concert massacre heighten the sense of vulnerability that he and other artists feel when performing in public. "There are those times where you wonder, like, am I gonna die today?" he said. "Am I gonna get shot at on stage?" QUEENSRŸCHE is scheduled to enter the studio this fall to begin recording its next album for an early 2018 release. Helming QUEENSRŸCHE's new record once again will be Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who previously worked on 2015's "Condition Hüman". The upcoming disc will be QUEENSRŸCHE's third to feature former CRIMSON GLORY frontman La Torre who joined the group in 2012.

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LINKIN PARK’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Episode To Be Made Available Next Week

An episode of "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" featuring LINKIN PARK will be made available on Facebook "this time next week." On July 14 — less than a week before singer Chester Bennington's death — LINKIN PARK shared a picture on Twitter with actor Ken Jeong for their episode of the TV spinoff of James Corden's "Late Late Show" sketch. The photo was captioned, "Fun day with [Ken Jeong] [Carpool Karaoke] [Apple Music] — stay tuned." After Bennington's death six days later, Jeong paid tribute to the singer on Twitter, writing, "I am in shock and heartbroken. All my thoughts and prayers go out to Chester and his family and friends at this time." Corden said in August the Apple Music show would "approach it in whichever manner his family, or the people [who] were involved in that episode, would like it to be handled. "We will navigate it as delicately as possible and just adhere to whatever wishes they would want because I don't think there's any other way we could deal with it," he added. "It's a tragedy." Talinda Bennington, Chester's wife, responded on Twitter, saying: "Thank you @JKCorden." "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" — a sixteen-episode standalone show executive-produced by Corden — premiered on August 8 on Apple Music. Other celebrities that have appeared on the program include John Legend and Alicia Keys, Billy Eichner and METALLICA, and Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith. Bennington died by suicide on July 20. He was 41. His private funeral service took place on July 29 near his home in Palos Verdes, California. It was attended by five hundred guests, including members of all three bands Bennington sang in: LINKIN PARK, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and DEAD BY SUNRISE.

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THE DARK ELEMENT Feat. Former NIGHTWISH Singer, Ex-SONATA ARCTICA Guitarist: ‘Here’s To You’ Song

THE DARK ELEMENT, the new musical project featuring former NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen, will release its self-titled debut album on November 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. The song "Here's To You" can be streamed below. Since word of this project got out, fans have been frothing at the mouth with anticipation for its arrival. And no wonder considering the talent involved! Anette is widely known for being the immaculate voice on the hit albums from NIGHTWISH, "Dark Passion Play" and "Imaginareum". Jani has recently been busy in CAIN'S OFFERING alongside STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, but left a deep mark on the minds of all power metal fans thanks to his time in SONATA ARCTICA. Said Liimatainen: "I have always been a big fan of Anette's voice and when the opportunity to work with her arose, writing and producing an album, it was something I just couldn't say no! It has been a blast working on the songs and I can't wait for everyone to hear the final result. This will be epic! The songs are extremely melodic and to the point. My goal has been to write catchy songs with hooks that will haunt your dreams, and I think it's pretty much 'mission accomplished.' Stay tuned for something special!" Added Olzon: "I am so looking forward to this album and I believe our collaboration worked like a perfect match and I am really happy that Jani and Frontiers asked me to do this with them!" "The Dark Element" track listing: 01. The Dark Element 02. My Sweet Mystery 03. Last Good Day 04. Here's To You 05. Someone You Used To Know 06. Dead To Me 07. Halo 08. I Cannot Raise The Dead 09. The Ghost And The Reaper 10. Heaven Of Your Heart 11. Only One Who Knows Me Musicians: Anette Olzon - Lead Vocals Jani Liimatainen - Guitars, Keyboards, Programming Jonas Kuhlberg - Bass Jani "Hurtsi" Hurula - Drums * Piano on "Someone You Used to Know" and "Heaven of Your Heart" by Jarkko Lahti * Backing vocals by Anette Olzon, Petri Aho, Anssi Stenberg and Jani Liimatainen * Growls on "Dead To Me" by Niilo Sevänen

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THERION Announces New Rock Opera, ‘Beloved Antichrist’

When fifteen-year-old prodigy Christofer Johnsson founded THERION as a death metal band in 1987, little did he know that exactly thirty years later he would put the final touches to a project that will go down in history as symphonic metal's most ambitious release. While "metal operas" are no longer an unusual creation, this term will forever receive a new meaning on January 26, 2018 when the curtain opens for Johnsson's lifelong creation: "Beloved Antichrist" is the title of his spectacular brainchild, consisting of three full-length CDs. It's more than just a concept album, but a complete rock opera with multiple chapters unveiling a sweeping story, partly based on and inspired by Vladimir Solovyov's "A Short Tale Of The Antichrist". With an incredible total of twenty-nine different roles and characters, who all required a unique voice, THERION hired not only a big choir, but also twenty-nine vocalists to bring the epic story to life. With longtime collaborators like Thomas Vikström, Lori Lewis and Chiara Malvestiti, fans will hear the classical THERION vibe but also be able to drown in a magical maelstrom of many new as well as familiar voices. Divided into several chapters, the opera reaches a full-length of three and a half hours and THERION is currently working on the possibility of bringing the entire production to the stage. And while this monumental undertaking still simmers away in the Swedish production halls, the band has announced a pan-European tour, including U.K. dates, where they will perform some of their new masterpieces live in a classical concert setting. Support comes from Russia's IMPERIAL AGE, Germany's NULL POSITIV and New York symphonic metallers MIDNIGHT ETERNAL. THERION tour dates with IMPERIAL AGE, NULL POSITIV and MIDNIGHT ETERNAL: Feb. 01 - DE - Essen, Turock Feb. 02 - NL - Amsterdam, Melkweg Feb. 03 - UK - London, Islington Assembly Hall Feb. 04 - UK - Manchester, Rebellion Feb. 07 - UK - Aberdeen, The Assembly Feb. 08 - UK - Glasgow, Audio Feb. 09 - UK - Sheffield, Corporation Feb. 10 - UK - Belfast, Limelight Feb. 11 - IRE - Dublin, Tivoli Feb. 13 - UK - Bristol, Bierkeller Feb. 14 - UK - Birmingham, O2 Institute Feb. 16 - FR - Paris, Trabendo Feb. 20 - ES - Bilbao, Santana 27 Feb. 21 - PT - Oporto, Hard Club Feb. 22 - Pt - Lisboa, Lisboa Oa Vivo Feb. 23 - ES - Sevilla, Sala Custom Feb. 24 - ES - Madrid, Sala But 2 Feb. 25 - ES - Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2 Mar. 01 - IT - Brescia, Circolo Colony Mar. 02 - IT - Rome, Orion Mar. 03 - IT - Bologna, Zona Roveri Mar. 04 - SLO - Ljubljana, Kino Siska Mar. 05 - HR - Zagreb, Tvornica Mar. 06 - SRB - Belgrade, Dom Obladine Mar. 08 - GR - Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theater Mar. 09 - GR - Athens, Poraeus 117 Academy Mar. 10 - BG - Sofia, Weekender Club Mar. 11 - RO - Bucharest, Arenele Romane Mar. 13 - HU - Budapest, Barba Negra Mar. 14 - SK - Bratislava, Majestic Music Club Mar. 15 - CZ - Praha, Meetfactory Mar. 16 - PL - Wroclaw, A2 Mar. 17 - PL - Warsaw, Progresja Mar. 18 - PL - Gdansk, B90 Mar. 20 - LT - Vilnius, Rock River Club Mar. 21 - LV - Riga, Melna Piektdiena Mar. 29 - DE - Bremen, Tivoli Apr. 03 - DE - Munich, Backstage Apr. 05 - DE - Jena, F Haus Apr. 07 - NL - Tilburg, 013 Apr. 10 - ISR - Tel Aviv, [to be announced] More information on "Beloved Antichrist" will be revealed soon.

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Lita Ford, Phil Soussan (OZZY OSBOURNE, BILLY IDOL), Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT), Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart, BLUE MURDER, VANILLA FUDGE), Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD), Robin McAuley (MSG) and Richie Kotzen (POISON, MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS) are amng the musicians who will be inducted into the RockGodz Hall Of Fame on Thursday, October 26 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood. California. Starting at 6 p.m. with a preshow red-carpet event, fans will see musicians from some of the greatest bands being honored for their contributions to rock and roll. Inductees this year, all to appear in person, include: * Lita Ford * Kenny Aronoff * Phil Soussan (OZZY OSBOURNE, BILLY IDOL) * Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty, John Mellencamp) * Daniel Margasa * Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT) * Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart, BLUE MURDER, VANILLA FUDGE) * Dustin Brayley (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) * Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD) * Chris Chaney (JANE'S ADDICTION) * Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth) * Rory Kaplan (Michael Jackson) * Gary Hoey (Gary Hoey, Ho Ho Hoey) * Robin Mcauley (Michael Schenker) * Lee Sklar (Phil Collins, TOTO) * Richie Kotzen (POISON, MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS) * Elliot Easton (THE CARS, CREDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL REVISITED) * Norman Harris (Norman's Rare Guitars) * Phil Chen (Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck) * Stephen Perkins (JANE'S ADDICTION) * David Weiderman (Guitar Center) * Tommy Nast (Fathom Events, Album Network, Rock Band Ent.) Producer and founder of the event Cindy Landeen says: "This event gets bigger each year and this year’s show will be the best yet." The music directors are Tony Franklin and Buster Akrey, and Sandy Rizzo is this year's event manager and artist liaison. The School House Of Rock band will be the house band for this prestigious event, there will be live performances from most of the inductees. For more information, visit

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SEPTICFLESH: ‘Codex Omega’ Making-Of Video Released

The second webisode featuring video footage from the making of "Codex Omega", the tenth full-length album from Greek masters of symphonic death metal SEPTICFLESH, can be seen below. Released on September 1 via Prosthetic Records, the disc was produced ...

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