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Singer Randy Blythe Says New Lamb of God Music Will be Released Early Next Year


Image Courtesy Da Capo PressIf you're a regular reader/viewer of Randy Blythe's Instagram, you know he's been plugging away at his memoir. The book has been a work-in-progress for a while. As for news about new Lamb of God music, that's been vague at best, until now.In a new Instagram post, Blythe says, that the new album could be out in "early 2015," but he warns fans not to get too excited because "the new album isn't written yet...it will come out when it comes out, after it's done & we are happy with it."Blythe has taken a very laid back approach to all creative projects since the end of his 2012 Czech Republic trial for manslaughter, following a stage-diving fatality at an LOG show there. After the trial -- at which he was acquitted -- Blythe wrote, "I need a break. Except for two festival shows in 2014, I will not be thinking about LAMB OF GOD, touring, playing heavy metal, writing new LAMB OF GOD material -- NONE OF THAT STUFF AT ALL -- for a good long while. [It's] time to do other things for a bit, and let my brain regroup, and be a somewhat normal human being."Late last year, the publication date of his memoir, Dark Days: My Tribulations and Trials, was listed as June 2014. According to Amazon, it's now scheduled for February 3, 2015. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Watch Godsmack's Entire Uproar Set From California Online


Image Courtesy Paul Brown/Universal Music GroupGodsmack fans, get ready to rock out.  There is fan-shot footage of the band's full set from the Irvine, California, stop on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.  The entire set from September 16 was captured, and it included the band's greatest hits along with highlights from its latest album, 1000hp, covering more than an hour in all.This weekend marks the end of the Uproar tour, which also features Rob Zombie, Buckcherry and Seether.  Godsmack will play eight more headlining shows after Uproar, which will wrap on October 5 in Minneapolis.The video can be seen by searching "Godsmack Irvine" on YouTube.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Chris Martin Writes Letter Wishing U.K. School Well Prior to Its Festival


Image Courtesy Parlophone RecordsChris Martin has written an inspirational letter to the Swiss Cottage School Development and Research Centre -- a special-education school in the United Kingdom -- in honor of its upcoming celebration.According to U.K. news site Ham & High, the Coldplay singer visited the school last year after hearing about their work using music to help teach special-needs students, and wrote in the recent note, "I hope you have an incredible day of love, laughter and joy.  Visiting your school was one of my favourite things from last year -- especially singing your school song with you.  You guys rock."Martin, whose mother is a special-education teacher, asked to tour the school last year and performed Coldplay's song "Paradise" for students in the building's auditorium.  The students then sang their school song for Martin, who worked out a piano arrangement to accompany them.On Sunday, the Swiss Cottage School will celebrate its A Perfect Day festival, which attracted 20,000 visitors when it was last held in 2009.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jack White's Rep Issues Statement Saying White Was Joking When He Bashed Foo Fig


Third Man RecordsJack White must be getting a lot of flak as a result of his self-described onstage "rant" in Boston on Wednesday night.  How do we know?  Because he's just issued an official statement apologizing for his apparent diss of Foo Fighters. During the rant, which was captured on audio and posted on YouTube, White referred to Foo Fighters having a "second guitar player playing the same parts I play so in case I make a mistake, he's still playing it for you."The Foos took White's comments in stride, posting a photo on Twitter of a monkey playing a guitar and captioning it, "Busted....behold, the secret of the Foo Fighters sound..."  but White's reps still felt the need to clarify his comments."Dear dream-makers of the media…." reads the statement.  "Last night Jack White made a joke on stage!  There was a minor equipment mishap, specifically with his guitar, and in an effort to keep his audience engaged, he made a joke!  It was meant to be funny and self deprecating: "hey sorry, you're stuck with just me up here..." vs the Foo Fighters who have three guitar players on stage and regularly play stadium shows."Jack has the upmost [sic] respect for the Foo Fighters and communicated with [Dave] Grohl this morning," continued the statement.  "So if you'll let us, we'll all continue with our day and we assure you: All is well in the rock n roll world."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

U2's Digital Music Project with Apple Will be Interactive and Audiovisual


Image Courtesy Time Inc.News broke earlier today that U2 is working on a top-secret project with Apple to develop a new digital music format that will, in effect, save the music industry.  A few additional details have emerged, giving a rough sketch of what we can expect, and when.According to a recent interview in the international version of Time magazine, Bono says the team is working on something that will be "very exciting for the music business."  The singer described the new technology as "an audiovisual interactive format for music that can’t be pirated and will bring back album artwork in the most powerful way, where you can play with the lyrics and get behind the songs when you're sitting on the subway with your iPad or on these big flat screens.  You can see photography like you’ve never seen it before."The as-yet-unnamed new platform is "about 18 months away," says Bono, which would place its release right around the same time as U2's next album.  "I think Songs of Experience will be released in a new format." The full interview is available in Time's international edition, on newsstands now.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

U2 Developing New Digital Music Format with Apple


Image Courtesy UMusicDon't let the fact that U2 gave away their new album, Songs of Innocence, to roughly half a billion iTunes subscribers last week make you think they believe in free music.  Just the opposite -- which is why the band has partnered with Apple to develop a new digital music format.The idea, Bono tells Time magazine, is to create a new digital format that's so fresh, cool and irresistible, folks will want to pay for songs and albums, which in turn will make it possible for songwriters to once again make a living from their craft.  Bono says it'll not only help established artists, like U2, but also the little guys. "Songwriters aren’t touring people," he says. "Cole Porter wouldn’t have sold T-shirts. Cole Porter wasn't coming to a stadium near you."No details yet about the new technology, or when it might be available.U2 is featured on the cover of Time's next issue.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Slipknot's Jim Root Says He Channeled the Late Paul Gray When Working on New Alb


Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionPaul Gray is alive and well on the new Slipknot album; that's the word from his surviving band mates.  In a new interview with Revolver magazine, guitarist Jim Root states that he is neither spiritual nor religious, "So when somebody loses someone who's close to them and says that they're still with them, I've always thought that was bulls**t."Root says he had an abrupt change of perspective when he was working on a song arrangement for .5: The Gray Chapter, and he noticed, "I wasn't just throwing the riff down [doing what I usually do] -- I was trying different variations on it, trying different positions on the neck, and thinking about melodies while coming up with what the chord progression was going to be…[and] I suddenly realized, 'F**k, man!  That's what Paul used to do!'""Paul was so meticulous.  He would overthink everything.  He would explore every possibility on the fretboard.  And it made me go, 'He's here, man -- he's helping me write this s**t!  And it blew my f**king mind.  I had to put my guitar down, and I put my head in my hands.  I was like, 'You f**ker!'"Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor reveals in the interview, "There’s a lot of pain on here [about Paul], there's a lot of honesty, there's a lot of insight as far as what we've been through, [and] there's some anger, too."Taylor says that he and his fellow 'Knotters have "a lot of survivor's guilt going on, like, 'What could I have done?'  That's the burden of people left behind.  You never get a good answer.  All you can kind of do is make peace with it.  And that's what a lot of this album is about -- making peace with the loss that we've suffered.".5: The Gray Chapter will be released on October 21.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Amy Lee Is Prepping Her Newborn Son to Like Good Music


Wind Up RecordsAs previously reported, Amy Lee has two big projects out now: Aftermath, a soundtrack for the indie film War Story; and a newborn baby, named Jack Lion Hartzler.  Though she says she's wanted to score a film since she was a teenager, Lee calls motherhood "the most incredible thing ever."Music has been a part of Lee's life for as long as she can remember.  When asked by ABC News Radio about the possibility of something terrible -- the idea that her son might like awful music -- Lee admits, "I'm trying to prepare myself for that.  I'm also trying to head it off by playing lots of awesome music now.  Ever since he was born and before he was born, lots of good stuff [has] been playing around our house."Lee says she even played Jack her film score, repeatedly, while she was pregnant.  "I definitely felt him responding in there to it," she tells ABC News Radio.  "I would feel him moving around, and I would think swimming or dancing.  Besides that, I [just] want him to love good music.  Lot of Beatles [or] anything that has real soul."Aftermath is at digital outlets and brick-and-mortar stores now. 

Chad Kroeger and Wife Are Not Splitting Up, Despite Rumors


Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCDon't believe the rumors: Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and his wife, pop star Avril Lavigne, aren't breaking up.A source tells US Weekly magazine that Chad "has been going around and telling people that they're divorcing," and the magazine also points to the fact that Avril was spotted August 30 without her wedding ring as further evidence.However, a source close to the Canadian couple tells ABC News Radio that the couple is fine and denies the divorce story.  The two married July 1, 2013, in France.  It was the one-year anniversary of their first date, which was also, appropriately enough, Canada Day.  It was Avril's second marriage; Chad's first.  She was previously married to Sum 41's Deryck Whibley.Chad and Nickelback will release a new album, No Fixed Address, on November 4.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Linkin Park to Play Concert for Guitar Center Anniversary; Enter Contest for Cha


Image Courtesy Brandon CoxLinkin Park is wrapping up its Carnivores tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars this week, but the band has just signed on for a special show in Los Angeles next month. The one-off will be held at L.A.'s historic Wiltern Theater and is being sponsored by Guitar Center, which is celebrating a whopping 50 year anniversary.Says Chester Bennington, "We're honored to be part of Guitar Center's anniversary celebration, and excited to share this special performance with the world on Guitar Center Sessions."The show will be recorded using state-of-the-art audio and video technology and will premiere onGuitar Center Sessions on December 4, on DIRECTV's Audience Network. Tickets will be given away at L.A.-area Guitar Center retail locations, and one lucky fan will win a VIP trip for two to fly to L.A., have a meet-and-greet with the band, received a guitar signed by all of Linkin Park, a merchandise pack and a $5000 Guitar Center gift card.The show takes place on October 24; for all related information, visit guitarcenter.com/linkinpark.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

KISS Raises $1 Million for Renovation of Military Museum


Brian LoweIt isn't often KISS goes without makeup for a live show these days, but the band made an exception, playing an acoustic gig to raise money for a military museum in Oregon.The group previously has supported the Historical Outreach Foundation in its goal of raising $15 million to renovate the Oregon Military Museum, but the foundation's event this past Sunday in Lake Oswego, Oregon, marked the first time the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers performed at one of the foundation's events. In all, KISS helped raise $1 million toward the endeavor. Tickets to the evening cost $2,500. The evening also auctioned off one of Paul Stanley's guitars, which he has played since 1989, for $20,000, reports The Oregonian.KISS guitarist and native Oregonian Tommy Thayer is the link to the project. The museum will be named after Thayer's father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer, a 93-year-old World War II veteran who freed Holocaust survivors from the Nazi concentration camps in 1945.KISS bassist Gene Simmons told The Oregonian that museums are important to support for several reasons."A museum is a living history book, because young people today and the future generations can't just read books or watch it on video because it's unemotional," Simmons said.He continued that honoring the military with a museum shining a light on men and women in uniform is relevant to understanding current events."There is evil in the world," he said. "People are being beheaded today, not in some medieval time."Check out the set list from the show below:"Comin’ Home""Hard Luck Woman""Calling Dr. Love""Do You Love Me?""Plaster Caster""Shout It Out Loud""Got to Choose""Christine Sixteen""Lick It Up""Goin’ Blind""Love Her All I Can""Hide Your Heart""Beth""Rock and Roll All Nite"Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bush's First Three Albums to Be Reissued, Band to Play Acoustic Show at VH1 Char


Image Courtesy Jesse DaveyBush fans happy to know that the band has a new album on the way got more good news on Tuesday when Round Hill Records announced that it would be issuing newly remastered editions of the band's first three albums and the 1997 remix collection Deconstructed.The label, which acquired the Bush back catalog earlier in 2014, made the announcement on its Facebook page, posting a link to a story at SPIN announcing the reissue campaign.  SPIN is also streaming a the remastered version of "Glycerine," the signature hit from the band's 1994 debut album, Sixteen Stone.  Also getting reissued are 1996's Razorblade Suitcase and 1999's The Science of Things.  No word yet about the inclusion of any bonus material.Meanwhile, as the band gears up for the October 21 release of its latest album, Man on the Run, the band has announced that it will perform a special acoustic charity show at an intimate event at a California winery later this week. The concert will benefit VH1's Save the Music cause, a charity that partners with public schools to fund much-needed music programs."Music has always been an important part of my life, and now that I have children of my own I'm even more aware of the significance of music education in schools," says Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale in a statement. "I'm honored to be supporting VH1 Save the Music's Noteworthy event." Rossdale has three children with wife Gwen Stefani and one from a former relationship.The Bush acoustic show is part of VH1's Noteworthy series, and will take place on Thursday, September 18 at the William Hill Estate Vineyard in Napa, California.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Panic! At the Disco Releases Video of "Bohemian Rhapsody" Cover


Fueled by RamenPanic! At the Disco had their hands full when they decided to cover the Queen classic "Bohemian Rhapsody," but they proved they were up to the challenge.A video of their six-minute live version of the song, recorded during their recent concert tour, was closing in on a million hits Wednesday morning since the band posted it on YouTube Monday.Queen's lead guitarist Brian May even expressed his approval, sharing it on his Facebook page.Panic! At the Disco's Gospel Tour ended late last month.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Joey Ramone's Friends and Family React to U2's Tribute Song


Image Courtesy Interscope RecordsFamily and friends of Joey Ramone have nothing but kind words for U2, who honored the late singer with the song "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)," the lead single from the band's just-released album, Songs of Innocence."I’m not sure grateful is the right word, but awestruck is a better description,” Ramone's brother, Mickey Leigh, told MTV News."It’s so beautiful. I loved it. It’s Bono’s interpretation and his spirit, but it also captures Joey’s spirit," he said. "He described my brother’s spirit well. I think he got just what Joey would have wanted out of it.”Longtime Ramones drummer Marky Ramone felt the late singer would have been "honored" by the song, which never mentions his name, but tells the story of how Bono and the boys sneaked in to see the band in their teens in what was a life-changing event in their musical lives.Former D-Generation singer Jesse Malin, who became a close friend of The Ramones when the band took D-Gen out on tour, recalled the time the punk rocker called him out of a recording session and invited him to go see U2 at their appearance on Saturday Night Live in 2000."The thing I respect about U2 beyond this song is how they’re giving a shout-out to Joey as their inspiration,” he said. “They’re not on a bandwagon of ‘now we’ll be into the Ramones because they’re dead.’ He [Joey] got to feel the love and respect from them and this song is coming from truly the right place and I totally back it after seeing how they were with him.”Ramone passed away on April 15, 2001 of lymphoma at the age of 49; the last song he heard in the hospital was U2's "In a Little While."U2 paid their respects to the singer three days later during a show in San Diego, performing The Ramones' "I Remember You" and their own "Walk On" in his memory.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sammy Hagar Says No New Chickenfoot Album Now, but Has an Acoustic Record on the


Jay Blakesberg/UMeSammy Hagar is a busy man -- so busy, he says he doesn't have time right now to focus on one of his most popular music projects, the supergroup Chickenfoot."We're not making an album [now]," the Red Rocker tells ABC News Radio when asked about a follow-up to 2011's Chickenfoot III.  "[Guitarist] Joe [Satriani] and I are writing songs a little bit…We had a couple ideas, and Joe's got some fantastic musical ideas, and I'm just trying to find room in my life to do another Chickenfoot album."Hagar explains that if he commits doing a new Chickenfoot record, the band also would have to tour behind it, "and to do all of that, that's a year or more of my time.  And I just…love doing new things and I'm doing so much."Among those "new things" is the group Sammy put together for his recent "A Journey Through the History of Rock" trek, which includes Chickenfoot/ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham, and Wabos guitarist Vic Johnson.  The band will be playing next at Hagar's four-show Birthday Bash in October at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.The 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also reveals that he has a new album on the way, an acoustic record he says he was inspired to do while putting together the star-studded Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert earlier this year with Metallica's James Hetfield."Working up that set for myself, I learned how to play and sing acoustically, and I loved it so much I just took a bunch of my old songs and made a record called Light Roast," he tells ABC News Radio.  "It's an acoustically-brewed CD."About reworking the well-known songs from his back catalog as unplugged tunes, Sammy says, "Some of them I think are better than they've ever been like this."  The veteran rocker adds, however, that he has no intentions of doing an acoustic tour to support the album."You know, everyone says, 'Well, why don't you go out, just play like coffeehouses?'" says Hagar.  "Well, I'd love to but, you know, I'm busy."Hagar's next shows will be the aforementioned Birthday Bash performances, scheduled for October 7, 9, 11 and 13.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Slipknot to Showcase One New Mask Every Day -- Identity of Bassist Likely Reveal


Image Courtesy Roadrunner RecordsSlipknot fans have never had it so good. Besides the trickling of details about the band's new album .5: The Gray Chapter, there are now available online numerous teasers and a full-length video for "The Devil In I," the album's first single. That video featured a stage performance showing the band members in their new masks -- and so much attention is being paid that Corey Taylor and company have decided to showcase one new mask each day on the band's official website. Perhaps more than the band members' masks, attention has been focused on the drummer and bassist, replacing Joey Jordison -- who was asked to leave the band last December -- and the late Paul Gray, respectively. The identity of those two players still has not been revealed and both appear masked in the video, though the drummer's hair and small stature look awfully similar to that of Jay Weinberg, son of E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg. The younger Weinberg has been rumored to be the new Knot drummer for a while now.The identity of the bassist has been the source of much online discussion and speculation centers on a former Mastodon guitar tech named Alessandro ‘Vman’ Venturella. "The Devil in I" video is streaming live on Slipknot's official YouTube channel.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Not Everyone is a U2 Fan, Apple Discovers


Image Courtesy UMusicTurns out not everyone is a U2 fan. After the band announced during an Apple's press conference last week that it was giving a download of its new album Songs of Innocence to everyone with iTunes, and that the new album would automatically appear in all iTunes user's music libraries, there was much rejoicing among fans of the band. But there were some iTunes users who weren't thrilled; so many, in fact, that Apple has come up with an opt-out page for those non-U2-loving folks.  With one click on the page, users can remove Songs of Innocence from their libraries.Bono and company can soothe the wound to its collective ego with good old-fashioned capital gains; Rolling Stone reports that the band has enjoyed a dramatic spike in back catalog sales since the dramatic free release of Songs of Innocence -- with 24 songs in iTunes' top 200 and five albums in the top 50. Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio