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Corey Taylor Might 'Step Away' From Slipknot At Some Point(TeamRock Radio)

Corey Taylor says it's possible he could quit Slipknot one day - because he might not have the energy required to keep fronting the band. And he admits he's only begun to consider the possibility after realizing that he's "not young any more."
Taylor tells BBC Radio 1's Daniel P Carter: "If you'd asked me a year ago I would have said 'no.' But just now, I'm just starting to… I'm 42. And as willing as my will is, I'm just beat up, man. I might as well be 60 in Slipknot years."

But he doesn't think he'd ever fully retire. "I might step away from Slipknot at some point, just because the way the music is, that energy, I don't know if I could do that into my 50s.

"I would never want the band to feel like I was holding them back because I couldn't physically do it. I wouldn't completely quit music - I'd probably just step away from Slipknot." Read more here.

Black Stone Cherry Eject Fan For Yelling 'Gay'(Classic Rock)

Black Stone Cherry ejected a member of the audience at their show in Aarhus, Denmark, on Tuesday evening. The band had just started their track The Rambler, when someone in the crowd shouted, "gay."
Frontman Chris Robertson immediately stopped the song and asked: "Who just said that? Why don't you do me a favour and get the f*** out of this venue then, bro?"

He then called security to escort the man out of the gig, which was met by a loud cheer from the crowd. Robertson then added: "Let's f***ing meet later and I'll kick your f***ing ass."

The Rambler features on the band's fifth album Kentucky - out on April 1 via Mascot Label Group. Watch video of the incident here.

Black Sabbath's Disturbing Inspiration Recalled By Geezer(Classic Rock)

Geezer Butler has recalled seeing the apparition that inspired Black Sabbath's name and signature song - and he says it's one of the last disturbing visions he ever saw.
He woke up in bed one night in 1969 to see an indefinable creature at the foot of his bed, and later recounted the experience to bandmates Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Bill Ward about it.

Butler says in a new interview: "I woke up in a dream world and there was this black thing, staring at me. It just lasted a second, but it freaked me out. I told Ozzy, Tony and Bill about it - it was pretty scary at the time. I think that's what inspired Ozzy to come up with the lyrics that open the song: 'What is this thing that stands before me?'"

Osbourne says: "When I sang that song the line just came out of nowhere. It was born, not written." Butler continues: "As I child I always had a lot of psychic experiences. That was one of the very last ones I had. That was before I did drugs - maybe doing drugs killed that part of my brain." Read more here.

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Whitesnake Announce Greatest Hits Tour(hennemusic)

Whitesnake have announced the first series of dates for a 2016 Greatest Hits Tour. The announced dates includes legs with stops in North American as well as Europe
David Coverdale and company will launch a North American run on June 1 in Norman, OK with shows running to early July before heading to Europe for concerts starting in Verona, Italy on July 14.

Last year, Whitesnake released "The Purple Album", a project that saw Coverdale re-recording classic songs from the Deep Purple Mark 3 and Mark 4 records he appeared on, including 1974's "Burn" and "Stormbringer" and 1975's "Come Taste The Band." Read more and see the dates here.

Video From Iron Maiden American Tour Kick Off Goes Online(hennemusic)

Iron Maiden launched their 2016 Book Of Souls world tour at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL on Wednesday, and video from opening night has surfaced online.
The legendary metal band opened with a double-shot of "If Eternity Should Fail" and "Speed Of Light" - two of six tracks in the 15-song set from the 2015 double-album.

Classic tracks like "Children Of The Damned", "The Trooper", "The Number Of The Beast" and "Hallowed Be Thy Name" were scattered amongst the setlist, with the show closing on "Wasted Years", the lead single from 1986's "Somewhere In Time."

Iron Maiden continue the tour with shows in Tulas, OK and Las Vegas, NV this week before they embark on shows across Latin and South America starting March 1 in Monterrey, Mexico. Watch the videos here.

Redemption Streaming Full New Album 'The Art Of Loss' Online(Classic Rock)

Redemption have made their sixth album The Art Of Loss available to stream in full with TeamRock. It's due for release today (February 26) via Metal Blade Records but all nine tracks can be heard online.
Nick van Dyk, Ray Alder, Sean Andrews, Chris Quirarte and guitarist Bernie Versailles - who is currently on an indefinite medical hiatus - brought in a raft of musicians to guest on the follow-up to 2011's This Mortal Coil, including former Megadeth men Chris Poland, Marty Friedman and Chris Broderick.

Van Dyk tells TeamRock: "No record is ever completed - it's merely taken from the artist at some point. The art of letting go is something that we speak to lyrically and thematically on the record, so it seems appropriate to watch the collection of music itself take flight and leave the nest, so to speak, into the ears of our friends and fans. Thanks to all who have supported us over the years - we truly hope you enjoy listening to The Art of Loss as much as we did creating it."

The album also features vocals from ex Anthrax frontman John Bush and Van Dyk's daughter Parker. Check out the album stream here.

Tame Impala Win Best International Group Honor At Brits Award(Prog)

Tame Impala have scooped the Best International Group award at the 2016 Brits. The Australian outfit picked up the prize Wednesday night (February 24) at London's O2 Arena for their latest album Currents.
The band muscled out U2, Major Lazer, Alabama Shakes and Eagles Of Death Metal to the winning spot. Accepting the award, frontman Kevin Parker said: "This is truly amazing. It's pretty amazing to be invited to your award ceremony, to this night, let alone be given an award to accept."

After their win he told DIY Magazine: "I was just happy for all the people at our table - the record label and stuff. They're the ones who put all the effort into up getting to the next level.

"These awards are a physical symbol of that kind of stuff." Tame Impala are set to tour South America and the US starting next month. See the dates here.

Sammy Hagar Goes Behind The Scenes In Cabo For TV Series(hennemusic)

Sammy Hagar has released a preview video of the Cabo San Lucas edition of his AXS TV series "Rock & Roll Road Trip." Set to air this Sunday, the singer heads south to Cabo with The Circle to play at his annual Birthday Bash concerts.
The footage shows a behind the scenes look as Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Vic Johnson and drummer Jason Bonham share old stories from the bash along with special guest Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains.

The Circle released their first live DVD, "At Your Service", in December. In concert, the group presents the Red Rocker's musical history and Bonham's legacy by performing tunes by Hagar, Van Halen, Montrose and Led Zeppelin. Watch the video here.

Judas Priest Release Live 'Breaking The Law' Video(hennemusic)

Judas Priest have released video footage of their 1980 classic, "Breaking The Law", as a preview to the upcoming live package, "Battle Cry." Due March 25, the set captures the UK metal vets live at Germany's Wacken Festival last summer in front of an audience of 85,000.
The European festival date was part of the group's world tour in support of their 17th album, 2014's "Redeemer of Souls." The record marked guitarist Richie Faulkner's studio debut with Priest after he replaced founding member K.K. Downing following his retirement in 2011.

"Battle Cry" will be available on a 15-track CD, with the entire show on Blu-ray and DVD (running over 94 minutes), as well as digital audio and video formats.

The DVD and Blu-ray also contains three bonus tracks shot in Poland last December. Watch the video here.

Ghost Don't Aim To Shock Fans With Experimenting For Next Album(Classic Rock)

Ghost say they're not aiming to shock fans when experimenting with the sound of their next album. And a Nameless Ghoul from the theatrical rock outfit says the band wouldn't rule out making something similar to their latest record, Meliora.
He tells Metal Wani: "The goal is never to shock everyone. The goal is to keep it interesting for us to still make music. We listen to a lot of different stuff and get inspiration from different corners.

"Sometimes we have an idea for a song before the song itself exists. We'll say, 'Let's have a song that feels and talks to you like this' and we try and write it. It's not just five riffs we put together.

"The idea is to make music we want to listen to. As we already heard the last album, why don't we make a copy of it?" Read more and watch the video interview here.

The Treatment Streaming New Song 'Generation Me'(Classic Rock)

The Treatment have released an online stream of Generation Me, which is the title track from their upcoming studio album, due out on March 18 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Guitarist Tao Grey says: "We can't tell you how excited we are to finally unleash Generation Me on the rock community. We feel that this is by far our strongest album, and we are absolutely stoked about playing these songs live on our upcoming tour."

Mitchel Emms and co launch a run of European dates in April to support the follow-up to 2014's Running With The Dogs. They'll be joined on the road by The Amorettes

Last month, the band shared their video for the track Let It Begin, which features on the free CD bundled with this month's Classic Rock magazine, out now in print, digital and via TeamRock+. Stream the song here.

Jamie Jazz Leaves The King Blues(TeamRock Radio)

Jamie Jazz has parted ways with The King Blues. The band reunited last year after splitting in 2012 when they stated they'd taken things are far as they could go. And despite a planned appearance at the UK's Slam Dunk festival this coming May, Jazz has walked away from the group he co-formed saying his "goals in life have changed."
Jazz says in a statement: "After spending an awfully long time thinking about this and confiding in those closest to me as well as the rest of the band, I have decided to part ways with The King Blues.

"I want to make it clear there has been no major falling out, there is no bad blood or any arguments whatsoever between us - I have just simply come to a point in my life that my desires have changed.

"My goals in life have changed and what I want to achieve musically has changed. Sadly those changes do not match up with being an active member of The King Blues anymore." Read more here.

Devil You Know Release 'Consume The Damned' Video(TeamRock Radio)

Devil You Know have released a live video for their track Consume The Damned. The studio version features on their second album They Bleed Red, which was launched late last year via Nuclear Blast.
They'll start a tour next month in support of the follow-up to 2014's The Beauty Of Destruction with Atreyu, From Ashes To New and Cane Hill. But it's their scheduled appearance at this year's Download that's causing great excitement within the group.

Guitarist Francesco Artusato says: "Devil You Know are beyond excited to be kicking off our European summer tour with a performance at the legendary Download festival.

"This is the very first time we have had the honor to perform there and we are coming with an arsenal of many new songs from They Bleed Red, along with a few classics.

"It's going to be intense, hot and sweaty so we hope to see you all there and want to meet each and every one of you. Lets party." Watch the video here.

Matt Snell Says There Is No Bad Blood With Five Finger Death Punch(TeamRock Radio)

Former Five Finger Death Punch bassist Matt Snell says he still loves his ex-bandmates. Snell, who now plays bass in Invidia, left the band in 2010 - but they didn't announce his departure until 2011.
He tells Talk Toomey (via Blabbermouth): "The greatest thing about that band is that it just happened so quickly. I got to go around the world a bunch of times and play hundreds of shows and helped build and create what is today this huge and powerful band. There's nothing but good memories from me. I love those guys. I don't have any bad blood with any of those guys. I hope they're doing well."

Snell adds: "I think people want there to be a problem. I think people want there to be some sort of drama there, and there isn't a place for it. I hate to burst everyone's bubble, but there just isn't a problem, and there never was. They're my brothers and I love them." Read more here.

Modern Baseball Announce New Album 'Holy Ghost'(TeamRock Radio)

Modern Baseball have announced details of their third album entitled Holy Ghost and they are giving fans a little taste of the effort in the form of an online album teaser video.
It'll be released on May 13 via Run For Cover Records and was recorded by Joe Reinhart at Philadelphia's Headroom Studios and follows their 2015 EP The Perfect Cast.

The band pulled the plug on dates in the UK and Australia last year as mainman Brendan Lukens took time out to deal with mental ill health and substance abuse issues.

He's now ready to undertake live shows again and they'll play two UK dates this week and then head out on a European tour in support of the 11-track album in April. Watch the album teaser video here.

Goblin Announce New Concert DVD(Prog)

Goblin are releasing a live concert DVD on February 29. Austinato can be bought in a variety of packages, including CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and a combo digipak containing all four discs.
The new live offering "Austinato - Goblin Live In Austin, Texas", was captured during the third leg of the band's North American tour at the Mohawk venue back in 2014.

Classical rock outfit Goblin have scored multiple Italian horror films and toured for more than 40 years. The lineup features Massimo Morante, Maurizio Guarini, Fabio Pignatelli and Agostino Marangolo. More here.

The Aristocrats To Take Part In G3 Summer Shows(Prog)

The Aristocrats have announced that they'll hook up with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani for a series of G3 summer shows. So far, only three Italian concerts have been announced - although further dates will be confirmed in the near future.
Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann and Bryan Beller say: "We are all extremely excited and absolutely honoured to be sharing the bill with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai for this run of G3 shows.

"We have a tremendous amount of respect for Joe and Steve as groundbreaking artists in the world of instrumental rock who continue to bring it year after year." Read more here.

Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite Announces Minor Victories Project(TeamRock Radio)

Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite has formed a side-project called Minor Victories. He's joined in the band by Slowdive's Rachel Goswell and Editors' Justin and James Lockey - and they'll release their self-titled debut album on June 3.
In addition, they've issued a video for lead track A Hundred Ropes and announced four live shows across the UK. The band say in a statement: "We hope you enjoy listening to this song and watching the video as much as we have enjoyed creating everything. Justin and James are the brains behind the films we will share.

"We've spent around a year lovingly crafting our album which originally was only going to be maybe be an EP. It's fair to say we got carried away with it all.

"We look forward to visiting as many places as possible over the next few months to play this album live." Watch the video here.

Broken Witt Rebels Release 'Low' Video(Classic Rock)

Broken Witt Rebels have released a video for their track Low with TeamRock. The song comes from the band's Georgia Pine EP which is due for release on April 15.
Bassist Luke Davis said: "The EP is a massive progression from where we are. I don't think we've changed, because what we do is what we do. But it's definitely a massive progression. The sound is bigger. Everything has moved forward."

Georgia Pine is available for pre-order from the band's website and the Birmingham outfit will hit the road in April for a run of headline shows before hooking up with Brantley Gilbert for four dates. Watch the video here.

Dan Patlansky Reveals New Album Details(Classic Rock)

Dan Patlansky has offered a clue as to what listeners can expect from upcoming eighth album Introvertigo. It will follow last year's well-received Dear Silence Thieves, and it's set to arrive before he tours the UK with King King in May.
Patlansky tells Channel24: "Fans can expect a unique brand of blues rock, born out of guitar playing whilst striving for strong songwriting. I'm very excited and proud of this album - I honestly feel this is my best release to date."

Introvertigo was once again produced by Theo Crous. Last year Patlansky credited him with the strength of material on Dear Silence Thieves, saying: "As Theo put it, 'We can take this album in any direction, but the song - platform - needs to be what it builds on.' We didn't move on to guitar sounds, solos or singing until we were were happy with how the song was." See the tour dates here.

The Fierce And The Dead Release 'Chief' Studio Video(Prog)

The Fierce And The Dead have premiered their studio video for Chief with Prog. The rehearsal track appears as bonus content on the vinyl edition of last year's well-received Magnet EP, which is set for launch on March 18.
TFATD say: "It was unquestionable that this record needed to see a vinyl release at some point. Crate Digger Records and the band worked together to create a package that further expanded upon the original release.

"The first was to add the rehearsal recording of Chief - a perfect way to close the record. The next was the biggest undertaking: TFATD brought in close friend Mark Buckingham, acclaimed artist with credits with Marvel, DC and Neil Gaiman, to create an original piece of art to be printed on the B-side of the record.

"The artwork features images of the band with subject matter taken from the songs and follows the record round in a circle meeting back up at the start creating an endless feel." Watch the video here.

Singled Out: Magnum's Crazy Old Mothers

UK heavy rock icons Magnum released their new studio album "Sacred Blood 'Divine' Lies" today and to celebrate we asked band mastermind Tony Clarkin to tell us about the song "Crazy Old Mothers." Here is the story:
Well we have a new album out called Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies. Although we don't actually have a single being released as of yet of this album all I can talk about is the track we recorded a video for and used through social media and pr mail outs. So it's not officially a single for chart placements etc but more of a media tool. The track is called Crazy Old Mothers.

I was in a band when i was 16 or 17 and we played for a couple of years before disbanding. We always kept in touch over all these years. We try to meet up every Christmas and just catch up about what's happening in each others lives and talk of old times and just have a bit of a laugh usually at each other and how old we have got. lol

Someone mentioned to me that I was still making music and have been for most of my adult life. It suddenly felt like this person was regretting their life and not following their dreams as a youngster. This to me is very sad. I have been very lucky to be able to do what I do and make some sort of living from it. I am even more lucky I am still able to do what I love. I started thinking he has let his life go by, not doing what he really wanted to do. He had dismissed his talents and felt dissatisfied with his life. I just wanted to say "come on, lets go and get wrecked!"

We all have opportunity in life and it's up to ourselves to take them. You have to make the best of what you got and strive for better each and every time. I don't want to be someone who looks back and thinks "what if I had only tried" I would much rather try and fail than be a part of the what if crowd.

So that what the song is about really. If you try and fail then that's ok but you can always go out and be crazy and get into some trouble tonight!

Crazy Old Mothers lyrics

You walk in the shadows
You gave in too soon
An endless procession that follows the moon
You wake up each morning
The same every day
Your life feels so empty don't throw it away

You may work you may be rich
Like a king just passing by
All these things won't make you better
And bad news still makes you cry

Come on you crazy old mothers
Let's get in trouble
Come on you crazy old mothers
Let's get in trouble tonight
How does it feel?
You remember
It's in your flesh and blood
How does it feel?
You remember
Just like you knew it would

It means nothing to ya
You say it's alright
But you realise when your knuckles turn white
There's so many pathways
Keep pulling you in
Don't know where you're going
Don't know where you've been

Write a note or make a call
And explain just how you feel
Put it all down in a letter
What you say this is for real

Yeah sometimes it's hard to resist
And maybe the way that you choose to go
Yeah knowing the things you dismissed
And even the way that you say hello

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