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Remaining Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor are working on a new album, with vocals by the late Freddie Mercury. How is this possible? May said the musicians are going through a ton of unreleased demos to put together a slew of new tracks, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.

It will be the first Queen album with contributions from Mercury since 1995’s Made in Heaven, which also was assembled using recordings Freddie had made before his death in 1991.

In addition, May told the Daily Star that he and Taylor are preparing a new Queen musical to follow-up 2002’s We Will Rock You. “The songs are there,” May said, “it’s just a question of finding time to get the right production.”

And that’s not all that’s going on with Queen. On November 6, the rock legends will receive the Global Icon award at the MTV European Music Awards. It’s not clear who will sing with the band, although May has suggested that he’d love to work with Lady Gaga.


Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Prog-rockers Yes have a new live album on the way.

“In The Present—Live from Lyon” will be available on CD/DVD on November 29th in North America and December 2nd in Europe.

Recorded in Lyon, France, on December 1st 2009, “In The Present – Live from Lyon” is a collection of hidden gems and unforgettable classics, with new singer Benoit David breathing new life into each of the songs.

The package comes with a 55 minute DVD containing excerpts from the live performance, candid interviews and behind the scenes footage. The cover art features an original design by Roger Dean, author of most Yes album covers including classics “Fragile,” “Close To The Edge” and “Drama.”

Yes’ powerful compositions influenced a generation of musicians. They have a hugely successful and indelible catalogue of masterpieces; songs like “Roundabout,” a seminal hit which consistently appears on “the best songs of all-time” lists, and the group’s #1 hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” taken from the 1983 album “90125,” saw Yes top the UK and US album charts simultaneously.

Yes’ latest studio album, “Fly From Here” – the first in ten years – hit the Top 10 on the Rock Charts and was declared as their “best work since the ‘70s” (Paste Magazine)

“In the Present – Live From Lyon” will be released in a gloss digipak edition. The final tracklisting includes:

Disc One
1. Siberian Khatru
2. I’ve Seen All Good People
3. Tempus Fugit
4. Onward
5. Astral Traveller
6. And You And I
7. Corkscrew (Acoustic Solo)

Disc Two
1. Owner Of A Lonely Heart
2. Southside Of The Sky
3. Machine Messiah
4. Heart of the Sunrise
5. Roundabout
6. Starship Trooper

Interviews, Excerpts from the Live Show, Roundabout, Machine Messiah (running time approx 55 mins.)

A limited edition gatefold sleeve 3 LP vinyl release (only including the audio portion of the album) will be exclusively available in the European markets.

Yes are on tour this fall across Europe, starting November 3 in Lisbon.

Watch the trailer here!!


Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Journey will receive the “Legend of Live” award at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, which are taking place November 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.

The awards are part of the Billboard Touring Conference, happening on the 9th and 10th.

Billboard reports the award honors groups or individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and acknowledges the recipients’ commitment to the art of performing live and reaching fans through the concert experience.

Journey remains a hugely successful touring band, having sold nearly 1 million tickets and averaging more than $600,000 a night at the box office on this year’s “Eclipse” tour, according to Billboard Boxscore.

“I’m so honored to come to New York to represent the band for all the years and dedication that everyone’s given,” Journey guitarist and founding member Neal Schon says of the honor.

Previous award recipients include Rush (2010), Ozzy Osbourne (2009), the Allman Brothers Band (2008), pioneering agent Frank Barsalona (2007), Sir Elton John (2006), Cellar Door Concerts founder Jack Boyle (2005) and promoter Michael Cohl (2004).

Journey will release a new compilation, “Greatest Hits Vol. 2” on November 1; the package features singles and album tracks recorded between 1978 and 1996.

Although millions of fans are anxious at the idea of Black Sabbath’s original four members reuniting, guitarist Tony Iommi said it won’t be terribly easy getting the boys back together.

“The band can decide to do something, but there are a lot of people involved, and everybody’s got individual managers,” Iommi told Rolling Stone. “It’s not as easy as like it was in the old days – us all going in one room and it all works. I mean, we can certainly do that, but it’s a bit more involved than that.”

But, the riff master did say that all four members – Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward – are on good terms.

“I talk to Ozzy a lot – we’ve always been in contact. And I talk to Bill occasionally,” he said. “Geez, I played with him until Ronnie [James Dio] passed away. We still stay in contact. Geezer is not one for being on the phone, we normally e-mail. We all get on well – I don’t think there’s any bad vibes or anything.”


Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Bret Michaels is giving back to his community in a big and personal way.

This Thursday, the Poison frontman will announce plans for the donation of the Bret Michael’s Hospitality and Music Room inside St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

“I want to give something back to the hospital that helped save my life,” said Michaels. “Phoenix is my home, and I’m proud to be a part of this community.”

In April 2010, Michaels was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center suffering from a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a life-threatening type of stroke that causes bleeding in the fluid-filled spaces around the base of the brain. St. Joseph’s is the home of Barrow Neurological Institute and Michaels was treated by Barrow neurosurgeons.

After being released from Barrow, Michaels made a rapid recovery and went on to win Celebrity Apprentice in 2010 and enjoy a successful national concert tour. Bret is currently on tour and will perform in Phoenix on Friday at the State Fair.

Michaels’ new music room, located near patients’ rooms, will be designed to include music listening stations and relaxation areas for patients’ families. “It will be warm and hip,” says Michaels.

“This room will be a very welcome addition for the families of our patients,” said St. Joseph’s President and CEO Linda Hunt. “Bret has demonstrated that he is a good friend to this hospital in several ways and we thank him.”


Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Get ready to bang your head next month as VH1 Classic have announced special programming featuring the biggest names in heavy metal leading up to their National Metal Day on 11-11-11. Here are the details:
“National Metal Day” will feature a slew of exclusive metal programming, including three major metal premieres: “Behind The Music Remastered: Megadeth” at 9PM ET/PT, the exclusive debut of Banger Films’ groundbreaking documentary series, “Metal Evolution” at 10PM ET/PT and the ninth season premiere of a VH1 Classic original “That Metal Show” at 11PM ET/PT.

To warm up for the National Metal Day celebration, VH1 Classic has scheduled 11 days worth of legendary metal programming beginning Tuesday, November 1. Every night during the 11 days of metal, VH1 Classic will make an offering to the metal gods with a nightly concert at 11 PM ET/PT. Legends Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Motley Crue, KISS, Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden will be featured.

“Behind The Music Remastered: Megadeth” premieres Friday, November 11 at 9PM ET/PT: They’ve been the champions of thrash metal for nearly thirty years, despite discord, addiction and infighting. Updated to the original episode are Dave Mustaine’s crippling hand injury which threatens the bands survival, a painful law suit and more walk outs and throw outs of band members. Now they’re in the Big Four and still aiming for the top spot, but even if Dave Mustaine is happy with the new line up he remains unhappy about their ranking in the top ten of heavy metal – still just behind Metallica.

“Metal Evolution Chapter 1: Pre-Metal” premieres Friday, November 11 at 10 PM ET/PT: The premiere episode of “Metal Evolution Chapter 1: Pre-Metal” will focus on Pre-Metal, the earliest sounds of metal that can be heard in the music of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix. Subsequent episodes of the series will explore genres ranging from British Heavy Metal to Glam Metal to Thrash Metal, and artists from Iron Maiden to KISS to Metallica and more. “Metal Evolution” is an 11-episode docu-series produced by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn of Banger Films and is based on the groundbreaking “Heavy Metal Family Tree.” The “Heavy Metal Family Tree” is a 26 sub-genre genealogical chart which reveals the vast complex progeny of heavy metal – from Early Metal and Shock Rock to Thrash, from Progressive Metal to Grunge and Nu Metal. Using the chart as his road map, host/producer and metal head turned anthropologist Dunn, crisscrosses the globe exploring the vast history of heavy metal across its 40+ year history and beyond. After the premiere episode on National Metal Day, “Metal Evolution” will move to its regular time slot on Saturdays at 10 PM ET/PT, beginning Saturday, November 19 between new episodes of “BTM:Remastered” at 9PM ET/PT and “That Metal Show” at 11PM ET/PT.

“That Metal Show” Season Nine premieres Friday, November 11 at 11PM ET/PT: The boys are back and there’s gonna be some trouble! Eddie Trunk, Don Jamison and Jim Florentine are back in LA and brining the heat with season nine of “That Metal Show.” An all-star lineup of iconic metal guests grace the stage this season including: Marilyn Manson, Slash, Sully Erna, Jesse James Dupree, Tracii Guns, Brian Johnson, Dave Mustaine and more! Season nine of “THAT METAL SHOW” will deliver the ever popular “Stump The Trunk” and “TMS TOP 5″ segments.


Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Pearl Jam have released footage of “Not For You,” a full-length, never-before-seen music video directed by Cameron Crowe, featuring live, archival performances and behind-the-scenes footage of the band.

However, fans should note that this clip is NOT a part of the new film; it’s a bonus freebie offered up by Crowe and the band.

This comes on the day that the new Crowe-directed film, “Pearl Jam Twenty,” hits stores in parts of the world; a North American release happens Tuesday.

“Pearl Jam Twenty,” the feature-length documentary directed by Crowe, is available on single disc and features 30 minutes of never-before-seen bonus features.

Pearl Jam’s history is told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, and chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon after being catapulted into superstardom, their step back from the spotlight with the instinct of self-preservation, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them—giving way to a work culture that would sustain them. The film celebrates the freedom that allows the band to make music without losing themselves, their fans, or the music lovers they’ve always been.

“We tried to present an emotional scrapbook of what it felt like to be a band member on this twenty-year journey,” said Crowe. “The richness of the footage made our path very clear – just tell the story of the band and let the music guide us. It was a joy to make this.”

“Not For You” was released on March 21, 1995 as the second single from Pearl Jam’s third studio album, “Vitalogy.”


Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

After recently completing the highest-grossing tour of all time and working on a deluxe reissue on 1991’s Achtung Baby, it seems that U2 aren’t sure where they are headed next. In an interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Bono talked about questioning the band’s relevance.

“I’m not so sure the future hasn’t dried up,” said Bono, who revealed he’s been taking heat from his bandmates for such talk. “The band are like, ‘Will you shut up about being irrelevant?’”

Although the singer said he’d be content with ending U2 in 2011 (“We’d be very pleased to end on No Line on the Horizon”), he also doubted that the band would actually stop. Bono said that working on the deluxe Achtung project has helped light the band’s way to a possible future.

“Ironically, being forced to look back at this period reminds me of how we might re-emerge for the next phase,” Bono said. “And that doesn’t mean that you have to wear some mad welder’s goggles or dress up in women’s clothing. Reinvention is much deeper than that.”


Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

It’s been a rough week for Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose in Mexico. On Tuesday, he slipped on stage in Mexico City at the first of four shows in the country, and Sunday night in Monterrey, Axl stopped the concert, entirely, about a minute after it began, when fans threw objects onto the stage.

In fan-shot video, it looks like a single drink hits center stage near Axl’s feet and spills liquid on the floor, which caught the singer’s attention just seconds into the show’s opening number, “Chinese Democracy.”

Rose shut the band down immediately, waving them off as the song came to a crashing halt. The singer then threatened that the group would pack up and leave. “Is that what you wanna do?” asked Axl. “‘Cause we will go home,” he threatened.


Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The latest reports from Hollywood say metal giants Metallica are gearing up for an unspecified 3D film project, let’s just hope they don’t cast Lou Reed as the main character.

Metallica are certainly no stranger to appearing on film, whether we’re talking a concert DVD or their bromantic dramedy ‘Some Kind of Monster’ — the band has certainly become comfortable in front of the camera. Now comes word that Metallica will enter a whole new dimension on screen — the third one to be exact.

Respected Hollywood news source is reporting that Metallica are self-financing a 3D film and have enlisted ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ producer Charlotte Huggins to help. They are currently looking around for a director with the chops necessary to bring a Metallica-style feature to the big screen.

No one really knows exactly what Metallica has planned for the film, perhaps this is where the ideas for their scrapped video game (see trailer below) will surface. Some believe that it will be a 3D concert film, but that seems unlikely based on the fact that Metallica is shopping for a director they are using the word “feature” in the report.
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