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DOPE Signs European Deal With STEAMHAMMER/SPV
Chicago industrial metal outfit DOPE has inked a deal with Steamhammer/SPV for the European territory. The band's new album, "Blood Money", will be released in the spring of 2015. Comments Steamhammer A&R representative Georg Schröder: "We are proud to release the upcoming DOPE album within Europe. "Since their album 'Group Therapy', which was released in 2003, this band is one of my absolute faves when it comes to industrial metal! Therefore, it is a pleasure for us to bring the new album, 'Blood Money', to Europe."DOPE's music video for the track "Selfish" can be seen below. Directed by DOPE mainman Edsel Dope, this is the first music clip the band has unleashed to the masses in five years. The new digital-only single "Selfish" will be available through Steamhammer/SPV within Europe on September 12. "Very excited to begin sharing new DOPE music with our fans," says Edsel Dope. "DOPE is returning with a vengeance after a five-year hiatus that concluded after touring alongside BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and SEVENDUST following the release of the bands fifth album, 'No Regrets'. Edsel continues, "These are some of our most punishing works to date." To celebrate, DOPE has announced a batch of U.S. tour dates with (HED) P.E.
ASKING ALEXANDRIA: 'Moving On' Video Released
British metalcore act ASKING ALEXANDRIA just completed its most successful and high-profile tour yet as part of the main stage on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The band's new music video for the track "Moving On" gives everyone a small glimpse into the musicians' lives on and off that stage. It's their most honest and unfiltered video offering to date. Comments ASKING ALEXANDRIA guitarist Ben Bruce: "For the first time in our careers, we are showcasing ourselves in the most sincere light possible. No drugs, no partying, no script and no bullshit. It's just the five of us completely vulnerable. "No matter what the circumstance, being away from those you love and care about is very difficult and drags you down. Luckily for us, we have incredible fans that love and support us and help us through our toughest times. "I hope this video gives you all a little bit of a look into our world. "Thank you for all of your continued support and for keeping us going." ASKING ALEXANDRIA's third album, "From Death To Destiny", sold 38,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. Speaking about the songwriting process for "From Death To Destiny", Ben Bruce told The AU Review: "I had a lot more fun, albeit having to pay a lot more money this time round. "The first two records, being the main songwriter, I had my laptop, so I would go in to Garage Band and program in a drum beat that I thought would sound cool, and record over it and write a song that way. This one, we had no time off, so I was stressing out about writing this record. So I basically used one of my royalty checks to buy my own tour bus, and I ripped out the back lounge and half of the bunk area, and converted it into a fully functioning studio that had a vocal booth, a drum kit, live amps, mics, everything. So this time I spent a lot of time at the back of the bus with James [Cassells, drums], and we would just jam back and forth and record our jam sessions. That's basically how we wrote this album."
MORGOTH: New Song 'God Is Evil' Available For Streaming
Reactivated German death metallers MORGOTH have just released a seven-inch EP/digital single titled "God Is Evil" featuring two brand new tracks. The song "God Is Evil" can now be streamed below. Comments the band: "Finally, after 17 years, we have some new tunes to share with you. "We are excited about the nearing release of the 'God Is Evil' single, which contains the title track as well as the song 'Die As Deceiver'. These two brand-new songs are meant to be a first teaser for our upcoming album, 'Ungod', which we will be recording later this year for a release early 2015 via Century Media Records.""God Is Evil" is available on black vinyl and limited golden vinyl (300 copies). The powerful artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu, who has previously worked with ARCH ENEMY, GRAVE, DARKTHRONE and many others.MORGOTH released its first-ever live album and DVD, "Cursed To Live", on June 25, 2012 via Century Media Records. The audio tracks were mixed at Unisound Studio in Sweden with Dan Swanö (OPETH, KATATONIA, DISSECTION)."Cursed To Live" is the documentation of MORGOTH's 20th-anniversary celebration of the band's all-time classic album "Cursed" (released by Century Media Records in 1991). It was released on CD, a limited DVD+2CD as well as a limited deluxe 2LP. The live show featured on the album was recorded at the band's triumphant show headlining Way Of Darkness festival 2011, at which MORGOTH performed an extensive set of 15 songs, with the main focus on the songs off "Cursed". The cover artwork — with an intentional nod to the original "Cursed" art — was designed by the renowned artist Dirk Rudolph (RAMMSTEIN, IN EXTREMO, APOCALYPTICA), who had also created the original artwork for "Cursed".MORGOTH 2014 is:Marc Grewe - VocalsHarry Busse - GuitarSebastian Swart - GuitarSotirios "Soti" Kelekidis - BassMarc Reign - Drums
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BUCKCHERRY's JOSH TODD And KEITH NELSON Speak To MULATSCHAG About 'F**k' EP (Video)
Austria's Mulatschag recently conducted an interview with Josh Todd (vocals) and Keith Nelson (guitar) of Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY. You can now watch the chat below.BUCKCHERRY has just released a new EP, simply titled "Fuck", via the band's newly established F Bomb imprint. A six-song EP that unapologetically rattles the speakers as much as it will the censors, the record features six balls-to-the-wall tracks that erupt with gritty riffs and sharp-tongued lyrics, including the radio single and riotous cover of Icona Pop's hit song "I Love It", which the band naturally cranks to 11 and renames "Say Fuck It". The official video for "Say Fuck It" can be seen below."Fuck" EP track listing: 01. Somebody Fucked With Me 02. Say Fuck It 03. The Motherfucker 04. I Don't Give A Fuck 05. It's A Fucking Disaster 06. Fist FuckBUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd has said in a new interview with Yahoo! Music that "Fuck" is "not just some silly rock record," adding, "It's not about offending anybody as much as celebrating the word. There are so many ways to use the word. We wanted to capture that on an EP and not hold back or censor anything."The Pulse Of Radio asked Todd if it was difficult to keep coming up with lyrics based around one word. "It was actually super easy," he said. "I have no problem with profanity as you know, so it was like, 'How am I gonna do this in such a way to where — there's so many ways that people use the word and I want to capture that in song.' All the different ways that 'fuck' can come across, you know. That's what I thought about when I was sitting down writing lyrics."
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EVERGREY: EPK For 'Hymns For The Broken' Album
An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for "Hymns For The Broken", the new album from Swedish metallers EVERGREY, can be found below. Not too long ago EVERGREY was almost dead. Long live EVERGREY. Yes it's true, one of the most original metal bands to come out of Sweden almost called it quits. It wasn't a decision vocalist/guitarist Tom S. Englund had spent hours or weeks brooding over, but as time passed following the band's "Glorious Collision" album from 2011 he felt less and less inspired to continue. Perhaps it was the splintering of the band lineup in 2010 — which saw Henrik Danhage (guitars), Jonas Ekdahl (drums), and Jari Kainulainen (bass) leave on friendly terms — or maybe it was the business side of the music that had worn him down, but Englund had seriously considered throwing in the towel. Fate had other plans, however, and he found himself working alongside his former bandmates due to circumstances beyond his control. The end result of that unplanned collaboration, which was meant to be temporary, resulted in a re-energized EVERGREY creating "Hymns For The Broken", arguably the strongest album in the band's 16-year career. "We needed a stand-in drummer for a few shows that had already been booked," Englund explains, "because Hannes [Van Dahl] had been offered the chance to join SABATON, so I naturally called Jonas to see if he was available. We also needed a second guitarist, so I asked Henrik and he was fine with it. While we were doing those shows, we realized that we were having a lot of fun with the music again." "I'd say that the guys coming back saved EVERGREY because I wasn't 100% set on doing an album," Englund admits. "And I'm amazed. The band sounds hungry, the album sounds awesome, and I can say there's not a weak song on it. I like it a lot, which is strange because usually I'm so tired of the music after working on an album for such a long time. Honestly, I've never felt I've been as close to the music as I am with 'Hymns For The Broken' because all the bits and pieces are in there. It's exactly what my vision for the album was. Usually you get about 80% of it right, but this is 100% what we wanted."EVERGREY treads familiar musical territory on "Hymns For The Broken', but they most certainly haven't rehashed any of their previous eight albums. Their trademark elements of dark and light, rage and melancholy, and Englund's signature vocals are all intact, but there's a raw energy in EVERGREY's new music that hasn't been heard in years, if ever. "I think you can hear that the album is full of energy, full of life," says Englund. "It's definitely hungry, and it sounds different from any of the other releases we have. I'm not bashing our other albums at all; 'Hymns For The Broken' is just a different approach. I sang pretty much everything in writing mode, so the initial ideas were there from the beginning. We didn't try to go back and polish things up. Also, bass and drums were recorded together live in the studio, and we didn't stop until we had the take we wanted. We were after the spontaneity and I think you can hear it." Producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE, PRIMAL FEAR) mixed "Hymns For The Broken" and is considered by Englund to be the best man for the job. According to Tom, Hansen knew instinctively what the band wanted to do with the new music. Working from the original demos, "he made the songs sound 100 times better." Taking the cover art and song titles on "Hyms For The Broken" at face value, it seems the thread woven through the album is tied to the concept of battle, war and revolution. EVERGREY isn't making a political statement, however. Nothing could be further from the truth. "Hymns For The Broken" is about the human struggle that has been so present on all of EVERGREY's albums. "For the last six years I've gone through a major transition, which has pushed me into corners where I've discovered things about myself that I didn't know existed," Englund reveals. "It's an album about finding out you're not the person you thought you were, which is something that can be scary and terrifying and rewarding. It's been one hell of a journey. I'm not saying that my journey has ended or that I have the answers to anything. I'm confident enough to stand here and do this again. I think we've used our music as a forum for people who feel the same way we do about things, to make people feel less alone in some way.""Hymns For The Broken" track listing: 01. The Awakening 02. King Of Errors 03. A New Dawn 04. Wake A Change 05. Archaic Rage 06. Barricades 07. Black Undertow 08. The Fire 09. Hymns For The Broken 10. Missing You 11. A Grand Collapse 12. The AftermathEVERGREY 2014 is:Tom S. Englund - Guitar, VocalsRikard Zander - KeyboardsJohan Niemann - BassHenrik Danhage - GuitarJonas Ekdahl - Drums
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AEROSMITH's JOE PERRY Remembers Having To Teach METALLICA To Play 'Train Kept A-Rollin''
In a brand new interview with Michael Christopher of Vanyaland, AEROSMITH's Joe Perry spoke about the story in the guitarist's new memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith", when he had to teach METALLICA how to play the blues classic "Train Kept A-Rollin'" at the 2009 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame jam because they didn't know it. Asked why he thinks it's so important for musicians to know the history of music and why so many artists seem ignorant of it or simply not interested in learning about it, Perry replied: "I think from just being fascinated by the thrill of music and especially pop music, I mean we're not talking about classical music — that's another whole world — but as far as pop music and the music we are talking about I think at least from the point of view from understanding what it is about music that makes you feel that way. And 99 percent of people who listen to music don't know and don't care, and frankly, it's not their job to care. Their job is to enjoy it and have fun with it or listen to it to give you a lift or to mellow you out or whatever you want that's what it's for. 'Any old way you use it,' like Chuck Berry said. "I don't think it's a prerequisite that you have to go back and study the way popular music evolved from the interior of Africa to the coast of Africa through England and the islands down in the Caribbean and then to the Delta. I don't think that parts important unless you're just interested in it. I think the elements that make up that feeling that you get that's important. "METALLICA has made great music and a great name for themselves. Their sound is original they deserve to be in the Hall Of Fame. The story wasn't meant to be a put down and I hope it doesn't come across that way, it's not how I meant it. It's more of an observation that every generation seems to get away from the original stuff and it's also that each generation is going to have to find their inspirations. They're going to hear something and they're going to go, 'I like that or I don't like that.' It may be the type of thing where you're not hearing something and you know you can do it better. I know that is part of what I was feeling. I was thinking, 'Well I can do that. I can get on stage and do that or I'm missing something when I see this band or that band. We can put another twist on it or we can try this or try that and then add a little bit of our own originality to it.' "I don't think you have to read Delta Blues 101 to make good music, but I think we're seeing the end of an era where we're seeing so many of the originals pass away over the last 10 to 15 years; we've lost so many originals. Thankfully a lot of it has been preserved. I wish they would've had iPhones and video recorders back in Robert Johnson's day. At least they got those recordings."
TOMMY LEE Says Crowd At MÖTLEY CRÜE's Allentown Concert Wins 'Most Absent' Award
MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee was apparently less than pleased by the audience's apparent lack of enthusiasm during the band's August 27 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Shortly after the concert, Lee tweeted: "Wow! Allentown!! You guys win the 'Most Absent' award tonight! Thanks for trying to be there!!!"CRÜE's setlist reportedly did not change much from when the band performed back-to-back shows last summer in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which could have contributed at least partly to the crowd's subdued response."The Final Tour", which features legendary rocker Alice Cooper in the support slot, kicked off on July 2 in Grand Rapids.Lee received criticism earlier in the tour when he revealed that his current drum setup, "The Crüecifly", would not be making an appearance on the entire trek due to the fact that "certain venues cannot handle" the "massive" rig.Lee made headlines in June 2012 when he expressed his frustration over the fact that people were constantly asking to take his picture. "Irritates the fuck out of me when people say, 'You owe it to your fans, they put you where you are, etc. etc.'" he wrote. "I certainly don't owe anybody anything! I'm not here to take pictures with you, I'm here to entertain you! Nobody put me where I am but ME! They may have helped inspire me with their love for what I do … but I put myself right here where I want to be with a lot of hard work, practice, talent, luck, etc. What I do owe myself and others is being THE BEST I can be! And that's making great music, being a good man, father, lover and human being! We all owe that kinda stuff to ourselves and each other."
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's JEREMY SPENCER Discusses Band's Guitarists In Book Promo Clips
Video footage of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH co-founder and drummer Jeremy Spencer talking about the band's two guitarists, Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook, can be seen below.Jeremy Spencer and publisher HarperCollins have jointly announced a September 2 release date for Spencer's autobiography "Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem". Spencer's personal journey through the wild highs and terrifying lows of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle is told with candor, redemption and enlightenment. The first-time author offers a wry and rollicking tale of music, addiction and recovery, revealing the path that served as a catalyst to make him the man he is today. Spencer offers: "The day I left treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, I decided to write my story. I was feeling raw and exposed and hoped just 'getting it all out' would be therapeutic. And, it was. Sitting on a tour bus with little to do, I found myself writing two or three thousand words a day. It didn't occur to me until I'd written fifty or sixty thousand that my story might be helpful to others who need encouragement in pursuing their dreams and for those struggling with addiction. I sent that first draft to my dad who said, 'No parent wants to read about his son's sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll exploits,' but he said there might be some benefit in sharing it with others, so he agreed to help me with revisions. What had begun as a way to help process my own 'stuff,' has resulted in the publication of 'Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem'. "At first, I was apprehensive about the reaction I'd get from having the 'arrogance' to think anyone would want to read about my life. However, that initial apprehension has been replaced by knowing that if my story can help even one person, whatever criticism I might receive will pale in comparison. "I'm not proud of many of the episodes in the book, but the person I was, under the influence, is not who I choose to be. A heartbeat away from death, I chose life. So, more than anything, I think 'Death Punch'd' is a reflection of how far one can fall and still find a way back, a way to accomplish goals and dreams and more important...a way to live. I'd be the last person to say it's easy. But, I'd be the first person to say there's always hope." Spencer has committed a percentage of his personal income from the book to support NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, which represents the professional interests of more than 75,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad. NAADAC's members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members and its 45 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support. Rock legend Alice Cooper shares: "Every rock star struggling with addition comes to the crossroads. Where he decides whether to live or die. It all comes down to that one decision. You're either going to stop everything and change your lifestyle and go on to make more music, or you die, it's that simple. Jeremy's book is one of the best rock n roll, addiction and redemption stories since Nikki Sixx's 'The Heroin Diaries'. Jeremy, you're still here, welcome to the club!"Rob Halford offers: "Jeremy is in a position to tell a unique story: FFDP are a band young enough that they had to navigate the new music industry, yet they did so with an approach and work ethic that was purely old school. That story alone would make for a good read, and Jeremy covers it. But thankfully he goes further — he details how metal musicians are forged, and how metal bands either bond or break, and he tells us this in a matter-of- fact, unfiltered voice that is as raw and unashamed as his band's music." Hailed by The New York Times as one of the most consistently popular bands on the rock charts, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has become a heavyweight champ in music. But the band's cofounder and drummer, Jeremy Spencer, did not have an easy ride to the top. Now, in "Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem", Spencer opens up about how a mischievous boy rose from small-town Indiana to one of the decade's top-selling bands globally — and how he nearly destroyed it all for a good time. A detailed, in-depth account of the group's origins and influences, as well as the infighting and tensions that, when channeled properly, result in the music fans love, "Death Punch'd" takes us onstage and behind the scenes, on tour and into the studio to tell the band's story and his own story of remarkable perseverance and recovery. Told in Spencer's unique, self-deprecating voice, filled with his twisted and humorous take on living the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll dream-turned-nightmare, "Death Punch'd" is a lively, no-holds-barred ride and an inspiring cautionary tale that offers lessons for us all. Brimming with Spencer's unique personality and ability to find humor in even the darkest situations, "Death Punch'd" is captivating throughout.
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BUTCHER BABIES' CARLA HARVEY Is Looking Forward To Bringing Back 'Thrash Element' To Band's Music
Carla Harvey— one of BUTCHER BABIES' two dynamic frontwomen — spoke to the Fairfield City Champion about the band's upcoming second full-length release, the follow-up to last year's well-received debut, "Goliath". "This next album is really important to us," she said. "It's the album that really says, 'Are you going to keep going as a band or just stop?' It's really important to make it the best it can be. "I think that it's going to be a little thrashier than the current album. We're working with a different producer too, and any time you use a different producer, there's going to be a bit of a different sound. We're really looking forward to bringing back a little more of the thrash element to our music." Harvey told the the Fairfield City Champion that the mixture of the BUTCHER BABIES bandmembers' influences has helped them create a sound that stands out from the rest of the pack. "We all have different influences, but collectively we could all agree that SLIPKNOT and PANTERA are our biggest influences as a band," said Carla. "I grew up listening to old-school thrash metal and classic metal and, of course, PANTERA; Heidi [Shepherd, vocals] grew up listening to more nu-metal and stuff; our drummer also nu-metal. Henry listens to MESHUGGAH and heavier stuff and our bass player loves death metal. We put it all together and we make it something that is distinctly BUTCHER BABIES, I think." Taking a page from heroes METALLICA and GUNS N' ROSES, BUTCHER BABIES have recorded an EP of cover tunes that will surely please fans of the band, as well as fans of the artists that performed them originally. Titled "Uncovered", this EP will be released on September 30 in North America (October 6 in Europe) and features the following five tracks: 01. Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers 02. They're Coming To Take Me Away 03. Don't Give A Fuck 04. Crazy Horses 05. Pussy WhippedHarvey commented: "It was a blast recording songs that we have been fans of our entire lives and putting our spin on them. "We all chose a song that had some significance to us. My pick was 'They're Coming To Take Me Away' by NAPOLEAN XIV, because I have a vivid memory of my stepdad, who I considered completely insane, playing it over and over again on his car stereo when I was a pre-teen. The song is about being taken away to a mental institution. I can still see him tapping his fingers on his steering wheel to the beat..."Heidi Shepherd added: "As an eight- or nine-year-old little girl, I used to rummage through my parents' albums and 8-tracks looking for some cool music. In hopes that my parents had at least a little bit of good taste, I would play every single song looking for something that I could latch on to. That's when I came across 'Crazy Horses' by THE OSMONDS; it was the heaviest song I had heard at that age. I would play that song over and over and over again, I was addicted. To this date, it's still one of my favorite songs and reminds me so much of growing up in Provo, Utah." In regards to BUTCHER BABIES' cover of THE OSMONDS' "Crazy Horses", Donny Osmond comments: "When we released 'Crazy Horses", we were pushing against what THE OSMONDS were known for, but it became a greatest hit. The BUTCHER BABIES have reinvented this song in a creative and innovative way — and that's what music is about. Now...What if I had recorded 'Puppy Love' like this?" To pre-order "Uncovered", please visit ButcherBabiesOfficial.com. Shortly before the release of "Uncovered", BUTCHER BABIES will embark on their first headlining run in the U.S. The band will end their tour playing at this year's Knotfest in San Bernardino, California.
Video: SLASH Performs 'World On Fire' Title Track In Denver
Colorado Music Connection has uploaded video footage of Slash and MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS performing the title track of their new album, "World On Fire", on August 19 in Denver, Colorado. Check it out below."World On Fire" will be released on September 15. Slash and MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS recorded 17 songs for the follow-up to 2012's "Apocalyptic Love". Among the tracks on the record are "Shadow Life", "Automatic Overdrive", "Wicked Stone", "Bent To Fly", "Battleground" and the title track, which also serves as the set's first single.Slash told Music Radar about the new CD, "I wrote the majority of the music when I was on the 'Apocalyptic Love' tour. You know, just sitting around in dressing rooms and hotel rooms for a year, I accumulated all these ideas. Then in September [2013] I sat down and went through everything I'd recorded on my voice memo on my phone and picked out about 20 different ideas then we went into pre-production in October and just started jamming. We were there for a couple of months, holed up in Mates rehearsal studio in Los Angeles. There was the whole writing process then once we had all the songs down we rehearsed the shit out of it, and then we brought the producer, Mike Baskette, in. And so we went through another phase of fine tooth-combing everything and getting the arrangements together. Myles came down and started working on his vocal parts… and by the time we were done with all that we were ready to go in and just bang the stuff out. It was a very quick process in the studio." He continued: "The one thing about this record is that it was almost like it wrote itself, it was very effortless. And that happens very rarely, when there's a certain energy that carries the creative process and it's almost like you're not in control of it and you just ride that wave. That's how this record was. I can't think of any outside influence other than just going with this creative flow." Slash also spoke about the musical chemistry between him and his bandmates, telling Music Radar: "I think basically everyone's a great rock 'n' roll player. They're real rock musicians at heart — deep down. So when we get together, we've built up a certain chemistry. We started out with a certain kind of chemistry and we're just evolving from there. At this point, everybody feels very comfortable just being themselves and doing what it is that they do best. It's just an unsaid, natural synergy that happens. For example, this is probably one of Brent's [Fitz, drummer] best records as a player, being able to do all the things he wanted to do. And the same with Todd [Kerns, bass] and the same for me. But having such a great rhythm section means I have to really fuckin' put together some great guitar bits on top of it. The other thing that's cool is Mike Baskette was great. One of the reasons why I really wanted to work with him was he just loves guitars and it's rare to get anyone who brings any ideas other than the ones you bring to the table as far as sounds and tones or anything like that. And that's a limitation: you can only do as much as you know how to do in the studio and sometimes you really need to work with an engineer who knows something in the recording studio that you don't know. That's what Mike brought into it. He was so enthusiastic about getting guitar sounds. He would put as much time into that as I could possibly put it in — sometimes more so. It was really inspiring. I haven't had that in a long, long time." Slash released his first self-titled solo effort in 2010. On that album he employed a different vocalist on each track, before settling on ALTER BRIDGE member Kennedy for both touring and eventually recording."Apocalyptic Love" earned Slash his two first-ever No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits with "You're A Lie" and "Standing In The Sun". The former GUNS N' ROSES member and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee is taking his band on the road this summer for both headlining dates and a tour with AEROSMITH.
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Lauren Bacall, a screen goddess of the shadows

FILE - This May 1945 file photo shows actor Humphrey Bogart, left, with his wife actress Lauren Bacall. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — "Anybody got a match?" was Lauren Bacall's first line, in Howard Hawks "To Have and Have Not," and, ever since, captive moviegoers have been desperately fumbling for a light.


That look, and that voice: Bacall's best roles

FILE - This Oct. 12, 1955 file photo shows actors Humphrey Bogart, left, and his wife, Lauren Bacall at the premiere of "The Desperate Hours," in Los Angeles. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo/Harold Filan, FIle)Lauren Bacall had the look — cool and mysterious — and she had the sound, courtesy of that irresistibly low and throaty voice.


On 'Tonight Show,' Fallon pays tribute to Williams

FILE - This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing for a photo in Santa Monica, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in an apparent suicide. Williams was 63. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to Robin Williams on the "Tonight Show," where the late comic made many memorable, seldom-seated appearances.


Sources: Justin Bieber reaches plea deal in Fla.

FILE - This Jan. 23, 2014 file photo made available by the Miami Beach Police Dept., shows Justin Bieber at the police station in Miami Beach, Fla. According to two people directly involved with the case, Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges in his January arrest in South Florida after what police initially described as an illegal street drag race. The two people told The Associated Press Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, that the 20-year-old pop star would plead guilty to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest without violence charges. Bieber also will agree to take an anger management course and make a charitable donation. (AP Photo/Miami Beach Police Dept., File)MIAMI (AP) — Pop singer Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges over his arrest in South Florida in what police initially described as an illegal street race, two people involved in the case told The Associated Press.


Robin Williams hanged self but no answer as to why

FILE - This March 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Robin Williams speaking at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Matt Damon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Although police have now revealed how Robin Williams committed suicide, the Oscar-winning actor's fans, friends and even family continue to struggle to understand why someone who spread so much joy throughout the world could find so little in his own life that he decided to stop living.


Excerpts from Lauren Bacall's book 'By Myself'

FILE - This March 16, 2002 file photo shows actress Lauren Bacall waving as she enters Marble Collegiate Church in New York for the wedding of Liza Minnelli and David Gest. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Excerpts from Lauren Bacall's 1978 memoir, "By Myself":


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This Dec. 15, 2010 photo released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows actor-comedian Robin Williams performing for a USO tour at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Members of the armed forces have long held special affection for Williams, 63, who died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 after hanging himself in his San Francisco Bay Area home. Williams never served in the military, but he was a tireless participant in USO shows. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army Spc. Adam L. Mathis, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Williams was a superstar in movies, on television and at comedy clubs.


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