Metallica frontman James Hatfield spoke with Canada’s The Globe and Mail explaining why he has ditched instagram, and how social media can be both a blessing and a curse. Watch the video below.

In other Metallica news, their new album, Hardwired … to Self-Destruct, is on track to sell in the neighborhood of 300,000 units — more than 280,000 of which appear to be physical sales — which puts them on course for a Number one debut on next week’s chart. Hardwired‘s chart-topping act will mark Metallica’s sixth Number one album.

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Legendary Musicians and Music Industry Executives will join together to be inducted into the Annual Hall of Heavy Metal History Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at the Anaheim Expo Center, Anaheim CA. Television and Radio Icon, Eddie Trunk, will host the event.

Proceeds from the event are being donated to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. Sponsors include: Pepsi, TD Bank, Promark Drumsticks, D.A.D. Evans, and Modern Drummer Magazine.

The 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History inductees include:

Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio) With Wendy Dio accepting the induction

Rudy Sarzo formerly of Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake.

Frankie Banali, of Quiet Riot, (Along with a special 33rd Anniversary Induction of Quiet Riot, as the first band to achieve the #1 Heavy Metal Album status).

Lemmy Kilmister, Motörhead (with special guest accepting the nomination)

Ross “The Boss” Friedman, formerly of Manowar

Vinny Appice, formerly of Black Sabbath and Dio.

Don Airey of Deep Purple

Andy Zildjian, President/CEO of Sabian Cymbals

Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne) With the Rhoads family members accepting the Induction

Additional artists and music industry executives to be announced.

The Hall of Heavy Metal History is dedicated to preserving the legacy of those legendary metal musicians who are often forgotten,” says Hall of Heavy Metal History President/CEO Pat Gesualdo. “This event is something the fans have been wanting for a long, long, time. As a non-profit organization, we are also dedicated to working with Wendy Dio and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

A press conference and general admission entrance will commence at 6:30 PM from 7:00PM to 8:00PM. The induction ceremony will take place from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM. A VIP Meet and Greet with the celebrity inductees will take place after the induction ceremony. Live bands will perform throughout the night.

Music fans can be a part of the most important night in Heavy Metal. Tickets are $25.00 for General Admission and $75.00 for The “Meet And Greet” with the inductees. A General Admission ticket is required to attend the “Meet And Greet” event, which includes pictures and autographs with the inductees, and gift bag with an official VIP Pass, a limited edition autographed poster, an official Event T-Shirt, an official Event Program, and additional sponsor items. Tickets are available at

About the Hall of Heavy Metal History:

The Hall of Heavy Metal History is a non-profit organization dedicated to enshrining forever, those legendary musicians, music industry executives, DJ’s, journalists, and producers who are often overlooked, but responsible for making Heavy Metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they keep inspiring Heavy Metal fans throughout the world, from generation to generation.

The Hall of Heavy Metal History is a Division of the non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities). With over 45 Million and major media impressions, top Celebrities, Sports Stars, Law Enforcement Agencies, Major Corporations, Child Protective Agencies, School Systems, United States Congressmen and Senators, Doctors, Teachers, and the United States Department of State have joined with D.A.D. to help bring therapy programs and services to disabled children and their families in over 15 countries.

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As previously reported, Guns N’ Roses released a short video suggesting further dates could be added to their 2017 Not In This Lifetime tour. Well, that seems to be true, as the band announced sixteen new North American Tour dates, see them below.

Guns N’ Roses Tour Dates:

July 27 – St. Louis, MO @ The Dome At America’s Center
July 30 – Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium

August 2 – Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High
August 8 – Miami, FL @ Miami Marlins Stadium
August 11 – Winston-Salem, NC @ BB&T Field at Wake Forest University
August 13 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
August 16 – Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field
August 19 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau
August 21 – Ottawa, ON @ TD Place Stadium
August 24 – Winnipeg, MB @ Investors Group Field
August 27 – Regina, SK @ New Mosaic Stadium at Evraz Place
August 30 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium

September 1 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place Stadium
September 3 – George, WA @ The Gorge
September 6 – El Paso, TX @ Sun Bowl Stadium
September 8 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome

Earlier this month it was revealed that the Not In This Lifetime tour topped Pollstar’s global concert income chart, with Guns N’ Roses netting $5.5 million per show.

That put them above Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Adele and Coldplay per show – but their average ticket price of $117 was also the highest in the top 20 list.

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Following the recent announcement of their third studio album, Heavy Fire, Black Star Riders have released a two video trailers in which Damon Johnson, Ricky Warwick and Scott Gorham discuss the band developing their own sound beyond the Thin Lizzy legacy.

Heavy Fire is set for release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on February 3rd, 2017.

Scott Gotham comments, “We’re absolutely finding our own sound. We’d been on a run with Thin Lizzy for five years, so it’s gonna always take a little while to find your feet with a new sound. But, everybody is an individual here and individually we all write differently anyway so you are going to come up with a different sound eventually. Which is what I think we’ve done with this album”

Watch a lyric video for the song, When The Night Comes, here.

Heavy Fire is now available for pre-order at the following outlets:

Nuclear Blast Shop
Amazon MP3
Google Play

Heavy Fire Track listing:

1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
6. Testify Or Say Goodbye
7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
8. True Blue Kid
9. Ticket To Rise
10. Letting Go Of Me

The Limited Edition Digibook CD will have above Track listing plus

Bonus Track:

11. Fade

Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl Limited Edition Picture Disc

Side One:

1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love

Side Two:

1. Testify Or Say Goodbye
2. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
3. True Blue Kid
4. Ticket To Rise
5. Letting Go Of Me

For more information, please visit:

Official Website

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Def Leppard have released a video for the song, We Belong, which will be included as a bonus feature on the band’s upcoming concert film And There Will Be A Next Time-Live From Detroit. Watch the clip below.

To read more about this release and to view a track listing, as well a pre-ordering information, please click here.

And There Will Be A Next Time-Live From Detroit will be released on February 10th through Eagle Rock Entertainment.

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Singer Phil Lewis has posted the following message on L.A. Guns’ Facebook page:

“Dear friends and fans. With a heavy heart I have to inform you that as of Jan 1, 2017 I will no longer be a member of this line up. I feel I have gone as far as I can in this band, and unless I get out and focus on myself, and something new that has a future, I’m going to stagnate. For the last five years I’ve been enthusiastic to record a new record, Hollywood Forever really recharged my batteries and made me feel very proud to be in this band, but it feels like so long ago now. At this stage I want to walk away with at least a little dignity.

I want to thank you all for your solid support throughout the last 15 years. We’ve had the pleasure and honor of playing so many wonderful countries, and I’ve always made a point of getting out and meeting some of the best, most loyal fans in the business. Your smiling faces will always be a huge part of my adventure, and I want to say Thank You, Thank You, Thank You from the bottom of my heart. What’s the point of making records or playing shows if you don’t have fans for feedback, and I feel blessed to have so many cool people who treasure the music as much as I do as a part of our fan base.

I will continue writing, recording, and performing in the future. I have some solid plans, and I’m also open to where fate will take me on my musical adventure, and I sincerely hope if I’m anywhere near you, you’ll come out and say hi and hear what I’m doing. I love rock and roll, it’s been my religion and salvation for many decades, and I feel the fire burning in my soul to do more. I have no plans on slowing down or retiring anytime soon, so please don’t be sad.

Wish me luck and please stay in touch. Goodbye.

Philip Lewis”

In related news, Frontiers Music/SRL announced that former L.A Guns bandmates, Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, had been signed to the label and would be releasing a brand new album in the summer of 2017. Since that initial announcement, a little over two months ago, no further details have been released about the project.

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