GUITARIST BUCKETHEAD REVEALS THAT HE HAS BEEN BATTLING A HEART CONDITION

Guitarist Brian Carroll, aka Buckethead, has given a interview where he has revealed he has a heart condition.

He was told by doctors that he was on the verge of having a stroke and reports that even simple tasks such as walking across a room is now difficult for him.

Asked on the Coming Alive podcast, what the hardest thing he’s ever gone through, Buckethead said, “I have a heart problem where my heart beats out of rhythm. It’s been doing it for a long time, but recently it kicked up and became really intense. I didn’t know what was going on – I just tried to deal with it and let it do what it did. But it got really intense, so I went to the doctor and they said, ‘You’re on the verge of having a stroke.’ They suggested I had an ablation, where they go in and freeze your heart. It’s supposed to do something with the nerves, because they said my heart was fine and it could be a genetic thing-they didn’t really know. I had that procedure and it didn’t really stop it and I’m still dealing with it.”

The guitarist said he taking medication for the condition, and adds, “It’s been really difficult because it’s scary. Even walking across a room is difficult. Luckily the medication I’m thankful for, because it’s kept it from going berserk, but it’s still pretty intense. I’m letting this thing sort of exist in me and I can’t really escape it. I’m always aware of my heart beat or the intensity of my heart beat. It definitely scares me, but it’s also doing a lot of good because now I better do all the things I want to do – and I’ve been doing a lot of stuff. I feel an urgency now.”

He added, “I could be gone tomorrow. Anybody could be gone, but that’s a heavy experience. I want to play right now, and I want to play that experience.”

Buckethead has released more than 300 albums and has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Bootsy Collins, Iggy Pop, Mike Patton and was a member of Guns N’ Roses between 2000-2004.

additional source: Classic Rock via teamrock.com

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BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION RELEASE VIDEO FOR NEW SONG, “COLLIDE”

As previously reported, Black Country Communion, the band featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham, Derek Sherinian and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, will be releasing their new album, BCCIV, on September 22nd.

The band has now released a video for the first single, Collide, watch it below.

To read more about BCCIV, and to pre-order the release, please click here.

BCCIV track listing:

1. Collide
2. Over My Head
3. The Last Song For My Resting Place
4. Sway
5. The Cove
6. The Crow
7. Wanderlust
8. Love Remains
9. Awake
10. When The Morning Comes
11. With You I Go (bonus track on vinyl edition only)

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L.A GUNS POST VIDEO FOR NEW SONG “SPEED,” ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES

As the revival of the classic ’80s hard rock and heavy metal scene continues unabated here in the 21st century, one reunion has been at the top of the wishlists of many a fan for a long time: the songwriting combination of Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis under the L.A. Guns banner. What once seemed like a distant memory with no hope of returning has now come around and fans are about to be rewarded for keeping their fingers crossed and their hopes up.

Today, the first video for the album’s debut single, Speed,has been released. Watch the video below.

Guns describes the song as “a response to the extremely fast-paced ‘I want it now!’ world we are living in.” Hard rock aficionados should keep their ears opened for a nod to the great Deep Purple’s legendary track Highway Star in one of the verses.

L.A. Guns’ new album, The Missing Peace, on October 13th through Frontiers Music Srl.

The Missing Peace track listing:

1. It’s All The Same To Me
2. Speed
3. A Drop Of Bleach
4. Sticky Fingers
5. Christine
6. Baby Gotta Fever
7. Kill It Or Die
8. Don’t Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
9. The Flood’s The Fault Of The Rain
10. The Devil Made Me Do It
11. The Missing Peace
12. Gave It All Away

The Missing Peace‘ is truly an album by definition,” said Guns. “It’s a collection of music that I have been working on for about twelve years with various styles of rock music. From blues to classical influences, these are all hard-hitting songs. I am very proud of all of the contributions to this album by other members and writers. L.A. Guns fans are in for a treat.”

Catch L.A. Guns on Tour:

7/21: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
7/23: Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
7/25: Joliet, IL @ The Forge
7/27: Hartford, CT @ Webster Hall
7/28: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Upstairs)
7/29: Garwood, NJ @ Crossroads

8/1: Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works
8/2: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
8/4: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s W/Jack Russell’s Great White and Junkyard
8/5: Warrendale, PA @ Jergel’s
8/6: Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
8/8: Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s
8/9: Sioux Falls, SD @ Bigs Bar
8/11: Three Forks, MT @ Rockin The Rivers Music Festival

9/1: Litchfield, MN @ Meeker County Fair
9/2: Sioux City, IA @ Anthem @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
9/23: Lawnton, OK @ Comanche Nation Fair
9/30: Macul, Santiago, Chile @ Santiago Rock Festival

10/6: Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joe’s
10/7: Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
10/14: Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
10/27: Knoxville, TN @ The Open Chord
10/29: Pekin, IL @ Rock N Skull @ Avantis Dome

12/14: Houston, TX @ Proof Bar
12/31: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky W/Faster Pussycat

2018:

1/27: Anaheim, CA @ The Parish @ HOB Anaheim (Namm Event)

2/10: San Juan, Puerto Rico, @ Shannan’s W/Loudness
2/11-2/16: Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise
2/16: Jacksonville, FL @ 80’s In the Park @ Lexington Hotel
2/17: Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room

L.A. Guns online:

Official Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

L.A. Guns 2017 is:

Phil Lewis – Vocals
Tracii Guns – Guitars
Johnny Martin – Bass
Michael Grant – Guitar
Shane Fitzgibbon – Drums

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BLACK SABBATH LAUNCH THEIR “THE TEN YEAR WAR” ON SEPTEMBER 29TH

A foreboding storm is gathering overhead. Bells toll, lighting cracks, rain falls…something dark and sinister is heading this way. It’s 1970 and four guys from Birmingham, with the release of their debut self-titled album, have single-handedly created what would become known forever as heavy metal. It was a singular moment of crushing heaviness that would define the genre for years to come.

The sixties were over. Charles Manson and his knife wielding followers had put a violent end to peace and love and the optimism and hope of the decade had vanished. As the seventies came down like a dark cloud, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler welcomed these uncertain times with open arms and riffs of thunder. And so “The Ten Year War” began.

Fresh from receiving the “Golden God” icon award at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods, Black Sabbath has announced The Ten Year War — a limited edition vinyl box set, released September 29th through BMG, that brings together their eight Ozzy-fronted albums, plus a swathe of other rarities, all housed within exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey.

Despite Black Sabbath’s multi-million selling albums and rabid fan base throughout the seventies, this adulation wasn’t always mirrored by the music press at the time. The band received more than their fair share of criticism, prompting them to publish The Ten Year War brochure; a playful dig at journalists with the witty tagline “more good press than most — more bad press than any.” The brochure is reproduced in full for the box set and is one of the many exclusive items held within that also includes:

8 x vinyl LPs meticulously reproduced in their original sleeves, remastered by renowned mastering engineer Andy Pearce from the original tapes and pressed on 180 gram splatter-colored vinyl, each LP with unique and individual colouring.

* Black Sabbath
* Paranoid
* Master Of Reality (including original fold-out colour poster)
* Vol. 4
* Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
* Sabotage
* Technical Ecstasy
* Never Say Die!

2 x rare 7″ singles, reproduced in their original sleeves:

* Japanese version of Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)/Black Sabbath.
* Chilean version of Paranoid/The Wizard (only 100 copies of the original radio promo were pressed).

Crucifix-shaped Black Sabbath USB stick, exclusive to this box set, which can be worn round the neck and contains MQA high definition audio of the first eight Black Sabbath albums.

The extremely rare The Ten Year War brochure, reproduced from the original publication.

Hardback book, featuring accolades from the cream of rock royalty, coupled with official and candid iconic photography of the band during their 1970s tours, recording sessions and photo shoots.

“Tenth Anniversary World Tour” 1978 official program, impeccably reproduced.

Reprinted tour poster from the 1972 Seattle Centre Arena show.

Box set is individually numbered.

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MASTODON’S NEW ALBUM EMPEROR OF SAND IS THE #1 ALBUM OF THE WEEK ON MULTIPLE CHARTS

Emperor of Sand, the eighth studio album from internationally celebrated heavy rock icons Mastodon, has entered Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart at the #1 position, making this not only the best-selling album of the week over all other entries, but also the band’s biggest sales debut in their history. In addition, Emperor of Sand topped the Billboard Alternative Albums, Rock Albums, Hard Music Albums and Physical Albums charts, plus the #1 vinyl selling album of the week completing Mastodon’s biggest debut of their career. Emperor of Sand debuts at the #7 position on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and marks the band’s third consecutive album to enter into the Top Ten, including Once More ‘Round the Sun (2014) and The Hunter (2011).

Mastodon had the biggest international debut of their career with first week chart position highs in multiple countries. Emperor of Sand also reached the Top 10 in Canada (#2), Australia (#3), Finland (#4), Sweden (#5), Norway (#6), Ireland (#7), and New Zealand (#9).

Mastodon’s new single Show Yourself is currently #8 at rock radio. The band recently performed the hit single on Jimmy Kimmel Live! – Watch the performance, below. They will also perform the song on TBS’ Conan on a later date to be announced soon.

Thrilled with this achievement, the band has offered this statement:

“We want to thank all of our fans for running out and picking up a copy of our new album Emperor Of Sand. The support you guys have shown us has been unbelievable. The album is an important and emotional one for us and it makes us very happy that it is connecting with you. We’re excited to play it for you on tour!! See you soon!” – The ‘Don’

On April 20, the band will perform at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles as part of their upcoming spring U.S. headline tour, which begins on April 14 in Missoula, MT, with support from Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles. The band will also perform at several festivals, including the Carolina Rebellion Festival on May 5. Each pair of tickets purchased online (excluding festival dates and the May 6 Philadelphia show) includes a choice of a physical or digital copy of Emperor of Sand. Tickets are on sale now. Please see below for all tour dates and visit mastodonrocks.com/tour to purchase tickets.

Tour Dates:

4/14 Missoula, MT Wilma Theater
4/15 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
4/16 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
4/18 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
4/20 Los Angeles, CA The Palladium
4/21 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
4/23 Salt Lake City, UT Complex
4/24 Denver, CO Fillmore
4/26 Kansas City, KS Uptown Theater
4/27 St. Louis, MO Pageant
4/28 Birmingham, AL Iron City
4/29 Jacksonville, F L Welcome to Rockville Festival
4/30 Ft. Myers, FL Fort Rock Festival

5/2 Washington, DC Fillmore
5/3 Toronto, ON Rebel
5/4 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater
5/5 Concord, NC Carolina Rebellion Festival
5/6 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
5/8 Boston, MA House of Blues
5/9 Portland, ME State Theater
5/11 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
5/12 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
5/13 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
5/14 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
5/16 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Theater
5/17 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
5/18 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
5/19 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
5/20 Austin, TX ACL Live

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