KXM, the band featuring bassist/vocalist Doug “dUg” Pinnick (King’s X), guitarist George Lynch (Lynch Mob, Dokken) and drummer Ray Luzier (Korn) have released a video for the song, Lightning, which is on their forthcoming new album, Circle Of Dolls, which will be released on September 13th. Watch the video, below.

To view a video for the song, War Of Words, please go here. Also, to read more about this release, and to see the album’s track listing, please click here.

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Celebrating thirty years of music, Thunder will release a 28 track album entitled simply The Greatest Hits on September 27th, through BMG. Featuring tracks from each of their 12 studio albums, it is the first ever collection to actually be sanctioned by the band, but also compiled by Thunder themselves. The tracks chosen for The Greatest Hits shows perfectly the arc of evolution that the band has travelled over three decades, developing, challenging themselves and always moving on: without ever losing the core elements that make them special. The Greatest Hits will be released in four formats: 2CD, expanded 3CD [featuring a live session recorded and streamed at the Planet Rock studio on 18 Jan 2019], 3LP and Digital. CD1 & CD2 are both closed by Thunder covers of classic songs.
Thirty years into their career, the time feels right to look back on what’s been done, taking stock of some fantastic work, but keeping one eye on the horizon and what is yet to come. The Greatest Hits is a comprehensive, cohesive and career-spanning collection, taking in material from every single album since the debut that propelled them onto the world stage, 1990’s Backstreet Symphony which hit number 21 in the Charts. That first salvo was followed by Laughing On Judgement Day which hit No. 2 in 1992, and then Behind Closed Doors which was another Top 5 hit in 1995.  Greatest Hits includes material taken from releases right up till 2017’s Rip It Up which hit No.3 in the Charts, and 2019’s Please Remain Seated.  In fact, the last three Thunder albums – Wonder Days, Rip It Up and Please Remain Seated have all enjoyed UK Top Ten status in the Album Chart.
Frontman Danny Bowes said, “Having been at it for 30 years, we now feel we have enough of a body of work behind us to do this properly. We explored and re-imagined our back catalogue with the Please Remain Seated album, and now with The Greatest Hits we’ve gathered all our key tunes together. It’s all killer, no filler, and we hope fans like having it all in one place.” Guitarist and songwriter Luke Morley added, “It was great fun picking the tunes for this compilation, and brilliant to put all of them into one big collection.”

The Greatest Hits track listing:

CD1 [of both 2 and 3CD formats]:

Dirty Love
Love Walked In
She’s So Fine
A Better Man
Backstreet Symphony
Low Life In High Places
River Of Pain
Like A Satellite
Stand Up
Living For Today
Love Worth Dying For
Just Another Suicide
All I Ever Wanted
Gimme Shelter [recorded for charity in 1993]

CD2  [of both 2 and 3CD formats]:

I Love You More Than Rock N Roll
I’m Dreaming Again
The Devil Made Me Do It
On The Radio
The Rain
Wonder Days
Rip It Up
In Another Life
Right From The Start
The Thing I Want
Future Train [2019 Version]
Low Life In High Places [2019 Version]
Your Time Is Gonna Come [Led Zeppelin cover, recorded in summer 2018 during the Please Remain Seated album session. Previously unreleased.]


Bigger Than Both Of Us
She’s So Fine
Blown Away
River Of Pain
Stand Up

Listen To Thunder’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s Your Time Is Gonna Come, below.

Pre-order Thunder’s The Greatest Hits at https://thunderband.lnk.to

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To celebrate 40 years of Highway To Hell, AC/DC have shared the album’s original cover art on Instagram, revealing that the image was rejected by Atlantic Records in favour of the cover we know today. 

“The original Highway To Hell cover was “shot down in flames” by the American record company,” the band said in an Instagram post. Check out the original image above.

AC/DC have been active on social media while celebrating the 40th anniversary of Highway To Hell, which was released on July 27th, 1979, sharing rare versions of Highway To Hell and The Jack performed on Dutch TV. 

additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com

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Today (8/6), the inaugural Megacruise hosted by metal pioneers, Megadeth, announced the final lineup with the addition of GRAMMY®-nominated heavyweight metal band, Lamb of God.
Departing out of Los Angeles aboard the Norwegian Jewel, this ultimate heavy metal, full ship charter music experience at sea, will set sail October 13th-18th, 2019, visiting two ports of call (San Diego, California and Ensenada, Mexico) as well as two days at sea filled with heavy metal music and events. The cruise will also feature a (optional) pre-cruise party on October 12th at Avalon Hollywood (1735 Vine St.) featuring a performance from English rock band UFO (vocalist Phil Mogg, lead guitarist Vinnie Moore, rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Neil Carter, bassist Rob De Luca, and drummer Andy Parker) as part of their farewell tour. This show marks UFO’s only scheduled performance in L.A. and will also feature a performance by hometown heavy metal band Armored Saint (vocalist John Bush, bassist Joey Vera, rhythm guitarist Jeff Duncan, and the Sandoval brothers, Gonzo and Phil on drums and lead guitar, respectively).
Limited cabins are still available beginning at $1,349 per person (double occupancy). Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are additional and mandatory for all passengers, regardless of age. For booking and more info, visit Megacruise.com and follow @TheMegaCruise on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.
Lamb of God — vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Will Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler — joins Megadeth and the previously announced metal roster that includes: Anthrax, Testament, Queensrÿche, Suicidal Tendencies, DragonForce, Overkill, Death Angel, Corrosion of Conformity, DevilDriver, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, Doro, Armored Saint, John 5, Metal Church, Beasto Blanco, Toothgrinder, Metalachi and MecaniX. In addition, official cruise hosts Eddie Trunk (VH1, SiriusXM, AXS), Jose Mangin (SiriusXM) and Lüc Carl (SiriusXM, Ozzy’s Boneyard) will be moderating Q&A’s and activities specially crafted for this voyage.
Megacruise will offer fans an interactive experience like no other, hosting a variety of events and activities that put cruisers up front and center with metal icons that have been an integral part of their lives. From Fan/Artist Photo Experiences to Intimate Morning Coffee Jams, Music Clinics to Fan/Artist Sporting Competitions, there are many ways for fans to interact with their favorite artists. Plus, fans will have the opportunity to join Dave Mustaine for optional beer and wine tasting events featuring a new vintage from Mustaine Vineyards and his award-winning À Tout Le Monde beer.
One of the finest vessels in the music cruise industry, the Norwegian Jewel features some of the hottest venues and performance stages on the high seas. In addition to the main event — endless amounts of live heavy metal music everywhere you look — the ship offers delectable dining options (15 restaurants, plus 13 lounges and bars) and a myriad of activities and entertainment options (casinos, pools, hot tubs, outdoor basketball court, spa, and more). Cruisers will enjoy the friendly and attentive service that the Norwegian Cruise Line is known for and this experience will impress even the most discerning cruise and music fan.
Megacruise will visit “America’s Finest City,” San Diego. The Norwegian Jewel will literally arrive downtown at the foot of Broadway, leading fans into one of the coolest cities in the world. From sunup to late into the night, guests have the time to experience more than just a short day here…the ship doesn’t leave San Diego until the “wee hours”, after 1 am. As the sun sets over the Norwegian Jewel and the skyline of San Diego, the heavy metal experience will begin with bands performing on multiple stages aboard the West Coast’s preeminent Heavy Metal festival.
The cruise also features a stop at the laid-back Mexican port of Ensenada, which offers outdoor recreation, local attractions, wineries, incredible food, culture, and of course, great cantinas to grab a cold one and party with locals, fellow cruisers, and artists. Active travelers looking for adventure can grab a surfboard, kayak or paddle board and hit the beach for the perfect day in the sun. Snorkeling, zip lining, sailing, fishing, horseback riding and more are also available for a nominal charge.
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White-hot rock band Dirty Honey has already opened for The Who and Slash, was chosen as iHeart Radio’s “On The Verge” Rock artist, has its music video in rotation at MTV, and this week becomes this year’s first new band to have its debut single crack the Active Rock Radio Top 10, with, When I’m Gone (listen below), claiming the number nine spot. The blossoming career of the Los Angeles-based rockers is off to a blazing start.
Today (August 6th) the band announces new dates on its Summer North American tour that will include support slots with Guns N’ Roses, Alter Bridge and Skillet, a handful of headline shows, and appearances on some of the late summer’s biggest music festivals.  All upcoming dates are listed below, and tickets are available now; log on to dirtyhoney.com/the-band for all ticketing information.
Dirty Honey’s North American tour is in support of the band’s self-titled debut EP, recorded in Australia last Fall by producer Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine). In addition to the aforementioned opening slots, the band – Marc LaBelle/vocals, John Notto/guitars, Justin Smolian/bass, and drummer Corey Coverstone – has already made its mark this year at Welcome to Rockville, Rocklahoma, Heavy MTL, Epicenter, and Sonic Temple

 Dirty Honey’s Summer North American Tour dates are as follows:

6 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN (Slash)
7 Songbirds South, Chattanooga, TN (headline)
9 KQRA Wienerfest, Mother’s Brewing Company, Springfield, MO


19 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC (Alter Bridge/10 Years)
21 House of Blues, N. Myrtle Beach, SC (Alter Bridge/10 Years)
22 MECU Pavilion, Baltimore, MD (Alter Bridge/Skillet)
24 Terminal 5, New York, NY (Alter Bridge/Skillet)
25 The Met, Philadelphia, PA (Alter Bridge/Skillet)
27 Express Live!, Columbus, OH (Alter Bridge/Skillet)
28 Louder Than Life, Louisville, KY (GN’R, Ice Cube)
30 Rebel, Toronto (Alter Bridge/Skillet)

1 MTelus, Montreal (Alter Bridge/Skillet)
3 The Palladium, Worcester, MA (Skillet/Alter Bridge)
5 Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH (Skillet/Alter Bridge)
 6 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI (Skillet/Alter Bridge)
 8 Myth Live, St. Paul, MN (Skillet/Alter Bridge)
10 Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL (Skillet/Alter Bridge)
11 Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, Kansas City, MO (Skillet/Alter Bridge)
13 Exit 111, Manchester, TN (Ministry)
14 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO (Skillet/Alter Bridge)
16 Saenger Theatre, Mobile, AL (Skillet/Alter Bridge)
17 Avondale Brewing Co., Birmingham, AL (Alter Bridge/Skillet)
19 Vibes Event Center, San Antonio, TX (Skillet/Alter Bridge)
20 The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX (Skillet/Alter Bridge)
22 Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, FL (Alter Bridge/Skillet)
24 House of Blues, Orlando, FL (Skillet/Alter Bridge)
25 House of Blues, Orlando, FL (Skillet/Alter Bridge)

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Fox News reports:

A Vancouver woman thanked the legendary heavy metal band Metallica for saving her life after she used their song Don’t Tread on Me to scare off a cougar on a logging road in Canada.

Dee Gallant, 45, was on an evening walk on July 23 with her 8-year-old husky retriever Murphy outside Duncan, British Columbia, when she said she felt like “something was watching” them, according to KelownaNow.

That something happened to be a threatening cougar, which stood about 50 feet in front of them. The pair were just over a mile into their hike.

Gallant says she didn’t even recognize the animal at first.

“I looked over to the right and there it was, I couldn’t make it out at first and thought, ‘Oh that is a strange color, that’s not a tree,’” she told KelownaNow.

Hoping to intimidate it, Gallant waved her arms and yelled, ‘Hey, you, stop!’ at the animal. The cougar froze, its eyes following her and Murphy.

“Initially I wasn’t that scared, I remember thinking, ‘Cool, that’s a cougar,’ and then it was, ‘Why is it still there?’ before turning into ‘Oh my god, it’s coming toward me, I need to make it stop,'” she told the outlet.

Gallant used her phone to record the encounter and even yelled at the big cat, telling it to “Get out of here” and “bad kitty”

“It didn’t respond to that either. It just stayed locked on to me and seemed really interested, so that is when I decided to stop recording and try to do something else,” she said.

Out of options, she opened her phone’s music library and found a track she felt would sound the most threatening, Don’t Tread On Me by Metallica. She turned the music up to full volume and let the song play.

“I immediately put it on and I held it up high in the air,” Gallant said. “As soon as he heard the first note, he bolted. He was just gone.”

“I thought it was perfect because it gives him the message that I want to send, and it’s a really intimidating-sounding song,” she told the outlet.

She says the encounter only lasted five minutes. Afterward, the Canadian played the song for the rest of her hike with Murphy at her side until she made it to safety.

“I would love to contact them someday and tell James Hetfield [Mettalica’s lead singer] that he saved my life,” she laughed.

Hetfield did get in touch with Gallant, see here.

[Dana’s note: Thank you to both Rattlehead, and Tyger of Pan Tang, for passing this along].

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