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Epiphone Launches Low-Cost Version Of Tony Iommi's Signature SG Special

Epiphone Launches Low-Cost Version Of Tony Iommi's Signature SG Special

Epiphone has launched a low-cost version of Tony Iommi's signature SG Special, a model based on the Black Sabbath legend's "Monkey" guitar.

The guitar, which has a 24.75" scale length, is constructed with a two-piece mahogany body in a Vintage Cherry finish, and a bound, one-piece mahogany neck with a custom, "Iommi C" profile and a 12" radius Indian laurel fretboard fitted with 22 medium-jumbo frets.

The instrument also features a graph tech nut and an adjustable wraparound bridge, and Grover Rotomatic tuners with contemporary buttons, similar to the original "Monkey".

The axe's lean electronics revolve around a pair of twin, chrome-covered Epiphone PRO-90 single coils, each routed to their own tone and volume controls and a 3-way pickup selector switch. With the pickups wired with premium CTS pots and Orange Drop capcitors, it ensures more usable controls and provide a wider range of tones.

The guitar, which has Iommi's signature on the back of its headstock, comes in a hard case, along with a replica of the iconic monkey sticker. The guitar will also be available as a left-handed model.

The guitar is priced at a quite affordable $999, giving guitarists a cheaper alternative to pay tribute to one of rock history's most revered figures.

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Arctic Monkeys Share Video For New Single 'Body Paint'

Arctic Monkeys Share Video For New Single 'Body Paint'

Indie rock band Arctic Monkeys recently dropped a new song "Body Paint," the second single from their seventh studio album, The Car, along with an accompanying music video.

"Straight from the cover shoot/There's still a trace of body paint/On your legs and on your arms and on your face," sings Alex Turner. "And I'm keeping on my costume/And calling it a writing tool/And if you're thinking of me/I'm probably thinking of you."

The song's music video was directed by Brooke Linder with Ben Chappell serving as creative director. The video was filmed between London and Missouri and features an editing room where a screen shows different scenes, such as a man looking at an helicopter, or a tanning booth, interspersed with footage of the band playing in a film studio.

The Car is the forthcoming seventh studio album by Arctic Monkeys, scheduled to release on October 21. The band had released the lead track "There'd Better Be A Mirrorball" last month. The band had also debuted a new song, "I Ain't Quite Where I Think I Am", live at the Zurich Openair festival.

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Judas Priest's Richie Faulkner Reveals He Underwent Second Open Heart Surgery

Judas Priest's Richie Faulkner Reveals He Underwent Second Open Heart Surgery

Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner has revealed that he has undergone a second open heart surgery.

"One year ago today. Less than an hour before my life changed forever," Faulkner revealed on social media. "It's crazy how one minute you're listening to the crowd singing war pigs- everything normal, everything seemingly fine- the next it turns out that it was almost the last time I ever heard it."

The musician also posted a video of the band's 2021 performance at the Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, during which his aorta ruptured.

Faulkner then explained that his first emergency heart surgery took place that same month,and he experienced few health complications in the year since.

"Just before we toured Europe, scans showed a hole in one of the connections between the synthetic graft and my own aorta that was causing a leak. The blood from the leak was forming an 8cm sack that was surrounding my heart. The doctors were okay for me to tour Europe, but as soon as I got back I had to go under again for another open-heart surgery. So 3 days after we played Belgium, they went in, removed the sack and fixed the leak," he added.

He underwent the second open heart surgery six weeks ago and said that he now feels well and strong.

"Looking forward to seeing you all again on the next leg of the US #50heavymetalyears tour starting in a few weeks," he added.

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Volbeat Release Live Video For 'Shotgun Blues'

Volbeat Release Live Video For 'Shotgun Blues'

Volbeat recently shared a live video of the entire performance recorded during the rock band's recent show in San Diego as part of their "Wait A Minute. Let's Tour."

"Shotgun Blues - Official Bootleg Live from San Diego" was captured during one of the band's first shows back on the road in Autumn 2021. This intimate performance at San Diego's The Observatory North Park was filmed shortly before the release of Servant of the Mind. The setlist included some of the debut live performances of the hit singles "Shotgun Blues" and "Wait A Minute My Girl."

Filmed and edited by the team at Ghost Atomic Pictures, the video reflects the excitement of both the band and the crowd as they both return to live music after an extended period away.

"Shotgun Blues - Official Bootleg Live from San Diego" will be broadcast on the band's YouTube channel on October 6 at 8pmCET/2pmET and is available to watch through October 9.

Volbeat is set to embark on their Servant Of The Road World Tour in Europe and the U.K. this Autumn.

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Video For Joe Strummer's 'Fantastic' Arrives Featuring Never-Before-Seen Footage

Video For Joe Strummer's 'Fantastic' Arrives Featuring Never-Before-Seen Footage

Dark Horse Records has released a new video of Joe Strummer's "Fantastic." The Lance Bangs-directed music video features previously unseen footage from the Joe Strummer Archive.

The video features archival footage shot by Strummer, Dick Rude, Julien Temple, Don Letts, and Josh Cheuse, along with a special cameo by Eddie Vedder.

The previously unreleased track features on Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years, which dropped on September 16th, 2022, as part of the celebrations honouring Joe's 70th birthday year.

The box set is the first-ever comprehensive collection highlighting Joe's work with his post-Clash band, The Mescaleros.

The collection includes remastered editions of all three of the band's studio albums, plus 15 rare and unreleased tracks spanning the first demos Joe wrote for the Mescaleros, and outtakes of several tracks of Joe's final recordings with the band. The package is available 4 CD and 7 LP box sets.

"Fantastic" marks one of Strummer's final recordings, with vocals recorded in December 2002 at the Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales, mere weeks after Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros played their last ever live show at Liverpool University on November 22, 2002.

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Filter Announce New Single 'For The Beaten'

Filter Announce New Single 'For The Beaten'

Filter have announced the upcoming release of their new single, "For The Beaten," on October 14 via Golden Robot Records.

The track will be the iconic band's first new track in two years. The track is described as "nothing short of classic FILTER and exactly what hardcore fans of the band have been anticipating for over two years."

"I spent a lot of time in the studio the last two years working on various projects and collaborations but at the core of it all, there is always FILTER," said frontman Richard Patrick,

He added, "We chose 'For The Beaten' as the first single because it's dynamic, dark, and heavy, just like the moment we are in. I look forward to working with Golden Robot and can't wait for everyone to hear the full album."

The song was co-written by Patrick and newcomer Zack Munowitz. It was co-produced by Patrick and long-time collaborator Brian Virtue and was mastered by Howie Weinberg.

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Jimmy Eat World Share Acoustic Version Of 'Something Loud'

Jimmy Eat World Share Acoustic Version Of 'Something Loud'

Arizona rockers Jimmy Eat World recently released an intimate acoustic-driven version of their current hit song "Something Loud."

"We thought it would be fun to make a stripped-down, alt version of 'Something Loud' along with some kind of video element," says Jim Adkins. "As we recorded parts, we filmed it. So what you're watching is what you're hearing."

"Something Loud" was released on June 10, 2022 as the band's first independent single on their label, Exotic Location.

The alternative rock band are currently on the road with their Something Loud Tour. The tour kicked off on September 8 at Rock Hall Live in Cleveland, Ohio, and concludes with a performance at the When We Were Young festival in Las Vegas on October 29.

The band is also working on their new album, which is being produced by the band along with Justin Meldel-Johnson.

Jimmy Eat World released their 10th and most recent album, Surviving, in 2019.

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Pink Floyd's 'Animals' Reaches Top 10 On Billboard's Album Sales Chart After Reissue

Pink Floyd's 'Animals' Reaches Top 10 On Billboard's Album Sales Chart After Reissue

Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals has returned to the top 10 on Billboard's Top Album Sales Chart following its reissue.

The five-track album was reissued in a new mix on CD, vinyl, Blu-ray, SACD and digital download configurations on September 16.

Animals is ranked at No. 3 with 20,000 copies sold in the U.S. in the week ending September 22, according to Luminate. Physical sales comprise 19,000 and digital downloads comprise 1,000.

A deluxe box set edition of Animals is scheduled for release on October 7.

Animals, the tenth studio album by Pink Floyd, was originally released in January 1977.

It is a concept album, focusing on the social-political conditions of mid-1970s Britain.

The Top Album Sales chart, dated October 1, is led by BLACKPINK's Born Pink, which is followed by NCT 127's 2 Baddies at No. 2.

Billboard's Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales.

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Godsmack Return With Brooding New Single 'Surrender'

Godsmack Return With Brooding New Single 'Surrender'

American rock band Godsmack have returned with a brand new single, "Surrender," via BMG.

The track marks the first music from the band in four years, following their gold-certified 2018 album When Legends Rise.

"'Surrender' is a very cut-and-dry song," says frontman Sully Erna. "It's simply about the exhaustion we can all feel in relationships at times from the redundancy of fighting with each other. At a certain point in our lives, we submit to putting aside who's right or wrong, we just want it to STOP! So we wave the white flag."

"Surrender" is the first preview of the band's upcoming eighth studio album, which does not yet have a title or official release date.

"'I'm done wasting time / I'm so sick of your lies / And every time you seem to change your mind / Manipulate - So quick to hate / A true master of your art you demonstrate," the lyrics go.

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Tesla Announce Five-Night Las Vegas Residency

Tesla Announce Five-Night Las Vegas Residency

Tesla have announced a special five-night residency next year, their first-ever residency in Las Vegas, to celebrate 36 years of the rock band's career.

The first of the five shows will take place inside the House Of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the famed Las Vegas Strip on March 17, 2023.

During the residency, Tesla will play their hit songs, including "Modern Day Cowboy," "Hang Tough," "Edison's Medicine," "Signs" and "Love Song."

"We are very excited to be able to perform consecutive nights residing at the same venue because we plan to dig into our catalog and change up our set lists for each show," said Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon. "This will make it interesting for our loyal fans who will attend in the spectacular city of Las Vegas."

"We, in Tesla, are very excited to be doing our very first ever residency in Las Vegas, of all places, where Elvis did his residency," added bassist Brian Wheat.

Tickets for the Residency start at $59.50 plus applicable fees and go on sale for the public on October 1 at 10 am PT via Ticketmaster.

Citi card members will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets until September 30 at 10 pm PT through Citi Entertainment. House of Blues, Live Nation and Ticketmaster pre-sales begin on September 29 at 10 am PT.

TESLA: The Las Vegas Residency schedule:

Friday, March 17, 2023Saturday, March 18, 2023Wednesday, March 22, 2023Friday, March 24, 2023Saturday, March 25, 2023

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Metallica Announce Special Show Celebrating Megaforce Records Founders

Metallica Announce Special Show Celebrating Megaforce Records Founders

Metallica have announced that they are adding one more night to their tour calendar this year with a special show celebrating the life, legacy and achievements of Megaforce Records founders Jonny Zazula and Marsha Zazula. The quartet will be playing a special setlist of songs from their days with Jonny and his wife Marsha at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, on November 6.

Metallica's main touring partner from that time, Raven, will be joining the band to bring back the memories.

Tickets for the 7,000-seat theater show go on sale on September 30 at 10 am EDT.

A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated in Jonny and Marsha's name to MusiCares. Additionally, All Within My Hands will once again be supporting Feeding South Florida with a donation following the show.

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David Lee Roth Shares New 'Studio Live' Version Of 'Dance The Night Away'

David Lee Roth Shares New 'Studio Live' Version Of 'Dance The Night Away'

David Lee Roth recently shared a new "studio live" version of the Van Halen classic "Dance The Night Away."

The track was recorded on May 3, 2022 as part of an extremely fast-paced session. The singer was joined for the session by guitarist Al Estrada, bassist Ryan Wheeler and drummer Francis Valentino.

The Roth band went into Henson Recording Studio and recorded 14 songs in two hours.

The track is the fifth solo single the former Van Halen frontman has shared in recent months. In July, Roth released "Pointing at the Moon," a piano/acoustic guitar ballad, and "Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway," a song about his former band. Earlier, this month Roth dropped "Panama" and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love".

"Dance the Night Away" was the second song from Van Halen's 1979 album Van Halen II.

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Beck Shares Cover Of Neil Young's 'Old Man'

Beck Shares Cover Of Neil Young's 'Old Man'

Beck recently shared a cover of Neil Young's classic, "Old Man." The cover had featured in a promotional clip for this weekend's NFL game between Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs.

Beck's version is now available to stream or download as a stand-alone digital single. The cover's lyrics "24 and there's so much more" is a tribute to Tampa Bay's Tom Brady, the oldest NFL quarterback to start a game, at the age of 45.

"Old Man" was written and performed by Young for his 1972 album Harvest. "Old Man" was released as a single on Reprise Records in the spring of 1972, reaching No. 4 in Canada and No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the week ending June 3.

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Mickey Guyton Joins Metallica On 'Nothing Else Matters' At Global Citizen Festival

Mickey Guyton Joins Metallica On 'Nothing Else Matters' At Global Citizen Festival

Mickey Guyton joined Metallica onstage to perform "Nothing Else Matters," when the band was playing a set at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City's Central Park on Saturday night (September 24).

Guyton, who was invited by Metallica during their performance, had played at the festival earlier in the day.

"Finally a real singer!" James Hetfield remarked as Guyton appeared on the stage. Guyton sang the verses and delivered a riveting duet with Hetfield on the track's chorus.

After her performance, Guyton expressed her Metallica fandom on her social channels. "There are no words. I'm just grateful," she wrote, sharing a few snapshots from her time onstage rocking out with the legendary act.

Guyton previously covered "Nothing Else Matters" for the 2021 tribute album The Metallica Blacklist, a multi-disc project that also featured tributes from Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton, Jon Pardi and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.

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Smashing Pumpkins Announce Three-Act Rock Opera 'ATUM,' Share New Single 'Beguiled'

Smashing Pumpkins Announce Three-Act Rock Opera 'ATUM,' Share New Single 'Beguiled'

The Smashing Pumpkins recently announced they will release their 12th studio album, ATUM (pronounced "Autumn"), which will be a three-act rock opera. The band has also released a new song, "Beguiled," from the upcoming album.

The 33-song rock opera is billed as a sequel to 1995's Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and 2000's Machina/Machine Of God.

The songs will be revealed one at a time chronologically via a new podcast called "Thirty-Three with William Patrick Corgan" leading up to the album's release in April 2023.

Billy Corgan wrote and produced the album.

The Smashing Pumpkins said each act of ATUM will be released every 11 weeks, with Act 1 set to arrive on November 15. Act 2 will be out on January 31, 2023, while Act 3 will arrive on April 21.

A special edition box set featuring the album's 33 songs plus 10 additional bonus tracks will also be released on April 21.

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Skid Row Release Explosive New Single 'Time Bomb'

Skid Row Release Explosive New Single 'Time Bomb'

Skid Row recently dropped an explosive new single, "Time Bomb," from the band's upcoming album, The Gang's All Here.

The video for "Time Bomb" was directed by Dale "Rage" Resteghini. The band had previously released "Tear It Down" and the title track.

The Gang's All Here, which is scheduled for release on October 14, introduces 34-year-old Erik Grönwall from the Swedish band H.E.A.T. as Skid Row's new singer.

The album will be available on CD and multiple vinyl configurations, including black LP, limited edition 180-gram white LP and limited edition 180-gram transparent red LP, via earMUSIC.

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The Pretty Reckless Share Acoustic Version Of 'Harley Darling'

The Pretty Reckless Share Acoustic Version Of 'Harley Darling'

The Pretty Reckless recently released an acoustic version of "Harley Darling," a track set to feature on their upcoming new collection of music, Other Worlds, due out on November 4 via Fearless Records.

The band dressed down this favorite from Death By Rock And Roll to its bare essence with a stirring and striking acoustic performance.

"'Harley Darling' is a love letter to Kato Khandwala," says frontwoman Taylor Momsen. "It's as simple as that. So many of us have stories of losing loved ones, especially now, and I hope this song can be used in other's healing as it was in my own."

Other Worlds will feature acoustic renditions of personal favorites accompanied by some very special guests.

Other Worlds track listing:

01. Got So High (remix)02. Loud Love03. The Keeper (feat. Alain Johannes)04. Quicksand (feat. Mike Garson)05. 25 (acoustic)06. Only Love Can Save Me Now (acoustic)07. Death By Rock And Roll (acoustic)08. Halfway There (feat. Matt Cameron)09. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding10. Harley Darling (acoustic)11. Got So High (album version)

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5 Seconds Of Summer Share Performance Video For Latest Single 'Bad Omens'

5 Seconds Of Summer Share Performance Video For Latest Single 'Bad Omens'

5 Seconds of Summer recently released a video featuring their performance of "Bad Omens," a song from their 19-track fifth studio album, 5SOS5.

The band played the song during their "The Feeling of Falling Upwards" global livestream event at London's Royal Albert Hall last Thursday (September 22), that marked the celebration of the release of 5SOS5.

5SOS5, which is the band's first album to be released independently via BMG, also includes previously released tracks "Blender," "Take My Hand," and "Me, and Myself & I."

The record also includes the band's smash hit "COMPLETE MESS," an anthemic single that took airwaves by storm as the No 2. most added at Top 40 Radio with 100+ stations in the first week.

The single was hailed by critics, with Rolling Stone (Australia) writing, "Its nascent arrival showcase[es] the group's evolved sound as they balance an expansive vibe with contemporary pop sensibilities . considered compositions and mature sound showcase a new version of 5 Seconds of Summer, but not one that is so far removed from what made them icons in the first place."

"5SOS5 . sees the Aussie four-piece delving deeper into reflective lyricism and continuing to diversify their sound," Alternative Press wrote about the band's latest record.

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Drowning Pool Release New Single 'A Devil More Damned'

Drowning Pool Release New Single 'A Devil More Damned'

Drowning Pool recently released "A Devil More Damned," a song from the Texas heavy metal band's upcoming album, Strike A Nerve.

Drowning Pool's first album since 2016, Strike A Nerve will be released on CD, 180-gram vinyl and digital on September 30 via T-Boy/UMe.

Speaking about the 11-track album, Jasen Moreno said, "This record is so badass, it's perfect. It's the four of us doing what we do to the best of our abilities.

"The band is tight in every way. We're firing off on all cylinders. We're at the top of our game. There are all different ways of saying it, but it all amounts to the same thing - the results are just magic," added the Drowning Pool frontman. "From the way the record sounds, to the writing of it, to the production, to the look of it - it's just a perfect Drowning Pool record. None of us could ask for anything more."

"'Strike A Nerve' is the most exciting and intense music from Drowning Pool to date," according to guitarist CJ Pierce.

Strike A Nerve is available to pre-order at https://drowningpool.lnk.to/StrikeANervePR

Strike A Nerve track listing:

01. Doing Time In Hell02. Hate Against Hate03. Stay And Bleed04. Strike A Nerve05. Racing To A Red Light06. Choke07. Everything But You08. Down In The Dirt09. Rope10. A Devil More Damned11. Mind Right

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Rolling Stones Share Restored 'Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby' Videos

Rolling Stones Share Restored 'Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby' Videos

The Rolling Stones recently released two official music videos for their hit single "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?"

Both versions were filmed in 1966 by director Peter Whitehead but were rejected at the time.

The live performance video features the band's performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London on September 23, 1966. The video of the band in drag was created using film footage of the photoshoot for the single's back cover in Manhattan, depicting all five original members, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts.

"Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" was written by Jagger and Richards. It was recorded in the late summer of 1966 during early sessions for what would become their Between the Buttons album.

It was the first Stones single to be released simultaneously in both the U.K. and the U.S. and reached No. 5 and No. 9 on those countries' charts, respectively.

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