We've gotten the first taste of the Rolling Stones‘ planned re-issue of Sticky Fingers, a stripped-down version of “Wild Horses.” Check out the new lyric video, which plays off Andy Warhol's legendary zippered cover art. This new version of the song, which originally found Mick Taylor playing with a distinctly Nashville [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Embassy Pictures, Megaphone Records F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that there are no second acts in American life, but American lives are of no concern to the (primarily) British-born members of Spinal Tap, her Royal Majesty's loyal, loud-playing and, more importantly, tax-paying subjects since 1964. On April 1, 1980, Tap stood perched [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Spinal Tap The Sun Never Sweats
Embassy Pictures, Megaphone Records Throughout the 19th Century it was commonly said that “the sun never set” on the vast and mighty British Empire. And for the first half of the '70s the same was true of the globe-spanning career of British rock stars, Spinal Tap. So much so that the [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Spinal Tap Brainhammer
Embassy Pictures, Megaphone Records As the '60s were coming to a close, modern day rock icons Spinal Tap were already something of a fixture within Swinging London's rock and roll elite, but they were evidently ready for even bigger things with the release of their now-illustrious fourth album, Brainhammer, on April [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Matt Stroshane, Getty Images On April 1, 1980, hard-rock heroes AC/DC officially announced that Brian Johnson had been chosen as their new singer. While his hire may have seemed astonishingly expedient to fans who were still reeling from the shocking death of original singer Bon Scott just six weeks earlier, but [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon‘s first wife and mother to their son Julian, has succumbed to cancer at the age of 75. News of Lennon's death comes courtesy of a short press release that reads, “Cynthia Lennon passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain, following a short but brave battle [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Megaforce Metallica were a young band on the rise in 1983, but in order to truly get their career going, they knew they needed to make a lineup change. Unfortunately for guitarist Dave Mustaine, that meant he was out of a job — and on April 1, the band welcomed his replacement, [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Any worst-to-best ranking of Aerosmith must deal with two distinct eras, both their sleazy '70s work and the slicker, more successful '80s comeback. But which one was better? And what about that period between 1979-84 when Aerosmith's classic lineup temporarily shifted? Their bluesy covers album? Their more recent work? Click [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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John Lennon Yoko Ono
Hulton Archive, Getty Images Throughout their life together, John Lennon and Yoko Ono developed a reputation for public absurdism. One of their most outrageous stunts took place on April 1, 1970, when they sent out a press release stating that they had checked into the London Clinic to undergo sex-change operations. Unlike [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Van Halen
Ron Galella, Getty Images Like the histories of all great rock bands, Van Halen's past includes some landmark dates. For example, on Feb. 10, 1978, Van Halen's game-changing debut album was released. On May 29, 1983, Van Halen performed in front of 375,000 fans at the massive US Festival. And on [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Gavin Harrison credits King Crimson bandmate Robert Fripp with lighting the way for the drummer's solo album Cheating The Polygraph. The eight-track title, to be launched via Kscope on April 13, sees Harrison revisiting songs from his Porcupine Tree years in a big band style. He recently revealed how the concept came [...]
Thu, Apr 02, 2015
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Exodus guitarist Gary Holt says he's ready to write material from Slayer whenever Kerry King wants him to. Holt has been pulling double duties since the late Jeff Hanneman was sidelined by illness in 2011. And although he's recorded some solos for Slayer's 11th album – out this year – he [...]
Thu, Apr 02, 2015
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News Orphaned Land add more dates Israelis confirmed as tour support for Blind Guardian following Mabool 10th anniversary trek News Maiden, A7X, others honoured at Metal Hammer Golden Gods Full 2014 winners revealed - as Orphaned Land share Global Metal gong in spirit of peace News Orphaned Land Win Metal Hammer Golden Gods Global Metal [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Tonight on the Metal Hammer Radio Show we take a look at the latest issue of Hammer guest edited by Slipknot with cover designed by Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard! We'll also be spinning choice cuts from Ill Nino's debut album as well as tunes from Trivium, Stick To Your Guns, [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Mick Abrahams has revealed details on his upcoming solo album titled Revived. The Blodwyn Pig and former Jethro Tull guitarist will release the record and DVD on April 28 – a few weeks after his 72nd birthday. He's joined on the 17-track blues recording by a host of musicians including Bill [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Anthrax's Charlie Benante describes the band's upcoming album as "really thrashy." The drummer and his bandmates are putting the finishing touches to what will be their 11th album and the follow up to 2011's Worship Music. Benante tells Bravewords: "Worship Music started a new chapter in our career, and it has served [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Exovex – the prog ensemble featuring King Crimson and Porcupine Tree's Gavin Harrison and Josh Freese of Devo, Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle – have released their debut album. Titled Radio Silence, the project is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Dale Simmons and also includes contributions from Keith Carlock (Sting, [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Now that the word "epic" has been abused so much that it can now be applied to everything from biscuits to food poisoning, we may need to find a new word to describe Septicflesh and their extraordinarily vivid and grandiose take on extreme metal. Exhibiting a passion for conceptual depth and [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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News Remix reveals rare Bolin magic David Givens discovers guitarist's outtakes while remastering Zephyr's 1969 debut Feature Deep Purple - The Last Days Of The Tastemakers On July 19, 1976, Deep Purple officially split up. In 2003, Classic Rock traced the final days of the band, focusing on guitarist Tommy Bolin Feature The Real Rock [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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Ron ‘Bumblefoot' Thal tried to secure some big-name guests for his latest solo album – but ran out of patience with the process. Instead, he did everything on Little Brother Is Watching himself, except the drums. The guitarist – whose position in Guns N' Roses remains unclear – tells MusicRadar: “I would [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
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