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Korn announces 'Requiem Mass' release capturing intimate church performance

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Earlier this year, Korn played an intimate concert at the Hollywood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles to celebrate the release of their new album, Requiem. Now, the "Freak on a Leash" metallers are releasing an official live recording of the unique event.

The set, titled Requiem Mass, will arrive on February 3. It includes renditions of songs such as "Start the Healing" and "Worst Is on Its Way."

The Requiem Mass show was held in February and was attended by 300 fans wearing "appropriate black funeral attire." The concert streamed online, as well.

Along with the church performance, Korn supported Requiem this year with shows alongside System of a Down and Evanescence. The group's next scheduled date is at May's Sick New World nu metal nostalgia festival in Las Vegas.

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Taylor Hawkins "drums up a storm" on upcoming Iggy Pop album, 'Every Loser'

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Taylor Hawkins is posthumously featured on Iggy Pop's upcoming album Every Loser. Speaking with NME, the Godfather of Punk shares what it was like to work with the late Foo Fighters drummer.

"Taylor came in with incredible style," Pop shares. "I'm very fortunate to have that color on the record."

Hawkins contributes to two Every Loser songs: "Comments" and "The Regency."

"He drums up a storm on those tracks, and you can really hear it," Pop says of Hawkins' contributions to the record. "He has this sort of bubbling quality, it's really percolating."

Pop adds that he was "really sad and shocked" when he heard about Hawkins' unexpected death earlier this year.

"The whole thing was something else," Pop says. "He did have a wonderful career doing what he wanted to do, and by all accounts, a good life."

Every Loser is due out January 6. The album, produced by Andrew Watt, also features Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Blink-182's Travis Barker, Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro and Eric Avery, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard and ex-RHCP guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

Elsewhere in the NME interview, Pop shares his love for Måneskin, with whom he collaborated on a joint version of their song "I Wanna Be Your Slave" last year.

"That’s a really strong band," Pop declares of the Italian rockers. "Damiano [David] is an amazing singer and the bass player, Victoria [De Angelis] really handles that position well and doesn’t overplay, but on stage and in their videos, she really stays with the message. Wooo, she's a firecracker."

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Jack White needles Elon Musk over Kanye West Twitter suspension: "How's that 'free speech' thing working out?"

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Jack White is continuing to criticize Elon Musk amid the new Twitter owner's recent suspension of Kanye West's account.

The rapper, also known as Ye, made antisemitic remarks during an interview Thursday with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, during which he said he "like[s]" Adolf Hitler. He later posted a tweet featuring an image of a swastika. Musk said Ye was suspended for violating Twitter's "incitement to violence" guidelines, which was the same reason former president Donald Trump was removed from the platform following his tweets amid the January 6 Capitol attack.

West's Twitter had previously been restricted for antisemitic posts before it was reinstated in November along with various other controversial accounts, including Trump's, under the guise of "free speech."

White, who previously took his label Third Man Records off of Twitter when Trump's account was reactivated, has now shared an Instagram post asking Musk, "How's that 'free speech' thing working out?" 

"Oh, I see, so you have to CHOOSE who gets free speech and who doesn't then?" a sarcastic White writes. "What kind of crybaby liberal suspends someone's free speech? Hmm...."

White also wonders why Musk is keeping Ye and Jones -- who's been ordered to pay nearly $1 billion in damages after defaming the families of those killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting -- off Twitter while still allowing Trump on the platform.

"Is it that liar Jones, and anti-Semite egomaniac Kanye can't provide tax breaks for billionaires the way the former president could?" White writes. "Or that maybe the controller of this 'free speech" is insulted personally? Or that just maybe, there needs to be, oh I don't know, RULES and REGULATIONS or else you breed chaos?"

He adds, "Do the right thing Elon and don't provide other hate mongers a stage."

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Guns N' Roses fan alleges she was injured by Axl Rose's thrown microphone

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A Guns N' Roses fan who attended the band's concert in Adelaide, Australia, earlier this week claims that she was injured when frontman Axl Rose threw his microphone into the crowd.

Rebecca Howe tells Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the mic hit her in the face after Rose tossed it following a performance of "Paradise City." She also provides a photo showing bruises under her eyes and across the bridge of her nose.

In talking about the alleged incident, Howe wants to spread a "warning" to any other GN'R fans planning to attend a show.

"If Axl sings 'Paradise City' get ready to duck for cover," Howe says, adding that her "intentions were not to gain anything" in speaking up.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has reached out to GN'R's rep for comment.

Apparently, microphone-related injuries in Australia are something of a thing for Guns N' Roses. A man was hit in the mouth with Axl's mic during a 2013 show in Perth.

Guns N' Roses will conclude their current tour of Australia and New Zealand on December 10.

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Green Day shares live "Nice Guys Finish Last" recording from upcoming 'Nimrod' reissue

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Green Day has unearthed a live version of the song "Nice Guys Finish Last" for their upcoming 25th anniversary Nimrod reissue.

The performance was recorded at the Electric Factory venue in Philadelphia in November 1997, just a month after Nimrod was first released. The entire Electric Factory set is included on the Nimrod reissue, which arrives January 27.

You can listen to the live "Nice Guys Finish Last" now via digital outlets.

The reissue also includes two previously unreleased songs -- "You Irritate Me" and "Tre Polka" -- and a cover of Elvis Costello's "Alison," as well as a host of demo recordings.

The original Nimrod spawned the singles "Hitchin' a Ride" and "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" and has been certified double-Platinum by the RIAA.

Meanwhile, Green Day recently confirmed they've been working on a new album, the follow-up to 2020's Father of All...

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Premiere: Watch Classless Act strip down "All That We Are" for upcoming acoustic EP

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ABC Audio is premiering a new acoustic version of Classless Act's "All That We Are," which was recorded for the band's upcoming unplugged EP, Welcome to the Acoustic Show.

With the EP, the up-and-coming rockers hope to show a "different" and "raw" side of the sound they showcased on their debut album, Welcome to the Show, which dropped earlier this year.

"It's like telling a different version of the same story, stripp[ing] down a song like that," says bassist Franco Gravante, who also mixed the set. "It was very organic the way it happened, actually. It was one take, pretty much, on each song."

Having recently gotten off the road opening for Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard's giant Stadium Tour, frontman Derek Day found himself channeling the energy from his live performances into his vocals for the acoustic recordings.

"Because of just coming off of tour, I was just doing all the stuff I did live usually, just to keep it interesting for myself, I think," Day says, adding that the unplugged environment creates a "new atmosphere" for him to explore, vocally.

"I just kinda dance around the rhythm guitar, even," Day shares. "I get to hear it differently."

"All That We Are" in particular presented a unique vocal challenge for the acoustic version in recreating the Queen-esque three-part harmony from the original, electric recording.

"Even in the record there's a little keyboard in there," Day explains "So it was really cool to be just, like, 'No, nothing, just three vocals!'"

Classless Act is currently touring the U.S., including headlining dates and shows with Giovannie & the Hired Guns.

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Jimmy Eat World premieres new "Place Your Debts" remix

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Jimmy Eat World has shared a new remix of "Place Your Debts," recorded in collaboration with musician and producer TW Walsh.

"To me, 'Place Your Debts' sounds like a long-lost late 80's [sic] maximalist anthem," Walsh says. "The original track has a nostalgic and classic feel. It's a killer song!"

Walsh adds, "I tried to re-imagine it as if it came from an alternate dark timeline of minimalism, drum machines, tape loops and analog synths. Like disco night at the arcade...dancing into the apocalypse."

You can listen to the "Place Your Debts" remix now via digital outlets.

The original "Place Your Debts" dropped in October. It's the second new Jimmy Eat World tune of 2022, following "Something Loud."

Jimmy Eat World's most recent album is 2019's Surviving.

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Maynard James Keenan calls Christine McVie's voice "part of my DNA"

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If it hadn't been for Christine McVie, we might not have Tool.

In a tweet paying tribute to the late Fleetwood Mac member, Maynard James Keenan recalls how his school bus driver from kindergarten to eighth grade would always play an 8-track of the "Go Your Own Way" band's iconic 1977 album Rumours.

"That album and her voice is part of my DNA," Keenan shares. "RIP #ChristineMcvie"

McVie passed away Wednesday at age 79. Other artists who have shared tributes include HAIM, Paramore's Hayley Williams and Garbage.

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The Smashing Pumpkins' James Iha plays on updated theme song for 'That '90s Show'

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Apparently, The Smashing Pumpkins are to the '90s what Cheap Trick was to the '70s.

According to Variety, Pumpkins guitarist James Iha plays on an updated version of the That '70s Show theme for the upcoming sequel series That '90s Show.

The song, titled "In the Street," was originally released by the band Big Star in 1972. It was adapted for That '70s Show when the sitcom premiered in 1998; Cheap Trick's version was used as the theme starting in the second season.

Variety reports that Iha is also the composer on That '90s Show.

That '90s Show will premiere January 19 on Netflix. Set in 1995, it stars returning actors Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp reprising their roles as Red and Kitty Forman, whose house is once again invaded by teenagers when their granddaughter Leia comes to visit.

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Bowl for Ronnie raises over $72K for cancer research

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This year's Bowl for Ronnie charity bowling tournament, held in honor of late metal icon Ronnie James Dio, raised over $72,000 for cancer research.

The annual event made its return last month after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the rockers who participated were Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Tenacious D's Jack Black, Theory of a Deadman frontman Tyler Connolly and Lita Ford.

The team featuring former Judas Priest vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens won first place.

Proceeds from Bowl for Ronnie benefits the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, which was founded following Dio's death from stomach cancer in 2010.

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Dave Grohl & Greg Kurstin playing 'Hanukkah Sessions' concert in Los Angeles

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Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin are bringing their The Hanukkah Sessions project to the live stage.

The Foo Fighters frontman and the producer are set to perform on Monday, December 5, at the intimate Largo club in Los Angeles. The night will be hosted by filmmaker Judd Apatow.

Unsuspectingly, given the big names involved and the sub-300 capacity of the venue, the show, which will benefit the ADL, has already sold out.

Grohl and Kurstin first launched The Hanukkah Sessions in 2020 and covered eight different Jewish artists for each night of the holiday. The series also returned in 2021. Among the artists the pair covered included KISS, Beastie Boys, Bob Dylan, Drake, Lisa Loeb, Ramones, Amy Winehouse and Billy Joel.

The Largo concert will mark one of Grohl's few live performances since the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins earlier this year; he previously made appearances at Paul McCartney's Glastonbury set over the summer and Joe Walsh's VetsAid concert last month. Grohl and Foo Fighters also held two giant tribute concerts to Hawkins in London and Los Angeles back in September.

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Guns N' Roses to headline London's Hyde Park next summer

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Guns N' Roses is going London calling next year.

The "Welcome to the Jungle" rockers will headline the English capital's historic Hyde Park on June 30. A full lineup of supporting artists will be announced at a later date.

Tickets go on sale next Wednesday, December 7. Members of GN'R's Nightrain fan club will have access to presale tickets beginning Monday, December 5. For all ticket info, visit GunsNRoses.com.

GN'R just played London last summer and was joined by country star Carrie Underwood for performances of "Sweet Child o' Mine" and "Paradise City."

The Hyde Park date marks the first announced Guns N' Roses show of 2023. The group will close out 2022 with a show in New Zealand on December 10.

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Vinnie Paul's estate issues statement on Pantera shows: "We are honored"

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The estate of the late Vinnie Paul has issued a statement regarding Pantera's upcoming shows.

As previously reported, Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown are reforming the "Walk" outfit for their first concerts since 2001, with Black Label Society's Zakk Wylde and Anthrax's Charlie Benante stepping in for the late Abbott brothers "Dimebag" Darrell and Paul, respectively. Dime was murdered in 2004, and Vinnie died in 2018 of a heart condition.

In its first official comments since Billboard broke news of the Pantera shows over the summer, Paul's estate writes, "There can never be a Pantera reunion without Vinnie and Dime. However, there is no better way to celebrate and honor Vinnie and Dime's legacy, than to bring the music of Pantera directly to the fans."

"We are honored that Charlie and Zakk, their very close friends and musical brothers, will share the stage with Philip and Rex, to unleash the power of Pantera live around the world," the statement concludes.

Billboard also reported that the estates of both Dime and Vinnie gave the reconstituted Pantera lineup the "green light."

The first Pantera show will take place this Friday in Mexico. Following trips to South America and Europe, the tour will come to the U.S. in 2023 and 2024 when Pantera opens for Metallica.

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Mastodon on Mastodon: Brann Dailor shares thoughts on social media platform

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Amid Elon Musk's controversial rule as the new owner of Twitter, some users have been migrating to a different social media platform called Mastodon. Unfortunately for any metalheads on social media, Mastodon doesn't have anything to do with the band Mastodon.

For those metalheads, that begs the question: How does Mastodon feel about Mastodon?

"It might be a little bit confusing for people who like our band, but there's not much we can do about it," drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor tells Metal Hammer. "For the last five or six years there has always been a little flurry over there."

"We see our name pop up a fair amount, it's not strictly a bad thing," he continues. "Someone will say, 'I'm joining Mastodon', and people say 'What are you talking about, they're a heavy metal band that's been around for 20-something years?'"

Mastodon the band isn't the first thing to be called "mastodon," so Dailor and company can't be too mad about something else taking the name, too.

"In fairness we made it confusing for people who are into the animal the mastodon," Dailor says. "If you type in 'mastodon' to your Google machine, the band usually comes up before the ice age animal. That's not that fair to the animal, so we're very sorry for that."

He adds, "Fans of prehistoric animals are the ones that have been really wronged here: 'I don't give a s*** about this band! I just want to look at this furry elephant!'"

In addition to being confused with a social media platform, Mastodon has spent 2022 touring in support of the group's latest album, 2021's Hushed and Grim.

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Jack White headlining inaugural Palm Tree Music Festival in Aspen

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Jack White will be hitting the slopes to headline the inaugural Palm Tree Music Festival Aspen.

The two-day event will be held February 24-25 in the famed ski resort town. Cannons and King Princess will also be on the lineup; DJ Kygo will headline as well.

"We are super proud to launch our first winter edition of Palm Tree Music Festival in Aspen and build something that has never been done during the peak winter season in the middle of downtown Aspen," says Myles Shear, co-founder of festival producers Palm Tree Crew.

Tickets will go on pre-sale this Thursday, December 1, at 2 p.m. MT followed by a general on-sale Friday, December 2, at 2 p.m. MT. For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit PalmTreeMusicFestival.com.

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