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Tony Iommi teams up with Epiphone for new signature guitar

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Tony Iommi has teamed up with Epiphone to create a new signature guitar.

The Tony Iommi SG Special was inspired by the Black Sabbath guitarist's own 1964 Gibson SG Special, famously nicknamed "Monkey." Iommi played "Monkey" extensively with Black Sabbath's original lineup throughout the 1970s, and was played on every album and tour by the band during that decade, basically making it the guitar that pioneered metal.

In 2020, Iommi released a limited-edition recreation of the "Monkey" guitar with the Gibson Custom Shop, which, as you might imagine, wasn't exactly what one might call "affordable." The Epiphone version, meanwhile, is available at a relatively cheaper price point of $999.

For more info, visit Epiphone.com.

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Serj Tankian releases new solo song "Pop Imperialism" outside of AR app

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Now you can listen to Serj Tankian's latest solo song in actual reality, along with augmented reality.

The System of a Down frontman is now streaming his new track "Pop Imperialism" on YouTube. He premiered it last week via the AR app Arloopa.

"Pop Imperialism" will appear on Tankian's upcoming solo EP Perplex Cities, due out October 21. Each week leading up to the EP's release, Tankian will debut another Perplex Cities track on Arloopa.

Perplex Cities follows Tankian's 2021 EP, Elasticity, which features songs he'd originally written for System of a Down.

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Imagine Dragons' frontman Dan Reynolds snatches up new mansion in Los Angeles

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Dan Reynolds, frontman of Imagine Dragons, has a new place to call home.

Dirt reports the "Enemy" singer snatched up a mansion in Los Feliz, a hillside neighborhood of LA, for $5.8 million. This becomes his third home in the LA area, joining his $11 million beach house in Malibu, as well as a house in the Eagle Rock neighborhood.

Reynolds recently separated from his wife of 11 years, Aja Volkman, which may be why the singer has expanded his real estate portfolio.  

Taking a peek at Reynolds' new digs, the outlet reports the house was first built in the 1950s and has been heavily renovated in the years since. The abode offers five bathrooms, four bedrooms and over 6,000 feet of living space.

In addition, it offers a designer kitchen with marble trim and top-of-the-line appliances. Other prime perks include a balcony off the main suite, a screening room, a steam shower, a saltwater pool, a temperature-controlled wine room, a separate guest house and a breathtaking view of the city.

The listing also hints that Reynolds can walk outside and enjoy the shade of some palm trees as he grabs a snack off one of the fruit trees planted on the property. 

The house was originally listed for $8 million when it went up for sale in January. If you want to see more of the home, a video tour was shared to YouTube in December.

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NOFX announces new album ahead of planned split after 2023

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(Note Language) NOFX is heading into the sunset with at least one more album.

The long-running punk outfit has announced a new record titled Double Album, due out December 2. You can listen to the first single, "Darby Crashing Your Party," now via digital outlets.

The Double Album news follows frontman Michael "Fat Mike" Burkett's statement that 2023 will be NOFX's "last year."

"We will be announcing our final shows soon," Mike wrote in an Instagram comment in August. "It's been an amazing run."

Here's the Double Album track list:

"Darby Crashing Your Party"
"My Favorite Enemy"
"Don't Count on Me"
"Johanna Constant Teen"
"Punk Rock Cliché"
"F*** Day Six"
"Is It Too Soon if Time Is Relative?"
"Alcopollack"
"Three Against Me"
"Gone with the Heroined"

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Slipknot's Jim Root says he "didn't have a ton of creative input" on upcoming 'The End, So Far' album

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Slipknot guitarist Jim Root says he "didn't have a ton of creative input" on the band's upcoming new album, The End, So Far.

"We did not do pre-production," Root says tells Music Radar. "We essentially built this record in the studio, and a lot of that was due to COVID, and us being separated, and the circumstances led us to do the record the way it was done."

That process made Root feel "rushed trying to come up with ideas for this or that arrangement."

"We weren't rehearsed as a band," he says. "We did not come in knowing the songs top to bottom, and that affected the record."

Root feels that between the time of Slipknot finishing the album and putting it out, the band could've "taken our...time with pre-production, and, in my mind, put out a better product."

"That's not to say that we’re disappointed with what we are putting out; it's where we are at," he says. "It's what we were able to do, given the circumstances, and the things that we had to work with."

Root also admits he thought Slipknot should've "abandon[ed]" the album and "move[ed] on from it."

"[Percussionist] Clown was like, 'It's not a record! It's not a Slipknot record! We are still touring on We Are Not Your Kind, on that tour, and by the way here are some songs...'" Root says. "Well, you can say that, but we are putting a f****** record out and to the fans this is a f****** Slipknot record. No matter what you say, that's what it is."

The End, So Far arrives this Friday. Slipknot is continuing to tease songs off the record, most recently with a clip of the song "Hive Mind."

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Foo Fighters' Chris Shiflett calls out social media conspiracies over Taylor Hawkins' death: "It's all wrong"

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Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett has opened up regarding the response to drummer Taylor Hawkins' death.

In an interview with The Plug podcast, Shiflett takes aim at "yahoo[s] on Twitter" spreading conspiracy theories about Hawkins and how he died.

"Especially right after [Hawkins] died, all these Twitter private investigators, they absolutely know what happened, and are sure of it, and it's all wrong," Shiflett says. "That's been really strange to watch."

"I understand people's fascination with it, Taylor was this big character and he meant a lot to millions of people all over the world," the guitarist continues. "But it's, like, so much of what I've seen out there is so completely wrong."

In addition to conspiracy theories on social media, Shiflett calls Rolling Stone's article about Hawkins' death "complete nonsense, for the most part." The article, titled "Inside Taylor Hawkins' Final Days as a Foo Fighter," features quotes from artists -- including Pearl Jam's Matt Cameron and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith -- claiming that Hawkins had expressed concern with the amount of touring he had to do with Foo Fighters leading up to his death. Both Cameron and Smith distanced themselves from the article and apologized for taking part.

In speaking about the reaction to Hawkins death, Shiflett seemingly suggests that another Foo Fighters album could be possible. When asked if he's found in recent press interviews that people have been "awkwardly not asking" about the subject, Shiflett replies, "It probably will be when we ever get around to putting out another Foo Fighter record and go back into the promo boogie woogie."

Shiflett recently released two singles with his solo country project. He'll join Foo Fighters for the second of their two tribute concerts to Hawkins Tuesday in Los Angeles.

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Foo Fighters holding second Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in Los Angeles

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The second of Foo Fighters' two tribute concerts honoring late drummer Taylor Hawkins takes place tonight, Tuesday, at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles.

The first show took place at London's Wembley Stadium on September 3. Many of the artists who performed at the London tribute will be making the trip back across the pond for the LA concert, including Blink-182's Travis Barker, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, Wolfgang Van Halen, The Police's Stewart Copeland, James Gang, David Bowie drummer Omar Hakim, The Struts' Luke Spiller, Kesha, session drummer Josh Freese and Hawkins' cover band Chevy Metal.

The LA lineup also includes Soundgarden's Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Miley Cyrus, Nirvana's Krist Novoselic, Tool's Danny Carey, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Phil Collen and Rick Savage, Joan Jett, The Pretty Reckless' Taylor Momsen, Alanis Morissette, Sebastian Bach, Yes vocalist and Hawkins' childhood friend Jon Davison, The Cars' Elliot Easton, Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx, Pink, Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk and Heart's Nancy Wilson.

Additionally, Dave Grohl's daughter Violet and Hawkins' son Shane will perform. Foo Fighters' performance of "My Hero" with Shane on drums was widely considered to be the highlight of the six-hour London concert.

Like with the London show, proceeds from the LA tribute will be donated to MusiCares and Music Support. Unlike the London show, however, no streaming details have been announced for the LA concert.

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Anthrax is "getting there" with next album, says Scott Ian: "We're not that far off!"

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Scott Ian has shared an update on the status of the next Anthrax album, telling Metal Hammer that the thrash icons are "getting there."

"We had started writing before COVID, but then eventually we jumped back in, so we do have eight arrangements and half of them with lyrics," Ian says. "We've got at least another six really, really great things that we just need to start bashing out as a band."

The guitarist adds, "We're not that far off!"

Anthrax's most recent studio effort is 2016's For All Kings. Over the summer, they released a live album titled XL, which captured their 2021 40th anniversary streaming concert.

The 40th anniversary celebration continued this year with a U.S. Anthrax tour also featuring Black Label Society and Hatebreed.

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Slipknot teases more songs off 'The End, So Far'

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Slipknot's new album The End, So Far drops this Friday, and the masked metallers are continuing to whet the appetites of excited fans.

Over the past few days, the 'Knot has been counting down to The End, So Far's arrival with clips from songs off the upcoming record. If you check out the band's Twitter, you can hear previews of album cuts including "Acidic," "Medicine for the Dead," "Heirloom" and "Warranty."

The countdown began last week with a tease of the opening track "Adderall."

The End, So Far also includes the previously released tracks "The Chapeltown Rag," "The Dying Song (Time to Sing)" and "Yen."

Slipknot is currently on tour in support of The End, So Far. The outing, a continuation of Slipknot's ongoing Knotfest Roadshow tour, concludes October 7 in Irvine, California.

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Heart's Nancy Wilson releases solo song paying tribute to Taylor Hawkins

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Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson has released a new song called "Amigo Amiga" that pays tribute to her friend, late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

The melancholy tune, which Wilson began writing on the night that Hawkins died, got its premiere Monday at Consequence.net along with a lyric video featuring footage of Nancy singing the song and playing acoustic guitar.

"I heard myself in tears saying 'too soon too soon' which became a refrain in the song," Wilson explains to Consequence. "I spent quite a few sleepless nights trying to express it all. He was a wonderful friend and we always had funny pet names for each other like 'Amigo' and 'Amiga' as well as 'Luv' and 'Dahling.'"

Hawkins was featured on a song called "Party at the Angel Ballroom" that appeared on Nancy's 2021 debut solo studio album, You and Me. Wilson is also among the many stars scheduled to perform at the second of two Hawkins tribute concerts organized by the Foo Fighters, taking place this Tuesday, September 27 at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California.

"It is such a painful loss -- but it also feels like Taylor has galvanized and re-energized rock 'n' roll with so many of his musician friends and fans coming together," Wilson says. "It's a new renaissance Taylor and the Foo family have gifted us all."

All proceeds raised by sales of the track will be donated to the Recording Academy's MusiCares charity.

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Metallica announces Florida concert in honor of Jon and Marsha Zazula

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Metallica has announced a one-off concert paying tribute to late Megaforce Records co-founders Jon and Marsha Zazula, taking place November 6 in Hollywood, Florida.

The Zazulas launched Megaforce in 1982 and signed a then-unknown Metallica to their first record deal. Marsha passed away in January 2021 followed by Jon in February 2022.

"Jonny gave us our first break in New York, released our first albums on his Megaforce Records label, and put us out on the road for our first real tour," Metallica says. "With Marsha by his side, Jonny was a mentor, a manager, a label head, and a father figure to us all...we would not be where we are today without the two of them."

For the concert, Metallica will be "cooking up a special setlist for you full of songs from our days with Jonny and Marsha at Megaforce." The band Raven, another Megaforce signee that headlined Metallica's first-ever tour, will open the show.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 30, at 10 a.m. ET. Members of Metallica's Fifth Member fan club will have access to a presale beginning Wednesday, September 28.

For all ticket info, visit Metallica.com.

Metallica just performed at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City over the weekend. The set included a performance of "Nothing Else Matter" with country star Mickey Guyton, who previously covered the song for The Metallica Blacklist tribute compilation.

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Nine Inch Nails reunites with Richard Patrick & other former members at homecoming Cleveland concert

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Nine Inch Nails made sure their homecoming concert in Cleveland over the weekend was memorable.

According to Consequence, the "Closer" outfit reunited with several former members during the show, including Chris Vrenna, Danny LohnerCharlie Clouser and Richard Patrick. Patrick played guitar alongside Trent Reznor on tour in support of NIN's debut album, 1989's Pretty Hate Machine, before leaving to start his own band, Filter.

Reznor brought out the reformed lineup to play a few songs from the early days of NIN, including "Wish" and the show-closing "Head Like a Hole," as well as a performance of Filter's "Hey Man Nice Shot."

Patrick posted multiple video from the concert on his Instagram Story.

The day before the Cleveland show, Reznor and company reunited at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Nine Inch Nails Fan Day, which features an hour-long discussion with the group.

Nine Inch Nails was inducted into the Rock Hall in 2020. Reznor and six other members were officially enshrined, including Vrenna and Lohner but not Patrick and Clouser.

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Alice in Chains shares Nancy Wilson's memories of 'Dirt' from 30th anniversary box set

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Alice in Chains' deluxe 30th anniversary Dirt reissue includes a hardcover book featuring various never-before-seen photos, accompanied by memories of the original album from different artists. Ahead of the box set's arrival, the "Man in the Box" rockers have shared one of those memories from Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson.

"Hearing Dirt for the first time was cathartic," Wilson writes. "It was a defining, amazing moment in the begrudgingly called 'grunge' era that se the world on fire. [Alice in Chains] invented a whole new signature sound with their sinister, melodic, dissonant two-part harmonies."

Wilson recalls being on the set of the film Singles, which was directed by her then-husband Cameron Crowe, and seeing Alice in Chains' memorable performance of the Dirt single "Would?" during the movie.

"That night I witnessed some of the best hair-flipping I'd ever seen in Seattle, which is really saying a lot when you [think] about all of the fine hair-flipping we've come to know and love," Wilson says. Heart, like Alice in Chains, started in Seattle.

Wilson also shares that she'd written a song around that time called "The Dragon" about AiC vocalist Layne Staley "forecasting what darkness might lay ahead for him." Staley died in 2002 at age 34; Wilson released "The Dragon" last year on her solo album, You and Me.

"Dirt remains something to celebrate 30 years later because it was a real revolution for progress and against a corporate construct that had take over culture in the '80s," Wilson concludes. "Dirt and other albums of the day are part of what I consider possibly the last great renaissance in rock history."

The Dirt reissue is out now. The 1992 album will officially turn 30 on September 29.

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L.S. Dunes, featuring MCR & Coheed and Cambria members, premieres new song, "2022"

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L.S. Dunes, the new band featuring My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero and Coheed and Cambria's Travis Stever, has released a new song called "2022."

Circa Survive vocalist Anthony Green, who completes the L.S. Dunes lineup alongside bassist Tim Payne and drummer Tucker Rule, of Thursday, wrote "2022" as he was "struggling to communicate the pain that I was in during the pandemic.

"I survived an overdose the previous year and was feeling like I would never be free of the obsession to get high, or just get out of my own skin and that I was only going to continue to hurt everyone I loved," Green shares. "It was a cop-out and easier for me to write a song rather than get honest and real with the people in my life -- cry for help in a way. If there's a positive take away, it's that it's never a burden to the people you love to share your feelings no matter how dark or painful it might be."

"2022" is available now via digital outlets and will appear on the debut L.S. Dunes album, Past Lives, due out November 11. Past Lives also includes the previously released song "Permanent Rebellion."

L.S. Dunes made their live debut at Chicago's Riot Fest last week. They'll launch their first headlining tour in November.

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Members of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Tool & more added to lineup for Foo Fighters' LA Taylor Hawkins tribute

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Pearl Jam and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil and Tool drummer Danny Carey are among the new additions to the lineup for Foo Fighters' upcoming Los Angeles tribute concert to late drummer Taylor Hawkins, taking place September 27 at the Kia Forum.

Other artists who've joined the bill include The Pretty Reckless' Taylor Momsen, Yes vocalist and Hawkins' childhood friend Jon Davison, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, Def Leppard bassist Rick Savage and The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton.

Additionally, The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins and pop star Kesha, who performed at the London tribute earlier this month, have been added to the LA lineup.

Previously announced participants, many of whom also played the London concert, include Blink-182's Travis Barker, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, The Police's Stewart Copeland, Miley Cyrus, David Bowie drummer Omar Hakim, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, James Gang, Joan Jett, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, and Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

Additionally, Dave Grohl's daughter Violet and Hawkins' son Shane will perform. Foo Fighters' performance of "My Hero" with Shane on drums was widely considered to be the highlight of the six-hour London concert.

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