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2018-04-17

It's a toy house: Scott Ian action figure coming this fall

Scott Ian is getting the action figure treatment. An eight-inch, poseable toy version of the Anthrax guitarist will be released this fall. Made in collaboration with Neca Toys, the action figure recreates Ian's tattoos and his signature beard. It also comes with a tiny Jackson King V guitar, plus three interchangeable heads, including a zombie head which nods to Ian's cameo on The Walking Dead. The figure will cost you $49.99. You can pre-order yours now via Scott-Ian.com. Ian and the rest of Anthrax will be opening for Slayer on the thrash legends' farewell tour, which begins May 10 in…

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2018-04-16

Imagine Dragons featured on new "NOW That's What I Call Music!" compilation

There are only three things certain in life: death, taxes, and a new NOW That's What I Call Music! album. The 66th volume of the long-running compilation series will be released on May 4, and features the Imagine Dragons single "Whatever It Takes." This year actually marks two decades of NOW albums in the U.S.: After launching in the U.K. in the '80s, the first American NOW album was released in 1998. To commemorate the milestone, the franchise has launched a new 20th anniversary hub, which allows you to watch videos, take part in music trivia and competitions, and access links…

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Tremonti invites you to "Take You with Me" on new song

Tremonti has shared a new track called "Take You with Me," which will appear on the band's forthcoming album, A Dying Machine. The song is streaming alongside an intense performance video now on YouTube. "Take You with Me" is the second preview of A Dying Machine, following the title track. The record is a concept album that, according to the band, "takes place at the turn of the next century, where humans and fabricated beings called 'vessels' are trying to co-exist." A Dying Machine will be released on June 8. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and wife welcome baby boy

Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and his wife, singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin, have announced the birth of their second child: a boy named Oliver Francis Followill. "We are madly in love with our baby boy," the couple says. "He has the sweetest spirit and has already made our world a more beautiful place." Oliver was born on April 10. Followill and Baylin also have a daughter, four-year-old Violet. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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System of a Down guitarist's side project Scars on Broadway releasing new music

Scars on Broadway is headed for a revival. System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian's side project will release a new song next Monday, April 23. The track will be the first preview of the long-awaited second Scars on Broadway album, the follow-up to the band's 2008 self-titled debut.  But while Scars on Broadway will be releasing new music, new material from System of a Down, who haven't released an album since 2005's Hypnotize, is still in the theoretical stages. In an interview with Rolling Stone last December, frontman Serj Tankian said the band has worked on new music, but…

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Metallica announces "Day of Service" with All Within My Hands charity foundation

Metallica has announced a new initiative with their All Within My Hands charity foundation. On May 23, the metal legends are launching a "Day of Service," during which fans are encouraged to volunteer at food banks located in the cities where the band played on last summer's North American tour. Volunteers will receive a special t-shirt "commemorating Metallica's first united day of service." Visit AllWithinMyHands.org for the list of participating food banks and registration info. If you don't live close to any of the participating food banks or are unavailable on May 23, Metallica encourages you to visit FeedingAmerica.org to…

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Halestorm, In This Moment add more dates to co-headlining tour

Halestorm and In This Moment have added a summer leg to their North American co-headlining tour. The new dates begin July 27 in Kansas City, Missouri, and wrap up August 25 in Las Vegas. Visit HalestormRocks.com for ticket info. As with the previously announced spring leg, which begins April 30 in Houston, fellow female-fronted band New Years Day will provide support on the summer dates. "We are a few of the hardest working women in rock, so the fact that we are all on the same stage every night is something not to be missed!" says Halestorm's Lzzy Hale of…

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Thirty Seconds to Mars makes career-high debut on "Billboard" 200 with new album, "AMERICA"

Thirty Seconds to Mars debuted at a career-high number two on the Billboard 200 with their new album, AMERICA. The fifth studio effort from Jared Leto and company moved a total of 62,000 equivalent album units, 54,000 of which were pure album sales. Prior to AMERICA, the highest-charting Thirty Seconds to Mars album was 2013's Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams, which debuted at number six. Last month, Leto said that if AMERICA debuted at number one, he'd shave off his beard. While the band lost the number-one spot to "Bodak Yellow" sensation Cardi B's debut album, perhaps a career-high debut…

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A Perfect Circle references celebrity deaths on new song, "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish"

A Perfect Circle has released a new song called "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish," a track from the band's forthcoming album, Eat the Elephant. The deceptively catchy, upbeat tune is accompanied by a visualizer showing a constant loop of dolphins swimming through red-tinged water, which you can watch now on YouTube. Despite its happy sound, "So Long" contains some dark lyrics, and references the recent deaths of David Bowie, actors Gene Wilder and Carrie Fisher, and boxing legend Muhammad Ali with the line "Willy Wonka, Major Tom/Ali and Leia have moved on." The song's title is also…

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Stone Sour's Josh Rand reveals struggle with alcohol and Xanax addiction

Earlier this year, Stone Sour announced that guitarist Josh Rand wouldn't be joining the band on their winter tour in order to enter a "treatment center." The announcement didn't share any specifics regarding his condition or the facility, but Rand has now revealed that he's been struggling with alcohol and Xanax addiction. "My high anxiety and desire to feel comfortable in my own skin over the years led to an alcohol and Xanax dependency," Rand writes in a Facebook post. "That along with aggression issues made me feel miserable and I just could not continue to live that way." "Thankfully,…

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Watch Jack White shred a wedding in un-aired "SNL" sketch

In addition to performing on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, Jack White also appeared in a cut-for-time sketch, which you can watch now on YouTube. The sketch takes place at a wedding reception where the groom's best man, played by cast member Luke Null, is giving a toast. The stock speech soon takes a turn when the best man starts singing a song revealing that he and the bride, Cecily Strong, are having an affair. Not only that, but Jack White is involved too, and shows up to shred a solo while the oblivious groom, host John Mulaney, confusedly…

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RHCP's Flea to release memoir, "Acid for the Children," in September

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will publish a memoir this fall. The book, published by Grand Central Publishing, is titled Acid for the Children, and will arrive September 25. According to its official description, Acid for the Children will tell Flea's "fascinating life story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you’d expect from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock star." The news of the memoir's release comes a full four years after Flea first announced in 2014 he'd be writing a book. "I love literature deeply," Flea said at the time. "I view books…

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