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Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will play his first U.S. shows in four years at the end of November. Ace‘s short run of dates will include two back-to-back concerts at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on November 24 and November 25. Tickets for the NYC shows, which will be presented by VH1 Classic “That Metal Show” co-host and radio personality Eddie Trunk, will go on sale on Wednesday, September 24.

Frehley‘s touring lineup will include none other than Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace‘s “Trouble Walking” platter in 1989, and will do so again on stage. Richie toured with Ace in 1984 and 1985 and periodically from 1989 through 1995 and was also known for touring with Sebastian Bach.

On bass and vocals will be Chris Wyse from Queens, New York. Previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and playing on Mick Jagger‘s 2001 solo album, Chris is well known as the bass player from THE CULT since 2006. Chris can also be heard on Frehley‘s new album, “Space Invader”, on select tracks. He also covers bass duties in his current band OWL.

Finally, Scot Coogan will be behind the drum kit for Frehley‘s upcoming tour. Coogan played with Frehley for five years until 2012 when he left Ace‘s band to focus on other projects. He has since toured and recorded with LYNCH MOB and sat behind the kit for Lita Ford on the 2012 “Rock Of Ages” tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON.

“I consider Ace a friend, and I will always be his drummer,” Scot said. “When he called me about doing shows, I was honored. We are both excited to have the chance to play together once again.”

Coogan recently completed work on the debut album from RED ZONE RIDER, a three-piece band also featuring world-class guitar hero Vinnie Moore (UFO) and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Keeling. RED ZONE RIDER‘s self-titled CD was made available on September 16 via Magna Carta.

Says Frehley: “I can’t wait to hit the road again with this new lineup. I’ll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD, ‘Space Invader’, for the enjoyment of the fans. Let there be rock!”

Matt Starr, the featured drummer on “Space Invader”, will spend the next few months touring with MR. BIG as the replacement for Pat Torpey, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“Space Invader”, the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).

Ace‘s previous CD, “Anomaly”, opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27.

“Space Invader”, which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller‘s “The Joker”.

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YouTuber 66Samus has taken his love of heavy metal and methane gas to another level by creating the nose-bending sound (and stench) of ‘fart metal’. He says every fart we hear came from his arse. We’re not sure if we’re supposed to be shocked or impressed by that fact Mr 66amus…

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General Music News: The album is released on October 28.

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Marmozets’ debut album The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets is one of the most eagerly anticipated rock albums of the year.

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Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor says long-awaited album .5: The Gray Chapter is more like a Quentin Tarantino movie than a concept album.

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SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor has denied that the band’s new track “The Negative One” was written about the group’s former drummer Joey Jordison, claiming that the song’s lyrics deal with “the ugliness that we all have in us.”

The first new tune released by SLIPKNOT in six years, “The Negative One” is taken from the group’s upcoming fifth album, titled “.5: The Gray Chapter”, which is due out on October 21. The disc follows up 2008′s “All Hope Is Gone” and is the band’s first without Jordison, who was let go late last year, and founding bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010.

With lyrics like “The Lord Of Lies / You Had To Be Set Free / Opposing Sides / Your Choices Are The Negative One And Me,” fans have speculated that “The Negative One” was written about Jordison, who was assigned “1″ as his numbered alias shortly after the band’s formation.

“I didn’t even put that together! That’s just how fucking crazy people are!” Taylor told UK’s Metal Hammer magazine.

After it was pointed out to Corey that “The Negative One” apparently contains all the letters that spell out “Joey Jordison,” the singer replied, “Oh my fucking God! People need to fucking unplug every now and again. I did hear some shit about the video for it, like it’s supposed to be Joey, but it’s so fucking funny.”

Asked if the song is about anyone in particular, Corey said: “Here’s the thing. The album is a story — not in a certain order; it jumps around — but it’s a story of this band for the last four years, from the moment Paul died to the moment we stepped out of the studio. So there are certain songs that deal with, not Joey in particular, but about the tension and trying to deal with the ugliness that we all have in us.

‘The Negative One’ was about me, not about Joey, and that’s why the song says, ‘Your choices are the negative one and me,’ which is the two kinda colliding together. ‘The Devil In I’ is the same, which you’d think would be fucking apparent.

“I love the fact that our fans are that passionate, but ‘Judas Priest‘, get out of the fucking basement once in a while! Log off of the fucking Twitter and go smell a flower, and just let yourself get back to a point where you go, ‘Y’know what? That’s a little crazy.’”

He continued: “‘The Negative One’ is about me, and not just me, but everybody in the band.

“We all have so many different sides to ourselves, but especially with this band. When we get together, there’s something about the music we make that really unleashes the crazy, dark shit inside of us. And that song in particular is about, basically, embracing it again, giving into it and letting it have its say. Because if you don’t, then you sit on it and you repress and it blows up in really negative ways. So, that song is about freeing it.”

“The Negative One” lyrics:

Fire And Caffeine
A Lot Of Nicotine
I’m Going To Burn So I Better Tell You Everything
The Competition
The Superstition
Never Mind ‘Cause You’re Never Going To Give In
It’s A Crisis, Just How You Like It
The Same Drama In A Different Disguise
I’m Bound To Walk With A Target On My Back
At Least I’m Ready For Another Attack

The Lord Of Lies
The Morning Star
You Had To Be Set Free
Opposing Sides
Your Choices Are
The Negative One And Me

Svengali
Why Are We The Enemies?
I Never Follow And I Never Make Apologies
Your Dementias Are Gonna Getcha
Because Your Walls Can’t Support Each Other
Settle For The Cynical
You’re So Political
You’re Getting Ready ‘Cause The First Move Is Critical
Reciprocity
Somebody’s Listening
What Did We Learn From Our Time In Captivity?

The Lord Of Lies
The Morning Star
You Had To Be Set Free
Opposing Sides
Your Choices Are
The Negative One And Me
The Negative One And Me

I Hope You Live
To See The Day
When Your World Goes Up In Flames
And As You Die
You See My Face
You’re The Only One To Blame

The Prescient
The Nascent
The Quotient (They All Will Fall)
The Cystic
Symbolic
Condition (Systemic)
Egregious
Replete With
These Lesions (Contaminate)
Succumb To
The Selfish
Creation (Your Failure)

No Accountability
Divisibility
I Point A Finger But It’s Always Looking Back At Me
The Centipede’s Pulling On The Mechanism
Unearthing Scars Of The Cataclysm
When The Innocent
Begin To Circumvent
The Color Fades But The Picture Is Vibrant
What Do You Believe?
Does It Matter Now?
Turn Away
The Killer Is Disavowed

The Lord Of Lies
The Morning Star
You Had To Be Set Free
Opposing Sides
Your Choices Are
The Negative One And Me
The Negative One And Me

I Hope You Live
To See The Day
When Your World Goes Up In Flames
And As You Die
You See My Face
You’re The Only One To Blame

The Lord Of Lies
The Morning Star
You Had To Be Set Free
Opposing Sides
Your Choices Are
The Negative One
The Negative One
The Negative One
The Negative One And Me [End of lyrics]

SLIPKNOT announced in December 2013 that it had parted ways with Jordison, one of the band’s founding members and key songwriters. Taylor told Metal Hammer that firing Jordison after 18 years was “one of the hardest decisions” the group ever made, adding that Jordison is “in a place in his life” which is “not where we are.”

Taylor said he could not get into specifics for legal reasons, but admitted, “It’s when a relationship hits that T-section and one person’s going one way and you’re going the other. And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you’ve got to go in the direction that works for you. This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to Joey. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made.”

Taylor said that the band is “happy right now and we hope that he is . . . he’s just in a place in his life, right now, that’s not where we are.”

The singer would not answer whether drug use played a role in Jordison‘s dismissal, and confessed that he had not been in touch with his former bandmate. Taylor said, “I haven’t talked to Joey in a while, to be honest. That’s how different we are. It’s not because I don’t love him and I don’t miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That’s what it really comes down to.”

The identities of the band’s new bassist and drummer have not been officially revealed, but both appeared — disguised in the same newly designed mask — in the video for “The Devil In I”, the first single from the new album.

Nonetheless, it is widely believed that the new bassist is Alessandro “Vman” Venturella, who sports the exact same tattoo on his hand that was spotted on the hand of the new bassist in the video.

SLIPKNOT‘s new drummer is widely believed to be Jay Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg.

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DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell, whose cancer is once again in “remission,” has just finished undergoing a new round of chemotherapy before receiving a stem-cell transplant later in the month.

Campbell — who before joining DEF LEPPARD in 1992 was well known for his work with DIO and WHITESNAKE — went public with his Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis last summer, but announced in November that he was in remission.

The term “remission” means that the symptoms of the cancer have either been eliminated or reduced. When the tumor is completely gone, doctors call it “complete remission.”

However, Campbell revealed earlier in the year that the cancer had returned and he was battling the disease with a new high-tech chemo treatment.

During an interview with the “92 Minutes Of Hair With Mel” show on the Las Vegas, Nevada radio station KOMP 92.3 on Sunday (September 21), DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott offered an update on Vivian‘s condition. He said (hear audio below): “Vivian, for the second time, is now in remission. The first time, we were told her was in remission, and he was, but it didn’t take, it didn’t stay, it came back. But this time, through clever management with his doctors, they were able to monitor him through [DEF LEPPARD's] whole tour [with KISS], so he could do the tour with KISS this summer. And as we speak, he’s getting ready to go in to have stem-cell surgery, which will, hopefully, get rid of this thing once and for all. So, up until Christmas, he’s gonna be kind of out of action, because once they start on this, they have to keep him so locked down and away from germs and stuff, I think anybody visiting him has to put on one of those, like, nuclear suits. You know, it looks like you’re in space almost. He’ll be locked away, and he’ll be the boy in the bubble. But he’s very confident that he can do this, and his spirits are great.”

He continued: “Other than a couple of days where he just had chemo, and he really was barely able to stand, he was fantastic on this tour. He really kept it together, and he played well, and he was in great spirits. He’s always a fun guy to be around; he’s got a great Irish sense of humor. And he’s using all those positives, and he’s battling against this evil disease. And we’re doing everything that we can to enable him to do that. And one of those things was letting him do this tour, because we said, ‘Viv, by all means, stay at home for the summer. We’ll get a stunt Vivian for a few weeks. AEROSMITH have done this. Loads of people have [done it]. We can do that.’ And he says, ‘No, no, no, no, no. This is as much mental as it is physical for me. I have to have a focus. I wanna do the tour.’ So we were, like, ‘Hey, if that helps you, great.’

“So that’s what I know so far. It’s positive thinking. We don’t know what the final outcome is, and we won’t until next year…

“I don’t wanna say too much, because I don’t know… Vivian could phone me up tomorrow and totally blow out of the water what I just said to you today. But as far as I’m aware, everything’s on the up. And he’s really looking forward… Nobody looks forward to doing this, but he’s looking forward to getting through this so that he can have the rest of his life on the other side cancer-free. And we have met loads of people over the last two years or so since he announced this that are survivors of 25-30 years of the same [disease], Hodgkin’s lymphoma, so we know it’s doable. And all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and wait until he sends us updates.”

While Campbell is undergoing stem-cell treatment, he will be unable to join his bandmates as they complete work on their new studio album, which is tentatively due in April or May of next year. The guitarist will also be forced to miss the band’s next few live appearances, including the pre-game show at the first of this year’s three NFL International Series games on Sunday, September 28, when the Oakland Raiders host the Miami Dolphins; as well as shows in Las Vegas, Santa Ynez, Rancho Mirage and Temecula.

Regarding the progress of the recording sessions for DEF LEPPARD‘s next CD, Elliott told Crash Davis of the Omaha, Nebraska radio station KFAB earlier in the month (hear audio below): “We started… We did a bunch of recording in February and May. We did a little bit of stuff on the road, because, to be quite honest, with Vivian‘s cancer, even though it’s in remission, he’s going in for stem-cell surgery in a week or 10 days time, and he’s gonna be unavailable and incognito and wrapped up in, you know, basically, the boy in the bubble up to maybe Christmas so he can blitz this thing once and for all, which means that any work that he needs to do on the record, we had to make sure it was done before this happened. So we had him in… On days off [on the road], we had him in a hotel room with his guitar and a microphone ready to do backing vocals and guitar solos and all sorts of mad stuff, so that we could get on with the record when he’s in hospital and the tour’s finished. So we get back to work on that record this autumn, or fall, as you guys call it, and hopefully we’ll have the thing — you know, artwork, titles, running order — all nailed by January. We wanna put the record out by April-May. And we’ll start thinking then about where we’re gonna go and play. It looks like we may start off on the other side of the world — in, like, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, etc. — and then work our way back through Europe and then come to the States [in] July-August.”

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Alt-rock band BUSH has set an October 21 release date for its new album, “Man On The Run” (Zuma Rock Records/RAL). The title track of the group’s sixth studio CD can now be streamed below (courtesy of Billboard.com).

BUSH (vocalist/guitarist Gavin Rossdale, guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz and drummer Robin Goodridge) recorded “Man On The Run” with Grammy-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (MASTODON, DEFTONES, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS) at Studio 606, the Northridge, California-based studio owned by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl.

BUSH has also teamed with PledgeMusic for a special campaign that offers fans a chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the new album, along with a number of Pledge exclusives, including limited-edition vinyl, hand-written lyrics, pre-order opportunities and more.

“Man On The Run” is the follow-up to 2011′s “The Sea Of Memories”, which was BUSH‘s first release in 10 years. That album saw them return to the top of the charts in grand style, with lead single “The Sound of Winter” making rock radio history as the first independently released song ever to hit No. 1 at Alternative Rock radio (where it stayed for six consecutive weeks).

According to The Pulse Of Radio, BUSH will reissue four of its previous albums on October 14 in remastered editions, including 1994′s “Sixteen Stone”, 1996′s “Razorblade Suitcase”, 1999′s “The Science of Things” and the 1997 remix LP, “Deconstructed”. Frontman Gavin Rossdale told The Pulse Of Radio that putting the reissues together has been a bittersweet experience. “We’ve done some remastering of the stuff and we’ve got some nice things planned, some alternate versions of things,” he said. “It’s been quite nostalgic for me, going back into the past, I mean looking through oceans of old photographs and being maybe quite nostalgic when I try not to be nostalgic. It’s fun and enlightening and heartwarming and sad all at once.”

All of the tracks — including hits like “Glycerine”, “Machinehead” and “Comedown” — have been remastered in high resolution from their original audio recordings.

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General Music News: US duo have played the cover at recent live shows.

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General Music News: After releasing a live version only, the icon gives us a studio one.

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