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Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary drummer of GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT, Matt Sorum released his new album, “Stratosphere”, under the moniker MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY on March 11 on Rok Dok Recordings via Kobalt Label Services.

“Stratosphere” is major departure from the hard-hitting rock Sorum is best known for. His intense passion for animal and human rights, and need to give back heavily influenced the narrative and acoustic orchestration of the album.

“Over the years, I’ve been influenced by my surroundings and sometimes that hasn’t always been for the better,” says Sorum. “But after years of soul searching, I organically fell into a different state of mind.

“With many lessons learned along the way, it seemed like the perfect time to do a record in my own voice, if you will. It’s as real and exposed as anything I’ve ever offered my in my career, and I hope you enjoy it.”

Besides stepping behind the mic for lead vocals, Sorum wrote the entire album, and plays acoustic guitar and piano.

“I’ve always played acoustic, so I wanted to use that as the feel of the record,” Matt says.

“I chose the musicians I wanted by records they had played on, and diverse instruments such as mellotron, slide guitar and ethnic percussion.

“I always wanted orchestration, so this album was the canvas for that as well.”

The official “Stratosphere” trailer can be seen below.

MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY“Stratosphere” track listing:

01. Intro – Stratosphere Part 1
02. The Sea
03. What Ziggy Says
04. For the Wild Ones
05. Goodbye To You
06. Gone
07. Lady of the Stone
08. Ode to Nick Drake
09. Blue
10. Josephine
11. Land of the Pure
12. Killers N Lovers
13. The Lonely Teardrop
14. Outro – Stratosphere Part 2

Speaking to The Street, Sorum stated about his inspiration for the “Stratosphere” CD: “I’m known as a rock guy, but I’ve always loved so many diverse artists. I was a huge Joni Mitchell fan; I remember listening to a lot of her records back to back. Neil Young, Tom Petty, THE BEATLES, of course, and I was a huge Bowie fan. I was also into progressive stuff, like early GENESIS, Peter Gabriel era. You can hear that influence on the new album; there are a couple of songs that have some interesting time changes.

“I’ve always dabbled on the acoustic guitar, and I wrote a couple songs for VELVET REVOLVER. In GUNS N’ ROSES, Axl [Rose] and Slash looked to me for arrangements. I wasn’t the predominant songwriter, but I’ve always been involved in the process.

“When I put ‘Stratosphere’ together, I actually had a lot of it on cassette. I’d been writing the songs over the years, and I wanted to do an album that was just coming from me, regardless of anyone’s expectations.”

Asked if MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY will go out on tour, Sorum said: “We’re going to tour, but it isn’t going to be a typical rock show. If I’m going to front a band, I can’t see myself, at my age, jumping up and playing rock and roll the way Dave Grohl does. Dave pulls it off, running around the stage with an electric guitar. But would that feel right for me? How can I make this feel natural, a natural progression, growing into the man that I finally feel that I am, and saying what I want to say now?”

“Stratosphere” trailer:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 5:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 4:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 3:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 2:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 1:

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary drummer of GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT, Matt Sorum will release his new album, “Stratosphere”, under the moniker MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY on March 11 on Rok Dok Recordings via Kobalt Label Services.

“Stratosphere” is major departure from the hard-hitting rock Sorum is best known for. His intense passion for animal and human rights, and need to give back heavily influenced the narrative and acoustic orchestration of the album.

“Over the years, I’ve been influenced by my surroundings and sometimes that hasn’t always been for the better,” says Sorum. “But after years of soul searching, I organically fell into a different state of mind.

“With many lessons learned along the way, it seemed like the perfect time to do a record in my own voice, if you will. It’s as real and exposed as anything I’ve ever offered my in my career, and I hope you enjoy it.”

Besides stepping behind the mic for lead vocals, Sorum wrote the entire album, and plays acoustic guitar and piano.

“I’ve always played acoustic, so I wanted to use that as the feel of the record,” Matt says.

“I chose the musicians I wanted by records they had played on, and diverse instruments such as mellotron, slide guitar and ethnic percussion.

“I always wanted orchestration, so this album was the canvas for that as well.”

Pre-order “Stratosphere” now on iTunes and get an instant download of “The Sea”.

Check out the ffth and final webisode about of the making of “Stratosphere” below.

MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY“Stratosphere” track listing:

01. Intro – Stratosphere Part 1
02. The Sea
03. What Ziggy Says
04. For the Wild Ones
05. Goodbye To You
06. Gone
07. Lady of the Stone
08. Ode to Nick Drake
09. Blue
10. Josephine
11. Land of the Pure
12. Killers N Lovers
13. The Lonely Teardrop
14. Outro – Stratosphere Part 2

Speaking to The Street, Sorum stated about his inspiration for the “Stratosphere” CD: “I’m known as a rock guy, but I’ve always loved so many diverse artists. I was a huge Joni Mitchell fan; I remember listening to a lot of her records back to back. Neil Young, Tom Petty, THE BEATLES, of course, and I was a huge Bowie fan. I was also into progressive stuff, like early GENESIS, Peter Gabriel era. You can hear that influence on the new album; there are a couple of songs that have some interesting time changes.

“I’ve always dabbled on the acoustic guitar, and I wrote a couple songs for VELVET REVOLVER. In GUNS N’ ROSES, Axl [Rose] and Slash looked to me for arrangements. I wasn’t the predominant songwriter, but I’ve always been involved in the process.

“When I put ‘Stratosphere’ together, I actually had a lot of it on cassette. I’d been writing the songs over the years, and I wanted to do an album that was just coming from me, regardless of anyone’s expectations.”

Asked if MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY will go out on tour, Sorum said: “We’re going to tour, but it isn’t going to be a typical rock show. If I’m going to front a band, I can’t see myself, at my age, jumping up and playing rock and roll the way Dave Grohl does. Dave pulls it off, running around the stage with an electric guitar. But would that feel right for me? How can I make this feel natural, a natural progression, growing into the man that I finally feel that I am, and saying what I want to say now?”

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 5:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 4:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 3:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 2:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 1:

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Nick Krewen of GRAMMY.com recently conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

GRAMMY.com: Congratulations on venturing into film with your own company, Slasher Films. Has this been a lifelong ambition?

Slash: No. It came out of nowhere, and the only way I can put it is that I had absolutely no aspirations to be a movie producer, but [I've loved] horror movies ever since I can remember and I had a very rare conversation [with another producer] where I got to express and vent my passion for horror movies — what I think is wrong with the new ones and what I think is great with the old ones. It was, from the ground up, developing this particular script and getting it to where we wanted it, and then going and casting and getting the director and meeting all these distributors … and announcing Slasher [Films] as an entity. It was really an interesting and tough struggle to get the money [for] an indie kind of thing, and it was fun.

GRAMMY.com: After this first experience, are you hungry to do it again?

Slash: Yeah, I’m looking for scripts now, trying to find that story or script that has the right elements that I can sink my teeth into and say, “This will make a great Slasher film.” A lot of people are sending me stuff now and it’s all roughly predictable. So I’m definitely looking for something different and I want a memorable sort of villain — something you could make a Halloween costume out of — something with a personality. And we have to have good actors. I want to concentrate on spending money on actors as opposed to CGI or any other of the expensive elements of making a movie.

GRAMMY.com: You’ve collaborated with an amazingly diverse group of artists — from Michael Jackson and Carole King to Iggy Pop and Fergie. Has there been anyone who has eluded you?

Slash: Well, Stevie Wonder and I have mentioned playing together a handful of times, and we still have never done it. That’s the only one that comes to mind. The rest of them — there’s not any forethought. It’s something where you meet in the lobby of a hotel or you’re at a function, or something, and maybe you’re introduced. And you naturally get to talking music, and you think you might wanna jam sometime, and that’s how those things really are born. The only time I’ve had to put some forethought into working with other musicians was when I was putting together my [2010] solo record [“Slash”] with all the different singers. That was really the first time where I had to reach out to set musicians to be able to work with them. Other than that, it’s really a spontaneous thing.

Read the entire interview at GRAMMY.com.

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Legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) was recently interviewed on Canada’s Global News. You can now the chat below.

As previously reported, Slash and Myles Kennedy are set to perform a new song, “Nothing Left To Fear”, tonight, Thursday, September 26 on “Conan”, airing at 11:00 p.m./10:00 p.m. CT on TBS.

On October 4, Slash will release the soundtrack album for the first-ever motion picture he has co-produced, “Nothing Left To Fear”, via his company Slasher Films. “Nothing Left To Fear The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” will be released on October 4, exclusively at PledgeMusic.com, the same day the film opens in select theaters.

Written and produced by Slash and Nick O’Toole, the “Nothing Left To Fear” soundtrack includes the film score plus two original songs: “Nothing Left To Fear”, which features vocalist Myles Kennedy, and the instrumental “Welcome To Stull”.

Available on Blu-ray Combo-pack, DVD and On Demand starting Tuesday, October 8, “Nothing Left To Fear” is a harrowing tale in the spirit of the terrifying horror films of the 1970s. The movie is inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas, which is surrounded by Internet folklore proclaiming the town to be one of the Seven Gateways to Hell. Wendy (Anne Heche), her husband Dan (James Tupper of “Revenge”) and their kids have just moved to the small town of Stull, Kansas, where Dan is the new pastor. But in this sleepy community of friendly neighbors, a horrific series of occurrences awaits them: Their teenage daughter (Rebekah Brandes of “Bellflower”) is being tormented by grisly visions. Her younger sister (Jennifer Stone of “Wizards Of Waverly Place”) has been marked for a depraved ritual. And deep within the heartland darkness, one of The Seven Gates Of Hell demands the blood of the innocent to unleash the creatures of the damned. Ethan Peck (“10 Things I Hate About You”) and Clancy Brown (“The Shawshank Redemption”) co-star in this demonic shocker featuring original music by producer Slash and inspired by the real-life paranormal legacy of Stull.

“Nothing Left To Fear” is the first film from Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Slash‘s production company Slasher Films, and was written by Jonathon W.C. Mills and directed by Anthony Leonardi III.

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Legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) revealed his “Top 5 Horror Pix That Scared The Slash Outta Me” during an appearance on “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight”, the Canadian television talk show broadcast on CBC television and hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos. You can watch the segment below.

As previously reported, Slash and Myles Kennedy are set to perform a new song, “Nothing Left To Fear”, tonight, Thursday, September 26 on “Conan”, airing at 11:00 p.m./10:00 p.m. CT on TBS.

On October 4, Slash will release the soundtrack album for the first-ever motion picture he has co-produced, “Nothing Left To Fear”, via his company Slasher Films. “Nothing Left To Fear The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” will be released on October 4, exclusively at PledgeMusic.com, the same day the film opens in select theaters.

Written and produced by Slash and Nick O’Toole, the “Nothing Left To Fear” soundtrack includes the film score plus two original songs: “Nothing Left To Fear”, which features vocalist Myles Kennedy, and the instrumental “Welcome To Stull”.

Available on Blu-ray Combo-pack, DVD and On Demand starting Tuesday, October 8, “Nothing Left To Fear” is a harrowing tale in the spirit of the terrifying horror films of the 1970s. The movie is inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas, which is surrounded by Internet folklore proclaiming the town to be one of the Seven Gateways to Hell. Wendy (Anne Heche), her husband Dan (James Tupper of “Revenge”) and their kids have just moved to the small town of Stull, Kansas, where Dan is the new pastor. But in this sleepy community of friendly neighbors, a horrific series of occurrences awaits them: Their teenage daughter (Rebekah Brandes of “Bellflower”) is being tormented by grisly visions. Her younger sister (Jennifer Stone of “Wizards Of Waverly Place”) has been marked for a depraved ritual. And deep within the heartland darkness, one of The Seven Gates Of Hell demands the blood of the innocent to unleash the creatures of the damned. Ethan Peck (“10 Things I Hate About You”) and Clancy Brown (“The Shawshank Redemption”) co-star in this demonic shocker featuring original music by producer Slash and inspired by the real-life paranormal legacy of Stull.

“Nothing Left To Fear” is the first film from Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Slash‘s production company Slasher Films, and was written by Jonathon W.C. Mills and directed by Anthony Leonardi III.

“As a longtime fan of the horror genre, I want to produce films that are in an older tradition of the genre,” said Slash. “That is to say, films that leave more to one’s imagination, that are psychologically scary and character-driven, and what scares you is more cerebral than superficial. Slasher Films is my vehicle to realize that aim, and ‘Nothing Left To Fear’ is the first film with more to come.”

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Umami Burger, with locations in Oakland, San Francisco, Miami and New York City, has collaborated with legendary guitarist Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N’ ROSES) to create his own hamburger. Tattooed with a big “U” on the bun, the Slash Burger contains shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, American cheese, avocado spread, and wasabi aioli, served with a Parmesan cheese crisp.

The Slash Burger costs $15, with one dollar going to Los Angeles Youth Network. It is available at 20 Umami locations now until November 27.

For more information, visit Umami.com.

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Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, LOADED) will deliver the CBGB 2013 music festival keynote at the CBGB Music & Film Festival Conference, which will be held October 8-13 at Lower Manhattan’s Landmark Sunshine Theater with performances at venues throughout New York City and Brooklyn.

As an integral part of some of the most successful rock bands in history — GUNS N’ ROSES and VELVET REVOLVERMcKagan will deliver the CBGB 2013 music festival keynote. Leading the charge of rock music since the ’80s, McKagan continues to be a potent and venerable noisemaker in the industry. A multi-faceted artist today, when McKagan isn’t shredding on the stage, he effortlessly morphs into a journalist (SeattleWeekly.com, Playboy.com, ESPN.com), an actor (“Dead Pool”, “Sliders”), or a producer (biographical documentary “It’s So Easy (And Other Lies)”). Outside of the arts, he founded Meridian Rock, a wealth management firm aimed at musicians to help educate them about their finances. His versatility and his impact are the epitome of what it means to be an artist today.

CBGB has released an interactive mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones for free download, providing real-time updates on the music showcases, film screenings, and daytime conference schedules. The app lets users set up their own “favorites” schedule for the festival, connect with other fans, and explore previews of the full offering of the CBGB Festival. The CBGB app is available for free on the Apple App store, Google Play, or via direct download.

There are a number of ways to participate in the CBGB Festival. There are a limited number of tickets available to attend the red carpet premier of “CBGB The Movie” at the Landmark Theater on Tuesday, October 8. Tickets and badges for the “CBGB The Movie” red carpet premier experience and three additional different tiers of festival access are available on the CBGB web site. The CBGB VIP Platinum Badge is available through Ticketmaster.

For more information, visit CBGB.com.

An abbreviation for “Country, BlueGrass, and Blues”, CBGB holds a very important place in rock ‘n’ roll history when it began its auspicious origin as a music club on The Bowery in New York City’s East Village. Founded by the late Hilly Kristal in 1973, CBGB became a hotbed for American punk and new music with bands like RAMONES, B-52S, TALKING HEADS, TELEVISION, BLONDIE, THE PATTI SMITH GROUP and THE DEAD BOYS.

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On September 18, Brian West of the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada radio station Y108 (CJXY FM) conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER). You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

Slash will release the soundtrack album for the first-ever motion picture he has co-produced, “Nothing Left To Fear”, on October 4, the same day the film opens in select theaters. The “Nothing Left To Fear” original motion picture soundtrack was written and produced by Slash and Nick O’Toole. It includes the film score plus two original songs: “Nothing Left To Fear”, which features vocalist Myles Kennedy and the instrumental “Welcome To Stull”.

The album will be released exclusively at PledgeMusic.com, giving fans access to interviews, song streams, first looks at film art, clips and more. When fans pledge and pre-order the album, they will gain access to one-of-a-kind experiences with Slash, as well as merchandise for the film.

Due in select theaters Friday, October 4 and available on Blu-ray Combo-pack, DVD and On Demand starting Tuesday, October 8, “Nothing Left To Fear” is a harrowing tale in the spirit of the terrifying horror films of the 1970s. The movie is inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas, which is surrounded by Internet folklore proclaiming the town to be one of the Seven Gateways to Hell. Wendy (Anne Heche), her husband Dan (James Tupper of “Revenge”) and their kids have just moved to the small town of Stull, Kansas, where Dan is the new pastor. But in this sleepy community of friendly neighbors, a horrific series of occurrences awaits them: Their teenage daughter (Rebekah Brandes of “Bellflower”) is being tormented by grisly visions. Her younger sister (Jennifer Stone of “Wizards Of Waverly Place”) has been marked for a depraved ritual. And deep within the heartland darkness, one of The Seven Gates Of Hell demands the blood of the innocent to unleash the creatures of the damned. Ethan Peck (“10 Things I Hate About You”) and Clancy Brown (“The Shawshank Redemption”) co-star in this demonic shocker featuring original music by producer Slash and inspired by the real-life paranormal legacy of Stull.

“Nothing Left To Fear” is the first film from Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Slash‘s production company Slasher Films, and was written by Jonathon W.C. Mills and directed by Anthony Leonardi III.

“As a longtime fan of the horror genre, I want to produce films that are in an older tradition of the genre,” relates Slash. “That is to say, films that leave more to one’s imagination, that are psychologically scary and character-driven, and what scares you is more cerebral than superficial. Slasher Films is my vehicle to realize that aim, and ‘Nothing Left To Fear’ is the first film with more to come.”

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Legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) will guest on the Thursday, September 26 episode of Conan O’Brien‘s nighttime talk show on TBS, “Conan”.

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Students at the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy in Sioux Falls, South Dakota will get a huge treat on Saturday, September 28 when Slash comes to visit and jam with them. The school provides music education for kids from Boys & Girls Clubs and focuses on playing rock music. Academy founder and Dollar Loan Center CEO Chuck Brennan first met Slash at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin. The two hit it off and started discussing the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy and the fact that it’s the first-ever free music program for the children of the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Brennan said, “Slash was so impressed that he immediately wanted to get involved and show his support to the academy and the kids. Slash will be the first celebrity rock star to watch the kids perform and see their concert.”

When Slash found out that one of the student bands intends to perform the GUNS N’ ROSES version of Bob Dylan‘s “Knocking On Heaven’s Door”, he insisted that he get up and jam with the kids.

Brennan remarked, “Can you even begin to comprehend how cool it’s going to be for these kids who just learned how to play and are performing their first little concert in front of their peers to play with Slash?” The legendary guitarist will meet with the students after the show to offer advice and encouragement.

The concert at the Academy will feature three student bands who have been learning their instruments since the school opened in April.

“Nothing Left To Fear”, the first horror film produced by Slash under his Slasher Films banner, opens in limited theatrical release on October 4, and hits VOD and DVD on October 8.

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Legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) and director Anthony Leonardi III, who helmed the first-ever motion picture Slash has co-produced, “Nothing Left To Fear”, stopped by NewsTalk 1010 last week to chat with Richard Crouse about the film. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Slash will release the soundtrack album for “Nothing Left To Fear” on October 4, the same day the film opens in select theaters. The “Nothing Left To Fear” original motion picture soundtrack was written and produced by Slash and Nick O’Toole. It includes the film score plus two original songs: “Nothing Left To Fear”, which features vocalist Myles Kennedy and the instrumental “Welcome To Stull”.

The album will be released exclusively at PledgeMusic.com, giving fans access to interviews, song streams, first looks at film art, clips and more. When fans pledge and pre-order the album, they will gain access to one-of-a-kind experiences with Slash, as well as merchandise for the film.

Due in select theaters Friday, October 4 and available on Blu-ray Combo-pack, DVD and On Demand starting Tuesday, October 8, “Nothing Left To Fear” is a harrowing tale in the spirit of the terrifying horror films of the 1970s. The movie is inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas, which is surrounded by Internet folklore proclaiming the town to be one of the Seven Gateways to Hell. Wendy (Anne Heche), her husband Dan (James Tupper of “Revenge”) and their kids have just moved to the small town of Stull, Kansas, where Dan is the new pastor. But in this sleepy community of friendly neighbors, a horrific series of occurrences awaits them: Their teenage daughter (Rebekah Brandes of “Bellflower”) is being tormented by grisly visions. Her younger sister (Jennifer Stone of “Wizards Of Waverly Place”) has been marked for a depraved ritual. And deep within the heartland darkness, one of The Seven Gates Of Hell demands the blood of the innocent to unleash the creatures of the damned. Ethan Peck (“10 Things I Hate About You”) and Clancy Brown (“The Shawshank Redemption”) co-star in this demonic shocker featuring original music by producer Slash and inspired by the real-life paranormal legacy of Stull.

“Nothing Left To Fear” is the first film from Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Slash‘s production company Slasher Films, and was written by Jonathon W.C. Mills and directed by Anthony Leonardi III.

“As a longtime fan of the horror genre, I want to produce films that are in an older tradition of the genre,” relates Slash. “That is to say, films that leave more to one’s imagination, that are psychologically scary and character-driven, and what scares you is more cerebral than superficial. Slasher Films is my vehicle to realize that aim, and ‘Nothing Left To Fear’ is the first film with more to come.”

Following is the full track listing for the soundtrack for the new film “Nothing Left To Fear”:

01. The Road To Stull
02. Cold Welcome
03. Lamb’s Blood
04. One Choice, Two Fates
05. A Prayer
06. Dark Dreams
07. Sermon
08. The Tooth
09. Retrieval
10. Silent Secrets
11. Pain And Premonition Part 1
12. Pain And Premonition Part 2
13. Observations
14. The Secret Tower
15. Do Your Part
16. Don’t Forget
17. A Flash And A Feeling
18. Abduction
19. Bleeding In
20. Urgency
21. Have Faith
22. The Decline
23. Trauma
24. The Blood Lust
25. Our Broken Home
26. Revelations
27. No Safety In Numbers
28. Childhood’s End
29. The Fear
30. The Perfect Circle
31. Nothing Left To Fear (featuring vocalist Myles Kennedy)
32. Welcome To Stull

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