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CJ Ramone Nixed Chance to Replace Jason Newsted in Metallica

When CJ Ramone was approached a decade ago about possibly replacing Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, he declined the chance even though he took Dee Dee Ramone’s spot in the final years of the legendary punk band the Ramones.

Ramone’s reason was simple: Touring with the metal band would not have been beneficial to his family, specifically his son Liam, who had been diagnosed with autism.

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Chevelle Announces Release Date for New Album and New Song, ‘Face to the Floor’ [VIDEO]

Back in the day, the release of a concert album used to be a sure sign that a band was not going to be putting out a new studio effort anytime soon.

Chevelle fans can rest easy, however. Even though the Chicago-bred group released the live collection ‘Any Last Words’ in the spring, a new studio disc is on the way, just in time for the year-end holiday season.

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Three Days Grace Reveals New Album Is in the Works

Up to this point in the band’s career, Three Days Grace has released three albums, with a gap of three years from one to the next.

This month marks two years since ‘Life Starts Now’ hit the streets, and frontman Adam Gontier has hinted that the next 3DG album might beat the full three-year mark by several months.

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Three Unreleased Nirvana Tracks From ‘Nevermind’ Era Streaming Free on the Web

 

Three unreleased Nirvana tracks that are part of the upcoming deluxe 20th anniversary reissues of ‘Nevermind’ are now streaming free on the web.

One’s a scorching demo, another is a rather good quality “boombox” recording and a third is a concert version of the band’s most famous song.

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Former Breaking Benjamin Drummer Chad Szeliga Joins Black Label Society for Fall Tour

The drummer slot in Black Label Society has seen a lot of turnover in recent years. Former drummer Will Hunt left in early 2011 to resume his role in Evanescence.

This fall, the band is touring with Judas Priest. The man in charge of, as Black Label frontman Zakk Wylde puts it, “holding down the foundation of the black cathedral” will be former Breaking Benjamin drummer Chad Szeliga.

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Shia LaBeouf Directs Marilyn Manson in Awesome ‘Born Villain’ Music Video

It seems so far-fetched, even by Hollywood’s standards: Actor Shia LaBeouf, star of ‘Transformers’ and other mainstream blockbuster films, rubbing elbows with musician Marilyn Manson, the reigning king of shock rock.

But not only are they friends, they’re also collaborators. And the result of their recent work together is now available for the world to see — the graphic and NSFW video directed by LaBeouf for the Manson song ‘Born Villain.’

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Release Date for New Jane’s Addiction Album Is Pushed Back

Patience is a virtue, especially for Jane’s Addiction fans. After all, the band has released only four studio albums since its self-titled debut dropped in 1987, and it’s been eight years since the last one, ‘Strays.’

Well, the Jane’s faithful will have to wait a little bit longer than originally planned for the arrival of ‘The Great Escape Artist.’ Originally scheduled for a Sept. 27 release, the new album is now due Oct. 4.

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Pearl Jam’s ‘Twenty’ Soundtrack Will Include Second Disc of Rarities

Pearl Jam opened its extensive video vaults for ‘Pearl Jam Twenty,’ and the band has done the same with its audio collection for the documentary’s soundtrack.

Not only will it contain 14 concert, TV and radio performances that are connected with the forthcoming film, the ‘Pearl Jam Twenty’ soundtrack also comes with a second disc of demos and other live recordings that covers PJ’s two decade history.

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Al Jourgensen and Ministry Plan New Album After Three-Year Breakup

Regular exercise, a vegetarian diet, no more smoking or drinking — the Al Jourgensen of today is not the same as the one from three years ago, which is when he pulled the plug on Ministry.

Saying he feels “the healthiest I’ve been in over 20 years,” Jourgensen has revived his old industrial rock band, which will release a new album by the end of the year and hit the road in 2012.

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Jani Lane Tribute to Feature Quiet Riot, Great White and More

They were among the bands that ruled the Los Angeles hair-metal scene in the 1980s. And on Aug. 29, they’ll join forces on the legendary Sunset Strip to honor one of their own.

Quiet Riot, Great White, LA Guns, Enuff Z’Nuff and Slammin’ Gladys are the featured acts for the free, all-ages tribute concert in memory of late Warrant singer Jani Lane at the Key Club in West Hollywood.

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Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic to Play Seattle Show Celebrating 20th Anniversary of ‘Nevermind’

Since Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994 and Nirvana‘s inevitable breakup, Dave Grohl has stayed in the limelight and has flourished as the leader and frontman of Foo Fighters.

Krist Novoselic, meanwhile, has put music on the back burner for the better part of the last 17 years. But Novoselic has picked a good time to strap on his bass again for the public: a Sept. 20 celebration and fundraiser in Seattle to mark the upcoming 2oth anniversary of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album.

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Misfits to Unleash New Album, ‘The Devil’s Rain,’ Launch US Tour in the Fall

There’s always been a Halloween-appropriate look to the Misfits.

So it’s only appropriate for the legendary punk band from New Jersey to release new music prior to trick-or-treating season. Get ready for ‘The Devil’s Rain,’ which comes pouring down on Oct. 4 and will be preceded by the start of a US tour.

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