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  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Sep 25, 2017 | 01:09 am

    Gene Simmons has confirmed that KISS was inivited to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration but turned it down because it was "not a good idea."It was Gene's wife Shannon Tweed that originally revealed Trump's camp approached Simmons and his bandmates about participating, telling a TMZ cameraman last December that the KISS bassist/vocalist "politely declined."Asked in a new interview with The Daily Beast if Shannon was correct in saying that KISS was asked to appear at the January event, Gene said: "That's true. We were invited to perform, but in this polarizing era, it's not a good idea." Simmons added that there was "no reason" for KISS to play the inauguration. "I'm not sure celebrities should be used as brownie points for politicians," he explained. "'Yeah, I'm running for government so I'm going to get some rock bands and performers beside me.' It's all bullshit, really. Once you're trying to influence people by having celebrities beside you, then it becomes who's got the bigger celebrity and all that. And by the way, I'm not a fan of having our foreign policy decided by anybody living in Malibu. Anybody living in Malibu, their opinions aren't worth more than the opinions of somebody living in Wisconsin."Simmons went on to say that he "didn't necessarily vote for President Trump or candidate Clinton" in last year's presidential election, adding that "it's really nobody's damn business" whom he voted for. "I think you'd be surprised by my choice — but he's President Trump, because even if you don't like the man, you must respect the office of the presidency and the will of the Electoral College," he said.Prior to last November's election, Simmons — a former contestant on Donald Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" show — told People magazine that he liked how Trump was shaking up the presidential race."The important thing about Trump, and I'm not saying whether I'm voting for him, or Hilary [Clinton], or anybody else, is that he has changed the game," Simmons said."He doesn't want your money. This guy funds his own campaign, and he is going to say things that tens of millions of people actually say quietly because politically it's 'incorrect.'"In a March 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Simmons described Donald Trump as "the truest political animal I've ever seen onstage." The rocker explained: "He has no speechwriters, no editing, no nothing. He's actually on tape going 'motherfucker.' You cannot turn away."Simmons stressed at that time that he wasn't saying he was supporting Trump. "He has said some very vile, unkind things," he said. "But don't kid yourself. He speaks off the cuff, and what you see is what you get. And he'll double down. If you ask him about building a wall [between the U.S. and Mexico] he'll say, 'Fuck you, I'm going to make it ten feet higher, just because you asked me.' He's not there to be your friend.""He's good for the political system," Simmons added. "The middle, the centrists, they can say, 'What do you think of this?' because everybody is sick and tired of being politically correct. Secretly, tens of millions, perhaps a hundred million people may actually have some positive feelings about a wall."

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  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Sep 25, 2017 | 00:41 am

    FOO FIGHTERS Top Billboard Chart With 'Concrete And Gold' According to Billboard, FOO FIGHTERS' new album, "Concrete And Gold", moved 127,000 equivalent album units in first week of release to debut at position No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Of that sum, 120,000 were in traditional album sales, which also makes the effort the top-selling album of the week.The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).FOO FIGHTERS previously topped the chart in 2011 with "Wasting Light". Seven of the band's albums have landed in the top 10, including 2014's "Sonic Highways", which debuted and peaked at No. 2.FOO FIGHTERS earlier in the month released an animated mini-documentary on the making of "Concrete And Gold", which arrived on September 15. In the short film, frontman Dave Grohl talks about how the band selected the producer it wanted to work with, Greg Kurstin, and how it landed a guest appearance from Justin Timberlake, among others.Grohl recalls meeting Kurstin at a restaurant after hearing a song by his band THE BIRD AND THE BEE on the radio in his car. As the two become friends, Grohl decides he wants Kurstin to record the next FOO FIGHTERS album. Kurstin has previously produced artists like Adele and Pink.Grohl also recounts how he floated the idea of working with Kurstin to the rest of the band, who were puzzled because Kurstin had never worked on a heavy rock record.In addition to Timberlake, the disc features guest appearances from Paul McCartney, THE BIRD AND THE BEE's Inara George, THE KILLS' Alison Mosshart and BOYZ II MEN singer Shawn Stockman.FOO FIGHTERS have lined up a fall North American tour that kicks off on October 7 in San Bernardino, California with Cal Jam 17, also featuring QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, CAGE THE ELEPHANT, Liam Gallagher, ROYAL BLOOD, THE STRUTS and more. The rest of the tour begins on October 12 in Washington D.C.

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  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Sep 24, 2017 | 23:06 pm

    STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has seemingly expressed his support for President Donald Trump's criticism of NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick and dozens of other athletes who have protested police shootings by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem before games.On Saturday, Trump reiterated what he said at a rally in Alabama the previous night — that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, and called on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to tell them to stand.The controversy started simmering over a year ago when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to kneel during the national anthem.While many fans on social media were supportive of the president, a number of athletes seemed to call out Trump on social media, including New England Patriots' Tom Brady and Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers, who both posted messages on social media promoting "unity" and "brotherhood."Earlier today (Sunday, September 24), Sweet weighed in on the topic via his Facebook page, writing: "Everyone talking about 'freedoms' and 'rights.' Just a few of my thoughts on the matter (not that it matters)."Why is it okay for players to 'take a knee' but it's not okay for anyone else you use their freedom of speech or 'rights' to speak against players taking a knee? You see, just as they have the right to protest during our beloved National Anthem, they also have the right to deal with the fallout."Many people will stop supporting not only those players, but those teams as well. Maybe owners and coaches should step back and re-evaluate the fact that it's a game, it's a job. It's not a political platform."Play ball and do the job that you get paid millions and millions of dollars to do. Do what you want off the field, but on the field, just play ball."NFL players across the country demonstrated during the national anthem on Sunday in a show of solidarity against Trump.Last November, Sweet drew criticism from some STRYPER fans for posting a picture of Donald Trump and congratulating the real estate mogul for "working his ass off for the presidency of the United States of America."

    Everyone talking about "freedoms" and "rights". Just a few of my thoughts on the matter (not that it matters):Why is...

    Posted by Michael Sweet on Sunday, September 24, 2017

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AOR Melodic Rock News

  • News Feed Sep 22, 2017 | 14:24 pm

    MECCA 'The Demos' 2-Disc Compilation Track Listing Revealed

     
    The name MECCA is synonymous with quality AOR and melodic rock. Each of the 3 albums released to date have been crafted over several years, with each song racking up a seriously impressive number of demos, alternative versions, re-writes and re-mixes before being labelled “done”.
     
    So, while we wait for a new set of songs to go through that lengthy process, Joe Vana has given MelodicRock Records the green light to delve back into the many folders of Mecca music that has built up since the 2002 debut, to bring you a very cool limited edition release –
     

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  • News Feed Sep 22, 2017 | 08:15 am

    EUROPE Ready Launch 'Walk The Earth' Single

     
    WALK THE EARTH Album Now Available for Pre-Order (See Links Below)
     
    Release Date: October 20, 2017
    Hell & Back Recordings (Silver Lining Music)
     

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  • News Feed Sep 21, 2017 | 11:30 am

    STEEVI JAIMZ Teams With PHIL VOKINS For New Project

     
    Steevi Jaimz, singer, songwriter. Probably best known for fronting the 1980's big selling, over the top, Glam Metal band Tigertailz. With whom he wrote and recorded their first Shoot To Kill EP and the debut album Young & Crazy. After his spell in Tigertailz, he signed to Carlin Music Publishing and released his first solo EP Kick That Habit-Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, with which he worked on with legendary Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham as producer.
     

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