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Friday July 11



Guns N' Roses Taking A Break, Not Retiring

Longtime Guns N' Roses keyboard player Dizzy Reed set the record straight on the band's upcoming plans and addressed the recent "retirement" rumor in a new interview with Billboard. The rumor was sparked in May by an online gossip website claiming that an unnamed source told them that Axl Rose was considering retirement following the band's recent Las Vegas residency. Reed addressed the report during the interview. "You know, so much of that crap gets out there, you can't believe any of it," Reed told Billboard. "At this point, having been in the band for so long, nothing surprises me. "When I hear things like that I immediately dismiss them until I hear further. I'm never really concerned enough to even ask where it came from, or why, because if it's that important I'll be getting a phone call." Reed did confirm that the band is taking some time off following the recent end of their residency but vows that they will be back. "Guns are definitely taking some time off, but we'll see. I'm not sure if we're gonna be doing anything else this year. Hopefully we will, but definitely next year. We can't stay away too long." As for new music, Axl Rose recently confirmed in an interview with Revolver Magazine that Guns N' Roses has a wealth of material. "We recorded a lot of things before 'Chinese' was out," Axl said. "We've worked more on some of those things and we've written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of 'Chinese'. That's already recorded. "And then we have a remix album made of the songs from 'Chinese'. That's been done for a while, too. But after Vegas, we're going to start looking very seriously at what we're doing in that regard." Reed also talked about that material but also said that the band members have been working on additional material. "We've all been handing files back and forth to one another in various combinations," he said. Read the Billboard report for more details as well as for Reed's plans while GNR take a break here.

Read more: Friday July 11

Wednesday July 9



AC/DC Complete New Album

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has revealed that the band has completed work on their new studio album and that he wanted an unusual name for the effort. Johnson broke the news to TeamRock before a ceremony on Wednesday in Northumbria, where he was on hand to receive an honorary doctorate degree. The band recorded the album in Vancouver and Johnson says, "It was brilliant over there. We're done. I'm very excited and we've got some great songs." He also revealed that he "wanted to call the album Man Down. in reference to rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young who has been forced to take a leave from the band due to health issues. He adds, "But it's a bit negative and it was probably just straight from the heart. I like that."

Read more: Wednesday July 9

Tuesday July 8



Foreigner's Lou Gramm and Mick Jones Reuniting For New Music

Former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm has confirmed that he is reuniting with guitarist Mick Jones to work on new music, but it will be for their solo albums and not the arena rock band's next album. "Sometime in September, Mick and I are gonna get together and write some music," Gramm said to Rochester, N.Y.'s 95.1 the Brew, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. "I'm excited about it and very much looking forward to it. "I'm actually helping him with a couple of songs on a solo album that he's gonna be releasing, and he's gonna help me with a couple of songs on an album that I'll be releasing next year." Although Jones was recently quoted as saying that he and Gramm were considering working together on leftover music from the 1980s, Gramm says that the material is much newer. "It's actually the songs we were writing, working on together when we split up in 2003," Gramm says. "So those were songs that were done at the end of the '90s and early '00s, and they're really good."

Read more: Tuesday July 8

Monday July 7



Pink Floyd Releasing First New Album In 20 Years

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd are set to release their first new album in 20 years this fall. Guitarist David Gilmour's wife and Floyd lyricist Polly Samson broke the news on Twitter on Saturday. Samson posted the following tweet, "Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called 'The Endless River'. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful." The project marks the group's first release since 1994's "The Division Bell." Keyboardist Wright died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65. The news follows reports this spring that Gilmour was in the studio working on a new solo album, which backup singer Durga McBroom-Hudson now reveals was for the new Floyd album. "The recording did start during The Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled 'The Big Spliff' that [drummer] Nick Mason spoke about)," she wrote. "Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it. But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then." "It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks," she added. "David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them."

Read more: Monday July 7

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