Metallica: Back To The Front, the long-awaited book on the making of Metallica's classic 1986 album Master Of Puppets, will see publication on September 13th. A special "Collector's Edition" of the tome will be available two weeks earlier on August 30th through and The band said in a statement, "Two years in the making, we're beyond excited to finally share it with you . . . We hit the storage lockers, attics and basements to fill the book with hundreds of never-before-seen images pulled from our personal archives and have been involved every step of the way to bring you the complete story."

  • Written by Matt Taylor, the book's deluxe edition will come in a special case that includes a limited edition copy of the 276-page book and a portfolio containing a piece of an original roadcase used to ship the band's equipment to Denmark for the recording of the album and on the tour that followed its release.
  • Among the people interviewed for the book were all the members of Metallica, producer Flemming Rasmussen, mixer Michael Wagener, members of the band's road crew and the bands who toured with them in 1986, Anthrax and Armored Saint.
  • Also sitting for interviews were the band's booking agent, tour promoters and managers, Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin and drummer Mike Bordin, and late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton's father Ray.
  • Metallica is also working on a remastered deluxe reissue of Master Of Puppets, although a release date has yet to be determined. The band stated, "As we keep digging in the vaults, we're finding more and more music and video so that we can bring you an even bigger, more comprehensive, no stone-unturned version of the album."
  • The new Metallica album, its first since 2008, is tentatively due out later this year.
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While the three instrumental members of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave are currently touring as part of the rap/rock supergroup Prophets Of Rage, drummer Brad Wilk hinted in a new interview with Alternative Nation that an Audioslave reunion could happen at some point. Calling Audioslave singer Chris Cornell "an amazing musician and a good person," Wilk said, "The possibility of us making music together with Chris is always there. I don’t think anyone has any bad feelings towards each other in that band. I think that band had a really good run, and I think that it was time for us to move on, and that’s exactly what happened."

  • Audioslave came together in 2001 after Cornell's band Soundgarden broke up in 1997 and Rage went on hiatus in 2000.
  • Audioslave released three albums between 2002 and 2006, all of which went Top 10, with their self-titled debut alone selling three million copies.
  • But Cornell left in 2007 to pursue a solo career, citing "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences." He told us at the time that part of the problem was his desire to make a solo record: "Tom and I did have communications about the fact that I was gonna go make a record, and that I was tired of what ended up seeming like political negotiations toward how we were gonna do Audioslave business and getting nowhere with it. We had back and forths about that, and we also as a band sat in a room with other people trying to work this out on numerous occasions, and it wasn't really happening."
  • Time has apparently healed those wounds, however, with Cornell saying last year, "They were great guys, and I really enjoyed the experience that I had with them, so yeah, I would always be open to doing something."
  • Wilk also discussed working on Black Sabbath's 2013 reunion album, 13, on which he played drums as a replacement for founding drummer Bill Ward. Wilk said, "That was an absolute dream come true . . . However, even though it was just the most amazing experience for me, I wish that it could have been Bill Ward instead of me, as amazing as it was for me."
  • Wilk and Prophets Of Rage, which features Chuck D from Public Enemy and B-Real from Cypress Hill in addition to the members of Rage, begin a U.S. tour on August 19th in Fairfax, Virginia.
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Islander releases its sophomore album, Power Under Control, next Friday (August 5th) and kicked off a lengthy headlining tour to promote it on Thursday (July 28th) in St. Louis, Missouri. The new record features an entirely new lineup built around singer and sole original member Mikey Carvajal. Among the new members is drummer Arin Ilejay, who was dismissed last year from Avenged Sevenfold after a four-year stint with that group.

  • The new disc is due out on August 5th and follows up 2014's debut, Violence & Destruction, which featured the rock radio tracks "New Wave" and "Cold Speak." The first official single from the new CD is "Bad Guy."
  • Confirmed Islander tour dates (subject to change):
    July 29 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom July 30 - Bloomington, IL - The Castle Theater July 31 - Toledo, OH - Frankie’s August 2 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot August 3 - Erie, PA - BT Lounge August 4 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club August 5 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance August 12 - Stanhope, NJ - Stanhope House August 14 - New York, NY - American Beauty August 17 - Winchester, VA - Blue Fox Billiards August 18 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero August 20 - Ocean Springs, MS - Mississippi Juke Joint August 23 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar August 24 - Lubbock, TX - Jake’s Backroom August 25 - Gallup, NM - The Juggernaut August 26 - Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock Live August 27 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl August 28 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick September 4 - Madison, WI - Capital Square September 10 - Denver, CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater September 24 - Fort Worth, TX - Texas Motor Speedway
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Is Marilyn Manson self-destructing on his current North American tour with Slipknot? In video footage taken at a recent show in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Manson could be seen incoherently grunting, struggling to stay on his feet and messing around with equipment while singing "The Beautiful People." During that same show, Manson told a member of his crew, "Don’t give me an uppity look, because you’re not black."

Meanwhile, at a show Wednesday night (July 27th) in Bristow, Virginia, Manson appeared to be either extremely intoxicated or high and fell off the stage, also while singing "The Beautiful People." Manson also canceled a July 21st show in Quebec City due to "illness" just minutes before he was supposed to take the stage, and wandered offstage for 10 minutes at what was described as a "disappointing" gig in Montreal on July 20th.

  • While some fans defended Manson's performance in Bristow, a fan named Austin4X wrote on YouTube that Manson was "obviously inebriated," adding, "Could barely understand anything he said all night. Show seemed like one long temper tantrum from start to finish with 10 minute breaks between every song."
  • Manson told us a while back that no one should ever expect a "safe" show from him: "The element of unpredictability and chaos always reigns free with Marilyn Manson because that's what we're about. And that's never gonna change, no matter how much, you know, we bring to a show. It's always gonna be raw, and that is what rock and roll is about, you know, as far as I'm concerned." .
  • Manson has announced that he’s releasing a new album called SAY10 next year on Valentine’s Day.
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