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In an interview with USA Today earlier this week, Axl Rose discussed his bouts with writer’s block in the past.

Referring to his former girlfriend, supermodel Stephanie Seymour, and original Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, Rose said “the did more damage to my ability as a writer. To those three, it was all crap. It beat me down so much. At the time of the (Use Your Illusion) tours, Slash and Duff said, ‘You’re an idiot, you’re a loser.’ I didn’t write for years. I felt I was hindered for a very long time. I was also trying to figure out what I wanted to say, when it’s right to be venting and when you’re digging a bigger hole. Lyrics on Chinese took a long time.”

When asked about Guns N’ Roses’ next studio album, the singer offered: “All the guys are writing, and we recorded a lot of songs over the years. We’ll figure out what we feel best about. Chinesewas done in piecemeal with one person here and one there at different times. Appetite for Destruction was the only thing written with lyrics and melody fitting the guitar parts at the same time. After that, I got a barrage of guitar songs that I was supposed to put words to, and I don’t know if that was the best thing for Guns. I do want to lean more toward lyrics and melody.”

Guns N’ Roses just kicked off a 4-week residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. [Metal Sludge]

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The Max Cavalera/Greg Puciato project has added Mastodon guitarist/vocalist Troy Sanders to the ranks. The project is still without a name, but it’s long on high-profile, talented members. We can’t wait to hear what these metal luminaries come up with. [Metal Insider]

Sacred Reich have been added to the Metal Blade Records 30th Anniversary show, set for Nov. 30 at the House of Blues in Hollywood. The band will perform a short set in between Gypsyhawk and Armored Saint. Even better, the set will serve as a pre-cursor and preview to the full show Sacred Reich that was recently announced for 2013. It will take place on Feb. 23, at the Key Club in Hollywood and it will be their first full show in Los Angeles in over 16 years! So it’s been a while.

Vocalist/bassist Phil Rind said, “We are excited to be involved in Metal Blade’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. Metal Blade were the first to offer us an opportunity on Metal Massacre 8, which led to a record deal and the release of Ignorance and Surf Nicaragua. Three of the best records ever Slayer‘s Hell Awaits, DRI’s Dealing With It and COC’s Animosity were all on Metal Blade. Brian Slagel was and still is a huge fan and advocate for metal! We are looking forward to saying thank you to Brian and everyone at Metal Blade in the best way possible, loud and fast!” [Via Press Release]

Adam Russell of Story of the Year and D.R.U.G.S. and Ryan Phillips of Story of the Year are working on a doc dubbed Who Killed (or Saved!) the Music Industry. That’s the big question that industry insiders, fans and musicians have debated endlessly over the last several years. The twosome launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of the film, which will explore the evolution of the music business over the last decade and will include interviews with musicians, producers, managers, record labels and more.

Pledge funds here and you will have access to incentives and prize packs.

The doc is already in the works, Russell and Phillips have spoken to members from All Time Low, Deftones, The Used, Yellowcard, P.O.D., Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, Slash), Breathe Carolina, We the Kings, Four Year Strong, Anti-Flag and Dead Sara to name a few and they are expected to interview many more in the coming months. [Via Press Release]

Nile will tour this March and April, with 28 shows featuring three local bands opening in each market. The band will play two sets spanning the entirety of their 20-year career. While celebrating its own history, the band will also lend a hand to local, up and comers.

Tour Dates:

03/05/13 Kingdom – Richmond, VA
03/06/13 Empire – West Springfield, VA
03/07/13 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
03/08/13 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
03/09/13 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
03/10/13 BB Kings Blues Club – New York, NY
03/11/13 Bogie’s – Albany, NY
03/12/13 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
03/13/13 Screamin Willies – Columbus, OH
03/14/13 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
03/15/13 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
03/16/13 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
03/17/13 The Firebird – St. Louis, MO
03/19/13 Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
03/20/13 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
03/22/13 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
03/23/13 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
03/24/13 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
03/26/13 Las Vegas Country Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
03/27/13 The Grove – Anaheim, CA
03/28/13 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ
03/30/13 Trees – Dallas, TX
03/31/13 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
04/01/13 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
04/03/13 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
04/04/13 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
04/05/13 Hooligans Music Hall – Jacksonville, NC
04/06/13 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

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