Metal Hammer, Prog and Classic Rock magazines have been saved from closure, after being purchased by Future Publishing for the price of £800,000.
73 staff were put out of work and reportedly told they would not be paid for the month of December, when parent company Team Rock went bankrupt. All three titles suspended publication at the time, while the Golden Gods Awards and Classic Rock Awards stalled operation.
After originally selling the titles back in 2013 for £10.2million, now Future Publishinghas agreed a deal with the Administrators at FRP Advisory, confirming the purchase of Team Rock’s magazines, events and digital radio service licence. The company also owns titles including Total Guitarists, Guitarist and Rhythm.
Zillah Byng-Thorne, chief executive of Future, said of the deal: “The acquisition of these classic rock brands with their associated magazines, events and websites marks a further step in our buy and build strategy.”
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A KISS casino will soon allow visitors to rock and roll all night in Oklahoma. Famed members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are teaming up with the Kaw Nation to construct a full-fledged casino on sovereign tribal land in the Sooner State near the Kansas state line along Interstate 35 in the town of Braman.
Playing off Simmons and Stanley’s Rock & Brews dining franchise, the gambling property will be named the Rock & Brews Casino Resort. Appearing on FOX Business this week, Simmons said the casino “is going to change the way people experience these things.”
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Rock & Brews already has more than a dozen restaurant locations throughout the United States and two in Mexico. However, the Kaw Nation property will be the band’s first foray into the casino business.
“This partnership with Rock & Brews will provide the Kaw Nation with the opportunity to again be the prime gaming and entertainment destination in our market,” tribal Chairwoman Jacque Secondine Hensley said.
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For the first time in three years, King Crimson will tour the United States this year. The news came directly from founder Robert Fripp.
“King Crimson’s 2017 touring will be mostly in the US,” Fripp wrote on his website, “beginning in Seattle and down the West Coast during early June to July; continuing to the East Coast in the Autumn.” Coincidentally, Seattle is where their 2014 U.S. tour, which saw them play 17 shows in nine cities over the course of a month, wrapped up. Fripp didn’t list any specific dates or other cities, but he did say that more details would be made public “in the coming weeks.”
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When you read the words of someone you know repeatedly telling you how great “it” is, or “they” are, there is a human tendency to switch off. Add to that the occasional comment about “working for them so of COURSE you’d say ‘they’ were great!” and the whole “paid-to-say-it’s good” thing becomes a bit of a fait accompli.
I started to hear it (and sense it) a few months ago, after Metallica played another blinder of a gig in Minneapolis, and I really started to hear it after I quietly told people that their (then) forthcoming new album was a pure belter and their best work for over two decades.
I remained calm.
I knew that people’s own ears would dictate the truth about Hardwired…To Self-Destruct and they obviously did, underscored by its stunning success (#1 in 57 countries).
I knew I wasn’t wrong, and now, hopefully, you all do too.
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