MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson says that he doesn't know why SLAYER has chosen to embark on its "farewell" tour.
Last month, SLAYER, one of metal's most popular and influential bands of the past four decades, announced its "final world tour" via a 30-second video. The group also confirmed that its last-ever North American run of dates would feature support from LAMB OF GOD, ANTHRAX, BEHEMOTH and TESTAMENT.
During a brand new interview with Metal Wani, Ellefson was asked if he has spoken to the SLAYER guys about their announcement. "I haven't," he responded (hear audio below). "I mean, I've talked with [SLAYER guitarist] Gary Holt, but he said, 'Look, it's not my place to talk about anything,' which I understand. But I've not talked to [founding SLAYER members] Kerry [King, guitar] or Tom [Araya, bass/vocals], only because our paths haven't crossed here, but I certainly intend to."
He continued: "Look, they've had an incredible run at it. And it brings to mind a couple of things. Number one, even in your own life, I go, 'Okay, well, it's important I stay healthy, it's important I stay fit,' and it's important that we enjoy doing what we're doing.
"I don't know their reasoning for retiring, but they've had an incredible run," he added. "They've kind of invented their own little, sort of, subgenre within the thrash genre. I'd always go to the 'Big Four'… Of the four biggest, more well-known, famous groups for doing this, they certainly have their own pillar, their own corner of the ring. So, yeah, it's a lot of music, a lot of touring. I mean, those guys are freakin' road warriors. So if they wanna wind it down, hey, wind it down. But they're certainly winding it down big, which is great, as it deserves to be."
SLAYER will kick off the first leg of its farewell world tour with a May 10 concert at San Diego's Valley View Casino Center, with dates running through June 20 at Austin's 360 Amphitheatre.
MEGADETH's David Ellefson on Next Studio Album, Metal Allegiance, BIG 4 & SLAYER Retirement (2018) - YouTube
SiriusXM has announced that LYNYRD SKYNYRD will perform a special invitation-only show for SiriusXM on Thursday, March 15 at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta. The exclusive performance for SiriusXM subscribers will feature LYNYRD SKYNYRD playing music from throughout its career before the band embarks on its two-year farewell tour, "Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour".
Free Bird, LYNYRD SKYNYRD's own southern rock channel on SiriusXM, will launch on Friday, March 2 and run through Saturday, March 31 on channel 30, available on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app. Free Bird will showcase music from LYNYRD SKYNYRD's extensive Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame career, including its acclaimed rock anthems and live performances. Additionally, the channel will feature exclusive stories and insights, and shows hosted by band members Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke and Johnny Van Zant. The channel will also include southern rock classics from an array of artists, including THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND, .38 SPECIAL, MOLLY HATCHET, BLACKFOOT, ZZ TOP and many more.
"Very excited to have SiriusXM support LYNYRD SKYNYRD's music and history and to include some of our friends and musical influences on our own channel! Can't wait to share the music and our stories with our generations of fans," said Gary Rossington.
"We are excited to bring our subscribers and a national broadcast audience a great night of music in Atlanta from the world's ultimate southern rock band," said Steve Blatter, senior vice president and general manager, music programming, SiriusXM. "This special concert, along with LYNYRD SKYNYRD's Free Bird channel, are the latest example of SiriusXM's commitment to providing our audiences with targeted, timeless music programming and live performances that we know they will love."
LYNYRD SKYNYRD's exclusive concert for SiriusXM in Atlanta will air live on Thursday, March 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET on Free Bird, on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.
The 2018 leg of LYNYRD SKYNYRD's final tour, "Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour", presented by SiriusXM and produced by Live Nation, will kick off Friday, May 4 in West Palm Beach, Florida at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre and will wrap Saturday, September 1 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood.
Subscribers will have the opportunity to win tickets to this private SiriusXM performance through an invitation sent by email. Plus subscribers since February 8, 2018 will be able to enter for the chance to win a trip to Atlanta, Georgia, including airfare, hotel stay and a pair of tickets to SiriusXM Presents Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Buckhead Theatre. See Official Rules for complete details at siriusxm.com/FreeBird.
SiriusXM subscribers will be able to listen to Free Bird, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more.
The world's only online casino for hard rockers — Metal Casino — is now boosting its marketing outreach with ambassador and partner Ozzy Osbourne in a unique campaign.
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KORN frontman Jonathan Davis recently spoke to Philadelphia's 93.3 WMMR radio station about his upcoming solo album, which is tentatively due this spring via Sumerian. Asked how his solo record will be different from the KORN material, Davis said: "It's completely different. It's a different thing. It's something I've been working on for 10 years. It's just a crazy, different world music hybrid of all kinds of things, and [there are] all kinds of different players who play on the record. And I'm really proud of it. Like I said, I've been working on it really hard."
Regarding why it took so long to complete the solo album, Davis said: "I did most of it back in… I started it in '07 and '08. I was signed to another record label, and, unfortunately, the people that signed me left. Some other people came in, they wanted to do it, and they ended up not doing it, so I got the record back. And then, [I went through] a few different managers and stuff, so it's just the same thing — they want the KORN machine moving. [Laughs] So finally I've got a break now, and I'm, like, ' I wanna do this now, guys. Let's do this.' So we're doing it."
Davis also talked about why he chose to make a solo record instead of using the material for KORN. "'Cause it's completely different — it's not for KORN," he said. "You've heard [the recently released single] 'What It Is' — that's not a KORN song. So this is stuff that's completely different. There's stuff I've brought to KORN before, like from these sessions, the song 'Take Me', on our last record [2016's 'The Serenity Of Suffering'], was one of these songs, but we took it and the guys — [KORN guitarists] Head and Munky — got it, they tore it apart and made it their own. It's totally different. Sometimes it works. But the majority of the stuff wouldn't have worked for KORN."
According to Jonathan, the songs that ended up making his solo album were written in part while he was on tour with KORN. "I write every night of the road," he explained. "KORN's been on the road for a long time. So when everybody else is… well, not anymore, we don't do that [right now], but back in the day, when everyone was partying and doing their thing, for me to stay sober and keep doing it, I'd just feed myself with my new addiction, [which was making] music. So I would just write and write and write, and I would write all kinds of different songs just as an exercise. That's what got me through the night. So that's just how this all came together. And some songs end up KORN songs, some songs don't."
Asked if the melodic vibe of "What It Is" is indicative of what his solo album sounds like, Davis said: "Yeah, definitely. It's really melodic. It's a record you put on to make you go somewhere. It's one of those records you've just gotta listen to it, it puts you in a certain vibe and it takes you away out of yourself. It's very different and gothic. I don't even know how to explain it. You'll all have to hear some more songs."
Davis will embark on a solo tour in early April. The trek, which will run through the end of June, will include a number of European festival appearances.
"What It Is" is included on the soundtrack to a new film called "American Satan", which came out on January 26.
Davis has recorded and toured on his own intermittently over the years. He has composed music for soundtracks, most notably "Queen Of The Damned", and has toured and DJed frequently over the years as his alter ego JDevil.
JONATHAN DAVIS - What It Is (Official Music Video) EPISODE 12 - To Be Continued... - YouTube
SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo has told Ireland's Overdrive that the band is continuing to work on material for the final installment of its "United World Rebellion" trilogy of EPs. The follow-up to 2014's "Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two" and 2013's "United World Rebellion: Chapter One" will mark the band's first release with the South African-born, British-based vocalist ZP Theart (DRAGONFORCE, TANK, I AM I), who officially joined SKID ROW last year.
"Myself and Rachel [Bolan, bass] are here in Nashville where Rachel lives and has a studio," Sabo said. "We're working on some post-production stuff at the moment. We have a small rehearsal space in east Nashville, which is really great as it's like jamming in someone's living room. I got down here a couple of days ago to write, which I've been doing now for a while. I come down here once a month and Rachel and I just get together and write and start working on new ideas, so we don't really have a definitive timeline as to when we will actually be recording the record."
According to Sabo, SKID ROW has spoken to Michael Wagener, the producer of the band's first two albums (1989's "Skid Row" and 1991's "Slave To The Grind"), about helming the new EP. "He's totally up for doing that, so we just have to make both schedules work," the guitarist said. "Obviously, we have a lot of touring that we are doing this year, so I don't know if we're gonna be able to go in a do it all in one shot, or just by doing a few tracks at a time." He added: "We are just so psyched to be working with Michael again, so much so that it's really energized us and we'll just do whatever we have to do in order to make it work."
Sabo was also full of praise for Theart, whom he called "such a welcome presence within the band. Number one, he's a good guy and a very positive person that doesn't get thrown off the rails," he said. "He's got a very positive outlook on life and that in itself has brought so much to the inner workings of the band. For me, having that energy around has been fantastic and has had a very profounding effect on us all… He's all about the band and the idea of making SKID ROW bigger, better and stronger. ZP's also very respectful of our past, he understands where we came from and our body of work, which he shows great reverence towards. That's huge for us, man. This is just all just part of who ZP is and his natural personality. He's a really good guy and a total team player."
As for Theart's approach to singing the classic SKID ROW material, Sabo said: "He really knows where these songs have come from and pays huge respect to each and every one of them. He wants to do the tracks as they were originally recorded because he's very aware that the people in the audience want to hear the songs the way they were recorded. ZP is very interested in paying respect to the legacy but also doing the best job that he can when performing them. The bottom line is, ZP loves the material and it shows."
Sabo also once again dismissed talk of a reunion with former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, saying "it's been talked to death on so many levels" and insisting that "nothing has changed." He added: "I don't disregard our past in any way because it's what got us here, but let's just concentrate on the present. It's like talking about an ex-girlfriend that you dated 20 years ago. Why bother? I'm all about moving forward and concentrating on the stuff that I'm doing or about to do."
Despite having played sporadic shows with SKID ROW for a year, Theart wasn't officially announced as the band's new frontman until January 2017.
Theart stepped into the group following the departure of Tony Harnell, the former TNT frontman who joined SKID ROW in April 2015 as the replacement for Johnny Solinger, the band's singer of 15 years.
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According to Project Casting, the makers of the film adaptation of MÖTLEY CRÜE's biography, "The Dirt - Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band" are now hiring crew in New Orleans, Louisiana, with filming set to start March 5. Producers are looking for production assistants, grips, gaffers, make-up artists, stylists, wardrobe artists, and other crew members to work on the upcoming film.
CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee have both traveled to new Orleans for the beginning of "The Dirt" filming process, with several Instagram photos showing the pair reunited presumably for the first time since the band completed its final tour more than two years ago.
The MÖTLEY CRÜE movie, which is being helmed by "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" director Jeff Tremaine, will reportedly star Daniel Webber ("The Punisher") as frontman Vince Neil, Douglas Booth as Sixx, Machine Gun Kelly as Lee, and Iwan Rheon ("Game Of Thrones") as guitarist Mick Mars. Playing rock and roll legend Ozzy Osbourne in the film will reportedly be actor-comedian Tony Cavalero.
"The Dirt" is being produced by LBI Entertainment's Julie Yorn and Rick Yorn, along with Erik Olsen and Amanda Adelson, who wrote the script. Netflix will distribute the project, which was previously at Focus and before that at Paramount.
Neil previously told Las Vegas Magazine that "The Dirt" movie script stays "pretty close to 'The Dirt', so if you've read 'The Dirt', it's really something to look forward to."
Asked how it struck him that he would be seeing an actor playing him on screen, Vince said: "That's gonna be strange. It's funny, I saw the table read of the last script. They have these different actors playing each person, and even just the table read of the script was weird when the Vince guy was talking. [Laughs] It wasn't the guy that's gonna play me, but it was just kind of weird hearing somebody say your words. It's a bit of a trip."
Sixx and Lee attended a read-through of the script in 2014 with Tremaine and were impressed with what they saw.
"Can I tell you it was the most fucking insanely surreal experience I've ever sat through, y'know," Lee told GMI Rock News at the time. "I sat through probably two hours and change of literally watching people act and play through this two-hour-plus movie of your… of 30 years of your life that went by in two hours, and I was just like, 'What the fuck?! That's insane. This movie is insane.' Even just the way the movie starts, you're like, 'How the hell are we gonna rate this thing, triple R?'"
During the 2018 NAMM convention, ACT OF DEFIANCE guitarist Chris Broderick (ex-MEGADETH, ex-NEVERMORE) and vocalist Henry Derek Bonner (ex-SCAR THE MARTYR) spoke with RadioactiveMike Z about the differences between the group's new album, "Old Scars, New Wounds", and the band's 2015 debut, "Birth And The Burial". "'Birth And The Burial' was much more Shawn [Drover, drums, also ex-MEGADETH] and I going, 'We want to get this out as quickly as possible,'" Broderick recalled. "At the time that we were writing the material, we were also forming the band and coming up with the ideas of the band name, the logo, shopping for the label, all that crazy stuff at the same time, so we definitely felt a huge sense of urgency with that one. This one, obviously, we all came into it together. The process started out the same, with us each kind of presenting demos, but then, once we collectively had all the demos, then we got together and started looking at what was best for the chorus or the arrangement of the song or tempos, things like that. We spent a lot of time crafting the song in general this time, and it was much more of a group effort.
"I even [remember] a point," he continued, "where Henry and I both agreed that there was this one vocal line should be sung cleaner, and it was on one of [bassist] Matt [Bachand]'s demos, and we tried it both ways. We agreed — Henry and I were, like, 'Yeah, it should be sung clean,' so we recorded it clean. Then when it came to do finals, Shawn and Matt were like, 'No, that's got to be sung heavy.' I didn't agree with that, but ultimately, because it was Matt's song, I was like, 'Matt gets the say', so we sang it heavy."
"Compromise is important in any band or group," Derek added. "If one person doesn't feel like they have input, or if one person doesn't feel like they're being respected in terms of what their vision is, and they're writing the song, there's a problem. You really have to respect someone's musicianship and their contribution in a band. I think a lot of people, they try to kind of pick things apart when sometimes compromise is the best thing you can do."
ACT OF DEFIANCE will embark on a headlining tour in March with support from SHATTERED SUN.
"Old Scars, New Wounds" was released last September via Metal Blade Records. The disc was mixed by Dave Otero, who has previously worked with CEPHALIC CARNAGE and CATTLE DECAPITATION, among others. The cover artwork was created by Travis Smith (KING DIAMOND, OPETH, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD).
PAPA ROACH vocalist Jacoby Shaddix was recently interviewed by Tommy Carroll of the Grand Rapids, Michigan radio station 97.9 WGRD. The full conversation can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):
On the group's latest album, "Crooked Teeth":
Jacoby: "We've been doing this for quite a long time, and to still be here and still be doing it, [we're] definitely grateful. On the vocal side, I cleaned up kind of my vocal style a little bit — not as raspy on some of the songs. I think working with the producers that we worked with, we wanted to kind of evolve my style, so going in and cutting vocals, it was like, not cutting everything with that raspy edge — more cleaner vocal sounds. It just came out really good. I'm really proud of it. I can't wait to go back in and work again with those guys and do another record, and the reaction we got from fans is very positive."
On "taking chances" on the new record:
Jacoby: "That's how we feel we're going to stay relevant, is that we take chances and we evolve and we try new things. I think we did that back on our album 'Getting Away With Murder', when we came with that song in particular and 'Scars' as well. They were very different from what we were doing, but it was a ballsy move, but we said, 'This is who we are. We have to go where the music takes us.' We can be intentional about writing songs, but I think when the music grabs a hold of you and takes you to a place and it feels authentic and it comes from a real space and an honest space, it connects. I think we did that on this new record 'Crooked Teeth', it felt right."
On the song "Born For Greatness", currently the most-played track on active rock radio:
Jacoby: "That song in particular, we knew we were going out a limb on. That was actually the first song we recorded for 'Crooked Teeth'. We did that intentionally. We wanted to go out and just go, 'Let's go as weird and out there as possible, and start there, and then see where we land in the end.' So we wrote that song, and it didn't really fit the record all the way, so we had to do some work to it, and it finally worked its way to feeling right on the record. We worked with new producers on this album, so that was a bold move for us. I think working with those different producers brought out different sides of us creatively. We took a look back at what we did before, way back in the day — 'What was our style back in early 2000s with 'Infest', and where did we go from there?' – and looked at those evolutions and how did we pick and pull what we felt were the most powerful and compelling styles that we had and mash them together, but in 2017, 2018. 'Born For Greatness', it's definitely outside the box, but for us, we kind of just kept getting lumped in. We didn't want to feel like we were just stuck in a box. We want to make rock music a little more adventurous with this record."
On how the band has changed over the years:
Jacoby: "I think with age, as we grow, and as we grow older, in this music, it's like, more moments where we're just like, 'You know what, man? Fuck it, man. We used to hold all these rules around us, and what our scene was. Now, I'm just like, 'We've just got to make music that moves us, that inspires us, that makes me want to get into a studio and write and record.' I feel that having that state of mind, it's exciting, so when we go in and create, crazy shit comes out. I'm excited to see where we go next. We know what makes a great PAPA ROACH record, so we don't want to be crazy self-indulgent and go do some odd, weird, computer-blip music. We still want to rock, but open it up a little bit."
"Crooked Teeth" was released last May via Eleven Seven Music. The disc was written and recorded in a cramped North Hollywood studio with producers Nicholas "RAS" Furlong and Colin Brittain, with the exception of "Born For Greatness", which saw the band collaborate with writer/producer Jason Evigan (Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Zedd, MAROON 5).
WGRD's Tommy Carroll Interviews Jacoby Shaddix From Papa Roach - YouTube
HALESTORM guitarist Joe Hottinger was recently interviewed by Faded World Productions. The full conversation can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):
On his influences:
Joe: "There's so many. From when I was a kid, it was, like, the '90s rock scene — it was NIRVANA and SOUNDGARDEN, PEARL JAM, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS. Just anything that was being played on the radio in the '90s, I was pretty much all about. Then it kind of turned into Jeff Buckley and [LED] ZEPPELIN and the great guitar players — Stevie [Ray Vaughan]. That's where I'm coming from."
On who he'd like to tour with:
Joe: "We've never toured with FOO FIGHTERS. We've never even done a show with them, let alone a festival, so that'd be fun one of these days. I think it'd be a good match-up."
On his most memorable moment:
Joe: "There's been so many. We've been lucky, and just had a lot of things you dream about when you kid start happening. Winning a Grammy was fun. We didn't think we were going to win — we just went to go the parties. It turns out we won, which is crazy. Just being able to do this for a living — just soaking it in."
On the band's writing process:
Joe: "It can be anything. It's like putting a puzzle together. Sometimes, it's the music, and then, I'm, like, 'Lzzy — do something on this,' and she'll do something. We just figure it out. It's really just about the moment. It takes us a little while, because you're just fighting for a good moment."
On his favorite song to play:
Joe: "Live, I like when we go into the improv sections. That's living to me — that's music, because you're just, like, on the edge with everyone else in the band, and you have to listen to each other and try to make this moment, and you're kind of talking to each other, but musically, and you can just fail miserably. Some nights, it's better than others. We've never really failed. Sometimes, we all get a little bit lost, and you'll land somewhere, but that's half the fun of it, too."
On the song he wishes he wrote:
Joe: "I'm always aspiring to make a moment as great as the one in 'Grace' by Jeff Buckley. When that flange comes in at the end and he's singing falsetto and ripping and takes it over the top, it's like, 'Oh my god — that's amazing.'"
On playing festivals:
Joe: "Festivals are amazing. There's tens of thousands of people in front of you. You can't beat that. There's an energy that comes from that that is mind-blowing. We have so many great memories. I remember in Kansas City, we played their Rock Fest. It was cold, and when we played faster, the crowd would start steaming. When we'd play a ballad, the steam would settle down a bit. If you walked up to the edge of the stage, you could actually feel the people, the heat. It was like an oven. The wind couldn't blow it away. It was bizarre."
On April 30, HALESTORM will kick off a co-headlining tour with IN THIS MOMENT that also includes fellow female-fronted hard rock acts NEW YEARS DAY and STITCHED UP HEART. The trek will include stops at a number of festivals and state fairs, including Jacksonville, Florida's Welcome To Rockville (April 27); Fort Lauderdale, Florida's Fort Rock (April 28); and Charlotte, North Carolina's Carolina Rebellion (May 5).
HALESTORM continues to work on its fourth album, which is being recorded at Dark Horse Recording studios just outside Nashville with Nick Raskulinecz, an acclaimed producer who has previously worked with RUSH, KORN, ALICE IN CHAINS and DEFTONES, in addition to having produced HALESTORM's third covers EP, "ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP", which came out in January 2017.
Hottinger told the SiriusXM show "Trunk Nation" that the band's follow-up to 2015's "Into The Wild Life" will contain some of "the heaviest stuff we've ever done."
"Into The Wild Life" was criticized by some HALESTORM fans for veering too far into pop music territory.
Interview with Joe Hottinger of Halestorm - YouTube
FOREIGNER founding guitarist Mick Jones was recently interviewed by RockBandReviews.com. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):
On how he got into music as a child:
Mick: "The first thing that sort of affected me, I guess, was my parents had a collection of Les Paul albums. It was this crazy sort of sound from outer space, is what it sounded like in a way, with all the echo and the reverb. That was really the first thing I can remember that mystified me about not just the guitar, but the use of effects and the kind of stuff that he pioneered. That was really, I'd say, the first curiosity into music."
On his other musical influences:
Mick: "Obviously, THE BEATLES. Earlier on, as [with] most of my contemporaries I guess, it was Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, names from way back when. But it was a mixture of blues and R&B earlier on is what attracted me. I felt drawn towards that. I liked the expression in the blues, and I liked those three chords, basically."
On learning to play guitar:
Mick: "I was self-taught. I never got on very well with lessons. [Laughs] It was too much like school. I kind of tried it, and after a couple of sessions, I found I was learning al the things by heart anyway, by ear. I figured, 'Well, let's try it this way.'"
On the group's recent performances with former FOREIGNER vocalist Lou Gramm:
Mick: "It was really a trip through the past, but at the same time, it was great. I don't know how to describe it except that I had a lot of fun; the guys had a lot of fun; [and] we said, 'Let's try and do this again.' So it's opened the door to perhaps slightly more frequent appearances by everybody."
On the upcoming musical "Jukebox Hero", which has been described as a "coming-of-age saga written to the music of FOREIGNER":
Mick: "Initially, it came about through my management keeping their eyes peeled for an opportunity to perhaps delve into the idea of doing a musical. I guess at least five or six years, I'd been thinking about it. I figured, 'Well, a lot of people seem to be enthusiastically involved with this,' and it sort of took on a life of its own. It was a wonderful script by an old friend of mine, Ian La Frenais, who's quite a renowned British comedy writer, also film script writer too. With he and his partner Dick Clement, we set to work with it, just hashing out the basic skeleton of an idea and working on it from there, and now to the point where in a few months' time, they'll be premiering it if all goes well."
"Jukebox Hero" is set to premiere in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on August 10.
FOREIGNER will join forces with WHITESNAKE and JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING for a 30-date summer tour that kicks off in Bangor, Maine on June 15.
On April 27, the group will release their first-ever orchestral live album, "Foreigner With The 21st Century Symphony & Chorus", via earMUSIC. The band will support the album's release this spring with ten live orchestral performances — eight in America and two in Switzerland.
Mick Jones interview 2018 - YouTube
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