Gene Simmons tries to trademark Devil Horns hand sign

Gene Simmons tries to trademark Devil Horns hand sign

Through the USPTO, Gene Simmons of KISS has filed a trademark application requesting the registration of the "devil horns" hand gesture. Notably, Simmons' version has the thumb sticking out instead of folded inwards. Simmons claims that he first used the gesture on November 14, 1974 and describes it as "a hand gesture with the index and small fingers extended upward and the thumb extended perpendicular.” Simmons has filed the mark under the category for "entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist.” The motion is also the American Sign Language gesture for "I love you." The USPTO has not yet issued an office action.

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Original Alice Cooper band reunites for short tour, two recordings

Original Alice Cooper band reunites for short tour, two recordings

Alice Cooper will be releasing a new album on July 28 via the Ear music label. It will be called Paranormal and was recorded in Nashville with longtime producer Bob Ezrin. Notably, the album includes two tracks written and recorded with the surviving members of the original Alice Cooper group. U2's Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple's Roger Glover also makes appearances. The original Alice Cooper band will also be doing a short UK tour in November. See the dates below.

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Venom Inc. to release debut album

Venom Inc. to release debut album

Venom Inc., the band featuring original Venom members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Anthony "Abaddon" Bray (drums) and ex-Venom bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, will be releasing their debut album. It's called Avé and it's out on August 11 via Nuclear Blast. See the debut video "Dein Fleisch" for below. .

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GWAR announces 'The Blood Of Gods'

GWAR have announced a new album. It's called The Blood of Gods. That will be out via Metal Blade records in the fall and is the first new album by the band since the death of founding member and singer Oderus Urungus in 2014.

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Neil Young

Neil Young cancels Bridge School Benefit

Neil Young has canceled this year's Bridge School Benefit show. The show, which would have been the 30th benefit in the last 31 years, benefits special needs children. The show series, which is held in Mountain View, California, features Neil Young as a host and performer, and also features a wide range of acts which often perform sets unique to the show. Bands that have performed include David Bowie, No Doubt, Billy Idol, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, Elton John, Metallica, Pearl Jam, the Smashing Pumpkins, Brian Wilson, Green Day, and more.

Young stated that he was canceling the benefit for "personal reasons" and will not be involved with the fundraiser in the future. The Festival was founded by Young and his now ex-wife, Pegi Young and has run nearly annually since 1986.

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Navel Gazing June 18, 2017

Navel Gazing June 18, 2017

Hello everyone and welcome to Navel Gazing: your look back in the week in Punknews. I'm Ricky Frankel and I'll be your guide through some of the juiciest, most popular and otherwise noteworthy stories from the last seven days. Remember, every Punknews story and review is built from tips from our wonderful, good-looking readers, so get to submitting a story, feel free to submit a review or if you are a photographer continue reading below. Here's what got the strange, slow and old community talking this week:

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