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ZZ Top is arguably the most famous rock band ever to emerge from Houston, and as the city continues to deal with the devastating flooding and other damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Texas trio is offering some words of support for their neighbors.

"Houston has played host to ZZ Top as our home base since we first banded together more than four decades ago, making us especially concerned with the plight of so many of our fellow Texans in the wake of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey," the band says in a joint statement. "We are encouraged by the city's and state's recovery efforts from this tragic event and stand alongside our neighbors."

The group adds, "Long ago, we recorded a song called 'Heaven, Hell or Houston.' We're confident that, in the near future, the first word will describe the title's third word and the middle will soon be overcome."

ZZ Top formed in 1969 in Houston, which also is the birthplace of frontman Billy Gibbons.


Metallica has revealed the details of the upcoming Master of Puppets deluxe reissue package.

A remastered version of the original 1986 album, Metallica's third, will be available as a vinyl LP, CD and digital download.

The big news involves the two premium editions.

There will be a three-CD "Expanded Edition," including previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, and a disc featuring a mix of live songs that are sequenced into a typical set list from the Damage, Inc. tour.

A "Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set" ups the ante to three LPs, ten CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics and a set of six buttons. The Box Set also including a 108-page hardcover book.

There are work-in-progress rough mixes not only of album tracks but of previously unreleased covers -- Diamond Head's "The Prince" and Fang's "The Money Will Roll Right In."

The disks of demos also include not just versions of songs in development but early "riff tapes."

There's material from Jason Newsted's band audition, live soundboard recordings of four previously unreleased concerts; and the DVDs contain material from three separate concerts.

Full details, and a video of James Hefield unboxing the Deluxe set, are available on the Metallica website .

The Master of Puppets reissues will be available November 10. Pre-orders are available now and will get you instant downloads of the remastered "Disposable Heroes" and a version of "The Thing That Should Not Be" recorded live at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, May 25, 1986.

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