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Rolling Stones Star Reveals He Had Cancer Surgery

(hennemusic) Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed in a new interview that the surgery he underwent in May was to remove a small cancerous lesion from his lungs.

"I've had a fight with a touch of lung cancer," Wood tells The Daily Mail. "There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains - time to say goodbye. You never know what is going to happen."

The cancer was discovered in May as Wood underwent a routine physical ahead of the band's upcoming European tour. "[The Doctor] came back with the news that I had this supernova burning away on my left lung," explained the rocker. "And, to be totally honest, I wasn't surprised. I knew I hadn't had a chest X-ray since I went into Cottonwood [a rehab clinic in Tucson, Arizona] in 2002. He asked me what I wanted to do and my answer was simple: 'Just get it out of me.'

"But then there was a week of tests. They needed to know if it had set up encampments and spread to my lymph nodes. If that had happened it would have been all over for me."

"I was prepared for bad news," he continued, "but I also had faith it would be OK. Apart from the doctors, we didn't tell anyone because we didn't want to put anyone else though the hell we were going through. But I made up my mind that if it had spread I wasn't going to go through chemo, I wasn't going to use that bayonet in my body." Read more here.

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Chris Cornell's Daughter Tributes Father And Chester Bennington

(Radio.com) Linkin Park were scheduled to play Good Morning America last week as part of the show's summer concert series. The tragic death of vocalist Chester Bennington made that impossible. So instead, Toni Cornell, the daughter of the late Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell joined One Republic's Ryan Tedder onstage to sing the Leonard Cohen classic "Hallelujah" in tribute to Toni's father and Bennington. Both performers took their lives earlier this year.

"It's an honor to perform this for my dad and Chester and to sing for them," Toni told the crowd. "Chester sang this at Chris' funeral, and this is arguably one of the greatest songs written in the last 50 years," Tedder added.

The performance was touching and heartbreaking and Toni's clear and poignant vocals revealed more than a bit of her dad's DNA. Members of the crowd became teary as photos of Chris Cornell and Bennington flashed on a screen. Adding to the emotion was the Soundgarden shirt Toni was wearing, which served as a constant reminder of the loss she and the rock world suffered when her father died. Watch a clip of the performance here.

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Sammy Hagar Track From Ronnie Montrose's Final Album Streaming

(hennemusic) Former Montrose singer Sammy Hagar reunites with his former bandmate Ronnie Montrose on "Color Blind", the lead single from the September 29 posthumous release of the late guitarist's final studio album, "10x10."

"It's valuable to have 10x10 be seen as Ronnie's last work, rather than going and digging up some stuff from his past," says Hagar. "This was something he truly had a vision for."

Before his March 2012 death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a five year battle with prostrate cancer, Montrose was working on the project as a power trio with bassist Ricky Phillips (Styx, Bad English) and drummer Eric Singer (Kiss, Alice Cooper).

Under the guitarist's concept to record ten songs with ten different singers, the trio recorded basic tracks for all the songs live in the studio in just a few days. Following Montrose's suicide, Phillips was determined to complete the album on behalf of his late colleague.

"I was talking to Eric Singer about 10x10 after Ronnie died, and I was pretty sure that I wanted to see if I could finish it, but I hadn't been able to move forward on it," explains Phillips. "But Eric said, 'It has to be you You and I were there to record it. We were there when Ronnie was talking about it - what he wanted to do, who he wanted to sing on it, how he wanted it to sound. If someone else gets into this thing, it's going to suck, and you're going to hate it.' That did it. I called [his widow] Leighsa Montrose." Read more and stream the song and see the full guest list here.

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Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Wins Legend Award

(Gibson) County Antrim-born Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is to be awarded with the Oh Yeah Legend Award in Belfast in November 2017. The honor, which runs alongside the annual NI Music Prize, recognises the exceptional contribution of a musician or music industry figure hailing from Northern Ireland.

Campbell will be presented with his gong shortly before his other band, Last In Line, take the stage to play a special Legend Award show at Belfast's Mandela Hall on Saturday 11 November.

Born in Belfast 1962, Vivian Campbell initially made his name with New Wave Of British Heavy Metal contenders Sweet Savage, whose song "Killing Time" was later covered by Metallica on their Garage Inc. covers album. He later played on Dio's platinum-selling albums Holy Diver (1983) and '84's The Last In Line before joining first Whitesnake and later Def Leppard after the release of their 1992 album Adrenalize. Read more here.

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Kid Rock 'Never' Considered Senate Run Says Ted Nugent

(Radio.com) "Are you kidding me? Could the GOP of Michigan be that stupid. Kid Rock never in his life thought of, hinted towards, considered or joked about running for public office," Ted Nugent told Michigan Live.

Rock created a campaign website and hinted at running for the senate in his home state this month, but his fellow rocker isn't buying in. In two different interviews, Nugent adamantly denied that Rock would ever seriously consider running for public office.

Nugent claims the entire rumor began when Michigan Republicans began throwing around names for the next race. They first looked at him after hearing his support of Trump. The problem is Nugent isn't a Michigan resident anymore, he currently resides in Texas.

"Someone in the room then just pulled out of their a, 'well what about Kid Rock?' That was it! That's how it started!" he continued. "They went from what about Kid Rock, to Kid Rock's running for Senate. Meanwhile, Kid Rock howled and laughed the whole time. He never considered running for Senate or public office." Read more here.

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Film About Metallica Star's 12-Year-Old Son Playing with Korn

(Radio.com) Korn bassist Fieldy was unable to join the band on a recent tour in South America, which led to an unusual move. The band hired the 12-year-old son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.

Tye Trujillo joined the band for seven dates this past April, prompting Korn's official videographer Sebastien Paquet, to create a 15-minute film about the experience called, Korn and the Prodigy Son, which debuted on Rolling Stone.

"I didn't have to help him with anything," the elder Trujillo said. "When you see your kid with that much pride, energy and focus, it was a beautiful experience. He doesn't even play five-string bass, really. And he's not a slap-bass player per se; he slaps for fun. He had an afternoon with Munky, the guitar player, where they ran through the songs, and I was there basically to offer him snacks and water."

Trujillo mused that one of the biggest "blessings" of the entire experience is that his 12-year-old son was about to "get up onstage and hold his own as a true professional and deliver the goods as a player and performer."

"I hope other kids will embrace classic bands, metal, hard rock, whatever, and embrace it and make real music," he continued. "That's what I know he loves and what he's gonna do with his fellow musicians. The future of rock & roll is coming from the youth." Watch Korn and the Prodigy Son here.

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Billy Sheehan's New Group The Fell Release 'Footprints' Video

Billy Sheehan's new alternative rock band The Fell have released a new music video for their debut single "Footprints." The clip was self-directed and was filmed by Jonathan Britt and follows the release of the track as the new group's introductory single.

Apart from the legendary Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, Winery Dogs, the band also features singer Anthony De La Torre (played young Jack Sparrow in Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) guitarist Mike Krompass and drummer Randy Cooke.

Billy Sheehan had this to say about the new track, "'Footprints' is all about the pocket, the groove, and singing!! What a blast it was to record this! I can't wait to play it live!" Watch the video

Originally premiered on Guitar World, "Footprints" was self-directed and was filmed by Jonathan Britt. here.

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Motley Crue Release Video Preview For Girls Anniversary Edition

(hennemusic) Motley Crue are streaming a new video trailer for the forthcoming release of an expanded 30th anniversary reissue of their 1987 album, "Girls, Girls, Girls."

Due August 25, the set delivers five unreleased tracks from the band's fourth record, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 4 million copies, led by the US Top 15 hit title track.

"It's hard to believe 'Girls, Girls, Girls' already turned thirty this year," says bassist Nikki Sixx. "We went against the grain with this album when it first came out in 1987. The music and lyrics reflect what was going on in the streets of Los Angeles at that time

"A big thank you to all the fans who have made the album stand the test of time. It's really cool to now see a new generation of fans exploring and digging 'Girls, Girls, Girls' three decades later."

Motley Crue are offering a variety of bundles and packages for the set, including colored vinyl, commemorative poster/lithograph, vintage t-shirt, vinyl test pressings, a limited-edition, numbered drum head, a flexi single and more. Watch the video and read more here.

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Fall Out Boy Push Back Release Of New Album 'M A N I A'

(Radio.com) Last week Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz said the band's new album M A N I A was almost done and that it showed the group getting off to a "fresh start," but the latest news indicates it was more of a false start.

The band's seventh album, originally scheduled for release September 15, has been bumped until 2018. Frontman Patrick Stump wrote on Facebook that the album "isn't ready" and that it "felt very rushed."

At this point, Fall Out Boy hope to be able to release M A N I A on January 19. "We had some long talks and a lot to weigh about it all and collectively thought that was best," he wrote.

He added that even if they receive pressure from their label or managers Fall Out Boy aren't willing to rush a project just to make a deadline. "I'm never going to put out a record I genuinely don't believe is at least as strong or valid as the one that came before it," he wrote. "And in order to do that, we need a little bit more time to properly and carefully record solid performances." Read Stump's full statement here.

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The Darkness Release 'All The Pretty Girls' Video

(hennemusic) The Darkness are streaming a video for "All The Pretty Girls", the lead single from their forthcoming album, "Pinewood Smile," which is scheduled to be released on October 6th.

"Dear people of the Internet," exclaims frontman Justin Hawkins, "We have made this excellent video to distract you from the humdrum banality of existence. By looking at film of The Darkness preening and cavorting, you will be transported to an unattainable world of awesomeness. Furthermore, we recommend that you purchase our new record album, for which the video serves as an amuse-bouche. Enjoy!"

"Pinewood Smile" was recorded in Cornwall, UK with producer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse). The set delivers the group's first record with drummer Rufus Taylor - son of Queen legend Roger Taylor - who joined the lineup in two years ago after the departure of Emily Dolan Davies when she replaced original sticksman Ed Graham for sessions on 2015's "Last Of Our Kind."

The Darkness recently wrapped up a series of summer shows and will return to live action in the fall support "Pinewood Smile" with a European tour that includes 17 dates in their native UK throughout November and December, highlighted by a headline appearance at London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on December 10. Watch the video here.

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The Flaming Lips Release 'Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung (Live)' Video

(Radio.com) The Flaming Lips have just debuted a wildly psychedelic music video for their track "Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung(Live)." The song is from the band's 2006 record At War With The Mystics.

The new video was directed by Coyne and George Salisbury and it features an unusual twist for the group with Steven Drozd taking on lead vocals, as opposed to frontman Wayne Coyne.

The clip was filmed during multiple shows on tour and features overexposed shots, crazily contrasting colors and other visual tools to simulate a psychedelic experience. Watch it here.

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Bruce Springsteen's Archive Adding 25 Rare Recordings

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen completists will soon have new audio from 25 concerts to download: The Boss' official archive is adding dozens of shows to the collection.

The addition includes a composite from two concerts on Springsteen's obscure 1977 tour, reports Rolling Stone. The music was recorded on February 7 and 8 of that year in Albany and Rochester.

Fan site Backstreets.com describes the 45-minute recording as holding 'enormous historical significance" even though the mono sound quality may be a letdown. Read more here.

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Arcade Fire Send Demands to Late Show Ahead Of Performance

(Radio.com) Arcade Fire performed last Thursday night (Aug. 3) on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Before the performance, The Late Show posted a list of demands that the band supposedly faxed them, including a requests for at least three rows of 'diehard, young, energetic Arcade Fire fans, one package of vegan hot dogs, a whole floor of dressing rooms." The ridiculous list went on.

When program execs posted the fax, Arcade Fire started bargaining and it soon became clear the whole thing was a joke. 'Okay, two songs is fine, dogs can be veggie OR vegan, 4 dressing rooms total, now can you please take the fax down?"

During the show, Arcade Fire played the title track from their new album Everything Now as well as 'Creature Comfort." The former was prefaced with a comedic advertisement about a phony company called Everything Now. Watch the performances and check out the silly demands here.

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Neil Young Launching Career Spanning Online Archive

(hennemusic) Neil Young has announced plans to launch an online archive tracing his entire musical history. "Every single, recorded track or album I have produced is represented," he writes as an introduction to neilyoungarchives.com.

"It is always current. You can browse the music I made between today's date and 1963, when I made my first recording in Canada and it was released as a 45 RPM single."

Billed as "coming soon", Young and his team have been diligently compiling detailed information about his recordings for the project, which he says serves a dual purpose.

"I must admit that I built this for myself as for everyone else," he writes. "I am very interested in collecting and organization, as well as mechanical things and old school record keeping."

Arranged as a 'filing cabinet', the project allows users to explore the archives, which includes a current 'info card' detailing song information, anecdotes, press clippings, videos, photographs and more. Read more here.

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