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Deep Purple And Ritchie Blackmore Reunion Endorsed By Morse

(Gibson) Deep Purple's Steve Morse feels the return of founding guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, for a one-off show, would "be nice" and would provide closure for everyone involved. Morse expressed his feelings about the matter in a recent interview with Billboard. Blackmore himself has indicated he would consider performing with the band again, but wasn't sure how such a reunion could be worked out. Morse had no answer that dilemma, but welcomed the idea.

"Fans would love it," he said. "It would be nice, I think, to see closure with everybody involved, and the bad feelings put aside. I think they'd all get a kick out of it if they could get past the psychological barriers. I am a fan of music, I'm a musician. I am not a politician."

Morse added: "There have been a lot of bad things said and done amongst the guys, and anyhow, it is like the ice has to be broken. I think that once that's done, they'd all have a great time. But I don't know how to go about doing that. Anyway, as far as I am concerned, all members, past and present and future … are welcome." Read the original report here.

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Metallica Go Pop and Disney With Carpool Karaoke Preview

(hennemusic) Metallica are sharing a preview of their upcoming appearance on Apple Music's "Carpool Karaoke" series. The preview features Metallica and Eichner rocking out to a Disney soundtrack tune and one of Rihanna's biggest hits, as well as their grocery shopping experience.

"A few of you who watched the Grammys back in February may have noticed during one of the commercial breaks that we took a spin around the Los Angeles area with comedian and actor Billy Eichner," says the band. "With James behind the wheel, we did a little backseat driving and singing and even made a pit stop for some grocery shopping! We know this has been on your radar for some time and are happy to report that our episode of Carpool Karaoke will see the light of day next week on Tuesday, August 15th on Apple Music."

"We're big fans of 'The Late Late Show With James Corden' where 'Carpool Karaoke' was born (and will continue to live) and created a viral sensation, so we jumped at the chance to be a part of it," adds the group. "Fire up whatever device you stream video on and drive, sing and laugh along with us!"

The Apple Music version of the series launched this week with Corden and Will Smith; two new episodes will be released each week. Future guests include Trevor Noah, Michael Strahan, Jeff Gordon, John Legend, Alicia Keys, LeBron James and Shakira, among others. Watch the preview here.

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Def Leppard Planning Full 'Hysteria' Album Performances

(Gibson) Def Leppard are planning to perform in its entirety their landmark 1987 album, Hysteria, as part of a special 2018 tour. As reported by Ultimate Classic Rock, guitarist Phil Collen was asked by L.A. radio station KLOS if the band had plans to celebrate the LP's 30th anniversary.

"We are," replied Collen. "I know it'll be next year we're gonna go on tour…. We're getting some offers to play the whole album all the way through. So, yeah, we'll be doing that."

Hysteria was recently reissued as part of a boxed set that includes the original album (remastered), two discs of alternate versions and B-sides, two discs of live material, and a pair of DVDs. The original album yielded seven singles. Read more here.

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Add Dates To Tour

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have extended a North American tour in support of their self-titled debut album with the addition of a new round of fall dates.

On the heels of a sold-out, critically-acclaimed summer trek - which opened in Atlanta, GA in June and will wrap up in Bethlehem, PA on August 11 - the duo will perform 22 shows on a second leg that will begin in San Jose, CA on October 14.

The Buckingham McVie project originated from a series of studio sessions in 2014 after McVie reunited with Fleetwood Mac for dates on their On With The Show tour.

The duo recorded eight tunes with the group's rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie before resuming the group's world tour, and returned to the studio to complete the project at the end of last year.

"We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically," explains Buckingham. "The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album. We acknowledged that to each other on many occasions, and said to ourselves, 'What took us so long?!'"

"We've always written well together, Lindsey and I," adds McVie, "and this has just spiralled into something really amazing that we've done between us." See all of the upcoming tour dates here.

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New Greg Allman Song Video Streaming Online

(hennemusic) Gregg Allman's camp have released an online stream of a lyric video for "My Only True Friend", the lead single from his forthcoming posthumous album, "Southern Blood."

The clip features never-before seen photos of Allman and his band in the studio, as well as some images from his home in Savannah, GA, where he passed away on May 27 from complications of liver cancer at the age of 69.

The singer co-wrote the single with Gregg Allman Band guitarist/musical director Scott Sharrard. "'My Only True Friend' was Gregg's attempt to contextualize the course of his life," explains album producer Don Was. "The man that his fans saw performing onstage was the essential Gregg Allman - he was whole and truly satisfied when he was up there playing music. The trials and troubles he faced in life were mostly the result of not knowing what to do with himself in between shows.

"In this song, he's addressing a woman and explaining that, although he loves her and doesn't want to face living his life alone, being away on the road and performing every night is his lifeblood. If you understand this about Gregg Allman, every other aspect of his life makes complete sense."

Due September 8, "Southern Blood" presents a collection of songs written by Allman's friends and favourite artists, including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn.

"As his producer, I was dedicated to helping Gregg crystallize his vision for the record and to help make sure that this vision made it to the tape," says Was. "He was a musical hero of mine and, in later years, had become a good friend. The gravitas of this particular situation was not lost on me.

"Gregg was a sweet, humble man with a good heart and good intentions and it was a great honor to help him put his musical affairs in order and say a proper farewell." Stream the song here.

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Queens of the Stone Age Stream 'The Evil Has Landed'

(Radio.com) Queens of the Stone Age have debuted their second single "The Evil Has Landed" off their upcoming seventh studio album, Villains. The record will arrive in stores on August 25th.

This single follows the previously released "The Way You Used to Do." Speaking about the upcoming album, frontman Josh Homme said, "The title Villains isn't a political statement.

"It has nothing to do with Trump or any of that s—. It's simply 1) a word that looks fantastic and 2) a comment on the three versions of every scenario: yours, mine and what actually happened." Listen to "The Evil Has Landed" here.

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Singled Out: Orissa's Tara

Orissa has a rockin' new album called "Resurrection" and to celebrate we asked mastermind David Dodini to tell us the in-depth story behind the single "Tara". Here is the story:

Hi. I want to thank Singled Out for choosing me to talk about the story behind the first single off of my forthcoming album. The song is called, "Tara", and the album is titled, "Resurrection."

Before we start I want to say that I am not a big fan of verbal descriptions and interpretations of music or visual art or wine or food ... for two primary reasons. The first is that the whole point of playing and recording music, or creating anything for that matter, is to let it speak for itself. The second is that I have confidence in and a preference for the audience to actively listen and form their own interpretations and stimulate their own creative imaginations.

That said, I am embracing this opportunity to discuss some aspects of, "Tara", in depth with the goal of providing some framework for how I create and interpret my music and poetry so that it can serve as a guide for how one might start building their own interpretations and finding their own meaning in my music and poetry. Read more right here!

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Lemmy Kilmister Inspires Name For Prehistoric Crocodile

(Gibson) British scientists have named the fossil of a fierce Jurassic-era crocodile after late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The 19-foot-long creature, now dubbed Lemmysuchus obtusidens, was renamed after scientists from the University of Edinburgh realized it had originally given the fossil an incorrect classification.

As reported by BBC News, the giant crocodile occupied coastal waters around Great Britain more than 145 million years ago. The fossil was originally excavated in 1909 and subsequently housed at London's Natural History Museum. Museum curator and avowed Motorhead fan Lorna Steel suggested the name.

"Although Lemmy passed away at the end of 2015, we'd like to think that he would have raised a glass to Lemmysuchus, one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the Earth," she said. "As a long-standing Motorhead fan I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to immortalize the rock star in this way." Read the original report here.

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Ringo Starr Discusses New Paul McCartney Collaboration

(Radio.com) Ringo Starr's new solo studio album Give More Love will be released on September 15th. The record features a familiar face among the special guest, his Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney.

"Well, I just called him up and said, 'I got this song called 'Show Me the Way,' and I want you to play on it," Starr told Rolling Stone. "Because he is a really good friend of mine, he said he'd come to L.A. for it.

"It's about [my wife] Barbara. She shows me the way. I wanted it to be very personal. While he was there, he also played on 'We're on the Road Again.' That was very kind of him." Read more here.

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John Mayer And Carlos Santana Tribute Glen Campbell

(Radio.com) John Mayer happened to be playing Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, August 8, the day that country superstar Glen Campbell died. The 81-year-old lost his battle with Alzheimer's disease and Mayer was in the right place at the right time to honor the legend.

Mayer played an acoustic version of Campbell's 'Gentle On My Mind," introducing the hit as his 'favorite song in the world." He warned the audience that it would be played with more 'love than precision."He added that he had wanted to pay his respects to the "Rhinestone Cowboy" with that song when he died.

Carlos Santana also honored Campbell last night, reports Billboard. During a show in Detroit, Santana played a cover of Campbell's 'By The Time I Get To Phoenix." After he finished the song, he said, "That was for a brother that went home. That was for Glen Campbell." Watch John Mayer play "Gentle on My Mind" here.

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Liam Gallagher Streams New Single 'For What It's Worth'

(hennemusic) Liam Gallagher is streaming a lyric video for the "As You Were" track, "For What It's Worth", ahead of the October 6 release of the debut solo effort from the former Oasis singer.

The tune follows "Wall Of Glass" and "Chinatown" as the third single from the project, the first from the rocker since Beady Eye disbanded in 2014. "I didn't want to be reinventing anything or going off on a space jazz odyssey," says Gallagher of the record. "It's the Lennon Cold Turkey' vibe, The Stones, the classics. But done my way, now."

The 15-song set was produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck) and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Mumford And Sons). "As You Were" will be available in standard and deluxe editions on digital, CD, vinyl and limited edition colored vinyl, with a special boxset also offered via Gallagher's website. Stream the new song here.

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Billie Joe Armstrong Throws Way Back with Childhood Studio Photo

(Radio.com) Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong shared a little bit of his past yesterday (August 10) on Instagram with a #ThrowBackThursday photo. In the image, 5-year-old Armstrong seen standing next to a childhood mentor and a studio engineer in a recording studio.

As a caption for the photo, he wrote, "sooo. here's a fun story. the amazing woman in this photo is Mrs Fiataroni. she basically taught me how to sing. this is a picture of us in 1977 at fantasy studios in Berkeley ca.

"I was 5 years old. I recorded a record called 'Look for Love'. 16 years later Green Day recorded Dookie in the same studio. (dude on the right was the engineer)." Check out the #tbt photo here.

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