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Foreigner's Original Lineup Looking At Possible Reunion

(Radio.com) With a revamped version of classic rock legends Foreigner currently on the band's 40th anniversary tour, founder and guitarist Mick Jones says a reunion of the original lineup is not out of the question.

"Oh, it's definitely crossed my mind," Jones told Billboard. "I think it's something the fans would love. It'd be interesting, the contrast of the two styles of the two bands. I think it would be appealing. It's not carved in whatever things are carved in, but the thoughts are flowing around. But I'm still not quite sure how to forecast it."

Those fires have been stoked over the summer tour, with original members Lou Gramm (vocals), Ian McDonald (multi-instrumentalist) and Al Greenwood (keyboards) taking the stage for a three-song encore at Jones Beach on June 20. It was the first time McDonald and Greenwood had played with the band since 1980, and Gramm's first appearance since 1993. The group's original drummer, Dennis Elliott, performed at a show in Tampa on the anniversary tour.

"One thing for sure is all the musicians are getting on very well together and it's just refreshing and we're really enjoying it," Jones said. "Lou is good, and he's kept his voice. Al and Ian are playing the same as they did 40 years ago, basically, and it's a hoot. It's great adrenaline and very enjoyable. I think there's no bad apple anywhere in the whole thing, so I can't see any big problems." Read more here.

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Metallica's Full Tour Leg Finale Concert Streaming Online

(hennemusic) hennemusic streamed Metallica's North American tour finale from Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB on August 16, and official video of the full show is available.

Over more than two hours in length, the 18-song set mixed classic tracks with tunes from the group's 2016 release, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct." "What a summer!!," says the band. "Thank you to some of the craziest, most passionate, intense avid fans on the planet!! This has been another memorable and special summer run for us seeing so many new faces along with lots of old friends as you welcomed us back for our first tour of North America in over eight years."

Metallica launched the summer shows in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD on May 10 after hennemusic streamed their final rehearsal for the trek from the same venue on May 9.

The veteran metal band's tenth album recently achieved platinum status in the US for sales of 1 million copies. Metallica will now enjoy a two-week break before launching a European arena tour at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2. Watch the show here.

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Black Sabbath Preview Farwell Concert Film

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath are streaming a brand new video trailer for the September 28th worldwide cinema debut of their farewell concert film, "The End Of The End."

Directed by Dick Carruthers (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Oasis), the project presents the last concert under the Sabbath brand by three-quarters of the original lineup - Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.

"To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special," says the three members. "It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans, who've been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we'd be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf."

Drummer Bill Ward chose to sit out the Sabbath reunion in 2012 and the farewell run over contractual issues and what became a very nasty public spat with longtime friend Osbourne.

A specially-edited version of "The End Of The End" will be featured in the global cinema event ahead of the film's official release later this year. Watch the trailer here.

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Foo Fighters Preview Greek Acropolis Concert TV Special

(Radio.com) Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters recently played the band's first-ever live show at the famed Odeon of Herodes Atticus on the site of the ancient Acropolis in Athens, Greece, this summer.

The concert was filmed for PBS series Landmarks Live In Concert that features artists performing at monumental locations around the world. The show, hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, has been given an official air date of November 10.

"We've done some crazy things over the last 20 years," Grohl said in a press release, "but I think this might be the craziest thing the Foo Fighters have ever done."

"The Acropolis hasn't been rocked that hard in a while – maybe 2500 hundred years, give or take," Chad Smith enthused. "It was an amazing experience, made extra special that I could spend it with my longtime friends, the mighty Foos." Watch a preview clip from the show in advance of the Nov. 10 premiere here.

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Singled Out: Janet Gardner (Vixen)'s Hippycrite

Vixen vocalist Janet Gardner released very first solo album today (Aug 18th). She collaborated on the self-titled effort with Justin James (noted guitarist, songwriter, producer) and today tells us about the song "Hippycrite". Here is the story:

We've decided to tell the story of the song "Hippycrite" for the "Singled Out" feature. It was the dead of winter and it had been really cold for about a week. Justin and I were inside recording for several days straight. We decided it was time to take a little break, get out and blow off some steam. So we went out to dinner and then went to a local club. We ran into some people we know and met some new people. We mingled and smingled for a while and when we had had enough, we hopped in the car and headed for home.

Naturally, we started a discussion on who we had run into and the events of the evening. We both had conversations with drunken people getting "deep" about anything from the Universe, to Kharma, to animal rights, and extraterrestrials.

We both noticed that those who were preaching the loudest were the same ones who were doing the very things they were preaching against... the animal rights activist, non-meat eater who took her rescue dog back to the shelter because he wouldn't stop peeing in the house and ruined her expensive rug. The Buddhist who sabatoged a coworker to get a big promotion and the peace-loving hippie who's had several traffic incidents due to a severe case of road rage!

Justin said "That guy is a hippie hypocrite!" And I said "He's a hippycrite. We made up a word. There must be a song in that!" and so there was. We went home and wrote it on the spot.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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Chester Bennington's Widow Shares Son Jaime's Music

(Radio.com) The late Chester Bennington's widow, Talinda, has shared music by the couple's son Jaime. 'Our son Jaime is as talented as his dad," she tweeted, then asked people to tweet her son back if they hear something they like.

The piano-driven tracks on Reveries Op. 1 No. 4 range from hopeful and enchanting to melancholy and tragic sounding. The scope and vibe of the piece is akin to a dramatic movie score.

Jaime addressed the project on his own website. 'Fueled by my love for the incredible Dimitri Shostakovich, of which I have cultivated over the last six months through the systematic consumption of every symphony, brooding string quartet, and whimsical piano solo, I decided to sit down with my piano and have a conversation about what we wanted out of music."

'That conversation ended with the subsequent decision to write music that simply SOUNDED good," he continued. "I purposely forced myself to stray away from any of the hard-wired academic prejudices that I had the tendency to fall back on."

The son of Linkin Park's late vocalist added, 'These pieces took me far away from any notion of form, harmony, or time that I had so desperately wanted to control. Likewise, what came out of this experiment is something I feel is wholly different from anything I have written before! I would also like to mention that I took a large amount of time to properly record and perform these pieces (to the best of my ability considering the only microphone I own is on my phone). Which makes these compositions the first pieces of music I have devoted myself to interpreting since mid-May." Listen to Bennington's composition here.

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Stone Temple Pilots Stream Unreleased Version Of 'Plush'

(hennemusic) The Stone Temple Pilots are streaming a previously unreleased live version of their 1992 classic, "Plush", as a preview to the September 29 release of multiple 25th anniversary editions of their debut album, "Core."

The recording from a July 2, 1993 concert at the Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater in California is featured on the third disc of the 4CD/1DVD/1LP Super Deluxe Edition, which is limited to just 15,000 copies worldwide.

The package delivers a newly-remastered version of the original record, plus more than two hours of unreleased demos and live performances, including the band's performance on "MTV Unplugged." The set also featuress the original album on vinyl and a DVD that contains a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix along with videos for the album's four singles: "Sex Type Thing", "Plush", "Wicked Garden" and "Creep." Read more and stream the song here.

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The Who Preview Tommy Live At Royal Albert Hall

(hennemusic) The Who are streaming a video preview of the forthcoming package, "Tommy: Live At The Royal Albert Hall", which will be released in multiple formats on October 13.

The Who performed their 1969 rock opera at the prestigious London venue in its entirety for the very first time in April at an event in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust, the UK charity founded in 1990 to assist youth with support and cancer care.

The "Tommy" show was rounded out with a set of Who classics, also featured in the fall release, which adds bonus behind-the-scenes features like full screen animations of both "The Acid Queen" and "Pinball Wizard" with the accompanying live audio.

"Tommy: Live At The Royal Albert Hall" will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD and 3LP. A full track list and the preview video can be found here.

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Whitesnake Stream Live Version Of 1987 Blockbuster Hit

(hennemusic) Whitesnake are streaming a previously unreleased live version of "Still of The Night" as a preview to the October 6 release of multiple editions of an expanded 30th Anniversary reissue of their classic 1987 self-titled album.

The band's most-commercially sucessful record delivered four singles - including the US No. 1 smash, "Here I Go Again", and No.2 ballad, "Is This Love" - on its way to US sales of more than 8 million copies and Top 5 chart status in several countries around the world.

The 4CD/DVD "Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition" includes the original album with newly remastered sound, unreleased live and studio recordings, classic music videos, concert footage, a thirty-minute documentary, a 60-page hardbound book that's filled with rare and unseen photos from the era, an extended essay based on new interviews with David Coverdale, plus a booklet of the album's lyrics, handwritten by the rocker.

2CD and 2LP Deluxe Editions will present the newly-remastered album alongside a selection of unreleased bonus recordings, while a single-disc version of the project will also be available; all will be available via digital download and streaming services. Stream the preview song here.

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Weezer Release 'Mexican Fender' And Announce Album

(Radio.com) Weezer surprised fans with their debut of a brand new track "Mexican Fender" and accompanying music video on Thursday morning (August 17).

The new song is the latest track that the has been released from the veteran band's forthcoming album, Pacific Daydream, which will be released October 27th.

The new album will also feature the band's recent seasonal anthem "Feels Like Summer." Check out the video for "Mexican Fender," starring Gilli the seagull here.

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Brand New Announce 'Science Fiction' Album, Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Emo rock legends Brand New have returned with a brand new album, Science Fiction. It's the band's first new full-length since the release of Daisy back in 2009.

Brand New will support the album with headlining set at the High & Low Festival on September 9 in San Bernardino, CA, followed by two-week tour that includes a stop at this year's Voodoo Festival in New Orleans on October 27-29.

Album tracklisting: 1. Lit Me Up 2. Can't Get It Out 3. Waste 4. Could Never Be Heaven 5. Same Logic/Teeth 6. 137 7. Out of Mana 8. In the Water 9. Desert 10. No Control 11. 451 12. Batter Up. See the tour dates here.

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Jerry Garcia Concert Film TV Premiere This Week

(hennemusic) AXS TV have released the full length trailer for the upcoming broadcast premiere of Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music of Jerry Garcia, created and produced by Blackbird Presents and the Jerry Garcia Family.

The network will premiere the feature on Saturday, August 19th at 9PM ET and is part of AXS TV's special month-long Summer of Love programming that celebrated some of the most important music and artists from the iconic summer of 1967.

Here is synopsis for the Jerry Garcia feature: "On May 14, 2015, a remarkable array of musical artists from rock, folk, R&B, reggae, bluegrass, and country converged on Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event taping to pay tribute to the enduring musical and cultural legacy of the late Jerry Garcia, one of the most influential and beloved musicians of the modern era.

"The two-and-a-half-hour concert film and companion audio recordings feature over 20 performances from this momentous event by Phil Lesh & Communion, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann's Billy & the Kids, Mickey Hart, Eric Church, Jimmy Cliff, The Disco Biscuits, Peter Frampton, David Grisman, Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, Buddy Miller, moe., O.A.R., Grace Potter, Allen Toussaint, Trampled By Turtles, Widespread Panic, and Yonder Mountain String Band. Watch the trailer
here.

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