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John Mayer Hospitalized For Emergency Surgery

(Radio.com) John Mayer has been rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy, forcing Dead & Company, the band he's currently touring in, to postpone at least one show.

The band, consisting of Mayer along with former members of the Grateful Dead , announced Mayer's health scare on social media. The group posted the following tweet yesterday:

"Early this morning, Tuesday, December 5th, John Mayer was admitted into the hospital for emergency appendectomy forcing the Dead & Company December 5th concert in New Orleans to be postponed," the band tweeted. Read more here.

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Chester Bennington Autopsy And Toxicology Report Revealed

(hennemusic) The just-released autopsy report on Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington confirms the rocker had a trace amount of alcohol in his system when he hanged himself in his Los Angeles home on July 20 at the age of 41, according to TMZ.

The County Of Los Angeles Medical Examiner's autopsy and toxicology results determined Bennington's blood also tested "presumptive positive" for MDMA (ecstasy) ... based on one test. Two subsequent tests did not detect the drug, and the ultimate conclusion was that the musician was not under the influence of drugs when he died.

TMZ adds that the report indicates authorities found a prescription bottle of Zolpidem - a generic version of the sleep aid Ambien - on his dresser; there was also a pint glass of Corona, which was less than half full, and an empty bottle of Stella Artois.

The coroner noted "autopsy findings are characteristic of suicidal hanging. There was a history of suicidal ideation." Read more here.

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Robert Plant Reacts To Latest Led Zeppelin Reunion Question

(Gibson) With the recent release of Carry Fire, his eleventh studio album, Robert Plant has put out more albums than his famed previous band Led Zeppelin. Still, his career as the lead singer of the band that pioneered modern hard rock music will always overshadow everything else he does.

Even though it's been almost four decades since Led Zeppelin disbanded, Plant was recently asked about a potential 2018 reunion in an interview on Team Rock. His answer: "All these magazines and internet platforms should be supporting new music and help new musicians to find an audience, instead of dwelling on the old crap all the time. It's like there is nothing new and exciting out there any more, when in fact there is. So stop living in the past. Open your ears and your eyes. It's not that difficult, is it?"

Plant's not at all keen on the idea of writing his memoirs either. He recalls that his bandmates and him were "social deviants, pushed out to the corners of society" and that, "we were representing a challenge to the order. So do we want to chum up and cuddle up to the whole idea of going to a publisher and telling stories? I mean, what - who - for? Those stories are locked nicely between my two ever-growing ear holes. So f*** it. There's a lot in there, and that's where it's staying." Read more here.

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Mastodon Streaming Full Length Emperor Of Sand Documentary

(hennemusic) Atlanta rockers Mastodon are streaming a full-length documentary on the making of their 2017 album, "Emperor Of Sand", following news that the project received a pair of nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards event next month.

"Earlier this year, we released a 12-part series showing the making of our album 'Emperor of Sand'," says the band. "We've cut it all together, added over 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage and turned it into a documentary! This is a deep look into the making of the album and the inspiration behind the music.

"With the Grammy nominations Emperor of Sand has received, we thought it was the perfect time to release it. We hope you enjoy the documentary If you do, feel free to share it! Thanks to Jimmy Hubbard helping us put this together!"

"Emperor Of Sand" - which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 in April - will compete at the Grammys for "Best Rock Album" alongside records by Metallica, Nothing More, Queens Of The Stone Age and The War On Drugs. Read more and stream the documentary here.

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Freddie Mercury 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Biopic Director Fired

(Radio.com) Director Bryan Singer has responded to being fired from the forthcoming biopic about the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, "Bohemian Rhapsody". After being relieved up his duties for unprofessional behavior, Singer now claims that Fox movie studios wouldn't allow him time off from the film to care for a sick parent.

"I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first," Singer said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine," he continued. "With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control."

The firing came after reports of friction between Singer and lead actor, Rami Malek, who's portraying Queen's Freddie Mercury in the movie. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Vintersea's Skies Set Ablaze

Melodic Metal Band Vintersea recently released their new album "The Gravity Of Fall" and to celebrate we asked them to tell us the story behind the single and video "Skies Set Ablaze". Here is the story:

There is something immensely bleak and mysterious about how the cycle of life will come to an end. "Skies Set Ablaze" serves as a testament to the idea of how mother Earth will eventually reach her demise; will she freeze over, or decimate in flames?

No matter the outcome, the Earth would be purified of the catalyst of her destruction - Human beings. As we slowly edge towards mother Earth's destruction, we become unknowing spectators to her death. The melodic vocal hook to the song, "Playing with blood/ Watching the world burn/ Is this enough/ Wails of a broken heart" represents that idea, and the core of the song.

The main theme of the music video and song is the interplay of powerful polar opposites, such as Fire and Ice, and Life and Death. Our music is conveyed by the song's message, and we reflect that by interlacing heavier, blackened death elements with melodic hooks. Our hope with this song is to bring awareness to the fragility of life and the environment around us.

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

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Sleeping With Sirens Release Christmas Single And Announce Tour

(Radio.com) Sleeping With Sirens have tracked and recently released their acoustic holiday single "Christmas On The Road" and also announced that they will embark on a North American tour early next year to support their fifth studio album Gossip, which came out September 22.

The 18-date tour will launch January 22 in Philadelphia and run through February 16 in Indianapolis. Major stops include Montreal, Columbus, and Park City, UT, where the band will play with Good Charlotte for Team USA WinterFest.

Earlier this year, Sleeping with Sirens played more than 40 dates across North America and Europe with Rise Against. Check out the new Christmas single and see the upcoming tour dates here.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO Add Dates To North American Tour

Due to high demand Jeff Lynne's ELO have announced that they have added some additional dates to their first North American tour in over 30 years which will be taking place next summer.

The newly added dates include a new stop in the Los Angeles area at the Forum on August 5th, following the previously announced show on that will be taking place on August 4th.

A second New York City show has also been added. The band will be playing an additional show at Madison Square Garden on August 22nd, following the already announced concert the previous night. Read more including all of the dates here.

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The National's 'Day I Die' Performance On 'Ellen' Goes Online

(Radio.com) The National took their alt-rock for adults to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (Dec. 5), rocking the daytime TV crowd with an exuberant take on "Day I Die."

Taken from the National's Grammy-nominated album, Sleep Well Beast (it's up for Best Alternative Album), the song's double-drummer beat and stream-of-consciousness lyricism was enough to elicit a howl from DeGeneres when it was over.

Watch an online stream of the the performance here.

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Dean Ween Group Announce New Album Deaner Rock 2

The Dean Ween Group have announced that they will be releasing their sophomore album "Deaner Rock 2" on March 9th on next year. We were sent the following comments from Dean Ween (aka The Deaner):

Ween recorded the album at his dedicated studio facility in Lambertville, NJ, across the river from his native New Hope, PA. Here's how the Deaner describes the genesis of this new body of work: "A lot has changed since I released my first 'solo album' a couple of years ago.

"Since 1984, I dedicated my life to recording in all of my free time. Later on, after living with Aaron for a few years, I moved into an apartment with my girlfriend (who is now my wife; Hi baby!) She would get up at 5:30 am to go to work teaching and I would record all day while she was gone. When she came home I would stop. When she went to sleep I'd go over to Aaron's place at Brookridge Farms and record all night with him, or Guy Heller, or Billy Fowler." Read more
here.

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Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy Releases Year Of The Tiger Video

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy is streaming a video preview for the December 8 release of the first single and video for the title track to his forthcoming debut solo album, "Year Of The Tiger."

Due March 9, 2018 via Napalm Records, the rocker reveals the project is a record inspired by the loss of his father when he was a child. "It's probably the closest thing to a full-on concept record that I've ever written," Kennedy tells Metal Wani. "I mean, the story is congruent throughout the entire... It basically tells a story from start to finish, and it documents when my father passed away when I was a kid and basically what happened after that with my mom, my brother and I - it tells that story. So it's a full-on concept from start to finish."

Kennedy recorded the album this year with producer and longtime Alter Bridge associate Michael "Elvis" Baskette. "Year Of The Tiger" will be issued on CD, LP and in digital formats. Stream the new song here.

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Beach Boys' Mike Love Playing Free In-Store Show

The Beach Boys' Mike Love has announced a special free in-store performance at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles to celebrate his newly released solo double album, Unleash The Love.

The event will be taking place on Wednesday, December 6, where Mike Love and special guests will take the stage and play songs from his new album along with beloved Beach Boys classics.

Following the performance, there will be an album signing for fans who purchase Unleash the Love in-store on the day of the event- purchasers will also receive a limited edition "Mike Love - Live at Amoeba" poster commemorating the show. Mike Love's Amoeba Music performance is free and open to all ages. See the address and time details
here.

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John Mayall Reflects On Former Bandmate Eric Clapton

(Gibson) Having just finished a 36-date autumn tour across the UK, blues pioneer and hugely influential bandleader John Mayall spoke with Music Radar in an article titled '5 Minutes Alone: John Mayall."

Talking about his time with Clapton, Mayall said, "Eric is fantastic, he and I got on so well and I think it showed in the music. But, he's a restless person and he was finding his own roots back then. When he left the Bluesbreakers he wanted to explore his own potential, which he has done ever since."

The secret of finding the best talent in the business? "All of the guitar players that I have chosen to work with have something that sets them apart from each other. I think that the individuality of the performer is the most important thing." Read more here.

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Jimmy Eat World Announce Integrity Blues The Tour

(Radio.com) Jimmy Eat World have announced new tour dates for 2018. The band is set to embark on the Integrity Blues The Tour, which launches May 5 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The band have also announced the imminent release of their brand new Integrity Blues Acoustic EP, which is set to be released this Friday, December 8th.

The 3-track collection features stripped down versions of "Integrity Blues," "Sure and Certain" and "Get Right," and will be available at all digital retail providers. See the tour dates here.

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Style of Johnny Cash Exhibition Announced

(Gibson) To celebrate country legend Johnny Cash's eighty-sixth birthday next year, The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville is hosting a new exhibition focused on Cash's iconic style and his long relationship with the designer Manuel Cuevas.

The Man in Black: The Style of Johnny Cash, Curated by Manuel will open on February 26, 2018 and will run for eighteen months. The exhibition will feature Cash's stage costumes, as well as additional details like measurements, material and client files kept by Cuevas.

Cuevas first found fame as a tailor working with Los Angeles designer Nudie Cohn, the designer famous for the now iconic rhinestone and embroidery-embellished 'Nudie Suits', popular among country and Hollywood stars from the Fifties through today. He went on to start his own brand in the mid-Seventies, dressing stars like Salvador Dali, Dwight Yoakam, Elvis Presley, Gram Parsons and of course, Johnny Cash.

According to Bill Miller, of Icon Entertainment Group, "Johnny Cash made wearing black a fashion statement. Through the years, he had a number of custom designers create his stage wear, but his favourite was Manuel, who dressed him through the end of his career." Read more here.

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Neil Young Offers His Archives For Free

(Gibson) Neil Young takes his campaign in support of quality audio a step further, with the launch of his back catalogue website, the Neil Young Archives which is currently available for free.

Essentially, the Neil Young Archives hosts every bit of media Young has created throughout his long and storied career. Admittedly, with the release over the weekend of The Visitor, Young's thirty-ninth studio album, it would appear that the archive serves as a great promotional tool. That being said, it really is so much more. (sign up for free here)

Delving deep into the archive reveals riches of previously unreleased music from one of rock's most prolific artists, showcasing more than a half century's worth of music, starting with the song 'Aurora' with his first band The Squires (from 1963) all the way to his current album The Visitor, with lots of historic milestones in between. As Young says in a welcome message on the site, "it is not yet complete as we are still adding a lot of detail to the older recordings," though in addition to audio material there's also photographs, videos, song credits and assorted information. (Some music, including some of his work with Buffalo Springfield and with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, is not streaming yet, but it's possible copyright issues are being worked out). here.

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