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2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

(hennemusic) The Moody Blues, The Cars, Dire Straits and Bon Jovi are among the artists set to be inducted into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The three acts are joined by Nina Simone, with Sister Rosetta Tharpe to be honored posthumously with an Award For Early Influence.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. Chosen by more than 900 voters of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, the six artists were chosen from a field of 19 nominees, with Bon Jovi winning the Fan ballot.

Four of the six acts will be inducted as first-time nominees - Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe - while Bon Jovi enter on their second ballot entry and The Cars on their third year in a row.

Well, we've been through it twice already, Cars drummer Greg Robinson tells Rolling Stone. I just sort of had a feeling we could squeak in this year. But it's great. It's great. It's also a good time for us. Next year is the 40th anniversary of our first album. I've been working all this year on a bunch of re-releases. We've had some expanded records and I've worked on the covers. It's a good time.

It's a Christmas miracle, says Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan. [We were] guys living the dream, getting on a bus with no guarantees in any way shape or form or anything. It was, 'Let's go out and make this happen.' And we actually did.

Bryan reveals that Bon Jovi are willing to reunite for the event with former members Richie Sambora and original bassist Alec John Such. The idea is that it's a celebration of what we were and what we are, he explains. You'll see the current lineup and then see the original It should be a fun night.

On Friday [the day before I heard the news], I couldn't have cared less, says Moody Blues singer Justin Hayward. On Saturday, I was thinking, 'Wow, that's amazing!' I'm extremely grateful to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for two things: For creating the supreme temple to something that has brought me endless joy since I was a little boy; the second thing is for, after all these years, including us.

Artists who were nominated but didn't make the final list including Judas Priest, Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, Kate Bush, the Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, MC5, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, the Meters and more. Read more here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Announces Live Acoustic Release

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has announced that he will be releasing a recording of a special solo acoustic set that he performed last year.

The new set entitled Live In London will be released via thecoreytaylor.com on December 18th and was captured during a rare intimate acoustic performance at the KOKO in London on May 18th in 2016. Watch the trailer here.

Apart from songs from his two bands receiving the unplugged treatment, Corey also performed a number of cover tunes including songs from KISS, The Eagles, Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, The Cure, R.E.M., the Grateful Dead and more. See the song list here.

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Controversial Unedited Morrissey Interview Released

(Radio.com) Morrissey came under fire last month when an interview published in the German magazine Der Spiegel included controversial comments about Kevin Spacey and the wave of sexual assault allegations, as well as statements about President Donald Trump.

Morrissey claimed his request for full, unedited audio to be released was rejected: Now the publication has released the 42-minute conversation for readers to evaluate.

In the interview, Morrissey said actor Anthony Rapp's allegation that Spacey made a sexual advance when Rapp was 14 didn't ring quite true, and wondered aloud where Rapp's parents were. Also, he seemed to equivocate about claims against producer Harvey Weinstein, saying: Rape is revolting, and any kind of physical attack is revolting - but we must keep it in perspective, otherwise everybody on the planet is guilty of everything. Read more here.

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The Smithereens Lead Singer Pat DiNizio Dead at 62

(Radio.com) Pat DiNizio- songwriter, guitarist, and lead singer of The Smithereens- died on Tuesday (December 12) at the age of 62. The cause of death has not been revealed, but Rolling Stone notes that the singer recently faced a string of health concerns and injuries.

The Smithereens are known for writing catchy tunes with a touch of melancholy and recognized for hits like A Girl Like You and Blood And Roses.

While The Smithereens first came on the scene in the '80s, they remained active, putting out a new album in 2011. Plus, according to the post to the band's Facebook page, the band was gearing up for another tour at the top of 2018. Read the full statement from the group announcing DiNizio's passing here.

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Metallica Dominate Year-End US Rock Charts

(hennemusic) Metallica's "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" has dominated the year-end rock charts in the US. According to Billboard, the veteran metal band's tenth release landed at No. 1 on their Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums rankings.

Released late last year, "Hardwired…" sold 11 million units in the US in 2017, making it the only rock album to top 800,000 units. The set debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 291,000 equivalent album units to deliver the group their sixth US chart-topper.

Metallica also came in at No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Artists chart for 2017 and at No. 4 on the year-end Top Rock Artists recap. "Hardwired…" recently delivered the band a pair of nominations for honors at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in January. Read more here.

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A Perfect Circle, Poison, Stone Temple Pilots Lead Festival Lineup

A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, Poison, Stone Temple Pilots, Cheap Trick, Ghost, The Cult, Halestorm and Clutch lead a packed lineup for next year's Rocklahoma music festival.

The annual event will be taking place during memorial day weekend (May 25th, 26th and 27th, 2018) at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma which is just outside Tulsa.

Godsmack's Sully Erna had this to say, "Hey Rocklahoma! It's Sully from Godsmack! We're stoked to announce the band's return to Rocklahoma this May! This will be our first time back since 2015 and we can't wait to rock your faces off! See ya there, Okies!" Read more here.

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Alice Cooper Releases 'The Sound Of A' Video

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper is premiering a video for "The Sound Of A", the next single from his latest album "Paranormal." The song, whose origins date back 50 years, was rediscovered by the shock-rocker when original Alice Cooper Band bassist Dennis Dunaway suggested the track during sessions for the project.

"Dennis brought in the song and he played it for me and I said, 'wow Dennis, I remember when you wrote this song in 1967,'" explains Cooper. "He goes, 'you're right about the year, but you wrote it!' He says, 'this was the first song you ever wrote.'

"So, he brought it in and Bob Ezrin says 'I love this, we gotta do this song.' In the end, it became the most psychedelic track because during the recording of it, everybody just went off on these guitar parts and it just swirled at the end. It really ended up being one of the most interesting songs on the album - with a great story behind it. I totally forgot that I wrote it!"

"The Sound Of A" will be issued as a single on February 23; available as a limited-edition CD single and on 10-inch white vinyl, the release also includes four previously unreleased live songs recorded in Columbus, Ohio in 2016. Watch the video here.

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Dream Theater Going Inside Out For Next Album

Dream Theater have announced that they have inked a world wide deal with Inside Out Music (Sony Music Entertainment) for the release of their forthcoming album.

They have yet to reveal many details about the upcoming 14th studio album but the band had this to say about their new label deal, "We are all really excited about signing a brand-new record deal with InsideOut/Sony! We've known Thomas Waber for a very long time and it's great to finally get a chance to work together. Thomas' enthusiasm, energy, music industry expertise and positive outlook towards the future of DT's recording career has been incredible to witness, and we have no doubt that being part of the InsideOut/Sony family will be an amazing creative and professional experience for all of us!

InsideOutMusic Label Head / A&R Thomas Waber added This is what the term 'coming full circle' was invented for. We've followed the band closely ever since they started touring in Europe in 1993, and there has been a lot of history and friendship between DT and us for close to 25 years. Stepping up to the plate to join with them for this next important chapter in their career feels like the natural and right thing to do. I can't wait to get started!"

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Imagine Dragons and Walk the Moon Added to 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

(Radio.com) Get ready to ring in the new year with two of 2017's biggest bands. Imagine Dragons and Walk the Moon are the latest acts added to this year's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest telecast.

Imagine Dragons will perform live on New Year's Eve from the Allstate Fan Fest in New Orleans ahead of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Walk the Moon will also be in New Orleans, performing for the second annual Central Time Zone countdown.

The bands will join previously announced artists Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Khalid, BTS, Kane Brown, Marshmello and Sugarland. Read more here.

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Jackson Browne In The Studio For Running On Empty Anniversary

Syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates Jackson Browne's best-selling album Running On Empty on it's 40th anniversary. The show sent over the following details:

Coming off his solo breakthrough album The Pretender, the Southern California singer, songwriter suddenly found himself a single parent with a 3 year old son and a widower following the suicide of his wife. Conventional wisdom would assume that any one of these challenges alone could require an entertainer to put his or her career on hold indefinitely, yet Jackson Browne did exactly the opposite. He went on tour to work through his personal struggle and his creative pause, where the road offered a routine, structure and distance from the pain.

Browne's idea to write and record on the road would garner two Top 20 singles, The Load Out/Stay and the # 11 charting title track Running On Empty. Jackson Browne remembers the concept for the album Running On Empty to program producer and host Redbeard.

Jackson Browne says, "It wasn't called Running On Empty…But it was going to be a live album, with live versions of songs that had already been recorded, and new songs, and jams, and some of the hilarious things people say." Stream the episode
here.

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Story of the Year Release 'Bang Bang' Video

Story of the Year have released a brand new music video for their track "Bang Bang". The song is the first single from the group's recently released album "Wolves".

The new promo clip was filmed, directed and edited by guitarist Ryan Phillips. He had the following to say, "Our live shows have always been our calling card, sort of what were known for. The synthesis of the Bang Bang video essentially revolved around tapping into that live energy in a visually appealing and mysterious way, capturing a raw, guttural performance.

"Something to remind people that we're back and rock harder than ever! This video was completely DIY - us hiring our friends, pooling our resources, and going out in the woods and being creative." Watch the video here.

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke Debuts New Music At Solo Show

(Radio.com) Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke debuted new music during a rare solo show that he performed in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (December 12th).

Yorke performed at the Fonda Theater with longtime Radiohead producer, Nigel Godrich. The set-list was mostly solo material, with one Atoms for Peace track, Amok, making an appearance.

The set was also populated by rare and unreleased material, including I Am a Very Rude Person and the live debut of Two Feet of the Ground, which had been used to soundtrack a Rag & Bone runway show in 2015.

See fan footage of the performances and the complete set-list here.

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The Battle Over Cynic Is Over With Cofounders Reaching Agreement

The cofounders of Cynic, Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert, have reached an agreement over the future of the band after a two year battle, with Masvidal continuing with the group and Reinert officially parting ways.

Sean broke the news to fans with the following update via Facebook: "Today I post with a heavy heart, but also a lightened spirit. A settlement has been reached between Paul and I in regards to Cynic. I am unable to disclose any of the details regarding this agreement but I am at peace with the arrangement. I am going to step aside from Cynic and continue with my personal projects - Paul is going to continue with Cynic and his.

"I want to take this last Facebook post as an opportunity to humbly thank all of the musicians, engineers, technicians, companies, booking agents, managers, crew, press, labels and friends that I've worked with (and will likely continue to) over this past 30-year span." Read more here.

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Joshua Tree Music Festival Announce Initial Lineup

(JTMF) Organizers for The Joshua Tree Music Festival sent over the following announcement about the initial line-up for the 2018 spring event and, true to form, the Festival has curated an eclectic line-up for you to discover your new favorite band. The Festival is known for serving up a diverse array of music and May 2018 will be no different.

The line-up includes a solid mix of headliners including the soulful high energy funk of Con Brio, the dynamic, improvisational jazz and gospel influences of Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, the conscious roots music of reggae's rising star Mike Love, and the sonic crossroads of beats and future Americana that is Dirtwire.

We showcase up and coming, white hot, have-to-see-them-now-before-they-get-big type of acts, with artists that are still hungry, honing their craft, and creating unique, original sounds says JTMF Founder and Organizer Barnett English. Read more
here.

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