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Gene Simmons Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations

(hennemusic) KISS co-founder and bassist Gene Simmons has spoken out after reportedly being sued by an unnamed California broadcaster for sexual misconduct following an alleged incident that took place during a recent on-camera interview in Highland, CA

The San Bernardino Sun reports the suit, filed December 15, alleges the 68-year-old rocker made unwarranted sexual advances during a November 1 interview at the San Manuel Casino location of a new Rock & Brews restaurant with co-owners Simmons and bandmate Paul Stanley.

According to the lawsuit, during an interview which occurred on a couch in a designated "green room," Simmons reached over and grabbed the woman's hand and "forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee." The lawsuit states the woman immediately removed her hand from Simmons' knee, but he continued his "unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances" by reaching for the woman's hand again.

"Defendant Simmons turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos, which made plaintiff Jane Doe extremely uncomfortable," according to the lawsuit, noting that Simmons grabbed the woman's hand again, made a cooing sound and said she "must use lotion" before making another sexual innuendo. He then "forcibly flicked/struck" the woman in the middle of her throat, then provided an "incoherent explanation" for doing it after noticing the woman's shock, according to the lawsuit.

Following the interview, the woman posed with Simmons for a promotional photograph. That's when Simmons "reached toward Plaintiff Doe's buttocks and touched it," according to the lawsuit. "Again, Plaintiff Doe kept her composure and discreetly moved away," the lawsuit states. "They took the pictures, but Plaintiff Doe declined the invitation to 'stay around.'"

Simmons responded to the lawsuit via his social media sites, writing, "Friends, I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about in the media. For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way. I am conferring with my lawyers with the aim of vigorously countering these allegations. And I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence." Read more here.

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As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis Apologizes For Murder-For-Hire Plot

As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has released a public apology after completing his prison/parole and probation requirements under his six year sentence for the murder for hire plot that targeted his estranged wife in 2013.

He shared the following: "Words cannot begin to express how deeply sorry I am for the hurt that I have caused. There is no defense for what I did, and I look back on the person I became with as much disdain as many of you likely do.

"First, I apologize to my former wife and remarkable children for my appalling actions. There's not a single day that goes by where I don't wish I could undo the damage I caused, and out of respect for their wishes I will not discuss anything else about them (now or in the future). I also ask anyone reading this to promote healing for them by respecting their privacy and defending them from any negativity or anger which should be directed towards me. I was the sole offender and the only one to blame for everything that happened.

"To my family, I apologize for the trauma you faced and may still feel. This is an ongoing sentence many of you serve because of me. I am so sorry to my friends who were betrayed by everything I hid from them and all the hardships I caused people who used to work with me. Band mates, road crew, managers, attorneys, agents, label people, and more all had to suffer through many unexpected changes because of my actions. While they were dealing with the aftermath of my arrest, I responded toward many of them with bitterness that I should have directed toward myself. I know that I can't undo the animosity I brought their way, but I hope to mend what I can now as time goes on" Read more. here.

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Stone Temple Pilots Release Lyric Video For Song With New Singer

(hennemusic) The Stone Temple Pilots are streaming a lyric video for the single, "Meadow", the first track issued by the band with new singer Jeff Gutt from their forthcoming 2018 album.

A veteran of the Detroit music scene, Gutt was chosen during the group's open audition call for a vocalist after the 2015 departure of Chester Bennington, who returned to Linkin Park before his passing a few months ago.

"Meadow" is one of the first songs STP worked on with Gutt, though guitarist Dean DeLeo tells Billboard the instrumental track was written and demoed even before the rocker auditioned for the group during September of 2016.

"It was one of the songs we threw at Jeff when we started writing with him," DeLeo recalls. "We had that song tracked a little while back with Robert (DeLeo), Eric (Kretz) and myself, and we really threw (Gutt) right into the fire, man. We went to Robert's house and had the mic set up, like, 'OK, let's see what you got,' and ('Meadow') was one of the songs. He wrote a melody for it that day, along with about five other songs. It was very impressive."

"It was really raw in the beginning," explains Gutt. "More than anything I tried to feel the music and let the music tell me where to go, and I never really tried to force anything. I was just going for vibe, and it wasn't about the lyrics right away. I was just mumbling kind of a melody, but most of that is what we ended up keeping and it got the ball rolling and I put the lyric in afterwards. I tried to just really go with what was given to me, and that's what came out."

Gutt made his live debut with the group during an exclusive November 14 show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. Watch the video
here.

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Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Takes Grief Over Chester's Death

(Radio.com) In the wake of Chester Bennington's sudden death by suicide in July, members of Linkin Park had a new album out and no immediate plan for how to memorialize him. Dozens of dates in the U.S. and abroad remained on their One More Light tour (which was ultimately canceled), and fans around the world mourned Chester's unexpected passing.

In a new interview, Mike Shinoda discussed how he and his bandmates have coped with the death of their frontman. "Grief is a non-linear process," he said. "It doesn't have 'stages' that go in order, it has phases that come and go at random. Some people are having sad days, others are having good days, others are having angry days… Add the constant stress and fear of things like the news cycle, and you've got some exceptional chaos on your hands!"

For Shinoda, sharing that journey with fans and social media followers has lightened the burden. "I've tried to make it a point to share how I'm doing, mostly on Instagram and sometimes Twitter, especially when I feel like I'm making progress," he said. "Coping with the end of this chapter is obviously devastating, but at the same time, it's also the beginning of the next story." Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Get Into Christmas Spirit For SNL Performance

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters performed a pair of tracks on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live this past weekend, December 16, and video from the program is streaming online.

On hand to promote their latest album, "Concrete And Gold", the band were joined by three female backup singers to deliver their current single, "The Sky Is A Neighborhood", early in the episode hosted by comedian Kevin Hart.

The Foo Fighters returned to close out the show with their 1997 classic, "Everlong", which began with a quiet start by Dave Grohl before the group kicked into a Christmas-themed medley led by the singers that featured Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" and the "A Charlie Brown Christmas" theme, "Linus & Lucy."

The band are currently winding down their 2017 live dates in support of their ninth album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. Watch the performances here.

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Little Steven Releases Cover Of Ramones Classic Christmas Song

(hennemusic) Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul had an early Christmas present for fans with the release of their take on the Ramones holiday classic. "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)". We were sent the following details:

"Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)" sees Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul bringing their one-of-a-kind sound to The Ramones' Yuletide classic, written by Joey Ramone and first found on the B-side to the 1987 single, "I Wanna Live."

The new rendition - arranged and produced by Stevie Van Zandt - was recorded by Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul two weeks ago during soundcheck in Utrecht, Netherlands in the midst of their extraordinary "Soulfire Tour 2017," capturing all the spirit and energy of the 15-piece rock 'n' soul revue at the very peak of their formidable onstage power.

"This is our tribute to the Ramones, keeping their music alive," Van Zandt told Rolling Stone. "I needed a third verse so I channeled Joey and wrote what I feel is the third verse he would have written. His brother Mickey heard the record and gave me his blessing." Check it out here.

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Tesla's Frank Hannon Announces Dickey Betts Encouraged Album

(Gibson) No sooner had Gibson.com tipped its hat to Dickey Betts (and then Dickey Betts announces he's come out of retirement), and we hear that Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon is releasing a covers album after Betts' encouragement. Betts is Hannon's father-in-law, and Hannon's album, Blue Sky: From One Place… to Another Vol. 1, is the first of three covers albums Hannon will release in 2018. Vol. 1 is out on January 26 2018.

"The songs that I contributed to Tesla - 'What You Give', 'Gettin' Better' and 'Love Song' - have always had an acoustic, country or bluesy vibe to them," says Hannon. "I love to sing and my father-in-law Dickey Betts encouraged me to step up to the microphone with guitar in hand. He sang many hits in the Allman Bros Band and 'Blue Sky' is one of my all time favorites."

From One Place… to Another Vol. 1 features guest appearances by Paul Jackson (Blackberry Smoke), Duane Betts (son of Dickey), Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (sons of Ricky Nelson), Roger Fisher (original Heart guitarist) and many others.

"I recorded the majority of the songs while on tour with Tesla in dressing rooms, hotels, buses and even bathrooms using a handheld recorder," continues Hannon. "I also went to friends' houses to capture performances and traded files over the Internet, bringing home the digital files to mix and embellish in my studio." Read more including the track and guest list here.

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Big Names Lined Up For Elton John Grammy Tribute Show

(Radio.com) Elton John will be honored with a GRAMMY tribute show, Elton John: I'm Still Standing. Those scheduled to perform so far include Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Maren Morris, Sam Smith and Keith Urban.

"Sir Elton John is an international music legend who has captivated audiences across generations for more than five decades," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy.

"His creativity, dynamic presence, and melodic virtuosity have positioned him as a cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is pleased to honor his immeasurable contributions to the music community." Read more here.

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Talking Heads Frontman David Byrne Announces Solo Tour

(Gibson) Former Talking Heads leader David Byrne has announced a handful of concert dates for next spring. A post on Byrne's website says the performances will feature many "familiar" songs (presumably Talking Heads material), as well as songs from a soon-to-be-announced new solo album.

The tour will be Byrne's first solo trek since 2009, although the singer did hit the road with St. Vincent for a 2012 - 2013 tour. After the 2018 North American run is completed, Byrne will play several festivals in South America and Europe.

Just six shows in the U.S. have been announced thus far - all in the Northeast - but the post on Byrne's website hints that more may be added. The veteran singer also said the performances will extend beyond the typical rock concert.

"I'm excited," he wrote. "This is the most ambitious show I've done since the shows that were filmed for 'Stop Making Sense,' so fingers crossed." See the dates here.

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Fall Out Boy Release 'Champion' Remix Featuring BTS' RM

(Radio.com) Fall Out Boy just released a new remix of their track "Champion" which features BTS' RM (formerly Rap Monster). It's the latest stateside collaboration for the Korean boy band who have also worked with Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers and Steve Aoki. RM has also previously done tracks with Wale and Warren G.

"In '94, the world started me and I've been driving, sometimes a man just can't open his car, and ain't gotta be somebody, be anybody, rather be anybody than live in a dead body," the Korean star raps.

"If you can't see me then find a helicopter, in the night sky, shine like a star." Check out the brand new remix of "Champion," which contains explicit lyrics, here.

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