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Door Open For Van Halen Reunion For 40th Anniversary Tour 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Door Open For Van Halen Reunion For 40th Anniversary Tour was a top 17 story of February 2017: Former bassist Michael Anthony says that he is open to the idea of reuniting with the classic Van Halen lineup for a possible 40th anniversary tour in 2018.

"I'm always the guy that says never say never," Anthony told Sayaka Shiomi at the recent National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, CA where he was launching his new signature Schecter Limited Edition Flame Bass.

"But, you know, right now, I'm just having fun doing what I'm doing, and if it happens, it'll happen. I'm obviously open to it, if something happens with it. Next year, I guess, is the fortieth anniversary of our first album, so who knows?"

Van Halen have not revealed any plans for new music or another tour since the end of a 2015 North American run in support of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert." Read more here.

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Axl Rose Fronted AC/DC Surprised Phil Rudd 2017 In Review

Axl Rose Fronted AC/DC Surprised Phil Rudd was a top 17 story of February 2017: Former AC/DC Phil Rudd has changed his tune about Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose singing for the band and now says that he was "quite surprised" at how well Rose did with the gig.

This is in stark contrast to comments he made last year about the Rose fronted AC/DC. He was asked at the time about his willingness to rejoin the legendary band and said, "If Angus wanted me to play, then that's up to him. But I don't really want to play with Axl Rose. I don't really rate him."

Now Rudd says in a new interview with Music Radar that he was surprised at how well Axl did with the group. "I watched some clips the other day of Axl singing with the boys. I was surprised; it wasn't too bad. I was quite surprised, I thought he did quite well and that's not an easy gig, mate, it's not an easy gig at all. AC/DC is a tough gig for everyone in the band.

"I saw Angus jamming with Guns N' Roses as well. Apart from watching those clips though I don't know what's going to happen or what's going on with the band." Read more here.

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Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr And Joe Walsh In Studio Together 2017 In Review

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr And Joe Walsh In Studio Together was a top 17 story of February 2017: Ringo Starr was joined by his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney and legendary Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh in the recording studio this past weekend.

Starr broke the exciting news to fans via a series of tweets, beginning with a photo of himself with McCartney and the caption "Thanks for coming over and playing great bass. I love you man peace and love."

Ringo then posted a photo of himself, McCartney and Joe Walsh. He wrote, "And look Joe W. came out to play what a day I'm having peace and love." See that tweet here.

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Ace Frehley Jams KISS Classic With Pearl Jam Star 2017 In Review

(Gibson) Ace Frehley Jams KISS Classic With Pearl Jam Star was a top 17 story of February 2017: Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recently wrapped up a three-week US tour with a final gig in Seattle, where he was joined onstage by one of the city's hometown heroes - Mike McCready, guitarist with Seattle grunge/alternative legends Pearl Jam.

McCready guested on Frehley's performance of the KISS classic 'Cold Gin', repeating his guest appearance on Frehley's latest album, the covers set Origins Vol.1. Of course, for McCready performing live with Frehley was something he owed his much younger self.

In a 2014 Rolling Stone interview, McCready said, "Ace Frehley came onstage and did it with us at Madison Square Garden a few years ago, which was a total high watermark in my life. When I was 13, I never thought in a million years that I would even talk to him; I'd probably pass out. And here I am playing with him!" Watch some fan filmed footage from the Seattle jam here and read more here.

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Black Sabbath Play Their Very Last Concert 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath Play Their Very Last Concert was a top 17 story of February 2017: Black Sabbath performed the final concert of their farewell tour at the Genting Arena in their hometown of Birmingham, UK on February 4 and video from the show is available online.

The reunited trio of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler delivered a 16-song set of classic 1970s tracks and fan favorites as they wrapped up a year-long world trek to wind down a legendary career that spans five decades.

Billed as "The End", the group first announced farewell tour plans in late 2015 before launching the run with the first of three North American legs in Omaha, NE on January 20, 2016.

"Well, the end of our final tour is here," posted Iommi on social media. "4 continents, 26 countries and 81 dates later we are back home in Birmingham for our final show."

The tour was not without controversy as the group were joined by Osbourne's solo drummer Tommy Clufetos in place of original member Bill Ward, who chose to sit out the Sabbath reunion in 2012 and the farewell run over contractual issues and a dispute with Osbourne over remarks in recent years. Check out videos from the show including the official clip the finale performance of "Paranoid" here.

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Asia Frontman John Wetton Dead At 67 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) February began with the very sad news that Asia vocalist and bassist John Wetton died at the age of 67 following a three-year battle with colon cancer. Wetton recently advised fans that was to undergo a new medical chemotherapy procedure that would sideline him from the group's appearance on the upcoming Yes-hosted Cruise To The Edge event and the spring leg of a North American tour with Journey.

The bassist revealed that Billy Sherwood from Yes would step in to cover his duties on the pair of treks. "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have to report we have lost my dearest friend, brother, bandmate and long term musical collaborator, John Wetton, who has passed away after a long and tenacious battle with cancer," says Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes. "He will be remembered as one of the world's finest musical talents, and I for one of many was wholly blessed by his influence. It was a massive privilege for me to have worked with this genius so closely on our numerous projects together over the years. His bass playing was revolutionary. His voice was from the gods. His compositions - out of this world. His sense of melody and harmony - unreal. He was literally a 'special one'.

"Life will not be the same without him," he adds. "And words are not really enough to describe the loss I feel right now, and the many friends and fans all over the world will also be feeling. It is the end of an era for all of us. But we will soldier on - the music of John Wetton needs to be heard loud and clear from the rooftops. Dearest John, may you rest in peace brother."

"With the passing of my good friend and musical collaborator, John Wetton, the world loses yet another musical giant," says Asia drummer Carl Palmer. "John was a gentle person who created some of the most lasting melodies and lyrics in modern popular music. As a musician, he was both brave and innovative, with a voice that took the music of Asia to the top of the charts around the world.

"His ability to triumph over alcohol abuse made him an inspiration to many who have also fought that battle. For those of us who knew him and worked with him, his valiant struggle against cancer was a further inspiration. I will miss his talent, his sense of humor and his infectious smile. May you ride easy, my old friend." Read more here.

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Doctor Orders Metallica Frontman Not To Sing 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Doctor Orders Metallica Frontman Not To Sing was a top 17 story of February 2017: Metallica have postponed the second of four shows at the new Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark on February 5 after frontman James Hetfield was put on vocal rest by doctor's due to an illness.

Hetfield struggled to perform during the group's opening night concert at the venue on February 3, asking fans if Metallica should complete or abandon the show entirely. "It's not fair to you guys, man," Hetfield told the crowd. "You paid a lot of good money to come and see your favorite band, and we don't sound good. I'm gonna leave it up to you, man. Would you rather hear us sound better another time? I wanna stop. What do you say?"

After the crowd said they wanted the band to continue, Hetfield said, "Okay. You asked for it. All right. I'll keep doing my best, all right? I appreciate you guys so much, man. Thank you for your support."

Metallica updated fans on Hetfield's status on February 4 with news that they needed to pull the plug on the February 5 concert. "We're very disappointed to have to share with you that unfortunately as Saturday has progressed, James' health, and specifically his throat, is not improving and he is under strict doctor's orders to not sing one single note," said the band. "So sadly we have to report that we will be postponing tomorrow's show at the Royal Arena until September 2, 2017.

"Our week here in Copenhagen is something we have had circled on the calendar for a very long time as a special event not only for our friends in Denmark but also for us and we were really looking forward to celebrating the new arena with you. To those of you who were there yesterday, we appreciate you encouraging us to carry on . . . that meant the world to us! We all felt really bummed that we were unable to give you the maximum Metallica experience; it was one of the most challenging shows we've ever played, but your love and support got us through."

"We know that many of you made travel plans to spend the weekend with us and we are very sorry for any inconvenience this will cause," Metallica continued. "We hope that you will be able to come back to Copenhagen in September and we'll do our best to make it up to everyone with something unique for you at the make-up gig, along with a kick ass show of course! And to Aphyxion, the band who won your votes to be Sunday's opening act, we hope you're available in September.

"Thank you again for all the support and care you've always shown us in Denmark. We will be back!" Read more and check out video from the show here.

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Fatal Tragedy Following Avenged Sevenfold Concert 2017 In Review

Fatal Tragedy Following Avenged Sevenfold Concert was a top 17 story of February 2017: Tragedy struck following Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed and Chevelle's European tour stop in Stuttgart, Germany on Monday night (Feb 20), with a stagehand losing his life in accident and another seriously injured.

A 19-year-old man was killed after a 26-year-old co-worker fell from the rafters while dismantling the stage and landed on him. The stagehand that fell has been hospitalized and is in critical condition, while the man he landed on sadly died from his injuries.

Avenged Sevenfold released the following statement about the tragedy, "We have some very sad news to report. Last night after our show in Stuttgart, Germany, a 26 year-old stagehand fell from the rafters while breaking down our stage. He fell a very far distance onto a 19 year-old man on the local crew. Tragically, the 19 year-old died from his injuries. The other man is now in critical condition at the hospital.

"This is beyond heartbreaking to everyone in the band and on our crew. We all send our thoughts and prayers to the man in the hospital, both families involved, all of the local Live Nation crew and everyone else whose lives have been affected by this terrible accident. We love our crew so much as well as the many local staff who are essential to our show every night wherever we are around the world. This is such a stark reminder of how quickly an accident can happen and lives shattered in the process. When we hear more we will update you." Read more here.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Tour Bus Struck By Truck, 13 Injured 2017 In Review

Dillinger Escape Plan Tour Bus Struck By Truck, 13 Injured was a top 17 story of February 2017: The Dillinger Escape Plan's tour bus was struck by a truck this weekend while the band was on tour in tour Poland, resulting in 13 people suffering injuries.

The tour bus was reportedly hit as it was partially on the shoulder of the road, according to reports (including ITV). Radomsko police spokesperson said that band members were taken to the hospital for examination but were not believed to have been seriously injured.

The driver of the truck was reportedly the most seriously injured in the accident. The band canceled their concert in Krakow on Sunday night but are expected to continue the tour in Liepzig, Germany on Tuesday

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Angus Young Jams AC/DC Classics With Guns N' Roses 2017 In Review

Angus Young Jams AC/DC Classics With Guns N' Roses was a top 17 story of February 2017: As expected, Angus Young jammed AC/DC classics with Guns N' Roses during both concerts at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia this past weekend.

The shows were the kick off of the Australian and New Zealand leg of Guns N' Roses Not In This Lifetime reunion tour. During the first show on Feb 10th, Axl Rose introduces Young with the following: "We're gonna bring out a friend of ours. Ladies and gentlemen, Angus Young!"

Angus appeared on stage wearing jeans and a t-shirt and Rose had on an AC/DC jacket. Rose joked, "Here's something you never see," joked Rose "He didn't have his school uniform, but I'm wearing a school jacket." Read more here.

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Third Slipknot Member Undergoes Spinal Surgery 2017 In Review

Third Slipknot Member Undergoes Spinal Surgery was a top 17 story of February 2017: Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson revealed that he has become a member of the band's unofficial "cyborg club" after becoming the third member of the group to undergo spinal surgery.

Singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root have both had spinal surgeries. Thomson broke the news to fans on Tuesday via a post on his Instagram account where he shared photos of his spinal x-rays under the heading of "Beverly Hills Spine Surgery."

He captioned the photos, "I recently joined the cyborg club. Sore as f*** but hope to be back to mid 2000s banging by our next record cycle. Should probably just have every disc replaced all the way down to be safe. Dr. Perri and the entire staff were awesome." See the post here.

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Pink Floyd Stars Open To Reuniting For Music Festival 2017 In Review

Pink Floyd Stars Open To Reuniting For Music Festival was a top 17 story of February 2017: (Radio.com) If David Gilmour were to take the olive branch that has been extended, Nick Mason and Roger Waters said they'd reunite and play Glastonbury as Pink Floyd in the near future.

Speaking at the opening of a new Pink Floyd exhibit in London, both Mason and Waters said they'd consider playing the British music festival with Gilmour. 'It would be nice to add it to the list of things. I've never played Glastonbury. It would be fun to do it," Mason said, according to The Telegraph.

'I did Glastonbury once. I think. It was really cold," echoed Waters. 'But there were a lot of people and it seemed very jolly and I liked it. Yeah, I would do it again." Read more here.

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Phil Anselmo Slams Antisocial Media and Divisive 2017 In Review

Phil Anselmo Slams Antisocial Media and Divisive Media was a top 17 story of February 2017: Superjoint frontmant Phil Anselmo sounded off on "antisocial media" and the inability to read news coverage that isn't divisive and made even more so in the comments sections on many websites.

The former Pantera singer made the comments when he was asked about biased media during an interview with Matal Wani late last month. He said, "I can't even go to my local newspaper [website] without seeing some [bs] divisive [bs] - I say again - article written with the blurring of linear time. And it's, like, man, no, I'm not buying into this. 'Cause, really, I just clicked on to this page to find out what the f***ing New Orleans Saints [were doing]. It's, like, f***! I don't need to read all this f***ing s---, man. Just tell me who the f***ing Saints are gonna sign.

"It's not that I'm against social media, but it's, like… There are imperfections, like with anything. Life is one giant imperfection, but still we deal and we cope. And I deal and cope with social f***ing media, which is truly antisocial media.

"It'd be one thing if they could put out their divisive articles, but it's a whole another thing to put in a comments section. No matter what line of work you may be in - you could be writing about social climate of America in general, you could write about music, you could write about boxing, you could write about football - with the comments section, everybody's an expert, everybody's a mind reader, everybody is… You know, they know better than you do. And I'm calling bulls---. I'm calling absolute [bs] on that. I am." Watch the full interview here.

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From First To Last Reunite With Skrillex At Emo Night 2017 In Review

From First To Last Reunite With Skrillex At Emo Night was a top 17 story of February 2017: From First to Last performed with original singer Sonny Moore (a.ka. Skrillex) for the first time in eleven years during this month's Emo night in Los Angeles in early February.

The group recently made news when they released a new single with Moore entitled "Make War". They performed that track as well as fans favorites like "Emily" and "Note to Self".

The reunion took place during the monthly Emo night event at The Echo and Echoplex on Tuesday night (February 7th) which also featured guest appearances from Machine Gun Kelly, Hawthorne Heights and Secondhand Serenade.

Organizers have shared video footage of the reunion performance, which can be streamed here.

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Megadeth Win Metal Grammy For 'Dystopia' 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Megadeth Win Metal Grammy For 'Dystopia' was a top 17 story of February 2017: The 12th time appeared to be the charm for Megadeth after the metal icons won their very first Grammy Award on Sunday night for the title song of their "Dystopia" album.

The band had previously been nominated eleven times for Grammys and this year's win for Best Metal Performance marks the first time they took home the trophy from the music industry's rap and pop focused annual popularity contest.

The Megadeth track pulled out the victory over the other nominees: Baroness' "Shock Me," Gojira's "Silvera," Korn's "Rotting in Vain" and Periphery's "The Price is Wrong."

The metal legends did not win during the televised broadcast of the Auto-tune producer created music dominated portion of the event but were instead honored during the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony event. Read more here.

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Bad Brains Frontman HR Has Brain Surgery 2017 In Review

Bad Brains Frontman HR Has Brain Surgery was a top 17 story of February 2017: Bad Brains frontman HR (real name Paul Hudson) is currently recovering after undergoing successful brain surgery on Tuesday (February 21st,) according to a social media post from his wife Lori.

She first shared the news with fans on Tuesday morning with this post, "Thank you for your many, many prayers! Surgery went well and he looks good. Now the recovery begins."

A couple of hours later this shared, "I feel like I was carried by your prayers over the last twelve hours. I didn't worry for one second while HR was in surgery. Thank you. We certainly have cause for celebration.

"However, it may take some time to see if HR's surgery was successful in relieving the headaches. (I am always the Realist)." She then added this postscript, "If only you could have seen the beautiful look on his face when I read your messages to him on Sunday evening."

HR posted this message to fans on Monday ahead of the surgery, "Thank you for your support. God bless all of you. It gives me great joy and thoughtful happiness to know that I am in your hearts and minds. For me, it's a dream come true. Each and every day, I'm giving thanks for such warm and exceptionally good people. Blessings to all of you. One love." See the Facebook page here.

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One Man Band Goes Viral With Rush Performance 2017 In Review

One Man Band Goes Viral With Rush Performance was a top 17 story of February 2017: Few full bands would have the courage to try to a cover a classic Rush song but that hasn't stopped Dominic Fragman from doing a one man band version of one of the legendary prog trio's most popular songs.

Fragman has scored a viral hit with his cover of Rush's "Tom Sawyer" where he simultaneously plays the guitar, drums and sings the rock anthem. He shared the video on YouTube and has accumulated over 506,000 views of the clip so far.

His Facebook bills him as "a unique and exciting solo artist who performs original material through singing, playing guitar and drumming . . . all at the same time. All Live. No Looping. Fragman has an innovative approach to the one man band concept. The Solo Trio."

The new Rush cover follows Fragman's releases of his solo trio cover of The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy". Check out the Rush cover here.

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