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Pearl Jam Reunited With Original Drummer For Christmas Single

(hennemusic) The 2017 edition of Pearl Jam's annual Ten Club Christmas single sees the band reunited with original drummer Dave Krusen for a soundcheck version of their 1991 classic, "Alive", recorded prior to the group's induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in New York on April 7.

Krusen played on the Seattle band's debut release, "Ten", and was one of two drummers included in the Rock Hall induction - alongside Matt Cameron - and the rest of the current lineup of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament.

At the induction event, Krusen joined Pearl Jam to perform "Alive" before Cameron stepped in for "Given To Fly" and "Better Man." The first of five drummers in the band, Krusen left Pearl Jam in May of 1991 and checked himself into rehab for alcohol abuse issues; he was replaced by Matt Chamberlain for a short time before Dave Abbruzzese sat behind the kit until 1994, with Jack Irons stepping in until Soundgarden's Cameron became a regular member in 1998.

The B-side of the exclusive Ten Club 7" vinyl holiday single is a new cover of Chuck Berry's "Around And Around", recorded during a Rock Hall rehearsal on March 30. Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Audition Recounted By Myles Kennedy

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy is recounting his 2008 audition with Led Zeppelin as he makes the rounds to promote his forthcoming debut solo album, "Year Of The Tiger."

Following Zeppelin's 2007 reunion performance in London, Kennedy was one of three vocalists - including Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Soundgarden's Chris Cornell - confirmed to have teamed up with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham to jam and write some new music when Robert Plant declined to pursue further work with his former bandmates.

Kennedy tells Eddie Trunk that, while no video was shot during the two sessions, he "has heard different accounts" about whether an audio recording of the rehearsals exists.

"I actually hope [it] didn't [get recorded], because I was actually pretty sick," Kennedy explains. "I had come off a tour in Australia, and I remember I got there and I had bronchitis or something, and I remember it took a few days for my voice to come back. So I hope there is nothing that exists. [Laughs]"

"Believe me… those rehearsals I will remember to my dying day," the singer told VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" in 2014. "When we're talking about this it seems completely ridiculous - there's no way - but it did happen. We played 'The Rain Song,' which is probably my favorite Led Zeppelin song, 'No Quarter,' 'Kashmir,' it was a lot of fun.

"But it wasn't going to be 'Led Zeppelin,'" he continued. "I don't know if they knew what it was going to be. They just wanted to play, they wanted to jam, they wanted to put a project of some sort together. They weren't sure what it was, but it was never going to be Led Zeppelin with a new singer, I mean, obviously."

Page eventually shut down plans for the project and began work on an extensive series of expanded, deluxe reissues of all of Led Zeppelin's studio albums that would surface in 2014 and 2015. Read more here.

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New Bon Jovi and Moody Blues Members Included In Rock Hall

(Gibson) Here's more news on who will be present at the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. When the initial list of inductees were announced in mid-December, original Moody Blues singer-guitarist Denny Laine wasn't listed with the members of the band set to be inducted. Longtime Bon Jovi bass player Hugh McDonald was also missing from that original list.

But, following petitioning from some in the Rock Hall committee, both Laine and McDonald are set to be inducted into the Hall next year. "Once the Inductees were determined, the members of the Nominating Committee reviewed the list of artists and made the decision to add Denny Laine of the Moody Blues and Hugh McDonald of Bon Jovi to acknowledge their significant contributions," the Rock Hall wrote on Twitter.

Laine was a founding member of the Moody Blues in 1964, but he left the band after the release of their 1965 debut album, The Magnificent Moodies. His voice can be heard many of that debut album's tracks.

"Obviously, I'm very pleased I'm going to be in there," Laine told Billboard regarding being at the upcoming induction. "It's an honor. I think I'm at least a little part of their story, so I feel very content, really, that it's all come full circle now." Read more here.

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Chris Cornell's Family Shares Emotional Christmas Traditions Video

(Gibson) There's no time like the holidays to love and cherish your loved ones and this year, the family of the late Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell did just that.

Vicky Cornell, the singer's wife, tweeted a three-minute video from 2014 - Chris Cornell tragically passed away this May - featuring footage of the singer discussing the holiday season with his son Christopher. The two talk about the Cornell family's Christmas traditions - putting up the tree, spending time in their house in Rome, Christmas lunches and snowboarding and skiing. The video then segues into a photo-montage featuring memories from the holiday season over the years.

Vicky Cornell posted the video (watch it here) with the message, "Sharing a special Christmas video that Chris made with C 3 years ago for school. While the holidays will never be the same again without Chris, we will always remember his boundless love. Happy Holidays & thank you all for your much needed love and support." Read more here.

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Trivium's Matt Heafy Releases Holiday-Themed Covers

(Gibson) Earlier this year, Trivium frontman and guitarist Matt Heafy started a new video series on his YouTube channel. The series saw Heafy perform stripped-down, acoustic covers of some of rock's greatest classics.

Over the year, he's performed slow-burning, moving renditions of songs like Johnny Cash's 'Hurt', 'Can't Help Falling In Love', Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun', 'I Won't Back Down' by Tommy Petty as well as songs by contemporary modern rock acts like Linkin Park, Blink-182 and Opeth.

Over the last week, given the seasonal mood, Heafy worked in four covers of holiday-themed classics (watch them here). He started with a version of the Joni Mitchell Christmas folk song 'River,' from her classic Blue album, following it up with a rendition of Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters' version of the Hawaiian Christmas classic 'Mele Kalikimaka.' Heafy rounded up the Christmas week with a cover of Elvis Presley's 'Blue Christmas' and another of 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' by Frank Sinatra. Read more here.

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AC/DC Star Admits He Shot Himself In The Foot 2017 In Review

AC/DC Star Admits He Shot Himself In The Foot was a top 17 story of July 2017: Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd appears to be in a much better place today following a few years of set backs including a heart attack and a house arrest following a conviction for drug offenses.

Rudd was arrested in late 2014 as AC/DC was preparing to launch a blockbuster world tour and ultimately was unable to take part in the trek after being sentenced to home detention. He suffered another setback last summer when he was forced to undergo emergency surgery following a heart attack.

The drummer recently spoke to Music Radar to promote his European tour supporting his solo album "Head Job" and addresses both his health problems and the issues that kept him from touring with AC/DC.

He said of his health, "I've never felt better. Since they fixed me up I've had a whole new lease on life." Rudd also accepted the blame for the legal issues that prevented him from touring with AC/DC. "I was just being a f***ing d***head. I shot myself in the foot. You make your own bed, mate. You make your own mistakes and you have to deal with them and that is what I have done. Hindsight is 20/20."

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich Replaced By Little Girl At Concert 2017 In Review

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Replaced By Little Girl At Concert was a top 17 story of July 2017: Metallica's Lars Ulrich was briefly replaced on stage during their recent show in Detroit, but it wasn't big name music star making a guest appearance. It was a little girl that the band calls their "honorary Fifth Member," according Radio.com

Metallica are currently on their world tour in support their latest album, Hardwired to Self-Destruct. During their show at Comerica Park last week, the rockers welcomed a small girl named Kendalynn onstage.

As a young metal fan, they let her perch behind Lars Ulrich's drum kit and play around a bit for the crowd. While they didn't let her stay for long, she did look adorable in her oversized, noise-cancelling headphones.

The band posted the encounter on Twitter, referring to the girl as their "honorary fifth member." Check out the video here.

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Ace Frehley Addresses KISS Reunion Speculation 2017 In Review

Ace Frehley Addresses KISS Reunion Speculation was a top 17 story of July 2017: Ace Frehley made headlines last week when he revealed that he has collaborated with his former KISS bandmate Gene Simmons on new music which sparked new speculation that he may reunite with the group.

The guitarist addressed the reunion talk during an interview with Eddie Truck and revealed that there has been absolutely no talk between him and KISS about his returning to the group.

Frehley said (via an online transcription), "I can only be honest with you. It's something I haven't pushed and it's something that Paul and Gene haven't brought up to me. I'm just gonna let nature take its course. If the fans demand it, it'll probably get to a point where they're not gonna be able to say 'no.' But I've always said they'll be fine with what they're doing and I'll be fine on my own. I've got a great solo band. We tour the world. We're touring Australia again with Alice Cooper in October.

"So whatever happens, one way or the other, everybody's gonna be fine. But if by chance Paul and Gene decide to bring me back in the fold and do a world tour, I think that could be great too, if it was handled correctly. But I haven't been approached, no. Honestly." Read more here.

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Journey Dedicate 'Lights' To Steve Perry at Classic West 2017 In Review

Journey Dedicate 'Lights' To Steve Perry at Classic West was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) Journey dedicated the performance of one of their biggest early hits to former frontman Steve Perry during their set at the Classic West festival at L.A.'s Dodgers Stadium this past weekend and video of the dedication has been shared online.

Radio.com has these details: In one of the evening's most heartfelt moments, lead singer Arnel Pineda dedicated Journey's performance of "Lights" to the Perry. Perry fronted Journey through the band's most iconic eras and helped define the sound other lead vocalists have recreated.

Earlier this year, current members reunited with Perry for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. In addition to the dedication, the band treated fans to some of their biggest hits including "Any Way You Want It" to "Don't Stop Believing." Watch the tribute performance here.

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Deep Purple's Ian Gillan And Ritchie Blackmore Talking Again 2017 In Review

Deep Purple's Ian Gillan And Ritchie Blackmore Talking Again was a top 17 story of July 2017: Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan revealed in a new interview that he and original guitarist Ritchie Blackmore have settled their differences but he still believes that a reunion is still not likely.

Gillian says in a video interview published last month on Bild's YouTube Musik channel that he and Blackmore have "made our peace. I think pretty much we're in communication now. We've solved a lot of difficulties that were nothing to do with the direct relationship. Old management problems that were dividing us and things like that. Boring stuff, but important nonetheless within the group. So that's all been solved now. So there are message going back and forth, and I can sense goodwill much more than in the past."

But that does not appear to have opened the door to the band reuniting with the guitarist. The singer was asked about the possibility and said, "you know, when you get divorced, it's hard to go back. You must always respect and enjoy the memories and the nostalgia, but would you do it again? Probably not. No." Read more here.

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Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Has Buried The Hatchet With Bandmates 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Has Buried The Hatchet With Bandmates was a top 17 story of July 2017: Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is addressing his split from the legendary heavy metal band following the completion of the group's farewell tour earlier this year.

Ward - who chose to sit out the Sabbath reunion in 2012 and the farewell run over contractual issues - says he has come to terms with events of the past five years that saw Ozzy Osbourne's solo drummer, Tommy Clufetos, join the singer, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler for global concert tours.

Ward felt forced to defend himself against some the accusations made by the band in the media about his health, including a public exchange with friend and singer Osbourne that became personal, at times.

"I feel very compassionate towards them," explains the drummer. "I just disagree with them when they send something in the world press and I look at it and I go, 'You know what, that's not quite accurate.' Then I have to defend. Because I have to defend, it doesn't stop me from loving them. And when I think about them, I don't think about them with resentment in my heart or revenge in my heart or anything like that. I don't have any of that whatsoever."

"I'm at peace with those guys," Ward says of his current status. "If something comes up that I feel is contradictory, I'll always make a statement back in defense of whatever I need to defend But my general outlook towards them is not of resentment, it's not of fear, it's not of hatred or anything like that. I actually really, really, really love these guys. I wish them absolutely nothing but the very best, I wish them nothing but the best in their lives. Every day, I say prayers and I wish for them health and happiness and just nothing but good things to befall them. I [don't] in any way... have any grudges or any arrogance or anything else. It's been like that for a while.

"At first, I was really upset but I've cooled off a lot. I'm in a different place; I've moved on. But I haven't moved on from the idea of if [they] ever wanted to play again. I've not moved on from that idea. That would be something that would have to be worked out. But if they've moved on from that idea, then that's fine, I'll support that." Read more here.

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Pro-Pain Frontman Viciously Attacked With Ice Pick 2017 In Review

Pro-Pain Frontman Viciously Attacked With Ice Pick was a top 17 story of July 2017: Pro-Pain frontman Gary Meskil has been stabilized after being admitted to a hospital intensive care unit for injuries he suffered during a vicious attack and robbery in Brussels on Monday night (July 3rd).

The band has been forced to cancel some dates on their European tour as Meskil receives treatment. They issued the following update to fans, "This past Monday night, Gary was the victim of a robbery and attempted murder in Brussels. He was pick-pocketed of cash, credit card, and passport, struck on the head with an ice pick and then subsequently attacked by a gang of individuals. The police have confiscated more than one weapon and they have established the identities of some of the suspects.

"Gary was quickly admitted to ICU after suffering head trauma (including several fractures to his face and jaw) and massive blood loss. Since then he has stabilized and is trying his best to recover, but future surgery may be necessary.

"We regret to inform the fans that the shows scheduled for Roeselare (July 7th) and Osnabruck (July 8th) are now officially cancelled. We will make sure to keep you all informed of any other cancellations and on Gary's progress. Thanks for your support at this difficult time."

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Video Of Chester Bennington's Final Linkin Park Concert Goes Online 2017 In Review

Video Of Chester Bennington's Final Linkin Park Concert Goes Online was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) Linkin Park performed their final show with Chester Bennington in Bermingham, England on July 6, 2017, as part of their One More Light European Tour.

Luckily for fans, one crafty video editor assembled the entire concert using fan footage captured from different angles within Barclaycard Arena. With the absence of an opening act, Linkin Park extended their set to include additional songs not played on previous tour stops.

Bennington dedicated their new ballad "One More Light" to the victims of the Manchester bombing earlier in the year. The bombing struck a chord with the band as they were scheduled to play the venue to end their tour.

Frontman Chester Bennington would go on to take his own life 14 days after the concert. See the set list and watch the concert here.

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Hayley Williams Secretly Quit Paramore 2017 In Review

Hayley Williams Secretly Quit Paramore was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) Paramore frontwoman Haley Williams has revealed in a new cover story for Fader that she actually quit the band briefly in 2015 to deal with depression and exhaustion.

Williams explains leading up to that point there had been days spent in bed, and a developing fixation with death. She eventually sought a therapist. "For the first time in my life, there wasn't a pinhole of light at the end of the tunnel," she told the publication.

"I thought, 'I just wish everything would stop.' It wasn't in the sense of, 'I'm going to take my life.' It was just hopelessness. Like, 'What's the point?' I don't think I understood how dangerous hopelessness is. Everything hurts."

Although it was exhaustion from the business of music that contributed to her state, it was also music that lifted her out of the chasm. Read more here.

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Foreigner Share Video Of Reunion Of Original Members 2017 In Review

Foreigner Share Video Of Reunion Of Original Members was a top 17 story of July 2017: Rock icons Foreigner gave their fans a big surprise last week when they were joined by original members Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald for a historic reunion at the Jones Beach Theatre.

The band's original frontman Gramm, keyboardist Greenwood and multi-instrumentalist McDonald played with founding lead guitarist Mick Jones for the very first time since 1980 during the Wantagh, stop of Foreigner's 40th anniversary tour.

The reunion took place during the encore of the show when the members teamed up once again on stage and performed their classic songs "Long, Long Way From Home," "I Want to Know What Love Is" and "Hot Blooded."

Mick Jones shared his excitement following the reunion jam, "It was great to have Lou, Al and Ian join us on stage last night, and certainly brought back some special memories. All the original guys are out there playing live shows and working on studio projects. A performance by the entire original band for a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off our 40th Anniversary celebrations." The band shared video of the reunion here.

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Eagles Playing Without Glenn Frey Surprises Fleetwood Mac Star 2017 In Review

Eagles Playing Without Glenn Frey Surprises Fleetwood Mac Star was a top 17 story of July 2017: Fleetwood Mac are gearing up for their set at Los Angeles portion of The Classic East and West bi-coastal music festivals which they are coheadlining with The Eagles.

The west coast edition will be taking place this Saturday (July 15th) and Sunday at Dodge Stadium with the Eagles headlining the first night that will also feature Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers.

The second night will be lead by Fleetwood Mac and will include sets from Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire. Mac stars Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham sat down with Billboard to discuss the event.

During the conversation, McVie revealed that she was surprised to learn that the Eagles would be performing following the death of cofounder Glenn Frey. The band has recruited his son Deacon and Vince Gill to fill his shoes at the events.
She told the trade publication, "I was quite surprised, actually, but I'm proud of them for doing it. I think they've got a good replacement for Glenn". And Buckingham added, "It was just a sad thing, Glenn's passing, so I don't know what you do in that kind of situation.

"I don't really have any preconceptions. They're smart guys; I'm sure it all works on some level, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it works out. But, you know, it's just such a loss in the sense of Don and Glenn for all those years -- and other people kind of floating in and out of the band, but that always being the center. So anything [else] you do is going to seem a little foreign, at least initially."

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Ritchie Blackmore's New Rainbow Disrespected Fans Says Former Singer 2017 In Review

Ritchie Blackmore's New Rainbow Disrespected Fans Says Former Singer was a top 17 story of July 2017: Former Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner has criticized Ritchie Blackmore's new version of the iconic group and says that he was actually in talks with the guitarist about putting together a more "authentic" version of the band.

Turner made the comments in a new interview with the Australian outlet Illawarra Mercury. "I had worked with Ritchie's manager for over a year trying to put something together that was authentic. When I say 'authentic,' I mean authentic lineup, regardless of who was still around, who wasn't," he revealed. "We were going to have people that actually were in Rainbow... And they just pulled out at the last minute really and put this thing together."

The singer said that he was shocked by Blackmore's decision to put together the current lineup. "Why would anyone of his iconic nature want to come out and not be as good as he can be? Because, obviously, the reviews haven't been that good. And that's not for me to say - that's what people are saying. It's obvious that it's just not living up to snuff.

"It's a shame that they didn't see the vision that they should have put an authentic Rainbow together, because all the fans feel disrespected in a way. They were hoping that they would get a chance to see at least some cast of Rainbow members, all in one place, all at one time. And that just didn't happen."

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Adrenaline Mob Member Killed In Traffic Accident On Tour 2017 In Review

Adrenaline Mob Member Killed In Traffic Accident On Tour was a top 17 story of July 2017: Adrenaline Mob bass player Dave Z (Zablidowsky) was killed on Friday after the RV that band was traveling in was struck by a tractor-trailer on a Florida highway.

The accident occurred on the side of the I-75 while the band's RV was pulled over fixing a flat tire, according to local media. Six people were reportedly also injured with three in critical condition at the UF Health Shands Hospital and North Florida Regional Medical Center.

The current condition of the other band members had not been revealed at press time. Zablidowsky's brother Zablidowsky's brother Paul confirmed the sad news about Dave's death via Facebook "As you can all imagine, my family and I are devastated by the horrific news of David's passing. A piece of our hearts has been taken from us today and we are figuring out how to deal with this as a family. Please give us time and space to mourn and we will keep you posted when we can. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses And Angus Young Jam AC/DC Classics 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses And Angus Young Jam AC/DC Classics was a top 17 story of July 2017: Angus Young joined Guns N' Roses to perform a pair of AC/DC classics at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Netherlands on July 12, and video from the event has surfaced online.

The pairing delivered "Whole Lotta Rosie" from 1977's "Let There Be Rock" and "Riff Raff" from 1978's "Powerage" with Young, who appeared in regular street clothes instead of his trademark schoolboy outfit.

"What a night... Thank you Netherlands!," tweeted the group after the show. The Nijmegen date marked one the final stops on the European leg of the band's Not In This Lifetime tour, which wraps up in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 15.

Guns N' Roses will next play a special concert at New York's Apollo Theater on July 20, just ahead of their summer return to North America in St. Louis, MO on July 27 as part of their Not In This Lifetime global trek. Watch videos of the jam here.

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Flea Addresses Red Hot Chili Peppers Retirement Rumors 2017 In Review

Flea Addresses Red Hot Chili Peppers Retirement Rumors was a top 17 story of July 2017: (Radio.com) The Red Hot Chili Peppers won't be slowing down anytime soon. TMZ caught up with the band's bassist Flea, who discounted any retirement rumors as "silly talk."

The initial talks about retirement came from drummer Chad Smith, who recently revealed a conversation he had with Flea about life on the road, saying, "We were riding in a van after a gig and Flea was like, 'How much longer do you think we should' How do you think we should end this?'"

Despite Smith saying he didn't know if they could continue touring for much longer, Flea said official retirement news would be a surprise to him, as the band had made no plans to stop playing music anytime soon. Check out the video here.

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Randy Rhoads Guitar Secret Revealed By Blizzard Producer 2017 In Review

Randy Rhoads Guitar Secret Revealed By Blizzard Producer was a top 17 story of July 2017: A reportedly little known recording secret of late Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads has been revealed by "Blizzard Of Ozz" and "Diary Of A Madman" producer Max Norman.

Norman shared the secret during an interview with DJ Eddie Trunk (via Gibson, "When Randy did his actual solos - once we've got one - and we did a few punches maybe or he would get one all the way through - then he'd say, 'OK, let's double it!' I would be like, 'Are you sure about that? Some of these solos are pretty complex.'

"'Yeah, I got it, I got it!' So we would double it, and I'm already trying to think what I'm gonna tell Ozzy. [imitates Ozzy's voice*] 'We ain't got the f***ing tracks!' So anyway, we doubled it, and then Randy goes, 'OK, let's triple it!' And I'm like, Oh man, I'm gonna get into a lot of trouble...

"It's like doubling a vocal - it's always better if the guy just doubles the vocal. We had the same thing with Ozzy, everything that Ozzy did was doubled. All his lead vocals were doubled. All of Randy's solos were tripled, on both records."

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Outsiders Prevented Ronnie James Dio Reconciliation Says Vivian Campbell 2017 In Review

Outsiders Prevented Ronnie James Dio Reconciliation Says Vivian Campbell was a top 17 story of July 2017: Original guitarist for the Dio band Vivian Campbell expressed his regret that he and Ronnie James Dio were never able to reconcile before the legendary singer's death, but he also says that he believes that outsiders prevented it from happening.

Campbell was a guest on a recent episode of Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon and spoke about the strained relationship with Dio, "In many ways, I'm kind of saddened that Ronnie and I never had a chance to make it up.

"Because I know that there was a part of Ronnie that was really dark and really angry, but I know that there was another part of him that was really sweet and forthcoming. And I think that under the right circumstances, Ronnie and I would have sat down and had a beer and made our peace and we could have even worked together again, and it would have been great."

Campbell went on to say, "You know, there's a lot of gatekeepers in this industry, and one of the things that they do very, very well is keep people apart. So it wouldn't have happened as long as those gatekeepers were there. That's my point."

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