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Guns N' Roses And Former Guitarist Didn't 'Quit Pretty' 2017 In Review

Guns N' Roses And Former Guitarist Didn't 'Quit Pretty' was a top 17 story of September 2017: Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal recently reflected back on the struggles surrounding his decision to leave the group in 2014 and says that "It's not like we quit pretty."

Thal spoke about the difficult decision to WRIF (via Classic Rock): "I need to be super-creative. I'm not the kind of utility that you hire and he plays and gets paid, and that's it.

"It has to grow. After eight years in Guns I looked at it and said, 'Am I doing what I want to do?' I felt like anyone could have doing what I was doing at that point, and it didn't have to be me.

"And if I wasn't happy, and they knew I wasn't happy, then I should get out and do what I'm supposed to do, and let them do what they were supposed to do. And I knew the reunion was coming, so it was like, 'Let me get out of the way.'"

Bumblefoot said of his struggle with the decision to leave, "I cared so much. I cared too much about it, and I wanted it to be something that I knew it wasn't ever going to be."

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KISS Stars Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley Reunited On Stage 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) KISS Stars Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley Reunite On Stage was a top 17 story of September 2017: Original KISS members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley reunited for the first time in 16 years when the guitarist joined his former bandmate for four songs at The Children Matter Benefit Concert at CHS Field Stadium in St. Paul, MN on September 20 in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey, and video from the event is streaming online.

"Before you were born - there he is - 1973, in New York City, this guy and I and two other guys put together a band we never saw onstage - let's hear it for Ace Frehley," Simmons told the crowd as he welcomed the rocker to the stage. "He still looks great, goddamn it, doesn't he?" as Frehley began the intro to "Parasite," from KISS' second album, 1974's "Hotter Than Hell."

Alongside Simmons solo touring lineup, the pair then delivered "Cold Gin" from the band's self-titled 1974 debut and "Shock Me" from 1977's "Love Gun", before inviting dozens of fans on stage for the finale of KISS' signature song, "Rock And Roll All Nite."

The Children Matter is a collaborative initiative created by Simmons and the nonprofit Matter on the simple belief that the lives of children matter. Regardless of race, income, gender, religion, or location every child deserves the same access to a full and healthy life. Read more and watch video of the reunion jam here.

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Metallica Frontman James Hetfield Took Fall From Stage 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Metallica Frontman James Hetfield Took Fall From Stage was a top 17 story of September 2017: Metallica frontman James Hetfield fell into an open trap door in the stage during the band's September 4 concert at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, and video from the event has surfaced online.

The rocker was wandering across the stage during a performance of the "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" track, "Now That We're Dead", when he walked into a newly-opened hole in the stage floor from where one of four rectangular percussion tables would soon appear during the song.

Metallica's crew members quickly assisted Hetfield's return to center stage as the guitarist barely missed a beat after appearing slightly shaken in the moment. "Is everybody ok?" Hefield asked the crowd after the tune. "Yes, I'm ok. My ego, not so much. But we're fine. Hurt my feelings, maybe, a little bit."

The first of two gigs in Amsterdam - the second is set for September 6 - follow the launch of the European leg of the group's WorldWired tour in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2.

The fall arena run will wrap up with two dates in Antwerp, Belgium in early November before resuming with a spring 2018 leg next February. Watch videos of the stage fall here.

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Paul McCartney And Bruce Springsteen Jam Beatles Classic 2017 In Review

Paul McCartney And Bruce Springsteen Jam Beatles Classic was a top 17 story of September 2017: (Radio.com) Paul McCartney fans attending his concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on Friday night (Sept. 15) got more than the paid for when Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt joined Sir Paul onstage.

After chants of "Bruce!" echoed through the arena, McCartney and Springsteen performed the Beatles' classic "I Saw Her Standing There" not once, but twice.

"Are you guys ready to rock?" McCartney asked the crowd as Springsteen and Van Zandt strapped on their guitars. The Boss was all smiles and he bowed down to McCartney before they started the song. They played the tune twice because, even though first go-through rocked, well, he wanted to do it again. And at his shows, he's the boss.

"Rockin' out with The Boss-Sounded so good we had to do it twice!" McCartney later posted on Instagram with a photo of him and Springsteen jamming together. Watch fan footage of the eight-minute performance of "I Saw Her Standing There" here.

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Aerosmith Canceled Tour As Steven Tyler Sought Medical Care 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Aerosmith Canceled Tour As Steven Tyler Sought Medical Care was a top 17 story of September 2017: Aerosmith have cancelled the final four shows of a South American tour after Steven Tyler was forced to deal with "unexpected medical issues" on the advice of his doctors.

"Steven Tyler is seeking immediate care and has been advised by his doctors that he cannot travel or perform at this time," said the Boston band in a statement. "Therefore, the last four shows of the South American tour will be canceled.

"Steven is expected to make a full recovery. With proper rest and treatment he will be back on his feet soon rocking the world." The affected dates include stops scheduled over the next two weeks in Curitiba, Brazil (Sep 27); Santiago, Chile (Sep 30); Rosario, Argentina (Oct 3); and, Monterrey, Mexico (Oct 7).

"To everybody in South America....Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico... I'm very sorry and feel like I've let you down," says Tyler. "I won't be able to continue the last four shows of this tour. I flew back to the US on doctor's orders last night after the show in São Paulo. Please not to worry... I am not in a life threatening condition, but I need to deal with this right away, and get some rest and medical care immediately in order to sustain and maintain my future performances.

"I promise I'll be back...unfortunately, health does not wait and it's something even I can't schedule around our shows... As they say, 'We humans make plans, and God laughs...' I love you all and will be back with you soon." Read more here.

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Marilyn Manson Slammed Justin Bieber Over Arrogant Claim 2017 In Review

Marilyn Manson Slammed Justin Bieber Over Arrogant Claim was a top 17 story of September 2017: (Radio.com) In what can only be considered an audacious move, even for Justin Bieber, the pop superstar recently told Marilyn Manson that it was the Beeb that made the experimental metal veteran relevant again.

The wild revelation came when Manson was talking to Consequence of Sound about a recent line of $195 Justin Bieber T-shirts that were just old Marilyn Manson shirts with Bieber's name tacked onto the back.

"He was [already] wearing the shirt that had his name on my shirt, and he said to me, 'I made you relevant again,'" Manson revealed, adding that Bieber was proud to say the shirts were his idea. "Bad mistake to say to me," snarled Manson.

"The next day I told him I'd be at his soundcheck at Staples Center to do 'Beautiful People,'" Manson added, never intending to actually appear or perform with Bieber. But the self-proclaimed Antichrist Superstar said that the pop star believed Manson would show "because he was that stupid."

Manson was much happier to reveal he took all of the profits from the T-shirts, explaining that "They didn't even fight, they were just like, 'yea, we already know, we did wrong, so here's the money.'"

"He was a real piece of s- in the way he had the arrogance to say that [he made me relevant again]," Manson seethed. "He was a real touchy-feely guy, too, like, 'Yo yo bro!' And touches you when he's talking. I'm like, you need to stand down, you're d- height on me, ok? Alright? So stand down, son." Read more here.

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Yes Canceled Yestival Tour Following Tragedy 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Yes Canceled Yestival Tour Following Tragedy was a top 17 story of September 2017: Yes have cancelled the remaining dates of their Yestival tour of North America following the tragic, unexpected death of guitarist Steve Howe's son, Virgil.

The band issued a statement on September 11 regarding the passing and cancellations, saying that they "want to thank all their fans for their support and understanding at this time," while adding, "Steve Howe and family ask for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time."

Ticket refunds for the affected tour dates (in Moorhead, Cedar Rapids, London, Rochester, Boston and Huntington) will be available at point of purchase. Read more here.

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Deep Purple Address Ritchie Blackmore Reunion Idea 2017 In Review

Deep Purple Address Ritchie Blackmore Reunion Idea was a top 17 story of September 2017: Deep Purple fans hoping for a one off reunion with original guitarist Ritchie Blackmore will be sad to learn that members of the group shot down the idea when asked about it.

Blackmore recently said that he would be open to a special reunion with the band but added that he didn't "believe Deep Purple would be interested." It turns out that he was correct.

Frontman Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover and drummer Ian Paice were asked about the possibility during a SiriusXM Town Hall show (via Classic Rock) and Gillian said, "I get on great with Ritchie these days, but I don't think Ritchie's playing great these days. And for that reason mostly, I don't think it would work."

Glover also said, "I don't think he approves of me very much because of the remixes and remasters that I did of the older albums. That's what I've heard anyway." He added, "You can never say never, but I would doubt it very much."

Paice felt that the band currently has the perfect lineup. "I enjoy going on stage every night knowing that I'm with my four friends. That wasn't always the case - and I wouldn't want to go back to that again.

"It's just the way the man is. He's a man of great emotions. He works it out in black and white. there's no grey areas to Ritchie. 'I will' or 'I won't.' 'I like it' or 'I don't like it.' Sometimes your band members suffer from that.

"I want to go on stage and have fun. I don't want to go no stage and come off feeling down and miserable. I'm not prepared to go back on that route again - no."

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Ace Frehley Reunites With Frehley's Comet Members 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Ace Frehley Reunites With Frehley's Comet Members was a top 17 story of September 2017: Ace Frehley reunited with a pair of his Frehley's Comet bandmates during his September 15 show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY, and video of the performance is streaming online.

Vocalist Tod Howarth and bassist John Regan joined Frehley to perform "Rock Soliders" from Frehley's Comet's 1987 self-titled debut, and the 1974 KISS classic, "Cold Gin", as the final two tunes in Frehley's main set before the guitarist returned for an encore.

The pair were members of Frehley's first solo project after leaving KISS in 1982, appearing on both the debut and 1988's "Second Sighting" leases. The reunion took place by chance as Howarth and Regan's current band, Four By Fate, were also performing at the Poughkeepsie venue on a three-band bill headlined by Frehley. Four By Fate - which also includes guitarist Pat Gasperini and ex-Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso - released their album debut, "Relentless", last year.

Frehley will have another reunion with a former bandmate on September 20 when he joins fellow original KISS member Gene Simmons for a performance at The Children Matter Benefit Concert at CHS Field Stadium in St. Paul, MN on September 20 in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey. Watch video of the reunion jam here.

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AC/DC's Phil Rudd Canceled Solo Tour 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) AC/DC's Phil Rudd Canceled Solo Tour was a top 17 story of September 2017: Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has announced that he has cancelled his fall solo tour of Europe. The tour was to be in support of Rudd's 2014 solo album debut, "Head Job."

"As you will know we had to very reluctantly cancel and/or postpone the Phil Rudd Band shows scheduled in the UK between 14th and 21st September 2017," announced Rudd on his social media sites. "It is now with deep regret the we are forced to cancel and/or postpone the remaining shows booked in from 22nd September and 6th November 2017.

"Unforeseen last-minute circumstances and key logistical and technical issues have resulted in having to take this much regrettable action that no one could foresee or want.

"Phil remains in good health and circumstances beyond his control have taken place for which we duly apologise for any & all inconvenience caused to promoters, agent and most of all the fans."

Rudd and his band are hoping to reschedule the fall dates in the spring of 2018, if possible. Read more here.

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Chester Bennington's Son Released Suicide Prevention Video 2017 In Review

Chester Bennington's Son Released Suicide Prevention Video was a top 17 story of September 2017: (Radio.com) Late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington's son, Draven, has unveiled a powerful new PSA video that is part of this year's National Suicide Prevention Week.

"I want to make a commitment that I will talk to someone before I hurt myself, when I'm feeling depressed or sad or going through a hard week or month or year," Draven says in the clip. 'And I want to challenge you to do the same, to help yourself, not hurt yourself."

Chester Bennington died by suicide July 27, 2017. National Suicide Prevention Week runs from Sept. 10-16. For more information on suicide prevention and bringing more light to the subject, please find go to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, the American Association of Suicidology and Each Mind Matters. Watch the video here.

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Video Of Rolling Stones Playing Rarities At Tour Kick Off Goes Online 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Video Of Rolling Stones Playing Rarities At Tour Kick Off Goes Online was a top 17 story of September 2017: The Rolling Stones delivered a series of rarities during the September 9 launch of their No Filter European tour at the Stadtpark in Hamburg, Germany, and video from opening night is available online.

The 22-song set featured three tunes the band haven't played in years, including the first appearance of "Play With Fire" since 1990, the "Goats Head Soup" track "Dancing With Mr. D" was last performed in 1973, and "Under My Thumb" won the fan song vote after last being heard in 2006.

The Stones opened their first show in almost a year with 1968's "Sympathy For The Devil", and played "Just Your Fool" and "Ride 'Em On Down" from 2016's blues covers record, "Blue & Lonesome", early in the evening.

Keith Richards took his usual lead role mid-set by delivering "Slipping Away" and "Happy" before the show kicked into overdrive with a string of iconic tunes - "Midnight Rambler", "Miss You", "Street Fighting Man", "Start Me Up" and "Brown Sugar" - and the main set wrapped up with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

The group returned for an encore of "Gimme Shelter" before the finale of "Jumpin' Jack Flash." The No Filter trek will see the band play fourteen concerts across the continent over the month-long run, which includes stops in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Holland, Denmark and Sweden before it wraps up with the third of three shows at the U Arena in Paris, France on October 25 - which also marks the very first concerts at the new venue. Watch videos from the show here.

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Van Halen Rocked Eruption For 40th Anniversary Video 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Van Halen Rocked Eruption For 40th Anniversary Video was a top 17 story of September 2017: Wolfgang Van Halen marked the 40th anniversary of his father's groundbreaking instrumental, "Eruption", by sharing new video footage of himself playing the iconic track.

"In honor of Eruption being recorded 40 years ago today," Wolfgang tweeted on September 9th along with the visual, "here's me playing it on the guitar it was recorded on."

The bassist can be seen performing the tune on Eddie Van Halen's original red, white and black-striped Frankenstein (aka "Frankenstrat") guitar, which was used to record the tune on September 8, 1977 for inclusion on Van Halen's 1978 self-titled debut album.

A regular staple of Eddie's live guitar solos dating back to his band's club days on the California circuit, "Eruption" introduced the rocker's use of "two-handed tapping" as a regular part of his sound while expanding the musical vocabulary of the instrument on a mainstream basis moving forward.

While the history of "tapping" on instruments dates back centuries in a variety of musical genres, Van Halen says he stumbled onto it when watching Led Zeppelin perform in Los Angeles in 1971.

"I was watching Jimmy Page going [sings hammering guitar lick], like that, with one hand, in 'Heartbreaker'," Eddie told Rolling Stone in 2008. "I thought, 'I can play like that, and you wouldn't know if I was using this finger [points to left hand] or this one' [points to right hand]. But you just kind of move it around, and it's like, 'You got one big hand there, buddy. That's a hell of a spread!'"

Eddie and Van Halen have been on an extended break following the end of a 2015 North American tour in support of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert."

Wolfgang recently shared a brief audio clip of music from his forthcoming debut solo album, although no timetable for the project's release has been revealed to date. Watch the video here.

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Steely Dan Icon Walter Becker Dead At 67 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Steely Dan Icon Walter Becker Dead At 67 was a top 17 story of September 2017: Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder Walter Becker died on September 3 at the age of 67. Becker's website broke the news Sunday, without providing details, with a pair of photos of the musician - one from childhood alongside a more recent image.

The guitarist was noticeably absent from Steely Dan's appearances at the Classic West and Classic East music festivals in July, with co-founder Donald Fagen later telling Billboard that "Walter's recovering from a procedure and hopefully he'll be fine very soon."

"Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967," wrote Fagen in a tribute he shared online Sunday. "We started writing nutty little tunes on an upright piano in a small sitting room in the lobby of Ward Manor, a mouldering old mansion on the Hudson River that the college used as a dorm.

"We liked a lot of the same things: jazz (from the twenties through the mid-sixties), W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, science fiction, Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Berger, and Robert Altman films come to mind. Also soul music and Chicago blues."

"Walter had a very rough childhood - I'll spare you the details," Fagen continued. "Luckily, he was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter. He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny. Like a lot of kids from fractured families, he had the knack of creative mimicry, reading people's hidden psychology and transforming what he saw into bubbly, incisive art. He used to write letters (never meant to be sent) in my wife Libby's singular voice that made the three of us collapse with laughter.

"His habits got the best of him by the end of the seventies, and we lost touch for a while. In the eighties, when I was putting together the NY Rock and Soul Review with Libby, we hooked up again, revived the Steely Dan concept and developed another terrific band.

"I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band." Read more here.

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Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl And Taylor Hawkins Talk Depression and Suicide 2017 In Review

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl And Taylor Hawkins Talk Depression and Suicide was a top 17 story of September 2017: (Radio.com) Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters opened up about dealing with depression and suicide during a new interview with New Zealand radio station The Rock FM's morning show.

"When it comes to someone like Chris Cornell or Chester (Bennington), you know--depression is a disease," Grohl said, having dealt with the loss of Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain to suicide in 1994.

"Everybody kind of goes through it their own way…The hardest part is when you lose a friend; I just always immediately think of their families and bandmates. Going through something like suicide is a long road. Chris was such a beautiful guy, man. He was the sweetest person He was so talented and so much to offer that it was a real shock to hear that he had gone."

"Mental health and depression is something that people should really take seriously," Grohl continued. "There's a stigma attached to it that's unfortunate, because just as you take care of yourselves in every other way, I think it's important that people try to take care of themselves in that way, too. And it ain't easy. Life is hard." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Pulled Out Unexpected Songs In Edmonton 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses Pulled Out Unexpected Songs In Edmonton was a top 17 story of September 2017: Guns N' Roses performed rare covers of classic tracks by Glen Campbell and James Brown during their August 30 date at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB, and video from the show has surfaced online.

"We're going to play something we've never played before," Axl Rose told the crowd about halfway through the evening. "It might not be your thing, but we're just trying to pay a tribute to someone. It's not what you think," before the group delivered a faithful version of Campbell's 1968 hit, "Wichita Lineman."

"For Glen," added Rose after finishing the tune by the legendary country musician, who passed away on August 8 at the age of 81 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Later in the show, Guns N' Roses took another left turn from their standard setlist with a cover of James Brown's 1964 smash, "I Got You (I Feel Good)."

"What a night...Thank you Edmonton!," posted the band on social media after the show. The Edmonton stop marks one of the final dates of the group's North American summer tour, which will wrap up in San Antonio, TX on September 8th. Check out videos of the covers here.

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Radiohead Star Laments Judge's Decision In Stage-Collapse Trial 2017 In Review

Radiohead Star Laments Judge's Decision In Stage-Collapse Trial was a top 17 story of September 2017: (Radio.com) In 2012, a Radiohead stage collapsed and killed drum technician Scott Johnson. Authorities in Ontario brought charges against Live Nation, scaffolding company Optex Staging and Services and engineer Domenic Cugliari for alleged health and safety violations.

Five years later, a judge has decided to stay the pending charges because bringing those parties to trial had taken too long--violating defendants' rights to a speedy trial. The staying of the case means the charges are not currently moving forward.

"This case was a complex case that required more time than other cases in the system," Judge Ann Nelson ruled, according to CBC news. "After allowing for all of the exceptional circumstances that were in play, this case still will have taken too long to complete."

Canadian artist Caribou tweeted: "(As someone who was standing behind this stage when it collapsed and would have been on it an hour later…) This is complete bulls-."

Radiohead's Thom Yorke seemed to concur with Caribou's perspective, retweeting his message and adding "words utterly fail me…" Read more here.

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