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Stone Temple Pilots May Reveal New Singer At Special Show

Stone Temple Pilots fans may soon know the identity of the band's new frontman after the band takes the stage later this month for a special invitation-only concert in Los Angeles.

The show will reportedly be for SiriusXM listeners who will win tickets for the concert that will take place on November 14th at the famed venue The Troubadour in West Hollywood, Ca.

According to reports, select listeners were sent an email on Wednesday (November 1st) revealing that "a limited number of complimentary tickets" will be available and fans have until 12 p.m. PT today, November 2nd to RSVP for a chance to get tickets via a random drawing.

The band has been busy in their search to replace late frontman Scott Weiland. Guitarist Dean DeLeo spoke about the search during an interview with Rock 98.9 in Seattle. "We had fifteen thousand submissions that the three of us personally went through; I mean, it was a big deal to go through all those submissions. "And there were some great people. It was just a matter of trying to find someone who really had all we were requiring of someone."

He added, "It's, one, honoring the catalog and singing that to a point where it turns us on musically still. And then there's the part of writing new material and someone who could actually write lyrics and come up with melody and sing and knows how to use a microphone in the studio. It's a lot to ask of someone. And we're gonna do the best we can."

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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Says Cancer Will Probably Return

(Radio.com) Black Sabbath legend Toni Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma five years ago, but recovery has been an ongoing battle. In 2016 the guitarist announced his illness had gone into remission, though subsequent procedures have treated non-cancerous lumps in his throat.

In a new interview with Loudwire, Iommi says he remains on the defensive with cancer and it's "never gonna go away." Nevertheless, the rocker is trying to balance taking care of himself with living life to the fullest.

"Since I was diagnosed, I have to sort of be careful and not stay up too late and get some rest, which I wasn't, because we were traveling after the show," Iommi told the site. "So by the time you get to the hotel, [it's] three or four o'clock in the morning. And I normally wake up early -- I wake up when it's light -- so you don't get many hours sleep."

Despite the remission, Iommi says it's likely the cancer will return--though his attitude seems fairly positive. "To me, it's never gonna go away; it's always gonna be there," he added. "According to my oncologist, the professor, he said it's probably gonna come back. So it's hard to sort of go, 'Oh, well, that's brilliant then.' But I do live [day] by day now, and just every day is a winner, really. And we'll see. I hope it doesn't come back, but you never know." Read more here.

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U2 Announce New Album And North American Tour

(hennemusic) U2 have announced details for a December 1 release of their new album, "Songs Of Experience", and dates for a spring 2018 arena tour of North America in support of the project.

The companion to 2014's "Songs Of Innocence" was completed earlier this year with a series of producers - including Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas - following recording sessions in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles.

The two projects draw inspiration from a collection of poems, "Songs Of Innocence And Experience", by the 18th century English mystic and poet William Blake.

"Songs Of Experience" has been previewed with "The Little Things That Give You Away", "The Blackout", and "You're The Best Thing About Me." The album's cover features a photograph of Bono's son Eli Hewson and The Edge's daughter Sian Evans, taken by U2's longtime visual collaborator Anton Corbijn.

U2 will begin a North American tour on May 2 in Tulsa, OK. See the dates and new album tracklisting here.

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Alice Cooper And Foo Fighters Rock As Dave Grohl Hosts Kimmel

(hennemusic) Dave Grohl's Halloween guest-hosting slot on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live saw the rocker spend the show dressed as David Letterman before he and the Foo Fighters teamed up with Alice Cooper for a legendary television performance, and video from the October 31 edition of the late night program is streaming online.

Grohl sat in during to join a week of guest hosts in place of Kimmel, who is off with his family as they prepare for a second heart surgey on his infant son Billy, who famously underwent his first operation just three days following his birth in April after being diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect.

The rocker opened the show in Kimmel's office as himself before appearing for the show's opening monologue in full Letterman regalia - from the Late Night jacket to the grey hair and full beard the broadcasting legend now sports.

"I'm Dave Grohl dressed as Dave Letterman sitting in for Jimmy Kimmel," explained Grohl. "It's confusing, I get it, especially if you're home watching right now stoned to the bone."

Grohl oversaw the program's 12th Annual Half & Half Halloween Costume Pageant before sitting down to chat with actress Kristen Bell; the pair's conversation led to a rocking live performance mashup of Bell's song, "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?", from "Frozen" with Metallica's "Enter Sandman."

Alice Cooper discussed his world tour, live show and an experience meeting Colonel Sanders with Grohl before the pair closed the show with the Foo Fighters for a Halloween medley of Cooper's classic tracks, "The Ballad Of Dwight Fry" and "Killer." Watch the segments from the show here.

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Metallica Stream Video Of Classic Song Performance From Glasgow

(hennemusic) Metallica performed the "...And Justice For All" track "Harvester Of Sorrow" at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland on October 26, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The first single from the group's 1988 album helped the project peak at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 8 million copies. The Glasgow appearance is part of the fall European leg of Metallica's WorldWired tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct."

After the run wraps up in Antwerp, Belgium on November 3, the band will return home to headline a November 9 benefit concert at San Francisco's AT&T Park for those affected by the recent wildfires in California.

The longtime Bay Area residents will be joined by the Dave Matthews Band, G-Eazy, Rancid, Dead And Company and more for the event that will raise funds to assist families impacted by the fires and honor the thousands of first responders. Read more and watch the video here.

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The Dead Daisies Get Animated For New Music Video

Rock supergroup The Dead Daisies have released a brand new animated music video for their track "She Always Gets Her Way (All The Same)". The clip follows the release of their "Live & Louder" earlier this year.

Frontman John Corabi had the following to say about the new anime-styled visual, "In lieu of some of the psychotic and crazy women that I somehow managed to find and get involved with, writing the lyrics for this was quite easy!

"I've kinda realized that I'm 'that guy' that could walk into a nudist colony in a full length fur coat and ski mask, and I would be the one that left with mosquito bites! That's my life with women, well in the past anyway…..hopefully!" Watch the video here.

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All Time Low Release 'Good Times' Music Video

(Radio.com) All Time Low have shared a poignant and politically-charged music video for "Good Times," the latest single from the band's recently released full-length album, Last Young Renegade.

The video follows a group of high school students dealing with the drama of being different. "We are so proud of this video, of (director) Pat (Tracy) who helped us bring it to life, the small glimpses into amazing lives we see within, and the beautiful, diverse people it represents," said singer Alex Gaskarth in a press statement.

"Always be exactly who you are, and don't live in fear of someone else's judgement. Be brave, be bold, and find your happiness in yourself and the ones you love." Watch the video here.

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John Lee Hooker 100th Birthday Brings Box Set Grammy Exhibition

(Gibson) John Lee Hooker would have been 100 years old in 2017, and the landmark is being celebrated with a new spectacular 5-CD boxset, King Of The Boogie, and an exhibition at the Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi (through February 2018) before it moves to the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

This is the sort of thing the music industry does regularly, of course, but a legendary bluesman such as John Lee Hooker really does warrant such a treatment. In the blues, where even aficionados will admit there's a lot of music and artists that sounds similar, John Lee was a truly remarkable one-off. King Of The Boogie boxset producer Mason Williams says, "Even at 100 songs, this set is just a snapshot of John Lee Hooker's incredible and influential career."

This expansive "snapshot" takes the listener on a long journey he took from Hooker's early days in Detroit, to his time in Chicago recording for Vee-Jay Records and up through his later collaborations with Eric Clapton, George Thorogood, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt and Santana, among others. Read more here.

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Dave Davies, Kansas and Foghat Lead Rock Cruise Lineup

(Gibson) We haven't event hit 2018 yet, but the lineup for the 2019 edition of the Rock Legends Cruise is already being revealed. Kansas, original Kinks guitarist Dave Davies and Foghat are the latest acts set to rock the cruise, which will take place Feb. 14 to 18, 2019.

Other acts scheduled to perform on the cruise include blues man Buddy Guy, the Outlaws and, appropriately, the Foghat side project Earl & the Agitators. The Rock Legends Cruise VII will take off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and embark to Costa Maya, Mexico, before returning to port.

The Rock Legends Cruise VI cruise will take place this February, but that cruise is sold out. Sammy Hagar and his band the Circle will headline the 2018 event, happening from Feb. 15 to 19. Bad Company, Todd Rundgren, Blue Φyster Cult, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Uriah Heep, Vanilla Fudge, Quiet Riot, former Triumph frontman Rik Emmett and former Lynyrd Skynyd drummer Artimus Pyle are among the other acts set for 2018. Read more here.

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Singled Out: JIBE's Release

JIBE released their first album in a decade "Epic Tales Of Human Nature" last month (October 6th). To celebrate we ask Joe Grah and Toby Bittenbender to tell us about their new radio single "Release". Here is the story:

Joe Grah: We were in the early stages of recording Epic Tales Of Human Nature. I live in Los Angeles and Toby lives in Dallas, so he was sending me riffs to write to. One of the files he sent had absolutely killer riffs and a stellar five-minute arrangement. Late one night, I literally became entranced by the overwhelming intention of Toby's guitar and effortlessly wrote, arranged, and recorded all of the lyrics and melodies in one session. I sent Toby the demo and we both felt heavily impacted by the end result. Once we were at Orb Recording Studios in Austin, with Producer Matt Noveskey, were able to really bring the song to life. Lyrically it's a very personal song that deals with the hurdles we each face in our life's path. The endless struggle and pursuit of overcoming the things that press down on us all. I find great inner strength when performing it live.

Toby Bittenbender: I remember the day I wrote the music for Release. It all came out at once and I quickly hit record so as not to lose it. When I pressed play to listen back I immediately heard some of my favorite all-time musical influences, Led Zeppelin, Alice In Chains, STP. I think as songwriters we are like vessels, listening to music as it flows through us and filters out in our own unique way.


Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself
right here!

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