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Sammy Hagar Changes His Tune About Van Halen Reunion

(hennemusic) Just four months after saying he believed a reunion tour with Van Halen was "inevitable", Sammy Hagar now claims he's given up on the idea because his former bandmates failed to wish him a happy birthday this year as he recently reached the milestone of 70.

"People say, 'What's going on with Van Halen?' Okay, absolutely nothing," Hager told host Eddie Trunk during an appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation" (audio below). "I have no idea. I haven't heard from the guys. To me, they made a real strong statement by not wishing me a happy birthday for my seventieth, especially amongst the fact that so many people have died. I mean, a week before that Tom Petty died. Tom Petty's birthday was the next Thursday after mine, and he was still a young man, as far as I'm concerned.

"With all them people dying, if somebody turns seventy, that's a monumental thing," the Red Rocker continued. "It's, like, you would think if they ever wanted to be friends, it would be so easy. And even if they didn't wanna be friends, it's just something that would be the right thing to do."

Hagar has not had any real contact with his former group since a 2004 reunion tour ended poorly, outside of a Happy Birthday tweet from Eddie Van Halen in 2016.

The singer's on-again/off-again interest in, and passive-aggressive attempts to, rejoin the group has sent mixed messages to both the band and fans ever since his original departure in 1996, but things appeared to be settled somewhat last year when Hagar delivered what is believed to be his first ever public apology to Van Halen after two decades of bashing them in media interviews. Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Robert Plant Finds Some Led Zeppelin Vocals 'Horrific'

(Radio.com) While fans continue to cling to fading hopes that Led Zeppelin will reunite, singer Robert Plant has revealed that he can't stand to hear his own voice on some of those classic recordings.

The revelation came during an interview with The Guardian, with Plant talking about taking a new direction while recording Led Zeppelin's third album, III.

"I realized that tough, manly approach to singing I'd begun on 'You Better Run' (a 1996 cover of the Young Rascals' song by Plant's former band Listen) wasn't really what it was all about at all. Songs like [Led Zeppelin I's] 'Babe I'm Going To Leave You' ' I find my vocals on there horrific now. I really should have shut the f— up!" Read more here.

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Former Vital Remains Vocalist Scott Willey Died On Halloween

Former Vital Remains vocalist Scott Willey (a.k.a Scott Wily) died unexpectedly on Halloween (October 31st), according to a report from the metal site Lambgoat.

Willey tenure with the death metal group spanned from 2008 through 2012. Guitarist Tony Lazaro broke the sad news to fans with the following, "It is with heavy heart and deep sadness that I say Gator [Gaeton Collier, bass] and I lost and old friend and singer of Vital Remains, Scott Willey.

"I had just seen him this summer at Summer Slaughter Fest in July. And we had a nice conversation about a lot of things. We told some road stories from the past and we had some good laughs.

"I will always remember the good times, my friend. Until we me again for that next jam! Rest in Peace Brother... My Condolences to his Family and friends!" Read the report here.

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The Beatles Compile Christmas Records For Limited Edition Release

(Radio.com) Happy Christmas, Beatles Fans. The legendary band has compiled their rare annual Christmas fan club records for a limited edition colored vinyl box set for the holidays.

Spanning 1963 to 1969, The Beatles' holiday recordings were originally pressed on flexi discs and mailed to fan club members each December. Never released beyond the fan club until now, The Beatles' seven holiday messages have been newly pressed on a rainbow of seven-inch colored vinyl singles for The Christmas Records box set, to be released worldwide on December 15.

The limited edition collection presents each vinyl single with its original flexi disc sleeve artwork, accompanied by a 16-page booklet with recording notes and reproductions of the fan club's National Newsletters, which were mailed to members with the holiday flexi discs. Watch a trailer for the release here.

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Metallica Stream Previously Unreleased Master Of Puppets Tour Performance

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming previously unreleased live audio of "Damage, Inc." from their 1986-87 tour in support of "Master Of Puppets" as the latest preview to the November 10 release of a series of reissues of their album classic.

A performance of the thrash metal track was captured live during a January 25, 1987 show at Grugahalle in Essen, West Germany. The unreleased recording is featured on the 2017 expanded editions of "Master Of Puppets", including a 3-CD set that presents the remastered album, a disc that is a combination of rough mixes, demos and an interview, and a third disc featuring a mix of live songs that are sequenced into a typical set list from the Damage, Inc. tour.

A limited-edition deluxe box set includes "unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews and live tracks, many of which have never even been available in the collector or bootleg community and were pulled from our personal collections," says the band. "There's also a 108-page hardcover book with rare and never before seen photos and essays from those who were there with us for the wild ride.

"All in all, there are three LPs, ten CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph with art by Pushead, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and if that isn't enough to push you over the edge, we've also thrown in a set of six buttons (!)."

The remastered project will also be available on CD, vinyl and digital. Stream the song here.

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Singled Out: The Contenders' The Flood

The Contenders released their brand new album "Laughing with the Reckless" today and to celebrate we asked Jay Nash and Josh Day to tell us about the song "The Flood".

Jay Nash: This track turned out to be one of my favorites. The writing process started with this acoustic guitar riff that is almost indistinguishable on the record in its current state, but it really provided the underlying backbone of the song. It's this open string thing that is something of a cross between something that Neil Young might almost play and a jam band riff. The sound of it cast a little spell on Josh and me, and we started imagining the song should tell a story of a simpler time. When Josh added the backbeat, it easily settled into a groove that felt powerful and timeless.

Josh was telling me how he used to record his grandfather's stories before he died, and that he had some great ones about the great flood of 1940 that wreaked havoc on many western North Carolina counties, including his hometown of Wilkesboro. Together, we imagined a protagonist in this song that was inspired by Josh's grandad's stories. However, in this case, our imaginations ran with the concept. The central character here is running from some dark memories, and he is using the flood as an excuse to cut his losses and leave it all behind him. That part of the story doesn't have any historical root. We just liked the context of this historic flood where log cabins were literally floating down the river. In the case of "our hero," he doesn't feel a whole lot of sadness or remorse when he sees that his home has been destroyed, instead, we imagine him almost relieved.

Recording this song proved to be a lot of fun too. After we recorded the basic tracks of drums, acoustic guitar and my (Jay's) vocal, this song became something of a "Postal Service" project. I don't think that either of us started out with a clear and definite picture of what the final product was going to sound like, but somehow, I think that it ended up exactly where it needed to be. I started with the mandolin riff, which ultimately became the most prominent instrumental feature of the song. Next, Josh went deep down the rabbit hole with a bunch of percussion sounds… goat's toenails, chains, and a bunch of weird drums. I remember getting a rough mix back from him of the new parts that he had added, and being blown away by how much grit and texture the percussion added to the track. After that, I probably spent an entire day adding acoustic lap steel and electric guitar to the track. I say acoustic lap steel, because I played an old Silvertone with excessively high action, tuned to GDBGDB and used a lap steel bar. It recorded with a very cool, earthy snarl. The last bit was the electric part where I found myself seeking a tone reminiscent of somewhere between Mark Knopfler's tone on early Dire Straits albums and Mike Campbell's slide tone on "Won't Back Down." It's fun to hear how the whole orchestration ended up working out.

Josh Day: I loved the whole process of how this song came together. The storyline really helped us visualize what the track needed sonically. Jay came to the table with so many great ideas, and we just ran with it. From multiple guitar parts to the mandolin parts, these elements became the melodic hooks of the song. And all of the pieces of the musical puzzle started to fit together very organically. We both continued adding musical layers from our respective studios, which allowed me to spend time doing one of my favorite things which is creating percussion parts. I loved being able to dig into my library of sounds and add different elements to help bring more life to the drums, and the overall track. Super proud of how this track turned out!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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Kid Rock Speaks Out On Publicist Accused Of Sexual Assault

(Radio.com) Kid Rock addressed the controversy surrounding his former publicist, Kirt Webster. The PR exect has been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting country musician Austin Rick, who performed under the name Austin Cody.

"I hope to god this (expletive) he is being accused of is not true as he has been nothing but a good friend to me," Rock said in the email to music industry blogger Lefsetz (via The Detroit News), confirming that he has terminated his professional relationship with Webster. "But if it comes to light that it is, I will be the first to cut the head off the snake."

"We (BMG) canceled his and his companies (sic) services upon not only hearing about these, but other rumors that are starting to swirl," he continued. "Unfortunately, I believe sexual harassment is like cancer," Rock added. "We all know someone affected by it and it has to stop." Read more here.

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Weezer And Pixies Teaming Up For Coheadlining Tour

(Radio.com) A pair of alt-rock legends unite when Weezer and the Pixies come together for a co-headlining tour next summer. The Wombats will serve as opening act from June 23 – July 15, with support for the tour's second half to be announced shortly.

The tour launches June 23 in Tampa, Florida and will wrap up in Phoenix, Arizona on August 12. "We're all big Weezer fans," said Pixies' Black Francis in a press statement. "So we're really looking forward to this summer. We have a lot of respect for Weezer, they're not afraid to take risks with their music."

Weezer will be supporting the recently released full-length, Pacific Daydream, while the Pixies are still touring behind 2016 album, Head Carrier. See the tour dates and ticket details here.

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Rod Stewart Announces Additional Dates For Las Vegas Residency

(Radio.com) Rod Stewart and Las Vegas got a thing going on. The classic rock crooner has announced that he will resume his ongoing residency, Rod Stewart: The Hits, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in June 2018.

The dates mark Stewart's eighth residency at the Colosseum, ranging back to 2011. The show has already played to over a half-million fans, and features hits from the singer's storied career, including "You Wear It Well," "Maggie May," "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy," "The First Cut is the Deepest," "Tonight's The Night" and "Hot Legs."

Tickets for six new shows June 12 - 23, 2018 will go on sale to the public Saturday, Nov. 4at noon PT. Members of the Rod Stewart Fan Club will have access to an exclusive pre-sale. Read more here.

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Radiohead Classic Gets Unexpected Cover By Vic Mensa

(Radio.com) Rapper Vic Mensa is best known for his collaborations with Pharrell, Kanye West and Chance the Rapper, but the Chicago native also admires Radiohead's timeless melancholia.

That explains why Mensa appeared on BBC Radio 1 and played an unplugged cover of "Karma Police" from the band's acclaimed 1997 classic album OK Computer.

Mensa played piano and sang, accompanied by a single acoustic guitar. The alt-rock curveball definitely shows the rapper's range of skills and musical inclinations. Vic is currently on tour with JAY-Z. Watch Mensa's take on Radiohead here.

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Liam Gallagher Performs Oasis Classic For BBC Radio 2 Audience

(hennemusic) Liam Gallagher delivered the 1995 Oasis hit, "Some Might Say", during his November 2 performance for the BBC Radio 2 audience in the BBC Radio Theatre, and official video from the event is streaming online.

The lead single from Oasis' second album, "(What's The Story) Morning Glory", marked the band's first UK No. 1 while the project went on to become the country's fifth biggest-selling album of all time with more than 4.7 million copies in the group's homeland.

Gallagher's appearance is part of a special series of concert broadcasts to celebrate BBC Radio 2's 50th birthday; others involved include Tears For Fears, Chic ft. Nile Rodgers, Paloma Faith and Deep Purple.

The Manchester native is on the road playing dates in support of his recently-released debut solo album, "As You Were." The project was produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck) and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Mumford And Sons). Watch the BBC performance here.

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Stryper Announce Lineup Change As They Prep New Album

Stryper have announced that they have recruited former Firehouse bassist Perry Richardson as their latest member. Apart from being a founding member of that multi-platinum band, Perry has also worked with such superstars as Trace Adkins and Craig Morgan.

The band is currently in the early stages of their next studio album which they will be releasing next year. Richardson joins original members Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet and Oz Fox.

Perry had this to say, "The first time I met the guys in Stryper was in 1985, when my first band, Maxx Warrior opened for them in Charlotte, NC. From that first meeting, they have always been one of my favorite bands and a huge influence on me personally and musically." Read more here.

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The Veer Union Stream Epic and Announce Box Set

The Veer Union have released a lyric video for their cover of Faith No More classic "Epic" in celebration of the announcement about their upcoming box set.

This will mark the first boxed released from the group and it will be entitled "Decade: History of Our Evolution". The collection will include six albums: Decade, Decade Acoustic, Decade 2, Decade 2 Acoustic, Decade Demos, and Decade Rarities.

Crispin Earl had this to say about the FMN cover, "Growing up Faith No More was one of our favourite bands, not only did they have great songs, but they had an uncompromising passion for what they did musically.

"We wanted to harness some of that inspiration with this cover and hopefully do some justice to one of the most underrated and influential bands of our time." Watch the video here.

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Tom Morello Shreds At Bob Marley 'Exodus' Anniversary Show

(Radio.com) An all-star cast of musicians gathered in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (Nov. 1) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley and the Wailers' 1977 album, Exodus.

Gary Clark, Jr., Stephen and Ziggy Marley, Aloe Blacc, Don Was and Jim James of My Morning Jacket were among the artists that hit the stage of the Orpheum Theatre in downtown L.A. for the Exodus Live 40 show.

Guitarist Tom Morello was also among the stars that performed Marley classics, and he shared a video that finds him shredding through a particularly blistering solo. "Great night celebrating 40th anniversary of Bob Marley's Exodus," Morello posted along with the video. Watch it here.

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Neil Young Auctioning Model Trains And Classic Cars

(Radio.com) When he's not making music, Neil Young is really into model trains. The classic rock legend is so into them that he's a part-owner of the model train company, Lionel, and has been collecting for more than 20 years.

Now, Young is looking to auction off some of his prized collection (230 pieces, to be exact), including some very rare pieces including the Lionel Hudson factory prototype locomotive with a pre-auction estimate of $4,000 to $9,000. Young's H.O.A.R.D tour psychedelic Vanderbilt Hudson locomotive will also be on the auction block, which is expected to sell for $3,000 to $6,000, according to Julien's Auctions (via Reuters).

Young is also selling off a few of his classic car collection, including a first in production 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark convertible 50th anniversary special edition, with a steering wheel hub saying 'customized for Neil Young," that has a pre-auction estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. Read more here.

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