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Eagles of Death Metal Play Surprise Paris Show On Bataclan Anniversary

(Radio.com) Members of Eagles of Death Metal played a surprise show in Paris to mark the second anniversary of the tragic terrorist massacre at the band's show at the Bataclan.

Frontman Jesse Hughes and guitarist Dave Catching returned to Paris for a surprise performance during a memorial held by Bataclan shooting survivors (via NME). The band members performed "I Love You All the Time," and "Save a Prayer," the latter being the last song the band performed at the Bataclan show before the shooting began.

"I'm so happy and pleased to see all of you," Hughes said to those gathered in attendance, passing out white roses. "The only reason we're still standing is because you all still love rock and roll." Read more here.

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Brand New Cancel Tour Following Sexual Assault Allegations

(Radio.com) Brand New have announced that they have postponed their UK and Ireland Tour dates following sexual assault allegations that were made against lead singer Jesse Lacey.

"Due to the events of the last few days, Brand New will be postponing it's upcoming three shows in the United Kingdom and Ireland," they wrote. "Ticket refunds will be accepted at the original point of purchase."

The tour cancellation comes after a woman alleged that Lacey "solicited nudes from me starting when I was 15 and he was 24." In a since-deleted Facebook post, the woman added that Lacey "manipulated the hell out of me, demanded specific poses/settings/clothing, demeaned me, and made it clear that my sexuality was the only thing I had to offer. He knew what he was doing was s so he wouldn't touch me until I was 19. I should've known better by then, but he had screwed me up so much psychologically that all I wanted was his approval."

Lacey has since shared a lengthy apology on Facebook. "I do not stand in defense of myself nor do I forgive myself. I was selfish, narcissistic, and insensitive in my past, and there are a number of people who have had to shoulder the burden of my failures," he wrote. "I apologize for the hurt I have caused, and hope to be able to take the correct actions to earn forgiveness and trust." Read more including Lacey's complete statement below: Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Announce Music Festival Headline Performance

(Gibson) The block buster Guns N' Roses reunion keeps rolling on and now have been announced as the final headliners for the Download Festival in the UK next year.

The band will headline Saturday night at the Donington Park Festival, which is due to take place next year from 8-10 June 2018. Slash and bassist Duff McKagan reunited with Axl Rose for the 'Not In This Lifetime Tour', which finally made its way to the UK mid-2017.

But now they're back at next year's Download festival alongside fellow headliners Ozzy Osbourne and Avenged Sevenfold. Download promoter Andy Copping said: "It's great to have this iconic line up of Guns N'Roses headlining at Download. I am sure I am not alone when I say I've been wanting this to happen for years. It will be an incredible show and will be one of the highlights of the Download weekend." The band now play 13 stadium/outdoor dates in Europe in June-July 2018, including shows in France, Italy, Germany and Belgium. Read more here.

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Nickelback and Chad Kroeger Get Unexpected Defender

(Radio.com) Few popular rock bands have been as publicly mocked and ridiculed as Nickelback. Billy Corgan, however, isn't hearing any of it as the Smashing Pumpkins frontman has jumped to their defense.

During a recent interview with Joe Rogan, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman has stood up in support of the Canadian rock heroes and the band's singer, Chad Kroeger, whom he called "an incredible songwriter."

Corgan went to categorize Nickelback as a strong pop band: "I don't know enough about their world, but I don't think there's anything wrong if that's who you want to be," Corgan said (via Exclaim!). Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Continuing Cal Jam Next Year

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters have announced plans to host Cal Jam 18 next fall. Following a successful 2017 event last month at San Bernardino, CA's Glen Helen Regional Park & Festival Grounds, the festival will return on October 5 and 6, 2018.

The Foo Fighters will once again serve as headliners with additional acts to be announced. The group's salute to the original 1970s Cal Jam festivals saw the band joined in 2017 by more than a dozen acts, including Queens Of The Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice, Bob Mould and more.

The Foo Fighters launched their ninth album, "Concrete And Gold", at Cal Jam 17 ahead of their current fall US tour, which will wrap up in Salt lake City, UT on December 12. Read more see the official Cal Jam 17 recap video here.

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Iron Maiden Announce Legacy Of The Beast Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have announced dates for the Legacy Of The Beast summer 2018 European tour, which is inspired by their mobile game and comic book of the same name

The trek will begin in Tallinn, Estonia on May 26 and see the group mix headline shows with festival appearances - including Sweden Rock, Italy's Firenze Rocks, Austria's Novarock, Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting, France's Hellfest and Hungary's Volt Festival, among others.

Special guests Killswitch Engage will join Iron Maiden on headline dates from May 26 to July 1 inclusive, and in the UK from July 31 to August 10 inclusive; guests on other shows are currently being finalized and will be announced soon.

According to manager Rod Smallwood, the stage set design for the trek will feature a number of different but interlocking "worlds" with a set list covering a large selection of eighties material with a handful of surprises from later albums to add diversity.

"As our fans know, we've been following a particular touring cycle ever since Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith rejoined Maiden at the start of the millennium, alternating new album tours with 'History/Hits' tours," explains Smallwood. "We enjoy working this way for many reasons, not least because it gives the band a chance to play both new material and the older favourites which we know fans like to hear. It keeps things fresh, not just for the fans but for the band too.

"For this History/Hits tour we decided to base the theme around the 'Legacy Of The Beast' name, which suits our purposes perfectly by giving us scope to get creative and have some fun, especially with Eddie! I don't want to give too much away at the moment but we're working on a number of different stage sets, all in keeping with the Maiden tradition and we hope to give our fans a fantastic experience when they come to see this very special show." Read more and see the dates here.

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Incubus Announce Rescheduled Las Vegas Dates Following Shooting

Incubus postponed their shows at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino following the tragic Las Vegas music festival shootings last month and the band has now revealed the rescheduled dates.

The new shows will be taking place at the venue on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Friday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. The band will be donating $1 from each ticket sale and split the proceeds between the Las Vegas Victims' Fund, organized to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the 1 October tragedy and to the mental health charity The Campaign to Change Direction.

Frontman Brandon Boyd had the following to say, "We are very happy to announce our new Las Vegas dates at The Joint! We postponed the original dates in October in light of the tragic events in Las Vegas, both out of a desire to honor those affected and as a precautionary measure." Read more here.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO Launching First North American Tour In 35 Years

(hennemusic) Jeff Lynne's ELO will tour North America next summer, marking the band's first trek on the continent in over 35 years. The 3-week, 10 city tour will begin in Oakland, CA on August 2 and wrap up in Philadelphia, PA on August 24.

The run comes on the heels of ELO's induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this past April and a series of sold-out 2017 European shows in support of 2015's "Alone In The Universe", which will deliver a new live package, "Wembley Or Bust", on November 17.

Directed by Paul Dugdale, the release captures Lynne's sold-out show before 60,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium this past June, where he delivered material from the group's extensive hit-filled discography; the show also includes tracks by The Move and The Traveling Wilburys'.

Lynne is looking forward to returning to stages across North America next year. "Our audiences are amazing," he says. "It's like they're in the group. We can't wait to play for them again." See the dates and ticket details here.

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Queen Shares News Of The World Anniversary Edition Promo Video

(hennemusic) Queen are previewing the November 17 release of a 40th anniversary edition of their 1977 album classic, "News Of The World", with a new unboxing video for the package.

Led by the stadium anthems "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions", the UK band's best-selling studio release peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to worldwide sales of 6 million copies, including 4 million in the States alone.

The 2017 3CD/1DVD/1LP package delivers engineer Bob Ludwig's 2011 remaster of the album alongside two discs of bonus tracks, a DVD of a new one-hour documentary, and a pure analogue re-cut of the original vinyl LP direct from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes.

The "Raw Sessions" disc presents recently unearthed out-takes and rarities from the band's archives "mined deep from long-vaulted studio multi-track tapes, this extraordinary parallel album brings to light never-before-heard alternative versions of each of the album's 11 tracks," says the group. "Every lead vocal is different, as are most of the lead guitar parts and a great many other instrumental details."

The disc of bonus tracks features a variety of previously-released but hard-to-find versions of "News Of The World" tracks recorded in concert, for radio shows, or in alternate mixes, including the band's entire five-song final live session recorded for BBC Radio in October 1977.

The DVD documentary "Queen: The American Dream" offers material filmed - on and off stage - during their 1977 US tour in support of the record, including footage from a Houston concert late in the year.

The 40th anniversary edition is rounded out with a selection of memorabilia from the period, including three posters and a 60-page book of images. Watch the unboxing video here.

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Deep Purple Release Birds Of Prey Live Video From Hellfest

(hennemusic) Deep Purple are streaming video of a Hellfest 2017 performance of their track, "Birds Of Prey", from the recently released Gold Edition of their 2017 album, "inFinite."

The tune appears on a bonus disc of a previously unreleased 80-minute live show from France's Hellfest that is included in the 2CD digipack version of "inFinite" that delivers the original 2017 album, as well.

"Birds Of Prey" is also featured on the 3LP set, "The inFinite Live Recordings, Pt. 1", and the newly-issued documentary, "From Here to inFinite", on Blu-ray, which presents - for the first time - the development of the group's 20th album and a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the band.

The set delivers two hours of bonus material, including music videos, three previously unreleased live videos ("Time For Bedlam," "Birds Of Prey" and "Smoke On The Water") - all filmed and recorded at Hellfest 2017 - as well as in-depth behind the scenes footage, movie documentary outtakes, interviews, and an audio commentary by band members themselves.

Deep Purple are currently playing dates across Europe on their "inFinite - The Long Goodbye Tour." Watch the video here.

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Dave Matthews Band To Headline The Night Before Concert

(Radio.com) CBS RADIO and On Location Experiences ('OLE" ) announced that Dave Matthews Band will headline THE NIGHT BEFORE show at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. on Saturday, February 3, 2018. CBS Radio and OLE have partnered to produce a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience the night before the big game. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the show begins at 7:30 PM.

'As the leader in sports radio, CBS RADIO is proud and thrilled to present Dave Matthews Band alongside our partners at On Location Experiences the night before the biggest day in sports," said Andre Fernandez, President and CEO, CBS RADIO. 'THE NIGHT BEFORE is the perfect culmination of our deep and storied relationships with so many iconic sports teams and their loyal fans allowing for a truly unique experience."

'Our goal is to create unique and memorable Super Bowl weekend experiences that can't be found anywhere else," said John Collins, CEO, On Location Experiences. 'We take pride in producing quality entertainment that the whole community can enjoy, and we thank Dave Matthews Band and CBS Radio for being part of this year's experience. Read more here.

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Rare Guitars Owned By Les Paul and Johnny Winter Being Auctioned

(Gibson) Some very special guitars owned by the late Les Paul, as well as a rare 12-string Gibson Firebird played by Johnny Winter, are set to go on the auction block next month.

As reported by Best Classic Bands, in his later years Paul sometimes sent guitars to musicians he knew or admired. Often he inscribed the guitars with humorous notes. At the time of Paul's death, remaining his possession were guitars inscribed to Bob Dylan, Prince, George Harrison (whose passing, of course, preceded Paul's), and Paul Simon. All are set to be auctioned.

Other items up for auction include a Les Paul Black Beauty owned by Madonna (and purported to be the first electric guitar she ever played in performance), and a rare 12-string Gibson Firebird that belonged to blues great Johnny Winter. Winter famously became a Firebird devotee beginning in the late '60s.

"I was initially attracted to the Firebird because I liked the way it looked," said Winter in a 2014 interview, according to auction house Guernsey's. "When I played it, I discovered I liked the way it sounded too. The Firebird is the best of all worlds." Read more here.

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