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Gene Simmons Receives Lifelong Ban From Fox News Headquarters

(Radio.com) Gene Simmons flew off the rails at Fox News and received a lifetime ban as a parting gift. The KISS co-founder was at Fox News to discuss his new book On Power, in which he addresses how to gain wealth and influence when some bizarre comments and acts actions got him in trouble with the station, reports Loudwire.

On Fox & Friends, he erratically jumped up to interrupt meteorologist Janice Dean and take over her segment. When asked about his thoughts on Harvey Weinstein, Simmons said, 'The lunatics have taken over the insane asylum when respected business entities such as yourself ask guys that like to stick their tongues out what I think of Harvey Weinstein."

He took a step deeper into the muck when he added, "Okay, I'm a powerful and attractive man, and what I'm about to say is deadly serious. Men are jackasses. From the time we're young we have testosterone. I'm not validating it or defending it."

As if that wasn't enough, Simmons interrupted a staff meeting on the 14th floor, where he was scheduled to talk about his book. He shouted, "Hey chicks, sue me," and exposed his entire upper torso. Reportedly, he also told Michael Jackson pedophile jokes and struck two employees with his book.

Kevin Lord, a human resources executive at Fox, learned of the behavior and issued a lifetime ban at the network's Manhattan headquarters for rock legend. Watch some of his shenanigans here.

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The Eagles Making Plans For Stadium Shows Next Year

(Gibson) The Eagles are making plans for a handful of stadium shows for 2018, says the group's longtime manager Irving Azoff. Speaking with Best Classic Bands, Azoff revealed that the group will share the billing with veteran troubadour Jimmy Buffet.

"One word answer? Yes," said Azoff, who went on to say that Coors Field in Denver will be the site for one of the concerts. The manager declined to specify other locales, saying that just "a handful" of dates are in the works.

"The Eagles are in an experimental phase," he explained. "I look at this as not really an Eagles tour; it's really a celebration of their music. We just kind of do things that feel right. I don't know how long it'll go." here.

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A Perfect Circle Release 'The Doomed' Music Video

(Radio.com) A Perfect Circle's fans have waited almost fifteen years for a followup to eMOTIVe, and a 2018 album is reportedly brewing. The alt-rock supergroup just released a video for "The Doomed," the lead single from the yet-untitled project. Shot in black and white, members of the band stare down the camera against monochromatic backdrops.

Maynard James Keenan said the current political and cultural landscape motivated the band to write and record new material. "Fourteen years have passed since we released 'eMOTIVe,'" he said in a statement. "A new release is long overdue. In light of this current difficult and polarized social, spiritual and political climate, we artist types need to open our big mouths and share the light a little louder."

A Perfect Circle are currently in the home stretch of their North American tour and announced a European leg to follow this spring. Watch the video for "The Doomed," which contains explicit lyrics, here.

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U2 Stream New Song 'American Soul' Featuring Kendrick Lamar

(Radio.com) U2 have released a new song called "American Soul," which will be featured on their new album Songs of Experience, out December 1. The song is the fourth the band has released from the record, and it's the companion track to "XXX," which was on Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.

Another Kendrick collab, the previously released, "Get Out Of Your Own Way," will also appear on Songs of Experience. "American Soul" starts with a spoken word intro by Kendrick: "Blessed are the bullies/ For one day they will have to stand up to themselves/ Blessed are the liars/ For the truth can be awkward."

Then, the song kicks in with sparse, bluesy rock guitars and a thumping beat that accompanies Bono's seductive vocals. The track builds slowly, then takes flight with the simple, rousing chorus: "You are rock and roll/ You and I are rock and roll/ You are rock and roll/ Came here looking for American soul." Listen to the song here.

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Foo Fighters Announce New Dates For 2018

(Gibson) Here's good news for Foo Fighters fans: Dave Grohl and the guys just added a new handful of tour dates for next year. Grohl and Foo Fighters are on the road in support of their latest album, Concrete and Gold.

The new gigs will take place from Sept. 1 in Seattle to Sept. 12 in San Jose, California. Tickets for the new shows will go on sale starting Saturday (Nov. 18) at 10 a.m. local venue time at FooFighters.com.

The just-announced fall 2018 dates will follow the band's previously announced spring and summer tour, which will kick off April 18 in Austin and close out with a two-night stand at Chicago's Wrigley Field from July 29 through 30. The Foos are also slated to host the second edition of their CalJam festival Oct. 6 in San Bernardino, California.

On top of that itinerary, the guys are currently in the midst of their 2017 North American tour. See the new dates here.

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Fleetwood Mac Expanding Self Titled Album With Deluxe Reissue

(Radio.com) Fleetwood Mac is opening up the archives for a new edition of the band's self-titled album from 1975. While Fleetwood Mac is the band's tenth studio album, it marks the debut of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham as members of the group.

Featuring such timeless hits such as "Rhiannon," "Say You Love Me" and "Landslide," this updated and remastered edition will boast a slew of previously unheard music.

Among the extras include an early alternative take on the entire album, as well as a selection of live tracks recorded in 1976. The new collection will be available in a variety formats, including a deluxe edition featuring three CDs, a DVD and a vinyl LP. The set is due for release on Jan. 19. Check out the full tracklist here.

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Portugal. the Man Stripped-Down For 'Feel it Still'

(Radio.com) After more than a decade climbing the ranks of alternative rock, Portugal. the Man broke through in a major way earlier this way with the crossover pop smash, "Feel it Still."

"I'm 36, I'm from f Wasilla, Alaska, and we're right behind Taylor Swift right now," bassist Zachary Carothers told Rolling Stone about the band's unexpected pop hit, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. "What the hell?"

Portugal. the Man have shared a live and stripped-down take on the song, alongside a similarly intimate take on "Live in the Moment," taken from the same album, Woodstock, that features "Feel it Still." Watch the two-song session here.

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Lou Reed's Unexpected Musical Passions Revealed

(Gibson) Lou Reed's philosophical outlook - both in his life and in his music - is generally regarded as dark and gritty. But according to his recent biographer, the punk pioneer had a soft spot for lighter fare.

"He loved pop music and that was true [although he] wasn't always doing that, by any means," says Anthony DeCurtis, speaking with NPR. "But he was taking pop elements. On the first Velvet Underground record, if you listen to a track like "There She Goes Again," he lifts Marvin Gaye's "Hitch Hike" for the riff. There's an element of loving what pop music is and all of those teenage emotions. Lou's deep, passionate love of doo-wop and that kind of adolescent 'swept-away-on-the-wings-of-love' it was a very essential emotion for him and it remained that way."

DeCurtis also revealed that Reed felt ambivalent about the commercial success of his biggest hit, 1972's "Walk on the Wild Side." "He saw himself as an artist and he saw himself as wanting to do serious things and take left turns and go in new directions," says DeCurtis. "So the degree to which the record company was like, 'Oh great, we got a hit, now let's do Take Another Walk On The Wild Side, or Walk On The Wild Side Again,' that kind of irritated him." Read more here.

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AC/DC Dominates Airbourne Guitarist's Favorite Solos List

(Gibson) Joel O'Keefe, vocalist and lead guitarist with Australian rock act Airbourne, is a huge fan of countryman Angus Young. It's no surprise then, when asked by Music Radar to name the top five guitar solos that influenced his playing style, three out of his five picks are from AC/DC songs.

In the article, O'Keefe reveals how he develops and records his solos - "I sit there and make it up on the spot. We'll do 20 takes. Sometimes I get it on the third take and they'll say, 'I don't know what you did there Joel, but we're keeping that. Sometimes I'll do 200 takes and have to go home and come back the next day."

His favorite Angus Young solos are Let There Be Rock, Whole Lotta Rosie, and Thunderstruck. What's so special about Young's guitar work? "I love the mad energy that Angus has," O'Keefe says. "It's the frenetic energy. It's like he has lightning in his fingers. It's like he doesn't really know what he's going to do until it comes out." Read how the list is rounded out here.

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Coldplay Perform Iconic Latin American Song In Argentina

(Radio.com) Coldplay covered "De Muica Ligera" by Argentine rock group Soda Stereo to a sold-out crowd Tuesday, Nov. 14. The 45,000 strong audience sang along as Chris Martin delivered the lyrics in Spanish.

During a press conference in Mexico, Martin called "De Musica Ligera" "the song that defines Latin America." Soda Stereo drummer Charly Alberti told Billboard that Martin connected with him through star polo player Nacho Figueras, a mutual friend, to let him know about the band's plan to perform the song.

"I think it was fantastic that they did it," Alberti said. "To have a band that doesn't speak your language, that they rehearse it, they learn the words, that they make the decision to do it a show as important for them as the end of their world tour, it is an honor beyond anything I could expect, more so because Coldplay is a band that I really like, so the honor is even bigger." Check out fan footage of the performance here.

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