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AC/DC Guitarist and Cofounder Malcolm Young Dead At 64

(hennemusic) AC/DC cofounder Malcolm Young has died at the age of 64 following a long battle with dementia. The guitarist retired from the band in 2014 before entering a full-time health care facility in Sydney, Australia that specialized in patients with dementia.

"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young," said the band in a statement "Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed."

"As his brother," adds Angus, "it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done."

"It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother," said the Young family in a statement. "Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside."

"Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.

"Malcolm is survived by his loving wife O'Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister and brother."

"While thanking all for their overwhelming support and heartfelt condolences, the family ask that you respect their privacy during this time of heartbreak and grief," they add. "For those wishing to send messages to the family please visit the Sydney Morning Herald Malcolm Young Memorial website which will be available next week. The family have asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army."

Malcolm Young was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1953, as one in a family of eight children. Most of Young clan emigrated to Australia in 1963, with older brother George forming The Easybeats in Sydney a year later and going on to score a 1966 No. 1 hit in the members' adopted homeland with "Friday On My Mind."

George Young passed away on October 22 at the age of 70. here.

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Linkin Park Preview Upcoming 'One More Light Live' Release

(hennemusic) Linkin Park are streaming a video preview of their forthcoming package, "One More Light Live", ahead of its release on December 15. The set captures material from the group's final tour with singer Chester Bennington, who committed suicide at his Los Angeles area home on July 20 the age of 41.

"We dedicate this live album to our brother Chester who poured his heart and soul into 'One More Light'," says the surviving members of Linkin Park in a joint statement. "After we finished recording the album, we joked with Chester that - since he had delivered so many stunning performances in the studio - he had set the bar extra high to produce that alchemy on stage each night. Not surprisingly, he welcomed the challenge."

"Chester was uniquely passionate, uncommonly generous, sensitive, optimistic, funny and kind," they add, "With his voice, he turned pain into catharsis, authenticity into art, and passion into connection. His dedication to bringing these songs to life was triumphant.

"For those of you who attended this tour in person, we thank you. For those who could not, we hope this live album gives you a glimpse into how magical these shows were for the six of us." here.

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Evanescence's Amy Lee Wins Best Song Award For 'Speak To Me'

(MSO) Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee was the recipient of the Hollywood Music And Media Award for "Best Original Song-Independent Film" for the track "Speak To Me" from the film Voice From the Stone (starring Emilia Clarke). We were sent the following details:

The song was written by Lee and Michael Wandmacher. The Hollywood Music And Media Awards (HMMA) ceremony-which took place last night, Thursday, Nov. 16 at The Avalon Hollywood-honors music in all visual media (film, TV, videogames, commercials and trailers). HMMA awards are selected by an advisory board and which includes journalists, music executives, music-media industry professionals comprised of the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL), the Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch, NARAS and performing rights organizations. Theawards are historically representative of the music nominees in key awards shows that occur months later.

"I'm so honored and so proud!" says Amy Lee. "The experience of making this song was so special; it was surreal being let into the creative process of a film I loved so much."

"As an artist, I look for opportunities that are musically challenging and push creative boundaries in pursuit of something wonderful," adds co-writer Michael Wandmacher. "'Speak To Me'" is the result of such an experience. Working with Amy on this song was a privilege and career highlight. I'm thrilled that people are enjoying it."

See Amy Lee perform the award-winning song "Speak To Me" live with a 28-piece orchestra on the sold out EVANESCENCE 'Synthesis Live' tour. See the dates here.

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The Eagles Release 'Hotel California' Anniversary Reissue Promo Video

(hennemusic) The Eagles are streaming an unboxing video as a preview to the November 24 release of a series of expanded 40th anniversary editions of their classic 1976 album "Hotel California."

With more than 32 million copies sold worldwide, the project ranks as one of the best-selling albums of all time. The record - which delivered two US No. 1 singles ("New Kid In Town" and the title track) - topped the Billboard 200 for eight weeks and won two Grammy Awards.

The "Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" (see track listing below) is a new 2-CD/1-Blu-ray Audio package that includes remastered sound, ten previously unreleased live recordings from the era, as well as hi-res stereo and 5.1 mixes. Presented in an 11 x 11 hardbound book, the set also features rare and unseen photos, a replica tour book, and an 11 x 22 poster.

The set also marks the debut of ten live tracks that were recorded during the band's three-night stand at the Los Angeles Forum in October 1976, about a month before the album's release. Read more here.

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KISS' Gene Simmons Takes On Heckler At Solo Show

(Radio.com) KISS bassist Gene Simmons confronted a heckler during a solo show in Providence, Rhode Island, last week (Nov. 12), leaving the stage and marching through the crowd to show him "what happens when you ruin my concert."

The confrontation occurred as Simmons was being presented with the key to the city from East Providence City Councilman Brian Faria. In a fan-captured video, the heckler can be heard shouting throughout the presentation, and at one point yells out, "Ace is way better than this!," in reference to KISS' original and much beloved guitarist, Ace Frehley.

After more heckling, Simmons interrupted the councilman to confront the heckler, who was stationed in the balcony. While there's no footage of the actual confrontation or evidence that Simmons and the shouter ever came face to face, the KISS demon appears very pleased with himself on the way back to the stage. Read more here.

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Singled Out: The Tomicks

New rock n' roll band The Tomicks just released self-titled debut EP which was inspired by the "magic of the 60s and 70s" era music. To celebrate we asked Tom Cridland to tell us about the release. Here is the story:

It is so easy to not pursue your passions. As a kid, I gave up the piano after six months and the guitar after a year and, yet, music has always been my main hobby. At the same age that I was watching The Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, I was also captivated by The Beatles Anthology films, which see the band telling their own story. From their live shows in suits and Beatle boots when they first conquered America in the early '60s to their experimenting independently in the studio when recording The White Album as things got more tense between them, The Beatles had me instantly hooked on rock n' roll. Fats Domino, Roy Orbison, Elvis, The Beach Boys and Bee Gees were all played regularly but the The Beatles were my idols, John Lennon in particular. Despite this love for music, it was only a couple of years ago that I started playing.

My girlfriend, Debs Marx, and I run a fashion brand, Tom Cridland, and, since 2014, we have had the honour of making clothing for Nigel Olsson, Elton John's drummer since 1969 and a great solo artist in his own right. As a result, he has become a dear friend of ours. His playing is the epitome of tastefulness, always serving the song in an innovative but confidently understated manner. His fills on the likes of "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"sound quite extraordinary. Added to that, he is the most incredible backing vocalist, not only on the likes of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Candle In The Wind" but also on Elton deep cuts like "Pinky", in his own songs such as "Say You Feel The Same" and when playing and singing as a session musician for the likes of Earl Thomas Conley. Nigel has the most unbelievably crisp drum sound live and the first time I heard it I decided I was going to buy a drum kit and actually learn how to play music.

Not long after taking up the drums, I met Nick Whitehead, a piano player and fellow rock n' roll fanatic in 2015, when visiting Nigel at an Elton gig. I had never really met anyone my age so obsessed by the same bands and artists that I am, and certainly not someone who was not only extremely knowledgeable about Elton John's discography but could play it all perfectly, even the live versions with tricky piano embellishments! We started jamming together and then, in 2016, writing together, subsequently forming The Tomicks with Debs. We were so happy with our original material that, using money Debs and I had saved up to buy a house with, we self-funded sessions for an album at The Village in Los Angeles in February. We played Kenji Suzuki, the renowned session guitarist, our demos ahead of these sessions and he liked what he heard so much he came with us to LA to play bass and guitar on the album.

We couldn't be happier with The Tomicks record and we are passionate about trying to recapture what we see as the magical spirit of music from the '60s and '70s, in particular the likes of Elton, the Eagles and The Beatles. Our songwriting process has so far always been the same. I write a set of lyrics in its entirety, Nick has some chord ideas on piano and we meet to write together in a truly collaborative way. Our first EP has three songs on it, all of which feature what I'd call our signature sound: Nick's incredible piano playing, deeply personal lyrics, lots of guitars, big drums and rich vocal harmonies. That said, all three of the tracks are very different.

"Break Up Anthem" is really influenced by solo Lennon and is lyrically quite bitter. It tells the story of a couple who seem like they're headed to splitting up but then end up together. "Candlelight" is a joyous tribute to all our favourite Southern California rock, the likes of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Poco. It's just a very happy song about being in love, with harmonies and a nice piano solo on it. "Hair Clip" is a song I wrote about Debs and its the track we've got the best feedback on so far.

Making The Tomicks record has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life and, if you're reading this, love music and haven't taken up playing due to lack of time or laziness, I urge you to stop missing out. It turns out buying that drum kit was the best decision I ever made.

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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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Reveals Special Guests For New Solo Album

(Gibson) A year and a half after collapsing during a Hollywood Vampires concert, Joe Perry has not only recovered, but is back to doing what he does best. The Aerosmith guitarist, has announced the upcoming release of his latest solo album titled Sweetzerland Manifesto.

The album, Perry's first solo release since 2009's Have Guitar, Will Travel, will feature an all-star cast of guest musicians. Perry's Hollywood Vampires bandmate and frequent collaborator, actor Johnny Depp drums on Sweetzerland Manifesto and is also the album's executive producer. Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander guests on the song 'Aye, Aye, Aye,' while David Johansen (New York Dolls) collaborates on three tracks. Also featured - veteran British singer/guitarist Terry Reid, drummer Zak Starkey (The Who, Oasis) and Perry's sons, Tony and Roman.

Talking about the ten-track record, Perry said, "It's going to be interesting to see what songs people gravitate to because there's such a wide variety of tunes." The album is set to release on January 19, 2018. Read more here.

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Scorpions Release 'Follow Your Heart Lyric Video

(hennemusic) The Scorpions are streaming a lyric video for the track, "Follow Your Heart", ahead of the November 24 release of a new collection, "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads."

Alongside "Always Be With You" and "Melrose Avenue", the song is one of three new tunes recorded this past summer for the project, which presents fourteen of the band's most famous ballads and a new acoustic recording of "Send Me An Angel."

Produced by Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen, the set is named after a track from the German rockers' 1977 album, "Taken By Force", demonstrating the band's commitment to the art of the ballad.

"Throughout the decades," says guitarist Matthias Jabs, "our fans have been associating us with great ballads like 'Send Me An Angel,' 'Still Loving You,' and 'Holiday.' And that's very honorable."

"Nowadays, ballads are the pinnacle of rock music," adds singer Klaus Meine. "If they're well-written, they will go straight to the hearts of the fans."

"Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads" will be available via CD, 2LP, digital download and streaming services. here.

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Toto Including Unreleased and New Tracks On Upcoming Collection

(Gibson) 2018 is shaping up to be a banner year for Toto. A new compilation album - featuring three unreleased songs and one new track - will be released in February, and a 40th anniversary world tour is set to kick off that same month.

"We're still here, man, and I'm proud of that," co-founder Steve Lukather recently told Billboard. "We've taken every punch known to man running up a vertical glass mountain with butter on our feet for 40 years, hanging on for dear life. We were never cool; in fact, we were the antithesis of that. We were studio musicians [who] studied our instruments. Since when is being good at what you do a deficit?"

Also in the works is a limited edition boxed set featuring remastered editions of all of Toto's albums. Previously unreleased material will be included with the set as well. Read more here.

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Green Day Release 'Born In The USA' Video

(hennemusic) Green Day are premiering a music video for "Born In The USA", a track from their just-released best-of package, "Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band."

It's one of two new tunes - alongside a duet with Miranda Lambert on "Ordinary World - included in the collection, which compiles 20 hits from the California band's 31-year career.

The project's title comes from a March 2017 appearance on CBS-TV's The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, when God appeared in the Ed Sullivan Theatre to introduce Green Day as his "favorite band."

"Shout out to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," posted the group. "20 biggest hits. 2 new songs. 1 new music vid. And a partridge in a pear tree. From God's Favorite Band to the world's best fans, Christmas comes early." here.

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Chris Cornell's 'The Promise' Video Gets Theatrical Makeover

(Radio.com) The music video for Chris Cornell's "The Promise" has been given the theatrical treatment. The song was Cornell's last release and served as the theme song for the movie of the same name.

"'The Promise' to me is mainly about paying homage to those we lost in the Armenian Genocide, but it's also about shining a light on more recent atrocities," Cornell said at the time of its release.

"The same methods used in the Armenian genocide were used to carry out crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and right now in Syria on multiple fronts, contributing to a massive global refugee crisis. Unfortunately, the words 'never again' seem like just words when we recall these mass executions of the twentieth century, as well as renewed racism and prejudice around the world. Even in the US, the warning signs isolating groups based on race and religion are evident. We really need to tell these stories and keep telling them in as many different ways as we can." Watch the new version of Cornell's video here.

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Dead And Company Perform 'Jack Straw' on Stephen Colbert

(Radio.com) Stephen Colbert recruited Dead and Company for a two-night residency on The Late Show, and last night (Nov 16) the Grateful Dead side project (featuring John Mayer) performed "Jack Straw." The song comes from the Grateful Dead's album Europe '72 and was written by Bob Weir and Robert Hunter.

The band will appear on The Late Show again tonight to complete their mini-residency. In 2007, Weir gave some background on the song's literary inspiration:

'I don't watch much TV, but one night I was home, it was late, and an old version of Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men came on," he told Uncut. "I was mesmerized. We were coming out of the Workingman's Dead phase, and Hunter had this lyric. I grabbed it, and we came with a little sketch of heartland Americana, a ballad about two ne'er-do-wells. It was patterned on Of Mice And Men, but we tried to put a twist or two on it. Same story, different context." Watch the performance here.

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