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Guns N' Roses Rock AC/DC Classics In Tribute To Malcolm Young

(Radio.com) When AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson retired from AC/DC in 2016, Guns N' Roses vocalist Axl Rose stepped in to sing with the band on its Rock or Bust tour. On Sunday night (Nov 19), just hours after news broke that AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young had died, Guns N' Roses performed a heartfelt three-song tribute to the late musician.

"We're gonna dedicate this to Mister Malcolm Young, who will be sorely missed by none more than his brother Angus," Rose said at a concert in Sacramento, California, as an image of Young was displayed on a screen behind the band. Slash started the tribute by performing Alice Cooper's "Only Women Bleed." The band later posted 58 seconds of the song on social media with the words: "This goes out to Malcolm Young. He will be sorely missed."

The second song in the tribute was a cover of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and Guns closed with AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie." The band has routinely performed all three songs on its comeback tour plus Rose sang "Whole Lotta Rosie" with AC/DC during his time as their touring frontman.

"Malcolm Young was one of the best ever rhythm guitarists in Rock n Roll," guitarist Slash said in a statement to Rolling Stone. He was a fantastic songwriter and he had a great work ethic too. I toured with AC/DC on their 'Stiff Upper Lip' tour. I found Malcolm to be a really cool, down to earth fellow. The entire rock n roll community is heartbroken by his passing." Check it out here.

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Eagles Announce North American Spring Tour

(hennemusic) The Eagles have announced the first series of dates for a 2018 tour of North America. The lineup of Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, will launch the run in Chicago, IL on March 14, with scattered shows scheduled into late July.

The tour will feature stadium concerts in Orlando, Miami, Denver and Minneapolis with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers; Washington D.C. and Philadelphia with James Taylor & His All-Star Band; and Dallas, Texas with Chris Stapleton sharing the bill; with all other dates billed as "An Evening With The Eagles."

An American Express card presale begins November 28 at 10 AM. local time, with general public tickets available December 1 and December 2. The Eagles will release a series of expanded 40th anniversary editions of their 1976 album classic, "Hotel California", on November 24. See the dates here.

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KISS' Paul Stanley Slams Marilyn Manson For Charles Manson Cover

(Radio.com) As the world continues to react to the death of cult leader and mass murderer Charles Manson, rock artists are responding to the news in myriad ways. For shock-rocker Marilyn Manson, it was through sharing a previously recorded cover version of Manson's 1970 song, "Sick City," on social media.

That was a move not at all appreciated by KISS frontman Paul Stanley, who slammed Manson for posting the cover upon the cult leader's death. "[It's] pathetic when somebody [whose] career never really took off is desperate enough to try for publicity by connecting himself to the news of a murdering scumbag's death," Stanley raged on Twitter.

Marilyn Manson has yet to respond to Stanley's comments, but don't be surprised if this beef explodes into a war of words between the two. Stay tuned. Read more here.

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Geezer Butler Looking Towards Music Life After Black Sabbath

(Gibson) The last show of Black Sabbath's final tour, staged in the band's hometown of Birmingham, U.K., was accompanied by a swirl of emotions, says Geezer Butler. Still, the Sabbath bassist says he felt less sorrow than he anticipated.

"I felt relief that it was all over, that it was done with, that we had done a good show -- and quite sad in a way to think that we'd never do it again," said Butler, speaking with Billboard. "[But] it really wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, actually. It just felt right. We've been around for 49 years now, and it's time to call it a day."

Butler went on to say he's been enjoying his "retirement," but also indicated he wasn't yet ready to stop making music. "I'm not in a hurry …" he said. "I'm traveling a lot, seeing the places [the band] only stayed for one night and going back and spending some time there. We've recently moved … and I'm going to be building my home studio, but it's taken me ages. Next year I'll see if I can get back into music." Read more here.

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U2 Streaming New Song 'American Soul' Featuring Kendrick Lamar

(Gibson) Kendrick Lamar makes a brief appearance on U2's 'American Soul,' the latest track streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and others from the Irish band's forthcoming fourteenth album. The Edge's guitar is to the forefront on this one, with the song built around stabbing, distorted chords with no delay pedals in earshot.

"American Soul" will appear on Songs Of Experience when it's released December 1st. It's essentially an alternate version of 'XXX,' which appeared on Lamar's album DAMN. Stream it here.

U2 worked with a number of different producers on Songs Of Experience: Jacknife Lee, Ryan Tedder, Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas. "Since The Joshua Tree, I don't think we've done an album with less than four producers," Bono has told Rolling Stone. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Jacob Cade's What's Your Problem

Acclaimed young rocker Jacob Cade is gearing up to hit the road with Boxflex this Friday (November 24th). To celebrate we asked him to tell us about his new single and video "What's Your Problem?!" from The Hunger EP. Here is the story:

"What's Your Problem?!" was a very fun song to write. The timing couldn't of been more perfect for Rachel Bolan, from Skid Row, and I to get together and crank out a piece of music that kicks as much ass as "WYP" does. I remember walking into his studio and talking a little bit about what type of music we liked and what type of songs were sparking our fancy at that point in time. Eventually after a quick conversation of that I pulled out my guitar and tuned up. The very first riff I played was something that I had had in my mind for a while. I was able to come up with a chord progression that went from a verse into a pre chorus. I had a bit of a blurry chorus progression going but Rachel came in and added some of his punk style to the thing to buff it out. After a little tinkering around the progression were put together almost seamlessly. Then onto the lyrics. We each sat down and basically the question was,"What song are we gonna write?" At that time I had something going on in my personal life that was more or less pissing me off. I felt sort of isolated from the world and ready to let it out in songs. So I introduced those types feelings with the lyric ideas and Rachel, with his expertise, glued it all together. The very name of the song "What's Your Problem" was a funny story. Rachel and I were stuck with what exactly to say in the chorus. So after a bit of sitting and thinking...I remember telling a mini story that ended with the phrase "What's Your Problem." Rachel then sprung up and thought that'd be a great name for the song! Turns out that it fit perfectly! It was an amazing experience writing with such a talent like Rachel Bolan. I could never thank him enough for being so cool and willing to work together. We came out with a bad ass song.

This is a visualizer video for my first single off The Hunger EP called "What's Your Problem?!" which I wrote with my friend Rachel Bolan from Skid Row.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the EP and see the upcoming Bobaflex dates right here!

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David Bowie, McCartney and Johnny Winter Guitars Being Auctioned

On December 2, Guernsey's Auctions will hold a sale in New York called "Legendary Guitars & Musical Treasures." There are indeed some treasures for very well-heeled Gibson fans.

There's a vintage 1953 Gibson Les Paul that belongs to Paul McCartney! The Goldtop, which is a right-handed model, has been retro-fitted with PAF humbuckers, making it non-true to original '53 Goldtop spec, but that's unlikely to deter bidders. McCartney played it on early 2012 sessions for his New album.

There's a 1989 Gibson L4 Custom that belonged to David Bowie, played in his Tin Machine Days. Starting bids are at $30,000. There's also a black Gibson Les Paul that Madonna (that's right!) played on her Drowned World tour of 2001, serial #001360.

But of most interest to real gear nerds might be Johnny Winter's 12-string Gibson Firebird. 12-string Firebirds were built by Gibson only in 1966 and 1967, and sunburst was the standard finish: Winter's cream one is extra rare. Guernsey anticipate a $24,000 starting bid. here.

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Queen, Rush and Doors Lead Record Store Day Offerings

(Gibson) It's almost Thanksgiving, and that means the latest edition of Record Store Day's Black Friday is on the way. Per usual, a broad range of limited-edition vinyl records will arrive exclusively in independent record stores on Black Friday (Nov. 24), including releases from Queen, Rush, Paul McCartney, Iggy Pop, the Grateful Dead, Blue Oyster Cult and the Doors, to name a handful.

McCartney will release two seven-inch singles on Black Friday, both of which include a version of his holiday tune, "Wonderful Christmastime," with the Roots on the A-side. One single is pressed on red vinyl and has Norah Jones performing "Peace" on the B-Side, and the other arrives on green vinyl and has the Decemberists covering Big Star's "Jesus Christ" on the back.

Queen will offer up a 12-inch single with their hits "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You" on Black Friday. The release also honors the 40th anniversary of Queen's News of the World record.

The Doors' release is a remastered, two-LP edition of the group's 1970 Absolutely Live album arriving on midnight-blue vinyl.

Rush will unleash a seven-inch single with "Closer to the Heart" backed with "Madrigal" on Black Friday. Both songs are off their 1977 album, A Farewell to Kings. here.

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Noel Gallagher Questions Radiohead's Rock Cred

(Gibson) Ah, where would the music press be without the weekly Gallagher soundbite? This week's newsworthy headline is from older brother Noel Gallagher, who's newest solo album Who Built The Moon? is set to release this Friday. Reviewing Noel's single 'Fort Knox,' brother Liam tweeted that it "sounds like Christina Aguilera," scoffing at the tunes "riveting lyrics" (there are none in the primarily instrumental track).

Now, surprisingly, Noel Gallagher's found a different target to aim his witty vitriol - Radiohead, whose cerebral experimentation couldn't be further from Oasis' pub-rock anthems. He's poked fun at Thom Yorke and Co. before, once saying, "I reckon if Thom Yorke f****** s*** into a light bulb… it'd probably get 9 out of 10."

He has also previously claimed that his cat is more rock n' roll than Radiohead and in a feature in today's Irish Independent, he confirmed it, saying, "Absolutely. Boots is a f***king demon." Of course, he's not completely against Radiohead, saying, "listen, they have done some great stuff," thought they "weren't a party band." Read more here.

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Anthrax Announce Double Disc Album Reissues

(hennemusic) Anthrax will reissue a pair of albums, 2003's "We've Come For You All" and 2004's "The Greater Of Two Evils", on December 22. The 2017 reissue sees the two albums available in a 2CD package, as well as individually on limited-edition gatefold vinyl.

The band's ninth album, "We've Come For You All" was the band's first with Rob Caggiano on lead guitar and their final original studio release with vocalist John Bush. Produced by Caggiano, the set featured guest appearances by Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell and The Who vocalist Roger Daltrey; the project reached No. 122 on the US Billboard 200.

The compilation record "The Greater Of Two Evils" delivers fourteen songs from the group's early era that were initially released between 1984 and 1990. Originally sung by Neil Turbin and Joey Belladonna, the tunes were selected via a fan vote and re-recorded live in the studio with Bush on vocals. See the tracklsting here.

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Gary Clark Jr. Performs His Cover Of Beatles Classic Live

(Gibson) With the Justice League movie releasing over the weekend, promotions for the film have been in overdrive. As part of the film's soundtrack, blues-rocker, Gary Clark Jr., has recorded an intense cover of The Beatles classic 'Come Together.' While the official video for the song released last month, Clark recently put out a live video of him performing the song that just takes things to a whole new level.

Recorded during Clark Jr.'s performance at The Forum in Los Angeles on September 18, the new video - as described by Billboard - focuses "on his urgent vocals and searing guitar playing." According to Clark Jr., "All I remember was this was a great night in L.A. playing with [Eric] Clapton. This version of 'Come Together' just felt right. We have a great time playing this song."

Talking about being asked to contribute to the the soundtrack of Justice League, Clark Jr. said, "When I found out that I wouldn't grow up to be Batman, I was a little bit disappointed. So to get to play a Beatles song in a movie with that, it's pretty cool." here.

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Neil Young Plans Tiny Special Acoustic 'Homecoming' Show

(Radio.com) A very small group of Canadian Neil Young fans are in for the show of a lifetime. Young has revealed that he is plotting a special acoustic "homecoming" show dubbed Somewhere in Canada on Dec. 1.

The show will happen in a very small venue with a capacity of around 200. Where the show will happen, however, is going to be a surprise.

According to Billboard, there are a number of Young's favorite venues on hold across Canada, with the Rock Hall of Famer set to pick one to play sometime next week.

While most fans won't be able to attend, the show will be broadcast on Facebook Live for everyone to enjoy. Young's girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah, with direct the live broadcast.

The concert's Dec. 1 date coincides with the release of new album The Visitor, recorded with the band Promise of the Real. The release will mark the launch of the Neil Young Archives, a chronological collection of his entire recorded music, films, videos and books, audio streaming in "master quality," via his new hi-fi streaming service, Xstream by NYA. Read more here.

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