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Gene Simmons Apologizes To Fox News For Bizarre Behavior

(Radio.com) Gene Simmons says that he is sorry. The notorious KISS demon has apologized to Fox News for the bizarre behavior during a recent visit that resulted in him being banned from the network forever.

"I have appeared frequently over the years on various Fox News and Fox Business programs and have a tremendous amount of respect for the talented women and men who work there," Simmons said in the statement (via Daily Beast). "While I believe that what is being reported is highly exaggerated and misleading, I am sincerely sorry that I unintentionally offended members of the Fox team during my visit."

The "exaggerated" incident entailed Simmons bursting into a Fox New meeting, where he proceeded to bare his chest, yell out "hey chicks, sue me," and tell pedophilia jokes about Michael Jackson. Simmons also hit two staffers on the head with his book. Read more here.

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AC/DC Legend Malcolm Young's Funeral Details Revealed

(hennemusic) AC/DC co-founder and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young will be remembered by friends and family during a funeral service at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia on November 28.

Young passed away November 18 at the age of 64 following a lengthy battle with dementia. News.com.au reports the funeral is expected to be attended by the extended Young family, who lost Malcolm's older brother George - the co-founder of The Easybeats - just last month at the age of 70.

It is believed his family, who have always shunned the public spotlight, has requested the service not be broadcast so they can mourn the late rocker privately.

Young's funeral will be held at 11am on the same day as the ARIA Awards, the annual celebration of Australian music; many members of the industry are expected to attend the service. here.

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Linkin Park Reportedly Kicked Out Of AMAs After Winning Award

(Radio.com) One of the 2017 American Music Awards' highlights came when Linkin Park received the award for Favorite Alternative Artist. Current members (led by Mike Shinoda) gave a touching tribute to their late bandmate Chester Bennington, who took his own life in July.

Despite winning an award, the band seemed to have trouble navigating the event according to an Instagram story by Mike Shinoda. Allegedly, their credentials were insufficient at certain key points in the night.

Right after winning their AMA, Shinoda tried to pass through security to head back into the event. He posted a photo with the caption "Uh oh they're kicking us out."

The closing selfie showing him holding up the peace sign with the caption "Oh well. Good night." It was thought that they were booted from the event until the musician pushed out this tweet earlier today saying, "Shout out to lazy journalists, clickbait, and gullible readers."

Shout out to lazy journalists, clickbait, and gullible readers.— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) November 21, 2017

Judge for yourself on what happened, watch clips from Shinoda's Instagram story here. Read more here.

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Steely Dan's Donald Fagen Sueing Walter Becker's Estate

(hennemusic) Steely Dan singer Donald Fagen is suing the estate of his late bandmate, Walter Becker, as a legal battle begins over control of the band and its brand in the aftermath of the guitarist's passing on September 3 from esophageal cancer.

Rolling Stone reports the Fagen and Becker's widow, Delia, are at odds over the status of a 1972 Buy/Sell agreement that stipulated that if a member of Steely Dan quit or died, the band would purchase all of that member's shares in the group.

Fagen reportedly received a letter from Becker's estate four days after the guitarist's death stating that the 1972 deal was "of no force or effect", that Delia be appointed a director or officer of Steely Dan, and that she was entitled to 50 percent ownership of the group.

"Fagen, acting on behalf of himself and on behalf of Steely Dan, as its sole remaining officer and director," reads the suit, "hereby exercises the mandatory provision of the Buy/Sell Agreement requiring Steely Dan to purchase Becker's shares."

The suit notes that in 2009, Becker "reaffirmed his commitment to the Buy/Sell Agreement and its validity" and that, by the 2010s, the pair were the "only remaining shareholders and signatories to the Buy/Sell Agreement."

Fagen is also suing Steely Dan's longtime business management firm Nigro, Karlin, Segal, Feldstein & Bolno, alleging the company has been withholding royalty statements and records regarding tour income. here.

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Black Sabbath Release Video Of Final 'Iron Man' Performance

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath are streaming video of their 1970 classic, "Iron Man", from their newly-released farewell concert film, "The End." The second single from the band's sophomore album, "Paranoid", reached No. 52 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the album peaked at No. 12 on the US Billboard 200.

Originally entitled "The End Of The End", the 2017 package has been renamed simply "The End." Directed by Dick Carruthers (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Oasis), the project presents the last concert under the Sabbath brand by three-quarters of the original lineup in their hometown of Birmingham, England this past February.

"Because it was Birmingham, it was a special night for us," says guitarist Tony Iommi. "It was great to look out and know that all these people have come to see us. What a great feeling. There's nothing like it."

Available via Blu-ray/CD, DVD/CD, 2CD and 3LP configurations, all visual formats feature special bonus material of the band playing a selection of their favorite songs not performed on the farewell trek; these intimate live sessions at Angelic Studios were recorded in the days after their final live performance. here.

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Bob Seger Talks Health Issues And New Glenn Frey Inspired Album

(Radio.com) It was only this past October when Bob Seger canceled 19 dates of this year's Runaway Train Tour due to health issues: Doctors found that the rock icon had ruptured a disc in his neck and suffered from a pinched spinal cord. Seger underwent spinal surgery that same month and is on the road to recovery. In a new interview with USA Today, he speaks candidly about the ordeal and his new album.

'Let's face it: I've been singing real hard for 52 years," Seger said to paper. 'That's a strain on the upper shoulders and neck. And I guess I finally just popped one out."

Symptoms began during a September 12 show in Rochester, NY. Seger says he felt a tingling in his hands and numbness around his body. Ultimately he was 'dragging a leg," a sign of potential neurological problems. After the diagnosis, Seger continued touring until the condition grew too serious.

'It was nerve-racking to go up there every night, singing as hard as I could," Seger says. 'But I thought, 'You know, I can do it. I'll take care of this after the tour.'"

Today, he rates the pain at 8 on a scale from one to ten. As he recovers from surgery, he proudly discusses I Knew You When, his 18th studio album set for release this Friday. The record was written and recorded in tribute to his late friend, Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, who passed away last year. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Stream Performance Of Rock and Roll Classic

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming a 1963 BBC live recording of the Chuck Berry classic, "Roll Over Beethoven", as the latest preview to the forthcoming package, "On Air."

Captured on the BBC's "Saturday Club" program on October 26, 1963, the tune is one of eight songs on the project that the band have never recorded or released commercially.

Due December 1, "On Air" delivers a collection of live recordings of the group between 1963 to 1965 from a variety of BBC shows from the era. "Roll Over Beethoven" is the third song previewed from the set, following a 1963 take on Chuck Berry's "Come On" and a 1965 run-through of their own signature hit, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

"On Air" will be available as an 18-track single CD, 2LP and 32-track deluxe 2CD editions. here.

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Death Cab for Cutie Release First-Ever Live Show For 20th Anniversary

(Radio.com) Wednesday (Nov. 22) marked the 20th anniversary of Death Cab for Cutie's first-ever live show. In honor of the pivotal moment, the band has released a recording of that show, with all proceeds going to Seattle's homeless shelter Aurora Commons.

"This is a recording of the first ever Death Cab For Cutie show," band leader Ben Gibbard said in a press statement. "It was made by our friend Trevor Adams on his dictaphone at The Pacer House in Bellingham, Washington on November 22, 1997. Sprawled across couches and sitting cross-legged on the floor were 25 of our closest friends and fellow musicians. Everyone played acoustic or semi-acoustic with no PA. Trevor made and passed bowl after bowl of microwave popcorn because he was (and I assume still is) a great host."

"Chris Walla and I had just finished the You Can Play These Songs With Chords cassette and we thought it would be fun to play a few shows around Bellingham to celebrate the release," Gibbard continued. "We recruited Nick Harmer to play bass and Walla's childhood friend Nathan Good to play drums. None of us thought we were starting a band nor did our ambitions for DCFC extend very far past this particular evening. We simply thought it would be fun to play these songs for our friends before moving on to other things." Read more here.

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Pearl Jam Stream Live Video For New Concert Film

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam are streaming video of a performance of their 1993 track, "Go", from the newly-released concert film "Let's Play Two," which is available on Blu-ray and DVD, while a companion soundtrack album is offered on vinyl, CD and digital formats

The lead single from the Seattle band's second album, "Vs.", hit No. 3 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart while the project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, where it remained for its first five weeks.

Directed by Danny Clinch, "Let's Play Two" captures footage from the final two shows of the band's 2016 North American tour at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL.

The film's title pays tribute to the late Cubs great Ernie Banks, who shared his love of the game with his legendary catchphrase: "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame…let's play two!"

"The first time you walk into Wrigley Field," says frontman and lifelong Chicago Cubs fan Eddie Vedder, "it's like stepping into Oz." Watch the video here.

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Dallas Gets New Alternative Rock Station ALT 103.7

Dallas, Texas has a new home for Alternative Rock. Radio.com reports that the music of Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Vance Joy and more has descended on with the launch of ALT 103.7.

ALT 103.7 FM is ready to disrupt Dallas airwaves by delivering a true alternative for listeners, boasting an expertly curated playlist with local, informed discovery.

"We are thrilled to bring alternative back to Dallas-Ft. Worth," said Pat Paxton, Entercom's President of Programming. "With the launch of ALT 103.7, we will cater to the core audience who helped define the genre for decades - and we couldn't be more excited to rewrite history." Read more here.

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