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Foo Fighters Tribute To AC/DC's Malcolm Young Streaming Online

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters honored the late AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young with a pair of tributes just hours after his passing on November 18 at the age of 64 following a lengthy battle with dementia.

Dave Grohl first offered a personal note to Young on social media, writing: "37 years ago, my friend Larry Hinkle and I went to see a midnight movie on a Friday night at the Uptown Theater in Washington D.C. It was 1980. We were 11 years old. The movie was 'Let There Be Rock'. And it changed my life.

"That film, a live AC/DC performance from Paris [in] 1979, is everything that live rock and roll should be. Sweaty. Loose. Loud. A relentless performance from the perfect band. It was the first time I lost control to music. The first time I wanted to be in a band. I didn't want to play my guitar anymore, I wanted to smash it.

"Thank you, Malcolm, for the songs, and the feel, and the cool, and the years of losing control to your rock and roll. I will do just that tonight, for you. Malcolm Young RIP."

"We're going to play some rock and roll for Malcolm tonight," Grohl told the audience at the Corona Capitol Festival in Mexico City, Mexico when the Foo Fighters took the stage for a headlining set later that night, as a photo of the AC/DC guitarist was displayed on the event's large video screen.

The group then delivered a high-energy take on AC/DC's 1977 classic, "Let There Be Rock", as the opening tune of the evening; the Foos have regularly performed the tune during the encores on their current tour in support of "Concrete And Gold", including a recent in-studio run-through at the BBC in September.

The Foos also gave a nod to Malcolm later in the festival set by dropping in a snippet of AC/DC's "Rocker" - from 1975's "T.N.T." - during their 2007 hit, "The Pretender."

Streamed broadcast-quality video of both of the AC/DC tributes by the Foo Fighters in Mexico City can be viewed here.

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Iron Maiden Expand Legacy Of The Beast Tour

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have expanded the Legacy Of The Beast summer 2018 European tour with the addition of three new concert dates. Tickets for the three new shows are on sale now.

Set to begin in Tallinn, Estonia on May 26, the band will now play second shows in Helsinki, FI (May 29), Paris, FR (Jul 6) and London, UK (Aug 11) "due to phenomenal demand."

The 2018 run will see Iron Maiden 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 the group 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 Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, the set list will cover a large selection of 80s 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." See the dates and tour promo video here.

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Stolen John Lennon Personal Items Found Half A World Away

(Gibson) In a strange case of music memorabilia crime, over a 100 items belonging to the late Beatle John Lennon, stolen from his widow Yoko Ono in New York in 2006, have been recovered by German police in Berlin.

The items - which include two pairs of Lennon's famous circular glasses, three diaries, sheet music and a cigarette case - came to the attention of German police after they were contacted by an administrator handling bankruptcy proceedings for a German auction house. The lawyers who were going through the firm's stock found items from Lennon's estate and brought them to the attention of the authorities, handing them over this July.

According to reports, one man has been arrested as part of the investigation, while another individual, reportedly a former employee of Ono, is also thought to be involved. As per a Reuters report, an entry in one of the diaries is Lennon's final diary entry, made on the day he was killed. here.

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Eagles' Joe Walsh Looks Back On Hotel California 40 Years Later

(Gibson) The Eagles reissued their classic Hotel California album as a special, 40th anniversary deluxe edition last week, and to this day, the album means a great deal to band members.

Reflecting on Hotel California, guitarist Joe Walsh remembers that the guys "knew it was pretty darn good" when they wrapped up recording but had no idea just how good.

"We had no idea it was going to affect that many people," Walsh said in a new interview with the Las Vegas Sun. "It was unheard of. We were amazed. It really turned into a big deal. I'm so proud to have been part of creating that album because a lot of musicians never get to experience that. 'Grateful' is a better word."

He continued, "But when we were doing the Eagles documentary, we went into the vault where we tried to keep everything and found a whole concert we recorded we didn't even know we had. So that's part of the big box. It's great to watch. I can't believe how young we are - I don't even remember being that young. But we played our asses off. I think that's the part of the repackaging that makes it juicy." here.

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Singled Out: Benyaro's Pinp Wife

Benyaro recently released the punk-Americana album "One Step Ahead of Your Past" and to celebrate we asked the mastermind behind the project Ben Musser to tell us about the song "Pimp Wife". Here is the story:

"Pimp Wife" is a single off of the album "One Step Ahead of Your Past" which is an audible journey down the periscope of my young marriage and voyage into fatherhood. Let's face it, it's a game changer and a life you can never really prepare yourself for both in ways that are challenging and ways that are awesome. The songs on the album are eclectic and explore the profound, vibrant, and mundane of this new life with humility and humor.

"Pimp Wife," is an ode to my wife who challenges and encourages me to be my best. She's sassy and we love the blues so the song is an acoustic hip-hop meets blues song, which is meant to take on contemporary culture and the inner workings of a couple. The song is a refreshing celebration of strong women, through deadpan wit, which is timely since we are living in a moment when women are taking back power. In short, "Pimp Wife" is a hyperbolic, semi-autobiographical exploration/exploitation of love and marriage. It is about the women behind the men; kicking their asses out the door each day to do what they love. She takes care of him and makes him a better person, but she can be all business. She's a pimp wife, and may every man be so lucky as to have one.

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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Noel Gallagher Has Unexpected Influence On New Album

(Gibson) Oasis founder and Britpop legend Noel Gallagher just released his third solo album Who Built The Moon? In the run up to the album release, Gallagher has released two singles - 'Holy Mountain' and 'Fort Knox.'

In recent interviews to promote the album over the last month, Gallagher has detailed how the album came together with producer David Homes at the helm and how Kanye West - that's right - Yeezy himself - influenced the album's second single 'Fort Knox.' Speaking to Rolling Stone, Gallagher said, "On the day that Kanye released that track 'Fade,' it f*****' blew my mind. And I go into the studio and I'm going, 'Wow, have you f*****' heard this Kanye track?' ... I've always loved that track by him called 'Power.'"

Gallagher was initially unreceptive to Holmes' suggestion that he try to create something similar, until Holmes persuaded him to write a song that Kanye could guest on. According to Gallagher, "there's no singing on it is we had this idea we were going to send it to Kanye."

While it was done as just a joke, in a more recent interview with Noisey, Gallagher has now officially invited Kanye to guest on the song, saying, "If you're listening Kanye, and want to put a little rap on it, be my guest." Read more here.

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Rare Grateful Dead memorabilia Being Auctioned

(Gibson) If you count yourself among that loyal fan army known as 'Deadheads', expect a windfall this month. From November 22 through December 9, a massive trove of Grateful Dead memorabilia, from the personal collection of their late attorney Hal Kant, is set to be auctioned off.

Items on the auction lot include a replica of the band's conference table (12 feet x 4 feet), a series of stage banners from the band's 1989 25th Anniversary tour, painted by the artist Jan Sawka, all-access passes from their many tours, art works by the band's late frontman Jerry Garcia and yes, an invitation to the Valentine's Day '94 wedding of Garcia and Deborah Koons.

The items are being put up for auction by Kant's widow, Jesse Kant. Hal Kant was one of the first attorneys to represent artists, instead of the music industry and, in addition to working with the Grateful Dead - they called him "The Czar" - he also represented Janis Joplin, Sonny & Cher, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Captain Beefheart, among others. here.

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Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen Reveals Jeff Beck Connection

(Gibson) We all know Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen is a guitar nut. We also know he has some of the finest vintage Gibsons known to man. But what he doesn't talk about too often is his early days when he was a real guitar trader (of sorts). Nielsen was a huge fan of Jeff Beck in the '60s (and still is!) and says a lot of his inspiration for playing guitar at all comes from the Yardbirds veteran.

In an interview with MusicRadar.com, Nielsen explains: "A lot of it comes down to Jeff Beck - he's my favorite because he came up with things no-one else played. I guess that's why I like him so much. I have a lot of Jeff Beck history, even on my phone. There's a picture of my ticket to see him on 11 December 1965 with The Yardbirds. He played about 15 minutes from my house at the Rock River Roller Palace.

"You know, I sold Jeff Beck the second Les Paul he ever owned not long after on 4 June 1968. I'm not kidding one ***ing bit! It was a '59 that had a Bigsby on it… If you look close, you can see where it used to be. I traded a Gibson SG and $25 for it. I have pictures of me with him, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan 10 years after selling him that guitar." Read more here.

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Warren Haynes Sings The Praises Of Marcus King

(Gibson) Warren Haynes may be Marcus King's mentor but that doesn't mean he gets tired of talking him up. In an interview with Music-News.com, Haynes says:

"Marcus is quite a phenomenon, and I think he's gonna take the world by storm. You know because there are a lot of great guitar players, even young great guitar players. He was 17 when I first heard him and then when you hear his voice, his voice is beautiful. And then you find out he writes these really soulful deep songs. So he's like a triple threat. You know there are very few people like that that come about that young."

Haynes is also encouraged by the wider number of younger guitar players he now hears. "There's a lot of up-and-coming young musicians especially in the jam band scene right now," he says. "There's more promising new talent right now than there was the past 10 years or so... I was getting a bit worried because a lot of the young musicians and singers seem to only be influenced by the previous five or ten years as opposed to 20, 30, 40, 50 years of great music that they should be listening to. Now I think we're getting a lot of young kids that are going all the way back and listening to everything. You know, when you talk to Marcus King, you can talk about Otis Redding or Ray Charles or John Coltrane and you know he's aware of all of them." Read more here.

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Neil Young Launching His Huge Online Archives Project

(Gibson) In a Facebook post, Neil Young says he will unveil his huge Archives internet project on December 1. It's the same day he releases a new album with Promise Of The Real, The Visitor.

Young wrote, "December 1st will be a big day for me. The Visitor will be coming to your town. I will be going to my town. You will be able to hear me and see me. My archive will open on that same day, a place you can visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow. It's the way it's supposed to be. In the beginning, everything is free."

Back in August, Young explained that Archives will contain "Every single, recorded track or album I have produced."

Using a timeline, visitors will be able to "view all albums currently released and see albums still unreleased and in production just by using the controls to zoom through the years. Unreleased album art is simply penciled in so you can where unreleased albums will appear on the timeline, once they are completed." here.

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