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Radiohead Planning To Follow Axl Rose's Example

Radiohead appear to be ready to follow the example set by Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose when it comes to their possible Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, they do not plan to attend the ceremony if they are selected for next year's class.

Axl Rose famously refused to attend Guns N' Roses induction into the controversial institution back in 2012 and issued a lengthy message to fans explaining his decision to not attend (read it here)

Radiohead are also planning to skip the event, according to Radio.com. They report, at this point, the band is only nominated. But should they be inducted they would not be available for the April 14 ceremony, the group's recently revealed South American tour dates have them in Buenos Aires, Argentina on that date.

A spokesperson for the band made the point even clearer, confirming to Consequence of Sound that "they're not attending." "It's in our DNA to be a little ambivalent with award ceremonies," Radiohead's Ed O'Brien told Esquire earlier this month. "We haven't had great experiences. I would never want to disrespect anything because obviously some amazing artists have been nominated. But if I'm honest I don't understand it. It's just kind of a British person going, 'Okay, thanks, what does this mean?'" Read more here.

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Rob Zombie Narrated Charles Manson Documentary Premiere Set

(Radio.com) In the last year of his life, the cult leader and convicted mass murderer Charles Manson collaborated on a documentary about his infamy, which is narrated by rocker Rob Zombie.

The film includes an examination of the 1969 Tate-LaBiana murders, new interviews with Manson family members as well as clips of phone conversations with Manson from jail during the last year of his life.

Charles Manson: The Final Words, originally scheduled for a 2018 premiere, will now be released Dec. 3 on REELZ. Manson passed away of natural causes on November 19 of this year at the age of 83. Read more here.

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Blink-182 Rock Living Room For Steve Aoki's 40th Birthday Party

(Radio.com) Blink-182 took a playful jab at Steve Aoki by switching up a line from their 1999 single 'What's My Age Again?" during an acoustic set for the DJ's 40th birthday.

Mark Hoppus changed the chorus from, "Nobody likes you when you're 23," to, "Nobody likes you when you're 40, Steve," which got a big laugh from the exclusive crowd that filled Ron Burkle's Green Acres Estate living room.

The birthday party doubled as a fundraiser for the Aoki Foundation, raising $500,000. Aoki will turn 40 today (Nov. 30). Watch the acoustic performance, courtesy of TMZ, here.

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Gregg Allman's Final Album Earns Legend Two Grammy Nominations

(hennemusic) Gregg Allman's final studio album, "Southern Blood", has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. Released in September - just four months after the singer passed away from complications of liver cancer at the age of 69 - the project is a finalist for "Best Americana Album" while the lead single, "My Only True Friend", will compete for "Best American Roots Song" at the 60th annual event, set for January 28 in New York and broadcast live by the CBS television network.

In the "Best Americana Album" category, "Southern Blood" is nominated alongside records by Brent Cobb, Iron & Wine, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, and The Mavericks, while "My Only True Friend" by Allman and Scott Sharrard goes head-to-head as a songwriter's honor against tracks performed by David Rawlings, The Mavericks, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, and Rodney Crowell Featuring Rosanne Cash & John Paul White.

Produced by Don Was, "Southern Blood" presents a collection of songs written by Allman's friends and favourite artists, including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn.

"As his producer, I was dedicated to helping Gregg crystallize his vision for the record and to help make sure that this vision made it to the tape," says Was. "He was a musical hero of mine and, in later years, had become a good friend. The gravitas of this particular situation was not lost on me.

"Gregg was a sweet, humble man with a good heart and good intentions and it was a great honor to help him put his musical affairs in order and say a proper farewell." Read more here.

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Singled Out: The Unguided's Legendary

The Unguided just released their brand new album "And the Battle Royale" and to celebrate we asked Roger Sjunnesson to tell us about the track "Legendary". Here is the story:

"Legendary" was the first song that came out of my head when we started to put together material for our next full-length album. The style of it is very classic The Unguided (and also early Sonic syndicate) so fans who are familiar with our previous sound will recognize the elements in this track for sure. The song starts off with some badass riffage topped with melodies, goes into a catchy chorus and ends with some face melting breakdowns. This structure is very typical me, so the core parts of the songs basically wrote itself just by jamming on my guitar.

When we were about to hit the studio to record the album, I remember this track was one of our least favorite of all the material we had. We had several meetings discussing what material we should aim for to record, and this song was close to be cut out, since we thought it was weaker compared to the rest we had. But we considered it would be worth having some old stylish tracks included, so we kept it in. I think we had a pile of about thirteen full songs before we hit record, but to avoid bad luck, we stripped it down to ten!

Finally in the studio (Studio Radionika, Stockholm Sweden) this track started grew a lot on everyone. Usually you have a clear vision how the result of a song will be like in the end. But in this case, it changed radically during the process. Everything from the drums, guitars, keys, and vocal arrangements became far more overwhelming what we could ever imagine. And on top of that, our producer Dino Medanhodzic delivered a mixing job to die for. The track instantly become one of my favorites and I΄m still gives it a spin every now and then. It also impressed a lot of people on our label since they suggested "Legendary" to the opening single, which must mean we did something right on this one!

Legendary is featured on our album "And the Battle Royale" which was released November 10th through Napalm Records. Hold your balls and prepare to be Legendary!!

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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U2 To Rock Saturday Night Live and Add 2018 Tour Dates

(Gibson) U2 will wrap up 2017 by serving as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend, airing on Dec. 2. That appearance is just one day after U2 releases its new studio album, Songs of Experience.

Actress Saoirse Ronan of Lady Bird will host SNL. The show will air at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC. In other news, the year is winding down, and Bono, Les Paul Spirit award winner The Edge and the gents of U2 are already gearing up for a busy 2018.

Following the success of the band's eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour this year, U2 have added a batch of new tour dates to their 2018 North American leg of the tour. The new dates, which are mainly where the band already had scheduled shows, include May 12 in Las Vegas, May 23 in Chicago, June 6 in Montreal, June 14 in Philadelphia, June 18 in Washington, D.C., June 22 in Boston and June 26 in New York City. See the dates here.

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Iced Earth Announce Incorruptible North American Tour

Iced Earth have announced that they will be starting off the new year by launching a new North American leg of their Incorruptible World Tour early in 2018.

The tour leg will feature support from Sanctuary and Kill Ritual and will be getting underway on February 22nd in Indianapolis, IN at Deluxe and is set to conclude on March 29th in 29 Chicago, IL at the Bottom Lounge.

Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer had this to say, "Brothers and sisters! We are very aware at how impatient you have been getting about our North American tour announcement, but the time has arrived!! We will be seeing you soon in a very extensive USA/Canada run. Be there, it will be an awesome time for sure!" See the dates here.

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The Killers Jam New Order Classic With Bernard Sumner

(Radio.com) New Order's Bernard Sumner joined The Killers onstage for a stirring version of New Order's 1986 classic "Bizarre Love Triangle" during their concert at the O2 Arena in London on Tuesday (Nov. 28).

The band played the song during its encore and Sumner's distinctive vocals solidified The Killers' already-authentic post-new wave vibe. It wasn't the first time the artists joined forces. Sumner has performed with The Killers on multiple occasions, including at a show in Manchester in February 2013, reports NME.

The Killers are touring to support their fifth studio album, Wonderful Wonderful, which was released in September. Watch fan-shot footage of The Killers performing "Bizarre Love Triangle" with Sumner here.

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Paramore Reveal 'Parahoy! Deep Search' Concert Cruise Lineup

(Radio.com) Paramore is ready to set sail on the high seas, and they're bringing along some good friends for the ride. Hayley Williams and the band have revealed the lineup for the third Parahoy! Deep Search! concert cruise

The interactive four-day festival set to launch from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas from April 6-10, 2018. Local Natives, Judah & The Lion, mewithoutYou, Now, Now, HalfNoise, and Mija are all scheduled to join Paramore for the cruise, as well as comedians Jordan Rock and Ryan O'Flanagan.

The cruise will also feature Q&A sessions, theme nights, and the always-popular "Paraoke" with the band. Read more here.

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Liam Gallagher's Tonight Show Performance Goes Online

(hennemusic) Liam Gallagher performed his new single, "Come Back To Me", on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on November 28, and official footage from the program is streaming online.

"Come Back To Me" is the fifth track that was issued from the Oasis frontman's solo debut "As You Were", which was launched with the lead single, "Wall Of Glass."

Produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck) and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Mumford And Sons), "As You Were" recently topped the UK album charts and hit No. 30 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release last month.

Gallagher delivered his US solo debut set during a secret show at the McKittrick Hotel in New York on July 18 and made headlines when he shut down his August 3 performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL after just four songs due to vocal issues he experienced during a show at the city's Park West venue the night before.

The rocker is currently performing a brief run of North American club dates before returning home to begin a UK tour next week. Watch the performances here.

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Butthole Surfers Kick Off Reissue Campaign With First Release

Butthole Surfers have just released a special 10" remastered version of their vinyl of their classic 1987 album, Locust Abortion Technician, which marks the band's first release since 2007's compilation Pioughd/Widowmaker.

Guitarist Paul Leary had this to say, "Sometime in 1986, the band decided that we were tired of living on the road, that it was time to find a home. We were in San Francisco at the time, and chose our new home town by throwing a dart at a map.

"The dart landed on Athens, Georgia, so off to Georgia we went. We soon realized that we couldn't actually afford to rent a house in Athens, but were able to find a 2-bedroom rental house in tiny nearby Winterville. We used our meager savings to purchase an old Ampex 8-track tape machine, two microphones, and recorded what would become our third full-length LP 'Locust Abortion Technician'".

The release is part of the band's 30th anniversary celebration and kicks off kicking off a series of remastered releases throughout the next year, as well as their first new music in 15 years that they will be releasing in 2018. Get your copy here.

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Johnny Cash's Childhood Home May Be Designated Historic Place

The boyhood home of country music legend Johnny Cash is under consideration as a nominee for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, according to Radio.com. They report:

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program's review board met today(Nov. 29) to consider 14 state properties for nomination to the list of the nation's historic places, including the Cash home (via NY Daily News).


Cash's childhood residence was built in 1934 in northeastern Arkansas city of Dyess, just 30 miles northwest of Memphis, Tenn. The home and 40 acres of adjacent farmland was given to the Cash family as part of a federal government economic recovery program during the Great Depression.

"They go through a rigorous internal determination of eligibility before going to the (Arkansas) board, so if a nomination makes it through both of those processes, it's definitely a property that should be listed," explained Preservation Program spokesman Mark Christ.

"The house retains much of its original 1930s vernacular/Colonial Revival design," the nomination form says. "The property retains the feeling of a farmhouse from the 1930s-era Dyess Colony." Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Earn Grammy Nom For Return To Their Roots

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have earned a Grammy Awards nomination in the Best Traditional Blues Album category for their 2016 covers record, "Blue & Lonesome."

Recorded over three days in December 2015 at British Grove Studios in West London, the band's first studio album in over a decade features a pair of guest appearances by Eric Clapton and updated versions of tunes originally recorded by blues legends Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and Magic Sam, among others.

The group played live in the studio without overdubs and were joined on two tunes by Clapton, who happened to be in the next studio making his own record. "Blue & Lonesome" debuted at No. 1 in both the UK and Australia while snagging a No. 4 entry on the US Billboard 200.

The 60th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28 via the CBS Television Network. Read more here.

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Mastodon React To Their Two Grammy Award Nominations

(hennemusic) Mastodon's seventh album, "Emperor Of Sand", has picked up a pair of Grammy nominations. The 60th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28.

"We are honored to be nominated for 2 #GRAMMYs this year!," says the band. "Our album 'Emperor of Sand' has been nominated for Best Rock Album and our song 'Sultan's Curse' has been nominated for Best Metal Performance. Thanks to our fans for all of the amazing support since the album was released earlier this year!"

"Emperor Of Sand" will compete for "Best Rock Album" alongside records by Metallica, Nothing More, Queens Of The Stone Age and The War On Drugs.

In the "Best Metal Performance" category, "Sultan's Curse" is joined by tracks from fellow nominees August Burns Red, Body Count, Code Orange and Meshuggah. Read more here.

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Jane's Addiction Headlining Rhonda's Kiss Benefit Concert

Jane's Addiction will headline the third annual Rhonda's Kiss benefit concert on Friday, December 8 at the Palladium in Hollywood. Rhonda's Kiss is described as an organization that helps cancer patients in need.

Perry Farrell had the following to say, "Rhonda's Kiss is a most unique charity, as they have considered what most organizations overlook; which is how are patients going to pay their bills while in treatment? …the answer is Rhonda's Kiss."

The supergroup collective The Hellcat Saints, which features Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Josh Freese (Devo, NIN), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver), Franky Perez (Apocalyptica), Scott Shriner (Weezer), and more, will be the opening act for the event.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and further the mission of Rhonda's Kiss, supporting programs to assist cancer patients, and helping those who receive a cancer diagnosis make ends meet during treatment. Tickets for the one-night-only concert are available now here.

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