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Guns N' Roses and Def Leppard Stars Lead Guest Lineup On New Album

Members of Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, The Clash and The Cult lead the guest star lineup on the new album from the recently reactivated Sex Pistol's offshoot The Professionals.

The band was originally founded by Sex Pistols' drummer Paul Cook and guitarist Steve Jones in 1979 but they split in the early 80s. Cook has resurrected the band with Paul Myers and Tom Spencer with Jones not being able to take part because he lives in the U.S.

Their new studio album will be entitled "What In The World" and is scheduled to hit stores on October 27th. The band recruited an impressive roster of guest musicians including Steve Jones who plays on three tracks, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, Def Leppard's Phil Collen, The Clash's Mick Jones, Billy Duffy of The Cult, Marco Pirroni from Adam & The Ants, and 3 Colours Red's Chris McCormack. Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen Has Completed His Next Solo Album

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen's eighteenth studio album High Hopes debuted in 2014, and the Boss says lucky number 19 is now complete, though it still lacks a title and release date.

The project won't feature the E-Street Band and the rock icon says he was inspired by Southern California pop music of the 1970s, reports Variety. "It's connected to my solo records writing-wise…" Springsteen said. "But it's not like them at all."

The Boss opened up about the long-gestating album's throwback influences. He felt drawn to sturdy, timeless pop and country compositions from the 70s. "Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach, those kinds of records," he said. "I don't know if people will hear those influences, but that was what I had in my mind. It gave me something to hook an album around; it gave me some inspiration to write. And also, it's a singer-songwriter record." Read more here.

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Scorpions Day Declared In Los Angeles This Week

(hennemusic) German rockers The Scorpions will be honored by the Los Angeles City Council on Friday. MyNewsLA reports the city will declare October 6 as "Scorpions Day" following a resolution by Councilman Jose Huizar that recognizes the group for "52 years of excellence in rock 'n roll, including making records in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world."

The resolution notes that the group has ties to Los Angeles, where the band recorded three albums and has frequently performed over the years. The Scorpions will be on hand to accept the honor at a council meeting to be held at Van Nuys City Hall.

The band will perform at The Forum in Los Angeles on October 7, with special guests Megadeth, as part of their Crazy World fall North American tour. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Release Live 'Wild Horses' Video

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming video of their 1971 classic, "Wild Horses", from their newly-released package "Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015."

The second single from "Stick Fingers" reached No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 while the project topped the Billboard 200 for four weeks on its way to US sales of more than 3 million copies.

"Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015" features the group performing their legendary album in its entirety - for the first and only time - at the famed Los Angeles venue in 2015.

The rare 1,200 capacity theater event was a warm-up show just days before the Stones launched their Zip Code tour of North America, and the release of an expanded reissue of the classic 1971 set.

"Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015" is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats. Watch the video here.

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Jimi Hendrix Fans Drive To Rename Greenwich Village Street After Him

(Radio.com) A group of New York residents in Greenwich Village have started a petition to rename a local street in honor of music legend Jimi Hendrix. New Yorkers living in the area want to rename the block of Eighth Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues after Hendrix, who is believed to have lived in a cottage apartment on that block.

The space is adjacent to the legendary Electric Lady Studios, which the guitarist built before his untimely death in 1970. "Gentrification is killing us," business owner Richard Geist, who opened Uncle Sam's Army Navy on the street in 1998, told the New York Times. "Eighth Street has lost the magic and we want to bring that magic back, and bring traffic back to help business."

Getting the street co-named after Hendrix will require a lengthy and complex process (the honorary name is typically posted along with the original). The City Council reportedly approves approximately 100 new street names each year. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Disciples of Babylon's Freedom

Disciples Of Babylon are releasing their new album 'The Rise and Fall of Babylon' on Friday, October 6th. To celebrate we asked Eric Knight to tell us about the song 'Freedom'. Here is the story:

This one just came all at once as far as the idea for the subject matter was concerned. Ramon our guitarist had the initial riff that he presented to me in our initial writing sessions for the track.

I remember this was right when Fidel Castro (communist dictator) died. I am Cuban my family were immigrants from Cuba that had to flee when he was beginning to take power in the country. Typically when I begin to write lyrics for a song the mood and feel of the song really paints an initial picture of what I'll write about.

Initially, I was having a bit of a hard time with the melody for it. It's really funny when I think of it now but the first draft of the musical arrangement had almost this kinda disco feel particularly when we were rehearsing the arrangement of the song trying to finalize it. I kept singing this line "new shoes" which actually did not make any freaking sense but I couldn't stop singing it.

What ending up happening was our bassist Gui had an idea for the melody line on the chorus that sounded great. Once I had that then I could flesh out the rest the song and the whole entire vibe fell into place perfectly. It's an aggressive track with a very tribal feel with that drum beat.

Once our producer got a hold of it, he made further changes to the arrangement which just tightened the whole thing nicely and made it even more aggressive and to the point. Needless to say we're very pleased on how the track came out. It totally matched the feel musically and lyrically to the track.

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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Avenged Sevenfold To Headline Loudwire Music Awards

Avenged Sevenfold have announced that they will be headlining the Loudwire Music Awards which will be taking place on Tuesday, October 24 at The Novo in Los Angeles.

Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows had this to say about that special set, "We are excited to celebrate a night of heavy metal with all of our friends. We hope to see everyone there."

In This Moment have also been added a performer at the event. Maria Brink had this to say, "We are very excited to be a part of the Loudwire Music Awards this year. We have a big surprise in store for everyone watching! Get ready for the Black Wedding!" Read more here.

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Queens of the Stone Age Unplug For 'Villains of Circumstance'

(Radio.com) "Villains of Circumstance" is a highlight on Queens of the Stone Age's seventh studio album Villains, and the band brought an acoustic rendition of the song to the UK program the Jools Holland Show.

The original track featured strings, but the live version dials up the unplugged aesthetic. Frontman Josh Homme delivered a powerful, moody vocal performance backed by classical musicians.

Though the track appears on Queens of the Stone new album, the band first debuted it live in 2014. In an August interview with News Corp Australia, Homme called the track a love song.

'Is Villains Of Circumstance a love song? Of course," he said. "I won't be here forever and when I'm gone, I want to have left things for my little people that will last a long time. They will get that later." Watch their live performance from BBC2 here.

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Coldplay Cover Tom Petty's 'Free Fallin'' With R.E.M.'s Peter Buck

(Radio.com) Many music artists paid tribute to Tom Petty through social media and during their live performances following his death on Monday (October 2), at the age of 66.

During Coldplay's show on Monday in Portland, Oregon, the band held a moment of silence for the late rock icon. Later, they'd invite R.E.M.'s Peter Buck to the stage for a spirited cover of Petty's "Free Fallin'." Coldplay shared the moments with fans via their official Twitter account.

"This evening's Portland show began with a minute's silence. The entire arena lit only by people's phones. When words fail, sometimes quiet is the most eloquent," the band wrote.

Petty died on Monday after being rushed to the hospital following cardiac arrest. See the tweets here.

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The Doors Release Strange Days Video Ahead Of 50th Anniversary Reissue

(hennemusic) The Doors are streaming their original 1967 video for the title track to "Strange Days" ahead of the release of a 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the album on November 17.

The band's sophomore set was recorded during tour breaks between May and August of 1967 at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, the same studio as their self-titled debut, which was issued earlier that year.

Available as a 2CD, 1 LP or digital download, the 50th anniversary edition of "Strange Days" was produced by the album's original engineer Bruce Botnick.

The package includes the original stereo mix of the album on CD for the first time in a decade, with sound that's been remastered for the first time in 30 years. The second disc features the album's original mono mix, which has been remastered for this set and is making its CD debut.

The reissue is rounded out with liner notes by music journalist David Fricke, as well as a selection of rare and previously unseen photographs from the era. The "Strange Days" package follows a similar 50th anniversary reissue of The Doors' self-titled debut earlier this year. Watch the video here.

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Pearl Jam Release 'Lightning Bolt' Video From Concert Film

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam are streaming a video preview of their 2013 tune, "Lightning Bolt", as a preview to the November 17 release of their concert film, "Let's Play Two." The song was the title track to the Seattle band's tenth album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

"Lightning Bolt" is also featured on the newly-released companion soundtrack album to the project, which captures performances from the final two shows of the group's 2016 North American tour.

"In my films and photographs, I love to explore the relationship between a band, their fans and the location," explains director Danny Clinch. "When it happens that the main characters of your film are Pearl Jam, the Chicago Cubs, their fans, and Wrigley Field during a historic moment, you know it's going to be epic.

"Our instincts were correct to follow the story and it took us to a historic Game 7 of the World Series ending a hundred-and-eight-year drought for the Cubs. I have learned to welcome the unexpected and it always pays off if you're ready for it."

Available now on vinyl, CD and digital formats, the project's soundtrack album delivers 17-songs from the Wrigley Field concerts, including the 2016 tour debut of the "Lost Dogs" rarity, "Black Red Yellow", a cover of The Beatles' "I've Got A Feeling", and Vedder's ode to the Chicago Cubs, "All The Way." Watch the video here.

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David Gilmour Previews Video From Live At Pompeii Concert Film

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour is streaming footage of an excerpt of his 2015 track, "In Any Tongue", from his newly-released "Live At Pompeii" concert film.

The tune was the fourth single issued from his fourth album, "Rattle That Lock", which debuted at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 and at No. 1 in his native UK, among other places.

Directed by Gavin Elder, "Live At Pompeii" features Gilmour's 2016 concerts in support of the album at the ancient Roman amphitheatre, which marked his return to the site 45 years after he first played there for Adrian Maben's classic film, "Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii."

"It's a magical place," explains Gilmour, "and coming back and seeing the stage and the arena was quite overwhelming. It's a place of ghosts and I couldn't help but think of playing there - with [late Pink Floyd keyboardist] Rick [Wright] - it's a sense of revisiting history.

"What I like to do is to play in beautiful places where people have a sense of the majesty of the building that is being performed in and that will add to the memories they take away and retain thereafter." here.

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Andrew W.K. Reveals Taco Guitar For National Taco Day

(Radio.com) Perennial party king Andrew W.K. celebrated National Taco Day 2017 (that would be yesterday, Oct. 4) as only he can: by unveiling his very own taco-shaped guitar.

The glorious six-string creation was made for the rocker in collaboration with ESP Guitars at in an ongoing quest to make "the partiest things in the world."

"I started pondering, what's another food that's as party as pizza? When it comes to edible celebration, tacos are partier than almost anything else," W.K. explained in a press statement. "Pizza and tacos are among the partiest foods on the planet, and I realized that since I had paid musical tribute to pizza, I now had to pay musical tribute to tacos. I was destined to make a taco shaped guitar – it was inevitable. This is proof that if you have the vision, no matter how outlandish or unruly, the team at ESP Guitars can turn that vision into reality."

Hand-painted by Andrew himself, the guitar features a ground beef taco on the front side (topped with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped lettuce, and jumbo diced tomatoes), and a dazzling turquoise eye emblazoned on the back. Read more here.

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Roger Waters Announces 2018 UK arena Tour

(hennemusic) Roger Waters has announced dates for a tour of UK arenas next year. The US + Them run will see the bassist play shows in Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham starting in late June while on the road in support of his current album, "Is This The Life We Really Want?"

The concerts feature "songs from the albums of Pink Floyd", with an emphasis on 1973's "The Dark Side Of The Moon", 1975's "Wish You Were Here", 1977's "Animals" and 1979's concept album "The Wall."

Waters has also been named as the first headlining act for the annual British Summer Time series of concerts in London's Hyde Park, where he'll perform on July 6. See the dates here.

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