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The Eagles Expand Hotel California For Anniversary Reissues

(hennemusic) The Eagles have announced that they will release a series of expanded 40th anniversary editions of their 1976 album classic, "Hotel California", on November 24th.

With more than 32 million copies sold worldwide, the project ranks as one of the best-selling albums of all time. The record - which delivered two US No. 1 singles ("New Kid In Town" and the title track) - topped the Billboard 200 for eight weeks and won two Grammy Awards.

The "Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" is a new 2-CD/1-Blu-ray Audio package that includes remastered sound, ten previously unreleased live recordings from the era, as well as hi-res stereo and 5.1 mixes. Presented in an 11 x 11 hardbound book, the set also features rare and unseen photos, a replica tour book, and an 11 x 22 poster.

The set also marks the debut of ten live tracks that were recorded during the band's three-night stand at the Los Angeles Forum in October 1976. The concert recordings - which were recorded about a month before the album came out - feature one of the first ever live performances of "Hotel California" and "New Kid In Town", along with other Eagles classics including "Already Gone", "Take It To The Limit" and "Witchy Woman."

The Blu-ray Audio disc features the 5.1 Surround Sound mix originally released on DVD-A in 2001 along with a hi-resolution, 192 KHz/24-Bit stereo mix.

The 40th anniversary set will also be available as a 2CD Expanded Edition and a single CD offering, alongside digital download and streaming versions. Read more here.

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Robert Plant TV Performance Of New Songs Goes Online

(hennemusic) Robert Plant performed a pair of songs from his forthcoming album, "Carry Fire", on the BBC's Later With Jools Holland on October 10, and video from the program is streaming online.

The rocker delivered "Bones Of Saints" and "New World" ahead of the project's October 13 release. Plant recorded the set with his touring band the Sensational Space Shifters; the record also features appearances by Albanian cellist Redi Hasa, renowned viola and fiddle player Seth Lakeman, and Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde - who can be heard on a cover of the Ersel Hickey rockabilly classic, "Bluebirds Over the Mountain."

The singer's eleventh solo album marks the follow-up to 2014's "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar", which debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the US Billboard 200.

Plant - who will launch "Carry Fire" with a tour of the UK and Ireland in November - recently announced dates for an early 2018 tour of North America. Watch the TV performances here.

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Sammy Hagar's 70th Birthday Bash Movie Coming To Theaters

(hennemusic) A film capturing Sammy Hagar's 70th birthday bash in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this week will be premiering in US movie theaters on December 5th.

"Red Til I'm Dead: Sammy Hagar's Rock-N-Roll Birthday Party" will feature the best of the performances, party action and behind the scenes footage from the annual four-day event at the singer's Cabo Wabo Cantina as he reaches the milestone of 70 on October 13.

Special guests on hand to help Hagar celebrate will include Toby Keith, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Eddie Money, Vinnie Paul of Pantera, and the rocker's bandmates in The Circle: Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson.

"I've been celebrating my birthday in Cabo for almost 30 years and I couldn't begin to pick a favorite year," says Hagar. "I've had hundreds of friends who've come down to perform and party. Each year is packed with so many insane collaborations and moments that I'm just happy that the rest of the world can finally get in -- and celebrate alongside us as it unfolds on the big screen."

Presented by Fathom Events and AXS, "Red Til I'm Dead: Sammy Hagar's Rock-N-Roll Birthday Party" will screen in cinemas across the US on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Foreigner Reveal Jukebox Hero: The Musical Plans

(hennemusic) Foreigner will launch "Jukebox Hero: The Musical" in the summer of 2018. Produced by Annerin Theatricals, the project is billed as "a coming of age saga written to the music of Foreigner" and is based on the screenplay written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais ("The Commitments", "Across The Universe" and "The Tracey Ullman TV Show").

"Jukebox Hero" is set in Blaydon, PA, a rust-belt town dependent on one main industry. The story starts with the closure of its biggest factory and the plight of its now unemployed workforce. The town seeks the help of Blaydon's most famous son, music superstar Ryan, but returning to Blaydon doesn't just mean revisiting a town where he's become a stranger; it means confronting the ghosts of his past.

As part of Foreigner's ongoing 40th anniversary celebration, the musical will feature the band's 16 Top 30 hit songs, including "I Want To Know What Love Is", "Cold As Ice", "Waiting For A Girl Like You", "Hot Blooded" and more.

"Jukebox Hero: The Musical" will premiere in Calgary, AB on August 10 - 12, 2018 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium before playing Edmonton, AB on August 16 - 19, 2018 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

"I never could have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner forty years ago, that we'd still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later," said founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones. "I am so proud that these songs will now be reinterpreted for stage, and am honored by the team that is helping bring this music to life. I can't express the gratitude I feel when fans share stories of how our songs have been woven into their milestones and memories over the years.

"I had so many great times with Foreigner in Canada and I look forward to bringing the band back here for our 40th anniversary tour. I'm thrilled that Canada will see the world premiere of our brand-new musical, Jukebox Hero, in 2018." Read more here.

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Chris Stapleton Covers Tom Petty's 'Learning to Fly'

(Radio.com) As artist tributes to the late rock legend Tom Petty continue to pour in, country star Chris Stapleton has added his own into the mix. Stapleton was performing in Moline, IL, last week (Oct. 5) when he rolled out a version of Petty's 1991 hit, "Learning to Fly."

"I had the opportunity to play with Tom Petty earlier this year and the last thing he said to me was, 'I hope we get an opportunity to do this again,'" Stapleton explained to the crowd before playing his somber reworking of the tune.

"And I left there thinking that we might. And I sure am sad that I won't get to." Watch fan footage of Chris Stapleton's live take on "Learning to Fly" here.

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Singled Out: Bigfoot's Tell Me a Lie

Hard rockers Bigfoot are releasing their self-titled debut album this Friday (Oct 13th). To celebrate we asked guitarist Sam Millar to tell us about the song "Tell Me a Lie". Here is the story:

Our latest single 'Tell Me a Lie' was written musically before any lyrics or vocal melody were introduced which is strange as we usually have a chorus idea or something vocally to work with before anything starts. Musically we were very influenced by the likes of Extreme, Aerosmith and a lot of those groovy rock bands.

We had this energetic track and we just knew it had to be about partying or something along those lines because that's how the song felt. So myself and Tom got together to write some lyrics and it ended up taking a slightly different turn to what we had expected and lyrically not the most upbeat and happy subject.

Basically the song is about self destruction. Everyone has a friend or someone they know that always gets way too drunk and doesn't know when to call it a night and turn in, so that's what we ended up writing the track about. 'Tell Me a Lie' as a lyric refers to the person lying to themselves that they're too drunk and need to slow down. Ok.... It's about ourselves. We never learn.

All in all it's a pretty tongue in cheek track with lots of little hooks and loads of energy that we all had loads of fun writing and recording and we can't wait to add it to our live set.

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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The Who's Roger Daltrey To Publish His Memoir

(hennemusic) Roger Daltrey of The Who has announced plans to publish his memoir in the fall of 2018. The Bookseller reports the project will be released through Henry Holt and Company in America and Blink Publishing in the United Kingdom

"It's great that I've found a young, enthusiastic publisher, an upstart in the world of books, to publish my story. It feels like the right fit," said Daltrey in a statement. "I've always resisted the urge to 'do the memoir, but now, finally, I feel I've enough perspective. When you've spent more than half a century at the epicenter of a band like The Who, perspective can be a problem. Everything happened in the moment. One minute, I'm on the factory floor in Shepherd's Bush, the next, I'm headlining Woodstock."

Daltrey has been working on the project while juggling recent world tours with The Who. "It's taken three years to unpack the events of my life," he adds, "to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon's 21st birthday.

"I hope the result is more than just another autobiography. I've been lucky enough to live in interesting times. I've witnessed society, music and culture change beyond recognition. That I'm still here to tell my tale when so many others around me didn't make it is nothing short of a miracle." Read more here.

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Pierce The Veil Premiere 'Today I Saw The Whole World' Video

(Radio.com) Pierce The Veil have released a music video for "Today I Saw The Whole World" which their frontman reveals has an inspiration from the classic videos of the 1990s.

"I grew up watching massive amounts of MTV music videos throughout the 90's," said lead singer Vic Fuentes in a prepared statement. "I would record all of my favorites on VHS tape, watching them over and over until the tape wore out."

"Our new video was inspired by some of these artists that I loved back then like the Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill and Marilyn Manson," he continued. "We wanted to use this 90's look to visually express the lyrics and fury inside of the song." Watch the video here.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO Stream Classic Song From New Live Package

(hennemusic) Jeff Lynne's ELO are streaming audio of their 1977 classic, "Turn To Stone", ahead of the November 17 release of the live album and concert film package "Wembley Or Bust."

The tune was the opening track and lead single from the Electric Light Orchestra's double album, "Out Of The Blue." The US Top 15 hit helped push the project to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and US sales of 1 million copies.

Directed by Paul Dugdale, "Wembley Or Bust" captures Lynne's sold-out show before 60,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium this past June, where he delivered material from the group's extensive hit-filled discography; the show also includes tracks by The Move and The Traveling Wilburys.

"It's the best time I ever had in music," says Lynne of the Wembley event. "It is beyond anything I could have imagined." "Wembley Or Bust" will be available in multiple formats, including 2CD/Blu Ray, 2 CD/DVD, 2CD and 3LP packages. Stream the song here.

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Tom DeLonge Announces 'To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science'

(Radio.com) Former Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge has come a long way from poop jokes. DeLonge announced the launch of the 'To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science.

It is described as "a consortium of scientists, aerospace engineers and creatives that will work collectively to allow gifted researchers the freedom to explore exotic science and technologies with the infrastructure and resources to rapidly transition innovative ideas into world-changing products and services."

"The public interest in the outer edges of science and the understanding of phenomena has always been suffocated by mainstream ideology and bureaucratic constraint," company President and CEO DeLonge explained in a press statement. "We believe there are discoveries within our reach that will revolutionize the human experience, but they can only be accomplished through the unrestricted support of breakthrough research and innovation."

To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science also shared a mission statement video, featuring DeLonge. Watch it here.

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David Gilmour's Live At Pompeii Debuts At No. 3

(hennemusic) David Gilmour's latest album, "Live At Pompeii", has debuted at No. 3 on the UK album charts. The Official Charts Company reports the feat delivers the Pink Floyd guitarist his fourth UK Top 10

The package follows No. 1 debuts for 2006's "On An Island" and 2015's "Rattle That Lock", and a No. 10 peak for 2008's "Live In Gdansk." "Live At Pompeii" entered the US Billboard 200 at No. 45.

Directed by Gavin Elder, the project features Gilmour's 2016 concerts 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." Read more here.

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Noel Gallagher Releases New Song 'Holy Mountain'

(Gibson) It's a huge month for the Gallagher brothers. Younger brother Liam just released his debut solo album to much acclaim and now the elder Gallagher, Noel, has just released 'Holy Mountain', the raucous first single off his upcoming album Who Built The Moon.

In promoting the album, Noel promised that the new album would be "a really big, bold, up-tempo beast of a record" and the first single - featuring Paul Weller on organ - definitely checks all of those boxes. Certainly bigger and more exuberant than anything Gallagher's ever done before - either with Oasis or with his High Flying Birds band, 'Holy Mountain' is a stomping anthemic rocker.

According to a statement from Gallagher,' Holy Mountain' "was one of the first things [producer David Holmes] and I did on the first week of working together. I knew instantly that it was going to be the first single". Read more here.

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Beck's 'Jools Holland' Performances Go Online

(Radio.com) Beck will release his new album Colors on Friday, so to grease the promotional wheels in the UK he performed a pair of songs Tuesday night (Oct. 10) on the music and talk show Later… With Jools Holland.

He started with the new cut "Up All Night," and then launched into the 1996 classic "Devil's Haircut." Dressed in a black shirt with white polka-dots, a black leather jacket and black hat.

Beck confidently paced the stage, gestured with his arms and lifted his mic to the sky as he sang the chorus. Watch Beck perform "Up All Night" and "Devil's Haircut" here.

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Liam Gallagher Reveals John Lennon Inspired 'As You Were' Album Title

(Radio.com) For Liam Gallagher, John Lennon's influence looms well beyond his days of fronting Oasis. During an exclusive interview with KROQ-FM in Los Angeles following his set at the massive Cal Jam '17 festival, Gallagher explained how his catchphrase and solo debut album title, As You Were, was inspired by the Beatles legend.

"A lot of people say it," Gallagher said of the phrase that has become his signature sign off on Twitter. "I've been the one that kind of says it more than anyone else. John Lennon used to wear these t-shirts with 'You Are Here' [on them].

"I've always liked that. It reminds me of 'As You Were,' 'Be Here Now,' it's got that kind of thing," he adds, throwing in a reference to Oasis' 1997 album, Be Here Now. Read more here.

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