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Guns N' Roses Hit New Milestone With Reunion Tour

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses have hit another milestone with their "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour which has now topped the $400 million mark since its launch in April 2016.

According to the latest figures from Billboard Boxscore, a 19-date summer European leg by the trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan added $112 million in ticket revenue to expand the total take from the extended global trek.

Guns N' Roses launched the 2017 summer shows before a sold-out crowd of 80,000 at Ireland's Slane Castle on May 27. Revenue from the European run adds to the group's summer North American concerts, which saw them play before more than 535,000 fan to take in $53 million at the box office to tip the total past $300 million. Read more here.

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Eagles Stream Previously Unreleased Hotel California Recording

(hennemusic) The Eagles are streaming audio of a previously-unreleased 1976 live recording of "Hotel California" as a preview to the November 24 debut of a series of expanded 40th anniversary editions of their classic 1976 album classic.

One of the first-ever live performances of the iconic song is one of ten live tracks on a bonus disc in the forthcoming 2017 package that were recorded during the band's three-night stand at the Los Angeles Forum in October 1976, about a month before the album hit stores.

Alongside the live audio, the 2-CD/1-Blu-ray Audio "Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" includes remastered sound 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 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. Stream the song and read more here.

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Rush Expand A Farewell To Kings For Anniversary Reissues

(hennemusic) Rush will release a series of expanded 40th anniversary reissues of their 1977 album, "A Farewell To Kings", on December 1. The band's fifth record delivered classic tracks like "Closer To The Heart", "Cinderella Man" and "Xanadu" while peaking at No. 33 on the US Billboard 200.

The 40th Anniversary package will be available in four configurations: the Super Deluxe Edition, three-CD Deluxe Edition, four-LP Deluxe Edition, and the Deluxe Digital Edition.

The 3CD/1Blu-ray Audio CD/4LP Super Deluxe Edition (full track listing below) presents the 2015 remastered edition of the album for the first time on CD, a complete Rush concert recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon in February 1978, four newly-recorded cover versions of songs from the original album by Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews and Alain Johannes, and an instrumental studio outtake of the spacey sound effects the band has creatively titled "Cygnus X-2 Eh".

The Super Deluxe Edition's audio content on its CDs is duplicated on its vinyl discs. Meanwhile, the Blu-ray Audio disc contains a brand new 5.1 surround mix of the album by four-time Grammy nominated surround sound producer Steven Wilson, along with three original 1977 promo videos from a newly found 2-inch quad video master significantly improving the video quality for "Closer To The Heart". The package also includes a new 40th anniversary cover treatment by longtime Rush creative director Hugh Syme, and an extensive 12,000-word liner notes by Grammy-winning rock historian Rob Bowman.

The Super Deluxe set also adds some goodies for fans, including a unique King's Ring, with custom velvet pouch and neck chain; two lithographs with original artwork by Syme; a special 12-inch turntable mat featuring distinctive artwork by Syme; and a reproduction of Rush's original 1978 A Farewell To Kings tour program. Read details about the other packages here.

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George Michael Celebrated With Nostalgic 'Fantasy' Video

(Radio.com) George Michael's musical legacy is celebrated in a nostalgic new video for "Fantasy," which was originally released as a b-side on the "Freedom '90" 12-inch in 1990 and later appeared on the 2011 deluxe edition of Faith.

A new version remixed by Nile Rodgers was released earlier this year, commissioned by Michael himself shortly before his death on Christmas Day 2016. "I hope we make the fans proud of the amount of love we put into it," Rodgers said upon the new version's release, tweeting to those who expressed mixed feelings about the posthumous nature of the work, "You SHOULD have mixed feelings. No one's heart was dragged through emotional ambiguity more than mine. Tears, uncertainty, happiness & love."

The new video is packed with imagery from throughout Michael's storied career, utilizing clips from his many iconic music videos, including "Faith" and "I Want Your Sex."

This week (Oct. 20) sees George Michael's second solo album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, and a newly remastered version of his MTV Unplugged session from 1996 released together as a box set. Check out "Fantasy" here.

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Elvis Costello And Bonnie Raitt Remember Tom Petty

(Radio.com) Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt stepped out at NYC's Little Kids Rock event Wed night and spoke to a red carpet reporter about the loss of their colleague, Tom Petty.

Petty passed away October 2 at age 66, and Costello recalled performing with the rock legend when they were both young and hungry. "If anything else he was a terrific songwriter, terrific singer, great attitude," Costello said. "He was the only person I ever opened for for the first 25 years of my career. I opened for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers'we played the Riviera Theater and we barely filled it with the two bands."

Bonnie Raitt also paid tribute to Petty's life and work. She described his "triumphant" final tour and the "terrible loss" of his passing. "It's a terrible loss--so young and so beloved. I went back and watched the documentary on him that Peter Bogdanovich did. It's astonishing the body of work that he's had. The contribution to so many different styles of music. He was the great bridge between an era of new wave and the music that was coming back to rock and roll'I don't think he wrote a bad song." Watch Raitt and Costello's remembrances here.

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Singled Out: Silk9's I Don't Know

Silk9 released their brand new EP "Retribution" today (October 20th) and to celebrate we asked Anthony Leone to tell us about the single "I Don't Know". Here is the story:

So I'm sitting here and gathering my thoughts to explain our new single "I Don't Know" as well as the concept and ideas behind the new EP "Retribution"

It couldn't be a more perfect time to talk about this song. "I Don't Know" is based on a feeling I think we all find ourselves dealing with as we make our way through life. It's hard sometimes to understand why things happen the way they do. Through life we find many obstacles to overcome. We make our way without knowing how each decision will impact our future or those that we cherish.

The new single "I Don't Know" is a journey of ups and downs. Some days we feel like we can conquer the world, other days not so much. Lately, I'm realizing that the days where I don't feel motivated are the days that I let the negativity of others alter my views, values and dreams. The most difficult thing in life is staying focused on what brings us fulfilment knowing that negativity will always be in our lives, we just can't let that consume us.
Retribution for me was something that I really worked hard at designing. Prior to recording the EP, the original voice of SiLK9 was lost when he decided to leave the band and I felt like I was really against the wall. I could pack it in or I could dig in and make this the best I possibly could. After losing the original SiLK9 voice, I really wanted to make an EP that says "Nothing is going to hold me back." "I'm here to stay and while I'm here I would like to kick you in the teeth." I'm sure we've all had times where we just wanted to give up. This was not one of those times. A friend told me that the second album was always the killer. Our first album "Exit the Pain" turned out great. There is always room to improve and that is what I wanted to do. Although, not having my partner with me hurt for a while it may have been just the motivation I needed to begin writing the new songs.
This EP was everything that I needed to say and then some!!

Starting with an in your face hard rock tune like "Knife In My Back" and bookending with my favorite song on the EP "Damage." The ride we give the listener through these 5 songs is very special. We really did think this through and although this is not a concept album on the lines of Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime. I think that everything flows and tells a story from our highest points to our lowest points in life. I've always said that life is a train ride through peaks and valleys. Staying on the peak as long as you can is the trick!

There is so much more I would like to write about the beginning of SiLK9 up to the current status. It would be a book for sure. I think I'll keep documenting events and maybe someday I'll turn it all over to Jon at RFL records and he can get me published. For now it's all about "RETRIBUTION" I hope each of you that have the opportunity to read this will jump on to rflrecords.com and grab the EP or grab it through digital download on October 20th.

From myself, Justin Walker, Charlie "Dawg" Hughes and Scott Boyd, Keep Rockin' and we hope to see you all at a show and please come see us at our merch booth!

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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Linkin Park Fans Create Message Ahead of Chester Bennington Tribute

(Radio.com) While Linkin Park prepares for a massive celebration of Chester Bennington at the Hollywood Bowl next week, a fan has compiled a special video message of support for the band.

Linkin Park "soldier" Jane Kalinina crafted the clip, utilizing images of fellow fans from around the world holding signs of support. "50+ soldiers coming together to send Linkin Park a supportive and loving message before their show on October 27th," Kalinina wrote on YouTube. "Please share this video so hopefully the guys can see it and help them feel better."

"This video is amazing! They will do great!" wrote Bennington's widow Talinda, retweeting the clip. "I am so grateful for the LP fan base," Mike Shinoda wrote in a retweet. "Love you guys." Watch the heartfelt and emotional clip here.

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Evanescence Release 'Imperfection' Music Video

(Radio.com) After revealing the song last month, Evanescence has shared a powerful new music video for "Imperfection." "Imperfection" is one of two new songs included on Evanescence's upcoming new album, Synthesis, due Nov. 10.

"I struggled with the lyrics for a long time because there was a lifetime of work to live up to and I wasn't sure what to say or how to be good enough," Lee said of the song in a press statement. "When it finally started pouring out of me, it was undeniable. I had no choice.

"It's for all the people we've lost, all the people who we could lose, to suicide and depression," Lee continued. "I'm singing from the perspective of the person left behind, the person in the waiting room. It's a plea to fight for your life, to stay. Don't give into the fear - I have to tell myself that every day. Nobody is perfect. We are all imperfect, and it's precisely those imperfections that make us who we are, and we have to embrace them because there's so much beauty in those differences. Life is worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for." Watch the new video, which contains explicit lyrics, here.

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Judas Priest Launch Rock Hall Fan Vote Campaign

(hennemusic) Judas Priest have launched a video campaign to encourage fans to vote for their induction into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The clip outlines the legacy of the band who have proudly flown the flag for heavy metal following their formation in Birmingham, UK in 1969.

"We need your votes! You can vote every day!!" adds the group, with a direct link to the fan voting page at rockhall.com, which is open to December 5.

Despite various lineups through the years, the Hall Of Fame has selected vocalist Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, and drummers Scott Travis, Les Binks and Dave Holland for possible entry into the Cleveland-based institution.

"Everything's on the table for anyone that's been associated with Priest in and out of the band," said Halford recently. "It's going to be an absolutely spectacular night, should we be inaugurated -- so get the votes, I say. I think it's now time to start cracking the metal whip, and 'Vote! Vote! Vote!'" Watch the video and read more here.

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Whitesnake Release The Purple Tour Live Package

(hennemusic) On November 24, Whitesnake will release "The Purple Tour", a new live package featuring a mix of Deep Purple tracks and classic highlights from the band's tour in support of "The Purple Album."

The 2015 project saw frontman David Coverdale re-record classic songs from the Deep Purple's Mark 3 and Mark 4 records he appeared on: "Burn" (1974), "Stormbringer" (1974) and "Come Taste The Band" (1975).

"The Purple Tour" presented Coverdale in concert alongside a lineup that included guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin, drummer Tommy Aldridge and keyboardist Michele Luppi.

Coverdale says there was never any intention to compete against the original recordings. "We just wanted to play the damn songs," explains the rocker. "Each member of the band. brought their incredible individual talents and a real band identity to this music. We've all done the best we can with this project with respect to the music, and the legacy of Deep Purple Mk3 and Mk4."

"The Purple Tour" will be available in a variety of configurations, including CD/Blu-ray, CD/DVD, single CD and 2LP packages. The double-disc versions feature audio, video and a selection of bonus material, including a new music video for "Burn", band interviews, and a number of performances not available on the CD or vinyl versions.

A companion book project, "The Purple Tour - A Photographic Journey", will be published later this year. Read more here.

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Drake Shares Heartfelt Tribute To Gord Downie

(Radio.com) Drake has shared a warm tribute to legendary Canadian artist, Gord Downie, of the band The Tragically Hip. Downie died this week at the age of 53 after battling brain cancer.

"Rest In Peace legend," Drake shared on Instagram with a photo of him and Downie at an arena event. "So glad we got to meet and have this conversation. You will be forever treasured by this country and missed by the world."

Drake ended the post with an image of the Canadian flag. See it here.

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong And Kat Von D Team Up

(Radio.com) Who better to co-launch a unisex brand of eyeliner than Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong? The pop-punk rocker, who has been wearing guyliner since his teens, has teamed up with tattoo artist and model Kat Von D to release Basket Case Liner ("Basket Case" is, of course, one of Green Day's most popular songs).

Kat posted a photo of her and Armstrong in full-on promotional mode as well as a shot of the Basket Case Liner product. Check out the posts here.

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