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Foo Fighters Postpone Shows Due To Family Emergency

The Foo Fighters announced on Sunday night that they have been posted to postponed two additional tour dates this week, after pushing back a show this weekend at the last minute due to a "family emergency".

The group was forced to push back Saturday (October 21st) night's show in Lexington, KY a few hours before hitting the stage and have rescheduled that concert for May 1st.

On Sunday they revealed that two more dates this week have been postponed due to the family emergency. We were sent the following details: "Due to family emergency, Foo Fighters concert scheduled for this Monday, October 23rd in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena has been postponed. Information on the new date will be announced shortly." Read more here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Reveals He Has Lyme Disease

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine revealed in a Twitter exchange with a fan that he has contracted Lyme disease but assures fans not to worry that he is "ok".

Mustaine Tweeted in response to a question, "i needed to come home. i have a tick bite from the farm that made me really sick for the last few months and I am really tired" and he followed up with "I'm ok. Don't worry.".

Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics and accompanied by symptoms such as fever, headaches, fatigue and a rash. Humans contract the disease via bites from infected ticks.

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Linkin Park Live Streaming Chester Bennington Tribute Concert

(Radio.com) Linkin Park have announced that fans around the world will now be able to take part in this week's Chester Bennington tribute concert, via a free live stream on YouTube.

Linkin Park & Friends Celebrate Life In Honor of Chester Bennington will stream live free of charge exclusively on YouTube Friday, October 27th at 7:45 p.m. PT.

Among the artists joining Linkin Park for the show include Blink-182, Machine Gun Kelly, Jonathan Davis from Korn, Kiiara, Zedd, members of No Doubt, System Of A Down, Yellowcard, Avenged Sevenfold, and many other surprises. Read more here.

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Celtic Frost Cofounder Martin Eric Ain Dead At 50

Celtic Frost cofounder Martin Eric Ain (real name Martin Stricker) reportedly died unexpectedly on Saturday (October 21st), according to a media report out of Switzerland. He was 50 years old.

20 Minuten (via here) reported this weekend that a friend of Ain named Jan Graber told them that "Martin suddenly collapsed when he switched to a different tram."

An official cause or death or confirm was not available at press time but Celtic Frost frontman Thomas Gabriel Fischer had the following tribute, "I am deeply affected by his passing.

"Our relationship was very complex and definitely not free of conflicts, but Martin's life and mine were very closely intertwined, since we first met in 1982. We had only lunch with him two weeks ago. He was as good as ever, Although Ain also had a dark side: Death was an important issue for him. Otherwise he could not have co-founded a combo like Celtic Frost."

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Original Marilyn Manson Guitarist Daisy Berkowitz Dead At 49

Daisy Berkowitz, real name Scott Putesky, best known as the founding guitarist of Marilyn Mason, died after a battle with stage four colon cancer. He was 49.

Putesky's death was reported by San Antonio Current and the guitarist revealed he was diagnosed with cancer back in 2013 after visiting an emergency room for pains in his abdomen that had been experiences for several years.

Soon after the diagnoses his told WLRN.org, "It represents my personal crusade. Cancer: Take my hair. Take my mustache. I challenge you. I still have my hair and mustache. So I'm winning."

Putesky left Marilyn Manson in 1996 and went on continue his music career with band such as Jack Off Jill, Three Ton Gate and Godhead.

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Singled Out: Sea In The Sky's Neck Romancer

Sea In The Sky recently released their new full-length album 'Everything All At Once' and to celebrate we asked vocalist Sam Kohls to tell us about the song 'Neck Romancer'. Here is the story:

One of my favorite songs on the new album, Everything All At Once, is called "Neck Romancer". When creating most of the Sea In The Sky stuff, I get really caught up on writing lyrics that are bigger than myself. I want to write about things that people relate to, but when I write about my own personal struggles, I always get it in my head that nobody will. I know it's ridiculous, as a ton of my favorite lyricists/lyrics come from a place of complete and personal honesty, but that's just where my mind goes as a musician who's still got a lot of growing to do. I love Neck Romancer because the whole song is a bit of a departure from that "bigger than myself" writing style. At surface level, Neck Romancer comes off as this fun, upbeat kind of funk-driven song. Instrumentally, it's such a dancy, easy to groove to song that highlights a lot of the band member's Jazz, Pop, and R&B-esque roots, but the lyric matter is far from happy. Throughout the song, there's an obvious theme of death. Mix this theme with a basic rhyming scheme and you get something that sounds like a campy, edgy pop song, but that couldn't be further from what it truly is. In reality, Neck Romancer is one of the most thought out, personal songs I've ever written. It's essentially about the death of a relationship with someone I loved deeply, which is why the theme of death is so prominent. I think that when a relationship with somebody you truly love dies, apart of you dies with it, only to be brought back to life by that person or somebody else somewhere down the line (hopefully!). This song explores the thoughts I struggled with after the relationship ended. Is she really the one to bring that part of me alive again? "I don't know if you can bring me back again, but I hope so." Did I love her or the idea of her? "Enamored by a ghost that I had made up, but I loved every skeleton in that closet you're so afraid of". In another part of the song, I tried to take a deeper look into myself and the kind of person I am. Lines like "I'm not a martyr, i'm the thief nailed through the hands besides of him" and "I'm not a monster, i'm the innocent creaks through the house that I grew up in" show the internal battle between wondering if I'm the good person I think I am or the grotesque monster I sometimes feel like. All in all, Neck Romancer is a fun, dancy song, but it's also one of the first songs where I really put myself and my life on display. I hope people come to like it for both reasons!

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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Tom Petty Fans Celebrate His Birthday With Vampire Walk

(Radio.com) Friday (Oct. 20) would have been Tom Petty's 67th birthday, and fans marked the occasion by having a "vampire walk" last Thursday night in Southern California.

The event happened along Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, which Petty mentions in his 1989 hit, "Free Fallin'" ("All the vampires walkin' through the valley/Move west down Ventura Blvd.").

"My friends were joking with me how I wasn't a Tom Petty fan before this, but how can I not be a fan after this?," explained walk organizer Mary Soracco to L.A. Daily News. "I love L.A., and he loved L.A., and that's the reason why I'm doing this."

An estimated 300 Petty fans dressed in Gothic and vampire attire for the walk, which included a Tom Petty lookalike who led singalongs of songs including "Learning to Fly" and "I Won't Back Down." Read more here.

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Billy Joel Imitates Bruce Springsteen on Jimmy Kimmel

(Radio.com) Billy Joel was in rare form on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week (Oct. 19). During a freewheeling interview on the show, which is currently filming in Brooklyn, Joel revealed that his favorite Bruce Springsteen song is "Meeting Across the River," a deep cut from Springsteen's legendary 1975 album, Born to Run.

It's a song so deep that Paul Shaffer, the famous former bandleader for Late Show with David Letterman who's guesting with Kimmel for the Brooklyn shows, didn't know it.

As Joel called out the chord progressions for Shaffer and the band, he delivered a spot-on impersonation of Springsteen's gravelly vocal delivery. Watch the moment below.

Joel also commented on the possibility of someday doing an intimate theater-style show like Springsteen's current Broadway production.

"We talked about it with Bruce last night," Joel revealed. "I said, 'Why don't we switch it up once in a while? You come do the Garden, and I'll do your gig for a couple days.'"

Joel also performed his song "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)" from his 1976 album, Turnstiles. Watch it here.

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Jason Aldean Releases Tom Petty Cover For Las Vegas Victims

(Radio.com) Jason Aldean has released his version of Tom Petty's 1989 hit, "I Won't Back Down" from Saturday Night Live to benefit victims of the tragic shooting at the Route 91 festival in Las Vegas.

All proceeds raised will go towards the Direct Impact Fund to benefit victims of the Las Vegas shooting. Fans can also help support the victims of the Las Vegas shooting by purchasing a custom printed 'We Won't Back Down" t-shirt here or by texting VEGAS to 91999 to donate.

"This week, we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history," Aldean said while introducing the song during his cold open of Saturday Night Live on Oct. 7. "Like everyone, I'm struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal. So many people are hurting. There are children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends -- they're all part of our family. So I want to say to them: We hurt for you and we hurt with you. But you can be sure we're going to walk through these tough times together, every step of the way, because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it's unbreakable." Watch Aldean's performance here.

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Bring Me the Horizon Recount Mount Kilimanjaro Climb

(Radio.com) Bring Me the Horizon members Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish have shared details of their recent eight-day climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. The pair set out on their daunting task to raise money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton Hospital in England.

The charitable climb was inspired when Fish's infant son suffered a brain hemorrhage and was rushed to the Southampton hospital for treatment. 'While in [the] hospital I decided that I would focus myself on doing something positive for the ward and trying to raise enough money to pay for a new bed for them," Fish explained. 'Oli asked immediately if he could join me and help raise as much awareness for this cause as possible."

The duo raised 69,160 of their 100,000 goal via Fish's JustGiving.org page before completing the climb. Check out the photos that they shared of their climb here.

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Scorpions Announce New CD and Double LP Collection

(hennemusic) The Scorpions will release a new collection, "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads", on November 24. The project features fourteen of the band's most famous ballads, a new acoustic recording of "Send Me An Angel", and three new tunes recorded this past summer: "Follow Your Heart", "Always Be With You" and "Melrose Avenue."

Produced by Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen, the set is named after a track from the German rockers' 1977 album, "Taken By Force", demonstrating the band's commitment to the art of the ballad.

"Throughout the decades," says guitarist Matthias Jabs, "our fans have been associating us with great ballads like 'Send Me An Angel,' 'Still Loving You,' and 'Holiday.' And that's very honorable."

"The meaning of a ballad always goes deep," explains singer Klaus Meine. "It's not surprising that a song like 'Wind of Change' is received euphorically in the US these days. The fans don't connect the song to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the iron curtain but rather to their current situation, the desire for change, and the hope for a world without nuclear threats and civil wars as well as the longing for peace.

"Nowadays, ballads are the pinnacle of rock music," he adds. "If they're well-written, they will go straight to the hearts of the fans."

"Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads" will be available via CD, 2LP, digital download and streaming services. Read more here.

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John Fogerty Announce Blue Moon Swamp Anniversary Reissue

(Gibson) John Fogerty is set to kick off a reissue campaign of his solo catalog, beginning with a 20th anniversary edition of his acclaimed album, Blue Moon Swamp. Originally released in May of 1997, Blue Moon Swamp received "Best Rock Album" honors at the 1998 Grammy Awards.

Slated for release on Nov. 17, the anniversary edition will be available on CD, 180-gram black vinyl, limited-edition 180-gram blue vinyl, and on digital platforms. The album will feature new cover art showcasing the concert backdrop that was used on the accompanying tour.

The reissue campaign comes in conjunction with Fogerty's recent signing of a new deal with BMG. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman is also currently working on a new studio album, with release scheduled for next year. "I'm excited to partner with BMG for the next chapter of my music career," said Fogerty, in a prepared statement. Read more here.

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Anthrax Guitarist Scott Ian Announces New Book

(hennemusic) Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has announced that he will release his new book, "Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life", on December 12 via Da Capo Press.

The project sees Ian telling his craziest rock stories as he shares tales of humor, excess, fun, debauchery, food, booze, and mayhem from his many years on the road.

Fans will also learn of the Anthrax co-founder's encounters with fellow rockers like David Lee Roth, Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, Pantera legend Dimebag Darrell, Slayer, and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, among others.

"Access All Areas" follow's Ian's 2014 memoir, "I'm The Man: The Official Story Of Anthrax", which detailed Ian's life growing up in Queens, NY, discovering rock and roll, and forming the thrash metal pioneers in 1981.

The guitarist also shared his history on a series of "Speaking Words" club tours that led to the 2014 DVD release, "Swearing Words In Glasgow." Read more here.

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Kid Rock Releases 'Tennessee Mountain Top' Video

(Radio.com) Who expected Kid Rock to drop the wackiest and most entertaining music video of the week? Because he just did. The official music video for his current country single, "Tennessee Mountain Top," features Kid Rock partying across America with a puppet raccoon he picks up hitchhiking out of Hollywood.

The dynamic duo hightail it straight to Nashville, where the raccoon goes hunting, fishing and chows down on some local hot chicken. While Kid Rock is playing a backyard barn party, the raccoon tears it up a local bar, slamming beers and hopping onstage with the house band.

The raccoon makes his way to Kid Rock's barn party, where he hooks up with a young woman before getting chased off by her pitchfork-wielding father. There's also some blurred nudity and drug use. This one has to be seen to be believed. Watch the semi NSFW wildness unfold here.

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