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Rock And Roll Legend Fats Domino Dead At 89

(Radio.com) Seminal rock and roller Fats Domino has passed at the age of 89. WWL-TV reports he was surrounded by family and friends and died peacefully.

Antoine 'Fats" Domino Jr. was born on February 26, 1928 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The pianist and vocalist was an integral part of the early rock and roll music scene fusing his creole roots with R&B to usher in a new sound.

Domino was a pop phenomenon between 1950 and 1963, during which time he scored more hits than any other every other rock artist outside of Elvis Presley. His best-known songs include 'Ain't That a Shame," 'Blueberry Hill" and 'I'm Walkin'." Read more here.

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Metallica Lead Lineup For Wildfires Benefit Concert

(hennemusic) Metallica will headline a November 9 benefit concert at San Francisco's AT&T Park for those affected by the recent wildfires in California, they announced on Wednesday.

The metal icons - and longtime Bay Area residents - will be joined by the Dave Matthews Band, G-Eazy and more for the event that will raise funds to assist families impacted by the fires and honor the thousands of first responders.

"Earlier this month Northern California, the community that we have called home for over 34 years, suffered devastating wildfires that have destroyed homes and displaced over 100,000 of our neighbours in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake and other counties in the North Bay," says Metallica. "We're extremely saddened by the suffering that so many are feeling in the Bay Area, but are also inspired by the enormous outpouring of love and support from all around the country and want to jump in and help in the way we know how to - through music!

"All funds from ticket sales will benefit Tipping Point Community, who have set up an Emergency Relief Fund for low-income, vulnerable communities impacted by the crisis, including vineyard workers, immigrants, displaced young people, and students. 100% of the ticket price will be donated to this fund and you can learn more about them at TippingPoint.org."

They continued, "We hope you'll join us on November 9th in assisting our friends and neighbors who have lost so much, but if you cannot attend the show and would still like to contribute, you may donate directly to Tipping Point. You may also donate to the Metallica All Within My Hands Foundation through the Foundation's Facebook page. All Within My Hands will be making a donation to Tipping Point Community, and 100% of your contribution will be included." Read more including ticket details and announcement video here.

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Bono Health Scare Inspired U2's 'Songs of Experience'

(Radio.com) U2 frontman Bono has revealed that he suffered a serious health scare that informed his writing on the band's forthcoming album Songs Of Experience.

"Edge wasn't fibbing when he said that we had to stop and take account of what was going on in the world," Bono told Q Magazine. "He just didn't want to mention what was going on in my world. I don't want to get too into the details of it, for fear of the melodramatic reality TV kerfuffle. A lot of people have these moments. I've had a few. Not quite at this level."

While Bono wouldn't go into specifics, he explained that he took inspiration from poet Brendan Kennelly and focused on writing songs as if he were composing them after death. "It was serious enough that he genuinely had a major fright," the Edge added. "But where that brought him to as a writer was an amazing place." Read more here.

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Marilyn Manson Fires Twiggy Ramirez After Rape Claim

(Radio.com) Marilyn Manson's has fired his longtime bass player Twiggy Ramirez (real name Jeordie White) after he was accused of rape by the frontwoman of another band.

"I have decided to part ways with Jeordie White as a member of Marilyn Manson," Manson wrote in a terse message. "He will be replaced for the upcoming tour. I wish him well."

Early this week, Jack off Jill vocalist Jessicka Addams, who dated Ramirez in the '90s, accused the bassist of sexual and psychological abuse. In a Facebook post, she detailed numerous abusive incidents that took place, including rape. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Release Video Live From Athens' Acropolis

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters are streaming a preview of a performance of their 2007 hit, "The Pretender", from Athens, Greece as featured on the upcoming broadcast of the PBS series "Landmarks Live In Concert."

Set to air November 10, the program - hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith - mixes interview material with the group's July 10 show at the ancient Acropolis theater, which was built in 161 AD.

"We've done some crazy things over the last 20 years," says Dave Grohl, "but I think this might be the craziest thing the Foo Fighters have ever done." Captured in legendary destinations around the globe, the "artist-driven concert series" bills itself as being "as much about landmarks, as it is the music and the musicians who perform" on the program. Watch the video and the show's trailer here.

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Singled Out: Downfall 2012's We Welcome The Pain

Alternative metal/active rock trio Downfall 2012 are releaseding their new album "We Welcome The Pain" on November 8th. To celebrate we asked them to tell us about the title track. Here is the story:

"We Welcome The Pain" is a rhythmic heavy, yet melodic and groovy song about having success at your fingertips, but always slipping back into destructive behavior. It's about when you know you shouldn't... You've been hurt or beaten over and over for the same reason.. Yet, you just keep going back. A victory waits for you in the opposite direction, but you insist on welcoming the pain and continuing down that same old path, even if you have to lie to the people around you to make them believe all is "in order" and "on track." The songs meaning applies to all types of addiction, and toxic relationships and life choices.

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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Franz Ferdinand Announce New Album 'Always Ascending'

(Radio.com) Alt-rockers Franz Ferdinand have revealed that the band is set to release a new album. Entitled Always Ascending, it's Franz Ferdinand's first full-length since 2013's Right Through, Right Words, Right Action (not counting the FFS collaboration album with the band Sparks).

Always Ascending is set to debut on February 18, 2018, with lead singer Alex Kapranos characterizing the new music as "simultaneously futuristic and naturalistic" in a press release.

Franz Ferdinand will mark the announcement of Always Ascending with a live-streamed launch event at Paris's Point Ephemare, to be broadcast from the Franz Ferdinand Facebook page from 9.30pm Paris time/ 3:30pm EST/ 12:30pm PST today (Oct. 25), during which the band will preview a selection of their new recordings.

See the complete tracklist for Always Ascending and hear the title track here.

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Royal Blood Release 'How Did We Get So Dark' Video

(hennemusic) Royal Blood are premiering a video for the title track to their latest album, "How Did We Get So Dark?" Directed by The Sacred Egg, it's the fifth tune issued from the set, which debuted atop the UK charts upon its release in June to duplicate the success of the band's 2014 self-titled record, the fastest-selling British rock debut album in their native country in three years.

Previewed with the lead single, "Lights Out", "How Did We Get So Dark?" was recorded in Brussels, Belgium with producer Joylon Thomas and London, UK with co-producer Tom Dalgety.

The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher will launch a 5-week European tour in Lisbon, Portugal on October 28; the trek concludes with a 13-date UK arena run next month. Watch the video here.

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Morrissey Releases New Song 'I Wish You Lonely'

(Radio.com) Morrissey continues debuting new material from his album Low in High-School. On Wednesday (Oct. 24) he shared "I Wish You Lonely," a passive-aggressive meditation on depression and isolation.

The song is packed with agitated energy despite the forlorn lyrics. "I wish you lonely/ If only for one day/ So that you might see routine for me/ Since the day I was born, born," he sings.

"Think of yourself only/ Of everything you demand/ You want and you need/ And to hell/ To hell with everybody else, everybody else." Listen to "I Wish You Lonely" here.

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David Gilmour Releases 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' Clip

(hennemusic) David Gilmour is streaming footage of an excerpt of his performance of the 1975 Pink Floyd classic, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", from his newly-released "Live At Pompeii" concert film.

The track from the legendary UK band's ninth album, "Wish You Were Here", was written as a tribute to group cofounder Syd Barrett who, by sheer coincidence, shocked his former bandmates with a rare public appearance in the studio one day while they were recording vocals to the song.

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."

The guitarist mixes solo tracks and Pink Floyd classics on the set, which recently debuted at No. 3 on the UK album charts to deliver Gilmour his fourth UK Top 10 release.

The 2017 project is now available on 2-CD, Blu-ray, 2-DVD, 4-LP, deluxe Blu-ray box and digital download. Watch the video here.

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David Coverdale Releases Super Deluxe Whitesnake Unboxing Video

(hennemusic) David Coverdale can be seen in a new video unboxing the Super Deluxe Edition of the 30th anniversary reissue of Whitesnake's classic 1987 self-titled album ahead of its release on October 27.

The 4CD/DVD package includes the original album with newly remastered sound, unreleased live and studio recordings, classic music videos, concert footage, a thirty-minute documentary, a 60-page hardbound book that's filled with rare and unseen photos from the era, an extended essay based on new interviews with Coverdale, plus a booklet of the album's lyrics, handwritten by the rocker.

2CD and 2LP Deluxe Editions present the newly-remastered album alongside a selection of unreleased bonus recordings, while a single-disc version of the project is also available.

The band's most-commercially successful record, "Whitesnake" sold more than 8 million copies in the States and earned Top 5 chart status in several countries around the world. Watch the video here.

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Billy Corgan Covers Neil Young's 'After the Gold Rush'

(Radio.com) Billy Corgan has been dialing up the covers of late, most recently taking on Neil Young's 1970 classic, "After the Gold Rush," during an appearance on CBC Radio.

Corgan recently detailed a surreal scene during a Howard Stern interview about the time he found himself hanging out in a teepee with Neil Young, Marilyn Manson and Lou Reed at Young's house after a charity event.

"I think, 'I need to really remember this moment because this cannot be recreated,'" he said. Check out Corgan's cover here.

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