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Linkin Park Tribute Chester Bennington With 'Looking For An Answer'

(Radio.com) During Saturday's emotional tribute concert for Chester Bennington, Linkin Park and guests played some old favorites like "I Miss You" and "What I've Done." During the show at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl, bandmate Mike Shinoda also debuted "Looking for an Answer," a new track dedicated to Bennington's memory.

The Linkin Park frontman, 41, took his own life in July. "There's an emptiness tonight / A hole that wasn't there before," the song opens. "And I keep reaching for the light / But I can't find it anymore."

Shinoda played the song solo sitting at a keyboard. The simple melody and elegant arrangement made for one of the night's most emotional moments. "Is there sunshine where you are? / The way there was when you were here / 'Cause I'm just sitting in the dark / In disbelief that this is real." Read more and watch Shinoda perform "Looking for an Answer" here.

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Metallica Do Surprise Cover Of Oasis' 'Don't Look Back in Anger'

(Radio.com) Metallica saluted the city of Manchester, England, during a recent show there by covering one of the city's most iconic bands, Oasis. Oasis' 1995 single, "Don't Look Back in Anger," has become an unofficial anthem for Manchester following the horrific terror attack after an Ariana Grande show at the Manchester Arena earlier this year.

When Metallica performed at the same venue over the weekend, bassist Robert Trujillo and guitarist Kirk Hammett performed the Oasis tune during a designated solo section of the set. The crowd supplied most of the vocals with a hearty singalong.

Drummer Lars Ulrich shared a clip of the Oasis cover on Twitter adding the caption, "What a moment. Goosebumps." "Thank you Manchester for your show of perseverance, of unity, of defiance and, ultimately, of love!," Ulrich shared in a separate post. Watch it here.

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Dave Grohl Hosting Halloween Episode Of Jimmy Kimmel Live

(hennemusic) Dave Grohl will host the Halloween episode of ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight, Tuesday, October 31. The Foo Fighters frontman will be joined on the program by actress Kristen Bell and musical guest Alice Cooper.

Grohl will sit in during a week of guest hosts in place of Kimmel, who is off with his family as they prepare for heart surgery on his infant son Billy. "As a precautionary measure, the scheduled second heart surgery for Jimmy Kimmel's son Billy had to be postponed this week due to the common cold," said a show representative.

"Jimmy is very grateful to Shaquille O'Neal, Dave Grohl, Channing Tatum and Jennifer Lawrence for filling his very small shoes as guest hosts this week while he, his wife and children sneeze on each other."

Billy underwent the first of three planned heart surgeries just three days following his birth in April after being diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect. Read more here.

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Paul McCartney, Ringo and George Harrison Items Up For Auction

(Gibson) Heritage Auctions is currently inviting bids for a limited edition short-sleeved knit sweater worn by Paul McCartney during the Wings tour of the UK in 1973.

Described by the auction house as a "mostly blue body with black, grey and metallic-silver yolk and cuffs, featuring an embroidered black grey and silver patch of the Wings "W" logo affixed to the chest". Given that a certain Mr. McCartney sweated into it a little over four decades ago, perhaps the starting price of $8000 is conservative.

However, that price tag is positively miniscule in comparison to the number being quoted for a set that combines a George Harrison-worn jacket and a pair of Ringo Starr's suit trousers, both worn on the Beatles US tour of 1965 (including a performance on the Ed Sullivan Show), at the height of Beatlemania. This particular lot is for fans with deep pockets, with a starting bid of $50,000! Read more here.

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Foo Fighters, Duran Duran and Zac Brown For New Year's Eve

(Radio.com) This holiday season, CBS RADIO will present an electric roster of New Year's Eve weekend shows at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Beginning Friday, December 29 and lasting into the early morning hours of 2018, Vegas residents and visitors alike will enjoy four epic shows across what's sure to be three unforgettable nights of music headlined by Foo Fighters, Duran Duran, and Zac Brown Band, with a special performance by Sir Rosevelt.

Duran Duran's John Taylor said of the show, 'We are so excited to be part of this special New Year's weekend along with the Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band. To celebrate the start of a new year in Las Vegas is a thrill and a privilege. There is nowhere we would rather be than with our fans in that great city. As one of our favorite places to play on tour and one that embodies the spirit of entertainment and celebration unlike any other in the world, we welcome the opportunity to remind everyone that love and music together has great healing power. See you at the show!"

On New Year's Eve night, fans will ring in 2018 with the last great American arena/stadium rock band: the 11 Grammy Award winning Foo Fighters. The crowd can expect an unforgettable performance of anthems from the band's 25 million selling catalog alongside new classics from the recently released international #1 album, Concrete and Gold.

The night before, Saturday, December 30, the iconic, award winning British group Duran Duran will perform both hit songs from their incredible 100 million selling catalogue, together with favorites from their most recent chart-topping album, Paper Gods.

Kicking off the weekend, on Friday, December 29, three-time GRAMMY Award winning multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band will perform at The Chelsea, followed later that evening by a special performance by Zac Brown's newest project, Sir Rosevelt, at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. Read more here.

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Santana Jam Highlights New Bob Dylan Bootleg Series

(Gibson) As part of the long-time series, Bob Dylan will release The Bootleg Series Vol. 13: Trouble No More 1979-1981 on November 3. The albums that are part of this series are Slow Train Coming, Saved and Shot Of Love, three releases that were part of Dylan's extremely polarizing 'Christian Period'.

While the first two albums were comprised of gospel music, the third, Shot Of Love featured a more rock 'n' roll sound. The upcoming Bootleg release will feature live versions of the tracks from the albums, including a performance of Shot Of Love track 'The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar', performed by Dylan and his band at The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on November 13, 1980. This live version features the great Carlos Santana on lead guitar, adding his unmistakable blues sound to the track.

Interestingly, after recording the original song, Dylan decided not to include it on Shot Of Love. However, for some reason, it showed up on the cassette release of the album as well as the B-side of the first single 'Heart Of Mine'. Four years later, the song's popularity on radio ensured that it was included in the CD release and then on the 1985 vinyl reissue, thus becoming a part of the album ever since. Read more here.

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The Ramones Stream Rough Mix Of 'Cretin Hop'

(hennemusic) The Ramones are streaming a rough mix of "Cretin Hop" as a preview to the November 24 release of an expanded 40th anniversary reissue of their 1977 album, "Rocket To Russia."

The track is included on a disc of bonus material from sessions at New York's Power Station as part of a 3CD Deluxe Edition that also delivers the record's original mix alongside a new 40th anniversary one by the album's original engineer/mixer, Ed Stasium, and a third disc that presents a complete unreleased concert recording of the band's December 19, 1977 show at the Apollo Centre in Glasgow, Scotland - just days before the group recorded the classic live album, "It's Alive", in London, UK.

The Deluxe Edition will be produced in a limited and numbered edition and comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book. Along with the music, the set also features stories about the band by Sire Records founder Seymour Stein, details about making the album by Stasium, and extensive liner notes by renowned music writer and co-founder of Creem Magazine, Jaan Uhelszki.

The New York band's third album - and last to feature their original lineup - included classic singles like "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" and "Rockaway Beach" while peaking at No. 49 on the US Billboard 200. Stream the preview track here.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO Stream 'Xanadu' From Wembley Or Bust

(hennemusic) Jeff Lynne's ELO are streaming audio of their 1980 hit, "Xanadu", ahead of the November 17 release of the live album and concert film package, "Wembley Or Bust." It will be available in multiple formats, including 2CD/Blu Ray, 2 CD/DVD, 2CD and 3LP packages.

The song was the title tune to the band's soundtrack for the film of the same name starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. While the movie flopped at the box office, the soundtrack topped the charts in several countries, with the title track going on to become the Electric Light Orchestra's only UK No. 1 single.

Multi-instrumentalist Lynne has been touring in recent years under the banner Jeff Lynne's ELO. "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.

"Xanadu" follows "Turn To Stone" as the latest preview of the project directed by Paul Dugdale. Stream the track here.

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Radiohead Announce Career-Spanning 400-Page Songbook

(Radio.com) Musicians, get ready to learn how to play "Subterranean Homesick Alien" the correct way. Radiohead has revealed the imminent release of a career-spanning 400-page songbook encompassing every song the band has ever released.

The book will span Radiohead's entire album discography, as well as b-side and random one-off releases. Radiohead Complete is set to be released on November 27th.

The book, entitled Radiohead Complete, will feature artwork from longtime collaborator Stanley Donwood, responsible for such iconic images as the bear face from the Kid A album and the crying minotaur from follow-up full-length, Amnesiac. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Granny 4 Barrel's Freak Flag

Granny 4 Barrel help us celebrate Halloween with a special Singled Out for their song "Freak Flag". Granny was more than accommodating and shares the story behind the brand new single. Here is the story:

The recording of our full length album was almost complete and Jesse James Dupree president of Mighty Loud Records suggested that I try to add at least one more song to the record. I flew into Atlanta to do some gorilla style song writing… I only had three days to get the song written. Before I left for Atlanta I started digging around in my music vault for song ideas. There was this one guitar riff that had been on my mind on and off for the last 15 years… Something that was written at a band rehearsal years ago. It was nothing more than a little piece of a guitar riff and the groove. ... but it was cool and showed promise, I always wanted to see it become a song but until now it never did. Before I left I recorded that idea on my voice memo on my phone… I sent it over to the producer Jeff Tomei and we framed up a rough song idea via the internet he then sent this rough idea to our co-writers Johnny Blade and Roman Glick

I generally like to take my time when I'm writing a song and let creative ideas come to me naturally in their own way so this was a bit uncomfortable trying to cram it all into three days. The first day back at the studio in Atlanta we really honed in on the riff and the song structure. We were really pleased at the way that the structure came together so quickly. The song had a great groove and it was really heavy. That was the easy part, the next part and my least favorite are the lyrics. It's usually very easy to come up with one or two cool lines, and if i have a strong lyrical concept that always helps. I just kept thinking that since the music was heavy the lyrics also needed to support that, but I was stuck not even knowing the direction I was headed.

As I sat there in my hotel room trying to be creative Johnny Blade texted me and suggested that I stay away from the typical cliché metal concepts and that I try something with more broad appeal. I started thinking about pop-culture references, the social climate and my alter ego character Granny and what she represents. As I scrolled through the urban dictionary the term "Freak Flag" jumped out at me! That was it! It's summarized everything that I was thinking about and it was a topic I knew that everyone could relate to… Being true to yourself and not being afraid to let go of your inhibitions. As quickly as that happened, the rest of the words dropped into place almost stream of consciousness.

That is rare for me but when it happens, it is incredible! The rest of that evening until about 4 AM I fine-tuned and tweaked those lyrics.

When I got back to the studio the next day I almost couldn't contain myself to show these guys what I had come up with. I immediately went into the vocal booth and started singing these words. When I came out those guys were looking at me and saying WTF!? Wow! That's it ...you're I nailed it!!

Boom! There it was just like that! Freak Flag!! Sometimes being under pressure is a good thing… Sometimes forcing the creative makes a person more creative! In this case for me, it did! I like to compare it to mining for gold or diamonds. Sometimes the treasure falls out on the ground in front of you and sometimes you have to go deep and dig it out! But just know that the treasure is always there you just have to discover it!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the group right here!

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Singled Out: Madame Mayhem's All Around The World

We had some much with Madame Mayhem with her last Singled Out that we asked her back for a special Halloween visit to tell us about the song "All Around The World" from her brand new album. Here is the story:

All the songs on my new album "Ready For Me" are super personal. I write about my frustrations, trying to get through the rough times, my anxieties and insecurities, some messed up stuff that has happened to me along the way, relationship devastation, you name it. I noticed only afterwards that audiences are really getting 'the dirt' on me through this album. I was super honest, vulnerable, and didn't hold back during the writing process of these songs.

The first single/video "All Around The World" is the perfect intro to the album. "All Around The World" is really about feeling like it's you against the world, and racing against time. It's about the pressures to succeed in such a short amount of time, people thinking they know best, and are lost in their own worlds, only concerned about themselves. In this rat race we all live in today, it's getting harder and harder to break through, even if you work your ass off. The sound is upbeat. It's kind of a more straight-forward pop punkish vibe. Though we usually are huge fans of incorporating harmonies in our arrangements, my producer Corey Lowery and I thought that since this song is really about feeling like it's just you against the world, we tried to make it sound like just one melody line, one voice, against all this hard hitting music. The verses are also supposed to make you feel that anxiety and panic that I have on a daily basis, as I'm sure many of us do. But it's a super fun song to rock out to when you are just listening to it without over analyzing it.

The music video was a really fun one to shoot. I got to work with Industrialism films once again. I think viewers and listeners are really going to enjoy it!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the official video here and learn more about the album right here!

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