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Ace Frehley Reunites With Frehley's Comet Members

(hennemusic) Ace Frehley reunited with a pair of his Frehley's Comet bandmates during his September 15 show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY, and video of the performance is streaming online.

Vocalist Tod Howarth and bassist John Regan joined Frehley to perform "Rock Soliders" from Frehley's Comet's 1987 self-titled debut, and the 1974 KISS classic, "Cold Gin", as the final two tunes in Frehley's main set before the guitarist returned for an encore.

The pair were members of Frehley's first solo project after leaving KISS in 1982, appearing on both the debut and 1988's "Second Sighting" leases. The reunion took place by chance as Howarth and Regan's current band, Four By Fate, were also performing at the Poughkeepsie venue on a three-band bill headlined by Frehley. Four By Fate - which also includes guitarist Pat Gasperini and ex-Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso - released their album debut, "Relentless", last year.

Frehley will have another reunion with a former bandmate on September 20 when he joins fellow original KISS member Gene Simmons for a performance at The Children Matter Benefit Concert at CHS Field Stadium in St. Paul, MN on September 20 in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey. Watch video of the reunion jam here.

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U2 Cancel St. Louis Concert Over Security Concerns

(hennemusic) U2 cancelled their scheduled September 16 concert at the Dome At America's Center in St. Louis. MO over security concerns as protests in the Midwest city erupted following news that a white former police officer had been acquitted in the 2011 shooting of a black driver.

"We have been informed by the St. Louis Police Department that they are not in a position to provide the standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event of this size," said U2 and promoters Live Nation in a joint statement on Saturday. "We have also been informed that local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity.

"In light of this information, we cannot in good conscience risk our fans' safety by proceeding with tonight's concert. As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment."

Fans who purchased tickets online will receive a refund on the credit card tickets were ordered on. Refunds for non-internet purchases will be available starting September 18 at 10am at point of purchase.

CNN reports protesters in St. Louis blocked highways and threw rocks at the mayor's house Friday after former police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted in the 2011 shooting death of driver Anthony Lamar Smith. Read more here.

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David Lee Roth Live Performance Streaming Online

(hennemusic) David Lee Roth performed at a benefit for The Brent Shapiro Foundation at a private estate in Beverly Hills, CA on September 9, and video from the event is streaming online

The Van Halen frontman delivered a four-song set that featured a pair of covers from his 1985 EP, "Crazy From The Heat" - "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" and "California Girls" - alongside Van Halen's 1978 cover of John Brim's "Ice Cream Man", and the band's only US No. 1 hit, "Jump."

Hosted by actor Mario Lopez, the "Summer Spectacular Under The Stars" event raised more than $1 million for drug awareness and prevention programs by The Brent Shapiro Foundation.

Launched by Robert and Linell Shapiro, the organization is named in honor of their late son, who battled with alcohol and drugs on and off throughout his short life before passing away after a night of substance abuse at the age of 24.

The foundation and its signature Brent's Club program works in conjunction with The Boys & Girls Club Of America to provide incentives for kids to abstain from drugs. Watch the full set here.

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Foo Fighters Get Animated For Concrete And Gold

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters launched their ninth album, "Concrete And Gold", on September 15 with a new animated video trailer that details the making of the new record.

Directed by Visual Creatures and illustrated by Joe Garber, the project was written and narrated by head Foo Dave Grohl. The rocker reveals how he connected with producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia) and some of the special guests who appear on the set - including Justin Timberlake and Paul McCartney.

"Concrete And Gold" was introduced earlier this year with the lead single, "Run", and previewed in the past month with "The Sky Is A Neighbourhood" and "The Line."

The Foo Fighters will open a fall US tour with their own Cal Jam 17 festival at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, CA on October 7. The band's salute to the original 1970s California Jam festivals will see them joined by more than a dozen acts, including Queens of the Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, Royal Blood, Japandroids, Wolf Alice, Bob Mould, and more.

The Foos will follow the Cal Jam 17 event with an October 12 performance at the grand opening of the new Washington, DC venue, Anthem, before bringing their live show to arenas across the US, with dates scheduled into December. Watch the video here.

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Evanescence Stream New Song 'Imperfection'

(Radio.com) Gothic rockers Evanescence have returned with a new song, "Imperfection." The track is taken from the band's upcoming remix album, Synthesis, which will be released on November 10th.

It's one of two new tracks slated for the album, the other being "Hi-Lo" which features violinist Lindsey Stirling. "For me, this is the most important song on the album," explained singer Amy Lee in a press statement. "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. 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."

"I'm singing from the perspective of the person left behind, the person in the waiting room," she added. "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."

Synthesis is billed as "a reimagining of some of Evanescence's best-loved songs recorded with a full orchestra and electronic combined with the band." Check out the explicit track here.

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The Killers Release New Song 'Some Kind of Love'

(Radio.com) The Killers' march toward the release of Wonderful Wonderful continues with the album's soaring fourth single: A Brian Eno-inspired track called "Some Kind of Love."

The song is based on a melody from Eno's 1983 record "An Ending (Ascent)," and features atmospheric synthesizers building to a climax. Eno is credited as a writer on "Some Kind of Love" and like much of the Killers' music, it feels like a love note to their various sonic influences.

So far, fans have heard Wonderful Wonderful's title track as well as "Run for Cover" and lead single "The Man." Wonderful Wonderful drops September 22. Listen to "Some Kind of Love" here.

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Rolling Stones Release Live 'Brown Sugar' Video

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming video of their classic 1971 hit, "Brown Sugar", from the September 29 release of "Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015."

Part of the band's ongoing "From The Vault" series, the package presents the group performing their legendary 1971 album in its entirety - for the first and only time - at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 20, 2015.

The rare theater event was a warm-up show just days before the Stones launched their Zip Code tour of North America, and the release of an expanded reissue of the classic 1971 set.

The intimate setting of the 1,200 capacity Fonda Theatre was in contrast to the huge stadiums in which the band would perform for the rest of the tour.

Launched with the lead single, "Brown Sugar", "Sticky Fingers" debuted at No. 1 and enjoyed a four-week stay atop the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 3 million copies.

"Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015"will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats. Read more and watch the video
here.

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Metallica Release Video Of ManUnkind Live Debut

(hennemusic) Metallica delivered the live debut of the of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" track, "ManUNkind", at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France on September 10, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The group are also sharing professional video of the "Death Magnetic" track, "The Day That Never Comes", from a September 8 appearance at the same venue.

The two shows in Paris marked the band's fourth and fifth shows on a European tour that opened at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2 and will wrap up with two dates in Antwerp, Belgium in early November.

Following the fall run, Metallica will release a series of 30th anniversary reissues of their 1986 album classic, "Master Of Puppets", on November 10. The group's major label debut became thrash metal's first platinum album on its way to US sales of more than 6 million copies. Watch the videos here.

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Fall Out Boy Aid Chicago Elementary Schools

(Radio.com) Fall Out Boy have revealed that they are lending a helping hand to Chicago schools with the creation of the Fall Out Boy Fund which will go to help fund programs.

"To kick things off, we're donating money to Back to the Roots, an organization that brings gardening and food education to schools and helps inspire kids to experience the magic of growing their own food," reads a statement on their official site.

\"With the funds, we're able to provide 20,000 elementary school kids in the Chicago area with an organic gardening kit and Back to the Roots curriculum to each student." Read more here.

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Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard Optimistic Amid Troubled Times

(Radio.com) Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard shared an emotional message for our turbulent times via the band's official website. Gossard acknowledged a wide range of troubles, including the recent hurricanes, and the violence in Charlottesville. But he also offered a message optimistic of hope.

"There is so much happening in the world right now … a seemingly endless string of heartbreaking events … it feels relentless … forest fires across the western United States and Canada … hurricanes, floods and wreckage in Texas and the southeastern States and the Caribbean ' the hate marches and violence erupting in Charlottesville now cropping up around the country … the earthquake in Mexico … the threat of nuclear war from North Korea … the famine in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria … the ethnic-cleansing in Myanmar (formerly Burma) … the recent devastation in India, Nepal, Bangladesh … the ongoing conflict in the Middle East ' and more. So much more.

"We wish we could reach out to each one of you individually because we know you're likely hurting from one or more of these things. Please know we are feeling all this too and thinking about everyone and trying to do as many things as we can to help as many people as possible. We know you're all doing the same. Hang on to each other". Read more here.

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Neil Young Releases Animated 'Powderfinger' Video

(Radio.com) Neil Young has shared a music video for his song "Powderfinger." The recording comes from Young's long-lost Hitchhiker which has finally seen the light of day.

The solo acoustic album was originally recorded by Young in the summer of 1976, but wasn't officially released until earlier this month, over four decades later.

The track "Powderfinger" also appeared on Young's 1979 album Rust Never Sleeps, which found the singer backed by frequent collaborators Crazy Horse. Check out the new animated clip here.

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