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Aerosmith Cancel Tour As Steven Tyler Seeks Medical Care

(hennemusic) Aerosmith have cancelled the final four shows of a South American tour after Steven Tyler was forced to deal with "unexpected medical issues" on the advice of his doctors.

"Steven Tyler is seeking immediate care and has been advised by his doctors that he cannot travel or perform at this time," said the Boston band in a statement. "Therefore, the last four shows of the South American tour will be canceled.

"Steven is expected to make a full recovery. With proper rest and treatment he will be back on his feet soon rocking the world." The affected dates include stops scheduled over the next two weeks in Curitiba, Brazil (Sep 27); Santiago, Chile (Sep 30); Rosario, Argentina (Oct 3); and, Monterrey, Mexico (Oct 7).

"To everybody in South America....Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico... I'm very sorry and feel like I've let you down," says Tyler. "I won't be able to continue the last four shows of this tour. I flew back to the US on doctor's orders last night after the show in Săo Paulo. Please not to worry... I am not in a life threatening condition, but I need to deal with this right away, and get some rest and medical care immediately in order to sustain and maintain my future performances.

"I promise I'll be back...unfortunately, health does not wait and it's something even I can't schedule around our shows... As they say, 'We humans make plans, and God laughs...' I love you all and will be back with you soon." Read more here.

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Robert Plant Announces American Tour And Streams Chrissie Hynde Duet

(hennemusic) Robert Plant has announced dates for an early 2018 tour of North America in support of his forthcoming album, "Carry Fire." The 3-week run of theaters will begin in Raleigh, NC on February 9, with shows wrapping up in Los Angeles on March 2; more dates will be announced later this year.

Plant's eleventh solo album marks the follow-up to 2014's "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar", which debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the US Billboard 200.

In addition to the North American tour news, Plant has also released an animated video featuring a duet with Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde on the Ersel Hickey rockabilly classic, "Bluebirds Over the Mountain", from the forthcoming package. See the tour dates and stream the song here.

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Wiz Khalifa Pays Tribute to Chester Bennington

(Radio.com) Tributes to fallen Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington continue to roll in, this time for rap star Wiz Khalifa. The moment occurred during this year's edition of the Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas over the weekend (Sept. 24).

The tribute happened between songs when Khalifa's band started playing Linkin Park's "In the End," from the band's storied 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory. Fans quickly joined in, providing the vocals.

The tribute was captured and shared via the following tweet, "Wiz Khalifa showing some love to Linkin Park at lib tonight ❤️ https://t.co/tgkXqyvEKk— Daniel (@leinvden) September 24, 2017". Watch the moment here.

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David Bowie Musicians Announce Tribute Tour

(Radio.com) A talented group of artists that played with music legend David Bowie over the decades will join forces for a 2018 tribute tour across 26 cities in North America and Europe.

The main performers for Celebrating David Bowie are King Crimson multi-instrumentalist and singer Adrian Belew, Pianist Mike Garson, guitarist Gerry Leonard and bassist Carmine Rojas. Fishbone vocalist Angelo Moore and Guatemalan singer/guitarist Gaby Moreno. are also part of the lineup, which will be augmented by "addition special guests," according to the official tour site.

Garson was the first of the featured musicians to perform with Bowie; he played live on the Ziggy Stardust tour in 1972 and 1973 and is on Aladdin Sane, reports Spin. Belew joined The Thin White Duke on guitar for several world tours and was the music director for Bowie's 1990 Sound+Vision tour.

Rojas played bass on album recordings of "Let's Dance" and "Modern, Love" and Leonard played guitar on 2002's Heathen, 2003's Reality and 2013's The Next Day (2013).

The Celebrating Bowie tour launches in Paris on January 10, 2018 and runs through March 11 in Portland, Oregon. See all the date here.

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Kid Rock Sets Attendance Record With Detroit Shows

Kid Rock has yet another reason to celebrate after he set an attendance record with his run of six sold out shows at the Little Caesars Arena in his home town of Detroit.

Rock was recruited to be the first music star to play the new venue and according his camp he set a new record after selling 86,893 tickets for his shows on September 12, 13, 15, 16, 19 and 20th.

He has also been making headlines recently with the hints that he may be launching a campaign run for the U.S. Senate for his home state of Michigan but he has also given fans some new music.

Kid released a new single called "Tennessee Mountain Top" earlier this month and will be servicing the track to country radio beginning on October 2nd. Stream the song here.

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Singled Out: Disciples of Babylon's Without You

Disciples of Babylon are releasing their new album 'The Rise and Fall of Babylon' on October 6th. To celebrate we asked Eric Knight to tell us about the lead single "Without You". Here is the story:

Without You which is our first single off of our new record 'The Rise and Fall of Babylon' was one of those songs that evolved a bit from what it originally was. I remember having a hard time coming up with a concrete melody for this track.

We came up with the initial structure for it pretty quickly but even then the arrangement kept changing quite a bit. We find ourselves our own worst critics when it comes to writing music. We've tried to set the bar so high that we are constantly editing ourselves until we feel the track is tight and concise. I remember we were at rehearsals before a big show of ours and I think we weren't having a lot of luck locking the arrangement down or vocal parts. We came out of there that day kinda frustrated. That night I was trying to finish writing lyrics for the song when I had this melody come into my head for the beginning section of the song, these "whoa" parts. It was at that moment for me that everything came together and kinda glued the whole track together. I remember coming back to our next rehearsal the very next day telling the guys I think I've got the answer. They heard it and dug it we then everything came together with the arrangement and the rest was history.

The song is about coming to terms and rising up from a situation in a relationship that you know is not going to work out even after trying so hard in the process to make it work. It's a song of empowerment to a certain degree and hope.

It's not coming from a standpoint of hurting the other person even though they've hurt you during the course of the relationship. It's one of reaching that final closure.

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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Pearl Jam Stream Live Video From Let's Play Two Concert Film

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam are streaming a performance of their 1994 track, "Corduroy", as a preview to the debut of their concert film, "Let's Play Two", and the release of its companion soundtrack album on September 29.

Directed by Danny Clinch, the project captures footage from the final two shows of the band's 2016 North American tour at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL last August.

"The first time you walk into Wrigley Field," says frontman and lifelong Chicago Cubs fan Eddie Vedder in a newly-released trailer, "it's like stepping into Oz."

The film's title pays tribute to the late Cubs great Ernie Banks, who shared his love of the game with his legendary catchphrase: "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame…let's play two!"

"In my films and photographs, I love to explore the relationship between a band, their fans and the location," says Clinch. "When it happens that the main characters of your film are Pearl Jam, the Chicago Cubs, their fans, and Wrigley Field during a historic moment, you know it's going to be epic. Our instincts were correct to follow the story and it took us to a historic Game 7 of the World Series ending a hundred-and-eight-year drought for the Cubs. I have learned to welcome the unexpected and it always pays off if you're ready for it." Watch the video and read more here.

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Foo Fighters Play Classic Song On Jools Holland

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters rocked their 2002 classic, "Times Like These", as part of a 25th anniversary special for the BBC's "Later.. With Jools Holland" program in London on September 21, and official video from the event is streaming online.

The Royal Albert Hall concert featured performances by Paul Weller, Van Morrison, Dizzee Rascal, KT Tunstall and more as musicians and fans alike turned up to celebrate the former Squeeze keyboardist's lengthy broadcast career on BBC 2, which to date has delivered 50 series and over 360 programs on the UK television network.

The Foos delivered a five-song set during the appearance, which followed the recent release of their new album, "Concrete And Gold." The group's ninth set was co-produced by the band and Greg Kurstin (Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Sia) and mixed by Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead). Watch the performance here.

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Dope Announce Special Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Release

Dope have announced that they are releasing a special limited edition package on December 1st to celebrate their 20th anniversary featuring an original story book and soundtrack of how it all began for them.

Entitled "Dope: The Early Years 1997 / 1998" the collection will include -32 page story booklet, filled with never before seen photos, accompanied by Edsel Dopes personal story of how it all began.

It will also feature 20 Remastered tracks, available for the first time ever in digital form. These are the Original Bedroom Demos that led to the bands rise to the top of the NYC club scene. And 4 previously unreleased songs.

Edsel Dope had this to say, "I can't believe that it's been 20 years since I started this band back in 1997. I couldn't be more excited to share this unique package, along with the true / uncensored story of how it all begin.

"This was something that only a small community of people in NYC were able to share with us, back in the day. To be able to bring this to our fans all across the world 20 years later is surreal for me..

"I designed the entire package myself and I went to great lengths to create something that our Die Hard fans would greatly appreciate." It can be preordered here.

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The Misfits Reunion Going Vegas This Winter

The Misfits have announced that they will be continuing their reunion with a special show in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 28th.

The new Sin City show will feature support from Alkaline Trio, Discharge and Fear and will come ahead of the previously announced Los Angeles area reunion show at The Forum, which will be taking place on December 30th and sold out within 60 seconds, according to Metal Hammer.

The lineup will feature original Misfits members Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein along with Slayer legend Dave Lombardo on drums and guitarist Acey Slade. Read more details here.

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David Gilmour Releases New Video From Live At Pompeii Film

(hennemusic) David Gilmour is streaming a preview clip of Pink Floyd's 1973 classic, "The Great Gig In The Sky", from his "Live At Pompeii" concert film ahead of its release in various formats on September 29.

"We did 'The Great Gig In The Sky' there, which we hadn't done before on that tour, and I hadn't done for years and years," says Gilmour. "Louise Marshall and our singers had put together an arrangement that was fantastic, and we couldn't wait to do it and we had to stop ourselves from giving it away early."

The rarely-performed tune is one of five songs from the UK band's legendary 1973 release - alongside "Money", "Us And Them", "Time" and "Breathe (Reprise)" - that went on to become one of the biggest-selling albums in music history at more than 50 million copies worldwide while continuing to be in demand as each year passes.

Directed by Gavin Elder, "Live At Pompeii" features Gilmour's 2016 concerts in support of 2015's "Rattle That Lock" 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 2017 project will be available on 2-CD, Blu-ray, 2-DVD, 4-LP, deluxe Blu-ray box and digital download.
here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Confusion' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed the "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" track "Confusion" at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany on September 16, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The completion of the band's second of two nights at the Cologne venue signalled the start of a month-long break from a fall European tour that opened at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2.

Metallica will resume the trek with a pair of performances at The O2 Arena in London that begin on October 22 and will wrap up with two dates in Antwerp, Belgium in early November. Watch the video here.

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Walk The Moon Set New Album Release Date, Announce Tour

(Radio.com) Walk the Moon is gearing up for an extensive run of tour dates. The band has announced their upcoming Press Restart Tour in support of new album, What If Nothing, which is set for release on Nov. 10.

The band is working with Tunespeak for presale tickets by registering on Facebook. With Tunespeak, fans can earn points by doing a number of free actions such as pre-saving What If Nothing, streaming the new single "One Foot," and sharing with their friends.

Fans will receive their presale codes on October 2. The public on-sale for the 'Press Restart Tour" is October 6th. Check out all of the dates for the North American trek here.

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Frank Zappa Halloween 77 Box Set Announced

Frank Zappa's legendary Halloween New York City 1977 residency is set to be released on October 20th as massive Halloween 77 costume box set that will featured 158 tracks on usb drive in 24-bit audio and Retro Zappa Mask and Costume. We were sent the following details:

By 1977, Frank Zappa's Halloween shows were already the stuff of legends. While the shows began in the late '60s, around 1972, these monumental performances would become annual events, initially in Passaic, NJ and Chicago, IL before moving to New York City in 1974, where they'd remain. NYC (and its audience) had become a special place for Zappa and the synchronization of Halloween in NYC proved to be the perfect match. From October 28-31, 1977, Zappa and his band played six historic shows at the 3,000 capacity Palladium. All the performances were recorded with four being filmed, resulting in Zappa's mammoth film project, "Baby Snakes."

Following the news that Frank Zappa will be going back on tour, the Zappa Family Trust and Universal are proud to announce that Zappa's legendary Halloween residency of 1977 will be released for the first time in its entirety on October 20 via Zappa Records/UMe just in time for the 40th Anniversary of these shows. The Halloween 77 box set will include all six concerts with 158 tracks (mixed in 2016 from original vault masters) loaded onto a "Zappa's Oh Punky" fun size candy bar-shaped USB drive in 24-bit WAV audio. The package will also include a 28-page digital booklet featuring never-before-seen photos and liner notes from Vaultmeister Joe Travers, co-producer of the box alongside Ahmet Zappa, and personal firsthand accounts from many of Zappa's bandmates, crew and fans who were there, including guitarist Adrian Belew, percussionist Ed Mann, keyboard tech Thomas Nordegg, tour manager Phil Kaufman, and fan Janet "The Planet" Walley. In the spirit of Zappa's favorite season, the specially designed, limited run box will include a retro Halloween mask and costume of the maestro himself. In addition to the box set, a 3CD version will also be available featuring the entire Halloween night show plus select tracks from the October 30th gig. Fans looking for a specific show will be able to purchase the concert of their choice digitally on release day. Read more
here.

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