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Robert Plant Talks Current Relationship With Led Zeppelin 2017 In Review

Robert Plant Talks Current Relationship With Led Zeppelin was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Robert Plant continues to resist a reunion with the remaining members of Led Zeppelin, and he's perfectly fine with it. Plant spoke on the current state of his old band during an interview with the New York Times while discussing his new solo album, Carry Fire.

The singer explained that he sees guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist/keyboard player John Paul Jones "from time to time, and it's very civil. "We're enthusiastic toward each other, and each of us does our own things, and that's how it is."

The article points out that the last time the three living members of Led Zeppelin (drummer John Bonham died in 1980) spent any considerable time together, it was during the 2016 lawsuit directed at their legendary song, "Stairway to Heaven." The band was accused of cribbing the tune from Spirit's 'Taurus." A jury ruled in Zeppelin's favor. Read about that here.

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Metallica Make Concert History In The UK 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Metallica Make Concert History In The UK was a top 17 story of October 2017: Metallica made UK concert history this week by breaking the attendance record for shows at the O2 Arena in London. According to IQ, a pair of Metallica dates at the venue - on October 22 and 24 - saw the group perform to a record-setting 22,211 people each night, beating the previous record of 21,000 set by Muse in 2016.

Metallica's 'in-the-round' staging allowed for an extended seating capacity at the venue, and the band were honored with a specially-commissioned illustration by The O2's Head Of Programming, Christian D'Acuna.

"It was an honour to host the heavy metal rock gods at the venue and they did not disappoint," says D'Acuna. "Metallica smashed the highest attendance record during both of their shows at The O2. It was an honour to host the heavy metal rock gods at the venue and they did not disappoint, delivering an incredible show in the round, full of hits spanning their whole career.

"It's been a great year for rock bands at The O2, with the likes of Green Day and Foo Fighters gracing our stage and Queens of the Stone Age and Deep Purple still to come. We hope the epic shows continue with our new 6k-capacity standing floor." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Reunion Tour A Blockbuster Success 2017 In Review

Guns N' Roses Reunion Tour A Blockbuster Success was a top 17 story of October 2017: Guns N' Roses' "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour has been one of the hottest tickets in live music and has now topped the $300 million mark since its launch in April of 2016.

According to Billboard, the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan added $53 million from their 15-show summer run of North American stadiums before more than 535,000 fans to expand the total revenue from the extended global trek.

The summer dates - which opened in St. Louis, MO on July 27 - saw Guns N' Roses snag their highest box office take at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN on July 30, where they raked in $5.5 million from 48,740 sold seats.

The group previously topped the 2017 worldwide tours list in July after earning an industry-leading $151.5 million gross from concerts between January 1 to June 30.

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Marilyn Manson's Twiggy Ramirez Responds To Rape Claim 2017 In Review

Marilyn Manson's Twiggy Ramirez Responds To Rape Claim was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) On Wednesday (Oct. 25), Marilyn Manson fired his longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez (real name Jeordie White) after the musician was accused of rape from his former partner, Jessicka Addams. Now, Ramirez has responded, and while he doesn't exactly deny the claims he says the allegations are new to him and he doesn't condone "non-consensual sex."

"I have only recently been made aware of these allegations from over 20 years ago," Ramirez's statement begins. "I do not condone non-consensual sex of any kind. I will be taking some time to spend with my family and focus on maintaining my several years of sobriety. If I have caused anyone pain I apologize and truly regret it."

Addams, who played in the '90s band Jack Off Jill, aired her accusations against Ramirez in a Facebook post last Friday (Oct. 20). She alleged that while they were together two decades ago, Ramirez forced her to have sex against her will, and that the relationship was abusive in other ways. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Jam With Joe Perry And Liam Gallagher 2017 In Review

Foo Fighters Jam With Joe Perry And Liam Gallagher was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) A Foo Fighters concert is almost always an event, even if the band doesn't invite any other artists to perform with them. But when frontman Dave Grohl brings up one or more of his buddies, the group enters a whole new level of rock and celebration. Fans attending the Grohl-curated Cal Jam on Saturday in San Bernardino, California were treated to just such a memorable event.

During their set, the Foos brought three special guests up for as many covers (via Billboard). First, Rick Asley took the stage and sang a rocking version of his 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up," embellished with aggressive guitar parts similar to passages of Nirvana's legendary "Smells Like Teen Spirit"; The Foos and Astley played the same version during their episode of Carpool Karaoke and earlier at the O2 Arena in London.

A bigger surprise came as Aerosmith's Joe Perry - whose band recently canceled four shows in South America when frontman Steven Tyler fell ill - came up for a cover of Aerosmith's 1973 track "Draw the Line." Perry remained onstage and was joined by ex-Oasis vocalist Liam Gallagher for a cover of The Beatles' "Come Together." The normally immobile Gallagher even left the mic to surf the crowd. Of course, Aerosmith tracked "Come Together" in 1978 for the movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. They recorded it again for the album Live! Bootleg, which was also released that year. And, it appeared in 1980 on Aerosmith's Greatest Hits. Check out come together here.

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Chris Cornell's Widow Searching For Answers In His Death 2017 In Review

Chris Cornell's Widow Searching For Answers In His Death was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) The wife of late rocker Chris Cornell has traveled to Detroit to ask more questions about the Soundgarden frontman's suicide in the city which took place last May.

Sources at the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office confirmed to WWJ Newsradio 950 that Vicky Cornell arrived in Detroit last Friday with an entertainment attorney. They had a meeting scheduled with the Medical Examiner, but were so late that the Examiner wasn't able to keep the appointment. The widow was able to pick up slides that were taken as evidence in the case.

It's unclear at this time if the meeting will be rescheduled. An autopsy conducted by the ME's office concluded the 52-year-old Soundgarden frontman hanged himself in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel, a short time after a sold out concert at the Fox Theatre -- but Vicky Cornell has said she has had a hard time believing he would take his own life. Read more here.

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Rock Legend Tom Petty Confirmed Dead At 66 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Rock Legend Tom Petty Confirmed Dead At 66 was a top 17 story of October 2017: Management confirmed Tom Petty died at the age of 66 in a Santa Monica, CA hospital after being unfound unconscious at his Malibu home.

"On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty," confirmed Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, on behalf of the family.

"He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40pm PST surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends."

TMZ first broke the news of Petty's emergency, which found him unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his residence when EMT's arrived on scene.

In critical condition from the moment he was discovered in distress, the singer was rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital where he was put on life support.

Petty reportedly had no signs of brain activity when he arrived at the hospital and a decision was made to remove him from life support as family, friends and his bandmates gathered on site.

Confirmation of the rocker's death comes hours after it was first reported by CBS News in a breaking news story early Monday based on information obtained officially from the Los Angeles Police Department, with Petty's passing making headlines around the world prematurely; the LAPD later said it was not in a position to confirm the singer's status.

"The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty," tweeted the LAPD. "Initial information was inadvertantly provided to some media sources. However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting." Read more here.

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AC/DC Producer and Brother George Young Dead At 70 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) AC/DC Producer and Brother George Young Dead At 70 was a top 17 story of October 2017: Legendary Australian musician and producer George Young, and older brother of AC/DC guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young, died earlier this week at the age of 70.

"It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young," said the pair in a statement. "Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC.

"As a musician, songwriter, producer, advisor and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man. As a brother, you could not ask for a finer brother. For all he did and gave to us throughout his life, we will always remember him with gratitude and hold him close to our hearts."

Originally based in Glasgow, Scotland, most of the Young family emigrated to Australia in 1963, with George forming The Easybeats in Sydney a year later. The group scored a 1966 No. 1 hit in the members' adopted homeland with "Friday On My Mind", written by Young and fellow guitarist Harry Vanda.

After The Easybeats disbanded in 1970, Vanda and Young became one of Australia's most successful songwriting duos and production teams. The pair produced AC/DC's 1975 debut, "High Voltage", and its follow-up, "T.N.T." - both Australia-only releases - before the debut was reissued internationally in 1976. Vanda and Young were also on board for 1976's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", 1977's "Let There Be Rock" and "1978's "Powerage", as AC/DC became stars in Australia and while gaining pockets of support around the world. Read more here.

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Dave Grohl Opens Up About Dealing With Kurt Cobain's Suicide 2017 In Review

Dave Grohl Opens Up About Dealing With Kurt Cobain's Suicide was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl took a thoughtful and somber trip down memory lane during a new interview where he discussed recovering from the devastation of Kurt Cobain's suicide.

"The Nirvana experience was such a whirlwind," he said during the wide-ranging interview with Hot Press. "It all happened so quickly - exploded without any warning. And then it just disappeared. Life had changed so much it was almost like you had to find something to hold onto so that you didn't get swept away. Once it was over, I couldn't imagine stepping on stage or sitting down at a drum stool and playing music anymore. It would just bring me back to the heartbreaking place of losing Kurt."

He went to reveal how making music served as therapy, as songs he recorded in a random studio planted the seeds that would become the Foo Fighters.

"I felt I had to do it - to exorcise something in my soul," he said of making the band's 1995 debut. "The intention of this band from day one has always been to keep the ball rolling: as musicians, as human beings, as friends. To feel like life keeps moving forward. We still feel like that every time we make a record - every time we step on stage. We feel like life is moving forward and that we're not looking back." Read more here.

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Scorpions Cancel Tour Dates Due To Klaus Meine Illness 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Scorpions Cancel Tour Dates Due To Klaus Meine Illness was a top 17 story of October 2017: The Scorpions have announced that they have cancelled the remaining five dates of their North American tour after singer Klaus Meine was diagnosed with a case of severe laryngitis.

"Klaus Meine has been advised by top throat specialist in Los Angeles to rest his voice," said the band in an official statement. "If he continues the tour, he could risk permanent vocal damage." The group "truly hate to disappoint our fans, and hope to come back to America soon, but this time we have no choice but to cancel."

"It breaks my heart to let you down for the remaining shows in the U.S.," added Meine in a separate statement via social media. "There will be better days.... Rock on."

The affected dates - featuring guests Megadeth - includes shows scheduled over the next week in Phoenix, AZ , San Antonio, TX, Dallas, TX, Fort Lauderdale, FL and Tampa, FL. Read more here.

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KISS Stop Concert To Lead Fans In Pledge of Allegiance 2017 In Review

KISS Stop Concert To Lead Fans In Pledge of Allegiance was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) KISS want to rock and roll all night and pledge allegiance every day? Legendary rockers KISS took a moment to get patriotic during a show at the Gretna Heritage Festival in New Orleans over the weekend (Sept. 30), leading the audience in a mass reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to Nola.com, the band paused to welcome Army Major Steve Roberts to the stage to thank him for more than 30 years of military service. "It's always cool to love your country," frontman Paul Stanley told the festival crowd. "Some people believe that freedom is free."

As expected, crowd response to the moment was varied, with one fan tweeting that it was "pretty damn cool," while another more disgruntled attendee called it "the least rock and roll thing I've ever seen." Check out fan footage of the pledge seen.- Bantam Foxes (@BantamFoxes) October 01, 2017 Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses and Def Leppard Stars Lead Guest Lineup On New Album 2017 In Review

Guns N' Roses and Def Leppard Stars Lead Guest Lineup On New Album was a top 17 story of October 2017: Members of Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, The Clash and The Cult lead the guest star lineup on the new album from the recently reactivated Sex Pistol's offshoot The Professionals.

The band was originally founded by Sex Pistols' drummer Paul Cook and guitarist Steve Jones in 1979 but they split in the early 80s. Cook has resurrected the band with Paul Myers and Tom Spencer with Jones not being able to take part because he lives in the U.S.

Their new studio album will be entitled "What In The World" and is scheduled to hit stores on October 27th. The band recruited an impressive roster of guest musicians including Steve Jones who plays on three tracks, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, Def Leppard's Phil Collen, The Clash's Mick Jones, Billy Duffy of The Cult, Marco Pirroni from Adam & The Ants, and 3 Colours Red's Chris McCormack. Read more here.

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Bob Seger Halted Tour To Address Urgent Medical Issue 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Bob Seger Halted Tour To Address Urgent Medical Issue was a top 17 story of October 2017: Bob Seger has postponed the remaining 19 dates on his Runaway Train tour "upon receiving his doctor's orders to attend to an urgent medical issue concerning his vertebrae."

"I'm so disappointed to have to suspend the tour as the band is on a great roll," says Seger. "It's a privilege to play for our amazing fans. Hoping to be back out on the road very soon."

The news comes after the Detroit rocker postponed a September 30 concert in Columbus, OH following a performance in Pittsburgh, PA on September 28. Rescheduled dates will be announced when available; tickets sold for concerts that are being rescheduled will be honored at the new dates.

Seger launched the 2017 North American shows in Toledo, OH on August 24. See the postponed dates here.

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Marilyn Manson Suffers Stage Accident and Postpones Tour 2017 In Review

Marilyn Manson Suffers Stage Accident and Postpones Tour was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) Marilyn Manson has postponed nine shows after being injured in a freak stage accident Saturday night (Sept. 30) in New York City. In the middle of a show at the Hammerstein Ballroom, a set piece (two larger-than-life revolvers) collapsed on Manson, who was rushed to the hospital.

The band was in the middle of their hit cover of Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and Manson appeared to be shaking the metal bars on the stage prop when it fell on top of him. Manson's management has not confirmed the extent of his injuries but stated that the singer will be recovering at home in Los Angeles, according to Variety.

Manson was taken from the venue on a stretcher but is expected to resume his tour on October 15 in Grand Prairie, Texas. Manson's reps said the most significant injury affected his leg, but that the hard rocker would be "fine."

Rescheduled dates for Manson's postponed shows have not been announced. See footage of the alarming New York stage mishap here.

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Pavement May Reunite For 30th Anniversary 2017 In Review

(Gibson) Pavement May Reunite For 30th Anniversary was a top 17 story of October 2017: Pavement came together in Stockton, California in 1989. Over the course of the next decade, they would go on to become of the most critically-acclaimed and influential indie rock bands of all time, sticking fiercely to their 'indie' reputation over the course of five albums from 1992 to 1999.

After disbanding in 1999, Pavement came back together in 2010 to tour before wrapping things up once more. Another reunion was floated by the band's members in 2015, but frontman Stephen Malkmus declined.

Now, there's talk once more of another Pavement reunion, with guitarist Scott Kannberg mentioning the possibility in a recent interview. Speaking to the Italian podcast Radio Cittá Del Capo, Kannberg says there's been some talk of getting the band back together, saying, "We haven't really discussed it, but there has been some talk about our 30th anniversary in 2019, maybe doing some stuff, so stay tuned!" Read more here.

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Jimi Hendrix Fans Drive To Rename Greenwich Village Street After Him 2017 In Review

(Gibson) Jimi Hendrix Fans Drive To Rename Greenwich Village Street After Him was a top 17 story of October 2017: (Radio.com) A group of New York residents in Greenwich Village have started a petition to rename a local street in honor of music legend Jimi Hendrix. New Yorkers living in the area want to rename the block of Eighth Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues after Hendrix, who is believed to have lived in a cottage apartment on that block.

The space is adjacent to the legendary Electric Lady Studios, which the guitarist built before his untimely death in 1970. "Gentrification is killing us," business owner Richard Geist, who opened Uncle Sam's Army Navy on the street in 1998, told the New York Times. "Eighth Street has lost the magic and we want to bring that magic back, and bring traffic back to help business."

Getting the street co-named after Hendrix will require a lengthy and complex process (the honorary name is typically posted along with the original). The City Council reportedly approves approximately 100 new street names each year. Read more here.

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Steven Tyler Addresses Health Speculation Over Tour Cancelation 2017 In Review

(hennemusic) Steven Tyler Addresses Health Speculation Over Tour Cancelation was a top 17 story of October 2017: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has issued an updated on his health status following reports that he may have experienced a possible seizure that resulted in the cancellation of the final dates of the band's South American tour.

A story in The Boston Globe this past week indicated that the news outlet was told by a source close to the band that the 69-year-old suffered a seizure after the show that led him to return home immediately to seek medical treatment

"It breaks my heart to have left this tour early," posted Tyler on his social media sites on September 30. "The band has never played better - just watch the hundred thousand people at Rock In Rio.

"I give you all an A+ for creative speculations but I certainly did not have a heart attack or a seizure (unless Joe Perry is takin' a rippin' lead). Sorry to have cut the tour short, but I had to have a procedure that only my doc in the States could perform.

"We've been to Tel Aviv, to Russia, to Rio, and all the in between… I guess it's true what they say... that life's a pisser when Eu're A Peein'..." Read more here.

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