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Eagles Glenn Frey's Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

(hennemusic) Cindy Frey has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan over the January 18, 2016 passing of her late husband, Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey.

Reuters reports Frey's suit accuses the hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence for failing to properly treat the rocker's ulcerative colitis, diagnose and treat infection, and advise of the risks and side effects from treatment.

The complaint alleges that as a result of the negligence, "Glenn Frey was rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled," and suffered pain and mental anguish prior to his death from what The Eagles announced as "complications from acute ulcerative colitis, pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis."

Frey is seeking unspecified damages in the suit which, in this case, was filed just two days before the expiration of New York's two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death cases. State law requires lawyers to consult with doctors in medical malpractice actions before suing, to determine whether cases have merit.

In the days following Frey's passing, Eagles manager Irving Azoff blamed the death in part on the medications he was taking. "The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds," explained Azoff. "He died from complications of ulcer and colitis after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis which he had for over 15 years." Read more here.

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Previously-Unreleased Jimi Hendrix Track Streaming Online

(hennemusic) The team behind Jimi Hendrix is streaming a previously-unreleased cover of the Muddy Waters classic, "Mannish Boy", as the lead track from the iconic rocker's forthcoming album "Both Sides Of The Sky."

The tune was recorded by the trio that would come to be known as Band Of Gypsys - Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles - during their first-ever recording session on April 22, 1969 at the Record Plant in New York.

This lineup would go on to make its public debut during four performances at the city's Fillmore East on New Year's Eve 1969 and New Year's Day 1970, from which the live albums "Band Of Gypsys" (1970) and "Machine Gun" (2016) are derived.

Due March 9, the 13-track "Both Sides Of The Sky" delivers 10 unreleased tunes and marks the third volume in a trilogy from the Hendrix archives, following 2010's "Valleys Of Neptune" and 2013's "People, Hell And Angels."

Produced by Eddie Kramer alongside John McDermott and Janie Hendrix - the guitarist's sister and president of Experience Hendrix - the project includes guest appearances by Johnny Winter, Stepehen Stills, Lonnie Youngblood and original Jimi Hendrix Experience members Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding.

"It was amazing just to watch him in the studio or live," explains Kramer. "The brain kicks off the thought process - it goes through his brain through his heart and through his hands and onto the guitar, and it's a seamless process. It's like a lead guitar and a rhythm guitar at the same time, and it's scary. There's never been another Jimi Hendrix, at least in my mind."

"Both Sides Of The Sky" will be issued via multiple formats, including CD, digital and a numbered, 180-gram audiophile double-vinyl. Stream the song here.

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Jack White Announces Boarding House Reach Tour

(hennemusic) Jack White has announced dates for tours of North America and Europe in support of his forthcoming album "Boarding House Reach." Following the project's March 23 release, White will open an extensive North American run in his hometown of Detroit, MI on April 19.

The trek's first leg will conclude in Toronto, ON on June 9, following which White will head to Europe for five shows, including a pair each at London's Hammersmith Apollo and L'Olympia in Paris, with a July 2 stop in Amsterdam; a second North American leg will begin in Minneapolis, MN on August 6 before wrapping up in Las Vegas on August 23.

Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance of the public on sale during the Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale to ensure tickets get directly into the hands of the fans. Registration for Ticketmaster Verified Fan is currently open and continues until Friday, January 19 at 11:59 PM ET. Verified Fan registration is available at jackwhite.tmverifiedfan.com

A Third Man Records Vault members presale will begin on Monday, January 22 at 10am local time, with general public seats on sale Friday, January 26 at 10am local time.

Every online ticket purchased in North America for the shows will include a physical copy of "Boarding House Reach" on CD or standard black vinyl LP.

White self-produced his first record in four years, which he recorded at his Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN, as well as Sear Sound in New York, NY, and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

The set is being previewed with a video for the project's lead single, "Connected By Love", the first song the rocker wrote for the project. Watch the video and see the tour dates here.

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The Cranberries Dolores O'Riordan Cause of Death Under Investigation

(Radio.com) There is still no official cause of death for The Cranberries lead vocalist Dolores O'Riordan - who died in London Monday (Jan. 15) at the age of 46 - but police have said her death was not suspicious.

At first, officials called the death 'unexplained" after O'Riordan's body was found at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London. She was in the city to record a version of The Cranberries hit 'Zombie" with the Los Angeles rock band the Bad Wolves.

On Tuesday (Jan. 16), however, police said they discovered nothing unusual at the scene and her cause of death will now be investigated by a coroner's office. Read more here.

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Dave Matthews Band Announce New Album And Summer Tour

(Radio.com) 2018 is set to be a banner year for fans of the Dave Matthews Band with a new album and tour on the way. The group revealed that they are "putting the finishing touches" on a new album, with the new full-length set for release this summer, according to a press release.

Matthews and company will also embark on an extensive summer tour, which is scheduled to kick off on May 18 in The Woodlands, Texas at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

An online ticket presale for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association is underway now. Every online ticket order for the 2018 summer tour, purchased by May 17, 2018, will include a copy of the new album when it is released.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 2, at 10 AM local time here. See the complete tour itinerary here.

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Vixen's Janet Gardner Recovering From Emergency Brain Surgery

Vixen frontman Janet Gardner is recovering from emergency brain surgery and was inspired by fans to release the music video for her new single "Candle" early.

The song comes from her recently released self-titled debut solo album. Janet had this to say, "This song is deeply personal to me. It is about a very difficult time in my life, the passing of my parents. I wanted to be their Candle, and get them through that moment," Janet explains on the meaning of "Candle."

"Now, at another very difficult moment in my life, so many of you have deeply touched me with your wonderful thoughts, prayers, and support. Thank you all so much for being my Candle." Watch the video here.

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Queen, Bowie, Stones, Aerosmith Among Grammy Hall Of Fame Inductees

(hennemusic) Legendary albums by Queen, Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix and singles by Aerosmith, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones are among the inductees into the 2018 Grammy Hall Of Fame.

Queen's 1975 effort, "A Night At The Opera", Nirvana's 1991 smash, "Nevermind", Jimi Hendrix's 1970 set "Band Of Gypsys" and Mike Oldfield's 1973 classic, "Tubular Bells", are the rock albums selected for entry by The Recording Academy alongside singles by Aerosmith ("Dream On"), David Bowie ("Space Oddity") and The Rolling Stones ("Paint It Black").

The rockers are joined by a host of classic recordings that include works by Sam Cooke, The Four Tops, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong, among others as part of the annual list of 25 records that are at least 25 years old and honored for their qualitative or historical significance.

"The Grammy Hall Of Fame strives to embody the changing climate of music throughout these past decades, always acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which the Academy has become known," says Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "Iconic and inspiring, these recordings are an integral part of our musical, social, and cultural history, and we are proud to have added them to our growing catalog."

Queen's fourth album, "A Night At The Opera" delivered the group's groundbreaking classic, "Bohemian Rhapsody", earning the group their first No. 1 UK single and first US Top 5 record. Watch the video and see the full list here.

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Supergroup Legend Of The Seagullmen Release New Song

Tool, Mastodon and Zappa Meets Zappa supergroup Legend Of The Seagullmen have released a stream of their new single "The Fogger", the second track revealed from their forthcoming debut album.

The band features Tool drummer Danny Carey, Mastodon' Brent Hinds, singer David Dreyer, Zappa Meets Zappa's Peter Griffin, keyboardist Chris DiGiovanni and the film director Jimmy Hayward on guitar.

The group's new self-titled album, which will also including their previously released track "Shipswreck", is scheduled to hit stores on February 9th. The band says that the new track is a "mystical aquatic tale about The Seagullmen's very own drummer, Danny Carey.

"He stalks the ocean in search of users, abusers and polluters and deals lethal justice with his third eye while ripping the faces from skulls, just like he does during the punishing and beautifully complex drum solo in the middle of the song.

"The solo explodes into a furious conclusion, leaving no doubt about the karmic justice and pure ferocious power of The Fogger!" Check it out here.

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The Dead Daisies Announce New Album 'Burn It Down'

The Dead Daisies have announced that they will be releasing their brand new studio album, which will be entitled "Burn it Down," on April 6th via Spitfire Music / SPV.

Frontman John Corabi had the following to say about the new album, "I'm extremely excited about our new record Burn It Down! It was a pleasure to once again work with Marti Frederiksen and the band on what I believe is the next great step in The Dead Daisies journey. This is a balls-out old school rock record!!! Enjoy it, and see you all on our massive 2018 world tour!!!! Peace, Crabby"

Guitarist Doug Aldrich added theses comments about the effort that they recorded in Nashville, "The new Daisies album will melt your face! It is raw and in-your-face with a whole new sound!" Read more here.

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MGMT Announces New Album 'Like Dark Age' And Tour

MGMT have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, "Like Dark Age" on February 9th and have also revealed a behind the scenes video.

The new behind the scenes clip was captured during the making of the new album at the Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, New York and is available to stream online here.

The band has also revealed North American tour dates in support of the new effort. The trek will be kicking off on March 3rd in St. Paul, MN at Myth and is preceded by a number of European dates. See the new album's tracklisting and all of the upcoming dates here.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Release 'The Luddite' Video

Corrosion Of Conformity have released a brand new music video for their track "The Luddite". It comes from the group's just released new album "No Cross No Crown".

The album was released last week and is the veteran group's first studio effort with Pepper Keenan since their 2005 album "In The Arms Of God". Pepper had this to say: "Corrosion Of Conformity and the prior records I've done with them didn't just go away. It's an honour to be back out there and have an opportunity to do it again in a real way and not some washed-up reunion thing.

"Even before we wrote the record, we were out there for a year seeing there was a demand for it and that there was a void that we could fill. That's been Corrosion Of Conformity's deal from day one. We're not chasing anybody around. We're not gonna worry about what the new trends are." Watch the video here.

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New Found Glory, Bayside, The Movielife Announce Sick Tour

New Found Glory have announced that they will soon be hitting the road for The Sick Tour, which will feature support from Bayside, The Movielife, and former Yellowcard frontman Ryan Key.

Key will also be performing with New Found Glory during the trek. The tour will be kicking off on May 17th in Orlando, FL at the House of Blues and will wrap on June 22nd in Dallas, TX.

Bayside vocalist Anthony Raneri shared his excitement about the outing, "It's very rare for a whole tour package to work this well musically and socially. I have a New Found Glory tattoo and a couple of them have Bayside tattoos. I've sang on NFG records and both the members of NFG and Vinnie from the Movielife have sang on Bayside records.

"The Movielife and NFG might have been two of the first bands that we ever gave our demo to when we first started Bayside. This is a very special tour for us on many levels." See the dates here.

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Black Veil Brides Release 'Wake Up' Video

Black Veil Brides have released a brand new music video for their track "Wake Up." The song comes from the group's just release new studio album "Vale".

Frontman Andy Biersack explained the album's title "The Latin translation of Vale is 'be well, be strong' and is central to the message of this record. We hope to continue to inspire our fans and friends to embrace their own individuality and inner strength."

He also added: "From our inception, Black Veil Brides have stood up for the outcasts and disenfranchised, with this album as hope to give you hope, fun and most importantly a kick ass rock and roll record." Watch the video here.

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Announce Camp Mars 2018 Details

(Radio.com) Thirty Seconds to Mars fans, it's time to start thinking about that annual Malibu vacation. Jared Leto and company have revealed the fourth annual Camp Mars.

The band's "mini-music festival," which is set for the weekend of August 11-13 in Malibu, CA. Weekend packages for the special event go on sale Monday, January 22.

Camp Mars allows fans "a special chance to relive the summer camp of their youth while interacting with Thirty Seconds to Mars through a variety of activities including hiking, yoga, games, art installations, meditation, and more." Read more here.

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Steve Hackett Releases 'El Nino' Live Video

Iconic former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has released a new performance video for the song "El Nino," which comes from his forthcoming live package.

'Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham' was captured during Hackett's recentGenesis Revisited & Classic Hackett Tour at the Birmingham Symphony Hall and is set to be released on January 26th.

The new video can be streamed here and Hackett had this to say "In the run-up to the Wuthering Nights DVD release, I'm thrilled to put out El Niņo, which takes off with fiery excitement from the word go... Enjoy!"

'Wuthering Nights' will be offered in a variety of formats including Special Edition 2CD + 2DVD Digipak, Blu-Ray and Digital album. The video editions will include 5.1 surround sound. Read more here.

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Killen Streaming New Song 'Tired Of Being Broke'

Former Workout frontman Jack Killen has returned with his new namesake power pop project Killen and has released the first single from his forthcoming EP.

The new track is entitled "Tired Of Being Broke" and the upcoming EP was produced by former Passion Pit star Ayad Al Adhamy and will be called "Black Sneakers On Concrete" and it set to be released on February 9th.

We were sent these details about the music direction of Killen: "KILLEN's music is comprised of muscular riffs that flex with the strength of classic rock bands (drawing diverse comparisons to everyone from 80's-era Leonard Cohen to Springsteen to Bowie to Meat Loaf), as smoldering synths sustain memories of music made with madcap joy. These are storylines we've all lived, shaded grey and blood red with pulpy glory. They're parables from the edge, populated by perps, detectives and stubbed out cigarettes." Listen to the new song here.

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Warbringer Playing Full Waking into Nightmares Album Live

Warbringer have announced that they will be performing their fan favorite "Waking into Nightmares" album in its entirety during their upcoming 2018 dates.

Frontman John Kevill had this to say, "This year we will be writing new material, but that doesn't mean the live war machine will stop rolling... in addition to our Japanese 'Thrash Domination' festivals with Testament and Exodus, we are pleased to announce a small run of West coast shows in April of 2018.

"Since we have been playing Woe to the Vanquished in its entirety this last year, to great response, we decided we liked the full album format live. It is really cool being able to deliver the whole of a record, front to back, in a live setting, and so on these limited April dates we will be doing that with a fan favorite from our back catalogue... Waking into Nightmares." Read more here.

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Beck Releases 'Fix Me' Music Video

(Radio.com) Beck's new music video is one for the animals. The artist has shared a brand new music video for the song "Fix Me," taken from his most recent album, Colors.

The clips, which stars the Instagram-famous Japanese toddler Mame and her poodles, Riku, Gaku and Qoo, is being presented in conjunction with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

"There's a poetry to Mame and her gentle, loving poodle guardians in their serene world," Beck shared on Facebook. "It speaks to the sentiment of 'Fix Me.' Glad they were willing to be a part of the video. Follow -tamanegi.qoo.riku on Instagram for more and consider donating to ASPCA to help make a difference."

"There's something really special happening in the mountains of Yamagata, and we were lucky enough to enter Mame's world for two afternoons in November," shared director Brook Linder in a press statement. "That home is heaven on Earth. One of the dogs, Qoo, and I had a special connection --I think he's my great-grandfather reincarnated' or something. He looked into my soul." Watch the video here.

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The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson Appeals 'F' in High School for 'Surfin'

(Radio.com) Brian Wilson's storied career as a songwriter and founding member of the Beach Boys got off to what could have been a discouraging start when he was still in high school.

While he a student at Hawthorne High School back in the 1950s, Wilson was given a failing grade in a music composition class. The song in question would go on to become the Beach Boys debut single, "Surfin.'"

The single peaked at #75 on the U.S. charts, and would launch one of the most legendary acts in music history. Hawthorne High's current principal, Dr. Landesfeind, has taken it upon herself to revise Wilson's failing grade into a sparkling A+.

Both Wilson's official account and Hawthorne High shared Wilson's new grade on social media. "Guess who dropped by HHS to appeal that grade Fred Morgan gave to him?," the school posted on Twitter. "Dr. Landesfeind signed the grade change! Brian Wilson now has an A on that assignment!"

"Brian's high school music teacher Fred Morgan: 'Brian wrote a composition for me and it turned out to be 'Surfin.' That composition got an F, but it made a million dollars,'" Wilson wrote on Twitter. "Brian's failing grade has now been changed to an A on this assignment by Dr. Landesfeind!" See the tweets here.

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Singled Out: In Loving Memory's Nomad

In Loving Memory have released a new music video for their single "Nomad" from their EP "Introspective" and to celebrate we asked Naveed Stone to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

In short, our song "Nomad" represents the immigrant struggle. I was born and raised in Queens, New York but my parents are immigrants from Bangladesh. Being a first-generation American is truly a unique experience, as I am the product of both American culture and traditional "old school" (for lack of a better term) Asian culture. For kids like me, we're basically told at a young age "Doctor. Engineer. Lawyer. Pick one and run with it". Education and stability are the things my culture values most, which makes sense when I have parents from a part of the world where those opportunities aren't as available. Because of this paradigm, kids from my demographic are almost never encouraged to pursue artistic careers. While my parents always supported me taking an interest in music as a teenager (they always bought me guitars and other gear when I wanted it), they understandably had reservations at the thought of me trying to pursue it as a career.

Fast forward to the beginning of 2017, my last semester of college as a mechanical engineering student. I'm preparing to finish school, land a full time job, while playing shows and writing what would become In Loving Memory's "Introspective" EP. I felt so much pressure to decide on a career path now that the real world was quickly headed my way (something that any fresh college graduate can relate to) so I had to really reflect on what I want my life to be. Do I want the stable and comfortable life that a career as an engineer would grant me? Or did I want to finally be serious and go all in to pursue my dream of becoming a musician. It was during one of those late nights that the line "I see a fork down in the road, and I can tell I won't find home either way I go" came to me. And that was how "Nomad" started.

The song goes on to talk about the difficulties of making those choices in life as the child of immigrants. We inherently have so much pressure and expectation on us (And that makes sense. Our parents didn't drop everything and move across the world so that we could mess up) and we want to do our best to make our families happy while also keeping our own happiness in mind. I knew when I wrote this song that this would be a powerful message to deliver to the kids out there who are just like me. Nobody in the music industry is singing about these issues, because nobody is really representing the minorities. I want to help change that. Especially in the world of pop, rock, and metal, I want to be a brown face that others can look up to and say "Wow he did it, that means I can do it too".

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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