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Unreleased Jimi Hendrix Songs Coming On New Album

(hennemusic) Unreleased songs recorded by Jimi Hendrix between 1968 and 1970 will appear on "Both Sides Of The Sky", a new album set for release on March 9, 2018.

The 13-track project - which includes 10 unreleased tunes - marks the third volume in a trilogy from the guitar icon's archive, following 2010's "Valleys Of Neptune" and 2013's "People, Hell And Angels."

Many of the album's tracks were recorded by the Band Of Gypsys, Hendrix's trio with Buddy Miles and Billy Cox. Johnny Winter appears on "Things I Used To Do"; original Jimi Hendrix Experience members Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding are featured on "Hear My Train A Comin'"; and Lonnie Youngblood appears on "Georgia Blues."

"Both Sides Of The Sky" was produced by Eddie Kramer alongside John McDermott and Janie Hendrix, the guitarist's sister and president of Experience Hendrix.

"Jimi's true home was the studio - that's where the music and the magic happened," says Kramer. "He loved everything about recording, and it's been my distinct pleasure and an honor to play a part in that process both then and now.

"The first thing is you put the tape on and you listen to it and the hairs just stand up right on the back of your neck and you go, 'Oh my God. This is too (expletive) incredible. It's an incredible thing. Forty, 50 years later here we are and I'm listening to these tapes going, 'Oh my God, that's an amazing performance.'"

"It was amazing just to watch him in the studio or live," adds 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." Read more here.

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Chester Bennington's Wife Addresses Previous Suicide Attempt Report

(Radio.com) Talinda Bennington, the wife of late singer Chester Bennington, has responded to a report by TMZ that the Linkin Park frontman had attempted suicide just months prior to his death, information which was allegedly redacted from the original coroner's report.

"Fun fact- When your husband dies by suicide, the LA County Coroner's office will PARAPHRASE your private conversation with them to dramatize and sensationalize the story and then SCUMBAG FILTH like TMZ post it for the world to feast on," Bennington's wife posted to Twitter. "It was redacted to protect all the kids!!"

"And now I get to go pull my 11 yr old out of school- because all the kids can use their phones at lunch-to be the first to tell him what REALLY happened in Nov.," she added, referencing son Tyler Lee Bennington. "Thanks again to SCUMBAG reporting. F— you, TMZ." Read more here.

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Stone Sour Announce More 2018 Tour Dates

Good news for Stone Sour fans in the UK that may have missed the band on their current tour across Europe, the group announced that they will be returning for a series of shows next spring.

The band announced their June 2018 return to the country via Twitter on Wednesday (Dec 6th), they tweeted "UK, you've been amazing! We'll be coming back to see you all again in June for our only UK shows of 2018."

Frontman Corey Taylor added, "We're excited to return to the UK for a second time in support of Hydrograd. These are Stone Sour's only UK dates in 2018 and we're happy to include two cities we didn't play in December. Stone Sour are building towards our future, so come out in June and have a f***ing good time with us!"

The new dates will include stops in Manchester, London and Nottingham and follow their upcoming North American tour plans which include a coheadlining tour with Halestorm and some headline shows that will feature support from Red Sun Rising and The Dead Deads. Read more here.

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John Mayer Checks In With Fans Following Emergency Appendectomy

John Mayer took to social media on Wednesday (December 6th) to update fans as he recovers from surgery after being rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy earlier this week, forcing Dead & Company to postpone a handful of concerts.

Mayer tweeted fans, "Thank you everyone for the well wishes. Had surgery yesterday and woke up to see some amazingly kind and loving tweets. I'm so sorry that we couldn't finish out the last few dates of the tour. This band and these shows mean the world to me. Love you all dearly."

Dead & Company also updated fans. The Grateful Dead offshoot shared the following updates, "The Dead & Company concerts scheduled for Dec. 7 in Orlando, Florida and Dec. 8 in Sunrise, Florida, in addition to the Dec. 5 show in New Orleans, are postponed." Read more here.

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Stone Temple Pilots, Def Leppard Supergroup Announce New Album

The Stone Temple Pilots and Def Leppard supergroup Delta Deep have announced that they will be releasing their second album "East Coast Live" on January 26th.

They are giving fans an early taste of what is to come with the release of the lyric video for the new album's first single "Bless The Blues" which can be streamed online here.

The group includes Def Leppard's Phil Collen, Stone Temple Pilots' Robert DeLeo, Debbi Blackwell-Cook (back-up vocalist for such artists as Michael Buble & Gregory Hines), and Forrest Robinson (drummer for Joe Sample & The Crusaders, India.Arie & TLC). See the tracklisting here.

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Judas Priest Among Rock Hall Fan Vote Winners

(hennemusic) Judas Priest are among five acts that have earned support from fans as part of the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame fan vote. The metal icons landed fifth with 538,508 fan votes in the poll, which was topped by Bon Jovi with 1,162,146 votes, followed by the Moody Blues in second (947,795), Dire Straits in third (613,749) and The Cars in fourth spot (552,733).

Each of the Fan Vote winners will receive an extra vote in the Official Vote by Rock Hall members. Judas Priest are among 19 nominees vying for induction into the 2018 Rock Hall.

"This is our Oscars," Priest frontman Rob Halford tells Billboard. "When the nominations come up and the inductions come up, you often wonder that it would feel like if you were able to be on stage at that moment making an acceptance speech and particularly having the pleasure to be in the company of all the other musicians and industry people.

"So, yeah, if we do get in it will be an absolute dream-come-true moment. Fingers crossed, as they say." Read more here.

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AWOLNATION Have Wild Bar Brawl In 'Seven Sticks of Dynamite' Video

(Radio.com) AWOLNATION new music video for "Seven Sticks of Dynamite" features a wild bar brawl. The song comes from AWOLNATION's forthcoming third album, Here Come the Runts, due to arrive Feb. 2.

The clip features frontman Aaron Bruno and company hanging out an old roadside bar when a gang of bikers comes in for drinks. It's not long before the scene descends into a chaotic fight that spills out onto the dirt road. Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, producer Rick Rubin and tattoo artist Dr. Woo have cameos in the visual.

"I've always wanted to make a video at The Old Place with all of my friends and showcase the spirit of old California," Bruno said of the video's real-life location in Agoura Hills, CA, in a press statement.

"It's pretty awesome when you get to film a bar brawl, but when you have free reign to shoot it at your local watering hole with all of your friends, that's just a recipe for a good time and a great outcome!," added Riley Harper, the video's director. Watch the video here.

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Blondie Recruit Joan Jett For 'Doom or Destiny' Music Video

(Radio.com) Iconic singer Debbie Harry has united with another rock legend, Joan Jett, for Blondie's latest music video, "Doom or Destiny", qhich is taken from Blondie's most recent album, Pollinator, the band's 11th studio effort.

The clip stars Harry and Jett as anchors on a fictitious cable news show while a barrage of cultural commentary flashes across the screen over the hectic, throwback pop-punk track. "We wanted to comment on the bizarre state of media and news in the current political 'idiocracy' we are watching play out in real time and create our own news channel that dealt with current issues such as the environmental collapse, fossil fuels, bee population decline, global warming, sexism, patriarchy, Trump and Russia, feminism, consumerism, the marketing of war and more," Harry said in a press statement.

"Blondie – Debbie, Chris, Clem and everybody have been my friends for more decades than I care to admit," Joan Jett added. "They have their own style and were pioneers of the modern age of punk and rock. I am so proud to have been invited to contribute to 'Doom or Destiny', I love the music and I love the message."

"In trying times, we try harder," Blondie's Chris Stein shared. "Politics have become the new pop culture phenomena, but it seems the current landscape of music videos has so little to do with true protest or some kind of social message. It can be truthful, but irreverent, fun and funny. The punk style protest is somewhat removed from today's modern music." Watch the video here.

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Whitesnake Release The Purple Tour (Live) Promo Video

(hennemusic) Whitesnake are streaming a video preview of "The Purple Tour (Live)", ahead of its release on January 19th with the online launch on an official trailer for the package.

The multi-format set delivers classic Whitesnake tracks alongside material from the band's tour in support of 2015's "The Purple Album", a project that saw frontman David Coverdale re-record classic songs from the Deep Purple Mark 3 and Mark 4 records he appeared on - including 1974's "Burn" and "Stormbringer", and 1975's "Come Taste The Band."

Coverdale was joined on the tour by a lineup that included guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin, drummer Tommy Aldridge and keyboardist Michele Luppi.

The singer explains there was never any intention to compete against the original recordings. "We just wanted to play the damn songs," says Coverdale. "Each member of the band. brought their incredible individual talents and a real band identity to this music. We've all done the best we can with this project with respect to the music, and the legacy of Deep Purple Mk3 and Mk4."

"The Purple Tour (Live)" will be available as CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray sets, as well as double-LP, single CD, and digital versions The double-disc collection also includes video footage of the concert mixed to 5.1 Surround Sound, plus band interviews, a new music video for "Burn", and a number of bonus performances not available on the CD or vinyl versions. Watch the trailer here.

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Senses Fail, Reggie and the Full Effect Announce Tour

Senses Fail have announced that they will be launching a U.S. tour early next year and they have recruited an impressive array of bands to support them on the trek,

Reggie and the Full Effect, Have Mercy, and Household will be opening for Senses Fail when they hit the road in late February in support of their forthcoming album "If There Is A Light, It Will Find You," which is set to be released on February 16th.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on February 27th in Santa Ana, CA at The Observatory and will be concluding on March 31st in Las Vegas, NV at the Brooklyn Bowl. See the dates here.

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Linkin Park Refute False Chester Bennington Drug Reports

(Radio.com) Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has posted a message on social media to correct widespread reports that the band's late frontman Chester Bennington had MDMA (ecstasy) in his system when he took his life in July at the age of 41.

"Just clearing this up: TMZ erroneously printed CB had MDMA in his system when he passed," Shinoda wrote. "That was incorrect, they misread the report. They have since corrected their piece, see below. I hope other publications have the decency to do the same."

The TMZ story now indicates that the initial test that detected MDMA was determined to be a false positive: "According to the autopsy and toxicology results obtained by TMZ, the Linkin Park singer's blood also tested 'presumptive positive' for MDMA… based on one test," reads the revision. "Two subsequent tests did not detect the drug, and the ultimate conclusion was Chester was not under the influence of drugs when he died." Read more here.

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Royal Blood To Rock Late Night TV This Week

(hennemusic) UK rockers Royal Blood will perform on TBS' late night series Conan on Thursday, December 7. The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher's appearance on the program lands during a week that sees them play three US concerts and announce dates for a spring 2018 US tour in support of their latest album, "How Did We Get So Dark?"

Previewed with the lead single, "Lights Out", "How Did We Get So Dark?" was recorded in Brussels, Belgium with producer Joylon Thomas and London, UK with co-producer Tom Dalgety.

The group experimented with new sounds and techniques for the follow-up to their smash 2014 self-titled debut. "One thing we learned," Kerr tells the BBC, "is we have quite a delicate sound and once you add things - the wrong things - our whole sound sort of shrivels. Or it capsizes and it doesn't sound like us anymore. We've realized a lot of the identity of our music is when me and Ben play together.

"Even the backing vocals - we did try having girls come in and sing, but it just didn't work. It had to be my voice. It had to be just about me and Ben." Watch their new video here.

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Bon Jovi Wins Rock Hall Fan Vote For 2018 Induction

(Radio.com) Bon Jovi took the top spot for the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan vote. Other classic rock acts also fared well; four of the top five spots were taken by bands that fit into the popular genre.

Bon Jovi received 1,162,146 fan votes, Moody Blues were in second with 947,795 and Dire Straits received 613,749. The Cars came in fourth with 552,733 and rounding off the top five were Judas Priest with 538,508 fan votes, reports Ultimate Classic Rock.

The fan votes don't actually determine which nominees will be inducted into the Rock Hall. In fact, the fan votes collectively count as just one of the approximately 800 ballots that figure into the inductee selection process — each of the top five acts receives one vote. However, the fan vote has been a good litmus test for past winners. Kiss, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chicago and Journey all topped past Hall of Fame fan votes. Read more here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Adds Festival Date To Farewell Tour

(Gibson) Well, Ozzy Osbourne's farewell tour is set to kick off in 2018, and now, we have his second major U.S. tour date of the year. The metal icon will headline the 2018 Fort Rock festival, along with Godsmack, which will take place April 28 through 29 in Sunrise, Florida.

As for the other Ozzy 2018 date, that's the Welcome to Rockville festival, which is scheduled for April 27 through 29, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida. That's a lot of metal love for the Sunshine State.

The 2018 Fort Rock festival will also feature Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Stone Temple Pilots, Bullet for My Valentine, Pop Evil, Sevendust, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, and Hollywood Undead, to name a handful.

The Fort Rock performance is part of Ozzy's official farewell tour, which will run into 2020. "People keep asking me when I'm retiring," Osbourne said in an official statement. "This will be my final world tour, but I can't say I won't do some shows here and there." here.

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The Gardening Club's Debut Album Expanded For Reissue

(Glass Onyon) The Gardening Club's 1983 debut album has been expanded with five additional studio tracks for a brand new reissue from Gonzo Multimedia. We were sent the following details:

The CD package sports the original Gardening Club cover and includes a 24 page illustrated lyric booklet, created especially for this re-release by musician/artist, Martin Springett.

Says Martin, "I am thrilled that this music is finally seeing the light of day. I felt at the time that it was special, the perfect marriage of my art and music, influenced as I was by all the classic Prog music of my youth, and the wonderfully over the top and imaginative packaging. I have been in Canada for many years now, but as many listeners have told me, I have retained my 'English sound.'" More details on the band here.

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John Mayer Hospitalized For Emergency Surgery

(Radio.com) John Mayer has been rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy, forcing Dead & Company, the band he's currently touring in, to postpone at least one show.

The band, consisting of Mayer along with former members of the Grateful Dead , announced Mayer's health scare on social media. The group posted the following tweet yesterday:

"Early this morning, Tuesday, December 5th, John Mayer was admitted into the hospital for emergency appendectomy forcing the Dead & Company December 5th concert in New Orleans to be postponed," the band tweeted. Read more here.

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Chester Bennington Autopsy And Toxicology Report Revealed

(hennemusic) The just-released autopsy report on Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington confirms the rocker had a trace amount of alcohol in his system when he hanged himself in his Los Angeles home on July 20 at the age of 41, according to TMZ.

The County Of Los Angeles Medical Examiner's autopsy and toxicology results determined Bennington's blood also tested "presumptive positive" for MDMA (ecstasy) ... based on one test. Two subsequent tests did not detect the drug, and the ultimate conclusion was that the musician was not under the influence of drugs when he died.

TMZ adds that the report indicates authorities found a prescription bottle of Zolpidem - a generic version of the sleep aid Ambien - on his dresser; there was also a pint glass of Corona, which was less than half full, and an empty bottle of Stella Artois.

The coroner noted "autopsy findings are characteristic of suicidal hanging. There was a history of suicidal ideation." Read more here.

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Robert Plant Reacts To Latest Led Zeppelin Reunion Question

(Gibson) With the recent release of Carry Fire, his eleventh studio album, Robert Plant has put out more albums than his famed previous band Led Zeppelin. Still, his career as the lead singer of the band that pioneered modern hard rock music will always overshadow everything else he does.

Even though it's been almost four decades since Led Zeppelin disbanded, Plant was recently asked about a potential 2018 reunion in an interview on Team Rock. His answer: "All these magazines and internet platforms should be supporting new music and help new musicians to find an audience, instead of dwelling on the old crap all the time. It's like there is nothing new and exciting out there any more, when in fact there is. So stop living in the past. Open your ears and your eyes. It's not that difficult, is it?"

Plant's not at all keen on the idea of writing his memoirs either. He recalls that his bandmates and him were "social deviants, pushed out to the corners of society" and that, "we were representing a challenge to the order. So do we want to chum up and cuddle up to the whole idea of going to a publisher and telling stories? I mean, what - who - for? Those stories are locked nicely between my two ever-growing ear holes. So f*** it. There's a lot in there, and that's where it's staying." Read more here.

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Mastodon Streaming Full Length Emperor Of Sand Documentary

(hennemusic) Atlanta rockers Mastodon are streaming a full-length documentary on the making of their 2017 album, "Emperor Of Sand", following news that the project received a pair of nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards event next month.

"Earlier this year, we released a 12-part series showing the making of our album 'Emperor of Sand'," says the band. "We've cut it all together, added over 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage and turned it into a documentary! This is a deep look into the making of the album and the inspiration behind the music.

"With the Grammy nominations Emperor of Sand has received, we thought it was the perfect time to release it. We hope you enjoy the documentary If you do, feel free to share it! Thanks to Jimmy Hubbard helping us put this together!"

"Emperor Of Sand" - which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 in April - will compete at the Grammys for "Best Rock Album" alongside records by Metallica, Nothing More, Queens Of The Stone Age and The War On Drugs. Read more and stream the documentary here.

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Sleeping With Sirens Release Christmas Single And Announce Tour

(Radio.com) Sleeping With Sirens have tracked and recently released their acoustic holiday single "Christmas On The Road" and also announced that they will embark on a North American tour early next year to support their fifth studio album Gossip, which came out September 22.

The 18-date tour will launch January 22 in Philadelphia and run through February 16 in Indianapolis. Major stops include Montreal, Columbus, and Park City, UT, where the band will play with Good Charlotte for Team USA WinterFest.

Earlier this year, Sleeping with Sirens played more than 40 dates across North America and Europe with Rise Against. Check out the new Christmas single and see the upcoming tour dates here.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO Add Dates To North American Tour

Due to high demand Jeff Lynne's ELO have announced that they have added some additional dates to their first North American tour in over 30 years which will be taking place next summer.

The newly added dates include a new stop in the Los Angeles area at the Forum on August 5th, following the previously announced show on that will be taking place on August 4th.

A second New York City show has also been added. The band will be playing an additional show at Madison Square Garden on August 22nd, following the already announced concert the previous night. Read more including all of the dates here.

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The National's 'Day I Die' Performance On 'Ellen' Goes Online

(Radio.com) The National took their alt-rock for adults to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (Dec. 5), rocking the daytime TV crowd with an exuberant take on "Day I Die."

Taken from the National's Grammy-nominated album, Sleep Well Beast (it's up for Best Alternative Album), the song's double-drummer beat and stream-of-consciousness lyricism was enough to elicit a howl from DeGeneres when it was over.

Watch an online stream of the the performance here.

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Dean Ween Group Announce New Album Deaner Rock 2

The Dean Ween Group have announced that they will be releasing their sophomore album "Deaner Rock 2" on March 9th on next year. We were sent the following comments from Dean Ween (aka The Deaner):

Ween recorded the album at his dedicated studio facility in Lambertville, NJ, across the river from his native New Hope, PA. Here's how the Deaner describes the genesis of this new body of work: "A lot has changed since I released my first 'solo album' a couple of years ago.

"Since 1984, I dedicated my life to recording in all of my free time. Later on, after living with Aaron for a few years, I moved into an apartment with my girlfriend (who is now my wife; Hi baby!) She would get up at 5:30 am to go to work teaching and I would record all day while she was gone. When she came home I would stop. When she went to sleep I'd go over to Aaron's place at Brookridge Farms and record all night with him, or Guy Heller, or Billy Fowler." Read more
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Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy Releases Year Of The Tiger Video

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy is streaming a video preview for the December 8 release of the first single and video for the title track to his forthcoming debut solo album, "Year Of The Tiger."

Due March 9, 2018 via Napalm Records, the rocker reveals the project is a record inspired by the loss of his father when he was a child. "It's probably the closest thing to a full-on concept record that I've ever written," Kennedy tells Metal Wani. "I mean, the story is congruent throughout the entire... It basically tells a story from start to finish, and it documents when my father passed away when I was a kid and basically what happened after that with my mom, my brother and I - it tells that story. So it's a full-on concept from start to finish."

Kennedy recorded the album this year with producer and longtime Alter Bridge associate Michael "Elvis" Baskette. "Year Of The Tiger" will be issued on CD, LP and in digital formats. Stream the new song here.

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Beach Boys' Mike Love Playing Free In-Store Show

The Beach Boys' Mike Love has announced a special free in-store performance at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles to celebrate his newly released solo double album, Unleash The Love.

The event will be taking place on Wednesday, December 6, where Mike Love and special guests will take the stage and play songs from his new album along with beloved Beach Boys classics.

Following the performance, there will be an album signing for fans who purchase Unleash the Love in-store on the day of the event- purchasers will also receive a limited edition "Mike Love - Live at Amoeba" poster commemorating the show. Mike Love's Amoeba Music performance is free and open to all ages. See the address and time details
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Surviving Nirvana Members Reunite During Foo Fighters Concert

(hennemusic) Surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear reunited for a one-song performance during the Foo Fighters show at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, OR on December 5, and video from the event is streaming online.

"Back in the day, I had this song that I thought might be kind of cool," Grohl told the crowd as Novoselic arrived onstage, "…and we had nothing to do all day long. I was like, 'I got an idea.' And we recorded this song together. It wound up on the first Foo Fighters record. It's called 'Big Me' and it sounds like this…"

The fifth single issued from the Foo Fighters' 1995 self-titled debut, "Big Me" hit No. 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the album peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than a million in the States alone.

Novoselic and Kurt Cobain founded Nirvana in Aberdeen, WA in 1987; following a series of drummers, Grohl joined in 1990 in time to record the group's breakout album, "Nevermind", in 1991, with Smear added as a touring rhythm guitarist in 1993.

The three surviving members have rarely reunited on stage since Cobain's death in 1994; they did regroup for Nirvana's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014. Watch some footage of the reunion jam here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Releasing Special Album This Week

Avenged Sevenfold are celebrating receiving a Grammy nomination for next year's event by releasing a very special digital acoustic live album on Friday (December 8th).

The band had this to say about this week's special release, "We're excited about our Grammy nomination so we're releasing a special acoustic album, 'Avenged Sevenfold Live at the GRAMMY Museum'," the band shared.

"A portion of the proceeds from this digital-only release will benefit the education initiatives of the GRAMMY Museum, which seek to inspire youth to the enduring qualities and cultural significance of music."

The group has been nominated for Best Rock Song for their track "The Stage" along with Metallica's "Atlas, Rise!," K.Flay's "Blood in the Cut," Nothing More's "Go to War" and Foo Fighters' "Run." See the tracklisting here.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Streams New Song With Cheap Trick's Robin Zander

(hennemusic) Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is streaming "Aye, Aye, Aye" - featuring Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander - as the lead track to his forthcoming solo album, "Sweetzerland Manifesto."

"Being friends and fans of each other for 40 years, Robin and I had always talked about writing together," Perry tells Rolling Stone. "I was in L.A. working on my newest solo record and Robin was in town with Cheap Trick and called me with an idea for a song. He sang the chorus over the phone which was all he had at the time. I dug it and said, 'Hell yeah, come on up.'

"This song turned out to be one of two tracks on the album I hadn't written the music for before. Robin came up to Sweetzerland and six hours later 'Aye, Aye, Aye' was born. The song moved along as fast as a ride on a Japanese bullet train. In fact, we were able to track it live that night."

Due January 19, "Sweetzerland Manifesto" sees Perry collaborating with guest vocalists Zander, David Johansen and Terry Reid, and others including Johnny Depp, Zak Starkey and his own sons Tony and Roman Perry. Stream the song and read more here.

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New Director Hired For Freddie Mercury Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

(Radio.com) This week, X-Men director Brian Singer was dismissed from the Freddie Mercury biopic on which he'd been working. A Hollywood Reporter story alleges that on-set "chaos" led to the termination, which Singer denies. 20th Century Fox has announced that director Dexter Fletcher will take the reins from Singer, and production on the film (which features Mr. Robot actor Rami Malek as Mercury) will resume next week.

The BBC describes Fletcher as a "Guy Ritchie favorite" who has directed the musical Sunshine On Leith and last year's Eddie The Eagle. Singer refutes the claims that a chaotic set environment led to his departure; The director released a statement which said he needed time to care for a "gravely ill parent" as well as his own health.

"Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services," Singer wrote. "This was not my decision and it was beyond my control." Read more here.

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Elton John Plays 'Your Song' In Tribute To His Late Mother

(Radio.com) Sir Elton John performed his 1970 classic "Your Song" on Tuesday (Dec. 5) to honor his late mother; Sheila Farebrother passed away the day before at age 92.

The pop legend performed the song at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany and preceded it with a comment about his mother's death, Billboard reports. "Yesterday was a sad and hard day for me because my mother passed away," he said. "I'm glad to say she passed away peacefully, with no pain, but maybe sooner than she should have done, so I was quite shocked. And I was thinking how I could pay tribute to her tonight, and what song I should choose."

He told the crowd that he wrote "Your Song" at his mother's house and added, "I can remember every single minute of writing this song with Bernie [Taupin]. So this is the song I want to dedicate to her. And it's taken me from nowhere to somewhere. So thank you, mum." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Star's Work On R.E.M. Album Recounted

(Gibson) R.E.M.'s bassist-keyboardist Mike Mills recently had effusive praise for Led Zeppelin co-founder John Paul Jones's work on his band's classic album, Automatic for the People. Speaking with Billboard, Mills said Jones's string arrangements for 'Everybody Hurts', 'Drive', 'The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight,' and 'Nightswimming' added "a whole other level of beauty" to the LP.

"It hadn't occurred to us [to seek out Jones], and we didn't think he would say yes, but as soon as [producer Scott Litt] mentioned Jones's name and I thought about 'Kashmir,' it was like, 'Well … why not?'" recalls Mills. "And then we sent him the stuff and he liked it and he came down and listened and did exactly what we wanted, which was to elevate the songs without dominating them."

Mills and his former R.E.M. bandmates Michael Stipe and Peter Buck have been coordinating in recent weeks to promote the 25th anniversary Automatic for the People box set. When asked if there were any chance of a full-on reunion, Mills was emphatic in his response.

"In a word -- no," he said, with a laugh. "Michael and I have a really great time doing the press trips. We go off and we go to really fun cities and have great dinners and work hard all day. But if anything it reinforces the idea that we did the right thing by breaking up when we did." Read more here.

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Beck's 'Up All Night' 'The Tonight Show' Performance Goes Online

(Radio.com) On Wednesday night, Beck graced The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon stage with a live performance of "Up All Night" from his new studio album Colors.

The new single "Up All Night" encapsulates the jubilant, timeless pop Beck aimed for on the new record. He's described the track as an expression of "unadulterated joy."

"There was a very strong positive feeling that was happening while we were making this record, this renewed appreciation and affection for playing music and the relationship with the audience, the joy of being together," he told NME. Watch Beck perform "Up All Night" here.

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The Script's Mark Sheehan Gives Himself Advice

(Gibson) As part of their "10 Questions" series, Music Radar recently asked The Script's Mark Sheehan which of his guitars he would rescue from a burning building, if he could save only one.

"I would save … my Goldtop Les Paul," said Sheehan. "It's a standard guitar, it's got standard pickups, it's all very standard but it's just a very well-balanced guitar that works across the board for everyone."

Sheehan, who co-founded the Irish rock trio in 2001, was also asked to share some advice he would give his younger self about playing guitar, if he could go back in time.

"Don't be so erratic, don't try to fill every piece of silence with a sound," he replied. "Chill out, remember that the silence is as important as the sound and gives the space between notes time to breathe."

He added: "And the one other thing is to be able to sing everything you can play, because A) it improves your vocals, and B) it's always good in a band to have a guitarist to do vocals. So always sing all the parts you can play." Read more here.

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Yes Fan Convention Announces For Band's 50th Anniversary

Prog legends Yes have revealed some very special plans next spring to celebrate their 50th anniversary with their Yes Fan Convention in London, in addition to their previously announced shows in the city. We were sent the following details:

They have announced a weekend of events to coincide with their two London shows on 24th & 25th March, the final dates of their 2018 UK tour. On Sunday, 25th March, the London Palladium will host the Yes Fan Convention, an afternoon devoted to all things Yes, attended by both current members of the band and YES alumni. This unique event is sponsored by Prog Magazine and will feature:

* The official launch and world-wide exclusive availability of the Drama line-up version of Fly From Here, new lead vocals throughout by Trevor Horn, and remix by Trevor, including an unreleased track. (limited numbers available for purchase) Read more here.

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Towers Of London Follow Comeback Song With Live Shows

Towers of London will be playing their namesake city tonight in support of their brand new comeback song and video entitled 'Shot in the Dark', following by another show this weekend.

The band recently released the new track as the first taste of their new album 'Super Sounds Of K-Town' which was recorded in Korea Town in Los Angeles and is set to be released this coming spring.

They kick off the live shows tonight (December 7th) in London at The Crowndale and will be playing another show on December 9th in Manchester at Night People. Read more here.

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Eagles Add Over A Dozen New North American Dates

It won't be a heartache tonight for Eagles fans in over a dozen cities with the superstar group announcing additional dates for their 2018 North American tour.

The band has added additional concerts for their An Evening with the Eagles tour in Grand Rapids, Kansas City, Columbus, Lexington, Charlotte, Columbia, Raleigh, Birmingham, Houston, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh.

They have added second shows in Nashville, Vancouver and Toronto and announced a new stadium concert with Chris Stapleton that is set to rock Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Tickets for the new dates will be going on sale Friday, December 15, 2017 at 10 AM. See all of the dates here.

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As Cities Burn 'Are Back' Announce Dates With Emery

After teasing their Facebook followers late last month with word that a new show announcement was coming, As Cities Burn announced on Wednesday that they are back.

The band took to their Facebook page on Wednesday and declared "we are back" and shared a handful of early 2018 tour dates where they will be supporting Emery.

This latest reunion comes after the band declared back in the summer of 2016 that they were over and "this time for good". Apart from the tour announcement, the band has yet to reveal details about their reunion plans. See the dates here.

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Small Town Titans Give A Christmas Classic A Hard Rock Makeover

Small Town Titans are gearing up for Christmas with the release of their version of "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch," giving the dark track a hard rock makeover.

Drummer Jonny Ross explains the band's decision to put their own spin on the song, "We wanted to do something different for the holiday season this year, so we decided to revisit 'You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,' a tune we had covered for holiday shows in the past.

"Other than the Misfits, we really haven't heard a rock band of any kind cover this song. We rearranged our take on it together and created a dark, bluesy, sinister version, and we are very proud of the result, captured live in the studio." Watch the video for the song here.

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Dio Disciples' Guitarist Explains Goal Of Hologram Tour

(Gibson) Earlier this year, the Dio Returns tour was announced featuring a hologram of the late hard rock vocalist Ronnie James Dio, backed by his old band. However, the idea of reincarnating deceased musical legends as holograms is a deeply polarizing issue among fans.

Responding to critics of the concept, Dio Disciples' guitarist Craig Goldy tried to set minds at ease, saying, "Whenever we do a Dio Disciples concert, in my heart it's a memorial service in the form of a concert." He goes on to say, "The hologram is supposed to be a gift to the fans, plain and simple - given in the same spirit in which Ronnie gave."

He points out that many fans never got to see every side of Ronnie James Dio live: "Some people never got to see Ronnie on stage with Sabbath and Rainbow - some of these holograms eventually will bring back those days, too. This is something that's done in the name of love, honor, missing him and respect, nothing else - and that is the truth." Read more here.

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Jimi Hendrix Both Sides Of The Sky Album Details Revealed

(Gibson) It's been almost fifty years since he tragically passed away, but there's still gold in the Jimi Hendrix vaults. This March will see the release of Both Sides Of The Sky, a new album of Jimi Hendrix material recorded between 1968 and 1970.

Made up of thirteen tracks, the album will feature ten songs which have never been released before. The album is the final in a trilogy of archival releases that included 2010's Valleys of Neptune and 2013's People, Hell and Angels.

Both Sides Of Sky, scheduled to release on March 9, was co-produced by long time Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer and features guests like Stephens Stills (on a cover of Joni Mitchell's 'Woodstock', as well as the original '$20 Fine'), legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter (on a version of Guitar Slim's 'Things I Used To Do') and singer and saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood. Also included is a cover of Muddy Waters' 'Mannish Boy.' Read more here.

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Eric Clapton Shares His View On The Future Of Guitar

(Gibson) A few months ago, speaking at a press conference promoting the documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, Eric Clapton, a man whose name is synonymous with the instrument, jokingly stated, "Maybe the guitar is over." The quote, said in jest, quickly made its way around the world.

As it turns out, Clapton is steadfast in his belief that the guitar will indeed be around for a long, long time. Speaking to Rolling Stone for a recent interview, Clapton said, "There is always something to listen to, to aspire to, with the guitar. It is still the most flexible instrument. You can improvise on it. You have such freedom." He reiterated, "I don't think there is a limit to it."

Further underlining his point about the universal appeal of the guitar, Clapton said, "Anyone who talks about it [the guitar as a spent force] should listen to Roebuck Staples [founding guitarist of the Staples Singers]. It is so moving. And that's in the past. So it's not about what's to be. It's already there. If you can get in touch with that, you can do anything." here.

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Gregg Allman's Birthday Celebrated With 'Song for Adam' Video

(Radio.com) With today (December 8th) marking what would have been music legend Gregg Allman's 70th birthday, his label has shared a new music video for the track "Song for Adam."

The pensive video features a pair of men on a motorcycle road trip across Texas, with the clip filmed on location in Taylor, Austin, South Padre Island and McAllen.

The track is from Allman's Grammy-nominated final album, Southern Blood. "Song for Adam" features background vocals from Jackson Browne, and was produced by Don Was. Watch the video here.

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Launches Shelter for Abused Women

(Radio.com) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has opened "Janie's House," a new shelter for abused women in Atlanta, GA. Tyler also used the occasion to perform new song, "Janie's House."

"Steven's in the mix and Janie's in the house!," Tyler shared on social media. "I've never written a song as beautiful as Janie's House…this was two years in the making!! Spending the day with these girls…I'm just so proud of them! I'm just relieved they have a safe space to be who they are," the singer shared. "We got it going on now," Tyler added in an Instagram video from the launch.

"[Janie's House] takes young girls in. It's got a staff. It's got some therapists. It's got people for them to talk to, and it's got people for them to [help] deal with health issues," Tyler explained in a video shared by TMZ.

"When girls come in and they're broken and battered and have their problems and get out, they have somewhere to go," he added. "It's a safe haven, and more than anything, it gives them a voice. That's what we want in the end, for them to be able to figure out what's going on and be good from the inside out and pass it on."

Janie's House, which has room for 30 residents, is the latest extension of Tyler's Janie's Fund, founded in 2015 as "a big voice for abused girls." See the performance here.

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Dead & Company Reschedule Shows After John Mayer's Surgery

(Radio.com) Dead &Company--with guitarist John Mayer back in the fold after recovering from recent emergency surgery--are set to get back on the road to make up for the shows they missed due to health issue.

The band was forced to reschedule a handful of dates when Mayer had an emergency appendectomy just hours before they were set to perform in New Orleans earlier this week (Dec. 5).

The New Orleans show at Smoothie King Center is now set for Feb. 24, while the band's Ft. Lauderdale gig at the BB&T Center has been rescheduled for Feb. 26. Dead & Co. will now hit Orlando's Amway Center on Deb. 27.

As Mayer continues on his road to recovery, fans can bide their time with the new Grateful Dead photo-book, Eyes of the World. The Grateful Dead have shared a new video of Phil Lesh flipping through the book. Watch it here.

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Royal Blood's Late Night TV Performance Streaming Online

(hennemusic) Royal Blood performed their current US single, "I Only Lie When I Love You", on TBS' late night series Conan on December 7 and video from the program is streaming online.

The song is the second track issued from the sophomore effort, "How Did We Get So Dark?", which debuted atop the UK charts upon its release in June to duplicate the success of the band's 2014 self-titled record, the fastest-selling British rock debut album in their native country in three years.

The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher received the chart-topping news just prior to taking to the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury festival on June 23.

"Wow. Just wow," they told OfficialCharts.com. "Can we just say, thank you so much." The duo later stopped their hour-long performance at the UK event to share the achievement with fans and to toast the crowd with champagne. Watch the Conan performance here.

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