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Eddie Van Halen KISS Rumor Addressed

Both KISS and Van Halen have been the focus of rumors over the years and one such rumor that has persisted is that Eddie Van Halen wanted to join the legendary make-up donning band in the early 1980s.

The story goes that Eddie Van Halen was unhappy in his band and wanted to join KISS around the time that they were looking for a replacement for Ace Frehely, but Paul Stanley remembers it a different way.

Stanley was asked about the rumor during this year's KISS Kruise and told fans (see video here), "No. Eddie Van Halen did not almost join KISS."

Paul says that the guitarist did visit KISS in the studio. He continued, "I think there was some strife within the band [Van Halen] at that point, for him, and Eddie came down just to see what was going on. And I remember he was really blown away by the solo in 'Creatures'. He said, 'Get that guy.' That guy who played the solo in 'Creatures' was a guy named Steve Farris, who was in a band called Mister Mister, who had a bunch of hits. But the guitar player was great. And at that point, Eddie was getting into keyboards.

"And I remember he brought some tapes of some of the songs he was working on. And it was, like, this guy is this unbelievable guitar player." Paul says he thought, "'Eddie, what are you doing on keyboards?' But that was the start of 'Jump' and all that other stuff that came afterwards. But Eddie was never going to join KISS and was never almost in KISS." here.

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All That Remains' Oli Herbert Cause Of Death Revealed

All That Remains' Oli Herbert cause of death and reason why a public memorial was canceled has been revealed by the guitarist's widow Beth. He died last month at the age of 44.

Beth Herbert shared the following, "Good morning everyone this is Beth. And indeed it IS a good morning; Toxicology results are back as is the official cause of my husband's death!

"Cause of death- Drowning; Toxicology- Oli was apparently self-treating for manic-depression that has run in his family for several generations. Anti-depressants were found in his system, as well as a sleep aid.

"The psych meds found in his system were the same ones that a close relative has been prescribed for a long time, so he knew what to hunt down for the 'treatment'.

"Seeing how he was not going (and wouldn't go) to a doctor to get diagnosed with the issue and was not being prescribed the medications and monitored on them, it explains his occasional erratic behavior here at home.

"As far as why the memorial was cancelled; concern for my personal safety and home due to numerous threats to both is the reason. If anybody knows where Oli was getting the psych meds, please call CT State Police, Troop C in Tolland, CT." here.

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Tom Petty Collection Release Pushed Back To Next Year

The released date for the new career spanning Tom Petty collection "The Best Of Everything' has been pushed back to February 1st of next year, from the original November 16th date for an undisclosed reason.

The 38 track release will include music from the legendary rocker's solo career as well as with Mudcrutch and his most famous band
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

In addition to previously released, and now remastered tracks, the collection will also include an alternative version of the title song featuring a never-heard second verse to the song that originally appeared on the Heartbreaker's 1985 album, "Southern Accents."

"The Best Of Everything" will be released digitally, a 2-disc CD, and LP versions (black and clear vinyl. It will also feature an essay from Cameron Crowe. Check out the alternative version of the title song, with the additional verse, here.

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Linkin Park Pass 1 Billion Landmark With 'Numb'

(hennemusic) Linkin Park's video for their 2003 track, "Numb", has passed the 1 billion views milestone on YouTube and the band celebrated the milestone via social media.

"Our music video for 'Numb" just passed 1 billion views on YouTube,' the group revealed to their fans online. "Thank you for all the support over the years!"

Filmed in the Czech Republic capital of Prague, the clip from the California group's second album, "Meteora", was directed by band DJ Joe Hahn; the project's third single reached No. 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while topping the Billboard Alternative Songs chart for 12 weeks. Watch the video here.

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Unearth and Darkest Hour Announce Death To False Metalcore Tour

Unearth and Darkest Hour have announced that they are teaming up for a European coheadlining trek that they will be calling the Death To False Metalcore Tour.

The tour will include 12 stops and is set to kick off in Germany on March 21st and will also feature support sets from the bands Malevolence, Misery Signals and Left Behind.

Unearth frontman Trevor Phipps had this to say, "It's been over two years since we've set foot in Europe and we are more than ready to return for the Death to False Metalcore tour. Hitting the road alongside our brothers in Darkest Hour as well as the stacked package of Misery Signals, Malevolence and Left Behind is something we are very much looking forward to."

Darkest Hour's Michael Schleibaum added, "We've had the joy of touring with both Unearth and Misery Signals over the many years we have all been bands, and we are looking forward to carrying on tradition this March. Each one of us has carved out a special place in the extreme music world, and we know some of you will be foaming at the mouth to get in the pit for this show, and that's just how we like it!" See the dates here.

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Premiere: Briston Maroney's Hard To Tell

Briston Maroney has been capturing a lot of attention with a series of hit singles and is now ready to release a full EP later this week on Canvasback/Atlantic and today we premiere the lead track from the effort.

The new EP is entitled "Carnival " and is set to hit stores on Friday (November 16th). It contains the hit singles "Freakin' Out On the Interstate" (an impressive 454k US Streams), "Under My Skin", and "I've Been Waiting" along with two other tracks including "Hard To Tell" which we are excited to premiere below.

Briston had this to say about the song, "I love this one. It was amazing to get this one done with Tone Def because of what we'd done with the other songs prior. It's direct and propulsive and immediate which feels like a great start to the project. It's also my dad's favorite of the bunch, so that helps, too." Stream the song here.

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All-Star Chris Squire Tribute Album Released

The long awaited all-star tribute to last Yes icon Chris Squire has been released. A Life In YES: The Chris Squire Tribute was produced by Chris' friend and collaborator Billy Sherwood.

The album includes contributions from Todd Rundgren, Steve Porcaro (Toto), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), Patrick Moraz (Yes/The Moody Blues), Steve Stevens, Dweezil Zappa, and more.

"Needless to say this record is near and dear to my heart, Chris and I were friends for decades and his loss was epic. I wanted to honor his spirit, his writing, his bass work... And so I set forth to create this record. Everyone who participated lifted the project and did it out of the deepest respect and love for Chris." - Billy Sherwood

The album can be ordered on CD and vinyl here and includes 2 bonus tracks: one from the prog supergroup The Prog Collective, and one from the popular Pink Floyd tribute album Back Against The Wall. Read more here.

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Soul Asylum Albums Remastered and Expanded For Reissue

(Conqueroo) Soul Asylum's last two independent label releases "While You Were Out" And "Clam Dip & Other Delights" have been expanded for a new combined reissue.

The new remastered CD is set to be released by Omnivore Recordings on January 18th and will feature seven bonus tracks as well as liner notes by Superchunk's Jon Wurster.

We were sent the following details: Soul Asylum, inheritors of the throne in the Minneapolis scene launched by The Replacements and Hüsker Dü,stood out because of their smart, punky, hard rock songs and relentless work ethic. They made three albums, an EP and a cassette for hometown label Twin/Tone Records before moving on to the majors: first A&M, then Columbia, where they scored two platinum albums and won a Best Rock Song Grammy® for "Runaway Train." Read more here.

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Gin Blossoms Release 'Wonder' Video

Gin Blossoms have released a brand new music video for their track "Wonder". The song comes from the group's latest album "Mixed Reality", which hit stores back in June.

The new visual was filmed in Vancouver and was produced by Glass Hero Media, directed by Cole Northey, and stars Madisen Steinwand. The group teamed up with Parade.com to premiere the new video.

Gin Blossoms' Jesse Valenzuela told them, "Cole Northey shot a wonderful video with the gorgeous city of Vancouver as backdrop. He really captured the delicate sensibility of the song with its wistful quality and gentle aching. I love it." Watch it

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Earl and the Agitators React To Billboard Album Chart Debut

Foghat offshoot Earl and the Agitators debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Blues Charts with their latest album "Shaken & Stirred" and the members of the group have reacted.

Led by long-time/original Foghat drummer Roger Earl, the also features the vocals and guitar of former Buddy Guy guitarist Scott Holt, Foghat members Bryan Bassett and Rodney O'Quinn on slide/lead guitar & bass, plus guitarist Tony Bullard and percussionist Mark Petrocelli.

Roger: "Oh dear...fame at last! It's all because of you! Thank you EATA fans! It was a blast making this record with Scott & Bryan and I am grateful that my long-time band mate & brother Craig MacGregor got to play on it. He loved working with Scott too!"

Scott: "As a professional musician of almost 30 years, there are certain things still that humble you and remind you that you're on the right path. Appearing on the Billboard Blues Chart is one of those events. To do it with my dear friends Roger, Bryan, Rodney, Tony, Mark and the late (yet eternally awesome) Craig MacGregor is just icing on the f***in' cake!" Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Announce Another New 2019 Tour Leg

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have announced dates for the 2019 South American leg of The Legacy Of The Beast world tour. The fall 2019 dates will follow the completion of the just-announced 33-city North American run, which will open in Sunrise, FL on July 18.

The four-concert series will begin in Mexico City on September 29 before hitting Brazil's Rock In Rio and Buenos Aires, Argentina before a closing show in Santiago, Chile on October 15.

The shows for The Legacy Of The Beast tour feature production inspired by Iron Maiden's free to play mobile game of the same name. "We gave a lot of thought to the set list for this tour as the songs needed to follow the narrative of the changing worlds of the stage show," says bassist Steve Harris.

"We feel we ended up with a very strong and well balanced set mixing songs we haven't played in many years like 'Flight Of Icarus', 'Sign Of The Cross' and 'The Clansman' with songs we know the fans want to hear like 'The Trooper', '2 Minutes To Midnight', 'The Number Of The Beast', 'Fear Of The Dark', 'Run To The Hills', 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' and others, reflecting the journey through the different themes of the show.

"The whole band is really enjoying this tour and we are really looking forward to seeing everybody again!" See the dates here.

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Poison's Bret Michaels Suffers Medical Emergency

Poison frontman Bret Michaels was forced to postpone his solo concert in Greeneville, Tennessee "due to a medical emergency" on Sunday night (November 11th).

The singer was suffering from a kidney stone which was complicated by his diabetes. His camp put out the following statement via social media, "With much regret, we hate to inform you that tonight's Bret Michaels sold out performance will be postponed due to a medical emergency.

"Bret has an incredibly large kidney stone and several small stones that are now in a position that have made Bret immobile. While kidney stones are extremely painful on their own, being a diabetic complicates the situation and Bret needs to be monitored very carefully.

"As all Bret's fans have seen in the past, it takes a dire emergency to keep him from performing. Bret loves his fans and was extremely excited to perform at this new venue for the first time. The date will be rescheduled within the next 24 hours, all tickets will be honored and all info will be posted on the venue's site and all Bret Michaels' sites and social media platforms." here.

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Rush's Alex Lifeson Has A New Gig

Rush may have retired but that isn't stopping guitarist Alex Lifeson from still playing with a world renown drummer. Marco Minnemann has revealed that he and Lifeson are working on a new project.

Minnemann broke the news to fans via Facebook, revealing the collaboration along with an illustration of himself and Alex Lifeson by Tom Colbie.

Minnemann shared with fans, "Working on a new collaborative release together with Rush's Alex Lifeson. Watch this space for more details to follow soon." here.

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Scorpions Cancel Shows Down Under Due To Vocal Issues

The Scorpions were forced to cancel a second concert last week on their tour with Def Leppard in Australia as frontman Klaus Meine continues to suffer from vocal issues.

The band had to initially cancel their performance in Melbourne last Thursday and they were hoping that Meine would recover enough to play this past Saturday in Sydney after resting his voice but they were unable to.

The vocalist broke the bad news to fans with the following, "Dear Australian Fans, believe me I have tried everything to be up on stage tonight in Sydney... I haven't said a word in the last 36 hours to rest my pipes, but unfortunately my voice is not back to the power it needs to sing my heart out for you tonight.

"You deserve nothing less than the best performance and I hope we have a chance to come back to finally 'Rock You Like A Hurricane'. Thank you for all the 'get well soon' messages. Thank you, Def Leppard, for your amazing support on this tour. Love Klaus." here.

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Hit And Run Behind Mastodon Absence Mystery

Mastodon's Brent Hinds was curiously absent from the Grammy Awards when the band took home to trophy for Best Metal Performance for "Sultan's Curse" and he has now explained why he wasn't there.

Hinds shared via Instragram, "To all the people that think that this is recent or funny, please stop the stupid f***ing comments. I put the post up to pimp my friend's movie. Go see this movie! And go f*** yourselves.

"I was lucky enough to live through playing a little bit of guitar on the soundtrack on January 23, 2018, and that's why I couldn't attend the Grammys.

"I was involved in a hit and run on my motorcycle that ended me up in pistola. I got absolutely no shout out from my best friends/bandmates. I know they love me and just be having stupid nervousness, but still! Here's a few photos of the results." here.

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All That Remains Reveal Temp Guitarist Following Oli Herbert's Death

All That Remains have revealed that they plan to carry on in the wake of the tragic death of guitarist Oli Herbert, announcing a fill in guitarist for their upcoming tour.

The band announced that they have recruited Jason Richardson (All Shall Perish, Chelsea Grin, Born of Osiris) as a fill in guitarist on their upcoming tour dates in support of their forthcoming album "Victim Of The New Disease."

Frontman Philip Labonte had this to say, "losing Oli has been a tremendous blow to the core of ATR."But I know he wouldn't want anything other than for us to continue. He loved this record so much - it's some of our best work.

"We look forward to sharing the music with everyone - seeing our fans from the stage. From where Oli loved most. It'll be cathartic. We'll need it to be." here.

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ELO Star Hugh McDowell Dead At 65

Hugh McDowell, who was best known for his work with ELO and Wizzard during the 1970s died last week at the age of 65. An official cuase of death was not revealed.

Yes star Geoff Downes, who worked with McDowell on the Wetton/Downes Icon albums, broke the sad news to fans via social media. Geoff had the following to say:

"Very sad news to hear that good friend and super cellist, Hugh McDowell has passed away. Apart from his legendary ELO contributions, he was an integral part of all of our Wetton/Downes Icon albums. A great musician and gentleman sadly missed. Thank you Hugh."

Producer Rob Aubrey also paid shared this tribute, "Sad to hear of the death of Hugh McDowell. I recorded him a number of times for John Wetton and Geoff Downes. Always fun and a great ear for a cool part… in awe of his tales of life on the road and in the air with ELO. RIP sir." here.

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Dave Mustaine Was Not A Fan Of Megadeth Cruise At First

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says that he was not enthusiastic with the idea of the band launching their very own cruise when he was first approached about putting together the Megacruise.

The thrash metal legends will be launching their very first cruise next October which will also feature Armored Saint, Anthrax, Devildriver, Corrosion Of Conformity, Testament and more.

He spoke about his change of heart during an interview on SiriusXM via Metal Hammer, and even floated the idea of having a Megadeth cover band that fans can sing with on the voyage.

He said, "I wasn't really into the cruise thing at all in the beginning when we were approached with it. We had a sail that we had signed on for and for whatever reason, it didn't happen. We regrouped and got a new lineup and a new outlook towards this stuff.

"Because going out and doing this with a bunch of old barfly bands that can't do anything better than get on a cruise, hey, you know what? I think I'll pass. I'm not gonna go down and get the $2.99 shrimp cocktail."

Mustaine adds: "But if it's something like this that's a lot of really cool metal bands, it's really short - it's not a week out to sea and four days is enough. And there's so many other fun things to do, like the whole karaoke thing we're gonna try and pull off.

"I don't know if it's gonna happen very well, but we're gonna try - we're gonna try and find a cover band that does Megadeth songs and let people go out there and just sing them."

He then shared his hopes for how the cruise will go, "I want to make sure that in the event where we cast off and we're out at sea, if anything happens to anyone, that the show goes on.

"That people are gonna say, 'You know what? This is such an incredibly value-packed trip here that it's OK if somebody from one of the bands can't make a second show.' I want to make sure that people walk away going, 'This is the greatest thing ever.'" here.

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ZZ Top Announce First Dates Of 50th Anniversary Tour

(hennemusic) ZZ Top have announced the first dates of a planned 50th Anniversary UK and European tour. The Texas trio will play the Prague Rocks festival in the Czech Republic on June 19, Spain's Barcelona Rock Fest on July 5 and London's SSE Arena Wembley on July 12, with many more shows to be revealed soon.

The series is scheduled to get underway in early June in Scandinavian countries before heading to central Europe and concluding in the UK in late July; it is expected that ZZ Top will play in a dozen countries over a four-week period.

"It's been 50 years, and I think we're starting to get pretty good!," says guitarist Billy Gibbons. "We're just as excited to play Barcelona this summer as we were to play Beaumont (TX) back in '69. The beards are, perhaps, a bit longer, but nothing much else has changed and we hope to keep it that way." here.

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Yes Reveal Final Artists Joining Them On 2019 Cruise To The Edge

Yes have revealed the final list of artists who will be joining them on next year's Cruise To The Edge which is set to take place from February 4-9 aboard The Royal Caribbean's Brilliance Of The Seas.

The lineup will now include The Neal Morse Band, Adrian Belew Power Trio, Focus, Haken, Brook Hansen, Rachel Flowers, along with the supergroup The Sea Within (Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Daniel Gildenlow, Marco Minnemann and Tom Brislin). Gildenlow has prior commitments with Pain Of Salvation and will be replaced by Casey McPherson on the cruise.

They will join the previously announced Yes, Steve Hackett of Genesis, Mike Portnoy, Riverside, Fish, Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater, special guest John Lodge of The Moody Blues, PFM, Frost, Gazpacho, Enchant, Spock's Beard, Airbag, Magic Pie, Baraka, Electric Asturias, IO Earth, David Cross Band, In Continuum, District 97, Fernando Perdomo, UniKuE, Marbin, and Alan Hewitt and One Nation. here.

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Metallica and Foo Fighters Lead Chris Cornell Tribute Concert Lineup

(hennemusic) Metallica and the Foo Fighters will lead an all-star lineup of rockers to honor late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell with a tribute concert event in January.

"I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell" will take place at The Forum in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 16. Hosted by ABC-TV late night host Jimmy Kimmel, the event will feature performances from the members of Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave, Ryan Adams, and many more

The event will benefit both the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation and The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for the painful genetic disorder which Cornell supported.

"We are honored to have all these amazing artists and friends come together to pay tribute to and show their love and appreciation for Chris, his music and the mark he's left on the world," says Vicky Cornell. "We look forward to sharing this night with all the fans." here.

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Fleetwood Mac Postpone Shows Over Stevie Nicks Illness

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac were forced to postpone a pair of Canadian concerts earlier this week after singer Stevie Nicks came down with an illness that prevented them from performing.

According to Billboard, the band advised fans of the situation just hours before they were set to take the stage at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB on November 10, while also shutting down plans for a November 12 show at the Saddledome in Calgary, AB.

"So sorry we couldn't play for you tonight Edmonton, but we had to protect that wondrous force of nature that is Stevie's voice," wrote guitarist Neil Finn in a since-deleted tweet. "We'll be back in April better than ever."

Fans can use their tickets for the pair of cancelled shows when the band returns to perform in Edmonton on April 13 and Calgary on April 15. here.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Gives Health Update Following Hospitalization

(hennemusic) Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is sharing an update with fans via social media on his status following an incident at a Billy Joel show in New York last weekend.

The guitarist collapsed backstage and was treated by paramedics before being rushed to hospital minutes after performing his band's 1975 classic, "Walk This Way", with Joel at Madison Square Garden on November 10. "Doing well," tweeted Perry on Tuesday. "Thanks for all the love and support!"

"Following a guest performance during Billy Joel's show last night at Madison Square Garden, Joe Perry experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital," said a Perry spokesperson in a released statement on November 11. "This morning Perry remains in the hospital where he is alert and responsive. The Aerosmith guitarist will be unable to appear today at Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp in Florida and apologizes to those attending. Perry is expected to return to the road later this month."

Sources connected to the rocker told TMZ that he's been having "breathing issues for the last few weeks and it came to a head last night", and that the issue involves congestion in the lungs. Read more here.

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Queen Score Biggest US Chart Success In Four Decades

(hennemusic) The companion soundtrack to Queen's blockbuster biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" has delivered the band their highest-charting US album in almost four decades.

According to Billboard, the project jumps from No. 25 to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in its third week after sales of 59,000 units (up 187 percent) earned in the week ending November 8 according to Nielsen Music.

The set includes the title tune, "Under Pressure" with David Bowie, a new remix of "We Will Rock You", and a handful of tracks from the band's performance at Live Aid in 1985 - the first time the recordings have been released in audio form

Issued on October 19, sales of the soundtrack have taken off following the film's arrival in theaters worldwide where it topped the global box office with a huge opening weekend.

The film's success has also pushed other Queen records back up the US charts, with the 2000 compilation, "Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection", jumping from No. 194 to No.9 with 39,000 more units (up 662 percent) sold - to deliver the iconic UK band a pair of albums in the top 10 at the same time for the first time ever - while 1981's "Greatest Hits" climbs from No.71 to No 48 following sales of 13,000 more units (up 26 percent) Read more here.

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Slash Release Live 'Mind Your Manners' Video

(hennemusic) Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators are streaming a fan-filmed live performance video for "Mind Your Manners", the second single from their new album "Living The Dream."

Directed by Clifton Collins, Jr., the footage was shot by fans as requested by the band during their October 16 show at the Hollywood Palladium - where bassist Duff McKagan made a special appearance on a Guns N' Roses classic.

Fans submitted their video clips via the the Cinebody app so that it could compiled into the song's official music video.

"It was great to involve the fans to make this video," says Slash. "They did an awesome job! Having Clifton shoot as well as edit it all together was just perfect."

Produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Alter Bridge, Iggy Pop, Incubus), "Living The Dream" recently debuted at No. 27 on the US Billboard 200. Watch the video here.

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Whitesnake's Announce New Album and Tour Plans

Whitesnake's delayed new studio album is now set for release. The new studio effort, entitled "Flesh & Blood", which was originally scheduled to hit stores this past May will now be arriving in February of next year.

The band also announced that they will be leading the release early in the year by revealing the track "Shut Up & Kiss Me" as the album's lead single and music video.

Along with the new record, the band will be hitting the road next spring for a U.S. tour to support the effort. The trek will be kicking off on April 12th in Newkirk, OK. See the dates here.

Frontman David Coverdale had this to say, "We are truly excited and looking forward to playing across the globe in 2019 on what will be a continued celebration of the 40th anniversary of Whitesnake.

"I am so honored and grateful to have toured this incredible world we share, for over 40 years, celebrating and enjoying unforgettable moments with millions of people, all of whom have joined me on this amazing journey. I truly love the shared experience and simply love my job and always will... Over four decades of reptilian fun! Thank YOU!" here.

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Yes All Star Tribute Album Released For 50th Anniversary

A brand new all-star tribute album to prog legends Yes has been released. The new record, entitled "Yesterday and Today", celebrates the iconic band's 50th anniversary.

Some of the highlights include six members of Curved Air's newly recorded full band version of "Soon," as well as current bass player in YES, Billy Sherwood re-recorded the Chris Squire's signature bass track, "The Fish", and current lead singer Jon Davison performed on an acoustic medley.

Other stars on the album, which can be ordered here, include Steve Hackett, Marco Minnemann, Tony Kaye, Jay Schellen, Nick D'Virgilio, Robert Berry, Francis Dunnery, Leslie Hunt, Marisol Koss, Pat Sansone, Randy McStine, Robin Schell, Sally Minnear and co-producers Dave Kerzner and Fernando Perdomo

"YES turned 50 the year I turned 50 and Geoff Downes was one of the reasons I became a keyboardist myself! To celebrate and pay tribute to YES's music with Geoff, Jon and Billy along with so many incredible musicians from different bands and generations has truly been a blast. YES are a big influence for me and my own music. This album was a great way for myself, Fernando and all of us to show our love for both the songs and the many great people who have been part of YES going all the way back to their very first album!" - Dave Kerzner, co-producer, Yesterday and Today here.

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Architects Release 'Death Is Not Defeat' Video

Architects have released a new music video for their new track "Death Is Not Defeat." The song comes from the band's just released new studio album "Holy Hell".

The album is the band's first since the tragic death of guitarist Tom Searle, who died in 2016 after a three-year battle with cancer. His brother and bandmate had this to say, "In those first months after Tom's death, I didn't deal with it at all and I felt so unhappy and anxious. I'd ignored it and just tried to cope. But I knew that at some point, I had to learn from it.

"Ultimately, there were two choices: Feel sorry for yourself and believe the world to be a horrible place and let it defeat you. Or let it inspire us to live the life that Tom would have wanted us to live.

"I was very worried about people taking away a despondent message from the album. I felt a level of responsibility to provide a light at the end of the tunnel for people who are going through terrible experiences." Watch the video here.

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Swallow The Sun Announce New Studio Album

Swallow The Sun have announced that they will be releasing their brand new studio album, "When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light" on January 25th.

The group offered this description, "Fuelled by personal loss and powered by the will to continue, When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light showcases the group's ability to maintain its signature sound while expanding upon horizons and diving deeper into the crevasse of doom-death metal.

"Even though the single and the album are conceptually connected, they are musically completely different. While Lumina Aurea - featuring Wardruna's Einar Selvik and The Foreshadowing's Marco I Benevento - marks the band's darkest and most sinister piece of music the band has ever released, the album follows a more positive approach and continues in the vein of previous albums." Read more here.

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Sevendust, Tremonti, Cane Hill Lead Winter Tour

Sevendust will be supporting their new album "All I See If War" with a U.S. headlining tour next year that will feature support from Tremonti, Cane Hill, Lullwater, and Kirra.

The tour is scheduled to get underway on February 1st at the Scout Bar in Houston and will be wrapping up on March 3rd in San Antonio, TX at the Vibes Event Center.

The trek announcement follows the release of the band's brand new video for their track "Unforgiven". The post-apocalyptic clip was directed by Scott Hansen and can be streamed here. Frontman Lajon Witherspoon had this to say, "The 'Unforgiven' video was a great experience for me. I loved working with everyone on that shoot. It was like being in a movie for real and I hope we can do something like that again." See the tour dates here.

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Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes Hit By Car

Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes revealed in a social media post that he is suffering a concussion after being struck by a car which prevented him to traveling to Paris on Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of the terror attacks at the Bataclan theatre.

Hughes took to social media to write a message in French to address his absence to his fans in France. Here is the rough translation of what he wrote, "Today is November 13 ... in this day for the last three years, I was with my brothers and sisters in Paris, France and I planned for this year to be no different. I bought my ticket and I was ready to leave. But I took a ride on my bike and I was hit from behind and thrown head in the car in front of me. I do not anything to interfere with my impending trip to Paris, I played it as if I was not hurt .... a day later, on my way to San Diego to see Morrissey I fell into the effects of a concussion and had to go to the emergency room ... I was examined and diagnosed with a deep whiplash and said that I could not fly for five days ... at the time, it seemed like a reasonable logic... and of course, I knew that everyone would understand ... but I made a mistake, I should be there with you, I do not I should not be here right now ... I made a big mistake! I should have boarded the plane because ... I do not know where to be right now ... I do not know where I'm supposed to be ... except with you in Paris.

"I love you and I am bound to you by blood and I should be with you and it will be the biggest mistake I ever made ... I do not know if I am right or wrong, but it feels like I let the wrong people beat me a bit ... and I think I should be there with you and I made a very big mistake and I hope you can forgive me for not being there right now ... My absence is tearing me up I have never felt like that before. I am here and nobody understands me ... you do not!!! I need to be with you and I made a big mistake if someone has a chance and you see the mayor of Paris and the President of France do you want to give them a hug for me and inform them that I love them and that their leadership and her kindness and your demonstration of love so deeply influenced me and that I'm sorry for not being there, I'm so sorry my friends .... I think I'm writing this in French because I really do not know what to do. I do not know." here.

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Jake E. Lee Was Approached To Reunite With Ozzy Osbourne

Jake E. Lee has revealed that he was approached to reunite with Ozzy Osbourne by producer Kevin Churko, which led to the formation of his current band Red Dragon Cartel.

Lee broke with Ozzy in 1987 and was replaced by Zakk Wylde, when Osbourne began prepping for his 2010 album "Scream" he decided that he did not want to work with Wylde on the effort and opened the door to Churko approaching Jake about reuniting with the legendary metal vocalist.

While explaining his decade long absence from music and the formation of Red Dragon Cartel and working with Churko on their 2014 debut album, Jake told Eonmusic, "I did start to get a little itchy after 10 years, and I was jamming with bands every once and a while here in Las Vegas, and eventually, Kevin Churko, he initially contacted me because he was doing Ozzy's albums.

"To be honest, I haven't listened to Ozzy in a long time, so I don't know which albums he did, but I know he did a couple of albums with Ozzy, but he initially contacted me because he also lives in Las Vegas, about what it would take for me to come back and play with Ozzy." Read more here.

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Queen Score Singles Chart Hit Return With 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

(hennemusic) Queen's iconic 1975 hit, "Bohemian Rhapsody", has returned to the US singles charts following the arrival in cinemas worldwide of the band's biopic of the same name.

According to Billboard, the song re-enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 33 through a combination of digital sales and streaming gains to achieve the rare feat of a third appearance on the chart.

The achievement sees "Rhapsody" score three separate Hot 100 runs in three different decades: the song previously reached No. 9 in 1976 and hit No. 2 in 1992 amid the success of its inclusion in the "Wayne's World" film.

The rare third US chart occurrence has previously achieved by only Prince's "1999", Michael Jackson's "Thriller", and a number of seasonal songs including Christmas tracks.

Queen's hit single news follows word that the companion soundtrack to "Bohemian Rhapsody" has delivered the band their highest-charting US album in almost four decades, as the set climbs to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in its third week. Watch the classic video for the song here.

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Eric Clapton Goes Claymation For Brand New Video

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton is premiering a Claymation video for his bluesy cover of the holiday classic, "White Christmas", from his recently-released collection, "Happy Xmas."

The project marks the guitarist's first full-length Christmas album, which he co-produced with Simon Climie and features one of his own illustrations of Santa Claus on the record's cover.

"Before this became a Christmas album," Clapton explains, "there was an intention of doing a straight, normal studio album...and then it started to morph into the Christmas thing, and I think at that point it started to become a reality; and, for me, I've done something I'm really proud of, that I really believe in."

"Happy Xmas" recently topped the US Holiday Album charts when the project debuted at No. 1 on the seasonal chart, which is published weekly from mid-October through early January each year. Watch the video here.

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Clutch Announces 2019 Book Of Bad Decisions US Tour

(hennemusic) Clutch have announced dates for an early 2019 US tour in support of their latest album, "Book Of Bad Decisions" including a make up date for the postponed Irving Plaza gig.

The month-long, 17-show series will open in Columbia, SC on February 19 and criss-cross the country before wrapping up at New York's Irving Plaza on March 19 - a show that was recently postponed at the last minute over a medical issue involving singer Neil Fallon that saw the rocker faint during an afternoon walk and end up at a New Jersey hospital.

"In the early afternoon I went for a stroll," explained Fallon. "I became light headed and dizzy. Next thing I knew I was coming to on my back in a puddle of water with 2 Secaucus policemen and paramedics staring down at me.

"I took a header on the sidewalk. Was taken to the ER. Thankfully, both the EKG and CAT scan came back normal. I was diagnosed with something called 'Near-Syncope,' which, as far as I can tell, is the medical term for 'We have no idea why you passed out, but ya did.'" See the dates here.

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CKY Stream GG Allin Cover From Special Release

CKY have released a stream of their cover of GG Allin classic track "Bite It You Scum" ahead of their special exclusive Record Store Day vinyl release.

The track will be featured on their vinyl-only EP called "Too Precious To Kill", which will be released in stores on Black Friday Record Store Day on November 23, 2018. Listen here

Frontman and guitarist Chad I Ginsburg had this to say, "Nobody knows f***ing GG Allin! CKY will kill you!!!...with this relentless and quite vicious studio version of this classic punk rock song.

"It has been a longtime staple in the CKY live show and highly requested for over a decade! Here it is in studio quality, only available as part of our record store day exclusive. Crank it up and take a sh*t on someone!"

Fans can alos catch CKY in hometown in-store appearance at Creep Records in West Chester, PA at 2 PM EST on November 23, 2018, with Phil Margera participating as Santa Claus.

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Rolling Stones Release Live It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It) Video

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming video of a 1994 performance of their 1974 classic, "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)", as the latest preview to the November 16 release of the live package, "Voodoo Lounge Uncut."

The title track and lead single from the album was a Top 20 hit in both the US and UK, while the project hit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in both countries.

Filmed at Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium on November 25, 1994 and broadcast as a pay-per-view event, the material was first issued as "Voodoo Lounge Live" on VHS video the following year before an edited version was delivered on DVD in 1998.

The restored, remixed and remastered film contains ten previously unreleased performances from the event, that features guest appearances by Sheryl Crow ("Live With Me"), Robert Cray ("Stop Breaking Down Blues") and Bo Diddley ("Who Do You Love?"), as well as the first performance of "Sweet Virginia" since 1973.

The package adds five songs that were captured at Giants Stadium in New Jersey early in the trek that were a part of a VHS video called "Live Voodoo Lounge" that was offered for sale during the tour. Watch the video here.

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Exhumed Recruit Noisem Guitarist

Exhumed have officially parted ways with guitarist Bud Burke and have announce that they have recruited Sebastian Philips (Noisem) as his replacement.

Matt Harvey had this to say, "We're super psyched to bring Baz into the fold. Anyone that's seen us since Death Revenge came out can attest that he's killed it on the last few tours, and we couldn't ask for a better fit."

Sebastian Philips added, "It's been blast so far and since the first tour I did with Exhumed, it just felt comfortable. I'd been a fan for a long time and getting to know them, I found out that we all come from the same hard rock and nasty fast extreme metal backgrounds, so it just made sense."

Harvey had this to say about departing guitarist Bud Burke and their upcoming plans, "Bud simply wasn't available for touring as much as we needed him to be, it was that simple. He and I have been friends for years, and we both understood that this move made sense for the band - there were no hard feelings whatsoever. We're definitely going back to into the studio next year. We have a ton of material that's shaping up to be really aggressive, and we're pumped to get Baz contributing to the writing and recording side of things as well!" here.

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Bobaflex Launching Final Tour Dates Of 2019 This Week

Bobaflex have their annual Christmas time shows as they prepare to launch their winter tour tomorrow night (November 15th) that will keep them on the road for the rest of the month.

The short winter trek kicks off in Amityville, NY at Revolution Music Hall Thursday and will be wrapping up with an acoustic show on December 1st in Philadelphia, OH.

The Christmas weeks shows will include Huntington, WV at V Club on Dec 20th, Morgantown, WV at Mainstage Morgantown on the 21st and Columbus, OH at Alrosa Villa on the 22nd. See the dates here.

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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Stream New B-Side

(hennemusic) Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are streaming a lyric video for "Alone On A Rope", the b-side to their current "Who Built The Moon?" single "If Love Is The Law."

Produced by David Holmes, the project features guest appearances by Paul Weller and Johnny Marr and earned the former Oasis guitarist his third consecutive UK No. 1 record.

"Who Built The Moon?" was recently among the finalists under consideration for the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize "Album Of The Year." Chosen by a panel of British music critics and industry figures, the honor celebrates and promotes the best of UK music while recognizing artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres. Watch the video here.

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Journey's Steve Perry Sues To Block Unreleased Music

Former Journey frontman Steve Perry recently made his return to music after a long absence but not the singer has reportedly taken legal moves to block unreleased music from the 1990s from seeing the light of day.

Perry has reportedly filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction prohibiting the release of music from a 1991 collaboration with a musician named Phil Brown and is seeking unspecified damages, according to The Blast.

The website says that they have obtained court documents (which court was not specified in the article) and the suit allegedly claims that Brown's manager took to social media to promote the release of an album that would include unreleased "demo" tracks that were recorded on an 8-track tape recorder.

They report that the lawsuit makes the allegation that the defendant "deceptively associating Perry with Brown and his band, falsely implying that Plaintiff is a member of Brown's band, and threatening to release certain old vocal performances of Perry as part of Brown's band's release, even though Perry owns all intellectual property rights in said vocal performances, Brown abandoned any claim to those performances in 2002, and Perry has repeatedly demanded that Brown not release those works." here.

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Iron Maiden Founder Takes On Band's Retirement Plans

With so many heavy metal and rock icons embarking on farewell tours, Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris has naturally been asked if he sees the end of his legendary band coming soon and fans can be reassured that the idea of a Maiden farewell is far from his thoughts.

Harris was asked about the idea of retiring during a recent appearance on Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon and he responded, "I try not to think too much about it, because it's not really a nice thing to be thinking about the end of the career. I mean, obviously, we're at the ass end of the career rather than the beginning of it, so it is what it is. But we certainly think we could carry on for a while yet, but you just never know.

"I think you've just gotta take it as it comes, especially when you get to our age, I suppose. You never know what's around the corner, especially after what happened with Bruce and everything [referenceing the singer's cancer battle] So you've just gotta enjoy the gigs and enjoy life and be out there and just have fun, which is exactly what we're doing - we're enjoying it, probably more than ever, I think. But how long we're gonna go on for, I don't know.

"People have been asking us that from 20 years or more ago. We're still doing it, and we'll still do it while we can still do it. And we're still enjoying it, and we'll carry on as long as we can. But who knows how long that's gonna be? Something else might decide something for us; you just don't know. But, again, I don't like to think about things too much, because we're enjoying ourselves at the moment, and you don't really sort of wanna be thinking like that, really." here.

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Guns N' Roses Share Live Videos From Manila Show

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses are streaming live performance video of their 1987 classic, "It's So Easy", from their November 11th reunion tour show in Manila, Philippines.

The tune was the band's opening song at the city's Philippine Arena, which marked the third fall 2018 date on the Not In This Lifetime reunion tour, which resumed in Monterrey, Mexico on November 3.

The group also live-streamed "Sweet Child O' Mine" from the Manila concert via Twitter. Guns N' Roses will continue a fall series of shows this week in the Far East ahead of appearances in the United Arab Emirates and South Africa, and wrapping up their 2018 live schedule with their first-ever concert in the state of Hawaii at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium on December 8. Watch both videos here.

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Rod Stewart Floats Idea Of Reuniting With Jeff Beck

Rod Stewart has opened the door to and floated the idea of reuniting with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, following their failed reunion attempt decades ago.

The two played together in The Jeff Beck Group in the 1960s and in a new interview, Stewart was asked if he thinks the two could work together again.

He responded, "Well, my voice and his guitar is a match made in heaven. It would be a lovely thing to do. It'd be a complete left-hand turn. We did try it once, but we couldn't see eye to eye. I mean, a serious clash of egos, but you know, never say never.

"I know it's a cliché, but really, I'm up for it if he's up for it. The thing is, we both want to produce. That's the thing." He added in a follow-up "Well, you put it out there. Let me know what he says." here.

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Pink Floyd Streaming Two Rare Videos From 1967

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd are streaming a pair of rare videos for "The Scarecrow", a track from the band's 1967 debut album, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn."

The first promotional clip for the song, written by Syd Barrett, was filmed in early July of that year - a month before the album's release - as part of a Pathé newsreel.

Prior to its inclusion on the band's debut, "The Scarecrow" originally surfaced two months earlier as the b-side to Pink Floyd's second single, "See Emily Play."

Following the addition of David Gilmour in the lineup in January 1968 - in an effort to stabilize the group as Barrett's alleged drug-fueled and mental health behaviour continued to spin out of control during rehearsals, live shows and media interviews - the band decided to remove Syd a few weeks later and continued with their busy schedule.

A trip to Brussels, Belgium in mid-February 1968 led to the filming of a second video for "The Scarecrow", with bassist Roger Waters lip-syncing Barrett's vocals as the group mimed the song in the city's Parc de Laeken (Laeken Park).

Barrett agreed to leave Pink Floyd following band meetings in March, and the band officially announced his departure on April 6, 1968. Watch the videos here.

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Soundgarden Guitarist Talks Band's Future

(hennemusic) Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil is sharing his thoughts on the Seattle band's future as a new Chris Cornell compilation his stores this week. Due November 16, Thayil assisted in putting together the "Chris Cornell: An Artist's Legacy" package, which presents tracks from the rocker's extensive career and includes songs from Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog, Audioslave, and his work as a solo artist before his May 2017 death by hanging in a Detroit hotel room.

Thayil and his Soundgarden bandmates Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd reconnected last month in public for the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue of Cornell outside the Museum Of Pop Culture in Seattle, WA.

"It's not likely that we could ever do Soundgarden without a missing piece," explains Thayil in a new interview with Billboard. "I'd like to do more with Matt in the future. I'd like to do something with Ben in the future. It's likely Matt and Ben and I will do something in the future -- it just probably won't be Soundgarden. I don't see the dignity in pursuing that course."

Thayil, who has been overseeing the group's ongoing reissue series, has come to terms with the Seattle band's legacy. "I'm completely satisfied, but it needs to be maintained," says the rocker. "That's why I'm overseeing the catalog and the merchandise, and I've been doing that all along because it's important that the legacy is understood. There's an ever-expanding demographic of potential Soundgarden fans amidst a shrinking demographic of consumers, so it's important that they there are good ways for them to hear what we did."

As for what's ahead, Thayil adds: "Really, the 'Screaming Life' and 'Sub Pop' sessions. We recorded enough material for an album-plus, but we only released an EP initially (in 1987), and the moved on to doing the Fopp thing (in 1988) and had some new songs for that. So there were things that were recorded for (a full) album that weren't released because we had to compact it into a nice little EP, which is what Sub Pop was interested in doing 'cause in the early and mid-80s, EPs were punk rock albums and a great way to introduce new artists. So we have other material and Sub Pop is interested in putting it out, so we're gonna do that, with Jack Endino mixing.

"There's interest in putting out the 'Live At The Paramount' that was part of the 'Badmotorfinger' 25th anniversary, in the super deluxe version, as a standalone. We're coming up on the 30th anniversary of 'Louder Than Love', and the 'Louder Than Live' album was never released commercially, just as a promotional thing. I'm sure there'll be another greatest hits recording. And there are so many lives shows we recorded over the years that have interesting takes and covers."

Soundgarden may even further explore the final music they were working on at the time of Cornell's passing. "We were working on an album," reveals Thayil, "and there's material there that we demoed that we can flesh out when we can access some of the basic, multi(-track) recordings, sure. That's being discussed." Read more here.

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Foster the People Release 'Worst Nites' Video

Foster the People have released a new music for latest single "Worst Nites", which was co-directed by Mark Foster and Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games).

Mark Foster had this to say about the new visual, "This music video's inception came from a short film Josh Hutcherson and I wrote about a year ago. I've been obsessively keeping tabs on Richie the Barber for the last 6 years or so, so the idea hinged on him being the lead. I called Josh about a week before we shot the film and asked if he'd be open to adapting this for our next music video as opposed to a short. Within 6 days we put together a team, scouted locations, casted, and finished shooting. It was music video boot camp for me."

He added, "I've been obsessed with film my whole life but haven't been ready to step into a director's role until this year. Josh has grown up working on films and is a super talented director in his own right, so it was a perfect way to get my feet wet. Richie and the cast all worked super hard learning the choreography in a day. The video wouldn't have worked without their passion. We are living in a world where we're engulfed in pressure to conform. Pressure to not stand out. To fall in line and blindly follow mass opinion. To abandon our identities. From politics, to our perception of beauty; people want to fit in. This story is a metaphor for not being afraid to embrace who you really are. There's an immense freedom that comes with taking ownership over what makes you unique. Thank you for watching. And sorry if you hate clowns. We love them." Watch the video

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Music Legend Roy Clark Dead At 85

(2911) Roy Clark, the legendary 'superpicker', Grammy, CMA and ACM award winner, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member and co-host of the famed 'Hee Haw' television series, died on Thursday (Nov 15) at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.

Roy Clark's decade-defying success could be summed up in one word - sincerity. Sure, he was one of the world's finest multi-instrumentalists, and one of the first cross-over artists to land singles on both the pop and country charts. He was the pioneer who turned Branson, Mo., into the live music capitol of the world (the Ozark town today boasts more seats than Broadway). And his talents turned Hee Haw into the longest-running syndicated show in television history.

But the bottom line for Roy Clark was the honest warmth he gave to his audiences. Bob Hope summed it up when he told Roy, "Your face is like a fireplace."

"A TV camera goes right through your soul," says the man who starred on Hee Haw for 24 years and was a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. "If you're a bad person, people pick that up. I'm a firm believer in smiles. I used to believe that everything had to be a belly laugh. But I've come to realize that a real sincere smile is mighty powerful." Read more here.

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Unearth Release 'One With The Sun' Video

Unearth have released a new music video for their latest single "One With The Sun." The track comes from their forthcoming album "Extinction(s)", which will hit stores on November 23rd.

Frontman Trevor Phipps had this to say about the song and clip, "We chose 'One With the Sun'as the first video off 'Extinction(s)' because we feel it's one of the hardest hitting tracks in our entire catalog.

"Musically it's everything Unearth is about and lyrically it deals with the effects of climate change we are feeling today as well as the bleakness of our future unless we make drastic changes now.

"Tim Dennesen and the guys at Punchdance, inc did a great job capturing the imagery needed to get the message across. You'll be sure to hear this one at our live shows as it's already become a staple in our set. See you out there." Watch the video here.

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Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland 50th Anniversary Radio Special

Syndicated radio program In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Albums celebrates the 50th anniversary of Electric Ladyland, the final studio album from the Jimi Hendrix Experience in a two-part, two week program special. The show sent over the following details:

The Jimi Hendrix Experience would exist for only two short years and produce three truly revolutionary records. By January of 1968, Hendrix had made the decision to move his band and business from London to New York. For Hendrix it was a bit of a homecoming, complete with the trappings of Rock'n'Roll stardom. For his mentor, manager and producer Chas Chandler, it would signal his departure, leaving Hendrix free to experiment with his sound and career. Hendrix biographer John McDermott sets the scene with IN THE STUDIO host Redbeard.

"By the time you get to Electric Ladyland, the third album, it's really Jimi having graduated from that education Chas (Chandler) provided him. I think Hendrix saw that he had made two very successful albums based on short compact songs, kind of in that Chandler mindset...The technology change in America with the Record Plant being a 12 track studio fascinated him, and I think Chas was a little too inflexible early on and didn't give Hendrix the time to experiment." - John McDermott (Hendrix biographer)

Listen to part one here and part two here here.

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