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Eagles' Tribute From Bob Seger, Kings Of Leon Goes Online

(hennemusic) Bob Seger, Vince Gill, Juanes and the Kings Of Leon performed Eagles classics at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC earlier this month, and video of the tribute to the band is now available.

Following an introduction by Ringo Starr, Kings Of Leon played the California band's 1972 single, "Take It Easy", with Colombian musician Juanes joined by guitarists Steve Vai and Steuart Smith for the classic, "Hotel California."

Vince Gill delivered "Peaceful Easy Feeling" before co-writer Bob Seger rocked through the Eagles' 1979 single "Heartache Tonight" and the finale of "Life In The Fast Lane", which saw the return of all the players to stage - including the evening's host Stephen Colbert.

Joe Walsh, Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit were on hand for the December 4 event, smiling and cheering enthusiastically throughout the tribute, which was originally set for last year but postponed following news that guitarist and founding member Glenn Frey was to undergo major surgery to address a recurrence of previous intestinal issues, which would require a lengthy recovery period.

Following surgery, Frey was placed in a medically-induced coma at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, where he passed away on January 18, 2016 at the age of 67 from a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia. Watch the Kennedy Center event here.

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Pearl Jam Help Family That Saved Eddie Vedder's Life

(Radio.com) Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder didn't just help a family who was having difficulty affording Christmas this year, he also found a way to give back to a man who saved his life more than a decade ago.

Over ten years ago, Vedder was involved in a boating accident in Hawaii when he and several friends attempted to navigate the tricky and at times treacherous Pailolo Channel. Their craft overturned, leaving Vedder and two female friends stranded until Ashley Baxter and her father Keith spotted and rescued them.

Well, cut to present day, when Keith unfortunately experienced a horrible boating accident himself. His leg was nearly sliced off at the calf, and has since developed a bad infection. Ashley serendipitously ran into one of the women she helped rescue years earlier following the incident, and after hearing about the family's terrible story, the woman began a GoFundMe page to help pay Keith's medical bills. The page raised $70,000, which Pearl Jam matched. Read more here.

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Metallica Rock Classics At Oakland Club Show

(hennemusic) Metallica are sharing footage of their classic tracks "Creeping Death" and "Blackened" as performed at The Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA on December 17.

Fan favorite "Creeping Death" originally appeared on the band's second album, 1984's "Ride The Lightning", while "Blackened" was the opening track on 1988's "…And Justice For All."

The Oakland show marked Metallica's final live performance of 2016 in support of their recently- released tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct."

The project debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 291,000 equivalent album units, of which 282,000 were in traditional album sales.

The band will resume the WorldWired tour next month with concerts in South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Watch the club show footage here.

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AC/DC Confirm Axl Rose As Singer For World Tour Dates 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) AC/DC Confirm Axl Rose As Singer For World Tour Dates was a top 16 story of April 2016: AC/DC have announced that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will replace Brian Johnson for the remaining 2016 dates of their Rock Or Bust world tour.

The band postponed the final 10 shows on their US tour last month following news that Johnson has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.

"AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures," the band said in a statement. "As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian's decision to stop touring and save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment."

"The European stadium tour dates begin on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and run through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark as previously announced. Following this European run of dates with AC/DC, Axl Rose will head out on his Guns N' Roses 'Not In This Lifetime' Summer Stadium Tour."

AC/DC will reschedule the postponed 10 U.S. dates with Rose fronting the group. Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Singer Injured At First Reunion Show 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Axl Rose Injured At First Guns N' Roses Reunion Show was a top 16 story of April 2016: Axl Rose broke his foot during when he slipped onstage while singing "Mr. Brownstone" during the Guns N' Roses' exclusive reunion club show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 1st, according to TMZ

Rose had surgery this past week to repair the fracture. The singer tweeted: "This is what can happen when you do something you haven't done in nearly over 23 years, 'Internal Fixation'".

"Axl sustained a fracture of the fifth metatarsal, which is one of the bones in his foot," explains Santa Monica-based foot and ankle specialist Dr. Rachel Triche in a video linked from GNR's social media accounts. "Axl underwent what we call an open reduction internal fixation where we go in and put the bone pieces back together and realign them. We placed a plate and screws in order to hold them in place while it's healing.

"Right now he's in a cast and we're limiting how much weight he can put on it. He's having his set designed for the stage so he can still perform for everyone. He will be limiting the weight on the front part of the foot for about four weeks and we'll let him gradually progress from there so we can get him back to his stage-ready action."

Guns N' Roses will perform two shows this weekend at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV before headlining Coachella on April 16, playing a pair of Mexico City shows followed by a return for an April 23 set at the second weekend of Coachella. Read more here.

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Ace Frehley Reunited With Former Bandmate Paul Stanley 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Ace Frehley Reunited With Former KISS Bandmate Paul Stanley was a top 16 story of April 2016: Ace Frehley has reunited with former KISS bandmate Paul Stanley for a cover of the Free classic, "Fire And Water", on his forthcoming all-star covers album, "Origins Vol. 1."

The guitarist is streaming the track ahead of the project's release on April 15. "I thought Paul did a fabulous vocal on it," Frehley tells Rolling Stone. "He jumped at the chance to do this because it's something that's outside of KISS and his character in KISS, and it gave him a chance to, you know, sing. With Paul, you usually think of him singing in a slightly higher register and on 'Fire and Water,' he's singing deep from his diaphragm, and it's a real cool vocal."

"I don't get a chance to sing those kinds of songs as often as I'd like," Stanley adds. "It's not like I'm learning Mandarin or anything like that - it's part of my wheelhouse - but it's just not something I get to record often. I thought it was very funny because Ace seemed blown away. And I'm thinking, 'I'm a singer and that's what I do.' I'm glad he was pleased with it." Read more and stream the song here.

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Iron Maiden Change Lyric At First Show In China 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden Change Lyric At First Show In China was a top 16 story of April 2016: Iron Maiden played their very show ever in China debut at Beijing's LeSports Center on April 24 and video from the historic show has been posted online.

Polish Iron Maiden fan club SanktuariuM reports the band performed the standard setlist from "The Book of Souls" world tour, but the show did feature a few changes.

From a production standpoint, there were no pyrotechnics during the concert and the band members were reportedly not allowed to throw items like wristbands and drumsticks into the crowd.

Iron Maiden did, however, make some minor alterations to their content: during "The Trooper", frontman Bruce Dickinson did not wave the Union Jack flag as usual, and he changed a line in the title track to 1984's "Powerslave" - "Tell me why I had to be a Powerslave" was presented as "Tell me why I had to be a Wicker Man."

The Beijing show was followed by a date at Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 26. Watch the video including fan shot clips of the changed lyrics and the official video released by the band here.

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Study Examines Why People Hate Nickelback 2016 In Review

(TeamRock) Study Examines Why People Hate Nickelback was a top 16 story of April 2016: A study has been conducted to find out why people hate Nickelback. Finnish doctoral student Salli Anttonen is researching the concept of authenticity in music at the University of Eastern Finland.

Her paper Hypocritical Bullsh*t Performed Through Gritted Teeth: Authenticity Discourses in Nickelback's Album Reviews in Finnish Media finds that negative feedback directed towards the band has risen as they've become more commercially successful. Anttonen tells Buzzfeed: "They were a good case in point because they are so widely accused of lacking authenticity.

She adds that critiques were "not about the sound, but what values are attached to the sounds." She wrote that "by nullifying Nickelback's authenticity, critics are actually authenticating themselves."

Anttonen also says that critics seek to assert their authority by ridiculing Nickelback in the media as they see themselves as protectors of authenticity and originality in rock music.

She adds: "The fact that the compositions suit the radio charts is a problem for critics. So then the songs are not authentic self expression, or have been made with commercial purposes in mind, rather than expressing your deepest emotions." Read more here.

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Steve Miller Criticizes Rock Hall Backstage At Induction 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Steve Miller Criticizes Rock Hall Backstage At Induction was a top 16 story of April 2016: Steve Miller was inducted into the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during an April 8 ceremony at New York's Barclays Center but it was his backstage comments that made headlines.

The Steve Miller Band has had 25 members in the past five decades, but the guitarist stood alone at the podium to accept the honor as the sole inductee on behalf of his group.

Miller was honored at the event alongside fellow inductees Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Chicago and N.W.A. The guitarist made some headlines backstage with a rambling speech before the press about his thoughts on the evening, reports the New York Times.

"The whole process needs to be changed; from the top to the bottom," said Miller. "Doesn't need to be this hard, there's nothing fancy going on out there that requires all of this stuff. They need to get their legal work straight, they need to respect the artists they say they're honoring, which they don't - I don't have any of my paper work...signed. I have no licensing agreement with these people, they're trying to steal my footage, they're trying to make me indemnify them."

"When they told me I was inducted they said, 'You have two tickets - one for your wife and one for yourself," he added. "Want another one? It's $10,000. Sorry, that's the way it goes.' What about my band? What about their wives?" Read more here.

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Blackberry Smoke Rescue Victims From Car Fire 2016 In Review

Blackberry Smoke Rescue Victims From Car Fire was a top 16 story of April 2016: Blackberry Smoke's Richard Turner along with bus driver Harry Wing and lighting director Chris 'Thumper' Hathaway rescued three people from a car fire on the morning of April 19th, according to The Boot.

Turner spoke to the site about the experience of rescuing a man, woman and "8 or 10 year old" girl from a Dodge Charger that had rolled over and landed on its roof on the I-10 freeway in El Paso, Texas early Tuesday morning.

"I thought we were stopping at a gas station or something," Turner said. "But, uh, we pulled over... There was a car flipped over right outside our window."

He continues, "Harry was off the bus first with a fire extinguisher, and Thumper was right behind him, and I was right behind him. I was on the driver's side, pulling at the door, trying to get it open, and Thumper was on the passenger's side …

"And he pulled three people out of that in the time it took me to figure out that I wasn't gonna get the door open on the other side. And the whole time, the car was on fire, and Harry was wielding a small extinguisher on it."

"If anything, Harry kept the car from burning everybody, and Thumper pulled three people out," Turner said, "If Harry hadn't stopped, those people would be dead, I'm sure of it." Read more details here.

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Rammstein Sue The German Government 2016 In Review

(TeamRock) Rammstein Sue The German Government was a top 16 story of April 2016: Rammstein are suing the German government for a 2009 ruling which made it illegal for any retailer to advertise their album Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da in the country.

The band filed a lawsuit against the German government at Bonn Regional Court this week, looking for €66,000 in damages which they say was caused by the Federal Department for Media Harmful To Young Persons 'indexing' the album in 2009.

According to Deutsche Welle, the governmental agency ruled that the song Ich Tu Dir Weh - along with image sin the record's booklet - were "brutalising" and "immoral."

When an artwork is indexed, it cannot be advertised and can only be sold under strict conditions. The indexing on Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da was overturned after six months when a Cologne court said the classification was unlawful. Read more here.

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Vince Neil Charged With Battery 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Vince Neil Charged With Battery was a top 16 story of April 2016: Former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has been charged with misdemeanor battery following an alleged incident involving an unidentified woman, as well as actor Nicolas Cage, in Las Vegas, NV on April 7.

Local police tell TMZ Neil and Cage were inside the Aria Hotel around 5 PM when a woman approached the actor for an autograph. Neil allegedly got behind the woman, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground.

Cage reportedly brought the rocker outside of the hotel to diffuse the incident, and the pair can be seen on video in a heated argument with the actor screaming at Neil to calm down.

The singer was cited for misdemeanor battery in the incident and is scheduled to appear in court on June 17. Neil could face a maximum sentence of six months in jail if convicted, according to local police. Watch the video here.

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David Bowie Bandmate Dennis Davis Dies 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) David Bowie Bandmate Dennis Davis Dies was a top 16 story of April 2016: David Bowie's longtime drummer Dennis Davis has died after a battle with cancer. His passing was confirmed by Bowie producer Tony Visconti in a Facebook post in which he describes the sticksman as "a magical man."

Visconti adds: "He was one of the most creative drummers I have ever worked with. He came into David Bowie's life when we recorded some extra tracks for Young Americans and stayed with us through Scary Monsters and beyond.

"He was a disciplined jazz drummer who tore into rock with a jazz sensibility. Listen to the drum breaks on Black Out from the Heroes album. He had a conga drum as part of his set up and he made it sound like two musicians were playing drums and congas. By Scary Monsters he was playing parts that were unthinkable but they fit in so perfectly." Read more here.

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Gene Simmons Defends KISS Using Original Makeup 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Gene Simmons Defends KISS Using Original Makeup was a top 16 story of April 2016: Gene Simmons of KISS continues to defend the band's reuse of original makeup by non-original members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. Thayer dresses in lead guitarist Ace Frehley's makeup and stage outfits while Singer does the same with drummer Peter Criss' gear, while each perform songs by their original counterparts.

The issue - which makes headlines every few years - recently surfaced again as the New York group marked the 40th anniversary of its 1976 album "Destroyer."

"Why wouldn't we use the classic makeup? We own it," Simmons tells Rolling Stone. "The saddest thing of all is here we are, top of Mt. Olympus with all this cool stuff happening, really enjoying ourselves, the fans are thrilled, and nobody ever holds up a sign, 'Where's Ace and Peter?'"

After early fans of KISS struggled to accept guitarist Vinnie Vincent as the Ankh Warrior and drummer Eric Carr as the Fox in the 80s, the group revived its then-sagging fortunes by unmasking entirely.

Following reunion and farewell tours with Frehley and Criss, Simmons and co-founder Paul Stanley took ownership of the designs and passed them on for use by Thayer and Singer.

"In retrospect, it was the right decision," Simmons adds. "There's always going to be five percent or 10 percent of people who were there at the beginning who will complain about anything. And listen, I think that's valid from their point of view. But people get onto a train at different times.

"If you go to see the Stones live today and poke the guy next to you and say, 'Ron Wood, he's not Brian Jones,' the guy says, 'Who is that?' He wouldn't have a clue what you were talking about. He came into the Stones 10, 20, 30 years after you did." Read more here.

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Gregg Allman Tour Bus In An Accident 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Gregg Allman Tour Bus In An Accident was a top 16 story of April 2016: A tour bus carrying members of Gregg Allman's road crew crashed in Jackson County, West Virginia early in the morning of April 6th en route to a concert that evening in Charleston.

WSAZ Huntington reports that ten members of Allman's sound crew were on the bus when the driver experienced a choking incident behind the wheel, causing the vehicle to cross the southbound lanes on Interstate 77 into the northbound lanes, went through a guardrail and over an embankment around 5:00 AM.

Three of the crew were sent to hospital, treated for minor injuries and released later the same day. Gregg Allman was not on the bus at the time of the accident.

The rocker thanked the members of his crew during Wednesday night's show at the Clay Center in Charleston. "I want to thank my crew after being through a nightmare," Allman said after he and his musicians took the stage. See a photo here.

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Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman Dead At 73 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman Dead At 73 was a top 16 story of April 2016: Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman has died, it's been confirmed. The piano player and mainman with his namesake band Thunderclap Newman was 73. The band was formed by The Who's Pete Townshend and Kit Lambert in 1968 as a showpiece for the skills of Newman, John 'Speedy' Keen and Jimmy McCulloch.

The Who confirmed Newman's death in a Facebook post, which reads: "It is with great sadness that we report the death of Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman, who passed away yesterday age 73. Rest in peace."

Thunderclap Newman's biggest hit was 1969's Something In The Air, from the Pete Townshend-produced album Hollywood Dream. Newman died on March 30 (Wednesday) and producer Steve Hoffman paid tribute in a post on his blog. Hoffman says: "Andy himself, I always thought, was even better on a B-side of Something In the Air called Wilhelmina that one can safely assume probably did not get as much airplay as the A-side." Read the original report here.

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Lars Ulrich Tributes Deep Purple At Rock Hall Induction 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Lars Ulrich Tributes Deep Purple At Rock Hall Induction was a top 16 story of April 2016: This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony kicked off with long-snubbed heavy rock band Deep Purple's induction. As a mini-documentary on the band was shown on the screens, the crowd roared, pointing out that much of the audience was there to pay tribute to the legendary British band.

Metallica's Lars Ulrich recalled seeing Deep Purple in Copenhagen, and it changing his life. He mentioned that they should be seen as equal to Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. "With almost no exception, every hard rock band of the last 40 years, including mine, traces their lineage to Black Sabbath , Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple, and they should been seen as equals. I am somewhat bewildered that they are so late in getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

Ulrich paid tribute to the members who were being inducted, but also shouted out those who weren't being included (which includes current guitarist Steve Morse and keyboardist Don Airey).

Singer Ian Gillan started by saying, "I'm speechless. It's a great honor and it's very humbling." He went on to mention the names of every musician who had been in the band. "Every one has played their part in our remarkable family."

Bassist Roger Glover joked, "Thanks Lars for reading everything I wrote!" Adding, "The words thank you isn't quite enough… The band changed my life forever."

Drummer Ian Paice, the only member to be in every version of the band, introduced late keyboardist Jon Lord's wife Vicky and then said, "I'm the guy who has been there from the beginning, I've seen it all and when I say I've seen it all, I mean it. Bands are a weird conglomeration of people. you can work together and create wonderful things and then you realize you can't stand each other. You look back and wonder how you could be so stupid… and then you do it all again. But when it works, it's pretty damned good." Read more here.

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Wes Scantlin In Standoff With Police 2016 In Review

Wes Scantlin In Standoff With Police was a top 16 story of April 2016: Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin was reportedly in a standoff with 30 police officers at his Los Angeles home some time last month, according to an online tabloid report.

TMZ reports, via Loudwire, that police went to Scantlin's home to investigate a report of a suspected burglary of a car in the singer's driveway.

The singer was arrested on a previous warrant after the police broke down his door following a two hour standoff that included more than 30 police officers.

He reportedly did not receive any charges for the standoff. Police learned that Scantlin and his friends were simply trying to jump-start the car in his drive way. Read the original report here.

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Flea Addressed Criticism Of His National Anthem Performance 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Flea Addressed Criticism Of His National Anthem Performance was a top 16 story of April 2016: Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea performed the Nation Anthem before basketball star Kobe Bryant's final game on April 13th. The performance, more improvisational than traditional, was polarizing, causing a wave of internet backlash.

TMZ's cameras caught up with Flea and asked him about the criticism. "I don't care, man," he said. "I know that people who like music liked it. I thought it was beautiful.

"I really don't have any concern for little small minds that get frustrated when they get blown. I like the big minds." When asked if he had a message for the haters, he simply replied "I love you." Check out the video here.

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