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Rock Icon Leon Russell Dead At 74

(Radio.com) Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and iconic musician Leon Russell has died at the age of 74. He died in his sleep at in Nashville, according to his official Facebook page and his widow Jan Bridges.

Bridges released the following statement: "We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this very, very difficult time. My husband passed in his sleep in our Nashville home. He was recovering from heart surgery in July and looked forward to getting back on the road in January. We appreciate everyone's love and support."

Claude Russell Bridges was born in Lawton, OK on April 2nd, 1942. He began work as session musician in the 1950s and went on to work with artists including Jan and Dean, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, several Phil Spector records and the Byrds.

In 1969, he joined Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, a loose collective that occasionally featured Eric Clapton and George Harrison. In 1969, he co-produced Joe Cocker's Joe Cocker! album, and co-wrote the hit "Delta Lady."

He then put together the band for Cocker's legendary "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" tour. During that time, he wrote "Superstar," sung by Rita Coolidge and which was later covered by the Carpenters. In 1970, he released his self-titled debut, which featured one of his most popular songs, "A Song for You." Read more and watch Elton John's speech about Russell at his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction here.

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Eagles Of Death Metal Frontman Denied Entry To Bataclan Reopening

(TeamRock) Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes was denied entry to last night's reopening of the Bataclan in Paris. Hughes and an unnamed bandmate turned up at the venue as Sting was set to play the first gig there since last year's terror attacks which saw 90 people murdered by extremist gunmen.

The Eagles Of Death Metal were playing at the venue on November 13 last year when the gunmen burst in and opened fire and also detonated suicide bombs as part of a wider assault that left 130 dead across Paris.

Hughes caused uproar when he suggested staff at the Bataclan must have been involved in the attacks. He apologised and blamed his remarks on trauma, but repeated the claims in a later interview.

His comments led to French music festivals Rock en Seine and Cabaret Vert pulling Eagles Of Death Metal from their events.

Bataclan co-director Jules Frutos tells AFP: "They came, I threw them out - there are things you can't forgive." Read more here.

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Metallica Announce Special Blackened Friday Event

(Classic Rock) Metallica will launch their new album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct with a special event they're calling Blackened Friday. The band's 10th album is released on November 18 and they've announced that almost 100 US record stores will open at 11.59pm on November 17 (Thursday) to allow fans the chance to buy the record the minute it is officially released.

Metallica say: "Starting on Thursday, November 17 at 11:59pm, almost 100 stores will stay open at midnight selling Hardwired…To Self-Destruct LPs and CDs.

"Stores will be stocked with music, prizes and cool stuff including limited edition vinyl slipmats and posters to give away free with purchase." Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Have 'Half An Album' Of New Songs

(Radio.com) Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger said they haven't thrown out the original material they were working on prior to abandoning it in favor of their forthcoming blues collection "Blue & Lonesome." Jagger says they have "half an album" of new music done.

Ronnie Wood explained that working on new songs took time. "It's like putting it on top of the strainer and seeing what soaks through by the time you come back to them again," he said.

"The lumps that are left on top after time has gone by, that's what you make your dough out of." Even though they have recordings of their "half an album," Wood added, "It wouldn't surprise me if we recut them all again. It's one of those things." Read more here.

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Def Leppard Announce New Live Release, Stream Let's Go Video

(hennemusic) Def Leppard have announced the release of a new live package called "And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit" and they have release a video for the song "Let's Go".

Due February 10 via DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD and Digital Video, the project captures the veteran UK band in concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI on their 2016 summer tour of North America.

"I had this idea that we should film one of the shows from the 2016 tour because apart from the 'Viva Hysteria' shows, we hadn't actually had a live performance filmed since 1988," says Joe Elliott. "With a new album out that was being so well received, it was just a case of where to do it. From the second the house lights went down, we could see the sun setting from the stage, and the energy from the crowd just seemed to intensify. It was a good choice and a great way to document Def Leppard in 2016."

Beyond the set of classic hits is a medley of "Hysteria" and the late David Bowie's "Heroes", while the DVD will also include bonus material: the official music videos for "Let's Go", "Dangerous", and "Man Enough", and the lyric video for "Let's Go". Watch the video here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Surprise Release Gamble Paid Off For Them

(Metal Hammer) M Shadows says Avenged Sevenfold are satisfied with their latest album having sold fewer first-week copies than their previous two titles due to the way that they released it.

The Stage was sneak-released on October 28 and notched up 76,000 sales during its first seven days - while 2013's Hail To The King sold 159,000 units and 2010's Nightmare shifted 163,000. Their newest title is the slowest-selling since 2005's City Of Evil.

The band have moved to Capitol Records after their relationship with Warner Brothers broke down and led to legal action. Shadows tells Inc.com: "What artists like Kanye, Radiohead and Beyonce had done intrigued us - their albums came out of the blue and there were no preconceived notions or reviews affecting the opinion of the record buyer before they got a chance to listen.

"This way, everyone listened to our album on the same day. It was a fresh experience that wasn't affected by reviews, speculation and noise."

He continues: "When I was growing up, you maybe saw one review - but now there are 150 reviews before an album even comes out. There are so many opinions out there, but the only one that really matters is your own." Read more here.

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Fish Cancels Live Plans To Undergo Surgery

(Prog) Fish has cancelled his touring plans for most of next year after being told to prepare for shoulder surgery that'll leave him unable to perform until at least October 2017.

He's been diagnosed with a torn tendon that's in danger of detaching from its position, threatening his ability to use his right arm. He'll undergo treatment next year - soon after recovering from previously-scheduled spinal surgery.

And it means his aim of retiring in 2018 has had to be abandoned. Fish says via Facebook: "The operation is a small keyhole procedure - but the aftermath is truly a nightmare.

"I will have to have my right arm completely immobilised in a sling for four weeks, I can't drive for six weeks and then I'll have six months with intense physio to fully recover.

"It's going to be long and painful, and if I don't strictly follow the rules the tendon will tear again and may be irreparable. At the moment I'm suffering extreme pain from certain movements and I have been dealing with this for a few years, although not in continual intensity. Recently it's become agonisingly intrusive."

He believes the injury was sustained during a diving expedition off Cuba in 2010, then aggravated aboard a tour bus last year. He continues: "What this means is that there will be no festival shows next year, and I will not be able to go on the road until October 2017 without risking further damage. This is a huge blow on a number of levels." Read more here.

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Ratt's Stephen Pearcy Announces Smash Album, Streams First Song

Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy has announced that he will be releasing his new solo album "Smash" on January 27th and this week he revealed a stream of the song "I Can't Take It".

He had the following to say about the new album, his fourth solo studio effort, "It took long enough to finish the new record Smash and it is well worth the patience taken, giving every song as much attention as the next.

"Erik Ferentinos (lead guitars & co-writer), Greg D' Angelo (drums) and Matt Thorne (bass, keyboards) and myself didn't settle on any first, second or third takes. We let some songs grow if needed, then go back and complete it. We're very happy with the outcome, that we were able to experiment and grow with the new songs." Stream the first song here.

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Anthrax Unplug For 'Breathing Lightning' Performance

(hennemusic) Anthrax delivered an acoustic version of the "For All Kings" track, "Breathing Lightning", at 95.5 KLAQ El Paso's Best Rock ahead of their October 27 show with Slayer at the El Paso County Coliseum, and the radio station is now sharing video of the performance.

The El Paso stop marked the final date of a fall North American tour by the pair of thrash metal veterans, who were joined by Death Angel on the seven-week run.

Anthrax have been touring in support of theri 11th album, "For All Kings", which debuted at No. 9 on the US Billboard 200 earlier this year with opening week sales of 34,000 units.

The band wrapped up their 2016 live schedule with appearances at Japan's Knotfest on November 6 and a headline date in It'aew?n-dong, South Korea on November 8. Watch the unplugged performance here.

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Soilwork To Help NY Islanders Celebrate Military Appreciation Day

Soilwork have announced that they will be helping the professional hockey team the New York Islanders celebrate Military Appreciation Day on Monday, November 14th at the Barclays Center.

Bjorn "Speed" Strid had the following to say "I started playing hockey when I was six and stopped when I was sixteen. I played in a local team called Landskrona, which also featured current NHL athletes.

"I was chosen among three other players from my club to be a part of Skåne Team in 1994, which featured the best players from the southern region of Sweden. Slowly after that I picked up the guitar and was blown away by the kick playing music gave me. I left my hockey career behind me and focused 100 % on music but always looked back." Read more here.

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Suicide Silence's Eddie Hermida Talks Forthcoming Album

(Metal Hammer) Suicide Silence's Eddie Hermida says their forthcoming self-titled album is a "statement." It's their second release with the frontman following the death of Mitch Lucker in 2012. Hermida debuted on 2014's You Can't Stop Me - and he says this record has cemented his status as a fully-fledged member of the group.

He tells Rockwell Unscene: "We're extremely excited. The band is taking a freight train that has been moving at 200 miles an hour and turning the wheel completely left. And we're hoping to see the aftermath.

"The jacket is on, it's on. I can't wait to bring this out. This is a real statement of who I am, who the band is, and where we come from." Hermida says working with producer Ross Robinson, who has overseen records by Korn, Slipnot and Sepultura, has brought out a "fearlessness" in the band which wasn't there before.

He adds: "There's also a comfort in obscurity that we didn't have before. It's one of those deals where it's, like, everything that could potentially go wrong is what I want. And I can't wait for all the beautiful comments that are gonna be coming, all the beautiful words that people have to say." Watch the full interview here.

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Vivian Campbell Explains Reasons Behind Dio Firing

(Classic Rock) Vivian Campbell says Dio needed a "proper" band manager - and not the singer's ex-wife Wendy. The guitarist, who says he was fired by Wendy because he refused to accept a new contract, says the woman was not "musical" enough to understand that the group were a "creative unit" - and they weren't just Ronnie James Dio's "backing band."

He tells All That Shreds: "I would like to make emphasis on the point that I was fired from the band. So many people here 30-something years later people still think that I left Dio, but it was never my intention to leave the band.

"The reason I was fired from the band was that I refused to accept a contract that they offered me which was contrary to the original agreement Ronnie had made with Jimmy, Vinny and myself when the band was first formed. Wendy had different ideas for how it was going to be and for me it was a matter of principle and I refused to sign the contract and that's why I was fired."

Campbell has previously spoken out about Wendy - claiming she wanted Dio to be a solo act and thought each band member was replaceable.

He continues: "The original Dio band was a four-piece creative unit and Wendy never understood that. She's not musical. So, Ronnie and I, I think would have been fine. She doesn't know that the sign of a great band is the sum of the parts." Read more here.

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Rival Sons Announce Non-Black Sabbath Tour Headline Dates

(Classic Rock) Rival Sons have announced a European tour kicking off in January. The California outfit have planned a number of shows in the UK, Ireland and Europe from January through March.

They've scheduled appearances in between their support slots on Black Sabbath's The End tour - before the trek kicks off in full swing in February. Drummer Michael Miley says:

"We're really excited to come back and play some shows for you. The Black Sabbath tour will be over by the beginning of February and we'll be moving on to headline clubs in the UK, Europe - and Ireland, for the first time. We'll see you soon." Read more here.

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Chevelle Release 'Door To Door Cannibals' Video

(Prog) Chevelle have released a video for their track "Door To Door Cannibals." The song comes from their eighth album The North Corridor, which was released this year. The promo stars Chevelle frontman Pete Loeffler as a patient trying to escape from a mental institution.

Drummer Sam Loeffler tells Bloody Disgusting: "We wanted to do a sort of 'nightmare/horror' type video for Door to Door Cannibals, so we spent some time brainstorming and kicked around the idea of a mental/experimental hospital we find ourselves in and can't wake up from.

"We thought it could be killer if we added some messed up elements that would make Pete freak out and question reality on his way looking for an escape, including a few open doorways with questionable events going on inside." Watch the video here.

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AC/DC Bluetooth Speaker Released

(Classic Rock) An officially licensed AC/DC bluetooth speaker in a guitar amp design is now available from iDance. The cabinet is made of MDF wood and covered in amp-like leatherette.

The speaker includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to two hours of continuous playback. It also works with most Apple and Android devices, or a 3.5 mini jack cable can be used to connect.

In other technology-related AC/DC news, hearing experts Asius Technologies are developing earbuds and in-ear monitors which they claim could help former AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson perform live again in six months. The 68-year-old vocalist said he was "moved and amazed" by the technology. Read more here.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO, Jeff Beck Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Winners

(Classic Rock) Jeff Lynne's ELO, Def Leppard, Jeff Beck, The Struts and Cheap Trick were among the big winners at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour. The ceremony was held in Japan for the first time ever, with the spiritual home of Sumo wrestling Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium in Tokyo packed with 8000 rock fans for the star-studded event.

The sold-out crowd watched performances from Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Rudolf Schenker, Johnny Depp, Phil Collen and Joe Elliott, Richie Sambora and Orianthi, Tesla, Cheap Trick, and a house band made up of Rob and Dean DeLeo from Stone Temple Pilots, Korn drummer Ray Luzier and Tommy Hendriksen of Hollywood Vampires.

Hosted by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, the celebration saw Jeff Beck presented with The Icon award by Led Zeppelin hero Jimmy Page, while Scorpions man Rudolf Schenker presented Richie Sambora with the Classic Songwriter prize.

Def Leppard scooped the fan-voted Album Of The Year prize for their self-titled album and Queen's The Studio Collection took the gong for Reissue Of The Year, also voted for by the fans.

Jeff Lynne's ELO were voted Band Of The Year by the fans, while X Japan mainman Yoshiki was named The Asian Icon. here.

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Pink Floyd's Mason See End Of Audio 'Dark Period'

(Prog) Nick Mason is glad that there's been a resurgence of interest in audio quality after a "dark period" of earbud listening. And the Pink Floyd drummer has argued that, while many bands have only recently become comfortable with releasing development-stage material, the practice has its roots in jazz music from years ago.

He was speaking during a launch event for mammoth Pink Floyd box set The Early Years 1965-1972, which includes almost everything the band had available in their archive.

Mason told YouTube: "This is a sea-change that a lot of bands have been through. It was unthinkable, 30 years ago, that we'd release anything except our final ultimate version.

"Everyone was worried about bootlegs and the fact that people would get to hear it in the wrong form, or too early. Now there's a sense that, if people are interested in how we develop something, that's fine."

He cites jazz icon Charlie Parker's albums as examples of how it's been done before: "They actually put out every take. You get a track and they give you the lot, so you can hear how they progressed and got to where they ended up."

Mason admitted that one of the few blocking points was sound quality - but believes it's a standard worth retaining. "We've been through a dark period of everyone listening to everything on earbuds and MP3 players," he says. "Now we're coming out the other side." Read more here.

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Sixx A.M. Stream Their Version of Badfinger's 'Without You'

(hennemusic) Motley Crue offshoot Sixx A.M. are streaming a cover of the Badfinger classic, "Without You", as the latest preview to their forthcoming album, "Prayers For The Blessed."

The 1970 tune from the UK band's "No Dice" album went on to best become known as a US No. 1 hit for Harry Nilsson in 1971. Due November 18, "Without You" will appear on Sixx A.M.'s second album of 2016 and companion to this spring's "Prayers For The Damned."

The song follows the lead single, "We Will Not Go Quietly", and the album's title track as the third preview of the project. "Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1." debuted on the US Billboard 200 at No. 19 earlier this year. Stream the new cover song here.

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David Bowie's Art Auction Vastly Surpasses Expectations

(Radio.com) The first day of the auction of art owned by late music legend David Bowie late last week took in $30.7 million, more than doubling the pre-sale estimates, according to the BBC.

The 47 pieces from Bowie's collection that were sold at Sotheby's in London on Thursday had been valued at between £8.1 million ($10.2 million) and £11.7 million ($14.8 million).

Bowie's family has kept artworks that are "of particular significance" but is selling the rest of his collection. The proceeds, after any fees and taxes are deducted, will go back to his estate.

The most expensive work sold was Jean-Michel Basquiat's Air Power, which went for £7.1 million ($8.98 million). Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Pop Vinyl Figures Set For Release

(Classic Rock) Toy manufacturer Funko have announced that they'll release Pop Vinyl figures of Guns N' Roses in December. Miniature doll versions of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan will launch in the lead-up to Christmas.

The box features the GNR logo, while the figures show each band member wearing their trademark outfits and holding their instruments. Pre-order them on Amazon.

Funko have previously released figures of Lemmy, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Rotten and Babymetal among others. Read more and see the other figures here.

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