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Guns N' Roses Beat Adele, Beyonce For Top Tour Honors

(Classic Rock) The Not In This Lifetime reunion tour has netted Guns N' Roses over $5.5m per show, which has placed them at the top of Pollstar's global concert chart.

Axl Rose and co made more than Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Adele and Coldplay per show - but their average ticket price of $117 was also the highest in the top 20 list.

Trade publication Pollstar assemble their chart from information provided by promoters and venue managers, resulting in an average per-event figure for each band.

Second on the list is Springsteen, who made $5.3m per show at a ticket price of $112. He's followed by pop stars Beyonce, Adele and Coldplay, who netted $4.9m, $4.2m and $3.9m respectively. Read more here.

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Aerosmith Announce First Dates Of Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) Aerosmith have announced the first series of dates for a farewell tour. Billed as "Aero-Vederci Baby!". the Boston band revealed a 2-month run across Europe next summer that combines headlining concerts with festival appearances - including UK's Download, Spain's Rock Fest, France's Hellfest, Italy's Firenze Rocks and the Sweden Rock Festival.

"Aerosmith just got done ripping through South America like true ambassadors of rock," says Steven Tyler. "The band is unstoppable right now and in Europe, we're going to keep doing what we do best... Let The Music Do The Talking...Living On The Edge, and living to rock another day."

"It's been 3 years since we have been on tour in Europe," adds Joe Perry, "and I can speak for my brothers that we can't wait to get over there and take it up a few notches. Last tour in South America we were running on all cylinders and I can see no reason to let up now." See the dates here.

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AC/DC's Malcolm Young Tribute Event Announced

(Classic Rock) An Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles this week will raise money for an Alzheimer's charity in honor of AC/DC's former guitarist and songwriter Malcolm Young.

Young retired from the band in 2014 after he struggled with the onset of dementia, prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia.

The event takes place on November 15 (Tuesday) and will see a number of well-known artists, including former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright and Dio Disciples bassist Sean McNabb, covering the Australian band's songs.

The show will be live broadcast worldwide via Zinna TV, and will raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association. Read more here.

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Jesse Hughes Camp Denies Being Barred From Bataclan

(Classic Rock) Jesse Hughes wasn't refused entry to the Bataclan venue in Paris for its reopening a year after the Paris terror attacks, his manager has said. And Marc Pollack insists no member of the Eagles Of Death Metal even tried to gain entry to the Sting show that marked a return to business at the weekend.

Hughes and co were performing there on November 13, 2015, when 90 people were murdered by extremist gunmen. In the aftermath, the frontman claimed that Bataclan staff had been in league with the terrorists - and despite apologizing, later repeated the suggestion.

In response, venue manager Jules Frutos said at the weekend that Hughes had been barred from entry, adding: "They came. I threw them out. There are things you can't forgive."

But Pollack tells Billboard: "This day is not about Jesse of Eagles Of Death Metal. In fact, Jesse is in Paris to share in remembering the tragic event with his friends, family and fans. This is about recalling the tragic loss of life that happened right in front of his eyes during his show."

He insists that Hughes "never even tried entering the club" and adds: "This coward Jules Frutos feels the need to soil his own club's reopening by spreading false tales and tainting a wonderful opportunity that could have been used to spread peace and love." Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen Rescued By Vets On Veterans Day

(Radio.com) Dan Barkalow will never forget this year's Veterans Day, thanks to his own kindness, and Bruce Springsteen's broken down bike. Barkalow was leading the Freehold American Legion Riders back from a Veteran's Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Holmdel, New Jersey on Friday, when he noticed a biker broken down on the side of the road.

Without hesitation, the veteran pulled over to assist his fellow motorcyclist, who he immediately recognized as the New Jersey native rocker. He told CNN that he was 'a little starstruck" upon identifying the boss, but continued to assist him.

Unable to get Springsteen's bike battery to charge, Barkalow's group gave him a ride to a restaurant called Mulligan's, where the rocker treated them to a round of drinks, and chatted about motorcycles and 'good old Freehold" for about 45 minutes until his ride arrived. Read more here.

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Helloween Reunite With Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen

(Classic Rock) Helloween have announced that they will be rejoined by former singer Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen for their world tour through 2017 and 2018.

The tour, named Pumpkins United, will see former Kiske and Hansen perform alongside current members, vocalist Andi Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner. They'll perform material spanning the band's 30-year history and hit Latin America, Europe, Asia and North America on their trek.

Helloween say: "You believed in it for years and continued to ask for it. Now is the time. In fall 2017, Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen will once again mount a Helloween stage together and resurrect the band's legendary original lineup." Watch the promo for the tour here.

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Phil Anselmo's Superjoint Stream New Album Online

(Metal Hammer) Phil Anselmo's Superjoint have made their new album Caught Up In The Gears Of Application available to stream in full. The album was released on November 11 via Anselmo's Housecore Records.

Speaking about the follow-up to 2003's A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred - recorded under the Superjoint Ritual banner - Anselmo said: "The overall theme means many things, or no things, but there is an underlying message regardless, about how modern technology - computers and all that comes with them, mainly - has affected our lives.

"As a musician, it has affected my life both negatively, with music being stolen, and positively - being in touch with fellow musicians around the world and staying visible.

"But when looking at the broader spectrum, computer-land has given everyday people a platform in which to bellow like carnival barkers about anything and everything, humdrum or political, whether qualified or not, some with good intentions, some with disingenuous intentions, and some with ideas that lay somewhere in the middle, creating a mishmash of results." Stream the album here.

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Elton John Pays Tribute To Leon Russell

(Radio.com) One of Leon Russell's biggest fans, and also one of his most well-known collaborators, Elton John, has reacted to the new of the late artist's passing this weekend.

Sir Elton tweeted the following, "My darling Leon Russell passed away last night. He was a mentor, inspiration & so kind to me. I loved him and always will."

Elton John was a huge fan of Leon Russell's, but his fame soon eclipsed that of his idol. In the 2000s, Russell had nearly faded into obscurity, when John decided to invite him to do a duo album; which was a first for Elton, who had performed duets with other artists, but never collaborated on an album with another artist for an entire album. Read more here.

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David Bowie 70th Birthday Concert Announced

(Radio.com) David Bowie passed away just two days after his 69th birthday, so January 2017 will mark a bittersweet spread of anniversaries to observe and celebrate the music legend.

In South London, actor (and Bowie friend) Gary Oldman will join a tribute with scores of musicians in honor of Bowie's 70th birthday. The show will feature friends, collaborators, former band mates and special guests, all gathered to honor his indelible legacy.

So far, musicians for the London engagement include Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Mark Plati, Gerry Leonard, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell, Zachary Alford, Holly Palmer and Catherine Russell. Read more here.

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Clutch Set To Begin Work On New Album

(Classic Rock) Jean-Paul Gaster says Clutch are aiming to start writing their 12th album within the next eight weeks. And the drummer hopes they continue to play live while they compose, because he enjoys the additional information provided by playing unfinished music to fans.

Gaster tells How Was It Detroit: "We'll take off the first three months of next year and we'll get down to writing, see what kind of direction that's going to take us in, then start making plans to record.

"Probably what will happen is we'll do some shows in the spring. For us, it's really important to play the new songs live. Those experiences are crucial to recording a record that you feel proud of. In the live setting you can immediately tell where the pulse of a tune is.

"You gauge by the audience reaction, how they're latching on, and you start to tweak things. That's really crucial - it brings the songs to life." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Keane Frontman Tom Chaplin Announces Solo Tour

Keane frontman Tom Chaplin has announced that he will be hitting the road early next year for a North American tour to support his forthcoming debut solo album.

Chaplin will be releasing his new album, entitled "The Wave", on January 13th and he will kick off his 15-city solo tour the following night in Atlanta, GA at the Buckhead Theater.

He had this to say about his new album, "I wanted there to be no wall between the truth of my experiences and the listener. I felt that was the place to be. No holds barred. It is not a concept album but there is a narrative arc, from the depths of despair to a kind of resolution." See the tour dates and album tracklisting here.

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Motorhead Wake The Dead Box Set Announced

(Classic Rock) UDR have announced they'll launch the Motorhead Wake The Dead box set on December 16. The label also revealed they'll issue 2015's Bad Magic on a limited-edition silver picture disc on December 16.

The Wake The Dead collection will contain vinyl copies of their albums The World Is Yours, Aftershock and Bad Magic. They'll be presented in a special clam-shell box, with the cover highlighting Lemmy's famous doodles from those album eras.

The box will also include a classic photograph of Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee shot by renowned photographer Pep Bonet. Read more here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Frontman Slams 'Childish' Hits Release Move

(Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevenfold frontman M Shadows says Warner Brothers' upcoming A7X Best Of release is "childish on a whole new level." Warner and Avenged Sevenfold are locked in a legal dispute and the band recently sneak released their new album The Stage via their new label Capitol Records.

But as rumors - led by a social media post from Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho - circulated that Avenged Sevenfold were about to reveal details of the new album, Warner announced a 2CD compilation called The Best Of 2005-2013, which is set for release on December 2.

Shadows previously described the move as a "cash grab" designed to confuse casual fans, and he has now gone further and blasted it as "childish." Shadows tells 101.1 WJRR: "We're not promoting that at all. That has nothing to do with us. They, basically, saw the date that Chris put up, and, from what we understand, they are trying to undercut our new record, so they were trying to put it out the week before.

"And as childish as things can be behind the scenes with lawyers and stuff, as I'm sure you can imagine, this is childish on a whole new level. You're gonna try to put this record out right before our new record just to undercut us and try to confuse the casual fan, like, 'Is this the new record? Or is that the new record?' Or parents buying stuff for Christmas."

He continues: "So it's just really childish. It doesn't even have a good pick of songs. And it's a record label, basically, digging themselves into a deeper hole, as far as I'm concerned, because it doesn't look good to other bands who are potentially gonna sign there, and it doesn't look good to fans."

Meanwhile, Shadows has also posted a comment on Facebook in which he addresses how it was reported that The Stage is A7X's slowest-selling album since 2005's City Of Evil. His statement can be read in full here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Make Fan's Dream Come True

(Metal Hammer) A Bullet For My Valentine fan's wish came true when he was invited up on stage to play live with the band and video of the jam from the concert has been posted online.

The fan held up a sign at Bullet For My Valentine's gig in Vienna, Austria, last night (November 13) asking frontman Matt Tuck if he could play guitar on Scream Aim Fire.

And before the band burst into the title track from their 2008 second album, Tuck helped the man out of the crowd and handed him his guitar before he played through the song with the Welsh metal heroes. A video of the performance can be viewed here.

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IO Earth Announce Their New Lead Singer

(Prog) Birmingham-based proggers IO Earth have announced Rosanna Lefevre as their new lead singer, replacing Linda Odinsen had decided to leave the band due to the rigors of travelling to and from her native Norway.

The band announce that 22-year old Lefevre as Odinsen's the replacement on Monday (Nov 14). The 22-year old MA music student, who works part time at the band's rehearsal complex, was suggested by one of her Coventry University lecturers.

"I feel both incredibly lucky and happy to be joining the fantastic IO Earth," she says. "I am humbled to have been given the chance to work with such talented and down to earth people, musicians and songwriters. I can't wait to get to know the bands awesome fan base around the world. I truly believe that this is the beginning of an amazing adventure for us all. Can't wait to see you on the road and start this exciting journey together."

"We're all so excited to introduce Rosanna to the IO Earth Family," adds keyboard player Adam Gough. "It feels like we've discovered a real gem, right under our noses here in Birmingham! At her audition, she blew us away, turning up ready to sing over 70 minutes of IO Earth material! We can't wait to bring her to your neck of the woods." Read more here.

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Sammy Hagar, The Nymphs Lead Rock Candy Deluxe Reissues

(Chipster) Rock Candy Records will be launching their U.S. operation with deluxe disc re-releases from Sammy Hagar, The Nymphs, Salty Dog And Tyketto This Friday, November 18, 2016. We were sent these details about the reissues:

Sammy Hagar 'All Night Long': Sammy Hagar's early studio work was often considered rather dull compared to his work with Montrose, but his1978 live album suddenly reversed that criticism. Most live records are compromised by studio fixes but this record is pure dynamite - warts and all. Sammy's performance is phenomenal and the energy level is through the roof.

Nymphs 'S/T': The Nymphs were signed to Geffen Records in the late 80s on a wave of hope and excitement. Fronted by Inger Lorre, she soon attracted a reputation for being controversial, volatile and unapologetic. She was unquestionably the real deal - and this record is a bonafide snapshot from the edge of Hollywood Babylon during a time when music was being revolutionized in Los Angeles. Read more here.

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Can's Irmin Schmidt and Jaki Liebezeit Plan Special Show

(Prog) Can founding members Irmin Schmidt and drummer Jaki Liebezeit have announced that they will perform the band's music at a one-off event in London next year.

Schmidt and Liebezeit will also be joined by Krautrock pioneers Can's first singer Malcolm Mooney as they perform under the banner of The Can Project at London's Barbican theatre on April 8, 2017.

They'll perform an orchestral reinterpretation of classic Can material with the London Symphony Orchestra, followed by an all-star band of former Can members and long-time admirers paying tribute to Can's legacy.

Among the guests will be Sonic Youth mainman Thurston Moore. Read more here.

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Magenta Release Live 'Devil At The Crossroads' Video

(Prog) Magenta have released a video of them performing Devil At The Crossroads live. The clip comes from their new live DVD, which they've officially named Chaos From The Stage. It was filmed at Leamington Spa's Assembly Hall last November.

The Welsh outfit will embark on their biggest ever UK tour next spring for their 15th anniversary and their forthcoming as-yet-untitled album, which is due out in April 2017.

Rob Reed said of the follow-up to 2013's Twenty Seven Club: "We haven't played live a huge amount in the last couple of years, so it will be great to get back on the road for an extended series of dates and play pieces from the new album alongside some of our older material." Watch the video here.

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Joey Jordison's Vimic Share their First Live Footage

(Metal Hammer) Vimic have released the first footage of them performing live. Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison's band uploaded the live footage to Facebook.

The new-look outfit, formed from the ashes of Scar The Martyr, is rounded out by vocalist Kalen Chase, bassist Kyle Konkiel, keyboardist Matt Tarach, along with guitarist Jed Simon.

Their debut album, which they'd titled Open Your Omen, was slated for release this year - but the launch of their first record has been pushed back to 2017.

They recently announced their first tour dates, which kick off in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 26. Jordison said: "The band members have just arrived to my home in Des Moines, and the energy and vibe is absolutely magnetic. We are ready to bring back our music, showcase our new live shows to the masses, and show our appreciation to the fans who got us here and supported us in the first place.

"I'm back behind the drums and can't wait to kick some ass." Watch the video footage here.

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Gojira Frontman Reveals Musical Direction Of Next Album

(Metal Hammer) Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier says the band's next album will be somewhere between "super-extreme death metal" and "something super progressive."

The French metal heroes released their sixth album Magma earlier this year and Duplantier previously said he was already planning ahead for the follow-up.

Now he has given Metal Hammer an update on the progress of new material, saying he wants Gojira to further investigate the themes he explored on Magma.

He says: "We started something with Magma that I want to take further. The progressive and lyrical aspects are something I want to dig into a little more. It's not going to be a drastic change - we're not going to turn into a super-extreme death metal band or something super-progressive. It's going to be somewhere in between.

"We have a lot of riffs and ideas floating around. I don't have a clear vision of where we're going to go, but I think the music will take us there, when we start jamming. Hopefully we're going to be surprised. In a good way." here.

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