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Pearl Jam, Yes, ELO, Journey Lead Rock Hall Nominations

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam, Journey, prog icons Yes, Bad Brains, Depeche Mode and the Electric Light Orchestra lead the nominees for induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The Cleveland-based institution revealed the full list of 19 artists on Tuesday, which also includes The Cars, Jane's Addiction and Yes, among others.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.

2017 marks the first year of eligibility for Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur, and first nominations for Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane's Addiction, Joan Baez, Journey and Steppenwolf; Yes snagged their third listing, the J. Geils Band and Kraftwerk picked up a fourth ballot mention, Joe Tex a fifth, and Chic a record-setting 11th appearance. Read more here.

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Robert Plant's Austin City Limits Performance Streaming Online

For fans that missed former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant's appearance on Austin City Limits this past weekend, the long-running PBS show is broadcasting the episode online.

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters' Austin City Limits performance featured a mix of classic Led Zeppelin and solo tracks, as well as newer material from the group's 2014 album "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar".

The song list from the episode was as follows: "The Lemon Song," "Rainbow," "Black Dog," "Turn It Up," "In the Mood," "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," "Little Maggie," and "Whole Lotta Love." Watch it here.

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Metallica Launch A Different View Web Series

(Classic Rock) Metallica have released the first in a series of behind-the-scenes videos from their recent string of events in New York. Episode one of Metallica: A Different View follows bassist Robert Trujillo around the city as the band were in the Big Apple last month for the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, followed by an appearance on Sirius XM and the Howard Stern Show.

They then played an exclusive show for the Fifth Member fan club at the Webster Hall and took part in various press engagements. Videographer Brett Murray followed the band around the city for four days and videos featuring Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett will follow in due course.

In his video Trujillo discusses the importance of making an impact in New York. He says: "As a musician you have to roll through this town and you have to kick ass. It's kind of like London or LA, a major market, one of the biggest. You always want to make a statement when you roll through New York. That's where the party is." Watch the video here.

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Chuck Berry Announces His First New Album in 38 Years

Rock and Roll legend and pioneer Chuck Berry celebrated his 90th birthday by announcing that he will be releasing his first new studio album in 38 years, entitled "Chuck", next year.

Berry recorded the new effort at a number of studios in the St. Louis area, according to the announcement, and it will feature mostly new songs that were written by the rock icon.

He is joined on the album by his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (harmonica), as well as Jimmy Marsala (bass), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums). Read more here.

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Phil Collins Won't Be Playing Drums On Comeback Tour

Genesis legend Phil Collins earlier this week announced his comeback Not Dead Yet Tour, but he had also revealed that he will not be playing drums during the shows.

He explained during a press conference that he is turning drumming duties over to his son Nicolas for the tour because of physical limitations. "I'll never play the way I used to. Something happened on the Genesis reunion tour. At the end of each show, I had a drumming duel with Chester Thompson, and one night something happened. It just went. I tried everything--bigger drumsticks and so on, but it just never came back.

"It's a mystery what happened, I just couldn't get it back. But I'm 65 and I played drums since I was five. I'd like to have the choice about being able to play, but I'm not going to cry myself to sleep about it." here.

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Evanescence Box Set Coming In December

Evanescence's very first vinyl box set, which will be entitled "The Ultimate Collection," is set to be released on December 9th, 2016 by Concord Bicycle.

The 6-LP 180-gram heavyweight vinyl set will feature the albums "Fallen," "The Open Door," and "Evanescence", as well as the first official release of the demo album "Origin".

The set is available for preorder here and will also include a bonus track disc entitled "Lost Whispers" that will feature a studio version of the tour intro "Lost Whispers" and the first new Evanescence studio recording in years, "Even In Death (2016)", as well as a 52-page casebound book featuring art, handwritten lyrics, photos and rarities, according to the announcement. here.

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Sammy Hagar To Headline Rock Legends Cruise VI

The 2017 Rock Legends Cruise is already sold out but rock fans can begin making plans for the 2018 edition with news that Sammy Hagar has been tapped to headline RLC VI.

The four-night cruise will sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship from February 15th to 19th, 2018.

The announcement we received and the official website for the event list different, but similarly named ships (Independence/Liberty) of the Seas. Organizers launched the on-sale for the 2018 event today. Grab the details here.

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The Ramones Street Naming Ceremony Pushed Back

(hennemusic) The Ramones are updating fans with news regarding the upcoming street naming ceremony event in New York this month. The group will be honored with a street named Ramones Way in their hometown of Queens, NY.

Originally set for October 23, the band has announced a scheduling change to October 30 at 11:00 AM at the intersection of 67th Avenue and 110th Street in front of the main entrance of Forest Hills High School, which was attended by the band's original lineup of John Cummings (Johnny Ramone), Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone), Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone) and Thomas Erdelyi (Tommy Ramone).

Plans for Ramones Way were passed by the City Council in July. "Our community of Forest Hills has been the home of many famous artists," says councilwoman Karen Koslowitz. "Many legendary musicians also attended Forest Hills High School including Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Burt Bacharach, as well as the members of the famous punk rock group the Ramones. The Ramones played well in the 1990s and received numerous accolades and awards including an induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award." here.

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Mother Love Bone Box Set Coming Next Month

(Classic Rock) A package containing the complete works of Mother Love Bone is to launch next month. Titled On Earth As It Is: The Complete Works, the 3CD/DVD and vinyl box set is out on November 4.

The grunge pioneers featured future Pearl Jam members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard, with the band releasing the Shine EP in 1989 and their only album Apple in 1990. The full-length arrived just months after their frontman Andrew Wood died in hospital following a heroin overdose.

It contains Apple and Shine - which have been remastered - along with B-sides, demos, alternate versions and unreleased tracks including Wood's demo of Chloe Dancer and a live version of Stardog Champion featuring Chris Cornell and Pearl Jam.

The DVD contains Love Bone Earth Affair which includes bonus features of rare live Mother Love Bone performances. A 24-page booklet is also included in the package. Read more here.

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Frank Iero Cancels Tour Following Bus Accident

(TeamRock) Frank Iero And The Patience have cancelled the remainder of their 2016 tour after they were involved in a bus accident last week. The guitarist was unloading the band's van with other crew members in Sydney, Australia, on Friday when a vehicle crashed into them. Two men were rushed to hospital and another was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Iero updated fans on Twitter, saying: "Hi friends thanks all for the well wishes. We're pretty banged up but miraculously alive and in stable condition. I'm still in a state of shock."

But due to the injuries, they've scrapped all previously announced live dates for this year, which included an extensive run across the US. A statement reads: "Due to the severity of injuries sustained in Australia, Frank Iero And The Patience will be cancelling all future performances in 2016. All tickets will be refunded." Read more here.

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Harry Shearer Sues Over Spinal Tap Profits

(Classic Rock) Actor Harry Shearer is suing entertainment group Vivendi after claiming he'd been denied profits from the cult classic film This Is Spinal Tap.

In a lawsuit filed at the Central District Court of California on Monday, the star accuses Vivendi of conducting a "fraudulent accounting for revenues from music copyrights" through Universal - as well as mismanaging film and merchandising rights through sister companies such as Studio Canal.

According to Vivendi, Shearer claims he and his co-creators were entitled to just $81 in merchandising income between 1984 and 2006. The firm also reported total income from soundtrack music sales for the four creators of the film was reported by Vivendi as just $98 between 1989 and 2006. Read more here.

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Black Crowes Members Announce New Band The Magpie Salute

(Classic Rock) Rich Robinson has hooked up with former Black Crowes members guitarist Marc Ford, bassist Sven Pipien and keyboardist Eddie Harsch in new band The Magpie Salute.

They're joined by keyboardist Matt Slocum, drummer Joe Magistro and backing singers Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen from Robinson's solo band.

Robinson previously told Rolling Stone that he'd been performing regularly with the former Crowes men - minus his brother and vocalist Chris. He said: "I just did three shows up in Woodstock, with me and Marc Ford and Ed Harsch and Sven from the Crowes. They came and joined my band and we did a whole bunch of songs together." And to mark the announcement, the band have released a short trailer. Watch it here.

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Bob Dylan Remains Silent About Nobel Prize Win

(Classic Rock) The Swedish Academy have given up trying to reach Bob Dylan after they awarded him the Nobel Prize For Literature last week. He has responded with silence since the news broke - and he made no mention of the accolade at his show in Las Vegas that night either.

Last Thursday, the 75-year-old became the first songwriter in history to be named a recipient of the award by the Nobel committee "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

The academy's permanent secretary Sara Danius says: "Right now we are doing nothing. I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough." Read more here.

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Jimmy Eat World Stream New Song 'You Are Free'

(TeamRock) Jimmy Eat World have released a lyric video for their new song, "You Are Free." The track comes from their forthcoming album Integrity Blues, which is set for release on October 21.

Last month singer Jimmy Adkins explained the songwriting process for their ninth record. He told TeamRock: "It was pretty collaborative, you never clock out of this gig, you're always working on material. Things might not turn into a complete song right away but you never throw anything out, and over time that generates a big stack of ideas.

"Some things are closer to being full songs, some things just stay as scraps for a long time, and all of it ends up going through a band editing process and being fleshed out into that state where it's a real song." Check out the new song here.

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Foghat Announce 'Under the Influence' Double LP Vinyl Release

Rock veterans Foghat have announced that they will be releasing a new vinyl edition their latest studio album "Under The Influence" on October 21st.

The new edition will be released as a double LP on 180-gram vinyl by the group's label Foghat Records and select independent record retailers will also be offering posters with purchase.

Guitarist Bryan Bassett had this to say about the vinyl release, "A couple of things I love about new vinyl releases is the re-emergence of an old art form - ie: album cover art and the return of high-quality analog audio played through great old stereos being pulled from the garage and resurrected." Read more here.

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Original Judas Priest Singer Al Atkins Announces Solo Album

(Glass Onyon) Original Judas Priest singer Al Atkins has announced his new solo album "Reloaded". A released date was not revealed in the announcement but the Pledge Music page showed that 52 days were left to pre-order the various packages as of Tuesday (Oct 18th).

Atkins has release a promo video for the album here and we were sent the following details about the effort: "The album is a collection tracks from the last four decades, that Al has either written or performed from his days in Judas Priest to his last live band Holy Rage. It features special guest appearances: with Ian Hill of Judas Priest, (who performed on the original recordings of some of these classics like 'Victim Of Changes' from the 'Sad Wings Of Destiny' album. Apart from Judas Priest Ian Hill has never recorded with anyone outside of the band until now!

"It also features John McCoy (Ex Gillan) Ralf Scheepers of Germany from Primal Fear dueting with Al on 'Victim Of Changes', A solo from Roy Z Ramirez of 'Halford' & 'Bruce Dickinson', A Japanese guitarist Tsuyoshi Ikedo from Unviel Raze, The Australian Stu 'Hammer' Marshall of Death Dealer, Chris Johnson from Holy Rage, from the UK Rob Allen on drums and last but not least long time friend and collaborator Guitarist & Producer of many of Al's albums Paul May. here.

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Status Quo's Rick Parfitt Sad About Missing Final Electric Shows

(Classic Rock) Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has released a handwritten message to fans, saying much he's missing the band's final electric shows. The veteran musician suffered a serious heart attack on the road in June and his management later revealed he'd "died for several minutes" during the incident.

He's expected to make a full recovery, although the statement said it was possible he'd "performed his last show" with the band. Quo confirmed earlier this year that their current tour would be their last full-power trip, although they didn't rule out further acoustic outings.

Parfitt, 67, says in his note: "Here I am sitting in a hotel in Malaga. Just thought I'd drop you a little line to say how much I miss being part of the last year of rockin.'

"But I must fully recover from the latest blip with my heart - and with what's left of it, I wish you all a Happy Christmas." Read more here.

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System Of A Down Tease Return With New Video Clips

(Metal Hammer) System Of A Down have released two clips showing them in rehearsal sessions. The band haven't been seeing playing together since last year's shows marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. But last month, bassist Shavo Odadjian posted a picture on Instagram showing drummer John Dolmayan behind his kit.

Now Odadjian and Dolmayan have posted two short videos on Instagram showing them jamming along with guitarist Daron Malakian, although frontman Serj Tankian doesn't feature.

Last week, System Of A Down announced a run of live 2017 European festival dates - and they've added several more appearances to their summer itinerary. See the dates and watch the video clips here.

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Ghost's Cult Leader Finds the Band Dull

(Classic Rock) Ghost are described as "dull" by their cult leader Sister Imperator in the latest teaser video for their Popestar EP. She appeared in a clip last month as the band threw away their clutch of music industry awards after she told them: "We don't need their approval - the truth of our work is not measuring by nods from the establishment."

In the latest video, entitled The Summoning VI: The Proceedings Intensify, Sister Imperator says: "You have sat for insipid interviews, answering insipid questions, afraid to reveal your true undertaking.

"Your masks are the visage of the gods - and you mock them with your senseless orgies and trysts. Even your depravities are dull!" Watch the new promo clip here.

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Singled Out: Cal Kehoe's Fiasco

Rock/Groove/Jam artist Cal Kehoe and the band Brother Moose just released their new EP "Batting Practice" and we asked Cal to tell us the story behind the single "Fiasco". Here is the story: (Insert Law and Order theme song music here)

As with any song, I write the two main parts, the music and the lyrics, I try and have each part compliment the other. I had an idea for the premise of the story for "Fiasco" but I wanted to get the music down first. I listen to a ton of Gary Clark Jr. and Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys. That is the hard driving rock feel I wanted to emulate. Moose (Zack) had some kick ass drums going that worked really well with the feel of the song. The guitar riff at the beginning was rattling around in my head for awhile so I started to expand on it and ended up with a strong chorus. The piercing distorted solo toward the back end of the song was improvised when we recorded at the studio. The guys in the studio heard me playing during a playback and told me to record it. Sometimes I guess the best stuff is made up on the spot.

I tried a couple times to write a "story" song and it is not easy for me. The idea for Fiasco was directly inspired by the Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter. Hunter wrote some of the all time greatest character/story songs of his generation. Named characters like August West, Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw and unnamed characters in songs like "Loser" where he is sitting at the poker table in the saloon and the lyrics in the song "Deal", that invoke card/poker playing metaphors, have all been favorites of mine for a long time. I wanted to create a character that could be sitting at the same poker table Hunter created. Once I pictured Danny Trejo as Fiasco I couldn't get it out of my head. I created the back story for the character to explain that he was dealt a pretty sh*tty, somewhat tragic hand in life. I wanted to tell a story where at least for one time the perpetual loser who had been kicked around most of life beats the odds and wins. The triumphant underdog. I don't think I am done with "Fiasco", the character may make an appearance on a future release. As I was doing some research, I came across the movie "Trinity is Still My Name"(1972) and the poker scene in that film. I knew right away that when I was done recording the song I would go back and edit the scene for the "Fiasco" lyric video.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, check out the aforementioned lyric video here and learn more about the album right here!

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