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Guns N' Roses American Reunion Tour A Massive Success

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses' Not In This Lifetime North American summer stadium tour grossed $116.8 million, according to a new report by music industry magazine Billboard.

The reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan sold more than 1 million tickets as they performed 25 concerts in 21 stadiums over the 9-week run of the historic tour.

The band played two dates each at Chicago's Soldier Field, Foxborough's Gillette Stadium, East Rutherford's MetLife Stadium and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, with the New Jersey shows posting the top box office take of $11.6 million from 100,177 fans; the other three venues each delivered more than $8 million in revenue. Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven Trial Fees Ruling Appealed

(Classic Rock) The company that handles Led Zeppelin publishing has filed an appeal over $800,000 in legal costs that were incurred during the trial over the classic song "Stairway To Heaven".

A jury found in June that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant had not plagiarised Spirit guitarist Randy California, whose composition Taurus was said to be notably similar to Led Zeppelin's classic track.

But Judge Gary Klausner later ruled that Warner/Chappell Music were not entitled to have their costs covered by California's estate, represented by lawyer Francis Malofiy.

Klausner said that the suit had carried enough merit to go to trial, and that there was no evidence of "nefarious motives" on Malofiy's part. Now Warner/Chappell have applied to have the costs ruling overturned, citing "extensive and ongoing litigation misconduct" as the reason their claim should be reconsidered. here.

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Metallica's Hardwired Reworked With Classic Sound

(Metal Hammer) A Metallica fan has streamed his version of latest track Hardwired, produced as it might have sounded on their first five albums. The audio clip features 35 seconds of the song, rendered with the studio balances of Kill 'Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, …And Justice For All and the Black Album.

YouTuber Creblestar says: "Here's what Hardwired would sound with a tone like their first five albums. All the guitars and bass are recorded by me. Drums are MIDI programmed."

The real track will appear on Metallica's 10th title Hardwired… To Self Destruct, to be released on November 18, to be followed by extensive touring in 2017. Read more and check out the clip here.

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Video From AC/DC With Axl Rose Auburn Hills Show Goes Online

(hennemusic) AC/DC featuring Axl Rose rocked The Palace Of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI outside of Detroit on September 9, and video from the show has surfaced online.

Brian McCollum of The Detroit Free Press called Rose's work over the 24-song set with the Australian band "simply spectacular."

"Stepping in for the sidelined Brian Johnson," he wrote, "the Guns N' Roses vocalist delivered a vigorous, note-perfect performance and a show of modesty that seemed to recognize his place in the scheme of it all.

"There's a power and robustness in Rose's voice long missing from Johnson's live performances - and it helped fortify one of the strongest AC/DC shows metro Detroit has seen in some time" featuring "tunes that hadn't been heard at a Detroit AC/DC concert in years, even decades: 'Rock 'n' Roll Damnation,' 'If You Want Blood (You've Got It),' 'Live Wire' and 'Riff Raff,' with the last two providing some of the night's most inspired moments."

The Detroit-area show marked the sixth of ten rescheduled US tour dates the band are playing this fall with Rose as they wind down a world tour in support of 2014's "Rock Or Bust." Check out the videos here.

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Bruce Springsteen Reveals He Had Invasive Surgery

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen made a somewhat alarming revelation about his health in a new cover story for Vanity Fair which is promoting the release of his autobiography, Born To Run, due out on September 27.

Three years ago, the article says, Springsteen underwent a surgical procedure to address the chronic numbness he was experiencing on his left side, which was inhibiting his fretboard hand (Springsteen plays most of the guitars on his albums, and plays throughout his shows as well, taking most of the leads).

The numbness was attributed to damaged disks in his neck. The procedure to remedy this entailed cutting his throat open and temporarily tying his vocal cords to the side to make way for the insertion of replacement disks, which meant that, for three months, he was unable to sing.

"A little nerve-racking," Springsteen told the magazine. 'But it's been very successful for me." The article also addresses Springsteen's battles with depression. The writer, David Camp, also covered other topics in the feature. Read more here.

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Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Daily Lineups Revealed

Organizers for the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest have revealed the daily lineup for the first annual festival which will be taking place on September 24th and 25th at the San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Groundsi n San Bernardino, CA.

Things will kick off on Saturday with Ozzfest. The mainstage (a.k.a. Lemmy stage) will feature Rival Sons at 3:40 PM, Black Label Society at 4:25, Opeth at 5:30, Megadeth at 6:40, Disturbed at 8:00 and headliners Black Sabbath at 9:30.

Sunday's Knotfest mainstage will feature Motionless In White at 3:30 PM, Trivium at 4:14, Anthrax at 5:20, Amon Amarth at 6:30, Slayer at 8:00 and headliners Slipknot at 9:30. See the full schedule including side stages here.

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Fall Out Boy Announce 'The Boys of Zummer' Concert Film

(Radio.com) Fall Out Boy are offering fans a chance to relive their 2015 homecoming show in Chicago with their new concert film entitled "The Boys of Zummer: Live in Chicago".

It will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms on October 21st and was filmed during their 2015 The Boys of Zummer Tour, which found them on the road with Wiz Khalifa, who just so happened to show up during Fall Out Boy's performance of "Uma Thurman" (via Rolling Stone).

The film also captures the band performing earlier hits like "Sugar, We're Going Down" and "Dance, Dance," as well as songs off their 2015 album American Beauty/American Psycho. Check out the here.

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Massive Lou Reed Box Set To Be Released

(Radio.com) Legacy Recordings have announced a comprehensive Lou Reed box set that they will be releasing October 7. The 17-disc collection features his entire recorded catalog with RCA and Arista between 1972 and 1986.

Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection will be the first comprehensive anthology featuring the first 16 solo albums recorded by the late-singer and songwriter following the break-up of the Velvet Underground. It can preordered here.

The collection features Reed's 1972 self-titled debut and it's follow-up Transformer, which spawned the classic songs "Perfect Day," 'Walk On The Wild Side" and "Satellite of Love." Other iconic albums featured in the set include Berlin, Coney Island Baby, New Sensations and the 1978 effort Lou Reed Live: Take No Prisoners. See the complete track list below.

Reed personally oversaw the remastering process, finishing the project shortly before he passed away in 2013 at the age of 71. His wife Laurie Anderson said, "Lou put his heart into remastering these records. They are not smoothed out. Sometimes remastering revealed their details and roughness in the most exciting ways. They leap out at you with their original energy." Read more and see the track details here.

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The Outlaws Announce 'Legacy Live' Double Album

Southern rock veterans The Outlaws have announced that they will be releasing a new double live album entitled "Legacy Live" on November 18th via Steamhammer/SPV.

Founding member and frontman Henry Paul had this to say about the effort, "I want people to hear this album and see our show and realize that The Outlaws are still there. Our goal is to unite the fans and bring the group back into the limelight."

The album features performances of classic songs "There Goes Another Love Song", "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky", "Green Grass & High Tides Forever" and "Freeborn Man" as well as more recent tracks like "It's About Pride", "Hidin" Out In Tennessee" and "So Long". See the tracklisting here.

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Guy Manning Special One-Off Damanek Line-up For Music Festival

(Prog) Guy Manning has announced a one-off line-up for the Damanek project with Marek Arnold and Dan Mash for this year's Summer's End Festival. Joining the trio will be Sean Timms (Southern Empire), Luke Machin (Machine) and Henry Rogers (Touchstone/Heather Findlay Band).

"Post United Progressive Fraternity and the appearance at Summer's End in 2014 and a short tour, I wanted to establish a new musical venture away from my solo Manning stuff. I had lots of new, different material written, I just needed the best musicians I could find who liked the pieces enough to join me," manning tells Prog.

"When Stephen Lambe invited me to perform at this years Summer's End, my first thought was, "how am I going to be able to bring a line-up together which can do justice to the album already in production?) This was gong to be like assembling The Avengers or the Magnificent Seven (or six in this case)...

"As it turns out, there have been some fortuitous decisions/happy accidents made by Lambsie and Huw Lloyd-Jones which made some of this a hell of a lot easier for me. Firstly, Seven Steps To The Green Door were invited to perform on the Saturday, so I knew Marek would be there anyhow. Secondly I contacted Sean and asked him if it would be at all possible that he could get across for it. And to my absolute surprise and delight, he agreed!" here.

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The Head and the Heart Explain 'Signs of Light'

(Radio.com) After nearly a year off, taking a break from a grueling tour schedule, The Head and the Heart hunkered down to write Signs of Light, their major label debut and one of their best to date. But how did the Virginia-to-Seattle-to-Los Angeles band end up with the title, and what does it mean?

"It's the last song on the album and once you go through the whole album it just wraps everything up really nicely, says Jonathan Russell of the Josiah Johnson-written song. 'At the same time it makes you want to start the whole thing over again. He called it 'Signs of Light" and it just felt like the perfect statement for the whole album."

Reading through the lyrics on the liner notes or Genius.com, one might think the songs on "Signs of Light" are somewhat bleak. But nothing could be farther from the truth. The uplifting music balances the sometimes cynical lyrics perfectly. In fact, 'This record feels like we're coming together as a band," says drummer Tyler Williams. It's a positive record," adds Kenny Hensley. Although the lyrics occasionally come from dark places, bandmembers insist it's an uplifting album, which is easily proven when watching their elated audiences.

"Everyone's gone through a relationship where things didn't work out' you try it again and it doesn't work out," says Jonathan Russell of the album's breakout single, 'All We Ever Knew." 'That feeling of 'Why are we doing this to ourselves? We know it's not going to work out. We've tried it before. Just let it go.'" Read more here.

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Green Day Release Revolution Radio Video

(hennemusic) Green Day are giving fans another taste of their forthcoming album "Revolution Radio" with the release of a lyric video for the title track to the effort which will be released on October 7th.

"Of course the world has lost its collective mind... and me, Mike and Tré are lost souls too," says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. "Revolution Radio is a movement for lost souls to come together... dance together... sing together... and most of all, find each other. That's what the spirit of Green Day has been about since day one."

It's the second preview of the band's 12th album, following the recently-issued lead single "Bang Bang." Green Day produced "Revolution Radio" themselves at Armstrong's new studio in Oakland, CA.

The band will launch the project with a rare club tour of North America; the 12-date run begins September 20 in St. Louis, MO and will wrap up with a hometown show in Berkeley, CA on October 20. Check out the video here.

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