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AC/DC's Brian Johnson Crashes His Austin A35

(Radio.com) Former AC/DC singer Brian Johnson escaped a horrifying car crash without a mark on him, according to the UK's TV3. The 69-year-old singer was participating in the qualifying heat at a charity racing event when his Austin A35 flipped over.

Johnson has been a longtime car enthusiast. He hosted a television program called Cars That Rock, and competed at Florida's Daytona International Speedway to raise money for his charity Highway to Help.

Photos of the crash were tweeted with the caption "This is AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and he got more than he bargained for when he drove a vintage Austin A35 at Si". See the photos here.

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Video From The Eagles Classic East Fest Set Goes Online

(hennemusic) The Eagles headlined the opening night of the inaugural Classic East festival at New York's Citi Field on July 29, and video from the show has surfaced online.

Following opening sets by Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles' new lineup hit the stage featuring the late Glenn Frey's son, Deacon, and country singer Vince Gill on board for the 2017 concert series.

The 24-song show mirrored the California band's lineup debut at The Classic West festival at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 15, with one exception: the addition of Don Henley's "New York Minute" from 1989's "The End Of The Innocence", performed live for the first time by the group since 2002.

Night two of Classic East - on July 30 - featured Fleetwood Mac alongside guests Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire. The Eagles will next headline The Classic Northwest concert in Seattle, WA on September 30. Watch the videos here.

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Metallica Play Tribute To Van Halen In Band's Hometown

(hennemusic) Metallica delivered a tribute to Van Halen during their July 29 performance at the Rose Bowl in the latter band's hometown of Pasadena, CA, and the group are sharing professional footage from the concert

Frontman James Hetfield led the rockers through an abbreviated version of Van Halen's 1978 classic, "Runnin' With The Devil", complete with an attempt to replicate David Lee Roth's iconic screams on the tune.

"That's all I can sing," Hetfield told the crowd. "That's a little homage to the Pasadena boys, alright. Sorry you had to put up with that," adding, "That wasn't too bad that was kinda fun."

The tribute appeared just prior to the closing number of the group's main set, "Seek & Destroy." Check out the video here.

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Chester Bennington's Widow Releases Statement For Fans

(hennemusic) Talinda Bennington, the widow of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, has released a statement thanking fans for their support a week after she lost her husband to suicide in their Los Angeles home on July 20.

"One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero-their Daddy," she wrote via Twitter. "We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left.

"I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well." "My babies are so young to have lost their daddy," she continued. "And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive. He was a bright, loving soul with an angel's voice. And now he is pain-free, singing his songs in all of our hearts.

"May God Bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would've wanted us to do so. Rest in peace, my love." Read more here.

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Gregg Allman's Final Album Release Date Set

(Gibson) Details continue to emerge regarding Gregg Allman's forthcoming posthumous studio album, Southern Blood. A release date of September 8 has been confirmed; additionally, the first single, "My Only True Friend," is available for streaming. Allman recorded the material at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with producer Don Was manning the boards.

"I was dedicated to helping Gregg crystallize his vision for the record and to help make sure that this vision made it to the tape," said Was, in a prepared statement. "He was a musical hero of mine and, in later years, had become a good friend. The gravitas of this particular situation was not lost on me. Gregg was a sweet, humble man with a good heart and good intentions and it was a great honor to help him put his musical affairs in order and say a proper farewell."

Was went on to describe Muscle Shoals as sacred ground, noting that it was an especially fitting place for Allman to make his final record. "FAME was the place where Gregg's brother Duane first started making waves in the music world and where the earliest seeds of the Allman Brothers Band were sown in a back room during their first, seminal rehearsals," he said. "Duane's presence is still ubiquitous in that building. Recording there was Gregg's way of making his spirit a part of this album, in the same way that his spirit continued to be part of Gregg's life." Listen to the first single here.

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Singled Out: Counterfeit Culture's Apothecary

Metalcore band Counterfeit Culture are gearing up to release their new "Deathwish" EP and to celebrate we asked guitarist Patrick Robertson to tell us about the single "Apothecary". Here is the story:

Our latest single is called Apothecary. This is hands down the most intricate and in your face song we've ever written. The recording process was great, and we all had such an incredible experience. We record out in Lancaster, PA with our good friend Ricky Armellino. Ricky has been a huge help for us, teaching us to grow into the musicians we are today. Recording with him is so great because it's an absolutely chill environment, that encourages outside the box ideas. We all sit together through the whole process and bounce ideas off each other. I specifically remember sitting there, recording the intro riff and trying to write the fast run in the middle of it. As I was writing it, Elijah leans over and says "why don't you try going half way up the run, then back down, then all the way back up again." I hadn't thought of that, so I tried it and it worked incredibly well. That is now what you hear on the song today.

Besides that, we always want our music to have meaning. Everything we've done, since the foundation of our name Counterfeit Culture, has been for a specific purpose. We want to highlight issues in this world, to put them under a spotlight, and come together through music to find a solution. With so much separation and hatred in the world today, we're using our music to call that out, and to put an end to telling people who they can and can not be. With that being said, Apothecary is about just that, pretending to be someone you aren't. Our music video chose to take on domestic violence. It features a girl, who is both verbally and physically abused by her boyfriend. If you also watched our "X" music video, you can see that the same guy sold her drugs. So her drug dealer, became her abusive boyfriend. She is pretending to be happy and that everything is okay, because the world has historically been harsh against women that speak up when they're abused. They don't feel safe, so they have to pretend to be happy in the situation they're in. We provide links in the description of our music video, to where people who are victims of abuse can go to get help. We also want the world to come together, and use music as a way to bond and find solutions to these issues. That is what we're all about, and Apothecary is just one piece of that.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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Def Leppard Streaming Part 2 Of Hysteria Documentary

(hennemusic) Def Leppard are streaming part two of their mini-documentary, "Step Inside: Hysteria At 30." The documentary arrives in sync with the 30th anniversary reissues of the group's fourth album, "Hysteria."

Following part one's look at the fallout from a 1984 car accident that saw drummer Rick Allen lose his left arm, the project turns to the band member's frustration with length of the time they were spending in the studio with producer Mutt Lange; the album would take three years to complete.

Due August 4, a remastered edition of the "Hysteria" record will be available in various packages, including a 7-disc Super Deluxe Edition, 3CD Deluxe Version, 1CD Vanilla Version, 2-LP Black Vinyl Version and a limited edition 2-LP Colored Vinyl Version.

The reissues include B-sides and live tracks, plus the audio for "In The Round In Your Face (Live)" on CD for the first time. here.

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Rolling Stones Announce Satanic 50th Anniversary Reissue

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have announced that they will release a 50th anniversary reissue of the 1967 album, "Their Satanic Majesties Request", via ABKCO Music on September 22.

Available as a special Deluxe Edition box set containing double vinyl/double hybrid Super Audio CD (compatible with all CD players), the set delivers both the stereo and mono versions of the project newly-remastered by Bob Ludwig.

The 2017 reissue includes Michael Cooper's original 3-D lenticular cover photograph, featuring the band at the peak of the psychedelic era, in a fold-out album limited edition numbered package with a 20 page book including more of Cooper's photos from the original session.

"Their Satanic Majesties Request" was originally mixed in both stereo and mono, as was standard practice in 1967. The limited edition 50th anniversary edition will include the entire album on 180 gram vinyl in stereo, another 180 gram vinyl record in mono, and two hybrid Super Audio CDs (one in stereo and one in mono). Each of these discs includes the entire musical content in both Super Audio CD (SACD) as well as standard CD, providing for complete backward and forward hardware compatibility. The discs will play flawlessly on any SACD compatible or standard CD player. Read more and watch the unboxing video here.

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Black Country Communion Announce New Album 'BCCIV'

(hennemusic) Supergroup Black Country Communion have announced that they will return this fall with the release of their fourth album, "BCCIV", via Mascot Records on September 22.

The lineup of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham recorded the set at Cave Studios in Los Angeles with producer Kevin Shirley.

"We had around 4 months to write this album, and I think the results speak for themselves," says Hughes. "All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums, however, the new album is more of a progression, as we wanted to be careful not to repeat the previous albums. A lot has happened since we last recorded the Aferglow album in 2013, so, in many ways, the new album shows BCC with a much harder, riffier and bigger and bolder sound. If you're looking for a folk album, this ain't the one.

"I wanted the new album to physically shake your soul," he added, "It's a wake-up call." "BCCIV" will be previewed soon with the lead single, "Collide." Read more here.

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Stereophonics Announce New Album 'Scream Above The Sounds'

(Gibson) U.K. rockers Stereophonics have announced their 10th studio album, Scream Above The Sounds. The Welsh band's follow-up to 2015's Keep The Village Alive will be released on November 3.

The album's lead single "All In One Night" has debuted on YouTube and although that's pretty low-key, frontman Kelly Jones has told NME: "It's a pretty big sounding record, as in it's pretty anthemic." Jones has been recently playing Gibson ES-335s live as well as his usual Gibson SGs.

Jones spoke about the album's lyrics, saying: "The climate of the world is very upside down right now, it's all a bit bonkers, [so] I try to write through my own experiences of it. I'm a very observational kind of writer. I write from the people's point of view: the working classes."

He continued: "If it's politics involved in my songs, then it's usually written through the perspective of a person, often myself, as opposed to literally talking about the powers that be. I've got the 'people on the street view' on things which is how I live my life really." Read more here.

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The Strokes Address Rick Rubin Producing New Album Rumor

(Radio.com) Last week, Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s father told The West Australian that the band had hit the studio with famed producer Rick Rubin. Hammond Jr. and media outlets leapt to their servers to share the news.

Problem is, it was, what some these days are calling #FakeNews. Shortly after the erroneous story broke, Hammond Jr.'s bandmates remedied the situation, saying that they' haven't even begun recording a new album.

"Sorry everyone we are not in the studio recording," Hammond Jr. tweeted. "Forgive Albert Sr. He got prematurely excited. A lot of unknowns and nothing worth speaking about at this time. We met and played a few music ideas for Rick to feel out a vibe but even a theoretical album plan would be years away, if at all."

Frontman Julian Casablancas added that he's focusing on his side project, Julian Casablancas + the Voidz. See the tweets here.

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Liam Gallagher Talks Strained Relationship With Noel

(Radio.com) Liam Gallagher has embarked on a secretive tour promoting material from his new album As You Were. He made his solo U.S. debut during a pop-up show at New York's McKittrick Hotel, followed by another appearance at Rough Trade Brooklyn. At Rough Trade, Liam debuted "Eh La" from As You Were and fans gathered footage from the scene.

His stateside reintroduction coincides with an interview he gave about possible Oasis reunions and his rocky relationship with brother (and bandmate) Noel.

"Me and our kid don't speak and that's the saddest thing about it," he told a radio interviewer. "We've got to start becoming brothers and friends again. It don't matter how many noughts you put on [a check]."

Ultimately, the family bond is more important to Liam than the future of Oasis. When asked whether their famous back-and-forth jabs on Twitter will hinder their reconciliation, Gallagher said, "I don't care about getting Oasis back together. But he prods me and I prod him and I like winding him up. I'm just reminding him that I'm right here cos his head's up a few people's arses." Read more and watch Liam debut "Eh La" here.

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