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Music Legend Glen Campbell Dead At 81

Country music legend Glen Campbell died on Tuesday (Aug 8) in Nashville after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, according to his official Facebook page. He was 81.

The iconic music star and acclaimed guitarist revealed in 2011 that was diagnosed with the disease and shortly after he embarked on his Goodbye Tour which concluded with the final show in Napa, Ca on November 30th, 2012. His final album, "Adios" was released earlier this year on June 9th.

The following statement was issued on Tuesday: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.

"Glen is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell of Nashville, TN; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; ten grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace 'Shorty' and Gerald.

"In lieu of flowers, donations for Alzheimer's research may be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the donation page at Careliving.org.

"A personal statement from Kim Campbell will follow. The family appreciates your prayers and respect for their privacy at this time."

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Confirm Gary Rossington Heart Surgery

(hennemusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd were forced to cancel a series of shows in the past week as guitarist Gary Rossington underwent heart surgery and corrected false media reports.

"Due to an unforeseen medical emergency by one of the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd," wrote the band on Facebook on August 1 (via the Quad-City Times), "the band will be unable to perform on August 3 in Davenport, Iowa at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds and August 4 in Washington, Missouri at the Washington Town & Country Fair. Please contact the venues directly for information on ticket refunds or additional replacement programming. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience."

The show cancellations reportedly led to a series of false media reports that singer Johnny Van Zant had suffered a heart attack, so the band's management addressed those rumors and issued an update on Rossington's status on August 7.

"There have been false reports (fake news) of Johnny Van Zant suffering a heart attack, which is not true," writes Vector Management. "This past Friday, Gary Rossington had to undergo a procedure to address some blockage in his arteries to his heart. Gary was released Friday evening and has been home recovering and in good spirits.

"Doctors have advised that he recover this week, forcing the band to cancel this past weekend's shows and tomorrow at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, SD. The band will commence touring this Friday in Virginia Beach with Hank Williams Jr and Aaron Lewis. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused the fans and hope to see you on the road in the near future." here.

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Sebastian Bach Recovering From Singing-Related Surgery

(hennemusic) Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach took to social media earlier this week to share an update on his health as he recovers from a recent hernia operation.

"Well I am happy to say that I am starting to feel normal again!," writes the rocker on Facebook. "The surgery on my guts is healing up and I can't wait to start [performing] again!"

Last month, Bach shared the news of the operation with fans via his social media sites, writing, "This is the first surgery that I have had since I got my nose broke at the Motley Crue show," referring to a 1997 incident. "Don't worry, the anesthetist has been warned! I'm kind of nervous but that's how it goes I guess. This surgery has nothing to do with my voice, or my throat, at all, but it IS singing related.

"After years of doing what I do, rock 'n' roll has taken a toll on a part of my body, and tomorrow I am going to get it fixed. Wish me luck! I'll see you on tour." Read more here.

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Steve Miller Band Stream Unreleased Version Of Classic Song

(hennemusic) The Steve Miller Band are streaming a previously unreleased live version of their 1969 classic, "Space Cowboy", as a preview to forthcoming career-spanning collection, "Ultimate Hits."

Due September 15 and curated by Miller himself, the project delivers the group's biggest worldwide chart-toppers, including "Take The Money And Run," "Rock'n Me," "Jet Airliner," "The Joker," "Abracadabra," "Jungle Love" and "Fly Like An Eagle", alongside previously unreleased material.

The 1CD and digital edition features 22 tracks, including three previously unreleased rarities: live recordings of "Living In The USA" and "Space Cowboy," as well as a never-before-released Steve Miller solo recording of "Seasons."

The 40-track, expanded 2CD and digital Deluxe Edition adds those rarities plus five more previously unreleased studio and live recordings, including a demo for "Take The Money And Run." Read more and stream the song here.

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Slayer Reportedly Filmed Forum Show For DVD

Thrash metal legends Slayer reportedly filmed a concert in the Los Angeles this past weekend for a upcoming DVD release, according to a member of one of the support bands.

Slayer played to a sold-out crowd at the iconic Forum in Inglewood, California on Saturday night "August 5th" and Behemoth frontman Nergal revealed the iconic band captured their set for home video.

He shared the following details in a Facebook post, "Playing in a legendary The Forum tonight. Slayer is shooting [a] DVD. Proud to be part of this historical day." Watch fan captured footage of Slayer rocking "Angel of Death" at the show here.

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Metallica Share Video From San Francisco Giants Event

(hennemusic) Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants hosted the 5th annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park on August 7th, and the band are sharing video from the event.

Guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performed the national anthem, drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the first pitch, and bassist Robert Trujillo had the honor of announcing "Play Ball!" before the Giants took on the Chicago Cubs.

During the 7th inning stretch, Hammett performed a solo version of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" as the crowd sang along. A portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold will benefit The Posey Family Foundation. Led by Giants catcher Buster Posey, the charity is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to aid research in the fight against pediatric cancer. Check out the video clips here.

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Angels and Airwaves Album 'In the Works' Says Tom DeLonge

(Radio.com) Angels & Airwaves fans can rejoice about this news: Tom DeLonge announced earlier this week on Instagram that a new A&A album is "in the works."

The guitarist and lead vocalist set aside his passion for UFO research to update fans on the status of the new album. According to Delonge, a date for his band's next release is "coming soon."

It's been three years since Angels & Airwaves released their fifth studio album The Dream Walker in 2014. Since then, members have dabbled in side projects and A&A EPs were released in 2015 and 2016. See DeLonge's announcement here.

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Steven Van Zandt Announces 'Soulfire' Tour

(Radio.com) Steven Van Zandt, a.k.a. the legendary E Street Band guitarist Little Steven, has announced that his band Disciples of Soul will tour the country this fall behind their latest release Soulfire.

The new run of dates will be kicking off on September 23rd at Port Chester, NY's historic Capitol Theater and will wrap up on October 26th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at Revolution Live .

Before heading out, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul will also co-headline the Laid Back Festival in NJ, a Gregg Allman tribute show that will also include Jackson Browne and Peter Wolf. See the dates here.

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Ride For Dime Expanded With New Event In New Location

(PR) The very first Ride For Dime East Coast Tri-State chapter charity event and concert is set to take place at New Jersey's Starland Ballroom (570 Jernee Mill Rd, Sayreville) on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

Ride For Dime's special guest hosts will include comedian Don Jamieson, heavy metal personalities and reality stars Adam Poch, Jennifer "Jenncity" Arroyo and Natalie Jansen, alt-model and TV personality Marilyn Mansfield, and the return of Mistress Juliya!

The concert portion of the event will feature tri-state talents Thy Will Be Done, the first performance of Silvertomb (featuring members of Type O Negative, Danzig and Agnostic Front), Frost Coalition (featuring members of Danzig and Savatage), Black Water Rising, Ikillya, Alekhine's Gun (featuring Orange Is The New Black star Jessica Pimentel), Hammerfight, Lethal Affection, Negative Sky, Common Wealth, Throwdown Syndicate, Kalopsia, Whiskey Time Machine, Palaceburn, Apparition and Enigma Machine. Read more

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Velvet Underground Documentary To Be Directed By Todd Haynes

(Radio.com) Acclaimed auteur Todd Haynes (Carol, Far From Heaven) will direct a Velvet Underground documentary that explores the band's early beginnings and their rise to define an aesthetic in the 1960s and beyond.

The Velvet Goldmine director announced the film at the Locarno Film Festival in Locarno, Switzerland, where he opened up about his admiration for the Velvet Underground. "They're the most influential of bands - as Brian Eno said, everybody who bought ['Velvet Underground & Nico'] started a band," Haynes said.

Haynes says his film will explore how the Underground "[came] out of a truly experimental cross-section of film, contemporary art, and a rejection of mainstream consumer culture at a very rich and fertile time of the 1960s in New York City." Read more here.

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The Shins Debut 'Half a Million' Video And Announce Tour

(Radio.com) The Shins debuted their unique new music video for their Heartworms' track "Half a Million" on Monday (August 8). The band also announced a North American leg to their world tour.

Directed by Lamar + Nik, the visual was created using 5,566 stickers that were stop-motion animated. According to the video's caption, these stickers were "hand cut from the 4,868 frames and animated by sticking them down on top of each other at each of the 40+ locations."

The new tour leg will be kickomg off in Redmond, Washington on Sept. 23. Watch the "Half a Million" music video and check out the North American tour dates here.

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Caligula's Horse Stream New Song 'Will's Song (Let The Colours Run)'

Caligula's Horse have released a stream of their new track "Will's Song (Let The Colours Run)." The song is the first one revealed from their forthcoming album "In Contact," which is set to be released on September 15th.

guitarist Sam Vallen had this to say. "Will's Song is something special for us. It's dark and heavy, especially by Caligula's Horse standards - but it never feels like a compromise between those traits and the melody and colour we strive for.

"This track embodies the possibilities of our new lineup. Drummer Josh Griffin and guitarist Adrian Goleby have toured with us for a while now, but Will's Song finally shows what they're capable of - and how much we've all grown as a group through the changes. It's a massive step forward for Caligula's Horse." Listen to the new track here.

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