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Black Sabbath Release Video Of Final Children Of The Grave Performance

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath have released an online streaming video of their 1971 classic, "Children Of The Grave", from their newly-released farewell concert film, "The End."

The tune was the second single from the band's third album, "Master Of Reality", which peaked at No. 8 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to eventually selling more than 2 million copies in the country.

Directed by Dick Carruthers (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Oasis), "The End" presents the last concert under the Sabbath brand by three-quarters of the original lineup in their hometown of Birmingham, England this past February.

"To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special," says the group. "It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans, who've been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we'd be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf."

Available via Blu-ray/CD, DVD/CD, 2CD and 3LP configurations, all visual formats feature special bonus material of the band playing a selection of their favorite songs not performed on the farewell trek; these intimate live sessions at Angelic Studios were recorded in the days after their final live performance. Watch the video here.

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Neil Young Launches Massive Online Archive

(Radio.com) As promised, Christmas has come early for Neil Young fans. The legendary Hall of Fame rocker has opened his archival streaming website, where his entire catalog can be listened to for free.

All of Young's solo work is posted on the archives, as is music he made with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, and Crazy Horse. Serious Neil Young fans will be most interested in the ten(!) unreleased albums posted to the archive, as well as a handful of previously unreleased films.

"These are projects I did not release at the time for one reason or another, and many of the songs subsequently appeared on other albums as the years flew past," Young shared about the newly revealed material. "The archive is designed to be a living document, constantly evolving and including every new recording and film as it is made. It is not yet complete as we are still adding a lot of detail to the older recordings." Read more here.

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Prince's Last Year The Focus Of New Documentary

(Gibson) When he passed away in April 2016, Prince was only fifty-seven and presumably, had much more music and work left in him. It's now been announced that a popular UK television channel, UK's Channel 4, will air a documentary in 2018 that chronicles Prince's Piano & A Microphone tour, the only solo tour he ever played.

The documentary will also cover Prince's secret gig at the White House in 2015, when he and Stevie Wonder performed. It then follows him on his solo tour, described in a Channel 4 announcement as, "the sound of Prince stripped bare; the simplicity of these performances showed Prince in reflective mode, all the more poignant in hindsight, as these would be his final shows."

The documentary will feature interviews with George Clinton, Reverend Al Sharpton, Cee-Lo Green as well as insights from his friend Van Jones, the singer Eryn Allen Kane and his former girlfriend Andy Allo. Prince's Last Year will also "follow the musical and political passions of Prince's life" and present a "is a compelling insight into this complex and contradictory character." It will also examine his "long-standing addiction to painkillers" and how they played a role in his demise. here.

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Eagles Add New Dates To North American Tour

(hennemusic) The Eagles have expanded their 2018 tour of North America with the addition of seven concert dates. Following the passing of Glenn Frey last year, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit have rounded out their lineup with Frey's son, Deacon, and country star Vince Gill.

Following their original announcement last week, the band will now perform the trek's opener in Indianapolis, IN on March 12 alongside newly-added shows in St, Louis, MO (Mar 18), Des Moines, IA Mar 21), Calgary, AB (May 14), Edmonton, AB (May 15), Tulsa, OK (Jun 17) and New Orleans, LA (Jun 20).

An American Express Card Members presale starts Tuesday, December 5 at 10 AM local time, while other presale options are also available - learn more about the ticket sales in your market at eagles.com. General public seats will be available Friday, December 8. See the dates here.

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The Script Release 'Arms Open' Video For Foster Youth

(Radio.com) The Script has partnered with charity A Sense of Home on the band's latest music video, "Arms Open." "For us, this is more than just a music video," the band shared in a press statement about working with the charity focused on creating homes for aged-out foster youth.

They continued, "Like the song itself, we wanted to reach out to as many people as possible, people who have been less fortunate in life, giving them a platform to tell their stories. On researching the ideas for the video, we came across so many charities, and while they are all doing such great work, we were immediately inspired by A Sense Of Home and wanted to show support and build awareness."

"This organization offered a real solution that could be rolled out across the world, particularly in Ireland where this problem is so prevalent," the statement continues. "Share it wide and share it proud with arms open."

"A Sense of Home is honored to collaborate with The Script on this pioneering music video for their inspired ballad 'Arms Open,'" added Georgie Smith, founder and executive director of the charity. "We hope and trust it will bring understanding to all of those in need of a loving embrace from community and bring us all more connected to one another." Watch the video here.

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Joan Jett Documentary Premiere Announced

(Gibson) More than forty years after she revolutionized the male-dominated world of rock (and two years after her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame), a new documentary about the life and times of Joan Jett is scheduled to premiere at next year's Sundance Film Festival.

In an announcement by the Sundance Institute, the documentary titled Bad Reputation and directed by Kevin Kerslake, takes a "look at the life of Joan Jett, from her early years as the founder of The Runaways and first meeting collaborator Kenny Laguna in 1980 to her enduring presence in pop culture as a rock 'n' roll pioneer."

This month also marked the 36th anniversary of Jett's iconic chart-topping single 'I Love Rock 'n Roll.' Joan Jett & The Blackheart's last album was 2013's Unvarnished, though she's been touring regularly, with her next shows happening in December. here.

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Queen Stream The American Dream Documentary Clip

(hennemusic) Queen are streaming a clip of "The American Dream", a documentary included in the recently-released 40th anniversary edition of their 1977 album classic "News Of The World."

The DVD presents material filmed on and off stage during the band's 1977 US tour in support of the record, including footage from a Houston concert late in the year.

The 2017 3CD/1DVD/1LP "News Of The World" package contains the documentary, engineer Bob Ludwig's 2011 remaster of the album alongside two discs of bonus tracks, and a pure analogue re-cut of the original vinyl LP direct from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes.

A "Raw Sessions" disc presents recently unearthed out-takes and rarities from the band's archives, while a bonus tracks disc features a variety of previously-released but hard-to-find versions of "News Of The World" tracks recorded in concert, for radio shows, or in alternate mixes, including the band's entire five-song final live session recorded for BBC Radio in October 1977.

The 40th anniversary edition is rounded out with a selection of memorabilia from the period, including three posters and a 60-page book of images. Led by the stadium anthem "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions", the UK band's best-selling studio release peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to worldwide sales of 6 million copies, including 4 million in the States alone. Watch the clip here.

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A Foreign Affair Release 'Passing Through' Video

A Foreign Affair have released a music video for their latest single "Passing Through." The song was originally unleashed as the lead track from their "Empty Houses" album, which hit stores last week.

The Sacramento, Ca alt-rockers had the following to say about the song, "Passing Through is a song about trying to latch onto meaning in life as we go through the moments that challenge us as individuals."

"Empty Houses" Tracklist: 1. I'm Your Ghost 2. Passing Through 3. A Girl from the Sky 4. Awake 5. Empty House. Watch a stream of the the "Passing Through" video here.

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Rave On: The Buddy Holly Story Goes Digital

(Kayos) Eagle Rock released the film Rave On: The Buddy Holly Story in digital formats on Friday (December 1st). We were sent the following details/synopsis:

Rave On: The Buddy Holly Story, produced by 1515 Productions, explores Holly's life and story via interviews with those who knew and worked with him, as well as prominent music fans who were influenced by his work.

The film presents contributions from Jerry Allison (original member of The Crickets), Dion, Brian May (Queen), Don McLean, Paul Anka, Edna Gundersen (USA Today), Larry and Travis Holley (Buddy's brothers), and Holly's widow, Maria Elena Holly, as well as others. Read more here.

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New Found Glory Release '20 Years From Now' Video

(Radio.com) New Found Glory have released a brand new song called "20 Years From Now," along with a nostalgic music video for the track that is reflective of the band's enduring career.

"'20 Years From Now' is a song we wrote and recorded during the Makes Me Sick album sessions," said guitarist Chad Gilbert in a press statement. "We loved the song and felt it stood out in a different way than the rest, so instead of squeezing it on the album, we wanted to give it a life of it's own."

"If you have seen us on this recent '20 Years Of Pop Punk' tour, then you got a first listen as it was our intro to the concert," Gilbert added. "We have learned so many lessons over the 20 years of this band, but the underlining meaning of the song is about letting go of worry to feel true freedom. When you reflect on your life, you realize how arguments, pride, and the worry of proving yourself never changed or fixed anything. Failure and missteps help refine your character and make you wiser. All you truly need to worry about is waking up each day and to try to be the best version of yourself. We feel very lucky that when we wake up we still get to be in this band. Thank you for that and we hope you enjoy the song."

Listen to "20 Years From Now," which contains explicit language, below. Read more here.

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U2 and Saoirse Ronan Plan A Very Irish 'Saturday Night Live'

(Radio.com) This week, Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan is hosting Saturday Night Live with musical guest U2 and in a promotional video for this week's episode the long running programs explores their Irish heritage.

Both acts hail from the emerald shores of Ireland and in a series of promo videos cast member Kenan Thompson finds himself the odd man out, standing in a circle of Irish artists.

"Isn't it insane that in this situation, I'm the one with the accent?" Kenan asks in the humorous clip. Tune in tomorrow night and until then you can watch the funny promos here.

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Tommy Emmanuel Releases Looking Forward To The Past Video

Tommy Emmanuel has released the music video for his track "Looking Forward To The Past" which features Rodney Crowell, and comes from his forthcoming collaborative album "Accomplice One".

Tommy spoke with American Songwriter recently about the new track and had this to say, "When [Crowell] asked me to play on his new album, I suggested we trade and he sing on my album. It was a deal! When I went to his studio to play on his track, he sang me this song and I came back the next day and we recorded 'Looking Forward To The Past.' Rodney works the same way I like to: sitting down and playing as if it's in front of an audience.
We capture a performance, and we don't manufacture it."

Crowell added: "Playing guitar and singing with Tommy Emmanuel is like catching a ride with an F-15 fighter jet pilot. Gravity has no effect on Tommy; it's as if he literally flies a guitar."

Emmanuel's new 16-track studio effort, "Accomplice One," is set to be released on January 19th and features Emmanuel collaborating with a range of artists including Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, J.D. Simo, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman and more. Watch the video here.

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