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Austin Carlile Leaves Of Mice & Men For Health Reasons

Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile revealed earlier this week that he is leaving the group due to his battle with Marfan syndrome. The group plan to continue and they will proceed with their upcoming live shows.

Carlile broke the news to fans in a lengthy Instagram post (read it here) and the band followed up with the following statement, "It's with heavy hearts that we announce Austin's departure from the band for reasons pertaining to his health.

"As many of you are aware, Austin suffers from a rare connective tissue disorder called Marfan syndrome & has been struggling with the physical demands of touring since the band began.

After his most recent series of surgeries at Stanford University Hospital, following the cancellation of our European headlining tour, his team of doctors informed him of the damage that performing, & more specifically his aggressive vocals, have been causing his body. " Read more here.

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The Doors Stars To Reunite For Special Event

(hennemusic) The surviving members of The Doors - guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore - will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album at a special event on January 4.

Los Angeles will proclaim January 4 as "Day Of The Doors" with a proclamation from Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin during a public event at the intersection of Pacific and Windward Avenues, the location of the iconic "Venice" sign.

Joining Densmore and Krieger will be family members of the late Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison. "Very apropos that The Doors are jumpstarting our 50th in Venice where we started," says Densmore. "Our songs sprang up out of the Pacific like beautiful, edible silver fish… and apparently the world took a big bite."

"Venice is a place where many have chased their pleasures or dug their treasures. It is a place that birthed The Doors and taught us all to cherish the funky, weird, and world-renowned vibe that Jim, Ray, Robby, and John helped make famous," adds Bonin. "I am very happy to be amongst the feast of friends celebrating The Doors' 50th anniversary, and I thank the band, their management, and the Venice Chamber of Commerce for making this celebration possible." Read more here.

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Vince Neil's Drinking An Issue On Celebrity Apprentice

(hennemusic) Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil is featured in the latest video preview of NBC-TV's The New Celebrity Apprentice with host Arnold Schwarzenegger ahead of its premiere on January 2.

Neil's drinking during a task in the show's second episode sees him clash with Culture Club singer Boy George, when the team is asked to create an original song and video for a toothpaste company.

"I was complaining about him drinking in the studio," explains George, who has had his own history of substance abuse issues. "I just didn't want to be around that."

"I'm way over 21," responds Neil, whose history with drugs and alcohol abuse features a series of DUI convictions that includes a 1984 fatal collision where his actions killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley. Earlier this year, the rocker pled guilty to misdemeanor battery charges in Las Vegas stemming from an incident in the city on April 7. Watch the clip here.

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Sammy Hagar Offered Apology To Van Halen 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar made big news in August when he offered what may well be his first-ever public apology to Van Halen in a video preview to his appearance on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?"

Hagar, who split from Van Halen in 1996 and reunited with them to support a greatest hits album on a 2004 tour that ended poorly, has repeatedly bashed the band at every turn since - including recent slams over the group's 2015 live album and claims that brothers Alex and Eddie Van Halen have been trying to shut down his ability to perform material from his time in the lineup.

Following the late 2015/early 2016 deaths of fellow rockers Scott Weiland, Lemmy, David Bowie and Glenn Frey, Hagar tells Oprah that he has found himself in a new place.

"The whole Van Halen issue, I really put that behind me, and I'm proud of what we did. So I've decided, forgive and forget," explains the Red Rocker. "I ain't looking for nothing from nobody. I don't wanna… I ain't asking to be, you know… get back in the band and do all that again; that's work! I don't wanna do that. No, no, no. I just wanna be friends." He adds: "I wanna say I'm sorry of anything I said bad about you."

Hagar's comments to Oprah mirror much of what he told Rolling Stone in March, just weeks after the singer reached out to Eddie Van Halen for the first time in more than a decade in an effort to re-establish a friendship with his former bandmate on the occasion of his 61st birthday in late January.

Hagar made headlines with a tweet to the guitar icon, writing "Happy Birthday Eddie - hope you're doing good", which prompted the reply, "Thanks Sammy. Hope you're well too." Watch the video clip here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Sued For $2 Million Over 'Crazy Train' 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Former Ozzy Osbourne bassist and songwriter Bob Daisley returned to the headlines in August when he filed a lawsuit against the singer over claims of unpaid royalties from the 1980 classic "Crazy Train."

NME reports the bassist's suit against Osbourne and his company Blizzard Music Limited seeks $2 million in unpaid royalties, while alleging that "although royalties have been paid to Daisley over the years, an audit conducted in 2014 showed that Osbourne and his company had been improperly deducting undisclosed fees before distributing royalties to Daisley and improperly withholding Daisley's rightful share of royalties owed under the publishing agreements for the commercial exploitations of the songs."

"While Mr. Osbourne was benefiting from the songs co-authored by our client, the audit shows that he was systematically short-changing Mr. Daisley," said Daisley's lawyer Alan Howard. "Mr. Daisley had no choice but to bring this action to secure his fair share of the proceeds those songs have generated."

Daisley was the original bassist in the band Blizzard Of Ozz, which included Osbourne, guitarist Randy Rhoads and drummer Lee Kerslake. The group's 1980 debut morphed into Ozzy's solo debut under Jet Records, which was launched by Don Arden - the father of Sharon Arden, who later became the singer's wife and manager.

Although Daisley and Kerslake were fired by Sharon after the completion of sessions for 1981's "Diary Of A Madman", the bassist continued to work with Osbourne on albums up to and including 1991's "No More Tears."

"For the past 36 years," responded Ozzy's camp in a statement regarding the legal action, "Mr. Daisley has been receiving bi-annual royalty statements and checks from Blizzard Music, totaling in the millions of dollars, which have been routinely cashed. Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. He has previously filed lawsuits in the UK and the US and has lost on each occasion.

"We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment. We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr. Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne's success. Blizzard Music and Mr. Osbourne plan to vigorously defend these proceedings." Read more here.

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Axl Rose Suffered Malfunction During Guns N' Roses Concert 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose could only laugh as his piano went rogue during a performance of November Rain at a concert his past August at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Rose's piano mysteriously starts playing unplanned high notes about four minutes and 20 seconds into the performance of the song. The singer at first looks confused by the notes before realizing there is a problem with the equipment, asking his stage tech: "What the f*** is that, can we stop it at least?"

He sees the funny side, saying later in the song: "I don't mind ghosts or gremlins, but they should probably learn the f***ing song." Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan announced their reunion earlier this year and are on the road on their Not In This Lifetime tour.

The vocalist said at the weekend that he was disappointed only six US dates remained on the tour. He said on Twitter: "Only six more shows of the GNR US tour to go. How can that be?! Say it ain't so!" Watch video of the piano incident here.

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Former UFO Star Pete Way Suffered Heart Attack 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Former UFO bassist Pete Way returned to the news in August after he suffered a heart attack and doctors discovered a blood clot on his lung. His wife and manager Jenny told TeamRock that Way collapsed following a European business trip.

She says: "My husband Pete Way has collapsed after a short business trip to Germany and is currently in hospital. He has had a heart attack and a blood clot has been found on his lung. Needless to say, I am in bits, but Pete is fighting like he always does.

"He's fighting like a demon as always. His doctor, Adib Beg, says he's a fighter with superhuman strength. We are not going to lose another one. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers." Read more here.

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Former Nine Inch Nails Star James Woolley Dead At 50 2016 In Review

(TeamRock) There was sad news to report in mid-August when we learned that former Nine Inch Nails keyboard player James Woolley died at the age of 50. Woolley played with Nine Inch Nails from 1991 to 1994 and toured with the band during their most successful period following the release of 1994 album The Downward Spiral.

His death was confirmed in a Facebook post by his ex wife Kate Van Buren. She says: "James always stayed close to his children. He loved being a father. Because of significant neck and spine injuries, he wasn't capable of doing a lot of physical activities with them, but he loved sitting down to paint, or teach piano, or just look at nature. He passed his amazing musical and artistic talents to all three children."

As well as Nine Inch Nails, Woolley worked with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford on his band 2wo and also worked on his own project Void. Read more here.

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Gregg Allman Was Hospitalized For 'Serious Health Issues' 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Gregg Allman made headlines in August when he was hospitalized for "serious health issues" at the Mayo Clinic and was forced to cancel almost 30 live dates.

"I want to thank my fans and friends for supporting me while I rest up and focus on getting better and back on the road as soon as I can," says Allman. "I've been working hard with my band, my pride and joy, to play our music for everyone."

Allman has battled through a series of health issues in recent years: in 2007, he contracted Hepatitis C, underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 2010, cancelled live performances in 2011 due to an upper respiratory condition that resulted in lung surgery, and entered rehab in 2012. Read more here.

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The Tragically Hip Played Farewell Show 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) The Tragically Hip performed their farewell concert at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in the band's hometown of Kingston, Ontario, Canada on August 20th with a massive TV audience turning in to witness the historic show.

hennemusic streamed the show live via Canada's national public broadcaster, the CBC, which interrupted its coverage of the 2016 Olympics to present "The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration," a concert event featuring the last show of the group's farewell tour following news in May that frontman Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Alongside guitarists Paul Langlois and Rob Baker, bassist Gord Sinclair and drummer Johnny Fay, Downie led the band through a 3-hour concert that presented 30 songs from their career, including material from their latest album, "Man Machine Poem."

Opening with their 1992 classic, "Fifty Mission Cap", The Tragically Hip delivered a 21-song main set followed by an unprecedented three encores that concluded with the 1996 hit, "Ahead By A Century."

"We're officially into unchartered waters," said Downie. "We never do third ones." Downie gave a few shout outs during the show to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was on hand to witness what may be the final send-off to a Canadian institution.

"Gord and The Tragically Hip are an inevitable and essential part of what we are and who we are as a country," Trudeau told the CBC before the band hit the stage.

In addition to the 6,700 fans inside the arena, close to 25,000 gathered in Kingston's Market Square to watch the concert on a big screen, while people across Canada accessed the broadcast via tv, radio and online, as well as at viewing parties in clubs and venues around the country.

Calling it "an unprecedented event," the CBC reports preliminary audience figures show the concert drew 11.7 million Canadians - or about one-third of the country's population - with the television broadcast averaging 4 million viewers.

Expected to be the group's final appearance, the last show of a 15-date Canadian tour was held in the arena in the band's Ontario hometown on a street named The Tragically Hip Way. Check out video from the show and read more here.

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Ronnie James Dio Resurrected Via Hologram At Music Festival 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Dio Disciples made big news in August when they were joined onstage at Wacken by a hologram of the late singer Ronnie James Dio. The surprise stunt took place towards the end of the band's set at the German festival on August 6 as 75,000 fans saw Dio reunite with former members of his band via hologram for a performance of We Rock .

The production was a year in the making and the firm behind the idea, Eyellusion, say it was "the first time a hologram has been accompanied by a live band in a traditional concert setting."

Future shows with the Dio hologram are being planned by the band. Ronnie's widow Wendy, who also manages Dio Disciples and works with Eyellusion, says: "When I first experienced the full production of Ronnie performing with his band as a hologram, I couldn't believe my eyes and ears.

"With Eyellusion, we have been able to get Ronnie back up on stage where he belongs, ensuring that his music and memory live on. I want Ronnie's fans around the world to share this experience." Read more here.

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AC/DC's Angus Young Talked Brother Malcolm And Cliff's Retirement 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) AC/DC guitarist and co-founder Angus Young spoke to Rolling Stone back in August as the group prepared to wrap up their Rock Or Bust world tour with a 10-date US run.

During the discussion he spoke about his brother Malcolm and also Cliff Williams retirement announcement. Angus became the sole original member of the legendary Australian band after his brother Malcolm retired in 2014 due to health issues including dementia.

"It's hard to communicate," Angus tells Rolling Stone about Malcolm's current status. "I do pass on messages. I can't be 100 percent sure it goes in there. But I let him know there are a lot of people missing him."

Asked whether AC/DC should have shut things down when Malcolm retired, Angus reflects, "That might be the case. But Malcolm was always one to battle through. He would look at me in times of crisis and go, 'We'll just go in and do some work. We'll sit and write some songs.' He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him."

Bassist Cliff Williams recently announced plans to retire when the Rock Or Bust tour ends in Philadelphia, PA on September 20. "Cliff made it known before we'd even started touring - this would be his last," says the guitarist. "Besides myself, Cliff has been there the longest, since 1977. Cliff and Brian are in the same age bracket. They like to go out, hit the pubs. They had the bond." Read more here.

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Ritchie Blackmore Offer Rejected By Glenn Hughes 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Former Deep Purple bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes said in August that Ritchie Blackmore invited him to be part of the Rainbow shows - but he refused his former colleague's offer.

Hughes, who shared Deep Purple microphone duties with newcomer David Coverdale in the 1970s, explains that he didn't want to be part of a 21st-century lineup featuring relatively unknown singer Ronnie Romero.

Asked about Blackmore's three Rainbow appearances, which took place in June, Hughes tells Hard Rock Haven: "He asked me to do it with him. And I said 'no' because he wanted to, funny enough, he wanted to use an unknown singer.

"I said, 'It's not me. It's not me to do that.' I've done that with David, and it was good. I don't want to do it again. I said very eloquently, 'No thank you. I really would like to see you, but I can't do this at the point where I am right now.'"

Hughes also confirmed that Black Country Communion will release their reunion album in May next year. Read more here.

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KISS To Continue Without Stanley and Simmons 2016 In Review

(Gibson) Paul Stanley said last March that he could foresee a day when KISS still existed without either himself or Gene Simmons and Gene made news in August when he confirmedthat he agreed.

Stanley said, humbly, "KISS is immortal. I look forward to a day when I'll see KISS play without me.Don't want to do it next week, haven't penciled anything in, but it would be the culmination of what we've built and a consistent progression. Do you go to a Yankees ballgame and hold up a sign 'Where's Babe Ruth?' The team continues because the ideal is met. The standard is met.

"If someone else can be a great frontman and reflect the philosophy of KISS, it doesn't have to be me. Is there someone else out there either in their teens or early 20s now who is going to pick up the torch? I'm sure there is."

Gene Simmons is all up for it, too! He told WNCX radio, "one day we're gonna hang up our platform heels.... I'd like nothing better than if four new, young, deserving, hard-working guys would put on the makeup and carry the torch. That would be the coolest." Read more here.

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Bruce Dickinson Backed Aircraft Crashed During Second Flight 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) An aircraft part funded by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson crashed on its second flight in August. The Airlander 10 was damaged when it took a nosedive during a flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, UK.

Billed as the world's longest aircraft, the £25 million aircraft sustained damage to its cockpit in the crash that occurred at around 11am GMT on Wednesday.

Aircraft enthusiast Dickinson announced last year that he was investing £250,000 in the manufacture of the Airlander 10 - which is described as part plane, part airship. It measures in at 302-feet long and can stay airborne for five days.

HAV, the craft's developer, tells the BBC all the crew are "safe and well". A spokesman adds: "The flight went really well and the only issue was when it landed." Read more here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Puzzled By Deicide Vocalist's Outburst 2016 In Review

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor appeared puzzled by the profanity filled outburst from Deicide vocalist Glen Benton who made headlines in August with a rant against the masked metal band for not taking his group on tour.

Taylor was asked about Benton's comments during an interview with KFMA 102.1 and the Slipknot/Stone Sour singer responded (via Lambgoat), "I don't know why I'm the biggest target now.

"Like, maybe it's just because of my profile, or whatever, but, I mean, I haven't seen Glen Benton in ten years. You know? Like, I [laughs], I haven't talked to him in even longer. So, I don't know why he's upset with me, I don't know why he's with us.

"We take out the bands who submit for us, man, you know? It's just that simple. I mean, out of respect to him, and what Deicide has done over the years, it's like... if you talked to somebody, it wasn't me, and they sure as hell didn't talk me, 'cause I would have tried to do something, you know?" Listen to the full interview here.

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Disturbed Fan Charged For Biting Medic At Concert 2016 In Review

(Metal Hammer) A Disturbed fan was charged after biting an emergency worker at the band's show in New Jersey back in August. Elizabeth Chirichiello, 36, was charged with assault following the incident at the PNC Bank Arts Arena in Holmdel.

A medic was trying to give her aid, Holmdel Patch reports, when she bit the uniformed EMT worker. New Jersey State Police say Chirichiello was also charged with kicking state troopers as they were trying to subdue and arrest her, considered a fourth-degree crime in the state.

Disturbed are on the road in support of their sixth album Immortalized, which was released last year. Frontman David Draiman recently recalled feeling "out of place" at his audition with the group 20 years ago. Read more here.

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Aerosmith Star Performed With Pearl Jam In Boston 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton joined Pearl Jam to perform his band's 1977 classic, "Draw The Line", during the second of two nights at Boston's Fenway Park on August 7th and video of the jam has been posted online.

"We played this song two nights ago not having any idea that it might be played again," frontman Eddie Vedder told the crowd, "or the next time we played it, it would be different.

"We get to play this song with a hometown hero and someone I'm just going to meet right now," as Hamilton walked to center stage to shake the singer's hand. "Tom Hamilton, everybody!"

"I am so proud to see how my hometown has welcomed these guys," said Hamilton. "I mean two nights at Fenway…unbelievable." Check out the video and read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Lost Stairway To Heaven Trial Fees Battle 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Led Zeppelin made headlines in August when they lost their bid to recoup almost $800,000 in legal fees spent defending the Stairway To Heaven plagiarism trial, following their victory in the legal battle.

The band's publisher Warner/Chappell Music sought to be repaid legal fees worth $613,000 as well as other fees, totalling $793,000, after successfully proving the band did not copy Spirit's track Taurus for the opening riff of Stairway To Heaven.

This week, Judge Gary Klausner ruled that Warner/Chappell Music was not entitled to legal fees and other costs because the copyright lawsuit against them was not frivolous.

The judge added that the lawsuit had enough merit to go to trial and there was no evidence the plaintiff "harbored nefarious motives." Read more here.

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