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Metallica Didn't Want Dave Mustaine At Rock Hall Induction?

(Radio.com) Megadeth's Dave Mustaine wasn't part of Metallica's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and on Monday (January 2nd) he opened up about the snub that kept him from participating in one of the events he has listed on his bucket list.

Mustaine tweeted, "I think that the @rockhall is opposed to me being in there. It is one of my bucket list items: The R&R HOF and my Grammy." Despite being Metallica's original lead guitarist and having writing credits on their first two albums, Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning, Mustaine wasn't among the founding or principal members inducted in 2009, which included James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton, Jason Newsted and Robert Trujillo.

When fans wrote back exclaiming how much they loved him, Mustaine tweeted, "Thank you. I just wish that both of those boards felt the same way that you do. I am in there bcuz of Met in a way. But I'd like Megs to go!" Some outlets took Mustaine's original tweet and began asking why the Hall of Fame was keeping him from being inducted.

Once he caught wind of the error, he went back on Twitter to explain that it was Metallica who kept him from participating. "Your story is incorrect. Met didn't want me there, not the RNRHOF," he tweeted. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Confirm First US Show Of 2017

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters have announced their first US show of 2017. The band will perform at The Bottle Rock Festival in Napa Valley, CA over the May 26-28 Memorial Day weekend, alongside fellow headliners Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and more than 80 other acts at the annual event.


The US appearance marks the Foos first scheduled date of the year and lands a couple of weeks ahead of the group's summer festival series, which currently is set to begin at the Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland on June 16 and followed by shows across Europe.

The Foo Fighters' return from a planned hiatus follows extensive touring in support of 2014's "Sonic Highways", an album that also featured a companion, 8-episode documentary series of the same name that went on to win a pair of Emmy Awards in 2015. See their announced 2017 dates here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Finish New Album

(Gibson) Las Vegas hard rock band Five Finger Death Punch have been working hard on their latest studio album, and now, a member of the group has revealed that the tracks are complete.

Over the holidays, Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook posted a photo on Instagram that shows him waiting in the drive-through at Starbucks with the caption:

"Our new record is finished! Listening to the mixes on my way thru @starbucks at 7:39am this morning! Hello 2017 here we come!" The set is due out later this year.

The upcoming Five Finger Death Punch album will mark the band's follow-up to 2015's Got Your Six, which went gold in 2016. Read more here.

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The Doobie Brothers and Chicago Announce Summer Tour

(Radio.com) Chicago and The Doobie Brothers will hit the road together for a summer tour in 2017. The run of co-headlining dates kicks off on June 7th in Concord, CA.

'The perfect summer line-up, playing dozens of the best-loved rockin' pop classics. I'm happy to be hangin' out with our 'Doobie' friends' a great band," said Robert Lamm of Chicago in a prepared statement.

"We are so excited to once again be sharing the stage with our wonderful friends Chicago! They're a great band, and musically we fit together very well," added Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers. See the dates here.

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David Bowie Lead Vinyl Sales To 25-Year High

(hennemusic) David Bowie's final album, "Blackstar", led a resurgence in vinyl album sales across the UK in 2016, according to a year-end report from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

Released on his 69th birthday and just two days before his passing from liver cancer on January 10, Bowie's 25th studio record topped The Official Charts Company's year-end sales list ahead of Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" and classic albums by Fleetwood Mac ("Rumours"), The Stone Roses (self-titled), The Beatles ("Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band") and Nirvana ("Nevermind").

With five albums in the Top 30, Bowie helped the UK vinyl market see its biggest sales since 1991 with over 3.2 million LPs sold - a 53 per cent rise from 2015 and a ninth consecutive year of growth.

A niche format that accounts for nearly 5% of overall music sales, the depth of the vinyl revival is illustrated by the fact that over 30 titles sold more than 10,000 copies in 2016, compared to just 10 in 2015. Read more here.

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Dan Auerbach Recruits Mark Knopfler, Duane Eddy For New Album

(Gibson) Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys spoke to Rolling Stone about his second solo album and revealed that both Mark Knopfler and twang guitar icon Duane Eddy are appearing on it.

The Black Keys are still on hiatus, and Auerbach has spent much time producing other acts since he moved to Nashville in 2010. He's produced albums for Ray LaMontagne, Lana Del Rey and, in 2016, Chrissie Hynde's Pretenders' Alone.

But in summer 2016, Auerbach spent Mondays through Wednesdays co-writing with fellow locals John Prine and David "Fergie" Ferguson (who engineered Johnny Cash's American Recordings releases) and playing with bassist Dave Roe (ex-Johnny Cash), plus drummer Gene Christman and pianist Bobby Wood (Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley as part of Memphis' American Sound Studios house band). "I learned so much from these guys," Auerbach says, calling the forthcoming album "a whole history of everything I love about music."

He's whittled the album from about 60 songs. As well as the duet with Eddy, it includes "Malibu Man," a tribute to friend Rick Rubin, and "Shine on Me," featuring rhythm guitar from Mark Knopfler. Though Knopfler sent in his track from England, the rest of the LP was recorded live: "These guys tell me they're genuinely thrilled to be here because we're making records like they used to," says Auerbach. Read more here.

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Paul McCartney Jams Beatles Classic With The Killers

(Radio.com) Paul McCartney joined The Killers on stage on New Year's Eve for a performance of a Beatles classic and video of the jam has been posted online. Radio had the following details: When you're a Russian billionaire, you can make a lot of things happen.

Roman Abramovich is a Russian billionaire businessman, investor, and politician and threw a private New Year's Eve party in St. Barts, according to Rolling Stone.

His bankroll was able to secure The Killers to perform and frontman Brandon Flowers was joined by Paul McCartney for a performance of 'Helter Skelter." Check out the video here.

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Guns N' Roses Song Was Part Of Murder Case 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Back in October a court in California heard how a man listened to Guns N' Roses hit Used To Love Her before fatally shooting his girlfriend. Thomas Michael Wilhelm, 52, is charged with first degree murder after he allegedly shot 45-year-old Christine Marie Murray in 2012 when their business partnership and relationship hit the skids.

The prosecution claims that on July 8, 2012, Wilhelm broke into a neighbor's house in Costa Mesa and stole a .32-caliber pistol before shooting Murray six times.

Around 11 minutes before the shooting, Wilhelm sent a text message to a friend saying that he was listening to Guns N' Roses track Used to Love Her. It includes the lyrics "I used to love her, but I had to kill her."

The couple's relationship soured when Wilhem's business, Wilhelm Sprinkler Co, was in financial difficulty and he asked Murray to help. He later accused her of trying to take over the business. Read more here.

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AC/DC's Brian Johnson Could Return To Stage Soon 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Hearing technology experts Asius Technologies revealed in October that AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson could be back performing live on stage "within six to 12 months."

Asius' Chief Scientist Stephen Ambrose previously met with Johnson after the singer was ordered to stop touring with AC/DC or risk permanently losing his hearing. And the 68-year-old vocalist said he was "moved and amazed" by the technology Asius are developing.

As the Colorado-based company prepares to launch a crowdfunding campaign to attract backers for their next generation of earbuds and in-ear monitors, they are also set to meet up with Johnson again and have him test a new prototype that they say could have him back on stage in the near future.

Ambrose tells TeamRock: "I wouldn't be surprised if we have something that Brian, and other people, can use to return to the stage without any threat of damage to his hearing within the next six to 12 months.

"I will endeavor to kick up the development of the technology another 10 notches, at which point I expect to get the green light from Brian's doctors to test the prototype with him." Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Played Surprise Intimate Concert 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones made big news in early October when they performed a surprise show for 1,200 truckers at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas on October 3rd and, a day later, issued a pair of video clips teasing news of their first new album in a decade.

The concert was part of a customer appreciation dinner for truck manufacturer Freightliner during the 2016 American Trucking Associations' annual Management Conference & Exhibition, according to TT News.

The band delivered a 14-song, 90-minute set of classics inside a conference room converted into a concert venue at the Bellagio that includes the first live performance of the "Steel Wheels" single, "Mixed Emotions", since 1990.

The secret Las Vegas gig doubled as a warm-up date ahead of the group's appearances at the Desert Trip festival in Indio, CA on October 7 and 14. The band also offered up two short video previews of a release coming October 6, which is expected to be the lead track from the group's new blues album that was recorded late last year. Read more and watch the videos here.

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Vince Neil Pled Guilty To Battery Charges 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil was back in the new in October after he pled guilty in a Las Vegas court to misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an incident in the city on April 7.

Neil is accused of dragging an autograph seeker to the ground by her hair during a lunch with actor Nicolas Cage at the Aria Hotel. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Neil's guilty plea via his lawyers - the rocker did not appear in court - is part of an agreement with prosecutors over a 120-day suspended sentence that includes a $1,000 fine, an online impulse-control counseling class and six months of trouble-free activity.

Should Neil fail to comply with any of the conditions of the agreement, he could face 120 days in jail. "Mr. Neil was pleased to put this behind him," said the singer's attorney, Richard Schonfeld. Read more here.

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Van Halen and Michael Anthony Spoke For First Time In A Decade 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Former Van Halen bass player Michael Anthony revealed in October that he had chatted by phone to drummer Alex Van Halen, ending a decade-long standoff.

The Van Halen brothers replaced him with guitarist Eddie's son Wolfgang in 2007, leading to years of ill feeling, especially after old album covers were edited to remove Anthony's image.

But the bassist is cautious about whether the thaw could lead to a reunion - and he's admitted he has doubts over the supposed reconnection between Eddie and ex-singer Sammy Hagar.

Anthony tells Trunk Nation: "There's a mutual friend of Alex's and mine, Craig DeFalco. This is a guy who was a tech for me for a while. He did two or three Van Halen tours with me.

"We went out on my boat. I had a couple of cocktails, and next thing you know we're talking about the band and the good old days and all that stuff. Next thing you know, I've got him holding his phone up, shooting a video, going, 'Hey, Alex, man!' Just talking about the good times."

He also touched on the recent spate of big-name musician deaths, saying: "All these heroes of ours, people I grew up listening to, they're starting to drop left and right."

He continues: "Later on we were at my house, my buddy and myself, and his phone rings, and it's Alex. He's all, 'Hey, tell Mike I said hi!' Next thing I know, he's handing me the phone - 'Here, Al wants to talk to you.' I'm like, 'What?' This was this past May, and I hadn't spoken to Alex in, like, ten or eleven years." Read more here.

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Slipknot's Jim Root Underwent Surgery 2016 In Review

Slipknot guitarist Jim Root revealed in a social media post in early October that he was recovering from surgery to replace a disc in his back following the band's performance at the Louder Than Life festival the previous weekend.

He posted a Instagram photo that showed him hooked up to an I.V. and captioned the image, "Seems as if fractured vertebrae and hemorrhaged disks are an occupational hazard for metal bands. So. Early in the morning after Louder Than Life in Louisville I flew out for disk replacement surgery.

"Had the procedure this morning and other than being a bit sore and spun out from jet lag and Norco's it's all good. Although I won't be as 'mobile' onstage as before I'm looking very forward to the upcoming Knotfest shows and places we'll be going in between…

"And lastly. That wasn't quick. I spent way too much time typing all this out and most of you guys will lose interest and probably not even read the entire thing! Dicks." See the photo here.

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Ronnie James Dio Hologram Upset Disturbed Frontman 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Disturbed's David Draiman made news in October when he said that the Ronnie James Dio live hologram is "weird" and makes him "sad." Dio Disciples debuted the hologram at Wacken Open Air festival in Germany in August, marking "the first time a hologram has been accompanied by a live band in a traditional concert setting." They then confirmed they're planning to bring it on tour with them next year.

But frontman Draiman says the spectacle is similar to "a guy dressing up" as the late singer and performing with the band - and that it fails to respect his legacy.

Draiman tells Vorterix (via Blabbermouth): "It makes me sad. I'm always happy to hear any music from anybody that's left us, that we've lost. But the hologram thing almost isn't letting the dead be dead. It just seems weird.

"Is there a difference between a hologram and a guy dressing up like Ronnie James and doing it?" He continues: "Ronnie was Ronnie, and he was the best in the entire damn world. Whether you're doing it with somebody like Ronnie James Dio or Michael Jackson or whomever, respect the legacy. Personally, it kind of bothers me. Maybe it's because I love Ronnie so much and revere him as a god of vocal ability. So, it just bugs me." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin's Stairway Named Greatest Guitar Solo Ever 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Led Zeppelin were back in the news in October when Jimmy Page's guitar solo on Stairway To Heaven was voted the greatest ever by Classic Rock magazine. His work on the 1971 track was voted no.1 by a panel of critics, bands and readers in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine which features the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.

But despite the plaudits, Page says it's not his best but "it's pretty damn good." Jimmy Page tells Classic Rock: "Is Stairway To Heaven my best Zeppelin guitar solo? No, but it's pretty damn good. The solo was done very quickly - in actual fact there were already layers underneath, the bottleneck you can hear was on before the solo.

"Anyway, I just said, 'Roll it,' took a deep breath, that's what I usually do, and then go. I had a couple of cracks at it because you didn't have as many options as you would have now. Back then you had 16 tracks and could only put guitar solos down where the vocal wasn't.

"You'd save maybe three tracks to lay guitar solos into which meant you could have two or three cracks at it and then choose the best." He adds: "If everyone else says it's my best solo then that's great, that's good, but there are others that I prefer." Read more here.

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Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize For Literature 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) In October it was announced that Bob Dylan had become the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The 75-year-old musician was named the recipient of the award by the Swedish Academy today "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

He is the first American to win the prize since novelist Toni Morrison in 1993. Sara Danius of the Swedish Academy says: "For 54 years now he's been at it reinventing himself, constantly creating a new identity. He is a great poet in the English speaking tradition."

Dylan has long been discussed as a potential winner of the prize, with former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion previously telling the BBC his songs work as poems and often have "extremely skilful rhyming aspects to them. They're often the best words in the best order." Read more here.

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Tool Warn Fans Critical Of New Album Delay 2016 In Review

(Metal Hammer) Tool made headlines in October when they issued a warning to fans about negative energy surrounding the long wait for the follow-up to 2006 album 10,000 Days. Despite recent comments from members and friends that the record is slowly coming together, many followers have expressed frustration at the time it's taking.

Now the band have spoken out via webmaster Blair McKenzie Blake in a recent online newsletter, saying: "When it comes to the subject of the new Tool album, even though those whose negative thoughts and actions are in the small minority, their negative attitudes are having consequences that extend far beyond the next Tool record.

"Their hostile behavior and small-minded opinions are not helping in bringing about the next Tool record. They are also not fooling anyone by saying they're 'tired of waiting and jumping ship,' or they've 'had enough and are over this band.'

"Why is it that those who complain the loudest are almost always the first to comment negatively on any given post? It's as if they're sitting at their computer, waiting for any piece of news so that they can pounce with their cynical viewpoint. By doing so, they invalidate all their disavowing."

Blake offers a parable about positive thinking by telling of a recent visit to a fast-food outlet Arby's, where his girlfriend was given the wrong order. He was all set to start a confrontation until she told him the food was better than what she'd asked for, and that she'd order it again in future. Read more here.

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Asking Alexandria Reunited With Singer Danny Worsnop 2016 In Review

Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce revealed in an online video in October that the band's original lineup is back together, indirectly confirming rumors that they have reunited with frontman Danny Worsnop.

Bruce made the revelation in a Facebook live video, saying (via Lambgoat), "Asking Alexandria is back to the way we started with the original f***ing members."

He also addressed the status of singer Denis Stoff, saying, "We have parted ways with Denis... We didn't kick Denis out of the band, he stopped talking to us."

The guitarist then explained how the band and their former singer patched up their differences, "Obviously over the last few months we've rekindled our relationship with Danny. What happened in the past sucked and it hurt us and obviously. I said things and Danny has said things - that happens. It was in the past and it was sh*t, but at the end of the day we've been best friends for a decade and that's why this is the move that's right for us - right for us as a band, right for us as people and friends and right for Asking Alexandria." Read more of his comments and watch the video here.

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Dead Or Alive Frontman Pete Burns Dead From 'Massive Cardiac Arrest' 2016 In Review

In October we learned the sad news that Dead Or Alive frontman Pete Burns died on the 23rd from "massive cardiac arrest", according to his official Tweeter account. He was 57 years old.

The band was best known for their 1985 hit "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" which was later immortalized in the opening scene of the movie "The Wedding Singer".

His death was revealed via the following twitter post on Monday, "It's with great sadness that we have to break the tragic news that our beloved Peter Burns of (Dead Or Alive) died suddenly yesterday of a massive cardiac arrest." Read more here.

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Slash Claimed Marriage To Perla Ferrar Was Not Legal 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Slash (real name Saul Hudson) made news in October when he claimed that his marriage to Perla Ferrar was not legal because she was still technically wed to another man, according to an update on the couple's divorce case by gossip site TMZ.

The British-born rocker and Perla tied the knot in Hawaii in 2001 after her previous one-month marriage to Carlos Marty ended in 1993. The music couple had two children: London in 2002 and Cash in 2004.

The Hudsons discovered years later that Ferrar's divorce to Marty was not finalized properly when the pair applied for US/UK dual citizenship for their son Cash.

Perla claims the couple hired a lawyer in 2009 and had a judge finalize her divorce from Marty retroactive to 1994. Read more here.

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Queensryche Slammed 'Roach' Infested Music Industry 2016 In Review

(Prog) Queensryche's Todd La Torre made headlines in October when he called out the "roaches" in what he describes as a "saturated" music industry. The singer says exposure is "exponentially much easier" in the age of the internet, and home production means more bands can self-promote, make music and videos. But he says these practices have lost much of their value - as they don't translate to concert ticket sales.

He tells The Underground: "It's a very, very, very cut-throat business - everyone makes money off your talent, everyone's taking their percentage. The music scene is a bunch of roaches trying to eat cookie crumbs, and everyone is scrambling for the cookie crumbs.

"I think it's much easier to have your name exposed, but making a name for yourself is kind of vague, because there's people that have millions of views on YouTube, but they can't sell out a 1000-seat venue. The only way you can make a good living, or a living - some make a great living, some starve - is to play live shows.

"It's very easy for people to click 'like' with a mouse, or it's very simple to just go to YouTube and watch something, and that's counted as one view. That's all well and good, and exposure is exponentially much easier.

"But because it's so much easier, you have a saturated industry. There's a million bands, everyone has a video, everyone can record stuff at home." Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Metallica's Abandoned Video Game Scenes Revealed 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Action scenes from a video game abandoned by Metallica 11 years ago has been revealed for the first time in October. The game, entitled Damage Inc, was trailed during the release campaign for 2003 album St Anger, and had been set for launch in 2005, but it didn't arrive.

Artist Calum Alexander Watt revealed some concept art he'd created for the project in 2011. Now gameplay scenes have been revealed from the only level that was ever created.

In the PtoPonline.com video below, Andrew Borman says: "The game was to be a post-apocalyptic action adventure game. No gameplay had been revealed at all.

"It was being developed for PS2, Xbox and PC. Mad Max, Blade Runner and Waterworld were just some of the visual influences. At the heart of the game is vehicular combat. There are a few base model vehicles in the game, each customized with different weapons and armor." Read more and watch the video here.

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Anselmo Tarnished Pantera's Image Says Vinnie Paul 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Anselmo Tarnished Pantera's Image Says Vinnie Paul was a top 16 story of October 2016: Vinnie Paul says Phil Anselmo has done "a lot of things" to tarnish Pantera's memory since the band split in 2001. The former Pantera and current Hellyeah drummer says he hasn't seen vocalist Anselmo since Pantera's last gig in 2001 and insists any rumours of a potential reunion with Zakk Wylde filling in for the late Dimebag Darrell are well wide of the mark.

Anselmo hit the headlines earlier in 2016 with his "white power" outburst at a gig in memory of Dimebag, and Paul says the singer has done untold damage to the Pantera brand.

Paul tells R7: "I can't speak for him. He's done a lot of things that tarnish the image of what Pantera was back then and what it stood for and what it was all about. And it's sad.

"But I carry on with what I do, which is Hellyeah, which I'm very, very proud of. And, you know, I can't control anything that goes on with that dude. I mean, honestly, I haven't spoken to him since 2000."

On the seemingly non-stop rumours that Black Label Society's Zakk Wylde could replace Dimebag in a reunited Pantera, Paul adds: "For me personally, it's been over since Pantera was over." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Devilskin's Pray

Devilskin's Paul Martin from tells us the story behind the new single "Pray" which comes from their latest album "Be Like The River". Here is the story:

Our single PRAY has been going off for us when we play it live, it's an exceptional song to perform, heavy hooks and engaging. The music was written by Nic our drummer and the cryptic twists, turns and dark stabby soundscape inspired the lyrics. It's about people I know going through a rough time, relationships struggling and people getting hurt. Feeling alone and desperate. I think a lot of us feel that way at some stage. Everyone has burdens and seeing others bare theirs puts a different perspective on things. Even though you think you are alone you're not. The underpinning theme with PRAY is hope. Jennies vocal delivery is stunning, powerful and evocative. The video we made captures the vibe perfectly.

Protect me draw the line holding all my sins/ A waste of you and I holding on again / Although I pray so softly no one really cares / Although I pray so softly no one really cares

Reject me one more time draw the blood again/ An ocean of all our tears I could never swim / I have this weight upon my shoulders, too late to care / A burden I can never bear.

Although I pray so softly no one really cares / Although I pray so softly no one really cares

You think you read the story all the while on your face / Heavens not just there for heroes / Waiting for my glory with the warm sun upon my face / Heavens not there just for us

Although I pray so softly no one really cares / Although I pray so softly no one really cares

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

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