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Foreigner Shares Video Of Reunion Of Original Members

Rock icons Foreigner gave their fans a big surprise last week when they were joined by original members Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald for a historic reunion at the Jones Beach Theatre.

The band's original frontman Gramm, keyboardist Greenwood and multi-instrumentalist McDonald played with founding lead guitarist Mick Jones for the very first time since 1980 during the Wantagh, stop of Foreigner's 40th anniversary tour.

The reunion took place during the encore of the show when the members teamed up once again on stage and performed their classic songs "Long, Long Way From Home," "I Want to Know What Love Is" and "Hot Blooded."

Mick Jones shared his excitement following the reunion jam, "It was great to have Lou, Al and Ian join us on stage last night, and certainly brought back some special memories. All the original guys are out there playing live shows and working on studio projects. A performance by the entire original band for a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off our 40th Anniversary celebrations." The band shared video of the reunion here.

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Video From Guns N' Roses Apollo Theater Show Goes Online

(hennemusic) The reunited Guns N' Roses performed an intimate invitation-only concert at New York's Apollo Theater last Thursday, July 20th, and video from the event is streaming online.

The band's first appearance at the iconic venue for SiriusXM subscribers was broadcast live on the satellite company's Guns N' Roses Radio channel and on the Howard Stern Channel.

The group delivered a 29-song set of classic tracks, with emphasis on 1987's "Appetite For Destruction" on the eve of its 30th anniversary; the project remains the biggest-selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.

"It was a huge honor to play @ApolloTheater tonight!," tweeted Slash after the show. "Great f-ing crowd too! & thanks to everyone dialed in on @SiriusXM ! Cheers!"

The Apollo date lands just days before Guns N' Roses launch the summer North American leg of the Not In This Lifetime Tour in St. Louis, MO on July 27. Check out the videos and read more here.

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Chester Bennington's Cause Of Death Confirmed

(hennemusic) The Los Angeles County coroner has confirmed that Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died of suicide by hanging at his Palos Verdes Estates home on July 20.

The Los Angeles Times reports an employee discovered the 41-year-old's body Thursday morning hanging from a belt on a bedroom door inside his home in the 2800 block of Via Victoria, said Ed Winter, spokesman for the L.A. County medical examiner-coroner.

A half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room, Winter added, and a suicide note was not found. Winter said an autopsy was pending, and that toxicology tests were also likely to be carried out. Firefighters responded to a call about 9 a.m. regarding a cardiac arrest before arriving on scene. Read more here.

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David Gilmour Releases Pompeii Concert Film Preview

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour is streaming a video preview of his forthcoming "Live At Pompeii" concert film ahead of its release in various formats on September 29.

The project captures the guitarist over two nights in July of 2016 at the Pompeii Amphitheatre in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, where he delivered the first-ever rock performances played to an audience in the ancient Roman amphitheatre built in 90 BC and entombed in ash when Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.

Gilmour's 2016 shows at the venue - in support of 2015's "Rattle That Lock" - marked his return to the site 45 years after he first played there for Adrian Maben's classic film, "Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii."

The concerts deliver a mix of Gilmour solo tracks and Pink Floyd classics, including the rarely-played "The Great Gig In The Sky" from "The Dark Side Of The Moon", and "One Of These Days", the only song that was also performed by the band in the same venue in 1971.

The 2017 package will be available on 2-CD, Blu-ray, 2-DVD, 4-LP, deluxe Blu-ray box and download. Watch the preview and read more here.

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Deep Purple Releasing Career Spanning Anthology 'A Fire In The Sky'

(hennemusic) Hard rock legends Deep Purple will release a new anthology, "A Fire In The Sky", on September 8 via Rhino Records which will available in both single and three-disc sets.

The package - named after a lyric in the group's signature song, "Smoke On The Water" - traces the history of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band from their 1968 debut, "Shades Of Deep Purple", through to 2013's "Now What?!."

The 20-song single-disc version focuses mainly on the band's singles, including classics like "Smoke On The Water", "Highway Star", "Burn" and more. The three-disc package delivers 40 tracks and includes at least one tune from every one of their first 19 studio albums. The set includes producer Kevin Shirley's 2010 remix of "Dealer", and the 2012 stereo mix for an early version of "The Bird Has Flown." Both CD packages will be available in North America in September ahead of an international release later in the year.

On November 3, Deep Purple will issue "A Fire In The Sky" as 3-LP set that features 27 songs, including the single-edit version of "Woman From Tokyo", the US single edit for "Burn", and the radio edit of "Bad Attitude." Check out the tracklistings here.

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Rammstein Resuming Work On First Album Since 2009

Rammstein shared the good news with fans that now that they have wrapped up their busy tour schedule for this year, they will be turning their focus back on completing work on their next album.

They band took to social media with the news about their first new album since 2009's "Liebe ist fur alle da ". They wrote, "We really enjoyed the tour and are now looking forward to resuming work on the new Rammstein album after the summer!"

Guitarist Paul Landers recently revealed that unlike other bands, Rammstein does not work on new music while they are on tour. He said, "Some people can make music on the road, for example Korn. They're sitting, at night, in the bus, in the back, and making music. But, we are Germans and men. We can just do one thing at a time. One switch is live, and then we go live." Landers added "We have a little bit of a summer break, a small one, and then in September, we will keep on working."

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Marty Friedman Recruits Black Veil Brides' Jinxx For New Song

Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman has released a brand new track called "Sorry and Madness" which features a special guest appearance from Black Veil Brides star Jinxx.

Jinxx showed off his violin skills on the new track that will also be included on Friedman's forthcoming solo studio album "Wall Of Sound" when it hits stores on August 4th.

Friedman premiered the song with AP and he had this to say during the in-depth interview that accompanied it, "This song is a good barometer for the record. I'm hugely into big contrasts, and there's nothing subtle in what we've done with "Sorrow And Madness". It expands both of us-it's something that people won't expect, and it made us both grow so much. I'm so proud of what we've done on this song."

Jinxx added: "Let's just say that Marty took a little violin melody I wrote and moved it to another level... to outer space! One day I sent him my idea, and three days later he replied with his take on it, and it blew my mind! If you've ever seen the movie Amadeus, it was like when Mozart sits down at the piano and plays Salieri's little ditty! It was amazing to listen to!" Read the full interview and listen to the song

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Superjoint and Devildriver Announce The Broken Bones Tour

Superjoint and Devildriver have announced that they will be teaming up to launch a U.S. tour this fall that will be called "The Broken Bones Tour" and feature support from King Parrot, Cane Hill, and Child Bite.

The trek will be kicking off on September 23rd in Austin, TX at Come & Take It Live and will be wrapping up on October 20th with the final show taking place in Orlando, FL at the Plaza Live.

Superjoint frontman Philip Anselmo had this to say, "Do your pushups, take your vitamins and start some light jogging now, because this is gonna be a hell-of-a-sh*tload of shows this coming fall.

"Old school rules only. Leave your fashion statement at home or at the door. Individuals unite for one night only (at a place near you), and then disperse like wildfire to dry pages. Bring it on Sisters and Brothers. Always championing the underdogs of this world and The Underground since 1988." See the dates here.

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The Bronx Release Video For New Track 'Sore Throat'

The Bronx have premiered a brand new video for a track called "Sore Throat". The song will featured on the group's forthcoming studio album "V", which is set to be released on September 22nd.

The band recruited Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Beck) to produce their fifth full length studio effort and frontman Matt Caughtran shared some of his thoughts about the brand new song:

"'Sore Throat' is a crime scene. A triumphantly tragic story of a manic mind frozen in freefall. The sonic smashing of your moral compass; 'let your reasons go, let your conscience be, mouth around your gun, now you're finally free'". Watch the video here.

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The Haunted Release 'Spark' Music Video

The Haunted have released a new music video for their track "Spark." The song is the second single from the band's forthcoming studio album "Strength In Numbers".

The new record will be hitting stores on August 25th and the band recruited Oscar Dziedzela (OD Visual) for produced the visual for the new single. Drummer Adrian Erlandsson shared the following details:

"'Spark' is the second video from our upcoming album 'Strength In Numbers'. It's a brooding and catchy number which shows a more melodic side of the album. One of those songs that will remain in our live set for years to come. Turn it up and watch it all burn!!!" Watch the video here.

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Jag Panzer Release 'Far Beyond All Fear' Video

Metal veterans Jag Panzer are gearing up to release their brand new studio album this fall and are giving fans a taste of what is to come with the released of a lyric video for the new track "Far Beyond All Fear".

Guitarist Mark Briody created the lyric video himself and had this to say, "I wanted the video to be a Jules Verne style adventure, like the kind we grew up with. I always wanted to set the lyric video in the same time period as the cover (late 1800s) so I could give some back story to the album artwork!"

The song comes from the band's forthcoming album "The Deviant Chord" which is set to be released in various formats on September 29th, ranging from digitally, to as a CD Digipak (that will include poster) to double colored LP version. Watch the video

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The Contortionist Streaming New Song 'Absolve'

The Contortionist has released a stream of their brand new track "Absolve." The song comes from their forthcoming album "Clairvoyant" which will be released on September 15th.

Guitarist Robby Baca had the following comments about the new song, "'Absolve' was one of the first songs written for Clairvoyant. We honestly didn't know what to think of this track until nearing the end of our recording sessions, it became a favorite for everyone.

"The song represents a few sides of songwriting and the kind of mood that we wanted to explore. It is still a very unique track when listened to in context of the whole album." Stream the new track here.

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