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Axl Rose Rocks AC/DC Classic With Billy Joel

(hennemusic) Axl Rose performed the AC/DC classic, "Highway To Hell", with Billy Joel during the singer's July 28 date at Target Field In Minneapolis, MN and fan-filmed video from the event has surfaced online.

Joel welcomed the Guns N' Roses rocker to the stage late in his main set for the 1979 track, which Rose delivered regularly while on tour last year with AC/DC in the absence of long time frontman Brian Johnson.

"I ain't a frontman, I'm a piano player," Joel told the crowd. "I'm going to bring on a friend of mine gonna do this next song with us. You probably know this song. Please welcome Axl Rose."

Rose returned during the encore to join Joel on his 1978 hit, "Big Shot." Check out the video footage of both jams here.

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Eagles Moving Forward Tentatively Without Glenn Frey

(Gibson) As the Eagles prepared to perform this past Saturday (July 30) at the Classic East festival in New York, Joe Walsh said the band is proceeding cautiously with regard to future endeavors.

Speaking with Billboard, the veteran guitarist said he, Don Henley, and Timothy B. Schmit "spent a long time" discussing how to move forward without beloved co-founder Glenn Frey. For Walsh, the reception that greeted the group for their Classic West concert earlier this month validates their decision to perform.

"We figured we would at least try it and see where it went, and it was magic," says Walsh. "It really was. It was received wonderfully, and the energy that we all have is very, very healing. I think Glenn would be proud of this, and we decided to do it some more."

The revived band recently added a third show to their schedule, announcing a "Classic Northwest" performance in Seattle on September 30. Still, no major tour is on the horizon-for now.

"We're not booking a huge tour and saying 'Hey, we're back' and all that," says Walsh. "We're very cautiously trying to get an environment where it will all work and people can come and we can play our music and continue to keep going." Read more here.

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Video From Guns N' Roses Tour Kickoff Goes Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses opened the summer North American leg of their Not In This Lifetime tour in St. Louis, MO on July 27, and video from the event is streaming online.

The band's 31-song set before 37,000 fans at The Dome At America's Center mixed hits with classic tracks and ran a marathon 3.5 hours, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The date marked GNR's return to the midwestern city 26 years after a riot broke out at a 1991 concert when frontman Axl Rose tackled a spectator who was photographing the show, resulting in injuries, arrests and property damage.

This time, the rockers came in peace while extending an olive branch with a cheeky reference to the past. "St. Louis - seems like just yesterday we were here," said a voice off-stage as the band members took the stage.

A six-song encore included covers of AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "The Seeker" by The Who, as well as "Sorry", "Patience", "Don't Cry" and "Paradise City."

"Hopefully we'll see you again," said Rose at the end of the night. "Hopefully a lot sooner." The summer leg of shows wrap up in San Antonio, TX on September 8, before the group reconvenes for more fall dates starting October 8 in Philadelphia, PA. Watch videos from the tour kick off here.

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Chester Bennington Laid To Rest In Private Ceremony

(hennemusic) Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was laid to rest in private ceremony near his home in Palos Verdes, CA on July 29th. Bennington died of suicide by hanging at his residence early on the morning of July 20.

TMZ reports the rocker's family and closest friends gathered for a private funeral service Saturday afternoon at South Coast Botanic Garden, with many of the guests musicians who'd played or toured with Bennington and Linkin Park.

A full stage, including a drum kit, was set up for musical tributes to be performed. Bennington's family decided to have a private funeral as opposed to a public one for fans, and security was reportedly tight.

All attendees were given memorial wrist bands and an access pass, similar to most concert VIP passes. Read more here.

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Liam Gallagher Makes U.S. Live Debut At Secret Show

(hennemusic) Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher performed his US solo debut during a secret show at the McKittrick Hotel in New York on July 18, and video from the event is streaming online.

"That was old skool last night NYC," tweeted the rocker. "You smelt fantastic." Ahead of a scheduled appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL on August 3, Gallagher delivered a 13-song set of Oasis classics and tunes from his forthcoming debut album, "As You Were."

Due October 6, the 15-track project was produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck) and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Mumford And Sons). The set has been previewed with the lead singles, "Wall Of Glass", and "Chinatown."

"As You Were" will be available in standard and deluxe editions on digital, CD, vinyl and limited edition coloured vinyl, with a special boxset also offered via Gallagher's website. Watch some video footage from the show here.

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Singled Out: Crashing Atlas' Ascend

Crashing Atlas are gearing up to release their new EP "Ascend" on September 22nd. Today they tell us the story behind the title track to the new effort. Here is the story:

Shelby and Dougie wrote the song "Ascend" during a writing session in early 2017. We had just discussed with the rest of the band what type of theme we wanted to go with for the EP. Our drummer Blosk threw out the word "ascend" to us, and it spark fired some conversations about being in a situation you felt you didn't belong to.

Dougie was in the midst of a military enlistment and he was battling everyday to keep his feelings in check with not wanting to be there. Everyday felt like an eternity and his freedom didn't seem anywhere close. There we were a band trying to make touring, playing shows, and recording an EP fit into his crazy equation.

As the days grew closer to his enlistment end date it became and harder and harder to process the feelings he was having. In the chorus Shelby cries out "Tell now will I lose this war? Don't know what I'm still fighting for." At the time Dougie didn't know when everything would line up so he could pursue his true passion, writing and playing music with Crashing Atlas.

The verses that Shelby wrote make it seem like you had just lost someone/something in your life and you have no regret about it but you are happy that you have moved on to higher ground. There are ways to better your life if you are just willing to fight for them. The song as a whole represents hope, a promise for a better future, and a will to get out of a bad situation in life.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the EP right here!

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The Strokes Are Working With Rick Rubin On New Album

(Radio.com) Albert Hammond, the father of The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., just gave a major update on his son's band's new album, revealing some exciting details.

"They're making a new album now with a great producer called Rick Rubin," he told The West Australian. "I speak to my son every day and he says that they're so happy. I'm sure this will be a very successful record."

It's exciting news for Strokes fans, the band released the three track EP Future Present Past in June of last year, but haven't released a proper studio album since 2013's Comedown Machine. Read more here.

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The Killers Release New Song 'Run For Cover,' Announce Tour

(Radio.com) The Killers have released another new song, "Run For Cover," and announced a tour that starts August 8 in Chicago and runs through early next year. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

The band will be supporting its new album Wonderful, Wonderful, which comes out September 22. The Killers released the album's lead single, "The Man," last month. The new record, the band's fifth, is the follow-up to 2012's Battle Born.

During the four years that passed between the two discs, the band put out a Christmas album called Don't Waste Your Wishes and frontman Brandon Flowers released his solo record The Desired Effect. Steam the song and see the tour dates here.

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Alter Bridge Release Live 'The Other Side' Video

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge are streaming a live video for the track, "The Other Side", as a preview to the September 8 release of a new collection, "Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities", via Napalm Records.

The clip mixes performance footage the band's 2016 appearance at The O2 Arena and at 2017's Download festival. The forthcoming 3-CD package captures Alter Bridge in concert at the London O2 venue on November 24, 2016, alongside a disc of 13 rarities from their career.

While the first two discs feature the live performance, the third disc delivers 13 rarities from their career, including never-before released tracks "Cruel Sun" and "Solace" that were recorded during the sessions for their 2004 debut, "One Day Remains", as well as the song "Breathe" from the same time which has only ever been available as a US retail exclusive via Best Buy.

These tracks join seven other songs that have only been released in Japan until this collection. "Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities" will be available as a 3CD set, and limited deluxe editions - including a 4-LP set and a CD/DVD Earbook - which also include an exclusive Alter Bridge documentary featuring extensive interviews with the band, their crew, and family, giving a glimpse behind the scenes of the group's biggest UK show to date. Watch the video here.

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Young The Giant Release Special 2-Track Single

(Radio.com) Young The Giant have released a 2-track single containing "Mirrorball" and "Mind Over Matter (Reprise)." The two tracks were originally released as a limited run on vinyl only on Record Store Day in 2015.

"'Mind Over Matter (Reprise)' was recorded in Nashville with The Raconteur's Brendan Benson while we were on tour. We strived to recreate the power of the original recording while harnessing a more pastoral sonic. We wanted to reshape and re-tool with the same skeletal framework; strip it and re-dress it with new varnish. Benson even brought in the renowned McCrary Sisters to sing back up. We hope you enjoy - 'Mirrorball & Mind Over Matter (Reprise)' out Friday."

Earlier this year, Young The Giant announced the addition of new summer dates of its Home of the Strange Tour. The North American headline dates begin Wednesday, August 2nd at Louisville, KY's Palace Theater and then continue through late September. Cold War Kids and Joywave are supporting. See the dates here.

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Jane's Addiction: Alive at 25 To Be Available On Demand

Jane's Addiction: Alive at 25 is set to be released on multiple audio and video formats on August 4th and we just received word that it will also be available via Pay-Per-View (PPV) and Video On Demand (VOD) on Cable. We were sent the following details:

Fans of the legendary alternative rock pioneers Jane's Addiction will get to experience the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of their critically acclaimed album Ritual de lo Habitual, in Jane's Addiction: Alive at 25, a new concert film documentary premiering on cable August 4, 2017. The special event includes the album performed in its entirety, along with the band's biggest hits, featuring guitar great Dave Navarro, lead singer Perry Farrell, drummer Stephen Perkins and Bass Chris Chaney igniting the stage at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater. Performances are interspersed with band member interviews in the film.

The memorable special will premiere on both Pay-Per-View (PPV) and Video On Demand (VOD) starting on August 4 with the PPV premiere at 9PM ET. It will be available on most cable systems* around the U.S. until Sept. 3 for $3.99 SD or $4.99 HD (SRP**).

An exclusive behind-the-scenes 15 minute video about how the band preps for performances is now online and will be airing on Free On Demand*** on most U.S. cable systems. To see the free video and get schedule information, go here.

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Fall Out Boy Release 'Champion' Video And Announce Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Fall Out Boy have released a video for their single, 'Champion." The band also announced its first round of M A N I A Tour dates. Jaden Smith (who stars in the new video) and Blackbear will open the shows.

The intense video directed by Scantron and Mel Sonia depicts people examining their lives through VR headsets and reviewing difficult experiences. In the end, Smith pulls out a baseball bat and smashes his headset to bits.

The band's new album M A N I A comes out September 15. The band will be kicking off the tour on September 16th with a special home town record release party at the Chicago House Of Blues. See the dates and the video here.

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