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Gregg Allman Gets All-Star Tribute At CMT Awards

(Radio.com) Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Derek Trucks paid tribute to the late Gregg Allman during Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards.

The group launched the 2017 ceremony with a performance of The Allman Brothers Band's classic "Midnight Rider" off the band's 1970 studio album, Idlewild South.

"This one hurts a lot," Aldean wrote upon hearing of Allman's passing. "This was one of my heroes. He made it seem possible for a kid to come out of Macon, Georgia, make a name for himself and make it in this business. He was such an inspiration to so many of us that tried so hard to imitate him but could just never quite do it the same." Read more here.

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Sammy Hagar Giving Back To Cities He Visits On Tour

Red Rocker Sammy Hagar is making a difference to the disadvantaged in the cities that he is visiting on his current U.S. tour with his supergroup project The Circle.

While most rock stars loudly proclaim all of their charitable activities, the former Van Halen frontman is more subtle in his giving back. He revealed in a Facebook post on Wednesday that he is supporting food banks in every community that he visits on tour.

Hagar shared a photo that was taken during a meet & greet with some of the people from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma before The Circle's sold out show in Thackerville, OK last Friday (June 2nd).

Sammy and the Circle (which also features his former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony, Jason Bonhan and Vic Johnson), will be on the road until late September. See the update dates here.

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Eddie Vedder Having A Hard Time With Chris Cornell's Death

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder made an emotional tribute to his fallen friend, the late Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, during a June 6 solo performance at the Eventim Apollo in London, UK.

Cornell died in a Detroit hotel room on May 17 following a Soundgarden show in the city. The two members of the Seattle music community shared a long friendship in the years following Vedder's 1990 arrival in town to audition for Pearl Jam. Cornell enlisted the rocker to join him on a duet of "Hunger Strike" for his Temple Of The Dog album tribute to Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood, who died earlier that year of a heroin overdose; the project also featured ex-MLB and future Pearl Jam members Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron.

Currently playing shows on a solo tour of Europe, Vedder reportedly shared his thoughts on the Cornell tragedy for the first time publicly during the first of two nights in the UK capital, according to a transcript shared on a Pearl Jam messageboard.

"Sometimes it's hard to concentrate these days," Vedder began. "I was thinking about the history of this building and the Bowie history. So I started to think about that and my mind began to wander. It's not a good...So I haven't really been talking about some things and I kind of... now it feels like it's conspicuous because I lost a really close friend of mine, somebody who...

"I'll say this too," he continued. "I grew up as 4 boys, 4 brothers and I lost my brother two years ago tragically like that in an accident and after that and losing a few other people, I'm not good at it, meaning I'm not...I have not been willing to accept the reality and that's just how I'm dealing with it.

"So I want to be there for the family, be there for the community, be there for my brothers in my band, certainly the brothers in his band. But these things will take time but my friend is going to be gone forever and I will just have to... These things take time and I just want to send this out to everyone who was affected by it and they all back home and here appreciate it so deeply the support and the good thoughts of a man who was a ... you know he wasn't just a friend he was someone I looked up to like my older brother."

"About two days after the news," Vedder revealed, "I think it was the second night we were sleeping in this little cabin near the water, a place he would've loved. And all these memories started coming in about 1:30am like woke me up. Like big memories, memories I would think about all the time. Like the memories were big muscles.

"And then I couldn't stop the memories. And trying to sleep it was like if the neighbours had the music playing and you couldn't stop it. But then it was fine because then it got into little memories. It just kept going and going and going. And I realized how lucky I was to have hours worth of...you know if each of these memories was quick and I had hours of them. How fortunate was I?! And I didn't want to be sad, wanted to be grateful not sad. I'm still thinking about those memories and I will live with those memories in my heart and I will...love him forever."

At the conclusion of his tribute, reports indicate Vedder received a standing ovation from the London crowd. Watch video of the "Hunger Strike" performance here.

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Def Leppard Expand 'Hysteria' To 7 Discs For Anniversary

(hennemusic) Def Leppard are sharing a video preview of the upcoming 30th anniversary reissues of their blockbuster 1987 album, "Hysteria." Due August 4, the UK band will deliver a remastered edition in various packages, including a 7-disc Super Deluxe Edition, 3CD Deluxe Version, 1CD Vanilla Version, 2-LP Black Vinyl Version and a limited edition 2-LP Colored Vinyl Version.

The reissues include B-sides and live tracks, plus the audio for "In The Round In Your Face (Live)" on CD for the first time. Among the new versions, the Super Deluxe Edition features 5-CD/2-DVDs including four books-Story Of; a Ross Halfin photo book; Discography; Hysteria Tour Program and Tour Poster.

"It's hard to believe that it's been thirty years since the release of Hysteria," says frontman Joe Elliott. "In some respects it really does seem like only yesterday. So, to mark this milestone, we wanted to do something very special for our fans and give them the definitive version of the album, one that incorporates all of the memories and milestones that we caught on tape and some of the madness that we got up to on the road. We hope it means as much to you as it does to us."

"I look back at the whole Hysteria experience with excitement along with fond and tragic memories," adds guitarist Phil Collen. "It was our commercial zenith thanks to Mutt Lange's insistence that we create an artistic hybrid between hard rock and pop top 40 music using every genre available as an inspiration. It was a rock album that would garner seven hit singles. Mission accomplished." Check out the preview and the tracklisting for the Super Deluxe Edition here.

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Of Mice & Men Working On 'Heavy' New Songs

Of Mice & Men drummer Valentino Arteaga says that they new material they are working on with bassist Aaron Pauley taking over lead vocals draws from the heavier parts of their past catalog of music.

Arteaga was interview for the new issue of Metal Hammer and in an excerpt released online he discussed the musical direction of the songs they are working on since the departure of Austin Carlile and how Pauley is handling lead vocal duties.

"Aaron can adapt really well with his skills and talents. It's a situational thing with us - if we've gotta step up to the plate, we will," he said of the bassist and new lead singer. "Aaron's crushing it and he's doing it with ease. It's mind-blowing."

Valentino had the following to say about their tracks, "There's a lot of heavy songs that we're working on that are either already written and demoed or that we're in the process of writing. I think what we're doing right now, which is the most important thing that we can, is really just honing in on the elements of what makes our music sound like our music."

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Black Sabbath To Receive 2017 Golden Gods Honor

Heavy metal legends Black Sabbath will be receiving the Golden Gods honor during The 15th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, which will be taking place next Monday, June 12th at the IndigO2 at The O2 in London.

Guitarist Tony Iommi will be attending the ceremony to accept the honor on behalf of the retired band and bassist Geezer Butler shared the following comments with Metal Hammer about the award:

"Thank you for this award. It's good to know that after almost 50 years Sabbath is still relevant, and has its importance in the history of music. I want to thank our fans who have been with us along the way, without them there would be no Sabbath."

Metal Hammer editor Merlin Alderslade had this to say, "Black Sabbath are, quite simply, the Ground Zero for metal. Without them, heavy music wouldn't exist as we know and love it today, and it only seems right that in a year where we're celebrating the power of our scene, we acknowledge the influence of the Mac Daddies themselves."

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Demi Lovato Goes Rock For Appearance At Emo Nite

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato showed off her love for Paramore and Underoath this week when she stopped by Emo Nite in Los Angeles and video from the appearance has been posted online.

The venue lost sound at one point during the event, but this didn't stop Lovato. The singer orchestrated an a cappella version of "Misery Business" by Paramore, getting the crowd singing along with her.

Later, she sang along with Underoath's "Reinventing Your Exit," proving she loves to jam along with some of the world's favorite early 2000's hits.

The event organizers tweeted out to Lovato afterward, writing "thank you @Sirah & @ddlovato 4 keeping the party going & singing when the sound went out during @paramore at #emonitela!"

Post Malone, Sirah, Brian Logan Dales, Seasons Change, Rad Horror and Andres all performed as well. Check out the videos here.

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David Bowie's Widow Marks 25th Wedding Anniversary

(Radio.com) In the year and a half since David Bowie passed away, his family has kept a low profile while the world continues to celebrate and honor his legacy. On the occasion of her 25th wedding anniversary, Bowie's widow, supermodel Iman, shared a touching tribute on Instagram.

The post is a black-and-white photo of Iman and Bowie in an embrace with the words: "I would walk forever, just to be in your arms again." Bowie and the Somali-born fashion icon were married on June 6, 1992.

They have one 16-year-old daughter together. On the one-year anniversary of his death in January, Iman shared a photo of the New York skyline under a rainbow. See Iman's tribute here.

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Elvis Presley's Early Recordings The Focus Of New Box Set

(Radio.com) A new Elvis Presley box set entitled "A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-55" documents the early period of his career before he was a household name.

The exhaustive collection includes every studio take, live performance, and radio appearance Presley made during those pivotal years. His first number-one hit came in 1956 with 'Heartbreak Hotel."

The three-disc set debuts July 28 and contains heretofore unreleased recordings like a live performance of 'I Forgot to Remember to Forget" from 1955. Read more here.

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Death Angel Release 'Breakaway' Lyric Video

Death Angel are preparing to launch a European tour this summer and are celebrating by release a new lyric video for the song "Breakaway" which comes from their latest album "The Evil Divide".

Singer Mark Osegueda had the following to say about the upcoming trek, "It is with the sincerest excitement and anticipation that I can proudly say Death Angel is FINALLY coming back to tour Europe and the UK this summer in support of our latest release 'The Evil Divide'!

"We almost feel as if we were banned from playing over there to our most loyal and dedicated fans! And we promise to UNLEASH an assaulting set night after night and stage after stage as if that were in fact the case! So we invite you all to come celebrate and exchange the energy that is METAL! The energy that is Death Angel!" Watch the video here.

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Rage Preview Forthcoming 'Seasons Of The Black' Album

Metal trio Rage are gearing up to released their forthcoming album "Seasons of the Black" on July 28th and are giving fans a special preview with the posting on the first trailer video.

Band leader Peavy had the following comments about the group's upcoming record (their 23rd studio effort overall), "Our fans are getting Rage metal of the very first grade.

"We've been able to bring the band's typical trademarks into eleven new songs, and we're sticking to the course that we forged on the last album! This means hard and very catchy compositions that also sound thrash, aggressive and epic". Watch the trailer here.

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Moscow Releases 'Queen Of Sin' Music Video

Up and coming Russian hard rocker Moscow has released a music video for her track "Queen Of Sin". The song is the title track to her debut EP release.

She had the following to say ahead of last week's EP release, "I had a lot of fun writing and recording Queen Of Sin - our first EP that comes out June 2nd. It has a nice diversity of rock subgenres - you can find some post-hardcore, nu-metal, alternative tunes in it. 'QoS' is a sort of defial for those who say rock and sex can't go together. 'Make Rock Sexy Again.' We wanted to get a mix of hard rock tunes and guitar riffs with sensual feminine vocals and dominatrix attitude."

The tracks features Moscow's work with producers Shawn McGhee (Hideout Studios - Hellyeah, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach), Brian Steele-Medina (Gemini Syndrome), Hatebreed, Escape The Fate),and upcoming Boston Producers OH NO! ØKTAPUS. Watch the new video here.

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Brian May Releases Epic Queen Monopoly Unboxing Video

(Radio.com) Queen guitarist Brian May has released an epic 18-plus minute clip unboxing video for the Queen version of the popular board game Monopoly.

Over the , May waxes philosophical, musing "'Monopoly has always been about pursuing money'but in this case, you're also pursuing excellence in your craft."

"We've been very secretly developing Queen Monopoly for over a year," the guitarist wrote on his website back in March. "I'm excited -- it was a blast working on it -- like making an album! We hope you love it!"

Check out the full clip below for an in-depth look. Read more here.

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Singled Out: KillSET's Killers In The Pit

KillSET are gearing up to release their new album 'S.T.F.U.' on June 23rd and to celebrate we asked frontman Luca to tell us about the lead single "Killers In The Pit". Here is the story:

When we went into the studio, I knew I wanted to write a track that showed our appreciation to our fans, THE KILLERS, and got people moving. It needed to hype up everyone that has supported our music and those who continue to take time out of their lives to come down to our shows and tear up the place with us!

We were at rehearsal one day and two simple bass notes sparked this song that has become a mosh pit anthem. There is though an important underlying theme of finding a positive and fun way to get rid of that extra energy, anxiety and stress that so many people feel in their lives. The lyrics in the first verse, "Oh, you can be happy. Just take these pills....nah F**k that" and "We're done with your pills and your chemikillz...so F**k that" are a reference to the prescription pill epidemic going on right now and how easily someone with anxiety, stress or just high energy are prescribed and fed these dangerous drugs.

The second verse is just showing love to the amazing music scene we are part of and the hook is a call to action for all THE KILLERS out there! My favorite line in this song is "Let's Show The World". Nothing deep about that lyric, but it perfectly sums up what we intend to do with the brand new album, S.T.F.U.!

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

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