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Phil Collins Hospitalized For Head Injury

Genesis icon Phil Collins announced that he has postponed two of his comeback concerts this week after he was hospitalized for an injury suffered in a fall in his hotel room.

His official Facebook published the following statement on Thursday, "We unfortunately have to announce that Phil Collins' performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London will be postponed tonight (June 8) and tomorrow (June 9).

"Phil suffers from 'drop foot' as a result of a back operation which makes it difficult to walk. He rose in the middle of the night to go to the toilet and slipped in his hotel room, hitting his head in the fall on a chair. He was taken to hospital where he had stitches for a severe gash on his head close to his eye and is recovering well. He will be kept under observation for 24 hours." Read more here.

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Lou Gramm Confirms Foreigner Reunion Plans

Original Foreigner singer Lou Gramm revealed in a new interview that he will be reuniting with the band at a select number of shows on the group's 40th anniversary tour, but they are still working out the details.

Gramm spoke about the limited reunion plans during an appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation", according to Ultimate Guitar and the singer says that he believes that his performing with the group may also inspire other original members to reunite with the band on the anniversary trek.

He told the show, "Mick [Jones, the band cofounder] and I have talked about it at length. I think there's a number of the original band members that still play their instruments, and I think that if I make an appearance, it will be with the rest of the band, the original band. And we'll do half a dozen songs and then maybe do some things with his band." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Seek Legal Fees Over 'Stairway' Verdict Appeal

(hennemusic) Attorneys for Led Zeppelin have filed a motion requesting the plaintiffs pay their legal costs and fees as they continue to fight an appeal in the "Stairway To Heaven" copyright infringement lawsuit involving members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

A lawyer representing plaintiff Michael Skidmore filed an appeal to the verdict from last June, when a Los Angeles federal court jury cleared the duo of any wrongdoing in the creation of their 1971 signature song against a claim by Skidmore on behalf of the estate and Trust of Spirit guitarist Randy California (Wolfe) that the acoustic introduction to "Stairway" was lifted from the group's 1968 instrumental, "Taurus."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Led Zeppelin attorney Peter Anderson filed a request in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on June 2 seeking a reversal of U.S. District Court judge R. Gary Klausner's order last August denying music publisher Warner/Chappell's request for an award of $800,000 in fees and costs, finding that Skidmore's lawsuit was not frivolous or objectively unreasonable - despite litigation misconduct by his attorney Francis Malofiy.

"Defendants respectfully submit that the District Court's Judgment and Amended Judgment should be affirmed and that the District Court's Order denying Warner/Chappell's motions for attorneys' fees and additional costs should be reversed with instructions to grant those motions," writes Anderson. "In addition, and including because Skidmore continues to advance frivolous arguments and misstate the law .. defendants should recover their costs and attorneys' fees on appeal."

Regarding Led Zeppelin's victory in the 2016 trial, Anderson is arguing that "substantial evidence supports the jury's verdict and Skidmore's appeal has absolutely no merit." Read more and listen to both songs here.

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Ghost's Papa Emeritus Responds To Former Members' Lawsuit

(hennemusic) Ghost founder and frontman Tobias Forge, aka Papa Emeritus, has filed a response to a lawsuit brought by four former members of the group in a dispute over financial issues.

In the character of Papa, Forge leads the Swedish outfit alongside a rotating band of Nameless Ghouls, some of whom revealed their identities in the suit filed earlier this year in a district court of Linköping, Sweden.

Simon Soderberg (Ghost member 2010-2016), Mauro Rubino (member 2011-2016), Henrik Palm (member 2015-2016) and Martin Hjertstedt (2014-2016) are seeking compensation for unpaid wages as part of what they claim to be a business partnership agreement between all five parties.

The four musicians are asking the court to have Forge confirm and provide Ghost revenue reports from the financial years from 2011-2016, with a penalty of SEK 200,000 (approximately $22,000), or an amount that the court considers reasonable, if he fails to do so as part of the proceedings.

In his response, Forge contests that "no legal partnership" with the plaintiffs exists, that "none of the plaintiffs were present" during the time he conceived and formed the project between 2006-2008 and that he "exclusively" makes "decisions and controls of the operations of Ghost."

The frontman also states that "the plaintiffs have only had the task of performing - executing - the musical works and the image in Ghost that Tobias Forge has created, produced and decided, all according to Tobias instructions. For their assignment, the candidates have received a fixed fees / salary." Read more here.

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Mutemath Streaming New Song 'Hit Parade'

Mutemath have released a stream of their brand new track "Hit Parade." The song the first single the band has revealed from their forthcoming new studio album "Play Dead"

Paul Meany offered the following comments about the new single, "this is first song we've ever recorded that sounds like what Mutemath set out to sound like from the very beginning."

Darren King had this to say about the making of the new album, "We played every chord we knew, we included every beat, fill and effect we could imagine and let the harmonies and arrangements roam wherever they could find space. There wasn't a lot of 'hey, you probably shouldn't do that.' It was more 'hey, how can you go even further?'". Stream the new song here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Release 'Don't Need You' Live Video

Bullet For My Valentine have released a live video for the track "Don't Need You" as preview from their forthcoming "Live From Brixton: Chapter Two" package.

The new live release was captured during two sold out shows at the Brixton Academy in London last December which is being released in various audio and video formats.

Their will be stand alone CDs for each night (the first was a selection of songs from their entire career and the second featured the performance of their debut album "The Poison).

The DVD and Blu-ray versions will feature both nights and a special triple disc red vinyl LP will include special full début album performance. Watch the new video here.

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Joseph Arthur Announces Redemption's Son Anniversary Tour

Joseph Arthur has announced that he will be hitting the road later this month for a special limited run of live performances to promote the special expanded reissue of his "Redemption's Son" album.

The 15th anniversary reissue will feature the original album along with nine previously unreleased bonus tracks comprising a lost album that Arthur calls "Morning Star."

He will be playing the original album in its entirety at the upcoming dates which are kicking off on June 20th in Boston at Great Scott and will run until July 15th with a show in Seattle at The Triple Door. Read more here.

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Enter Shikari Release Animated 'Supercharge' Video

Enter Shikari have released a animated video for their brand new collaboration with grime star Big Narstie "Supercharge". The band previously released the song as a new single.

The song first came to light last month and sees vocalist Rou Reynolds, bassist Chris Batten, drummer Rob Rolfe and guitarist Liam Clewlow team up with Big Narstie for the track, after Reynolds and the UK grime MC were introduced by mutual photographer friend Jordan Curtis Hughes.

Frontman Rou Reynolds had these comments about the song: "I started writing a lot of new music at the start of 2016. 'Supercharge' emerged after a pretty vicious cull, and we began getting excited about it as touring started to quiet down later in 2016.

"Through mutual friends here in London we got in touch with Narstie, who came down and hung at the studio September, nailing his bars like a pro. I'm excited to get the track out into the world now.

"Conversely, I am unable to articulate how excited I am for our next arena tour. We learnt so much last time around and are ready to change the game once more. It's going to be wicked having Lower Than Atlantis and Astroid Boys along for it, making for a really diverse and exciting evening." Check out the video here.

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Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience Lead Train Cruise Lineup

Train can't take one of their favorite bands on their fifth annual Sail Across the Sun cruise but they have invited the next best thing: Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.

Train, who released their very own version of the legendary "Led Zeppelin II" album, have announced the initial lineup for next year's cruise which will set sail on March 7th from New Orleans.

Other artists that will taking part will be Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Christopher Cross, MAGIC!, Gym Class Heroes, Lisa Loeb and The Yacht Rock Revue. More are still to be announced. Find more details here.

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Papa Roach Release Video For 'Periscope' Featuring Skylar Grey

Papa Roach have released a new music video for their track "Periscope" featuring Skylar Grey. The song comes from their latest album "Crooked Teeth".

Frontman Jacoby Shaddix says, "Periscope" is inspired by the realization that sometimes within a relationship you might not be worth being loved or that the other person may not be worth your love, and the struggle within that- how much effort it takes to make things work.

"One part that I think is really meaningful in the video is when Skylar and I are in the shot at the same time, yet we're not engaging with each other. It represents the 'disconnection' with two people, which is very much what the lyrics describe."

Grey adds, "You are loving someone from a distance, not able to reach them." Watch the video here.

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Tool Songs Get Literal Cover Treatment In New Online Video

(Radio.com) Davie504, the bass-playing YouTuber who brought you the Red Hot Chili Peppers played with actual chili peppers, isn't just a one-trick pony. No, this creative Italian bassist has just released his latest video testing his chops, literally.

After posting a recent video, a fan commented, "Very impressive, but can you play Tool with tools?" And, that answer is apparently yes as evidenced in a new online video.

Davie recorded a medley of Tool songs recorded with the aid of a steel hex key, hammer, pliers, utility knife, saw, ratcheting screwdriver, crescent wrench and the tool case itself. Of course, at the center of the music is his electric bass.

Watch Davie play "Schism," "Sober," "The Pot," and "Forty Six & 2." Then watch him play his bass with no strings here.

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Warbeast Announce New Album 'Enter The Arena'

Warbeast have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album "Enter The Arena" on August 4th via Phil Anselmo's label Housecore Records.

Frontman Bruce Corbitt had this to say, "We recorded Enter The Arena exactly a decade after we formed Warbeast," notes vocalist . "The nucleus and founding members of this band [guitarist Scott Shelby, drummer Joey Gonzalez, and Corbitt] provided the essential veteran leadership that was vital for us to reach our goal of creating our magnum opus.

"The three of us also contributed our unique individual styles to guarantee that we still sound like Warbeast. But with the addition of our two newest members - guitarist Drew Shoup and bassist Lyric Ferchaud - who I call the 'Youngbloods,' it was like adding a breath-of-fresh-air to our chemistry.

"We definitely sound like a well-oiled-machine on this album. So get prepared for the upcoming onslaught of pure, fresh, and quintessential Texas thrash!" Read more here.

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Mr. Big Release 'Everybody Needs A Little Trouble' Video

Mr. Big have released a new music video for their track "Everybody Needs A Little Trouble". The song comes from their forthcoming album "Defying Gravity," which will be released on July 7th.

Guitarist Paul Gilbert had previously offered these comments about the new record, "It was great to get back in the studio with our original producer, Kevin Elson. Kevin recorded all of our original classic albums from the '80s and '90s, and we immediately felt that magic chemistry with him on Defying Gravity.

"We basically played live in the studio. Over the years, we've all had a chance to experiment with every recording technique possible, but it's still always the best just to play together as a band. Most of my guitar solos were tracked live with the band. I've worked hard on my improvisation in the last few years, and it really paid off on this record…both melodically, and on the face-melting stuff." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: The Recoupes' Lovinit

Today Alan Li, the lead vocalist and guitarist for UK newcomer indie rockers The Recoupes share with us the story behind their brand new single "Lovint". Here is the story:

It feels like the song Lovinit came about quite quickly. Soon after completing the song in rehearsals we were straight in the studio recording it. Despite this, I've had the lyrics for Lovinit for quite a while. The lyrics relate to a period of time that was a few months after coming out of a crappy relationship. I started going out with this amazing girl and I feel like everything just came together and it was a good time in my life. The lyrics are pretty simple and I feel like that reflected how I felt at the time where I didn't want to overcomplicate or overthink anything. I like the idea of writing lyrics that people can relate to. The verses mention those classic conversations that you have in relationships like when she/he reckons that they looks terrible and you have to tell them how wrong they are. The chorus talks about how when you're in a good place, you don't want to let that go and you just want to enjoy it.

The song is a really simple song with a simple message and needed the music to reflect that. One time at practice, the band were having a break from rehearsing and Oli (guitarist) kept playing this riff that was catchy and eventually we wrote the rest of the song around that riff with Micky (Drums) adding a driving beat, locking in with the bass. After that I wrote a melody for the lyrics to fit in with the song and not long after we decided that it would be our next single to be released.

Although the song was written about loving a girl (what more can you expect from a bunch of 19 year old boys), someone said to us that they thought the song was about loving life and being young and I like that someone can take those lyrics and give them it's own meaning that relates to them. Our bassist Louie, put a picture from his holiday in our band group chat that we thought would be perfect for the single artwork to complete the song which has come together really well and one we're really happy with.

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

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