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Rock Rock and Roll Pioneer Chuck Berry Dead At 90

(hennemusic) Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry died Saturday at his home in St. Louis, MO at the age of 90, it has been confirmed by the St. Charles County Police Department.

The agency broke the news via Facebook, writing "St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18). Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.

"The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry. The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement."

Berry's signature rhythm and guitar riffs - and showmanship - defined early rock and roll, building a template that would be used by future generations of musicians with lyrics that addressed the spirit of youth.

The guitarist scored his first US hit in 1955 with his debut single, "Maybellene." A seemingly endless string of hits would follow, including "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock And Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958). Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven Trial Verdict Appealed

(hennemusic) A lawyer representing plaintiff Michael Skidmore has filed an appeal to the verdict in the 2016 "Stairway To Heaven" copyright infringement lawsuit involving Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

Last June, 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 Rolling Stone, attorney Francis Malofiy filed a 90-page brief this past week to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit while arguing that a series of "erroneous" jury instructions were to blame for the unanimous verdict in the plagiarism case.

"The most important of these errors," writes Malifoy, "was that the trial court refused to let the jury hear the full and complete composition of 'Taurus' embodied in the sound recordings that Jimmy Page possessed, instead limiting the comparison to an outline of the 'Taurus' composition in the deposit copy lead sheet." Read more and listen to both songs here.

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Linkin Park Stream New Song 'Battle Symphony'

(hennemusic) Linkin Park are streaming a lyric video for "Battle Symphony", a track from their forthcoming album, "One More Light." The tune follows "Heavy" as the second single issued in advance of the May 19 release of the group's seventh album, which sounds more in a pop vein than previous efforts.

"The band, with every album, every song we're trying to challenge ourselves," Mike Shinoda tells Billboard. "We like to try new things. We want to explore new territory with the sounds and the songwriting. We've always been about mixing styles; I mean, Hybrid Theory was the name of our band before we changed it to Linkin Park.

"Linkin Park fans know that with every album you never know what you're going to get, and the style can change dramatically and different elements, different genres that we listen to might sit more in the forefront than others." Watch the video here.

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Eddie Vedder Jams Pink Floyd Classic With Ex Pearl Jam Bandmate

(hennemusic) Eddie Vedder reunited with former Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons to perform the Pink Floyd classic, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", at the Key Arena in Seattle, WA on March 17 and video from the show has surfaced online.

A Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee as a founding member of the Peppers, Irons opened the show for his former band in Seattle as part of their North American tour in support of "The Getaway."

Irons' connections with Pearl Jam date back to their earliest days: after declining an invitation to join the pre-PJ band Mookie Blaylock in 1990, he passed on the group's demo to Vedder, who added his own lyrics and vocals before returning it and eventually joining the lineup a week later.

Irons went on to become the fourth drummer in Pearl Jam's history when he joined them for a 1994 tour before going on to record 1996's "No Code" and 1998's "Yield" with the band.

The Vedder-Irons reunion comes a week after Pearl Jam invited all of their former drummers to their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in New York next month, despite the fact that three of them will not be officially honored at the event. Watch video of the Vedder and Iron's reunion jam here.

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Evanescence's Amy Lee Streams New Song 'Speak To Me'

Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee has released a new single entitled "Speak To Me," which serves as the end title theme from the forthcoming movie "Voice From The Stone" starring Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke.

Lee had the following to say about the track, "I'm very excited to share a new song which I was asked to create as the end title for the forthcoming film, Voice From The Stone, which stars the incredibly talented and captivating Emilia Clarke. The song is called Speak To Me.

"There are many reasons why I felt inspired to work on this project. Voice From The Stone tells the haunting story of Verena, a nurse who is asked to aid a young boy who has fallen silent after the sudden passing of his mother- Verena is brought in to help him speak again. As a new mother myself, the film resonated very deeply with me. I had the opportunity to work closely with Eric Howell, who directed the film, and Michael Wandmacher, who composed the score. I was very moved by the movie, and after having my first conversation with Eric and Michael, I felt a surge of inspiration and immediately began writing. It is a rare phenomenon to really share a creative vision so completely, and that made for a very powerful experience, and an end result that I am very proud of."

"It was an honor to be able to work with Eric on the music video as well, which was shot in Siena, Italy, at the same beautiful location as the film. We conceived the video as a parallel and backstory to the film, which explores the strong bond of love between Malvina and her son, and the belief that love is stronger than death." Stream the song here.

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Video Of Mastodon Debuting New Songs Live Goes Online

(hennemusic) Mastodon delivered the live debut of three tracks from their forthcoming album, "Emperor Of Sand", during a March 17 performance at the SXSW music festival in Austin, TX, and video from the event has surfaced online.

The group's first live show supporting the project opened with the lead single, "Sultan's Curse", and also featured concert debuts of follow-up tracks "Show Yourself" and "Andromeda" alongside a mix of classic tunes.

Due March 31, Mastodon will launch the record on a spring tour of North America in Missoula, MT on April 14 with guests Eagles Of Death Metal and Russian Circles.

The band recorded their seventh album with producer Brendan O'Brien at the Quarry in Kennesaw, Georgia last year. Watch the videos from the SXSW show here.

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Incubus Streaming New Song 'Glitterbomb'

(Radio.com) Incubus released a track called "Glitterbomb," an emotional rock track with anguished lyrics about betrayal, which comes from their eighth studio album entitled "8."

"Glitterbomb" and the first single "Nimble Bastard" serve to preview the dark, introspective places the band could go on 8. The album will hit stores on April 21st

Brandon Boyd tells Radio.com. "What we're doing as artists is acting as a mirror to culture here and there and hopefully offering little glimmers of hope through the joy in music we all have." Check out the song here.

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Iggy Pop Jams With New Order At Benefit Concert

(Radio.com) Last week, New York City's Carnegie Hall hosted the Tibet House Benefit's 30th anniversary concert and two musical icons joined forces onstage: Iggy Pop and New Order.

They performed material from New Order's 2015 release Music Complete (the Iggy collaboration "Stray Dog") and even dug some Joy Division ("She's Lost Control") out of the archives. Iggy contributed his song "Shades" and folks on the ground documented the incredible collaborations on social media.

Other performers last night included Philip Glass, the Alabama Shakes and Patti Smith, who covered Bob Dylan. Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris were absent from the New Order lineup, so it's unclear who (if anyone) was manning the synths. In any case, the stars aligned for a worthy cause -- preserving Tibetan culture. See some footage from their sets here here.

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Michael Schenker Announces Shows With Former Singers

Michael Schenker has announced that he will launching four special "Michael Schenker Fest" shows across the UK this November which will feature some of the iconic singers that have worked with him over the years.

The special concerts are set to take place at London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire (Nov 2), Sheffield O2 Academy (Nov 3), Manchester O2 Ritz (Nov 4) and Hull City Hall (Nov 5).

The project reunites the original Michael/McAuley Schenker Group vocalists - Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley, plus MSG bandmates Steve Mann (guitar, keys), Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums). here.

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Dispatch Streaming New Song 'Skin The Rabbit'

Dispatch have released a stream of a new track entitled "Skin The Rabbit. The song comes from their forthcoming album "America, Location 12", which will be hitting stores on June 2nd.

Chadwick Stokes had the following to say about the new song, "Skin the rabbit is what my dad used say to my brothers, sister and me before tub time. We'd put our hands in the air and he'd take off our shirts.

"The metaphor has taken a less literal meaning in the song as we talk about skinning the rabbit more along the lines of exposing those who crave power in the name of the people...there are references to the DAPL, gun violence, the opioid epidemic and the killing of 31 million buffalo in 13 years." Listen here.

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Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach Starts Punk Hardcore Band

Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach revealed via a social media post last week that he has a new side project which is inspired by his love of punk hardcore .

The singer posted an image of four classic hardcore album covers and wrote,, "It's been a long time coming, man! Woke up with a fire in my heart! These four albums [Minor Threat 'Minor Threat', 7 Seconds 'Walk Together, Rock Together', Black Flag 'Damaged', and Discharge 'Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing'] serve as inspiration for a jam session today with three killer humans!

"Don't tell anyone, but I've put together a punk hardcore band/project for fun and today is our first jam session here in New York! To say I'm excited is a vast understatement!

"This is a side project and it is being done for the pure enjoyment of playing. It is also a necessary outlet for a singing/yelling style and lyrics I can't fit into any other band or project I've ever done. My 15-year-old self is quite proud of me! GO!!" See his post here.

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Madball Postpone Tour Due To Family Medical Issue

Madball announced that they have been forced to postponed their South American tour because frontman Freddy Cricien has to deal with a medical issue for one of his children.

He released the following message for fans, "Unfortunately, we have to postpone this upcoming SA tour. Like I mentioned in the video that's circulating- there's a medical issue in my family, that we're dealing with. A very unexpected one, obviously.

"I'd rather not get into the details- What I can say is, it involves one of my children and they mean everything to me. I'm hoping that the situation here improves, first and foremost." Read more here.

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Obituary Release Animated 'Ten Thousand Ways To Die' Video

Obituary celebrated their new self-titled album hitting stores with the release of a new animated music video for the album's track ""Ten Thousand Ways To Die."

The new clip reunited the band will director Balazs Grof who they had worked with on their "Violence" Video. The band had the following to say about the new visual, "We are so stoked about the new 'Ten Thousand Ways To Die' video.

"We knew even while making the 'Violence' video from the Inked In Blood release that there would be a continuation video to follow. It just goes to show once again that this band is not afraid to have a good time and laugh at ourselves.

Balazs is an amazing artist and captured the band's characters and personalities perfectly in both videos and we are so excited to get the reaction from the Obituary fans." Watch the video here.

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Gary Clark Jr To Rock The Tonight Show

Gary Clark Jr. has announced two special performances this week including an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon tomorrow night, March 21st.

The show airs on NBC at 11:35PM EST / PST and at 10:34PM CT. On Wednesday, Clark will be taking part in the live TimesTalks event which will be held at Florence Gould Hall.

Clark will also perform a selection of tracks from his brand new album Live North America 2016, which features several songs from The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Read more

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Lonely Robot Stream New Song 'Everglow'

John Mitchell has released an online stream of a new Lonely Robot track called 'Everglow'. The song comes from the project's forthcoming album "The Big Dream".

The It Bites, Frost*, Arena star will be releasing the new album on April 28th and Mitchell had the following to say about the lead track from the effort, : "Everglow is the first track I wrote for The Big Dream.

It encapsulates the still present feeling that despite being surrounded en masse, we are a synthesised society barely truthfully communicating with each other on a less than superficial, soap box sermon level. Everglow is the hopeful ray of light when the phones go away and the eyes finally make contact. Coming from me, that's almost ironic!" Listen here.

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Metallica Release 'Whiskey In The Jar' Live Video

(hennemusic) Metallica celebrated St. Patrick's Day last Friday with the release of official live footage of their cover of the Irish traditional song, "Whiskey In The Jar", from a 2016 show in Minneapolis, MN.

The band first recorded the tune for their 1998 compilation album, "Garage Inc." "Happy St. Patrick's Day!," posted Metallica with the video share on March 17th.

The group are next scheduled to perform at Lollapalooza festivals in Brazil (March 25), Argentina (March 31) and Chile (April 1) before launching a 25-show summer stadium tour of North America at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD on May 10.

Metallica will then bring their WorldWired tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self Destruct" to Europe for dates this fall and in the spring of 2018.

The arena trek - with special guests Kvelertak - begins in September with two 2-week runs starting with a pair of shows in Amsterdam before returning for an extended run next February. Watch the video here.

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