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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Update On Cancer Status

(Gibson) Black Sabbath icon Tony Iommi recently spoke with Guitar World about his career and his goals, going forward. Among the topics discussed was the legendary guitarist's current health status, four years after he was diagnosed with lymphoma.

"I seem to be alright for the moment," said Iommi. "It's still in remission. I continue to have my regular checkup every six weeks, and it's a bit easier for me now that I'm not touring.

"The doctors were concerned about all the flying I was doing, because it isn't good for the blood. But I'm on top of it, and I'm eating the right things…although sometimes I still eat the wrong things." Read more here.

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New TV Special To Remember Tom Petty, Chuck Berry, Glen Campbell

(Radio.com) Late music icons that were lost during this past year, Tom Petty, Chuck Berry and Glen Campbell will be honored as part of The Year In Memoriam 2017.

The new television program will be hosted by Robin Roberts and was conceived by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel. Country stars Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker will pay tribute to Campbell, while Alice Cooper and Hunter Hayes will unite to honor both Berry and Petty.

The program will also honor Mary Tyler Moore, Don Rickles and Jerry Lewis. The Year In Memoriam 2017 airs Monday, Dec. 18 at 10pm ET on ABC. Read more here.

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Radiohead Address Inquest Into Drum Tech's Death

(Radio.com) Radiohead have issued a statement regarding the latest update following the June 2012 death of drum tech Scott Johnson, who was killed when the stage collapsed before a show at Toronto's Downsview Park.

In the time since the incident, there has been no resolution regarding what caused the stage collapse, and who or what was responsible for the tragedy. "Five years on from the Downsview Park Stage Collapse, we have learned that an inquest into Scott Johnson's death will be formally announced later today," Radiohead shared on Twitter. "While this is welcomed, it does not bring those responsible for Scott's death to account, and it provides no justice for Scott and his family. We urge the Canadian authorities to look more closely into their treatment of the Downsview Park Stage Collapse and indeed all workplace deaths to ensure that accidents such as this can be prevented in the future."

Earlier this year, a judge decided to stay the pending charges because bringing the parties--Live Nation, scaffolding company Optex Staging and Services and engineer Domenic Cugliari--to trial had taken too long, violating defendants' rights to a speedy trial.

"When the collapse happened, it happened at four in the afternoon," recalled Radiohead drummer, Phil Selway to the CBC. "Our soundcheck was due to start at four and I actually should have been where Scott was. That is an incredible weight, and personally I can't let this lie. I want to see a proper conclusion, something that is respectful to Scott." See the full message here.

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Original Dixie Dregs Lineup Announce First Tour In 40 Years

Fans of The Dixie Dregs (a.k.a The Dregs) are in for a very special treat early next year when the original lineup of the group will be hitting the road for the first time together in 40 years.

The band have announced the initial 25 dates for their Dawn Of The Dregs Tour, which will reunite the original lineup of Steve Morse (guitar), Andy West (bass), Allen Sloan (violin), Steve Davidowski (keyboards) and Rod Morgenstein (drums) for the first time in four decades.

The announced dates kick off on February 28th in 28 Clearwater, FL at Capitol Theatre and run until April 25th in 25 Dallas, TX at the House of Blues, with additional shows still to be announced.

Andy West shared his excitement over the upcoming trek, "This tour is the result of the overwhelming requests we've received from a loyal audience of diehard Dregheads, and new fans who have never seen us perform live, but discovered the band for the first time through Steve's membership in Deep Purple, or Rod as the drummer for Winger... We can't wait to play for them all." See the dates here.

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Singled Out Special: Primitive Race (Chuck Mosley)

For this very special edition of Singled Out industrial supergroup Primitive Race's Chris Kniker tells us about late Chuck Mosley's signature song "Dancing On The Sun" from the band's new album "Soul Pretender". Sadly Chuck passed away just six days after the album hit stores. Here is the story:

So, it was June 11th in 2016 and I was hanging out with Chuck in Colorado Springs. It was the first time I had seen him in I can't tell you how many years. We were catching up about what we'd been up to. It was like no time had passed since the last time we talked. Anyway, I told him I was working on a new record for Primitive Race and that Mark from Peter Murphy's band and Dale with the Melvins were in on it. He went nuts. He wanted to hear what we were doing. When I got back home that night I sent him three of the rough tracks. Hell, at that point I don't even think Dale's drums had been laid yet. It was just some basic drum machine parts. I went to bed and didn't think anything of it.

I got up Sunday morning because Chuck, Doug Esper (Chuck's percussionist), my wife, and I were all going to meet for brunch. Anyone that knew Chuck is aware he wakes up at like 5:00 A.M. It's about 9:00 A.M. and I'm getting ready to call Doug to firm up plans for brunch. My phone has a bunch of missed calls. I'm thinking, "Oh sh*t, is there something wrong with my parents or something like that." Chuck had blown me up. He was in love with the stuff. He kept saying, "I have so many ideas. This is like when I was writing with FNM but it's the new 2017 sh*t! I have to be on this record!" Of course, I was floored. Here's my buddy losing his mind over 3 rough tracks. What would become "Dancing on The Sun" was one them.

Throughout the record as we'd work on songs he kept asking, "What's going on with my song?" or "Where's my baby?". He always compared it to what it would be like if he did something like NIN's "Hurt". It was hands down the song he was in love with. He was so excited for it. Literally every time we talked, which in many cases was daily, over the course of the week all he wanted to talk about was that song. He'd crack me up. I'd send him like 5 mixes and hold that one back sometimes just to mess with him. He'd get pissed and want that song! "You didn't send me my song, man!" then I'd quip back with an, "Oh really?" (in my best Chuck impersonation from FNM's "The Crab Song). He'd give me a f*** you then we'd laugh, and I'd finally send it. We had so much fun with dumb things like that doing this record. He was my friend and I don't ever want to forget those cool moments. It's what made this record so special to us.

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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David Bowie Song Stories Event Announced

(Gibson) David Bowie will be remembered at a special event set for December 5 in New York. "Song Stories: Bowie" is being billed as an intimate evening honoring the singer's work and legacy, as told through the powerful stories of artists and fans.

Guests set to appear at the special event include Bowie photographer Mick Rock, Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx, , Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, and MTV personality Meredith Graves.

According to a press release, the featured guests will "share powerful, personal memories of Bowie and the accompanying songs that perfectly soundtrack the memory."

The free event - which will take place at the Sonos Store in New York - marks the continuation of a series that kicked off in London mid November. Sixx was among the many musicians who paid tribute to Bowie in the wake of the beloved artist's death in January 2016.

"Bowie not only inspired me as a songwriter but inspired me to add layers to my creativity as an artist," said Sixx. "People are meant to evolve. It's a natural part of life, but so many artists become stagnant. Bowie showed us that it's not only important to evolve as artists but mandatory. Funny thing is what David was doing all along was teaching us to expect more from ourselves and never settle for less that extraordinary. Proving all along he was the teacher and we were all just his students. He taught us well. Bowie was my hero and always will be." Read more here.

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Protest the Hero Announce Fortress 10 Year Anniversary Tour

Protest The Hero have announced special tour plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their hit album "Fortress". The band will be launching North American trek next spring to mark the occasion.

Frontman Rody Walker had the following to say about the gold certified record, "This album is nothing to be intellectualized. All talk of wonder, pathos and optimism aside. I feel it's a very natural progression for us. A natural progression into further obscurity."

The tour is scheduled to kick off on March 22nd in Detroit, MI at Shelter and will be concluding on 4th in Toronto, ON at Danforth. The support act details are set to be announced in January. See the dates here.

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The National Release 'Dark Side of the Gym' Video

(Radio.com) A beautiful ballet dance routine is showcased in the National's latest music video, "Dark Side of the Gym," which is taken from the National's latest full-length, Sleep Well Beast

The clip boasts a Who's Who of the dance world; it's directed, choreographed and stars NYC Ballet Resident Choreographer and soloist, Justin Peck. The video was executive produced by former Miami City Ballet dancer and current dance filmmaker, Ezra Hurwitz.

True to the song's title, the clip is set in a school gymnasium, and captures a pair of dancers engrossed in a moving routine. "Dark Side of the Gym" this week received a pair of GRAMMY nominations Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package. Watch the new music video here.

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Bono And Chris Martin Perform Duet On 'Kimmel'

(Radio.com) Bono appeared on Tuesday night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! and performed a special duet with Coldplay's Chris Martin in support of Project (RED), the AIDS relief charity founded by the U2 frontman. The pair sang "One For My Baby," a song made popular by Frank Sinatra.

The stage was set to look like a bar, and Oscar-winner Sean Penn served as "bartender." The clip was mostly shot in black-and-white, with special effects that gave Bono's martini glass a pop of red. Midway through, Martin appeared at a red piano and helped bring the song home as the world around him bloomed in color.

(RED) is offering a variety of celebrity experiences bids as low as $10, including the chance to play miniature golf with Bono. On Kimmel's show, Bono explained that he swore never to play the game in his youth. Watch Bono's performance with special guests here.

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Bruce Springsteen On Broadway Extended Into June

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen has extended his 16-week sold-out "Springsteen On Broadway" solo shows at the intimate Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City with newly-added dates that will see the production run to June 2018.

Originally scheduled to wrap up February 3, the New Jersey rocker has announced the series will continue from February 28 through June 30, 2018. "Springsteen On Broadway" began previews on October 3 and officially opened October 12. By the end of his previously announced Broadway dates on February 3rd, Springsteen will have performed 80 shows at the venue.

Due to overwhelming participation in the original Onsale powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan, there will be no additional registration for this extension. Fans who previously registered and were verified but placed on Standby and did not receive a code, and fans who received a code but were unsuccessful in purchasing tickets will be contacted by Ticketmaster with further information about the added shows.

Fans interested in purchasing tickets after the December 19th ticket on-sale can participate in a digital lottery via Lucky Seat. "I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible," said Springsteen this past summer when he announced the original dates. "I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind. In fact, with one or two exceptions, the 960 seats of the Walter Kerr Theatre is probably the smallest venue I've played in the last 40 years.

"My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value" Read more here.

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Ringo Starr Reveals New All-Starr Band Lineup

(Gibson) Ringo Starr is re-tooling his All-Starr Band for a recently announced tour of Europe and Israel. Former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay and 10cc co-founder Graham Gouldman will join the band for the summer trek, which kicks off on June 5 in Paris, France.
Hay has previous experience with the All-Starr Band, having performed as part of the lineup in 2008. Gouldman, who in addition to co-authoring several 10cc hits, wrote such British Invasion classics as the Hollies' "Bus Stop" and the Yardbirds' "For Your Love," is joining the All-Starrs for the first time.

Maintaining their current roles in the group are Toto's Steve Lukather and Santana/Journey veteran Gregg Rolie, along with Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette. Starr's latest studio album, Give More Love, was released in September. The former Beatle recently wrapped up a late fall tour of the U.S. See the dates here.

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Passion Pit Announces U.S. Winter Tour

Passion Pit have announced that they will be returning to the road early next year to launch their first tour since 2016 which will play cities across the U.S.

The trek is scheduled to kick off on January 10th in Washington D.C - 9:30 Club and will be wrapping up on Feburary 3rd on the other coast in Los Angeles, CA at the Belasco Theater.

Founder/songwriter/producer Michael Angelakos will be joined in the Passion Pit live band by Chris Hartz, Aaron Harrison Folb and Giuliano Pizzulo. See the dates here.

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Prince's Estate Releases Limited Edition Merch Line

(Radio.com) If you wondered what to get the Prince fan in your life this holiday season, the solution may finally be here. Prince's estate has revealed designs from their first merchandise line since the musician passed away in April 2016.

Called 'Hit 'N Run," named after the last collection of music he released, the clothing line includes hats, sweatshirts, and t-shirts featuring classic designs and symbols from the icon's career.

Items run from $25-$99 but keep in mind that they will only be available for a very limited time. You have from now to Sunday, Dec 3rd. Read more here.

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Queen's Brian May In The Studio For News Of The World Anniversary

The 40th anniversary of Queen's classic 1977 album "News Of The World" is celebrated in the latest episode of the syndicated radio show
In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands.

The show sent over the following details as they celebrate the birth place of perhaps the two single most recognized Rock anthems in history. "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" are the opening cuts to Queen's sixth studio album and instantly became fan favorites as well as centerpiece songs played at most stadium sporting events throughout the past 40 years. Brian May recalls to In The Studio producer and host Redbeard how Queen's singer Freddie Mercury envisioned those songs to be and why that spirit continues today.

Brian May, "He (Freddie) could already see how it would be, if we played it in a concert and everyone had their hands in the air and we sang "We Are The Champions". And I could see that's what its about. Years later we talked about it and he said to me, 'Rock'n'Roll is the only place where everybody has a feeling of like being on a team, but you're not fighting anybody.' It's like if you're at a game you have two sides who are singing their songs and feeling very much part of a team, but they all want to kill the other side. The difference at a rock concert is, everybody's in the same team." Stream the episode here.

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