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Bob Seger Halts Tour To Address Urgent Medical Issue

(hennemusic) Bob Seger has postponed the remaining 19 dates on his Runaway Train tour "upon receiving his doctor's orders to attend to an urgent medical issue concerning his vertebrae."

"I'm so disappointed to have to suspend the tour as the band is on a great roll," says Seger. "It's a privilege to play for our amazing fans. Hoping to be back out on the road very soon."

The news comes after the Detroit rocker postponed a September 30 concert in Columbus, OH following a performance in Pittsburgh, PA on September 28. Rescheduled dates will be announced when available; tickets sold for concerts that are being rescheduled will be honored at the new dates.

Seger launched the 2017 North American shows in Toledo, OH on August 24. See the postponed dates here.

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Video Of Last Two Songs Tom Petty Performed Onstage Go Online

(Radio.com) Tom Petty enjoyed being a rock and roll hero right up to the last week of his life. On September 25, he played the final show of his career on the closing date of a tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Petty toured for most of 2017 and finished with a three-night mini-residency at the Hollywood Bowl. The band played 16 classics songs then returned for a two-song encore, reported Billboard. The second to last song he played was "You Wreck Me" from his 1994 solo album Wildflowers. The final song he performed in his life was the popular set-closer "American Girl."

"I wanna thank all of you for coming out tonight. We love you dearly. I want to thank you for 40 years of a really great time," he said moments before he started the opening guitar lines.

YouTuber Kim Roberts captured the two-song encore, which depicts the Heartbreakers rocking out with an extended outro of "American Girl" and Petty signing autographs. It's simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring. Watch Tom Petty's final moments in the spotlight here.

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Linkin Park Release 'One More Light' Fan Lyric Video

(hennemusic) Linkin Park fans from around the world are featured in a newly-released lyric video for the title track to the band's latest album, "One More Light."

Created by fan Nicola Drilling, the clip sees more than 40 Linkin Park supporters displaying the song's lyrics in a variety of ways - from carving them in the sand on a beach to writing them on paper - with all acknowledged in the closing credits.

The footage comes on the heels of an official band video honoring late singer Chester Bennington following his July 20 suicide at the age of 41. "One More Light was written with the intention of sending love to those who lost someone," said Mike Shinoda recently. "We now find ourselves on the receiving end. In memorial events, art, videos, and images, fans all over the world have gravitated towards this song as their declaration of love and support for the band and the memory of our dear friend, Chester. We are so very grateful and can't wait to see you again"

Linkin Park will honor their late bandmate with a sold-out tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27. Watch the video here.

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Denies Seizure Reports And Reassures Fans

(Radio.com) Last week, Aerosmith canceled the four remaining shows on their South American tour so that frontman Steven Tyler could address an undisclosed health issue.

In the original statement, Tyler assured fans he was "not in life-threatening condition," and said the shouldn't worry about him. Media outlets reported that Tyler suffered a seizure on tour.

To set the record straight, Tyler shared a lighthearted Twitter message denying that he had a seizure or a heart attack and generally lampooning the coverage of his illness. The rock icon downplayed his condition but said he returned to the U.S. for medical care. Read his statement here.

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Singled Out: Trixter's Mark Gus Scott's Ave Maria

Trixter's Mark Gus Scott recently marked the anniversary of 9/11 by releasing his version of Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" and asked him to tell us about the emotion cover. Here is the story:

Ave Maria is the first song I ever recorded using my trumpet as the lead voice. One thing is for sure, making the transition from a Trixter rock 'n' roll maniac to refined pop-classical trumpeter is something that makes people's heads twist! I laugh about it, but from the perspective of fans that I've interacted with, the response I get is most puzzling. I don't think anyone's ever done something like this. It's funny, I actually played trumpet long before I started playing drums. My mother was a classical musician and wanted to instill those qualities in me as a young child. I started on piano when I was about seven years old. I really wasn't into it back then but I'm glad she started me off on piano. Today it helps me immensely when it comes to songwriting and having a visual reference for music in general. It really is the best way to start when you're becoming a musician. But try telling that to a 7-year-old kid.

After piano I started trumpet when I was approximately 11 years old. I really don't know why I chose trumpet. I was in the backseat of my parent's car on my way to my first drum lesson and something called out to me about the horn. To this day I really don't know what the hell it was. As I went to high school I guess I got pretty good. I was in the NJ All-State Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra. I received a Certificate of Excellence from the National Association of Jazz Educators and attended the University of Hartford HARTT School of Music when I was just a sophomore in high school. Truly amazing experiences! I recorded three double live records of classical music at HARTT. Playing with some of the best musicians in the country. Particularly considering that everyone was a high school kid, it truly was an amazing experience that I treasure to this day.

Pete Loran, the singer of Trixter and I were doing some sound effects work for a video game based on a big movie out of China called the monkey king. Now, coming up with unique sounds all day can get pretty monotonous. It certainly can be very draining on your creative juices. At one point in time, Pete looked over at me and said, "Hey, go get that trumpet out of your car and let's see what it sounds like." He threw up a couple of Mike's and I played for about 15 minutes. We went to the control room to listen back. After tinkering with it for about five minutes, we looked at each other and said, "Holy crap! That sounds pretty good!"

Being classically trained, I was always familiar with the song Ave Maria, but it was only later in life that something really touched me about it. I was a big fan of the TV series "The West Wing". There was one episode that they featured the song and it really made a very big impact. Those guys know how to make a show! Additionally, even more recently, the "Hitman" franchise (wildly popular video games that spawned a couple of big Hollywood movies) utilized the song as a promo juxtaposition employing slow-motion action sequences of killing scenes from the movie over the beautiful song's melody. There was an angelic voice that did the singing. They really did a great job. I wanted to bring a feeling like that to people. This song really started to speak to me but Lord knows, I couldn't sing like that! But what would it sound like with trumpet? This was the big test - to see if my playing could come anywhere close to delivering that feeling that I had inside. After assembling the backing track, Peter and I went into the studio again to lay down the lead trumpet part. We both were not sure that this was going to work. I just recorded the first half of the song in one take and I immediately wanted to listen back to it. After two minutes of a quick EQ and rough mix, Peter and I both looked at each other... yeah, we did something right. It sounded so beautiful. Something that we have never produced before. Certainly a hell of a lot different in the rock 'n' roll lunacy that we are used to recording. I know, it sounds like a revelation or religious experience. There really is something special about that song. I really like the way it came out on the CD and it has been so very well received that I cant believe it! I am also honored to donate all the proceeds from that song to Hope 4 Kids International and the wonderful work they do for children all around the world. Check them out @ www.H4KI.org.

I take all of these experiences and education and utilize it in creating my new album, "Christmas Miracle". The idea that I actually got to use all the stuff after years of collecting it in my head is such an amazing experience for me now. I'm so happy and proud with the way everything was performed and produced on this latest effort… and with trumpet as the lead voice! There's actually a lot of chamber music oriented stuff. Things you might hear from the Empire Brass or Canadian Brass. I think one thing that makes Christmas Miracle stand out is the harmonies that you hear. I did a lot of
layering trumpet parts, violins, cellos, etc. to create a wall of sound and some real Angelic tones. I can't tell you how much it really floods my soul with joy to hear all those harmonies come out. Certainly apropos for Christmas time. Lots of countermelodies and contrary motion. I really hope people enjoys it as much as I do.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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The Dead Boys Extend Tour Plans Into 2018

The Dead Boys have announced that they will be following their North American tour dates this year by crossing the pond early next year for a UK tour.

The newly announced trek is scheduled to kick off on January 31st in Leeds at the Brudenell Social Club and will be wrapping up on February 8th in London at the 02 Academy Islington.

In the meantime, the band will be playing a number of U.S. and Canadian dates with them returning to the road on October 21st in Omaha, NE at the Lookout Lounge and wrapping up on November 16th in Seattle at The Highline. They will also be playing two shows at the Bowery Electric in New York City on January 28th and 29th. See the dates here.

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Thy Art Is Murder Release 'Puppet Master' Video

Thy Art Is Murder have released a brand new music video for their track "Puppet Master" to celebrate the kick off of their new UK tour on Tuesday night.

The clip features live performance footage of the song which comes from their recently released album "Dear Desolation", which was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney. Watch the video here.

The group's UK tour in support of the effort also features After The Burial, Oceano, Justice For The Damned and launched last night in Cardiff at Uni and includes stops in Leeds, Glasgos, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Nottingham. See the dates here.

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Billy Corgan Debuts Bowie Tribute and James Iha Collaboration

(Radio.com) During a show in Berlin, Germany Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan performed a slew of new songs from his upcoming solo album, Ogilala, which is set to be released on October 13th.

Among the new songs Corgan performed including "Zowie," a tribute to David Bowie. He also rolled out "Processional," a song he co-wrote with original Smashing Pumpkins guitarist, James Iha.

Other new Ogilala tracks he played included "The Long Goodbye," "Half-Life of an Autodidact," "Mandarynne," and "Antietam." Corgan also performed previously released tracks from the set, "The Spaniard" and "Aeronaut." Read more here.

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Paul McCartney Leads Crowd in 'Give Peace a Chance'

(Radio.com) Paul McCartney played his second of two sold-out Detroit concerts on Monday night, but the evening was tinged with tragedy due to the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night (Oct 1). McCartney provided fans a beacon of hope: "On such a terrible day, we're going to celebrate the joy in life," he said, then cycled through his career hits.

Not that he was unfazed by the tragedies. The Detroit Free Press reports that McCartney seemed "rattled" during soundcheck, while conflicting reports of Tom Petty's death and news of the massacre continued to develop. During one of the evening's more emotional moments, McCartney led the audience in a sing-along of "Give Peace a Chance," the evergreen anti-violence song by John Lennon.

During the show, Macca presented himself as the consummate showman, leading the crowd through a festive set that helped the audience temporarily escape the horrors of the day. At one point, he paid tribute to Jimi Hendrix with a cover of "Foxey Lady" and told a story about his experiences with the late guitar legend.

"I was very lucky to hang out with him in the '60s when he came to London because he kind of launched his career from London even though he was an American guy," he said. "I think the greatest tribute he ever paid us as a band was, after we released Sgt. Pepper's on a Friday night, he learned the opening track and opened his show with it two days later."

Earlier in the day, the music icon shared condolences to Las Vegas victims on Twitter. He also sent a warm message to Tom Petty and his family. See footage from the evening here.

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Chuck Mosley's Reintroduce Yourself Tour Extended

Chuck Mosley of Faith No More/Bad Brains/Cement fame has extended his Reintroduce Yourself Tour with a new fall leg that go underway last week.

The original trek kicked off this summer and the new leg launched last Thursday in Winchester, VA and will be concluding on October 14th at The Cure Lounge in Louisville, KY

Chuck had this to say, "I'm so excited, and I hope everyone else is excited too. We've had so much fun traversing the country this summer; the additions of a second guitar and bass have enabled me to bring the music up to the level that I have been hearing in my head, and expand the possibilities tenfold. We've made a lot of great, warm, and loving new friends--truly beautiful people--whom I can't wait to see again. We also can't wait to be reunited with an equal amount of older friends, you all know who you are, see you all real soon! We also can't wait to get back out tomorrow, but it always seems to go by so fast!!!!" Read more including the dates here.

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Rock Hall Of Famer Ricky Byrd Announces New Album 'Clean Getaway'

(Kayos) Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer Ricky Byrd, the founder of the non-profit Clean Getaway 501(c)(3), will release "Clean Getaway", a collection of 12 songs evoking the intricacies and emotions behind addiction and recovery.

The album will be available beginning on October 20th via CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and all other online stores, with a portion of the sales going to the Clean Getaway non-profit 501(c)(3).

Ricky Byrd has devoted himself to spreading the message of hope and possibilities through Rock and Roll. The mission of the Clean Getaway non-profit is to bring awareness, education, prevention and addiction resources to those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction through the healing power of music. It does this through Concert Events, Music Outreach Sessions and Early Education and Prevention programs.

For the past five years, Byrd has led recovery music groups in various treatment and detox facilities across the country. At the end of each session, the patients would ask where they could get the songs he played. That inspired him to raise the money via an online music campaign to record Clean Getaway, which will also be given away to patients. Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute To Tom Petty

(Radio.com) While generations of music fans lost a treasured star with the death of Tom Petty, for Bruce Springsteen it was like losing a brother. Springsteen has shared a touching remembrance of Petty on social media with a trio of heartfelt Twitter posts.

"Down here on E Street, we're devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty. Our hearts go out to his family and bandmates," Springsteen wrote.

"I've always felt a deep kinship with his music," he added. "A great songwriter and performer, whenever we saw each other, it was like running into a long lost brother. Our world will be a sadder place without him."

Petty died Monday night (Oct. 2) after suffering a heart attack in his Malibu home. See the tweets here.

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Fifth Freedom Release 'Midnight Rain' Video

Southern rockers Fifth Freedom have released a brand new video for their single "Midnight Rain". The track comes off of their 2016 sophomore album Heartbreak & Hellfire.

They had this to say about the track, "Midnight Rain, is a bluesy ballad shouted from the very depths of singer, Alan Jones' soul. It's a song about moving on from a love lost by knife-twisting betrayal. Midnight Rain showcases the band's earnest songwriting as well as their technical chops. - Fifth Freedom

The band also had this to say about the album, "Heartbreak & Hellfire delivers a full breadth of songs that range from heavy rock anthems like the albums opener 'Battle Cry' to earnest bluesy ballads like 'Midnight Rain' that shout from the depths of front man Alan Jones' soul.

"The album captures lightning in a bottle of how it feels to be heartbroken while at the same time angry and determined to overcome." Watch the video here.

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Jared Leto Tapped To Star As Hugh Hefner In Biopic

(Radio.com) Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto is set to take on a most interesting movie role: late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leto petitioned director Brett Ratner for the role.

"Jared is an old friend," Ratner said. "When he heard I got the rights to Hef's story, he told me, 'I want to play him. I want to understand him.' And I really believe Jared can do it. He's one of the great actors of today."

Leto never had the chance to meet Hefner before the Playboy mogul died at the age of 91 last month. Ratner invited the actor to the Playboy Mansion for the premiere of Amazon's docuseries American Playboy: Read more here.

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