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Stone Temple Pilots Have Found A Singer 'That Fits The Bill'

Stone Temple Pilots have been searching for a new frontman to replace the late Scott Weiland and guitarist Dean DeLeo revealed in a new interview that they believe they have found a new singer that "fits the bill".

Dean and Robert DeLeo discussed their exhaustive search for a new vocalist during an appearance on the SiriusXM "Trunk Nation" show with Dead revealing, "I think we have somebody that fits the bill. We've been very busy."

He went on to explain just how busy (via Blabbermouth) with the band looking at "about fifteen thousand people to audition through. Literally, Dean and Eric and I went through fifteen thousand, twenty thousand people - twice."

They were asked if they were already working on new music with the new singer and Robert replied, "Yes. Like Dean said, there's a lot of criteria here; there's many steps. And it's not the kind of thing where we're trying to replace… You can't replace Scott Weiland - you just can't - but there's things that naturally have to be there: songwriting, can he sing? Performing… all these things. It takes a while; you can't just make a decision like that. It's a lot to ask of someone to be able to respect the catalog vocally and move forward with new material - it's a lot to ask of someone."

"And also, is this a person that we want around our kids?" Dean added. "Is this a person that wants to be around me? [Laughs] That's why it's taking so long.

"We're pretty excited. We feel like we're sitting on the goose that lays the golden egg, man."

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Scorpions Cancel Remaining Tour Dates Due To Illness

(hennemusic) The Scorpions have announced that they have cancelled the remaining five dates of their North American tour after singer Klaus Meine was diagnosed with a case of severe laryngitis.

"Klaus Meine has been advised by top throat specialist in Los Angeles to rest his voice," said the band in an official statement. "If he continues the tour, he could risk permanent vocal damage." The group "truly hate to disappoint our fans, and hope to come back to America soon, but this time we have no choice but to cancel."

"It breaks my heart to let you down for the remaining shows in the U.S.," added Meine in a separate statement via social media. "There will be better days.... Rock on."

The affected dates - featuring guests Megadeth - includes shows scheduled over the next week in Phoenix, AZ , San Antonio, TX, Dallas, TX, Fort Lauderdale, FL and Tampa, FL. Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Reunion Tour A Blockbuster Success

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses' "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour has been one of the hottest tickets in live music and has now topped the $300 million mark since its launch in April of 2016.

According to Billboard, the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan added $53 million from their 15-show summer run of North American stadiums before more than 535,000 fans to expand the total revenue from the extended global trek.

The summer dates - which opened in St. Louis, MO on July 27 - saw Guns N' Roses snag their highest box office take at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN on July 30, where they raked in $5.5 million from 48,740 sold seats.

The group previously topped the 2017 worldwide tours list in July after earning an industry-leading $151.5 million gross from concerts between January 1 to June 30.

Guns N' Roses will begin a series of fall dates across North America in Philadelphia, PA on October 8. See the upcoming dates here.

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Jason Aldean Opens 'SNL' With Tom Petty Cover And Vegas Speech

(Radio.com) Jason Aldean opened this weekend's (Oct. 7) Saturday Night Live with a moving speech regarding the Las Vegas shootings and a powerful cover of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down."

"This week we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone, I'm struggling to understand what happened that night, and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal," Aldean said. "So many people are hurting and they're our children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends. They're all part of our family."

"I want to say to them, we hurt for you and we hurt with you. You can be sure we're going to walk through these tough times together, every step of the way," he continued. "Because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it's unbreakable." Watch Aldean's full speech and performance here.

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Queen Stream Unreleased Versions Of We Will Rock You And More

(hennemusic) Queen are streaming previously unreleased alternate versions of "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" from the upcoming November 17 release of a 40th anniversary box set edition of their 1977 album classic "News Of The World."

Both versions are included on a disc billed as the "Raw Sessions", which presents recently unearthed out-takes and rarities from the band's archives. The alternate take on "We Will Rock You" features a radically different approach to the guitar solo, plus the band's original studio banter recorded immediately prior to the master take - which reveals that the much-speculated noise at the beginning of the record is actually an echo of guitarist Brian May's count-in to the song

The unreleased "We Are The Champions" delivers many unfamiliar instrumental elements, including guitar parts and two more choruses while presenting - for the first time - the worldwide hit in its originally recorded length. Fans will hear the song's originally-recorded ending in its entirety versus the familiar, edited original album version that is known for its unresolved cliff-hanger closing.

The 40th anniversary reissue presents Bob Ludwig's 2011 remaster of the album alongside two discs of bonus tracks, a DVD of a new one-hour documentary, and a pure analogue re-cut of the original vinyl LP direct from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes. Stream the songs here.

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Metallica Release Live Video From Master Of Puppets Tour

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming previously unreleased live video of "Battery" from their 1986 tour in support of "Master Of Puppets" as the latest preview to the November 10 release of a series of reissues of their album classic.

The November 17, 1986 performance at Aichi Kinro Kaikan in Nagoya, Japan marked the band's second-ever show in the country. Metallica's major label debut, "Master Of Puppets" became thrash metal's first platinum album on its way to US sales of more than 6 million copies.

The remastered 2017 project will be available on CD, vinyl and digital, alongside an expanded 3CD edition and a deluxe box set.

The 3-CD set includes the remastered album, a disc that is a combination of rough mixes, demos and an interview, and a disc featuring a mix of live songs that are sequenced into a typical set list from the Damage, Inc. tour.

The limited-edition deluxe box set includes "unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews and live tracks, many of which have never even been available in the collector or bootleg community and were pulled from our personal collections," says the band. "There's also a 108-page hardcover book with rare and never before seen photos and essays from those who were there with us for the wild ride.

"All in all, there are three LPs, ten CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph with art by Pushead, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and if that isn't enough to push you over the edge, we've also thrown in a set of six buttons (!)."

Currently on a break from a fall European tour in support of their latest set, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", Metallica will resume the trek with a pair of performances at The O2 Arena in London that begin on October 22. Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Amigos, Amigos!

Amigos, Amigos! have drawn comparisons to Chicago and Coheed and Cambria and are set to release their "Music Box EP" this Friday. To celebrate we asked Chuck Salamone to tell us about the single "Birds". Here is the story:

We are very excited to release the Music Box EPon Friday the 13th in October! "Birds" is a track that the band feels to be strong in its usage of dynamics. At face value, this is a song that takes the listener on a journey from an emotionally vulnerable and subdued place to a state of empowerment. When the band took on new members in the form of a horn section that wasn't there before, there were so many creative doors that we could unlock as a "new" group. "Birds" is a testament to the bands growth in numbers, as well as the gathering of new musical minds to embellish existing material.

"Birds" was originally an instrumental piece that lead guitarist, Nick Evans, and myself had written to play at a wedding. Our bassist, Tina Aragona (we actually call her Dr. Tina/Doctor) deserved something special on her special day, so Nick and I got to work. I had some painfully basic "pretty chords" that I brought to the table. Nick was there to add his usual ornamental playing prowess, which really took the song to a place that I was not expecting it to go. I've written quite a few one-off songs, but his additions really put meat on the bones of the tune. We played the song as an acoustic duo while people arrived and found their seats before the wedding ceremony. At this point, the song was strictly instrumental. We played it, people had very little reaction to it, and Nick and I thought, "Well, that was fun. What's next?"

A couple of months had passed and both Nick and I had been talking about an odd disconnect that was present within the mechanics of the band. We couldn't really put a finger on it, but rehearsals became more difficult to schedule, we were all working insane hours, and we hadn't had any luck with the past couple of shows at the time. We all agreed that a solution was for the band to focus on new material, so Nick and I unearthed "Birds" and began teaching it to Dr. Tina and our former drummer, Dan Silverstein. As I remember, the lyrics just kind of fell out of me. I jotted some ideas down over the course of a week and was happy with how I collected those ideas into the lyrics. I didn't think anything more of what I had written.

We only got an opportunity to play the song as a full band at ONE show before our drummer respectfully left the band in the spring of 2016 to focus his efforts on advancing his personal career. We were at a crossroads. Dr. Tina, Nick, and myself all agreed that we would look for another drummer and hopefully be back up and running within a couple of months.

Some time later, the NEW "Amigos, Amigos!" line-up entered Continental Recording Studio (Long Island City, Queens, NY) to record our sophomore publication. We found ourselves a new drummer, Jarrett Walser, and a horn section that was ready and willing to join the ranks! While recording "Birds" the trumpet players, Joe Christianson and Mario Correa, both wanted to express their feelings upon being "accepted" by the esoteric and enigmatic power mariachi community (don't scratch your head, that was a joke). They felt that their role in this piece in particular was to help the music "take flight" at the opportune moment. They accomplished this by entering the piece when it is loudest dynamically. The tune up until that point only features the band as a 4-piece, but once the trumpets enter, the new message of "Amigos, Amigos!" is heard loud and clear. The horns help to create new avenues for melody, timbre, and orchestration for a seemingly typical rock band.

"Birds" is not the only exciting track on the publication. The Music Box EPfeatures a number of musical moods and ideas that we are proud to release. There is much more to be heard beyond this track alone, so we hope that listeners are excited and inspired to check out the full EP on October 13th!

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

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Rolling Stones Stream Live Recording Of Their Debut Single

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming a 1963 BBC live recording of their debut single - a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On" - as a preview to the forthcoming package, "On Air."

The track was captured live on the BBC's "Saturday Club" program, which ran from 1957 to 1969 and was, for years, one of the only UK broadcasts to present pop music on the airwaves.

Due December 1, "On Air" delivers a collection of live recordings of the Stones from 1963 and 1964 from a variety of BBC shows from the era, including "Yeah Yeah", "Blues In Rhythm", "The Joe Loss Pop Show" and "Top Gear."

The set, which features eight songs the band have never recorded or released commercially, is available as an 18-track single CD, 2LP and 32-track deluxe 2CD editions.

The audio collection "On Air" follows the recent release of a companion book, "The Rolling Stones On Air In The Sixties." Read more and stream the song here.

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Paul McCartney Announces Eight Archival Reissues

(Radio.com) Christmas is coming early for Paul McCartney fans. On Nov. 17, the Beatles legend is set to release eight new titles from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection: McCartney, McCartney II, Tug Of War, Pipes Of Peace, Paul and Linda McCartney: Ram, Paul McCartney and Wings: Band On The Run, Wings: Venus And Mars, At The Speed Of Sound.

Each release will come in single CD digi-pak and 180-gram black vinyl single LP formats--as well as limited edition 180-gram color vinyl pressings. All vinyl LPs in the Archive Collection will feature a download card and fully restored artwork.

Every release in the ongoing Paul McCartney Archive Collection is supervised by McCartney himself, who oversees all aspects of each title from remastering to the curation of lost tracks, outtakes, artwork, photographs and video from his personal vaults. See the titles and corresponding limited edition vinyl colors here.

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Hellyeah Announce 'Unden!able Deluxe Edition'

Hellyeah have announced that they will be releasing the newly expanded multiple format package "Unden!able Deluxe Edition" on October 27th via Eleven Seven Music.

The expanded reissued will be available as a CD/DVD Best Buy Exclusive and CD & Live Audio Digital Deluxe. The physical package contains the fan-shot Live Concert DVD We're All In This Together.

The digital package contains the live audio from the DVD. Unden!able features three top ten US Active Rock singles, including "Human", "I Don't Care Anymore", and "Love Falls" - currently at its highest position at #7.

Featuring footage from Hellyeah's Australian leg of the 2015 "Blood For Blood" World Tour captured by the band's fans, We're All In This Together also features frank on-camera discussions with HELLYEAH founder Chad Gray discussing the heavy metal lifestyle and their history within the heavy metal community.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO Preview Wembley Or Bust Concert Film

(hennemusic) Jeff Lynne's ELO have released a video trailer preview of their forthcoming concert film package, "Wembley Or Bust," which is set to be released on November 17th

The set presents Lynne's triumphant sold-out show before 60,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium this past June, where he delivered material from the Electric Light Orchestra's extensive hit-filled discography to "Do Ya" from his days with The Move, The Traveling Wilburys' "Handle With Care", and "When I Was A Boy" from his 2015 ELO comeback set "Alone In The Universe."

"It's the best time I ever had in music," says Lynne of the Wembley experience. "It is beyond anything I could have imagined." Directed by Paul Dugdale, "Wembley Or Bust" will be available in multiple formats, including 2CD/Blu Ray, 2 CD/DVD, 2CD and 3LP packages.

Formed in Birmingham, UK in 1970 by Lynne, Roy Wood and drummer Bev Bevan, ELO's unique mix of rock and classic elements saw the group amass a series of hits throughout the 1970s with songs like "Evil Woman", "Livin' Thing", "Strange Magic", "Telephone Line", "Shine A Little Love" and "Don't Bring Me Down", among others. Read more and watch the trailer here.

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U2 Release 'You're the Best Thing About Me' Short Film

(Radio.com) U2 have revealed a heart-wrenching new short film to coincide with the band's latest single, "You're the Best Thing About Me." The documentary about love and separation features a newlywed military couple, high school sweethearts, a Syrian refugee family in Greece and a young couple from Mexico City.

The film follows each couple for the final 24 hours they are together before one partner has to leave. "It's a love song," explained director Tatia Pilieva of the film. "What's interesting is not the bringing people together; it's the separation."

Pilieva first came to prominence for her 2014 film First Kiss, where she invited 20 strangers to kiss for the first time on camera. After generating millions of views, it went on to win a Gold Lion at Cannes.

"The key for me is that when these people are saying goodbye, they are still very much in love," she said of her U2 film. "I didn't want to film a bunch of breakups. I didn't want to put that into the world. I wanted to put out something positive. Yes, it's positively heartbreaking, but there's love all over it." Read more here.

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Ahmet Zappa Addresses Controversy With Dweezil

Ahmet Zappa, who is Frank Zappa's son and the executor of the Zappa Family Trust, has issued a public statement addressing his side of the recent controversy with his brother Dweezil. Read the full statement below:

Hey Dweezil and everyone else reading this, I've been pretty quiet since you began this negative narrative about me and our family business, but when I heard that you once again went back to our father's fans for more money or "200%," I felt the need to speak up.

Let me start by saying, I would rather be sitting face to face with Dweezil and figuring things out privately and respectfully--like I think families should do. Frank would have wanted that. That fact has never changed on my end. I have repeatedly said my door is open. The truth is, before Dweezil ever decided to take our UNFINISHED family business public, I asked for a family meeting in February 2016 with our estate attorneys to discuss everything and Dweezil wanted his outside lawyer in attendance. We were fine with that, even though we were confused as to why he felt it necessary to bring an outside attorney. What was important to me was sitting down with my siblings, finding clarity, resolving outstanding issues and having a mutual understanding of our new roles since our mother passed. We went back and forth trying to schedule the meeting between the four siblings and before the meeting was set, Dweezil went to the New York Times with a skewed version of our family business and started this distorted campaign against the ZFT (which is bizarre, since he is one of the four beneficiaries of the ZFT and had no problem recently cashing a check from the trust). Read more here.

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Gary Moore 'Blues And Beyond' Collection Announced

(hennemusic) The work of the late Irish guitarist Gary Moore will be featured on "Blues And Beyond", a new collection of studio and live performances set for release on November 24.

After making a name for himself in the late 1960s with the Dublin-based Skid Row and his numerous stints with classic rockers Thin Lizzy in the 1970s, Moore set out on a lengthy and successful solo career as a blues-based guitarist before his 2011 passing at the age of 58 from a heart attack following a night of heavy drinking while on vacation in Spain.

The multi-format "Blues And Beyond" features Moore's blues studio recordings alongside previously unreleased live material. 2CD and 4LP packages highlight the guitarist's studio work, while a 4CD box set edition presents that material and adds a never-before-released live album and the official Gary Moore biography, "I Can't Wait Until Tomorrow", by Harry Shapiro.

The box also includes a number of reproductions of ultra-rare memorabilia items including a concert ticket, album launch event invite, VIP wrist band and AAA pass.

"Blues And Beyond" is being previewed with a pair of live tracks, including Moore's takes on Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "Too Tired" and the Bobby "Blue" Bland classic "Further On Up The Road." Stream them here.

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Sting: Live At The Olympia Paris Coming To DVD

(Kayos) Eagle Vision have announced that they will be releasing Sting: Live At The Olympia Paris on November 10 in various formats including DVD, blu-ray and digital download. We were sent the following details:

Sting: Live At The Olympia Paris captures the tour as it hit the French capital for a very special performance at the iconic venue in April, 2017. Live At The Olympia Paris celebrates highlights from across the 16-time Grammy Award winner's illustrious career, with blistering performances of new songs from his latest album 57th & 9th including the infectious first single,"I Can't Stop Thinking About You", and the anthemic "50,000", alongside classic hits from The Police as well as Sting's solo career. Sting: Live At The Olympia Paris showcases the wide range of his eclectic style and songwriting influences in one momentous live show.

Sting is joined onstage by a 4-piece band including his longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, Josh Freese (drums), Rufus Miller (guitar) and Percy Cardona (accordion), with backing vocals from Joe Sumner plus Diego Navaira & Jerry Fuentes of Warner Music Nashville recording artists, The Last Bandoleros. Bonus content features 9 performances from Sting and special guests. Read more here.

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Haliwel Release 'Crack In The Frame' Video

Haliwel have released a brand new music video for their latest single, "Crack in the Frame." The song comes from the band's 2016 full length album release, "Pandemic."

The group had the following to say about the new clip, "We took full advantage of being able to direct a video for 'Crack in the Frame', the heaviest song from Pandemic, adding metal elements into it, which we most likely wouldn't get a chance to do in other songs.

"We crawled through mud, destroyed instruments, and made a mask out of a real cow skull! The song itself is about karma coming back to bite a narcissistic and destructive person.

"The singer in the video was fired soon after shooting for being that type of person, but was left in the final cut so that he could sing his own obituary, of sorts, which we thought was very fitting." Watch the video here.

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Cruise To The Edge Final Public Sale Launched For 2018 Event

The progressive rock legends Yes hosted Cruise To The Edge announced that its final public sale for next year's cruise began last week and we were sent over the following details:

Hosted by prog-rock icons, Yes, the event features some of the world's greatest prog-rock musical artists. This magical 5-night cruise sails from Tampa, Florida from February 3-8, aboard Royal Caribbean's award-winning Brilliance Of The Seas, visiting two new ports: Belize City, Belize and Costa Maya, Mexico. As in past years, the 2018 CTTE pre-cruise party (complimentary to cruisers) will be hosted at Ferg's Live in Tampa, on the evening of Friday, February 2nd.

Conveniently located adjacent to the Port of Tampa, Ferg's Live is an exciting indoor/outdoor concert and dining venue offering unique craft beers and excellent cuisine. Just announced, Baraka will be performing at the CTTE pre-cruise party (2/2), with two additional acts to be revealed in the weeks to come. Read more here.

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