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Video Of Original Foreigner Lineup Reunion Performance Goes Online

(hennemusic) The original Foreigner lineup reunited over two shows in Mount Pleasant, MI on October 6 and 7 to mark the finale of the band's 40th anniversary US tour, and video of the appearances have surfaced online.

Original members Lou Gramm, drummer Dennis Elliott, keyboardist Al Greenwood, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald and bassist Rick Wills - who have previously appeared individually at various stops along the trek - joined band founder Mick Jones and the group's current lineup during the two-night special event at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort.

As the Michigan shows were recorded for a forthcoming 2018 TV special, DVD and album release, Foreigner delivered the same 18-song show each night over two sets, with Gramm appearing early in the evening with the group's current members for an acoustic version of "Fool For You Anyway" from their self-titled 1977 debut.

The reunion lineup took the stage for the start of a second set that saw them perform five classics from their first three albums: "Feels Like The First Time", "Double Vision," "Blue Morning, Blue Day," "Long Long Way From Home" and "Dirty White Boy."

The group's current players then returned as both lineups delivered encore versions of "I Want To Know What Love Is" and "Hot Blooded." Check out videos from the reunion jams here.

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Alice Cooper Announces Paranormal North American Tour

(hennemusic) Rock legend Alice Cooper has announced that he will be returning to the road for a spring 2018 tour of North America in support of his latest album, "Paranormal."

Billed as "A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper", the month-long headline run will begin in Windsor, ON on March 1 and wrap up in Indianapolis, IN on March 29.

Cooper's 27th album, "Paranormal" reunites the rocker with producer Bob Ezrin and includes guest appearances by U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover.

The package also includes a bonus disc consisting of six live tracks recorded last year in Columbus, OH with Cooper's current touring lineup and two brand new songs written and recorded together with original Alice Cooper Band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce. See the dates and some ticket details here.

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Chris Cornell's Widow Searching For Answers In His Death

(Radio.com) The wife of late rocker Chris Cornell has traveled to Detroit to ask more questions about the Soundgarden frontman's suicide in the city which took place last May.

Sources at the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office confirmed to WWJ Newsradio 950 that Vicky Cornell arrived in Detroit last Friday with an entertainment attorney. They had a meeting scheduled with the Medical Examiner, but were so late that the Examiner wasn't able to keep the appointment. The widow was able to pick up slides that were taken as evidence in the case.

It's unclear at this time if the meeting will be rescheduled. An autopsy conducted by the ME's office concluded the 52-year-old Soundgarden frontman hanged himself in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel, a short time after a sold out concert at the Fox Theatre -- but Vicky Cornell has said she has had a hard time believing he would take his own life. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Jam With Joe Perry And Liam Gallagher

(Radio.com) A Foo Fighters concert is almost always an event, even if the band doesn't invite any other artists to perform with them. But when frontman Dave Grohl brings up one or more of his buddies, the group enters a whole new level of rock and celebration. Fans attending the Grohl-curated Cal Jam on Saturday in San Bernardino, California were treated to just such a memorable event.

During their set, the Foos brought three special guests up for as many covers (via Billboard). First, Rick Asley took the stage and sang a rocking version of his 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up," embellished with aggressive guitar parts similar to passages of Nirvana's legendary "Smells Like Teen Spirit"; The Foos and Astley played the same version during their episode of Carpool Karaoke and earlier at the O2 Arena in London.

A bigger surprise came as Aerosmith's Joe Perry whose band recently canceled four shows in South America when frontman Steven Tyler fell ill came up for a cover of Aerosmith's 1973 track "Draw the Line." Perry remained onstage and was joined by ex-Oasis vocalist Liam Gallagher for a cover of The Beatles' "Come Together." The normally immobile Gallagher even left the mic to surf the crowd. Of course, Aerosmith tracked "Come Together" in 1978 for the movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. They recorded it again for the album Live! Bootleg, which was also released that year. And, it appeared in 1980 on Aerosmith's Greatest Hits. Check out come together here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Release Cover Of Pink Floyd Classic

(Radio.com) Avenged Sevenfold have covered a Pink Floyd classic, "Wish You Were Here." It's the latest in a line of classic rock covers that the band has revealed will be included in a deluxe edition of its most recent studio album, The Stage. It's set for release on Dec. 15 and is available for pre-order now.

"This is the song that started us down the rabbit hole with our recent cover recordings," said frontman M. Shadows in a press release. "I've always loved this song and though I felt it would be impossible to capture the somberness of the original, we approached it with another purpose. There's a poignancy to the song that seems appropriate with everything going on in the world today. We put a bit of a modern twist on it to reintroduce it at a time when it might help capture what some of us are feeling."

In addition to the album's original 11 tracks, the deluxe version features A7X's version of Mr. Bungle's "Retrovertigo," the original track "Dose," a cover of Del Shannon's 1961 No. 1 hit, "Runaway" (featuring a guest appearance by Vandals' guitarist Warren Fitzgerald and lead vocals by Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance), the band's take on The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" and their rendition of the Rolling Stones' "As Tears Go By." Check out the band's take on "Wish You Were Here" here.

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Singled Out: Noiseheads' Homecoming

Noiseheads have released a brand new single called "Homecoming" which will be included on the forthcoming album "Sitcoms for Aliens". To celebrate we asked Nick Gray to tell us about the new track. Here is the story:

"For many of my songs, the musical idea gestates for an insane amount of time - some 5-6 years. Homecoming had a gestation period of about 3 years and when it came time to finishing writing our new album, Sitcoms for Aliens, it was one of the first to be finished.

I was struggling over the verses for a long time before it clicked on a drive to the mall one night. I record voice memos all the time and, luckily, I was able to grab this idea before it slipped away.

Lyrically, I hate discussing religion because 1. I'm agnostic and 2. I don't EVER want to be mistook for a religious musical group. That said, I talk about a 'god' in Homecoming because I thought it was interesting exposing that moment when an individual questions their own spirituality - questions their own existence. I have my own idea about what "coming home" means but I like to leave it to interpretation.

I've always wanted to write a song for a movie, and this was about as close as I've gotten, though it was written before the new Spider-Man movie was even announced. Maybe one day..."

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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Tom Petty Honored By 90,000 Florida Gators Fans

(Radio.com) Tom Petty has been honored with countless tributes throughout the music community following his death last week (October 2). One of the most unusual came on Saturday (Oct. 7) at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during a Florida Gators football game.

The team was playing the LSU Tigers, and between the third and fourth quarters, the entire stadium broke into song. The stadium crowd of 90,000 college football fans sang "I Won't Back Down," which was captured on video and social media.

"This one's for you, @TomPetty," the Gators' official account tweeted with a short clip of the performance. Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida and, for a short time, worked as a member of the grounds crew at the University of Florida. He died on Monday after suffering cardiac arrest. Watch the tribute here.

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The Killers Play Tributes To Tom Petty At ACL

(Radio.com) Onstage tributes to Tom Petty have been pouring in from musicians of all stripes. Last weekend (Oct. 8), during their headline set at Austin City Limits festival, The Killers, whose love for Petty goes way back, included two Tom Petty hits in their show.

They began the concert with an upbeat cover of "American Girl" that segued straight into their own hit "Mr. Brightside." Later in the evening, frontman Brandon Flowers addressed the crowd, telling them how he felt about Petty:

"It was just like somebody stabbed you in the heart when you heard that he died," he said. "His music will never die and we wish we could tell him we're grateful for all he did," Flowers continued before The Killers launched into a melancholy cover of Petty's "The Waiting."

Watch The Killers reverential nods to Tom Petty below: Read more here.

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The Rolling Stones Reveal 'On Air' Compilation Details

(Radio.com) When the Rolling Stones were humble upstarts bumming around London, they achieved fame thanks to appearances on BBC programs like Saturday Club, Top Gear, Rhythm and Blues and The Joe Loss Pop Show. Those early performances contained songs that were never recorded or released commercially, but helped build a following that exploded by the mid-60s. The Stones will immortalize those formative years on a new compilation titled On Air, featuring never-before-heard songs and some Rolling Stones classics.

The songs have been remastered by a special process called "audio source separation." This means the radio audio has been de-mixed and each element isolated, so that each one can be "rebuilt, rebalanced and remixed to achieve a fuller, more substantial sound."

The deluxe edition of On Air features 32 tracks in total, from " (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" to "The Spider and the Fly" and three Chuck Barry covers. Even die-hard Rolling Stones fans may not recognize some song titles from the full track list, since they've all but disappeared from the band's catalog until now.

As part of the announcement, the Stones have released "Come On" from a 1963 appearance on the Saturday Club broadcast. Check it out and the song list here.

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Queens Of The Stone Age Mash Up Foo Fighters' Hit At Cal Jam

(Radio.com) It's said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. Queens of the Stone Age threw some flattery at fellow rock gods Foo Fighters over the weekend at the massive Cal Jam '17 music festival.

QOTSA were the last band to play before the headlining Foo Fighters when they dropped in a taste of "Everlong" during their fan favorite single from 2000, "Feel Good Hit of the Summer."

The fest was held at the Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, California, and also featured Cage the Elephant, Liam Gallagher, the Kills, Royal Blood and more. Watch some shaky fan footage of the moment, which contains explicit language, here.

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The Presidents Of The United States' Andrew McKeag New Album

The Presidents Of The United States star Andrew McKeag is returning with the release of his very first solo album project. The Andrew McKeag Band's self title album is set to be released on November 17th.

McKeag is joined on the album by drummer Charlie George and bassist John Krylow and the self-titled record was recorded with producer Scott Hackwith [The Ramones] in downtown Los Angeles at Cassette Recordings.

The effort also features a number of special guests including Zander Schloss [Circle Jerks/Joe Strummer/Thelonius Monster] on "Ordinary Fool," Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and Zakk Wylde of Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, and Zakk Sabbath, who are featured on a cover Mountain's "Never In My Life," and Ty Bailie [Katy Perry] provides keyboards throughout the album. Read more here.

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King Crimson Announce Massive Limited Edition Box Set

(Glass Onyon) King Crimson have announced that they will be releasing their massive limited edition 27-disc box set entitled "Official Bootleg: Live in Chicago, June 28th, 2017" & "Sailors' Tales (1970 - 1972)" on November 3rd. We were sent the following details:

With much of the material from "In The Wake Of Poseidon," "Lizard" and "Islands" now being performed by the current King Crimson line-up (2014 - to present), it is only in recent years that the wider world has begun to realise what fans have always known: this era's recordings are as vital as any other segment of the King Crimson catalogue.

Recorded between the dazzling impact of "In The Court Of The Crimson" in 1969 and the startling reinvention of the band in 1973's "Larks' Tongues In Aspic," this boxed set documents a crucial period in King Crimson's history and shows it to be brimming with innovation, experimentation, and boundary-pushing energy. Read more here.

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Jared Leto Speaks on Vegas Tragedy 'Nothing Can Defeat the Human Spirit'

(Radio.com) Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto appeared on the Thursday, Oct. 5 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and shared his thoughts on Sunday night's mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas.

Ellen asked him how the tragedy had informed his feelings about performing. "When something like this happens, does this put fear into you? 'Cause no one would imagine anything like this could happen, and then it does, and now you're touring how do you feel?"

The artist considered the question and responded, "You know, it's horrific. It's heartbreaking, but I do think that no matter how much evil there is in the world nothing can defeat the human spirit. We need to continue to live our lives, to follow our dreams and to keep moving forward." Read more here.

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L.A. Guns, Warrant Lead Frontiers' Rock Holiday Bash Lineup

L.A. Guns (featuring Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis), Warrant, Jack Russell's Great White , and Riverdogs have all been tapped for perform at the first annual Frontiers' Rock Holiday Bash.

The special Christmas show is scheduled to take place outside of Los Angeles at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA on December 2nd. We were sent this additional information"

Doors for the event will open at 6pm local time with Riverdogs, featuring Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, kicking off the festivities at 7:30pm at the Canyon Club, located at 28912 Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills, CA. Jack Russell's Great White, Warrant, and L.A. Guns will follow, in that order. Ticket prices range from $30 for general admission up to $65 for a premium VIP ticket, which includes table seating, a meet and greet with select artists, access to the VIP red carpet area, and a custom event t-shirt. View the Facebook event page here.

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Kid Rock Supports Harvey Weinstein's Sexual Harassment Accusers

(Radio.com) Controversial musician Kid Rock has come out in strong support of the women accusing powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.

Hollywood has been rocked by the reports of Weinstein's behavior which broke this week after years of rumors and innuendo. "I do not know all the women who have come forward per the New York Times piece on Harvey Weinstein and I am not a fan of many of them, in many ways, especially of their politics (I am certain they are not too fond of me or mine as well!)," Rock wrote on his official website.

"But I applaud their courage to come forward and support them all 100%. Most of us in the entertainment business have heard of these disgusting stories for years about these scumbag heads of studios, record labels, Fortune 500 companies, etc and how they prey on young women and men, especially in Hollywood," he continued.

"Why even comment on this and put my own neck out there in a fight that's not mine? For my granddaughter, my sisters, my mother, my fiance, but mostly for the people who have no voice. And I am also not beholden or scared of anyone!," the rocker added. Read more here.

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Paul McCartney Posts John Lennon Birthday Message

(Radio.com) Monday (Oct. 9) would have been John Lennon's 77th birthday, and his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney has marked the occasion with a heartfelt post on social media.

McCartney shared an image of himself and Lennon working over a studio mixing desk. "Reaching out to Johnny on his birthday. Love Paul," reads the warm caption.

See McCartney's post here.

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Walk the Moon Talks New 'What If Nothing' Album

(Radio.com) With the band's third album, What If Nothing, on the horizon, Ohio rock band Walk the Moon has opened up about the process behind the creation of the effort.

"The approach was just making noise, getting back to our roots of being a rock & roll band and just playing our instruments and letting the sound bounce off the walls," singer Nicholas Petricca explained to Rolling Stone

"Sonically, we're reaching for taller, wider, and more vast, more epic sounds," he said. "But the lyrics are kind of the opposite. They're much more personal and are very close to the heart, very raw."

Despite the "chaos" that went into the new full-length, including the band canceling a tour last summer when Petricca's father fell ill, the singer is pleased with how What If Nothing ultimately turned out. Read more here.

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