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Original Foreigner Lineup To Reunite For 40th Anniversary

(hennemusic) The original Foreigner lineup will reunite next month for the finale of the band's 40th anniversary US tour. The shows will be recorded for a forthcoming 2018 TV special, DVD and album release.

Original members Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald, along with bassist Rick Wills, have previously appeared individually at various stops along the trek, and now they will all join the group's current lineup during a two-night special event at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, MI on October 6 and 7.

"Playing alongside Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick again certainly brought back some special memories," says founder and guitarist Mick Jones, "and we decided it would be the ulti-mate celebration to join together on one stage, and give the fans the best possible farewell to our 40th Anniversary." Read more here.

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Husker Du's Grant Hart Dead At 56

(Radio.com) Grant Hart, the drummer and vocalist for the pioneering rock band Husker Du, has passed away at the age of 56. Hart was battling cancer at the time of his death.

One of the most influential alt-melodic punk groups, Husker Du, were active from 1979 to 1987 and released six full-length studio albums; Grant wrote or co-wrote many of their songs, including 'Turn on the News" and 'The Girl Who Lives on a Hill."

Husker Du grew out of the same local rock scene as the Replacements and Soul Asylum. But their relationship was fraught with tension and they broke up in 1987 at the height of their popularity. Variety reports that Hart 'declined into a heroin addiction from which he never fully recovered." Read more here.

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Whitesnake Stream Unreleased Version Of 'Is This Love'

(hennemusic) Whitesnake are streaming audio of a previously unreleased version of "Is This Love" ahead of the October 6 release of multiple editions of an expanded 30th Anniversary reissue of their classic 1987 self-titled album.

An early draft of the single is featured on a disc entitled "Evolutions 87", which delivers a series of demos and rehearsal takes of every song from the record.

"Is This Love" hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 as the "Whitesnake" album went on to US sales of more than 8 million copies and Top 5 chart status in several countries around the world.

The 4CD/DVD "Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition" includes the original album with newly remastered sound, unreleased live and studio recordings, classic music videos, concert footage, a thirty-minute documentary, a 60-page hardbound book that's filled with rare and unseen photos from the era, an extended essay based on new interviews with David Coverdale, plus a booklet of the album's lyrics, handwritten by the rocker.

2CD and 2LP Deluxe Editions will present the newly-remastered album alongside a selection of unreleased bonus recordings, while a single-disc version of the project will also be available; all will be available via digital download and streaming services. Stream the song here.

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Dave Grohl Reunites With Paramedic That Held Leg After Onstage Break

(Radio.com) When Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters famously broke his leg onstage during a 2015 show in Sweden, it was a local paramedic named Johan who held it in place during their concert until a cast could be secured.

Grohl was able to reunited with Johan recently, with the Foo Fighters posting a photo of the two on the band's official Facebook page. See the photo below.

The band was performing only the second song of their set in Sweden back in 2015 when Grohl fell, bringing the show to a halt. Grohl would go on to finish the show sitting in a chair, with the now-famous paramedic holding his broken leg. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Dirty Thrills' Law Man

Dirty Thrills released their brand new album "Heavy Living" today (Sept 15) and to celebrate we asked lead singer Louis James to tell us the story behind the song "Law Man." Here is the story:

Law Man was an interesting track, firstly its probably one of if not the most popular song of ours at the moment, which is great as its written about a pretty serious historical topic.

We were spending days together in the studio writing songs and coming up with parts left right and centre, on one particular dry day, by which i mean writers block, we were jamming ideas around as usual but they were all dog sh*t, feeling frustrated I decided to go for an inspiration poo, No joke.... If there's nothing happening in a session, 9 times outta 10 either me or jack (guitar) will go for an inspirational toilet break! It seems to really work cause as I was walking back into the studio i began to sing this melody, immediately the lads picked up on it and were like ...... pooosperation strikes again ;) that's a great riff, I had no intention of it being a riff but as it goes its way better on guitar than as a vocal melody! it basically wrote its self around that one melody after that. The lyrics came in time; I always wanted to write some lyrics a short story about an event in a Native Americans life. The law man being the sheriff, forces him out of his land, takes what he wants burns and destroys their land.... and finally murders the Native American...... the sad truth.... but you get the picture.

I tied this in with another song that's on the album, a bit like a part one part two thing. You'll have to have us back on if you wanna hear about that though ;)

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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Thin Lizzy Star To Play Special Live And Dangerous Show

(hennemusic) Original Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey will mark the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Irish band's 1978 release, "Live And Dangerous", with a rare concert performance at Nells Jazz & Blues in London, England on November 24, and the rocker has now announced a second show at the venue on November 25 "due to huge demand."

"Live And Dangerous" peaked at No. 2 on the UK album charts and enjoyed a 62-week run on its way to UK sales of more than 600,000 copies. The single, "Rosalie / Cowgirl's Song", reached No. 20 on the UK single charts.

Compiled from a 1976 show at London's Hammersmith Apollo and 1977 appearances in Philadelphia, PA and Toronto, ON, the double live album was the last to feature guitarist Brian Robertson, who left the band shortly after its release.

Brian Downey's Alive And Dangerous - featuring guitarist Brian Grace, and former Low Rider members Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (lead guitar) - will deliver the live record in its entirety at the fall gigs.

"After the Thin Lizzy reunion shows finished in 2013 I was asked to join, what turned out to be Black Star Riders, but it just didn't feel right for me," says Downey. "In January 2016, following an appearance at the Vibe For Philo in Dublin, I approached Brian Grace and that's when we discussed getting a band together. After a few rehearsals, Brian suggested that we rehearse with Matt Wilson and Phil Edgar, both of whom had been in a band called The Low Riders (their name was taken from a lyric from the Thin Lizzy song Johnny The Fox).

"In January 2017, we jammed together at the Vibe For Philo, and it went so well, that we decided to form Brian Downey's Alive And Dangerous and make it a full time proposition." Read more

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New Ronnie Montrose Song 'Heavy Traffic' Streaming

(hennemusic) The team behind Ronnie Montrose are streaming the track "Heavy Traffic" as the latest preview to the September 29 posthumous release of the late guitarist's final studio album, "10x10."

Before his March 2012 death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a five year battle with prostrate cancer, Montrose was working on the project as a power trio with bassist Ricky Phillips (Styx, Bad English) and drummer Eric Singer (Kiss, Alice Cooper).

"'Heavy Traffic' started off as our tip of the hat to the British band, Humble Pie," says Phillips of the song, which also features Y&T frontman and guitarist Dave Meniketti. "The singer, Eric Martin from Mr. Big, originally screamed 'Ronnie!' leading into the guitar solo, and one restless night it hit me. That's how the record should start - and then Ronnie crushes it."

The guitarist designed "10x10" as a project that would deliver ten songs with ten different singers, and the power trio recorded basic tracks for all the songs live in the studio in just a few days. Stream the song here.

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Yes Legends In The Studio For Close To The Edge Anniversary

The latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands features a first hand account from Yes current and former members Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe and Bill Bruford about perhaps the pinnacle moment for progressive rock with the 1972 release of Yes Close to the Edge. The show sent over these details:

Coming off the breakthrough success of the band's Fragile album just nine months earlier, YES had now gained a level of commercial capital that they intended to spend. It wouldn't come in the form of three and a half minute pop songs, instead appearing as an album of only three songs. Close to the Edge would debut at # 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and crown Yes as progressive rock royalty for decades to come. Jon Anderson tells In The Studio host Redbeard that the band did not intentionally aspire to create complex lengthy songs.

Jon Anderson: "We were making music and we'd stop when it was finished and look at each other and say, "Well that's great, what is it?" And (producer/engineer) Eddie Offord would say,' its twelve minutes long.' Wow, well, we'll just tighten that up a bit and it's ten minutes long. Wow, we were more surprised than anybody that it was long. We just made music until it was finished." Stream the episode here.

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Imagine Dragons Release 360 Degree 'Whatever It Takes' Video

(Radio.com) Early this summer, Imagine Dragons released "Whatever It Takes," a promotional single from their third studio album Evolve. Now the band has dropped an ambitious lyric video featuring 360-degree technology.

Fans can drag and pan through a digital space where the song's lyrics appear in three dimensions among shooting stars and geometric pyramids. As artists place more stock in their attention-grabbing lyric videos, the race for a futuristic concept is on.

Imagine Dragons' new clip is both visually stunning and interactive--sure to win new fans (who are curious about the technology). Evolve peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart when it debuted in June, and the Evolve World Tour kicks off in Phoenix on September 26. Watch the lyric video for "Whatever It Takes" here.

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The Sex Pistols Announce The Bollocks Diaries

(hennemusic) The Sex Pistols will publish a new book, "1977: The Bollocks Diaries", in sync with the 40th anniversary of the release of their lone studio album, "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols."

Due October 26, the project is billed as "the official, inside story of the whirlwind year of 1977," which saw the band record and release the album while making headlines throughout their native UK.

"1977: The Bollocks Diaries" will deliver first-hand stories of secret gigs, recording sessions, fights, record label meltdowns and the accompanying media storm that rocked the UK.

The book features photos and rare items from the Sex Pistols archives - from gig posters and early album art to master tapes and notes from recording sessions. Read more here.

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The Bloody Beetroots Streams New Song Featuring Perry Farrell

The Bloody Beetroots (Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo) has released a brand new single called "Pirates, Punks & Politics" which features a guest appearance from Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell and Tommy Lee.

The track is the new single from the forthcoming The Bloody Beetroots which is scheduled to be released on October 20th and features other high profile collaborations including Rival Sons frontman Jay Buchanan, Gallows, Anders Friden of In Flames, Deap Vally and JET

"This is the first time I have used so many vocalists and lyrics in The Bloody Beetroots music. I chose the greatest vocalists I knew that could help tell the story of about four years of life," says The Bloody Beetroots about the album. Listen to the new song here.

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Weezer Release New Song 'Beach Boys' And Reveal Album Details

(Radio.com) Weezer's eleventh studio album Pacific Daydream is set for release October 27 and the band has just debuted a new song from the record: "Beach Boys." The track is an homage to the titular surf rock icons, alluding to "perfect four-part harmonies" and turning up the radio for inspiration.

The band unveiled a track list for the album and a lyric video for "Beach Boys" which expands the album's Southern California imagery. The band's guiding aesthetic on Pacific Daydream is "reveries from a beach at the end of the world."

When Weezer began work on their eleventh studio album, they intended to make a "Black" album in response to their acclaimed 2016 "White Album." Instead, they found themselves writing and recording escapist fantasies about warm weather and mimosas, a change in direction they embraced.

A press release describes the album as sounding like "The Beach Boys and The Clash fell in love by the ocean and had one hell of an amazing baby." Check out the lyric video for Beach Boys and the full Pacific Daydream tracklisting here.

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Fall Out Boy Release 'The Last Of The Real Ones' Video, Announce Tour

(Radio.com) Fall Out Boy has released a new music video, "The Last Of The Real Ones." The visual begins with a disclaimer that points out, " the following content is graphic in nature" and the video's final scene supports that claim.

The ominous clip features two men dressed in llama costumes, headed to the desert with a shovel. We won't spoil the ending, but let's just say it's not a happy one.

On a lighter note, the band also announced a run of tour dates beginning this October. In a play on the band's current single, the run will honor local "champions." Fans can post a video or photo on Instagram with the hashtag #FOBChampion to nominate themselves, a family member, a loved one or a friend who are making a difference in their communities to be chosen as the #FOBChampion of their local tour date. Each city's selected winner will win tickets to their local show and be brought up on stage and honored during the set - along with a shoutout on the band's Instagram. In addition, a monetary donation will be made in the winner's name to the charity of their choice via the Fall Out Boy Fund.

Watch "The Last Of The Real Ones" and see the band's new tour dates here.

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Chester Bennington's Son Shares Second Suicide Prevention Video

(Radio.com) On September 10, Chester Bennington's son Draven shared a video at the start of National Suicide Prevention Week, pledging: "I want to make a commitment that I will talk to someone before I hurt myself, when I'm feeling depressed or sad or going through a hard week or month or year."

He challenged viewers to make the same commitment and used the experience of his father's suicide as an opportunity to raise awareness. Draven has now appeared in a second video which also includes his mother, Chester's ex-wife Samantha.

"It still doesn't feel like it actually happened," Draven said. "You always think that maybe he's on vacation and someone just found someone else. Maybe he'll pop back up… It's hard because sometimes you just sit down, you start thinking about — like, I came across old home videos that he had, things like that. It sucks."

The Linkin Park frontman died by suicide in July at age 41. Watch the new video here.

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