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Gene Simmons Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Gene Simmons Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit was a top 18 story of July 2018: KISS co-founder and bassist Gene Simmons has settled a lawsuit alleging sexual battery, gender violence, battery and assault against a female radio and television broadcaster.

Billboard reports court filings indicate Simmons and the plaintiff, identified as "Jane Doe," announced to Los Angeles County Supreme Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy on July 2 their case had been settled.

The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed; another hearing is set for August 10 to dismiss the case. The December 2017 suit alleges the 68-year-old rocker made unwarranted sexual advances during a November 1 interview at the San Manuel Casino location of a new Rock & Brews restaurant with co-owners Simmons and bandmate Paul Stanley.

The San Bernardino Sun previously reported that - according to the lawsuit - during an interview which occurred on a couch in a designated "green room," Simmons reached over and grabbed the woman's hand and "forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee." The lawsuit states the woman immediately removed her hand from Simmons' knee, but he continued his "unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances" by reaching for the woman's hand again.

"Defendant Simmons turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos, which made plaintiff Jane Doe extremely uncomfortable," according to the lawsuit, noting that Simmons grabbed the woman's hand again, made a cooing sound and said she "must use lotion" before making another sexual innuendo. He then "forcibly flicked/struck" the woman in the middle of her throat, then provided an "incoherent explanation" for doing it after noticing the woman's shock, according to the lawsuit.

Following the interview, the woman posed with Simmons for a promotional photograph. That's when Simmons "reached toward Plaintiff Doe's buttocks and touched it," according to the lawsuit. "Again, Plaintiff Doe kept her composure and discreetly moved away," the lawsuit states. "They took the pictures, but Plaintiff Doe declined the invitation to 'stay around.'" Read more here.

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Movie Being Planned 2018 In Review

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Movie Being Planned was a top 18 story of July 2018: Move over Harry and Sally. We may soon witness When Ozzy Met Sharon on the silver screen, according to the matriarch of the Osbourne family, who says that a script is currently being written about Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon's personal story.

The metal legend's wife and longtime manager Sharon spoke with Varity recently and revealed that she is hoping to make a film about the early years of their relationship. She explained, ""It starts the day we meet and will focus on how our lives were totally different but very similar in ways: I was brought up by a powerful, successful father, - the late, famously tough Black Sabbath/Small Faces/ELO manager Don Arden - and Ozzy was brought up extremely poor and somewhat abused.

Given Ozzy's colorful past, fans may expect a movie highlighting his exploits, but Sharon warms that the film will be about their romance. "It's definitely going to be a tearjerker. It's not going to be a sex-and-drugs movie at all. Ozzy is so much more than that. I would hate to be a cliche."

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Journey's Neal Schon Invites Steve Perry To Recording Studio 2018 In Review

Journey's Neal Schon Invites Steve Perry To Recording Studio was a top 18 story of July 2018: Journey guitarist Neal Schon released a new statement expressing his hope that he can reconnect with former singer Steve Perry and possibly have the frontman join him in the studio.

Schon has been dedicating the performance of the classic hit "Lights" to Perry during Journey's current coheadlining tour with Def Leppard and now the guitarist says that he plans to release his new solo album early next year and has extended a public invitation to Steve to join him in the recording studio.

Neal says, "'I've been hearing that he's been showing up in the same coffee joint that I go to all the time. Hopefully I'll run into him soon. We had a great meeting when we met for the Hall of Fame. I realized there was still a very deep connection there.

"He's had nothing but very kind words to say about myself. I've done the same for him. The mutual respect is there. One step at a time. I'd just like to get to know him again and see where he's at.

"But I can surely tell you that I would love to just have him come and just mess around one day at Narada's studio with the three of us, because I think we would turn out something that he would really dig.'"

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David Bowie's First Demo Recording Found 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) David Bowie's First Demo Recording Found was a top 18 story of July 2018: A 1963 demo recording featuring David Bowie has been discovered and is headed to auction and a sample of the song is streaming online. According to The Guardian, Bowie's demo of the song "I Never Dreamed" with his first band, The Konrads, was unearthed in an old bread basket by the group's drummer and manager David Hadfield in a loft above the garage during a recent house move.

Working under his original name, David Jones, the future music icon and the band wrote some songs for the demo session at RG Jones in Morden, with the tape to be used by the group's agent in his attempts to secure a record deal for the outfit.

"We had decided that we would do a couple of guitar instrumentals and one original song," explains Hadfield. "I chose 'I Never Dreamed' as it was the strongest, the other two were a bit weak. I also decided that David was the best person to sing it and give the right interpretation. So this became the very first recording of David Jones singing 55 years ago.

"There is no other recording of the demo featuring David as lead in existence. Decca initially turned us down, but when they eventually gave us an audition later that year, vocalist Roger Ferris was the lead voice and David sang backing harmonies."

The demo - which will go up for bids during a September 11 event hosted by Omega Auctions in Newton-le-Willows on Merseyside - is reportedly expected to fetch 10,000 (US $13,000). Read more and listen to the preview clip of the song here.

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Guns N' Roses Hit New Milestone With Classic Video 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses Hit New Milestone With Classic Video was a top 18 story of July 2018: The video for Guns N' Roses 1991 classic, "November Rain", has reached a new milestone on YouTube. Forbes reports the clip has become the first music video from the pre-YouTube era (the site launched in 2005) to surpass the 1 billion views mark...and shows no sign of slowing down.

Directed by Andy Morahan and one of the most expensive music videos ever made, "November Rain" averaged nearly 560,000 views every day in 2017, according to YouTube; its hits are actually increasing in recent years, with its peak daily views reached on November 25, 2017.

The third single from "Use Your Illusion I" reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100; at almost 9 minutes, the tune also has the distinction of being the longest song in history to enter the top ten of the US chart.

YouTube also confirms that Guns N' Roses are now the biggest musical act on the site for both the 1980s and 1990s, as the two videos for "Sweet Child O' Mine" are closing in on a combined 2.3 billion views, and "November Rain" becomes the first music video from the 1990s to reach the billion-view milestone, Read more and watch the video here.

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Legendary KISS Artist Receives Huge Surprise At Expo 2018 In Review

Legendary KISS Artist Receives Huge Surprise At Expo was a top 18 story of July 2018: Acclaimed artist Ken Kelly, creator of the most iconic KISS album covers ("Destroyer" and "Love Gun"), received a huge surprise at the recent Rock 'N' Con expo in London Ontario.

Tom Feeley, director of the Bill Aucoin Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Committee and manager of Four By Fate (featuring members of Frehley's Comet), and longtime friend to antiMusic, explained how Kelly received over four decades delayed recognition for his work with KISS at the event.

He recalls, "It happened l month at the Rock'n'Con expo in London, Ontario for legendary artist Ken Kelly, whose works have graced many album covers including Manowar, Rainbow, and the iconic KISS albums 'Destroyer' and 'Love Gun'. Doing what he does at many conventions and expos, he was greeting fans, taking pictures and signing items, when one fan approached him with a statement that changed the look on his face.

"'Have you ever received any gold album awards from your work with KISS?' Ontario resident and long-time KISS fan Greg Ortbach casually asked. Ken reached for a copy of his book, 'Escape' and proudly pointed out pictures of the two awards he received back in the 1970's. 'Would it surprise you to know I have a different gold record for Destroyer with your name on it?' Ortbach queried.

" Kelly's jaw dropped. 'Can you repeat that?'

"'I have a gold record with your name on it- and it's been on my wall for the better part of 20 years.'

"The album was certified gold by the RIAA on April 22, 1976. Kelly never knew this existed, nor was he informed he had been awarded the framed honor. As a recipient of a gold album award for KISS ALIVE III himself, Ortbach had originally approached Kelly to ask what would make someone relinquish such a treasured article.

"A bit skeptical, Kelly asked how he got it. Greg, who was meeting Ken for the first time, replied that he was once a fervent KISS collector, and owned many rare KISS pieces, which included a Gold & Platinum record award collection he had acquired in the early 2000's. This particular piece, as he understood it, was sitting in a warehouse somewhere, and he bought it through an online auction.

"'Oh my God. I never ever received it!' exclaimed Ken after looking at a picture on Greg's smartphone. Then came the shocker...

"'Would you like to have it? I can't imagine being able to enjoy looking at this on my wall knowing that you never received it. I don't live too far from here, I can get it, and give it back to its rightful owner.'

"Kelly, blindsided by this information and invitation, immediately said yes.
Ortbach and Kelly made arrangements to meet in the lobby of the hotel where many of the artists and vendors of the Rock'n'Con were staying after the Expo ended that day. Ken and yours truly were in the lobby when Greg returned with the prized possession.

"Taking the framed album out of a box, Ortbach presented Kelly the gold award for his artwork on the Destroyer album.... 42 YEARS LATER.
Ken is repaying Greg's kindness and honesty with some original art pieces that he can place where the gold record once hung.

"'What are the chances that in London, Ontario Canada, I meet an honest guy who at the first opportunity to speak with me, and returns such a one-of-a-kind item that I didn't even know existed?' an enthusiastic Kelly mentioned while holding the long lost treasure.

"KISS fans are truly some of the best fans in the world...."

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Ray Davies Confirms The Kinks Plans To Reunite 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Ray Davies Confirms The Kinks Plans To Reunite was a top 18 story of July 2018: In a new interview with the UK's Channel 4, Ray Davies has confirmed plans for The Kinks to reunite for a new album after more than two decades apart.

Davies revealed that he has been working in the studio on new music with his brother, guitarist Dave Davies, and drummer Mick Avory, which had led to a resolution between the two, according to The Telegraph.

"The trouble is, the two remaining members - my brother Dave and Mick - never got along very well," explains the singer. "But I've made that work in the studio and it's fired me up to make them play harder, and with fire."

Davies says his work on a reunion of The Kinks - who last performed together in 1996 - had been "inspired by the Rolling Stones, who recently completed a European tour to critical acclaim."

"I've got all these songs that I wrote for the band when we - not broke up - parted company, and I think it's kind of an appropriate time to do it," he continued. "It won't be well-organized like the Rolling Stones. You must praise the Rolling Stones for being great at publicity and a great band great at organizing their careers and Mick [Jagger] has done an incredible PR job and it's kind of inspiring to see them doing it.

"But The Kinks will probably be playing the local bar." Read more here.

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Pantera Legend Vinnie Paul Laid To Rest In Dallas 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Pantera Legend Vinnie Paul Laid To Rest In Dallas was a top 18 story of July 2018: Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott was laid to rest during a private funeral service for friends and family in Arlington, TX on June 30.

Paul - who died in his sleep at home in Las Vegas, NV on June 22 at the age of 54 - was buried next to his brother, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, and their mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in a custom Kiss Kasket provided by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley; Darrell had previously been buried in a similar casket as both were huge fans of the group.

A variety of rockers reportedly spoke at the ceremony, including longtime friend and Grim Reaper guitarist Nick Bowcott, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, among others.

The private service was followed by "A Public Celebration Of Life" event at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX on July 1, which was streamed live via Paul's social media sites and can be seen in full below.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports Paul's drum kit from Hellyeah sat silently on a stage decorated with flowers from multiple rock stars and other celebrities, including Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, comedian Carrot Top (Paul was a big fan), Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler and bands such as Megadeth, Anthrax, Disturbed, Slayer, Alice in Chains and others.

"We're not mourning Vinnie," said former Pantera tour manager Guy Sykes. "Of course, the world is sad that he's gone... but Vinnie's memory will live on through his music." Read more and watch a stream here.

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Dave Grohl May Release Nirvana Rock Hall Club Reunion Show 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Dave Grohl May Release Nirvana Rock Hall Club Reunion Show was a top 18 story of July 2018: Dave Grohl says he is considering the release of a Nirvana reunion club show that took place following the band's 2014 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

After being joined by Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde for their live set at New York's Barclays Center, the rockers headed to an invite-only private event at Saint Vitus, a tiny bar and music venue in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The show started at 2 a.m., with Rock Hall performers Joan Jett, Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) and Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) joining Nirvana members Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear for a 19-song set that opened with Jett and the group delivering the iconic 1991 smash, "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Alongside fellow guests Deer Tick's John McCauley and J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., each of the singers performed a few tunes, ending with Gordon; guitarist Pat Smear smashed his guitar following "Negative Creep" before being told by a roadie that they had one more song left to do.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone. Grohl was asked if there were any plans to release the footage of the rare Nirvana gig.

"I don't know," says Grohl. "When we realized that we were going to do it, I just called the people from my production company and said, 'We need to film this,' and we loaded some cameras in there and and shot it without knowing what would ever come of it. But it would be a shame for that evening to be only a memory and and we've got it. And it was great.

"It was cathartic and everybody involved, I think, understood that they were part of something like a dream. I remember playing and looking and seeing Carrie Brownstein in the front row in the pit singing along to every song and, you know, getting to play drums behind Joan Jett or, god, playing 'School' or 'Pennyroyal Tea' with J Mascis.

"It really was amazing. It was something else. Someday, I'm sure everybody'll see it." Read more here.

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Deep Purple's Ian Gillan Addresses Idea Of Blackmore Reunion 2018 In Review

Deep Purple's Ian Gillan Addresses Idea Of Blackmore Reunion was a top 18 story of July 2018: Ritchie Blackmore has previously expressed an interest to reunite with Deep Purple for a special one off show but frontman Ian Gillan says that he believes it is impossible for a reunion.

Gillan told Radio Rock via Classic Rock, "Let me give you an example. Say you were divorced and there was acrimony and difficulty and lots of relatives and children were affected, and life went on.

"Then you got married again and someone says, 'We want you to get together with your old wife, and your new wife, all together, and we're going to have a wonderful time.' Can you imagine how difficult that is in human terms?

"Now, I understand that we're professionals and we have a kind of responsibility, but to be honest, we have never considered the commercial aspects or the fans' aspects or any of those things when we make decisions, because what we always do is what is most natural and follow our passion and hope that the audience will like it."

The singer then added, "Everyone knows the history. Purple was on the downslope when Ritchie left, and with Steve Morse, we got back on the upslope again. So it would be, in the greatest scheme of things, impossible to do that. And I think it's going to be increasingly difficult as the years go by, because no one has much interest in that sort of thing."

Gillan also said that it is not personal, "We have no great passion or dislike for Ritchie - we're actually exchanging communications and ideas through our offices, so there's no nasty feelings left. But I think it's too late. We're thinking about the end now.

"The other thing is it would just open the damn gates and all this whole damn thing would start all over again just when we put it to bed. As far as I know, everybody in the band would think that was a bad idea. Let's just let it rest. Let's just wish Ritchie well, and do what he does, and we'll do what we do. Things are going along very nicely now."

He concluded, "We're so close to the end now - within a year or two, three, four. Who knows? But it's close. And I think probably, as Ian Paice said, we're happy now. It stopped raining. The sun's shining. Let's enjoy it."

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Ex Of Mice & Men Frontman Austin Carlile Plots Return To Music 2018 In Review

Ex Of Mice & Men Frontman Austin Carlile Plots Return To Music was a top 18 story of July 2018: Former Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile tells fans that he will be returning to music, promising that "some things will be surfacing in the next few months."

Carlile left the group a year and half ago due to his battle with Marfan Syndrome but he recently shared a post via Instagram where he discussed the Marfan Annual Family Conference and when asked by fans about a return to music, he responded that he is "not done yet" and that his new music will take a different direction musically than his previous work (see post and comments here.)

He wrote, "This year's Marfan Annual Family Conference was a great success! Living with Marfan Syndrome has changed my life more than I ever could have imagined. I love being a part of a community of others than actually understand what it is like living daily with a chronic disease and overcoming constant chronic pain. Such a strong group of teens, young adults, parents, and even staff that all have become family to me over my years of working with the foundation. I found out I had Marfan when my mother suddenly passed from an aortic dissection when I was 17... she was only 38... Marfan Syndrome is a very rare and daunting genetic disorder that medical professionals have yet to find a cure for, but knowing there are others battling the same thing brings so much hope and inspiration. The Marfan community are some of the strongest people I know and with the biggest hearts (some literally.) It was a blessing to spend the weekend with our community and meeting new friends as well. Massive gratitude to @themarfanfoundation for allowing me to speak and participate alongside so many wonderful individuals. With a condition that makes you feel very much alone, it's hard to feel that way after leaving our annual conference and forming life long lasting relationships. Everyone has different struggles and battles in life, but those with Marfan Syndrome or related disorders deal with a different type of chronic pain, being lethargic, and a surplus of hip, rib, lung, heart, feet, spine, eye, head and leg issues day in and day out... Warriors. I'm thankful to be a part of such a caring, strong, and persevering community. Victory together. More info on our condition and how you can help us find a cure in the link in my bio: Marfan.org"

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Metalocalypse Director John Schnepp Dead At 51 2018 In Review

Metalocalypse Director John Schnepp Dead At 51 was a top 18 story of July 2018: Metalocalypse director John Schnepp died this past Thursday July 19th following a massive stroke that led him to be put on life support since July 12th. He was 51.

His fiance Holly Payne broke the sad news to fans with the following, "It is with a broken hear that the Schnepp family and I must announce the passing of our beloved Jon Schnepp, who died peacefully on July 19, 2018.

"Jon ultimately succumbed to the effects of a massive stroke. He had a blood clot removed from his left carotid artery, but the bleeding could not be stopped. Irreparable and catastrophic damage was caused to both hemispheres and all brain activity ceased. His sister Deborah and I had to make the difficult decision to take him off life support. There was no possible way for him to recover. Please understand.

"I spent the last hour of his life with him holding him, laying my head across his massive chest, kissing him, stroking his hair, playing his favorite songs, and telling him over and over again how much I love him. My life has been forever changed by Jon. I feel endlessly grateful to have shared 16 years of laughter, love and incredible adventures together, including the making a feature film, as well as a television series that I hope to complete and release later this year in his honor.

"Jon's mother Miriam, his father David, his sister Deborah and I are devastated beyond measure. We appreciate your love and support, and most importantly your understanding of our privacy at this time as we grieve."

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Billy Joel Jams With Bruce Springsteen At Milestone Concert 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Billy Joel Jams With Bruce Springsteen At Milestone Concert was a top 18 story of July 2018: Two legendary rock stars shared the stage this week. Bruce Springsteen made a guest appearance during Billy Joel's 100th concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on July 18.

Springsteen, who hit the stage mid-way through the singer's 26-song set, congratulated his friend on the milestone event before they launched into a pair of classics from the New Jersey rocker's breakthrough album, "Born To Run", including "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and the project's iconic title track.

Joel has played sold-monthly shows at the New York venue since he began the first and only arena-sized residency in music history there in 2014. "There were 100 shows' worth of memories at Billy's unprecedented 100th show at The Garden -including a special appearance by Bruce Springsteen!," posted Joel on his social media sites. "Thanks to all the fans who shared this magical night with us." Watch video of both song performances here.

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Pink Floyd Stream First Official Video To Feature David Gilmour 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd Stream First Official Video To Feature David Gilmour was a top 18 story of July 2018: Pink Floyd are streaming a video for the 1967 song, "Paintbox", their first official clip featuring then-new guitarist David Gilmour. Written and sung by keyboardist Richard Wright, the band were filmed miming the b-side to the non-album single, "Apples And Oranges", in early 1968 on a bridge in Brussels for broadcast by Belgian television.

Although Syd Barrett was still a member of Pink Floyd when the song was recorded in the fall of 1967, the "Paintbox" video was shot after his departure and features his longtime friend and replacement, Gilmour, on guitar.

While "Paintbox" has appeared on various reissue projects through the years, it was included in the 2016 package, "The Early Years 1965-1972."
The set presents 7 individual book-style packages and feature 130 tracks, including TV recordings, BBC Sessions, outtakes and demos and more than 20 unreleased songs; also featured are 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and more than 5 hours of rare concert footage. Read more and watch the video

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More Rolling Stones Releases Coming Under Expanded Deal 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) More Rolling Stones Releases Coming Under Expanded Deal was a top 18 story of July 2018: The Rolling Stones have extended and expanded a worldwide agreement with Universal Music Group (UMG) covering the band's recorded music and audio-visual catalogues, archival support, global merchandising and brand management.

The partnership - which began in 2008 - will see UMG continue to leverage the company's global network spanning more than 60 countries to support the group's multimedia output while providing dedicated space for the band's physical media assets, musical instruments and equipment.

UMG's brand-management and merchandise company, Bravado, will handle global merchandising rights, retail licensing, brand management and e-commerce on behalf of the band, including their iconic tongue logo, one of the most universally recognized symbols in entertainment.

As part of the renewed commitment, UMG-owned Eagle Rock have expanded their global distribution rights to the band's extensive long-form audio visual catalogue, with plans to reissue several classic concert films from The Rolling Stones archives, including "Atlanta" (1989); "Steel Wheels" (1989-90); "Voodoo Lounge" (1994); "Bridges To Babylon" (1997-1998); "Four Flicks" (2002) and "Bigger Bang" (2005-2006).

"After a decade of working in partnership together, we are thrilled to expand and extend our relationship with The Rolling Stones," says UMG Chairman & CEO Sir Lucian Grainge. "We look forward to bringing our expertise and passion to bear as we put our global organization to work on behalf of this iconic band who continue to create music and influence culture around the world."

"For many years now we've had a wonderful partnership with Universal Music," adds Rolling Stones manager Joyce Smyth, "and look forward to an even more successful future together." Read more here.

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Metallica Release 360 Degree Video For Classic Song 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Metallica Release 360 Degree Video For Classic Song was a top 18 story of July 2018: Metallica are streaming new 360 degree video of a performance of their "Black" album classic, "Sad But True", from the second of two shows at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden on May 7.

The track was the fifth single of the group's self-titled record, the band's first to top the US charts on its way to sales of 16 million in the States and more than 30 million worldwide.

Metallica were honored by members of Deep Purple, Ghost and more as they received Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize at a June 14 event in Stockholm.

Following a citation read by Deep Purple members Ian Paice and Roger Glover recognizing the veteran metal band at the Grand Hotel, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo accepted the honor as presented by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Watch it here.

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Pearl Jam Do Rare Live Performance Of KISS Classic 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam Do Rare Live Performance Of KISS Classic was a top 18 story of July 2018: Pearl Jam delivered a rare performance of the 1974 KISS classic, "Black Diamond", during a June 26 concert in Rome, Italy, and video from the event is streaming online.

With shared vocals by guitarist Mike McCready and drummer Matt Cameron, the show at the city's Stadio Olimpico marked only the third time in the Seattle band's history that they played the closing track from KISS' self-titled debut, following a 2007 setlist appearances in Chicago, IL and a 2008 jam with Ace Frehley at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Pearl Jam will wrap up their summer European concert run with a July 17 date at London's O2 Arena that was originally set for June 19 but postponed after singer Eddie Vedder lost his voice during the second week of the trek. Watch the jam here.

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Rich Robinson Addresses Idea Of Black Crowes Reunion 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Rich Robinson Addresses Idea Of Black Crowes Reunion was a top 18 story of July 2018: Former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson is sharing his thoughts on the chances of a reunion of the band he formed with his brother, singer Chris Robinson, in a new interview with West Babylon, New York's WBAB radio.

"Being in a band that seems a lot more functional now, I wouldn't really ever wanna wish to play in the Crowes again," Rich told WBAB while promoting the August 10 release of "High Water I", the debut album by his new outfit The Magpie Salute. "It's too toxic.

"I don't have a brother anymore," he continued. "I don't speak to him. We don't speak. I haven't spoken to him in four years. And I think that that is what it is. So I would never wanna go down that road again."

The guitarist went on to reaffirm comments he made while announcing the end of The Black Crowes in January of 2015 after 24 years, which included his brother's attempt to have him and drummer Steve Gorman give up their shares in the group.

"It is a shame that it became about money, which it did," explains the rocker. "Regardless of how Chris wanted to spin it, or whatever it was, or he can go on 'Howard Stern' and say that I'm in a cover band, or whatever he does and says, and then puts together a cover band with musicians that never played on Black Crowes records to tour, like he did last year, or this year.

"Ultimately, he wanted everyone's money. He felt that he was more important and bigger and better than everyone else, and that's delusional and not the case, and I just felt like it wasn't very righteous to live that way. And so the band split up."

"And now, with getting a few years away from it, I'm pretty happy it did," adds Rich, 'because I wouldn't have been in this situation that I feel like I can really add to something that is never gonna go down that road. We're vigilant [in The Magpie Salute] about not letting it go down that road." Read more here.

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