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Axl Rose Did Great Job With AC/DC Says Other Temp Singer Hopeful

(Classic Rock) Airbourne frontman Joel O'Keeffe says he'd have jumped at the chance to step in for Brian Johnson in AC/DC - but adds that Axl Rose "did a great job."

When Johnson was ordered to stop touring and AC/DC said they would bring in a replacement to complete their Rock Or Bust tour, some fans called for the band to consider O'Keeffe.

In the end, Guns N' Roses vocalist Axl Rose was brought in and went on to impress despite early scepticism.

Last week, O'Keeffe's brother Ryan said Joel would have been "humbled" to be asked to join fellow Australians AC/DC, and now the singer has spoken about it himself.

Joel O'Keeffe tells My Global Mind: "I wasn't called up but saw a lot of stuff online about it. We were in the studio at the time and I was really humbled by the online stuff that came out with me as a good fit.

"If the call had come through, I would have done it. I think Axl Rose did a great job, sung all the songs really well, and put on a great show. He has Brian's range and the Bon Scott's unpredictability and charisma. It was rock or bust...and it wasn't bust." Read more here.

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Lemmy Death Conspiracy Theory Claims Made

(Classic Rock) Motorhead icon Lemmy is still alive after making a "blood sacrifice pact" with the Illuminati, it's been claimed. A conspiracy theorist who describes himself as an "Illuminati watcher" argues that Ian Kilmister didn't die in December 2015, but "ascended into the heavenly realm."

The Illuminati is said to be a group of supernaturals who secretly run the world for their own purposes. Although a real secret society with the same name once existed, there's no firm evidence that the modern organisation is real.

The "watcher" tells the Daily Star: "Lemmy signed up for the ultimate pact - he signed his soul to the devil in order to achieve fame and fortune.

"I'm not trying to take away from his skills, abilities, or talent. I'm saying that the game is rigged. You have to sign over in order to get access to high-profile celebrity status."

He adds that "ascended masters" including Lemmy "die but they don't really die. They actually make it, and ascend into the heavenly realm." Read more here.

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KISS Arena Football Team's Future In Doubt

(Classic Rock) The future of Arena Football League team LA Kiss is in doubt, with reports suggesting the team have folded. They formed in 2013 and are co-owned by Kiss members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, along with the band's manager Doc McGhee.

And while there's been no official word on the team's future, it appears they've become the latest casualty in a turbulent week in the league, which has seen the Orlando Predators and Portland Steel collapse, while the Jacksonville Sharks and Arizona Rattlers announced their intentions to join the rival Indoor Football League.

AFL Player's Union Executive Director Ivan Soto says: "As I understand, the Kiss won't be involved in any football moving forward." LA Kiss player Caesar Rayford had another year on his contract with the team, but was signed to the Tampa Bay Storm on Friday along with several other LA Kiss players. Read more here.

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Garth Brooks Announces New Album 'Gunslinger'

Country music superstar Garth Brooks has revealed more details about his forthcoming album. We now learn that the record will be called "Gunslinger" and is set to be released on November 25th.

Brooks revealed the title during the latest installment of his Facebook series "Inside Studio G". He explained the inspiration behind the name, "The album title came to me when somebody asked me what my favorite thing about being on the road was.

"I said 'It just feels good to be out there being a Gunslinger again. Just aiming with the heart and shooting from the hip, that's what you do on the stage, right? And, lucky enough, you've got the ammo of 'Friends In Low Places,' 'Callin' Baton Rouge,' 'Shameless' and you do. You're a gunslinger out there. And each show's different and you just shoot from the hip all night long.' As soon I said it, I knew that was the album title right there." Watch the episode here.

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Drake Sets Streaming Record With 'One Dance'

(Classic Rock) Drake had hit a new milestone with his single "One Dance," from his Views album. The track has now been named the most streamed song in Spotify's history.

Altogether "One Dance" has been streamed--drum roll, please--880 million times, which contributed to the 8 billion streams Drake has received on that platform alone. And that's considering the fact that Views was a two-week Apple Music exclusive, and didn't even hit Spotify until after that blackout window.

Views also set the Spotify record for biggest consecutive streaming weeks. In its first week on the platform, Views earned 245 million streams, while in its second and third weeks it earned 141 million and 186 million streams, respectively (via Pitchfork). Read more here.

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Susan Boyle's New Album Features Virtual Nate King Cole Duet

Susan Boyle has announced her new studio album, "A Wonderful World" which will be released on November 4th and is highlighted by a virtual duet with Nat King Cole.

Boyle was given rare permission by the Nat King Cole Estate to include her new version of "When I Fall In Love" which is presented in the form of a virtual duet with music legend.

Other highlights include Boyle's take on Madonna's "Like A Prayer," Paul McCartney's 'Mull of Kintyre,' Robbie William's 'Angels,' and a Michael Bolton duet 'Somewhere Out There'. Read more including the tracklisting here.

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Miranda Lambert Reveals Album Details, Announces Tour

Country music star Miranda Lambert has announced her Highway Vagabond Tour and revealed more details about her forthcoming double album "The Weight Of These Wings."

The new studio effort it set to hit stores on November 18th and Lambert has just revealed the tracklisting and songwriter details for the 24-song album which will be broken up into two parts with disc one called "The Nerve" and disc two entitled "The Heart".

Lambert will be hitting the road in January for the tour to promote the new record. The trek will feature support from Old Dominion and Aubrie Sellers.

Like other recent announcements from the Miranda Lambert camp, the tour details are coming piecemeal with only the dates and the cities for the tour being disclosed so far, with venues still to be announced. See the tracklisting and initial tour details here.

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Brett Eldredge Streams New Duet With Meghan Trainor

(Radio.com) Brett Eldredge has released a stream of his new duet with pop singer Meghan Trainor "Baby, It's Cold Outside" . The song comes from Eldredge's new Christmas album Glow.

Eldredge has long been a fan of Frank Sinatra, and his version of Frank Loesser's song has a touch of Ol' Blues Eyes about it. Besides the 1950s big band sound that lends the song a classic feel, Eldredge's vocals sound straight out of the male vocalist's heyday.

"I recorded those classics in New York City and tried to give a tip of the hat to the ones that came before me -- Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ray Charles -- by adding that swing and that soul to the best of my ability," he said in a press release. Listen to the duet here.

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Kanye West Expands Saint Pablo Tour

(Radio.com) Kanye West has announced that he has added 23 additional dates to his Saint Pablo Tour beginning November 17 in San Jose, CA with shows in Denver, Houston and A New Year's Eve Concert at Barclays Center In Brooklyn, NY.

West recently blasted other unnamed rappers for "imitating" and "stealing" the set design from his Saint Pablo Tour, and some fans in the audience captured his brief rant during "Freestyle 4."

"This the original," he said from the red-lit stage, lifted high above the crowd. "Accept no imitations. You with the rap God right now. N be copying my s bro. Stealin' our s, stealin' stages. Copying our s one-to-one." See the dates here.

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Rick Ross' Maybach Music Releases 'Priorities 5' Mixtape

(Radio.com) Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group has released a new mixtape, Priorities 5, that showcases everyone signed to the label's roster, including the newest addition Isa Muhammad. He was homeless before he rapped for Ross and impressed the mogul enough to make the imprint.

Altogether, Priorities 5 includes 22 tracks from Ross, Meek Mill, Wale and more alongside features from Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T. and Young Dolph.Not every track is a new one with Priorities 5 including the threat-heavy "No U-Turns," which Ross recently released as a single.

Besides contributing to this showcase, Meek is the next MMG signee nearing a release date for his own upcoming mixtape. Read more and check out the tracklist here.

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Andrea Bocelli Adds Heather Headley To Valentine's Day Tour

Andrea Bocelli has revealed that Tony and Grammy Award Winner Heather Headley will be the special guest for his annual Valentine's Day tour that will visiting three cities in the U.S.

The famed tenor will be making the special U.S. appearances on February 11th in Orlando, FL at the Amway Center, February 12th in Miami, FL at the AmericanAirlines Arena and February 14th in Atlanta at the Infinite Energy Center.

According to the announcement, the performances will feature his "unique holiday repertoire, combining the most beloved arias, crossover hits, special love songs and new music off his latest album, Cinema." Read more here.

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The Cadillac Three Discuss 'Boots'

(Radio.com) There are a lot of subjects that pop up often in country lyrics these days, and "boots" would be high up on that list. And boots are pretty central to the Cadillac Three's latest album, Bury Me in My Boots.

"Eric Church has a song called 'These Boots,' and that's a moment at his show when everyone takes their boots and holds them up," frontman Jaren Johnston tells Radio.com. "The cool thing about a boot' I've been all over the world in these boots. These boots have been on every stage that I've been on in in the last year and a half. Think about the stories this boot, if it could talk, would tell. There's a lot of good things about boots, man, they can tell good stories."

He also notes that they make him a bit taller, and also: "We thought the [album] cover would look really cool, with three pairs of our boots. We're all very proud of the record. And that riff on 'Bury Me in My Boots,' even [ZZ Top's] Billy Gibbons would say 'Hell, yeah.' We're excited: [the album's] fourteen songs of 'Hell, yeah!'"

Johnston notes that the record is notably different from their self titled debut from 2012: "The record is pretty much three years of us traveling the world. The first record we did in four or five days in a little room in Nashville. This [album] was the exact opposite. This kinda shows where we've been, all the songs were written on the back of a bus, most of the vocals were done on the back of a bus because we travel so much. 'Bury Me in My Boots' was the only one that all three of us sat down and wrote together. And that's kinda why we called the record that." Read more here.

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