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Page Too Report for 10/31/2016

Video From Guns N' Roses' Chili Concert Goes Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses brought the Not In This Lifetime tour to Santiago, Chile on October 29th for the second date of the band's month-long run across South America.

The 23-song set at Estadio Nacional followed the format of the leg's opener in Lima, Peru on October 27 as the group delivered their classics while performing 1991's hit, "Don't Cry", in place of the acoustic ballad, "Patience."

Guns N' Roses will continue the tour on November 1 at Estadio Rosario in Rosario, Argentina - one of three dates in the country - before heading to Brazil for six shows early next month.

The reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan will start off 2017 with dates in the Far East and down under with more shows expected to be announced.

"I've been told there's no end date," Production Manager Dale "Opie" Skjerseth revealed during a July stop in Atlanta, GA, "and I've seen plenty of dates going into next year, far into next year. Everybody's working together to keep a common goal and common direction: keep the machine going." Watch the video from the Chili show here.

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Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson Reportedly Sued Over 'Uptown Funk'

Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson scored a big hit with their track "Uptown Funk," and they are now reportedly facing a lawsuit from the early 1980s funk band Collage claiming it was "copied" from one of their songs.

"Uptown Funk" hasn't been without controversy over songwriting credit for the song, with the authors of the Gap Band's 1979 hit "Oops Upside Your Head" being added to the track's credits last year after the classic band's camp made a claim via YouTube's rights management system.

Now a lawsuit has reportedly been filed on behalf of the electro-band Collage, according to TMZ. Another report (via ABC) says that the complaint claims that the Mars and Ronson hit "deliberately and clearly copied" from Collage's 1983 song "Young Girls". Listen to both songs and read more from the reported suit here.

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Chris Lane Involved In Tour Bus Fire

Country music star Chris Lane revealed via a social media post that his tour bus caught fire following his concert in Jordan, New York this past Saturday (October 29th).

Lane and his band were heading back to Nashville when the bus caught fire on Interstate 65 and he reports in an Instagram posting that no one was injured in the blaze but he lost his personal possession that were on the vehicle.

He shared a photo of the fire on Sunday with the caption, "Our Bus just burned down on the side of 65… all my stuff in the back. We are all Safe and the @panthers are winning so that's a positive!" See the post here.

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Justin Bieber Explains Storming Off Stage Mid-Concert

Justin Bieber made headlines earlier this month when he walked off the stage midway through a concert in Manchester, England and he has now reportedly explained his actions via social media.

Bieber left the stage during the October 23rd stop of his Purpose World Tour after he was unable to get the excited fans to stop screaming during his performance, according to various reports of the incident.

The pop star reportedly addressed the incident during his concert in Glasgow this past weekend and then shared the comments via Twitter in a series of tweets that have since been deleted. According to THR.com (via Stereogum), he wrote, "People tend to want to shut you down. What I mean by that is … people try to twist things, some people don't want to listen. But I simply feel like, if I didn't use this platform to say how I truly feel, and if I didn't use this platform to be the man that I know I am, and speak from what's in my heart, then I'm doing myself injustice, and I'm not doing anybody in this audience any justice." Read more here.

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Dierks Bentley To Perform New Single On Good Morning America

Country music star Dierks Bentley has announced that he will be making the debut television performance of his new single "Black" later this week on GMA.

Bentley will be performing the song, which is also the title track to his latest studio album, on ABC TV's Good Morning America live from Nashville this Wednesday, November 2nd at 8:30AM local time.

The song, which was written by Bentley, Ross Copperman and Ashley Gorley, was just released as the latest single from the album. Read Dierks' comments about the track here.

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Aaron Lewis To Make Late Show With Stephen Colbert Debut

Staind frontman Aaron Lewis continues to promote his new country music solo album and has announced his debut performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Lewis will be performing on the late night television show this Wednesday (November 2nd) which airs at 11:35pm ET / 10:35pm CT on CBS (check local listings).

Aaron's hit single "That's Ain't Country" from the chart topping album "Sinner" takes aim at the blurred lines between modern country music and pop. He explained the inspiration for the track, "I grew up listening to the Country greats - Willie, Merle and Waylon.

"When turn on the radio in my car, I don't even recognize what is now considered 'Country' music. So it was important to me when making this new album that I was true to myself and what I believe is good music. My mouth often gets me in trouble when I express this opinion, but it's the truth."

Fans can currently catch him on the road for his Sinner Tour. See the dates here.

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Florida Georgia Line Announce North American Tour

Country music duo Florida Georgia Line will be extending their Dig Your Roots Tour into 2017 with the announcement that they hitting the road for a new North American leg in January.

The group have revealed the initial details for the trek which will include 28 dates across the U.S. and Canada and will feature support from Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane.

Brian Kelley had this to say about the support acts for the upcoming leg, "We are so pumped to be bringing Dustin and Chris with us on the next leg of the Dig Your Roots Tour. They are both electric, young performers and great friends of ours!" Read more here.

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Hank Williams Jr 4-Disc Box Set Released

(Webster) Curb Records have released "Hank Williams, Jr: A Country Boy Can Survive," a new four-disc box set which is billed as one of the most comprehensive Williams sets ever released.

We were sent the following details for the new box set, which is available at Walmart: Focusing on his superstar era that kicked off with 1979's "Family Tradition," twenty-nine of his thirty Billboard Top-40 Country hits from 1979-1990 are featured on the collection, which also includes nine of his ten number one hits (including his first 1970's "All For The Love Of Sunshine," with The Mike Curb Congregation.) The set also contains fan-favorite album cuts, such as '"Outlaw Women," "Dinosaur," "The Blues Man" and concert favorite "My Name Is Bocephus," which originally appeared on his million-selling 1986 set Montana Café.

The fourth disc of A Country Boy Can Survive focuses on Williams' legendary live show, including performances of such classics as "I'm For Love" and "If Heaven Ain't A Lot Like Dixie," as well as the iconic title cut - which will celebrate its' thirty-fifth anniversary in 2017. See the tracklisting here.

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Straight No Chaser Streaming New Christmas Album

Acclaimed a cappella group Straight No Chaser are streaming their just released third full length Christmas album, which is entitled "I'll Have Another…Christmas Album."

The group is streaming the effort here. It contains the following tracks: "All I Want For Christmas Is You," "Mary, Did You Know?," "Feels Like Christmas" (Feat. Jana Kramer), "Do You Hear What I Hear," "Joy To The World," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Run Run Rudolph," "The Greatest Gift Of All," "Up On The Housetop," "Sing We Now Of Christmas," "Mele Kalikimaka," "Christmas Lights," "Lully Lullay (Coventry Carol)", ""Winter Wonderland," and "To Christmas! (The Drinking Song)."

In addition to the standard retail version, the Target edition of the album includes the bonus tracks "What Christmas Means To Me" and "Go Tell It On The Mountain."

Straight No Chaser are currently promoting the new album with their "I'll Have Another…20th Anniversary World Tour." See the dates here.

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Chino Moreno Looks Back At 'Dark Days' Around Saturday Night Wrist

(Metal Hammer) Chino Moreno has recalled how Deftones' "dark days" defined their fifth studio album, 2006's Saturday Night Wrist. The album launched 10 years ago this week - during a time steeped in excess, relationship issues and drug use which almost drove the band apart.

The singer says he and guitarist Stef Carpenter were too "bullheaded" to work together, and that the members of the band avoided each other by recording their parts separately in the studio - resulting in a half-baked, "fragmented" work.

Moreno tells Metal Hammer: "Communications stopped. Instead of us arguing about things we just gave up, like trying to fight or even to try and communicate. And that was what really made that suck, because instead of working things out and arguing things out, and settling on what was best, both of us kinda stopped wanting to even argue.

"It was one of those things where it was like 'if you don't care then I don't care'. 'If you're not going to talk then I'm not going to talk.' And us both being bullheaded and then nothing gets done, No one's taking the driver's seat.

"We never really fought. It was more just like a power struggle." Read more here.

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Mike Portnoy Feared Dream Theater Comparisons

(Prog) Mike Portnoy admits he fought to stop The Neal Morse Band making double-album, The Similitude Of A Dream, in fear of drawing comparisons with his old band, Dream Theater.

Inspired by John Bunyan's 17th century morality tale The Pilgrim's Progress, the record is released on November 12 - and has been described as "an instant masterpiece" by the drummer.

But Portnoy says he was initially afraid of accusations that he'd copied his old band's idea after they released concept double-album The Astonishing earlier this year.

Portnoy tells Metal Wani: "I have to admit I was really resistant to do a double album with Neal Morse, because I was afraid of the inevitable comparisons to Dream Theater's latest album.

"Once they put out a double concept album, I was really resistant and reluctant for us to do it. And I fought the guys hard in the studio while making this record, desperately trying to keep it to a single album, just because I could already picture the comparisons and I just didn't wanna go down that road.

"I didn't wanna be compared and I didn't want anybody to think that we were stealing the idea from them, which is obviously not the case. So I was really fighting those guys. But halfway through the record and the writing, we knew it had to be a double. I finally just gave up fighting and let the album be what it needed to be." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Bonnie Whitmore's Fighter

Bonnie Whitmore just released her new album "F*@k with Sad Girls" and to celebrate we asked her to tell us the story behind the song "Fighter". Here is the story:

A couple of years ago I was trying to Skype a writing session with my friend Aaron Lee Tasjan. We had written a lot together, but always while in the same room, so this was the first and only attempts at this. It was also one of the only times we didn't actually write a song, but just talked. I think we were both going through some deep realizations at the time and was just kind of nice to have a conversation instead of trying to pound out a song. The truth of the matter was we both knew we were doing what we needed to do, but realizing that we might be the only ones that saw that. He had just moved to Nashville and I just broken up with my boyfriend and was in between places. When you're in between where you want to be and where you want to go, you tend to get reflective and sometime feel defeated.

Aaron and I have been friends and co-writers for a while, but that was kind of the first time I felt we let our guards down and was being real with each other. It's so weird when you can see the other so clearly, but we aren't able to see ourselves in that way. By the end of this conversation I felt somewhat redeemed and resolved in that I was doing what was right for me, even if I didn't have the proof of it yet. I am thankful to him for that.

The truth of it is this, I'm always going to be this person. I feel that I am supposed to be doing what I'm doing, and really can't think of myself doing anything else other then create music. When that epiphany hit me, it is both soul fulfilling and soul crushing. It's not easy to choose a path with such uncertainty, unpredictability and poverty. I'm lucky I've found useful trades like "side man" or other work that gets the bills paid, but at the end of every day, what I want is to write and sing my own songs. I want it more than getting married or having kids, more then buying a house or taking a vacation. I just want to be doing what I loved most, even when it didn't always love me in return.

I've spent sometime in Nashville, and I liked it fine, but Austin always felt like home. So when I came back, I didn't want to just do whatever came my way, but work at being part of the community that inspired me. The Continental Club is like church, and that's in part is because of Jon Dee Graham. He's not the only one, but he's a major mentor to me, and a friend. On Sundays he'd have Jon Dee and Friends in the Gallery in which I got to be his friend and sometimes sub for him when he was out of town. Being able to swap songs with a living legend is mind blowing in it's own right, but what Jon Dee does so well is write these brutally honest and earnest songs with not a single throw away word. Nashville may have influenced my ability to craft a song, but Jon Dee and others like him pushed me to want to write from a deeper place and not to be afraid to be vulnerable. I'd listen to him sing this song by Dan Stuart "Dreaming of Muhammad Ali" and it spoke to the need I had in me to get up and try again. It seems to get harder and harder to have the strength and courage to be a good person to others and to yourself. It's a need in all of us to want to be do better.

I got off the skype call, and wrote Fighter. "When you're looking in the mirror, do you like what's reflected back? I don't always recognize it. Wonder when we lost track." We all get wrapped up in day-to-day life, and then suddenly one day you don't recognize who you are anymore. You start reflecting back on who you use to be. A time when you were so sure of what you wanted, and who you were and not knowing now if that's who you want to be. "I remember when I was little. Knew exactly who I suppose to be. Eight years old, was gonna be a big star. Not sure now what that really means." To steel a line from Aaron Lee song "Success ain't about being better then everyone else, it's aboutd being better then yourself." When you can measure yourself to your own standards and not to the expectation put on your by others, when you can find satisfaction in your worth and can be truly honest with yourself, then I think you can find the courage to be who you are. "I am a good person, and I try to always be one, and I admit that I've done wrong willingly. I can't strive for perfection, cause I've earned each scar I'm wearing and that's not all that will be left of me. It's just me." Each line was painful and for a while I could not play this song without breaking out in tears. Now to sing this song gives me strength and courage. "Reaching down, that inner fighter, knowing this time it could crack." It's okay to get knocked down, that's part of life, but it's not ok for me to not enter the ring. Don't be afraid to live your life. To borrow another line, "fear is the enemy, that's all you need to know." - Jon Dee Graham.

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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