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Page Too Report for 01/07/2017


AC/DC Classic Gets Unusual Makeover 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Viewers of South Africa's Expresso Show got more than the usual morning TV round-up of news, gossip and pets performing unexpected tricks this week, as their screens were taken over by The Grey, a classical music trio who proceeded to play AC/DC's 1990 hit Thunderstruck in the style of 18th century German composer Bach.

"We make it our mission to play all time favourites for all ages," say The Grey. "Our repertoire includes mashups of Bach and AC/DC, Vivaldi and Sia, Queen, tangos from Piazolla, love songs and famous film theme songs."

The trio are made up of violin players Donne de Kock and Ellani de Jager and pianist Eric Gerber, who adds, "My goal and mission for The Grey is to achieve a well-balanced group of musicians who love to play good music that suits all audiences. My vision for this group is to create everlasting beautiful music and that every single piece of work will last forever in our audience's hearts. Two violins and one piano can make a difference!" Check it out here.

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Myles Kennedy Reflects On His Led Zeppelin Audition 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Aside from Robert Plant, there are only a handful of people who can say they've sung with the surviving members of Led Zeppelin. Myles Kennedy is one of them.

Kennedy can still remember the exact day he auditioned for Led Zeppelin. It was Friday, June 13, 2008, 24 hours before his band Alter Bridge were due to appear on the main stage at the Download festival.

Alter Bridge were riding high on the on the back of their second album, Blackbird, as close to a full-blown stadium rock record as the 21st century had thrown up so far, and Kennedy was a key part of their a success. An unashamed belter, his to-the-back-row-and-beyond holler was a throwback to the glory days of the 70s and 80s.

That's probably why Jimmy Page decided to get in touch with him. Zeppelin themselves were in a strange place. Their high-profile reunion show at the end of 2007 had sparked a huge appetite for a tour. The only problem was that Robert Plant point-blank refused to do it. Searching around for a potential surrogate, their eyes settled on Kennedy.

"It was Jason Bonham [son of late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham] who reached out," says Kennedy today. "I hadn't talked to him in years, since we did the Rock Star movie together. He called me when we were on tour and said, 'Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and I are in London jamming, and we were wondering if you'd be up for coming in?'"

Kennedy thought he was joking, but he wasn't. And so on that fateful Friday, he found himself walking into a London rehearsal studio to be greeted by Page, Bonham and John Paul Jones. "I was completely freaking out, as you would," says Kennedy.

Introductions were made, nerves were calmed, gear was plugged in and the quartet began to play. At first they jammed on a few old Zeppelin songs, including Kashmir, The Rain Song and No Quarter, but then they began to ease into material Kennedy had never heard before - nothing more than sketches with the singer scatting over the top, but new material nonetheless. When they finished, Kennedy announced he was going to get a cab to the station to get a train to Birmingham ahead of Download the following day.

"Then Jimmy said, 'John and I are going to drive you to the train station'," says Kennedy. "On the drive, Jimmy and John Paul told me what they were considering. It was a new project, it wasn't going to be Led Zeppelin, and would I be interested in perhaps singing with them? My answer - and this is the dumbest answer of all time - was, 'Well, yeah, you guys are pretty much the sh*t. [Embarrassed laugh] I cannot believe I said that."

There was a second, four-day rehearsal the following September, but Kennedy kept his expectations in check. He knew they were trying out other singers, among them Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and that Page and Jones were the sort of people to keep their cards close to their chests anyway. Read more here.

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Zayn Malik Says He Had Eating Disorder In One Direction 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Zayn Malik made big news in November when he revealed that he had an eating disorder while performing with One Direction two years ago. In an excerpt from his new book, Zayn, the 23-year-old One Direction alum says seeing pictures from 2014 makes him realize "how ill" he was, reports BBC News.

"Something I've never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder," he writes. "It wasn't as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that."

"I'd just go for days - sometimes two or three days straight - without eating anything at all," he continues. "It got quite serious, although at the time I didn't recognize it for what it was."

The singer quit One Direction in March 2015, after missing a number of appearances with the rest of the band due to stress. Since then he has launched his own solo career and released his first album Mind of Mine last March and is currently dating model Gigi Hadid. Read more here.

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Blink-182 Cover Classic Song From The Cure 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba performed their own single "Bored to Death," and a cover of The Cure classic "Boys Don't Cry" during an appearance on French radio station Oui FM back in November.

Hoppus spoke about how much the song meant to him, explaining, "[It was] one of the first songs that I ever learned on bass, and a song that has withstood the test of time more than 95% of the music that has been written."

Skiba has a bit of difficulty getting the opening lick, which makes Hoppus smile (it is early morning radio after all), but the two recover and perform their acoustic version with Hoppus on vocals. Check it out here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Says Last Album Too Close To Metallica 2016 In Review

(Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevenfold frontman M Shadows made news in Nov when he admitted that the band's 2013 album Hail To The King sounded "a little too close to Metallica." Last month Avenged Sevenfold sneak released their seventh album The Stage and Shadows says he's happy that it this time they sound "completely different" to Metallica.

Shadows tells Loudwire: "I'm glad that we can add something new to the fold that Metallica's not going to bring to the table, and they're going to do what they do.

"Instead of last time where our record was a little too close to Metallica, I'm glad that people are going to have a huge spectrum of music to listen to, and all of it sounds completely different from each other." Read more here.

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Taylor Swift Topped 'Forbes' List 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Country turned pop star Taylor Swift made big news back in November when she was named by Forbes as the highest-earning celebrity under 30, raking in $170 million in just one year.

Her 1989 World Tour brought in $200 million in North America; the country-turned-pop princess also earned plenty from endorsement deals with companies including Diet Coke, Keds and Apple.

The next closest act on the list was actually an entire boy band. One Direction, which has four members, brought in $110 million. Adele charted with $80.5 million, Rihanna with $75 million and Justin Bieber, the youngest person on the list, came in 6th with $56 million. Read more here.

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The Game Lost Sexual Assault Case, Ordered To Pay Millions 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) The Game Lost Sexual Assault Case, Ordered To Pay Millions was a top 16 story of November 2016: The Game (real name Jayceon Terrell Taylor) has been ordered to pay $7 million after losing a sexual assault lawsuit filed by Priscilla Rainey, a former contestant on VH1's She Got Game.

The reality show actress originally sued for $10 million, accusing the artist of assaulting her while taping scenes for the show in 2015. An Illinois judge has ruled in favor of Rainey in the case.

The final judgment totaled $7.13 million, reports Billboard. The Game was also ordered to pay his former nanny $200,000 last year after being sued for libel. Read more here.

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Justin Bieber Reportedly Punched Aggressive Fan 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber made headlines back in November for an incident that occurred while he was crisscrossing Europe on his Purpose World Tour. In Barcelona, Bieber's car rolled through a crowd of gathered Beliebers and one of them, a young man, reached into his car.
Based on footage from TMZ, it appears that Bieber struck the man in the face. The fan is then pictured on the scene looking bloody and disoriented. The incident comes one week after an overzealous Czech fan "pantsed" Bieber en route to his car.

Earlier this year, the pop star suspended meet-and-greets because they were "draining," and has lamented unwanted physical contact in that setting -- his security team deemed them too risky. Over the summer, Bieber disabled his Instagram account to stop the influx of hateful, toxic fan messages and this fall, he scolded Beliebers for screaming over him at a concert. Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses 'November Rain' Given Unique Makeover 2016 In Review

Guns N' Roses 'November Rain' Given Unique Makeover was a top 16 story of November 2016: Fans can now experience the classic Guns N' Roses song "November Rain" done in hillbilly style via the new music video release from Steve 'N' Seagulls.

The group has made a name for themselves by presenting their down home styled versions of classic hard rock songs and their take on the GNR ballad comes from their sophomore album "Brothers in Farms".

The promo blurb for the new video states: "After witnessing this wistful saga of moonshine-marinated melancholy and boozed-up, barmy bayou bromance, you will no longer be able to watch the original video - let alone enjoy Slash's iconic guitar solo - the same way again." Check it out here.

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Miranda Lambert Struck Back At Internet Trolls 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Country music star Miranda Lambert recently pointed shots at people posting negative or cutting comments on other people's photos (and more specifically, people commenting on how she looked during a recent television appearance) back in November.

And she wrapped up by talking about the weight of our words, the songwriter quoted Maya Angelou, who said "Words are things. You must be careful, careful about calling people out of their names, using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives and all that ignorance. Don't do that.

"Someday we'll be able to measure the power of words. I think they are things. They get on the walls. They get in your wallpaper. They get in your rugs, in your upholstery, and your clothes, and finally in to you." Read more here.

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Jon Bon Jovi Downplayed Richie Sambora's Contributions 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Jon Bon Jovi made headlines in November when he downplayed Richie Sambora's songwriting contributions to the band on their past albums. Sambora parted ways with the group in 2014.

The Bon Jovi frontman spoke with Billboard about the band's new album "This House is Not for Sale" and he emphasized how the entire band played a greater role in shaping the music than in the past.

"This was more of a band record than I have made over the last three or four [records]," he explained. "What I mean by that was the guys were in the room the whole time. Some songs, from the notebook to the studio floor, took on a different life because of the band, where on the previous three records that would not have been the case. The record-making process changed with this album."

Regarding Sambora's role on past albums, Bon Jovi revealed, "Richie did participate in the record-making [in the past], but it was always me and [guitarist John] Shanks at the hip, and then Richie second to that, and then [keyboardist] David [Bryan] and [drummer] Tico [Torres]. David really filled that void left by Richie and took on a whole different leadership role in the studio, and it was a welcome addition." Read more here.

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The Smiths Discussed Possibility Of Reuniting 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) The Smiths Discussed Possibility Of Reuniting was a top 16 story of November 2016: In guitarist Johnny Marr's new memoir Set the Boy Free, he describes a meeting with vocalist Morrissey that nearly glimmered with the hope of a reunion of The Smiths in 2008.

"The drinks kept coming and we sat talking for hours," he recalled, reports the Guardian. 'We chatted, as we always did, about the records we loved, and eventually we moved on to 'that subject.' There had been rumors for years that the Smiths were about to re-form, and they were always untrue. I had never pursued any offer."

"Suddenly we were talking about the possibility of the band re-forming, and in that moment it seemed that with the right intention it could actually be done and might even be great."

However, Marr remembers, longstanding friction and hard feelings prevented that conversation from going any further. Read more here.

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Bruno Mars Turned Down Super Bowl Halftime Invitation 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Bruno Mars Turned Down Super Bowl Halftime Invitation was a top 16 story of November 2016: When Coldplay's Chris Martin personally called Bruno Mars to see if he'd like to perform at the 2016 Super Bowl Halftime Show with the band, Mars wasn't entirely sold on the idea. "I told him I don't think so," Mars said in a new interview with Rolling Stone. "I just felt like I'd just done it."

But Martin wouldn't take no for an answer. He asked Mars to visit him at a Malibu studio where the two could talk face-to-face. Martin was hooked on the idea of Mars and Beyonce collaborating on a live version of "Uptown Funk," but Mars wanted to know what Beyonce thought about the idea? Martin took a quick video with Mars, texted Beyonce and got her response: She was in.

"She's not f-ing joking around," Mars said about working with Beyonce. "She's going to get onstage and show everybody why she's the best every single time. She's got that monster in her."

He shared a story about the day before their performance. Read about that here.

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Adele Putting Family Obligation Ahead Of Music Career 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Adele made news in November when she revealed in aninterview with Vanity Fair that she may give up on touring in the future is she finds that it is interfering with her relationship and raising her son Angelo.

"All of my relationships are more important to me than any tour I'll ever do," she said. "If my relationship with Simon [Konecki] or my relationship with Angelo started to flounder a bit now, I would pull out of my tour.

Adele says her reluctance to confirm future tours is a matter of keeping her priorities straight. "My life is more important to me than anything I'm doing because how the f*** am I supposed to write a record if I don't have a life?" she wondered. "If I don't have a real life, then it's game over anyway." Read more here.

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Kanye West Canceled Concert After 45 Minutes 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) The usually outspoken Kanye West made news in early November when he was forced to cancel a concert mid-show after literally lost his voice during the performance in Los Angeles on November 4th.

West's fans had already enjoyed 45 minutes of the Saint Pablo Tour and Yeezy decided his performance wasn't giving them what they paid for. West insisted that full refunds would be given to ticket holders and that he'd "do better next time."

Fans left the arena with an abbreviated Kanye concert experience, a full refund, the promise of a replacement date and a great story to tell their friends. Read more and see links to fan filmed video footage here.

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Stranger Things Star Does Own Version Of Carpool Karaoke 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown (she plays Eleven in the hit series) celebrated Black Friday back in November with her very own version of Carpool Karaoke in a new online video clip.

Things can get a little hectic on Black Friday, especially for those in charge of distributing caffeine, which is why Millie's musical Starbucks drive-thru order probably came at the perfect time.

The 12-year-old's Adele-inspired performance couldn't have been more opposite of her nearly-mute character, Eleven. Watch as Millie says 'hello from the upside down," and belts out her venti latte and caramel frappuccino order to the tune of 'Hello." See the clip here.

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