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Rock Hall To Pay Tribute To Eddie Van Halen

(hennemusic) A tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen will be featured during the November 7 HBO broadcast of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's 2020 Induction Ceremony Special.

According to Cleveland.com, the tribute - which will reportedly feature "multiple guitar gods paying homage to the Van Halen guitarist" - will be part of the Rock Hall special's in memoriam section, which also honors other rock and roll legends who have died over the past year and a half; that list includes Little Richard, Rush drummer Neil Peart, Ric Ocasek of The Cars, Cream drummer Ginger Baker and several others.

Eddie passed away in a Santa Monica, CA hospital on October 6 at the age of 65 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Cleveland-based institution replaced the live 35th annual Induction Ceremony with an exclusive special honoring the class of 2020 inductees, which include The Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails and The Notorious B.I.G. Read morehere.



Def Leppard Will Be Unlocking Their Vault

Def Leppard have announced that they will soon be opening "The Def Leppard Vault" that will feature artifacts and related stories from the band and they have released a teaser video.

They had this to say, "We're thrilled to announce the Def Leppard Vault - the first ever collection of the band's artifacts and related stories, curated from and told by Joe, Sav, Rick, Phil and Viv.

The Def Leppard Vault will serve as a constantly curated museum, including special installations where fans can gather to see the band's history from 1977 to now.

"Sign up now for a special message at LeppardVault.com, and stay tuned for an email in which you will receive the date and a special code that will 'unlock' the Vault!"

Watch a video trailer here.



David Hasselhoff Goes Heavy Metal With Cuestack

David Hasselhoff has gone heavy metal, teaming up with the two-man metal project Cuestack to record a track called "Through the Night," and launching a crowdsourcing campaign.

The Hoff and Cuestack teamed up last year in Vienna to record the track and film a music video and they have now launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the completion of a cinematic music video.

According to the announcement, "With a limited budget and schedule, CUESTACK shot the entire video with Hasselhoff in just one day, using smaller versions of the sets than originally planned. To turn their retro Sci-Fi/Cyberpunk vision into reality, a massive post-production effort is needed now to extend these basic sets into living worlds."

Fans can check out the campaign here and watch a promo video here.



The Damned Add Date To Reunion Tour

The original lineup of the legendary punk group The Damned have announced that they have added an additional date to their upcoming 2021 reunion tour.

The original members, singer Dave Vanian, guitarist Brian James, bassist Captain Sensible and drummer Rat Scabies, previously announced a special four dates UK tour next summer.

They have now added a second night at the Eventim Apollo in London on July 10th, following the tour kick off at the same venue the previous night. Tickets are set to go on sale Wednesday (Oct 28th) at 10am local time. See all of the dates here.



Tom Petty Returns To US Top 10 With 'Wildflowers' Reissue

(hennemusic) Tom Petty has returned to the US Top 10 with the newly-released expanded reissue of his 1994 album, "Wildflowers." According to Billboard, the project re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 5 - a new peak - after selling 44,000 equivalent album units.

"Wildflowers" also returns to the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart at No. 1, its first week atop the list (the chart began in January of 2006). While Petty originally wrote and recorded the project as a double album, his record label convinced him to trim it back to a single record; the 2020 reissue features the long-awaited second, unreleased half of the set - named "All The Rest", which delivers ten tunes from the original recording sessions that were left off the singer's second solo record.

Petty passed away in October of 2017 at the age of 66 in a Santa Monica, CA hospital after being found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. Watch the "You Don't Know How It Feels" videohere.



Rob Zombie Delivering New Song In Time For Halloween

(hennemusic) Rob Zombie will release his first new solo single in four years on October 30th. "In just four days, the first brand new Zombie song in over four years!," shared Zombie on social media on October 26. "The Triumph Of KING FREAK: A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition."

While the rocker did issue a cover of The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" with Marilyn Manson in 2018, the new track will mark the first preview of the follow-up to his 2016 album, "The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser."

Zombie began working on the project with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris in 2018, and confirmed last fall that the project was done and ready to go. "The record's 100 per cent finished," the singer told Kerrang!. "I think it's the best record we've ever made. We've worked on it for a long time. The songs are very catchy, but the structures are way more complex that they've been in the past. It's kind of all over the place. I think the fans are going to love it."

"I wouldn't call it psychedelic," he added, "but it draws from all kinds of things: some of it's heavy, some of it's trashy, some of it's pretty weird or bizarre. I didn't want any two songs on the record to resemble each other. We're trying to find a new sound for almost every track." See Rob's posthere.



Atreyu Announce Carry The Fire Livestreams

Atreyu have announced that they will be staging two special livestreams later this year entitled "Carry the Fire", as they continue work on their forthcoming album.

The band will kick things off on November 20th with a live stream of them performing a special greatest hits set, followed by the second and final stream on December 4th.

The second show will see the band performing their 2007 album "Lead Sails Paper Anchor" from beginning to end. Carry the Fire events will also offer exclusive merch bundles and virtual meet & greets avails, as well as a separate Q+A, according to the announcement. Find more details here.



Singled Out: The Impersonators' Rodeo

The Impersonators recently released a new single and video called "Rodeo" and to celebrate we asked Tom Tikka to tell us about the track and video. Here is the story:

"Rodeo" was written over a year ago and it was recorded last October. In fact, this was the last track Antti and I wrote together before The Impersonators went on what turned out be nearly a year-long hiatus. Although "Cloud Nine" came out last March and I was promoting it full steam, in reality, I was already busy with The Missing Hubcaps, intending to drop a few songs while Antti and Janne were also absorbed in their own projects. Only mentioning that because I'm finding it hard to remember anything about recording the track. Luckily, I do remember what inspired the song.

Listening to Spotify one day, I heard the word "rodeo" used in another song by the same name in exactly the opposite sense. The phrase in the tune was, "You ain't my first rodeo." I liked the song and the lyrics a lot but yet, found my mind drifting off to thinking how terrible it feels to go through one's very first relationship rodeo. We've all been there. It's
hell and something we'll remember for the rest of our lives.

It was in this state of mind that I wrote most of the melody and the words to the chorus. Antti provided the remainder of the lyrics and voila, another Impersonators song was born. Well, not quite...I still had to finish the tune off with my wife Elina Suominen, who wrote the melody to the middle eight and that haunting guitar riff that begins the song. And then as always, I sent the multitrack over to Janne Saksa, who did an outstanding job with the production...just listen to the strings alone and you'll know what I mean.

The music video was scripted, directed, filmed and edited by my wife Elina and shooting it was great fun. There are a lot of humorous parts in it that I truly love but my favorite one is where Antti gives me a few flicks with a riding crop. You'll need to see it to believe it!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!




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