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Why Steve Perry Turned Down Van Halen

Former Journey frontman Steve Perry has explained why he turned down an invitation to jam with Eddie Van Halen back in 1985 following the departure of David Lee Roth from Van Halen.

The band would go on to find major success with Sammy Hagar taking over on lead vocals, but prior to his joining Perry was invited to a jam session with Eddie, he revealed to Rolling Stone.

Steve shared, "Man, at some level within me I felt so honored because I was in awe of Eddie's natural talent. He was just born with it. I wanted so badly to do that. We talked about how cool that could be musically.

"This was before Sammy. The next day, and in the weeks to come, I thought, 'I don't know that I should do that. If it goes creatively to what I know it can go to...' Whatever I could bring to that, I know it would be something I'd really love doing."

He went on to explain why he decided against it, "My only problem I had with it was the thought, 'I don't know that I could be the guy to go out and represent the David Lee Roth years with my voice. I don't know if I want to be that guy.'

"I think representing their legacy up to that point would have been something vocally that I don't think I was really suited to doing. It's a different kind of singing.

"David had something vocally that I would say was in kinship with Louis Prima. Later on, he did 'Just A Gigolo' and sounded more like Louis Prima. He was a real character."

The Outfield Frontman Tony Lewis Dies Unexpectedly At Age 62

The Outfield frontman and bassist Tony Lewis, died "unexpectedly" at his home near London on Tuesday (Oct. 20) at the age of 62, according to his social media team.

The sad news was broken via his official Twitter account. His team tweeted, "It is with great sadness and sorrow to announce that Tony Lewis has unexpectedly passed away.

"He was a beautiful soul who touched so many lives with his love, his spirit, and his music. He loved his fans dearly and enjoyed every opportunity he had when meeting all of you.-Team TL"

The band enjoyed major success with their debut album, "Play Deep", which was released in 1985 and spawned several hit singles including "Say It Isn't So," "Your Love" "All the Love" and "Everytime You Cry."

The album would go on to sell over three million copies in the U.S. to be certified triple platinum and was followed by eight more studio albums, concluding with 2011's "Replay". Watch the video for the band's biggest hit single here.

Bush Announce Drive-In Concerts

Bush have announced that they will playing two drive-in shows next month in Southern California to celebrate the October 30th release of the "The Kingdom Deluxe Edition".

The band has teamed up with Concerts in Your Car for the two special shows. The first one will take place November 20th in Del Mar, CA at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, followed the next night with the second show in Ventura, CA at the. Ventura Fairgrounds.

According to the announcement, "Tickets start at $99 per car and go on sale October 23 at 10 AM PT. One car pass accounts for all passengers within the vehicle. The number of passengers should not exceed the number of seatbelts. No more than eight people per car." Fans can purchase tickets here.

Concerts In Your Car shows:
Nov 20 - Del Mar, CA - Del Mar Fairgrounds
Nov 21 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Fairgrounds

AC/DC's Angus Young Grateful To Axl Rose

AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young says that he is grateful to Axl Rose after the Guns N' Roses frontman stepped in to help the band complete their Rock Or Bust tour in 2016.

Frontman Brian Johnson was forced off of the trek over the threat of permanent hearing loss and the legendary band recruited Rose to sing for them for the remaining dates of the trek.

Angus recently spoke about having Axl take over during a an interview with RockFM. He said, "On our last tour, when Brian had his hearing problem, with the deafness in his ears, for us at the time, we had some dates and shows that we were committed to doing

"And it was a case of, 'We'll get through those shows. But how do we go about that?' And Axl Rose, he had said to us, he had got a message to us, if he could help us in any way finish those commitments, if it didn't interfere with what his own project was, he would help us get through that.

"So with Axl, he participated with helping us get through that tour, and that's something we'll always be grateful for, 'cause he'd done a really good job. So everyone appreciates that he did that."

Fleetwood Mac's Rumours Returns To Top 10 Fueled By Viral Video

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac's 1977 smash, "Rumours" has returned to the US Top 10 after 42 years following the buzz generated by a viral video set to the album's hit single, "Dreams."

According to Billboard, the project jumped from No. 13-7 on the Billboard 200 after selling 33,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 15. "Rumours" spent 31 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the chart in 1977-78 -- a record number of weeks atop the list for an album by a duo or group.

The recent video in question has "Dreams" soundtracking a man in a hoodie (Nathan Apodaca) seemingly being pulled on a skateboard, as he drinks from a bottle of Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice and sings along with Stevie Nicks' lead vocal.

The video became so popular, it moved Nicks and drummer Mick Fleetwood to create their own tribute clips. Watch the viral videohere.

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Releasing New Album

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators will be releasing a new studio album next year, according to a social media post from band member Todd Kerns.

The bassist shared the news this past Sunday (October 18th) in an Intagram post. He said, "Lots of new music coming. New @officialalterbridge coming next month. A new @officialmyleskennedy solo album in 2021 plus SMKC4. [meaning the fourth album from Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators]

"New @toquerocks New @minefieldusa NEW MUSIC! That's what it's all about. I know 2020 has been beyond challenging but 2021 is going to awesome eventually. At least there will be a ton of new music. Once we get the live show thing sorted we'll be cool."

The new record will be the follow-up to their 2018 effort "Living The Dream".

Springsteen Week Launched By Apple Music

(hennemusic) An hour-long Bruce Springsteen interview by Zane Lowe kicks off Springsteen Week on Apple Music ahead of the October 23 release of his new album, "Letter To You."

The rocker's 20th studio effort was recorded in less than a week at his home studio on New Jersey and is his first with the E Street Band since 2014's "High Hopes."

Apple Music have planned a week of music and events including a brand new radio show, an exclusive album listening party, the anticipated release of his documentary film and more.

Segments from a five-episode "Letter To You" radio special will be posted daily; the singer will discuss his career alongside a lineup of special guests that includes long time manager Jon Landau and Sony Music executive Clive Davis, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, The Killers' Brandon Flowers, Jon Stewart and E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt.

Episodes will be available daily at 1pm PT / 4pm ET simultaneously on the new Apple Music Hits radio station as well as Springsteen's exclusive SiriusXM channel E Street Radio, on SiriusXM radios (channel 20) and on the SiriusXM app, after which they'll be available on demand and see a full replay on SiriusXM's E Street Radio between October 26-30.

On Thursday, October 22, Apple Music TV will run a full 24-hour Springsteen music video takeover that will lead right into the "New Music Daily Presents" album listening party and fan event at 8pm PT on Apple Music, where the singer will spend some time hanging out with 1,000 of his Apple Music super fans, share brand new music, preview clips from the anticipated "Letter To You" documentary premiering on Apple TV+ and participate in a live fan Q&A moderated by Zane Lowe.

On October 23 - in sync with the new album release - Springsteen will premiere his "Letter To You" documentary on Apple TV+. Watch the Zane Lowe interviewhere.

David Lee Roth's CBS Sunday Morning Appearance Goes Online

(hennemusic) David Lee Roth was a featured guest on CBS Sunday Morning this past weekend and the video of the Van Halen frontman's appearance has been shared online.

The focus of the session was how Roth is making a name for himself as an artist and social commentator trained in sumi-e, the Japanese art of ink painting, which he's been sharing on social media for some time.

The rocker spent two years in Tokyo trying to master the technique. "Who has the most impact on history? Government? Or the historian?", Roth asked CBS correspondent Tracy Smith. "My visual art is complaining. It's graphic therapy. I say through my graphic art everything that a lotta folks say to the TV set when you don't think anybody's actually listening."

Roth also spoke about his work as a certified emergency medical technician in New York City, which he began in 2004.

"I wasn't someone until I put on that 511 uniform and went on my first calls," he explained. "I'm not gonna kid ya'. I knew I was in for the humbling experience: 'Oh, White boy rock star thinks what, this is an easy gig?'"

He also learned that in a crisis it helps to have a little sense of humor. "That is your only weapon; that is your only life preserver that you can give somebody who thinks they're gonna die," Roth says. "Nobody calls 911 just to wish you Happy Hanukah."

While the interview was recorded earlier this summer, it aired in the weeks that followed the October 6 death of Eddie Van Halen and, as such, the session did not address the guitar icon's health issues or the status of Van Halen in the moment ... but did touch on Roth's return this past year as a solo act and his plans to be less aggressive about touring than in the past.

"I'm on my, what, 45th year, something like that?" he reflected. "It's great to see me, but not every year. Like family!" Watch the segmenthere.

The Hold Steady Share Unreleased Track From Expanded Reissue

The Hold Steady are streaming a previously unreleased track called "Separate Vacations", which is one of the bonus tracks from their forthcoming "Heaven Is Whenever" reissue.

The band has expanded the record for a deluxe edition double album reissue to celebrate its 10th anniversary, which is set to be released on Black Friday, November 27th.

The reissue will feature nine rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks and liner notes penned by Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood, who writes, , "Heaven Is Whenever saw one of the most loved bands of this, then still-new century take a perceived stumble and face a small comeuppance.

It happens. Many bands don't survive it, much less come out the other side intact and possibly better than ever... A lesser band might have imploded. Lesser artists might have tried to continue on repeating a successful template that denied the real consequences of the machine they built. Instead they dug deep and pushed onward into a darker night of the soul."

Stream "Separate Vacations" here.

Marillion Announce The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Tour

Marillion have announced that they will be embarking on a 10-date tour across the UK in November of next year. These are the first dates the iconic band have announced post Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Tour will be kicking off on November 14th in Bull at City Hall and will conclude with a two night stand at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London on November 26th and 27th.

19th October 2020: Marillion have seen The Light At The End Of The Tunnel! With the long, dark days of Covid-19, hopefully, behind us by then, Marillion will shed some light across the stages of Britain with a 10-date tour in November 2021 culminating in 2 nights at the London Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. Tickets go on sale from Friday 23rd October 2020.

Steve Hogarth had this to say, "We're currently writing album number 19 and, as you might imagine, looking forward with every sinew to getting back on the road and playing it to you.

"Not as much as my wife's looking forward to getting me out of the house though..." See the dates here.

The Avett Brothers Announce Second Charlotte Motor Speedway Event

The Avett Brothers have announced that they will be returning to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for a second special livestreamed concert event this weekend.

The Pay-Per-View (PPV) event will be taking place this Saturday, October 23 at 8:30 PM ET and will be offered to stream live via Nugs.net. It will also be available to stream for 48 hours after the show.

Brad Serling, nugs.net Founder, and CEO, had this to say, "The first time around the track was a great test drive for us, proving that fans could safely watch a live show on site while we made it available to the world live in 4K. We are psyched for another lap around the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway."

Fans can preorder here.

Singled Out: Devin Kirtz's Best Friends

Devin Kirtz recently released his new single "Best Friends and to celebrate we asked Devin to tell us the story behind the track. Here is the story:

I wrote my newest single, "Best Friends," at one of my best friends/manager Aaron Johnson's bachelor party in Mexico. My wife was born and raised in Mexico, and "Best Friends" is a love song.... that is not about her at all! Sorry! For the first time ever, I wrote a love song to myself.

Not gonna lie, I ate a weed brownie, and things started going dark for a second. I looked in the mirror and told myself, "We are gonna get through this together," and within 10 minutes of that moment, I was on a GOOD ONE and started writing "Best Friends."

The day that I got back to LA from Mexico, I met up with (producers/writers) Duck Leary, Joel Adams, and Derek Fuhrmann and recorded the track at Derek's house in the Hollywood hills.

The second we started tracking the song, we knew that we had something special. I feel like the world needs a self-love song now more than ever. So turn it up loud, give yourself a hug, and let this song be the one good thing about 2020. Love y'all!

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

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