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Friday October 31



Sammy Hagar Open To Van Halen Reunion Including David Lee Roth

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar says that he is open to the idea of a Van Halen reunion tour that would also feature David Lee Roth but he would only do it for the fans and the situation would have to be right. "You mean that [2002] Sam and Dave tour with Van Halen as the backup band? Yeah, that would be a dream scenario for me too, but it would be the same old thing," Hagar tells Rolling Stone. "On the [2004] reunion tour, we traveled on separate planes. You check into the hotel at different times so you don't even see them [the Van Halen brothers] in the lobby. You don't really see them until the gig. I could deal with Dave on that level. [Huge laugh.] But he'd have to be cool." In the summer of 2002, Hagar and Roth teamed up in the "Song For Song, The Heavyweight Champs of Rock and Roll" tour, also known by fans as the 'Sans-Halen' or 'Sam & Dave' Tour. The shows featured the singer's swapping headline status at each date on the run, while maintaining their distance from each other. "A tour like that [with Van Halen] would be the coolest thing for the fans ever," continued Hagar. "I would do it for the fans. I wouldn't do it just for the money. Everybody would have to be cool and have their hearts in it. I hate to give out bad news, but I just doubt it'll ever happen. I would like to just see [bassist] Mike [Anthony] back in the band with Dave. If that works, all right, I'll come in next." Asked if their might a scenario where Hagar would regroup with Van Halen only, the rocker says "I would play with anybody that loves me and that I love. That would include Van Halen, but the love's not there right now. I do love those guys. We really bumped heads on the last tour [in 2004.] Anyone that saw that last tour or read my book knows that I'm not gonna take any blame 'cause there's no blame to give me. I went out and did my job probably better than anyone else in that band. Anyone that saw the show, I think, would agree with me." "That tour was just a mess and I would never go into a mess like that again," he added.

Read more: Friday October 31

Thursday October 30



Led Zeppelin Back In Top 10 on Album Charts

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy, the latest album reissues from Led Zeppelin, have entered the UK charts just three days following their release on Monday. The Official Charts Company reports the expanded version of 1971's "Led Zeppelin IV" landed at No. 4 in the midweek ranking, while 1973's "Houses Of The Holy" enters at No. 7. The full weekly chart will be published on Sunday. Released in November 1971, the album - which is officially untitled but is generally referred to as "Led Zeppelin IV" - featured anthems such as "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Black Dog" and "When The Levee Breaks". The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999 and has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA.

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Wednesday October 29



AC/DC Singer Backs Dementia Charity Following Malcolm's Illness

(hennemusic) AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has initiated his support of UK dementia charity Sporting Memories Network following guitarist Malcolm Young's diagnosis of the illness. The Northern Echo reports Johnson called Sporting Memories 'out of the blue' after hearing about their projects with older people, especially men, who are suffering from depression and dementia by involving them in groups which improve their physical and mental well-being. "It's an absolutely amazing boost for a charity run by two people to receive a phone call from the singer of a group that has sold more than 200 million records worldwide," said Tony Jameson-Allen, the organization's director.

Read more: Wednesday October 29

Tuesday October 28



Roger Daltrey Calls Out This Generation's Music Scene

(Classic Rock) Roger Daltrey says the current music scene is missing a "sense of angst and purpose." The Who frontman adds that there hasn't been a proper musical movement since punk, even though the political landscape right now is primed for a protest scene. He tells The Mail On Sunday: "Here we are with the world in the state it is in, and we've got One Direction. Where are the artists writing with any real sense of angst and purpose? "There are no movements at the moment. We had mod and then there was punk, but it's so hard to start a movement now. Unless it's ISIS." Daltrey, 70, also discusses his relationship with guitarist Pete Townshend, who he describes as "a brother."

Read more: Tuesday October 28

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