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Wednesday May 13



Van Halen Expand Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Van Halen have expanded their summer tour of North America with the addition of new shows in New York and Los Angeles in support of their latest release, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert". The band will now play a third New York-area concert at the Nikon At Jones Beach Theater on Saturday, August 15, as well a second show at the Hollywood Bowl set for Sunday, October 4. Van Halen will launch the North American tour in Seattle on July 5. This Sunday, May 17, Van Halen will perform on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards; the program airs on ABC-TV from 8:00 PM-11:00 PM ET.

Read more: Wednesday May 13

Tuesday May 12



Guns N' Roses Accused Of Stealing 'Sweet Child O' Mine'

(Radio.com) Guns N' Roses are being accused of stealing one of their biggest hits. The Australian music website Max TV (via Consequence of Sound) recently noticed that Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" sounds suspiciously similar to the song 'Unpublished Critics" by Aussie band Australian Crawl, which was released six years earlier. The publication points out that "Sweet Child O' Mine' has 'the same chugging chord progression, a similarly-sweeping lead break, the verse melody, and the elongated one-syllable vocal in the chorus" as Australian Crawl's song, which went to No. 1 in Australia. Australian Crawl broke up in 1986, a year before Guns N' Roses recently Appetite For Destruction, which featured the track in question, but as COS notes, both albums were released in the United States on Geffen. Funnily enough, Australian Crawl's singer James Reymar has acknowledged the similarities between the tracks before, but doesn't seem interested in getting into court for this. So no, we probably won't have a "Blurred Lines" level lawsuit anytime soon. Instead Reymar seems to be leaning in to the whole thing, even playing "Sweet Child O' Mine" live from time to time.

Read more: Tuesday May 12

Monday May 11



Official Jimi Hendrix Movie Coming

(Classic Rock) Legendary Pictures have reached an agreement with Jimi Hendrix's estate to make an official movie about his life. The project follows last year's unauthorized biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. John Ridley's work was released without any Hendrix music after permission to use it was refused - while the icon's former girlfriend Kathy Etchingham repeatedly slammed violent scenes that she insists never took place. Now Deadline reports that a currently untitled film will be written by 8 Mile author Scott Silver. It follows an original approach to Experience Hendrix LLC four years ago, while director Paul Greengrass and producer Thomas Tull were pushing a script by Max Borenstein. The deal was never made after the estate firm, run by Jimi's sister Janie Hendrix, expressed concern that a film would hurt sales of his back catalogue. It's been confirmed that the work will include some of that material on its soundtrack.

Read more: Monday May 11

Friday May 8



Slash Open To Guns N' Roses Reunion, Denies Feud With Axl

(hennemusic) Slash told CBS This Morning on Thursday that he is open to the possibility of a Guns N' Roses reunion and he also discussed the status of his relationship with Axl Rose. "It's been one of those things that's been talked about by everybody but us for over the last 18, 19 years," he said. "I've got to be careful what I say there. I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that." Asked what those "right reasons" might be, Slash says "I mean, that's a hard one. That just starts to get into a whole complex thing… It's really between the guys in the band." About his relationship with Axl Rose, he said, "Well, we haven't really talked in a long time, but a lot of the tension that you were talking about has dissipated," he explains. "We don't have all those issues anymore. It's not a lot of controversy. It's something that is more perpetuated by the media, more than anything." As for a reunion of the classic Guns N' Roses lineup, Slash says, "Never say never."

Read more: Friday May 8

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