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Gregg Allman, Trace Adkins, Lead Lynyrd Skynyrd Celebration Concert

( Lynyrd Skynyrd have been around not only long enough to tragically lose members in a plane crash, but also accumulate a host of famous friends that they've worked with or consorted with over the years. This fall, the legendary band will be honored with a full night of music at Atlanta's Fox Theatre titled "One More For The Fans! - Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd" on Nov. 12, Billboard reports. Among the featured guests : Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., Govt Mule, Robert Randolph, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick and Donnie Van Zant.

Robert Plant: The Voice That Sailed The Zeppelin Coming In Oct

Backbeat Books have announced that they will be releasing music writer Dave Thompson's new book on Robert Plant, entitled "The Voice That Sailed The Zeppelin", on October 21st. The 288 page book covers Plant's early years in Birmingham, England to his high flying days in Led Zeppelin and his successful solo career that followed the breakup of the band. The publisher says that the book will tell Plant's Led Zeppelin story "from new and unexpected angles, focusing on Plant's contributions to the band's success and on the toll/effect of that success on him as a performer and an individual."

ZZ Top and Jeff Beck Tour Opener Jam Video Goes Online

(hennemusic) ZZ Top and Jeff Beck teamed up to jam on Friday in Missoula, Montana on the opening night of the pair's summer US tour, and fan-filmed video from the show is available online. The Texas rockers brought Beck out for their encores, which included an extended jam on their classics "La Grange" and "Tush", as well as a cover of the Elvis Presley hit, "Jailhouse Rock." Last month, ZZ Top announced that they were forced to postpone the start of their summer tour following news that bassist Dusty Hill had to undergo surgery to remove two kidney stones. The band issued a statement the kidney stones were discovered in the course of a routine physical examination where Hill's doctor advised him that they should immediately be removed before they cause more serious problems down the line.

Ace Frehley Releases Steve Miller Band Cover

(hennemusic) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is previewing his cover of the Steve Miller Band's 1973 classic, "The Joker", a in a newly-released ad for his forthcoming album, "Space Invader." The single will be available on iTunes starting today. Due August 19th in North America (August 29th in Europe), "Space Invader" is Frehley's first new solo album in five years. Ace will help promote the release when he sits in with The Roots on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, August 12.

Queensryche Member Explains Split With Geoff Tate

(Classic Rock) Queensryche's Scott Rockenfield says parting with Geoff Tate was like shaking off a long-term "sickness". The band settled a long-running legal dispute with former frontman Tate in April this year, with Tate's band now performing under the name Operation: Mindcrime. And while much has been said of both parties' relief at the settlement, drummer Rockenfield says things were tense while Tate was still in the band. He was replaced by Todd La Torre in 2012, leading to a situation where two bands called Queensryche were touring and recording. Rockenfield tells Pop Break: "The conflict started years ago, but prior to it when we were all still working together in the old band, we had been in a dark place for a long time. It wasn't going well, the years were stacking up on us, we weren't making the music we were passionate about and were being forced to do a lot of things we didn't want to do."

The Smashing Pumpkins Adore Outtake Streaming Online

( The Smashing Pumpkins will reissue Adore, their fourth album, later this year prior to a pair of new music releases next year, and the band now has a first taste from the reissue in the former of a demo outtake. The 107-track deluxe box set will include the track "Let Me Give the World to You" in its demo form from the Adore sessions in 1998, and the band has shared that version yesterday (Aug. 11) via YouTube. The song was originally recorded with Rick Rubin for Adore but was left off the final track list. However, it eventually rerecorded as part of the Pumpkins' Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music that was released in 2000.