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KISS Stars Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley Reunite On Stage - (hennemusic) Original KISS members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley reunited for the first time in 16 years when the guitarist joined his former bandmate for four songs at The Children Matter Benefit Concert at CHS Field Stadium in St. Paul, MN on September 20 in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey, and video from the event is streaming online. "Before you were born - there he is - 1973, in New York City, this guy and I and two other guys put together a band you never saw onstage - let's hear it for Ace Frehley," Simmons told the crowd as he welcomed the rocker to the stage. "He still looks great, goddamn it, doesn't he?" as Frehley began the intro to "Parasite," from KISS' second album, 1974's "Hotter Than Hell." Alongside Simmons solo touring lineup, the pair then delivered "Cold Gin" from the band's self-titled 1974 debut and "Shock Me" from 1977's "Love Gun", before inviting dozens of fans on stage for the finale of KISS' signature song, "Rock And Roll All Nite." The Children Matter is a collaborative initiative created by Simmons and the nonprofit Matter on the simple belief that the lives of children matter. Regardless of race, income, gender, religion, or location every child deserves the same access to a full and healthy life.

Bruce Springsteen Releases '78 Show for Hurricane Relief - (Radio.com) Classic Bruce Springsteen is coming down the pike, and it's for a good cause. The Boss is to set to release a 1978 concert in Houston, TX, with the E Street Band with proceeds earmarked for the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund, which will help those affected by the hurricane devastation in Texas as well as in Florida. Originally released as part of the Darkness on the Edge of Town box set from 2010, the recording captures the last leg of that album's tour, with the band rolling out "Streets of Fire," "Because the Night" and early version of songs that would end up on The River, including 'Point Blank" and 'The Ties That Bind." Recorded in September of 1978, the show even finds Springsteen and company running through the holiday classic, "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." “Fans had been asking for a stand-alone audio release of Houston ‘78 since the Darkness box set came out several years ago,” said nugs.net CEO Brad Serling in a press statement. “Its release-ready availability gave us the opportunity to move quickly to support people in Texas and Florida.” Houston ’78 is available now as MP3 and hi-res downloads including audiophile grade MQA, or as a 2 CD set. You can order it today at Springsteen’s official site

New Order Settle Legal Issues With Former Bassist Peter Hook - (Radio.com) Peter Hook's distinctive bass helped define the gothic sounds of Joy Division and the more synth-pop tones of its successor New Order. He left the band in 2007 and in 2011 former bandmates Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, and Gillian Gilbert set up a new company to manage their finances. Hook filed a suit in 2015 alleging that the remaining members cut him out of $2.3 million in earnings. But New Order claimed that Hook had been adequately compensated. Furthermore, they alleged that Hook improperly used New Order and Joy Division assets to promote his new musical venture, Peter Hook and the Light. After a years-long legal dispute, Hook and the members of New Order have reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount, according to representatives for the band. “New Order announce that today, a full and final settlement has been reached in the long-running disputes with their former bassist Peter Hook,” the band wrote in a statement on their official site. “The Joy Division and New Order names mean a great deal to so many of the fans, and the band felt it important to protect the legacy. With these issues now dealt with, Bernard, Stephen and Gillian can continue to do what they do best, make music and perform live.”

Billy Corgan Previews His 'Pillbox' Short Film - (Radio.com) Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has revealed a trailer for his upcoming short film, Pillbox. Music from Corgan's forthcoming full-length, Ogilala, provides the soundtrack for the film and the trailer. "I thought it was a different approach to listening to an album, to watch it in essence with a related, albeit non-linear, silent movie," Corgan explained of the synergy between the movie and the album (via Pitchfork). "Art is art. And together the two pieces create a work unto itself." Pillbox will be screened at theaters in in London, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York next month. Tickets for the screenings go on sale September 22nd at 11 a.m. PST and will available on Ogilala.com. Screening attendees will receive limited-edition posters.

Pete Townshend Reveals Secret Marriage and Sabbatical Plan - (Radio.com) There is a lot going on with The Who's Pete Townshend these days. The legendary guitarist made some rather major reveals on Facebook, including details regarding a secret marriage, and that he plans on stepping away from music for at least a year. "At the end of this triumphant short tour of Classic Quadrophenia in the U.S., where Rachel showed off her incredible talent as an orchestral arranger, and I performed like a Broadway Ham…… it's time to make an announcement that she and I were married in December last year," Townshend shared on his official Facebook page. "This is a very, very happy thing for both of us," he added about the marriage to his partner for more than 20 years. "We married nearly a year ago and did keep it as quiet as we could, telling only close family. "Why did we keep it quiet? Really, we were being selfish," Townshend elaborated. "I have been away on tour so much in recent years, we just wanted to be together, and savour the moment." In a separate post, the guitarist revealed that he's taking some time away from his career for a bit of personal time. "This has been a varied year for me. A lot of the usual things happening, and there are many new things a fairly long way in the future for me," he wrote. "I am preparing to take a one year 'sabbatical' from all the things I normally do in my career… I very doubt I will get paid as much as I do when I work with The Who, but this is really necessary for me. I so desperately need to do something new and different - and yet I don't really have a plan for what I might do. It will emerge I suppose."

Avril Lavigne Named 2017's Most Dangerous Celebrity - (Radio.com) Avril Lavinge has been named 2017's most dangerous celebrity. Cybersecurity firm McAfee gave the Canadian singer the dubious distinction on their 11th annual list of the "riskiest celebrity to search for online." According to the report the combination of an artist's name together with "free mp3" generated the most potential for malicious websites, leading to musicians dominating the list. Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik and Celine Dion round out the top five. "In today's digital world, we want the latest hit albums, videos, movies and more, immediately available on our devices," said Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee. "Consumers often prioritize their convenience over security by engaging in risky behavior like clicking on suspicious links that promise the latest content from celebrities."


Yoko Ono Sues Drink Company For Trademark Infringement - (Radio.com) Yoko Ono filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Polish company for using the name John Lemon. "They were abusing and misusing the legacy of John Lennon to sell their soda," Ono told Billboard. The legal documents referenced a Facebook post that showed an image of John Lennon holding lemons, with the Polish company's logo underneath. The company also developed ads that used Lennon's iconic round glasses and the words "Let It Be." After being served with the legal papers, the start-up company agreed to change its name. "All of us involved with this product are start-ups and we couldn't take on someone who is worth many many millions," said Mr. Lemonade Alternative Drinks founder Karol Chamera. The company ultimately settled and changed its name to On Lemon.

Carrie Underwood Sued Over 'Something in the Water' - (Radio.com) Carrie Underwood and her 'Something In the Water" co-writers Brett James and Chris DeStefano are being sued in federal court for copyright infringement. A pair of Canadian songwriters Ron McNeill and Georgia Lyons claim they pitched a song by the same title to Underwood's longtime producer, Mark Bright, before the singer released her song, reports The Tennessean. They never heard back from Bright, Underwood or any of her representatives. "The hook on the infringing work, as released on the album, is structurally and lyrically identical, and substantially similar melodically to plaintiffs' composition of the same title," reads the lawsuit. In addition to naming Underwood, Bright, DeStefano and James, their publishing company and Sony Music Nashville are also defendants in the suit. A representative for Underwood released the following statement: “We are aware that a lawsuit was filed regarding the authorship of ‘Something in the Water.’ We want all of Carrie’s fans, and everyone, to know that ‘Something in the Water’ was written by Brett James, Chris DeStefano and Carrie Underwood.” “This is a deeply personal song regarding Carrie’s faith and she is saddened that anyone would attempt to challenge that for financial gain,” the statement continued. “Neither Carrie nor any of her co-writers ever received or heard the plaintiffs’ song. We fully expect that Carrie, Brett and Chris will be vindicated in the courts.” In 2015, “Something in the Water” won Underwood the Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance.





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