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King Crimson's Jakko Jakszyk: No Lineup Compares to This One

King Crimson have never not been interesting.

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Green Day releases greatest hits album spanning 30 years

Green Day released a massive greatest hits album on Friday, but the trio isn't saying "Good Riddance" anytime soon.

The Grammy Award-winning band and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees released "Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band," an album that spans about 30 years.

Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong said he thinks it's the perfect soundtrack for our "age of outrage," and rather than a farewell album, is "sort of like a book of short stories."

"I don't think there's really any sadness," Armstrong said by phone from Bogota, Colombia. "I think it's more a little bit of nostalgia and reflecting on what we've done in the past and delivering to our fans."

Armstrong and the band, which also includes drummer Tre Cool and bassist Mike Dirnt, said the timing just felt right this year for the compilation.

"The great thing is we're young enough that we have another lifetime in front of us. That's the part that I'm excited about," said Armstrong, who was 16 when the band was started in 1986.

The new 22-track collection includes such hits as "When I Come Around," ''Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)," ''American Idiot," ''21 Guns," ''Boulevard of Broken Dreams," ''She" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends."

It also includes a new song called "Back in the USA," which has the lyric "I woke up to a bitter storm." Armstrong said it was written after Green Day returned to the U.S. from a European tour following Donald Trump's presidential election.

"I felt we'd come back to a different America that I was trying to recognize," he said.

The group also added a reworked version of "Ordinary World," which includes a duet with country singer Miranda Lambert. It was recorded in about an hour in a small studio in Denver when both Green Day and Lambert's tours ended up in the same city, said Armstrong.

Armstrong and Lambert had already performed at the Grammys and he said, "She just nailed it."

Green Day previously put out a greatest hits album in 2001, but that was before the trio's groundbreaking album, "American Idiot," was released.

The group is known for its raw, pop-punk approach, and is finding a new audience in 2017 through such protest songs as "American Idiot," which was written about former Republican President George W. Bush,

"We always live in chaos and once you think you start to have it figured out, it changes immediately," he said. "That's just the way our culture is. Right now, we're in the age of outrage and revenge."

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Online: http://www.greenday.com

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Gene Simmons Reportedly Slapped With Lifetime Ban by Fox News

With his outsized personality, outspoken opinion and conservative-leaning political views, Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons has long been a natural fit for guest appearances on the Fox News network.

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20 Years Ago: Paul Simon Previews 'Songs From the Capeman'

It can be argued that Paul Simon put more effort into 'The Capeman' than any other project in his long career – he certainly put in more time.

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David Coverdale Preparing 'Seriously Whitesnake' Album

David Coverdale revealed that Whitesnake are preparing a new album for release next year.

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30 Years Ago: Metallica Honor Cliff Burton With 'Cliff 'Em All'

In 1987, releasing a music video wasn't the type of thing any self-respecting metal band would do.

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Michael 'DikMik' Davies, Hawkwind Keyboardist, Dies

Michael Davies played on Hawkwind's first four records and was responsible for bringing Lemmy into the band.

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Watch Gene Simmons Go Into the Crowd to Confront a Heckler

Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons left the stage to silence a heckler during a solo performance in Providence, R.I., recently.

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Paul Buckmaster, arranger for Bowie, Elton John, dead at 71

Grammy winner Paul Buckmaster, who arranged and orchestrated some of the best-known songs of David Bowie, the Rolling Stones and Elton John among others in a career that spanned a half-century, has died. He was 71.

His assistant, Diana Post, says Buckmaster died on Nov. 7 in Los Angeles. She didn't mention the cause of his death.

Born in London, Buckmaster was known for punchy string arrangements that added emotional power to rock classics such as the Stones' "Moonlight Mile" and Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." His credits also include Bowie's "Space Oddity," a 1972 album for Miles Davis, Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" and music for Guns N' Roses and Taylor Swift. He won a 2002 Grammy Award for his arrangement work on Train's "Drops of Jupiter."

Charles Manson Is Reportedly Just About Dead

Charles Manson has reportedly been transferred from his prison cell to a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., where he's said to have little hope of recovery from an undisclosed ailment.

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Fleetwood Mac's 1975 Album Is Getting Expanded

Fleetwood Mac's breakthrough self-titled 1975 album will be expanded and reissued.

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Lithuanian mayor invites Bono to visit shopping mall

A mayor in northeastern Lithuania has invited U2 frontman Bono to visit the shopping mall in Lithuania that he allegedly owns part of due to low-tax Malta investments whose documents were recently leaked.

Utena mayor Alvydas Katinas says he has written to the Irish rocker to see the Ausra shopping center, which sits 95 kilometers (59 miles) north of Vilnius, the capital.

Katinas said Thursday that Bono, who has never visited Lithuania before, also could help make the Lithuanian town better known to the world.

He said he also wanted to congratulate Bono for winning the Global Icon Award that U2 received Sunday at the MTV Europe Music Awards in London.

The so-called Paradise Papers leaks have detailed widespread tax dodging by multinationals and wealthy individuals.

Neil Young to release entire archive of recordings for free

Neil Young will open his vast archive of music for anyone to listen to online for free next month.

The 72-year-old Canadian rocker has announced on Facebook that his archive will open on Dec. 1, the same day his new album "The Visitor" is released. Young promises that the free archive will allow fans to "visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow."

A note on the archive site says users will be able to view all of his released albums and ones currently in production. The archive dates to 1963, when Young made his first recording in Canada.

"The Visitor" will be Young's second studio album recorded with Lukas Nelson's band, Promise of the Real.

Watch Jeff Scott Soto's 'Retribution' Video: Exclusive Premiere

Last week, Jeff Scott Soto released a new solo album called 'Retribution.' We have the exclusive premiere of the video for the title track.

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Listen to 'Roundabout' From Yes' New 'Topographic Drama' Album

Yes revisited some classic chapters from its storied past during their 2016-2017 tour — and now fans are being invited to relive the experience with the new live album.

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Walter Becker's wife says he died from esophageal cancer

The wife of Walter Becker says the Steely Dan guitarist died while being treated for esophageal cancer.

Becker died at age 67 in September, but no details were revealed at the time.

Delia Becker says in a statement Wednesday that he "died in the course of being treated" for esophageal cancer. She added that the cancer "seemed to have come out of nowhere and had spread with terrifying speed."

Walter Becker was the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of Steely Dan. He had missed performances earlier in the summer in Los Angeles and New York.

Delia Becker says her husband died peacefully at their home in New York City.

Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Announces First Solo Album Since 2009

Aerosmith's Joe Perry will release 'Sweetzerland Manifesto,' his first non-holiday solo album in eight years.

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Rock singer Etheridge pleads guilty to possessing marijuana

Grammy-winning rock singer Melissa Etheridge has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possessing marijuana in North Dakota.

KMOT-TV reports an attorney for the California musician entered the plea on her behalf Tuesday. Under a proposed order, Etheridge would pay a fine of $750 and serve unsupervised probation.

Etheridge was arrested in August when investigators found marijuana on her tour bus as it crossed from Canada into the U.S. Etheridge, who is a cancer survivor, has said she believes in the medicinal applications of cannabis.

Etheridge's attorney, Thomas Dickson, says the musician has a legal permit allowing her to use medical marijuana in California. If Etheridge meets conditions of the proposed order over the next six months, the charge will be dismissed.

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Information from: KFYR-TV, http://www.kfyrtv.com/

Photographer Celebrates 40 Years of Shooting Bruce Springsteen

For the past 40 years, photographer Frank Stefanko has been focused on Bruce Springsteen.

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Steely Dan's Walter Becker Died of 'Extremely Aggressive' Form of Cancer

Walter Becker passed away unexpectedly two months ago, after missing Steely Dan's Classic East and West concerts due to an unspecified ailment.

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