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ABC/Randy HolmesIf you ever wondered how Metallica gets its live guitar sound, then we have something for you to check out. The band has uploaded a behind-the-scenes video that gives you an up-close tour of James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett's guitar rigs.

The nearly 20-minute video, streaming now on YouTube, finds Metallica's guitar techs Chad Zaemisch and Justin Crew running through the different guitars, amps, and cool toys that Hetfield and Hammett get to play with during shows.

Metallica recently wrapped up a leg of their European tour, which will continue October 22 in London.

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageIf you're fan of Nirvana and/or the comedic stylings of David Spade, then you might've come across an eyebrow-raising photo on social media. The photo depicts a mural which is supposed to be a painting of Kurt Cobain, but it's actually an image of Spade. And yes, the comic is just as confused as you are.

Spade himself shared the photo, writing, "Everyone is sending me this." He then posted the photo of himself that inspired the mural image. "Picture that was on mural. Why it's on it who knows," Spade wrote. "Oh well. I blame that crazy internet."

As for the "crazy internet" theory, that's not too far from the truth. The mural was created by Australian artist Lushsux, self-described as "the world's first meme artist," so the alleged "mix-up" was actually done on purpose.

In addition to the Spade-as-Cobain image, the mural also attributes the quote "It's better to burn out than fade away" to the Nirvana frontman. The quote actually originated with Neil Young, who sang it in his song "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)." However, Cobain did use the line in his suicide note.

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RhinoContinuing The Doors' 50th anniversary celebration, special reissues of the band's second album, Strange Days, will be released on November 17.

A deluxe, two-CD version of the album, including remastered stereo and original mono mixes of Strange Days, will be available for just under 19 bucks, while a vinyl LP featuring the mono mix will be sold for just under $22. The mono and stereo Strange Days tracks also will be released digitally and via streaming services.

Following the January 1967 release of The Doors' hit self-titled debut album, Strange Days arrived in September of that same year, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200. The record yielded the hits "People Are Strange" and "Love Me Two Times," which reached #12 and #25, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100.

Other memorable tunes on the album include the title track, "Moonlight Drive," the spoken-word "Horse Latitudes" and the epic, almost-11-minute-long "When the Music's Over." Strange Days has been certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million copies in the U.S.

Original Doors engineer Bruce Botnick produced the reissue, which also features new liner notes by respected music journalist David Fricke and rare photos of the band.

Here's the Strange Days track list:

"Strange Days"
"You're Lost Little Girl"
"Love Me Two Times"
"Unhappy Girl"
"Horse Latitudes"
"Moonlight Drive"
"People Are Strange"
"My Eyes Have Seen You"
"I Can't See Your Face in My Mind"
"When the Music's Over"

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ABC/Heidi GutmanA treasured member of the Green Day family was lost recently when Billie Joe Armstrong's dog, Rocky, died. In an Instagram posted Sunday, the musician shared an emotional tribute to his fallen furry friend.

"Dear Rocky, my singing partner and my midnight home boy. You were a blessing to our family," Armstrong wrote. "Have fun in dog heaven writing your memoir 'If These Walls Could Bark'...you will be missed."

The post is accompanied by a photo of Armstrong and Rocky together on the beach.

Armstrong would occasionally post videos of him playing Green Day songs on the piano while Rocky would "sing" along. Feel free to watch those if you're in need of a good cry.

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Matt Kincaid/Getty ImagesNeil Young was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Saturday at Toronto's famous Massey Hall. You can watch the folk-rock legend's acceptance speech now via CBC Music's YouTube channel.

Young was presented the honor by his friend Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, who congratulated Neil "on a lifetime of rocking in the free world and writing great songs."

Young began his speech by saying, "Merci beaucoups" -- "Thank you very much," in French -- and then went on to whimsically discuss his songwriting.

"Songs are like animals, and you really have to be careful with them and not sneak up on them and scare them," he explained. "They're like rabbits. If it's coming out of a whole, you're not gonna stand there with a gun…[Y]ou put the gun down…and wait for this song rabbit to come out of the hole."

Neil also noted, "I'm very proud to be Canadian…I've always been a Canadian citizen. I've never been a citizen of anywhere else, even though I love the U.S.A." Young then took an apparent dig at President Donald Trump by commenting, "By the way, my message is: They're already great."

In addition, the still-prolific artist said that songs are still coming to him, which he maintained was "such a gift."

Young also quipped about his singing voice, "I know I can't sing, but it really doesn't matter. I'm around the note somewhere. I'm near it."

After his speech, several artists gave performances honoring Neil, including k.d. lang, who sang "Helpless," and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, who joined Canadian alternative-rock group Arkells for a rendition of "Cinnamon Girl." To close out the tribute, all the performers hit the stage to perform "Rockin' in the Free World."

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Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural FestivalEddie Vedder and Roger Waters both took a knee on stage during their shows Sunday night in Franklin, Tennessee and Hartford, Connecticut, respectively. The musicians were showing their solidarity with NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.

Friday, President Donald Trump declared that NFL team owners should fire players who've been kneeling during the anthem. He continued his criticism on Twitter Saturday.

"If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect," Trump began, continuing in a follow-up tweet, "Our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!"

In response to those comments, many more NFL players joined in protesting during Sunday's games. On Saturday, Stevie Wonder knelt on both knees during his set at New York City's Global Citizen Festival to show his support of the players, saying it was "in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world, and our globe."

Additionally, Prophets of Rage shared a photo of them kneeling during a concert in Mountain View, California last September. All the members of the rap-rock supergroup are wearing Colin Kaepernick jerseys, the currently unsigned quarterback who started the national anthem protest.

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— Roger Waters (@rogerwaters) September 25, 2017

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— Prophets of Rage (@prophetsofrage) September 25, 2017

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Roswell Records/RCA RecordsAs predicted, the new Foo Fighters album, Concrete and Gold, has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The latest effort from Dave Grohl and company grabs the top spot with a total of 127,000 equivalent album units, 120,000 of which were traditional album sales.

Concrete and Gold, which also debuted at number one in the U.K., gives the Foos their second Billboard 200 chart-topper, following 2011's Wasting Light.

The new album includes the singles "Run" and "The Sky Is a Neighborhood," and features guest appearances from Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Alison Mosshart of The Kills, and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men.

Foo Fighters will launch a North American tour in support of Concrete and Gold with their own Cal Jam 17 festival, held on October 7 in San Bernardino, California.

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Big Machine RecordsCheap Trick has finally "surrendered" to Christmas album fever.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will issue their first-ever holiday album, Christmas Christmas, on October 20.

The disc features three new Cheap Trick compositions, including the lead track, “Merry Christmas Darlings,” plus covers of Yuletide classics by the Ramones, the Kinks, Slade, Chuck Berry and Harry Nilsson, among others.

Cheap Trick recently issued their 18th studio album, We’re All Right!  Still going strong after more than 5,000 live shows, the band will continues its road warrior ways this fall with U.S. headlining dates, a Canadian run with Nickelback and some special Christmas Christmas concerts to be announced soon.

Cheap Trick will also take part in Rock Getaway 2017, an all-inclusive weekend event at the Hard Rock Hotel in Rivera Maya, Mexico, from October 26 – November 1.  The event also features the Steve Miller Band, Roger Daltrey, Foreigner, Blue Öyster Cult, Bad Company, Los Lobos and more.

 
Here’s the track list for Cheap Trick’s Christmas Christmas

“Merry Christmas Darlings” (Cheap Trick original)
“I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” 
“I Wish It Was Christmas Today” 
“Merry Xmas Everybody” 
“Please Come Home For Christmas” 
“Remember Christmas” 
“Run Rudolph Run” 
“Father Christmas” 
“Silent Night” 
“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)”
“Our Father Of Life” (Cheap Trick original)
“Christmas Christmas” (Cheap Trick original)

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Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesAfter a 50-year friendship and a failed romance that inspired an undisputed rock classic, Judy Collins and Stephen Stills are making beautiful music together...again.

The 78-year-old Collins and Stills, 72, are touring behind their joint album Everybody Knows, a reference to the Leonard Cohen cover tune they recorded. The 10-song collection also features Stills’ long-lost 1968 cut “Judy” and Collins’ Stills-inspired “Houses.”

Speaking to the New Yorker, Stills dubbed the album “the world’s oldest blooming flower” and recalls first meeting Collins at an Eric Clapton show at the Whiskey nightclub in Los Angeles in the late ‘60s.

“I kissed her hand," he says. "And she said, ‘Oh, these kids!’ But I was in the perfect mental state to be overwhelmed by an older woman. And those eyes are even better live.”

Collins responds, “I don’t really remember that night. I was probably very drunk. I had that tendency in those days.”

The pair quickly became a couple. “It was very intense,” Collins says, “and full of the music. You have to imagine: you’re sitting in the studio with someone who is so brilliant, and you are both so ambitious.”

But their bi-coastal relationship didn’t last. Stills explains, “I was off to be a rock star. She was off to be a glamour-puss.” But their romance did inspire the classic “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” which Stills composed in the spring of 1968.  It appeared on Crosby, Stills & Nash’s self-titled debut album the next year.

The two got reacquainted while sharing the bill at, of all, things, an AARP convention. Stills admits, “We laughed so hard about that. But then there was this thought: Maybe it’s time we finished things off.”

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Roswell Records/RCA RecordsThe new Foo Fighters album Concrete and Gold debuts at number one on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart.

Concrete and Gold gives Dave Grohl and company their fourth number one album in the U.K., following 2002's One By One, 2007's Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace and 2011's Wasting Light. In the U.S., only Wasting Light reached the top of the Billboard 200.

Concrete and Gold also features a guest spot from one of the U.K.'s biggest stars: Sir Paul McCartney.

The album is also on pace to debut at number one in the U.S.

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KMazur/WireImageDuring their tour this year, Depeche Mode has included a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" in honor of the late music icon. The synth-pop icons have now released an official recording of the cover to mark the 40th anniversary of the original track's release. You can listen to the cover now via YouTube.

"'Heroes' is the most special song to me at the moment," says frontman Dave Gahan in a statement. "Bowie is the one artist who I've stuck with since I was in my early teens. His albums are always my go-to on tour and covering 'Heroes' is paying homage to Bowie."

Depeche Mode has been touring in support of their new album, Spirit. The outing continues Friday night in Dallas, Texas.

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Identity Records/The Fuel MusicJonathan Cain is stepping out with a Christmas album.

The longtime Journey keyboardist, co-writer of such hits as “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Who’s Crying Now,” will release Unsung Noel on October 13. The disc features 10 new songs written by Cain, as well as several holiday classics.

Cain plays piano, keyboards and sings lead vocals on the project, also arranged and produced the album at his state-of-the art Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville.

He explains, “The music came to me over the course of two recent Journey tours, and I recorded the entire album during a 10-day break this spring. I wrote and arranged most of this album on the road in hotel rooms as we traveled from city to city.”

Cain adds, "This album is dedicated to the coming of Christ and the events in scripture that is the core of our Christian belief.”

Cain, who previously issued an album of Christian music titled What God Wants to Hear, says he’d been contemplating a Christmas album for years. He's posted a preview trailer for Unsung Noel on his Facebook page, and promises tour dates soon. 

Cain is also planning to publish a still-untitled memoir next spring that'll detail his personal journey of faith, as well as his 36-year career with Journey.

 Here’s the track list for Jonathan Cain’s Unsung Noel:

“This Is the Heart of Christmas”
“Star of Bethlehem”
“Emmanuel”
“Angels We Have Heard on High”
“Joseph’s Pride”
“It’s Only Christmas When”
“Unsung Noel”
“You Shall Call His Name”
"Hail Mary”
“Oh Holy Night”
“You Came to Reign”
“Light of the World”
“The Night Love Came Down”
“Do You Hear What I Hear”

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Paul Kane/Getty ImagesThey didn’t literally rock and roll all night, but it was still pretty special for KISS fans.

Billboard reports founding KISS members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley performed together for the first time in 16 years Thursday night during a Hurricane Harvey benefit show at CHS Field in St. Paul, MN. They played four songs together: “Parasite,” “Cold Gin,” “Shock Me,” and “Rock and Roll All Nite,” inviting some audience members on stage for the latter tune.

Simmons and Frehley hadn’t shared a stage since the finale of KISS’ so-called Farewell Tour in Australia in April 2001. Even when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, Frehley didn’t perform with them.

As to how the reunion came about, Frehley told the Minneapolis StarTribune, “I just did four shows on the East Coast, and I looked at my calendar and I noticed I was off [Thursday]. I had to head back to San Diego eventually where I live, so I figured I could make a pit stop here. I called Gene, and he was really excited about me being involved, and it’s that simple.”

Frehley also said Gene paid a visit to his house recently, during which they wrote two songs together for an upcoming Simmons solo album.

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Capitol RecordsBob Seger has issued a Lou Reed cover tune as a preview of his new album I Knew You When, due November 17.

Seger covers “Busload of Faith,” which originally appeared on the late Reed’s acclaimed 1989 disc, New York.

I Knew You When marks the 72-year-old Seger’s 17th studio release. He  also has issued two live albums, 1976’s Live Bullet and 1981’s Nine Tonight.

Seger and the Silver Bullet Band continue their Runaway Train tour Saturday night with a hometown show in suburban Detroit.  Nancy Wilson of Heart and her new band Roadcase Royale are special guest openers for most of the dates.

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Credit: Scarlet PageOn the Smashing Pumpkins' tour last year, frontman Billy Corgan reunited with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha, leading to speculation that the band's original lineup, which also included bassist D'arcy Wretzky, might reunite. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Corgan admits that the idea of a reunion tour has been "knocked about," put nothing has been set in stone.

"There's certainly gears that turn and things get waved around," he says. "But until it's inked, I'm in the dark as much as anybody."

"But I'll say this and I mean it: If we never play a note together again, that's OK," Corgan adds. "I'm way, way more interested in the fact that we have peace with each other. I've reached the point in my life where I'm not in a hurry to get to anything. If it's there, great. If it's not, cool."

While a potential reunion is still unconfirmed, Iha does appear on Corgan's upcoming solo album, Ogilala, which will be released October 13. The guitarist guests on a song called "Processional," marking the first time Iha and Corgan have played on the same song since the 2000 Pumpkins album Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music.

Corgan has also been in regular contact with Wretzky, who's stayed out of the spotlight since leaving the Pumpkins in 1999.

"I talk to D'arcy all the time," says Corgan. "We reconnected, I guess, about a year and half ago. We talk really regularly. I'm really happy to have her back in my life."

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John Russo © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox FIlm Corp.Director Matthew Vaughn wanted to put Elton John in his movie 2014 Kingsman: The Secret Service but couldn't find a way to work him into the plot.  But Vaughn did get Elton into the new sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle -- and one of Elton's Oscar-winning co-stars gives his performance a big thumbs up.

In Golden Circle, in theaters today, Jeff Bridges plays Champagne, a member of the U.S. spy agency Statesman, the counterpart to the U.K.'s Kingsman spy agency.  Elton plays himself, and Bridges tells ABC Radio of his part, "It's terrific, and it's not just a little cameo! I mean, this is a genuine role... he really, y'know, comes to the party all guns blazing.  He's wonderful in the film." 

In the film -- SPOILER ALERT -- Elton John has been kidnapped by the movie's villain, Poppy, played by Julianne Moore, and forced to perform private concerts for her every night.  Of course, he's not happy about it, and is shown throwing several foul-mouthed temper tantrums.  Eventually, he helps the good guys defeat Poppy, in a scene that makes use of one of his classic hits.

According to one review of the film, in one scene, one of the heroes asks Elton if he can get tickets to one of his shows. To which Elton replies, in typical fashion, "Darling, if you save the world, you can have a backstage pass!"

In addition to Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Elton John, Kingsman: The Golden Circle also stars Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, and Taron Egerton.

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ABC RecordsSteely Dan's classic album Aja was released 40 years ago Saturday.  Before he was a solo star, or even a Doobie Brother, Michael McDonald was one of the musicians who worked with Steely Dan on tour and in the studio.  He sang on many of their albums, including Aja, notably on the hit single, "Peg."  Michael recalls the day he recorded that song, he felt very insecure about his vocal abilities.

"My anxieties of working with those guys was that I wasn't going to be able to cut it," he tells ABC Radio. "I mean, I sing, but I'm not one of those studio kind of singers that has a three-octave range, and all kinds of breath control. I smoked too much and I drank too much."

That's why, he recalls, "I remember being terrified by that whole session." 

Michael was the only one doing all the harmonies on "Peg," but they were so difficult that he found he couldn't stay in tune. "If I heard the other part, it was just too close to what I was singing," he admits. "So I sang all the parts completely solo and then they brought 'em all back [together]...and they sounded great."

It's no wonder that Michael was nervous working with Steely Dan, though. The duo's Donald Fagen and the late Walter Becker were notorious perfectionists.

"I always enjoyed working for Donald and Walter, [but] they could be harsh taskmasters," Michael remembers. "A lot of it was just their sense of humor...their songs are always a kind of a study in irony and sarcasm, and I always thought that was the best part of their music."

Michael is currently on the road in support of Wide Open, his first new album of original material in more than 15 years.

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Val Wilmer/RedfernsAn unreleased, early demo version of the Beatles' classic "What Goes On" could be yours if the price is right.

Online record dealer Parlogram is auctioning off an acetate demo of the song from early 1963.  The band would revive the song two years later for the Rubber Soul album in 1965.

The demo features John Lennon singing and accompanying himself on acoustic guitar with Paul McCartney singing harmony on the chorus.  It also features original lyrics on the verses that differ from those on the later version. Ringo Starr would take the lead on the Rubber Soul version.

The song itself actually predates The Beatles.  Lennon told interviewer David Sheff in 1980, "That as an early Lennon written before the Beatles when we were the Quarrymen, or something like that.  And resurrected with a middle eight thrown in, probably with Paul's help, to give Ringo a song and also to use the bits because I never liked to waste anything."

According to Parlogram, George Harrison gave the nearly-two-minute acetate to a family member. It original was sold at auction in 2012 as part of a lot of several items.

The acetate is being auctioned on eBay, and Parlogram has uploaded a snippet of the demo to YouTube. Bidding ends October 1.  As of Thursday night, bidding stood at 2,222 pounds or around $3,016.

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Credit: Loud & Proud RecordsNancy Wilson’s rock and roll heart is still beating, but with a soulful twist.

Wilson, founding member and guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers Heart, has teamed up with R&B singer Liv Warfield, a former member of Prince’s New Power Generation, to form Roadcase Royale. The band’s debut album, the aptly-named First Things First, comes out today.

Roadcase Royale also features lead guitarist and Prince protégé Ryan Waters and three other Heart members: keyboardist Chris Joyner, drummer Ben Smith, and bassist Dan Rothchild, the latter of whom produced the album.

Wilson tells ABC Radio the members all have a “similar ethic on how want to sound and how to make it work” and it came together quickly, “sort of like we just got married in Vegas.”

As for the name Roadcase Royale, it comes from life on the road. Wilson says, “It was an interesting symbol to me since the big heavy-duty road cases that our amps drums and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany…Strong and regal looking yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus.”

Their first single is “Get Loud.” Another track, “The Dragon,” was written for late Alice In Chains frontman and fellow Seattle musician Layne Staley before his death.

As for when Wilson will reunite with her sister, Heart co-founder Ann Wilson, that’s still unknown.  A rift between the two prompted an indefinite hiatus.  Nancy tells ABC News she’s waiting for when “me and my sister can actually have a discussion,” adding, “I've kind of reached out, but she hasn't been ready to reach out.” 

Wilson and company have lined up some headlining dates and will be special guests on the Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band’s Silver Bullet Tour.

Here are Roadcase Royale’s headlining dates:

9/24 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater
9/26 -- State College, PA, The State Theatre
10/1 -- Charlotte, NC, Neighborhood Theatre
10/4 -- Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre 
10/8 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery
10/15 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Tower Theatre
10/17 -- New Orleans, LA, Joy Theater

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Susan Wood/Getty ImagesA lemonade company’s attempt to capitalize on the late John Lennon has left a sour taste with Yoko Ono.

According to The Guardian, Ono has legally blocked a Polish company from selling a lemonade brand called “John Lemon.”

Specifically, the legal action referenced a Facebook post by John Lemon Ireland, showing a wall mural of Lennon holdings lemons with the band logo underneath. Other John Lemon advertising showed a pair of round glasses similar to those famously worn by the ex-Beatle, next to the words “Let It Be.” 

Ono’s lawyer said, “They were abusing and misusing the legacy of John Lennon to sell their soda.” 

The company, established five years ago to distribute to bars and restaurants in the United Kingdom and 13 other European countries, agreed to sell its stocks of John Lemon drinks by the end of October. It also agreed to change its name to On Lemon.

A lawyer for the firm representing John Lemon said the company registered its trademark in 2014, two years before the John Lennon brand was registered, but decided a settlement was better than risking having the product banned.

Karol Chamera, founder of John Lemon's U.K. distributor, told the East London Advertiser, “All of us involved with this product are startups and we couldn’t take on someone who is worth many, many millions.”

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