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Day in Rock Report for 08/23/2017


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Linkin Park Reveal Chester Bennington Fan Tribute Event Plans

(hennemusic) Linkin Park have revealed that they are making plans for an upcoming tribute event to their late singer, Chester Bennington, following his July 20 passing at the age of 41.

"Just wanted to say thank you to all our fans around the world for the tremendous outpouring of love, which has strengthened our spirit during this incredibly difficult time," writes bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell and the group in a new message across their social media sites. "The five of us are so grateful for all of your support as we heal and build the future of Linkin Park.

"We are working on a special public event in Los Angeles to honor Chester's memory, and look forward to sharing details with you soon." Bennington died of suicide by hanging at his Palos Verdes Estates residence after an employee discovered the rocker hanging from a belt on a bedroom door inside his Los Angeles home. Read more here.

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Freddie Mercury Biopic Cast Revealed

(Radio.com) While the forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been a topic of conversation over the last few months, little has been known about the cast, until now.

Members of the band have previously shared their support for Rami Malek, who will play the role of Mercury and now they've revealed who will play the rest of the band members.

Gwilym Lee (The Tourist, The Last Witness) will play the guitar legend Brian May, Joe Mazzello (Jurassic Park, The Social Network, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) will play bassist John Deacon and Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse) will take the role of drummer Roger Taylor. Read more here.

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Ozzy Osbourne 'Bark At The Moon' Solar Eclipse Video Performance

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne performed his 1983 classic, "Bark At The Moon", during the total solar eclipse at the Moonstock Music Festival in Carterville IL on August 21, and video from the show has surfaced online.

The Southern Illinoisan reports Osbourne took the stage at Walker's Bluff as the first diamond ring of the eclipse appeared to open his headline set at the event as the shadow of the moon swept across the crowd. "I don't think I've ever been in this part of the world before," Osbourne told the crowd. "I love you all. Thank you for coming to see me."

The Black Sabbath singer closed out the 4-day Moonstock event, which also featured headline sets by Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm and Black Stone Cherry.

According to Walker's Bluff owner Cynde Bunch, the festival drew rock and eclipse fans from around the world, with one-fourth of the tickets sales to people from outside the U.S.

"In the campground," says Bunch, "we have 30 campers from different states and 12 camp sites rented by people from outside the country." Watch the video here.

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U2 May Have Teased New Music With Cryptic Letter To Fans

(Radio.com) Earlier this week, Taylor Swift and other artists seemed to seize on eclipse-mania to drop cryptic hints about upcoming musical projects. Like clockwork, members of the U2 fan club received an envelope in the mail containing a mysterious, mostly redacted letter prominently featuring the word "Blackout."

"Blackout … It's clear who you are will appear … U2.com," reads a selection of un-redacted words, cut out from the figures of a man and a woman.

At the bottom of the letter, fragments of this sentence are visible: "U2 will announce [blank] on [blank]." It's not clear what U2 have in store for fans (or when) but this could be the beginning of a very interesting album rollout. See the letters to fans here.

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Singled Out: Jackyl's Hot And Nasty

Jackyl marked their silver anniversary with the release of their 'Jackyl 25' album late last month and to celebrate we asked the one and only Jesse James Dupree to tell us about the track "Hot And Nasty". Here is the story:

Jackyl recorded Back Oak Arkansas "Hot And Nasty" over 20 years ago. When compiling a collection of songs for Jackyl's 25th anniversary CD the band found the master recording, dusted it off, dressed it up and included it in the collection. In the beginning of the Jackyl's career everyone compared the band as AC/DC meets Black Oak Arkansas.

The band was already familiar with AD/DC but was excited to discover BOA. "Hot And Nasty" was a nature fit with the bands attitude so while in the studio the basic tracks were laid down. Now 25 years later it's out as part of JACKYL 25 as the band continues to celebrate the fundamentals of Rock 'n' Roll!!!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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Alice In Chains Mark Layne Staley's Birthday With Tribute Video

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains are streaming a video tribute to their late singer, Layne Staley, on what would have been his 50th birthday on August 22nd. "Layne, to me, was one of the greatest singers in rock and roll history," says guitarist Jerry Cantrell. "I've never heard anything like him before and I will never hear anything like him since … Just to be able to get to be in a band with a guy that does that to you, there's nobody better to me than him and he's my friend.

"When we started playing together and writing tunes, mostly I was just kind of doing back-ups, I didn't want to sing, anyway - we've got him, we've got that guy and he's pretty good, you know."

"I saw Alice In Chains at The Paramount," recalls Heart vocalist Ann Wilson, "and Layne was just lit up. He seemed like he was incandescent .. from the inside. I remember looking down at him, going, 'wow, that guy's really got IT. He's got IT.As a singer and as a human being, I felt that he was speaking to another realm, and that really stuck with me. It was beautiful."

The tribute clip also includes comments from Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin - both of whom were Staley's bandmates in the Seattle supergroup Mad Season. Watch the video here.

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Deed to Eleanor Rigby's Grave Being Auctioned

(Radio.com) File this under next-level Beatlemania: A deed to the gravesite of Eleanor Rigby will hit the auction block next month. The Liverpool woman (whom neither John Lennon nor Paul McCartney knew) is buried in the church graveyard where the two Beatles first met, and later inspired their hit song "Eleanor Rigby."

The auction includes a deed to the gravesite (which permits the holder to be interred above Eleanor) and a miniature Bible believed to have belonged to the real Eleanor Rigby. Rigby passed away at age 44 in 1939, and the deed has belonged to her family for generations. The lot is expected to fetch between £2,000 and £4,000.

Unsurprisingly, there is a catch. The deed expires in seven years because no one has been buried in the section of the graveyard since 1949. After 75 years of inactivity, such deeds are nullified. The purchaser of Eleanor Rigby's plot will need to use it quickly or lose it. Read more here.

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Angels & Airwaves Release 'We Don't Need to Whisper Acoustic EP'

(Radio.com) Angels & Airwaves have announced a new EP that will feature acoustic versions of the songs from the band's debut album "We Don't Need to Whisper."

"It's been about a year since we put out new music and I wanted to give the fans something while the band works on the soundtrack to the upcoming Strange Times film," said frontman Tom DeLonge. "Being in the studio brought back memories of AVA's first album and I thought it'd be fun to reimagine those tracks and play around with the arrangements a bit. It's the first time we've ever put out an all-acoustic release and it's great to be able to do it with these songs, which are all pretty special to me."

The EP is dedicated to producer Jeff "Critter" Newell, who passed away in 2012. "Critter was everything to us. We considered him a member of the band," said Delonge. "He had the most artistic and beautiful soul and was such a big part of our lives. He always spoke with such poetry. He was my companion during the making of the first years of AVA. He would drink and dance in the studio parking lot to these songs till 4am. When we started recording these new versions, I couldn't stop thinking about how much I miss him. His spirit was definitely with us in the studio." Read more here.

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Release New Track 'Walk On Water'

(Radio.com) Thirty Seconds to Mars have debuted a new track titled "Walk on Water." On August 27 the band will debut 'Walk On Water" live at this year's MTV VMAs.

The hook-filled pop song includes a sweeping chorus and uplifting lyrics. The band has already contracted with ESPN to use "Walk on Water" to advertise college football programming for the 2017 season.

The band's last album Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams was released in 2013, and the group poked fun at their long absence with a funny press release. "After four long years, hundreds of days, thousands of hours, gazillions of seconds, we have finally managed to finish a single f—— song, wrote frontman Jared Leto. "With the help of groundbreaking nanotechnology, chatbots and self-driving music software, we have wrangled from the depths of our cold black hearts, some semblance of a song.

"If you're still reading this press release and managed to get this far, you should probably get to work or school before you get fired or grounded. If you're stubborn, like I am, please continue and let me share with you a few words on our brand new single, the ever so subtle and minimalist ode we tenderly call "Walk on Water." Read more and Listen to the new song here.

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David Gilmour Talks Rarities In Pompeii Concert Film

(hennemusic) David Gilmour shares his thoughts on performing a pair of Pink Floyd rarities in the latest video preview of his forthcoming concert film, "Live At Pompeii."

"We did 'The Great Gig In The Sky' there, which we hadn't done before on that tour, and I hadn't done for years and years," explains Gilmour. "Louise Marshall and our singers had put together an arrangement that was fantastic, and we couldn't wait to do it and we had to stop ourselves from giving it away early.

"And, of course, we did 'One Of These Days', which we hadn't been playing much on the tour. That's the only song, in fact, that we played with Pink Floyd back in 71 that we repeated again this time."

"The Great Gig In The Sky" was featured on Pink Floyd's 1973 classic, "The Dark Side Of The Moon", while "One Of These Days" was the opening track on the group's 1971 release, "Meddle." here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1986 classic, "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", at Outside Lands in San Francisco, CA at Golden Gate Park on August 12, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The song appeared on the group's legendary third record, "Master Of Puppets." Metallica's major label debut became thrash metal's first platinum album on its way to US sales of more than 6 million copies.

Metallica were among the headliners at the 10th anniversary of the Outside Lands event, which also featured appearances by The Who, Queens Of The Stone Age, Royal Blood and Gorillaz, among others.

The August 12 show marked Metallica's final US date on their summer North American tour in support of 2016's "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct." Watch the video here.

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Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein To Tour With Gwar

Misfits legend Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein has announced that he will be hitting the road in Rocktober with the mighty Gwar for dates on The Blood of Gods Tour.

The trek will also feature performances from Ghoul and U.S. Bastards and will be hitting several cities along the East Coast and Midwest beginning on October 20th in Richmond, VA.

Doyle is currently supporting his new album "As We Die" and in addition to the Gwar dates has revealed more dates this November for his As We Die World Tour, with even more shows still to be announced. See all of the dates here.

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My Name Is Prince Exhibit Details Revealed

(Radio.com) London's O2 Arena will be the starting location for the upcoming Prince exhibit, My Name Is Prince. The 21-day showcase will be held at the famed venue starting October 27 and will give longtime Prince fans the opportunity to get close to some never-before-seen items from the singer's Paisley Park estate.

According to a press release, My Name Is Prince will showcase hundreds of artifacts from the late singer's Minnesota private estate. Fans visiting My Name Is Prince will have a chance to view exhibits that hold the singer's instruments, stage outfits, awards and handwritten song lyrics.

Some artifacts featured from Paisley Park include clothing from the 1984/1985 Purple Rain tour and the 1988/1989 LoveSexy tour, wardrobe from the 1990 film Graffiti Bridge, and a Gibson L65 guitar that Prince used when he made his national television debut on American Bandstand in 1980. Read more here.

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Billy Corgan Announces New Solo Album And Tour

(Radio.com) Smashing Pumpkins frontman and wrestling enthusiast Billy Corgan will return this fall with a new solo album: Ogilala is slated for an October 14 release, coinciding with a North American Tour.

The new studio effort was produced by recording legend Rick Rubin and Corgan is releasing the record under his full legal name, William Patrick Corgan.

The tour kicks off in Brooklyn the day Ogilala is released. Stops include Toronto, Chicago, Nashville and three final shows in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. See he dates here.

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