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Day in Rock Report for 12/19/2017


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The Beatles Make History With Mistake

(Gibson) An original 7-inch copy of The Beatles' debut single, "Love Me Do," has sold for almost $15,000 through the online collectors' site, Discogs.com. Experts say it is now the most expensive 7-inch single ever sold.

The demo copy of The Beatles' debut single for Parlophone, sold via Discogs, actually sold for $14,757 on 9 October. The record sold through Discogs was one of only 250 issued with Paul McCartney's name misspelled in the writing credit as "McArtney". Backed with 'PS I Love You,' the final single peaked at No.17 when it was first released in the UK, but topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in 1964.

The Beatles recorded 'Love Me Do' on three different occasions, with three different drummers, at EMI Studios at Abbey Road in London. The first "artist test" recording took place on 6 June 1962 and featured The Beatles' original drummer, Pete Best. This version (previously thought to be lost) was later included on the album Anthology 1. The first official recording of the song then took place on 4 September 1962. In August, Best had been replaced with drummer Ringo Starr, and the group recorded the song in 15 takes at EMI Studios. Read more here.

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Pierce the Veil Member 'Steps Away' After Sexual Assault Claims

(Radio.com) Pierce the Veil drummer Mike Fuentes has announced that he will "take a break and step away from my position in the band" due to allegations of sexual misconduct.

Two different women have come forward recently with claims that Fuentes engaged in inappropriate behavior while they were underage. The first accuser (who remains anonymous) said that she had sex with the drummer during the 2008 Warped Tour while she was only 16. The second, Shannon Bray, stated that Fuentes asked for her to send him nudes photographs when she was just 15.

Fuentes and the band have issued a statement regarding the allegations on Facebook, with the band announcing that they will be dropping out of a planned U.K. tour with All Time Low.

"From the day we started this band, the four of us agreed that we not only wanted to write and play songs together for the rest of our lives, but we also wanted to build a strong community through our music and provide a safe place for ourselves and our fans to express our shared values through creativity, open-mindedness, love and respect," the band stated. "Recently, an allegation was made about Mike from an anonymous source pertaining to events dating back nearly ten years ago. We are taking this allegation seriously and would like to share the steps we are taking in response." Read more including the full statement here.

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Stone Sour's Corey Taylor Releases Unplugged 'Tired' Video

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor is streaming a performance video from his just released "Live In London" acoustic live package.

The new clip features his performance of the Stone Sour song "Tired" and was captured during the special acoustic show at the KOKO in London back on May 18th in 2016.

Taylor released "Live In London" via his official website late last week which features unplugged performances from his bands as well as covers from such artists as KISS, The Eagles, Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, The Cure, R.E.M., the Grateful Dead and more.

Corey had this to say, "London is a city that holds a special place in my heart and I'm so happy this night was captured for you all to see. It was certainly a show I will always remember." Watch the video here.

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Linkin Park Address Chester Bennington Hologram Speculation

(Radio.com) Since Chester Bennington's death by suicide in July, Linkin Park have put on a tribute show and released a live album, but their future as a band remains uncertain.

During a recent Instagram Live chat one fan wondered whether the group would possibly perform with a hologram of Bennington--a notion Mike Shinoda quickly shut down.

"I've actually heard other people outside the band suggest that and there's absolutely no way," he said. "I can't do a hologram Chester, you guys. That would be the worst."

"For any of you guys who have lost a loved one, best friend, family member, can you imagine having a hologram of them?" he added. "Awful. I can't do it. I don't know what we're going to do, but we'll figure it out eventually." Read more here.

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Judas Priest's Rob Halford Reacts To Rock Hall Snub

(hennemusic) Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford shared his first public comments on the band's failure to be inducted into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in an interview with Phoenix, AZ radio station 100.7 KSLX on December 13, and video from the session is streaming online.

Eligible since 1999, the band picked up their first nomination in 2018 and Halford told KSLX's Mark & Neanderpaul the experience was both positive and bittersweet. "Personally, I would love it, yeah," said Halford on the day of the Rock Hall inductees announcement. "I've said it before, I think we deserve it. We've put our 10,000 hours in and more. And beyond that, we just feel that heavy metal music deserves more space on the shelf at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

"We were thrilled and honored to be even nominated, but it's kind of bittersweet we got the nomination, which is something of a recognition for the work that you've done, but we didn't quite get in this time. But I'm hopeful that eventually we'll get some more metal [in there]." Read more and watch the interview here.

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Coverdale Confirms Whitesnake Hit Was Written For B.B. King

(Gibson) It's long been rumored and now David Coverdale has confirmed it: 'Fool For Your Loving', Whitesnake's first big hit, released in 1980, was originally written for blues legend B.B. King.

In a video posted by Whitesnake, Coverdale talks about the song's genesis, describing how he and guitarist Mick Moody worked on the song first, crafting the pre-chorus and chorus but weren't satisfied with the verse they'd come up with. Whitesnake's other guitarist, Bernie Marsden, took over and came up with a new verse. Prior to that, however, Marsden had interviewed B.B. King for a British music magazine and at the time, King suggested that the band write a song for him. Thinking that 'Fool For Your Loving' might be the song for King, the band recorded a demo but liked it so much, they decided to add their own rock riffage flavor to it and keep it for themselves.

As Coverdale explains it, "One of the ideas was - I think B.B. at the time was working with The Crusaders, so there was this really kind of funky jazz groove underneath, and that's how I was hearing 'Fool for Your Loving' for him…but when we did the *sings main riff* - I went, 'Oh, geez, 'cmon!' So Birch and I looked at each other and said, 'I think we should hang on to this.' Sorry B.B. And that was our first significant hit around the world." Read more here.

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Liam Gallagher Reunites With Oasis Bandmate At Hometown Show

(Gibson) It's been almost a decade since Britpop legends Oasis split up, but the core of the band - brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher - are active and kicking. Both are releasing new albums within a month of each other this year. In some ways it's like they never left, with their ongoing feud reaching fever pitch over the last year, in interviews and on social media.

However, what of the other members of Oasis? Founding member Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs has kept a low profile since leaving the band during the recording of fourth album Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants in 1999. Since then, he's played a few times with Liam Gallagher's Oasis offshoot Beady Eye, but beyond that he's pretty much stayed out of the spotlight.

Over the weekend though, Arthurs took the stage to close out the concert at Liam Gallagher's massive hometown gig in Manchester. Joining Gallagher and band, Arthurs played on a trio of Oasis classics - 'Cigarettes and Alcohol', 'Wonderwall' and 'Live Forever' - to bring the curtains down on Gallagher's first ever solo UK tour. It was a fitting end, as Arthurs had also played on another Oasis classic 'Be Here Now,' at Liam's first solo gig in Manchester this May. Read more here.

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Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon Streams New Solo Song

The Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon has released a brand new single entitled "If Your Prayers Don't Get To Heaven", which comes his forthcoming solo album "Sleepwalkers"

The new song follows the release of the lead track "Forget Me Not" and Fallon, who will be releasing the album on February 9th, had the following to say about this new single:

"I took a Motown beat and some fingerstyle guitar and wrote a letter for the times when we feel like our prayers and dreams seem to hit nothing but ceilings. When really, they're being looked after by our loved ones until they leave the waiting room." Check out the song here.

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Dave Grohl Appears In 'SNL' New Year's Eve Short Film

(Radio.com) Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl makes a cameo appearance in a new short film from last weekend's (Dec. 16) year-ending episode of Saturday Night Live.

The video, titled "New Year's Kiss," features cast member Beck Bennett trying his best to catch up with fellow cast member Kyle Mooney and friends on New Year's Eve. As Mooney and pals keep hopping from spot to spot, Bennett has to go to greater lengths to catch up with them.

When Bennett finds himself in a stark, white room, he has to confront a "weird wolf-looking guard guy" played by Grohl to get to the next stop. "Hmmm…someone looks familiar in this bit," the Foo Fighters wrote, posting the video to the band's official Twitter account. Watch the clip--which was cut from the episode for time-- here.

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36 Crazyfists Release 'Wars To Walk Away From' Video

36 Crazyfists have released a brand music video for their track "Wars To Walk Away From." The song comes from their latest studio album "Lanterns", which was released back in September.

Frontman Brock Lindow had these comments about the new clip, "We had a blast doing our new video for Wars To Walk Away From in the early hours of a nice brisk fall morning in Virginia with director Justin Reich and his killer crew.

"Capturing the live sense of the band as we ripped through a song about the journey of leaving what's behind you as far as you can and envisioning what's in front of you with northern eyes…" here.

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Katatonia Cancel Shows, Go On Hiatus As They Ponder Future

Katatonia have announced that they have canceled their upcoming dates as they will be going on a "short-term hiatus" to re-evaluated their future, the group revealed to fans on social media.

They shared the following update with fans on Facebook this past Friday, "Following our re-scheduled dates for the Baltics and Russia in Feb/March, due to recent issues and injury, it will mark the end of the touring cycle for The Fall of Hearts and after much deliberation we have decided that we will put Katatonia on a short-term hiatus.

"We need to take some time out to re-evaluate what the future holds for the band. Unfortunately this will affect the live dates in Norway, Germany, Spain and Poland, and we are deeply sorry for any inconvenience caused."

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Roxy Music Expand Debut Album For 45th Anniversary

(Gibson) Roxy Music's self-titled debut album is getting the 45th anniversary expanded treatment. Originally released in the summer of 1972, the glam-rock touchstone will be available in a variety of configurations, including a 3-CD/DVD Super Deluxe boxed set, a 2-CD and digital Deluxe Edition, and as a 180-gram vinyl LP.

Included in the boxed set are demos, alternate takes, BBC radio performances, and a DVD featuring promos, BBC TV appearances, and footage from a Paris concert staged in November 1972. A 136-page book will be packaged with the set as well.

Reflecting on the making of the album, guitarist Phil Manzanera said, "At 21, my musical dreams came true, recording this album with these wonderfully talented and unique band members. Magical times, magical music."

The anniversary box set will be released on February 2, 2018. Read more here.

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Dave Navarro Reveals His Favorite Guitarist Of All Time

(Gibson) As a founding member of Jane's Addiction, a former Red Hot Chili Peppers' guitarist and as the man behind the guitar riff on Alanis Morissette's breakthrough hit 'You Oughta Know', Dave Navarro's place in the pantheon of guitar greats is assured. However, every guitarist - no matter how illustrious and accomplished - is inspired by the guitarists who came before them.

In Navarro's case, that guitarist is Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. Speaking to Los Angeles Magazine, Navarro recounted how attending a Roger Waters concert recently inspired him to go back into his Pink Floyd collection: "I'll tell you what, I went to see Roger Waters this year and that brought up so many emotions about music that are so powerful to me. I grew up on that.

"Pink Floyd is my all-time favorite band and David Gilmour is my favorite guitar player of all time. After, I immediately got all the Pink Floyd albums on vinyl and that has led to a complete rediscovery and appreciation for music that I may have lost touch with many years ago." Read more here.

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Sufjan Stevens Almost Had Bigger Role In 'Call Me By Your Name'

(Gibson) Call Me By Your Name, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival has been picking up accolades throughout the year. Rated by Time as one of the top 10 films of the year, it picked up three nominations at this year's Golden Globes, including Best Picture and is strongly tipped to be one of the frontrunners at next year's Oscars.

As it turns out, folk-pop singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens - who contributed two moving original songs to the film, as well as a remix of an older song - almost had a role in the movie. According to an interview in Deadline, the film's director Luca Guadagnino wanted Stevens to lend his voice as a narrator in the film as well as making an appearance as a bard, "almost as a break in the narrative."

In the interview, Stevens says that he told Guadagnino, "I think this voiceover is a mistake, and I think the interruption of me singing the song is a mistake." I think he was just thinking out loud. I don't know if he was really committed to the idea. So I said, "I'll write you some songs, but that's all I think you need from me." And he agreed. When I saw the first edit, he said, "You were right, this doesn't need a monologue or an interruption." here.

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Royal Blood Streaming Full London Concert Online

(hennemusic) Royal Blood are streaming video of a December 16 performance at the House Of Vans in London UK in support of their latest album, "How Did We Get So Dark?"

Directed by Paul Dugdale (Rolling Stones, Jeff Lynne's ELO), the hour-long, 13-song set was webcast live by the duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher after more than 10,000 fans applied for free tickets to the intimate event.

The band had a big year in their homeland as "How Did We Get So Dark?" debuted atop the UK charts upon its release in June to duplicate the success of the band's 2014 self-titled record, the fastest-selling British rock debut album in their native country in three years.

The group received the chart-topping news just prior to taking to the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury festival on June 23, and stopped their hour-long performance at the UK event to share the achievement with fans and to toast the crowd with champagne.

"How Did We Get So Dark?" was recorded in Brussels, Belgium with producer Joylon Thomas and London, UK with co-producer Tom Dalgety. Watch the full London show here.

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Singled Out: Silent Theory's Watch Me Burn

Silent Theory recently released a video for their song "Watch Me Burn," the second single off of their "Delusions" album and to celebrate we asked Mitch Swanger to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

I had written the music for "Watch Me Burn" years ago. Every once in a while I'd pull the music out of the vault and jam it on the piano in hopes that I could magically have lyrics pop into my head, which never happened. I'd start to write a few lyrics, think they sucked, erase them, and throw the song back into the vault. One of my problems is I am a perfectionist so I can be notorious for writing a song, not being satisfied and starting over. That is essentially what continually happened with "Watch Me Burn." When we were writing the album, Delusions, I showed the band the piano piece I had written to see if they wanted to do anything with it, which they did, so back to the drawing table I went.

It was June 2016, and we were getting ready to hit the studio and I had bits and pieces of what would be "Watch Me Burn," but I certainly didn't have a complete song and became panicked. One day I invited Dakota over to help me write the rest. We sat on my back porch and drank beer and smoked cigars and essentially cranked the song out. Side note, Dakota has a really interesting and poetic way of piecing lyrics together, so he's the perfect writing partner because he is able to really think outside of the box. While we were writing the song, we were in the throes of the upcoming presidential election. It didn't matter where you looked or what you did, it was constantly in your face. It doesn't matter what political side you stand on, I think everyone can agree that it was a really ugly election. A lot of "WTF?!" moments. Common themes emerged just like they always do; empty promises and constant threats among everyone. While Silent Theory is not a political band, nor would I ever want us to be, we felt compelled to write about what was consistently surrounding us at the time, which was backstabbing politics. The song ended up being about just that.

We didn't expect the song to have the success that it did. We all enjoy it as a band, but never considered it to be a second single off of our album, following our first single, "Fragile Minds." Enough of our fan base spoke, and we eventually gave in to shooting a music video.

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

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