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Day in Rock Report for 06/16/2017


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Journey Would Love Steve Perry Reunion But Do Not Need It

Talk of Journey reuniting with former singer Steve Perry hit a fevered pitch this past spring when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame but fans hoping that a big pay day would motivate such a reunion are out of luck.

Guitarist Neal Schon has expressed in numerous interviews that he remains open to working with Steve Perry again in some capacity and appeared genuinely moved by reconnecting with Perry on a personal level at the Rock Hall induction, but the guitarist doesn't believe that a reunion would prove financially more successful than the current lineup of the group.

Many bands reunite their classic lineups for financial reasons but Journey is currently enjoying some of the biggest success of their long career touring arenas with Arnel Pineda as their frontman.

Schon recently told Atlantic City Weekly, "You know what people don't understand is that we couldn't even possibly be doing better right now even if he (Perry) was with us. It's taken a lot of hard work to build it back up, but you know what, we're here again. We're sitting there. And management is the first one to tell me it couldn't possibly be bigger."

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Fleetwood Mac Planning To Embark On World Tour

(Gibson) Fleetwood Mac are planning to stage a world tour in 2018, according to band member Christine McVie. In an interview with the U.K.'s The One Show, McVie said, "We're going to start rehearsing in March, next year. The tour is around June. It will be global."

Just days ago, McVie and fellow Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham released their self-titled duets album, a record that also features Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.

Stevie Nicks, who is set to begin a series of solo dates, recently told Rolling Stone that she will return to the Fleetwood Mac fold at the end of 2017. "I will be back with them at the end of the year for, I think, another tour. I just needed my two years off. Until then, I wish them the best in whatever they do." Read more here.

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Stone Sour Release Performance Video For New Song 'Mercy'

Stone Sour are gearing up to release their new studio album "Hydrograd" on June 30th and the band are offering another preview of one its tracks via a new performance video.

The band is now streaming a video of a live performance of one of the new album's track entitled "Mercy" which was captured at the Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, CA.

This is the fourth song that the group has previewed from the new record, following the release of the tracks "Song #3," "Fabuless," and "Taipei Person/Allah Tea". Check out the video here.

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Derek Trucks Reflects On His Last Visit With Gregg Allman

Allman Brothers Band star Derek Trucks revealed that a visit with Gregg Allman three weeks before his death made him realize that the band leader was losing his battle with cancer.

Up until then Trucks held on to the belief that Allman would beat the disease that ultimately claimed his life last month. Derek tells Rolling Stone (via UCR) "I think, until that day, that was how I felt about it all along," Trucks reflected on the last visit. I was like, 'Oh, yeah, I know he's going through some stuff, but s-, he'll be fine. That dude is invincible.' Then you realize that there's some things you can't just walk through."

Trucks also discussed the last time he performed with Allman, which was during a Tedeschi Trucks Band show in Charlotte, NC last summer where Gregg jammed the song "One Way Out" with Derek and his solo bandmates.

"It was right towards the end. I didn't fully know it at the time, but he was very sick. He really went past the point of when he could physically do it. But I think he loved being out there and doing it. He wasn't in his best place physically. But the fact that he came out - you could feel this wave from the audience, just seeing him there. It makes you realize how f***ing important that guy was to so many people."

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Queens Of The Stone Age Release New Song 'The Way You Used To Do'

(Radio.com) Queens of the Stone Age have released their new single, "The Way You Used To Do" from their album "Villians", which is scheduled to hit stores on August 25.

The album was produced by Mark Ronson, most widely known for his work with Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Adele as well his lengthy DJ career. Less than 24 hours before the song's release, QOTSA released a promo video with frontman Josh Homme forced to endure a polygraph test while hilariously announcing the album's title and first single.

Homme explained Ronson's appointment as producer during an interview this morning with KROQ's Kevin & Bean, saying that "Even though it's more difficult, I love the process of making a record the most. It's where you actualize the sounds in your head. I feel like I'm chasing break lights and dust my whole life and it's where you almost feel like you catch up to this thing finally… and it's fun to share it."

"You know, Ronson is really funny," he continued. "He's very articulate, he's very honest, and he kinda keeps things on task. The whip only cracks at one end so he sort of kept it moving. And, you kind of agree to go spelunking together. You repel down into this cavern and try to find something. I really do look at it like picking the right partner that you enjoy their company so that when you run into trouble you can sort of laugh and say, 'oh, whatever.'" Read more here.

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Bob Dylan Nobel Prize Speech Sparks Controversy

(Radio.com) Music legend Bob Dylan is facing accusations of plagiarizing lines for his Nobel Prize for Literature Lecture from SparkNotes, an online version of CliffsNotes.

There are allegedly some similarities between the words Dylan that used and some phrasing contained in the SparkNotes entry for Moby Dick, according to an online report.

And in his speech, Dylan quoted a Quaker priest who says, 'Some men who receive injuries are led to God, others are led to bitterness." The line isn't in any current version of the book, noted writer Ben Greenman.

But SparkNotes and Dylan do, indeed, seem to be on the same page. The online resource describes the preacher as "someone whose trials have led him toward God rather than bitterness."

There were reportedly 19 other similar instances in Dylan's Nobel Prize speech. Read more here.

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Arcade Fire Tease New Track With 'Ritalin Cereal' Commercial

(Radio.com) Arcade Fire are preparing for the release of Everything Now, their fifth studio album next month. On the road, they've performed new material including the album's title track and "Creature Comfort," among others.

For the album's promotional spots the group is starting to think outside the box. Arcade Fire just released a "Creature Comfort" teaser video--a commercial for breakfast cereal that's just marshmallows and the stimulant Ritalin.

Could it be Everything Now's second single? The album is scheduled to hit stores on July 28th. Until then fans can watch the spoof ad for "Creature Comfort" cereal here.

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David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust Anniversary Celebrated In The Studio

The 45th anniversary of David Bowie's landmark "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" album is celebrated in the latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over the following details:

David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album sounded unlike any album before it and precious few ever since. Bowie had in many ways already shown his chameleon ways from his Mod beginnings to his psuedo-psychedelic folk rock Space Oddity and later with his acoustic inspired Dylan channeling Hunky Dory. But it would be the invention of the cosmic character Ziggy Stardust that would give Bowie mesmerizing influence over an otherwise dull musical landscape.

In this archival interview prior to his 2016 death, David confesses to In The Studio show producer/host Redbeard what American artists were influencing Bowie at the time. "I think that the person I was listening to out of America, as much as Little Richard at the time, would have been Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground."

Bowie later goes on to describe the cultural climate that made Ziggy Stardust possible. "It was a ball of knotty string and there were all these threads running through all of culture, and it really didn't matter which art form it came from, that I felt it could be developed for record and stage and make rock something other than it was at the time." Stream the episode here.

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Yoko Ono Gets Songwriting Credit For John Lennon's 'Imagine'

(Radio.com) Nearly 50 years after the release of John Lennon's iconic song "Imagine," the publishers of the song have named the Beatles legend's widow Yoko Ono as a co-writer of the song.

During the National Music Publishers Association's Centennial annual meeting in New York on Wednesday (June 14), "Imagine" was honored with the Centennial Song Award.

Lennon's Imagine album was released in 1971. The title track was the best-selling single of his solo career. At Wednesday's gathering, an old BBC interview with Lennon was played which showed the singer admitting that his wife was the co-writer on the song.

"Actually that should be credited as a Lennon-Ono song because a lot of it -- the lyric and the concept -- came from Yoko," Lennon said. "But those days I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho, and I sort of omitted to mention her contribution. But it was right out of 'Grapefruit,' her book. There's a whole pile of pieces about 'Imagine this' and 'Imagine that.'"

Both Ono and son Sean Ono Lennon were in attendance to honor the song and receive the award, never expecting that Yoko would receive a co-credit. Read more here.

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Neil Young Pulls The Plug Bridge School Benefit After 30 Years

(Radio.com) For 30 years, Neil Young has hosted an annual benefit concert for the Bridge School, a non-profit facility that serves students with severe speech and physical impairments.

This year, the show will not go on. Young and the school released joint statements thanking supporters for their years of contributions and confirming that this year's benefit is canceled.

"After thirty years of hosting the Bridge School Concerts, I would like to say thanks to everyone involved," Young said. "Of course, I love the students most of all because the light in their eyes tells me we have been doing the right thing for the last thirty years. We have earned millions of dollars and the school is stable financially, able to go forward although we still need an endowment and would welcome one."

"Although I will continue in fundraising efforts, for personal reasons beginning this year I will no longer be hosting The Bridge School Concert," he added. 'I wish everyone the best as the school heads into the future." Read more here.

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Overkill And Crowbar Lead Metal Alliance Tour Lineup

Organizers have announced that thrash metal veterans Overkill will be headlining their year's edition of the Metal Alliance Tour across the United States in September.

Overkill will be touring in support of their latest album "The Grinding Wheel", which was released earlier this year. They will be joined on the trek by Crowbar, Havok, Black Fast and Invidia featuring former members of Skinlab.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on September 8th at The Forge in Joliet, IL and will run until September 25th where it will conclude with the final show in Salt Lake City at The Grand @ The Complex. See the dates here.

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Chuck Berry's 'Darlin' Video A Nostalgic Father's Day Tribute

(Radio.com) Chuck Berry's first album in 38 years arrived last Friday (June 9) to rave reviews. Now, less than a week later, his team has debuted his second-ever music video "Darlin'" as a nostalgic father's day tribute to the late Berry.

The song is a soft, sweet duet between Berry and his daughter, Ingrid, and features three generations of Berry guitarists, Chuck, Charles Berry Jr. and Charles Berry III.

In the new music video, fans can see never-before-seen Berry family video footage, along with rare photos, and clips from home movies. Watch the new visual here.

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Metallica Release 'Atlas, Rise' Live Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 2016 single, "Atlas, Rise!", at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX on June 11, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The second single from "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart upon its release last fall as the band were playing warm-up dates for the WorldWired tour in South America.

The Houston date marked the start of the second month of Metallica's summer North American tour, which kicked off at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD on May 10.

The stadium shows will wrap up in Edmonton, AB on August 16 before the group heads to Europe for a fall arena tour. Watch the live video here.

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Dave Grohl Reaches Out To Husband Of Fan Who Died Of Cancer

(Radio.com) Dave Grohl has a big heart, as he proved yet again by sending a touching note to the husband of UK Foo Fighters fan who recently died of cancer. The woman, Laura Plane, suffered an eight-year battle with the disease before she died last year.

She and her husband Jon were huge Foo fans. When they were married, they danced to the band's song "Everlong" for their first dance and they had planned to attend a Foo Fighters gig to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

But Laura was too ill to make the show. So her husband posted a note to the band to ask them to play "Everlong" at Glastonbury festival in her honor. After the post went viral Grohl wrote a response to Plane on a piece of scrap paper: "Jon - Dave here," he wrote. "Heard about Laura. Sending you much love and hope and light. Will be thinking of you at Glasto. Take care mate." Read more here.

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U2's The Edge Les Paul Spirit Award Ceremony Goes Online

(Gibson) U2's The Edge was presented the Les Paul Spirit Award during a ceremony at the Bonnaroo Music Festival last Friday (June 9). The guitarist paid homage to Paul as he accepted the honor. Video footage of the event has been posted on YouTube.

"Les Paul … is without a doubt a man after my own heart," said The Edge. "An innovator, an incredible inventor, and an original. He had a spirit of invention and inquisitiveness … he was always after that sound that had never been heard before.

"I owe [him] a debt of gratitude, not only for the contributions made to music, but in terms of his contributions to the technology…. Multi-track recording probably wouldn't exist if it weren't for Les." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Terry Ilous' Whole Lotta Love

Terry Ilous (XYZ, Great White) just released his new covers album "Gypsy Dreams" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about his unique twist on the Led Zeppelin classic "Whole Lotta Love". Here is the story:

Hello, This is Terry IIous, and my new album is 'Gypsy Dreams, which is a retelling of classic rock favorites with some amazing Latin / Flamenco musicians joining me.

The very first song off the album I decided to release was Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love". "Whole Lotta Love" is hands down, one of my favorite rock n' roll songs of all time. This is the song that made me want to do this album in the first place. The song itself is sung in such a rhythmic and soulful way, that I had always envisioned it with some great Flamenco guitar backing it.

"Whole Lotta Love" was actually the very first rock n' roll song I ever learned to sing. This song always fascinated me because it was sexual, but not overtly so. It was the blues, yet it was not. The way the entire structure of the song was put together, and the way Plant sang it was a masterpiece. The moment Plant hit those high notes and the way Page and John Paul Jones played off each other, just completely blew me away.

When I was young I would always play "Whole Lotta Love" live, trying to emulate Page. But being young, I had no money and I couldn't afford a decent PA system, so I would actually sing through an old guitar amp with a really cheap microphone. The end result was that when I tried to play live, no one could hear me, and being that "Whole Lotta Love" was such a heavy song, that forced me push my vocals further and helped me develop a strong voice. Looking back, I do realize now that i was lucky I didn't blow my voice trying to hit those high notes with no PA. But in the end it was all worth it.

Since this song is so familiar and loved by us all, that when it came time to record, we did not rehearse any of it. The entire band got together in one room and actually performed it all together live in just one take. None of us recorded separately, nothing was added later. We hummed out a few ideas and would glance at each other for the lead, then we just sat and played.

The whole process was very gratifying. After all these years it was like revisiting an old friend, but this time I was able to do it the way I had envisioned the song for so long.

Album Features:
Terry Ilous - Vocals
Luis Villegas- Guitar
Jose Garcia- Guitar
Mike Paganini - Bass
Mike Bennett - Bass
Ben Woods - Guitar
Jesse Stern - Drums / Percussion
Chris Trujillo - Drums / Percussion
Al Velasquez - Drums / Percussion
Natalie Gelman - Background Vocals

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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