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Day in Rock Report for 11/01/2017


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Black Sabbath Legend Turned Down Eminem Collaboration Request

(Gibson) Tony Iommi recently made a startling revelation, telling the Musicians Institute that rapper Eminem made a strong pitch to contribute to the veteran guitarist's first solo album.

As reported by Loudwire, Eminem was on the verge of breakout success when he contacted Iommi nearly two decades ago. Unfamiliar with the rapper's work, however, the Black Sabbath guitarist declined the request and the collaboration never came to fruition.

Longtime Iommi fans are probably less surprised than others about Eminem's "near miss." Released in 200, the Iommi album featured a slew of musical guests - including Henry Rollins, Billy Corgan, Brian May, Serj Tankian, and Dave Grohl, among others. Read more here.

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Metallica Play Queen Classic In Manchester

(hennemusic) Metallica performed the Queen classic, "Stone Cold Crazy", at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England on October 28, and the band are streaming professional footage from the show.

The tune - which first appeared on Queen's 1974 release, "Sheer Heart Attack" - earned Metallica a 1991 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance when it appeared as a b-side to their worldwide hit, "Enter Sandman."

Metallica are currently in the final week of live dates for 2017 as they tour in support of their latest album, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct."

The fall leg across Europe wraps up in Antwerp, Belgium on November 3, following which the band will return home to headline a November 9 benefit concert at San Francisco's AT&T Park for those affected by the recent wildfires in California.

The longtime Bay Area residents will be joined by the Dave Matthews Band, G-Eazy, Rancid, Dead And Company and more for the event that will raise funds to assist families impacted by the fires and honor the thousands of first responders.

Metallica will return to live action with a spring 2018 run that will open in Lisbon, Portugal on February 1. Watch the video here.

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David Gilmour's Rare Television Appearance Goes Online

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour made a rare guest appearance on BBC2's "Front Row" program on October 28, and video from the show is streaming online.

The guitarist joined host and noted UK historian Mary Beard to discuss his recently-issued "Live At Pompeii" concert film, which captured his 2016 concerts at the ancient Roman amphitheatre and marked his return to the site 45 years after he first played there for Adrian Maben's classic film, "Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii."

Directed by Gavin Elder, the set sees Gilmour mix solo tracks and Pink Floyd classics, including the rarely-played "The Great Gig In The Sky" from "The Dark Side Of The Moon."

The BBC appearance also featured a live, in-studio performance of "A Boat Lies Waiting", from the guitarist's 2015 album, "Rattle That Lock." Watch video of appearance here.

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Deep Purple Preview Forthcoming Documentary

(hennemusic) Deep Purple are streaming a video preview of their forthcoming documentary, "From Here To inFinite", ahead of its Blu-ray release on November 3.

The project presents an inside look at the development and recording of the group's 20th album, "inFinite." Produced by Bob Ezrin during sessions in Nashville, TN last year, the band's 20th studio effort was issued in April.

The documentary delivers two hours of bonus material, including music videos, three previously unreleased live clips ("Time For Bedlam", "Birds Of Prey" and "Smoke On The Water") - all filmed and recorded at Hellfest 2017 - as well as in-depth behind the scenes footage, movie documentary outtakes, interviews, and an audio commentary by band members themselves.

A 2-disc Gold Edition of "inFinite" will also be released on November 3; the package presents the original album alongside a bonus disc of a previously unreleased 80-minute live show from France's Hellfest. here.

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Singled Out: Crown of Pity's Leviathan

Shoegaze band Crown of Pity gave their fans a treat on Halloween with the release of their new EP "Everlasting Sunday", and to celebrate we asked David Dutton to tell us about the single "Leviathan". Here is the story:

I know a lot of people go into recording at a studio for the first time with everything completely intact so that they can save money, and that's pretty much what we did. However recording our EP was broken up a lot based on the busy schedules of everyone involved and the fact that I was on tour for the first quarter of the year.

So the first day we went in to record everything, we had planned for 5 songs and had to record everything out of time. We didn't have a drummer at the point, so we played to the drum tracks I had programmed. We managed to get all the bass tracks down and most of the guitars done in that time.

While we were setting up the guitar though I was noodling around for about 15-20 minutes. Natalie recorded that on Instagram and this weird riff section stuck out to me. Since it would be a month until we went back in, I continued to write and went back to the one riff.

It ended up a lot different than most of the tracks, as it was a lot slower and didn't have anything to back it up like drums or what not. It almost wrote itself though by the end.

So we had this weird, depressing little solo guitar track about not quite regretting pushing friendship into romance. And then this fast ending came out of nowhere based on not regretting anything, and that tied it to everything else, so we decided to record it.

The day that we went in to finalize everything, I thought it would be a good idea to add keyboards in the bridge into the ending, and our producer/engineer Jeff Zeigler had a lot of great additional ideas, such as the high pitched harmonies and higher pads before the chorus. It may be the one track that kind of sticks out on the EP in some ways, but I see it as more of a bridge into the feeling of the ending.

Because of the addition of that track, we scrapped one that was supposed to be on there and added something that I had written while on tour because it all meshed together so much better. It opened up the possibility of letting the recording process be a little organic rather than so formulaic.

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

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Weezer Rock Late Night TV and Rivers Cuomo Chides Picky Fans

(Radio.com) Weezer stopped by The Late Show earlier this week set to perform "Happy Hour" from their new album Pacific Daydream. The record's sunny, unapologetically poppy approach to rock has disappointed some fans.

Instead of drawing from the band's early material it derives inspiration from the Beach Boys and embraces a carefree, SoCal aesthetic. Some Weezer followers were hoping for heavier material in response to the band's acclaimed "White Album," via a so-called "Black Album."

Frontman Rivers Cuomo responded to those fans on Instagram, sharing a meme that accuses Weezer fans of hypocrisy. "'Be yourself,' Weezer fans say in one line. But 'No, not like that,' they say in the next."

The picky fans may get what they want in the near future. Cuomo says "The Black Album" is near completion and may arrive in about six months. "'The Black Album' is almost done," he told Dazed, "and hopefully it comes out in May but this one got finished first and it's good, so we brought it out. I like putting out music and I don't like waiting around. I think I want to pick up the pace, actually."

For now, disgruntled Weezer followers can consider Pacific Daydream a sunny detour on the way to another weightier album. Watch the "Happy Hour" performance and Cuomo's Instagram post here.

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Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Speech Turned Into Book

(Radio.com) Bob Dylan's acceptance speech for his 2016 Nobel Prize in literature has been transformed into a new 32-page book, The Nobel Lecture, including a very limited edition.

The book is available as a standard hardcover, but will also be released in a signed and numbered limited edition of just 100 copies. The limited edition is for hardcore fans with a sizable disposable income, as it costs a cool $2,500.

Listen to Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature acceptance speech here.

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Gorillaz Streaming New Song 'Garage Palace'

(Radio.com) Damon Albarn and his cartoon cohorts Gorillaz are back, and they've brought British rapper Little Simz along for the ride. Gorillaz have shared a new song, "Garage Palace," taken from the vinyl box set of the outfit's latest album, Humanz, which features 14 bonus tracks.

"I just was really struck by her kind of individualism," Albarn said of working with Little Simz during an interview with Zane Lowe (via Pitchfork). "She's just not part of a scene, which is great for her."

"Garage Palace" comes with a music video that doubles as an "8-bit video game visualizer." Check out the track, which contains explicit language, here.

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