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Cha-cha-changes... If you are a regular Day In Rock reader, you may have noticed some slight changes over the past few weeks. Don't worry, you will still be able to enjoy the report like you always have but we are making some changes behind the scenes and will be gradually transitioning to a live format so we can bring you stories as they break and even more stories.

What this means is if you want to check in once a day you can view the report each day in the traditional way but those who want more timely news will be able to check in throughout the day for the latest stories.

We hope to be fully transitioned by the New Year. For now, we will be doing two or three updates during the day; the traditional morning one, as well as one in the afternoon and some evenings. (Today we just have a short report but will be publishing the Page Too report later in the day. We will begin the transition format tomorrow)

We are also looking at bringing back the fan comment sections that were sadly removed due to spammers and trolls. In our early years the fans sections were our favorite part of the site and we hope we can bring them back for everyone to enjoy and offer their views on the news topics. Look for those to return sometime later this month.

We may experiment with things a little as we transitions so please be patient as we figure out the best way to bring you the top rock news of the day as we begin our third decade next year!

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Ozzy Osbourne and Avenged Sevenfold Lead Music Festival Lineup

(Gibson) First, the news dropped that Ozzy Osbourne will embark on a farewell tour, starting with overseas dates in 2018. Now, we have Ozzy's first official U.S. tour date for 2018, and it's a major festival gig alongside a crop of other metal and rock acts.

Ozzy Osbourne and Avenged Sevenfold are slated to headline the 2018 Welcome to Rockville festival, they are joining the previously announced headliners Foo Fighters.

The Welcome to Rockville lineup also brings Halestorm, Queens of the Stone Age, Stone Sour, Five Finger Death Punch, Godmsack, Breaking Benjamin, Killswitch Engage, Black Veil Brides, Sevendust, Asking Alexandria, Bullet for My Valentine, Billy Idol, Hollywood Undead, Atreyu, Pop Evil, Clutch, Greta Van Fleet, Avatar, Baroness and Trivium, among others. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Looks Back In Landmarks Preview Clip

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Landmarks Live In Concert host Chad Smith discuss the music their families listened to when they were growing up and how it impacted them in a new video preview of the November 10 broadcast of the new PBS series.

"When I was a kid, 70's AM radio…" begins the singer…"RULED!" adds Smith. "I swear to God," continues Grohl, "still like…that's got such a big place in my heart. 10CC, Andrew Gold, and Gerry Rafferty."

The Foos frontman goes on to explain that his collection of hardcore punk growing up was dramatically different from his father's trained background as a classical flautist and his mother's love of show tunes, while his older sister had an interest in new wave and classic rock at the time, but that there was common ground to be had in the Grohl household.

"I would dip into everybody's albums and listen to them," adds the rocker, while the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer had a similar experience. "I did the same thing," says Smith of raiding his older sister's collection of soft rock music that he feels influenced him somewhere along the way.

The "Landmarks Live In Concert" episode sees the Foo Fighters perform at the ancient Acropolis theater in Athens, Greece during a July concert at the venue. Read more and see the clip here.

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John Fogerty and Brad Paisley Team For Veterans Tribute

(Radio.com) Country star Brad Paisley and classic rock legend John Fogerty united last night (Nov. 6) for an epic 14-song performance in front of the USS Iowa in Los Angeles.

The show was presented by Jimmy Kimmel Live! as a special Veteran's Day tribute. The combined set was peppered with tracks from both artists, including Fogerty classics including "Bad Moon Rising," "Proud Mary" and "Centerfield." Among the Paisley songs performed were "Old Alabama," "American Saturday Night" and "Mud on the Tires."

Jimmy Kimmel Live! has shared all 14 songs on the show's YouTube page. Watch Fogerty and Paisley perform "Mud on the Tires" and "Fortunate Son" here.

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'Sgt. Pepper's' Cover Updated To Feature Artists Lost in 2017

(Radio.com) British artist Chris Barker has shared a new rendering of the Beatles' iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover honoring stars who've passed away this year.

Among the artists featured include Tom Petty, Fats Domino, Chester Bennington, Chuck Berry, Chris Cornell, Gord Downie of Tragically Hip, Al Jarreau and Glen Campbell. The artwork also features non-musicians such as Roger Moore and Hugh Hefner.

This is Chris Barker's second such version of the album cover. He produced one last year featuring Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Glenn Frey, George Martin and more.

"Last year I was surprised at the amount of attention my Sgt. Pepper montage of all the big names we had lost received in the media," Barker told Billboard. "Millions of retweets, articles online, newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, at home and around the world. It genuinely got to the point where I wouldn't have been surprised to see someone getting it as a tattoo." Read more and see a larger image of the cover here.

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Singled Out: The Coronas' Real Feel

Irish rockers The Coronas scored a No.1 debut with their new album "Trust The Wire" and tonight they kick off the U.S. portion of their North American tour. To celebrate we asked Danny O'Reilly to tell us about their song "Real Feel." Here is the story:

I had the basic idea for the chords to the main verse of the song and the syncopated rhythm when I brought it to my sister, Roisin O, and her guitar player John Broe, who had written with us before.

I was talking to Roisin about how it's cool when you meet someone early in a relationship and their personality surprises you. I often describe things as 'Real' but Roisin came up with the 'Real Feel' phrase. John did some great work on the drum pattern which survives in the album version now.

I brought a rough demo of what the 3 of us came up with to the rest of the band and we worked tirelessly on it. Sometimes a song comes together quickly but we actually demoed this song twice more and were still changing it when we brought it into studio with Eliot James, our producer. Eliot added some amazing percussion parts and synth lines that really brought it all together so we felt it was fair to give him a writing credit on the song too. It was a song that really came together in the mixing stage, lyrically I like its optimism and I was delighted to put down my acoustic guitar and piano and start playing electric guitar again, it led me to play a bit more of it on other songs on the album too. A fun song to play live, it's gotten great radio play for us and at the moment is our live show opener!

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

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Nickelback Going Vegas Early Next Year

(hennemusic) Nickelback are going Vegas. The band has announced that they will play a residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV early next year.

Billed as the band's only North American dates in 2018, the five-night run in support of "Feed The Machine" will begin February 23, with shows running to March 3.

Co-produced by the band and Chris Baseford (Slash, Shinedown), "Feed The Machine" debuted at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 this past June with opening week sales of 47,000 units, including 43,000 in traditional album sales. Read more here.

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'Star Wars' 40th Anniversary Vinyl Box Details Revealed

(Radio.com) This year marks the 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars movie, and a commemorative vinyl set will include something truly special: a 3D Death Star hologram.

The iconic Star Wars: A New Hope movie soundtrack, conducted and composed by the legendary John Williams, will be spread across the 3-LP box set hand-etched by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science.

Side A of the third disc will house the hologram. For optimal viewing, use a direct light source or simply hold a mobile phone flashlight above the vinyl to view the hologram, according to a press release. Side B features the Star Wars 40th Anniversary logo etched into the vinyl.

The box set includes rare photos of the film's production and scoring sessions. Additionally, two essays are featured in the hardcover book. Read more here.

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Metallica Release Live Videos From Antwerp Concert

(hennemusic) Metallica performed a pair of tracks from their latest album, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", during two shows at Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium last week, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

Videos of "Moth Into Flame" from a November 1 appearance and "Dream No More" from a November 3 date have surfaced as part of the final two concerts on the group's fall tour of Europe.

Produced by Greg Fidelman, drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist James Hetfield, the band's tenth album topped the charts in 57 countries around the world upon its release last fall.

Metallica will 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. Read more and watch the videos here.

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Robert Plant To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award Honor

(hennemusic) Robert Plant will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the UK Americana Music Association as part of their 2018 awards event in London on February 1.

The group's highest honor goes to a UK artist for outstanding contribution to the Americana genre over the span of a career and life in music. Set to take place at the Hackney Empire in East London, the third UK Americana Awards show will recognize the achievements of British and International members of the Americana music community in a variety of categories.

The awards are part of the music industry group's AmericanaFestUK event, which features showcases and a conference over the January 31-February 1 window. Read more here.

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Bring Me the Horizon's Oli Sykes Reflects On Chester Bennington's Influence

(Radio.com) Bring Me the Horizon frontman Oli Sykes discussed the profound influence that late Linkin Park's Chester Bennington had on him in a new interview.

"When I heard the news he had died I was in Los Angeles, not too far away from where it happened. At first I didn't believe it, to be honest," Sykes told Kerrang.

"When it was clear it was real, I felt weird. I know we've lost a lot of great artists over the years, but no-one had the impact and influence on my life that he did. Him as a vocalist and his band are genuinely responsible for the path I chose in life.

"Losing someone that you don't actually know - obviously I met him, but I couldn't call him a friend - is such a strange feeling. I feel like I miss his presence, even though I didn't really know him. I think it's important that you grieve and appreciate what you and we've all lost."

The singer when on to detail how Bennington's vocal style influenced him as a performer. Read about that here.

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Weezer Rock 'Happy Hour' On 'The Late Late Show'

(Radio.com) On Monday night, Weezer appeared The Late Late Show to perform "Happy Hour." The song comes from their new album California Daydream, which is a delightful, divisive confection of Beach Boys vibes and warm, nostalgic moods.

Rivers Cuomo recently clapped back at fans who expected something heavier to follow-up the band's acclaimed White Album and the band continues to promote California Daydream and its singles with gusto.

Fans will get to experience Pacific Daydream on the road when Weezer joins forces with Pixies this summer. The joint tour kicks off June 23 in Tampa and wraps up in Phoenix on August 12. Meanwhile, Cuomo confirmed that the much-anticipated "Black Album" will be the next Weezer release. Fans of a darker, heavier Weezer will get what they want soon. Watch "Happy Hour" on 'Corden' here.

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Walk the Moon Stream New Song 'Kamikaze'

(Radio.com) Walk the Moon have shared new song, 'Kamikaze,' the fourth advance track from the forthcoming full-length, What If Nothing, which will be hitting stores at the end of the week..

The emotional "Kamikaze" follows previously released tracks "One Foot," "Headphones" and "Surrender." "Mama, stepping out a party, no matter what you call it, I'm a kamikaze," frontman Nicholas Petricca sings on the hook. "Abandon all your logic, and put your money on it, I'm a kamikaze."

Fans will get to hear all of the band's new songs when What If Nothing is released this Friday, Nov. 10. In the meantime, check out an online stream of their new track here.

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