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Day in Rock Report for 10/25/2017


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Bob Seger Recovering From Surgery Following Canceled Shows

(hennemusic) Bob Seger is sharing an update on his health after recently postponing the remaining dates on his Runaway Train tour "to attend to an urgent medical issue concerning his vertebrae."

"Bob is on the road to recovery after undergoing surgery on Friday to address the medical issue causing the postponement of his tour," posted the singer's team to his social media sites on October 23. "According to his doctors. the surgery 'couldn't have gone better.'

"Bob wants to thank all his fans for the outpouring of well wishes and support. We hope to have news regarding dates for the tour soon." Seger launched the 2017 North American shows in Toledo, OH on August 24.

19 concerts in total were postponed recently, with rescheduled dates to be announced when available. Read more here.

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Kid Rock Announces New Album and Tour And Makes Senate News

(Radio.com) He's been a cowboy, the bull-god and a devil without a cause. Kid Rock, however, is not trying to be your next Michigan senator. Instead, the Michigan rocker has revealed a new album, Sweet Southern Sugar, due Nov. 3, followed by the "Greatest Show on Earth Tour 2018."

Kid Rock confirmed that he's not running for Senate during an interview with Howard Stern this morning (Oct. 24). "F— no, I'm not running for Senate. Are you kidding me?" the "Tennessee Mountain Top" singer told Stern (via Detroit Free Press). "Who couldn't figure that out? I'm releasing a new album. I'm going on tour too. Are you f—— s——- me?"

Rock categorized the Senate run rumors as a publicity stunt that took on a life of its own. "It's the worst advice I ever gave myself, but it's been the most creative thing I've ever done," he said. "And I've gotten to see everyone's true colors," adding that even people in his camp that were in on the stunt started to believe the Senate rumors. "I'm like f— no we're not doing it, but let's roll with it for a little while, this is awesome."

Sweet Southern Sugar is expected to include "country to classic rock, with a little rap sprinkled in between," according to a press release, while his 2018 tour launches in Nashville appropriately enough, at the Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 19. Read more including the dates here.

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Corey Taylor Talks Ozzfest Meets Knotfest

(Gibson) Stone Sour and Ozzy Osbourne are set to headline Ozzfest Meets Knotfest this year at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino the weekend of Nov. 4 and 5. It's a meaty lineup of hard rock and metal acts, also including Rob Zombie, Prophets of Rage, Deftones and many more.

This will be Stone Sour's first year performing at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest. Past festivals have featured frontman Corey Taylor's other band, Slipknot. So, what is Corey Taylor most stoked about when it comes to Ozzfest Meets Knotfest?

"Honestly, just having Stone Sour play," Taylor said during a video interview with me at Louder than Life festival that also included guitarist Roy Mayorga. "It'll be cool for these guys to be a part of it and just to see how massive it is and how big it's actually really gotten."

In other news, Taylor and Stone Sour are back with their first album of originals since 2013, Hydrograd, and while it may seem like the guys took some away from the band for other projects, Taylor says they've always stayed together.

"The thing is, we've never really been apart," Taylor said. "During all of the breaks and everything, we would get together and we would work on all of the material, whether it was the new material for this album or doing the covers for the 'Burbank' stuff or just hanging out. We just really enjoy hanging out together." Watch the full interview here.

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New Bruce Springsteen Track In 'Thank You For Your Service'

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen is currently lighting up the Big White Way on Broadway, but fans across the country can catch his music in the new film Thank You For Your Service.

The drama about an Iraq War veteran features "Freedom Cadence," a new song the Boss recorded for the film. The track plays over the closing credits and features Springsteen on banjo, harmonium and vocals.

Miles Teller, Haley Bennett and Amy Schumer appear in Thank You For Your Service, which is based on the real-life experiences of veteran Adam Schumann. Springsteen took melodic inspiration from the soldiers' marching cadence called "Freedom," reports USA Today. Read more here.

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Metallica Release Live Video For Classic Song From O2 Show

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1997 classic, "Fuel", at The O2 Arena in London, UK on October 22 and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The third single from the group's seventh album, "ReLoad", was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1999, while the project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 4 million copies.

The London appearance marked Metallica's return to the road following a rare, month-long break from their WorldWired tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct."

The fall European leg will wrap up with two dates in Antwerp, Belgium in early November before resuming with a spring 2018 run that will open in Lisbon, Portugal on February 1.

Following the fall shows, Metallica will release a series of 30th anniversary reissues of their 1986 album classic, "Master Of Puppets", on November 10. Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Heat Of Damage's The Gift

Northern California metallers Heat Of Damage recently released their brand new single "The Gift" and to celebrate we asked David Haug to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

The music for our newest single, "The Gift" was inspired by our desire to release a song that was heavier than material we had released before. We wanted to make a statement with a new release that we were taking on a heavier direction.

The lyrics deal with finding purpose, and casting away inhibitions or obstacles to that purpose into the past. "Let the burden fall away into the darkness that remains." Essentially, it's avoiding a life that dictates you instead of you dictating your life. We relate the feeling of a monotonous life to the Greek myth of Sisyphus, where Sisyphus pushes a heavy boulder up a mountain every day, only to have it roll back down and have to retrieve it, starting over again and again. "So raise your stones with a smile on your face…"

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

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Black Country Communion's Last Song For My Resting Place Video

(hennemusic) Black Country Communion are streaming an official video for the track "Last Song For My Resting Place", from their recently-released album, "BCCIV."

The supergroup of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham recorded their fourth set in Los Angeles with producer Kevin Shirley after reuniting last year following an early 2013 split.

"We had around 4 months to write this album, and I think the results speak for themselves," says Hughes. "All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums, however, the new album is more of a progression, as we wanted to be careful not to repeat the previous albums.

"A lot has happened since we last recorded the Afterglow album in 2013, so, in many ways, the new album shows BCC with a much harder, riffier and bigger and bolder sound. If you're looking for a folk album, this ain't the one. I wanted the new album to physically shake your soul."

"Last Song For My Resting Place" follows the project's lead single, "Collide."

Black Country Communion will launch "BCCIV" with two exclusive concerts in the UK in January, with shows at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on January 2 and London's Hammersmith Apollo on January 4. Watch the video here.

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Deep Purple's Ian Gillan Box Set Announced

(hennemusic) A new 3CD box set highlighting the solo works of Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan has been announced which will include several bonus tracks.

Due November 17, "The Voice Of Deep Purple: The Gillan Years" delivers three of the singer's projects - 1977's "Scarabus", 1988's "Accidentally On Purpose" and 1990's "Naked Thunder" - alongside five bonus tracks: "Smoke On The Water", "Black Night" and "Restless" from Gillan; "Child In Time" and "Woman From Tokyo" from Ian Gillan Band, plus an interview with the rocker in Tokyo during the Gillan Japanese tour.

"Scarabus" was the third and final studio album by the Ian Gillan Band. Gillan was co-billed on "Accidentally On Purpose" with Deep Purple bandmate and bassist Roger Glover.

The rocker issued "Naked Thunder" soon after his exit from Deep Purple in 1989 (he returned in 1992). Read more here.

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Steven Tyler Returns To The Stage Following Mystery Illness

(Radio.com) Last month, Aerosmith canceled dates on their South American tour so frontman Steven Tyler could seek "immediate care" for an undisclosed illness. The announcement caused concern so Tyler quickly reassured fans that he was on the mend. And over the weekend, Tyler seemed to prove he's back at full strength with a performance in Vancouver at a benefit concert for the David Foster Foundation.

He performed three Aerosmith classics--"Cryin,'" "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" and "Dream On"--for the event, attended by Oprah Winfrey, Carly Rae Jepsen and others. The Foundation, founded by legendary music producer David Foster, raised more than $10 million for children and families in need of organ transplants.

Throughout his mysterious medical ordeal, Tyler has maintained a sense of humor. "It breaks my heart to have left this tour early," he said last month. "The band has never played better … just watch the 100,000 people at Rock In Rio. I give you all an A+ for creative speculations, but I certainly did not have a heart attack or a seizure (unless Joe Perry is takin' a rippin' lead). Sorry to have cut the tour short, but I had to have a procedure that only my doc in the States could perform."

Sounds like Tyler may be back with the band soon. Watch footage of Tyler's set here.

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U2 Perform 'Ordinary Love' Unplugged On TV

(Radio.com) U2 are set to release their 14th studio album Songs of Experience later this year. In promotion of the album, the Irish rockers visited Brazilian TV show Fantastico on Sunday (Oct. 22)

They discussed the project and performed 2013's "Ordinary Love" atop a building, the picturesque Sao Paulo skyline visible behind them. During the interview, the band said the current political climate caused the album's delay.

"For me, I had to make it very personal," Bono told Fantastico host Alvaro Pereira Junior. Check out the online stream of the acoustic performance of 'Ordinary Love" here.

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Billy Corgan Covers Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball'

(Radio.com) Billy Corgan is currently on the road promoting his solo album Ogilala. During a show in Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theater last Friday (Oct. 20), he reached into Miley Cyrus' catalog for an unexpected cover.

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman played "Wrecking Ball" from Miley's 2013 album Bangerz. Fans on the ground shared audio from the cover and even paired the YouTube clip with a Photoshop job of Corgan riding Miley's iconic wrecking ball.

In the past, Corgan has expressed respect for Miley--and even offered to collaborate in the future. "The way I look at it is she's very talented," he said in 2013 interview. "As long as somebody's talented, you can argue all day about should they do this should they not. But she's very talented. She's a very good singer. So at least I can stand back and say qualitatively that she's a better pop star than 99.99% of them, even if I don't like the music."

What other covers will Billy tackle on tour? Time will tell. For now, enjoy his take on "Wrecking Ball" here.

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Billy Joel Becomes A Father For The Third Time

(Radio.com) Rock legend Billy Joel and his wife Alexis Roderick have welcomed their second child (and his third) — a daughter named Remy Anne Joel.

The baby was born Sunday night at 7:50 p.m. weighing 7 lbs. 3 oz. The couple announced the news via People and the Piano Man shared a beautiful first photo on Instagram.

"Sunday night, Billy and Alexis Joel (an accomplished equestrian) welcomed Remy Anne into their family," Joel's rep told the magazine. "Alexis and Remy are doing well, and everyone is thrilled." Read more and see the father-daughter photo here.

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