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Day in Rock Report for 09/22/2017


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Blink-182, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn Stars Lead Chester Bennington Benefit

(Radio.com) The roster for Linkin Park's upcoming Chester Bennington tribute show is filling out, and it's shaping up to be a truly epic evening of music with some major stars set to take part.

Blink-182 announced on Twitter that they will be among the acts to take the stage at the Hollywood Bowl show, as did Bring Me the Horizon frontman Oli Sykes, Korn singer Jonathan Davis, Kiiara, Yellowcard's Ryan Key, Machine Gun Kelly, members of System of a Down and Avenged Sevenfold.

Linkin Park's celebration of Chester Bennington's life is slated for October 27 at the Hollywood Bowl. See the tweets from the various artists announce that will be taking part here.

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KISS Stars Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley Reunite On Stage

(hennemusic) Original KISS members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley reunited for the first time in 16 years when the guitarist joined his former bandmate for four songs at The Children Matter Benefit Concert at CHS Field Stadium in St. Paul, MN on September 20 in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey, and video from the event is streaming online.

"Before you were born - there he is - 1973, in New York City, this guy and I and two other guys put together a band we never saw onstage - let's hear it for Ace Frehley," Simmons told the crowd as he welcomed the rocker to the stage. "He still looks great, goddamn it, doesn't he?" as Frehley began the intro to "Parasite," from KISS' second album, 1974's "Hotter Than Hell."

Alongside Simmons solo touring lineup, the pair then delivered "Cold Gin" from the band's self-titled 1974 debut and "Shock Me" from 1977's "Love Gun", before inviting dozens of fans on stage for the finale of KISS' signature song, "Rock And Roll All Nite."

The Children Matter is a collaborative initiative created by Simmons and the nonprofit Matter on the simple belief that the lives of children matter. Regardless of race, income, gender, religion, or location every child deserves the same access to a full and healthy life. Read more and watch video of the reunion jam here.

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Foo Fighters Carpool Karaoke Appearance Goes Online

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters rocked classics old and new during their appearance on the latest installment of Carpool Karaoke on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden, and video from the program is available online.

On the late night program to promote their newly-released ninth album, "Concrete And Gold", the Foos joined Corden for his ride to work while singing along with some of their classic tunes and tracks from the latest record.

Along the way, a discussion about drumming turned into an audition for the host as they pulled into a local Guitar Center to test out some gear. "Concrete And Gold" was co-produced by the band and Greg Kurstin (Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Sia) and mixed by Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead).

The Foo Fighters will launch the project with a fall US tour that will begin with their own Cal Jam 17 festival at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, CA on October 7, which will feature more than a dozen acts, including Queens Of The Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, Royal Blood and more.

The groups will follow the Cal Jam 17 event with an October 12 performance at the grand opening of the new Washington, DC venue, Anthem, before bringing their live show to arenas across the US, with dates scheduled into December. Watch the Carpool Karaoke segment here.

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Stone Temple Pilots Stream Unreleased Song 'Only Dying'

(hennemusic) The Stone Temple Pilots are streaming a demo of "Only Dying", a previously unreleased song that will appear on the September 29 release of multiple 25th anniversary deluxe editions of their debut album, "Core."

Demoed early in their career, the band had considered contributing the tune to the soundtrack to 1994's "The Crow", but decided it would be in poor taste after the film's star, Brandon Lee, was accidentally shot dead on set during the final weeks of production. The Stone Temple Pilots track, "Big Empty", was included in the official soundtrack release.

"That song was a little bit of a different direction for us," bassist Robert DeLeo tells Rolling Stone about 'Only Dying'. "It was based more off jazz-type chordings. As a songwriter, I wanted to spark people into different directions."

"I remember [singer] Scott [Weiland] really wanted to redo the song and quite honestly, the guitar tone we chose on that ... I don't know what I was thinking," adds guitarist Dean DeLeo. "Maybe I was listening to too much Robert Smith or something. It's a song where I don't think we reached our full potential as songwriters quite yet. But honestly, it really is a beautiful song."

"We wrote it maybe nine months after Dean joined the band, and we recorded it in a studio in north Hollywood before we got signed," recalls drummer Eric Kretz. "It's cool to hear it now. You can hear all the STP elements in there. You could tell it needed to be reworked a little bit, but you can really hear Scott's voice taking on its character and the band delving into the sound of the guitar, the special effects and everything. It's a great early indicator of where the band was heading. It was trying to dig into our emotions." Stream the song here.

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Pete Townshend Reveals Secret Marriage and Sabbatical Plan

(Radio.com) There is a lot going on with The Who's Pete Townshend these days. The legendary guitarist made some rather major reveals on Facebook, including details regarding a secret marriage, and that he plans on stepping away from music for at least a year.

"At the end of this triumphant short tour of Classic Quadrophenia in the U.S., where Rachel showed off her incredible talent as an orchestral arranger, and I performed like a Broadway Ham…… it's time to make an announcement that she and I were married in December last year," Townshend shared on his official Facebook page.

"This is a very, very happy thing for both of us," he added about the marriage to his partner for more than 20 years. "We married nearly a year ago and did keep it as quiet as we could, telling only close family.

"Why did we keep it quiet? Really, we were being selfish," Townshend elaborated. "I have been away on tour so much in recent years, we just wanted to be together, and savour the moment."

In a separate post, the guitarist revealed that he's taking some time away from his career for a bit of personal time. "This has been a varied year for me. A lot of the usual things happening, and there are many new things a fairly long way in the future for me," he wrote. "I am preparing to take a one year 'sabbatical' from all the things I normally do in my career… I very doubt I will get paid as much as I do when I work with The Who, but this is really necessary for me. I so desperately need to do something new and different - and yet I don't really have a plan for what I might do. It will emerge I suppose." Read more here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Seek & Destroy' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1983 classic, "Seek & Destroy", at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany on September 14, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The tune appeared on the group's debut album, "Kill 'Em All", which didn't appear on the US Billboard 200 chart until three years later, where it peaked at No. 66 on its way to eventually selling 3 million copies Stateside.

The September 14 show was one of two dates at the Cologne venue as part of Metallica's European tour in support of their latest set, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct."

Following a September 16 concert in the German city, the group began on a month-long break from the trek, which will resume with a pair of performances at The O2 Arena in London that will begin on October 22.

The fall European run will wrap up with two dates in Antwerp, Belgium in early November, after which 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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The Sex Pistols Expand Bollocks For 40th Anniversary

(hennemusic) The Sex Pistols will release an expanded 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their 1977 album debut, "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols", on October 27.

Originally issued in 2012, the 3CD/1DVD set - widely considered to be the definitive collection - has been out-of-print from some time. The 2017 budget-priced smaller-sized Deluxe Edition features the original studio album with b-sides from the era, a disc of outtakes and one disc of live material alongside a DVD featuring the band playing various venues, including the infamous 1977 boat party held on the River Thames in London that resulted in arrests, chaos and healines.

The package is accompanied by a 48-page hardback book with narrative from music journalist Pat Gilbert plus rare photos from Bob Gruen, Barry Plummer, John Tiberi and Dave Wainwright.

The 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" arrives one day after the October 26 release of "1977: The Bollocks Diaries", a new book detailing "the official, inside story of the whirlwind year of 1977" which saw the band record and release the album while making headlines throughout their native UK. Read more here.

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Billy Joel In The Studio For The Stranger 40th Anniversary

Billy Joel's 40th anniversary of his career-breaking album "The Stranger" is celebrated on 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 these details:

Prior to the release of The Stranger in Fall 1977, Billy Joel had experienced his share of struggle, but his mental toughness, no doubt a product of his semi-professional boxing career, had prepared him to fight for his career. Joel tells

In The Studio host Redbeard about how he's battled through being typecast as simply a pop singles songwriter. Joel said, "If I was somebody out there who never knew Billy Joel's album work, but just knew me for my singles, I don't know if I'd be that crazy about me.... I was kinda laboring in obscurity to an extent, and when The Stranger album did hit, it became crystal clear to me what I wanted to do."

The Stranger album would be the first of a string of multi-platinum records for Joel. Songs like, "Just The Way You Are", "Movin' Out", "She's A Woman to Me" and "Only the Good Die Young" would catapult Joel into music's A-list and ultimately into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, becoming third only to The Beatles and Elvis Presley as the top-selling artist in U.S. history. Stream the episode
here.

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Marilyn Manson Suggests A Collaboration With Justin Bieber

(Radio.com) In 2016, Marilyn Manson and Justin Bieber looked like budding BFFs, taking selfies and bonding over T-shirts. This month, their relationship appeared to sour when Manson claimed Bieber said he made the rocker "relevant again" and Marilyn called Justin a "piece of s—."

Well, it appears that the bromance is back on: Manson announced publically that he had "no beef" with Bieber and that the two might even collaborate someday.

Marilyn said he and Bieber exchanged texts after their latest media flare-up. Justin apologized for being rude and Manson proposed working together reports Alternative Press.

"If anything wasn't squared away with the T-shirts I'm so sorry," wrote Bieber, according to Manson. "Anyway, regardless, it kind of stung seeing that if I came off as an ass—- or was just an ass—-, I'm sorry." Bieber continued: "Honestly, I totally thought we hit it off. Again, my bad, if I was an ass—- that wasn't my intention. Just want you to know that."

"We are cool," Manson told Howard Stern. "People just made that shirt stuff into a fake feud. Let's turn it upside-down and f— the press and do something together. It will be the best." Read more here.

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Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Midland Cover ELO Classic

(Radio.com) In celebration of the three acts hitting the road together on the upcoming Breakers Tour, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland dusted off a late-'70s classic from Electric Light Orchestra.

The moment happened during an appearance on Wednesday night's (Sept. 20) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where the band's united for a big group medley.

The medley opened with Midland playing part of the band's debut single, "Drinkin' Problem," which segued into Musgraves strumming out some of her 2013 song, "Merry Go 'Round."

Little Big Town joined them onstage and all three acts launched into a spirited take on ELO's 1979 smash, "Don't Bring Me Down." Watch it all go down here.

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Bush Release 'Lost In You' Music Video

(hennemusic) Bush have released a video for "Lost In You", the second single from their current album, "Black And White Rainbows." The video for "Lost In You" arrives in sync with the launch of a fall tour of Europe by Bush, which opened at The Forum in London on September 21.

"'Lost In You' is a song about the cycle of love and the danger of patterns and how true love is to lose yourself in someone," says Gavin Rossdale. "The video chronicles a relationship that is beautiful and wide until the cracks appear and the question is how strong is the love and do we make it back?"

Released earlier this year, the group's seventh studio record, "Black And White Rainbows" was written, recorded and produced by Rossdale. The project mark's the band's third release featuring its current lineup of Rossdale, guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz and drummer Robin Goodridge, which formed in 2010 after the original lineup disbanded in 2002. Watch the video and see the tour dates here.

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Singled Out: The Living's Delay

Heavy atmospheric rock from San Francisco The Living released their self titled debut album today and to celebrate we asked Derek Barnes to tell us about their song "Delay". Here is the story:

Delay was one of the first songs that we all rallied behind. It felt notably different from anything we had written prior, so it was definitely an exhilarating experience to put it together. It started off as an obscure idea and then evolved into this powerhouse, emotionally driven song that has atmosphere, heaviness, and a lot of melody.

Lyrically, I was thinking a lot about the emptiness from purely sexual relationships. It rarely leads to anything fulfilling and you seem to end up back at square one, repeating the cycle over and over again and wondering why you aren't happier.

The opening riff has a repetitive, circular feel which absolutely informed the words. When you engage in something that isn't really serving you or could be a threat to your happiness, oftentimes you have a tendency to keep repeating the behavior. There's a weird comfort in it."

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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