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Day in Rock Report for 09/28/2017


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Billy Joel Joins Paul McCartney Onstage For Beatles Classics

(Radio.com) Paul McCartney was definitely in a New York state of mind on Tuesday night (Sept. 26) when we welcomed Billy Joel to the stage during a show at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

Joel hopped on the piano set up at center stage and joined McCartney's band to perform a pair of Beatles' classics "Get Back" and "Birthday" for the New York fans.

Watch the performances of both songs by the music legends courtesy of some shaky fan footage here.

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Glenn Hughes Cuts Show Short Due To Illness

(hennemusic) Glenn Hughes cut short the opening night of his New Zealand tour in Christchurch on Tuesday due to what witnesses called "some sort of a medical event."

Currently on the road playing his first full concerts of classic Deep Purple material in 40 years, Hughes performed two shows in Australia before the Christchurch show.

Stuff.co.nz reports Hughes left the stage at the Horncastle Arena with 15 minutes left of his set and spent the night in a Christchurch hospital after being assessed by doctors who said the rocker was suffering from dehydration and fatigue.

Tour publicist Sandra Roberts said Hughes' promoter Simone Williams of Liberty Stage had described the singer as "comfortable and resting," with Roberts adding that he "has been given a clean bill of health and the all clear to continue his New Zealand tour."

Hughes is scheduled to perform at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre on September 27 before returning to Australia for two more dates before wrapping up the trek in Auckland on October 3. Read more here.

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Gene Simmons Addresses KISS and Ace Frehley Reunion Speculation

Original KISS stars Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley recently shared the stage for the first time in 16 years at a benefit concert and this has ramped up speculation that the guitarist could reunite with the group.

Frehley was replaced in the group by Tommy Thayer, which original drummer was replaced by the group's former drummer Eric Singer following a farewell tour for the original lineup.

Simmons was asked about the possibility during an interview with The Cassius Morris Show. He told the program, "That's not gonna happen. Ace has been in and out of the band three different times. That's enough." Read more here.

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Radiohead And Hans Zimmer Release 'Ocean (Bloom)'

(Radio.com) Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer has been reframing his catalog as popular music in 2017: He made his debut appearance at Coachella in April, playing tracks from Pirates of the Caribbean and The Dark Knight as if they were beloved rock and roll cuts. The same festival featured Radiohead as headliners, and now Zimmer and Radiohead have unveiled a collaboration: "Ocean (Bloom)."

The new record reinterprets Radiohead's song "Bloom" as a soaring, cinematic soundtrack to the BBC's Blue Planet II series. The BBC released a trailer featuring "Ocean (Bloom)" and iconic voiceover work by David Attenborough.

Yorke recorded new vocals for the song, only this time he was accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. "Bloom" was released on Radiohead's 2011 album The King of Limbs and features lyrics about sea turtles and jellyfish. Zimmer's contributions take "Bloom" to the next level of drama and emotional pull but, then again, that's what he does best.

Watch a trailer for Blue Planet II and hear the Zimmer-Radiohead collaboration here.

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Singled Out: Joel Madison Blount's Struck By The Moon

Joel Madison Blount is releasing his new album "Our New Moon" tomorrow (September 29th) and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about his song "Struck By The Moon". Here is the story:

The song was initially inspired by the lunar lunacy effect after enduring a few sleep-deprived nights with my newborn son. I did a bit of reading about the phenomenon and was inspired to write a song about the darkest parts of myself being drawn out by the moon.

People have long debated whether or not the moon (a full moon, in particular) has any psychological influence, and legends throughout history tell of weird things occurring at night. Even though modern day scientists have disproven the theory, some continue to speculate that sleep deprivation, caused by the bright light of a full moon, may contribute to erratic behavior in people suffering from certain mental disorders.

I think the song fits well in the context of my new album, entitled Our New Moon, not just because of the reference to the moon, but because it speaks to the challenges that come with being a parent. Accepting the responsibility to care for a child and, in many ways, sacrificing yourself for the benefit of another, can be a difficult psychological transition. I think a lot of parents, myself included, have seen their darker, self-serving desires emerge when confronted with the fact that being the person they were before is no longer an option - your life is not just about you anymore. Don't get me wrong - I love being a parent - I've experienced new joys in life as a Dad that I wouldn't trade for anything, but it's also not all sunshine and rainbows.

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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Billy Corgan Updates On Possible Smashing Pumpkins Reunion

(Gibson) Ever since Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan reunited last year with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha, there has been talk of a possible reunion of the full, original Smashing Pumpkins lineup, which would include bass player D'arcy Wretzky.
So, will it happen? Corgan isn't opposed to the idea, but he not making any promises. "There's certainly gears that turn and things get waved around," he told Rolling Stone. "But until it's inked, I'm in the dark as much as anybody."

"But I'll say this and I mean it: If we never play a note together again, that's OK," Corgan added. "I'm way, way more interested in the fact that we have peace with each other. I've reached the point in my life where I'm not in a hurry to get to anything. If it's there, great. If it's not, cool."

That said, Smashing Pumpkins enthusiasts should dig that Iha performs on Corgan's upcoming solo album, Ogilala, which will hit stores Oct. 13. Iha appears on the track "Processional," and the collaboration is the first time Iha and Corgan have performed on the same tune 2000's Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music. Read more here.

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U2 Release 'You're The Best Thing About Me' Video

(hennemusic) U2 have issued a video for "You're The Best Thing About Me", the lead single from their forthcoming album, "Songs Of Experience." Directed by Jonas Åkerlund and filmed earlier this month, the clip features the band in various locations around New York City, where they played their first U.S. club gig in December of 1980.

The lead single from the group's 14th studio album is the third tune previewed from the package: U2 previously debuted "The Little Things That Give You Away" during an appearance on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live in May and have issued a live performance video for "The Blackout."

Due December 1, the companion release to 2014's "Songs Of Innocence" will be available on CD, vinyl and digital download. U2 recently wrapped up the North American leg of their 30th anniversary tour of "The Joshua Tree", and will resume the trek in Mexico City next week before heading to South America for more concerts, including a four-night stand at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Watch the video here.

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Of Mice & Men Announce 'Unbreakable' Short Film

Of Mice & Men has announced that they will be releasing a brand new short film entitled "Unbreakable" that was directed by Johann Ramos. The band put out the following statement:

"We're incredibly excited to announce that we're putting out a short film by director Johann Ramos depicting our touring schedule earlier this year. 'Unbreakable' will be exclusively available for our Ampersand members to watch this Thursday!

"This 'Unbreakable' film shows Of Mice & Men on their latest festival performances across multiple continents performing their songs and giving audiences an inside look at their touring regiment. Enjoy!"

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Asking Alexandria Return With 'Into The Fire' Video

Asking Alexandria have released a music video for their new track called "Into The Fire". The song is the first new material the band has released with singer Danny Worsnop since 2013's From Death To Destiny.

Worsnop returned to the group last October, replacing frontman Denis Stoff. The reunited lineup of the band will be releasing their fifth studio album on December 15th.

Guitarist Ben Bruce had the following to say, "This is an incredibly exciting period in Asking Alexandria's career. We have been through hell and back again. It's been an insanely long road but we couldn't be more excited that it has brought us to where we are now. We have been given a new lease on life. As individuals, this is the happiest we have been in a very long time." Watch the video here.

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David Gilmour Releases Live 'Comfortably Numb' Video

(hennemusic) David Gilmour is streaming a preview clip of Pink Floyd's 1979 classic, "Comfortably Numb", from his "Live At Pompeii" concert film ahead of its release in various formats on September 29.

The third single from "The Wall" is one of the band's most famous tracks, while the concept album reached No. 17 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 11 million copies.

Directed by Gavin Elder, "Live At Pompeii" sees Gilmour mix solo tracks and Pink Floyd classics during a pair of shows at the venue - the first-ever rock performances played to an audience in the ancient Roman amphitheatre built in 90 BC - which marked his return to the site 45 years after he first played there for Adrian Maben's classic film, "Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii."

"I think (the film) is more than any of us could've expected," Elder tells Billboard. "Pompeii wasn't the last concert on the tour, but it was the highlight, that's for sure. We all traveled there on the train together and there was a real sense of excitement that something special was going to happen in Pompeii.

"There is a sense of history in the air there; you can feel that you're standing in the middle of one of the oldest amphitheaters in the world." "Live At Pompeii" will be available on 2-CD, Blu-ray, 2-DVD, 4-LP, deluxe Blu-ray box and digital download. Watch the video here.

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Like Moths To Flames Release 'Nowhere Left To Sink' Video

Like Moths To Flames has released a music video for their new track "Nowhere Left To Sink". The song comes from their forthcoming album, Dark Divide, which is set to be released on November 3rd.

Frontman Chris Roetter had the following to say about the Sam Malko and Jensen Noen directed clip, "We are excited to share our video for 'Nowhere Left to Sink. The team has worked tirelessly to get it wrapped up.

"The song and video explore different elements of the band that some people have probably not seen from us before. I think it acts as a good bridge to the rest of the record." Watch the video here.

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Godsmack Expanding Sound On Their Next Album

(Gibson) The guys of Godsmack are busy working on their new album, and frontman Sully Erna recently spoke up about the musical direction of the new tracks.

"They have a lot more of a commercial aspect to (them) so far," Erna told FaceCulture of the new material. "There's some stuff in there that definitely will service the core fan base of Godsmack. But we also felt that it's time to expand a little bit."

Erna also discusses how important it is to band members to evolve as a group and not stick to the same sound. "The way I see it is, we're taking the first 20 years and we're logging that into our catalog. That was one chapter of our career, and that's the more nostalgic, vintage Godsmack," he said. "And from this point forward, we're gonna try to reinvent a little bit more of our sound, our look, our stage show, and come out with a brand new Godsmack." here.

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Royal Blood Rock 'My Sharona' On BBC Radio 1

(hennemusic) Royal Blood performed a cover the The Knack's 1979 smash, "My Sharona" in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge on September 26, and video of the broadcast is streaming online.

The Knack's first single from their debut album, "Get The Knack", hit No. 1 and remained atop the US Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks while the project spent five weeks leading the Billboard 200 while selling over one million copies in less than two months.

The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher decided to cover "My Sharona" during a trip to New York, where a "very drunk man who was with us" recommended the track, explains Thatcher.

"When I really thought about it, it has quite a similar aesthetic to what we do," says the drummer. "It's almost like you think you're going to be punched in the gut and then someone flicks you on the nose. That's what that song does and that's what we try to do."

The cover was one of three tunes featured in Royal Blood's BBC set, which also featured the 2014 single, "Little Monster", and "I Only Lie When I Love You" from the group's current release, "How Did We Get So Dark?"

On a short break from a North American tour with Queens Of The Stone Age, Royal Blood will return to the US for a pair of festival gigs - Austin City Limits on October 6 and the Foo Fighter's Cal Jam 17 event on October 7 - before rejoining the California group for more shows.

"We've been drinking ungodly amounts of tequila with Josh Homme and the boys," revealed Kerr. "It's been one of the most chaotic tours we've ever done. We very soon realized that our bands are like the two kids from school who shouldn't be sat by each other. The trouble began before the tour even started." Watch the videos here.

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Judas Priest To Headline The Bloodstock Festival Next Year

Bloodstock festival organizers have announced that metal legends Judas Priest will be the final headliner for the 2018 installment of the event, they revealed via Metal Hammer's Facebook page.

Next year's event will be taking place at Catton Park, Derbyshire, on August 9th through 12th. The announcement was made via a Facebook Live video with Bloodstock organizers Vicky Hungerford and Adam Gregory and Judas Priest's Ian Hill.

The band say they are "thrilled, honored and primed, ready to unleash Priest-style metal fury into the headbanging heart and home of heavy metal at Bloodstock!" Watch the announcement video here.

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