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Day in Rock Report for 04/09/2016


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Axl Rose Injured At First Guns N' Roses Reunion Show

(hennemusic) Axl Rose broke his foot during when he slipped onstage while singing "Mr. Brownstone" during the Guns N' Roses' exclusive reunion club show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 1st, according to TMZ

Rose had surgery this past week to repair the fracture. The singer tweeted: "This is what can happen when you do something you haven't done in nearly over 23 years, 'Internal Fixation'".

"Axl sustained a fracture of the fifth metatarsal, which is one of the bones in his foot," explains Santa Monica-based foot and ankle specialist Dr. Rachel Triche in a video linked from GNR's social media accounts. "Axl underwent what we call an open reduction internal fixation where we go in and put the bone pieces back together and realign them. We placed a plate and screws in order to hold them in place while it's healing.

"Right now he's in a cast and we're limiting how much weight he can put on it. He's having his set designed for the stage so he can still perform for everyone. He will be limiting the weight on the front part of the foot for about four weeks and we'll let him gradually progress from there so we can get him back to his stage-ready action."

Guns N' Roses will perform two shows this weekend at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV before headlining Coachella on April 16, playing a pair of Mexico City shows followed by a return for an April 23 set at the second weekend of Coachella. See Axl's tweet and the video here.

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Lars Ulrich Tributes Deep Purple At Rock Hall Induction

(Radio.com) This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony kicked off with long-snubbed heavy rock band Deep Purple's induction. As a mini-documentary on the band was shown on the screens, the crowd roared, pointing out that much of the audience was there to pay tribute to the legendary British band.

Metallica's Lars Ulrich recalled seeing Deep Purple in Copenhagen, and it changing his life. He mentioned that they should be seen as equal to Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. "With almost no exception, every hard rock band of the last 40 years, including mine, traces their lineage to Black Sabbath , Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple, and they should been seen as equals. I am somewhat bewildered that they are so late in getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

Ulrich paid tribute to the members who were being inducted, but also shouted out those who weren't being included (which includes current guitarist Steve Morse and keyboardist Don Airey).

Singer Ian Gillan started by saying, "I'm speechless. It's a great honor and it's very humbling." He went on to mention the names of every musician who had been in the band. "Every one has played their part in our remarkable family."

Bassist Roger Glover joked, "Thanks Lars for reading everything I wrote!" Adding, "The words thank you isn't quite enough… The band changed my life forever."

Drummer Ian Paice, the only member to be in every version of the band, introduced late keyboardist Jon Lord's wife Vicky and then said, "I'm the guy who has been there from the beginning, I've seen it all and when I say I've seen it all, I mean it. Bands are a weird conglomeration of people. you can work together and create wonderful things and then you realize you can't stand each other. You look back and wonder how you could be so stupid… and then you do it all again. But when it works, it's pretty damned good." Read more here.

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Motley Crue's Vince Neil And Nic Cage Get Into Fight

(Radio.com) Former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil and Nic Cage look like they bypassed the whole Twitter feud thing, and went straight for a real fight. Cage appears to have engaged in a physical altercation with Neil on Thursday after seeing him allegedly attack a woman in a Las Vegas restaurant.

According to TMZ, the altercation took place on the Vegas Strip with Cage donning a flashy purple suit, and Neil wearing a t-shirt and cargo shorts. After shouting at Neil, Cage reaches for him, pulling him in close in a super tight grip and whispering something in his ear.

"F--, Nic, stop this s- now," Neil can faintly be heard saying. It's certainly one of the more bizarre encounters that has surfaced of late. TMZ shared footage of the incident, which you can watch here.

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KISS Announce Freedom To Rock Summer Tour

(hennemusic) KISS have announced dates for the Freedom To Rock tour, which will see the band play 36 shows across the United States this summer starting July 7 in Boise, ID.

KISS will be joined by American Idol Season 13 winner Caleb Johnson for dates between July 7 and August 10, while supergroup The Dead Daises will be on board for shows from August 10 to September 10.

The trek includes four cities the group have never played before and more than two dozen that they have missed on tours in the past decade. A Kiss Army presale begins April 12; general public tickets for most dates will go on sales Friday, April 15. See the dates here.

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Stars Pay Tribute To Merle Haggard

(Gibson) Artists from the country music and beyond are reacting with sadness to the passing of Merle Haggard, who died April 6 at his home in the San Joaquin Valley, California, following a battle with pneumonia. The beloved singer-songwriter's passing comes on his 79th birthday. Below we've compiled a number of heartfelt remembrances.

"We've lost one of the greatest writers and singers of all time. His heart was as tender as his love ballads. I loved him like a brother. Rest easy, Merle." -- Dolly Parton

"We've lost another hero. Now he doesn't have to be in pain anymore. I know he's not suffering anymore. I just can't imagine a world without Merle. It's so hard to accept, but I'll continue honoring him on stage just as I do during every show. We played a lot of gigs together through the years, but some of my fondest memories were hanging out in a natural setting, like the time we sat there by the river in his backyard and ate bologna sandwiches. Merle was a simple man with incredible talent like no other. And now he's up there singing with George [Jones] and all the angels. Love you, Merle." -- Tanya Tucker

"Merle Haggard was an original. Not just a singer, not just a songwriter, not just another famous performer. He was your common everyday working man. I remember when I was 15 years old on tour with Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. They both were wondering which one of the two was going to make it. Well, they both made it. Today, ole Merle joined Waylon, George, and Daddy to sing in the Heavenly choir." -- Hank Williams, Jr.

"My heart is broken over the loss of one of the greatest country singers ever. He was an icon to me. He took me to school with his phrasing, his songwriting and style --and he was undoubtedly one of my greatest influences. Getting to sing with him several times over the years will be memories I cherish forever. He was such a great man, on stage and off." -- Gene Watson

"Merle Haggard was one of the greatest songwriters, performers and story-tellers that ever lived. I grew up on his music and am I'm so saddened by his passing." -- Kiefer Sutherland

"I am deeply saddened to hear of Merle's passing. He was a dear friend, I remember touring with him at various points throughout the 90's and those are memories that I will always cherish. I hate that he lived so far away from us these last few years, but definitely understand it. My hope is that he passed a happy and content man. I learned so much from this kind man about singing, when Merle Haggard sang you paid attention. He is about as close to perfection in country music as we will probably ever have." -- Lorrie Morgan

"We join the world of the broken hearted hearing of the death of Merle Haggard. One of the first things John and I realized we had in common was our love of Haggard songs. What a blessing to have had a chance to get to know him and work with such a legend in our career. Merle, guess you finally are on the ultimate Natural High. We will have your music in our hearts and souls and honky-tonk nights forever! God Bless the great Merle Haggard. May you fly with the Angels." -- 'Big Kenny' Alphin / Big & Rich

"'Mighty' Merle Haggard was the greatest country songwriter of ALL TIME. We shared many great memories, and I will miss him. Merle set the bar so high no one will ever top it. He refused to bend and turn to the whims of the music industry throughout the decades, and instead remained a steady ship of constant greatness that every artist could look up to and aspire to be. I had the distinct honor of becoming his friend and spent priceless time picking guitars on the back of his bus, doing videos together, and I soaked up every drop of soul from him every chance I got. You take your hat off when you shake hands with Merle Haggard. You listen and pay attention and realize that you are in the company of one of God's prize creations. I will miss him. I bet Heaven has swingin' doors today." -- John Rich / Big & Rich Read more here.

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Terrorvision Robbed Of No. 1 By Spice Girl?

(New Rock Times) Terrorvision mainman Tony Wright says that Spice Girl's Geri Halliwell was the reason his band just missed out on a UK number one single in 1999. The Yorkshire rockers charged up the charts with Tequila on the back of BBC Radio One DJ Zoe Ball pushing the track hard on her radio show.

But they were denied the coveted No.1 slot by The Offspring with Pretty Fly For A White Guy. Now Wright has recalled the run up to the release and he tells New Rock Times' reporter Eric Mackinnon that the original plan would have taken the band to the top of the charts - but for the team behind Ginger Spice.

He says: "The week before was the week we were going to release Tequila but unfortunately we went to the meeting at the record label and Geri Halliwell's management were really good and they told us we couldn't release it that week."

He continues: "They said it was too strong a song and Geri wanted to talk her way through another cover version and she had to get to No.1. And our management didn't have the same clout so we released it a week later and we sold something like 60,000 more copies than Geri did but we only got to No.2." Read more here.

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2nd Annual Ride For Ronnie James Dio Announced

(Adrenaline) Organizers have announced that the 2nd Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and Concert, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2016.

Riders will assemble for a continental breakfast at Harley-Davidson of Glendale with kickstands up at 11AM. The RIDE will take them through the streets of Los Angeles County to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where they will be treated to an afternoon of live music, raffle and live auction, food trucks and more.

The Inaugural Ride, held in May 2015 as part of a weekend of events commemorating the fifth anniversary of the passing of Ronnie James Dio, contributed to raising $155,000 for the cancer charity from that weekend's events.

Live entertainment in the park will be provided by rockers Great White, Lita Ford, Dio Disciples, Gabbie Rae, Budderside, Sonia Harley and Doctors Of The Earth. The event will be hosted by DJ Will.

A live auction will be held during the concert that will include a donated stage guitar that Chris Broderick of Act of Defiance played during his time with Megadeth (as well as autographed photos of Chris playing the same guitar) and a B.C. Rich guitar signed by Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), King Diamond and Geoff Tate. Find more details
here.

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Michael Franti & Spearhead Announce New Album

(MSO) Michael Franti & Spearhead have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album 'Soulrocker' on Friday, June 3 via Fantasy Records, their first album for the label.

The band will also be hitting the road on a national headlining tour with multiple festival performances starting today, April 9 in Breckenridge, CO (see full tour dates below).

In creating Soulrocker--co-produced with Jamaican producers Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor (son of reggae luminary Freddie McGregor) and Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee (known for his work with artists like Bruno Mars and John Legend)--Michael Franti & Spearhead have introduced a new sensibility to their potent hybrid of hip-hop, rock, folk, and reggae: a gracefully arranged take on electronic music that more than fulfills the band's mission of making impassioned music you can dance to. Along with harnessing the Bay Area-based band's dynamic energy for a more powerful impact than ever before, SOULROCKER again shows Franti's singular ability to channel frustration into music that's both thought-provoking and triumphantly hopeful.

"Right now is a very challenging time for people, for our nation and the planet," says Franti, a longtime activist and past recipient of Global Exchange's Domestic Human Rights Award. "But I really believe that music can help fight war and violence and hatred. The world needs that more than ever now, so my intention with this album was to make music that could bring people together." See the tour dates and tracklisting here.

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Cheap Trick Rock The Today Show

(hennemusic) Cheap Trick performed a pair of tunes on NBC's Today Show on Thursday ahead of Friday night's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and video of their performance has been posted online.

On hand to promote their new album, "Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello", the group played their latest single "When I Wake Up Tomorrow", as well as their classic hit "I Want You To Want Me."

The band's 17th studio album and first in five years was produced by longtime associate Julian Raymond, who has co-written several Cheap Trick tunes in the past. Watch the TV performance here.

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Charlie Daniels Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Added To CMA Music Fest

(Webster) CMA Music Festival have announced that Charlie Daniels Band, Exile, and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform as part of the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium.

In addition, Country Music Hall of Famers The Oak Ridge Boys will sing the National Anthem for the opening night of the Festival. They join previously announced fellow Country Music stars Jason Aldean, Frankie Ballard, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Marshall Tucker Band, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Ray Stevens, Cole Swindell, Steven Tyler, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Hank Williams, Jr., and Chris Young who will perform during the Festival's Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium. Artists and schedules are subject to change.

Daniels, who was announced March 29 as a 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, will lead the charge with the first set Thursday night. Thanks to the announcement on the CMA Music Festival app, fans are already clamoring over the news that the Nitty Gritty Dirt band joining the Saturday night lineup, and Exile hitting the stage Sunday.

The 2016 CMA Music Festival runs Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12 in downtown Nashville. While the Festival boasts numerous free stages and unique fan experiences, the most anticipated events are the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium, which sell out long before talent is announced.

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A Look At Aerosmith's 'Toys in the Attic' 41 Years Later

(Gibson) This week marked the 41st anniversary of Aerosmith's 'Toys in the Attic' and Gibson.com's Russell Hall celebrated with this look back: Anyone who heard Aerosmith's first two albums knew the band was on the cusp of something special, but few could have predicted the leap into greatness that came with Toys in the Attic. Released on April 8, 1975, the album mixed Stones-style raunchiness with a riff-centric musicality that was freewheeling and smart at the same time. Packed with killer tunes--"Walk This Way," "Sweet Emotion," and the title track, to name just three-Toys also marked a huge step forward in songwriting sophistication.

"Our first two albums were basically comprised of songs we'd been playing for years live in the clubs," writers Joe Perry, in his book, "Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith." With Toys, we started from scratch. It was our first album that was written from the ground up. Making this record, we learned to be recording artists and write songs on a deadline. In the process, we began to see just what Aerosmith could accomplish."

The group began recording the album at the beginning of 1975, working at the Record Plant in New York City with producer Jack Douglas, who had also manned the boards for 1974's Get Your Wings. Much of the previous year had been spent doing live shows-as a result, both Perry and fellow guitarist Brad Whitford had evolved into riff maestros.

"Aerosmith was a different band when we started [Toys]," observes Douglas. "They had become better players-different. It showed in the riffs that Joe and Brad brought back from the road. Toys in the Attic was a much more sophisticated record than the other stuff they had done."

The proof of that assessment lies in the way many high points on Toys came to fruition. The interaction between Whitford, a Berklee-trained player with impeccable technique, and Perry, a more instinctive player, began to coalesce into a magical chemistry. [Note: In Rocks, Perry writes that it was during this period that he bought his first '59 Les Paul. Around this same time, Whitford, already a Les Paul devotee, acquired a '57 Goldtop with a Bigsby tailpiece.] Similarly, the creative dynamic between Perry and Steven Tyler reached monumental proportions. At the end of one session, Douglas voiced the need for a strong, uptempo rocker, and began tapping out a beat on his thigh.

Perry picks up the story: "I picked up my '55 Les Paul Junior that I'd just gotten from Johnny Thunders and, without thinking, picked up on Jack's groove and played the riffs of a song that would eventually be called 'Toys in the Attic,'" he writes. "'Don't know where this is coming from,' I said to Steven, 'but is this something you can sing to?' 'I think so,' he said. 'I can use the melody from the riff. Just try and throw in a few more chords.'" Jack helped arranged it and, within minutes, the song was written."

Likewise, the manner in which "Walk This Way" evolved testifies to the band's newfound confidence and creativity. During the "Get Your Wings" tour, Perry had been listening to the Meters, the legendary New Orleans funk band. During a soundcheck in Honolulu, he asked drummer Joey Kramer to lay down a groove-based R&B pattern. Suddenly, says Perry, the central riff for "Walk This Way" just "flew out," and the rest of the music pretty much "wrote itself." Months later, thanks in part to a famous line from Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, Tyler himself "let it fly" with the lyrics and vocal melody.

"That was just verbal diarrhea," Tyler told Gibson.com, in 2007. "That was me dancing with my muse, getting right up off the dance floor, not caring about how good or bad the band was, and just throwing my hands in the air and screaming, 'Hallelujah!'"

Other high points include "Big Ten Inch Record," a cover of an old R&B song built around a Tyler-like double entendre, and "Sweet Emotion," a churning rocker composed primarily by bassist Tom Hamilton. Released on May 19, 1975, "Sweet Emotion" became the album's first hit single, reaching #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "I wrote [the main lick] on bass," Hamilton told Guitar World, in 1997. "And I realized I should think of some guitar parts for it if I was ever going to get a chance to present it to the band. I didn't think I ever would…. Steven had the idea of taking that intro riff, which became the chorus bass line under the 'sweet emotion' part, and transposing it into the key of E, and making it a really heavy led Zeppelin-esque thing." Read more here.

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Milk Teeth, Creeper Added To 2000 Trees Festival

(TeamRock Radio) Milk Teeth, Creeper and Mallory Knox are among the latest bands to be confirmed for this year's 2000 Trees festival. The event, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, takes place at Withington Upcote Farm from July 7-9.

A fresh batch of 33 acts have been added to the bill which already includes Neck Deep, Lonely The Brave, Refused and Twin Atlantic. Mallory Knox say: "Looking forward to our first time at 2000 Trees festival this year."

Also confirmed in the latest announcement are Black Peaks, The Xcerts, Arcane Roots, Counterfeit, Animals As Leaders, Yuck and Dinosaur Pile-Up. Read more here.

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