Day in Rock Report for 04/16/2016

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AC/DC Confirm Axl Rose As Singer For World Tour Dates

(hennemusic) AC/DC have announced that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will replace Brian Johnson for the remaining 2016 dates of their Rock Or Bust world tour.

The band postponed the final 10 shows on their US tour last month following news that Johnson has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.

"AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures," the band said in a statement. "As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian's decision to stop touring and save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment."

"The European stadium tour dates begin on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and run through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark as previously announced. Following this European run of dates with AC/DC, Axl Rose will head out on his Guns N' Roses 'Not In This Lifetime' Summer Stadium Tour."

AC/DC will reschedule the postponed 10 U.S. dates with Rose fronting the group. Read more here.

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Ace Frehley Hospitalized, Cancels Concert

Ace Frehley has been hospitalized "due to exhaustion and dehydration", according to a statement on the original KISS guitarist's official website. He was forced to cancel his concert tonight (April 16th) in Poughkeepsie, NY.

His camp put out the following "Ace Frehley was admitted to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following his show last night at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA. After extensive testing, it was determined that Ace's symptoms were due to exhaustion and dehydration.

"In consultation with his doctors, Ace, who aside from the exhaustion and dehydration has been given a clean bill of health, has reluctantly agreed to cancel tonight's sold out show at the Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY. The venue is working to reschedule the date in late September and expects to announce an exact date later this week.

"In the meantime, ticket buyers for tonight's show can use their tickets for the rescheduled date in September or return them at the point of purchase for a full refund. AceFrehley.com VIP Experience and Guitar Signature packages purchasers will be contacted by AceFrehley.com and can either obtain a full refund or use their packages on the rescheduled date.

"Once released from the hospital, Ace will be heading home to Southern California to recuperate. We wish him a speedy recovery."

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ZZ Top Forced To Postpone Tour Dates Due To Injury (hennemusic) ZZ Top have postponed three US dates on their current North American tour following an injury to bassist Dusty Hill. Details regarding rescheduling and future ZZ Top performance dates are expected in the near future.

"Hill suffered a dislocated shoulder Thursday night at the Lone Star Events Center Amphitheater in Lubbock, TX," says the band. "The injury forced the postponement of that concert until a date in the future, to be announced."

The injury also caused the postponement of the group's April 15 concert at The Firelake Arena in Shawnee, OK and an April 16 show at Chilifest in Snook, TX.

The Texas trio launched the 2016 Hell Raisers Tour last month, with shows scheduled into early May. Read more here.

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Dave Navarro Rescued By NYC Firefighters (Radio.com) Dave Navarro had to be rescued by New York City firefighters on Thursday (April 14) after the Jane's Addiction guitarist got stuck in an elevator, he revealed in an online posting.

The host of Ink Master was on the way to visit a radio station when the contraption he was in plummeted 10 floors. Before being extricated by New York's finest Navarro documented the nightmare saga on social media.

"Stuck in an elevator! This is what hell is like," he captioned a corresponding selfie. At the end of the ordeal, he checked in with a photo from the ground floor of the building: "This is what's happening outside - STUCK IN THE ELEVATOR." Read more here.

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Flea Addresses Criticism Of His National Anthem Performance (Radio.com) Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea performed the Nation Anthem before basketball star Kobe Bryant's final game on April 13th. The performance, more improvisational than traditional, was polarizing, causing a wave of internet backlash.

TMZ's cameras caught up with Flea and asked him about the criticism. "I don't care, man," he said. "I know that people who like music liked it. I thought it was beautiful.

"I really don't have any concern for little small minds that get frustrated when they get blown. I like the big minds." When asked if he had a message for the haters, he simply replied "I love you." Check out the video here.

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Bob Seger Jams With Bruce Springsteen In Detroit (Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed in Detroit on Thursday, where they invited special guest Bob Seger to join them for their closing number.

Guitarist Steven Van Zandt spied Bob Seger in the audience, and invited him up onstage. Seger grabbed a tambourine and joined in for the band's loud, hearty cover of The Isley Brothers' "Shout" (via Ultimate Classic Rock).

Springsteen and his band have been on the road touring the deluxe edition of 1980's The River. Fans captured photos and video of the moment when Seger joined Springsteen on stage. Watch it here.

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The Flaming Lips Release Video For Cover Of Bowie's 'Space Oddity' (Radio.com) The Flaming Lips have released a video of cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." In February, the band covered the song in tribute to Bowie as part of a set of his greatest hits.

In the video, two nuns deliver flowers to a grave while the band performs to a congregation of sad-looking matte gray balloons, until everything goes psychedelic. It was filmed at Crestwood Vineyard Church in Oklahoma City.

The Flaming Lips recently participated in in the first Music of David Bowie tribute concert at Carnegie Hall. Vocalist Wayne Coyne sang "Life on Mars?" while sitting atop the shoulders of someone dressed as Chewbacca, adding to the "Bowie-ness" of it all. Watch here.

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Where To Live Stream Coachella Festival (hennemusic) Daily rock news outlet hennemusic is delivering the live stream of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival from the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California this weekend.

The annual festival features more than 150 acts performing over two weekends, with LCD Soundsystem headlining on Fridays, Guns N' Roses on Saturdays, and Calvin Harris closing out Sunday nights.

The 2016 festival will also feature Ellie Goulding, Ice Cube, Gary Clark, Jr and Rancid, among many others. The live stream will feature select artists throughout the weekend over three video channels. Check out the streams here.

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HIM's Ville Valo and Mark Gemini Thwaite Release ABBA Cover (TeamRock Radio) HIM's Ville Valo has teamed up with Mark Gemini Thwaite for a special cover version of Abba's smash hit Knowing Me Knowing you on Marks' new album Volumes.

Abba's world-beating hit Knowing Me Knowing You became part of the pop music lexicon way back in 1977, and now fellow Scandinavian Ville Valo has put his own spin on the classic.

Speaking about the cover, Mark Thwaite says, "The single sleeve and their video had a wintery feel to it, so when we decided to shoot a video for our version, both myself and Ville Valo agreed we should try and capture some of the feel of the Abba version and have a winter vibe to our video as well.

"We shot my footage up in the snow covered mountains and Ville's close-ups in front of a fire place that is secret place in Helsinki We're pleased with it and director Ville Jurrikkala did a fantastic job!" Check out the song here.

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Circuline Release Silence Revealed Video (Prog) Circuline have released a video for their track Silence Revealed. It features on their debut album entitled Return, which was released last year and follows their promo for the record's title track.

The band report they've parted ways with founding member Bill Shannon but have brought in Uruguayan guitarist Beledo for their second album Counterpoint - which is due out in the coming weeks.

The album features a raft of guest guitarists including Doug Ott, Matt Dorsey, Stanley Whitaker, Ryche Chlanda, Alek Darson, Alan Shikoh and Randy McStine.

Further album details will be revealed in due course. Circuline will play with 3RDegree at Kenilworth's 10th Street Live, in New Jersey, on May 5. Watch the video here.

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Night Of The Prog festival Final Lineup Revealed (Prog) Organizers of Germany's Night Of The Prog festival have completed the lineup for this year's event on the weekend of July 15-17 at the Loreley Amphitheater.

They'd previously announced headliners Spock's Beard in a one-off European reunion with Neal Morse and Nick D'Virgilio to perform classic album Snow in full, plus Genesis tribute act The Musical Box, delivering Foxtrot in full alongside rare songs.

Now Hawkwind have been named as third headliners, while Focus, Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy, Lucifer's Friend, Mostly Autumn and others have also been confirmed. See the full lineup here.

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Dub War Release 'Fun Done' Video (TeamRock Radio) Ragga metal cult favorites Dub War are releasing their first new recording in two decades for Record Store Day and are premiering the video exclusively with Metal Hammer.

"It's been amazing to write with my old mates in Dub War again," says mainman Benji Webbe about the band's first new material to be released in 20 years. "I have missed the punk rock cheap sweetie fun element! It feels like I'm cheating on my wife (Skindred) With my old girlfriend (Dub War) and it's fun. Shhhh, don't tell 'em!"

New track Fun Done is being released as a double A-side 7" single for Record Store Day and limited to just 500 pressings. Check out the "Fun Done" video here.

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The Wretched End Release 'Primordial Freedom' Video (TeamRock Radio) The Wretched End have released a video for their track Primordial Freedom. The song features on the Norwegian outfit's latest album In These Woods, From These Mountains - out on April 22 via Indie Recordings.

The band features Emperor guitarist Samoth, Mindgrinder and Windir guitarist and vocalist Cosmo and Dark Funeral drummer Nils 'Dominator' Fjellstrom.

Samoth says: "It's great to finally have this album ready for release. It took us some years for various reasons - different things in our every day and professional lives that took a lot of focus on our parts. We never felt any great pressure.

"Looking back, I think the whole process affected the album in a positive way. I personally feel I've almost come full circle with this new album, bringing more elements rooted in the darkness of black metal." Watch the video here.

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We The Kings Release 'The Story Of Tonight' Video (TeamRock Radio) We The Kings have released a video for this track The Story Of Tonight. The band released their fifth studio album Strange Love in 2015 and start a US tour in June.

The song originally featured in the Broadway musical Hamilton, with frontman Travis Clark saying the band decided to record their take on the track after listening to it after failing to land tickets for the New York stage production.

He continues: "We tried to get into the show but couldn't. We went back to the hotel and said, 'let's check out what the music's all about. We heard this song and were like, 'This kinda sounds like it would be a fun We The Kings type song.'" Watch the video here.

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