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Yes, Pearl Jam, ELO Lead Rock Hall Inductees

Yes, Journey, Pearl Jam and Electric Light Orchestra lead the list of artists that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fall during next year's ceremony.

The organization will also be inducting the non-rock artists Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will be taking place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 7, 2017.

While Chic was snubbed for induction this year, band leader and acclaimed producer Nile Rodgers will be honored next year with the Award for Musical Excellence. Read more here.

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Twenty One Pilots Release Free Download Of Mutemath Sessions

Christmas has come a few days early for Twenty One Pilots fans as the duo are now offering up a free download of Top X MM (THE MUTEMATH SESSIONS) project.

The new studio project sees Twenty One Pilots recreating some of their songs, including "Heathens," "Heavydirtysoul," "Ride," "Tear In My Heart," and "Lane Boy" live with Mutemath.

Fans can download the newly recorded tracks from the project here and for those that prefer to stream, the tracks are available on Twenty One Pilots' official YouTube channel here.

Twenty One Pilots also recently announced the second North American leg of their "EMØTIØNAL RØADSHØW" world tour, which will be kicking off on January 27th in Providence, RI. Read more here.

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Journey Hoping For Steve Perry Reunion At Rock Hall induction

(hennemusic) Journey guitarist Neal Schon is hoping Steve Perry will reunite with the band for a performance at their induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame next April.

The group were named Tuesday as the latest honorees alongside Pearl Jam, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur. "I'm hoping that Steve Perry will get up and do something with us," Schon tells Rolling Stone. "We'll have to see."

The classic Perry lineup of Journey - Schon, Jonathan Cain, Steve Smith, Aynsley Dunbar and Ross Valory - will enter the 2017 Rock Hall alongside founding keyboardist/singer Gregg Rolie.

Journey had their most successful commercial period with Perry, who joined the group in 1977; a string of multi-platinum albums followed before his departure in 1998.

The last time the singer performed with his former band was at a tribute show for legendary concert promoter Bill Graham following his passing in 1991. "We haven't spoken in years, physically," says Schon. "I believe when we got the Hollywood star in L.A. [in 2005], that was the first time I'd seen him in many years. That was the last time I spoke with him. We did communicate a couple of years ago via email. That was going really well. I was just saying hello and hoping he was well, and that's it, just reaching as a friend and letting him know I was there as a friend. It went well and then it just kinda stopped. I've asked to get his number, but nobody will give it up and nobody knows what it is [laughs]. So that's where it's at."

"I'll keep my fingers crossed," continued the guitarist. "We all love Steve. We had a great relationship for so many years. I don't know why there's been an absence of it for so many years besides the fact that we just moved on because we wanted to, we had to. We needed to get out there and keep playing for our fans. I'd think everyone would be grateful at this point because we've done so well."

"I think it would only be right and just," adds Schon about a live reunion at the Rock Hall ceremony. "He's the one that created all the music with us."

As for Perry, he released a statement regarding the news, saying "I'm truly grateful that Journey is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." Read more and watch the official video from the reunion jam here.

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Sebastian Bach and Skid Row Camps Break Off Reunion Talks

Bad news for fans that got their hopes up for a Skid Row reunion following Sebastian Bach's recent comments that his and the band's managers were in talks over a reunion.

Bach reveals in a brand new interview with Vanyland that the managers are no longer discussing the possible reunion. He said, "In recent days, when I said before that the managers 'are talking,' I have to say now that the managers 'were talking' [laughs]. I'm sorry! I'm sorry! Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah. It's kind of actually… I don't know really why, but it's taken a turn in the other direction unfortunately.

"You can bust the bad news to everybody. I'm really so busy, that it's beyond comprehension. I would love to do that, but if it doesn't happen, I've got a lot of other things on my plate to tackle. So whatever happens, happens, but it's not even up to me whatsoever at all - it has nothing to do with me - it's just me [laughs]." Read the full interview here.

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Metallica's James Hetfield Praises Ex-Bandmate Dave Mustaine

(Classic Rock) Metallica's James Hetfield has praised his former bandmate and Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine. Metallica split with guitarist Mustaine in 1983 due to his substance abuse problems - and he was replaced by current axeman, Kirk Hammett.

Despite their strained relationship, Mustaine has since made amends with the band - and performed alongside Metallica at the San Francisco Fillmore in 2011.

Now Hetfield calls his former colleague an "old friend" who went on to carve a successful career in the industry. He tells Bild: "He's an old friend of ours for sure and he has done very well for himself in Megadeth. And after him getting kicked out of Metallica he went on to have an amazing career.

"Dave is an amazing guitar player, great songwriter and he has done some amazing stuff in his band." Watch the full interview here.

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TeamRock Staff Members Lose Jobs Just Days Before Christmas

We are sad to report that one of our news partners TeamRock (Classic Rock, Prog, Metal Hammer, Blues Magazine) have entered into the UK equivalent of bankruptcy.

The story turns sadder when it was also revealed that 73 people on the TeamRock staff lost their jobs just days before Christmas and reportedly received zero pay.

Ben Ward started a crownfunding drive to raise some money for the TeamRockers that lost their jobs and their families. Ward started the effort with a goal of raising £20,000 (just under $25,000 U.S.). Ward explained the drive with these comments, "73 members of the Team Rock staff were told that the company is going into liquidation and that they are being made redundant with immediate effect with ZERO pay. These are good, hard-working, committed people that through Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Prog Rock, TeamRock Radio and more, have supported the rock and heavy metal scene in this country for decades and now we, the rock community, need to pull together to help give something back."

We here at antiMusic and the Day in Rock want to personally thank all of the hard working people that we had the pleasure to work with at TeamRock over the past few years, especially our longtime friend and former TeamRock news editor Martin Kielty.

While TeamRock was a major contributor to the Day in Rock, we want to assure our loyal readers that we will still continue our drive to bring you the latest rock news. You may notice fewer stories due to the holidays and our transition to more original reports, but rest assured we will continue our mission moving forward and we want to thank you for your support and loyalty. If you want to help the TeamRockers by making a donation to the crowdfunding campaign, you can do so here.

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Geoff Tate Would Be Up For Reunion With Queensryche

Former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate reveals in a new interview that he does not rule out a reunion with the band if they were ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tate was asked by BlastEcho about a possible reunion if the band were inducted into the Rock Hall and responded, "I suppose so. I suppose it would just… It might be what's needed to get everybody in the same room talking again.

"Something like that would probably be the catalyst for getting the band… at least for one performance. I don't know if it would be enough to get everybody wanting to get back together again. But, you know, I'd be up for it."

He hasn't completely ruled out a reunion under different circumstances saying, "Ahhh… You know, I never say never." Check out the full interview here.

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Danny Worsnop Announces Solo Album Release Show

Asking Alexandria frontman Danny Worsnop has announced details for an album release show celebrating his forthcoming debut solo album "The Long Road Home."

The album is set to be released on February 17 under Worsnop's new worldwide deal with Earache Records and the album launch show will be taking place on February 14th at London's Lexington.

The special show is in addition to the previously announce intimate shows on February 12th Crash Records in Leeds and 15th at Banquet Records in Kingston-upon-Thames. here.

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The Flaming Lips Offshoot Spaceface Stream New Song

Spaceface, which is fronted by The Flaming Lips' Jake Ingalls, have premiered their new single "Cowboy Lightning" which is the first single from the group's forthcoming debut album "Sun Kids."

The band plan to release the new album early next year and Ingalls had the following to say about the new single, "The song, in my opinion, bridges the gap of where we've been as a group seeing ourselves as a really rockin' band and points towards where we're headed with the recording and writing process; honing in on rhythms and adding more spacial, cosmic arrangements by adding different layers of keyboards and running drum mixes through old moogs.

"I think it's also the first song we've recorded falsettos on, which was a lot of fun in the studio, I think it was a random idea we had really late night in the studio for Eric and I to do our best sorta Supremes impressions over the lyrics. Even though everyone was laughing, I really liked the way they sounded and decided it should be turned up in the mix." Check out the song at CoS here.

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Havok Announce New Album 'Conformicide'

Havok have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, entitled "Conformicide," on March 10th, 2017 via Century Media and they will be launching North American and European tours to support the effort.

Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist David Sanchez says that they new album is "faster and way angrier" than their 2013 release "Unnatural Selection". He continues, "'Conformicide' is our most dynamic, heavy, thoughtful, musical, and sonically-crushing album so far.

"All four members feel that this is the best Havok album to date. There are a lot of "truth bombs" being dropped on this record and the music absolutely rips!" Read more here.

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Jethro Tull The String Quartet Stream New Christmas Song

Jethro Tull The String Quartet continue to celebrate the Christmas season with the released of a new track called "Ring Out These Bells," which is an adaptation of Jethro Tull's "Ring Out, Solstice Bells,"

The track comes their forthcoming album Jethro Tull The String Quartet out on 24th March. Band leader Says Anderson had the following to say about the new track "'Ring Out These Bells was written for the Songs From The Wood album as a reference to the winter solstice pagan festival and the latter day transplanted Christian notional birth of the Biblical Jesus, but then the record company thought that we should release it as a Christmas single.

"After a futile attempt to record a simpler, catchier version, we reverted to the original recording. It was released just too late to make the Top Ten charts in time for Christmas. But it has remained a radio play staple in the radio playlists for Christmas ever since.

"This new string quartet version captures the spirit of the original recording but with a really authentic Christmas Classical interpretation with the flute and a bit of the vocal sections of the familiar version. I can just feel the mistletoe quivering in anticipation of a quick kiss and no tell." Listen to it here.

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Sunn O Announce North American Tour Dates

Sunn O))) have announced their first live dates for 2017 which will include a handful of shows in the Northeastern US and Southeast Canada, in addition to their appearance at next year's Convergence Festival.

The North American dates will be kicking off on March 12th in Washington D.C at the 930 Club and will wrap up on March 18th in Philadelphia at Union Transfer.

They have also announces stops in Pittsburg (3/13 at The Rex), Toronto (3/14 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre), Montreal (3/15 at La Sat), Boston (3/16 at The Coolidge), and Brooklyn (3/17 at Knockdown Center). Read more here.

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Bad Brains' H.R. Biography Release Moved Up

Good news for Bad Brains fans as publishers Lesser Gods have moved up the release date for the new book "Finding Joseph I: An Oral History of H.R."

The authorized biography of the Bad Brains icon Paul "HR" Hudson, a.k.a. Joseph I., was originally scheduled to be released on January 17th of next year but the publishers will now be releasing the title on December 27th.

Here is part of the synopsis: "Finding Joseph I features interviews with H.R.'s family, bandmates past and present, friends, and those he has influenced and inspired. Interviewees include members of Bad Brains, Guns N' Roses, Black Flag, Living Colour, 311, Fishbone, the Wailers, Cro-Mags, Dead Prez, Murphy's Law, P.O.D., Michael Franti & Spearhead and many more. Packed with many rare and never-before-seen images, Finding Joseph I is the definitive account of the punk rock icon." The book can be preordered here.

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Asphyx Release 'Candiru' Music Video

Asphyx have premiered their new music video for the track "Candiru". The song comes from the group's recently released studio album "Incoming Death."

The new visual features footage that was captured during the band's recent appearance at Turock Open Air festival in Essen, Germany. Frontman Martin van Drunen had the following to say about the song and the new video, "Candiru is a no-nonsense, non-compromising 3 riff containing fast Asphyx Death Metal track.

"A gory story about a revolting little fish from the Amazon that can nest itself in human genitals to suck blood after it got there via the urine stream. Only removable through amputation, so be careful there were you relieve yourselves folks!

"The video was recorded at this year's Turock Open Air in Essen Germany, which we can almost call our second home. The very first time we ever rammed that tune on stage. We had a ball, as always, so hope you do too while watching this". Watch the video here.

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Pain Of Salvation Announce North American Tour

Pain of Salvation have announced that they will be hitting the road in February for a North American tour dates in support of their forthcoming album "In the Passing Light of Day".

The album is set to be released on Friday the 13th of January and the band has released a video clip for the first single 'Meaningless", which was Joakim S. Hammond and Love Fagerstedt. Check it out here.

The U.S. and Canada trek is scheduled to kick off on February 12th in Tampa, Fl at The Orpheum and will be concluding on February 26th in New York City at The Marlin Room. Read more including the dates
here.

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Sinner Sinners Announce New Album 'Optimism Disorder'

(Adrenaline) Sinner Sinners have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album "Optimism Disorder" on March 7, 2017 via Cadavra Records in North America.

The album will also be available on limited edition, colored 12-inch vinyl via Last Hurrah Records in North America. "This record took 18 months to complete - we went through some very tough sh*t in our lives during this time, which is the main reason it took so long. As a result, it's definitely the darkest stuff we've ever written," says frontman Steve Thill. "We went for something darker, moodier and heavier and at the same time took a more classic rock approach to it."

Thill continues, "The general idea behind the title and the songs is that it really seems to us that our generation is choking on its own motivational garbage and big dreams. Somehow, we always try to convince ourselves that we deserve better, if not the best, always wanting what others have and all this sh*t. Things could always be better but it sure as hell could be a lot worst, it's always a matter of perspective. So, we flipped the problem around and had fun with it. Optimism Disorder is about the damages of optimism, religions, group mentality and all kinds of other mental disorders as well as alcoholism, depression, addiction, loss... this is a pretty sinister album made with a whole lot of love and we can guarantee it will ruin your day in just 35 minutes!" Read more
here.

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Last In Line, British Lion Lead Additions To Steelhouse Festival

Last In Line, Iron Maiden icon Steve Harris' British Lion, Jared James Nichols, King King and Tequila Mockingbyrd have all been added to the lineup for The Steelhouse Festival 2017.

The annual classic rock focused Welsh music festival will be taking place on July 29th and 30th of next year at Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm in Ebbw Vale, Wales.

Promoter Max Rhead had the following to say in the announcement: "For me personally, this is one of the best announcements we've made over the seven year history of the Steelhouse.

"I was a massive Dio fan growing up, and although very sadly Ronnie is no longer with us, Vivian Campbell and Vinnie Appice are keeping these incredible songs alive. 'Holy Diver' on the mountain-top - I can't wait!"

The new bands join the previously announced lineup of Saxon (headliner), Skindred, Inglorious, Stone Broken, Florence Black and Broken Witt Rebels. Find more details here.

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Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Special Orchestra Shows Announced

(Gibson) It would seem that Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood can't sit still. Over the last year, he's been involved with two major albums - Junun, his collaboration with Israeli musician Shye Ben Tzur and Indian folk ensemble Rajasthan Express and of course, A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead's ninth studio album. In addition, he also contributed to Frank Ocean's two albums this year, Endless and Blonde.

Now, the London Contemporary Orchestra has announced a series of UK-only concerts in 2017 featuring live orchestral performances of Greenwood's score for There Will Be Blood, alongside screenings of the film. And the kicker? Greenwood will perform with the orchestra on the Ondes Martenot, the vintage electronic instrument that he's become known for.

The four concerts will take place in London (January 30th, though it's been announced that Greenwood will not be a part of this performance), Birmingham (February 5th), Brighton (February 6th) and Bristol (February 7th). Read more here.

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Singled Out: Late Night Fights' Saving Face

Today Ryan Guanzon guitarist/vocalist from Minneapolis rockers Late Night Fights tells us the story behind the song "Saving Face" from their debut album "Jousthouse". Here is the story:

In a nutshell, this song is about getting taken advantage of by the people you've helped out the most in your life, and then being the one to bail them out when they completely blow it.

Although this song isn't necessarily about just one person, I started writing it because I was feeling ultra used and abused by a former bandmate of mine. After a couple years of touring when it became clear that I wasn't going to be treated as an equal it was the beginning of the end.

When people get "wrapped up in one," they "don't see clearly," and may never realize that without the efforts of others they would be nothing. As the band got more successful, the inequity only became more pronounced, and ultimately ended up disintegrating it.

To top it all off, there was a false front when asked how we operate. I can't think of a bigger blow to the integrity of an organization than standing behind the lies of your leader.

The cool thing the song is it started to relate to many other things happening in all sorts of organizations and relationships. All the cover-ups, rumoring, and generic responses happening in politics, corporate, and pop culture all relates to wanting to save face to please the masses.

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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