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Day in Rock Report for 12/31/2016


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Axl Rose Plans New Music For Guns N' Roses 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Axl Rose made huge news in June when he said that he was planning new music with Guns N' Roses and, possibly, AC/DC as well. Rose discussed these and many other topics as the featured guest for a rare, hour-long interview with Sir David Tang before a packed house at The China Exchange in London, UK on June 7.

"We are working on new stuff," explained the rocker. "I've got a lot of stuff together, and I played some stuff for Slash and Duff and they liked it. And Angus and I are talking about working together. So we'll see."

"I hope to keep this going for a quite a while," said Rose of his partial GNR reunion. "Right now, it's all good. I mean, obviously that could just explode. I do want to put out more music with Guns N' Roses, and I don't know if that has to do with Slash or not….if he wants to play on something, that would be great. I've been working to get kind of where things are. The Guns N' Roses reunion didn't happen by chance or whatever. It was always looked at as a possibility, but it never seemed right or felt right."

What did feel right to Rose was approaching AC/DC following news that Brian Johnson was sidelined from live performances due to hearing loss issues, and the singer stepped up his game to prepare for the gig, bringing in a vocal coach for the first time in decades.

"I do a lot of vocal exercises," he reveals. "The Brian Johnson 'Back In Black' stuff is really demanding. Sing it wrong and you might not be signing again."

Rose made his AC/DC debut in Lisbon, Portugal on May 7 to rave reviews and shared some insight into working with Angus Young. "It's great. I can't really explain it," he says. "I feel protective, I feel I do not want to let this guy down, more than almost anybody I've ever known. And I don't know why. And he's very responsive to me. And they said they hadn't seen him this happy, they hadn't seen him moving around [this much]. In between songs, he's playing other stuff [that has inspired potential new song ideas]. So that's kind of a neat thing between musicians." Read more and listen to the full interview here.

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AC/DC's Brian Johnson Says Hearing Invention WORKS 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) AC/DC singer Brian Johnson shared big news back in June about his hearing loss following a meeting with the inventor of in-ear monitors, Asius Technologies founder Stephen Ambrose.

Last month, Ambrose made a public offer via video to assist Johnson over the hearing issues that sidelined him from the band's 2016 tour lineup in March, when AC/DC postponed the remaining 10 shows on their spring US tour after the rocker was advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.

Johnson has revealed that the initial source of his hearing loss began approximately eight years ago while racing at the Watkins Glen International.

Ambrose and Johnson recently met in person to review his latest upgrade to the technology that may help the singer return to the live stage one day. "It WORKS. It just totally works and you can't argue with that," said Johnson of the ADEL technology in a released statement. "I was really moved and amazed to be able to hear music again like I haven't heard for several years now. I can't wait for it to be miniaturized so I can use it in every situation from normal communication, going out to noisy restaurants, to performing live music on stage." Read more here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Had Surgery For Broken Neck 2016 In Review

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor made headlines in June when he revealed to fans that he was recovering from "unplanned spinal surgery" after he had broken his neck without realizing it, which has forced the band to postpone the first twelve dates of their summer tour with Marilyn Manson.

The tour was scheduled to kick off on June 9th in Salt Lake City, UT at the USANA Amphitheatre. Taylor broke the news via Facebook with the following post, "Regretfully, I'm sending this to our fans to inform you that we will be postponing the first couple of weeks of our upcoming U.S tour.

"Unfortunately, I had to undergo an unplanned spinal surgery. I am recovering nicely, and all went well! I need a little recovery time before hitting the stage.

"We will start the summer tour in Nashville on 6/28 and continue as previously scheduled. An update on the rescheduled dates will be available in the next few days. I hope you all understand and thanks for always having my back! Thank you, Corey."

He later updated fans with the following tweet, "Basically broke my neck a while back & didn't realize it. Had 2 have disc replaced & work on vertebrae." Read the original report here.

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Deep Purple's Ian Paice Suffered A Mini-Stroke 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice has revealed that a "mini-stroke" he experienced in mid-June was responsible for the band's concert cancellations in Sweden and Denmark later that month.

The band cancelled scheduled performances at Gröna Lund in Stockholm on June 14, Liseberg in Gothenburg on June 15 and The Prison - Open Air at Horsens, Denmark on June 17.

While the venues announced the shows were off due to "health issues", Deep Purple had not issued a public statement until Paice posted a message on the group's website offering an explanation in an effort to inform fans and reduce speculation over the situation.

"To all the people who were expecting to see Deep Purple in Sweden and Denmark this week, I would like to let you know the reason the shows were not possible, and also to stop all the speculation and rumors," began Paice. "On the morning of the 14th of June, I woke up to find that the right side of my body was feeling numb and I could not control my right hand and fingers. So I had myself admitted to hospital where I was diagnosed with having suffered a 'mini stroke', or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)."

"The hospital staff in Stockholm were amazing and started my treatment straight away," he continued. "After both CT and MIR scans there was found to be no serious or permanent damage. As of this moment all I am suffering is a slightly numb right side of the face a tingling sensation in my right hand." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Win Stairway To Heaven Trial 2016 In Review

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin had one of the biggest stories on June when they were cleared of copyright infringement in a trial over the creation of their signature 1971 song "Stairway To Heaven."

A jury in a Los Angeles federal court sided with the UK band in a 2014 suit brought by Randy California's estate and members of Spirit by trustee Michael Skidmore over claims the acoustic introduction to "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental, "Taurus."

"We are grateful for the jury's conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of 'Stairway to Heaven' and confirming what we have known for 45 years," said Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. "We appreciate our fans' support, and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us."

The two-week trial saw Page, Plant and non-defendant John Paul Jones take the stand to deny exposure to "Taurus" while explaining the creation of "Stairway" at Headley Grange.

Music experts testified that both songs share a commonplace descending chromatic line that has existed for hundreds of years. "At Warner Music Group, supporting our artists and protecting their creative freedom is paramount," added the band's record label. "We are pleased that the jury found in favor of Led Zeppelin, re-affirming the true origins of 'Stairway to Heaven'. Led Zeppelin is one of the greatest bands in history, and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are peerless songwriters who created many of rock's most influential and enduring songs." Listen to both songs here.

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Iron Maiden Mascot Eddie Was Censored 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie was the target of censors in Lithuania back in June because they believed the iconic figure might scare children. A poster advertising Maiden's show in Kaunas, Lithuania, on June 23 has been removed from display after authorities intervened.

A spokesman for the Lithuanian arm of promoter LiveNation had the following to say to Delfi: "We received a letter that should stop advertising because it scares children.

"Right now, we have to decide how to carry on forward, but we must also immediately take down the posters." The poster features a Book Of Souls-era Eddie in black and white with glowing red eyes. See the poster and read more here.

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Prince's Cause Of Death Confirmed 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) In early June it was revealed that the cause of Prince's death was an accidental overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl, according to a document linked via a tweet by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office.

The Associated Press say that according to a one-page report released by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office, the music icon - who died aged 57 in April - administered the drug himself.

The Medical Examiner's Office also confirmed it had completed its investigation into the star's death but would give no further comment. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than morphine and up to 25 times stronger than heroin (diamorphine). Read more here.

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Steve Miller Stepped Up Battle Against Rock Hall 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Music legend Steve Miller continued his PR war against the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in June by stating during an interview that he plans to investigate controversial institution.

The singer and guitarist was inducted into the Rock Hall alongside Deep Purple, N.W.A, Chicago and Cheap Trick in April. He used his acceptance speech to launch a tirade against the Rock Hall and the music industry in general, and later slammed the "murky" and "ridiculous" paperwork he would have to fill out to grant permission for his performance to be broadcast on HBO.

He tells Sirius XM: "It's going to get better. I'm going to get these guys. They are going to be sorry they treated people this way. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is going to go to Cleveland, the museum is actually going to mean something. The funding they raise will be used for music education before I'm done."

He continues: "I'm planning to keep it in the news. I'm planning to investigate them. I've already got all their public documents, I want to see where they're spending the money, I want to see who's being paid. I'm going to check it all out." Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Recorded New Song With Eric Clapton 2016 In Review

(Gibson) The Sun newspaper reported back in June that the Rolling Stones were joined in their new album sessions by legendary blue-rock icon Eric Clapton.

The paper reports that Clapton and the Stones recently ran into each other at a west London recording studio and have since recorded two songs together with producer Don Was.

It makes plenty of sense. The Stones' Ron Wood has previously revealed that that the band have been on "a blues streak", covering standards by the likes of Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter.

"They really sound authentic," Wood said of the Stones' new tracks in April. "We went in to cut some new songs, which we did. But we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days… When we heard them back after not hearing them for a couple of months, we were, 'Who's that?' 'It's you.' It sounded so authentic."

And Clapton has guested before, of course. The Stones shared a previously unreleased version of "Brown Sugar" featuring Clapton on their deluxe reissue of Sticky Fingers. Read more here.

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Scott Weiland Left Behind 'An Enormous Amount Of Debt' 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland left behind "an enormous amount of debt" when he died, his widow Jamie Wachtel Weiland claimed in June.

The photographer married the singer in 2013 and says she doesn't expect to be given any money from his estate, said to be worth at least $2million. Wachtel Weiland tells the Joe Howard Show (via Blabbermouth): "I think there's this preconceived notion that Scott, being a rock star, must have just had millions in the bank, and that I'm probably just sitting pretty and just collecting money, and it's the antithesis of the truth.

"He, unfortunately, passed away with an enormous amount of debt. There were a lot of loose ends that were never dealt with. I could have fought a lot more to be involved in the mess that was left behind, but the truth is, for a long time, I was completely paralyzed. I was incapable of doing anything. It was hard for me to just get through the day, much less lawyer up and deal with all the legalities of an estate and probate." Read the original report here.

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The Music Industry Has Been 'Stolen' Says The Who's Daltrey 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Roger Daltrey made big news in June when he said that The Who were unlikely to ever release another album because the internet has "stolen" the music industry.

The frontman admits he and guitarist Pete Townshend have discussed the possibility of making a follow-up to 2006's Endless Wire, but as it stands he can't see it happening.

The Who unveiled standalone single Be Lucky in 2014 and at the time, Daltrey hinted that a full album would follow. But he tells Rolling Stone: "We've talked about it, but it's not going to be easy. There's no record industry anymore. Why would I make a record?

"I would have to pay to make a record. There's no royalties so I can't see that ever happening. There's no record business. How do you get the money to make the records? I don't know. I'm certainly not going to pay money to give my music away free. I can't afford to do that. I've got other things I could waste the money on."

Asked why the record industry is in the state that it's in, Daltrey adds: "Well, it's been stolen. The way the internet has come about has been the biggest robbery in history, like musicians should work for nothing.

"You get paid for streaming, my ass. There's no control. Musicians are getting robbed every day. And now it's creeping into film and television, everything now." Read more here.

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Great White Frontman Drank Himself Into A Coma 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Great White frontman Jack Russell revealed in June that he drank himself into a coma last year before getting help to sober up. The vocalist - who will release his album The Gauntlet later this year under the banner of Jack Russell's Great White - says he hit rock bottom in his battle with booze in 2015.

Russell tells Music Mania: "I was in a coma eight months ago from drinking too much. The doctor told me when I woke up, 'If you drink again, your liver's gonna shut down and you're gonna die.'

"So I'm not gonna take the chance. I'm doing good right now. My body's in great shape. I've been working out. I've been running. I just took care of myself, got some muscle on me, and I'm back on stage doing what I used to do. It's great." Read more here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Frontman Saves Baby's Life 2016 In Review

(Radio.com) Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis added "life saver" to his resume back in June when he helped save a baby's life. While shooting 'Carpool Karaoke' for The Late Late Show, the band experienced a life threatening situation that didn't make its way on air. During a pause in between takes, a mother began screaming that her child couldn't breathe. Without hesitating, Anthony Kiedis rushed over to help.

Speaking with a UK radio station, Kiedis was totally chill about the frightening event. "We danced off, we tied, and then we were going to celebrate with some Mexican food on the corner," he said. "And a woman came out of her house, holding a child, saying, 'My baby, my baby, my baby can't breathe!' We all ran across the street, the lady thrust her baby into my arms, the baby was not breathing, and I thought, 'I'm gonna try and do a little baby CPR real quick, see if I can get some air in this kid.'"

Kiedis said he couldn't open the baby's mouth in order to perform true CPR. "So I started rubbing the belly, bubbles came out of the mouth, the eyes rolled back into place, the ambulance showed up," he said. "I handed the baby over, who was now breathing and fine, and we went back to 'Carpool Karaoke.' It was kind of a beautiful thing that we stopped for the dance-off. The baby needed help and we were there." Read more

Read the original report here.

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Meat Loaf Collapsed On Stage 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Meat Loaf was rushed to hospital on June 16th after collapsing on stage during a show. He was performing classic track I Would Do Anything For Love at the Jubliee Auditorium in Edmonton, Canada, when he slowly leaned down then fell over on his back.

Video shows the audience responding as if it's part of the act until roadies appear on stage a few seconds later and crowd round the veteran performer, 68. Witnesses say that fans were then told to leave, while Meat Loaf was taken to a nearby medical centre about 20 minutes after the incident began.

One attendee told the Edmonton Journal: "It looked at first like he was just being theatrical and lying down. Next thing we knew, security were telling us to clear the venue."

She said that his voice had sounded strained before his collapse, adding that he seemed "a little bit tired and at times it was hard to hear him." Read more and watch the video here.

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Ray Davies Played Down Kinks Reunion Hopes 2016 In Review

(Classic Rock) Ray Davies played down hopes that the Kinks could reunite in an interview back in June. Despite the often fraught relationship between Davies and brother Dave, hopes that the pair could get back together again were raised in December when Ray joined Dave onstage at London's Islington Assembly Hall.

But Ray tells the Evening Standard: "I'm still trying to live that down. I joined him on stage briefly but it would be overly romantic to think it was because of the show or to start talking about a reunion."

In addition, London west end show Sunny Afternoon - which is based on the Kinks' career - has been extended and will now run until October 29 at the city's Harold Pinter Theatre. Read more here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Denies Tabloid Reports 2016 In Review

Legendary Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne took to his Facebook page back in June to shoot down tabloid reports that his separation from his wife Sharon wee a publicity stunt.

The UK tabloids made their claims based on reported statements from a man named Steven Machat, who allegedly says that he was a manager for Osbourne in the past, a role that has been held by Sharon since he went solo in the early 1980s.

Osbourne writes, "In response to recent stories you printed with comments from Steven Machat... for the record, Mr. Machat NEVER managed me nor was he employed by me in any capacity at any time in my career.

"His representation of this is a categorical lie. I met him when he was hanging around the music industry in the early 80's, but haven't seen him in at least 30 years. He's a sad delusional relic from the 80's." Read the original report here.

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