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Day in Rock Report for 11/17/2016


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Stone Temple Pilots Address New Singer Report

(Classic Rock) Stone Temple Pilots have reportedly hired former X Factor contestant Jeff Gutt as their new singer, according to a report based on information from an unnamed "source", but the band maintains that they have not reached a decision yet.

Entertainment Tonight is reporting that 40-year-old Michigan native Gutt is the Stone Temple Pilots' new frontman after the band launched a worldwide search to replace Chester Bennington.

ET says a "source" has told them that STP have begun rehearsals in Hollywood, Los Angeles, this week, and that they are expected to tour in 2017, playing old classics and new material.

But in a statement, a representative of Stone Temple Pilots says: "The band has been rehearsing with several singers over the past few weeks. They haven't made a decision yet."

Bennington left the group last year to concentrate fully on his work with Linkin Park. Original singer Scott Weiland was fired by STP in 2013 and he died last year of a drug overdose.

Announcing their search for a singer earlier this year, STP said: "We've already heard from many talented people, but want to make this an opportunity for many more so we've set up a way for you to do just that." Read more here.

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Metallica Release Videos For All Songs On Hardwired Album

(Classic Rock) Metallica have released videos for all 12 tracks from 10th album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. The follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic is out tomorrow (November 18) with the band drip-feeding the individual promos over the course of the last 24 hours.

Now they've issued all the videos - and they've also added a separate live clip for their 2014 track Lords Of Summer, which features on the deluxe edition of the album.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield told Metal Hammer that he's excited to be releasing another studio album again - and also explained why Hardwired… To Self-Destruct took eight years.

He said: "We didn't mark it on the calendar - 'Eight years from now we're gonna have a record out.' And things happen - families, Lulu's, Through The Never's, festivals. So much that all of a sudden time slips away, and you realise, 'Oh, we can still be a band. Let's put some new music out.' Why does it take eight years? I don't like that fact.

I blame my kids! But we've still got lots of material." Watch all of the videos here.

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Previously Unreleased Ronnie James Dio Music Coming In 2017

(Classic Rock) Previously unreleased Ronnie James Dio material is set to launch next year, his widow Wendy Dio has confirmed. Rhino Records issued the A Decade Of Dio box set earlier this year, which contained his first six albums from 1983 until 1993.

Wendy, who was also Dio's longtime manager, says there are "precious" tapes in the archives still to be issued - though she'd have to cut through some red tape to release her late husband's work with Rainbow.

She tells Eric Blair: "I have four albums that I own after that box set, and we have some precious things in the archives, which we're going to put out and add on there, and I think Rhino will put it out next year."

When asked whether there is unreleased video of the singer, Wendy replies: "Oh yeah. I'm talking all the way back. I've actually got stuff from Rainbow we're not allowed to put out, but we've got stuff. We videoed almost every show." Read more here.

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Blink-182 Star Among All-Star Jam For Paris Terrorist Attack Victim

(TeamRock) Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes joined Frank Turner and members of Maximo Park, Blink-182 and Travis at a benefit show for Bataclan victim Nick Alexander in London.

The inaugural A Peaceful Noise charity concert was held last night (November 15) at the Shepherd's Bush Empire to mark the anniversary of the Paris terrorist attacks and celebrate the life of Eagles Of Death Metal merchandise man Alexander, who died in the attacks.

Funds raised at the event will be donated to the Nick Alexander Memorial Trust and the Sweet Stuff Foundation. A group finale saw Hughes and Turner joined by Matt Skiba of Blink-182, Travis frontman Fran Healy, Paul Smith of Maximo Park, Gaz Coombes of Supergrass and Frank Turner onstage.

All of the musicians involved had worked with Nick Alexander while on the road. Nick's sister and A Peaceful Noise organizer Zoe Alexander says: "Our first A Peaceful Noise show has been incredible. All the artists have given so much and to see the crowd brought together with the message that music can unite us all has been so powerful.

"I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has shown their support." A gallery of images from the A Peaceful Noise show can be viewed here.

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Rolling Stones Unplug For Classic Song Performance

(Radio.com) The Rolling Stones are giving fans a stripped down, behind-the-scenes look at one of their biggest hits, "Country Tonk" in a new 90-second clip available via The Guardian.

The new video clip rockers Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform an acoustic version of the 1969 classic song backstage during a pre-show dressing room jam.

The performance is early footage from an upcoming documentary that follows the band's journey across Latin America on their 2016 tour. In the clip, Richards is shown strumming his acoustic guitar and harmonizing with Mick Jagger. Check out the spirited performance here.

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Two Leon Russell Memorials Planned

(Radio.com) Since Leon Russell's death, tributes have poured in from music luminaries and fans who admired the iconic musician's work and life. Two memorials have been planned to celebrate his contributions, Pollstar reports.

The first will be a burial that will take place in Tennessee, where Russell lived at the time of his death. Another has been scheduled in his home state of Oklahoma. Elton John and Willie Nelson will serve as "honorary pallbearers," a testament to their friendship and professional admiration for Russell's talent.

The Tennessee funeral will take place on Friday at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet. The Tulsa, Oklahoma service will be held at Oral Roberts University's Mabee Center, which seats nearly 11,000. Read more here.

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Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald Lead 'Last Waltz' Tribute Tour

(Radio.com) Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald lead the lineup for a tour in celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Band's iconic final concert, which was documented in Martin Scorses' concert film The Last Waltz.

Jamey Johnson, John Medeski, Don Was and Terence Higgins will also participate in the tour. The musicians gathered earlier this year at Jazz Fest for a two night stand that left them wanting more.

"I'll never forget the experience of playing these songs with this group of musicians in New Orleans earlier this year. We are celebrating something truly special and I'm honored to be a part of it." said Michael McDonald in a prepared statement.

"The Last Waltz is a true piece of rock n' roll history. The music is as soulful, relevant and powerful today as it was 40 years ago. We can't wait to carry on the legacy of these songs for fans." added Warren Haynes. See the dates here.

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Kate Bush Releasing New Single 'Dream Of Sleep' This Week

(Prog) Kate Bush will release a new single on November 18 (Friday). And Dream Of Sheep will be available via digital platforms from 11.30 GMT tomorrow - with those who have pre-ordered her live package Before The Dawn getting the track, which originally appeared on 1985 album Hounds Of Love, instantly.

Bush performed the lead vocal live while filming in a water tank at Pinewood Studios to reflect the fact that the character in the song is lost at sea. Before The Dawn was recorded during Bush's 22-date residency at London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in 2014, and will be released on November 25 via Fish People and distributed through Rhino Records.

The shows were Bush's first full live performances since 1979 - and she recently revealed she was nervous about forgetting her lines onstage. She said: "I was terrified. The idea of putting the show together was something that I found really interesting and really exciting. But to actually step into it was something that I had to really work hard on because I was terrified of doing live work as a performer again.

"I was really nervous every night as a performer, but had complete faith in everybody on the stage, everybody in the team, all the sound guys. The most difficult thing for me was to be continually in the now because I naturally tend to race ahead in my mind. I think maybe it's that kind of primeval thing where you're trying to think, 'Can I get to that tree before the tiger gets me? Will I be able to get up high enough?'" Read more here.

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Anthrax Add 20 Dates To Among The Living Tour

(Metal Hammer) Anthrax have added 20 additional dates to their Among The Living 30th anniversary tour in 2017. They have recruited British metal outfit The Raven Age as support.

The dates follow on from their UK leg next February, with dates planned into the middle of March. Anthrax's shows will be based around their 1987 album Among The Living - along with a string of fan favourites and songs from their latest album For All Kings.

Speaking about the UK leg of the tour, guitarist Scott Ian said: "Finally! We've been looking forward to headlining in the UK for so long. We have a killer set planned - new stuff, old favourites, deep tracks and Among The Living front to back.

"You'd better start getting in shape now for the epic war dance. See you soon my friends." See all of the dates here.

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Trivium's Matt Heafy Unplugs For Soundgarden Cover

(Metal Hammer) Trivium's Matt Heafy has performed an acoustic cover of Soundgarden song "Black Hole Sun". The frontman also plays a stripped-back version of Until The World Goes Cold, lifted from their 2015 album Silence In The Snow.

Trivium recently announced a 33-date European tour in 2017, kicking off the trek in the UK in February. Heafy said: "The UK was the first place to embrace Trivium on the planet - and Europe was the first home for Trivium playing internationally way back in 2003.

"It's our honour to be able to complete the Silence In The Snow album tour in the UK and Europe. We have had some of the most integral and historic moments of our career in both spots, and we look forward to celebrating our love of music with all of you. See you very soon." Watch it here.

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Aerosmith Release Farewell Tour Promo Video

(hennemusic) Aerosmith are previewing the European leg of their farewell tour, "Aero-Vederci Baby!", with the release of a new promo video featuring Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

The group have announced the first series of dates for the farewell run, with shows starting May 17 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The summer 2017 trek combines headlining concerts with festival appearances - including UK's Download, Spain's Rock Fest, France's Hellfest, Italy's Firenze Rocks and the Sweden Rock Festival.

Tickets for the majority of the Aero-Vederci Tour dates will go on sale on November 18; check your local ticket provider for complete details. The Boston band recently wrapped up their 2016 live dates with a month-long tour of South America. Watch the video and see the dates here.

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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Release 'Man On The Silver Mountain' Video

(hennemusic) Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow have released a performance video of their 1975 classic, "Man On The Silver Mountain", as a preview to the November 18 release of their DVD and Blu-ray package, "Memories In Rock - Live In Germany."

The set captures the guitarist's return to the rock stage for the first time in two decades this past June with a new lineup for a pair of Monsters Of Rock festivals in Germany and a third date in the UK.

Blackmore was joined by Lords Of Black singer Ronnie Romero, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith, bassist Bob Nouveau and backup singers Candice Night and Lady Lynn for the rare rock shows by the former Deep Purple legend.

Blackmore last performed rock in 1997 while touring in support of Rainbow's eighth album, "Stranger In Us All." That same year he went on to form the medieval folk band Blackmore's Night with then-girlfriend and now-wife Candice Night, and the group has gone on to release ten albums.

Rainbow are also sharing live footage of the Deep Purple classic, "Black Night", and their 1981 track, "Spotlight Kid", from the new set, which will be available via DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD and digital formats, with a deluxe version (DVD, Blu-ray and 2CD in a 48-page hardback photobook) and a 3LP version (180-gram vinyl) due on December 2. Watch the video here.

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Black Stone Cherry Release 'Shakin' My Cage' Video

(Classic Rock) Black Stone Cherry have released a lyric video for their track Shakin' My Cage. The song features on the band's fifth studio album Kentucky, which launched in April this year.

The band are currently on their way to the UK for a run of shows in support of the follow-up to 2014's Magic Mountain. Speaking of the run of shows, Black Stone Cherry said: "We have been very fortunate to play some incredible shows in the UK the past few years. After headlining two arena tours and being a part of some amazing festivals, we wanted to bring it back to an atmosphere that we know our fans will enjoy and truly deserve.

"This tour is a way for us to bring the show to them and to play venues that allow us to deliver a very special night featuring two sets of music, like we've never done before. No other bands - just the four of us and our fans.

"We are truly thrilled to bring this unique Black Stone Cherry experience to the UK. We have never done anything like this before and we knew the UK was the only place to do it. That's all we're gonna say about it." Watch the new video here.

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Grateful Dead Celebrating 50th Anniversary With Reissues

(Radio.com) The Grateful Dead will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with the launch a reissue series in January that will include two-disc deluxe editions and limited edition vinyl of all the group's studio and live albums.

The rollout begins on January 20th with the reissue of the Dead's self titled debut, which will features a remastered version of the album together with a complete, and previously unreleased, concert from July 29th, 1966 and select cuts from July 30th, 1966 at the P.N.E. Garden Auditorium in British Columbia.

Subsequent reissues will be released on their respective anniversary dates. Check out the full track listing for the upcoming The Grateful Dead self-titled reissue here.

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DJ Ashba Reflects On His Time With Guns N' Roses

(Classic Rock) DJ Ashba has recalled Guns N' Roses as a being weight on his shoulders now that his six-year term with the band has ended. The guitarist bowed out in 2015, ahead of the return of classic-era members Slash and Duff McKagan for a reunion tour that's gone on to gross nearly $5.5m at each show.

Ashba - who's now concentrating fully on Sixx AM alongside Nikki Sixx and James Michael - tells Overdrive: "It really does feel like a humongous weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

"That was a huge responsibility for me, and to be honest I didn't know how big that weight was going to be. I learned a lot and I'm very grateful for it all - I experienced something for six whole years that money can't buy, and I was able to take away a huge amount of self-growth, and an insight into the workings of a huge band like that."

He adds: "I didn't for one moment anticipate that there was going to be so much criticism, as well as a lot of praise. The whole experience made me grow thick skin. Looking back, I took away so much which I apply to my everyday life, as well as my role in Sixx AM." Read more here.

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Jethro Tull Stream Previously Unreleased Version Of Classic Song

(Prog) Jethro Tull have released a stream of a previously unreleased version of their classic song "Bouree." The so-named 'Morgan' version of Bouree was recorded at London's Morgan Studios on 23 April, 1969. It features on the brand new Elevated edition of Stand Up, which is released through Parlophone tomorrow. The new version of Jethro Tull's second album comes as a 2CD/1DVD set and includes the album's original pop-up artwork that came with the original album in 1969.

The new version features the original album and bonus tracks, remixed in both stereo and 5.1 by Steven Wilson, as well as a concert from The Stockholm Konserthuset from 9 January 1969, which also features on the DVD, when the band opened for Jimi Hendrix soon after guitarist Martin Barre had joined the band.

The new Elevated version is presented in book-sized packaging and includes a 112-page booklet with an extensive history the album, track-by-track annotations by Ian Anderson and rare and unseen photographs. Stream the song here.

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Overkill Stream New Song 'Our Finest Hour' and Reveal Album Details

(Classic Rock) Overkill have announced details of their upcoming 18th studio album. The band has also released a lyric video for the album track 'Our Finest Hour.'

The follow-up to 2014's White Devil Armory was produced by the band and mixed by Andy Sneap and will launch on February 10 after they signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast last year.

Frontman Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth says: "Grinding on! Here we come again kids, strapped to the Grinding Wheel. Bang your head." Overkill have been on tour across Europe this month and have three dates remaining in Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic over the coming days. Read more and check out the new song here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Singer Reflects On Late Bandmate The Rev

(Metal Hammer) M Shadows has revealed that he's kept late Avenged Sevenfold bandmate Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan's number in his phone. The drummer died in 2009 - but the vocalist says that, no matter how much time goes by, he'll never complete get over the tragedy.

Shadows tells 2 Hours With Matt Pinfield: "18 years of my life, he was literally at my house every single day. When you lose some that close, it's at times worse than losing a family member. Your whole world is ripped apart - everyone that knew him is a wreck emotionally.

"It goes on for years and years and years. You never fully recover from it - it's something you live with for the rest of your life."

He adds: "There's all those moments where you're like, 'Man, this would be great if he was here for this,' or you want to call him - his number's still in your phone." Read more here.

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Black Star Riders Stream New Song 'When The Night Comes In'

(hennemusic) Black Star Riders are streaming a lyric video for "When The Night Comes In", which is the lead single from their forthcoming third album, "Heavy Fire."

Due next February, the follow-up to 2015's "The Killer Instinct" saw the band regroup with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, The Foo Fighters, Mastodon), at his studio just outside Nashville.

The group will dbeut material from the set on a full UK tour in March 2017.

"Not many new bands get to record three albums these days," says guitarist Scott Gorham. "Without doubt this is BSR'S best album so far. We had a great time recording it and can't wait to play the new songs live on tour in March." here.

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Singled Out: Adelitas Way's Ready For War (Pray for Peace)

Adelitas Way recently released their new single "Ready for War (Pray for Peace)" and to celebrate we asked frontman Rick Dejesus to tell us the inspiration behind the new song. Here is the story:

I wrote "Ready For War (Pray For Peace)" because I love this country and I love the soldiers who keeps us free, and the police officers who risk their lives every day to keep us safe. The song was inspired by some of my best friends who have served our country in the military, and some are officers who put their lives on the line every day serving our community.

With the media and government not showing nearly enough appreciation to our soldiers and officers - the job has become extremely thankless. I wrote the song from the mindset of these men, and myself being a father who protects a household of 3 girls. I want peace and love in this world, but with the monsters out there creating havoc and war, we must always be ready as a nation for anything.

I see on a first hand basis how so many people take our soldiers and officers for granted, compared to what they risk for our safety and freedom. The song is from the perspective of us looking to keep the people and country we love protected for our children's children, and future generations. It's my way of saying Thanks to the men and women who keep us from harm on a daily basis.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the single right here!

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