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Day in Rock Report for 04/03/2017


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Unreleased Eddie Van Halen Track Goes Online

An unreleased Eddie Van Halen track dubbed "Strike" from the 1980s has been posted online in what is said to be the first time that it has been heard in full in public.

The guitar track is being streamed by the Van Halen News Desk who report that only a snippet of the song has been heard in the past as part of the 1984 movie The Wild Life in a scene showing someone bowling a strike at a bowling alley.

The famed guitarist scored the movie and VHND says that they will be releasing most of the music that Eddie recorded for the film in the coming weeks via their Van Halen Vault YouTube channel.

The upcoming tracks they say will be in the form of full raw tracks that he recorded for the movie before they were edited down into the film's score. Check out "Strike" here.

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Steve Perry To Attend Journey's Rock Hall Induction

Some good and bad news has surfaced for Journey fans. Former singer Steve Perry is expected to join the group at their upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but he will not be performing with them.

Keyboard player Jonathan Cain spoke with the Dayton Daily News about the upcoming induction and revealed during the interview that Perry is expected to be at the event. "The ceremony is the first time we're going to get to see Steve Perry in a long time, so that'll be fun."

Unfortunately that does not mean that they will be reuniting with the former frontman as Cain added, "As far as we know he's just going to accept the award and then skedaddle. That's all I know, unless something changes."

He went on to say that their current singer Arnel Pineda "is going to represent very well, like he always does." Cain then continued with these comments about the singer who they discovered via YouTube, "It's amazing because Arnel has been consistently on the road for 10 years now.

"I don't think any singer in the band has stayed on the road as long as Arnel has. When we think back to the Steve Perry days, he wasn't in the band for 10 years straight, faithfully being the road singer. Steve left and did his solo thing and years went on when we weren't playing anywhere. We weren't doing anything." Read more from the interview here.

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Icarus Line's Alvin DeGuzman Battling Advanced Cancer

Icarus Line founder member Alvin DeGuzman's cancer has returned and now said to have spread to other organs, according to a statement from his parents.

DeGuzman battled a rare form of bone cancer two years ago which went into remission but has now returned and has spread to his liver and lungs and his parents have started a crowdfunding drive to help fund an expensive treatment that may give him a chance to beat the cancer.

They had this to say on the GoFundMe page, "Two years ago at age 36, our son Alvin, a professional musician, developed a rare type of bone cancer, mesenchymal chondrosarcoma, that caused sudden paralysis of his legs up to his chest. Today, his cancer has returned with a vengeance, and the cancer has spread to his liver, lungs and bones! We have to act fast as his treatment options are few and his time is running out!

"In our quest to save his life, we read about a new version of a genetic medicine that has cured patients with bone cancer and pancreatic cancer. We are optimistic that if Alvin can be treated with this medicine, he has a chance of winning his battle against cancer.

"The challenge we face is the high cost of drug manufacturing. Through gofundme.com, we are raising the $350,000 needed to make the drug. If this treatment works for Alvin, it will open the door to other cancer patients who could benefit from this treatment as well! We pray that you will help us raise the funds needed. This is an urgent matter; the sooner we get the funding, the sooner we can start Alvin's cure! Please help us SAVE ALVIN FROM CANCER and in so doing, SAVE OTHER CANCER VICTIMS!" Visit the crowd funding page here.

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Black Star Riders Lose A Member

Thin Lizzy offshoot Black Star Riders have announced an amicable split with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso but have yet to reveal who will be replacing him.

DeGrasso will now most likely focus his energy on his recently acquired gig with the reunited version of Ratt featuring Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier and Carlos Cavazo.

Black Star Riders broke the news of their lineup shakeup with the following social media post, "In a mutual decision, Black Star Riders and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso have decided to part ways.

"The band wish him well in his future endeavours and thank him for the great albums, killer shows and good times together. The new drummer will be announced shortly" .

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Superjoint Announce Dates For U.S. Spring Tour

Phil Anselmo's Superjoint have announced that they will be launching a new spring tour leg of the U.S. in support of their first new album in a decade "Caught Up In The Gears Of Application"

The new Caught Up In The Gears Of Application Tour leg will feature support from Battlecross and Child Bite who were also part of the first leg that took place at the beginning of the year.

The trek is scheduled to get underway on April 21st in San Antonio at the Alamo City Music Hall and will be concluding on May 10th in Denver at the Summit Music Hall. See the dates here.

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Say Anything and Bayside Cover Each Other Ahead Of Tour

Say Anything and Bayside are celebrating their forthcoming coheadlining tour with streams of their covers of each other's songs which will be on a special vinyl release.

Anything's Max Bemis take on Bayside's "They're Not Horses, They're Unicorns" can be heard here and Bayside's Anthony Raneri version of Say Anything's "Night's Song" is streaming here.

Both tracks have been released for digital purchase and will also be available on a special 7" split vinyl that the bands will be selling on their upcoming U.S. coheadlining tour. Read more here.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Gear Up For Tour, Release Documentary

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are preparing to launch North American and European tours as their new DVD and Blu-Ray documentary "One More Time Feeling" has been released.

The new film was directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford) and explores the making of their 2016 album "Skeleton Tree". It has been released in standard DVD format, as well as in 2D and 3D Blu-Ray versions. It's available here.

The band will be hitting the road for their North American tour on May 26th when the trek kicks off with a sold out show in Brooklyn at Kings Theater and will be concluding on June 29th in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre.

They will then take a few months off before embarking on their European tour which is scheduled to begin on September 24th in Bournemouth, UK at the Bournemouth International Centre. See the dates here.

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Iron Maiden Singer Upset With Loss Of Vital Venues For Bands

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is saddened by the closure of small music venues in the UK over noise complaints from residents that live near them.

Dickinson was asked about the shutting down of the Cardiff live music spot Dempseys in a recent interview with WalesOnline and he responded, "Sadly, that seems to be happening in a lot of places.

"It's the gentrification of the city centre, the dodgy hangouts which are really cool which kids like. We wouldn't have been able to start out if there hadn't been venues like that.

"The good thing is you don't need a lot to have a place where you can have a racket and have people turn up." Bruce then expanded on the impact it will have on musicians, "Small venues are indispensable to bands... always have been and always will be. I think we miss a trick in this country and some countries in Europe do it better in that they protect their social infrastructure. And pubs and small venues are part of that social infrastructure.

"Just because something would be worth X a square foot, that is a case of people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing. These [the venues] are vital things and the reason why people come to a city centre is to keep it alive. And it's not just people who want to drink posh lattes, there are other people in the world who have cultural needs and rock and roll is pretty fundamental to people's lives these days." Read the full interview here.

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Axel Rudi Pell and Bonnie Tyler Release 'Love's Holding On' Video

Axl Rudi Pell has released a new music video for his track 'Love's Holding On' which features guest vocals from Bonnie Tyler and is the first single from his forthcoming album.

The new album will be entitled "The Ballads V" and is set to be released on April 21st in various formats including a CD digipack that will features a bonus poster, a double LP gatefold purple vinyl, digitally, and in Europe a limited box set that will feature a CD digipack, powerbank, CD slim case single, sticker, photocard.

The guitarist recruited the acclaimed Tyler to duet with Axl Rudi Pell's longtime singer Johnny Gioeli on the album's first single 'Love's Holding On'. Watch the video here.

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The Kooks Stream New Song and Announce Hits Album

The Kooks are streaming a brand new track called "Be Who You Are". The song is one of two brand new tracks included on the group's forthcoming greatest hits album.

The new album will be entitled "The Best Of...So Far" and is set to hit stores on May 19th in both standard and deluxe editions digitally and on CD, as well as a 2LP vinyl version. Fans can stream the new track "Be Who You Are" here and it is also available as an instant track for those that preorder the new collection.

Frontman Luke Pritchard had this to say about the new retrospective, "It's been the greatest pleasure to work, travel, fight, hate and love the best and most talented people I've met in my life. It's the greatest job in the world and we don't intend to stop any time soon." Read more here.

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Anathema Stream New Song 'Springfield'

Anathema are streaming a brand new track entitled "Springfield". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "The Optimist", which is scheduled to hit stores on June 9th.

Singer and guitar player Daniel Cavanagh had this to say, "Here we present the song 'Springfield', it's actually the song that closed our unforgettable Wembley gig with Opeth and it seemed to be a track that just fell into place without much effort.

"It seemed to do itself. The song forms part of a narrative that runs through The Optimist album, it's a narrative that begins where A Fine Day To Exit left off. The album is a journey. The songs are ambiguous. There is no right or wrong way to take them. Make of them what you will." Listen to the new track here.

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Paul Weller Announces New Album 'A Kind Revolution'

Paul Weller has announced that he will be releasing his brand new solo album, which will be entitled "A Kind Revolution," on May 12th. It's the follow-up to his 2015 studio effort "Saturns Pattern".

Weller coproduced the album with his longtime collaborator Jan "Stan" Kybert (Oasis, Bjork, Massive Attack) and recorded the 10 track effort at his Black Bard Studio.

"A Kind Revolution" features a number of guest appearances including Boy George, Madeline Bell, PP Arnold, Robert Wyatt and Josh McClory from The Strypes. See the tracklisting here.

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The Rasmus End Hiatus and Stream New Song 'Paradise'

The Rasmus have officially ended their half of a decade hiatus late last week (March 31sth) with the released a brand new single that is entitled "Paradise", which is now streaming online.

The Finnish rockers new song was produced by the Swedish team The Family and was recorded and mixed in Stockholm and is the first new music from the group since they went on hiatus in 2012.

"Paradise is a relative thing," Lauri Ylönen says on their brand new comeback single. "One man's hell can be another man's paradise". Check out a stream of the track here.

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The Zombies Reschedule Dates After Frontman Suffers Infection

The Zombies have announced rescheduled dates for the show this past week they were forced to postpone after frontman Colin Blunstone came down with a bacterial infection.

The band shared the good news that Blunstone is now recovering rapidly from the infection and their shows in Ridgefield, CT, Boston and Northampton, MA are now rescheduled to take place in May.

The postponed shows had been scheduled to take place this past Tuesday in Ridgefield, Connecticut; Thursday in Boston; and tonight in Northampton, Massachusetts. Read more here.

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Mark Slaughter Announces New Solo Album 'Halfway There'

Mark Slaughter has announced that he will be releasing his new solo album "Halfway There" next month and also revealed Slaughter will be launching a tour of Japan with Ratt.

The Slaughter frontman will be releasing his sophomore solo album on May 26th in North America and Europe under a new deal with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's EMP Label Group, preceded by a Japanese release on May 10th.

Ellefson shared the following, "I have been friends with Mark for over 30 years, since he was in Vinnie Vincent Invasion, and there's a lot of shared history. So when we started talking about the idea of putting this record out, yes, it was a great and natural fit. Mark is such a tremendous talent and songwriter, and the scope of that is truly evident on Halfway There. We're extremely proud, and excited, to have been able to partner with him on it, and can't wait for the World to hear it."

Slaughter had this to say about the new effort, "My first solo record (Reflections in a Rear View Mirror) was kinda getting back on the horse, so to speak. I mean doing everything and recording... I'm taking on a lot more tasks as an engineer/producer/ writer on all this… because I'm doing everything. Ultimately at the end of the day, anybody who is a Slaughter fan, will certainly understand that I am a large part of the Slaughter sound and vibe, so obviously if you like that, it's in there. It's just that I take a lot more liberties on the solo side that I probably wouldn't do when it's a group effort." Read more here.

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Megadeth's David Ellefson Announces Hometown Coffee Store Opening

Megadeth cofounder David Ellefson has revealed details for the upcoming hometown opening of his Ellefson Coffee Co. store which will be celebrated with a three day event this coming weekend.

The grand opening for the Jackson, MN store will be taking place on April 7th through 9th and will feature appearances from Ellefson as well as That Metal Show's Don Jamieson who will be the cohost on the second day.

Ellefson had this to say, "As the GRAND OPENING draws nearer, it's amazing to see the excitement build and be able to announce some more killer things we have planned for the Grand Opening and beyond!! We have people traveling from all over the country to join us in this celebration of all things COFFEE and METAL, and we're going to show them all a GREAT time!!" Read more here.

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Beautiful Creatures Release Deluxe Edition Of 'Deuce' Album

Beautiful Creatures have reissued their sophomore album "Deuce" in a new deluxe version which finds the original album remixed and remastered by guitarist Anthony Focx.

The effort was also resequenced and includes a bonus track called "Get You High" which is the first new song that the group has released since the original album hit stores. The new version is available here.

Bass player Kenny Kweens explained the reason for the deluxe reissue, "Unlike our Warner Bros. debut record, 'Deuce' was NEVER properly released digitally due to all the changes in technology during that particular time period - We are really looking forward to everyone hearing 'Deuce' as it was meant to be sonically in a digital medium". here.

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'The Future Of Real Rock' Greta Van Fleet Stream New Song

Young up and coming rockers Greta Van Fleet are streaming their new track "Highway Tune". The song comes from their forthcoming EP "Black Smoke Rising".

The EP was produced by Al Sutton (Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr.) and Marlon Young (Kid Rock) and is set to be released on April 21st under the band's recently inked deal with Lava/Republic Records.

Lava Records president Jason Flom personally signed the deal with the band and shared his exciting about what they have to offer, "Greta Van Fleet is the future of real Rock & Roll. They've got the chops, the swagger and the songs to make their mark as the band of their generation."

Bassist Sam Kiszka added, "Our dream is for people to just give our a music a listen. We want to give people a positive experience so they give out good energy themselves. If you're having a bad day, listen to some good music and everything gets better. We want to be part of that." Stream the song here.

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Backup Planet Added To Bonnaroo Festival

Backup Planet celebrated the release of their brand new album "Reactions" with the announcement that they have been added to the lineup of this year's Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival, which will be taking place on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN on June 8th-11th.

Blake Gallant shared his excitement about the new effort, "We have had to overcome a lot as a band to get to this point. It took everything we had both as a band and as people to survive everything that happened, including the terrible wreck when a drunk driver hit our tour van. I think that really comes through in these new songs. So we are beyond excited and very grateful to finally share this album with the world."

The band is promoting the new album with their current The Heavy Planet Tour which is coheadlining trek with them and The Heavy Pets which will be wrapping up on April 30th in New Orleans at Gsa Gsa. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Dreamer & Son's Cheat

Dreamer & Son recently released their brand new single entitled "Cheat" and to celebrate we asked frontman Sayak Das to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

Whenever I'm alone or in a naturally creative mindset, I tend to relive certain moments in my life. They play out like movie scenes in my head as I constantly repeat and reassess the details of whatever happens to pop into my head.

During the summer of my sophomore year in college, I was only playing through scenes that revolved around sour relationships. That entire year had been spent in my head. Whether I was just drifting away in class or blowing things out of proportion, one thing was constant; I was overthinking every single thing possible. It was very easy for me to blame myself for the awful situations I found myself in while I was in that mindset. Because of that, I failed to notice how some relationships and friendships I had were toxic because of the other party. There was no mutual respect in these relationships and it was very obvious. The lyrics of "Cheat" detail but one of those relationships, so I won't spend too much time retelling the story. Let's backtrack a little bit.

The day before I left for that sophomore year summer, I came up with a guitar lick that really stuck. I remember sitting in the living room of my apartment playing that one riff for hours on end, to the point that it drove my roommate insane. That guitar lead ended up being one of the most memorable part of "Cheat" and really helped get that song off the ground. It took me almost two months to write anything else to that lick, because nothing I wrote seemed "worthy". But one day it clicked and I wrote the chord progression that ended up finding it's way into the final version. The verses seemed to write themselves after that. I sat on a couple verses, a solid chord progression, and a catchy guitar riff for about two more months until I brought the idea to my guitarist (Matt Bolton).

At first glance, the guys weren't really into the vibe that I was gunning for. This made perfect sense, seeing as we had only made very hard hitting, emotionally charged music at that point. Presenting and upbeat, catchy idea was very far left field. It took a little bit of conversation, but I managed to convince them that there was a way to make this work for us. Matt and I sat down and tracked the first demo up until the second verse. I came back a week later and Matt had found the special ingredient; the big halftime finale at the end of "Cheat". This aspect of the song was very important as it tied together everything we had done up to that point very nicely. Jake (bass) and Josh (drums) came in at that point and really added smoothness, groove, and finesse. The halftime groove that's presented in the pre-chorus/hook was conceived at that time.

From then on, we demoed through the song a couple times until we hit the sweet spot. We took the piece to the same studio we recorded our EP "Written Off, Moving On" at, VuDu Studios. Our head producer, Mike Watts, really ran with what we had provided him. We took the finished product to a video studio and shot our music video with Tim Burton (Timbur Media). The rest is history.

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

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