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Day in Rock Report for 04/04/2017


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AC/DC Singer Lines Up Metallica, Led Zeppelin Stars For TV Series

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has recruited an impressive list of all-star guests for his brand new television series which will be premiering on the Sky Arts network in the UK at the end of this month.

The new series will be called "Brian Johnson's Life On The Road" and will include six episodes where the AC/DC frontman talks about life on the road with fellow rock stars.

The first episode will premiere on April 28th and will feature The Who's Roger Daltrey. Other episodes will include Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot and Sting. See the schedule here.

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Tool Add Even More Dates To North American Tour

Tool continue to share big news with fans. This time they revealed that they have once again expanded their upcoming North American tour with the announcement that have added several new dates to the summer trek.

The acclaimed band will now be playing concerts in Nampa, ID at the Idaho Center on June 18th, San Jose, CA at the SAP Center on June 21st and Sacramento, CA at the Golden 1 Center on June 23rd.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on May 24th in Fairfax, VA at the Eaglebank Arena and at this time it is scheduled to wrap up with the newly announced Sacramento date.

In addition to the headline dates, the band will also making appearances at the Governors Ball Music Festival (in New York on June 4th) and Boston Calling (May 28th). See all of the dates here.

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Switchfoot and Lifehouse Teaming For Summer Tour

Switchfoot and Lifehouse have announced that they will be teaming up for a North American outing dubbed the Looking For Summer Tour which will feature support from Brynn Elliott.

The tour is set to begin on July 23rd at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Co and will be running until September 10th where it will be finishing up in San Francisco, CA at The Masonic.

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman shared his exciting about the upcoming dates, "We are amped to announce that we are going on tour with Lifehouse for the first time ever. We're calling it the Looking for Summer Tour and we can't wait to sing these songs with you." See the dates here.

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Yes Announce Special Live Broadcast Ahead Of Rock Hall Induction

(hennemusic) Yes have announced that they will perform as guests on the latest Artist Confidential special on SiriusXM satellite radio this week ahead of their induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame on April 7.

Hosted by Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke, "An Artist Confidential with Yes" will air live on SiriusXM's Volume channel (106) on Wednesday, April 5 at 8 PM ET.

The hour-long event will feature a few acoustic performances and an interview with the current Yes line-up of guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, vocalist Jon Davison and bassist Billy Sherwood.

Howe and White will be inducted at New York's Barclays Center alongside several members of the pioneering progressive rock group - including Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Trevor Rabin, Tony Kaye and the late Chris Squire - at the 2017 event . Read more here.

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Brian May and Kerry Ellis Release 'Roll With You' Video

Queen guitarist Brian May and Kerry Ellis have released a new video for the track "Roll With You", a song from their forthcoming collaborative album "Golden Days" which is set to hit stores this Friday, April 7th.

Classic Rock spoke with the Queen legend about the new song. He told them, "Roll With You is a song we already staged on our last tour. I had the idea for the track as a kind of figurative biography of Kerry, built around her favorite sayings and attitudes. I wanted to give her something to sing which embodied her philosophy and the fun she has with life.

"She liked it, and we worked on it together to complete the track as a kind of anthem. At that point, the working title for the album was Anthems II - but when Sony snapped us up, we felt like it was a new beginning, not just another chapter.

"Fitting, because by the time this album was finished, we realized we'd evolved a long way from the Anthems album. The sessions in the studio that led us to this point were truly Golden Days, so there was the title, staring us in the face!" Read more and watch the video here.

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Simple Plan Add Summer Leg To No Pads Tour

Simple Plan appear to be having so much fun on their No Pads, No Helmets….Just Balls 15th Anniversary Tour that they have announce a new second leg that will be taking place this summer.

The band is wrapping up the first leg of the trek on April 15th with a sold out show at the Fillmore in San Francisco. They are playing their entire debut album on the outing along with other fan favorites.

The new summer leg is scheduled to launch on August 18th in Grand Rapids, MI at the Intersection and will run until September 2nd where it will wrap up in Seattle, WA at Neptune. Read more here.

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At The Drive In Release 'Hostage Stamps' Video

At The Drive In have released a new music video for their track "Hostage Stamps". The song comes from the reunited group's forthcoming album "in • ter a • li • a", which is set to be released on May 5th.

the third single from the highly anticipated new album , out May 5th on Rise Records. Listen now: iTunes / Spotify

Cedric Bixler-Zavala had this to say about the new song and third single from the upcoming album, saying it is "like walking through the hallway in some war-torn ghetto and reading the writing on the wall. When you hear things like, 'Raise your nithing pole,' I don't think anyone will know what that is right away, but when you look it up, it's this curse.

"We are going to be victorious. Here's the f***ing head on the stake in front of our army. We're coming back. It's reading the writing on the wall. It's going and keeping your ear to the ground and listening to the heartbeat of young people."

Watch the new stop motion clip, which was directed by Rob Shaw and Damon Locks, here.

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Gaslight Anthem, I Am The Avalanche Offshoot Announce Release

The Gaslight Anthem and I Am The Avalanche offshoot Dead Swords have announced that they will be releasing "Skeletons and Broken Souls" on vinyl on May 5th.

The group features Alex Rosamilia of The Gaslight Anthem and Corey Perez of Bottomfeeder, I Am The Avalanche and Let Me Run fame and the new vinyl release will be comprised of the material from the group's two new digital EPs which are available here.

Rosamilia explains how the new group came together, "I had written and demoed a couple of songs myself but I didn't want it to be a solo-focused project that was called 'Alex Rosamilia'

"I asked Corey [Perez] if he would want to join me because we have similar tastes on a lot of things even outside of music so I knew there would be no confusion as to the direction or aesthetic of this project." Read more here.

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Joe Bonamassa Announces Massive North American Tour

Joe Bonamassa has announced that he will be hitting the road this fall for a massive North American tour that he will be launching to promote his latest album "Blues of Desperation."

The tour is scheduled to kick off with a three night stand at New York City's Beacon Theatre on September 20th, 21st and 23rd and will wrap up on December 9th in Biloxi, MS at the IP Casino.

Bonamassa will be backed on the trek by drummer Anton Fig (David Letterman, Ace Frehley), bassist Michael Rhodes (Faith Hill, Randy Travis), piano/organist Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble), trumpeter Lee Thornburg (Tower Of Power), and saxophonist Paulie Cerra. See the dates here.

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Dreamcar Release 'Kill For Candy' Video, Announce TV Performances

AFI and No Doubt supergroup Dreamcar have released a new music video for their track "Kill For Candy". The song comes from their forthcoming debut album.

The self-titled full length effort is scheduled to hit stores on May 12th and the group, which features AFI frontman Davey Havok along with No Doubt's- Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont, will be celebrating the release with a performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on May 11th.

The new video was directed by Frank Borin and is said to give fans a look into a day in the life of the group with footage that was shot with wearable cameras.

The group also announced that they will be performing the single on Jimmy Kimmel Live on April 18th. Watch the video here.

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Mew Release 'Twist Quest' Music Video

Mew are giving fans a new taste of their forthcoming album with the release of a new video clip for the track "Twist Quest", which was directed by frontman Jonas Bjerre.

The band will be releasing their new studio effort, entitled "Visuals" on April 28th and Bjerre had this to say about the song featured in the new clip, "This song took shape during a long jam session, like we hadn't done in a long time. It's a joyful song, with dark lyrics.

"I guess the song is about being confused and unable to keep your mind still from all the stuff that floats around it - the expectations we put on ourselves. But also there's a sense of celebration in it." Watch the video here.

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Lamb Of God Announce Summer Headline Dates

Lamb Of God have announced that they will playing a handful of headline dates in addition to their upcoming North American summer tour with Slayer and Behemoth.

The four headline dates will feature support from Behemoth and include shows in Grand Rapids on July 17th, Montreal on the 24th, St Louis on the 31st and Salt Lake City on August 18th.

The Slayer tour is scheduled to kick off on July 12th in Bemidji, MN at the Sanford Center and will be concluding on August 20th at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. See the dates here.

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Mitch Ryder Excited About Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame Induction

Mitch Ryder shared his excitement about being one of the music stars who will be inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame during the special ceremony on June 11th at the Music Hall in Detroit.

Aside from Ryder, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Impressions, Larry Williams, James Brown, Isaac Hayes and Mary Wells will be inducted during the 5th annual ceremony and concert event.

Ryder, who made a name for himself with his signature mix of rock and roll with soul and rhythm and blues, had this to say about the honor, "I looked at the names of some of those who came before me and it became a celebration of joy for me, I mean Aretha Franklin, David Ruffin, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke and so many other voices that brought me great pleasure throughout my life and career. It is still thrilling me and I'm afraid to wake up from the dream!"

Entering the R&B Hall of Fame, Ryder shared, "is an honor which will stay cherished by me for the rest of my life and as I move on continuing unfinished work I shall always look back to this moment for the humility I will need going forward!" Find more details about this year's event here.

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Young The Giant and Cold War Kids Add Dates To Summer Tour

Young The Giant have announced that they have added new dates to their Home Of The Strange Tour of North America this summer which will feature support from Cold War Kids.

The trek is scheduled to get underway on August 2nd in Louisville, KY at The Louisville Palace and will be concluding on September 30th in Houston, TX at the White Oak Music Hall.

That final stop is just one of the new shows added to the outing which now includes the additional dates in Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois, Florida and Texas. See the dates here.

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Dream Evil Release Video For Their New Namesake Song

Dream Evil have released a brand new video for their self-titled track "Dream Evil". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Six", which is set to be released on May 26th.

The band had the following to say, "Many bands have a song that features the band's name...but it's actually hard to find a song you feel so directly confident with that it can 'wear' the band's name.

"In our opinion the song 'Dream Evil' has this quality, so that's also why it was the obvious choice for our first video of SIX. Enjoy!" Watch the new music video here.

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Kik Tracee Releasing Rarities Collection This Summer

Kik Tracee have announced that they will be releasing a new compilation featuring b-sides, demos, and rarities, entitled "Big Western Sky" on July 17th.

Frontman Stephen Shareaux explained the reasoning behind the release from the defunct band, "After all these years. Why a Kik Tracee release now? The timing just felt right.

"We've been sitting on these songs for what, 25 years now? Kinda pulled them out recently, and listened to the stuff, and thought.. You know.. Let's package this stuff and put it out there for the diehard fans to relive the glory days, if you will. Or just get their Kik Tracee on, man." Read more here.

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Aeraco Release 'Baptized By Fire' Video

Aeraco have released a new music video for their track "Baptized By Fire". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album of the same name which will be released on June 30th.

The new album was produced by Aeraco, recorded and mixed by Bruce "Beast" Smith and mastered by Grammy award winning engineer Brian "BigBass" Gardner.

Aeraco had this to say, "We are extremely proud of what we've done. All of our careers have led to this point and we feel like we were made to make this album. To say we're excited would be a huge understatement!" Watch the video here.

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Crypt Release 'Death Makes A Holiday' Video

Alternative hardcore newcomers Crypt have released a new music video for their debut single entitled "Death Makes A Holiday". The clip was directed by Alexander Breaux.

Guitarist Andre Noel had this to say about the song and video, "The dark reality of major events that took place in the past usually don't show up in your textbooks. Death is so prevalent in history and we have been really intrigued by those events so we decided to write about them. F*** writing about ex-girlfriends and sad sh*t. We just feel like that's played out.

"This song and video are about the last public execution in the United States. It was such a major event, people traveled hundreds of miles to witness someone's life end. I feel like if that had happened today it would be much different. We just want to show how times have changed in comparison to everything you consume on your phone and tv. - here.

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Killcode Release Kinkin And Screamin' Video

Killcode have released a brand new music video for their track "Kickin' and Screamin'". The song comes from the group's latest studio album "The Answer".

The band had this to say about the track, "Kickin' & Screamin' is a real deal, classic, straight ahead Rock&Roll song. It's the type of rock that we grew up on that makes you want to drive a little faster, scream a little louder and party a little harder with your fists in the air".

The new video was directed by David Swajeski and produced by Maryanne Grisz features footage from their Spread The :::CODE::: tour. Watch the new clip here.

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Singled Out: Jesters Of Destiny's Fire in the Six Foot Hole

Jesters Of Destiny are releasing their long awaited new album "The Sorrows That Refuse To Drown" this week (April 7th). To celebrate we asked Ray Violet to tell us about the song "Fire in the Six Foot Hole". Here is the story:

"Fire in the Six Foot Hole" had beginnings at the end of "Diggin that Grave. "There was always the fascination with choice. You either dig the grave that you end up in through life or turn your head away from what you become in death.

It should be fun building a life that culminates with death. Why shy away. The fire and Brimstone mythos where religion is the overseeing controller of what happens in that transition is not the most important thing. There is a Joke behind all this. The fun that life should take to the end must be encouraged.

I was listening to the Coal miner's lament of Fire in the Hole and it connected with the Devil end of the shovel. Hazel Dickens had a song that showed the ominous charge of the coal fires. I loved the phrase and immediately equated it to Mister Up and Mister Down (Not her reference) and could see at the end of life's tunnel that there was a choice to make. It happens long before this precipice. It just seems so damn funny to have such a limited choice that the idea turned into the grove. This is Big Fun. Just ask the Side Show Barker!!

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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