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Day in Rock Report for 04/05/2017


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Rush, Rolling Stones, Clapton, Led Zeppelin Lead TV Marathon

Rock fans set your DVRs as the HDNET Movies network has announced they will be broadcasting a two day marathon of rock film and documentaries later this month.

Billed as the Spring Tour marathon, the network will be showing eleven classic music films and rock docs on Friday, April 14th and Saturday, April 15th beginning at 4pm Eastern each day.

The marathon will include features from Rush, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jimmy Hendrix, The Allman Brothers Band, the classic mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap and more. See the full schedule here.

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Classic Yes Reunion Speculation Addressed By Steve Howe

As Yes prepare for their long-over due induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, guitarist Steve Howe addressed the speculation that it may lead to a reunion that would include classic members Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman as well as Trevor Rabin, with current members Howe, Geoff Downes, Alan White and Billy Sherwood.

Howe did a Q&A session with fans and one of the questions asked was about a reunion featuring those members and he didn't seem optimistic about the possibilities.

Rich Paskash asked Howe, "Is there any chance YES can reunite for another reunion tour? I am a huge fan of YES and will always be. To see you, Jon, Rick, Trevor, Geoff, Alan and Billy together would be most wonderful for all your YES fans around the world. I'm sure Chris would agree in spirit! Steve, please consider, ok?"

The guitarist responded, "This topic has gone round the houses a little bit. Before we can take on board ideas, there has to be a good line of communication. And as far as I understand ARW [the band featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman] aren't really interested in doing this and we're most probably not really interested in doing this either.

"Now that sounds like a big shut down, but in another way, one's gotta understand that things aren't always what they appear. Reinventing the 'Union Tour' is not really a concept that anyone from either of the lineups of YES or ARW have endorsed.

"So basically, I would say, it's not foreseeable. I think there's ways that we can celebrate YES's 50th year and most probably they want to as well. I think the complexity is unmeasurable by the fans. Those things aren't easy. It's not any one person that's particularly making it difficult, but people can make it difficult and then it's gotta be done in the right spirit. I'd say don't hold your breath." See the full Q&A here.

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Ghost's Papa Emeritus Sued By Former Members

(hennemusic) According to a news out of Sweden, Ghost frontman Papa Emeritus (Tobias Forge) is being sued by four former members of the band in a dispute over financial issues.

Corren.se reports the musicians - billed as Nameless Ghouls - are seeking compensation for unpaid wages as part of what they claim to be a business partnership agreement between all five parties that was signed when the group formed in 2008

While the documents allegedly indicate Forge was to oversee the business management of Ghost, the former members say they worked for years while receiving compensation on a sporadic basis as Forge advised them that the company was not profitable.

The four musicians are asking the court to have Forge confirm and provide Ghost revenue reports from the financial years from 2011-2016, with a penalty of SEK 200,000 (approximately $22,000), or an amount that the court considers reasonable, if he fails to do so as part of the proceedings.

"I can't comment on it because it is a legal process," says Forge. "The lawsuit will be answered fairly soon by my legal counsel." Read more here.

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Metallica and The Who Lead Music Festival Lineup

Metallica have announced that they and legendary rockers The Who will be will be headliners of the 10th annual Outside Lands music festival this summer.

The event will be taking place at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on August 11th, 12th and 13th and will also feature headline performances from Gorillaz, Lorde and A Tribe Called Quest.

Metallica shared their excitement about playing the hometown festival, "How could we miss a chance to play outdoors this summer in our own backyard? We're honored to have been invited back to play one night during the 10th annual Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park the weekend of August 11th - 13th, 2017.

"This will be the second time we've hit the stage at the city's iconic park festival and we're excited to add this night to the North American tour run. Among the many stellar artists joining us this weekend will be The Who, Queens Of The Stone Age, Royal Blood and Gorillaz."
Other acts confirmed for the event include Bleachers, alt-J, Fleet Foxes,
Empire Of The Sun, The Avett Brothers, Belle and Sebastian, Future Islands, Young The Giant, Vance Joy and more. Watch the announcement video
here.

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Foreigner Celebrating Anniversary With 40 Track Release

(hennemusic) Foreigner have announced that they will mark their 40th anniversary this year with the May 19 release of a new 40 track greatest hits collection that also features two new songs

The 2-disc "40" delivers 40 hits from nine albums over 40 years, from their self-titled 1977 debut to today. The first disc covers Foreigner's first five albums: "Foreigner" (1977), "Double Vision" (1978), "Head Games" (1979), "4" (1981) and "Agent Provocateur" (1984). The 21 tracks include some the group's biggest hits - "Urgent" and "Feels Like The First Time" - as well as deeper cuts like "Luanne" and "Women."

The second disc features songs from "Inside Information" (1987), "Unusual Heat" (1991), "Mr. Moonlight" (1994) and "Can't Slow Down" (2009), and features "Rain," "When It Comes To Love" and "Heart Turns To Stone."

The project also includes "The Flame Still Burns," the title track from a vinyl EP released last year that makes its CD debut here, and two new tracks recorded especially for this set: "Give My Life For Love" and a new version of "I Don't Want To Live Without You." Read more here.

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Beatles Release Preview Videos For Sgt Pepper 50th Anniversary Reissue

(hennemusic) The Beatles are sharing video previews of the forthcoming expanded 50th anniversary reissue of their 1967 masterpiece, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

The legendary band has issued three promo video clips promoting the May 26 release; two are teasers, while a third details the contents of a 6-disc Super Deluxe Edition.

Alongside 2CD, 2LP, single disc and digital packages, the Super Deluxe Edition delivers a brand new mix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell from the original master tapes, a mono mix with six extra tracks that include a "lost" version of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", two discs featuring 100 minutes of outtakes - many previously unheard and unreleased, 5.1 surround sound and hi-res stereo mixes and DVD and Blu-ray versions of a documentary on the making of the album.

The reissues also include new stereo mixes of "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane," two singles recorded during the Sgt. Pepper's sessions that were scheduled to be on the final album but issued a few months in advance due to record company pressure. Watch the videos here.

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Lamb Of God Plan Long Break Following Summer Tour

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe revealed in a recent interview that the band plans to take a long break following their upcoming summer tour dates, including their trek with Slayer.

Blythe explained the reasoning behind the hiatus during an interview on Nikki Sixx's radio show Sixx Sense. Randy said (via Lambgoat), "I got out of prison [in the Czech Republic] and immediately went on tour, because I had five lawyers and they were just hemorrhaging money like crazy. I went from jail to home to, ten days later, being at Knotfest to home for a month or two, then out on tour with Lamb of God, then back to the Czech Republic to go to trial, found not guilty, then come home, then finish up the rest of our tour and finally end in South Africa. And then we took a little time off, but there were some changes in the organization and they started writing another record and we need to make money, so it was back in the studio. And it was back on tour again for this last record, and that cycle is not gonna end until August or September of this year, I guess. So it's just been, like, grinding, grinding, grinding. And when I'm not on the road, I'm working on writing and photography...

"...Things that make me happy. But it's at a point now where it's, like, at the end of this tour cycle, it's gonna be, like, boom, it's time to take a break for real and concentrate more on writing and being at home with the family. It's time for me, now, at the end of this… 'Cause we got off, after I got done with the whole prison thing and then finishing that tour, we got off the road and then we started writing a new record, and then we recorded that record. And we didn't tell anyone that we were recording - nobody knew. They thought we were just chilling at home, and then we go on tour before the record even comes out. We're mixing the record on tour, and then all of a sudden, the record comes out. [They] were, like, 'Woah! Where did the record come from?' And it's, like, 'Well, we've been working the whole time.' And it hasn't stopped." Listen to the full interview here.

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Supergroup Art Of Anarchy Unplugged Videos Go Online

Rock supergroup Art Of Anarchy celebrated the release of their new album "The Madness" with an acoustic performance for listeners of New Jersey radio station WDHA, who have shared video clips online.

The band, fronted by former Creed singer Scott Stapp and includes ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Disturbed bassist John Moyer and brothers Jon and Vince Votta, stopped by the station's Coors Light Studio and played the title track to the new album and the song "Changed Man."

The new album is the group's first release with Stapp. The band's self-titled debut album featured lead vocals from the late Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland. Check out the unplugged performances here.

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X Announce Summer Leg Of 40th Anniversary Tour

Punk legends X have announced a second leg of their 40th anniversary tour which they will be launching this summer following this spring's first leg.

The new leg of U.S. dates is currently scheduled to kick off on July 2nd in Oakland, CA at Burger Boogaloo Mosswood Park and will be wrapping up on September 27th in Columbus, OH at Skully's Music Diner, with more dates still to be announced.

This new summer trek will be following the band's spring tour which is set to kick off on May 1st in Albuquerque, NM at The El Rey and finish on May 25th in Dallas, TX at The Kessler. See the dates here.

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Violent Femmes and Echo & The Bunnymen Plot Summer Tour

The Violent Femmes have announced that they are teaming up with Echo & The Bunnymen this summer to launch a North American coheadlining tour.

The trek will be kicking off on July 11th at the Skyline Stage at the Mann in Philadelphia and will run until August 3rd when it concludes in Vancouver at the PNE Ampitheatre.

Violent Femmes will be touring in support of their 2016 comeback album "We Can Do Anything" but there is chance that fans may hear some brand new material on the tour as they are currently hard at work on the follow-up album, which they expect to release later this year. See the tour dates here.

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Can Stream Rare Song From Upcoming Compilation

Experimental rock icons Can have released a stream of the rarity "Turtles Have Short Legs". The song comes from their forthcoming compilation "Can The Singles".

The new collection is set to be released on June 16th in various formats including standard CD, digitally (download and streaming) as well as a special 3LP vinyl edition.

The preview track "Turtles Have Short Legs" can be streamed here. The rare track was released as the band's third single in 1971 but was never issued on a studio album.

In other Can related news, founding member Irmin Schmidt will lead a special event this Saturday, April 8th, at the Barbican in London where he will be conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Read more details here.

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Max Cavalera To Play Full Nailbomb Album On Upcoming Tour

Max Cavalera has announced that he will be revisiting his Nailbomb project by performing the "Point Blank" album in its entirety on an upcoming tour.

Cavalera teamed with Fudge Tunnel's Alex Newport to form the project in 1994. They recorded their only album and only performed live two times before pulling the plug.

Now Cavalera has revealed that he and his bandmates in Soulfly will be playing the entire one-off record during a still-to-be announced tour. Alex Newport will not be part of the trek.

When asked on Facebook about Newport's participation the band responded, "No Alex Newport, sorry. We really wish he could make it out for this!!!! In the end, Alex is so busy that this is probably the closest we will ever get to playing Nailbomb music.

"Max is between albums and you can bet Soulfly songs will still be played at the show. This tour is simply for those who enjoy the music of Nailbomb and have been requesting it for years while Max is between albums. If you support Alex over the music, that's totally fine with us; we really do wish he can make it out with us." Watch the announcement video here.

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Thank You, Friends Big Star's Third Live DVD and Album Announced

The concert film Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live … and More is set to be released as a 2-CD/DVD or Blu-Ray combo pack, as well as a stand-alone 2-CD album on April 21st and two special release events have been announced.

On April 20, Los Angeles' Grammy Museum will host a film screening followed by a Q&A with film director Benno Nelson (of production company Yes Equals Yes) and Big Star's Third ensemble members Dan Wilson, Skylar Gudasz and musical director Stamey. GRAMMY® Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman will moderate.


On April 21st, a panel and performance will follow a screening of the film at Durham, N.C.'s Caroline Theatre. The Q&A and performance will feature Big Star's drummer and sole surviving member Jody Stephens, along with the ensemble's several North Carolina performers: Gudasz, Django Haskins, Jeff Crawford and Stamey. The moderator will be WUNC-FM's Eric Hodge. Preorder the Blu-Ray version
here.

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Falling In Reverse Release 'Coming Home' Video

Falling in Reverse have released an out of this world music video for their track "Coming Home." The song is the title cut from the group's forthcoming album, which is set to be released this Friday, April 7th.

Frontman Ronnie Radke, who plays a lonely spaceman in the new video, had this to say, "This video is an analogy of the dichotomies between my personal life and my public life - a lonely traveler content on fulfilling the dreams he set out on, but missing out on everything he has at home. A bittersweet duality."

The band have also announced that they will be performing at a handful of upcoming music festivals including Carolina Rebellion, Rock USA, Chicago Open Air Festival and the Rise Above Fest. Watch the new video here.

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Radiohead And Others Coachella Sets To Stream Live Online

Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga's headline sets during the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be streaming live on YouTube on April 14th, April 15th and April 16th.

According to various media outlets, other live performances from the weekend are also expected to be streamed via the Indio, California festival's official YouTube channel.

Sets that are expected to be streamed include Lorde, The xx, New Order, Bastille, Empire of the Sun, Bon Iver, Glass Animals, Phantogram, The Head and the Heart, Future, ScHoolboy Q, Two Door Cinema Club, Capital Cities and Gucci Mane. Check out the announcement video here.

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Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adams Lead Pilgrimage Festival Lineup

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Adams lead the lineup for the 2017 Pilgrimage Festival, which will be taking place on September 23rd and 24th in Franklin, Tennessee.

The music event will also feature performances from The Avett Brothers, Gary Clark Jr., Mavis Staples, Walk The Moon, Fitz and the Tantrums, Better Than Ezra, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and more.

The Pearl Jam singer has also announced that he will be headlining the Ohana Dana Point festival in the So. Cal beach city in September and will head to Europe this summer for a solo tour. See the Pilgrimage Festival announcement video here.

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Lonely Robot Releases 'Everglow' Video

John Mitchell of It Bites, Frost* and Arena fame has released a brand new video from his Lonely Robot project. The new clip is for a track entitled "Everglow".

The song will feature on the project's forthcoming sophomore album "The Big Dream", which is set to be released on April 28th and the new video was directed by Lee Blackmore.

Mitchell had these comments, "Everglow is the first song I wrote for The Big Dream, and here is my ace pop video for it. It features what I call an anti-chorus...if you need to vindicate yourself on a public platform you're looking in the wrong place :)" Watch the video here.

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Exhumed Begin Recording New Album Death Revenge

Exhumed have announced that they have entered the studio to record the follow up to their 2013 album "Necrocracy." They expect to release the new effort later this year and revealed that it will be entitled "Death Revenge".

Matt Harvey had this to say, "We entered the studio April 1st with our buddy Jarrett Pritchard (Gruesome, Goatwhore) to start the process and no, this is not an elaborate April Fool's joke... All Guts, No Glory was more of a straight-up speeding attack, Necrocracy had a bit more focus on groove and incorporating some mid-paced stuff in there, and this one is gonna be a lot darker.

"It's a concept album, which is a first for us, so expect some new twists on our tried-and-true formula: one part late '80s death metal, half a cup of German/Canadian/Bay Area thrash, a dash of grindcore, crossover, and crust, and the occasional, well-concealed, Hall And Oates rip-off." Read more here.

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Turncoat Release 'American Dream' Music Video

Detroit hardcore band Turncoat has released a new music video for their track "American Dream". The song comes from the group's 2016 self-titled EP.

Guitarist Keith Keister had this to say"American Dream is groovy, fast paced, straight forward example of exactly what we're trying to convey as a band. Off our Eulogy Records debut EP, it's definitely one of my favorites live and on the recording.

"This video gives a simple 90s-ish home video vibe and show cases some of the places we drive by, live near or see in our everyday life in Michigan and shows us in a very raw and back to basics perspective." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Diego's Umbrella's Never Take Us Down

Diego's Umbrella just released their new album "Edjka" and to celebrate we asked Vaughn Lindstrom to tell us about the song "Never Take Us Down". Here is the story:

We're at SXSW in Austin right now, it's inspiring to be around all these other artists. I remember when we were here about 5 years ago and I woke up early to go see Bruce Springsteen give a talk. There were a couple hundred folks huddled in a conference room waiting for The Boss. When he came out he completely disarmed the room with a barrage of profanity….

"Who the f*** decided to do this god damn talk so f***ing early!? Every great artist in Texas is asleep right now, so why the f*** do they have me doing this at this god forsaken hour!?"

I don't know why that felt good to hear. He proceeded to give a great talk about the music industry, how wonderful and terrible it is. How it's hard being an artist. It's hard being out here doing this. I guess that's what weeds people out. I mean I'm writing this on the floor of a friends house in Austin, we loaded our gear out at 3:00am, got home at 4, slept till 10. And today we will do it all over again.

That spirt is where I was coming from when I wrote "Never Take Us Down". I wanted something that gave me inspiration, something that got me through the hard times. I think the song is kind of cool when you look at it… the verses are both different, so there are multiple melodies, the chorus is based off a building chord progression which is unique and the outro puts a great capstone on the song.

It's a song about all the work you do to make your life meaningful.

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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