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Day in Rock Report for 04/14/2017


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Journey's Neal Schon Takes On Why Steve Perry Didn't Sing At Rock Hall

Journey guitarist Neal Schon believes he knows why Steve Perry decided not to perform with the band during their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame last week.

Steve Perry did attend the ceremony and accepted the honor but opted not to reunite with the band on stage. Schon spoke to Rolling Stone about the memorable night and during the interview we asked if he had read the tabloid reports that surfaced ahead of the event that claimed Perry planned to perform with them.

Schon responded, "I couldn't help it. My phone was blowing up. I was on the phone with management. I was talking to them and they were kind of puzzled too since they hadn't heard anything from his manager, and his manager didn't know anything about it. After that they just made a statement saying he was just showing up to accept the award. Knowing everything else and how he was feeling he was very emotional too it's understandable to me that he wouldn't want to sing. It was just highly emotional."

In the follow-up question he was asked if he had hoped that Steve would change his mind about performing and Neal answered, "I wasn't even thinking like that. To me, the main thing with Steve is that we were always great friends and music was kind of always there, but right now we haven't seen each other in so long. I'm just looking forward to getting reacquainted with the guy and be his friend. That's where I'm at." Watch video of the induction and performance here.

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Scott Stapp Reveals Eerie Connection To Scott Weiland

Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp had revealed an eerie experience and connection that he had to the late Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Recover singer Scott Weiland and said it was almost as if Weiland was speaking to him from the grave.

Stapp now fronts the supergroup Art of Anarchy (which features former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Disturbed bassist John Moyer) but it was Weiland who sang on the group's debut album.

The singer shared a story in a recent interview that prior to joining the new band he was on a solo tour and happened to be using the same tour bus Weiland died on.

"All of a sudden, it was almost like Weiland speaking to me from the grave, man. It was a very weird feeling that I felt," Stapp recalled "I remember being in the bathroom, looking in the mirror, on the bus. And really feeling like I could hear or feel him saying, 'Dude, this could have been you. And this could be you if you continue that path. Don't do what I did. Don't go down that road.' And, literally, I'm having this moment."

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Former Pearl Jam Star Not Invited To Rock Hall Induction

Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese says in an online post that he was not invited to the band's recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite the group appearing to publicly endorse the idea of former members attending.

When controversy arose about former members not being included in the induction (original drummer Dave Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron were), Pearl Jam shared the following statement, "While awards and accolades are understandably subjective and a countless number of our peers have yet to be honored, we do feel fortunate the be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group. Specifically the drummers who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years. Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs."

Abbruzzese took to his Facebook page to share his reaction "to a statement someone made online" which was later republished and he decided to directly share it with his followers. He wrote, "the band and the hall did not invite or contact me.. The band tweeted that they welcomed the idea of the event granting the possibility of all the drummers to be in the same room. That isnt an invite." Read more here.

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Linkin Park Stream New Song 'Good Goodbye'

(hennemusic) Linkin Park have released an online stream of their new track "Good Goodbye" featuring Pusha T and Stormzy as the latest preview to their forthcoming album, "One More Light."

The song is the third track the band has revealed in advance of the May 19 release of their seventh album follows the lead single, "Heavy" ft. Kiiara and "Battle Symphony."

Linkin Park are stretching out into new musical areas on the new project as they've always done, says Mike Shinoda. "The mixing of genres has been part of our DNA since the beginning," he explains. "I wouldn't call it pop, just like I wouldn't call it hip-hop, just like I wouldn't call it rock." Listen to the new song here.

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Freddie Mercury Biopic To Finally Hit Theaters Next Year

The biopic about late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been a longtime coming with casting shakeups and delays but the legendary band's guitarist Brian May says that it will finally arrive in 2018.

He said the film would come out 'next year," though he didn't reveal what that date would be, reports NME. The movie will star Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) as Queen's late, dynamic frontman and has been in development for a long time.

Sacha Baron Cohen was once attached to play Mercury in the biopic but left the project over creative differences with Brian May. Before he bailed, he gave some interviews that revealed a bit about the rich material in the movie.

'There are amazing stories about Freddie Mercury," said Cohen. 'The guy was wild. There are stories of little people with plates of cocaine on their heads walking around a party." Read more here.

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David Bowie's 'Lazarus' Musical Going Virtual

Fans will soon be able to witness the stage production of late music legend David Bowie's "Lazarus" in an entirely different way during a special screening later this month, according to Radio.com

The stage show is coming to virtual reality. The show, which starred Michael C. Hall, concluded it's run in London earlier this year, which is why this latest development is such good news for Bowie fans.

The material will be screened April 30, during the V&A's 2017 Performance Festival. At the presentation, the recording process also will be explained. Read more here.

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Killswitch Engage Announce Free VR Concert Broadcast

Killswitch Engage have announced that fans around the world will be able to experience one of their upcoming concerts for free via their very first virtual reality broadcast.

The special event will be taking place on April 17th stop of the band's current Killthrax Tour which is a coheadlining trek with Anthrax, from the House of Blues in Houston at 7PM CT and will be broadcast via virtual reality by NextBR.

According to company, "The live virtual reality broadcast will be available for free globally (except in China) through the NextVR app. Fans with a Google Daydream View or Samsung Gear VR headset, along with a compatible smartphone, can experience the live broadcast by downloading the NextVR app from the Oculus Store for Gear VR users or from the Google Play Store for Daydream users." Find more details here.

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Royal Blood Release 'Lights Out' Video

(hennemusic) UK rockers Royal Blood have released a video for their new track "Lights Out". The song is the lead single from their forthcoming second album, "How Did We Get So Dark?"

The band are also sharing the cover artwork and track list for the highly-anticipated set, which follows their 2014 self-titled debut one that had the distinction of entering the UK charts at No. 1 on its way to becoming the fastest-selling British rock debut album in their native country in three years.

Due June 16, the duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher wrote the initial instrumentals for songs on the project during sessions in their hometown of Brighton, UK and in Los Angeles and Nashville. Read more and watch the video here.

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Rob Halford And Jim Breuer Rock Judas Priest Classic

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford teamed up with Jim Breuer to perform his band's classic song 'You've Got Another Thing Coming" on Wednesday night's episode of The Comedy Jam.

The Comedy Central program pairs up comedians and musicians. During the latest installment Breuer started his set talking about how much he loved metal music and went on to discuss how he looks forward to the day that the special brand of rock will be on the oldies station. He continued to paint the picture, describing a potential 'wheelchair mosh pit" in his future.

The comedian proclaimed his undying love for Judas Priest, then introduced the rock icon saying, 'When I was a kid I prayed to God, and a priest came to me' Judas Priest."

Admitting this was the greatest moment of his life, Breuer sang his heart out, alongside the metal legend. Check out the performance here.

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Alt-J Release '3WW' Video and Expand American Tour

Alt-J have released a music video for their new track "3WW" and also revealed a new round of dates that will comprise a fall leg of their North American tour.

"3WW" is one of the tracks features on the group's forthcoming album "Relaxer" which is set to be released on June 2nd. The video for the song was directed by Young Replicant and can be streamed here.

The band will be supporting the album's release by launching a North American tour this summer and the just revealed fall leg of the trek. The first run of dates will kick off on July 27th in Columbia, MD and wrap at the Outside Lands festival in August.

They will return to the road beginning October 9th at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR and will conclude the tour on November 17the at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX. See the dates here.

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Def Leppard TV Concert Special Announced

A special airing of the "Def Leppard... And There Will Be a Next Time: Live from Detroit" concert film is scheduled to premiere on AXS TV on April 23rd at 10pE/7p.

The iconic band recently topped the chart in North America and hit the top 10 in eight countries on the DVD chart with the home video release of the concert film which was filmed in the summer of 2016.

The show will feature performances of some of their biggest hits including "Pour Some Sugar On Me," "Photograph," "Let's Get Rocked," "Rock Of Ages," "Animal," "Foolin'. AXS is giving fans a preview of the show with a video stream of the performance of "Let's Go" here.

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Classic Bob Seger Track Getting Limited Edition Reissue

A classic Bob Seger recording is getting a special limited edition reissue from Jack White's Third Man Records for this year's Record Store Day on April 22nd.

The label announced a special limited edition yellow-colored vinyl 7" single that will feature Bob Seger System's 1968 track "2+2=?" on side A along with classic track "Ivory" on the flip side.

"2+2=?" was remastered for this release directly from the analog tapes by Robert Vosgien and cut by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering and it was also be the first vinyl reissue of the song in almost four decades.

The label will be following up the RSD limited release with a wider standard black vinyl edition at a later date, according to the announcement.

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All That Remains Stream New Song 'Louder'

All That Remains have released a lyric video for their brand new track "Louder". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Madness", which is set to be released on April 28th.

Frontman Phil Labonte had this to say about the track, "The song 'Louder' is about not backing down or self censoring because people yell about what you think or believe. There will always be people who want to shout you down or say you can't and that's when you have to stand firm.

"There isn't really an overall theme of this record any more than there was for any other ATR disc. Lyrically it's all small parts of my life I put together and laid down. They're all small parts of me." Watch the video here.

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Music Artists Share Tributes To J. Geils

Music stars have paid tribute to J. Geils band founder and guitarist J. Geils (John Geils Jr.), who died Tuesday afternoon (April 11) at his home in Groton, Massachusetts. He was 71.

Police found Geils at about 4 p.m. when they were called to his home to do a wellness check and found him unresponsive, reported The Boston Globe. It is believed that he died of natural causes, but his death is still under investigation, which is standard protocol when someone dies and no one else is present.

"We just heard that J. Geils has passed away," wrote Foghat drummer Roger Earl. "Sad. We did so many shows with them back in the 70's and they were one of the best bands we ever toured with. Great, great music. Our thoughts are with his family at this time."

"Sad to lose J. Geils," wrote Nils Lofgren. "Me n Grin learned so much opening for @TheJ_GeilsBand. J and band were always kind." Read more tributes here.

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The Kinks Ray Davies Says He Doesn't 'Have Many Friends'

Kinks legend Ray Davies is promoting his forthcoming album and he reveals in a new interview that he doesn't interact with his fellow rock stars and says that The Who's Pete Townshend in even more insecure than he is.

"I don't have many friends," Davies said in a recent interview with England's Newstatesman. 'I love people but when it comes to friendships, I . . . not back off, exactly, but would rather observe than interact."

While that may be partially why he's such a celebrated songwriter, it also speaks to his reclusiveness. And, it seems that he rarely compares notes with other artists from his generation.

He discusses some of his peers: "I hated the lifestyle of Paul McCartney. I didn't want to be like Elton John or Rod Stewart." He added, 'There's only one person who's more insecure than I am, and his name is Pete Townshend." Read more of his comments about that here.

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Yes Rock Hall Induction Celebrated In The Studio

Yes' long awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame was celebrated in a two part episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands, which features exclusive interviews of members past and present. The show sent over these details:

Of all the bands that came to the forefront of the progressive rock movement of the early 1970s, none found more critical and commercial success than Yes. What distinguished Yes from other progressive rock bands back then was that the grandeur of the music never obscured the melody of the songs. Jon Anderson's unmistakable high clear singing voice and bassist Chris Squire's harmonies gave Yes a focal point and a lyrical framework strong enough to support the band's dazzling musicianship.

Yes have now received the ultimate honor in Rock and Roll, induction into its Hall of Fame. In The Studio has opened its vaults to produce a two-part radio and online exclusive featuring interviews with Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Bill Bruford, Alan White, Trevor Rabin, and YES co-founder the late Chris Squire. Below are highlights conducted by In The Studio host Redbeard:

Trevor Rabin: "People assume there is a controlled or organized system that we have for doing a record, and really it's totally disorganized, untogether. Nobody knows from one minute to the next what's going on!"

Jon Anderson: "I think Yes is something that hovers above the collective unit and keeps it in tow, keeps us working hard, and keeps our spirits in the right direction in order to make good music with a defined idea."

Co-Founder Chris Squire: " I think definitely the Yes theme has always been a hopeful one. I think we've used dark expressionism to show the difference between good and evil."

Rick Wakeman: "I was always convinced that what we were doing (on Fragile) was something very, very special."

Tony Kaye: "I think in many ways we stumble along looking for an opening."

Stream part one of the Yes Best of special here and part two here.

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311 Reveal Unique Cover For New Album 'Moisaic'

311 have revealed the unique cover and track details for their forthcoming album "Mosaic," which is set to hit stores on June 23rd. The artwork was created with 10,000 fan-submitted photos.

Frontman Nick Hexum explains, "This cover captures the spirit of the collective nature that is 311 -- band and fans together to form something greater than the sum of its parts" .

Chad Sexton then added, "We have a very symbiotic relationship with our fans that see us on tour year after year. We wanted to have an album title that would describe our fan base, our band & our music. And to tie all of this into a concept that could be presented in the album artwork as well." See the tracklisting here.

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Singled Out: Wild Adriatic's Come Back Baby

Wild Adriatic just released a video for their latest single "Come Back Baby" from their "Feel" album and to celebrate we asked Mateo to tell us about bit about the new clip. Here is the story:

For this video we had the idea of involving the local community a bit more and put out a call for local young theater students to cast in this video. We ended up working with kids from Ballston Spa and had such a great time shooting with them. They were, of course, way more professional than we were on set and committed a whole weekend of their lives to making a fun video with us. Everything related to the video stems from our home community. Our friend Josh Casano is a band director at Oneida Middle School and connected us with the school principal who agreed to let us shoot there. Our friends Chromoscope Pictures are based in the Troy, NY area and directed, produced, and edited this project. All in all it ended up being a super fun concept and we loved being able to sneak nods to some of our heroes into it.

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

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