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Day in Rock Report for 04/17/2017

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AC/DC With Axl Rose Belittled By Former Member

AC/DC recruiting Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose to complete their world tour has been met with mixed reactions from former drummer Phil Rudd with him vacillating between praising and belittling the pairing.

Rudd said in a Music Radar interview back in January that he was surprised at how well Axl did with the group. "I watched some clips the other day of Axl singing with the boys. I was surprised; it wasn't too bad. I was quite surprised, I thought he did quite well and that's not an easy gig, mate, it's not an easy gig at all. AC/DC is a tough gig for everyone in the band. I saw Angus jamming with Guns N' Roses as well. Apart from watching those clips though I don't know what's going to happen or what's going on with the band."

Fast forward to last week and Rudd spoke to KaaosTV ahead of his show at the WS Arena in Finland and he shared a more dismissing opinion of Axl and AC/DC, saying "That's obviously to for fill a contractual obligation," according to BraveWords.

During the chat, Rudd also expressed his desire to record with AC/DC leader Angus Young again. "I'd like to be involved with Angus again, maybe on the next album or something. I have a few travel restrictions, so I'm not even sure if I can get into America. So I have some limitations on what I can do. I'm just making the best of my situation at the moment."

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Eddie Van Halen's Favorite Guitarist Allan Holdsworth Dead At 70

Acclaimed guitarist Allan Holdsworth, said to be one of Eddie Van Halen's biggest influences, has died at the age of 70 and a number of musicians have paid tribute.

A cause of death was unknown at press time. His daughter Louise broke the sad news to fans via Facebook. She wrote, "It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius.

"We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously. - Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori"

The one time Soft Machine guitarist was hugely influential to an entire generation of guitarists including Eddie Van Halen, Neal Schon and Gary Moore, but never reached the level of public acclaim of many of the guitarists that he influenced. Read more here.

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KISS Star Peter Criss Confirms His Final U.S. Show

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss has confirmed plans to play a show in New York City this June that he is billing as his very last live performance in the United States.

He had previously revealed his intention to play the show but Criss has now confirmed the details. It will be taking place at the Cutting Room on June 17th and Alex Salzman will acting as the musical director.

Billed as a "dinner performance and rock n' roll all night after-party", Peter will be joined by The Cold Seas' Erik Rudic and will be backed by the group Sister Doll. Read more here.

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Eagles Star Discusses Cancer Battle and Glenn Frey Death

Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit discussed his cancer battle and how he is dealing with death of band cofounder Glenn Frey in a new interview promoting his upcoming North American tour in support of his latest solo album "Leap Of Faith".

"Things are looking really good [now]," Schmit tells NPR (via Gibson) about his throat cancer battle following his 2012 diagnosis.

"It chipped away at my voice a bit. I didn't even know if I was going to be able to talk, let alone sing…. I met Plácido Domingo the day after the Kennedy Awards and I was thrilled beyond belief because he has changed from being a tenor to a baritone. He just said, you know, I'm just going for it, I'm doing it still in a different range. That's basically what I got to say to him was, 'Yeah me too.'"

Schmit also discussed the January 2016 death of Glenn Frey. "You know, it took quite a while to process it. I don't know if I'll ever finish processing it, but I'm better now. I mean, life has to go on.

"All three of us, Joe [Walsh] and Don [Henley] and I, are all doing our separate projects right now. We're just moving on." here.

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The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's' Documentary Set For Release

The Beatles landmark album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in June and a new documentary is set to be released to mark the occasion.

The film, It Was 50 Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond, was directed by Alan G Parker and will be receiving a theatrical release in the UK on May 3rd, followed by a DVD release on July 3rd.

Interviews for the documentary include Simon Napier-Bell (Music Manager), Hunter Davies (Official Biographer), Tony Bramwell (Brian Epstein's Right Hand Man,) Pete Best (The Beatles), Freda Kelly (Official Beatles Fan Club Secretary), Philip Norman (Lennon/McCartney Biographer). Watch the trailer here.

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The Ghost Inside's Zach Johnson Recovering From 12th Surgery

The Ghost Inside guitarist Zach Johnson is currently recovering from a surgery that he underwent last week, which was his twelfth operation related to injuries he suffered during the band's fatal tour bus crash in November of 2015.

Johnson's latest surgery was on his leg and took place at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, IA. Following the procedure, Zach took to Instagram to update fans on Friday (April 14th).

He posted a photo from his hospital bed of his bandaged leg and wrote, "Surgery #12 is done. Not gonna lie, this one hurt like a bitch, but I hope it's the last. Took out the metal rod in my femur, the screws in my knee. Drilled out some bone from my right tibia, used a new incision in the middle of my leg to fuse that bone where my break was. New metal rod through the femur, metal plate over the fusion, new/bigger screws in my knee and hip. Hoping my hospital stay won't be too long! Thanks for all the well wishes." See his post here.

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Streaming New Song

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac stars Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie are streaming "In My World" as the lead single from their forthcoming self-titled debut album

Due June 9, the pair reveal the project developed naturally since McVie rejoined the band in 2014 for their "On With The Show" tour. Bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie are the rhythm section for much of the album, which was recorded at Village Studios in Los Angeles.

"We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically," explains Buckingham. "The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album. We acknowledged that to each other on many occasions, and said to ourselves, 'What took us so long?!'"

"We've always written well together, Lindsey and I," adds McVie, "and this has just spiralled into something really amazing that we've done between us."

Buckingham and McVie will support the record's launch with a summer series of concert dates across North America, starting June 21 in Atlanta, GA. Stream the song here.

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Night Ranger's Kelly Keagy Undergoes Heart Procedure, Taking Break

Night Ranger's Kelly Keagy has announced that he has undergone a successful heart procedure and will now be taking a six week leave of absence from the group to give him time to recover.

The drummer and vocalist will be sitting out the band's upcoming spring dates for their 35th Anniversary World Tour and the band have recruited Cinderella's Fred Coury to play the dates this month, with former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo taking over drum duties next month.

Keagy had the following to say, "I've dealt with a heart abnormality my entire life. At the recommendation of my doctors, I decided to undergo a procedure that will allow me to come back even stronger." Read more here.

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New Found Glory Release 'Party on Apocalypse' Video

New Found Glory have released a brand new music video for their single "Party on Apocalypse." The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Makes Me Sick" which is set to hit stores on April 28.

The new video was directed by Max Moore and the veteran pop-punk band revealed the following about the concept in a Facebook posting. "Is the end of the world near...? It sure feels like it sometimes. If the end is inevitable, haven't you thought about rounding up all the people you love for a celebration?

"A Party On Apocalypse. This video was intended to feel like a 2002 TRL video, trapped in a Hollywood Apocalypse gritty film. Try to be a light in a dark place! Watch the video here.

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Mushroomhead Offshoot A Killer's Confession Announce Album Release

Former Mushroomhead singer Waylon Reavis' new band A Killer's Confession, have announced that they will be releasing their debut album "Unbroken" on April 28th.

Reavis, who also produced the album, had this to say about the effort, "I am so proud of this project, and being able to come back with an absolutely KILLER record, with KILLER musicians. Anyone who has been a fan of anything I have done previously, is absolutely going to be floored by AKC."

The group inked a deal for the release with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's via EMP Label Group. Waylon shared his excitement about partnering with them, "I am so thankful to Thom and David for believing in me and getting behind this project the way they have. I have been watching everything they've done the last year, and I am so proud and excited to be part of the EMP family." Read more here.

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Dreamcar Stream New Song 'All the Dead Girls'

(Radio.com) AFI/No Doubt supergroup Dreamcar have released "All the Dead Girls," the third track off their upcoming self-titled debut album. The lyric video for the single is now available online.

The band, comprised of members Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal Adrian Young and Davey Havok, has already released tracks "Kill For Candy" and "Born To Lie."

DREAMCAR's album is slated for release May 12 and is currently available for pre-order. fans who pre-order the record will receive instant downloads of the previously released three singles. Listen to the new song here.

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The Jesus and Mary Chain Release 'Mood Rider' Video

The Jesus and Mary Chain have released a new music video for their track "Mood Rider." The song comes off their just released new studio album "Damage and Joy".

The new video can be streamed here. As we previously reported, The album is the group's first new studio release since their 1998 effort "Munki". Jim Reid had this to say about the new album, "The interesting thing about this record is what comes out of the speakers. To make a good record is an achievement if you're twenty-two, but to do it in your fifties, the way we are, I think is a minor miracle."

The band will be supporting the new album by launching a North American tour which is set to kick off in St. Paul, MN at The Palace on May 9th and will hit various cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up on May 24th in Vancouver, BC at the Vogue Theatre. See the dates here.

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The Unity Release 'No More Lies' Video

The Unity, featuring members of Gamma Ray, have released a new video for their track "No More Lies". The song comes from the group's forthcoming self-titled album, which will be released on May 5th.

The band had this to say: "We're happy to present with 'No More Lies' another track from our upcoming debut album. It stands for all that The Unity has to offer: cool Riffing and strong melodies. For us this is the best track to show the metal fans what they can expect from our album."

The group was founded by Gammy Ray's Michael Ehré and Henjo Richter and also features Gianba Manenti, Stef E, Jogi Sweers and Sascha Onnen. Watch the video here.

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Foxing Singer Conor Murphy's Smidley Release New Video

Foxing singer Conor Murphy's new project Smidley have released a new video for their track "F This". The song comes from their forthcoming self-titled debut, which will be released on June 2nd.

The new video can be seen here. "It was the greatest time I've ever had making, recording or playing music in my life," says Murphy of the new album. "I tried to eliminate any expectations for this record and focused entirely on having a good time with it."

Murphy named the project after his beloved black lab and he recruited a number of friends to appear on the new album including Cameron Boucher (Sorority Noise), Eric Slick (Dr Dog, Lithuania), and Ben Walsh (Tigers Jaw). Read more here.

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Wren Reveal 'Auburn Rule' Album Details and Announce Tour

Wren have revealed some new details for their forthcoming album 'Auburn Rule', which is set to be released on July 14th and is the follow-up to their 2016 EP "Host".

The new effort is set to include the following five tracks: 1. In Great Yield, 2. Scour The Grassland, 3. The Herd, 4. Traverse, and 5. Dwellers Of The Sepulchre.

The group also announced that they will celebrating the album release by hitting the road with Fvnerals for a string of summer tour dates across the UK beginning on June 30th in London. See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Kaleido Three Song Special

Kaleido are gearing up to release their new album "Experience" on May 19th and we asked vocalist Christina Chriss and bassist Cody Morales to tell us about some of the new tracks. Here are the stories:

Christina Chriss on the album's second single "Trouble In Paradise": The guys and I went on a "writing getaway" to our friend Chris Doty's (director & producer of our music video Goodbye) house in Fenton, MI. It was a lovely cabin style home, with a high cathedral ceiling and large open floor plan. We set up our gear and started jamming live right in the living room. Chris tossed down a well loved copy of Shel Silverstein's Where The Sidewalk Ends from a catwalk on the second floor overlooking the living room and told me some of his best ideas came from inspiration flipping through the pages of that very book. I skimmed through, reminiscing on my childhood memories with the book, laughed at a few illustrations and TROUBLE IN PARADISE popped in my head. We wrote the music and the lyrics simultaneously then recorded it on the spot.

When it came time to shoot the video, our friend Taco loaned us his gorgeous ocean front house and property in Paradise ... Key West, FL. With a single camera man and Cody from the band using our Go Pro we began filming what ended up being one of the most perfect shoots imaginable. The wild iguanas cooperated, making a few cameos all on their own and when it came time to shoot the final scenes, the most incredible thing happened!! I finished my hair and makeup, walked out to the waterfront and during one single take of the song Trouble came rolling in ... a tropical rainstorm made it's way across the gulf about halfway through the song and we caught it all on camera! The timing was uncanny! The universe was looking out and mother nature supplied us with the most AMAZING set! It wouldn't happen again if we tried!! To this day one of the craziest experiences of my life! Priceless production value!

Cody Morales on the current single "Die Tryin' " and their first single "Love and War": Well more of a anecdotal memory really. We were at Mike Cosgrove's (drummer of Alien Ant Farm) home studio in Riverside, California working hard on "Love and War" with Dryden Mitchell (our lead off single & Alien Ant Farm's lead singer, respectfully) and "Die Tryin' " our most recent single.

The weather was perfect, our rental vehicle (a hip family van) was slightly larger than our hotel room and we were recording in one of the only basements in the area, which I thought from a real estate perspective was pretty dang cool. I remember at some point we had finished tracking all the music for the songs and everyone had left to go to a bar nearby. I don't remember my purpose for staying behind but I did. Soon after they left I passed out on the couch, in what's kind of a half living room/half control room in the front of the house, beneath the front bay window and next to the front door.

Later that night Mike (with the keys to the house) and the band had parted ways for the evening and the band came back to to grab me to go back to the hotel room for the night. If I had been awake there'd be no story here however I was still very much asleep on the couch. So they proceeded to bang on the door and knock on the window just above my head. All attempts failed to wake me up, so they left me there. However seeing as how we had to come back the next day to wrap up some vocals it was fine and obviously I was very tired… Now when I visualize them buzzing around the front of the house trying to wake me up to go to sleep at the hotel in the middle of the early morning and finally deciding to bounce and leave me there, it makes me giggle a bit.

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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