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Day in Rock Report for 04/21/2017


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Van Halen Icon Michael Anthony Hit With Personal Tragedy

(hennemusic) Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is mourning the death of his infant grandson, Rex, at just two weeks of age. The bassist is sharing news of his family's loss and their efforts to raise funds for the hospital in Rex's name.

"I am doing the 'Walk L.A.' in June for Children's Hospital L.A. with our families to give back a little to the hospital that did so much for my grandson and other children that come here," Anthony explains.

The Chickenfoot and The Circle is encouraging others to participate in the June 17 event while he and his family are hoping to raise $10,000 in donations to benefit the hospital.

Rex Becerra was born to Anthony's daughter Elisha and husband Billy Becerra on March 20, and, as the rocker explains, he "was quickly diagnosed with Heart Disease within 9 hours of birth and was transported to two hospitals and ultimately landed at Children's Hospital LA where he underwent open heart surgery. The surgery was successful, however, Rex's heart was too weak to overcome the recovery."

After the family removed him from life support, Rex passed away on April 4. "We are tremendously proud of Rex," says Anthony. "In the short time on earth he left a lasting impression that our family will cherish." Read more here.

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Internal Bleeding's Bill Tolley Killed Fighting Fire

Long Island metal band Internal Bleeding suffered a major loss on Thursday when drummer William (Bill) Tolley was killed fighting a fire in Queens on Thursday.

In addition to playing in the band, Tolley was a member of the New York City Fire Department and the local CBS affiliate reports that he fell from the roof of a multi-family home while fighting a fire.

The band shared the following on their Facebook page, "Our drummer, the heartbeat of the band, William Tolley died today. There are ZERO WORDS to describe the loss. He was a good, decent and honorable man who loved his friends, his family and the people he served. There will never be another like him. There are no words to describe the utter sadness and despair we feel right now. We love you Bill."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued this statement, "I'm very sorry to report tragedy has struck our city. Today we lost a hero of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). William Tolley was a 14-year veteran of the FDNY dedicated to protecting others.

"To William's family, we not only stand by you today but in the weeks and years ahead. Our hearts also go out today to the members of the FDNY, especially the members of Ladder 135 in Ridgewood."

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Eighteen Visions Reunite and Release Video From New Album

Eighteen Visions marked the 10th anniversary of their final show by revealing it wasn't their final show after all as they have reunited and releasing a new album.

The band announced that they will be releasing their comeback album, entitled "XVIII" on June 2nd under their just inked deal with Rise Records and have released a video for the new track "Oath". Watch it here.

The band will be hitting the stage for the first time in a decade for their special record release show on June 2nd at The Observatory in Santa Ana, Ca, which is not far from what was originally billed as their final show at the Anaheim venue Chain Reaction.

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Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song Returns To U.S. Singles Chart

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin's 1970 classic, "Immigrant Song", has entered the US charts after appearing in the trailer for the upcoming third movie in Marvel Studios' Thor franchise, "Thor: Ragnarok."

Billboard reports the only single released from "Led Zeppelin III" debuts on the Hot Rock Songs chart at No. 16 with 7,000 downloads sold in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen Music, while also re-entering the Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart at No. 1. "Immigrant Song" originally peaked at No. 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1970 while the album went on to US sales of more than 6 million copies

In theaters on November 3 and directed by Taika Waititi, "Thor: Ragnarok" sees Thor held captive on the planet Sakaar without his hammer while he must win a gladiatorial duel against old friend the Hulk in order to return to Asgard in time to stop Hela and the impending Ragnarök from ending civilization there. Watch the trailer here.

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Linkin Park Star Explains Band's Change In Musical Direction

Linkin Park have always been a band to mix genres but some fans were surprised with what appears to be a move more towards pop with the music they have revealed so far from their forthcoming album "One More Light".

The new effort is set to be released on May 19th and Mike Shinoda spoke with All Things Loud (via Radio.com) recently and explained the change in musical direction.

"We got off tour around a year and a half ago, and I'd already been writing a bunch of demos and playing things for the guys. I decided to stop in London, because I had been interested in potentially writing with some people outside of the band," he told the show.

"Justin Parker is one of them, and I'd seen his name on some credits including stuff by Lana Del Rey, and I also sat with Eg White who'd written with Florence + the Machine and Adele. We've always written all of our own stuff, even if we did have a couple of little collaborations on The Hunting Party. Those tracks were already written, though, with our collaborators just layering something else on top. The only collaboration which was written from scratch was the one with Daron from System of a Down on 'Rebellion.' It just got me interested in the idea of writing with other people." Read more here.

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Jack White's 'American Epic' Coming To TV

Jack White's dream of an "American Epic" is coming true with his new three-part documentary set to air on PBS (in the U.S.) and BBC (in the UK) beginning on May 16 with a film to be broadcast on June 6th. Radio.com had these details:

In 2015, Jack White partnered with T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford to executive produce a three-part documentary series, feature film, and recording project centered on the pioneering days of recorded sound called American Epic.

Jack White said of the project in a statement, 'In 'American Epic' we can examine how important the fact is that when phonograph records were invented, for the first time ever, women, minorities, poor rural men and even children were given the opportunity to say whatever they wanted in song, for the whole world to hear, shockingly without much censorship. What they were allowed to say on phonograph recordings, they were not allowed to speak in public or in person. That is an astounding thought."

The film, titled The American Epic Sessions, features Beck, Nas, Elton John, Alabama Shakes, Willie Nelson, the late Merle Haggard, and more.

Artists were recorded through authentically engineered equipment from the '20s to pay tribute to the Carter Family, Charlie Patton, Mississippi John Hurt, and more. Read more details and watch the trailer here.

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Zakk Sabbath Announce Limited Edition Album

Zakk Wylde's all-star Black Sabbath tribute band Zakk Sabbath have announced that they will be releasing a new limited edition live album as the group prepares to launch a spring tour.

"Live In Detroit" is set to be released on June 16th as a vinyl LP in multiple color variations (preorder page lists black and clear versions) and will feature an epic 13 minute and 25 second performance of "War Pigs" on side one, with "Supernaut" and "Fairies Wear Boots" on the B side. Check out the preorders here.

The recordings were captured during the band's October 28th, 2016 concert at The Fillmore in Detroit. Aside from Wylde, the group also features bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie), and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bl'ast!). Read more here.

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Hayley Williams Was Unsure About Paramore's Future

Paramore just announced that they will releasing their new studio album "After Laughter" on May 12th but frontwoman Hayley Williams reveals she wasn't sure that the band would ever release another album following their 2013 effort.

It will be the first release with founding band member Zac Farro since he left the band seven years ago. Williams revealed it was a difficult process getting to this point, due to various personnel changes, lawsuits and personal issues.

"You can run on the fumes of being a teenager for as long as you want, but eventually life hits you really hard," Williams explained. "I didn't even know if we were going to make another record.

She continues, "There was a moment when I didn't even want it to happen. Then it was like, I want it to happen, but I don't know how we're going to do it." Read more

The band's fifth studio album is slated to arrive May 12. here.

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Metallica Star's 12 Year-Old Son Rocks With Korn

Korn made big news recently when they announced that they have recruited Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo's 12-year-old son Tye to fill for Korn's Fieldy on their South American tour and now fans can see Tye in action.

The band's official Colombia fan group has revealed professionally shot video of Trujillo performing with Korn. He was recruited after Fieldy was forced to miss the tour due to unforeseen circumstances.

'We are bummed Fieldy can't join us on this run but excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye," the band said in a statement. "We look forward to welcoming our brother Fieldy back when we return to the States in May." Check out the video clip here.

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Poison's Rikki Rockett Launches Drive For Cancer Therapy

(hennemusic) Poison drummer Rikki Rockett is raising awareness and funds to support immunotherapy at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health after successfully completing a clinical trial that declared him cancer-free last summer.

Following a 2015 diagnosis that confirmed the presence of oral cancer, the rocker initially received standard radiation and chemotherapy treatment before checking in to Moore's for the experimental procedure.

"I was more scared than I have ever been," explained Rockett, "but nine weeks later when I got my first PET/CT/MRI, the cancer had shrunk over 90%!!! A mere nine weeks later, I was 100% cancer free on July 13th, one day before my son Jude's seventh birthday."

Rockett joined the reunited Poison lineup for a 30th anniversary tour that recently began and will see them play their own headline dates while on the road with Def Leppard and Tesla.

The drummer is now asking concert-goers to join him in supporting immunotherapy at Moores Cancer Center. At US stops on the band's 2017 tour now through June, attendees will hear his story, watch a video about Moores and be given the opportunity to donate $10 by texting "RIKKI" to 50555. (Anyone else at home can also participate at any time.)

"Without the doctors and staff at Moores Cancer Center, I can honestly say I don't think I'd be here today, to say nothing about playing drums and going on tour again," says Rockett. "I am incredibly grateful that I've got my life back and I'll get to see my two children grow up." Read more here.

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Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein Announces U.S. Tour

Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein has announced that his band Doyle will be hitting the road this June for the 'Abominate The World Tour 2017' that will feature support from Davey Suicide.

The tour is scheduled to begin on June 1st in Raleigh, NC at The Maywood and will be wrapping up on June 29th with a show at the Evening Star Hallin Niagara Falls, NY.

The Misfit icon is hitting the road in support of his forthcoming album "Doyle II As We Die", which is the second release from his namesake band and is set to be released on May 5th. Read more here.

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Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Uses Technical Difficulties To Prank Thom Yorke

(Radio.com) The mixed-media quality of Radiohead's live shows lends itself to technical difficulties now and then--like when Bruno Mars conspicuously crashed their Miami set via radio broadcast.

During a concert in Berkeley, CA, Thom Yorke ran into some sort of glitch and sighed "Aw, s—" into the microphone. Without missing a beat, Jonny Greenwood sampled and looped the expletive as "Give Up the Ghost" got off the ground, throwing Yorke off his game and the audience into stitches.

During Radiohead's Coachella set over the weekend, sound dropped out during performances of "15 Step" and "Full Stop," which prompted Yorke to announce, "F—in' aliens again." Sometimes it's aliens; Other times it's just your lead guitarist pulling a prank. Watch Greenwood's quick-thinking gag here.

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Jimmy Kimmel Shares Bonus Dreamcar Performance

Dreamcar, featuring AFI frontman Davey Havok and the members of No Doubt, rocked Jimmy Kimmel live on Wednesday night and video of the performance has been posted online.

The appearance marked the group's Network Television debut and they took the Kimmel stage to perform their new single "Kill For Candy". Watch video from the broadcast here.

The group also played their song "All The Dead Girls" which is streaming on Kimmel's YouTube page. Both songs come from the group's forthcoming self-titled album, which will be hitting stores on May 12th. Watch the bonus performance here.

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Stephen Stills And Judy Collins Team Up For Album and Tour

(Radio.com) Stephen Stills hasn't let the drama within Crosby Stills and Nash slow him down. He's been touring with his other band, the Rides, his band featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd and former Electric Flag member Barry Goldberg; they're promoting their second album, Pierced Arrow. He's also preparing a new project with folk legend Judy Collins.

Stills and Collins are planning an album for summer 2017 release and they're also going to tour together from July through September. The two have worked in the studio together on a couple of occasions (notably, Stills' appearance on Collins' 1968 album Who Knows Where the Time Has Gone), but this will mark the first time they've recorded together as a duo.

The two met in 1967 and dated for two years, inspiring Stills to write 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," from CSN's debut album. On their summer tour, Stills and Collins will perform songs from their upcoming album along with, of course, classics from their respective catalogs. See their tour dates here.

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Rise Against Stream New Song 'The Violence'

(Radio.com) Rise Against have released a stream of their new single titled "The Violence." The track is the first single from the band's new album Wolves, which will be released on June 9. It's the first new music from the band since 2014's The Black Market.

In addition to their previously announced tour with Deftones, the band have revealed details about small shows at House of Vans in Chicago and Brooklyn and a show at the famed Troubadour in Los Angeles.

Rise Against have also announced a date at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium July 13. Of Mice and Men will open. KROQ pre-sale begins this Wednesday, April 19 at 10:00 am PT and general on-sale is Friday, April 21 via AXS.com. Listen to the new song here.

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Chris Cornell Performs New Song On The Tonight Show

(hennemusic) Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell performed his new single, "The Promise", on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday and official video from the program is available online.

The singer was joined by a group of backing musicians that included bandmate and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, who was recently inducted into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of Pearl Jam.

The tune is the title track to the forthcoming feature film of the same name directed by Terry George and starring Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon in a love triangle drama set against the 1914 Armenian genocide.

"As humans, we have a tremendous capacity to trudge ahead in our lives and not look at the difficult and challenging moments… but I think it's important," explains Cornell. "Educating ourselves on the past is the best way to understand the present and avoid future atrocities by understanding and intervening. We must educate and stand as one to combat this fear and violence, and as citizens of the world, work to protect each other's human rights." Watch the Tonight Show performance here.

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Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan Album Announced

(Conqueroo) Music veteran Willie Nile will be paying tribute to Bob Dylan, an artist that inspired him, with the release of his new album "Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan" on June 23rd. We were sent the following details

"These songs opened up a lot of doors for me, and for a whole generation of kids," Nile states. "Discovering Dylan's songs in the '60s was incredibly liberating; it made me realize that there were no limitations or walls that could not be scaled or knocked down. This is the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll we're talkin' about here."

Dylan's poetic genius and playful irreverence are prominent throughout Positively Bob, with Nile mining ten vintage Dylan compositions, with imaginative, uninhibited arrangements that often recast familiar songs in a fascinating new light. For example, he injects "Blowin' in the Wind" with a shot of Ramones-style adrenaline, and turns "The Times They Are A-Changin'" into an insistent rock anthem, while "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" gets a loose, upbeat rock 'n' roll treatment, "Subterranean Homesick Blues" is delivered with rootsy rockabilly fervor and "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" gets a down-home treatment that recalls the song's Basement Tapes origins. Meanwhile, "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" retains its original apocalyptic urgency, while Nile applies a light, intimate touch to the timeless Dylan ballads "Love Minus Zero/No Limit," "I Want You," "Every Grain of Sand" and "Abandoned Love." Read more here.

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Wilko Johnson Announces Special Celebration Show

Wilko Johnson has announced that he will be playing a special concert in London in September as he celebrates being cancer free, his 70th birthday and the 30th anniversary of the Wilko Johnson Band.

The special show is scheduled to take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday September 26th where Wilko will be joined by Norman Watt-Roy (bass), Dylan Howe (drums), family, friends and special guests.

"I'm supposed to be dead!" Wilko proclaimed in a recent interview, having been diagnosed in late 2012 with terminal pancreatic cancer In 2013, Wilko announced that, thanks to a second opinion and subsequent life-saving surgery, he was cancer-free. Check out a video of Wilko performing "The More I Give" live in Barcelona here.

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