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Day in Rock Report for 02/03/2017


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Guns N' Roses Reunion Tour Leg A Massive Success

(New Rock Times) The mega-money train of the reunited Guns N' Roses continues to reap the rich rewards after the figures for the recent South American leg revealed a gross total of well over $50 million.

In figures obtained by Billboard's Boxscore they detail that the 'Not In This Lifetime' tour's trek though South America by classic-era members Axl Rose, Duff McKagan and Slash earned a massive $56,545,200 - and in just 13 shows.

Their 2016 tour across North America raked in $116.8m over nine weeks. Guns N' Roses occupied eight of top 10 positions on Boxscore's top-10 highest earning chart. Read more here.

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Metallica Recap Tour Leg With New Live Videos

As Metallica prepared to rock the Grammy Awards, the thrash legends have released some new recap videos from their recently completed Asian leg of the Hardwired World tour.

The band posted the new videos to their Metallica TV YouTube channels. One 6 minute clip recaps their January 15th concert at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. Watch it here

The other clip runs for 5 minutes and offers fans a look at the group's January 11th show at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea. It can be streamed here.

Metallica will kick off a run of four sold out shows at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen tonight (Feb 3rd) before returning the U.S. for a performance on this year's Grammy Awards, followed by a special intimate venue concert at the Hollywood Palladium. Read more here.

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Phil Anselmo Working On Five Very Different Albums

(New Rock Times) Former Pantera and Down frontman Phil Anselmo has hopes to bring a plethora of new music in 2017 as he outlines plans for five new albums this year - some of which he might put out for free.

Now fronting Superjoint, Anselmo says he has recorded five new records which span a variety of musical genres - which he adds are 'tripped out.' Speaking to Metal Wani he says: "I'm sitting on five finished records right now- five. And they're all different, and they're all tripped out.

Some are heavier, some are heavier than heavy, and then some is… not, I guess, sonically… I just wouldn't be able to stuff it into the heavy metal category at all. I think it's the love of all the many genres…

"Honestly, it's a set of songs that have grown up with me since I was… first able to pick up the guitar. Little things that I had just written along the way. And these songs have grown up with me and hence had grown and the number of the songs had grown."

He then revealed his hoped for timetable for the new album's seeing the light of dates: "I think this year… If I have to dump some free albums just to get this f***ing music out, I'm gonna do it. So, one way or another… I'll just do it - just f***ing do it. And, of course, we'll always have the hard copies and vinyl and stuff like that, for the collectors." Watch the full interview here.

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Dave Grohl Not Performing With A Tribe Called Quest At Grammys

It appears that The Recording Academy jumped the gun earlier this week when they announced that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl would be performing with A Tribe Called Quest at this year's Grammy Awards.

The organizion behind the event issued the following update on Thursday (Feb 2): "We announced that Dave Grohl would be performing with Anderson .Paak and A Tribe Called Quest prior to confirming all participants.

"Dave Grohl will not be part of this performance. Unfortunately, our announcement was made prematurely. On behalf of The Recording Academy and AEG Ehrlich Productions, we sincerely apologize to all parties involved for our error" .

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Asking Alexandria Want To Bring Excitement Back To Rock

Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce says in a new interview that the band, who recently reunited with original frontman Danny Worsnop, want to help revive the rock music scene by bringing some new excitement to it.

Bruce tells Metal Hammer, "Basically, we want to breathe some fresh air into the rock community. I feel like things are getting a bit stale and a bit boring and we really want to push the envelope.

"We want to introduce the world to something that's new and exciting again, especially since it seems that so many bands in our genre seem to be playing it safe at the moment."

He was asked how the band plans to do this and responded, "By writing the best goddamned f***ing songs to come out of this scene in at least a decade. Fact." .

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Dio and Lemmy Should Be In Rock Hall Says Metal Icon

Ronnie James Dio and Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister were both honored at the Hall of Heavy Metal History induction event and Slayer's Kerry King says that they both should also be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Cleveland institution has long been criticized for snubbing iconic rock bands, especially heavier rock artists, in favor of rap and pop stars. While they have been making amends in recent years with the inclusion of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Yes, metal stars still see some gapping holes in the Rock Hall.

King was on hand at the event to induct Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel in the newly established metal hall and told Loudwire that both legendary singers should also be in the Rock Hall.

"Dio is one of my top two singers of all time and he was a good friend and a good dude," King said in the video clip. "Lemmy - the career speaks for itself … They motherf-king should be in the Hall of Fame." Watch the full interview here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Want Real Fans To Be In New Video

Avenged Sevenfold are calling on "real A7X fans" in the Los Angeles area to be part of an upcoming video shoot next week, for a song presumably from their latest album "The Stage".

They posted the call out on their Twitter page on Monday stating that they want "rockers that have no problem bringing energy" that are preferably between the ages of 18 to 35.

The group has asked fans that are interested to submit "a close of photo" of their face and shoulders, as well as "a full body photo, as if you went to an A7X concert". Submissions are open until this Sunday, February 5th at 11:59pm PST. Check out the flyer for more details here.

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Paramore Declare That Zac Farro Is Back

(Radio.com) Paramore celebrated the return of their original drummer Zac Farro with the release of a special t-shirt featuring Farro as a baby. "I'm back," read a message across the bands' socials.

Fans knew Farro was playing on the band's new album, but this latest move seems to indicate the situation is more permanent. Farro held percussion duties for the band from 2004-2010 and returned in 2016 to lend a hand with studio production.

Paramore have been teasing studio pics for a quite some time, hopefully, this is further evidence that new music is coming soon. Check out the "I'm Back" posting here.

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National Guitar Museum To Honor Glen Campbell

(Gibson) Music legend Glen Campbell has been announced as this year's recipient of the National Guitar Museum's annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

Campbell becomes the seventh artist to receive the honor, joining previous recipients Honeyboy Edwards, Roger McGuinn, B.B. King, Vic Flick, Buddy Guy, and Tony Iommi.

"I would like to thank the National Guitar Museum for this great honor," said Kim Campbell, the musician's wife. "Glen's dream as a young man was to be a jazz guitarist like his hero, Django Reinhardt. His years working with The Wrecking Crew developed him into one of the most versatile guitarists of all time instead. Very few guitar players have the opportunity-or skill-to play the variety of styles that Glen did through his 60 years of performing. Glen's playing has surely inspired countless guitarists and will continue to do so as new generations discover his contributions to the canon of popular music." Read more here.

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Deep Purple Release Promo Video For Forthcoming Album

(hennemusic) Deep Purple have published a promo video showing some footage from the sessions for their forthcoming album, "InFinite." Due April 7, the veteran UK outfit recorded the set last year in Nashville, TN with legendary producer Bob Ezrin.

"Working with Bob," says singer Ian Gillan in a newly-released video, "he said 'I'd like to hear you just stretch out and play as you used to do .. and the way you play on stage.' Wow, it was like someone opened a door and we went through it - and it was just like the old days."

Deep Purple will support the record with shows on "The Long Goodbye" tour, including spring and summer shows across Europe that begins in Bucharest, Romania on May 13, followed by a late summer run across North America with Alice Cooper and a series of UK dates in November. Watch the video here.

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Lamb of God Frontman Contributes To New Suicide Silence Video

Suicide Silence have released a new music video for their track "Suicide". The new clip features a series of photographs that were taken by Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe.

The song comes from the group's forthcoming self-titled album which is set to be released on February 24th. Singer Eddie Hermida had this to say about the song, "The new track, 'Silence,' is about asking yourself what reality is. It is about being in your own thoughts and allowing that hell to be a part of you. To realize that when we are quiet and in our own darkness, we can truly be grateful to be alive.

"The song challenges people to be within themselves. To see that hell on earth has no fury compared to our own mind, so why not accept that and love everything on the outside. It is there to serve a purpose. To free you from yourself. Be silent today and just listen!" Watch the video here.

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More Stars Reportedly Added To Tom Petty MusiCares Gala

The 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year gala that will be honoring Tom Petty during Grammy week has reportedly added a number of new performers to the lineup.

Jakob Dylan, Dhani Harrison, The Head and the Heart, The Lumineers, Taj Mahal, The Shelters and Kristen Wiig, are all said to be have been added to the lineup for the February 10th event, according to a report from Radio.com. (At press time we could not find an official confirmation of these additions.)

The confirmed participants include Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters, Don Henley, Gary Clark Jr., Norah Jones, Stevie Nicks, ELO's Jeff Lynne, Randy Newman, George Strait, Lucinda Williams Jackson Browne, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen, Elle King, and Regina Spektor and the Bangles. Read more here.

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Cold War Kids Release 'Love Is Mystical' Video

Cold War Kids have released a brand new music video for their track "Love Is Mystical". The song comes from their forthcoming album "L.A. Divine", which is set to be released on April 7th.

The band's new studio effort pays tribute to the group's hometown and with that in mind they filmed the new video at St. Vincent Court in downtown Los Angeles.

Frontman Nathan Willett had this to say about track, "It's about supernatural love - looking for inspiration and meaning, surrendering to feeling, love calling out your name and that journey we must go on to find it." Watch the video here.

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Incubus Reportedly Returning To Their Roots On New Album

(Radio.com) It's no secret that Incubus has been working on a new album for a while; guitarist Mike Einziger has shared a number of in-studio clips on social media over the past few weeks. But what fans haven't been privy to is the music itself. With nearly five years since their last album, [2011's If Not Now, When?] there's a lot of speculation about the direction their music will take this time around.

Lisa Worden, Music Director at Los Angeles alternative rock station, KROQ-FM [a Radio.com affiliate], has heard seven tracks from the album. Radio.com caught up with Worden to chat about her reaction to the new music.

"The first single, called 'Nimble Bastard,'--which we'll be world premiering February 16 on The Kevin & Bean Show--is a rocker," says Worden enthusiastically. She describes the sound as "going back to their roots" with their signature fat bassline and harder guitars… "'Pardon Me,' to me, is kind of a medium tempo rock song. This is Megalomaniac," she says referring to the band's 20o4 hit.

Speaking of the guitars, Worden says, "Einziger goes off! He's got a really rad guitar solo right in the middle of the song." And she notes that Brandon's voice has never sounded better. "It starts with the vocal, which I love. It's identifiable from the first second." Read more here.

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Bury The Rod Release 'Conformed To Death' Video

Bury The Rod have released a new lyric video for their track "Conformed To Death." The song comes off their brand new sophomore EP "Harvest" which was released on New Year's Eve.

Guitarist Nik Kefalas had the following comments about the song, "The track 'Conformed to Death' displays the range of aggression that this band represents.

"Lyrically, with our disdain towards the status quo and musically, showcasing the elements of the extreme music that we have grown to love. This song captures the essence of what Bury the Rod is." Watch the video here.

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Barren Earth To Begin Recording New Album In March

Barren Earth have announced that they have recruited V. Santura to produce their new album and will be entering Woodshed Studios next month to record the follow-up to their 2015 release "On Lonely Towers".

Singer Jón had this to say, "We are working towards a darker and more aggressive feel, which we attempt to express both experimentally and with a good dose of blunt force!"

The producer shared, "I am really excited about working with Barren Earth! The guys are fantastic musicians and the demo material I've heard so far sounds very promising." Read more here.

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Athanasia Release The Order Of The Silver Compass Video

Athanasia has released a new music video for their track "The Order Of The Silver Compass". The song is the lead single from the group's forthcoming album.

The new clip is the second song revealed from group's debut album, also entitled The Order Of The Sliver Compass," following their well received "Spoils Of War".

The new video was directed by Matt Zane and frontman Caleb Bingham had these comments, "If you got hooked after your first dose of the potent heavy metal concoction that is Athanasia, then you should be ecstatic to know that your next fix is coming in the form of a speedball entitled 'The Order of the Silver Compass' taken from our LP of the same name... Max out your volume knobs and prepare to thrash!!!" Watch the video here.

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Carousel Kings Premiere New Song 'Dynamite'

Carousel Kings have premiered their brand new single "Dynamite". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Charm City", which will be hitting stores on February 10th.

Frontman David Alexander had the following to say about the new track,
"'Dynamite' is one of the heavy hitters from the album and definitely one of our favorites to jam live.

"Where most of the album has a positive outlook, this song was written as an expression of the bands distaste and unhappiness about the current state of affairs. The song is a call for all who hear it to look inward for the answers pertaining to how we can possibly change the world we live in." Check out the song here.

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