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Day in Rock Report for 02/10/2017

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Guns N' Roses Surprised By AC/DC's Angus Young

Guns N' Roses received a surprise welcome from AC/DC guitarist Angus Young as they arrived at the airport in Sydney for upcoming down under leg of their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour.

The band will be kicking off their Australian and New Zealand leg of the tour tonight (Feb 10) at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney but when they arrived in the country they were temporarily held on the plane, only to receive the surprise welcome.

Duff McKagan recalled what happened via Twitter. He wrote, "Told we had to stay on plane last night in Sydney - 'airport security' wanted to do a check. We waited. It was Angus Young in an orange vest!" Read more here.

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As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis Released Early From Prison

Former As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was recently released from prison after less than three years of a six year sentence for his involvement in a murder for hire plot of his estranged wife.

The news of his release was initially revealed by former Dokken guitarist George Lynch in an interview where he also said that Lambesis has a new record and book deal. The release was later confirmed by various media outlets.

Lynch said in the interview (via Lambgoat), "He recently got out of jail. He destroyed his band. They don't have a pot to piss in now; they're all struggling. [They are] a great band. I know them very well because, actually, the guitar player was my daughter's fiancé. And, actually, the drummer [Jordan Mancino] played in another project I had ways back, Souls Of We.

"So, anyways, he's out, he's got a mega record deal, he's got a book deal, everything's lined up for him. I mean, he's gonna skate through life. Everybody else is suffering. His wife is living in fear, his children are living in fear. His band doesn't have a pot to piss in." Read more here.

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5th Annual Metallica Night Details Announced

(hennemusic) Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants have announced that they will be hosting the 5th annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park on August 7th in celebration of the Bay Area thrash legends.

"In what has become one of our favorite hometown traditions, we're excited to announce that the San Francisco Giants have once again invited us to celebrate a night on the field with them," says the band. "The annual event will take place on Monday, August 7, 2017 against the World Champs, the Chicago Cubs, and yes, you saw that headline right - this year marks number five!

"As has become custom, the night will kick off with the National Anthem and first pitch, then we'll be on hand all night to cheer on the orange and black as we take part of some of the between innings festivities. We look forward to seeing you at the yard for another exciting season of baseball!" here.

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Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta Streams New Song Featuring Howard Jones

Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta has released an online stream of his new song "Chasing Dreams", which features a guest appearance from Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage and Devil You Know fame.

Jasta is gearing up to hit to road with Anthrax and Killswitch Engage in support of his solo project and had the following to say about the trek (via Metal Hammer), "I rarely get to tour with Jasta and since the rest of my year is booked up with Hatebreed tours, I jumped at the chance to hit the road and debut some new Jasta songs with some of my favourite people in metal.

"Not only is the tour hitting some of my favourite cities to play, the lineup offers something for every generation of metal and hardcore fan. Come out early and get the pit started with us!" Check out the song and see the tour dates here.

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Sammy Hagar To Do Online Q&A Ahead Of Rock & Roll Road Trip Premiere

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar is sharing a video preview of season 2 of his AXS-TV series "Rock & Roll Road Trip." As part of the network's launch plans for the second season, Hagar will answer fan questions during a Facebook Live stream on his page on Sunday, February 19.

Set to premiere March 5 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, the 6-episode run sees Hagar drive across the US to jam with some of music's biggest names, including James Hetfield of Metallica, Toby Keith, John Mellencamp, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Neilsen, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Fleetwood Mac founder Mick Fleetwood.

Season two launches with a one-hour special featuring Hagar and Hetfield hosting the third annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert - the benefit concert they founded - at the Fillmore in San Fransisco, CA. Hetfield, Joe Satriani, John Mayer and Melissa Etheridge sit down to chat with the Red Rocker during the premiere episode.

"This is a different side of entertainment for me," explains Hagar in his role as TV host. "I shut up and listen now." Watch the preview clip here.

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Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell Streams New Song

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell has released an online stream of the track "A Job To Do", which is a song from the soundtrack to the forthcoming film, "John Wick: Chapter 2."

Cantrell performed "A Job To Do" with help from Tyler Bates, who also composed the score for the film. "I really dug 'John Wick' and have always admired Keanu's work," explains Cantrell. "When the opportunity arose to create a song for the second film, Tyler Bates and I wrote and recorded 'A Job To Do', a theme song for the character. Can't wait to see it!"

"Jerry and I are friends and neighbors," adds Bates. "We got together to jam and came up with the music. He's a fan of the first John Wick movie and wrote the lyrics from John Wick's introspective." here.

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Richie Kotzen Announces New Solo Album and Tour

Richie Kotzen has announced that he will be releasing his 21st solo album, entitled "Salting Earth," on April 14th and will be hitting the road in support of the effort a week later.

The tour is scheduled to get underway on April 21st at the Canyon Clubin Agoura Hills, CA and will wrap up on May 17th in Bethlehem, PA at the Musikfest Café.

Kotzen had this to say, "My real outlet is touring - playing live as much as I can, wherever I can, whenever I can. It's one of the few things you can't copy, steal, or download. It's an engaging human experience that's a give-and-take between both the performer and the audience, and there is nothing else like it on this earth." here.

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Bobaflex Announce Tour and Pink Floyd Cover

Bobaflex have announced that they will be hitting the road later this month to launch their Black Sheep Tour that will hit various markets across the United States.

The band will be kicking off the trek on February 24th at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, OH and finishing the tour with acoustic show at Munchiez in Beckley, WV on March 25th.

The road trip comes as the group plan to release their cover of the Pink Floyd classic "Hey You" which will be one of the tracks on their forthcoming album that they are aiming to release this summer. Read more here.

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Night Ranger Stream Title Song From New Album 'Don't Let Up'

80s rockers Night Ranger are gearing up to release their new album "Don't Let Up" on March 24th and they are giving fans a little taste of what is to come with a stream of the title track.

Guitarist Brad Gillis had the following comments, "I'm looking forward to the new Night Ranger studio effort as it's always a pleasure releasing new material to keep the bands creative flow.

"As typical for Night Ranger, we have all the elements that made us popular in the first place, including twin lead vocal tradeoffs with Jack and Kelly and dual guitar harmonies and solos with my new partner in crime, Keri Kelli.

"We've stacked the deck again with up tempo driving rock songs, mid-tempo tunes and a few acoustic ballad tracks. We're hoping this new album will be added to your existing Night Ranger catalogue." Check out the song here.

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Neil Young In The Studio For Harvest 45th Anniversary

Neil Young is the featured guest on a new online episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands.

Young was on the show to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his "Harvest" album. The program sent over these details: Known even then for his prolific musical prowess, Neil Young delivered his most popular and perhaps most influential album in the Winter of 1972 to a huge mainstream audience who embraced this countryfied masterpiece, pushing it to # 1 seller on the Billboard Top 200 and eventually the top seller for the year because of "Heart of Gold', "Old Man", "The Needle and the Damage Done" and "Alabama". Rolling Stone magazine writers rank Harvest at #78 greatest album of all-time. But Neil, speaking to In The Studio host Redbeard, is the first to question the need for any artist to feel the need of fleeting accolades.

Young says, "I'm not in the competition to be # 1 or to be hip or whatever. I think I've transcended that whole problem just by being able to continue for so long that no one can really say that I wasn't 'happening'. 'Cause I must be happening or I would be happening, here I am." (laughs). Stream the episode here.

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Truckfighters Announce North American Tour

Swedish rockers Truckfighters have announced a new North American tour leg that they will be launching next month in support of their latest studio album "V."

The tour is scheduled to begin on March 15th in San Diego at Brick By Brick and will be concluding on March 31st in Mesa, AZ at Club Red and will feature support from Green Leaf, with We Hunt Buffalo appearing at the Canadian dates.

The band had this to say, "We are beyond stoked to get back to do more shows in Canada and the US this March. It feels like North America is really catching up to the Truckfighters vibe!" See the dates here.

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Of Mice & Men Added To Welcome To Rockville Festival

Of Mice & Men have been added to the lineup of the Welcome To Rockville festival as organizers have revealed the daily performance lineup to the upcoming event.

The festival, now in its seventh year, is scheduled to take place at the Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida on April 29th and 30th.

A Perfect Circle, Def Leppard and Soundgarden will be the headliners and the event will also feature performances from The Offspring, Mastodon, Coheed and Cambria, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Seether,The Dillinger Escape Plan, Rival Sons and more. See the daily lineup here.

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Eve To Adam Stream New Single and Kicking Off Tour

Eve To Adam have released a stream of their new single "Tongue Tied" as they gear up to kick off their U.S. headline tour of the same name this weekend.

The song comes from their forthcoming album "Odyssey" which was produced by Elvis Baskette (Alter Bridge, Tremonti Chevelle, Slash, Falling in Reverse, Trivium) and DJ Zardonic and is set to be released on February 20th. Stream the track here.

The group will be launching their supporting tour for the album and single on Saturday night (February 11th) in Orlando, Fl at The Haven and wrapping up the tour on March 12th in Knoxville at The Open Chord. Read more here.

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Porshyne Stream New Single 'Exit' Ahead Of New EP Release

Prog/atmospheric rockers Porshyne have released a stream of their new single "Exit". The song will be featured on their forthcoming EP "Environmental Music", which is set to be released on March 10th.

Fergal Lyden (Vocals/ Guitar) had this to say about the upcoming release, "We're really happy about how the record has turned out and excited to get it out for people to listen to. Mark (producer) did an amazing job of capturing what we were aiming towards, and how representative we feel this EP is of us as a band is testament to that."

Their sound is described as a mix of Tool, Dredg, Radiohead or Karnivool. meets Queens of the Stone Age or Kyuss. Check out the new single here.

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Red Queen Release 'Insidious' Video

(High Road) Red Queen have released the official music video for their track "Insidious." The song comes from their Hollywood, CA band's debut EP Star Blood.

The group consists of Elena Vladi (Vocals,Keys/Synths) & Patrick Crisci(Guitars,Bass,Key/Synth,Drums), the two masterminds behind this project. The rest of the live band members: Red Queen refers to them as The Phantoms. You can get a glimpse of the Red Queen Phantoms in the brand new music video for "Insidious".

Vladi had this to say about the track, "This song tells a personal story of a toxic relationship between two people, when love becomes very much like a drug addiction that slowly destroys you but also keeps you blinded on the edge of being high and oblivious." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Lucas Gordon's Fall With Style

Indie artist Lucas Gordon recently released his new single "Fall With Style" and to celebrate we asked him to share the story behind the track with us. Here is the story:

I wrote Fall with Style a few months after I moved from my childhood home in New Hampshire to northern California in 2015. Everything was new, and like any properly sensitive musician, I turned to writing to find some sort of shelter from the package deal of responsibility and crippling anxiety.

I still remember the epiphany of the verse and the pre chorus. I was busking in the quaint downtown Mountain View when the melodies hit me. They just made sense. I didn't have to work hard for them like I did for other songs I was writing, which of course made me immediately paranoid. Today I would have accepted the inspiration as a gift, but back then I tried "solving" the song by questioning every word I'd written.

I decided I liked everything except the chorus, which felt forced and wordy. After four days of frustrated deliberation, I finally came up with what you hear now on the single. I was in down town San Jose playing on the sidewalk before an open mic. I started playing the song, expecting to get stuck again at the chorus. Instead of stopping though, I heard this high, falling melody in my head. From then on I couldn't stop singing it. I remember multiple times humming it in coffee shops like I would a radio-hit, hoping someone would recognize it and bond with me, only to realize it was my own writing. Pathetic as that was, it truly was the first time I'd fallen in love with my own song.

I decided to use it as the debut single because of how much it meant to me in a time of all-around uncertainty. I want it to reach people who know they've got something good but just feel stuck and directionless. It's just a byproduct of being ambitious, creative, and a bit neurotic. I've related with other artists over this so many times and I hope it can help others get past that stage a tiny bit quicker and with all their sanity intact.

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

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