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Day in Rock Report for 02/27/2017

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Metallica Star Was Joking About Making Lady Gaga 'Co-Singer'

Following Metallica's performance with Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards reports surfaced that she is being offered the job as a "new co-lead singer" in the group but it appear those claims are being made based on a joke made by drummer Lars Ulrich.

Lars spoke with Access Hollywood at a pre-Grammy gala and joked, "And now we've got a new lead singer - well, a new co-lead singer, is a better way of saying it - so we were talking earlier about maybe making her a permanent member of Metallica and being a five-piece from now on, so we'll see."

Following those comments, a story published on the website of WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington D.C., claimed that Ulrich had invited Lady Gaga to join them on stage "whenever her schedule allows".

The story included no foundation for that claim and cited no source for it, but instead simply quoted the Access Hollywood comments by Lars and left out that he was joking.

Last week additional reports surfaced online that appeared to be based on the WJLA report, which claimed that the pop star was actually offered a job with the thrash legends. Watch the interview clip and judge for yourself here.

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Iron Maiden Announce Final Show Of Book Of Souls Tour

Metal legends Iron Maiden have announced a new final show for their massive two-year long The Book Of Souls Tour, adding a second concert in Brooklyn due to high demand.

The new show will be taking place at the Barclays Center on July 22nd and will mark the final stop for the North American tour leg which will be kicking off on June 3rd in Bristow, VA.

The band also announced something special for fans that attend the newly announced show "To mark the very end of the tour Maiden have used their coveted city specific event shirt art upfront of the show.

"The art, by long time collaborator Herve Monjeaud, features Eddie playing havoc with the iconic Brooklyn Bridge amidst hordes of global Maiden fans arriving to witness the event." Check out the artwork here.

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Another Report Claims Axl Rose And AC/DC Making New Album

Another report has surfaced that claims AC/DC co-founder and lead guitarist Angus Young is planning to make a new studio album with Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose.

The website Vintage Vinyl News reported late last week that the successful Rock Or Bust World Tour dates with Rose have "inspired Young to start planning another AC/DC record."

The report goes on to say that the new effort is not likely this year because "Guns N' Roses touring commitments throughout 2017 will make it difficult to finalize the project."

The site, which is affiliated with the Australian outlet Noise 11 that originally made the claims last week, cited no sources for the Rose and AC/DC album plans news, but speculated that a live release from the tour with Axl may be released before the supposed new studio album, since the band are said to have filmed "all of the" shows on the tour. Read the report here.

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Paul McCartney Streaming Rare Demo

Paul McCartney has released the original demo for the track "My Brave Face", which is one of the bonus tracks that will be featured on the deluxe reissue of his "Flowers In The Dirt" album.

The Beatles legend will be releasing the reissue of the 1989 album on March 24th, and will be offering it in various formats including a special edition, and a deluxe edition box set. Track details are available on the preorder pagehere.

McCartney co-wrote a third of songs on the album with Elvis Costello, including "My Brave Face." Paul has this to say about the demo, "Because we were working above the studio, we'd just go downstairs and make the record, just the two of us singing exactly what we had made up. So there were a few recordings that haven't been released. We keep saying to each other that they're good because they are raw, it's hot off the skillet'.

He also reflected on working with Costello, "I was looking for someone to work with, trying to think of something imaginative to do and one day my manager said 'do you fancy writing with Elvis Costello? It might be a great thing'. I said 'yeah'. He (Elvis) came down to my studio and we sat opposite each other with our guitars because I had said to him early on that this is how I'd written with John, with me being left handed and him being right handed, it was almost like looking in a mirror. We did virtually what John and I did which was just make up a song a day." Stream the demo here.

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ZZ Top Expand North American Tonnage Tour

(hennemusic) ZZ Top have expanded their 2017 Tonnage tour with the addition of a new leg that will feature more than two dozen new concert dates across North America.

Eight shows have been added to the previously-announced spring leg, which openned in Louisville, KY on February 24. The opening 4-week run will be followed by a second leg in May that will begin with four nights in the trio's home state of Texas.

"The run is Tex-centric, just like ourselves, and the band is looking forward to getting our heads in Mississippi, and points beyond," says guitarist Billy Gibbons. "After 4 decades, we believe we're beginning to get the hang of it, so a mighty good time will be enjoyed by all."

ZZ Top's 2017 concert dates come on the heels of the release of the band's "Greatest Hits Live" package, which presents material recorded over the course of several tours in cities all around the world. See the dates here.

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One Man Band Takes On Led Zeppelin Classic

We recently told you about the musician Dominic Fragman who scored a viral hit with his one man band cover of the Rush classic "Tom Sawyer" and he has now released his follow up.

Billing himself as a solo trio, Dominic plays guitar, drums and sings simultaneously, his latest online video release shows him taking on the Led Zeppelin classic "Black Dog".

His previous Rush cover gained him media coverage around the globe and almost 700,000 YouTube and over 3.5 million Facebook views. As he prepares to release some new original material, fans can check out his Zeppelin cover here.

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All Time Low Announce Young Renegades Tour

More big news for All Time Low fans. Hot on the heels of announcing the June 2nd release of their new album "Last Young Renegade", the band has added a U.S. leg to their upcoming world tour.

The U.S. summer leg of Young Renegades Tour will feature support from SWMRS, Waterparks and The Wrecks and is set to kick off on June 30th in Houston and will conclude on August 6th in Buena Vista, FL.

The band will be launching their world tour with a European leg that will begin on March 10th at the Apollo Hammersmith in London and will wrap on April 10th in Milan, Italy.

All Time Low will then head "Down Under" for a series of dates in New Zealand and Australia, followed by three shows across Japan during the month of May. See all of the dates here.

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The Dead Daisies Announce Limited Edition Box Set

Heavy rock supergroup The Dead Daisies have announced that they will be releasing a box set of 'Live And Louder' on May 19th, the same day that the CD/DVD, digital and 2LP vinyl versions of the package hit stores.

According to the announcement, the limited edition box set will feature an exclusive 7" vinyl single recorded at The Zoo at Planet Rock Radio's London fan-only gig in November 2016, along with the Digipak with CD & DVD, double 180g 12" vinyl, poster, sticker, button, patch and Photocard.

The Digipak will include a CD and DVD, along with photo booklet, the "Live & Louder" documentary, the "Make Some Noise World Tour" documentary, all music videos of the "Make Some Noise" album cycle and a picture gallery.

The vinyl edition will be presented in a gatefold cover with printed inner sleeves, 4-page booklet, CD in paper-sleeve with the two LPs pressed on 180g multicolor vinyl. Read more here.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Reveal Rescheduled Tour Dates

The Dillinger Escape Plan shared good news with European fans late last week, they will be returning to the continent this summer to make up for their recently canceled dates.

The band was forced to cancel the remaining dates on their winter European tour after a truck smashed into their tour bus in Poland on February 11th, destroying all of their gear.

The band has now revealed the rescheduled dates which will be kicking off on June 8th in Belfast at the Limelight 2 and will run until August 16th where they will wrap things up in Leipzig, Germany at Conne Island. See the dates here.

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The Yardbirds Launching U.S. Spring Tour

British blues legends The Yardbirds will be crossing the pond early next month to a launch a spring tour that will be visiting various cities across the United States.

The spring tour is scheduled to kick off on March 4th in Melbourne, FL at the King Center and will be wrapping up on July 7th in Atlantic City, NJ at Resorts Casino.

The current lineup of the iconic group is led by founding member Jim McCarty and features guitarist Johnny A, bassist Kenny Aaronson, singer/blues harpist/percussionist Myke Scavone, and lead singer/guitarist John Idan. See the dates here.

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KXM Release 'Noises In The Sky' Video

KXM, the supergroup featuring dUg Pinnick (King's X), George Lynch (Lynch Mob/Dokken) and Ray Luzier (Korn), have released a new video for their track "Noises In The Sky".

The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Scatterbrain" which is schedule to hit stores on March 17th. The new visual is also the third video that the band has released from the record.

The new video features a stripped down performance from the group that was filmed in an apartment and was once again directed by Jamie Brown. Watch the video here.

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Steve Hackett Talks The Night Siren In New Online Video

Former Genesis star Steve Hackett has released a new interview video where he talks about his forthcoming album "The Night Siren" and he recently released a track from the album.

"The Night Siren" is scheduled to hit stores on March 24th and the new interview clip where Hackett discusses the new effort in detail can be streamed here.

The newly clip follows the recent reveal of 'In The Skeleton Gallery', which is the first song from the new album. Steven had this to say about the track, "You know that ancient childhood night terror which creeps up on you in a dark moment when you're least expecting it... This track moves from a dream-like groove with a Middle Eastern tinged accompaniment through to a sinister march and on to an out-there nightmare ride, before the child's box of tricks reclaims it and the lid is finally closed..." Listen to the song here.

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Today Is The Day Stream Track From Deluxe Temple Reissue

Today Is The Day are streaming the remastered track "Blindspot". The song comes from the group's forthcoming deluxe 20th anniversary reissue of their "Temple Of The Morning Star" album.

The Temple Of The Morning Star: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is set to be released by The End Records on March 24th in various formats including digitally and CD/DVD and double vinyl LP versions.

"Blindspot" can be streamed here. The CD/DVD edition will include the newly re-mastered album plus bonus tracks on the first disc and a live 1997 recording captured during a concert at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood on the second disc.

The 2LP vinyl edition will features the remastered album on one disc and the second disc will include bonus demos along with live tracks from the Whiskey show. Read more here.

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Bang Records Icon Ilene Burns Dead At 73

(BM) Music industry pioneer Ilene Berns died last Monday (February 20) in Florida. She was 73. We were sent the following details: She helmed Bang Records and its Web IV Music publishing divison starting early in 1968 immediately following the death of Bert Berns, her husband and label founder.

She was just 24, but soon became one of the most successful female independent label chiefs of all time. She not only administered the rich Bang and Shout catalogs with recordings by Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The McCoys, Strangeloves, Freddie Scott and Erma Franklin but, after Bert Berns's passing, she added to Bang's legacy and kept the label running and relevant for another eleven years.

Under her aegis, the company's hit streak continued with releases by Derek ("Cinnamon"), Paul Davis ("I Go Crazy"), Brick ("Dazz") and Peabo Bryson ("Underground Music") among others. She moved the company's base of operation from New York to Atlanta, and ultimately to Nashville. Bang was purchased by CBS/Sony in 1979 but Web IV was retained by Berns and her family. here.

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Night Demon Announce New Album 'Darkness Remains'

Night Demon have announced that they will be releasing their sophomore album, which will be entitled "Darkness Remains," on April 21st via Century Media.

The follow-up to "Curse of the Damned" is being released in various formats including Limited Edition Digipak, LP, and a Deluxe Digital Edition (featuring bonus tracks). The vinyl version will be released in the following colors: Dark Green - European Exclusive - Limited to 2000 copies and Silver - US Exclusive - Limited to 500 copies.

The band had the following to say about the new album and upcoming tour dates with Anvil, "Well it's about time for Night Demon to release a new album! It's been quite the whirlwind for us touring the world over the last two years on Curse of the Damned." Read more here.

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Kaleido Release Trouble In Paradise Video and Announce Album

Detroit rockers Kaleido have released their new music video for the track "Trouble In Paradise," which is the second single from the group's forthcoming debut album.

The group's new album will be entitled "Experience" and is set to be released on May 19th. They recorded the effort at The Pipeyard Studio in Plymouth, MI.

The band had this to say about the record, "Our album Experience captures the duality of life that many will easily relate to - real people, real stories, real emotions. Through the good times, the bad times, the ups and the downs; it's these experiences that make us who we are." Watch the new video here.

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Calisus Streaming New Single 'Six Feet of Lies'

Maryland rockers Calisus have released a new single entitled "Six Feet of Lies". That track is the first release from the group's forthcoming EP which will be entitled "human".

Frontman Zach Constable had this to say about the song, "Six Feet of Lies can have a very different meaning to a lot of different people. It all comes down to what the person is going through in their life.

"The main relation to the song is getting away from and ridding of whatever you're going through, burying it deep down six feet under to move on. I feel the anthem style of the chorus is what makes it so easy for people to catch on and sing along to.

"By the end, they know every word and are singing them out. Every musician knows that feeling when the crowd sings along to your songs. It makes me that much more amped up for each and every show, to get out there and share your message." Listen here.

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Singled Out: Pete RG's Heaven Knows

Pete RG just kicked off his late winter tour in support of his new album "Tender Souls" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the inspiration behind the song "Heaven Knows". Here is the story:

I must've I given up on "Heaven Knows" a few dozen times while writing and recording it. As with most of my songs, the first seed was sewn while I was banging on my acoustic guitar. I was collecting song ideas for an upcoming recording session. The verse melody and some of the key lyrics, including the phrase "heaven knows," were among them. I'm always reading about politics and social news. It's a form of masochism, these days. I feel like we're being watched all the time and pushed into a group-think vacuum. That was the lyrical inspiration.

Anyway, at the recording session, our goal was to get an idea of which ideas were worthy of developing further. Scotty Kormos was playing drums that day as this was right before Dave Krusen joined the band. With Adam Kury on bass and Brina Kabler engineering and producing, we began working through the ideas, one after the other. "Heaven Knows" was the last one we got to. Immediately after hearing me strum the basic verse-chorus idea, Scotty and Adam came up with the drum and bass groove that became the foundation of the song. Brina suggested an alternate melody for the chorus and the song took shape in minutes. It felt really good. We were excited and spent some more time working on ideas for a bridge. That's when we hit a wall. We couldn't come up with anything that measured up to the verse and chorus melodies.

The band went home and came back a week later to try again on the bridge. Still nothing. I worked on it alone. I worked on it with Brina. I worked on it in my sleep. Nada. I felt like I was banging my head against the wall. I told Brina we needed to back-burner it for a bit. Either that or the song would kill me or I'd kill the song. She wouldn't let it go. Our conversations about the song got slightly heated. I got to a point where I was ready to delete all of the recordings and leave the song to distant memory. Finally, Brina relented and we set it aside.

Fast forward about a year, we were working on the TENDER SOULS album. Brina brought up revisiting the song. I begrudgingly agreed. As a band, we were gaining some confidence and momentum. I didn't want to spoil that with a song that could easily bog us down, but I thought it would be fine to see what Dave and Kevin Haaland (lead guitarist) might do with it. It was worthy of one more try. Not surprisingly, they had some great ideas that rekindled the inspiration for the song for me. The one that hit me the most was to have the band drop out at the top of the bridge and slowly build back up. We were on to something with that. But, we needed more time in the studio that we didn't have. We were about to go on a six week U.S. tour opening for Candlebox.

The tour began. Once we got a few shows under our belt- it was our first large stage tour- we decided to try out the song in front of a crowd. It was a risk since it was unfinished. We could easily crash and burn right in front of a couple thousand eyes, but we decided to go for it. The song was too cool to leave on the sidelines during the tour. Plus, if we were to crash and burn in front of a big audience, we figured we'd have a good laugh about it after. My hope was that we'd catch a bit of inspiration in that moment of do or die. Fortunately, that's exactly what happened. Right away, we caught on to what would be the final version of the song. We kept it in the set and refined it every night. We could see the audience reaction grow stronger with every performance. That was really cool. Two days after the tour was finished we were back in the studio to finish the song. We wasted no time. In fact, all we did was drop the bridge into what we had recorded right before we went on the road. The drums sounds in the bridge are slightly different from the rest of the song, but that adds to the magic of the recording.

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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