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Day in Rock Report for 07/03/2017


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Hayley Williams Secretly Quit Paramore

(Radio.com) Paramore frontwoman Haley Williams has revealed in a new cover story for Fader that she actually quit the band briefly in 2015 to deal with depression and exhaustion.

Williams explains leading up to that point there had been days spent in bed, and a developing fixation with death. She eventually sought a therapist. "For the first time in my life, there wasn't a pinhole of light at the end of the tunnel," she told the publication.

"I thought, 'I just wish everything would stop.' It wasn't in the sense of, 'I'm going to take my life.' It was just hopelessness. Like, 'What's the point?' I don't think I understood how dangerous hopelessness is. Everything hurts."

Although it was exhaustion from the business of music that contributed to her state, it was also music that lifted her out of the chasm. Read more here.

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Ace Frehley Details New Collaboration With Gene Simmons

(hennemusic) Ace Frehley is offering his first public comments on a recent songwriting session with former bandmate Gene Simmons on new material for the original KISS guitarist's next solo album.

Simmons first broke the news of the hookup at Frehley's home in Rancho Santa Fe, CA during an interview with a Minneapolis radio station, and now the guitarist is sharing details of the session.

"I called him up and I said, 'Gene, you wanna write a few songs?' He says, 'Sure.'," Frehley told Eddie Trunk on the June 30 edition of his SiriusXM radio program. "Because he had come to my show [in February] at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles with John 5, and that's when we kind of reconnected and bonded a little And I just shot him an e-mail and said, 'C'mon, let's write some songs together for my new record.' Next thing you know, he's down here and within three hours we had written two songs together, which was, like, a record, for me and him."

"We had a fantastic time," continued the guitarist. "He came down. We ate in the backyard while I was watering my palm trees. [Laughs] He was going to [my fiancée] Rachel, 'This is something new I've never seen before.' He's eating a sandwich and I'm watering a palm tree in my backyard. But it was a lot of fun.

"[We] just started jamming. We initially each picked up an acoustic guitar. I don't remember who came up with the beginning of the song. One guy plays one thing and then I play another thing. I think Gene actually came up with more ideas than I did and I just kind of complemented them. And then I started writing lyrics for a song title, which I don't wanna give away yet. And then we kind of took a break and then he started playing this bassline and he said, 'Ace, play these thee chords against it,' and within thirty minutes we had a second song. I was really pleased, and so was he." Read more here.

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Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Has Buried The Hatchet With Bandmates

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is addressing his split from the legendary heavy metal band following the completion of the group's farewell tour earlier this year.

Ward - who chose to sit out the Sabbath reunion in 2012 and the farewell run over contractual issues - says he has come to terms with events of the past five years that saw Ozzy Osbourne's solo drummer, Tommy Clufetos, join the singer, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler for global concert tours.

Ward felt forced to defend himself against some the accusations made by the band in the media about his health, including a public exchange with friend and singer Osbourne that became personal, at times.

"I feel very compassionate towards them," explains the drummer. "I just disagree with them when they send something in the world press and I look at it and I go, 'You know what, that's not quite accurate.' Then I have to defend. Because I have to defend, it doesn't stop me from loving them. And when I think about them, I don't think about them with resentment in my heart or revenge in my heart or anything like that. I don't have any of that whatsoever."

"I'm at peace with those guys," Ward says of his current status. "If something comes up that I feel is contradictory, I'll always make a statement back in defense of whatever I need to defend But my general outlook towards them is not of resentment, it's not of fear, it's not of hatred or anything like that. I actually really, really, really love these guys. I wish them absolutely nothing but the very best, I wish them nothing but the best in their lives. Every day, I say prayers and I wish for them health and happiness and just nothing but good things to befall them. I [don't] in any way... have any grudges or any arrogance or anything else. It's been like that for a while.

"At first, I was really upset but I've cooled off a lot. I'm in a different place; I've moved on. But I haven't moved on from the idea of if [they] ever wanted to play again. I've not moved on from that idea. That would be something that would have to be worked out. But if they've moved on from that idea, then that's fine, I'll support that." here.

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Arcade Fire Go X-Files For 'Signs of Life' Video

Arcade Fire have released a brand new X-Files inspired music video for their latest single "Signs Of Life". The track comes from their forthcoming album "Everything Now".

The new studio effort is scheduled to be released in various formats on July 28th including digitally, standard CD, cassette and on heavyweight black vinyl LP. Watch the new video here.

The band will be promoting the new album with an appearance at this year's Lollapalooza on August 6th followed by a North American tour that will be kicking off in Quebec City on September 5th. See the dates here.

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Singled Out: The Dead Daisies' We're An American Band

We have a special July 4th Singled Out with supergroup The Dead Daisies frontman John Corabi telling us about their cover of the classic rocker "We're An American Band" from their brand new "Live & Louder" release. Here is the story:

We originally did "We're An American Band" when we went to South Korea to play for our troops. We wanted to do something that would remind them of home. So, "We're An American Band" by the legendary Grand Funk Railroad was suggested.

We started learning it, and I immediately started reminiscing about my youth. The We're An American Band album was one of my first record purchases as a kid, and I played the song 1000's of times in my various cover bands. So the whole process of relearning it again was just a blast. We did it in Korea and it went over great, so we added it to our regular set as an encore. It's amazing to see all different people from around the world immediately "jump in" and start singing the choruses with us!!! It's a great feeling!!!

And another side reason for me is because I personally think it's a travesty a band like Grand Funk Railroad is NOT recognized for how truly great they were!!! I would LOVE to see them honored in the Rock and Roll hall of fame!!!! They earned it, deserve it, and I'm happy to do any little thing I can to get them closer to their place in history!!!

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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Paul McCartney Reaches Deal Over Beatles Publishing

(Radio.com) Sir Paul McCartney and Sony have reportedly reached a deal regarding the publishing rights to 267 of The Beatles' songs. McCartney appeared in a Manhattan court last week (June 29) and struck a confidential agreement with Sony to regain the rights to his band's tracks, reports BBC News.

The case was filed in January over copyright termination. McCartney claimed that he should have reclaimed the songs in 2018, but that Sony would not confirm transfer of the copyrights.

The rocker has been trying to gain rights since Michael Jackson outbid him in the '80s. The Jackson estate sold the classic songs to Sony last year. Read more here.

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Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme Rocks 6th Grade Grad Party

(Radio.com) Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme performed at a 6th grade graduation with his wife Brody Dalle and Butch Vig, which has been captured in an online video.

Homme, Dalle and Vig delivered an enthusiastic cover of the classic Cheap Trick anthem "Surrender" to the audience of 11-year-olds, according to the Radio.com report.

"Best 6th grade graduation party ever!" read an Instagram post capturing the event. "Can't possibly imagine a better one! #queensofthestoneage #QOTSA #nirvana" Check out the vidoe here.

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The xx Recruit Stranger Things 11, Paris Jackson For 'I Dare You' Video

(Radio.com) The xx have released a music video for their track "I Dare You." Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown and Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson, Moonlight actor Ashton Sanders, and models Lulu and Ernesto Cervantes are featured in the clip which follows the actors through a series of dares.

"We are so happy to share our new video for 'I Dare You'. Our love letter to Los Angeles, a city close to our hearts where we wrote and recorded parts of our album I See You," the band wrote. "This is the third video our friend, the wonderful Alasdair McLellan, has directed for us. He collaborated with a hero of ours, [Calvin Klein creative director] Raf Simons, on the creative concept and direction."

"It was amazing to work with both of them and such a pleasure to meet and work with Millie, Paris, Ashton, Lulu and Ernesto! Thank you to CALVIN KLEIN and everyone involved. We hope you enjoy watching! xx The xx." Watch the video here.

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The National Release 'Guilty Party' Music Video

(Radio.com) The National have released a new music video for their track 'Guilty Party'. The song comes from their forthcoming album, "Sleep Well Beast", which is set to hit stores on September 8th.

The music video for the track was created by visual artist Casey Reas, who explained, "The video is a dream about memory and the degradation of memory. It's about distance in time and space.

"Time moves forward, but then backward as memory. The image of the two-faced Roman god Janus, who can look into the past and future, is the core visual language." Watch the video here.

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Eric Clapton Catches 28-Pound Salmon In Iceland

(Radio.com) Eric Clapton isn't just a world-class guitarist, he's also a fantastic angler. The rock and roll legend landed a 28-pound salmon on his fly-fishing trip to the Vatnsdalsa River in Iceland this past week, according to Mens Journal.

The fish measured 42.5 inches long. The guitarist had to go over half a mile downriver after catching the giant fish and spent two and a half hours reeling it in. Though the local fishing organization enforces a catch-and-release policy, Clapton snapped a photo of the beauty before letting it go.

Clapton has been going on salmon fishing trips to Iceland since 2000, saying, "It's the thing I look forward to every year. In August we go out there and fish and I take my family and ' I look forward to going there because I can forget everything." Check out Clapton's massive catch here.

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