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Day in Rock Report for 07/06/2017


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Ace Frehley Addresses KISS Reunion Speculation

Ace Frehley made headlines last week when he revealed that he has collaborated with his former KISS bandmate Gene Simmons on new music which sparked new speculation that he may reunite with the group.

The guitarist addressed the reunion talk during an interview with Eddie Truck and revealed that there has been absolutely no talk between him and KISS about his returning to the group.

Frehley said (via an online transcription), "I can only be honest with you. It's something I haven't pushed and it's something that Paul and Gene haven't brought up to me. I'm just gonna let nature take its course. If the fans demand it, it'll probably get to a point where they're not gonna be able to say 'no.' But I've always said they'll be fine with what they're doing and I'll be fine on my own. I've got a great solo band. We tour the world. We're touring Australia again with Alice Cooper in October.

"So whatever happens, one way or the other, everybody's gonna be fine. But if by chance Paul and Gene decide to bring me back in the fold and do a world tour, I think that could be great too, if it was handled correctly. But I haven't been approached, no. Honestly." Read more here.

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Teen Gets Life In Prison For Elton John Concert Bomb Plot

(Radio.com) Haroon Ali-Syed was arrested on Sept. 8, 2016, for planning to detonate a nail bomb at Elton John's Hyde Park concert in London. The concert was scheduled for three days later.

The 19-year-old has now been sentenced to life in prison. Scotland Yard and MI5 worked in conjunction on the investigation, which revealed numerous unsuccessful attempts on Ali-Syed's part to find funding for the attack through loans, reports the UK's Independent.

Ali-Syed admitted that he'd pursued other methods for carrying out his attack, and he settled on the idea of a nail bomb after failing to come up with other types of ammunition. Read more here.

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Deep Purple's Ian Gillan And Ritchie Blackmore Talking Again

Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan revealed in a new interview that he and original guitarist Ritchie Blackmore have settled their differences but he still believes that a reunion is still not likely.

Gillian says in a video interview published last month on Bild's YouTube Musik channel that he and Blackmore have "made our peace. I think pretty much we're in communication now. We've solved a lot of difficulties that were nothing to do with the direct relationship. Old management problems that were dividing us and things like that. Boring stuff, but important nonetheless within the group. So that's all been solved now. So there are message going back and forth, and I can sense goodwill much more than in the past."

But that does not appear to have opened the door to the band reuniting with the guitarist. The singer was asked about the possibility and said, "you know, when you get divorced, it's hard to go back. You must always respect and enjoy the memories and the nostalgia, but would you do it again? Probably not. No." Read more here.

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Blink-182 Release New Version Of 'Home Is Such A Lonely Place' Video

(Radio.com) Blink-182 have released a new version of their music video for their ballad, "Home Is Such A Lonely Place", which comes from their latest album, California.

The new video features Mark Hoppus and his family as he prepares to leave on tour. In the description, he notes it was "probably the easiest [videos] we've ever filmed" and "it's also our most personal and honest videos, and one of my favorites."

The new version of the video shows Mark sitting around the house playing guitar with his son, wife and the family dog before heading out in his Tesla and ultimately playing on stage in front of thousands.

Hoppus' edit comes just two days after Matt Skiba released his home-made looking video, which in turn follows the group's video using the same cameras and overall feel. Based an interview with NME, a Travis Barker version of the video is due next. Hoppus explained that like his video, Barker "is with his family, driving cars around, getting tattoos, playing drums, all that stuff." Watch all versions of the video here.

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Arcade Fire Debut New Song And Turn The Table On Jenner Sisters

(Radio.com) Arcade Fire have debuted a new song called "Chemistry" which comes from their upcoming record, 'Everything Now', which will arrive July 28. The band premiered the new tune during a show in London.

They have already released the title track, "Creature Comfort" and "Signs of Life" from their fifth studio album and their Infinite Content tour will stretch into the fall with featured dates with Angel Olsen, Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade and many more.

Arcade Fire has also weighed in on the recent Kendall and Kylie Jenner vintage band t-shirt controversy, choosing to give the young ladies a taste of their own medicine.

The Suburbs artists unveiled new t-shirts at their merch table, where they have stamped their Everything Now logo over Kendall's profile. To get even better, 100% of the money raised will be donated to Partners in Health, an organization who's mission is to aid impoverished communities with doctors and medicine. Check out the band's posts here.

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Previously Unreleased Nirvana Performance Goes Online

(Radio.com) Nirvana recorded their first demo tape Jan. 23, 1988. The next day, the unknown band filmed a video afterhours in an Aberdeen, Washington Radio Shack, according to Spin.

Though clips of the performance have been seen before, the full 17-minute recording has never been released in its entirety. In the video, frontman Kurt Cobain takes multiple takes to enter stage left in a flying leap.

Former drummer Dale Crover is playing live, but Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic sync with the demo recording made the day before, easy to spot since their guitars aren't actually plugged in. Watch the performance here.

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Tool's Maynard James Keenan Lilith Fair Request Was Rejected

(Radio.com) Glamour magazine published a history of Lilith Fair on Wednesday (July 5), which included a strange anecdote about Tool's frontman Maynard James Keenan, who once requested that his all-male band be added to the exclusively female-focused festival lineup.

According to the article, McLachlan said, "All of a sudden [the press was casting me as] the daughter for the new feminist revolution, and I'm either too femi­nist or not feminist enough, depending on who was firing the questions. And every day it was like, 'Why do you hate men? Why don't you have men on the bill?'"

Keenan then remarked, "I asked our booking agent to request an offer to play. He did. They declined. I wanted the 'thank you but no thank you' letter to frame. Never got it." Read more here.

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Liam Gallagher Releases 'Chinatown' Music Video

Former Oasis star Liam Gallagher has released a brand new music video for his track "Chinatown." The song comes from his forthcoming solo album "As You Were".

Gallagher recruited Charlie Lightening to direct the new video which was shot at various locations across London. "Chinatown" follows the release of the track "Wall Of Glass" from the new album.

The song was written and produced by Miike Snow frontman Andrew Wyatt who co-wrote four of the songs on Gallagher's upcoming album ("Wall Of Glass", "Paper Crown", "Come Back To Me" and "Doesn't Have To Be That Way"), which is scheduled to hit stores on October 7th. Watch the new video here.

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Grateful Dead Celebrate Anniversary Of Hit Album In The Studio

The 30th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's 1987 hit album "In The Dark" is celebrated in the latest episode of the syndicated radio show
In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over the following details:

From their inception in 1965's San Francisco Haight/Ashbury district, the Grateful Dead were highly prolific writers and released many albums through 1980, even releasing two classics in one year, American Beauty and Workingman's Dead in 1970. But as the 1980s rolled on, the band experienced a dry spell on new material and studio releases, choosing instead to focus on touring.

By 1986 however, it was apparent that the dry spell had become a full-fledged creative drought. Adding injury to insult midway through the decade, Grateful Dead singer, songwriter, lead guitarist Jerry Garcia went into a coma from undiagnosed diabetes and almost died. So the album In The Dark, that emerged in July 1987 was truly the resurrection of the Dead, becoming the band's top-seller ever. IN THE STUDIO producer and host Redbeard asks Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh why the Dead went almost seven years without releasing a studio album prior to 1987's In The Dark.

Bob Weir explains, "We never got around to it. We were on the road so much just to keep our noses above water and (it was) kinda, what we were robotized into doing I think... We did go into the studio a couple of times and it wasn't our best period. Jerry wasn't in his best health at that particular point, for instance. You know when we would go into the studio we wouldn't get much of anywhere. They were pretty sleepy sessions." Stream the episode here.

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Rage Stream New Recording Of Avenger's 'Adoration'

Rage have released a stream of their rerecording of the classic song "Adoration" which was originally released under the original band name Avenger in 1985 on their debut album "Prayers of Steel"

The German metal veterans have announced that they will be releasing their new album "Seasons Of The Black" on July 28th and a limited edition version will feature an "Avenger Revisited" bonus disc that will include classic songs rerecorded by the current lineup.

Band founder Peter "Peavy" Wagner had the following to say about revisiting some of the early songs, "It was really nice to re-record the songs from my first years of being a musician! I remember quite well how the songs were created. I always thought that it's a pity that most of the people don't know these songs, just because they were released with another band name.

"For me it was always clear that these songs are kind of timeless and when we played them together it was really awesome! Back then, we couldn't realise our ideas as good as today. When you listen to the new recordings you will recognize how fantastic these songs really are!" Stream 'Adoration' here.

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Mike Love, Mark McGrath and John Stamos Cover 'Do It Again'

Beach Boys star Mike Love has released a new recording of his band's classic 1968 track "Do It Again" that features guest appearances from Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath and John Stamos.

Both joined the Beach Boys for their special A Capitol Fourth concert for PBS in Washington D.C. on July 4th. Love had the following to say about the release of the new version of the classic song:

"'Do It Again" has been a staple of our live shows since 1969. It evokes memories of past summers while looking forward to new beginnings. I think we capture that feeling in this recording with the multi-talented Mark McGrath, and our honorary Beach Boy, John Stamos." Stream the song via Spotify here.

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Eluveitie Release 'Epona' Music Video

Eluveitie have released a new music video for their track "Epona". The song comes from their forthcoming album "Evocation II - Pantheon" which will be released on August 18th.

The band filmed the new visual at various locations in Avenches, Switzerland and frontman Chrigel Glanzmann had the following to say, "We're super happy and proud to present you 'Epona' - the first single of our upcoming album 'Evocation II - Pantheon'!

"The song is an ode to the riding goddess queen of the Celtic pantheon! And this not only lyrically. Also musically, for even though 'Epona' is an acoustic track, the song surges ahead with verve, power and speed and dashes like a galloping horse! It is a good song to give you a first glimpse of the raw, wild, honest, very folky and thoroughly Celtic character of 'Evocation II - Pantheon'!" Watch the video here.

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Enslaved Complete The Recording Of Next Album

Enslaved have announced that they have completed the recording of their forthcoming studio album which they tracked at the Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden.

Frontman Grutle Kjellson had this to say, "I'm always psyched and proud when we finish an album recording, and this is no exception! It was a really exciting process this time, with the line-up change and everything, so although it wasn't a dramatic change, the band dynamics were suddenly different.

"But, it was like a little re-boot, a fresh start so to speak. The studio sessions were great, and we all feel that we have done something truly amazing. We hope you'll enjoy it. Ugh!"

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Singled Out: Alarm For War's Day Turned To Night

Alarm For War are gearing up to release their "Enemies Of The State" EP and to celebrate we asked their 13-year-old frontman "Buggy" to tell us about their new single/video "Day Turned To Night". Here is the story:

Day turned to night is a song about a kid named Zach who went through a drug rehabilitation program for a drug use. Zach was continuously being warned about his drug use, because if he did not stop, it just may claim his life. Zach refused to listen to the warnings, and soon enough, Zach was found dead in a bathroom after huffing chemicals.

God was warning Zack through people to quit it. Standing around his dead body, someone shouted out, "Where's your God at now?" a young man replied, "The same place He was when he was warning Zach." Don't blame God for the choices that you make.

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

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