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Day in Rock Report for 07/21/2017

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Chester Bennington 'Remembered' In Epic Facebook Post

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was found dead on Thursday (July 20th). The Los Angeles County Coroner is currently investigating the death of the 41 year-old frontman as an "apparent suicide".

There was a tremendous reaction from members of the music community upon hearing the tragic news and one of more noteworthy tributes came from Disturbed frontman David Draiman who "remembered" Bennington in a lengthy social media post.

Drainman the following via Facebook on Thursday, "I remember Chester. I remember my first exposure to him. We were playing a show in Pittsburgh, I think, (location doesn't really matter) and this new band, who's first hit single 'One Step Closer', was ALL OVER the airwaves already, called Linkin Park, were opening for us. I remember thinking, 'I wonder of they're from Chicago? 'linkin' park' and all...'

"I remember sitting in our dressing room and hearing that song start during their set. It drew me out of the dressing room and I stood side stage and watched, in awe of his ferocity, precision, and power. I walked back to the dressing room and said to the guys, 'Uh oh...we'd better step up our game tonight, these guys are GOOD!'

"I remember when the band, Warner Bros. Records label mates, came to say hello when we were shooting our music video for Prayer, also the same day I met the woman who was to become the love of my life...Lena." Read more here.

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Nine Inch Nails Rock New Songs And Bowie At First Show in 3 Years

(Radio.com) Nine Inch Nails played their first show in three years on Wednesday night at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California and treated fans not only to some brand new songs but also a special David Bowie cover.

During the performance, the band debuted some of their long-awaited new material: "Branches/Bones," "Less Than" and "The Lovers" from their second EP (ADD VIOLENCE) in a trilogy.

During the concert, the band also covered David Bowie's "I Can't Give Everything Away" from his final album Blackstar. NIN frontman Trent Reznor was friends with Bowie and started conceptualizing the cover shortly after his death.

The band experimented with Bowie's material in the studio but never made the results available for fans to hear--until now. 'We didn't release it," Reznor said, 'but we will play it for you tonight." Listen to the Bowie cover here.

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich Replaced By Little Girl At Recent Show

Metallica's Lars Ulrich was briefly replaced on stage during their recent show in Detroit, but it wasn't big name music star making a guest appearance. It was a little girl that the band calls their "honorary Fifth Member," according Radio.com

Metallica are currently on their world tour in support their latest album, Hardwired to Self-Destruct. During their show at Comerica Park last week, the rockers welcomed a small girl named Kendalynn onstage.

As a young metal fan, they let her perch behind Lars Ulrich's drum kit and play around a bit for the crowd. While they didn't let her stay for long, she did look adorable in her oversized, noise-cancelling headphones.

The band posted the encounter on Twitter, referring to the girl as their "honorary fifth member." Check out the video here.

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Chris Cornell Get Moving Birthday Tribute From Pearl Jam Star

(Radio.com) Thursday (July 20), would have been Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday. To celebrate the life of the late Soundgarden frontman, Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard (whose birthday was also on Thursday) penned a heartfelt letter to Cornell.

"I keep waking up in the middle of the night and remember, fresh again, that you are gone," Gossard beings. "An absence grows in my stomach and slowly turns circles like a far off galaxy on a grainy tv."

"We hope you're in peace and that your particles are mutating and transforming in harmony with nature," he continued. "We wish your family our utmost condolences and sympathies." Read Stone's full letter here.

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Billy Sheehan's New Alt Rock Band The Fell Release First Video

Fans are getting their first taste from The Fell, which is a new alt-rock band that includes music legend Billy Sheehan (Dave Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Winery Dogs) in its impressive lineup.

The clip is for the band's debut single "Footprints", which will be featured on their forthcoming studio album (release date not yet announced) and the video was filmed a bomb shelter and biological weapons test site on an active military compound in Poland.

Aside from Sheehan, the band lineup also includes Rock Star: Supernova star Toby Rand (RAND, Juke Kartel), producer and session guitarist Mike Krompass, and notable session drummer Randy Cooke.

The group had the following to say, "The Fell is a collaboration of musicians who hail from rock'n'roll upbringings. We wrote this record with no filter, just the pure experience of playing music around the world. The four us met through rock'n'roll, and that is the language we are projecting in this project. Lyrically, we hope to inspire those in doubt and join those who reap. It's a new world… a new fight". Watch the video here.

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Deep Purple Release 'Johnny's Band' Longform Video

(hennemusic) Deep Purple are premiering a 13-minute longform video for "Johnny's Band", the new single from their latest album, "inFinite." Directed by Craig Hooper, the extended version follows the recent release of a four-minute video clip for the song, with both serving as a fictional documentary about Johnny's Band.

It's title, "From Here To By There", is a reference to Deep Purple's movie documentary "From Here To inFinite". which is part of the limited edition of the band's current album.

The video (and song) is an in-depth, affectionate portrait of a fictional band that quickly gains success - and as quickly loses it. The members of Johnny's Band are casted with quite some familiar faces: in addition to S.E.X.'s Phil Jones, Sassafras' Dai Shell and Budgie's Steve Williams, the founding member and bass player of Saxon, Steve "Dobby" Dawson - who is said to be the inspiration for the "Spinal Tap" character Derek Smalls - is playing Old Bill the Bass. The young lead singer of Johnny's Band, Johnny Jones, is being played by singer-songwriter Steve Balsamo who, among other things, wrote and recorded together with the late Deep Purple founder Jon Lord.

Due August 4, the strictly limited collector's edition EP single for "Johnny's Band" includes four previously unreleased songs: the rehearsal "In & Out Jam", and live versions of "Strange Kind Of Woman", "The Mule" and "Hell To Pay" - all recorded in Gaevle, Sweden on August 10, 2013. Watch the video here.

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The Who's Performances On The Tonight Show Go Online

(hennemusic) The Who performed their 1967 classic, "I Can See For Miles", on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on July 19, and video from the program is streaming online.

The lead single from their third album, "The Who Sell Out", remains the band's biggest US hit, peaking at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 while the album reached No. 48 on the Billboard 200.

The Who also delivered an online-exclusive performance of "You Better You Bet", a hit single from 1981's "Face Dances" album. The tune peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 as the last single by the group to reach the US Top 20 charts.

While the band are currently playing dates on a recently-launched summer tour of North America, The Tonight Show appearance promoted The Who's upcoming 6-night residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. $1 from each ticket sold for the July 29 to August 11 run will benefit Teen Cancer America. Watch The Tonight Show performances here.

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Blackberry Smoke and Aaron Lewis Announce Fall Tour

(Gibson) Blackberry Smoke and Aaron Lewis are joining forces for a co-headlining tour this fall. Dubbed the "Sinners and Sanctified Tour," the trek kicks off October 12 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and wraps up on November 17 in Charleston, West Virginia.

Blackberry Smoke's most recent album, Like an Arrow, featured the late Gregg Allman on a track titled "Free on the Wing." Charlie Starr, frontman for the southern rock revivalists, spoke recently with the website Rockbladet about his formative influences.

"I grew up [listening to] bluegrass music and hillbilly music," he said. "Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs. That came from my father. But my mother … she liked the Stones, Beatles, Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart. And then I found Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin. We never sat down and said we would become a southern rock band. We are just a rock and roll band from the south. I think it's just the way it sounds when we play together." See the tour dates here.

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer Fanfare Box Set Announced

(Chipster) BMG have announced that they will releasing the 'Fanfare: Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970-1997' box set on September 29th, as the latest installment in their comprehensive ELP release series.

We were sent the following details: The set collates nearly 3 decades of work from the immense musical talent of keyboardist Keith Emerson, bassist/vocalist Greg Lake and drummer Carl Palmer.

The Fanfare box set offers a wealth of ELP treasure for their ever increasing fanbase: All of ELP's remastered 11 albums; 5 previously unreleased CDs of never issued recordings; a never before issued triple vinyl set ('Live In Italy, May 1973'); 1 x Surround Sound Blu Ray audio, plus some high quality memorabilia including a 40-page hardback book with rare band photos, as well as tour programmes and a must-have repro 7" of 'Fanfare For The Common Man'. An expansive set befitting for one of rock's great super groups. Read more here.

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Black Star Riders Release 'Cold War Love' Lyric Video

(hennemusic) Black Star Riders have issued a lyric video for "Cold War Love", the latest track from their third album, "Heavy Fire." Black Star Riders recorded the album just outside Nashville, TN with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, The Foo Fighters, Mastodon) in 2016.

"You can't fix yourself by breaking somebody else," says frontman Ricky Warwick about the fourth tune released from the set, following "When The Night Comes In", "Testify Or Say Goodbye" and "Dancing With The Wrong Girl."

The group added former Black Label Society and Breaking Benjamin drummer Chad Szeliga to their lineup in May following a recent split with longtime member Jimmy DeGrasso.

Szeliga was confirmed following a series of auditions with several players in Los Angeles this spring; the two parties first crossed paths when the Irish rockers were touring North America as Thin Lizzy with Judas Priest in 2012 and Black Label Society were also on the bill. Watch the video here.

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Stevie Nicks Grants Harry Styles Wish On Fallon

(Radio.com) Sometimes wishes really do come true. Just ask ex-One Direction singer Harry Styles. But last night the pop star might have come to the realization that you should sometimes be careful what you wish for.

During a skit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the show's host offers Fallon a gift--a jade bottle from their mutual friend Stevie Nicks. Fallon suggests that Styles blow into the bottle and make a wish. Needless to say, viewers might not expect how the skit ends.

In addition to acting on the show, Styles talked about the role he played in the upcoming movie, Dunkirk, which opens in theaters Friday (July 21). The singer explained that it's not a typical war movie, but more about 'community heroism" and what can happen when people work together.

Styles also talked about his new single "Two Ghosts" and his current hit "Sign of the Times," as well as addressing the week he spent with Fallon when the two appeared on Saturday Night Live. Watch the clips from his appearance here.

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The Struts Release New Song Ahead Of Foo Fighters Tour

(Gibson) UK rockers The Struts are back with a new track called "One Night Only," which is currently streaming on YouTube, as well as a big gig. The band will open for Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters on the group's much-anticipated fall tour.

"One Night Only" can be streamed here and singer Luke Spiller says the "song is mainly about the relationship between a performer and his/her audience."

"After touring throughout the United States, we've developed a strong relationship with our audience and started to feel more responsibility to them -- mainly to give a great show every night," he added.

"The song has many theatrical moments, making the arrangement one of the most ambitious songs we've done," he added. "It's definitely over the top and larger than life, but after experiencing our audience and how they react to our music, I think it's even more fitting." Read more here.

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