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Day in Rock Report for 07/28/2017


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Video Of Chester Bennington's Final Linkin Park Concert Goes Online

(Radio.com) Linkin Park performed their final show with Chester Bennington in Bermingham, England on July 6, 2017, as part of their One More Light European Tour.

Luckily for fans, one crafty video editor assembled the entire concert using fan footage captured from different angles within Barclaycard Arena. With the absence of an opening act, Linkin Park extended their set to include additional songs not played on previous tour stops.

Bennington dedicated their new ballad "One More Light" to the victims of the Manchester bombing earlier in the year. The bombing struck a chord with the band as they were scheduled to play the venue to end their tour.

Frontman Chester Bennington would go on to take his own life 14 days after the concert. See the set list and watch the concert here.

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Mick Jagger Surprises Fans With Two New Songs

(hennemusic) Mick Jagger has issued videos for a pair of new songs: "England Lost" and "Gotta Get A Grip." The Rolling Stones frontman revealed the tracks on Thursday, the day after his 74th birthday.

"I'm excited to share new music with you!," says Jagger. "I started writing these two songs a few weeks back and wanted to get them out to you straight away. Doing a whole album often takes a long time, even after finishing it, with all the record company preparations and global release set up. I feel a slight throwback to a time when you could be a bit more free and easy by recording and putting it out there immediately. Enjoy them."

The rocker explains that he wrote the surprise tracks about the current climate in the UK as a reaction to the "anxiety [and] unknowability of the changing political situation. … We obviously have a lot of problems. So am I politically optimistic? No," adding, "I didn't want to wait until next year when these two tracks might lose any impact and mean nothing."

British rapper Skepta joins Jagger on "England Lost", a song that uses a soccer match as a metaphor for the country's political turmoil, with a haunting black and white video featuring UK actor Luke Evans.

"It's about the unknowability about where you are and the feeling of insecurity," Jagger explains Jagger. "That's how I was feeling when I was writing. It's obviously got a fair amount of humor because I don't like anything too on the nose but it's also got a sense of vulnerability of where we are as a country." Read more and check out the new songs here.

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Guns N' Roses Inspired Video Released By Weezer

Weezer have once again taken inspiration from the 80s hard rock scene for one of their music videos. Their latest clip for the track "Feels Like Summer" is inspired by a famed Guns N' Roses music video.

Back in 2005 the band had fun with by putting their song of the classic "See You In Hell" video from the metal band Grim Reaper. This time around they filmed an actual video but one that was inspired by Guns N' Roses iconic "Paradise City" visual, the clip finds Rivers Cuomo and company dressed like it's 1988 and basking in standard definition glory.

The band filmed the clip in late June at Goldenvoice's new Arroyo Seco Weekend festival in Pasadena, CA. Watch Weezer's new video, and the original "Paradise City" here.

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Def Leppard Stream First Part Of Hysteria Anniversary Documentary

(hennemusic) Def Leppard are streaming part one of their mini-documentary, "Step Inside: Hysteria At 30." The project opens with a look at the fallout from a 1984 car accident that saw drummer Rick Allen lose his left arm when his Corvette flipped off a country road. Meanwhile, recording for the the group's fourth album proceeded slowly with drum machines while Allen recovered and learned how to play a combination electronic/acoustic drum kit to see if he could rejoin his band mates in the studio.

The documentary arrives in sync with the upcoming 30th anniversary reissues of the UK band's 1987 album, "Hysteria." Due August 4, a remastered edition of the record will be issued in various packages, including a 7-disc Super Deluxe Edition, 3CD Deluxe Version, 1CD Vanilla Version, 2-LP Black Vinyl Version and a limited edition 2-LP Colored Vinyl Version.

The reissues include B-sides and live tracks, plus the audio for "In The Round In Your Face (Live)" on CD for the first time. "It's hard to believe that it's been thirty years since the release of Hysteria," says frontman Joe Elliott. "In some respects it really does seem like only yesterday. So, to mark this milestone, we wanted to do something very special for our fans and give them the definitive version of the album, one that incorporates all of the memories and milestones that we caught on tape and some of the madness that we got up to on the road. We hope it means as much to you as it does to us." Watch the documentary here.

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Singled Out: Prong's Divide And Conquer

We have a very special Singled Out from Prong. The rock icons released their brand new album "Zero Days" today and to celebrate we asked Tommy Victor to tell us about the song "Divide And Conquer". Here is the story:

In planning to produce a full length record , I've learned to "write for the garbage can" . Between Prong's co producer Chris Collier and myself we churn out quite a lot of riffs in preproduction. He'll send me a batch of ideas and I'll send him mine for him to get familiar with. A lot, I mean a lot get eliminated right off the bat. Then I'll start filling in the blanks on an idea that I like from him. I'll start figuring out a few potential vocal melodies over his submission and my new additions. I'll do the same on my complete ideas, continually working on them until later down the line when he gives me his opinions and comments. Some ideas I even have to come up with several vocal melodies and approaches to a musically part. A decision will be made to see what's best. So again , I'll review his ideas and then if I like one I'll pursue other parts and try to work on making a song out of it.

We got to a point where we had a good batch of song ideas for the new "Zero Days" album. But I started scratching my head asking "What do we need now?". I expressed that to him. I think he went and listened to our "Rude Awakening" record, in order to get a vibe for that period of Prong. While on the road with Prong opening for Obituary and Exodus in Europe Chris emailed me an idea; the main riff and chorus idea for " Divide And Conquer". I guess since we were out with these very hard bands I was hoping he would send me something a little more brutal or heavy for I was initially questioning it. I wasn't going to pan the idea. He was very excited about it. I thought that maybe when I got some different vocal melodies rolling and lyric together I would see if it was a keeper. It definitely took awhile. When I got off tour I got cracking on this idea that Chris called "Division". I had an alternate lyrics and verse melody written for this one as well like some of the others. But that of course got trashed. I had a little different take on the chorus than Chris did. There was just something about the vocal register that was annoying me silly. I also messed with the guitar parts a bit, moving away from block chords to a more open approach and making some power chords more dissonant but still accessible .I just needed to give the idea a bunch of love and then I finally got as confident in the song as Chris always was. Chris totally approved of my changes thankfully! Good call by Chris on that one. We love these collaborative successes!

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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Stone Temple Pilots Stream 'Sex Type Thing' Demo

(Radio.com) Earlier this week, Stone Temple Pilots announced the deluxe reissue of their debut album Core would contain unreleased bonus material. They followed up by unveiling a demo of "Sex Type Thing," an earlier prototype of the album's lead single.

The Core re-release coincides with the album's 25th anniversary and will drop September 29. The special edition includes four CDs, the original album on vinyl and a DVD of music videos.

Old tracks will be remastered and in addition to "Sex Type Thing" the reissue promises two hours of unreleased demos and live audio. Listen to the "Sex Type Thing" demo here.

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Paul McCartney Leads Guest On Ringo Starr's New Song

(Radio.com) Ringo Starr's new song "We're On the Road Again," features his former bandmate Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter and the song's co-writer, Steve Lukather.

The Beatles icon's rocking new tune is a celebration of the musician's life on the road, the tour bus life and "kicking ass" on stage, boasting we "play really tight, play really loud."

The song will appear on Starr's 19th solo project, Give More Love, which is set to be released on September 15. Check out a stream of "We're on the Road Again" here.

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Hayley Williams Shares Unreleased Paramore Song 'Temporary'

(Radio.com) Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams took to social media early on Thursday morning (July 27) to celebrate a special anniversary by sharing some vintage music from the band.

In honor of the band's debut album All We Know Is Falling turning twelve (original release date was July 26, 2005), the singer tweeted a video of the group performing an unreleased cut from that era called "Temporary."

"Here's 1 of my fav vids/songs from those days… "Temporary". never officially released. Z slams," she wrote in her social media posting. Stream the song "Temporary" here.

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The Cars Streaming Unreleased 'Candy-O' Era Song

(hennemusic) The Cars are streaming the unreleased track, "They Won't See You", as a preview to the July 28th release of an expanded reissue of their 1979 album, "Candy-O."

The Northern Studios session recording of the tune follows a stripped-down demo version originally included in the 1999 reissue of the Boston, MA band's 1978 debut.

The expanded "Candy-O" reissue features the original album plus six bonus tracks of alternate mixes and the previously unissued version of "They Won't See You."

An expanded reissue of The Cars' third album, "Panorama", will also be released on July 28. The expanded reissue of "Panorama" presents the original release plus four bonus tunes, including the previously unreleased songs "Shooting For You," "Be My Baby" and "The Edge."

The "Candy-O" and "Panorama" reissues will be available on CD, 2LP vinyl and digitally. Stream the song here.

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The Killers Reveal 'Wonderful Wonderful' Track Details

(Radio.com) The Killers may not have yet revealed many details about their long-awaited new studio album, including a released dates, but the band has shared the track details.

The band's first new album in five years will be entitled "Wonderful Wonderful" and will be their fifth studio effort so far. The new record will feature the following 10 tracks:

1. Wonderful Wonderful 2. The Man 3. Rut 4. Life to Come 5. Run for Cover 6. Tyson vs. Douglas 7. Some Kind of Love 8. Out of My Mind 9. The Calling 10. Have All the Songs Been Written.

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The Head and the Heart Debut 'City of Angels' Video

(Radio.com) The Head and the Heart have released a brand new music video for their track "City of Angels". The new promo clip chronicles their life as touring band.

"When The Head And The Heart asked me to join them on the road to make a video for "City of Angels," there were many moments, big and small, that made it a trip of a lifetime, says director Claire Marie Vogel. "Record store shopping in a thunderstorm, backstage birthday parties, a summer ski lift through Catskills mountains, all night bonfires on a California beach, surprise songs in a Charlottesville bar, mini golf beside a river. It was a thrill to be a welcomed fly on the wall and treated as one of the gang."

"I knew ending the trip at the Monterey Pop Festival would be special, but when we found ourselves in a charmingly odd practice room--the band rehearsing with Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and Lou Adler, a founder of the festival throwing his two cents in on their arrangement--it felt utterly surreal." Watch the video here.

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Dave Grohl Addresses Adele and Taylor Swift Rumors

(Radio.com) Foo Fighters' ninth album Concrete and Gold will be released on September 15th and frontman Dave Grohl had plenty of inspiration when it came to writing its lyrics.

Grohl was coy about special guests on the record, but he did confirm that neither Adele or Taylor Swift sang on the album, as had been previously rumored.

"It happened at the perfect time. I was inspired by what was going on with our country--politically, personally, as a father, an American and a musician,' he told Rolling Stone. "There was a lot to write about." Read more here.

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Kid Rock Explains Why He Is Making A Senate Run

(Radio.com) When Kid Rock rolled out his 'Kid Rock '18 for U.S. Senate" logo and merchandise line, it started to look like the crossover rocker was seriously going to run for Senate.

Now, Rock (real name Robert James Ritchie) has shared a lengthy statement that explains his announcement to run, reveals why he's selling political swag and encourages fans to register to vote so they can help make a change in Washington.

Here's Rock's statement: "When my name was thrown out there for U.S. Senate I decided to launch kidrockforsenate.com, I was beyond overwhelmed with the response I received from community leaders, D.C. pundits, and blue-collar folks that are just simply tired of the extreme left and right bulls—. As part of the excitement surrounding this possible campaign, I decided to take a hard look to see if there was real support for me as a candidate and my message or if it was just because it was a fresh new news story.

"The one thing I've seen over and over is that although people are unhappy with the government, too few are even registered to vote or do anything about it. We have over a year left until an actual election, so my first order of business is to get people engaged and registered to vote while continuing to put out my ideas on ways to help working class people in Michigan and America all while still calling out these jackass lawyers who call themselves politicians." Read the rest of the statement here.

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U2 Joined On Stage By Patti Smith For Special Duet

(Radio.com) U2 were joined on stage earlier this week by music icon Patti Smith for a special duet. It's been 30 years since U2 released their landmark studio album The Joshua Tree and its tracks still stand as highlights of the band's catalog and concerts.

This past Tuesday night, the group stopped through Paris on The Joshua Tree Tour and were joined by legendary singer and poet, Patti Smith, who lent vocals to "Mothers of the Disappeared."

This wasn't a paint-by-numbers duet: Smith brought some of her own lyrics to the stage. She sang "I was dreaming in my dreaming/ of an aspect bright and fair and my sleeping it was broken/ But my dream it lingered near." The words come from her 1998 track "People Have the Power." Watch the live collaboration here.

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