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Day in Rock Report for 06/01/2017

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Dead Bodies Found In John Lennon's Old Home

(Radio.com) A former John Lennon residence is now a current crime scene: Police discovered three bodies in a home that once belonged to the Beatles icon. A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies (one woman and two children) were discovered.

Local police say they were testing a suspicious substance at the scene, and no cause of death has been established. Lennon occupied the Liverpool flat on Falkner Street after he married Cynthia Lennon in 1962.

It was owned by former Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Local tour guide Jay Riley told NME that the stop is frequented by tourists seeking a glimpse of the Beatles' lives before superstardom. Read more here.

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Linkin Park Admit Fans Surprised They Went Soft With 'Heavy'

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda admits that fans were surprised with the musical direction of the single "Heavy" which featured a guest appearance from pop star Kiiara.

Shinoda spoke to ABC radio about the song, "We felt like it really represents the rest of the album in terms of the meaning of the song and the sound of the song.

"And I know a lot of fans weren't expecting a first single to sound that way from us," he admitted. "That's been par for the course for us for many many years. Every album we've put out after the first one has gotten that reaction to some degree."

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Bob Seger Sparks Retirement Speculation With New Video

Rock legend Bob Seger has ignited speculation that he may be preparing to retire from music with a new video that was published on his official website. Radio.com has the following details:

Bob Seger started his career more than 50 years ago, and immortalized hits like 'Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," 'Night Moves" and 'Old Time Rock and Roll." Fans have a chance to see him this year--but the cryptic video on seems to imply he'll retire from touring once his next jaunt is over.

The video opens with 'Turn the Page" from his 1976 album Live Bullet and features footage from the archives of his long career. Near the end of the minute-long clip, the words 'One Last Time" flash across the screen. A video description states 'Rock n Roll Never Forgets Stay Tuned." Watch the video here.

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Iron Maiden Have Epic Plans For American Tour

Iron Maiden are well known for the epic productions of their live performance and Steve Harris says that their upcoming North American tour will be no exception.

The founder of the legendary metal group shared his excitement about the upcoming leg of their The Book Of Souls world tour during a recent interview and promises a big show.

"We are really looking forward to returning to North America for a full tour. We had always planned to go back there and to the UK as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn't have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible."

"We will, of course, be bringing the full production with us including all the Eddies and the Maya-themed stage sets. There's been a great reaction from everyone to this tour's theme, people really seem to love it. We're still deciding on the final set-list and we'll work that out once we get into rehearsals." Read more here.

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Greg Allman To Be Laid To Rest This Weekend

(hennemusic) Greg Allman will be laid to rest during a private memorial service in Macon, GA on Saturday, June 3. The legendary musician died May 27 at his home in Savannah, GA from complications of liver cancer at the age of 69.

Allman's longtime manager Michael Lehman has announced that the funeral - set for 1 p.m. at Snow's Memorial Chapel on Cherry Street in Macon - will be a small friends and family-only service.

"The family is hoping to keep this between 75 and 100 people," Lehman tells the Macon Telegraph, adding that the attire, per Allman's request, would likely be blue jeans and, at the very dressiest, sports coats, but "no suits."

In a private service after the funeral, Allman will be buried next to his brother, Duane, and late bandmate Berry Oakley, at the city's Rose Hill Cemetery. Duane and Oakley both died in separate motorcycle accidents in Macon just three blocks and a year apart from each other in the early 70s.

Allman's family has invited fans to line the route of the funeral procession to Rose Hill Cemetery. The procession will begin after the memorial service at the intersection of Cherry Street and 1st Street, run north on 1st Street and then turn west onto Riverside Drive to the entrance of Rose Hill Cemetery. Read more here.

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Metallica Release New Video For 'Now That We're Dead'

(hennemusic) Metallica have released a second official video for "Now That We're Dead", the latest single from 2016's "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct." Directed by Brett Murray, the new clip was filmed during the band's three-night run at Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico in early March.

The footage follows the song's original studio video that was directed by Herring & Herring and issued last November alongside clips for all tracks on the group's tenth album on the eve of its release.

Metallica's Mexico City dates saw the live debut of "Dream No More" and a cover of a Stooges classic with opener Iggy Pop. "Muchas Gracias Mexico!," said the group at the time "You showed us so much love that together we broke the record for the most people to attend three shows at Foro Sol as 197,444 of you rocked the house!" Watch the video and read more here.

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BottleRock CEO Defends Cutting Off The Foo Fighters

BottleRock CEO Dave Graham addressed the controversy surrounding the festivals decision to pull the plug on the Foo Fighters during their headline set this past weekend.

The Foo Fighters were cut off during their performance of the song "Everlong", when they went past the 10PM local curfew. Graham owned the decision to killed the power during an appearance on the Kevin Klein Live morning show on the San Francisco radio station Live 105. "I was responsible for making sure that we ended at 10 and it pained me to have to do that."

He explained that there was more involved than the possibility of a fine for playing past 10PM. "I would have happily paid a big fine to keep them playing. It's less about the money and it's more about the trust within the community and the credibility that our festival has within the community."

"When we took over the festival, we made a deal with the city of Napa and the community that we would honor some of their concerns and deal with some of their concerns. One of which was, hey we can't have noise past 10pm." Read more and listen to the full interview here.

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Guns N' Roses Reunion Tour Exceeds All Experiences For Guitarist

Longtime Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus says that the current Not In This Lifetime reunion tour has exceeded everything that he has ever been a part of.

Fortus joined the group in 2002 and is genuinely excited about the current lineup which features the return of original lead guitarist Slash and bass player Duff McKagan.

In a recent interview, Richard told Hot Press, "This tour has exceeded anything that I've previously been a part of. The band is tighter than it's ever been and everyone is extremely focused and at the top of their game. It's been an honor to be a part of it and something that I will always be very proud of.

"Playing two nights at Giant Stadium in the city where I lived most of my life, New York, was a huge thrill. I'm also really looking forward to playing my other hometown, St Louis. It'll be the first time that the band has played St Louis in 26 years! It will be my first time to play." Read more here.

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Oasis' Liam Gallagher Releases Debut Solo Video 'Wall Of Glass'

Oasis star Liam Gallagher has released a new music video for his debut solo track "Wall Of Glass". The song is the first taste fans are receiving from his forthcoming album "As You Were."

The new clip can be streamed here and follows his debut solo performance in his hometown of Manchester on Tuesday night at the O2 Ritz, which kicked off his solo mini tour.

The show was also a benefit for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund which was organized by the city in partnership with the British Red Cross in the wake of the terrorist bombing at the Ariana Grande concert.

Gallagher continues the tour tonight (June 1st) with a sold out show at the Electric Brixton in London, followed by a concert at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on June 10th and Glasgow at the Barrowlands on the 11th.

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David Gilmour Concert Film Coming To Theaters

(hennemusic) David Gilmour will debut his new concert film, "Live At Pompeii", in theaters worldwide on September 13. The project captures the guitarist over two nights in July of 2016 at the legendary Pompeii Amphitheatre in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, 45 years after he first played there for Adrian Maben's classic film, "Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii."

The concerts were the first-ever rock performances played to an audience in the ancient Roman amphitheatre, which was built in 90 BC and entombed in ash when Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.

The landmark 2016 dates on Gilmour's tour in support of 2015's "Rattle That Lock" earned the guitarist unique historical status as the only performer to play to an audience in the arena since the time of the gladiators, almost 2,000 years ago. The 1972 Pink Floyd concert documentary was filmed over four days in the fall of 1971 and recorded without an audience present.

"It's a magical place," says Gilmour, "and coming back and seeing the stage and the arena was quite overwhelming. It's a place of ghosts..." Read more here.

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Chris Cornell's Brother Shares Online Tribute To Soundgarden Singer

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell's brother, Peter Cornell, has posted a personal tribute to the late Soundgarden singer following his May 17 death in Detroit, MI at the age of 52.

"Friends, it's been difficult to put words together. My heart is broken," writes Peter on his Facebook page alongside images of the first and last time they were together. "Chris was always just my brother. We just 'were'. No pretense. No dog and pony show. We didn't have to get deep all the time. Sometimes we only needed to just be in the same room and just be present. That was enough.

"It wasn't until this week, it really hit me how he belonged to the world That he is an icon and a legend. That being said, I am so sorry to YOU for your loss. Artists, actors, musicians. We rely on these people to lift us up. To inspire us and distract us in times of trouble. Chris protected us when we needed him to. His one of a kind-ness surrounded us like a suit of armor. He was a warrior and a wizard. A howling wolf and a trusted mentor."

"My brother gave freely of his gifts and it was never a struggle," he continues. "He kept himself from the saturation of celebrity in such a humble way. The power and anger and passion of my brother's music was always genuine, original and legitimate. He was the powerful, sensitive, fragile, angry, mystical creature that will exist forever in his body of work. And he did it for ALL of us. Giving it away. Leaving all on the stage or in the recordings that will keep him immortal." Read more here.

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Steve Miller In The Studio For 'Book of Dreams' Anniversary

The 40th anniversary of Steve Miller's "Book of Dreams" album 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:

While recording his iconic Fly Like An Eagle album in '75-'76, Miller found himself with a second album of top-shelf material including the Top 10 single "Jet Airliner", "Jungle Love", "Swingtown", the steamy guitar blues "Sacrifice" and the moody "Winter Time", selling millions of copies again. Miller is in a line of world-class Texas blues guitarists that include Freddie King, T-Bone Walker (who taught a young Steve how to play the guitar behind his head and do the splits at the same time), and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Steve shares how many of the songs on Book Of Dreams were recorded, including the last minute addition of "Jungle Love" that has gone on to be a Miller classic. Finally Steve reflects on his career with IN THE STUDIO producer and host Redbeard.

Steve Miller: "Les Paul (musician, performer, inventor) is my inspiration. I always felt like,' I'm not a celebrity, I'm not a pop star, I'm a musician'. And I wanted to play music my entire life. From the beginning that has always been my goal. Now the fact that it's turned out to be years of people listening to these albums and being willing to come out and see us play, that's beyond anybody's wildest dreams." Stream the episode here.

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W.A.S.P. Pull Out Of Summer Music Festivals

W.A.S.P. announced that they will no longer be able to appear at four European music festivals this summer so they can focus on the upcoming The Crimson Idol anniversary album and film release.

The band posted the following message to fans via social media, "The recording of the new album, Re-Idolized, and the accompanying film for The Crimson Idol has developed unexpected delays.

"This will make it necessary for W.A.S.P. to withdraw from the four upcoming festivals that were scheduled for this summer. This was essential for the band to complete the album and film, to make the scheduled release in September, and the ensuing tour in the fall." Read more here.

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The Edge To Receive Les Paul Award Ahead of U2's Bonnaroo Performance

(Gibson) U2 guitarist The Edge will receive the second annual Les Paul Spirit Award on June 9 ahead of the band's performance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

"I cannot think of anyone more fitting to be honored this year with the annual Les Paul Spirit Award than The Edge," executive Michael Braunstein of the Les Paul Foundation said in an official statement. "Not only is he an extraordinary talent who has given us an incredible array of amazing music but he is also an innovator who understands that sound, technologies, and a personal creative spirit play a role in creating music that cannot be forgotten."

The Edge will receive the award at a special, invitation-only event on June 9, the same date that would have marked Paul's 102nd birthday. U2 will headline Bonnaroo that evening. Read more here.

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Ringo Starr Announces 2017 Peace & Love Birthday Celebration

(Radio.com) Ringo Starr has revealed the details for his annual Peace & Love Birthday Celebration. The event will take place on July 7 (as it does every year) in front of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, CA (where it has been held for the previous three years).

'I can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, then Peace & Love," Starr said. "How great that this idea keeps growing and spreading. Thanks to everyone supporting it."

Since 2008, Ringo has hosted the event in New York City, Nashville, Chicago, and Hamburg, Germany. For 2017 fans have organized several international locations hosting live 'Peace & Love' events. Read more here.

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