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Day in Rock Report for 06/05/2017

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Gregg Allman Laid To Rest In Macon, GA

(hennemusic) Allman Brothers Band legend Gregg Allman was laid to rest during a private memorial service in Macon, GA on June 3rd following his May 27 passing from complications of liver cancer at the age of 69.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the funeral at Snow's Memorial Chapel was attended by about 100 family and friends - as per the singer's wishes - with eulogies delivered by Allman children Devon, Delilah Island and Layla Brooklyn, as well as Duane Allman's daughter Galadrielle, Allman's manager Michael Lehman and his lifelong friend Hewell "Chank" Middleton Jr.

Among those in attendance were Gregg's former wife, Cher, President Jimmy Carter, Peter Frampton, and many of Allman's bandmates including Jaimoe, Dickey Betts and Derek Trucks.

Thousands of fans lined the funeral procession route to Rose Hill Cemetery, where Allman was laid to rest near his brother Duane and fellow bandmate Berry Oakley, who both died in separate motorcycle accidents in Macon just three blocks and a year apart from each other in the early 1970s.

Gregg passed away at his home in Savannah, GA after a lengthy illness, the final chapter in a series of personal battles over the past decade. Read more here.

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Aerosmith Have Changed Their Minds About Retiring

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry says that the band members changed their minds about retiring when faced with the reality that their Aero-Vederci Baby! tour be their swan song.

Perry explained the evolution of the band's thoughts on retirement to NME. "We thought it was gonna be a good idea when we first started plotting the European run.

"We're gonna do South America and the States for five months and we thought 'well, we're getting near the end here, we don't know when the tour is gonna end but we know there'll be a last gig of this tour. We all have lives outside of the band. We grew up together, went from being kids in the apartment to a long and storied career, so we thought 'it's time.'"

"Then we were in South America doing interviews and we couldn't f**** say it, that there was gonna be a last gig. We were looking at each other going 'really? Are we really gonna say this is the farewell tour?' So we kinda changed our minds.

"Will the band be together in a year? We'll do everything we can to make sure it is but God may have other plans. Judging by how he's treated us over the last 48 years I'd like to think he's gonna let us see 50 but you can't guarantee that."

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Video From Iron Maiden Tour Kick Off Goes Online

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden kicked off the North American leg of their 2017 Book Of Souls tour in Bristow, VA on Saturday night (June 3rd), and video from opening night has surfaced online.

The band delivered the same 15-song setlist at the city's Jiffy Lube Live as they performed on the recent UK and European leg, starting with 2015's "If Eternity Should Fail" and featuring several classic tracks from throughout their career.

Swedish rockers Ghost are on board for the 7-week North American run, which will wrap up at New York City's Barclays Arena on July 21.

In sync with the tour, Iron Maiden are releasing the final round of vinyl reissues featuring twelve albums from their catalogue on heavyweight 180g black vinyl. here.

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225-Member Choir Sing Tribute To Chris Cornell

(Radio.com) A Toronto choir has paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell by performing Soundgarden's signature song 'Black Hole Sun." The 225-member ensemble uploaded their moving rendition of the song to social media with the message, "RIP Chris Cornell. No one sang like you, or ever will."

The rocker was be laid to rest on May 26 in Los Angeles in a private ceremony. The singer was found dead in a Detroit hotel room on May 17 following a Soundgarden concert.

A medical examiner declared the cause of death suicide by hanging. Cornell's wife, Vicky, believes that the anxiety drug Ativan may have contributed to Cornell's decision to take his life. Read more here.

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Eighteen Visions Return With New Album and First Show In 10 Years

Eighteen Visions are officially back. The band released their comeback album "XVIII" and new video, and they played their first concert in a decade last Friday (June 2nd).

They kicked things off with the release of the new "Live Again" video, which was directed by Michael R. Garcia. Watch it here. Guitarist Keith Barney tells Loudwire that the song was originally meant as a tribute for their late bandmate Mick Morris.

"We knew we wanted to do something for him on the record, so yeah, it was a really important song for us to do. I think musically, the lyrics were written for that song afterwards. Musically that song just had a nice, had the right vibe to be the bed for that music, and the end of that song has that just straight f-king breakdown at the end and it just kind of wraps the whole thing up nicely."

Fan shot footage from the band's comeback show at the Observatory in Santa Ana, Ca can been seen here.

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Scott Stapp Leads Make America Rock Again Tour Lineup

Former Creed and current Art Of Anarchy frontman Scott Stapp leads the lineup for the 2017 Make America Rock Again Tour which will also include Sick Puppies, Drowning Pool, Trapt, and Adelitas Way in alternating lineups.

The tour will be kicking off with Drowning Pool and Trapt in Sturgis on August 4th and will conclude on August 8th in Lynchburg, VA at the Blue Ridge Rock Fest.

Scott Stapp had the following to say, "I'm excited to headline Make America Rock Again! We've got a great line-up that I'm looking forward to touring with. It's going to be a great summer of rock and roll for the bands and the fans." Read more and see the dates here.

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Iggy Pop and Josh Homme Film 'American Valhalla' Hitting Theaters

The American Valhalla documentary recounting the musical journey of Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme is scheduled to hit movie theaters later this month.

The chronicles the inception and making of Iggy Pop's 2016 album "Post Pop Depression" and the supporting tour from the initial text the rock icon sent to Homme to the recording the effort and beyond.

Homme co-directed the film with Andreas Neumann which captures the sessions at the Rancho De La Luna studio in Joshua Tree, Ca. with Iggy Pop, Homme, Arctic Monkey's Matt Helders and QOTSA's Dean Fertita. Find more details and theatrical dates here.

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The Winery Dogs Announce New 'Dog Years' Package

The Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan , Mike Portnoy supergroup The Winery Dogs have announced that they will be releasing "Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016" on August 4th.

The new package will be highlighted by live performance footage of 17 song performances from a concert at Teatro Cariola in Santiago, Chile on May 27th, 2016.

The release will also include eight music videos as well as the "Dog Years" EP that features five previously unreleased studio tracks. A preorder for the deluxe edition has been launched here.

The deluxe version will include blu-ray and DVD discs of the live show and videos, as well as a CD featuring the new EP and a double disc live album on CD. See the tracklisting here.

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The Magpie Salute Release 'Omission' Video

The Black Crowes offshoot The Magpie Salute have released a new music video for their track "Omission." The song comes from their forthcoming debut album.

The self-titled album is set to hit stores this Friday (June 9th). The new 10 member band is highlighted by former Black Crowes stars Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien.

Robison had the following to say about the Matthew Sterling directed video, which was filmed in London, "The overall idea was based on the light and dark aspects of the human psyche and taking a reference from the Magpie which has elements of the light and dark." Watch the clip here.

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Quiet Riot Set Release For New Album Featuring James Durbin

Quiet Riot have announced that they will now be releasing their new album "Road Rage", with newly recorded lead vocals from James Durbin, on August 4th.

The veteran band had originally recorded the effort with departed frontman Seann Nicols (Adler's Appetite) and planed an April release date but then decided to rerecord the album with former American Idol star James Durbin, who was recruited to replace Nicols.

Frankie Banali had the following comments, "The recordings for the new 'Road Rage' record have been an incredible musical journey in the storied history of Quiet Riot. I asked vocalist James Durbin to fill the very large shoes of the late great Kevin DuBrow because I knew he could. While no one can ever replace Kevin DuBrow, he has the same spirit and drive that Kevin had." Read more here.

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Lane Change Release Music Video For 'Floodwater'

Phoenix rockers Lane Change have released a new music video for their track "Floodwater". The song is one the tracks that is featured on their recently released "Rise" EP.

Lizzie Shafer had the following to say, "Even to the four of us in Lane Change, 'Floodwater' means something different each time we play it. We really wanted to write a song that reflected everything we saw going on in the world, but didn't want tell the listener how to feel. In the concept for the video, we set out to capture the energy and message of the song visually to compliment the sonic element.

"We really wanted the ending to leave the viewer feeling a positive emotion no matter what the song and video meant to them.. We tried to focus on the live performance aspect while adding in a minimal, but yet emotional story line. We couldn't be more excited with the way it all came together!" Watch the video here.

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Arthur Alexander's Acclaimed 1972 Album Expanded For Reissue

(Conqueroo) The 1972 self-titled album from the highly influential Arthur Alexander has been expanded for a new deluxe reissue that is set to be released on July 28th.

The new package will include the original studio album, along with six bonus tracks, include two that have previously been unreleased. We were sent the following details: When the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Dusty Springfield, George Jones & Johnny Paycheck, Bob Dylan, the Bee Gees and countless other artists cover your songs, you must be on to something.

Arthur Alexander was a songwriter and song stylist whose first records in the early 1960s - such as "Anna (Go to Him)" and "You Better Move On" - were some of the earliest hits recorded at Rick Hall's Fame Studios and to feature the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. After a short break at the end of the decade, Alexander released the second of only three albums that he made in his lifetime - a self-titled "comeback" album in 1972. here.

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Fall Of Man Release 'Lullaby' Video

Fall Of Man have released a new music video for their track "Lullaby." The song comes from their "Hallways and Doors" EP and the clip was directed by Evan Cantrell and Greg McKarus.

Lead vocalist Erica Barile had the following to say about the song, "Lullaby is about my own experience with spiritual warfare - specifically in the form of evil, demonic dreams.

"I had those types of dreams ever since I was a small child and they intensified up 'til just a few years ago. Both the song and video represent the process I've gone though to gain the upper hand over those evil, demonic forces." Watch the video here.

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Fairport Convention's Judy Dyble and Andy Lewis Stream New Song

Judy Dyble of Fairport Convention fame has teamed up with Andy Lewis for their new "Summer Dancing" which is set to be released on August 18th.

They are giving fans a first taste of the effort with an online stream of the track "The Day They Took the Music Away" here. We were send the following details about the new project:

The place, somewhere in Oxford, the year, 2014. Songwriter-player-producer Andy Lewis is introduced to Judy Dyble, erstwhile vocalist with folk luminaries Fairport Convention and proto-King Crimson founder who, after a somewhat extended stay out of music has been been making a low-key, experimental return. Read more here.

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Exist Release 'Fault's Peaks' Music Video

Exist have released a new music video for their track "Fault's Peaks". The song comes from the metal supergroup's debut album "So True, So Bound" which will be hitting stores this Friday, June 9th.

The band was formed by Max Phelps, who was a touring member of Cynic and Defeated Sanity (and as frontman for Death To All, the touring tribute band to Chuck Shuldiner), and he is joined by bassist Alex Weber (Jeff Loomis), guitarist Mathew Rossa and drummer Hannes Grossman (Necrophagist, Obscura).

Phelps had this to say about the new song, "'Fault's Peaks', the album closer, is probably the best overall representation of So True, So Bound and our sound as it includes all of our elements from psychedelia to heavy, dissonant riffing with a little improvisation sprinkled in. We've jokingly referred to this song as the 'bleed etude', as the right hand pattern is very reminiscent of the Meshuggah song off obZen, no shame there. This song was (and continues to be live) a real bitch to pull off technically, but it was worth it as we're very proud of the composition itself." Watch the video

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Singled Out: Death In Motion's Dias de Los Meurtos

Death In Motion frontman BeAsT today shares with us the story behind the title track of the group's 2014 studio album "Dias de Los Meurtos". Here is the story:

When writing "Dias de Los Meurtos" I had a lot of ideas I wanted to write about, but nothing really felt right. The name of the song wasn't even really established yet, but we had a good skeleton to start with. I sat down and thought of some past songs and concepts that we had on our previous album "Death in Motion". One song that on that album that always stuck out was "Daze of the Weak". I wanted a similar title to that. Catchy and a bit off center.

Dia De Los Meurtos or the Day of the day is a day to celebrate loved ones lost or who have passed on. Instead of a single day i wanted it to be like a coming out party. Instead of a single day of celebration. I also wanted to embrace the "zombie apocalypse" culture we were/are in at the same time. The words kinda flowed to me after the concept was becoming clearer.

The song is a spotlight on a strong cultural celebration as well as a way to let out some personal aggression. The lyrics explain that the dead are celebrated, but also, that secrets and wrong doings are never going to stay hidden. "The shadows that the dead expose" is a line I want to be strong and intense to tell the main story of not only the song, but the majority of the album.

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

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