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Day in Rock Report for 06/13/2017


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Ozzfest Announcement Teased By Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne took to social media last week and hinting that Ozzfest will return this year and the tease was followed by a confirmation about the official announcement.

Ozzy revealed recently that longtime lead guitarist Zakk Wylde would be reuniting with him for his live appearance this year. Last Friday, Ozzy shared a photo on his Facebook page with the caption "Hey Zakk, should we do an #Ozzfest this year?".

That post was followed by an event listing on the Ozzfest Facebook page declaring that the "Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2017 Announcement" will be happening on July 10.

From those clues it appears that the upcoming event will not be the traditional tour but will be similar to last year's stand alone festival at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California which featured Ozzfest on one day and Slipknot's Knotfest on the second.

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Guns N' Roses Reunion Leads To Career First For Band

Guns N' Roses wildly successful Not In This Lifetime reunion tour has been so successful that it has landed the legendary band on the Forbes Celebrity 100 List for the first time in their long career.

The list from the financial magazine tracks "the world's top-earning entertainers" and due to blockbuster response of the reunion tour, Guns N' Roses landed at No. 12 on the latest list.

The band made the list after earning $84 million (pre-taxes and management frees), over the past 12 months for the world tour that features original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

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Paul McCartney Once Punched Eddie Vedder In The Face

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder reveals in a new interview that he was once accidently punched in the face by Beatles legend Paul McCartney while the two were in a bar in Seattle.

Vedder was interviewed on SiriusXM's new Beatles channel and recalled the incident where McCartney punched him in the face by accident while he telling a story of hitting someone.

The radio network shared a clip from the interview with a photo of Vedder and the quote "I was fortunate enough to be with Paul McCartney in the corner of a hotel bar."

Then came the fateful punch as Vedder explains (via Radio.com), "Paul McCartney just hit me in the face, and it hurt. I think I remember tasting a bit of blood."

"He apologized, quickly" Vedder revealed in laughing manner. "And I remember it hurt for a few days. And, I remember when it went away, when the pain finally subsided and the swelling went down, I kind missed it." Watch the clip here.

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Nickelback Release 'Song On Fire' Video

Nickelback have released a new music video for their track "Song On Fire". The song comes from their forthcoming album, "Feed The Machine," which will be released on June 16th.

Frontman Chad Kroeger had this to say about the song, "As we were working on this song, a very personal one for me, we all instantly connected to it on different levels through our own experiences.

"Everyone has a need to love or be loved and we've all been hurt or felt loss. It's about your heart yearning for something that your rational mind knows is impossible to hold on to. There is a universally, haunting finality to losing love and we found 'our protagonist' (in this song) trying to reclaim it; but not knowing where to begin or that it might ultimately be in vain." here.

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Quiet Riot Stream First Single Featuring James Durbin

Quiet Riot have released a stream of their new track "Freak Flag" featuring American Idol star James Durbin in his new role as the veteran band's new frontman.

The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Road Rage", which will be released on August 4th featuring the newly recorded vocal tracks from Durbin.

Band leader Frankie Banali had the following comments about the new track, "Quiet Riot has always recorded songs that have a link with the Quiet Riot 'sound' and at the same time always musically moving forward.

"'Freak Flag' is such a song with a strong connection to our iconic sound from the past, which I think our longtime fans will appreciate and newer fans will embrace."

Durbin added: "'Freak Flag' is a concept I've been holding on to for a few years. It's all about being you no matter what life has labeled you with. We're all broken and searching for acceptance, but there's a beauty in that search and it's something that should be celebrated." Stream the song here.

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Alter Bridge Announce Special Shows With Full Orchestra

Alter Bridge have announced that they will be playing two very special shows in London this fall where they will be joined by a full symphony orchestra.

The shows will be taking place on October 2nd and 3rd at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London, which also mark the very first time that the U.S. will playing the legendary venue.

The band will be joined for the special shows by the 52-piece Parallax Orchestra, which is based out of London and is conducted by Simon Dobson According to the announcement, the show will include performances of songs that the band has never played live.

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CKY Streaming New Song 'Head For A Breakdown'

CKY have released a stream of their new track "Head For A Breakdown". The song is the third single from their forthcoming album "The Phoenix."

The new studio effort will be hitting stores this Friday (June 16th) and mark the band's first album release in over a decade, following up their 2009 record "Carver City".

Frontman Chad I Ginsburg had this to say about the new track, "'Head for a Breakdown' seemed to write itself. In a sense, it's a song about taking things too far when you darn right know it won't end well but you do it anyway. Go figure. The mid solo section is an epic break unlike any we have done in the past. Very Proud of this song." Listen to it here.

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The Killers Debut New Song 'Run For Cover' Live

(Radio.com) The Killers will be releasing their new single "The Man" this Friday (June 16th), but that didn't stop the band from testing out another new song on the road.

During a show on Saturday (June 10) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the band debuted "Run For Cover." Frontman Brandon Flowers revealed last year that the song was intended for Day & Age, but had a chance of making it on the new record.

'It's eight-years-old," he said. 'It started with Stuart Price and it still sort of has his stamp on it - but we're funneling it back through the band eight years later with a different producer.

'I never got the lyrics right and I think I'm gonna get it right this time. 'Run For Cover' looks like it's got a good shot [of being on the album]." Check out "Run For Cover" here.

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Mastodon Extend Emperor Of Sand Tour Plans

(hennemusic) Mastodon have announced that they have extended their North American headline tour in support of their latest album, "Emperor Of Sand", into the fall and announce UK dates.

Following a spring run to launch their seventh record, the Atlanta outfit returns to play the Psycho Vegas Festival in Las Vegas, NV and Denver's High Elevation events before officially launching the month-long trek in Orlando, FL on September 26 with two acts that joined them earlier this year.

"We had so much fun with Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles," says Mastodon, "that we're extending our headline tour into the fall." The trio will follow the North American shows with a newly-announced series of UK dates in December. See the dates here.

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Obituary and Exodus Announce North American Tour

Obituary and Exodus have announced that they are once again teaming up for a coheadlining tour and this time they will be invading North American audiences.

The groups previously touring Europe together with their Battle of the Bays trek last year and they will now be launching a leg in the U.S. and Canada this fall which will feature support from Power Trip and Dust Bolt.

The tour is scheduled to begin on September 14th in Durham, NC at the Motorco Music Hall and will finish up on October 12th in El Paso, TX at Tricky Falls. See the dates here.

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Metallica Release 'Wherever I May Roam' Live Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1991 classic, "Wherever I May Roam", at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on June 7, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The track was the fourth single off the group's self-titled record - commonly known as the "Black" album for its cover - the band's first to top the US charts on its way to sales of 16 million in the States and more than 30 million worldwide.

The Denver date is part of Metallica's current North American tour in support of 2016's "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", which was launched in Baltimore, MD on May 10.

The trek will hit San Antonio, TX (June 14), Arlington, TX (June 16) and Chicago (June 18) this week. The stadium shows wrap up in Edmonton, AB on August 16 before the group heads to Europe for a fall arena tour.

"Immediately following our run of shows opening the new Royal Arena in Copenhagen last month we promised we would be back to Europe this year... and we will!!," said Metallica in March. "The WorldWired tour hits European arenas starting in September and doesn't stop until May of 2018! Kicking off on September 4th in Amsterdam (following the rescheduled Copenhagen show on September 2nd) we'll be covering all corners of the continent from Lisbon to Helsinki, Oslo to Budapest and beyond.

"Our Norwegian friends Kvelertak have signed on to take this wild ride with us for the duration of the European portion of the tour." Watch the live video here.

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Hinder Stream New Song 'Remember Me' and Announce Album

Hinder have released a stream of their brand new track "Remember Me". The song comes from their forthcoming album "The Reign" which is set to hit stores on August 11th.

The group had the following to say about their upcoming album, "The constant emotional expenditure that an artist must do in order to always be creating and the ups and downs of a career in music tends to lead to substance abuse and suicides.

"Unfortunately, the world has lost way too many music legends this way. Overall, this album is definitely darker and heavier than most of the past Hinder albums. However, for our old school fans, it also has a few songs that have that signature 'Hinder' sound." Stream the new single via Spotify here.

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A Day To Remember Announces Self Help Festival Dates

(Radio.com) A Day to Remember have announced 2017 and 2018 dates for their annual Self Help Festival. What started in 2014 as just one date at the National Orange Show Fairgrounds in San Bernardino, CA has blossomed into four dates; Philadelphia on September 10, Orlando on September 30, Detroit on October 7 and San Bernardino on March 3.

The name of the festival can be confusing to some. In the case of this festival, "self-help" is not a reference to fans helping themselves for some addiction or other reason, rather, it's about bands helping bands. Upon recognizing their "scene" was shrinking, A Day To Remember reached out to other young hard rock bands and asked them to join the lineup of their all-ages festival. They figured the total was greater than the sum of its parts.

"I've seen multiple bands--that have played a lot of the years--play their best sets that I've ever seen them play at this festival just because of how into the show the crowd got," singer Jeremy McKinnonn told Radio.com in 2016. "It pushed everybody to play at another level that I haven't seen these guys do." Read more here.

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Tom DeLonge Reveals Stars For His 'Strange Times' Film

(Radio.com) Earlier this year, Blink-182's former frontman Tom DeLonge revealed he would be directing a sci-fi movie called Strange Times. On Monday (June 12), DeLonge revealed the lead actors who have been cast for the upcoming movie.

Alternative Press reports Jack Samson of Zodiac will play the role of Charlie Wilkens, while Lizze Broadway of Bones and Chicago PD will assume the part of Alli.

"There were more than 3000 casting submissions for the film, but Jack and Lizze immediately stood out," says DeLonge. "They're incredibly talented actors who each bring a unique energy and perspective to the film. We were blown away watching them bring Charlie and Alli to life." Read more here.

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The Head And The Heart Announce Fall Tour Dates

The Head and The Heart fans in North America that miss the chance to see the band perform live this summer are in luck as the band has announced new fall tour leg.

The new run of dates kick off on September 21 at New York City's Central Park Summerstage. The band will be joined by The Shelters on the road, along with Grouplove at Red Rocks, Dr. Dog in Nashville and The Lone Bellow in New York.

For the fall tour, every fan who purchases an online ticket will receive the option for a physical or digital copy of the band's most recent release Signs of Light. Pre-sale tickets become available June 12 for fans on the band's mailing list. See all of the upcoming dates here.

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Singled Out: Colossal Street Jam's Won't Last This Way

Colossal Street Jam recently released their new album "Living Free" and to celebrate we asked Gene Potts to tell us about the song "Won't Last This Way". Here is the story:

"Won't Last This Way" was my attempt at having a political view as a NON political person. All I heard and saw was people fighting about what side they believe in, whether it be Facebook, CNN or the radio. I found it all to be maddening and childish and thought to myself , "well everyone's asking me what side I'm on so why not write about it". The thing is I don't have a side and they are all evil as far as I'm concerned.

Sal Marra our guitarist came in with this great edgy riff and I thought what a great riff to write my views to. "Follow the right road, follow the right way and you won't be rewarded" is the opening line of the song. It's just how I feel about our politicians right now. I based the song off of my dislike of how they act and those who follow blindly.

That's about the most I've ever been political and don't really plan on writing about that again. The guys came up with the sick runs in the song that inspired me to throw in some raspier type vocals. This ended up being my favorite track on the CD.

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

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