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Day in Rock Report for 03/02/2017


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Nickelback Star Victim Of Alleged Identity Theft

As Nickelback prepare to release their new studio album "Feed the Machine" on June 9th, a man has been arrested for alleged identity theft of drummer Daniel Adair.

A Florida man was reportedly arrested this week by Port St. Lucie police on two felony fraud-related charges after allegedly using Adair's identity to purchase $25,000 of drum microphones, according to People (via ABC).

The drummer became aware of the problem when the band's business rep contacted him to confirm a purchase of "tens of thousands of dollars", according to the report.

Police were told that Adair "had his identity used to fraudulently order drum parts from a company in Vienna, Austria" .

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Guns N' Roses, Creed, Disturbed Supergroup Art Of Anarchy Tour

Rock supergroup Art Of Anarchy, which now features former Creed frontman Scott Stapp, have announced they will be launching their very first headline tour this spring.

The North American trek will be kicking off on April 3rd at the Revolution Bar & Music Hall in Amityville, NY and will finish up on April 29th in Henderson, NV at the M Resort

The band, which also features former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Disturbed's John Moyer, are hitting the road in support of their forthcoming album "The Madness", which is set to hit stores on March 24th. See the dates here.

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Rolling Stones Currently Working On New Music

(Gibson) The Rolling Stones recently released an album of blues covers called Blue & Lonesome, and they're already gearing up to release another set-this time, original tunes.

According to frontman Mick Jagger, things are moving along quickly with the new songs. The legendary rock singer spoke with Showbiz411.com's Roger Friedman at Vanity Fair's pre-Oscars party, and he reported, "I'm working on new songs now."

Blue & Lonesome entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 4 in December. The album featured blues numbers previously recorded by various blues artists, including Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, Eddie Taylor and Howlin' Wolf. Eric Clapton also appears on the album playing guest guitar on two songs. Read more here.

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Pink Floyd Stream Rare 1967 TV Performance

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd are streaming video of a rare 1967 performance of "Interstellar Overdrive" originally broadcast on the Granada TV program "Scene - Underground", as a preview to the March 24 release of a series of individual volumes from "The Early Years 1965-1972" box set.

The band were filmed in concert at The UFO Club in London, UK on January 27, 1967 for the pop culture show; the track would appear on their groundbreaking debut album, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", a little over six months later.

Issued last November, "The Early Years 1965-1972" box set presented 27-discs featuring 130 tracks from the band's formative years, including TV recordings, BBC Sessions, outtakes and demos and more than 20 unreleased songs. Also featured were 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and more than 5 hours of rare concert footage.

Pink Floyd are now set to release 6 individual volumes from the package, breaking down the massive project into bite-sized volumes by years - from the mid-1960s start with original member Syd Barrett to the growth shown by 1972 as the band prepared to record "The Dark Side Of The Moon" album. Watch the video here.

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Phoenix Return With Spring and Summer Live Dates

The band Phoenix are living up to their name, rising from a period of inactivity to announcing a number of live appearances this spring and summer in the U.S. and Europe.

The band released their last album "Bankrupt!" in 2013 and a cover of the Beach Boy's "Alone On Christmas Day" in 2015 but the tour announcement video (which can be streamed here) features what may be a teaser of new music.

They will be kicking their live dates off with a headline set at the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta on May 14th, followed by another headline set at the Governor's Ball in New York on June 3rd and a concert at the historic Hollywood Bowl on June 15th.

From there, the band will venture overseas for a series of live appearances across Europe beginning with Vida Festival in Spain on June 29th and wrapping up at the Alexandra Palace in London on September 30th. See the confirmed dates here.

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Deep Purple Singer Explains 'inFinite' Inspiration

Hard rock legends Deep Purple have announced that they will be releasing their 20th studio album, entitled "inFinite", on April 7th. It follows their acclaimed 2013 effort "Now What?!".

Frontman Ian Gillan explained the inspiration for the new album's title, "If you take it literally you may, quite reasonably, think the 'Finite' part of the word describes the life of deep Purple, with a clear beginning and a nebulous end; but what of the 'in' bit? The word infinite is a three-dimensional double edged sword. It describes something that goes on forever in all directions; not unlike its temporal equivalent 'Eternal' What's that all about?

"Stephen Hawking declared (in 'A brief History of Time') that, before the Big Bang there was nothing. That would put the kybosh on the idea of our universe being Infinite, as he provides a starting point, which is not acceptable to the concept. So, Hawking's universe in 'Finite'; by definition; whether he agrees or not.

"Ironically, he is quite wrong (scientists always are eventually), therefore the Universe is infinite, which means it will never end, and also means that it never started, and the corollary to that of course is that we don't exist.

"There is a metaphysical solution to all this, but it will have to wait until the tour is over because (thanks heavens) there are only 24 hours in a day (for the time being) or 10 hours in a metric day. More on that later…" Check out the first single "Time For Bedlam" here.

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The Last Waltz 40 Tour Extended With New Leg

A new and final leg for The Last Waltz 40 Tour: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz has been announced due to the overwhelming response to the first leg.

The tour features Dr. John, Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Don Was, and others and is a celebration of 40th anniversary The Band's historic farewell concert on November 25, 1976, at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, which was the basis for the hit 1978 movie.

The new tour leg is scheduled to kick off in Dallas on March 30th at the Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie and will conclude on April 15th in San Francisco, CA at The Masonic. See the dates here.

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Pierce The Veil And Sum 41 Announce Spring Tour

Pierce The Veil have extended their 2017 tour plans with the announcement that they are teaming up with Sum 41 for the We Will Detonate Tour this spring that will also feature Emarosa and Chapel.

The tour is set to kick off with a two night stand at the Ogden Theater in Denver on April 21st and 22nd and will run until May 25th where it will wrap in Dallas at the South Side Ballroom.

Pierce The Veil will also be playing several major music festivals this spring. Frontman Vic Fuentes had this to say about the new trek, "The fuse is burning and we're counting down the days till the 'We Will Detonate! Tour' this Spring.

"We are honored to be hitting the stage every night with legends Sum 41, old friends Emarosa and new friends Chapel. This will be a show unlike any we've ever attempted to dream up for our fans. Clock is ticking, we'll see you all soon!" See the dates here.

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James Taylor And Bonnie Raitt Extend Summer Tour

James Taylor and his special guest Bonnie Raitt have extended their summer tour plans with the announcement of over a month of dates across the U.S. in July and early August.

The newly expanded tour is in addition to the previously announced ballpark concerts: National's Park in Washington, DC (July 14), AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA (July 29), Chicago's Wrigley Field (July 17) and Boston's Fenway Park (Aug. 11).

The full tour is scheduled to kick off at the Prudential Center in
Newark, NJ on July 7th and will be concluding with the concert at Boston's famed Fenway Park. See the dates
here.

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The Temperance Movement Announce North American Tour

The Temperance Movement have announced that they will be embarking on a North American tour this spring in support of their 2016 album "White Bear".

The U.K. band will be kicking off the trek at the Mercury Lounge in New York City on April 4th and wrapping up the tour on April 23rd in Atlanta at the Sweet Water 420 Fest.

They have also announced that they will be returning stateside this summer for an appearance at this year's The Ride Festival in Telluride, Co on July 8th. See the dates here.

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Nirvana and Pearl Jam's Success Made Billy Corgan Suicidal

(Radio.com) Billy Corgan wasn't thrilled when Nirvana and Pearl Jam each experienced a meteoric rise in 1991 just as The Smashing Pumpkins released its debut album Gish. In fact, their success made him suicidal.

Appearing on the podcast, Why Not Now? With Amy Jo Martin, Corgan shared how Nirvana's and Pearl Jam's success made him rethink everything he knew about music. "So within a short span of time I went from thinking I was very successful within my given field, to all the rules had changed in my given field," he explained. "Everything I had built myself up to be and do was no longer as relevant as it needed to be. I went into a very strange depression because I felt like something had been not taken, but the change made me feel kind of inadequate in a way I wasn't prepared for."

Corgan added that the disorientation he felt took a huge toll on him. "I went through a very long depression where I could not write songs and really struggled for a breakthrough, which I've talked about a few times," he said. "It really came off the heels of like a suicidal depression, I just really struggled with the emotions I was feeling. I reached this kind of morning in my life where it was like I'm either going to jump out a window, or I was going to change my life. I know that sounds very dramatic, but that's literally what happened." Read more here.

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Ghost Win Grammis Award For 'Popestar'

(hennemusic) Ghost won the "Best Hard Rock/Metal" category at the Swedish Grammis Awards on Tuesday at Konserthuset in Stockholm. The band were honored for their 2016 EP "Popestar", ahead of fellow nominees Amaranthe, Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas, Dark Tranquillity and In Flames.

The event marked Ghost's third win at the Grammis, following a 2014 award for 2013's "Infestissumum" and last year's prize for 2015's "Meliora."

Upon its release last fall, "Popestar" made US history by becoming the first EP to land at No. 1 on the US Billboard Top Rock Albums in the chart's 10-year run. Read more here.

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English Beat, Howard Jones, Modern English Lead Retro Futura

(Radio.com) The English Beat have announced that they will be joining Howard Jones, Men Without Hats, Paul Young, Modern English, and Katrina of Katrina and the Waves (with Annabella of Bow Wow Wow filling in for Paul Young on a handful of dates) for the Retro Futura Tour.

Originally breaking up in the late 80s, frontman Dave Wakeling formed General Public who continued their mainstream takeover with massive international singles like "Tenderness", "Never You Done That", "Hot You're Cool" and a cover of Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There."

Simultaneously, English Beat is working on their first album of new material in over three decades, titled Here We Go Love, scheduled for release later this year. See the tour dates here.

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The Neal Morse Band Announce U.S. Tour

The Neal Morse Band have announced that they will be embarking on a short U.S. tour this summer ahead of the 2017 installment of the annual Morsefest.

The U.S. dates will be kicking off on August 17th in St. Paul, MN at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall and includes stops in Chicago, Detroit, Millvale, New York, Boston, Ridgefield, Glenside before wrapping up on the 27th at the Baltimore Soundstage.

Morsefest 2017 will follow on September 1st and 2nd in Cross Plains, TN. The new dates follow the March 24th release of 'Morsefest 2015' on 2 Blu-Ray or 2 DVD and 4 CD package. Read more and see the tour dates here.

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Delain Recruit Nightwish Star For Danse Macabre Tour

Delain have announced that they have recruited Nightwish's Marco Hietala to join them for a very special run of shows across Europe this October dubbed the 'Danse Macabre' tour.

We were sent the following details: Having contributed to most of Delain's records with guest appearances and after worldwide requests from fans, Delain and Hietala will now storm the stage together on the 'Danse Macabre' tour.

These shows will feature a specially selected set list of rarely heard Delain songs, a sneak preview of new material, special effects and much more. 'Danse Macabre' promises to be a spectacular evening with Delain. See the dates here.

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John Mellencamp And Martina McBride Perform On Tonight Show

(hennemusic) John Mellencamp was joined by Martina McBride for a performance of his new single, "Grandview", on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, and video from the program has been posted online.

The track will appear on Mellencamp's forthcoming album, "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies." Due April 28, the project pairs the Indiana rocker with Carlene Carter, who will join Mellencamp on his upcoming North American tour.

Set to begin June 5 in Denver, CO, the bill will also include Emmylou Harris and folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine, who provide background vocals on "Sad Clowns..." Watch the TV appearance here.

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My Dying Bride Going Nuclear For Next Album

My Dying Bride have announced that they are working on new music for their next album and singles which will be released under their just inked deal with Nuclear Blast Records.

Singer Aaron Stainthorpe had this to say, "It is with great pleasure that My Dying Bride can announce they will be joining forces with the formidable Nuclear Blast Records in early 2017 and have already begun working on material for the next LP and singles.

"It is no secret that Nuclear Blast have continued to expand greatly over the years, signing epic bands from all corners of the world and giving them the chance they deserve to make something of themselves in the ever expanding metal scene." Read more here.

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Quiet Riot Streaming New Song 'The Seeker'

The current incarnation of Quiet Riot have released a stream of their new track "The Seeker". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Road Rage", which will be released on April 21st.

Frankie Banali had this to say, "The songs on 'Road Rage' are very diversified and 'The Seeker' harkens back to the music of the 70's while still retaining the 80's grooves that I love to play. It is akin to taking a journey back in time through the future. It's a trip!"

The album lineup features Banali, along with longtime bass player Chuck Wright and guitarist Alex Grossi. Frankie had this to say about their new deal with Frontiers, "I'm very excited about the release of 'Road Rage' on Frontiers Music Srl which is the first official Quiet Riot release in eleven years.

"It contains all newly written and recorded original songs. We stayed true to the great tradition and sound of Quiet Riot while at the same time always moving musically forward". Stream the new song here.

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