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Day in Rock Report for 03/03/2017

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Eagles Reuniting For Music Festival With Fleetwood Mac?

It appears that Don Henley may have changed his mind about retiring The Eagles following the death of cofounder Glenn Frey last year, with a report surfacing that they and Fleetwood Mac are to lead a bi-coastal classic rock music festival.

The two mega-selling bands from the 1970s are said to be lined up to headline what will reportedly be called the Classic East and Classic West music festivals this summer, according to Billboard.

The shows will reportedly take place this July with the east coast portion happening at Citi Field in New York and the west coast installment set for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Read more here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Postpone Several Shows Due To Illness

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced that they have been forced to cancel several concerts this week in order to allow frontman Anthony Kiedis to recover from bronchitis.

The band has also announced the rescheduled dates for the concerts that were originally set to take place this week in San Diego, Denver and Glendale, AZ.

They are currently scheduled to resume the tour for their upcoming hometown three night stand at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 7th, 8th and 10th. Read more here.

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Ronnie James Dio Hologram World Tour Being Planned

A world tour featuring the hologram of late legendary metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio is currently being planned with an eye toward launching it towards the end of the year, according to the CEO of the company behind the hologram technology.

The tour will feature the hologram appearing with the Dio Disciples, which includes Ronnie's former bandmates Craig Goldy, Simon Wright and Scott Warren, along with former Judas Priest singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and Yngwie Malmsteen bassist Bjorn Englen.

The hologram made its debut during the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany last year and was again seen during the Pollstar Awards in Los Angeles earlier this year. Jeff Pezzuti, the CEO of Eyellusion, the company that developed the hologram revealed during an interview with AXS that plans are being made for a world tour that will begin towards the end of this year. Read his comments here.

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Black Sabbath Almost Top Hot Tour Chart With Farewell Shows

Two shows from Black Sabbath's recently completed farewell tour have landed the legendary metal band at No. 2 on Billboard magazine's latest Hot Tours Chart.

The band's two-night stand at the O2 Arena in London reportedly grossed $2.7 million and they played to 30,370 fans, which earned the band the second spot on the current chart.

The publication reports that not all of the tour's "Boxscores" have been reported to them but it is estimated that the band's The End Tour could have brought in around $100 million after selling over a million tickets across the globe during the year long trek.

The group played what will reportedly be the finals shows of their career with two concerts in their hometown of Birmingham on February 2nd and 4th at the Genting Arena., See the Billboard report to see who else landed on the chart here.

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KISS Star Gene Simmons Prepares For His First Solo Concert

It is hard to believe but KISS cofounder Gene Simmons has never performed a solo concert, but that is about to change when he takes the stage later this month for his debut show in Cleveland.

Gene will be playing the special solo set on March 18th at the Agora Theatre which was scheduled in association with his appearance at the Wizard World Comic Con in the city on 18th and 19th.

Simmons recently spoke with cantonrep.com about the show, "This is gonna be a first for me. Outside of KISS, I've never done a solo tour. I never did anything like that.

"Every once in a while I'll jump up on stage and do a song with somebody. Johnny Depp and I did a few songs together, a few other knuckleheads, but that's about it." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Winning War Against Scalpers

Iron Maiden are claiming victory in their effort against ticket resellers and counterfeiters ahead of the launch of the UK leg of their The Book Of Souls tour in May.

The band had previously announced a paper-less ticket policy to combat "touting" and it appears to have been a major success with the group revealing that "the number of tickets available at inflated prices on the secondary platforms plummeted by over 95% compared with the band's last UK arena tour in 2011."

Manager Rod Smallwood had this to say, "We are delighted that the paperless ticketing system and other measures we instigated here in the UK have proved a massive deterrent to touts and counterfeiters. We want to thank our fans for their enduring support and patience. We appreciate that our stringent policy has meant fans having to jump over one more hurdle in the ticket-buying process but the results speak for themselves and I think everyone can agree this was well worth it." Read more here.

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AFI, No Doubt Supergroup Dreamcar Stream First Single

The new No Doubt and AFI supergroup Dreamcar have released their new single "Kill for Candy", set a release date for their debut album, will be making a late night TV performance and announced several live appearances this spring.

The group features AFI's Davey Havok along with No Doubt's Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young and "Kill for Candy" is the first single from the group's forthcoming self-titled debut album, which is set to hit stores on May 12th.

The song can be streamed here and frontman Davey Havok had this to say about the new track, "There's an honesty in all of my lyrics. This one speaks to a perhaps dangerous and unhealthy desire for the sweet." Read more here.

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Black Crowes Offshoot The Magpie Salute Announce Summer Tour

The Magpie Salute, which features former member of The Black Crowes, have announced that they will be embarking on their very first U.S. headline tour this summer.

The band will be kicking of the debut nationwide headline trek on July 26th in Indianapolis at the Vogue and the trek will run until September 13th where it will conclude at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.

The new group features former Black Crowes stars Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien, along with John Hogg (Hookah Brown, Moke), Joe Magistro, Nico Bereciartua Charity White and background singers, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen. See the dates here.

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Metallica Release 'Master Of Puppets' Video From Recent Show

(hennemusic) Metallica have released the official live footage of their performance of the 1986 classic, "Master Of Puppets", from a January 22 show at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

The video has been released in sync with a recap of the event, which features clips of several songs performed during the fifth and final show of the Asian leg of the group's WorldWired tour in support of their tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct."

Metallica are currently playing a series of shows in Mexico City before a set of appearances at Lollapalooza festivals in South America begin later this month.

The band will launch a 25-show summer stadium tour of North America at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD on May 10. "It certainly has been way too long and we are beyond excited to be visiting all of our friends in North America," says the group. "We're also psyched to announce that after joining us in Minneapolis last year, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat have graciously signed on to be the main support acts for the run." Watch the video here.

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Life Of Agony Release 'A Place Where There's No More Pain' Video

Life Of Agony have released a new music video for the track "A Place Where There's No More Pain", which is the title song to the group's forthcoming studio album.

The album is set to be released on April 28th and the video for the title track was directed by Leigh Brooks and includes footage from the Hamburg and London stops of the group's recent European tour.

Life Of Agony's Alan Robert had this to say about the new clip, "We were looking to capture the raw energy of our live show with the new video for 'A Place Where There's No More Pain'.

"As a longtime LOA fan, Director Leigh Brooks instantly knew exactly what we were going for. He's been a fan since the early nineties and we finally met at the Electric Ballroom gig in London last year.

"He shot that show and we immediately became friends. He's a super talented guy with great vision and a deep passion for this band. He and his crew got pretty banged up shooting this one (laughs). They got right in the pit with their equipment - the poor guys! Leigh was one of the very first people outside of the band to hear the new music and he was completely psyched to be involved." Watch the video here.

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Classic Grand Funk Album Gets Limited Edition SACD Reissue

(Glass Onyon) Audio Fidelity has released Grand Funk's hit 1974 album "all the girls in the world Beware!!!" as a limited edition hybrid SACD in original 3-D art package complete with 3-D glasses. Were sent the following details:

The original album was packaged in a cosmic 3-D sleeve that had a pair of 3-D glasses embedded in the front cover to best appreciate the dramatic art work. Each Audio Fidelity Shinin' On SACD slip case will include a pair of 3-D glasses so the brilliant art work can be viewed as originally intended.

Grand Funk's Brewer had this to say, " 'all the Girls' was a bit of an experiment for Grand Funk. Disco had raised it's ugly head in 1974 and if you wanted radio airplay you needed to go in that direction. Grand Funk, not being a 'Disco Act', decided to do R&B which was really what GFR was all about. R&B pumped up on steroids. Enlisting veteran producer Jimmy Ienner, I think Grand Funk came up with the best rendition of the soul classic 'Some Kinda Wonderful' in history.

"Still played today in heavy rotation and probably every wedding reception in the world. Once again Audio Fidelity has done a great job on this SACD Hybrid. ENJOY!". The limited edition disc can be ordered here.

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Slightly Stoopid and Iration Sounds Of Summer Tour Announced

Iration have expanded their live plans in support of their recently release acoustic album "Double UP" with the announcement that they will hitting the road as direct support for Slightly Stoopid on their Sounds of Summer 2017 Tour.

The initial dates for the trek have been announced, which will also feature J Boog and The Movement. It is scheduled to begin on June 8th in Glen Allen, VA at the Innsbrook After Hours.

Prior to the summer road trip, Iration have also announced a series of appearances at some music festivals this spring including Reggae Rise Up Festival, Jackson Hole Rendezvous and the California Roots Music and Arts Festival. Read more here.

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Vajra And Krashkarma Announce Spring Coheadlining Tour

Vajra and Krashkarma have announced they are teaming up this spring to launch a coheadlining tour of the U.S. that will be dubbed the To The Ends of the Earth 2017 Tour.

The trek is scheduled to kick off on March 24th in Albuqurque, NM at Burt's Tiki Lounge and will run until April 19th where it will wrap up at Reggie's in Chicago.

Vajra shares these comments about the upcoming road trip, "We are thrilled to head out on the road on our To The Ends Of The Earth Tour with our friends Krashkarma in support of our new single 'The Mirror'". here.

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Five Alarm Funk Release 'Sweat' New Album

Juno-nominated genre benders Five Alarm Funk are celebrating the release of their new album "Sweat" with the release of a stream of a lyric video for their track "DDPP".

The new album is the group's sixth full length effort and was produced by Ben Kaplan (Rise Against, Mother Mother, Biffy Clyro). It hit stores in North American today, March 3rd.

The band mixes various genres including gypsy rock, Afro-funk, Latin, ska, punk and prog-metal to achieve their signature sound and drummer/vocalist Tayo Branston had this to say, "I would say that it's intense, passionate, and fun, genre-spanning music that really anybody can get onboard with. It's got such an array of different sounds, and you can tell that each player has his own individual take and input into each track." Check out the new song here.

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Depeche Mode's Tonight Show Performance Goes Online

(Radio.com) Depeche Mode appeared on The Tonight Show to perform their new single "Where's the Revolution" and the video from the late night television performance has gone online.

2017 is looking like a huge year for Depeche Mode and their legion of loyal fans. Their new album Spirit drops this month and the icons will commence a world tour in May.

American audiences can gear up for the North American leg of the Spirit tour, slated to begin August 23 in Salt Lake City. Watch their Tonight Show performance

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Nine Inch Nails Give Fans Mysterious Bonus

(Radio.com) Nine Inch Nails fans that ordered the band's new EP Not the Actual Events got a "physical component" along with the album -- a mysterious black envelope filled containing mysterious black powder and a frightening disclaimer:

"N.T.A.E. may contain subversive elements that produce feelings of euphoria and may be harmful and unsettling to the consumer," it reads. "Likewise, this physical package may lead to unrealized expectations or unexpected results upon opening. Caution should be exercised with both."

Upon opening the envelope, purchasers discovered printed photographs coated in the strange black toner-like powder. The substance coats fingers and otherwise makes a mess. The disclaimer concluded with language likely added for legal reasons:

"And this is important…this will make a mess. By opening this envelope in any way, you assume all risks to your person and/or property and waive any claim against the Null Corporation, any of its subsidiaries or affiliated entities from any and all damages or harm you may incur." See what fans discovered when they opened the envelopes here.

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Singled Out: Future Villains' Wildflower

L.A. rockers Future Villains just released their new single "Wildflower" and to celebrate we asked lead guitarist and founding member Clay Davies to tell us the story behind the track. Here is the story:

We're just gonna be honest here, most of our songs are written about sex and drugs because this IS Rock N Roll. The concept of our first single WILDFLOWER was inspired by the sudden change of fashion by the incredibly gorgeous girls here in Hollywood. We started noticing girls wearing heart shaped glasses, flowery dresses, cool 70's inspired witchy hats, flowers in their hair. Led Zeppelin, Doors, Pink Floyd T'shirts and even posting story's on social media with these types of bands music in the background. There was also a kinda voodoo type vibe going on as well. Some girls, (one group in particular) even referring to their friends as their coven. The inspiration behind the lyrics were sparked by these super groovy, rock n roll, hippie-chicks and the idea of them being drawn to the city of Hollywood. Which, in many cases, from the mid west to lavish where all the devils and the demons hide with all of the thrills.

With all this as a muse for our writing journey, the song, simply put, is about a wild-hearted, new age witchy, hippie type girl. With looks to kill, moving to L.A. and by natural course of attraction, magnetically finds herself amongst other gypsy type souls to roam free and dangerously wreak havoc in the Hollywood Hills.

She's dangerous. Untamed. Unattainable. Mysterious. Wild and free. Every man's desire and every fathers worst nightmare. She's a WILDFLOWER.

The drums and bass tracks on this song, as with every other song on the album, were recorded at the world famous Sunset Sound Studio's. Once bass and drums were completed it was time to move onto guitars.

We decided to move into a smaller studio in Hollywood to begin the process. The first song up was "Wildflower". Myself and legendary engineer/producer Ross Hogarth were somewhat leery about the small size of the room that would attempt to handle the crushing volume of some of Ross's vintage modded Marshalls. By the end of recording the main guitar tracks for wildflower, the screws on the back of the cab had blown off and it felt like at any moment the entire room would explode and the walls would come tumbling down on top of us Lol!!

A cool fact about the guitar tracks on wildflower is that they were the only one's recorded at that studio. For after the near demise of that place, we'd move over and set up shop at the world famous NRG recording studio's to finish off the other 13 songs.

The song was an incredibly exciting process to record. Everything from choosing the right tones for electric guitar, to the right acoustic for the intro, which ended up being the owner of NRG, Jay Baumgardner's 1968 Gibson. Then creating the old school blues intro chants and our singer, Dusty Bo, playing harmonica through guitar player, Clay Davies Marshall stack, at a blistering volume which would become the harmonica's tone throughout the song. To say the least, it was super groovy good times!!

So Crank it up! Cause rock 'n' roll aint no riddle man, to us it makes good good sense!!

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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