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Day in Rock Report for 03/10/2017


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Rush's Geddy Lee Will Not Perform At Rock Hall Induction

(hennemusic) The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has released a statement denying that Rush frontman Geddy Lee will be performing with Yes at their induction in New York next month following comments made by singer Jon Anderson.

Billboard reports the Rock Hall sent them a statement to clarify the situation after the music industry magazine published an interview with Yes co-founder Anderson where he said Lee would join the group for a performance of their 1971 classic, "Roundabout", in place of the late Chris Squire, who passed away in 2015.

"Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were only confirmed to do the induction speech for one of their favorite bands and not perform," the Rock Hall tells Billboard. "They, like all the other Yes fans, look forward to honoring them and watching them perform at the induction ceremony on April 7 and the HBO broadcast on April 29."

According to Rush's management, adds Billboard, "Geddy will actually NOT be performing with Yes and they are working on getting Billboard to retract/correct the (original) story." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses, Alice In Chains, Heart Stars Lead Benefit Lineup

Organizers of the 5th Annual Rock Against Ms Benefit Concert & Award Show have assembled an impressive roster of artists to take part in this year's event including stars from Gun N' Roses, Alice In Chains, Heart Winery Dogs' Richie Kotzen and more.

The headline performance at the event will feature the debut of Roadcase Royale, the new band formed by Heart's Nancy Wilson and features Liv Warfield from Prince's New Power Generation.

The benefit will also include former Guns N' Roses members Steven Adler and Gilby Clarke, Alice in Chains stars Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez, as well as Rudy Sarzo of Ozzy Osbourne/Dio/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake fame and Foreigner's Jeff Pilson. Read more here.

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Slipknot's Late Bassist Paul Gray Items Being Auctioned

Rare and one of a kind items from the estate of late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray are set to be offered during a special All Access Legacy Auction in April, Backstage Auctions has announced.

"It's truly a privilege to be hosting this event especially knowing that it will benefit Paul's daughter October," explains Backstage Auctions founder Jacques van Gool.

The auction will feature Paul's personal tour used bass guitars, amps, cabinets, gear, stage worn apparel, set lists, tour itineraries, signed items, record awards, personal passes and a whole lot more. Among the many highlights is a selection of over a dozen tour, studio and album recording used bass guitars, as well as several early day signature Slipknot jumpsuits.

"Each of the guitars and jumpsuits has their own story to tell and represent a significant element of Paul Gray's touring and recording history,", comments van Gool. "I have personally worked with Brenna Gray over the past 18 months and her final selection of items from Paul's collection is amazing and truly honors Paul's legacy. She has hand-picked items that will appeal to Paul Gray and Slipknot collectors all around the world".

The online auction event starts April 1, 2017 and will run through April 9, 2017. A special VIP All Access Preview of the entire auction catalog will be available online beginning Saturday, March 25th and is open to fans and collectors worldwide. More details here.

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Poison's Rikki Rockett Celebrates One Year Of Being Cancer Free

As Poison drummer Rikki Rockett gears up for the band's long awaited return to the road, he celebrated a major milestone this week with the 1st anniversary of being cancer free.

Rockett underwent experimental treatment for his oral cancer and he reported via a social media post on Wednesday (March 8th) that it continues to be effective.

He shared with fans, "One year ago today I started a clinical trial for immunotherapy one week after my daughter, Lucy's 3rd birthday. I was faced with oral cancer that was not responding to radiation or chemo." Read more here.

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Linkin Park Release 'Heavy' Video Featuring Kiiara

(hennemusic) Linkin Park have released the official video for "Heavy" featuring Kiiara, the lead single from their forthcoming album, "One More Light" which is set to hit stores on May 19th.

Directed by Tim Mattia, the clip presents singers Chester Bennington and Kiiara in a support group-setting struggling with their demons and, ultimately, themselves, culminating in an intense bathroom fight scene.

"What's funny is, like, this song is, like, not a heavy song," Bennington tells Music Choice, "but I destroyed more stuff making this [clip] than, like, any other song. It was more violent and more intense making this video than any other video. I got into fistfights with myself, fistfights with other people, breaking a bunch of stuff. I got to take a lamp and throw it through a television set. I wrecked so much stuff, it was awesome"

Unlike most lead singles, guitarist and keyboardist Mike Shinoda says the song really does represent the essence of what the group were striving for with "One More Light."

"One of the reasons why we chose 'Heavy' as the first single is because it is really the core sound of the album," explains Shinoda. "This wasn't a scenario where the whole album sounds one way and the single sounds different. This is how the album sounds. So we wanted to go out with a song like that, where everybody can get a sense of the direction of this body of work." Watch it here.

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U2 Expand 'The Joshua Tree' For 30th Anniversary Reissue

(Radio.com) U2 have announced that they will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree, be releasing an anniversary edition packed to the brim with extras.

Besides including the original album, the 30th anniversary edition will also feature a live recording of the band's Madison Square Garden concert in 1987, B-sides from the recording sessions, remixes (from Daniel Lanois, St Francis Hotel, Jacknife Lee, Steve Lillywhite and Flood) and an 84-page hardback book featuring never before seen photography shot by The Edge during the original Mojave Desert photo session in 1986.

Fans will have several different formats to choose from, including deluxe and super deluxe options on CD and vinyl. The 30th anniversary edition will be available June 2nd. Read more here.

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Kid Rock Announces American Badass Grill

Move over George Foreman, music star Kid Rock is going old school with his new "American Badass Grill" and hopes to keep fans barbequing all summer long.

Rock's new charcoal grill is made completely in the U.S. and he had this to say, "I'm not gonna lie. It is more expensive to make things in America. But it's important to me. I love America, and I want to do all I can to create manufacturing jobs at home,"

We were sent these additional details:The American Badass Grill's dual-damper system and natural convection environment give you total control to grill high and hot or low and slow - just like larger professional units. The 200 square inches of grilling space can hold up to twelve burgers all at once - or three beer can chickens.

The American Badass Grill comes with a 30-day Money Back Guarantee, and will be available in retail locations at a later date. For now, customers can order the grill at www.AmericanBadassGrill.com.

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Warrant Announce New Album 'Louder Harder Faster'

Warrant fans have waited six years for a new album from the band and that wait will be over on May 12th when the group releases their new effort "Louder Harder Faster".

The band, featuring original members Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, and Steven Sweet along with singer Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love), recording the album with producer Jeff Pilson (a current member of Foreigner and former member of the classic era Dokken).

The new album follows their 2011 studio record "Rockaholic". Erik Turner had this to say about it, "You can hear and feel the emotions of the last 25 + years of being in this band poured into LHF. The fun and the frustrations, the pleasure and the pain... a whole lot of blood, sweat, tears and beers went into the making of this album. Love it or hate it, its the real f'ckn deal, 100% pure melodic hard rock. Hand crafted by five musicians who dedicated their lives to music when they were just little kids with big dreams." Read more here.

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'American Pie' Singer Don McLean Hit With Protective Order From Ex

(Radio.com) A Maine court has granted Patrisha McLean an order of protection against her ex-husband, "American Pie" singer Don McLean, that will last two years.

The order follows a domestic violence assault by McLean in July 2016. At the time, McLean pled guilty and his attorney said he would've had a punishment of a $3,000 fine if he could stay out of trouble for a year.

No word as to how his inability to do so will affect any further fine. Patrisha says she's glad the order was granted. The songwriter's attorney did not return a phone call looking for comment, according to Billboard. Read more here.

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Diego's Umbrella Streaming Full New Album 'Edjka'

Gypsy-rockers Diego's Umbrella have released their new album "Edjka" on Hardline Entertainment and are currently streaming the album in its entirety with antiMusic.

"This is our best album to date. It is raw and emotional, the combination of years on the road, finely tuned craftmanship and bold songwriting," says vocalist Vaughn Lindstrom.

"What makes it even more exciting is that we're teaming up with Hardline Entertainment for the release. This is gonna be an exciting year for Diego's Umbrella. We're really excited about all that's in store. Killer new album, our live show is dialed, new label, new management... Let's do this!" Read more and listen to the full album stream here.

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Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band TV Special Announced

The concert special Ringo Starr and His 2016 All Starr Band is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, March 26 at 10pE/7pP and the cable and satellite channel AXS TV. The network sent over these details:

In addition to Starr, the six-piece All Starr Band features Todd Rundgren, Santana keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister frontman and bassist Richard Page, saxophonist Warren Ham, and drummer Gregg Bissonette.

Filmed at the Foellinger Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN, on June 21 2016, the concert features the band at the top of their game as they deliver hit after hit. Highlights of Ringo Starr And His 2016 All Starr Band include "You're Sixteen" and "Photograph;" "Yellow Submarine" and "With A Little Help From My Friends." Read more here.

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Ratt's Stephen Pearcy Releases 'Ten Miles Wide' Video

Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy has released a new music video for his track "Ten Miles Wide". The song comes from his solo album "Smash," which was released back in January.

Pearcy had these comments about the new album, "It took long enough to finish the new record Smash and it is well worth the patience taken, giving every song as much attention as the next.

"Erik Ferentinos (lead guitars & co-writer), Greg D' Angelo (drums) and Matt Thorne (bass, keyboards) and myself didn't settle on any first, second or third takes.

"We let some songs grow if needed, then go back and complete it. We're very happy with the outcome, that we were able to experiment and grow with the new songs." Watch the new video here.

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Supergroup The Night Flight Orchestra Announce New Album

Classic and progressive rock supergroup The Night Flight Orchestra have announced that they will be releasing their third studio album, entitled "Amber Galactic" on May 19th.

The group features member of Soilwork and Arch Enemy and the new album was recorded at Handsome Hard Studio in Lund, Sweden. Frontman Björn Strid had this to say about the new effort:

"'Amber Galactic' was made during late nights and way too early mornings, when sometimes, in the corner of your eye, you can catch a glimpse of another dimension, where all the women are heartbroken space commanders in evening gowns, the champagne is always free and the drugs won't hurt you.

"We wanted to create more than just a listening experience, instead we want it to be an alternative reality. We hope that after listening to Amber Galactic, you'll be wide-eyed, horny and slightly drunk." Read more here.

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Bratana Release New Video Featuring Cypress Hill's Sen Dog

Bratana have released a new music video for their single "Kill Puppets". The track and video features a guest appearance from Cypress Hill icon Sen Dog.

The song comes from the Bratana's recently released album "Rockin' Addiction" which was produced by Biohazard frontman Billy Graziadei and hit stores in late January.

Bratana frontman Val Lapin had this to say, "'Kill Puppets' started as a riff, then the vocal melody and the lyrics. When the first version of the song was finished , Billy proposed having Sen Dog rapping on it , I loved the idea.

"The day of recording Sen was fun , I brought some Corona to Billy's studio, so did Sen in addition to a bag of weed. Sen asked me what the song was all about , to which I said it was about the troops and the lying politicians, and after less than an hour of sipping Corona, smoking weed and writing on a scratch piece of paper Sen delivered and recorded his genius lyrics , which fully opened up the subject." Watch the video here.

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Life Of Agony Launch A History Of Agony

Life Of Agony have launched a new biography video series called "A History Of Agony," which follows the release of their new music video A Place Where There's No More Pain".

The new video series comes ahead of the release of the band's new album "A Place Where There's No More Pain," which will hit stores on April 28th. Part one of the new series can be seen here.

Bassist Alan Robert had this to say about the video for the title track, "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 clip here.

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Backup Planet and The Heavy Pets Announce Spring Tour

Nashville rockers Backup Planet have announced that they will be releasing their sophomore album, Reactions, on March 31st and teaming up with The Heavy Pets for a spring tour.

The U.S. coheadlining trek, which they are calling The Heavy Planet Tour, is scheduled to begin on March 17th in in Gainesville, FL at the High Dive and will wrap up on April 30th in New Orleans, LA at Gasa Gasa.

Backup Planet have also booked some stand-alone dates along the trek including shows in Charleston, Huntsville, Macon, Savannah, Houston and Dallas. See all of the dates here.

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Without Waves Release 'Us Against' Video

Without Waves have released a video their epic new track "Us Against". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Lunar," which is set to be released on March 17th.

We were sent these details: The new music video for spans over nine minutes long showcasing the band's cascading melodies and dreamy chords. Check it out here

The new album was self-produced at Bricktop Recording with Pete Grossman (Weekend Nachos, Immortal Bird) overseeing and Sanford Parker (Voivod, Pelican, Bloodiest) mixing. Read more here.

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Paul Johnson and The About Last Nights Release Burn It Down Video

Mississippi rockers Paul Johnson and The About Last Nights have released a new music video for their track "Burn It Down." The song is the first single from their forthcoming EP "Give Up The Ghost".

Johnson had this to say about the new track and visual, "Really, it's adolescence. Being young, bored and hopeful that one day things will be whatever we make it, but right now is all that matters.

"Looking back as adults, we sometimes see that maybe those were the best times of our lives. Getting through those years feels like an eternity, but in the grand scheme of things, it is only a moment." Watch the clip here.

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