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Day in Rock Report for 03/22/2017


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AC/DC With Axl Rose Concert Leads To Fine

An AC/DC concert last May in Spain which featured Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose taking over for Brian Johnson has reportedly resulted in a 15,000 euro fine for the promoter over a tickets refund issue for fans that were said to be unhappy about the change in singers.

The legendary band recruited Rose to take over lead vocals for their world tour after doctors warned longtime frontman Brian Johnson that he risked permanent hearing loss if he continued the tour.

The unusual pairing was met with acclaim from both fans and critics, but at issue was a complained filed by FACUA-Consumers in Action on behalf of ticket buyers that wished to receive a refund because of the lineup change and a deadline that was reportedly imposed.

Live Nation, the promoter of the band's May 10th, 2016 concert at the Estadio Olimpico de Sevilla in Seville, Spain, has been fined by The General Directorate of Economy and Commerce of the City of Seville, according to the organization's website Facua.org.

They report that the fine was imposed for an alleged violation of a provision of the Regulations for Admission to Shows and Recreational Activities in Andalusia that says, "spectators and assistants are entitled to the refund of the amounts paid by the entrance or locality and, where appropriate, the proportional part of the payment, when the public spectacle or recreational activity is suspended, Postponed or substantially amended." Read the translated report for more details on the claims made that caused the fine to be imposed here.

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Megadeth's Major Tour With Bigger Band Mystery Solved

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine made headlines last month when he revealed that the band was going to make the rare move of hitting the road later this year as a support act for another group. It now appears that the band he was talking about was German hard rock legends The Scorpions.

Mustaine made news with his interview with the radio station WRIF when he said, "Believe it or not, we've got some cool things going on for the States. We've got two really great things we're gonna be doing. We'll be heading out some part of the spring or summer and then we just were told about an opportunity at the end of the year that really, really excited me."

He then added, "It's somebody I've never played with before that we're actually gonna be supporting. They were so cool that we would step down from being a headliner to support this group."

It was another radio station, Los Angeles' 93.1 Jack FM, that revealed the identity of that mystery band with the following report on Monday "Two of the most celebrated bands in hard rock, together for the first time on the 'Crazy World Tour.' the Scorpions with very special guests Megadeth, play the 'Fabulous' Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, October 7." See the report and presale details here.

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Previously Unreleased Pink Floyd Recording Coming For RSD

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd will be releasing an extended, unreleased version of their 1967 track, "Interstellar Overdrive", as part of Record Store Day 2017 on April 15.

Limited to 4,000 copies, the mono single will be presented on a one-sided 12" 180-gram black vinyl and will play at 33 1/3 RPM. The single will come with a fold-out poster and an A6 postcard featuring a classic image of the band taken when they were recording their debut single, "Arnold Layne."

Written and performed by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, "Interstellar Overdrive" is an unheard recording from 1966, running at close to 15 minutes long.

The original recording was done at the Thomson studio in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire on November 31, 1966, before the band were signed to EMI.

A different, shorter version of the track appears on the band's groundbreaking debut album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn." Read more here.

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Clutch Announce Their Own Music Festival and Tour With Primus

Clutch had two big announcements this week. They will be launching their very first music festival this spring and they are teaming up with Primus for a summer tour.

The An Evening With Primus And Clutch tour is set to kick off on July
17th in Charlotte, NC at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre and will run until August 18th where it will wrap in Berkeley, CA at The Greek Theatre.

The trek will feature each band playing a full set and will not include any opening acts with Clutch kicking off each show an hour after the venue doors open.

Clutch also announced that they will be launching their first annual Earth Rocker Festival which will be taking place on May 20th at Shiley Acres in Inwood, WV. Read more here.

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Paul McCartney Shares Tribute To Chuck Berry

Beatles legend Paul McCartney shared a special tribute to another music icon, Rock and Roll pioneer Chuck Berry, who passed away this past weekend at the age of 90.

McCartney had the following to say via his official website, "Chuck Berry sadly passed away over the weekend. He was one of rock 'n' roll's greatest poets. He will be missed but remembered by everyone who ever loved rock 'n' roll,.

"From the first minute we heard the great guitar intro to 'Sweet Little Sixteen' we became fans of the great Chuck Berry. His stories were more like poems than lyrics - the likes of 'Johnny B Goode' or 'Maybellene'. To us he was a magician making music that was exotic yet normal at the same time. We learnt so many things from him which led us into a dream world of rock 'n' roll music."Read more here.

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David Bowie, Prince, Jimmy Page Lead Record Store Day Releases

Special releases from late music legends David Bowie and Prince highlight the special offering from this year's Record Store Day which will be taking place on April 22nd.

According to Radio.com, a reissue of the long out of print 1983 Prince picture disc for "Little Red Corvette"/"1999" will be one of the exclusives offered this year at participating record stores. It will limited to just 5,000 copies.

For David Bowie fans, a previously unreleased live recording of his September 5th, 1974 concert in Los Angeles will be released as "David Bowie Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles '74)." It too will be limited to 5,000 units.

Also on tap for classic rock fans will be Jimmy Page and the Black Crows' "Misty Mountain Hop," "Bring It On Home," "In the Light" a live recordings from the Jones Beach Concert on marbled black and white vinyl. See some of more the special releases here.

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Joe Walsh Announces Special 3-Day Event At Graceland

(Radio.com) Eagles' Joe Walsh announced a three-day concert event at the newly renovated Graceland in Memphis, TN, where he will participate in a special acoustic storytellers performance, Q&A and photo opportunities.

"This is something I've always wanted to do: Take an evening, invite an audience and just be me," Walsh said in a statement. "What you can expect is me playing music, answering almost all questions anyone would ask (except the ones that may incriminate me), a big screen power point presentation put together and narrated by me, guitar shop talk, slide guitar 101, true stories of road craziness and a discussion of how to destroy hotel rooms and of course playing more music."

Walsh added that the setting will inform what he shares. "I'm particularly excited to talk about my Elvis experiences--what he meant to me and what I meant to him," he said. "We'll conclude with a Town Hall Meeting, including a strategy and platform discussion for my candidacy to run for President of the United States in 2020 and sing 'God Bless America' or something else (Elvis would want that)." Read more here.

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Taking Back Sunday, Every Time I Die Summer Tour Announced

(Radio.com) Taking Back Sunday will return to the road with their national headlining tour promoting their new album, Tidal Wave. They will be supported on the trek by Every Time I Die and Modern Chemistry.

As frontman Adam Lazzara told Radio.com in November, the band faced a fork in the road after seventeen years. Do they give fans the expected, or do they follow their hearts and produce an album that speaks about who they are as a band today?

"We can go one way and that way would be the easy way and just write what people expect from us or we can write something that's very true to the people that we are right now… not only in our lives but the music we're listening to. And that's the road we took and thankfully it's been going really well cause the whole thing could have blown up in our face." See the dates here.

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Nine Inch Nails Lead The FYF Fest Lineup

(Radio.com) After sending fans mysterious envelopes filled with printouts covered in black toner, Nine Inch Nails made their message clear on Tuesday (March 21st). They will be headlining FYF Fest on July 23rd.

The band tweeted out the announcement using a similar design and typography used for envelopes accompanying some physical copies of their new EP Not the Actual Events.

Missy Elliott and Bjork are set to co-headline Friday with Frank Ocean headlining Saturday and Nine Inch Nails headlining Sunday. Other notable names performing throughout the weekend include A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, Iggy Pop, Solange, Run the Jewels, Flying Lotus, Andersen .Paak and MGMT. See the full lineup here.

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Cheap Trick Announce UK Mini Tour

(hennemusic) Cheap Trick have announced a three-date tour of the UK in June. Following appearances at festivals in Spain and Switzerland, the band will play London, Manchester and Bristol in the last week of June.

"We love touring the world and playing music to our loyal fan base - this is what we do and we'll probably never quit!," says the band. "We're as excited and energized today as we've ever been and we can't wait to hit the UK this summer!"

Tickets for all three shows go on sale on March 24 from 10am. Cheap Trick are currently juggling live dates with work on a new album planned for an early summer release. See the dates here.

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Pearl Jam's Mike McCready Announces Book Release

(Radio.com) Pearl Jam's lead guitarist Mike McCready has announced that he will be releasing a 240-page book of polaroids, aptly titled Of Potato Heads and Polaroids: My Life Inside and Out of Pearl Jam.

"Potato Heads" refers to the toy that travels with McCready and often appears in the photos. "Not one to take things too seriously, Mike often brought along his pal, Mr. Potato Head and would ask celebrities, friends, and family to take a Polaroid photo with him," according to the book's summary.

"Needless to say, Mike captured endless strange looks and creative poses in response." Of Potato Heads and Polaroids can be preordered here and will be released on May 30th. Read more here.

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Dopesick Recruit Ill Nino Frontman For 'Release Me' Video

Dopesick have released new music video for their track "Release Me" which features a guest vocalist appearance from Ill Nino frontman Cristian Machado.

The new clip was directed by Matt Zane (Wayne Static, John 5, Orgy) and is one of the tracks from Dopesick's forthcoming EP "The Love and Terror Cult", which is set to be released on April 28th.

Machado had this to say, "I had a great time making the video for Release Me. Somehow, we wound up on a Hollywood rooftop with Matt Zane, and insanity followed shortly after. The backdrop was the beautiful California night sky and a dimly lit Los Angeles skyline.

"I will say that musical instruments were definitely hurt during the making of this video and human beings are definitely to blame. I've never seen a Gibson Les Paul thrown off a rooftop, surely it instigated the destruction of several microphone stands on my part. Check out the video and keep an eye out for the flying Les Paul that nearly decapitated me. All for the love of rock!" Watch the video here.

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Toto Announce Summer Tour With Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

Toto have announced that they will be teaming up with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo for a North American tour this summer and have revealed the initial dates for the trek.

The first coheadlining dates revealed include Los Angeles' The Greek on August 27th, New York City's Beacon Theatre on September 14th and Peachtree City's Frederick Brown Amphitheatre on September 10th, with more dates still to be announced.

Toto's Steve Lukather had this to say, "I've known Neil a long time and he's a fantastic musician. Pat's voice is one of the all time greats and we're super excited to join together with them to do some shows this summer." Read more here.

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Raven Announce U.S. and European Tour Dates

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal icons Raven have announced that they are hitting the road again and revealed live dates both in the U.S. and across Europe.

The band will be kicking off their touring with three U.S. dates this May in Illinois, New Jersey and Maryland, followed by a European tour in the first half of June.

The band will then be making appearances at several European music festivals this summer and returning the U.S. for the Frost & Fire Festival in Ventura, Ca in October. Read more and see the dates here.

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Radiohead Reveal Support Act For U.S. Tour

Radiohead have announced that they have recruited Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis to be the supporting act for their forthcoming spring headline tour of the United States.

The acclaimed UK band will be kicking off their sold out American tour on March 30th in Miami at the American Airlines Arena and concluding with their performance at the second weekend of the Coachella festival.

Radiohead's camp sent over the following details about the support group: "Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis are a cross-cultural joint Jewish-Arabic project that revives the music of the Al-Kuwaiti Brothers--composers of some of the most popular Iraqi songs from the early 20th century. Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood previously collaborated with Dudu Tassa on the latter's track 'Eize Yom' in 2009." See the tour dates here.

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Sublime Releasing Special Beer for '40oz. To Freedom' 25th Anniversary

(Radio.com) Sublime has teamed with Alesmith to create and distribute a Mexican-style lager commemorating the 25th anniversary of 40oz. To Freedom, the band's 1992 debut album.

According to the brewery, they will distribute the new beer this June in 12oz six-pack cans in limited quantities. But for real fans who demand the beer stay true to the album title, Alesmith will also offer a small batch of limited edition of 40oz bottles for sale directly through the San Diego brewery and select outlets.

"From our very first meeting this was obviously a perfect fit," says Sublime's manager Dave Kaplan. "Both AleSmith and Sublime are all about staying true to quality and authenticity above all else. Plus, I always could see that classic Sublime Sun logo on a beer bottle. We just needed a world-class beer to go inside and we found it with AleSmith." Read more here.

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