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Day in Rock Report for 03/24/2017

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Former Boston Drummer Sib Hashian Dies On Legends Of Rock Cruise

(hennemusic) Former Boston drummer John Thomas "Sib" Hashian died March 22 at the age 67 after collapsing on stage during a performance on the Legends Of Rock Cruise in the Caribbean.

TMZ reports Hashian's son, Adam, confirmed the drummer suddenly collapsed midset while playing with former Boston lead guitarist Barry Goudreau, while a witness tells the media outlet that attempts to revive him with CPR and a defibrillator failed.

The Legends Of Rock Cruise - featuring original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm, John Cafferty, The Grass Roots and former members of the Beach Boys and Kansas, among others - departed from Miami, FL on March 18 with planned stops including Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Film Expanded For DVD and Blu-Ray

Eagle Rock have announced that they will be releasing The Rolling Stones "Ole Ole Ole! A Trip Across Latin America" on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 26th.

The documentary film by Paul Dugdale was released to limited movie theaters in Europe last September but will be released on home video with the addition of seven live bonus song performances that were captured at various stops of their 2016 Latin American Tour.

Those performances include "Out Of Control" (Buenos Aires, Argentina), "Paint It Black" (Buenos Aires, Argentina), "Honky Tonk Women" (Sao Paulo, Brazil), "Sympathy For The Devil" (Sao Paulo, Brazil), "You Got The Silver" (Lima, Peru), "Midnight Rambler" (Lima, Peru) and "Miss You (Lima, Peru)". Watch the trailer here.

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David Bowie ZiggyZag Statue Fan Initiative Fails

(Radio.com) A crowdfunding initiative to build a three-story sculpture in memory of the late David Bowie has halted because the campaign goal was not reached. The budget for the statue was more than $1 million and the campaign raised just over $60,000.

Since there's not enough money to build the statue, all the money will go back to those who pledged. The design team for the project ,This Ain't Rock'n'Roll, planned on the 'ZiggyZag' statue to be shaped like the iconic lightning bolt from Bowie's Aladdin Sane album cover.

The replica was to be placed in Brixton, south London, streets away from Bowie's Stansfield Road birthplace. A crowdfunding page expressed their gratitude to those who have donated money to the project and added that they are far from done with planning a memorial to tribute Bowie. Read more here.

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The Def Leppard EP Getting Special Reissue

The EP that launched Def Leppard's career is getting a special vinyl reissue from Mercury Records for this year's Record Store Day, which is taking place on Saturday, April 22nd.

The Def Leppard EP, which was originally self-released by the band in 1979, will be reissued as a 12" vinyl with "replica art and picture cover", and will mark the first time it will be released on the long-form/45 rpm format.

Frontman Joe Elliott had this to say, "This is the EP that shone a light on this fledgling bunch of wannabes and set us on our way to international stardom (eventually...)! Recorded at Fairview Studios, just outside Hull in North Yorkshire, a studio we were extremely happy to frequent as it had been used on numerous occasions by the late great Mick Ronson.

"It took 2 days to record and cost £148.50 - money borrowed from my Dad (a feat financially and time wise we would never get close to achieving again, EVER!!!!)" See the tracklisting here.

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Allman Brothers Band Announce The Fox Box Set

A new box set from the Allman Brothers Band, featuring recordings from their 2004 three-night stand at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, is set to be released digitally today (March 24th), followed by the physical 8-CD set on April 28th. We were sent the following details:

The Fox Box 8-CD set can be preordered here and features a remastered audio mix as well as tightening up of the song spacing from the original on-demand releases.

And these three September 2004 shows have a unique feature that ABB fans will appreciate: of the 53 songs performed, there is only one repeat, the sprawling "Dreams," played (three times), and each with a different voicing by the guitar soloist: Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and Jack Pearson.

Allman Brothers Band in 2004 featured founding members Gregg Allman (keyboards, vocals) and drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe along with longtime percussionist Marc Quinones, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks and bassist Oteil Burbridge. Guitarist Jack Pearson, who was in the band from 1997-99, was a special guest. Other guests include Derek's bandmate/wife Susan Tedeschi, guitarist Vaylor Trucks (Butch's son who was captured on the rear cover of Brothers & Sisters as a child) and keyboardist Rob Baracco (Phil Lesh Quintet/Other Ones). See the tracklist

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The Doors' Robby Krieger Announces U.S. Solo Tour

Robby Krieger, the legendary guitarist for The Doors has announced that he will be hitting the road next month to launch a tour that will be hitting select cities across the U.S.

The tour is scheduled to begin on April 7th in Pasadena, CA at The Rose and will be concluding on May 27th in Simi Valley, CA at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center.

Additional stops include shows in New York City, Massachusetts (Shirley), Pennsylvania (Greensburg and Ardmore), New Jersey (Newton), Michigan (Grand Rapids and Detroit), Indiana (Indianapolis), and Ojai, California. See the dates here.

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2017 Warped Tour Lineup Announced

(Radio.com) The Vans Warped Tour has announced its 2017 lineup. Andy Black, American Authors, Attila, Bowling for Soup, Sick Of It All, CKY, GWAR, The Adolescents, Strung Out, Hatebreed, Emmure and The Ataris are just some of the names included in this year's traveling festival.

The tour will also once again include the Mutant Party Zone with two dedicated stages to metal and hardcore rock. The Acacia Strain, Being As An Ocean, Blessthefall, Carnifex and Fit For A King are all slated to perform there.

The Vans Warped Tour will stop at 41 cities across the United States. The first 500 ticket buyers in each city will receive a digital download of the Official Vans Warped Tour 50-song compilation. See the full list of bands broken out by stage and date here.

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Kansas Add New North American Leg To Leftoverture Tour

Kansas have announced that they have added a new North American summer and fall leg to their Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour celebrating their landmark 1976 album.

The new leg is scheduled to get underway on August 25th in Shreveport, LA Shreveport Municipal Auditorium and will conclude on December 9th at The Villages, FL at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center.

These additional dates follow the veteran band's current tour leg where they are performing the album in full, along with other songs from their career as well as material from their latest album "The Prelude Implicit". Read more and see the dates here.

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Bob Dylan Explains Why He's Releasing 'Triplicate'

(Radio.com) Bob Dylan will release his third album of standards, "Triplicate," on March 31 and in a revealing new interview the singer explains the decision to let this music see the light of day.

"I realized there was more to it than I thought, that both of those records (Dylan's previous standards albums Shadows in the Night and Fallen Angels) together only were part of the picture, so we went ahead and did these," he explains of the three-disc project. 'It's better that they come out at the same time because thematically they are interconnected, one is the sequel to the other and each one resolves the previous one.

While Dylan was well versed in the standards he covered, he said he hadn't realized "how much of the essence of life is in them - the human condition, how perfectly the lyrics and melodies are intertwined, how relevant to everyday life they are, how non-materialistic." He adds that he's not sure if his own fans will pick up a copy. Read more here.

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Prince Retains Most Extensive Record Ever Sold Honor

Prince retains the record for the most extensive record every sold for his "Black Album" which sold for a $15,000, despite reports that the record had been broken, according to Discogs.

They sent over the following details: Discogs advanced news to a small number media outlets confirming that a test pressing of Billy Yeager's 301 Jackson Street had sold for $18,000 that was slated to announce [Thursday] morning, but as we all know, you cannot dethrone Prince.

At approximately 7pm EDT on Tuesday 22 March, the transaction had been determined to be a breach of Discogs' Terms Of Service after exhaustive research by Community Engagement Specialist, Aaron Marquez.

Founder and CEO, Kevin Lewandowski states, "Discogs' priority will always be preserving the integrity of our user-built database With hundreds of thousands of contributors, buyers, and sellers, putting their trust in our community, Discogs' mission will continue to be built on the love of music, not the duplicitous nature of the hustle." We've updated our Most Expensive Records Sold for January 2017 to reflect Röyksopp's Melody A.M. clocking in at $8,034.81. The rest of the Top 30 Most Expensive Records and Kevin's entire statement is on the Discogs Blog here.

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'Grateful Dead Movie' Returning to Theaters For One Night

(Radio.com) Deadheads are in for a treat on April 20 when the Fathom Events screening of the Grateful Dead Movie returns to theaters across the nation. This year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the band's 1977 concert film and as a result, fans will get additional material to watch on the big screen.

The film, which focuses on the band's farewell performance at San Francisco's Winterland in October 1974 is scheduled to be shown on April 20 at 7 p.m. local time, reports Rolling Stone.

The feature will also include a never-before-seen mini-documentary about the Grateful Dead's May 8, 1977 concert at Cornell University, which features interviews with fans who attended the show. An excerpt from the upcoming authorized Dead documentary Long Strange Trip will also be shown. Read more here.

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Rocklahoma Festival Announces Daily Lineups

Organizers of the Rocklahoma festival have revealed the daily lineup details for their year's event which will be taking place at Catch the Fever Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK in late May.

Thursday, May 25 (Campground Party): Another Lost Year, Nicnos, Locust Grove, Final Drive, Midnight Mob, Hoodslide, Stolen Rhodes, BC & The Big Rig, Reliance Code, Screaming Red Mutiny

Friday, May 26: Def Leppard, Three Days Grace, Skillet, Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless, In Flames, Slaughter, Rival Sons, Fozzy, Badflower, Goodbye June, Aeges, Retrospect All Stars, Lynam, Aska, Electro_Nomicon, Ratchet Dolls, Death Grip, T.R.O.Y., Arson City, Keychain, Sun And Flesh, Thousand Years Wide, Save The Hero, The Normandys, Difuser

Saturday, May 27: Soundgarden, Stone Sour, The Cult, Zakk Sabbath, Suicidal Tendencies, Diamond Head, Fuel, Starset, Red Sun Rising, Dinosaur Pile-Up, DED, Kore Rozzick, Dead Metal Society, Wild Street, Diamond Lane, Black Tora, Five Star Hooker, Moxy & The Influence, Adakain, NonHuman Era, The Mendenhall Experiment, Paralandra, Wild Fire, The Adarna, The Revolutioners

Sunday, May 28: The Offspring, Seether, Jackyl, Ratt, Taking Back Sunday, Nothing More, Black Stone Cherry, Norma Jean, Wage War, Royal Republic, One Less Reason, London's Dungeon, Niterain, Nova Rex, 3D In Your Face, The Tip, Desire The Fire, Wild Planes, Coda Cutlass, As Above So Below, The Chimpz, Sweatin Bullets, Weston Horn & The Hush, Skytown, The Fairweather. Find more details here.

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Metal Church Recruit Meshiaak To Support Euro Tour

Metal Church have announced that they have recruited Meshiaak as the support act for their upcoming European tour that they will be launching this summer.

The tour will be kicking off on June 9th at the Sweden Rock Festival in Norje and will be wrapping up on July 2nd in Moscow at the Volta. It will also include stops in the UK, Germany, France, Ireland, Greece and Spain.

Meshiaak had this to say about the trek, "We are extremely excited to be making our debut tour through Europe with the mighty Metal Church. We couldn't be happier about starting our journey in Europe and we can't wait to finally play our new songs live."

Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof added, "The Metal Church fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for heavy metal music is second to none!" See the dates here.

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Cro-Mags' John Joseph Announce Free Book Release Event

Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph has announced a special book release event to celebrate the release of the second edition of "The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon."

The punk icon revealed that he will be hosting an entirely free Q&A and book signing event at The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles on April 5th from 7:30pm - 9pm.

He had this to say about why he is releasing an updated version of the book "A lot of stuff has happened since we released the book in 2007. I've updated information, added a couple of chapters and photos, but the message stays the same.

"I want to show others that no matter what they are going through in life, they have to never quit and never surrender. If you are willing to fight through it, you can get through anything." Find more details about the special event here.

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Blondie TV Concert Special Coming Next Month

AXS TV have announced that they will broadcasting a special concert by the veteran group Blondie on Sunday, April 2 at 10pE/7pP. They sent over the following details:

Powered by original members Debbie Harry, Clem Burke and Chris Stein, the 80-minute special gives viewers a front row seat to a career-spanning set live from WTTW's intimate Grainger Studio in Chicago.

Highlights include "Dreaming," "One Way Or Another," "Call Me," "Rapture," and "The Tide Is High," as well as "Rave," "Gravity," and "My Monster," among many others. Visit of the official site for more details here.

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Singled Out: Eclipse's Downfall of Eden

Eclipse released their brand new album "Monumentum" today (March 24th) and to celebrate we asked lead guitarist Magnus Henriksson to tell us about the song "Downfall of Eden". Here is the story:

I'd like to highlight the song "Downfall of Eden" from our latest album "Monumentum". The basic idea for the song was written a few years ago. It was originally written for Ronnie Atkins from Pretty Maids. Erik Mårtensson and I were hired by Frontiers Records to write a solo album for him that later turned out to be the "Nordic Union" project.

We instantly loved the whole idea but the vocal melodies and the acoustic guitar riff sounded very Swedish. Almost too much with its folkish melodies and the orchestration, so we decided to keep it to ourselves for later.

We dug up the idea when it was time to write for our next album. It sounded just as fresh as when we wrote the music. We didn't have any lyrics yet. But at the same time the elections were on TV.

The smeariest campaign ever. It was fascinating watching politicians doing everything in their power to besmirch each other instead of just listening to what the people really want. The world is falling while politicians are playing in the sandbox.

Hence the lyrics: "The king is just a court jester. The king is nothing but a fool. The king ain't got it all together. It's the Downfall of Eden. The Queen is selling you a nightmare. The Queen does everything to win. The Queen is way beyond corrupted. It's the Downfall of Eden"

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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