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Day in Rock Report for 03/27/2017


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Eric Clapton Postpones Shows Due To Severe Illness

Guitar legend Eric Clapton was forced to postpone his concerts at the Forum in Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood this past weekend because he is suffering from severe bronchitis.

The two shows were scheduled to take place on Saturday (March 25th) and Sunday (March 26th) but have been pushed back until September 13th and 18th, due to the medical issue.

On Friday, the legendary rocker's Facebook broke the band news to fans with the following, "Due to severe bronchitis and under doctor's advisement, Eric Clapton is rescheduling this weekend's two shows at The Forum in Los Angeles." Read more here.

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Metallica's Full Lollapalooza Brazil Set Streaming Online

(hennemusic) Metallica headlined the Lollapalooza festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday night (March 25th) and professional video of the band's full set has surfaced online.

The group delivered an 18-song set of classics and tracks from their current album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct", at Autódromo de Interlagos. The two-disc set was produced by Greg Fidelman, drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist James Hetfield.

A Deluxe Edition of the package adds a bonus disc of rarities and covers, including takes on tracks by Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and Rainbow, and the group's full set at Rasputin's in Berkeley, California on Record Store Day 2016 to celebrate the reissues of "Kill 'Em All" and "Ride The Lightning."

The weekend event in Sao Paulo also saw performances by The Strokes, The XX, The Chainsmokers, Duran Duran and more. Watch Metallica's set here.

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Former Guns N' Roses Guitarist No Longer Regrets His Time In Band

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal says that he does not regret being a part of the group, but he admits that he held a different opinion back when he left the band in 2014.

Bumblefoot had the following to say in a recent SiriusXM interview (via Classic Rock) "You could look at anything and say, 'What if I took a different path? What if I did different things? What if I said no and did this instead? What if I just focused on my solo stuff or producing or film and TV music?'

"But your life is your life and whatever decisions you made, they were based on who you were, who you are and what was supposed to happen. So, do I regret it? No. Absolutely not. If you had asked me three years ago, I would have a different answer. But, no. I got to be part of making millions of people cheer and enjoy themselves. It's wonderful." Read more here.

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Billy Joel Plans To Play Less And Less Gigs

Billy Joel has revealed in a new interview that he may begin to player fewer and fewer live shows in the future so he can focus more time "having a personal life".

Joel has been playing a monthly residency at New York's Madison Square Garden and also launched a series of stadium tour dates across the U.S. back in January, which run until September.

The "Piano Man" shared his thinking about his future with Newsday. He told the publication, "I don't know that I'm going to be able to continue selling out shows at The Garden. Eventually there has to be an end to the arc. It has to start dissipating, and when we get an indication of that we'll probably fold the tent. I don't know when that will be."

He then added, "I'm probably going to start playing less and less gigs. Right now, we do a Garden show once a month and probably two other shows in other places around the country. I mean, I've got a new baby now and I'm trying to [spend more time] having a personal life. So I'm looking at less work." See his upcoming dates here.

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Paul McCartney Recording New Album With Adele Producer

Beatles legend Paul McCartney has revealed in a new interview that he is recording a new studio album with Adele producer and songwriter Greg Kurstin.

Kurtin produced and co-wrote three of the tracks on Adele's latest hit album "25", including the smash single "Hello". McCartney spoke with BBC Radio 6 Music channel about working with the producer on his new record.
"I'm making a new album, which is great fun. I'm in the middle of that. I'm working with a producer I first worked with two years ago on a piece of music I'm doing for an animated film."

McCartney then addressed his concern over the perception some may have with him working with Kurtin, "My only worry is, people are going to go, 'Oh there's Paul going with the flavor of the month. I suppose you always think the worst of it." Check out the full interview here.

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Iron Maiden Announce Next Round Of Vinyl Reissues

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have announced that they will be expanding their vinyl reissues series with twelve albums from the band's catalogue scheduled for re-release on heavyweight 180g black vinyl this spring.

Following the 2014 launch of reissues of the group's first eight records, the band are following up with a dozen projects that will be released over a three-month period.

On May 19, Iron Maiden will release "No Prayer For The Dying", "Fear Of The Dark", "The X Factor" and "Virtual XI." June 23 will deliver "Brave New World", "Rock In Rio" (Live), "Dance Of Death" and "A Matter Of Life And Death." The 2017 editions wrap up on July 21 with "Death On The Road" (Live), "Flight 666" (Live), "The Final Frontier" and "En Vivo!" (Live).

As a bonus, the first two albums ("No Prayer For The Dying" and "Fear Of The Dark") will also be made available in an exclusive Collector's Box sized to house all 12 albums with additional space for fans to insert the latest Maiden studio album "The Book Of Souls", which was released on triple black vinyl in 2015. Read more here.

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Pink Floyd Streaming Rare 1971 Studio Footage

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd are streaming rare 1971 footage of studio sessions featuring the band working on the epic track, "Echoes", in sync with the March 24 release of a series of individual volumes from "The Early Years 1965-1972" box set.

Video of the work-in-progress - which appeared on Pink Floyd's sixth album, "Meddle" - can be seen as part of a documentary, "24 hours - Bootleg Records." The 1971 UK broadcast features an interview with band manager Steve O'Rourke on the subject of bootlegs and includes footage of the group hearing one of their own for the very first time.

The video appears on the DVD/Blu-ray "1971 Reverber/ation", one of six volumes issued separately this month after appearing on last November's release of the box set.

The 27-disc package features 130 tracks from the band's formative years, including TV recordings, BBC Sessions, outtakes, demos and more than 20 unreleased songs alongside 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and more than 5 hours of rare concert footage. Check out the new clip here.

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Muse, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers Lead Kabboo Lineup

Muse, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer have been announced as headliners for the third annual Kabboo Del Mar festival.

The event is scheduled to take place on September 15th, 16th and 17th at the Del Mar fairgrounds in the San Diego area and will also feature headline performances from Pink, David Guetta, Jane's Addiction and Ice Cube.

Other artist set to perform include Jackson Browne, the Black Crowes offshoot The Magpie Salute, Live, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Jason Derulo, Alanis Morissette, Michael McDonald, Live, Dave Mason, The Tubes, The Wallflowers, Garbage, Pete York Fishbone and more. See the full lineup here.

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Rockers Pay Tribute To Late Boston Drummer Sib Hashian

A number of iconic rockers have paid tribute to former Boston drummer Sib Hashian who died last week while performing on the Legends of Rock Cruise.

His former band shared the following tribute, "Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Sib Hashian who unexpectedly passed away... Sib's high energy drumming on the early Boston albums and tours leaves a legacy that will be remembered by millions."

Hashian former Boston bandmate Barry Goudreau, who was performing with the drummer at the time of his collapse, shared this via Facebook, "Sib was [one] in a million, never to be replaced. He will be greatly missed."

Original Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm, who was also on the rock themed cruise, tweeted, "So sorry to hear about [the] passing of Boston Drummer Sib Hashian. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family during this time." Read more here.

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Chicago To Headline 24th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala

The iconic band Chicago has been announced as the headliners of the 24th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala, which will be honoring actress Jamie Lynn-Sigler, who is best known for playing Meadow Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos.

Jamie Lynn-Sigler, who is battling multiple sclerosis, will be receiving the 2017 Medal of Hope Award, during the event which will be taking place on May 5th at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Ca.

Race to Erase MS founder Nancy Davis had this to say about the iconic group performing at the benefit, "Chicago is one of my favorite bands of all time and has endless hits that remind me so much of all the special moments in my life. I am so excited that they can join us at this year's Race to Erase MS Gala to support the cause." Find more details here.

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Poison's Rikki Rockett Looks Back At Band's Early Days

Poison drummer Rikki Rockett took a look back at the early days of the band and their debut album "Look What the Cat Dragged In" on the latest episode of the Decibel Geek podcast. The show sent over these details:

Rockett reflected on the early days of Poison as they made a leap the transition from their home in Mechanicsburg, PA to Hollywood in the early 1980's. "I was really scared. I lived in the same house until I was 22 years old. All of a sudden, BAM, I'm in a f***in' one bedroom in the hardcore part of Hollywood. The first week we're seeing people get their asses kicked out front. I remember this pimp was literally smacking the hell out of his ho across the street. We went down the steps. I had a Pearl drum cymbal stand. I'm like "Let's just f*** this motherf***er up", you know what I mean? We went down and the guy comes around with a knife this f***in' big and we're like "Maybe we shouldn't get involved (laughs)"

Poison quickly built a reputation as a top live act on the Sunset Strip; boasting a glam look and songs that described a life of excess. When asked about how accurate the lyrical content was at the time, Rockett said: "We didn't have any money. We didn't have beautiful cars. We didn't have anything. So, we wrote about it like we did. A lot of times when people have it in their life, they write about how downtrodden they are. But when you really don't have anything, you write about how wonderful it could be. Unfortunately, we couldn't go out and party every night. Later, that happened because we were, like, fulfilling our dreams. But when we were writing those songs, they were wish lists." Check out the full episode here.

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Uriah Heep Announce New Reissues and RSD Exclusive

(Chipster) Uriah Heep have announced that they will be reissuing three more classic albums this Friday and also announced special Record Store Day double LP vinyl release.

The band will be reissuing the albums 'Look at Yourself ', 'Demons And Wizards' and 'The Magician's Birthday' on March 31st, which follows the expanded and re-mastered reissues of Uriah Heep's first 2 albums (and a new 2 disc anthology called, 'Your Turn To Remember'). We were sent the following details:

The band's 3rd album 'Look At Yourself' was originally released in October of 1971 and represented the first for manager Gerry Bron's new label 'Bronze Records' and was also their first to hit the Top 100 of the Billboard Top 200, peaking at #93. The title track is a charging statement of intent as the band don't let up, with no time to reflect on their success. Such was their hectic schedule at this time they managed to cram touring, session time and 3 albums in the space of 12 months. 'Demons And Wizards' was released in June 1972 and is widely hailed to be their masterpiece. In the US, the album reached #23 on The Billboard Top 200 and was their first album to be RIAA Certified GOLD. It also features their 2 best known tracks in the states, the Classic Rock Radio staple "The Wizard" and their highest charting single, "Easy Livin'" (#39 Billboard Hot 100). Signs of personal problems and pushy management started to have an effect on the band and the next album, 'The Magician's Birthday' released November 1972, though a quick follow-up the band somehow managed to pull it off with the album hitting #31 on the Billboard Top 200 and was their 2nd consecutive album to be RIAA Certified GOLD. Read more here.

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Serj Tankian Rocks 'Game of Thrones' Concert Experience

(Radio.com) System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian made a surprise appearance at the Game of Thrones Concert Experience in Los Angeles, California last Thursday night (March 23rd).

Tankian performed "Rains of Castermere" from the series. Backed by an orchestra, he stood apart on his own stage. While he sang, clips from the show broadcast in the background. The song has appeared–either as a melodic tease or as a whole–throughout the series.

Tankian's performance at the event followed a tease he tweeted earlier in the week. "My friend Ramin Djawadi, composer of Game Of Thrones, and I playing cars? OR Prepping for the #GameofThronesLive show at the @TheForum," he wrote (via Loudwire).

The Game of Thrones Concert Experience completely transformed the L.A. venue The Forum into something out of the hit HBO series. A fan captured Tankian's moment. Watch it here.

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All Time Low Release 'Last Young Renegade' Video

(Radio.com) All Time Low released their new music video for "Last Young Renegade". The song is the title track to the group's forthcoming studio album, which is set to be released on June 2nd.

On the way to a show, lead singer Alex Gaskarth stops at a red light where he spots a young couple trying to fix the woman's car engine. Their loving relationship comes across in the way the man teases her and how she jumps into his arms to share a sweet moment. Gaskarth smiles, but can't dawdle long because he's got music to play.

Once he gets to the club, All Time Low take the stage and launch into their song while the video flashes back to the couple Gaskarth saw earlier and the wild night they have out in Los Angeles. The evening comes full circle when they stumble into All Time Low's show at the end.

"It's sort of a symbol for the whole record, Alex Gaskarth tells Radio.com of the album's title and song. "We looked at the record as kind of a story--and I always hesitate to say it's a concept record--I don't think it's a full fleshed out concept--but there is an over-arching theme and a lot of threads that connect the songs together through these characters. It was a device for me to be able to comfortably write about some things that I'm not as comfortable talking about openly. The Last Young Renegade became a symbol for those characters--it's all of us. It's me in a lot of ways. It's the guys, our fans. What I love is that when you listen to a record you try to relate it to the artist and who's singing it to you but at the end of the day the songs take on their own meanings. I know all my favorite songs' I have my own meanings to what I think the songs are about and how they apply to me. So I think The Last Young Renegade is me, it's the fan, the listener, anyone you want it to be. Watch the video here.

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Big Star, NRBQ and Art Pepper Quartet Record Store Day Releases Announced

(Conqueroo) Omnivore Recordings have announced special limited-edition, brick-and-mortar-only vinyl editions from Big Star, NRBQ and the Art Pepper Quartet that they will be releasing for this year's Record Store Day that will be taking place on Saturday, April 22.

The Art Pepper Quartet (Art Pepper, Ben Tucker, Russ Freeman and Gary Frommer) album celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and to commemorate, Omnivore Recordings, along with Art's widow, Laurie Pepper, will release an all-analog edition of the original vinyl on clear wax, in an individually numbered, tip-on jacket. Cut by Kevin Gray from the original mono master tape, this stellar package also includes the original liner notes and a features an alternate take of "Blues at Twilight" as a bonus track making its vinyl debut. CD and digital versions to follow at a later date.

On the heels of the highly celebrated, first-ever career-spanning CD boxed set High Noon - A 50-Year Retrospective, NRBQ returns for Record Store Day with a special double LP distillation, High Noon - A 50-Year Retrospective (Update). For Q fans who need a vinyl fix, this set contains highlights from the boxed set in a full-color gatefold with an inner photo spread visually tracing the band's history. A perfect primer for the uninitiated, and a necessity for the faithful, this special edition contains a previously unissued live version of "Keep This Love Goin'" unique to the vinyl configuration.

Rounding out this year's releases is the special slipcase edition of Big Star's Complete Third: Vol. 3: Final Masters. Complete Third was years in the making, and its eventual CD release saw it appear on countless "Best of 2016" lists. The vinyl volumes of Complete Third began rolling out at the end of last year with Vol. 1: Demos To Sessions To Roughs arriving in November and Vol. 2: Roughs To Mixes in February 2017. Now, Vol. 3: Final Masters is here to complete the trilogy. Read more here.

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Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Release 'One More Thing' Video

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band have released a new music video for the track "One More Thing". The song comes from the brand new album "Front Porch Session," which hit stores earlier this month.

The Reverend had this to say about the song, "The song isn't a response to any one thing. It's just words I've had to live from time to time in my life. Words a lot of my neighbors are living right now. A lot of Americans are suffering."

The video was shot on the front porch at Reverend Peyton's home in Brown County, Indiana and the videography production and editing was done by Tyler Zoller. Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Versus' No Safety

Versus recently released their brand new studio album 'The Cardinal" and to celebrate we asked frontman Joe Taylor to tell us about the song "No Safety". Here is the story:

No safety was a defining moment for me as far as writing it. This was the first time I'd came in so blunt about losing my step dad to suicide. It was like 2 years of raw emotion coming out at once. Once it came out it felt real. It is a visual summary of one of the most messed up years in my life. I learned how messed up the medical system was and just how deep it went. It was a very unsettling feeling. We always expect the system to be put together to make sure the people are taken care of in their biggest times of need. I learned very quickly that's not the case. Without a network of support between all of us.. we will feel no safety.

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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