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Day in Rock Report for 03/29/2017

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Guns N' Roses Reunion Tops Lucrative Tour List

Guns N' Roses reportedly claimed the top spot on Pollstar's 2016 highest average per city gross list for the dates on their Not In This Lifetime reunion world tour last year.

The tour, which featured original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, topped the list with an average per city gross of $5,004,737, according to the Daily Mail.

They report that the iconic hard rockers were followed by pop star Justin Beiber who averaged $1,676,016 per show, the Red Hot Chili Peppers with $1,487,928 and Fleetwood Mac legend Stevie Nicks with $898,269 per concert. Read the report here.

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Aerosmith Postpone American Tour Plans

Aerosmith have decided to postpone their American Aero-Vederci Baby! Tour leg this fall in order to work on new music, it was revealed by lead guitarist Joe Perry in a new interview.

The legendary musician made the revelation while talking to AZ Central ahead of the band's headline performance at this year's NCAA March Madness Music Festival in Phoenix.

When he was asked if the band's Aero-Vederci Baby! tour is really their farewell trek, he responded, "Not officially, no. But we postponed the American tour we were supposed to do this fall. And we're gonna go out and tour until, you know, we're done. And we're gonna try and hit every place we've ever played and never played. There's always new places to go. New countries. I'd like to play China and the Far East. There's a lot of places that are off the beaten path. Is this the last tour? Well, I don't know. I don't think so."

He was then asked about new music in a follow up question and said, "Yeah, actually, which is one of the reasons we postponed this tour. We want to get in and give ourselves some time to get something done. We definitely have another record in us, if not two. But we'll see how that goes." Read the full interview here.

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Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon Item Sells For Big Dollars

(hennemusic) The studio console used by Pink Floyd to famously record their 1973 album, "The Dark Side Of The Moon", sold at auction in New York on Monday for more than double its presale estimate.

The rare EMI TG12345 MK IV recording console - one of only two ever made - sold for 1,807,500 during the Bonhams' TCM Presents … Rock and Roll Through The Lens auction to an anonymous bidder.

The equipment was housed in Abbey Road's famed Studio 2 from 1971 to 1983, with Pink Floyd and many other artists using the gear for various recording ventures.

Seller and producer Mike Hedges initially purchased the console from Abbey Road in 1983 when the studio upgraded its equipment; he said it was still in "excellent working condition" upon its sale.

"The world record price of this important item of music engineering only confirms the military precision of EMI craftsmanship and the powerhouse persona of Abbey Road Studio," says Katherine Schofield, Head of Entertainment Memorabilia in London. "The intense bidding seen in the room and on the phone speaks to its association with one of the UK's most relevant and successful bands, Pink Floyd, and highlights the fact that this is far from being any ordinary console." Read more here.

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Hank Williams Jr. And Lynyrd Skynyrd Teaming Up This Summer

Hank Williams Jr. has announced a series of new North American summer tour dates, including some coheadlining shows with southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The coheadlining dates include Raleigh, N.C. (which will also feature special guest Aaron Lewis), Noblesville, Ind., Camden, N.J., Wantagh, N.Y., and Williams and Lynyrd Skynyrd will both be performing at the Dam Music Fest in El Dorado, Kan.

Hank Jr. will be kicking off the new round of dates for his busy touring year at the PGA Tour Champions Bass Pro Shop's Legends of Golf Tournament in Ridgedale, Mo. on April 20th and he has announced dates that run until September 16th where he will be performing at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Read more here.

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Judas Priest's Rob Halford Releasing Box Set

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford's solo output is the focus of a new 12-CD box set, which will be called "The Complete Albums Collection," and is set to be released on May 19th.

The new collection will feature four albums from Fight (K5: The War of Words Demos, War of Words, Mutations, A Small Deadly Space), as well as the stand alone release from the 2wo project which also features John 5.

And a solo collection would not be complete without seven albums from Halford (Resurrection, Live Insurrection, Crucible, Live in Anaheim, Halford III: Winter Songs, Halford IV: Made of Metal, Live At Saitama Super Arena). It's available for preorder here.

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The Kinks' Dave Davies Streaming New Album Online

Legendary guitarist of The Kinks, Dave Davies will be releasing his new album "Open Road" on Friday (March 31st) but fans don't have to wait since it is streaming in its entirety online.

Davis has partnered with Paste Magazine to stream the new record (check it out here), which was written and produced with his son Russ Davis. Dave had this to say about the project, "Working with my son was a delight and he made me realize a lot about myself... I feel an almost strange magnetic loving energy pervading through the whole work... I found it very demanding emotionally and I wanted it to have integrity... Even though Russ is my son we happened to both gel with the ideals, stories and motives of the work; the honesty, the purity of it, and its deceptive simplicity and wonder of it."

Russ adds, "Working with Dave is a fluid process and we both seem to share some kind of psychic connection and understanding of how the song is forming and where we want it to go... with this album I really had the desire to produce this record in the most organic way I could, and try to capture some of the old rock spirit whilst bringing some new energy to the table. I feel we've created an honest and natural sound, un-perfectionist and rough at the edges, but with plenty of character and vibe - we are both proud of how the record turned out."

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Ghost Add Headline Dates To North American Tour With Iron Maiden

(hennemusic) Swedish rockers Ghost have announced a series of US headline dates that they will be playing during this summer's North American tour with Iron Maiden.

In addition to the joint trek - which begins in Bristow, VA on June 3 - Ghost will play 13 shows of their own along the way in support of their 2016 EP "Popestar."

Pre-sale tickets for the Ghost headlining dates are on sale now with general public seats available March 31 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Last month, the group won the "Best Hard Rock/Metal" category at the Swedish Grammis Awards in Stockholm for "Popestar", ahead of fellow nominees Amaranthe, Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas, Dark Tranquillity and In Flames. See the dates here.

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Tommy Stinson's Bash & Pop Announce Spring Tour

Tommy Stinson's Bash & Pop have announced that they will be hitting the road this spring to promote their brand new album "Anything Could Happen".

The tour is scheduled to kick off on May 16th in Boston, Ma at the Middle East and will be concluding on May 27th in Austin at Barracuda with stops in New York, Washington D.C., Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas along the way.

Stinson (The Replacement/Guns N' Roses) received a little help from his friends on the new album and they will be joining him on the road as well, including Steve "The Sleeve" Selvidge (The Hold Steady), Joe "The Kid" Sirois (Mighty Mighty BossTones) and Justin "Carl" Perkins (Screeching Weasel). Read more and see the dates here.

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Heart's Ann Wilson Adds New Leg To Solo Tour

Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson has announced that she has added a new tour leg this spring and summer to her current solo trek across the United States.

The new round of dates will be getting underway on May 19th in Indio, CA at the Fantasy Springs Casino and will wrap up on July 2nd in Anaheim, CA at The Grove of Anaheim.

The new leg will also includes stops in various states across the country including Arizona, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa and Utah.

Wilson will be wrapping up the current leg on April 7th in Cranston, RI at the Park Theatre PAC and her Facebook page has the following to say about new live dates, "We are very excited to get to go and see new people. The show is always evolving and changing. We know you will love what we have come up with. See you at the show." See the dates here.

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Black Lips Releasing New Album This Spring

Black Lips have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, which will be entitled "Satan's graffiti or God's art?", on May 5th. It follows their 2014 effort "Underneath The Rainbow".

The band's new album was produced by Sean Lennon at his upstate New York studio and features guest vocals from John Lennon's widow and the producer's mother Yoko Ono and guest contribution from Saul Adamczewski of Fat White Family.

The record can be preordered here and was recorded by founding members Cole Alexander and Jared Swilley along with former guitarist Jack Hines and Oakley Munson on drums and Zumi Rosow on saxophone. See the tracklisting here.

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Papa Roach Announce New Album 'Crooked Teeth'

Papa Roach have announced that they will be releasing their new album, entitled "Crooked Teeth," on May 19th in various formats including a deluxe edition .

The deluxe version will feature the 10-track standard edition of the album along with three new bonus tracks, along with a second disc that features 16 live songs recorded at the Fillmore Detroit.

The standard edition will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally and the deluxe version will be available only on CD and digitally. Most of the album was produced by Nicholas "RAS" Furlong and Colin Brittain. Read more here.

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Venom Inc To Play At Danzig's Blackest Of The Black Festival

Venom Inc have announced that they will performing on the second day of the inaugural edition of Glenn Danzig's Blackest Of The Black Festival in Orange Country, Ca on May 27th.

The new music event will be taking place at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA over Memorial Day weekend with Danzig headlining and will also feature sets from Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Atreyu, Vamps and more.

Venom Inc's Tony Dolan had this to say, "It is with great pleasure that we join such an illustrious bill for the Blackest Of The Black festival. The USA is the second home for Venom Inc and to be invited to join Glenn Danzig's brainchild is very special for us and we are honored! Expect a devastating show to do justice to our loyal and true US legions. ALL HAIL: AVE!" Read more here.

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Warrant Streaming New Song 'Only Broken Heart'

Warrant have released an online stream of their new track "Only Broken Heart". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Louder Harder Faster".

The single can be streamed here. The new record will be hitting stores on May 12th and features original members Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, and Steven Sweet, along with frontman Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love).

The band has also announced a series of U.S. live dates in support of the new effort which run from the end of this month through November 1st where they will be playing Las Vegas. See all of the dates here.

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The Kut Announce RSD Limited Edition Vinyl Picture Disc

The Kut have announced that they will be releasing a special limited edition vinyl picture disc for Record Store Day on April 22nd, which will be followed by a digital release on 5th May.

The special release will feature 4 tracks from the band's two previous, sold out EPs, in a limited edition press of 500 picture disc vinyl. The cover art was designed by Zoltan Kiss; also the image featured on the front of Maha's custom Marshall Amplifier.

The record releases as an exclusive Record Store Day Release via Criminal Records / Cargo Records on Saturday 22nd April. The picture disc will be available across the UK and beyond, in participating Record Stores. here.

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Tankard Announce New Album 'One Foot In The Grave'

Tankard have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, "One Foot In The Grave", on June 2nd and the cover art features the return of their mascot the Tankard-Alien.

We were sent these details: The alien was born in 1989 along with the 'Alien-EP' and has since graced five album covers. The artwork was brought to life by Patrick Strogulski, who is a student of Sebastian Krüger, the former Tankard cover artist. He also created the cover artworks for 'A Girl Called Cerveza' and 'R.I.B.'

Frontma Gerre had this to say, "Mister Strogulski has once again created a real masterpiece and surpassed himself. Our first plan was, that I would be on the cover instead of the alien... but, lucky me, it ended up being the alien included instead..."

'One Foot In The Grave' was recorded at Gernhard Studio (Troisdorf, Germany) together with producer Martin Buchwalter (Destruction, Suidakra), in January 2017. Watch a trailer here.

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Singled Out: Half Blood's Crisis

Santiago, Chile based metal band Half Blood are gearing to released their self-titled debut later this year and to celebrate we asked frontman Manuel Castillo to tell us about the lead single "Crisis". Here is the story:

"Crisis" was the first track we showed to the world, and it's a very special track for us because of the meaning behind the lyrics. First: it had to be in Spanish. We really wanted to show our Chilean roots with the track, and, beyond that, it is about the Chilean dictatorship, commanded by general Augusto Pinochet. That era of our country's history is one of the darkest and it deeply divided the country; even now you can feel the political opposition within the population. Read more right here!

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