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Day in Rock Report for 03/30/2017

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Allman Brothers' Wife Arrested For Threatening To Shoot Teens

Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts' wife Donna has reported been arrested and charged with over a dozen counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

The rock icon's wife was reportedly captured on cell phone video allegedly pointing a rifle at a group of high school students that were part of a local rowing crew and was arrested on Monday in Osprey, Florida, according to ABC Radio, who obtained a copy of the arrest report from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

The student had gathered on a site next to Betts' property for rowing practice and the video reportedly shows her with the rifle and yelling at the students to stay off of her property. The arrest report says the students have never ventured onto the property.

Betts is then said to be seen on the video tossing the rifle into the river. The weapon was later recovered by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department. She then allegedly made a call to 911 and said "The crew from Sarasota High School have destroyed her life and she has had it." Read the ABC report for more details here.

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Eagles and Fleetwood Mac Confirm Classic Rock Festivals Details

The rumors were true, the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac have confirmed that they will be headlining a star-packed bi-coastal classic rock music festival this summer.

The first part of the festival, entitled The Classic West, will be taking place in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium on July 15th and 16th and will feature the Eagles, Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers on the first night, followed by Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire on the second night.

The second weekend will travel to Citi Field in New York on July 29th and 30th for The Classic East installment and will feature the same artist lineups for each respective night.

The two day reserved seat ticket packages are set to go on sale for both east and west events on April 7th at 10am local time. And special VIP packages will also available. Watch the announcement video here.

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Blink 182 Streaming New Song Called 'Misery'

(Radio.com) Blink-182 just released a stream of a brand new track called "Misery." The song comes from the forthcoming deluxe edition of the band's 2016 album "California" which will be released on May 19th.

The deluxe version of the band's seventh studio album will feature 11 brand new tracks and an acoustic version of "Bored to Death." After touring California last year, the band hopped back in the studio for a few weeks with producer John Feldman.

"There is the most insane deluxe album coming. I feel like it's better than California if you can imagine that," Travis Barker told KROQ's Kevin & Bean in January. "We got in the studio for 2 weeks a couple of weeks ago and we wrote 13 or 14 songs."

'We decided if we don't put them out on this deluxe album, I don't think they'd see the light of day in 2018 because we'll be working California still for another year. So all these songs will come out on the deluxe album, and it's just incredible. I mean it when I say I like it better than California." Listen to the new song here.

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Rock Hall Announce ELO, Journey Presenters and Prince Tribute

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have confirmed the special presenters for this year's induction and also revealed plans for a special tribute to late music legend Prince.

The event will be taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 7th and organizers have announced that ELO will be inducted by George Harrison's son Dhani (the Beatles legend had a long musical history and friendship with ELO's Jeff Lynne) and Journey will be inducted by Train's Pat Monahan.

They join the previously announced inductors Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson who will induct prog legends Yes, Neil Young who will be inducting Pearl Jam and Jackson Browne who will induct Joan Baez. Read more here.

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Ziggy Stardust, American Pie Lead Additions To National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress this week added Don McLean's "American Pie", David Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars," the Eagles' 1976 "Their Greatest Hits" and other landmark recordings to their National Recording Registry.

Those records lead the list of 25 recordings selected last year for addition to the registry, which now stands at 475 titles. Other additions this year include N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton", Wilson Pickett's hit single "In The Midnight Hour", Talking Heads' "Remain in Light", Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow" and Harry Richman's recording of Irving Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz".

Don McLean shared his reaction to the honor, "I have been proud to be an American artist who has represented his country around the world for almost 50 years. I hope I did a good job because I was always aware of the country I came from. America has a vast musical heritage which is diverse and profound. With few exceptions American music is the whole of popular music. We have done it all. Written the greatest songs and produced the greatest artists. I am so proud to be a part of this creative effort." Read more here.

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Nick D'Virgilio Returning To Spock's Beard For New Album

Spock's Beard have revealed the exciting news that founding member Nick D'Virgilio will be onboard for the recording of their new studio album, which will follow their 2015 release "The Oblivion Particle".

The prog icons recently reunited with D'Virgilio during the Cruise To The Edge and had the following to say about him playing drums on their new studio effort, "Spock's Beard is super excited to announce that the amazing Nick D'Virgilio has agreed to play on our next album!

"Nick of course is well known to SB fans as our former drummer/lead singer/all around awesome dude as well as for working with artists such as Genesis, Mike Keneally, Peter Gabriel and Big Big Train among others." Read more here.

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The Ghost Inside's Zach Johnson To Undergo Major Surgery

The Ghost Inside guitarist Zach Johnson revealed to fans that he will be undergoing major surgery next month related to an injury that he suffered during the band's fatal tour bus crash in 2015.

Johnson shared the following message with fans, "So I'm sure some of you know my femur hasn't healed. I had a small surgery in September, and since then it's hurt like f***ing hell. Our plan of action didn't work.

"April 13th I'll be going in for my twelfth surgery (a major one). They'll take all the hardware out of my right leg, take bone from my right tibia, and fuse it where the break is. Then put a metal plate over it, put a new metal rod running the length of my femur, and 2 screws in my knee, and 2 in my hip" Read more here.

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alt-J Streaming New Single 'In Cold Blood'

alt-J have released an online stream of their new track "In Cold Blood". The song is the first single from their forthcoming album "Relaxer," which is set to hit stores on June 2nd.

The song is also offered as an instant download for fans that preorder the album. Check out the "visualizer" video for the track here. The band once again called on Charlie Andrew to produce the new record, whom they had worked with on their two previous studio efforts.

The group also announced that they have added this year's Lollapalooza festival to their upcoming summer tour plans which will kick off on July 27th in Columbia, MD and is currently set to conclude on August 9th in Los Angeles. See the dates here.

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Bernie Torme Releasing Triple Album Next Week

Guitar icon Bernie Torme, best known for his work in Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillian's solo band and Ozzy Osbourne, has announced a new triple album entitled "Dublin Cowboy."

The new effort, which comes after a successful crowdfunding drive, is set to be released on April 7th and will include one disc of electric recordings, a separate disc of acoustic performances and a third disc comprised of live tracks.

Torme had this to say about the ambitious effort, "I always wanted to do a triple album and also an acoustic album, and combining the two seemed like the obvious idea though truth is it nearly killed me: I'm still in recovery! But on top of all that, and with two albums of screaming wails and dive-bombs, I am totally knocked out with how the shred-free acoustic album has been received! Fans who pledged and have heard it absolutely LOVE it! Quadruple album next time? Nah, I really don't think so!" Read more here.

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Gary Clark Jr. Expands North American Tour

Gary Clark Jr. has announced that he has added 16 additional dates to his upcoming spring and summer tour of North America in support of his latest release "Live North America 2016."

Clark has added new shows in Toronto, Las Vegas, Aspen, Glen Allen, Wilmington, Asheville, Atlanta, Birmingham, St Charles, Hampton Beach, Asbury Park, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and Tulsa to his already packed live schedule this spring and summer.

He will be kicking things off on May 2nd in Austin, TX at the Frank Erwin Center and wrapping up the live dates with the Tulsa show at the Cain's Ballroom on September 30th. Read more here.

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Pearl Jam Share Career Spanning 'Alive' Video To Celebrate Rock Hall Induction

(Radio.com) Pearl Jam are celebrating their upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month with the release of a video montage set to their iconic single "Alive."

"I'll ride the wave where it takes me. To celebrate Pearl Jam's induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, I made this video to look back at the band's first 25 years," wrote band videographer Kevin Shuss. "Thanks guys! Can't wait to see what the future holds."

The new video features footage from throughout the band's career and features many of the special guests who have joined them on-stage over the years including Neil Young, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards and more. Check out the full clip here.

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Oceano Announce New Album and Spring Tour

Oceano have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album "Revelation" on May 19th and also revealed the details for their record release tour.

The album will be hitting stores under the band's new deal with Sumerian Records. So far they have only revealed the release date and cover art but promised the first new song will be released on April 5th to coincide with the preorder launch.

The band also announced that they will be launching a Revelation Album Release Tour across the U.S. that will feature support from Slaughter To Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite and No Zodiac. Read more here.

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Bob Dylan To Finally Accept His Nobel Prize

(Radio.com) Bob Dylan, after months of apparent disinterest, has decided to accept his Nobel Prize for Literature this weekend (April 1-2) while he is in Sweden to perform a couple of show dates.

In a blog entry from Wednesday (Mar. 29) entitled "Good News About Dylan," Professor Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy wrote, "The Swedish Academy is very much looking forward to the weekend and will show up at one of the performances."

She added, "Please note that no Nobel Lecture will be held. The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point." Danius goes on to explain that, "The setting will be small and intimate, and no media will be present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan's wishes." Read more here.

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Kenny Loggins And Friends TV Special Announced

AXS TV have announced that they will be premiering the concert special Kenny Loggins And Friends on Sunday, April 9, at 10pE/7pP. The network sent over the following details:

For over five decades, few artists have had the lasting impact that Kenny Loggins has enjoyed throughout his tremendous career. Filmed in front of a live audience, this unforgettable night brings Loggins together with some of his greatest collaborators as they blaze through a career-spanning set list featuring chart-topping hits, beloved favorites, and everything in-between.

Highlights include Loggins' much-anticipated reunion with Jim Messina, performing Loggins And Messina singles such as "Danny's Song," "House On Pooh Corner," "Your Mama Don't Dance;" award-winning singer/songwriter/composer Michael McDonald collaborating with Loggins on "This is It," and "What a Fool Believes;" celebrated songwriter David Foster joining Loggins for a medley of songs they co-penned together, including "Forever" and "Heart To Heart;" and rousing renditions of Loggins' signature pop anthems "Danger Zone," "Footloose," and "Whenever I Call You Friend," among others. Read more here.

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To Kill A King Covering The National For Record Store Day

To Kill A King have announced they will be releasing a special limited edition 7" single for this year's Record Store Day, which takes place on April 22nd.

The single will be limited to just 300 copies and will feature a live acoustic version of their recent single 'The Problem Of Evil', and a cover of The National's 'I Need My Girl'.

The band also announced that they will be celebrating Record Store Day with in-store performances at Banquet Records in Kingston and Lion Coffee + Records in Clapton, with details to be revealed soon. Read more here.

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First Class Trash Release 'Party On' Video

First Class Trash have released a new music video for their track "Party On." The song is the first single from their forthcoming album "Santa Muerte" which is set to be released this summer.

Vocalist Eli Rader says, "This song is about everyone taking a chill pill and just remembering we're all humans with differing opinions. Just letting go of caring if everyone agrees with you and just enjoy your own life."

Guitarist Andy adds, "I can't tell you how excited I am for the video! I can always tell a project is going to come out amazing when I have fun working on it, and this has been a blast!" Watch the video which was directed by Patrick Crisci of Redqueen here.

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