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Day in Rock Report for 05/04/2017

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David Lee Roth Helps Former Van Halen Star Following Tragedy

Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth reportedly made a sizable donation to his former bandmate Michael Anthony's charity walk, which the bass player announced following the tragic death of his infant grandson Rex.

Anthony announced late last month that he would be taking part in the Walk L.A. event on June 17th to raise money for Children's Hospital Los Angeles, which treated his infant grandson.

The bassist shared the story of his tragic loss to encourage fans to help fund donations for the walk with an eye towards raising money for the cause and his former bandmate Roth donated $10,000, according to the Van Halen News Desk. Read more here.

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AC/DC Song Use In TV Ad Leads To Lawsuit

The use of the AC/DC classic "Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" in a advertising campaign for an American restaurant chain has led to litigation.

Sony music filed a lawsuit against Applebee's for using that song and C+C Music Factory's 1990 hit "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" in a TV ad campaign, according to TMZ.

The gossip site reports that Sony is suing the restaurant chain for $300k for the use of the songs. Applebee's allegedly claimed that they had already made the licensing payment to the third parties that set up the deal for a fee of $250K for the AC/DC classic and $50k for the C+C Music Factory's hit. Read the complaint here.

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CKY Stream New Song Featuring Mastodon's Brent Hinds

CKY are back! The group has released a stream of their new single "Days Of Self Destruction," which features Mastodon's Brent Hinds and is the first new song that the group has released since 2009.

"Days Of Self Destruction" is first single from CKY's new studio album, which will be entitled The Phoenix" and set to be released on June 16th and was engineered and mixed at the famed Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, CA.

The band will be promoting the new album release by taking part in this year's Warped Tour as well as playing a series of shows across Canada and a mostly sold out UK tour.

Jess Margera shared his excitement about the release of the first new music since the band ended their long time away from the music scene. He says, "We're stoked to get a new album out after an 8 year hiatus.

"'Days Of Self Destruction' was the first song we recorded at Rancho De La Luna, featuring our buddy and all-around badass Brent Hinds!" Stream the song here.

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Imagine Dragons Release Explosive 'Thunder' Video

"Aliens. Ferraris. Dubai. Boom." That how Imagine Dragons' brand new music video for their latest single "Thunder" is described in the announcement and it lives up to its billing.

The new clip was filmed in Dubai with director Joseph Kahn. "Thunder" is the second track revealed from the group's forthcoming studio album, which is expected later this year.

The first single "Believer" was released earlier this year and topped the singles chart. Frontman Dan Reynolds said of that track: "This last year has really been the most centered and positive of my life. This song explains my realization that the emotional pain I faced the last few years actually helped me progress to this healthier mental space - that adversity truly is what helps you become a believer in yourself." Watch the new video here.

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich Launching Radio Show

(hennemusic) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has announced that he will launch "It's Electric!", a weekly new music radio show via Apple Music's Beats 1 this Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 PM Pacific/6:00 PM Eastern/Midnight Central European Time.

"This is like my 16-year-old self's wet dream: doing a radio show to a worldwide audience," says Ulrich in a new video announcing the program. "We go all over the world - we look at international bands for an international audience. I'm gonna play you lots of really cool music by mostly bands you don't know; a lot of bands I've just been introduced to.

"We don't believe in boundaries, and we're open to everything. I have some guests call in on the phone, and they promise me I'm gonna have this show every week."

The debut episode will feature special guest Iggy Pop, who recently opened three dates for Metallica in Mexico City and joined them for a duet of The Stooges' classic, "T.V. Eye", on March 5. Check out the preview video here.

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Paramore Release 'Told You So' Video and Announce TV Appearance

Paramore are giving fans another taste of their forthcoming studio album with the release of a new music video for the album's second single "Told You So."

The new song follows the release of the lead single "Hard Times" which the group has announced that they will be performing during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live's outdoor stage on May 17th.

The "Told You So" video was directed by band member Zac Farro and Aaron Joseph. The band's new album, "After Laughter" is set to be released on May 12th. Watch the new video here.

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Stream New Song

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac stars Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have released a stream of their song "Feel About You" as the latest preview to their forthcoming self-titled debut collaborative album.

The tune follows the lead single, "In My World", as the second track issued ahead of the June 9 release of the project. "We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically," explains Buckingham. "The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album. We acknowledged that to each other on many occasions, and said to ourselves, 'What took us so long?!'"

Buckingham McVie will support the record with a series of summer dates across North America starting June 21 in Atlanta, GA. The pair will also regroup with Fleetwood Mac to co-headline The Classic East and West festivals in New York and Los Angeles alongside The Eagles. Listen to the new song here.

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Vivian Campbell's Riverdogs Announce New Album

The Riverdogs, which features Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard and Dio fame, have announced that they will be releasing their fifth studio album "California" on July 7th.

The new album is billed as a return to the sound of the group's self-titled debut album, which was released in 1990. Campbell had this to say, "when my friends at Frontiers suggested a Riverdogs album in the spirit of the original debut record, I jumped at the chance to make it. In my opinion, 'Riverdogs' was a highlight of my career with some of my best guitar playing and definitely a record that flew under the radar.

"Having a clear direction of exactly what kind of record to make really helped the four of us create the music and there was an intense collective focus throughout the entire process that never wavered. I really think that we hit the target in creating a record that has all the hallmarks, the integrity and the emotional strength of the original debut. The fact that we've all remained such close friends throughout all the years only added to the joyous experience that was the making of this record." here.

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Journey, Dio Supergroup Revolution Saints Make Live Debut

Several video from last week's debut live performance from the supergroup Revolution Saints (which features current and former members of Journey, Dio, Night Ranger, Whitesnake) has been posted online.

The band, which includes Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, Whitesnake, Dio), and Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees), played their first live show together during a VIP event at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan last Friday (April 28th).

The group is reportedly working on a new album in Italy with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio. Several fan filmed videos from the performance have been posted online here, including the Damn Yankee's hit song "High Enough", which can be seen here.

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The Beatles Channel Coming To SiriusXM

(hennemusic) Satellite radio service SiriusXM will launch the first-ever Beatles-backed radio channel at 9:09 am ET on Thursday May 18, and will be as part of SiriusXM's free listening preview program, offering 24/7 listening on inactive SiriusXM radios from May 17 to May 30.

The Beatles Channel will showcase all-things-Beatles with regular and special programming spanning the history-making careers of the band. The channel will explore the band's entire career - including their hits and deeper tracks, live recordings, rarities, and solo albums, while also spotlighting musicians who have inspired, and have drawn inspiration from The Beatles.

"I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio," says Paul McCartney, "but I don't think any of us would have imagined that we'd have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week."

"Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM," adds Ringo Starr. "Now you can listen to The Beatles, Any Time at All. Peace & Love." Read more here.

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M.O.D. Announce New Album 'Busted, Broke & American'

M.O.D. have announced that they have returned to their original label home of Megaforce Records for the release of their brand new album "Busted, Broke & American."

The Billy Milano led group will be releasing the new album on July 7th and Billy shared these details on the long delay between releases, "I had taken off time with M.O.D. in 2009.

"We had done 100 shows for [2007's] Red, White & Screwed. I needed a break. My dog Buster, an American bulldog, got sick with cancer and I started to play guitar again while staying home with him. I started jamming again, anticipating something quick, but it wasn't." Read more here.

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Royal Blood Perform New Songs In 306 Degree Live Footage

(hennemusic) Royal Blood debuted tracks from their forthcoming album, "How Did We Get So Dark?", during an April 27 performance at London's Collins' Music Hall, and official 360-degree video from the event is now available online.

The footage features four songs from the show, which was streamed live as part of a promotion by Samsung UK to celebrate the launch of the recently announced Galaxy S8.

The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher can be seen rocking new songs "Lights Out" and "Where Are You Now?" alongside favorites "Figure It Out" and "Little Monster" from their 2014 self-titled debut.

The footage was recorded with Samsung's new Gear 360 camera, which features a redesigned body that's easier to hand hold, 4K resolution recording with duel F2.2 lenses and a 130-minute battery life. Read more and watch the video here.

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Whitesnake In The Studio For Blockbuster Album's 30th Anniversary

The 30th anniversary of Whitesnake's blockbuster 1987 self-titled album is celebrated on the latest episode of the syndicated radio show
In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. We were sent the following details:

After eight studio albums in 10 years Whitesnake had managed to keep hard rock relevant, in an ever-changing '80s rock market in the UK, while America had yet to fully embrace the band. Bandleader, singer, songwriter David Coverdale was sidelined with a potentially career-ending chronic sinus infection midway through this project. Coverdale reveals to IN THE STUDIO producer and host Redbeard just how serious his health scare was.

"He (the doctor) put a small flashlight into my mouth... and said, 'This is the worst sinus infection I've ever seen, I'm surprised you could even talk'," remembers Coverdale. " I came back and prepared for surgery and a 50% chance I would never be able to perform again."

Three million dollars in debt and having just recovered from throat surgery, Coverdale put it all on the line. David Coverdale says, "We shot three videos in two weeks, 'Still of the Night', 'Here I Go Again', 'Is This Love' and things just went nuts." Stream the episode here.

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Neurosis Add New Date To Summer Tour

Neurosis have announced that they have added a second show in Brooklyn to their North American tour with Converge and Amenra, after the first concert sold out.

The new Brooklyn show is scheduled for August 5th and will also be taking place at the Warsaw. The band is hitting the road in support of their 2016 album "Fires Within Fires."

The summer tour is scheduled to begin on July 28th in Chicago at the Thalia Hall and will be concluding on August 7th with a show at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA. See the dates here.

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Goatwhore Announce New Album 'Vengeful Ascension'

Goatwhore have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, their seventh full-length, entitled "Vengeful Ascension" on June 23rd.

Frontman Ben Falgoust had the following to say about the new album "Each song is a representation of Goatwhore from day one until now. It really shows our evolution as a band. I don't think that this band has reached its peak yet. I mean, I think we're closer now than ever but we're still growing; we're still evolving."

He also had these comments about working with Erik Rutan again, "We did some great records with him. But you come to a point where you're like, 'All right. Let's try something new.' It was part of trying to remove ourselves from a comfort zone and a risk thing we needed to take." Read more here.

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Fozzy Release Music Video For New Single 'Judus'

Former wrestling star Chris Jericho's band Fozzy have released a music video for their new single "Judas". The song has also been selected as the theme song for the May 20th WWE event NXT Takeover: Chicago.

"Judas" is the first single from the group's forthcoming album. Jericho had this to say about the new clip, "For such a dark and sexy song like 'Judas', we wanted a dark and sexy video to match...and we got that and more!

"In one take we filmed a unique, visually stunning masterpiece that combines an incredible song, psycho clowns, hot chicks, a man on fire and a great rock n roll band, all in one tasty video morsel. What more could you want...a giant rabbit holding balloons? Oh yeah, we've got that too!" Watch it here.

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Lacuna Coil Renew Century Media Deal

As Lacuna Coil prepare to hit the road with Epica for a North American summer tour, the band has announced that they have renewed their deal with Century Media.

Frontwoman Cristina Scabbia had this to say, "I am so excited to have signed with Century Media again. Nowadays it is so important that, whichever label is backing up an artist or a band, one has full trust in the artistic and musical vision. I know that Lacuna Coil and Century Media will continue to work hard together to make common goals happen faster and more successfully."

Andrea Ferro adds, "We are really excited about starting this new adventure with Century Media Records. We've had some great 20 years together that helped us become an internationally successful band. Like in every relationship there have been ups and downs, but overall we've worked with some great people who have always been willing to grow up with the band and together we have achieved really amazing goals. Here's to another chapter about to start and more successful stories!" Read more

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Singled Out: Bubbles Erotica's Cicada Arcade

Chicago rockers Bubbles Erotica are gearing up to release their new self-titled album and we asked bassist Colin Stone to tell us about the lead single "Cicada Arcade". Here is the story:

Every now and then, I will have a moment that is similar to Trent Lane from Daria, where I have to stop everything I am doing and write the song I am hearing in my head. For Cicada Arcade, it was one of those moments. It was the middle of the night, and I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep, and all of a sudden I start to hear a Dick Dale surfer rock riff in my head. Now, I am not a guitar player, but I knew if I didn't pick up a guitar and try to figure it out right then and there, it would be lost forever. So I grabbed the out of tune guitar I have sitting in the corner of my room, which is literally there for moments like these, and I hummed out the notes and then matched them on the guitar. I recorded it on my phone very quietly so as not to wake up my girlfriend. I had the riff. It wasn't flashy, and I wasn't sure if it was of any worth, but I had it. The next day, I woke up and re-recorded it onto Logic. I then figured out the main progression and vocal melodies and essentially demo-ed the song. Typically one of us will demo a song on Garageband, and then bring it to the rehearsal space to work on together.

Often times, I will create a song title before actually writing the lyrics. It can be a counterproductive element to our song writing, but sometimes it can make for some really interesting lyrics. I gave the title "Cicada Arcade" just because the buzzing guitar sounds in the beginning reminded me of the sounds of a cicada. I had no intention of actually calling the song that, but the rest of the guys really liked that title, so I kept it. I then was presented with the task of somehow making a full coherent song that connects to that title. I was stuck for a while. But it wasn't until Colin told me his interpretation of what a "Cicada Arcade" is that I was able to really find the lyrics. He asked me, "What would it sound like if a bunch cicadas were confined in a room? It would be extremely loud, and distracting, and just overall mayhem". To him, that sounded like our culture centered around social media. That statement was the jumping-off point for the lyrics.

Cicada Arcade took a very long time to solidify just because it was such an ambitious song for us as far as the different genres we were incorporating. The song moves at a very fast pace: changing styles drastically and abruptly. We blend rock and roll with reggae and hip-hop and add an aggressive breakdown with a Middle Eastern synth line rolled in. It's chaos, a lot like the subject of the lyrics. We really felt that this song was the best representation of what we have set out to achieve with this album.

Then we sent the song over to Ali to create a music video. Ali is a close friend of the band. This is the second music video he has created for us. The first was for our single "Super Unnatural". When he did that video we felt that he really understood what we were trying to say in our lyrics, and elevated the message visually. So we knew right away with Cicada Arcade, that we wanted him to do another one for us.

Ali on the idea behind the music Video for Cicada Arcade: It's about wanting to get away from the constant noise and distractions that everyone is making in order to create and project their own false realities. And none of the false realities that are being thrown out there are original or unique, but are just based on recycled thoughts and beliefs that are being fed to them. Then the main character goes through a thought process that eventually ends up with him recognizing that he's not any different and his own existence and reality is based on those very same noises an distractions. But as he's coming to this realization, it's too late as he's actually fully immersed and drowning in the waste from his own false reality.

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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