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Day in Rock Report for 05/18/2017

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Soundgarden Frontman Chris Cornell Dead At 52

(hennemusic) Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell died suddenly Wednesday night (May 17) following a performance with the Seattle band at The Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI, according to media reports early Thursday morning. He was 52.

NBC News reports the circumstances surrounding Cornell's death were not immediately clear but his spokesman Brian Bumbery confirmed the news. "His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing," Bumbery told NBC News in an email, "and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.

"They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time." Cornell's sudden passing comes during Soundgarden's spring tour of North America, which began last month with three festival appearances in Florida before officially launching in Atlanta, GA on May 3. Read more here.

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Historic Jimi Hendrix Guitar Expected To Sell For Hefty Price

(Radio.com) If you have a spare three-quarters of a million dollars laying around you may be able to purchase a piece of rock history. Jimi Hendrix literally lit the night on fire at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival when he set his guitar aflame. The guitar slayer had a second axe that survived the show and is about to go on the auction block.

A private UK collector is selling the Black Pepper Fender Stratocaster through Heritage Auctions. The bidding will start at $500,000 on June 17 in Beverly Hills. Auction organizers have estimated that the final bid could get up to $750,000, reports to TMZ.

The instrument was used to play 'Hey Joe," 'The Wind Cries Mary," and other classics during the show. It still bears the scratches from his belt and left-handed stringing. Watch Jimi torch his other guitar here.

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Original Guns N' Roses Star Grateful For Reunion Experience

Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler was thrilled that he able to take part in some of the shows of the historic reunion of the band featuring Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

Adler recently led the lineup of the Ride For Ronnie event with a set of GNR classics performed by him and all-star band at the benefit for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout charity.

The drummer spoke with Loudwire at the event and looked back at his experience playing at select shows of the Not In This Lifetime tour last year. "That was so amazing. It was literally a second dream come true. I wish I could've done more songs, but I'm thankful I got to do what I got to do. And if they ever give me a call and want me to come back, I'd love to play with them. I love those guys."

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KISS Writing New Music But May Not Release It

KISS cofounder Gene Simmons says in a new interview that new music is being written but he also revealed that he sees no incentive to actually record and release the material.

The outspoken bassist and vocalist tells Michael Cavacini, "There's some writing going on. Not too long ago I wrote a song called 'Your Wish Is My Command'. It sounds anthemic, like something that might have come off 'Love Gun', maybe. But I'm not incentivized."

He then reiterated his previous criticism of filesharing. "The idea that you work your ass off and then someone with freckles on their face decides they want to download your music and file share, that's not what I work for. How'd you like to be a plumber, come over somebody's house and work all day to fix their plumbing and then when it's time to get paid they say, 'No, I just wanted to say thank you. No.'" Read more here.

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Paul McCartney Pushes Back Kick Off Of U.S. Tour

Paul McCartney fans who planned to attend the kick off show of his new U.S. leg of the One On One tour will have to wait a couple extra days as the Beatles legend has pushed back the dates.

The show at the American Airlines Arena in Miami was originally scheduled to take place on July 5th but has now been rescheduled for July 7th "to accommodate enhancements to the tour's production", according to the announcement.

McCartney's camp reassures fans that tickets purchased for the original date will be honored at the new one, and fans that can not make the rescheduled date can receive a refund at the original point of purchase. See the dates here.

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Chuck Berry Posthumous 'Big Boys' Video Released

(Radio.com) Chuck Berry has finally gotten his first music video, just a few months after he passed away. Directors Matt Bizer and Curtis Wayne Millard shot Berry's "Big Boys" video with the goal to have fun and pay homage to Berry's iconic presence, according to NPR.

Choreographed by Jeremy Green, the video features a dynamic dance sequence at an old-school high school sock hop. A young boy steals the show when he shows up to the dance and heads up an elaborate dance routine.

"Chuck Berry tunes are a good time and they tell stories that everyone can relate with, so we wanted to stay true to that," Bizer and Millard wrote in an email. "When we were shooting the video, Chuck Berry was still with us and during post-production, we found out he had passed on. We did not know how to really process it all. In a way, I think we are still processing the entire experience." Watch the music video here.

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Raven Star Hit With 'Sudden Serious Health Issue'

Raven have announced that drummer Joe 'the Baron' Hasselvander has suffered a "sudden serious health issue" which is forcing him to sit out their upcoming U.S. shows this week.

The band had the following to say, "So...life can (and does) throw the occasional 'mother' of a curveball.... Due to a sudden serious health issue, our drummer Joe 'the Baron' Hasselvander will unfortunately be unable to play with us on our current and upcoming dates.

"As you can imagine, the health and well being of our good mate & partner in mayhem is paramount in importance. However in order to meet our obligations to our fans, we will still be playing all upcoming shows with the assistance of some amazing fill-in drummers who have stepped up to the plate to help the show go on." Read more

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X Japan's Yoshiki Recovering From Successful Surgery

X Japan star Yoshiki is currently recovering after undergoing a successful cervical artificial disc replacement on Tuesday (May 16th) at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. We were sent the following updates:

Diagnosed as having "cervical foraminal stenosis" (radiculopathy of the left arm and herniated discs at the C5-C6 levels) due to his intense drumming style, his artificial disc replacement surgery required several hours of highly intricate skills by Dr. Neel Anand. Yoshiki is currently in stable condition. According to the doctor, he will have difficulty using his voice for a while after the surgery. He should regain his regular voice within the coming months as recovery progresses.

The incision is expected to heal partially over the next 6 weeks, and 90% recovery is expected over the next 6 months. However, the length of time it will take for Yoshiki to see improvement on the nerve pain that runs down his left arm is still unknown.

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Mike + The Mechanics Release 'The Best Is Yet To Come' Video

Mike + The Mechanics have released a new music video for their next single "The Best Is Yet To Come". The song comes from their new album "Let Me Fly".

Band founder and Genesis icon Mike Rutherford had this to say about the song and Tim Howar's vocal performance, "Sometimes you finish an album & without realizing it, there is a slight theme to it and 'The Best Is Yet To Come' has that…a positive note.

"Tim sings with a great energy on it. It's nice having songs that are positive rather than doom, gloom & melancholy." The new single is set to be released to radio on June 9th but fans can watch the video here.

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Wishbone Ash Announce New Band Lineup

Rock veterans Wishbone Ash have announced guitarist Muddy Manninen has decided to leave the band after over a decade with the group and they have revealed his replacement.

Manninen is said to have left the group to pursue his own musical interests and frontman Andy Powell had this to say about the departure, "It's been a very rewarding relationship with some great work being laid down, from 'Clan Destiny' to 'Blue Horizon.' We sincerely thank Muddy and wish him good luck on his solo project, currently well under way."

The band had recruited Mark Abrahams to take Muddy's place. The new axeman had these comments, "It was the sound of the twin lead guitars that first caught my attention. The sound was different to any other music I had heard up until that point. A couple of years after my first discovery of Wishbone Ash, my dad had a couple of VHS videos of the reunion gigs, and I would sit and watch them for hours. I was hooked!" here.

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A Tiny Look At Giant David Bowie Statue Revealed

(Radio.com) David Bowie created his Ziggy Stardust persona in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, and the town has plans to erect a statue in his honor called Earthly Messenger.

The giant bronze will be unveiled later this year, but today we get a look at a miniature of the monument. Earthly Messenger features several different Bowies, but prominently features Ziggy Stardust and an older, more conservatively dressed rendering of the rock star.

It was designed by sculptor Andrew Sinclair and will take shape under the arches of Market Square. Bowie references the site in his song "Five Years." Speakers above the life-size sculpture will play one of 2,000 tracks every hour. Read more here.

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The Killers Reportedly Mixing New Album

(Radio.com) The Killers began work on their fifth studio album last September, recording in Las Vegas, San Diego, L.A. and Joshua Tree with U2 producer Jacknife Lee.

Producer David Fridmann announced on his website that he is "doing a mix for the Killers," which seems to imply that the long awaited album is almost finished.

Fridmann has produced material for the Flaming Lips and MGMT, as well as "Lonerism" for Tame Impala. NME reached out to the Killers' team for a comment but mum is still the word on when the record will be released.

However, last month, drummer Ronnie Vannucci confirmed that the record is almost ready. Read his comments here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Halo On Fire' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica have released professional live video footage of their "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" track, "Halo On Fire", as performed at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on May 14.

The black and white footage from the third show of the band's North American tour followed the song's US live debut during opening night in Baltimore, MD on May 10.

Running over 8 minutes, the epic "Halo On Fire" is the longest track on "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", which was launched last summer with the lead single "Hardwired."

Metallica's tenth album recently achieved platinum status in the US for sales of 1 million copies. "We're itching to play them," drummer Lars Ulrich said of the new material last fall when the album was released. "Right now, every day when we get into the Tuning Room we're just playing the new songs. Then we're like, 'Wait, we gotta get out there and play 'Master of Puppets.'

"Some of the songs from the new record are a little more physical. It's gonna be a lot of fun to play this. Also, some of these songs are a little shorter than the ones on Death Magnetic. I think it's gonna be a lot of fun to throw many of these songs in, but we'll change the setlist every night like we always do." Watch the video here.

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Celtic Frost Expand Classic Albums For Reissue

(Chipster) Celtic Frost have announced that their four Noise Records albums have been expanded for special reissues that are set to hit stores on June 30th. We were sent the following details:

Heroes of the extreme metal scene, there has always been so much more to Celtic Frost's music. From 'Morbid Tales', through 'To Mega Therion', onwards to 'Into The Pandemonium' and finally 'Vanity/Nemesis', this is a band who refused to conform or follow any specific musical direction. They experimented, took risks and in the process have left behind a remarkable catalogue which is timeless and extraordinary. When you hear these albums, you'll appreciate why succeeding generations of diehard fans and cutting edge bands are so heavily inspired and influenced by Celtic Frost.

It almost seems churlish to regard Celtic Frost as one of the great extreme metal bands, because they were so much more than that. It's better to hail them as among the finest extreme and experimental bands of the 1980s. Refusing ever to do what was expected or demanded, the band constantly changed musical direction, always brought in surprising influences, and kept people guessing as to where they might venture next. Their catalogue of albums is formidable and unmatched. Each is not only unique, but part of an entire tapestry that only now can be appreciated for being a remarkable part of music history. Despite, or maybe because of, constant turmoil on so many fronts, Celtic Frost achieved an artistic level few others would even have dared to dream of aspiring towards. They climbed high because they were never afraid to fall. Which is why the band are now rightly regarded as icons, and iconoclasts. - Xavier Russell - 2016 Read more here.

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Royal Blood Announce European Fall Tour

(hennemusic) Royal Blood have announced dates for a fall European tour in support of their second album, "How Did We Get So Dark?," which is set to be released on June 16th.

The month-long trek opens in Lisbon, Portugal on October 28 and sees the duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher play six European shows before returning home for an 11-date UK arena run.

Royal Blood have teamed with Twickets for the tour; an early access pre-sale will begin May 24 at 9am with general public seats going on sale May 26 at 9am. See the dates here.

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The Black Crowes In The Studio Special For Companion Anniversary

The 25th anniversary of The Black Crowes chart topping album
"The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion" is celebrated in a new episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over the following details:

Upon their arrival on the national music scene in 1990 with Shake Your Money Maker, The Black Crowes' Stones-ish/Faces early '70s throwback sound was far from the Pop Metal/pre-Grunge musical fashion of the day. However, no one could deny the songwriting and authentic rootsy musical craftsmanship of the brothers Chris and Rich Robinson. Their second album, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (so named after a Civil War-era hymnal) released in May 1992 contained the songs "Remedy", "Thorn in My Pride", "Sting Me", "Hotel Illness" and "My Morning Song" which found the album at #1 sales in its first week of release!

With the backdrop of the 1991 Rodney King beating in LA, first trial, and subsequent deadly destructive riots there, The Black Crowes recorded Southern Harmony "…and watched LA burn" recalls co-founding singer Chris Robinson to IN THE STUDIO producer and host Redbeard.

"Some of us don't hate people, and some of us understand that this government is run and fueled by one thing, and that's greed… You don't live in black or white neighborhoods, you live in poor( or affluent ) neighborhoods… This is nothing exclusive to this generation or any other, these problems have been around forever, it's called manipulation… I understand everybody being so upset and frustrated( about injustice)… I don't think looting and violence and racial hatred is anyway to tell the government, 'Hey, by the way, can you show us some compassion?'. - Chris Robinson 1992. Stream the episode here.

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Dying Fetus Release Animated 'Panic Amongst The Herd' Video

Dying Fetus have released a new animated video for their track "Panic Amongst The Herd". The song comes from their forthcoming album "Wrong One To F With."

The new clip, which was directed, animated and created by Mount Emult, can be streamed here. The album will be hitting stores on June 23rd,

The band has also announced that they will be headlining two upcoming music festivals: Modified Ghost Festival II in Vancouver, BC and the Bay Area Death Fest this July in San Francisco, CA.

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