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Day in Rock Report for 05/19/2017


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Soundgarden Singer Chris Cornell's Death Ruled A Suicide

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell's death Wednesday night (May 17th) in Detroit following a Soundgarden show in the city has been ruled a suicide by hanging following an autopsy on Thursday.

The Detroit Free Press reports The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the news less than 24 hours after the singer's body was discovered on the floor of the bathroom in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit.

"The Medical Examiner has completed the autopsy on 52-year-old Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden musician who died last night in Detroit," the office said in a statement this afternoon. "The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed. There is no additional information at this time."

Cornell performed with the Seattle band at The Fox Theatre as part of a recently-launched North American tour before returning to his hotel after the concert.

A spokesperson for the Detroit Police Department revealed the singer was found after his wife called a family friend and asked him to check on Cornell; the friend forced himself into the room and made the discovery before calling 911 at approximately midnight. Read more here.

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Sammy Hagar Reaffirms His Van Halen Reunion Pitch

Sammy Hagar has reaffirmed his idea of reuniting with Van Halen for a tour that would feature both him and original/current frontman David Lee Roth sharing lead vocal duties.

The Red Rocker spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle ahead of his annual Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit show, which is organized by Hagar and Metallica frontman James Hetfield.

Hagar was asked about the reunion idea by the paper and responded, "That whole Van Halen thing lurking in the woods out there, I feel there's a sniper out there - any minute the bullet is going to come flying in that says 'VH' on it, 'You're it!' We'll see what happens.

"I don't understand them. I haven't understood them in a long time. I would only do it with Sam and Dave anyway. I'd rather Dave (Lee Roth) go out and sing his own songs. I'll sing my songs. That would be the ultimate show, I think. If we could do it that way, I would suck it up. It would be fun."

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David Coverdale Sad For Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page

Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale says that he feels sad for Jimmy Page because of the guitarist's inability to get his Led Zeppelin bandmates to "commit to making a new record or touring."

Coverdale made the comments to Sweden Rock Magazine while discussing his plans to include some rarities on upcoming reissues of some of Whitesnake's classic albums.

The Whitesnake icon was asked if he planned exhaustive reissue campaign similar to the one that Page undertook for the Led Zeppelin album catalog and he responded, "I'm not going that far. The saddest thing for me, and my dear, dear, dear beloved friend Jimmy Page, I think one of the reasons he's explored the Zeppelin catalog so significantly is because he can't get the guys to commit to making a new record or touring." Read more here.

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Muse Release 'Dig Down' Video Starring Lauren Wasser

(Radio.com) Muse have released a new music video for their latest single "Dig Down." The clip features former model and athlete Lauren Wasser as a female cyborg warrior with the band making appearances throughout as Max Headroom-like characters on TV.

"When I was writing this song," says frontman Matt Bellamy, "I was looking to counteract the current negativity in the world and give inspiration, optimism and hope to people to fight for the causes they believe in; that as individuals we can choose to change the world if we want to."

"The song is about survival and fighting the odds – when I heard this song I knew I wanted to do an action-packed narrative," says Lance Drake, the video's director. "I'd heard about Lauren a year or so ago, I read her story and she gave me personal inspiration so I'd always kept her in mind to shoot with one day. The power of the song made me think of her… so I wrote the video narrative based on Lauren's story and how she overcame the odds." Watch the video here.

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Beatles Stream Very First Take Of 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'

(hennemusic) The Beatles are streaming the first recorded take of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" ahead of the May 26 release of a series of reissues of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in sync with the landmark album's 50th anniversary.

Captured in session at London's Abbey Road Studios on February 28, 1967, the audio begins with some instrument noodling and chattering amongst the group before the tune opens with its iconic organ riff.

The early "Lucy" session follows an unreleased outtake of the title track as the latest preview to the "Sgt. Pepper's" reissues. The project will be available as CD, 2CD, 2LP, 6-disc Super Deluxe Edition and digital packages, all featuring a new stereo mix of the landmark album by Giles Martin and Sam Okell following the original work by the legendary George Martin. Read more and stream the song here.

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W.A.S.P.'s Crimson Idol Movie To Finally Be Released

W.A.S.P. have announced that the film that they planned to accompany their "The Crimson Idol" album will finally be released as part of a special 25th anniversary reissue.

The band plans to release a special 25th anniversary edition of the album later this year. The package will be entitled "Re-Idolized" and will include the original album and "The Crimson Idol" movie on DVD and Blu-Ray".

We were sent these details: "The album about the anti-hero Jonathan Steele was originally intended to be accompanied by a movie, with several hundred hours of film that were shot to create approximately 50 minutes of movie footage." Watch the newly released trailer here.

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Early Nickelback Albums Getting Vinyl Releases

The three studio albums that helped make Nickelback a global phenomenon are set to be released as new vinyl editions on July 7th by Rhino Records.

The label announced that they will issuing new 140-gram vinyl records of Nickelback's 2001 breakthrough album "Silver Side Up," 2003's "The Long Road" and 2005's "The All The Right Reasons".

This will mark the first time that the 2003 and 2005 album will be released in the vinyl format. Nickelback guitarist Ryan Peake shared his excitement about these new reissues, "As a vinyl collector myself, I am elated that Rhino will be releasing three of our albums on vinyl this July.

"Each of these albums were pivotal for us in so many different ways and to be able to share them in this format, with our supporters, is humbling." Preorders are available here.

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Phoenix Streaming New Album Title Song 'Ti Amo'

French rockers group Phoenix continue their retro vibe with their brand new lyric video for the title track to their forthcoming studio album "Ti Amo," which is set to be released on June 9.

"Ti Amo" is the follow-up the LP's lead single, "J-Boy" which featured a music video that showed the band appearing on a fake music variety show -- imagine a Latin American TRL.

The footage for that clip appeared to have been filmed in 2002, recorded onto VHS from a television and then re-uploaded to YouTube for viewers in 2017. Now watch the old school lyric video for "Ti Amo" here.

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Peter Criss Agrees With Rock Hall's Snubbing Of KISS Members

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss said in a recent interview that he agrees with the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's decision to only induct the founders of the group and not subsequent members.

Criss spoke to Loud Mag ahead of his recent "final" live performance in Australia and was asked about the Rock Hall's snubbing of other longtime KISS members Bruce Kulick, Eric Carr and Eric Singer.

He responded, "I think it was just the original four. We're the guys who started it, we're the guys who got (together) back in '72 playing in the loft, we're the guys who put on the make-up, we're the guys who made it with the make-up (laughs). We're the guys who came out with all the earlier, all the first five big albums. Definitely the four of us should only be inducted." here.

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The Magpie Salute Add New Dates To Summer Tour

The Magpie Salute, which features The Black Crowes' Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien, have announced that they have added some new dates to their U.S. summer tour.

The band will be hitting the road in support of their forthcoming self-titled debut album, which is set to hit stores on June 9th and features the lead single "Omission."

The U.S. tour, which follows short European trek, is scheduled to kick off on July 26th in Indianapolis, In at Vogue and will be concluding on September 27th in Seattle, Wa at The Showbox, followed by a show at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia on November 11th. See the dates here.

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Paramore Rock New Single And Classic Song On Jimmy Kimmel

(Radio.com) Paramore are currently on the road promoting their new studio album "After Laughter" and stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week to play their new single "Hard Times."

Hayley Williams gave a high-energy performance with quirky dance moves possibly cribbed from David Byrne. The whole band wore primary colored jumpsuits and Williams sported bright blue and yellow eye makeup.

During their appearance on the show, Paramore also performed their Grammy-winning hit song "Ain't It Fun." Watch them play new material here.

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Kreator's Early Albums Being Expanded For Reissues

(Chipster) Kreator's first four albums are being expanded and remastered for new reissues from BMG which are set to be released on June 9th in digital, vinyl, and CD formats.

The reissues will include 1985's 'Endless Pain,' 1986's 'Pleasure to Kill,' 1987's 'Terrible Uncertainty,' and 1989's 'Extreme Aggression'. We were sent the following details:

'Endless Pain' was released in October 1985 by Noise Records. It was a savage debut; its crude thrashing quickly had the underground metal world abuzz with excitement. This album has been known to be viewed as a pivotal album to black metal bands that enjoy thrash metal elements, ultimately creating a thrash-influenced black metal sound. here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Motorbreath' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica are sharing professional video of their 1983 track, "Motorbreath", as performed at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA on May 12.

The tune from the band's album debut, "Kill 'Em All", was one of 18 songs featured at the second show of the group's North American tour, which launched in Baltimore, MD on May 10.

Metallica are opening a series of Pop-Up Stores during the trek in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" Fans will be able to purchase various merchandise at each location, which will surface two days before the band perform in select cities. See the locations and watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Siriun's Intent

Brazilian metal band Siriun released their brand new album "In Chaos We Trust" today (May and to celebrate we asked Alexandre Castellan to tell us about the song "Intent". Here is the story:

The writing process is fairly similar for all my compositions.. I tend to sit around with my guitar and let my unconscious speak for itself in the form of riffs and melodies. This is usually the way it works best... and this is how Intent came about!

I borrowed the term Intent from the Carlos Castaneda books. "Intent is not a thought, or an object, or a wish. Intent is what can make a man succeed when his thoughts tell him that he is defeated. It operates in spite of the warrior's indulgence. Intent is what makes him invulnerable. Intent is what sends a shaman through a wall, through space, to infinity."

He also writes that: "The mastery of intent is the riddle of the spirit, or the paradox of the abstract-sorcerers' thoughts and actions projected beyond our human condition.. It leads to total freedom"

Overall, the song is about detaching thy self from pre-conceived dogmas and to follow the path to master your consciousness in order to see the energy flowing from the universe and flow with it towards infinity, the total freedom, guided by the Intent!

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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