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Day in Rock Report for 05/25/2017

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Chris Cornell's Wife Vows To Stand Up For Him

Chris Cornell's widow Vicky has written a shared letter that she has written to her late husband where she vows to stand up for the Soundgarden frontman and take care of their children.

Cornell was found dead in his hotel room following a concert in Detroit on May 17th. The initial coroner's report ruled the death a suicide but Vicky had previously expressed her belief that Chris would never intentionally take his own life and said she is awaiting the toxicology test results to see if a prescription drug, known to have a side effort of an increased risk of suicide, played a part.

She has now written a letter to her late husband. She writes, "To My Sweet Christopher, You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.

"You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn't be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back. We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I'm sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night. I'm sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.

"I'm broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.

I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will. Always and forever, Your Vicky"

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Warbeast's Bruce Corbitt Retires From Music Due To Cancer Fight

Warbeast and Rigor Mortis frontman Bruce Corbitt shared the very sad news with fans on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with stage 3 Esophagus cancer and that has forced him to retire from performing.

Corbitt broke the news via a Facebook video but also followed up with the following message "I was just told an ago I more than likely have stage 3 Esophagus cancer. Still a chance for stage 2. I get into more details on what that means and our plan of attack soon.

"But after much discussion with the doctors and specialist. ..they've told me there's no chance within in any reasonable time that I'll ever be able to perform again.

"So it breaks my heart at this time that I'm forced to announce my retirement from singing. I'm sorry to all of my band mates for letting them down. I'm devastated with all of this hitting me so fast. I'm still in shock.

"Thanks for all of the great support all these years. You're the best fans and I love all of you! We at least have a great Warbeast album and music video coming soon." Watch the video message here.

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Chuck Berry's 'Johnnie B. Good' Long Awaited Sequel Released

(Radio.com) "Johnny B. Goode" remains as one of Chuck Berry's most influential songs, it evokes the true essence of Berry's iconic rock and roll sound but the story didn't there.

On Wednesday (May 24), Berry's team released the song's sequel. The track is called "Lady B. Goode" and comes from his upcoming album, Chuck, set for release June 9.

The new single features guitar work from three generations of the Berry family: Chuck, Charles Jr. and Charles III. "Lady B. Goode" follows the previous release of "Big Boys" and "Wonderful Woman." Listen to the song here.

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Original KISS Star Believes Rock N Roll Is Over

As original KISS drummer Peter Criss gears up for his final U.S. performance on June 16th, he expressed that he is not optimistic about the current state of rock and its future.

His former bandmate Gene Simmons has made headlines in the past with proclamations that rock is dead and Criss appears to agree with that sentiment. He told Hi-Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles, "I think rock 'n' roll is over, personally. I'm a 21st Century guy and I have been around since the day that The Beatles were on stage, I've been around when music was Motown… I've been around!

"What's going on today ain't my cup tea, and that's another reason why I just want to do my shows and call it a day, because the great days of rock is over. The '60s and '70s were the times to be around. I saw Jimi Hendrix, I saw the real Who, the real Zeppelin, The Beatles and seen The Stones many times now that I know them and we're friends. Over the years, a lot has happened to me and I got to see all these great acts, and what I see today doesn't rock my cradle and doesn't do anything for me, and I don't care for a lot of the music."

He the added, "I think you had to be really creative back then and put out great album covers; you had to spend more time doing things. Even playing on stage for the first time, we had to come up with all those crazy stunts and levitating drums. We were early pioneers, and no one was doing that when we started out. Now everyone does it, so it isn't big news anymore.

"It is time for me to get off the train, as it's not a great ride anymore. I don't go out to concerts much anymore because I don't enjoy myself because I get constantly harassed, people with phones wanting to take pictures. I can't really sit and enjoy the concert or have a good time, so I'm more of a homebody these days. The world has changed, my friend."

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Corey Taylor Recalls Backlash From Slipknot Fans Over Stone Sour

Corey Taylor recently defended Linkin Park against fans that have been critical about their change in musical direction and he even recalled the backlash he faced from Slipknot fans for his other group Stone Sour.

Taylor tells the Shmonty In The Morning show that he had to deal with Slipknot fans not being happy about Stone Sour's different style for a long time.

"I had a couple shows where I took money out of my own pocket, put it in the dude's hand and got him the hell out of my [Stone Sour] show. It took a long, long time to get over it.

"It was a long journey… well after Through Glass. Honestly, it wasn't even until the House of Gold and Bones albums that it felt like we were really starting to get away from that kind of weirdness."

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Over 50 Beach Boys Rarities Included In 50th Anniversary Collection

(Radio.com) The Beach Boys have announced that they will be opening the vault to share 1967--Sunshine Tomorrow, a two-disc collection of rarities, remixes and live tracks from 50 years ago.

The collection includes the first-ever stereo mix of the Beach Boys' 1967 classic Wild Honey as well as 54 never-before-heard recordings from album sessions and live appearances. A preorder is available here.

This includes Lei'd in Hawaii, a live album that never saw the light of day. Studio sessions come from the recording of Wild Honey and Smiley Smile--many of which took place in Brian Wilson's home. Read more here.

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The Pixies To Rock Late Night TV This Friday

The Pixies will be celebrating the conclusion of the first leg of their North American tour by making their debut appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The veteran band are set to perform their track "Tenament Song" from their latest album "Head Carrier" on the May 26th broadcast of the late night TV show which airs at 11:35PM - 12:37AM ET/PT on CBS.

The performance will follow the final concert of the tour leg at the Brooklyn Steel. The band will be returning to the road for the second leg on September 8th with an appearance at The Ohana Fest in Dana Point, CA.

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King Crimson Release Video For Cover Of David Bowie Classic

King Crimson have released a video of their cover performance of the David Bowie classic "Heroes". The track comes fro the group's forthcoming EP "Heroes: Live In Europe 2016" which is set to be released on June 2nd.

Robert Fripp had this to say about the EP, "King Crimson performed Heroes at the Admiralspalast in Berlin as a celebration, a remembrancing and an homage. The concert was thirty nine years and one month after the original sessions at the Hansa Tonstudio overlooking the Berlin Wall. This is released in the Fortieth Anniversary year." - .

The EP will feature the following tracks: 1) Heroes (recorded live at the Admiralspalast Berlin 12 Sep 2016) 2) Easy Money (recorded live at Salle Pleyel Paris 3 Dec 2016) 3)Starless - edit (recorded live at Museumsquartier Vienna 1 Dec 2016) 4)The Hell Hounds of Krim (recorded live at Museumsquartier Vienna 1 Dec 2016) 5) Heroes (radio edit). Watch the video here.

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U2's Jimmy Kimmel Live Appearance Streaming Online

(hennemusic) U2 performed their 1987 classic, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 23 and official video from the program is available online.

The band were on hand to promote their recently-launched North American tour, which marks the 30th anniversary of "The Joshua Tree" and sees the Irish rockers playing the album in its entirety for the first time.

U2 joined Kimmel for an extended and wide-ranging conversation, discussing everything from their early days to getting advice from Bruce Springsteen, to this week's terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK, to the possibility of a new album.

"It will be out definitely in the next 27 years," explained The Edge about the follow-up to 2014's "Songs Of Innocence." "I can't be more specific than that because there's a lot more work to be done."

The group closed the show by delivering the TV debut of "The Little Things That Give You Away", a new song from their forthcoming album, "Songs Of Experience." Watch the appearance, including the interview, here.

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Metallica Release New 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' Live Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1984 classic, "For Whom The Bell Tolls", at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH on May 21, and the band are sharing professional video footage from the event.

The tune was the second single from the band's second album, "Ride The Lightning", which peaked at No. 48 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 6 million copies.

Metallica closed out the annual 3-day event in Columbus on a weekend that also featured performances by Korn, The Offspring, Alter Bridge, Bush and Live, among others.

The festival appearance marked the sixth show of the group's North American tour in support of 2016's "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct." Watch the video here.

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alt-J Streaming New Single 'Adeline'

(Radio.com) alt-J have released a stream of their brand new single entitled "Adeline". The song is one of the tracks from their forthcoming album "Relaxer", which set to be released on June 2nd.

This track follows the group's previously released singles, "In Cold Blood" and "3WW." Alt-J also expanded their fall tour dates, which go on sale this Friday (May 26) 10 a.m. local time.

On tour, the band will sell exclusive merchandise items that will directly benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Check out "Adeline" and see the band's full tour itinerary here.

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Bush Announce Black And White Rainbows Euro Tour

(hennemusic) Bush have announced a fall tour of Europe in support of their seventh album, "Black And White Rainbows," which was written, recorded and produced by frontman Gavin Rossdale.

The 3-week run opens at The Forum in London on September 21 - the first of six shows in the band's native UK - before heading to Germany and other countries on the continent.

"You've been asking. We've been planning," says the band. "It has been far too long since we've seen you, and we cannot wait to play for you. UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal..... we're coming." Tickets for the European tour go on sale May 26. See the dates here.

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311 Release 'Too Much To Think' Music Video

(Radio.com) Ahead of their upcoming album release, 311 released a trippy new music video for the record's first single, "Too Much To Think". The band's 12th studio album, Mosaic, will arrive June 23.

"'Too Much To Think' is a song about the highs & lows of life – and seeking an escape from everyday stresses," frontman Nick Hexum explained. "It was great to film this video at Vasquez Rocks outside Los Angeles. It's such a magical setting and not surprising that they've shot so many iconic movies & TV shows out there."

311 launches their 40-date North American summer tour June 22 in Cleveland, Ohio. This will be the band's 18th consecutive U.S. summer tour. Watch the new video here.

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Singled Out: Soldiers Of A Wrong War's Yeah

Soldiers Of A Wrong War tells us the story behind their single and video "Yeah" which is the second single from their brand new album "Countdowns". Here is the story:

When we wrote this song we were like: "This stuff sounds insanely like one of those rock'n'roll songs that make you wanna instantly dance and have fun!" If you listen to the song, you can feel influences from the old school rock'n'roll scene of the mid-'60s, early-'70s, mixed with some alternative rock vibes from the 90s.

The catchphrase in the refrain, which is "It doesn't make much sense but i like it", basically represents the world we live in today: the infosphere is flooded with tons of contents through social media every single day and it looks like you really don't need a reason to like something. Even if it doesn't make sense, if you see that people share it, than it seems that you have to like it automatically and you just go with the flow, trapped in a system which seems to be designed to decode ourselves and bring our individuality to a point where it's nearly extinct.

The concept for the music video was to create something dizzy, able to transmit that mad, loony vibe which you can feel when you listen to this song. So what is crazier than a guy doing stupid things, ending in insane troubles? And there's also a little surprise when the video finishes so if you're curious, you'll better check it out right about now!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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