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Day in Rock Report for 11/29/2017

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AC/DC's Bon Scott Didn't Die The Way People Think Claims Author

The author of the new biography "Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story Of Bon Scott And AC/DC's Back In Black" claims that the late rock legend's cause of death is different than what is popularly believed.

Classic Rock featured an excerpt from the recently released book and they report that the author Jesse Fink believes that Scott died from a heroin overdoes and not alcohol poisoning.

Jesse Fink, the author of a new book about AC/DC's Bon Scott claims that the singer died as a result of heroin and not alcohol poisoning. He based his beliefs on follow-up interviews with UFO's Paul Chapman and Pete Way on information they revealed to the publications editor Geoff Barton back in 2005.

In addition to speaking with the UFO stars, Fink also interviewed Scott's former girlfriend Margaret 'Silver' Smith, and reportedly uncovered new information about the night Scott died.

Fink tells Classic Rock: "I spoke to both Chapman and Way for many hours, going over the sequence of events that Barton had laid out in his piece for Classic Rock. And what I discovered, the deeper I looked into it, was that Chapman and Way's stories actually held up when it came to important, substantive details.

"Silver Smith and Joe Fury didn't deny that Chapman was phoned with the news Bon was dead, and that Chapman then called Way to get a number for AC/DC." Read their report here.

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Sammy Hagar's All Star Concert Film Hitting Movie Theaters

Fans will be able to experience Sammy Hagar's birthday bash from his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in movie theaters next week for one night only.

The guest star packed concert film, "Red Til I'm Dead: Sammy Hagar's Rock-N-Roll Birthday Party," is heading to cinemas across the U.S. next Tuesday night December 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (local time).

The footage was captured during the Red Rocker's multi-night birthday bash and features performances from Toby Keith, Chad Kroeger (Nickelback), Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), Eddie Money, Vinnie Paul (Pantera), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Bob Weir, The Circle's Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, Vic Johnson and more.

Tickets for the special showing are available at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. See the complete list of movie theater locations here.

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Metallica Receive Two Grammy Award Nominations

(hennemusic) Metallica's latest album, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", has delivered the veteran metal band a pair of nominations for honors at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in January.

In the running for "Best Rock Album" of the year, the group's tenth studio effort goes up against releases by Mastodon, Nothing More, Queens Of The Stone Age and The War On Drugs.

"Hardwired…" debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 last November with opening week sales of 291,000 equivalent album units, of which 282,000 were in traditional album sales.

The track "Atlas, Rise!" has been recognized as a finalist in the "Best Rock Song" category alongside tunes by the Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold, Nothing More and K. Flay

The second single from "Hardwired…" topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart upon its release last fall as the band were playing warm-up dates for the WorldWired tour in South America.

The latest recognition marks Metallica's 22nd and 23rd Grammy nominations; the band have won nine times since 1989. Read more here.

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A Day To Remember Announce Anniversary Tour

A Day To Remember have announced that they will be hitting the road early next year for a very special U.S. headline trek that will be celebrating their 15th anniversary.

The band will be joined the tour by special guests Papa Roach, Falling In Reverse and The Devil Wears Prada and tickets are scheduled to go on sale this Friday, December 1 at 10 am EST at ADTR.com.

The tour will be kicking off on February 20th in Grand Rapids, MI at the Deltaplex Arena and will be concluding on March 20th in St. Augustine, FL at the St. Augustine Ampitheatre. See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Sounding Arrow's Loving Is Breathing

Truth & Salvage Co frontman Scott Kinnebrew has recently released the debut album "Loving Is Breathing" for his solo project Sounding Arrow and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the title track. Here is the story:

Hey everybody, Scotty Kinnebrew here. I've got a new project called Sounding Arrow; it's my first solo debut. The album Loving Is Breathing was released in September and is getting true love, check it out! The whole album and project was conceived after years of touring and recording with my harmony rock band Truth & Salvage Co. For years my schedule was locked with the band, we were a force! The band dynamic was strong, we co-wrote a lot, and everybody brought their thing to the songs. The result was great. We had the opportunity to work with some great producers as well, which was an incredible learning experience. After years on the road, the band needed to take a break. This changed things. We got jobs, scattered across the country, some of us started raising families.

I live in LA and got a gig working on TV sets. I'm a set dresser. Long hours, early mornings. You would think that there was no time for music, and indeed it does take a lot of time. But it was in the early mornings, and on drives to work, and doing a mindless task that I started getting some great melodies coming to me. Like my mind was clear and free enough to receive the inspiration. I have a little recording rig, I started recording demos and got one song really close, but my space is really small, and it was hard to get work done. I made a new friend Joel Jerome, an Indie LA wizard. He had a fun small studio with a nice console and gear all mic'd up and ready to go. He works with a lot of young bands and has a fun, super casual way of engineering and mixing. Unique. I reached out to him about recording, and we got together for a song. The result was rad; it became the first single "King Size Heart." We ended up tracking four tunes together, and I was inspired to make a record. My inspiration was to be able to hear my tunes on my old student model turntable.

The rest of the record was recorded at my little house in Asheville, NC. My wife and I spent winter 2016 working on it and doing art. She is an incredible painter. I brought my recording rig and a 25 dollar guitar I found at Goodwill. We drove across country to get there, and during this drive, I began writing the title track "Loving Is Breathing."

This is the song I want to talk about. We were in Albuquerque visiting the in-laws, and I started playing this riff that reminded me of "Agua de Marco" by Antonio Gilberto-Jobim. I liked it, it was totally unique just had this vibe, I started humming a melody with it. Concepts to songs and lyrics for me often come from whatever phonetics my mouth utters out. It's a sound first, and then my mind latches on to the words that fit. It's not effortless, but the ember comes from the ethers. And then I start finding the lyrics that make sense to me, and often I can't find anything until finally, the right words come to me. I was mouthing vowel sounds that ended up becoming "Everyone, everywhere knows that living is grieving, loving is breathing."

I didn't really pick the song back up until Asheville, but when I did the song came pretty quickly. The verse has this nice Crosby, Stills, & Nash vibe; it reminds me of the song "Cathedral" on CSN. And then the bridge kicks in, and it goes into double time with a
Petty-esque beat.

I was inspired, I set up my recording gear in a bedroom. Tuned up the Goodwill guitar and started tracking. I have a box of kids toys there for guests, which includes a tambourine and a Fischer-Price "Pull-A-Tune," (some of you may remember the xylophone on wheels you could pull a string, and it would play?) My wife brought her ukulele, so I had that too. This was my arsenal, a thrift store guitar, a kids Tambo, a Fischer-Price xylophone, and a ukulele. And my voice, And my wife's voice. Oh and a shaker too.
I was just having fun, I layered up lots of everything, made a wall of harmony, flanked the stereo with double guitar parts doubled. I was being totally free with it.

This was around Christmas, and another batch of in-laws came to visit us in Asheville. My brother in law plays drums, so I got to thinking… Next day right next to the Christmas tree I borrowed and set up my neighbor's drum kit, slapped some mics around it and began recording. Before starting my brother in law listened to a couple of times, and that was it, he nailed it. I had borrowed a bass a week earlier, so I had that already overdubbed, so after laying the drums, the song sounded very much like a complete band grooving together.

I sent the recording session to Joel Jerome back in LA to mix. I wanted to see if something I recorded in my bedroom with doors open and classical music on the radio down the hall could sound big and beautiful, stand up next to something done in a studio. And damn if it didn't work. So cool. Such a great experience.

Gotta say that was a super casual and fun easy approach to recording a tune, and I loved it. Least amount of expectation went into the recording, such a pleasant few minutes of sound came from doing so.

I'd be stoked if you checked out the record if you made it this far reading I bet you will dig! Thanks! Peace & Love.

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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Corrosion Of Conformity Talk Reunion With Pepper Keenan

Corrosion Of Conformity have released a brand new episode of their No Cross No Crown video blog series where they discuss working once again with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan on their forthcoming album.

The new album will be entitled "No Cross No Crown" and is scheduled to hit stores on January 12th in various formats including CD, digital, vinyl and even on cassette tape. Watch the blog video here.

Keenan had the following to say about his first recordings with the band in over a decade, "Corrosion Of Conformity and the prior records I've done with them didn't just go away

"It's an honor to be back out there and have an opportunity to do it again in a real way and not some washed-up reunion thing. Even before we wrote the record, we were out there for a year seeing there was a demand for it and that there was a void that we could fill. That's been Corrosion Of Conformity's deal from day one. We're not chasing anybody around. We're not gonna worry about what the new trends are. Corrosion Of Conformity is Corrosion Of Conformity." Read more and see upcoming tour dates with Black Label Society here.

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Primal Fear Begin Recording New Album 'Apocalypse'

Primal Fear have revealed that they have returned to the recording studio to work on their forthcoming album "Apocalypse," which they expect to release in mid 2018.

The new 12-track effort is being produced by Primal Fear's Mat Sinner and being engineered and mixed by Jacob Hansen at the Hansen Studios in Denmark, according to the announcement.

Ralf Scheepers had this to say, "I don't know where it comes from and how we do it, but we seem to have a real flow in writing some cool heavy metal tunes since quite a while. And again, nothing will be released which we are not 100% satisfied with. You can trust the seal of the brand Primal Fear."

Ralf Scheepers had this to say, "I don't know where it comes from and how we do it, but we seem to have a real flow in writing some cool heavy metal tunes since quite a while. And again, nothing will be released which we are not 100% satisfied with. You can trust the seal of the brand Primal Fear."

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Foo Fighters Score Two Grammy Nominations For 'Run'

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters single, "Run", has earned the band a pair of nominations for the upcoming 60th annual Grammy Awards. The event will be broadcast live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28.

A contender in both the "Best Rock Song" and "Best Rock Performance" categories, the lead single from the group's ninth album, "Concrete And Gold", was issued more than three months in advance of the record.

"Run" topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart while the project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, delivering the band their second US chart-topper, following 2011's "Wasting Light."

In the "Best Rock Performance" category, the Foos are up against tracks by Chris Cornell, Leonard Cohen, Kaleo and Nothing More, while they will go head-to-head with Metallica, K. Flay, Nothing More and Avenged Sevenfold for "Best Rock Song."

"Concrete And Gold" producer Greg Kurstin has also been nominated for his work on the album, and others - by Beck, Zayne, Kendrick Lamar, Halsey and Liam Gallagher - in the "Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical" field. Read more and watch the video for "Run" here.

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Pearl Jam Release New 8-Bit Game

Pearl Jam are celebrating the release of their new documentary "Let's Play Two" by sharing a new 8-bit game that was inspired by the performances at Wrigley Field featuring in the film.

The new Let's Play Two Baseball Game is entitled "Home Run Hitting Contest" and features all the band members as baseball players. It can be played here.

The Let's Play Two film documents that veteran sold-out August 2016 shows from Wrigley Field and was directed by Danny Clinch. It can be ordered on Blu-ray and DVD here.

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The Veer Union Release 'Last Regret' Lyric Video

The Veer Union are giving fans an early taste of their forthcoming box set "Decade: History of Our Evolution" with the release of a new lyric video for the track "Last Regret".

Frontman Crispin Earl "I think we can all relate to at least one time in our lives where we wish we could have just made a better decision than the one we made in the past.

"In retrospect, as an artist, those mistakes that we make are also the same things that inspire us to make music from the depths of our hearts" - here.

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The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Gets Creative For The Holidays

(Gibson) An artist is an artist, no matter what the medium, with musicians finding many ways to express themselves beyond their music. Understanding this fluidity of format would help explain the latest art project from The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne.

Coyne, no stranger to avant-garde, esoteric art - he once created a concert poster using his own blood - has created a new wrapping paper design for charity. Contributing to the Wrap Up Homelessness campaign by The Curbside Chronicle in his hometown of Oklahoma City, Coyne's design is described as "a psychedelic holiday twist on the Flaming Lips album Oczy Mlody" on the initiative's website. The Flaming Lips frontman posted a picture of his design to his Instagram page.

Coyne's design is part of a series that also includes designs by a diverse range of illustrators, visual and tattoo artists, all of which are on sale, the proceeds going toward combating homelessness in Oklahoma City. Read more here.

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Rick Rubin Launches New Broken Record Podcast

(Gibson) One of the most consistent themes in music visionary Rick Rubin's long and storied career is his penchant for getting artists to crossover from their original fanbase to newer, larger audiences.

He's done it with the Beastie Boys (guiding them from their punk roots to rap), with Aerosmith (revitalizing their career with the Run-D.M.C collaboration 'Walk This Way'), Jay-Z (taking him to a rock audience with '99 Problems') and Johnny Cash (using his haunting voice to reimagine a host of popular songs).

His latest project is called Broken Record and it's a podcast he's co-hosting with author Malcolm Gladwell. Officially described as "liner notes for the digital age," the podcast will feature the two talking about - according to Pitchfork - "different songs, artists and kinds of music." The first episode featured an interview with Eminem, who released his new single 'Walk On Water' featuring Beyoncé last week.

In the podcast, it's revealed that Rubin played 'Walk On Water' for Jay-Z, who then persuaded Beyoncé to contribute to the track. Eminem also talks about his influences like Tupac Shakur - "He was so smart about picking his beats. Tupac always said 'feel me,' and you have to feel him, and not just hear him." - Ice-T and N.W.A among others. Read more here.

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Billy Corgan Releases New Silent Film 'Pillbox'

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan a new silent film entitled "Pillbox," which is set to music that comes from his recent solo studio album, "Ogilala."

We were sent the following details: Inspired by a hero's journey, the film was written by Corgan, and directed by Corgan alongside longtime collaborator Linda Strawberry. "I thought it was a different approach to listening to an album, to watch it in essence with a related, albeit non-linear, silent movie. Art is art. And together the two pieces create a work unto itself," shared Corgan on the film's connection to his new album.

Pillbox is a Strawberry-Blank Assassin Production and stars: Harry Holmes, Rai Quartley, Anna Steers, Kalpana Pot, Hardeep Manak, Los Angela, Paul Seroka, Amelya Hensley, and Ike Catcher. The filmpremiered last month with five intimate screenings in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Sydney. Watch the film here.

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Jonny Lang Believes Modern Blues Is In A Good Place

(Gibson) It's hard to believe that 20 years have passed since blues-rocker Jonny Lang burst onto the scene-at the ripe age of 15-with his major label debut, Lie to Me. Speaking recently with Vintage Guitar, Lang said he thinks modern blues music is in a good place at the moment.

"As a business-as a marketable thing-I think it's doing pretty good," said Lang. "The shows I've seen, like Buddy Guy, he's always selling shows out, and people love him. There are a lot of new young people playing guitar that have those older influences too, so it has probably gotten a little stronger since I was a kid."

For the guitar work on his latest album, Signs, Lang relied mostly on a '59 reissue Les Paul that he's owned for 15 years. "Compared to the last couple [of albums], the guitar is more up-front-a bit more raw," he said. "I had the intention of having at least a few of the songs harken back to some old blues guys. I'd been listening to Howlin' Wolf and stuff like that, and was a bit inspired to go down that road." Read more here.

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Liam Gallagher Releases 'Come Back To Me' Video

(hennemusic) Former Oasis star Liam Gallagher has released a new music video for the song "Come Back To Me", which is the latest track from his solo album debut, "As You Were."

Directed by Shane Meadows, the clip was filmed at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, Scotland - the same venue where Oasis were famously discovered by music industry executive Alan McGee in 1993.

Produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck) and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Mumford And Sons), "As You Were" recently topped the UK album charts and hit No. 30 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release last month.

"Come Back To Me" is the fifth tune issued from the set, which was launched with the lead single, "Wall Of Glass." Gallagher is currently performing a brief run of North American club dates before returning home for a UK tour that will start next week. Watch the video here.

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Peter Frampton Reveals How Bowie Showed Him The Way Back

(Gibson) Peter Frampton sat with newsman Dan Rather for a career-spanning interview that aired last Tuesday night (Nov. 21) on AXS TV. During the chat, Frampton explained how David Bowie helped revive his career in the mid '80s, reintroducing the guitarist to fans as the extraordinary musician he is, and helping put to rest the poster-boy image that had dogged Frampton since the release of Frampton Comes Alive!

"David and I went to school together," said Frampton. "His art teacher was my father … he was always a person I looked up to - a kind of brother figure." After hearing Frampton's 1986 album, Premonition, Bowie phoned Frampton and asked him to record with him in Switzerland. "He said, 'I've just heard your latest record, and man, I've got to have some of that guitar on my next record,'" explained Frampton. "So I went to Switzerland, and we made the record - Never Let Me Down. While I was there he said to me, 'What would you think about coming on the road?'"

Frampton jumped at the offer, and later became a key player in Bowie's backing band on the Glass Spider Tour. "He could have chosen anybody, but he chose me," said Frampton. "I think what he did there, knowing me so well, and seeing and knowing what I had been through … he gave me the greatest gift, taking me around the world, in stadiums and arenas, and reintroducing me as the musician, the guitar player. For that, I will never stop thanking him." here.

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