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Day in Rock Report for 10/06/2017


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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2018 Nominees Revealed

(hennemusic) Judas Priest, Dire Straits, The Cars and Bon Jovi are among the nominees for induction into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The Cleveland-based institution revealed the full list of 19 artists on Wednesday, which also includes Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine and The Moody Blues, among others.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.

2018 marks the first year of eligibility for Radiohead and Rage Against The Machine, and first nominations for Kate Bush, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and Link Wray received their second ballot entry; The Cars, MC5 and The Zombies are making their third appearance; LL Cool J and The Meters snagged their fourth listing; and, it's the fifth ballot for The J. Geils Band. Read more here.

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Linkin Park To Release 'Carpool Karaoke' With Chester Bennington

(Radio.com) Linkin Park has revealed that the episode of Carpool Karaoke that was filmed before the tragic death of singer Chester Bennington is set to see the light of day.

According to the band's Instagram page, it will be released "this time next week. Streaming for free on our Facebook page." Actor Ken Jeong, AKA "Mr. Chow" from The Hangover movies, is seen driving with the band in the photo.

The segment had been in limbo after Bennington's death, with host James Cordon saying that the singer's family would be consulted before any decision was made regarding the footage.

"We will approach it in whichever manner his family or the people that were involved in that episode, however they would like it to be handled," Corden said. "We will navigate it as delicately as possible and just adhere to whatever wishes they would want because, I don't think there's any other way we could deal with it. It's completely up to them and that's a conversation we haven't even thought about having right now. It's a tragedy." See the band's post here.

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Black Sabbath Set Release For The End Concert Film

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath will release their farewell concert film, "The End", via multiple formats on November 17. Originally entitled "The End Of The End", the project has been renamed simply as "The End."

Directed by Dick Carruthers (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Oasis), the project presents the last concert under the Sabbath brand by three-quarters of the original lineup - Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - in their hometown of Birmingham, England this past February.

The show at the city's Genting Arena marked the 81st and final date of the groundbreaking metal band's farewell tour, wrapping up a year-long global trek to wind down a legendary career that spanned five decades.

The project will be available on Blu-ray/CD, DVD/CD, 2CD and 3LP configurations. All visual formats feature special bonus material of the band playing a selection of their favorite songs not performed on the farewell trek. These intimate live sessions at Angelic Studios were recorded in the days after their final live performance. Read more and watch the trailer and a performance clip here.

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Bruce Springsteen Dedicates His Broadway Debut To Tom Petty

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen hit the boards for the first preview of his Broadway residency on Tuesday (Oct. 3), and the Boss dedicated the show to his late friend and rock and roll peer, Tom Petty. Dressed in black, Springsteen said his thoughts and prayers were with Petty and his band The Heartbreakers.

Springsteen on Broadway debuted for preview audiences before the official opening on October 12. Fans in the audience spoke of their fondness for The Boss and their impressions of the show. "Bruce Springsteen sings about blue-collar, regular people," Bob Cappella told The New York Daily News. "I keep coming back."

Bruce played 15 songs in total, interspersed with spoken excerpts from his autobiography and various reflections and off-the-cuff remarks. Springsteen's wife Patti Scialfa joined him for two of the songs: "Tougher Than That" and "Brilliant Disguise."

One Instagram user said Bruce shared "his words, his thoughts, his music, and his innermost demons. Bruce (the boss) shed his blood and tears providing wisdom worth living. An honor and unforgettable experience." See some fan photos from the preview and check out the full setlist here.

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Incubus Postpone Residency After Route 91 Shooting Tragedy

(Radio.com) As the Las Vegas continues to recover from the mass shooting tragedy at the Route 91 festival, Incubus have decided to postpone a scheduled residency at the city's Hard Rock Hotel.

The band was set for a five-night limited engagement at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel &Casino on Oct. 7, 8, 11, 13 and 14.

Ticket holders for the shows can get refunds from the original point of purchase. Those tickets will also be good for any of the rescheduled dates, which are expected to be announced soon. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Hope Dunbar's Jeneane

Hope Dunbar released her new album "Three Black Crows" today (October 6th) and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the song "Jeneane". Here is the story:

A couple of years ago, in a museum bookstore, I found this book called, "The Amazing Story Generator." It was similar to a childrens' book where the pages had been cut into thirds: Monster heads on the first strip, monster bodies on the second, and monster feet on the bottom, and the kid can construct the beast of his or her dreams just by flipping the pages. You get it, right? Well the pages in "The Amazing Story Generator" can be flipped to create writing prompts crazier than any I had ever encountered.

My sister-in-law, Emily Dunbar (also a songwriter) and I were having a ball trying to write songs to prompts such as "on the run from federal agents a professional assassin gets trapped in a goldmine" and "after losing a bet an Elvis impersonator must choose between love and money." Basically we were writing songs to crack each other up and it was working. Big time.

Then right around then she and I went to a Todd Snider concert. I love Todd Snider. And Todd Snider loves crazy songs so I sent him the song I had written to the assassin prompt. He actually responded!!! Bananas. In a moment of fearlessness I wrote him back and gave him a prompt from the book, "In an effort to win back an old flame, a drummer from a punk rock band steals a baby."

I sent it to him, but couldn't keep from diving in and writing the song myself. The reason why the girlfriend's name is Jeneane is because I was imagining David St. Hubbins of the famed band, Spinal Tap, as the lovable dummy stupid enough to steal a baby to appease his girlfriend. I like to think that other Spinal Tap fans will get the reference.

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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Rob Halford Reacts To Judas Priest's Rock Hall Nomination

(hennemusic) Heavy metal icons Judas Priest picked up their first nomination for entry into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this week, and frontman Rob Halford says he couldn't be more thrilled with the honor.

"This is our Oscars," Halford tells Billboard. "When the nominations come up and the inductions come up, you often wonder that it would feel like if you were able to be on stage at that moment making an acceptance speech and particularly having the pleasure to be in the company of all the other musicians and industry people. So, yeah, if we do get in it will be an absolute dream-come-true moment. Fingers crossed, as they say."

Eligible for Rock Hall consideration since 1999, Judas Priest are the lone metal outfit amongst the 19 nominees for 2018, and Halford hopes the band's name on the ballot will open the door a bit wider for more acts from the often-maligned genre.

"I've often talked about metal being the underdog in rock 'n' roll music," says the rocker. "We remember the times through the punk and New Wave moments when it was proclaimed that heavy metal music was dead, it didn't stand a chance of surviving, that it was Neanderthal music that had limited scope and wasn't very intelligent and all those bad things.

"I still don't understand the kind of pushback that we still kind of have to bump up against now and again, but this recognition by the Hall Of Fame helps to slowly chip away at that kind of stereotype. The metal dog is wagging its metal tail, which is a great feeling. We do deserve this." Read more here.

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Deep Purple Release Animated Video For 'The Surprising'

(hennemusic) Deep Purple have issued an animated video for the song "The Surprising". The track comes from the legendary heavy rock band's latest album, "inFinite."

Directed and illustrated by Matt Rooke, alongside producers Peter Rogers, Craig Hooper and Collin Games, the clip takes the viewer on a journey through the 50-year history of the band with sometimes subtle visual references to their classic albums and tracks.

Deep Purple recorded "inFinite" last year in Nashville, TN with producer Bob Ezrin, who also worked with them on 2013's "Now What?!"

Coinciding with the video premiere for "The Surprising", Deep Purple will issue a limited gold edition of "inFinite" on November 3.

The 2CD digipack release will deliver the original album alongside a previously unreleased 80-minute live show from Hellfest 2017, the biggest metal festival in France. The concert will also be issued on the 3LP set, "The inFinite Live Recordings, Pt. 1." Watch the video and read more here.

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The Killers Singer Says Vegas' Response to Tragedy Defies Stereotypes

(Radio.com) Brandon Flowers and the Killers have represented Las Vegas ever since the band formed in the city back in 2001. In light of the tragic shooting incident at this year's Route 91 music festival, Flowers has shared a heartfelt post on the band's official Facebook page.

"I'm a Vegas boy. I always have been and--even though I just moved my wife and kids to Utah--I always will be," Flowers wrote. "This past Sunday on a flight home from Australia, I flew over my hometown. Forehead to the window I looked down on Las Vegas and felt a prick of nostalgia."

"I could see the city as a whole, but I couldn't look close enough to see what was about to unfold. It's hard to believe it's real. My prayers go out to those whose lives were taken and to everyone else affected by this nightmare. I'm devastated for my community and for all of the people who gather together to see live music."

"My heart swells when I hear the stories of people putting their lives on the line to help each other--defying the stereotypes of what people say Las Vegas is all about," Flowers continued. "We're all long lost brothers and sisters. I miss my town, I miss my mom, I miss these victims I didn't even know, but I look forward to getting together with you real soon to keep their memory alive." See the full statement here.

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Carlos Santana Donates $100K To Earthquake Relief For Kids In Mexico

(Radio.com) Music legend Carlos Santana has donated $100,000 to benefit earthquake relief for the children of Mexico. Santana revealed the generous donation via his official Facebook page.

"Following three recent devastating earthquakes in Mexico, I am making a $100,000 donation through The Milagro Foundation to support Save the Children's relief and recovery efforts to help children and families in Mexico," the guitarist wrote.

"Our brothers and sisters in Mexico are in desperate need of our compassion, love and support at this time. I'm proud to make this donation through the Milagro Foundation to Save the Children which is on the ground directly responding to children's needs following the earthquakes," he continued. Read more here.

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Weezer Stream New Song 'Weekend Woman'

(Radio.com) Weezer is ready for the weekend with a brand new single, "Weekend Woman." The song is the latest track ahead of Weezer's upcoming album, Pacific Daydream, due for release on Oct. 27.

"This track has a feel that kinda takes me back to the old days of the band," Weezer tweeted about the new song, echoing the sentiment of several fans online. "The combo of thick guitars, massive harmonies & sad melodies are what makes Weezer'Weezer - back in the day, & today."

The band also teased fans on Twitter with the possibility of more advance music before Pacific Daydream hits the streets: "p.s. there might be one more song for you before the album's out too. You'll just have to wait and see…" Watch the video here.

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Fall Out Boy Release Hilarious Fidget Spinner Commercial

(Radio.com) Leave it to alt-rock heroes Fall Out Boy to provide some very necessary comic relief to the week. The band has revealed a hilarious new commercial for its official Bluetooth fidget spinner.

The limited edition fidget spinner lights up, features a Bluetooth speaker and comes with a digital copy of the band's upcoming album, M A N I A, which is set for release on Jan. 19.

It's available at Fall Out Boy's online store for $15. Watch the comedic commerical here.

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