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Day in Rock Report for 10/27/2017


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Guns N' Roses Tribute Late AC/DC Producer George Young

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses performed the AC/DC classic, "Whole Lotta Rosie", in Hartford, CT on October 23 as a tribute to the Australian band's late producer and Malcolm and Angus' brother George Young, and video from the concert has surfaced online.

"This next song, we're gonna do this for a friend of ours and dedicate it to his brother who just passed away," Axl Rose told the crowd at the city's XL Center. "So, this is for Angus Young and this is dedicated to George Young, who actually produced this song."

George Young - the older brother of AC/DC guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young - passed away on October 22 at the age of 70.

"It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young," said the brothers in a statement. "Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC.

"As a musician, songwriter, producer, advisor and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man. As a brother, you could not ask for a finer brother. For all he did and gave to us throughout his life, we will always remember him with gratitude and hold him close to our hearts." Watch the GNR tribute and read more here.

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Marilyn Manson's Twiggy Ramirez Responds To Rape Claim

(Radio.com) On Wednesday (Oct. 25), Marilyn Manson fired his longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez (real name Jeordie White) after the musician was accused of rape from his former partner, Jessicka Addams. Now, Ramirez has responded, and while he doesn't exactly deny the claims he says the allegations are new to him and he doesn't condone "non-consensual sex."

"I have only recently been made aware of these allegations from over 20 years ago," Ramirez's statement begins. "I do not condone non-consensual sex of any kind. I will be taking some time to spend with my family and focus on maintaining my several years of sobriety. If I have caused anyone pain I apologize and truly regret it."

Addams, who played in the '90s band Jack Off Jill, aired her accusations against Ramirez in a Facebook post last Friday (Oct. 20). She alleged that while they were together two decades ago, Ramirez forced her to have sex against her will, and that the relationship was abusive in other ways. Read more here.

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Queen Stream Freddie Mercury Version of 'All Dead, All Dead'

(Radio.com) Queen have shared an unreleased version of the song "All Dead, All Dead," featuring Freddie Mercury on lead vocals as a preview to a deluxe anniversary reissue of one of their acclaimed albums.

The track, included on the band's 1977 blockbuster album, News of the World, is one of the few that features guitarist Brian May singing lead vocals. The song is about May's cat, which died when he was a child.

This newly released Freddie Mercury version is set for inclusion in the upcoming 40th-anniversary edition of News of the World, due Nov. 17. Check out the alternate take via the animated clip below. Read more here.

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U2 And Jack White's Label Announce Limited Vinyl Release

(Radio.com) Record Store Day 2017 continues to heat up with the reveal that U2 is set to contribute a vinyl exclusive on Jack White's Third Man Records label for the occasion.

The band will release a vinyl 12-inch of new song "The Blackout," the first physical release from U2's eagerly awaited new album, Songs of Experience, due later this year.

The 12″ includes both the original album version backed by an exclusive remix by the band's longtime collaborator, Jacknife Lee. Record Store Day 2017 is set for Black Friday, Nov. 24.

"The sound quality of this incredibly special record is a perfect example of the caliber of product Third Man Pressing is capable of producing. We couldn't be more proud," explained Third Man co-founder Ben Blackwell in a press statement. Read more here.

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Metallica Make Concert History In The UK

(hennemusic) Metallica made UK concert history this week by breaking the attendance record for shows at the O2 Arena in London. According to IQ, a pair of Metallica dates at the venue - on October 22 and 24 - saw the group perform to a record-setting 22,211 people each night, beating the previous record of 21,000 set by Muse in 2016.

Metallica's 'in-the-round' staging allowed for an extended seating capacity at the venue, and the band were honored with a specially-commissioned illustration by The O2's Head Of Programming, Christian D'Acuna.

"It was an honour to host the heavy metal rock gods at the venue and they did not disappoint," says D'Acuna. "Metallica smashed the highest attendance record during both of their shows at The O2. It was an honour to host the heavy metal rock gods at the venue and they did not disappoint, delivering an incredible show in the round, full of hits spanning their whole career.

"It's been a great year for rock bands at The O2, with the likes of Green Day and Foo Fighters gracing our stage and Queens of the Stone Age and Deep Purple still to come. We hope the epic shows continue with our new 6k-capacity standing floor." Read more here.

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Linkin Park Stream Steve Aoki Chester Forever Remix

(hennemusic) Linkin Park are streaming audio of a new "Chester Forever" remix by Steve Aoki of the title track to their latest album, "One More Light", as a tribute to the band's late frontman, Chester Bennington.

"Thanks to Linkin Park for giving me the privilege to be a part of this song in this way," says Aoki. "Keep Chester close to your heart and play this one loud! Sing it loud! We all miss you so much."

The remix arrives just ahead of a sold-out October 27 tribute concert for Bennington at the Hollywood Bowl that will see Linkin Park joined by guests Avenged Sevenfold, Bring Me The Horizon, Blink-182, Korn, Machine Gun Kelly and System Of A Down, among others.

Linkin Park recently shared their appearance with Bennington on Apple Music's "Carpool Karaoke" series, an episode that was filmed less than a week before the singer committed suicide at his Los Angeles area home on July 20 the age of 41. Stream the new remix here.

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Rolling Stones Stream 1965 Performance Of Satisfaction

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming a 1965 BBC live recording of their signature hit, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", as the latest preview to the forthcoming package, "On Air."

The track was captured live on the BBC's "Saturday Club" program on September 18, 1965 - just four months after it was recorded in Hollywood and a month after its UK single release.

Due December 1, "On Air" delivers a collection of live recordings of the Stones from 1963 to 1965 from a variety of BBC shows from the era. The set, which features eight songs the band have never recorded or released commercially, is available as an 18-track single CD, 2LP or 32-track deluxe 2CD editions.

The audio collection "On Air" follows the recent release of a companion book, "The Rolling Stones On Air In The Sixties." Read more and stream the song here.

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Paul McCartney Remembers Fats Domino With Moving Eulogy

(Radio.com) Beatles legend Paul McCartney has remembered rock pioneer Fats Domino with a touching eulogy. "Rest in peace Fats Domino, the great rock 'n' roll pianist and singer who thrilled us in our early days in Liverpool," McCartney shared on his website.

"His hit records like 'Ain't That A Shame', 'Blueberry Hill', 'I'm In Love Again' and many others introduced us to the sounds of New Orleans rock 'n' roll. We were excited to meet Fats once in his home town of New Orleans.

"He was wearing a huge star spangled diamond encrusted watch which was our first encounter with bling! His voice, piano playing and musical style was a huge influence on us and his appearance in the film 'The Girl Can't Help It' was truly magnificent.

"As one of my favourite rock 'n' roll singers, I will remember him fondly and always think of him with that twinkle in his eye. I read that he had eight children. He himself was named Antoine. His kids were named Antoine III, Anatole, Andre, Antonio, Antoinette, Andrea, Anola and Adonica. Now that is pure Fats!" Read more here.

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Billy Corgan Unplugs For Miley Cyrus Cover

(Radio.com) Five days after performing a cover of Miley Cyrus' hit "Wrecking Ball" at a show in Toronto, Billy Corgan delivered a stripped down acoustic version of the tune backstage in the music room at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Despite his alt-rock background, the Smashing Pumpkins leader is actually a Miley fan. In a 2o14 interview with SPIN he said she was better than '99.9%" of pop stars.

The former Smashing Pumpkins frontman released a solo album, Ogilala, earlier this month. Watch Corgan unplug and come in like a wrecking ball here.

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Coldplay Responds To Claim That Radiohead Ripped Them Off

(Radio.com) Fox News is on a roll in the realm of music criticism on a comedy news program from former Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld. After recently calling out Radiohead as 'just elaborate moaning and whining for ring tone sounds," the network has now called out that band as nothing more than "the poor man's Coldplay."

The quizzical statement came on the Greg Gutfeld Show, with the show's host categorizing Radiohead as "a fine band but they stole everything from Coldplay."

Coldplay have responded to the Fox News claims with a cheeky message on Twitter agreeing with them: "Finally somebody had the balls to say it!," adding a tears of laughter emoji in case anyone missed the obvious joke.

Enjoy the comical Fox New moment (via Consequence of Sound) and Coldplay's Twitter response here.

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Singled Out: The Freeway Revival's Rise

Asheville soulful southern rockers The Freeway Revival recently released their new album "Revolution Road" and to celebrate we asked Kenny Crowley to tell us about the song "Rise." Here is the story:

I wrote 'Rise' in California about a year before I met the Freeway Revival boys and we joined forces in North Carolina. It was a time in my life where I was struggling with the decision to pursue music as a full time career, while at the same time always knowing it was my true calling. It's a funny thing how society and people's expectations can sometimes make a person question even what you know to be true in your own heart. So, 'Rise' is in part a song I wrote to encourage myself onward, and in part an anthem to all those musicians and creatives out there who share that same struggle.

When I joined and helped formed the brotherhood of what we now call the Freeway family, all the guys in the band were in a similar place. We all shared the passion of making soulful music and wanted to pursue it more than anything else. But the struggle is real! So this seemed like the perfect song to bring to the table for this group, and indeed it was. The musicality and the heart that every member poured into this track (and every song on the album for that matter) morphed it into the powerfully stirring ballad that it is now. And even more than that, all the hard work and dedication that each one of us has put into this band and this career path is finally starting to gain momentum and payoff. So it really goes to show... If you have something that is pure and worth sharing, and you truly mean it, don't sink into the fear. Live it out, and Rise to the occasion.

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

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