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Day in Rock Report for 09/01/2017

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Guns N' Roses Pull Out Unexpected Songs At Recent Show

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses performed rare covers of classic tracks by Glen Campbell and James Brown during their August 30 date at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB, and video from the show has surfaced online.

"We're going to play something we've never played before," Axl Rose told the crowd about halfway through the evening. "It might not be your thing, but we're just trying to pay a tribute to someone. It's not what you think," before the group delivered a faithful version of Campbell's 1968 hit, "Wichita Lineman."

"For Glen," added Rose after finishing the tune by the legendary country musician, who passed away on August 8 at the age of 81 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Later in the show, Guns N' Roses took another left turn from their standard setlist with a cover of James Brown's 1964 smash, "I Got You (I Feel Good)."

"What a night...Thank you Edmonton!," posted the band on social media after the show. The Edmonton stop marks one of the final dates of the group's North American summer tour, which will wrap up in San Antonio, TX on September 8th. Check out videos of the covers here.

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Deep Purple Address Ritchie Blackmore Reunion Idea

Deep Purple fans hoping for a one off reunion with original guitarist Ritchie Blackmore will be sad to learn that members of the group shot down the idea when asked about it.

Blackmore recently said that he would be open to a special reunion with the band but added that he didn't "believe Deep Purple would be interested." It turns out that he was correct.

Frontman Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover and drummer Ian Paice were asked about the possibility during a SiriusXM Town Hall show (via Classic Rock) and Gillian said, "I get on great with Ritchie these days, but I don't think Ritchie's playing great these days. And for that reason mostly, I don't think it would work."

Glover also said, "I don't think he approves of me very much because of the remixes and remasters that I did of the older albums. That's what I've heard anyway." He added, "You can never say never, but I would doubt it very much."

Paice felt that the band currently has the perfect lineup. "I enjoy going on stage every night knowing that I'm with my four friends. That wasn't always the case - and I wouldn't want to go back to that again.

"It's just the way the man is. He's a man of great emotions. He works it out in black and white. there's no grey areas to Ritchie. 'I will' or 'I won't.' 'I like it' or 'I don't like it.' Sometimes your band members suffer from that.

"I want to go on stage and have fun. I don't want to go no stage and come off feeling down and miserable. I'm not prepared to go back on that route again - no."

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Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl And Taylor Hawkins Talk Depression and Suicide

(Radio.com) Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters opened up about dealing with depression and suicide during a new interview with New Zealand radio station The Rock FM's morning show.

"When it comes to someone like Chris Cornell or Chester (Bennington), you know--depression is a disease," Grohl said, having dealt with the loss of Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain to suicide in 1994.

"Everybody kind of goes through it their own way…The hardest part is when you lose a friend; I just always immediately think of their families and bandmates. Going through something like suicide is a long road. Chris was such a beautiful guy, man. He was the sweetest person He was so talented and so much to offer that it was a real shock to hear that he had gone."

"Mental health and depression is something that people should really take seriously," Grohl continued. "There's a stigma attached to it that's unfortunate, because just as you take care of yourselves in every other way, I think it's important that people try to take care of themselves in that way, too. And it ain't easy. Life is hard." Read more here.

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Killswitch Engage Reveal Their New Album Plans

Killswitch Engage confirmed via a social media post this week that they will begin work on their next studio album this fall with plans to release the new effort next year.

The band shared via Instagram, "Jam sessions starting up in October, demos are getting cranked out! 2018 we will be dropping some music and getting back on the road once again. Who's ready for this?"

The new album will be the follow up to their 2016 release "Incarnate" and will mark their third studio effort to feature Jesse Leach since he returned to the group in 2012, according to TeamRock.

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Singled Out: Leave The Universe's N.W.O.

Leave The Universe released their brand new EP "N.W.O." today (Sept) and we asked Cameron to tell us about the writing and recording process of the title track. Here is the story:

The chorus for N.W.O. started as a line i was singing to myself while riding the tube in London. I was fantasizing about the idea of destroying the ability to print new money and how that would completely tip the scales of power in the government. I kept singing the line "Burn the money machine and kill the disease" over and over in sort of a chant. The next day the US election happened and the world went a little mad. I kept hearing the term "New World Oder" thrown around both in a religious and governmental context. I had been hearing that term for a long time and have always wanted to exploit it. I feel like people long for it, but at the same time are scared of the term. I think in general people want a change, but are afraid of it being at the hands of a higher form of power. I guess this song is a harsh way of saying, "The world we live in is corrupt and flawed, but if we have any hope of it changing, its going to have to come with a drastic change in what we value the most." The song is not written as an attack on government but a wake up call to the new generation that has the power to change the course of history.

The recording process was actually quite interesting on this one. The song was originally a "wall of sound" alternative rock mix, and it wasn't feeling right. We ended up stripping everything out of the mix but drums and vocals. I added a trap feel with the drums under the chorus and from that point everything clicked. After that we recorded some bass and guitar back into the track, but this time left a lot of the track pretty empty with mainly drums and vocals.

Other than the drums bass and guitar in this track, there is a lot of unique stuff happening in the soundscape, such as industrial percussive sounds that I have been recording for a while now. Anywhere from the sound of smashing bricks in my yard to hitting a metal pipe across a piece of wood in the studio. A lot of these sounds are triggered to the live drums to create a unique hybrid sound.

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

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Pearl Jam's Mike McCready Streams Three Soundtrack Songs

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready is streaming three tunes from the September 1 release of the Original Motion Picture Score for the 2015 film, "The Glamour & The Squalor."

"You're The Song" features guest vocals by Kim Virant, formerly of 90s-era Seattle rockers Lazy Susan. McCready teams up with Troy Nelson and Mackenzie Mercer, two members of the Seattle band The Young Evils, on "Sean Mac On A Horse On A Boat." The instrumental track, "Young-ish", completes the latest preview, which follows the recent debut of "Grandmother Earth."

"I love this one because it just sounds kinda crunchy and plodding with guitar riffs and solos all over it," says music supervisor Kevin Moyer. "Halfway through it breaks into this really pretty and atmospheric uplifting part, and then it comes back down again."

Directed by Marq Evans, "The Glamour & The Squalor" traces the life and career of influential Seattle DJ Marco Collins, who made a name for himself at KNDD 107.7 The End by helping break artists like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Beck, The Presidents Of The United States Of America and others.

"Thanks to Marco for allowing me to help his story," says McCready. "And to the entire cast and crew for The Glamour and The Squalor film. This is also in remembrance of all the musicians from Seattle who aren't here anymore, but their music remains…" Read more and stream the songs here.

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X Japan's Yoshiki Gives $25,000 To Aid Hurricane Harvey Victims

Yoshiki, leader of the acclaimed group X Japan made a $25,000 donation to the Red Cross to help benefit Hurricane Harvey victims. Although he is a Japanese citizen, he considers America a second home and has lived in the U.S. for 25 years.

He had this to say, "I'm sending my prayers from Japan to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. America is my second home. Yoshiki Foundation America has made a $25,000 donation to help the people of Houston. Please click the Red Cross link in my bio to donate what you can to keep it going (here)." --Yoshiki

Yoshiki started Yoshiki Foundation America a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which has supported the GRAMMY Foundation, MUSICARES, Points Of Light and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as the Japan Red Cross and Kumamoto-Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims.

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Ten Years After Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Box Set

Ten Years After have revealed very special plans to release a new limited edition 50th Anniversary 10 CD Box Set to coincide with the anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut in 1967.

The 10 CD set will included a disc featuring previously unreleased material and will covering for the very first time their albums from 1967 through 1974 from both Chrysalis and Deram.

The set is scheduled to be released on November 10th and will be limited to just 1,500 copies worldwide featuring the albums remastered from original 1/4" production master tapes.

According to the announcement, "The package comes in a luxury hardback format with slipcase and an accompanying book which includes newly commissioned in-depth 10,000 word sleeve notes written by legendary Melody Maker journalist and early champion of the band, Chris Welch. There are extensive interviews with the remaining band members plus members of Alvin Lee's family, and additional recording notes by Chris Kimsey." Read more here.

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Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' Gets An Unusual Cover Treatment

(Radio.com) "I always wanted to play guitar solos. But my Russian parents wanted me to play piano. So I took the piano and made it a guitar," says Ron Minis, a talented Russian artist who recently posted a video of himself playing all the guitar parts in Metallica's "Master of Puppets" on a tricked out piano.

With the help of an electronic plug-in, Minis emulates Metallica's crunch and he single-handedly plays the keys and mutes and bends the strings inside the piano to emulate the metal tones in the song.

It's all mighty impressive, but the highlight comes when his nimble fingers replicate lead guitarist Kirk Hammett's main solo note-for-note. At one point, Minis manipulates a tiny joystick on a mechanical box to mimic the sound of bending electric guitar strings. Horns up! Watch the Russian pianist take on Metallica's "Master of Puppets" here.

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Fall Out Boy Donating Proceeds From Houston Show to Hurricane Victims

(Radio.com) Fall Out Boy have revealed that they will be donating all proceeds from their upcoming November 7th concert in Houston to Hurricane Harvey relief organizations.

The show, which falls in the middle of their North American M A N I A tour is scheduled to take place at the Toyota Center in the city that was hit by the devastating hurricane.

Money from the gig will go directly into the Fall Out Boy Fund charity, and will then be distributed to outlets providing aid to victims of the hurricane. Read more here.

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