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Day in Rock Report for 09/29/2017

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Reportedly Suffered Seizure

(hennemusic) According to a new report out of Boston, Steven Tyler suffered a seizure following Aerosmith's September 24 concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil that led to the cancellation of the final four dates of the group's South American tour.

The Boston Globe reports they were told by a source close to the band that the 69-year-old singer suffered a seizure after the show that led him to return home immediately to seek medical treatment.

It's not clear what caused the seizure or if Tyler received a diagnosis before flying back to the States, and there's been no further word on his condition.
On Tuesday, Tyler's girlfriend, Aimee Preston, posted on Instagram a recent picture of herself with the Aerosmith singer alongside a caption of a heart and two praying emojis.

"To everybody in South America....Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico... I'm very sorry and feel like I've let you down," explained Tyler after the news broke. "I won't be able to continue the last four shows of this tour. I flew back to the US on doctor's orders last night after the show in Sao Paulo. Please not to worry... I am not in a life threatening condition, but I need to deal with this right away, and get some rest and medical care immediately in order to sustain and maintain my future performances.

"I promise I'll be back...unfortunately, health does not wait and it's something even I can't schedule around our shows... As they say, 'We humans make plans, and God laughs...' I love you all and will be back with you soon." Read more

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Ron Howard's Beatles Film Eight Days A Week Coming To TV

(Gibson) The acclaimed 2016 documentary, "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years," will make its television debut this fall on PBS. The PBS premiere will air on Saturday, November 25.

Directed by Ron Howard, the film focuses on the years 1962 through 1966, tracing the Fab Four's musical journey from Liverpool's Cavern Club to their final stadium concert, at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.

The film has earned several prestigious awards, including both a Grammy and an Emmy. Included in the documentary are rare and never-before-seen archival footage of shows and interviews, as well as new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and prominent observers. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Frontman Dave Grohl Shows Off Another Talent

(Radio.com) Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl is a man of many talents. From drumming for '90s rock legends Nirvana to fronting the Foo Fighters, Grohl is a rock renaissance man who can seemingly do it all.

Now we can add Christopher Walken impersonator to Grohl's list of talents, following a recent interview with England's Radio X. Grohl's Walken impersonation surfaced when he discussed meeting the legendary actor when they were both appearing on a 2003 episode of Saturday Night Live.

When Walken asked Grohl if the emphasis in the band's name was on the first word or the second, Grohl quickly told him to emphasize "Fighters," knowing how it would sound in the actor's very distinctive voice. Watch the very funny video here.

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Pearl Jam Play a Chicago Rooftop in 'Let's Play Two' Teaser

(Radio.com) Pearl Jam is the gift that keeps on giving for Chicago fans. With singer Eddie Vedder recently spending a weekend busking on the streets near Wrigley Field, the band has now shared a clip from the upcoming movie, Let's Play Two, featuring a surprise rooftop show the band played across from the legendary ballpark.

The video captures the Pearl Jam mania that gripped the Wrigleyville area when the band played a pair of shows at Wrigley Field last August, with fans lining up for days ahead of the shows.

While the fans are waiting below, the band sets up on a bar rooftop for an impromptu acoustic performance. Pearl Jam's Ten Club will host the second of two special members-only screenings of Let's Play Two at the Metro in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood tonight (September 28th). The doc will then enjoy week-long worldwide theatrical engagements in select markets starting on September 29th in addition to special one night only theatrical events beginning on October 3rd.

The soundtrack will be released simultaneous to the film on September 29th, with the home video release set for November 17th. The soundtrack is available for pre-order now at pearljam.com. Check out the band performing on a rooftop here.

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Singled Out: Jag Panzer's Foggy Dew

Jag Panzer are releasing their new album "The Deviant Chord" today (September 29th) and to celebrate we asked guitarist Mark Briody to tell us about the song "Foggy Dew". Here is the story:
So this song 'Foggy Dew' has been covered about 200 times. Seriously. It's been covered A LOT. Which makes it a completely crazy choice to cover. No!!! It makes it a great choice to cover as we had to do something different with it.
Luckily I had a had start of a few decades with this cover tune of 'Foggy Dew'. My Dad was a singer and a pretty good one too. My Mom couldn't sing at all though (they gave her crayons during singing in elementary school). Hence my mediocre singing ability. My Dad used to sing 'Foggy Dew'. He had some album from the 60s that had the song on it and that's the version he sang. He also told me the real story behind the lyrics. He said his father told him the same story.
I always liked hearing my Dad sing the song, it was a cool song. But my appreciation of the song changed when I was about 17 years old. I had started writing my own songs and soon I imagined a different version of 'Foggy Dew' in my head. I worked on it off and on for several years on my guitar.
Time went by and we (Jag Panzer) released some albums. There was not really any room on those albums for 'Foggy Dew' so I just kept my arrangement in my head.
After many years or so passed I thought someone else was going to have the same idea I had about 'Foggy Dew'. The arrangement I thought of seemed so logical as a metal song that I thought for sure someone else was going to do it. I'd hear about a band doing it and I'd say 'This is the band that's going to play Foggy Dew the way I hear it'.
No band ever did the song that way. We wanted lots of variety on our new album so I finally had a place for 'Foggy Dew'. So here it is! I hope people enjoy it. My only regret was that I wish my Dad had heard my version before he died.
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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Bruce Dickinson Looks Back On Joining Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has released an excerpt from his forthcoming memoire "What Does This Button Do?," where he looks back on his joining the legendary metal band.

The book will be published on October 18 via HarperCollins and Classic Rock run the following passage about Bruce being approached by Iron Maiden manager at the Reading Festival in 1980 to take over lead vocals for Paul DiAnno.

"We started to rehearse for some shows; I was hoarse after half an hour. We played the Marquee Club; I couldn't speak for two days afterwards. I was in despair. I had sung on an album that was getting great reactions, but I felt like a fraud. My voice couldn't do it. I moped around for a couple of days, crying into my beer, before my subconscious drew my attention to some sage guidance I'd received from my dentist ex-girlfriend. As an ex-pupil of the very prestigious Cheltenham Ladies' College, she'd had quite extensive singing lessons, and she kept a notebook.

"'I think you've got a jolly nice voice, but it needs a bit more control,' she said, lecturing me in her plummy tones.

"This made me grumpy - but interested. 'For example?'

"'Well, can you do this with your tongue?'

"I peered down her throat. Anybody watching might have thought I was trying to retrieve a goldfish, but I was in fact examining her ability to flatten her tongue like a squashed toad.

"'Hmm.' I borrowed her exercise book, and took to the library in search of the voice and how it works.

"Remember the little singing notebook, and the hours researching breathing and resonance in the library? my subconscious said. Remember stupid exercises with candles, holding chairs in front of you, squashing your lower back against walls and a multitude of other bizarre things to do to strengthen your diaphragm and develop resonance in your chest voice and head voice? it said. I started to pay attention to it.

"Technique is just empty unless you apply it. You have technique to apply to your new voice. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and be smart. Learn how to be you. Teach yourself.I started to enjoy my new-found pipes. I began to see that a whole new landscape had been opened up. If I was a painter, it would have been like being given a massive canvas and a whole palette of new colours.

"Theatre of the mind was becoming very exciting, but I wasn't sure if it would be with Samson. A&M Records were now interested in us. Rather more specifically, they were interested in me, which was made abundantly clear at a photo session in which I was certainly in the foreground, the band consigned to the middle distance." Read more here.

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Frank Zappa Hologram Tour Being Planned

The hologram production company Eyellusion have announced that they are working with the Zappa Family Trust to produce hologram performances of Frank Zappa for a tour that will be kicking off later this year and running into next.

"I'm thrilled that Frank Zappa will finally be going back out on tour playing his most well-known music as well as some rare and unheard material," said Ahmet Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. "We can't wait to bring his creative work back to the stage with the musicians he loved to play with, such as Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Adrian Belew, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Scott Thunes, Mike Keneally, Denny Walley, Warren Cuccurullo and Napoleon Murphy Brock among others who are committed to being part of this epic endeavor. When I spoke with them, they were excited at the prospect of performing alongside Frank once again and can't wait to give fans an unforgettable experience."

He continued, "Also, how radical would it be to have Moon singing 'Valley Girl' onstage with Frank? Or to see Dweezil side by side with our father playing dueling guitar solos? That would be my greatest wish and I look forward to bringing this special celebration of Frank's legacy to a town near you. But if that wasn't enough Zappa coolness, we're also planning on staging Joe's Garage The Musical with none other than Frank Zappa himself starring as the Central Scrutinizer." Read more

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Bob Dylan's Handwritten 'Like a Rolling Stone' Lyrics Auctioned

(Gibson) A recent draft of lyrics for "Like a Rolling Stone," handwritten and signed by Bob Dylan, is up for auction, with a starting price of $125,000. The draft, which was written by Dylan in 2017, has been authenticated by the singer's manager.

In 2014, lyrics believed to have been an early handwritten draft of the 1965 classic were auctioned by Sotheby's, with an unidentified bidder paying more than $2 million for the four sheets of lyrics, scribbles, and scored-out words.

"With this song, Dylan reinvigorated his passion for his own work and fully embraced rock music," reads the listing for the current auction, in part. "The song was initially thought too long to be commercially successful, until listeners in the mid-'60s harassed radio stations to play it in its entirety. Perhaps the greatest mystery in music is trying to figure out who Dylan is referring to in the song ." Read more here.

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Yes Announce 'Topographic Drama' Live Album

(hennemusic) Yes will release "Topographic Drama - Live Across America", on November 24. The set features highlights from a series of 2017 shows that saw the band perform its 1980 album, "Drama", in its entirety - for the first time ever - plus sides one and four from their 1973 double-album, "Tales From Topographic Oceans."

Available as a 2CD, 4LP and digital download package, the project is rounded out with fan favorites "Roundabout" and "Starship Trooper." "Topographic Drama" features detailed cover art designed by the band's longtime collaborator Roger Dean.

Yes recently cancelled the remaining dates of their Yestival tour of North America following the tragic, unexpected death of guitarist Steve Howe's son, Virgil. Read more here.

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Whitesnake Release New 'Here I Go Again' Video

(hennemusic) Whitesnake have released a video for the 2017 remix of their US No. 1 smash, "Here I Go Again", ahead of the October 6 release of multiple editions of an expanded 30th Anniversary reissue of their classic 1987 self-titled album.

The clip - which features vintage footage of the group on and off stage - presents an early draft of the tune as featured on a disc entitled "Evolutions 87", which delivers a series of demos and rehearsal takes of every song from the original record.

The 4CD/DVD "Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition" includes the original album with newly remastered sound, unreleased live and studio recordings, classic music videos, concert footage, a thirty-minute documentary, a 60-page hardbound book that's filled with rare and unseen photos from the era, an extended essay based on new interviews with Coverdale, plus a booklet of the album's lyrics, handwritten by the rocker.

2CD and 2LP Deluxe Editions will present the newly-remastered album alongside a selection of unreleased bonus recordings, while a single-disc version of the project will also be available; all will be available via digital download and streaming services. Watch the video here.

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Imagine Dragons Jam With Kids At Children's Hospital

(Radio.com) Before Imagine Dragons launched their current Evolve Word Tour this week, the band spent some time bringing joy to kids at the Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona.

According to 12 News, Imagine Dragons visited the children's hospital on Sept. 26 for a jam session with the young patients in the center's new music-therapy room, called Sophie's Place.

Sophie's Place was built by NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife Barb through their Forever Young Foundation. The group fielded questions from the kids, sharing musical advice and drum techniques during the lighthearted session. The band met with the children just hours before taking the stage at Talking Stick Resort Arena later on that evening.

"Doing stuff like this is heartwarming," Imagine Dragons' drummer Daniel Platzman said. "We have a very self-indulgent career, and to do something that's not focused on ourselves is really great."

"I felt very overwhelmed the whole time," gushed Kaylee Moreno, 13, a patient for three years at the facility. "I didn't know what to think. I'm still in shock right now." See video clips from the band's visit here.

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Bush Stream New Song 'The Beat Of Your Heart'

(hennemusic) Bush are streaming audio of "The Beat Of Your Heart", the latest single from their current album, "Black And White Rainbows." The project mark's the group's third release featuring its current lineup of Rossdale, guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz and drummer Robin Goodridge, which formed in 2010 after the original lineup disbanded in 2002.

"It's one of those ones where it's sort of about unrequited love. Imagine if you could date Edie Sedgwick and she's too out there on a limb," Gavin Rossdale tells the Huffington Post, referring to the "it" girl of the 1960s. "It just reminds me of certain things and people through my life that were just a bit elusive and you couldn't quite connect to but just would be really infatuated with.

"So it's about caring about someone from a distance and trying to be there for them and they're too strung out and too busy to really connect with you ... It has that sense of someone who's just out of reach. But it doesn't mean you don't love them."

The band's seventh studio record, "Black And White Rainbows" was written, recorded and produced by Rossdale and Bob Rock. Stream the song here.

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311 Release 'Til the City's on Fire' Video

(Radio.com) 311 throw it back to their diehard fans in the music video for new single, "'Til the City's on Fire." The video is a reflection of the album cover for the band's most recent album, Mosaic, which is comprised of nearly 10,000 photos submitted by 311 fans.

The new clip was compiled from fan video submissions and live footage along the band's 2017 summer tour. "The Mosaic album cover captures the spirit of the collective nature that is 311-band & fans together to form something greater than the sum of its parts," explained Nick Hexum, the band's frontman, singer and guitar player.

"Since the Music album we were one of the first rock bands to drop 808's, samples and chopped vocals into the mix," he added. "We've gotten away from that lately, but this song really is influenced by the latest production techniques coming out of both Jamaica and the EDM scene."

As for the song's meaning? "It's about getting messed up on a Friday night. Pure and simple," Hexum said. Watch the video here.

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The Killers' 'Mr. Brightside' Gets Sports Commentary Makeover

(Radio.com) "Mr. Brightside," the 2003 debut single from The Killers, is considered by many as one of the greatest rock songs of the century. Full of drama, energy and passion, "Mr. Brightside" is always a highlight when the Killers perform live.

Now, Australian broadcaster Gerald Whateley has turned the song's lyrics into sports commentary, reading them as though it was a match culminating in an exciting goal-scoring moment.

The humorous video was inspired by the Killers upcoming performance before and after this year's AFL (Australian Football League) Grand Final, Australia's equivalent to the Super Bowl that's set for Sept. 29 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Watch the drama unfold here.

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