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Day in Rock Report for 04/03/2018


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Stone Temple Pilots, The Cult and Bush Announce Summer Tour

Stone Temple Pilots, The Cult and Bush have announced that they will be teaming up this summer to launch a package tour of North American dubbed the Revolution 3 tour.

They will be launching the trek on July 18th in Nashville at the Municipal Auditorium and will be wrapping things up on September 2nd in Phoenix at the Ak-Chin Pavilion.

STP's Dean DeLeo had this to say, "It is with great honor and pleasure to know we will be spending our summer vacation on the road with the Gents from The Cult and Bush. Two great bands and more so, great friends. Also, to be there with you is even better. With love. See y'all soon." Read more including the dates here.

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Jack White Rocks Album Chart With No. 1 Debut

(hennemusic) Jack White has earned his third straight No. 1 debut on US charts as his brand new studio effort "Boarding House Reach" tops the Billboard 200 album chart.

The music industry magazine reports the project sold 124,000 equivalent album units - with 121,000 in traditional album sales - according to Nielsen Music to enter atop the prestigious chart while also scoring the largest sales week for a rock album in 2018.

The Billboard No. 1 debut for "Boarding House Reach" follows White's similar success with 2012's "Blunderbuss" and 2014's "Lazaretto." The rocker self-produced his first record in four years, which he recorded at his Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN, as well as Sear Sound in New York, NY, and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant Surprised By 'Stairway To Heaven'

(hennemusic) Robert Plant is recalling some challenges performing "Stairway To Heaven" with Led Zeppelin in the early 1970s in a new interview with Australian current affairs TV program The Project.

In the country for a tour with The Sensational Space Shifters in support of his latest album, "Carry Fire", Plant sat down with presenter Ryan Fitzgerald to discuss a variety of topics, including early performances of the iconic song following its 1971 release on "Led Zeppelin IV."

"I know it's a long song, and I also know that I had a little bit of trouble remembering lyrics, back in '72, '73," explains Plant. "Our manager [Peter Grant], who was quite a formidable personality … he'd come to the front of the stage in the middle of it all and he'd have the lyrics, like that Bob Dylan thing [in his video for 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'] Anyway, it was very funny. "I can't remember what verse goes where. I know there's something about 'bustle in the hedgerow' and then all that stuff.

"The conjecture around that song is hysterical. Because it was a little bit abstract …" While "Stairway To Heaven" went on to become one of the most famous rock songs of all time, Plant remains surprised at the tune's legacy and longevity, saying "I didn't think anything was going to be that big." Read more here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Stream New Song and Reveal Album Details

Bullet For My Valentine have released their brand new single called "Over It." The track comes from the group's forthcoming album "Gravity", which is scheduled to be released on June 29th.

Frontman Matt Tuck recently spoke with NME about the new studio effort and says that the group is "very happy with it" but he also predicted that it will "take a lot of people by surprise by the way it sounds and the instrumentation that we've incorporated into it this time.

"But I think as soon as the dust settles and people get to live with it, it's a corker, it rocks." Check out the first track revealed from the set to hear and decide for yourself here.

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Ritchie Blackmore Doesn't Believe In The Rock Hall

As Ritchie Blackmore promoted a new release from the current rebooted version of Rainbow, he was asked about his reaction to Deep Purple's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and asked if he regretted not attending the ceremony.

Blackmore sat down for an interview with Billboard and was asked "You're a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer now, with Deep Purple. How do you feel about it now that it's happened? Any regrets about not attending the ceremony?"

He responded, "I have no interest in that type of thing. I don't believe in people being in the position where they can say who is in and who is out in the music business.

"Rock n' roll is all about freedom, not having a panel of phantom arbiters discussing who is going to be in and who is going to be out. I think Steve Miller said it best when he was inducted. Check YouTube for that."

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Ghost Tease Arrival Of New Frontman Papa Emeritus Zero

(hennemusic) Ghost are previewing the arrival of their new frontman, Papa Emeritus Zero, in a newly-released video from the Swedish rockers. "Message from the clergy," says the band, "We wish to inform you that we have new blood…"

Papa Emeritis Zero replaces outgoing singer Papa Emeritus III following his work on their third album, 2015's "Meliora", and 2016's "Popestar" EP. Ghost introduced their new frontman in a dramatic fashion at the finale of their 2017 tour in Gothenburg, Sweden last fall, where he told the crowd: "The party is over and now a new era begins. The Middle Ages begin now."

The singer will be featured on the group's upcoming fourth studio record, which was recorded last year at Artery Studios in Stockholm, Sweden with producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Opeth).

The album's lead single, "Rats", is expected to arrive in April ahead of the project's release and a spring North American tour that will begin in Riverside, CA on May 5. here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd and Allman Brothers Lead Rock Legends Season 3

Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers will be featured in back to back episodes of AXS TV's docuseries Rock Legends for the third season premiere this weekend.

The new season will be kicking off with the Lynyrd Skynyrd episode at 8PM eastern this Sunday, April 8th. It will be followed at 9PM by fellow southern rock icons The Allman Brothers.

Season three will feature 17 brand new episodes including profiles of The Kinks, The Ramones, The Yardbirds, and The Byrds. Check out the broadcast schedule here.

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Thirty Seconds To Mars' Jared Leto Plots Unusual Journey

Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto has announced that he is embarking on an ambitious journey across the U.S. that he has dubbed "Mars Across America".

The actor and band leader has hit the road to promote the release of the group's forthcoming album "America", which is set to be released this Friday, April 6th.

Leto set out yesterday (April 2nd) from New York City and plans to cross the U.S. by using any possible transportation including "trains, planes, automobiles, hitchhiking, Greyhound bus, Lyft rides, NASCAR pit stops, bicycles and more," according to the announcement.

During the trek he will be visiting unique locations across the country before arriving in the band's hometown of Los Angeles this Friday for the album release events.

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The Shins Attempt To Solve Amelia Earhart Mystery In Short Film

The Shins have released a brand new short film called The Worm's Heart which features some of the tracks from their experimental The Worm's Heart album.

The new film was directed by drummer Jon Sortland and according the announcement it "depicts James Mercer's quest to solve the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart."

The Worm's Heart album was the band's reversal of the songs on their 2017 studio effort "Heartworms". Next on their release agenda is a special record store day vinyl 12" called "Los Lobos vs. The Shins" featuring three different takes on their song "The Fear". Watch the new short film here.

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Video From Metallica's Tour Leg Kick Off Goes Online

(hennemusic) Metallica resumed their 2018 WorldWired tour in support of "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" in Herning, Denmark on March 27, and fan-shot video from the event is streaming online.

The show at the city's Jyske Bank Boxen saw the band deliver an 18-song performance that featured the tour's debut of their 1991 track, "Holier Than Thou", which also made its first appearance in the set since 2012.

The Herning gig marked Metallica's return to live action following a 6-week break from the road as they continue a spring trek across Europe that runs into early May.

The dates will be interrupted when Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants host the 6th annual Metallica Night AT &T Park on April 23. "We'll take a quick break from the European tour to head back to the Bay Area and celebrate one of our favorite hometown traditions," says Metallica. "Members of the band will be on hand to start things off right with the National Anthem and first pitch, sticking around all night to cheer on the team against the Washington Nationals.

"As is customary, we'll take part in some of the between-inning fun and games as well as an exclusive pre-game VIP event." Watch the video here.

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Counting Crows Announce 25th Anniversary Tour

Counting Crows have announced that they will be hitting the road this summer for a North American 25th anniversary tour that will feature support from the band Live.

Dubbed the 25 Years And Counting Tour, the trek will be kicking off on June 27th in Boise, ID at the Taco Bell Arena and will finish on Sept 22nd in Nashville at the Pilgrimage Festival.

Frontman Adam Duritz had this to say,"The nice thing about having 25 years of music to celebrate and seven studio albums we absolutely love to choose from is that we can play a different show every night.

"The nice thing about touring with +LIVE+ is that we get to spend yet another summer with old friends who play great music. We can't wait!" See the dates here.

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Black Stone Cherry Preview New Album 'Family Tree'

Black Stone Cherry are giving their fans a preview of their forthcoming album "Family Tree" via a new video trailer. The studio effort is set to hit stores on April 20th.

Frontman Chris Robertson recently revealed that the new album will mark a change of sound for the group. He told Classic Rock, "This album's not as heavy. In truth, there was some anger and aggression that came out on some of the Kentucky songs, just from changing record labels and stuff like that.

"But with this record, we didn't concern ourselves with songs being heavy. We broke down all the barriers we'd put up ourselves - or that anyone else had put up in front of us - and just made a rock'n'roll record." Watch the trailer here.

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Dimmu Borgir Release New Video and Announce American Tour Dates

Dimmu Borgir have returned after a seven year absence and just released a new music video from their forthcoming comeback album and revealed a handful of North American live dates.

The new visual is for the song "Council of Wolves And Snakes" which is one of the tracks that will be featured on the band's new studio effort "Eonian", which is set to be released on May 4th. Watch the clip here.

Frontman Shagrath had this to say,: "It's a song that sticks out from the rest of the album, it's Dimmu Borgir going into an experimental direction, but you can also find a lot of black metal inspiration in the middle section of the song. We are a band that has never been afraid of trying out new directions and artistically this is surely a very interesting and different track."

The band will be treating fans in the select cities in the U.S. and Canada to some "exclusive" shows this summer including stops in Las Vegas, Chicago, New York and Toronto. See the dates here.

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Shadows Fall, Unearth Supergroup Downpour Crowdsourcing Album

Downpour, featuring Shadows Fall singer Brian Fair and Derek Kerswill (Unearth, Seemless), have launched a PledgeMusic campaign for their debut album.

Kerswill had this to say, "We consciously sat on the record for the last few years due to a lot of scheduling issues and we had all talked about the idea that back then. Everything was about content, and we wanted the days of Soundgarden and Tool-style mystery."

Fair added, "When I was first approached by Derek about getting involved with the Downpour, ?Shadows Fall was starting to come to an end and I wasn't sure I was ready to start working with another band

"When he sent me the instrumental versions of the songs, I knew immediately that I had to get in! The combination of musicianship, unique songwriting style, and a groove that can't be f***ed with just absolutely blew my mind."

Fair continued, "This was not only music I had always wanted to hear - it was music that I thought would allow me to push myself as a vocalist and try totally new things. I tracked some lo-fi, home studio demos and sent them off to the boys, having no idea if they would be feeling what I was laying down but I know I was! Luckily, they got my vision and encouraged me to push it even further." Check out the campaign
here.

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Tangerine Dream Expand Quantum Gate For Reissue

Tangerine Dream have announced a deluxe two disc reissue of their 2017 studio album "Quantum Gate". The newly expanded version will include the "Quantum Key" EP and is set to hit stores on April 20th.

Preorders are currently available here and the band had this to say, "It's worth noting that the compositions appearing on the album are not only based on theoretical concepts and ideas Edgar had outlined, but also on a large number of actual musical sketches that he luckily had already prepared during the initial phase of the band's reformation process.

"Therefore, Quantum Gate is just as much a new beginning as it is a testament to Edgar's never-withering inspiration and ever-flowing creativity." See the tracklisting here.

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Silverchair, Empire Of The Sun Offshoot Dream Release Video

Dreams, featuring Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns and Empire Of The Sun singer Luke Steele, have released a new music video for their debut single "No One Defeats Us."

Luke (aka Miracle) shared, "Dan and I excel and struggle on similar levels. We have so much passion and we are so ambitious. That song came from a time when we were beginning the band and we needed something deep. I wanted to build a gang - like a gang of the future. We want the band to be for the common man, the underdog, the homeless, the person who shows love to his neighbour."

Daniel (aka Dr Dreams) had this to say about the track, "No One Defeats Us says lyrically what our goal is, it's a journey into our vision of the future." Watch the video here.

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Blessthefall Release 'Sleepless In Phoenix' Video

Blessthefall have released a brand new music video for their song "Sleepless In Phoenix." The song comes from the group's latest album, "Hard Feelings."

frontman Beau Bokan had this to say about the new clip, "It was pretty awesome filming this video about Phoenix while we were actually in Phoenix. The whole concept is about a dude who buys a possessed TV and he can't get rid of it! We wanted sort of a Black Mirror/Twilight Zone vibe.

"Since the narrative and the performance are happening at the same time, you'll have to watch this multiple times to catch it all! This is one of the coolest videos we've ever made." Watch it here.

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Earthless Announce U.S. Spring Tour

Earthless have announced that they will hitting the road in late spring for a new round of U.S. tour dates in support of their brand new album "Black Heaven."

The band will be launching the new tour leg on May 31st in Detroit, MI at the El Club and will be wrapping up the trek on June 15th in Memphis, TN at Growler's.

Mario Rubalcaba had this to say, "Our new album, Black Heaven, is out now and we're super excited to get out on the road again to play the Nelsonville Music Festival plus a bunch of U.S. headline shows in spots we haven't hit yet.

"Stoked to burn through some new tunes for you all! Tell your friends and hope to see you at the shows!" See the dates here.

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Righteous Vendetta Release 'War Is Killing Us All' Video

Righteous Vendetta have released a music video for their track "War Is Killing Us All". The new single comes from their group's latest album "Cursed".

The band recruited Vince Lundi to direct the new visual which was filed at the Ohio State Reformatory ('The Shawshank Redemption') and guitarist Justin Olmstead had the following to say, "Everything came together perfectly for the War Is Killing Us All video.

"The song is dark and aggressive, so we wanted to go at it in a unique way that would actually capture the attitude. Capture the mentality of twisted distress and borderline insanity, while portraying that most battles are created and sustained in our own minds, ultimately attacking ourselves.

"Vince Lundi and the crew absolutely killed it on our POV concept, and the everyone at the Ohio State Reformatory was so cool in opening their doors and allowing us virtually free reign on sections of the prison to get the shots we needed to get. Everyone had such a great time hanging out and checking out the prison that it didn't even feel like a video shoot. Definitely an experience we will always remember." Watch the video here.

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Neil Young And Promise Of The Real Release Live Video

(hennemusic) Neil Young is joined by Promise Of The Real for a performance of the title track to his 2016 album, "Peace Trail", in a video from the soundtrack to the new film, "Paradox."

Directed by Daryl Hannah, the project is a fantasy western that sees a band of cowboys and outlaws pass the days hiding out in the mountains, digging for treasure while they wait for the full moon to bring its magic; Young plays the "Man In The Black Hat" alongside Promise Of The Real members Micah Nelson "The "Particle Kid") and Lukas Nelson ("Jail Time").

Young and the group are featured on the soundtrack, which was issued on double vinyl and digital in sync with the film's exclusive March 23 debut on Netflix, with the CD edition to follow on April 20.

Produced by Young and John Hanlon, the record presents music from the singer in multiple configurations: with the band; with an Orchestra recorded on the MGM Soundstage; backed by Jim Keltner, Paul Bushnell and Joe Yankee; and, performing several solo electric guitar passages.

"Paradox" had its world premiere screening at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX on March 15. Watch the video here.

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