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Day in Rock Report for 04/04/2018


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Guns N' Roses, U2 and Pearl Jam Mega-Shows Shot Down

Guns N' Roses former manager Doug Goldstein says in a new interview that he tried to put together a mega-show package that would include U2 and Pearl Jam but he says that the idea was shot down by the Seattle band's manager out of hand.

Goldstein told Guns' N' Roses Central (via UCR),"Axl came to me, Pearl Jam had just broke, they had released Ten and it was on fire. I was in Tel Aviv, Israel, we were playing there. Axl had come to me in the morning and said, 'I don't care if we open, I don't care if we don't get paid, I want to do a show or a couple of shows with us, Pearl Jam, and U2 closing. Can you please call everybody?' I said, 'Sure.'"

He said that the U2 camp quickly approved of the idea but Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis told him, "'Eh, no. We're going to pass.'" Goldstein continued, "I said, 'Okay, hang on a second, I manage Guns, and when an idea comes to me, I usually talk to the band. Are you speaking on behalf of the band?' He goes, 'Yeah, we're going to pass.' I go, 'Don't you have a moral ethical responsibility to at least discuss it with the band?'"

He said that Curtis then responded, - "Don't f***ing tell me my f***ing job". Check out the full interview here.

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Paul Stanley Addresses Gene Simmons Vault Event Controversy

Paul Stanley has addressed a minor controversy over comments that his KISS bandmate Gene Simmons made during his March 25th Vault event in New York City.

Simmons has been posting the events for the release of his massive "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016" box set and has been joined at previous events by current former KISS stars but Stanley has yet to attend.

Gene told fans at the New York event, "Along the way, some of our friends and family members who started the band with us came by to say hello to wonderful folks like you. Ace has been to three of the 'Vault' events - Los Angeles and a few others. Ace, by the way, is gonna be opening up for the Gene Simmons Band when we do five shows in Australia. He's gonna be using my back-up band and we're just gonna have a great time. He'll play 'Ozone' and lots of other crazy stuff. And Peter Criss came by yesterday, in case you didn't hear. Vinnie Vincent is gonna be in Nashville. Paul Stanley, I can't get him to come out yet, but we'll see. Maybe I'll get him some paint brushes.

Simmons continued, "The thing we do is tease each other. Tommy [Thayer,] and Eric [Singer] came to Los Angeles. Bruce Kulick's been out. Of course, he likes to go out anywhere."

After news of Gene's comments broke, Paul took to Twitter and assured fans "Going over my schedule to see when I can join my "Brother From Another Mother", Gene at one of his Vault events. You BET I'm going! @genesimmons"

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Dire Straits Playing Rock Hall Induction Without Key Member

(hennemusic) Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark has confirmed that members of the UK band will perform without frontman Mark Knopfler at their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 14.

"Fame at last!," writes Clark on his website. "While it's nice to receive recognition for my work, I really can't take it seriously. That said, I've bought a new tuxedo and my signature now ends with the words 'Living Legend'.

"There's a lot of conjecture on forums about whether the band is performing at the Hall of Fame, and if not why not, and who in the band are going to the ceremony," he adds. "Well, here it is and it's official: Myself, Guy Fletcher and John Illsley will attend the ceremony where we'll be performing an unplugged version of 'Telegraph Road', with me on harmonium, Guy on ukulele, John on banjo, and the vocal sung by Stevie Wonder."

While Mark Knopfler has not commented publicly on the event, his brother and co-founding member of the group, David Knopfler, shared his reason for not attending the induction via a comment on his Facebook page.

"Travel costs. In their wisdom, after promising to pay my expenses they reneged on their promise," writes Knopler. "I can well understand that with only $5 mil a year in sponsorships and 100k a table and no fees for the artist, that paying my taxi to the airport must have given them heart murmurs like Squeers hearing Oliver Twist asking for more and frightened them into refusal, otherwise one might get the wrong idea entirely about what they're all about." Read more here.

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Godsmack Recruit Sebastian Bach And Billy Ray Cyrus For New Video

Godsmack have released a new music video for their track "Bulletproof" which features former Skid Row star Sebastian Bach and country star Billy Ray Cyrus.

The new clip was directed by Troy Smith and we were sent the following details about the concept, "In the video, Godsmack's manager--played by actual manager, Paul Geary--suggests that it's time for the band to expand their fan base by working with new (and clueless) video directors, including one played by Sebastian Bach and another by Billy Ray Cyrus.

"After being pitched a host of awful ideas, Sully Erna decides to hire his cousin, Salvatore Pasquale from Sicily, Italy. Everything hilariously goes wrong at the shoot, climaxing with the set catching fire and, ultimately, the destruction of the video files."

The song is the lead single from their forthcoming album "When Legends Rise", which is set to be released on April 27th. Watch the new video here.

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Glenn Hughes To Revisit Deep Purple Tracks For U.S. Tour

(hennemusic) Glenn Hughes has announced that he will exclusively present material from his former band on his "Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live" U.S. tour this fall.

The month-long run - which opens in Westbury, NY on August 25 - will see the singer/bassist deliver a two-hour live homage to his tenure in Deep Purple MK 3 and MK 4. "I'm not playing anything on the forthcoming tour that I didn't either play live or record in the studio with Purple," says Hughes "I can still sing the songs, in some ways even better than I did in the 70's. I can still perform them with the same energy that was on the stage back then, too.

"I feel that the time is right. It's fun to get back into character of my days with Purple. I'm looking back at my life and I want to remember the good stuff. I'm incredibly excited to perform these songs, as they helped define the genre. I can assure you, the new show is going to blow your mind."

Hughes will be joined on the trek by a touring band that features guitarist Soren Anderson, keyboardist Jesper Bo Hansen and drummer Fer Escobedo. See the dates here.

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Metallica Release 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' Live Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1984 classic, "For Whom The Bell Tolls", at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark on March 27, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The tune was the second single from the group's second album, "Ride The Lightning", which peaked at No. 48 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 6 million copies.

The Herning show 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.

Metallica will bring their 2018 arena show in support of "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" to North America this fall. "Following last summer's sold-out 25-date stadium run," says the band, "this year we're bringing the in-the-round production currently being seen in European arenas to the U.S. and Canada kicking off on September 2 in Madison, WI. Along the way we'll be visiting 34 cities we did not go to last year, including a few we haven't been to in decades, including Grand Forks, ND (nearly 30 years), Sioux Falls, SD, El Paso, TX, Birmingham, AL (nearly 26 years) and State College, PA (20 years). About time, wouldn't you say?!" Watch the video here.

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Eddie Money's Son Didn't Know Who Jimmy Page Was

Eddie Money and his wife sat down Classic Rock Revisited's Jeb Wright recently to talk about his brand new reality show Real Money and Eddie revealed that his kids do not know who Jimmy Page is.

Eddie explained, "Well, they were interested but with their father being a famous rock star…they are a bit jaded. I met Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, of my favorites, Led Zeppelin. I asked Jimmy if he could sign something to my son, Zach. I took it back to Zach and he said, 'Who's Jimmy Page? Who's Robert Plant?' Just forget about it."

Money also shared his thoughts on this generation of children. He said, "These kids today…they're spoiled rotten. I don't know what's goin' on with them! They've got their cell phones, their cars…Laurie gives them money for gas. I don't know what's goin' on. If it was up to me I'd starve 'em all and whip 'em before they go to bed [laughter]." Watch episode one online, ahead of its TV premire this Sunday, April 8 at 9:30/8:30c here and check out the full interview here.

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A Killer's Confession Release 'Angel On The Outside' Video

Former Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis' new group A Killer's Confession have released a brand new music video for their latest single "Angel On The Outside."

Reavis had this to say about the track, "This song is about a transition I went through in my life. Out from the last phase and into this exciting new phase! This video shows how decisions can change the course of your life forever - sometimes for good and sometimes bad. Sometimes we have to live with things we have done and we are stuck remembering what you've done and wishing you could change it and how we can learn from our actions and make better choices every day."

He added, "The AKC beast will not be contained and are continuing to create new material. The addition of Morgan and Rocky have raised the energy up through the roof. The plan for 2018 is to write and tour and record the new album and tour and tour!" Watch the video here.

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Christopher Dean Releases 'Everything Fades' Video

Christopher Dean (Michale Graves, Darkness Descends, Alyxx) has released a lyric video for his new single "Everything Fades." The track comes from his debut album, "Life Lessons."

Dean had this to say about the song, "'Everything Fades' is a song about Love and Loss and yet the World still turns. This album is so near and dear to my heart. Each track is a different journey down the rabbit hole of another Life Lesson I was lucky enough to learn the hard way because I myself prefer the road less traveled, for it is only on those paths that we are lucky enough to experience Emotion colliding with Inspiration while tumbling in the Imagination of our minds.

"As musicians, it is our duty to bring those experiences to life through our art. "Life Lessons" is like a psychological fall and rise again emotional journey mixed with punk rock, blastbeats and a 7 string." Watch the video here.

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Powerwolf Reveal New Album Details

Powerwolf have revealed the track details and artwork for their forthcoming album, which will be entitled "The Sacrament Of Sin". Release date was not provided in the announcement.

Matthew Greywolf had the following to say about the forthcoming release: "We're proud to finally unveil the album title along with the amazing cover artwork of The Sacrament Of Sin.

"While we are in the final stage of mixing the album at Fascination Street Studios we can't wait to unleash this monster and celebrate this new chapter together with all of you - expect nothing less but a mass more intense than ever, bringing some new elements to the liturgy while being as wild and wolfish as it could!" See the tracklisting here.

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Singled Out: Meka Nism's The War Inside

Meka Nism recently released a video for their new single (from their forthcoming EP) and to celebrate we asked guitarist Bobby Keller to tell us about the song from the clip "The War Inside". Here is the story:

The concept of the song and EP came about when me and Meka (our singer) were in our rehearsal room one day and we were going over the lyrics and arrangement for "The War Inside" before it was what it is now. Her original idea was to tell a story of a romantic situation where two lovers were split up by war and in the chorus, you can still hear the elements of that story, because she says, "Wait for me, I'll wait for you…", indicating that no matter what happened, one person would wait the amount of time it took to find the other person.

So then we got to talking more and really going into the lyrics, and we came up with the idea that "The War Inside" could stand for more than just an actual war or battle. It could stand for mental wars inside someone's head, it could be a metaphor for what someone's day is like, or addiction battles, even suicidal thoughts. There is a lot going on in the world now a days, and there seems to be a lot of "battles" in different aspects of life now. You have a lot of political influences now, media telling you certain things, personal problems, misleading thoughts, drug/addiction problems, there are just so many. So, we thought that if we opened the theme of "The War Inside" to potentially aim at all of the different battles out there, it might identify with more people and potentially reach a bigger audience.

The overall message in the song is help promote positive conclusions. For instance, if you have an addiction problem, there is always a way out, no matter how hard it may seem. Another example would be if you're feeling overwhelmed with work or your personal life, there is always the ability to change something and make it better. There is always a positive to a negative, it's the law of life and the way everything works.

So when we did the video for "The War Inside", we wanted to make sure and show the duality of things. Meka portrays herself as a shaman trying to save herself from the the mental duality she is experiencing, and the band is shown one way (clean, leather jackets, etc.) then the other way (dirty, makeup, post-apocalyptic, etc.). The video ended up coming out amazing, and it's always so nice to see our visions come to life.

We really hope you all like the new single and the video. Remember no matter what is going on in your life, there is always a way to make things better if they aren't going according to you.

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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