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Day in Rock Report for 12/02/2018

Tragedy At Bring Me The Horizon Concert

A fan died at a Bring Me the Horizon concert at the Alexandra Palace in London on Friday night (November 30th) and the band reacted to the tragedy. A cause of death was not known at press time.

The group shared, "Words cannot express how horrified we are feeling this evening after hearing about the death of a young man at our show last night. Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones at this terrible time. We will comment further in due course."

The venue also reacted. They wrote, "A medical incident occurred at last night's Bring Me The Horizon concert. Our thoughts and condolences are with the individual's family and we would like to express our deepest sympathy to them. We hope you can appreciate we cannot provide any further comment at this time."

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Slipknot's New Studio Album Coming Soon

Slipknot's new album is coming soon. The band plans to enter the studio next month and aim to release the album sometime in the middle of next year.

Frontman Corey Taylor, who spent this year working with his other band Stone Sour, confirmed Slipknot's new album plans during an exchange with a fan online.

A fan under the name of MrMetalhead tweeted "I mean, @CoreyTaylorRock said January 2020....." and Taylor responded, " No no- 2019. That's what I said. Recording in Jan. Album out middle of 2019."

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Rolling Stones Add Dates To U.S. No Filter Tour

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have expanded their 2019 No Filter tour of the US with the addition of second shows in East Rutherford, NJ and Chicago, IL.

A June 17 date at New Jersey's Met Life Stadium will follow a previously-announced June 13 appearance at the venue, with a June 25 stop at Soldier Field in Chicago now confirmed beyond the original June 21 concert in the city.

The Stones will open the 15-date series at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL on April 20. Tickets for all shows on the US tour are now on sale via the usual outlets.

"It's a thrill when we play stadiums in the States," says Mick Jagger, "the energy is always amazing!"

"I've always loved playing the States," adds Keith Richards. "It's a great crowd." See the dates here.

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Beatles White Album 50th Anniversary Celebrated In The Studio

The 50th anniversary of The Beatles landmark self-titled 1968 double record, best known as the White Album, is celebrated with a two part special by the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard. The show sent over the following details:

In Part 1, Paul McCartney admits that the band members' individual recording sessions for the ("White Album") signaled the eventual break-up of the band, but yet was responsible for the most diverse Beatles album ever. From the album opener "Back In The USSR", to "Dear Prudence", "Happiness is a Warm Gun", "Rocky Raccoon" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" the ("White Album") reordered everything creatively that we thought collectively about the Beatles. Paul McCartney reveals to In The Studio host Redbeard about how the environment in the studio for those sessions impacted the output.

"If you had an idea you could just go into a studio (at Abbey Road) and just grab an engineer for a couple of minutes and say, 'Let's just stick this one down'. Which meant you could be very spontaneous." - Paul McCartney. Check out part 1 here

In Part 2, Paul McCartney shares the story behind the song "Helter Skelter", pre-Manson family murders, and describes how a party in the studio, became a "Birthday" party of a song.

The recording process for the ("White Album") was a departure from the dense production of the previous two Beatle albums Sgt. Pepper's... and Magical Mystery Tour. Not only did members work separately in some cases, the band collectively decided to make each recording sound uniquely different. Paul McCartney remarks to In The Studio host Redbeard on the band's approach.

"We wanted every single track we did, because of this mono singles focusing that we come out of, to be a completely new departure. It didn't seem to be any since to us if you just put an album on and the drums sounded the same all the way through... Every single track should be different." - Paul McCartney

Listen to part 2 here.

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Pink Floyd Release 1967 Live Video

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd are streaming video of a live performance of their classic instrumental, "Interstellar Overdrive", from a 1967 concert at London's famed Roundhouse.

Written as an improvised track by all four members of the group, the song appeared on their 1967 debut album, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn."

The Roundhouse was one of a number of venues on a London underground music scene that embraced Pink Floyd in their formative years, as the band enhanced their live appearances with slide shows, visual and sound effects, and audio presentation via quadraphonic speaker systems.

While "Interstellar Overdrive" often opened the group's shows in the mid-to-late 1960s, it disappeared from the lineup for concerts after 1971. Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Greek Fire Cover Of True Colors

Greek Fire recently captured a lot of attention with their cover of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" and we asked vocalist/guitarist Moon about the track. Here is the story:

Greek Fire's take on the old Cyndi Lauper classic "True Colors," it's actually a funny story of how it came to be. We'd done some covers in the past, and we really enjoyed doing one-off cover versions of things in our very own style live. But we'd only ever done one on record at the time and that was a David Bowie track on our record LOST. We really made it our own and almost made it sound very Rage Against The Machine.

We had a PledgeMusic campaign at the time, just like we do now for BROKEN and one of the incentives for people was if they pledged for the record, they got to pick any song for the band to do an acoustic cover version of. We did a couple of them, I think we did like 4 or 5, including a Smashing Pumpkins song. Then somebody said: "How about Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colors'?" As we were arranging it acoustically, I kind of decided, "Hey, maybe this is a cool idea to record."

In the studio with our good friend Matt, who was engineering some of the songs that we were doing at the time, we kind of pieced it together really fast. He asked me the question: What would you want to make it sound like if you did "True Colors" on record?

I wanted to serve the Cyndi Lauper vocal line, and the Phil Collins vocal line because that's the one that I actually heard more of and first when I was a kid. But I wanted to make it our own and almost make it sound like a movie soundtrack. Very cinematic and different. Different types of drums than the Phil Collins one, different sort of feel than the Cyndi Lauper, soft-spoken one.

That's what I did. I sat down with a piano, hammered out some of the lines. We put some synths underneath it and sort of built the feeling of it. And then we did the vocals. it all came together pretty magically and pretty easily. We were so stoked with it that we knew that it was going to be on a record some day.

So we put it on BROKEN. You can preorder the record and actually get our "True Colors" cover, download it instantly.

We just did a video for it that is super cool, we partnered with an arts hotel in St. Louis - this one of a kind, unique hotel. Every single room is a different color, from the furniture to the walls to the bed to the accents. Everything in the room is one color. We did 4 vignettes just showing different experiences that humans will go through: happiness, sadness, love, depression. Everything that represents what the song represents. It's this positive, reinforced "we're all in this together and I'm here for you, and you can be yourself" type of song and type of sentiment. The video plays perfectly with that.

I'm just proud and honored that we fell into a situation, thanks to one of our good friends and fans, to do a song that's so iconic and so meaningful and so good for the world, no matter what decade it comes out of.

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

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Stone Temple Pilots and Bush Add Leg To Revolucion Tour

(hennemusic) The Stone Temple Pilots and Bush are teaming up for a South American tour early next year. The Revolucion 2019 series - picking up where the pair's "Revolution 3" trek with The Cult left off - will see the bands play an 8-date stretch that will hit Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Mexico after it opens in Lima, Peru on February 12.

Tickets for shows in Lima, Peru and Guadalajara, Mexico are already on-sale, while seats for Santiago, Chile will go on sale Friday, November 30 at 12 PM local time, and all other dates will be available starting Wednesday, December 5 at 12 PM local times.

Stone Temple Pilots - who recently completed a Canadian tour - are on the road in support of their 2018 self-titled album with new singer Jeff Gutt, while Bush continue to perform behind 2017's "Black And White Rainbows."

Introduced with the lead single, "Meadow", "Stone Temple Pilots" peaked at No. 24 on the US Billboard 200 following its release this past spring. See the dates here.

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The Eagles Add Final Dates To Australian Tour

(hennemusic) The Eagles have added a second and final show in Sydney due to overwhelming demand as part of an early 2019 tour of Australia. Following a sell-out of the group's March 13 date at the city's Qudos Bank Arena, the band will perform at the same venue again on March 14.

A Frontier members presale runs from Monday, December 3 at noon to Tuesday, December 4 at noon, with general public tickets going on sale Thursday, December 6 at 10am local time.

Following last month's announcement of the trek, The Eagles previously added second nights in Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland, NZ after the original dates sold out, expanding the original 5-show series to 9 dates in total.

Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey will be accompanied by a full horn section and a full string section for the two-week run, which will begin in Auckland, NZ on February 26. See the dates here.

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At The Gates Recruit Special Guests For New EP

At The Gates have announced that they will be releasing a limited edition 7" EP entitled "The Mirror Black" and a special Digital EP entitled "With The Pantheons Blind" on January 11th.

The Digital EP "With The Pantheons Blind "contains all six bonus tracks from To Drink From The Night Itself recording sessions, which are available digitally for the first time now. The six bonus tracks include "Daggers Of Black Haze" and "The Mirrow Black" featuring guest vocals by Rob Miller (Amebix, Tau Cross), "The Chasm" featuring guest vocals by Per Boder (God Macabre), "A Labyrinth Of Tombs" featuring guest vocals by Mikael Nox Pettersson (Craft), a demo version of "The Chasm" and a merciless re-recorded version of the early At The Gates classic "Raped By The Light Of Christ", originally featured on the band's sophomore album With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness from 1993.

Frontman Tomas Lindberg had this to say, "The idea of getting guest vocalists on board for the bonus tracks for the album was us trying something new again...This time we wanted to get other artists involved in our music, getting their takes on our new songs. It was a pleasure working with everybody and all songs grew immensely in the process. The songs we did with Rob Miller was for me personally something extra. Of course, people who know me, know that I am a massive Amebix fan. And I love the more recent stuff with Tau Cross too. I had no idea what to expect. But the songs grew so goddamn much together with Rob's powerful voice. We decided early on that these versions were worthy of their own release. This is for me personally one of the greatest achievements of my career, to share the vocal space with one of my favourite vocalists of all time. I am so proud of this release. Hope everyone else gets as much joy out of it as I do." Read more

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Thunder Release 'Miracle Man' Video From 30th Anniversary Album

Thunder have released a new video for their track 'Miracle Man.' The song is the second single from their forthcoming 30th anniversary release "Please Remain Seated".

The video is streaming here. 'Please Remain Seated' will be released on January 18th in various formats: Standard 1CD, Deluxe 2CD (bonus tracks), 180g standard black, gatefold double vinyl, Limited edition transparent orange double vinyl (Indie store exclusive, limited to 500), Digital - HD, MFiT and standard. The album has been mastered at half speed on vinyl for dynamic range.

Danny Bowes had this to say, "We've never been the kind of band that wanted to make the same album over and over, and we've never been scared to try new things. In fact, making Thunder music over the past 30 years has taught us that the more we challenge ourselves, the better we get. Having re-imagined and re-recorded Love Walked In in 2017, we were very stimulated by the process, and wanted to try it on other songs. We made it as live as possible, jamming ideas until we found an arrangement that felt good. We set ourselves three rules: work fast, don't aim for perfection, and make it different to the original. Some songs fell together spontaneously, and some took a series of strange left turns before ending up in a place none of us predicted.

"By shaking up old tunes in this way, we forced ourselves to rethink how we felt about them. We think it'll probably be the same for fans when they hear them. It's not supposed to be a 'Best Of', and it's not a change of direction, it's just another brief stop along the journey to where we're heading (wherever that is). We really like it, and we hope others will too". Read more

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Steve Hackett Releases 'Under The Eye Of The Sun'

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has released a music video for his new song "Under The Eye of the Sun". The track comes from his forthcoming studio album "At The Edge Of Light", which will be released on the January 25th.

Steve had this to say about the song: "Under the Eye of the Sun celebrates the wonder and spirit of the amazing rock-scapes I've experienced: Monument Valley, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Uluru and Arabian desert.

"This picture video by Leigh Harris and Franck Avril along with the song captures the sharp contrasts of bright light and mysterious darkness through the Shamanic heartbeat of these awe-inspiring places... Enjoy!" Watch the video here.

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George Strait Leads Buckeye Country Superfest Lineup

George Strait has been announced as a headline act for the Buckeye Country Superfest 2019 which will be taking place at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on June 8th of next year.

The event will also feature performances from Blake Shelton, 2018 CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Chris Janson, Midland and singer/songwriter RaeLynn.

The appearance will mark Strait's only show in the state of Ohio since his Cowboy Rides Away Tour stop at Nationwide Arena in 2014 when he announced he would no longer tour and only perform select engagements in the future.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Innyrds Released On Limited Edition Vinyl

(hennemusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd have reissued their 1989 collection, "Skynyrd's Innyrds: Their Greatest Hits", on vinyl. Now available in standard black and a limited-edition brown vinyl, the project's original 10-song track list presents classics from the first five albums of the original era of the southern rock icons career - from 1973's "(Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd)" debut to 1977's "Street Survivors."

Among the set's classics are "Sweet Home Alabama", "Gimme Three Steps", "What's Your Name", "Saturday Night Special", "Don't Ask Me No Questions", a cover of J.J. Cale's "Call Me The Breeze", and an outtake version of the group's signature song, "Free Bird" - which was previously unavailable at the time of the project's original release.

"Skynyrd's Innyrds" has the distinction of being the biggest-selling record in the band's catalog. Having earned 5x platinum status in the US for sales of more than 5 million copies. Read more here.

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Vince Gill, Don Henley, Willie Nelson Lead Dolly Parton Tribute

Vince Gill, Don Henley, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, and Mavis Staples and Linda Perry have be announced as performers at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Dolly Parton on Feb. 8th.

They will be join the previously announced performers Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle, Norah Jones, Shawn Mendes, P!nk, Mark Ronson, and Chris Stapleton.

Dolly Parton will close the evening's performances. Greg Phillinganes will be the musical director. More guest performers will be announced shortly.

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Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool Documentary To Premiere At Sundance

(Kayos) Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool will debut in the Documentary Premieres category at Sundance Film Festival 2019. The feature-length documentary, directed by Emmy Award-winner Stanley Nelson, is a co-production of Eagle Rock Entertainment, Firelight Films, and American Masters Pictures.

With full access to the Miles Davis Estate, the film features never-before-seen footage, including studio outtakes from his recording sessions, new interviews and rare photos. Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Clive Davis, Wayne Shorter and Ron Carter are just a few of the luminaries weighing in on the life and career of a true visionary, innovator and originator. Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool is the definitive account of the man behind the legend.

Director Stanley Nelson said, "Miles Davis is an undisputed musical legend - but what I hoped to discover was the man behind the myth. By unpacking his upbringing, his methodology, his relationships, and his demons, we begin to understand the man who would redefine the original American musical genre, jazz and has influenced generations of musicians in rock, funk and hip-hop." here.

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Singled Out: Danny Johnson's Blood Of The Blues

Danny Johnson tells us about his track "Blood Of The Blues" from his new 2 disc album "Americana Kitchen". Here is the story:

Hi everyone! My name is Danny Johnson and I'm a musician, songwriter, studio owner, and recording engineer and I recently released a Studio Band Project CD by Americana Kitchen called "Come And Get It"!

This CD showcases (2) very important things:

1)American Roots Music

2) And the tremendous musicians talent pool from San Gabriel Valley *and greater Los Angeles areas).

The very 1st song I ever wrote for this CD was called "Blood of the Blues" and is a story told from the perspective of a real modern day Vampire. The idea came to me out of nowhere and I had the chorus written in about 2 minutes while on a bike ride. I also knew it was going to be a strong enough hook and guitar riff to carry the song so I only needed and storyline for the verses and perhaps a bridge or pre-chorus to set up the main chorus. Well that was easier said than done. I threw away more pieces of paper with writing attempts on them over the next 2 months trying to figure out how the story should be told. However, I everything I tried sounded contrived, over simplified, and just plain terrible. I finally stopped working on the entire song because I was ruining it! I worked on many other things for the next 3 years but still had no ideas that worked whether tried written or sung. Finally, I was on another bike ride when I got the idea of telling the story from the Vampires perspective as if he/she was in pain living forever with this curse. BANG....the words came to me like a streak and within a mile I had verse #1. By the time I arrived home, 32 miles later, I had the story line figured out and all I needed to do was to use the right amount of words in combination so the story sounded simple, yet believable. It took 30 minutes and the song was done finally after 3 years....and well worth the wait. It was good enough that for the next year, Blood of the Blues was going to be the name of the CD. Well, that later changed when the collection of songs for the CD went well past Blues alone and was a eventually a collection of American Roots songs. The CD Project Band was now changed to Americana Kitchen and the CD would be called "Come and Get It". The 1940's Pinup Girl on the cover is a real paining by the great Gil Elvegren (called "Come And Get It") and I licensed the image for $500 for the CD cover because it was perfect! Elvegren and Vargas (Playboy fame) were the 2 most famous Pin Up Artists of American Pop Culture since the 40's. Blood of the Blues is recorded on the CD 3 times with 3 different bands, singers, and arrangements:
Ver 1. Rock Ballad Style - featuring Benny Cortez on vocals / Sammy Avila (Walter Trout Band) on Hammond Organ, Danny Johnson on guitars & Guitar Solo.

Ver 2. Unplugged / Country Style - featuring Francesca Capasso on Vocals / Johnny Main (The 44's) on guitar solo.

Ver 3. Modern Jazz Style - featuring Francesca Capasso on Vocals / John Avila (Oingo Boingo) on a fretless bass solo.

I hope you visit our web site to audition the 3 versions and maybe even like it enough to buy the 20 song dbl CD download or perhaps the hard copy CD if you like to read the liner notes and song credits.

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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