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Day in Rock Report for 12/03/2018

Guns N' Roses and Black Sabbath Stars Form New Supergroup

A new supergroup called Deadland Ritual, featuring former Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, ex-Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum, will be making their debut soon.

The new group also includes Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens and Apocalyptica's Franky Perez and they will reportedly be performing at next summer's Hellfest in Clisson, France.

Very few details about the group have been revealed but Butler and Stevens shared teaser videos for the new project via Facebook while Matt Sorum took to Instagram to share a different teaser clip. See Butler's post here.

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Queen and Adam Lambert Announce North American Tour

(hennemusic) Queen and Adam Lambert have announced dates for a summer 2019 Rhapsody tour of North America. In sync with the worldwide success of the biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody" - which tells the band's story from their 1970 beginnings to the iconic appearance at 1985's Live Aid concert - Queen will play a 23-date series of arena and stadium shows starting in Vancouver, BC on July 10.

The six-week "Rhapsody" trek (see dates below) will debut a new larger-than-life production that promises to deliver "an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen's music."

"This is a great opportunity," explains guitarist Brian May. "Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever, and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, America!"

"We have been designing a brand new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to unveil it!," says Lambert, with drummer Roger Taylor adding: "We are ready for America and raring to get back in the saddle."

Completing the tour lineup are long-term collaborator Spike Edney on keyboards, Neil Fairclough on bass, and Tyler Warren on percussion. See the dates here.

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Slayer Star Leaving Tour To Care For Dying Parent

Slayer guitarist Gary Holt shared the sad news that he will be sitting out the rest of the group's current European leg of their farewell tour to return home to spend time with and help care for his dying father.

The band has recruited former Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel to fill in for Holt. Gary broke the news to fans with the following message, "First things first, I want to say thank you to Berlin for the amazing show tonight! Best crowd ever! But what I've got to say has been very very hard for me these last ten days or so. My father is very near the end of his journey. I've been playing these last several shows with the heaviest of hearts. And with that heavy heart, I have to announce I am leaving the Slayer European tour. I must return home to help care for my dad in his final moments.

"Tonight ended with me in tears while finishing 'Angel Of Death'. But the crowd brought out the best in me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all.

"And that having been said, I want each and every Slayer fan to give their biggest screams for Phil Demmel! Bay Area legend!!! My dear friend, who having just finished a tour, agreed to help me and the band out and learn an entire Slayer set in days and come out here so I can return home for my dad. Thank you, Phil. You are family, love you bro! Please give him your warmest welcome. And most of all, I gotta thank Slayer - Tom Araya, Paul Bostaph, and Kerry King. You guys are truly my family, and have had my back through all what has been the roughest time in my life on tour. And thanks to our entire crew, and Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary and their crews, knowing you all have been there for me through this, family. Love all of you. To my fans, thanks from the bottom of my black heart, I'll be back in March to crush once more. And more than anything, thanks to my wife, Lisa Holt, had I been alone for this, my meltdowns would have been even greater. Love you baby. See all of you soon. Thank you. And much love to my bros in Exodus! They know what's going on, and no one has my back more. You guys are my rock."

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Motley Crue Confirm Release Date For The Dirt Biopic

(hennemusic) Motley Crue have confirmed the release date for the upcoming film version of their 2001 memoir, "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band."

"Wow!!! Just left Netflix offices," tweeted vocalist Vince Neil. "Just saw The Dirt movie!! F**kin' awesome!! Can't wait for everyone to see it! Released March 22!! Yea!!!"

Directed by Jeff Tremaine, the biopic features Daniel Webber as Neil, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx, rapper Machine Gun Kelly as drummer Tommy Lee, and Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars.

Motley Crue have been in the studio recording a series of four new songs for inclusion on the film's companion soundtrack album.

"Everybody is playing like mad and the songs crush," shared Sixx, adding "You can trust us, these are ball-busters. Everybody can relax. We're soon gonna smack you upside the head with some killer new tracks. Bob Rock is producing. It's our movie. We know what we're doing." Read more here.

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Judas Priest Announce North American Tour

(hennemusic) Judas Priest have announced dates for a spring 2019 tour of North America in support of their latest album, "Firepower." Joined by guests Uriah Heep, the veteran UK metal outfit will begin the two-month series in Hollywood, FL on May 3; the run includes multiple nights in several cities and a western Canadian swing before it wraps up in Las Vegas, NV on June 29.

"Metal maniacs - Judas Priest is roaring back to the USA for one more blast of Firepower!," says the band. "Firepower 2019 charges forth with new first time performances born out of Firepower, as well as fresh classic cuts across the decades from the Priest world metalsphere.

"Our visual stage set and light show will be scorching a unique, hot, fresh vibe - mixing in headline festivals, as well as the in-your-face venue close ups. We can't wait to reunite and reignite our maniacs...The Priest is back!" See the dates here.

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More Stars Added To Allman Family Revival Event

Organizers have announced that Robert Randolph And Lamar Williams Jr have been added to the all-star lineup of the Second Annual Allman Family Revival.

The special event will be taking place at The Fillmore in San Francisco this Saturday, December 8th and will be celebrating the birthday of the late Allman Brothers legend Gregg Allman.

The Allman Family Revival will also feature Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Berry Oakley Jr., Luther and Cody Dickinson, G. Love, Samantha Fish, Jimmy Hall, Ally Venable, Alex Orbison and Marcus King

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Metallica Release Live Atlas, Rise Video

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming official video of a performance the "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" track, "Atlas, Rise!", from a November 26 concert at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

The second single from their tenth album topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart upon its release in the fall of 2016 as the band were playing warm-up dates for the WorldWired tour in South America.

Nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award, "Atlas, Rise!" lost out to the Foo Fighters' track "Run" in Best Rock Song category at the 60th annual event in January, while the project failed to take home the honors in the Best Rock Album field after it was presented to The War On Drugs.

The Las Vegas show marked Metallica's return to the stage following a short break on their North American tour, as they work towards wrapping up their 2018 live schedule in Fresno, CA on December 9.Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Bill Abernathy's Cry Wolf

Singer songwriter Bill Abernathy recently released his new album "Crossing Willow Creek" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the song "Cry Wolf". Here is the story:

Cry Wolf is a song that came about as I was lying in a chair, recovering from Achilles surgery, eating pain pills, and watching a combination of the "news" and posts on social media at the same time. I was amazed at how fast poorly researched opinions from pundits were immediately posted and reposted directly onto multiple social media pages as if they were fact. I feel the analogy to the Cry Wolf fable is quite applicable. How many times can we Cry Wolf and expect someone to actually pay attention?

Verse one is a statement about how easily distracted we are. As soon as a new tweet from someone pops up, the news/opinion shows have "breaking news". Many times, this "breaking news" is followed up with interviews from politicians who cannot resist getting some free air time to discuss the tweet, while getting paid to represent the folks that elected them. I'm pretty sure discussion of tweets is not in their job description. I am thinking they may need to focus on making sure folks have a chance at building the American dream. My little aside comment on this verse is "Your tax dollars at work"

Verse 2 comments on the status of the super churches that seem to be popping up every were. I find it interesting that many (not all) of these places of worship/business only open their doors when there are tithers coming in. I feel the same about churches and government buildings we pay for. Open for business then locking the doors at the end of the business day, with homeless and other's needing help get shut out. This just seems wrong to me on many levels. My favorite line in this verse is, "Keep sending me your money mark it 501C3. A deduction for you and Zero taxes for me...Hallelujah"

The bridge is a comment to my extremely active and poorly researched social media friends. "You post their howls in your media feeds, to get a few likes follows and tweets. Like sheep you follow these programmed elites, but they are the wolves and we the raw meat, and it's a feeding frenzy" I like the analogy of the sheep and the wolves. A fun concept to play around with.

Verse 3 really calls in my love of science fiction. I saw a shirt the other day that said, "Please let me live in a world where Orwell's 1984 is still fiction." As we watch history being destroyed by tearing down statues, burning flags, and removing unpopular wars from history books, I cannot help but paraphrase," George said it right in 1984. He who controls the present has full control of the past, so we can relive it complicit with our alternate facts"

Makes one think... Who is really Crying Wolf?

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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Framing Hanley Streaming New Song 'Baggage Claim'

Framing Hanley have released a brand new single called "Baggage Claim". The song is the second release from the group's forthcoming album "Summer Roots".

Kenneth Nixon had this to say about the new track, "I've never been a fan of talking about the meaning behind a song to the songwriter, because it's a songwriter's goal usually to write a song that someone can relate to themselves. It's funny, though, because when people hear this song, they'll likely have a much different takeaway than what this song means to us.

"This song was written about the stranglehold that music, and moreover, the music industry had on us 4 years ago when we first considered walking away. Just the feeling of wanting to change one's identity, everything about oneself, to have a fresh start. Yet every time we tried to distance ourselves from music, it was right there; threatening to pull us back under." Listen to the song here.

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Joe Strummer Celebration Lineup Announced

Organizers have announced the details for the 2019 celebration of the music of Joe Strummer and the Clash, which will be taking place at The Roxy in Los Angeles on January 26th.

The guest lineup is led by Mike Watt + The Missingmen, Jakob Dylan, Jesse Malin, Wayne Kramer, Ian Astbury of The Cult, Jellyfish's Jason Falkner, Suzi Gardner of L7, Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal).

They will be joined by Kevin Preston (Prima Donna), Low Cut Connie frontman Adam Weiner, Jonny 2 Bags (Social Distortion), Jack Grisham (TSOL), Leonard Graves Phillips (The Dickies), John Easdale (Dramarama), Leana Geronimo (Feels), Drew Stone (Antidote), Gregg Foreman (Cat Power), Holly Ramos, Dave Bason, with more confirmations on the way, and surprise guests.

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Demon Hunter Releasing Two New Albums Early Next Year

Demon Hunter have announced that they will be releasing two new brand new studio albums, respectively entitled "War" and "Peace", on March 1st.

War tracklisting: 01. Cut to Fit 02. On My Side 03. Close Enough 04. Unbound 05. Grey Matter 06. The Negative 07. Ash 08. No Place for You Here 09. Leave Me Alone 10. Lesser Gods

Peace track listing: 01. More Than Bones 02. I Don't Believe You 03. Loneliness 04. Peace 05. When the Devil Come 06. Time Only Takes 07. Two Ways 08. Recuse Myself 09. Bet My Life 10. Fear Is Not My Guide

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The Killers' Dave Keuning Releases 'Boat Accident' Video

The Killers' guitarist Dave Keuning has released an animated video for his new single "Boat Accident," which comes from his forthcoming solo album.

The new album will be entitled "Prismism" and is set to hit stores on January 25th. It was recorded at Dave's home studio in San Diego. Watch the video here.

Keuning had this to say about the track, "'Boat Accident' was started from an old voice memo I recorded years ago. The original idea by itself seemed like it was a throw away guitar part but something about it felt good too, so I started working on it and making a demo and now it is one of my favorites off the album even though it was almost thrown away." here.

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High On Fire Announce U.S. Winter Tour

High On Fire have announced that they will be kicking off the new year by launch a new American tour in support of their latest album "Electric Messiah."

The tour is scheduled to get underway on January 10th in Atlanta, GA at Masquerade and will be wrapping up on February 1st in New Orleans, LA at the House Of Blues.

The band also announced that they will be performing at the 2019 installment of the Psycho Las Vegas festival taking place August 16-18, 2019 at Mandalay Bay Resort. See the dates here.

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AFI Streaming New Single 'Trash Bat'

AFI have released a lyric video for their new single "Trash Bat." The song comes from the group's forthcoming EP "The Missing Man", which is set to hit stores this Friday, December 7th.

Guitarist Jade Puget produced and mixed the new EP and had this to say about the new track, "This was the ideal song to kick off the EP. From Adam Carson's big drum fill at the top all the way through to the end, it's just a quick burst of frenetic energy.

"I brought the song in and was playing it for Davey Havok and he threw out the line, 'My Trash Bat' and I thought, how can you lose with a title like that? What is a Trash Bat anyway? Who cares!" Listen to the track here.

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The Flesh Eaters Announce New Release

Yep Roc Records have announced that they will be releasing an all-new collection by veteran L.A. punk band The Flesh Eaters called "I Used to Be Pretty" on January 18th.

We were sent the following details: On the release, founding vocalist and songwriter Chris Desjardins - better known as Chris D. - is backed by the legendary "all-star" edition of the band, originally heard on the 1981 set A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die: Dave Alvin (guitar) and Bill Bateman (drums) of The Blasters; John Doe (bass) and D.J. Bonebrake (marimba and percussion) of X; and Steve Berlin (saxophones) of The Plugz (and later The Blasters and Los Lobos). The album was produced collectively by the band members.

On five of the album's 11 tracks, this superpowered unit is joined by Julie Christensen, Desjardins' vocal partner in both The Flesh Eaters' successor band Divine Horsemen and latter-day editions of the original group. The singers were married during the '80s. Read more

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Singled Out: Releaser's Taking Over

Chicago rockers Releaser are releasing their debut EP "Retox" this Friday and to celebrate we asked singer/guitarist Stephen Richard Mueller to tell us about the single "Taking Over". Here is the story:

The song Taking Over was the first song Releaser wrote on the spot at a rehearsal. Previously, I never started an idea with my band members present. I would always come with a song I wrote, or at the least verse and chorus melody written with the chords, and the band would build from there. When I showed up to rehearsal, Andre(guitar, vocals) showed me a riff he wrote as well as rhythm chords to go with it. I immediately came up with a melody and when the rest of the band showed up, we finished the song in about two hours, minus lyrics. The goal for the song was that it needed to be as short as possible while not feeling incomplete. Short and sweet.

The lyrics are about a time in your life when you can feel your addictions taking over and getting in the way of things you would like to or need to get done in your life. Maybe if I utilized my time better instead of wasting it away, I would have started this band 5 years ago... Maybe 10 years ago... I could go over scenarios all day.

We initially went in to record Taking Over and two other songs with producer Nick Radovanovic from Wire and Vice studios. Since I drew a lot of inspiration and influence from his past band Acceptance, we were definitely looking forward to working with him. We all found soon after that we had a great team in place, and fed off each other ideas very well. While recording, Nick added midi production behind the song which fit well with the mood and tension we were trying to create. We are stoked on how the final product turned out, and excited to share it with the world!

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

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