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Day in Rock Report for 12/04/2018

Guns N' Roses To Give Back At Historic Show

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses are partnering with the Andy Irons Foundation for their first-ever concert in Hawaii this week. The Hawaii date marks the final 2018 show of the Not In This Lifetime tour, which played to more than 750,000 fans across Europe over the summer before a fall leg that included shows in Mexico, Asia, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.

The band will donate a portion of the proceeds from their December 8 show at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium to the charity, which was created in honor of the late surfing legend and Hawaii native by his widow Lyndie Irons with a mandate of creating healthy uplifting and supported communities for young people facing a variety of issues.

Irons won three straight world surfing titles between 2002 and 2004, among other honors, before his 2010 death from cardiac arrest and "acute mixed drug ingestion"; the couple's son, Axel - named after Axl Rose - will mark his 8th birthday on the day of the GNR show in Honolulu.

"It is such an honor to partner with Guns N' Roses for their first ever show in Hawaii," says Lyndie Irons. "As Andy sought solace through music, my goal with the Andy Irons Foundation is to offer hope and vital programs for young people struggling with mental illness, drug abuse, and learning disabilities. I am truly grateful for such an amazing experience with one of Andy's all-time favorite bands." Read more here.

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Jake E. Lee Talks Ill-Fated Mismatch With Dio

Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee explained the reason why his collaboration with another legendary Black Sabbath vocalist Ronnie James Dio did not last long.

Prior to being hired by Ozzy to replace the late Randy Rhoads, Lee worked for a short with Dio in 1982 with Ronnie ultimately tapping Vivian Campbell to play guitar in his namesake post Sabbath solo band.

Lee was asked about why things did not work with Dio during a recent interview with the Cobras & Fire podcast and responded,
"I think that [Dio] was looking for more of a European sort of sound. 'Cause back then, and maybe to this day - I don't know - heavy metal, you had the American version and you had the European version.

"And the American version relied a lot on VAN HALEN; that was kind of the American metal sound. And I am more of that school - of Eddie Van Halen, Southern California. There was a bunch of us. And I was more of that. Maybe a little busier on my rhythm stuff than Dio would have liked. And I think that was the main reason."

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Megadeth Making Mega Progress On New Album

(hennemusic) Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine is sharing an update on recording sessions for the band's sixteenth album. The rocker recently revealed that work on the project was underway with "Dystopia" co-producer Chris Rakestraw.

"We've already got a huge head start on this new record," Mustaine tells The Metal Voice. "[Guitarist] Kiko [Loureiro] just came out to see me, [drummer] Dirk [Verbeuren] was here before him and David Ellefson will be visiting me shortly to start playing some bass stuff.

"We're doing things a little bit differently this time; we're kind of approaching the songs one riff at a time and just kind of focusing on the riff, and if the riff doesn't sound good on its own and then why put it in a song? A lot of people, when they write songs, they'll put a part in a section in the song just because they need something in there...for me, I don't like doing that. I don't want that one part of the song where there's a weak spot.

"I've tried just about every way to write a song over my career," he adds, "and I found this way's probably the best way because if you have a riff and it's not it's not carrying its own weight and it doesn't sound cool, how can it possibly sound cool to good lyrics over it."

There's a chance that an unused track from the "Dystopia" sessions may be considered for the 2019 album. "There is a complete finished song left over from 'Dystopia' that I forgot we did," says Mustaine. "When were in the studio and you're doing 16 songs and you're working your ass off every day...sometimes some things just slip through the cracks..like this song." Read more here.

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Slipknot's Knotfest Going To Hell

Slipknot have announced that their Knotfest will be teaming up with the French metal festival Hellfest next summer, adding an additional day to the event.

Hellfest will be taking place in Clisson, France next June 21st through 23rd and it has been revealed that the special Knotfest will happen on the 20th featuring Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Papa Roach, Ministry, Sick Of It All, Sabaton, Amon Amarth, Powerwolf, Amaranth and Behemoth.

Organizers had this to say, "As you know, owners of three-day passes are more likely to come on Thursday in Clisson. Delighted by these 10 exceptional names, Hellfest has agreed to lend its main stages to allow fans to enjoy another mini-festival.

"Best of all, we hope that this bonus initiative will make you happy and that you will keep enough energy to follow the three days of Hellfest. All hope is not gone. See you in Hell!"

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Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Returns With New Music Project

(hennemusic) Former Motley Cue bassist Nikki Sixx has revealed his recording plans for a new music project planned for a 2019 release. The rocker - who "unofficially" retired from the road last year - says he's been inspired by his time away from touring and playing live shows.

"Officially start working on a new album tomorrow as part of my trilogy project for 2019," writes Sixx. "Very excited to be working with a handful of different producers and artists to pull the vision that's been haunting me together."

"I love being off the road," Sixx added. "As an artist we need to create NEW. That's why we started in the first place was to create. So excited about my trilogy project I'm working on right now."

The planned 2019 recordings will mark the first new music from the rocker since a pair of 2016 albums from Sixx:AM - "Prayers For The Damned" and its companion, "Prayers For The Blessed."

While the group went on hiatus last year, there's no word yet if the bassist's trilogy project may include his Sixx:AM bandmates DJ Ashba and James Michael.

When asked by a fan on Twitter if he had written new music for the group, Sixx replied: "We have a lot of cool new music coming next year." Read more here.

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Allman Betts Band Finish Album and Announce Tour

The Allman Betts Band have announced that they have finished recording their debut album and will be hitting the road next spring for their first world tour.

They recorded their debut album at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio with producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley) and expect to release the effort in the spring of next year. A studio video can be seen here.

Devon had this to say, "What an honor to make a record at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. It was very important to me to make a 100% analog recording on 2 inch tape to try and evoke the vibes of the records we grew up with. To do that in such a historic place is so profound to us. Also, producer Matt Ross-Spang is a longtime friend and the perfect cat to help our vision. There's some classic 70's rock feels, some RnB, some Texas, some Nashville....soulful Americana, with teeth. We are stoked to share it with the world in Spring 2019."

Duane added, "I'm very proud of this record. The song always ignites the flame, the connection to the listener and I feel like we have accomplished that. What an honor it was to record in Muscle Shoals, a place so rich in musical history and to work with Matt Ross-Spang who shared the same vision as Devon and I. We are very excited to share with everyone soon!"

The Allman Betts Band will be kicking off their world tour on March 28th in Torrington, CT at the Warner Theatre. Devon is currently on the road and joined by Betts as a special guest. See all of the dates here.

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Rival Sons Announce First North American Headline Tour

Rival Sons have announced that they will be embarking on their first full North American headline tour next spring which will feature support from The Sheepdogs.

The trek will be in support of their forthcoming album "Feral Roots", which will be hitting stores on January 25th. The tour kicks off on April 4th in Dallas.

Pre-sales begin Wednesday, December 5th at 10:00 AM local time; all remaining tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 7th at 10:00 AM local. See the dates here.

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Bruce Springsteen Plans New Album and E Street Band Tour

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen says he is planning to release a new solo record and hit the road with the E Street Band in 2019. In a new interview with The Times, the New Jersey rocker reveals that he'll be getting "back to his day job next year" with a UK tour alongside his longtime outfit while preparing to issue his first studio set since 2014's "High Hopes."

"For lack of a better word, it's a singer-songwriter album," explains Springsteen. "More of a solo record."

According to Variety, the project is one the singer shared some details about last year before he launched his extended "Springsteen on Broadway" residency in New York.

"I wrote most of that before [2012's] 'Wrecking Ball,' and I stopped making that record to make "Wrecking Ball," and then I went back to it," he revealed, describing it as being "influenced by Southern California pop music of the '70s" along the lines of "Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach, those kinds of records. I don't know if people will hear those influences, but that was what I had in my mind. It gave me something to hook an album around; it gave me some inspiration to write."

"It's connected to my solo records writing-wise, more 'Tunnel Of Love' and 'Devils And Dust,' but it's not like them at all. Just different characters living their lives." here.

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Black Star Riders Moving Forward With New Album Amid Lineup Change

(hennemusic) Black Star Riders have revealed that they are preparing to enter the studio next month to begin work on a new album following a change in the band's lineup.

Earlier this fall, guitarist Damon Johnson announced his plans to exit the group this month to concentrate on a solo career and session work, and the band are ready to move forward with some new music.

"We go into the studio in January with the new boy Christian Martucci from Stone Sour who we're absolutely delighted to have as part of our family," frontman Ricky.Warwick tells Planet Rock. "We've already demoed 16 songs and we start with Jay Ruston producing the album and we're going to record in LA, so it's a change all round because obviously we used Nick Raskulinecz for the last two records, which was great.

"But just with Damon leaving and Christian coming in," he continues, "Jay's mixed the last two Black Star Riders albums, so we just thought let's just do the whole thing in LA with Jay this time, and Christian's worked with him before in Stone Sour so there's a relationship there. So, we're excited."

"I think it's going to be a little bit different sound this time around, too," adds guitarist Scott Gorham. "You can already tell from the demos and the different instrumentation. It's going to be a little bit of a departure from what we've been doing - not a lot - but it's going to be different." Read more here.

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Tool, Judas Priest Lead Welcome To Rockville Lineup

Organizers have announced that Tool, Judas Priest, Korn and Rob Zombie will be the headliners of the ninth annual Welcome To Rockville music festival next spring.

The festival will be taking place on May 3rd, 4th and 5th at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, Florida with Korn topping Friday night's bill, Rob Zombie and Judas Priest the next night and wrapping up with Tool on Sunday.

Metal God Rob Halford had this to say, "Judas Priest are primed and ready to unleash new Firepower with full metal fury on the USA again as we are one of the headliners at Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville, Florida! The Priest is back!" See the full lineup here.

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Hootie & The Blowfish Returning With Group Therapy Tour

Hootie & The Blowfish have announced that they have regrouped to launch a North American tour next year that will feature support from Barenaked Ladies.

The trek, dubbed the Group Therapy Tour, will include shows in 44 cities and is scheduled to kick off on May 30th in Virginia Beach, Va. at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater.

The tour will conclude with a special return to the area where they formed at the Univercity of South Carlina where they will end the tour with a show at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on September 13th.

Mark Bryan says, "There's nothing like playing music live. For the first time in nearly 20 years we'll be coming back to Columbia, South Carolina where it all began". Darius Rucker adds, "and we're ready to rock." See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Vanishing Shores' Blurred

Vanishing Shores frontman Kevin Bianchi tells us about the single "Blurred" from their self-titled EP. Here is the story:

Blurred is a very emotional song for me. As I was writing songs for the EP, I wrote down a list of possible song titles. I eventually had a list of over 50 titles. I like to write down possible song titles when I hear interesting phrases in songs that I like from other songwriters. A lot of the titles came from listening to David Bazan and his large collection of albums. Listening to his albums produced a very visceral reaction, both in the extreme of joy and frustration. I remember thinking at various points that I both despised and admired him. I was really struck by this realization and I became aware that there was something about it, some greater truth about relationships and longing that this reaction uncovered in my life.

The first line of the song truly expressed my emotional state. "All of this is blurred. Everything you've heard." There are so many things that draw us away from what is most important in our lives. We get distracted by the assault of the 24-hour news cycle. We get distracted by the endless noise of the city. We get distracted by our own subterfuge until we don't even recognize who we really are or the beauty that surrounds us at every moment. As I get older I am reminded again and again to just take a breath. To take a moment to be silent and truly see those around me. In spite of the chaos. In spite of the fear of the future. To just be silent and be truly present in the moment. It is in that moment where I can once again see the purpose behind it all and encounter the gift of love.

For me, the best way that I can fight against hopelessness and the injustice in the world is to sing love songs. The most rebellious or countercultural act of all in our world is to love another person unconditionally. It is a scary thing to be completely open, nothing hidden, but it is what truly changes us and gives us hope. That is where the chorus line came from, 'Even still, I won't let you go." No matter who you are, no matter what you have done, I refuse to let you go. That is the kind of love that goes beyond the right or wrongness of a choice or a belief. It is a love that doesn't judge or exclude, but is willing to walk beside you regardless of the situation. I'm not saying I have it worked out in my own life every part of the day, but that is the kind of love and commitment I want to work towards. That is the kind of love I want to give my life trying to show to another person. I don't want to regret not giving myself completely to another person.

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

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