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Day in Rock Report for 12/05/2018

Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan Releasing New Album

Guns N' Roses icon Duff McKagan has revealed that he is finishing work on his brand new solo album that is being produced by country/rock star Shooter Jennings.

Duff and Shooter entered the Station House studios in Echo Park, Ca back in March to begin recording the effort, which McKagan is planning to release sometime next year.

The Guns N' Roses bassist had this to say, "I wrote a couple of articles about historical places I passed through on this last tour and people kept asking if that was going to be the focus of my next book. But an unseen and irrepressible force guided me to write little vignettes of reflective prose...little instant-reactions.
"The heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide I have experienced over the last two and a half years of traveling this globe of ours coerced these words into songs that tell my truth, and one that I hope will spread and help us all. I do this for my daughters...I do this for my love of where I grew up...I do this, because I truly feel it must be done and said right now."
Shooter added, "From the first night we sat together at my piano hashing out arrangements of his songs, before going into the studio to record them, I felt it was a really important record that had to be heard," says Jennings. "The songs have so much heart and are so musical that I could just hear all the arrangements immediately and I could really feel them."
Jennings went on to explain his longtime relationship with McKagan, "I met Duff right after I moved to Los Angeles nearly twenty years ago. I was such a massive Guns N' Roses fan when I was younger. I'd say that they had a lot to do with me even moving to LA. But there was some kind of magnetic force I guess that kept us orbiting each other over the years. When the idea of collaborating with him on this album came up, I was very eager to get the job as producer. I felt like the music this man made was part of the fabric of my own musical identity and that I would really love building a record with him. Once we sat down and started going over the songs he had, I instantly knew that the two of us were going to be a great fit together."

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Def Leppard Lead Rock Hall Fan Vote

Def Leppard have a clear lead in the fan ballot for the 2019 induction into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, followed by Fleetwood Mac icon Stevie Nicks.

The British band had amassed 504,000 votes as of Tuesday (December 4th), and Nicks had tallied 400,000 fan votes, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.

Voting will close on Sunday, December 9th at 11:59 PM ET. As of Tuesday, Def Leppard and Nicks were followed by Todd Rundgen at over 333,000, classic rock veterans the Zombies with almost 300,000 and alternative rockers The Cure were fifth with roughly 245,000.

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Paul McCartney Adds More Dates To U.S. Stadium Tour

Beatles legend Paul McCartney has announced that he has added four additional dates to his forthcoming 2009 U.S. summer trek The Freshen Up Tour.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on May 23rd in New Orleans, LA at the Smoothie King Arena and will now conclude with the newly announced July 13th show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

The other new concerts include June 8th in Green Bay, WI at Lambeau Field, June 14th in Arlington, TX at Globe Life Park and June 22nd in San Diego, CA at Petco Park. See all of the dates here.

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Bruce Springsteen Addresses E Street Band Report

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen has taken to social media to address his plans for next year following headlines from a UK report that suggested the singer would be heading out on the road with the E Street Band.

In a new interview with The Times, the media outlet referenced an alleged upcoming UK tour by the New Jersey rocker and his group without quoting Springsteen directly, which has prompted the singer to set the record straight.

"Just a note to quell some of the rumors over here on E Street," Springsteen writes. "While we hope to be back with you soon, the E Street Band won't be touring in 2019. Before I go back to my day job, the year will be consumed with a break after our Broadway run and various recording projects I've been working on.

"We do hope to see you soon, and until then, we have some mighty E Streeters out there regularly performing with their own projects who'd love and deserve your support. All love and Happy Holidays!" here.

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Kenny Chesney Adds Support Act To Songs For The Saints Tour

Kenny Chesney has announced that he has recruited up and coming music star Caroline Jones as a support act to his forthcoming Songs for the Saints.

Caroline will join the previously announced David Lee Murphy who will be providing direct support on the trek. Kenny had this to say about Jones, "I met Caroline at the 'Trying To Reason' Hurricane Relief Benefit that Jimmy Buffett did last year, and she struck me as being so pure in her approach to the business and so pure in her intention as a songwriter.

"I wanted to help someone willing to work outside the system, to give them the opportunity to be heard and seen. Caroline is so fresh, so filled with life and so consumed by her music, she seemed like the perfect person because of everything No Shoes Nation is about." Read more here.

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My Dying Bride Announce Lineup Change

My Dying Bride have announced that they have recruited Jeff Singer Kill2This, Paradise Lost and Blaze) to play drums on their new album after parting ways with Shaun Steels.

The band revealed that Steels was let go due to "unresolvable drumming issues" and they had the following to say about their new drummer in a social media post: "Since Jeff's addition the album has (musically) been completed and pre-production is now going great guns, lyrics and vocals are understandably still in the making but the band can prepare for the studio professionally now having 90% of the music in place and all drums complete."

The group added, "Jeff has been a light in a dark room, he breathlessly and seamlessly plays with the new music and intuitively seems to know what we're asking for, he has removed a lot of unnecessary pressure from the band in an already testing time. At last something good happens" There are no definite recording dates as yet and still no song titles or album title. But it appears the band is forging forward. Merry Christmas indeed!!"

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Metallica Share Live Video From Boise Show

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming official video of a performance the 1997 classic, "The Memory Remains", from a November 28 show at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, ID.

The tune was the lead single from the group's seventh album, "ReLoad." The track peaked at No. 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 4 million copies.

On February 1, Metallica will release a limited-edition, vinyl version of their recent acoustic performance at the inaugural All Within My Hands Foundation Helping Hands Benefit Concert.

The November 3 event at The Masonic in San Francisco, CA celebrated the first full year of the band's All Within My Hands Foundation, which was launched in 2017 to help create sustainable communities by tackling the issues of hunger and workforce education and encouraging volunteerism.

The benefit concert raised more than $1.3 million for the non-profit organization, who will use the funds to work with their partners at Feeding America and the American Association of Community Colleges. Watch the video and read more here.

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Tim Bowness Announces New Album 'Flowers At The Scene'

Tim Bowness has announced that he will be releasing his fifth solo album 'Flowers At The Scene' on March 1st of next year on CD, vinyl LP+CD and digitally.

Tim had this to say, "'Lost In The Ghost Light [his 2017 Prog Award winning album] - which was always intended as a one-off - felt like a perfect conclusion to a particular way of writing and working. In the wake of that, Flowers At The Scene very much feels like a press reset.

"It was an exciting project to put together and it was great working closely with old sparring partners, Brian Hulse and Steven Wilson. Steven was initially brought in to mix the album, but very quickly he was doing far more and developing production ideas alongside Brian and I. Listening to pieces such as Not Married Anymore, Borderline and The War On Me, we both felt that the project had more than a hint of the spirit of no-man and it became obvious that this was a no-man co-production rather than a Bowness/Wilson one.

"Elsewhere, the likes of Fates Warning's Jim Matheos, Colin Edwin, Dylan Howe and Tom Atherton delivered some incredible performances and it was a delight to get Peter Hammill, Kevin Godley, Andy Partridge and David Longdon involved.

"Peter and Kevin were two of my favourite singers growing up and I've been a long-term fan of XTC, so it was genuinely a thrill to hear their excellent contributions." Read more

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The Neal Morse Band Streaming New Song

The Neal Morse Band are streaming their new single "Welcome To The World" with Prog Magazine. The track comes from the band's forthcoming album.

The new album will be entitled "The Great Adventure" and is set to hit stores on January 25th. Drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) had the following to say about the new song: "Here's the first taste from the upcoming double concept album The Great Adventure.

"While the album is made up of two acts and five epic chapters, there are many songs within the chapters with constant reoccurring themes, riffs and melodies that make the entire album a very cinematic experience - continuing on from its predecessor The Similitude Of A Dream.

"Welcome To The World is a great example of some of the new directions taken with this album and the lyric video by Christian Rios is the first look into this new world!" Listen to the new track here.

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Alive In Barcelona Release 'House Of Memories' Video

Alive In Barcelona have released a video for their new single "House of Memories," which comes from their forthcoming album "Alive In Barcelona".

The new album was produced by Paul Leavitt, Jesse Barton, and Jimmy Hill and is set to hit stores on February 22nd. The new single is a song written about band member Jesse, and how he had to gather up the house belongings after the death of his father.

He had this to say, "My childhood home went from a house of love and warmth, to a House of Memories. It's a terrible feeling; like existing in the shell of what you used to call your life." Watch the video here.

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Alice In Chains Expand Rainier Fog Tour

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains continue to unveil new concert dates as part their 2019 Rainier Fog European tour. Following a recent announcement of a couple of appearances in Finland, the Seattle rockers have confirmed three more shows on the late spring trek.

Alice In Chains will perform at Denmark's Northside Festival in Aarhus in June, and play a pair of gigs in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia later that same month.

Alice In Chains also recently premiered a video for "Never Fade", as the latest single from the project. Directed by Adam Mason - who previously worked on one for the set's lead single, "The One You Know" - there is a connection between both clips.

"The 'Never Fade' video is a continuation of 'The One You Know'," says vocalist/guitarist William DuVall. "The full story will gradually be revealed. For now, check out what we love to do best - play live and tell a story with our music." Watch the video and see the dates here.

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Walter Trout Streaming 'Me, My Guitar And The Blues'

Walter Trout has released a new track "Me, My Guitar And The Blues". The song comes from his forthcoming covers album "Survivor's Blues".

The new album is set to hit stores on January 25th and the new song can be streamed here. We were sent the following details about the record:

From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, he had a bolder plan for this release. Trout shares. "I'm riding in my car sometimes, and I've got a blues station on - and here's another band doing Got My Mojo Workin'. And there's a little voice in me that says, 'Does The World need another version of that song?' So I came up with an idea. I didn't want to do 'Stormy Monday' or 'Messin' With The Kid.' I didn't want to do the Blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that's how Survivor Blues started..." Read more here.

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