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Day in Rock Report for 12/10/2018

Guns N' Roses and Black Sabbath Supergroup Release Debut Song

After dropping teases last week the new Guns N' Roses, Black Sabbath and Billy Idol band supergroup Deadland Ritual have revealed their debut single "Down In Flames."

The new group features Sabbath legend Geezer Butler, former GNR drummer Matt Sorum, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens and Apocalyptica singer Franky Perez. Check out the song here

Geezer had this to say, "I had to get used to the idea of starting from scratch again, which is good. It's a challenge for me. But I really liked the music that I was hearing. It's not your typical metal stuff or hard rock stuff or whatever."

Sorum said, "I remember the first time that I started tracking against his bass, and I went, 'Oh my God,'. There's a lot of times in the studio as a guitar player, you get a guitar sound and you're trying to make it work, you're tweaking it. There was none of that bullsh*t. It just fit against his bass sound and it was really exciting for me. It was like, 'Wow, I get to hear my guitar against a bass guitarist that I've loved since I was 15 years old.'"

Butler added, "It's great because Matt really knows what he wants it to sound like and he just keeps going and going and going until he's got it right, until he's satisfied with his drumming. It's really good to play with somebody who's that professional. He's so knowledgeable about different drum styles and he's also a fan of Bill Ward, Sabbath's original drummer so he likes that kind of swing part of it as well."

Stevens also said, "I wanted what I brought to this band to be unique and exclusive to this project and that took a little bit of soul searching and brain power. I wanted my guitar to really compliment the other members and their individual styles. I truly feel that in this band that the sum is greater than the parts."

Singer Perez concluded, "I'm just really excited for people to see this band live. One of the things that I want to really emphasise is that this is an honest to God, down and dirty rock'n'roll band. We're energised, and we want to put on an incredible show."

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Ace Frehley Performs Full 1978 Solo Album Live

(hennemusic) Ace Frehley delivered the first-ever live performance of his self-titled 1978 debut solo album in its entirety during the 2018 KISS Expo in Parsippany, NJ on December 9, and video from the event has surfaced online.

Frehley was backed by members of Gene Simmons' band, who he recently hired after dismissing a group of longtime players. All four original KISS members simultaneously issued solo records at the height of the group's success in the 1970s, with Frehley leading the way in both album sales and singles chart success, with his cover of the 1975 Hello track, "New York Groove", reaching No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Each record in the solo series achieved US platinum status for sales of one million copies, with all peaking in the Top 50 of the Billboard 200: Gene Simmons at No. 22, Frehley at No. 26, Paul Stanley at No. 40 and Peter Criss at No. 43.

The projects were recently reissued separately and in a new limited edition vinyl box set, "KISS: The Solo Albums - 40th Anniversary Collection", while Frehley has also just issued his eighth album, "Spaceman." Watch the performance here.

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Dave Grohl Performs Epic Song For First Time Live

(hennemusic) Dave Grohl delivered the debut live performance of his epic solo recording "Play" at Warren Haynes' Christmas Jam 30 benefit concert in Asheville, NC on December 8.

With the Foo Fighter and composer on drums, Grohl was joined at the city's US Cellular Center by a lineup that included Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Alain Johannes, Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, Foo Fighters collaborator Drew Hester, guitarist Jason Falkner, producer Greg Kurstin on keyboards and Laundry Room Studios' Barrett Jones on guitar.

Grohl got into the spirit of the event by joining Gov't Mule for covers of Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" and Jimi Hendrix's "Machine Gun" at the event's second night on Saturday, which was streamed live online to ticket holders who were unable to attend due to an impending snowstorm in the region.

Grohl closed out the weekend with an appearance at a Sunday evening Post-Jam Snow Party show at The Orange Peel, where he teamed up with Haynes for an acoustic-based version of the Foo Fighters classic, "Times Like These", before taking a solo turn on "Everlong."

The Christmas Jam 30 event featured live music by Eric Church, Jim James, Joe Bonamassa, Grace Potter, Jamey Johnson, Marco Benevento, Mike Gordon and more. Watch the "Play" performance and some fan footage of the acoustic jam here.

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Motley Crue's Vince Neil Allegedly Sued By His Own Lawyers

(hennemusic) According to a new report by The Blast, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is being sued by his own lawyers over nearly $190k in unpaid bills in an ongoing assault case stemming from an alleged 2016 incident in Las Vegas.

Neil's lawyers at Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC filed court documents on December 6 requesting a lien in the amount of $187,364.01 to settle the outstanding fees.

Despite the rocker's failure to pay them, the legal team have continued to work on the lawsuit, which was filed back in 2016 when Neil was sued by Kelly Guerrero over an alleged assault outside the Aria Hotel.

The woman claimed she approached Neil for an autograph but he responded by grabbing her hair and dragging her to the ground; actor Nicolas Cage was with Neil at the time and tried to calm down the rocker as events allegedly unfolded.

Guerrero claims she was left with severe injuries, including neck pain, lower back pain, a fractured tailbone, and a hip injury; she is seeking in excess of $150,000 while Neil has demanded the case be thrown out, denying the allegations of wrongdoing and accusing Guerrero of only seeking publicity. Read more here.

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Def Leppard Win Rock Hall Fan Vote

(hennemusic) Def Leppard has won the fan vote ahead of this week's announcement confirming the lineup of inductees into the 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The UK rockers lead the tally with 547,000 votes, ahead of second-place Stevie Nicks with 427k and Todd Rudngren in third with 365k, while The Zombies (329k) and The Cure (264k) rounded out the top five.

The Rock Hall reports each of the top 5 artists receive an additional vote - as part of the fans' ballot - counted in the overall vote for 2019, which also includes artists like Devo, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Rage Agauinst The Machine and Roxy Music, among others.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.

Ballots have been sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist's musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration. here.

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Slayer Announce New North American Leg Of Farewell Tour

Slayer have announced a new North America leg of their farewell tour which will feature Lamb Of God as direct support, along with Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse.

Lamb Of God's Mark Morton shared his excitement about joining the trash legends on the fifth leg of their final world tour, "We are pleased to announce that the brutality continues with Lamb Of God supporting Slayer on another leg of their farewell world tour!

"This is the real thing and is not one to miss. Heavy metal is alive and well and we can see it on the faces and hear it in the voices of the huge crowds filling arenas and amphitheaters everywhere we've been.

"It's been inspirational to see the energy and dedication of diehard Slayer fans turning out in huge numbers all over the world to support the kings of metal.

"For Lamb Of God to have been so well received is an honor all its own and we are beyond grateful to join them for another round. Cheers!" See the dates here.

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Bruce Springsteen Releases Legendary 1975 Roxy Show

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen has released a legendary 1975 show at Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre as part of his ongoing archival concert series. Recorded during a four-night, six-show residency at the famed venue, Springsteen's early show on October 18 sees the E Street Band deliver a two-hour performance featuring six tracks from the new "Born To Run" album as well as covers of Chuck Berry's "Carol", Jackie DeShannon's "When You Walk In The Room", and Carole King's "Goin' Back", which is streaming below as the set's first preview.

Newly mixed from restored multi-track tapes, the previously unreleased complete concert is now available in multiple audio formats via livebrucespringsteen.net with a CD release due on January 7.

The New Jersey rocker will wrap up his solo "Springsteen On Broadway" residency at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on December 15; a film of the same name will be released via Netflix the following day while a companion soundtrack album is set to arrive on December 14. Read more here.

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Godsmack and Volbeat Announce North American Tour

Volbeat have announced seventeen new tour dates with Godsmack that will be hitting cities throughout the U.S. and Canada in April and May of 2019.

The tour will kick off with a string of dates in U.S. as special guests to Godsmack before the pair embark on a cross-country coheadline tour of Canada.

Volbeat will be promoting their live album and concert film, Let's Boogie! Live From Telia Parken, which is set to hit stores on December 14th while Godsmack will be touring in support of their latest album "When Legends Rise". See the dates here.

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Ghost's Prequelle Named Best Metal Album Of 2018

Ghost's "Prequelle" has been named the best metal album of the year by the UK publication Metal Hammer, who report that it topped the poll of 36 of their top critics.

Metal Hammer editor Merlin Alderslade had this to say, "Was there any doubt?" The second those opening moments of Rats thundered across the Hammer speakers early this year, we knew Tobias Forge had crafted something special. That he did so while proudly pissing over all the tropes and cliches about what a metal album 'should' be only made Prequelle all the more enthralling.

"It's a ludicrous, overblown, ceaselessly brilliant modern classic. Most importantly, of course, it confirmed once and for all that saxophone solos are metal as f***. Congratulations to a band who only seem to be getting better and better."

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Nightwish Share Video Of Tarja's Final Performance With Band

Nightwish celebrated the release of their brand new live package "End Of An Era" be sharing a live performance video for the track "Wish I Had An Angel."

The new package was issued on 2CD, 3LP and Blu-ray and was captured during their October 21, 2005concert Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland and the song was the final song of the concert and also marked the last time that former vocalist Tarja Turunen performed with the band.

Nightwish had this to say in the clip announcement, "It is set to give you goosebumps - yet it crowns the end of the Tarja chapter with a unique show that could hardly have been more spectacular.

"The setlist is stunning and contains 18 hymns such as the opening Dark Chest Of Wonders, Sleeping Sun, Nemo and Bless The Child, through to the final Wish I Had An Angel.

"If you do not already own this live masterpiece, you can now look forward to the extensive new edition." Watch the video here.

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Children Of Bodom Release 'Under Grass And Clover' Video

Children Of Bodom have released a new music video for their song "Under Grass And Clover." The track comes from their forthcoming album "Hexed", which will hit stores on March 8th.

Singer and guitarist Alexi Laiho had this to say, "Under Grass And Clover is the sound of Children Of Bodom on fire and has been my favourite song since it was written.

"It's fast, melodic, heavy and dark but also short and sweet. Someone told me that it's kinda like old school Dimmu Borgir and AWK and that's pretty damn cool in my books so we must've done something right." Watch the clip here.

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100 Watt Vipers Release 'The Bells Tolls Heavy' Video

100 Watt Vipers have released a new music video for their track "The Bell Tolls Heavy". The song comes from their latest album "Holy Water".

Paul Joseph had this to say, "The 'Bell Tolls Heavy' is about the struggles of the working class man. It's about working hard, trying to live with honor, feeding the family, and getting beaten down again and again, but always getting up.

"No matter how weary and tired he becomes, he always gets back up, and is truly a rich man as a result." The new promotional clip was filmed and directed by Connie Crowder and was shot in Starke, FL. Watch it here.

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Tora Tora Stream New Song and Announce Reunion Album

Tora Tora are streaming their new single "Rose Of Jericho." The song comes from the veteran band's reunion album "Bastards Of Beale," which is set to be released on February 22nd.

Frontman Anthony Corder had this to say about the new track, "The first draft of this song was titled 'Rock n Roll Ain't Dead Yet. It began with the idea of us tapping into our passion of writing together again, and getting to create new tunes, but it also opened a floodgate of memories, of our experiences with our fans.

"It is about finding the things that make you happy and passionate, what drives you...music, art, friends, family, inspiration, partying...even when you feel like you may lose touch with them sometimes, they are still present." Listen to it here.

Guitarist Keith Douglas said the following about the reunion and new album, "The last studio album we did was 'Revolution Day' which was recorded in '94. It's hard to believe that was almost 25 years ago! Music in general was in kind of a weird place at that point and our fit within our label was questionable, so we just kind of stepped away to do other things for a while. We played one show together in 2001 for a special occasion, but it was 2008 before we started playing together again semi-regularly. We had always talked about trying to do a new project and just happened to come into contact with Frontiers at the right time to make that happen. So why not now?"

Corder added, "The band recorded the new album at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, TN. Sam is of course recognized for his work with Sun Studios and Elvis, arguably being responsible for creating "Rock and Roll". But after Sun Studios, he moved right down the street to create Sam Phillips Recording. He wanted to be on the cutting edge of technology with recording, while having room to expand. This building has hosted too many icons to name, but a few would be Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, and Robert Plant. While we were there, William Bell (STAX) was visiting. We were really inspired while recording there."

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Dee Snider Releases 'For The Love Of Metal' Video

(hennemusic) Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has released a new music video for the title track from his latest solo studio album, "For The Love Of Metal."

"The song and the new video is a love letter from me to the music and fans that have lifted me up and been my life for the last 45 years," says Snider. "To still be able to perform for audiences like the 40,000 plus at Forcefest in Mexico (as seen in the video) is truly an honor and a privilege. I thank you all! Heavy metal forever!"

Snider's fourth solo effort was produced by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta and features contributions from Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (Toxic Holocaust) and Charlie Bellmore (Kingdom Of Sorrow).

Fresh off a pair of European concerts, the rocker will resume his tour with in January with a series of dates in Australia. Watch the video here.

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Lenny Kravitz Adds Dates To Raise Vibration Tour

(hennemusic) Lenny Kravitz has announced that he has expanded his 2019 Raise Vibration tour with the addition of new dates in South America, Europe and the UK.

The series will begin in March with six shows in South America, including appearances at Lollapalooza events in Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

A European trek that mixes headline dates with festival appearances will open in Slovenia on April 27, with the 7-week run set to wrap up at London's O2 Arena on June 11. See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Mindy Gledhill's Rabbit Hole

Mindy Gledhill is gearing up to release her new album next month and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the lead single and title track "Rabbit Hole". Here is the story:

I grew up as the eighth child of nine in a devout Mormon family. In high school, my parents served as missionaries in Madrid, Spain. Church was at the center of my life throughout all of my formative years. When I was sixteen, we moved from Madrid to Provo, UT where roughly 90% of the population are Mormons. I studied music at Brigham Young University and signed a record deal with a Mormon record label right away. My first album was religiously themed and I won "Best New Artist" at the Pearl Awards (also nicknamed, the "Mormon Grammy's").

Because I grew up in an environment where I was taught to honor and cherish the Priesthood (power and authority of God given only to men), I had been asleep to volumes of sexism, sexual harassment, assault and abuse of power in my life and in the pages of the church's history. It was like I was a child, curiously staring at a sleeping dragon from a few inches away, and when I backed up and saw the bigger picture, I ran like hell. I ran until I tripped and fell down a rabbit hole where I came head on with an existential crisis. Soon, I was questioning the motives of everyone and everything, including myself. I look back at it as a sort of delayed phase of adolescence. I tried coffee for the first time as a 32 year old woman, secretly preparing it in the corner of my garage so that my Mormon family wouldn't see or smell it. A friend of mine selected an extra light beer for me to try at a restaurant in L.A. and when we shared a few sips she stated, "This tastes like apple juice," while I sat there trying to simply tolerate it. Experiencing so many new things was terrifying and wonderful all at the same time!

While I don't think I'll actually ever make friends with beer, I'm learning to make friends with myself, my weird past, and learning to make friends again with my community of practicing Mormons here in Utah County and worldwide. There is a growing phenomenon of people just like me in the Mormon faith as well as other fundamental religions who are leaving at an alarming rate. Our current political climate teaches us that we must pick a side and jeer at the opposing team from the stands. But sitting with myself in the rabbit hole for a time has taught me to look at the world from all angles. Beauty can be found at every angle of human experience. I feel inspired to reclaim the beautiful traditions of my Mormon heritage that serve me and pair them with the transformative experiences of leaving the fold. With the building blocks of these two paradigms, I'm moving forward as a bridge builder for the generations of young Mormons and religious fundamentalists coming after me.

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

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