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Day in Rock Report for 12/12/2018


Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard Of Ozz Bandmate Has 8 Months To Live

Ozzy Osbourne's original solo band (Blizzard of Ozz) drummer Lee Kerslake revealed the sad news that his cancer has spread and that his doctor has given him eight months to live.

Kerslake spoke with The Metal Voice and shared, "It's prostate cancer, but it's moved to rest of my body. I have now have bone cancer, which is a nasty one, so the doctor gave me about eight months to live. ... But I've been fighting all the way - five years ago they gave me four years to live, and so that gives you an idea."

Despite the news, he remains hopeful. He said, "I'm fighting it and there's no telling what can happen. They might have a new drug come out, and I'll experiment with it if it keeps me alive. ... All this time I have had this terminal cancer, but I have defied it because the music kept me fighting."

Kerslake and his Blizzard Of Ozz bandmate Bob Daisey had a famous legal battle with Ozzy over royalties and songwriting credits. Lee revealed that he is not harboring resentment. "It's all forgotten and forgiven. I've written to Sharon and Ozzy recently, a personal letter basically asking them to kindly send me platinum album certifications for Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, to hang on my wall before I die. It's on my bucket list.

"I hope they will come to terms with it and say yes. I went belly-up bankrupt when I lost the case to Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne in the courts. It costs me hundreds of thousands and I had to sell the house, and then started to get ill. ... But a platinum certification on my wall for these albums would be fantastic. ... It would say I helped create those albums."

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Guns N' Roses New Recording Rumor Addressed

A record producer has addressed the rumors that Guns N' Roses recently recorded a version of a classic T. Rex song for a forthcoming tribute album.

On December 3rd podcaster Mitch Lafon shared, "Unsubstantiated reports claim Guns N' Roses have recorded a cover of T-Rex's Children Of The Revolution for inclusion on a upcoming tribute album. Other artists on the album are said to include U2, Elton John, Foo Fighters and Joan Jett. Until released consider this to be rumor."

While Lafon has very cautious in sharing the rumor and warned fans to take it with a grain of salt until confirmed, some media outlets ran with the story and the album's producer Hal Willner reached out to Lafon to set the record straight.

Mitch shared the following message he received from the producer, "Hi Mitch - just wanted to clear up a rumor you wrote about re. Guns N' Roses recording 'Children of the Revolution' for BMG and my Bolan project . They are NOT on the record . In fact 'children of the revolution' is done by Kesha with a live orchestra that features Wayne KRAMER and LA's Jack Sh*t band that has members of Elvis C and Jackson B's bands . There is a rumor that Axl Rose recorded that song for a different Bolan project without G & R but again it is not ours .

Our project is done and BMG is putting it out in March or April. It is called 'Angelheaded Hipster - Another Look at Marc Bolan'. The title comes from Allen Ginsberg 'Howl' poem .

"Some of the featured artists are Marc Almond, Nick Cave, Perry Farrell , Foo Fighters , Emily Haines , Joan Jett, Father John Misty, Todd Rundgren , Peaches , Bjorns , Nena and more - 27 tracks over 2 CDs , vinyl and all the other ways .... so just wanted to give you the real info .... much love , Hal Willner" He added, "Oh and U2 with Elton John too"

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Biopic Planned For Journey's Arnel Pineda

Following the runaway success of the Bohemian Rhapsody film (about Queen's Freddie Mercury), another rock frontman may be getting the biopic treatment.

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has revealed that he is making plans to bring the story of Journey frontman Arnel Pineda to the big screen.

Pineda famously landed the gig fronting Journey after guitarist Neal Schon discovered him via YouTube videos. That story was captured in the 2012 documentary "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" and now Chu hopes to translate the tale into a biopic.

Chu told Deadline, "This story in particular has been on my mind since I first read about it years ago. A true fairy tale and triumph of the human spirit. An unlikely hero, an undeniable talent, the power of music and a worldwide stage - literally - has all the ingredients I love about movies.

"Plus I have been a fan of Journey's music since I can remember. I am excited to be bringing the audience along on this incredible story with my partners at Warner Bros., who have been a leading champion of diverse voices in front and behind the camera."

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Jimmy Page Shares Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary Update

(hennemusic) Jimmy Page has shared an update on Led Zeppelin's 50th anniversary celebrations in a new interview with SiriusXM satellite radio. The band launched the campaign in September with the release of the remastered soundtrack to the concert film, "The Song Remains The Same", and followed it up with their first and only official book, "Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin."

When asked by SiriusXM's Mark Goodman what fans can expect in the coming months, Page responded: "I've always got things in mind, and I always think of things as a schedule of releases over a period of time. I've never been, actually, any different. And, obviously, I would have ideas of things or projects which could go ahead, but, you know, it all takes time.

"So, at the moment, we've got this [book] out, so that's really brilliant. And who knows what may come further on down the line? I don't know. So I can't really say at this point." Read more and listen to the interview here.

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Metallica Foundation Launches $1 Million Community College Initiative

(hennemusic) Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) has launched a US community college initiative that sees the band donating $1 million dollars to enhance their career and technical education programs

Ten colleges from across the country will receive $100,000 each to support more than 1,000 students training to enter the workforce through programs that provide skills and services to those who are looking to enter a traditional trade or other applied learning program.

Partnering with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) - a Washington, D.C.-based organization that represents the nation's 1,103 community colleges - the Metallica Scholars awards were selected via a competitive application process and are designed to provide support of relevant job skill training for community college students, reinvest in communities that supported Metallica during its recent United States tours, and leverage the influence of Metallica to elevate the importance of career and technical education.

"The All Within My Hands Foundation and Metallica are proud to announce this major new initiative," says AWMH Executive Director Dr. Edward Frank. "While the Foundation continues our support for the fight against hunger and emergency community aid, we are now expanding our mission to include support for career and technical education. The goal of our Metallica Scholars Initiative is to improve career opportunities for community college students in the trades. Equally, we hope to raise the awareness of the tremendous importance, value and impact of the education provided by our nation's community college system.

"The Foundation and the band are thrilled by the quality of proposals we received from these colleges, and are excited to do our part to help educate students so that they have the skills and training necessary to find meaningful and well-paying jobs in their communities."

"All of us in the band feel fortunate that music has provided us the opportunity to be successful doing something we are passionate about," adds drummer Lars Ulrich. "We want to share our success with others so that they can find a job where they can do the same." Read more here.

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Greta Van Fleet's Full KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Set Goes Online

(hennemusic) Greta Van Fleet were among the performers at the 2018 edition of KROQ-FM Los Angeles radio's Almost Acoustic Christmas concert this past weekend, and video of their full set was streamed live online and can be viewed online.

The 29th annual holiday event by KROQ featured a lineup that included Smashing Pumpkins, Florence And The Machine, Bad Religion, Third Eye Blind and more over two nights at the famed Los Angeles venue.

The Michigan rockers delivered material from their pair of 2017 EP's - "Black Smoke Rising" and "From The Fires" - as well as tracks from their full length album debut, "Anthem Of The Peaceful Army", which debuted at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 this fall.

Music from the 2017 projects helped Greta Van Fleet lead the rock community with four nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards next February. Watch the performance here.

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Pearl Jam Share Video Of Jam With Jack White

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam are streaming video of a July 14 performance with Jack White of the Neil Young classic, "Rockin' In The Free World", at Portugal's NOS Alive festival.

The Seattle rockers headlined the closing night of the three-day event on a day that also saw sets by White, Alice In Chains, MGMT and many others.

The footage is part of Pearl Jam's newly-launched #12DaysOfPJ series, which sees the group sharing highlights from their 2018 tour in sync with a social media campaign that will see fans win prizes for participating.

"We want to see your Pearl Jam holiday spirit!," says the band. "Starting December 10, share videos or photos of your PJ-themed holiday decor on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #12DaysOfPJ.

"A number of random fans who use the hashtag will be selected and sent a Pearl Jam gift; we will also be sharing some of our favorites across Pearl Jam's social channels. Happy Holidays!" Watch the video here.

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Darkest Hour And Unearth Expand Death To False Metalcore Tour

Darkest Hour have announced the Canadian leg of the Death To False Metalcore Tour which they will be coheadlining with Unearth and will feature support from The Agony Scene.

They are launching the tour in support of their latest album "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora" which will see the band performing across Eastern Canada from January 31st through February 8th.

The new dates precede the previously-announced European leg of Death To False Metalcore, which will see Darkest Hour and Unearth co-headlining with support from Misery Signals, Malevolence, and Left Behind, from March 21st through April 1st. See the dates
here.

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Jackson Browne Announce Special Beacon Theatre Shows

Jackson Browne has announced that he will be playing a four night full band run of shows at the iconic Beacon Theatre in New York City next June.

Special guest Lucius will open the four shows, scheduled for June 23, 24, 26 and 28, 2019. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 14 at 11 AM (Eastern Time) through all Ticketmaster locations and livenation.com.

Accompanying Jackson at the Beacon Theatre in June 2019 are longtime band mates Bob Glaub (bass), Mauricio Lewak (drums), Val McCallum (guitar), Alethea Mills (vocals), Chavonne Stewart (vocals), Jeff Young (keyboards, vocals), and the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz (guitar, lap steel, pedal steel). here.

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The Underground Thieves Release 'Fall' Video

The Underground Thieves, featuring Nick Perri (Silvertide), Justin DiFebbo (K-Floor) , Jimmy Gnecco (Ours), Hannah Gernand and Kevin Rice (Christina Perri, Mike Posner), have released their new single and music video entitled "Fall."

"This was the kind of song that almost wrote itself," said Perri. "It's honest emotion. Once I got into the groove it was done in a matter of minutes."

The single follows a plan laid out by Perri last January, for yearlong music releases: chapters of a 12-part story showcasing the singing and songwriting talents of its various collaborators.

"I don't like the idea of asking people to wait for music anymore, especially for long periods of time," said Perri. "With this project, we can share our music as it comes to fruition, bringing our fans along on the journey in real-time."

Perri said The Underground Thieves will continue releasing one new single, or "chapter," as often as possible until all 12 songs are complete. At that time, the band will compile the chapters into a full-length album to be distributed both physically and electronically.

He had this to say about the video, "I wanted the sonic and visual aspects to line up and become one, and I think we achieved that and more. It was an honor to work with such incredible performers who brought this music video to life." Watch the video here

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Heart Release Video Of Dave Navarro Jam

(hennemusic) Heart are streaming video of a 2006 performance of their 1980 classic, "Bebe Le Strange", featuring guest guitarist Dave Navarro from the forthcoming package, "Live In Atlantic City."

The title track to the Seattle band's fifth album serves as the opening tune on the set, which presents their appearance on the VH1 series "Decades Rock Live!"

In addition to the Jane's Addiction rocker, Heart were joined by a lineup that included Alice In Chains, Duff McKagan, Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson and Rufus Wainwright.

Each guest artist had the chance to perform two or three songs together with the band, as they delivered a set of classic rock songs from their catalog alongside a pair of Led Zeppelin tunes and a jam on some Alice In Chains tracks with McKagan and their fellow Seattle rockers.

Due January 25, "Heart: Live In Atlantic City" will be released in multiple formats, including LP, CD, DVD, BluRay and Digital Download. Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Kelly Richey's Love

Blues rocker Kelly Richey tells us about the song "Love" from her latest studio album "Shakedown Soul". Here is the story:

I started writing the song "LOVE" from my home studio. I was teaching a guitar lesson and was showing one of my students an example of how to turn a blues scale into a song. I used the song "Heartbreaker" by Led Zeppelin as an example of how a simple, five-note blues scale, can turn into one of the greatest Rock n' Roll songs ever recorded. From there I began to expand on the groove, and it turned into a new riff, and it stuck, so I added three power chords and started singing a vocal line. I plugged in my guitar, fired up my recording DAW, grabbed a straightforward heavy drum loop, reached for some lyrics I'd been working with, and a few minutes later, I had the foundation for the song.

I was headed out for a tour the next day that stretched from Cincinnati, through Calgary and went as far as Edmonton before working our way back home. I remember sitting in a hotel room adjacent to "Blues on Whyte," a club in Edmonton, Alberta, where all the touring blues acts play for a solid week. I was playing the song on my acoustic guitar and kept playing until it felt right. I loved the raw power, and the message spoke to me: "Love, anyone can do it, that's the thing..."

In a world where we're constantly hit with negativity from the news media and FaceBook rants, to the stress of day-to-day life, some days it's easy to feel hopeless and like our actions can't even make a dent in our world's problems, but they can...! LOVE has the power to bring about change, and it's the one thing that we all have to give; it doesn't cost a thing, and it yields one of the greatest R.O.I.'s. Our return on investment when we love is something I enjoy singing about, and if I'm going to choose to rip apart anything, I'll choose a guitar any day...!

Note: This is one of the songs that I use in my TrueFire guitar instruction series titled, "TrueFire Presents Kelly Richey: Focus On: Blues Rock Power Trio." This series does a deep dive into the depth of simplicity, just like the song.

You can find this song on my "Shakedown Soul" CD, on iTunes and all other online media sources, and there is a music video for "LOVE" on my YouTube page:

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

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