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Day in Rock Report for 12/13/2018

Def Leppard Lead Rock Hall Class Of 2019

(hennemusic) Def Leppard are offering thanks to fans as they celebrate news of their induction into the 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The UK outfit were one of seven acts confirmed Thursday for entry into the Cleveland-based institution next spring, alongside Stevie Nicks, The Cure, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Roxy Music and The Zombies.

"Thank you so much for voting for us," says frontman Joe Elliott and the band in a new video they released to celebrate the big news. "We will be there in March because you voted for us."

"Now we can stop holding our breath and go, 'Great! How wonderful to be in the same club as The Rolling Stones and The Beatles and The Who and Queen and etc., etc.'," expanded Elliott in a session with Rolling Stone. "It's nice. It's a good club to be in."

The current lineup of Elliott, guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, bassist Rick Savage and drummer Rick Allen will be inducted alongside original members Pete Willis and the late Steve Clark, who died in 1991 at the age of 30 of an accidental overdose of a combination of alcohol and multiple prescription drugs.

Asked about Willis' possible attendance at New York's Barclays Center in March, Elliott says, "Pete is invited. Absolutely. Whether he comes or not is up to him. We might have to drag him there by his hair. But he deserves to be inducted since he was involved in the first three albums. A lot of people aren't aware that he did play until halfway through Pyromania. He contributed as much as anybody on the first two albums. Of course he deserves to get in."

With 11 studio albums to their credit, Def Leppard have sold more than 100 million records worldwide since the release of their 1980 debut, "On Through The Night."

In addition to Elliott, the group's longtime members also shared their thoughts on the honor. "Being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame puts Def Leppard in a class of peers that we've always appreciated and admired," says Rick Savage. "We're looking forward to the ceremony."

Drummer Rick Allen adds: "What an honor for Def Leppard to be included in this year's induction with so many other talented and deserving artists."

"Coming into Def Leppard after stints with other bands, it was immediately apparent to me that Leppard had ambition far beyond most," explains Campbell, who joined the lineup in 1992. "As a fan from the early years, I'd heard that ambition in the music, blending genres to craft the unique Leppard sound. After 26 years as the new guy, I can assure you that the work ethic and the collective focus of this band is just as strong to this day."

Guitarist Phil Collen feels the induction news wraps up another big year for Def Leppard: "We started 2018 off at the Royal Albert Hall and to now cap it all off with a nod into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is brilliant."

The 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in New York on March 29, 2019; ticket on-sale dates for the event will be announced in January. Watch the video here.

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Ace Frehley Unwittingly Revisited KISS Hit 'Beth'

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says that he had not realized that he had revisited his former band's biggest hit "Beth" on the single from his latest album "Spaceman".

Ace's solo song "Rockin' With the Boys" is about being in a band and missing loved one waiting back at home, which is similar topic covered in the Peter Criss song from the 1976 KISS album "Destoyer".

Ace was asked about the similarity during a recent interview with Forbes. He said, "Ironically, I never really thought about it when I was writing it.

"I wrote that chorus in the '70s, but I was never happy with the verses or the bridge, so I revisited it. It's about touring with Kiss and leaving our loved ones behind."

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Van Halen Frontman David Lee Roth Launches New Venture

(hennemusic) David Lee Roth is sharing details about his latest business venture, Ink The Original, a skin-care line which preserves, protects and highlights tattoos while keeping them from fading.

The rocker began work on the concept after Van Halen wrapped up a North American tour in 2015, following which they haven't been heard from since.

"I started this project with three of us sitting around an upended plastic bucket for a table at my house in L.A," Roth tells Vogue. "Now, there's 34 of us and we have offices in New York as well as L.A. It's taken three years and close to $7 million, and I'm involved in every single element of every part of it. Surprisingly, there's almost no competition. And what we have built is absolutely specialized to our community. My business partner, Ami James, is the curator and one of the three owners of Tattoodo, which has more than 500,000 artists curated on their site. They get 2 billion views a month and have 20 million social media followers."

Roth has been interested in body ink for decades ... way before Van Halen recorded "Tattoo" as the lead single for 2012's "A Different Kind Of Truth."

"I got my first tattoo 40 years ago, a little seahorse on my ankle, at a place called Cliff Raven Studio on Sunset Boulevard in '77, '78," he says. "That was very outré then - the only people who got tattoos then were bikers, rock 'n' rollers to a small degree; the gay community was into it.

"Eventually, though, I took a much more gentrified approach: I waited until I was 60 and got the whole Japanese tuxedo. It took me 300 hours of sitting over two years. But I planned it for the 30 years prior, and it's my design: kabuki faces, the original showbiz, rendered Edo style - it looks like a woodblock print."

After Roth became a resident of Tokyo in 2012, he had his design inked by legendary Yokohama-based horishi tattoo artist Horiyoshi III, who specializes in Japanese traditional full-body tattoos; the pair cane be seen in a Roth Show video while the singer performs an acoustic version of John Brim's "Ice Cream Man" in the artist's studio with some new lyrics for the occasion.

In the Vogue interview, Roth also revealed news that he launched an outdoor gear company, Laugh To Win, in recent years. Read more and watch the videos here.

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Stevie Nicks Makes Rock Hall History

(hennemusic) With news of her induction into the 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Stevie Nicks has earned the unique honor of becoming the first woman to enter the Cleveland-based institution on two occasions.

Originally inducted as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998, Nicks will re-enter the Rock Hall at a March 29 event at New York's Barclays Center alongside fellow honorees Def Leppard, The Cure, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Roxy Music and The Zombies.

The singer is thrilled by the recognition of her solo career, which began with the release of her 1981 album, "Bella Donna."

"I have a lot to say about this," posted Nicks on social media, "but I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It's a glorious feeling." Read more here.

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Alice In Chains Sci-Fi Film Preview Released

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains are sharing details of a new film project inspired by their latest album, "Rainier Fog." Produced and directed by Adam Mason, "Black Antenna" is a 90-minute science-fiction movie which will be rolled out in ten episodic segments/videos beginning at the start of 2019, with each clip set to a different song from the record.

"I'm a long-time fan of the band," says Mason. "And this was an opportunity to do something fresh and inspiring from an indie filmmaking side. The sound and vision between album and film are closely intertwined - it was a brilliant synergy that led to a really unique project."

"We've always toyed with the idea of creating videos for every song on one of our albums," adds drummer Sean Kinney. "Not only did we do that for Rainier Fog, it got totally out of hand and we made a whole goddamn movie. Everything that will be seen in the videos will be footage from 'Black Antenna' to preface the complete film's release."

Alice In Chains are streaming a video preview of the "Black Antenna" project ahead of its launch next month. Watch it and read more here.

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Lenny Kravitz's Late Night With Seth Meyers Appearance Goes Online

(hennemusic) Lenny Kravitz made a guest appearance on the Wednesday, December 12 episode of NBC-TV's Late Night With Seth Meyers, and video of the interview is now streaming online.

The rocker was on hand to discuss his latest album, "Raise Vibration", which he recorded at his home studio in the Bahamas. Kravitz shared details of going to high school in California with Slash and future actors Nicolas Cage and Gina Gershon before revealing his unusual wardrobe habits around the small Bahamas town he lives in.

"I will be quite honest with you," begins Kravitz, "I get into this thing because when you're on tour and when you're doing all this stuff you change clothes every night, you can't wear the same suit you wore last night. So, I get there and I'm like, 'Screw it, I'm not changing clothes. I don't want to change clothes.' I wore the same jeans and jean shirt for 30 days.

"When it gets to the point where I can't stand myself, I get out a hose and get my bottle of Dr. Bronner's soap... and I wash 'em, wring them out, throw them on a rock, let 'em dry for an hour, put them back on, wear them for another 30 days."

Kravitz admits that the island and his profile on it are so low key that it's only when fans arrive to try to locate him that the locals are reminded of his status as a rock star.

"They know that I do this thing over in this world over here but they don't care, they're not impressed," he says. "And they think it's funny when fans come looking for me because they'll say, 'We're looking for Lenny Kravitz, where can we find him?' (They'll say), 'Lenny, you're looking for Lenny? The guy that doesn't bathe and wears the same clothes for a month and has no shoes?'"

The singer adds that the laid-back Bahamas vibe even extends to his occasional celebrity guests. "I took Mick Jagger to my town once and I took him to a friend's house," Kravitz explains, "and we sat down, and the guy offered us something to drink and he looks at Mick and goes, 'So what do you do?'" Watch the clips here.

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Them Guns Play For Critically Ill Children For Bedstock

(Tag) Them Guns recently performed and filmed a stripped down live version of their song "Heard it All Before," performed by the band in bed in solidarity with critically ill children who are unable to leave their's as part of the BEDSTOCK series.

Bedstock is an annual, one-of-a-kind, life-changing music festival, where artists played from bed for sick kids stuck in theirs, helping to raise funds and awareness for the Children's Cancer Association's flagship MyMusicRx program that delivers the healing power of music to kids and teens with serious illness.

Them Guns was formed in 2013 by Navarone Garibaldi (Vocals & Guitar) and Kyle Hamood (Keyboards and Vocoder) in Santa Cruz, CA. Watch the video here.

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Delain Announce New Release Hunter's Moon

Delain have announced that they will be releasing their new "Hunter's Moon" package on February 22nd which will feature new studio tracks along with a Live Blu-Ray from their sold out Danse Macabre tour across Europe in 2017.

Hunter's Moon will be the final release in the trilogy, and follows on from their EP Lunar Prelude and their full album release Moonbathers. The new package includes four brand new tracks, ten live songs, and a Blu-Ray shot at the infamous Utrecht Tivoli, featuring many special guests including Nightwish's Marco Hietala.

Delain had this to say about the four new studio tracks, "Along with the live Blu-Ray are four new studio tracks. Two of these offer a preview of what we are working on for our new full length studio album, which we expect to release in 2019. "Masters of Destiny" is a dramatic, cinematic track, that we're excited to shoot an equally dramatic video for this week. The title track "Hunter's Moon" has more of a catchy feel and will hopefully appeal to our fans featuring heavy riffs, orchestrations, a large chorus and as a novel feature, Timo's screams. Our guitarists stepped to the forefront on this release, in writing This Silence is Mine (Timo Somers) and "Art Kills" (Merel Bechtold). With fond live memories, classic and new sounds we're excited to present Hunter's Moon to the world!" Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run Album Gets Unusual Makeover

Bruce Springsteen's classic 1975 album Born To Run has been recreated with ukulele, bass, percussion and vocals as "Born To Uke," which is set to be released January, 18th, We were sent the following details:

The album features Grammy winners Emily Saliers (The Indigo Girls) and Sara Watkins (I'm With Her, Nickel Creek), The Weepies, Will Kimbrough and more. All proceeds will benefit Little Kids Rock, funding music education in underprivileged public schools.

In terms of production and arrangements, the only direction offered to the artists was the "rule" that the recordings needed to be limited to ukulele, bass, vocals and percussion. "The ukulele - assuming one of well quality and well played - is substantial and brings something to music that other instruments simply cannot," says Keith Metzger, the producer, and also a perfomer, on Born To Uke.

The project was recorded in pro and home studios in the Bay Area, Nashville, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Iowa City and even Iceland. It presents songs from the seminal album in a way they've never been played or heard before, with stark arrangements bringing emphasis to the lyrics, the meaning and message.

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Singled Out: Kevin Michael Giordano's Tribute To Freddie Mercury

Veteran musician Kevin Michael Giordano recently released his new song "God Save The Queen," a fitting tribute to late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and we asked him to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

Around 10 years ago, I was having a conversation about music with a friend of mine at work. We were talking about some of the greatest live performances that we could remember. He quickly said hands-down Freddie Mercury getting the crowd to participate in "Radio Ga Ga" with him at Live Aid was by far one of the greatest examples he could think of.
I recalled it clearly in my mind but I wanted to see it again. I was a Queen fan for many years when I was very young but my interest was sparked at a whole new level when I began watching them again after our conversation that day.

The 20 minute Live Aid performance by Freddie Mercury and Queen is one of the greatest moments in rock music history that we will ever see. The raw energy and exceptionally well-performed and composed music along with brilliant chordal segues keep me watching on a weekly basis still to this day. The tour that started after Live Aid, in my opinion, is some of the greatest live concert performance that rock 'n' roll will ever see. The tragedy that so abruptly and unfairly ends this euphoric momentum from one of the greatest bands in history was and is still a devastating, colossal, loss to so many millions of fans around the world. It was therefore somehow not surprising to me that I quickly obliged to my manager's request to write a song in the style of Queen.

Since his passing, I have always felt, as I'm sure millions of others feel, so much frustration and need to emote Freddie's loss in some sort of way. I wanted to not write the song selfishly through my own perspective and how it affected me, but instead through what I think Freddie might have been going through towards the end of his time here. The lyrics therefore take you on a fictional yet possible emotional journey that takes place after the band had succeeded to those untouchable musical and artistic heights that may never be reached again.

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

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