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Day in Rock Report for 12/16/2018

Velvet Revolver Turned Down By Slash Singer

Alter Bridge and Slash solo band frontman Myles Kennedy recently spoke to a New Jersey radio station about turning down Guns N' Roses supergroup offshoot Velvet Revolver.

The singer told WMSC FM, "They'd reached out and asked if I'd be interested in auditioning. I respectfully declined, but I was beyond honored that they thought of me.

"For whatever reason, it didn't feel like it would work at that point. That was the right move, 'cause I think when Scott Weiland got in the mix, I was like, 'Oh yeah. That's the guy.' I really love that band."

He went on to expand on the story and also revealed that he was approached another time by Velvet Revolver, "The first time Slash reached out. He doesn't even remember this, but in 2002... before Weiland was even in the mix, I remember my manager had called me at the time and he said, 'You might be getting a call from somebody in this camp, because they're looking for singer.'

"But I was blown away when I picked up the phone and Slash was on the other end of the line." He then revealed, "About seven years later, after they had parted ways with Scott and Alter Bridge were on hiatus, they reached out... it was just something that had been talked about and never came to fruition."

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Ace Frehley Making Up For Lost Time

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says that he is making up for lost time after finding his creative spark again after dealing with his substance abuse issues.

Ace told Forbes. "Every year I'm away from drugs and alcohol, some of the memory cells are coming back.

"My producing is better and the songs I'm writing are better. Prior to the release of Anomaly in 2009, 20 years went by before I released a record. I find it mind-boggling that I let that happen.

"But when you're under the influence, you lose track of time and you make mistakes. Right now I'm making up for lost time. And I'm having a lot of fun doing it."

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Led Zeppelin Streaming New 50th Anniversary Release Trailer

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are streaming a new video trailer for their 50th anniversary book, "Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin." The project is billed as the first and only official illustrated book to be produced in collaboration with the members of the band.

"We can really say that this is the authentic book of Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin," says Jimmy Page in the video trailer. "I just hope that it really travels through the fans and their imagination."

"Celebrating 50 years since the band's formation, it covers the group's unparalleled musical career and features photographs of Led Zeppelin on and offstage from their very first moments together," adds publishers Reel Art Press. "This definitive 400-page volume includes previously unpublished photos, artwork from the Led Zeppelin archives and contributions from photographers around the world."

Published in October via Reel Art Press, the book followed the launch of a number of Led Zeppelin projects to kick off the legendary band's 50th anniversary, including the remastered soundtrack to the concert film, "The Song Remains The Same", and three new digital-only packages: a 30-track career-spanning compilation, "Led Zeppelin x Led Zeppelin", the 10-song set, "An Introduction To Led Zeppelin", and the digital version of the group's first ever Record Store Day release, "Rock And Roll." Watch the trailer here.

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Judas Priest's K.K. Downing Guitar Sells For Almost $200K

(hennemusic) A guitar used on classic Judas Priest albums of the 1970s and early 1980s by retired member K.K. Downing has sold for almost ten times its estimated value at an auction in London.

According to UK auction house Bonhams, the 1967 Gibson Flying V, which was originally estimated to fetch between $19,000-$23,000, sold for approximately $189,000.

Downing used the guitar as his main axe for all Judas Priest albums up to 1981's "Point Of Entry" after buying it from Musical Exchanges in Broad Street, Birmingham in the mid-1970s.

In the early 2000s, Gibson guitars took detailed measurements of Downing's Flying V for use in the production of a series of reissue models.

The 1967 instrument was one of 11 Downing pieces sold by Bonhams at the December 11 event; others included his 1971 Gibson Flying V Medallion guitar, Marshall amp heads, guitar FX and a pair of leather jackets from the "Turbo" and "Screaming For Vengeance" tours. Read more and see a classic video of KK playing the guitar here.

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Metallica Share Live Video For Rare Show

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming official video of a performance the 1983 classic, "Seek & Destroy", from a rare December 2 show in Spokane, WA.

The tune appeared on the group's debut album, "Kill 'Em All", which didn't appear on the US Billboard 200 chart until three years later, where it peaked at No. 66 on its way to eventually selling 3 million copies Stateside.

One of the group's final live dates of 2018, the Spokane Arena gig marked only the band's fifth concert in the US Northeast city - and first in 14 years - as part of a WorldWired tour in support of 2016's "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct."

Metallica will next be seen performing at the "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell" show at The Forum in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 16.

The group will then resume a North American trek in Tulsa, OK on January 18, with shows on the continent scheduled into mid-March. Watch the video here.

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Pearl Jam Rock Stooges Classic with Soundgarden and Mudhoney Members

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam are streaming video of an August 10 performance of a Stooges classic at Seattle's Safeco Field featuring members of Soundgarden and Mudhoney as part of the band's #12DaysOfPJ series.

The group were joined by Soundgarden's Kim Thayil and Mudhoney's Mark Arm and Steve Turner for The Stooges 1973 track, "Search And Destroy", during the second of two concerts at the venue.

Billed as "The Home Shows", the opening dates of Pearl Jam's summer US concert series raised $10.8 million for almost 100 organizations working to fight homelessness in the city.

"And this is just the beginning," says Pearl Jam. "You have more influence than you think - and now is the time to use it. Email your elected officials and let them know what you want from them. Ask your employers what they're doing on this issue. Support businesses committed to ending homelessness. Go out of your way to say 'Hello' and 'How can I help?' when you see a neighbor experiencing homelessness.

"Then, keep learning, donating, volunteering, paying attention, and believing. The more than 12,000 people living on the streets of our city need us to." Read more and watch the video here.

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Trollfest Release New Music Video

Trollfest have released a new music video for their track "Kjettaren mot strommen". The song is the second single from their forthcoming studio album.

The new record will be entitled "Norwegian Fairytales" and is scheduled to hit stores on January 18th. The new single has been released digitally and the video can be streamed here

The band had this to say, "We chose 'Kjettaren mot strÝmmen' (Heretic against the current) as our second single from 'Norwegian Fairytales'. The song itself is a groovy and catchy song capturing the Norwegian Folk theme of the album while at the same time has the distinct Trollfest sound.

"We decided to do another animation lyric video as the storyline could potentially deliver some funny cartoon scenes... Check it out and see for yourself."

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Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles Release Bee Gees Cover

Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles have revealed their version of The Bee Gees classic hit "How Deep Is Your Love" from their upcoming collaborative instrumental album.

Their new album will be entitled "Heart Songs" and is scheduled to be released on January 11th. Their rendition of The Bee Gees classic can be streamed here.

The two will also be hitting the road together to promote the new album with their first performance scheduled for January 8 in San Francisco, CA at Herbst Theatre. See the dates and the album tracklisting here.

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Legion Of The Damned Release Slaves Of The Southern Cross Video

Legion Of The Damned have released a new music video for their track "Slaves Of The Southern Cross". The song comes from their forhtocming album "Slaves of the Shadow Realm", which will be hitting stores on January 4th.

Singer Maurice Swinkels had this to say about the new song and visual,"Next to 'Dark Coronation', 'Palace of Sin' and 'Warhounds of Hades', this is one of my favorite tracks on the album: "Slaves of the Southern Cross", its heavy as hell and sometimes reminds me of Infernal Majesty, it has a great atmosphere and I cannot wait for the fans to sheer with me "Slaves of the Southern Cross".

"For the video we rented the big hall of the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen and kept it relative 'simple', spend the entire day in fire blasters and filmed the band that captures the essence of Legion Of The Damned: Aggressive and heavy!" Watch the video here.

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A Pale Horse Named Death Stream New Song 'Vultures'

A Pale Horse Named Death are streaming their new single "Vultures". The song comes from their forthcoming studio album "When The World Becomes Undone" which will be released on January 18th.

Singer and guitarist Sal Abruscato had the following to say about the new track, "'Vultures' is about being used until you have nothing left to give, friends and family coming around only when they need you or when you have something they want and of course waiting for your demise."

Check it out here. The album's tracklisting is as follows: 1. As It Begins 2. When The World Becomes Undone 3. Love The Ones You Hate 4. Fell In My Hole 5. Succumbing To The Event Horizon 6. Vultures 7. End Of Days 8. The Woods 9. We All Break Down 10. Lay With The Wicked 11. Splinters 12. Dreams Of The End 13. Closure

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RPWL Preview Their Forthcoming Album

RPWL have released a trailer for their forthcoming album "Tales From Outer Space", which they will be releasing on March 22nd of next year.

Guitarist Kalle Wallner had this to say, "After three live albums, it was incredibly fun to create own songs again. I'm incredibly proud of the new album and cannot wait until we can finally present it live in April!"

Singer and keyboardist Yogi Lang added, "This time it has not become a concept album in the true sense. However, there are seven short stories about science fiction. For us it was not only thematically very interesting, but also musically an incredible playground, which literally invited to experiment with sounds and all imaginable musical stylistic devices." Watch the trailer

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Singled Out: Across The Board's It Shouldn't Be This Hard

Jacqueline Auguste, main songwriter and frontwoman of the Canadian rock band Across The Board tells us the story behind their song "It Shouldn't Be This Hard" from their new album "Sonic Boom". Here is the story:

I was sitting around procrastinating my income taxes, and started to think of how hard something seem to be until you get into them, start chipping away at them bit by bit. Who's to say you can't do your own taxes if you follow the guideline. Who's to say you can't change the tire on your car, or figure out how to route the Blue Tooth from your iPhone to your car radio-there are multiple videos, pamphlets, downloads and phone calls you could make to successfully complete these tasks! And it dawned on me that there are a lot of things in life that seem daunting -but could be easily achievable if we change our attitude about them and start breaking them down step by step.

So as I sat on my bed, looking at a huge pile of receipts and invoices and papers to find, organize, fill out, itemize, I realized "it shouldn't be this hard" -and in one final move to procrastinate completing my taxes, I decided to put pen to paper and write a song about this revelation of mine. OK, possibly it's time for a procrastination song next! Thus, "It Shouldn't Be This Hard" was born.

And no, it's not a song about taxes per se. I tried to consider all the things that seem daunting in life and which ones we often find easier to just walk away from than step up to bat to fix---and relationships appeared as the predominant entry on that list. If it's broke, walk away. If it gets hard, quit. That seems to be the way many of us "humans"-particularly in the early times of relationship, or when we are younger and not necessarily committed-conduct our exits from relationship. A bit of frustration, coupled with a touch of anger, some unresolved angst, and a heaping dose of doubt-merge together into the "it's not you it's me" line, and we bail. It gets hard and we split.

"It Shouldn't Be This Hard" asks you to open your mind, start communicating, let's get to the bottom of the problem and find a solution. It's position in the rock opera that is our album "Sonic Boom" is just that for our heroine-a point of self-doubt and frustration shook away to reveal a new commitment to making it all work out!

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

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