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Day in Rock Report for 12/17/2018

Guns N' Roses New Album Will Happen 'Faster Than You Think'

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus says new music from the band could surface within the next year. "We are going to try to do another record and get it out soon," Fortus tells Favazz at KSHE 95 St. Louis, MO during a December 13 following the recent conclusion of the group's three-year Not In This Lifetime tour in Hawaii.

The rocker suggested the follow-up to 2008's "Chinese Democracy" "will happen faster than you think," with a new song possibly issued before the end of 2019..."It could definitely happen."

Fortus was coy when asked if Guns N' Roses already had new material for the project: "Maybe. There might be stuff started," he replied. The guitarist says the band don't plan on touring until the new album is ready. "Slash is busy," says Fortus. "We're not going to do any more dates for a little bit." here.

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The Cure Planning First New Album In A Decade

It has been a decade since The Cure released a new studio album but it appears that frontman Robert Smith has been inspired to create a new record with the iconic band.

SiriusXM caught up with Smith to get his reaction to the news that The Cure would be part of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame class of 2019 along with Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, The Zombies and more.

Smith revealed the new album plans during the interview" "I've listened to so many new bands and met so many of them that's it's inspired me to do something new.

"So yes, we're going in about six weeks time to finish off what will be our first album for more than a decade. So it's very exciting times for us all round."

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Paul McCartney Recruits Emma Stone For New Musical Short Film

Beatles legend Paul McCartney has released a brand new short musical film called "Who Cares", which he co-stars in with actress Emma Stone (La La Land).

McCartney teamed up with Apple Music to premiere the new visual that can be watch here. He had the following to say:

"My hope is that if there are kids being bullied-and there are... Maybe by listening to this song and watching this video, they might just think it's not as bad... that it's the kind of thing you can just stand up to and laugh off and get through"

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Megadeth and Anthrax Supergroup Stream New Song

Supergroup project Altitudes & Attitude, featuring Megadeth's David Ellefson and Anthrax's Frank Bello, have released their single "Out Here."

The song comes from their forthcoming debut album "Get It Out," which is set to hit stores on January 18th. Check out the lyric video for the lead track here.

Bello had this to say, "I've learned that writing songs is very cathartic. A lot of these lyrics are about the inner struggles of my life, and about the rage that has built up from my life experiences - my brother's murder, my father abandoning my family when we were young, leaving us with no funds to pay the bills and the ups and downs of life in general. I've always had an anger inside that music really helps me deal with."

Ellefson added, "The album has the perfect title. This is music that has been living inside of us for so long. There's a big musical part of each of us that doesn't get heard anywhere else."

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Alabama Announce 50th Anniversary Tour

Country music icons Alabama have announced that they will be hitting the road for a U.S. tour early next to celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band.

Frontman Randy Owen had this to say, "We never thought playing for tips at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that 50 years later we would still playing arenas, stadiums and festivals.

"Teddy, Jeff and I are humbled at the amount of fans that are coming out to see us. We are finding out that we are playing to three generations of fans who have followed us and our music from day one. The fans are the ones responsible for our continued success on the road and we love them." See the dates here.

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Pearl Jam Release Live Video For David Bowie Classic

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam are streaming video of an August 18 performance of the David Bowie classic, "Rebel Rebel", from Chicago's Wrigley Field as part of their #12DaysOfPJ series.

Launched December 10, the campaign sees the Seattle outfit present highlights from their 2018 tour in sync with a social media promotion that will see fans win prizes for sharing videos or photos of PJ-themed holiday decor on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #12DaysOfPJ.

The first of two shows in Chicago marked Pearl Jam's live debut of the 1974 single from Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" album; it was delivered as part of a 32-song set of tracks from throughout their career alongside tributes and covers of songs by Eddie Holland, Chris Cornell, Tom Petty, The Clash and Neil Young.

The pair of Chicago dates helped Pearl Jam top the Billboard Boxscore chart in November, as the group earned $7.1 million for their August 18 and 20 shows before 83,100 fans at the famed baseball venue. Watch the video here.

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Stevie Nicks Thrilled With History-Making Rock Hall Induction

(hennemusic) As Stevie Nicks prepares for her induction into the 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the singer says she is most thrilled to have made history this past week as the first woman to be honored twice by the music industry institution.

"Well, that's probably the biggest part of it," Nicks tells Rolling Stone. "My biggest hope is that I have opened the door due to the fact that there's 22 men who have gone in twice and zero women. I think that's really a little off balance. That's what I'm hoping, that what's happened here to me will give all the little rock and roll stars that are just waiting out there a little hope that they can also do what I do.

"Mind you, it took a long time. I'm 70 years old. It took a long time for this to happen, but maybe because of this it won't take so long for all the other incredibly talented women that I know and that I respect and that I listen to and that I'm friends with. That's really the nicest thing."

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. Read more here.

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Neil Young Announces Big M Theater Tour

(hennemusic) Neil Young has announced a series of exclusive solo theater dates in the US Midwest next month. "Big M Theater tour...five amazing shows!," says the singer.

Young will begin the run at The Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI on January 23, followed by a January 24 show at The Overture Center in Madison, WI and three Minneapolis concerts at three different venues: the Pantages Theatre on January 26, the Orpheum Theatre on January 28, and the State Theatre on January 29.

Tickets for the solo shows are now available exclusively to Unlimited Subscribers of the Neil Young Archives site, which requires a $20 annual fee and provides access to the singer's entire musical history. See the dates here.

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Overkill Streaming New Song 'Last Man Standing'

Overkill have released their brand new single "Last Man Standing." The song comes from the veteran metal band's forthcoming album "The Wings Of War".

The new record is scheduled to hit stores on February 22nd and the lyric video for the single can be seen here. Frontman Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth had this to say, "The time has come for a first taste: Last Man Standing.

"This cut got the unanimous nod to open The Wings Of War, all they way back to the first demos in March, so much so, it was mock titled 'Opener' up until the recording. Sometimes everyone is on the same page. So dig into some old school thrash, with a side order of Jersey-made head-banging."

Tracklisting: 1. Last Man Standing 2. Believe In The Fight 3. Head Of A Pin 4. Bat Sh*t Crazy 5. Distortion 6. A Mother's Prayer 7. Welcome To The Garden State 8. Where Few Dare To Walk 9. Out On The Road-Kill 10. Hole In My Soul

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2018 hennemusic Rock News Awards Launched

(hennemusic) The countdown begins this week to the launch of the 2018 hennemusic Rock News Awards, which recognize the biggest rock news artists and stories of the past year.

In the tradition of the weekly hennemusic Hot 10, the daily rock news outlet will count down the Top 10 Rock News Artists and the Top 10 Rock News Stories of 2018 starting Tuesday, December 18.

Finalists for the 9th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards are chosen by readers: winners are determined by the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

"As rock maintains a presence through global touring while remaining on the fringes of today's music charts," says publisher Bruce Henne, "classic acts like Queen, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Guns N' Roses and Def Leppard regularly made headlines throughout the year ... and hennemusic covered it all for the fans."

The 2018 hennemusic Rock News Awards winners will be revealed on Thursday, December 27 at hennemusic.com.

The Eagles swept both hennemusic Rock News Awards categories last year, while previous honorees include AC/DC, Van Halen and Pearl Jam, among others. Read more here.

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Dust Bolt Release 'Bloody Rain' Video

(hennemusic) Dust Bolt have released a new music video for their track ""Bloody Rain". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Trapped In Chaos," which is set to hit on January 18th.

Lenny had this to say, " 'Bloody Rain' is a really special and outstanding song on the new album and in the history of Dust Bolt. It is by far the most melodic song vocalwise, though itīs also a really dark and heavy banger - especially towards the ending.

"The song was written by our guitarist Flo D. . I remember him calling me multiple times as he had this song he needed to show me immediately on a rainy and pale day. Mentally it was a dark and uncertain time for both of us, which probably made the song, what is is now. Uncomprehendingly, in some ways "grungy", heavy and as nihilistic as it can get." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Casii Stephan's Letters

Casii Stephan tells us about her new single "Letters." Here is the story:

In the midst of trying to move on from a crush that wasn't going anywhere and my friend/roommate/percussionist getting ghosted from another not-so-great online dating experience, "Letters" was born. There's a visceral empty feeling to the disappointment that comes with not connecting with another human being that way that you had hoped or envisioned. I wanted to write that out into words and melodies and "Letters" was born in about an hour or so on the porch of the condo with a sunset.

I played it for my band and they always like to add something weird to whatever song I write. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. This time it worked. The whole instrumental part at the end was added because of them and I love it. Because sometimes you just need some stomps, vocalizations and fun guitar solo to really let it all go. Ha!

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

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