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Day in Rock Report for 12/20/2018

Rush's Neil Peart Has Retired From Drumming

(hennemusic) In a new interview with SiriusXM, Rush bassist and frontman Geddy Lee confirms that bandmate Neil Peart has retired from drumming and not just touring.

"Yeah, I mean Neil is retired," Lee tells Trunk Nation host Eddie Trunk (hear audio below). "He hasn't just retired from Rush; he's retired from drumming. He's not drumming anymore, and he's living his life, which is fine.

"(Guitarist) Alex (Lifeson) and I are cool with it; we're all still total pals. In fact, Alex and I were there just a few weeks ago visiting him, and we stay in touch. And, of course, Alex lives very near to me, so we're constantly going out to dinner, 'cause he loves to drink everything in my wine cellar. We're still pals, and we all talk, but that period of our life is done."

Following a 2013 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Rush performed the final show of their 40th anniversary R40 Live tour at The Forum in Los Angeles on August 1, 2015, marking the last concert appearance by the legendary Canadian rockers.

"That last gig was a difficult night," explains Lee. "[Neil] was struggling throughout that tour to play at his peak, because of physical ailments and other things that were going on with him And he is a perfectionist, and he did not want to go out and do anything less than what people expected of him. That's what drove him his whole career, and that's the way he wanted to go out, and I totally respect that. And for Alex and I, of course, we're not drummers, so we don't take the same physical abuse, although Alex does suffer from arthritis and he was having a very difficult time on that tour playing a three-hour show. So it was clear that whatever happened in the future, it was not gonna be like that.

"In hindsight now, and with the benefit of time," he continued, "I'm very happy with the way it went down. It just didn't sit right for me to do a farewell tour and try to capitalize on that word. It just didn't work for me... It wasn't the easiest thing to pull off, but I feel good about our body of work, and I feel good about the way it ended. And, you know, onward and upward."

On hand to promote his latest project - "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass", which celebrates the history of the instrument alongside his own personal collection of vintage electric bass guitars from the 1950s to the 1980s - Lee says that, while Rush are done, he may work with Lifeson in the future.

"Is there more music to come from myself and from Alex? Most certainly," Lee adds. "I don't know when or what shape that will take. I don't know if Alex and I will do something together. People keep me asking me and they want me to be definitive, and I can't be, because I really haven't thought that far." Read more here.

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Black Sabbath To Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath are among the acts set to be honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. The award celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.

"From their power riffs to their dark, gothic imagery," says The Recording Academy, "Black Sabbath arguably invented the heavy metal signposts and influenced every heavy rock band that followed."

Joining the iconic hard rockers as recipients of the prestigious recognition from The Recording Academy are George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, and Dionne Warwick.

"Each year, the Recording Academy has the distinct privilege of celebrating music industry giants who have greatly contributed to our cultural heritage," explains Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "This year, we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees and their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come."

A special award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the performers will be held on May 11 in Los Angeles, with additional details to be announced in the coming weeks. Read more here.

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Dave Grohl Makes Surprise Appearance As Satan On TV

(hennemusic) Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made a surprise appearance as Satan during the opening monologue on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night and the clip has been shared online.

The late night host shared a story about a controversy in Springfield, IL, where a statue from The Satanic Temple Of Chicago has been placed in the Statehouse rotunda alongside holiday displays of a Nativity scene and a menorah, according to the Star Journal-Register.

Despite negative feedback from some parts of the community, an Illinois Secretary of State spokesman confirmed the group has the same rights as other religious organizations to have a display in the State Capital building under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Kimmel decided to check in for a ruling on the situation from God - played by actor and comedian Billy Crystal - who says he's fine with it because he and Satan have patched up their differences and are now friends.

"We get together like once a week, play a little Fortnite, fantasy football," says God. "We have brunch."

"Bottomless mimosas!" raved Grohl's version of Satan. "Then we play our little game, 'Who goes where?,'" as the pair debate which one will be forced to endure Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the afterlife. Watch the clip here.

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KISS Announce KISSWORLD Is Coming Next Month

(hennemusic) KISS will release a greatest hits collection, "KISSWORLD - The Best Of KISS", next month in sync with the launch of their "End Of The Road" farewell tour.

Due January 25, the project delivers a selection of 20 of the band's classic tracks - with almost half from their 1970s heyday, including the 1976 US Top 10 hit, "Beth."

Originally issued in the UK in 2017, "KISSWORLD" will make its North American debut in 2019 via CD and digital formats, while standard black vinyl and limited-edition color vinyl editions will be released on March 29.

KISS will begin the farewell tour in Vancouver, BC on January 31, followed by a two-month summer series in Europe that will start in late May. "All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years," says KISS. "This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in... unapologetic and unstoppable."

After months of speculation, the band first confirmed the farewell tour during an appearance on the season 13 finale of NBC-TV's America's Got Talent in September. See the tracklist and trailer video here.

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Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard Performs Rare Lead Vocal

(hennemusic) In the latest installment of the #12DaysOfPJ series, guitarist Stone Gossard can be seen fronting Pearl Jam on their classic track, "Mankind", during a July 17 show at The O2 in London.

Originally recorded for 1996's "No Code", the song remains a rarity in the Seattle band's catalog as the only one to feature lead vocals by the guitarist, who is also credited as the lone songwriter on the tune.

The London show in July - which marked the closing night of Pearl Jam's month-long summer tour of Europe - was rescheduled from its original June 19 date after Eddie Vedder lost his voice during the second week of the group's European tour.

"Pearl Jam are very sorry to announce that they will be unable to perform tonight's show at the O2 Arena in London," posted the group on social media. "The band is working on rescheduling the concert date for mid-July. Singer Eddie Vedder has completely lost his voice. He is on vocal rest for the next few days in an effort to heal and perform the remainder of the tour dates. It's the first time ever having to postpone a show for this reason.

"Ed and the band are gutted thinking of all the folks who have traveled and made plans. Sending their biggest apologies out to everyone. And huge gratitude for the continued support." Watch the video here.

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Metallica Share Live Video Of Rarely Performed Classic

(hennemusic) Metallica delivered the rarely-performed "...And Justice For All" track, "The Shortest Straw", at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA on December 7, and the band are streaming video from one of their final live dates in 2018.

Metallica's fourth album - their first with bassist Jason Newsted - reached No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 8 million copies in the country.

The veteran metal outfit released multiple 30th anniversary editions of the project last month. The remastered "...And Justice For All" is available in multiple configurations, including a Standard Double 180 gram LP, Standard CD, 3 CD Expanded Edition, cassette, Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set and digitally as a Standard album (available to stream and download), an Expanded Edition (available for download only), and a Digital Deluxe Box Set (available for streaming and download).

The 3-CD set includes the remastered album, two discs including never before released rough mixes, demos and live tracks, and an expanded booklet including unseen photos by Ross Halfin. Watch the video and read more here.

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Kill Devil Hill's Mark Zavon Goes 'Back In The Day' With New Video

Kill Devil Hill guitarist Mark Zavon has released a music video for his track "Back In The Day." The song comes from his just released self-titled debut solo album.

The new promo clip can be streamed hereHe had this to say "I was really fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such talented people on this project, they really brought this record to life."

Mark also explained what inspired him to record a full solo album: "I had a bunch of tunes that needed finishing or had just never seen the light of day, so I decided to put them together and see where it took me."

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John Mellencamp Scores Biggest Chart Hit In A Decade

(hennemusic) John Mellencamp's latest studio album, "Other People's Stuff", has delivered the Indiana rocker his highest US chart position in a decade. Culled from seminal albums, compilations, unearthed sessions and documentaries, the project presents a collection of previously-released tracks Mellencamp recorded between 1993 and 2018.

According to Billboard, Mellencamp's 24th studio set debuts at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with 44,000 units sold - nearly all from traditional album sales - while marking his first appearance in the Top 10 since 2008's "Life, Death, Love And Freedom" also reached the No. 7 position.

The project's first-week results were bolstered by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the singer's upcoming US tour; dubbed "The John Mellencamp Show", the series will begin in South Bend, IN on February 7. Read more here.

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Green Day Highlight Tour With New Video

(hennemusic) Green Day are sharing highlights from their 2016-17 Revolution Radio world tour in a newly-released music video for the track, "Youngblood"

The tune is the final single issued from the San Francisco-based rockers' twelfth album, which debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release in the fall of 2016.

Green Day played 120 shows on the tour, which got off to a rough start when they were forced to postpone the trek's launch and three other shows of a month-long North American club tour due to an illness "affecting several members of the band and its crew."

The group opened the run in Columbus, OH on September 26, 2016, before playing concert dates across North America, Europe, Oceania and Latin America, and closing out the series in Mexico City on November 19, 2017. here.

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Singled Out: Jonah The Runner's Cardinal Park

Houston alternative trio Jonah The Runner just released their new EP "Cardinal Park" and to celebrate we asked Ean Tillett to tell us about the title track. Here is the story:

In the two years that had passed since we released our first EP, I began pushing myself to develop more intricate guitar lines and licks to further my songwriting, as well as guitar playing, skills. Cardinal Park was the second song that I came up with, and the very first guitar line was actually the same one that is used after the first soft verse. After I came up with that guitar line, it was really just a fairly quick process of getting the whole song written out. Everything about that song just flowed so easily from a writing perspective, well except for the guitar solo but I'll say a little more on that further down. I'm actually most proud of the bridge chord progression, and I'm still not entirely sure how I managed to get that out, but it is one of the favorite guitar lines I've written right next to "Lost my mind" from our first EP.

After I had the song layout, the lyrics also came fairly easily. I was going through a semi rough patch in life dealing with some personal issues with a person and the song directly reflects some of the thoughts that I had at the time that I could never get myself to talk about. The first line of the song "You're keeping me on edge-wrapped around your finger/ I can't be just friends-a sour taste that lingers" ended up basically perfectly summing up what I had been feeling at the time, so it was only appropriate to sing it again at the end but in a much heavier mood. I believe that line is really the basis of a theme for the song, the rest are just other thoughts on my situation.

In post production of the EP I knew I wanted a guitar solo in the bridge. We messed around with different ideas, but ultimately I ended up just sitting down for almost three hours to force myself to come up with something. Soloing has always been a huge almost insecurity of mine, so writing the solo for Cardinal Park really was the biggest test to myself to keep growing in music writing abilities. I'm extremely proud of how this song came out, and even if only 2 people were to ever hear it or like it, it will without a doubt always be one of my favorite songs I have written.

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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