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Day in Rock Report for 12/23/2018

Ozzy Osbourne Clears Up Retirement Speculation

Ozzy Osbourne says that people has the intentions of his No More Tours 2 trek wrong, believing that it is a farewell tour when he just intends to stop widescale touring.

The metal legends told the Pasadena Star-News , "People have gotten that all wrong.

"The tour should have been the Ozzy Osbourne 'Slowing Down Tour'. What I'm actually doing is not going out on January 1 and coming back on December 31. I'll still tour, but not as extensively like I have been for the last 50 years.

"I mean, I have grandchildren now and I'm 70 years old and I don't want to be found dead in a hotel room somewhere. I'm going to do it at a more leisurely pace and do some shows in Vegas but I'll never stop.

"The whole lifestyle I have lived, it has all come down to the fact that there are people who want to hear me and as long as they want to hear me, I'm there."

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Slayer Star Hit With Personal Tragedy

Slayer guitarist Gary Holt shared the very sad news with fans that his father has passed away. Holt had previously left the current leg of the band's tour to go home and help care for his dad.

He posted the following tribute via social media, "Today I lost my hero, the greatest man I've ever known or will know. Billie Charles Holt passed away this evening, with my mom and all his kids present, knowing he was loved and respected more than anyone. This man was a god among men, he taught me everything I ever needed to know about being a MAN. Lessons that took a long time for me to realize the truth behind them all.He built the family home by hand and paved the sidewalk of my street when it was just dirt. True greatness.I fed him his last meal, he wanted to rest, and passed in his sleep later.I love you dad. I'm broken. What feels like beyond repair at this moment. But he's no longer in pain. Thank you to all who ever sent me positive vibes and whoever wished me well during this trying time.

"Thank you @demmelitionmh for aiding me to get home to enjoy what was one of his last 'good' days he had, that and the day he had with my daughters. Thank you to my band mates in both bands who had my back in every way. Thanks to my brothers and my sister and entire family for bringing strength in this family unit.This is shattering. I feel empty and lost. @lisaholt777 thank you for keeping me from imploding. Super thanks to my niece Ashley , you were the single greatest gift to your grandfathers care and comfort.Dad, I'll try to live up to your standards in every way. July 6,1933-December 17,2018. Love you forever.This hurts so much"

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Metallica Share Live Video For Early Classic

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming official video of a rare performance of the 1984 classic, "Ride The Lightning", from their final live show of 2018 in Fresno, CA on December 9.

The event at the city's Save Mart Center marked only the second 2018 appearance of the title track to Metallica's second album in the band's set, which happened during the group's first date in the California locale in 10 years.

"Ride The Lightning" peaked at No. 48 on the Billboard 200 on its way to eventual US sales of more than 6 million copies. 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. Watch the video here.

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Pearl Jam Get In Christmas Spirit With Rarities

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam are sharing the Christmas spirit with fans by streaming a series of rare seasonal songs in a new Yule Log video as the finale of their #12DaysOfPJ series.

The footage of a roaring fire is accompanied by nine holiday-themed tunes, including a selection of tracks from the Seattle band 's Ten Club 7-inch Christmas singles series, a 1991 demo entitled "Acoustic #1)", and the 1998 "Yield" single, "Wishlist."

Launched December 10, the #12DaysOfPJ campaign sees Pearl Jam present highlights from 2018 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. Watch the video here.

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Sammy Hagar Shares Big Plans For 2019

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar is looking ahead to what's in store for 2019 while sharing his highlights of his experiences this past year in a newly-issued video update.

The Red Rocker and supergroup The Circle will open the new year with a January 18 performance at the Desert Classic Concert Series at the PGA West & La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, CA as part of the 60th annual Desert Classic PGA tournament.

The band will release their debut studio album, "Space Between", early in 2019 - and play it in its entirety on the road, with more details on the record and a companion tour to come.

In the spring, the singer will return for a fourth season of "Sammy Hagar's Rock & Roll Road Trip", the AXS TV series that sees him interview and often perform with some of the most popular and influential musicians in rock.

Ahead of Hagar's annual October birthday bash shows in Mexico, The Circle will headline the second annual "High Tide Beach Party & Car Show" on the shores of Huntington Beach, CA, following its inaugural event this fall. Watch the video here.

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Ghost Release 'Faith' Music Video

(hennemusic) Ghost are celebrating the completion of the first leg of their world tour in support of "Prequelle" with the release of a new video for the track "Faith."

Directed by Bill Yukich, the clip presents footage of the Swedish rockers at various stops on a fall run across North America on "A Pale Tour Named Death."

The 8-week theater series - which opened in Grand Prairie, TX on October 25 - hit almost 40 cities on the continent and included the group's first headlining US arena shows at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA and the trek's closing night at New York's Barclays Center on December 15.

"We wish to inform you that the spirit of A Pale Tour Named Death will live on forever, even if the rituals have come to an end," says Ghost. "Thank you for your undying support. Rituals continue in Europe in February and Australia in March. Until then!" Watch the video here.

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Pink Floyd Stream Rare 'Corporal Clegg' Performance Video

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd are streaming video of a 1968 Belgian TV performance of the rarity, "Corporal Clegg", which is a track from their album, "A Saucerful Of Secrets."

The song marks the only tune in the legendary UK group's catalog to feature shared lead vocals by guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright.

While Pink Floyd second album reached No. 9 on the UK charts, it remains the band's only record to fail to appear on the US charts.

Fans will be able to hear some of the songs from the project next spring when Mason will perform vintage material by the group on a spring 2019 tour of North America with his outfit, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets.

With a focus on material from Pink Floyd's pre-"The Dark Side Of The Moon" era, the 5-week series will hit most US major cities after it opens in Vancouver, BC on March 12.

"With the help of some like-minded friends, I have embarked on a voyage of discovery of the music that was the launchpad of Pink Floyd and my working life," says Mason, the only member of the group to appear on all of their albums. "It seems too early to retire, and I missed the interaction with other musicians." Watch the video here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Share Behind The Scenes Video

Five Finger Death Punch are not letting the loss of founding member Jeremy Spencer slow them down. The group has shared a new behind-the-scenes clip for their "Blue On Black" music video.

The band's latest single comes from their latest studio album "And Justice To None", which they released back in May. The new behind the scenes video for the track's promo clip can be streamed here.

Spencer announced to fans last week that he has been forced to step away from the band following a second back surgery. He explained his decision: "This decision has been weighing on me for months; and now the time has finally come. I started to play when I was 6 years old, and I feel fortunate that my body has provided me with several decades of doing what I love most: drumming. However, the rigorous physical wear and tear has got me to the point where I feel I can no longer deliver a performance that brings me satisfaction and joy.

"I feel the band deserves to get someone with the fire and energy, capable of delivering the performance that the fans deserve. Like you, I will be cheering them on to continue making great music as they tour the world and bring exciting shows to all our cherished fans."

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Steve Hackett Streams New Song 'Underground Railroad'

Former Genesis star Steve Hackett is streaming his brand new single "Underground Railroad." The track features guest appearances from Durga and Lorelei McBroom.

The song comes from Hackett's forthcoming studio album "At The Edge Of Light", which is set to hit stores on January 25th in various formats (digital CD, 2LP/CD, and Mediabook CD/DVD.)

Steve had this to say about the song, "I was inspired to write Underground Railroad in Wilmington, Delaware, discovering about that amazing network that helped slaves escape in pre-Civil War America, spearheaded by brave people like Harriet Tubman.

"Durga and Lorelei McBroom sound amazing, expressing that heartfelt pain. As well as electric guitar, I play Dobro acoustic and also harmonica, transporting us back to those times." Watch the video here.

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Ignite Release 'Nothing Can Stop Me' Video

So Cal punk rock veterans Ignite are preparing to hit the road early next year and are priming fans with the release of a brand new music video.

The new visual is for the band's track "Nothing Can Stop Me". The song comes from their latest studio album "A War Against You". Watch the video here.

Brett Rasmussen had this to say, "We are currently writing new music and we hope to be in the studio early next year and have the songs out in 2019. We have tour dates planned throughout 2019 and are working on adding a lot more. We are looking forward to a very busy 2019 and 2020". See the tour dates here.

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Pig Destroyer Announce Special Release

Pig Destroyer have announced that they will be releasing a new song entitled "The Cavalry" as part of Decibel Magazine's flexi disc series. The song will be the 100th flexi in the exclusive series.

According to the announcement, the flexi release will be Deluxe Decibel subscribers who purchase before February 1st. Lead guitarist Scott Hull had this to say, "The music for 'The Cavalry' was written as an explicit tribute to Jesse Pintado during the month of August 2018, specifically after listening to Harmony Corruption and World Downfall on repeat. We are proud to give this track to our hermanos over at Decibel and finally contribute to the Flexi Series as the 100th entry."

Frontman J.R. Hayes shared these thoughts about the song, "This song is about being disillusioned and desensitized in modern America. The aftermath of 24/7 negativity and paranoia. I want to thank Decibel for this opportunity and I hope all the fans out there dig the new song!"

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Singled Out: Thundercloud Kid's Well After Quiet Hours

Thundercloud Kid's Sean Caputi tells us about "Well After Quiet Hours" a companion song to the band's graphic novel The Charmingly Odd and Oddly Charming Tales of the Thundercloud Kid. Here is the story:

I wrote the lyrics for "Quiet Hours" while I was traveling through the National Parks of Utah and Arizona so I think that the landscapes out there played a role in shaping the song; I'd never seen nights or mornings quite like those. The area reminded me of one of the settings in the universe of our books, The Charmingly Odd and Oddly Charming Tales of the Thundercloud Kid, so I knew that the poem could fit into the project. As soon as I got home, I wrote the music on my guitar in a few hours in my bedroom, as is standard procedure. It's a pretty simple little series of chord progressions, but something about it sounded like open space and desert winds to me. In the process, I toyed with the key a little bit to strike the right mood, and to make sure that it would fit right into the wheelhouse of our vocalist, Dallas Greene. We added the outro after the rest of the song was already written because we wanted the music to build into a kind of restrained crescendo as opposed to just repeating the chorus for a third time.

We recorded the song at GCR Audio in Buffalo, which is owned by Robbie Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls, so we actually used a lot of their equipment on the final version. Recording the drums was a funny scene since the beat stays the same throughout the entire song and wasn't exactly the toughest assignment for our drummer, Frank Zanti. He looked pretty bored. After we had the basic track recorded, Jimmy Douglass heard it through the grapevine and wanted to work on it too, so he did the mixing and mastering in his studio for us. The electronic sounds that you can hear peppered in the background were Jimmy's idea and he also spliced the vocals at the end of the song to create kind of a cut-up, sampled sound to Dallas' voice. The guy's a master, there's no denying that. At the last minute, we had some pressure from our team to change the name of the song from "Laying in the Dirt," which was the working title, because technically, that wasn't grammatically correct. I argued that there was a specific reason for that grammatical error, but lost out to the powers that be. I guess "Well After Quiet Hours" works too, though.

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

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