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Day in Rock Report for 12/28/2018


Eddie Van Halen Was Like Jekyll and Hyde On Reunion Tour? 2018 In Review

Eddie Van Halen Was Like Jekyll and Hyde On Reunion Tour? was a top 18 story of May 2018: Former Van Halen star Michael Anthony recently sat down for an interview with The Press-Enterprise and says that Eddie Van Halen was like Jekyll and Hyde on the ill-fated reunion tour with Sammy Hagar in 2004.

Anthony confirmed Sammy Hagar recollections of the 2004 reunion tour which the singer chronicled in his autobiography "Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock".

Anthony was asked about it during the interview and He said, "Eddie was in bad shape. We did 80 shows and had to pull the plug because it was just too much work. And I hated having to wake up the day of the show and think, 'Which Eddie Van Halen are we going to get today? The Jekyll or the Hyde?'"

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Guns N' Roses' Izzy Stradlin Addresses Reunion Absence 2018 In Review

Guns N' Roses' Izzy Stradlin Addresses Reunion Absence was a top 18 story of May 2018: Original Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin has addressed the reason why he did not take part in the band's blockbuster Not In This Lifetime reunion tour featuring Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

Stradlin released a statement to the Wall Street Journal where he explained, "The current GN'R tour has been a great success for the guys. My nonparticipation was simply not being able to reach a happy middle ground through the negotiation process. That's life. Sometimes things don't work out."

Frontman Axl Rose had previously addressed his childhood friend not taking part in the regrouping. He said back in 2016, "I don't really know what to say about Izzy. It's like you could have a conversation and think it's one way, and the next day it's another way. And I'm not trying to take any shots at Izzy. It's just his thing is kind of his thing, whatever that is."

Stradlin reported responded in a tweet that was later deleted, "Bullsh*t. They didn't want to split the loot equally. Simple as that. Moving right along."

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Who Inspired Aerosmith's 'Dude (Looks Like a Lady)' Revealed 2018 In Review

Who Inspired Aerosmith's 'Dude (Looks Like a Lady)' Revealed was a top 18 story of May 2018: One of the songwriters of Aerosmith's hit "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" has revealed that the signature line of the song was inspired by former Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil.

Desmond Child recently recalled co-writing the hit song during an interview with People (via UCR). The songwriter said, "They played me a backwards guitar loop that sounded like a boogie blues harmonica and Steven began singing 'Cruisin' for the ladies, da-dap da-dap... cruisin' for the ladies' and asked me what I thought. The first words out of my mouth were, 'I think that really sucks. It sounds like a bad Van Halen cast-off they wouldn't even put on the worst record of their enemy.'"

He then said that frontman Steven Tyler "sheepishly admitted that he had mistaken blonde mullet-topped Vince Neil of the band Motley Crue for a hot chick from behind at a bar and started to sing 'Dude looks like a lady.' I lit up and said, 'Now THAT'S a hit song title!'

[Guitarist Joe Perry] finally spoke up and flatly said, 'But we don't know what means.' I said, 'I know what that means,' and talked them into the premise of an average guy who 'cruised into a bar on the shore' and falls head over heels in love with the curvaceous stripper on stage, only to later find out that 'she' was a 'he'... but goes for it anyway."

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Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Almost Broke His Leg Onstage Again 2018 In Review

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Almost Broke His Leg Onstage Again was a top 18 story of May 2018: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl told fans at a recent music festival that almost broke his leg again after he stumbled over a speak on stage, which was captured by a fan on video.

Grohl famously had a throne created so that he could play on stage after breaking his leg previously, and even lent Axl Rose the throne to perform with after a similar mishap.

During the Foo Fighter's Welcome to Rockville performance Grohl was captured on video stumbling on a speaker and told the audience (via Classic Rock), "I almost just broke my f***ing leg over there.

"Here's the way I look at it, when you get that close to breaking your f***ing leg, that means it's a good show." Check out the video here.

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Sharon Osbourne Explains Missing Ozzy Playing To 80,000 Fans 2018 In Review

Sharon Osbourne Explains Missing Ozzy Playing To 80,000 Fans was a top 18 story of May 2018: Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon explained in more detail why she was forced to miss her husband's performance to 80,000 fans at the Hell & Heaven Fest in Mexico City.

Sharon first told fans via Instagram, writing, Ozzy on his way to Mexico and performing in front of 80,000 people and I had to miss the whole thing as I forgot my passport at home in the U.S."

She later went into more details on the CBS show The Talk. She explained (via BW&BK), "I was on that plane, and we landed in Mexico City at like twenty to six in the evening on Friday, and I realized I had forgotten my passport," says Sharon.

"So the first thing you think of is, 'Oh. If I sit here, I can get somebody to bring me my passport. I'll sit here for five hours. We're in the airport, and then I can go through immigration. Well, no. I couldn't. They wanted to put [me] in a holding tank.

"Ozzy had a show to get to and all of the guys were going to the show, he had to leave me. And so I'm there with the pilot, and then, we were saying, 'Somebody will come with the passport.' They said, 'No you can't. It doesn't work that way. You have to leave the country.'"

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UFO Frontman Phil Mogg Retiring After 50th Anniversary Tour 2018 In Review

UFO Frontman Phil Mogg Retiring After 50th Anniversary Tour was a top 18 story of May 2018: UFO frontman Phil Mogg announced that he plans to retire from the band following the group's 50th anniversary tour next year. He has been the only member with the group through their five decade career.

He explained in a statement posted to the band's official website, "This decision has been a long time coming, I've considered stepping down at the end of UFO's previous two tours. I don't want to call this a farewell tour as I hate that word, but next year's gigs will represent my final tap-dancing appearances with the band.

"2019 marks UFO's 50th anniversary, so the timing feels right. There will be a final tour of the UK and we will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with. But outside of the UK this won't be a long tour. Being out on the road isn't always tremendously luxurious and although the playing is as great as it ever was, the stuff that surrounds it becomes very tiresome. I always told myself that when I reached that stage I would step down, and that's what I'm going to do. This is the right time for me to quit."

He went on to further explain, "I'm a big reader of obituaries, and my finger always goes down to: 'I wonder how old they were...'. The last few years have been tough, losing Lemmy was awful and I was sad that Jimmy Bain passed on a cruise ship. That distressed me quite a lot."

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Journey Legend Steve Perry Makes Surprise Television Appearance 2018 In Review

Journey Legend Steve Perry Makes Surprise Television Appearance was a top 18 story of May 2018: Former Journey frontman Steve Perry surprised a finalist on American Idol on May 20th by making an appearance during the first part of the two-night season finale.

The legendary singer made the rare television appearance after one of the three finalist, pop-country singer Gabby Barrett, performed her take on the massive Journey hit "Don't Stop Believing".

Barrett was happily surprised when it was revealed that Perry was in the audience to watch her performance. She declared, "Steve Perry! Oh my gosh, I love you so much! What an honor!"

The one of the judges for the rebooted show, Katy Perry, declared, "I cannot believe that Steve Perry of Journey is watching you sing 'Don't Stop Believin'.' I feel like he should be the one to give the critique."

Perry then offered his opinion. He said, "She was amazing, that's my critique." Host Ryan Seacrest then asked him "What did you think? What did you feel? What did you see, Steve?"

He replied, "It was the most amazing version I've ever heard. I swear. It was beautiful, just beautiful. Thank you so much." and Barrett then told Perry, "It's an honor to sing it in front of you. It truly is." Watch her performance and Steve Perry's appearance here.

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Axl Rose Misrepresented Says Guns N' Roses Star 2018 In Review

Axl Rose Misrepresented Says Guns N' Roses Star was a top 18 story of May 2018: Axl Rose has been "misrepresented" by the media according to the second longer running member of the band Dizzy Reed who suspects some press outlets sensationalize things "just to sell things".

Reed joined the group during the Use Your Illusion era and has been with the band ever since, while doing press to promote his new solo album, "Rock 'N Roll Ain't Easy?", Dizzy was asked about his relationship with Axl.

He told Classic Rock of the frontman, "He's a great person. He's one of the funniest people I know. Every night before we go on stage, he comes up and he'll have a joke - and it's usually a good one.

"And nobody works harder than that guy. He's always misrepresented in the press. It's kinda sad, really, what some people come up with just to sell things."

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Pearl Jam Not Pressured To Make Next Album 2018 In Review

Pearl Jam Not Pressured To Make Next Album was a top 18 story of May 2018: Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament revealed that despite the band recently releasing a new single, they have not yet really gotten to work on their new album and they are not pressuring themselves to do so.

The band surprised fans back in March with the release of the song "Can't Deny Me", which led to speculation that the group's forthcoming album would be coming soon.

Ament was asked for an update on the new record during a radio interview and responded, "I wish I had an answer for you. We have a bunch of stuff that's sort of partly written. Unfortunately, we have rehearsals coming up for Europe and the shows this summer, so it's in a little bit of a limbo state right now. We still need to record it; we haven't really recorded anything. But [there are] a lot of ideas.

He then added, "We've sort of been telling ourselves that we weren't gonna put a ton of pressure on the situation. We really wanna make something great, and we wanna have the freedom to live with some of these ideas for a while and then maybe record them in a different way. We're sort of exploring all sorts of different things right now. So I think it bodes well for whatever the next album is."

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Stone Sour Guitarist Opens Up About Addiction and Recovery 2018 In Review

Stone Sour Guitarist Opens Up About Addiction and Recovery was a top 18 story of May 2018: Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand has opened up about his recovery from alcohol and Xanax addiction and says that life is now like "whole rebirth" for him and he feels like he is back.

He took a break from the group in January to seek help. Hard Drive Radio caught up with him at the Rock and Range festival and he gave them an update on his progress.

He told them (via Metal Hammer, "Everything came to a head when we did ShipRocked. I was prescribed a bunch of stuff and really that's the main thing that I needed to break away from. I didn't really start drinking until the last year and a half, but the problem is when you mix that with prescription drugs.

"It sent me in a downward spiral and into a depression where I didn't even get out of my bunk unless I had to. One day, I was like, 'I feel terrible. I've got to do something.' I just made the decision on our way to Canada, which wasn't easy.

"We were in a connection to get up there and I just decided that I needed to go home and get stuff sorted. I just hit this wall where I just was in a funk and I knew there was more to life than feeling the way that I did.

"I thought, 'I have all these positive things - I shouldn't feel the way that I do.' I went home and worked on that, with the support of the band and family and everything."

He concluded, "I have a great support group, I'm very lucky. But the great thing is, when I came back, honestly, I have that energy of it being 2002 all over. It's like this whole rebirth for me."

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Chris Cornell's Death Inspired Five Finger Death Punch Singer 2018 In Review

Chris Cornell's Death Inspired Five Finger Death Punch Singer was a top 18 story of May 2018: Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory believes that Chris Cornell's death helped inspire frontman Ivan Moody to get sober. The guitarist made the revelation during an interview that took place on the 1st anniversary of the Soundgarden frontman's death.

Bathory was interviewed by WRIF in Detroit and was asked if Soundgarden was a musical influence but he instead revealed that Cornell's tragic death was influence in a totally different way from Ivan Moody.

He said, "I wasn't, but it's another thing that Ivan is really close to. Everybody knows he had a little bit of a rocky road in the last couple of years, and he's looking at all those bands and all the musicians that are no longer here

"And that's kind of how he came to get sober - by saying, 'Hey, man, I don't wanna go that way.' So, in many ways, actually, as weird as that sounds, because that tragedy, basically, what happened sort of reminded him, 'You know what? You need to address it now before it's too late.' And he did, and he's sober now - completely sober - and he seems to be happy."

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Rolling Stones Release Live Video For Rarely Performed Song 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Rolling Stones Release Live Video For Rarely Performed Song was a top 18 story of May 2018: The Rolling Stones are streaming full video of the rarely-performed track, "Saint Of Me", as a preview to the July 13 release of "From The Vault: No Security - San Jose 1999."

The second single from 1997's "Bridges To Babylon" peaked at No. 94 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the album hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than a million copies in the country.

The latest release from the band's Vault series captures the Stones in concert during the final two shows of an American trek in support of their 1998 live set, "No Security", which was recorded over the course of the group's 1997-1998 worldwide Bridges To Babylon Tour.

The No Security tour saw the band play more than 40 dates in North America and Europe, and included multiple nights in San Jose, Anaheim, Boston, Washington, Hartford and Philadelphia. Watch the video and read more here.

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Billy Corgan Says Metal A Victim Of 'Weird Class Politics' 2018 In Review

Billy Corgan Says Metal A Victim Of 'Weird Class Politics' was a top 18 story of May 2018: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is a hero is the alt-rock arena but he recently opened up about his metalhead youth and shared his belief that the genre has been maligned due to "weird class politics".

Corgan made the comments during an appearance on Metallica drummer Lar Ulrich's Music Beats 1 show. He said (via Metal Hammer), "For years, I would take sh*t about being a fan of metal - it should be beneath you. It gets into weird class politics. Most of the people who criticize people like us for being who we are, what we are, or what we represent, had better backgrounds than we had.

"We didn't necessarily go to the nice school, we didn't get to read the cool newspaper. For me, bands like Metallica told me that there is this other world that is more closely aligned with the experience you're having than the one you're being told about.

"So when I heard Mercyful Fate, Metallica or Ted Nugent, that told me, 'Wait, there's this other world than the world you're telling me that I'm supposed to believe in.' Even to this day, for all the money that metal moves, it's amazing how disrespected it is."

He added, "You can't get that through to a hipster's brain. If you sat around and drew up who you wanted to be on paper, you wouldn't be in Metallica or The Smashing Pumpkins. Those type of bands grow out of almost like a personality conflict.

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Eric Clapton Plays Classic Song For First Time In 40 Years 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton Plays Classic Song For First Time In 40 Years was a top 18 story of May 2018: Eric Clapton delivered the first US performance in 40 years of the 1977 "Slowhand" track, "The Core", during a headlining set at the 8th annual Greenwich Town Party in Greenwich, CT on May 26, and video from the event is streaming online.

Organized exclusively for the residents and business owners of the Connecticut town, the day-long event at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park saw the iconic guitarist top a bill that also included the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trout Steak Revival, and many more.

Clapton opened his 15-song set with "Somebody's Knockin'" from his most recent studio album, 2016's "I Still Do," before presenting a mix of solo hits, classic blues covers, Cream's "White Room", and a pair of tracks from his days with Derek And The Dominos.

The guitarist was joined by a band lineup that included Doyle Bramhall II, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Walt Richmond, Sharon White, Sharlotte Gibson, and newcomer Sonny Emory on drums.

Clapton brought out Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi for the evening's extended encore of the Robert Johnson blues standard, "Crossroads", with Tedeschi assisting on vocals. Watch video from the performance here.

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Beatles Dominate UK Musicians Rich List 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Beatles Dominate UK Musicians Rich List was a top 18 story of May 2018: Members of The Beatles dominate a newly-published list of the UK richest musicians by the UK's Sunday Times via Business Insider Singapore.

The list of the 1,000 richest people in Britain based on "identifiable wealth," including land, property, assets such as art and racehorses, and significant shares in public companies; it does not, however, include money in private bank accounts.

From the master list, Business Insider has revealed the 36 richest musicians in the country, with members of The Beatles taking three of the top eight spots. Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell lead the musicians list at 820 million, with Olivia and Dhani Harrison - the widow and son of George Harrison - at No. 7 with 230 million, while Ringo Starr sits at No. 8 with 220 million.

Others in the top 10 include Irish rockers U2 at No. 3 with revenue of 569 million, Elton John at No. 4 with 300 million, Rolling Stones rockers Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at No.'s 5 and 6 with 260 million and 245 million respectively, and Sting at No. 10 with 190 million.

Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Ozzy Osbourne and members of Queen, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd also appear in the top 36 breakdown. Read more here.

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Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach Vocal Cord Surgery 2018 In Review

Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach Undergoes Surgery was a top 18 story of May 2018: Killswitch Engage singer Jesse Leach underwent vocal cord surgery on April 30th. The band revealed that they were forced to cancel some live dates due to the medical issue.

The frontman posted a photo on Instagram on Monday from Mount Sinai Medical center in New York and wrote, "Surgery went well my friends. Time for rest and recovery.

"Big thanks to Dr. Woo and the amazing staff at Mount Sinai Hospital. That was a surreal day, I'm glad it's over and I'm headed home."

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Glenn Hughes Explains Why Deep Purple Had Two Singers 2018 In Review

Glenn Hughes Explains Why Deep Purple Had Two Singers was a top 18 story of May 2018: As former Deep Purple star Glenn Hughes prepares to launch new dates of his Classic Deep Purple Live Tour, the bassist and vocalist discussed revisiting the band's music in a recent interview.

Hughes was asked by during a radio show appearance in Brazil if he still feels comfortable performing songs from his time in Deep Purple and he responded (via Blabbermouth): "Yeah, because I'm the architect and writer of those songs and they were written in the '70s and that period was a very definitive time for rock music with Sabbath and Purple and Zeppelin, The Who, The Stones and Pink Floyd. It's endless, the music that came from the '70s and I being one of the last guys who can travel the world and do this because I love to do this."

He also explained why Deep Purple added David Coverdale as a second singer to the lineup, "Because [guitarist Ritchie] Blackmore wanted to have two singers. I didn't discuss with him why. I thought it was going to be Paul Rodgers and Paul was making Bad Company. Paul's a friend of mine, so when we got David in the band, it was a very good fit."

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Iron Maiden Celebrate 5th Anniversary Of Trooper Beer 2018 In Review

Iron Maiden Celebrate 5th Anniversary Of Trooper Beer was a top 18 story of May 2018: Iron Maiden marked the 5th anniversary of their Trooper Beer on Wednesday, May 9th. The award winning brew is a collaboration between Stockport-based Robinsons Brewery and rock legends.

To date the beer has sold over 20 million pints and Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson shared his excitement about the anniversary with the following comments: "I'm incredibly proud of the success that Trooper has had, and long may it continue.

"To sell over 20 million pints in 5 years is something that we couldn't have imagined when we started out with just the simple plan to make a great session ale that didn't compromise on flavour, and the quality of the end product speaks for itself.

"It has been great fun to work with Robinsons on Trooper and the various Limited Editions that we have created, each of which have been unique in their own way, and it's exciting to see the reaction that our latest beer, Light Brigade, has had too. I'm delighted that our fans and beer lovers worldwide have enjoyed them so much, and who knows what we will come up with next... Cheers!"

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