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Day in Rock Report for 12/31/2018


Van Halen Star Addresses Reunion Rumors

Original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony has struck down a rumor spread by a radio personality that he would be reuniting with the group next year.

David Lee Roth hinted earlier this month that the legendary band would be returning next month and radio personality Eddie Trunk followed up by claiming that an unnamed source in the industry heard from another unnamed source that the band's return would include the original lineup.

Premiere Radio Networks report that Anthony reacted to the rumor by stating, "The only comment I have is that I haven't spoken to any of the guys since we last played together back in 2004."

Here is Truck's original comments that spread the rumor, "I hesitate to even talk about this because every year there's some rumor about Van Halen about to do something or announce something, and ultimately it just doesn't happen. But, a little more so than normal as we close out 2018, I'm starting to hear some rumblings. I have sources and people I hear from and stuff that - as I was saying the other day, has to remain off the record. So I cannot cite my source, but I did hear from somebody who is in the music industry, who told me that he has spoken to some people and he's hearing from some people that there indeed will be some Van Halen activity in 2019 in terms of live shows.

"The rumors are - and it's again, I stress rumors, rumors, rumors. Did you hear me say rumors? The rumors from reliable sources - but still rumors that are unconfirmed - is that the band will tour in 2019 with the original band, which would mean the return of Michael [Anthony], and that there it's gonna be some sort of stadium package. So again I cannot stress enough that is not confirmed in any way shape or form but there are starting to be some real substantial rumors about that as we close out 2018.

"It's something to hope for but I can tell you there are people that are actively in the music industry that listen to this show and I got an email from one yesterday saying, 'Yeah I'm hearing it too. I'm hearing stadiums and I'm hearing, 'original band'.'

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Slipknot Go Behind The Scenes Of New Song

Slipknot have revealed a new online behind-the-scenes video featuring footage from the recording sessions for their latest song, "All Out Life".

The band released the track back in October and it is expected to be included on their new studio album. Frontman Corey Taylor shared some details about the song to "Zane Lowe's World Record".

He said, "Everybody talks about toxic masculinity and toxic fandom these days. For me, it's more about this toxic idea that unless something came out 10 minutes ago, it's not any good, and that bothers me. It's, like, I love new music, but at the same time, don't turn your back on the music that's been. Don't turn your back on the people that worked to make a platform for you to have a platform in the first place, so for me, it's really about ... It's a rallying cry for everyone. It's about all of us getting together and saying, 'You know what? Let's not talk about old. Let's not talk about new. Let's talk about what is. Let's talk about what's good, what's real, and get behind that and start embracing things that matter because there's history there and not just because it's the next best thing.'"

Corey also said of the album, "one of the darkest chapters in SLIPKNOT's history - it's that good. It's complicated, it's dark, it's heavy, it's melodic, it's fierce, it's angry and it's real, it's raw as hell and it's gonna be talking about a lot of things that people are going to need in their life right now." Watch the video

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Pink Floyd's Nick Mason Receives CBE Honor

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd founding member and drummer Nick Mason has been honored in his native UK for services to music. "Many congratulations to Nick Mason for being awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the British New Year's Honors list, which has just been announced," says Pink Floyd. "Nick will receive the award for services to music."

As the lone Pink Floyd member to appear on all of the legendary band's albums, the rocker returned to live performances in 2018 with Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, featuring a lineup that strictly performs material from the group's pre-"The Dark Side Of The Moon" era.

"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," explains Mason. "It seems too early to retire, and I missed the interaction with other musicians." Read more here.

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Queen Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody Nominated For Two Awards

(hennemusic) Queen's biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody", has been nominated for a pair of Screen Actors Guild Awards at the 25th annual ceremony in Los Angeles next month.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and follows Queen from their creation in 1970 through to their legendary 1985 Live Aid appearance.

The project was nominated for Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture, where it will compete against Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Crazy Rich Asians and A Star Is Born.

Rami Malek received a nod as a finalist in the Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role category; he is in the running against Christian Bale (Vice), Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) and John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman).

The 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, January 27 at The Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles, CA, and simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Read more here.

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Pearl Jam End Special Series After Quarter Century

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam have announced the end of their annual fan club holiday singles series after more than a quarter century. Pearl Jam launched the holiday singles series in 1991, releasing limited-edition 7" vinyl editions of rare and often live tracks to their fan club members.

"Beginning January 1, 2019 the Ten Club Single will be discontinued," posted the band on their website. "We hope that you have enjoyed these special collectibles over the past 25+ years. All members who purchased or renewed their membership in 2017 and/or 2018 will still receive the MP3 downloads of the Ten Club Single for those years. Members who purchased or renewed their membership at the Analog level in 2017 and/or 2018 will also receive the limited edition vinyl for those years once physical production is complete.

"Pearl Jam and all of us at Ten Club appreciate the loyalty and dedication from our members. It has been amazing to watch the fan club evolve over the years into the tight-knit community it is today, and we're excited to see what the future holds." Read more here.

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U2 Stars Busk For Homeless On Christmas Eve In Dublin

(hennemusic) U2's Bono and The Edge took part in the annual Christmas Eve busking session in support of the homeless in Dublin, and video from the event has surfaced online.

According to The Guardian, the duo delivered acoustic versions of "Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way" from U2's 2017 album, "Songs Of Experience", alongside a pair of Christmas carols, "O Holy Night" and "O Night Divine."

The rockers then teamed up with fellow busking participants Glen Hansard, Imelda May, Damien Rice and more for the Darlene Love classic, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."

The 2018 edition of the annual event in support of the Simon Community - a homelessness charity that helps people who are homeless or at risk of becoming so - marked Bono's first appearance in three years and his seventh overall

The latest reports indicate there are almost 10,000 homeless people across Ireland, including nearly 4,000 children. Check out video here.

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Whitesnake Stream Video For Cover Of Deep Purple Rarity

(hennemusic) Whitesnake are streaming a video slideshow for "Comin' Home", a bonus track from their 2015 release, "The Purple Album." The project saw singer David Coverdale re-record classic songs from the Deep Purple Mark 3 and Mark 4 records he appeared on - including 1974's "Burn" and "Stormbringer" and 1975's "Come Taste The Band."

"Comin' Home" originally appeared as the opening track on "Come Taste The Band", the UK band's tenth record and Coverdale's third and final one before Deep Purple shut down in 1976 and the rocker went on to form Whitesnake in 1978.

Coverdale is regrouping with Whitesnake for a new album and tour in support of "Flesh & Blood" in 2019. The band's 13th studio set is expected to be released in May, with the lead single, "Shut Up & Kiss Me", issued in advance; further details are expected in the coming months.

The group will launch a 7-week US tour in Newkirk, OK on April 12.

"We are truly excited and looking forward to playing across the globe in 2019 on what will be a continued celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Whitesnake," says Coverdale. "I am so honored and grateful to have toured this incredible world we share, for over 40 years, celebrating and enjoying unforgettable moments with millions of people... All of whom have joined me on this amazing journey... I truly love the shared experience and simply love my job and always will... Over four decades of reptilian fun! Thank you!" Watch the video here.

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AC/DC And Pink Floyd Top 2018 hennemusic Rock News Awards

(hennemusic) AC/DC and Pink Floyd were named winners of the 2018 hennemusic Rock News Awards, the daily music news site announced last Thursday.

The 9th annual event saw AC/DC take home Rock News Artist Of The Year honors, while Pink Floyd delivered the Rock News Story Of The Year as part of a Top 10 countdown over the past two weeks.

"AC/DC fans followed hennemusic for updates throughout the year as they anxiously await news of the band's future, especially following reports of recording sessions in Vancouver this summer," says Publisher Bruce Henne, "while vintage Pink Floyd enjoyed a resurgence thanks to a number of reissues, an online video series and a return to live performances by drummer Nick Mason."

It's the third hennemusic Rock News Award for AC/DC following a sweep in 2016, while Pink Floyd takes home their first honors as part of the 9th annual event.

In the tradition of the weekly hennemusic Hot 10, the hennemusic Rock News Awards are determined by music fans: the Rock News Story Of The Year is determined by page views, while the Rock News Artist Of The Year is based on the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

The Eagles topped both categories last year, while previous hennemusic Rock News Awards winners include KISS, Van Halen, and Pearl Jam, among others. See the top 10 lists here!

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