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Day in Rock Report for 01/04/2018


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Gene Simmons' Son Speaks Out About Sexual Misconduct Allegations

KISS bassist and cofounder Gene Simmons' son Nick said in a recent media encounter that he believes his father's side of the story about a recent allegation of sexual misconduct.

A "Jane Doe" lawsuit was filed against the rockstar from an anonymous woman claiming that Gene had placed his hand on her knee and allegedly groped her. Simmons told Ultimate Classic Rock "I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence."

TMZ ran into Simmons's son Nick and asked him about the allegations. He said, (via UCR) "We've heard someone came forward and he's told us it was a straight-up lie. He's my dad. I believe him … No one is accusing him of not being an abrasive kind of a--hole, but I think there's a hard line to draw between being unlikeable and being an abrasive personality, and being someone who abuses people or molests people.

"I always think of this movement as sort of like a nuclear bomb… you hit the targets that need to be hit, like Weinstein, monsters - and there's collateral damage because of groupthink and mob mentality. So I think this is somebody who is taking advantage of a good thing for selfish reasons." Read more here.

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The Distillers Reunion Teased With Video

(Radio.com) It looks like Brody Dalle is getting the band back together again. Josh Homme's better half is reuniting punk outfit the Distillers, teasing the band's return with a cryptic video shared on social media.

The Distillers debuted with a self-titled debut in 2000, followed by Sing Sing Death House in 2002 and major label debut, Coral Fang, in 2003. 2002 was also the year the Distillers hit the road with No Doubt and Garbage.

"At that point, I'd spent a decade basically the only woman on any given tour," Garbage singer Shirley Manson remembered in a 2016 interview. "To get to hang with two women who have become pretty good friends of mine was a real privilege. We laughed ourselves sick. We forged deep friendships, and Brody Dalle and I smoked cigarettes, drank alcohol and watched Gwen Stefani run up and down the stadium steps in awe. We'd puff on our cigarettes, take a shot of vodka and say, 'Wow, I wish I could do that.'"

Dalle married Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme in 2005, and the couple have three children together. See the Instagram post here.

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Paul McCartney Aims To Put Out New Album This Year

(Gibson) We're just starting 2018, and already, we have some good news for Paul McCartney fans. Sir Paul has shared that he hopes to unleash a new album this year.

In a Q&A posted on his official website, McCartney explained, "I'll probably be putting out a new album. So, I'd like that to be something I really love and then hopefully the fans will love it, too!"

McCartney added that he's "putting the finishing touches (on the project) now and at the beginning of next year," and would "like to achieve making that a really great album. Fingers crossed!"

He added, joking, "That's not what it's called, but fingers crossed!" He continued, "It could be… it could be the new album title!" Read more here.

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Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Looks Back On Difficult 2017

(Gibson) With the sudden death of his great friend and band mate Chester Bennington, Linkin Park multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda has experienced a difficult 2017. In a new Instagram message, Shinoda looks back on 2017 and ahead to this year.

"...It's weird to think back and say: 'Yep, that was unquestionably the worst year of my life,'" Shinoda writes. "We teach our kids: it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game. If we lose, we focus on our love of playing. We ask ourselves what we can do better next time. And if we're really doing it right, we honor the winners -- even if we lose."

Shinoda does find some bright spots in 2017, adding that the year "wasn't without things to be grateful for," like the release of Linkin Park's latest album, One More Light, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Even so, he once again emphasizes that, "yes, 2017 was the worst."

"But I play for the love of playing," he continues. "Let's go up from here. I can't say I won't fall down, lose, or make mistakes. My only responsibility is to get back up, work harder, and try again." Read more here.

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Keith Urban Pays Tribute To Rock Stars Lost In 2018

(Radio.com) On New Year's Eve, Keith Urban performed in Nashville and during the set he honored many of the legendary musicians who died in 2017.

His ambitious medley included snippets from Tom Petty, Gregg Allman, Chuck Berry, Don Williams, Glen Campbell, Montgomery Gentry (who lost Troy Gentry) and AC/DC (who lost Malcolm Young).

Urban began the tribute by playing a section of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" in memory of the band's frontman Chris Cornell, who committed suicide in May. Cornell's widow Vicky saw the performance and shared an Instagram post thanking Urban for including her late husband's music in the medley.

"Thank you @keithurban for the beautiful tribute for @chriscornellofficial – bringing in the New Year with his memory," she wrote. Watch Urban's full tribute here.

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The Who's Roger Daltrey Plan More Solo Shows In 2018

(Gibson) The Who crew is taking a break from the road, and guitarist Pete Townshend has announced that he's taking a yearlong hiatus from the group, but frontman Roger Daltrey is still forging ahead.

Daltrey closed out last year with some fall solo shows, and now, he's on target to schedule more solo shows for early 2018. The first announced date is March 13 at the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton, California.

The Cali show will help a good cause, to boot. One dollar from every ticket sold will go to Teen Cancer America, the charity organization that Daltrey and Townshend created to support the building of special recreational areas tailored for young people with cancer.

Daltrey's solo shows have him performing alongside members of The Who's touring band, Pete's brother, guitarist and backing vocalist Simon Townshend. Read more here.

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King Gizzard Meet Goal Of Five Albums Released In A Year

(Gibson) Back at the end of 2016, Australian rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard revealed an ambitious plan for the next year. They announced that they'd be upping their normal album frequency - already close to two albums per year - to five for 2017. That's right, they promised to deliver five full-length albums in one calendar year.

A few days ago, on December 31, the Melbourne-based seven-piece band led by frontman Stu Mackenzie, dropped album number five, titled Gumboot Soup. The album followed on from Flying Microtonal Banana (released 24 February 2017), Murder Of The Universe (released 23 June 2017), Sketches Of Brunswick East (18 August 2017) and free release Polygondwanaland (released 17 November 2017).

In a statement at the end of their grand artistic endeavour, Mackenzie said, "We don't expect everyone to like everything that we release, but I hope people can view these five records as one body of work. They've been made at the same time, by the same people, in the same place, and they all overlap." Read more here.

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Chris Cornell Fans Told Not To Film At His Gravesite

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell's management team are advising fans that filming at the late Soundgarden singer's gravesite at the Hollywood Forever cemetery is not permitted.

"We understand that some of Chris's fans wish to video their visits at Hollywood Forever, but we've had confirmation that it's against their policy," tweeted the singer's management alongside a letter from the institution to his widow, Vicky. "We'd like to thank everyone for their understanding."

Noting that Cornell's fans "are always respectful of his space and leave sweet gifts and notes," Noelle Berman, the Director of Private Estates for Hollywood Forever advises Vicky in the letter of the company's strict no-filming policy as a way of protecting "the privacy of all the families who have entrusted us to care for their loved ones."

Berman goes on to further explain that while the company maintains an "open gate" policy that provides access to all areas, security in "instructed to stop anyone filming" and "instructed to be polite but firm" in this regard.

"It is an honor to have your husband with us," adds the Director. "We love that so many of his fans visit and spend the day here. Every time I pass his area, there is someone there visiting Chris. It is beautiful to see and reminds me how special and adored your husband is." Read more here.

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Rare Piece Of John Lennon Memorabilia Headed for Auction

(Radio.com) Well-heeled Beatles fans looking for a rare piece of John Lennon memorabilia have something new to covet. A 1969 Honda Monkey-Trail Bike once used by Lennon to tool around his Tittenhurst Park estate in the Surrey, England, countryside between 1969-1971 is headed for the auction block in March.

U.K. auction house H&H Classics will put the 1969 Honda Z50A up for sale on March 4 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. According to NME, experts estimate the bike will fetch at least £30,000--more than $48,000 in U.S. dollars.

"Naturally we are thrilled to be entrusted with the marketing and sale of this bike, given its extraordinary provenance," said Mark Bryan, head of sales for H&H classics motorcycle department. Read more here.

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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Reveals His Earliest Influences

(Gibson) Black Sabbath great Tony Iommi has been discussing just how his tastes in his young years shaped the Black Sabbath sound. As a band without any obvious forebears, Sabbath are often seen as unique. But of the time when he started playing guitar, Iommi has singled out UK instrumental quartet The Shadows as the only band he really liked. Iommi told Total Guitar:

"The Shadows were the only band that really appealed to me [in the early 60s]. There was rock'n'roll but I liked the idea of an instrumental band and they had a real sort of demonic sound in some ways - 'Frightened City' and stuff like that had an eerie feeling to it. I really liked what they were doing and they had a nice guitar sound for what they did."

"So I really tried to get that and I did to a point. Bill [Ward] and myself, when we got together we were playing Shadows songs in the early band we were in, with Cliff Richard stuff and rock'n'roll. We wanted this more raw, basic sound, so I got into playing blues and jazz. And from that it went into what we are playing now." Read more here.

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Trivium's Matt Heafy Reveals Van Halen and Offspring Influence

(Gibson) In October of last year, Trivium released The Sin and the Sentence, their eight studio album. They've also been touring heavily over 2017, with the last leg of their tour taking them on a North American trek from October to December with co-headliners Arch Enemy.

Now that Trivium is on a break from touring - they hit the road again in March 2018 - Music Radar thought it a good idea to quiz the band's frontman and guitarist Matt Heafy on the tracks that formed the building blocks of his musical education.

Heafy starts off with Van Halen's seminal 1978 classic 'Eruption,' calling it "the first song I remember" and reminiscing about his dad playing it in the car. For the first song he ever played live, he chose a more punk-oriented Nineties staple - The Offspring's 'Self Esteem.' Up and coming (as well as experienced) guitarists will find the next one interesting: according to Heafy, the song he plays every time he's trying out new gear, isn't the standard 'Stairway To Heaven' or 'Smoke On The Water,' but instead, 'Mein Teil' by German industrial rockers Rammstein. here.

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Billy Idol Adds Dates To Summer Tour Plans

(hennemusic) Billy Idol recently expanded his 2018 European tour with the addition of six concert dates. The rocker will launch the 5-week run at Austria's Nova Rock Festival on June 16.

That is alongside newly-announced shows in Brussels, BE (Jun 18), Weert, NL's Bospop Festival (Jul 15), Furuvik, SE (Jul 25), Stockholm, SE (Jul 26) and Finland's Juopio Rockcock festival (Jul 28).

Prior to the European trek, Idol will perform at the Welcome To Rockville Festival in Jacksonville, FL on April 29, and the Carolina Rebellion in Concord, NC on May 6.

Idol recently appeared on the Season 13 finale of NBC's reality singing competition The Voice, where he performed his 1982 classic, "White Wedding", with the series eventual winner Chloe Kohanski. Watch that performance and see the tour dates here.

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Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz Girlfriend Expecting Baby Girl

(Radio.com) While the world rang in 2018, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz had some exciting personal news to share. His girlfriend, Meagan Camper, is expecting a baby girl.

The Wentz-Camper household shared the good news with an Instagram photo of sons Bronx (Wentz's child with Ashlee Simpson) and Saint holding a pink present, symbolizing their growing family.

"Happy New Year! We're kicking the year off with news of the best gift yet: [girl emoji] coming to our family in 2018…" See Wentz's big announcement here.

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Johnny Marr Reveals He Is Often Mistaken For Noel Gallagher

(Gibson) As an aspiring guitarist, a teenage Noel Gallagher remembers seeing The Smiths on TV's Top Of The Pops, admiring guitarist Johnny Marr with his "Brian Jones bowlhead" (haircut) and "red semi-acoustic" (Gibson ES-355) and deciding: "that's what I want to look like."

Thirty years on, the irony is not lost on Johnny Marr. The two Mancunian stringsmiths have been firm friends for years - Marr has been a guest on Oasis albums, as well as Gallagher's own High Flying Birds/solo releases - but Marr says now he is regularly mistaken for the man who once copied his look.

Marr has done an interview for Gallagher's official Facebook page, and the Smiths legend reveals: "I think he (Noel) thought I was joking about this till he saw it... Where if I'm walking around every week, every month and someone says: 'Are you Noel Gallagher?'"

He added: "And I'm obviously not Noel, right, but it's because I look like a guitar player, so he's become the sort of generic term for rock musician…" Read more here.

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John Mayer Launches KyloRenChallenge

(Radio.com) Star Wars fans who made time for The Last Jedi over the holidays know there's a certain scene that raised temperatures…or at least, eyebrows. In the clip, the bad guy, Kylo Ren, appears shirtless wearing his signature high-waisted pants.

In tribute, John Mayer launched the "#KyloRenChallenge," on Instagram, wearing black pants and a downturned black shirt that left him exposed from the ribcage upward.

Fans on social media weighed in with a combination of laughs and boos, while others joined the challenge and shared some Last Jedi inspired images of their own.

See John Mayer's Kylo Ren tribute and photos from the challenge here.

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John Oates Releases Video For Solo Single 'Arkansas'

(Radio.com) John Oates is in an Americana mood. The member of legendary duo Hall & Oates has revealed a rustic new music video for "Arkansas," the title track from his upcoming solo album which is due to arrive Feb. 2.

"I was invited to go to Wilson, Arkansas, and was inspired by the landscape where the cotton fields line the Mississippi River shore," Oates revealed to Rolling Stone. "My entire musical life has been influenced by the music that has flowed up that river from New Orleans through the Delta, and has had such an important sonic and cultural impact on America. It occurred to me that Arkansas was the last rural stop on the musical journey northward. I wanted both the song and video to reflect that."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will be taking his new sound on the road, launching a tour on Jan. 14 in Morgantown, West Virginia. See the full tour itinerary and watch the video for "Arkansas" here.

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