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Day in Rock Report for 01/30/2018


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Paul Simon Announces His 'Farewell Performance'

(Radio.com) It's been 61 years since Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel recorded their first song together as Tom & Jerry, embarking on one of music's most successful partnerships.

Simon went on to great solo stardom and has spent the decades actively touring, recording and maintaining his legacy as an influential figure in folk, rock and pop. But now, Simon could be walking away from it all this summer with a "farewell" show in scheduled for London's Hyde Park.

Billed as "Homeward Bound: The Farewell Performance," the concert is set to take place July 15 with openers Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor. No word yet on if this is indeed Simon's last show but Simon has mulled over retirement before, calling it "an act of courage." Read more here.

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Smashing Pumpkins In The Studio With Rick Rubin

(Radio.com) Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has revealed that the legendary Rick Rubin will produce the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins album. Corgan worked with Rubin on his 2017 solo album Ogilala, but the yet-untitled album will mark his first recording with the Pumpkins since the 1997 song 'Let Me Give The World To You."

Corgan delivered the news in a retro-looking post that depicted a photo of him from the early '90s — before his head resembled an eggshell — along with a sprawling caption.

"I share a window (curated as it is) into my crazy life," Corgan wrote after a long preamble. "As an example, we are currently in the studio with Rick Rubin. But unless I show you a picture of Rick sitting Buddha-like at a mixing desk, you probably wouldn't know that."

Last week, Corgan posted a photo of himself sitting next to Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. In addition, both Corgan and Chamberlin have posted a photo of the same drumkit, implying that are both taking part in the Smashing Pumpkins reunion album. Iha hasn't yet commented on social media and is currently playing in A Perfect Circle. Read more here.

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Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers And Ann Wilson Announce Summer Tour

(Radio.com) Jeff Beck Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, Queen), and Ann Wilson of Heart are coming together for the "Stars Align Tour" of North America this summer. The run kicks off July 18 in West Valley City, UT.

"I am thrilled to have been asked to perform on the Stars Align Tour with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers," Ann Wilson said in a press statement. 'They are both long time favorites of mine! They are masters at their craft and it is an honor to share the stage this summer."

"This is going to be a knock out combination of music and musicians," Paul Rodgers shared. 'I've always been a Jeff Beck fan, who isn't? He is in a league of his own. Ann Wilson has an amazing voice and is a brilliant songwriter. 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of 'Free' and I hope we can touch your spirit with the 'Spirit of Free.'"

"I always enjoy touring the U.S. in the summer and joining with Paul, and Ann Wilson, should make for quite an exciting night," Jeff Beck added.

Deborah Bonham, sister of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, will open the shows. See the dates and ticket onsale details here.

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Judas Priest Legend KK Downing Announces memoir

(hennemusic) Former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing will publish his memoir, "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest", via Da Capo Press on September 18.

Co-written with Mark Eglinton, the project explores Downing's history with the British metal icons, who he joined in 1969 and was featured on all Judas Priest releases from their 1974 debut, "Rocka Rolla", to 2009's "A Touch of Evil: Live" before his retirement from the lineup in 2011.

"As the band approaches its golden anniversary, fans will at last be able to delve backstage into the decades of shocking, hilarious, and haunting stories that surround the heavy metal institution," reads the memoir's synopsis. "In Heavy Duty, guitarist K.K. Downing discusses the complex personality conflicts, the business screw-ups, the acrimonious relationship with fellow heavy metal band Iron Maiden, as well as how Judas Priest found itself at the epicenter of a storm of parental outrage that targeted heavy metal in the '80s.

The guitarist "also describes his role in cementing the band's trademark black leather and studs image that would not only become synonymous with the entire genre, but would also give singer Rob Halford a viable outlet by which to express his sexuality. Lastly, he recounts the life-changing moment when he looked at his bandmates on stage during a 2010 concert and thought, 'This is the last show.' Whatever the topic, whoever's involved, K.K. doesn't hold back." Read more
here.

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Eric Clapton Rocks Beatles Classic In Video From George Harrison Concert

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton performs The Beatles' classic, While My Guitar Gently Weeps", in the latest video preview to the February 23 release of "Concert For George", a 2002 tribute event in honor of George Harrison that is being reissued to mark the late guitarist's 75th birthday on February 25.

Clapton appeared (uncredited) on the Harrison tune that first surfaced on The Beatles' 1968 self-titled double record, commonly referred to as The White Album. At the November 29, 2002 tribute show at London's Royal Albert Hall organized by Clapton and Olivia Harrison, the guitarist delivered the classic song with help from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Harrison's son, Dhani, among others.

"We will always celebrate George's birthday," says Olivia, "and this year we are releasing Concert For George in a very special package in memory of a special man."

Directed by David Leland, "Concert For George" will be reissued as a Deluxe Edition Box Set, a 4-LP Box Set, plus new CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray combo packages.

The Deluxe Box Set - limited to 1000 copies worldwide - features the complete sound and film recordings from the concert on 4 180-gram audiophile LPs, 2 CDs, 2 DVDs and 2 Blu-rays, plus an opportunity to own a piece of the historic event, by way of a cutting from the original hand-painted on-stage tapestry used as the backdrop at the show.

The 4-LP Box Set includes the complete sound recordings from the evening, and features a special etching on side-8. This is the first time that all songs from the performance have been available on an audio configuration.

The DVD and Blu-ray feature the complete filmed concert, as well as the original theatrical version that also includes interviews with performers, rehearsal footage and behind-the-scenes material. The Blu-ray also adds an exclusive interview segment, "Drummers," where Starr and Jim Keltner add their personal thoughts on Harrison and the star-studded tribute. Watch the video
here.

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Clutch Announce Spring Headline Tour

(hennemusic) Clutch have announced a series of dates for a brief spring US tour. The Maryland rockers will be joined for their headline shows by special guests The Bronx, Red Fang and Fireball Ministry.

Set to begin in Chattanooga, TN on April 27, the two-week run mixes headline shows with festival appearances at Welcome To Rockville, Beale Street Music Fest and Carolina Rebellion.

Clutch fan club pre-sale tickets are on sale now, and will be available through Thursday, February 1 at 10:00 p.m. General public tickets will be available Friday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m. at local outlets as well as at Pro-Rockcom

Clutch have just completed recording sessions for their forthcoming twelfth studio album. The group have been working on the follow-up to 2015's "Psychic Warfare" with producer/engineer Vance Powell at Sputnik Sound studios in Nashville, TN. See the tour dates here.

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Steven Tyler's Raises $2.4 Million for Sex Abuse Victims

(Radio.com) Steven Tyler is giving back. The Aerosmith singer's recently launched Janie's Fund initiative held a gala ball and GRAMMY viewing party in Los Angeles that raised $2.4 million for the abused women's charity.

'The whole reason I'm in this is because I know what happens to a girl if she's sexually abused at 14, sent out on the street to sell crack at 15, her mother has her hook at 16, she's bringing johns home at 17 because she looks older," he told Forbes at the Red Studios in Hollywood event.

'At 18 she's left off at a bus station in Oklahoma, doesn't know where she is or what's going on. She's broken. Now, she, for the rest of her life, has a problem with sex, has a problem with men coming on to her. There are men in America that murder people, they get caught with a gun in their hand they get seven f—ing years! She gets 70 years. Seventy years of her life has been ruined and that f—ing kills me. That kills me." Read more here.

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The Who's Roger Daltrey Announces More 'Tommy' Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Roger Daltrey of the Who has revealed more dates where he is set to bring the band's classic 1969 album Tommy to life on a U.S. tour. He'll be accompanied by a local orchestra on each of the 12 dates.

"I'm really looking forward to singing Tommy, not only with my great backing group, but also with some of the finest orchestras in the country," Daltrey said in a press statement.

"Pete Townshend's rock music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band. With the arrangements written by David Campbell, it should make a memorable night of entertainment for all those who love the arts." See the dates here.

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Anthrax Stream Live Video For Classic Song

(hennemusic) Anthrax perform their 1987 classic, "Caught In A Mosh", in the first video preview of their forthcoming live DVD, "Kings Among Scotland." Due April 27 and directed by Paul M. Green, "Kings Among Scotland" delivers the group's February 2017 show at Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom.

The fan favorite from "Among The Living" is among those featured on the early 2017 tour that saw Anthrax deliver their third album in its entirety alongside a set a classic tracks selected by fans.

"It was a challenge for all of us to play 'Among The Living' live," admits drummer Charlie Benante. "We've played a number of that album's songs in our shows over the years, but not all of them, and playing a song in a recording studio is not the same as playing it live on stage. So we put in a lot of time to get all of the tracks down perfectly. And I'll tell you, after we finished that set, as arduous as it was, we all felt a sense of exhilaration, like we could go out and do it again."

Fans will note that the set's artwork, created by Steve Thompson (Slayer, Motorhead, Iron Maiden), was inspired by KISS' 1976 album, "Rock And Roll Over." Watch the video here.

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Beck Announces Additional U.S. Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Beck is going to give you more. The modern rocker has revealed a handful of new U.S tour dates in support of his latest album, Colors.

The new dates come in addition to a pair of previously announced shows, including an appearance at the In Bloom Music Festival in Houston in late March.

Queens of the Stone Age, Lil Uzi Vert, Incubus and 21 Savage are also set for the Texas fest. See Beck's U.S. tour dates here.

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John Mellencamp's Plain Spoken Concert Special Coming To Netflix

(hennemusic) John Mellencamp's concert special, "Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theater", will be available for streaming on Netflix starting Thursday, February 1.

Directed by Barry Ehrmann, the project captures Mellencamp and his band in performance in support of his 2014 album, "Plain Spoken", at the landmark Chicago Theater on October 25, 2016, just 250 miles from his home in Bloomington, IN.

The special is equal parts a concert film and documentary, with the rocker providing narration and background stories about his life and career throughout the set.

Presenting a mix of new and classic Mellencamp tunes, the film also features a guest appearance by tour mate Carlene Carter. "Plain Spoken" - which peaked at No. 18 on the US Billboard 200 - was the singer's first release under an unprecedented lifetime recording contract with Republic Records. here.

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