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Day in Rock Report for 03/15/2018

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Pearl Jam Dedicate New Song's Live Debut To School Shooting Survivors

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam performed the live debut of their new single, "Can't Deny Me", at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile on March 13, and video from the event is streaming online.

The band dedicated the song to the survivors of the Parkland, FL school shooting, "This is dedicated to the incredible students in Florida, and the United States, who survived a terrible tragedy," Eddie Vedder told the crowd, in Spanish.

Pearl Jam issued "Can't Deny Me" to the band's Ten Club members a few days ahead of its official release earlier this week; the tune is a preview to their first new studio album in five years. Read more and watch video here.

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Sleep Signals Lose Everything In Tour Van Explosion

Minnesota active rockers Sleep Signals revealed that their tour van caught on fire and ended up exploding on the side of the road this past Saturday night (March 10th).

The band was on their way to a stop on their Touritto Supreme USA Tour with Cold Kingdom when the accident happened. Luckily no one was injured but the band lost all of their personal possessions in the fire.

They had this to say, "First and foremost, we want to let everyone know that everyone in Sleep Signals is safe. As many of you know, our tour vehicle caught fire on Saturday and is a total loss. As of right now, we are in the process of trying to figure out how to continue the tour and rejoin our tour mates, Cold Kingdom. The fire completely destroyed our van and all of the contents in it, including most of our personal belongings. We are currently scrambling to get everything back together to get back onto the tour as soon as possible. As much as we'd like to do this on our own, the losses we've incurred are too great for us to handle without help. We are asking all fans and friends to please share this release and if you can help the band, please do so by buying merchandise from these places below and attending the upcoming shows. Here are a few links if you'd like to contribute to help us get back on the road:." See the GoFundMe page here.

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Metallica Launching Auction For A Cause

(Gibson) Metallica are auctioning off band merchandise and fun experiences to aid their All Within My Hands charity foundation. Some of the cool experiences include tickets and meet-and-greets for sold-out Metallica gigs in Prague and Munich, passes to the San Francisco Giants' Metallica night at AT&T Park and more.

An extra sweet item is an autographed drumhead that the band used while recording their album Hardwired...to Self-Destruct. An autographed copy of the Kill 'Em All reissue box set is also up for grabs.

On the first Tuesday of each month, the band will put new items up for auction. All Within My Heads has provided funding for natural disaster recovery in Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Mexico City and Northern California, and the foundation has also given to food banks and military vets. Read more here.

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Aerosmith Guitarist Announces Joe Perry And Friends Shows

(hennemusic) Legendary Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has announced a series of live dates in support of his recently released solo album, "Sweetzerland Manifesto."

Billed as "Joe Perry And Friends", the rocker will be joined at shows next month in Boston, MA, Hampton Beach, NH and Atlantic City, NJ by his Aerosmith bandmate Brad Whitford on guitar with Gary Cherone of Extreme handling lead vocals; the first two gigs will also include sets from special guests Charlie Farren (onetime lead singer of The Joe Perry Project) and former Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau's Engine Room.

"Sweetzerland Manifesto" sees Perry collaborating with guest vocalists Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, David Johansen and Terry Reid, and others including Johnny Depp, Zak Starkey and his own sons Tony and Roman Perry. Read more including the show details here.

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Video From Judas Priest Tour Kick Off Goes Online

(hennemusic) Judas Priest kicked off their world tour in support of their latest album, "Firepower", at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA on March 13 and video from opening is streaming online.

The event marked the debut of guitarist Andy Sneap in the lineup following news that Glenn Tipton has retired from the road due to his battle with Parkinson's disease. The rocker, who co-produced the group's eighteenth studio effort with Tom Allom, is known for his guitar work in the UK metal outfits Sabbat and Hell.

The Mohegan Sun appearance featured the live debuts of three songs from "Firepower", including the title track, "Lightning Strike" and "Evil Never Dies", as well as "Saints In Hell" from 1978's "Stained Class."

The group delivered several vintage tunes for the first time in many years, including "Running Wild", "Grinder", Sinner", "The Ripper", "Bloodstone", "Angel" and "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll."

The 7-week opening leg of Judas Priest's 2018 world tour - with guests Saxon and Black Star Riders - will wrap up in San Antonio, TX on May 1. Check out videos from the show here.

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Alice Cooper In 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Trailer

Jesus Christ Superstar is coming to your TV, and now we've got your first look. Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper and John Legend star in a new trailer for the live TV special, set to air on NBC Easter Sunday (April 1).

"Superstar," the most famous and recognizable song from the classic Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice musical, serves as the soundtrack for the trailer.

The clip reveals Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, rock legend Alice Cooper as King Herod, and John Legend in the title role. Watch the video trailer here.

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Rolling Stones Add Dates To No Filter Summer Tour

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have expanded their No Filter tour with the addition of a pair of new dates in the UK this summer. The band will now perform at St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton on May 29 and Coventry's Ricoh Stadium on June 2 as part of an 8-show UK run during the 2-month European trek.

The 14-show series will begin at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland on May 17 and be followed by the group's first appearances in the UK in five years; stops in Germany, France and the Czech Republic will precede the trek's finale in Warsaw, Poland on July 8.

The 2018 dates come on the heels of a European run that saw the band perform 14 concerts in September and October last fall. "This part of the No Filter tour is really special for the Stones," says Mick Jagger. "We are looking forward to getting back onstage in the summer and playing to fans in the UK and Ireland. It's always exhilarating going to cities we haven't played for quite a while and also some new venues for us like Old Trafford & The London Stadium." See the dates here.

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Arcade Fire Announce U.S. Summer Tour Dates

Arcade Fire has announced some U.S. dates for their Everything Now Continued tour this summer. These will be the band's first non-festival headline performances of the year.

The new dates kick off on July 7th in Clarkston, MI at the DTE Energy Music Theater and will wrap up on July 20th in Bristow, VA at the Jiffy Lube Live.

Fans in the U.S. can catch the band perform on television this weekend when they take the stage as the special musical guests for the St. Patrick's Day edition of Saturday Night Live.

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The Who's Roger Daltrey Advises Fans To Wear Earplugs

(Radio.com) The Who's frontman Roger Daltrey told an audience at recent concert that he want them to wear earplugs so they do not suffer the same fate as him and his bandmater Pete Townshend .

"I am very, very deaf. I advise you all - all you rock-and-roll fans - take your f—ing earplugs to the gigs," the singer told a recent audience in Vegas (via The Mirror).

He did also reassure the crowd that he would keep on performing 'for a long time," because, 'I am lucky to be doing what I do - so thank you." Townshend has long suffered from hearing loss. Read more here.

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Willie Nelson Releases 'Me and You' Video

(Radio.com) Willie Nelson might be pushing 85, but the Texas music legend still has plenty of pep in his step. The 'Red Headed Stranger' has shared a new song, "Me and You".

The upbeat song is new advance track from his forthcoming full-length, Last Man Standing, which is due to hit stores on April 29, two days after Nelson's 85th birthday.

The clip captures Nelson in the recording studio laying down the track, which finds him lamenting the state of the nation and losing friends when it becomes clear that "He ain't got a lick of sense." Watch the video here.

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David Byrne Releases Music Video Featuring Detroit Area Teens

(Radio.com) David Byrne has enlisted the assistance of Detroit School of the Arts' Vocal Jazz ensemble for the music video for 'Everybody's Coming To My House," off of his latest album, American Utopia.

The video shows high school students singing a cover of the song in the home of their choir director and mentor, Cheryl Valentine, 'Ms. V." Junior Justin Malone-Horton admitted that when the kids first heard the song, 'Half of us were like, 'This song is OK,' then a quarter of us were like, 'Oh My Gosh! Who did this?' Then, when we actually read the sheet music and did it, it just felt like a moment of togetherness."

At the end of the recording, when Ms. V asks what they think, the group calls it a 'bop," and one choir member explains, 'if you don't know what that is, a bop is a really cool song that we like."

According to the video's Youtube description, 'The streaming royalties from this video will go to Detroit School of Arts, who were also given a stipend for their participation and hard work in this project."

Watch the documentary and the official video for the project here.

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Echo Black Release Dawn Video and Announce U.S. Tour

Echo Black has released a music video for their single, "Dawn." The song is the title track from the band's debut album and the new visual was directed by Chris Newhard.

The clip can be streamed here and the band had this to say, "DAWN is very near and dear to our hearts for several reasons. The first and most obvious: it is our first album effort and we are extremely proud of the product we have created together.

"Secondly, this album was completely funded by our fans via Indiegogo; a fact that continues to humble us everyday. DAWN is introspective. It is theatrical, it is angry, it is mournful, it is joyous, and it is rebellious." Read more here.

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Kickstart Your Car With Classic Toto Hit

(Radio.com) Starting your car is one of those mundane experiences most people overlook. You get in, stick your key in the ignition, and suffer the annoying tone telling you to close the door already.

For YouTube used Chris NG, that just wasn't going to work. So he utilized his hacking skills to upgrade his car to play something far better than that annoying door chime.

Cue Toto's "Africa." The Volvo enthusiast built a module that plays Toto's timeless 1982 jam every time he sticks the key into the ignition of his Volvo 240. Best of all, he's building more of them to share with the world.

Ng has started a Kickstarter page to raise the money to make the car door chimes, although he hasn't specified if they'll come loaded with Toto's "Africa" (likely due to copyright issues).Read more here.

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Singled Out: Hero Jr.'s Jump Ship

Hero Jr. have made a name for themselves playing with artists like Alice Cooper, Tom Petty, Queensryche, John 5, Offspring, Saliva, we asked Evan Haughey to tell us about the song "Jump Ship" from their album "Sometimes You Just Gotta Give It The Business." Here is the story:

Jump Ship was written more than two years before it was released on our Sometimes You Just Gotta Give It The Business album. As with all our songs we road test them before we go into the studio because we record live as a band and do not overdub. In a catalog of over 25 "A" songs that we play on tour Jump Ship has been in the set almost non-stop. Jump Ship is about re?ection, growth and not always following the "norms" and conditioning of our society. It's literally about Jumping Ship from the way we are told we have to be. We are not a band interested in preaching but the theme of change, growth and getting on with life pops up a lot. As with a lot of our songs we have found they have different meanings to many different fans and we love the room for individual interpretation. A lot of the time Ken and I can weave our two individual stories in one lyric, giving it two meanings from the start! Once Ken and I write the song on acoustic guitars. We bring it into the band and when everyone plugs in and plays it instantly becomes Hero Jr. Jump Ship was written in about 45 minutes. Ken and I had a basic chord progression and we knew we wanted to write our take on visual and print media and the control it has over the mass population. In addition to what we experience by reading the press and being a part of social media we travel over 150 days a year and we notice similar stereotypes in many of the people we work with and how they are a product of the "sheep" phenomenon. Through observation it's amazing how many people just "do" things because that's "what you are supposed to do". No thought. No introspection. No realization on how what you do will play out with others. I think the "Smoking dirty ashes" line and metaphor is a fun way of talking about the pointlessness of the way we receive and act upon information. It's my favorite line in the song. "Put it in a test tube" relates to the way the disseminators of information calculate the way the public will react to their information upon delivery. The test tube part was loosely inspired from a documentary I watched about how scientists "create" chemical essences for food companies to make their products smell like the "real" food. "When the rust divides and you're left in your own skin" is the point where you've had enough and you need to take the leap of faith and trust ("Look into the sky she's gonna answer with a smile") before you "Jump Ship". When Ken and I write we have that same "trust" and we are lucky to sit down, have a laugh and let the song compose itself. We have known each other for twice as long as we have been in a band and we can ?nish each others sentences the same way our guitars usually sound like one big fat guitar monster. Being in a band is awesome!

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

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