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Day in Rock Report for 03/23/2018


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Slash Working On A New Album To Be Released This Fall

(hennemusic) On a break from his extended reunion tour with Guns N' Roses, Slash is currently in the studio working on his third studio album with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.

"I'm excited about the new stuff we put together for this next record; it's got some cool songs and it's got a great live feel." explains Slash. "I've been working with Myles, Brent and Todd for about 8 years now. It's been an amazing ride so far; as a band we continue to get better which is great.

"With the addition of [guitarist] Frank Sidoris since the World On Fire tour, I feel we have hit a great, creative stride which I definitely think shows on this next record."

Working alongside producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Alter Bridge, Iggy Pop, Incubus), the guitarist plans to release the project this fall in sync with a North American tour.

The set will mark the follow-up to 2014's "World On Fire", which debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the US Billboard 200. Read more here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Stars Do Surprise Jam With Pearl Jam

(Radio.com) It was just some old friends getting together to jam on a Neil Young classic. In this case, those "old friends" were Pearl Jam and one half of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

RHCP drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer jumped up on stage with the Seattle band for a fiery version of "Rockin' In The Free World," which can be seen in an online video.

This impromptu super-group formed onstage at a recent Pearl Jam show in Brazil, where things got pretty wild. Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder crisscrosses the stage to toss tambourines in the crowd, as well as giving himself a bath in what appears to be a bottle of red wine. Watch the moment here.

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Jack White Streams New Song 'Ice Station Zebra'

(hennemusic) Jack White revealed an online audio stream of the track "Ice Station Zebra" as the latest preview to today's release of his third album, "Boarding House Reach."

Featuring an eclectic instrumental mix and a melody reminiscent of the theme song to the 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, White resurrected the tune from a scrapped collaboration with Jay-Z.

"A couple years ago I had worked on a few tracks with Jay Z," explains White, "we were going to do an album together, it just never culminated and we didn't finish. But this was something I played drums, piano guitar, and bass on as an idea for him to maybe spur him on to inspire him and do something."

White self-produced his first record in four years, which he recorded at his Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN, as well as Sear Sound in New York, NY, and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Stream the song here.

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Billy Corgan Opens Up About Smashing Pumpkins Reunion

(Radio.com) Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has opened up to the New York Times in a sprawling new interview focused on the band's reunion tour and surrounding drama.

Corgan insisted that 'I would say this is the happiest time of the band," which is backed up by producer Rick Rubin's assessment of the new Smashing Pumpkins music being created in his studio.

'The energy of the performances are fiery and vibrant," Mr. Rubin told New York Times, stating that the music 'fits well with classic Pumpkin catalog," a clarion call to longtime fans.

'It's not unusual for there to exist volatility with passionate, creative people," Rubin shared in regards to the drama that's constantly around Smashing Pumpkins. "It seems like they've know each other long enough for many of the old wounds to have healed and they all seem like they are in a good place, so they came in with a healthy mind-set."

At the forefront of that drama is original bassist D'arcy Wretzky, who spoiled the reunion rollout by revealing intimate details and sharing a text message exchange with Corgan that painted him a negative light. She's not involved in the reunion, and she insists that she was never given the opportunity.

'He was stringing me along and using me to be able to say that it was, in fact, a reunion of all the members," Wretzky said. 'Billy can be incredibly charming and funny and fun, but when it comes to money and giving credit where credit is due and any kind of work situation, it's not pretty." Read more here.

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Cheap Trick Frontman Robin Zander To Make Broadway Debut

(hennemusic) Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander will make his Broadway debut this spring when he joins the cast of the concert production "Rocktopia" as a special guest vocalist during the final week of its limited engagement, April 23-29.

"Rocktopia" fuses the most iconic 20th-century rock tracks with world-renowned classical masterpieces, blending material from Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Queen, The Who and more with Mozart, Beethoven and Puccini, among others.

"We love both classical music and classic rock," explains Rocktopia co-creator and Trans Siberian Orchestra vocalist Rob Evan. "There are so many parallels between the genres and between the 'rock stars' who composed and performed them. With Rocktopia, we want to break down barriers and any preconceived notion of what either genre is about - and electrify and inspire lovers of either musical style with these completely original new pieces."

Performed by an elite lineup of vocalists, a five-piece rock band, a 40-person choir, and a 20-piece orchestra. "Rocktopia" is currently in previews ahead of its opening night at the Broadway Theatre on Tuesday, March 27. here.

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Pink Floyd Announce Latest Vinyl Reissue

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd have announced that they will reissue their 1995 live package, "Pulse", for the first time in many years on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl on May 18.

The 4LP set captured the UK outfit in concert on a 1994 European tour in support of "The Division Bell" and delivered their 1973 album classic, "The Dark Side Of The Moon", in its entirety for the first time in almost two decades.

Remastered from the original tapes by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman, the 2018 "Pulse" reissue includes four different inner sleeves - each inside individual outer sleeves - alongside a 52-page hardback photo book.

Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon, who worked on the original art with the late Hipgnosis co-founder Storm Thorgerson, recreated the art package.

Upon its original release, "Pulse" topped the charts in more than a dozen countries, including a No. 1 debut on the US Billboard 200. here.

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Reveal New Album 'America' Details

(Radio.com) Thirty Seconds to Mars are one step closer to America. Jared Leto and company have detailed the band's forthcoming fifth album which is set to debut on April 6.

The group has shared the complete tracklist for the album, which features Halsey and Zedd. A new song from the full-length, "One Track Mind," featuring A$AP Rocky, debuts today (March 23).

The stark cover art featuring lists of words set against brightly colored backgrounds will mark the album's promotional campaign, with posters and billboards featuring the provocative lists going up around the world.

The band has shared a cover art generator so fans can create their own versions. See the full tracklisting for America here.

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Panic! At The Disco Bring 'Say Amen (Saturday Night)' to 'Fallon'

(Radio.com) Panic! At the Disco performed their new song 'Say Amen (Saturday Night)" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon just hours after revealing that their new album was on the way.

Frontman Brendon Urie also sang his version of the DuckTales theme with the house band, The Roots and video clips of both performances are streaming online.

Pray For the Wicked, is scheduled to drop on June 22. The band will tour this summer. Watch the band's Tonight Show performance and Brendon Urie singing the DuckTales theme here.

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Releases 'Out On A Limb' Doc Trailer

(Radio.com) Steven Tyler is a little bit country, and a whole lot of rock and roll. The legendary Aerosmith frontman has shared the first look at the forthcoming documentary, Steven Tyler: Out on a Limb.

The doc focuses on Tyler's storied life in music, with an emphasis on his current solo campaign that embraces country music. Fellow rock stars including Slash of Guns n' Rose and Stone Temple Pilots' Ted DeLeo appear in the trailer espousing the many virtues of Steven Tyler as he embarks on the next stage of his career.

'Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, rather than take a risk and be happy," Tyler says in the clip of his move towards country. 'I feel like I'm doing something new again."

Momentum Pictures will release Steven Tyler: Out on a Limb on VOD and Digital HD on May 15. The documentary will kick off the opening night of the 49th Annual Nashville Film Festival May 10. Watch the trailer here.

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Serj Tankian Helps Prophets of Rage Tribute Chris Cornell

(Radio.com) Chris Cornell will not be forgotten. The late Soundgarden singer was honored during a recent Prophets of Rage concert in Auckland, New Zealand, when the band was joined by System of a Down's Serj Tankian to cover Audioslave's 2002 track, "Like a Stone."

With three-fifths of Prophets of Rage--Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk--all being members of Audioslave, the band ably reproduced the track while Tankian's operatic vocals did Cornell justice.

The live tribute has already been given the seal of approval from Cornell's widow, Vicky, who praised the guys on Twitter for the performance. Thank you Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk and Prophets of Rage for your love -honoring and keeping Chris Cornell's memory alive. Thank you to the fans in Auckland,NZ I know he was with you all tonight!" Watch the performance here.

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Singled Out: Divided Minds

Divided Minds are gearing up to release their new EP "Mood Swings" on April 6th we asked Josh Peters (lead guitar/songwriter/backing vocals) to tell us about the lead singles "Don't Get Too Close" and "Norterra Parkway". Here is the story:

Don't Get Too Close: The song was written on the fly at band practice. We all had a bad day at school and the song was just coming along and easy to write. It's really an aggressive song for us. Very different from the songs we wrote when we were 14 -15 years old. Just, thinking about the stress of girlfriends, homework, work, friends, dealing with teenage angst and throwing in family stress made us realize sometimes you're not being your true self and building walls. As Sean has said, "it's the fight between what you are inside and what you choose to show everyone." Recording the song was really fun and enlightening for me. When I was tracking the scream vocals I went so hard I almost threw up. I now realize recording this song was like therapy for me. It helped me release my aggression and frustrations.

Norterra Pkwy: The main road in the neighborhood I grew up in is named Norterra Parkway. It is in the suburbs of Phoenix and all of my childhood friends live in various neighborhoods off of Norterra Parkway. One night my best friend, Peyton and I snuck out of the house and went to a birthday party at a girl's house that we knew. It was mostly girls from our school at this party, and four of them happened to be on a trampoline. So me and my homie went to go chill with them on the trampoline. As we were walking up to the trampoline two girls left which made room for us on the trampoline. We snuggled with the two girls and talked for hours. While I was cuddling with one of them, I came up with the line "lay in my arms and dream." This song is really about being with friends, flirtation, and young love. I was 15 years old when I wrote it.

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

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