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Day in Rock Report for 03/30/2018


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Ryan Adams To Perform Rolling Stones' 'Exile On Main St.' At Special Show

(Radio.com) Ryan Adams is heading to the Big Easy with the Rolling Stones on his mind. The rocker has revealed that he's plotting a special concert in New Orleans where he'll perform the Stones' 1972 classic, Exile on Main St., from front to back.

Producer Don Was will serve as Adams' partner and musical director for the show, dubbed "Exile on Bourbon St." The pair will be backed by an all-star cast of local musicians yet to be revealed.

"I've listened to all the multi-track tapes from the Exile period and it's not hyperbolic to say that this is probably the greatest rock 'n roll ever recorded," Was told Rolling Stone. "I can't wait to dig deep into these songs with The Mighty Ryan Adams and this incredible group of musicians." Read more here.

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Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Announces Solo Album, Reveals New Songs

(Radio.com) Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has officially announced that his debut solo album, Post Traumatic, is set for release on June 15. The album announcement came with two new songs from the set, complete with music videos: "Crossing a Line" and "Nothing Makes Sense Anymore."

Shinoda has shared the initial details of Post Traumatic on social media, sharing a handwritten press release with pre-sale and other information. 'It's a journey out of grief and darkness, not into grief and darkness," Shinoda revealed about Post Traumatic in an official press statement. 'If people have been through something similar, I hope they feel less alone."

The artist sat down with KROQ in the Los Angeles this morning to discuss the new project, and also the future of Linkin Park. "I'm waiting to see what reveals itself," Shinoda said.

"Just personally I have to wrap my head around the idea, I want to get on stage and play a song of ours, if we do that, and we don't do Chester's parts and let the crowd sing it, that's very heavy," he continued.

"Looking forwad into what is the band, those quesitons have to get answered right? And I don't have those answers. I think by going out into the world and just exploring what's out there, hopefully I'll find some of those."

Check out Shinoda's announcement post and new music here.

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Paul McCartney Announces New Collection Of Archival Reissues

(Radio.com) Paul McCartney is mixing things up with his next slew of catalog reissues. All four titles are set for release on May 18. All releases are supervised by McCartney himself, who oversees all aspects of each and every title.

The Beatles legend has detailed new versions of New (2013), Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005), Wings Greatest (1978) and Thrillington (1971). All four titles will be issued in affordable single CD digipak and 180gram black vinyl single LP formats, and will be made available for the first time in limited edition 180gram color vinyl pressings: New on pink vinyl, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard on gold vinyl, Wings Greatest on blue vinyl and Thrillington on marble vinyl.

The Thrillington album is among the most unusual recordings in McCartney's catalog. Recorded in 1971 but not released until 1977, the album was originally credited to the pseudonym Percy "Thrills" Thrillington, a fictitious socialite whose activities were chronicled in UK newspaper ads. Read more here.

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Historic Bob Dylan Electric Guitar Being Auctioned

(Radio.com) It's a piece of rock and roll history that will soon belong to a very rich Bob Dylan fan. The electric guitar that Dylan played on his first "plugged in" tour is headed for the auction block, and is expected to pull between $400,000 and $600,000 (via Rolling Stone).

The 1965 Fender Telecaster once jointly owned by Dylan and The Band's Robbie Roberston has gone through some modifications over the years, including Robertson having the black paint finish stripped off to reveal the wood underneath.

Dylan played the instrument on the 1966 tour with his band, the Hawks, and would use it on the road through the '70s. The Telecaster was present at some rather notable events and recordings, including Dylan using it on his Blonde on Blonde album, and Robertson playing the guitar at Woodstock. George Harrison and Eric Clapton have both strummed the Fender as well. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Go Behind the Scenes Of Their SNL History

(Radio.com) From the moment SNL debuted in 1975, the show has been at the vanguard of contemporary music. With a storied history of artists including Prince, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones and countless more, Saturday Night Live has shared a new video chronicling the history of the show's musical guests.

The clip features Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, who talk about the band's personal history with SNL, on which they've appeared seven times. Grohl also played on the show twice as the drummer of Nirvana.

"Well, the crazy thing is that when you're playing a show like at a stadium or an arena, you run out onstage and your adrenaline's pumping, and so the first couple songs you're kinda shaking it off," Grohl explains about the experience. "Here, it's like you're thrown in a cold lake. Like, 'OK, go everybody in the world's watching right now go!"

The clip touches on some of the show's more memorable musical performances and artists, with behind the scenes observations from the people who make it happen, from booking the acts to handling the soundboard. Watch it here.

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Bruce Springsteen Announces Limited Edition Box Set

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen has announced that he will release "The Album Collection Vol. 2, 1987-1996", a limited edition vinyl box set featuring five albums and two EP's from the period, on May 18.

The 10LP package delivers remastered editions of 1987's "Tunnel Of Love", 1992's "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town", 1993's "In Concert MTV Plugged", and 1995's "The Ghost Of Tom Joad", as well as the 1988 "Chimes Of Freedom" EP, and the first-ever vinyl release of the 1996 EP "Blood Brothers."

Remastered by acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig and Springsteen's longtime engineer Toby Scott, the project presents recreations of the albums' original packaging, accompanied by a 60-page book featuring rarely seen photos, memorabilia and original press clippings from the era.

All four of Springsteen's studio albums from this period were certified gold, platinum or multiplatinum by the RIAA, with three reaching the Top 5 of the Billboard 200.

The new collection follows the 2014 release of "The Album Collection Vol. 1, 1973-1984", which included newly remastered editions of the first seven Springsteen studio albums. Read more here.

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Nirvana Classic Fuels 'Westworld' Season 2 Trailer

(Radio.com) It's not Nirvana, it's HBO. The second season of the premium cable network's breakout show, Westworld, is set to debut on April 22. A new trailer for the show has dropped, and it features a song known and loved by millions, but in a very different form.

When "Heart-Shaped Box" was first released in 1993, Nirvana was among the biggest bands in the world. The Nevermind album had already conquered radio and the charts, and the group's new legions of fans waited anxiously for what was next.

It arrived in the form of the abrasive but still melodic "Heart-Shaped Box" single. Produced by Steve Albini, the track retained the loud-quiet dynamics found on such hits as "Smells Like Teen Spirit. With the delicate verses balanced by the brutal chorus, the track topped the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and somewhat ironically peaking at Number 4 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

For the Westworld trailer,"Heart-Shaped Box" has been reimagined by composer Ramin Djawadi, best known for his music on Game of Thrones. As the cast of Westworld--including actors Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood--play out their various existential crises onscreen, Djawadi's dramatic piano and strings arrangement of the Nirvana classic plays ominously in the background.

The haunting, discordant melody of the song works well in the sweeping and symphonic form for the clip, setting the stage for another dramatic season featuring man wrestling with his own runway technology and imagination.

The musical treatment is in keeping with the show's first season which featured Djawadi's takes on The Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black," Radiohead's "No Surprises," and Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" among others. Watch the drama unfold here.

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Everclear Announces 2018 Summerland Tour With Marcy Playground and Local

(Big Picture) Everclear have announced the lineup and dates for this year's Summerland Tour. They will be headlining this year's outing and will be joined by Marcy Playground and Local H.

The Summerland Tour was created in 2012 by Everclear frontman Art Alexakis. Alongside Everclear as its recurring headliner, past Summerland lineups have featured notable alternative rock bands such as Sugar Ray, Lit, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, Space Hog, Gin Blossoms, Live, Fuel, American HiFi, The Toadies and Filter, making it a go-to tour for fans of '90s nostalgia.

Alexakis shares: "This year the Summerland Tour will be a different look at '90s alternative and the different facets of what it's about. I think it will be really cool because it's usually guitar-based, but Marcy Playground is more acoustic-based and Local H is two guys that make a whole lot of beautiful noise. With Everclear, we're going to play the hits we always play, but we're also going to mix it up. Every night will be a little different; there'll be a few surprises every show." See the dates here.

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Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Soundtrack Fueled By Classic Rock

(Radio.com) Steven Spielberg has gone back to the future for the soundtrack of new blockbuster movie, Ready Player One. With the movie offering a nostalgic look at vintage video games, the soundtrack reflects a wide-ranging mix of music from the late 20th century that invokes a variety of moods.

Twisted Sister, Prince, Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen, Earth, Wind & Fire and Blondie are just some of the classic artists who are featured on the eclectic collection.

While most of the songs are easily recognizable hits, the Springsteen selection is something of a rarity. Originally released as the non-LP B-side for 1985 single, "Glory Days," "Stand on It" would go on to be recorded by country artist Mel McDaniel in 1986. McDaniel's version would peak at Number 12 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

The soundtrack is set for release this Friday, March 30. See the complete tracklist here.

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Chvrches Streaming New Track 'Never Say Die'

(Radio.com) Chvrches' third studio album Love Is Dead drops in May, and to keep the pre-promotional hype going, the band continues to share new material. Today (March 29), Chvrches released "Never Say Die," an intense electro track with Lauren Mayberry's signature pop-friendly vocals.

Mayberry called the cut 'one of my favorite songs on the record because it really leans into the juxtaposition of what we do -- the mixture between the dark and the light," reports NME. She added that it's "melodic and direct, but uses some of the gnarliest sounds we've ever tried."

So far Chvrches have released the album's lead single "Get Out" and "My Enemy," which features Matt Berninger of The National. Love Is Dead is set to be released on May 25. Listen to "Never Say Die" here.

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The Voidz Share New Song 'Pyramid of Bones'

(Radio.com) Julian Casablancas wants to rock you. The Strokes singer's other band, The Voidz, have shared a brand new song, "Pyramid of Bones." The song is taken from The Voidz' new album, Virtue, which debuts today (March 30) and come courtesy of a music video that features some trippy animation.

The heavy and hard-driving new track features a kicky guitar reminiscent of latter-day Strokes with Casablancas' vocals treated in a way that recalls classic Marilyn Manson-meets-Ozzy Osbourne.

The chorus features a crunchy guitar riff that borders on Black Sabbath-style metal. There's a lot going on that's compressed into the four-and-a-half minute song. Check it out here.

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Singled Out: Stacked Like Pancakes' Hollow

Stacked Like Pancakes singer Kellen McKay tells us the story behind their new single "Hollow" which was produced by Matt Squire (Good Charlotte, Selena Gomez, All Time Low, Panic! at the Disco, and Taking Back Sunday.) Here is the story:

It's hard to tell a story behind a song when there really is no story to tell. Not of mine, anyway. Oftentimes when I write a song, I like to give myself a specific challenge. I believe that being cognizant of a challenge in the back of my mind while writing and creating keeps my music fresh, keeps me engaged, and helps me continue to grow as an artist. So one challenge that I really enjoy is making a story up from scratch.

I understand that's not an unheard of thing, and not even close to being unique - it's merely fiction. But it can really be more than that to me. It can be real to me if I can pretend to come into a different state of consciousness. But sometimes when I create, instead of pretending to be someone else, I feel like I am someone else.

This character I become in "Hollow" is troubled, to say the least. In terms of the setting, I don't know if he's in a jail cell, or an insane asylum, or in a scientific experimental ward, or in his own bedroom, but I sense it's a small room with not much in it.

With the lyrics, I deliberately gave each line or so a sense of ADD. The thoughts are jagged; each one is short and simple, with little correlation to the lines surrounding it. Comparisons and similes are almost elementary or cliché: "I'm like an old dog learning new tricks." How many times have you heard the exhausted idiom before? How original of him. To me it seems like he has been psychologically numbed in some way. It almost sounds like the verses could be a monologue in a one-man play.

And while he may be troubled, he's also hurting. If there is any linearity to the lyrics, you could pick out a sense of longing with a word like "love" being subtly repeated, mentioning "her" several times, describing her skin in an obscure way while wanting to go on a date with her… to a fair of all places? Not a movie or a coffee first? How old is he? And are these actual memories, or memories he wish he had?

And finally, the chorus. When he wakes up and realizes he's alone in a room. Again. And again.

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

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