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Day in Rock Report for 11/02/2018

Led Zeppelin Appeal Stairway To Heaven Retrial Ruling

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin have filed an appeal over a recent decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that overturned a 2016 jury verdict that found that the iconic UK band did not steal any original music from "Taurus", a 1968 track by the Los Angeles band Spirit.

In September, the federal appeals court determined that parts of the jury instructions in that jury trial were erroneous and prejudicial, stating that the original judge erred by telling the jury that common musical elements, such as "descending chromatic scales, arpeggios or short sequences of three notes," were not protected by copyright.

According to Law 360, Led Zeppelin's representatives submitted a request on October 26 asking the court to reconsider the decision by a three-judge panel to send the case back to trial, saying the ruling threatens to improperly extend protection to collections of public domain elements that shouldn't be covered by copyright law.

"At best, the decision will cause confusion and unpredictability throughout the circuit," writes Led Zeppelin's legal team. "At worst, it will cause jurors to find infringement just because the same unprotected elements are present, upsetting the 'delicate balance' between protecting authors of original material and the freedom to use public domain elements."

"Taurus" was written by the late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, better known as Randy California, whose trust brought the copyright infringement lawsuit.

Michael Skidmore, the trustee for Wolfe, has said that Robert Plant and Jimmy Page may have been inspired to write 1971's "Stairway" after hearing Spirit perform "Taurus" while the bands toured together in 1968 and 1969.

The two-week trial in 2016 saw Page, Plant and non-defendant John Paul Jones take the stand to deny exposure to "Taurus" while explaining the creation of "Stairway" at Headley Grange. Read more here.

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Metallica Stream Debut Live Performance Video Of 1988 Rarity

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming the debut live performance of their classic track, "The Frayed Ends Of Sanity", as the latest installment in their vintage video series of songs from their 1988 album, "...And Justice For All", ahead of the release of its expanded 30th anniversary reissue on November 2.

Footage of the song was filmed during the Sonisphere Festival at Hietaniemi in Helsinki, Finland on May 28, 2014 - one of only a dozen times the veteran metal outfit have featured the song in their live set.

The latest is their reissue series, Metallica's fourth album - and first with bassist Jason Newsted - reached No 6 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 8 million copies in the country.

A new 3CD package includes the remastered album and two discs of rough mixes, demos and live tracks alongside an expanded booklet including unseen photos by Ross Halfin. Watch the video here.

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Fleetwood Mac Add New Dates To North American Tour

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac have expanded their current North American tour with the addition of a series of new concert dates in 2019. Tickets for the new dates will go on sale to the general public on Monday, November 12 at 10 a.m. local time.

The band has added second shows in six cities, including Denver, CO (January 31), Chicago, IL (March 1), New York, NY (March 18), Philadelphia, PA (March 22), Boston, MA (April 2) and a tour closing night in Toronto, ON on April 8.

Fleetwood Mac kicked off the extensive tour in Tulsa, OK on October 3 featuring a newly-revamped lineup that includes Mike Campbell of Tom Petty's band and Neil Finn of Crowded House/Split Enz fame in place of longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham following his firing earlier this year.

Buckingham recently filed a lawsuit against his former group over several issues while seeking to recoup the earnings he would have made from the 2018/2019 tour.

Following the North American run, Fleetwood Mac will play a series of spring 2019 dates in the UK and Europe. See the dates here.

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Eric Clapton Streaming Unreleased Song

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton is streaming audio of an unreleased 1995 recording with Tim Duffy of the Willie Brown track, "Mississippi Blues", ahead of its inclusion on a charity album supporting the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Due February 1, the nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by Tim and Denise Duffy that helps traditional, southern musicians who live in poverty will release a compilation album, "Blue Muse", as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations.

Duffy explains his recording with Clapton originated from a November 1995 meeting while he was working to launch the music-based charity. "Eric noticed the 1930 Martin 00-18 sitting in the corner," Duffy writes at musicmaker.org. "He told us he had not played guitar in some months and he asked (engineer) Mark Levinson if he could check it out. When Eric began to play it was spell binding and among the most amazing musical moments of my life. I picked up my guitar and quickly tuned it a 1/2 step up to match his and began to play some back up guitar licks that I learned from Guitar Gabriel.

"This particular cut began with Eric playing a slow blues in the key of A, and I backed him up with my simple rendition of the song. Eric knew the tune, I told him I learned it from a Stefan Grossman recording, and Eric knew the album."

"This impromptu recording session with Eric," Duffy adds, "led to numerous relationships that would further the mission of the Music Maker Relief Foundation and help many musicians living in poverty." Listen to the song here.

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Rock Royalty Talk Queen In New Book

Music biographer Greg Prato has released his new book Long Live Queen: Rock Royalty Discuss Freddie, Brian, John & Roger in paperback and Kindle versions. We were sent the following details:

It is the first-ever book to be comprised solely of interviews conducted with renowned musicians, who discuss what they admire most about Queen, their favorite songs and albums, and other standout Queen-related memories (attending shows, meeting members, etc.) from throughout the years.

The result is a book that uncovers facts, insight, and analysis, and adds a new spin on what truly makes Queen the champions of the world. Long Live Queen: Rock Royalty Discuss Freddie, Brian, John & Rogeris available as a paperback version [222 pages, $12.99], a Kindle download [$7.99], and is free for Kindle Unlimited members.

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Dream Theater's New Album Release Plans Revealed

Dream Theater's new studio album will be hitting stores in late February, keyboard player Jordan Rudess, who will also be releasing a new solo album next spring. revealed in a brand new interview

Rudess was interviewed by Metal Wani about his upcoming Bach To Rock tour dates (check it out here) and said "The Dream Theater album is coming out in late February. It's being mixed as we speak. It sounds awesome. I'm so excited about it.

"There's a very strong energy around the band these days. We all feel very connected and excited about what's coming. We can't wait to unleash the whole thing on everybody. And that's all going to happen really, really soon as well - it's just right around the corner."

He also revealed that his "next solo album is going to come out in April. It's not a piano album, it's a rock album. That's actually being mixed."

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Do Surprise Jam At School

(hennemusic) The Red Hot Chili Peppers delivered a unique performance on Halloween for students at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, CA, and the institution are streaming video from the event.

Rolling Stone reports the appearance at the school attended by some of drummer Chad Smith's kids happened during its Great Pumpkin Day Assembly, where the band played a Halloween song, "Spooky Scary Skeletons", and their own 2002 hit "Can't Stop", from the "By The Way" album.

The group members got in the spirit of the season for the mini-show, with frontman Anthony Kiedis dressed in a schoolboy-styled shorts outfit with a mask and bassist Flea in a skeleton bodysuit while guitarist Josh Klinghoffer sported a green wig, suit and sunglasses and Smith was decked out in Papal regalia and wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.

"Who rocks out at 9:30am at my kids' school?," Smith tweeted after their set. "We do!" Watch video from the special appearance here.

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KISS Play Destroyer Classic On Late Night TV

(hennemusic) KISS celebrated Halloween by rocking their classic 1976 single, "Shout It Out Loud", on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on October 31.

The Halloween performance of the tune from the band's fourth album, "Destroyer", marked the group's second US television appearance in two days - following a stop on The Tonight Show and the announcement of the first series of dates for the "End Of The Road" farewell tour.

KISS will launch the opening North American leg in Vancouver, BC on January 31, with dates on the continent running into mid-April. According to Paul Stanley, the farewell run is expected to last multiple years.

"We want to play everywhere that we've played in the past, and that's a lot of places," the singer tells Rolling Stone. "It's a big world. We plan on going everywhere that we've been, so it's certainly more than a year. It could be two, could be three. Nobody wanted to spend seven days a week on the road. Nobody can. It's a big mountain to climb, but we're going to have a lot of fun climbing it." Watch the TV performance here.

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Anthrax To Be More Angry And Extreme With New Album Says Charlie

Anthrax's drummer Charlie Benante says that band's follow up album to their 2016 effort "For All Kings" will features some more extreme and angry music.

Benante told Heavy Music Interviews (via Metal Hammer, "This next record is definitely going to be a little more extreme and a little more angry in places, because I just think that's where I am at this point in the world.

"Right now I'm very angry with a couple of things that have happened - and I'm also very happy. So I think it's going to be a really good blend of anger and happy."

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Stephen Stills and Judy Collins Launch U.S. Tour

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins have once again teaming up this month. This time they hit the road together to support their 2017 album "Everybody Knows".

The tour kicked off November 1 in Houston, TX at the Cullen Theater, continuing tonight in McAllen, TX and have announces stops throughout the month in Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, George, and Florida.

On the album, Stills and Collins reflect on fifty years of music and friendship, beginning with their tumultuous love affair in the late 1960s. Check out the dates here.

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The Wombats Announce Limited Edition Record Store Day Release

The Wombats have announced that they plan a very special limited edition 10th Anniversary pressing of The Wombats EP, for this year's Record Store Day's Black Friday.

The 10" disc will mark the first time this release has been available in vinyl, and will be available in the US only for purchase on Black Friday, November 23rd, 2018.

"Really excited to celebrate this EP's 10-year anniversary, and to finally own it on vinyl," The Wombats' frontman Matthew 'Murph' Murphy shared. "The EP marks our first step into the US market, and is one we hold very dear to our hearts." Read more

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36 Crazyfists Frontman Brock Lindow Announces Son Of The North Line

36 Crazyfists frontman Brock Lindow has launched a new clothing line entitled "Son Of The North", which he says "When my wife and I began building our clothing brand 'Son Of The North,' it came to life as we felt the need to tap into another extension of ourselves.

"We wanted to connect with the people that have always gravitated and supported our ideas of art. We've had these ideas of how we wanted our line to look and have been fortunate to finally see our dream come true of owning and creating our own lifestyle brand! While creating our line we kept our roots in where we grew up and what has made us who we are today.

"I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, my wife was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. We could not have come from two totally different or further apart regions but our connection and similar beliefs in music, fashion, sports and our love for the great outdoors helped inspire and birth our beloved clothing line." Check it out here.

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He Is Legend Streaming New Song 'White Bat'

He Is Legend offered up a Halloween treat for fans with a little taste of what they have in store with their next effort via a stream of a brand new track called "White Bat".

The band announced the brand new track with the following comments, "It's been tough keeping this a secret for so long. "Now we can finally let the 'Bat' out of the bag.

They then added, "Keep an eye out for us next year. White Bat is coming 2019." Until then, fans can stream the brand new track here.

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Sabaton Release The Lion From The North Lyric Video

Sabaton have released a lyric video for their song 'The Lion From The North'. The track comes from their forthcoming special 300th year anniversary edition of their album "Carolus Rex"on November 30th, 2018, which is the date Carolus Rex was killed in Norway.

The band decided to mark the anniversary with the special release after the 2012 album reached quadruple platinum status in their home country of Sweden. Watch the video here.

The concept album - charts the rise and fall of the Swedish Empire, in particular the life of Charles XII ('Carolus Rex') who ruled for 21 years. In an amazing coincidence, the album's quadruple platinum certification comes exactly 300 years after the king's death in 1718.

Bass player Par Sundstrom said: "Over the past few years we've been travelling around the world to perform, while expanding Sabaton's empire into new countries and meeting incredible new fans along the way. There's no place like home though, and it's humbling to know that people in our native Sweden are still so amazingly supportive of us after all these years. Thank you to everyone who played a role in making Carolus Rex one of the most successful Swedish rock albums ever!" See the tracklisting here.

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Alice In Chains Release 'Rainier Fog' Video

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains are premiering a video for "Never Fade", the latest single from "Rainier Fog." The clip is directed by Adam Mason, who previously worked on one for the project's lead single, "The One You Know"

"The 'Never Fade' video is a continuation of 'The One You Know'," says vocalist/guitarist William DuVall. "The full story will gradually be revealed. For now, check out what we love to do best - play live and tell a story with our music."

"Rainier Fog" recently debuted at No. 12 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 31,000 equivalent album units - including 29,000 in traditional album sales - according to Nielsen Music. Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Chip and The Chargeups' Green Day and Poison Mashup

Chip & The Charge Ups recently released a Green Day/Poison mashup, "Good Riddance, Fallen Angel" and we asked vocalist/guitarist Chip DiMonick to tell us about it. Here is the story:

Chip & The Charge Ups has gotten a lot of attention for our Green Day/Poison mashup, "Good Riddance, Fallen Angel." Though we're primarily an original band, Chip & The Charge Ups has gotten a lot of attention for our Green Day/Poison mashup, "Good Riddance, Fallen Angel."

As with every mashup I've ever composed, people ask me: "What gave you the idea to put those two songs together?" It's hard to put into words. It's like my mind is a humongous playlist of every song I've liked from '70's classic rock to today's pop. And sometimes that playlist gets shuffled and two songs will play themselves back to back in my brain and I subconsciously react like, "Whoa...those songs would make a killer mashup!"

When that happens, I figure out the chords and melodies of both songs and see if they are musically compatible. And "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" and "Fallen Angel" were seemingly born to be together!

With this particular mashup, I think things get really interesting when talking about how the video came to be. I never really considered doing a video. I was thrilled with how the song turned out.

But, one day - months after the song was recorded - I decided to watch both videos, just to see if anything jumped out as ripe for a visual mashup to accompany to sonic mashup. What I found was gold!

In particular, the Green Day video left so many questions unanswered. Who was Green Day singing about? What did that person decide to do when they reached that "fork stuck in the road?" Who was the woman holding the cat? Who was the man in the car? Who was the kid on the couch? Why were they all so sad?

Then, I realized some things. Like the woman holding the cat had a similar look to the mom in the Poison video. And, there was a definite reason why she was so sad! And, the brother at the dinner table in the Poison video had on a black sweatshirt and black jeans...just like Billie Joe Armstrong in the Green Day video.

As I continued watching the videos, the ideas for marrying the two storylines just kept coming and coming. I started writing notes, taking screenshots, brainstorming. Before I knew it, I had fleshed out the entire concept and even surprised myself.

I think that the more you watch both original videos and our mashup, the more you can appreciate the dozens of subtle details that we sprinkled in to make the song and video what some are calling a masterpiece!

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

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