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Day in Rock Report for 11/04/2018

KISS Reunite With Ace Frehley For First Time In 17 Years

(hennemusic) KISS reunited with original lead guitarist Ace Frehley for the first time in 17 years during an October 31 acoustic performance on KISS Kruise 8, and the group are streaming official video from the event.

The pairing last played together on the band's 2000-2001 farewell tour before the rocker resumed his solo career and KISS moved forward with guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.

According to Rolling Stone, Frehley joined his former bandmates on their annual cruise for four songs, including the band's cover of the 1967 Rolling Stones classic "2000 Man", the guitarist's hit cover of the 1975 Hello track "New York Groove", KISS' 1973 debut single "Nothin' To Lose", and their 1975 signature tune "Rock And Roll All Nite."

"This is great... this is so great," said Frehley midway through his appearance. "Thank you guys for inviting me up."

"All this couldn't have happened if we hadn't happened. We started this," added Paul Stanley. "So thank you for being here."

Along with Frehley, the acoustic set also featured former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick - in the lineup from 1984 to 1996 - who opened the guest portion with the 1992 single "Domino", and 1989's "Hide Your Heart." Watch video of guest portion of the show here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Drugged By Wife Sharon Over Affairs

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne has revealed that she drugged the legendary rocker in 2016 in an attempt to get him to admit to his extra-marital affairs.

"I was a broken woman," Sharon tells The Sun. "He sent me an e-mail that was meant for one of his women. Then he took his sleeping pills. I put an extra two in his drink... and asked him everything, and everything came out.

"He would have never told me the truth, ever. He was ashamed, afraid. I knew how long. I knew who it was. I knew what he was thinking and then, you know, you leave."

Sharon originally hired a private investigator to try to catch Ozzy having an affair after she discovered he was spending a lot of money that she couldn't account for; when news eventually broke in May of 2016 that the singer was hooking up with Hollywood hairstylist Michelle Pugh, she kicked the rocker out of their Los Angeles mansion and he temporarily moved into the Beverly Hills Hotel.

"Ozzy told me it was over with this woman and I believed him," explains Sharon. "Then, six months later, I found out it wasn't and there were others. Only then did he come out and say,''I'm an addict. I can't help it.'"

Although the Black Sabbath legend underwent therapy for sex addiction before the pair reconciled - with Sharon forcing the issue further by having the couple renew their vows - she maintains a watchful eye over everything for two main reasons: "I don't trust him. I worry about that. I don't trust him as far as I can throw him," and, "nobody is going to want to ask me out. Who would ask me out? A big-mouth, older woman?" Read more here.

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Rival Sons Stream New album And Announce Major Label Album

Rival Sons are streaming their brand new song "Back In The Woods". The track comes from their forthcoming studio album "Feral Roots", which is set to hit sores on January 25th.

The new studio effort was produced by the band's longtime collaborator Dave Cobb at the famed RCA Studio A in Nashville and the record will be released by Cobb's Atlantic Record imprint Low Country Sound.

"Back In The Woods" can be streamed here. The band are already making plans to support for the new album with a world tour and are expected to reveal the dates for their North American tour soon. Read more here.

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Ghost Play Special Show In Honor Of Fallen Fan

Ghost played a special show on Halloween at Milwaukee's Riverside Theatre in honor of their late fan Jeff Fortune, who collapsed during the band's show at the venue this past May and later died at a hospital.

After Fortune collapsed at the spring show the band cut the performance short and vowed to return. They did just that on Halloween night and decided the night to Fortune.

Ghost frontman and mastermind Tobias Forge told fans "I'm very glad to see you here tonight, again. Unfortunately, tragedy brought us here tonight as you all know.

We're back here for you and for Jeff Fortune's family who are here tonight. I have a feeling the he might be here with us tonight." As part of that tribute, the band created special t-shirt for the event with proceeds going to Fortunes family. Watch video of the Forge's tribute comments here.

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Metallica Share Live Video For Classic Song

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1991 classic, "Through The Never", at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC on October 22, and the band are streaming professional footage from the fall North American tour event.

The track is from the group's self-titled record - aka the Black Album - the band's first to top the US charts on its way to sales of 16 million in the States and more than 30 million worldwide; the set also continues to hold the record as the biggest-selling album in Nielsen Music history, since the company began tracking sales data in 1991

"Through The Never" was also the title of Metallica's 2013 concert film thriller starring Dane DeHaan that mixed live performance footage with off stage action.

The Charlotte stop is part of Metallica's current fall tour across North America, which will wrap up in Fresno, CA on December 9 before taking a six week break for the holidays; the series will resume for another three-month run in Tulsa, OK on January 18.

"Along the way we'll be visiting 34 cities we did not go to last year," said Metallica when announcing the series, "including a few we haven't been to in decades, including Grand Forks, ND (nearly 30 years), Sioux Falls, SD, El Paso, TX, Birmingham, AL (nearly 26 years) and State College, PA (20 years). About time, wouldn't you say?!

"The fall/winter tour also marks a few firsts for us as each show will get rolling with the Light It Up pre-show party hosted by our very good friend Jim Breuer. Jim, along with a DJ to get the night rocking with some great tunes, hits the stage before us with comedy, fan interaction, giveaways and much more."

"Finally," added the group, "we'll continue to raise funds for our All Within My Hands foundation, which supports a cross-section of national, local and Bay Area charities, music education programs and local food banks. Continuing our collaboration with Crowdrise, we encourage you to make a donation when purchasing tickets to the upcoming shows and each time you donate, you'll be entered to win tickets, pre-show party passes, meet and greet passes, and one lucky winner will be flown to the last show on the tour. For more information, visit crowdrise.com." Watch the video here.

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Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack Debuts On US Charts

(hennemusic) The companion soundtrack to Queen's biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" has debuted on the US charts. According to Billboard, the project enters the Billboard 200 at No. 22 with opening week sales of 24,000 equivalent album units, including 12,000 in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the US based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units, which are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

The soundtrack mixes classic live and studio tracks with previously unavailable Queen performances from Live Aid. The five tracks from Queen's 21-minute performance at the charity concert - "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Radio Ga Ga", "Hammer To Fall" and "We Are The Champions" - have never been released in audio form before; they were previously issued on video as a special extra on the DVD/BluRay release of "Queen Rock Montreal", which features the Montreal Forum shows of November 1981.

Among the rarities included in the package is a newly-recorded version of the song "Doing All Right" by members of Smile, the predecessor to Queen that featured May and Taylor with vocalist Tim Staffell. Almost 50 years after the original Smile recording, the three players reunited at Abbey Road Studios to recreate the original version of the tune, which Queen recorded for inclusion on their 1973 self-titled debut album. here.

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Eric Clapton Releases 'White Christmas' Video

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton is premiering a new music video for his cover of the holiday classic, "White Christmas", from his recently-released collection, "Happy Xmas."

Written by Irving Berlin and a huge 1942 hit for Bing Crosby, the song went on to become one of the biggest-selling singles in music history, with all versions combining for an estimated 100 million copies sold worldwide.

Clapton's first full-length Christmas album, "Happy Xmas" delivers a mix of seasonal standards - including "Silent Night" and "Away In A Manger" - and lesser known holiday tunes alongside a new original track, "For Love On Christmas Day."

"I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals," says Clapton. "I got it down and one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.'"

Clapton co-produced "Happy Xmas" with Simon Climie, as well as providing an illustration of Santa Claus for the record's cover. Watch the video here.

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Rolling Stones Release Live 'Miss You' Video

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming video of a 1994 performance of "Miss You", as a preview to the November 16 release of the live package, "Voodoo Lounge Uncut."

The lead single from 1978's "Some Girls" topped the US charts - as did the album, which went to sales of more than 6 million copies in the country. The song is one of 28 tracks recorded during a Miami, FL show on the band's North American tour in support of their 1994 album, "Voodoo Lounge", which was originally broadcast as a pay-per-view event and first issued as "Voodoo Lounge Live" on VHS video the following year before an edited version was delivered on DVD in 1998.

The restored, remixed and remastered film delivers the first performance of "Sweet Virginia" since 1973, and guest appearances by Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray and Bo Diddley.

The package adds five songs that were captured at Giants Stadium in New Jersey early in the trek that were a part of a VHS video called "Live Voodoo Lounge" that was offered for sale during the tour. here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Release Live In Atlantic City Preview Video

(hennemusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd are streaming a new video trailer for the recently-released package "Live In Atlantic City." The project captures the band's June 23, 2006 appearance on the VH1 series "Decades Rock Live!", where they were joined by guests 3 Doors Down, Hank Williams Jr. and American Idol singer Bo Bice.

Each guest performs one of their own hits while also joining the headliner for classic tracks: Bice is on hand for "Gimme Back My Bullets"; Williams Jr. delivers "Down South Jukin'"; and, 3 Doors Down rock "That Smell" and "Saturday Night Special" before all three join Skynyrd for "Sweet Home Alabama."

"Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live In Atlantic City" is available via multiple formats, including a CD + Blu-ray Digipak (limited first print run in fake leather), 2LP Gatefold+download, DVD, Blu-ray, and digital audio. Watch the trailer here.

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The Ramones Release Uncovered 'Road To Ruin' Video

(hennemusic) The Ramones are streaming a previously-unreleased video for "I'm Against It", to promote the recently-issued expanded 40th anniversary reissue of their 1978 album, "Road To Ruin."

The lost footage was reportedly discovered in a record company vault, inside a 16mm film canister that hadn't been opened in 40 years. The new clip appears to have been filmed during the same session as a video shoot for the project's third single, "She's The One."

The "Road To Ruin" reissue presents an original and new mix of the Ramones' fourth album, which saw the introduction of drummer Marky Ramone after founding member Tommy Ramone exited the lineup to oversee production and songwriting for the group.

The set also includes a previously-unreleased recording of the band's entire 1979 New Year's Eve concert that was mixed live-to-air on WNEW-FM by Ed Stasium and sourced from Tommy's original mixing board console cassette. Watch the video here.

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Hollywood Undead Surprise Release New EP 'Psalms'

Hollywood Undead surprised fans late last week with the release of their new "Psalms" EP, which they released as a companion to their 2017 album "FIVE".

The EP includes two previously released tracks, "Gotta Let Go" and "Another Level," along with three brand new songs: "Bloody Nose," "Live Fast Die Young," and "Something to Believe."

Johnny 3 Tears had this to say, "On our new EP, we tackle darker subjects such as life, death, and suicide. As a band, we try to convey messages of hope and with this project specifically, redemption.

"If I could speak to every individual who needs help I would. But no one can do that, and that's why we make the music we do. Hopefully we can help someone with these songs. They have definitely helped us." It is available here.

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Bruce Springsteen Streams Track From Springsteen On Broadway Album

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen is streaming audio of "Land Of Hope And Dreams" and an official video trailer as the first previews to the December 14 release of the soundtrack to his 2018 concert film, "Springsteen On Broadway."

The companion package to the New Jersey rocker's Netflix special presents complete audio from the film by director Thom Zimny, which was captured over a pair of performances for private audiences back in July as part of a historic 236-date solo run at New York's Walter Kerr Theatre.

The one-man show sees Springsteen deliver a stripped-down performance while sharing details behind some of his legendary material. The soundtrack see arrives the day before Springsteen's final Broadway appearance and ahead of the Netflix film premiere, which will launch globally on December 16 at 12:01 AM PT / 3:01 AM ET.

The "Springsteen On Broadway" soundtrack will be available via multiple formats, including a 2CD and 4 LP sets as well as a digital download and on streaming services.

"The purpose of the film is to bring this incredibly intimate show to Bruce's entire audience intact and complete," explains Springsteen manager Jon Landau. "In addition to its many other virtues, Netflix has provided for a simultaneous worldwide release which is particularly important for our massive international audience. Ted Sarandos and the entire company's support has been a perfect match for Bruce's personal commitment to the filmed version of 'Springsteen on Broadway.'" Listen to the song and watch the trailer here.

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Willie Nelson To Be Honored During Grammy Week

(Sunshine Sachs) The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing have announced that they will be honoring eight-time Grammy Award winner Willie Nelson at its annual Grammy Week celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles. We were sent the following details:

Now in its 12th year, this event will celebrate the artistic achievements and creative genius of Nelson, one of the music industry's most beloved icons. The event also acknowledges the overall industry contributions of the Producers & Engineers Wing's more than 6,400 professional members. Grammy Week culminates with the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

"Willie Nelson has inspired generations of musicians and fans, and continues to set precedents of excellence within the music community," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "We are privileged to pay tribute this year to an industry pioneer who perfectly embodies the tireless efforts of the Producers & Engineers Wing as we continue to raise awareness of the ever-evolving climate of sound quality and the increasing interest in the preservation and integrity of recorded music." Read more here.

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Blacklite District Release 'Hard Pill To Swallow' Video

Blacklite District have released a new music video for their track "Hard Pill to Swallow." The song is the lead single from their forthcoming 4th album, Through the Ages.

The video was filmed outside the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center in Anaheim, CA by DZFX Media. Kyle Pfeiffer had this to say:

"We worked with DZFX Media in Southern California on the video. I literally ran into him at Guitar Center while I was picking up something for our studio sessions for the new album. We started talking right there at the counter and ended up shooting three videos that week, with 'Hard Pill to Swallow' being the first." Watch the video here.

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Raiding The Rock Vault Hitting The Road Next Year

(MSO) "Raiding The Rock Vault" and "Raiding The Country Vault"--two of the most successful shows and brands in Las Vegas and Branson, Missouri, respectively--will be launched as worldwide concert tours in 2019.

The show's producers, "Sir" Harry Cowell and Simon Napier-Bell, have announced that touring dates are now being booked for America, Canada, the U.K., Europe, Japan and South America. On top of this, the two impresarios reveal that plans are now in the works for "Raiding The Latin Vault" and "Raiding The Metal Vault" in 2019/2020.

"Raiding The Rock Vault" brings the history of rock 'n' roll to life--featuring classic anthems from the 1960's through the 1980's by the biggest acts in music--performed by a rotating all-star line-up. The show has logged over 1,300 performances in Las Vegas since launching in 2013 and been seen by over 680,000 people, including 60,000 from the U.K. The ultimate rock experience, "Raiding The Rock Vault" is the winner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal's "Best of Las Vegas" for 5 years in a row, a distinction which no other Las Vegas show has achieved. The show continues its triumphant run at Vinyl inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

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Heart's Ann Wilson Releases 'You Don't Own Me' Video

(hennemusic) Heart vocalist Ann Wilson is streaming a newly-released video for her version of the 1963 Lesley Gore smash, "You Don't Own Me", from her covers album "Immortal."

Originally recorded by the Brooklyn singer when she was just 17, the tune reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for three weeks behind The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand."

Wilson says her cover of the empowerment anthem - which features a guest appearance by guitarist Warren Haynes - remains relevant today.

"I think that song has come to be way more universal now," Wilson tells Billboard. "It could be the anthem of anyone who wants respect, anyone at all, not just women. I think we're in a time where we're having a discourse now as a culture about who people really are and how it's important to accept people, and so I thought the song really fits. I think it's really meaningful in today's world."

"Immortal" sees the Heart rocker deliver a diverse set of tracks that pay homage to some of her favorite songs and artists, all of whom have passed away in recent years - including tracks by David Bowie, Tom Petty, Glenn Frey of The Eagles, and more. Watch the video here.

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John Mellencamp Adds Dates To U.S. Tour

(hennemusic) John Mellencamp has expanded a 2019 US tour in support of his forthcoming album, "Other People's Stuff." The Indiana rocker has added more than a dozen shows in late spring to the previously-announced series, dubbed "The John Mellencamp Show", which will begin in South Bend, IN on February 7.

Mellencamp.com and VIP pre-sale tickets for the new dates will be available beginning Wednesday, November 7 at 10:00am local time until Thursday, November 8 at 10:00pm local time, while an American Express presale runs Wednesday, November 7 at 12:00pm local time until Thursday, November 8 at 10:00pm local time.

General public tickets will go on sale Friday, November 9 at 10:00am local time (except 11am in Green Bay). Mellencamp's live show performances will start promptly at 8pm and will not include an opening act, while every ticket purchased online will receive a physical copy of "Other People's Stuff." See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Zardonic's Takeover

Electronic music producer Zardonic recently released his new album "Become" and to celebrate we asked him (Federico Agreda Alvarez) to tell us about the hit single "Takeover" (ft The Qemists). Here is the story:

Takeover was meant to be a statement to the world because I see the Rock and Bass Music hybrids continuing to become more and more popular, and I feel a scene of its own is about to blow up any minute. Before that happens, I took the task to personally investigate who brought this idea first. Of course there is always the reference to Industrial Rock, EBM, and bands like Ministry and the likes which I also include, but this specific scene is still distinctively different even when the ingredients are similar, but the formula is not the same.

Ministry did not exactly try to make music for people to danceto because the DJ phenomenon hadn't even really happened back then. So when you mention Pendulum or Celldweller, to give you two names which I consider major pioneers of this sound, you have something quite different from, say, Rammstein or Combichrist. Takeover is a tribute to those who were before us and a reminder to those who come after us to be thankful to those who helped build the scene they're now successful in.

I did this particular song with The Qemists because they are also a very long running act which started in 2007 and I've been a huge fan ever since. Pendulum started in 2003, even though their rock influences came a little later. Celldweller as a project started in the same year, but if you count Circle Of Dust (Klayton's project with Criss Angel), they were doing it since 1988, and they were an influence to Pendulum. I believe it is the duty of every single musician that pursues a specific style to remember and learn about everything that is related to their sound. At least, I believe it's better. I want this scene to thrive, and I will do my best to help it blow up even if it's the last thing I do.

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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