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Day in Rock Report for 11/11/2018

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Rushed To Hospital

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry collapsed backstage following a special guest appearance at Billy Joel's Madison Square Garden concert on Saturday night, his camp has confirmed.

Perry was treated by paramedics in a dressing room at the famed venue for 40 minutes and required a tracheal tube in his throat before he was taken to a local hospital, according to TMZ.

They report that Perry collapsed after he concluded his guest appearance with Joel where they performed the Aerosmith classic "Walk This Way", which Billy continuing the show unaware of Perry's condition backstage.

The guitarist's publicist sent us the following statement on Sunday morning: "Following a guest performance during Billy Joel's show last night at Madison Square Garden, Joe Perry experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital. This morning Perry remains in the hospital where he is alert and responsive. The Aerosmith guitarist will be unable to appear today at Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp in Florida and apologizes to those attending. Perry is expected to return to the road later this month."

Watch Perry's performance of "Walk This Way" with Billy Joel at here.

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Iron Maiden Bringing The Beast To North America

Iron Maiden shared the exciting news with American and Canadian fans that they will be crossing the pond next summer for a North American leg of their acclaimed Legacy Of The Beast Tour.

The trek will be kicking off on July 18th in Sunrise, Florida at the BB&T Center and will wrap up on September 25th in San Antonio, Texas at the AT&T Center.

Frontman Bruce Dickinson had this to say, "We're excited to return to North America and share the Legacy Of The Beast Tour with all our friends there! We're immensely proud of this show and we've had great reactions from the many fans who came to see us in Europe earlier this year. The production is based on our mobile game THE LEGACY OF THE BEAST which basically takes various incarnations of Eddie into many different Maiden Worlds. This inspired us to put together a stage show to take our fans through different Worlds and experiences set to appropriate songs. It is not that easy designing different Worlds on stage and we put a huge amount of work into this to make it work and the end result we feel is our most spectacular and certainly the most complex show to date. We've got all kinds of crazy things going on, including a replica Spitfire plane dominating the stage during 'Aces High,' tons of pyro, a giant Icarus, muskets, claymores and some truly marvellous flame-throwers which I have a hell of a lot of fun with, as you will see! And of course we have Eddie, as you've never seen him before, and absolutely loads of other surprises. I've had the time of my life playing with all these magnificent props on stage, it's been fantastic, we can't wait to bring this show to you!" Read more here.

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Eddie Van Halen KISS Rumor Addressed

Both KISS and Van Halen have been the focus of rumors over the years and one such rumor that has persisted is that Eddie Van Halen wanted to join the legendary make-up donning band in the early 1980s.

The story goes that Eddie Van Halen was unhappy in his band and wanted to join KISS around the time that they were looking for a replacement for Ace Frehely, but Paul Stanley remembers it a different way.

Stanley was asked about the rumor during this year's KISS Kruise and told fans (see video here), "No. Eddie Van Halen did not almost join KISS."

Paul says that the guitarist did visit KISS in the studio. He continued, "I think there was some strife within the band [Van Halen] at that point, for him, and Eddie came down just to see what was going on. And I remember he was really blown away by the solo in 'Creatures'. He said, 'Get that guy.' That guy who played the solo in 'Creatures' was a guy named Steve Farris, who was in a band called Mister Mister, who had a bunch of hits. But the guitar player was great. And at that point, Eddie was getting into keyboards.

"And I remember he brought some tapes of some of the songs he was working on. And it was, like, this guy is this unbelievable guitar player." Paul says he thought, "'Eddie, what are you doing on keyboards?' But that was the start of 'Jump' and all that other stuff that came afterwards. But Eddie was never going to join KISS and was never almost in KISS."

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All That Remains' Oli Herbert Cause Of Death Revealed

All That Remains' Oli Herbert cause of death and reason why a public memorial was canceled has been revealed by the guitarist's widow Beth. He died last month at the age of 44.

Beth Herbert shared the following, "Good morning everyone this is Beth. And indeed it IS a good morning; Toxicology results are back as is the official cause of my husband's death!

"Cause of death- Drowning; Toxicology- Oli was apparently self-treating for manic-depression that has run in his family for several generations. Anti-depressants were found in his system, as well as a sleep aid.

"The psych meds found in his system were the same ones that a close relative has been prescribed for a long time, so he knew what to hunt down for the 'treatment'.

"Seeing how he was not going (and wouldn't go) to a doctor to get diagnosed with the issue and was not being prescribed the medications and monitored on them, it explains his occasional erratic behavior here at home.

"As far as why the memorial was cancelled; concern for my personal safety and home due to numerous threats to both is the reason. If anybody knows where Oli was getting the psych meds, please call CT State Police, Troop C in Tolland, CT."

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Tom Petty Collection Release Pushed Back To Next Year

The released date for the new career spanning Tom Petty collection "The Best Of Everything' has been pushed back to February 1st of next year, from the original November 16th date for an undisclosed reason.

The 38 track release will include music from the legendary rocker's solo career as well as with Mudcrutch and his most famous band
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

In addition to previously released, and now remastered tracks, the collection will also include an alternative version of the title song featuring a never-heard second verse to the song that originally appeared on the Heartbreaker's 1985 album, "Southern Accents."

"The Best Of Everything" will be released digitally, a 2-disc CD, and LP versions (black and clear vinyl. It will also feature an essay from Cameron Crowe. Check out the alternative version of the title song, with the additional verse, here.

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Linkin Park Pass 1 Billion Landmark With 'Numb'

(hennemusic) Linkin Park's video for their 2003 track, "Numb", has passed the 1 billion views milestone on YouTube and the band celebrated the milestone via social media.

"Our music video for 'Numb" just passed 1 billion views on YouTube,' the group revealed to their fans online. "Thank you for all the support over the years!"

Filmed in the Czech Republic capital of Prague, the clip from the California group's second album, "Meteora", was directed by band DJ Joe Hahn; the project's third single reached No. 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while topping the Billboard Alternative Songs chart for 12 weeks. Watch the video here.

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The Rolling Stones Stream Live 'Street Fighting Man' Performance

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming audio of a 1994 performance of "Street Fighting Man", as the latest preview to the November 16 release of the live package, "Voodoo Lounge Uncut."

The lead single from 1968's "Beggars Banquet" reached No. 48 on the Billboard Hot 100 while the project hit No. 5 on the Billboard 200.

A staple of the group's shows through the years, the song was captured during a November 1994 concert at Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium that was originally broadcast as a pay-per-view event.

Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray and Bo Diddley make guest appearances on "Voodoo Lounge Uncut", which also delivers the band's first performance of "Sweet Virginia" since 1973.

The package will be available in multiple formats, including Blu-ray/2-CD, DVD/2-CD, limited-edition 3LP red vinyl and digital audio and video.

"Street Fighting Man" will also appear on the November 16 release of a 50th anniversary reissue of "Beggars Banquet." Stream the track here.

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Unearth and Darkest Hour Announce Death To False Metalcore Tour

Unearth and Darkest Hour have announced that they are teaming up for a European coheadlining trek that they will be calling the Death To False Metalcore Tour.

The tour will include 12 stops and is set to kick off in Germany on March 21st and will also feature support sets from the bands Malevolence, Misery Signals and Left Behind.

Unearth frontman Trevor Phipps had this to say, "It's been over two years since we've set foot in Europe and we are more than ready to return for the Death to False Metalcore tour. Hitting the road alongside our brothers in Darkest Hour as well as the stacked package of Misery Signals, Malevolence and Left Behind is something we are very much looking forward to."

Darkest Hour's Michael Schleibaum added, "We've had the joy of touring with both Unearth and Misery Signals over the many years we have all been bands, and we are looking forward to carrying on tradition this March. Each one of us has carved out a special place in the extreme music world, and we know some of you will be foaming at the mouth to get in the pit for this show, and that's just how we like it!" See the dates here.

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Premiere: Briston Maroney's Hard To Tell

Briston Maroney has been capturing a lot of attention with a series of hit singles and is now ready to release a full EP later this week on Canvasback/Atlantic and today we premiere the lead track from the effort.

The new EP is entitled "Carnival " and is set to hit stores on Friday (November 16th). It contains the hit singles "Freakin' Out On the Interstate" (an impressive 454k US Streams), "Under My Skin", and "I've Been Waiting" along with two other tracks including "Hard To Tell" which we are excited to premiere below.

Briston had this to say about the song, "I love this one. It was amazing to get this one done with Tone Def because of what we'd done with the other songs prior. It's direct and propulsive and immediate which feels like a great start to the project. It's also my dad's favorite of the bunch, so that helps, too." Stream the song here.

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All-Star Chris Squire Tribute Album Released

The long awaited all-star tribute to last Yes icon Chris Squire has been released. A Life In YES: The Chris Squire Tribute was produced by Chris' friend and collaborator Billy Sherwood.

The album includes contributions from Todd Rundgren, Steve Porcaro (Toto), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), Patrick Moraz (Yes/The Moody Blues), Steve Stevens, Dweezil Zappa, and more.

"Needless to say this record is near and dear to my heart, Chris and I were friends for decades and his loss was epic. I wanted to honor his spirit, his writing, his bass work... And so I set forth to create this record. Everyone who participated lifted the project and did it out of the deepest respect and love for Chris." - Billy Sherwood

The album can be ordered on CD and vinyl here and includes 2 bonus tracks: one from the prog supergroup The Prog Collective, and one from the popular Pink Floyd tribute album Back Against The Wall. Read more here.

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Soul Asylum Albums Remastered and Expanded For Reissue

(Conqueroo) Soul Asylum's last two independent label releases "While You Were Out" And "Clam Dip & Other Delights" have been expanded for a new combined reissue.

The new remastered CD is set to be released by Omnivore Recordings on January 18th and will feature seven bonus tracks as well as liner notes by Superchunk's Jon Wurster.

We were sent the following details: Soul Asylum, inheritors of the throne in the Minneapolis scene launched by The Replacements and Hüsker Dü,stood out because of their smart, punky, hard rock songs and relentless work ethic. They made three albums, an EP and a cassette for hometown label Twin/Tone Records before moving on to the majors: first A&M, then Columbia, where they scored two platinum albums and won a Best Rock Song Grammy® for "Runaway Train." Read more here.

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Gin Blossoms Release 'Wonder' Video

Gin Blossoms have released a brand new music video for their track "Wonder". The song comes from the group's latest album "Mixed Reality", which hit stores back in June.

The new visual was filmed in Vancouver and was produced by Glass Hero Media, directed by Cole Northey, and stars Madisen Steinwand. The group teamed up with Parade.com to premiere the new video.

Gin Blossoms' Jesse Valenzuela told them, "Cole Northey shot a wonderful video with the gorgeous city of Vancouver as backdrop. He really captured the delicate sensibility of the song with its wistful quality and gentle aching. I love it." Watch it

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Earl and the Agitators React To Billboard Album Chart Debut

Foghat offshoot Earl and the Agitators debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Blues Charts with their latest album "Shaken & Stirred" and the members of the group have reacted.

Led by long-time/original Foghat drummer Roger Earl, the also features the vocals and guitar of former Buddy Guy guitarist Scott Holt, Foghat members Bryan Bassett and Rodney O'Quinn on slide/lead guitar & bass, plus guitarist Tony Bullard and percussionist Mark Petrocelli.

Roger: "Oh dear...fame at last! It's all because of you! Thank you EATA fans! It was a blast making this record with Scott & Bryan and I am grateful that my long-time band mate & brother Craig MacGregor got to play on it. He loved working with Scott too!"

Scott: "As a professional musician of almost 30 years, there are certain things still that humble you and remind you that you're on the right path. Appearing on the Billboard Blues Chart is one of those events. To do it with my dear friends Roger, Bryan, Rodney, Tony, Mark and the late (yet eternally awesome) Craig MacGregor is just icing on the f***in' cake!" Read more here.

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John Mellencamp To Marry Actress Meg Ryan

(hennemusic) Actress Meg Ryan has announced her engagement to rocker John Mellencamp. According to Billboard, Ryan revealed the news via her social media sites on Thursday with a hand-drawn doodle of the couple accompanied by the caption, "ENGAGED!"

The couple have dated on and off since 2010. Mellencamp, 67, has previously been married three times, while this will be the second marriage for Ryan, 56, who was previously wed to fellow actor Dennis Quaid.

"I can confirm John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan are engaged," a rep for Mellencamp told Billboard. Read more and see the hand drawing here.

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Devin Townsend Announces Solo Acoustic Tour

Devin Townsend has announced that he will be unplugging to launch a special 'An Evening With' solo acoustic tour of Europe next March and April.

The trek will feature Devin performing tracks from across his catalogue, as well as taking part in a Q&A where fans. He had this to say, "Hello everyone, Devin here. I have been busy making my newest recording, EMPATH over the past year. It has been a complicated and enlightening experience in that I have gone back to my roots in terms of what my motivations are for making music, in hopes that I am able to move forward as a musician being as true as I possibly can to my motivations. The result is an album that I am exceptionally proud of, one that is uncompromised and diverse in ways that accurately represent where I'm at now at the age of 46.

"The past decade of relentless touring with DTP had been something that caught up with me in a big way, and as a result I felt I needed to step back from that world and analyze myself and make this music before stepping onto a stage again. The time has come however for me to take the next step in my career, and when asked about how I would like to do so, I decided the first thing I would do was a very intimate run of shows that allows me to play my music stripped back to just me and a guitar. The shows are at nice venues, and includes a spoken word element with questions from the audience as well as aspects of my entire career represented in this one show." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Held Hostage (with Joe Lynn Turner)

We celebrate Veteran's Day with Held Hostage's Tom Collier telling us about their latest single "Show Me The Way Back Home" featuring Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow/Deep Purple/Yngwie Malmsteen). The group is donating portions of the proceeds for the single to veterans groups. Here is the story:

Let me start off by saying, Happy Veterans Day and, thank you for your service. I am so proud of what 'Show Me the Way Back Home' has become - It is a battle cry of sorts for many Veterans who just want to be heard but are not sure how to. I have had 100% positive feedback, not just from Veterans but from people who never served or had family members who served and never came home. These people thank me - and say what a great cause. To further, I have been helping Veterans since back in the 90's before most people even realized what they were going through or had been through. Not just physically but emotionally and how it taken it's a toll on many of them.

I started writing 'Show Me the Way Back Home' after hearing stories from my brother about Vietnam, and the way they were treated when they arrived home. They were spit on, thrown beer cans at, and treated horribly by the protesters. They were even told upon arrival to USA to take off their uniforms so protesters wouldn't target them. I became fascinated by the stories - not to mention disgusted - and I researched Vietnam and all the wars. One thing I discovered, was that many of them will "not" ask for help. I also realized that a lot of these men never came home, and the ones that did come home, truly never made it back all the way. That's why I wrote 'Show Me the Way Back Home,' in hopes to heal and let them know there is a way for them to come back home.
When I was recording the song, the process turned into a little longer one then I thought. Finding the right combination of guys to record with and the producer was key to establishing the ground work. I have to say Carl Canedy drummer/producer was a big plus to the song. Then you add in the iconic singer Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen), along with some great guys in the band, including myself Tom Collier, Scott Greg, Ian Evans, Joe Reppert, Greg Truax. I also have some great special guests that do live appearances with Held Hostage that include Carl Canedy (The Rods), Freddy Villano (Quiet Riot, Dee Sniders Widower Maker, American Mafia), Giorgio Mongelli (Ethan Brosh) and Mike Sanstasiero (Totally Lost Cause).

This has been quite the journey and helping people doing the right things makes it all worthwhile. When I was writing Show Me the Way Back Home. I never imagined I would be playing live and recording with, some of music's biggest Icons, I use to watch from the audience. Get ready this is going to be one Helluva Ride.

Of note: I also donate a portion of the proceeds of my music sales to the veterans groups. I am currently helping the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 704 raise funds to build a memorial for the 27 Heroes in Cayuga County, NY - 27 that never came home.

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

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