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Day in Rock Report for 11/12/2018

Iron Maiden Announce Another New 2019 Tour Leg

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have announced dates for the 2019 South American leg of The Legacy Of The Beast world tour. The fall 2019 dates will follow the completion of the just-announced 33-city North American run, which will open in Sunrise, FL on July 18.

The four-concert series will begin in Mexico City on September 29 before hitting Brazil's Rock In Rio and Buenos Aires, Argentina before a closing show in Santiago, Chile on October 15.

The shows for The Legacy Of The Beast tour feature production inspired by Iron Maiden's free to play mobile game of the same name. "We gave a lot of thought to the set list for this tour as the songs needed to follow the narrative of the changing worlds of the stage show," says bassist Steve Harris.

"We feel we ended up with a very strong and well balanced set mixing songs we haven't played in many years like 'Flight Of Icarus', 'Sign Of The Cross' and 'The Clansman' with songs we know the fans want to hear like 'The Trooper', '2 Minutes To Midnight', 'The Number Of The Beast', 'Fear Of The Dark', 'Run To The Hills', 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' and others, reflecting the journey through the different themes of the show.

"The whole band is really enjoying this tour and we are really looking forward to seeing everybody again!" See the dates here.

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Poison's Bret Michaels Suffers Medical Emergency

Poison frontman Bret Michaels was forced to postpone his solo concert in Greeneville, Tennessee "due to a medical emergency" on Sunday night (November 11th).

The singer was suffering from a kidney stone which was complicated by his diabetes. His camp put out the following statement via social media, "With much regret, we hate to inform you that tonight's Bret Michaels sold out performance will be postponed due to a medical emergency.

"Bret has an incredibly large kidney stone and several small stones that are now in a position that have made Bret immobile. While kidney stones are extremely painful on their own, being a diabetic complicates the situation and Bret needs to be monitored very carefully.

"As all Bret's fans have seen in the past, it takes a dire emergency to keep him from performing. Bret loves his fans and was extremely excited to perform at this new venue for the first time. The date will be rescheduled within the next 24 hours, all tickets will be honored and all info will be posted on the venue's site and all Bret Michaels' sites and social media platforms."

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Rush's Alex Lifeson Has A New Gig

Rush may have retired but that isn't stopping guitarist Alex Lifeson from still playing with a world renown drummer. Marco Minnemann has revealed that he and Lifeson are working on a new project.

Minnemann broke the news to fans via Facebook, revealing the collaboration along with an illustration of himself and Alex Lifeson by Tom Colbie.

Minnemann shared with fans, "Working on a new collaborative release together with Rush's Alex Lifeson. Watch this space for more details to follow soon."

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Scorpions Cancel Shows Down Under Due To Vocal Issues

The Scorpions were forced to cancel a second concert last week on their tour with Def Leppard in Australia as frontman Klaus Meine continues to suffer from vocal issues.

The band had to initially cancel their performance in Melbourne last Thursday and they were hoping that Meine would recover enough to play this past Saturday in Sydney after resting his voice but they were unable to.

The vocalist broke the bad news to fans with the following, "Dear Australian Fans, believe me I have tried everything to be up on stage tonight in Sydney... I haven't said a word in the last 36 hours to rest my pipes, but unfortunately my voice is not back to the power it needs to sing my heart out for you tonight.

"You deserve nothing less than the best performance and I hope we have a chance to come back to finally 'Rock You Like A Hurricane'. Thank you for all the 'get well soon' messages. Thank you, Def Leppard, for your amazing support on this tour. Love Klaus."

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Hit And Run Behind Mastodon Absence Mystery

Mastodon's Brent Hinds was curiously absent from the Grammy Awards when the band took home to trophy for Best Metal Performance for "Sultan's Curse" and he has now explained why he wasn't there.

Hinds shared via Instragram, "To all the people that think that this is recent or funny, please stop the stupid f***ing comments. I put the post up to pimp my friend's movie. Go see this movie! And go f*** yourselves.

"I was lucky enough to live through playing a little bit of guitar on the soundtrack on January 23, 2018, and that's why I couldn't attend the Grammys.

"I was involved in a hit and run on my motorcycle that ended me up in pistola. I got absolutely no shout out from my best friends/bandmates. I know they love me and just be having stupid nervousness, but still! Here's a few photos of the results."

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All That Remains Reveal Temp Guitarist Following Oli Herbert's Death

All That Remains have revealed that they plan to carry on in the wake of the tragic death of guitarist Oli Herbert, announcing a fill in guitarist for their upcoming tour.

The band announced that they have recruited Jason Richardson (All Shall Perish, Chelsea Grin, Born of Osiris) as a fill in guitarist on their upcoming tour dates in support of their forthcoming album "Victim Of The New Disease."

Frontman Philip Labonte had this to say, "losing Oli has been a tremendous blow to the core of ATR."But I know he wouldn't want anything other than for us to continue. He loved this record so much - it's some of our best work.

"We look forward to sharing the music with everyone - seeing our fans from the stage. From where Oli loved most. It'll be cathartic. We'll need it to be."

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ELO Star Hugh McDowell Dead At 65

Hugh McDowell, who was best known for his work with ELO and Wizzard during the 1970s died last week at the age of 65. An official cuase of death was not revealed.

Yes star Geoff Downes, who worked with McDowell on the Wetton/Downes Icon albums, broke the sad news to fans via social media. Geoff had the following to say:

"Very sad news to hear that good friend and super cellist, Hugh McDowell has passed away. Apart from his legendary ELO contributions, he was an integral part of all of our Wetton/Downes Icon albums. A great musician and gentleman sadly missed. Thank you Hugh."

Producer Rob Aubrey also paid shared this tribute, "Sad to hear of the death of Hugh McDowell. I recorded him a number of times for John Wetton and Geoff Downes. Always fun and a great ear for a cool partů in awe of his tales of life on the road and in the air with ELO. RIP sir."

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Releases Video For New Single 'Quake'

(hennemusic) Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is streaming a video for "Quake", the new single from his latest solo album, "Sweetzerland Manifesto." Featuring vocals by Gary Cherone of Extreme, the song will be a bonus track from the soon-to-be-released vinyl version of the project.

The clip was directed by the guitarist's son, Roman Perry. "I had so much fun making this one, hope you like it," says the Aerosmith rocker. "Sweetzerland Manifesto" sees Perry collaborating with guest vocalists Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, David Johansen and Terry Reid, and others including Johnny Depp, Zak Starkey and his own sons Tony and Roman.

Cherone will join Perry for a 10-date series of fall US shows as part of a lineup that will also feature his Aerosmith bandmate Brad Whitford; the run will begin in Sioux City, IA on November 30. Watch the video here.

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Dave Mustaine Was Not A Fan Of Megadeth Cruise At First

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says that he was not enthusiastic with the idea of the band launching their very own cruise when he was first approached about putting together the Megacruise.

The thrash metal legends will be launching their very first cruise next October which will also feature Armored Saint, Anthrax, Devildriver, Corrosion Of Conformity, Testament and more.

He spoke about his change of heart during an interview on SiriusXM via Metal Hammer, and even floated the idea of having a Megadeth cover band that fans can sing with on the voyage.

He said, "I wasn't really into the cruise thing at all in the beginning when we were approached with it. We had a sail that we had signed on for and for whatever reason, it didn't happen. We regrouped and got a new lineup and a new outlook towards this stuff.

"Because going out and doing this with a bunch of old barfly bands that can't do anything better than get on a cruise, hey, you know what? I think I'll pass. I'm not gonna go down and get the $2.99 shrimp cocktail."

Mustaine adds: "But if it's something like this that's a lot of really cool metal bands, it's really short - it's not a week out to sea and four days is enough. And there's so many other fun things to do, like the whole karaoke thing we're gonna try and pull off.

"I don't know if it's gonna happen very well, but we're gonna try - we're gonna try and find a cover band that does Megadeth songs and let people go out there and just sing them."

He then shared his hopes for how the cruise will go, "I want to make sure that in the event where we cast off and we're out at sea, if anything happens to anyone, that the show goes on.

"That people are gonna say, 'You know what? This is such an incredibly value-packed trip here that it's OK if somebody from one of the bands can't make a second show.' I want to make sure that people walk away going, 'This is the greatest thing ever.'"

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Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel Announce 2019 U.S. Tour

Red Dragon Cartel, featuring legendary former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee, have announced that they will be hitting the road of a U.S. tour early next year.

The band will be launching the tour in support of their brand new album, "Pantina", which was produced by bassist/producer Anthony Esposito and mixed by Max Norman.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on February 23rd in Reno, NV at the Nugget Casino Resort and will be concluding on April 2nd in Queens, NY at Blackthorn 51. See the dates here.

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ZZ Top Announce First Dates Of 50th Anniversary Tour

(hennemusic) ZZ Top have announced the first dates of a planned 50th Anniversary UK and European tour. The Texas trio will play the Prague Rocks festival in the Czech Republic on June 19, Spain's Barcelona Rock Fest on July 5 and London's SSE Arena Wembley on July 12, with many more shows to be revealed soon.

The series is scheduled to get underway in early June in Scandinavian countries before heading to central Europe and concluding in the UK in late July; it is expected that ZZ Top will play in a dozen countries over a four-week period.

"It's been 50 years, and I think we're starting to get pretty good!," says guitarist Billy Gibbons. "We're just as excited to play Barcelona this summer as we were to play Beaumont (TX) back in '69. The beards are, perhaps, a bit longer, but nothing much else has changed and we hope to keep it that way." here.

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Yes Reveal Final Artists Joining Them On 2019 Cruise To The Edge

Yes have revealed the final list of artists who will be joining them on next year's Cruise To The Edge which is set to take place from February 4-9 aboard The Royal Caribbean's Brilliance Of The Seas.

The lineup will now include The Neal Morse Band, Adrian Belew Power Trio, Focus, Haken, Brook Hansen, Rachel Flowers, along with the supergroup The Sea Within (Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Daniel Gildenlow, Marco Minnemann and Tom Brislin). Gildenlow has prior commitments with Pain Of Salvation and will be replaced by Casey McPherson on the cruise.

They will join the previously announced Yes, Steve Hackett of Genesis, Mike Portnoy, Riverside, Fish, Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater, special guest John Lodge of The Moody Blues, PFM, Frost, Gazpacho, Enchant, Spock's Beard, Airbag, Magic Pie, Baraka, Electric Asturias, IO Earth, David Cross Band, In Continuum, District 97, Fernando Perdomo, UniKuE, Marbin, and Alan Hewitt and One Nation.

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Witherfall Joining Sonata Arctica's Acoustic Adventures Tour

Witherfall have announced that they have been named special guest on Sonata Arctica's Acoustic Adventures tour which will be hitting Europe next spring.

The trek will mark the band's first tour in Europe and they are embarking on the trek in support of their recently released sophomore album "A Prelude To Sorrow".

They had this to say, "We are extremely pleased to finally announce our first European tour as support for the enigmatic Sonata Arctica. As with everything else Witherfall, this one will be a bit different." Read more here.

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Dan Patlansky Releases New Live EP

Dan Patlansky is celebrating the launch of his UK tour by releasing his very first-ever Live EP which was recorded at the Rockwood Theatre in Pretoria in 2018 and features four live tracks taken from his latest studio album Perfection Kills, which was released earlier this year.

His ninth studio album Perfection Kills is the follow up to 2016's critically acclaimed "Introvertigo" which was voted #1 Blues Rock Album 2016 by Blues Rock Review.

The tour kicks off at the Nottingham Rescue Rooms (21 Nov) and includes dates in Norwich (22 Nov), Newbury (23 Nov), Chester (24 Nov), Bury (25 Nov), Leeds (27 Nov), Bromsgrove (28 Nov), London (29 Nov) and Bristol (30 Nov).

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Magnum Stream Live Track With Tobias Sammet

Magnum are giving fans a taste of their forthcoming live album "Live At The Symphony Hall" with the release of the effort's new single "Lost On The Road To Eternity".

The band's camp had to say about the live track "special guest Tobias Sammet (Avantasia, Edguy) was swept along by this enthusiasm and the blazing interaction between the musicians and their Birmingham audience when he went on stage for this song to lend energetic support to vocalist Bob Catley, just like he did for the track's studio recording."

"Live At The Symphony Hall" will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on January 18th, 2019 as 2CD DigiPak, 3LP Gatefold, download and stream. Check out the live track here.

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Singled Out: Sonny Elliot's Broken Glasses

The UK music duo Sonny Elliot just released their new 'Broken Glasses' EP and to celebrate we asked Chris Peden to tell us about the title song. Here is the story:

When writing Broken Glasses, I was trying to find the right balance of telling a sad story but with a sense of positivity and relief still present. We've all had moments in our lives where someone we love isn't in the best way and I wanted this song to be about being there for them. I wanted it to be realistic as well, because too often people say "do this or do that and be happy" when it isn't that simple. Sometimes all you can do is be there for someone, help in whatever way and hope they are able to find peace with their problems. You can't disguise underlying sadness with self help quotes and a get over it attitude towards people suffering. People need people, and we wanted to get that message over in "Broken Glasses".

Writing the song actually came pretty fast, but it was the musical arrangement that took its time. We never want anything to feel forced so finding a natural sounding musical part can be a lot harder than it might necessarily appear. I remember we tried a lot of different guitar ideas until we felt we had something that added but didn't distract from the rest of the song. We record at home so we can let a song develop organically over time because we have no time restraints which can be a downside if you start over thinking things, but eventually you just find that 'thing' that clicks and makes you think you've got it.

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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