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Day in Rock Report for 11/14/2018

Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes Hit By Car

Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes revealed in a social media post that he is suffering a concussion after being struck by a car which prevented him to traveling to Paris on Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of the terror attacks at the Bataclan theatre.

Hughes took to social media to write a message in French to address his absence to his fans in France. Here is the rough translation of what he wrote, "Today is November 13 ... in this day for the last three years, I was with my brothers and sisters in Paris, France and I planned for this year to be no different. I bought my ticket and I was ready to leave. But I took a ride on my bike and I was hit from behind and thrown head in the car in front of me. I do not anything to interfere with my impending trip to Paris, I played it as if I was not hurt .... a day later, on my way to San Diego to see Morrissey I fell into the effects of a concussion and had to go to the emergency room ... I was examined and diagnosed with a deep whiplash and said that I could not fly for five days ... at the time, it seemed like a reasonable logic... and of course, I knew that everyone would understand ... but I made a mistake, I should be there with you, I do not I should not be here right now ... I made a big mistake! I should have boarded the plane because ... I do not know where to be right now ... I do not know where I'm supposed to be ... except with you in Paris.

"I love you and I am bound to you by blood and I should be with you and it will be the biggest mistake I ever made ... I do not know if I am right or wrong, but it feels like I let the wrong people beat me a bit ... and I think I should be there with you and I made a very big mistake and I hope you can forgive me for not being there right now ... My absence is tearing me up I have never felt like that before. I am here and nobody understands me ... you do not!!! I need to be with you and I made a big mistake if someone has a chance and you see the mayor of Paris and the President of France do you want to give them a hug for me and inform them that I love them and that their leadership and her kindness and your demonstration of love so deeply influenced me and that I'm sorry for not being there, I'm so sorry my friends .... I think I'm writing this in French because I really do not know what to do. I do not know."

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Jake E. Lee Was Approached To Reunite With Ozzy Osbourne

Jake E. Lee has revealed that he was approached to reunite with Ozzy Osbourne by producer Kevin Churko, which led to the formation of his current band Red Dragon Cartel.

Lee broke with Ozzy in 1987 and was replaced by Zakk Wylde, when Osbourne began prepping for his 2010 album "Scream" he decided that he did not want to work with Wylde on the effort and opened the door to Churko approaching Jake about reuniting with the legendary metal vocalist.

While explaining his decade long absence from music and the formation of Red Dragon Cartel and working with Churko on their 2014 debut album, Jake told Eonmusic, "I did start to get a little itchy after 10 years, and I was jamming with bands every once and a while here in Las Vegas, and eventually, Kevin Churko, he initially contacted me because he was doing Ozzy's albums.

"To be honest, I haven't listened to Ozzy in a long time, so I don't know which albums he did, but I know he did a couple of albums with Ozzy, but he initially contacted me because he also lives in Las Vegas, about what it would take for me to come back and play with Ozzy." Read more here.

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Queen Score Singles Chart Hit Return With 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

(hennemusic) Queen's iconic 1975 hit, "Bohemian Rhapsody", has returned to the US singles charts following the arrival in cinemas worldwide of the band's biopic of the same name.

According to Billboard, the song re-enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 33 through a combination of digital sales and streaming gains to achieve the rare feat of a third appearance on the chart.

The achievement sees "Rhapsody" score three separate Hot 100 runs in three different decades: the song previously reached No. 9 in 1976 and hit No. 2 in 1992 amid the success of its inclusion in the "Wayne's World" film.

The rare third US chart occurrence has previously achieved by only Prince's "1999", Michael Jackson's "Thriller", and a number of seasonal songs including Christmas tracks.

Queen's hit single news follows word that the companion soundtrack to "Bohemian Rhapsody" has delivered the band their highest-charting US album in almost four decades, as the set climbs to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in its third week. Watch the classic video for the song here.

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Eric Clapton Goes Claymation For Brand New Video

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

The project marks the guitarist's first full-length Christmas album, which he co-produced with Simon Climie and features one of his own illustrations of Santa Claus on the record's cover.

"Before this became a Christmas album," Clapton explains, "there was an intention of doing a straight, normal studio album...and then it started to morph into the Christmas thing, and I think at that point it started to become a reality; and, for me, I've done something I'm really proud of, that I really believe in."

"Happy Xmas" recently topped the US Holiday Album charts when the project debuted at No. 1 on the seasonal chart, which is published weekly from mid-October through early January each year. Watch the video here.

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Clutch Announces 2019 Book Of Bad Decisions US Tour

(hennemusic) Clutch have announced dates for an early 2019 US tour in support of their latest album, "Book Of Bad Decisions" including a make up date for the postponed Irving Plaza gig.

The month-long, 17-show series will open in Columbia, SC on February 19 and criss-cross the country before wrapping up at New York's Irving Plaza on March 19 - a show that was recently postponed at the last minute over a medical issue involving singer Neil Fallon that saw the rocker faint during an afternoon walk and end up at a New Jersey hospital.

"In the early afternoon I went for a stroll," explained Fallon. "I became light headed and dizzy. Next thing I knew I was coming to on my back in a puddle of water with 2 Secaucus policemen and paramedics staring down at me.

"I took a header on the sidewalk. Was taken to the ER. Thankfully, both the EKG and CAT scan came back normal. I was diagnosed with something called 'Near-Syncope,' which, as far as I can tell, is the medical term for 'We have no idea why you passed out, but ya did.'" See the dates here.

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CKY Stream GG Allin Cover From Special Release

CKY have released a stream of their cover of GG Allin classic track "Bite It You Scum" ahead of their special exclusive Record Store Day vinyl release.

The track will be featured on their vinyl-only EP called "Too Precious To Kill", which will be released in stores on Black Friday Record Store Day on November 23, 2018. Listen here

Frontman and guitarist Chad I Ginsburg had this to say, "Nobody knows f***ing GG Allin! CKY will kill you!!!...with this relentless and quite vicious studio version of this classic punk rock song.

"It has been a longtime staple in the CKY live show and highly requested for over a decade! Here it is in studio quality, only available as part of our record store day exclusive. Crank it up and take a sh*t on someone!"

Fans can alos catch CKY in hometown in-store appearance at Creep Records in West Chester, PA at 2 PM EST on November 23, 2018, with Phil Margera participating as Santa Claus.

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Rolling Stones Release Live It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It) Video

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming video of a 1994 performance of their 1974 classic, "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)", as the latest preview to the November 16 release of the live package, "Voodoo Lounge Uncut."

The title track and lead single from the album was a Top 20 hit in both the US and UK, while the project hit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in both countries.

Filmed at Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium on November 25, 1994 and broadcast as a pay-per-view event, the material was 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 contains ten previously unreleased performances from the event, that features guest appearances by Sheryl Crow ("Live With Me"), Robert Cray ("Stop Breaking Down Blues") and Bo Diddley ("Who Do You Love?"), as well as the first performance of "Sweet Virginia" since 1973.

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. Watch the video here.

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Exhumed Recruit Noisem Guitarist

Exhumed have officially parted ways with guitarist Bud Burke and have announce that they have recruited Sebastian Philips (Noisem) as his replacement.

Matt Harvey had this to say, "We're super psyched to bring Baz into the fold. Anyone that's seen us since Death Revenge came out can attest that he's killed it on the last few tours, and we couldn't ask for a better fit."

Sebastian Philips added, "It's been blast so far and since the first tour I did with Exhumed, it just felt comfortable. I'd been a fan for a long time and getting to know them, I found out that we all come from the same hard rock and nasty fast extreme metal backgrounds, so it just made sense."

Harvey had this to say about departing guitarist Bud Burke and their upcoming plans, "Bud simply wasn't available for touring as much as we needed him to be, it was that simple. He and I have been friends for years, and we both understood that this move made sense for the band - there were no hard feelings whatsoever. We're definitely going back to into the studio next year. We have a ton of material that's shaping up to be really aggressive, and we're pumped to get Baz contributing to the writing and recording side of things as well!"

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Singled Out: Tonks' Running Downhill

Dryjacket bassist Ian Foley will be releasing the debut album ("Windows Down & Dying") from solo project Tonks this Friday (November 16th) and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the track "Running Downhill". Here is the story:

This song "Running Downhill" was definitely one of the songs that drove the record forward. I had over 300 riffs recorded in the voice memos on my phone, so when I started listening through the parts, this song along with Giles Corey, Water Damage, and St. Charles place really gave me the confidence that I had enough material to make a record.

I have been running track and cross country since I was very young, and this past year most of my off days were spent writing all day, and then I would go run around Cooper River Park in the early evening while there was still some sun left. I specifically remember working on this song one day, recording the chorus and both verses. I decided I had done enough writing for the day and left for my run. As I was running I kept looping the song in my head and the outro just kind of hit me. I just kept repeating the part "it was your time, to fall in love again, but there was no one, no one to fall with." As soon as I got back to my phone I sang it in the voice memos and finished the song later that night.

I think in my mind when I play this song I will always imagine a time-lapse of my run around Cooper River over the past few years, and seeing the seasons pass.

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

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Bobaflex Launching Final Tour Dates Of 2019 This Week

Bobaflex have their annual Christmas time shows as they prepare to launch their winter tour tomorrow night (November 15th) that will keep them on the road for the rest of the month.

The short winter trek kicks off in Amityville, NY at Revolution Music Hall Thursday and will be wrapping up with an acoustic show on December 1st in Philadelphia, OH.

The Christmas weeks shows will include Huntington, WV at V Club on Dec 20th, Morgantown, WV at Mainstage Morgantown on the 21st and Columbus, OH at Alrosa Villa on the 22nd. See the dates here.

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Spandau Ballet's 'Gold' Gets Metalcore Makeover

An 1980s pop hit makes from an exciting 2018 metalcore makeover. This much is true for Bridgend band I Fight Bears who have released their take on the Spandau Ballet hit "Gold."

Louder is streaming the cover here and cocalist and bassist Drew Hamley spoke to them about the track, "There's this awesome party that happens at the end of every year with Bridgend Tattoo Studio where musicians from all levels (previously including members of Bullet From My Valentine, Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons, Those Damn Crows) get up and play an interesting cover song at the party.

"I Fight Bears were asked to perform two songs at the party in 2017. We nailed down one of the songs but were struggling for a second until Chris our guitarist suggested doing a cover of Spandau Ballet's classic song Gold. We all loved the idea. He came back with an amazing metal rendition of the song in our style. We developed it further, reworking the vocals to have singing and screaming and played the song at the party.

"Everybody loved it, so we played it again at some other shows. We went into the recording room to get the song produced properly and then approached Gary Kemp and Spandau Ballet to see if they would give us permission to release it. They loved it and agreed to allow us to release it with their backing, which is incredible."

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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Stream New B-Side

(hennemusic) Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are streaming a lyric video for "Alone On A Rope", the b-side to their current "Who Built The Moon?" single "If Love Is The Law."

Produced by David Holmes, the project features guest appearances by Paul Weller and Johnny Marr and earned the former Oasis guitarist his third consecutive UK No. 1 record.

"Who Built The Moon?" was recently among the finalists under consideration for the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize "Album Of The Year." Chosen by a panel of British music critics and industry figures, the honor celebrates and promotes the best of UK music while recognizing artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres. Watch the video here.

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Space Elevator Release Video For Thin Lizzy Cover

Space Elevator have released a new music video for their cover of the Thin Lizzy classic "Don't Believe A Word". The track is taken from their self-titled debut album.

Guitarist David Young says: "Space Elevator recorded their version of Thin Lizzy's Don't Believe A Word in 2016 to mark thirty years since the passing of legendary Lizzy front man Phil Lynott. The band grew up learning to play to Lizzy's Live and Dangerous album and Space Elevator singer The Duchess calls Lynott's Solo in Soho one of her all-time favorites.

"This recording is now released on CD for the first time by SPV as a bonus track on Space Elevator's debut album which also features Gary Moore's slower version of the song as an introduction." Watch video here.

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Tame Impala, Beck, Cage The Elephant and Incubus For Skaky Knees

Organizers of the Shaky Knees Music Festival have announced that next year's event will be headlined by Tame Impala, Beck, Cage The Elephant and Incubus

The seventh installment of the festival is scheduled to take place on place May 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2019 and will once again be staged at Central Park in downtown Atlanta.

The lineup will include more than 65 bands on four stages, including Tears for Fears, Gary Clark Jr., Interpol, Foals, Father John Misty, Grouplove, Tash Sultana, Liz Phair, Sharon Van Etten, Dashboard Confessional, and many more.

"It is gratifying to be able to curate a unique lineup each year. Now in our seventh year, I've had the opportunity to see a band go from opening the main stage, to now headlining that same stage. Attending Shaky Knees is one of the best ways to find the next great band, as well as satisfy the music soul from start to finish each day of the festival," says Shaky Knees founder, Tim Sweetwood.

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Puppy Release 'World Stands Still' Video

The band Puppy have released a music video for their single "World Stands Still". The song comes from their debut album "The Goat", which is set to be released on January 25th.

Puppy drummer Billy Howard, who created the video, had this to say, "Many of our biggest influences as a band are movies, computer games, and music that we loved as pre-pubescent/just-pubescent kids. We never really got over that kind of immature excitement for the stuff we found cool.

"Equally though, there's kind of a loneliness and weirdness to being that age, which is actually probably part of the reason you throw yourself so completely into all the stuff you find cool in the first place.

"We think that the Goblin Girl from our new video 'World Stands Still' embodies this juvenile side to our band pretty neatly. We hope you enjoy watching her adventures as much as we enjoyed filming them." Watch the video

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Singled Out: Viza's Viktorious

Alt rockers Viza recently released "The Unorthodox Revival: Vol. I & II" and to celebrate we asked Andrew Kzirian to tell us about the song "Viktorious". Here is the story:

The saga continues...for those unaware each recent Viza album has a new chapter pertaining to the VIKTOR chronicles (a mysterious character made of a very strong persona). Viktor, Viktor's Sister, Viktor's Vanguard and now 'Viktorious'. I can't really reveal the identity of VIKTOR as that will impact the surprise but i'm sure it'll happen at the end of the road or in this case the last Viza album of the future.

But what I will say is 'Viktorious' is symbolic for the life we all lead and the pitfalls we sometimes are unfortunately given. It's colorful, it's dark, it's alive, it's almost dead, but through it all it persists and it defines Viktor and his continued pursuit for conquest. Notice the marching drum that kickstarts the song...

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

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