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Day in Rock Report for 11/15/2018

Journey's Steve Perry Sues To Block Unreleased Music

Former Journey frontman Steve Perry recently made his return to music after a long absence but not the singer has reportedly taken legal moves to block unreleased music from the 1990s from seeing the light of day.

Perry has reportedly filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction prohibiting the release of music from a 1991 collaboration with a musician named Phil Brown and is seeking unspecified damages, according to The Blast.

The website says that they have obtained court documents (which court was not specified in the article) and the suit allegedly claims that Brown's manager took to social media to promote the release of an album that would include unreleased "demo" tracks that were recorded on an 8-track tape recorder.

They report that the lawsuit makes the allegation that the defendant "deceptively associating Perry with Brown and his band, falsely implying that Plaintiff is a member of Brown's band, and threatening to release certain old vocal performances of Perry as part of Brown's band's release, even though Perry owns all intellectual property rights in said vocal performances, Brown abandoned any claim to those performances in 2002, and Perry has repeatedly demanded that Brown not release those works."

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Iron Maiden Founder Takes On Band's Retirement Plans

With so many heavy metal and rock icons embarking on farewell tours, Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris has naturally been asked if he sees the end of his legendary band coming soon and fans can be reassured that the idea of a Maiden farewell is far from his thoughts.

Harris was asked about the idea of retiring during a recent appearance on Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon and he responded, "I try not to think too much about it, because it's not really a nice thing to be thinking about the end of the career. I mean, obviously, we're at the ass end of the career rather than the beginning of it, so it is what it is. But we certainly think we could carry on for a while yet, but you just never know.

"I think you've just gotta take it as it comes, especially when you get to our age, I suppose. You never know what's around the corner, especially after what happened with Bruce and everything [referenceing the singer's cancer battle] So you've just gotta enjoy the gigs and enjoy life and be out there and just have fun, which is exactly what we're doing - we're enjoying it, probably more than ever, I think. But how long we're gonna go on for, I don't know.

"People have been asking us that from 20 years or more ago. We're still doing it, and we'll still do it while we can still do it. And we're still enjoying it, and we'll carry on as long as we can. But who knows how long that's gonna be? Something else might decide something for us; you just don't know. But, again, I don't like to think about things too much, because we're enjoying ourselves at the moment, and you don't really sort of wanna be thinking like that, really."

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Guns N' Roses Share Live Videos From Manila Show

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses are streaming live performance video of their 1987 classic, "It's So Easy", from their November 11th reunion tour show in Manila, Philippines.

The tune was the band's opening song at the city's Philippine Arena, which marked the third fall 2018 date on the Not In This Lifetime reunion tour, which resumed in Monterrey, Mexico on November 3.

The group also live-streamed "Sweet Child O' Mine" from the Manila concert via Twitter. Guns N' Roses will continue a fall series of shows this week in the Far East ahead of appearances in the United Arab Emirates and South Africa, and wrapping up their 2018 live schedule with their first-ever concert in the state of Hawaii at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium on December 8. Watch both videos here.

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Rod Stewart Floats Idea Of Reuniting With Jeff Beck

Rod Stewart has opened the door to and floated the idea of reuniting with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, following their failed reunion attempt decades ago.

The two played together in The Jeff Beck Group in the 1960s and in a new interview, Stewart was asked if he thinks the two could work together again.

He responded, "Well, my voice and his guitar is a match made in heaven. It would be a lovely thing to do. It'd be a complete left-hand turn. We did try it once, but we couldn't see eye to eye. I mean, a serious clash of egos, but you know, never say never.

"I know it's a clich�, but really, I'm up for it if he's up for it. The thing is, we both want to produce. That's the thing." He added in a follow-up "Well, you put it out there. Let me know what he says."

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Pink Floyd Streaming Two Rare Videos From 1967

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd are streaming a pair of rare videos for "The Scarecrow", a track from the band's 1967 debut album, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn."

The first promotional clip for the song, written by Syd Barrett, was filmed in early July of that year - a month before the album's release - as part of a Path� newsreel.

Prior to its inclusion on the band's debut, "The Scarecrow" originally surfaced two months earlier as the b-side to Pink Floyd's second single, "See Emily Play."

Following the addition of David Gilmour in the lineup in January 1968 - in an effort to stabilize the group as Barrett's alleged drug-fueled and mental health behaviour continued to spin out of control during rehearsals, live shows and media interviews - the band decided to remove Syd a few weeks later and continued with their busy schedule.

A trip to Brussels, Belgium in mid-February 1968 led to the filming of a second video for "The Scarecrow", with bassist Roger Waters lip-syncing Barrett's vocals as the group mimed the song in the city's Parc de Laeken (Laeken Park).

Barrett agreed to leave Pink Floyd following band meetings in March, and the band officially announced his departure on April 6, 1968. Watch the videos here.

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Soundgarden Guitarist Talks Band's Future

(hennemusic) Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil is sharing his thoughts on the Seattle band's future as a new Chris Cornell compilation his stores this week. Due November 16, Thayil assisted in putting together the "Chris Cornell: An Artist's Legacy" package, which presents tracks from the rocker's extensive career and includes songs from Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog, Audioslave, and his work as a solo artist before his May 2017 death by hanging in a Detroit hotel room.

Thayil and his Soundgarden bandmates Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd reconnected last month in public for the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue of Cornell outside the Museum Of Pop Culture in Seattle, WA.

"It's not likely that we could ever do Soundgarden without a missing piece," explains Thayil in a new interview with Billboard. "I'd like to do more with Matt in the future. I'd like to do something with Ben in the future. It's likely Matt and Ben and I will do something in the future -- it just probably won't be Soundgarden. I don't see the dignity in pursuing that course."

Thayil, who has been overseeing the group's ongoing reissue series, has come to terms with the Seattle band's legacy. "I'm completely satisfied, but it needs to be maintained," says the rocker. "That's why I'm overseeing the catalog and the merchandise, and I've been doing that all along because it's important that the legacy is understood. There's an ever-expanding demographic of potential Soundgarden fans amidst a shrinking demographic of consumers, so it's important that they there are good ways for them to hear what we did."

As for what's ahead, Thayil adds: "Really, the 'Screaming Life' and 'Sub Pop' sessions. We recorded enough material for an album-plus, but we only released an EP initially (in 1987), and the moved on to doing the Fopp thing (in 1988) and had some new songs for that. So there were things that were recorded for (a full) album that weren't released because we had to compact it into a nice little EP, which is what Sub Pop was interested in doing 'cause in the early and mid-80s, EPs were punk rock albums and a great way to introduce new artists. So we have other material and Sub Pop is interested in putting it out, so we're gonna do that, with Jack Endino mixing.

"There's interest in putting out the 'Live At The Paramount' that was part of the 'Badmotorfinger' 25th anniversary, in the super deluxe version, as a standalone. We're coming up on the 30th anniversary of 'Louder Than Love', and the 'Louder Than Live' album was never released commercially, just as a promotional thing. I'm sure there'll be another greatest hits recording. And there are so many lives shows we recorded over the years that have interesting takes and covers."

Soundgarden may even further explore the final music they were working on at the time of Cornell's passing. "We were working on an album," reveals Thayil, "and there's material there that we demoed that we can flesh out when we can access some of the basic, multi(-track) recordings, sure. That's being discussed." Read more here.

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Foster the People Release 'Worst Nites' Video

Foster the People have released a new music for latest single "Worst Nites", which was co-directed by Mark Foster and Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games).

Mark Foster had this to say about the new visual, "This music video's inception came from a short film Josh Hutcherson and I wrote about a year ago. I've been obsessively keeping tabs on Richie the Barber for the last 6 years or so, so the idea hinged on him being the lead. I called Josh about a week before we shot the film and asked if he'd be open to adapting this for our next music video as opposed to a short. Within 6 days we put together a team, scouted locations, casted, and finished shooting. It was music video boot camp for me."

He added, "I've been obsessed with film my whole life but haven't been ready to step into a director's role until this year. Josh has grown up working on films and is a super talented director in his own right, so it was a perfect way to get my feet wet. Richie and the cast all worked super hard learning the choreography in a day. The video wouldn't have worked without their passion. We are living in a world where we're engulfed in pressure to conform. Pressure to not stand out. To fall in line and blindly follow mass opinion. To abandon our identities. From politics, to our perception of beauty; people want to fit in. This story is a metaphor for not being afraid to embrace who you really are. There's an immense freedom that comes with taking ownership over what makes you unique. Thank you for watching. And sorry if you hate clowns. We love them." Watch the video

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Music Legend Roy Clark Dead At 85

(2911) Roy Clark, the legendary 'superpicker', Grammy, CMA and ACM award winner, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member and co-host of the famed 'Hee Haw' television series, died on Thursday (Nov 15) at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.

Roy Clark's decade-defying success could be summed up in one word - sincerity. Sure, he was one of the world's finest multi-instrumentalists, and one of the first cross-over artists to land singles on both the pop and country charts. He was the pioneer who turned Branson, Mo., into the live music capitol of the world (the Ozark town today boasts more seats than Broadway). And his talents turned Hee Haw into the longest-running syndicated show in television history.

But the bottom line for Roy Clark was the honest warmth he gave to his audiences. Bob Hope summed it up when he told Roy, "Your face is like a fireplace."

"A TV camera goes right through your soul," says the man who starred on Hee Haw for 24 years and was a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. "If you're a bad person, people pick that up. I'm a firm believer in smiles. I used to believe that everything had to be a belly laugh. But I've come to realize that a real sincere smile is mighty powerful." Read more here.

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Unearth Release 'One With The Sun' Video

Unearth have released a new music video for their latest single "One With The Sun." The track comes from their forthcoming album "Extinction(s)", which will hit stores on November 23rd.

Frontman Trevor Phipps had this to say about the song and clip, "We chose 'One With the Sun'as the first video off 'Extinction(s)' because we feel it's one of the hardest hitting tracks in our entire catalog.

"Musically it's everything Unearth is about and lyrically it deals with the effects of climate change we are feeling today as well as the bleakness of our future unless we make drastic changes now.

"Tim Dennesen and the guys at Punchdance, inc did a great job capturing the imagery needed to get the message across. You'll be sure to hear this one at our live shows as it's already become a staple in our set. See you out there." Watch the video here.

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Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland 50th Anniversary Radio Special

Syndicated radio program In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Albums celebrates the 50th anniversary of Electric Ladyland, the final studio album from the Jimi Hendrix Experience in a two-part, two week program special. The show sent over the following details:

The Jimi Hendrix Experience would exist for only two short years and produce three truly revolutionary records. By January of 1968, Hendrix had made the decision to move his band and business from London to New York. For Hendrix it was a bit of a homecoming, complete with the trappings of Rock'n'Roll stardom. For his mentor, manager and producer Chas Chandler, it would signal his departure, leaving Hendrix free to experiment with his sound and career. Hendrix biographer John McDermott sets the scene with IN THE STUDIO host Redbeard.

"By the time you get to Electric Ladyland, the third album, it's really Jimi having graduated from that education Chas (Chandler) provided him. I think Hendrix saw that he had made two very successful albums based on short compact songs, kind of in that Chandler mindset...The technology change in America with the Record Plant being a 12 track studio fascinated him, and I think Chas was a little too inflexible early on and didn't give Hendrix the time to experiment." - John McDermott (Hendrix biographer)

Listen to part one here and part two here

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Be-Bop Deluxe's 'Sunburst Finish' Expanded For Limited Edition Box Set

Be-Bop Deluxe's classic 1976 album "Sunburst Finish" has been remastered and expanded for a brand new limited edition deluxe box set featuring 3 CDs and a DVD, which will be released on November 23rd. We were sent the following details:

Recorded in the Autumn of 1975 at Abbey Road studios (with some sessions also taking place at AIR studios in London), Sunburst Finish was the third album by Be-Bop Deluxe and the first to feature the line-up of Bill Nelson (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Charlie Tumahai (bass, vocals), Andy Clark (keyboards) and Simon Fox (drums). It was also the first Be-Bop Deluxe album to be co-produced by Bill Nelson and John Leckie. An album of immense musical inventiveness and creativity, Sunburst Finish was one of the finest albums of its era, a perfect cohesion of ten classic songs written by Bill Nelson (featuring his highly imaginative guitar playing) and a stylized and striking artwork package. Featuring such classic material as "Heavenly Homes", "Crying to the Sky", "Sleep that Burns", "Life in the Air Age", "Crystal Gazing" and "Blazing Apostles", the album also spawned the hit single "Ships in the Night" and launched Be-Bop Deluxe as one of the major breakthrough acts of 1976.

This expanded reissue has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features an additional 39 bonus tracks drawn from a stunning new 5.1 surround sound & stereo mixes from the original multi-track tapes by award winning engineer Stephen W. Tayler, previously unreleased out-takes from the album sessions, a BBC Radio "In Concert" performance from January 1976, a rare John Peel Show session from February 1976 (unavailable on CD for over twenty years), along with an unissued and previously unreleased 1976 Harvest Records promotional video for "Ships in the Night" and a session for BBC TV's "Old Grey Whistle Test" show from January 1976.

Another highlight of this limited edition boxed set is the lavishly illustrated 68-page book with many previously unseen photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson. Additionally, the set includes a facsimile of the 1976 Sunburst Finish tour programme, postcards and a replica poster. This special deluxe limited edition boxed set of Sunburst Finish is a fitting tribute to a fine band, the creative vision of Bill Nelson and a wonderful album. Order it here.

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Black Sabbath Classic Covered By WYN (What You Need)

Manhattan groove metallers WYN (What You Need) have released a brand new video for their live performance of the Black Sabbath classic "Children of the Grave."

The band offered up this explanation about why they decided to cover this timeless classic track from the legendary metal band, "Black Sabbath remains a big influence on the band.

"We use Children of The Grave as a warm-up, but the message of advocacy and empowerment in the face of adversity is never lost on us--no matter how many times we play it." Watch the video here.

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Burden Of The Sky Release 'The Puppeteer' Video

Burden Of The Sky has released a new music video for their latest single "The Puppeteer." The track comes from the group's forthcoming sophomore effort.

The new visual can be streamed here and was directed by vocalist Scottie James and Jason Williams (with assistance from Savannah Bowles). James had this to say, "I tend to get lost in my head quite frequently thinking about life and how we choose to live it. I see a lot of people who get stuck in the cycle of get up, go to work, come home, watch tv, go to bed, and repeat.

"Falling into this kind of lifestyle terrifies me, and I've found music is my escape from that cage. I think a lot of people get stuck into that routine because they are afraid of the unknown, afraid of failure, or just afraid of change. They let their own anxiety and emotions control their fate, much like a puppet is controlled by its strings.

"My hope is that this song connects with others out there like me who want to take control of their lives. To inspire them to act on what they truly want out of their life."

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Marmalade Singer Dean Ford Releases Epic Solo Album

Marmalade lead vocalist Dean Ford has released a brand new solo album entitled "This Scottish Heart" and he has revealed a promotion video for the 30-track effort.

Ford recorded the new album in a small kitchenette area entirely with his laptop computer with almost all of the effort being performed and sung by the veteran musician. See the tracklisting below and watch the promo video here.

Disc 1 A New Day | Little Man | Running Out Of Time | Natasha | The Blue Angel | Butterflies In June | Until The Day I Die | I Got You | God Is | Precious Little Boy | Merry Go Round | Cowboy Joe | Restless Heart | He's An Angel | Left My Heart In Mexico | When Will It End | Dreamland

Disc 2 Glasgow Road | This Scottish Heart | Glasgow Night | Bonnie Mary | Made In Scotland | A Song For Mary | Nineteen Fifty Three | Daddy | Buddy, Roy And Dion | Blue Horizon | Callander | For McDougall | Reflections Of My Life

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Grayson Erhard Releases 'Tell Me No' Video

Singer / Songwriter Grayson Erhard has released a music video for his single "Tell Me No". The track comes from his just released sophomore EP "Earthship".

Grayson had this to say, "'Tell Me No' is a high energy, upbeat song highlighting the apprehensive excitement of new found chemistry between two people. It's a side of me that I'm very nervous yet excited to share.

"My music usually sounds very dark and serious, but lately, I've been wanting to depart from that and try new things. Happiness is an emotion I've had difficulty expressing within my music in the past and with 'Tell Me No' I wanted to dive head first into it." Watch the video

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Singled Out: Cream With A K

London grunge pop artist Cream with a K (a.k.a. Tokyo) just released a new single called "5:35 in LA" and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

I wrote 5:35 in LA on a bored sunny afternoon. In a jam session I prompted the drums to play dah-da-da so I could riff over it until I found the chords on the guitar.�

We recorded the drums and distorted the hell out of them.�I looped it over and over again in my headphones, I thought it sounded just like the slow motion knocks and bangs of a train approaching through the subway.�

When I started singing out loud over it, with not much direction, I found some words and phrases I felt good about and then it happened really quickly. "5:35 on the Ginza Line". 5:35am; the first train of the day.

I realised it was about my experience riding home early morning on the Ginza Line train (from Shibuya to Gaien-mae). At 19, 20 years old, I was a drinking party girl-slob and remember observing all my fellow all nighter's and the after math. Drunken salary men, white faced sleeping students, general miscreants (in Japanese known as "Yanki"), tourists, prostitutes - you name it... but it's very harmonious and peaceful. You hardly ever see fights like you do in the West.

Tokyo is a very cold and clinical place sometimes but the morning after is when you get to see a whole new side of Tokyo. People are very human and unguarded and soft. For a place that seems so efficient and logical, there is a lot of self destruction and it is very normal and not judged badly at all.

I really enjoy singing this song live in Tokyo because there is always such a big reaction from the audience and people always comment on how it resonates with their own personal experience.

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

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