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Day in Rock Report for 11/21/2018

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Cancels Tour Following Hospitalization

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has been forced to cancel his upcoming solo tour following his recent hospitalization so that he can take the rest of the year off as he recovers.

The guitarist was released from the hospital last week. He was admitted after being treated by paramedics backstage at Madison Square Garden on November 10th who had to treat him with a tracheal tube to clear his airway.

His camp sent over word that he has now announced that he "has cancelled his fall headlining shows as he continues to take some time off following his recent hospital visit.

"While doctors have released Perry from care, with the dates set to begin November 30 and going through December 16, the Aerosmith guitarist will now take the rest of the year off.

"Perry again would like to apologize to the fans who were planning on coming to the shows and looks forward to seeing them again in 2019. Refunds are available at point of purchase.

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Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody Becomes Second Biggest Music Biopic Ever

(hennemusic) Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" has moved into second place on the list of highest-grossing music biopics in the US after another successful week in theaters.

Rolling Stone reports the story of the UK band's rise to international stardom earned another $15 million at the US box office in its third week of release for a new total of $127 million to date overall.

The Queen project now only sits behind music biopic box office champ "Straight Outta Compton" - which depicts the rise and fall of rappers N.W.A. and made $161 million over its domestic theatrical run in the summer of 2015.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" moved into second on the list after pulling ahead of the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic "Walk The Line", which made $119 million in the US.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and follows Queen from their creation in 1970 through to their legendary 1985 Live Aid appearance. Read more here.

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Paul McCartney Streaming John Lennon Inspired Song

(hennemusic) Paul McCartney is streaming a previously-unreleased demo recording of "Dear Friend", from the forthcoming Wings reissue of their 1971 album, "Wild Life."

The tune is the John Lennon-inspired closing track of the group's debut record. "With 'Dear Friend,' that's sort of me talking to John after we'd had all the sort of disputes about The Beatles breakup," says McCartney. "I find it very emotional when I listen to it now. I have to sort of choke it back. I remember when I heard the song recently, listening to the roughs [remastering works-in-progress] in the car and I thought, 'Oh God.' That lyric: 'Really truly, young and newly wed,' listening to that was like, 'Oh my God, it's true.' I'm trying to say to John, 'Look, you know, it's all cool. Have a glass of wine. Let's be cool.'"

"And luckily we did get it back together, which was like a great source of joy because it would have been terrible if he'd been killed as things were at that point and I'd never got to straighten it out with him. This was me reaching out. So, I think it's very powerful in some very simple way. But it was certainly heartfelt."

McCartney is also streaming a newly-remastered version of "Dear Friend" from the reissue, which will be released - alongside 1973's "Red Rose Speedway" - on December 7. Stream the demo and remastered versions here.

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Rush Announce Special Reissue And Vinyl Debut

(hennemusic) Rush will release the vinyl debut of their 2003 live package, "Rush In Rio", on January 18, 2019. The 4LP 180-gram set captures the band in concert before 40,000 fans at Maracană Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the final night of a world tour in support of their 2002 album, "Vapor Trails."

Co-produced and mixed by guitarist Alex Lifeson and James Barton, "Rush In Rio" was originally issued on CD and DVD, but has never appeared on vinyl - until now.

The 2019 release is presented in a heavyweight gatefold jacket and comes with a code that allows the music to be downloaded digitally. The 2003 DVD package has been certified 7× Platinum in the US with over 700,000 copies sold. Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Release Live 'November Rain' Video

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses are streaming live performance video of their 1991 classic, "November Rain", from a November 14th show in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The third single for "Use Your Illusion I" hit No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 while achieving the feat of being the longest song in history (at almost 9 minutes) to enter the US Top Ten.

The group also live-streamed partial footage of the show's finale of "Paradise City" from the Malaysian concert via Twitter.

Guns N' Roses continue their fall series of Not In This Lifetime shows this week with a pair of dates in Hong Kong and a stop in Abu Dhabi, UAE before playing South Africa next week ahead of the final show of 2018 in Honolulu, HI on December 8.

While there's no word on 2019 dates by the band, guitarist Slash is returning to his solo tour in support of "Living The Dream."

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Chris Cornell Limited Edition Release For Record Store Day

Chris Cornell fans have a reason to venture out on Black Friday and UMe have announced that they are releasing a special limited edition 7-inch of the recently unearthed track for this year's Record Store Day event on November 23rd.

The special black and white marble vinyl release will be limited to just 5000 copies and will contain the song "When Bad Does Good" which was found in Cornell's archive of recordings and revealed on the recently released selt-titled album.

The song was produced, recorded, and mixed by Chris Cornell and was a personal favorite of his that he never released and his friend Josh Brolin, reminded his wife Vicky Cornell of the song and she made sure it was included on the album.

The b-side of the vinyl will feature a Temple of the Dog performance of "Stargazer," that recorded live at the Paramount. Watch the "When Bad Does Good" video here.

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Three Tremors Announce Debut Album

The metal vocalist supergroup project Three Tremors has announced that they will be releasing their self-titled debut studio album on January 18, 2019 featuring twelve original tracks.

Three Tremors features Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Dio Disciples), Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin (Jag Panzer, Satan's Host, Titan Force), and Sean "The Hell Destroyer" Peck (Cage, Denner/Shermann, Death Dealer).

They are currently offering up some special packages via their PledgeMusic campaign page here. Ripper had this to say, "This is one for the true metal fans. I think this will exceed even their highest expectations. Great stuff!" Read more here.

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ZZ Top and Disturbed Lead Additions To Sweden Rock Festival

Next year's installment of the Sweden Rock Festival just got a lot more star power with a number of new artists added to the roster including ZZ Top and Disturbed.

Organizers still have 45 more artists to announce for the festival which will be taking place next year on June 5th through the 8th in Solvesborg in southern Sweden.

In addition to Disturbed and ZZ Top, other just announced additions include Blackberry Smoke, Axel Rudi Pell, Candlemass, Powerwolf, Gorgoroth, Green Jelly, The Night Flight Orchestra, Jag Panzer, Blaze Bayley, FM, Krisiun, Myrath, Thundermother, Zal Cleminson's Sin Dogs, Jared James Nichols, The Quill and Gathering Of Kings.

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Journey's Neal Schon Takes On Elder Care Abuse

(Tag) Journey guitarist Neal Schon and his wife Michaele Schon have announced that they are opening up their heretofore private lives to draw attention to what they believe is a growing crisis of systemic elder care abuse in America.

Originally revealed on Blast.com, the story of Michaele's mother, Rosemary Holt's, ongoing suffering at the hands of a broken legal system in Virginia is fast bringing much needed scrutiny to the critical social problem.

The evidence of insufficiency and abuse cited by the Schons includes frequent injuries, documented neglect, medical malpractice--including the administration of inappropriate and dangerous sedative medications--and untruthful reporting to the family concerning Rosemary's care.

Several of those involved with the case, including guardian ad litem Elizabeth L. Wildhack, temporary guardian Paul W. Barnett (Arlington, VA), as well as those family members that are insistent that she remain in assisted living against her wishes, have been contacted by the Schons with the goal of mediating towards the best resolution for Rosemary. When contacting any of the above to discuss Rosemary's future or to obtain any statement, all have declined, while Rosemary herself remains isolated at the facility. Unfortunately, until the Schons went public, there has been no willingness to address Rosemary's desires for her future.

Finally, the Schons, despite providing all financial support for Rosemary's care, are being blocked by the Court from seeing Rosemary, isolating her from all but a handful of family. She will not even be allowed to leave the facility to be with family over the Holiday season, further alienating and isolating her from most of her friends and family.

The couple has revealed that there is a major network documentary in process. "Saving Rosemary" will discuss the disconnected and profit driven multimillion dollar elder care business with the resulting abuse, neglect, and exploitation that is destroying the most vulnerable and fragile American citizens.

The couple's immediate goal is to obtain conservatorship of Rosemary in order to return her to the previous level of independence and dignity that she rightfully deserves, but also want to share their experience to create a meaningful dialogue about the condition of the American health care system. See video of Rosemary with Neal and Michaele prior to placement in facility here.

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Eric Clapton Goes Behind The Scenes Of Christmas Album

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton is streaming a behind the scenes video look at the making of his recently-released first full-length Christmas album, "Happy Xmas." The project delivers a mix of seasonal standards and lesser known holiday tunes alongside a new original track, "For Love On Christmas Day."

The guitarist prepared for the record by scouring the internet for holiday albums and playlist while searching for inspiration and songs for the set. "Before this became a Christmas album," explains Clapton, "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.

"Christmas for me is snow, a roaring fire, a few chestnuts knocking about and huge turkey," says Clapton about his preferred holiday vibe at home. "My wife is an incredible cook, so she will lay on the best Christmas lunch. All the classic things."

The guitarist recently premiered a Claymation video for his cover of the holiday classic, "White Christmas." Watch that and the behind the scenes clip here.

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David Bowie Is Going Virtual On His Birthday

The acclaimed popular David Bowie is exhibition will be going virtual next month on what would have been Bowie's 72nd birthday. We were sent the following details:

The record-breaking exhibition drew over 2 million visitors across 12 cities will be granted digital immortality beginning on January 8th with the launch of the the David Bowie is Augmented Reality mobile app (which will be available in iOS and Android) and it will give fans access to the show's hundreds of costumes, videos, handwritten lyrics, original works of art and more to the tens of millions of Bowie fans unable to visit the exhibition before it shuttered permanently on July 15, 2018. This virtual reality adaption of David Bowie is will enable the visitor to spend as long as desired on individual items and jump to others.

The David Bowie is AR mobile app is the first release resulting from a collaboration between the David Bowie Archive and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., who hosted the exhibition in Tokyo in 2017. The New York-based studio Planeta is designing and developing the AR/VR interpretations of the original museum experience at the V&A. The AR adaptation, a first of its kind, mirrors the physical exhibition through a sequence of audio-visual spaces through which the works and artifacts of Bowie's life can be explored. 3D renderings preserve and present his costumes and treasured objects such as musical scores, storyboards, handwritten lyrics, and even diary entries--all in 360-degree detail, enabling intimate "behind the glass" access rivaling that of the visitors to the original exhibit, and enhanced by an immersive audio experience featuring Bowie's music and narration, best experienced with headphones.

Additionally, the David Bowie is mobile app will feature dozens of items not featured in the original exhibition - including some entirely new and exclusive to this AR version.

Like the David Bowie is touring exhibition, the AR and VR versions will be offered in seven different languages. The AR mobile app is the first phase of this innovative initiative, with the VR format scheduled for later release. Find more details here.

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Singled Out: Lavender Fields' Gravitude

Lavender Fields just released her latest single and music video called "Gravitude" and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

I was gifted a beautiful black electric guitar and decided to start incorporating it in my live sets. This past August while I was going through a breakup and navigating through some turbulent emotions, one day I picked up a guitar and started strumming some chords. Then a melody started forming. Being an artist,I always try to turn a heartbreak into art. A lot of times some of the best songs comes from heartbreaks. I like to use a song as a form of prayer. So the lyrics started coming to mind:

Knowledge of Mystery,
Flow through me easily,
How can I live in this world,
Knowing there's suffering,
Knowing there's pain,
How can I remain
In peace...
In Peace...

In these lyrics I ask this age old question of being capable of maintaining peace of mind even in the midst of chaos of this world. A lot of times answers also come from these questions I ask through a song. And this was the case in my life.

I was also imagining ocean waters through playing reverbed guitars, ocean as the ultimate soul cleanser. I love to imitate the fluidity of water through sounds.

In the second part of the song the lyrics go:
Healing for you mama,
Healing for you papa,
Healing for you my friend,
Sweet loving Luna,
Heart open sooner,
Lover wins in the end,

Love wins...

With that verse I am using the power of music to send healing to my parents and to whoever is listening to the song.
Luna is a dog that I really love that was around while I was writing the song, so I put her in the song :)
And of course, finishing with the triumph of love over anything. Love always wins in the end.

And this is a story of the song "Gravitude" which is a word I made up that combines "gratitude" for all the lessons on my path and "gravity" as an earthly thing, a part of the human experience.

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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