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Day in Rock Report for 10/22/2018

Slipknot Eyeing World Tour Next Year

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor said in a recent interview that the band hopes to launch a new world tour next summer to promote the release of their forthcoming album.

Taylor says that the band has around 20 songs that they have already demoed for the next album. He told Resurrection Fest TV, "They are really, really good.

"It'll just come down to which ones come out the best, and we take that, we make the album out of that, put the album out. However, the way we're talking right now, we're trying to find ways that everyone can hear all the songs. So we'll put the album out, and then maybe we'll release something after that."

The band hopes to launch a world tour with Corey explaining the timing, "It all depends on when we get in the studio. Right now, the plan is for us to be in the studio early next year - like, first couple of months next year. So, a couple of months to get that going, a couple of months to get production, new masks, new outfits, new everything, and hopefully be able to come and start touring in the summer when the album comes out."

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Ace Frehley Plans To Play Entire 1978 KISS Solo Album Live

(hennemusic) Ace Frehley will deliver the first-ever live performance of his self-titled 1978 debut solo album in its entirety during the upcoming 2018 edition of the KISS Expo in Parsippany, NJ.

The December 7-9 event at the Hilton Parsippany will see Frehley headline a KISS Christmas party over the weekend that will also feature appearances by Lita Ford, Lydia Criss, KISS album artist Ken Kelly and tribute band KISS Nation, among others.

All four original KISS members simultaneously issued solo records at the height of the group's success in the 1970s, with Frehley leading the way in both album sales and singles chart success, as his cover of the 1975 Hello track, "New York Groove", reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Read more here.

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Def Leppard and Journey Tour Rocked Over 1 Million Fans

(hennemusic) The recently-completed co-headlining tour of North America by rock heavyweights Def Leppard and Journey played to more than 1 million fans on the continent.

Billboard reports the extensive six-month, 58-date series sold 1,003,198 tickets to earn a total box office revenue of $97.1 million. The biggest single-show revenue was the fourth and final leg's opener - a September 21 stop at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA - which grossed $3.9 million.

The biggest venue on the run's 10-show stadium series was a June 1 gig at Toronto's Rogers Centre, with 45,083 tickets available for sale. Def Leppard and Journey wrapped up the North American run with a two-night engagement at the Forum in Inglewood, CA on October 6-7.

The groups' previous joint tour in 2006 took in gross revenue of $38 million over 72 dates. Read more here.

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Paul McCartney And Wings Expanding Albums For Reissue

(hennemusic) Paul McCartney And Wings will release expanded reissues of their first two albums, 1971's "Wild Life" and 1973's "Red Rose Speedway", on December 7.

Formed by the former Beatle and wife Linda McCartney in 1971 following the success of the pair's debut record, "Ram", the original lineup included former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine and session drummer Denny Seiwell.

The band recorded their own debut, "Wild Life", at London's Abbey Road Studios in just over a week during the summer of 71, with more than half of the songs completed live in a single take. The album reached No. 10 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to gold status in the country for sales of 500,000 copies.

The 2018 "Wild Life" reissue is a 3CD, 1DVD limited deluxe edition that includes a remastered album alongside 25 bonus audio tracks including rough mixes of the album, original single edits, B-sides, home recordings and other previously unreleased material across three CDs. The set's DVD features rare footage of acoustic home videos, rehearsals and more. A download redemption card will provide access to all audio in HD 24/96kHz unlimited high-resolution versions.

Following the addition of guitarist Henry McCullough to the lineup in 1972, Wings issued a series of three non-album singles that year, with "Give Ireland Back To The Irish" and "Hi, Hi, Hi" scoring UK Top 20 hits - despite both being banned by the BBC - and the latter also a US Top 10 hit.

1973's "Red Rose Speedway" continued the band's string of chart success, reaching No. 1 in the US, Spain and Australia and Top 5 in several countries, with both the album and its lead single, "My Love", topping the US charts.

The numbered and limited 2018 deluxe edition reissue is packaged as a six-disc set (3CD, 2DVD + Blu-ray), featuring the remastered record, a reconstruction of the originally conceived double album version and a disc of the 1972 singles, B-sides, alternate mixes and previously unreleased tracks. Read more here.

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Duff McKagan Joins Slash For Guns N' Roses Classic In Hollywood

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan made a surprise appearance with bandmate Slash to perform the group's 1987 classic, "It's So Easy", during the guitarist's October 16 show at the Hollywood Palladium.

McKagan played guitar and shared lead vocals on the track with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators bassist Todd Kerns as they rocked the first encore of the band's final night of their fall North American run in support of "Living The Dream."

"Hey, a belated shout out to LA," tweeted Slash after the show. "Thanks for an incredible evening last night for our final show of US run! You guys were awesome! & big thanks to all the fans across the country; the whole tour was a blast! See you next year! Cheers!" Watch the jam here.

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Blackberry Smoke and Amanda Shires Rock Tom Petty Classic

Blackberry Smoke have teamed up with American singer, songwriter Amanda Shires for a cover version of the Tom Petty classic "You Got Lucky" and have shared a studio video for the track.

The song features Shires and Blackberry Smoke frontman Charlie Starr sharing vocals and Amanda showing off her violin skills as well. Watch the video clip here.

The track will feature featuring on the band's new acoustic EP "The Southern Ground Sessions," which will be released this Friday, October 26th. Starr had the following to say about the cover to Rolling Stone (via Classic Rock): "Not long ago, we went into Southern Ground Studios in Nashville to record some acoustic versions of songs from our album Find A Light.

"We had some special guests come in - the Wood Brothers and Amanda Shires. While Amanda was there, we decided to play a version of You Got Lucky. It's just such an incredibly written song - it's just perfect, as are so many Tom Petty songs."

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Myles Kennedy Releases 'The Great Beyond' Video

(hennemusic) Slash and Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy has released a video for "The Great Beyond", a track from his debut solo album, "Year Of The Tiger."

The black and white clip features off stage and performance footage from the Alter Bridge singer's 2018 tour in support of the project, which he'll resume next month when the final month-long US leg begins in Chicago, IL on November 13.

Kennedy bills "Year Of The Tiger" as a concept record inspired by the loss of his father, Richard Bass, when he was a child; a Christian Scientist, Bass refused medical treatment and died from appendicitis when the future rocker was just four years of age.

Bass passed away in 1974, the year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar. Kennedy recorded the set with producer and longtime Alter Bridge associate Michael "Elvis" Baskette; the project peaked at No. 63 on the US Billboard 200. here.

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Babymetal's Yuimetal Quits The Group

Babymetal vocalist Yuimetal shocked fans late last week when news broke that she has left the band after eight years and she has since released a statement via Babymetal's management/artist services company Amuse's website.

Here is what she had to say (via Google Translate): "I have been absent for a while and I am really sorry for the inconvenience caused to many people. Although I thought over and over, I decided to leave Babymetal this time.

"I am sorry for the inconvenience to those who support the members of Babymetal. And, for all the fans who are supporting Babymetal, I'm really sorry I made you sad.

"There was also a strong desire to stand on the stage once again but there is also a feeling that I am still not in perfect condition now, and I also want to advance towards my dreams as Yui Mizuno, which is why I made the decision.

"As Babymetal, I am thankful for having a lot of valuable experience. I feel blessed. It was a live, fun and happy time when everyone laughed and became one.

"I will also strive hard to see you again someday as Mizuno Yui. Thank you very much for eight years."

The band issued their own statement: "Thank you for continually supporting Babymetal. We would like to inform you of Babymetal's new beginning which will be effective starting this month's Babymetal World Tour 2018 in Japan performances.

"Yuimetal had expressed her desire to return performing with the group in the following months after last December's performance due health concerns. During her absence, both Su-Metal and Moametal as well as the entire staff team had been preparing for her awaited return. However, Yuimetal came to a decision that she will not be performing at Babymetal World Tour 2018 in Japan and that she will no longer be a part of Babymetal. We thank her for all of her contributions and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

"This month's Babymetal World Tour 2018 in Japan will mark the rebirth in which Su-Metal and Moametal form the core of Babymetal.

"We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the fans for the continued support and look forward in what's next for Babymetal. "

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Neil Young To Release Archival 1976 Acoustic Live Album Songs For Judy

(hennemusic) Neil Young will release an archival acoustic live album, "Songs For Judy", on November 30. "Songs For Judy" will be initially be available via CD and digital, with a vinyl edition to follow on December 14.

The project features a collection of performances from various stops on Young's November 1976 tour, presenting a mix of classic tracks alongside new material and the debut release of the rarity "No One Seems To Know" (see track list below).

"The shows were reckless and beautiful," says curator Cameron Crowe, who was on the road with the Canadian rocker at the time. "The evenings began with an hour-long acoustic solo set from Neil. The acoustic portion of the evening morphed nightly, often fueled by a smoke or two just behind the curtain. After a break, Neil and Crazy Horse would return for a barn-burner of an electric set designed to level the place. They succeeded nightly."

Tour photographer Joel Bernstein recorded the shows on cassette tape with the original intention of creating his own archives of the trek. "I immediately realized that making these tapes was in fact a great idea," Bernstein explains. "I was soon raiding malls for whatever blank C-90 cassettes I could find along the way. The U.S. leg of this tour was brief, but the performances were at their best intense and thrilling. As the tour continued, the cache of cassette-tape grew, all of them filled with gems."

Crowe and Bernstein were tasked with sorting through the material to create a final track list for the "Songs For Judy" package. "For days we listened and compiled," recalls Crowe. "It was deliriously painstaking work. Wake up, eat breakfast, dive back into the recordings. Decide which of the 12 versions of 'Old Laughing Lady' was most essential. Repeat." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Hollow Cry

Spanish metal band Hollow Cry recently released their new album "From Ashes to Flames" and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about the song "Last Call". Here is the story:

"Last Call" came out from the most stressful period we experienced as a band. We'd just signed with Metal Music Bookings and were asked to produce three new songs for the EPK. In two weeks. We thought we wouldn't make it. Then our drummer bailed out. We couldn't understand why, after so much struggle, he'd quit right when his big opportunity was in front of him. The song is about that, about taking risks in life. It also goes into the duality of day and night, determination and abidance; believing in something so much you're willing to go upstream, or renouncing and following the herd. That contrast is shown in the music video through two opposite backgrounds: a dark, closed space, and a bright, open place.

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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