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Day in Rock Report for 10/23/2018

Ozzy Announces Special New Year's Eve Ozzfest

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne has announced that he will headline a New Year's Eve edition of Ozzfest at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA on Monday, December 31st.

Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Jonathan Davis of Korn and Body Count featuring Ice-T will join the legendary rocker for the first-ever, special one-night edition of his annual festival that will also include an outdoor stage headlined by guitarist Zakk Wylde's Black Sabbath tribute, Zakk Sabbath.

The evening will conclude with Osbourne onstage counting down to the new year. "I asked Sharon what we're doing this New Year's Eve and she said 'We're doing F-all!", says Ozzy. "So I thought 'we didn't do Ozzfest in 2018, so let's do a New Year's Eve Ozzfest.'" Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Rifts Caused By Outside People Says Slash

Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash says that most of the difficulties between him and frontman Axl Rose were caused by other people in the band's entourage, but it was good that they finally were able to talk about their differences after 20 years of not speaking with one another.

When the guitarist reconnected with Rose in 2015, it gave both rockers a chance to sort out and settle old differences before considering the possibility of working together again.

During an appearance on Chris Jericho's "Talk Is Jericho" podcast, Slash said, "There was definitely some new ground to cover as to some of the catalysts who were causing... and a lot of it was not really between he and I - it had to do with outside parties that were part of the entourage, so to speak - and that explained a lot.

"But then there was different things between he and I that we needed to talk about because of how we handled those outside influences. So it was just good that we finally did talk, because, man - it was 20 years that we did not say one word to each other... You're talking about two of the stubbornest people you could ever come across."

Slash, Rose, Duff McKagan and most of the Axl-led GNR lineup from the past decade went on to launch a reunion tour with a rare club show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 1, 2016; now in its third year, the trek is among the top five biggest-selling concert tours in music history with sales of more than $500 million.

Beyond the sizable payday for all involved, Slash reveals things really boiled down to the fun of playing music with his former bandmates again. "I think that was part of the beauty of it - I didn't have any expectations," says the guitarist. "I think it was more of a positive thing for me to go in and just be in a room with Axl and Duff and actually just play. And so that was in and of itself the coolest thing about it.

"And so the desire to go and do those couple of shows at Coachella and the warm-up shows, that was just gonna be a blast. It wasn't really about how big of a response there was gonna be or how well it was [gonna be received] - I don't think we were thinking about that. It was just fun to go out and get together and play.

"And then, all of a sudden, the response became something that we had - at least for me personally - I had no idea it would be like that. And that was throughout the whole tour. So it was pretty special." Read more

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Metallica Release Video For Only 'To Live Is To Die' Live Performance

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming video of the first and only live performance of their classic track, "To Live Is To Die", as the latest installment in their vintage video series of songs from their 1988 album, "...And Justice For All", ahead of the release of its expanded 30th anniversary reissue on November 2.

Footage of the song was filmed live at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA on December 7, 2011 during Metallica's four-night stand to celebrate their 30th Anniversary.

The latest is their reissue series, Metallica's fourth album - and first with bassist Jason Newsted - reached No 6 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 8 million copies in the country.

A new 3CD package includes the remastered album and two discs of rough mixes, demos and live tracks alongside an expanded booklet including unseen photos by Ross Halfin. Watch the video here.

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Greta Van Fleet Release Unplugged 'You're The One' Video

(hennemusic) Greta Van Fleet are streaming a live acoustic performance of their new single, "You're The One", from the just-released debut album, "Anthem Of The Peaceful Army."

The Michigan outfit recently performed the song at Radio.com headquarters while out on the road playing shows across North America.

The group recorded the project earlier this year at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN and Rustbelt Studios in Royal Oak, MI with producers Marlon Young, Al Sutton and Herschel Boone.

The album follows a pair of successful 2017 EP's from the band: "Black Smoke Rising" and "From The Fires." here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Recruit Dani Filth For New Single

Bring Me The Horizon are now streaming their brand new single "Wonderful Life" which features a guest appearance from Cradle Of Filth frontman Dani Filth.

The song comes from their group's forthcoming album "amo", which is set to be released on January 25th and will also feature guest appearances from Grimes and Rahzel.

Frontman Oli Sykes had this to say about the new track, "The lyrics for 'wonderful life' were done freestyle in the studio. It's stream of consciousness type stuff about getting old and out touch, being off tour & loving the mundane things in life, I guess because it's so novel when your life is mainly spent on the road, things like weekly shops and mowing your lawn are quite nice- people who spend most of their lives away from home can surely relate.

"I guess on top of that there's this inner crisis I have of being a boring person but still having a desire to go wild inside me every now and again...but yeah all in all it's mostly word vomit...but also some of my favourite lyrics. The beginning is 100% legit and the irony was just too good, so we left it like that." Listen to the song here.

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As I Lay Dying Dropped By Music Festival Amid Controversy

Organizers of next year's Resurrection Fest have dropped As I Lay Dying from the lineup after controversy was sparked following the announcement of the band's involvement in the event.

As I Lay Dying recently regrouped after frontman Tim Lambesis was released from prison over a murder for hire plot against his estranged wife. Organizers of the Spanish festival faced some backlash when they revealed the band was part of the bill for the event that will be taking place next July and will feature Parkway Drive, Trivium, Testament and more.

Organizers had this to say, "Given the controversy after the announcement of As I Lay Dying for next year, we would like to highlight our absolutely condemnatory position against gender violence. At the festival, we are aware that it is a huge problem in society, with which we must have a special sensitivity. Like other forms of intolerance or oppression, it has no place within our festival or within the scene of which we are part. Proof of our commitment is that during our 13 editions we have been an example of coexistence, or any other violent act. Furthermore, in the surveys of the assistants during the recent years, we have been given high results in terms of security.

"Resurrection Fest for us is a celebration of music in many of its variants and for the majority of our attendees it is the best week of the year. We still try to make a festival that we would like to attend to as public and where the passion for music and coexistence among all our attendees reigns.

"The decision to include the band As I Lay Dying in this year's edition, the same way many other European festivals will do next summer, is that we believe in social reintegration and in the right of people to rehabilitate after having met a conviction. We understand that this opinion by the organization of the festival is shared by a large part of the festival attendees who requested the band in the polls.

"Given the debate and the division that was created among the attendees, and in order to maintain the prevailing atmosphere of harmony among the entire festival community, we finally made the decision after talking with the band of not including As I Lay Dying in the billing of this edition.

"We hope that everyone understands this situation. Resurrection Fest is an event for all types of audiences regardless of age or social group, and that forces us sometimes to make difficult decisions. Thank you very much for understanding. See you in Viveiro."

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Rolling Stones Release Live 'You Got Me Rocking' Video

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming video of a 1994 performance of "You Got Me Rocking", as a preview to the November 16 release of the live package, "Voodoo Lounge Uncut."

The tune was the second single from "Voodoo Lounge", which topped the charts in several countries while peaking at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of 2 million copies in the country.

"You Got Me Rocking" was filmed during a November 1994 concert at Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium that was originally broadcast as a pay-per-view event before being issued as "Voodoo Lounge Live" on VHS video the following year and on DVD in 1998.

The restored, remixed and remastered film contains ten previously unreleased performances from the event, including guest appearances by Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray and Bo Diddley, as well as the first performance of "Sweet Virginia" since 1973.

"Voodoo Lounge Uncut" adds five songs filmed Giants Stadium in New Jersey that were offered for sale during the tour on a VHS video called "Live Voodoo Lounge." Watch the video here.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO Announce North American Tour

(hennemusic) Jeff Lynne's ELO has announced dates for a summer 2019 tour of North America. Following a recent trek marking the band's first tour on the continent since 1981, Lynne and company return for a six-week, 20-show series that will open in Anaheim, CA on June 20.

An American Express Card Members presale runs Wednesday, October 24 at 10am local time through Sunday, October 28 at 10pm local time before tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, October 29 at 10am local time.

A new collection of ELO's work entitled "The U.K. Singles Volume One: 1972-1978", was released last month. The collector's box set of hits and b-sides issued in their native UK features 15 groundbreaking 45 RPM singles plus 1978's "The ELO EP", each fully recreated from their original releases more than four decades ago. See the tour dates here.

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Lenny Kravitz To Rock Late Night TV

(hennemusic) Lenny Kravitz will perform on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, October 25th. The rocker will be on hand to promote his latest album, "Raise Vibration", which recently debuted on the US Billboard 200 at No. 43.

Produced and recorded by Kravitz at his Bahamas studio, the project follows his pattern of playing most of the instruments himself alongside longtime guitarist Craig Ross.

Kravitz - who recently wrapped up a brief series of US dates - has already announced spring and summer concerts across Europe next year that will begin in Ljubljana, Slovenia on April 27.

Last month, the singer launched a vinyl reissue series with the re-release of his first five albums: 1991's "Mama Said", 1993's "Are You Gonna Go My Way", 1995's "Circus", and 1998's "5" on 2LP 180-gram black vinyl - in addition to individualized limited-edition, color variants. here.

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Singled Out: Desi and Cody's Elija's Song

Husband and wife Indie folk rock duo Desi and Cody just released their sophomore album "Yes, This Is Killing Us" and to celebrate we asked Cody to tell us the deeply personal story behind the track "Elija's Song". Here is the story:

Elija's Song was written unlike any song I've ever written. Usually, when I am writing a song, I have no idea what it's really gonna be about. I may have a vague idea, but I never usually start out going, "Ok, I'm gonna write a song about that one time I did that one thing." Elja's song was intentional from the very beginning. My best friend, and his family have been extraordinarily supportive of Desi and I's career in music. He and I grew up in the same small town, Oologah, Oklahoma. Neither of us were really born with the silver spoon in our mouths, to say the very least. Him and I went through a lot together. From little league to high school, we have always been friends. After High School, we both got into some pretty bad habits. Small towns in Oklahoma have a way of turning young men to drugs, and we were no exception. By the time we were 22 years old, we were in a really bad place. 

Alcoholism and drug addiction had more or less become a full time job. We were both using, and selling drugs on a constant basis. We both knew it was out of control, but neither of us was willing to stop it until it was almost too late. My friend went to jail. Then my friend got sober. I was alone. This was a bad thing because I no longer had my partner in crime to help me rationalize and justify my bad behavior. Fast forward 9 months later, I'm at the end of my rope. I have no one left to turn to and I'm literally hallucinating and having suicidal thoughts. I called my friend. He had been in some recovery programs, and over the next few years, he helped me find my way back to the light. We both stayed completely sober for 9 years. After we got into our 30's we kinda eased back into social drinking, but have managed to keep it at a low roar. I have had a few rounds on tour where things got a little crazy, but never anywhere close to what it was like in those desperate days back in Oologah. My friend now has become a very successful businessman, and is raising a family. His parents are very proud of him, as am I. Like I said, they have been a huge impact on Desi and Cody. They have been the largest benefactors of our Kickstarter Campaigns, and have been there for us in every way, since the very beginning. So... we decided to write a song for them. A song for my friends son, Elija.

At first it seemed like an impossible task. How am I supposed to write a song that effectively evokes the emotion and love that occurs when someone has a child? Can I really even come close to hitting the nail on the head? Despite my anxiety, I began attempting to write this thing. I must've written 6 songs... and they were all terrible. The truth is, the boy was very young, and I hadn't spent enough time around him to really make it happen. So, we took him fishing. My friend, myself, and the boy went to a small pond and relived one of our most beloved past times. If you grew up in Oologah, Oklahoma... when you think of childhood; you think of fishing. That was a good start. Then, that winter, we went to my friends parents house for a Christmas Party. I saw him, and his family and it was just so beautiful. I was so happy that we didn't end up like so many of our buddies we grew up with. We made it. We survived. So... the next day I'm singing in the shower and this tune pops in my head. I thought to myself, "that's it!" I immediately jumped out of the shower, dried off, and grabbed a guitar. The song took all of 5 minutes to write, it just flowed out of me. It was simple. I wanted to write a song that would prepare the boy for some of the struggles I knew he would face. Struggles his father and I had faced together, and somehow made it through. I wanted to write something that not only suited where Elija was in his life now, but all throughout his life. Now that it's done, I am more proud of it than any song I've ever written. If Desi and I are having a bad show, we can always rely on playing Elija's Song to get us out of the funk. It's the most positive tune I've ever written, and it has been a real blessing in that respect. A song about hope. A song about perseverance. In a world that seems so full of darkness right now, this song has been a light, and I'm grateful to my friend and his family for giving it to me.

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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