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Day in Rock Report for 10/26/2018

Judas Priest Frontman Rob Halford Responds To Medical Emergency Report

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford was the latest victim of "fake news" after an article appeared on a user generated spoof website that reported the metal legend was found unresponsive in his San Diego home.

Devoted fans should have noticed a big error in the report with the location since Halford famously lives in Phoenix. A user on spoof site React365 generated an article claiming Halford was found unresponsive at the non-existent home and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and opiates were allegedly found close to him.

Loudwire reacted out to Halford about the bogus report and he clarified that it was all un-true. He told the site, "No I'm not. Horrible for our fans. Please let everyone know I'm in Phoenix packing my bags for Knotfest and can't wait to see our metal maniacs!"

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Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Slams Rock Hall

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson slammed the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame over the band's exclusion during his current spoken word tour of Australia.

During an audience Q&A session, the rocker was asked by a fan in Melbourne if he thinks the group should be inducted into the Cleveland-based institution. "Absolutely," Dickinson replied. "I actually think the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is an utter and complete load of bollocks, to be honest with you. It's run by a bunch of sanctimonious bloody Americans who wouldn't know rock and roll if it hit them in the face. They need to stop taking Prozac and start drinking f-ing beer."

To be eligible for the Rock Hall, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. According to the Hall, factors including an artist's musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.

The iconic metal outfit - who have been eligible since 2005 - have released 16 studio records with worldwide sales totaling more than 100 million copies. Watch the video clip here.

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William Shatner And Iggy Pop Rock Christmas Classic

William Shatner is most famous as Captain Kirk on Star Trek but he has also made a name for himself with his unique singing style presented in a series of albums.

His latest foray into music is "Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album, which hit stores today (October 26). And to mark the release he has issued a stream of his version of the Christmas classic Silent Night featuring Iggy Pop. Listen here.

The album also features guest appearances from Henry Rollins, Todd Rundgren, Billy Gibbons, Ian Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Brad Paisley, Judy Collins, Mel Collins, Artimus Pyle, Joe Louis Walker, Elliot Easton and Dani Bander, according to Classic Rock.

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Pink Floyd Share Rare 1967 Recording Session Footage

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd are streaming rare video of a 1967 recording session for their classic instrumental, "Interstellar Overdrive." The footage also includes drummer Nick Mason working on his "Nick's Boogie", with both tracks originally recorded for Peter Lorrimer Whitehead's film and companion soundtrack, "Tonite Lets All Make Love In London."

"Interstellar" went on to be featured on the UK band's 1967 debut album, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn." Recorded with Pink Floyd's original lineup of Mason, Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Richard Wright, the set reached No. 6 on the UK charts and No. 131 on the US Billboard 200 upon its original release while going on to be hailed as one of the greatest psychedelic albums of all time

Barrett's influence on the band's early material helped define their sound as they performed on the underground UK scene; a year later, the rocker was removed from the group during sessions for 1968's "A Saucerful Of Secrets" after the effects of his drug-influenced behaviour proved him too unreliable for live performances at the time.

Prior to Syd's exit, guitarist and Barrett friend David Gilmour was added to the lineup, which made Pink Floyd a five-piece band for a short period in early 1968. here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Nothing Else Matters' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1991 classic, "Nothing Else Matters", at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI on October 16, and the band are streaming professional footage from the fall North American tour event.

The track was the third single from the group's self-titled record, the band's first to top the US charts on its way to sales of 16 million in the States and more than 30 million worldwide.

More than two decades after its release, the project recently made US chart history by becoming one of only four albums to spend more than 500 weeks on the Billboard 200.

"Metallica" - aka the "Black" album - achieved the rare feat alongside Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side Of The Moon" (937 weeks), Bob Marley and The Wailers' 1984 collection "Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers" (539 weeks) and Journey's 1998 "Greatest Hits" package (539 weeks). Watch the video here.

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Queen Stream Final Bohemian Rhapsody Biopic Trailer

(hennemusic) Queen are streaming the final video trailer for their upcoming biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody", ahead of its arrival in cinemas next week on November 2nd.

The clip highlights Rami Malek's appearance as Freddie Mercury while tracing the history of the legendary UK band up to their iconic 1985 performance at Live Aid.

"We shot the most iconic performance in rock history - Queen playing at Live Aid - on day one," Malek recently told ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel. "Our first shot was the four of us coming out onto Wembley Stadium stage as the members of Queen."

The actor was selected for the lead role by Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor who, Malek says, were often on set to help oversee the production; it was their support that gave him additional confidence about bringing the late singer's life to the big screen.

"The greatest honor, I think, from playing someone like Freddie Mercury," explains Malek, "is getting the acceptance of [his] legendary bandmates." here.

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Sammy Hagar Recaps High Tide Beach Party

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar is streaming a video recap of his inaugural "High Tide Beach Party & Car Show." The October 6 event on the shores of Huntington Beach, CA saw Hagar co-headline alongside his supergroup The Circle - featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson - and REO Speedwagon, and included special guest appearances by Joe Satriani, Vince Neil, Eddie Money and more.

The lineup also featured performances from Reel Big Fish, Roger Clyne And The Peacemakers, Tijuana Dogs, Tre Cool's Dead Mermaids and more. In addition to the concert, the event showcased a collection of luxury, exotic, European, custom, classic, movie and hyper cars, and specially-curated food and drink offerings via a beachside outpost of Sammy's legendary Cabo Wabo Cantina.

"Thank you to everyone who came to the first High Tide Beach Party!," says Hagar. "We are excited to bring you an even bigger and better party with more bands next year as a two day event on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 2019." Watch the video here.

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Steve Hackett Announces New Album 'At The Edge Of Light'

Genesis icon Steve Hackett has announced that he will be releasing his new album "At The Edge Of Light" on January 25th in various formats including digitally, CD, double LP/CD and a Mediabook CD/DVD that will feature 5.1 surround sound mix and a behind-the-scenes documentary.

Hackett had the following to say about the new studio effort, ""In these dangerous times, deep shadows feel even sharper than usual and we find ourselves standing at the edge of light.

"The contrast between dark and light weaves its way throughout the album in many ways, from the sense of good fighting evil through to the interplay of dark and light opposites magically combining in cultures, including the heartbeat of India and primal tribal rhythms.

"Ultimately, this album embraces the need for all musical forms and cultures to connect and celebrate the wonder of unity in this divided world."" See the tracklisting here.

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Fish Releases 'Man With A Stick' Lyric Video

Former Marillion frontman Fish has released his debut lyric video for his track called "Man With A Stick." The song comes from his forthcoming album "Weltschmerz" and most recent EP "A Parlay With Angels".

Fish had the following to say about the song and video (which can be streamed here), "It's been so exciting to witness the huge response that came with making my entire back catalogue available on streaming services this summer.

"Knowing that so many of my fans - old and new - are discovering my work online and listening millions of times in such a short time is fantastic. So, with Weltschmerz being my last and final album, it seems the perfect time to also do things for the first time, which is why I decided to create a lyric video for Man With A Stick."

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Singled Out: Earl and the Agitators (Foghat)

Bluesy rockers Earl and the Agitators, led by long-time/original Foghat drummer Roger Earl, released their new album "Shaken & Stirred" today (Oct 26th) and to celebrate we asked them about their cover of the Rolling Stones classic "Wild Horses". Here is the story:

Roger Earl: "The Stones were always one of my favorite bands. So when Scott suggested Wild Horses for our live shows, it was obvious it meant something special to him. And...we have Bryan Bassett on slide guitar! No problem!"

Scott Holt (vocals): "I've been playing this song for few years and always dedicate it to my wife. She's been an equestrian since she was a little girl and now our daughter is as well. I'm not sure what the verse message is but the chorus '...Wild horses couldn't drag me away...' sums up how I feel about her."

Bryan Bassett (bass): "When I heard Scott play his arrangement of 'Wild Horses' when we were trying to decide what songs to play live I was blown away. Everyone knows and loves this great song. The Rolling Stones are a fantastic rock 'n' roll band, but they are also some of the best ballad composers ever. Scott sings this song beautifully and it was a challenge for me to back him up with a little slide. Our live version of this on our new record is one of my favorite tracks on the album."

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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