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Day in Rock Report for 10/29/2018


Clutch Frontman Neil Fallon Hospitalized After Collapse

(hennemusic) Clutch cancelled their October 27 show at New York's Irving Plaza at the last minute over a medical issue involving singer Neil Fallon, who was taken to a hospital in Secaucus, NJ after passing out during an afternoon walk a few hours before showtime on the Maryland group's North American tour in support of their new album, "Book Of Bad Decisions."

"Due to an unforeseen medical circumstance, we are sorry to report that we will not be performing tonight at Irving Plaza," announced the group on social media prior to the event. "Sevendust and Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown will still be playing full sets. If you do not wish to attend tonight's performance, refunds will be offered at point of purchase."

"Regarding tonight's cancellation at Irving Plaza. It's me. Again," wrote Fallon in a series of tweets. "In the early afternoon I went for a stroll. I became light headed and dizzy. Next thing I knew I was coming to on my back in a puddle of water with 2 Secaucus policemen and paramedics staring down at me.

"I took a header on the sidewalk. Was taken to the ER. Thankfully, both the EKG and CAT scan came back normal. I was diagnosed with something called 'Near-Syncope,' which, as far as I can tell, is the medical term for 'We have no idea why you passed out, but ya did.'"

According to MedicineNetcom, syncope - or fainting - is caused by a decreased blood flow to the brain brought on by any number of factors including low blood pressure or heart issues, while some patients never receive a diagnosis or know the specific cause.

"Apologies to all the folks who made plans to come to the show but the doc says no," Fallon added. "Believe me, no one is more pissed about this than I. We'll be on tour for quite some time in 2019 and we'll certainly try to get an Irving Plaza date in there.

"One last note, the EMT, Paul, is a huge Clutch fan. It was good to meet you, Paul. You're on the guest list for life. Thank you."

It's the second time in a month that Clutch have faced a medical issue in their camp; a flu bug that hit Fallon caused the band to reschedule three shows on the US east coast which, coincidentally, they are set to play this coming week. Read more here.

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Danzig, Murphey's Law, Warzone Guitarist Todd Youth Dead At 47

Todd Youth, who played with a number of artists including Danzig, Cheap Trick, Warzone, Glen Campbell and Murphy's Law, has died at the age of 47. A cause of death has not been revealed yet.

Israel Joseph I, Youth's bandmate in the band Fireburn, broke the sad news to fans via social media with the following: "On the passing of my friend, and my Brother Todd Youth

"There are no words to express how sad I am at the passing of my brother Todd Youth. The music he made will forever be remembered, and I'm so thankful that I was able to work with him and that we created Fireburn together. Todd and I were living separate lives doing hardcore and reggae music. We met each other in 1992 and then never spoke again until 2017. We created Fireburn within two weeks of knowing each other and finished writing two of my favorite hardcore records that I ever worked on: "Don't stop the youth", and "Shine". Closed casket records signed the band and we were on our way. We had great shows and lots of people showed up to them. We toured with #GBH from England, hung out with the guys from #NegativeApproach, and got our blessings about our music and our records from the #BadBrains. I know that Todd is now resting in peace and I know that Krishna has taken his soul to a better place. He was a devout Hari Krishna and a devout human being. Todd wherever you are I hope that we will make music again one day. Life is a circle, and I know I'll meet you again in that circle brother. We will meet again. Rest In Peace, Rest In Power, rest my brother. I am saddened that we cannot make music again together in this world, but I am happy that you are finally going home to be with Krishna that Haile Selassie has finally giving you peace and comfort my brother. One day, I too will lay down and die. This body that I ware is temporary. I will probably be alone. They're probably be no one around me. However I know that I will join you and all of our other friends in that good place and we'll all see each other again. I'm sorry you died Todd. I'm sorry I can't see you again. I'm sorry I wasn't there to help you. You are my friend and my brother and I love you. Rest in peace my brother. May your visit to our Heavenly Home be full of peace, and comfort, and closeness to Krishna. Haribo. Haile Selassie I. FIREBURN."

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Trivium's Matt Heafy Forced To Leave Tour Unexpectedly

Trivium frontman and guitarist Matt Heafy was forced to leave the group's North American tour and take an emergency flight home to his wife, who is pregnant with twins.

The band has recruited Howard Jones, Johannes Eckerström and Jared Dines to fill in for Matt for the upcoming dates of their current trek with Light The Torch and Avatar.

Heafy broke the news to fans with a video message (watch here), "I just had to fly back unexpectedly home to Orlando. As you all know, my wife and I are expecting twins and as you also know, with pregnancy, there are no definitive answers on when things are happening - especially when it's two.

"So I had to get back. I took an emergency flight to get back home and I'm basically on watch. I know that there's still an amazing tour happening. It's very weird for me to be on the best North American tour of my career and then to have to fly home. The plan was, obviously, to do the entire thing but thankfully Howard Jones, Jared Dines and Johannes are all working together with Paolo, Corey and Alex to make the set happen.

"I truly believe that you guys are going to get a once in a lifetime show and I'm so upset to be missing it."

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New Year's Eve Ozzfest Lineup Expanded

The lineup for the second stage for the special New Year's Eve Ozzfest has been revealed. The event is set to take place at the Forum in Inglewood, Ca on December 31st.

The main stage acts had previously been revealed with the initial announcement last week as Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Korn's Jonathan Davis and Body Count.

Now organizers have announced that the second stage will feature Zakk Sabbath, DevilDriver and Wednesday 13. Ozzy had the following to say about this special night on music: "I asked Sharon what we're doing this New Year's Eve and she said, 'We're doing f*** all.'

"So I thought, 'We didn't do Ozzfest in 2018, so let's do a New Year's Eve Ozzfest.'"

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Add New Leg To Their Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced dates for a spring 2019 farewell tour of Canada. The Southern Rock outfit will play a 2-week, 8-show run across the country starting March 2 in Ottawa, ON.

The group will be joined on the trek by guest Randy Bachman, founder of both The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive and two-time inductee into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame.

Ticket presales for most concerts will begin Monday, October 29, with general public seats going on sale starting Friday, November 2 at 10 AM local time.

The planned three-year farewell series - which opened in West Palm Beach, FL in May - continues this week with shows in Kansas City, MO and Peoria, IL.

The band will soon announce additional international and US dates for the tour, which is named after the Florida group's 1977 album, "Street Survivors"; the trek marks the final shows by Lynyrd Skynyrd, who have sold more than 30 million albums sold over the course of their career and were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006. See the dates here.

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Steven Tyler Rolls With Ali McManus For Cover Of Aerosmith Classic

(Kayos) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler makes a special cameo appearance in singer/songwriter Ali McManus' band new music video for "Roll This Way", her reworking of the Aerosmith classic "Walk This Way. We were sent the following details:

Due to a rare bone disorder, McManus has been in a wheelchair since the age of seven. As she has addressed on the title track of Unbreakable, people tend to see the wheelchair before they see her.

Where "Unbreakable" laments that shortsightedness, "Roll This Way" knocks down the walls, breaking the stigma and revealing Ali's feisty, vivacious nature. "Roll This Way" is a cheeky statement that Ali won't let anything stop her from having a good time and living life to the fullest. After all, she IS a young woman in her early twenties.

So how does Steven Tyler feel about this take on the classic Aerosmith song? Considering he makes a cameo in the video, pushing Ali in her chair while singing along to "Roll This Way," he very much approves! In fact, Ali wrote the song after her producer Jack Douglas, who famously worked with Aerosmith, told her the story of recording "Walk This Way." Her response: "I can't 'Walk This Way,' but I can 'Roll This Way!'"

In this new recording, with all new lyrics including her clever replacement of the phrase "just give me a kiss" to "just give me a push," Ali serves up a new kind of fearless inspiration for those navigating disabilities.

In the video, Ali is hanging with her girlfriends, cruising around LA in a 1969 cherry Buick convertible and taking over a roller rink while "skating" with friends. With choreography by Marisa Hamamoto, who specializes in working with dancers with disabilities, Ali dances with the other girls in scenes that promote inclusion, serving as a normalizing image of life in a chair.

"Roll This Way" is an anthem for embracing what makes us different, inspiring people of all backgrounds to live a life without limits. Ali encourages viewers to donate to one of two charities: Shriners Hospital for Children, where Ali received multiple life-saving surgeries (she is a Shriner's Youth Ambassador and performs at fundraisers, as well as in the hospitals), and Janie's Fund, a charity founded by Steven Tyler dedicated to providing resources to assist young girls who are victims of abuse. Ali will be donating royalties from the song as well. Watch the video here.

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Manowar Sideline Karl Logan Following Child Porn Possession Arrest

Manowar have announced that they have sidelined guitarist Karl Logan from their forthcoming tour after news broke that he had been arrested on six alleged child porn possession related charges.

The band tweeted the following: "Due to the fact that Karl and his attorneys are dealing with these issues, he will not perform with Manowar. The new album and upcoming tour will not be affected."

The 53-year-old is out on bail after he was arrested in North Carolina this past summer. He was charged with six counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, which the state defines as: "a person commits the offense of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor if, knowing the character or content of the material, he possesses material that contains a visual representation of a minor engaging in sexual activity."

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KISS To Rock The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

(hennemusic) KISS will perform on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, October 30. The appearance comes as speculation continues about an impending announcement of dates for the group's farewell tour, which they confirmed last month on the season 13 finale of NBC-TV's America's Got Talent.

Set to begin in 2019, the trek is billed as "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour." "This is gonna be our last tour," said Paul Stanley on the program. "It will be the most explosive, biggest show we've ever done. People who love us, come see us. If you've never seen us, this is the time. This will be the show."

"All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years," added KISS in a statement. "This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in... unapologetic and unstoppable."

KISS was co-founded in January of 1973 by Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons from the ashes of the pair's previous band, Wicked Lester; they added guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss and went on to great success in their 1970s heyday. here.

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Alice Cooper And Cheap Trick Jam Classic Hit

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper was joined by Cheap Trick members Rick and Daxx Neilsen for his 1972 classic, "School's Out", at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford, IL on October 24.

Rick stepped into the lineup of Cooper's guitarists for the song, while Daxx assisted drummer Glen Sobel for the encore of the legendary rocker's show in Cheap Trick's hometown.

Cooper is winding down the final dates of his "A Paranormal Evening" North American tour in support of his latest album, "Paranormal." The trek follows the singer's summer series of shows in Europe with The Hollywood Vampires that included a mix of headline gigs and appearances at festivals in the Czech Republic, France, Belgium and Italy, among others before wrapping up in Rome in early July. Watch the jam here.

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Rolling Stones Stream 1994 Rarity From Voodoo Lounge Uncut

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming audio of a 1994 performance of "I Go Wild", as the latest preview to the November 16 release of the live package, "Voodoo Lounge Uncut."

The fourth and final single from "Voodoo Lounge" was only featured on the band's 1994-95 tour in support of the project, 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.

Filmed at Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium on November 25, 1994 and broadcast as a pay-per-view event, the material was first issued as "Voodoo Lounge Live" on VHS video the following year before an edited version was delivered on DVD in 1998.

This restored, remixed and remastered film contains ten previously unreleased performances from the event, that features guest appearances by Sheryl Crow ("Live With Me"), Robert Cray ("Stop Breaking Down Blues") and Bo Diddley ("Who Do You Love?"), as well as the first performance of "Sweet Virginia" since 1973.

The package adds five songs that were captured at Giants Stadium in New Jersey early in the trek that were a part of a VHS video called "Live Voodoo Lounge" that was offered for sale during the tour. Listen to the song here.

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Eric Clapton Tops Album Chart With Happy Xmas

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton has topped the US Holiday Album chart with his first full-length Christmas album, "Happy Xmas." According to Billboard, the project debuts at No. 1 on the seasonal chart, which is published weekly from mid-October through early January each year.

Co-produced by Clapton and Simon Climie, the record also enters the Billboard 200 at No. 168 with opening week sales of 6,000 units, of which nearly all of were in traditional album sales.

"Happy Xmas" presents the legendary guitarist's take on a mix of standards - including "White Christmas," "Silent Night" and "Away In A Manger" - and lesser known holiday tunes alongside a new original track, "For Love On Christmas Day."

"Before this became a Christmas album," Clapton explains, "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." Watch the trailer for the album here.

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AFI Return With Surprise Song and EP Announcement

AFI surprised fans late last week with the release of a brand new track called "Get Dark". The song will be including on the band's forthcoming EP "The Missing Man."

Frontman Davey Havok had the following to say, "From the initial performance and recording, it had a driving sense of forward movement and penetrating connection.

"The song's themes of deification and deference, self-loathing and vanity, captivation and release, damage and healing, are posed in a subtle invitation to those inherently compelled to accept."

Guitarist Jade Puget, who produced the track, added, "I was aiming for something a little raw for Get Dark. In fact, I used most of the vocal takes from the very first time Davey sang it, as well as some of my guitar parts from when we were writing it.

"The song is built on the sparseness and simplicity of the verse drum groove and guitar riff that opens up into this big anthemic chorus. For the EP, the same idea of a certain rawness was really important to the overall vibe. I feel like it's easy to turn out a slick, polished set of songs, but to walk that fine line between studio creation and live sound can be difficult.

"It's been an intense labor of love and we can't wait for everyone to hear it." Listen to the song here.

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Swervedriver Release New Video And Announce Album

Swervedriver have released a music video for their new track "Mary Winter". The song comes from the band's forthcoming album, "Future Ruins", which is set to hit stores on January 25th.

Adam Franklin had the following to say about the new song, "In Mary Winter, the character is a spaceman who's trying to remember what life is really like. There's a lot of foreboding with regard to the future on this album."

Watch the video here. Franklin added, "We're playing places that we've either not played in a long time or new places, like Singapore, where there were 20-year-old kids there and they're singing the words to the new songs.

"We don't want to be the band that just plays the old albums. We're glad to have a whole bunch of new songs. We're on it again."

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City Of Tyrants Release 'Astral Projection' Video

City Of Tyrants has released a lyric video for their new track "Astral Projection." The song is the first single from the band's new album "Revelations," which is set to be released on November 16th.

The group had this to say, "In 2018 we wrote and recorded what became Revelations. With the help of co writer Lukas Magyar (Veil Of Maya) we set out to create music that we liked and something that we could all be proud of.

"Stylistically, the biggest change is the addition of clean vocals contributed by our drummer. Revelations is a concept album telling the story of a god-like figure chosen to fulfill a prophecy.

"He is faced with several challenges that will eventually break him down causing him to become the evil which he sought to eradicate in the beginning of the story." Watch the video here.

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Lenny Kravitz's Late Late Show Performance Goes Online

(hennemusic) Lenny Kravitz performed his latest "Raise Vibration" single, "Low", on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on October 25, and video of his appearance is streaming online.

The rocker also joined actors and fellow guests Amber Stevens West and Randall Park on the couch for the program, where he shared a story about skipping classes at Beverly Hills High School to work on his music.

"Um...I did what I had to do to graduate," explained Kravitz. "I was playing a lot of music at the time, and I had about five or six music classes as well. I was in every band, every choir, the marching band. In fact, my history teacher who was so kind to me let me not come to class and gave me a C - she would tell me, 'Get out of here. Go play your guitar'", which drew some applause from the studio audience.

"We're all clapping - it's like, 'I didn't get my education'," joked the singer. "It was a great place to be. I learned a lot. But I already knew what I wanted to do, and I was already being really involved. There were other musicians there, too, like Slash - we went to high school together."

Kravitz just wrapped up a brief series of US dates in support of "Raise Vibration", which recently debuted at No. 43 on the US Billboard 200. Watch the TV performance here.

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Singled Out: Empty Trail's My World

Austin trio Empty Trail just released their new single "My World" and to celebrate we asked Rick Lambert (vocals/guitar) to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

"My World" was the newest track of a different direction. I basically sat around all day with just my acoustic guitar running through different chord progressions and melodies. The song just kind of came out finished. I was working with my producer, Kfir Gov, and he agreed there was something that stood-out about the song. I was in this deep state of letting go, and that's what the song embodied, letting go. I basically filled the track with some cool riffs here and there, but honestly, left it pretty open. I wanted the emotion behind the lyrics to take forefront.

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

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