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Day in Rock Report for 10/31/2018

Guns N' Roses Reunion Offered Turned Down By Former Member

(hennemusic) Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke has revealed that he turned down an offer to join the band on their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour and explained why.

"When it first started, they did reach out to me to come and play," Clarke told Eddie Trunk during a recent appearance on his SiriusXM program. "I have said that they did ask me before, I've never said why I didn't do it.

"The real reason is, they asked me, but you know my daughter Frankie has a band [Frankie + The Studs], they asked me the same day my daughter's band was playing Lollapalooza [in July 2016], which was like the biggest break for her band and stuff. It was the same day they were playing Lollapalooza and I had to be there, and I couldn't really give that up to go be the third guitar player in the band."

Clarke was in the lineup from 1991 through 1994 and appeared on their fifth album, 1993's "The Spaghetti Incident?" As for a future appearance on Guns N' Roses reunion run, the guitarist says: "I have nothing against it," adding his original offer "just didn't work out for me."

The day before his SiriusXM appearance, Clarke just happened to cross paths with his former bandmates. "I don't really talk to 'em, although I actually saw everybody yesterday," explains the rocker. "They were rehearsing and I was getting my gear. We were at the same place."

Clarke says things went well during his chance encounter. "Oh, absolutely," he recalls. "I mean, I'm still cool with Axl; I'm still cool with everybody. I have no ill feelings or anything." Listen to the full interview here.

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Peter Criss Not Up To Playing Full KISS Farewell Tour Shows Says Ace

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley continues to express interest in taking part in the band's farewell tour but believes that if his former bandmate Peter Criss were to be involved it would have to be on a limited basis.

Ace was asked by VintageRock.com if he would be part of the tour even if Peter was not involved. He responded, "I think it would be great if Peter was involved. Obviously, at this point in his life, he wouldn't be able to do a two-hour show.

"But I can see if we worked out a situation where Peter came out at the end and did three or four songs - sang 'Beth', did 'Black Diamond' and a couple of others, I think that would be fun."

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Between The Buried And Me, TesseracT and Astronoid Tour

Between The Buried And Me have announced that early in the new year they will launch the 'Automata II' North American Tour that will feature support TesseracT and Astronoid.

The tour is scheduled to kick off in Athens, Georgia on February 8th and works it's way across the country ending in Greenville, South Carolina on March 9th.

The tour comes in support of 'Automata II' the second part of the double concept album the band released earlier this year via Sumerian Records. The 2-part conceptual saw Between The Buried And Me venture into new territory, expanding their ever-evolving style whilst upholding a tradition of progression. Speaking on the process, Paul Waggoner says, "We never want to repeat ourselves. We're always trying to do something different, and this album fell right into that sort of pattern. We push ourselves into new places, while retaining our basic sound." See the dates here.

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Alex Lifeson Jams Rush Classics At Benefit Concert

(hennemusic) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson performed a trio of classics by the legendary Canadian band during an appearance at a charity event in Malibu, CA this past weekend.

As part of the 11th annual Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Golf Classic's All-Star Concert to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the Saddlerock Ranch on October 28, Lifeson joined former Chicago bassist Jason Scheff to play Rush's classic tracks "Limelight", "The Spirit Of Radio" and "Freewill."

Lifeson also teamed up with Krieger on a pair of Doors tunes, including "Riders On The Storm" and "Roadhouse Blues." The annual benefit concert also featured performances by guitarist Orianthi, Elliott Easton of The Cars, Rami Jaffee of Foo Fighters and Cherie Currie of The Runaways, among others. Watch video of the performances here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Moth Into Flame' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 2016 single, "Moth Into Flame", at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA on October 18, and the band are streaming professional footage from the show.

The tune was the second track issued from the band's tenth album, "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct", which debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than a million copies in the country.

Metallica's current fall trek across North America will wrap up in Fresno, CA on December 9 before taking a six week break for the holidays; the series will resume for another three-month run in Tulsa, OK on January 18 before returning to Europe.

"We promised we would be back . . . it's the return of the European summer vacation!," says Metallica. "Following the attendance breaking indoor arena run that ended in May of this year, we are psyched that we will be returning to Europe in May of next year to do an outdoor run of our own shows, primarily in stadiums, but also the occasional park and even a castle thrown in for good measure!

"Kicking off May 1, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, the tour will visit 25 cities across 20 countries including many cities we did not stop in on the most recent excursion: Milan, Zürich, Dublin, Berlin, Moscow, Warsaw, Bucharest, Go?teborg and Brussels (first time since 1988!) are all on the itinerary this summer. We also have three firsts (go figure!) with shows in Trondheim Norway, Hämeenlinna Finland, and Tartu, Estonia.

"Joining us for the festivities will be Ghost and Bokassa." Watch the video here.

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Steely Dan's Walter Becker Honored With New York City Street Naming Ceremony

(hennemusic) Late Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker was honored with a street-naming ceremony in New York City on October 28th and live from the event has been shared online.

Live For Live Music reports the hour-long festivities - hosted by Jim Kerr of New York's Classic Rock Q104.3 - began with opening remarks by New York City Council Member Karen Koslowitz of the 29th District, who proposed the street renaming, and was followed by a keynote address by screenwriter and longtime Becker friend Howard A. Rodman.

Streamed live on Facebook by the radio station, the noon-time event in the Forest Hills section of Queens saw the official unveiling of "Walter Becker Way" at the corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive in a tribute to the late rocker, who passed away last fall from esophageal cancer at the age of 67.

The New York City Council customarily uses street co-naming to honor New York-based activists, cultural heroes, and community leaders whose contributions continue to reverberate in the city and beyond. here.

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Roger Waters Releases Video Trailer For The Soldier's Tale

(hennemusic) Roger Waters is streaming a video trailer for his just-released adaptation of Igor Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale." The project sees Waters narrate the latest take on the Russian composer's classic story of a soldier who trades his violin to The Devil in exchange for a book that will help make him rich.

The 2018 adapatation sees the former Pink Floyd bassist play the Soldier, the Devil, the Narrator and all of the story's other characters, as well. Music for "The Soldier's Tale" is provided by seven musicians from the prestigious Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival

The fact that Waters has recorded this work in particular is no accident, for there are personal reasons for his choice. In the first place, he has wanted for a long time to engage more deeply with the work of a composer whose weight and occasional inaccessibility may perhaps have much in common with his own music and, in the second place, the two world wars have left their mark on Waters' family, too - he lost his father in the Second World War, while one of his grandfathers was killed in the First.

"I'm hugely proud of it and I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to be part of a production of what I consider to be not just a great piece of work from Stravinsky, but, I think, an amazingly beautiful piece of recording," says Waters. Watch the trailer and read more here.

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Singled Out: Witch Casket's Punishment

Witch Casket recently released a new EP called "Punishment" and we thought an excellent way to celebrate the release and Halloween would be to ask Drogoth to tell us about the title song and video he directed for it. Here is the story:

So, we recently released a music video for the title track of our sophomore EP entitled "Punishment". As the band's vocalist AND a music video director, I'm constantly trying to come up with video concepts that separate us from the heard. I was trying to come up with an idea that didn't necessarily fit into the "Death Metal" box. So, I was relaxing with my girlfriend at her apartment in downtown LA one night, and she was playing oldies music, like old Motown R&B, and 50's and early 60's rock. I started thinking about the music scene back then, and about the different music showcase television shows they had, and I started thinking about what it would look like if a modern-day Death Metal band was featured on an old music showcase tv show.

From there, I started looking at reference videos from old shows, and thinking about how it should work. I found some clips of the Beatles appearing for the first time on American Television on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. I decided to use that as my visual target, and basically recreate that performance.

So, first I had to think about the cast. I have a good friend who's an actor, and is also English and has a great accent, so I thought it would be fun to switch the locations and have a US band visiting an English Pop TV show. I gave the show the name of "Pop Up Hits!" as an homage to the popular British music show "Top of the Pops". I also felt that in order to create the right amount of contrast, we should have a period-appropriate band finishing up and leaving the stage as the video opens, to punctuate the contrast between what is expected, and what is about to happen. Again, I elicited the help of some friends who are in a Rockabilly band called "So Cal Rocket Dynamics", and I gave them the appropriate name of "The 4 Squares".
The rest of the project was just building a set that was reminiscent of a 1960's television studio. I build a drum riser out of plywood and cut out some background signage out of foam core, and rented out a local white-screen studio to shoot the footage. We got the cast and crew together in one day with a solid script and just shot all day long. It was a ton of pre-production, but once everything was shot, the editing was easy. I cut in some footage of some screaming teenage girls, and we were all set!

Death Metal bands aren't usually known for their humorous side, so I thought this would be a fun contrast to a sometimes "too serious" scene. It was a lot of fun to work on, and I think the results speak for themselves. Check out the video at the link below if you're so inclined!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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