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Day in Rock Report for 02/04/2019


Van Halen Star Open To Reunion Tour

Original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony was asked the possibility of reuniting with the band, following recent rumors that the original lineup were planning to stage a tour.

While he expressed that he is content with where things are now, when asked about the idea of rejoining the group by Vegas Rocks! magazine, he left the door open.

He told them, "I'm always a 'never say never' guy. But at this point, I'm very happy with what I'm doing. I'm having a great time. And if something happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't, at this point."

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Foo Fighters Full Super Saturday Night Streaming Online

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters were joined by a number of special guests for their Super Saturday Night concert event in Atlanta, GA on February 2, which was live streamed on Twitter from the city's Atlantic Station and can be viewed online for those that missed it.

Following a brief opening set by Run The Jewels, the Foos hit the stage with their 2002 single, "All My Life", as part of a 19-song performance on the eve of the city hosting Super Bowl 53 between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.

The Foos mixed material from throughout their catalog; they were joined by saxophonist Dave Koz on "La Dee Da" from 2017's "Concrete And Gold" before drummer Taylor Hawkins moved to center stage to handle lead vocals as surprise guest Roger Taylor of Queen stepped behind the kit for a take on his band's 1981 classic, "Under Pressure."

Late in the show, Zac Brown and Tom Morello joined the Foos for a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs", before Perry Farrell joined the lineup for a run-through of Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song."

The Foos will play four more US dates and a summer trek through Europe before the Concrete And Gold world tour comes to a close. "I don't know when y'all are gonna see us again, but you will," Dave Grohl told the crowd, "Because we're too old to break up. It's like your grandparents getting divorced....it's not gonna happen." Watch the show here.

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Neal Schon Expands Journey Through Time Tour

(hennemusic) Neal Schon has expanded his "Journey Through Time" tour with the addition of two recently-announced concert dates. Following a warm-up gig at the Jackson Rancheria Casino in Jackson, CA on February 22 and the trek's official opening night at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA on February 23, Schon has added a March 1 stop at The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ and a March 2 show at The Orpheum in Los Angeles, CA.

The "Journey Through Time" series will see the Journey founder and guitarist celebrate the band's legendary catalog and classic hits, while presenting rarely-performed tracks from the band's first three albums: 1975's "Journey", 1976's "Look Into The Future", and 1977's "Next."

Schon and his Journey and Santana bandmate Gregg Rolie will perform with a lineup that includes former Journey member Deen Castronovo on vocals and drums, Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) on bass and vocals, multi-instrumentalist Marti Frederiksen and Chris Collins on guitar and keys.

"We're really going to play anything that's in our repertoire - anything that Journey has recorded," says Schon. "I plan on mixing it up a lot and not playing the same set. Stuff from our first three records - we're going to update that a little bit - and have some fun jamming!" See the dates here.

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Judas Priest Perform Classic Song For First Time In 40 Years

(hennemusic) Judas Priest performed their 1978 classic, "Killing Machine", live for the first time in 40 years during a January 27 concert in Paris, France on January 27th and video of the performance has gone online.

The song is the title track of the UK band's fifth studio album, which was retitled "Hell Bent For Leather" for its US release. The Paris date took place three days before Judas Priest were to support Ozzy Osbourne on a month-long series of UK/European shows, which were postponed on doctor's orders after the Black Sabbath legend came down with a flu and a severe upper-respiratory infection which could develop into pneumonia.

"I want to apologize to all of my fans who have been so loyal over the years, my band, my crew and to Judas Priest for letting you all down," said Ozzy. "However, I promise the tour with Judas Priest will be completed. It's being rescheduled right now to start in September."

Judas Priest will resume their world tour in support of 2018's "Firepower" with live dates in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa next month; they'll return to North America for a two-month spring run in May with guests Uriah Heep. Watch the performance here.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela Stream Cover Of Pink Floyd Classic

Rodrigo y Gabriela are streaming their epic cover of the Pink Floyd classic "Echoes" as a preview to their forthcoming album "Mettavolution," which will hit stores on April 26th.

Rodrigo and Gabriela had this to say about the cover, which takes of the entire second side of the new album, "We are big Pink Floyd fans. That track, specially the live in Pompeii version means a lot to us, we even made a huge visual reference in our video for 'Hanuman.'

"Besides that, the lyrics are even more relevant now than they were 45 years ago, the search for knowledge about ourselves, it's becoming a key element for survival these days, that's what evolution is all about at the end of the day."

They had this to say about working with producer Dave Sardy, "Everything was ready for it, all the circumstances around the idea of agreeing to work with a producer came together right at the time we talked to Sardy. And our intuition was right. We talked to a lot of great producers before him but the conditions just weren't there. When we talked to Dave it just felt we had arrived." Listen to their take on 'Echoes'
here.

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Whitesnake Stream Remix Of 'Slow An' Easy'

(hennemusic) Whitesnake are streaming audio of "Slow An' Easy" (US Mix, 2019 Remaster)" as the latest preview to an upcoming series of 35th anniversary reissues of their 1984 classic, "Slide It In."

The song helped Whitesnake's commercial breakthrough in the US when it reached No. 17 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, while the set peaked at No. 40 on the Billboard 200 on its way to eventual sales of 2 million copies in the country.

"'Slide It In' was always meant to be a structured, more electric modern take on the classic blues-based hard rock that Whitesnake were famous for," says David Coverdale, "but our new Hook City Hooligan, Mixer Extraordinaire Christopher Collier, has hand-tooled this classic record for the 21st century. Hearing all the performances so fresh and so clear after 35 years was amazing. Mel, Cozy and Jon's playing on the record is as vital now as it was all those years ago. All the featured players shine.

"Not only did Christopher get the best out of the recording, but, he gives the album a fresh coat of sonic paint bringing it right up to date. I'm personally thrilled with it."

Due March 8, a 2019 remaster of the "Slide It In" will be available in all versions, including a 6CD/DVD Ultimate Special Edition, a 2CD Deluxe Edition featuring US and UK mixes plus bonus tracks, a single CD (US Mix), and a 2LP vinyl edition. Stream the song and read more here.

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Yngwie Malmsteen Stream Song From Forthcoming Album

Yngwie Malmsteen has released a lyric video for his new track "Sun's Up Top's Down". The song comes from the acclaimed guitarist's new album "Blue Lighting", which will be released on March 29th.

Malmsteen explains the focus for the new record and what inspired it, "I have always played around with old songs, both live and also in the studio. I did a similar album called Inspirationa while ago (1996), and it was Mascot who came to me and suggested I do a Blues record."

"Now, I grew up in a classically trained family, and people know me for playing in what is called a neo classical style. But when I got a guitar for my fifth birthday, what I would try to emulate were John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers - I would jam along to what they did on record with Eric Clapton ('Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton' album). That's something people don't realize about me - I do have a strong interest in the Blues. So, when Mascot came to me with the suggestion of doing an album of songs in this style, it didn't faze me at all. In fact, it seemed so natural."

He added this about the recording of the self-produced effort, "In the old days, a band would go into the studio, do a couple of songs, then go out on tour, before returning to the studio to do a couple more new tracks. That's the way I did things this time. I have been so busy on the road in recent times that it was the most pragmatic way to do the album. In all, it took me about ten months to get it done, but by going in the studio in between touring commitments, I feel it kept everything fresh."

tracklisting "Blue Lightning," "Foxey Lady," "Demon's Eye," "1911 Strut," "Blue Jean Blues," "Purple Haze," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Sun's Up Top's Down," "Peace, Please," "Paint It Black," "Smoke On The Water," and "Forever Man." Watch the lyric video
here.

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John 5 and The Creatures Release Crank It, Living With Ghosts

John 5 and The Creatures have released a new music video for their two-part track "Crank It - Living With Ghosts", which comes from their forthcoming album "Invasion."

John 5 had the following to say about the Israel Perez directed promotional clip, "This video begins with total acid-trip rave party for 'Crank It', and the second portion of the song, 'Living With Ghosts', is the come down.

"This video depicts all of the things you secretly want when you go to a party - craziness, indulgence. It's full of everything you could want - guitars, tits and monsters!" Watch the video here.

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We Came As Romans Lead Additions To Dance Gavin Dance's Swanfest

Dance Gavin Dance have revealed the final acts who will be taking the stage at the inaugural Swanfest at City National Grove of Anaheim, CA on March 30th.

The special single day, 2-stage festival will be headlined by Dance Gavin Dance and the final performers added are We Came As Romans, Sianvar and Royal Coda.

They join the previously announced Periphery, Crown The Empire, Don Broco, Veil of Maya, Intervals, Volumes, Hail The Sun, Eidola, Covet, Strawberry Girls, Thousand Below, and Wolf & Bear.

Dance Gavin Dance's Will Swan had this to say, "Over the past couple of years we've worked with countless stylistically unique bands, so we decided it would be a great idea for Dance Gavin Dance to personally curate our own festival that included a lineup of bands that are not only musicians that we respect and have built bonds with on the road, but in some cases have become close, personal friends.

"We felt that bringing together a diverse and interesting lineup like this would excite all our fans and also complement each other's style.

"The main goal of SwanFest is to have everyone from all parts come together, listen to some amazing music, and have a genuinely good time for a very fair ticket price. Can't wait to see you on March 30th in Anaheim."

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The Vegabonds Release 'Best I Can Video'

Nashville-based alternative southern rock band The Vegabonds take have released a music video for the song "Best I Can" from their newly released album V

For the urgent and fiery song, the Nashville-based alternative southern rock band-- fronted by lead vocalist and songwriter Daniel Allen, with Richard Forehand (lead guitar/vocals), Paul Bruens (bass), Beau Cooper (keys/vocals), and Bryan Harris (drums) rounding out the quintet--joined forces with director Adam Porter, whose credits include Jimmy Eat World's video for "I Will Steal You Back." He engagingly captures the band-now celebrating a decade of making music together with over 1,000 live shows--onstage and behind the scenes in Charlotte, Augusta, Birmingham, Atlanta, Nashville, Richmond, DC, and New York.

frontman Daniel Allen had the following to say about the Adam Porter (Jimmy Eat World) directed video, "We wanted to give you an all access, behind the scenes look at our fast paced life on the road.

"The travel, the food, the downtime, our badass fans, and most importantly the Rock n Roll! This video, that our very talented buddy Adam Porter captured, has it all. We hope to see you on Vegabonds tour very soon." Watch the video here.

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hennemusic Celebrates 9th Anniversary

(hennemusic) Daily rock news site (and longtime Day In Rock report news partner) hennemusic celebrated its 9th anniversary last Friday, February 1st.

"A BIG THANKS to the antiMusic network, all the music lovers who continue to enjoy our daily rock news features, and the many bands and artists who share our work with their fans," says Publisher Bruce Henne. "Almost 15,000 rock news stories delivered to more than 13.5 million music fans around the world ... so far..."

A music media veteran and a pioneer in Canadian network radio, Henne helped create, market and build major music brands, including Q107-FM Toronto's Rock Radio Network, The Legends Of Classic Rock, The Ongoing History Of New Music, Corus Entertainment's Deep Sky, and ExploreMusic.

Henne has worked with virtually every major rock act in the business while producing "Rockline," "Little Steven's Underground Garage," and other U.S.-based shows for Canadians, creating radio series like "All Access" and "One On One," and producing more than 400 music specials, world album premieres and live broadcast events.

As a music journalist, Henne has written for major music brands including Team Rock, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, Blues and RockAAA, among others.

For more, visit hennemusic.com.

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Singled Out: Align The Tide's Dead Religion

Align The Tide just released a music video for the title track to their debut album "Dead Religion" and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

Dead Religion talks about some difficulties which surround religion within the mind. This includes skepticism, doubt, and disbelief on the whole subject. Many people preach about being promised greater stuff if you believe in a certain deity or so, but many debate that as they never believed that anything good would come out of just believing in a thing that does not give back if you just hope for it.

"Idols of disappointment" explains the above reasoning as many people pray in hopes of getting answered, but nothing ever comes back.

With doubts towards a religion, comes an ugly part of this community. Whilst most religions emphasize peace amongst all communities, wars still occur between religions.

In Dead Religion, the line "black as coal, is the heart of the prophet", may come out as hyperbole but if the leaders did not have enemies, all this bloodshed would have never happened in the long run.

The final verse talks about how eternal life can be pictured as the greatest thing that would ever happen after death, but honestly, people who are still alive, people who have not experienced the afterlife, are assuring us that there is something more after our demise.

The world is told to follow the man that would guide us into eternal happiness or whatever, but to be honest, I'd prefer to die and see what happens myself instead of blindly following a religion with high hopes. If it's great, then good for me, if it's not, then I would not be as disappointed.

Our latest single, Dead Religion, is part of our debut album, Dead Religion, which is out on all music platforms.

Whilst we were writing songs for our debut record, we wanted to find a striking name for the entire album. We liked the title track name so much that we have made it represent our whole record!

The writing process was very straight forward, every member pitched in his own ideas, whilst I wrote the lyrics and guitars to the song with help from the others.

We are very proud of releasing Dead Religion, even though if it may sound like a cliché coming from a metal band. Many styles have been implemented on the record and I promise that every track has something that suits every metal music listener!

Music is entirely subjective and we understand if people do not like us at all, but give us a try and see for yourself.

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

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