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Day in Rock Report for 02/05/2019

AC/DC Reportedly Finish New Album

Hard rock legends AC/DC have reportedly completed work on their new album that will be a tribute to late guitarist Malcolm Young, according to a satellite radio personality.

SiriusXM host Eddie Trunk claims that unnamed insider revealed some details about the new record. He said, "I have a source that will remain nameless but a very, very, well-placed, reliable source regarding AC/DC who I did run into (at NAMM) and asked about AC/DC.

"This source told me to his knowledge that album is done, that they went to that studio in Canada, made this record and what people speculated on, meaning these were riffs, ideas and more of a tribute to Malcolm Young is true.

"Meaning that Malcolm had a bunch of stuff recorded that they worked off of and they sort of incorporated the record. So, this is sort of a unity thing to come together, put out some of Malcolm's music and celebrate AC/DC.

"He didn't tell me about Axl (Rose) or who is on it, he just basically said: 'The guys went in, they went in off of some stuff that Malcolm had, it's a celebration of Malcolm, there is a record done, whether and how that comes out they're not sure and whether they play or not it's not sure.'"

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KISS Refuse To Play With Former Member Again

KISS stars Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley endorsed the idea of past members of the group joining them on stage during their farewell tour but are dead set against playing with one former member ever again.

Just prior to the launch of their End of the Road tour, Paul and Gene spoke with Guitar World about the idea of previous members making special guest appearances during the trek and while they are open to the idea of original guitarist Ace Frehley, founding drummer Peter Criss, and former longtime guitarist Bruce Kulick making appearances, they have ruled out the possibility of sharing the stage with ex-guitarist Vinnie Vincent.

Paul Stanley said (via UCR,) "I'll say that this is a celebration of this band and its accomplishments and its history. So anybody who was shortsighted enough to think this should be a reunion is missing the point. That being said, I would love to see everybody at one point or another be onstage. And if that doesn't happen, it's their choice, not mine."

But the singer and guitarist also said, "Now Vinnie, that's one exception, and for so many reasons. I would say that's not someone who I want to celebrate."

Simmons agreed, "It's worth stating that Vinnie has sued the band and lost 14 times. I'm not here to cast any aspersions. He's a talented guy. That's why he was in the band. But would I depend on him to get up onstage and do anything? Never. ... Can he come to the shows? Of course! Anybody can. But onstage? Never."

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Foo Fighters Injury Forces Shows To Be Postponed

Foo Fighters announced that one of their members suffered an unspecified injury. which has forced them to pull out of the shows that were scheduled for the opening weekend at The Fillmore in New Orleans.

The shows at the new venue were set to take place on February 15th and 16th and the band shared that they have rescheduled them to May 15th and 16th and tickets to the original shows will be honored on the new dates.

The nature of the injury or the identity of the member was not revealed in the statement. They said in part, "The band apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the rescheduling. They regret that they will no longer be able to christen The Fillmore New Orleans, but promise to bring it in May."

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Slash Announces North American Solo Band Tour

(hennemusic) Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators have announced dates for a summer tour of North America in support of their latest album, "Living The Dream."

The solo band of the Guns N' Roses icon will begin the 17-show, month-long series in San Francisco, CA on July 15, hitting several major Canadian markets along the way before it wraps up in Orlando, FL in mid-August.

A fan-club pre-sale starts Tuesday, February 5 at 10 a.m. local time (password is "SLASH19"), with general public tickets going on sale Friday, February 8 - times vary by market so check with your local ticket provider for details.

Produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Alter Bridge, Iggy Pop, Incubus), "Living The Dream" debuted at No. 27 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release last fall. See the dates here.

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David Lee Roth Solo Band Reunion Pro-Shot Video Goes Online

Some pro-shot video footage of the recent reunion of the members of Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth's "Eat Em' And Smile" solo band has been shared online by RYouLive.

The performance featured lead guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Gregg Bissonette, joined by singer Jeff Scott Soto and took place at the Ultimate NAMM Night late last month.

The set during the performance during the annual musical instrument trade show in Anaheim, Ca featured the former bandmates playing Queen's "Tie Your Mother Down" and Talas' "Shy Boy". Watch the pro-shot video here.

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Sammy Hagar And The Circle Announce Spring Tour

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar And The Circle have announced dates for a spring tour of the U.S. in support of their forthcoming debut album, "Space Between."

The band will kick off a 23-city trek in Reno, NV on April 19, with shows currently scheduled to June 7 in Chicago, IL (see dates below); they'll be joined on select dates by Vince Neil and Night Ranger.

Pre-sales will begin Wednesday, February 6 at 10 a.m. local time, with general public tickets on sale starting Friday, February 8 at 10 a.m. local time; check RedRocker.com for complete details on the event in your area.

Every ticket purchased for the tour will include one CD and digital copy of "Space Between" (NOTE: the Lewiston, NY show is not part of this offer); ticket purchasers will receive instructions on how to redeem their copy, which will be mailed to them on May 10, the day of its release.

After recently debuting the set's lead single, "Trust Fund Baby", Hagar and crew have also shared the track list for "Space Between."

"The 10 songs on the 'Space Between' are not just a bunch of new songs grouped together on an album," says Hagar. "They were sewn together conceptually for a complete mental, emotional and physical experience (kind of a Three Lock Box). Once I had the overall vision, the lyrics and music began to just flow through me." See the dates here.

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Zac Brown Band Announce The Owl Tour

The Zac Brown Band have revealed North American summer and fall tour dates that they will be launching in support of their forthcoming studio album.

The trek, dubbed The Owl Tour, will feature support from Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on select dates and will follow their previously announced Down The Rabbit Hole Live Tour this spring.

The tour is set to kick off on June 7th in Gilford, NH at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion and will wrap up on October 26th in Dallas, TX at The Dos Equis Pavilion. See the dates here.

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David Gilmour Streams 'Comfortably Numb' Live Video

(hennemusic) David Gilmour is streaming full video of a performance of "Comfortably Numb" from his 2017 release, "Live At Pompeii." The footage features Gilmour delivering the iconic Pink Floyd track with his 1969 Black Fender Stratocaster, one of more than 120 guitars from his personal collection that will be auctioned off in New York on June 20.

Christie's will host the event, which is billed as the largest and most comprehensive sale of guitars ever offered at auction; the collection details the musical history of one of the world's most influential guitarists and the Fender Stratocaster Gilmour played on classic 1970 Pink Floyd albums "The Dark Side Of The Moon", "Wish You Were Here", "Animals" and "The Wall."

All proceeds from the auction will benefit charitable causes. "Many of the guitars in this sale are guitars that have given me a tune," says Gilmour. "So a lot of them have earned their keep, you might say. These guitars have given so much to me, and it's time for them to move on to other people who hopefully will find joy, and perhaps create something new."

"By auctioning these guitars," he adds, "I hope that I can give some help where it is really needed and through my charitable foundation do some good in this world. It will be a wrench to see them go and perhaps one day I'll have to track one or two of them down and buy them back!" Watch the video here.

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Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Expand 30th Anniversary Tour

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band have announced additional tour dates for their 30th Anniversary tour of North America that will be taking place this spring.

The first leg of the tour will be begin with a one off at at Harrah's Resort Southern California on March 21st followed by dates in Japan through early April

The band will then kick off the summer leg on August 1st at The Colosseum at Caesars in Windsor, Ontario and wrap things up on September 1st at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

The Beatles legend had this to say, "My dream has always been, and still is, to play great music with great musicians - and I've been blessed to have so many incredible ones in my All Starr Bands," Ringo reflected. "We can't wait to get out there and share the joy with you - every show is always such a wonderful Peace & Love fest between us and our audiences." See the dates here.

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Plain White T's Help Fearless Celebrate Anniversary With Special Release

Fearless Records have released a new 7" from Plain White T's, which is part of a special new series that have launched to celebrate the label's 25th anniversary.

The new Plain White T's 7" includes features an A side of the hit single "Hey There Delilah," with "Light Up the Room" on the B side with custom artwork created by the band.

"2019 is going to be wild," said Fearless President and Chief Creative Officer Jenny Reader. "Not only is it shaping up to be our biggest release year yet, but it's also Fearless' 25th anniversary as a label. We are so incredibly excited to start unveiling all the insane things we will be doing to celebrate the label's legacy, our incredible artists, and fans."

Reader continued, "The first of our special vinyl releases, the 7" series honors some of our most popular songs from our past and current artists. We worked with them to make each unique, with curated artwork, unreleased tracks from the archives, and new material. Of course, we had to start with 'Hey There Delilah' - few bands can claim a four-times Platinum, Grammy-nominated release that transcended into the fabric of pop culture. So much respect to the band and to [Fearless founder and Chairman Emeritus] Bob [Becker] for believing in the song to allow it so much success and love. It is still magic each time they play it, and I don't think that will ever fade." Get the single here.

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Queensryche Announce Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Queensryche have announced dates for a summer tour of the UK and Europe in support of their forthcoming album, "The Verdict." Due March 1, "The Verdict" was produced, mixed, and mastered by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Iced Earth, Hatebreed) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, WA, Planet-Z in Wilbraham, MA and Watershed Studio in Seattle, WA.

The band will begin the four-week run of festival appearances and headline dates in Berlin, Germany on Jul 25; they'll be joined on select shows by Firewind and Mirrorplain.

"We are very excited that we will be touring Europe again," says vocalist Todd La Torre. "Really looking forward to seeing you all in support of our new album! Thank you all for your embrace and support."

The day after Queensryche release their 15th album, the group will kick off a month-long spring US tour with guests Fates Warning in Orlando, FL on March 2. See the dates

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Singled Out: Final Gravity's No Love

Final Gravity have released their new track "No Love", which is the first song from their forthcoming album "Surviving Humanity." To celebrate we asked Mike Clark to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

"No Love" was inspired by a decade that started with a major terrorist attack that changed the USA forever and ended with an economic crisis that nearly led to a second Great Depression. It was also not a happy time for me personally. While many Americans were enraptured by the booming housing market, I was dealing with a great deal of personal adversity and my curiosity and extensive reading led me to realize early on that the economy was built on a house of cards, about to collapse.

Against that backdrop, I created some initial musical and lyrical ideas for "No Love" in 2008. Even back then, I knew I had something special on my hands, but the song still needed a lot of work.

The next great burst of writing activity happened in 2009. I was on a business trip with an executive from my company who was also a longtime personal friend. We were booked to sit together on four different flights, which would have allowed for several hours of potentially career advancing conversation. This plan was thwarted by my friend's decision to upgrade his seat on three of those flights. To make matters worse, a passenger died at the beginning of the final fight. As we deplaned for the passenger's body to be removed, I contemplated the fleeting nature of life and the selfishness that can taint interpersonal relationships. Many of the final lyrics in "No Love" poured out as I sat alone during that last flight home.

The song's evolution over the next couple of years was less dramatic. The original lineup of Final Gravity tried record a demo in late 2009, but the song just didn't sound right. I also worked on it with a couple of people from outside the band, which led to some interesting bass and keyboard ideas, but the core song didn't change much. I started to accept the idea that "No Love" would join a small group of my songs that showed strong potential but would never be completed.

Vocalist Melissa Jane Dichiera joined Final Gravity in 2010 and after a string of successful shows, I wondered if the time had come to give "No Love" another try. We worked on the song in our rehearsal space and Melissa's vocals added a spark that really helped bring the song to life. In one of those rehearsal sessions, we wrote the middle section and the structure as it exists today was mostly complete.

By mid-2012, our bassist Charles Mumford had left the band and I was about to enter an intense MBA program at UCLA. Since Final Gravity was likely to be dormant for the next two years, we booked three days at our drummer John Chominsky's studio to record several demos, including "No Love". At that time the song really came together. In fact, the drum, keyboard, and vocal parts as they exist today were mostly recorded during those sessions.

We left with a rough mix of "No Love" that finally captured the spirit and vibe that I always knew the song could have. Over the next few years, I listened to that mix hundreds of times, hoping we could someday polish the rough edges and release the song to the public as a document of a very troubled time, which fortunately had passed.

Fast forward to 2016. After several years of peace, prosperity, and strong economic recovery, dark clouds were visible on the horizon. After eight years of "Hope" danger signs indicated we might enter another period of "No Love". Around this time, I played the 2012 demos for Charles and he seemed interested in rejoining the band. Shortly after a band meeting where we agreed to work on a second Final Gravity album, Donald Trump was elected president.

"We have the will
Now we need the power
To move us from this darkest age
Into our finest hour"

Final Gravity
"No Love"

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

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