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Day in Rock Report for 02/06/2019

Tool's Maynard James Keenan Shoots Down Album Release Speculation

Tool drummer Danny Carey got fans hopes up that the long awaited new album from the band would be released this spring in an exchange with a fan that made headlines and now Maynard James Keenan in an exchange of his own.

Last month Carey told a fan at the NAMM show that Tool's forthcoming album would finally be released in April and the band even posted a new visualizer graphics on their website. But Maynard had the last word via Twitter. album would be out in mid-April and new visualizer graphics even appeared on Tool's official website.

A fan tweeted at the frontman the following question "Is the rumors true about the new album dropping in April?" Keenan responded with a simple "No".

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Led Zeppelin Star To Play Special One-Off Show

Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones will be teaming up with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and acclaimed drummer Steve Noble for a special one-off performance this spring.

The trio of musicians will be performing together at a benefit concert for Resonance FM at the 100 Club in London on March 28th. Organizers published the following description for the event:

"A unique musical meeting of three of the most inventive performers of our time - for perhaps the only time - all to benefit Resonance FM! As co-founder and legendary multi-instrumentalist with Led Zeppelin, John Paul Jones needs no introduction. A restless and radical musical innovator for over half a century - as composer, arranger, and producer across genres ranging from pop to opera to electronica and avant-garde - he is joined for this intimate performance at the iconic The 100 Club by like minds in the form of Thurston Moore and Steve Noble.

"Thurston's ground-breaking use of extended techniques as guitarist in Sonic Youth, the most enduring of America's experimental rock bands, is matched here by the extraordinary dexterity of improvising drummer Steve, collaborator of choice of countless free jazz iconoclasts including Derek Bailey, Joe McPhee and Matthew Shipp. The three come together for an unforgettable evening to raise funds for Resonance FM - the most inventive radio station in the world." Tickets are available here.

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Greta Van Fleet Cancel Shows For Health Reasons

(hennemusic) Greta Van Fleet have been forced to cancel a series of dates on their Australian tour on doctor's orders after singer Josh Kiszka came down with laryngitis.

On the road in support of their debut album, "Anthem of The Peaceful Army", the band performed two shows in Sydney on January 29 and 30 before the first signs of a health issue were revealed to fans when they shut down plans for a February 3 concert in Brisbane.

"With wholehearted disappointment, we must share that we are unable to join the beautiful people of Brisbane tonight due to illness," tweeted the group on the day of the scheduled show. "Our sincerest apologies for the change of events; refunds are available at point of purchase. We are already working on plans to make this up to you, and cannot wait for an exuberant return."

Kiska updated fans via social media on February 5 with news that Greta Van Fleet could not complete the series. "Dearest Melbourne fans," tweeted the rocker. "I have some heartbreaking news. Unfortunately, somewhere between travel from the U.S. to Japan and Australia, I developed an upper respiratory infection that has gradually evolved into laryngitis. I've been trying to recover, but cannot seem to get rid of it. Doctors have informed me that performing in this condition could cause damage to my vocal cords, which is something that I cannot risk, and therefore we must reschedule our shows tonight and tomorrow.

"It means the world to me to be able to perform for you, and it breaks my heart to have to do this, but I must take my health very seriously, so as to not run the risk of causing more serious harm," added the singer. "I am terribly sorry to make this announcement. We are already working on a momentous return to make this up to you and will be announcing that very soon. I hope you can understand. This has been a difficult situation and disappointing for us all." Read more

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Classic Era Guns N' Roses Star Inks Deal For New Album

Guns N' Roses 'Use Your Illusion' era guitarist Gilby Clark has inked a deal with Golden Robot Records for the release of his first new album in over 15 years.

The new album will be entitled "The Gospel Truth" and is set to be released on an as-yet-revealed date sometime later this year. Gilby spoke with Gibson about the album during this year's NAMM show. Watch the interview here.

Label president Mark Alexander-Erber had this to say, "I couldn't be happier to sign such an incredible artist like Gilby Clarke to our GRR international roster. He is totally authentic through and through. He brings such a wealth of experience to his songwriting, playing and producing and I know the world is ready for his new solo album which is a long time coming. It is an honour to release this record.' Clarke explains his excitement about the signing "I am so happy to be a part of the Golden Robot family for my new solo record. I use the word family because I feel like I found a home. We share the same passion for Rock n Roll! Rock N Roll is alive n' well & together we will turn it up loud!"

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Add More Dates To Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd have added a new series of US dates to The Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour. The band will hit several cities they didn't get to last year when they open a newly-announced leg of the multi-year trek in Indio, CA on April 27, with shows scheduled into late September.

"We've said we want to play every venue and market we've visited one last time, so we get to see all of Skynyrd Nation," says frontman Johnny Van Zant, "so that's the plan."

The US series will feature appearances on select dates by Bad Company, Hank Williams, Jr. and Cody Jinks. The farewell run is named after the Florida group's 1977 album, "Street Survivors"; Lynyrd Skynyrd 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. Read more including the dates here.

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Ghost Mastermind Reveals New Album Plans

(hennemusic) Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge is sharing his plans for the follow-up to the band's 2017 album, "Prequelle", ahead of this weekend's Grammy Awards.

Forge tells Billboard that he has been working on the project "for months now," with plans to be in the studio again by the beginning of 2020 with a release later that year.

"Luckily, this time around, I feel very certain as to what I want to do," says Forge. "I have tons of bits and pieces and stuff written, and I know that once I really start working that there's going to be a record which feels very inspired.

"The dramaturgic nature of the records and the stories are getting more and more intertwined nowadays, which I like. It's almost like working with a series, I guess; you have your characters and you can still f**k with them and add new things and take things away. You can do whatever you want, which is always enticing from a creative standpoint."

After winning a Best Metal Performance Grammy in 2016 for "Cirice," Ghost is up for a pair of awards - Best Rock Album for "Prequelle" and Best Rock Song for "Rats" - at the 61st annual event.

"It's a great honor - very, very joyous," explains Forge, who's also won three Grammy Awards in Sweden and will fly in from Ghost's European tour to attend this year's Grammy ceremony. "You'd think that anyone who experienced being nominated and winning one maybe wouldn't care so much about getting another one, but I can really vouch that is not the case.

"I have felt tremendously overjoyed with the first nomination and then it completely blew my mind when I won it last time. And now when I got nominated again, it definitely feels like tremendous." Read more here.

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Megadeth Release 'Warheads On Foreheads' Promo Video

(hennemusic) Megadeth are streaming a promotional video trailer as a preview to the March 22 release of their greatest hits collection, "Warheads On Foreheads."

The project celebrates the band's 35th anniversary and spans their entire studio recording career - from their 1985 debut, "Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good", to the 2016 Grammy Award-winning release, "Dystopia."

"'Warheads On Foreheads' is a US military term for targeting efficiency," explaisn Dave Mustaine. "It's all about using the right tool for the job and these tracks were created for maximum destruction (or stopping power, or something else!)."

The compilation will be available in multiple versions, including 3CD, 4LP and digital formats, while a limited-edition, 4LP set pressed on silver colored vinyl will be available exclusively through the band's online store.

Ahead of the hits collection, Megadeth will continue their ongoing reissue series this month with a pair of albums from the early 2000s: 2001's "The World Needs A Hero", and its follow-up, 2004's "The System Has Failed." Watch the video here.

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Alter Bridge Reveal New Album Plans

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti has confirmed the band's plans for the recording of their next studio album, the follow-up to the 2016 effort "The Last Hero."

"We are going in the studio after this tour with Sevendust," the rocker tells Rockwell Anderson of The Edge Rock Radio onboard the ShipRocked cruise where he performed with Tremonti. "We're going to go into the studio in March and April and then after that, I go back on tour with Tremonti and then go back on tour with Alter Bridge this winter."

Last fall, Alter Bridge release "Live At The Royal Albert Hall"; the package documents the band's a pair of October 2017 sold-out shows at the iconic London venue, where they were backed by the 52-piece Parallax Orchestra led by conductor Simon Dobson to deliver a career-spanning set.

Singer Myles Kennedy spent much of 2017 touring in support of his debut solo effort, "Year Of The Tiger." Recorded with producer and longtime Alter Bridge associate Michael "Elvis" Baskette, the project reached No. 63 on the US Billboard and top 10 spots in Scotland, New Zealand and Austria. Watch the interview

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Metallica Share Video From Birmingham Show

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming official video of a performance of the 2016 track, "Dream No More", from a January 22 show at Legacy Arena at The BJCC in Birmingham, AL.

The tune was featured on the band's tenth album, "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct", which debuted at No 1 on the US Billboard 200 to deliver the group their sixth US chart-topper.

The Birmingham stop is part of Metallica's current North American leg of the WorldWired tour, which will wrap in Stateside in March before launching a full summer series of European shows in Lisbon, Portugal on May 1. Watch the video and read more here.

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Bob Mould Releases 'Lost Faith' Video

Bob Mould has released a music video clip for his new song "Lost Faith". The track comes from his forthcoming album "Sunshine Rock", which is hitting stores this Friday (Feb 8th).

Mould had this to say about the new visual, "The video follows the protagonist who is trying to find solace and anonymity in an increasingly corrupt world filled with paranoia and misinformation.

"We see him being questioned about his real intent, apprehended by a fictitious yet familiar looking border security, then interrogated about the life he left behind.

Shot in Berlin, the video switches into dream sequences filled with chases, captures, and escapes. There's a mosh pit of half-naked dancers, an accordionist in a church square, and the climax being a wild pursuit through the surrealistic ruins of a decommissioned CIA listening station." Watch the video

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