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Day in Rock Report for 02/07/2019


Ozzy Osbourne Admitted To Hospital For Flu Complications

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon has confirmed that the legendary metal frontman has been hospitalized as he recovers from the flu.

"As some of you may have heard," posted Sharon on social media, "Ozzy was admitted to hospital following some complications from the flu. His doctors feel this is the best way to get him on a quicker road to recovery. Thanks to everyone for their concern and love."

The update on Ozzy's status comes a week after he was forced to postpone an entire UK and European tour on doctors' orders; at the time, the 70-year-old was diagnosed with a severe upper-respiratory infection which the doctor felt could develop into pneumonia given the physicality of the live performances and an extensive travel schedule throughout Europe in harsh winter conditions. here.

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Original Van Halen Star Didn't See Firing Coming

Original Van Halen bass player Michael Anthony revealed that he had no idea that Eddie Van Halen was planning to replace him in the group with the guitarist's son Wolfgang.

The band reunited with founding singer David Lee Roth in 2007 but the group decided to use the then 16-year-old as their bassist instead of Anthony. During a recent interview with Vegas Rocks! Michael was if he saw that Wolfgang was being groomed for the position during the early 2000s.

He responded, "No. Look what his dad does. You know that he was gonna be in the business somehow. And as far as him being groomed for my spot, I have no idea if that's what Eddie was thinking at any point or whatever."

Anthony also said that he was not told by the band that the decision to replace him had been made, he discovered it via the media. "I found out about it the same way you did, the same way everybody else did - through the press."

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Mick Jagger Previews New The Rolling Stones Music

(hennemusic) Mick Jagger is previewing what appears to be new music from The Rolling Stones in a video that he posted across his social media sites.

In a clip captioned "2019 - all about writing, recording ... and a tour!", Jagger can be seen playing and singing along with what sounds like a completed tune from the legendary band; no further details were provided.

The footage marks the second preview of new material by Jagger, who shared a brief clip last September from what appears to be a home recording studio setup.

The project would represent the Stones' first new studio album of original material since 2005's "A Bigger Bang." In the spring of 2017, Jagger revealed the group were planning a follow-up to the 2016 covers album "Blue & Lonesome." Check out the video here.

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As I Lay Dying Show Canceled Following Outcry

Growlers in Memphis, TN has announced that they have canceled the April 5th show by As I Lay Dying following an outcry over frontman Tim Lambesis' past and replaced the event with a benefit concert.

Lambesis served a prison sentence for a attempted murder for hire plot against his wife. The venue took to social media to explain their decision to pull the show and a concert by the band Pentagram.

They wrote, "After hearing the combined voice of disheartened friends, local bands, and patrons, locally owned concert venue and bar, Growlers, has cancelled their scheduled show with As I Lay Dying, previously set for April 5th, and will replace it with a local show to benefit victims of domestic violence. Growlers has also canceled a show with the band Pentagram, previously set for March 24th.

"In 2014, Tim Lambesis, singer of metal band As I Lay Dying, was sentenced to up to six years in prison after being convicted of hiring someone to kill his wife. While the plot never unfolded, Lambesis spent the next two years of his life incarcerated. Just a couple of years later, and he's back on stage, but with a remorseful attitude.

"From Lambesis, 'I stand against who I became in my past... People who support AILD are not supporting the person I once was, because part of my life's work is to undo the hurt I've caused. I will never be able to undo my greatest mistake, but I believe it's better to do something rather than give up. AILD collectively condemns all forms of domestic abuse and violence. Our mission is to continually seek and implement ways to facilitate positive, meaningful change in the world around us.'

"However, not everyone was ready to give Lambesis a second chance, and Growlers has created controversy in Memphis for booking his band in Memphis.

"While we believe in the justice system and the ability for rehabilitation, we are against domestic violence and will always listen to those that have gone through the pain that it has caused. Since As I Lay Dying returned to performing we'd had several requests to bring them to Memphis, despite the singer's past. When the show was first announced, hundreds of people bought tickets right away. However, we've since heard the input of several people in the local community that we have the utmost respect for, and we want them to know that their voices are heard. Growler's vehemently denounces all forms of physical and mental domestic abuse, and we'll be replacing the As I Lay Dying show with a benefit show featuring all local bands. 100% of the proceeds will go to helping local victims of domestic abuse.

"As a locally owned small business, supporting our community is the single most important thing to us. In this instance, we've heard the community loud and clear, and we are going to do everything we can to ensure that we continue forward in providing an enjoyable entertaining environment that all of our patrons feel comfortable in. And to the people who's comments were erased we sincerely apologize, just know we stand with you."

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Def Leppard's Impact And The Problem With Rock Hall

Ahead of learning the decision that the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame would be inducting Def Leppard as part of the class of 2019, frontman Joe Elliott offered his view on the band's impact and what he sees as a problem with the Rock Hall.

In an interview with Loudwire, Joe was asked about the impact Def Leppard has had on music and if he sees it felt today, with the Rock Hall "harping on impact and influence." He responded, "Impact comes in different ways.

"The problem with the Hall of Fame, to me is that what elitists thinks is an impact is very different to what the regular man on the street counts as impact. One of the reasons that bands like Roxy Music wait so long to get nominated is because it's such an American institution they don't take into consideration the impact a band might have on a time in Great Britain.

"If you were looking, there were massively important bands - if you lived in England, Slade was bigger than Springsteen, but you're not telling a guy living in New York that. Because they weren't big in American culture means they weren't big period so they weren't important and that doesn't work like that because English music was such an influence on '60s American rock. So, the fact that we got nominated is basically purely based on American record sales.

"I don't think we influenced many rock bands after us. I think we did in the mid to late '80s where there were a lot of sound-alikes. That's probably why grunge started in the first place - there were too many Def Leppards, if you like. I hear our music now and various different forms of music in rock, you hear our samples in rap. You hear our stuff in Lady Gaga, and Pink - you hear a lot of our stuff in pop because we were a commercial pop-rock band so we crossed over."

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Fleetwood Mac Add New Dates To Upcoming Tour Leg

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac have announced that they have expanded their 2019 tour of Australia with the addition of three new dates "due to overwhelming demand."

Scheduled to open in Perth on August 9, the band have added a second concert in Brisbane on August 24 and third shows in Sydney (Aug 15) and Melbourne (Sep 9).

The tour will feature new lineup additions Mike Campbell of Tom Petty's band and Neil Finn of Crowded House/Split Enz fame in place of longtime member Lindsey Buckingham, following his firing last year.

"We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the calibre of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family," says the group. "With Mike and Neil, we'll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we'll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs. Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour."

Following a six-week break, Fleetwood Mac resumed their current North American tour in Denver, CO last weekend. See the dates here.

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Yes Singer Jon Anderson Announces New Album And Tour

Legendary Yes frontman Jon Anderson have announced that he will be releasing a new solo album this spring and will hit the road to road to promote it with a U.S. tour.

The new studio effort will be entitled "1,000 Hands" and is set to hit stores on March 31st. Anderson had this to say, "I've spent long periods of time making some records, but I've never taken a journey quite like this one.

"To say that 1,000 Hands has been a long time in coming would be quite an understatement, but I'm thrilled that it's finally a reality and that my fans will now be able to hear it. And I think they'll be delighted to hear music that's timeless. It's one of the best things I've ever done."
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The initial round of tour dates in support of the album will be kicking of on March 11th and 12th in Orlando, FL and will wrap up in Arlington, TX on May 12th. See the dates
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Humble Pie Releasing Long Lost Album This Week

Classic rock veterans Humble Pie are releasing a long-lost album from 1974 this week. The record, entitled "Joint Effort" is set to hit stores on Friday (February 8th) on CD and vinyl (purple or white).

According to the announcement, in 1974 Humble Pie, began recording an album at their own home-built studio called Clear Sounds. The result was collection of originals and covers that was shelved by the band's label, never to see the light of day.

Joint Effort, a title given to the project early on that reflected the collaboration between Humble Pie founders Steve Marriott and Greg Ridley, is a reunion album of sorts in that Marriott had recently walked out of the group.

In addition to the original tracks, the record features the band's take on classic songs from James Brown ("Think"), The Beatles ("Rain") and Betty Wright ("Let Me Be Your Lovemaker"). See the track details here.

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All That Remains Announce Oli's Permanent Replacement

After making headlines with comments from frontman Phil Labonte that All That Remains had not yet discussed guitarist Jason Richardson's future role in the band, the group have confirmed that they have made him a permanent member.

The band recruited Richardson to fill the void left by the tragic death of Oliver "Oli" Herbert on October 16th of last year. Labonte was asked by Decibel Magazine if the band had yet decided on the official replacement for Oli and he said, "It was one tour and we don't have someone that's actually 'the guy' yet.

"We haven't discussed whether Jason wants to join the band full time. We haven't discussed whether or not we want to have Jason join the band. We're not even at that point yet, so I don't know."

However, on Tuesday the band revealed that they have decided to make Richardson their new guitarist. They said the following, "All That Remains would like to clarify that guitarist Jason Richardson is now an official member of the band. Some recent interviews were conducted before a decision was made or announced regarding Jason. But the band has indeed welcomed him into the fold as an official member and is excited to get back on the tour and play for fans."

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Children Of Bodom Streaming New Song 'This Road'

Children Of Bodom have released a lyric video for their latest single "This Road." The song comes from their forthcoming album "Hexed", which is set to be released on March 8th.

Singer and guitarist Alexi Laiho had this to say about the new track, "This Road was actually the last song I wrote but it ended up being the opening track and also one of the singles which makes me happy because it's one of my faves.

"It's different from anything we've done since Follow The Reaper but it's still new. Check it out and you'll know what I mean." Watch the lyric video here.

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood Lead Tail Winds Festival Lineup

Chris Robinson Brotherhood have been tapped to headline this year's installment of the Tail Winds Music Festival that is taking place this spring.

The one day event is scheduled for Saturday, June 29th at The Hudson Valley Regional Airport, in Wappingers Falls, New York and will also feature sets from Black Stone Cherry, Geoff Tate's Operation: Mindcrime, King's X, and Sass Jordan.

Festival creators Matt Cavaliere and Chris Muratore had this to say, "We were excited about bringing together a varied line-up of electric rock bands on one show, as the area is missing an event like this.

"With bands, local food trucks, craft breweries and helicopter rides, it's an experience you don't see at other festivals, while also supporting local businesses and raising money for a terrific cause." Find pre-sale ticket details and more here.

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Singled Out: James Lee Baker's Disappear For The Weekend

James Lee Baker tells us about the single "Disappear For The Weekend", which comes from his latest album "Home Again". Here is the story:

Friday afternoon has arrived and you step out of the office in the balmy humid air of Silicon Valley. Once you're in the driver's seat, you put on some upbeat music and head your way, slowly, through rush hour traffic. Pulling into your parking spot, you see your significant other pulling into theirs as well; this feels like fate. You both go inside the apartment and talk about your day over a glass of wine.

The conversation dwindles with the remaining details and the enthusiasm resurges as you recall your weekend travel plans. Now that the unwinding is done, you grab the bags from the living room that you packed the night before and load them into the trunk of your car. The front door is locked and you walk with your partner, hand-in-hand, to the running car. When you turn the ignition, the music that was playing before comes back on. You put the car into reverse, back out, and then start your journey.

You both decided this time you wouldn't pick a destination, just a general direction. You head south on Highway 101 with the sunroof open and the windows down. At Las Cruces, the road merges onto Highway 1 and you see the Pacific ocean kissing the cliffs of The American Riviera. What a week and what a weekend to come!

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

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