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Day in Rock Report for 02/09/2019


Lindsey Buckingham Has Emergency Open Heart Surgery

(hennemusic) Lindsey Buckingham is recovering from recent emergency open heart surgery that resulted in vocal damage to the former Fleetwood Mac guitarist.

"I am sad to say that late last week Lindsey underwent emergency open heart surgery," writes wife Kristen Buckingham in a statement. "He is now recuperating at home and each day he is stronger than the last. While he and his heart are doing well, the surgery resulted in vocal cord damage. While it is unclear if this damage is permanent, we are hopeful it is not.

"This past year has been a very stressful and difficult year for our family to say the least. But despite all this, our gratitude for life trumps all obstacles we have faced at this moment. We feel so fortunate he's alive. As does he. He looks forward to recovery and putting this behind him. Needless to say, all touring and shows currently scheduled have been put on pause for the moment as he gathers the strength to heal completely."

"Our family thought it important to share what's happening with Lindsey with the hope that inspires someone else to seek preventative care," Kristen continues. "Lindsey's family has a history of heart issues, having lost both his father at 56 and his brother at 46 to heart related illness. If anyone is experiencing even the mildest of symptoms we encourage you to seek the care of a physician.

"We are so thankful for the kind and generous love given by the people surrounding Lindsey, me and our kids throughout this emotional time. We can't thank you enough for all you did for our family. We will never forget you. XO"

Buckingham was fired from his longtime gig with Fleetwood Mac last year after Stevie Nicks reportedly gave the band an ultimatum that she would leave if he didn't; the guitarist successfully sued the group over his dismissal in a lawsuit that was settled in November. here.

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Ozzy Osbourne 'Doing Much Better' Following Hospitalization

Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack reports that the legendary metal frontman is doing much better after he was hospitalized earlier this week for complications from the flu.

His son Jack offered fans an update on his condition. He wrote, "Sunny day. All is well. Now I'm off to see dad. He's doing much better. Thanks for all your messages."

After news broke about the hospitalization Ozzy's Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi shared on Facebook: "I'm wishing Ozzy a speedy recovery and I know he'll be gutted that he's had to cancel part of his tour but I'm sure he'll be back on stage as soon as he's able. Get better soon my friend. Lots of love Oz, Tony."

Ozzy's wife and manager explained the reason why he was admitted to the hospital, "As some of you may have heard, 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."

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As I Lay Dying's Tom Lambesis Addresses Public Outcry

As I Lay Dying frontman Tom Lambesis has addressed the controversy that was sparked when a venue in Memphis canceled an upcoming show from the band following some public outcry.

The band regrouped after the singer was released from prison over a murder for hire plot against his wife and some were upset about the band's booking at the club and the venue responded by canceling the show and revealing plans for a benefit against domestic violence.

Lambesis took to Instagram to speak about the controversy. He wrote, "While I'm disappointed by the cancellation of our show in Memphis, I understand and accept the resentment some people have towards who I used to be. I stand against that person I became during the darkest period of my past, and it is part of my life's work to prevent others from going down destructive paths. It's now been almost six (6) years since I made the biggest mistake of my life, and I consider each day an opportunity to do something positive to turn my life around and to use my experience to help others.

"As I move forward with this purpose I know there will be obstacles. However, I wish we could have come up with a more meaningful solution for the fans in Memphis rather than just cancel. Perhaps I could visit a recovery center in Memphis, a free event to our fans and those being served at the center, where I can open up for Q&A and all questions are welcome. I look forward to continuing this conversation around recovery, how to prevent others from ending up in a bad place, and how to facilitate healing in the lives of people who have been hurt by others. I welcome the opportunity to address the topic of domestic violence and how I am not on the opposing side of this critical issue.

"Since serving my time I've been involved in the following: - Completed all of the courses necessary to become an addiction treatment counselor in the state of California with hopes of helping others who are struggling with addiction and mental health. - Worked for a year as a case manager at an addiction treatment facility. - Spent two years tutoring inmates who never finished high school. Education is the greatest tool we currently have for breaking the criminal cycle of repeat offenders. - I currently visit prisons quarterly to help inmates without job skills train for their release so that they can become productive neighbors and not a burden on society. Most end up back in prison due to lack of hope or a support system.

"Through AILD, our recent tours have allowed us the opportunity to donate proceeds of sales to organizations that help others-notably Heart Support and families affected by the California fires.

"Thanks to our fans connecting with this message, we were able to become one of Heart Support's main contributors. We strongly believe in their objective to offer emotional support and counseling to young adults caught in cycles of depression, abuse, and addiction, and will continually support charities that further the process of healing for others.

"By listing all of the above, it's not my intention to gain praise or recognition. I simply want to make sure it's clear how seriously I take all of these issues.

"Throughout my four year incarceration and release, I've sought meaningful personal change and surrounded myself with family, friends, and counsel. I'm grateful to have earned the support of my bandmates, my wife, family, and fans who've also given me this chance. I will continue to move forward in my personal mission to help others and make a positive impact in the world around me, knowing there will be challenges, and believing that the next half of my life will be more meaningful than the first.

"I look forward to continuing a discussion around recovery, mental health, domestic violence and prisoner reform for many years to come." See the post here.

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Former KISS Guitarist Vinnie Vincent's Comeback Halt

Iconic drummer Carmine Appice shared his perspective on the cancelation of the comeback shows for former 'Lick It Up' era KISS lead guitarist Vinnie Vincent.

Vinnie was scheduled to play the shows this week (after previously being postponed) in Nashville but the promoter announced that the shows had been canceled.

Appice was set to perform with Vincent at the shows along with bassist Tony Franklin (David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, The Firm) and WSOU spoke to Carmine about how the plans fell apart.

He said, "Something happened between Vinnie and the promoter. I know there was something going on. I talked to Vinnie a few times, and him and the promoter were not seeing eye to eye on a lot of stuff. But I always thought that if Vinnie messed this up, or whoever messed it up, I don't know if there'll be another chance. 'Cause this is his comeback. He already canceled it once. And if gets canceled again, nobody's gonna care anymore. 'I'm not gonna go even buy a ticket. He's not gonna show up. Or something's gonna happen.' But I was looking forward to it, because me and Tony Franklin - I love playing with Tony, and we were gonna play the Vinnie KISS songs, which would have been fun."

Carmine said that he became concerned about the comeback shows after seeing video of Vinnie performing with the Frehley's Comet offshoot Four By Fate at the pre-Kiss Kruise party in Miami last October.

He said, "Vinnie played with me in a band before he was in KISS called Carmine And The Rockers, and I know he's a great player and a great writer and a good singer and he's a good stage performer. But after I saw that [footage]... Vinnie's always been like a showoff kind of guy, and he just stood there. He looked like he was scared to me. I asked him: 'Can you still play? You've been out 30 years.' He goes, 'Yeah. I've been playing in my house. Yeah, of course, I can still play.' I said, 'Okay. I believe you.' But I don't know what happened. All this other crazy stuff was going on with singers and this and that, and the promoter. It's too bad, 'cause it would have been fun."

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7th Annual Metallica Night Details Revealed

(hennemusic) Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants have announced that they will be hosting the 7th annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park on April 26th.

"Just before we take off for our annual European summer vacation - we'll celebrate one of our favorite hometown traditions, Metallica Night at Oracle Park with the San Francisco Giants," says the group. "Members of the band will be on hand to start things off with the National Anthem and first pitch, sticking around all night to cheer on the team against the New York Yankees. As is customary, we'll take part in some of the between-inning fun and games, as well as an exclusive pre-game VIP event.

"Special Event Metallica ticket packages include a ticket to the game and a limited-edition Metallica/Giants reversible knit beanie. A portion of the proceeds from every Metallica Night Special Event ticket sold will benefit All Within My Hands.

"There will also be a pre-game VIP event in Triples Alley as we celebrate the release of our very own Blackened American Whiskey and, in partnership with Stone Brewing Co.'s Arrogant Consortia, Enter Night Pilsner," adds the band. "Lars, Robert, and key players from both companies will be on hand for a Q & A. And of course the Blackened and Enter Night will be flowing out in Triples! Once again, All Within My Hands will benefit from ticket sales to this exclusive event.

"We look forward to seeing you at the yard for another exciting season of Giants baseball!" Read more here.

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Foreigner Release Video Of Classic Performance Of 'Hot Blooded'

(hennemusic) Foreigner are streaming a live performance of "Hot Blooded" from their classic concert film, "Live At The Rainbow '78", ahead of its reissue next month.

It was one of two new songs the band delivered at the famed London venue as a preview to the group's upcoming second album, "Double Vision", while rocking material from their 1977 self-titled debut.

The event captures live footage of the original and classic Foreigner lineup of vocalist Lou Gramm, founder and guitarist Mick Jones, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald (guitars, keyboards, sax, flute, backing vocals), keyboardist Al Greenwood, bassist Ed Gagliardi and drummer Dennis Elliott.

Due March 15 on DVD, Blu-ray and digital video, "Live At the Rainbow '78" has been restored from the original film reels, remixed and remastered for the 2019 reissue.

"1978 was an absolutely magical time for the band," recalls Jones, "and to come back over to the UK to play a headline show at the legendary Rainbow really was a dream come true. The audience was amazing that night. We couldn't have wished for a better show." Watch the video
here.

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Tesla Streaming New Song 'Taste Like'

(hennemusic) Tesla are streaming a new track, "Taste Like", as the latest preview to their forthcoming album, "Shock," will be available via CD, digital, black vinyl, and limited-edition translucent blue vinyl formats.

The song follows the revealed of the title track from the Sacramento, CA band's eighth studio record, which was produced by Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen.

Fans will notice the Leppard influence on the lush production of the background vocals on the latest tune, while guitarist Dave Rude had his hands full in the studio. "'Taste Like' is a driving rock song that made Dave's fingers bleed during the recording process!" says the band.

A month ahead of its release, Tesla are already giving fans a taste of the record in concert after kicking off their 2019 live schedule
last week; the group will join Def Leppard for a summer tour of Canada in July. Check out the song
here.

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Damon Johnson Releases 'Shivering Shivering' Video

(hennemusic) Former Black Star Riders guitarist Damon Johnson is streaming a video for "Shivering Shivering", the lead single from his forthcoming album, "Memoirs Of An Uprising."

Due March 8, the self-produced project sees the rocker collaborating on his fourth solo album with longtime friend and songwriter Jim "Johnny Blade" Troglen, as the pair developed a group of songs laced with lyrical themes of betrayal, revenge and struggle.

"The first two songs we put together were 'Shivering Shivering' and 'Dallas Coulda Been A Beatdown'," says Johnson, "and I knew we were off to a great start."

The guitarist joined Thin Lizzy in 2011 and was on board when the group transitioned to Black Star Riders the following year; they issued three albums - 2013's "All Hell Breaks Loose", 2015's "The Killer Instinct" and 2017's "Heavy Fire" - before Johnson exited the lineup at the end of 2018 to resume his solo career.

"After that Judas Priest tour (in 2018)," Johnson explains, "I was feeling anxious about some things: getting older, where my career would be in 10 years, how much time I was continually spending (mostly in foreign countries) away from my wife and our two youngest kids...plus I was sitting on a near completed solo album of the most honest music I've ever made. Ignoring some hard truths could not be a part of my deal anymore." here.

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Polar Release 'Midnight' Video

Polar have released a music video for their track "Midnight". The single comes from the group's forthcoming album "Nova", which is set to hit stores on April 5th.

The video can be streamed online here and Polar had this to say about the track, "Midnight is a song about coming of age and sexual awakening. It is written about a personal experience I had at 15 which forced me to understand sex mentally and physically in a unnatural way.

"This song has been therapeutic to me and I hope it allows people who hear it to be honest with themselves and deal with their inner demons. Our new album 'Nova' musically and lyrically has been therapeutic for all us, we came to point where we all needed a release and this is the product of that. We hope listeners can relate to this record and make steps to finding inner peace as much as us."

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Singled Out: Arlene Zelina's Dream Of Me

Arlene Zelina shares with us the story behind her latest single "Dream Of Me", which was produced by Adrian Alvarado. Here is the story:

My new single, Dream Of Me, is an exciting new direction that has a lot of fun layers to peel back. It all started with a simple beat. I was in the studio with my producer, Adrian, who I'd worked with on a few different projects. I remember him showing me songs he had been working on when he started playing the 'Dream Of Me' beat. As soon as I heard it, my whole mood changed. When a certain sound can change the way I feel, or evoke an emotion, I want to start writing to it immediately.

This essence and overall theme of this song came from being a single woman and what that all means. I ended up getting into a whole discussion with my co-writers about self-exploration and the concept of love and lust - that sometimes its ok not to fall in love but instead indulge in the feeling of lust. I wanted to be able to sing to a song that made me feel empowered to explore sexuality and imagination on my own terms and to be confident and unapologetically myself. I wanted to feel proud to be a woman and being able to open up a conversation that's sometimes hard to have - because who isn't afraid of getting judged sometimes?

Although the song can be taken literally, it's also open to interpretation. It can be whatever you want it to be, as long as you're feeling like Beyoncé.

The final line in the chorus, 'We're living out the dream of me tonight', sums up the whole song - to dream up an idea of who you are and who you want to be and to live it out on your own terms. It's really the epitome of you doing you.

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

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