Day in Rock Report for 02/12/2019
Speculation is running high that AC/DC have regrouped to record a new album and it appears that the lineup not only includes the return of frontman Brian Johnson and drummer Phil Rudd, but also Cliff Williams.
Williams announced his retirement at the conclusion of the band's Rock Or Bust Tour but a photo that was posted on social media back in December is making headlines this week.
The image was shared on Instagram late last year and shows Johnson and Williams at the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver, Canada which is near the recording studio where the legendary band worked on their previous three studio albums.
Photos began to surface last summer showing various members of the band in the city, including lead guitarist Angus Young, Rudd, Johnson and rhythm guitarist Stevie Young (who replaced the late Malcolm Young).
The band has yet to officially confirm that they have regrouped or have been working on a new album but the band Terrorizer shared late last month, "We ran into Brian Johnson from ACDC at the airport today after the flight home and we asked him about the rumors of him being on the new ACDC album and he said 'Yes' and that he is 'Sick of denying it'. So that was a cool surprise ending to the tour."
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Robert Plant will be returning to the site of a historic Led Zeppelin performance after 49 years when he and his band The Sensational Space Shifters headline the Secret Solstice Festival.
The music festival will be taking place Sunday, June 23rd in Reykjavík, Iceland and is taking place during the midnight sun weekend, where the sun does not set over the country for 24 hours.
Led Zeppelin performed at the Laugardalsholl arena in Reykjavik in 1970 for a cultural exchange program and it is said that the visit inspired Plant to write the lyrics to the LZ classic "Immigrant Song".
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The Grammy Awards continued their tradition of snubbing iconic metal musicians who have passed by not including later Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott in their In Memoriam tribute this year.
The annual awards show was broadcast on Sunday night (February 10th) and while they noted a number of musicians who had passed away over the past year, Vinnie Paul was not included.
Pantera were nominated for several Grammy's during their career as well as being one of the most popular and best-selling metal and rock bands of the 1990s.
In the past the Grammy Awards have not included a number of notable metal musicians including Slayer's Jeff Hanneman, Slipknot's Paul Gray and Type O Negative's Peter Steele.
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(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have added a lone Canadian date to their 2019 No Filter tour. The band will perform at a Canada Rocks event at Burl's Creek Event Grounds in the Central Ontario town of Oro Medonte, just north of the city of Barrie and approximately 90 minutes north of Toronto.
The concert falls on the Saturday of the Canada Day long weekend, when the country will celebrate its 152nd birthday on July 1.
The 600-acre site expects to see close to 70,000 fans of the legendary band attend the show, according to event producers Republic Live. "Canada Rocks with The Rolling Stones is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world's greatest rock and roll band," Republic Live d director of booking and development Lisa Zechmeister tells Orillia Matters. "Through the continued support of the Simcoe and Oro-Medonte community, we have been able to develop Burl's Creek into a world-class property capable of hosting rock and roll's most prolific act.
"This show on the Canada Day weekend will no doubt be the hottest ticket in the country and we expect fans to travel from all over the world, as well as every province and territory to see the only Canadian show on this tour." Watch the promo video for the new show and see all of the announced dates here.
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(hennemusic) It appears that Ann and Nancy Wilson have worked out their differences as Heart will reunite for the first time in three years when they head out on a tour of North America this summer.
The Seattle band went on an extended hiatus following an August 2016 incident that saw singer Ann Wilson's husband, Dean Wetter, involved in altercation with guitarist Nancy Wilson's children backstage during a hometown show in Seattle, WA; Wetter eventually plead guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault and was put on two years of probation with no contact with his nephews.
Following a solo record by Ann and a release by Wilson's new outfit, Roadcase Royale, the Wilson sisters will return to the road together for a 39-city trek that will begin at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO on July 9.
Billed as the "Love Alive" tour after the group's track from 1977's "Little Queen", the series will see Heart joined by openers including Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Brandi Carlile, Elle King and Lucie Silvas.
"I think the tour will spark some positive new energy as we rediscover some of our iconic songs and also some fan favorites," says Nancy. "Calling the tour 'Love Alive' was something Ann and I felt instantly good about. We have always had many love-themed mottos along the way like 'Love Rules,' 'Love Wins,' 'Love is It' - and, of course, it's a very cool song as well."
"Both Nancy and I have stretched our wings in life these last three years," adds Ann. "We've both lived and loved. We have breathed and traveled and experienced life. We come to this tour with fresh energy and oxygen." See the dates here.
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(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming live video of a performance of their 1983 track, "Phantom Lord", from a January 30 concert at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH.
It's only the second time in five years that the song has appeared in the band's setlist, after it surfaced last fall in Philadelphia, PA as part their current North American tour, which wraps up next month.
Metallica's album debut, "Kill 'Em All", didn't arrive on the US Billboard 200 chart until three years after its release, where it peaked at No. 66 on its way to eventually selling 3 million copies Stateside.
Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants recently announced that they will host the 7th annual Metallica Night AT &T Park on April 26. "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. Watch the video here.
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(hennemusic) Greta Van Fleet was honored with a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 61st annual ceremony in Los Angeles on February 10.
The Michigan outfit's 2017 EP, "From The Fires", took top prize over projects by fellow nominees Alice In Chains ("Rainier Fog"), Fall Out Boy ("Mania"), Ghost ("Prequelle") and Weezer ("Pacific Daydream").
Issued in November of 2017, "From The Fires" mixes four songs from the band's debut EP, "Black Smoke Rising", with four new recordings; the set earned the group their first US Top 40 chart placement when it peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard 200.
Leading the 2019 field of rockers with four nominations, Greta Van Fleet were shut out in the categories of Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. Read more here.
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Beck has announced that he is teaming up with Cage The Elephant to launch a North American coheadlining tour this summer that will feature support from Spoon.
The U.S. and Canadian trek will be dubbed The Night Running Tour and is scheduled to get underway on July 11th at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, WA.
They will then make their way across the continent before wrapping up the tour in West Palm Beach, FL at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre on August 30th. See the dates here.
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Country crossover star Dierks Bentley has announced that he will be returning to the road this summer to launch a new U.S. leg of his Burning Man Tour.
Bentley will be resuming the current leg of the trek this Thursday, February 14th in Ontario, CA and wrapping up on March 30th in Grand Rapids, MI.
The new summer portion of the tour is scheduled to begin on May 30th in Cincinnati, OH and will be running until September 8th where it will conclude in Sacramento, CA.
He had this to say, "The Burning Man Tour is off to a killer start...I've loved standing side stage to watch Pardi and Tennille and to feel the energy bottled up in these arenas before we go on.
"We are making the most of every minute out there - on stage and off - and I'm excited to announce we are going to roll it through the summer." Read more here.
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(hennemusic) Late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell was honored with a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance at the 61st annual event in Los Angeles on February 10th.
"When Bad Does Good" - the lead single from the 2018 self-titled collection of Cornell's work - took home the prize over tunes by fellow finalists Arctic Monkeys ("Four Out Of Five"), The Fever 33 ("Made An America"), Greta Van Fleet ("Highway Tune") and Halestorm ("Uncomfortable").
Cornell's children, Toni and Christopher, accepted the award during a pre-telecast ceremony on their father's behalf, while the singer's widow, Vicky, was also on hand.
The 2019 honor marks Cornell's fourth solo nomination and his first solo Grammy win; he previously earned two awards with Soundgarden in the mid-1990s.
"When Bad Does Good" was produced, recorded, and mixed by Cornell and was found in his personal recordings archive after his passing; it wasn't until friend Josh Brolin reminded the singer's widow, Vicky, of the unreleased song that she decided to share it with his fans.
A video for the song sees Cornell's son, Christopher, star as a paperboy - an occupation his father held in his youth - riding his bicycle around Seattle as images of lyrics from the Soundgarden frontman's history appear around the city.
"For me," says the young Cornell, "this video represents my dad and all the art he created throughout his life and what his music meant then and what it means now - not just to me and my family, but the city of Seattle and all of his fans." Watch the video here.
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(Kayos) With the passing of Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg in November 2018, a petition via Change.org urging fans to rally behind a Super Bowl performance of the triumphant anthem "Sweet Victory" written by David Glen Eisley and Bob Kulick, initiated a groundswell of interest.
Inspired by the rampant upswing of fan appreciation, Eisley and Kulick have re-recorded the song, as well as created an orchestral version, which was recently released via digital music retailers.
Originally featured in the 2001 episode "Band Geeks," "Sweet Victory" garnered over 1.2 million signatures on the petition, in hopes that the song would be performed as a tribute to Hillenburg's legacy. The excitement led Maroon 5 to include a Spongebob teaser in a halftime show promo clip on their Twitter feed.
Sadly, Maroon 5 did not play "Sweet Victory" at the SuperBowl, but the song nevertheless triumphed. According to Billboard, streams of the songs jumped 566% after the cameo. Get both new versions here.
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Country singer/songwriter Jenny Teator recently released her newest single, "Surrender," and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the track. Here is the story:
"Surrender" is about lust and curiosity. It talks about the primal want you get when someone comes into your life and they leave you wanting MORE. It's more than just "I'm attracted to you". I met someone... and it was this powerful gut feeling that took over my body, creating thoughts of what it could be like with this person. I think we are quick to disregard those moments and immediately feel "dirty" or "wrong" for thinking those thoughts. Especially women. I'm saying, embrace it! We are only human. The possibilities out there are endless y'all!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!
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