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Day in Rock Report for 02/13/2019

Ozzy Osbourne Remains Hospitalized

(hennemusic) As Ozzy Osbourne remains in a Los Angeles hospital battling complications from the flu, his wife and manager Sharon shared an update on the legendary rocker's progress on Tuesday.

"He's doing good. He's breathing on his own," revealed Sharon on her return to the daytime show, "The Talk", after spending the past week monitoring her husband's health care. "He's overcome by the response he's had."

Following the broadcast, Osbourne also tweeted a message of thanks to fans and friends. "Thank you to everyone for all your get well messages and support for Ozzy," wrote Sharon. "We are overwhelmed and truly touched by everyone's thoughtfulness."

The 70-year-old singer was admitted to hospital last week on doctor's orders in an effort to speed up his recovery after he was diagnosed with a severe upper-respiratory infection. Read more here.

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Video From Rare KISS Club Show Goes Online

(hennemusic) KISS performed their first club show in over twenty years on February 11 when they appeared for the very first time at the famed Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA, and video from the event has surfaced online.

Rolling Stone reports the band entered the venue by walking across Sunset Boulevard in full makeup and costume to commemorate the rare evening, while the club's marquee referenced the band's origins as it read: "SiriusXM Presents Wicked Lester."

Fans lined up hours before the gig to try to score an invite to the invitation-only show for SiriusXM subscribers and VIPs, which began with guitarist and longtime supporter Tom Morello arriving onstage to mimic the group's famous intro from 1977's "Alive II" - "You wanted the best and you got the best!"

KISS delievered a 70-minute set that drew heavily from their 1974-77 heyday, which made up 8 of the night's 12 songs. "This stage is so small, I have to leave to change my mind," frontman Paul Stanley quipped onstage at the 500-capacity room.

The Whisky show was recorded for broadcast on KISS' limited-run specialty SiriusXM channel, KISS Army Radio - which will run on channel 30 from February 4-17; the concert will also be rebroadcast on Howard Stern's Howard 101 channel on Friday, February 15 at 9:00pm ET. Watch video from the show here.

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Journey's Neal Schon Can't Wait To Hit The Stage Following Surgery

Journey guitarist and founding member Neal Schon has expressed his gratitude to fans for their support after he revealed that he had his gallbladder removed in an emergency surgery late last week.

Schon shared on social media over the weekend that he had a "very inflamed-infected Gallbladder taken out" and that he "honestly couldn't feel better."

He followed up with this message for fans "Want to thank you all for your very kind wishes. This means everything to me .. your friend ship is what motivates me to continue to create for you all. Can't wait to hit the stage for NSJTT. I should be good to go but if I have to sit it will. Love you all".

He was referring to his upcoming Journey Through Time Tour where he plays material from the legendary band's entire career including rarely performed material from their early albums. The trek is set to begin next week.

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Pearl Jam Named 2019 Record Store Day Ambassador

Organizers of Record Store Day have announced that they have selected grunge veterans Pearl Jam to be the ambassador for the annual event which will be taking place on April 13th.

RSD organizers said, "We couldn't be more pleased. Not just because, like easily two generations of fans, we love Pearl Jam. Or because Pearl Jam have ten studio albums, hundreds of unique live performance releases and official live concert bootleg releases under their belts. Or because 2017 saw them inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame."

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready added, "Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me, and have been ever since I was 12 years-old. Before I even really knew what they were -- there was a certain feeling of 'this is a dream come true,' and it's a wonderland and there's so much to learn in here... and it's still that way.

"Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it. And it helps people who work here and that's important, too. And it kind of takes an effort, you have to look for something that you want; you have to talk to people. I had to talk to people to figure out which Aerosmith record to get first or anything back in the day. It's a place to learn. It's a place to have fun. And it's a place to discover new music.

"Come out on Record Store Day, but also make it Record Store Year."

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Coheed and Cambria and Mastodon Announce North American Tour

Coheed and Cambria have announced that they will be teaming up with Mastodon to launch The Unheavenly Skye Tour across North America this spring and summer.

The tour is scheduled to hit 26 cities beginning on May 28th where they will be kicking things off in Louisville, KY at the Iroquois Amphitheater and they have recruited Every Time I Die as the support act for all of the dates.

The tour will be special for Mastodon fans with the band planning to perform their "Crack the Skye" in full at the shows, which conclude with a concert on July 3rd in Irving, TX at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. See the dates here.

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Aerosmith Expand Las Vegas Residency

(hennemusic) Aerosmith have expanded their 2019 residency in Las Vegas with a series of new dates this fall. "Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild" will see the Boston band perform at the Park Theater at the Park MGM resort in Las Vegas.

The group have teamed up with producer Giles Martin - known for creating the soundscape for "The Beatles Love" by Cirque du Soleil show - for what is being billed as "one of the most immersive, state-of-the art audio and video technology experiences in Las Vegas," while the show will feature never-seen-before visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions.

In addition, the group promises "the world's first THX Certified live performance presented in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound" due to a partnership with THX and L-Acoustics for their first-ever residency.

After selling out an 18-date schedule for shows this April, June and July, Aerosmith have announced 17 additional dates this fall. "Sin City, we are coming back for round two!," says the band. Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Life Of Agony Recruit Tool Producer For New Album

Life Of Agony have announced that they are currently working on their forthcoming album with acclaimed producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, System Of A Down) and have revealed a teaser video for the new record.

They are recording their sixth album, which will be entitled "The Sound Of Scars" at Massy's Studio Divine in Ashland, Oregon. The band has shared a short teaser video here.

Massy had this to say, "Life of Agony began boldly over 25 years ago with its hard musical discourse into the human condition, a darkly hued story which continues to evolve today.

"This is a unique band with a remarkable history of personal discovery - a phoenix tale of flight, fire and resurrection. This month we begin again to record the latest chapter. I am excited to be the witness to the creation of the new Life of Agony album!"

Alan Robert added, "Sylvia has a deep understanding of what this band is all about and we've wanted to work with her for a very, very long time. Especially, since this is a concept album continuing the story of River Runs Red, we're extremely grateful to have her on board to help capture the darkness, raw emotion and heaviness of the new material."

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Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess Streams Song From New Solo Album

Acclaimed Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess is streaming his new track "Wired For Madness Pt 1.3". The song comes from his forthcoming solo album, "Wired For Madness", which is set to hit stores on April 19th.

Jordan is joined on the album by drummer Marco Minnemann, Dream Theater singer James LaBrie, guitarists Vinnie Moore, Guthrie Govan, Joe Bonamassa and Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci.

Check out "Wired For Madness Pt 1.3" here. Rudess had this to say about another track from the album, "'Just Can't Win' is a dirty blues song! The Dream Theater guys call me 'Blues Man' because, at 8 AM, after sleeping on the tour bus, I sound like a reincarnation of an old blues man soul. I called in Joe Bonamassa and a full brass section to help make this song really happen. For my prog fans, this is Jordan Rudess in an alternate universe!" See the tracklist here.

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Whitesnake Tease Shup Up & Kiss Me Video

(hennemusic) Whitesnake are streaming a preview of the February 14 video release of "Shut Up & Kiss Me", the lead single from their forthcoming album "Flesh And Blood."

The clip provides the first opportunity for fans to hear a portion of the track ahead of the spring arrival of the band's thirteenth record and follow-up to 2015's "The Purple Album."

Whitesnake will perform tunes from the project when they launch a spring US tour in Newkirk, OK on April 12. Ahead of the new album's arrival, Whitesnake will release a series of 35th anniversary reissues of their 1984 classic, "Slide It In", on March 8.

"'Slide It In' was always meant to be a structured, more electric modern take on the classic blues-based hard rock that Whitesnake were famous for," says David Coverdale, "but our new Hook City Hooligan, Mixer Extraordinaire Christopher Collier, has hand-tooled this classic record for the 21st century. Hearing all the performances so fresh and so clear after 35 years was amazing. Mel, Cozy and Jon's playing on the record is as vital now as it was all those years ago. All the featured players shine.

"Not only did Christopher get the best out of the recording, but, he gives the album a fresh coat of sonic paint bringing it right up to date. I'm personally thrilled with it." Watch the preview video here.

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Everclear's Art Alexakis Unplugging For Songs & Stories Tour

Everclear's Art Alexakis has announced that he will be unplugging for his very first Songs & Stories tour of intimate venues across the U.S. this spring.

Art will be joined on the collaborative acoustic by special guests Chris Collingwood of Fountains Of Wayne, Max Collins of Eve 6 and John Wozniak of Marcy Playground, taking place this May/June.

Alexakis also revealed that he will be releasing his debut solo album some time this spring. More details are still to be announced, including a title and release date. Find the Songs & Storeis Tour dates here.

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In Flames Streaming New Song 'Burn'

In Flames are streaming their latest single "Burn" via a brand new lyric video. The track comes from the group's forthcoming album "I, The Mask", which is set to be released on March 1st.

Singer Anders Friden had the following to say about the new song: "We hope you enjoy Burn as much as we did writing it. It's one of our favorites from the new album and the last song you'll hear until the release date."

Friden continued, "We can't wait to see you soon on the road and playing these new songs live. In Jesterheads We Trust!" Watch the lyric video here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Grammy Performance Goes Online

(hennemusic) The Red Hot Chili Peppers teamed up with Post Malone for a performance at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 10th and the video of the performance has gone online.

Nominated at the event for four awards - including Album Of The Year - Malone took the stage to perform an acoustic take on "Stay" from his second record, "Beerbongs & Bentleys", before adding a snippet of his hit, "Rockstar", before joining the Peppers for "Dark Necessities", the lead single from their 2016 release, "The Getaway."

The California rockers wrapped up an 18-month world tour in support of "The Getaway" last October; in the Grammys pre-show broadcast on the red carpet, singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea and drummer Chad Smith confirmed the band were writing material for the follow-up to their eleventh album. Watch the video

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