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Day in Rock Report for 02/18/2019

Van Halen Did Make Moves To Setup Reunion

Van Halen have approached original bass player Michael Anthony to see if he was interested in reuniting with the group, according to his friend and former frontman Sammy Hagar.

Speculation has been running high that the band is planning to launch a tour featuring a reunion of the original line up of Eddie and Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth and former bassist Michael Anthony.

Hagar, who is still close to Anthony, was asked about the rumors during a recent interview. He responded, "As usual, Mike's hearing about it through the news, just like the way he heard about when replaced him. It was, like, 'Oh, I guess I'm not in Van Halen anymore.' He read about it instead of these knuckleheads giving him a call and just being straight upfront with him. So Mikey's still sitting in that same position again to where all these rumors are going around."

Sammy then broke the news that Michael had been approached by the band's management last year. "Mike and I have had the conversation. I'm telling you, Mike don't know sh*t. They're gonna have to eventually... Somebody's gonna have to give the guy a call. I mean, he got a call six months ago from management saying, 'Are you interested?' And he said, 'Yeah. I'm doing a record with Sammy right now. We're booking shows, so you'd have to work around it.' And they said, 'Okay. We'll get back to you.' And that was it. I can tell you that much."

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Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant Playing Show With New Band This Week

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant's new band Saving Grace will be playing the final date of a round of shows with Fairport Convention this coming Friday, (February 22nd) in St Albans at The Arena.

Plant debuted the new group at a surprise show at the Sparc Theatre in Bishop's Castle at the end of last month and followed up with some appearances with Fairport Convention and a show with Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri.

The legendary singer has yet to officially announce the group and wanted to keep the shows under wraps but word got out and Fairport Convention confirmed that Saving Grace would be their special guests.

They wrote, "Our dear friend Robert Plant has a lovely new band called Saving Grace. He asked us if we could help by having them play some gigs on our current tour. We have tried to keep the 3 dates they are doing with us 'hushed up' but the worst kept secret of 2019 is out now and we are letting Fairport Fans get in quick with obtaining tickets."

The band added, "It's the 40th anniversary of Cropredy and Led Zeppelin's Knebworth gigs this year and it's nice of Robert and the band to join us for these 3 dates, We know you are in for a real treat but advise buying your tix a.s.a.p."

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Fans Helping Bernie Torme And Ian Gillan Reacts To Health Crisis

Fans of former Ozzy Osbourne and Gillan guitarist Bernie Torme have stepped up to help him raise money as he remains in intensive care for virulent double pneumonia.

Torme, best known for his brief stint with Ozzy Osbourne and as the guitarist in Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan's solo band, was hospitalized recently and also revealed that on top of his health issues, he is having trouble collecting money that he says that he is owed from Pledgemusic.

Gillan reacted to the hospitalization news with the following on social media this past weekend, "I just heard about Bernie Torme's struggle with pneumonia, and now it's hard to concentrate on anything else. So I, like many, will focus all my thoughts and love on channeling positive energy in his direction. I have a lot of affection for Bernie as a man, and great respect for his music, so let's all give him a hug when he really needs it."

Torme's Facebook page offered this update, which included the trouble with Pledgemusic, "This has been a very stressful situation for Bernie, exacerbated by the lack of communication coming from Pledge and, despite their promises, no sign of coming through with any solution to clear up the mess they have created. Bernie remains in intensive care for virulent double pneumonia."

After learning about Bernie's trouble with the crowd funding site, Andy Worthington organized a Just Giving page to help raise money to Torme. Andy had this to say on the page, "Bernie Torme has spent years making his fans happy touring the U.K. and globally. Bernie has recently been admitted to intensive care with major health issues, this has possibly been contributed to by the battles he has had trying to recover funds from pledge music. Here's hoping us loyal fans can help Bernie and his family with short term bills etc. Until we can hopefully see him onto the long road to recovery. You know Bernie; he would never ask... but perhaps this time we owe it to Bernie and his family."

Worthington added this message on Sunday, "Guys, you are amazing I've moved the goal up a bit as you demolished the one first set, I'm sure if Bernie was well enough the would be thankful but hopefully I'll do until he is. I'm hoping our prayers and well wishes are making a difference to Bernie's recovery and that the money helps reduce other pressures for Bernie and his family."

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KISS Share Video From Rare Club Show

(hennemusic) KISS are streaming official live video of a performance of their 1974 classic, "Deuce", from a rare club show in Los Angeles promoting their End Of the Road farewell tour.

The footage from the February 11 concert opens with longtime supporter Tom Morello delivering the group's famous intro from 1977's "Alive II" before the band launches into the opening song of the evening.

The event marked KISS' first club show in over twenty years and their very first appearance at the famed Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip. The group kicked off the planned multi-year farewell trek in Vancouver, BC on January 31. Watch the video here.

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Iron Maiden Announce New Remastered Studio Collection Releases

Iron Maiden have announced the next round of albums in their digipak CD The Studio Collection - Remastered series that will be released on March 22nd.

The new batch follows the reissue of the band's first four albums last November and this time they are issuing the new versions of 1984's "Powerslave", 1986's "Somewhere In Time," (in both a standard and deluxe package), 1988's "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" and 1990's "No Prayer For The Dying."

Steve Harris had this to say, "We've wanted to revisit these for a long time and I was delighted with the remastering we did in 2015. I thought it was the best that our albums have ever sounded and it was only right that we made them available on CD now too."

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Lamb Of God's Mark Morton Reveals Lineup For Solo Band

Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton has revealed the lineup of musicians who will be backing him on his upcoming North American tour in support of his solo album.

Morton's debut solo record "Anesthetic" is set to hit stores on March 1st and he will be teaming up with Light the Torch (featuring Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage fame, and former members of Bleeding Through and All Shall Perish) for a coheadlining tour a couple weeks later.

Mark recently revealed the lineup of his solo band. He said, "I'm thrilled to announce the remaining members of the band for my upcoming tour in support of Anesthetic!

"Joining me will be Mark Morales (Sons Of Texas) on lead vocals, Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves) on guitar, Nick Villarreal (Sons Of Texas) on bass, and Art Cruz (Prong, Winds Of Plague) on the drums.

"We are all looking forward to bringing these songs to the stage and we're planning some special guest appearances along the way." Read more here.

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Chester Bennington's Legacy Continues With New Generation

The musical legacy of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington is continuing on with a new generation with his son Jaime revisiting some of the material from the late singer's past.

Jaime has teamed up with Chester's early band Grey Daze to rerecord some of the group's material from the early 1990s with Korn's Brian 'Head' Welch and James 'Munky' Shaffer, along with Bush star Chris Trainer and P.O.D.'s Marcos Curiel.

Grey Daze had this to say via Facebook, "Chester would have been so very proud of his son Jaime Bennington. We had Jaime sing along with his father last night at NRG Recording Studios and his voice is great! Sounds a lot like his father and we were all very proud to be a part of it."

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Trey Anastasio and Derek Trucks Teaming Up At LOCKN'

Trey Anastasio and Derek Trucks will be teaming up not once but twice for headlining performances at this year's installment of the LOCKN' festival.

The four date event will be taking place at Infinity Downs in Arrington, VA on August 22nd through 25th and will feature headline performances from Trey Anastasio Band Feat. Derek Trucks, Tedeschi Trucks Band Feat. Trey Anastasio, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Feat. Susan Tedeschi and Joe Russo's Almost Dead.

The latter leads the lineup for the first night (Thursday, Aug 22nd), which will also feature performances from Gary Clark Jr., Khruangbin, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Andy Frasco & The U.N.

Trey Anastasio Band Featuring Derek Trucks headline the second night, that will include sets from The Revivalists, Old Crow Medicine Show, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Melvin Seals & JGB, Moonalice collaborating with The Chambers Brothers, and Greg Humphreys Electric Trio.

Anastasio will then join the Tedeschi Trucks Band on Saturday night, leading the roster that will feature Vulfpeck, Oteil & Friends feat. Bob Weir with Devon Allman, Duane Betts & more, Twiddle, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Allman Betts Band, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, and Liz Cooper & The Stampede.

The final night will be headlined by Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Featuring Susan Tedeschi, along with Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, moe., St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Steel Pulse, Nahko and Medicine For The People, The Soul Rebels, Deva Mahal, and Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel.

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Silverstein Revisiting Their Early Days On New Album

Silverstein have announced that they are self-releasing a brand new album called "Redux: The First 10 Years" this spring in various formats including digitally, on cassette, CD and four different limited edition vinyl versions.

As the name suggests, the record will find the band revisiting some of the songs from their first decade with recorded versions. Frontman Shane Told explains, "The goal was to update the recordings and make them sound the best they can - not change the songs from what has made them resonate with people for so long.

"You're going to hear the clarity and dynamics in a new way, but the magic of the original songs is kept intact. It's going to be fun for fans to crank these up and really hear the songs the way they were meant to be heard.

"We chose the songs that we thought needed the most in terms of a sound update, and also which songs have spoken to our fans the most. Re-recording 'Bleeds No More,' a song I wrote in my bedroom 17 years ago, was a very cool experience as well, as was remembering the entire Discovering the Waterfront recording experience." Read more here.

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Queensryche Streaming New Song 'Blood Of The Levant'

(hennemusic) Queensryche are streaming audio of their brand new track "Blood Of The Levant" as the latest preview to their forthcoming album "The Verdict."

It's the third song issued in advance of the March 1 release of the band's 15th record, following the lead single, "Man The Machine", and "Dark Reverie."

"The Verdict is the most metal and the most progressive record we have made in a long time," says guitarist Michael Wilton. "I couldn't possibly be more excited for everyone to hear this."

The project was produced, mixed, and mastered by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Iced Earth, Hatebreed) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, WA, Planet-Z in Wilbraham, MA and Watershed Studio in Seattle, WA. Listen to the song here.

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Lullwater Release 'Empty Chamber' Video

Alt rockers Lullwater have released a music video for their song "Empty Chamber." The track comes from their brand new album "Voodoo", which is set to hit stores this Friday (Feb. 22nd).

Frontman John Strickland had this to say about the song, "We all have experienced and been in a moment of excruciating emotional pain and 'Empty Chamber' was written during one of those moments.

"The song has an upbeat tempo and happy melodic vibe but the lyrics are depressing and filled with anxiety. Sometimes everything in life can be going great but you still struggle with emotional pain and confusion. I feel 'Empty Chamber' embodies that emotion." -

Fans can catch the band on the road right now on Sevendust's current U.S. tour that also features Tremonti and Cane Hill. Watch the video here

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Singled Out: The Ivory Piece's Silhouettes

Indie rockers The Ivory Piece released their new single "Silhouettes" from their debut EP and to celebrate we asked Stephen Webber to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

I was an 80s child. I also grew up on easy listening. I never wrote "Silhouettes" with either in mind, but like every one of my songs, I never know how or where things will end up. There's adventure in that.

I don't recall much of the songwriting process of "Silhouettes." I just remember that, as it was developing, I noticed some pretty strong, passing similarities (of the first half, at least) toward a particular easy listening song that many of us 80s kids probably remember. I'm not sure if others will agree with me, but the verse sections remind me of a certain duet from 1986, sang by a certain soap opera actress and an already established R&B singer. This song was also featured in Family Guy, for what it's worth. I don't want to name the song, but I'm curious if some of the readers can figure it out. My engineer/co-producer and I wanted to make sure we only flirted with the easy listening vibe, that it maintained some edge to it. I think it was a success, and it was both fun and stressful riding that line (it's a hard line to ride): how much saccharine can we get away with? The second half of the song moves closer to shoegaze and post punk, with some fugue-like tritones in six-measure segments.

Then there are the lyrics, which, if one were to take a closer look, would see the overt sexuality and fetishism. I normally don't write songs with a particular individual in mind, but this one was an exception. She doesn't know I wrote it about her, and we don't speak anymore. I won't go into it more than that, and I'll leave the analysis up to others.

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

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