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Day in Rock Report for 02/19/2019

Ozzy Osbourne Forced To Cancel Tour Legs

Ozzy Osbourne announced on Tuesday morning that he has been forced to cancel the Australia, New Zealand and Japan legs of his final world tour.

The legendary Black Sabbath had previously postponed the UK and European leg of his "No More Tours 2" n doctors' orders after he was hospitalized.

His wife and manager Sharon had this to say, "Ozzy recently developed pneumonia and has spent some time in hospital. Thankfully he is now through the worst part.

"His doctors have advised that he stay at home to recuperate for a full six weeks with no travel."

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KISS Star Keeps Gloves On Over Ace Frehley War Of Words

Gene Simmons has reacted to comments that were made by former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, who said the gloves were off in a war of words between the former bandmates but it appears Gene would rather take the high road and keep his gloves on.

It all began when Gene had the following to say about the idea of reuniting with Ace or Peter Criss, "Ace and Peter have gotten three chances. They were in and out of the band - fired - three times. For drugs, alcohol, bad behavior, being unprofessional ... they weren't carrying their load. ... So the short answer to your question is we'd love to have Ace and Peter join us here and there. And if they don't, it's not going to be because of us. But they're never going to be in KISS again."

Ace then took to social media to react to Simmons' comments and concluded a lengthy post by stating, "I'm not gonna say anything in print other than I love Ace and Peter [Criss, original KISS drummer] and I thank them forever - they're every bit as important as Paul and myself for launching the band," he said. "I'm not going to make any guesses of why the emotions are so volatile, but it's happened before."

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Fleetwood Mac React To Lindsey Buckingham's Emergency Surgery

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac have issued a statement on the health issues affecting former bandmate Lindsey Buckingham. The guitarist continues to recover from recent emergency open heart surgery that resulted in vocal damage to the rocker.

"We are saddened by this news," read a statement by Fleetwood Mac on social media. "Our thoughts and love go out to Lindsey and his entire family. We are hopeful for his speedy recovery."

Buckingham's wife, Kristen, revealed the news of her husband's issues, writing "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." Read more here.

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Queen And Adam Lambert To Rock The Oscars

(hennemusic) Queen and Adam Lambert will perform at the 91st Academy Awards on February 24. The band shared the news with a video announcement via social media ahead of the event, where the group's biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody", has been nominated for five Oscars.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film - which follows Queen from their creation in 1970 through to their legendary 1985 Live Aid appearance - is a finalist for Best Picture, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Film Editing, and Best Actor for Rami Malek's portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

The film will compete for Best Picture against "Black Panther", "BlacKkKlansman", "The Favourite", "Green Book", "Roma", "A Star Is Born" and "Vice."

Malek was nominated for Best Actor alongside Christian Bale ("Vice"), Bradley Cooper ("A Star Is Born"), Willem Dafoe ("At Eternity's Gate") and Viggo Mortensen ("Green Book").

"Thank you to the Academy for recognizing the work of so many from the cast and crew who made all of this possible," tweeted Malek after nominations were revealed last month. "I have absolutely treasured playing Freddie Mercury and I am so profoundly humbled and thrilled to honor him this way." Watch the video here.

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Motley Crue Preview The Dirt Biopic Trailer

(hennemusic) Motley Crue are sharing a video preview of the February 19 release of the official trailer for their Netflix biopic "The Dirt." Based on the band's 2001 memoir of the same name and set to premiere March 22 on the video channel, the project is directed by Jeff Tremaine and features Daniel Webber as singer Vince Neil, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx, rapper Machine Gun Kelly as drummer Tommy Lee, and Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars.

Motley Crue teamed up with producer Bob Rock last fall to record a series of four new songs for inclusion on the film's companion soundtrack album; the sessions mark the first reunion by members since the band wrapped up an 18-month farewell tour in Los Angeles on December 31, 2015.

"Everybody is playing like mad and the songs crush," posted Sixx online at the time, adding, "You can trust us, these are ball-busters. Everybody can relax. We're soon gonna smack you upside the head with some killer new tracks. Bob Rock is producing. It's our movie We know what we're doing."

The Crue are joined by Machine Gun Kelly on the first track to be issued from the set; Sixx will premiere the song on the February 21 edition of Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones's radio show, "Jonesy's Jukebox", on 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles, CA. Watch the preview video here.

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Slash Goes Behind The Scene Of Tour In New Video

(hennemusic) Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators are streaming a behind the scenes video look at their current 2019 tour of the UK and Europe in support of their latest album, "Living The Dream."

The footage delivers on and off-stage footage of the group in Poland, accompanied by a soundtrack featuring "Call Of The Wild" from the 2018 record.

"'Call Of The Wild' is a riff I brought to the band when we were on a break during the 'World On Fire' tour," recalls Slash. "I can't remember the nucleus of it or where it came from, but it just was a cool riff and something I felt pretty strongly about. In my mind, it was always of paramount importance to get back to that particular riff and chord progression. Sometimes you get an idea and you're committed to it and you have to see it through. And this was one of those ideas."

"It's probably one of my favorite riffs on the record," adds Kennedy, "and the whole thing came together really nicely. The lyric revolves around the idea of burning out on this technology-obsessed world that we live in and coming to the realization that it's time to power down and get back to the essence of living. 'Call of the wild,' you know?"

Slash and the band will wrap up the European run in Lisbon, Portugal on March 15; they'll begin a series of performances in South America in early May, with a recently-announced North American tour scheduled to start in mid-July. Watch the clip here.

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Metallica Share Live Video From Raleigh Show

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming official video of a performance the "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" track, "Confusion", from a January 28 concert at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC.

The event marked the group's first show in the city in 27 years and only their second concert appearance ever in the state's capital. The band continue to tour in support of the 2016 release, which debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than a million copies in the country and more than five million worldwide.

Launched in the fall of 2016, the current series of North American dates marks the twelfth leg of the WorldWired tour; the run will wrap up next month before Metallica will return to live action for a full summer of European shows that will begin in Lisbon, Portugal on May 1.

The trek has grossed almost a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide, after earning $17.8 million in 2016, $152.8 million in 2017, and $67.3 million last year, according to live concert industry source Pollstar. Watch the video here.

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UB40 Releasing First New Album In Five Years

UB40 have announced that they will be releasing their first new studio album on March 22nd. The new record will be called "For The Many" and will be available on CD and vinyl.

Jimmy Brown had this to say, "For The Many is our first original album with Duncan, and a true reflection of where the band are at right now. It gave us an opportunity to go back to our roots and draw on the 1970s-style reggae that inspired us to be in a band in the first place. We intended to make an uncompromising reggae album and I think we have achieved that.

"There's lots of dub, various guest toasters and a blend of love songs and political songs. I'm really happy with the final result. We're really looking forward to playing some of these tunes live on our 40th anniversary tour in spring next year." Read more here.

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Sworn Enemy Share New Song 'Prepare For Payback'

Sworn Enemy have released a lyric video for their brand new track "Prepare For Payback." The song comes from their forthcoming album "Gamechanger," which is set to hit stores on April 5th.

Robb Flynn of Machine Head produced the new album which was mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Warbringer). The lyric video can be streamed here.

Frontman Sal Lococo offered these comments, "The new album is savage as f***. Now it's time to get back out on the road and show everyone how f***ing great this new sh*t is!"

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Fallujah Streaming New Song 'Dopamine'

Fallujah are streaming their new song "Dopamine." The track comes from the group's forthcoming album "Undying Light", which is set to be released on March 15th.

Scott Carstairs had this to say, "With 'Undying Light' we pushed the boundaries of what we consider to be progressive music. The album presents the listener with as varied a sonic terrain as you would come to expect from Fallujah.

"We're excited to share with you some of the darker moments from 'Undying Light'. 'Dopamine' highlights the struggle for authenticity in an increasingly inauthentic world. The fleeting pleasure and false loves of our time. We set out to create a new sound within the atmospheric tradition of Fallujah, and 'Dopamine' reveals the deepest moments of rejection and rebellion found on 'Undying Light'.

"This current tour with Obscura, Allegaeon and First Fragment is connecting us with so many new and old fans that we feel we have to share this song within a live setting, face to face. European friends and family come to a show and check out 'Dopamine.'" Listen to the track here

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Singled Out: Kat Holland's The One

Kat Holland has released a new single called "The One," from her forthcoming EP, Retrovision, (due out in March). To celebrate we asked Kat to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

I wrote, "The One" during a chapter in my life that was very difficult. During this time, I was forced to be away from many people that I loved. I experienced many moments where I was sort of "daydreaming" or reminiscing on past experiences that I had with my loved ones. This particular song reminisces on when I first met my significant other of now five years.

I was longing to be back in that moment, where life was so carefree and joyful. We met in the month of April, and we woke up every morning to the cool mountain breeze sweeping in through the window. As I was reminiscing on these moments in my life, I decided to sit down and start writing about it. There were so many moments, so many memories that came flooding into my mind when I sat down and began to put it on paper.

We met in college, and in the fist few months of our relationship I remember waking up to my alarm every morning that I had set to go to class and thinking, "I just want to stay right here." I didn't want to get out of bed, I couldn't imagine myself being happier anywhere else. As I wrote these words in the chorus, flashes and memories kept coming into my mind. I can honestly say when I wrote this song it was almost as if it had been something on the tip of my tongue for months just waiting to be said.

Those memories are something that will grasp onto my mind for as long as I live, and I am grateful that in a time of despair I was able to express the detail of them in a way that many can relate to. This song carried me through a time that I didn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. It helped me see the light.

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

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