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Day in Rock Report for 02/20/2019

Guns N' Roses ' Duff McKagan Makes Special Announcement

Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan took to his Facebook page with a "special Announcement" video which included a preview of new music and the first dates of a solo tour.

McKagan has been working on the new record with Shooter Jennings acting as producer. Duff will be teaming up with Shooter for some tour dates this spring.

So far he has announced two dates, May 31st at the Theatre Of The Living Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and May 31st at City Winery in Washington D.C. Watch the video here

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Chester Bennington Was Excited To Scream Again With Morton

Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton said in a new interview that he needed the blessing of someone close to late Chester Bennington to include the song they recorded together on his forthcoming solo album and that Chester was excited to be able to "scream again".

Morton will be releasing his new solo album "Anesthetic" on March 1st and Lazer 103.3 caught up with him to talk about the effort and working with the Linkin Park frontman.

When asked if needed to get anyone's blessing to release the song "Cross Off", which features Chester, Mark replied, "I don't wanna get too deep into that, but yeah, for sure. There were certain people that needed to be okay with it, and they were. And I'm grateful, mainly because I know how much Chester loved the song.

"He didn't need to be working with Mark Morton from Lamb Of God. But he treated it like it was the most important thing he was working on in that moment, for sure. But he really loved the song, and that's why he was there. And I think you can hear it in the track."

He also continued about working with Chester, "I'm so grateful to have had that experience with him and had that time with him and been able to collaborate with him and write a song with Chester. He was just great to be around, awesome to work with.

"[He was] very, very prepared [with] lots of ideas. [He was] very excited for his fans to hear him scream again; it had been some time since he'd done that. And that was a thrill for him, knowing that people would get to hear him scream on a track again. And just to work with him and watch him sing that song and see his technical ability in real time, it was amazing. [He was] just a great dude."

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Motley Crue Reveal Official Trailer For The Dirt Biopic

(hennemusic) Motley Crue are premiering the official video trailer for their upcoming Netflix biopic "The Dirt." The first look at footage from the project based on the band's 2001 memoir of the same name covers a wide range of the group's history, including:

Their formation in 1981; signing to Elektra Records in 1982; singer Vince Neil's fatal 1984 DUI car accident that killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingle and earned him a 15-day jail sentence; bassist Nikki Sixx's 1987 heroin overdose - one of a half-dozen he endured during his addiction; drummer Tommy Lee's short-lived 1995 marriage to third wife Heather Locklear; the 1995 cancer death of Neil's 4-year-old daughter Skylar; guitarist Mick Mars' struggles with the form of arthritis known as ankylosing spondylitis and more.

Set to premiere March 22 on Netflix, "The Dirt" is directed by Jeff Tremaine and features Daniel Webber as Neil, Douglas Booth as Sixx, rapper Machine Gun Kelly as Lee, and Iwan Rheon as Mars.

The biopic will be accompanied by a companion soundtrack album that includes four new songs recorded last fall with producer Bob Rock. Watch the trailer here.

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Rob Zombie And Marilyn Manson Announce Summer Tour

Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson have announced that they will once again be teaming up for a "Twins Of Evil" coheadlining tour of North American this summer.

The 2019 installment of the trek will be dubbed the Hell Never Dies Tour 2019' and will be kicking off on July 9th in Baltimore, MD at the Royal Farms Arena.

They will be wrapping up the tour on August 18th in Gilford, NH at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion and the road trip will include performances at the Rock USA and Rock Fest music festivals. See the dates here.

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Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Three Days Grace Plot Summer Tour

Breaking Benjamin have revealed that they will be returning to the road this summer for a North American tour that will also feature Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Dorothy and Diamante on select dates.

The trek is scheduled to get underway on July 21 in St. Louis, MO at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre and will be concluding on September 25 in Salt Lake City, UT at USANA Amphitheatre.
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Chevelle had this to say, "We are excited to drink and rock on a huge tour with Breaking Benjamin this summer. Big venues and lots of next level shenanigans. Can't wait to melt faces!" See the dates

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Young The Giant and Fitz And The Tantrums Plot Tour

Young the Giant and Fitz and the Tantrums fans have reason to celebrate as the bands have announced that they will be launching a North American coheadlining tour this summer.

They will be kicking off the tour on June 12th at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO and finishing on August 16th in Las Vegas, NV at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

Young the Giant frontman Sameer Gadhia had this to say, "It is with great honor that we announce our Summer 2019 North American Tour with our dear friends Fitz and the Tantrums! We're looking forward to returning to some of these iconic venues and bringing our show outdoors again this summer. Our single Superposition is about two forces becoming one. It's a song with a message that's defied odds and garnered an overwhelming reaction. It's perfectly fitting, then, that our co-headline concept this summer is about combining two properties. We are excited to see you out there!" Read more

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Sammy Hagar, Billy Gibbons Lead Guest On Paul Shaffer's New Show

Former David Letterman TV bandleader Paul Shaffer has announced that he will be hosting an all-new interview series Paul Shaffer Plus One. AXS TV sent over the following details:

The program will debut in an hour-long format on SiriusXM and on AXS TV in a half-hour format debuting Sunday nights in primetime this summer.

Paul Shaffer Plus One finds the multi-talented musician sitting down for candid in-depth conversations with his close friends and fellow music icons, as they discuss their careers, influences, and experiences. Shot in a recording studio setting and with Paul at the piano, when talking about the genesis of a particular song, Paul may initiate a brief impromptu performance.

Featured guests include music legends such as popular rocker Sammy Hagar, The Hollies' and CSN's Graham Nash, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, blues trailblazer Buddy Guy, and Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen, among many others. As Shaffer memorably portrayed the hapless record company promotion man Artie Fufkin in This Is Spinal Tap, appropriately also guesting on the series is Tap bassist Derek Smalls ( Harry Shearer).

"In this show I get to go one-on-one with all my favorite recording artists. We talk mainly music and if the topic turns to a specific tune, we demonstrate in song. It's a dream come true," said Shaffer.

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Alice Cooper Expands Ol' Black Eyes Is Back Tour

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper has expanded his 2019 Ol' Black Eyes Is Back European tour with the addition of seven new UK dates this fall. The trek, which opens in Aarburg, Switzerland on August 31, will mark the 50th anniversary of the rocker's 1969 debut album, "Pretties For You."

Cooper will perform alongside a lineup that includes guitarists Nita Strauss, Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen, bassist Chuck Garrick and drummer Glen Sobel.

While Black Stone Cherry is set to open shows on the continent, the singer will be joined by a pair of special guest for the UK series.

"We're coming back in October for a big tour with our new show. Ol' Black Eyes Is Back," says Cooper. "It's going to be a great night with my very special guests The Stranglers plus the MC50 featuring Wayne Kramer of the MC5."

The UK concerts will begin October 4 in Manchester, and hit Aberdeen, Leeds, Brighton, London and Birmingham before the closing date in Cardiff on October 12. Watch the announcement video and see the dates here.

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Violent Femmes And X Announce Spring Tour

Violent Femmes and the legendary punk band X have announced that they will be joining forces for a nine date U.S. coheadlining tour later this year.

The trek is scheduled to get underway on May 5th at Humphrey's in San Diego, CA and will be wrapping up on May 17th at The Pageant in St. Louis, Mo.

The tour will also include an appearance at KAABOO Texas in Arlington on May 11th. The event will also feature The Killers, Kid Rock, Sting, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Avett Brothers and more. See the dates here.

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King King Reveal Their New Lineup

King King have announced that they have replaced their founding bass player Lindsay Coulson with Zander Greenshields. Coulson has left the group after a decade.

We were sent these details: Greenshields is an old Glaswegian musician friend of Alan Nimmo who played with Alan in his first band Silvertrain, then joined the Nimmo Brothers and went on to play bass for the Blackwater Blues Band.

Greenshields also played with the late drummer Ted McKenna (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rory Gallagher, Michael Schenker Group). Zander will join King King on their upcoming European dates and will also enter the studio this summer to record King King's fifth studio album.

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