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Day in Rock Report for 02/22/2019


Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan Reveals First Song From Solo Album

Guns N' Roses icon Duff McKagan is giving fans their first taste of his forthcoming solo album with the online stream of a brand new track entitled "Tenderness".

The song comes from Duff's new solo album, which was produced by Shooter Jennings and they two will also be teaming up for two special shows. The first on May 30th at TLA in Philadelphia and the second on May 31st at City Winery in Washington DC.

The new song can be heard here and Duff has this to say about the new track, "The real point of 'Tenderness' is not for me to be some damn politician or some other voice to add to what is already way too much noise.

"This is a song of unity and peace...and I want this record to be a meditation and to bring maybe some healing, if that is not too high-handed or lofty of a goal. I can use what marginal voice I have as an artist, to hopefully help arrest what seems like a fall. As a father, I must say and do something now...because I love my girls and my wife, and I love my country, and I feel I must be strong and use my voice now, do it while I am able, or perhaps never get a chance ever again."

Shooter added, "From the start of the development of this record, 'Tenderness' stood out as a focal point. I was almost scared to cut it too early - before we had really mined the sound of the album. I knew we had one shot to do it right with feeling. After it was done and we had a first mix, I wrote Duff and said 'this song has to come out right now!' It has a simple message of celebrating life and each other and for everyone to take it easy on one another. It offered an empathetic solution for a divisive time in the world: Tenderness."


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Eddie Van Halen Marks Debut Album Anniversary With Special Release

Eddie Van Halen is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Van Halen's blockbuster self-titled debut with the release of a special 1978 High Top commemorative shoe.

We were sent the following details "the 1978 High Tops are a black and white classic high-top sneaker. The outer side features a live photo of Eddie Van Halen playing guitar on the first world tour, and the inner side of the shoe has 1978 prominently displayed in a circular badge.

"The Eddie Van Halen logo appears on both the tongue of the shoe and on the back sole, and the back panel features his signature white with black striped pattern." It's available here.

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The Monkees' Peter Tork Dead At 77

The Monkees star Peter Tork (born Peter Halsten Thorkelson) died on Thursday, February 21st at the age of 77, after a long battle with a rare form of cancer of the salivary glands.

Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith. the surviving members of the iconic 1960s group have tribute to Tork via social media. The other founding member of the band, Davy Jones, passed away in 2012.

Nesmith wrote, "Peter Tork died this AM. I am told he slipped away peacefully. Yet, as I write this my tears are awash, and my heart is broken. Even though I am clinging to the idea that we all continue, the pain that attends these passings has no cure. It's going to be a rough day.

"I share with all Monkees fans this change, this 'loss', even so. PT will be a part of me forever. I have said this before -- and now it seems even more apt -- the reason we called it a band is because it was where we all went to play.

"A band no more -- and yet the music plays on -- an anthem to all who made the Monkees and the TV show our private -- dare I say 'secret' -- playground.

"As for Pete, I can only pray his songs reach the heights that can lift us and that our childhood lives forever -- that special sparkle that was the Monkees. I will miss him -- a brother in arms. Take flight my Brother."

Micky Dolenz shared, "There are no words right now...heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork. #petertork #themonkees"

Peter's family had this statement, "We are all saddened to share the news that Peter Thorkelson - friend, father, husband, grandfather, philosopher, goofball, entertainer - died peacefully this morning at a family home in Connecticut. Peter succumbed to a 10 year bout with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer of the salivary glands. Peter's energy, intelligence, silliness, and curiosity were traits that for decades brought laughter and enjoyment to millions, including those of us closest to him. Those traits also equipped him well to take on cancer, a condition he met with unwavering humor and courage.

"We are asking fans who would like to make contributions in Peter's name to donate to the scholarship fund at The Institute for The Musical Arts in Massachusetts, a nonprofit that provides young women with music education, music recording, and music community. More info can be found here.

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Greta Van Fleet Postpone Tour Due To Illness

(hennemusic) Michigan rockers Greta Van Fleet have postponed their spring European tour as singer Josh Kiska continues to recover from an upper respiratory infection that saw the recent cancellation of shows in Australia as they perform in support of their full-length album debut, "Anthem of The Peaceful Army."

"We have some sincerely unfortunate news regarding our upcoming shows February 22 - March 17 and must announce a complete reschedule to this Fall," announced the group on social media. "A year and a half of constant touring has been both invigorating and exhausting. Josh currently has a relentless upper respiratory infection that has not yet had the chance to heal. His doctor has required extended rest as the only path to full recovery.

"It now feels necessary for the entire band to recalibrate our balance, both physically and mentally. Rather than continuing on to more performances and exacerbate things further, we have made this decision in order to give you the full Greta Van Fleet experience when we meet again."

"All tickets for the upcoming shows in the next month will transfer to the rescheduled dates," adds the band, "there is no need to do anything other than hold on to your current ticket to attend the rescheduled show. Refunds are available at point of purchase should you not be able to attend.

"We are heartbroken in sharing this setback with you and hope you can understand this painful decision. It will be extremely satisfying to reconcile this calamity by making the most of our time together in a healthier state. All dates are listed below. For the cities that have not been assigned a date yet, we are waiting on venue availability, but will have them confirmed and announced tomorrow. Every show missed will take place...that is a promise. We are tremendously grateful for your patience." here.

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Motley Crue Release Video For New Song 'The Dirt'

(hennemusic) Motley Crue have released a video for their new single, "The Dirt (Est.1981)" featuring Machine Gun Kelly, from their upcoming Netflix biopic of the same name.

The clip mixes footage of the legendary band alongside snippets from the film, which was directed by Jeff Tremaine and features Kelly as drummer Tommy Lee, Daniel Webber as singer Vince Neil, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx and Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars.

"During the filming of our movie we got excited and inspired to write new music," says Sixx. "Getting back in the studio with Bob Rock just fueled the creative fires for us. To me, the music sounds like classic Motley. The lyrics were written for the movie and are a reflection of our life."

Set to premiere March 22 on Netflix, the project also delivers a companion soundtrack - released the same day - that features 14 classic tracks and four new recordings from sessions last fall with producer Bob Rock: "The Dirt (Est. 1981)", "Ride With The Devil", "Crash And Burn" and a cover of Madonna's "Like A Virgin." Watch the video here.

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Judas Priest To Replace Ozzy Osbourne At Music Festival

(hennemusic) Judas Priest have been announced as the new headliners of Japan's Download Festival following the recent cancellation by Ozzy Osbourne as he continues to recover from a series of health issues.

"We are very pleased that we will be performing at this festival in Japan!," as part of their "Firepower" world tour, confirmed Judas Priest, who will top the March 21 event alongside appearances by Slayer, Ghost, Anthrax, Sum 41 and more.

"Following Ozzy's recent postponement of UK and European tours due to ill health, the Download Japan team has been wishing for a speedy recovery in the hope that he would be able to perform at the festival," says festival organizers. "Unfortunately however, Ozzy has been forced to cancel his appearance at Download Japan 2019 on doctor's orders. We apologize to his fans, and anyone inconvenienced by this news.

"Ozzy, who has been suffering from pneumonia, has left the hospital, but has been told to continue to receive treatment at home for a period of six weeks. We wish Ozzy all the best for a full and speedy recovery, and a comeback show in Japan."

The Japan event will follow Judas Priest's appearances at a pair of Download Festivals in Australia early next month and a date in Auckland, NZ; the band were previously set to tour the UK and Europe with Osbourne and the series is being rescheduled to start in September. More here.

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Journey Share Live Video For Classic Hit

(hennemusic) Journey are streaming performance video of their 1983 hit, "Separate Ways(Worlds Apart)", as the first preview to the forthcoming package, "Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers"

The lead single from "Frontiers" was a US Top 10 hit while the project went on to sell more than 6 million copies in the States alone. Due March 29, the live release captures the band's complete performances of a pair of their classic 1980s albums from a February 7, 2017 concert event at the famed Budokan in Tokyo, which took place at the request of legendary Japanese concert promoter Mr. Udo in honor of his 50th anniversary in the business.

The event saw Journey perform a mix of hits and deep tracks, including some songs that haven't been played live since the albums' original touring cycles.

"Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers" will be available in multiple formats, including DVD+2CD and Blu-ray+2CD. Watch video here.

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Singled Out: Ghost Iris' The Devil's Plaything

Ghost Iris released their brand new album "Apple of Discord" today and to celebrate we asked frontman Jesper Vicencio to tell us about the song "The Devil's Plaything". Here is the story:

The Devil's Plaything was written at a very dark time. I had a "spiritual episode" some almost 4 years ago that changed my outlook on the world completely. The following years made me think a lot. Why is this world build on apathy? Why is what you own more important than what you do as a person? How did we come to this? When you suddenly feel for the life of the earth differently than 95% of the population does, it seems as if everyday you wake up, you wake up in a world gone mad. This view certainly sparks a ton of feelings. The whole spectrum gets involved. There's so much beauty, but it also feels like the ugliness is completely overpowering at times.

Thus the lyrics for "The Devil's Plaything" was written.

It tells of a man feeling torn to bits; the completely and utter soul crushing apathy of the common man, good men turning a blind eye, makes for pure darkness of the mind.

Sometimes giving up seem like the easiest thing to do and it surely is. The Devil's Plaything is about giving up and saying f*** it all. I'm not generally a proponent for giving up, as I see it as a weakness. Alas, I see lone standing songs as timestamps of the human experience and therefore it is a testament to the human condition - in this case: my own condition

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

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