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Day in Rock Report for 02/25/2019

Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose Working On 'Really Cool' New Music

Guns N' Roses Duff McKagan says that a new album from the legendary band is "real" and Axl Rose has some "really cool" music for the effort, but the record is happening organically without a masterplan.

McKagan was asked about the new album During a satellite radio interview and responded, "Oh, it's real, but the fun part and the cool part about Guns N' Roses is we don't really talk about it, and what happens next just happens. It's never been that band that there's a direct schedule of how we do things.

"I've heard some magnificent stuff that Axl has... really cool stuff he's been working on, so I'm excited about the possibilities with that, of course. I don't mean to get anybody rabid. (A new album) will happen when it happens, that's for sure."

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Queen Rock Academy Awards As Bohemian Rhapsody Wins Four Oscars

(hennemusic) Queen opened the 2019 Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday as their biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody", took home four Oscars at the 91st annual ceremony.

Queen and Adam Lambert delivered a medley of the band's 1977 classics "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" at the Dolby Theatre event, which saw the film awarded Best Actor honors to Rami Malek for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, and technical production honors in the fields of Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Film Editing.

"Thank you Queen. Thank you guys for allowing me to be the tiniest part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy. I am forever in your debt," said Malek while accepting his award. "We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself. The fact that I'm celebrating him and his story with you tonight is proof that we're longing for stories like this. I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, I'm a first-generation American, and part of my story is being written right now."

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, "Bohemian Rhapsody" follows Queen from their creation in 1970 through to their legendary 1985 Live Aid appearance; a recently-released and expanded home edition of the project is available on digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. Watch the performance and Queen related video clips from the broadcast here.

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Neal Schon Launches Journey Through Time Tour

(hennemusic) Journey founder and guitarist Neal Schon launched his "Journey Through Time" tour at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA on February 23, and video from opening night is streaming online.

According to setlist.fm, the guitarist delivered a 25-song set of classic tracks and deep cuts from the San Francisco band's catalog at the official tour launch, following a preview gig a night earlier at the Jackson Rancheria Casino in Jackson, CA.

Schon was joined for the 2-hour, 40-minute show by his Journey and Santana bandmate Gregg Rolie, former Journey member Deen Castronovo on vocals and drums, Marco Mendoza on bass and vocals, multi-instrumentalist Marti Frederiksen, and Chris Collins on guitar and keys.

The evening began with a pair of songs from Journey's second album, 1976's "Look Into The Future", including "I'm Gonna Leave You" and the title track, before winding its way through the group's extensive history, including rarely-performed tracks fans haven't heard live in years.

"We're really going to play anything that's in our repertoire - anything that Journey has recorded," said Schon when announced the series. "I plan on mixing it up a lot and not playing the same set. Stuff from our first three records - we're going to update that a little bit - and have some fun jamming!"

Opening night came to a close with the Journey hits "Any Way You Want It" and "Don't Stop Believin'", and a finale of Santana's "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen."

"Want to thank you all for the most amazing evening!," tweeted Schon after the show. "God Bless You All."

The Journey Through Time will continue with a March 1 show at The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ and a March 2 date at The Orpheum in Los Angeles, CA. Watch videos from the show

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Elton John 'Rocketman' Biopic Trailer Released

The official trailer for the forthcoming Elton John biopic has been released. The film, entitled "Rocketman," will be hitting theaters in North America on May 31st.

The film was directed by Dexter Fletcher and stars Taron Egerton as Elton and the actor sings the songs in the film. Music producer Giles Martin had this to say about Taron's performance:

"Elton said, 'I don't think I've ever heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron.' The great thing about Elton is that he wants Taron's interpretation of his songs. I don't think there's anyone in the world who could have played Elton - it's Taron's role." Watch the trailer here.

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Blessthefall Drop Capsize From Tour Amid Allegations

Blessthefall have announced that they have dropped Capsize from their upcoming North American spring headline tour after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against the support band.

An allegation surfaced last week against guitarist Nick Lopez where a young woman shared that she felt pressure to engage sexually with him and the band quickly removed him from their lineup. Lopez said the following, "Last year, I had what I thought at the time was a consensual interaction with a woman, until I heard last night that she felt I had pressured her into sex. At first, I felt confused, because every interaction we had after the fact felt normal. After processing for a moment, I understand that it is not my place to judge whether or not she felt pressured, and if there is any doubt in her mind then I must taker her at her word."

Allegations against at least one other member surfaced via social media a short time later, according to Lambgoat and on Saturday Blessthefall tweeted "Due to recent news, Capsize will no longer be joining us on our spring tour."

The trek will still include Slaves, Glass Houses and an as-yet-unannounced special guest. The tour is scheduled to kick off on May 10th in Tucson, AZ at Club XS. Read more here.

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All That Remains Singer Not A Fan Of Oli Herbert's Widow

All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte had some harsh words about the widow of late guitarist Oli Herbert during an appearance on the "Rover's Morning Glory" radio show last week.

Labonte was asked about Oli's death and responded, "I think when it comes to the circumstances surrounding Oli's death, the best thing for me to say is there's not a lot I can say 'cause there is an investigation ongoing'."

He said later, "Oli Herbert did not do the types of drugs that you would associate with an overdose - period. I never saw him do any of the drugs that you would associate with someone that overdoses and dies."

Phil explained that there was a rift with Herbert's widow Elizabeth while Oli was still alive. Saying that she "was never allowed to be on tour." And the elaborated"She would come to the local shows, because we couldn't stop her from showing up. Everyone else in the band... wives, girlfriends, whatever... they would come out on tour, stay for a couple of days, stay for a week. Everybody got along."

He explained the reasoning behind the decision to exclude here, "we made the decision, and she wasn't allowed because she's a garbage human being."

Labonte was also asked if he had an opinion about the manner of Oli's death and he responded, "I do have an opinion on it, but I'm not gonna say. There is an ongoing investigation by the Connecticut state police."

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AC/DC's Angus Young Celebrated With Limited Edition Rock Iconz

Knucklebonz have announced that they will be releasing a limited edition Rock Iconz statue this spring that will pay tribute to AC/DC legend Angus Young.

They revealed that the new figures are currently in production and they will only be making 3000 that will include a certificate of authenticity on the base of the statue.

According to the manufacturer, the "Rock Iconz statues are officially licensed" and limited edition collectibles built to 1/9 scale that are each hand-cast, painted and numbered. Check it out here.

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George Strait Announce Two New Arena Concerts

George Strait fans will have two more opportunities to watch the music icon play Vegas with the announcement of more shows at the T-Mobile Arena.

The new concerts will feature Ashley McBryde as a special guest and will be taking place on December 6th and 7th as part of the Strait to Vegas concert series.

Prior to the December dates, Strait will be rocking T-Mobile Arena for August 23rd and 24th and he will be releasing his brand new album "Honky Tonk Time Machine " on March 29th.

In addition to the Vegas shows, fans can catch Strait perform in Atlanta on March 30th, Columbus, Ohio on June 8th and Fort Worth, Texas on Friday, November 22nd and 23rd.

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Origin Announces New Anniversary Album

(Freeman) Origin will be releasing their new anniversary album "Abiogenesis - A Coming Into Existence" on May 3rd. We were sent the following details about the record.

"Abiogenesis - A Coming Into Existence" was recorded and recreated from the original 1991-1996 era that preceded Origin's official formation. The album features never-before released tracks, that laid foundations to one of America's top death metal purveyors. The tracks on "Abiogensis" were recreated to the best of his ability, by founding ORIGIN member & mastermind Paul Ryan, who recorded all instruments himself, between 2013 and 2018.

The twelve-track album includes eighth new (previously unreleased) tracks from the pre-Origin period, spanning from the "Necrotomy" (1990-1991) to "Thee Abomination" (1992-1993) era of the band (the "Abiogenesis" part of the album). They're followed by a remastered version of Origin's first ever EP from 1998 (and first ever death metal recording to use the "gravity blast" drumming technique) as a special bonus for all Origin fans & album collectors ("A Coming Into Existence" part). This EP was never available for worldwide release before. Read more here.

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Reissue Of 1975 Performance Presented By Paul and Linda McCartney Coming

(NLM) Professor Longhair's Live On The Queen Mary will be re-released April 5 across digital platforms, on CD and on newly remastered 180gram vinyl LP.

The album will feature a foreword by Hugh Laurie, as will the limited edition "Long Live Fess" deluxe, which will also feature the 180gram LP, the double A-Side 7" Single "Tipitina"/" Mess Around," and more.

Originally released in 1978, the album documents a legendary performance from the Venus and Mars album release party thrown by Paul and Linda McCartney and Wings in 1975. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Dearling's Silver And Gold

Dearling just released their new EP "Silver and Gold" and to celebrate we asked Rachel James to tell us about the title song. Here is the story:

I'm a firm believer that we have forgotten the Biblical principal of taking care of widows and orphans. We have forgotten how to really take care of children in general. My son has been diagnosed with ADHD and the process of helping him through school has been horrendous. He doesn't fit the normal mold for that diagnoses but he also doesn't always fit the normal mold for our schooling systems. He faces that every day he goes to school. What I know to be true about him is that he is brilliant. He has a beautiful soul. His mind works too quickly for his mouth or handwriting. He has the kindest spirit, and I know his future is completely beautiful. People don't believe in him the way they should. But his stepdad and his grandpa join me in this belief. The time they spend with him builds him up, scatters his sadness, and deepens his understanding of the world. It's the time spent in love that has made all the difference. This is the stuff that is precious. It's life-changing and it's something we can all do. I loved the concept of treating love like we treat silver and gold. Our goodness to each other is the treasure that makes this world just a little easier to live in.

My son's story is one of just two that I get to tell in "Silver and Gold." The other is about a widow who is just looking to ease her loneliness. I'm always surprised at how the small acts of goodness make a difference. Putting down a cell phone, giving an extra smile, having a real conversation and really listening, giving extra money and time in small increments, all of this creates a ripple that reaches far beyond what we initially see. There is story after story like this out there in the world. I believe part of our purpose is to save each other. I love when a song comes to me that is part of that purpose. We aren't meant to wait on God to act out our purpose for us. We create our world too. We have hands and feet and mouths and hearts for a reason. We are meant to use them.

Here are the lyrics.

Silver and Gold

She's just a broken-hearted
Lost forgotten, widow from the war
Tried hard to love, tried hard to fight
Tried everything worth trying for

And she's been waiting on angels
Asking God if He can see her in Hell
And what she would pay for someone to stay and just sit and pray

There's no halo
No white glow
Just another human hand

No riches
No power
Just another good man

Sometimes miracles
Are just physical
People warming up the cold
Treating love like silver and gold

He's just a priceless little boy
Who don't know what he's doing wrong
Got every coach and every teacher
Telling him he don't belong

And his grandpa knows the feeling
How it hurts and how to never give in
So he takes the time to talk it out and save a boy's life

Treasures worth storing up
Love is just like diamonds when things get rough
The power of a word kindly spent
Could make any stranger like a friend

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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