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Day in Rock Report for 02/26/2019


Alice In Chains and Korn Announce Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains and Korn have announced that will be teaming up for a co-headline tour of amphitheaters across North America this summer. Alice In Chains are on the road in support of their sixth album, "Rainier Fog"; recorded with producer Nick Raskulinecz, the project debuted at No. 12 on the US Billboard 200 last fall.

Korn are working with Raskulinecz on material for the follow-up to 2016's "The Serenity Of Suffering"; tentatively due in the fall, it will feature songwriting collaborations with Goldfinger's John Feldmann, while Blink-182's Travis Barker has recorded the "temporary drums" on some of the early demos.

The 7-week, 30-city summer series (see dates below) will kick off July 18 at the Austin360 Amphitheatre in Del Valle, TX and make stops in Dallas, Nashville, Toronto, Denver and more before wrapping at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA on September 4. here.

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Iron Maiden Add Dates To American Legacy Of The Beast Tour

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have added a pair of dates to their 2019 Legacy Of The Beast tour. Following a sold-out show in Brooklyn on Friday, July 26, the group will play a second night at Barclays Center on Saturday, July 27 as part of the North American leg; they will also perform a third night at the Sports Palace in Mexico City on September 27 as part of the Central and South American schedule.

The shows for The Legacy Of The Beast tour feature production inspired by Iron Maiden's free to play mobile game of the same name. The North American leg will open in Sunrise, FL on July 18.

Iron Maiden's 2019 series comprises 41 shows in six countries; when combined with the band's 2018 European dates, the tour will have played to more than one and three quarters of a million fans around the globe when completed.

"We gave a lot of thought to the set list for this tour as the songs needed to follow the narrative of the changing worlds of the stage show," says bassist Steve Harris. "We feel we ended up with a very strong and well balanced set mixing songs we haven't played in many years like 'Flight Of Icarus', 'Sign Of The Cross' and 'The Clansman' with songs we know the fans want to hear like 'The Trooper', '2 Minutes To Midnight', 'The Number Of The Beast', 'Fear Of The Dark', 'Run To The Hills', 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' and others, reflecting the journey through the different themes of the show.

"The whole band is really enjoying this tour and we are really looking forward to seeing everybody again!" See the dates and ticket details here.

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Heart Reveal Details For First Show Together In Three Years

(hennemusic) Heart sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson will reunite for their first performance together in three years when they appear at the Love Rocks NYC event at New York's Beacon Theatre on March 7.

The pair join a star-studded lineup of artists - including Robert Plant, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughan and more - who will take the stage at the benefit show hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Short and others to raise funds for God's Love We Deliver, a home delivery service that provides customized meals for more than 1.8 million New Yorkers living with illness.

Heart went on an extended hiatus following an August 2016 incident that saw Ann's husband, Dean Wetter, involved in altercation with Nancy's children backstage during a hometown show in Seattle, WA; Wetter eventually plead guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault and was put on two years of probation with no contact with his nephews.

The Wilson sisters recently revealed plans to return to the road together for the first time since the family incident when they will head out on a North American summer tour that will begin at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO on July 9. Read more here.

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Stevie Nicks Celebrating Rock Hall Induction With New Releases

(hennemusic) Stevie Nicks has announced that she will release a pair of career retrospectives this spring in sync with her upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The projects celebrate the singer's catalog and her history-making entry as the first female artist to enter the Cleveland-based institution twice - first as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998, and this year as a solo artist.

On the day of the rocker's induction - March 29 - the single disc "Stand Back" will deliver 18 recordings by Nicks, including studio tracks, collaborations with Tom Petty and Don Henley, and live performances of a pair of her classic Fleetwood Mac hits: "Dreams" and "Gold Dust Woman."

Due April 19, an expanded 3-disc, 50-song version entitled "Stand Back: 1981-2017" will explore a set of solo hits and deep cuts; a second disc of collaborations with everyone from Sheryl Crow, Chris Isaak and Dave Stewart to Lana Del Rey, Lady Antebellum, Dave Grohl and more; and a collection of live material and soundtrack work; a 6LP edition will follow on June 28.

As a member of Fleetwood Mac, Nicks launched her solo career in 1981 with her debut album, "Bella Donna", which topped the US Billboard 200, produced a pair of US Top 10 hits ("Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" and "Leather And Lace"), and went on to sell more than 4 million copies in the country.

"I joined Fleetwood Mac at the beginning of 1975," recalls Nicks. "We started talking about the solo album at the end of 1979, so my solo work was just a little over four years behind Fleetwood Mac. It has made my life amazing because I've been able to have these two amazing careers and live in two completely different worlds." Read more here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Announce North American Tour

Bring Me The Horizon have announced that they will returning to North America for a new headline tour this spring in support of their their UK chart topping album "amo".

The new U.S. and Canadian run will be dubbed the Second Base Tour and follows the band's previous North Amerian First Love trek and will feature support from SCARLXRD.

The trek will include headline dates and festival appearances and is set to kick off on May 5th with an appearance at this year's Welcome To Rockville.

The band will wrap up the tour on May 19th in Columbus, Ohio at Sonic Temple. See the dates here.

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Alan Parsons Reveals Collaboration With Jason Mraz

Rock veteran Alan Parsons is streaming a brand new track called "Miracle" that features Jason Mraz on vocals. The track comes from Parsons' new album "The Secret" which is set to be released on April 26th.

Alan had this to say about the collaboration with Mraz, "I met Jason two years ago through a neighbor who grows coffee on his ranch. Jason wanted to grow coffee himself and our neighbor, Jay was kind enough to introduce us since we had mutual musical interests. For 'Miracle', Jason recorded his vocals in Dallas while I listened in Santa Barbara and we sent files back and forth, resulting in this song. Thus proving that you don't necessarily have to be in the same studio with someone to create music. This was also the case with Lou Gramm on the track "Sometimes", which he sang in New York.

Mraz added, "'Eye In The Sky' is a song I have a very early memory of, strapped in the backseat of my mom's green Fiat, 1982. Alan Parsons is on the radio and I'm singing along, harmonizing. That sound of rich harmony over magical words would stick with me for my whole life and ultimately become what my own career is about, trying to solve universal quandaries through song craft."

When Mraz heard "Miracle", he said, "I loved it. It sounded like a song right off of 'Eye In The Sky'. As if no time had passed, proving time might just be a construct after all".Listen to the song here

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Queensryche Preview 'Blood Of The Levant' Video

(hennemusic) Queensryche are streaming a clip for "Blood Of The Levant" as the latest preview to their forthcoming album, "The Verdict." Due March 1, Queensryche's 15th studio set 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.

"We are very excited to unveil our new video," says the band. "This song and video is based on real events that sparked the onset of the Syrian war. We would like to thank David Brodsky and Allison Woest from My Good Eye: Music Visuals for bringing our vision and concept to life on screen!

A very special thanks as well to the additional cast and crew for their valued dedication to this effort. Looking forward to seeing you all on the road!!" Watch the video here.

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Fates Warning Reuniting With Original Member At Upcoming Shows

Fates Warning bassist Joey Vera announced that he will be forced to miss to three upcoming shows due to a prior commitment and the band has recruited original member Joe DiBiase to fill in for him.

Vera had this to say, "Just a quick heads up with something regarding the upcoming Fates Warning tour. Over a year ago I had committed to playing a gig with Armored Saint in Athens, Greece this March 15th. I wish to honor that commitment but that means that I'll sadly have to miss a couple of gigs with Fates in order to do it. So I will be not playing on the Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee shows (some of my favorite cities by the way!).

Luckily for us, and you, my brother and OG Fates Warning bassist Joe DiBiase will be stepping up once again for these three gigs. So this will be amazing! I will resume in Minneapolis with Fates. I am currently practicing over 37 songs for the upcoming gigs with Motor Sister, Armored Saint and Fates Warning. My head is spinning out. But, not to pity me. This is the bed I've made for myself this time. I'm very sorry I'll be missing these three gigs but I know you'll be in good hands. i look forward to seeing all of you out there very soon!" Read more here.

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Todd Rundgren Announces Utopia Live At The Chicago Theatre

Todd Rundgren has announced that he will be releasing a special multi-disc package entitled "Utopia Live At The Chicago Theatre" on April 5th.

The set will feature Blu-Ray/DVD/2 CDs and was captured during the first live performance from the pop-pop band Utopia in 32 years. A vinyl the vinyl a gatefold jacket with 2 Green LPs will follow on April 19th.

We were sent these details "After a thirty-year-plus hiatus, Todd Rundgren's Utopia graced the Chicago Theatre stage, with the hopes of promising fans an extraordinary, other-worldly concert experience. The original 70's-formed band established a stellar reputation for stretching the prog rock/pop envelope and infusing their mostly original material with verve and state-of-the-art technique. On this occasion the band featured Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox and Gil Assayas." Read more here.

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Demon Hunter Release 'On My Side' Video

Demon Hunter have released a music video for their track "On My Side". The song comes from their forthcoming album "War", which along with the companion record "Peace", are set to hit stores on March 1st.

Ryan Clark says that the clip :was filmed in Seattle by Andy Maier. For this - the first video from our new album, Warkeep things straightforward with regards to the overall approach. Though the video is strictly performance, we did have some fun by filming each setup the same way a number of times using different lighting scenarios in each.

"This meant performing it the exact same way (hand motions, body positioning) over and over, but ultimately allowed us to toggle between looks while maintaining the same general positioning, which gives a really cool effect in the end." Watch the video here.

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Aborted Part Ways With Member

Aborted have parted ways with Mendel bij de Leij and the band has recruited Harrison Patuto (Vale of Pnath, Dissonance in Design) as a fill in guitarist .

Mendel had this to say, Man, where do I begin? I guess I'll cut right to the chase: After almost 7 years of what has been one of the best experiences of my life, we mutually have come to the agreement that this is the point where Aborted ends for me.

"After my father passed away last year my focus started to slowly shift on different levels whereas the others were dedicated and motivated to make Aborted dominate, and believe me: they will, and I'm extremely proud of them.

"I remember I started listening to Aborted back in 2004, becoming a fan boy and I'll never forget the moment Sven asked me to join 8 years later; truly a moment I still embrace to this day.

"Of course I will miss my brothers, I love them; I wouldn't be the person I am today without them. I couldn't have wished for any better group of idiots, not a chance! For now I will focus on my solo project 'Mendel', my job (being a mixing/mastering engineer) and other musical endeavors. And the following is a cliché perhaps, but truly: All the fans around the world and all those who've supported us, you guys f***ing rule from the bottom of my heart.

"Now if you guys don't support my boys on their upcoming tour and future plans: I'll get Chuck Norris to roundhouse kick all of you."

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Singled Out: Matt Pless' Ashtray

Folk-punk singer/songwriter Matt Pless recently released his new LP "Tumbleweed" and to celebrate we asked him to share the story behind the single "Ashtray". Here is the story:

If you wanna simplify it, the title of my song "Ashtray" came about because I smoked an ashtray-worth of cigarettes in the half hour that it took to write the song. If you wanna get really deep into the technical process of how each and every line was inspired, crafted and executed, I would have to explain it like this.

I had been playing music full time for quite a while. I was tired of finding myself performing at shows that were as empty as my pockets and was frustrated at the state of my life, the world, and the indie art community. I had been listening to a lot of obscure music circulating in the punk scene and had stumbled across a song by another artist which included a lyric that said: "If I found God anywhere it would be by the tracks". From there, inspiration threw me my own variation on the line that would open "Ashtray" "Someone asked me if I found God, yes, I think we've met a couple times. But, I'm not sure if it was Him 'cause I can't look Her in the eye"

Next came a lyric that came from parts unknown. "All I heard were warnings from the prophets in the Brooklyn night". This lyric made no sense in relation to the first line I had written, so I took a walk and thought about it for a minute. Shortly after a bit of brainstorming, the lyric evolved into "All I heard were warnings from my conscience in the guilty night"

That sounded better, and I felt that familiar buzz in my head that comes whenever I stumble upon the inspiration for an important song. So I sat down, looked up at the ceiling and a flurry of lines followed in rapid succession and the song "Ashtray" was completed in a little over 30 minutes.

When I am putting lyrics together, I try to keep in mind a statement I once read by another songwriter, Sam Cooke, who said something like when you are writing you have to be having a conversation; you have to be able to talk it. Then you have written a good lyric. That philosophy stuck with me. I tend to use that approach in a lot of my work and I think "Ashtray's" lyrics are a good example of applying this technique. I wrapped up the chorus with the refrain "I don't believe in nothing anymore" a line which originally came to me in the form of "I don't care about nothing anymore" which I felt wasn't accurate at all, given the fact that I care about a lot of things despite the rather nihilistic theme that flowed through "Ashtray". I thought a moment and stumbled upon the final form of the lyric which I felt could be taken in two ways depending on the perspective of the listener, "I don't believe in nothing anymore".

That obviously had to be the new "hook" in the tune. The double entendre it created implied that one could either accept that they no longer believed in anything, a line that embodied complete hopelessness, or that they no longer believed in nothing, which proposed the concept of the listener finally believing in something...instantly giving the lyric a much more hopeful outlook.

When it comes to writing, sometimes I try to give the listener a blank face, let them look inside and see themselves. Depending on the type of expression they project, maybe they will stop and think a moment and get a better look at who they are.

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

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