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Day in Rock Report for 02/27/2019

Slash Surprised By Guns N' Roses Reunion

Slash says that he was surprised that Guns N' Roses were actually able to reunite for the Not In This Lifetime Tour, but once he, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan did get back together the chemistry was "magic".

The guitarist, who is promoting his current solo album with Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, "Living The Dream", reflected on the blockbuster reunion during an interview with Rock City. He said, "It was surprising in and of itself when we got together in the first place.

"And then the first show that we did was magic - that was unbelievable. That first series of shows that we did around Coachella back in April of 2016, it was just such a huge thing. For the guys in the band - for myself to be on stage with Duff and Axl and just have that chemistry was so powerful. You forget, because it had been a lot of years since I jammed with both those guys, and it was really powerful.

"And one thing led to another, and we just ended up having this amazing tour that you couldn't possibly dream of. It was a really great tour. And it lasted a really long time. I think it was the longest tour we ever did. It was about two and a half years."

He continued about how this tour was different than his previous experience in the band, "There was no bullsh*t. It was one of those situations, a lot of people like to show an appearance and say, 'Oh, it's great and this and that and the other,' but the reality is something else. But for us, this whole thing was really a magical experience.

"The band was great, the f***ing entourage, the crew, the whole production was just like this really great marriage of people, and we just all had a really good time. And the fans were amazing. So I'm really happy that it happened."

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Queen and Adam Lambert Documentary Film Coming

(hennemusic) Queen and Adam Lambert are featured in a new documentary set to air in North America this spring. "The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story" is a 2-hour special capturing the pairing's journey since they first shared the stage together on American Idol in 2009.

Featuring rare concert footage and behind-the-scenes looks at the band members, the project delivers new interviews with Lambert, his parents Leila and Eber, and Queen founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor, as well as American Idol judge Simon Cowell, "Bohemian Rhapsody" star Rami Malek and Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins.

After the loss of Freddie Mercury to AIDS in 1991 and a star-studded tribute concert the following year, Queen compiled the singer's last recording sessions into the their final studio album, 1995's "Made In Heaven." Left to ponder a future without their iconic frontman, it was Elton John who pushed May and Taylor to move forward with a series of appearances that resulted in the Queen + banner surfacing for the first time.

Queen hooked up with Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers for a pair of world tours in the mid-2000s before wrapping things up in 2009 - the same year May and Taylor would perform with Lambert for the first time on the season 8 finale of American Idol; the pairing regrouped again to perform at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards and launched a tour under the Queen + Adam Lambert banner the following year.

More tours followed in the ensuing years, with the lineup going on to play in nearly 200 sold-out shows in arenas and stadiums across the world. Read more here.

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Aerosmith Taking Deuces Are Wild Show Outside Of Vegas

(hennemusic) Rock legends Aerosmith have announced dates for a series of US east coast performances of their Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency experience.

In August, the Boston rockers will bring the show to three MGM Resorts properties - including three shows at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD, two at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, and four nights at the MGM Springfield in Springfield, MA.

The summer shows are scheduled between Aerosmith's appearances in Las Vegas at the Park Theater at the Park MGM Resort in Las Vegas; named after their 1994 hit, the residency will begin in April and see the group play select dates in June and July and monthly from September to December. Read more here.

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Elton John Duets Classic Hit With His Biopic Star

Elton John had a special treat for those at his annual Oscars party this past Sunday night. The legendary musician did a surprise duet with the actor portraying him in his forthcoming biopic.

John performed his classic hit "Tiny Dancer" with actor Taron Egerton, who not only stars as Elton in "Rocketman", but also performs the songs for the film.

"It's funny how life turns out, isn't it?" said before the two performed the song. The film's music producer Giles Martin said that for the movie, Elton wanted "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 performance here.

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Cheap Trick In The Studio For Budokan Anniversary

Cheap Trick celebrate the 40th anniversary of their landmark live album, "Cheat Trick At Budokan" in the latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio With Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands.

The show's host Readbeard had this to say, "This month, Cheap Trick At Budokan , the live Japan-only album, got an official US release forty years ago after deejays like me had been playing a promotional-only version on the radio.

"There is the myth which has now become legend, repeated with so many assumptions that the revisionist history is now cited as fact across countless internet sites. But my guests Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander were there October 8, 1978 when American perennial opening act Cheap Trick from Rockford Illinois, with three studio albums, rave critical press clippings, but no US radio play due to powerful consultants perceiving them as a punk band, played the prestigious Tokyo Budokan and were greeted with screaming mobs of teen adulation and media saturation not seen in the usually reserved society since Beatlemania a dozen years earlier. Meanwhile, back in the homeland? Crickets." Listen to the episode here.

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Motley Crue To Be Grand Marshalls At NASCAR Race

(hennemusic) Motley Crue have been named Grand Marshals for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA on Sunday, March 17.

"We are super stoked to give the command at the Auto Club 400. It's going to be an epic day at the race track," says bassist Nikki Sixx, with drummer Tommy Lee adding, "Growing up, we were race car fans and dreamed of fast cars so to be included in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event is wild!"

Joining the band will be a pair of actors from the band's upcoming Netflix biopic, "The Dirt" - Douglas Booth (who plays Sixx) and Colson Baker a.k.a.. Machine Gun Kelly (who plays Lee). Read more here.

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Queensryche Release 'Blood Of The Levant' Video

After teasing fans with a preview, Queensryche have released the new music video for their track "Blood Of The Levant". The song comes from their forthcoming album "The Verdict", which is set to hit stores this Friday, March 1st.

Frontman Todd La Torre had this to say about the new clip, "We are very excited to unveil our new video 'Blood of the Levant' from our upcoming album The Verdict!

"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 MyGoodEye 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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Taking Back Sunday Add New Leg To 20th Anniversary Tour

As Taking Back Sunday prepare to launch their North American 20th anniversary tour next month, the band have announced dates for a second leg this fall.

The tour will feature the band performing their debut album "Tell All Your Friends in its entirety and they will be kicking off the first run on March 25th in Houston.

The newly announced leg is scheduled to launch on September 13th at Kansas City Live! in Kansas City, MO and will be wrapping up on November 16th at Terminal 5 in New York City. See the dates here.

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Alice In Chains Release 'Rainer Fog' Lyric Video

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains are streaming a lyric video for the title track to "Rainier Fog" as they prepare to launch their 2019 live dates in support of the project.

The Seattle rockers will resume the series with a March 7 gig in Auckland, NZ and three shows in Australia before playing a spring tour of Canada in April.

This week, Alice In Chains announced plans for a summer North American co-headline trek with Korn that will kick off July 18 at the Austin360 Amphitheatre in Del Valle, TX. Read more and watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Softspoken's Paradox

Post-hardcore quintet Softspoken recently released their latest single "Paradox" and to celebrate we asked vocalist Sam Scheuer to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

The idea for "Paradox" came at a time when we [the band] were together discussing our feelings about music and the industry at large. We'd gone through a lot of uphill battles already, and were preparing to record a couple of new tracks. We were discussing whether it was in the best interest for the band to match with what was popular/trending - or to do what we really felt, regardless of how it conformed. Someone close to the band would always tell us "Perception is reality" and the question for us at that time was: What were we going to make our reality?

As a band we started asking ourselves: Why do people listen to music? And how do they listen? Not the device or platform, but what is the itch that pushes someone to listen to a song? The truth is there's no simple answer. I believe that art is a natural embodiment, and I think everyone possess the ability to create or connect to a work of art - in whatever medium - but what we create and how we connect is different for each person. Each person has a different perception, and therefore a different reality. So then the question became: How do we write music to connect if everyone connects to something different? As a band we came to the conclusion that we have to just write who we are, and be honest and genuine in what we do, because people can connect with what's real.

But the issue - or paradox - there is that by being us, we were deciding to not be exactly what was trending, and therefore it would potentially be more difficult to cut through the noise to get heard. As we moved into a new album cycle, this thinking permeated everything I wrote lyrically and became the backbone for "Paradox". The song as a whole touches on the idea that sometimes by being exactly who we are and showing all of our colors, we can get lost or overlooked in a monochrome world. So there can be a true struggle between the two parts of who we are - the logic and the creative - to truly find who we are and understand how we see the world. The chorus line from the song really sums it all up. "Our world is deaf perceived, in a blank dream. Two minds that fall asleep but just one dreaming." In some way we are all consumers and creators, but challenging our perception or reception of that art can take us on a journey to find more about ourselves and the world in general.

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

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