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Day in Rock Report for 02/28/2019


Corey Taylor Back To Work On New Slipknot Album

Corey Taylor shared the exciting news with fans via social media that he has returned to the recording studio to get "back to work" on the band's forthcoming studio album.

The Stone Sour and Slipknot frontman took to Instagram to let fans know that work had resumed on the new album. He posted a photo of himself in the studio wearing a Motley Crue t-shirt and a goofy facial expression.

The new album will follow the band's first new track in four years "All Out Life". Taylor had this to say about the song in an interview with the Des Moines Register, "people are way too pissed about the wrong things and not pissed enough about the right things

"(The song sets) the tone for getting people to stand up and go, 'We're not gonna allow this. We're not gonna allow people to run us down for religious beliefs, for the color we are, for what we stand for. For who we chose to love.' All of these things. There's nobody doing it, man.

"Everybody's too worried about their pockets. Everybody's too worried about their paychecks. That was me, basically, drawing a line in the sand and going 'Guess what? You don't get to do this anymore.'"

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UFO Reveal Initial North American Farewell Tour Dates

Hard rock icons UFO are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a farewell tour and on Wednesday (February 27th) the band announced the initial dates for the North American leg of the trek.

The announced dates will begin on October 10th in Anaheim, Ca at The Grove and run until November 2nd in Uncasville, CT at Wolf's Den @ Mohegan Sun.

Phil Mogg, who turns 71 in April, explained the decision to retire, "This decision has been a long time coming, I've considered stepping down at the end of UFO's previous tours in 2016. I don't want to call this a farewell tour as I hate that word, but this year's gigs (2019) will represent my final tap-dancing appearances with the band.

"2019 marks UFO's 50th anniversary, so the timing feels right. There will be a final tour of the UK and we will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with. But outside of the UK this won't be a long tour. Being out on the road isn't always tremendously luxurious and although the playing is as great as it ever was, the stuff that surrounds it becomes very tiresome. I always told myself that when I reached that stage I would step down, and that's what I'm going to do. This is the right time for me to quit."

"Maybe the best word to use is 'bittersweet'," he concludes. "But my time has arrived to be leaving UFO. And all that remains is to make sure that we have a great tour." See the dates here.

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Motley Crue Star Addresses Idea Of Reunion Shows

Motley Crue famously signed an agreement in 2014 to stop touring at the conclusion of their farewell tour but with the impending release of their biopic The Dirt there has been speculation that the band may perform together live again.

The band did reunite in the studio to record some new songs for the soundtrack to the film, but bassist Nikki Sixx said in a recent interview that fans will not likely see the group together again on stage again.

He said, "Sometimes I look out at my friends, like the guys in Aerosmith and Metallica, and I'm like, 'God damn it, did we retire too soon?' But there will be no one-offs in our future. Maybe we'll just get together and jam in Mick Mars' front room.

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Journey's Neal Schon Gets All-Star Birthday Wishes

Legendary Journey guitarist Neal Schon received some birthday messages via a video from a who's who of fellow rock icons, as well as a prized guitar as a gift from his wife.

Neal just launched his Journey Through Time Tour where he celebrates the music of his famed band and following his show in Oakland on Saturday night, his wife Michaele surprised him with a birthday celebration.

Part of the festivities included a special video that Michaele put together featuring some of his famous friends including Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott, Sammy Hagar, Zakk Wylde, Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Vai, and his former Journey bandmates Gregg Rolie and Deen Castronovo. Watch the video here.

As if that wasn't enough, Michaele surprised Neal with a1954 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top guitar. He took to social media to share his excitement about the gift. He wrote, "Here it is and the most dynamic guitar I've ever played. I'm going research it and find out just who played it as it's an old soul that just cry's and screams. Unbelievable-sound @gibsonguitar #phillipworton #gibson @gibsoncustom 1954 Les Paul wraparound bridge. The sustain is amazing. Thank you to my beautiful wife Michaele for such an incredible guitar with spirit we share.. looking forward to playing it live.."

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Classic Dokken Members Team With Warrant Singer In New Band

Three members of the classic lineup of Dokken have teamed up with Warrant frontman Robert Mason to form a new group called The End Machine and have shared a new song from their forthcoming album.

Earlier this week the band's label Frontiers Music SRL shared a lyric video for the group's song "Burn The Truth". Watch it here. The track comes from their self-titled debut album, which is set to hit stores on March 22nd.

The band features Dokken stars George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, and Mick Brown along with Mason, who explained why this band is not simply Dokken without the band's namesake fronting the band. "This is decidedly not me 'stapled' onto a Dokken record. I wouldn't have been involved if that was the intent. Fans will hear bits of our styles in this collection of songs, and while reminiscent signatures are undeniable, The End Machine was purposely built to stand apart and on its own merit."


Pilson went further in saying, "Musically, of course there's bound to be moments that will be reminiscent of Dokken. That's only logical. But, my guess is there will be less of that than people would expect.

Some people who've heard it say they think it's closer to Lynch Mob than Dokken, but really it is pretty much its own thing. We allowed ourselves to get a little deeper than either of those projects really have, while still staying extremely melodic and not being afraid of good old-fashioned guitar rock. Maybe Lynch Mob, a bit of Dokken, but then some 70's guitar rock added in.

"George [Lynch] is playing fantastic on this...very inspired. Everyone is really, but George covers some new territory here and it's very cool. Plus, the songs as compositions took on their own life, especially add-ing Robert [Mason] to the writing. That's what I'm most proud of, is the way this stands on its own. It doesn't step on our legacy together one bit, but it has it's own personality and I think that's important."

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2nd Celebrating The Life Of Chester Bennington Event Announced

A special event celebrating what would have been late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington's 43rd birthday has sold out so a second show has been announced for the next night.

There Is No Us singer Jim Louvau was a close friend to Bennington and announced that he would be honoring Chester with a special exhibit of never-before-seen photos on March 20th at The Black Sheep Gallery in Burbank, CA.

Tickets quickly sold out for the Celebrating The Life Of Chester Bennington: A Photo Exhibit By Jim Louvau, so a second event has been added the next night (March 21st). Some of the froceeds from the events will be donated to Chester's widow Talinda Bennington's charity for suicide prevention, 320 Changes Direction.

She had this to say, "This will be a beautiful and emotional display of Chester. Jim Louvau was a longtime friend and photographer of Chester and had shot some of the best photos of him to date."

Louvau added, "Over the course of our 17-year friendship I was lucky enough to document the evolution of the young musician who never took himself too seriously to the family man and philanthropist he developed into.

"Now it's time to honor the memory of someone who I owe a great deal of gratitude by sharing the art we created together with the world and continue to celebrate his legacy on his birthday." Read more here.

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Whitesnake Release Promo For Expansive 'Slide It I' Reissue

(hennemusic) David Coverdale is featured in a new unboxing video revealing the contents of the expansive 35th anniversary 7-disc Ultimate Special Edition of the band's 1984 classic, "Slide It In."

Due March 8, the 6CD/DVD package presents the US and UK mixes of the album, as well as unreleased studio recordings - including previously-unavailable versions of all songs on the original album plus monitor mixes, and brand new 35th anniversary remixes. The set also features an entire 1984 Glasgow concert performance and live performance tracks from Jon Lord's final show with the band, a 60-page hardbound book including photos, essays, notes, and credits, and a DVD of promo videos, live footage, and an interview with Coverdale

The group's sixth album delivered their fourth UK Top 10 set and their commercial breakthrough in the US thanks to singles like "Slow an' Easy", "Love Ain't No Stranger" and the title track.

As Whitesnake scored massive US success with their self-titled 1987 record, "Slide It In" returned to the charts Stateside on its way to double-platinum status for sales of more than 2 million copies in the country.

A 2019 remaster of the "Slide It In" will be available in all versions, including a 2CD Deluxe Edition featuring US and UK mixes plus bonus tracks, a single CD (US Mix), and a 2LP vinyl edition.

"'Slide It In' was always meant to be a structured, more electric modern take on the classic blues-based hard rock that Whitesnake were famous for," explains Coverdale. "Hearing all the performances so fresh and so clear after 35 years was amazing. Mel [Galley], Cozy [Powell] and Jon's playing on the record is as vital now as it was all those years ago. All the featured players shine ... I'm personally thrilled with it." Watch the video here.

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Tommy Emmanuel Announces U.S. Summer Tour

Fresh off his tour with John Knowles, Tommy Emmanuel has revealed that he will be returning to the road this summer for a run on U.S. headlining dates.

Emmanuel has invited an assortment of music artists to join him at different shows of the summer trek including Jorma Kaukonen, Mike Dawes and Joe Robinson.

He will be kicking this off on July 15th in Homer, NY at the Center for the Arts of Homer and wrapping up on September 28th in Frankfort, KY at the Grand Theatre. See the dates and guest list here.

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Tim Bowness Releases Video For Guest Star Heavy New Song

Tim Bowness called on some his fellow musicians to guest star on his new track "It's The World", which comes from his brand new solo studio album.

Bowness will be releasing his new 11-track record, entitled "Flowers At The Scenes" on Friday (March 1st) but ahead of the album launch he has revealed the new track which features Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator), Steven Wilson & Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) & Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree). Watch the video here.

Tim had this to say about the song and video, "This is the outlier on Flowers At The Scene. I Go Deeper and Borderline are unique to themselves, but don't feel out of character with other songs on FATS. It's The World is definitely a track apart, though.

"It started with me writing a song using guitar and trumpet loops and ended with Brian Hulse fleshing out the chorus, Jim Matheos adding some Metallic menace, and rhythm section Tom Atherton and Colin Edwin taking to the piece like twin Lemmys to whiskey.

"I could hear a Peter Hammill shaped hole in the chorus - as you do - so I asked PH to add some backing vocals. In his Rikki Nadir guise, he also played some savage guitars on the chorus.

"Steven Wilson beefed up what was there with his usual mixing flair and added a haunting synth towards the end of the song.

"The lyric is an account of someone blaming everything external on what might be an internal problem. On some levels, it's self-pity on a global scale but with the current state of the world it's not exactly clearcut.

"Bob Hodds' video very nicely captures the paranoia in the lyrics."


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Singled Out: Haunted Continents

New York based indie artist James A.M. Downes is releasing a new single each month for a year from his new project Haunted Continents and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the latest track "Your Server Had a Bad Day'. Here is the story:

The not so nice story behind 'Your Server Had a Bad Day'. In some weird f***ed up way, it felt a little like Revenge of the Nerds. That's one for the therapist. But hear me out.

It was a normal day at my restaurant day job, just getting the room set up, when these two sparkling young men made their entrance. These suited haircuts looked around the room for the perfect table, ignoring every salutation and attempt at communication from our host. They simply walked to the spot they wanted to sit and claimed it.

Not a good start. From there, every interaction was more disrespectful and patronizing than the last, and my coworkers and I were treated to a National Geographic style presentation of the restaurant behavior of privileged white American youth with newly minted Ivy league diplomas.

Something about these a**holes just pushed my buttons (perhaps it was the constant impatient glances at the absurdly large wristwatch that dwarfed [his] arm). They reminded me of the jocks that made life high school the jungle that it was.

Yeah, there are some issues lurking in my brain, waiting for situations like this to startle them out like birds from a bush. I try to be nice, to see the good in everyone. But this was too much for me. I just needed to let this one go some how. I went home and the words just started spilling out:

"F*** you and your wristwatch, your lunch appointment too. F*** everything you stand for, f*** everything you do..."

I felt much better that night. If someone's been treating you like less than the amazing person you are, this one's for you.

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

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