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Day in Rock Report for 01/07/2019


New Axl Rose Song Streaming Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is streaming a video for his first new song in a decade, "Rock The Rock." The clip from a recent episode of the New Looney Tunes series sees the Guns N' Roses singer taking on an incoming asteroid with music from a band that includes Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig on guitars.

The Boomerang network confirmed Rose's involvement in the animated series with the video's release, following weeks of speculation about the rocker's participation.

While no details about the possible release of "Rock The Rock" have been confirmed to date, the tune marks Rose's first new song since Guns N' Roses issued their sixth album, "Chinese Democracy", in 2008.

Following the completion of the Not In This Lifetime reunion tour last month, GNR guitarist Richard Fortus revealed that new music from the band could surface within the next year.

"We are going to try to do another record and get it out soon," Fortus told KSHE 95 St. Louis, MO, suggesting that new material "will happen faster than you think," with a new song possibly issued before the end of 2019"It could definitely happen." here.

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Legendary Foreigner Singer Lou Gramm Plays Final Show

(hennemusic) Original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm has announced his retirement from solo performances. The Albany Times-Union reports the rocker broke the news to fans at the conclusion of his December 29 show at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, NY.

"It's been quite a few years with a lot of fun and a lot of hard work," Gramm told the crowd (see video below). "Just talking it over with my wife and some people in the business...

"You get real excited when you start out in this business, but you've gotta be smart enough to know when to walk away from it too. And I just feel it's that time for me. I just wanted to let you know I've had a hell of a good time, and this [show] has been one of the best ones."

Guitarist and producer Mick Jones formed Foreigner in New York in 1976 via a series of jams that saw him connect with keyboardist Al Greenwood, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, drummer Dennis Elliott, bassist Ed Gagliardi and - after an extensive search for a singer - Gramm was brought in to front the band. Watch video of the announcement here.

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KISS Is Half A Cover Band Says Ace

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley sees the current lineup of the band as "half of a cover band" and doesn't believe that the group can "go out with a bang" without him.

Ace has made several comments about wishing to take part in his former band's latest farewell tour, the End Of the Road trek. He was asked about it during a recent interview with Goldminemag.com.

He said, "When I read the comments the fans make on the Internet - every once in a while I'll spend a half hour or an hour reading comments - invariably 80-90 percent of the KISS fans want a full-blown reunion. I don't know if that's possible; it could be a variation of it. There's no way KISS is gonna go out with a bang with the lineup they have now. It's half of a cover band.

"I love Eric [Singer, drums] and I love Tommy, but it's half of a KISS cover band. Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] are the two original guys and they've got two guys playing my part and Peter's [Criss] part. I think it works better overseas or in South America where the people aren't as educated as to who is in the band, but it's getting tired in America.

"Ever since 2014, when we were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, pretty much all of America realized that I was not in the band and Peter's not in the band and I think a lot of people in America weren't even sure that I had left. When they made the switch between me and Tommy, they really didn't publicize it and I don't think they wanted to. I mean, I remember getting phone calls in 2008, 2009 and people would call me up and say, 'Hey, you're playing my hometown. Can you get me tickets?', and I'd go, 'No. I'm not in the band anymore.' I mean, that happened multiple times. My departure from the band the second time around wasn't highly promoted."

During this interview he downplayed his desire to take part in the tour but said that he is open to it. "I would be up for it if the numbers were right and if it was presented to me in the right way, sure," he said. "It's not necessarily something that I am craving to do, but I want to do it for the fans because the fans are the ones who made us all famous and rich and turned us into superstars. I want to do what the fans want. I want to make the fans happy and it seems like that's the direction they are pointing towards. I'd be willing to do anything to make the fans happy."

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Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody Biopic Expanded For Home Video

(hennemusic) Queen have announced plans to release an expanded home edition of their biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody" that will be released January 22nd on digital - and via 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on February 12th.

The film stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and follows the band from their creation in 1970 through to their legendary 1985 Live Aid appearance.

The project will present the biopic alongside - for the first time - the recreation of Queen's complete 22-minute Live Aid performance not included in cinemas, featuring two never-before-seen songs: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "We Will Rock You."

In addition, on Blu-ray & Digital, fans will get a look behind the making of the film including interviews with Queen, the cast and creative team. Read more here.

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Megadeth Gearing Up For Big Announcement

(hennemusic) Megadeth are streaming a video across their social media sites teasing news of an upcoming January 11 announcement by the thrash metal veterans

The brief clip features music from the group's "Take No Prisoners", a track from their 1990 album, "Rust In Peace." No further details have been provided to date as fans await word from the band.

Megadeth's fourth album was the first to feature guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza following the 1989 departure of Jeff Young and Chuck Behler.

With classic tracks like "Hangar 18" and "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due", the project debuted and peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 to earn the band the highest-charting record of their career at that point while delivering their third consecutive US platinum album for sales of 1 million copies in the country.

Megadeth are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia." "Droogs, I'm pulling back on Social Media as things rev up re: LP 16," tweeted Dave Mustaine on Christmas. "Not enough time to do my job(s). Progress is good. Music is fast & strong. All 4 contributing. Things are good. Get updates via http://megadeth.com, @Megadeth until we finish LP 16. I'm hurryin'. Really!" Watch the teaser video here.

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Motley Crue Hint At Super Bowl Commercial

(hennemusic) Motley Crue have posted a cryptic message on social media that appears to tease a commercial for the band during next month's broadcast of Super Bowl 53.

The group tweeted out a series of three emojis and "02.03.19 #ad", which syncs up with the February 3 NFL championship event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.

As the Super Bowl lands about six weeks ahead of the March 22 premiere of Motley Crue's Netflix biopic, "The Dirt", based on their 2001 memoir of the same name it's possible that a commercial will deliver the first preview for the project during one of the most-watched US broadcasts of the year.

Directed by Jeff Tremaine, the film features Daniel Webber as singer Vince Neil, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx, rapper Machine Gun Kelly as drummer Tommy Lee, and Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars. See the teaser here.

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Original Iron Maiden Lineup Reunites After Four Decades

(hennemusic) Most of the members of the original Iron Maiden lineup reunited recently for the first time in more than four decades. Band founder and bassist Steve Harris reconnected with the group's first singer, Paul Mario Day, and guitarists Dave Sullivan and Terry Rance; missing from the photo opportunity was drummer Ron "Rebel" Matthews.

"The gang almost all together since 1976, or thereabouts," posted Day on Facebook alongside a photo of the lineup. "I cannot begin to tell you how good it feels. Tonight will burned in my memory for life. I may say more later after I process this evening."

Harris formed Iron Maiden on Christmas Day in 1975 after leaving his former group, Smiler; the band rehearsed for months before making their official live debut in May of 1976.

The first member to exit Iron Maiden, Day was replaced by Dennis Wilcock, while Sullivan and Rance were gone before the end of the year as Harris temporarily disbanded the project, only to restart it with new addition Dave Murray on guitar. Read more and see the social media posts here.

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Rob Zombie Rocks Beatles Classic With Marilyn Manson and Nikki Sixx

(hennemusic) Rob Zombie was joined by Marilyn Manson and Nikki Sixx to perform The Beatles classic, "Helter Skelter", at Ozzfest 2018 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA on New Year's Eve, and video from the event is streaming online.

"The one and only @NikkiSixx helped us bring in the New Year at LA Forum," Zombie tweeted after the show alongside a photo of the pair onstage.

Zombie and Manson released their own version of the 1986 track in sync with the launch of their summer tour of North America, and delivered their live debut of the tune on opening night in Detroit, MI.

The song's release helped Zombie deliver the No. 3 Rock News Story Of The Year as part of the 2018 hennemusic Rock News Awards.

Zombie and Manson performed separately at the first-ever, special one-night edition of Ozzy's annual festival, which began in 1996; headlined by the Black Sabbath legend, the evening also featured sets by Korn's Jonathan Davis and Body Count featuring Ice-T. Watch video of the jam here.

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Black Sabbath 50th Anniversary Exhibition Coming

(hennemusic) An exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Black Sabbath is coming to the band's hometown of Birmingham, UK this summer. "Black Sabbath - 50 Years" will be hosted at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery between June 22 - September 18.

Presented by Home Of Metal - a local organization that celebrates music from Birmingham and the Black Country - the exhibition aims to explore how the music of four working-class lads captured the hearts and minds of fans globally while paying homage to the fan's devotion and documenting that fifty-year relationship.

"It's an honor to be a part of the Home Of Metal," says Ozzy Osbourne. "I am just a guy from Birmingham who's been blessed to have had such dedicated fans throughout my career. Like I've always said 'I am nothing without them.'"

"Fans are our lifeblood," adds guitarist Tony Iommi, "they've always been there to support us." Read more here.

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Randy Houser's Full New Album Streaming Online Early

Randy Houser fans do not have to wait until the official January 11th release date to listen to the music star's forthcoming new studio album "Magnolia".

Houser has teamed up with NPR to stream the new album in full ahead of its official launch this Friday as part of the network's popular Music First Listen series. Check it out here.

Houser also announced that he will perform his favorite song from the album, "No Stone Unturned" during an appearance on Good Morning America on release day (1/11).

"Magnolia has been my beacon of light and restored my spirit and my truth," said Houser. "It's also the most daring and honest piece of work I've made in my life."

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Seattle Post Office Renamed In Honor Of Jimi Hendrix

(hennemusic) Washington state officials have renamed a Seattle-area post office in honor of Jimi Hendrix. The Seattle Times reports Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell supported a bill brought by Rep. Adam Smith - which was passed unanimously - to rename the Renton Highlands Post Office the James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix Post Office.

"I am honored to join in paying tribute to rock and roll icon and Seattle native Jimi Hendrix with the renaming of the Renton Highlands Post Office as the James Marshall 'Jimi' Hendrix Post Office Building," Smith said in a statement. "This designation will further celebrate Hendrix's deep connection to the Puget Sound region and help ensure that his creative legacy will be remembered by our community and inspire future generations."

The Renton post office is less than a mile from the Jimi Hendrix Memorial in the Greenwood Memorial Park cemetery, where the guitar hero is buried.

"His legendary artistic genius chartered new territory within world music," said Northwest African American Museum Director LaNesha DeBardelaben in a statement supporting the bill. "While his reach was international in scope, his roots trace back to Seattle and we are proud to richly celebrate his legacy as part of his hometown community." here.

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Metallica Share Live Videos For Kill 'Em All Classics

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming official live videos of a series of fall 2018 US performances of tracks that come from their 1983 debut album, "Kill 'Em All."

In September, the band rocked "The Four Horsemen" in Winnipeg, MB and "Seek & Destroy" in San Francisco, CA; "Motorbreath" in Milwaukee, WI in mid-October; and "Whiplash" in Pittsburgh, PA and Sacramento, CA before wrapping up their live schedule for the year in early December.

"Kill 'Em All" didn't arrive on the US Billboard 200 chart until three years after its release, where it peaked at No. 66 on its way to eventually selling 3 million copies Stateside.

Metallica are sharing the newly-released clips as they enjoy a month-long break from the trek in support of 2016's "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct." Watch the videos here.

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Ann Wilson Of Heart Streams Chris Cornell Tribute Video

(hennemusic) Heart vocalist Ann Wilson is streaming a newly-released video for her tribute to the late Chris Cornell with her take on Audioslave's "I Am The Highway", from her covers album "Immortal."

The tune was the fourth single from Audioslave's 2002 self-titled debut, which peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 3 million copies in the country.

"The song is strong, confident and spiritual," Wilson explains. "It's about a person who refuses to be tied down to the mundane, who is constantly looking for freedom and independence on a more universal scale, not just ordinary everyday reality. It was the cry of a soul, and it's a beautiful song.

"Chris and I were friends; we had a lot in common, we were both outsiders in a way. He left us with amazing music." Watch the video here.

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Pat Benatar's 'Love Is a Battlefield' Gets Prog Makeover

Andrew Douglas of Recreating Eden has released a music video for their brand new cover of the Pat Benatar classic hit song "Love Is a Battlefield."

The band had the following to say about the new visual, "This is a cover video that has been in the works for a couple months now and we are excited to finally share it with the world.

"The band is getting ready to release our debut album in 2019 and we think it's going to put Recreating Eden on the map for music lovers everywhere. Be on the lookout for Recreating Eden's Tomb 1: Awaken." Watch the video here.

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Neil Young's Ragged Glory Expanded For Reissue

(hennemusic) Neil Young has revealed plans to release an expanded reissue of "Ragged Glory", his 1990 album with Crazy Horse. According to a post on the Neil Young Archives site, engineer John Hanlon reviewed the project's recently rediscovered tapes and unearthed a number of unused songs from the original recording sessions.

"Listening to these tracks is a real head scratcher," reads the note on NYA. "They are equal to anything on the existing record, maybe better. Possibly, the thought at the time was to have a single album and not include the songs from the last half of the unique 'set oriented' recording sessions.

"The band played a set of songs twice a day at Plywood Analog for a couple of weeks, then went back, listened and chose best tracks after the two weeks were up. ... The same tracks were never repeated in a recording set, played only once as [a] set. ... No repeats. This approach took 'analysis' out of the game during the sessions, allowing the Horse not to think; thinking is deadly for the Horse," adding, "after the songs were played enough so that the band was sure they must have the takes, the Horse, having a great time, kept playing other songs."

The extra sessions resulted in "38 minutes of Crazy Horse classics, mostly undiscovered and unheard before." here.

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Pearl Jam Cover Buffalo Tom Classic At Fenway Park

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam streamed video of a performance of the 1992 Buffalo Tom classic, "Taillights Fade", from a pair of shows at Boston's Fenway Park in early September, as part of their #12DaysOfPJ series.

The band were joined by Buffalo Tom guitarist/vocalist Bill Janovitz for the track from the group's third album, "Let Me Come Over", during both appearances at the legendary Boston ballpark as part of their summer US stadium series.

The pair of Fenway Park dates saw Pearl Jam play before a combined total of 71,694 fans, while earning $6.7 million in box office revenue, according to Billboard. Watch the video here.

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The Oddyssey Quartet Releasing Second Album

Avant-Jazz group The Oddyssey Quartet will release their sophomore album "We Are All Branches of the Same Tree" on January 19, 2019. We were sent the following details:

Following up their debut of composed music "Suite for the End of the Earth," "We Are All Branches of the Same Tree" is the second release from avant-jazz group the Oddyssey Quartet, featuring twelve improvised pieces from four musicians who have only played together a handful of times but who share the common ancient language of music, bringing them together in a cohesion of intuitive conversation, and demonstrating in real time that we all really are branches of the same tree. Featuring former Albert Ayler Quintet bassist Bill Folwell, and former Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra saxophonist David Pate, with Jose Cochez on drums, and Rex Shepherd on guitar and prepared guitar.

"After recording 'Suite for the End of the Earth,' which consisted of composed music, and having only played together as a group a few times, we wanted to see what we would get playing totally free. There was such a good vibe in the room with the four of us that it made playing so easy, the ideas flowed, I could respond to the sounds around me and the natural ebb and flow of conversational music happened. For me it is a spiritual thing, experiencing a wordless connection to others, when the music comes together and reveals the common thread in all of us." - Rex Shepherd

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No Quarter To Bring Led Zeppelin Fans Good Times In 2019

Led Zeppelin tribute band No Quarter have announced that they will be kicking off 2019 with the "Good Times In 2019" Northeast Tour.

The trek will begin on Friday, January 18th in Milford, CT at the Milford Performance Center. The next stop is on the 19th at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing in Patchogue, NY.

The group will then travel to Pittsburgh where they will rock the Hard Rock Cafe on January 26th. New York City's City Winery is booked for the 29th and the band will wrap things up with a Hurricane Florence Benefit Show in Wilmington, NC at the Wilson Center on February 2nd.

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