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Day in Rock Report for 01/17/2019

Slipknot Begin Recording New Album

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor shared the exciting news with fans via social media that the band has entered the recording studio to begin work on their new studio album.

While Corey was short on details, he did share a photo via Instagram showing him seated in a studio with recording equipment in the background with the caption "Guess what we're doing...?"

He promised during various interviews last year that the band would begin work on the follow up to their 2014 album ".5: The Gray Chapter", early in 2019 and that time has now arrived. See his post here.

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Poison Plotting New Music Says Bret Michaels

Poison fans have waited since 2002 to hear new original material from the group but frontman Bret Michaels said in a recent interview that may change next year.

The singer was interviewed by Newsday and revealed that he is still with the band for the long haul and also let drop that they should be returning with new music next year.

He said, "There's never going to be a day when I say, 'I'm done with Poison. The band is looking forward to returning in 2020 with some new songs. We are still having the time of our lives on stage."

The band's last original studio album was "Hollyweird" which they released in 2002. They followed that five years later with a covers album called "Poison'd".

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Santana Announces Supernatural Now North American Tour

(hennemusic) Carlos Santana and his band have announced dates for his Supernatural Now summer tour of North America. Santana will open the summer series in Phoenix, AZ on June 22, with shows wrapping on August 25 at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY.

Joined by guests The Doobie Brothers, the three-month, 29-date celebration will commemorate two of the most important milestones in the iconic guitarist's career: the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking, multiple Grammy-winning album, "Supernatural", and the 50th anniversary of his momentous performance at Woodstock.

"Both were monumental moments in my life," says the guitarist. "Woodstock and 'Supernatural' took me to places I never dreamed were possible. I embraced those incredible moments in my life with all my heart. Both were supreme lessons in maintaining focus, heart and integrity in every step every day and to strive to better oneself with a high standard on and off the stage."

Santana's 18th album, 1999's "Supernatural" delivered two US No. 1 hits in "Smooth" with Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty and "Maria Maria" with The Product G&B; the most commercially-successful record of the guitarist's career won eight Grammy Awards on its way to US sales of 15 million and more than 30 million worldwide. See the dates and read more here.

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Rolling Stones' Keith Richards Streams Previously Unreleased Track

(hennemusic) Keith Richards is streaming a lyric video for his cover of Jimmy Reed's "My Babe", a previously-unreleased track set to appear on the forthcoming expanded 30th anniversary reissue of his 1988 solo debut, "Talk Is Cheap."

The Rolling Stones rocker recorded the set with his band The X-Pensive Winos, the core of which consisted of drummer and co-producer Steve Jordan, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, pianist Ivan Neville and bassist Charley Drayton; a series of special guests included Parliament-Funkadelic members Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell, Patti Scialfa, The Memphis Horns and Stones associates Mick Taylor and Chuck Leavell.

Originally introduced with the lead single, "Take It So Hard", the project reached No. 54 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to earning gold record status.

Due March 29, the expanded reissue adds six bonus tracks - four of which feature pianist Johnnie Johnson, including: "My Babe", Eddie Taylor's "Big Town Playboy", "'Blues Jam" and "Slim."

"This album holds up," says Richards. "I've been listening to it, and not through the mists of nostalgia either, because it doesn't affect me that way. This is more than the sum of its parts. I really admire it. We were having fun and you can hear it."

The 30th Anniversary Reissue of "Talk Is Cheap" will be released via multiple formats, including Super Deluxe and Deluxe box sets, CD, LP, and digital. Check out the song here.

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Gibson Announces Limited Edition Chris Cornell Tribute Guitar

(hennemusic) Gibson has announced plans to release a limited-edition Chris Cornell Tribute ES-335 guitar this spring. The music gear manufacturer partnered with the Soundgarden rocker to work on his original ES-335 Artist Model in 2013, and it was immediately clear that he had an innovative eye for guitar design.

Features like the aged Lollartron humbucking pickups, clear "no number" Top Hat knobs, Olive Drab Satin finish, and Mother-of-Pearl Chris Cornell "signature" peghead inlay make this guitar one of Gibson's most distinct artist offerings to date.

"Chris Cornell was not only one of the most iconic singer songwriters of all time, he was a modern innovator who left a legacy that transcends music genres and generations," says Gibson's Cesar Gueikian. "It is our honor to release this tribute ES-335 in his memory. It's a guitar Chris fell in love with and which became a part of his creative expression.

"Chris was a special artist and we hope that this guitar will inspire fans to find their sound, and inspiration, just like Chris did, for many years to come."

The Chris Cornell Tribute ES-335 will be available this spring in a limited release of only 250 pieces worldwide. Gibson announced the Cornell model in sync with this week's star-studded concert, "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell", at The Forum in Los Angeles. here.

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Fleetwood Mac Add New Down Under Leg To 2019 Tour

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac have announced dates for a 2019 tour of Australia and New Zealand. The 9-show series - set to open in Perth on August 9 - will include multiple nights in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland before the trek wraps up in Dunedin on September 21.

The tour will feature new lineup additions Mike Campbell of Tom Petty's band and Neil Finn of Crowded House/Split Enz fame in place of longtime member Lindsey Buckingham, following his firing earlier last year.

"We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the calibre of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family," says the bandt. "With Mike and Neil, we'll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we'll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs.

"Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour." See the dates here.

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Heart Release Video Of Jam Of Classic Hit With Dave Navarro

(hennemusic) Heart are streaming video of a 2006 performance with Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro of their 1975 classic, "Crazy On You", as featured on from the forthcoming package, "Live In Atlantic City."

The tune was the group's first US single from their debut album, "Dreamboat Annie", which reached No. 7 on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than a million copies in the country.

Navarro also teamed up with Heart on their 1980 track, "Bebe Le Strange", and "Straight On" at the taping of the event for the VH1 series "Decades Rock Live!", which featured a guest lineup that also included Alice In Chains, Duff McKagan, Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson and Rufus Wainwright.

Each artist had the chance to perform two or three songs together with the band, as they delivered a set of classic rock songs from their catalog alongside a pair of Led Zeppelin tracks and a jam on some Alice In Chains tunes with McKagan and their fellow Seattle rockers.

Due January 25, "Heart: Live In Atlantic City" will be released in multiple formats, including LP, CD, DVD, BluRay and Digital Download. Watch the video here.

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Billy Idol Announces Turned On, Tuned In And Unplugged Tour

(hennemusic) Billy Idol has announced dates for an unplugged spring tour of North America with longtime guitarist Steve Stevens. The "Turned On, Tuned In And Unplugged" series will see the duo perform stripped-down versions of Idol's hits, deeper album cuts and songs that influenced them both in a new and intimate setting.

The month-long theater run will open March 3 in Vancouver, BC, with shows wrapping up in Red Bank, NJ on April 4. Ticket and VIP Meet & Greet presales begin Wednesday, January 16 at 10am local times (passcode: unplugged), while general public seats will go on sale Friday, January 18 at 10am local time.

Idol is previewing the spring tour with video of a live performance of his 1986 US Top 10 hit, "To Be A Lover", captured last September at Third Man Records in Nashville, TN. Watch the video here.

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The Pineapple Thief Release 'Threatening War' Video

The Pineapple Thief have released a new music video for their track "Threatening War". The song comes from the group's latest studio album "Dissolution".

The band recruited Blacktide's George Laycock direct the visual and Gemma Reynolds to say in it. Bruce Soord had the following to say about video and the result of Laycock's work, "When I wrote the words for Threatening War, I had in my mind the journey from despair to hope, and how we need a physical connection with people in our lives to complete that journey, if and when it happens.

"When I saw how Blacktide had tackled this visually, it really hit home in a way I wasn't quite prepared for. It captures the emotion of the song perfectly." Watch the video here.

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Dust Bolt Release 'Another Day In Hell' Video

Dust Bolt are gearing up to release their new album "Trapped In Chaos" tomorrow (Jan 18th) and to prepare fans they have released a video for the track "Another Day In Hell."

The band had this to say about the song and video, "Another Day In Hell is the by far slowest and darkest song on the new album and probably even in DUST BOLTīs history. Originated on an acoustic guitar, Lenny took this song to the rehearsal room one day and it was kind of fitting to how the band and its members were feeling at that point of time.

"The video was shot on one day, together with Bloodspot frontman and singer Peter Kunz and shows a different side to the bandīs personality than most listeners have seen before. For this one we wanted to let the music do the talking and portray the day the song was written from the perspective of every bandmember." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Virgin Steele's Feral

Virgin Steele recently released their new box set "Seven Devils Moonshine" and to celebrate we asked David DeFeis to tell us about the epic track "Feral." Here is the story:

Many people assume that my lyrics are strictly Mythological...this couldn't be more wrong. Yes I do reference Mythological situations and I have written lyrics that certainly describe aspects of Mythology, but...more often than not I am actually talking about life today as we know it and in particular...my corner of the sky and the real life experiences I have had, and the life I lead so...as we are discussing the release of the Virgin Steele-5 Disc Box Set "Seven Devils Moonshine", regarding the lyrics found on these new discs there really aren't many Mythological references, and realism is the order of the day and extremely prevalent. Many of the songs on the Ghost Harvest "Vintage 1" Disc- (Black Wine For Mourning), do relate to each other and I shall discuss two songs as they are intertwined. The songs I will discuss are: "Murder In High-Gloss Relief " and the ten minute Barbaric-Romantic-Blues-Metal Epic: "Feral".

The very short track "Murder In High-Gloss Relief", is a prelude of sorts. Using just piano, a spoken poem and a bit of orchestration, this song sets the stage for what is to come. Like the music, the lyric is stark, somewhat cryptic, yet revealing, and perhaps raises the question who or what is the "bride of 16" and why is she "cold"? Maybe that is answered in the next track "Feral" or perhaps more questions are raised. I don't like to be explicit, revealing exactly what my thoughts are about a song, as I like for the listener to absorb and feel the emotions expressed and maybe see their own life inside the song, but I will try to tell you something of what the song is about hopefully leaving the mystery somewhat intact.

Musically "Feral" is what I call a "Gothic Blues Epic". It moves through several keys, D minor, G Minor, A minor, E minor with also a detour into the B locrian mode, before arriving back into D minor. I use lots of suspended seventh chords, & suspended seconds that provide a modern sonic vocabulary, and help to take the song away from the duality of simply either minor or major, providing a more unsettled experience that underscores the subject matter.

Many more times than I can count, I have met and gotten involved with girls and women who have had some seriously tragic pasts and or seriously tragic present day issues, and this track discusses the kind of Romeo & Juliet scenario where "star-crossed" lovers get caught up in what others/outsiders think for whatever reason are "desires forbidden" ...and try to thwart the lovers budding romance...but like I say in the song "Cupid enslaves what he will". While at the same time that some people are trying to destroy this relationship, one person in particular is also physically abusing the "Juliet character" from within and without. Incestuous factions wreck havoc on the entire family...there is rape, suicide, murder and revenge all taking place in a never-ending cycle of bloodletting. Do our hero and heroine survive? The answer is up to each person who comes to the track...whether they do or they don't...regardless by the song's end there is still a sense of freedom and triumph. Why? Because..."Feral we race through the hills...Feral we lay"...

Is this a true tale? Of course it is...

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

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