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Day in Rock Report for 01/18/2019

Journey's Neal Schon Invites Steve Perry To Join Him On Tour

(hennemusic) Neal Schon has extended an "open invitation" to his former Journey bandmate Steve Perry to join him at the launch of his upcoming "Journey Through Time" tour next month.

The series will see the Journey founder and guitarist celebrate the band's legendary catalog and rich history, including tunes from the San Francisco outfit's first three albums: 1975's "Journey", 1976's "Look Into The Future", and 1977's "Next."

Schon and his Journey and Santana bandmate Gregg Rolie will perform with a lineup that includes former Journey member Deen Castronovo on vocals and drums, Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) on bass and vocals, multi-instrumentalist Marti Frederiksen and Chris Collins on guitar and keys.

The band will play a warm-up show at the Jackson Rancheria Casino in Jackson, CA on February 22 before the trek's official opening night at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA on February 23.

"Here's an open invitation to Steve Perry to come out on ether the 22nd or 23rd," tweeted Schon. "Would love to see you, Steve." Read more here.

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KISS To Play Rare Club Show To Launch Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) KISS will perform a rare club show in Los Angeles next month as they launch their "End Of The Road" farewell tour. The band will play an intimate invitation-only show for SiriusXM subscribers and VIPs on Monday, February 11 at the legendary Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.

The event will mark the first time KISS has played a club in over twenty years and will be their first performance at the world famous venue. The club will be recorded and broadcast on KISS' limited-run specialty SiriusXM channel, KISS Army Radio - which will run on channel 30 from February 4-17.

The performance will air on Tuesday, February 12 at 5:00 pm ET on KISS Army Radio, channel 30, and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com; the concert will also be broadcast on Howard Stern's Howard 101 channel on Friday, February 15 at 9:00pm ET.

KISS will begin the "End Of The Road" farewell tour in Vancouver, BC on January 31, followed by a two-month summer series in Europe that will start in late May. Read more here.

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Soundgarden Reunion Tops All Star Chris Cornell Tribute Concert

(hennemusic) A Soundgarden reunion topped the all-star "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell" concert at The Forum in Los Angeles on January 16, and video from the show is streaming online.

Hosted by ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel, the event saw the first performance by the three surviving members of the Seattle band following Cornell's passing in May of 2017 at the age of 52.

As Rolling Stone reports, Soundgarden were joined a number of rockers during an 8-song set of hits and deep cuts for diehards, including Taylor Momsen, Marcus Durant, Tom Morello, Pearl Jams' Stone Gossard and Buzz Osbourne of The Melvins before the night's finale of "Black Hole Sun" with vocalist Brandi Carlisle and Peter Frampton.

Appearing before Soundgarden's closing set, Cornell's Temple Of The Dog did likewise, with a number of guests including Miley Cyrus, who Rolling Stone calls "the night's true showstopper" for bringing the crowd to its feet when she belted out "Say Hello 2 Heaven," pushing her voice to its max and headbanging.

Among the other acts, Metallica's four-song set featured a pair of Soundgarden tunes: "All Your Lies" and Head Injury"; Cornell's Audioslave were joined by Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and Metallica's Robert Trujillo during their show; the Foo Fighters performed Soundgarden's "No Attention" alongside covers of tracks by Devo and Cheech And Chong; whiel Adam Levine, Josh Homme, Chris Stapleton and Rita Wilson delivered individual song performances.

Cornell's family made appearances throughout the evening: event organizer Vicky Cornell paid tribute to her late husband; daughter, Toni, was joined by Ziggy Marley for a cover of Bob Marley's 1980 classic, "Redemption Song"; and son Christopher introduced Soundgarden as the night's headliners.

"The way I see it, Chris was a bluesman," Pearl Jam and Temple Of The Dog guitarist Stone Gossard told the crowd. "He got the blues. And he turned those feelings into songs that made us vibrate, and they made us move. ... All of our lives are still tumbling along without our leader. ... So the question is now what do we do? What would Chris have us do? I think this concert is a step in the right direction." Watch videos from the show here.

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Ill Nino Return With New Music and Lineup

Ill Nino have returned with a new lineup and their first new track in half a decade called "Sangre". The band now features Shattered Sun singer Marcos Leal, rhythm guitarist Sal Dominguez (Upon A Burning Body), formerly of , and lead guitarist Jess Dehoyos (Sons of Texas).

Founder and drummer Dave Chavarri had this to say, "Sometimes being in a band is like being married - sometimes people grow apart and no longer see eye to eye, and a separation becomes inevitable. We wish our former members the best in their musical careers, and are pumped to move forward with our new band members. Not only have we toured with them, but they're very respected, seasoned musicians, and dudes that have always been our 'Familia' since day one."

Marcos Leal added, "Anyone who knows me knows the love I have for this band. I got my start singing Ill Nino covers in my younger years and this band has always held a special place in my heart. When the opportunity arose to front one of my favorite bands of all time, it was something I needed to consider." Check out the new song

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Voivod Announce North American Tour

Voivod have announced that they will be launching a North American tour this spring in support of their new album "The Wake", which will be followed by European dates this summer.

The U.S. and Canadian tour will also feature sets from YOB and Amenra and will kick off on March 26th in Minneapolis, MN at Fine Line.

Michel "Away" Langevin had this to say,: "We are very proud to be part of the YOB-Voivod-Amenra North American tour in March and April 2019. It has been a couple of years since we toured USA, aside from a festival here and there." here.

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Skyharbor Announce Sunshine Dust Tour

Skyharbor have announced that they will be hitting road in Europe this March for the Sunshine Dust Tour, named after their latest studio album.

The trek is set to kcik off on March 27th in Wiesbaden, DE at the Schlachthof and wrap up at the famous Underworld in London on April 23rd.

Guitarist Keshav Dhar had this to say, "We can't wait for what will be our first time playing in Europe since 2017 with Deftones.Our international performing career began here and we're very excited to bring the new album to stages all across the beautiful continent." here.

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Aftermath Stream New Song 'FalseFlagFlying'

Aftermath have released the lyric video for their new track "FFF (FalseFlagFlying)," which comes from their forthcoming album "There is Something Wrong".

Kyriakos "Charlie" Tsiolis had this to say, "You've read or heard about the phrase False Flag, but never paid attention until you saw it used on YouTube or some other social media sites.

"False flag events happen more than you think and they're not specific to one country. The lyrics of the track and the images on the video are meant to alert you. They are a call to WAKE UP. Your governments aren't your friends or your protectors. Know your enemy. FFF." Check out the video here.

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Singled Out: Our Fire's Hard To Breathe

Our Fire recently released a video for their first official single "Hard To Breath." Today, they tell us the story behind the track. Here is the story:

The song basically popped out of thin air at the end of a recording session we had at Circle House in Miami. Nicole was just messing around on the guitar and the melody came really quickly. We literally had enough time left in the session to just do a quick rough vocal take of the hook melody, but we did have the phrase "I'm trying not to hurt nobody, but you're making me believe that I make it hard to breathe now." It was kind of chilling listening to that take because it sounds so raw in the recording and it makes you think about what the words really meant. After sitting on just a simple guitar demo for a few days, we started piecing together the words for the verse which gives the hook and title more clarity. In "Hard To Breathe," the narrator struggles with anxiety in an effort to please those around him. We want the message of the song to be empowering to the listener, and that you shouldn't try to please others if you can't even please yourself. Those that love you will always be understanding and we should remind ourselves we are only human. We cannot please everyone, and that's OK. The song coincidentally came out the week after Mental Health Awareness Week which was so cool because it wasn't even planned to be that way. The initial reaction and messages we received was the strongest we have had on a release (with already hundreds of thousands of streams on multiple platforms). We want to help people through our music and hope songs like this can inspire others in a creative and emotional way!

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

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