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Day in Rock Report for 01/21/2019

Ozzy Grants Dying Wish Of Former Blizzard Of Ozz Bandmate

Ozzy Osbourne granted the dying wish of original Blizzard of Ozz solo band drummer Lee Kerslake, who revealed late last year that he had a short time to live.

Kerslake broke the news during a discussion with The Metal Voice, where he shared that he had prostate cancer that spread and he is now battling bone cancer and the doctors gave him eight months to live.

Lee also explained that he reached out to Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne with a last request and that they had settled their previous differences over royalties and songwriting credits. He said, "It's all forgotten and forgiven. I've written to Sharon and Ozzy recently, a personal letter basically asking them to kindly send me platinum album certifications for Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, to hang on my wall before I die. It's on my bucket list.

"I hope they will come to terms with it and say yes. I went belly-up bankrupt when I lost the case to Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne in the courts. It costs me hundreds of thousands and I had to sell the house, and then started to get ill. ... But a platinum certification on my wall for these albums would be fantastic. ... It would say I helped create those albums."

Ozzy and Sharon have now granted that wish with Ozzy sharing a social media post showing Lee with the platinum discs and handwritten letter from Ozzy. Osbourne wrote, "I'm so glad that Lee Kerslake is enjoying his Blizzard and Diary platinum albums. I hope you feel better. Love, Ozzy"

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Soundgarden's Full Set From Chris Cornell Tribute Concert Goes Online

(hennemusic) Soundgarden reunited last week for the all-star "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell" concert at The Forum in Los Angeles, and video of the band's full performance from the show is streaming online.

The group delivered an 8-song set of classic hits and deep cuts (see list below), with guest appearances by Taylor Momsen, Marcus Durant, Tom Morello, Wayner Kramer, Pearl Jams' Stone Gossard, Talyor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters and Buzz Osbourne of The Melvins before the night's finale of "Black Hole Sun" with vocalist Brandi Carlisle and Peter Frampton.

The evening closed with a lengthy feedback session by guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Ben Shepherd. 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.

The Cornell tribute featured performances by Temple Of The Dog, Audioslave, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams and The Melvins, with a number of guests including Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Ziggy Marley and Chris Stapleton, among others.

"It's not likely that we could ever do Soundgarden without a missing piece," Thayil tells Billboard. "I'd like to do more with Matt in the future. I'd like to do something with Ben in the future. It's likely Matt and Ben and I will do something in the future -- it just probably won't be Soundgarden. I don't see the dignity in pursuing that course." Watch the video here.

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Rival Sons Streaming Brand New Song

Long Beach, Ca heavy rockers Rival Sons will be releasing their major label debut "Feral Roots" this Friday, January 25th, via Low Country Sound / Atlantic Records and have shared a new track to prime fans.

The new song is called "Look Away" and can be streamed here. The song is also being used in PBR's (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash the Beast series, airing on CBS and CBS Sports Network.

Frontman Jay Buchanan said of the new album, "The primal intensity of Feral Roots reflects a certain unrest at the heart of the album. With its nuanced explorations of both the wild and domestic struggles of love and truth, Feral Roots ultimately argues for pushing beyond pure survival instincts and striving for something more exalted: to reclaim a long diluted genre through a galvanizing return to form."

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Greta Van Fleet Rock Saturday Night Live Debut

(hennemusic) Greta Van Fleet rocked their debut on Saturday Night Live on January 19th, and video from the NBC-TV late night program is streaming online.

Hosted by actress Rachel Brosnahan, the Michigan outfit performed their Grammy-nominated track, "Black Smoke Rising", and returned later in the show for the acoustic-based "You're The One."

The rising band also earned a mention on the program's Weekend Update segment, with Colin Jost saying, "Sunday night will bring a 'super blood wolf moon,' which is a rare lunar eclipse and not, as I had assumed, the name of the band that just performed on our show."

The title track from their 2017 debut EP, "Black Smoke Rising" (which also appeared on a second EP, "From The Fires"), will compete for "Best Rock Song" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 10; it's one of four nominations for the group, who are also among the finalists for Best New Artist, Best Rock Album ("From The Fires") and Best Rock Performance ("Highway Tune").

Fresh off a series of US dates, Greta Van Fleet will next perform three shows in Japan this week before kicking off a tour of Australia and New Zealand. Watch the SNL performance here.

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Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley Lead Country Megaticket

(Live Nation) Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett and Chris Young lead the list of artists included in Live Nation's 2019 Country Megaticket. We were sent the following details:

The special season ticket gives country music fans the opportunity
to see some of today's biggest country acts at their local amphitheater with one special pass.

The first round of tickets for the in-demand offer will be available in select cities starting Friday, January 25 at 10am local time. Additional participating venues and their respective lineups will be announced in the coming weeks. Read more here.

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Steve Hackett Releases 'Beasts In Our Time' Video

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has released a music video for his brand single "Beasts In Our Time." The track comes from his forthcoming album "At The Edge Of Light."

The new studio effort is set to hit stores this Friday (January 25th) on CD, 2LP/CD, digitally, and Mediabook CD/DVD (including 5.1 surround sound mix and behind-the-scenes documentary.)

Hackett had this to say about the new song, "Beasts In Our Time is the main thrust of this album, exposing fear, greed and intolerance. The eagle in the video symbolises the hatred and violence which nationalism breeds... and the clown, deceptive, destructive forces which masquerade as fun and innocuous.

"We live in dangerous times where we stand on the edge of an abyss, but there is still the hope that the light of compassion can still win through." Watch the video here.

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Metal Supergroup Imonolith Premiere Debut Song

There is a new metal supergroup called Imonolith for fans to enjoy. The band has given the public their first taste of what is to come with the premiere of their debut single.

The new track is called "Hollow" and the video for the song can be streamed here. The band features Jon Howard (Threat Signal, Arkaea), drummer Ryan 'RVP' Van Poederooyen (Devin Townsend Project), guitarist Brian Waddell (Devin Townsend Project), bassist Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory), and second guitarist Kai Huppunen (Methods of Mayhem, Noise Therapy).

Van Poederooyen had this to say, "'Hollow' is a song about the personal battles we all can face internally. Social pressures and self expectation can drive you to a point of feeling hollow inside if you don't meet specific standards in your mind.

"The song itself actually has a positive message built into it. It's not about feeling hollow, it's more about preventing that hollow feeling that any one of us can develop through negative thinking and limited beliefs."

RVP also had this about what fans can expect in the future, "As for 'Hollow', musically it represents the catchier side of Imonolith's music. We have varying influences spread throughout the band and we don't like to play just one style of music. We have a more metal crushing side, a catchier radio side and then music that fits in-between our heavy and catchier vibes. We always aim to make IMONOLITH's overall sound diverse and interesting. Most of all, we're always focused on trying to write a great song, no matter if it's heavy or catchy."

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The Dandy Warhols Release 'Motor City Steel' Video

The Dandy Warhols have released a new video for their song "Motor City Steel." The track comes from the group's new album "Why You So Crazy", which is set to hit stores this Friday, January 25th.

Courtney Taylor-Taylor had this to say about the song, "'Motor City Steel' is a true story. I lived in a small SW Washington town from 2006-2014 ? and found this to be a fairly common occurrence.

"The guys generally get online to check out fishing gear, truck parts, and compound bows, etc., whereas more and more, the gals check out New York, Paris, Hollywood and the like. I changed the names for the song but when 'Rikki' finally did come back it was well over a year later. They are married now and have two kids." Watch the video here.

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Impellitteri Give Phantom Of The Opera A Rock Makeover

Guitar shredder Chris Impellitteri's Impellitteri has released a new music video for his hard rockin' makeover of the theatrical classic "Phantom Of The Opera", from their latest album "The Nature Of The Beast".

The new clip was directed by John Logsdon (Eric Clapton, Def Leppard) and edited by Patrick Dwyer. Check out an online stream of the music video here.

Chris Impellitteri had this to say, "It's great to have both the legendary actor Lon Chaney (the Phantom) and Mary Philbin (Christine) join our band for this song and video, they are amazing actors!"

He added, "On another amusing note, our singer Rob Rock wanted to kill us for making him wear the mask in the video... but in the end he manned up and put it on to celebrate the Phantom's story and theme, even though he knows the internet trolls are going to ridicule him... ha! Rock is such a fantastic singer to work with, a real team player!" here.

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Former Black Star Riders Guitarist Damon Johnson Previews New Song

(hennemusic) Former Black Star Riders guitarist Damon Johnson is streaming a preview of "Shivering Shivering", the lead single from his forthcoming album, "Memoirs Of An Uprising."

Due March 8, the self-produced project sees the rocker collaborating on his fourth solo album with longtime friend and songwriter Jim "Johnny Blade" Troglen, as the pair developed a group of songs laced with lyrical themes of betrayal, revenge and struggle.

When it is suggested that this could be a concept album, Johnson says: "As much as I'd prefer to steer clear of that label, there is no denying these 10 songs can be consumed in one listen and feel like a complete story.

"The first two songs we put together were 'Shivering Shivering' and 'Dallas Coulda Been A Beatdown'," adds the guitarist, "and I knew we were off to a great start."

After incredible runs with the bands he co-founded - Black Star Riders and 90's chart toppers Brother Cane - Johnson found himself in spring of 2018 in a surprising position: having just completed a coast to coast tour with BSR supporting Judas Priest, as well as select reunion performances with Thin Lizzy, he realized there were two things he couldn't stop thinking about; his family and his music.

"After that Priest tour," Johnson explains, "I was feeling anxious about some things: getting older, where my career would be in 10 years, how much time I was continually spending (mostly in foreign countries) away from my wife and our two youngest kids...plus I was sitting on a near completed solo album of the most honest music I've ever made. Ignoring some hard truths could not be a part of my deal anymore."

So Johnson made the decision to part ways with Black Star Riders at the end of 2018, finish his album, and start over...this time completely on his own name. Read more here.

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Tarah Who? Take On Heavy Topics with 'Numb Killer'

L.A. band Tarah Who? have a new music video for their tack "Numb Killer". The song comes from their forthcoming The EP, "64 Women", which is set to be released on February 22nd. will be available 2/22/19

Lead singer Tarah G. Carpenter explained the inspiration behind the track, "I wrote this song in the back seat of my friend's car. We had just heard about the news about the terrorist attacks at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester.

"While my friends kept on talking, I started wondering if the assailant had had any emotions or hesitations before going through with his actions." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Valentin Marx's Made Up

New York group Valentin Marx recently released their new single "Made Up" and to celebrate we asked guitarist and vocalist Andy Kissel to tell us about the inspiration for the track. Here is the story:

So Made Up was a song I had written about six months before I ever brought it to the band. I was just coming out of a relationship where I felt really out of touch, and the song was essentially my attempt to make sense out of a confusing situation. Social media, and all the various trappings of modern communication were really stressing me out. As soon as things with this person had really gained traction, she totally blew me off and essentially disappeared. I was amused to find out this is now called "ghosting" by the kids.

For whatever reason I really latched onto the concept and how it kinda encapsulated the whole situation, and the song was born. As much as I want to blame the failure of the relationship on technology and modern social constructs, the real issue was two people with very different worldviews and expectations. Months afterward, I ran into her at a coffee shop. She very casually offered me an apology for the situation, but also with a little twist that stuck with me: "I know it was a sh*tty thing to do, but my mind was made up so I just went with it."

My favorite part of this song is how it finally came together as a band project. I presented the finished tune to the band and we played through it a couple times. Brian stopped us about halfway through and said, "Hey, why don't we try it way faster." It totally changed the band's energy, and Travis' new bass line really pushed it over the top. So the Made Up that you hear now is at least twice as fast as how I had originally intended, and all the better for it.

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

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