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Day in Rock Report for 01/22/2019

Static-X Announces Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary Tour

The surviving members of Static-X have announced that they will be launching the Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary Tour this summer to pay tribute to late frontman Wayne Static.

The band (Tony Campos, Ken Jay and Koichi Fukuda) will be playing a majority of the album during the tour, which they will be coheadlining with DevilDriver, with Dope supporting.

The band announced, "In celebration of this announcement, we would like to share this tour promo teaser, containing a brand new audio / video clip of us performing 'Push It'." Watch it here.

Campos had this to say, "Our intention is to pay ultimate respect to Wayne and to celebrate the music that has been in all of our hearts for more than 20 years. It's all about channeling the vibe from 1999 to the best of our ability and playing those classic Static-X songs live and loud with the fans." Read more here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Goes Soft For Bat-Batting Incident Anniversary

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne has released a new plush toy to mark the 37th anniversary of his infamous bat-biting incident during a concert in Des Moines, IA.

During a January 20, 1982 show at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the US Midwest city while on tour in support of his second album, "Diary Of A Madman", a fan threw a bat on stage and the singer famously bit the animal's head off.

The rocker detailed his version of the event in his 2010 memoir, "I Am Ozzy." "...from out of the audience came this bat," he wrote. "Obviously a toy, I thought. So I held it up the lights and bared my teeth while (guitarist) Randy (Rhoads) played one of his solos. The crowd went mental. Then I did what I always did when we got a rubber toy on stage. CHOMP.

"Immediately, though, something felt wrong. Very wrong. For a start, my mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid, with the worst aftertaste you could ever imagine. I could feel it staining my teeth and running down my chin. Then the head in my mouth twitched. Oh f**k me, I thought. I didn't just go and eat a f***king bat, did I?

"So I spat out the head," he continued, "looked over into the wings, and saw Sharon with her eyes bulging, waving her hands, screaming, "NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! IT'S REAL, OZZY, IT'S REAL!"

Ozzy was taken to as local hospital after the show and given a rabies shot, just the first of many to come.

"Every night for the rest of the tour I had to find a doctor and get more rabies shots," he added. "One in each arse cheek, one in each thigh, one in each arm."

"Today marks the 37th Anniversary since I bit a head off a f**king bat," tweeted Ozzy on Sunday. "Celebrate with this commemorative plush with detachable head."

The 12" tall Ozzy Osbourne Plush Bat - with a velcro detachable head - is a web exclusive and available at the rocker's online store. Check out the promo clip here.

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Rex Brown Leaves Kill Devil Hill

Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown revealed in a new interview that he has left the metal supergroup Kill Devil Hill to focus on his solo music career.

Rex spoke with Loudwire about his current activities and broke the new during the interview. He said, "I've just been going from one thing to the other to the other since I've been 17 with some breaks in between, but man I had to get off that road.

"With Kill Devil Hill, the guys are starting to gig again and with them, it's very amicable. They are some of my best friends in the world. I just felt like I was keeping a damper on them so might as well take care of this thing now. It's a very amicable split and everybody's happy with the whole deal. It probably should have happened a year ago, but you never know. You've just got to keep things open. But I'm doing my thing and they're doing theirs and it's all cool.

"I've got more music in me and a lot of these songs just don't fit what I was doing before. I was always that Zeppelin dude in the f***in' background with a joint in his mouth, and I loved playing metal. Then Pantera happened and we had a very heavy cross to carry for a long time. So I've continued working, but I'm just a lot happier now." Read more about the split and find out what he plans next here.

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The Dave Matthews Band Announce North American Summer Tour

The Dave Matthews Band shared the exciting news this morning (January 22nd) that they will be returning to the road this summer for a North American tour.

The band will be kicking thing off on April 30th in Pensacola, FL at the Pensacola Bay Center and wrapping up the trek with an appearance at this year's Sea.Hear.Now Festival in Asbury Park, NJ on September 22nd.

General public tickets will be going on sale on Friday, February 22 at 10am local time. Pre sale tickets for the DMB Warehouse Fan Association will begin Thursday, January 24, 10am ET and an additional pre-sale for Citi card members is set for February 19 at 10am ET through February 21 at 10pm ET. See the dates

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Pearl Jam Making Progress On New Studio Album

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament are sharing an update on the band's next album following the pair's appearance alongside drummer Matt Cameron as Temple Of The Dog at last week's Chris Cornell tribute concert in Los Angeles.

The Seattle outfit offered the first preview of the follow-up to 2013's "Lightning Bolt" last spring with the release of the stand-alone single, "Can't Deny Me", in sync with their 2018 tour.

"Yeah, that was fun," Gossard tells Rolling Stone. "I'm glad we got to do that. That was a little bit of a star from one of the ones that we had recorded, so we're hoping to get some more of that going.

"We're going to make a record, and we're in the middle of it. We're just going to keep plugging away until we get one done."

While it's been six years since their last album, Pearl Jam have been chipping away at new material when time permits. "We've gone in, probably, four or five times in the last couple of years, so we have a whole ton of unfinished stuff," says Ament. "We're just sort of in a little bit of limbo. I'm sure everybody's got a bunch more riffs, and I'm sure Ed's got a handful of journal lyrics. It's just going to take us all getting into a room together for six weeks and just knocking something out."

"It'd be fun to record or even just write a song together," adds the bassist. "I think when Chris passed, that's really been a tough one to wrap our heads around, and then there's just life stuff."

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Temple Of The Dog's Full Set From Chris Cornell Tribute Concert Goes Online

(hennemusic) Members of the Pearl Jam-Soundgarden offshoot Temple Of The Dog 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.

Conceived by Cornell as a tribute to his late friend, singer Andrew Wood, the core lineup included Wood's former Mother Love Bone bandmates Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament alongside Mike McCready and Matt Cameron.

The band recorded their self-titled debut album in 15 days, with Eddie Vedder adding background vocals in the formative period of Pearl Jam, including a duet of the project's lead single, "Hunger Strike."

The Cornell tribute event brought together most of the TOTD lineup - with McCready and Vedder notably absent - to perform with a rotating list of additional players and vocalists (see list below), including Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlisle, Nikki Costa and Miley Cyrus, who Rolling Stone called "the night's true showstopper" for bringing the crowd to its feet when she delivered the 1991 project's second single, "Say Hello 2 Heaven."

Hosted by ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel, the event saw the first performance by the three surviving members of Soundgarden following Cornell's passing in May of 2017 at the age of 52. Watch video clips of the set here.

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KISS Announce KISS Kruise 9

(hennemusic) KISS have announced the ninth edition of the annual KISS Kruise. The 2019 run will set sail aboard the Norwegian Pearl from Miami, FL to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas and Falmouth, Jamaica from October 30 - November 4.

The event will see KISS continue the tradition of the Stardust Theater shows, activities with each member of the band, autograph sessions with artists from the lineup, and much more.

Last year's cruise featured appearances by Ace Frehley, Vintage Trouble and The Dead Daisies, among others; participating artists for KISS Kruise 9 will be announced at a later date. Read more here.

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Garth Brooks Reveals Fun Detail For Forthcoming Album

Country music megastar Garth Brooks made some news during his weekly Facebook Inside Studio G livecast last night (Jan 21) about his forthcoming studio album.

During the session (watch it here), Brooks revealed that he will be entitling the new album "Fun". He explained, "The title of the album was sparked because making it has been such a fun process to go through.

"Being able to go in and out of the studio while being on the tour, working with the same guys, it's been amazing. The album will be available this spring and I want the fans to just have fun with this, because that's what this has been."

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Blink-182 and The Used Lead Back To The Beach Lineup

Blink-182 and The Used have been tapped as the headlining acts for the 2nd annual Back To The Beach Festival at the Huntington State Beach this spring.

The event will be produced by KROQ, Travis Barker and John Feldmann and is set to take place on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 at the Orange County, Ca beach.

John "Feldy" Feldmann of Goldfinger, co-producer of Back To The Beach, had this to say, "Back To The Beach has been one of the funnest things I've ever been part of. What could be better than a mostly ska festival?? I grew up on ska music and I had the best time of my life last year at the show... This year may even be better! Travis and I are so excited to do the show yet again... I cannot wait!"

Saturday, April 27: blink-182, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, The Aquabats, Save Ferris, The English Beat, and The Drowns

Sunday, April 28: The Used, The Story So Far, Anthony Green, The Wonder Years, Less Than Jake, Story Of The Year, Teenage Wrist, and Lowlives

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Halestorm Announce North American Tour

Halestorm have announced that they will be returning to the road this spring to launch a month-long North American tour that will feature support from Palaye Royale and Beasto Blanco.

The trek will be kicking off on April 12 with an appearance at Ladson, SC's 98 Rockfest and concluding in Mid-May at Columbus, OH's Sonic Temple Fest.

The new run of dates will follow the band's international live plans this March which include appearances at this year's Download Festival in Australia and Japan.

Tickets for the North American tour are set to go on-sale this Friday, January 25th, at 10 AM local time. See the dates here.

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Brant Bjork Announces New Album 'Jacoozzi'

Desert rock icon Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Fu Manchu) has announced that the will be releasing a new studio album called "Jacoozzi" on April 5th. We were sent the following background details:

Joshua Tree, California, 2010: Brant Bjork has just started to record another solo record. About 4 days into the sessions, the desert rock king decided to abandon the 8 songs he was working on, and told his long time friend and engineer, Tony Mason, to start rolling tape and Brant proceeded to play drums in his natural improv style. After multiple drum track performances were recorded, Brant started layering guitars, bass and percussion in the same improvisational spirit. The former Fu-Manchu and Kyuss-legend essentially decided to "jam" by himself and for the rest of his scheduled sessions.

When the recording session had come to an end, Brant put the 8 unfinished tracks on the shelf as well as his "solo jam session" tracks. "I was much more content with the "jam" tracks as it was a creative release that was needed at that time." he says. "I decided to call the collective tracks, Jacoozzi. At the time, it reminded me of the feeling of my first solo recording sessions for my first solo release, Jalamanta....only more 'free'." Read more here.

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Brothers Osborne To Rock Late Night TV

Brothers Osborne have announced that they will be performing their latest single on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight, January 22 (11:35/10:35c) on NBC.

The appearance will be the group's first time on the late night television show and they are set to rock their current single "I Don't Remember Me (Before You)".

The song was cowritten by the band along with Shane McAnally and Matt Dragstrem and comes from their sophomore album, "Port Saint Joe," which was released last April.

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