Day in Rock Report for 01/23/2019
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley said in an interview that he is prepared to put his upcoming solo tour dates on hold if he gets a call to replace the band's current guitarist Tommy Thayer on this farewell tour.
Ace appeared on a SiriusXM show (listen here) late last year and had this to say about his former band's End Of The Road tour, "There's always a chance I might get that emergency phone call. "But pretty much I think it's built into my… I told my agent to build into my contract, in the event I do get an emergency phone call and KISS wants me to join the tour and take over for Tommy, that I can get out of the dates that I have booked for the summer.
"So we'll see what happens. You know me - I'm the kind of guy that says 'never say never.' But at this juncture, I have no plans on performing on the upcoming KISS tour, and I haven't gotten any phone calls or had any correspondence. So that's where it stands at this juncture."
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(hennemusic) Jimmy Page has announced details of a limited-edition Sundragon guitar amplifier in sync with this month's 50th anniversary of the release of "Led Zeppelin I."
The gear is billed as "a faithful recreation of the amp that Jimmy used exclusively to create the groundbreaking sounds on 'Led Zeppelin I' and other notable recordings" from his days as an in-demand studio musician, including his work on Joe Cocker's classic album debut, "With A Little Help From My Friends."
Produced by Page, "Led Zeppelin I" was recorded over 36 hours in the studio and was released on January 12, 1969 - reaching No. 6 in the band's native UK and No. 10 on the Billboard 200 while going on to sell more than 8 million copies in the US alone and launching one of the most legendary catalogs in rock history.
Page's original amp started out life as a Supro Coronado; after falling out of the back of the band's van during an early pre-Zeppelin tour, the amp was restored and modified in significant ways that made the rocker realize that the sonic palette of the gear had changed to something new and unique.
After being shrouded in mystery for more than 50 years, Page has decided to share this extraordinary amplifier with the world in a 2019 limited-edition series.
The guitar icon worked closely with Mitch Colby and Perry Margouleff to recreate this legendary amp for the first time.
"I had been impressed with the forensic analysis both Mitch and Perry had put into the research of the sonic reproduction of the original Supro amp to arrive at the Sundragon", says Page. Read more here.
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(hennemusic) Queen's biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody", has been nominated for five Oscars - including Best Picture - at next month's 91st Academy Awards, which will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the ABC-TV network..
Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film - which follows Queen from their creation in 1970 through to their legendary 1985 Live Aid appearance - is a finalist for Best Picture, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Film Editing, and Best Actor for Rami Malek's portrayal of Freddie Mercury.
The film will compete for Best Picture against "Black Panther", "BlacKkKlansman", "The Favourite", "Green Book", "Roma", "A Star Is Born" and "Vice."
Malek was nominated for Best Actor alongside Christian Bale ("Vice"), Bradley Cooper ("A Star Is Born"), Willem Dafoe ("At Eternity's Gate") and Viggo Mortensen ("Green Book").
"Thank you to the Academy for recognizing the work of so many from the cast and crew who made all of this possible," tweeted Malek. "I have absolutely treasured playing Freddie Mercury and I am so profoundly humbled and thrilled to honor him this way." here.
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(hennemusic) A pair of members from the Rage Against The Machine-Soundgarden offshoot Audioslave 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 their full performance at the event is available online.
Following the breakup of Soundgarden in 1997, Cornell released his solo debut, "Euphoria Morning", two years later; the rocker was working on material for a second record when he teamed up with guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk in 2001, a few months after singer Zack de la Rocha left Rage without a frontman.
The supergroup scored US Top 10 and triple-platinum with the 2002 release of their self-titled debut while hitting the concert trail, and would issue two more albums - 2005's "Out Of Exile" and 2006's "Revelations" - before Cornell quit the project and released his second solo set, "Carry On", the following year as Rage reunited with de la Rocha.
The Cornell tribute saw Morello and Wilk deliver a five-song set (see list below) with a rotating lineup of players and singers, including Perry Farrell and Chris Chaney of Jane's Addiction, Dave Grohl, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Metallica's Robert Trujillo Juliette Lewis, Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, Sam Harris of X Ambassadors and Brandi Carlile. here.
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Gin Blossoms have released a music video for their song "Mega Pawn King". The track comes from the group's latest studio album "Mixed Reality."
Robin Wilson (lead vocals & guitar) had this to say about the visual, "It was filmed on location in three U.S. National Parks--Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks, while participating in a charity event, Rock The Canyons 2018 with the Love Hope Strength Foundation, a charity that supports people battling cancer. I have been a supporter of LHS since 2009, and with LHS have been twice to the summit of Kilimanjaro and to Everest base camp."
Robin added, "I felt lyrics like 'There are places that are fine without me around' lent themselves perfectly to the scenery. On the outro, Bill originally had me singing NA NA NA NA, but I told him that I felt it was boring and lazy to sing NA NA's and FA LA LA'S. I suggested we write some lyrics together for the outro, and Bill said something to the effect of "I got this." Watch it here.
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Trace Adkins is gearing up for a busy time on the road this year with his newly announced Don't Stop Tour as well as dates on Blake Shelton on his Friends & Heroes Tour.
The country music star had this to say, "I'm excited to get back on the road. I am loading up the buses and bringing my band, a new set and new music to my Don't Stop Tour 2019 and I'm looking forward to seeing the fans again this year and feeling the energy they bring to each and every show."
The tour will launch with a stand alone date on February 9th in San Antonio, TX before Trace joins Shelton's tour. The main part of the tour is set to kick off on April 4th at the Bologna Performing Arts Center in Cleveland, MS. See the dates here.
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Organizers of the Sea.Hear.Now Festival have announced headliners for the second annual event which is set to feature over 25 acts on three stages.
The 2019 installment will be taking place at North Beach Asbury Park and Bradley Park on September 21st and 22nd with the full lineup still to be revealed.
So far organizers have disclosed that The Dave Matthews Band and The Lumineers will be headlining and tickets went on sale this morning, Wednesday (Jan 23rd) here.
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Aborted have announced that they will be launching their Hell Over North America headline tour this spring with support from Cryptopsy, Benighted, and Hideous Divinity.
frontman Sven De Caluwe had this to say,, "Once again we return to North America, this time to spread the devastation of Terrorvision on our first official Hell over North America headline run. We are super stoked to see many familiar faces again on the road on this ambulant blast beat party, so make sure to not miss out, the line-up has most of the Hell over Europe bands and was an absolute blast and makes an evening death metal fans shouldn't miss out on.
"We couldn't be more stoked to go out again with our good friends in Cryptopsy and Benighted, as well as watch Stefano die from playing twice a night as we have Hideous Divinity who are also embarking on this run. Two European bands which have never played on American soil, don't miss out, get your tickets and have a good time with all of us!" See the dates here.
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The Strokes, Twenty One Pilots, Martin Garrix, and Orelsan have been announced as the headliners for this year's installment of Lollapalooza Paris.
The third Lollapalooza Paris is scheduled to take place on July 20th and 21st at at Hippodrome De Longchamp and will feature over 40 acts on four stages.
The lineup will also include Bad Bunny, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The 1975, Eric Prydz, Jain, Tash Sultana, MØ, Jaden Smith, and more with tickets going on sale available tomorrow, January 24, at 10am local time via www.LollaParis.com.
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UK rockers You Me At Six are gearing up to invade North America next month for their Back Again headlining tour and to celebrate we asked guitarist Max Helyer to tell us about their hit single "Back Again" from their "VI" album. Here is the story:
"Back Again" is a song that was created very quickly. It took one day to basically write the music and then vocals took another day before the identity of the song was created. Musically it was coming from a place of feeling good and getting yourself hyped up for the weekend, but lyrically it's coming from a place of re-building yourself again after having a difficult time in life - whatever that could be. Here's the "Back Again" video ( stream it here).
We wrote this song with former Athlete frontman Joel Pott, who has also worked with London Grammar and Giorgio Moroder. Working with Joel on "Back Again" lead us to write two more songs together: "3AM" and "Pray For Me" for our new album VI. We named our current world tour Back Again after the song because it's one of the leading singles from the record and we felt like it was very fitting tour name, as it's been a while since You Me At Six has played some of the cities we are hitting on the tour.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album the track comes from "VI" and see the upcoming dates right here!
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