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Day in Rock Report for 01/28/2019

Van Halen Frontman David Lee Roth's Eat Em' And Smile Band Reunite

Members of Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth's "Eat Em' And Smile" era solo band reunited on stage during this year's NAMM show this past Saturday.

The January 26th performance in Anaheim, Ca saw lead guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Gregg Bissonette reunite on stage for a short set.

Joined by Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo, Yngwie Malmsteen) on vocals, they performed the Talas song "Shy Boy" and Queen's "Tie Your Mother Down". Watch video footage here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Postpones Tour Dates Due To Illness

Ozzy Osbourne has postponed the first four dates of the UK leg of his No More Tours 2 trek due to illness, according to a social media post from Judas Priest.

The news comes days after Osbourne shared a photo showing his eye with burst blood vessel, where he said was caused by coughing too hard. The Judas Priest post explained that Ozzy is suffering from the flu.

They wrote, "It is with great regret we have to announce that the first four UK shows on the Ozzy Osbourne/Judas Priest tour have been postponed due to Ozzy having a very bad case of flu.

"Therefore Dublin, Nottingham, Manchester and Newcastle will be rescheduled at a later date - details to follow once finalized - we are very sorry that this has happened and to disappoint so many fans - we wish Ozzy well and look forward to the Glasgow, Birmingham and London shows together - and to the rescheduled ones in the future."

Postponed dates:
1/30 - 3Arena - Dublin, Ireland
2/1 - Motorpoint Arena - Nottingham, United Kingdom
2/3 - Arena - Manchester, United Kingdom
2/5 - Metro Radio Arena - Newcastle, United Kingdom

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Tool's New Album Coming This Spring Says Member

The 'Chinese Democracy' like wait for Tool's new album may be over this spring if comments made by drummer Danny Carey to a fan pan out.

Carey was caught on camera in an exchange with a fan at this year's NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants) and when asked when the new album should be out, Carey said, "Yeah, it should be out mid-April" and then added "That's the plan anyway." (see video of exchange here)

The drummer's comments follow a social media post from frontman Maynard James Keenan last month where he shared " "Update- Final vocals tracked MONTHS ago. Then U.S.-UK-Euro run w #APC. If Tool all inst are tracked, long process of Mixing now."

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Sammy Hagar & The Circle Stream New Song

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar & The Circle are streaming a lyric video for "Trust Fund Baby", the lead single from their forthcoming debut album, "Space Between."

"Play it on whatever system suits you and crank it up," says Hagar, "it rocks like the rest of the album!" Due May 10, the project marks the first full studio release by the band, which also features bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson.

In sync with the record's arrival, the group says they "will mount a large-scale tour of North America in support of the new album in the spring", with album and live schedule details to be announced.

Hagar & The Circle issued a live package, "At Your Service", in 2015; the set presented a collection of tracks by Hagar, Montrose, Led Zeppelin and Van Halen as captured during a 2014 tour. Listen to the new song here.

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Rami Malek Wins Screen Actors Guild Award for Bohemian Rhapsody

(hennemusic) Rami Malek was honored for his work as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody", at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on January 27.

Malek was named Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role at the event, ahead of fellow nominees Christian Bale (Vice), Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) and more.

"I thank Queen and Freddie Mercury," said Malek during his acceptance speech. "I get some power from him that is about stepping up and living your best life, being exactly who you want to be, and accomplishing everything you so desire. I feel that, and he allows us all to feel that. So this is, again, for him."

"Bohemian Rhapsody" was also a finalist in the Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture category, which was awarded to "Black Panther." Read more

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Late AC/DC Frontman Bon Scott Item Being Auctioned This Week

A letter written by late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott to his younger sister Valerie in 1978 while the band was on the Powerage tour is set to be auctioned later this week.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions announced that the three-page letter, which was written on Hilton stationery and discussed the band's live album and grueling tour schedule will be auctioned on January 31st and bidding will begin at $6000.

They shared the text of the letter. It reads, ''Hi Valerie, Well as you can see Bon's in Down Town Pitsburgh [sic] today. I've just come over from the west coast where I spent a couple of days in L.A. doing Midnight Special. I went to see Doug's new band the other night playing a place called La Cantino El Paso which is down Long Beach & boy he had me in stitches. He's playing really well & singing like a bird. Don't know if he told you but I rang him a few weeks ago to see if he would fill in for Phillip for a while as Phil had a bit of a nervous breakdown & had to spend a lot of time with a shrink. It was really bad but luckily he got over it quickly enough not to upset the band. We had to treat him with kid gloves for a bit but he's ok now. It's a pity, but I won't be down your way for at least two or three months. The rest of this stage of the tour is around Pensylvania [sic] & N.Y. state but being out of sight don't mean out of mind. I know I'm pretty slack when it comes to letters & phone calls but I'm always travelling or drunk or hungover or...or...today I'm shaking so much I can hardly write but I have been meaning to write you for weeks so today I'm doing it. I had to stop making phone calls when I got too much in the red with the money situation. I'm already about $130 into this weeks wages but about two weeks ago I owed the band about $70 on pay day & that's crazy. But being crazy is about the only way to keep my sanity if you know what I mean. We've worked so much since I saw you last that it's all one hell of a blur. Must have been across the country & up & down it a million times & I'm beggining [sic] to feel & look just a little haggard. I'd love to check myself in to a sanitarium for a month but after this tour it's straight to Europe & England for a month & then back here for the winter-end of the year so the next time you see me it might be in a geriatric ward. My hair looks like a busby but I'm just going to let it go on growing & be a hippy again for a while. I know I'm making it sound that life's hard at the moment but I'm not complaining cause there's always good times & we're selling lots of records & making people happy so it can't be all that bad. I'm going to go home to Mums at the end of the year & spend a month on the beach before tearing into it all again. Oh we finished our live album a few weeks ago in New York. I had to re-record about five concerts cause the vocals were not as good sound wise as the[y] had to be from all the michrophone [sic] spill from the guitars & things. I was allright (ahem) it sounds great & it'll look good hanging on the Xmas trees. I don't know when it'll be out but I'll try & get you a special copy. They might put some out in red vinyl although I prefer them in platinum myself. Gotta go baby. I just got the half hour call & I have to phone New York. I'd love to hear from you before I leave the States. Say hi to the family for me...& how was Mum...Tell her hello from The Bon. / Love you Valerie / Bon X.'' Find more details and photos here.

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Metallica Share Video From First Show Of 2019

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming video of the 2016 track, "Halo On Fire", from their first full live show of 2019. The January 18 stop at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK saw the band resume the latest North American leg of their WorldWired tour in support of "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" after a month-long break from the trek.

The concert featured much of the tour's standard set list, while also including the second performance - and tour debut - of the group's cover of the 1988 Soundgarden track, "Head Injury."

Two days earlier, Metallica delivered the song during their appearance at the "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell" concert at The Forum in Los Angeles.

Metallica will wrap up the North American dates in March, and begin a full summer series of European shows in Lisbon, Portugal on May 1st.Watch the video

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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Goes Behind The Scenes On New Signature Line

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin icon Jimmy Page is sharing a behind the scenes look at the creation of his 2019 series of signature 1959 Telecaster guitars in a newly-released video from equipment maker Fender.

For nearly eight months, Page worked closely with Master Builder Paul Waller at the Fender Custom Shop on the Mirrored and Dragon Telecaster models in an effort to assure every detail was accurately recreated throughout the process.

Page's iconic guitar was used to record 1969's "Led Zeppelin I" along with countless hit songs on world-renowned albums while he was a studio musician.

The rocker originally received the Telecaster in 1966 from Jeff Beck, who gifted it to Page for recommending him to The Yardbirds.

"The story of the instrument is the whole journey of it - from Jeff having it, to passing it on to me with such good spirit," says Page. "It's a lot of love in that gesture and the journey of it through the Yardbirds and how it was used on the first Led Zeppelin album ... the journey all the way through here today Now, it's been restored back to its true beauty and we've actually been able to sort of clone it."

In sync with Led Zeppelin's ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, Fender will release four signature Page guitars throughout 2019, including "Mirror" and "Dragon" models and two custom versions that feature personal touches that are dubbed the "Limited Edition Jimmy Page Telecaster Set."

Only 50 units of each Fender Custom Shop model will be made available with personal touches from Page himself, including a handwritten signature on the headstock and hand-painted flourishes on the guitar body's dragon artwork. Watch the video here.

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Steve Hackett To Play Full Classic Genesis Album On American Tour

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has announced that he will be playing the seminal 1973 Genesis album "Selling England By The Pound " in its entirety during the trek.

He had this to say, "I'm thrilled to be performing the whole of my favourite Genesis album, Selling England By The Pound, which caught the attention of John Lennon in 1973. I felt that I was now playing guitar in the world's best band, and everything was opening up for us...

"Also I look forward to playing all the favorite songs from Spectral Mornings, marking its anniversary, plus new album tasters, as well as additional Genesis gems in a terrific grand slam!" See the dates here.

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John Mayer Announce North American Summer Tour

John Mayer has announced that he will be launching a North American headline leg to his 2019 World Tour this summer in addition to his upcoming dates with Dead & Company.

The solo leg is scheduled to kick off on July 19th in Albany, NY at the Times Union Center and will wrap up on Sep 14th in Inglewood, CA (Los Angeles) at The Forum.

Mayer will be launching the 2019 World Tour in March in New Zealand and Australia, which will be followed by a leg through Asia that will run through April. See the North American dates here.

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Alice In Chains Announce New North American Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains have announced dates for spring tour of Canada and some new U.S. dates that they will be playing in support of their latest album "Rainier Fog."

"We are thrilled to be taking the Rainier Fog tour to Canada and more US cities this April," says the band. The three-week series - which will begin in Vancouver, BC on April 10 (see dats below) - also includes a handful of US Midwest shows in Minneapolis, MN, Milwaukee, WI and Peoria, IL.

Ahead of the North American run, Alice In Chains will open their 2019 schedule with performances in New Zealand and Australia in March. See the dates and the ticket details here.

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Singled Out: Last in Line's Landslide

Last in Line (featuring original Dio members) are releasing their sophomore album "II" next month and to celebrate we asked Phil Soussan to tell us about the lead single "Landslide". Here is the story:

There was a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the writing on this album considering that I was a new addition to the chemistry as a result of the sad passing of Jimmy Bain. We weren't sure how this change would affect the writing or even if we would be able to write together as successfully as previously. I have to say that the result exceeded all of our expectations, very much to all our relief!

Landslide was one of the first songs that we wrote for the LIL-II album, the first one being "Electrified". The way of working titles is funny; Vivian had been looking for a new house to move into in Los Angeles and each house he saw would have something wrong. Each day he would come in with a statement about his recent viewing and all of our working titles had reference to those house problems - Black Mold, Escrow, Arthur Roof - but this one was different, it was actually called Saxon. We had toured with the band of the same name recently and the feedback at the top of the song sounding like a "metal rock" type of sound. Vivian had that part, and from what I understand some of the verse parts, that he had been playing over and over. He started playing that and I started to play a very Billy Idol type "eights" bass line under the chords. We assembled the song section by section, jamming to find sections that led into each other, and I recorded the finished thing on a portable recorder, as I usually did, taking it back to my home studio to sweeten it up and make it sound a little more like a studio recording.

There were some stand out moments in the song - Vivian's feedback at the top that sets up the vibe, Vinny playing the tom rolls backwards in the re-intro, the half time chorus that Vinny came up with and the cool timing ideas that we brought into the mid section. As this record was very much a co-production between the band and the producer (Jeff Pilson), when in the studio we experimented greatly with sounds and effects and tried the idea of pulsing the feedback at different tempos, right and left, which resulted in a hypnotic intro that draws the listener in. At the end of the day what we have is a dynamite, powerful track played by my favorite format of a traditional 3 piece rock band, with very little in the way of overdubbing or smoke and mirrors for that matter. This is a characteristic of the sound of Last in Line.

Andrew Freeman set to putting his lyrics together for the melodies.

The concept for the lyrics over most of this album was really about the current environment that we find ourselves in these days, with the media, both social and political trying to railroad people into believing what they want us to believe; how to think, what is real or fake, how to vote, the secret agendas - in fact it often seems nothing more than certain persons trying to rile up the nation in anger for their own political power grab...

"Bury me in your clever words, head down, following the herd" ...the song starts.

None of us ever want to sound preachy for that reason, but it is important for people to do their own research, find out the truth and vote and believe in what they know to be true.
The manipulations of political people, who seem to vacillate between acting as friends and then spoiled brats is sometimes so pathetically obvious and superficial...

"You've come to break the mold, your story's all been told, but your heart lies in the darkness of your soul"

The song does have a positive message as a result of the warnings...

"Cross into the light, how can we fight with our hands tied? ...read between the lines!"

And finally...

"But tonight, I'm taking what is mine" !

The whole album does end with a light at the end of the tunnel, featuring a beautiful and positive final track, actually titled "The Light". It leaves you with a sense of well being and permanence. It is epitomized by the glimmer of that rising golden light shining out over the stark, cold, ancient stone monoliths illustrated on the LIL-II album cover.

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

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