Day in Rock Report for 12/11/2018
Ace Frehley Planning Summer Tour With Music Legend
Ace Frehley said in a new satellite radio interview that he is in talks to hit the road next summer for five weeks with shock rock legend Alice Cooper..
“I have two shows coming up in January on the West Coast,” the original KISS guitarist revealed. “We’re doing Seattle, Sacramento, and they might even add some shows and bring us all the way down to San Diego.
“And then I think I might be doing some tour dates with Alice Cooper in
the summer. My guys get along with their guys, and I’ve known Alice forever. So that’s always gonna be a lot of fun.
“I think they’re talking about July and August – it’ll be five weeks. So that can be a really special thing.”
Guns N’ Roses End Tour With Historic Show
(hennemusic) Guns N’ Roses closed out the Not In This Lifetime reunion tour with their first-ever concert in Hawaii on December 8. The band’s extended final show at Aloha Stadium lasted almost three-and-a-half hours, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The paper reports Axl Rose spoke very little and led the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to the son of late Hawaii surfer Andy Irons – Axel, reportedly named after Rose – who turned 8 Saturday and the Andy Irons Foundation was a charitable partner of the event.
Guns N’ Roses streamed a pair of songs from the show live via Facebook, including “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and a partial clip of the show-closer, “Paradise City.”
“Mahalo Hawaii!,” posted the band after the show. “Thank you for an unforgettable closing night.” Rose hinted at the group’s future during the encores, telling the crowd “I want to thank the band, that I’m sure hates me … We hope to keep this thing running, so we’ll see what happens next”
GNR manager Fernando Lebeis posted a picture of Rose walking backstage in a robe after the concert, alongside a caption that reads “The End…?”
The trio of Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan launched the Not In This Lifetime tour with a rare club show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 1, 2016; now ending its third year, the trek has been seen by over 5 million fans and is among the top five biggest-selling concert tours in music history with ticket sales of more than $500 million.
“I/we want to thank ALL of you GNR fans who were with us for any of 159 shows on the #NotinthisLifetimeTour!,” posted Slash. “It has been an amazing ride. And you guys made it amazing. So thank you from the bottom of my/our heart! Cheers!”
“Thank you Honolulu,” added McKagan on Twitter. “Dream come true to finally play here! Thank you WORLD for making this whole tour simply unbelievable! Really…” Watch video from the show and more
Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Shatters Streaming Record
(hennemusic) Queen’s 1975 classic, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, has been named the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time. The band’s label, Universal Music Group (UMG), announced that the original song and official video for “Bohemian Rhapsody” – from Queen’s 1975 album “A Night At The Opera” – has surpassed 1.6 billion streams globally across all major streaming services to also earn the title as the most-streamed song from the 20th century.
According to Billboard, the tune takes top spot amongst classic rockers ahead of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’Mine” and “November Rain”, and a-ha’s “Take On Me.”
“So the River of Rock Music has metamorphosed into streams!,” says guitarist Brian May. “Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!”
“Bohemian Rhapsody” topped the UK charts for nine weeks upon its original release, and the classic recently extended its profile as the title track to the UK group’s biopic of the same name and its companion soundtrack album. Read more and watch the video
Ozzy Osbourne Not Feeling Festive
Ozzy Osbourne is known under the monitor of that Prince Of Darkness and apparently that title also includes a little of Scrooge when it comes from Christmas.
In a video promoting this year’s special New Year’s Eve Ozzfest, Ozzy shared his thoughts about the holiday season. He said, “I’ve been saying to Sharon for ever, ‘F*** Christmas, I hate it.’ It’s for shopaholics and kids and so I’ve always wanted to work through Christmas.
“We’re doing a gig at The Forum on New Year’s Eve with Ozzfest, two stages, Zakk Sabbath, Rob Zombie, Ice-T’s doing it – a bunch of different people.
“It’s going to be the all-stars of Ozzfest. I want to give them a great show and I want to have fun. I’m bringing in the new year with a big bang!” Watch the clip
Metallica Release Live ‘Fight Fire With Fire’ Video
(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming official video of a performance the 1984 classic, “Fight Fire With Fire”, from a November 30 show at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT.
The tune was the opening track from the band’s second album, “Ride The Lightning”, which peaked at No. 48 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 6 million copies.
The Salt Lake City stop marked Metallica’s first show in the Utah capital in a decade, and the song’s first appearance in concert there in 20 years.
The event was also one of the final 2018 live dates by Metallica as they continue to tour in support of 2016’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.” Watch the video
Creedence Clearwater Revival New ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’ Video
(hennemusic) Creedence Clearwater Revival are continuing their 50th anniversary celebrations with the release of a new video for their classic 1970 hit, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?”
“Filmed in ‘Big Sky’ Montana, and featuring Jack Quaid, Erin Moriarty and Sasha Frolova,” says the band, “this project pays tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s enduring and timeless standard. This is a story about friendship, adventure and nostalgia.”
“I knew I wanted to tell a coming-of-age story,” says director Laurence Jacobs. “Something distinctly real that encapsulated identity Not teenage years, but specifically your early 20s when you’re still growing and trying to become someone.
“My writing partner [Luke Klompien] and I developed this story about three best friends hanging in Montana until one of them moves away. The whole experience was so meaningful. Our crew poured so much love into this thing, and we worked with wonderful Montanans who just opened their doors and wanted to be a part of the experience.”
Released as the lead single from the California band’s sixth album, “Pendulum”, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 while the project reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200.
Earlier this summer, CCR launched their 50th anniversary with the first-ever video for their iconic 1969 hit, “Fortunate Son.” Watch the new video
All Else Fails Release ‘ A Dream Of Names’ Video
All Else Fails have released a new music video for their single “A Dream Of Names”. The song is the first track from their forthcoming studio album.
The new album, entitled ‘The False Sanctuary’, is set for release on December 12th on Bandcamp (pay what you want), along with stream and download on Spotify, iTunes and online retailers. Watch the video here
Barrett Klesko had this to say, “In a lot of ways this album is at a state of the union address. It’s been 2 years since the release of The Forever Lie, and already the themes of financial corruption, abuse of religious power, and political scandal seem tame. I wrote this one half with a sarcastic smirk, half with an crippling sense that we are well past the point of return.”
Within Temptation Announce North American Tour
Within Temptation have announced that they will be returning to the road early next year for a North American tour that will also feature In Flames and Smash Into Pieces.
The U.S. and Canada tour kicks off February 28 in Baltimore and runs through March 19 in Los Angeles. The trek also makes several stops in Canada.
The band will now release its new album Resist on February 1 via Spinefarm in the U.S. “With this record, we’ve taken inspiration from modern music and gave it a face – a very dark one,” said singer Sharon den Adel. “Sometimes, it feels that today’s pop music lacks a rebellious edge. Our main goal was to collect pieces from sounds we did like and roughen it up as much as we could, resulting in a surprisingly new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before. Resist is our take on metal in a new way: to give modern music its rebellious edge.” See the dates
The Darkness Stream Live Version Of ‘Christmas Time’
(hennemusic) The Darkness are streaming audio of “Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End)”, a seasonal tune featured on their 2018 release, “Live At Hammersmith.”
The project captures the group in a December 2017 concert at London’s Eventim Hammersmith Apollo. “As Santa prepares to empty his sack into our collective Christmas chimney, and young faces smeared with festive brandy butter gaze up expectantly, every day is a fun-filled festive frolic of presents and pies,” says frontman Justin Hawkins. “Much as you will enjoy your turkey leftovers on Boxing Day, we are serving up Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) again, this time in a tasty live sauce Hooray, eh? A rocking good Christmas to one and all!”
The Darkness will perform the song on the UK Christmas Day TV special, The Great British Bake Off; the show will see four bakers compete before a judging panel of Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig. Check out the song
System Of A Down, Tool Lead Chicago Open Air Lineup
System Of A Down, Tool, The Prodigy and Ghost have been tapped as the headliners to next year’s Chicago Open Air, which will be taking place next spring.
The two night event is scheduled for May 18th and 19th at SeatGeek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park) in Bridgeview, IL, which is just outside Chicago.
Saturday’s lineup will feature. System Of A Down, Ghost, Meshuggah, Beartooth, Code Orange, Knocked Loose, and Vein. Sunday will include
Tool, The Prodigy, Gojira, In This Moment, Fever 333, The Black Dahlia Murder and Alien Weaponry
On Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, Chicago Open Air Presents a massive stadium show with headlining sets from chart-topping acts including , plus more appearances from today’s biggest hard rock and metal artists. The event is co-produced by Live Nation and will take place at SeatGeek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park) in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago.
Tickets for Chicago Open Air Presents go on sale Friday, December 14 at Noon CT at www.ChicagoOpenAir.com.
In This Moment Maria Brink had this to say,, “I can’t even begin to express how excited we are to be playing Chicago Open Air Presents. We had such a blast last time! Tool, The Prodigy and System Of A Down, that’s insane and such a powerful lineup.
“We feel blessed to be a part of it all. These are some of our all time favorite bands, I can’t wait to see you all there with In This Moment.”
Lenny Kravitz To Rock Late Night TV
(hennemusic) Lenny Kravitz is among the guests set to appear on the Wednesday, December 12 episode of NBC-TV’s Late Night With Seth Meyers.
The rocker will be on hand to discuss his latest album, “Raise Vibration”, which debuted at No. 43 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release this fall.
Produced and recorded by Kravitz at his Bahamas studio, the project’s latest single is “Johnny Cash”, which was inspired by a rare and unusual encounter with the country music icon.
After returning to Los Angeles in late 1995 to be by his mother’s bedside in hospital as she battled breast cancer, Kravitz was staying at producer Rick Rubin’s house when he received word that she had passed away and, moments later, he ran into fellow house guests Johnny and his wife June.
“I was a bit fazed and out of it,” explains Kravitz, “and the two of them just came up to me and surrounded me and held me. The two of them. We weren’t lifelong friends. I didn’t know them that long We were flatmates. But they decided at that moment (to) treat me like they would treat someone in their family. It was a beautiful moment of humanity and love.” Read more
Singled Out: Tia McGraff’s One Tin Soldier
Tia McGraff recently released her new album “Stubborn In My Blood” and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the single “One Tin Soldier”. Here is the story:
One Tin Soldier was written by Canadian songwriters, Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter perhaps best known for the 1970’s movie, Ode To Billy Jack.
I learned the song when I was in school choir and always
loved the message. When I was writing and recording for my new album, Stubborn In My Blood, my husband/producer, Tommy Parham suggested we revisit the song and create our own arrangement. We loved what we came up with and decided to include the track on the album.
When the opportunity came up to feature the song in a lyric video we decided to release it in time for Nov. 11 and the commemoration of the end of WW1. In fact, we performed OTS live at a concert in the UK in Sept. where they honored the Canadian soldiers who fought alongside the British in WW1 and we planted a maple tree in honor of them. It was so moving that people in the audience were crying!
The song’s message of greed vs peace is so needed in today’s political and social climate. I only hope that recording and releasing this song will reach beyond boundaries and make a difference.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album