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Real Rock News ‘Leftovers’ - Week of November 13, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Led Zeppelin has a hit as "Immigrant Song" is number-one on Billboard's Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart thanks to its inclusion in the new Marvel superhero film, Thor: Ragnarok. The song saw a 977% increase in sales with 18,000 downloads sold in the week ending November 9th, which is up from 2,000 the previous week. The biggest one-week sales number for the song was 14,000 when it was first released digitally in 2007. "Immigrant Song" is also number-three on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart; 27 on the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart; and four on the Hot Rock Songs chart. The song also helped propel the band's 2007 greatest hits collection, Mothership, from number 166 to 80 on the Billboard 200. And it went from number-11 to two on the Hard Rock Albums chart.

Dave Grohl joined Guns N’ Roses on Tuesday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma to sing “Paradise City” with Axl Rose.


The new Al Pacino movie Hangman features Geordie, the band Brian Johnson sang in before AC/DC, doing “House of the Rising Sun.”

Dave Grohl, U2, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen and Sting are among the rock icons who’ll appear on Grammys Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special. The show airs a week from Friday (November 24th) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Photos taken by The Edge during U2’s 1986 visit to the California deserts during the making of the Joshua Tree album will be on display at the Arcane Space in Venice, California from November 22nd through December 17th. All profits from the sale of the photos will benefit GO Campaign and its local grassroots projects helping vulnerable youth in Los Angeles.

Former Small Faces, Faces and Who drummer Kenney Jones broke his left thumb in a car door.

Paul McCartney's newest song, "Songbird In A Cage," as recorded by actress/singer singer Charlotte Gainsbourg has made its way online. The track, which McCartney gifted to Gainsbourg over two years ago, will be featured on her latest album, Rest, which drops tomorrow (November 17th). Charlotte Gainsbourg is the daughter of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and British actress Jane Birkin -- whom Beatles fans will remember was the leading lady in 1968's Wonderwall, for which George Harrison provided the soundtrack.

Operation: Mindcrime, the group led by ex-Queensrÿche singer Geoff Tate, has posted a lyric video for "Under Control" from the upcoming album, A New Reality.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

With Black Sabbath calling an end to their touring career earlier this year, and Ozzy Osbourne resuming his solo career, guitarist Tony Iommi has yet to say what's next for him -- but bassist Geezer Butler is happy for the time off. Butler tells Billboard, "I felt relief that it was all over, that it was done with...and quite sad in a way to think that we'd never do it again... I'm not in a hurry to do anything. I'm traveling a lot, seeing the places (the band) only stayed for one night and going back and spending some time there. We've recently moved house this year and I'm going to be building my home studio, but it's taken me ages. Next year I'll see if I can get back into music.” The film of the final show of Sabbath's farewell tour, dubbed The End, will be out Friday on DVD and Blu-ray.

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and his guitar-playing girlfriend Orianthi, Heart's Nancy Wilson, Dave Navarro, the legendary Sam Moore, Robert Randolph and others will all come together for a benefit at the end of the month. They've signed on to perform at Guitar Legends for Heroes, a benefit for the military, veterans and first responders on November 29th at Terminal 5 in New York City. It will be captured for broadcast on Tribune and Sinclair TV stations on December 23rd.

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has taken to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's website to encourage fans to keep voting online for the nominees for induction next year. Priest are currently fifth in the fan voting with just shy of 300,000 votes. Ahead of them, in order, are, Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits and The Cars. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on December 5th. To place your vote go to The Top 5 artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. You'll need to login with a Facebook account or E-mail to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day. The 2018 inductees -- the five to seven acts chosen -- will be announced in December, with the 33rd annual induction ceremony set for April 14th at Public Auditorium in Cleveland. HBO will once again air the ceremony, with details to be announced later.

Foo Fighters continue to bolster their already extensive 2018 Concrete and Gold Tour itinerary. They'll do six more shows in September on the West Coast and in western Canada.

Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson’s Rock Your Speech Concert on December 2nd at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles has been postponed until next year. It was due to feature Cheap Trick, The Dandy Warhols, Johnette Napolitano from Concrete Blonde and others.

Nickelback's Feed the Machine Tour performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado airs tonight (Wednesday) at 10 p.m. ET as part of AXS TV's Concert Series.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Despite announcing a final world tour, Ozzy Osbourne has no plans to retire. He tells Us Weekly he's not going anywhere "until they put me in a pine box. I don’t think I’ll ever retire completely. I’ll still do shows here and there, just no full tours.” The tour starts in Mexico in May and then heads to South America and Europe. He'll hit the U.S. in the summer. This tour is likely to run into 2020.

Metallica have posted their entire set from Thursday's Band Together Bay Area benefit on YouTube. The band simply asks that if you watch the 70-minute performance you donate to the Tipping Point relief fund to help fire victims in Northern California.

Neil Young says his Archives website will be open for business on December 1st, the same day his new album The Visitor is released. Young writes on Facebook, "My archive will open on that same day, a place you can visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow. It’s the way it’s supposed to be. In the beginning, everything is free.” Young also teased what seems to be some sort of streaming event for that day. "The Visitor will be coming to your town. I will be going to my town. You will be able to hear me and see me."

This year’s KISS Kruise pulled into port on Friday. Next year’s -- the band’s eighth -- will set sail from Miami on Halloween.

Ringo Starr is calling on fans to help him with his upcoming video for the title track to his new Give More Love album. Ringo posted a message on social media stating: "Sometimes this world can be a difficult place, and it's hard to know what we can do. We're celebrating people who GIVE MORE LOVE every day, and want YOU to be a part of it. Share your photos or short video depicting peace, love, and kindness using the hashtag #GiveMoreLoveContest. Post your photos or short video (10-15 seconds) on Instagram and Twitter that depict "Give More Love" and/or random acts of kindness. Be sure to use the hashtag #GiveMoreLoveContest. Ringo will choose his favorite photos and videos to be featured in the upcoming fan video for GIVE MORE LOVE." For deadlines and rules, log on to:

Smashing Pumpkins main man William Corgan defended Nickelback and its chief songwriter, frontman Chad Kroeger, in a new interview with the Joe Rogan Experience. After Rogan took a shot at the Canadian rockers like so many people tend to do, Corgan responded, "I don’t know enough about their world, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong if that’s who you want to be. Pop, to me, is predicated on satisfying. I’ve said many times, pop is porn. It’s porn, they want to get you off. It’s just how they’re going to get you off. I’m not that concerned with getting you off. I’m just not. It’s just not in my DNA. I was never that guy.”

Nickelback have released a video for "The Betrayal Act 3" from Feed the Machine.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fresh off the KISS Kruise, Gene Simmons and his solo band played a show Sunday night in Providence, Rhode Island at the Vets Auditorium where Gene took matters into his own hands -- literally. East Providence City Councilman Brian Faria took the stage to present the key to the city to Simmons. Not long into his speech, he was heckled, and that's when Simmons asked for the house lights to be turned up. He then spotted the heckler, and walked off stage and up to the balcony to confront the guy. He returned to the stage a few minutes later to say he hoped the heckler was "high" before allowing Councilman Faria to finish his speech and present the key.

Most Guns N' Roses fans probably wouldn't have bet on the reunion of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan lasting into a third year, yet here we are. They'll take the Not in This Lifetime tour back to Europe next summer, playing a mix of festivals and headlining shows starting June 3rd in Berlin. This means that by the time next year's Euro dates are done in mid-July, they'll have played 150 shows since April 1st, 2016. The tour has pulled in close to $300 million so far. The North American leg continues Monday in Nashville.

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons joined Guns N' Roses on stage Friday night in his hometown of Houston to play the solos on "Lies" and "Patience." ZZ opened a few Texas shows for GN'R in September.

Foo Fighters added a second show at Chicago's Wrigley Field on July 30th after the July 29th date sold out. Tickets go on sale November 17th.

Billy Joel has booked the record-setting 50th gig at Madison Square Garden as part of his ongoing franchise run. Newsday reported the historic show -- which is the "Piano Man's" 96th career gig at MSG -- is set for March 28th. Tickets go on sale on Friday, November 17th at 10 a.m. Billy's also added a new road date to his itinerary with a February 9th show now on the books for Tampa, Florida's Amalie Arena.

Iron Maiden are going back to the classics for their next tour. Their Legacy of the Beast tour, which runs in Europe in the summer of 2018 with U.S. dates expected in 2019, was inspired by Maiden’s mobile game and comic book of the same name. The band says the stage set will have a number of different but interlocking "worlds" like the game and feature a set list covering a large selection of 1980s material. In other Maiden news, singer Bruce Dickinson's memoir What Does This Button Do? debuted at Number 10 on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best-Seller list.

Lou Reed fans are raving about Genesis Publications' limited edition, high-end photo book, Transformer, featuring shots by iconic rock photographer Mick Rock. The book, which was a collaboration between Rock and Reed, saw release back in 2013 and now, with the full participation of the Lou Reed Estate, is available again. This new re-launch of Transformer celebrates the 45th anniversary of the album, and comes with a new booklet containing "50 unseen photos of Lou Reed, as well as a loose leaf handwritten lyric sheet reproduced in facsimile. The book charts Lou Reed's life and work between 1972 and 1980 in the studio, performing onstage, in his hotel room, and with friends including David Bowie, Nico, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, and Andy Warhol."


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