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Day in Rock Report for 11/16/2021

(hennemusic) Journey have announced dates for a North American tour. They will be joined by guest Billy Idol for the opening leg of the trek, with Toto stepping in for the second leg in early April.

Billed as "Freedom Tour 2022", the series will open in Pittsburgh, PA on February 22 and close out in Hartford, CT on May 11. "It's that time - time to get back to where we are used to being - on stage!," says Journey founder and guitarist Neal Schon. "We are looking forward to shifting into high gear and bringing you the best show possible. The band is running on all 12 cylinders and very excited! Please come and join us once again for an evening full of rocking stage connection fun. See you soon, friends." (read more)

(hennemusic) Judas Priest singer Rob Halford says guitarist Richie Faulkner continues to recover from emergency heart surgery following an on-stage incident at the Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, KY on September 26.

Faulkner suffered a life-threatening acute cardiac aortic dissection during the final song of the band's set at the event, after which he was rushed to the Rudd Heart and Lung Center at University of Louisville (UofL) Health - Jewish Hospital when the seriousness of the situation became apparent. (read more)

(hennemusic) Rush drummer Neil Peart was posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) at this year's Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, IN.

Fan blog Rush Is A Band shared the news that Peart's wife, Carrie Nuttall, and daughter Olivia accepted the award on his behalf at the Awards Banquet during the November 11 event, where they were joined by Chris Stankee, global director of artist relations for Sabian cymbals. (read more)

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are streaming video footage of a performance "Stairway To Heaven" from their legendary 1975 series of concerts at London's Earls Court Arena.

The band played five shows over the course of nine nights in support of their sixth album, "Physical Graffiti", after the original three dates sold-out in a matter of hours and two more events were added due to overwhelming demand. (read more)

(hennemusic) U2 have shared that they will mark the 30th anniversary of their 1991 classic, "Achtung Baby", with a series of reissues over the course of the next month.

The band recorded their seventh album at Hansa Studio in Berlin and Windmill Lane in Dublin with long time collaborators Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno with Steve Lillywhite; with singles like "The Fly", "Mysterious Ways", "One", "Even Better Than The Real Thing" and "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses", the set topped the charts in several countries on its way to worldwide sales of 18 million copies and a 1993 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. (read more)

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell will celebrate the release of his new solo album, "Brighten", with an intimate question-and-answer session, storytelling and acoustic performance at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, November 18.

"Join me and the musicians behind Brighten for a special evening at the Grammy Museum," tweeted Cantrell ahead of the event. The rocker's third solo album sees him joined a by an extensive cast of musicians, including drummers Gil Sharone and Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney), pedal steel master Michael Rozon, Vincent Jones on piano, Wurlitzer, and organ, Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Loaded) on select bass tracks, Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan) handling all of the background vocals and Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age) overseeing the mixing of the record. (read more)

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming pro-shot video of a performance of their 1986 classic, "Master Of Puppets", from a November 4 show at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL.

The event was part of the band's fall US tour, which will wrap up next month with two night at the Chase Center in the group's hometown of San Francisco, CA. (read more)

Young Australian Prog rockers Aquarius just released their debut EP "Equinox", and to celebrate we asked the band's mastermind Sam Heidke to tell us about the song "Enemies I Called My Brothers". Here is the story:

I wrote the guitar parts for this song when I was 18 years old. This song is always one that I wanted to record first up as it was one of the first songs I ever wrote. I wanted to create a song that was a sing-a-long track but also had a heavy section on the back end. This track has various meanings behind the lyrics. (continue)

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