Day in Rock Report for 04/17/2012

Pantera Star Vs Uncle Sam
Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown reportedly owes the federal government $449,567 in back taxes and penalties.

The Internal Revenue Service has filed five tax leans against the current Kill Devil Hill bassist, according to USA Today.

The paper reports that the most recent and largest lien, for $210,157, was filed in his home state of Texas in January and that sixth lien for $72,695 was released by the IRS in 2008, signifying that the taxes in question there were paid. Read the USA Today report for more details.

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Soundgarden Giving Away New Song
(hennemusic) Soundgarden are back with "Live To Rise," the band's first new song release in 15 years.

Billboard reports the track is NOW available as a free download on iTunes (beginning April 17) as part of the promotion of Disney's film "Marvel's The Avengers."

The iTunes promotion, which runs through April 24, includes an exclusive clip, "The Face Off," from the movie, which opens May 4. more on this story

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Linkin Park and Incubus Summer Tour
Linkin Park will be teaming up with Incubus to coheadline this summer's Honda Civic Tour of North America which will feature support from Mutemath.

The tour, minus Incubus on the first two dates, will be kicking off August 11th in Bristow, Virginia and will conclude on September 10th in San Diego.

Linkin Park will be touring in support of their forthcoming album, Living Things, which is set for release on June 26th. more on this story

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Velvet Revolver DVD Coming
(hennemusic) Velvet Revolver remains in limbo, without a singer and a focus, as band members continue to work on other projects but fans can relive some of the VR excitement with the DVD release next month of "Let It Roll – Live In Germany."

Due May 25, the disc was filmed at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany in March 2008 for the legendary German TV series "Rockpalast." The concert was near the end of the tour for their second album "Libertad" and came just a few days before the band went on hiatus following the departure of singer Scott Weiland.

The set draws heavily on the "Libertad" album but also features tracks from their debut album "Contraband" and covers of STP and Guns N' Roses tracks. more on this story

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Santana Plans Summer Tour
(SFR) Carlos Santana has mapped out a North American summer tour in support of his forthcoming album, Shape Shifter.

The tour is set to kick off on July 7 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs in Hinckley, MN.

Santana's new album, Shape Shifter is set to hit stores on May 15, 2012 via Carlos Santana's new label Starfaith Record. more on this story

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Marilyn Manson Denies Engagement Reports
Imagine being a celebrity and reading a report to find out that you are engaged to someone you have never met. It appears that happened to Marilyn Manson.

Press Here sent out a short but sweet statement on Monday which reads: Marilyn Manson Is NOT Engaged

Marilyn Manson is not engaged as reported erroneously by Life & Style. Manson has never met Seraphim Ward and does not know who she is. more on this story

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Metallica: The Early Years and the Rise of Metal Set For Release
(Gibson) A new book will chart the rise of the heavy metal movement, viewed through the prism of Metallica: their influences and the bands that they themselves went on to inspire.

Metallica – The Early Years and the Rise of Metal by music journalist Neil Daniels links the band and the American metal scene in general with the famed "New Wave of British Heavy Metal" movement in the U.K. as well as metal originators such as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest.

The book tells the story of how Metallica began their rise to global metal domination, and includes rare examples of very early memorabilia as well as interviews with fans who saw the band's earliest shows, and the NWOBHM heroes who inspired them. more on this story

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Status Quo Movie Coming
(Gibson) British rockers Status Quo – who have scored over 60 chart hits in the U.K since the '60s – are finally getting some silver screen action.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the band will film a movie in Fiji. The band's Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt will play themselves alongside British TV star Craig Fairbrass and comedy actor Jon Lovitz.

Francis Rossi said: "The one thing Quo fans know is to expect the unexpected. Of course, Rick and I have already acted in Coronation Street, one of the biggest TV shows on the planet, so this should be no trouble at all – according to management." more on this story

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David Bryne and St. Vincent's Annie Clark Team Up
(Gibson) Talking Heads' David Bryne and St. Vincent's Annie Clark have completed a collaboration album that they plan to take on the road in the fall.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Clark professes her admiration for her collaborator ("David Byrne is the coolest person on the planet") and says the album is inspired by the Dirty Projectors and Björk's Mount Wittenberg Orca album.

In fact, it was a charity show featuring both Björk and Dirty Projectors three years ago that led to the invitation for Byrne and Clark to embark on the project. They descended on a New York City studio and magic happened. "We just started writing and kept writing and writing," Clark says. "It just evolved to become this much bigger thing." more on this story

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KISS Hoping For Monster No 1
(hennemusic) KISS continues to talk up its forthcoming album, "Monster," due sometime this year. Paul Stanley recently spoke with Fox News' Fox 411 about the project.

"'Monster', right now, is in chains, so to speak" says Stanley. "We've finished recording it. It's by far the best thing we've done in decades. I think [2009's] 'Sonic Boom' was an important album for us because it was the first time that the lineup that's been in place for almost ten years went in the studio."

"That album came in the charts at #2," adds Paul, "We tried for #1 but that's the job of 'Monster'…which should shoot to #1. It's an album that does justice to everything we've done before." Check out video here.

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Paul McCartney Teams With Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman
(42 West) Paul McCartney has posted 3 brand new, self directed music videos of 'My Valentine' featuring Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp online.

McCartney premiered the three new videos at at an exclusive screening event in LA this past Friday.

'My Valentine' is one of two original compositions on McCartney's new studio album 'Kisses on the Bottom', which went to Number One on the Billboard Jazz Chart as well as Top Five across the world. more on this story

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Aerosmith Drummer Launches Rockin' & Roastin' Java
(hennemusic) Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer has launched his own line of coffee. "Rockin' & Roastin'" is billed as an organic, fair trade, custom-roasted coffee.

Kramer's new blends are available in four different roasts - from regular to decaf, medium to dark, and Ethiopian to Guatemalan.

Aerosmith recently announced their summer "Global Warming" Tour; it kicks off June 16 in Minneapolis, MN with special guests Cheap Trick. more on this story

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Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters Lead DeLuna Fest Lineup
Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters have been tapped to headline this year's DeLuna Fest which will take place on September 21 – 23 on the sands of Pensacola Beach, FL.

They will be joined by a lineup featuring Florence and the Machine, Band of Horses, Dwight Yoakam, Ben Folds Five, Guided By Voices, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Joan Band of Skulls, The Wood Brothers and many more.

More bands, including a third headliner, will be announced in the coming months. DeLuna Fest hosts four stages, with two rising directly out of the sand, on the water's edge of the Gulf of Mexico. more on this story

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White Stripes For Tots
The White Stripes are the latest group to get a kiddy makeover with the release of Lullaby Versions of The White Stripes. We were sent these details:

Does it take a seven nation army to get your kids to sleep? Don't do the denial twist; come to the hotel yorba and chill. With the help of TTLRS you'll be saying "we're going to be friends" with peace and quiet.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star is proud to release "Lullaby Versions of The White Stripes" featuring lush instrumental versions of 12 beloved tracks. more on this story

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Metallica Add Tour Dates
Metallica's mini tour of Mexico City just keeps getting bigger with the band adding additional dates after the 6 previously announced dates sold out.

The band tells fans via their website: We are overwhelmed and totally blown away by the love from our friends in Mexico City who gave us a record six sold out shows totaling over 100,000 tickets at the Sports Palace this coming August. Never in our wildest imagination did we think we would be posting this news story... TWO more shows have been added to the run!! That's right . . . eight nights in one of our favorite cities with some our craziest, most out of control fans on the planet!

The two additional shows will be July 28 and 30 and these Mexico City shows will be the world debut of our massive new stage show including elements from our entire 30 years of touring and marking the beginning of a new era in Metalli-shows... you will definitely need to see it to believe it!

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Dispatch Comeback Album Release Set
Dispatch have set an August 21st release date for Circles Around The Sun, their first studio album in twelve years.

The album was produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, Jonsi, The National) and recorded at The Clubhouse (Rhinebeck, NY), Water Music (Hoboken, NJ), and Tarquin Studios (Bridgeport, CT).

Dispatch will perform this summer at Bonnaroo, Hangout and Outside Lands festivals and starting September 20th the band will embark upon the Circles Around The Sun Tour, its most extensive North American tour in over a decade. more on this story

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Sirius Beach Boys Special
(SX) The reunited Beach Boys will perform a special concert for SiriusXM listeners days before the band's global "50th Anniversary Tour" kicks off, as part of SiriusXM's "Artist Confidential" series.

The "Artist Confidential" will feature the Beach Boys performing songs from their five-decade career and music from their new album, scheduled to be released this summer; and talking with SiriusXM host Jim Ladd about their upcoming "50th Anniversary Tour."

The special performance, scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 19, will debut on SiriusXM during its "Beach Boys Endless Summer Weekend," the four-day special featuring music by the Beach Boys and other sounds of summer from the 1960s. more on this story

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Tommy Emmanuel Plans North American Tour
Guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel will hit the road for a 31-date North American tour on May 14th at the Ryerson Theatre in Toronto.

This tour will blanket the U.S. and Canada. To support these appearances, local PBS stations will be airing his TV special, Tommy Emmanuel and Friends: Live From The Balboa Theatre which features artists from his recent Little by Little CD including Anthony Snape, Pam Rose, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo.

The show was filmed in HD for PBS Television, and has been airing on PBS stations in the U.S. since last June more on this story

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Motion City Soundtrack's New Album A Go
(SC) Epitaph have set a June 12th release date for Motion City Soundtrack's label homecoming album, Go.

The new album is the follow-up to the My Dinosaur Life (Columbia, February 2010) and was recorded over an extended period of time this past winter at Flowers Studio in their hometown of Minneapolis, MN with Ed Ackerson co-producing alongside the band.

The first single off the new album is the characteristically catchy "True Romance" which can be heard here and will be available on all Digital Service Providers starting April 17th.

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antiMusic Writer in The Market For Murder
antiMusic's very own Dawn Marie Fichera has released her new novel entitled In The Market For Murder. The book has been released on Kindle at Amazon and the Nook at Barnes and Nobel. Here is the publisher's tease!

Bad things do come in threes, even for an attractive ad agency executive living in the most desirable neighborhood in Philadelphia. Just ask Dylan Scarborough: first her father died; then her fiancé died; then her ex-boss died. Only the last one became an issue because the police don't consider murder a natural cause.

After being implicated by a close friend, Dylan is set up by a career-hungry police chief for a crime she didn't commit. Running out of people to trust she turns to her nineteen-year-old intern and an investigative reporter friend to help clear her name. Her situation takes an unexpected turn when an enigmatic FBI agent becomes involved in the case–involved in more ways than one. Staying one step ahead of the real killer is difficult enough for Dylan, but doing it while avoiding her meddlesome mother adds a whole new dimension to her problems. Grab it here.

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Evocation's Complete Demo Recordings Set For Release
Century Media have set a June 26th release date for the complete demo recordings of Evocation, in a collection called Evoked From Demonic Depths - The Early Years.

The complilation will be released in North America exclusively through CM Distro (in addition to a 32-page booklet, the CD version also includes three live bootleg video enhancements), plus digitally.

Tracks 1 through 4 are taken from The Ancient Gate demo, tracks 5 through 9 are from the Promo 1992 demo, tracks 10 through 13 are previously unreleased rehearsal tracks-- and as a very special addition to this compilation, the band has also recorded the previously unreleased track "Genesis", which was written in 1992. "Genesis" was recorded at IF Studios (In Flames, The Haunted, etc.) by producer Robert Laghi. All tracks were mastered at Fascination Street Studio (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Enslaved, etc.), and the re-mastering of the demo tracks was done using the original master tapes. more on this story

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Melechesh Recruit Crimson Moon's Scorpios
(Fresno) Melechesh have recruited Crimson Moon's Scorpios for what has been dubbed as a gig as their session bass player.

Scorpios has been residing in Germany for several years, and he will arrive in Amsterdam on Tuesday for intensive rehearsal sessions.

Melechesh will be releasing a digital EP entitled 'Mystics of the Pillars II,' on a unspecified date. The band has now revealed that the EP will also be made available on 7" vinyl. more on this story

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Germs, Grateful Dead, Jerry Reed, Mick Fleetwood's Zoo and More in May
Real Gone Music have announced releases in May from The Germs, D?Rocs, Jerry Reed, Mick Fleetwood's Zoo, Terry Knight & The Pack, Chubby Checker, The Orlons and Grateful Dead's Dick's Picks, Volume 29. Conqueroo sent over these details:

Real Gone Music enters its first Spring with a potpourri of reissues that are definitely not garden variety, with releases ranging from hardcore punk to power pop to Motor City rock 'n' roll, doo-wop and Summer of Love fixtures the Grateful Dead, all due in late May. The only album by seminal Los Angeles punkers The Germs, (GI), will be reissued alongside the D?rocs' self-titled album, Jerry Reed's The Unbelievable Guitar and Voice of Jerry Reed/Nashville Underground, I'm Not Me by Mick Fleetwood's Zoo, plus twofers from Terry Knight & the Pack (Terry Knight & the Pack/Reflections), Chubby Checker (It's Pony Time/Let's Twist Again), The Orlons (The Wah-Watusi/South Street) and Cameo Parkway Vocal Groups, Vol. 1. And if that's not enough to put in one's pipe and smoke, the Grateful Dead's Dick's Picks series continues with the six-CD set Dick's Picks Vol. 29—5/19/77 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA 5/21/77 Lakeland Civic Center Arena Lakeland, FL.

Named after a breed of hog known for being great producers with oversized ears and genitalia, the D?rocs were the brainchild of Scott Mathews and Ron Nagle. Mathews had played at the Fillmore with Elvin Bishop at the age of 15, formed a band (Ice) with future Journey lead singer Steve Perry, and, with the guidance of music industry legends Jack Nitszche and David Rubinson, was one of the music industry's most sought-after session men and producers. Nagle, meanwhile, had been the main singer-songwriter and keyboard player in the Mystery Trend and had released a cult classic solo album produced by Nitszche, Bad Rice. Together, the two wrote songs for platinum-certified artists and in 1979 released their own LP, which received a five-star rating in Rolling Stone and scored some European hits. For the first time, with Mathews' and Nagle's cooperation, the legendary album will be reissued on CD with no fewer than eight unreleased "bone us" tracks, complete with liner notes by Gene Sculatti. In addition, Real Gone will manufacture a 500-unit, limited-edition vinyl pressing in an appropriately porcine shade of pink with the original track listing and album packaging intact. Power pop fans will agree it's time to bring home the bacon.
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Singled Out: Diatribe's I Hate Me
Today Diatribe guitarist Tristan '1690' Grigsby tells us about the song "I Hate Me" from their brand new album "Epochalypse A.D." Here is the story:

What I remember the most about 'I Hate Me' is how effortlessly and quickly it came together. One of those songs that writes itself. I tend to write in blocks. I'll come up with riffs in groups of say two or three at a shot. Now, on a Sunday, it's not uncommon while I'm watching the games to have a guitar set up in the same room and just play most of the day. After a little over one hour, I started playing what's the intro. I didn't have any way to record it, so I played it about 40 times to kinda imprint it as a muscle memory. Sliding and chugging to find the tempo and messing around with the intervals. I'd invert it, slow it down, and then put it back to see what worked the best. It was such a strong riff that it pretty much is what it is.

Fast forward about a week... Cat was at the house and he'd been working on his technique downstairs while I was hearing the previous week's riffs in my head. It's gonna sound strange to most people, yet we just have this connection. There are times when I just pick up a guitar and without saying a word we start playing the exact same song. Even though he couldn't hear me (I wasn't plugged in) he's playing something that works pretty well with what I was hearing in my head. Immediately, the song just had this energy. Completely irresistible and undeniable.

At that time, I hadn't even attempted to record the riff. I hadn't written an actual song, just a riff. I just kept messing with it informally. Another week goes by and I figure I'd better "grab it before it's gone" and I lay it down and the verse falls out while I was tracking it to adjust the original tempo. Generally, I will ALWAYS mess with something on the acoustic guitar before I go too far with it. I find it a great gauge of whether or not you have a song or just a riff. This hit so fast that it never dawned on me that the song was coming together already.

Ok, so I've got it down and then I listen back to it and find out that the first and second verses don't match! It wasn't intentional at all. I just followed the nature of the track! I kept workin' on it and then brought it to the guys. Like we tend to do, we got in a room and started to hash it out. On one of the passes, I believe Ricky and Cat stopped playing and I kept going just cause. There's a hard break and for about the amount of time you hear on the track, I was riding the chord and they both kicked back in and Jason happened to be rolling and caught it. Just like we planned it! Also, there were always two solo sections for the song. I thought of 3-4 approaches but didn't formally write a solo. I probably took a couple of passes at the solo not wanting to smooth it out.

Keep in mind that when we wrote it, Rich wasn't in the band. We kinda mapped out where we thought vocals should go. When he heard the song we discussed what we figured would make sense. He grabbed a copy and called me within a few days, "it's finished". Didn't surprise me at all. When we met up at the studio, he basically walked right into the booth and KILLED it in one take! He captured a pure raw energy in his delivery that matched the tone of the rest of disc and the song.

That's the inside... We just knocked it out one afternoon. By the time the session was over we had the entire song arranged. What could be more appropriate for that track. N-O-T-H-I-N-G!

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

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B Sides

RHCP Jam With Slash, Ron Wood, George Clinton and Green Day Singer
(hennemusic) The Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland on Saturday.

The band had the honor of closing the night, and they did so with a bang: after playing a few songs from their career, the Peppers were joined by several guests for the finale – the group's cover of the Stevie Wonder classic, "Higher Ground."

The Peppers closed the show with an all-star jam including Slash, Faces (and Rolling Stones) guitarist Ron Wood, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and funk pioneer George Clinton. more on this story

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Fear Factory Tease New Album
Fear Factory are teasing fans with the release of a special trailer that is a visual preview into the story behind their forthcoming new album, The Industrialist.

Set for release June 5, The Industrialist is the second album written by vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares since reuniting in 2009 after a seven-year split. Check out the preview here.

As previously announced, The Industrialist is a conceptual record based around a short fiction written by Bell; lyrics to the album's ten songs divulge the narrative as discussed recently by Bell with Decibel Magazine. The album will be available on three formats – standard CD, a limited edition deluxe digi-book (featuring two additional songs), and 180-gram double vinyl. more on this story

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Remembering Eddie Cochran
(Gibson) On this day in 1960, Touring in the U.K., 21-year-old singer Eddie Cochran was killed when the taxi he was traveling in crashed into a lamppost on Rowden Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire (where a plaque now commemorates the event). Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survived the crash. Cochran's current hit at the time was "Three Steps to Heaven." Gibson takes a look back:

Just before the birth of The Beatles and after the first angry flush of rock and roll, Cochran and Vincent reminded the U.K. that real rock and roll should be tough and dirty. No wonder George Harrison was a huge fan and Paul McCartney played Cochran's "Twenty Flight Rock" to impress John Lennon at their famous fete meeting. Aside from that rock and roll barnstormer, Cochran also had hits with all-time classics "Summertime Blues" and "C'mon Everybody."

By spring 1960, the tour with Vincent was drawing to a close and on Monday, April 11, Eddie and his girlfriend, songwriter Sharon Sheeley, arrived in Bristol for a final weeklong residency at the Hippodrome with Vincent and support acts Georgie Fame, Johnny Gentle and Tony Sheridan.

After the final Saturday show, an exhausted Eddie decided to head back to London and someone arranged for a taxi. At around 11 p.m., a Ford Consul and its driver George Martin (no, not The Beatles producer) showed up to take Eddie, Gene, Sharon and tour manager Pat Thompkins to the capital.

Thompkins rode shotgun with Eddie, Sharon and Gene sitting in the back. Taking a short cut through Chippenham, Martin suddenly realized he'd taken a wrong turn. He hit the brakes and swerved but lost control of his vehicle. The car spun into a lamppost and Cochran was pushed into the car's roof that forced the back door open and he was thrown onto the road.

The driver and Thompkins suffered only mild knocks and walked away, but Vincent, Cochran and his girlfiend lay still on the ground. Sharon was suffering from shock and Vincent from a broken collarbone, but Cochran looked much worse. more on this story

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Midget Dropping, Anger and Stage Walk Off for Five Finger Death Punch
Rock 96.7 has some videos from the Five Finger Death Punch show in Casper, Wyoming last week and they sent over some to share with you.

Ivan Moody tells a story of mistaken identity… that resulted in a midget being dropped on stage. Watch here

After a crowd surfer is removed by security, Ivan Moody brings up the house lights and threatens to cancel the concert mid-show: Watch here

Ivan Moody follows through on his promise, drops the mic and walks off stage: Watch here

In the final chapter of our saga, Ivan Moody actually apologizes to security… kinda: Watch here

Complete exclusive coverage of the entire show including photos, videos and commentary: Watch here

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