Day in Rock Report for 12/04/2012
Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe have been indicted on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic for the death of a fan who died two weeks after being allegedly injured at the band's concert in Prague in 2010.
The band's manager Larry Mazer issued the following statement in response to the indictment: "After a three month investigation, the prosecutor in the Czech Republic has decided to move forward with an indictment of Randy Blythe on the charge of manslaughter with intent to cause bodily harm. Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show. As he has stated previously, Randy intends to go to Prague to defend himself at trial.
"While it is a tragedy that a Lamb of God fan died following a performance by the group, in no way do I feel that Randy did anything improper that led to the young man's injuries and subsequent death. The price of a ticket to a show does not entitle audience members access to a band's stage. In the years since the murder on stage of Dimebag Darrell Abbott, performers of all genres have had to become more guarded while performing in response to the dangers presented by fans trying to become part of the performance. We believe that Randy responded professionally to the numerous amount of fans rushing the stage that day, a number of them captured on videos that have been posted on the internet. We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening. Numerous testimonies from fans also were contradictory as to the actions of the multiple fans that tried to access the stage.
"At this point, all that the band, myself, and our lawyers can do is to present a defense and try to convince the panel of judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges and that his name and reputation need to be cleared and that he be permitted to carry on with his life and career always mindful that a fan passed away after a Lamb of God performance."
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Muse have been forced to cancel several European tour dates this week after frontman Matt Bellamy suffered an injury last week.
The band informed fans via their official website late last week with the following message: "We're very sorry to have to announce that Muse's forthcoming shows in Oslo, Stockholm and Malmo have been cancelled as Matt has broken two bones in his foot. The band have therefore made the difficult decision to cancel these gigs as they feel that they will not be able to do justice to their live show and the fans who have bought tickets with Matt performing on crutches. Muse would like to apologise to all their fans who have tickets to these shows. Refunds will be available from the point of purchase.
"Matt's progress will be monitored over the next few days, but the remaining dates on the tour are still scheduled to go ahead as planned. As soon as we have any news it will be posted on the Muse website, Facebook and Twitter accounts." Visit the band's site for more info and refund information.
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(TMZ) Marvin Gaye's son wants his childhood friend Lenny Kravitz to walk away from the role of a lifetime -- playing the Motown legend in an upcoming biopic -- and says he's shocked Lenny signed on for a project he calls "shameful."
Kravitz will play Gaye in "Sexual Healing" (working title) -- which reportedly focuses on Marvin's life in the 80s when he battled drug abuse and depression ... before his father shot and killed him in 1984.
Marvin Gaye III tells TMZ, "The producers and directors of this film are very wrong and shameful ... [They're] trying to do a film about a low period in his life. They don't even know the whole story."
Marvin's son says he and Kravitz were schoolmates -- and remain friends to this day -- so he wants to "talk to him about why he would do this."
Marvin Jr. tells us he and other family members are meeting with lawyers to try to stop production -- and added, "I would hope [Lenny] doesn't have any idea that we are against this film being done." more on this story
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(hennemusic) Metallica have delivered the first full preview of a track from their forthcoming live package, "Quebec Magnetic."
The band has posted footage of "The Day That Never Comes" from the set. Recorded during the band's World Magnetic tour in support of their 9th studio album, "Death Magnetic," "Quebec Magnetic" includes 26 songs plus bonus material, with over three hours of footage recorded live at Colisιe Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec on October 31 and November 1, 2009.
Filmed by director Wayne Isham, "Quebec Magnetic" is the first project to be released by Metallica under their own label, Blackened Recordings. Watch the video here.
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Rod Stewart will be teaming up with Steve Winwood for the "Live the Life" North America tour.
The "Live the Life" tour will kick-off in Chicago on April 10 and will include ten arena shows throughout North America including dates in New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Atlanta, Detroit and Greensboro, NC. more on this story
Rod Stewart confirmed the tour during an interview on Live! With Kelly and Michael saying, "I'm thrilled to be touring with Steve Winwood. He is truly part of the rock and roll's enduring tapestry."
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Fleetwood Mac are ready to return in 2013 and have announced a 34-date North American tour that will be part of a global trek.
The trek will feature most of the "Rumours" era members, co-founders Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, as well as Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. Christine McVie has retired from touring and will not take part in the tour.
The group is planning on touring the whole world, according to Rolling Stone who had this quote: "If everything goes will we'll be in Europe doing festivals this summer," says Nicks. "Then we'll actually tour Europe, which is different than just doing festivals. Then we might do fifteen or so shows in Australia." more on this story
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(hennemusic) Following the 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion concert at London's 02 Arena, fans anticipated that Zeppelin would carry on with drummer Jason Bonham behind the kit in place of his late father, John.
All reports indicate that Robert Plant was the lone hold-out preventing Zeppelin from moving forward, opting instead to concentrate on his solo work and his then-new project with Alison Krauss.
In a new interview with 98.7 The Gater in West Palm Beach, Bonham discussed the situation. "Robert and I spoke very long and hard about this," Jason explained. "And there's other reasons, and I respect him for that. He told me."
"I'll share one thing he said," continued Bonham. "'It doesn't matter how great you are on drums, Jason, I love you to bits and you play absolutely amazing. But John was the drummer in Led Zeppelin and John was part of me, Jimmy and John Paul. We shared something very, very special.' He said 'I struggle sometimes just thinking about trying to create some magic again. He's not there. He was a very, very dear friend of mine that he said 'I miss every day.'" Listen to the interview here.
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(hennemusic) Eddie Vedder will host a new, limited-run show on SiriusXM's Pearl Jam Radio channel.
"The Eddie Vedder Radio Show" will premiere on Wednesday, December 5 at 5:00 pm ET on Pearl Jam Radio, channel 22.
Eddie will play many of his all-time favorite songs, from early punk rock influences to unreleased material from his personal archives. The program will feature Vedder discussing his musical influences and contemporaries who inspire him as well as him sharing personal stories about his career in rock music. more on this story
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Sebastian Bach has announced plans to release a new live DVD/ CD package: "ABachalypse Now" next spring.
The DVD/CD will include never-before-seen footage from this year's GrasPop Festival in Belgium and full Hellfest set from France and a fully-remixed and remastered Club Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV).
Bach had this to say, "I am so excited for all of you to witness and experience ABachalypse Now. We have included three recent concerts and the footage is totally kickass! It's remixed and remastered for full audio and video quality. The performances and energy of the crowds are killer throughout the DVD and you really feel like you are at the shows. Prepare yourselves for the coming ABachalypse - now!"
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(Banana 101.5) Egypt Central has called it quits. After a decade the band is saying farewell to most of their members and hello to the new moniker Devour the Day.
Egypt Central has issued an official statement confirming rumors that the band had come to an end. The band formed in October of 2002 and released two major label albums their self-titled debut and 2011′s 'White Rabbit.' Despite some radio success with the title track from their most recent effort, bassist Joey Chicago broke the devastating news to fans via Facebook earlier today (December 3rd).
In the lengthy letter, Chicago tells fans that it would be a shame for the band to continue and "put some bull**** in front of your faces and ask you to believe in it." He, along with drummer Blake Allison, will continue on under the name Devour the Day. More including the full letter here.
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The new documentary, History of the Eagles Part 1, is set to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
The film will premiere during the festival on January 19th at 9:45 PM in the Eccles Theater in Park City, UT. We were sent these details:
Providing an intimate look into the history of the group and the legacy of their music, the Eagles partnered with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) to produce a fully authorized, feature-length documentary entitled History of the Eagles Part 1. more on this story
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Dying Fetus have confirmed that they will take part in The Divinity of Purpose Tour with Hatebreed, Shadows Fall and The Contortionist.
The tour will kick off January 26th in Flint, MI and will wrap up February 17th in Amityville, NY.
The band is currently out on "The Blood of Power Tour" which is the band's first headlining tour on the Reign Supreme album cycle. The first leg of the tour is underway now with support coming from Cattle Decapitation and Cerebral Bore. more on this story
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Soilwork have set a March 5th North American release date for their new double album, The Living Infinite.
The album will also be released on February 27th in Asia and on March 1st in Europe.
New Model Army frontman Justin Sullivan guests on the album track "The Windswept Mercy" and the album marks the recording debut of long-time touring guitarist David Andersson (Night Flight Orchestra). more on this story
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Emmure will be spending the first half of 2013 on the road with a North American tour and a newly announced European trek.
Emmure will be headlining The Mosh Lives Tour of Europe with support from Chelsea Grin, Obey The Brave, Attila and Buried In Verona. The trek kicks off on April 5th.
In January and February, Emmure will be co-headlining the Brothers Of Brutality Tour with Whitechapel. The North American trek will feature support from Unearth, Obey The Brave and The Plot In You. more on this story
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Columbia and Legacy have set a January 22, 2013 release date for the new Billy Joel collection She's Got A Way: Love Songs.
The 18-track compilation will feature love songs drawn from three decades of recordings by Joel.
She's Got A Way: Love Songs will feature classics like "Just the Way You Are," "Honesty" and "She's Always a Woman" as well as "Travelin' Prayer" (the b-side of the "Piano Man" single), Billy's version of "Shameless" (a #1 country smash for Garth Brooks), and the instrumental "Nocturne" (from 1971's Cold Spring Harbor). more on this story
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Abriosis have set a February 1st, 2013 release date for their new EP, Vessel, and they are offering fans a preview online.
Vessel marks the first Abriosis recording to feature the band's new vocalist, Alxs Ness (ex-Without Mercy). "Vessel is what we have been working towards for years," comments Abriosis guitarist Taylor Lipton. "It's disorienting while holding down groove. Every song has its own face and personality. We are very proud of this release, and excited to see where it brings us!"
In keeping with tradition, the band plans to release the digital version of the EP entirely for free via their official website. The EP video trailer includes samples of all 4 tracks and you can watch it here.
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Landmarq have released a new studio album, 'Entertaining Angels' which was produced and mixed by keyboardist Mike Varty.
Vocalist Tracy Hitchings had this to say about the effort, "All of the lyrics I have written for this album, starting with 'Entertaining Angels', were born of my spiritual beliefs. Other lyrics I penned had that same concept, just different stories that got reshaped as I was overcoming Cancer with a very unconventional method as part of the belief in reshaping my life and helping me rid my nemesis. In particular, 'Glowing - Part 1 & 2' is a testament to that and was an amazing and cathartic experience. Writing lyrics and vocal arranging on this album has been an amazing journey and healing process in my life, which has completely changed from the one I once lived."
Says Tracy, "'Entertaining Angels' is rich in backing vocals, the arrangements of which were so important in order to give the warmth and brightness that was not quite as present in our previous work. I so loved arranging to the backdrop of Steve's and Uwe's music, which overall has been given the life-force of Mike Varty's production work. This has created a more accessible and maturer sound without losing the concept flavor. Both the cello work of ELO's Hugh McDowell and the sultry saxophone of Laurent Hunziker has provided the icing on the cake!" more on this story
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Thousand Foot Krutch are releasing their first remix EP, Metamorphosiz: The End Remixes, Vol. 1, today, December 4th.
The EP features 5 songs from their album, The End Is Where We Begin, by noted remixer Steve Sidelnyk, Rob Persaud, Robbie Bronnimann, Andy Hunter and Solomon Olds. more on this story
Thousand Foot Krutch decided to offer the remix EP following the response the band received from two remix songs delivered to its fans for free via noisetrade.com last month.
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Today Cellophane Flowers guitarist Ian Sumner tells us about the song "The Promise" from their debut album 'Staring At The World,' which was released digitally this week. Here is the story:
Some songs arrive fully formed, this one came together like a jigsaw puzzle. I was messing around on the keyboard and came up with what is now the guitar riff that opens the song. Fra started strumming on the acoustic. We tried to give it a disco feel, but we just couldn't get it to work and we almost left it behind right then. But I got sacked from the keyboards (yet again
) and played tremolo guitar along to the acoustic and a whiskey rhythm and we got a really good vibe going, kind of David Lynch meets Chris Isaak, with Fra scatting these short, punctuated nonsense verses over the top. We sometimes play a live acoustic version that sounds a bit like that.
At this stage, it had slowed down to about half the speed it is now. That's when the chorus was written it took about two weeks to convince Fra to sing it because it was really poppy, which was somewhat at odds with the rest of the song at this stage.
Because of the vibe, it needed some sleazy dark lyrics. Sex, booze and gambling. The news was full of the latest corruption, banking or political scandal tearing the UK falling apart (OK, it could have been any day in any country over the last five years), so the theme emerged of the powers that be gambling with our futures they win and we lose, we lose and they win.
Fra's scatting lent itself to writing some really dark and punchy words, the story kind of wrote itself even though we ended up losing half the singing and half the story in the verses to keep it sparse the remnants of the original verse are still there in the third verse with that ghostly refrain that Fra does.
It then became obvious that we needed to make this a driving song again, who wants to relax while being screwed over? So Nick and Luca sped it up and came up with that great driving rhythm. It still had something missing, but there was enough of something there to take it onto the recording studio where we'd already started work on the album. This was the only track we took in unfinished and was the most fun to record, we were still creating as we lay it down and we had no idea if it would make the cut or not. We ended up not using about five tracks that were recorded.
We played it to Dave Allen, our producer, he recorded a rough take and two minutes later added that sequencer keyboard sound. It instantly came together and is now probably the most natural sounding song on the album. And now everyone is saying it's a homage to Siouxsie - it's a homage to Lynch!
The Promise is one of our favourite live tracks, even bigger and louder, and it's actually the only one we play to a click so we can get the sequencer going.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the band and the album right here!
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(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones made a rare television appearance Monday night on The Late Show with David Letterman.
At one point, Letterman asked if the guys had considered carrying on following the 1980 death of their drummer, John Bonham.
"No," said Page. "The fact was that we had the records out and then we'd put the songs into the set; it was almost like another beginning, a second wind for the songs, because they were changing every night with the improvisation we were putting in. There was no way with the amount of work and mutation that had gone on with those songs that we could say to another drummer, 'well, can you learn this bit and learn that bit'; it just wouldn't work." Watch the interview here.
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(hennemusic) Aerosmith's Global Warming tour rolled into the MGM Grand in Las Vegas over the weekend and it included a very special dedication.
During Saturday's show, frontman Steven Tyler took a moment to dedicate a song to Bebe Buell, the mother of his daughter, actress Liv Tyler.
"Where you at, Bebe? I know you're here," said Tyler from the stage as he scanned the crowd. "There she is! Can I sing a song to you?" before launching into "What It Takes." Read more and watch video here.
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(hennemusic) The Cult have released a video for the Salem remix of their track "Elemental Light," from the band's latest effort, "Choice Of Weapon."
When singer Ian Astbury had the idea for Salem to do the remix, he reached out to Salem as an admirer, using an e-mail he found on and EP he had.
The band responded and chose "Elemental Light", which resulted in an ethereal, beat-driven version of the song. Ian then called in the cinematic prowess of director/acclaimed fine artist Kostas Seremetis to create a visual element for the remix, and the result is more short film than music video.
"The sentiment of this film captures the loss of wilderness, and a generation trying to make sense of the trash heap they have inherited," Astbury says of the project. "It evokes nature versus man, that struggle [and] desire to control nature and ultimately death." Watch the video here.
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Endezzma have released their official music video for the song "Junkyard Oblivion," which is their very first video.
The clip is dedicated to the late Endezzma guitarist and Urgehal frontman Trondr Nefas, the video can be seen here.
The song is the opening track from the Erotik Nekrosis album and featuring guest appearances by Urgehal's Enzifer and Beastcraft's Sorath Northgrove, was produced by the Effektor Film Company and was directed by Endezzma's frontman Morten Shax and R.M. Camera and editing are by R.M. more on this story
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Lower Than Atlantis are getting in the holiday spirit with the release of their "Merry Christmas (Wherever you are)" digital single and video.
The "Merry Xmas (Wherever you are)" video features a drunken Santa stumbling around Watford (the bands hometown). You can watch it here.
Earlier this week, the band announced their biggest UK and Irish headline tour in April 2013 more on this story
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