Day in Rock Report for 12/07/2012
(TMZ) If you're going to sit front row at a Vince Neil concert ... you better know how to duck ... because he might try to punch you in the face.
TMZ has obtained video of the Motley Crue singer taking a closed-fist, rage-fueled swing at a front row concert-goer during a show in New Mexico over the weekend.
Neil had just started performing "Kickstart My Heart" when the fan did something that angered him. Vince stopped the song and started yelling at the guy to "get the f--- outta here!"
When the guy started getting mouthy back at Neil, the singer reached back and tried to punch the man in the mouth ... but the fan ducked ... and Neil totally whiffed.
Security then rushed in and escorted the trouble-maker out of the show ... and Vince got right back into the song like nothing ever happened. more on this story
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Steven Adler is offering fans a chance to own a Guns N' Roses platinum plaque for a cause close to his heart.
Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary announced via Facebook that Adler is auctioning off personalized platinum plaques for the two Guns N' Roses albums that he played on, "Appetite for Destruction" and "Lies. "
These are not Adler's personal awards given to him for the RIAA million copies sold certification of the albums, but new plaques that Adler will order in the auction winner's name and once he receives them, he will personally autograph.
You can see the eBay auction for "Appetite for Destruction" here and the auction for "Lies" here.
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Paramore will be returning with a new self-titled album that they will be releasing on April 9th.
The band broke the good news to fans with the following: The time has come Paramore fans, friends, and family... And for that matter, the time has come for the rest of you as well. We are ready to spill the beans about what we've been doing over the last *coughYEARcough*. With the most pride and passion we could ever possibly express, we would like to announce that this album, our fourth freaking album... Will be self-titled, 'Paramore'. It has been self-titled through nearly the entire process. In fact, what usually takes us weeks on end to sum up and put a label on only took us a five minute conversation this time around.
The whole making of this album was a rediscovering of ourselves as a band and as friends. It was a process that allowed us the freedom to explore new territory artistically and to liberate ourselves as musicians, singers, as people! Sincerely, we feel that the best way to give it a name is just to call it what it is. This album is us. more on this story
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(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones December 15th concert in New Jersey will be streamed online via Yahoo Music.
The online access, which will cost US fans $40, is in addition to the live pay-per-view signal distributed by WWE.
The concert is the fifth and final date of the band's "50 & Counting" tour which kicked off recently with two shows in London. more on this story
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Metallica's war with Napster made headlines but now the band has released their entire catalog on a music service that involves Napster's co-founder Sean Parker.
The band announced the launch of their catalog on the streaming service Spotify on Thursday and their official website included a photo of drummer Lars Ulrich sitting with the company's founder Daniel Ek, as well as Spotify investor and former Napster foe Parker. (Ulrich was the most outspoken member of Metallica during the showdown with Napster.)
This move comes less than a week after the band's announcement that they have obtained control of their entire catalog and launched their own record label, Blackened Recordings.
You can read Metallica's comments on the addition to Spotify and see the photo here.
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Godsmack had a busy 2012 on the tour and the band plan to take 2013 off according to frontman Sully Erna.
"We're going to take some time away now because we just ran for the last two years," Erna told Artist Direct. "It's time for us to take a break and get away from the markets for a little bit so we don't overplay them. We're taking 2013 off."
As for a return to work, he says, "Maybe towards the end of the year or early 2014, we may start getting into the studio and writing. Now, we're going to lay low."
"We may pop up once in a while to do a radio festival or something. I'm going to take all of 2013 to focus on my solo stuff and see any doors I can open along the way," he added. Read the full interview here.
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(hennemusic) Alice In Chains have completed recording their new album and will debut a new song online in two weeks.
The band revealed the news on Thursday, writing, "Every day for the next 10 days, a new lyrical phrase from our brand new song 'Hollow' will be posted at @aliceinchains on Instagram.
"We want you to create an image inspired by or featuring a single word or phrase from those lyrics. Next, share those photos on Instagram or Twitter tagging #HOLLOWAIC." More details here.
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In Flames will be launching a North American headline tour in February that will also feature Demon Hunter, All Shall Perish and Battlecross.
The band has announced the dates for the first leg of the trek which is set to kick off on February 2nd in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. more on this story
In Flames had this to say about the tour, "We are excited to be coming back to North America once again. On this tour we hope to see some old fans and some new fans from cities we have never played before, look forward to seeing you soon."
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Members of Fleetwood Mac have commented that they may release some new music to coincide with their upcoming 2013 tour, but we also learn that their most successful album will be expanded for a deluxe edition reissue.
Lost in the excitement of the tour announcement, the band promised that "a new deluxe reissue of Rumours with previously unreleased studio and live tracks will be released in early 2013 from Rhino."
The tour will be kicking off on April 4th in Columbus, OH and will feature most of the Rumours lineup of the group: founders Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, as well as Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks who joined the band in 1975. more on this story
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(hennemusic) Queen tribute touring act The Queen Extravaganza have announced the first leg of their 2013 North American tour.
Two of Queen's original bandmates and songwriters guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor are the masterminds behind The Queen Extravaganza.
Shows will kick off January 11 in Tarrytown, NY and are currently scheduled to run into early February; more dates will be announced soon. more on this story
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Ed "Cass" Cassidy the drummer and co-founder of the legendary psychedelic rock band, Spirit, died yesterday (Dec 6th) at the age of 89.
The Music's Over reports: With his stepson, Randy California at the helm, the Los Angeles band formed in 1967 and went on to score a top 25 hit with 1968′s "I Got A Line On You," one of the era's most durable songs.
In 1964, he formed the Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. That was followed by the Red Roosters who morphed into Spirit in 1967. Read more and watch video here.
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(hennemusic) KISS have announced the third annual KISS Kruise which will take place over an extended Halloween weekend in 2013.
KISS Kruise 3 is confirmed for October 28 - November 1, 2013 on board The Norwegian Pearl sailing from Miami, Florida to Key West, Florida and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.
Last month, KISS completed its second annual cruise. As usual, KISS played a sailaway concert as the ship left the Port of Miami. In addition to KISS, the 2012 line-up also featured Skid Row, Adler, Yacht Rock Revue, Big Rock Show and many others. Watch video here.
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Broadway Calls will be hitting the road in January for a headlining tour of North America.
The tour will also feature Silver Snakes as well as various dates with Red City Radio and Mixtapes. more on this story
Broadway Calls will be touring in support of their forthcoming album, Comfort/Distraction, which will be released in North America on February 5th.
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Kromosom have set a January 22nd, 2013 North America release date for their new album, Live Forever. Here is the official word:
Born in the smoldering wake of now defunct Australian crust acts Schifosi and Pisschrist, and featuring current members of Leprosy, Bloody Hammer and fellow Southern Lord mercenaries Nuclear Death Terror, Kromosom have kicked a massive dent into the international crust/punk/hardcore circuit working under the band doctrine: "Noisier, nastier, rawer."
Through several vinyl-only indie releases and steady waves of international touring since their 2010 inception the band caught the attention of Southern Lord who now confirms the first CD release in Kromosom's discography with Live Forever. The bruising fifteen-track assault captures all of the band's material previously only available on vinyl, including their self-titled 12", tracks from the Hardcore Pollution split 7" with Isterismo, and the Paranoid 7," all mastered for maximum pandemonium by Jack Control (World Burns to Death, Severed Head of State). If this doesn't get you raging it's time to hang up your boots and join the rest of the sheep. more on this story
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Heaven's Cry have set a January 8, 2013 release date for the reissues of their first two albums, "Food For Thought Substitute" and "Primal Power Addiction".
The albums will feature revamped artwork and have been newly remixed by Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre, Kataklysm) and remastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Symphony X).
"I'm having a blast listening to our music the way we imagined it back then," says vocalist/guitarist Pierre St-Jean. "Our music has multiple layers where guitars and bass play different parts to create textures, and since our music is less riff-oriented than what most rock and metal bands do, it's important to hear every detail, every instrument clearly. That is now possible, thanks to Yannick and Jens." more on this story
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Raindance plan to hit the road at the end of the month to launch a North American winter tour.
The tour will kick off on December 28 in Providence, RI and will conclude on January 30 in Altoona, PA.
They will be touring in support of their new EP, New Blood, which was recorded by Jay Maas at The Getaway Group (Defeater, No Trigger, Have Heart). more on this story
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Paul Gilbert has announced details of his second annual Great Guitar Escape, which will take place July 8-12 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. We were sent these details:
Paul says, "The Great Guitar Escape is built around world-class seminars, concerts and jam sessions. It's a chance to learn and be inspired by some truly amazing musicians. And it's just a great way for everyone to hang out together in a beautiful place. The Full Moon Resort makes a perfect location to soak up some serious guitar music."
Featured guest guitar instructors at Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape include: Andy Timmons (Danger Danger, Simon Phillips, Paul Stanley of KISS, Olivia Newton-John, Paula Abdul), internationally renowned jazz guitarist/composer Mimi Fox (Stevie Wonder, Charlie Byrd, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, Joey DeFrancesco), Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston Scotty Johnson (Paul Gilbert, Robben Ford's Fords and Friends, The Ford Blues Band, The Blindside Blues Band), acclaimed rock/blues/slide guitarist Tony Spinner, and Adam Fulara who specializes in two-handed contrapuntal tapping. more on this story
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(hennemusic) In The Studio marks the 25th Anniversary of guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani's groundbreaking album, "Surfing With The Alien."
Few guitarists possess the technical skill and melodic taste of Joe Satriani, affectionately called "Satch" by friends and fans. As his pupils (rock notables Steve Vai and Metallica's Kirk Hammett, to name just a couple) became famous, Satriani became recognized in his own right.
Satriani's 1987 multi-million-selling "Surfing With The Alien" album rewarded the guitar instrumentalist, putting him in a unique class of gifted axemen and providing huge opportunities to spread his musical wings. more on this story
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Today Brandon Daly from All The Right Moves tells us about the first single, "Choke, " from their brand new album "When Your Compass Breaks". Here is the story:
Choke is one of those songs that almost didn't make it to the album... but then ironically ended up becoming the single off the album. It was the night before the band was planning to depart Minneapolis to drive out to New Jersey and begin recording our new full-length album, "When Your Compass Breaks" with platinum producer Rob Freeman (Hit The Lights/ Cobra Starship/ Gym Class Heroes). I had been working on demos for two weeks straight, toying around with different song ideas on Reason & Pro Tools. I was running out of ideas, energy and beer by 5am that morning but I was determined to write another song before we left. I was lying on the ground of my practice space, drunk, frustrated and nearly asleep and then suddenly a melody came rocketing into my head out of nowhere that sparked me up like the 4th of July. I heard the chorus line "Your heart's as big as the ocean, darling, Your soul's as deep as the sea, and it's drowning me". The lyrics, the melody; It all kind of came at once. I think it's the fastest I've ever written and recorded a song. I tracked piano first, then guitar, bass, vocals, and MIDI violin in two hours time and I stayed up until 8am chugging coffee and saw the sunrise that morning as I was finishing mixing the demo tracks to "Choke". I remember being so amped about the song when I met up with the rest of the band the next day I immediately put the song on the stereo of the van for the rest of the band to hear.. It had one of the catchiest choruses I feel like our band has ever released. When we got to the studio and showed Rob Freeman all our song demos... he turned around during Choke and said, "Ok... This one HAS to go on the record!" Choke was the first song we recorded with Rob and it is the first single off our new album.
"Choke" is all about smothering someone you're totally infatuated with. So much to the point that the person you are chasing is "choking on the fumes" from the heat of it, causing them to run away in any direction, just to catch their breath. So to parallel the violent theme of the single, we decided to smash all of our music equipment with an axe and set an upright piano on fire in our music video to "Choke", which can be seen here.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the band and the album right here!
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Rival Sons have released the new music video for their song "Until The Sun Comes" online.
The clip is the second video from the band's new album, Head Down, and was directed by Simon Gesrel-- a protιgι of Michel Gondry (White Stripes, Bjork). Watch it here or read on for more background information about it that we were sent.
The video is a freaky desert action clip, with crazy motorcycle sand dune racing, with the hills of the desert as a motif for the double entendres of the woman in the song. Rival Sons frontman Jay Buchanan says, "I really dig this video; it's a completely new direction for us. Filming videos can be very awkward for me, but this time I got to ride a dirt bike out in the desert where I'm most comfortable; it just felt so natural for the song. We're all pretty good on a bike so we just took turns doing tricks and trying to outdo each other. We ended up with some sweet footage. Nice." more on this story
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The Gaslight Anthem appeared on Conan's TBS talk show last night and Team Coco sent over a link for fans that may have missed it.
The band was on the show on Thursday to perform the song "Here Comes My Man," from their new album 'Handwritten.'
The band will be playing a show in Oakland tonight at Oracle Arena and a concert at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City (Los Angeles) tomorrow (Dec 8th). Watch video of the Conan performance here.
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(hennemusic) The 2012 hennemusic Rock News Awards will be announced on Monday, December 10. The 3rd annual event recognizes the biggest rock news stories and artists of the year.
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In the tradition of the weekly hennemusic Hot 10 chart, the site will countdown the top 10 Rock News Stories Of The Year and the top 10 Rock News Artists Of The Year. Find out more and who won in past years!
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