Day in Rock Report for 12/13/2012
Paul McCartney was joined by the surviving members of Nirvana at New York City's Madison Square Garden Wednesday night during the 12-12-12 concert.
The former Beatle and Nirvana's drummer Dave Grohl, guitarist Pat Smear and bassist Krist Novoselic performed a new song called "Cut Me Some Slack."
The song is set to be the first song from Dave Grohl's "Sound City" documentary according to a tweet on the Foo Fighters Twitter account.
You can watch video of the McCartney/Nirvana jam here.
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Former Nile and Divine Heresy bassist Joseph Payne was reportedly arrested in a drug distribution sting in North Carolina.
Charlotte, NC television station WSOCTV ran a report about the arrest of Joseph Payne and a 23-year-old man who were charged with felony possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle.
The sheriff's office said that the two men were arrested following an investigation into "marijuana being transported from the Charlotte area and distributed in Iredell County." They also said that they seized over 6 pounds of marijuana, three handguns and more than $5,000. more on this story
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Infinite Staircase announced that they are teaming up with Black Label Society's Zakk Wylde and JD Deservio, Sevendust's Morgan Rose, Candlebox's Kevin Martin on a new song that will benefit Hurricane Sandy relief.
The band, who are currently recording with Sevendust's Morgan Rose producing, posted the announcement on their Facebook about the song release which they plan to release on January 8th at iTunes.
The recording studio Architekt Music and recording engineer Mike Ferretti are offering their services for the charity project. The announcement did not disclose which charity relief effort(s) that the proceed might be given to. Read the announcement and see a photo here.
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(Gibson) Although he is playing drums on the upcoming new release from Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl has revealed that he won't go on tour with the band.
He has however said that another tour with his side project Them Crooked Vultures is a possibility. Them Crooked Vultures consist of Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age singer and guitarist Josh Homme, and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.
Speaking to New York's 101.1 WCBS-FM Grohl said: "It was one of the highlights of my life when John Paul Jones said, 'Now I've been in two great bands.' That was a huge deal for me... We've talked about it, I know that someday we'll get back together and do stuff, because we love playing with each other." more on this story
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Fleetwood Mac have revealed the details for their deluxe reissue plans for their 40 million selling album, Rumours.
35th anniversary reissue of Rumours will be released January 28/29 by Rhino as an expanded edition and the deluxe edition.
The expanded edition's three CDs includes the original album and the b-side "Silver Springs," a dozen unreleased live recordings from the group's '77 world tour, and an entire disc filled with unreleased takes from the album's recording sessions. more on this story
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Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti announced that the band is making plans for their 2013 activities.
The guitarist, who has focused this year on promoting he debut solo album, posted a Twitter message to fans on Tuesday that said, "Had a meeting today with Myles, Flip, our managers and myself. Starting to plan 2013!"
The band's official website posted an update on Wednesday that confirmed the band are planning a new album and world tour in 2013. Read the update here.
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(hennemusic) Deep Purple will release their 19th studio album on April 26, 2013 but the title is still unknown, even to the group.
After various songwriting sessions in Europe, the band recorded and mixed the project in Nashville with producer Bob Ezrin.
The group's first album since 2005's "Rapture Of The Deep" is rumored to be the perfect match from the original spirit of 70s Purple and a fresh and modern production. "The title of our new album is still a question mark to all of us," says singer Ian Gillan. "We have recorded a new album, and it's a fantastic collection of songs. At the moment that's the only affirmative point we can offer..." more on this story
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(hennemusic) Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has revealed plans to begin work on his autobiography.
"I always thought, 'OK, if you have two or three band members already having their book out, who wants to read another one?'", Tom tells Zoiks! Online.
Two Aerosmith bios are currently on book shelves, including drummer Joey Kramer's "Hit Hard: A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom At The Top" and Steven Tyler's 2011 memoir, "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?". more on this story
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Marilyn Manson will be returning to the road in mid-January for a North American headline tour.
The tour will begin on January 18th in Milwaukee and conclude on February 21st in Los Angeles.
Marilyn Manson has also been nominated for his fourth Grammy Award, this time in the category for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for his album Born Villain's lead single "No Reflection." more on this story
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All Shall Perish guitarist and co-founder Ben Orum has left the band so that he can focus his energies on his family and his new project Oblivion.
He explained the decision to fans with the following: "I have given over 10 years of my blood, sweat, and tears to pursuing my dream which you all have helped fulfill. Being in All Shall Perish has been the best experience in my life, outside of being a father. While I am deeply saddened by my decision to leave the band it is necessary at this point in my life. As you know I have a family and obligation to provide for them and be here. Unfortunately, I could not fulfill my duty as a touring musician any longer.
"While I am done with touring, I will never stop writing music. I am joining the extreme metal band Oblivion as a bassist and contributing songwriter. Oblivion's debut album will be released on January 1st, 2013. We are beyond excited to unleash it onto the metal world. I've always been into death metal and extreme music, this is my return to TRUE Death Metal. What makes Oblivion unique and sets us apart from the pack is the fact that our primary songwriter is a world-renown classical composer and professor of music, Dr. Nick Vasallo. His voice gives the music a subtle refinement with the craftsmanship of the compositions. more on this story
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Between reuniting with Led Zeppelin, collaborating with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and doing a covers album (2010′s Band Of Joy), it's been a busy few years for Robert Plant. And despite the news that he has written one new album with his backing band The Sensational Shape Shifters and another with singer/songwriter Buddy Miller, Plant says he's going to take it easy for a while.
"I think I might just chill for a while, to be honest," he tells CBS Local. "I'm enjoying life and spending more time in America now. I really enjoy it. I'm becoming way more aware and opinionated and stimulated by these new adventures. Everybody says I'm workaholic, and I just keep going and going. And I will do that (again). But I want to explore more. When I think about how I was writing when I was a kid, when I was 20 or whatever, it was all about travel and journey and stimulus. I'm getting on a bit now, but I have to look at more stuff to be able to write cohesively."
One reason that he's spending more time in America is his relationship with singer/songwriter Patty Griffin, who was part of his backing group on his Band Of Joy tour. more on this story
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Unearth have recruited Matt DeVries (Fear Factory, ex-Chimaira) to fill in for bassist John "Slo" Maggard on their upcoming tour with Whitechapel and Emmure.
The tour is set to being on January 8th in Knoxville, TN and conclude on February 11th in New York, NY.
Frontman Trevor Phipps had the following to say about the lineup change for the tour: "John 'Slo' Maggard will unfortunately be sitting out the Brothers of Brutality Tour (Whitechapel, Emmure, Obey the Brave, The Plot In You) this coming January/February. His absence is simply to take care of personal matters at home and is only temporary. Slo will remain a member of Unearth moving forward and is actively involved in the writing process for our next album, which we plan to record and release some time in 2013. more on this story
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The Airborne Toxic Event has mapped out some North American tour plans that will take place next spring.
The spring trek will kick off on March 30th in San Diego, Ca and wrap up on April 11th in San Francisco, CA.
The band also plans a New Year's Eve show at the Metro in Chicago, IL, and will at New York City's Webster Hall on January 15th and 16th. more on this story
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(hennemusic) Thin Lizzy is scheduled to tour Australia with KISS and Motley Crue in late February and March, and now the Irish rockers have filled out their plans with some dates of their own.
In September, the band announced that they will start recording a new album, to be released under a new name , and that they will cease touring under the Thin Lizzy brand after going out on one last tour this fall.
The KISS/Motley Crue tour was announced following the band's UK plans being made public. more on this story
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Fit For A King and The Overseer are teaming up to launch a North American coheadlining tour.
The tour will kick off on January 18th in Temecula, Ca and will conclude on February 2nd in Fort Worth, TX.
The Overseer is touring in support of their 2012 debut, "We Search, We Dig" and Fit For A King will be releasing their Solid State Records debut next year. more on this story
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Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest has been released as a DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD+DVD Deluxe Edition and a 2CD+Blu-ray Deluxe Edition.
Originally filmed in 1986, this concert movie has been re-mastered in high definition and superb 5.1 surround sound. Also included on the DVD and Blu-ray is a new 25 minute documentary feature entitled "A Magic Year". This follows Queen from just after their historic showstealing performance at Live Aid, London, on July 13, 1985, through the year leading up to the epic concert in Budapest. Using archive footage from rehearsals, interviews with the band in the studio and on the road during the Magic Tour - some of which has never been seen before - this fascinating feature has been specially created for this new release.
As part of the hugely successful 1986 Magic Tour that, poignantly, was the last to be played by the band with Freddie Mercury, Queen were for the first time able to include Hungary on the tour schedule. With three years to go before the fall of the Berlin Wall, this was the largest concert ever staged at the Nιpstadion, Budapest, and the first Western Rock Concert staged in a stadium behind the then Iron Curtain. It was of such significance to the Hungarian authorities and film industry that a group of the country's top film cameramen and technicians were brought together to film it for posterity. more on this story
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Xul are offering fans a free download of their debut album, 'Malignance,' as they work on a new EP.
Levi Meyers, the vocalist for the Canadian death metal band, had this to say: ""We are excited to offer our debut album, 'Malignance' for free (or by pay what you want donation) to our fans as a token of our appreciation for the endless support they offer us.
"We are currently writing an EP, which will be due out sometime in 2013." You can download the album here.
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Frightened Rabbit have set a February 5th North American release date for their new album "Pedestrian Verse."
The band will be supporting the album release by launching a headlining North American Spring tour.
The trek will kick off on March 8th at Seattle's Showbox at the Market and continue through April. more on this story
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XO featuring Say Anything guitarists Jake and Jeff Turner are keeping things in the family with the project by signing to Anything frontman Max Bemis' imprint label Rory Records.
XO first release on Rory Records/Equal Vision Records will be a 7" single, expected to be out in early 2013.
Bemis had this to say, "Though it seems obvious for us to finally be working with Jake and Jeff because they play in Say Anything, the amazing thing is how unique XO is in that context. The band has made a huge creative leap recently - despite already being really awesome - and it's something we're really proud to display in our roster with our other Rory Records artists. They are making a hell of a record." more on this story
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Terra Stigma will be headlining into a Philadelphia recording studio in January with producer John Moyer (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob).
"We are thrilled to have a chance to work with such an accomplished music industry veteran on this record" said Terra Stigma's Shawn Stuart.
"We look forward to finally getting our new songs out there as they are our most meaningful, powerful songs to date, we look forward to sharing them to the world." more on this story
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Nocturnal Graves have announced a lineup change and have begun work on their second album and will begin recording in two weeks at I-HQ Recordings in Australia.
The band promises "around 35 minutes of explosive, violent death/thrash metal which Nocturnal Graves are known for." The album will be the first released under their new deal with Hells Headbangers. more on this story
Nocturnal Graves have also recently had a change of line-up, and have enlisted Shrapnel (ex-Destroyer 666) on lead guitars And L. Wilson (Denouncement Pyre) on drums.
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Earl Greyhound will be releasing their new EP, "Besides Seasides," on December 18th.
The EP marks the band's first release of new material in over 2 years, but is actually the very first recording the band ever made, back in 2003, when Christopher Bear (Grizzly Bear) was the band's drummer, and has up until now remained unreleased.
The four songs feature the band at its most raw, and contain the seeds they'd sow to later become one of the most lauded hard rock bands to emerge from Brooklyn since Anthrax released "Persistence of Time". The album cover artwork is a painting by Railroad Jerk founder and New Yorker magazine artist, Marcellus Hall, a close friend of the band's. more on this story
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King Conquer will be kicking off 2013 by headlining the first annual 'Eat Your Heart Out Tour'.
King Conquer will be supported on the trek by The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Adaliah, and Sworn In.
The tour is set to kick off on February 1st in Spartanburg, SC and will conclude on February 26th in 26 Tampa, FL. more on this story
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Peaceville Records have set a February 26th release date for the reissue of Mysticum's debut album, In the Streams of Inferno.
The reissued version of In the Streams of Inferno will feature an extensive remastering, courtesy of Tom Kvεlsvoll at Strype Studios in Oslo, Norway, two bonus songs and bonus DVD.
The packaging also contains new artwork made in close association with the band to fully reflect the intended vision, plus liner notes and additional lyrics. The release will be available in both CD and vinyl format. more on this story
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(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones rocked New York on Saturday with the first North American concert (and third to date) of the band's "50 & Counting" tour, which kicked off recently with two shows in London.
The two-hour set at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn featured hits taken from every decade of their career plus two new songs from the "GRRR!" greatest hits package "One More Shot" and "Doom And Gloom."
Reprising her role from opening night in London, Mary J. Blige joined the band on stage for "Gimme Shelter", while Gary Clark Jr. jammed on "Going Down." Watch video from the show here.
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Lacuna Coil has released a new music video for their song "End Of Time," which comes from their latest album Dark Adrenaline.
The video was produced by K48 and directed by the Italian director Saku, who had worked with the band for previous videos such as "Spellbound" and "I Won't Tell You". He also directed the mini-movies that were featured on the bonus-DVD included on the limited editions of Dark Adrenaline. Watch it here more on this story
Lacuna Coil recently announced that they will be touring the US in February 2013 with Sevendust.
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Imagine Dragons have released their latest video and although "It's Time" was nominated by MTV in 2011 for Best Rock Video, today's offering could be their best yet.
With the help of a young woman and her little pink stuffed animal, the boys in Imagine Dragons are freed from captivity as they wait to be thrown into a cock fight-style ring. Except there are no birds fighting in this ring.
An evil Lou Diamond Phillips presides over the ring where a menacing Muppet-like animal destroys his opponents paying betters in big cash. That's just the beginning.
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(hennemusic) Van Halen's David Lee Roth has released episode number 6 in his new series of videos under the banner "The Roth Show."
This time out, Roth shares some stories and video footage from his October, 1984 trip to New Guinea.
The adventure took place following Van Halen's hugely successful "1984" tour. Roth traveled to New Guinea with the Jungle Studs, a group of 14 adventurers consisting of lawyers, accountants, and doctors that the singer formed in 1980. Watch it here.
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Scarlet Hollows music falls into the progressive rock/metal genre, but what may be its most progressive element of all is the fact that the singer is a woman. Allison vonBuelow sings and writes lyrics to Scarlet Hollow songs, and also plays acoustic guitars and synths. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Scarlet Hollow - What If Never Was review
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