Day in Rock Report for 01/10/2014

Motley Crue Announcing Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) Motley Crue are expected to announce details regarding their farewell tour at a January 28th event in Los Angeles billed as "RIP: All Bad Things Must Come To An End."

In the past year, the group have spoken openly about their farewell tour plans. "It's definitely for real," singer Vince Neil told the Oakland Press last August. "We want to go out on top. We don't want to be one of those bands that people are like, 'Oh, they're playing a ... little club now. We still sell out arenas and do stadium shows and stuff like that, and that's how we want to be remembered."

"It's just time," he continued. "Mick's (Mars) health is not that good, and touring is tough on him. I'm sure in five, 10 years' time we'll probably do something together again, but it's not gonna be like a KISS farewell to the farewell to the farewell tour. We're not gonna be like that."

"It'll happen, but we don't know when it will happen," Nikki Sixx told Rolling Stone in October. "The most important thing about a farewell tour is that the band doesn't lie to the fans, and the band doesn't tour and then come back years later. That's what's important for us, planning what's the right time to go out. We have a great fan base, we have original fans all the way down to teenagers, and we really feel grateful to that and we continue to reinvent ourselves over the years. People always tried to make us an unimportant part of rock history and that doesn't really affect us because it's always been that way. Critics have always snubbed us. The thing about Motley Crue is we are a people's band, we don't kiss ass to the industry. We believe artists should be in control of their own destiny and that destiny also includes when it should be done so that their fans can forever be proud. It's not one or two band members up there dragging the band name around. It's a band for a reason, it works for a reason. We're really proud of that. I think that's why, when the day does come, we want to be proud of our band and what we've achieved." more on this story

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Slipknot Officially Working On New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot guitarist Jim Root has posted a photo online that proves the band are at work on their comeback album. They've endured trying times in the aftermath to bassist Paul Gray's death in 2010.

The tragedy forced them onto hiatus until they began playing live shows over a year later. Then last month they shocked fans by splitting with drummer Joey Jordison, who later confirmed it wasn't his decision to leave.

But they're putting it all behind them. Root's Instagram posting shows him holding his guitar against a mixing desk and carries the hashtags #slipknot2014 and #work.

Read more and see the photo here.

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Paramore and Fall Out Boy Teaming Up for Tour

(Radio.com) Paramore and Fall Out Boy join forces for what could be the most anticipated summer tour of 2014. Late Wednesday night, a video leaked announcing the tour, but it was later taken down.

Yesterday (Jan. 9) the video was rereleased with the headline Fall Out Boy + Paramore = Monumentour 2014. In the video, the FOB guys and Paramore graffiti a wall to reveal the Monumentour with special guests New Politics.

"It's great to get the chance to share the stage with a band we have never toured with that has their own unique legacy. So glad that our buddies in New Politics will be there too. This summer is gonna be an unforgettable one for sure," Fall Out Boy wrote on their website.

Check out the video and tour dates here.

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Sammy Hagar Recruits Jack Blades, Billy Sheehan for Benefit Show

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar is headlining a benefit concert for Liza Cozad-Lauser, the wife of his longtime drummer David Lauser. "Concert For Liza" happens February 12 at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California.

Confirmed to join Hagar at the concert are Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony, Kenny Aronoff, Jack Blades, Billy Sheehan and other special guest to be announced.

"Concert For Liza" is being held to raise awareness for Liza, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain stem cancer and needs FDA-approved access to a treatment that could save her life. more on this story

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Faces Are Discussing Reunion

(Classic Rock) Faces drummer Kenney Jones has calmed tempers between Rod Stewart and Ian McLagan after the keyboardist lashed out over reunion plans. McLagan was furious after singer Stewart discussed the possibility of the long-awaited gathering taking place next year.

He said in December: "We've done the Faces and he didn't turn up." And he added that he was more interested in celebrating the Small Faces' 50th anniversary in 2015, saying: "We would we f**k around the with the Faces when we've got bigger fish to fry?"

Now Jones has explained it was all a misunderstanding – because McLagan didn't know that he, Stewart and guitarist Ron Wood had just opened discussions about getting back together.

The drummer tells Billboard: "We've been talking. Woody's management and myself were talking to Rod's management." more on this story

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David Bowie Nominated For Two BRIT Awards

(hennemusic) David Bowie has picked up a pair of nominations for the 2014 BRIT Awards. Bowie is a finalist for British Male Solo Artist and Album Of The Year for "The Next Day."

The BRIT Awards 2014 take place at London's O2 Arena on February 19 and will be broadcast live on ITV at 8pm GMT. "The Next Day", Bowie's first project in a decade, delivered the singer his first UK number 1 album in 20 years.

Bowie previously won the BRIT Award for Best Male category in 1984 and also went on to receive an "outstanding contribution" BRIT award in 1996. more on this story

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Transatlantic Launching World Tour In Support of New Album

(Glass Onyon) Transatlantic will be kicking off a world tour at the end of the month in support of their brand new studio album Kaleidoscope, which is set to be released on January 28th. Glass Onyon sent over these details about the album and the tour dates:

The prog rock project features Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings) and Pete Trewavas (Marillion).

"There was talk about a year ago about doing an album before we actually did it," reveals Morse. "I was feeling it for a while. Some of the music that ended up on my Momentum album (2012) seemed like good material for Transatlantic. Roine and my schedules have a little more space in them, and Pete and Mike's schedules finally aligned, so we were able to put this together. I'm just glad we got to do it again and I'm really happy with the way the album came out."

Morse, Portnoy, Stolt and Trewavas shared equally in the songwriting, with Portnoy ultimately sifting through the material and picking out what he felt was best. For the most part, the music that fans hear on Kaleidoscope (and all of their previous albums) was created for Transatlantic. There are, of course, exceptions. "I wrote the second song on Kaleidoscope, "Shine," before my Momentum album came out," says Morse. "I thought about recording it for myself, but it just smelled of Transatlantic. I presented it with two other acoustic songs, and that's the one the other guys chose, as well."

The band convened at Neal's studio in Tennessee; writing, arranging, and laying down the final drums and bass. Morse offers, "At this stage, we sketch out the house and build the foundation. Then Roine and I go off to our respective studios and do what we need to. We send those parts, including vocals, back and forth via the internet; but the writing is done together in Tennessee. We just go from the gut, and I think it's an amazing process of trusting each other. There's no shortage of ideas; it's more like which ideas do we want to use?"

As the fans have come to expect, Kaleidoscope is also available as a Special Edition featuring eight uniquely Transatlantic cover songs. "I don't know how it started," Morse says of the cover song tradition. "But we've done it for every album. It's a lot of fun because most of the time it's simpler music than what we're mainly involved with." more on this story

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Dream Theater Release 360 App

(MSO) Dream Theater released their first 360 App (iOS) on Thursday on iTunes. MSO sent over these details: The DreamTheater360° App will offer fans a unique 360° interactive experience into the band's performance as captured onstage by Mativision® multi-camera 360° video technology at Luna Park in Buenos Aires.

The DreamTheater360° App in its first release will include five interactive songs filmed and produced using the Mativision technology, which virtually transports fans directly onto the Luna Park stage right next to the band members and completely immerses them in a unique experience that they can control in real time.

Each fan can direct the show by manipulating Mativision's multi-camera iOS player, and enjoy the concert in any way they want. They can seamlessly choose to switch from among six different cameras while also being able to rotate camera angles by taping and dragging, or by using the device's built-in gyroscope. Fans can even zoom in and out or simply switch to "auto pilot" mode and enjoy the show without interaction.

With this groundbreaking app, Dream Theater aim to share with fans all the intense moments of a live performance from right beside them on stage, and provide fans with true interactivity to experience the onstage moments with complete freedom.

Along with the unique interactive 360° content, the DreamTheater360° App will also include enriched up-to-date band-related content such as a biography, discography, photos, and continuously updated tour information, news, and social media.

The first release will be just the start: Mativision will constantly surprise fans with frequent updates, adding more and more amazing and exclusive band content. The DreamTheater360° App is available from the iOS AppStore for $9.99.

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Hellyeah Wrapping Up Work On New Album

(Classic Rock) Hellyeah have confirmed that they're close to completing their fourth album, expected for release on April 28. And mainman Vinnie Paul says the record is set to be "heavy and diverse" and their "very best" music.

Former Pantera drummer Paul, Mudvayne's Chad Grey and Greg Tribbet, Tom Maxwell of Nothingface and ex-Damageplan man Bobzilla are currently based in a Las Vegas studio with producer Kevin Churko, who has previously worked with Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch and In This Moment.

Paul reports: "It was an honor working with Kevin. He really pushed and got the best out of us. Everything we did on this record was from a different perspective." more on this story

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William Hurt To Play Greg Allman In Biopic

(The Blues Oscar-winning actor William Hurt has been confirmed as one of the two people who'll play Greg Allman in the biopic Midnight Rider, based on his book My Cross To Bear.

Hurt appears as the modern-day Allman while his younger self will be depicted by Tyson Ritter, singer with the All American Rejects. Duane Allman is played by Wyatt Russell.

The movie begins shooting next month – although Allman reports the script is still being edited, telling Rolling Stone: "The first one they handed me just wasn't us. They had me and Duane talking and it was too many 'f**k-you's in there, and there shouldn't have been any." more on this story

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Anthrax Working On New Album

(Classic Rock) Thrash giants Anthrax are gearing up to lay down the follow-up to 2011′s Worship Music. Guitarist Scott Ian tells Metal Insider the record will be "more brutal with crazy riffs".

"It's really coming along. We're sitting here right now with twelve songs musically arranged, and we're really focusing on lyrics now. At the pace we're going we would be ready to start recording maybe in April."

Last year Anthrax recruited guitarist Jon Donais in place of Rob Caggiano, who quit and joined Volbeat. They aren't the only ones planning new music. Find out what other rockers are making plans here.

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Carl Palmer Launching ELP Legacy World Tour

(Prog) Carl Palmer has confirmed a series of tour dates across England with his ELP Legacy band. He'll hit the road at the end of the month and keep going until March – and he says there's more to come during the year, alongside Asia's return to the UK in June.

Palmer reports: "In January my band is looking forward to a headline show at the Progressive Rock Festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, then in February we embark on our extensive tour.

"In March and April we will be among the featured artists on both the Monsters Of Rock and Back To The Isle Of Wight cruises. We're presently putting together tours of North America, South America and Europe for the second half of 2014." He also made an announcement about Asia.

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The Cult To Play Coachella Festival

(hennemusic) The Cult have confirmed that they will perform twice at the 2014 edition of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this spring. The two-weekend event will be held at the Empire Polo Club in India, California April 11-13 and April 18-20.

The Cult spent 20134 on the road playing the Electric 13 world tour, which coincided with the release of the 2-disc set, "Electric Peace." The collection pairs 1987's "Electric" with the group's abandoned "Peace" album, a project The Cult recorded as the follow-up to 1985's "Love."

After recording the full album with producer Steve Brown, the group weren't happy with the final results, which seemed too polished. The Cult then contacted producer Rick Rubin to remix the lead track, "Love Removal Machine", and Rubin agreed, but only on condition that the track was entirely re-recorded. more on this story

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Sebastian Bach To Use Father's Painting In New Album Artwork

(hennemusic) Sebastian Bach has issued an update on his latest solo project and reveals it will involve one of his father's painting. Bach's last update in November reported that the album was in the mixing stage.

"Album cover meeting today with the immensely talented Mr. Richard Villa," posted Bach. "Richard is an incredible artist and we have brainstormed some kick ass ideas that I cannot wait to execute.

"And exciting for the collectors out there, it looks like I will be incorporating another one of my fathers paintings into this album design. My father painted the covers for 'Slave to the Grind' inside artwork for subhuman race 'Angel Down', and 'Bring 'Em Bach Alive!" as well.

"There is one specific image that is haunting to me that lends itself to the album title perfectly. We are also doing a crazy ass photo session that will be quite theatrical and fun to do." more on this story

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The Scorpions' Blackout Getting Super Audio Release

(hennemusic) The Scorpions' breakthrough album, 1982's "Blackout", will be released this year on Super Audio CD via Audio Fidelity. The band's eighth studio album was the first to go Top 10 in North America, propelled by the singles "No One Like You" and "Can't Live Without You."

After losing his voice during the writing of the album, Scorpions lead vocalist Klaus Meine had to undergo surgery on his vocal cords and it was uncertain whether he would be able to record it. As a result, demos of the material were recorded with Don Dokken as vocalist; however none of those recordings are featured on the album.

Rudolf Schenker could not choose between his guitar solos on "China White", so the U.S. and European releases differed in this small detail. more on this story

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Five Finger Death Punch's Jason Hook Join's Gibson CES Celebration

(Gibson) Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook stopped by International CES 2014 on Thursday (Jan. 9) to show off his signature Jason Hook M4-Sherman.

Hook posed with his guitar outside Gibson's tent, which is located outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. His appearance is part of a celebration of 120 years of Gibson Brands.

Speaking with Gibson.com last summer, Hook described having his own Gibson model as "a dream." "I always thought that I'd love to have my own Explorer," he said.

"I was very patient. Every other guitar manufacturer tried to approach me, and I said, 'You know, but I play this guitar. It's my favorite guitar. I don't want you to make me something like it. I just want to play it.' So, eventually, I lucked out where I met the right people at Gibson who said, 'I think we can make this happen for you.' I met Henry (Juszkiewicz). They said, 'We'll make it exactly how you want it. No limitations.'"

See a photo of Jason with the Back To The Future car here.

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Nightwish's Donockley To Produce Heather Findlay's New Album

(Prog) Former Mostly Autumn vocalist Heather Findlay has recruited past collaborator Troy Donockley to produce her upcoming solo album. She's delighted to have secured the services of the recently-confirmed permanent Nightwish member, and she's looking forward to their recording sessions, which will take place during the summer.

Findlay says: "Troy and I have worked together on many an occasion, both in Mostly Autumn and when I sang for him on his gorgeous album Madness of Crowds in 2009.

"As an official member of Nightwish his rigorous schedule is now set in stone: New album; two and a half years of touring; year off. How lucky that my being ready to scoop up these new songs and pour them into an album coincides with Troy's year off? To say I am excited is an understatement – I honestly cannot think of a better way to kick off 2014." more on this story

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Reunited Grey Lady Down Need A New Voice

(Prog) Reunited veteran prog outfit Grey Lady Down are searching for a new vocalist. The acclaimed band split at the end of the 90s after releasing four albums. The members went on to become parts of IQ, Darwin's Radio, Thieves' Kitchen and Sphere3 before reuniting in full force during 2011.

Frontman Martin Wilson bowed out for family reasons last year. GLD thought they'd found a replacement following a series of auditions, but sadly reported things "didn't pan out" after months of rehearsals. Now they're on the hunt once more.

Guitarist Steve Anderson tells Prog: "We're very excited about the new material we have. It's darker and more aggressive and we're using a twin-guitar approach that's opening up some interesting King Crimson-like areas.

"We were disappointed when Martin decided he could no longer continue – but finding a new voice will give us some distance from our 'neo' past and better define the evolution we've undergone." more on this story

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Marillion's Steve Rothery Offering Solo Special Edition

(Prog) Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery has unveiled a special edition of his debut solo album The Ghosts Of Pripyat, which will include a bonus DVD. He's added the option to his Kickstarter campaign after admitting his amazement as the fundraising program has brought in nearly triple the amount he'd been looking for to fund the project.

Rothery says: "I've been totally amazed at the response to the campaign. It's now into the last two weeks and I've just announced a special edition with a bonus DVD. Anyone who orders the special edition on Kickstarter will get their name in the booklet.

"For anyone wanting to order the special edition and pay via PayPal –it's not supported by Kickstarter – please email info@steverothery.com for instructions. If you order within the next 14 days you'll still be eligible to have your name in the special edition booklet." more on this story

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Muddy Waters' Son Comfortable Living In Father's His Shadow

(The Blues Big Bill Morganfield, the son of Muddy Waters, says he's got used to living in the shadow of his father. And with the autobiographical song Son Of The Blues from his most recent album, Blues With A Mood, he's confirmed it's a situation that no longer bothers him.

It wasn't until after Waters, real name McKinley Morganfield, died in 1983 that BIll began moving away from his career teaching literature towards one playing music, responding to the iconic bluesman's dying wish that his descendants should keep the family name active in the genre.

"In pursuing music I've been able to fulfill a dream of his – but also fulfill a dream of mine," Morganfield tells the Jackson Free Press. "Initially it was a challenge. It's very natural to compare a father to his son; I was probably held to a higher expectation. It's a shadow on my shoulder I've grown comfortable with." more on this story

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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Turns 70

(Gibson) Happy birthday, Jimmy Page! The iconic guitarist – who not only crafted some of rock 'n' roll's greatest riffs but also co-wrote almost all of Led Zeppelin's songs and produced the band's albums – turned 70 yesterday (Jan. 9).

Page remembers those early Led Zeppelin days, when he formed the group from the ashes of the Yardbirds with singer Robert Plant, bass player John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Page said he always felt Led Zeppelin was his band.

"There was no doubt about that," he said. "At that time, absolutely. I'm the one presenting the material and giving the ideas, how these things should be done. But the ruthless efficiency – everybody went into the first album with that."

He added, "Everybody knew how good we were. And we were strict in that if we were writing something and it sounded like something else we'd done, we'd immediately drop it. There was one tipping of the hat: 'Tea for One,' which was like 'Since I've Been Loving You' (on Led Zeppelin III). That was intentional, to apply a different feel to that blues."

Led Zeppelin parted ways in 1980 following the tragic death of Bonham at the age of 32. Over the years, Page has stayed active in music, playing in a handful of projects in the '80s and '90s and putting out solo and collaborative albums. We here at Gibson.com wish him a happy birthday and many more great years to come.

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Messenger Premiere New Song

(Classic Rock) London band Messenger have streamed the single Somniloquist from their upcoming debut album Illusory Blues. The band is made up of musicians who previously dealt in ambient, metal and punk – but the collaboration has resulted in a sound that channels Pink Floyd, The Beatles and other part-pop, part-psychedelic and part-prog music.

Describing Illusory Blues as "a cosmic ode to the forces of nature and the inevitable cycle of life", the band tell Classic Rock: "To be a somniloquist is to talk in one's sleep. One interpretation is that the subconscious world we inhabit in our dream state holds some kind of a key to our existence in our waking life.

"The song is an ode to dreaming, to ambition, and to making the most of your time in the physical form on this plain of existence, whether through experiencing the joys of nature, or merely by existing in the present moment.

"It is also a meditation on value creation: how the way we perceive, feel or relate to an event can totally change its meaning." Check out the song here.

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