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Day in Rock Report for 08/14/2017


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Slipknot Frontman Corey Taylor Reveals His Wake Up Call

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor says in a new interview that his spinal injury last year was a major wake up call for him that he was not expecting.

Vice caught up with Taylor and during the chat asked him "What's the grossest injury you've ever had?". He revealed, "I guess it'd have to be my spinal injury that I had surgery for last year. That was a f***ing wake up call that I was not expecting. Because I was young enough when it happened, when you fall off-stage and fall five feet and land on the top of your head, there's gonna be some f***ing damage. I was 24 at the time, like, 'F*** it, here we go!'

"It didn't even occur to me to go to the doctor. I was like, 'Well, I can move my fingers and toes!' Over the years, all the headbanging, all the jumping around, all the beating the sh*t out of myself, it just exacerbated the injury and got it to the point where, when I was 42, I had no strength on my right side, my balance was off, my bladder control was f***ed up. It's amazing all the things that are connected to your spine. To find out that, because of that injury, the bone had started growing into my spine, to the point where I now have a bruise that you can actually see on f***ing x-rays. That is a f***ing wake up call of biblical proportions. It's only in the last six months that I've actually started to feel normal again."

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Def Leppard Stream Full Step Inside Hysteria At 30 Documentary

(hennemusic) Def Leppard are streaming their mini-documentary, "Step Inside: Hysteria At 30", in sync with the recent release of a series of 30th anniversary reissues of the group's fourth album, "Hysteria."

The video project gives fans an inside look at the making of the biggest-selling record of the band's career, with more than 25 million copies sold worldwide - including 10 million in the US.

Produced by Mutt Lange, "Hysteria" delivered seven singles: "Animal", "Women", "Rocket", the US Top 5 tracks "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Hysteria" and "Armageddon It", and the US No. 1 "Love Bites."

The newly-remastered edition of the record is available in various packages, including a 7-disc Super Deluxe Edition, 3CD Deluxe Version, 1CD Vanilla Version, 2-LP Black Vinyl Version and a limited edition 2-LP Colored Vinyl Version.

The reissues include B-sides and live tracks, plus the audio for "In The Round In Your Face (Live)" on CD for the first time. Watch the documentary here.

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Lamb Of God Star Further Explains Hiatus Plans

Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton explained in a new radio interview some more details about the band's planned hiatus that was recently mentioned by frontman Randy Blythe.

Morton explained to radio station 107.7 The Bone (via TeamRock): "A lot of times, a hiatus is a subjective thing. Because very often when we go out of the public eye in terms of what we're doing as a band, it doesn't mean we're not working.

"It takes us a fair amount of time to write and record these albums, so a lot of times we'll go off the radar and we're still working our little butts off to put music together.

"We've been a band for a long time and we're a collective group of very creative people. I personally never stop making music, so I think Lamb Of God might go out of the public eye for a little bit, but it doesn't mean I'm not doing stuff."

Morton continues: "I guess that's the most diplomatic way I can address it. But we're certainly not done - and we've got a lot of cool stuff coming up, both individually and collectively."

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Godsmack Plan Major Changes With Next Album

(Gibson) Godsmack frontman Sully Erna says that the band will "open a new chapter" with their next album. A new Godsmack album is due in 2018 which coincides with the group's 20th anniversary.

Speaking to WFMZ-TV (as reported by Blabbermouth) prior to the group's appearance at Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Erna was asked if there was a specific theme running through the band's upcoming follow-up to 2014's 1000hp.

"Not so much a theme, but we have made a conscious decision to kind of change the game a bit," Erna responded. "This show we're kind of marking as the last of the nostalgic Godsmack shows, and from this point forward, we're gonna kind of open a new chapter in our career and go for a new sound, a new stage and a new look for the band. We're gonna change things up enough, maintain the integrity of what we are and what we do. But it feels so far that the writing is going a little bit more down into a commercial, mainstream kind of feel. But, again, without losing the power and the stuff that we built our heritage on." Read more here.

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Metallica Share Live Video For Performance On New Classic

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 2016 track, "Halo On Fire", at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ on August 4, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

Running over 8 minutes, the epic tune is the longest track on "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", which was launched last summer with the lead single "Hardwired."

Metallica's tenth album recently achieved platinum status in the US for sales of 1 million copies. The Phoenix event made headlines when an Albuquerque, NM man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure after allegedly urinating on a family of three - including a 10-year old girl and her parents - during the show.

Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers arrested 44-year-old Daniel Francis Daddio after the family told police they "felt warm liquid washing over their backs and legs" during the event.

Daddio was released from jail following a court appearance, and he is scheduled to appear again on August 18. Watch the video here.

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Iconic Songwriter Jimmy Webb Tributes Glen Campbell

(Radio.com) Legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb has penned a touching tribute to his friend and collaborator, Glen Campbell. The two partnered on several classics, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Witchita Lineman," "Where's the Playground, Susie?" and the epic "Galveston."

After a battle with Alzheimer's Disease, Glen Campbell died at 81 last Tuesday (Aug 8).Webb writes, "Well, that moment has come that we have known was an inevitable certainty and yet stings like a sudden catastrophe. Let the world note that a great American influence on pop music, the American Beatle, the secret link between so many artists and records that we can only marvel, has passed and cannot be replaced. He was bountiful. His was a world of gifts freely exchanged: Roger Miller stories, songs from the best writers, an old Merle Haggard record or a pocket knife.

"He gave me a great wide lens through which to look at music. The cult of The Players? He was at the very center. He loved the Beach Boys and in subtle ways helped mold their sound. He loved Don and Phil (Everly), Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, Flatt and Scruggs. This was the one great lesson that I learned from him as a kid: Musically speaking nothing is out of bounds. Of course, he lavished affection and gifts on his kids, family and friends. His love was a deep mercurial thing and once committed he was a tenacious friend as so many in Nashville and Phoenix, L.A. and New York, compadres all over the world would testify. One of his favorite songs was 'Try A Little Kindness" in which he sings 'shine your light on everyone you see." My God. Did he do that or what? Just thinking back I believe suddenly that the 'raison d'etre" for every Glen Campbell show was to bring every suffering soul within the sound of his voice up a peg or two. Leave 'em laughin'. Leave them feeling just a little tad better about themselves, even though he might have to make them cry a couple of times to get 'em there. What a majestically graceful and kind, top rate performer was Glen on his worst night!

"When it came to friendship Glen was the real deal. He spoke my name from ten thousand stages. He was my big brother, my protector, my co-culprit, my John crying in the wilderness. Nobody liked a Jimmy Webb song as much as Glen! And yet he was generous with other writers: Larry Weiss, Allen Toussaint, John Hartford. You have to look hard for a bad song on a Glen Campbell album. He was giving people their money's worth before it became fashionable." Read more here.

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Mick Fleetwood Looks Back With A Chronicle Of Fleetwood Mac

(Gibson) Mick Fleetwood has been talking more about his book, Love That Burns: A Chronicle Of Fleetwood Mac, Volume One 1967-1974. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the drummer says his luxury chronicle is "about giving kudos to the founding fathers of a very strange journey that Fleetwood Mac ended up taking over the course of all these years."

August 13 1967 marks 50 years since Fleetwood Mac played their first gig. Although the band was notionally "founded" by Peter Green, the guitarist insisted they be named after drummer Fleetwood and bassist John McVie. In the band's early days a compromise was reached: they were called Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Although the band had much wider success with Lindsey Buckingham on guitar from the mid-'70s, it was Peter Green and his mercurial playing on a Gibson Les Paul which did much to build the band's reputation. Peter Green-era hits included "Black Magic Woman", "Albatross", "Oh Well", "Man Of The World" and "The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)." In the new Rolling Stone interview, Mick Fleetwood says: "My dream with this book coming out, and I'm working really hard, is that there will be a lovely show where a few people that mean a damn can come out and pay quiet kudos and tribute to Peter. Maybe we could pull off a short tour in England, or something like that. That would be my dream."

Fleetwood says he does plan a Volume Two, explaining about the band: "It's a pretty unique story. It's not like the band stayed the same. The style changed. The people changed. Me and John have hung in there since the beginning, but it's a lot different. And Bob Welch, Bob Weston [both short-lived replacements for Green, before Buckingham], all the others that were there, they're all mentioned in this book. And rightly so. They're all part of this story right up to when Stevie and Lindsey joined. And that's where the book cuts off. Because it's about what came before. I wanted this to be a separate story, because it is an important story in its own right."" Read more here.

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Liam Gallagher's Stephen Colbert Performance Airs Tonight

(hennemusic) Liam Gallagher will perform on CBS-TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday, August 14. The pre-taped appearance on the program comes as the former Oasis singer is playing live dates in Asia this week in support of his forthcoming debut solo album, "As You Were."

The rocker just wrapped up a series of North American gigs - including his US solo debut during a secret show at the McKittrick Hotel in New York on July 18 - and will return to the continent to officially launch the record with some live dates this fall.
Due October 6, the project was produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck) and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Mumford And Sons). Gallagher recently issued the set's third single, "For What It's Worth", which follows the lead tracks "Wall Of Glass" and "Chinatown." check out the new single
here.

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Steve Winwood Announces 'Greatest Hits Live'

(Radio.com) Steve Winwood is looking back at his live musical catalog archive and will be sharing some of his favorites finds with fans with the release of a live greatest hits collection on September 1.

Greatest Hits Live is a 23-song collection, handpicked by Winwood and sourced from his personal archives of live performances and features rare, previously unreleased material touching on all aspects of Winwood's extensive catalog.

Watch a live version of "Back in the High Life Again" from the forthcoming album, and check out the full tracklisting for Winwood's Greatest Hits Live release here.

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Anthrax's Joey Belladonna Rocks Anthem At Buffalo Bills Game

(hennemusic) Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna performed the U.S. national anthem at New Era Field in Orchard Park, NY on August 10 prior to the start of a Buffalo Bills home game against the Minnesota Vikings in NFL pre-season action, and video from the event is available.

The Belladonna appearance followed a recent run of US festival dates by the New York rockers, including Wisconsin's Rock Fest and Rock USA and Chicago Open Air.

Anthrax spent most of the summer playing shows on the European festival circuit in support of their latest album, "For All Kings." In February, the group released an expanded tour edition of the project, which featured the 2016 record alongside the track "Vice Of The People" - previously only available in Japan - as well as a bonus disc of demo versions of several of the album's songs. Check out video of the anthem performance here.

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Enslaved Release Epic 'Storm Son' Music Video

Enslaved have released a music video for their epic 10-minute track "Storm Son" which comes from their forthcoming album "E" that will be hitting stores on October 13th.

Guitarist Ivar Bjornson had this to say about the song "Storm Son deals with the duality of man and nature, how important and basic that relationship is. Everything we do and create are imitations of nature - as we evolved from nature, that is how it must be.

"yet modern man thinks he and she is independent of nature, that we somehow are so superior that we do not have to take nature into consideration other than as a backdrop for sh*tty movies. Or festivals. Losing touch with nature is basically to lose touch with being human." Watch the video here.

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Royal Blood To Rock Late Night TV Tonight

(hennemusic) Royal Blood have announced that they will be performing on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden during tonight's broadcast, Monday, August 14.

The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher are promoting their latest album, "How Did We Get So Dark?" The project recently entered the UK charts at No. 1, duplicating the success of their 2014 self-titled record, which went on to become the fastest-selling British rock debut album in their native country in three years.

"How Did We Get So Dark?" was recorded in Brussels, Belgium with producer Joylon Thomas and London, UK with co-producer Tom Dalgety. Royal Blood are currently playing dates on a North American tour that wraps up in Los Angeles on August 16, after which they'll head to Japan for a pair of festival appearances before returning to open for Guns N' Roses in Vancouver on September 1 in Vancouver, BC and George, WA on September 3. Read more here.

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