Pearl Jam Festival- Prince Surprise- Doro To Front Dio Disciples- AC/DC Turn Down Gig Offer- Lacuna Coil Begin New Album- Mastodon Side Projects- more

05/16/2011
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The Day in Rock Digest for 05/16/11- a roundup of rock stories from across the web: (Antiquiet) Details of Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary weekend are finally rolling out. Time to clear your Labor Day schedule, PJ freaks! more

(FMQB) Prince has announced that he will continue his Los Angeles residency with five more Welcome 2 America dates. Furthermore, he gave fans in California an even bigger shock earlier this week when he announced at the last minute that he would play two sets Wednesday night at the 500-capacity Troubadour club. more

(BW&BK) Dio Disciples – featuring former DIO members Rudy Sarzo (bass), Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar) and Scott Warren (keyboards) - have added Italian and Spanish dates to their European tour. Frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens will be stepping away from the tour at this point to attend to his daughter's wedding, so the band has announced that DORO will be filling in for him on these dates. more

(Classic Rock) AC/DC have turned down the chance to play a show in the United Arab Emirates. The band have made this decision for no moral or legal reasons, find out why here.

(Metalrage) Lacuna Coil has entered the studio to begin recording the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2009's "Shallow Life" for a fall release via Century Media Records. The group is once again working with producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine) more

(BW&BK) To coincide with their new album, Rockaholic, Warrant have lineup a string of live shows with Poison on off-dates from their upcoming tour with Mφtley Crόe and New York Dolls. more

(Metalrage) Jeffrey McCormack has announced his departure from Fifth Angel. Said McCormack in a statement: "I want to thank all of the incredible Fifth Angel fans all over the world that were so accepting of me as I stepped into the huge gap left by the extraordinary Ken Mary when Fifth Angel reunited in February of 2010." more

(Lambgoat) My Epic are back with Broken Voice, an acoustic-based EP filled with songs written during the creation of 2010's Yet that didn't quite fit with the sound of that album. more

(BW&BK) Producer/engineer Richard Chycki has checked in on his blog and provided an update on Dream Theater. "Over the past weeks, I’ve been in the studio with long-time friend James LaBrie of Dream Theater, recording vocals for the band’s new album that is quickly nearing completion" more

(Metal Underground) Mastodon guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds has announced that he will be releasing a special two CD set featuring material from both of his folk/rock side-projects West End Motel and Fiend Without A Face. The special package is set for release on June 7, 2011 through Rocket Science Inc. more

(Metalrage) Hatriot - the new thrash metal project led by veteran San Francisco Bay Area vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza (Tenet, Dublin Death Patrol, Exodus, Legacy) - has made its entire four-song demo available for free download more

(Lambgoat) The line-up for the fourth annual Scream The Prayer Tour features Norma Jean headlining alongside Sleeping Giant, The Chariot, War of Ages, Close Your Eyes, Texas In July, I The Breather, The Great Commission, Sovereign Strength and As Hell Retreats more

(VDOB) Devildriver is reportedly planning a North American tour with Arch Enemy and Skeletonwitch in tow. There has not been an official announcement made. more

(Metalrage) Obscenity have announced the addition of bassist Jφrg Pirch (ex-Tears Of Decay) to the group's ranks. more

(Punknews.org) Director David Markey has made Reality 86'd available for viewing online. The documentary, originally released in 1991, focuses on Black Flag's final tour in 1986 in support of In My Head. more

(BW&BK) Footage of shock rock legend Alice Cooper performing the new song 'I'll Bite Your Face Off' on his current tour has surfaced on YouTube. Fan-filmed footage from an undisclosed location is available here

(Blabbermouth) Heavy Metal magazine announced today, the one-year anniversary of the death of Ronnie James Dio, that it will release the official soundtrack to its first web comic Gates later this summer and all net proceeds will benefit the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund". more

On this day in 1966, The Beach Boys released their album Pet Sounds in the U.S.

On this day in 1969, The Who’s Pete Townshend spent the night in a U.S. jail for assaulting a man during a Who gig at The Fillmore East. What Townshend didn't know was the man who jumped onto the stage was a plainclothes policeman trying to warn the audience that a fire had broken out. Townshend was later fined $30 for the offense. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here

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