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B-Sides Report for 08/12/2016


Johnny Cash To Receive Rock Hall Honor

Country music legend Johnny Cash will be honored by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during their 21st annual Music Masters series and tribute concert this October.

The week long series will kick off on October 17th and will include various interviews, panels, educational programs, an exhibit, as well as a keynote at Case Western Reserve University.

The highlight for the series will be the special 21st Annual Music Masters series concert that will be taking place October 21st at Playhouse Square. Details for the tribute show, including participating artists, will be announced next month.

John Carter Cash had this to say about his father being honored, "We are so grateful that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is honoring Johnny Cash for the 2016 Annual Music Masters series.

"Our father remains one of the most enduring names in entertainment history, and this recognition helps further his legacy and inspire both existing fans as well as a whole new generation of Johnny Cash fans."

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Metallica Recruit Cliff Burton's Dad For Master Of Puppets Book Promo

(Classic Rock) Cliff Burton's father Ray features in an unboxing video for the upcoming Metallica Master Of Puppets book. Metallica: Back To The Front explores the making of the band's third album and documents the Damage, Inc tour that followed. Written by Matt Taylor, it's released on September 13 while a Collector's Edition will be available two weeks earlier on August 30 at Metallica.com

Metallica suffered a tragedy on the Damage, Inc tour when bassist Cliff Burton died in a tour bus crash on September 27, 1986, in Sweden. His father Ray contributes to the book and can be seen opening his copy of the book in the video.

Flicking through the book and finding images he had never seen before, Ray Burton says: "I just received this marvellous heavy package. That guy Matt is really thorough."

Metallica previously said of the book: "We're honoured that Cliff Burton's dad Ray sat down for an extensive interview. Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin and drummer Mike Bordin and Diamond Head's Brian Tatler spoke with Matt about their memories of those crazy times and, of course, you, the fans who were at those shows gave us an amazing view of your memories and experiences." Watch the video here.

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Temple Of The Dog Would Love Eddie Vedder To Join Tour

(Classic Rock) Temple Of The Dog hasn't ruled out a guest appearance from Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder at what will be their first ever tour this November but admit that they have not planned on it.

The vocalist, who is not billed on the forthcoming shows, sang half of the band's seminal song Hunger Strike, and also provided backing vocals on three other tracks on the grunge project's 1991 self-titled album - designed as a one-off tribute to their friend and collaborator, Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood, who'd died the previous year.

Soundgarden and Temple Of The Dog singer Chris Cornell says there are currently no plans for Vedder to join them onstage at the supergroup's sold-out shows - but Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready admits he'd "love it if he did."

When asked whether Vedder will join them, McCready tells Rolling Stone: "I can't say anything about that. I don't know if he is, and that's kind of up to him. I would love it if he did."

Cornell adds: "I don't think that's even been discussed, but we certainly haven't planned on it." Read more here.

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Charlie Daniels Announces New Album 'Night Hawks'

Country music legend Charlie Daniels has announced that he will be releasing his cowboy songs focused new studio album, entitled "Night Hawk," on August 26th.

Daniels had the following to say about the new effort, "Most of our concepts about cowboys, and all things western, are mostly derived from movies and TV. Well, the truth of the matter is, the real cowboys are not glow in the dark characters who go around fighting rustlers and cleaning out saloons with their fists.

"The actual working cowboy is a hard working, different breed who spend endless hours in the saddle and as Louis L'Amour said, they 'ride for the brand.' Night Hawk is a tribute to the working cowboy and his way of life.

Charlie is currently on a tour across American and has dates scheduled until December. He will also be hosting a special 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam in Nashville on November 30th that will include Larry the Cable Guy, Kid Rock, Chris Stapleton, Travis Tritt and more. See the tour dates and the new album tracklisting here.

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OneRepublic Streaming New Single 'Kids'

OneRepublic are streaming their just released new song, entitled "Kids", which is the second single that the band has revealed from their forthcoming fourth album.

The new track, "Kids", was produced by Ryan Tedder and Brett Kutzle and recorded in Tokyo, Japan and Mexico City, Mexico. The song can be purchased at digital music retailers and streamed via Spotify here.

The group also announced that they will part of the official "2016 NFL Kickoff" with a live performance at Civic Center Park in Denver, CO on Thursday, September 8th, which " will be featured in simulcast coverage of the 60-minute pregame show from Denver from 7:30 - 8:30 PM ET on NBC and NFL Network," according to the announcement.

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Vola Release Animated 'Gutter Moon' Video

(Prog) Vola have released an animated video for their track Gutter Moon. The song features on the Danish quartet's upcoming debut album Inmazes, which is out on September 16 via Mascot Records on 2LP, CD and digital formats.

Vola will join Katatonia on their September tour along with Agent Fresco - a run of dates that the band say they are excited about. They report: "These are two of our favourite bands, and it will be an absolute honour to share the stage with them. This is also a great opportunity to present Inmazes live and share something that we are very proud of with all of you. Can't wait to meet you out there."

Vola previously released two EPs, Homesick Machinery and Monsters, with guitarist Asger Mygind reporting: "On Monsters we started experimenting with seven-string guitars and a lot of polymetrics - odd-time signatures over a straight 4/4 beat in our case.

"And it worked so well on the EP that we wanted to elaborate on this for a full album. But I think we have gotten better at producing our music as a band, which has given way to a tighter and more in-your-face vibe on Inmazes." Watch the video here.

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Lamb Of God Given Unusual Makeover By The Snake Charmer

(TeamRock) An Indian musician has released a video for her Lamb Of God medley - performed on the bagpipes. Archy Jay - aka The Snake Charmer - runs through Lamb Of God's tracks Walk With Me In Hell, Again We Rise, Laid To Rest, Broken Hands, Hourglass and Descending in the video, which can be viewed below.

Archy tells TeamRock: "I have come out with a new metal video which is actually the First Lamb Of God cover played on bagpipes. It's a metal medley of some of the most iconic Lamb Of God riffs, all in one video. Its' a different sound and different perspective than listening to these on guitars."

She adds that she had to put in many hours of work to master the riffs. "It's one of the toughest tracks I've tried to play on the bagpipes. I love this band and I know many of you love them too." Read more and check out the cover here.

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Fish Discusses His 'Dark' Final Album

(Prog) Fish says his last-ever album will have a "dark" vibe as a result of current world events. The former Marillion frontman is planning to step back from the music business after the release of Weltschmerz in 2017 and a following a run of final tour dates in 2018.

Translated from German, the title means "pain of the world" and Fish tells Prog exactly why he chose the name for his swan song. He says: "I look on this as a very dark album to finish off with. It will have a similar feel to Clutching At Straws.

"All you have to do is switch on the news and you think, 'Where the f*** are we going?' And that seeps down on a personal level. I have a daughter who's 25, and my partner has three kids, 19, 18 and 13. Watching their interaction with the world, I'm finding the crystals in which Weltschmerz is born - the state this planet is in. Not in a political sense, but in a soulful sense." Read more here.

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Deftones' Chino Moreno Gets Reflective About Half His Life In Music

(Metal Hammer) Deftones' Chino Moreno has shed light on the moments of reflection he has while on tour. The vocalist admits to "bugging out" while thinking back on his 23-year career as a singer.

Speaking about his shows to Fact Magazine, he says: "After the first song-and-a-half, if everything is working out, there's this overwhelming joy and feeling, like 'I can't be messed with now.' Even if something does go wrong, I'm on a forward trajectory."

Moreno adds: "There's tons of times up there on stage or before or after the show, that I just sit there after I get out of the shower in my towel just bugging out on the experience that we just had. I look back and think, 'Wow, we've been doing this for 20 something years.' That's well over half of my life that I've been entertaining people with my voice." Read more here.

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Halestorm's Lzzy Hale Talks Lita Ford Inspiration

(Classic Rock) Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale has called Lita Ford an inspiration, and says she couldn't have had a future in the music industry without Ford's trailblazing career.

The pair were on tour together across the US earlier this year - and Hale says seeing the former Runaway in action had a profound impact on her as she watched from the sidelines.

Hale tells Guitar World: "She's like one of my foremothers of rock. This woman is one of the few that never quit, that never gave up regardless of what she had to go through.

"We had a lot of talks on tour about how she literally kicked the door down. She was telling me stories of things she had to go through - just because she was a girl in rock - that I've never had to go through. The reason I never had to go through them is because she had to. So I owe a lot to this woman.

"There were so many times along the way where she could have said, 'F*** this, I'm out.' But she's still doing it, at 57, in her bright red leather pants. It was like, 'Man, I have no excuse at all to not keep going.' It was very, very inspiring to play with her.

"She made me realize that I'm supposed to be here, and I'm supposed to do this - this is where I need to be." Read more here.

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Young Buck Sentenced To 7 Months In Jail

(Radio.com) Young Buck's year of legal trouble has culminated in a seven-month sentence for various probation violations. While he faces charges for domestic assault and vandalism, authorities monitored him under a supervised release.

In March, he allegedly threatened the fiance of one of his children's mother, followed by charges that he threatened to burn an ex-girlfriend's house down last month. After being ordered not to break further laws or contact that ex-girlfriend, he did so more than 100 times, reported Billboard.


Additionally, Young Buck was found in violation of probation stemming from his 2013 arrest for firearms possession, a drug offense, and providing a false urine sample. On balance, a Nashville judge determined that Buck should serve seven months in jail. Read more here.

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Green Day Announce New Album, Stream 'Bang Bang' Single

(TeamRock) Green Day have released a stream of their new single Bang Bang and have announced their 12th album titled Revolution Radio, which is planned for an October 7 release.

Bang Bang is the poprock trio's first new music since last year's Christmas track Xmas Time Of The Year. Green Day have also made Bang Bang an instant download for those who buy the record ahead of its launch.

Of the writing process behind Revolution Radio, mainman Billie Joe Armstrong said: "It's going in the right direction - there's definitely a great spirit going on. We're honouring music. We want to make a great album." Stream the song here.

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Singled Out: Stewart Eastham's In The Morning

Stewart Eastham released his brand new album "Dancers in the Mansion" today (August 12th) and to celebrate we asked him to tell us the story behind the song "In The Morning". Here is the story:

The core of this song was inspired by a scene in a long short story I wrote about a trip I took to Rio De Janeiro for Carnival many, many years ago. I hadn't read that story in a long time and when I re-read it years later I was really struck by one particular scene. No specific details from that story made it into the song -- it was more just the general concept of "the comfort of strangers" and being free of the expectations (whether real or imagined) put on us by those who know us well.

I recall coming up with the chorus part while I was driving in my truck from Nashville to Franklin County, TN. (It's rare that I come up with a melody or lyrics without a guitar in hand, but for this one I did.) I liked the concept of almost verbalizing a dance ("move to the right"..."move to the left"...). I had the basic melody and chorus lyrics sitting around for a few months. I wasn't sure where to go with the song until I came upon that story mentioned above. Once I had that basic idea, it all fell into place and I wrote the rest of the lyrics fairly quickly.

Once I started writing, I became intrigued with the idea of having multiple timelines running through the song. Almost like a movie cutting back and forth between different timelines in the same characters' lives. So to put the story in chronological order, you'd have to re-arrange all the verses, pre-choruses, and choruses.

We actually attempted to record this song for my previous album, The Man I Once Was, but we could never get the timing/vibe right for the song. Before recording that last album, I recorded acoustic demos of all the potential album songs for my producer Burke. I burned all those demos to a CD and sent a copy out to my dad in Northern California. His absolute favorite song was "that San Francisco song" (aka "In The Morning"). When I broke the news to him that song wasn't making the album, I think he was genuinely angry!

Since I love that song so much, I was bound and determined we'd get the song on this album. (And I didn't want to disappoint my dad again!) While the song might seem straightforward, the timing is tricky. I think Kim (bass), Allen (drums), and I worked harder on that song in pre-production than any of the others. That song has a swing to it... but different parts of the song have a different swing. As the rhythm section, the three of us had to be perfectly locked for everything to sound right. Just picking a tempo for that song took ages. After much trial and error, we finally got it all dialed in. It ended up one of my favorite songs on the album!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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